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This is fun.

Eddie Mair | 11:47 UK time, Monday, 12 November 2007


  1. At 12:10 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    "Spanish is a loving tongue"

    ANd This is fun as well!


  2. At 12:23 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Er... I must have lost my sense of fun for a moment there.

    I just thought it was tedious.

    Would it help if I understood Spanish? Maybe it was a deadpan stand-up comic dying in front of an unimpressed audience..???


  3. At 12:40 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

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  4. At 02:34 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Val P wrote:


  5. At 02:49 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    LOL (truly!)


  6. At 03:40 PM on 12 Nov 2007, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    My Spanish is not great, but is this King Juan Carlos telling Chavez to "shut up"?

  7. At 04:03 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Yes, but Lovingly.

  8. At 05:51 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Perky wrote:

    Aaah - so that's what it's all about!!

  9. At 05:52 PM on 12 Nov 2007, skiddie wrote:

    I see. Interesting, because when I heard it on PM I thought that Chavez was requiring things, but actually it's the king (and let me say, he can roll his rrrrrrrs like nobody else!) which surprised me a bit. I wish I spoke Spanish, just a bit.

  10. At 05:58 PM on 12 Nov 2007, David Davies wrote:

    Chavez's dislike of Spain's former PM owes a lot to Aznar's support for a failed coup d'etat against Chavez in April 2002. During the short-lived coup, Aznar's government worked hard to cobble together diplomatic support for the traitor Pedro Carmona.

  11. At 06:20 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Maria wrote:

    Well it is not funny, but it is reality. The man (Chavez) is used to his microphones back home in Caracas and forgets that outside he is no longer in his backyard and he can not shut up or ridiculise anyone. So here is a question of respect for everyone and most of all respect the freedom and the right of speech!!!!

    Well Done King Juan Carlos!!!!!! Well DONE!!!
    KUDOS also for Zapatero who even been from the opposition party of Aznar, he made sure Aznar was respected and not ridiculised neither offended by anyone else!

    I am so proud of them today!!!!
    Not funny just a great moment!!! I really and sincere hope that this clip had a wider audience!!!

  12. At 11:40 PM on 12 Nov 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    "?Por que no te calles?" Is this the way for a King to speak? Perhaps he's been talking to our monarch (or her esteemed husband).

    When I met Rey Juan Carlos ( well, he was Principe Juan Carlos in those days) his manners were delightful. But of course that was in the days of Generalissimo Franco, when you could get a packet of Ducados for 15 pesetas ....

    While the facts are true, my tongue is firmly in my cheek. And Juan Carlos can still, I'm sure, be totally delightful, but has also learnt a bit of 'attitude' as he's grown older.

  13. At 10:17 AM on 13 Nov 2007, Stephen Perry wrote:

    It is a delight to see Chavez getting his come-uppance - this King Carlos does with great dignity and he quite reasonably demands respect. Chavez obviously is so used to bullying people into submission he is a bit bewildered to be told how to cnduct himself.

    No one has stood by democratic principles than King Carlos. Spain and the Spanish speaking world owe him so much. Chavez is a loud mouthed demagogue.

  14. At 03:06 PM on 13 Nov 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Stephen: I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, I've often compared him with Nelson Mandela ......

    When Franco chose Juan Carlos to be his successor, having groomed him over the years, the Spanish people understandably thought they would be getting more of the same. However, with the Generalissimo dead, Juan Carlos very quickly proved himself to be his own man, and having had the blessing of Franco, he was able to stand up to the generals when they became restive.

    Having lived in Spain during those difficult years of transition, I can vouch for the potential for disaster, and that the King was the person who ensured that true democracy finally came, peacefully, to Spain after over 150 years of instability and long periods of dictatorship. While there are still problems to be resolved within the country around the issues of regional independence, Spain has been able to flourish economically under this steady and intelligent leadership.

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