The first 2 minutes are a bit of a self-promo ‘warm up’ (as if anyone didn’t already know who they were by now). Then they get a bit twisted and it’s, well, it’s… it’s compelling in a very hard to explain but I’ve had that much beer before kind of way ;-) I have to think they have real beer in those bottles…
They also have a “Hands and Feet” bit from “America’s Got Talent” that blends in feet with ‘hand dancing’ part way through. It really is a novel art form, IMHO.
The original, and still my favorite ( you never get over your first time ;-) for anyone who might have missed it or want to see it again:
So What Does Dance Time Teach Us?
In answer to the question of “Why are the PIIGS as they are?”, one might look to cultural references like language. (What? You thought this was just going to be an ‘all fun and games’ posting? No way! “My Problem” is that I just can’t ‘party’ enough; I’m always, to some extent or another. “on”, so data and understanding cross correlations WILL happen at all times and with all inputs..)
In the middle of ‘wasting time’ watching dancing music videos (and thinking I need to ask the spouse out to a dance floor somewhere…) I stumble onto a video that ‘splains it to me. It would seem that there is a word to capture a social / demographic trend.
Little did I know…
Nini and the European Dream
Barcelona— From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jul. 17, 2010 5:00AM EDT
Last updated Saturday, Jul. 17, 2010 10:28AM EDT
Estudias o trabajas?” When young Spaniards gather around the bars and patios, that’s their traditional icebreaker line: “You study or work?” In the past year, it’s become almost mandatory to answer, with a self-effacing smirk: “Nini.”
It is half a joke, for nini is a way of saying “neither-nor,” and NINI is the Spanish government acronym for “Not in education or employment” – that is, lost to the economy.
But it’s not really a joke, because now almost everyone is NINI. The under-30 unemployment rate in Spain has just hit 44 per cent, twice the adult rate. Italy also has passed the 40 per cent mark, and Greece has gone even further. If you count all the people who’ve given up looking, it means the number of people between 20 and 30 who have any form of employment in these countries is something like one in five.
An entire European generation is leaving school to discover they have no place in the economy.
Oddly, I find myself realizing that I, too, am a “NINI”. Neither in education nor employment. Who knew? I have a label! AND it’s a bit of a “hip” one ;-)
Guess, given my new ‘trendy’ status, I need to move to more “trendy” links… like maybe even someone who “tweets” and has a cool name like “Claire” or “French” and can even name drop about cultural amabassadors…
The Spanish cultural ambassador asked for my take on the nini generation a few months ago. Nini is used to refer to a young person neither in education nor employment. A generation thought to being doing nothing, nada, nini. Or NEETS (not in education, employment or training, to be precise), as the less loving Labour government called them.
NEETS was the naughties category used to define those not in work or education by national and local government,. Their chronic media depiction represents the same as the hoodies that Dave envisaged that giving a hug would help. But this pool of people is backing up. They are the ones who are fresh out of school, they are also the recently out of university or just out of a job.
Spain’s youth unemployment sails high at around 40 per cent – the highest in Europe. But this isn’t just ‘our’ problem. The nini generation is everywhere. Tunisia’s ‘jasmine revolution’ is said to have sparked off after a young unemployed man, Mohamed Bouazizi, set fire to himself. Tunisia’s unemployment figure too is concentrated to the under-24s, of which around 30 per cent don’t work.
Egypt, where 50,000 people have joined the Facebook page for a protest organised for Wednesday has seen a number of people set fire to themselves in recent weeks. As reported in the Observer today, a UN report described Egypt’s young people as being in “waithood” – forced to wait for their lives to begin.
Oooohhh…. I can even be a “Neet Nini!” I think I’m beginning to like the sound of this… Not liking the idea of everyone from North America through Europe and into Africa and the Middle East having economic collapse and social breakdown, but hey, what can I do about it? may as well go party… ( I think I’m getting the hang of this…)
With that, “our Anthem” (that includes some explanation with the dance video and cultural context and a useful phrase “Yo paso de todo” – I spend it all. Good to keep in mind when thinking of the PIIGS future…) Oh, and there is a bit of an ‘Easter egg’ after the end credits:
In keeping with this international flavor with a Latin Beat, a link to a Spanish Language report:
Generación ‘ni-ni’: ni estudia ni trabaja
Los jóvenes se enfrentan hoy al riesgo de un nivel de vida peor que el de sus padres – El 54% no tiene proyectos ni ilusión
JOSÉ LUIS BARBERÍA 22/06/2009
Here we can see the progression of time, too. 2009 in Spanish. 2010 in the UK. 2011 in a Trendy Tweeter. And as we near 2012, to me… Not bad, I figure, just a couple of years into it… Still time for me to be ‘new and trendy’ in the USA…
El sociólogo de la UNED se pregunta hasta cuándo aguantará el colchón familiar español y qué pasará cuando se jubilen los padres que tienen a sus hijos viviendo en casa. A su juicio, el previsible declive de la clase media, la falta de trabajos cualificados -“el bedel de mi facultad es ingeniero”, indica-, el becarismo rampante, la baja natalidad y el desfase en gasto social respecto a Europa están creando una atmósfera inflamable que abre la posibilidad de estallidos similares a los de Grecia o Francia. “Podemos asistir al primer proceso masivo de descenso social desde los tiempos de la Revolución francesa”, augura.
The UNED sociologist wonders how long the [social safty net] will hold Spanish families and what will happen when the retired parents have their children living at home. In his view, the expected decline of the middle class, lack of qualified work [work of the right qualifications]- “the janitor of my faculty is an engineer,” he says-the rampant scholarships, low birth rates and social spending gap in Europe are creating a flammable atmosphere that opens the possibility of explosions similar to those of Greece or France. “We attend the first massive process of social decline since the time of the French Revolution,” he predicts.
I say that about covers it… But, can’t worry about that now, I think I’ve got one last bottle of red wine left and a few more bucks in my wallet for some beer (as long as I don’t pay the credit card this month) so I think maybe I’ll throw a party for a few friends and “Nini On”!
I’m beginning to like the European Envy Socialism Lite lifestyle… As long as I get my share of the “stimulus” or “guarantee” or “social safety net” or whatever we’re calling it these days: “What? Me worry?” ;-)
After all, clearly it’s not MY problem as it is global and cross generational (especially now that I’m officially joining the Nini’s) so it must not be my issue to ‘fix’. It’s up to the government to fix it, clearly. So at best all I can do is enjoy the wait while those fine professionals in high office take care of me… (Hey, this Nini thing is easier than I thought… now all I have to do is find out what ‘dole’ line I belong in…)
SO: Party On, campers! This Nini has a beer run to make ;-)
And, for reasons I can’t even begin to figure out, I’m rather fond of this one too. But it’s not hand dancing at all… Heck, it isn’t even in color and I’m not even sure what language it is:
The group is Vaya Con Dios and the language is English… I found this original version (sans special effects editing and with the lyrics understandable…) but now I find I like them both, just for very different reasons…
Amazon says they are Belgian…
1990 album release for this Belgian lounge/jazz act. 12 tracks in all, including ‘Nah Neh Nah’, ‘Something’s Got A HoldOf Me’, ‘What’s A Woman’ & many more. …
Strange world… A Belgian group doing a song in English with a Spanish / Latin theme and name… For ’50 something NINI’ ;-)