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“DON’T LET DADDY KNOW” ANNOUNCES A PROUD RETURN TO IFEMA, MADRID!

With the Don’t Let Daddy Know World Tour in full swing we can’t wait to invite you to the second edition of #DLDKMADRID! After a sold out night to remember at IFEMA in 2018 it is time to top the first edition with a unique and even more spectacular show on March 14th 2020.

NEW YEAR 2020 IN MADRID: IT MAKES SENSE TO MIX PRUDENCE WITH FUN!

If you’re planning on joining the New Year fiestas (the “pre-uvas” on the 30th of December, and the “campanadas” on 31stDecember-1st January) in Puerta del Sol, Madrid, you’d better double check on the ways and means of getting there before setting out. Read on!

MOVIES THAT INVOKE THE YULETIDE SPIRIT

Hear ye, hear ye, Madrileños  and everyone else who’ve come to visit: Mk2 and Sunset Cinema, bringers of the smash-hit Cibeles de Cinema at the CentroCentro in Madrid, in the summer, have come to fill your stockings with 24 NAVIMAD classic movies that invoke the Yuletide spirit.

ENTERTAINING — HOLIDAYS 2019-2020

Three easy and totally delectable recipes for the holidays: a boozy dessert, our Bailey´s Chocolate Mousse; an incredible Strawberry Tiramisu with no eggs (or coffee); and our Hot Chocolate Float, a fun, surprisingly delicious hot/cold drink or dessert with steaming hot chocolate and vanilla ice cream perfect for the whole family. After all, what´s Christmas without hot chocolate? These recipes are keepers and I know you will make them all year round. Merry Christmas  & Happy Hannukah and the Very Best, Happiest, Healthiest and Wealthiest New Year Ever!

CHESTNUTS, A YULETIDE STREET FEAST

In Madrid, as in any other self-respecting city, there are stands roasting chestnuts in strategic streets. They don’t come cheap, though. At least not in Madrid. A dozen costs between €2.00 and €3.00. But they're veritable health food, on top of the Christmassy feeling they evoke. They can even improve brain function! Happy eating!

TAAL: THE CUTE LITTLE VOLCANO SHOWS ITS PHREATIC FANGS

Taal Volcano, one of the world's smallest active volcanoes, is also one of the deadliest. On 12 January, a sudden explosion of the volcano quickly escalated into Alert Level 4. Volcanic activities intensified as continuous eruption generated a tall 10 to 15 kilometers (6.2 to 9.3 mi) of steam-laden column, with frequent volcanic lightning that rained wet ashfall on as far north as the Metro Manila, even affecting Clark International Airport farther up north.

FAKE NEWS FROM THE GRAVE: AN UPDATE ON THE SOOTHSAYER’S PREDICTION

Pythoness Elsa Altagracia predicted from Ourense, Spain, that ticket 86098 would win the much-coveted First Prize of the Christmas Lottery. She said the dead told her. But she was way off the mark. Moral of the story. If you want to do soothsaying, go look for other "informants" and leave the dead alone!

WINTER AND THE SPECTACLE IN THE SPANISH SKIES

Winter solstice ♦ Meteor showers ♦ Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the skies ♦ Eclipses

SOOTHSAYER PREDICTS THE FIRST PRIZE OF THE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS LOTTERY IN SPAIN IS 86098!

Spain's Special Christmas Lottery draw, the world's biggest draw in terms of total payout, is on Sunday, 22 December 2019. So if you hurry – really hurry – and grab a few decimos (tickets), you can still be a millionaire! That is, if you pick out the number 86098.

THE GIRALDA WAVED TO ME

As the sun set, the lights that illuminate the Cathedral and the Giralda came on. The site took my breath away. It is hard to describe something so immense, so beautiful, so old, and so lovely in the setting sun. As I was watching the streetlights, I noticed the Giralda wave to me. Seville never ceases to amaze me.

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Now that it's Christmastime, there are "better" things to squabble about. Martinez Almeida warned that “the Christmas lights in Madrid will shine so bright you’ll be able to see them in Vigo.” Caballero shot back: “Don’t even dream of competing with me. New York tried and lost.”

SPAIN AND A WHOLE NEW BULL GAME: THE CLIMATE CORRIDA

One might say that COP25 and Greta Thunberg drowned out the spirit and festivities of Constitution Day. But it didn't. One can have one and the other too, and the Spaniards are delighted more than twice over because what transpired on Constitution Day was a happy synergy. Not only is Spain proud of hosting COP25; it’s facing the climate challenge with more vigor and conviction than ever before. Now that it’s hosting COP25, the country is shouldering the responsibilities of a center-stage actor. Hopefully for the long haul.

CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT’S AT STAKE AT THE UN CONFERENCE IN MADRID

As the global climate emergency intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow, governments and world leaders are gathering in Madrid on 2 – 13 December 2019 for the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 to take the next crucial steps in the UN Climate Change process.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “HUNTING IN SPAIN”, 31 OCTOBER 1969

As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, a great many men in Spain, as in almost every country in the world, get their guns out of the closets and head for the fields and forests. The hunting season has arrived. It is recommended that foreigners hunting in Spain either make as complete arrangements as possible before going to any of the hunting areas, or arrange a hunting party with some Spanish friend who knows what would be necessary. One other thing, the normal and natural courtesies existing in the rest of the world apply equally in Spain. Observe the legal requirements and the general customs, and you will really have a HAPPY HUNTING!

SPAIN IS THE 13TH BEST DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD!

Spain climbs 7 places in The Global State of Democracy 2019 Report and obtains a score similar to those of the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium, and higher than Canada, France and Austria.

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.