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PAINTER MANUEL DE LA MATA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE BEST AND “SMALLEST” RESTAURANTS IN MADRID

Manuel de la Mata, a world-famous painter who was caught in Madrid when the pandemic broke out and has been here ever since, keeps quite busy. He decided to pay special tribute to the three young men who own El Brote, one of the smallest and indeed one of the best restaurants in Madrid. Following the artist's special five-layer technique, the now completed painting hangs in a place of honor in the restaurant, and the owners are delighted that their culinary-entrepreneurial savvy has inspired the amazing work of art.

A SECOND OPINION: FATHER’S DAY

Fathers have a hard time of it, expected to be all things to everyone in the family; expected to be both strong and gentle at the same time. To be a father can take a man by surprise. It can elevate his life or, in some men's opinions, ruin it. The thing to remember about fathers is that they gave you more than you can ever give back to them, especially your genes and peculiarities!

THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN MADRID FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Madrid is a city that screams romance all 365 days of the year, but more so in the one special night devoted to celebrating love. And so we are presenting to you our A-list of restaurants perfect for that lovely celebration in the company of your loved one!

ENTERTAINING — FEBRUARY SPECIAL 2021

Even if it´s still February and it´s cold and snowing, along comes Valentine´s Day reminding us that in the company of our loved ones, we can see that spring is almost right around the corner.  Keep the love flowing in your hearts and we shall all see a brighter day and future. For the special people in your life: Hot Dog Hearts • Heart Gift Box • Bailey´s No-Churn Ice Cream

HOW TO HAVE A LOVE(R)LY VALENTINE’S DAY IN MADRID

If you’re looking to escape from the habitual grim, enjoy a spot of bright life to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and come to Madrid, you’ll find yourself celebrating with kindred spirits. Madrileños will fiesta at the drop of a hat. You’d better be warned, though, that most of these fiesteros don’t take kindly to those who break the rules against the spread of the coronavirus.

WHY LIVE IN SPAIN? TEN REASONS!

Sure, Spain is known for all that sun. Summer weather persists all year round in places like the Canary Islands. But Spain is actually a land of contrasts and a country blessed with almost every imaginable natural and cultural treasures. Never mind the Spaniards' alegría de vivir!

YA ES PRIMAVERA IN SPAIN. SMILE & DON’T FORGET TO ADVANCE THE CLOCK!

Spring DST  starts Sunday,  28 March 2021 at 2:00 AM, jumping the time to 3:00 AM. The European Parliament voted to abolish the unpopular DST by 2021 the EU is leaving it to its member-states, individually, to decide whether to stick to, or drop, DST. So far nobody has come forward with a rejection plan. The blame for the "procrastination" is on the pandemic aggravated by Brexit. There simply is too much on everybody's plate to be adding one more heap, worrying about what to do with the bi-annual changing of the clocks! The blame for the "procrastination" is on the pandemic aggravated by Brexit. There simply is too much on everybody's plate to be adding one more heap, worrying about what to do with the bi-annual changing of the clocks!

YOUR BASIC COURSE IN THE SPANISH SEMANA SANTA

Holy Week, or Semana Santa, is a celebration of the Passion of Christ and the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary. It is a solemn occasion but it could actually be "glamorous" too. When's the Week in 2021? Sunday, 28 March - Sunday, 4 April.

MALAGA, THE NEW HUB OF CYBERSECURITY

On 11 February of this year, Google has announced that it is making Malaga the headquarters of its Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. With a global scope, this will convert the southern Spanish city into one of the most important cybersecurity hubs in Europe. Quite a welcome shot in the arm for a country whose self-confidence is badly shaken by the collapse of its powerful Tourism industry as a result of the pandemic.

WHY THE ASTRAZENECA VACCINE IS DEFINITIVELY EFFECTIVE ONLY WITH 18 – 55 AGE GROUP

The European Commission: "Most of the participants in the studies [conducted by AstraZeneca] were between 18 and 55 years old. There are not yet enough results in older participants (over 55 years old) to provide a figure for how well the vaccine will work in this group."

SPAIN, LAND OF THE BEST CHEFS

As we look back on old 2020, so aptly called The Rat on the Chinese calendar, we could take comfort in the thought that the year hadn’t been an unmitigated disaster. For one thing, Spain has turned out to be the country with the greatest number of best chefs in the world!

DETERIORATING HEALTH, LOSS OF LIVELIHOOD, AND NATURAL DISASTERS THREATEN THE LARGEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE

Deteriorating health, loss of income or employment, and more frequent weather-related natural disasters are perceived individually as a threat by three out of five adults across the globe. More people think these conditions will get worse in 2021 than those who expect that they will improve. Spain is one of the countries most worried about health and climate change.

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF SCARCE COVID VACCINE: GO FRENCH?

Politicians are wont to resort to confinement to fight COVID-19. But how about the vaccines whose supply is stalled. Due to suspicious reasons? People can’t take more confinement. The French come to Madrid, which has become an “oasis” of “permissiveness”, for a weekend relief. It's no way to beat the pandemic.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: Franco’s Cows, Taxis, Flunkeys and Evangelists

It isn't that very long ago (till 1975) when Spain, a country smack-bang in the middle of Europe, was under an "evangelical" dictatorship. GUIDEPOST was there to cover events in full view of the eagle eye of the ferocious press censorship. We had quite a few brushes with that censorship. But it seems we were savvy enough to navigate the treacherous waters without capsizing because we're still here, nearly half a century later, now under a refreshing democracy!

POST-BREXIT: HOW BRITS MAY CONTINUE TO RESIDE IN SPAIN

Attn. Brits in Spain! UK nationals who lived in Spain before 31 December 2020 must secure their right of residence. Now! If you are struggling with your residency and need support, contact the UKNSF organisation in your area to maintain your rights. For details, read on!

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.