ON THE TOWN

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SAN ISIDRO 2021, WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU

San Isidro festivities are under way! Get into the spirit of things. Join!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Sevilla: A Must in Spring,” 13 April 1984 (Part 2)

“Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla” (He who hasn’t seen Seville, hasn’t seen a wonder), and truer words were never spoken

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SEVILLA: A MUST IN SPRING”, 13 April 1984 (Part 1)

Seville is the most Spanish of this country’s cities: passionate gypsy ladies and their bullfighting beaus, orange blossom scented nights, the grandeur of the old Moorish buildings, blood red vino and airy patios so thick with bougainvillea and roses that they make the Garden of Eden look like a vacant lot in Houston during high summer. And the best time to witness this beauty is during the Feria de Abril or the April Fair when for a week the city becomes magic.

A Trek to The Met

"I made my way to 'Goya’s Graphic Imagination'. To my delight, the royals, majas and partisans all remained in the Prado. This exhibit consisted mostly of The Met’s more upbeat collection of his drawings and etchings. An incisive graphic chronicler of his time, Goya would have relished chronicling the Covid vibe"

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.

WORLD BOOK DAY: BLAME IT ON DON QUIXOTE (& SHAKESPEARE)

Spain was the springboard for World Book Day, at the initiative of Vicente Clavel Andrés who proposed designating a Spanish Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world’s first modern novel, Don Quixote de La Mancha. It took decades but in the end UNESCO took up the gauntlet.

BOOK BUFF VICENTE CLAVEL, FATHER OF WORLD BOOK DAY

Vicente Clavel proposed the designation of the 7th of October as Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes of the DON QUIXOTE fame on his birth anniversary. As a result, in February 1926 King Alfonso XIII signed the Royal Decree for the purpose. Decades later, UNESCO waded in and moved Book Day (World Book and Copyright Day) to 23 April, both Cervantes and Shakespeare's death anniversary. But the original idea behind Clavel's Book Day remains.

“I’M IMMUNED!”

The Spanish Government is feeling particularly satisfied these days. There are now more Covid-immunized Spaniards than the reported cases of coronavirus-infection since the pandemic broke out. NB: It typically takes two weeks after full vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the coronavirus. Even then, you should keep taking precautions in public places or when you are with unvaccinated people from more than one household.

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.

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.