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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.

6 JANUARY 2021: EVEN FLAMENCO WON’T JUST DANCE; IT MAKES A STAND!

"The event that occurred at the Capitol in Washington D.C., on January 6th, 2021, was profoundly disturbing. This is our reaction to that event."

EL ROSCÓN DE REYES: The King´s Ring Cake

One of the most popular Christmastime sweet treats in Spain is the roscón, the King´s Ring Cake. Strictly speaking, it should be eaten on the 6th of January. In practice the delightful sweet-tooth pleasure is served from the "First Day of Christmas" (December 25) through the "Twelfth Day" (January 6) or the Epiphany when the Star of Bethlehem reveals the Infant Jesus to the Three Kings, putting an end to the Christmas celebrations.

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!

“ONCE AGAIN, AFTER FOUR LONG YEARS, EUROPE HAS A FRIEND IN THE WHITE HOUSE”

Inauguration of the Biden presidency: "This new dawn in America is the moment we have been waiting for so long. Europe is ready for a new start with our oldest and most trusted partner. Europe has a friend in the White House again."

WHEN THE PHILOMENAL WHITEOUT DOVETAILS INTO THE OLD NORMAL

Not one to pass up a fortuitous holiday after the unforgivably lackluster Christmas season, the Spaniards geared up for frolic in the snow when Filomena stormed in. But when the pristine snow iced over and the fun was over, they're back to the old normal of the unrelenting COVID-19 and the elusive vaccines -- the much-touted light at the end of the tunnel -- that another Filomena could well snuff out if only because they're awfully scarce. The busted hospitality industry. . .

SPAIN AND THE STORMING OF THE US CAPITOL BY TRUMP SUPPORTERS

The President of Spain followed the news "with concern."

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.
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