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MADRID FASHION CATWALKS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Madrid's Sustainable Fashion Week reflected a growing awareness that fashion needs to be more sustainable. Actually, "circular economy is bubbling everywhere, in every sector, in everything we do here in Spain,” Patricia Astrain, founder of Recircular, observes. “It’s a great moment for us to move forward and push for it.”

CAFE CULTURE: THE CASE OF THE SPANISH CAFE

It isn't that Spanish cafes aren't work-friendly. It is that they tend to want to strike a balance between hunching singlemindedly over your laptops and taking time out to savor your coffee, preferably in convivial company. So is it rude to use the cafes as your personal office like you would do in the United States?

FITUR 2020: TOURISM, BUSINESS, KNOWLEDGE & SPECIALISATION

FITUR is the Spanish International Tourism Trade Fair which has been held for the last forty years at the IFEMA Convention Centre in Madrid. Professionals from over 165 countries were present during the week of January 20th – 26th, 2020 and a record of participation with 10, 487 companies in a vast variety of sectors including Hotels, Travel Agents, Restaurants, Food Product Suppliers, Cruiselines, Spas, Wineries, Airlines, High Speed Train Lines, Coach Companies and over 8,000 journalists and photographers.

YEAR OF THE RAT: THINGS YOU’D WANT TO KNOW & DO À LA CHINESE

In 2020, being the YEAR OF THE METAL RAT, the New Year begins on the 25th of January, per the Gregorian calendar, and lasts five days through the 8th of February. Rats are clever and quick thinkers, successful but content with a layback life. They symbolize wealth and the beginning of a new day. The Chinese celebrate their New Year’s Eve with a “reunion dinner”, the most important meal of the year. After which, the children will receive red envelopes stuffed with money. The Lantern Festival signals the end of the Chinese New Year. . .

“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.

THE SECRET BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF LA GRAMOLA DISCOS

"Music must have something that’s magical. It’s a way of letting out your feelings and your emotions without hurting people–and it comes out like a fountain, like a natural spring.” This magical quality of music provides the mysterious allure that is behind the success of La Gramola Discos.

THE VIRUS THAT GOBBLED UP THE SHOW

Barcelona was all set to host the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile show. And then - wham! - the killer coronavirus broke out from the confines of Wuhan, China and the major exhibitors pulled out over fears of contagion. After this, there was nothing left for the organizers to do but to ring down the curtain even before the sensational tech show began.

Relationships: What it Takes to Succeed in Them

Whatever we want in life — to be in a relationship or be a chocolatier in Madrid — will always require one thing: we got to work on ourselves.

A Second Opinion: Spain and the Guitar–Essentially Inseparable!

Round about 40 years ago I arrived in Spain as a young thing, enamored of the guitar and Flamenco music. I had been fiddling around with the guitar since my teen years, and never quite got the hang of it, but carrying around a guitar got me into some circles of people who were more expert than I. I love the guitar too much to murder it with my unprofessional playing. Well, after all my experiences with the guitar in Spain, where the heart and soul of this iconic musical instrument will always be, I gave away my original guitar.

A RIDE ON THE AVE (AVLO, ACTUALLY) FOR €5? YOU’D BETTER BELIEVE IT!

It used to be that much as one wanted to travel on the high speed AVE (Spanish High Speed train), with speeds of up to 310 Km/193 mi., one just had to forego the luxury because the prices were – and still are – prohibitive for some pockets. But now, out of the blue, you could go to Madrid from Barcelona, and vice versa, for a stupefying €5! Or €10 if you missed the promo.

SURPRISE SURPRISE! THE EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION IS HAPPY ABOUT PAY HIKE!

Antonio Garamendi, President of the powerful profit-driven Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations, didn’t seem to be even remotely put out by the 5.5% rise in the national minimum wage that the left-leaning Spanish Government has approved on 22 January 2020. But the Government wants another pay hike in 2021 and it looks like beyond a certain red line the business organizations will no longer play along. The era of a progressive government in Spain has started, after years of conservative rule that consigned 13% of the labor force to working poverty. How long will the new era last?

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 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.