ON THE TOWN

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A LINK BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: JOHN LIDDY’S MADRID AND OTHER POEMS

To inhabit a city for 34 years yet still maintain the perceptive and ever-roaming eyes of a stranger is a gift which John Liddy shares in the title poem “Madrid”

LORCA IN NEW YORK

“A Poet in New York” still resonates in the Big Apple. Imagine my surprise when I got off the subway in Bushwick, a depressed Brooklyn Latino neighborhood, and discovered a mural with stanzas from “Sleepless City (Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne)." "Yerma" recently finished a sold-out run in an acclaimed contemporary adaptation at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street. Ballet Hispánico's New York Season honored the playwright with two World Premieres

ON THE “DEATH” OF BOOKS: THE MADRID BOOK FAIR 2018

As an avid lover of physical books, I went to the book fair with one question in mind: how is the Madrid Book Fair responding to the technological changes that are happening around us? Instead of finding a stall selling downloadable e-books, I found a different response. To those who say that books are dying, I say that they are changing. Books are no longer simply the words that fill their pages. They are objects of beauty that can be read and enjoyed, and then displayed proudly on a bookshelf or coffee table in one’s home. This is clear walking through the Madrid Book Fair.

SLU MADRID: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION IN MADRID

SLU Madrid, now on its 5oth year in the Spanish capital, serves as a degree awarding institution for international students coming from as many as 65 different countries around the globe. Imagine the university’s environment: an international student studying a degree in an American institution in Madrid, with a degree validation in both the United States and Spain!

GRAB YOUR CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW SPAIN’S REPOSITORY OF CULTURAL MEMORY!

Free guided tours in June, July and September.

OLD NEWS! A MINISTER OF CULTURE AND SPORT WHO’S DOWN ON BULLFIGHT AND WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD DOING SPORT

IRRELEVANT QUOTE: "I am not an athlete. I’m saying this say for everything that has come out [on Twitter]. I do not like to practice sport but I do like sports, and I will support and love sport and support all athletes because they are heroes and heroines."

DEMOCRACY IN SPAIN: IT WORKS!

One might say that the Vote of No Confidence launched by Pedro Sanchez and the PSOE stemmed from a spur-of-the-moment decision, the direct result of the untenable situation brought about by the then incumbent Prime Minister’s failure to heed the national mood. Moreover, everyone agrees that it’s bumpy road all the way for Sanchez, the new President. But, hey, the democratic Constitution worked!

Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away

Walking through the chilling maze of photos and artifacts and hearing the stories at the Exhibition takes a lot out of a person, as we are forced to comprehend the atrocities that our fellow humans are capable of committing. However, at the end of the exhibit there is also hope: videos play of survivors describing the importance of love and acceptance and warning visitors of what is at stake if we dare to forget the past. For Spain, a country that is still working on coming to terms with its own past, this warning seems especially relevant

NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT, REAL MADRID IS THE CHAMPION !

Spain's Real Madrid CF is, as of Saturday, 26 May, the champion of the UEFA Champions League. But Real isn't just the champion in 2018. It has set the record for being the only champion that has won three times in a row: in 2016, 2017 and 2018

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE MANY FACES OF SPAIN,” 28 March 1986

One of my unfailing delights of living in Spain, undiminished after 17 years, is the spectacular and varied range of its landscapes and natural beauty. Crammed into the roughly five hundred thousand square kilometres of its bull-hide shaped geography, one goes from the dazzling white villages of the south with immense vistas of olive plantations, red earth under a diamond-hard blue sky, to the vast wheat plains of Castile

THE EUROPEAN UNION’S VERY SPECIAL DAY IN MAY

So crucial was the Schuman Declaration to Europe that in 1985 the European Council decided to designate the 9th of May as Europe Day, an annual celebration of the peace and unity that the Declaration stands for, in a region that used to be the sorry scene of unremitting armed conflict

A Second Opinion: It’s a Small, Small World!

There are actually only 195 countries in the world today. If we can’t handle these 195 or so Nations, how are we going to deal with extra-terrestrial colonies and the continued exploration of the waiting Universe? Maybe New Age Spaniards would like to try and answer that question!

SECOND OF MAY: THE MADRILEÑOS, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE & GUERILLA WARFARE

Dos de Mayo (2 May) is a public holiday in the Autonomous Community of Madrid with heaps of patriotic connotations. It commemorates the heroic rebellion of the Madrileños against the occupation of their city by Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops and the repression by the French Imperial forces. It’s been 210 years!

New Age Spain: Trending Foreign Relations!

Spain's dance on the world stage got rave reviews as democracy returned to the country after the relative isolationism of the Franco years. Spain entered the European Community and joined the NATO, maintains its special identification with fellow Spanish-speaking countries in the Ibero-American community, has gradually begun to broaden its contacts with sub-Saharan Africa, is well-known as a Mediator in the Middle East . . .

MANUEL VALLS, POSSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR OF BARCELONA: “MADRID WAS THERE FIRST”

"It was Madrid, in the 1970s, who acknowledged my father, before Catalonia remembered that it had a great painter. And it seems to me that by this, you’ll understand what I think. Besides, Catalonia without Spain makes no sense”

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.

  • ON THE “DEATH” OF BOOKS: THE MADRID BOOK FAIR 2018

    As an avid lover of physical books, I went to the book fair with one question in mind: how is the Madrid Book Fair responding to the technological changes that are happening around us? Instead of finding a stall selling downloadable e-books, I found a different response. To those who say that books are dying, I say that they are changing. Books are no longer simply the words that fill their pages. They are objects of beauty that can be read and enjoyed, and then displayed proudly on a bookshelf or coffee table in one’s home. This is clear walking through the Madrid Book Fair.

  • 5 BEST INSTAGRAM BLOGS ABOUT MADRID

    Whether you're traveling around Madrid for a week or here indefinitely, it’s impossible to ever see enough of the Spanish capital. "5 Best Instagram Blogs" will definitely help!

  • NEW AGE SPAIN: EL ESCCORIAL REVISITED!

    Did you know that El Escorial was built starting in 1563 to be the final resting place for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the father of the Spanish King Phillip II? It was finished in 1584 as not only his palace but as a Hieronymite monastery--hence its somber shadows and design.

  • THE “TRUTH” IS LAUNCHED!

    The crowd enthusiastically applauded Nina's presentation of THE TRUTH EMERGES, her gut-wrenching, inspirational and deeply personal book.

  • SCENES OF DOS DE MAYO IN TODAY’S MADRID

    It's been 210 years but the places of Madrid heroism are still there, very much alive and thriving. See them as they are  today!

  • A GUIDEPOST REPRINT:”The Strawberry Line,” 12 July 1985

    Ten a.m. at Madrid’s Estación de las Delicias: a goods train, the Strawberry Train, is about to set off. In the 1850’s the train was the subject of much talk and excitement, described and romanticised by chronicles, poets and journalists. It carried the Royalty and their guests on hunting trips from Atocha station right up to the portals of the Royal Palace in Aranjuez. On their return to Madrid the local borough would present them with asparagus and strawberries and in commemoration of this tradition the hostesses today pass around baskets of strawberries to the tourists on the Tren de la Fresa

  • AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID: DONATE! THERE’S STILL TIME!

    This year the American Club of Madrid is raising money for Toys for Tots, one of the most iconic American non-profits. Please JOIN & DONATE!

  • CAN YOU BEAT THIS?

    Cifuentes wrote to the rector of the university to return her controversial degree! Now,what's there for her to resign?