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Entertaining Halloween 2020

Beware! Even if we´re confined or restricted at home or to a community or country,Halloween is still coming.But that doesn´t mean you and yours can´t have a little fun spooking around the house. Since we´re almost there, here are three very easy, very quick and inexpensive ideas to creepy up your holiday: Bloody Necklace, Super Fast Ghost Decoration, Bloody Mary Cocktail.

Bravas, Bridges & Brew in The Home of the Brave!

I hatched a plan after my doctor described my latest blood test as "boring." I never  wanted  anything  about me to be described as boring. So I drove from the  middle of  Long  Island, epicenter of bland restaurants, to  southern Brooklyn to  pick up the Guidepost Galloping Gourmets. They can root out Spanish food better than a savy pig can find a truffle.

FIVE SHOWS TO WELCOME AUTUMN IN THE NEW NORMAL

Gooood old showbiz in the new normal, face mask, social distancing and all. Five shows GUIDEPOST has chosen to help you ease into the Fall, when you're in Madrid, with the feeling that this pandemic will not stay with us forever. And that we’re in fact one step ahead of it already even when the panorama looks bleak outside because of a looming Second Wave. Time to take entertainment seriously!

CAN YOU IMAGINE A WORDLESS STAND-UP? “FRIDO” IS!

It’s hard enough to tickle the audience's funny bone with just a few words. But a mute stand-up? See what “Frido” can do!

QUINTESSENTIAL GREEK VILLAGE IN DOWNTOWN MADRID

Taberna Griega could be the quintessential Greek village in downtown Madrid, where GUIDEPOST's "Three Musketeers" celebrated Guidepost Publisher Dan Lowell's birthday which was actually in March but due to the pandemic lockdown we could only celebrate it this September. We had spent an afternoon in its lively taberna and lingered over the luscious Meze served with hot Pita bread and sipping high quality Cretian wines. And of course we feasted on the main courses. Ya mas!

DON A CAPE AND WOW THE LADIES — AND GENTLEMEN!

Warm and dashing, the capa española can be twirled haughtily around the wearer’s body twice or even three times. And Capas Seseña is the only establishment still existing in all Spain with a proud and single-minded dedication to the making of the classic Spanish cape, cut and sewn right there on the old turn-of-the-century premises. The traditional garment has been enchanting elegant national and international fashion audiences (and wearers, of course) unfailingly all these many years.

THE SURGE IN POPULARITY OF JUNKYARD CARS, A CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOM

The fear of crowded public transport plus the harsh economic condition, both brought about by the COVID, have caused the sale of cars older than 20 years to spike. The rather strange phenomenon is happening side by side with the accelerated demand for bicycles and other means of mobility as alternatives to mass transit which is perceived as a superspreader of the virus.

RAFA NADAL SLAMS IT TO THE MAGIC 20!

On Sunday, 11 October 2020, the World’s Number 2 ATP player demolished Serbian Novak Djokovic, the World’s Number 1, in three straight sets at the Roland Garros final. As the Spanish national anthem resounded in the Philippe Chatrier court, tears of emotion glistened in the Spanish eyes. In his victory speech, Rafa Nadal said, "I never hide that I would love to finish my career being the player with more Grand Slams, no doubt about that. The records, of course, I care." About Roger Federer who got there first, he said, "We will see when we end our careers. I believe our rivalry is something beautiful."

MEET THE HEALTH-ALERT GUY WHO TESTED POSTIVE – NO, NOT THE U.S. PRESIDENT!

One day the greying blond-and-blue-eyed Director and Spokesperson of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies disappeared from the TV screens. He had tested positive for the coronavirus. People didn’t know whether to laugh at the irony of it or to conclude that he’s a smooth-talking tele- evangelist you’d better not pay too much attention to, much less trust.

JUST SO YOU KNOW: MADRID IS UNDER “RESTRICTIONS” (AGAIN)!

“Restrictions”: it is the regional government of Madrid’s euphemism for partial lockdown, or “selective confinement” as the Deputy Counselor of Health and the COVID Plan had blurted out. Demonstrations in various parts of the region are being held, protesting against what they see as drawing a dividing line between the north and south -- rich and poor -- of Madrid. In truth, "selective confinement" is not exclusive to Madrid these days. Similar measures are being applied in some places in Spain.

SEVEN BEST COUNTRIES TO SETTLE IN AFTER THE PANDEMIC

The pandemic confinement gave people time to ponder their way of life and, accordingly, their place of residence. Spain, next to the UK, is a top choice of those thinking of moving to a new country when the coast is clear. France comes third.

HOW TO GET HEALTHY ANYWHERE IN THE EU: GET A CARD!

The European Health Insurance Card allows anyone who is insured or covered by a statutory social security scheme of the EU countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom to receive medical treatment in another member state free or at a reduced cost, if that treatment becomes necessary during their visit or if they have a chronic pre-existing condition which requires care. The term of validity of the card depends on the issuing country.

SOLDIERS JOIN THE DESPERATE WAR AGAINST A VIRUS

In view of very disturbing flare-ups, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced recently that the army will be on hand to help regions track and trace COVID-19 positives. Sanchez admits that the situation is "worrying" but stresses that Spain is nowhere near the height of the pandemic in mid-March.

AN EVENTFUL SCHOOL OPENING THIS SEPTEMBER IN SPAIN

Strike looms over school opening even as Spain grapples with the threat of pandemic resurgence.

A STUNNING SPANISH BEAUTY WOWS FRENCH EMPEROR & MARRIES HER

At first the intentions of Charles Louis Napoleon (shortly to be crowned Noapoleon III) might have been less than honorable, but Eugenia, granddaughter of an American Consul, insisted that he think of her as a possible consort and not as another courtesan. Five weeks after the proclamation of the second French empire, Napoleon III proposed to Eugenia de Montijo in December of 1852, and she readily accepted becoming Empress Eugenie of France.

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.