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BLOCKBUSTER “THE LION KING” NOW SHOWING THROUGHOUT SPAIN

The highest-grossing animated film of all time!

 

 

By Guidepost

Genre: Computer-animated musical (Adventure and Drama)

Plot: Disney’s

ANGELA MERKEL OPENS THIS YEAR’S FAMED WAGNERIAN BAYREUTH FESTIVAL

Merkel, in her signature jacket but with a floor-length skirt (unusual for her) to complete the ensemble, presided the premiere of the famed Bayreuth Festival in Bavaria which will last till 28 August. The Festival is held annually in the opera house of Bayreuth to show Richard Wagner's stage works exclusively.

TWO FILMS FROM SPAIN FEATURED AT LINCOLN CENTER DANCE FILM FESTIVAL: (1) “FROM KNEE TO HEART”

Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival (July 12-15, 2019), celebrating its 47th year, featured 11 programs of documentaries over four days, including films from 17 countries, which were screened at the Walter Reade Theater on West 65th Street in Manhattan. Two films from Spain, “From Knee to Heart” and “Siete Leguas” (“Seven League”) were both intimate portraits of dancers facing challenges in very different ways and circumstances.

TWO FILMS FROM SPAIN AT THE LINCOLN CENTER DANCE FILM FESTIVAL: (2) “SEVEN LEAGUES”

The documentary takes us into the children’s homes and lives as well as into the dance studio, where the children of various ages and physical abilities are doing floor and standing up exercises with the aid of teachers and a cadre of young dedicated volunteers, who help them move and stretch their muscles. During the heartwarming movie, we watched these kids soar!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Casablanca: An Exotic Gourmet Adventure,” 9 April 1982

Whispering palms fronds laze behind fan-shaped bamboo chairs; peach parasol-shaded tables sit back snugly in wavy secretive alcoves; soft music adds spice to after-dinner conversation. Sound like an exotic, faraway place to dine out? Well, exotic it is, but faraway it’s not. Casablanca is one Madrid restaurant as romantic as Bogart himself and truly an exotic experience for the gourmet dinner. And it’s no farther away than the picturesque Calle Barquillo 29, just off the Castellana and down from the Alonso Martinez Metro.

THE SEVEN JEWELS OF ANDALUSIA 

Mezquita of Cordoba - Cadiz Cathedral - Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaen - Alhambra, Granada - La Manquita, Malaga - Monumento a Colon, Huelva - La Cathedral Giralda, Seville

ASSUMPTION DAY: WHY SOME ARE RED LETTER DAYS IN THE SPANISH CALENDAR BUT SOME ARE NOT

The 15th of August is a public holiday in Spain, being the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Constitution says there is no State religion but the Spanish nation is founded on Catholicism. No Constituion could shake that off so easily.

WHERE TO, SPAIN? Is the Country Headed for New Elections?

Uncertainty assails Spain these days. It is possible that a new parliamentary election will be held before the year is out because of the deadlock in investing the President of the Government. I asked a dozen young Spaniards in Puerta del Sol about it and ALL of them said there's going to be an election indeed. Surprisingly, most of them also think it's a good thing.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION. IN AUGUST? SURE!

There's nothing perfunctory about the celebration of the New Year's Eve right bang in the middle of summer The hilly village, home to a scarce 800 inhabitants, sees to it that it has at least all the basic trimmings indispensable to a true Nochevieja celebration in Spain: the essential Three Kings, the grapes for the New Year's Eve, Holiday Season delicacies. And fun in huge quantities!

A TALK WITH THE YOUNG & DEDICATED MAYOR OF BÉRCHULES, DON ISMAEL PADILLA GERVILLA

"Nochevieja en Agosto is no flash in the pan. We're now on our 25th year. Because of  the proven continuity  of our fiesta, we've become eligible  for the dintinction of Fiesta de Interes Turistico. Not every initiative of every village gets to survive a quater of a century and generates so much interest. May our friends enjoy the fiesta immensely, the atmosphere be truly festive throughout the celebration, and cordiality and friendship reign."

New Age Spain: Motocross in Las Ventas?

I just happened to catch it on TV: They were holding a motocross spectacular event in the Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid! The crowd was oohing and ahhing over the head-over-heels jumps and stunts the riders were exhibiting. Maybe Las Ventas will have another motocross exhibition in the future for you all to check out! In the States, dirt biking is the rage. In fact, anything to do with mechanical mayhem is very, very popular. That includes Monster Trucks. The trucks do their best to smash themselves to pieces and the spectators roar.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Segovia’s Aqueduct: The Devil Did It,” 2 September 1983

There are several theories as to how the great aqueduct at Segovia was built. Since it is of such mammoth proportions, one theory is that it was constructed by Hercules. Another theory, and one that has become legend, is that Lucifer and his engineering crew threw up the aqueduct in the course of one, wild stormy night. Because it is so unreal, so imposing, so awe-inspiring, the last theory does seem the most likely and is the very reason the Segovians call the aqueduct the Devil’s Bridge.

SPARKLE IN THIS HEAT? YOU DON’T NEED THAT, UNLESS IT’S SPARKLING SANGRIA!

You'd want an authentic Spanish sparkler for your sparkling sangria since sangria is Spanish. To give your sangria the Spanish sparkle, use cava, Spain's sparkling wine.

“¡SPAIN IS BACK IN EUROPE!”

A visibly elated acting Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, met the press on 2 July 2019 in Brussels, and broke the "extraordinary news” of Josep Borrell's nomination by the European Commission as the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. “España ha vuelto a Europa (Spain has retunred to Europe,.” he exclaimed.

THE SANFERMINES IS ON, RUN!

GUARANTEED FUN. May the bulls run with -- not on! -- you!

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.