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A SECOND OPINION: BREATHE — How many Rainforests are there left in the World? Fewer and fewer…

A SECOND OPINION: BREATHE — How many Rainforests are there left in the World? Fewer and fewer… »

31 Aug, 2019
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In Brazil it almost seems that forests are being cleared for ranching and other purposes. Forests are a pain in the neck to people who see nothing but profit and progress. But forests fill a basic need for human life: O2. We breathe because of the oxygen produced by trees and plant life and especially the rainforests of the world. Bolsonaro may just have to deal with the world on the issue of the wildfires in the Amazon.

PEOPLE: CR7 & GEORGINA — HAS THE SPANISH CINDERELLA MARRIED FOOTBALLER PRINCE CHARMING?

PEOPLE: CR7 & GEORGINA — HAS THE SPANISH CINDERELLA MARRIED FOOTBALLER PRINCE CHARMING? »

28 Aug, 2019
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Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez may have tied the knot secretly and their – but especially his – fans are all atwitter! What brought the news on was an image of Georgina watching the film Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs and saying: “Waiting for my husband. Saturday night.”

A Second Opinion: Dis-Respect for the Forces…

A Second Opinion: Dis-Respect for the Forces… »

19 Aug, 2019
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Candlelight Vigil, Police Week, National Mall, Washington DC, May 2019 At the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil two Deputy United States Marshals

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “EVERYBODY’S SALADS”, 7 July 1978

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “EVERYBODY’S SALADS”, 7 July 1978 »

18 Aug, 2019
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A GUIDEPOST Reprint

 

Everybody’s Salads COOKERY BY PATRICIA MESSIER

7 July 1978

 

Salads are one of the

A SECOND OPINION: Trump Not Fully Exonerated

A SECOND OPINION: Trump Not Fully Exonerated »

10 Aug, 2019
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If you've been keeping up with the news, you may have realized that in the Congressional Hearings with Special Investigator Robert Mueller, President Trump was not fully exonerated from wrongdoing by Mueller's report. But although he may not be removed from office through impeachment, the President could be prosecuted after he leaves office for Russian collusion and obstruction of justice, both of which the he vehemently denies ever occurred.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “MADRID: A VIEW FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’,” 29 JULY 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “MADRID: A VIEW FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’,” 29 JULY 1983 »

4 Aug, 2019
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Rodney Ward, like many back-packing ‘cowboys’ of the mid-seventies, first arrived in Madrid in 1975 and was at once struck by Spain’s fine old capital city. Although planning to move on within a few days, the Magic of Madrid compelled him to stay for two years. Only then did Rodney Ward set off back to Australia. Does he miss Madrid? “It’s always nice to come home,"he says, but Madrid gets in the blood.

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

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

29 Jul, 2019
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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.

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

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

21 Jul, 2019
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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.

STATESIDE STORIES: How About Going Camping?

STATESIDE STORIES: How About Going Camping? »

16 Jul, 2019
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Some people camp in tents, some use recreational vehicles and campers, and some just backpack out into the woods to sleep out under the stars on soft summer nights. Some even use pack mules and horses to really get out into the backcountry and leave civilization far behind. There are so many different places for the camping aficionado to go all across the country that any listing would be incomplete. But if you are traveling to the US and want to try your hand at camping, be sure to make reservations ahead of time to save space in the many National Parks and Recreational Sites available. Or you can just trust to luck and rent a camper or trailer that will at least give you shelter from a summer storm.

A Second Opinion: Beyond the Pyrenees

A Second Opinion: Beyond the Pyrenees »

27 Jun, 2019
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Somehow I always felt that "Europe" began at the Pyrenees, leaving Spain as a magic island of cultural heritage. What has the EU really done to improve the life of the average Spaniard except complicate the panorama a bit more? Perhaps there has been a forward-looking push from up North that has subtlely changed the traditional Spanish attitude of xenophobia. Perhaps some modernization has occurred and the economy is more robust than before. But Madrid is not Paris, and Barcelona is not Berlin, and Rome will always be Rome. If the British can say "no" to the Continent then others may follow suit.