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A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SANTIAGO — Apostle, Saint & Moor-Killer,” 25 July 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SANTIAGO — Apostle, Saint & Moor-Killer,” 25 July 1969 »

23 Sep, 2022
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After his original role as Apostle who spread the new gospel far and wide, Santiago Apostol, became more aptly called Santiago Matamoros (James Killer of Moors) when he took on the role of a knight errant and defender of the faith, a formidable warrior who rides in the clouds over the heads of the Spanish armies, dressed in resplendent armor, mounted on a fiery white charger and brandishing a double-edged sword, killing Moors right and left and creating panic in the enemy forces.

SNAPSHOT: SLEEP, LILIBET, SLEEP

SNAPSHOT: SLEEP, LILIBET, SLEEP »

21 Sep, 2022
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As the remains of the Queen were solemnly lowered into the Royal Vault at St. George’s, the Sovereign’s Piper slowly walked down the hallway, from the doorway between the chapel and the Dean's Cloister, his music fading away with him. It was a most poignant tribute, a most moving, a hauntingly beautiful rendition for a Sovereign who served her Realms so well for seven decades. “Dearie” now “sleeps” beneath St. George’s Chapel with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince Charming love of her life who passed away just 17 months ago on 9 April 2021.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Alta Batik,” 20 May 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Alta Batik,” 20 May 1969 »

13 Sep, 2022
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“Batik” is a complicated design-dyeing process that has been on the Fashion scene for over 2,000 years. The “número uno” rage in Paris and Rome for several seasons, the technique only just reached Madrid and has caught on so quickly that when Argentinian Inez Lezama Ovejero moved to the Spanish capital and went into the batik business she enjoyed immediate success.

SNAPSHOT: Charles Philip Arthur George, King Charles III of the United Kingdom and the Other Commonwealth Realms

SNAPSHOT: Charles Philip Arthur George, King Charles III of the United Kingdom and the Other Commonwealth Realms »

10 Sep, 2022
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"As you may possibly have noticed from time to time, I have tended to make a habit of sticking my head above the parapet and generally getting shot off. . .If you become the sovereign, you play the role in the way that it is expected. So, clearly, I won’t be able to do the same things."

SNAPSHOT: HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

SNAPSHOT: HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II »

9 Sep, 2022
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Her Majesty's marvelous life in three sentences

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN–WHERE THE ACTION IS,” 19 May 1989

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN–WHERE THE ACTION IS,” 19 May 1989 »

1 Sep, 2022
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In this new and wonderful decade (of the 1980s) in which we are living, where is Spain going? My country has undertaken throughout the past ten years a great effort to adjust itself to modernity. In twelve years, since the first free elections in 1977, Spain has undergone two gigantic transitions: the political and the economic.. we have established a democratic and constitutional political regime and carried out an economic minirevolution.

A SECOND OPINION: Experts say Climate Change Fueling Summer’s Extreme Weather

A SECOND OPINION: Experts say Climate Change Fueling Summer’s Extreme Weather »

30 Aug, 2022
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As summer wears on, and wildfires and heat waves hit Spain and the US, scientists claim that climate change is the cause. Evidence suggests that Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate. As sunflowers hail the height of summer, over 100 degrees F days continue with no rain in sight except for the occasional afternoon thunderstorm which brings little relief.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “WHERE JOURNALISTS JUNK IT,” 25 April 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “WHERE JOURNALISTS JUNK IT,” 25 April 1969 »

22 Aug, 2022
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"Be it ever so humble, there´s no place like your own office. I´m proud of my office. It is not really grand, I suppose, less esoteric, you might say, than Mr. Heffner´s penthouse suite in Chicago. We haven´t—as yet—any sunken Pompeian swimming pools, color stereophonic TV, or a heliport with built-in cocktail cabinets. And there is a grim shortage of nude bunny rabbit girls scurrying around the joint and twitching their cute little furry tails. To tell the brutal truth, neither Harry nor I have made a fortune out of our profession of journalism. I suggested to Harry that we might change our trade, and enter a profession even older than our own."

A SECOND OPINION: Covid-19 Still a Problem

A SECOND OPINION: Covid-19 Still a Problem »

31 Jul, 2022
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"Across the US there have been many more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the disease in the month of July. My neighbors both had it and have recovered. My niece in Spain had it too. It seems to pick its victims at random."

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Horrific Changes”, 17 January 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Horrific Changes”, 17 January 1969 »

25 Jul, 2022
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“'The Madrid of the Future'” is a subject which I prefer not to contemplate until I have lowered several stiff slugs of coñac. As the oldest surviving foreign resident in the Spanish capital, I´ve seen some horrific changes here, man, boy and fossil. When I first arrived, the wheel hasn't been invented yet but come 2001 and the whole peninsula will be undermined by 100 layers of underground car parks. The Moorish tourists demanded hot and cold running fountains, and the good old Las Ventas Plaza de Toros is slated to become the Monumental Platillo Volante de Toros. . . "