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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.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: SALINAS DEL MANZANO,” 5 August 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: SALINAS DEL MANZANO,” 5 August 1983 »

20 Jun, 2019
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The ageless charm of a town off the beaten track. You'll have to read Juan Angel Serna's moving full account because a pat description here of his beloved town will do the it and him uncalled for injustice.

STATESIDE STORIES: FATHER’S DAY!

STATESIDE STORIES: FATHER’S DAY! »

15 Jun, 2019
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Father's Day in the States is Sunday, June 16th. That is the day in which we recognize what fathers do for their children, which is quite varied and something often to boast about.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “LA FIESTA BRAVA: Winding Up San Isidro 1983,” 24 June 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “LA FIESTA BRAVA: Winding Up San Isidro 1983,” 24 June 1983 »

9 Jun, 2019
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The Isidril month of June 1983 got off to a good start with a fine corrida from Alonso Moreno which facilitated the triumphs of the toreros. At the end of the Festival in June, But at the end of the Festival, the Salvador Guardiola Fantoni bulls did not facilitate the success of the toreros. Dámaso González was his usual valiant and determined self and could have cut an ear from his second bull but he had difficulty with the kill. José Ortega Cano did not have his lucky afternoon either. Thankfully, Jose Nelo “Morenito de Maracay” went all out and earned the applause of the public for his efforts.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Tragedy in the Bullring,” 24 June 1983

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Tragedy in the Bullring,” 24 June 1983 »

9 Jun, 2019
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There has always been a lot of talk about the injustices and indignities the “poor bull” has to suffer. But what about the Man? Matador Curro Vazquez suffered a tremendous goring during the San Isidro Fair, resulting in the severing of the femoral artery. Had this occurred in a smaller ring, a provincial town, Curro would not be around to talk about it. Manuel Granero was killed instantly in the plaza of Madrid on May 7th 1922. . .

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “NEWS BACKGROUND: Felipe Ponders his Cabinet as the Rest Ponder their Future,” 12 NOVEMBER 1982

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “NEWS BACKGROUND: Felipe Ponders his Cabinet as the Rest Ponder their Future,” 12 NOVEMBER 1982 »

2 Jun, 2019
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As president-elect Felipe Gonzalez pondered the construction of his new Socialist government, the leaders of the other major parties pondered their future amid the shambles of electoral defeat.

A Second Opinion: Assisted Suicide–Murder Most Foul!

A Second Opinion: Assisted Suicide–Murder Most Foul! »

2 Jun, 2019
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The Medical profession exists to help people live healthy and fulfilling lives. To twist and skew ethical considerations because of the societal problems of population and aging is to forget the intrinsic value of life itself. “Putting someone out of their misery” is nothing more than “Murder Most Foul!” Murder is against the law, yet exceptions are made. Consistently and often horribly. And Doctors and nurses are involved in every stage. In the States, it is practically a socially acceptable industry.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “San Isidro Opens With Eloquence”, 21 MAY 1982

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “San Isidro Opens With Eloquence”, 21 MAY 1982 »

27 May, 2019
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With opening words from the elegant and almost unintellibly literate Francisco Umbral, El Pais columnist and self-ordained “public scandal,” the Festivals of San Isidro made May in Madrid a memorable and musically delightful experience. Calling on the Madrileños to join in the festivities planned by the Madrid City Hall, with blessings from the tender Tierno Galvan, mayor and host for the week-long fiestas, Francisco Umbral delighted the crowd with his assonant, consonant, alliterative and onomatopoeic prose lauding Madrid for its beauty and dignified decrepitude

Stateside Stories: A Simple Coincidence?

Stateside Stories: A Simple Coincidence? »

26 May, 2019
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Rambling around town in the beginnings of May, en route to my second shift of the day, I came across an old building in an older part of the city which startled me with its blaringly large white sign which read “Lowell’s Print-Inn”. Now I don’t know anything about the history of the building, but all I could think of was taking a picture of it for Guidepost’s longtime publisher, Dan Lowell, who for many years was in charge of the print version of Guidepost as he is now in charge of the online version. It was the most evocative, interesting and coincidental sight to see on my way to what is rather boring work at times, and I vowed then and there to come back and take pictures to prove the strange coincidence.