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I still travel through the backstreets of Madrid with city plan close at hand. But at every opportunity I carry “Los Nombres de las Calles de Madrid” and let myself get lost – lost in the rich, exciting history that was, is and continue to be Madrid. The book is more than mere recited facts: it is an historical perspective of Madrid during many phases of its development, peppered with insights into tradition, customs and culture. It is a fascinating compendium of personalities, historical, mythical, religious, aristocratic and legendary figures, as well as geographical locations, trades, important battles and other well-placed events, which have all lent their names and distinction to the Spanish capital.
The US House of Representatives voted on Halloween to spook Trump with a 232 to 196 vote on endorsing the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry and set up a new public phase of the investigation. House speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, presided over the vote and said “what is at stake in all of this is nothing less than our democracy.” Republicans in the House were united in defense of President Trump, describing the inquiry as secretive and unfair. Moreover, Trump says the “Deep State” — that is, the Washington bureaucracy — has been against him since his election in 2016.
“Why don’t they let the leaves stay on the ground, so they can dance and skip and play around? They’ve done their work; they’ve had their day, so why not let them stay and play?”
The last four kings of England, died from cigarette smoking: from emphysema, Edward VII, heart disease, George V, lung cancer, George VI, and throat cancer, Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor. The person who smokes is deliberately and consciously shortening his life, perhaps even to the extent of halving it. But if you can’t live like a king, what’s the point in dying like one?
Micahel Douglas and wife Diandra in Mallorca supervising the renovation of their newly acquired “dream house”// Spanish tenor Placido Domingo opening the glittering homage to Dame Magot Fonteyn at London’s Covent Garden; enthusiastic in their applause were Diana, the Princess of Wales, and Princess Margaret.// Paco Rabanne presenting his latest collection at Madrid’s fashionable Joy Eslava. //Spain’s Infanta Cristina celebrating her 25th birthday in New York and missing her uncle’s (ex King Constantine of Greece) 50th birthday party in London. Some 600 guests attended, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and Constantine’s sister and brother-in-law Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos I of Spain. . .
Massimo Vidoni: When I was a child, I had discovered the art of truffles when I accompanied my uncle. The early morning preparation and going to the mountains, with the dogs, is where my profound interest really started. Once the dog pointed to the location where there could of been a possible truffle, it was like a gold rush for me, being well versed in how difficult it was to find truffles. I had started to think of the commercial business end of trading, buying and selling this bespoken gift of Mother Nature and I had gotten hooked !
Being able to actually touch the ocean is a wonderful thing when you live inland. I hope you were able to do it this summer, and if not, plan for next year!
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.
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.”