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We must be brave and face the challenges of 2020 without fear.
A GUIDEPOST Reprint
THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF MY LIFE
By Bill Cemlyn-Jones 14 September 1990
I’ve had an unhappy
A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE FIRST LADIES OF MADRID (or A Tale of three or more Virgins)”, 30 MARCH 1990 »
Who is the patron saint of Madrid, its true “first lady”? The conciliatory madrileños will tell you that it is obvious: all the three famous Virgins. that is, the Virgins of Almudena, La Paloma and Atocha. But there are more. Madrid has never suffred from lack of Virgins!
The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was passed in the Senate and the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote and thus could be enacted into law even if President Trump vetoes it. (He signed it.) Good to know that, although far away, the cry for freedom and democracy can still be heard and addressed in some way.
As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, a great many men in Spain, as in almost every country in the world, get their guns out of the closets and head for the fields and forests. The hunting season has arrived. It is recommended that foreigners hunting in Spain either make as complete arrangements as possible before going to any of the hunting areas, or arrange a hunting party with some Spanish friend who knows what would be necessary. One other thing, the normal and natural courtesies existing in the rest of the world apply equally in Spain. Observe the legal requirements and the general customs, and you will really have a HAPPY HUNTING!
There are so many people in need and so many who could help if they gave what they could to the proper charities. I am so grateful for what I have now in life, after years of strife and struggle. I have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in, unlike the homeless people frequenting the missions. If we can give thanks to God once a year for our blessings, why not do it every day?
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren: “I’ve heard that there are some billionaires that don’t support this plan… All we are saying is when you make it big, pitch in two cents so everybody gets a chance to make it.”
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.