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St Valentine, the Love saint, is buried on the warm and romantic southern coast of Spain. Or so the librarian of the Cathedral of Almería claims. Moreover, long before St. Valentine´s body came to the sunny Spanish shores, Spain was the scene of one of the most passionate love affairs in history, that of "The Lovers of Teruel". Not that there's much solid evidence to support the legend. But the popularity of the medieval romantic tale just keeps on growing anyway.
Every year those little germs that travel across the Asian and European continents from the east seem to take a stronger hold. During this last epidemic homes and businesses were very severely affected and in one office 40% of the bilingual secretaries were sick, including the telex and switchboard operators. After several years’ experience in Madrid as a top executive secretary, Yvonne Monroe decided to fill one of Madrid´s gaps—the temporary secretarial agency, and three years ago StenoServices was born. London, New York and Paris have been served by these bureaux for a long time now, but in the Spanish capital this was a new venture.
"Once a year, I get my shoes neatly polished on the eve of the Feast of the Three Kings. According to the ancient and charming Spanish custom, on the night of January 5th, the three Kings pause by my apartment building, squeeze their camels into the elevator. But this year, frankincensuously, I'm not sure that the Kings are going to come my way. I'd guess that the cost of supporting a camelcade would run high. My most reliable source, the year-old son of my portero, assures me, though, that despite all the difficulties, the Kings will arrive in Madrid this year."
T’was the night before Christmas up here in the town and all of Terreno is drinking them down! Let´s get out of here ´fore the D.T’s attack us! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good fight!”
A Semana Grande in Saint Jean-de-Luz? In France? Mais oui! The Semana Grande of Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a festival with a cultural purpose that outstrips the festivals in most Spanish cities on which it has been modeled. Saint-Jean-de-Luz in the Pay Basque is a French commune. And yet its ties to Spain is infinitely closer than its ties to France. The first Semana Grande of Saint-Jean-de-Luz was a commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the marriage of Louis XIV of France to the Spanish Infanta Maria Teresa. The tenth Semana Grande was a powerfully Spanish festival that wowed all those who came to attend.
Sandy Davies, la emperatriz yanqui del toreo: "Bullfighting is a man´s world, but I don´t think there is all this machismo and sex in it. It is more valor than virility, and women have had valor, internal fortitude for hundreds of years"
"There has been a 'Manifestacíon Minifaldista' in Paris, according to today’s Madrid morning newspaper. Bearing posters enscribed 'Free Legs!' and 'Long Skirts—Treason!' a group of bare thighed young ladies paraded through the streets of La Ville Lumière threatening a new Reign of Terror for those Paris Coutourièrs who have lengthened the hemline by several centimeters below the belly button in their creations for the Fall and Winter."
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.
“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.
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.