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THERE’S A NEW KID ON THE ART SCENE

THERE’S A NEW KID ON THE ART SCENE »

17 Sep, 2021
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"The paint connects with the inner me and guides my hand to form this deep communication which enriches my life and serves as intense therapy. You can't possibly remain depressed as you create a piece of beauty. Life is art, and being involved with art brightens one's existence" 

SPANISH RACISM FOCUSES ON THE GYPSIES & THE VASCOS

SPANISH RACISM FOCUSES ON THE GYPSIES & THE VASCOS »

10 Sep, 2021
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Spaniards are most fond of saying that they harbor no racial prejudice whatsoever. That is true in one sense. In another sense what the Spaniards say is not the whole truth in at least two significant cases. The first involves the Basques; the second the gypsies. No “Spaniard” will ever raise a racial issue in discussing the Basques. An yet almost every Basque -- some 2 million of them -- will agree with the publicly repeated proposition of the far-left pro-Basque independence coalition in Spain, Herri Batasuna: “No somos españoles!”

STATESIDE STORIES: Biden’s Approval Rating Down after Afghanistan Exit

STATESIDE STORIES: Biden’s Approval Rating Down after Afghanistan Exit »

7 Sep, 2021
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Amid the violence and chaos of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Biden’s approval rating plummeted to just 43%, the lowest rating since he has taken office. 61% disapprove of his handling of the withdrawal

A Second Opinion: Getting Back Online

A Second Opinion: Getting Back Online »

27 Aug, 2021
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Settling down in Pendleton: Computer paraphernalia to hook up. Books to donate. Mail to return. Furniture to arrange. Mexican restaurants, steakhouses, fast-food places to eat out at. Million-dollar sunsets to watch. Work to get back to. All in all, we are pleased with the move.

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — II: Go to Jaca-Ordesa

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — II: Go to Jaca-Ordesa »

13 Aug, 2021
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Valley of Tena * Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park * Jaca * Cariñena wine * Medieval monasteries * Wildlife * Mountain trails * Hotels * Paradors * Camping facilities

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — I: Go from Olite to Jaca

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — I: Go from Olite to Jaca »

13 Aug, 2021
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"There exists in certain travel circles the general belief that Spain is a country of only sun, beaches and bullfights. Nevertheless, there are mountain ranges, and among these are the Pyrenees in northern Spain which truly are a kingdom of mountains and valleys, rocks, water and woods with breathtaking scenery.

THE BATON GOES TO PARIS FOR AN OLYMPICS “FOR THE PEOPLE”

THE BATON GOES TO PARIS FOR AN OLYMPICS “FOR THE PEOPLE” »

9 Aug, 2021
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The French national anthem played as a filmed video took viewers to sumptuous sites in Paris. It was the apéritif of the coming Summer Olympics 2024. One could only hope that the accursed pandemic will just be a nightmare that will have been long forgotten by the time the Pairs Games come around – but for the lessons that will have been learned. In fact, that’s the mood and promise at the Eiffel Tower last Sunday.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Goes to the Olympics with High Hopes but no Flag,” 18 July 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Goes to the Olympics with High Hopes but no Flag,” 18 July 1980 »

27 Jul, 2021
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Although Spain won medals at the Montreal Olympics, experts are hesitant to predict the Spaniards' possibilities for success at Moscow. The Summer Games at Moscow, boycotted by many nations, may not live up to what we have come to expect from the Olympics but still the political entanglements combined with the hope the games will give to traditional underdogs should make the competition interesting.

A Second Opinion: Moving Part III

A Second Opinion: Moving Part III »

15 Jul, 2021
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Pendleton, Oregon is where our new home is. It is famous for its Round-up Rodeo. We are so lucky. It’s been a miracle to find such a reasonable house in a nice neighborhood in a smaller town than Portland, which had gone downhill over the years. I won’t be a homeless waif like I thought I might be

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Renaissance Quartet — Middle Ages Music Re-Created”, 11 December 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Renaissance Quartet — Middle Ages Music Re-Created”, 11 December 1970 »

11 Jul, 2021
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Could you believe it? "The organ grinder and light operas called zarzuelas are considered quaint among Madrid’s young sophisticates." And that's supposed to be a sign that "Madrid is rapidly becoming as culturally cosmopolitan as other great European cities" and that the nation's capital is "certainly musically coming of age." That, at least, is what Guidepost had observed on 11 December 1970.