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A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spanish Fashion Holds Its Own,” 24 July 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spanish Fashion Holds Its Own,” 24 July 1970 »

20 May, 2023
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In the summer of 1970, GUIDEPOST reports: "Spain’s fashion designers bowed to the applause of buyers and members of the press who came from all over the world this week to preview what you might be wearing come September. Of all the collections, Pertegaz’s was the most expensive; Pedro Rodriguez’s, the most conservative, Elio Berhanyer’s, futuristic and Lino’s, the most elegant. However, Marbel Jr.’s collection seemed to demonstrated how to dress to look like a tart. And Herrera y Ollero’s collection was one hundred pieces of general unexcitement."

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Valley of Lozoya: Rascafría & El Paular,” 14 August 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Valley of Lozoya: Rascafría & El Paular,” 14 August 1970 »

4 May, 2023
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The pine forest of El Paular in the Valley of Lozoya is the most beautiful of all Spain, so the people who live there claim. Thousand-year-old tales, as romantic as any ever told in Spain, originated in the valley which lies just behind the Guadarrama Mountain Range, visible from Madrid. Not only tourists and historians find a store of history here, but fishermen, hunters, hikers, skiers, bird watchers, swimmers and mountain climbers too. The visitor’s first surprise is a luxuriant green valley dotted with vegetable gardens, a contrast to the bleak Castilian plateau. But there was a time in the long history of Lozoya when, despite the prodigious gift of beauty from Nature itself, the valley lay in ruins.

A SECOND OPINION: April Showers Bring May Flowers

A SECOND OPINION: April Showers Bring May Flowers »

20 Apr, 2023
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A personal perspective: Joe Biden's famous gaffes. Torrential downpours. Late bloomers blooming soon. Trump: adjudicated but still running for President. Transgenders. U.S. Southern border open to migrants and drug traffickers. Urban crimes rampant.

SEVE & JON,THE POWER OF AN OLD INSPIRATION OVER THE NEW SPANISH GOLFING HERO

SEVE & JON,THE POWER OF AN OLD INSPIRATION OVER THE NEW SPANISH GOLFING HERO »

17 Apr, 2023
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Rahmbo paying tribute to Seve Ballesteros on the former's win at Masters: "Spaniards like winning on Easter Sunday and Seve's birthday!"

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “La Granja: Spain’s Little Versailles”, 21 August 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “La Granja: Spain’s Little Versailles”, 21 August 1970 »

12 Apr, 2023
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La Granja with its formal gardens, arranged with geometrical precision, its statues depicting mythological figures, its serene, ordered beauty, is often called the "Little Versailles" for it bears a marked similarity to the famous gardens created by Lenótre for Louis XIV of France.

HOW I LONG TO WALK THE STREETS OF SPAIN

HOW I LONG TO WALK THE STREETS OF SPAIN »

12 Apr, 2023
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As I cross the plaza, I watch the children play and listen to their happy squeals of laughter. So many places to visit. Many wonderful parks and museums that house “old friends”. A church where I can feel the quiet beauty inside But it is only a dream. It is telling me how much I love Spain, and how much I long to walk its streets again.

A Second Opinion: Spring is in the Air

A Second Opinion: Spring is in the Air »

11 Mar, 2023
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"Social Security and Medicare are on their last legs. . . Inflation is still rampant. . . Four Americans were kidnapped by drug cartels with two of them left dead. . . But all this seems far away as the days lengthen and hope springs eternal. We’ll soon be complaining about the heat of summer!"

THE CROWNING OF FOOTBALL QUEEN ALEXIA PUTELLAS

THE CROWNING OF FOOTBALL QUEEN ALEXIA PUTELLAS »

7 Mar, 2023
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"By 2022, Putellas has won all major club and individual awards that a European player could win. For which she is widely regarded as the world’s best contemporary female footballer, and one of the greatest of all time"

EMILY GUIDEPOST:  HOW NOT TO BECOME A SOCIAL SLOB

EMILY GUIDEPOST: HOW NOT TO BECOME A SOCIAL SLOB »

28 Feb, 2023
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Emily Guidepost's Dos and Don'ts Query 1: When it´s late, is it proper for an escort to put a lady in a cab? Query 2: Is there a tactful way to tell a man he has had too much to drink? Query 3: Should my husband stand up when my mother enters the room? Query 4: What should a woman do when the men start telling off-color jokes in mixed company?

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “St. Valentine: Love & Death,” by H. August Debelius, 18 February 1966

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “St. Valentine: Love & Death,” by H. August Debelius, 18 February 1966 »

3 Feb, 2023
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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.