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A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Alta Batik,” 20 May 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Alta Batik,” 20 May 1969 »

13 Sep, 2022
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“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.

SNAPSHOT: Rafa Nadal’s Breathtaking Spin and Bounce to Share

SNAPSHOT: Rafa Nadal’s Breathtaking Spin and Bounce to Share »

4 Sep, 2022
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Rafa, the amazing Spanish professional tennis player who never gives up in the face of overwhelming odds has been ranked world No. 1 tennis player for 209 weeks;, won an all-time record 22 Grand Slam men's singles titles, including a record 14 French Open titles; won 92 ATP singles titles including 36 Masters titles. His 81 consecutive wins on clay is the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era. He is currently ranked world No. 3 in singles by the ATP.

ORGANIC WINEMAKERS CAUSE AN AMAZING STIR AT THE ORGANIC FOOD AND ECO-LIVING TRADE FAIR!

ORGANIC WINEMAKERS CAUSE AN AMAZING STIR AT THE ORGANIC FOOD AND ECO-LIVING TRADE FAIR! »

30 Aug, 2022
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The success of the trade fair and its numerous support in the sector, the diversified products, the all-out support for the “ecological” products, chefs, and restaurants amongst numerous others have caused an amazing stir in the movement of organic food and eco-living.

TWA Layovers: Del Hotel Plaza al Cielo

TWA Layovers: Del Hotel Plaza al Cielo »

10 Jun, 2022
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During my thirty years as a TWA flight attendant, I spent many a layover at the Hotel Plaza. Whether coming off a new Boeing 707 in the sixties, the whale-sized 747 in the eighties or a sleek 767 in the nineties, the Plaza was my home away from home. The hotel was nestled inside the Edificio España, wrapped in a cozy cocoon of cafeterias, bars, restaurants and watering holes that catered to all tastes. There always seemed to be fruit floating in the water of the pool in the top floor from someone's sangria. And once in a while, a naked Maja was seen running across the balcony chased by a Don Juan Tenorio.

FIESTA TIME! YOUR FABULOUS FLAMENCO OUTFIT FOR AS LOW AS €20!

FIESTA TIME! YOUR FABULOUS FLAMENCO OUTFIT FOR AS LOW AS €20! »

6 May, 2022
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For as low as €20 and higher than €2000! That's the way the traje flamenca goes, pricewise. Meaning, you've got a really exciting range of choices!

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT SPAIN’S LABOR REFORM?

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT SPAIN’S LABOR REFORM? »

14 Feb, 2022
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At stake during the ratification of Spain's Labor Reform were the European Union's pandemic reconstruction funds -- the NGEU and MFF packages --  projected to reach €1824.3 billion, and the remedy for the precarious labor situation in Spain due to the structural anomaly in hiring.

WHAT YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE QUEEN OF SPANISH CINEMA

WHAT YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE QUEEN OF SPANISH CINEMA »

24 Sep, 2021
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What makes Penélope Cruz tick!

THE CRUZ-ALMODOVAR DREAM TEAM TAKES VENICE BY STORM

THE CRUZ-ALMODOVAR DREAM TEAM TAKES VENICE BY STORM »

18 Sep, 2021
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The Spanish movie PARALLEL MOTHERS, directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Penelope Cruz, elicited a nine-minute standing ovation at its screening on the opening night of the Venice Film Festival. Predictably, Cruz bagged the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress. That done, the Dream Team now sets its sights on the New York Film Festival and -- why not? -- the Academy Awards. It won't be the first time for the Team to win an Oscar either.

SWEET AND SAINTLY: (1) The Candied Almonds of the Poor Clares of Alcalá

SWEET AND SAINTLY: (1) The Candied Almonds of the Poor Clares of Alcalá »

15 Sep, 2021
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The documented existence of the caramelized almonds in Alcalá de Henares, 35 km northeast of the nation's capital, dates back to the 18th century although it is probably Arab in origin and as such these garrapiñadas (the Spanish name for candied almonds) would date much further back. You can buy the garrapiñadas at the stores but there’s nothing like buying them from the Convent of the Poor Clares of San Diego in Alcalá, probably the nearest thing to the candied almonds’ birthplace. The garrapiñadas are exquisite. And so is the experience of buying them at the Convent.

PAINTER MANUEL DE LA MATA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE BEST AND “SMALLEST” RESTAURANTS IN MADRID

PAINTER MANUEL DE LA MATA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE BEST AND “SMALLEST” RESTAURANTS IN MADRID »

1 Apr, 2021
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Manuel de la Mata, a world-famous painter who was caught in Madrid when the pandemic broke out and has been here ever since, keeps quite busy. He decided to pay special tribute to the three young men who own El Brote, one of the smallest and indeed one of the best restaurants in Madrid. Following the artist's special five-layer technique, the now completed painting hangs in a place of honor in the restaurant, and the owners are delighted that their culinary-entrepreneurial savvy has inspired the amazing work of art.