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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.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “When Mao Flu  Hit the Office,” 13 February 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “When Mao Flu Hit the Office,” 13 February 1970 »

18 Jan, 2023
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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.

FROM FLAMBOYANT TO FLAMBÉ: A Trip to the MAD Museum, Beyond and Below

FROM FLAMBOYANT TO FLAMBÉ: A Trip to the MAD Museum, Beyond and Below »

15 Jan, 2023
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"The costumes in the Machine Dazzle Exhibition reflect Matthew Flower's eclectic careers, and then some. Should I mention it's over the top? Joyfully excessive says it better. If Coco Chanel advised clients to take one thing off before leaving, Machine Dazzle would advise putting on the kitchen sink before leaving."

STATESIDE STORIES: Republican Kevin McCarthy New Speaker of the House

STATESIDE STORIES: Republican Kevin McCarthy New Speaker of the House »

9 Jan, 2023
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After 15 rounds of voting Republican Kevin McCarthy becomes the new Speaker of the House in the longest speaker contest in 164 years

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The  Kings and I,” 2 January 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Kings and I,” 2 January 1970 »

5 Jan, 2023
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"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."

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder »

5 Jan, 2023
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Three Kings • Energy Independence • Migrants • Bail Reform •  Green Agenda • Ukraine • China • US Presidential Election • Blizzard

THE FAKE LUCKY GRAPES OF THE SPANISH NEW YEAR

THE FAKE LUCKY GRAPES OF THE SPANISH NEW YEAR »

30 Dec, 2022
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In 1909 winegrowers in Murcia and Alicante, on the eastern coast of Spain, had an unusually large harvest of white grapes. Quick, they must find a way to dispose of the ruinous surplus! Aha, why not tell the (gullible) people that eating grapes as the clock ticktocked away the last twelve seconds of the old year would bring prosperity in the New? The lie worked--to this day! Folks fell for it hook, line and sinker.

TOXIC FALLOUT FROM THE WORLD CUP

TOXIC FALLOUT FROM THE WORLD CUP »

27 Dec, 2022
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At the World Cup final, Argentina wrestled the magnificent $20 million, 18-carat solid gold World Cup trophy from France, the defending champion. Enthusiastic sports commentators raved about “the best supermatch of all time.” But when the dust of the desert has settled, there’s nothing left in Doha but the bitter taste of defeat – a defeat brought on by the failure of sportswashing to gloss over the Qatari image and present the Gulf state to the world as a liberal modern state. Among the debris from the Qatar fallout is the tarnished image of the European Parliament, some of whose MEPs, staff and lobbyists are accused of accepting succulent sportswashing bribes from Qatar. Upbraiding the suspects, EP President Roberta Metsola said, “Shame on you for violating the trust of the people of Europe.”

EU ON THE QATAR TOXIC FALLOUT:  “DEMOCRACY IS NOT FOR SALE”

EU ON THE QATAR TOXIC FALLOUT: “DEMOCRACY IS NOT FOR SALE” »

26 Dec, 2022
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"The European Parliament is under attack. European democracy is under attack. To those third countries who think Europe is for sale, make no mistake, we would rather be cold than bought"

FROM UKRAINE WITH LOVE

FROM UKRAINE WITH LOVE »

23 Dec, 2022
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"When I was in Bakhmut yesterday, our heroes gave me the battle flag. The flag of those who defend Ukraine, Europe and the world at the cost of their lives. They asked me to bring this flag to the US Congress. May God protect our brave troops and citizens! May God forever bless the United States of America! Слава Україні!"