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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"

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MICHELIN STARS, PART 2: FROM TIRES TO TIRELESS FINE-DINING

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MICHELIN STARS, PART 2: FROM TIRES TO TIRELESS FINE-DINING »

12 Dec, 2022
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Why would a tire company want people to go dine out? So they’d get out their cars and drive the distance—the longer the better—wearing out their tires in the process and buy new ones. And where should they dine? Check out the Gold Standard of fine dining, the Michelin Guide!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Semana Grande of Saint Jean-de-Luz,” 26 September 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Semana Grande of Saint Jean-de-Luz,” 26 September 1969 »

27 Nov, 2022
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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.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Jones’ Mini Memories”, 8 August 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Jones’ Mini Memories”, 8 August 1969 »

14 Oct, 2022
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"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."

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SANTIAGO — Apostle, Saint & Moor-Killer,” 25 July 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SANTIAGO — Apostle, Saint & Moor-Killer,” 25 July 1969 »

23 Sep, 2022
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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.

SNAPSHOT: SLEEP, LILIBET, SLEEP

SNAPSHOT: SLEEP, LILIBET, SLEEP »

21 Sep, 2022
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As the remains of the Queen were solemnly lowered into the Royal Vault at St. George’s, the Sovereign’s Piper slowly walked down the hallway, from the doorway between the chapel and the Dean's Cloister, his music fading away with him. It was a most poignant tribute, a most moving, a hauntingly beautiful rendition for a Sovereign who served her Realms so well for seven decades. “Dearie” now “sleeps” beneath St. George’s Chapel with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince Charming love of her life who passed away just 17 months ago on 9 April 2021.

SNAPSHOT: HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

SNAPSHOT: HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II »

9 Sep, 2022
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Her Majesty's marvelous life in three sentences

THE FREE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARDS: TRAVEL WITHOUT CARE! 

THE FREE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARDS: TRAVEL WITHOUT CARE!  »

26 Aug, 2022
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Summer is coming to an end. But travel and tourism remain uppermost in the minds of Europeans whose wanderlust seems insatiable after the lockdowns of the pandemic. A card in time saves nine hassles during vacations beyond national borders. Therefore, Spaniards and their European brethren had better be aware that there’s such a thing as the European Health Insurance Card which entitles travelers to public health assistance in the country they’re visiting. Get full info if you don't have it already!

HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY COST-FREE TRAVEL: “GET AN EHI CARD,” SAYS EU

HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY COST-FREE TRAVEL: “GET AN EHI CARD,” SAYS EU »

25 Aug, 2022
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The EHIC, available free of charge, confirms that a person is entitled to receive medical treatment that becomes necessary on a temporary stay abroad from the host country's public healthcare system on the same terms and at the same cost as nationals of that country. The card is issued for free by their national health insurance provider in the home country.