Since 14 October, when Spain’s Supreme Court decision to sentence the separatist leaders to years of jail terms was published, there seems to be an scalation of violence in the Tsunami Democràtic demonstrations. In the middle of it all, Catalonia President Quim Torra has provocatively declared that there will be a repeat of the illegal referendum on the independence of Catalonia before his term ends in 2020. Torra not only advocates civil disobedience; he headed up one of the demonstrations. Not exactly what a President of all Catalonia would do.
““It’s difficult to be Spanish and not be an alcoholic. We are born almost programmed to be alcoholics, given the availability of this drug,” notes Dr. Emilio Bogani, the director of Alcoholism and Toxicology at the Bétera Hospìtal in Valencia. The Spànish soociety is beginning to be educated against air pollution, but no one has organized any marches or demonstrations against liver pollution. Alcoholism is a disease and that the alcoholic should be treated as a sick person. . .
The fifth annual Ecuadorian Film Festival is on from October 18 to 20 in New York. It’s a lively festival that always surprises, what with its riveting themes. Some of the films have already won Latin American film awards. All are in Spanish with English subtitles. This year’s festival will have two venues: The Queens Museum and the Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen in Brooklyn. The Queens location is excellent because it also offers a walk through Flushing Meadow park if you choose to get there by the famed 7 train. The multi-faceted Bushwick, Brooklyn location, in an old factory building, is an experience in itself.
Micahel Douglas and wife Diandra in Mallorca supervising the renovation of their newly acquired “dream house”// Spanish tenor Placido Domingo opening the glittering homage to Dame Magot Fonteyn at London’s Covent Garden; enthusiastic in their applause were Diana, the Princess of Wales, and Princess Margaret.// Paco Rabanne presenting his latest collection at Madrid’s fashionable Joy Eslava. //Spain’s Infanta Cristina celebrating her 25th birthday in New York and missing her uncle’s (ex King Constantine of Greece) 50th birthday party in London. Some 600 guests attended, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and Constantine’s sister and brother-in-law Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos I of Spain. . .
It’s Fall and you’re feeling kind of nostalgic for some bright and wonderful past? You might want to indulge the craving, letting DJs decked out like Davie Bowie, Alaska and other local and international stars of the decade take you back to the 1980s! Join the party on Plaza Callao!
The Christmas season and New Year’s are long gone. . . Your bodega, however, is still brimming with leftover bubbly. Now’s a good time to make use of your remaining cava, subtly tantalizing the tastebuds in the more tranquil days ahead. Try cooking with it, keeping your family and friends guessing, and adding “sparkle” to both favorite and new dishes.
The furor over Placido Domingo’s relationships with women during his long-spanning career in Opera has reached a crescendo. He decided at the last minute to drop out of what would have been his first US performance since the sexual harassment allegations surfaced in August, from Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera had already canceled his performances with them, citing “the need to provide a safe workplace.”
Founded by King Philip V in 1712 as the Palace Public Library, the National Library, as it is called today, has a rich history, apart of course from its impressive collections. No wonder it is officially the State Repository of Spain’s Cultural Memory.
The National Security Advisor works directly for the President, leading the NSC staff that researches military and diplomatic options. Working with Cabinet-level officials such as the defense, state and treasury secretaries, Robert O’Brien will be expected to present the President with the best policy recommendations.
When the pedestrianization of the iconic Puerta del Sol is done, and the ongoing remodelling of the Plaza de Canalejas is completed, the Madrileños will enjoy “one of the great urban areas that any European capital must have,” according to the Mayor of Madrid.