A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “OF DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, The Time When Spain Sent a Donkey to Washington – George, That Is,” 19 December 1980 »
A reprint of Eric Beerman’s article in GUIDEPOST on the eve of Ronald Reagan’s induction to the U.S. Presidency in January 1981. The historical event takes Mr Beerman back to the time when George Washington was a gentleman farmer at Mount Vernon just after the American Revolution. The general asked for the famed Spanish donkey which he got but only after some protracted exercise in cloak-and-dagger diplomacy.
Carnival time! Color, laughter, magic, music. Kick up your heels high and hard for tomorrow the inexorable Holy Week will catch up with you and there will then be no running away from penance. Make fun while the bands still play. We propose the following to be the best carnivals: Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sitges, Cadiz, Santa Curz de Tenerife
Dos de Mayo (2 May) is a public holiday in the Autonomous Community of Madrid with heaps of patriotic connotations. It commemorates the heroic rebellion of the Madrileños against the occupation of their city by Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops and the repression by the French Imperial forces. It’s been 210 years!
Paco de Lucia: “My music has always been cornered in Andalucia, without prestige, even in Spain itself. For many centuries it was thought of simply as gypsy music, from a people without a social class. As a representative of my music I feel I have an obligation to share it, so that everyone will recognize its value and know its worth… This is what I fight for, and why I work, not for money or to be a star.”
“I’m back in Madrid, the city where I found myself. The city I adore. I’m back for good”
This one didn’t crumble. It just got cracked up
The arrival of USS Donald Cook at Rota, Cadiz, and its significance to the Spanish-American bilateral relations and the NATO defense systems.
From the Nativity in Bethlehem to the Kings’ Cavalcade in Spain, this is a story whose magic has not dimmed after 2000 years.
The exciting first days of Ambassador Costos, including his presentation of credentials to the King of Spain and his reception of the Golden Bream