A SECOND OPINION: Christmastime and New Year

A SECOND OPINION: Christmastime and New Year »

17 Dec, 2023
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"Christmas cards are being written to old friends. It is a time of excitement and tasks to be done. One wonders if there will be time for it all before the Big Day. And as Christmastime turns into New Year’s we think about the possibilities of 2024."

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder »

5 Jan, 2023
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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.

NEW YEAR 2020 IN MADRID: IT MAKES SENSE TO MIX PRUDENCE WITH FUN!

NEW YEAR 2020 IN MADRID: IT MAKES SENSE TO MIX PRUDENCE WITH FUN! »

29 Dec, 2019
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If you’re planning on joining the New Year fiestas (the “pre-uvas” on the 30th of December, and the “campanadas” on 31stDecember-1st January) in Puerta del Sol, Madrid, you’d better double check on the ways and means of getting there before setting out. Read on!

THE MERCANTILE TRUTH BEHIND THE “LUCKY 12 GRAPES” OF THE NEW YEAR IN SPAIN

THE MERCANTILE TRUTH BEHIND THE “LUCKY 12 GRAPES” OF THE NEW YEAR IN SPAIN »

29 Dec, 2018
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In 1909 the Spanish winegrowers had such a bountiful harvest there was an excess of supply over demand. They had to think of a way to dispose of the surplus. They told the people eating a grape with each stroke of the clock toward the magic hour will bring prosperity throughout the new year. If, on the other hand, you don't join the ritual, you're cursed.That sent people scrambling to buy the grapes!

STATESIDE STORIES: TRUMP TOUSLING MELANIA’S HAIR AND VICE-VERSA!

STATESIDE STORIES: TRUMP TOUSLING MELANIA’S HAIR AND VICE-VERSA! »

28 Dec, 2018
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Maybe a little hair tousling might ease some very apparent tensions amongst the upper crust!

HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE TEATRO REAL

HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE TEATRO REAL »

4 Dec, 2017
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By Guidepost & Jazmin Moore

 

The Teatro Real, known simply as El Real, is Madrid’s most treasured Opera House. Because

BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR !

BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR ! »

1 Jan, 2017
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Cheers !

EDITOR’S BLOG: Tio Pepe is Back!

EDITOR’S BLOG: Tio Pepe is Back! »

10 May, 2014
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The sight of Tio Pepe back in all his Andalusian garbo brought a lump to many throats

IN A FIT OF POSITIVE THINKING SPAIN CELEBRATES DUBAI’S NEW YEAR WORLD RECORD

IN A FIT OF POSITIVE THINKING SPAIN CELEBRATES DUBAI’S NEW YEAR WORLD RECORD »

2 Jan, 2014
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The blogger tries positive thinking in place of lament as he takes stock of Spain’s chances of recovery during the New Year celebrations.