Thursday, December 31, 2015

'Why do Spaniards do their 'business' in the sea?' and 10 more news stories published in the El País English edition this year

My latest Newsvine posts:

Why do Spaniards do their 'business' in the sea? Top 10 Spain news stories read by English-speakers this year

Spain's most popular newspaper, El País, publishes a small English-language edition. Here are links to the the top ten stories of the English edition in 2015:

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Day 2015 Photos Madrid Fotos del Día de Navidad 2015

I took these during a Christmas Day walk in Cuña Verde Park, one of the group of parks that encircle my neighborhood. Happy Holidays, Carlos

Tomé estas fotos el día de Navidad durante un paseo por el parque Cuña Verde, uno de los parques que rodean mi barrio. Felices fiestas, Carlos

Friday, December 25, 2015

Spain's Anger Management - opinion piece in New York Times

Is this the dawn of a new era in Spanish politics, as some suggest? Judging from the results of last Sunday’s election, we can safely say that the old era has, at least, been dealt a severe blow.

Read the rest of Miguel-Anxo Murado's excellent article here.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A little 16th century Spanish Christmas music

El Canto de las Vihuelas performs a 16th century traditional Spanish Christmas song called "Dadme albricias, hijos d' Eva" ("Bring Me Gifts, Children of Eve").

Below is a link to the YouTube page of the group, El Canto de las Vihuelas, who specialize in period music. They are Maria Sala (soprano), Paul Baleta (fiddle, viola and vihuela, an early form of the guitar), and Alejandro Baleta (vihuela, harp and Renaissance lute).

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Catalans say no to independence, but... / Spain picks Basque language film for Oscars / Felipe & Letizia vs William & Kate

My latest Spain related posts at Newsvine:

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Spain Chooses Basque-Language Fim 'Loreak' as Oscar Submission 
The Spanish Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences announced this morning that Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga's "Loreak" (Flowers) has been selected to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. This is the first-ever …

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 Majority in Catalonia voted 'no' to independence from Spain 
Catalonia, the north-eastern region in Spain, held a regional election on Sunday. Its legal purpose was to elect a regional assembly that should elect a new regional government. But the outgoing president and his political mates decided this would not be the real purpose of the …

36 Hours in Madrid, Spain

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Spanish man fined for calling police slackers on Facebook; King and Queen to visit St. Augustine, Florida for its 450 birthday

Excerpts from Newsvine seeds. Click on headline for more:

Spanish man fined for calling police 'slackers' on Facebook

The first known individual to fall foul of Spain’s controversial new “gag law” has spoken out against what he sees as the repression of free speech after he received a fine for describing his local police force as "slackers" on Facebook. Eduardo Diaz, a 27-ye …

10 Trivias About Spain (Video)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

San Fermin bull-run gore count; Hug, Kiss, Steal; Granada mayor tells teen girls 'nearly naked' looks best; One thing Left & Right agree on; More Spanish speakers in USA than Spain

Click here or on the individual links below for my latest Spanish stuff on Newsvine.

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Busted: Gang of thieves who hug and kiss victims

Spain's national police have broken up an organized band of thieves using hugs and kisses to distract victims.  Authorities have charged nine people in various cities across the country with using a technique called 'abracitos' ('little hugs') to commit robbery. The me …

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US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

The United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to a new study published by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes. The report says there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a further 11.6 million who ar …

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Unvaccinated child dies of diphtheria / Citizenship granted to Sephardic Jews. Descendants of expelled Muslims get nothing

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The Flag and National Anthem of Spain = Bandera e Himno Nacional de España