Sunday, November 30, 2014

Country Roads Catalonia / Carreteras campestres Cataluña / Carreteres campestres Catalunya

Spanish Dictionary Accused of Racism / Police Woman Returns From Mtaernity Leave, Gets Killed In Shootout / Real Madrid's Breaks Own Record

My latest on Newsvine.

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Anti-Gypsy Sentiment Creates Demand For Royal Spanish Academy Recall

The definition of gypsies in the Royal Spanish Academy Dictionary has been reported to say that gypsies are liars and cheats, a definition that has caused many people within the Hindu community to feel absolutely disgusted. The President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan  …

Police woman returned from maternity leave killed in bank robbery shootout

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A 36 year-old policewoman was killed and her partner gravely injured in a confrontation with a suspected bank-robber earlier today in the city of Vigo, Spain. A shootout between police and a suspected thief at the entrance to a bank in this city on Spain's Atlantic coast en … 
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Madrid extends record winning streak
Real Madrid rewrote the club's record books after beating Malaga 2-1 to record their 16th successive win in all competitions. Goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale proved decisive as the European champions continued their phenomenal run of form which has seen them brush aside …

Thursday, November 27, 2014

¡El diabólico ingenio de su malvado plan es magnifico!

I just wanted to write down the Spanish translation of one of my favorite lines from Star Trek. It's from the Bride of Chaotica (La Novia de Caótica) episode of Star Trek Voyager. And it sounds just as great in Spanish as in English, IMO.

"The clever fiendishness of your evil plan is brilliant!" = "¡El diabólico ingenio de su malvado plan es magnifico!"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

As tourism to Spain grows, Spaniards staying home: study finds continuing decrease in 'outbound' travel

Spain's economy may be on the rebound, but the ripple effects from the crash that began in 2008continued to impact negatively on outbound tourism during 2013. 

Spanish consumers seem more focused on debt reduction and saving than ever before. Reducing and eliminating non-essential spending, including travel, is now the Spanish way, according to
Euromonitor International.

The new report, "Tourism Flows Outbound in Spain," finds that Spaniard's visiting European countries continued to decrease in 2013 and the number of visitors on long haul destinations declined as well. 

About 60% of departures in Spain are made during the summer holidays, with Easter, Christmas (although traditionally spent with the family), New Year’s and national holidays accounting for most of the remaining 40%.

Read more here.

Trying to solve the mystery of murdered poet Federico Garcia Lorca's burial site / Madrid soccer team to help widow evicted from home

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Spain is a lapsed Catholic country as well as a lapsed democracy

Monedero & Iglesias
Or so says Spanish political scientist Juan Carlos Monedero Fernández-Gala 

In a sardonic interview published in today's  El Mundo newspaper, Monedero was asked why so many atheists believe in Pablo Iglesias (the leader of the new and increasingly popular crowdfunded political party Podemos) and so many believers do not? His reply:

"We're a lapsed Catholic country, just as we're a lapsed democratic country."

Monday, November 10, 2014

¡Sí, se puede! ¿O no? Catalan Independence? Podemos in Power?

My latest Newsvine article looks at the independence consultation in Catalonia on November 9, while my last post was to a guide to Spain's new Podemos political party:

At 80% In Favor, Catalonia Overwhelmingly Voted For Independence From Spain. Or Did It?

An informal vote on independence in the Autonomous Region of Catalonia, Spain has shown more than 80% of participants in favor of separation from the country, local officials have said. Spanish media is reporting that a total of 2,236,806 persons out of an estimated …
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

An American votes in Catalonia's independence consultation (Video)

Kieth Kirwen is from Montana but lives in Catalonia.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A billion, a triilion and Little Nicholas

My latest Spanish related Newsvine posts: 

In Spain and other Spanish speaking countries 1 billion is 1,000,000,000,000 while in the USA, UK and other English speaking countries it's 1,000,000,000. Why? Read:

How much is 1 billion? 1 trillion? More? That depends on where you are.

Police in Spain have arrested a 20-year-old alleged con man who embarrassed the establishment by posing as a bigwig and even got himself photographed shaking hands with the king. Fresh-faced and curly-haired, the sharp-suited wheeler-dealer Francisco Nicolas Gomez Iglesias...Read about it:

Little Nicholas: Fresh-Faced 'Con Man' Fools Spain's Elite

Monday, October 20, 2014

Europe's unsafest border?

A recent news report on Syrians and others entering Europe illegally via Melilla, one of two Spanish territories (the other being Ceuta) in North Africa:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Teresa Romero cured of Ebola; Spanish nursing assistant was first person infected outside Africa

From Newsvine: "Tests performed on Romero today could not detect the Ebola virus in her blood, according to Teresa Mesa the family's spokeswoman. The special committee set up by Spain to manage the crisis has confirmed the test result, but a second analysis will be required to confirm the virus' absence. If the negative finding is repeated tomorrow, the medical case will be practically closed.

This news follows yesterday's announcement that Romero was..."

[Update, Tuesday 21 October 2014: Romero has now reportedly tested negative four times and has been officially declared cured.]

Links to two other recent Newsvine posts: 

Teresa Romero subject of political fight

Spain: Elevator capital of the world.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spain declared best value winter travel destination

Spain's sunny southern coast
The Iberian penninsula offers some of the best travel deals this winter, with the Costa del Sol offering the best bargain but the Algarve not far behind

The UK's Post Office has found that the Costa del Sol in Andalusia, Spain provides the best value for money this winter. The Algarve coast of neighboring Portugal came in third. Bali, Indonesia was sandwiched in between at number two.

In a new Winter Sunshine Report barometer of 18 destinations in Europe and further afield, Post Office Travel Money found the Costa del Sol cheapest for a bargain break.  The cost of eight tourist staples, including a family meal, drinks, suncream and insect repellent, was just £44 ($71 / €55).  Bali (£47 / $76 / €59) just beat out Portugal’s Algarve  (£48 / $77 / €60) for the runner-up bargain spot.

Winter vacationers looking for more guaranteed winter sun in Europe will find great value on Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands at £58 ($93 / €73) for the eight items and Ayia Napa in Cyprus at £60 ($96 / €76).  According to the Post Office, local prices in the four eurozone destinations above are either level with last year or slightly cheaper.