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    31 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Douglas Chadwick of Saltydog Investor on weathering the financial storm...
  • Staggered parking drives me mad

    Tenerife News - Official Website
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dear Editor I am just writing to vent my frustration at what I think is called herringbone or staggered parking. It drives me mad! Last year, I think, the parking in the main road up to the main roundabout in Los Cristianos was changed, together with the parking at the Apolo Centre. I think the idea was to get more space in rather than the usual way of parking bumper to bumper. Does anyone else find this parking infuriating? I have lost count of the number of times I have driven down this road only to find a car trying to reverse out without looking if some-thing is coming. Also, I watched…
  • Childhood memory reveals remains of Republican killed in Civil War - Spanish News in English
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    REMAINS of a Republican assassinated during the Civil War have been uncovered nearly intact thanks to a 10-year-old child's memory.
  • Spanish police charge two men over British woman's bungee-jumping death

    Spain | The Guardian
    Jamie Grierson
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Adventure company owner and jump supervisor charged with manslaughter of Kleyo De Abreu, who died at Tablate bridge, Andalucia, in JulyTwo men have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a British woman who died bungee-jumping in Spain.Aspiring fashion and design student Kleyo De Abreu, 23 who lived in London, died at the Tablate bridge near Lanjarón, in Granada province, Andalucía, on 21 July. Related: Father of Briton killed bungee-jumping: 'We don't want this to happen again' Continue reading...
  • Manslaughter investigation over British woman's bungee death plunge

    Spanish news, all the latest and breaking news in Spain
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    Kleyo De Abreu, 23, was allowed to leap off bridge in Spain before her ropes had been properly tightened due to negligence, police investigation finds
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    Tenerife News - Official Website

  • Staggered parking drives me mad

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dear Editor I am just writing to vent my frustration at what I think is called herringbone or staggered parking. It drives me mad! Last year, I think, the parking in the main road up to the main roundabout in Los Cristianos was changed, together with the parking at the Apolo Centre. I think the idea was to get more space in rather than the usual way of parking bumper to bumper. Does anyone else find this parking infuriating? I have lost count of the number of times I have driven down this road only to find a car trying to reverse out without looking if some-thing is coming. Also, I watched…
  • Lanzarote wants to be world leader in anti-plastics campaign

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Lanzarote is stepping up its long-running campaign to warn about the dangers of discarded plastics to the environment and hopes to reach international attention. The project to encourage “zero plastics” was launched five years ago and all involved, including the Cabildo, are happy with its success and with the response from local people, tourists and businesses. Now, however, the island wants to go one step further. The campaign is to be substantially stepped up this year across both Lanzarote and neighbouring La Graciosa with what is described as “a powerful strategic…
  • Pioneering Adeje opens Summer University with accolades

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The 23rd Summer University of Adeje is underway. A total of six courses for more than 250 students started on July 20th in the cultural centre. The official ceremony was presided over by the Mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the rector of the University of La Laguna, Antonio Martinón Cejas. Special guest was lawyer and former politician, Cristina Almeida who praised the venture. The Mayor said the Summer University had become a benchmark of knowledge in the south community and was a long-standing project with one goa ie to provide this part of the island with a centre of learning and…
  • Complaints as youth club shows giant cracks

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    A political group in Gran Canaria has criticised the closure of a youth club in Las Palmas as “intolerable”. The facility, known as the Felo Monzón Guera Casa de la Juventud, was inaugurated in 2011 and cost 900,000 euros. However, it was closed down four months ago and is now showing massive cracks on its facade which is also covered by a huge banner. Councillor for Unidos por Gran Canaria, David Suárez said the club had been built so local teenagers could enjoy various activities but now they were “back on the streets”. The building was now a ruin and public money…
  • Titsa moving in wrong direction?

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dear Editor I have just read in the Spanish press that Tenerife’s bus company has improved its bus services in the south. The article showed a picture of several Titsa officials etc celebrating and saying they were delighted to introduce the changes. What the article failed to say however was what these changes are, where, how, the times etc? There was a website to visit but I really couldn’t understand the changes! This is one of the problems with Titsa here on the island. Buses are supposed to arrive and don’t. You wait ages for one bus and then it arrives completely full up so you…
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  • Spanish police charge two men over British woman's bungee-jumping death

    Jamie Grierson
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Adventure company owner and jump supervisor charged with manslaughter of Kleyo De Abreu, who died at Tablate bridge, Andalucia, in JulyTwo men have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a British woman who died bungee-jumping in Spain.Aspiring fashion and design student Kleyo De Abreu, 23 who lived in London, died at the Tablate bridge near Lanjarón, in Granada province, Andalucía, on 21 July. Related: Father of Briton killed bungee-jumping: 'We don't want this to happen again' Continue reading...
  • Spain cracks down on brothel's donations to police force

    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    Minister intervenes after anti-corruption group complains about bordello funding Guardia Civil’s celebration of its patron saintSpain’s Guardia Civil police force will no longer accept donations from a brothel in Navarra, even if the money is put towards a good cause, the country’s minister of the interior has said.The unusual funding arrangement came to light earlier this week when the citizen group Observatory Against Corruption filed a complaint over a donation provided by a local brothel to Guardia Civil agents in Tudela, a city of 35,000 in Navarra. The money was used to throw a…
  • Size of Ireland's economy surpasses pre-global crisis levels

    Heather Stewart and Julia Kollewe
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    Ireland and Spain, both of which exited bailout programmes 18 months ago, have successfully shrugged of the legacies of the crash Ireland’s economy has surpassed the size it reached at the peak of the “Celtic Tiger” boom, official figures have revealed, in the latest evidence that the country is shrugging off the legacy of the crash.Annual output reached €189bn (£132bn) in 2014, which statisticians said was larger, in real terms, than its pre-crisis level. Economic growth for last year was revised up, to 5.2%. Related: As Greece stares into the abyss, has Spain escaped from…
  • Madrid mayor scraps eviction orders for 70 families in social housing

    Reuters in Madrid
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    Manuela Carmena declares ‘nobody is going to be thrown out on the street’ as she safeguards 2,000 similar tenancies in Spanish capitalThe leftwing mayor of Madrid has overturned eviction orders for 70 families living in social housing and safeguarded more than 2,000 similar rental contracts.The move is the latest by the administration of Manuela Carmena, backed by the anti-austerity party Podemos, to protect housing in a country where a property boom and bust has resulted in tens of thousands of families losing their homes. Related: Spain's indignado mayors stay true to their roots in…
  • US family make million-dollar gold find from Spanish fleet off Florida

    Reuters in Orlando
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    A treasure-hunting family has found more than $1m worth of gold artefacts from the wreckage of a sunken 1715 Spanish ship in the Atlantic OceanA Florida family has been rewarded for years of treasure hunting after finding gold artefacts worth $1m or more from the wreckage of a 1715 Spanish fleet that sank in the Atlantic, according to a salvage company. The find included 51 gold coins of various denominations and 40ft (12m) of ornate gold chain, said Brent Brisben, whose company, 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels LLC, owns the rights to the wreckage. Continue reading...
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  • A sweet Jewish moment

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    FOR Rilli Willow, as for many others in Berlin this week, a “circle is closing”. Her great-aunt Dora was once a Jewish opera singer in Berlin. Deported at 33 to Auschwitz, Dora was forced to sing for its guards until she perished. Now Rilli, 32 and born in Israel, is also a singer and lives […]
  • Catalonia: More than just great architecture and sandy beaches

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    Many people who visit Catalonia, especially Barcelona have always been impressed by its diverse culture. It’s home to one of the best football clubs in the world and is encapsulated by both mountains and beaches. Barcelona is also the home of some of the most diverse architecture you’ll ever set your eyes on. The Japanese […]
  • The birth-pangs of a policy

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    LAST week a Danish surveillance aircraft spotted a rickety fishing boat stuffed with would-be migrants 24 nautical miles off the Libyan coast. It alerted the Italian coast guard in Rome, which in turn dispatched Poseidon, a Swedish multipurpose vessel on patrol in the Mediterranean. Three hours later the ship’s crew ran into 613 men, women […]
  • Calais migrants head to Belgium to cross channel to UK

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Migrants heading to the UK are using Belgian highways as a staging point to avoid the jams at Calais. News from EUobserver
  • [Interview] EU data privacy chief criticises air passenger bill

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    EU data privacy chief Giovanni Buttarelli has said a forthcoming law gathering detailed information on air passengers is too invasive and is unlikely to stop terrorism. News from EUobserver
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  • Lloret de Mar Clon Festival

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    This Friday evening 31st July the second of this years Clon Festival will take place on stage at approx 10:30pm down by Lloret beach.The band is 'Synchronicity' a Police tribute act.
  • Llorets Fireworks 2015

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
     Lloret beach and the surrounding area was packed with spectators for the annual fireworks display last night. A great event enjoyed by thousands of people!
  • Lloret de Mar Carrefoc event

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Thousands of people filled the streets around the town hall last night to see this years 'Carrefoc' - an exciting event which is held every year as part of the Santa Cristina Festival. Everyone gathered at the town hall at 10pm where drummers played before the fireworks started. Not to be confused with the popular organised fireworks display we see on Lloret beach every year - this does look to be quite an unruly event where those taking part run along the streets letting off fireworks just above the crowds heads....but a lot of thought does seem to have gone into the event to make it as…
  • Hot summer nights in Lloret!

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
     With recent daytime temperatures in the high 30s, the streets of Lloret during the evenings are almost bursting at the seams with everyone enjoying the cooler temperatures! These photos taken just last night 19th July between the hour of 8.30pm and 11pm show how busy Lloret is just was a slow start to the season but Lloret de Mar has that familiar buzz about town once again!
  • Clon festival 2015

    10 Jul 2015 | 2:39 am
    All acts for this years Clon Festival have now been confirmed, 17th July Madonna  tribute, 31st July is a Police tribute and 14th August is U2....sounds like a great line up! 
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  • Who Buys a Domain Like “Yeezy.Supply”? Kanye West, That’s Who

    17 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Kanye West stirred up a lot of interest in a brand new website on the day he tweeted out the link: That’s the kind of thing that happens, of course, when someone who has roughly a bajillion Twitter followers shares a link. However, all that greeted the visitors when they arrived on the site was a countdown to February 12 and a three-minute video playing in the background. People were quick to point out that February 12 was just in time for the New York Fashion Week, so the immediate assumption was that this would have something to do with the launch of his new shoe line for…
  • Think You Can Wait to Buy Your Domain? Think Again!

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    If you were in charge of product development and launches, would you wait to register the trademark until the day before you announced it to the world? Would you risk losing that trademark to someone who had a similar product and happened to hear rumors of your impending release? Obviously, the answer to these questions should be no. Why, then, would you wait to register the domain name for that same product? Maybe you are afraid of someone spotting the registration and using it to spread rumors. Maybe you think this will hide your project from the gathering masses so you can launch to an…
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  • Camino de Santiago - Day 5

    17 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The last morning and we are about to explore the city of A Coruña.Quiet time in the lounge.Some of the team......and breakfast orange juice is always served with a smile.The remaining group on the last morning, a couple of people had left the afternoon before......and the crew with the 2 chefs who had presented us with very fine meals over the last few days.The most important man on board, the driver.This is Carolina, who administered every activity with precision throughout the entire trip with Benito......our wonderful driver standing proudly in front of his incredible luxury coach.In A…
  • Camino de Santiago - Day 4

    16 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    As we have breakfast on board, the train leaves Santiago de Compostela and heads towards Vilagarcía de Arousa.We then board the coach and travel to the island  of La Toja and the Capela de San Sebastian which is a church covered in scallop shells.The scallop shell has long been the symbol of pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela.If you are wondering why the sky is grey, we are still in Galicia and this is normal at this time of day.The plants like it though especially hydrangeas which love lots of water.La Toja is famous for the production of herbal cosmetics, particularly a type of…
  • Camino de Santiago - Day 3

    15 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Ourense has many bridges crossing the Rio Miño. This is the Roman bridge with original foundations but was rebuilt in the 13th century, the Ponte Vella or Old Bridge.Julio and Enrique Iglesias used to live in this house.The market is across the road.A short walk to the Burgas.Yes, the sky is grey. That's because we are in Galicia and it's not midday yet.Ourense is famous for it's springs, Burgas. The water temperature is 65°C.Women used to come here to pluck their chickens as the water is the ideal temperature to immerse the bird which makes the feathers easier to pull.The…
  • Camino de Santiago - Day 2

    14 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It's 9.30 a.m. and we set off from the train station at Monforte de Lemos on the coach to visit the Ribeira Sacra wine region. However, we can only go so far in the coach as the road gets too we go on the mini Al Andalus train......along the little road......that runs along the top of the valley......of the Rio Sil which later joins the Rio Miño and forms the border between Spain and Portugal.These grapes are tended by hand, it is impossible to get machinery to the vineyards......which are on the sunny side of the steep canyon and therefore in a micro-climate.The clouds…
  • Camino de Santiago - Day 1

    13 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    We are meeting our fellow travelers at midday in the room at the entrance to the Parador.This room has a wonderful carved ceiling.Once again the weather is brilliant and we are ready to start our special pilgrimage.But what's that parked at the entrance?It's a luxury coach!This coach is the best we have ever been on - it even had WiFi!However, we weren't doing the pilgrimage by coach, (that would be cheating!). Instead we were traveling on board Al Andalus, a luxury train built in the 1930's. To save a lot of time and explanation, to find out about the train, click HERE.The "Welcome on board"…
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    Spanish Teaching

  • Diferencias entre el DELE y el SIELE

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    La semana pasada hablamos de un nuevo modelo de certificado que el Instituto Cervantes, en colaboración con la USAL (Universidad de Salamanca) y la UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), está a punto de poner en marcha: el SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española), y presentamos algunas de las características de este nuevo producto.Hoy pretendemos presentar las características que marcan la diferencia entre ambos certificados, de manera que el posible candidato o candidata a los mismos tenga claras las opciones que se le ofrecen.Para empezar,el DELE…
  • SIELE - Un nuevo examen para certificar el español

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Acaba de presentarse en México un proyecto que tiene toda la pinta de llegar con fuerza a ocupar un espacio que hasta ahora permanecía vacío: la certificación de competencia lingüística en español a nivel internacional, para usuarios que hasta ahora no encontraban un lugar en los exámenes DELE.Este proyecto es el Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española (SIELE), y es el producto del trabajo común llevado a cabo exitosamente por el Instituto Cervantes, la Universidad de Salamanca (la más antigua en lengua española, con existencia acreditada desde el siglo XIII y…
  • Ojo con el corrector ortográfico!

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Escribir los correos electrónicos con propiedad.Cuando parecía que el género epistolar estaba dando sus últimas bocanadas, agonizando, resulta que, gracias al correo electrónico, estamos volviendo a vernos en la necesidad de redactar cartas, no ya en papel, sino en formato email, en nuestra vida cotidiana. Y más aún en el ámbito laboral.Constantemente estamos enviando y recibiendo correos dentro de la empresa, entre colegas, de y para el jefe o la jefa…Y es muy importante controlar lo que escribimos, porque si las prisas nunca son buenas consejeras, en el caso que nos atañe,…
  • Enseñar Español - Cuestiones a Tener en Cuenta

    8 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A los que ya peinamos canas, aunque sea solo en la barba, como me pasa a mí, se nos viene a la memoria aquel tiempo en el que, en la Universidad y en nuestros primeros congresos de ASELE, tirábamos de fotocopias y de máquina de escribir con papel de calco. Internet era algo que ni podíamos soñar y nos pasábamos la vida entre librotes y revistas de las hemerotecas universitarias. Eran otros tiempos, que pasaron afortunadamente, que nos dejaron un sedimento de tenacidad y de búsqueda de información lenta y costosa.Llegó la red de redes, la Internet, y se nos abrió el universo delante…
  • El Español en el Mundo

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    "El Español - Una Lengua Viva"El Instituto Cervantes publica, anualmente, un estudio que lleva por título “El español: una lengua viva” y que recoge datos de gran interés para los profesores de ELE y también, claro, para los estudiantes de nuestra lengua.Ya se sabe que existen tres tipos de mentiras: las grandes, las pequeñas y las estadísticas… aunque hay que reconocer que a veces, estas últimas nos pueden venir al pelo para atraer la atención de nuestros alumnos y aumentar, si ello fuera necesario, la motivación para continuar con su estudio.Veamos algunos datos actualizados…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

  • 28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

    José M. Guardia
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    WOULD HE SAY THE SAME if he had won the first? “Second independence referendum 'inevitable' says Salmond.”
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    José M. Guardia
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    THIS BLOG'S ENGLISH VERSION turns 11 years old today. Man, they grow up so fast, don't they? In a blink of an eye and it'll be leaving for college…
  • 23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am

    José M. Guardia
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    INTERESTING: 17 intense questions you'll have to answer if you want to work at the world's largest hedge fund.
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    José M. Guardia
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    YOU KNOW WHEN you start reading an article and you bump into such a big howler that you stop reading it because the mistake is sort of disqualifying for the rest of the piece, it makes everything suspect or at least that it doesn't matter anymore?Well, this just happened to me with this piece about Europe's sad state of affairs. The author says:There were a few policemen in Barcelona, but you get the impression they were there mostly to keep the Catalan separatists in line.Too bad the police power is exercised in Barcelona not by Madrid's central government —anti-separatist…
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    José M. Guardia
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    THIS MUST BE THE FAMED ECONOMIC RECOVERY: More U.S. Children Live In Poverty Now Than During the Recession.
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  • 14 millones de PC consiguen Windows 10 en sus primeras 48 horas de vida

    Alberto Iglesias Fraga
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Suele decirse que lo bueno se hace esperar y parece que en Microsoft han tomado este dicho en su máxima expresión. Solo así se explican los retrasos y esperas que millones de usuarios de todo el mundo están sufriendo para poder actualizarse al recién estrenado Windows 10 Microsoft anunció en un primer momento que todos los PC con copias originales de Windows 7 y Windows 8/8.1 recibirían el pasado 29 de julio (día del estreno de Windows 10) la actualización a este sistema operativo. Sin embargo, y tras darse cuenta de que migrar cerca de 1.000 millones de dispositivos en un solo día…
  • El tráfico de datos móviles crecerá un 59% este año, según Gartner

    Alberto Iglesias Fraga
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    El tráfico mundial de datos móviles (es decir, las transferencias de información que se producen a través de dispositivos como smartphones o tablets) aumentará un año más su volumen y lo hará nuevamente en porcentajes completamente estratosféricos. Si nos atenemos a las previsiones presentadas por la consultora Gartner, este 2015 se moverán nada menos que 52 millones de terabytes en movilidad, o lo que es lo mismo: un 59% más que el pasado año. Un crecimiento exponencial que se mantendrá al menos hasta 2018, afirman desde esta firma de análisis. Para ese curso se espera que los…
  • Aquila, el megadron de Facebook, ya está listo para empezar a volar

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Aquila, el mastodóntico dron del tamaño de un Boeing 737 con el que Facebook planea hacer llegar la señal de Internet (y, con ella, su adictiva red social) a aquellos lugares del mundo que aún permanecen desconectados, ya está listo para levantar el vuelo. Así lo han anunciado desde la compañía que dirige Mark Zuckerberg en un comunicado web, en el que explican que una primera versión a escala real de este dron “ya está completa y lista para pruebas de vuelo”. Aquila tiene la envergadura de un gigantesco avión de pasajeros, pero es varios cientos de veces más ligero gracias a…
  • Pinterest establece objetivos de igualdad y diversidad

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Este año se han cumplido dos desde que Facebook, Google, Twitter y otras tecnológicas tomaran la sana costumbre de hacer pública la composición por razas y sexos de su plantilla. Tras la iniciativa subyacía la idea de que es muy difícil luchar contra la discriminación cuando no se conocen sus efectos. Sin embargo, titulares aparte, dos años después las cosas no parecen haber cambiado tanto para mujeres, negros e hispanos en Silicon Valley. Quizá, entonces, no solo basta con hacer públicos los números. También hay que pensar en cómo se desea que esos números sean en el futuro.
  • Las Google Glass vuelven a la carga

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Pese a la cancelación del programa Glass Explorer a principios de año, en Google nunca han dejado de insistir en que sus gafas inteligentes Glass seguían muy vivas. Ahora, la distribución de un nuevo prototipo de éstas, de la que se hace eco The Wall Street Journal, podría confirmarlo. En esta ocasión, sin embargo, según comentan al rotativo algunas fuentes que no han querido ser identificadas, las Glass quedarán fuera del alcance del común de los mortales. No habrá comercialización, pues, de acuerdo con estas fuentes, Google está distribuyendo las gafas solo a empresas de…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Spaniards Took 32.7 Million Trips in Q1

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    According to the latest Familitur residents tourism survey published for the first time this week by the National Statistics Institute, residents in Spain made a total of 32.7 million trips in the first quarter of 2015, 44% of which were to visit family or friends, 37.7% were for leisure, 13.6% were for professional reasons, and […]
  • Home Mortgages Rose by 10.9% in May

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Spanish National Statistics Institute reported earlier this week that, according to data from property transactions carried out in previous months, the number of new mortgages constituted on homes listed in the property registers reached a total of 19,732 in May, which represents an increase of 10.9% over the figure recorded in the same month […]
  • Foreign Tourists Spent Record 28,287 Million Euros to June

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the first half of this year, Spain registered a new record for international tourists’ spending, which reached 28,287 million euros, representing an increase of 7.4% over the same period of 2014. An increase was also recorded in the average daily expenditure, of 4.2%, while the average expenditure per tourist rose by 3.1%, according to […]
  • Foreign Investment in Housing Fell by 2% in Q1

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Between January and March of this year, foreign residents in Spain carried out real estate transactions with a value amounting to 1,887.1 million euros, representing 17.9% of the housing investment total, which came to 10,540.6 million euros in the first quarter. According to data from the Ministry of Public Works, this figure is 2% lower […]
  • Overnight Hotel Stays Up 1.6% in June

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    According to data released last week by the National Statistics Institute, some 32 million overnight stays were recorded in Spanish hotels in June, representing an increase of 1.6% over the same month of 2014, while the average length of stay fell by 2.7% and stood at 3.4 nights per traveller. The year-on-year rise in overnight […]
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  • Social Media, Politica, Poder e Influencia o como ser politico y no hacer el tonto en internet

    Gaby Castellanos
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The post Social Media, Politica, Poder e Influencia o como ser politico y no hacer el tonto en internet appeared first on Gaby Castellanos.
  • Audiencia o Comunidad: la base del Social Media

    Gaby Castellanos
    29 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Llevo casi 31 años trabajando en Publicidad y Marketing. Empece en el Off y termine en el On, como ya me veis. Cuando trabaje en (aun no "para") McDonalds (era muy pequeña, quienes trabajaron a mi lado lo recordaran que era una bebe, unos 14 años), fue mi 1er trabajo y de los mas queridos. Y una de las labores que tenia era encargarme de preparar la "cartelera interna" del area de trabajadores de la compañia. Todos los meses creaba y diseñaba mensajes humoristicos (sin saber, publicitarios y motivadores) basados en la filosofia de la marca, los dibujaba, recortaba y colocaba todos los…
  • Digital Influencers: el fraude de la influencia en internet

    Gaby Castellanos
    28 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    Llevo semanas monitorizando algunos “Influencers” de habla hispana/en español (y lo pongo entre comillas porque no lo son y mucho menos gurus de nada) porque ya el descaro me parece exagerado. Parte de estos “Influencers” me los he cruzado en Instagram no porque personas relacionadas conmigo hablen/se relacionen con ellos, sino que aparecen como las fotos […] The post Digital Influencers: el fraude de la influencia en internet appeared first on Gaby Castellanos.
  • La NUEVA y FALSA estrategia publicitaria del Gobierno/Regimen de Venezuela

    Gaby Castellanos
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    (Continuacion de mi columna en el diario El Nacional “La nueva estrategia publicitaria del gobierno de Venezuela ” (Clik para leerla) publicada el 22 de Marzo del 2015) ¡Cómo se han revolucionado comunicacionalmente los departamentos del régimen venezolanos estos días con el tema del decreto de Obama! Tanto así, que han tenido que sacar un presupuesto nuevo […] The post La NUEVA y FALSA estrategia publicitaria del Gobierno/Regimen de Venezuela appeared first on Gaby Castellanos.
  • En socialphilia buscamos: “La ultima coca cola del desierto”* en photoshop e illustrator (diseñador) para Venezuela

    Gaby Castellanos
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Esta semana seguimos reclutando gente, como cuando estaban de moda los  “lipdub” . Así o peor. Como ya sabéis socialphilia goes global, estamos en España, Argentina, Venezuela y seguimos abriendo en Latinoamérica, por eso te buscamos a ti, para unirte a nuestro equipo. En este caso en Venezuela, en Caracas. La bien llamada “Ciudad de la Furia”. Creemos en el […] The post En socialphilia buscamos: “La ultima coca cola del desierto”* en photoshop e illustrator (diseñador) para Venezuela appeared first on Gaby Castellanos.
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  • Ten Things I Love About Living in Spain

    The Spain Scoop
    11 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    The author and her fiancé in Seville By Cat Gaa My Spain story isn’t very different than anyone else’s – on a short trip to the Iberian Peninsula in 2005, I fell in love with the country, its people, and the language. I made it a point to move back to Europe once I finished university, and the Spanish government hired me to teach English at a high school near Seville. Now, as I approach my seventh anniversary of living in Spain, it’s easy to reflect on just why I feel so at home here. My friends back in Chicago marvel at my expat life, but I pay bills, go to work, and wash my car…
  • Sales In Spain

    The Spain Scoop
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Sales in Spain happen twice a year By Nancy Todd                       Comments by  The Blogdog Sales in Spain are weird. Regulated by the government,they are only permitted in January/February and July/August. Some small stores sneak in an obscure sale in the interim. Week by week, for anpit two months, goods are discounted three times. Lines are long. Customer service is non-existent and I have been in stores like Zara’s (a fab women’s clothing store) where there are 47 people in line and two cashiers. Buyers are undaunted. They scramble, wait in line…
  • Beautiful Beaches Near Barcelona: Sitges

    The Spain Scoop
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Will you be spending time in Barcelona? Get a copy of Eat Guides: Barcelona and dine like a local in the city! $4.99 By Nancy Todd By the time it takes you to glob on suntan lotion and put on your shades, you can get from Barcelona to Sitges. Why Sitges for beaches? They are less crowded than Barcelona beaches and there are not as many vendors squawking “Beer?” “Massage?” The wide beaches are natural sand that has not been delivered in a truck.  Water is cleaner and warmer, and I am sure given the Grand Color Test, the water is bluer. We give Sitges a…
  • Sexy Sandals Made In Spain

    The Spain Scoop
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Sandal shopping in Spain Get a pair of sexy sandals and a copy of Eat Guides: Barcelona to be ready for your trip to Spain. $4.99 By Nancy Todd As summer temperatures rise, so does body odor and the number of sandals. Sandals are worn by the mail carriers, bike riders, bus drivers, bankers, and bar guys.  Fruit sellers, ham sellers, and motor cycle crazies. Business people in Spain wear sandals with costly, rumpled linen suits. Old people, babies, and teens stride about with these strappy, snappy shoes. With temperatures clinging in the nineties all summer, sandals reign. Regina and I,…
  • Wine Tasting Tours By Bicycle Outside Barcelona – Penedès

    The Spain Scoop
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Wine tasting tours just 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain Learn more about Spanish wine and food with our guidebook- Eat Guides: Barcelona. $4.99 By Nancy Todd                   Comments by The Blog Dog In less time than it takes to drink a bottle of Spanish wine, we traveled to Penedès, the nearest wine region to Barcelona, one hour by train.  Planning on cycling to different wineries, we Scoopettes knew there was a tough day of work ahead. We met with Paddy Mannion, owner of El Moli Tours, a transplant from Ireland, and multi-talented man whose heart and soul is in his…
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  • New Terrace Regulations to Affect 12,000 Hospitality Jobs in Barcelona

    Sarah Sonez
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    The government of Barcelona has recently approved new regulations that may affect up to 12,000 hospitality jobs, according to restaurant and bar owners. The new rules seek to regulate in detail the use of tables and chairs. The terrace must be at least 1.8 meters from the restaurant façade and 1 meter from the pavement […]
  • Hispania Buys Two Hotels For €105 Million on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

    Maria Sullivan
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The investment fund Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios, S.A., has acquired two hotels on the Canary Islands. The two hotels are the Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort and the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real, both located on the Canary Islands. The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is a 5-star deluxe hotel with 242 rooms and the Suite […]
  • Hottest May in 68 Years and Summer 2015 Weather to Beat All Records

    Ana Pozuelo
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    The weather during the month of May this year has gone down in history as the driest in 68 years with only 1.7 cm of rain, whereas usual measures averaged 6.1 cm. Meteorological experts also registered the hottest day for the time of the year since 1869 with inland towns in Valencia region regisering 44.4ºC […]
  • New OECD Report Warns Income Inequality In Spain Getting Bigger

    Ana Pozuelo
    22 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    A new report entitled In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released this week confirms that there is a growing gap between the rich and poor in Spain since the start of the economic crisis. According to the report Spain has the fifth highest rate […]
  • Starbucks Coffee Opening In Marbella

    Maria Sullivan
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    One of the most famous coffe chains in the world is preparing to open their first shop in Marbella. The new branch will be located in El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus. The launch date is scheduled for Wednesday 17th December. Starbucks currently have 73 shops throughout Spain with top locations in Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, […]
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  • Places to see animals for free in Madrid

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Places to see animals for free in Madrid Places to see animals for free in Madrid add value and quality of life in a city and region this big. Families, children and nature lovers will be glad to know that the green spaces including its famous lungs like the Retiro Park and the Casa de Campo offer some amazing […]
  • Jameson Picnic and Friends at Casa de Campo

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Jameson Picnic and Friends at Casa de Campo The famous party that has triumphed in most European capitals like London or Paris has finally reached Madrid. We refer to the Jameson Picnic & Friends, a space where you can enjoy live music by various DJs, classes of swing and vintage photo shooting with friends. There will […]
  • Free sangria jars at Cerveceria La Tona

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    Free sangria jars at Cerveceria La Tona The heat wave is leaving Madrid breathless and bars are empty because people dare not leave their homes in the heat that lasts late in the evening. However, one bar, Cerveceria La Toná believe they know what the locals need for this infernal heat!As a result, starting this week and […]
  • Sani Sapori Los Helados Artesanales En Lavapiés

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    Sani Sapori Los Helados Artesanales En Lavapiés En el barrio de Lavapiés encontramos Sani Sapori, una verdadera  “Gelateria Italiana Artigianale”, en ella encontramos uno de los  mejores helados de la ciudad con las mejores materias primas de calidad, frescas de temporada y biológicos. Y sin olvidar, que su filosofía es buscar lo mejor para los […]
  • Public Municipal Swimming Pools in Madrid

    17 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Summer is just around the corner but the heat has already arrived. What better way to cool off than take a swim?! All the public swimming pools in the 23 Municipal Sports Centers throughout the city are currently open and will close on Sunday, September 6. All schedules vary from each Municipal Sports Center. View […]
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  • Angela’s Perfect Day in Barcelona

    Angela Carroll
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Read 'Angela’s Perfect Day in Barcelona' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Barcelona beachfront The thing I love about Barcelona is that there are so many areas which offer a different experience of the city. If you need a bit of space away from it all, you can walk down to the port on a quiet morning or if you fancy a browse and a coffee you can head up to the cool neighbourhood of Gràcia and people-watch in one of its sunny squares. My perfect day in Barcelona involves coffee stops, wandering around, a little shopping and definitely a bit of rooftop drinking. I love it…
  • Humans of Barcelona

    Rob (H2BCN)
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:19 am
    Read 'Humans of Barcelona' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Enric Mestres Illamola Photographer Enric Mestres started ‘Humans of Barcelona’ on October 10th 2010. Originally called LaLaLaBarcelona Enric changed the name after finding out about the ‘Humans of New York’ project and seeing the effect it had on people around the world. Guillem Costas’ short 5 minute documentary follows Enric around Barcelona as he explains his process and passion for the project. Guillem says of the documentary: Enric Mestres Illamola is the author of Humans of…
  • Sara’s Perfect Day in Barcelona

    Sara Larsson
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Read 'Sara’s Perfect Day in Barcelona' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Carrer de Wellington My perfect day in Barcelona starts early. It’s a sunny Saturday morning around 7.30 at the end of May. The alarm goes off, even though I would love to stay in bed, I don’t think twice! The Mediterranean Sea and the deserted beaches are calling. I’ll get my clothes on and out the door in no time. Walking my quiet street towards the Ciutadella Park. Here I meet the joggers and dog owners, for a split second we enjoy the silent city together. I turn on to Carrer…
  • “Sixto, Sitges and Camp Nou”, An Excerpt from a New Book

    Rob (H2BCN)
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Read '“Sixto, Sitges and Camp Nou”, An Excerpt from a New Book' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Brett Hetherington whose previous book, The ReMade Parent, was featured on this blog, has kindly allowed me to reproduce an excerpt from his latest (but yet to be finished) book. Brett said of the book: It’s a travelogue/memoir of mainly a summer trip I did to some of the country’s less touristy inland destinations: Zaragoza, Extremadura, Jaen and Ubeda. I have commented on the news stories of the time and what was happening around me in the street life with…
  • Steve’s Perfect Day in Barcelona

    Steve Tallantyre
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Read 'Steve’s Perfect Day in Barcelona' in all its glory on the Homage to BCN website Platja de Sant Sebastià I’m up early, before the sun, hoping that the coffee grinder doesn’t wake the kids as I prepare a Bialetti full of fragrant Ethiopian Sidamo. The smell of the beans, recently roasted at Cafès Ros, fills the kitchen. I’ve had my caffeine fix and I park my motorbike near Nova Icària beach. The sun is over the horizon now and it glitters off the sea, throwing a long shadow behind me and making me squint. I put my headphones on and start to run. Along to the Forum, turn…
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  • Tenerife Pine Forest – Monte de la Esperanza

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
      Around 12 million years ago, the mountain ranges of Tenerife surfaced from the Atlantic Ocean caused by volcanic eruptions, but it wasn’t until 3 million years ago that the island was formed as it is today. This was through the fusion of three islands with the mountain ranges of Anaga, Teno and Valle de San Lorenzo. It wasn’t until much later, about 1.8 million years ago, that subsequent volcanic eruptions formed a ridge on this land mass which became colonised with Canary pine trees and is now known as Monte de la Esperanza (Mount of Hope).     Roughly 500,000…
  • Killer Whale Facts – The Orca Story

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
      We’ve had quite a few discussions about killer whales ( Orcas ) within our online community, specifically about Orcas in captivity and those in Loro Parque. I’ll touch on that towards the end of this article but first, I think it’s important to outline some important facts about killer whales as there seems to be some misconceptions. Orcas ( Orcinus orca), are the largest member of the dolphin family. Orca literally means “the shape of a barrel” in Latin, reflecting their body shape. Due to their fierce reputation, orcas are sometimes called the Ballena…
  • Useful Tenerife Phone Numbers

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
      Although this file was created a while ago, we’ve decided to add it to our growing library of Tenerife information for our readers. The useful Tenerife phone numbers file was created to help whenever in emergencies and in need of a comprehensive list of important contacts on the island. It can either be viewed on the page by scrolling the frame and making it larger, or you can simply download it and have the file handy if you wish to print it or save it on your device.   Download   The post Useful Tenerife Phone Numbers appeared first on Tenerife Forum.
  • List of Medical Facilities & Practitioners In Tenerife

    17 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
        The British Consulate in Tenerife has compiled a list of medical facilities and practitioners for Tenerife and the surrounding islands. This list is for informational purposes and those listed are not endorsed either by ourselves or the British Consulate. Below is the list as at June 2015 and ordered by island.     TENERIFE Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Carretera del Rosario, nº 145 38010 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife Tel.: +34 922 602 000 (Switchboard) +34 922 602 010 (Hospitalisations) +34 922 602 135 (A&E) This company has told us the…
  • A Selection of Quality Tenerife Blogs

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
      Before we get down to listing our favourite Tenerife blogs, it’s important to understand what a blog actually is. Have a look at this video which explains everything there is to know.     Without further delay, here’s our list of blogs which we feel are of a high standard and capture the essence of the island’s people and culture.   Red Queen Musings Follow Meryl on her escapades around the island, giving us news, reviews and interesting stories along the way.   Queenie’s Daily Snippets A unique Tenerife weather blog from…
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  • 5 Must Visit Places on a Trip to Morocco

    Robert Skupski
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Morocco is a fascinating and exotic land perched at the top of North Africa offering the perfect destination for a holiday with a difference. Whether you are heading to the souks to do some shopping, wishing to explore historic cities, crossing the Sahara Desert on a camel or hiking in the High Atlas Mountains, there is so much on offer when touring in Morocco. Photo: Jemaa el Fnaa at sunset CC BY-ND 2.0 James Merhebi To help with your choices, the following are five of the best places to visit during a holiday in Morocco. When you are settled into your comfortable hotel or a perfect holiday…
  • Shingle Creek Nature Reserve – Kissimmee

    Robert Skupski
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you’re tired of the theme parks and you fancy visiting somewhere peaceful and relaxing, then why not head to Shingle Creek Nature Reserve in Kissimmee, Florida. This beautiful conservation area houses a stunning array of wildlife spread across 456 acres. You will find orange groves, several trails, lakes, kids play area and many well placed benches scattered throughout the park. Make sure you take your camera like I did, be ready to capture some memorable wildlife close encounters! If you are staying on the Veranda Palms Resort you will be literally 5 minutes’ walk away…
  • “El Caminito del Rey:” Dare to walk Spain’s most scary footpath in person (or do it online)

    Robert Skupski
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A relatively short drive inland from the Costa del Sol and all its glorious beaches and resort towns, an adrenaline adventure of a lifetime awaits. While probably not the best thing for those with a fear of heights, “El Caminito del Rey” is definitely a must-see for the brave. El Caminito del Rey – Spain most daring walkway – photo courtesy MichiNerja When you’ve settled comfortably into your holiday home in Mijas or the surrounding areas and feel like doing something a little more than just lying on the beach, this is an adventure worth trying. For those in your party with…
  • Don’t be a Victim of Theft on Your Holiday

    Jess Whittle
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:13 am
    This is not a subject anyone wants to think about or envisage, however, in short, it can go a very long way to spoiling your holiday. Unfortunately theft on holiday does happen, we witness it all too often, especially as the summer winds up the heat rises, the vino flows and the guard drops.  Whilst we want you to be able to relax on your holiday we also urge you to take great care. Do not imagine for a moment that theft is something that happens to others; it can never happen to you…It can! Holidaymakers are usually quick to blame the villa owner, bar owner or anyone but themselves.
  • Try New Activities in Mijas

    Jess Whittle
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:09 am
    There are lots of activities in the Mijas area and there are always new and exciting options popping up. Here are a few of the less obvious ways to have fun in the area. Why not give them a try while you are staying in one of our Mijas villas or apartments. Tuk Tuk Spain If you have ever travelled to India or South East Asia you will be familiar with the crazy vehicle that is a ‘Tuk Tuk’ or an auto rickshaw. These 3 wheel, noisy little mopeds can whizz around tight corners and weave in and out of traffic giving you a thrilling, and sometimes terrifying ride! The Tuk Tuks in Mijas are of…
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    Holiday related articles about Spain

  • Bargain Shopping at Torrevieja Markets

    Sarah Farrell
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Spain's street markets have been compared to Arabian affairs with the stalls piled high with bargains. Torrevieja has one of the biggest in Europe.
  • A guided walk of Estepona

    Amy Trillard
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Follow this guided walk through the streets of Estepona and catch a glimpse of the most beautiful and interesting corners of this picturesque town.
  • The Torrevieja Tapas Experience

    Sarah Farrell
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    Tapas is a great Spanish dining experience as it’s a chance to try small samples of cuisine which you may not want to order as a main course.
  • The Saca de las Yeguas, Almonte - Huelva

    John Kramer
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    One of Andalusia's oldest and least known traditions, the Saca de las Yeguas is a feast for the senses.
  • A guide to Estepona's museums

    Amy Trillard
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    In recent years, the popular destination of Estepona has made big developments in its cultural sector. Read all about the city's museums here.
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