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  • Spain's 'Robin Hood' swindled banks to help fight capitalism

    Spain | The Guardian
    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Enric Duran in hiding and unapologetic after obtaining dozens of loans and handing out money to social activistsThey call him the Robin Hood of the banks, a man who took out dozens of loans worth almost half a million euros with no intention of ever paying them back. Instead, Enric Duran farmed the money out to projects that created and promoted alternatives to capitalism.After 14 months in hiding, Duran is unapologetic even though his activities could land him in jail. "I'm proud of this action," he said in an interview by Skype from an undisclosed location. The money, he said, had…
  • Expert turron-maker part of drug-dealing gang selling sweets made with magic mushrooms and marijuana - Spanish News in English
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    A MASTER confectioner has been arrested for mass-producing and selling sweets and chocolates made with marijuana and magic mushrooms. The ...
  • Benidorm's InTempo, tallest block of flats in Europe now on the market - Spanish News in English
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    EUROPE'S tallest residential block, the InTempo apartments in Benidorm, has finally been built and is looking for buyers. Already, 120 flats ...
  • Adeje Cable Thieves Reel In Over 100k
    Peter Jay
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Adeje council is asking local inhabitants to be extra vigilent after thieves got away with over  100,000 euros worth of cabling during a series of robberies in the borough taking place over the last two weeks. According to Gonzalo Delgado Díaz, local councillor responsible for the department of works and services, “these thefts are difficult to police so we are asking local inhabitants who see any suspicious activity near or at street installations to please phone the local police on 922 74 72 06 or call the emergency number 112. “Anyone who is officially authorised to handle this…
  • Picasso goes on tour in Mexico

    Olive Press Newspaper Spain
    Tom Powell (Reporter)
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Malaga'a Picasso museum has contributed to an exhibition in Mexico
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  • Adeje Cable Thieves Reel In Over 100k

    Peter Jay
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Adeje council is asking local inhabitants to be extra vigilent after thieves got away with over  100,000 euros worth of cabling during a series of robberies in the borough taking place over the last two weeks. According to Gonzalo Delgado Díaz, local councillor responsible for the department of works and services, “these thefts are difficult to police so we are asking local inhabitants who see any suspicious activity near or at street installations to please phone the local police on 922 74 72 06 or call the emergency number 112. “Anyone who is officially authorised to handle this…
  • Bodies Of Missing Helicopter Crew Located

    Peter Jay
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    The Air Rescue Service (SAR ) Air Force helicopter, carrying four soldiers that crashed off the coast of Fuerteventura on March 19 was located during the early hours of Sunday morning at more than 2,000 meters deep. Images obtained by the robotic ship EDT Ares, which had been searching since the 16 April, confimed the bodies of the missing crew members were inside the downed helicopter. Having located the wreckage , the focus will now be to attempt to recover the remains of the deceased, if this is indeed feasible, at best it would be a complicated operation working at a 2,362 m. depth.
  • Adeje And Arona Want More Guardia Civil Agents

    Peter Jay
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    The municipalities of Adeje and Arona are requesting an increase in the number Guardia Civil agents operating in the area, in order to improve public safety in both municipalities. This request will be formally made in a joint Local Security Board held soon, which is  attended by the deputy head of the province, Guillermo Diaz Guerra . The central government representative has made ??it clear in previous conversations that, for now , generally increased human resources will not be possible and that only some groups, such as the GRS (Rural Safety Group ) could be augmented in some…
  • 23-Year-Old Killed In Playa Paraiso

    Peter Jay
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    A 23-year-old Moroccan  was found seriously injured in Calle La Vega in Playa Paraiso just after eleven o’clock on Monday night, he died shortly after Guardia Civil officers arrived. A 37-year-old man, identified only as MEM, and also a Moroccan national, was found hiding nearby by officers investigating the scene. He had scratches on his face. The man, who shared a room with the deceased in the Playa Paraiso  area, admitted having had a fight with him about  personal matters just hours before. Athough MEM has been arrested as the alleged culprit of the death , the Guardia…
  • New Web Portal Delivers Goods To Canary Islands

    Peter Jay
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    It is a sad fact that the development of  e-commerce in the Canary Islands has been left far behind compared to the mainland in recent years, administrative barriers are the main culprit for this, there is an administrative and customs lag for individual purchases under the current REF ( Economic and Fiscal Regime ) . SEUR Canarias (Grupo Valora) and the 2mcgroup have collaborated to make e-commerce to and from the Canary Islands more accessible , by creating a new web portal: . Xopit is basically on big online shopping centre which aims to bring suppliers together to sell…
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • Gabriel García Márquez: new extract hints at writer's 'last legacy'

    Alison Flood
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Spanish newspaper publishes chapter from unseen manuscript We'll See Each Other in August, which could be the final work from the late Nobel laureateAn extract from an unpublished manuscript by Gabriel García Márquez, in which the late Nobel laureate writes about a married woman having an affair on a tropical island, has been published in a Spanish newspaper. Continue reading...
  • Artist at centre of multimillion dollar forgery scandal turns up in China

    Jon Swaine in New York
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Pei-Shen Qian, acccused, along with two Spanish brokers, of conning New York art collectors, will likely escape extraditionA 75-year-old painter accused of forging works by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning for a $33m fraud scheme in New York appears well placed to avoid prosecution and up to 45 years in prison, as he has moved to China.Pei-Shen Qian was on Monday indicted on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and lying to the FBI. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan allege that he produced dozens of worthless fakes that were eventually sold…
  • Spain's 'Robin Hood' swindled banks to help fight capitalism

    Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Enric Duran in hiding and unapologetic after obtaining dozens of loans and handing out money to social activistsThey call him the Robin Hood of the banks, a man who took out dozens of loans worth almost half a million euros with no intention of ever paying them back. Instead, Enric Duran farmed the money out to projects that created and promoted alternatives to capitalism.After 14 months in hiding, Duran is unapologetic even though his activities could land him in jail. "I'm proud of this action," he said in an interview by Skype from an undisclosed location. The money, he said, had…
  • Spanish art dealer wanted for US fraud arrested in Seville

    Associated Press in Seville
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Authorities seek to extradite Jose Carlos Bergantiños, who is accused of having dealt in millions of dollars of counterfeit artA Spanish businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art and wanted for fraud in the United States has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain, officials said on Sunday.Art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz was arrested on Friday at a luxury hotel in Seville. Glafira Rosales, Bergantinos Diaz's partner, was arraigned in New York in August, accused of peddling counterfeit art for 15 years as undiscovered works by…
  • David Cameron stung by jellyfish

    Paul Owen
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    PM's encounter with sea creature while on holiday in Lanzarote is not the first time that a jellyfish has caused him painDavid Cameron is known for floating serenely above the political fray, suffering very little damage to his own reputation even as his government is forced into U-turns or his ministers are forced to resign.But on holiday in Lanzarote this week the prime minister's luck ran out. Bobbing gently in the Spanish waters, Cameron suddenly received a painful sting from a jellyfish. Continue reading...
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    Spain Financial News

  • Pernod Ricard: Agreement to purchase the assets of Kenwood Vineyards

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    … Ricard: Agreement to purchase the assets of Kenwood Vineyards Pernod Ricard … New Zealand, Campo Viejo from Spain and Graffigna from Argentina. The … )1 41 00 41 71 Financial Communication – Investor Relations VP Sylvie Machenaud …
  • Transurban's $7b long-term play

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:11 pm
    … noughties ahead of the 2008-2009 financial crisis,  recent infrastructure deals are … that included Spanish toll road operator Abertis, Australian infrastructure investor Hastings Funds … look to sell existing assets to raise money for new infrastructure, and …
  • Spain Sets Course Towards Electronic Law Enforcement Through Law 25/2013

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    … , which will affect company financing, prevent the negative effects … numerous regulations. Specifically, in Spain, providers will be better … institutions after the initial investments made. At this point, … the requirements of the Spanish Tax Agency (AEAT). - …
  • Has the sun set on the expat dream in Spain?

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    … could no longer afford their Spanish lifestyle, and would have to … still miss Spain dearly – our reasons for leaving were purely financial and … plan is to save some money and, in the longer time …
  • DataRoom AM: Transurban's road closure

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    … including Hastings Funds Management and Spain’s Abertis by less than … 5. According to The Australian Financial Review, Wesfarmers is running the … early next year. Proposals from investment banks to the cinema operator’s …
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    Almerimar Life » Living In Spain

  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chippie open at Leo's again but only Friday Nights. Live Music on Saturdays. Give it 3 months and check it out post honeymoon I guess. 20:09:44, 2014-04-17 Expect the old kids club on Poniente beach to open this summer as they rennovating the inside 20:07:06, 2014-04-17 Misty early morning but the sun is burning that off and turning into nice day. 10:03:23, 2014-04-17 Ryan Air East Midlands to Almeria flights start tomorrow. Tue & Thu in summer. You ready for the rush of tourists? 12:43:13, 2014-04-15
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    House sales fell by 27% in Spain in February compared to 2013. Who said recovery? 07:07:48, 2014-04-10 I see Monarch was least punctual airline in 2013. 07:06:54, 2014-04-10 Lovely morning. Off for a little drive! 07:19:47, 2014-04-09 Another lovely morning. Possibly best time of the year for me. Was actually out at 5am walking Teo and it was lovely. 10:06:06, 2014-04-08 New vets opening in Almerimar next to Nautico in May from El Ejido 23:18:54, 2014-04-06 El Tuerto on beach open again. La Colletta in square opening soon 12:35:56, 2014-04-06
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Carchuna to Motril section of new motorway to Malaga has opened. 19:02:25, 2014-04-02 Pleasant day 09:15:27, 2014-03-30 Weather better after very wet morning but still damp and cold. Clocks go forward tonight. 19:49:16, 2014-03-29 Looking like another lovely day, although it is chilly in the evenings. 09:17:50, 2014-03-28
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Oh joy here comes the wind again! 12:57:05, 2014-03-27 Much better morning. 09:13:51, 2014-03-27 Windy night. Has dropped a lot this morning but not looking great. 09:17:08, 2014-03-26 Wind is picking up 16:54:00, 2014-03-25 Weather looking good. 09:05:24, 2014-03-25 Don't forget clocks go forward this Saturday 08:10:02, 2014-03-25 Council conducting study to find area of beach to use for pets in summer. Driven by desire to satisfy tourists with pets, not locals! 19:33:23, 2014-03-24 Mercadon entrance by Porto Fino is closed now until they finish the upgrade 17:20:37, 2014-03-24 Alamos…
  • Alamos Malbec 2012

    Chris Marshall
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    Alamos Malbec 2012 Not my usual wine being from Argentina but it was very pleasant and not too dissimilar to my usual Riberia
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • Italian politics: Silvio Berlusconi, social worker

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    NOT good: but far from the worst outcome. On April 15th a Milan court ruled that Silvio Berlusconi should serve his sentence for tax fraud by helping in an old people’s home in Milan. But the former prime minister will be free to go to Rome from Tuesday to Thursday. In practice, the 77-year-old is […]
  • Culture wars in Ukraine: History lessons

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Whose helmet is it, anyway? “HE WHO controls the past controls the future.” Orwell’s dictum now faces a new test. Shortly before Russia annexed Crimea, the Bakhchisaray museum, north of Sevastopol, lent some valuable artefacts to an exhibition in the Netherlands. The question as to which country these (and other objects from Crimean museums) should […]
  • Turkey’s prime minister: Erdogan v judges, again

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:22 am
    THE biggest foes of Recep Tayyip Erdogan were the generals and the judges, who made common cause to try to oust Turkey’s pious prime minister (he was trained as an imam) on thinly supported charges of steering the country towards Islamic rule. But they failed. The army was tamed through a series of court cases […]
  • Greek politics: Remaking the political landscape

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    GREECE’S chances of recovery after six years of misery are improving. Its first bond offering in four years, seen as a test of confidence, did much better than expected. Tourists are flocking in for Easter; hoteliers predict a record 19m visitors will come this year. One long-blocked resort project on Crete seems poised to go […]
  • Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port – with China, as EU countries weigh options on economic sanctions. News from EUobserver
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • St George's Day in Lloret de Mar

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Happy Saint George's day to everyone!Saint George (Sant Jordi) is the Patron Saint of Catalonia so not only is this special day celebrated in England but also here in every Catalan town and village. The tradition here is that gifts of books and roses are exchanged by couples, partners, family members, and friends so out on the streets and town squares the shops and specially erected stalls are selling books of just about every topic under the sun and gifts of single stems or small arrangements of roses.These photos show the colourful stalls in Lloret de Mar today.
  • Fenals Beach

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    Walking along Fenals beach on Good Friday we took a few photos of this young man doing a few acrobatic jumps, after loading them onto the computer at home this is the result after 'Google' has done its automatic editing!
  • Easter Sunday in Lloret de Mar

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    As predicted by just about everyone here the brilliant weather we have been having has suddenly made a turn for the worse for the Easter holidays. This morning we woke to a damp, dismal and a much cooler morning, so no sunbathing on the beaches for today at least but still everyone is out and about walking and riding along the seafront!
  • A day at Hostalric near Lloret

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    This Easter weekend Hostalric will be hosting its usual Easter Medieval Event when the town will be transported back to years gone by and resemble an 'Olde Worlde' village with market stalls of local made crafts and foods, entertainers and activities etc. With the fortress walls surrounding Hostalric and its tiny narrow streets it will surely be not too hard to imagine just how the village looked back in those medieval times!
  • Lloret de Mar by Night

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
     After yesterdays sports teams taking part in games on Lloret beach last nights pictures show a much more tranquil scene with the lights from the seafront stores, restaurants...and also an added bonus was the full moon we happened to catch while it was quite low in the sky! 
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  • Easter Monday BBQ

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    The morning starts with us going to Alcañiz for breakfast in La Oficina, a small restaurant. I love the name, you can just imagine someone's wife phoning and saying, "where are you?" to which the guy can truthfully reply, "I'm in the office."OK, breakfast can consist of bacon, egg and chips......but if you are on a diet, maybe just a bocadillo.After all, we only come here once a year!After the shopping it's on with the BBQ and the aubergines and peppers are roasted first,......the strawberries hulled and quartered......and the cheese, jamón and olives put onto plates.Outside, the weather…
  • The Easter Market

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
     It's Easter Saturday morning and time for the Market of the Amas de Casa of Torre del Compte.As usual there is the plant stall,......the ladies making crespells......and a stall selling a variety of homemade cakes.There was a very good turnout to support their efforts......the star of which must be the book of recipes, 'Between stoves and aprons', containing 89 recipes from the residents of the village. It is very professionally produced and a bargain at only €10. The ISBN is 9788461690923.
  • Pics of the week!

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Here's a few pictures to show what's happening in this part of the world this week.Alcañiz high street was ablaze of colour this week as the trees blossomed.Along the camino this bug was making hard work for itself. I hope he turns out well.This afternoon the ermita looked splendid......and the first poppies are starting to appear. Also, I heard the first cuckoo of the year this morning!
  • Rosemary and Thyme

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    In actual fact the title should be, "Flowering gorse, rosemary and thyme." There could be a line of a song there! Rosemary and gorse are abundant along the camino......and there are small clumps of thyme flowering too.The trees are also at it with the pine trees and their fresh new growth......making a rather spectacular and colourful show.Isn't Spring wonderful?
  • The Medieval Market at Cretas

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    To see all the photos click HERE
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    Spanish Teaching

  • Gabriel García Márquez (1927 – 2014)

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One Less Genius In the WorldSometimes a genius hides behind a persona of someone who is always angry or hard to live with. That’s what I think of when I think of Salvador Dalí. When I calmly look at one of his paintings, I am transported to a world that I wouldn’t have found had it not been for him. But, when I consider how he was as a person: how he acted, his political views… well, I really don’t like him at all. One thing is clear to me, though:  there is the man and there is the art and maybe you can separate one from the other.I think we were all greatly saddened when we found…
  • Teaching Spanish - Follow Your Nose

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One of the issues that arises in the study of NLP (we discussed this subject a few months ago regarding the communication technique known as Nuero-linguistic programming) can actually help us discover a way to more effectively communicate with whom we are speaking to. The idea is that we should align our speech in accordance with the communication “preferences” of our conversation partner; these preferences can be visual, auditory or kinesthetic. If we succeed in finding these preferences, we can employ a better and more compelling discourse using those linguistic elements favored by our…
  • Difficult Topics in Language Classes

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With the arrival of Semana Santa (Easter Week) cultural issues come up in the Spanish as a foreign language class that usually derive from a lack of information that students have about Spanish religious traditions. I am Spanish, but I imagine that something similar happens in Mexico with the “Día de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) and likewise in every other Hispanic country.The first question that students ask, especially in cities where the processions are accompanied by penitents wearing striking-pointy nosed helmets, is the following: Why are so many Spanish people in the Ku-klux-klan? I…
  • Octavio Paz - A 100 Years Go By in a Flash

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This week, don Octavio Paz will turn one century old. I mean, he would be that old if cancer hadn’t decided to take him to Mount Olympus of the gods in April of 1998, converting him into an immortal. If he had died just five days later, his exit from this world would have coincided with that of Cervantes and Shakespeare (the date that has been established as World Book Day, and whether or not the date is accurate, as my Italian friend Alessandro would say, “si non è vero, è ben trovato”)Octavio Paz is a an extraordinary figure who stands as a beacon of inspiration in the tradition of…
  • Spanish Stereotypes: Ocho apellidos vascos

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I assume that all teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, or all teachers of any language for that matter, feel quite pleased when they come across relevant material they can use in the classroom. We’re constantly on the hunt for that perfect article, song, or movie to include in our language lessons.That’s why a few years ago, six to be exact, when the French film phenomenon Bienvenue chez les Ch’Tis came out, French teachers were delighted to have new teaching material endorsed by the sheer number of its viewers; Bienvenue broke just about every box office record in France. The…
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  • 2014 Semana Santa Madrid Holy Week Processions

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    Religious or just “cultural“, anxious spectators prepare for the 2014 Semana Santa Madrid Holy Week Processions – and everyone hopes the weather cooperates. The majority of onlookers of the seemingly countless Holy Week Processions in Madrid are people of faith, but many attend for the spectacle of slow-moving, flower-and-candle-covered, band-following floats of religious symbols like the Virgin Mary (of which there are countless) and Jesus Christ (sometimes on the Cross and other times laying down). Still others go just because everyone else is going. And finally, others…
  • Assimilate or Perish as an Expatriate in Spain

    22 Jan 2014 | 2:34 am
    If you’re in an environment created by you, like your own house where you control everything, be happy as a hermit crab. But if you live outside in the real world, be prepared for things that rock your psychological boat, things that make you nauseous. Moving to another country can often make foreigners somewhat nauseous, perplexed, and oftentimes downright angry. Said another way, it’s one thing to “go with the flow” and another thing to “make waves because you don’t like the water“. (huh?!?!) If you don’t like the water, stay on the beach and…
  • Madrid Tours with MadridMan

    13 Jan 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Tour Madrid with MadridMan! MadridMan®, an American expatriate and Spanish resident, offers 2 to 2.5-hour walking tours of Old Madrid via Discover the hidden corners of Madrid and learn of Spain’s capital city’s colorful and often bloody past. We’ll visit Madrid’s principal plazas and walk through its narrow, Old Town pedestrian streets. You’ll learn of its Roman, Arab, & Christian roots as well as Madrid’s current-day customs and lifestyle. I assure you, it’s not all wine and siestas! But this isn’t your ordinary…
  • 2013 Spain’s Christmas Lottery El Gordo

    20 Dec 2013 | 9:12 am
    They say Spain’s annual Christmas Lottery is the richest in the world, distributing more than 2 Billion Euros, or 3 Billion U.S. Dollars, all taking place this coming Sunday, 22nd of December. TVE1 coverage starts at 8am and the whole lottery drawing process can last until 11:30am. While 2 Billion Euros are handed out, it’s a very broad dispersment. The BIG prize, “El Gordo“, will carry a grand prize of 4 Billion Euros – if you hold all 10-tickets in the series. Tickets are sold in “décimos“, or “one-tenths“, so if you bought just one of…
  • No More Self-Serve Olive Oil Dispensers in Spain

    15 Dec 2013 | 3:41 am
    In many ways Spain is still a very quaint country, retains many old-world charms, and puts higher value on quality of life rather than the quantity of life or the size of your bank account. But this is sadly changing. Little by little, Spain is becoming more homogenized with the rest of Europe and the world, and is not-so-slowly losing its identity. Young people no longer listen to flamenco music. American TV series, Hollywood movies, and US-made music dominate the media. Only a small percentage of Spaniards are practicing Catholics. Some might argue it’s about time that Spain drag…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

  • 23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am

    José M. Guardia
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    VIAGRA-LACED ICE CREAM? Anyway, congratulations to whoever chose the picture…
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    José M. Guardia
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A FEW HEADS WILL EXPLODE: Four Great Myths of the McCarthy Era.
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    José M. Guardia
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    IT'S NOT THE WARMING, STUPID:Earth Day is a chance to take stock: What is the state of the world’s environment? Our knee-jerk reaction is that it’s getting worse. But that is not only mostly incorrect, it also prevents us from using Earth Day to help do the most good to make the environment even better.Many think the biggest global environment problem is global warming. After all, the issue gets the lion’s share of headlines and accounts for much of the hell-in-a-hand-basket environmental news we come across. But by any reasonable measure, this is entirely wrong. The most important is…
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    José M. Guardia
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    BARCELONA'S disused subway stations: a pictorial essay. Forget the politicized tone (do people really have to politicize everything?): the post is fantastic anyway.
  • 15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am

    José M. Guardia
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    BRACE YOURSELVES: China Property Collapse Has Begun.
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  • Where is the Most Expensive Restaurant in the World?

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Despite Spain's economic problems and the fact that Spain has the cheapest resorts in the world, the Spanish island of Ibiza is about to have the priciest restaurant on the planet, when Sublimotion opens its doors later this year....Read Full Post
  • Madrid Zoo's Baby Panda VIDEO

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Madrid Zoo's baby panda has been seen in public for the first time. The seven-month-old 15kg fluffy guy, named Xing Bao, came out at a ceremony for the Chinese Ambassador to Spain. Madrid's Zoo is in the Casa del Campo, the large park to the west of Madrid....Read Full Post
  • What's the Most Photographed Sight in Spain?

    6 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    What do you think is the most popular place in Spain to be snapped by tourists? La Sagrada Familia? Or Las Ramblas? Or maybe it's not in Barcelona - could it be the Alhambra...Read Full Post
  • April and May in Spain

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    Spain is warming up and with that comes some of the country's hottest festivals and celebrations. April is dominated by Semana Santa, or Holy Week, Spain's version of Easter. But there's also the Barcelona Beer Festival, the Festimad music festival in Madrid and Murcia's Spring Festival....Read Full Post
  • AVE Trains: Wifi and Silent Carriage Coming Soon!

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:32 pm
    RENFE, the Spanish rail company, has announced a series of improvements to their AVE high-speed train service. In the near future, their services from Madrid to Barcelona, Madrid to Seville and other AVE routes in Spain will have the following services:...Read Full Post
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  • Facebook dispara sus beneficios en el primer trimestre

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg debe de estar más que satisfecho con la ejecución de la compañía que dirige en su primer trimestre del año. La red social ha superado los 2.500 millones dólares de facturación, un 72% más que en el mismo periodo del año anterior, y ha cosechado unos beneficios de 642 millones de dólares, tres veces más que en el primer trimestre de 2013. La gran parte de sus ingresos, unos 2.270 millones de dólares, provienen directamente de la publicidad, el pilar sobre el que se asienta la red social de la que muchos dudaban hace tiempo sobre la viabilidad de su modelo de…
  • ASIMO, el robot-niño de Honda, se hace más humano

    Iván Durán
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “¡Hola Nueva York! Gracias por venir hoy”. Así es como entró el robot de Honda, ASIMO, en una demostración que hizo la propia compañía hace unos días en la Gran Manzana. Dicho evento se convocó precisamente para dar a conocer las novedades introducidas en esta nueva versión. Con estas mejoras, Honda pretende seguir progresando en la idea de ayudar, en un futuro, a las personas que lo necesiten, como pueden ser ancianos, gente con problemas de movilidad, etc. “Honda cree que las mejoras del nuevo ASIMO nos acercan un paso más a nuestro objetivo de ser capaces de ayudar a todo…
  • Club del Talento impulsa la presencia de mujeres en el sector TIC

    Iván Durán
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    15 organizaciones del sector Tecnológico de la Información y de la Comunicación (TIC) -Infojobs, Ticjob, APMG International, Netmind, QRP International, Tecnofor, Quint Wellington Redwood, Thinking Heads Digital, el IE Business School, la Universidad de Alcalá, Womenalia, Muejeres&CIA, la Asociación de Técnicos Informáticos (ATI)y CIONET- han creado la primera edición de Club del Talento, una iniciativa que tiene como objetivo formar a 15 mujeres desempleadas en el ámbito de las TIC para facilitar su inserción en el mercado laboral. En este sentido, los promotores del…
  • El 90% de los niños de 13 años usa Internet según el EGM

    Iván Durán
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    AIMC ha dado a conocer los resultados de la primera oleada del Estudio General de Medios (EGM), en la que además de los datos que hacen referencia al comportamiento de los medios de comunicación incluye otros sobre el uso de Internet y la forma de actuar de los españoles a la hora de conectarse. De los resultados que ofrece llama especialmente la atención lo integradas que las nuevas generaciones están en la Red: la penetración de Internet casi es del 90% en niños de 13 años. En general, la progresión de Internet en la sociedad española ha sido exponencial en los últimos años:…
  • Biónica flexible para vigilar nuestras constantes

    Marcos Merino
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    En TICbeat ya os hemos hablado en alguna ocasión de tecnología biodegradable y comestible para uso médico. Pero la forma y textura de los chips que han de interactuar con nuestro cuerpo es otro de los caballos de batalla: por eso, a día de hoy, laboratorios de Estados Unidos, Suiza y Corea del Sur están trabajando para desarrollar dispositivos de materiales inusualmente finos y flexibles. Esto permitiría liberar a la medicina (más concretamente a aspectos de la misma como la medición de los signos vitales) de la maraña de cables que hasta ahora solía acompañarla, y podríamos…
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    Spanish Property News

  • Bankinter Mortgage Lending Up 262% on Last Year

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the first quarter of this year Bankinter, continuing with their “Hipótica” mortgage policy launched last September, granted 279 million euros in mortgage loans for house purchases, which is 262% more than recorded in the same period of 2013. Idealista reported that Bankinter estimates they will allocate up to 1,500 million euros for new mortgages […]
  • Eurozone Annual Inflation Down Two Tenths in March

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    According to final figures released by the EU statistics office, Eurostat, on Wednesday, annual inflation in the eurozone fell to 0.5% in March, compared with 0.7% registered in February. A year earlier, the annual rate of inflation in March was 1.7% in the eurozone, while the monthly rate stood at 0.9%, reported Eurostat, which confirmed […]
  • Lleida Most Profitable for Rental Housing

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    According to the latest study, which compares the sale and rental prices of various real estate products, among the Spanish capitals, Lleida is the most profitable with regard to rental housing, offering a gross return of 6.3%, followed by Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (5.2%), Huesca (5.1%), Huelva (4.8%), Alicante and Córdoba (4.7% in […]
  • Spanish Goods Exports Up 4% to February

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Spanish exports grew by 4% in the first two months of the year over the same period in 2013, to 37.76 billion euros, the highest figure since records began in 1971, while imports increased by 3% year-on-year to 42.2 billion euros, higher than in 2012 (0.9%) and 2013 (-2.4%). These figures give a trade deficit […]
  • Spain House Prices Fell by -1.1% in First Quarter

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The evolution of the average price of resale property in Spain has significantly changed from 2013, according to a recent report from Last year they registered double-digit year-on-year declines, and specifically in June 2013 recorded the largest year-on-year drop in their comparable real estate index (-11.8%). However, the first quarter of 2014 seems to […]
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    The Spain Scoop | Traveling in Spain / Stay in Spain | Blogs About Spain | Spain Festivals | Culture Spain

  • Seville: Nice to Meet You!

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    ‘Sevilla Mola’ translates to ‘Seville is cool’. We agree! By Regina Winkle-Bryan Nancy and I started The Spain Scoop in 2008. Over the years we’ve collaborated with many talented writers based all over Spain. Zach of Not Hemingway’s Spain, Liz of Young Adventuress, Christine of Christine In Spain, Lauren of Spanish Sabores and Madrid Food Tour, Julie of Guiri Girl In Barca, Chris C of Barcelona for Idiots…the list goes on and on. Street musician in Seville. Working with these expats was an unexpected perk for us, as we didn’t imagine collaboration when we…
  • What Happens at Easter in Tenerife?

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Floral art- Guia de Isora A look at Spring Break and traditional Easter celebrations on the Canary Islands in Spain. By Linda Wainwright As dusk begins to fall, the only sounds along the crowded, but strangely silent, streets are the clanging of chains and the sombre thump of a regular drumbeat. This is not the Eastertide in Tenerife that the thousands of tourists, who flock here for respite from northern winters, see, but it is hugely important to Canarians, whose traditions and customs are so closely tied to religion. Those chains are tied around the ankles of some of the penitents taking…
  • The Feria de Abril: A Step by Step Guide to Preparing for Seville’s Biggest Fête

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Dancing during the April Fair in Seville Get ready to party like a local in Seville, with Cat’s savvy tips on the city’s April Fair! By Cat Gaa During 51 long weeks of the year, the lot just south of the Los Remedios neighborhood is dormant and hardly imaginable as the location of one of Seville’s biggest parties, the Feria de Abril. Held each year two weeks after Easter, it can only be characterized as a festival full of all things Andalusian – sherry, horses, and flamenco. For locals, it’s highly anticipated. For travelers, it’s a chance to see Andalusian culture on…
  • The Best La Gomera Beaches

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:04 pm
      Playa Santiago Almost deserted on a warm winter day We follow local expert Linda Wainwright to La Gomera’s best beaches. By Linda Wainwright La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands, a stunningly beautiful, tranquil place. The words “magical” and “spiritual” are often used to describe it. Unlike some of its sister islands, what it is not famous for, is its beaches. So it may seem a bit odd to write about the island’s best beaches. That’s because the mainstream media concentrate on white sand beaches, with mojitos on tap. That’s not what La Gomera’s…
  • Maria Takes Us To La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

    10 Mar 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Adri and Reg making romesco sauce. To be perfectly honest, I was not that excited to meet at La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most famous market on La Rambla, at 9:30am for a tour. La Boqueria is a ‘must’ for most visitors, which means it’s crowded. Our tour was on a Saturday, which is the big shopping day for locals, and that added to my concern about heaving throngs and long lines. It turns out that very few people go shopping at 9:00am. I guess I never noticed this, not being much of an early-riser on Saturdays. Our small group of five (four ‘students’ and one chef) moved easily…
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    Ronda, the City of Dreams in Andalusia, Southern Spain

  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced Ronda

    Ronda Today
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Run by the Descalzos nuns, the church of mercy also contains a holy relic, the incorrupt hand of St Teresa of Avila
  • Almocabar Gate and Wall (Puerte de Almocabar y Murallas)

    Ronda Today
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    The Almocabar Gate used to be one of the main entrances to Ronda's walled city. It was here that Ferdinand's army finally crushed the Moors in 1485.
  • Walking in the Sierra de Grazalema

    Ronda Today
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Andalucían landscapes and wildlife have been bringing pleasure to visitors for decades. The south of Spain and especially the interior of Andalucía holds many wonders and surprises. The “real Spain” has little to do with beach resorts or whirlwind tours of Andalusian cities. You are discovering the white town and “City of Dreams” that is […]
  • San Sebastian Minaret (Alminar de San Sebastián)

    Ronda Today
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    In a small plaza off Calle Armiñan stands a stone and brick tower which looks completely lost amongst the white-washed homes and palaces of the area. This is the San Sebastian Minaret, built in the early 1300s next to one of the main mosques of Ronda.
  • Hotel Baraka B&B in Ronda’s Historic Centre *

    Ronda Today
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Imagine a quiet haven away from the crowds, in the heart of Ronda’s Moorish quarter, a B&B that will be home away from home. From €51
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    Spanish News

  • Marbella, Benidorm or La Manga del Mar Menor Could Disappear Due to Climate Change Warns Greenpeace

    Maria Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    The environmental NGO Greenpeace has presented a new report that reveals how rising sea levels in Spain could mean the end of Marbella, Benidorm, La Manga or San Sebastián. Greenpeace has presented its findings in a report entitled: Spain: Towards a Extreme Climate. Risks of Failing to Halt Climate Change and Ice Melt, presented on [...]
  • Spanish Property Prices to See Further Decline in 2014, Says Moody’s

    Anne Sims
    24 Jan 2014 | 6:22 am
    Spanish property prices are heading for a further drop in 2014, says the US Ratings Agency, Moody’s. Due to “excessive stock and weak demand” property prices in Spain will continue to decline this year. Moody’s also suggests that Foreign-borrower loans are 3.3 times more likely to default based on the fact that the unemployment rate [...]
  • Coca-Cola Fires 750 Employees and Closes Four Factories in Spain

    Maria Sullivan
    22 Jan 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Coca-Cola has filed for an ‘ERE‘ in Spain which will affect 1,250 employees. The world’s most renowned soda company will also be closing four of its eleven factories in Spain. The factories that will cease operations include those in Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Alicante, Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands) and Colloto (Asturias). The multinational, which employs 4,200 [...]
  • Amancio Ortega Buys Emblematic Banesto Building in Barcelona

    Ana Pozuelo
    10 Jan 2014 | 3:22 am
    Amancio Ortega, the founder of Inditex, one of the world’s leading retail empires has acquired the building that used to house the Banesto headquarters on Barcelona’s Plaza Catalunya. The property was acquired for 44 million euros, a modest sum considering the building’s prime location, numbered as Paseo de Gracia 1 and Plaza Catalunya 10. Amancio [...]
  • Las Vegas Sands Scraps Plan to Invest €22 Billion in Eurovegas Casino Resort in Spain

    Ana Pozuelo
    13 Dec 2013 | 10:27 am
    The ‘EuroVegas’ resort by Las Vegas Sands was to be built in Alcorcon, just outside of Spain’s capital city Madrid. But after negotiations that lasted around 2 years, the Spanish government announced on Friday that it had rejected the big, stating that the latest demands made were not acceptable. After having apparently caved in weeks [...]
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  • Restaurant Review: El Camoati

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    El Camoati is a cozy, authentic and attractive Argentinean Restaurant located in La Latina. The cuisine offers delicious traditional dishes offered in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Owners Fran and Julian have been friends for life from Buenos Aires. After traveling Europe and living in Paris, they decided to move to Madrid. They immediately begin thinking of opening […]
  • Comprar libros no es caro

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    Este mes celebramos el Día del Libro y, como cada año, las grandes multinacionales sacarán a la calle sus atractivos stands para promocionar la venta de libros. El Retiro acogerá la 73ª Feria del Libro en la que participarán un buen número de expositores. Las librerías abrirán hasta medianoche el 23 de abril, y los […]
  • Domingueando por Lavapiés: Esta es una plaza

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Un domingo cualquiera sales a pasear por Lavapiés y sin esperarlo, apareces en una plaza. Pero no en una plaza cualquiera. Esta es una plaza nace en 2008 como un proyecto de autogestión vecinal del solar urbano de la calle Doctor Fourquet nº 24, y desde entonces, ha sido el lugar de encuentro para la […]
  • Must-Visit Museums with Free Entrance

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Must-Visit Museums with Free Entrance The following museums have free entrance on the indicated days: Museo del Prado:        Museo del Prado is one of the top 11 museums in the world. It features the most significant collection of Spanish art as well as other gems from all over Europe. It was inaugurated in the 19th […]
  • Centro El Horno: Fitness & Leisure Studios

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Centro El Horno is a leisure and fitness center where you can find everything you’re looking for. With more than 60 different activities including classes of international dance, relaxation, and martial arts, El Horno offers something for everyone. They also have a weight room, aerobic classes, and a massage room. Even more, it’s a meeting […]
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    Houses for Sale in Spain

  • Potential Bad News on Valencia Property Tax – Forewarned is Forearmed

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    In October last year the Valencian government in its infinite wisdom (ie none) decided to raise purchase taxes on second hand property from 8% to 10%, immediately putting themselves at a disadvantage with other communities in Spain (Madrid dropped theirs to 6% in January for example). It was a stupid move that I described in depth on this blog post
  • The 17 Worst Things About Living in Spain

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    It's time to put on the sarcasm font and start "complaining" about living in Spain. Lots of people complain about living in Spain, just look at any online forum, but let's give them a platform for their complaints here should we as only forum owners and their invented six alter egos read forums these days. So for all of you out there who over the years have complained loudly, repeatedly and in the echoey chamber that is an internet forum let's give you a voice. The 17 worst things about living in Spain:
  • Some Excellent Rentals in Valencia and Around

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:49 am
    Some of our clients have bought properties recently and have now put them up for rental. We also have some properties for rental that provide excellent places to live while you settle down in Valencia or to take on a rental with option to buy. We can negotiate contract terms and lengths on the majority of these properties and as there is such a wide variety we should have something that suits you. Take a look at a few of them.
  • The Four Horsemen Post… From the Spanish Property Network

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We posted a very popular post on the Spanish Property Blog last week.Titled "The Four Horsemen of the Spanish Property Apocalypse". Within it we explained how to get a bargain in Spain without going to a bank for their rather badly located properties. Take a look and if you have any questions just ask. When you are looking for a property as a buyer you are obviously looking for a bargain that suits your requirements. Those requirements will be exclusive to you, ie different from anyone else, but you can almost guarantee that the property you buy will have many of the characteristics that…
  • Valencia Region Sales To Foreigners For 2013

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    It is a well known fact that sales of property in Spain are at historically low figures at the moment when compared with other years. However the figures themselves are skewed somewhat by the fact that they do not tend to distinguish between the diminished internal demand (due to lack of credit and the ongoing crisis meaning that Spain has effectively been in a crushing recession since 2007) and the soaring international demand for Spanish property that has now reached or even exceded 2007 levels in many areas due to the low prices, favourable exchange rate and the fact that many other…
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    Homage to BCN

  • BCN Type

    Rob (H2BCN)
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    Read 'BCN Type' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website BCN Type in progress I know, you’re wondering whether this has turned into a site about type after last weeks Barcelona font post. But this one I couldn’t resist. From the hand of German born, but Spanish influenced, Simón Prades, comes BCN Type. Grungy, futuristic lettering inspired by Barcelona’s famous grid system. Simon says about the project: I wanted to combine 3 things I really love in this project: architectural drawing, typography and the city of Barcelona (which is the hometown of my ancestors). The…
  • A Barcelona Font

    Rob (H2BCN)
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    Read 'A Barcelona Font' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website This is a bit of a geeky post but what the hell. I love Barcelona. And I love typography. So what better than a Barcelona font! It’s not really a font as such but one that’s certainly in the same vein as the classic dingbat font, Microsoft’s Wingdings. A collection of little images related to Barcelona that you can download for free and use in any project you wish. There’s even a little caga tió! I hope you find a use for them. Barcelona city icons compiled and vectorized by WOODCUTTER Liked this…
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]

    Rob (H2BCN)
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Read '10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website I came across this great infographic the other day from the guys at Apartment Barcelona. Unlike most of these kind of things there was actually some stuff I didn’t know! So I thought I’d share it. Did you know about all these things? 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]Source: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona. Liked this post? I would very much appreciate you sharing it with your friends :) Share: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About…
  • Barcelona with Kids

    Emily Davies
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Read 'Barcelona with Kids' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website Article by Emily Davies, Barcelona Travel Expert for The city of Barcelona is a wonderful choice for fun-packed things to do with kids. There are so many fabulous child-friendly activities, from interactive museums to theme parks and nature reserves, that you are spoilt for choice. With this in mind, here are my top five attractions in Barcelona that you and your kids will love. 1. Barcelona Zoo Barcelona Zoo is home to an impressive array of beautiful and exotic animal species. Zoo highlights include the…
  • Natura Barcelona – Pau’s done it again!

    Rob (H2BCN)
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    Read 'Natura Barcelona – Pau’s done it again!' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website You know the score by now. Barcelona. Time-lapse video with tilt-shift photography (though not as much this time). And great editing and music. From Pau García Laita creator of Summer Barcelona (with 411k plays on Vimeo) and Midnight Barcelona (305k plays) is the new time-lapse film Natura Barcelona. We love a drone – as long as they’re not spying on you – and this time Pau uses them to great effect to capture the city. So switch to full screen, sit back, relax…
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    Real Estate News - Marbella, Spain

  • Taylor Wimpey´s New Apartments Horizon Beach La Galera

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    AWARD WINNING UK property developer Taylor Wimpey is launching a fresh £10 million project on the Costa del Sol this month. The La Galera development, in Estepona, is going to consist of thirty six luxury homes and is due to be formally launched with an opening on April 30th. Taylor Wimpey has constructed over two, 500 homes in España over the last fifteen years, as well as Los Arqueros Golf, in near  Benahavis. “Estepona is a perfect location for further investment,” stated Ignacio Oslé, regional director in Andalucia. “We want to thank Estepona town hall for their support in…
  • Property sales increased more in Marbella last year than anywhere else in Spain

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    The property market in Marbella is recovering and the town is now showing signs of being a leader in this sector. This emblematic town on the Costa del Sol ended last year with a total of 3,115 property sales , a figure which is similar to that of 2007, before the bubble burst. In terms of total figures, Marbella is now in a similar position to Malaga city, where the recovery in the property market has failed to take off and the number of sales has fallen for three consecutive years. The results for property transactions last year, which have just been released by the Ministry of Development,…
  • New expat residents association launches in Estepona

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    AN EXPAT residents association has been launched in Estepona, which will fight the corner of the town’s large number of foreign residents. The Associacion de Residentes Extranjeros de Municipio de Estepona (AREME) will speak on behalf of its members with public institutions, with the aim of improving services and provisions in Estepona. It already boasts one coup, successfully reinstating the local bus service. AREME has been given official approval by the Junta de Andalucia as a non-political and non-profit enterprise. The group has arranged a quarterly meeting with the councillor for…
  • Mini housing boom in Malaga’s ‘Golden Triangle’

    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    LUXURY housing in Malaga’s so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ is leading the way in the resurrection of the construction industry. The ‘Golden Triangle’, made up of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis, is seeing an increase in both the sales of homes and in the construction of luxury housing. During January and February of this year, Marbella Town Hall has seen an increase of 20% in the licences for luxury homes. So far the town hall has authorised licences for 18 new housing projects with a combined worth of over €9million. If construction carries on at this pace, the number of projects…
  • Spanish market offers bargain basement homes

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    ALMOST one third of Spanish houses are on the market for less than €100,000. The number of houses sold at that price or less over the past 12 months is even higher -around 64% – according to property site The figure has surged from 2.9% before the onset of the economic crisis and ensuing collapse of the real estate market. A staggering 68% of houses in Sevilla were sold for less than €100,000 in 2013. The average property is a three room flat, 83 square meters in size, located in middle class areas of towns and cities. These properties have lost around 48% of their market…
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    Welcome to our Family Life in Spain

  • St Georges Day in Spain: Sant Jordi

    Lisa Sadleir
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    As an expat, do you celebrate St Georges day in Spain? Do you celebrate it English or Spanish style? Did you know that Sant Jordi is also a big celebration in Catalonia,  Northern Spain? Following our recent trip to Barcelona and our fascination with the the architecture and the history that is found in every ... More → The post St Georges Day in Spain: Sant Jordi appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Summer Work in Spain with Suncare Central

    Lisa Sadleir
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Are you looking for fun and rewarding summer work in Spain? Do you enjoy meeting new people and helping people of all ages? If so, Suncare Centrals latest offer of summer work in Spain may be the job for you. If you have read our  Sun Safety Tips post,  you will know that I have ... More → The post Summer Work in Spain with Suncare Central appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Spanish Paperwork Health Check : Beat the Burro and Murder the Monster Multa

    Lisa Sadleir
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Have you been living in Spain for one year or more? Have you ever carried out a Spanish paperwork health check? If you haven’t, now might well be the time to do so. It could save you a lot of money! SIGN UP HERE to receive updates about our Spanish Paperwork Health Check … If ... More → The post Spanish Paperwork Health Check : Beat the Burro and Murder the Monster Multa appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Cooking with Languages: We’re so excited!

    Lisa Sadleir
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    We are really excited to share our new Cooking with Languages project with you. It is still very early days but thanks to our wonderful new illustrator, Sol Muniain, we can now see our ideas coming to life. As you know, we are true believers that learning languages is a fundamental part of our children’s ... More → The post Cooking with Languages: We’re so excited! appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Do what you love. Love what you do.

    Lisa Sadleir
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    If you are a regular follower of our blog, you will know that I am passionate about our family life in Spain. I thrive on learning through the eyes of our children. I have an insatiable thirst for learning and for sharing what we learn. I spend lots of time investigating new ways to educate ... More → The post Do what you love. Love what you do. appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
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    Barcelona Travel Blog - Attractions & Things to do in Barcelona

  • Take your Love to Spain’s Barcelona during St George’s Day

    Dave Meler
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    St. Jordi is Catalunya’s version of Valentine’s day and is a one day festival of romance, roses and books all inspired by the legend of Saint George on 23rd April every year. “Once upon a time, a terrible dragon terrorized … Continue reading →
  • Alimentaria 2014

    Dave Meler
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:04 am
    International, professional, specialised, global and innovative; this sums up Alimentaria, one of the most important food and beverage shows in the world. From March 31st to April 3rd 2014, Alimentaria will be an international business centre for all food and … Continue reading →
  • Useful information about Barcelona

    Dave Meler
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    Barcelona is in the north-east of Spain. It is very well connected by land and air, and, being on the Mediterranean coast, also by sea. As regards the main Spanish cities, it is 621 kilometers from Madrid, 620 from Bilbao, 349 … Continue reading →
  • Three of the best places to enjoy Carnival in Spain

    Dave Meler
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:09 am
    Every year, crowds of people come to experience this fiesta where everything is allowed and you have only one obligation: to have fun. Jueves Lardero or Fat Tuesday, marks the beginning of carnival with a huge celebration of local dishes … Continue reading →
  • Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

    Dave Meler
    18 Feb 2014 | 2:11 am
    If you’re a lover of the mobile industry, you won’t want to miss the world’s premier mobile industry event. The best place to see new products, technologies and services will take place from 24th to 27th February 2014. The event … Continue reading →
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    Andalucia Blog 2014

  • Spanish Mosaic Tables

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Spanish Mosaic Tables, but from Spain handmade patio tables in Spanish tile mosaic, upcycled tiles go into making our unique exterior mosaic tables.
  • Advertising Your Andalucia Business

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    Advertising for and on Andalucia for holidays. Are you looking to promote your holiday business in Andalucia, Southern Spain, promote your business here by press trip or advertising
  • Flamenco Ballet

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:29 am
    Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía presenta En la memoria del cante: 1922 Teatro Municipal - Maestro Álvarez Alonso 8 de febrero de 2014 21,00 horas Patio de butacas: 15€ (anticipada: 12 €) Anfiteatro: 10€ (anticipada: 8€) Venta anticipada de entradas: Casa Municipal de Cultura Francisco Delicado ÁREA DE CULTURA EXCMO. AYUNTAMIENTO DE MARTOS
  • WAM - The World Around Me Travel App

    7 Jan 2014 | 8:52 am
    The World Around Me - WAM - is the new location based App that can help you find what you're looking for be it a restaurant, bank, bar or pub, cafe, petrol station, hotel, museum or specialist shop you can 'WAM' it with just one tap on your phone the world is at your fingertips. Find the nearest bar or hotel with images and information. Just point your phone down the street and discover the places of interest there. This is real up-to-date travel information at your fingertips wherever you are in the world, searching for whatever you need to find. If you've just arrived in a town and want to…
  • The Dolmens in Antequera

    21 Dec 2013 | 8:29 am
    The Junta de Andalucia is asking that the dolmens in Antequera are accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The dolmens, megalithic tombs, date from the early Neolithic period (4000 to 3000 BC). Dolmens were usually covered with earth or smaller stones although the coverings often get worn away. Luciano Alonso, the Councillor for Culture, said that the process which began in the 1980s is now going ahead but it could be slow as only two sites can be presented every year. There are three dolmens in Antequera, Menga, Viera and El Romeral which means that it is the most important megalithic…
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    Spanish Fiestas

  • What Everybody Should Know Before Touring Spain

    Gerry Kerkhof
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:01 pm
    When I first started driving people around Spain I was often asked questions by first time visitors regarding quite general matters related to Spanish geography, the economy, where people live, what they do, etc. In this article I’ve put together some general information about Spain that’s well worth checking out before you visit. One question […]
  • Spanish Football Debt | Racing Santander We Salute You

    Gerry Kerkhof
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    For those of you following La Liga from outside Spain you can be forgiven for believing that everything’s rosy on the pitches and terraces at the Bernabeu, Nou Camp, Mestalla and Vicente Calderon to name but a few. As the Spanish national team finally realised their destiny by winning the World Cup and two European […]
  • Most Annoying Hidden Costs of Car Hire

    Gerry Kerkhof
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    In a recent blog post I announced that Economy Car Hire had been selected by Which? as the top car hire broker and provided a summary of points as to why they are so highly regarded. This led to huge feedback from our newsletter subscribers, many of them telling me about their dreadful experiences with […]
  • Which is the Best Car Hire Broker?

    Gerry Kerkhof
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    Anyone who is subscribed to my newsletter or follows us in the social media will know that I’ve long been a big fan of Economy Car Hire. Now I’ve just learned that I’m in good company as the UK consumer association, Which?, has just named them as the top car hire broker for the second […]
  • Play the Spanish Christmas Lottery

    Gerry Kerkhof
    12 Dec 2013 | 3:23 am
    December 22nd is a very special day on every Spanish family’s calendar. It’s the day of the Christmas lottery which is better known worldwide as ‘El Gordo’ … the fat one! The total prize money to be shared out in this month’s draw is €2.24 billion and thanks to a 15% chance of winning some […]
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    How To Speak Catalan

  • One Rule To Unlock Many Catalan Words: -ity / -itat

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    One Rule To Unlock Many Catalan Words: -ity / -itat                                                Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'This is a great shortcut for learning just one rule to unlock a ton of Catalan vocabulary.There are certain word types in English that you can recognise because they always have the same prefix or suffix (the beginning or end of a word).For example, you can recognise a lot of nouns by their endings '-ity' -…
  • Catalan: Learning a Phrase is as Easy as a Word

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Catalan: Learning a Phrase is as Easy as a Word Pointillism - easier to understand the whole than the parts                                                        Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'Our brains work in a curiously efficient way. They can chunk discreet bits of information together and treat that chunk as just one bit of information.Think about it: the word 'Hello' we treat as one thing, not as…
  • Label your Home with Catalan Words

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
                                                         Label your home with Catalan words                                                        Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'Be the master of your own environment. Put post-its on everyday items all around your home (not your cat,…
  • Weave Catalan Seamlessly into your Life

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Weave Catalan Seamlessly into your Life                                                        Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'Check out the link to this great free Google Chrome extension that translates random words to Catalan while you are browsing the web (link at bottom).Because the Catalan words are surrounded by English words, it allows you to guess, in context, what the word is.You can set the…
  • The Key to Catalan Pronunciation

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    The Key to Catalan Pronunciation                                                    Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'You need to know instantly how a Catalan word is pronounced when you see it written down. And I mean separately from knowing it's actual meaning. It's the key to unlocking everything else you learn.Below I've put a link to a clear, attractive guide to pronunciation that I found. But to be honest, I only…
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