Category Archives: People

José Mujica: Uruguay’s exceptionally humble president

Away from the glitzy seaside resort of Punta del Este and other areas across the water from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, Uruguay is a small and unassuming country, little explored by international tourists and overshadowed in many senses by … Continue reading

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Españoles en el Mundo

Big Brother, Take Me Out, Come Dine With Me… The list goes on. There are those reality TV programme formats that go from unknown to national obsessions almost overnight. As we are bombarded with ever greater choice in television, viewing … Continue reading

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Argentina: Happy 50th Mafalda!

This week, on September 29th, one of Argentina’s most cherished daughters turned 50. I use the word daughter in the literal sense, as she still stands just a few feet high, and continues to bear the youthful appearance of a … Continue reading

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Spain: Rosalia Mera, the woman behind Zara

Particularly with reference to the business world, the topic of feminism is now more current than ever. As legislation in the developed world has sought to place men and women on a more equal footing in terms of their careers, … Continue reading

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The spectacular Spanish gypsy wedding

Whilst not specifically categorised in census terms, the Spanish Romani gypsy community, usually known in Spanish as gitanos numbers around a million. Thought to largely originate from present-day northern India, the Romani found their way to Spain more than a … Continue reading

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Picasso’s Guernica: Capturing the horror on canvas

Arguably Pablo Picasso’s most seminal work and definitely his most emotionally charged and expressive, Guernica is one of those paintings that truly tells a powerful story. A vast canvas of almost eight metres depicts a hauntingly chaotic scene of frantic … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to Miguel de Cervantes?

The more literary amongst you may well have been aware that last week, on 23rd April, people of many countries united to celebrate World Book Day. In global terms, this is a relatively recent initiative, officially kick-started by UNESCO in … Continue reading

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