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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Gabriel García Márquez: Five lesser known facts

Gabriel García Márquez sadly passed away last week, at home in Mexico City. The death of this renowned author and literary icon has prompted reflections on his talent and legacy all across the globe, with commentators worldwide participating in a chorus of … Continue reading

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Gabriel García Márquez – Don of the Spanish language

Gabriel García Márquez, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America, is a world-renowned Colombian author, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and master of the Spanish language. Whilst he has dabbled in journalism, performing arts and politics over his … Continue reading

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Coyoacan – Frida Kahlo’s Mexico City

Mexico City, or DF (“de efe” – short for Distrito Federal) to its inhabitants, is a much-maligned metropolis. Internationally, the city is all too frequently associated with all manner of big-city issues: overpopulation, crime, and pollution. Whilst not without its … Continue reading

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