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Spanish Culture and News

Another bomb in Madrid….

‘I do wish bombs would stop going off near me in Madrid’ – was probably the wrong text message to send to my wife, at least that’s what she told me when my mobile rand 20 seconds later. But it’s true. We were 200 m away from Atotcha station when the bombs went off there on March 11th last year, blowing apart train carriages and many of the people inside them. I recognise the sound of a bomb now, a booming iron thud, quite different from any of the other booms one hears in Madrid (like the sound of an empty skip dropped on tarmac).

What I really wish is that bombs would stop going off anywhere, near me or not. It is all quite unfathomable. I wonder what ETA hoped to achieve with this? Perhaps El Mundo can explain it to me later on. More on this later in a podcast…

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Ten minutes before cinema

One of those hectic days characterised by translations and more translations.. and trying to fit in a driving lesson and a morning ‘job’ teaching (without actually teaching but hanging around a lot…)

So I’m off to see the Revenge of the Sith, although I have to say that I could live without it… I’ve got a podcast to make god dammit! Maybe when I get back. Continuity is the key! It’s 28 degrees outside, at half past eight-ish (p.m.). Just got an email from a friend of ours in London, a Spanish girl who has just moved over there with her husband. She says “Por cierto. En tu pais hace muy mal tiempo!!!” – By the way, in your country the weather is terrible!!! Poor girl, she doesn’t know the half of it – this is May, wait until she gets to November 😦

OK, off to the cinema, the podcast will be coming very soon…. on the off chance that someone actually listens…

In the meantime, if you’re bored, check out flickr and have a look around.

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Useful links

These links all appear in my technology article in June’s In Madrid newspaper – there’s some good stuff in here:

www.wikipedia.org – the people’s encyclopedia
www.flickr.com – nose through the worlds photos
www.ourmedia.org – show your great grandchildren your talent
www.ebay.com – beats the Corte Ingles
www.bbc.co.uk/radio – for BBC Radio Player
www.elmundo.es – best free news in Spain
www.boingboing.net – the weird and wonderful
www.guardianunlimited.co.uk – award winning on-line news
www.newsgator.com – control your news feeds
www.bloglines.com – choose your news, search endless blogs
www.blogger.com – start your own blog / column
www.blogspain.com – join in Spain
www.audible.com – at least two free books
www.skype.com – the future of the telephone is here
www.scripting.comthe blog for net people, podcasters and bloggers, like me

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Been away…

Been away at a wedding in Italy for the past 4 days so there has been a bit of a blog-gap (is this the excuse I need to get some kind of wirelss pda, for airpost hotspot blogging? – the wife thinks not…) Anyway, back now, so hope to get things back on track….

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Podcast No. 2 – Football at the green bar

It’s another Notes from Spain podcast! This one is basically a sound seeing tour taking in:

  • A trip on the Metro
  • Football at the green bar
  • Prostitution on the Calle Montera
  • Saturday night at the Puerto del Sol

Click here to listen (20mins, 9mb).

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Barcelona win La Liga

I suppose they probably deserve it….

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Spanish Culture and News

First Communion

Retiro park

… in the Retiro Park…

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Spanish Culture and News

A relief for Princess Leti

Well, the govt. has promised that if the Royal couple’s first born is a girl, she will reign the kingdom of Spain. Hurray! Another first for these wild socialist guys… What a relief for Leticia – the pressure’s off if she decides that one’s enough and that one ain’t a boy. Royalty, madre mia……
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Notes from Spain Podcast

Podcast No.1 – Notes from Spain. May 8th 2005


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Show notes:

1. Bank Holiday Traffic Hell. Despair at driving in Spain.

2. The biggest drought for 50 years.

3. The Royal child is on its way.

4. Bongo madness in the Retiro Park.

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Spanish Culture and News

La mi­tica moto vespa de correos


La mi­tica moto vespa de correos

Great pic by psarizaga from the España Flickr photo group. Get a flickr.com account!