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Noche Vieja Campanada Shenanigans on Canal Sur

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Guest blog: Chris Chaplow We hope that those of you who live in Andalucia (or indeed the rest of Spain) managed to celebrate Noche Vieja (New Year’s Eve) in the traditional way with the 12 grapes at midnight. Just before 12pm on 31 December everyone tunes in to the national television channel, ...

Charlize Theron and Leonard Cohen go flamenco

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2106" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sara Baras, one of the Spanish stars of the new TV series about flamenco, in a scene from Carlos Saura's film."][/caption] With Seville's main annual event, the Feria de Abril, fast approaching, and its accent on dancing Sevillanas all night long, I was excited to hear ...

Another dose of royal dessert

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

As I've mentioned on this blog before, I am total sucker for made-for-TV mini-series about royals - Letizia and Felipe, The Duquesa de Alba (up to her second marriage), and Alfonso de Borbon (Franco's granddaughter's late husband - come on, keep up). It doesn't really matter to me if they're not ...

¿Hablas ingles?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

One of the things that really galls me (me fastidia, me cabrea, me molesta, me enfada) about living here in Spain is dubbed television. I loathe and detest it. The voices are all the same - I think there's a stable of about five people they use - young woman, ...