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Escher

What’s on in September and October in Madrid

Escher Gavira Palace, 9 Calle Arenal Until 24 September Having been extended to allow for more visitors, this highly popular exhibition, which has already fascinated over a...
American Made - Tom Cruise

Pick of the Flicks for September and October

Greetings everyone, it's good to be back - fresh from a rest. I hope July and August were full of ice cream and sand...
Baby Driver

Pick of the Flicks for Summer

Welcome along! We are now into the summer proper, gingerly walking on the shady side of the street and spending our weekends dangling our...
The Promise

PICK OF THE FLICKS FOR JUNE

As spring temperatures slowly creep up to the stifling 11 of a Madrid summer, the cinema's AC is more tempting than ever. Old European...
The Circle

Pick of the Flicks for May

May's bank holidays give us ample chance to catch a movie this month. Some of the Oscar winners are still hanging around in the...
TEA & SANGRIA

Tea & Sangria – Review

Jilted in Madrid, a bewildered Englishman must learn to live and love again - the Spanish way. David, a love-struck Englishman, arrives in Madrid having...
Films

Pick of the Flicks for April

As we get closer to Easter, inching closer to the summer, tent pole, popcorn blockbusters are beginning to appear like early blossom colonising a...
Fever Bands In Madrid - April

Fever Bands In Madrid

Cervezas en Madrid

The soul of a culture

Cultural can often mean trudging around dull museums, shuffling around ancient Cathedrals, gazing at endless rows of paintings, or reading impenetrable works of literature....
Alternative Voice Tourism

Tourism

I’m not much of a tourist. I hate sandals and museums, and I resent being preyed upon by people who secretly hold me in...
Are you being served?

Are You Being Served?

One of the silliest precepts of political correctness is the idea that if you change the language then you change the culture. This appeals...
Taxes

For the Love of Taxes

It was a late Sunday afternoon, when the Spanish skies were orange, just between the post-meal coffee and evening siesta, when my father said,...
The Business Helper

To be or not to be – The “arte” of being...

"Todo lo que quieras" Asa child my father always told me I could have anything I wanted, I just needed to work for it. Years...
Eat Out Madrid

Eat Out With Valentina: A Beginners Guide To Tapas Eating For...

It is said that Madrid has more bars than any other city in Europe and I have often wondered how that many can possibly...
Ana La Santa

Food & Drink – Bar Ana La Santa

Baby it’s cold outside Being an expat in Madrid seems to equate to three things: you’re highly likely to favour drinking a caña over a...
Ajoblanco - Recipe

Summer Recipe

By Jemima Butler This month I am writing to you from Padstow, a small coastal fishing village in the beautiful county of Cornwall, southwest of...
Gazpacho

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST “GAZPACHO”

By Jemima Butler I always have a batch of home-made Gazpacho in the fridge during the summer. Full of raw vegetables and vitamins. It is...
Caldo Gallego

A last hurrah to the cold days with a Caldo Gallego

By Jemima Butler Hello again. Alas the cold weather has returned. There we were in the first vestiges of spring! It’s been stolen away from...
Butler's Catering

Habitas Con Jamón / Baby Broad Beans And Cured Ham –...

Spring has sprung! Or indeed it seems intent on doing so. The leaves on my roses on the balcony have started to unfurl and...
Ajoblanco - Recipe

Summer Recipe

By Jemima Butler This month I am writing to you from Padstow, a small coastal fishing village in the beautiful county of Cornwall, southwest of...
Gazpacho

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST “GAZPACHO”

By Jemima Butler I always have a batch of home-made Gazpacho in the fridge during the summer. Full of raw vegetables and vitamins. It is...
Caldo Gallego

A last hurrah to the cold days with a Caldo Gallego

By Jemima Butler Hello again. Alas the cold weather has returned. There we were in the first vestiges of spring! It’s been stolen away from...
Butlers Chocolate Truffles

Easter has arrived. How did that happen? – By Jemima Butler

Pascua, known as Semana Santa in Spain, is when people get terribly excited about taking their local religious figures of María or Jesús around...
Designer Exchange

Designer Exchange

Madrid might seem an odd choice for a second hand designer shop and the very Add to dictionary upmarket Salamanca district and even less...

To boldly go where no Spaniard has gone before

Where do you see yourself in five to ten years’ time? A normal question you might be asked in a job interview, but ask...
El Oso y el Madroño

Why Madrid?

Why and how Madrid became the capital of Spain dates back to the reign of King Filipe II, 1556 - 1598. Prior to this Madrid...
Madrileño gato

MADRILEÑO GATO

What’s in a name and where does it come from? Ask a Madrileño if he is a ‘gato’ and you are more than likely to...
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