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Theatre Review: Lope de Vega’s Mujeres y Criados

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Claridán (Javier Collado) and Violante (Lucía Quintana)

Lope de Vega was one of the most womanizing and at the same time most romantic figures of Spanish culture. It’s not a surprise that he was one of the most important members of what is known as the Siglo de Oro (Spanish Golden Age), Continue reading

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“Today Is Not The Day I Die”

There is nothing I can say, so let the man speak for himself: Continue reading

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Ten Years

Ten years since someone attempted to take our freedom. Continue reading

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Chuckle Duster, the Newest Comedy Wave

rsz_img_8816Every month, in the basement of a friendly bar in Shoreditch called Kick Bar, the comedy group Chuckle Duster performs their routine. They have a loyal fanbase, people they can count on to always show up. But they also attract new admirers, who remain after seeing one of their performances. Continue reading

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Sara Baras brings Spain’s Spirit to London

Sara Baras in La Pepa – © Photo by Santana de Yepes

The Flamenco Festival London began last night with one of the key figures of this Spanish art: Sara Baras, a woman whose sole name is already a synonym of flamenco. Continue reading

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Germaine Greer’s Rainforest Call to Arms

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Bestselling author Germaine Greer presented her new book, White Beech: The Rainforest Years at King’s Place this Monday. Continue reading

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Robin Ince Gives a Last Christmas Lesson

The lights are dim. There is a silent in the room. And then, you can hear it, the sound of a laser harp. That is how you know that a Robin Ince show has just started.

Last night, the final series of Christmas performances of Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People opened at Bloomsbury Theatre, where Ince has been performing this variety/science/comedy show since 2008. And there is only one thing that Ince wants to prove to us: scientists are fun. Yes, they are indeed. Continue reading

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American Psycho, the Latest of Many Musical Adaptations from Films

London is seeing yet another musical theatre adaptation of a successful film, a trend that seems to be happening quite often over the past decade. Continue reading

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Isabel, the Spanish Series You Should Be Watching

Picture taken from TVE. Copyright Javier de Agustin

To my delight, I have just found out that Sky Arts is broadcasting Isabel, an awarded Spanish show that is currently on its second season back in my home country.

Now that I am in London, I find this little things particularly touching, since they allow me to have tiny moments of homesickness. Maybe because in Spain I watch this with my mum -whose name also happens to be Isabel.
 

To put you in situation, Isabel tells the story of whom were the most important monarchs in Spanish history: Fernando of Aragon and Isabel of Castile, commonly known as “Los Reyes Católicos” (The Catholic Monarchs): America was discovered during their reign, and they also reconquered the parts of Southern Spain that still belonged to the Muslims. They did many other things, of course, and everything is splendidly depicted in the show. Continue reading

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María de Villota, Gone Too Soon

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The posts of this blog are usually about film and television. But not today. Today, I am going to make an exception with someone who has represented two important things in my life, Spain and sports. And that someone is María de Villota.

For those of you who don’t know who she was, María was a racing driver -and daughter of a Formula One driver, too). She carved a niche for herself in the motor racing world, and she even got to compete in the formerly Spanish Formula Three Championship. In an environment where being a woman wasn’t helpful, she overcome her circumstances and proved to be as worthy as her fellow drivers. Continue reading

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