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No. 37 DEC ’09
ThE ESSENTIAL MaDriD LIfESTyLE mAgAzINE
CaMervrooM afriCa rally party @la MariaChita Manzanares el real old dogs baD lieutenant: port of Call new orleans it’s complicated la sierra de guadarrama lyon ClouDy with a ChanCe of Meatballs does spanish tV turn you off? the aMazon KinDle 2 nightmare flatshares shopping in MaDriD elsa pataky Daniela lavenDer anD lots More!
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George of the concrete jungle
I’m convinced there are many and varied things each of us who lives here loves about Madrid. But since the cold and dark of winter set in, there are less reminders of the good and a tendency to slip into Bah Humbug mode about the negative. This isn’t altogether bad and I think it’s important to recognize that not all is perfect – to vent that pent up ire so we can purify and get into the Christmas spirit. I want you to think of the thing you hate most about Madrid and tell someone about it without holding back. Think about it hard, though. After much thought, my number one hate is: obstacles that hurt. Entrance turnstiles and exit gates that don’t open when they’re supposed to in the metro are a rare offender, but they’re worth a dead leg for a week when you take a femur-crunching blow, to the sniggers of other passengers and bored security guards. A far more constant threat are the iron bollards sprinkled liberally around the narrower streets in the centre of Madrid to separate where cars drive and people walk. The high concentration of these knee-high metal posts in areas like Huertas and Malasaña account for me picking up around 50 dents on each shin. One minute you’re walking along talking to your friends, the next you’re wincing in pain that drinking alcohol has done nothing to dull. What takes the biscuit, however, are the skinny trees in troughs which blight pavements around the city. As if negotiating your way past the painfully slow walkers weren’t enough, the presence of these perpetually rubbish and dogshit-filled troughs adds the risk of falling in and doing yourself a mischief to your Madrid pedestrian experience. I’m speaking as someone who knows. Two Christmasses ago I was out for a meal and a night out. On a lengthy walk between the restaurant and our next bar of choice, I lost my friends after a foiled attempt to illegally urinate in a (quiet, I thought) corner of a garage. As I looked around for them near the Glorieta de San Bernando, a sudden wave of agony went through the right side of my body. I thought I’d had a stroke. As I peeled myself off the tree, I realized I’d stepped in a trough. Nobody seemed to see, but my friends had a good laugh while I mopped my bloody head in the bar. Watch out for the trees. Merry Christmas! Luc
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Camervroom Africa Rally Party @La Mariachita
Need an excuse for a party on a Tuesday night? This is an open invitation to all EV Magazine readers to join us at La Mariachita as the Africa Rally team Camervroom stop off in Madrid. The team of three young English guys, Ben, Stephen and Peter (ex-EV Magazine editor), pass through the Spanish capital on their mission to drive from London to the beach in Cameroon to raise money for charity. To add an extra challenge to their adventure, they have made their vehicle of choice a VW Beetle named Lennon and painted up as a Mexican taxi. The trio’s intentions are set out by Peter on their blog, http://camervroom.posterous.com: “The time is right for a new adventure. For the last two years Stephen has been busy. Ben has been busy. And I have been busy. Also Christmas is about the only time that we could possibly get a month off work. We are going to drive from Hyde Park in London to Cameroon in Africa in a rubbish/silly car.” We can’t all join them as they drive through Western Sahara on Christmas Day, but we can show them the best party between London and Cameroon. It will be a night of Mexican madness at La Mariachita with 2 for 1 margaritas and other great drinks promos. It’s a Tuesday night, yes, but where’s your sense of adventure? We’ll be waiting for you… luc ciotkowski
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Date: Tuesday 15 December Time: 9pm till late Venue: La Mariachita Mexican Bar, General Martínez Campos 11, metro Iglesia Entry: free
he appetizing fragrance of tortilla española wafts through my open window. The clanking of silverware and rapid maternal speech echo through the courtyard. It’s midnight. While I am ready to turn in for the night, the families who live in my building are just sitting down to dinner, their dynamics on display for everyone to see and hear. From another part of the building, I enjoy a different kind of performance. The flamenco singer who lives in the apartment below mine is practising, his raspy voice gliding all over the scale, crooning Andalusian tunes. The quiet, residential neighbourhood of Alfonso XIII, more commonly known as El Barrio de Prosperidad, is a mélange of different people from several generations. Dururing the day, teenagers traipse up and down the streets, stopping at the shoe boutiques or electronics stores that pepper the blocks. They congregate near the large McDonalds across the street from the metro. Mothers walk alone or in pairs, pushing strollers or lovingly leading their well dressed, newly walking toddlers by the hand. Sharply dressed businessmen plough down the sidewalk, their shiny dress shoes reflecting the sun as they make wide strides, briefcases bouncing at their sides. The older generations stroll arm in arm, always dressed fashionably in dresses, woolen cardigans, and fedoras, brandishing their canes. The abuelas chat while the abuelos discuss politics. Once in a while, a Real Madrid player can be spotted gracing these humble streets, or so my
host mother tells me. Although a completely modern neighbourhood, Alfonso XIII emanates a comfortable, lived-in, familiar feeling. There are no big businesses in sight, only small stores and private boutiques. Hair salons and cafeterías abound—and are populated at all hours of the day. Walking to the metro every morning, I am accustomed to the delicious aroma of coffee and the sounds of spoons tapping the saucers and murmured exchanges between proprietors and customers filling the streets. Except for the dead of night, when the streetlights are faintly reflected on the naked pavement, the neighbourhood is always lively, despite its generally slow pace. A mere 10-minute walk from the Alfonso XIII metro is the Parque de Berlin, which is a haven on sunny days. Birds chirp, laughing children chase each other, and runners run. The park’s entrance on Concha Espina boasts a modest fountain adorned with the unmistakable pieces of the Berlin Wall, engulfed in the trickling fountain water. Not much further away, the majestic Estadio de Santiago Bernabéu towers over the street corner. While the Alfonso XIII area does not offer chic shopping or swanky lounges, it does offer a first-class view of daily Spanish life. Walking down the neighbourhood’s main street, Lopez de Hoyos, or eating lunch in one of the many sidewalk restaurants is a good way to pass a lazy, autumn, Saturday afternoon before getting dolled up and heading to the trendier districts for some evening entertainment. SImA KALmENS
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Garrett Wall Band
Date: 11 December Venue: Sala El Sol
Fito Y Fitipaldis
Date: 27, 28 & 29 December Venue: Palacio de Deportes
DYnAstY AnD DivinitY: iFe ARt in AnCient niGeRiA Ending: 13 December Venue: Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando ‘dinastía y divinidad’ (‘dynasty and divinity’) contains more than a hundred pieces of ife art that are made from terracotta, bronze, stone and glass. They are on loan from the Nigerian Government’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments. shininG BRonze Ending: 24 January Venue: Palacio Real Part of the National Heritage collection, this exhibit of bronze sculptures takes us on a journey through the different reigns and tastes that were dictated by the period in history to which they belonged. The exhibition will also include other forms of art such as paintings, engravings and printed books from the same eras. RoDChenko AnD PoPovA. DeFininG ConstRuCtivisM Starting: 11 January Venue: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía The exhibition comprises around 350 works completed between 1917 and 1929 by the two Russian artists: from paintings and film and theatre posters to clothes and furniture designs, books, photos and sculptures. teARs oF eRos Ending: 31 January Venue: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza The relationship between desire and death –Eros and Thanatos– in visual arts is the backbone of this exhibition, which comprises 121 works such as paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos. JuAn BAutistA MAíno Ending: 31 January Venue: Museo del Prado A unique opportunity to explore and learn about the craft of one of the most original, but least known, Spanish painters from the first half of the 17th century. The exhibition showcases almost all his production for the first time, alongside canvases by other painters. see itALY AnD Die Ending: 20 December Venue: Fundación MAPFRE Recoletos Organised by the Musée d’Orsay, the exhibit comprises paintings, sculptures and photographs of travellers who crossed italy searching for its glorious past and a people who lived far away from the modern world.
Garrett Wall came to Madrid from the south side of Dublin with the intention of escaping its cliquey music scene. He taught English for a while, gingerly dabbling in music until the fall of 2006, when he and fellow non-Spaniards Robbie Jones, Howard Brown, and Dave Mooney assembled a band and established a musical sound, both of which came to be known as the Garrett Wall Band. Wall is the lead singer and guitarist of the band, with Jones substituting the drums for the cajón, Brown on trumpet and occasional vocals, and Mooney on bass. The band’s multifaceted sound can best be described as acoustic with hints of folk and blues. In a world dominated by electric guitars and deafening drums, the sounds of Brown’s skillful trumpeting and Jones’ cajón—which provides a softer sound than drums—are very refreshing and aurally tantalizing. Throw Wall’s smooth vocals and some catchy tunes into the mix and you’ve got yourself some high quality music. The band released its first album, Sky Pointing, in 2007, featuring its clean and acoustic trademark sound. The Garrett Wall Band’s second album, Hands & Imperfections, provides more of the band’s original sound, with the additions of some piano, double bass, percussion, and Brown’s vocals. In Worst Case Scenario, Jones simply uses his foot to stomp out the beat of the song, a choice that only positively contributes to the band’s experimentation with sound. The Garrett Wall Band is performing in Madrid’s Sala El Sol on Friday, 11 December at 22:30. Tickets are only 10€, so come out and enjoy the band as it performs for its home city. SImA KALmENS
On 28 December the Palacio de los Deportes will transform from your average everyday arena into a real life jam session lead by the Spanish band Fito y Fitipaldis. Touring the country to promote their latest studio release, Antes de que cuente diez, Fito y Fitipaldis, originating from Bilbao are continuing to make good music their way. Fito Cabrales desired a change of tune from his previous band Platero y Tú, a band well known in Spain with a harder signature sound, in favour of something different. Fito, with the help of a new set of band mates, did just this when he created the band Fito y Fitipaldis. With this new band came the new sound, and one that has also found popularity with each of their studio releases. Lyrics are used as a way for Fito to communicate his philosophy on life and have been described as music-based poetry. Por la boca vive el pez released in 2007 has become their biggest success to date, accomplishing the amazing feat of going four times platinum in Spain. Fito y Fitipaldis’ sound can best be described as sublime mixture of rock, soul, swing, blues and flamenco. Their latest studio release continues to explore the jazzy sounds that have made them a unique fixture in the Spanish music scene. If you are new to Spain or are just craving an authentic soulful musical experience, be sure to catch Fito y Fitipaldis in concert.
Date: 13 December Price: 15€ presale, 17€ box office Venue: Sala Taboó (c/ San Vicente Ferrer 23 M: Tribunal)
With nearly 20 years experience in the industry, Pete Johansson is well adapted to making people laugh. Although it’s not belly-laughing humour, Johansson provides some quirky one-liners and asides that contribute to a good stand-up show. His sarcasm and the dryness of his delivery are particularly effective, enabling him to get away with lines such as, “Ah, rape is funny.” Like many other comedians, he draws on social conditioning and observations of human behaviour to amuse the audience. A friend of mine commented: “As well as being funny, I actually feel like I’ve learned something from him!” Perhaps not altogether the best advertisement for a comedian, but nonetheless a good overview of Johansson’s act. With all the ingredients of a good stand-up artist: sarcasm, spontaneous wit and a large dollop of political incorrectness, Johansson will undoubtedly get some laughs in Madrid’s appropriately-named Sala Taboó. hArrIET roCKLIff
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hAnnAh CoLLins: onGoinG histoRY. FiLMs & PhotoGRAPhs Ending: 21 February Venue: Caixa Forum There are some exhibitions that come and go, and then there are the ones that stay with you. Hannah Collins strives to do the latter with her ambitious exhibition that pulls together a collection of three of her most prominent films and related photographs: La Mina, Parallel and Current History. Collins has received numerous awards including the European Photography Award and the Olympus Award. The themes permeating her exhibition about the struggles of people in modern society and the bringing to life of intangible experiences through images are sure to leave you walking away with a new found sense of perspective.
AnywAy Pub Quiz night Thursday from 23:00 in Anyway Pub. Viriato, 64. Metro: iglesia. iRiSh ROVER Every Monday at 21:00, upstairs in the library. Join us to spark up a brain cell after the weekend. Avenida del Brasil, 7. Metro: Santiago Bernabéu. MOORES Pub quiz in English every Monday at 21:45 in Moores irish Pub, Calle Barceló. Lots of prizes and great fun. Everyone welcome. Metro: Tribunal.
PARQuE dE AtRAcciOnES Heart-stopping roller coasters, vertigo inducing rides or the spine-chilling tunnel of terror. Metro: Batán. Bus lines 33 & 65. Tel: 91 463 2900 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org PlAnEtARiO dE MAdRid Avda. del Planetario, 16. Tel: 91 467 34 61 Metro: Méndez Álvaro. Closed Mondays. zOO AQuARiuM From the smallest insect to the largest mammal. Over 6,000 animals from more than 500 different zoological groups. Venue: Casa de Campo, s/n Metro: Casa de Campo. Bus lines 33 & 65. Tel: 91 512 3770
Lisette MoDeL Ending: 10 January Venue: Fundación MAPFRE. Sala Azca Lisette Model’s caustic photographs frame the city of New York, the American dream and those who missed out. The exhibition looks at the most important stages of her career and reflects the relevance her street photography, social yet equally individualistic and bittersweet, continues to have today. MAntLes FoR eteRnitY Ending: 14 February Venue: Museo de América A splendid collection of 80 funeral pieces that include textiles from the culture of Paracas alongside a variety of valuable and beautiful trousseaus and belongings. All the works belong to the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru. CAsPAR DAviD FRieDRiCh: the ARt oF DRAWinG Ending: 10 January Venue: Fundación Juan March Over sixty works on paper by the most important German landscape artist of the Romantic Era. The exhibition will also comprise sketches he completed in the open air while working, and drawings he produced during his journeys. eDWARD GoRDon CRAiG Ending: 17 January Venue: La Casa Encendida Sketches, photographs and designs lead us into a “spatial stage”, a curtainless stage that embraces drama and space in a single place. Edward Gordon Craig’s simple, undecorated set designs paved the way for the abstraction of 20th-century theatre. MARinA ABRAMoviC Ending: 12 December Venue: La Fábrica The current exhibition includes nine colour and black and white photographs of various performances the artist gave recently in Gijón revolving around Santa Teresa de Jesús.
La Lotería de navidad
Date: 22 December
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wEdnESdAy nightS VibE the party @ Orange café Now legendary international party with hip hop and RnB music taking place every Wednesday night at Orange Café , Serrano Jover 5, Metro Argüelles. Open bar of beer, sangria and wine and beer pong games from 11:30 pm - 12:30 am for only 5 euros. From 12:30 till close, entrance with 2 drinks included for 10 euros. Get on the guest list at www.europeanvibe.com thuRSdAy nightS FEVER @ Joy Eslava The ultimate Student Party. Every Thursday night Madrid’s most famous club becomes a disco sensation with spectacular animation and the best music from the 1970s till present day. Free entrance or 2 drinks for 10 euros from midnight till 1:30 am, or entrance price with 2 drinks for 12 euros from 1:30 am till close. Joy Eslava, calle Arenal 11, Metro Sol / Ópera. Get on the guest list at www.europeanvibe.com FRidAy nightS FAbulOuS @ Joy Eslava This is arguably Madrid’s most glamorous club night and is in session every Friday night at the Joy Eslava located in the central Puerta del Sol area of the city. Burlesque-style animation, exclusive ViP zones and the biggest house and mainstream tunes all night long. Are you fabulous enough to be there? Joy Eslava, calle Arenal 11. Metro Sol/ Opera. Get guest list access to this party by signing up at www.europeanvibe.com
La Lotería de Navidad, also known as El Sorteo de Navidad, is one of the biggest lottery events of the year in Spain and the biggest lottery worldwide, judging by the available prize money, which is roughly 2 billion euros. La Lotería de Navidad began in 1812, although the title Sorteo de Navidad was not used until 1892. Tickets go on sale as early as August and people from all over Spain flock to Madrid to purchase ‘one for luck’ as well as buying in their hometowns. Due to the immense popularity of the event, tickets are sold in series, which means that there are several copies of the same numbered ticket. The prize money is the same regardless of the series number. The amount of series varies annually. One lottery ticket costs a whopping 200€, but tickets can be purchased in 10% fractions called décimos. One décimo costs 20€ and the prize money available for each décimo is worth 10% of the prize money available for the entire ticket. The majority of Spaniards, around 98%, purchases a small portion of the lottery tickets every year, hoping for some festive luck. The Lotería is celebrated every year on 22 December in Madrid. The drawing procedure remains the same year after year, in the Lotería Nacional Hall of Madrid. The numbers are sung as they are drawn by students of San Ildefonso, but the apex of the event is the announcement of El Gordo, the first prize ticket, worth around 3 billion euros (the exact amount fluctuates from year to year). The event is covered by Televisión Española and Radio Nacional de España.
Date: 5 January
El Niño is like the younger brother of La Lotería de Navidad. It became an official lottery in 1941 but did not reach popularity until 1966, a quarter of a century later. El Niño is celebrated on 5 January, coincidentally the same day as the Adoration of the Three Wise Men. El Niño consists of 50 series of 100,000 tickets, a grand total of 5,000,000 tickets or 50,000,000 décimos. Like in La Lotería de Navidad, one décimo costs 20€ and an entire ticket costs 200€. Tickets for El Niño are available online, the convenience of which makes El Niño very popular, and a good way to end the holiday season. SImA KALmENS
Date: 28 December
Día de los santos inocentes
On 28 December, Spain celebrates what is the equivalent to April Fool’s Day, Día de los Santos Inocentes. So when the day comes, you might want to double check that the substance in the salt shaker is salt and not sugar or make sure you don’t have little papers stuck to the back of your shirt. These are typical pranks or inocentadas played on Día de los Santos Inocentes by Spanish children. The “Day of the Holy Innocents” is not all about pranks, however, as the saints’ day has something of a sad history. It harks back to the time of the birth of Jesus and honours all the children under the age of two who were ordered to be killed by King Herod in his attempt to get rid of the prophesied Messiah. VEroNICA mENDEz
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10 tunes that you should have been getting down to this summer
DJ Cosy O’s
Adam Ciotkowski profiles the British post-punk revivalists ahead of their 9 December gig at Madrid’s La Riviera.
In 2007 the band released their follow-up album An End Has A Start, topping the UK album charts. It picks up where they left off opening with Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors, probably their most anthemic track to date. Driven by its steady drumbeat, it builds to a rousing chorus. Their third album, In This Light and On This Evening, released in October 2009, unveils a new direction for the band as they experiment with a synthesiser-led electronic sound. It’s not quite as immediate as The Back Room but it is more sophisticated in style and perhaps a more accomplished work. The band play to their strengths, showing that they can still write fantastically catchy hooks (see Bricks and Mortar) but in its experimentation there is much more variety than that displayed on An End Has A Start, which in its weaker moments hinted at a lack of new ideas. The album’s first single release and standout track, Papillon, single-handedly validates the band’s electronic experimentation. Its synth lead is infectious and the line, “It kicks like a sleep twitch,” through its delivery, never fails to provoke the very reaction it describes. In This Light and On This Evening is a focused affair with Smith's baritone vocals utilised more effectively than ever before as a conduit for emotion, and despite the change of direction, the album still sounds inimitably like Editors. A significant factor in Editors’ success has been their work ethic. Having toured tirelessly and played pretty much every festival going they have built up a reputation as a ‘live band’. This, combined with a back catalogue of particularly strong singles, has firmly established Editors in recent years. Taking into account the progression on their most recent effort, it will be interesting to see where they take things next. ver the next few months I expect to see all manner of lists, countdowns and sweeping generalisations as the ‘decade that was’ is condensed into ‘Top 100s’ and nostalgic montages as we progress into 2010 and beyond. In a few years’ time I expect an almost wholesale revision of these lists when hindsight offers some perspective. Similar to the Christmas season having begun in mid-September for some, premature end-of-decade commentary has been well under way for some time now and so I shall offer a small contribution to it: this decade's music history will be partly remembered for the revival of post-punk. Quite when it began is subject to debate, but it became very apparent with the success of Franz Ferdinand, who reinvented the angular guitar sound that emerged over twenty years earlier. The darker sound of post-punk, developed by bands such as The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen and Joy Division was also due a revival. One of the bands to take these influences forward was the Birmingham-based four-piece of Tom Smith, Chris Urbanowicz, Russell Leetch and Ed Lay - Editors. The Joy Division influence in particular is difficult to ignore given that the vocals of Editors frontman Tom Smith are so reminiscent of the late Ian Curtis. However, this is by no means a criticism; I'm yet to find a vocal style that suits the whole atmospheric brooding thing quite so well. And that’s not to say that Editors’ repertoire consists solely of ‘moody’ - Smith’s vocals are at times delicately sustained and at others forceful and uplifting. Their debut album, The Back Room, released in 2005, received critical acclaim, hosting an array of catchy, yet dark tracks often with equally punchy one word titles such as Bullets, Lights, Fall and Blood. The highlight of the album is Munich. The juxtaposition of its delaydrenched lead and staccato rhythm proves to be engaging, danceable and memorable.
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Ludacris how Low
Timbaland feat Keri Hilson & Jay-Z rumorS
Rihanna & Justin Timberlake hoLE IN ThE hEAD
Consequence feat Kanye West, Common, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Big Sean
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Diddy LoVE ComE DowN
Dizzee Rascal DIrTy CASh
Lil Wayne SINgLE
new cd releases
If anyone out there needs an upcoming album to do well, then it is this young man. Domestic violence is enough to turn off even your most hardcore fans but after hearing leading single I Can Transform Ya, you get the impression all will be forgotten very soon. Look out for deluxe edition.
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T-Pain TAKE your ShIrT off
grAffITI Chris Brown
Can it be possible that she has been around long enough to be releasing her fourth studio album? This highly anticipated release features a number of tracks that will be all over the radio including collaborations with Justin and Young Jeezy. I’m not a big fan of hyped track Russian Roulette, but she seems to have found a winning formula.
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Fito y Fitipaldis
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Spaniards eat 12 grapes at 12 o’clock on New Years Eve. As they eat them, they make a wish for the New Year. Most women wear red lingerie on New Years Eve. It's said to bring good luck. Spanish children don’t get their Christmas presents until the 6th of January. However, it is becoming more popular to celebrate Father Christmas. Some people get sugar coal (especially children) as a present. It is a sign that they have been naughty.
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Querida Lingostar Soy austriaco y llevo más de medio año trabajando en una empresa en Madrid. Hace días que oigo a mis compañeros hablar sobre “la cesta de Navidad”. Ellos dudan sobre si este año habrá o no habrá. Y yo mientras tanto sonrío y pienso que no tengo ni idea de lo que es “la cesta de Navidad”. Ayuda, por favor. Hans Hola Hans La cesta de Navidad es una costumbre muy española en esta época del año. Las empresas preparan cajas con comida y bebida para sus empleados, como regalo de Navidad. Una cesta típica suele contener embutidos (chorizo, jamón, lomo, etc.), paté, turrones, cava y vinos variados. Yo también empiezo a dudar de que en mi empresa haya cesta este año por esto de la crisis. Susana
EL consuLtorio dE Lingo star
Hola Lingostar Hace unas semanas mis amigos me prepararon una despedida de soltero sorpresa. A lo largo de la noche me hicieron varias pruebas y una de ellas consistía en conseguir 5 preservativos. Para ello tenía que pedírselos a 5 chicas. Pregunté a varias españolas pero ninguna llevaba. ¿Cómo puede ser? Un abrazo angelo Hola Angelo A mí no me ha sorprendido tanto tu carta. Todavía para algunas mujeres en España, hablar de contracepción y llevar preservativos es algo tabú y son los chicos los que deben preocuparse de ello. También posible que algunas lo llevaran pero no se atrevieran a dártelo por miedo a que pensaras que eran “mujeres fáciles” o algo así. Nos queda mucho por hacer. Espero que disfrutaras de tu despedida de soltero. Susana Querida Lingostar Me he enterado de que mi empresa organiza una fiesta de Navidad en una discoteca. Es un aperitivo con copas y baile. Me parece una buena oportunidad para acercarme a un compañero de la oficina que me encanta. Mi duda es: ¿Es correcto intentar ligar en la fiesta de Navidad? ¿Se sigue aquí la tradición de besar a alguien bajo el muérdago? Gracias Kelly Hola Kelly No sé si es o no es correcto ligarse a un compañero en la fiesta de la oficina pero mucha gente lo hace o, al menos, lo intenta. Respecto a la tradición del múerdago, no es algo habitual en España. Es posible que haya gente que lo haya visto en películas o en otros países pero aquí no ocurrirá. Espero que disfrutes. Susana
It is a tradition to buy a large ring-shaped cake on the 6th of January. The cake contains a small plastic toy or a coin. The person whose piece of cake contains it is supposed to pay for it.
¿Qué vas a hacer esta nochevieja?
> Voy a ir a un cotillón > Voy a hacer una fiesta en casa > Voy a cenar con mi familia > Voy a quedarme en casa > En casa > En la Puerta del Sol
¿Qué vas a hacer en Reyes? ¿Dónde vas a tomar las uvas?
Pablo, Sebas y Stephanie están hablando sobre sus planes
P: Pablo S: Sebas St: Stephanie
María y Miguel son compañeros de clase. Están hablando sobre los regalos de Reyes.
M: María Mg: Miguel M: ¿Qué te han traído los Reyes? Mg: Este año me han regalado un ordenador portátil. M: ¡Qué suerte! A mí, ropa y algunos libros. Ah y un poco de carbón. Mg: ¿Te has portado mal? jajaja. M: Yo creía que no, pero parece que sí. Mg: Bueno, si es de azúcar podrás comértelo. M: sí, pero tengo tan mala suerte que me tocó la figurita en el Roscón de Reyes y tuve que pagarlo. Mg: Bueno, espero que lo que queda de año te vaya mejor.
P: ¿Qué vais a hacer en Nochevieja, chicos? S: Yo voy a cenar en casa de mis padres y luego voy a ir a un cotillón con mi chica y unos amigos. St: ¿A dónde? S: A un cotillón, Steph. Es una fiesta en una discoteca, generalmente con barra libre y desayuno. St: ¡Qué interesante! Yo quiero ir a tomar las uvas a Sol. P: Buh, habrá mucha gente. Eso es lo peor de la Nochevieja. S: Es verdad. Yo si no fuera al cotillón, haría una fiesta en mi casa. St: Es una buena idea. P: Yo, de hecho, voy a organizar una en mi casa. ¿Quieres venir, Steph? St: Ah, me encantaría. ¿Qué tengo que llevar? P: Pues algo para beber. Pero sobre todo no te olvides la lencería roja. St: ¿cómo? P: Sí, dicen que da buena suerte ponerse ropa interior roja para recibir el Año Nuevo. Pero tiene que ser de estreno. St: Increíble. Este país nunca deja de sorprenderme.
Hola Lingostar Este año he decidido quedarme a pasar las Navidades en Madrid. El día de Nochebuena me gustaría preparar una cena en mi casa para mis amigos. Somos todos de diferentes países y por eso a mí me gustaría hacer un menú lo más español posible. ¿Qué se toma en España en Navidad? Gracias por tu ayuda. Gianna Hola Gianna El menú navideño en España puede ser muy variado, según la región o, incluso, de familia a familia. A pesar de ello, en muchos hogares se toma sopa para empezar y entrantes variados como espárragos, jamón, croquetas o marisco. Como plato principal, se suele tomar cordero o cabrito al horno. El pavo no es tan popular como en otros países. De postre, turrón y mazapanes. Y todo ello regado como vino y cava para hacer un buen brindis. Feliz Navidad. Susa
De estreno: brand new Carbón: coal
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on Spanish TV ¿Televisión A Spanish view española? No, gracias.
n muchas ocasiones mis estudiantes me han preguntado qué podrían hacer para mejorar su español. Uno de mis consejos, si vivieran en otro país podría haber sido que vieran la televisión después de las clases. Sin embargo, siempre les he aconsejado que escuchen la radio o lean un buen libro. ¿Me preguntas por qué? Sencillamente porque la calidad de la televisión española deja, en ocasiones, bastante que desear. Vayamos por partes. Con la llegada de los canales privados, allá por el año 1995 la televisión sufrió un cambio radical y yo me atrevería a decir que la calidad descendió a pasos agigantados. Se pusieron de moda los programas del corazón en los que no se hacía otra cosa que hablar y rumorear sobre la vida de muchos famosos. Lo más grave es que 15 años después este tipo de programas están en antena cada día. Se pagan cifras astronómicas a muchos personajes, que ni siquiera tienen una carrera artística sino que se han hecho populares por haber tenido un hijo con un torero o haber participado en un programa de tele-realidad.
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sociológico y la verdad es que después de una buena sesión de lágrimas y emociones, el efecto que en mí tiene “El Diario de…” es el de pensar que mi vida es maravillosa. Punto y aparte merecen las series de producción nacional. Ha habido muchos intentos de calcar series extranjeras adaptándolas al contexto español pero en la mayoría de los casos han fracasado. Mi mayor crítica a este género es “lo políticamente correcto de sus contenidos”. Todos los argumentos tienen un final feliz, lo más alejado de la vida misma. ¿Para cuando una apuesta irreverente y un poco de humor negro? Y para rematar, el doblaje de las películas extranjeras no ha conseguido nada más que convertir obras de arte en filmes mediocres por la falta de credibilidad de sus protagonistas en español. Por suerte, la llegada de la TDT hace posible ver películas en versión original si así lo quiere el espectador. ¿Televisión española? No, gracias. Igual esta es una buena respuesta a esa eterna pregunta de por qué los españoles pasamos tanto tiempo en el bar.
Y hablando de tele-realidad, el programa estrella ha sido y sigue siendo Gran Hermano. A deferencia de otros países, en los que el formato ya se ha agotado después de tantos años, en España sigue teniendo altos índices de audiencia. Yo debo confesar que soy seguidora acérrima del programa pero no sabría decir muy bien por qué me gusta. Si es que me gusta… En mi defensa diré que muchos lo ven y tienen vergüenza de reconocerlo. Haz una prueba en tu oficina y seguro que todos esos que niegan perder un minuto de su vida con un programa de este tipo tienen idea de quiénes son Arturo, Indhira o Tatiana. Dicen que los españoles somos bastante curiosos. Supongo que en este caso se usa “curioso” como eufemismo de “cotilla”. Y puede ser por ello que triunfen en nuestro país los programas dedicados a saber sobre la vida de otros. ¿Es escandaloso que un talk-show como “El diario de…” lleve 10 años emitiéndose? Se ofrece de lunes a viernes y en el aparecen personas que narran sus alegrías y sus penas, todo con un toque dramático tremendo. Me gusta dedicarle tiempo como un experimento
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s a friend said to me the other night. “I’d love to go on a day trip to the mountains but I really wouldn’t know where to start.” Well, the wonderful news is that the La Sierra de Guadarrama is on your doorstep, just 25 minutes north of Madrid and you’ll find yourself far removed from your busy city lives surrounded by mountain ranges, wildlife, pine forests and plenty of great places to stop off for drinks and food. If you haven’t spent a day in the mountains yet then now is the best time to start. Give in to the rich colours and smells of the natural autumnal world, put on your cosiest jumper and jacket and comfortable shoe attire for a short trip that you’ll be visiting in your day-dreams for weeks after.
There is of course more than one day trip to the mountains as there are several northern regions to visit but the trip I’d like to take you on is a favourite for it’s close proximity and choice of activities – this excursion can be reached by car or bus (all buses leave from Plaza de Castilla – check the internet for times). First stop is the mountain range of Manzanares el Real - and later, (or as a day trip in itself) - Miraflores de la Sierra – the prettiest mountain village you could hope to encounter. If you’re going by car from La Castellana take the M-607 in the direction of Colmenar Viejo, and then continue on to the M-609 in the direction of Soto del Real (it’s all very well sign posted). Follow the signs to Manzanares el Real and when you arrive to Calle Real in Manzanares follow it to Avenida la Pedriza until you come to Paraje del Tranco – you’re there! In La Pedriza you can park up and stop off for a morning coffee in El Peñote – a white stone mountain-style cafe which has been around for more than 60 years. The staff are relaxed and happy to give you information about walking or trekking routes in the region. The walk (I haven’t been trekking yet) that I enjoy starts here
and ends in Cantocochinos. Along the way you’ll hear the rushing of water that leads to the river that flows through the mountains. In the summer months you can swim here, at the moment you’ll have to make do with gentle water fights or toe dipping – just try not to let your inner child take over too much as I did last weekend causing me to slip over and into the chilly water right up to my knees… ouch!. As you make your way over the rocks and through the paths look up at the eagles and vultures cruising high above you – more amazing with binoculars, if you have them. For this walk follow the yellow and white flags which are placed in between the rocks as they symbolise the shorter routes, (about 1.5 hours in total). The red and white flags are for the serious trekkers. If you do want to go trekking here then call Javier for more information - 622.214.171.124 - he is an expert on trekking routes in this region. If you go by bus then the ideal place to stop for an aperitif or lunch is Manzanares el Real where you can take your pick from a good selection of bars and restaurants. There is also a medieval 16th Century castle surrounded by a huge scenic reservoir - Manzanares el Real Castle – it’s well worth a look. (Check out Matt Johnson’s article on the next page for a more in-depth description.) If you go by car (sorry, but the bus doesn’t go here), then I have to tell you about my favourite bar/restaurant, La Cabaña, which is only 10 minutes away in Soto del Real, the beer is perfect as are the tapas which are homemade and plentiful. It’s in a really gorgeous setting and if I didn’t know better, (it was last week), I could have sworn I saw George Best enjoying an aperitif or two at the bar – the likeness was frightening! If you’ve got some energy left then make your way to Miraflores de la Sierra (by bus or car) – a picturesque mountain village which is popular at the weekends. Everything feels old here, because it is, including an enormous Olmo (tree) situated in the middle of the
at the moment you’ll have to make do with gentle water fights or toe dipping – but try not to let your inner child take over too much as I did last weekend causing me to slip over and into the chilly water right up to my knees…ouch!
main square which dates back 500 years. If you want to sample the expensive but exquisite taste of the Bolletus (huge mushrooms that are fresh from the mountains) just head to Maito, a local bar full of character and the warmth of an open wood fire. Another close-to-home option for new mountain day trippers is the regional park of the Cuenca del Rio Manzanares, where there are more animals than people. In fact, you’ll be lucky to pass two cars on your journey to this place (yes, you’ll need a car). Stop at an area called the Hueco de San Blas, where you can observe the bulls that are specifically bred for bull fighting and see how incredibly majestic and powerful these animals are in the flesh. From the regional park there’s a path that leads all the way to the city of Segovia – best not to attempt this walk if you’ve only got one day. If you feel like travelling further north, then, for me, Hoces del Rio Duraton is a magical place and you can only get there by car - take C/Burgos from Madrid all the way to your destination (it’s about 90km each way). The mountains here are stunning and deep in the forests at dusk you’ll hear the heavy, slow echo of the vultures’ flapping wings - as one takes off, another lands on the red sandy rock face. Prepare to feel utterly at peace and mesmerised. Last time I was there I must have forgotten to leave, as it was pitch black when I realized that we couldn’t see the path and had to guide ourselves back by mobile torch light. So enough of the city life, how long is it since you truly heard your thoughts over the pulse of rising blood pressure that fills the streets of Madrid? How often do you listen to those thoughts over the endless beeping and swearing of angry cars with people strapped inside? Fellow mountain dwellers, clear the debris from your mind, breathe in and observe the stunning natural world around you – it can probably be reached more easily than the Paseo Castellana in the rush hour. And don’t forget to breathe out.
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Charlotte Smith shares her knowledge in this guide to daytripping Madrid. Charlotte Smith shares her knowledge in this guide to daytripping around the mountain range of around the mountain range of Madrid.
La Sierra de Guadarrama
getting lost and knowing what to do, setting traps with rocks and twigs to avoid starvation, leading the rest of the group back to safety... Go downhill to a stream. Follow the stream to a river. River to an ocean, ocean to a beach, beach to civilization. I thought back to our climb that first day – how I’d conquered a long held distaste for steep slopes and high altitudes; how sea level, let’s just say, had always been more of my thing. When faced for the first time with the unique, rocky landscape of Manzanares, a long dormant itch was starting to tickle somewhere in the back of my mind that needed immediate scratching. And so I stood, staring up at the mountain like a bleeding bull in front of a pink hankie – panting, frightened, and ready to charge. And, so, well, I did – and I must say, climbing the actual mountain to its peak turned out to be more than a simple Saturday stroll through the park. As the climb increased in both altitude and difficulty, our group shrank from eight, to six, to four, until when, about a hundred or so meters from the peak, we reached a particularly challenging and steep set of boulders. And then there were two. Stuck, sweating, clinging to dear life in the middle of the rock, I did what I could to not look in the downward direction as my friends beckoned from below through cupped hands. “Johnson! Don’t do it!” “You’re gonna get killed!” “Don’t be stupid!” “Come back down with us!” “Let’s drink whiskey!” So, with the knowledge in mind that a slipped foot here or a botched grip there would most certainly result in a terribly complicated ER journey, I stared down the glowering mountain, gritted my teeth, pulled myself up, and continued to the top. And, without the proper equipment and safety gear (people do actually die out here every year), it was more than accomplished adrenaline that sent my heart racing as I stood,
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exhilarated, looking down over the Spanish central plain – the lake, the park, and Madrid, with its smoggy halo, at my feet. Fears, conquered. Mouth, parched. Clothes, damp and chilly with perspiration. It was time to head back to base camp, which is exactly where I was laying, eyes closed and reminiscing, that second day. Coming back from my daydream, I watched as a bird landed on a low lying branch overhead. Not a pigeon – thank God. Rats with wings. I looked down at my toes in the water, burning pink with cold, and stifled a shiver. What time is it? I checked my bare wrist. A hair past a freckle. I didn’t need a watch – the slanting shadows of early autumn were enough of an indicator. I rose slowly again, wiping my wet feet on the grass, and started scavenging our area for any leftover scraps of trash from lunch. Kept cleaner than a Spaniards bedroom, the park, in spite of such heavy pedestrian foot traffic, was no place for leaving litter. Ground cleared, I stood stretching in the sinking sunlight, ready for a stout meal, or, at least, a happy hour Mahou. Hey, the park does (in typical Spanish fashion) have two bars within its limits, accessible only to hikers, mountaineers, and the general American daytrippers – if we didn’t drink those beers, somebody else would. Duty called... And so concluded another great trip – sitting in the shade of a bar in the mountains, grateful to have once again come and conquered one of Madrid’s best kept secrets. As we finished our last sips and zipped our jackets a little higher in the deepening twilight of the valley, resolutions were made and bold statements declared in regards to our next mountain invasion. And, next time I find myself needing to clear the clutter from my cabeza, am sick of fighting for a sunny patch of poolside patio, or just need an escape from chilly skyscraper shadows and mid-city mayhem, it’ll always be at the forefront of my mind that Manzanares el Real is little more than an hour away.
Manzanares el Real
Yep. The mountains are there. You see ’em every day. Like an afterthought, you take them for granted – just pimples to break the monotony of smooth skin on the face of our Iberian plateau. But really, what else is there besides a monastery, a tomb, and a dusty old book collection?
ell, as I’ve been fortunate to discover on more than one occasion, there is actually more to it than a bunch of celibate Spaniards. Let’s go back to my last trip, then, shall we? Run along then, children. Pack a lunch, strap up them walkin’ shoes, and hop on the bus at Plaza Castilla. We’re going to Manzanares el Real. Do you hear that? Ah...nothing. Wait – is that a human voice? Nope. Just chirping birds. Obnoxious, late night, street spraying, dumpster banging, neon-clad city workers? Hmm-mmh. Just the trickling of a mountain stream. Hold on a sec...wait a tic...is that... no, it can’t be...please no! Americans! My silence blasted into a million, tiny, James Frey-like pieces, I sat up, brushing some grass from my elbows. Lulled to sleep by the warm breeze – Track Seven on Mother Nature’s Greatest Hits – I’d just about forgotten that my friends had once again accompanied me on this excursion. Peace forgotten, I looked up, watching them scramble down the boulders to the grassy patch by the river where I sat. “Johnson!” “Yo.” “Dude, let’s climb!” “Uh, well, I kinda like it here. I think I’m just gonna chill. I climbed to the top last time – it
was pretty serious.” (Cries of protest and manhood challenges). “Yeah, yeah. I know, I know. I get it. But hey, you’re all spry lads – full of piss & energy and whatnot. Go ahead on up without me. Knock yourselves out. I’ll be here when you get back.” And, following more expletives and protests, off they went, grinning and grumbling up the rocks and out of sight. Glad to have gotten my mountain top experience out of the way already, I got up slowly and went to sit under a tree at the water’s edge, dipping my toes in and watching them wiggle under the clear current. I took a deep breath. Fresh air. Trees. Grass. Dirt. No diesel fuel. No smoke. No dumpsters. Losing myself once again in this siesta of the senses, I drifted back to our first trip to Manzanares last spring. How we’d lugged our tents and groceries up the winding road from the bus stop...the no vacancy sign on the campground office window...the fly fisherman, flicking invisible lines into the river...the trout I never saw bite...the castle by the bus stop...Maybe we’ll make it down in time for a visit today? I remembered thinking that first time how in the city the closest I could get to nature was watching pirated re-runs of Ultimate Survival on my laptop...I remembered Bear Grylls’s voice in my head as we explored the park, how I’d imagined
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Well what about Lyon in the winter? Sure, the daily high temperature is only 7.1 degrees in December, but nobody goes to France for the weather. That’s what Spain is for. But Lyon has something special going for it this time of year: La Fête des lumières, or as Anglophones would say, the Festival of Lights. The Festival of Lights begins each year on 8 December and lasts four days, celebrating the consecration of the town to the Virgin Mary. In layman’s terms, the town promised to pay tribute to Mary if it was spared by the plague back in 1643. As it turns out, the town was. From then on, the Lyonnais, the proper name for people from this place, made a sombre march to the Basilica of Fourvière, lit candles and gave offerings to Mary. Not so much of a party. Things changed in 1852 when a new statue of Mary was set to be a focal point of the festival. However, a flood of the Saône River bumped the festival back from 8 September to 8 December. When 8 December finally rolled around, a true celebration was planned, since it already commemorated the Immaculate Conception. However, a huge storm hit the region that day and it seemed that it would delay things again. But miraculously, the weather cleared, and the Lyonnais came out in droves. Unexpectedly lighting their windows by candle and gathering in the streets, the townsfolk had even more reason to celebrate and light their flares. Today, the Lyonnais hold their tradition dear, and still light windows with cinnamon-coated candles. In recent years, professional lightshows have been added to the celebration, and some four million tourists flood the city for the Festival of Lights—on par with Oktoberfest, for those keeping count. A simple internet search will show how
verybody talks about going to Paris in the springtime. It’s romantic. It’s beautiful. You probably have friends with pictures based on this theme on Facebook. Blah blah blah.
beautiful the night looks, but only an in-person visit does it justice. Just make sure you book your stay well in advance. Even if you can’t make it for the festival, Lyon has plenty more going on. Any proper football fan knows the most successful French team of the 21st Century calls Lyon home: Olympique Lyonnais, winners of seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles from 2002-08. Les Gones, a dialectical nickname meaning “the kids” call the Stade de Gerland home, though the team plans to move to a new stadium in the suburbs sometime around 2013. And about the language: French is standard, though several dialects of Franco-Provençal still exert influence on the local lexicon. All that means is you’ll hear a few words you’re not familiar with, even if you do speak French. Few signs in English exist, and the locals, as with anywhere, appreciate you having a try at their language when you’re the dumb tourist rather than you engaging them in English directly. Gastronomy plays a crucial role in Lyonnaise culture—and no, that doesn’t mean everything is cooked with onions. In fact, Lyon boasts a number of worldfamous chefs, such as Paul Bocuse, and a food culture based around bouchons, or little restaurants, though the word literally means “corks”. Throughout the old town, there are more restaurants per Gothic and Renaissance square metre than any place in the world. To that end, avoid the places which have the menu prominently displayed outside or have a guy recruiting people to come in. Good food spreads by word of the satisfied; see where locals go and follow suit. A place like Chez Mounier fits the bill for a tight budget, as a complete menu can be had for 10€. For more upscale eats, try Les Adrets or Brasserie Georges, or if you’re really dropping the Euros, seek out Paul Bocuse, eponymously named for the man who still runs the place. As far as what you should eat, salade lyonnaise is a must, comprising greens, bacon cubes, croutons, and a poached egg. Other dishes include andouillette, tripe sausage served with mustard sauce,
dauphinois, the traditional potatoes In recent years, gratinand sauce and most à la moutarde, in cream common side dish, rognons de veau professional veal kidneysexperience all in themselves. in a mustard sauce, offering an lightshows Realistically, it’s tough to go wrong in food choice, so long as you end up in a have been good bouchon. added to the All this goes without mentioning the regions Lyon itself nestled between, Beaujolais the North, celebration, wineCôteswithRhônefindsthetoSouth. And and du to as the saying goes, good wine needs no and some Lyon has to offer, taking the path from Place four million bush. and towardplenty of bacchanalia des Croix Rousse makes sense. The divided into tourists flood Terreaux city iswith the mostnine arrondissements, important the city for parts being Fourvière, Vieux Lyon, CroixRousse and Presqu’île. These areas are as UNESCO World Heritage the Festival of classifiedbadafor a city commonly Site. Not thought of as gray and dull. Lights To get into Lyon, all sort of predictable transport does the trick. Easyjet run cheaper flights between Madrid and Lyon, though Iberia and Air France service the airports as well. As for trains, the TGV runs between Lyon and Marseille, offering a fast-but-picturesque look at the countryside. For drivers, the A7 comes in from the south, and the city functions as a sort of hub with proximity to a number of European cities. Once in Lyon, the TCL, the city’s public transport, is known as a reliable system. Most metro stations are about a 10-minute walk apart, hundreds of buses can shuttle you off in any direction, and funiculars (to save you the steep walk up the Fourvière hill) and trams round things out. A single trip costs 1,60€, and a day pass costs 4,50€. With a number of museums and sites not even mentioned, Lyon shouldn’t be overlooked. Not unless the overlooking is done from atop the Fourvière basilica, anyway. In any case, Lyon is well worth the visit—with something for everyone, from the gourmand to the layman, the historian to the dilettante. Just bring an appetite, a thirst, and a desire to see someplace different. With those three items in your carry-on, you’re sure to enjoy this French wonder.
European Vibe has done its Christmas shopping in Paris for the last two years and once again we find ourselves back in L’Hexagone. But this time somewhere and for something a little different. Here is Ryan Craggs’ guide to luminous Lyon.
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Creative cuisine in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Lunch served Tuesday to Friday, dinner served Tuesday to Saturday, brunch served on Sundays. Tel: 91 547 4996
Brand new indian restaurant in Madrid! Exquisite indian cuisine, in a stunning and central location, right beside Madrid’s famous Plaza Mayor. Terrace now open. Tel: 913 669 099 Mob: 662 503 469
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Chill Out Caché, an amazing place to discover. An atmosphere with an oriental touch, where you can “tapear”, try our creative cuisine or have a tea or cocktail on one of our spectacular Balinese beds. Tel: 91 445 5157 www.chilloutcache.es
Chill Out Caché c/ Cardenal Cisneros, 11
Brand new indian restaurant located in the Heart of Madrid. Traditional Punjab dishes served by friendly indian staff. Call for details of special Bollywood dancing shows performed in the restaurant. Open 1-4pm and 8pm-midnight. Tel: 91 523 4570 www.currys.es
Curry’s Indian Restaurant c/ Silva, 16
Come and enjoy our delicious chicken and burgers, slow roasted to perfection and accompanied with garnishings, salads and other chicken specialties. All this in a bright, fun, and youthful atmosphere! Tel: 91 445 9849
Top Mr. Pollo c/ Eguilaz, 14, Esq. Luchana
Bright, colourfully furnished indian restaurant located in Madrid’s trendy Chueca area. Open since 1985, it is a busy little place and quite reasonably priced at around 18/20€ per head. 3 course lunch or “menu del día” is served from 1.30pm- 4.30pm, dinner from 8.30pm- 12.30am. Open every day. Tel: 91 391 4586
Taj Mahal c/ Belén, 12
Centrally located Argentinian steak house with a rustic, welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy traditional Argentinian cuisine such as pizza, pasta, and grilled meat. Variety of vegetarian options available. Open every day ‘til late. Average price 15/20€ per head, lunch menu only 9,50€. Il Piccolino Della Farfalla Tel: 91 369 4391 La Farfalla Tel: 91 369 4691 Il Piccolino Della Farfalla c/ Huertas, 6 Antón Martín La Farfalla c/ Santa María, 17 Antón Martín
A pleasant surprise for non-vegetarians. Rustic, Andalusian tavern-style décor, extensive and surprisingly tasty menu. Located in the heart of the bustling La Latina area. Open every day, 1pm- 4.30pm, 8pm-12.30pm. Tel: 91 365 8982
El Estragón Pl. Paja, 10 Madrid de los Austrias
Enjoy contemporary grill cuisine such as burgers, chicken, and shrimp in untraditional Eastern décor while watching your favorite sports on a big screen. Conveniently located near Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Tel: 91 556 6776 www.monks.es
Artemisa Tres Cruces, 4 ( Gran Vía). Tel: 91 521 8721 Ceres Topete, 32 ( Alvarado). Tel: 91 553 7728 EcoCentro de Esquilache 4 ( Rio Rosas/Cuatro Caminos). Tel: 91 553 5502 El Vergel Pso de la Florida, 53 ( Príncipe Pío). Tel: 91 547 1952 Isla del Tesoro Manuela Malasaña, 3 ( Bilbao). Tel: 91 593 1440 La Bio Tika Amor de Dios, 3 ( Antón Martín). Tel: 91 429 0780
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The ideal place for quick sandwiches, salads, and desserts for people on the go. Perfect for every students’ budget too! Ask about our student specials! Tel: 91 544 2364
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Alfredo’s Barbacoa Lagasca, 5 ( Retiro). Tel: 91 576 6271 Juan Hurtado de Mendoza, 11 ( Cuzco). Tel: 91 576 6271 Foster’s Hollywood Magallanes, 1 ( San Bernardo). Tel: 91 445 6110 Pl. Isabel II, 3 ( Ópera). Tel: 91 542 3172 Princesa, 13 ( Pl. España). Tel: 91 559 1914 Gédeca, 6 ( Alonso Martínez). Tel: 91 310 2369 Ribs Abada, 8 ( Callao). Tel: 91 884 3728 Peggy Sue’s Diner Eguilaz, 1 ( Bilbao). Tel: 91 445 1087 T.G.I. Friday’s Gran Vía, 76 ( Gran Vía). Tel: 91 275 9492 Tony Roma’s Gédeca, 17 ( Alonso Martínez). Tel: 91 310 1488
La Mariachita P0 General Mtz Campos, 11
La Mariachita is a Mexican ‘cantina’ which offers authentic Mexican dishes in a fun ambience with a sophisticated decor. This restaurant is an excellent choice to try some great Mexican food accompanied by typical cocktails, micheladas, margaritas or imported beer. Tel: 91 594 21 40
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Traditional Spanish food, in a traditional Spanish atmosphere, with flamenco music and a terrace right in the centre of Madrid. Try the typical “croquetas de jamón” or the house speciality “don Paco”dish. Open all day from 10am to 2am. Tel: 91 522 9050
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La Tía Cebolla c/ de la Cruz, 27
Enjoy typical Andalusian food, original décor, oriental dance shows and a cultural fusion every day of the year… Not to be missed!! Tel: 90 233 3334 www.medinamayrit.com
Medina Mayrit c/ Atocha, 14
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Bazaar San Marcos, 35 ( Chueca). Tel: 91 523 1505 Casa Mingo Paseo de la Florida, 34 ( Príncipe Pío). Tel: 91 547 7918 La Cueva del Faisán Espoz y Mina,15 ( Sol). Tel: 676 287 654 A Cuerpo De Rey Hilarión Eslava, 27 ( Moncloa). Tel: 91 549 4338
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La Casa del Abuelo Victoria, 12 ( Sol). Tel: 91 521 2319 Malaspina Cádiz, 9 ( Sol). Tel: 91 523 4024
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DireCtor: nancy meyers Cast: meryl streep, alec baldwin, John krasinski & steVe martin spanish title: No es taN fácil release Date: 25 dec 2009
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
DireCtor: werner herzog Cast: nicolas cage, eVa mendes, Val kilmer & Xzibit spanish title: teniente corrupto release Date: 8 Jan 2010
Nicolas Cage is an actor who divides people, but his latest incarnation as the more and more unhinged title role in Bad Lieutenant is more likely to reconcile those who enjoyed Cage Face/Off with fans of Cage Adaptation than anything else in his filmography. Despite taking its name and general premise from 1992’s Bad Lieutenant with Harvey Keitel as the wickedly immoral cop, Port of Call New Orleans’ director Werner Herzog maintains his film, “has nothing to do with it” and could never be considered a remake of its New York-based namesake. Terrence McDonagh (Cage) starts as a good cop who is awarded for bravery
during Hurricane Katrina and promoted to the rank of lieutenant. The spinal injury he sustains at this time, however, leaves him suffering from chronic back pain and he develops an addiction to his prescription painkillers. He abandons all sense of morality and plunges ever further into trouble as he starts ingesting any illegal drugs he can swipe or confiscate, claiming sexual favours, pulling his gun out at old dears, working up debts with dangerous people and mixing with gangsters. McDonagh’s visions of non-existent reptiles confirm our suspicions that we’re descending into a bad trip. But this bad trip is also a great journey for our antihero and watching McDonagh’s sins is so compelling that you’ll find it hard not to forgive Cage for some of his past cinematographic transgressions.
Let’s not dwell on the film’s title, which comes from the Facebook relationship status for the wilfully retarded, because we’ve got our hands down winner of Christmas ‘09’s best romantic comedy right here. The wonderful Meryl Streep is Jane Adler, successful bakery/restaurant owner and divorced mother of three grown-up children. Alec Baldwin is her ex-husband of 19 years, divorced from Jane for ten and now remarried to the far younger Agness, with whom he had the affair which led to the end of his first marriage. Dinner at their son’s graduation leads the ex-couple into a steamy adulterous affair with each other. Also vying for Jane’s affections is her architect, Adam (Steve Martin), and things soon
become, well, like the title says (I bet you five euros that none of your loser friends on Facebook who claim ‘it’s complicated’ status have been in this situation). Streep is great, Baldwin has become funny in his old age and Martin doesn’t make you want to kick him in the face for the first time in around 20 twenty years. But the key is chemistry – that’s what makes this a highly recommendable rom-com for the festive season, not just an excuse to leave the house and stop eating Christmas food. Interestingly, the film’s writer and director, Nancy Meyers, separated from her husband of 19 years in 1999 begging speculation this movie could be a ‘what if’ imagining of her own life incarnated as a comedy. Just remember, if you do happen to have a blazing argument with your boyfriend/girlfriend this Christmas and break up for a couple of days, it might be unfortunate, but it isn’t ‘complicated’.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
DireCtor: philip lord & chris miller Cast: bill hader, anna faris & James caan (Voices) spanish title: lluvia de albóNdigas release Date: 4 dec 2009
Knowing the film is directed by Walt Becker of Wild Hogs fame will probably turn a few people off before going any further. But some faith might be restored when they realize Robin Williams joins John Travolta at the top of the bill with the likes of Seth Green and Matt Dillon in support. While it’s clear this is going to be a very silly film from the outset, it might just be what you’re looking for on a cold December night. Best friends
DireCtor: walt becker Cast: John traVolta, robin williams, seth green, bernie mac & matt dillon
spanish title: dos canguros muy maduros release Date: 4 dec 2009
and business partners Dan (Williams) and Charlie (Travolta) are on the verge of an important deal when Dan’s ex-wife, Vicki (Kelly Preston), appears on the scene. She informs Dan that he’s the father of seven-year-old twins and leaves him to care for his newly discovered son and daughter, along with their dog. The clueless Dan and Charlie, with help from their colleague, Ralph (Seth Green), embark upon their task and, guess what, lots of funny stuff happens to them. Like going to McDonalds or Burger King – you know what you’re going to get, and a bit of supersize junk entertainment never hurt anyone.
Animated kids’ movies have been all but been replaced in the 21st Century with animated kids’ movies that have enough adult references to make them fun for the accompanying adult. Inevitably, however, the rouse is shattered upon purchase of the DVD through the tendency of children to want to revisit their favourite movies at least twice every weekend. Nevertheless, this one has enough laughs, craziness and lampooning of disaster movies to have me braving a cinema full of Attention Deficit Disordersuffering ten-year-olds (they’re all like that nowadays). The hero of the story is Flint Lockwood, an inventor since childhood from a small island off the Atlantic Coast of the USA called Swallow Falls. His flawed inventions include spray-on shoes (good, but you can’t get them off), ratbirds (why?) and a monkey thought translator for his monkey, Steve (most of the time he thinks, “Steve!” and sometimes, “Gummy Bears!” – perhaps gives us an insight into what it would be like if we understood Chewbacca). Flint’s breakthrough invention is
a machine which turns water into food and, once it gets lodged in the clouds, it turns the island’s rain into cheeseburgers. Flint is immediately a celebrity and receives all manner of requests for different types of food, but he overloads the machine and things go wrong. For me, the film was on for five stars until around 55 minutes when what could have been a fantasy adventure with realworld applicability turned into imposed, moralizing allegory for environmental destruction and climate change. Surreal that it was the voice of Mr T (as bouncy cop Officer Earl) who should speak the words, “It was all of our fault”. Where have we heard that before? Climate change? Credit crunch? Worldwide recession? Everyone’s fault, we’re all to blame. Yeah, am I watching CNN? But it’s pointless to pick – if we did, the whole thing would come apart. I mean, the world-changing invention turns rain into food. So where it rains a lot, people get obese and where it doesn’t, Africa for example, people have nothing to eat. Revolutionary. If I had kids, I’d turn it off after 55 minutes and tell them everyone died in the “Aporkalypse”. But I don’t, so I’ll happily watch the gorgeous animation and laugh at the funny bits, because there are plenty of them.
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release Date: 4 dec 2009
spanish title: dos canguros muy maduros
release Date: 4 dec 2009
spanish title: in the loop
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release Date: 11 dec 2009
spanish title: algo pasa en hollywood
release Date: 11 dec 2009
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release Date: 18 dec 2009
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release Date: 25 dec 2009
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t’s that time again. November and December are always a flurry of news, reviews and predictions for the coming year. The new decade heralds and the younger generation of public figures attempt to stamp their influence on their given professions’ history books. Sports personalities are no different in this respect but many have become noticeable for their extracurricular lives. The age of the rock star sports personality is here, though all of our winners have shown extraordinary sporting talent as well as positive and negative personal characteristics.
Martin Quinn introduces our top performers in sport of 2009.
athletics spectator and competitor though in the latter my legs were too short to be a major player. This year, 18-year old Caster Semenya has been a dominant figure on the female side of these distances, but some have asked if she should be running in the ladies’ races. A gender test was ordered by the International Association of Athletics Federations after major improvements in her performances during this years’ African Junior Championships were noted. Any girl, especially one so young that has to put up with this type of questioning deserves a nod for strength of character. It’s a humiliating situation with echoes of the 1980s when Fatima Whitbread had to put up with jokes likening her to Diego Maradona. Many in her home country of South Africa have portrayed the situation as being racist, but in any case, it’s an extreme invasion of privacy. The fact that she is a world champion runner has been overshadowed and many in the athletics world have strongly backed her up. Caster’s come out of this with her head held high and a long, promising career should follow, so best of luck to a strong character, tested early.
International Sports Personality of the Year
The easygoing manner that Jamaicans are known for sometimes hides a competitive streak that drives the nation's sportsfolk to the top of the world. Usain Bolt is one such example. The sprinter seems to be holding every sprinting-related record and title under the sun at the moment. The “Lightning Bolt” has built on his 2008 success by adding to his three Olympic Golds with three World Championship Golds, making him the first person to hold all of these titles at the same time. His World Championship wins are also new World Records, leaving him with the records in the 100m, 200m and the 4X100m Relay. In an interview with Rio Ferdinand, Man United fan Bolt identified his main rivals for the future as his fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell and American Walter Dix. Along with his fellow sprinters, it looks like Bolt is bringing back the golden age of sprinting of the late 1980s when Carl Lewis went toe to toe with runners like Linford Christie and the eventually-disgraced Ben Johnson. The future’s certainly bright for the mild-mannered Caribbean gentleman and the sporting events he has mastered.
International Sports Personality: Runner Up
The 800 and 1500-metre races were always my favourites when I was young, as an
You could argue that the Argentinean national team are also getting credit for this as extension of their star player for putting up with their managerial problems but Lionel Messi’s really an amazing talent all on his own. Diego Maradona, more a player than a manager, has indeed anointed Barça’s 22-year old Number 10 as his successor in recognition of his skill. Symbolically or sheer old coincidence, Messi inherited number 10 internationally on Maradona’s competitive debut as national manager in a win against Venezuela. His success this year is tied up with Barcelona’s steamrolling 2008-2009 season. He scored 38 for his club then and he’s right on track in 2009-10 to equal or better that tally. The upcoming World Cup, however, could be a test of his character, especially if the aforementioned managerial problems aren’t resolved by then. The little winger, born of humble means in Ché Guevara’s hometown of Rosario, has, like the asthmatic guerrillero, had health problems in the past.
International Sports Personality: Runner Up
Growth Hormone Deficiency threatened his talent’s development until Barça stepped in, offering to put up the cash for his medical bills. They signed him from Newell’s Old Boys, initially with little Lio signing a serviette for Barcelona’s representative Charly Rexach. Messi looks like he’ll be weaving through this season as easily as he does through defences so watch out for the confident but modest Latin genius. McLaren use the Mercedes engine too, so Englishman Button won’t be feeling much difference in vroomvroom power. Some have questioned whether Button deserves the tag of champion after, no pun intended, the wheels seemingly came off his season after such a glorious start. His fifth position in the Brazilian Grand Prix eventually secured Pole Position in the championship table, a none-too-impressive finish. Saying that, he has showed enough character to finish off what he had started in amazing fashion.
European Sports Personality of the Year
Real Madrid’s relentless hounding, rumour and counter-rumour campaign to secure the services of Cristiano Ronaldo has paid off, though it’s almost bankrupted the club and several financial institutions. I’ve swallowed my pride on this one as the Portuguese winger has a certain slappable quality owing to his ever so slightly smug look. On the other hand, that’s exactly what a personality should be. In short, a bit polemic. He’s got the girls all over, not to mention Real’s fans, drooling, so in both respects he could be well-described as “a fine catch”. He’s scored quite a few braces, quickly racking up nine goals at the start of the season, though he was sidelined for some time by an injury picked up while on international duty. It’s proved costly for Madrid, who subsequently dropped points in his absence and he even had to sit out his country’s World Cup playoff games against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Luckily, Portugal have passed this test and Ronaldo will be gracing the World Cup next summer with his international team mates. Ronaldo himself has, like most top soccer players, done some charity work and has done his bit for breast cancer in the wake of his mother’s recovery from the disease. He has recently signed a deal with Emporio Armani to model for the fashion house, so he’ll be keeping us all company at bus stops nationwide. The new king of the metrosexuals, having toppled David Beckham, has also opened a chain of fashion outlets. So, like him or want to assault him with outstretched palm, Chrissie Ronaldo is here to stay, just to remind us mere mortals of our inferiority to the sports gods and fashion police.
Team of the Year
Barcelona have managed to do it big time this year after impressing with their Champions’ League, La Liga and Copa del Rey successes. Oh, and as a consequence, Real Madrid are back in crisis, so all’s well and happy in the Nou Camp. Last season’s cull of superstars like Ronaldinho and Deco, without too much tampering to the team, paid off. Veterans like Carles Puyol and Andrés Iniesta have whitewashed the trophy list alongside golden boy Messi and newboy Dani Alvés by winning everything in sight, including the lessrecognised European and Spanish Super Cups. And just to ice it off, their 6-2 demolition of Real Madrid in the Bernabéu at the tail end of last season is their biggest Clásico victory in years. Of course, they’re battling it out at the top of the table this season too, so expect big things. They’ve parted company with Eidur Gudjohnsen and Samuel Eto’o. with Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving in the secondhighest transfer in history, just behind the man above, Ronaldo.
results Week 3 01/11/09 La Parada Numero 12 4-9 Barones de la Birra
Brian Dunne 2, Luc Ciotkowski 2 Christian Sampedro, Raí Enrique Garriga
five-a-side football in Madrid
A Team Apart 6-4 All Blacks
Dani 4, Mario, David Silva Andy 4 Mike Kemp Abraham 2, José 2, Aitor 2, Jonatito 2, Trini Daniel Andrinal 2 Daniel Alberti 2
Finbars 67 1-6 Atletico Cero
A Scorer 2 Emilio 2, Victor 2, Iván 2, Jorge 2 Morgan, Miguel Rob Pinnington 4, Paul Grimley 2 , Noel Thompson 2, Paul Collins, Javier Alday, Íñigo Manterola Beto 10, José 5, Ángel
Five Corners 2-10 Real Monks
Salem Vincent O’Brien
Moores Tribunal 2-11 Finbars Celtic FC Británico de Madrid 4-16 Santana
Paul Ingram, Bobby Wang Jules 2 Mark Dorian Shane Bartlett
Madrid Reds 2-12 Atlético Retiro
Mario 4, Carlitos, Alberto, Alberto el Cuñao, Oskitar
results Week 4 05/11/09 Barones de la Birra 18-5 Studio Banana FC
Aitor 6, Abraham 5, Jonatito 3, José 3, Juan Carlos Simon Bonnet 3, Andrea Caruso Ali Ganjavian
All Blacks 1-19 Triskels- Audrey- Turtles
Pete Eaves 8, Juan Carlos Marugan 4 Duncan Frith 3, Matías Appell 2, Felipe Martín 2 Mike Kemp 2, Javi Alberto 2, o.g.
Dani 5, Mario 2, Christian 2, David Silva 2, Jimmy Emilio 3, Victor 2, Iván 2, Jorge, Richie
Atlético Cero 12-5 La Parada Numero 12 Real Monks 9-2 A Team Apart
Lewis Carroll, Raí Enrique Garriga, Kevin Whitelaw
Rob Pinnington 3, Steve Toal 2, Noel Thompson 2, Javier Alday Beto 3, José 3, Ángel
Finbars Celtic 8-2 Finbars 67
Santana 7-8 Five Corners
Zurdo 2, Koki 2, Charapa 2, Alfredo, Giomar Vincent O’Brien, Michael Akers
Atlético Retiro 6-2 Moores Tribunal
Alfonso 2, Andrés 2, Carlitos, Paco Mark Dorian 9, Adrián Márquez 6, Simon Howard 3, Ian Clark 2 Simon Betterson 2, Rob Jansen 2 Jules 3, Bobby Wang 2, Matt Bailey 2
Team of the Year: Runners Up
It’s hard to take when your country is put out of the World Cup in such an unjust way, so think about what Robbie Keane, Shay Given et al must have gone through in Stade de France. Ireland’s exit thanks to Thierry Henry’s double handball assist for William Gallas’ finish reinforces calls for a videoref system to be applied to soccer. FIFA’s late decision to seed the playoffs also raised suspicions as several big teams were facing the prospect of the playoffs and an easier draw was given to the eventual competitors. But that’s enough of one angry fan’s rant. The boys went out and gave a vintage performance reminiscent of their World Cup and European Championship glories of old. They played an unimpressive first leg in Dublin, losing 1-0 to the French after running the Italians close in their qualifying group. The second leg was a different affair and they really took the game to the French, a shadow of their former selves. They do seem to have come together as a cohesive unit under manager Giovanni Trapattoni, so things are looking bright for a Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. And who knows? Robbie Keane may go down in history as the greatest Irish leader since James Connolly stuck his fingers up to the Royal Navy’s artillery on the River Liffey in 1916. Special mention should also be given to New Zealand, after qualifying for only their second World Cup. The kiwi footballers, whose country is betterknown for gigantic Maori rugby players, beat Bahrain 1-0 on aggregate in the Asian/Oceania playoffs to progress. The All-Whites going to South Africa is certainly an alternativesounding prospect and they will be proudly flying the flag for the smaller footballing nations.
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European Sports Personality: Runner Up
Muhammed Ali did it successfully after taking a stand on the Vietnam War. Kim Clijsters did it after numerous injuries and childbirth. Uncomparable but nonetheless difficult circumstances when stepping back into the top level of sports after several years of absence. The last mother to win a tennis Grand Slam title was Evonne Goolagong way back in 1980 at Wimbledon. And Belgian girl Kim’s managed to do it by winning the US Open after starting unseeded. Many mothers have, in fairness, done the same as Kim Clijsters, Paula Radcliffe having won the New York Marathon less than a year after giving birth, back in 2007. But this was a comeback from full retirement, not just a baby break and tennis has an extra-gruelling tournament schedule with extreme power bursts needed to turn a match in your favour. Us boys can’t really appreciate what girls have to go through, especially high level female athletes – would Bolt or Ronaldo get back to their spectacular best if they popped a baby out? It was certainly a remarkable sight to see the girl holding her two trophies; the US Open title and more proudly Jada, her little 18-month-old girl.
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European Sports Personality: Runner Up
Jenson Button’s lucky that he had a team this year but, in the wake of Honda’s buyout by Ross Brawn, took full advantage of his new boss and Mercedes engine. Racking up six wins out of seven at the start of the season and a total of 95 points overall, his team Brawn GP bow out with a Constructor’s Championship to boot. This year, Mercedes-Benz have bought out the F1 team, leaving Brawn GP with a dubious 100% championship record after only one season competing. Button himself was close to moving on to McLaren for the 2010 season at the time of going to print.
WEEK 7 fixtures 13/12/09
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Does spanish TV turn you off?
Frustrating comedy/drama series invariably let down by either woeful script writing or embarrassingly poor acting Reality shows whose weekly gala programmes last about five hours Heavily politicized news broadcasts Dreadful dubbing into Spanish of English-language films Loud interminable commercial breaks with ads made by people who think we are incredibly stupid Gossip shows where lots of people shout at the same time about pointless things
6.1% 3% 9.1% 27.3% 24.2% 30.3%
The results are in from our internet poll about your ‘favourite’ worst thing on Spanish television and so are the verdicts of our five TV girls.
ramatic pause. Camera in first frame shows us a teardrop falling ever so slightly down the face of our actress. The camera is so close that you can practically count the number of pores on her completely made-up face. Time to key the overly simplified and louder than necessary music to hammer home the point. Throw in an über-cheesy story line straight from the notorious telenovelas and yep, you’ve got it, Spanish dramatic programmes. What programme could live up to all that awesome badness, and yet still not be awesome? Física o Química to be exact. This show makes being an over dramatic, badly produced TV melodrama an art. You know the feeling when you see a car crash? You shouldn’t stay to watch because it’s not good to do so, yet you do out of some sort of sick fascination. This is how I feel each and every time I feast my eyes on a new chapter. They are so bad, they are fundamentally bad.
arguing, fondling and gossiping with each other. With drama, love, revenge and many cringe-worthy acting moments it definitely provides entertainment, if only in the form of sniggering about how bad it really is. Watching people tear each others clothes off to the theme tune of Usher’s Yeah first thing in the morning is a little disconcerting I admit, and yet the alternatives of Spanish terrestrial don’t provide me with many options. So for now, instead of attempting to follow the Spanish news, I’m quite happy to entangle myself in the complicated love lives of Romeo y Julieta.
FíSICA O QuíMICA
I don’t think I realised the full horror of the South American soap opera until I started working, getting up early, and spending 10 minutes in front of the TV every morning eating breakfast. Whereas in the evenings I like to relax and put a good English film on, I attempt to improve my Spanish in the mornings and force myself to watch the terrestrial channels. Somehow over the last few weeks, I have managed to tune in just in time for the spectacularly bad Romeo y Julieta. I’m still not exactly sure what is going on in this programme, but it somehow captures me. As may be expected from the name, the central story is based on Shakespeare’s play; two young lovers separated by their opposing families. In this modern version, scantly dressed school kids run around
After watching about all I need to see on Spanish television, I’ve concluded that Spanish TV series have one thing in common and that’s my “favourite” worst thing; they are the generic versions of American TV. Now you’re probably thinking, “What, generic?” But yes, Spanish TV series are just sad imitations of drama series you can find in the United States. One night I turned on the TV, flicked through the channels and saw people dancing. As horrific as it was for my eyes to behold, it turned out to be a show called Fama. This show just so happens to be a bad combination of any reality show in the US where people have to live in a house together mixed with the show So You Think You Can Dance. While this show, Fama, isn’t one of the worst shows I’ve seen, there are also the shows, Tú Si Que Vales, 60/90/60: Diario de una Adolescente and Física o Química, that add to the mess of what is Spanish TV.
dysfunctional family drama. The news, which in my experience has always been a rather monotonous, objective and sombre affair, is vehemently partisan in Spain. Political and debate programmes, such as Alto y Claro, are the worst. The anxiety at not getting their opinion in is visible on the faces of the journalists as they grit their teeth and attempt the near impossible feat of respectfully listening to their colleagues. Alto y Claro? Interesting title. The show is definitely alto, but claro? It seems that the reporters spend more time trying to stop each other from interrupting than actually expressing their own opinions—except the opinion that everyone else should shut up and listen. That’s not very claro to me. To an outsider, sitting at the dinner table with my Spanish family would be the equivalent of watching a scene from a primetime family drama. There are only two volume levels at the dinner table: loud and louder. While it may seem they are having some sort of existential crisis or philosophical debate they are actually rambling on about nothing. To an outsider in Spain this becomes too familiar a situation. The Spanish love it. Sé Lo Que Hicisteis is like watching a live tabloid magazine, as everything becomes gossip and drama. The dialogue between the pair is completely over dramatized and the supposed satire very wide of the mark. Then there are the actual drama shows like Física O Química where drama is taken to a whole new level; and in an hour the characters deal with a range of issues from suicides to parent’s death, all while a CSI-type music plays in the background. To anyone coming to Spain, watching television is part of immersing oneself in the culture, that way whether sitting at the dinner table or engaging in colloquial conversation one is not taken completely by surprise for the Spaniards’ knack for over dramatization.
Turn on the television, tune into any unscripted show, and you will be greeted warmly with aggravated interjections and frustrated fist clutching—without fail. Thirty minutes and plenty of eye-rolling and shouting later, you realize that you are, in fact, watching the news and not a
there are also the shows, Tú Si Que Vales, 60/90/60: Diario de una Adolescente and Física o Química, that add to the mess of what is Spanish TV
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Sharing an apartment in Madrid? If you moved into a new place in the autumn, the honeymoon period with your flatmates is probably over, everyone’s bad habits are starting to come out and the pettiest of grievances have you considering murder. Read Helen’s collection of experiences and share your own on www.europeanvibe.com.
efore I even turned the key in the lock I could sense something was amiss. As the door swung open before me, the sight that greeted my eyes led me to the inescapable conclusion that either a) we’d been burgled, b) a herd of rhinoceros had somehow found their way into the building or c) unbeknownst to me, World War III had broken out whilst I was at work and our flat had been the target of some particularly ferocious carpet-bombing. After gingerly picking my way through the carnage of what had once been our living room, I headed down the corridor, past the clotheshorse over which were draped the pitiful remains of the washing I’d hung up there that morning, past the girls’ bathroom (a quick glance inside revealing something resembling Cousin It from the Addams Family lurking in the plughole and, bizarrely, more shoes strewn across the floor), swiftly past the boys’ bathroom, which had such a horrible stench emanating from within I didn’t dare stick my head round the door, and finally into the kitchen, where it looked like someone had decided to empty the rubbish bin all over the floor, paint the walls with ketchup and spray something that looked suspiciously like red wine onto the ceiling... Ok, that particular episode actually occurred when I was living in Italy not Madrid, and sharing with a lot of people in a slightly weird situation (seven student-types like myself plus the landlord’s hunchback, potbellied, mentallynot-quite-all-there brother who lived in the cupboard...long story) but it could have been anywhere. The point is, unless you’re either still living at home (if you’re over the age of 30 then shame on you!) or rich enough to have your own place, you’ll have shared a flat or house at some point and will have experienced those all-toofamiliar arguments over the washing up, paying the gas bill and whose turn it is to put the rubbish out. Perhaps for some
of you who moved in September this is particularly relevant; now we’re a couple of months down the line and the honeymoon period is officially over, your new flatmates may be starting to morph from normal people into something altogether more sinister. Tiny things start to niggle at you. Usually it’s something ridiculously petty that you’d be too ashamed to ever bring up, but living with it day in day out slowly chips away at your sanity until you eventually crack. In the past I’ve fallen out with flatmates over issues as trivial as the exact positioning of the sofa in the living room, the throwing away of a plant that was already dead and cereal bowls being left unwashed around the house with the dregs still in the bottom (although you try chipping off week-old hardened Shreddies and milk, actually physically impossible). Of course, matters might well be more serious. Unlike some of my friends, I’ve never had to put up with a housemate playing the bagpipes in the basement on a Saturday morning, nor have I ever received a call from my landlady while I was out telling me I couldn’t go home and all my stuff had been put in storage. And thankfully, I’ve never gotten up for breakfast to find the hob on, the charred remains of something left in a wok and blood all over the kitchen work surfaces, walls and floor after an alcoholic flatmate stumbled home with the munchies and cut himself whilst trying to make a midnight snack. So, how do you avoid nightmare flatshares? Well, there are the obvious things to look out for when you’re checking out a potential pad. S&M gear hanging in the cupboards, creatures living in the fridge and inhabitants who can’t string a sentence together are probably all bad signs. Alas, it’s pretty difficult to assess whether someone’s a loony or not after chatting to them for a mere 10 minutes, and even people who initially seem quite normal can turn out to be flatmates from hell. You
could eliminate the unknown factor if you move in with friends, although this comes accompanied with its own pitfalls, since falling out could also mean irreversibly damaging a friendship. Naturally, you can also do your best to be a good flatmate and thereby avoid ructions: wash regularly, keep a lid on noisy music/parties/sex, do your share of the cleaning (especially important in Spain, a nation of housework fanatics), don’t nick your flatmates’ food and remember to buy loo roll. Sadly, it’s hard to change the habits of a lifetime (eight years of flatshares and I still have to be reminded the cleaning doesn’t do itself, sorry Isa!) so perhaps the only real way to avoid conflict is to live alone. Despite the drawbacks though, I like flatsharing. It allows you to make new friends, become more tolerant and learn a lot about other people and yourself, and if nothing else it gives you some great stories to tell. Remember that time your flatmates rolled in at 11am with a couple of ugly-as-sin Latina prostitutes? Or the Halloween when you had nothing in the house and your housemates had the bright idea of giving away porn and beer to eight-year-old trick-or-treaters? And how about the one when you all threw that crazy party and the neighbours put a brick through the window? Sure, the flat in Italy was incredibly messy, things had a habit of disappearing and we had a slew of complaints from the neighbours for clomping round the flat in our heels, but at the same time we had great fun, and with so many people there was always something entertaining going on. Plus, at the end of our stay we all pulled together and cleaned the place from top to bottom, even tippexing over the red wine stains on the kitchen ceiling. Despite a few dodgy moments when the landlord was inspecting the kitchen, all of us standing there with baited breath praying he wouldn’t look up, we managed to get our deposits back. So all’s well that ends well.
Tiny things start to niggle at you. Usually it’s something ridiculously petty that you’d be too ashamed to ever bring up, but living with it day in day out slowly chips away at your sanity until you eventually crack.
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The Amazon Kindle 2
Charlotte Smith reviews the device that will top a lot of Christmas lists across Europe this year. Could it herald the death of books on paper?
f you’re feeling crushed by possessing too many books then the electronic book (e-book) could provide the answer to travelling light with your library. The Kindle 2 - the latest offering from Amazon (and only available through Amazon on-line) - is in close competition with the Sony Reader, an earlier version of the e-book. Amazon Kindle 2 is a lightweight paperback-size e-book reader. It boasts an exceptional wireless reading experience thanks to a revolutionary new display technology known as electronic ink. It certainly pulls at your eyes a lot less than the harmful glare of a computer screen. In fact, in Amazon’s opinion, reading Kindle's screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper. Using the same 3G network as advanced mobile phones, Amazon delivers your content using its own wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet. There are no yearly contracts or monthly wireless bills either and, through Whispernet, you can order any book (if the title is available) and receive it in one minute. Newspaper subscriptions are also delivered wirelessly each morning (at an extra cost) and most magazines reach you before they hit the newsstands. So if you haven't read the book for tomorrow night's book club or if you’ve finished your latest novel and want to download the sequel while you board a plane, then Amazon has potentially answered your prayers. But at what cost? You can order your Kindle for around 180€ but that’s before shipping and handling fees and of course the purchase of your smart black protective leather case that isn’t included in the advertised price – taking the price up to about 230€. Neither does this price include downloading fees of individual e-books (at about 13.99€ - although you do receive some free bestseller
downloads with your Kindle 2), or newspaper and magazine subscriptions. It seems to me that a lot of the selling points of the Kindle describe the joy of a proper book with a front and back cover and pages in between. However, the natural ink and paper experience is surely what a book does best (at a fraction of the price). Newspapers are still available to download free from the internet everyday and as for downloading a book before you board the plane, how about popping into the nearest bookstore beforehand and killing that annoying half an hour before you board browsing the many titles until you finally slide the book of your choice off the shelf and run your hand over the silky new cover, taking it to a charming bookseller and purchasing it with hard cash? Please note that I am not a technophobe; I use my laptop, the internet, a mobile phone, MP3 player and iPod but I also love everything about a book; the smell, the sound, the feel, the design, the covers (especially the new Penguin books) the coffee stains and carrying it in my bag. And the idea of glaring at yet another screen after using computers for work and play seems ridiculous, aren’t you supposed to curl up on a comfortable sofa or bed and just read with enough light to illuminate your wonderful novel and not a light that reflects straight back into your eyes on your new electronic book! Ok, no more rallying against the e-book as I can see how they could be useful. In the future, school kids and teachers like me may be able to do all their schoolwork and download all of their heavy textbooks in e-book format onto a portable device. There are also interactive e-books available from places such as www.ebook.com which is a
reading experience quite unlike reading from a paperback as they have embedded sounds, quizzes, games and songs and lots more – this makes sense. Another aspect of the e-book that could prove favourable is the saving of trees and the environment – that’s if the market for Kindles and the like take off in a serious fashion – this is yet to happen. Currently an enormous seven million paperbacks in the UK alone end up in landfills each year, even so all books made of paper eventually disintegrate and it could be argued that the sense of a book’s mortality gives it even more life force – besides, you can by all your second hand novels on Amazon, Abebooks or ebay for a fraction of the price of downloadable e-books even after shipping costs, and when you’ve finished with your books you can sell them on or give them away as thoughtful presents. If I’m honest, there is one feature of the Kindle that really appeals to me and that’s its ability to read to you - you can choose from a female or male voice and I like this idea although many talking books are of course already available in CD and cassette format but the choice is limited.
there is one feature of the Kindle that really appeals to me and that’s its ability to read to you - you can choose from a female or male voice and I like this idea
Having said all this Kindle 2 is set to be a welcome development in the run-up to Christmas. It will offer the customer over 200,000 Englishlanguage titles and Bloomsbury, publisher of Harry Potter, is optimistic about a Christmas boost to booksellers from the UK launch of the Kindle e-book. If you are going to order your Kindle 2 for Christmas or request it as an expensive present, then I truly hope you enjoy all that it has to offer – most importantly convenience and more space on your bookshelves. I, on the other hand, am about to turn off my laptop and relax in bed with my second-hand book, the same book my mum read on the beach in Gandía this summer, the same book that sprinkles golden sand onto my duvet every time I turn a page.
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Metro: Tribunal) you’ll find anything from peep-toe shoes to headscarves to wedding dresses, and they’ll even make any necessary alterations so you can get the perfect fit. Or you could head to Retro City (Corredera Alta de San Pablo 4, Metro: Tribunal) for bargains galore, a massive collection of Barbies and, if you’re lucky, a glimpse of the resident Pug dog nestled amongst the hangers (squeal!).
Shopping in Madrid
Whether you’re a shopaholic looking for a good dose of shopahol or just looking to take the pain out of Christmas shoppaing, you’ll get what you’re looking for inside Helen Macrae’s stash of Madrid shopping secrets.
long with stumbling out of bars at 6am, reading over people’s shoulders on the Metro and squealing at little Pug dogs being walked in the Retiro, shopping is one of my favourite things to do in Madrid. With hundreds upon hundreds of fabulous tiendas, the Spanish capital is a mecca to all those who worship at the alter of retail, and with Christmas just round the corner you’ve got the perfect excuse to go out and put a nice big dent in your bank balance. The twinkling lights, the smell of roasting chestnuts and the chimes of gloriously kitsch Cortylandia will make you feel all festive as you explore the streets off Sol, skip down Gran Vía, wander along Calle Fuencarral, stroll through Barrio Salamanca or visit one the shopping centres further out of the city, all full of shops brimming with yuletide treats. Unfortunately, they’ll also be brimming with ferocious Christmas shoppers, hungry for bargains (and possibly blood). If the thought of negotiating a scrum in Zara makes you want to stick your head in a blender, then fear not! Here’s my guide to Madrid’s hidden shopping gems: no crowds, better service and way cooler presents. Buried in the heart of Malasaña, Nest Boutique Gifts (Plaza San Ildefonso 3, by Metro: Tribunal) is run friendly Nadine and offers a fantastic selection of quirky little gifts, from jewellery and stationery through to things for the home and presents for children. Also great for retro greetings cards if you’re sick of the usual Garfield/Micky Mouse/fluffy kittentype-crap on offer. Fast Cool (Costanilla de los Desamparados 6, Metro: Antón Martín) not only has a great name but is also an art gallery and shop stocking a variety of offbeat gifts, whereas nearby
La Integral (León 25, Metro: Antón Martín) boasts a wonderful collection of wind-up toys, knickknacks and art. If you want something along a Spanish theme and you’re fed up with the usual tourist shite then try Madrid3 (Cruz 35, Metro: Sol) for original gifts and Madrid regalia, served up by lovely owner Javier. I love my H&M, Bershka and Blanco as much as the Clothing next person, but when you and Accessories end up wearing exactly the same outfit as the next person, you know it’s time to go independent. Luckily, there are shedloads of unique little shops in Madrid for fashionistas to get suited and booted. For those hard-to-buy-for friends, head to La Maison de la Lanterne Rouge (Ballesta 4, Metro: Callao) and check out the funky clothes and accessories displayed around the original bar fittings. Sister shop La Maison (Valverde 29, Metro: Gran Vía) stocks yet more fabulous clothes and has more of an exclusive air about it, with prices to match. Perennial favourite Mercado de Fuencarral (Fuencarral 35, Metro: Tribunal) is still going strong and never fails to disappoint. Catering to those looking for the latest trends, something a little different or just stuff that’s plain weird (gasmasks anyone?) I love it all, although Uglyshop downstairs in the basement is probably my personal favourite for its amazing jewellery and colourful clothes. If you like your clothes to have a bit of history, Madrid has an ample range Vintage of vintage shops to satisfy your cravings. Madrileño institution Pepita Is Dead (Doctor Fourquet 10, Metro: Lavapiés) has been open for nearly 20 years and stocks fabulous 60s-style clothes for women, men and children, as well as great selection of accessories. At Lotta Vintage (Hernán Cortés 9,
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For culinary delights you’re in the right city. food Chocoholics should toddle over to Xocoa (Gavinia 3, Metro: Chueca), a Catalan company with outlets all over Spain (there are another two in Madrid at General Díaz Porlier 15 and Plaza República Dominicana 1) selling scrummy sweet treats in all shapes and sizes. Their chocolate bars come in a huge variety of flavours and the funky packaging makes them perfect for presents. If you like cheese then you’ll love Poncelet (Argensola 27, Metro: Alonso Martínez) from the moment you walk in and the amazing aromas hit your nostrils. They stock cheeses from Spain and all over Europe, along with gift hampers and all the compliments you could wish for (from crackers and chutneys through to fondue sets and port) and they’ll even vacuum pack your purchases so you don’t stink out your suitcase on your journey home to see the folks. Finally, choose a nice drop of wine to go with your cheese from the massive selection at Lavinia (Ortega y Gasset 16, Metro: Nuñez de Balboa) and enjoy a few tapas in their Espacio Gastronómico while you’re at it. Those of you who haven’t discovered the world other of Lomography should hotfoot it to one of the Lomography Shops (Echegaray 5, Metro: Sevilla / Argensola 1, Metro: Alonso Martínez/Chueca) and find out just what this cult photography phenomenon is all about. From the classic Fisheye to the Pop 9 (9 images in one frame), their range of cameras and accessories make ideal gifts for snap-happy friends and relatives. If you’re looking for something a little more x-rated, check out La Juguetería (Travesía de San Mateo 12, Metro: Tribunal/Chueca). Its boudoir-like interior gives it a much classier feel than most of the sex-shops around Chueca, and its impressive array of adult playthings means you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy. Of course, this is just a small selection of the countless shopping opportunities on offer in Madrid. From chain stores to traditional markets, random Chino bazaars to seasonal street stalls that spring up around Christmas, there’s something for everyone. If you want to escape the crowds try less obvious areas: the backstreets of Malasaña and Calle Ballesta (give the prostitutes a wave!), trendy Barrio Las Salesas and the side streets around Antón Martín and Huertas. Most places are open Monday-Saturday around 10am until 9pm and some bigger shops are even open on Sundays, giving you oodles of browsing time. I’m off to make my Christmas list right now in fact. Anyone know if Father Christmas delivers Pug dogs?
I love my H&M, Bershka and Blanco as much as the next person, but when you end up wearing exactly the same outfit as the next person, you know it’s time to go independent.
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Our inaugural focus on a celebrity from Madrid is the second sexiest woman in the world according to Spanish FHM. Ryan Craggs wondered what it was that was giving him the urge to buy ice cream in the depths of winter: it was madrileña actress and model Elsa Pataky.
hether buying booze for botellón or simply loading up on hamflavoured Lays for the football match, invariably, los chinos are a fixture of madrileño life. And in nearly every store sits another smouldering fixture, one hot enough to steam up even the iciest of freezers. Her name is Elsa Pataky. Yes, saying that an ice cream ad smoulders mixes metaphors and sounds entirely counterproductive to enjoying the creamy treat. But Nestlé knows what it’s doing by having this sultry vixen as the face of its products. So long as the food giant employs Pataky, more men will drool over the ice cream case than even coin-toting children during a sweltering Spanish summer. Tough to argue with that.
Pataky began working professionally in other languages for the first time. On top of Spanish, English, and French, the starlet also speaks Romanian (as a native tongue) and Italian.
Pataky’s prominence at an international level began taking her career to greater heights. 2003 proved a big year for her, as she guest-starred as a regular on Los Serrano, was featured in the films El furgón, Atraco a las 3... y media, and Beyond Re-Animator, and posed for the Spanish version of Playboy. In 2004, she ended her relationship with Nieto and began dating anarchic French comedian Michaël Youn. The film Ninette, released in 2005, established Pataky’s ability to be more than just eye candy. Her turn in the title role garnered critical acclaim and moved her closer to leading-lady status. She began dating Adrien Brody the following year, and remained with the Oscarwinner until May 2009—giving hope to men everywhere. She also made her first dip into the American film pool, as a sexy mother in the campy film, Snakes on a Plane. By then one of the most desired women on the planet, Pataky had her first public scandal in 2007 when unauthorized topless photos were snapped by paparazzi during an Elle magazine shoot in Cancún. The photos were published in Interviú magazine, though that magazine later had to make damage payments to Elle. Máncora took Pataky for her first turn in a drama, though subsequent films in 2008 fell into comedy, action, and thriller genres. Santos became another success for the Spanish star, and in 2009 she starred in Giallo and Give ‘em Hell, Malone. Currently, she has a number of films in post-production, including Mr. Nice, Hollywood Untitled, and DiDi Hollywood, and there’s no sign of her slowing down. At 33 years old, Elsa Pataky is in her acting prime. She’s stunningly beautiful, multi-lingual, and talented. Though she may not have crossed over to Hollywood in the same way as Penelope Cruz or Paz Vega, her multi-platform success is undeniable. As an actress, she can be seen in several works every year, and as a model, she has an omnipresence that’s tough to deny. Few men would attempt to do so anyway—though they’re probably having to buy more chocolate-covered something-or-others from the freezer to drop down their pants after they leave the store. One thing’s for sure: Elsa Pataky, you can melt my ice cream any time.
Despite how her name sounds, this sexpot is a native madrileña. Born Elsa Lafuente Pataky to a Spanish biochemist father and a publicist mother of Romanian-Hungarian descent, the actress and model is a biochemical marvel herself, and her stunning features need no further publicity. Encouraged to act at a young age by her maternal grandfather, a famous Hungarian actor, Pataky honours the man who inspired her by taking his surname for the stage. As a Journalism and Dramatic Arts student at La Universidad CEU San Pablo, Pataky was also a member of the Teatro Cámara de Ángel Gutiérrez, a theatre company in Madrid. When the TV programme Al Salir de Clase came calling, the young minx left her studies to focus on acting and modelling fulltime. The show was something like Spain’s version of Beverly Hills 90210, and the role proved Pataky’s big break. She appeared in 191 episodes of the series, which led to roles in feature films. Pataky made her feature film debut in the film Clara in 1999, followed by Tatawo the same year, but her first big success came in the film El arte de morir, a thriller featuring a number of other hot young actors. During this period, she began dating motorcycle racer Fonsi Nieto. The Canadian production Queen Of Swords came next for Pataky in 2000, when she starred as Señora Vera Hidalgo. Based on the Legend of Zorro lore, the series focused on the years between recent Zorro films. In that same year, Pataky signed her contract with Nestlé. Over the next few years her star continued rising, and she took a number of roles in TV and film. Since some of these roles were in UK and French-based productions,
Nestlé knows what it’s doing by having this sultry vixen as the face of its products.
She’s beautiful, she can act and she’s married to one of the world’s greatest living actors; if things go right for her over the next year, you might be seeing a whole lot more of her. Daniela Lavender spoke to EV’s Charlene Lidyard at the Seville Film Festival.
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aniela Lavender – Brazilian beauty, fashionista and actress, not the kind of person you run into everyday. I had the opportunity to steal 30 minutes from her busy schedule (as she was helping to promote her husband Sir Ben Kingsley’s latest movie) in an attempt to delve into the mind and world of showbiz insider. Welcome to Spain. Can you tell me how your experience has been at the Seville Film Festival? There are so many wonderful, nice people. I love Spain and Europe in general because people take their time here. There is a slower pace to everything that they do that allows for them to
take things seriously. Watching movies here is also a different experience; they have a different narrative style and pace creating an overall great environment. Are you promoting any particular film? I am accompanying my husband, Sir Ben Kingsley, who is receiving the Gold Giraldillo award in recognition of his professional career. We are also here to promote his latest film, 50 Dead Men. Sounds interesting, are you working on any other projects, perhaps one together? Yes, we are working on the Taj Mahal project together. I am thrilled to be working with him and to have this opportunity. We also worked together
when I was in the British Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have always admired my husband and for me he’s one of the great actors. You mention performing Shakespeare, which is often regarded as a whole other level of acting. Can you tell us a bit more about the concept and whether you prefer the stage or the set? I prefer the set. I needed to do Shakespeare for the growth as an actress to get to that ‘next level’. The opportunity appeared and I thought, “I can’t do it.” However, I worked very hard and was very determined and all the hard work and dedication paid off. The amazing part is how intellectually challenging Shakespeare is. I was serious about my preparation, because I hadn’t had any experience in stage work before, and it’s a different English. I didn’t understand and I had four days to prepare for the director. Ben helped me. He was very clear and made everything so alive and had a deep understanding of the characters. His assistance was wonderful and helped me perfect my character. Best memory of Shakespeare? The standing ovations that you receive. People from around the world grow up knowing Shakespeare and his ability to reach people and deeply affect them across cultures. We know about his genius and I got the chance to experience it. Every time we were on stage, people were moved. I witnessed his unbelievable power to alter your reality no matter what your background. …and on set? The moment between “action” and “cut”, when it’s truly magical. Everything stands still. That moment when you create something from nothing, you see a totally different reality. Everyone has an inspiration. Who is yours? I like Sophia Loren. I like her fashion style. She’s classical, passionate and constant, and she doesn’t just go with the flow, she has her own style and she’s always Sophia. Other stars, they change so much. She’s certain. Her acting is also wonderful, and I admire her for that. any suggestions for an acting hopeful desiring to break into this cutthroat business? If you can do anything else, anything else in the world and find a way to be happy, do it. Only go into acting if you will be miserable if you don’t. I think being an actor has to do with your central need as a person. I don’t think you can do it just because you want to be famous. That kind of mentality won’t sustain. It’s also important to always focus on the work, keep acting. Keep your focus away from the appealing side-things that can distract you and destroy you. If you keep the focus on the work, and find a way to keep working, you will be able to enjoy this life and keep yourself truly alive. Lastly, part of the luck of this business is destiny, I believe in destiny.
I hadn’t had any experience in stage work before. Ben helped me, he was very clear and made everything so alive and had a deep understanding of the characters. His assistance was wonderful and helped me perfect my character
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