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Spain and other Borges

The name Borges is synonymous with Spanish literature, with the Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges a famous and vital part of flourishing of Latin American literature in the Sixties and Seventies. Authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa

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The Importance of Spanish alcohol to Scotland

Say ‘Scottish alcohol’ to someone and they’re pretty likely to think of whisky. Most Scottish whisky is aged in American Oak barrels that were previously used for Bourbon. According to American regulations they can only be used once for Bourbon

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Fiesta Nacional de España

Yesterday was a big day in the Spanish calendar. October 12th is always a holiday, the national day of Spain. It commemorates the anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, known as Columbus Day in the States. The first festival

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Grape Stomping Time

Combining our two great loves of stomping on things cathartically and wine, grape stomping is the traditional means of producing grape must, and it’s a delightful way to spend your time. It is, you may be unsurprised to learn, no

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Festival of Carthaginians & Romans

Around Spain, especially on the coast, are Roman remains. In Cartagina (Murcia, on the South East coast), there is a festival that commemorates the taking of the city in the year 209 A.D. by the Roman troops of Escipión, led

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Bullfighting in Spain

The controversial sport of bullfighting is still popular in Spain, and every July the Pamplona Bull run and many like it take place. The issue divides the Royal Family, with the Queen opposing bullfights in contrast to the King and

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Spain at the Olympics

Spain first competed in the 1900 Olympics in Paris. Since competing in 1920, they have only missed two Olympic games: the 1936 event in Berlin and the 1956 games in Melbourne (the latter in protest against the Soviet Union invading

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Aste Nagusia

After a while, Spanish festivals may seem to blur into a strange blend of processions, fire and building giant figures (you’ve got to have giant figures and fires), but they’re all driven from local customs and culture, their idiosyncrasies coming

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Spain and Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones recently finished its sixth and perhaps most ambitious series recently, and the multi-million dollar production will be returning to shoot in Spain for its shortened seventh season. It has utilised a lot of Spain, all across the

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Business Spanish – it’s worth employing your linguistic skills

The economic situation in Spain, particularly for the younger generation, is such that many have had to emigrate in recent years. Britain is currently a popular destination, largely because many Spaniards speak English and also due to the fact that

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