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5 MADWORLD Top Ten List: Things to do during a Spanish TV ad break, Fairy Tales, Curiosity Shop: Ooops!

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The season so far for FC Britanico and the IFL Madrid

7 A TORERO’S TALE Interview with Madrid-based retired bullfighter Lalanda Sanchez

8 TAKE FIVE The best film releases this month

Meryl Streep pulls off a convincing Margaret Thatcher in Iron Lady (See Take Five, p8)

8 BOOK BUZZ New titles to tempt your literary tendencies

8 CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS January gigs—Male Bonding, Mastodon, Arctic Monkeys & Pony Bravo

8 FOR THE RECORD This month’s album reviews—Luke Ritchie & The Quiet American

9 NIGHTLIFE January’s best club nights, plus listings

10 MONTH AHEAD: ART & THEATRE

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Catch the Compañía Nacional de Danza at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. Four productions take place from 18-22 Jan. See www.teatrodelazarzuela. mcu.es

■ STEPHANIE KRAMER

excess of 200,000 visitors attended. The objective is to bring businesses and the general public together for collaborations, increased tourism, and to promote development through investment. It’s one of the biggest tourism fairs in Europe, now in its 32nd year, and visitors can find professionals from many fields, including travel agencies, hotels and accommodation, travel media, trade associations and holiday companies. FITUR, Feria de Madrid, Avda. del Partenón (Metro: Campo de las Naciones).Tel: 90 222 15 15. Tickets: 8. 18-20 Jan (professionals only), 10am-7pm; 21-22 Jan (general public), 10am8pm. See www.ifema.es

Charity Quiz Night Think you know all there is to know about living in Spain? On 26 January you can test your knowledge, in English, and support a well-known charity at the same time. The quiz will be hosted by Simon Montague from the British Embassy, and all proceeds from the event will go to ACASA (Age Concern Acción Social y Asistencial), an official partner of the British Embassy in Spain, AGE UK, and SSAFA Forces Help. The entry fee is 10 per person, ideally in teams of up to four people, which will help the charity and give you a chance to win some great prizes. If you would like to enter, contact Kim Stollard at ACASA on 906 00 38 38, or email CCM@acespana.org. Charity Quiz Night, James Joyce Pub, C/Alcalá, 59 (Metro: Banco de España). Thurs, 26 Jan, from 8pm.

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos

La Aventura del Espacio “The Adventure of Space” allows you to live your childhood dreams of being an astronaut, or encourage your children to dream in the same manner. The exhibition covers 2,500m2 of floor space with more than 300 artefacts, all originating from the NASA Space Programme. These objects include full-size replicas of space ships, the first pictures of Mars, recreations of space stations, plus many more visual and audio presentations. There are six galleries, La caja secreta de Snowhite looking at space exploration from the past to the present—Go Fever, Dreamers, Pioneers, Innovation, Endurance and Next Generation. La Aventura del Espacio, Pabellón XII del Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo, Avda. De Portugal, s/n The Museo ABC has three exhibitions running for all or part of (Metro: Alto de Extremadura/Lago). Daily, 10am-8pm. Tel. 91 January: 722 04 00. Tickets: 14. Until 15 Jun. Japón, paraíso de los personajes animados (Japan, a Paradise of Animated Characters) This exhibition of Japanese animation includes such favourites as Hello Kitty and Pokemon along with Manga, which brought an explosion of graphic novels to the Western world, particularly in Spain. Organised by Casa Asia y Fundación Japón, the intention is to delve deeper into Japanese culture, allowing visitors to relate to it through their favourite comic books and characters. Until 8 Jan. La caja secreta de Snowhite (Snowhite’s Secret Box) is a collection of drawings by the 2010 Premio Nacional de Ilustración winner, Ana Juan. It focuses on the Brothers Grimm character, Snow White, but not as we know her from the beloved Disney classic. Instead, the stylish black and white drawings present a much darker and disturbing figure. Until 15 Jan. La Elegancia del dibujo (The Elegance of Drawing) presents the work of Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, which focuses on the Parisian fashion scene of the 1930s. Whilst the decade is often considered a period of economic depression and dark days, Sáenz de Tejada took a different view and placed his eye on the elegance, class and sophistication that radiated from the women of the time. Until 26 Feb. Museo ABC. C/Amaniel, 29-31 (Metro: San Bernardo/Noviciado). Tel: 91 758 83 79. Tues-Sat, 11am-8pm; Sun, 10am-2pm. See www.museoabc.es

Museo ABC

Common Mistakes in English! Common Mistakes in English Made by Spanish Speakers is a new book by journalist and English teacher Richard Lewington. Containing eight chapters, each focuses on a different problem that Spanish nationals are likely to encounter with the English language, ranging from false friends and common idioms to expressing an opinion and popular phrasal verbs. Lists, translations and a series of exercises guide you. Common Mistakes in English Made by Spanish Speakers by Richard Lewington. See www.lulu.com/product/tapa-blanda/common-mistakes-in-english-made-by-spanish-speakers/18666503

New Canaan High School Christmas Choir Concert Visiting from Connecticut in the United States, the New Canaan High School Choir will be performing on 3 January at the San Gines Church. The singers are very rigorously and specifically trained in the art of choral music and singing, and they will be performing various songs, both classic and modern, in multiple languages. Iglesia San Gines. C/Arenal, 3 (Metro: Sol). Tues, 3 Jan. 7pm. Free.

MadridFusión Gastro Festival MadridFusión Haute Cuisine takes to the streets for the third consecutive year, when the city will be home to a veritable feast of gastronomic events. The Festival includes food tastings in delicatessens and tapas bars, GastroFashion (food-themed window displays in some of the city’s designer shops), and GastroCulture, incorporating guided museum tours, theatre and film screenings, all relating to culinary art. During the 15-day event, take advantage of exclusive offers in some of Madrid’s top restaurants, enjoy culinary classes, and wine tastings and discounts in gourmet shops. MadridFusion Gastro Festival, various locations. 23 Jan-5 Feb. For more details visit www.madridfusion.net

FITUR (International Tourism Fair) FITUR, an enormous fair that covers every aspect of the tourism industry, will be looking to build on 2011, when more than 10,000 companies from 166 countries were represented and in

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In Spain, children don’t receive their presents at Christmas, but have to wait 12 more days until 6 Jan. The Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (Procession of the Three Kings) takes place on 5 January, when Madrid sets the scene with a spectacular parade of thirty carriages filled with the Three Kings, their helpers, and around 7,000 kilos of sweets ready to be hurled into the crowds. The procession starts in Nuevos Ministerios, moving down Paseo de Recoletos to Plaza de Cibeles, passing some half a million excited spectators, often armed with open umbrellas to catch ample amounts of goodies. Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos. (Metro: Nuevos Ministerios/Colón/Banco de España). 5 Jan, 6.30pm. Free. For more information see www.madrid.es

Bear necessity Sol has a bear statue, but there are other osos in the city at the beginning of this month. An animated group of polar bears surrounding the El Corte Inglés cabin, outside the store in Calle Serrano, has attracted our attention, and certainly wins the prize for the cutest festive display. Worth bearing in mind if you’re in the vicinity. El Corte Inglés, C/Serrano, 47 (Metro: Rubén Dario/Serrano). Until 6 Jan.

Tips from the Tower Helpful monthly advice from the British Consulate office in Pº de la Castellana’s Torre Espacio New Year is traditionally the time for people to reflect, take stock and make resolutions. If you’re stuck for ideas or are tired of trying to cut down on the jamón and after dinner copas, the British Consulate can suggest a few options for you: 1. Register on the padrón and gain access to a whole host of benefits and services. See www.madrid.es for details. 2. Take out travel insurance and get a European health insurance card for trips abroad, especially if visiting family in the UK—you wouldn’t want to burden your relatives with costly medical bills or rebooked flights home to Spain. 3. Give something back to the local British community by volunteering here in Madrid. This is a chance to try something different, gain new experiences, have fun, share your skills and, ultimately, make a difference to people! There are currently a variety of British community groups in the city with opportunities for volunteers. Organisations such as Age Concern and the British Benevolent Fund fill an important gap and offer a lifeline for many British residents in areas where the Consulate is not resourced to provide assistance. If you would like to get involved, have a great idea for a new project, or would like to let the Consulate know about a community support and social organisation operating in Madrid, send an e-mail to madrid.consulate@fco.gov.uk with “Community” in the subject header.

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Top ten things to do during a Spanish TV ad break There’s nothing more frustrating about Spanish television than the length and timing of the advertisements. “And the murderer is….volvemos en 10 años.” No!!! Vicky Knill has a few suggestions about how to kill the time before you get to see the crucial last two minutes of that film that lasted two hours in the cinema, but appears to last an eternity (with ads, of course) on the small screen:

Read War and Peace. Twice. In Russian. Learn Spanish from scratch, become fluent, and then start on Basque. Play with your five-year-old child. (“But Vicky, I don’t have any children.” “You didn’t at the start of the ad break…”) Journey around the world in a hot-air balloon. Try to name five famous Belgians. Knit a full-size replica of the Real Madrid stadium. Start your own vineyard. By the time the ads finish, you should have some nicely matured bottles of vino. Paint your lounge ceiling in the style of the Sistine Chapel. Ask out that cute guy/girl next door, go on a date, fall in love, get married, start arguing, grow apart, fall out of love and divorce. Although you still might catch an ad for cleaning products, as they seem to predominate. Solve Spain’s economic problems (No wait! That’s going too far.) Sistine Chapel or your lounge?

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Aside from being full of nightlife and frequently teeming with hordes of Erasmus students on wild nights out, Calle de las Huertas is an iconic street with a rich history. It takes its name from the many vegetable gardens (huertas) which covered the area in the 15th century. During this time, Huertas was commonly frequented by prostitutes, which gave rise to the expression Calle de las Huertas, una puta en cada puerta, the latter part of which rhymes equally well in English: “a whore in every door!” In 1771, writer and poet José Cadalso’s novel, Noches Lúgubres, brought about the legend that Cadalso, distraught by the death of his lover, actress María Ibáñez, tried to unearth her body from her grave, which was located in the cemetery of the San Sebastian church. The church, facing Calle Atocha, remains, but the cemetery and her supposed old resting spot have long gone and their former location in Huertas is now a plant and flower shop. The street underwent a change of name for a short time after 1840, when it was reborn as Calle Máiquez, in honour of the actor Isidoro Máiquez. The change seems to have worked in its favour, because the atmosphere quickly altered from libidinous to literary and it soon became a hotspot of creativity. ■ JESSICA RUIZ

Curiosity Shop

OOOPS! ■ BY CAMINO MARTÍNEZ

Roll up! Roll up! It’s not necessary to be a child to love the circus. Ooops! is a shop that has devoted itself to all circus lovers, young and old, since it opened more than 20 years ago. (It was originally called El Elefante Blanco but changed its name about 18 months ago when new owners took over. However, their dedication is exactly the same.) Under the slogan “Circus for everyone”, the philosophy is to sell anything and everything related to circus arts, whether for absolute beginners or experienced professionals. In fact, there are two locations—the first is in the centre of the city (Calle de las Infantas), which is a small and cosy establishment where you’ll find diabolos, trapezes, hoops, juggling balls and clubs, and even unicycles. The second, reopened only a couple of months ago, is in the famous Circo Price. Here, in addition to Circo Price merchandise, there is a vast array of articles from circus culture and entertainment, as well as clothes, books and engravings, toys, items for magicians, bubble-making equipment and many other fun things to help you become part of the wonderful circus world!

Fairy Tales By Jerome Apolda

A Christmas Carol In a world where knowledge has been brought to a whole new level, where, by a simple touch of the canonised thumb, you can order whatever you may possibly not need by apps, the good old nights in front of the telly are no longer a peaceful, stress-free deliverance. You settle in front of the computer (nobody has a TV anymore), wrapped in a blanket, with a glass of that white wine you ordered online, and press play. But no sooner have you done so that Angry birds are nibbling your earlobes, while another bird—a seemingly less aggressive one—is constantly tweeting nonsense. There’s your phone, pretentiously calling himself “i”, grindring against your thigh; your flatmate, with his googly eyes, nervously facebooking in the next room, and your space becomes his space, which in turn can become myspace. All the while, you’re desperately trying to enjoy your illegally downloaded blockbuster (the prequel of something) on a laptop that keeps telling you that a long-forgotten friend from primary school is skyping you. Enraged, you turn the damn thing off, you close your flatmate’s door, you bury the phone under your duvet and you try to breathe. For a mere second, you are at peace. Suddenly, you remember that the last time you were out of touch for more than half a minute, you’d missed the announcement of the death of Amy Winehouse and had to be told verbally (!) in a bar (!) by a friend you actually knew (!). You switch everything back on with anguish. You have 5 new messages on Facebook, countless tweets, emails by the dozen, someone important, who you’ve never heard of before, has died, there is a revolution somewhere, the crisis has got worse, and the end of the world is looming. You crash on your Ikea armchair ( 24.99), grab hold of your Ikea cushion ( 9.99) and burdened by despair, start weeping. Your eyes wander around the room, the bookshelf (singular) is empty, now being replaced by a Kindle containing more books than you’ll ever read; your living room looks like page 278 of the Ikea catalogue, and your clothes look like last season’s window display at H&M. You light a Marlborough—nicotine helps. You can’t quite remember the last time you actually sat down and did nothing! The last time you naively looked outside your window and wondered where all these people were going. Your mind, free of constant bombardment of news and images, slowly settles into a deep trance of quiet surrendering. You close your eyes. But as the saying goes, there is no rest for the wicked, and your phone starts beeping again—some urgent smiley face that a friend left on a comment you made three weeks ago. It’s all but too much. You put on your coat, take your keys (just your keys) and leave your flat. You rummage through the streets of Madrid, in search for an open sauna that would give you your fix of a human touch, of an actual human connection even if only for a quick shag. You find one. You go in. The place is empty. The few patrons there are hooked on their phone. You sigh. And that was Christmas Eve.

Ooops!, C/de las Infantas, 5 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 53133 50. Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am7pm. Also Circo Price shop: Ronda de Atocha, 35 (Metro: Lavapiés/ Embajadores). Tel: 91 530 24 58. Tues-Fri, 5-9pm; Sat and Sun, 11.30am-9pm. (Always open during shows). See www.ooops.es.

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When Sunday comes InMadrid catches up with the IFL Madrid and FC Britanico, to find out how the season is progressing for the city’s English-speaking teams IFL Madrid

already, with FC Twenty the only team still to get on the board. J&J’s have two female players among their ranks, the first side to do so for three years. Giving encouragement to these teams, however, are the early season exploits of fellow newcomers, Cuatroca and La Naranja Mecánica. Cuatroca’s energetic and hardworking Anglo-Spanish team look a good bet to book themselves a place in the first division, while the local boys with an admiration for Holland, “The Clockwork Orange”, highlighted their abilities with a victory against last season’s runners up, Santana, and could also make the top tier when the league splits into two divisions in March. As well as new teams, there were new names. Finbar’s Celtic renamed themselves

The 2011-12 IFL Madrid season kicked off in September with a new name (“English Football League” becoming “International Football League”) and a record number of teams. Nineteen sides—up from 16 for the last two years—were joined by a hurriedlyput-together 20th, the brilliantly named FC Twenty. In fact, seven teams have entered the independent five-a-side league for the first time. The newbies have predictably encountered a steep learning curve in trying to compete with established sides and five of them are currently sitting in the bottom six. Of those, FC Catenaccio, IFC Malasaña, Martha’s Gin & Tonic and J&J’s have all managed to pick up some points

IFL League Table

Liga Tercera de Aficionados, Grupo 7 Table Teams

Matches Points

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6

S.A.D. ALTAMIRA

30

J

12

G

9

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Goals E

3

P

0

Played

Pts

F

C

O’Neills United

10

27

57

20

FC Copenbadly

11

27

Atlético Cero

10

25

O’Neill’s Celtic

9

24

Triskels Tavern

9

24

Madrid Reds

10

23

Quatroca

10

22

Los Hombres de Paco

9

19

FC Dutch Gold

11

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La Naranja Mecánica

10

15

FC Britanico de Madrid

11

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Barones de la Birra

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12

Santana

9

10

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C.D. NUEVAS PALOMERAS

29

12

9

2

1

51

25

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C.D. PALESTRA ATENEA “B”

28

12

8

4

0

41

13

4

CLUB JUVENTUD ELIPA

24

12

7

3

2

49

15

5

A.J.D.C. LA MANCHA "B"

22

12

7

1

4

28

25

6

ABSOLUT SPORT “A”

21

12

6

3

3

33

33

7

ESCUELA DEPORTIVA ALMUDENA “B”

20

12

6

2

4

39

22

8

C.D. SANTA EUGENIA 1976 “B”

20

12

6

2

4

35

27

9

C.D. RACING DE MORATALAZ

19

12

5

4

3

27

21

10

DEPORTIVO L.F.C.

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12

5

3

4

32

38

11

ADPI RIVAS “B”

14

12

4

2

6

25

30

12

C.D. ESTREMERA

14

12

4

2

6

25

34

Los Lobos

10

10

13

GREDOS SAN DIEGO

10

12

3

1

8

14

35

J & J’s

11

4

14

F C BRITANICO DE MADRID

9

12

3

0

9

19

35

Finbar’s 67

11

3

15

SPORTING VALDEBERNARDO-EL BRILLANTE

9

12

2

3

7

29

53

IFC de Malasaña

7

3

16

C.F. FENIX “B”

7

12

1

4

7

18

25

FC Catenaccio

10

3

17

C.B. MTRA. SRA. DE LUJAN

7

12

2

1

9

16

52

Martha’s G&T

9

1

18

ADEPO-PALOMERAS

2

12

0

2

10

14

49

FC Twenty

9

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O’Neill’s Celtic, Atlético Retiro became Los Hombres de Paco—the first team to adopt their moniker from a Spanish TV show—and Moore’s Tribunal regenerated as FC Dutch Gold, another homage to the orange shirts of the Netherlands Triskel Tavern back in the 1st division? Photo: IFLMadrid rather than the origin of their playFC Britanico de Madrid ers. The latter produced one of the surprises of the season so far by catching last It’s been a slippery start to the season for year’s “invincibles”, Atlético Cero, under FC Britanico, the only English-speaking strength and ending their remarkable 30team in Madrid’s Regional Football League. game unbeaten league run. Their first six games resulted in six losses, Along with title holders Atlético Cero but the boys have stayed positive, and lateand cup winners O’Neill’s United, O’Neill’s ly have begun to climb a little. The club, Celtic began as favourites to challenge for which was founded in 1972, is the only the championship and lived up to their team in the league not to have drawn a sinbilling with free-scoring displays. However, gle game so far, having won three matches their “derby rivals” O’Neill’s United put and lost nine. The squad is made up of the brakes on Celtic’s flying start, inflictEnglish speakers from various parts of the ing a painful 5-1 defeat. Although it world and a few local Spaniards, but has seemed to put United in the driving seat, been plagued with injuries since September, they didn’t keep their hands on the steerwhich has been a significant reason for ing wheel for long, and crashed to a 7-4 their form. Nonetheless, they are making a defeat at the hands of a resurgent Triskel determined effort to edge their way into the Tavern. Triskel are back among the big top half of the table. boys with new firepower after their Match reports and information can be descent from runners-up in the first divifound on the FCB website, www.fcbritanision in 2010 to a stint in the second divico.com, which covers stories from all of sion in 2010-11. their teams, highlighting the entertainElsewhere, FC Copenbadly have kept ment in their struggles both on and off the pace with the leaders despite some Jekyll pitch. As Matthew Hutchinson reported and Hyde form, and Madrid Reds’ improveafter the 3-2 win against CB Nuestra ment has stuck out like Luis Suarez’s midSeñora de Luján, “Many have been murdle finger. With just over a third of the seamuring within the press box over the passson gone, the real excitement is still to come. ing months that FCB have too much qualiIf you want to get involved, there are ty to be where they are. With the league so plenty of teams in need of new players. Get close this year a run of victories could see in touch with lewis.carroll@honeywell.com— any team suddenly leap into the top half.” there’s no guarantee it’ll turn you into That game, plus an emphatic 4-1 win Cristiano Ronaldo, but it’s a lot more fun against CDS Valdebernado two weeks ear■ LUC CIOTKOWSKI than the gym! lier, means the tide may be turning.

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A torero’s tale With Catalonia’s ban on bullfighting taking effect this month, Alejandra Saragoza meets a former bullfighter in Madrid whose passion for the sport runs deep You don’t just want to become a bullfighter, you have to feel it. All bullfighters are born with this passion; they know it is their calling,” reflects Lalanda Sanchez. His thoughts take him back to his childhood—now in his late 50s, he began training at La Escuela de Tauromaquia de Toledo when he was seven years old, and always had his mind set on pursuing a bullfighting career. The training was vigorous, entailing long periods of running as well as exercises to strengthen arm muscles. “You run so that you learn to control your breathing, which is extremely important when you are in the ring with the bull because you must stay calm at all times,” he explains, “The arm exercises are vital because a bullfighter’s cape can weigh as much as 13 pounds.” Bullfighters also learn about the mentality of bulls, as knowledge of the animals is considered essential in order to defeat them. “You must be able to understand the bull and what it might be thinking,” continues Sanchez, “The profession demands constant attention and practice. You always need to be physically and mentally prepared. You never stop learning.”

College and knowledge Anxious to become a professional, when he was 18 years old he moved to La Escuela de Tauromaquia de Madrid in the Casa de Campo. Most of his friends continued their studies, but Sanchez felt college was unnecessary for him. “I already knew that bullfighting was what I was meant to do,” he says. Since then, the system has changed and it is now obligatory for aspiring bullfighters to attend college first. Sanchez believes the change is a good thing. “Nothing is guaranteed in this profession

and anything can happen. A degree can provide a good back-up plan.” He thinks bullfighters must have a different mentality to an average person, as they cannot fear the bull and must remain extremely confident and calm in high risk situations. He adopted the attitude of feeling superior to the animal, knowing the bull’s intelligence did not compare to his. “My mentality is noble, in the sense that even though the bull is an enemy, you don’t have to see him as an enemy because he is irrational and you are not. To achieve your goal you have to try to communicate with him and sense him, so that he cooperates. This is the art of bullfighting.”

... bullfighters must have a different mentality to an average person... they cannot fear the bull and must remain extremely confident and calm in high risk situations”

Away from home The demands mean that many bullfighters do not succeed, and even those who do may have a short career. Their families also feel the effects as their loved one puts his life on the line. Sanchez was often away from home, and his wife would not watch his bullfights because she found them too stressful and frightening. It was especially difficult for her after they had children, as she was frequently raising them by herself and reassuring them that he would return

home safely. “The family often suffers,” Sanchez admits, “and even though bullfighters’ families eventually become accustomed to the lifestyle, they still carry the fear that something is going to happen.” It should be no surprise that bullfighters suffer wounds. Sanchez had eight major injuries during his career and his legs are covered in scars. His worst and most painful injury, being gored through the knee, was also his last. Although he was able to return to the ring after many operations and a long healing process, the incident severely affected him. “After that incident I was never the same. I wasn’t as sharp and it [bullfighting] was more physically taxing,” he confesses. After 18 years as a torero he decided to retire at the age of 36, but the change wasn’t easy. “The bull requires you to be very alert and active,” he comments, “and since we spend the majority of our lives training, it is hard to break from that mould.” He took up teaching at La Escuela de Tauromaquia de Toledo, where he had learnt the sport himself, and for the last 20 years has been guiding young bullfighters. Despite a decline in interest in the sport, there are still many young boys continuing to enroll. “We have a large group right now. However, it is a very difficult and demanding profession, and not all will make it.”

Individuality He compares toreros to artists because they must add their own personal flamboyant accents to their performances to keep the

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audience’s attention. “Bullfighters are like painters. All painters paint, but each has their own style. Similarly, even though all toreros fight, we fight in different ways. We each have our own methods. No two toreros are the same. They endure the hardship because it is what they love and what they are meant to do. We are born with this feeling of knowing what we are supposed to be, and we all feel a passion deep inside.” At present, bullfighting is struggling amidst controversy. There are accusations of animal cruelty, and it seems that it has lost its appeal for many Spaniards. Sanchez rejects these accusations, and describes a bullfight as a special ritual where everything serves a vital purpose. He never feels guilty about killing a bull. “It is the torero’s duty to kill the bull, and to do it well. This is the grand finale of the show. I understand that animal cruelty is wrong, but you must be able to distinguish some animals from others. A bull is for bullfighting, not to fatten up and eat. It is meant to fight and show its spirit. It is a noble, majestic animal that fights until the death, and so it is incomparable to others. Those who want to defend the bulls do not understand them and their purpose. Bullfighting was born in this country. It is Spain’s passion and for those who don’t want to understand it, well that’s their problem, but that is the reality.”

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The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Nick Funnell selects the best movies to see this month The Artist French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius’s silent film about Hollywood’s silent era is joyous, visually dazzling and getting Oscar buzz. Catch it while you still can. Out now

MacMillan Novels that teach you something you didn’t know, that add yet another delicate layer of knowledge to your repertoire are, without doubt, some of the most satisfying to read. The lesson here is in the Victorian language of flowers, the revelation that every flower has a coded meaning to express words you don’t want to pass your lips. This art form is the lone passion of Victoria, the aggressive, damaged and rabid product of a foster system, which has ground her down into misery and misanthropy by the time it spits her out, at the age of 18. After sleeping rough amongst flowerbeds in a park where disaster is only a heartbeat away, Victoria is hired by a local florist who spots her talent. The plot sways between Victoria’s life as a troubled young woman making a journey of painful self-discovery, which takes her emotional and physical virginity, and the tense relationship with the foster mother who mentored her in the art of using flowers to express feelings. The concept of a damaged female who is turned around by a great love, in this case both romantic and maternal, may not be highly original, but what sets The Language of Flowers apart is its great insight into the floral world that we look at every day, but never really see. If it were a flower arrangement, it would be Dahlia with a ■ ANDREA MALTMAN sprig of Cherry blossom.

Perfect People Peter James Macmillan

The Iron Lady (La Dama de Hierro) Meryl Streep makes herself look and sound uncannily like Margaret Thatcher in this biopic of the former British PM. Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Giles plays Sir Geoffrey Howe! 5 Jan Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Sherlock Holmes: Juego de Sombras) Resurrecting Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective with Robert Downey Jr also resurrected the career of director Guy Ritchie, so after their first movie, it’s no surprise Holmes is back for more. 5 Jan La Chispa de la Vida With shades of Billy Wilder’s classic Ace in the Hole, Alex de la Iglesia’s latest stars Spanish comedian José Mota as an out-of-work adman trapped in a life-or-death predicament and negotiating the media coverage of his demise. With Salma Hayek. 13 Jan The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium: Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres) The Social Network’s David Fincher directs Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in this US adaptation of the first part of the late Stieg Larsson’s phenomenally successful Millennium series, already filmed in Swedish. And it looks great. 13 Jan

Sending chills down your spine with a supernatural twist all too close to reality, Peter James is at it again with his most recent novel, Perfect People. Taking a break from his Roy Grace series, this stand alone thriller follows a young couple, scientist John Klaesson and his loving wife, Naomi, after the traumatic loss of their four-year-old son to a genetic disease that the two of them can never escape when their gene pools combine. Desperate for a happy, healthy child and the start of a family, they invest $400,000 in the chance of a lifetime—the promise of a designer baby from Dr Leo Dettore, an experimental geneticist blacklisted in the scientific community and most of the world. This is only the beginning of a disturbing adventure for the pair, as Naomi unexpectedly finds that she is carrying twins, and then discovers that a number of other mothers-to-be are too. What follows becomes ever more frightening, gripping the reader with shocking discoveries, heart-pumping cliffhangers and bringing to the fore the ultimate question of how far is “too far” in the development of a “perfect” human race. James has created a compelling tale, with twists and turns, that allows the reader to decide their own stance on one of the ■ JAMIE MORGAN most controversial topics today.

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Male Bonding

Russell Parton gets out his olives and tells us what we should, or shouldn’t, be listening to

Fri 20 Jan, Moby Dick, Avenida de Brasil, 5 (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu). Tel: 91 555 76 71. www.mobydickclub.com

Luke Ritchie The Water’s Edge Angel Falls

Male Bonding have been described as creating “noise pop” and “punk pop” but whatever sound you file them under they certainly know how to create energetic catchy rock and roll music that nods to the early 90s grunge scene. Originating from Dalston, one of London’s up and coming hipster hot spots, but with a cult following on both sides of the Atlantic, Male Bonding are signed to the revered American label, Sub Pop Records. This mini Mediterranean tour (they also play Barcelona, Valencia and Lisbon) follows the release of their second album Endless Now and an extensive American/European tour in the autumn. Before you get your entradas, be sure to check out their debut album Nothing Hurts to find out what all the fuss is about.

Singer-songwriter Luke Ritchie already has touring with Rumer and playing with Hannah Peel on his CV, but is looking to make a splash all by himself with his debut album The Water’s Edge. Ritchie’s guitar-and-voice acoustic songs are the album’s core, the melodies eminently hummable and his dominant tenor ranging between Nick Drake tenderness and full-throated outpourings reminiscent of Guy Garvey. So the tuneful pleasantness of “Looking Glass”, with a guitar line reminiscent of McCartney’s “Blackbird”, morphs halfway into a dreamy sound collage, populated by organ drones, discords and spliced notes. Classical composer Nico Muhly is the album’s arranger-in-chief, and is also credited with composing five of the eleven tracks. But despite the division in songwriting, The Water’s Edge remains seamlessly well balanced. Emotionally direct lyrics sometimes veer close to the territory of emotional cliché, but these instances are usually checked. This competent and polished first album is accessible enough to appeal to a wide audience, though Ritchie’s determination to communicate bruised emotional states does mean it strays into less convincing territory. But the strength of his melodies, along with the simple charm of songs like “Off Your Guard”, which cheekily slips into three-time, are likely to win him fans and plaudits alike.

The Quiet American The Quiet American Vol ii CDBaby.com/Indys

The Quiet American is both a controversial Graham Greene novel and the artistic name of Colorado-based roots music aficionado Aaron Keim. His new album The Quiet American Vol ii (the first was released back in 2009) mixes interpretations and reworkings of old-time blues and gospel numbers with original songs. For the most part they integrate seamlessly, the sea shanty “Whiskey Johnny” sitting easily among lowfi finger-picker, “I Will Be the One”. You get the slightest hint of modernity with wigged-out violin and distortion in album closer, “Black Jack Daisy”, but otherwise it’s traditional American folk all the way; a sparse and homespun sound where the odd shake of a tambourine or handclap suffices for percussion and the faint hum of an organ drone often aids the transition between songs. Keim’s voice, while expressive, lacks rawness and the edge you might expect from a true blue folk singer. This makes the vocal contribution from his wife, Nicole Keim, a welcome feature, providing a more mellifluous sound, which works particularly well on the surprisingly upbeat gospel duet “Death Come Creeping in the Room”.

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Mastodon

Arctic Monkeys

Mon 23 Jan, La Riviera, Paseo de la Virgen, s/n (Metro: Principe Pío). Tel: 91 365 24 15. www.salariviera.com

Fri 27 Jan, Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, Avenida Felipe II, s/n (Metro: Goya/O Donnell). Tel. 91 444 99 49. www.palaciodedeportes.com

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Mastodon are a metal band that were formed at the end of the 90s. Quality heavy metal bands finding mainstream success are few and far between, but Mastodon could certainly be considered one of the best to come out of the noughties. Their success began with the release of Leviathan in 2004 and 2006’s Blood Mountain added to their reputation, with collaborations from Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala. With numerous appearances at leading rock festivals around the world and a good few mainstream television appearances in both the US and the UK, Mastodon have successfully carried the legendary Heavy Metal torch screaming and shouting into the new decade. Be sure to check out their latest album The Hunter.

With four studio albums and countless tours under their belts, Sheffield lads Arctic Monkeys are no strangers to the Spanish crowds. Best known for Alex Turner’s witty, evocative lyrics, electric live shows, and THAT song about how you might look on the dancefloor, their latest album Suck It and See suggests they’re growing up gracefully. Opening track “She’s Thunderstorms” demonstrates just how far they’ve come, and is further proof that they’re still a hot ticket. Support from Miles Kane (the other one in Turner’s side project, The Last Shadow Puppets) means that concert goers get two for the price of one, which is always nice after the dent that Christmas is likely to have made in your wallet!

Pony Bravo Thurs 12 Jan, Joy Eslava, C/Arenal, 11 (Metro: Ópera/Sol). Tel: 91 366 37 33. www.joy-eslava.com Daniel Alonso, Pablo Peña, Darió del Moral and Javier Rivera formed Pony Bravo in Sevilla in 2006, and their first album, Si bajo de espalda no me da miedo (y otras cosas) proved a success with the critics. They present a form of experimental rock, looking to capture the mood and rhythm of one genre and combining it with another—think blues with flamenco, for example. Their Andalucian roots are evident on many of their tracks, but influences also include American rock and Jamaican reggae, along with artists ranging from Captain Beefheart and Talking Heads to Nina Simone and Bob Dylan. To sample the sound, check out their most popular track, 2008’s “El Rayo”, from the aforementioned album, then head to Joy Eslava on the 12th. W W W. I N M A D R I D . C O M

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LA TABERNA CHICA

23 Jan: Kuve 24 Jan: Labuat 25 Jan: The Noises 27 Jan: Los Pedales 28 Jan: Louisiana 29 Jan: Willy Naves

SALA ARENA, c/Princesa, 1 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 547 57 11. SALA GALILEO www.salarena.com GALILEI, c/de Galileo, 100 (Metro: Islas 13 Jan: Clan of Xymox + The Arch Filipinas/Canal). Tel: 22 Jan: Guano Apes 91 534 75 57/58. 27 Jan: Alberto Gambino www.salagalileogalilei.com COSTELLO CLUB, c/Caballero de 3 Jan: El Niño de la Gracia, 10 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 91 Hipoteca 522 18 15. www.costelloclub.com 5 Jan: Noche de Reyes GRUTA 77, c/Cuclillo, 6 (Metro: Oporto). 6 Jan: Bien por Will Tel: 91 471 23 70. 7 Jan: Gelo www.gruta77.com 11 Jan: El Hombre Rana 12 Jan: Walden Uno 13 Jan: 96 Mentirosos 14 Jan: The Dirt Tracks 18 Jan: Martin Page & The Polariods + Celia Hard Candy 19 Jan: Astrobahn + Tears on Mars

3 Jan: Juan Abarca 4 Jan: Impulso 5 Jan: Hot Jamaican Christmas Party 6 Jan: Sparkle Gross 7 Jan: Jam en la Gruta

VINOS, TAPAS, COCKTAILS & LOUNGE MUSIC FABULOUS CAIPIRINHAS

Olivia de Happyland performs at Sala El Sol on 27 Jan

CLUB MADERFAKER, Madrid es Negro Sessions, C/San Vicente Ferrer, 17 (Metro: Tribunall. www.maderfaker.com/es/ 5 Jan: DJ Roge Maderfaker 12 Jan: DJ Pedro Galiano 19 Jan: DJ Sr Rojo 26 Jan: Miguel A Sutil

13 Jan: The Zombie Valentines 14 Jan: The Right Ons 20 Jan: Control Remoto 21 Jan: The Rebels + Pen Cap Chew 27 Jan: Olivia de Happyland 28 Jan: Subterfuge Stereoparty 31 Jan: Evil, Evil Girrrls & the Malvados

Flamenco

MOBY DICK CLUB, Avda del Brasil, 5 (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu). Tel: 91 LAS TABLAS, Plaza de España, 9 (Metro: 556 17 44. www.mobydickclub.com Plaza de España). Tel: 91 542 05 20. 6 Jan: Belgrado 20 Jan: Male Bonding

OBA-OBA, Jacometrezo, 4 (Metro: Callao). Every Wed-Sun: Live Brazilian Music

c/Costanilla de San Pedro, 7 (Metro: La Latina)

PALACIO DE DEPORTES DE LA Celtic/folk COMUNIDAD DE MADRID, Avenida Felipe II, s/n (Metro: Goya/O Donnell). O’NEILL’S IRISH PUB, C/PRÍNCIPE, 12. Trad sesTel. 91 444 99 49. www.palaciodedeportes.com. sion on Sundays at 7.30pm. Tel: 91 521 20 30

Guano Apes play Sala Arena on 22 Jan

20 Jan: Bravo Fisher + One Hand Man´s Band 21 Jan: Beatmac + Biodramina Mood 22 Jan: Surrima & Resad’s Friends

www.lastablasmadrid.com CARDAMOMO, C/Echegaray, 15 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 369 07 57. www.cardamomo.es CASA PATAS, C/ Cañizares, 10 (Metro: Antón Martín). Tel: 91 369 04 96. www.casapatas.com

12 Jan: Menace 14 Jan: Carol Dee & The V59 20 Jan: Eureka 21 Jan: Anden 13 + Sin Razon 27 Jan: The Raiz + Superficie 28 Jan: Atake Urbano

THE IRISH ROVER. Tel: 91 597 48 11 TABERNA ELISA. Tel: 91 369 74 263

13-14 Jan: El Barrio 27 Jan: Arctic Monkeys

PALACIO VISTALEGRE, C/de Utebo, 1 (Metro: Vista Alegre). Tel: 91 563 94 93. www.palaciovistalegre.es 21 Jan: War Cry

JOY ESLAVA, c/Arenal, 27 Jan: Pitbull 8 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 366 54 39. www.joy- SALA EL SOL, c/Jardines, eslava.com 3 (Metro: Gran Vía). Tel: 9 Jan: The Pains of Being 91 532 64 90. www.elsolmad.com Pure at Heart 12 Jan: Pony Bravo 20 Jan: Corizonas 23 Jan: Mastodon Belgrado at Moby Dick on 6 Jan

We are One@Versus Club Calle Ceuta, 1, Poligono Industrial Herle, Alcalá de Heneres, Madrid (Renfe: Alcalá de Henares). Sat 21 Jan. 12-6am. Free entry.

This month, Madrid goes hardcore as Versus Club presents We Are One—a night dedicated to the hardest, loudest, fastest and most banging genre of them all. Loading up on the wheels of steel will be Dutch masterminds Human Resource who are known for their speed-infused gabba tunes “Fuck Them” and “Dominator 96” on KNOR Records, which aptly stands for “Kicking Noise Of Rotterdam”. Italian duo, The Meccano Twins, also join the fun to construct a bass-filled session with self-produced tracks such as “Combustion”, “Ignite” and “Pain & Fear”. And if that isn’t enough for you, homegrown talent The Beast Project, Sergio Cobas, Nakre, Jorge Hardbass, DJ Fon, and Jimmy & Pixv also play. Expect a mash-up of musical mayhem!

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4 Jan: Rachel Arieff-AntiKaraoke 5 Jan: Groovin’ Flamingos 7 Jan: Tenpel + Shinova The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Joy Eslava, Jan 9

Iván Smoka@Dub Club Calle Badajoz, 28, Alcorcón. (Renfe/Metro: Alcorcón). Sat, 14 Jan. 10pm-3.30am. Free.

The Dub Club pride themselves in specialising in “the musical underground” and on the 14th their decks and FX special will justify that claim. Presented by Wonky Club, Ivan Smoka, the Carne frontman and Ibizan award winning DJ, will run a full course of hip hop, soul, reggae and dancehall served with a side dish of the best electronic music of the moment. Following on from the smoking beats will be Mark Delgado and Sergio Sanchez (Electronic Vibes), and Dub Club’s own H2h.

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Museo del Prado Po del Prado, s/n (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 330 28 00. Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm. General admission €12, students under 25 free; permanent exhibition free, Tues-Sat, 6-8pm; Sun 5-8pm. Antonio Joli, Visita de la reina María Amalia de Sajonia al Arco de Trajano en Benevento The Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado has donated the painting that titles this small exhibition to the Prado, and it forms the centerpiece that reflects Joli’s style of scenery, architecture, landscape, and the new intellectual attitude in the 18th The Grotto by Vanvitelli century towards travel and history. Landscapes and views by Joli’s predecessors, such as Panini and Vanvitelli, are also included. Until 26 Feb.

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia C/Santa Isabel, 52 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 774 10 00. Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Tues closed; Sun 10am-2.30pm. General admission €6, temporary exhibition €3. Free Mon; Wed-Fri, 7-9pm; Sat, 2.30-8pm; Sun,10am-2.30pm. Invenciones: Arquitectura y diseño A look at the work of Argentinean architect and graphic designer Emilio Ambasz, this exhibition dis-

Entre España y Filipinas. José Rizal, Escritor As part of the tricentennial celebrations for the Biblioteca Nacional de España, this exhibition focuses on José Rizal, the great political leader of the Philippines. Considered to be the initiator of the nation’s movement towards modernisation, Rizal was a man of many talents, not only for politics, but also for medicine, philosophy, literature and history. He travelled extensively and was fluent in ten languages. This exhibition looks at letters, drawings and photographs, with themes including his formative years, colonialism and society. La Biblioteca Nacional de España, Pº de Recoletos, 20-22 (Metro: Colón). Tues-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-2pm. Until 12 Feb. Almanaque Autómata A joint exhibition by Jaime Compairé from Spain and Argentinian Veru Iché, consisting of 39 photographic works, which have been altered and amended from their original form. They are equally fun and thought-provoking, taking the observer away from the original image into a strange, curious and occasionally dreamlike world, whether by way of a woman riding a giant cat or a group photo with an apparent pet lizard. Galería Blanca Berlín, C/Limón, 28 (Metro: Ventura Rodríguez). Mon-Sat, 10.30am-2.30pm, 5-9pm. Free. Until 28 Jan.

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plays his models, objects, original drawings, photography, and is supported by audiovisuals. His designs look to integrate construction with nature, and architecture with greenery, incorporating natural warmth into usually cold, industrial spaces. More than 40 models are on show that illustrate his “green on grey” designs for buildings such as hospitals, skyscrapers and offices. Until 16 Jan.

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Almanaque Autómata, La Gata Montesa

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Sala de Exposiciones Canal de Isabel II, C/Santa Engracia, 125 (Metro: Ríos Rosas). Tues-Sat, 11am-2pm, 5-8.30pm; Sun, 11am-2pm. Free. Argentinian-born Juan Gatti has worked in Spain for more than 30 years as a graphic artist, art director and photographer in the world of music, fashion and film. This exhibition, focusing on the contrast of light and shadow, presents 40 new largeformat black and white photographs, together with objects, images and posters that create a review of his earlier work. In the music field he has designed album covers for Mecano and Alaska, his film work includes many posters for Pedro Almodovar’s movies (including Hable con ella and Volver), he has worked frequently for Vogue, and has also collaborated with designers Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld and Loewe. To complete this exhibition, the entire dome of the Sala Canal has been converted into an immense planetarium to show an audiovisual montage of Gatti’s stunning work. Until 1 Apr.

Penelope Cruz a la Sopia Loren by Gatti

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Drácula Based on the famous story by Bram Stoker, this Spanish production, directed by Jorge de Juan, boasts an experienced cast prepared to give a thrilling and chilling performance. Ramón Langa is Count Drácula, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba plays Van Helsing, and the subtle special effects have been designed by award-winning magician Yunke. In this adaptation expect mysterious deaths, strange illnesses, a lust for blood and of course, the insatiable demands of the Count. Teatro Marquina, C/Prim, 11 (Metro: Banco de España). Tel: 91 532 31 86. Tickets (entradas.com) €20. Tues-Thurs, 8.30pm; Fri, Sat, 8pm, 10.30pm; Sun, 7pm. 13 Jan-29 Feb. ¿Quieres circo? If the answer to “Do you want a circus?” is “Yes”, then look no further than Teatro Circo Price, where this grand gala is being staged. The performers come from all over the world, and are amongst the best in their fields. Trapeze artists, tightrope walkers, clowns and acrobats exhibit their skills backed by music from the Circo Price orchestra. Teatro Circo Price, Ronda de Atocha, 35 (Metro: Atocha/Embajadores). Tel: 91 527 98 65. Tickets (entradas.com) from €10. Various times, see www.teatrocircoprice.es. Until 15 Jan.

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El Tiempo y Los Conways A Spanish adaptation of J B Priestley’s famous play, Time and the Conways. The work tells of a well-off Yorkshire family between 1919 and 1937, who from an optimistic start see their lives fail and fall apart in different ways. In telling their story, Priestley analyses Britain between the wars, capturing its political history, class system, and lost opportunities. Teatros del Canal, C/Cea Bermúdez, 1 (Metro: Canal/Ríos Rosas). Tel: 91 308 99 50. Tues-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 7pm, 10pm; Sun, 7pm. Tickets (entradas.com) from €12. 18 Jan-5 Feb.

dance El Cascanueces and El Lago de los Cisnes Visiting Madrid every year, the Russian Imperial Ballet company is back to perform two masterpieces, El Cascanueces (The Nutcracker) and El Lago de los Cisnes (Swan Lake). The company is made up of 45 dancers of the highest level. El Cascanueces will run until 8 January, after which the company will perform El Lago de los Cisnes until the 22nd. The Artistic Director and Choreographer is Gediminas Tarandá, who was a principal soloist with the Bolshoi. Teatro Compac Gran Vía. C/Gran Vía, 66 (Metro: Plaza de España). TuesFri, 8.30pm; Sat, 5pm, 8pm (Cascanueces), 6.30pm, 10pm (El Lago de los Cisnes); Sun, 6.30pm. Tickets (entradas.com) from €20. Until 22 Jan.

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Caught with his trousers down Ever noticed someone odd amongst the Spanish nativity scenes? Someone perhaps doing something he shouldn’t? Jamie Morgan investigates the story of the caganer—the pooing man

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ntil 6 January in Spain most households are full of bright lights, intricately decorated trees and enough Christmas goodies to last an entire year, but amongst the sparkle and illuminations, you can almost guarantee that there will also be a nativity scene. Invariably looking picturesque, it houses the peaceful baby Jesus lying in a manger, humble Mary and Joseph standing beside him, the three wise men, a few curious shepherds and animals pottering around plus, surprisingly, a short and stout peasant, pants around his ankles, spreading his own holiday cheer beneath the trees. Not ringing a bell? Is this little chap missing from your collection? Unless you are of Spanish descent, and more specifically Catalán, you probably have little or no knowledge of this defecating forest-dweller or why he is an important figure to be included in this most holy of scenes.

Father to son Whatever the reason may be, we are far from the 18th century and the caganer is still a beloved favourite for many Spaniards and foreigners alike, with madrileños being no exception. Although initially less popular than in their Catalán birthplace, the figurines are certainly a presence in Madrid today, and they look to be a staple of the Christmas season for many years to come. Traditionally, in Spanish families, figurines in the nativity scene are passed down from generation to generation, and these collectibles remain in use indefinitely—and yes, this includes the countryside angel of prosperity (or peasant doing number two, if you prefer).

Other treats Strangely, the caganer is not alone in his glory among the Catalán people at this time of the year. There is another forest-dweller praised for its excrements, especially among the likes of children. The Tió de Nadal, a small log set on two to four legs, with a painted smiley face and El Tío de Nadal—contents flushed out. Photo (CC) flickr: arquera matching beret or blanket, is another important character in the holiday tradition. Starting every 8 December, the trunk is “fed” every night (think leaving out food and water for Santa’s passing reindeer), and when Christmas Eve comes, kids shake the log, causing it to “release” candy or other sweets for their enjoyment. It’s not exactly the Christmas tree most of us have come to know and love, but at least there are presents nonetheless.

Call of nature It all began in Catalonia, the autonomous community of four provinces in north-eastern Spain, the most well-known being Barcelona. Although the origin and first appearance of caganers (figurines with trousers dropped, expelling, frankly, a large turd) is not entirely certain, most agree that this mischievous individual gained popularity and entered the pessebres (nativity sets) of Catalán families towards the end of the 18th century. A greater argument exists concerning the reason why this most unlikely of figures made the cut. While the gathering at the manger includes the same characters one might find in a British or American collection, the Cataláns have embellished their nativity displays, adding figures to recreate the rural lifestyle of the past. Some believe that the caganer is the perfect representation of the raw, natural working conditions of that century, and is included to shed light on the aspects of daily life in the countryside of the region.

Happy and healthy The majority, however, have a very different take on the peasant’s necessity, and most importantly, the sacred pile of waste he leaves behind. Most believe that the caganer is a sign of good luck, prosperity and hope. Excuse me? Someone can ascertain those elements from a clearly poor-mannered farmhand relieving himself in front of Jesus? According to the Cataláns, the caganer’s defecation is very much the opposite of disrespectful, and in fact provides the fertilisation necessary for a year of prosperous crops for the community. Without his act of indecency, the land and the people would suffer, and his presence is symbolic of a future full of success. Not only does the caganer bring a year of bliss with his deviance, but he also provides holiday enjoyment for spectaYou can pick up a pooing version of your favourite celebrity, no holes barred tors young and old. The figure is often hidden within forests or foliage that surround the nativity scene, making him a fun discovery for children.

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Never dumped The caganer, however, although baring his bottom rather than bearing gifts, seems to have stolen the spotlight in Catalonia, and across the world. In 2005, when Barcelona City Council refused to include the ever-popular peasant in its nativity scene due to a recent anti-public defecation law, the community erupted in protest. A campaign to keep the age-old tradition alive led to the little guy’s inclusion the following year, squatting happily in the corner as before. The Christmas caganer is so popular, in fact, that he has inspired the creation of other bare-bottomed figures. Hundreds of variations are now available for purchase across Spain, ranging from everyday professionals, singers and athletes to politicians and royalty. One firm based in Girona produces a huge selection of figures, with new additions this year including Astérix, Shakira, Cesc Fábregas, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. There are also Queen Elizabeth II, President Obama, Albert Einstein, the Dalai Lama and Mick Jagger amongst countless others. If your curiosity is aroused, to find your favourite world leader or celebrity leaving their mark (literally), visit www.caganer.com and begin a collection sure to shock your family and friends. The genuine caganer, no doubt, is just too admired and established to pooh-pooh.

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