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Movies shot in Spain and its capital city

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s we hit the New Year, the first consideration is editor’s note resolutions. I recall some confusion between three friends last year who, after a long bar crawl, decided to try for a New Year Revolution, and had pencilled in tel: 91 523 30 91 Belgium, Luxembourg or Portugal for potential uprisings. email: Portugal was deemed the best choice, since if the editor@in-madrid.com populace refused to respond at least it had nice beaches. However, when their heads cleared they resolved to spend more time in the gym instead. InMadrid’s resolution is to keep you entertained and informed, and this month we have Andrew Sheehan’s guide to phoning home at low cost (P9), Madrid’s skiing possibilites (P10), and Alexandra Light’s interview with best-selling author Kate Morton (P13). We also welcome cartoonist Professor Potts to our pages, who’ll be looking at the origin of some English idioms during the coming months (P11). All those and more, plus the wish of a Happy New Year to all our readers.

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What better way to banish the post-Christmas blues than plan your next holiday? If you are looking for ideas try heading down to this gargantuan tourism fair. Last year, almost 11,000 companies exhibited from 166 countries and regions around the world, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Based on the evidence from previous years, you’ll also be able to take home enough leaflets and brochures to fill a small skip. IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, (Metro: Campo de las Naciones). Open to the general public 22-23 Jan. Tickets: 7. See www.ifema.es

with a magazine that is the Gold Standard in contemporary journalism and photography. The show consists of 100 original photos and representative covers from the two periods of the magazine—1913 to 1936, and from its relaunch in 1983 to the present. It features works from famed photographers such as Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Baron De Meyer, Imogen Cunningham and Annie Liebovitz, and shows images of 20th century legends such as Picasso, Dalí, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Muhammad Ali. 100 years of Vanity Fair, Ivory Press Art + Books gallery, C/Comandante Zorita, 48 (Metro: Estrecho). Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm, 4.30-7pm; Sat, 11am-2pm. Until 8 Jan. Free.

Madrid GastroFestival 2011 Throw your New Year’s resolutions to the wind and indulge at the Madrid GastroFestival. The gourmet food festival is an offshoot of Madridfusión, Madrid’s annual culinary trade fair where the big cheeses of the cooking fraternity, such as Ferrán Adrià, Sergi Arola and Juan Mari Arzak are joined by culinary gurus from all over the world. With all those culinary geniuses in town Madrid is able to host one of the most spectacular global gastro festivals. City restaurants (some Michelin-starred) offer special set menus, whilst delicatessens and markets host tastings, and even the Filmoteca Nacional screens food-themed documentaries and movies. Featuring in GastroFestival’s “Dinners with the Stars” series this year are Italian Carlo Cracco of Cracco Peck restaurant in Milan and Kevin Cherkas, chef at BLU in Singapore. Madrid GastroFestival, venues around Madrid. 24 Jan-6 Feb. For participating venues and prices see www.esmadrid.com

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Scamper down to the San Antón church, c/Hortaleza, 63 on 17 Jan to witness the annual “Bendición de las mascotas”. That’s the blessing of pets.

That’s all folk Whether your guilty pleasure is morris dancing or flamenco, why not try out your skills at the Folklore Interactive 2011. A long-time highlight of the FITUR Trade Fair, you can enjoy performances from folk groups not only from Spanish regions, but from around the world too, at a jamboree that is not to be missed. In the mornings there will be dance classes and a variety of workshops including percussion, singing and crafts. Then in the afternoons, you can come along and marvel at the awe-inspiring dances from international and Spanish folk performers. The marathon will close on Sunday evening with workshop attendees and teachers celebrating together. FITUR Folklore Interactive, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, (Metro: Campo de las Naciones). 22-23 Jan. Tickets: 8. See www.ifema.es

Toastmasters—your New Year’s resolution Although the thought of public speaking may send a shiver down your spine, there are enormous benefits to be gained from the activity, such as increasing your confidence, improving communication and language skills, and developing your leadership potential. The Madrid Toastmaster’s Club is ideal to practice and perfect public speaking, and will also help you to overcome any nerves and give better presentations, all in a fun and friendly way. The English-speaking club, which is part of the Toastmasters International organisation, meets every other Thursday, with Toastmaster professionals on hand to offer constructive feedback about prepared or impromptu speeches, and help you nurture and develop your skills. A New Year’s resolution to join could reap rewards for you and your career in 2011! The next meetings will be on 13 and 27 January at 8.30pm. For more information about how to become a member, call José María, President, on 667 125 079 or Harold, VP Membership, on 91 369 19 71.

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Murnau, Circulo de Bellas Artes FW Murnau is a key name in the history of cinema. He is considered one of the founding masters of film language and the European Expressionist movement. This showcase, part of the Walter Benjamin Constellations series, will look back over his work, its context and his influence on film. The exhibition considers the impact of the First World War, Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht and the development of Bauhaus; culminating in the production of iconic and groundbreaking films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiener, 1920), The Golem (Paul Wegener and Karl Boese, 1920) and Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927). Murnau, Circulo de Bellas Artes, C/Alcalá, 42 (Metro: Banco de España). 23-30 Jan. Tickets: 5. See www.circulobellasartes.com

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Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos For Spanish children (and adults alike) the climax of Christmas is not Christmas Day but the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (Procession of the Three Kings). Celebrations in the capital include theatrical re-enactments and pageants. Thirty carriages loaded with around 7000 kilos of sweets make their way from Nuevos Ministerios down Paseo de Recoletos to Plaza de Cibeles. The Three Kings, accompanied by helpers, greet the onlookers by hurling handfuls of the sweets at them. Hordes of spectators turn up, with estimates in previous years reaching half a million. Enjoy the spectacle and the sugar rush! Nuevos Ministerios, Paseo de Recoletos, Plaza de Cibeles (Metros: Nuevos Ministerios/Colón/Banco de España). 5 Jan, 6.30pm. Free. For full details see www.madrid.es

Café Samir Café Samir is a rich mix of Spanish and Arabic culture: if Al-Andalus had continued to be a kingdom this would have been the result for sure! It maintains the typical Arabic tea shop atmosphere with the sweet spicy aroma of the shisha molasses tobacco, and you can listen to the ancient andalousi music or perhaps the latest music from the Middle East or the Maghreb. Of course, fine wine and tasty tapas typical of any “madrileño” bar are also on hand. Antonio Toledano, 5 (Metro: Manuel Becerra). Daily, 10am-1am.

100 years of Vanity Fair, Masters of Photography The magazine of icons has gained iconic status itself. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the publication and the celebrities that have graced its pages for almost a century. The Ivory Press Art + Books gallery, in collaboration with Condé Nast Publications, takes on this fascinating tour of power and success

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We Three Kings top ten gifts for family & friends As one man and his reindeer vanish for another twelve months, so three men and their camels amble into view. Vicky Knill selects a few perfect presents from Los Reyes Magos (the Three Wise Men) for your relatives back home. Or in Spain, if they happen to be visiting.

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For your elderly short-sighted granny, a caganer—the traditional Catalán pooing statue for nativity scenes. She’ll never believe what she’s looking at.

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For any England football fan, an “España—Campeones del Mundo” scarf, to commemorate the night of Spain’s historic victory. You can also remind them how, being in Madrid, you still felt part of the competition two weeks after England had gone home from South Africa.

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For your slightly prudish maiden aunt, some traditional Spanish Bonka coffee and some Bimbo bread.

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For hyperactive children, bullfighters’ costumes. For absolute chaos, affix two plastic horns on the cat.

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For the music lover, a copy of Spain’s Eurovision smash hit, “Baila el Chiki-chiki”.

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For your short-tempered little niece, whose screaming, foot-stamping and glaring facial gestures are a sight to behold, a “How To Sing Flamenco” CD.

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For the vegetarian cousin you despise, a leg of jamón.

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For your one-armed uncle (with a good sense of humour), a battery operated waving cat from your local Chinese store.

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For your long-suffering neighbour who commutes to work every day, a framed photo of a Madrid metro train, with you in the picture next to it, smiling.

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For all the family, a Christmas lottery ticket. Of course, the lottery results were drawn on 22 December, but explain that to find out whether they’ve won or not they have to sit through your DVD recording of four delightful hours of small children singing the numbers. Leave them to it while you go to your local pub/bar.

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By Jerome Apolda

Encounters of the third kind (Soundtrack included) (Interference noise growing louder…) In the classic US 60s TV series The Invaders, David Vincent believed “invaders” were among us—and I’m afraid he was right! They are here. They are queer. And they will abduct your friends, sequestering them away to get probed—if they’re lucky. And before you know it, those friends will be nothing but a distant memory. Much like David before me, I’m finding myself trying to convince a disbelieving world before it’s too late or (creepy space music playing) is it already too late? I encountered the first one just a few months ago. Initially, unaware of the danger, I shook the man’s hand. He—who shall remain nameless—had just started dating my good friend Juan. He introduced himself, then fell silent as though articulating his name had drained his energy. We drank beers, well, I drank beer. Glued to the hip, lost in each other’s gaze, the “invader” and Juan had forgotten to order. I grew suspicious. Not paying any attention to me or the friends that had just joined us, the couple withered into a corner, hip against hip, like a four legged creature frightened of the light. One beer led to another, and one bar to the next. They followed us to our next destination, walking hand in hand, oblivious to the world surrounding them. He—monstrous invader from outer space—kept sticking his tongue (assuming it was a tongue)—in Juan’s mouth as if (sound of a reptile hissing) searching for something. Having refused to enter the second bar, they stood outside, seemingly content in the cold and rain. They claimed they would wait for us there. I have not seen Juan since. The last thing I recall is his “lover’s” claws clutching him. Juan hasn’t answered any of our texts. His phone is always switched off and if that wasn’t enough to worry us, he hasn’t updated his Facebook status in over a month! IN OVER A MONTH! I’m afraid to say so but: Juan is lost. He has been taken by a race of evil doers. A race I have named: Los Acaparadores (The Grabby Hoarders). A race of vile, needy, all-powerful, desperate queens whose sole purpose in life is to seal their prey away, luring them under a comfy blanket to spend a quiet night in. A never-ending quiet night in (sound of thunder)! Once caught, the poor victim has no way of escaping the grasp of their abductor. There is no turning back. We’re not safe. I repeat: we are NOT safe! They’re everywhere! Do not be fooled, even the straight ones among you are at risk! They can take whatever form they wish. They will prey on the weak. They will stop at nothing! Los Acaparadores are a disease. A disease that anyone can catch. And once you’ve caught it, there is no turning back: weeks, months, even years can be lost. Years of not seeing your loved ones. Years of TV reruns and takeaway candle-lit dinners (woman screaming in the distance). David Vincent used to identify the invaders because they were unable to move their little fingers….so check out their pinkies! I beg of you. If you see a stiff pinky: run, just run, before it’s too late (white noise slowly fading away)! For Bonus Fairy Tales go to: www.jerome-apolda.com

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Take in the Mercado Artesania (Craft Market) at Plaza de España before it closes on 5 Jan. 192 stalls have all kinds of hand-made treasures.

Marty Delfín dissects the past month’s news headlines

Flighty controllers Spain’s international image was tarnished on 3 December when about 300,000 passengers were left stranded across the nation after air traffic controllers held a wildcat strike. The chaos, which also disrupted air traffic across the continent, helped raise more questions among European leaders as to whether Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero really has a solid grip on power in this country. Air traffic controllers—a group of around 2,300—don’t want to see their wages cut but instead their workload decreased. They want to work 250 less hours per year for the same pay. After discovering that there had been abuse in the way these tower workers had been carrying out their shifts in the past, the government was far from happy. Public Works officials found that many controllers were clocking in extra hours without authorised permission in exchange for generous remunerations. A majority of them have been earning up to €250,000 annually—the highest among their European counterparts. In July, they crippled the nation’s airspace when they held a “sickout” in Barcelona in order to pressure the government to bow down to their terms before renegotiating their collective bargaining agreement. The Public Works Ministry and the Unión Sindical de Controladores Aéreos (USCA) sat down and, after long discussions, headed off what would have been a complete disaster for the nation’s air traffic at the height of summer. But on that first Friday in December the controllers once again thought they were in control. While the Cabinet was meeting to approve the latest round of austerity measures, including the privatisation of Madrid and Barcelona airports, the controllers began calling in

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sick. The covert walkout was being carried out as thousands of people were getting ready to depart for the long five-day Constitution holiday weekend. The 24-hour tower tantrum caught the Cabinet, as well as the USCA, by surprise. It enraged stranded Spaniards who saw their plans for their weekend get-away dissipate. The government decided that there was only one way to deal with the situation, regain an upper hand and restore sanity. A “state of alert” clause was invoked from the Constitution, which would make striking controllers face sedition charges if they didn’t climb back up into the towers. When the officials from the controllers’ union, who were all staying in a hotel near Barajas International Airport, were contacted by the government, they all believed they were going to finally sit down and negotiate. But it wasn’t just any bureaucrat who was calling on them— it was Constantino Méndez, the Secretary of State for Defence. “I have come to inform you about your situation,” Méndez told the eight USCA representatives, according to an El País summary of the events. “Public Works isn’t in charge anymore. If this isn’t solved by the morning, the Cabinet is going to sign a decree calling a state of alarm and the militarisation of not only the airspace but of all of you.” Taken aback, the USCA officials still demanded to negotiate. “None of you understand. Public Works is no longer in charge. You are now dealing with the Secretary of the State for Defence,” Méndez countered. No Spanish government had invoked such emergency powers since democracy was restored in 1975. By 4pm on 4 December the controllers began returning to their towers and the situation began to normalise.

Diplomatic behaviour leaked If we are to take the diplomats at the US Embassy on Calle Serrano as psychics of the first order, then we should believe that Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero won’t run for office in 2012. Their crystal ball tells Washington that not even the very popular Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba will step in to fill Zapatero’s shoes as many Spanish pundits believe. No, instead it will be Carme Chacón; she wants the top job and is trying to make the most of her tenure at the Ministry of Defence to her benefit. These juicy observations, speculations and assessments which at times verge on the malicious are contained in a trove of secret cablegrams that are now part of the WikiLeaks release collection. This famous cache of ear-perking titbits will go down in history, not for only setting the record straight, but for also revealing a diplomat’s penchant for dishing out dirt. El País was one of five newspapers given prior access to the cablegrams by WikiLeaks and published a daily series all through last month. Among the other surprising revelations were allegations by US diplomats that illustrated how Spanish prosecutors exerted tremendous pressure on the Socialist government to derail High Court investi-

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gations targeting US officials for Iraqi-related war crimes. Former US Ambassador Eduardo Aguirre, along with visiting US lawmakers, met secretly with prosecutors and Spanish government officials to demand that steps be taken to keep the High Court from carrying out the inquiries that were focused on torture at Guantánamo prison, secret CIA rendition flights, and the killing of a Spanish journalist in Iraq by US forces. According to one cable, Aguirre, who was stationed in Madrid from 2005-2008, told a senior Socialist official in 2007 that he “was running out of patience.” The US Embassy spokesman in Madrid, Thomas Genton, said he regretted and condemned the leaks but stated that in no way were these personal missives the only frameworks used in drafting foreign policy.

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Famous for its incredible Renfe station, Atocha is found in the district of Arganzuela, to the south-east of central Madrid. Palos de la Frontera and Delicias border it to the south, whilst further south still lies Legazpi. To the west, beyond Embajadores metro, are Acacias and Pirámides, and to the north, crossing Ronda de Atocha, you’ll find Lavapiés.

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What’s it like? While Atocha itself is a hub of business and travel, its name tends to be applied to the whole surrounding area, including Palos de la Frontera and Delicias that make up one of the most liveable zones of the entire city. Apart from the infamous seven-story dance club Kapital on Ronda de Atocha, you won’t find the much of nutty nightlife of Malasaña or Chueca here; rather, the regular rhythms of everyday Spanish vida y tradición provide constant points of interest, along with a good deal of semi-hidden secrets.

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History The nearby Prado Museum is home to a work by artist Francisco Bayeu entitled Paseo de las Delicias, which provides a colourful glimpse into what used to be one of the most frequented routes of the city. The 18th century tree-lined passage connected the noble area surrounding the Prado with the Río Manzanares, and sunny Sunday afternoons would often find it full of all sorts of bourgeoisie. Atocha station, Part of the giant greenhouse at the station taking its name from the nearby basilica of Our Lady of Atocha, is the biggest in Madrid and has had quite a turbulent history. First opened in 1851, the station was largely destroyed by a fire several years later. With the help of architect Alberto de Palacio y Elissague, who had previously worked with Gustave Eiffel, it was rebuilt and reopened in 1892. In the early 1990s the old station was converted into a shopping area, also housing an impressive tropical garden, and a modern station was designed by Rafael Moreno, partly to serve the new high-speed AVE trains. More recently, on the morning of the 11 March 2004, a series of bombs were set off on the Cercanias lines connecting with the station. The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed 191 people and injured over 1,500 passengers. An 11m tall glass cylinder stands outside Atocha as a memorial.

Ronda de Atocha, looking down Pº Santa María de la Cabeza, El Pando on the right

its savoury namesake dish is flattened, fried bananas served with various tangy sauces. The fresh pressed juices, including guayábana and mango, taste extra sweet when accompanied by the live Latin rhythms and dance on Wednesday nights. Casa Ecuador, found on Calle Batalla del Salado, is constantly buzzing with aficionados of its Bandera plate, a triple combo of guatita (tripe stew), limey ceviche, and arroz con pollo. The Ecuadorianstyle empanadas here are an enormous and economical choice too. Keeping to the Latin-flavoured theme, there’s a friendly Mexican place, Taco y Tapa Bar, on Calle Labrador that’s got it all—great décor, great food, great people. They serve a menu del día all day long for just 9, as well as the best mole and tacos in town and, most attractively, have great prices for drinks— 1 cañas, and 2 tequila shots. For something a little more Spanish, well, a lot more Spanish actually, Freiduria de Gallinejas on Calle Embajadores offers Spanish castizo offal in a warmly decorated restaurant that’s been around for more than half a century. Samarkanda, located within Atocha station, is a unique, smart and colonial style café surrounded by tropical gardens, creating an illusion of dining on Mediterranean cuisine in an oasis, not the middle of Madrid’s central train station. It can make a perfect stop-off for a luxurious coffee or delicious cocktail.

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The area is predominantly Spanish singles and families, with pockets of university students and immigrants thrown in for good measure. As such, housing is quite reasonable, with decent rooms going for 300-450 per month, sometimes including gastos if you get lucky. If you’re looking for your own place, cute studios can be found from 500 per month. In terms of proximity to just about everywhere in Madrid, it’s hard to find a better bargain.

The train station hosts some upscale shopping, but there are plenty of other regular stores to explore. Humana, a second-hand clothing shop on Paseo de las Delicias, offers extraordinary bargains on long-outdated styles, so retro they just might be hip again. The barrio also hosts a range of grocery shops, including El Huerto 2, a little Latin market on the corner of Calle Ferrocarril and Batalla del Salado. The owners stock a huge range of southof-the-border products, from dried beans sold by weight to fresh tamales which they’ll heat up behind the counter, as well as cold Coronitas for just 1.10. The Mercadona building on Paseo Santa María de la Cabeza is a mish-mash of market stalls ranging from fresh fruit and veggies to quality kitchenware. Amongst the variety of vendors be sure not to miss the well-stocked and extremely friendly Frutas y Verduras Manolo y Angelines, where the shopkeepers will get absolutely anything for you on special order. There’s also Mundifruit, full of fresh herbs galore along with speciality goods and intriguing preserved curiosities, and La Boutique del Queso, containing a gorgeous spread of quality cheeses from Spain and abroad.

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Atocha is certainly not short of locations to drink and snack. El Museo de Patatas, on Calle Ferrocarril, is a starchy take on a more famous Spanish chain proclaiming jamón. The heaping raciones of Segovian potatoes pair beautifully with several rounds of cheap cañas. La Maison Belge, on Paseo Santa María de la Cabeza, is the source for more than 250 different Belgian brews, presented in their wonderfully-styled glasses, whilst Bodegas Rosell, dating from 1920 on Calle General Lacy, is also worth checking out, not least for its famous and picturesque exterior tiles. Atocha is also a watering hole for taxi drivers working the night shift and sitting on one end of Ronda de Atocha you’ll find El Pando, the first of various cafeterías dotted down the right hand side of Santa María de la Cabeza. These are great places to get egg and chips and a steamy-hot coffee at four or five in the morning, whilst you form part of a colourful mix of clientele including late-night revellers, barflys and street cleaners. Just keep an eye on your bag!

It’s impossible not to mention the proximity to the famous Parque del Buen Retiro and Museo Reina Sofía, and Ronda de Valencia can lay claim to the artistic and creative hotspot of La Casa Encendida, a cultural centre that hosts frequently changing exhibitions and offers a large variety of art courses. Teatro Circo Price, on the Ronda de Atocha, provides a variety of programmes with a circus twist. Acrobatics workshops, international comedians, concerts, jazz festivals and trapeze performances are just a few of the attractions. If you prefer lesser known museums, then don’t overlook the Museo del Ferrocarril (that’s trains— located on Paseo de las Delicias), which also houses a small theatre, Museo de Etnologia (C/Alfonso XII) or the working museum of the Real Fabrica de Tapices (C/Fuenterrabía), about which InMadrid will run a full article soon.

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Best restaurants Calle de las Delicias’ Patacón Pisao is perhaps the best Colombian eatery in the city;

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staff and irish atmosphere. c/Marqués de Urquijo, 10. Tel: 91 548 37 93. just 50m from M Arguelles

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Anything else? Nestled between Atocha and the Real Jardín Botanico you’ll find Cuesta de Claudio Moyano, a pedestrianised street that’s been home to secondhand booksellers since 1925. There are 30 stalls, open daily, with book prices starting from 1.

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

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Keeping you in the picture Want to follow in the steps of Clint Eastwood, Cary Grant or Matt Damon? Silver-screen-spain.com is unlocking Spain’s hidden movie locations. Creator Bob Yareham tells Jeff Wiseman about the project and its potential

Footsteps of the famous “Set-jetting” is a tourism trend whereby people visit a place because of its connection with a film or TV series. There are famous examples: Portmeirion in North Wales has long attracted crowds as the location for the classic 1960s TV series The Prisoner, and hardly any visitor to Salzburg can resist a quick chorus of “Do-ReMi” in the city’s Mirabell Gardens as homage to The Sound of Music (Sonrisas y Langrimas). Most recently, New Zealand became an essential destination for Lord of the Rings fans, with large chunks of the movie trilogy having been shot there. Spain, however, has often been overlooked in this market, yet after the UK, the country is the most production-friendly in Europe. As Bob’s research progressed, he dedicated his own holidays to visiting places such as Almeria, the Costa Brava and areas surrounding Madrid in order to gather information and take photos. The films that he investigated and documented often threw up a surprise or two. “The Pride and the Passion,” says Bob, “which was made in 1957 and starred Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren, was an interesting look at the Spanish War of Independence. It was

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amusing to see the guerrillas—a word that came into English from Spanish at that time—pulling a huge cannon out of El Escorial and directly through the aqueduct of Segovia!” Once Bob had accumulated sufficient articles, he knew that he would have to cast an IT expert in order to develop the website. “I needed an IT person who was

scenes of Ancient Rome, and Angel pointed out its influence upon the makers of Ben Hur. Also, David Rubio, who showed my wife and I around Coca castle where Camelot, the musical starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, was shot. Surprisingly, the official tour going on at the same time didn’t even mention the making of the film, which was a major event for the town in 1967.” The project was also circulated to a network of English teachers in schools throughout the country, encouraging students in areas where films were made to talk to their grandparents in order to unlock their memories and reveal any tales about productions, directors, actors and crew. Perhaps just as important is pursuing the thousands of Spanish extras who made up that essential part of any battle scene—the armies. Soldiers of Mark Anthony, Rommel, Richard the Lionheart, Richard III and Cromwell have all rampaged across Spanish soil for motion picture benefit. Photo: wikicommons

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t’s easy to picture Kirk Douglas as Spartacus, Omar Sharif as Doctor Zhivago or even Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan the Barbarian. They’re icons who have stamped their character’s image on the pages of movie history. But it takes a leap of imagination to picture the same Hollywood greats strutting the same roles in the vicinity of Madrid. Spartacus in Alcalá de Henares? Doctor Zhivago in Las Matas? Conan in Colmenar Viejo? Despite the big names and unlikely places, they are perfectly legitimate combinations because the movies were filmed in those locations. So why aren’t such intriguing connections more widely known and utilised? The question gives rise to a story that’s almost epic itself. Cut to Valencia; enter English teacher Bob Yareham. For some years Bob wrote a column for an English language newspaper based on the coast which he gradually developed to incorporate a theme of cinema tourism. “Living in Valencia, everybody knows that the film El Cid uses Peñiscola as a location, and that the film revolutionised the town,” he explains, “I found the subject of cinema tourism like a jigsaw puzzle, where so much information was scattered around, but nobody had brought it together.” The idea of creating a website became part of the story, entwined with a plan to put Spain on the map as a “set-jetting” destination.

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interested in the cinema, the English language and like me is always inspired by a worthwhile project rather than wealth or fame.” Enter telecommunications engineer Juan Jose Cermeño.

Action! Working together, Bob and Juan have created silverscreen-spain.com, a website that lists more than 500 movies that have used Spain as a location. The task has taken them five years and the investigation, research and development has been a labour of love, during which time they spent a large amount of money, took no income, but were helped by an army of extras in the form of countless volunteers feeding information from all over the country. “Without doubt, the selfless help provided by local, amateur experts has been the most rewarding aspect. In Colmenar de Oreja, where part of The Return of the Seven was made, there was Angel Benito, the Director of the Museum for the artist Ulpiano Checa. Checa’s paintings depict dramatic

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Disappointingly, with minor exceptions, the Spanish tourist authorities, heritage organisations and film commissions have ignored the project and have shown no interest in collaborating or helping to promote it. It’s an odd response for what could be a lucrative and successful line of new business, especially considering that there are few important stars or directors who have not worked in Spain. Even just a glance at the 500 films detailed on the website identifies major movies and players. Set-jetters can find Spielberg’s prisoner of war camp for Empire of the Sun in Trebujena, Cádiz, or the location of the final scene of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Covarrubias, Burgos. There’s also Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Almeria), Kingdom of Heaven (Avila cathedral and Huesca), and Clash of the Titans (Tenerife). You can even follow the footsteps of Katherine Hepburn in The Trojan Women by visiting the tiny village of Atienza near Guadalajara. Focusing on the Comunidad de Madrid, more than 150 English language films make the cut. In conjunction with silver-screen-spain.com, InMadrid plans to carry a short feature each month detailing one of the “Made in Madrid” movies, looking at the plot, the places and the players. In addition, if any readers can help Bob and Juan by way of stories, photos or background information about any movie, big or small, shot on Spanish soil, they would be delighted to hear from you. Bob can be contacted at bobyareham@gmail.com. Cut; roll closing titles, and fade as the sun sets over the Palacio Real. ■ CAMINO MARTÍNEZ

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Sometimes you need more than just a good book—you need something special. Madrid has a number of singlesubject bookshops, and our search reveals havens for cookery, music, travel, cinema and language addicts. Read on!

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Aliana. This culinary bookshop has been open for more than 20 years, and hosts a range of over 5,000 titles. Recipe books are naturally key features, and Spanish and local gastronomy books are another highlight. A plethora of editions devote themselves to famous chefs, food products

(cheese, mushrooms, rice, wine, chocolate, even cigars), tapas, aphrodisiac foods, vegetarian dishes and dieting books. There’s a great kids section too! C/General Varela, 6. (Metro: Santiago Bernabéu). Tel: 91 770 00 15. www.alianagastronomia.com. Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm, 5-8pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.

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El Argonauta. Arguably the best music bookshop in Madrid, amateurs and professionals can find all sorts of titles here, from novels about musicians to books about every musical genre and period, in several languages. They also sell biographies, scores and songbooks. C/Fernández de los Ríos, 50. (Metro: Islas Filipinas/Moncloa). Tel: 91 543 94 41. www.elargonauta.com. Mon-Fri, 10am8pm; Sat, 10.30am-2.30pm.

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De viaje. A gigantic travel bookshop, divided into three sections: a travel agency, a shop (full of products to help you travel all over the world) and of course, its very own book department. Travellers, tourists or anyone with wanderlust will find a large range of novels, history books, guides and maps—everything you need to get to grips with any foreign landscape, city or culture.

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Ocho y Medio. Decorated with pictures of the Seventh Art, this bookshop could only specialise in cinema, and in fact it’s the only bookshop in Madrid entirely devoted to it. Boasting more than 2,500 titles classified by film, director, actor or genre, and written in Spanish and many other languages, this is a must-visit for movie fans. C/Martín de los Heros, 11 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 541 74 38. www.ochoymedio.com. Mon-Sat, 10am2pm, 5-8.30pm.

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Getting well connected If ET mentioned phoning home today, he’d have phone operators chasing him round the planet. All of them want your business—but if you’re just looking to call across borders or continents, which offer the best options? Andrew Sheehan investigates

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hether it’s Christmas, New Year or any other holiday season, sooner or later you have to part from your family and friends. “Keep in touch” or “give us a call” are popular parting comments, but with so many ways and means of communicating in the digital age, which are the cheapest and most effective? From the enormous telecom market, we’ve managed to identify a few competitive players, which means you may be able to call Mum, Dad, brother, sister and even Great Uncle Harold without all of the funds disappearing from your bank account.

Jajah Jajah is an internet based phone service, which acts as an intermediary between you and the person that you want to call. The caller logs into their Jajah account, and inputs the desired phone number. Skype: you never know when Brad Pitt might give you a tinkle Jajah calls the numbers of both the caller and receiver, then connects the two lines. The savings come from the fact that you are talking through Jajah’s systems, not your phone operator’s. No software is required, and the company also offer cheap landline calls, the details for which can be found on their website. Jajah’s calling rates can be found at www.jajah.com/prices.

Google Google Talk is a chat service, which allows users to communicate via audio and/or video. Gmail users are automatically users of Google Talk. The Google Talk chat client can be downloaded from the following URL www.google.com/talk/. By installing the “Video and Voice plugin”, (also available at the previous URL) users can be chatting away in minutes with audio and video when they log into Google. All communication over Google Talk is free of charge, the only requirement being that users on both ends have Google Talk accounts and of course internet connections. To create an account, go to talk.google.com.

Skype Skype is the grandfather of internet calling and usually the default choice when it comes to making international phone calls; in fact over 10% of all international calls are placed via Skype. It runs on all popular operating systems, and on a variety of mobile platforms. Skype calls from your mobile can be placed over your 3G connection (directly with your mobile company) if a Wi-Fi network is not available; however placing calls via 3G will eat up your data allowance. Skype also supports chatting and video calls (provided users on both ends have the necessary hardware). Another feature, Skype To Go numbers, is a great way to enjoy cost savings without being tied to your computer. The feature lets you assign a local number for your location to someone who would normally be long distance. For example, if I’m travelling in New York, I can assign a local number to my wife’s Spanish cell phone. I then call the local number whilst in New York and Skype will connect me directly to her mobile in Spain at low cost. This works essentially the same way as the Jajah service mentioned earlier, so that calling through Skype’s system saves on long distance charges. Skype To Go cannot yet assign a

Vonage Vonage is a US-Based internet phone operator, which has recently released the Vonage Mobile Facebook App. If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch (2nd Generation or newer), or Android phone, you can download this app to your mobile for free. With Vonage Mobile you can talk to any of your Facebook friends anywhere in the world, as long as they also have the app, free of charge. To make calls your phone must be connected to the internet via either a Wi-Fi network or 3G connection (my own experience suggests that calls over Wi-Fi have much better quality, and calling over 3G will use up your data allowance). Once installed on your phone and registered, the application will automatically list any of your Facebook friends who also have the Vonage Mobile App installed. You can then immediately begin calling. For more information go to www.vonagemobile.com/facebook. Vonage also provides a regular phone service in which users pay a fixed monthly rate and maintain a phone number. It works by connecting a small “Vonage adapter” to your existing internet connection, to which you then attach your telephone. Vonage subscribers are able to call any numbers in the US and Canada, as well as most landlines in Western Europe at no additional charge. Rates vary per country, for more info check out www.vonage.com, and select your country in the top left hand corner of the home page.

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local Spanish number, so it’s a service that works only if you’re calling to Spain from abroad, but local numbers are available for many other countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK. The To Go service can be a great solution for family and friends back home to get in touch with you easily. Another useful feature of Skype is the ability to set a permanent Caller ID for your outbound calls. By setting the ID, people receiving your calls will see the phone number you specify, rather than a random number or “unknown” caller. Skype’s rates can be found here http://www.skype.com/intl/en/prices.

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It’s all downhill from here The Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada tend to hog Spain’s skiing limelight, but as Kedzie Teller and Richard Martin discover, the mountains of Madrid can offer some snowy gems too

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This gorgeous range of trails has all the tools to satiate your cravings to ski, and best of all, you should manage to make it down the mountain in one piece. Split into two sections–high and low–Navacerrada is Madrid’s closest ski resort, providing frosty winter fun for natives and tourists of all skill levels. Beginners will be happy to stick to the resort’s well-maintained lower runs while adventurous intermediates and lower-level advanced skiers will want to hop aboard lifts to the mountains’ higher slopes in search of bigger challenges. With picturesque scenery and renowned ski-school staff, nonskiers and those looking to learn will have plenty to keep them entertained too. Enjoy a long day of excitement on the mountain and be sure to chill out in the evening at one of the many surrounding restaurants.

If you’re getting a little bored with the casual or even bland skiing at other resorts, you might want to venture out to the chilly mountains of La Pinilla where you’re sure to find the rush you’re looking for. La Pinilla boasts some of the most challenging, though not outrageous, runs available close to Madrid, allowing intermediate and highly skilled skiers and boarders the opportunity to carve, slalom, jump, twist and shred. With a decently sized “snowpark” available, tricksters and freestyling pros will be able to practice some of their favourite moves, though the facilities probably won’t provide enough room for an Olympic gold performance. Regardless, La Pinilla offers some of the largest variations of higher level options. Extreme-Sports enthusiasts will be happy to know the area also provides facilities for mountain biking during the summer.

Bus: 691 from Moncloa. See www.autobuseslarrea.com Train: From Chamartin or Atocha, change at Cercedilla for Cotos. First train leaves at 8.02am from Atocha/8.16am from Charmatin daily, returns weekdays at 5.43pm and on weekends at 6.43pm. See www.renfe.es Opening hours: 9am-5pm Lift pass: 25 weekdays ( 18 half day), 30 weekends/holidays Equipment hire: 20 skis, 30 snowboards Ski runs: 17 skier and snowboarder friendly runs Photo (CC) flickr: dirk_groeger

Valdesqui Want to check out your favourite ski location’s conditions before you go? Valdesqui uses webcams accessible on the resort’s website to show off the mountain’s current conditions. Lacking any high-level slopes, Valdesqui provides a perfect getaway for skiers and snowboarders looking for a snowy paradise to hone their skills on its large selection of runs—just don’t

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Bus: From Plaza Castilla, see www.continental-auto.es Opening hours: 9am-4.30pm Lift pass: 34 adults, 29 children under 12 Equipment hire: 23 to 29 per day, available on site Ski runs: Blue and red intermediate runs

La Covatilla A stunning site located in the peaks of the Sierra de Béjar, La Covatilla welcomes skiers and snowboarders to bask in the beauty of the Spanish mountains while enjoying a day of winter fun. The resort is most noted for its polite staff and beginner-friendly slopes, though it does offer a selection of intermediate runs. Covatilla is an eco-friendly resort that encourages guests to maintain the mountain’s purity and wellbeing, not only by closely monitoring littering, but also by reducing sound contamination which could disturb wildlife. Be sure to get to the mountain early as its sole lift to

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expect to be the only one with that plan; the resort is known for long curling queues around its lifts. Maybe it’s the seven snow machines guaranteeing open runs that keep the madrileños returning week after week. Bus: 684 from Moncloa. See www.autobuseslarrea.com Train: From Chamartin or Atocha, change at Cercedilla for Cotos. First train leaves at 8.02am from Atocha/8.16am from Charmatin daily, returns weekdays at 5.43pm and on weekends at 6.43pm. Free shuttle bus from Cotos station to Valdesqui. See www.renfe.es Opening hours: 9am-4.15pm Lift pass: 37 ( 21 half day) Equipment hire: 20 skis, 30 snowboards Ski runs: 27 beginner and intermediate runs

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Why did you decide to move to Madrid? I graduated last June with a HUGE student loan and really needed to get myself a real job instead of travelling the world like I really wanted to. A great role was published on Linked-In for a job based in Madrid and so I thought, “why the hell not?” and ended up moving to Madrid a week later. What job do you do here? I work for a major international drinks company on their graduate training scheme. I have to complete three rotations within Marketing and Sales; I started off working in Category Management and am now in my second role, as a Key Account Manager.

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How did you get the job? The interview process was all very quick: an online application then a telephone interview, conducted with no prior warning, in Spanish! And then I flew out to Madrid a couple of days later to do a selection day including a group dynamic session, an individual interview, a role play etc. Fortunately I found the whole process entertaining, though in hindsight I guess it could be a pretty scary prospect for a lot of people.

What’s been difficult about moving to/living in Madrid? Adapting to Spanish culture. My father is Colombian, so I have sangre caliente (hot blood) and thought I would find it easy to fit in with the Southern Europeans—but it turns out I still had a culture shock. Fortunately, after a year in the city I almost feel like a local. Is it what you’d planned for? It all happened so fast that I found myself here before I knew it and so I had no real expectations. Work-wise Spain is going through a rough time at the moment, but that makes it an interesting market to learn in. Socially Madrid is a great city and I’ve found it a really fun place to party and meet new people. What major differences have you found in the work/culture environment compared to home? People shout….a lot! People swear constantly and not just any swear words! We have long lunch breaks, nobody eats at their desks and nobody can talk to anyone until we have all had our first coffee of the day, or three! What are your long term plans? My third role should be back in the UK so really my plan is to enjoy Madrid as much as possible while I’m here—and maybe learn flamenco before I go! ■ INTERVIEW BY TOM BURGESS

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In conjunction with www.silver-screenspain.com, each month we focus on an English language movie made in the comunidad. Whether you want to set-jet in the footsteps of the stars or play scene-spotting with a DVD, the clues start here. And...action!

The Spanish Affair (Aventura para dos) Release date: 1957 Stars: Carmen Sevilla, Richard Kiley, José Guardiola Director: Don Siegel, Luis Marquina The Spanish Affair is a little known and unusual movie that was filmed in many Spanish cities, including not only Madrid but also Barcelona, Segovia, Toledo and Granada. A romantic travelogue, the plot concerns an American architect (Richard Kiley) discovering the “real” Spain, especially flamenco dancing. He falls for his guide Mari (Carmen Sevilla), who’s torn between him and her gypsy heritage. Matters are complicated by her betrothal to gypsy king Antonio (José Guardiola). Sadly, however, an original print of the film no longer exists. “The last printed copies rotted away in a Paramount vault years ago,” Brian Odlum, son of producer Bruce Odlum, advised silver-screen-spain.com. “Fortunately, a VCR tape copy was made before the film was lost, and that tape was used to make a DVD, which I have in my possession. Bruce Odlum was very sensitive to the arrogance and narrow-mindedness of many Americans abroad in the years following the Second World War, and the film attempts to show an American in Spain genuinely learning something about himself through the values of a foreign culture. “It’s somewhat condensed and stylised for Hollywood consumption,” he continued, “but on the whole it accurately represents Spanish culture as it existed fifty years ago. The guitarist in the Madrid subterranean bar scene is real, a local ‘discovery’, whose artistry is featured throughout the film’s soundtrack. So too are the two young dancers in a Gypsy campfire scene— they were not choreographed.” In Madrid, staying in the Hotel Palace, director Don Siegel couldn’t get permission to use paintings from El Prado for the film, and apparently had to bribe somebody to allow him to take his shots, which can be seen with the opening credits. The opening scene was also filmed in El Prado, where a businessman, pending meeting the protagonist, tells his secretary, Mari (Carmen Sevilla): “We must practise our English because, like most Americans, he speaks no Spanish.” Spanish actor José Guardiola dubbed a huge number of English language Director Don Siegel Photo: festivalsansebastian.com films. Most famously for Spanish audiences he was the voice of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, but he also regularly dubbed John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee and Robert Mitchum.

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Tapping into Madrid’s finest watering holes

Tessa White tries a new menu designed to fight the biting cold in a delicious and traditional way

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s winter embraces Madrid, chefs Jaime Tejero y Antonio Gallego at Restaurante El 18 in barrio Salamanca have created a wonderful menu, which is partly seasonal and partly nostalgic. Las Recetas de la Abuela (grandmother’s recipes) offer wholesome, traditional Spanish fare, based on hearty stews and classic desserts, that are guaranteed to banish those winter blues and promise to warm the cockles of your heart without burning a hole in your pocket. On a chilly Saturday afternoon, the staff at El 18 offer a warm reception. We settle into a two and a half hour lunch with a quick aperitif at the stylish and spacious bar before being escorted to a snug corner seat in the restaurant. Struggling free from my winter woollies I survey the surroundings. Decorated in chocolate and cream tones and boasting rustic flower arrangements this restaurant has a cosy yet modern feel. Smart seating, soft lighting and unintrusive background music serve to create an instantly relaxing ambience. We start to satisfy our appetites with plump homemade croquetas, together with tortilla, chorizo and stuffed olives, while deliberating over the menu choices. The main courses are a selection of classic Spanish cocido options. The closest English equivalent would be a bean stew, but that description really doesn’t do justice to the varieties of beans and flavours that the Spanish dishes hold. We opt for verdinas con cocochas de bacalao (cod & green beans) and judias con rabo de toro y setas (oxtail, white beans & mushroom), although other temptations include pochas con langostinos y berberechos (beans with shrimps & cockles) and lentejas con foie (lentils with foie gras). The recommended and very reasonably priced red wines are a 2008 Montecastrillo DO Riberia at 12.50 and a 2001 Beamonte DO Navarra at 10.50. We choose the first, which proves ideal for the meal. Our food appears in timely fashion in quaint individual ceramic casserole dishes, well-portioned and accompanied by a basket stacked with warm bread rolls. The cod is slightly smokey and melts deliciously in the mouth. Nestled in a light, fresh white sauce and with crunchy vibrant green beans this is a tasty and aesthetically

Where? C/Fernando el Católico, 77 (Metro: Moncloa/Arguelles). Tel: 91 549 29 68. www.chapandaz.com When? Every day of the year from 1pm to 3am, and at weekends until 3.30am.

pleasing plate. Delightfully, the oxtail is a complete contrast in flavour and appearance. The succulent meat falls apart on the tongue releasing a dark, aromatic taste sensation. Chewy shiitake mushrooms and white beans buried in a rich sauce christen this a deep and full-bodied dish. The fruity undertones of the Montecastrillo strike a perfect balance with the dense, earthy textures of the food. From the surtidos de postres variados (selection of desserts), I naturally find just enough room for a light whisky cream tart which packs a pleasant punch, whilst my partner opts for a devilishly moreish chocolate mousse topped with fresh raspberries. The set cost of Las Recetas de la Abuela menu, lunchtimes and evening, is a very affordable 11, which includes main course, bread, drink & dessert or coffee. It’s designed to combat the biting cold of the Madrid winter, a task that for us it more than fulfilled. We left feeling warm and rosy, and would heartily recommend battling the elements to pay this restaurant a well-deserved visit.

Restaurante El 18, C/Castelló, 18 (Metro: Velázquez) Tel: 91 575 28 66. Mon, 1.30-4pm; Tues-Sat, 1.30-4pm, 9-12pm; La Barra del 18, 8am-12pm. See www.el18.es

¡Pour favor! What to drink this month Like Champagne in France and Prosecco in Italy, Cava is Spain’s, or rather Catalonia’s, celebratory sparkling wine. However unlike its French and Italian colleagues, Cava is quite affordable. This comes in part from a lack of international prestige and also from a lower level of quality. Though there are some great cavas out there, they are much harder to find, and part of Cava’s charm is its people-friendly price. To help you choose, we selected three different bottles, including drier styles, from two producers—Segura Viudas Brut Reserva and Freixenet Extra Seco, plus Freixenet Brut.

Appearance All three exhibit a very pale yellow, similar to manzanilla sherry. The only difference is the excited sparkle effect of the high effervescence (bubbliness); bubbles are both big and small—more than most wines, appearance varies depending on glassware.

Aroma None of these three wines have a very strong aroma. You can find light fruits like pear, green apple, or white grape. However the tradition of pouring to the rim of a flute glass aims at maximising oral sensation and leaves little room for olfactory enjoyment, which fits a style of wine also developed with the mouth in mind. Take a whiff to prepare if you wish, or just start sipping.

What? El Chapandaz, affectionately known as the “Cave Bar”, is the perfect mix of a bar and disco. Tucked away on a hidden stairway near C/Princesa, this bar has been attracting the masses since 1971, with its unique look and its delicious “Leche de Pantera”. As you venture into its interior it’s easy to believe that you have stumbled into a real cave in the heart of the city. The lighting is toned down to a mere glow, somewhat like a light at the end of a dark tunnel. The walls, made of corroded rock, are rough and pronounced, whilst the ceiling is formed by sheets of rock, hanging down, from which runs a curious white liquid. It is, in fact, the bar’s famous drink, “Leche de Pantera,” dripping from the ceiling into huge glass goblets, ready for a group of five to share. The music is a mix of pop, electronic, funk, reggae and salsa. The floor area isn’t huge, but certainly large enough to rock out to the funky tunes without hitting your head on the rocks that jut out from the ceiling above. People? Each night the cave is packed with an array of different “leche lovers”. There is a nice mix of foreigners and Spaniards who come to enjoy the unique atmosphere, while a younger crowd are just now discovering it, as word of mouth is quickly spreading. Of course, the older crowd cannot seem to get enough of the famous milk they grew up on. Drinks? The famous “Leche de Pantera” that runs down from the ceiling contains milk, rum, gin, cinnamon, and a touch of orange liqueur. It comes in huge goblets, with five different sizes costing from 9 euros to 23 euros. Sharing is recommended unless you want to end up on the floor of the cave. The bar also boasts another famous “big body”

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Freixenet Extra Seco /Freixenet Brut DO: Cava. Non-Vintage, Indigenous grape blend. 11.5% ABV. Available from almost every supermarket, prices from €5

Taste Segura Viudas: After the shock of the bubbles, you notice that this is a light, low-acid wine. Some Champagnes are famed for their smooth, almost soft effervescence. This is not the case with most Cavas. Discernable fruits such as white grape and pear blend with an almost salty flavour, another similarity to manzanilla, though no one would mistake a sip of one for the other. A sweet honey aftertaste fades quickly. Freixenet Extra Seco: Add pineapple to the above fruit and then notice lemon-lime zest with higher acidity. Freixenet Brut: Though technically drier, the acid is less noticeable and the aftertaste contains a ripe lychee flavour.

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excellent with different cheeses; the simple fruit and bubbles match up well with both hard varieties and fresh. Saltiness comes out to match Manchego, and fruit intensifies with Chèvre. Try with grapes or the famous match-up of strawberries. Excellent fresheners with light, “fishy” seafood like shellfish, especially oysters, or caviar. Also, they can go well with light meats like veal.

Final thoughts First of all, don’t get too hung up on styles such as Brut or Extra Seco. Not only do sugar levels vary among producers, but often they are nearly indistinguishable between adjacent styles, as was the case with both Freixenets. Once you have your sugar preference more or less mapped out, stay in the neighbourhood. Don’t get Semi Seco if you love Brut Nature and you should be safe. After that, don’t expect too much from these wines. Their specialty lies as much in their ceremony as it does in their taste. The loud pop, the raised flutes, the toast, and the bubbles echoing the sparkle of elegant dresses and jewellery. While a great Cava (like Champagne) can be a revelation of clarity and elegance like a supernova, these affordable market bottles are more about enjoying special moments with lovers and friends, and doing so without worrying or fighting about the expense.

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The different aspects of these wines make them

drink named after the bar itself, “Chapandaz”, which contains gin, rum, whisky and lemon liqueur. This speciality, along with five others by the names of Adan, Eva, Vaca Molly, Salva, and JJ, are available at the bar. Anything Else? The name “Leche de Pantera”, which means panther’s milk, should give you a clue about the atmosphere of the bar. Enter at your own risk, and don’t forget to do something wild to win a “Chapandaz” t-shirt, or get one free if you buy four litres of their “leche”.

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More from Morton Best-selling author Kate Morton talks to Alexandra Light about sisterhood, success and her latest novel, The Distant Hours

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ot all writers love the media promotion that accompanies the release of their novel, so when Kate Morton assures me that doing publicity fails to wear her down and is something she actually enjoys, I have my doubts. However, it quickly becomes clear that she adores talking about her books; her passion for writing oozes into every word she utters and that, combined with her charm and enthusiasm, means our interview flows with ease. Australian-born Kate achieved her first huge success with The Shifting Fog, a romantic gothic mystery novel set in England. You may not recognise the title because it was renamed for UK publication, apparently because it was difficult for the English to attach any romantic notion to something as inconvenient as fog. On those shores it was called The House at Riverton. When released in 2007, the novel became a hit on the popular UK TV chat show Richard and Judy and won its Book Club summer prize, famed for having a very positive effect on sales. “I was sitting at home in Australia at two o’clock in the morning when the news came through by email that it had won,” Kate confesses, “It seemed unreal, although I was glad not to have been in England at the time, as it would have been too overwhelming.” The House at Riverton became the Sunday Times No. 1 best seller that year. Her next work was The Forgotten Garden, again set in England and containing the same gothic aspects which almost seem to have become her trademark.

Suitably inspired Four years on from the moment that Kate knew she had made it big in the publishing world, she has now completed her third work, The Distant Hours. Stretching to almost 700 pages, it’s an absorbing tale that weaves history and mystery, set in a crumbling castle that’s home to three elderly women—the Blythe sisters—and 50 years of secrets. With the arrival of a letter, lost for decades, the secrets are threatened to be revealed. The close and intense relationship between the sisters was easy for Kate to describe in detail as she has two sisters of her own. “You can love your siblings passionately, and also have a litany of resentment that closeness breeds,” she explains. Drawing on inspiration from her own life also extended to the narrator of The Distant Hours, a character who has an engrossing love of books. Had she not found success as a writer, Kate insists she would have owned a bookstore. “A dim and pokey bookstore, smelling of paper and ink and covered floor-to-ceiling with books. It’s a very romantic notion of bookselling, but it gives me an elevation of spirit.”

Stormy start The prologue to the novel is an excerpt from a tale called The True History of the Mud Man, written by the father of the Blythe sisters in the decaying tower of the castle. The story concerns a man stuck in the mud of a moat who is only set free once he has locked eyes with a young girl, and I tell Kate that I did an internet search on the title, believing it to be real. “I’m delighted,” she laughs, “You’ve made my day. The deadline was approaching for the novel, and I went to a mountain top retreat in the forest in South East Queensland, to tie up the loose ends. I was looking out of the window at a massive storm; trees were bending and flexing and the clouds were dark. The inspiration came all of a sudden. ‘A young girl looking out the window, something moving in the moat’. I wrote it within one night.” The overall journey for the completion of the book was an unusual one. “I was writing a manuscript, and had completT H E E N G L I S H - L A N G U A G E M O N T H LY

ed 60,000 words, and even though I was intellectually involved with it, I couldn’t connect emotionally. The Blythe sisters kept appearing in my mind, and I couldn’t continue with the existing work without giving them a voice. So I sat down and told myself that I would give the sisters one week; but the first night I knew I would never go back to the original.” Whereas she was used to fairly rigid plans for the plot of her books, The Distant Hours progressed with no such thing. “It made it liberating and organic,” she says, “but scary as there were no safety nets to fall back on.” Her need and desire to write almost borders on the pathological. “I get cranky when there is no other world going on inside my imagination,” she advises. There are always family considerations though—her husband Davin is a jazz musician and composer, and she has two little boys, aged seven and two. Is it difficult to write with two children to contend with? She’s adamant that it’s all for the good. “The children and writing are welcome distractions—each from the other!”

To be or...? Kate maintains that her groundbreaking success was completely unexpected. “My dreams weren’t that wild. I was delighted when my first book got picked up in Australia and there was a print run of 6,000 copies. This was the pinnacle of my hopes and expectations.” So has the international triumph that followed been a bonus? “Incomprehensible,” she admits, “and in my day to day life I still don’t understand it.” However, don’t imagine that it was completely out of the blue, or without the struggles and uncertainties that every writer experiences. Before The House at Riverton, she had written several manuscripts, all of which had been rejected. “The rejection was horrible. You spend a year on a book, pour everything into it and then you hear ‘no’”. In fact, at the outset, the idea of becoming a writer was quite distant and her first desire was to be in the Royal Shakespeare Company, to the extent that she travelled to London to do a summer course about the Bard at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She was tempted back to Australia to do a masters degree, which is when she started putting pen to paper. By the time she began The House at Riverton, her first baby kept her very much tied to her home, and she needed another world to go to whilst the baby slept. “I put everything I loved into the book. When you love what you’re doing, it translates. Keeping going after failure is important. Write what you love and keep doing it word by word until you reach the last page. You can’t edit a blank page; keep going and you can reach gold.” It’s fair to say that with more than three million copies of her books having now been sold, reaching gold is exactly what she’s done. W W W. I N M A D R I D . C O M

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Loving HATEM A lot has happened to Hola A Todo el Mundo (HATEM) since InMadrid spoke to them last year. Elise Carter catches up with the band to talk about their progress, performances and plans

aving released their debut album, made a music video and appeared on MTV during the last few months, Hola A Todo el Mundo are having to juggle their “normal” jobs alongside their hectic schedule of rehearsals and gigs. Even as I chat with them they are planning a DJ set for the following evening, an MTV interview, the week’s practice sessions and then a trip to Galicia consisting of four performances on four consecutive nights, all of which will be in their “time off”. For those of you that, until now, have been leading HATEM-less existences, the Madrid-based band consists of five members: Ari (guitar, vocals, mandolin, ukelele), Alvaro (banjo, bass), Ana (accordion, piano), Loreto (violin, glockenspiel) and Josh (drums). In addition, all of them play an impressive range of percussion instruments. Their music is best defined as folk-indie, with comparisons to be made with Arcade Fire and Vetiver, for whom they were the support band last year.

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November gig in Madrid was packed and the atmosphere superb. Audience members were even invited onto the stage to play with the band for the final song, although thankfully they were only let loose on the minor percussion instruments. Most of the people at the gig were dancing or smiling, making a refreshing change from the beard-stroking indie aficionados that usually congregate in such venues. There is a real sense that HATEM are trying to break down the traditional band/fan hierarchy and create more of a symbiotic relationship between the musicians and their public.

Breaking Andalucia Shows in Madrid are always close to full capacity and audience numbers elsewhere in the country are steadily increasing, but so far, with the exception of a few gigs in Portugal, the group has remained in Spain. Ari recognizes that in Madrid there is a guaranteed audience for their style of indie music, but admits that it’s harder to attract listeners in other regions. “In Andulacia they love their ‘pescaditos fritos’ [little fried fish], but it’s more difficult for indie bands”. According to his analogy, if you’re a fried sardine it seems that you’re guaranteed to satisfy Andalucian taste buds, but if you’re an indie band from Madrid it’s not quite so easy. Nonetheless, with over 600 attendees at a recent gig in Seville, it appears that discerning Spaniards are starting to take note. Their live performances are exceptional: inclusive, warm and uplifting. A

Most of the people at the gig were dancing or smiling, making a refreshing change from the beard-stroking indie aficionados that usually congregate in such venues”

Poetic licence This inclusivity is fitting for a group that has taken its name from Walt Whitman’s Salut au Monde, a poem that speaks in the vernacular to the people, for the people. Ari acknowledges that Whitman’s influence is not limited to their name, but extends to the lyrics and to the music itself. Whitmanesque lines such as “All the Rivers! All the mountains! Are believers” are peppered throughout their album, with constant references to the natural environment and our relationship with it. “I was reading Whitman at the time of writing and I definitely think his influence has a presence on the

album,” comments Ari. HATEM’s eponymous debut album feels very organic in form, with some songs lasting a mere two minutes twenty seconds, whilst the longest runs to more than ten minutes, indicating that they have not tried to conform to the standardised album structure. It takes the listener on a journey; shades of melancholy weave into the album, but the tracks are, overall, optimistic and illuminating. It paints the world around us rather beautifully. During the summer they made their first video for the single “A Movement Between the Two”, directed by the esteemed Luis Cerveró, who has also produced award-winning music videos with El Guincho. It explores the idea of self-discovery and enlightenment, following a man (Ari) who begins his journey in darkness and ends it by symbolically crawling out of a drum and into the light. Although the premise sounds heavy, the video is actually very light-hearted and doesn’t take itself too seriously. At one point Ari is surrounded by a herd of goats while the other members of the band, all wearing bizarre all-in-one costumes, wield stakes at him. For all their “one with nature” talk, apparently it was a nightmare to film with the goats. “It was horrible!” says Ari. Luckily they had a “professional” (a shepherd) on hand to control the inconsiderate four-legged stars. The video can be seen on their MySpace page.

HATEM exposed All of their songs are written and sung in English. During the interview I have little opportunity to gauge their level of English as most of the time we chat in Spanish, however there are few instances where the language barrier creates comic

confusion. I ask Alvaro if he can send me some promo shots. “Qué?” he replies, “Porno shots?” Er, no. Easy mistake to make, but InMadrid just isn’t that kind of magazine, although they might have made for an interesting cover. Ari justifies the decision to sing in English by explaining that it’s the language of all their musical references. “It makes sense and would seem strange to sing in Spanish, because it has a completely different sound to it. But, yes,” he admits, “it does take a lot longer to write the songs; the process involves many hours leafing through the dictionary and the thesaurus!” If most of their musical references are English, what do they listen to? “A lot,” Ari answers, “Too many years of listening to music to pick any group in particular.” They do reveal, however, that when they first started playing together in the 90s they listened to hardcore rock, particularly Swedish, and early 90s emo. It’s a surprising revelation when one considers the mellow, hippy aesthetic of the band today. They proceed to list post-hardcore bands from that decade, and are disappointed at my lack of recognition. “Texas is the Reason?” “No, sorry.” “You must have heard of Promise Ring?” “Afraid not.” To be honest, I was probably more interested in Girl Power than power chords back then. The band are planning to release an EP next month, which they describe as “less beautiful than the album, with less variety, but it’s more intense, faster and more direct.” Alvaro expands: “While the album tugs on the heartstrings, this one is emotion of the belly.” It sounds intriguing. If you have the chance to see them on home turf before the wings of success fly them to bigger and more expensive venues, do take up the opportunity.

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Museo del Prado Paseo del Prado, s/n (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 330 28 00. TueSun, 9am-8pm. General admission €8, students under 25 €4. Permanent exhibition free Tue-Sat, 6-8pm; Sun, 5-8pm. Pasión por Renoir. La colección del Sterling and Francine Clark Institute. An impressive collection of 31 works by Renoir continues this month. Shown for the first time outside of The Clark Institute (Massachusetts), and the first Renoir exhibition in Spain’s history, the pinnacles include a celebrated self-portrait and ‘Madame Claude Monet Reading’. Renoir’s artistic focus on portraits, the female figure, nudes, landscapes and flowers are keenly displayed through this stunning collection of paintings. Until 6 Feb.

Círculo de Bellas Artes C/Alcalá, 42 (Metro: Sevilla/Banco de España). Tel: 91 360 54 00. Tue-Sat, 11am-2pm, 5-9pm; Sun 11am-2pm. €1. Consequences by NOOR. In an effort to raise more awareness about climate change, Greenpeace International, Nikon and the photography agency NOOR have created this exhibition that exposes the detrimental consequences some human activities have on the environment. Different photojournalists have contributed, among them Jan Grarup, Yuri Kozyrev, Nina Berman, Pep Bonet, Francesco Zizola, Stanley

El Cuerpo Vulnerable. Fotografía de Victoria Diehl. Galería Cero C/Fuenterrabía, 13 (Metro: Menéndez Pelayo). Tel: 91 552 99 99. Mon-Fri, 9am-10pm. Greek sculptors not only carved figures in such a way as to parade their own artistic adroitness, they also aimed to reflect the subject’s glory and strength. Muscles were accentuated, the hair’s movement was exaggerated, and facial features were sharply defined. Every aspect of a body was carefully studied and used as a way of mirroring a subject’s internal qualities. Commenting on this approach, Spanish photographer Victoria Diehl juxtaposes classical with contemporary art while at the same time exploring the extent and vulnerability of human anatomy. She examines the onerous dichotomies between present and past, living and dead, and movement and stillness by capturing human expression through the medium of sculpture and photography. Born in La Coruña in 1978, Diehl has also exhibited in Rome, Milan and Vienna, but this is her first solo event in Madrid. Until 3 Feb.

Greene and Alixandra Fazzina. Their works were first exhibited at the UN Climate Change Summit in 2009 and aim to portray humans as both the primary instigators and victims of climate change. Until 31 Jan.

Centro de Arte Reina Sofía C/Santa Isabel, 52 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 774 10 00. Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Tue closed; Sun 10am-2.30pm. General admission €6, temporary exhibition €3. Free Mon; Wed-Fri 7-9pm; Sat 2.309pm; Sun 10am-2.30pm. ATLAS ¿Cómo llevar el mundo a cuestas? Atlas, one of Greece’s mythological titans, joined his brother Prometheus in the attempt to overthrow and distribute the gods’ power over humans. As a consequence, he was punished and forced to carry the physical weight of the world on his shoulders. Geographical maps are named after him and offer a vast amount of information that describes the world’s qualities and features. Art historian Aby Warburg has gathered an atlas of images that relate to war and insanity and offers an extensive investigation of the nature of both. Until 28 Mar.

Escenas y Miradas

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to underscore that in nature things are never as they seem. Galería Begoña Malone, C/Pelayo, 50 (Metro: Tribunal). Tel: 91 297 38 79. MonSat, 11am-2pm, 4.30-8.30pm. Until 15 Feb.

Alejandro Magno. Encuentro con Oriente. Born in the 4th century BC, Alexander the Great conquered and ruled for approximately thirteen years, altering and transforming the world’s cultural environment. Aristotle is said to have

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Salirse del Surco. La Naturaliza Delirante. Climate justice activists claim nature is reaching its end; humans are destroying the planet and stripping it of its resources. Industrial imperialism inhibits nature’s progress, and few ecologists seem to believe that the situation will improve. Six young artists work collectively to expose the causes of this problem and the inadequacy of some of the strategies adopted to eradicate it. Landscapes and natural phenomena appear as absurd and surreal subjects, in order

been Alexander’s personal tutor, which perhaps influenced his intellectual and cultural impact. More than 330 artistic and archeological pieces have been contributed internationally for this exhibition. It begins with his presence in Greece, then portrays his influence in Persia, Babylon, Central and Eastern Asia and, of course, Spain. Centro de Arte Canal, Paseo de la Castellana, 214 (Metro: Plaza de Castilla). Tel: 91 545 15 13. Mon, Tue, Thur-Sun, 11am8pm; Wed, 11am-3pm. Until 3 May.

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Al Final del Arco Iris Judy Garland is best remembered for her role as a pig-tailed innocent in a blue chequered dress with a tiny dog and a big heart in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. Young Dorothy’s bizarre and beautiful journey out of the dream world of Oz and back home to Kansas has won over audiences for decades. This month is your chance to see Al Final del Arco Iris (At the End of the Rainbow), a unique interpretive musical exercise written by London-based playwright, Peter Quilter. Set in 1968, Natalia Dicena takes to the stage as Judy Garland; it was the year that Garland made a career comeback and maintained her sense of humour despite having her heart broken by her alcoholic lover, Mickey Deans. The production is filled with seven of Garland’s best known songs, and boasts costumes designed by Oscar-winner Yvonne Blake. The show has already won five star reviews from The Times, Daily Telegraph and Daily Express. Madrid Teatro Marquina, C/Prim, 11 (Metro: Banco de España, Chueca). Tel. 91 532 31 86. Tickets (entradas.com) 20. Tue-Thur, 8pm; Fri, Sun, 7pm; Sat, 7pm, 10.30pm. 21 Jan-27 Feb.

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Kerala-Bengala: Miradas Cruzadas. Fotografías de Subhrajit Basu. This Bengali photographer, who won the National Geographic award in 2008, debuts in Spain with his collection of images from the world’s biggest democracy. He examines the regions of Kerala and Bengal, highlighting the paradoxical, contrasting, and beautiful nature of India and its people. Museo Nacional de Antropología, C/Alfonso XII, 68 (Metro: Atocha). Tel: 91 530 64 18. Tue-Sat 9.30am-8pm; Sun, 10am-3pm. 3. Free Sat from 2pm and Sun. Until 23 Jan. Los Exilios (1939-1959): México, Italia, Francia. After war was declared in 1936, Spanish painter and writer Ramón Gaya (1910-2005) allied himself with the reactionaries and became part of the antifascist intellectual alliance. This unfortunately led to his exile in 1939 to Mexico, then later to Italy and France, but also provoked the inspiration for his artistic creations. Inspired by artists such as Velázquez and Rembrandt, his paintings are intimate and personal reflections of his experience as a displaced individual. Galería Guillermo de Osma, C/Claudio Coello, 4 (Metro: Retiro). Tel: 91 435 59 36. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-2pm, 5-8pm. Until 14 Jan. Escenas y miradas de teatro. Theatre journalist and author Antonio Castro has turned his hand to photography during the last five years and this exhibition shows unique moments for many important figures from the world of the stage. Galería Quorum de Madrid. C/Costanilla de los Angeles, 13 (Metro: Opera/Callao). Tel: 91 542 47 38. Mon-Sat 5-9pm. Until 14 Jan.

dance ships. From the first date to life after the altar, watch the cast of a dozen characters screw up their first hopeful encounters, break up and look for other lovers, and worry about how much sex there’ll be after marriage. The production questions our need for relationships and our search for the perfect partner, despite the fact that people always change. The play promises there will always be someone else to love. For anyone who’s ever smooched, been married or just felt nervous holding someone’s hand. Teatro Alfil, C/Pez, 10 (Metro: Noviciado). Tel. 91 521 58 27. Tickets (entradas.com) 15-19, Tue-Sat, 10.30pm; Sun, 6pm. 1 Jan-9 Feb.

Vuelve al Price Por Navidad Director and Master Clown, David Larible, weaves together a magical and memorable performance based on the fantastical story of a treasure chest on a lost island that holds the Spirit of Christmas. From inside the chest come dancing horses, flying men, colourful clowns and beings that defy gravity. Innovative audiovisual technology, fancy

dress and optical illusions highlight the cast of internationally-known clowns, dancers, acrobats, jugglers and artists. Incredible choreography and technique like this doesn’t come to town every season. Teatro Circo Price, Ronda de Atocha, 35 (Metro: Embajadores). Tel: 91 539 19 54. Tickets (entradas.com) 10-35. Mon, Tue & Sat, 4.30pm, 7.30pm; Fri, 6.30pm; Sun, 12pm, 4.30pm, 7.30pm. Special shows also on selected holiday dates. See www.teatrocircoprice.es. Until 9 Jan.

Los Días Felices Los Diás Felices (Happy Days) is an odd-ball tale by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, that was first produced in London in 1961. Winnie, the protagonist and narrator, spends the length of the performance buried up to her chin in a metaphorical heap of ash and soil. She’s a middle-aged woman who cannot stand to be alone, and who believes that these hours in the company of her sexobsessed husband, Willie, are her “Happy Days”. The true meaning of every prop, gesture and bit of dialogue is so coded that Beckett was originally criticised for extending his metaphor “beyond its capacity”. Beckett responded to this criticism by explaining that his wife had asked him to write a “happy” play after he had published several rather dismal works. This rare and curious “Theatre of the Absurd” will appeal to anyone interested in the dramatisation of cryptic poetry. Teatros Del Canal, C/Cea Bermúdez, 1 (Metro: Canal, Rîos Rosas). Tel: 91 308 99 50. Tickets (entradas.com) 12-25. Wed-Fri, 8.30pm; Sat, 7.30pm, 10pm; Sun, 7.30pm. 12-23 Jan.

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Russian Imperial Ballet Welcome in the New Year with the beauty of the Russian Imperial Ballet. The Teatro Compac celebrates the career of the brilliant composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky by hosting three famous ballets:

El Cascanueces The Christmas season continues with ETA Hoffman’s classic story of young children battling over gifts, and the courageous Nutcracker who slays a fierce and fat Mouse King. Tchaikovsky’s elegant score has charmed generations of audiences with his Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Teatro Compac, Gran Vía, 21 (Metro: Plaza de España, Callao) Tel. 91 730 17 50. Tickets (entradas.com) 20-43, TueFri, 8.30pm; Sat, 7pm, 10.30pm; Sun, 7pm. Until 9 Jan.

La Bella Durmiente Young girls have long adored this sweet tale of the princess a-slumber (Sleeping Beauty) who can only be awakened by a kiss from her true love. Leave the Disney standard at

home and take your Little Princess or your Charming Prince to see this sophisticated symphonic performance. Teatro Compac, as per El Cascanueces, but 11-23 Jan.

El Lago de los Cisnes If you were tormented by Natalie Portman’s recent performance as the lead swan in a twisted cinematic version of Swan Lake, then you may need an evening to heal. Allow yourself to be lulled by this production’s layers of tulle that gracefully spin and float to Tchaikovsky’s score. Teatro Compac, as per El Cascanueces, but 25-30 Jan.

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Michael Jackson Michael Epic Records Hasn’t Michael Jackson been productive since dying over a year ago? The sixth posthumous album since the king of pop met his maker has just been released, though Michael is the first to boast any “original material”. It’s probably fair to say MJ would be a bit miffed about the new release—it’s really just a bunch of spruced up demos that were probably never intended to see the light of day. “Hollywood Tonight” is an off cut from the 2001 Invincible sessions, while Thriller-era “Much Too Soon” reminds us how dreadfully syrupy Jackson’s music could be at times. The album is heavy on special guests, including Akon, who almost steals the thunder in the plodding opener “Hold my Hand”, and 50 Cent, whose guest spot on the charmless Thriller pastiche “Monster” is equally uninspiring. Most passable is the Lenny Kravitz collaboration—“(I Can’t Make It) Another Day”—in which you can almost hear the vibrant Jackson of old, including some trademark vocal ticks. Michael is an attempt to inject life into a collection of half-baked and unfinished songs by using clever production techniques to mask their obvious frailties. Even diehard fans should avoid it.

The Migrant Travels in Lowland Self-released

Thur 27 Jan Teatro Lara, Corredera baja de San Pablo, 7 (Metro: Tribunal). Tel. 91 523 90 27. www.teatrolara.com. 27-35 from www.ticketmaster.es Joanna Newsom’s highly individual, complex music can be quite hard to grasp, with a pedal harp as her primary instrument and generally drawn-out song structures (an eight minute song is the norm), but she has been quietly met with critical acclaim for each of her albums. 2004’s The Milk-Eyed Mender was the first, followed by Ys in 2006, but her latest offering, Have One on Me, seems to showcase a new Joanna—after suffering a nasty bout of vocal cord nodules in early 2009, her voice has changed remarkably, and for the better. If you are looking to be inspired by a musician who dares to do things a little differently, then Joanna Newsom at Teatro Lara on the 27th could be the girl for you.

Thin Lizzy

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Fri 28 Jan Joy Eslava, C/Arenal, 11 (Metro: Sol). Tel. 91 366 54 39. www.joy-eslava.com. 34 from www.ticketmaster.es After announcing their new lineup in May last year, Irish veterans Thin Lizzy have gone full steam ahead and thrown themselves into a UK and European tour to kick off the new year. Best known for songs such as “Whiskey in the Jar”, “Jailbreak” and that absolute classic “The Boys are Back in Town”, a night of good old fashioned 70s rock ‘n’ roll can be found in Joy on the 28th.

Thur 27 Jan Sala Caracol, C/Bernardino Obregón, 18 (Metro: Embajadores). Tel. 91 528 54 71. www.salacaracol.com. 22 from www.ticketmaster.es Unbelievably, the Welsh rockers are on the brink of celebrating twenty years as Feeder, one of the more quietly successful Brit bands of the 90s and early 2000s. After dropping off the radar following their sixth album in 2008, Feeder took a slightly different approach to testing the musical waters for their comeback. They played a tour of small venues in the UK, disguised as newcomers Renegades, although were quickly rumbled by fans and critics alike. Nevertheless, Renegades subsequently became the title of their 2010 offering, and after resoundingly good reviews, the lads from Newport decided to get back in the swing of things and tour Europe. Good, solid British rock and roll that has yet to lose its magic, Feeder will be playing at Caracol at the end of the month.

Letz Zep Tue 18 Jan Sala Heineken, C/Princesa, 1 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel. 91 547 57 11. www.salaheineken.com. 18 from www.ticketmaster.es We don’t usually like to include tribute bands in this music section, but it’s January and the Madrid music scene is looking a little sparse, so bear with us. Billed as maybe the “best Led Zeppelin tribute band in the world” (and who am I to disagree?) these UK-based rockers are a convincing substitute for arguably the best rock band that ever was. They have a repertoire of more than 50 songs, covering everything from “Dazed and Confused” to “Stairway to Heaven”. Not only do they have the music and the vocals pretty much spot on, but these guys actually even look like Page, Plant et al (albeit their trousers may not be quite so tight).

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A familiar romantic premise is the backdrop to Travels in Lowland, the intriguing debut album by The Migrant. Rambling through the States with only a guitar and suitcase for company, Danish musician Bjarke Bendtsen was inspired enough by what he saw to write a bunch of songs. On returning home, he set about recording them. The result is a beautiful mesh of psychedelic folk with strong pop structures which is every bit as fresh as the album’s artwork—featuring a guy leaping off a jetty in an idyllic watery paradise—suggests. Its triumph is that the component parts balance each other so well—the arrangements are simple yet powerful; the instrumentation predominantly acoustic but with lashings of lo-fi guitar and feedback to bring us back from the brink of twee folksiness. The majestic “The Organ Grinder” opens the album, with Bendtsen’s strong vocals instantly grabbing the attention and from then on we’re treated to 42 minutes of melodic ruminations that range from the pretty “Lullabye” to the brooding “Back to You”. It’s a corking first album in which The Migrant captures, with disarming honesty, love and loss and the desire to explore.

Robyn Body Talk Konichiwa Records Swedish hitmaker Robyn Carlsson can reflect on having a pretty good 2010 with the success of Body Talk. The idea of releasing a trilogy of albums in one year was a huge publicity spinner for Robyn, and a press release featuring a quote about breaking “a world record in how many songs I could release in a year” suggests the synth-pop queen believed her own hype. The reality presented by the final installment will disappoint some diehard fans, it being merely five songs from each of the previously released parts plus five new tracks. But the result is a fantastic dance-pop album—15 songs that include the glorious “Hang with Me” and a vibrant rerecording of “Indestructible”. It’s an album abound with catchy melodies and Robyn’s quirky sense of humour. Opener “Fembot” sees her act the sexy robot diva as she chirps “Fembots have feelings too”. Elsewhere she sidles up to— and out MCs—Snoop Dogg in the drum ‘n’ bass of “U Should Know Better”; and in “Time Machine” the anthemic air-punching chorus is based entirely on a reference to Back to the Future (“All I want is a DeLorean”). There are a couple of dodgy song inclusions, and the track ordering could be better, but there’s no escaping that Body Talk is one of the most progressive pop albums around.

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As a prequel to fame with Toronto indie group Broken Social Scene, Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin have put out two early recordings under the moniker KC Accidental. Entitled Captured Anthems for an Empty Bathtub/Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills, these lo-fi bedroom recordings bear little resemblance to the sprawling, fully orchestrated sound you expect from Broken Social Scene. The first EP, Captured Anthems, documents the early beginnings of the project—six instrumentals recorded over five days with an anythinggoes, post-rock approach featuring the 12-minute “Tired Hands”, and the Tortoise-inspired “Something for Chicago”. The second EP, Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills, shows how that sound developed into bigger, fuller arrangements. Banjo and accordion can be detected behind a layer of guitar effects in “Residential Love Song” and in the glorious “Them (Pop Song #3333)” cross-rhythmic drum patterns are juxtaposed with the ebb and flow of strings and piano. It’s admittedly a bit of a curio, but an interesting one and certainly worth a listen even if you’re not a Broken Social Scene fan.

Joanna Newsom

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

Visit the “Made in USA” art exhibition at Fundación Mapfre. Paintings from the Phillips Collection cover 100 years of American art. Until 16 Jan.

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concerts

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Sun 30 Jan Joy Eslava, C/Arenal, 11 (Metro: Sol). Tel. 91 366 54 39. www.joy-eslava.com. 22 from www.ticketmaster.es So, if by any chance you’re a fan of Canadian post-rock punk, and you have a gap in your diary on the 30th, then you are in luck. Godspeed You! Black Emperor have gotten their act together and started touring again after a several-year hiatus that allowed them all to “pursue other musical interests”. With highly visual and normally quite anarchic live shows, these guys are definitely worth checking out.

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booking ahead Love of Lesbian Thur 3 Feb and Fri 4 Feb, Joy Eslava, C/Arenal, 11 (Metro: Sol). Tel. 91 366 54 39. www.joyeslava.com. 90 from tengoentradas.es Band of Horses Tue 8 Feb, Sala Heineken, C/Princesa, 1 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel. 91 547 57 11. www.salaheineken.com. 23 from www.ticketmaster.es Skunk Anansie Wed 9 Feb, La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de La Virgen, s/n (Metro: Príncipe Pío/Puerta del Ángel). Tel. 91 365 24 15. www.salariviera.com. 27 from www.ticketmaster.es The Script Sun 13 Feb, La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de La Virgen, s/n (Metro: Príncipe Pío/Puerta del Ángel). Tel. 91 365 24 15. www.salariviera.com. 23 from www.ticketmaster.es Taylor Swift Sat 19 Mar, Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, C/Jorge Juan, 99 (Metro Goya/O’Donnell). Tel. 91 258 60 16. www.palaciodedeportes.com. 35-60 from www.ticketmaster.es Roger Waters Fri 25 Mar, Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, C/Jorge Juan, 99 (Metro: Goya/O’Donnell). Tel. 91 258 60 16. www.palaciodedeportes.com. 50 from www.ticketmaster.es Justin Bieber Tue 5 Apr, Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, C/Jorge Juan, 99 (Metro: Goya/O’Donnell). Tel. 91 258 60 16. www.palaciodedeportes.com. 40-150 from www.ticketmaster.es Deerhunter Thur 14 Apr, La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de La Virgen, s/n (Metro: Príncipe Pío/Puerta del Ángel). Tel. 91 365 24 15. www.salariviera.com. 25 from www.ticketmaster.es The Wombats Sun 22 May, Joy Eslava, C/Arenal, 11 (Metro: Sol). Tel. 91 366 54 39. www.joy-eslava.com. 20 from www.ticketmaster.es

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live listings COMPILED BY OLIVIA WATERS Rock/pop

BOITE c/Tetuán, 27 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 522 96 20 www.boitemadrid.com 7 Jan: The Real Battle 13 Jan: The Rocky Horror Live Show! 14 Jan: The Chameleons Vox + Eón 20 Jan: Varry Brava 21 Jan: Madre + Electric Fence 28 Jan: Psideralica +Doctor Muerte

EL BARCO c/del Barco, 34 (Metro: Tribunal). Tel: 91 531 77 54. 22 Jan: Blue Identity ( €5 con cerveza)

COSTELLO CLUB c/Caballero de Gracia, 10 (Metro: Gran Vía) Tel: 91 522 18 15. 8 Jan: Verde Invierno + Red Lights 13 Jan: Sustancia 14 Jan: Libens 15 Jan: Meeting Point 21 Jan: La Familia 22 Jan: Lávalanche + La Loba 27 Jan: Sesiones Indigenas 28 Jan: Sapiens 29 Jan: Allfits

SALA GALILEO GALILEI c/ de Galileo, 100 (Metro: Islas Filipinas/Canal). Tel: 91 534 75 57/58. www.salagalileogalilei.com 1 Jan: Africa Lisanga 2 Jan: Jack Smith & David Gwym 6 Jan: Candelaria 7 Jan: Antonio de Pinto 8 Jan: Mala Suerte 10 Jan: Andrés Lewin 13 Jan: Ellos 15 Jan: Andrés Suarez 16 Jan: La Banda del Soplo 17 Jan: Beat Beat Yeah 19 Jan: Tontxu 20 Jan: Paco Bello Trio 26 Jan: David Andrea 27 Jan: Javier Krahe 28 Jan: Noche Sabinera 29 Jan: Gato Charro 30 Jan: Lucía Caramés 31 Jan: Lord Sinner

GRUTA 77 c/Cuclillo, 6 (Metro: Oporto). Tel: 91 471 23 70. www.gruta77.com 4 Jan: Blokeo + El Mono Kataka 5 Jan: The Ratazanas + Sylvester Skallone 6 Jan: Si Si Riders + Widow Makers 7 Jan: Bubble Bones + Cheerleaders Asesinas + Motel Crash + Mallory Knox + Vigilante Gitano 8 Jan: Seymour + Los Dominios del Lobo 9 Jan: 20 Segundos + Elemento Neutro + Le Porc Epic 12 Jan: Under Duress + Leequid Noise + Southell 13 Jan: My Sister Deaf Sense 14 Jan: Nancy Hole + Mystic Frequency Worm 15 Jan: Three Chords Club + Zombie Valentines + Rare Sound Machine 16 Jan: Over Dawn + Cutting Cube 19 Jan: Fira Fem + Munduko Beat + Modulok Trio 20 Jan: El Pau + Iratxo 21 Jan: Los Petersellers + Rebollo y los Reboyetes 22 Jan: Hell Beer Boys + Duff Hooligans + The Bad Bloods 23 Jan: Chico Malo + Pull 26 Jan: David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 27 Jan: El Sobrino del Diablo + Engendro 28 Jan: Toxback + Proyecto Kostradamus + A Quemarropa 29 Jan: Sun Rockets + Ric Arlandi´s Combo 30 Jan: Funny Fucking Funky + Monkey Company

JOY ESLAVA c/Arenal, 8 (Metro: Sol). Tel: 91 366 54 39. www.joy-eslava.com 28 Jan: Thin Lizzy + Supersuckers 29 Jan: Siniestro Total

MCGINTY’S GOAT Avenida de Alberto Cocer, 48 (Metro: Colombia). Tel: 91 344 13 94. 21 Jan: Blue Identity (Free)

PALACIO DE DEPORTES DE LA COMUNIDAD DE MADRID c/Jorge Juan 99 (Metro: Goya/O’ Donnell). Tel. 914 019 104. www.palaciodedeportes.com 1 Jan: Copa y Puro + Coastless 7 Jan: Las Amigas 8 Jan: Dan Kaplan & The Krooked Treee 13 Jan: El Resto + Doxa 14 Jan: Schizzofunk 15 Jan: Ettore Formicone 20 Jan: Chico 22 Jan: Violet June 26 Jan: Primavera 27 Jan: Juan Estereotipo 28 Jan: Contacto en Francia 29 Jan: Clan Lírica Salvaje + Marco Fonktana

CAFÉ LA PALMA c/Palma, 62 (Metro: Noviciado). Tel: 91 522 50 31. www.cafelapalma.com 5 Jan: Amaral 6 Jan: Sophie Maras 7 Jan: Gatonieve 8 Jan: Tibi & Her Cello 13 Jan: Rebeca Jimenez 14 Jan: Outrojazz 15 Jan: The Walks 16 Jan: A La Vuelta de la Esquina 20 Jan: Abraham Boba 21 Jan: Cosmonauta 22 Jan: Tania Head 27 Jan: N.I.K.A 28 Jan: EA!! 29 Jan: EA!!

LA RIVIERA P° Bajo de La Virgen, s/n (Metro: Puerta del Ángel/Príncipe Pio). Tel: 91 365 24 15. www.salariviera.com 15 Jan: Helloween 21 Jan: Accept

SALA SIROCO c/San Dimas, 3 (Metro: Noviciado). Tel: 606 421 750. www.siroco.es 5 Jan: Barrio Tomillo + Boquerones en Vinacle 6 Jan: Tasty Grooves + Lord Sobornez 8 Jan: Holydubs Party: The Grasshotters 13 Jan: The Wildstone Band 14 Jan: Lacara + Varaverde 15 Jan: La Interestelar 25 Jan: Rokers Roots + Mokemon & Rastrojo Dub Agroplástico 21 Jan: Deadline Vegas + Alfa + The Young Blacks 27 Jan: Thelematicos + Cosmen Adelaide 29 Jan: Audio Spain + Oh Murray

Flamenco LAS TABLAS Plaza de España, 9 (Metro: Plaza de España). Tel: 91 542 05 20. 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

Celtic/folk Finbars. Tel: 91 548 37 93 The Irish Rover. Tel: 91 597 48 11 Taberna Elisa. Tel: 91 369 74 263

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dance & mixed CLUB COLORS, Laydown, Plaza de los Mostenses, 9 (Plaza de España). First & third Fri of the month, 12.30am-3am. www.myspace.com/clubcolors Dance, sit, or even lie down while listening to the beats inspired by different electronic and dance genres at this “sexy groove session”. COPOLACLUB, c/San Hermenegildo, 7 (San Bernardo/Noviciado). Wed-Sun 11pm-3.30am. www.copolaclub.com Funky disco-bar with jazz, soul, pop and chilled house upstairs and electronica and techno downstairs. Test out your DJ skills on weeknights. € FOROCIO.COM FIESTA DE INTERCAMBIO, Sala Torero, c/Cruz, 26 (Sevilla). Wed. www.forocio.com. Meet people from all over the world at this awesome international party. € JOY ESLAVA, c/Arenal, 11 (Sol). Daily 11.30pm-6am. www.joyeslava.com. Hosting lots of guest bands and DJs, Joy attracts a mixed crowd who get all dolled up to dance to an eclectic mix of music. €€ KAPITAL, c/Atocha, 125 (Atocha). Thur-Sat midnight-6am. Overthe-top seven-floor macro-club playing everything from house to hip hop to Spanish pop. €€€ NEU!CLUB, Sala Galileo Galilei, c/Galileo, 100 (Islas Filipinas). Sat 9.30pm-5.30am. myspace.com/neuclub. Electronica, bluegrass, Motown, 60s, rock and pop during the musical, cultural and audiovisual nights, plus live music and DJ sessions. €€ OCHO Y MEDIO, c/Mesonero Romanos, 13, corner of Gran Vía, 34 (Callao). Fri 1-6am. myspace.com/ochoymedio. Popular night featuring electro-disco, bastard-pop, punk-rock, new wave and postpunk. €€ OUI MADRID, c/Jorge Juan, 99 (Goya). Thur-Sat midnight-3am. www.ouimad.com. Start the night off right at this chic restaurant which turns into a nightclub around midnight. Take the elevator to the top floor and dive into the crush of people. Don’t forget to dress to the nines! €€€ PACHA, c/Barcelo, 11 (Tribunal). Thur-Sat midnight-6am. www.pacha-madrid.com. Ultra-classy Pacha, a major force in Madrid since the 80s, now plays house, hip hop and commercial music on three floors. Worth a try, but leave those Converse at home! €€€ REINA BRUJA, c/Jacometrezo, 6 (Callao/Santo Domingo). Fri-Sat 11pm-5.30am. www.reinabruja.com. Well-mixed, popular hip hop and R&B for the fashionable youth of Madrid. €€ YA’STA, c/Valverde, 10 (Gran Vía). Thur-Sat midnight-6am. www.yastaclub.net. Thursdays are jazz, funk and soul, Fridays are dirty rock and electro, and Saturdays are techno and psychedelic trance. Talk about a complete weekend! €€

: Cheap, talented DJs: Hugo Serra, Iván Pica and Pombo. €€€ ELIXIR, Changó, c/Luchana (corner of Covarrubias) (Iglesia/Bilbao). Sat midnight-6am. A classy venue with good-looking people, hot go-gos, decadent design and dance music till dawn. €€€ LOW CLUB, Sala Pirandello 1, c/Princesa, 3 (Plaza de España). FriSat midnight-6am. www.intromusica.com. Spend your weekends dancing away to resident and international DJs spinning the latest electro and techno beats. €€€ MOMA 56, c/José Abascal, 56 (Gregorio Marañon). Wed-Sat midnight-6am. www.moma56.com. Dance to resident DJ Koke’s tunes at this disco bar. €€ MONDO, Sala Stella, c/Arlabán, 7 (Sevilla). Thur-Sat 0.30-6am. www.web-mondo.com. Funk and electronica feature in this fantastic venue located smack dab in the centre of town. Fridays lean more towards house, techno and electro under the night’s pseudonym, The Room. This is a place you night-owls won’t want to miss! €€ OHM, Plaza Callao, 4 (Callao). Fri-Sat midnight-6am. myspace.com/ohmclub. Great house DJs, great people and a great vibe. And don’t miss Weekend on Sundays, which features funky house. €€

69 PÉTALOS, Avda Alberto de Alcocer, 32 (Cuzco/Colombia). Fri 11pm-6am. www.grupo69petalos.com With a shake-up of funk, RnB and popular house, plus cabaret, ludicrous outfits and general debauchery, the totally fabulous 69 Pétalos will leave you begging for more. €€ SUPERKLUB, Sala COOL, Isabel la Católica, 6 (Santo Domingo). Sun midnight-6am. Sunday evenings just got better than ever, with Superklub spilling non-stop house music into your Monday morning as if the weekend was never going to end. €€€ TWIST CLUB, Sala Wind, c/Montera, 25 (entrance in Plaza del Carmen) (Gran Vía). Thur midnight-6am.

electro, house, techno & drum’n’bass CAPOTE, c/Santa Teresa, 3 (Alonso Martínez). Tues-Sat 10pm5am. This little gem of a bar puts on a good show with resident DJs Timo and Roberto Jean. Enjoy some tasty house music to whet your appetite. €€ CASSETTE CLUB, Sala Boite, c/Tetuan, 27 (Sol). Sun midnight6am. myspace.com/clubcassette. Electro to help ease you into the working week with a smile on your face. A cool night for a cool crowd. €€

DARK HOLE, Sala Flamingo, c/Mesonero Romanos, 13 (Callao/Gran Vía). Sat 1-6am. myspace.com/darkholegothicclub. Madrid’s unofficial gothic headquarters. Listen to dark ambient, electro and goth music until dawn. €€ DOMINION CLUB, Sala Jala Jala, c/la Puebla, 6 (Callao/Gran Vía). Fri 10.30pm-3am. www.myspace.com/dominionclubmadrid DJs Fran Raven and guests spin a dark mix of EBM, dark electro, synth pop, industrial electro and future pop. FREE DU:OM, Sala Heineken, c/Princesa, 1 (Plaza de España). Fri-Sat midnight-6am. www.duomclub.com. Dress to impress and dance the night away to house and progressive house provided by some truly

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and breaks at this neighbourhood hotspot. € EL JUNCO, Plaza Santa Bárbara, 10 (Alonso Martínez). Daily 11pm-6am. www.eljunco.com. Late-night funk and electronic jazz. €€ MARULA CAFÉ, c/Caños Viejos, 3 (La Latina). Daily 10.30pm-6am. www.marulacafe.com. Come and get your funk on at the palace of funk, also known as Marula Café. € SWEET FUNK CLUB, c/Doctor Cortezo, 1 (Sol/Tirso de Molina). Thur-Sat midnight-6am. sweetfunkclub.com. Feel free to get a little dirty at this hip-hop club near Sol. €

special nights Planet Babyon presents Alpargata @ Sala Caracol, C/Bernardino Obregon, 18 (Metro: Embajadores), Fri 7 Jan, from 12.30am. www.salacaracol.com Strap on your dancing shoes and head down to Embajadores to catch Alpargata, a multi-instrument group that draw on traditional latin influences in a contemporary style that is as much punk and ska as it is rumba and salsa. The Madrid-based band have built up quite a loyal following in the city with their energetic gigs, fronted by Frank Zappa-esque lead singer Mario Bolville. Catch them at Sala Caracol and remind yourself why sometimes nothing can beat seeing a live gig that just makes you want to jump around all night. €10 with copa Grandmaster Flash @Sala Heineken, C/Princesa, 1 (Metro: Plaza de España), Thurs 13 Jan, from 8pm, www.salaheineken.com Madrid is in for a treat as the grandaddy of Djs graces the city with his awesome talent for one night only. With an influence that has impacted on pretty much every hip hop DJ since, his talent has made him responsible for perfecting the art of scratching into the style we know and love today. Despite being over fifty, he still knows how to

Dub Station presents Aba Shanti-I @ Sala Caracol

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C/Bernardino Obregon, 18 (Metro: Embajadores). Sat 15 Jan. www.salacaracol.com A treat for all reggae fans out there, especially for those expats orginally from the UK. For one night only Dub Station are bringing their sound systems and artists to Madrid for a night of seriously good music. Aba Shanti-I has made his mark on the UK reggae scene playing parties, clubs and raves for the last 18 years and is now set to do the same here in Spain, playing his first ever gig in the capital. This isn’t any kind of hippy-only event though where dreads are compulsory, Aba Shanti-I stresses that his music is all about bringing people together from all backgrounds and certainly his gigs are known for their friendly and inclusive atmosphere. 14.50 advance/ 17 on the door

indie pop & rock ESPIRAL POP, c/San Andrés, 23 (Tribunal/Bilbao). Wed-Sun 11pm-3am. myspace.com/espiralpop. Pop and electro pop at this funky café with featured DJs. € INDEPENDANCE CLUB, c/Santa Engracia, 26 (Alonso Martínez). Thur-Fri-Sat midnight-6am. www.independanceclub.com. Enjoy popular, danceable indie-pop and rock at this excellent indie club. Email info@independanceclub.com with your full name, number of people and day attending for free entry! € SALA TABOO, c/San Vicente Ferrer, 23 (Tribunal). Thur-Sat 11pm5.30am. www.taboo-madrid.com. Hosting both concerts and DJs, this Malasaña venue has it all, from funky electronica to punk-rock to trip-hop by upcoming artists. Watch out for its indie night, Dots Club, on Thursdays. €€ TRANSMISSION CLUB, Sala Star Studio 54, Plaza del Carmen, 3, lower floor (Sol). Fri 11pm-3am. myspace.com/transmission_club. Here’s a bar with a heavy musical focus, even mixing up the styles—post-punk, gothic, 80s and more—depending on the night. € TUPPERWARE, c/Corredera Alto de San Pablo, 26 (Tribunal). Wed-Sun 10pm-3am. myspace.com/tupperwarebar. Super-kitsch design and an indie-pop vibe that gets everyone dancing. € WILD THING BAR, c/Martín Machio, 2 (corner Padre Claret) (Alfonso XIII). Sun-Thur 9pm-close, Fri-Sat 10pm-close. www.wildthing.es. DJs rock this artsy bar with 90s and indie greats every night of the week. Make sure you take advantage of its happy hour on Thursdays from 9pm to 1am, when beers are only €2! €

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myspace.com/twistmadrid. By far the best drum ‘n’ bass night around. Head over and get hooked on music from Xol and you’re sure to have your Thursday nights booked. €€ VOODOO CLUB, Sala Moon, c/Aduana, 21 (Sol). Fri midnight-6am. Voodoo is a Friday club session that caters for all the urban tribes, an offbeat night with a wide music policy covering the whole broken beats spectrum (from hip hop, dubstep and breaks to dirty electro and drum&bass). Whether it’s on the main dancefloor with its booming sound system and amazing light show, in the intimate backroom or at the chill-out bar, you’ll just love the venue and the cosmopolitan crowd it attracts.

reggae, funk, jazz & world music BERLÍN CABARET, c/Costanilla de San Pedro, 11. Mon, Tue, Wed: shows 1.30am; Thur: shows 1.30am & 3.30am; Fri, Sat: shows 1.30am, 2.30am & 3.30am. www.berlincabaret.com Located in La Latina, Berlín Cabaret attracts a diverse audience spilling out from the many bars in the area. It offers a lively, funky atmosphere with eclectic music ranging from the Jackson 5 to “La Lambada” and live cabaret shows, such as Psicosis Gonsales and In Drag. €€ LA BOCA DEL LOBO, c/Echegaray, 11 (Sevilla). Wed-Sat 10.30pm-3.30am. www.labocadellobo.com Rock, funk, electronic jazz and rare groove served up four nights a week, plus live music. €€ COSTELLO, c/Caballero de Gracia, 10 (Gran Vía). Daily 6pm-3am. www.costelloclub.com. Everything from funk and electronic jazz to pop, rare groove and rock music. €€ EL JUGLAR, c/Lavapiés, 37 (Lavapiés). Daily midnight-3am. www.salajuglar.com. Get your daily dose of funk, house, reggae

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rock a crowd and is currently on his world wide tour promoting his latest album. It seems there’s just no stopping him. €20 Sou Edipo, Toundra and Los Cuantos @ Circulo del Bellas Artes, C/Alcala, 42 (Metro: Sevilla), Fri 14 Jan, from 10pm. www.circulobellasartes.com Three very different bands will play at this night that celebrates the third anniversary of the Circulo del Bellas Artes’ project to help unsigned bands get out on the scene through its music label Frontera Circulo. An eclectic treat awaits in the grand Sala de Columnas with musical offerings from Mogwai-like experiental group Toundra, distorted blues rock from Los Cuantos and a slightly more conventional rock sound coming from Sou Edipo who could be described as a sort of Spanish At the Drive In. An evening well worth catching for any music buffs out there. €12/€10 concessions 12 Festival Mil.lenni @ various venues, Barcelona. Jan-April. www.festival-millenni.com Some nights out for the slightly more adventurous; this is a Barcelona-based music festival that spans January through until April, just long enough to see you through the winter and into spring. The organisers of this event have certainly lined up a treat to tempt those who fancy going the extra mile for their musical satisfaction. On offer in January are Nouvelle Vauge, the ohso-French music collective that take 80s New Wave classics and transform them into something quite different, and Joanna Newsom, the magical and completely unique folk singer and harpist (see also concert reviews). There’s also Spanish songstress Bebe, finally back with a new album after a three year break following her breakthrough debut that earned her a Latin Grammy and a worldwide tour. Certainly worth a roadtrip or two.

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Jessica Cogan previews the big-screen releases heading to Madrid this month

Also out

■ BY NICK FUNNELL The King’s Speech (El Discurso del Rey) The true, if no doubt embellished, story of Britain’s King George VI (Colin Firth)—father of the present Queen—his stammer, and his friendship with the unorthodox Australian speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) who helped him overcome it. Blo-blo-blo-bloody good show. Out now Gulliver’s Travels (Los Viajes de Gulliver) The first— Lilliput—part of Jonathan Swift’s 1726 satire about a traveller who washes up in a land of little people gets a 21stcentury update starring Jack Black as a writer waylaid journeying to an assignment in Bermuda. Think School of Rock with an even tinier supporting cast. Out now

Black Swan

Black Swan (Cisne Negro) Well, it finally arrived. 2010’s best film sure took its sweet time in coming (what a long, mediocre cinematic year). But hallelujah! The Black Swan has landed! Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a ballerina in a New York City ballet company who is offered the chance of a lifetime as a lead in Swan Lake. She’s eager to take this next step in her career, not only for herself but for her stage mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) and her manipulative choreographer Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). The arrival of a talented rival named Lily (Mila Kunis) ups the ante for Nina. Lily represents the Black Swan to Nina’s White Swan—she is emotional and seductive. Perhaps dangerous? Increasingly, Nina seems to think so. Is Lily trying to sabotage Nina? Or are Nina’s neuroses driving her over the edge? Little bit of both? Black Swan has been termed a “psychosexual thriller”. I couldn’t imagine a better classification. The film is thrilling in its representation of the insular, incestuous world of dance companies, and the interplay between Portman and Kunis is both psycho and sexual. But they’re not alone. All the bit players are terrific too. Writer-director Darren Aronofsky has created a real masterpiece here. Don’t miss it. Out 28 Jan

The Tourist If only we had lower expectations for movies, they wouldn’t disappoint so often. If, for instance, we could be satisfied by just looking at gorgeous people in stunning locations and didn’t need a plot, The Tourist would be a smashing success. The first gorgeous face is that of Johnny Depp, who plays Frank, a tourist who’s on the road to attempt to mend a broken heart. As we say, the best way to get over

someone is to get under someone new. So it’s awfully fortuitous when he meets Elise (Angelina Jolie), and she seems keen on him. Elise’s real motive is to save her thief boyfriend from the thugs and investigators who are after him for millions. She figures that she can use Frank as a distraction and throw them off her man’s trail. Sure enough, they bite, and Frank and Elise are soon on the run across picturesque Venice, Frank wondering what he’s got himself into—and with whom. With Depp and Jolie you’re pretty much guaranteed a feast for the eyes, but the plot, sadly, is less interesting. Lots of twists and turns but nothing too fresh or particularly good here. It’s okay, but only because looking at pretty people isn’t a bad way to spend the afternoon. Out now

Life As We Know It Ho hum, Life as We Know It is entirely mediocre. Guess that makes me a little happier about my own life as I know it—it’s slightly less generic and definitely has a better cast. The film centres on Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Eric (Josh Duhamel), who are complete opposites. If you’ve seen any of Heigl or Duhamel’s films, you’ll guess at their typecasting: Holly is a prim little stiffy and Eric’s a beer-drinking overgrown adolescent. The trouble—and action—comes when Holly and Eric are left joint custody of friends’ daughter Sophie. They decide the best approach is to live together and guess what? They butt heads at first, then come to peace with each other and, what do you know, finally love blooms. Everything in this film is predictable: the poopy diaper jokes, the running-through-the-airport love scene, the stock side characters. It’s just uninspired and finally rather stale. No way to start the new year. Out 7 Jan

bookbuzz The Mind’s Eye Oliver Sacks Picador For a lot of people, diving into a book about neurology is probably low on their list of priorities. Oliver Sacks, however, makes that plunge a rewarding one to take. In his eleventh book, he presents stories about six individuals living with different types of visual impairment, one of whom is himself. There is a certain irony to Sacks’ personal story: a man who has made a career out of explaining odd neurological conditions to the masses suddenly finds himself stricken with a fairly rare, though treatable, tumour behind one of his eyes which eventually robs him of stereo vision. With his typical aplomb, self-deprecating humour, and gift for storytelling, Sacks includes his tale as a journal of the two year journey from diagnosis, to treatment, to recovery. He also relays the stories of his patients with compassion and wit, such as Lillian, a vivacious 67-year-old professional pianist who one day finds that she can no longer read music. Then there is Howard Engle, a Canadian mystery writer, who, after a stroke, can’t read but curiously has no problem writing coherent prose. The scientific parts of the book are explained in simple prose that almost any member of the public could understand but at the same time the text is sufficiently engrossing to make one curious about the complexities of the brain. Though the copious footnotes are a little burdensome and distracting at times, the tales of affliction, struggle, and adaptation make for a quick and enjoyable read. Chris Moore

Painted Ladies Robert B Parker Quercus Robert B Parker once remarked that he didn’t care if publishers didn’t bring out his books straight away, as long as the cheques didn’t bounce. With that

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Bruc. El Desafío Catalan director Daniel Benmayor’s second movie after the English-language shot Paintball takes place during the Napoleonic wars in 1808. When the Imperial Army discovers its first defeat was the work of just one man with a drum, it sends six mercenaries out to give him a sound beating—and bring back his head. Out now Even the Rain (También la Lluvia) From the pen of Ken Loach’s regular screenwriter Paul Laverty and directed by partner Iciar Bollaín (Take My Eyes), this stars Gael García Bernal and Luis Tosar as filmmakers shooting a movie about gold-hungry conquistadors in Bolivia against the backdrop of the 2000 Cochabamba Water War, a violent uprising caused by the privatisation of the local water supply. Richly structured and forcefully challenging, the impressive film is Spain’s entry for the 2011 foreign film Oscar. 7 Jan Of Gods & Men (De Dioses y Hombres) Winner of the Grand Prix prize at this year’s Cannes Festival, Xavier Beauvois’ movie concerns a group of eight French monks deliberating whether to leave their North African monastery after Islamic fundamentalists massacre local foreign aid workers. Loosely based on real events that occurred in Algeria in the 1990s, it’s been earning rave reviews The Green Hornet and stars Michael Lonsdale and Lambert Wilson. 14 Jan The Green Hornet Quirky French filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) directs this quirky superhero movie based on a character origi-

in mind, this may not be the last of his novels to hit the shelves, despite the fact that, sadly, he suddenly passed away earlier this year. Painted Ladies is the latest in the Spenser crime novels, which follow a cocky private investigator as he chases down the bad guys. This time Spenser takes on what appears to be his easiest job yet—chaperoning a foppish university lecturer who needs to swap a ransom for a particularly valuable painting. The exchange doesn’t go as planned however, and the prof ends up dead, blown to smithereens by a bomb. Having his client killed leaves a nasty taste in Spenser’s mouth, so he sets out to discover whodunnit, soon finding a sinister link to post holocaust Jewish institutions. But these bad guys are particularly bad, and they won’t think twice about silencing a meddling private investigator. Crime novel enthusiasts and Robert B Parker fans will love this, but it’s no Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The writing is simplistic—no real metaphors, imagery or anything fancy here—and it feels too thin in places. Spenser’s best trick for getting information from the many females connected to the case is to flirt with them or get them drunk, or both, which grates after a while. Then there’s the weird “romance” between his dog and another in the park. The other pooch’s owner just happens to be best pals with someone who’s a specialist in Dutch art, which is just what Spenser needs. And how do they discover this? Art pops up in conversation after the dog owner’s wife shows Spenser’s girlfriend a picture of his dog at an art gallery benefit, in which the mutt sits in front of a painting they thought looked like him. What? I’m all for the suspension of disbelief, but that really takes the dog biscuit. Katherine Robinson

The Auschwitz Violin Maria Àngels Anglada Corsair Finally translated into English, Anglada’s haunting tale about a legacy of a beautiful violin is a mustread. Praised by John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, for its elegant and striking impact, at 109 pages it is a captivating whirlwind of human insight into the raw reality of being imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.

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nally created for 30s radio. Seth Rogen stars as playboy Britt Reid who decides to use the vast media fortune he’s just inherited after his father’s mysterious death to fight crime alongside his dad’s former employee, martial arts and weapons expert Kato (Jay Chou). Cameron Diaz and inglorious basterd Christoph Waltz co-star. 14 Jan Blog Using instant messenging and webcam-shot video diaries filmed alone by the seven main actresses, Spanish director Elena Trapé’s debut feature is an innovative and eye-opening portrait of adolescence that follows a group of intelligent, sensitive middle-class 15year-olds with a secret plan and the goal of experiencing strong emotions to mark themselves out. 21 Jan Hereafter (Más Allá de la Vida) Now 80, the normally straight-shooting Clint Eastwood takes a mystical turn with his latest film, about three people grappling with ideas of the afterlife. In the US, Matt Damon is a bluecollar worker who can talk with the dead; in Thailand, a French journalist (Cécile de France) has a near-death experience and in London, little Marcus (Frankie and George McLaren) looks for answers when he loses the person closest to him. The script is by Frost/Nixon and The Queen writer Peter Morgan. 21 Jan Monsters Made on a shoestring budget and put together on director Gareth Edwards’ laptop, but looking every inch the megabucks sci-fi blockbuster, Monsters has got movie geeks’ tongues a-wagging

around the world. The plot follows an American journalist (Scoot McNairy) as he escorts a tourist (Whitney Able) across a Mexico infested by enormous alien creatures that, six years after their arrival, troops are still struggling to contain. 21 Jan

Accompanied by genuine documentation from Auschwitz, the novel transforms into a testament to the human spirit that gives the strength to battle through such horrific circumstances. Anglada tells the story of Daniel, a master violinmaker prior to his capture and imprisonment, with a subtlety of tone that sharply contrasts the abhorrent treatment that the prisoners receive. When Daniel’s vocation is exposed, a mysterious and dangerous stranger visits the camp and places a wager that if Daniel can create a violin within a fixed time period, using only materials found at Auschwitz, the Commandant will receive a box of fine wine. Should Daniel fail, he will face punishment from the feared camp torturer. Charged with emotional intensity, Daniel’s determination and fear invite a twisted sense of empathy where we find ourselves empathizing with him yet at the same time feeling a strong sense of awareness that we cannot truly identify with his horrific plight. A haunting but necessary tale from one of Catalonia’s most celebrated writers. Helen Ronald

Alphaville Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett Sidgwick & Jackson Accurately summed up by one critic as somewhere between The Wire and Goodfellas, Alphaville is a book that pulls no punches as we follow one cop’s sweltering summer of 1988 in Manhattan as he pursues the seemingly untouchable drugs king-pin, Davey Blue Eyes and his gang of dealers—“The Forty Thieves”—who rule part of Lower Manhattan coined “Alphabet City”. Inserted into the action are fascinating passages on the history behind the gradual growth of New York City and the ever-changing waves of immigrants who made Brooklyn and the Lower East Side what they are today, elevating the novel from a standard cop versus mobster chase narrative to something altogether more interesting. Codella’s autobiographical account of his life as the “grandson of a wise-guy and the son of a cop” is enthralling from the start as we are drawn into a world where it’s not exactly clear who are the good guys. The city lives and breathes in every line as Codella marks out his life through streets and neighbourhoods. In spite of his sometimes exaggerated bravado, he seems anxious to assert that he was a pretty cool cop and certainly the toughest. You can’t help but be swept up with him in the excitement of finally being able to topple the guy behind the destruction of the communities he loves. Emma Parnwell

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language-classes spanish SPANISH CLASSES IN CENTRAL MADRID Learn Spanish easily with experienced teacher, graduated by International House. One to one or groups. Materials provided. Grammar and conversation for all levels. DELE exam. From 15 euros negotiable. Contact Javier: 661 871 239. Email: javiersanjoseespeso@hotmail.com. Web: http://javiersanjoseespeso.jimdo.com. SPANISH CLASSES Qualified native teacher with experience. One to one or groups. Grammar, conversation. DELE.Revision text. Zone: Moncloa or in your place. From 15 euros negotiable. Cristina 656 634 343. Email: cristina_dom@hotmail.com. SPANISH CLASSES Private Spanish teacher, 25 years experience, role-play, conversation, grammar, business courses. DELE examination. One-to-one or small groups. Easy learning, low fees. Maria English and French spoken. Tel: 91 573 64 71 or 699 33 15 05. SPANISH CLASSES I am a Spanish teacher with 25 years experience. I’m looking for students for “ One to one “ classes( All levels ). Also there are Openings for a shared class ( one to two ) at intermediate level. FIRST MONTH YOU PAY FOR ONLY 3 WEEKS. Maria : 699 33 15 05 91-573-6471. SPANISH ONE-TO-ONE Would you like to know the difference between SER and ESTAR, POR and PARA? Experienced and qualified bilingual teacher offer private lessons only at his place located in Huertas zone. All levels and reasonable rates. Please call anytime or leave a message at (91) 4201049, or email me for further information: gmarcano60@hotmail.com. LEARN SPANISH EASILY! Make learning funny with experienced teachers. References available. All levels and purposes: survival, business, etc. We go to your place and provide the material. 60-minute class 30€/90-minue class 40€ Small groups (up to 4) at the same price. So, invite your friends to join! mgil2000@hotmail.com 686808091/ 646806402.

english NATIVE ENGLISH TEACHER-EXAM PREP, BUSINESS COLLOQ Conversation Class at STARBUCKS (Alonso Martinez). 10amMidday, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Maximum 3 people. - First there win : ) I’ll be on the Sofa’s at the front of the café. €15 for the 2 hours or €30 for the week (6 hours of class for €30 - that’s 2 hours FREE ; )!!! My normal One to One classes: The first class is only €5 which is about 30 minutes. This introductory class gives me an idea of the level and need of the student. Below is the price schedule; MY HOME (or café near Tribunal Metro) €15 for 1 hour or €25 for 2 hours (1 class) YOUR HOME (or café if in central Madrid near the Metro) €25 for 1 hour or €35 for 2 hours (1 class) · Native English speaker, · TEFL certified · 3 years experience teaching · Classes will be personalized to your needs. Business, conversation, etc Look forward to hearing from you Rich 678318783 crutchee@yahoo.com. INGLÉS CON LIBROS, ARTE... / PREP ENTREVISTAS ** Looking for interesting English classes? Read and talk about books, art, philosophy, etc... ** Improve your fluency with experienced, professional teachers. **

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for-sale HEMNES IKEA SINGLE BED Hemnes single bed 90X200, included foam viscolastic mattress and bed base. Very little use excellent condition. FURNITURE, KITCHEN TOOLS, CDS, BOOKS...AND MORE. Furniture like mattress, chairs, mirrors...kitchen tools, CDs, music, books in English and for teaching English, clothes for male and plenty of other things. Email: ljtsaa@gmail.com. ENGLISH BOOKS, CDS, MATERIAL FOR TEACHING OR LEARN Books, CDs, DVDs.

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health-and-fitness ASHTANGA YOGA AND THAI MASSAGE My name is Amorn from Thailand. I live in Madrid almost two years now. I am Ashtanga Yoga teacher and also offer Thai Massage (certified from Wat Pho Traditional Medical School in Bangkok Thailand) and Thai cooking classes at home and outside. My place is located in the center of Madrid, metro Goya and Principe de Vergara. For more information about me and price for Yoga, Thai massage and cooking class, please kindly check at my website: www.BAAN-AMORN.COM or write me at: BRIESELANG70@YAHOO.DE. ESCUELA DHARMA DE YOGA INTEGRAL Hatha Yoga Dinámico, método orgánico. Respiración, fortalecimiento, flexibilidad y relajación. Atención personalizada. Precios asequibles y descuentos. Clases colectivas e individuales. Horarios de mañana, mediodía y tarde. Todos los niveles. Grupo de Meditación. Seminarios de fin de semana. Pregunta por nuestros masajes. Website: www.yogaorganico.es Adress: Asociación Shiva-Shakti de Yoga Integral. c/Pelayo 80 1ºdcha (subway stations: Alonso martinez, Chueca). More information: 91 310 51 81 and info@yogaorganico.es. PERSONAL TRAINING - RESULTS! WWW.DAVIDHUGHES.ES “Training with David has been the best choice I have ever made. I had never found a workout that kept me interested or that I truly enjoyed. Until now that is, I look forward to training & see results. Since I started I have dropped 3 pant sizes and transformed my body. I feel stronger, I have more energy and have burned off kilos. I have run in two 10km’s that prior to having david as a trainer I would have been impossible” We offer weight loss, muscle growth, fitness, boxing training & more For more info & success stories visit www.davidhughes.es or email us at info@davidhughes.es.

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services ENGLISH HAIRDRESSER Top London stylist worked whith Trevor Sorbie and Vidal Sassoon trained. Available for HOME visits in and around Madrid. for more info, and prices check out: http://englishhairdressermadrid.squarespa ce.com or call Sally at: 651481916. LIVE MUSIC Duet of classical guitar + flute / jazz guitar + saxophone will give a touch of class to receptions, parties, weddings, etc. We’re serious musicians with an ample repertoire and lots of professional experience in the jazz and classical fields. There is the option of solo guitar (jazz + classical), duet, trio with double-bass, quartet with double-bass and drums, and formations with singers, trumpet players, etc. Please email: cywilliams@telefonica.net. LIVELY CELTIC MUSIC Irish musicians available for concerts, functions, weddings and parties. Tel: 654 225 305. COMPUTERS / NETWORKS / WEBSITES System administrator offers professional service. Computer / laptop repair, data recovery, password recovery, IT infrastructure planning, software installation and maintenance, network administration, resolving email problems, IT security, backup solutions, web pages. Windows, Linux/UNIX supported. I speak English and German. email: info@jjaeger.fastmail.fm or Tel.: +34 91 559 31 58 Mobile: +34 65 335 11 36. COMPUTER SOLUTIONS (ENGLISH/ESPANOL) Speed up your system and fix old software problems. Fast, quality service. Just call or email me for an estimate! Fernando 644 02 79 68 ferttag@gmail.com Best value in town.

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