Life In The Arts Lane - Week 103- The changes wrought by age and time

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I have started to notice and be upset by changes I see around me. I wonder whether this is like a new form of puberty, a phase we all go through when we hit a certain age. For all my life, up to now, I have celebrated and been eager to embrace the new and the innovative.

Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion International Gastronomy Summit 2015, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

We've all heard of those grand Chinese banquets with innumerable courses including delicacies like sea slugs and bird's nests, but at Madrid Fusion this year I caught a glimpse of the future. Goods from China dominate our shops but my suspicion is that Chinese food is going to take over our restaurant menus - and I don't mean chop suey and egg fried rice.

A Guide to the Perfect 24 Hours in Madrid

Chloe Gunning | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

I felt a chill just from looking out of the plane window of as I travelled to Madrid. January is officially low season across Spain. A country that I have always thought of as being warm and drenched in sunshine, was looking more like the Scottish highlands!

Archaeologists Close To Locating Remains Of 'Don Quixote' Author

AP | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK

Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes hope they are entering the final phase of their nine-month quest to solve the mystery of wher...

Madrid Station Evacuated After 'Suicide Bomber' Threat

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK

Madrid's central Atocha train station has been evacuated after a bomb threat but police have reported that a man who claimed he was a suicide bomber w...

Could Juan Carlos Be The Last Spanish Monarch?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK

Could Juan Carlos be the last Spanish monarch? As the 76-year-old handed the reins to son Felipe, tens of thousands in Spain have rallied to demand th...

Spanish Bulls Injure Three Matadors Ending Bullfight

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK

It’s a victory for the bulls. Three matadors at Madrid's prestigious yet controversial Las Ventas ring were injured on Tuesday, forcing the organise...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 66 - Here We Go Again

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Masterpiece is at a fulcrum moment and it is always the case that TEFAF comes at that crucial moment, the last few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of exhibitors are falling into place and we are ready to move from the plan stage to the build stage.

Under the Tourist Radar: Spain's Best-Kept Secrets | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's not hard to see why Spain is one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers. There are many beautiful places in Spain where you'll find plenty of sunshine, good food, good wine, and beautiful beaches, but beyond these destinations we know and love, there are some Spanish gems that have been blissfully unaffected by mass tourism.

Bullet Point

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

I used to braid my great granny's Jamaican head of hair. That's when my daddy noticed I was queer. That's the time my big brother started to disappear. That's when the fear begun to be there for me. That's when the bullying begun. That's when he first pointed the gun.

"Live Like a Tourist, Travel Like a Local..."

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

My boyfriend's Dad has travelled the world and recently gave us the best piece of advice. He said we should "live in our own cities like tourists, and travel the globe like we are locals". I loved the suggestion the minute he told me I vowed to put it into practice when I went to Madrid

The Traveller's Guide to (early) Christmas Shopping

Andrew Matthews | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

To my wallet's quiet lament, winter looms and with winter comes Christmas and, however you ice it or trim it or wrap or spin it; Christmas is about mad-relentless-ruinous-gut-wrenching-eye-watering shopping.

Cameron Comes Out Swinging On Gibraltar

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics

No progress has been made in the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Spain and the UK, according to David Cameron. The prime minister met with his ...

Boris Johnson Congratulates Tokyo On Winning Olympic Games

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Sport

London mayor Boris Johnson has sent "huge congratulations" to Tokyo in being named as the host of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In a tight ra...

Asa Bennett

Will Madrid 2020 Olympics Help Or Hurt Business? | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK

London’s Olympic Games ended more than a year ago to fireworks, applause and fanfare as mayor Boris Johnson handed the flag over to Rio de Janeiro,...

British Man Calls Gibraltar Border Guards 'Torturers And Killers'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK

A British man living in Spain has been arrested in Madrid on suspicion of posting images of Spanish police officers who protect the border between Gib...

Week 34 - Life in the Arts Lane

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Spanish cuisine is famously meaty and so it is rare to find a place that focuses so intently on the growing, preparation and flavour of their produce. Everything they serve, they grow and the freshness is palpable. In a wholly good way you can taste the soil, it is almost akin to the concept of terroir in wine.

Why Spain Must Investigate Franco-Era Crimes

Naomi Westland | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

Remembering the past has been a fraught process in Spain, a fact perhaps reflected in the attitude of Madrid's tourist authorities who would rather you didn't explore it either. Many believe that old wounds should not be reopened, that Spain should look forwards not back. But lack of accountability means that the wounds - collective and individual - still haven't healed properly.

Un Poco De Madrid...

Rebecca Root | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Root

Eating and drinking aside, there is an array of culture to soak up in Madrid. On arrival I had thought differently. I couldn't list anything I particularly wanted to see or do, with no famous landmarks pitching it as a competitor to Paris. But I was wrong and soon discovered the history that lay deep in old Madrid.

Council Posts Dog Poo Back To Owners

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

A Madrid town hall has decided to box up dog poo and mail it back to the offending owners to clean up its streets. The town of Brunete recruited 20...

Spain Vs England - An Erasmus Experience

Giulia Zecchini | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Giulia Zecchini

The first time I moved from home was a more delicate transition, going from Milan where I studied at a British school to the UK, it felt right and I knew what to expect. However, moving to Madrid was a whole different story.

Welbz in the Bernabeu

Paddy Madden | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paddy Madden

Whatever the route, reds were flocking to the Spanish capital in numbers many reckoned hadn't been matched since the semi-final against Milan in 2005. It's not hard to see why. As Jose Mourinho put it, it was the tie the whole world was waiting for. Laden with sub-plot, it pitched together the world's most glamorous clubs, and its two best managers.

Independence, the Catalan Way

Eleanor Stanford | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Eleanor Stanford

"It needs to happen in my lifetime. We have wanted and deserved it for too long." Emma, a student studying in Barcelona, is a Catalan Independiste. She belongs to the 50% of the population of Spain's north-eastern region who would like to see Catalonia split from the Spanish state to form an autonomous country. And her cause is steadily gaining tangible political progress.

Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion - 11th International Gastronomy Summit in Madrid, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Every year, over three days, Madrid Fusion turns Madrid into the world gastronomy and restaurant capital, with over 100 top international chefs discussing the latest culinary trends.

Tourism Without Tears - A Winter Guide to Florence, Prague and Madrid

Andrew Matthews | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

The time has come to take back the cobbles, the castles, the cathedrals, the architecture and art, in fact anything that's even had a brush with a pair of Rohan convertible chinos in the past decade is now fair game. Because if there's one thing tourists like even less than trousers that don't turn into shorts, it's winter.