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Spain’s 5-1 WC defeat earns one Spaniard €100,000

Not every Spaniard was left feeling glum at the weekend

It was a shocker, a horror show, a nightmare. Spain’s opening game at the World Cup on Friday will go down in history as one of the worst opening defences by a world champion ever. To lose to the Netherlands was one thing. To lose 5-1 was unthinkable.

Almost literally, it was unthinkable. Except for one masochistic Spaniard who predicted such an outrageous scoreline beforehand and woke up on Saturday €100,000 better off

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Pooch-only waterpark opens in Spain

The Canino Can Jane Resort is the world's first dog-only water park

Not only has Spain long been adept at ticking all the required boxes needed for a memorable family holiday, but now the country has gone one further by opening a water park designed specifically – and exclusively – for canines.

The Resort Canino Can Jane, located close to Barcelona in the town of Roca del Valles, has been leaving pooches panting for more since it opened last month. Boasting gentle, dog-friendly gradients and slopes into the pools, extra tough inflatables and even a couple of water slides, the entire resort is suitable for dogs of all age and sizes… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 12/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Learning Spanish delays dementia, study finds

Your struggles with Spanish could be doing your brain a lot of good

“Hablas vous Englisch?” No matter how garbled your attempts at mastering a foreign language, the mere act of trying to learn a new tongue can help keep the symptoms of dementia at bay, a new study by Edinburgh University has found.

Researchers found that, no matter your age, the benefits of learning a new language are the same. In studying cognitive functions of the brain, the team set out to find out whether people who already possessed a strong capacity for learning and memory were more likely to be able to learn a foreign language, or whether multilingual skills were the cause, rather than the effect, of increased brainpower… Continue Reading

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Spain cheapest option for expat living, study finds

The overall cost of living in Spain is lower than any other expat destination

Despite the cost of living in many countries around the world edging closer to that of the UK’s in recent years, Spain remains the most affordable destination for Brits hoping to retire, move or buy property overseas, a new study has found.

Predicated on the perception that the pound is weaker than ever (it is in fact at an 18-month high against the euro right now) and living costs in places such as Italy, France, Canada and the USA are now almost on a par with the UK, the report from the Overseas Living Price Index has branded the dream of moving abroad to retire a ‘luxury’ for most Brits… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 09/06/2014 [2] Comments 
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Month of May sets record for job creation in Spain

More jobs, more confidence: Spain's economy is on the up

A record 111,916 jobs were created in Spain last month, a superb performance that confounded critics and surprised a number of Spanish and European economists.

After many months of encouraging performance, May saw Spain’s unemployment figures fall drastically, setting a record for the largest fall in jobless recorded in a single month… Continue Reading

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Spanish King Juan Carlos steps down

Spain's King Juan Carlos delivers his statement at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.

The King of Spain, King Juan Carlos, announced today that he is to abdicate the throne after 39 years at the helm.

With rumours of the King’s failing health circulating widely, Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, confirmed on Monday that the King will abdicate the throne to his son, Crown Prince Felipe, with immediate effect… Continue Reading

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Spain retains top spot for Blue Flag beaches

Great climate, clientele and cleanliness - Spain's beaches are among the best in the world

The prestigious Blue Flag accolade – which denotes that a beach has been recognised for its cleanliness and safety – has been awarded to a record 681 Spanish beaches, which is far more than any other country – not just in Europe, but the entire world…

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Author:Ian Clover 29/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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The Guardian’s Spain Special shows that the country still packs a punch

The beauty and diversity of Spain has the capacity to constantly surprise you

Despite its undoubted good intentions and excellent journalism over the past decade, Britain’s The Guardian newspaper receives a fair amount of stick for being a little too, well, full of itself.

Smugly ploughing its own righteous furrow, The Guardian’s editorials, writers, agendas and commentators often descend into unintentional parody of what many people assume ‘left-leaning’ individuals to be: quinoa-eating, sandal-wearing, hemp-clothed do-gooders who holiday in undiscovered Montenegran villages and name their children Mungo and Moppy.

So it was with surprise this weekend when I flicked on my laptop and automatically clicked on to The Guardian’s website (they have great sports coverage, you see) to be met with a Spain Special splashed across its travel pages. Now, Spain being a country in Europe and The Guardian being a national newspaper in the UK, this shouldn’t have been so surprising

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Spain no longer in EU’s pocket

Spain has paid down its debt to the EU by a third in the past year

What a difference a year makes: figures released this week by the Spanish Central Bank show that Spain has reduced its debt owed to the EU by almost a third in the past 12 months – with the debt owed shrinking even further in the first quarter of this year… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 26/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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EU elections of little concern for Brits in Spain, FT finds

The hot sands of Torremolinos beach may not be a hot bed of political debate, but that's fine

Vox pop-style polls are a handy journalistic trick employed by time-pressed reporters seeking instant opinion on any topic they are trying to cover. Responses from the ‘man on the street’ can often range from the insightful and the humorous to the slightly unhinged and hilariously non-committal (“I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” being the one phrase you don’t want to hear)… Continue Reading

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