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Log #85. Outdoor Advertising

Detail from a poster close to Bilbao metro station in Madrid. They really like the big poster / billboard (20m x 10m and larger) advertising in this city.
 
Poster

Log #84. Manifestacion

Whilst walking over to Moncloa noticed lots of makeshift stalls selling Spanish flags around Colon. Walking back from Moncloa about four hours later noticed end of a demonstration in Colon with lots of people carrying flags. Note to self: flag business good in Madrid. Lots of demonstrations.

Madrid demonstration / manifestacion Flag seller close to Plaza Colon

Log #83. España Por Favor

¡Hola! ¿Qué Tal? A story in today's El Pais newspaper quoting a survey published in the Financial Times of London tells that most Europeans would choose Spain first to live and work in. The survey was carried out in five European countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) with 6,561 responses. According to the data, 17% of those surveyed chose Spain as the country they would prefer to work in, ahead of Great Britain, with 15% of the vote and France 11%. Italians and French showed the largest propensity to choose Spain. The survey also showed that the Spanish were the most optimistic citizens within the group, 50% thought that their standard of living was improving every year and they were the least worried about immigration.

Log #82. Carnaval

The Freaks are on their way to Madrid. Starting February 13th and going on to the 21st, Madrid is in carnival mode with parades, open air fairs and dancing in the streets. The sound comes from the comparsas (music groups) and their chirigotas (satirical songs). The spirit is that of the carnival that Goya and Larra immortalised with traditional multicoloured passacaglia, masked balls, floats and contests. So, starting on Fiday night we have:

CARNAMUNDI
Friday 16th, 8 pm
2007 Carnival Party
Plaza de la Villa
Groups from Madrid, Bolivia, Cuba, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic present their dances and costumes during the parades that leave different squares in the centre of the city at 7 pm and all end up in the Plaza de la Villa.

PASACALLES DE LA TARASCA (LA TARASCA PASSACAGLIA)
Friday 16th, 7.30 pm
Plaza de Oriente
A monster snake(! no, really,) will leave from the Plaza de Oriente whilst Don Carnal and his court of mischievous characters, the tarasquilla, will lead the audience to the Plaza Mayor.

FESTIVAL REC 2007
Matadero Madrid
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th
Electronic music, visual projections and multi-media parties.

GRAND CARNIVAL PARADE
Saturday 17th, 7 pm
Route: Paseo de Coches del Retiro- calle Alcalá- plaza de Cibeles - paseo de la Castellana - plaza de Colón
Theatre, music, floats and circus characters.

FANCY DRESS COMPETITION
Saturday 17th, 11.30 pm
All competitors will show off their creations at the Círculo de Bellas Artes.

GAMES IN THE CITY FOR CHILDREN
Sunday 18th, 11 am-2 pm
Plaza de Oriente
A gymkhana combining leisure and education for the younger members of the family.

Burying the Sardine. BATTLE BETWEEN DON CARNAL AND DOÑA CUARESMA
Sunday 18th, 1.30 pm and 6 pm
Plaza Mayor
A recreation of the Battle between Don Carnal and Doña Cuaresma (The Lent Story), directed by the prestigious choreographer Marco Berriel and performed by the Morboria company. Music, colour, fire and contemporary dance.

ENTIERRO DE LA SARDINA
Wednesday 21st, 6 pm
Ever wanted to bury a sardine? Well now's your chance. The Alegre Cofradía del Entierro de la Sardina (Happy Brotherhood of the Sardine Burial) offers one last opportunity for irreverence. The parade starts at San Antonio de la Florida and ends by the fountain of the Pajaritos in Casa de Campo.

Log #81. M-11 Trial Starts

M-11 is the Spanish abbreviation for the Madrid Bombings at Atocha station (like 9/11 for the Yanks or 7/7 for the London Bombings). Today, the trial started for the 29 people accused of this atrocity. There are 20 Arabs (mostly Moroccans) and 9 Spanish accomplices in the dock. The guy who the prosecutors say was the head honcho in the affair was up first and he immediately started by haranguing the court by saying he didn't recognise its legitamacy and was soon cut short when the presiding judge said, OK then, we'll switch off your microphone and try you anyway. Cravenly he back-tracked and pleaded not-guilty. The trial is due to last 100 days. A nation awaits its outcome.

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