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MADRID: Losing Patience in Spain

Culture By 8 septiembre, 2017 No Comments

By James G. Skinner

Spaniards are fed up! They are fed up of political bickering, government statements of ‘the end of recession’, independence pleas by regional nationalists, banking disorders, corruption in practically every sector of the community, be it political parties, town councils, trade unions – who have been very quiet by the way – individual tax evaders and above all, members of the royal family.

Music: Déjà-vu…in Germany

Culture By 22 agosto, 2017 1 Comment

Déjà-vu…

…or why is it, that events that have passed decades ago still hold us under their spell? Are they dreams and occurences to which we only find answers in time? I have spent most of my life trying to work up these thoughts, both as a musician, as well as a painter, to implement them in the context of what has happened and reality.

PARIS: How to celebrate the 4th of July in the French capital

Culture By 21 agosto, 2017 No Comments

What do Americans in Paris do on July 4th? I can’t speak for everyone, but I eat a burger. In years past, I’d invite friends for a hamburger dinner, complete with all the ‘fixins’: bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, relish…and serve them with cole slaw and potato chips. It wasn’t so easy to organize at the time — buns were hard to find and American style bacon was a specialty item. Even the cheese squares were not an ordinary item on the grocery store shelf.