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No more "manspreading" on Madrid metro

Madrid tackles 'el manspreading' on public transport with new signs  Transport authorities in Spanish capital want to encourage men to respect boundaries on bus seats and keep legs closed  Madrid’s transport authorities are taking a stand against seated male selfishness with a campaign to tackle the social scourge that is manspreading.

Fed up with men whose thighsfail to respect the boundaries of bus seats, the Spanish capital’s Municipal Transport Company (EMT) is to put up signsdiscouraging the practice.

The EMT – which explains that “el manspreading” is “an English term that describes the posture of men who open their legs too wide and take up neighbouring seats” – said the new signs are intended to remind people of the need to respect the space of all bus passengers.

Would-be manspreaders will hopefully be deterred by small pictures of a thoughtless, faceless red man invading the seat to his right.

“This new information sign is similar to those that already exist in other t…

More Verb Patterns

Which of the following sentences are right?  Correct those that are wrong.

 1. A: He recommended us to take the train there.      B: I wouldn't recommend eating there.      C: I bought this mobile after a friend recommended it to me.      D: Doctors recommend that we do thirty minutes of exercise every day.

 2. A: We would like that you come with us.      B: I wouldn't mind to see his latest film.      C: Would you prefer sitting outside?      D: I'd much rather stay in bed than go to work today.

 3. A: She denied lying on her CV.      B: They denied that they had broken any rules.      C: He denied to have cheated in the exam.      D: I refuse to fly with British Airways ever again. 
 4. A: Remind me to phone her tomorrow.      B: Passengers are reminded that smoking is not permitted during the flight.      C: Did you remember to lock the door?      D: I don't remember seeing her at the party.      E: I forgot to thank her for the flowers.

 5. A: She apologised me for…


A Day In The Life Of: A Rent-a-Pilgrim
Any Roman Catholics who have vowed to make the pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal which is famous for religious visions but can't fulfil their promise, help is at hand -- rent-a-pilgrim. 

For 2,500 euros (1,671 pounds), Pilgrim Gil will make the journey in your place -- and send you a certificate stamped along the way to prove he walked your every step. 

Carlos Gil, 42, who owns a small computer company, took up this mediaeval practice four years ago when he suddenly "felt an urge to walk to Fatima" and said charging each client was simply a way to keep doing what he loves. 

"I make the trip to Fatima once or twice a year because it elevates my spirit," said Gil. "Sometimes the trip is so intense that I forget I'm doing it to fulfil my client's promises." 

Like a true pilgrim, Gil begins his seven-day journey to Fatima on foot from his home in Cascais, a small town on the outskirts of Lisbon, about 160 kilomet…

Guernica anniversary

80 years on, Picasso's powerful anti-war Guernika still resonates
Exactly 80 years ago, in a crowded market square, the small Basque town of Guernica was bombed by Nazi aircraft at the behest of General Francisco Franco.

Days later Picasso heard about the attack and painted Guernica in a Paris attic, a haunting work of art that has become a universal howl against the ravages of war, from 1937 Spain to 2017 Syria.

The canvas mixes stark images of agonising humans and animals to depict the horror of the bombing of the small Basque town of Guernica on April 26, 1937 during Spain's civil war.

Luis Ortiz Alfau, a 100-year-old Spaniard, was there that day "to pick up the dead and the injured," he told AFP. "

Around 4:00 pm, three planes started arriving every 15 minutes, they were German and Italian planes," said the former soldier on the Republican side.

"They dropped explosive bombs, then incendiary bombs, and the town started to burn."

War in Syri…

It's official - on the road to Brexit

Brexit: The UK's letter triggering Article 50 
 Dear President Tusk

On 23 June last year, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As I have said before, that decision was no rejection of the values we share as fellow Europeans. Nor was it an attempt to do harm to the European Union or any of the remaining member states. On the contrary, the United Kingdom wants the European Union to succeed and prosper. Instead, the referendum was a vote to restore, as we see it, our national self-determination. We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe - and we want to remain committed partners and allies to our friends across the continent.

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom Parliament confirmed the result of the referendum by voting with clear and convincing majorities in both of its Houses for the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill was passed by Parliament on 13 March and it received Royal Assent from Her Majesty T…

Benidorm - the eighth wonder of the world

Boozy Spanish tourist hotspot Benidorm plotsbid to become Unesco world heritage site alongsidewonders of the world
The package holiday destination could join sites including the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef on the list 
BENIDORM – the home from home of boozed-up sunburnt Brits – could become a world heritage site alongside iconic landmarkssuch as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Spanish town’s council plans to submit a bid to Unesco next year for heritage status, according to The Times.

The Costa Blanca holiday hotspot would be a surprising addition to the list. But mayor Antonia Perez insisted the town has plenty to offer.

He said: “We are unique both in terms of our natural beauty and our man-made model of a sustainable city.

“We have beautiful beaches and a vertical city which is very sustainable.

 “Benidorm has expanded upwardsunlike many other cities and we have not built on our bay or the islands nearby.”

The town reportedly has the t…

Writing a review - St Paul de Vence

This time last week I was in the south of France. I stayed in a hotel near St Paul de Vence, in the hills surrounding Nice. On Saturday I had a lovely lunch in a famous restaurant in the village.

Just out of interest, I checked out reviews on Tripadvisor.

St Paul de Vence

“Charming Hill Top Village”
 ***** Reviewed 4 weeks ago 

The small hilltop village of St-Paul-De-Vence apparently had a quiet and largely uneventful history, until Pablo Picasso took up residence in the 1920s and helped transform it into an artists’ village. Today there are numerous galleries and studios with working artists throughout the narrow alleyways, interspersed with cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and clothing stores.

There are about 300 permanent residents and what seemed like 300,000 visitors each day in summer, or that’s what it seems like in the crowded alleyways and carparks. It is a popular day trip for people staying on the coast in summer. Arrive early to find a parking space close to the village an…