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There is no Alhambra in Grenada

Avios mix-up sees woman fly to Grenada, not Granada
A woman who booked a visit to Spain as part of a "bucket list" said she "just froze" when she realised she was being flown to the Caribbean instead.
Lamenda Kingdon, 62, from Plymouth, wanted to go to the Alhambra Palace in the Spanish region of Granada after being diagnosed with cancer.

However, she was booked on a flight to Grenada by travel rewards company Avios, an error which she only realised had been made once she was in the air.

Source: BBC News Vocabulary: a mix-up - a bucket - *a "bucket list" = a list of things that you want to do before you die. to reimburse - to achieve - to look forward to stg - a concern - to raise (money) - Idiom:

If you kick the bucket, you die. (informal)
I'm only 50. I don't want to kick the bucket just yet.I've just heard that the old lady on the first floor kicked the bucket. They say she had a heart attack. 

More scandal for Spanish royals

Former king of Spain Juan Carlos I accused of using 'lover' to secure low-tax property deals
The former king of Spain, Juan Carlos I, used his alleged lover Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein to buy multiple overseas properties due to her tax residence in Monaco, according to claims made by the German aristocrat in a leaked audio recording.

In a 2015 conversation with a former Spanish police officer in London, Princess Corinna alleged that the king’s lawyers put her name on overseas properties without her permission, complaining that she was being drawn intomoney laundering”.

The 53-year-old princess, who obtained her title from her second marriage, also claimed that Juan Carlos I held bank accounts in Switzerland in the name of his cousin, Álvaro Orleans de Borbón.

The allegations in the recording, published by the Spanish newspapers El Español and OK Diario, are the latest controversies to spring from the long-reputed relationship between the Monaco-based princess and J…

"Spiderman" saves boy from fall

Paris balcony boy family thank Mali 'Spiderman' Mamoudou Gassama
The family of a small boy dramatically rescued afterdangling from a balcony in Paris, France have expressed their thanks to the Malian man who saved him.

"He's truly a hero," the boy's grandmother said of migrant Mamoudou Gassama, who scaled four floors to pluck the child from danger.

The four-year-old's father, who had left him in their flat and gone shopping, faces charges of failing to look after his child, reports say.

Mr Gassama will be givencitizenship.

French President Emmanuel Macron personally thanked him, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be offered a role in the fire service.

More details have begun to emerge of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Why was the boy on the balcony?

The boy left Réunion, where his mother and grandmother live, about three weeks ago and moved to Paris to join his father, who works in the city. His mother and the couple's se…

£10,000 for every 25-year-old

Give millennials £10,000 each to tackle generation gap, says thinktank
Resolution Foundation proposes ‘citizen’s inheritance’ to help redistribute wealth to young
Every person in Britain should receive £10,000 when they turn 25 to help fix the “broken” intergenerational contract between millennials and baby boomers, an influential thinktank has proposed following a two-year study.

The payment, described as a “citizen’s inheritance”, is intended to redistribute wealth at a time when young people need it most to find housing, return to education or start a business.

It is also intended to reduce resentment towards baby boomers (born 1946-65) who have typically done better out of the housing market and pensions than any subsequent generation.

The idea has emerged from the Resolution Foundation’s intergenerational commission, which has been working on the issue for two years and has now published its final report.

The panel was chaired by David Willetts, the former Conservative universit…

Run, run, run!

Source: Wikimedia (Ed Yourdon)

Running Vocabulary:

an athlete - un atleta

to beat your personal best - batir tu propio récord

a bib  - un dorsal (y babero)

a blister - una ampolla

to be out of  breath - sin aliento

to get cramp - darle a uno un calambre

downhill - cuesta abajo

the finishing line - la meta

flat (adj) - llano

to get injured - lesionarse

to go jogging / to jog - ir a correr

a jogger - un corredor

a lap (of a track) - una vuelta

pace- el ritmo

a race - una carrera

to be in shape ≠ to be out of shape - estar en forma ≠ estar bajo de forma

a slope - una cuesta

sore (adj) - dolerse

the starting line - la salida

steep (adj) - empinado

stiff (adj) - tener agujetas

to get a stitch - darle a uno flato

to do stretching - hacer estiramiento

to sweat - sudar

a track - una pista

to train (for a race) - entrenarse

trainers - zapatillas

to run on a treadmill - correr en la cinta

uphill - cuesta arriba

to warm up - calentar

Phrasal Verbs with run:

run around: to be very busy doing a lot …

Fake Master's and face cream force a resignation

Former Spanish presidency favourite resigns after CCTV captures her shoplifting face cream 
Cristina Cifuentes had recently faced controversy over allegedly fake Master's degree
The career of one of Spain’s most high-profile conservative politicians was in tatters Wednesday thanks to an alleged seven-year-old shoplifting case involving two 20 euro pots of anti-aging cream.

Madrid regional president Cristina Cifuentes, a leading light of Spain’s ruling centre right Partido Popular [PP] party, had once been tipped as a successor to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. 

But instead, Ms Cifuentes resigned after a three-minute video was published online of her emptying her handbag of items and handing them to a security guard in a grimy supermarket backroom.

The video, published by the OK Diario online site, shows Ms Cifuentes - at the time when she was deputy for the Madrid regional assembly - apparently finally paying for the anti-aging creams, worth 40 euros in total.

The securit…

A row over manchego

Cheesed off: Spain's manchego makers vow to fight EU name ruling
EU says Mexican producers can use manchego name to describe their cheaper, cow’s milk cheese
Makers and lovers of manchego, Spain’s famous sheep’s milk cheese, have vowed to fight an EU decision allowing Mexican producers to carry on using the same name to describe their cheaper, cow’s milk cheese.

A battle over ownership of the name had delayed a major trade deal between the EU and Mexico for months, but agreement was finally reached over the weekend in a deal that will allow 99% of goods to be traded between Mexico and the EU on a tariff-free basis.

However the agreement on manchego cheese, while giving the Spanish variant some extra protections against copy-cats when sold in Mexico, will allow both types of cheese to share the same name and sit on the same shelves in that country.

The European commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, insisted careful packaging would make the origins of the two cheeses clear. “Th…

Shutters up or down?

Why are Spaniards the only people in Europe obsessed with window blinds? 
Spain enjoys plenty of hours of sun, but yet apartments and houses are often completely shut off to natural light. Why is this?
“It’s like Spaniards are afraid of light,” says Caroline Jurgens, a 42-year-old Dutch woman who has been living in Spain since 2005. One of the first things that surprised Jurgens when she arrived from Amsterdam to Spain was the number of homes with the shutters down. 
“They pull them down all year long, even in winter even though it’s not so hot. The Dutch do the opposite: we need light all the time,” she says.

While the use of shutters in Europe is only anecdotal, here in Spain they are part of popular culture – and almost always kept down. And it’s not just because Spain receives more hours of light – between 2,500 and 3,000 hours in an average year, compared to the 1,600 in countries such as the United Kingdom or Holland. There are other, more interesting reasons.

Any Spaniard who …