Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Peter Fieldman

PETER FIELDMAN

London-born journalist and author, Peter spends his time between Paris and Madrid. His novel ‘1066 The Conquest’ available on Amazon or www.1066TheConquest.com

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End of the Battle of Waterloo 1815

PARTICIPANTS at the Congress of Vienna included ambassadors from virtually every European state, region and city as well as special interest groups. Their aim was to restore or modify borders to bring peace to the continent in the aftermath of the French revolution and Napoleonic wars. So much dealing was…

Does anyone need a friend?

CAN anybody tell me if there is a Facebook helpline for users who feel they suffer from Alzheimer's disease? I keep receiving messages with the portraits of lots of my ‘friends’ or their holiday snaps from all over the world. But the strange thing is I don’t seem to be…

Does anyone need a friend?

CAN anybody tell me if there is a Facebook helpline for users who feel they suffer from Alzheimer's disease? I keep receiving messages with the portraits of lots of my ‘friends’ or their holiday snaps from all over the world. But the strange thing is I don’t seem to be…

Welcome return for Zurbaran

FOR the first time in more than 25 years the Spanish artist Francisco Zurbaran is the subject of a major exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, organised in conjunction with the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf.One of the most important figures of the golden age of Spanish art, Francisco Zurbaran…

How art deco affected society

MAJOR exhibition is dedicated to the art deco movement in Paris between 1910-1935 FOR several years the ‘Fundacion March’ in Madrid has been at the forefront of some of the capital’s most original and avant-garde art exhibitions competing with the major art museums of the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen…

When compensation is due, go for it, but just be patient

FOR years I had dreamt about a Baltic cruise and those long summer daylight hours in Scandinavia, except my wife, who is not a seafaring British citizen, gets seasick in the boating pond at the Retiro. In any event she had made other plans. So instead of a summer cruise…

Will climate change signal the end of Lima’s micro buses?

WHILE not reaching any major decisions, the recent climate change conference in Lima, Peru, seemed to satisfy the host nation. Yet the country faces several problems of its own, especially the capital’s public transport system. Any visitor to Lima will find it hard to fathom out how it functions, although…

Guided tours to remember Spanish Civil War

To find out more about the available tours and prices visit the web site: ACROSS MADRID or email info@acrossmadrid.com. A donation from the proceeds of this particular itinerary will be made to the Friends of the International Brigades Association (Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales/AABI). ACROSS Madrid Tours is…

The spy who came in from the heat

D-Day 1944: the largest invasion force in history successfully landed on the shores of Normandy to end the Nazi domination of Europe. But without the contribution of a self made, Spanish double agent, the outcome of the Second World War might have been different, Juan Pujol Garcia was born in…

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Canfranc’s monumental railway station is a shadow of its former self

THE Somport pass has been a principal route over the Pyrenees for centuries, frequented by pilgrims using the ‘Tolosana’ path to Santiago de Campostela, and hikers and skiers visiting the region’s natural parks and ski resorts. Yet in this remote valley, seven kilometres from the French border, stands Europe’s second…

Canfranc’s monumental railway station

THE Somport pass has been a principal route over the Pyrenees mountains for centuries, frequented by pilgrims using the ‘Tolosana’ path to Santiago de Campostella and hikers and skiers visiting the region’s natural parks and ski resorts. Yet in this remote valley, seven kilometres from the French border, stands Europe’s…

China’s 2000 year old Terracotta Army

In 1974 when local peasant farmers came across fragments of clay while digging a well on a hillside in Lintong provence, about 35 kilometres east of the Chinese city of Xi’an in the Shaanxi region, they had no idea that it would lead to one of the major archaeological discoveries…

The Fascination for Japanese Art

JAPANESE art had a profound influence on artists and designers in Europe during the latter part of the 19th century as Japan, which had been isolated from the outside world, began to open its ports to foreign trade. The current exhibition at the Caixa Forum in Madrid is the first…

An insight into Spanish history culture and art

THIS year’s autumn exhibition at Madrid’s Prado Museum provides an insight into Spanish history, culture and art covering the period between 1650 and 1680. It was a defining moment in Felipe 1V’s reign with political, military and financial crisis, and the culmination of Velazquez’s illustrious career as official artist to…

Surrealism: Nothing is what it seems

THE surrealist movement was perhaps the driving force of 20th century art and Madrid has no less than two major exhibitions devoted to the genre this autumn. Entitled, Surrealis, the exhibition at the Fundacion March has been organised t Art before Surrealism in conjunction with the Germanisches National museum of…

A breath of fresh art

A UNIQUE presentation of the works of Spanish artist, Cristina Duclos, is currently on display in Madrid commemorating over 40 years of an illustrious career. Although she is a renowned portrait artist with several works commissioned from Spanish personalities or paintings of her family, it is her love of nature…

Bring democracy to the Olympic Games

SO Madrid’s pride was shattered and Mariano Rajoy, Ana Botella and Prince Felipe humiliated by the IOC members. Was it worth it? What was the purpose of Madrid’s third attempt to host the Olympic games when Spain had recently (in Olympic terms) hosted them - Barcelona in 1992 - and…

Nation states versus the European Union

In or out of Europe? David Cameron wants the people to decide, writes Peter Fieldman DAVID CAMERON’S intentions are now clear. But has he considered the consequences of a British withdrawal for the millions of Brits working or retired in the EU who could lose health benefits and need work…

Corruption must go if the financial crisis is to end and nations recover

THE adage, power corrupts, has never been more accurate, writes Peter Fieldman THE FINANCIAL crisis has brought to the surface the extent of political and corporate corruption around the world whether it is for political funding, bowing to corporate lobbies or straight forward self enrichment. Western nations tend to give…
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