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Friday, April 22, 2016

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Spanish designers chosen to dress youngest British royals
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and young royals Cropped photo: Annie Leibovitz
The Local speaks to the designer behind Princess Charlotte’s retro look and why it is proving a boon for Spanish clothing sales. 
    Mallorca voted one of world's best islands… and here's why
    Mallorca is home to mountains, beaches and culture. Photo: Andrés Nieto Porras/Flickr 
    The Local takes a look at what makes the island so great. 
      Fresh elections almost certain but will results be different?
      Spain could be going back to the polls in June. Photo: AFP
      Polls predict that if new elections are held, the results will be similar to those of December. 
        Woman returns handbag full of cash found on metro
        Photo: AFP
        Barcelona Metro has thanked a passenger who handed in a handbag containing over €8,500 in cash. 
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          Nine reasons why Cervantes is better than Shakespeare
          The Bard versus Cervantes. Photo: Creative commons / Wikimedia
          In the battle for greatness, could Cervantes beat Shakespeare? 
            Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts
            An independent book shop in Barcelona. Photo: Lluis Gene / AFP
            To mark Spanish book day, The Local gives you the ultimate list of Spain-related books that make excellent gifts.  
              Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
              Photo: Leon Neal / AFP.
              How will Brits abroad vote in the "Brexit" referendum? The Local surveyed more than 2,700 people across Europe to find out. 
                Who knew? Kim Jong-un reveals passion for flamenco
                Photo: AFP
                For the first time ever, a Spanish flamenco troupe has performed in North Korea, delighting its supreme leader, Kim Jong-un. 
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                  Ten delicious Spanish dishes you must try before you die
                  Photo: Joan Grifols/Flickr
                  If you thought Spanish food was all paella and pinchos then think again. The Local takes you on a mouth-watering tour of some of the country's lesser known but equally fabulous culinary highlights. 
                    Happy Birthday Your Majesty! (Please visit Gibraltar again)
                    Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Edinburgh tour The Rock in 1954. Photo: Gibraltar government archive
                    On the occasion of the Queen's 90th birthday, her most loyal subjects in Gibraltar are calling for her to visit. 
                      Meet the Swedish man putting the Messi into baby changing
                      Leo Messi and a baby in his number 10 nappy. Photo: AFP / blog moda bebe
                      A Swedish entrepreneur is branding baby nappies especially for Barcelona football fans. 
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                      Debunking the myth: How true are Spanish stereotypes?
                      Photo: Justyna Rawińska / Flickr
                      Spaniards are loud, lazy and love a nice long siesta... don't they?  
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                      Nine incredibly  addictive television series from Spain
                      A still from Spanish TV series Velvet. Photo:
                      Spain might not be internationally known for its small screen action but that could be about to change. 
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                      Ten bizarre Spanish stories that are not April Fools' jokes
                      Screen grab: La Sexta 
                      These stories from Spain might all sound too strange to be true but actually are... 
                      The ten commandments for expats living in Spain
                      Sometimes you just need to throw yourself into the local culture. Photo: AFP
                      Irish expat Carol Byrne outlines the ten golden rules you will need to follow to be a happy expat in Spain. 
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                      Forget tampons and use sea sponges, says Catalan town
                      Photo: AFP
                      The left wing CUP party in the town of Manresa, Catalonia, doesn't like tampons and wants a more ecological alternative.  
                      Spanish woman lay dead in cinema for a whole week
                      Photo: Sara Robertson/Flickr
                      A woman whose body was found in a cinema in Valencia on Tuesday had been there for a week, officials have revealed. 
                      Is Spain winning the battle against domestic violence?
                      Women at a demo in Barcelona last November. Photo: Josep Lago / AFP
                      Sixty women were murdered in Spain last year, beaten, stabbed or burnt to death by their partners. So what is Spain doing about it? 
                      Finally Spanish PM meets with Catalan separatist leader
                      Photo: AFP
                      Spain's acting Prime Minister met Catalonia's separatist leader on Wednesday, a first in nearly two years as controversy rages over an independence drive in the wealthy, northeastern region. 
                      Happy 90th Birthday
                      Queen Elizabeth II: Why she loves (and loathes) Spain
                      Photo: AFP
                      As Her Majesty gets ready to celebrate her 90th birthday The Local explores her, sometimes, turbulent relationship with Spain. 
                      From our other editions
                      3D print of Oetzi the Ice Man revealed
                      One of three replicas of Oetzi the Iceman created for teaching purposes by Gary Staab, from resin and mixed media. Photo:
                      Scientists presented Wednesday a life-sized copy, made using a 3D printer, of Oetzi the mummified 5,000-year-old "iceman" found in the Alps 25 years ago. 
                      Refugee crisis
                      Swiss army ready to act in worst case migrant scenario
                      File photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
                      Switzerland has said it is ready to mobilize up to 2,000 soldiers should migrants continue to arrive into the country. 
                      Police calm hipster frenzy at Berlin vegan restaurant
                      Wouldn't you stand outside in the cold for hours for a cup of revitalising green gunk? Photo: DPA
                      Has hipster gentrification gone too far in Berlin? As police battle hordes of trend-seekers hungry for vegan snacks, the question has to be asked. 
                      US Army captain foils Denmark school attack
                      Danish Chief of Defence Peter Bartram (left) presented Captain Bradley Grimm (centre) with a Danish Defense Medal. Also present was US Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford (right). Photo: Sune Wadskjær
                      American who "likely saved the lives of Danish citizens" was honoured with a Danish Defense Medal. 
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                      Seven great ways to celebrate 400 years of Cervantes
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                      What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
                      Report raises fears of Isis terror plot on Costa del Sol
                      Five bonkers ways Spain is commemorating Cervantes
                      Bad owners to sweep streets in Madrid's war on dog poo
                      Ten weird things that shock Spaniards about the UK
                      Debunking the myth: How true are Spanish stereotypes?
                      Bienvenidos a Blighty: Spanish workers flock to UK
                      Spaniards design mattress to catch out love cheats
                      Spanish town fined for staging bizarre 'slippery swine' race
                      Fat man who crushed nativity donkey to death goes free
                      Consulate reveals weirdest requests from Brits abroad
                      Recipe: How to make Spanish albóndigas in tomato sauce
                      First journalist punished over photos under Spain’s gag law
                      'Hug a Brit to stop Brexit' Europeans urged
                      Benidorm's Sticky Vicky, 72, retires from sexy magic show
                      What's on in Spain: April 2016
                      Double amputee told to 'crawl' to Ryanair flight in Spain
                      Barcelona officially declares itself a 'veggie friendly' city 
                      Spain mulls 'no kill bullfights' in nod to animal rights
                      Report: Life in Spain is more miserable than Saudi Arabia
                      The ten commandments for expats living in Spain
                      Analysis & Opinion
                      'Gibraltar is passionately British - that's why we reject Brexit'