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Spanish Golf Trailblazer

28 Aug

Sota, Mª Acacia and TV presenter Carlos García-Hirschfeld, in Pedreña in 2009 (Photo: Fernando Herranz)

Severiano Ballesteros was the first Spanish golfer to shine in the international spotlight but it was his uncle Ramón Sota who helped pave the way when the game was effectively in its infancy in Spain.

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Looking on the Bright Side…

25 Aug

(Photo: Getty Images)

One of Miguel Ángel Jiménez’s most celebrated contributions to past European Ryder Cup challenges has been his liberal supply of Spanish wine. This year, there will no doubt be another crate or two in the cargo hold as the team heads across the Atlantic to Chicago but once on American soil the Spanish star will be providing another key weapon to the defending Europeans’ arsenal. […]

Symbolist Spirit

17 Aug

Spirit of the Plains (1897)

A retrospective exhibition of one of Australia’s foremost Art Nouveau artists is on show at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Born in Goulburn in 1871, Long studied in Sydney before gaining prominence in the Symbolist movement in the late 19th century – creating haunting images of the Australian landscape, frequently featuring mythical creatures. […]

Smouldering Summer

31 Jul

A scene from Camera Cafe with Arturo Valls

It’s that time of the year for otherwise under-employed marketing types to keep themselves busy – and entertained. At Personality Media, they carried out a survey among men to determine this season’s most attractive Spanish woman. And the winner was… actress and presenter Carolina Cerezuela. Born in Elche (Alicante) in 1980, she is best known professionally for her role as Mónica Salazar en the Telecinco comedy series Camera Café (2005-2009) and personally for her relationship with 1998 French Open tennis champion Carlos Moya… they have a two-year-old daughter (Carla) and are expecting a second child in November.

Marking Time

10 Jul

He went close to a first world championship title in 2010 (On the Grid) and Mark Webber is once again well-placed to become only the third Australian to lift Formula 1’s ultimate trophy.

After finishing third in the driver’s championship in 2010 and 2011, Webber moved up to second behind 2012 pacesetter Fernando Alonso with his victory in the British Grand Prix. It was his second win of the season, after Monaco, and soon after he ended speculation about signing for Ferrari next year by renewing his contact with Red Bull for at least one more season.

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CHARMED in CEUTA

9 Jul

An exotic Spanish melting pot in northern Africa

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By DAN LORE

CEUTA LOCALS like to quote a favourite joke. A child asks his mother: “Where do good people go when they die?” To heaven.” “And where do bad people go?” “To hell.” So where do the others go?” “To Ceuta and Melilla.”

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The Dingo Did It?

12 Jun

An appeal has been lodged in the Northern Territory Supreme Court against a coroner’s ruling that a dingo was responsible for Azaria Chamberlain’s death 32 years ago. […]

Diamond Fiesta Cuts Raw Nerve

5 Jun

Splendid pageantry… or obsolete pomp? Two differing views of the celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee – and (at least in Australia’s case) the more pressing and pertinent issue of republicanism.

Michael McGuire: No crowning glory in right royal farce (The Punch)

Jeremy Paxman: We’re all monarchists now – even me (The Telegraph)

Passing the Ballesteros Baton

28 Apr

Competing at the same venue where his father Seve made his professional debut, 21-year-old Javier Ballesteros finished a creditable 14th in his first appearance in a pro event. […]

Starck Magic at Port Adriano

26 Apr

The design maestro responsible for putting the soul and heart into one of the Mediterranean’s most chic, and state-of-the-art, new marinas was the guest of honour at a lavish weekend of inauguration celebrations.

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