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Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

To some she is merely the trophy girlfriend of footballer Iker Casillas. But when the British press accused her of distracting goalkeeper Casillas in the 2010 World Cup, and thus causing Spain’s shock first-round defeat to Switzerland, the response was overwhelming. Spanish newspapers, commentators and fans of every political stripe defended the sports journalist in […]

March 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Famous People | Read More »

José Tomás

Jose-Tomas

Bullfighting may be suffering an unstoppable crisis, with attendance down and a ban coming into effect in Catalonia, but Tomás is its great hope. With a hair-raising disregard for his own safety, the torero from Galapagar apparently sees getting nearly gored to death as just another day at the office; one particularly angry bull nearly […]

March 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Famous People | Read More »

Patxi López

Patxi-Lopez

The Basque Country’s Socialist premier isn’t the most attention-grabbing politician in Spain. But he could make a case for being the most effective in difficult circumstances. When he formed a regional government in 2009 and broke the three-decade rule of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), few expected his administration to last. Given that the Socialist […]

March 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Famous People | Read More »

Ferran Adrià

Ferran Adrià

The most famous chef in the world is more than a chef. He authors books, supervises “workshops” and even takes part in artistic events such as the 2007 Kassel show in Germany. Adrià, head chef of the now-closed El Bulli never seemed to be trying to make cooking look easy – just look at some […]

March 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Famous People | Read More »

King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

The boyish grin, the Bourbon nose, the endless joshing: even if he wasn’t the king of Spain, you could spot Juan Carlos a mile off. But despite the down-to-earth bonhomie, he has a livelier CV than most living monarchs. Juan Carlos accidentally shot his brother dead with a hunting gun as a child. He then […]

March 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Famous People | Read More »

Joan Manuel Serrat

Joan Manuel Serrat

A controversial choice, given that the Barcelona-born Serrat is more of a folk singer than a rocker; a Catalan Leonard Cohen, perhaps. But when it comes to Spanish popular music, he is the godfather, and his influence on several generations of musicians and songwriters is hard to overstate. His career started in the sixties and […]

March 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Rock Bands | Read More »

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