Archives for March 2010

March 31st, 2010

Local police have reported that a man living in Lleida doused himself with petrol and tried to set fire to himself in front of an estate agent’s office yesterday, the estate agent allegedly owed him more than three thousand euros. The events occurred at about 13:30 pm yesterday in Calle Sant ...

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March 31st, 2010

According to the head of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Lynton, Spain could be the second country in the world, after South Korea, to be vetoed by the major DVD distribution companies in Hollywood. "People in Spain are downloading movies in such quantity that it is about to stop

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March 31st, 2010

A checksum is like a digital fingerprint - a mathematical way of calculating a unique number which identifies a collection of data. For a while now at, we've been calculating and storing checksums for each of the property images we import and process every day. On a busy day, ...

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March 31st, 2010

UK budget leaves sterling unmoved. The EU reaches another agreement to rescue Greece; this one might hold water. A two-cent range took sterling from €1.1050 to €1.1250 and all the way back again. It opened in London this morning half a cent up on the week at €1.11. After their experience the ...

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March 30th, 2010

Venus and Mercury, the two planets closest to the Sun, will be very close to each other in the sky for the next 10 days and are visible without the need for a telescope. On a clear evening, both planets can be seen with the naked eye by looking west between ...

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March 30th, 2010

According to unconfirmed reports, Seville FC have reached an agreement with the current manager of Bordeaux, and former France international, Laurent Blanc to take over their vacant manager's position for the next three seasons. As a player, Laurent Blanc's highlight was winning the World Cup

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March 30th, 2010

With just two working days left until the end of the month, the Federation of Automotive Dealers (FACONAUTO) is reporting that the passenger vehicle industry in Spain has shown a substantial 65.8% year on year increase during March 2010. The prediction is that March

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March 30th, 2010

This week's article entitled: The Pain in Spain outlines the challenges facing Spain with refreshing clarity and honesty. For me, the situation is summed up nicely with this quotation: "The only way for Spain to remain competitive is for the country to increase productivity, because it cannot lower prices artificially ...

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March 30th, 2010

Housing starts in Spain have fallen by almost 80% since the economic crisis began in 2007, reveal new statistics from the Ministry of Housing. You don’t have to be a genius to work out how badly that will have hit the residential construction business in Spain. The sector has effectively ...

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March 29th, 2010

With an appropriate policy for banning tobacco use, the Spanish national health system could save about 5,500 million euros in direct treatment expenditure, as well as saving 1,500 million euros in pharmaceutical costs. This was the opinion given today by Juan Ruiz Manzano, president

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March 29th, 2010

The Easter processions began yesterday and many famous Spanish celebrities participated in the streets of Spain. In Andalucia, the Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas travelled to Malaga while Isabel Pantoja enjoyed the processions in Seville with her children Chabelita and Kiko. Antonio Banderas is a faithful

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March 29th, 2010

Police have confirmed the arrest of a man aged 39 years old at the weekend, the man is accused of illegally imprisoning his wife for over a year in the basement of a building of Viladecans in Barcelona. The victim, of Moroccan origin, lived in a basement in

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March 29th, 2010

Understandably, few Britons know the difference between a casita and a villa when looking at Spanish property. Indeed, these terms are frequently misunderstood and can lead to real disappointment. The terms are certainly not interchangeable so, if you are looking at villas in Spain (particularly on the internet), ...

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March 27th, 2010

Don't forget that tonight (or more specifically at 2am early Sunday morning) the clocks go forward in all countries within the European Union, including Spain. So, that's one hour 'less' in bed! According to estimates by the Institute

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March 26th, 2010

José Carlos Fuentes, one of the favourites for the Chef of the Year 2010 competition, organized by Alimentaria as part of their International Food and Drink Exhibition, was awarded the prestigious honour in Barcelona yesterday. The Barcelona born chef, aged just 29 years old, is currently the head chef

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