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Well, well, well, It looks like Spain is at the top of the list!

From the millions of tourists that come to Spain every year it is easy to see that Spain is a popular country for foreigners. But does living here bring the same qualities?

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Reading: Ten of the best small music festivals in Europe

With the festival season looming, we look at some of the smaller (aka cheaper) and offbeat (aka less crowded) options in Europe

Kraftwerk performs live at the Sonar festival in Barcelona, Spain Kraftwerk play the Positivus festival in Latvia in July.

 Positivus, Salacgriva, Latvia

18-20 July 
Situated on the Gulf of Riga, Positivius has a whimsical feel and an impressive line up: this year Elbow, Kraftwerk and Anna Calvi are some of the names on the list. Away from the main three stages there is a local arts and crafts market, a cinema tent, circus perfomances, modern dance, theatre and art. It’s not the slickest festival out there but that’s actually something of a bonus as the idyllic setting would be a little at odds with anything sharper.

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Reading:The Goonies sequel confirmed by director Richard Donner

Director hopes to reunite Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin and Jeff Cohen in follow-up of cult 80s children’s adventure.

The Goonies

The director of  The Goonies, Richard Donner, has said a sequel to the cult 80s children’s adventure is in the works.

  1. The Goonies
  2. Production year: 1985
  3. Country: USA
  4. Cert (UK): PG
  5. Runtime: 113 mins
  6. Directors: Richard Donner, Warner
  7. Cast: Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Josh Brolin, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Sean Astin
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Reading: Nasa release images to coincide with Gravity Oscar win

After the film Gravity picked up a handful of Oscars, including for best cinematography and best visual effects, Nasa releases images of the real thing.

image 1The sun greets the International Space Station from the Russian section of the orbital outpost, photographed by one of the STS-129 crew members

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Reading: 12 Years a Slave: New York Times publishes correction 161 years later

Newspaper report in 1853 got author Solomon Northup’s surname wrong twice, misspelling it as Northrop and Northrup.


The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie 12 Years a Slave.

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Oscars 2014

The Winners


12 Years A Slave


Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club


Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

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Real-life Wolf of Wall Street says his life of debauchery ‘even worse’ than in film

Jordan Belfort, who was jailed for 22 months for securities fraud, admits that the Oscar-nominated film based on his memoir had no need to exaggerate the sex and drugs.

Jordan Belfort

The controversial figure whose memoir formed the basis of Leonardo DiCaprio’s unhinged stockbroker in Martin Scorsese’sOscar-nominated black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street has revealed his debauched life of sex and drugs was «even worse» than shown in the film.

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Tribute to Paco de Lucía

Paco de Lucía, born Francisco Sánchez Gómez (21 December 1947 – 26 February 2014) was a Spanish flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Falmenco style, he was one of the first flamenco guitarists who has also successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz.

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United States Tightens the Noose on the Ivory Trade

The U.S. announces important new rules to restrict the domestic trade in ivory.


The new ivory rules ban the commercial import of African elephant ivory.

New restrictions on the ivory trade designed to create «a near complete ban» on the commercial sale of African elephant ivory in the U.S. were announced Tuesday by the Obama Administration.

Elephants and rhinos have taken center stage in global coverage of illegal wildlife trafficking, and the ivory restrictions are a cornerstone of the administration’s new plan. (Read » Blood Ivory» in National Geographic magazine.)

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Fantasy Hollywood: restaging classic films with black models

When two Senegalese photographers messed with some very familiar screen moments, they were taken aback by the racial dimension to the response.

Black Hollywood Breakfast                  Breakfast at Onomo’s, 2013. Photograph: Antoine Tempé

Back in the 80s, my classmates and I piled into Mbabane’s local cinema to watch Top Gun. We’d turn to each other, channeling our best version of Val Kilmer to spout “You can be my wing man anytime” – followed by intense laughter. Who doesn’t have a favourite line, an iconic moment from film lodged in our minds?

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Shut out all night at the Golden Globes, the historical drama «12 Years a Slave» eked out the night’s top honor, best film drama, while the 1970s con-artist caper «American Hustle» landed a leading three awards, including best motion picture – comedy or musical.

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Oscars 2013


Oscars 2013

Everything you need to know (and more) about the Academy Awards Oscars 2013 is in this page