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Lottery, logs and lights: What surprises foreigners about Spanish Christmas

The famous Catalan ‘Caganer’ figurine is by far the most-cited festive curiosity by members of the non-native community in Spain

SPANISH MUSIC

Video by video: How Rosalía conquered the world in 10 months

The Barcelona-born pop superstar this week became the first female Spanish artist to win an MTV Video Music Award but her success has been a year in the making

GENDER EQUALITY

Spanish grandmothers break stereotypes in gender-bending photo exhibition

A group of senior women, know as the Lideresas of Villaverde, have recreated iconic images from popular culture posing as Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and the members of The Beatles

DUBBING INDUSTRY

‘Sicansíos’: ‘Game of Thrones’ dubbing mistake exposes precarious sector in Spain

Fears over piracy and spoilers have led to strict security measures that make it harder for voice actors to do their job, while the streaming boom has increased job insecurity

Brexit

“It was the best year of my life”: Former Erasmus students on what could be lost with Brexit

Verne speaks to Spanish alumni who studied in the UK on the importance of the program, which could be at risk if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal

FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN SPAIN

Is it illegal in Spain to insult God and the Virgin Mary?

An arrest warrant has been put out for Willy Toledo, an actor and activist who has attracted a lawsuit from a Christian association over comments he posted on Facebook

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What do Spaniards find surprising about living in the UK?

Carpets, long socks and potato crisp sandwiches are just some of the things that have perplexed Spanish people in London

Early Spring in Spain

Spanish town of Cieza showcases annual attraction: orchards in full bloom

The explosion of color can be seen across the countryside from mid-February to the middle of March

URBAN ART

How the Spanish Banksy used Picasso in unique protest against bullfighting

Sam3 has impressed Santa Pola town hall in Alicante with ingenious Guernica reproduction

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The runaway success of a Spanish short on how parents stifle creativity

The eight-minute production ‘Alike’ won a Goya Award for best animated short film in 2016

Verne

Death notices are a husband’s yearly tribute to his deceased wife

Since 1995, José Luis Casaus has kept his spouse up-to-date with his news in EL PAÍS

Verne

How an 80-year-old Spanish grandfather became a YouTube star

The senior citizen from Malaga travels around the world making typical grandpa observations

Verne

Why do movie titles in Spain end up with such strange translations?

Changing the names of films such as ‘La La Land’ is sometimes necessary

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Spanish feminist gets brands to pull ads from site over “sexist” content

Twitter user alerted advertisers to an article titled ‘Why are feminists uglier than regular women?’

LGTBQ campaigns

Mystery NY donor funds Basque campaign showing girls with penises and boys with vulvas

Nude cartoons went up in parts of northern Spain to raise awareness about transgender children

‘Paellagate’ – Jamie Oliver defends use of chorizo in classic Spanish dish

Celebrity UK chef proves unrepentant over decision to include sausage in his version of recipe

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Post-Brexit Britain? Two assaults in UK involving Spaniards go viral

First incident, dating from May, involved a man hit with a plank while speaking Spanish in the street

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The Canadian company reinventing the Spanish wineskin

The Colborne Bag Company crowdfunds an update aimed at a younger, North American market

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Island authorities take exception to dance hit ‘I took a pill in Ibiza’

Singer Mike Posner invited to visit Balearics to see what is on offer besides nightclubs

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Vigo tourist board to pull ad for islands after cocaine Twitter joke

Spanish scriptwriter causes stir after pointing out resemblance to the narcotic

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Customer complaint goes viral after delivery man offers “extra” services

Messenger began sending suggestive texts to female package recipient via WhatsApp

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The campaign to remind people that having a breast is not a luxury

Artist raises awareness about two-year delays for reconstruction surgery

Cinema

Why Leonardo DiCaprio should win an Academy Award

The eternal nominee might finally pick up his first Oscar for Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant’