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Wednesday 28th of June 2017

Top ten: Madrid Summer Dances

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As the temperature rises, Jeff Wiseman looks at some of the summer dance routines that you can expect to see in the city

1. The “Cross-Road” Scurry—a team dance, in which all participants hide in the shade near a road junction until the “green man” appears. Everyone then scurries across the sunlit street as quickly as possible, usually in small, quick steps.

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Top ten: streets of honour

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There are many calles in Madrid named in honour of famous people. Jeff Wiseman selects some of the more curious examples, most paying tribute to individuals beyond the borders of Spain:

1. Calle Tintin y Milu—near Alameda de Osuna Metro, Madrid has a street dedicated to cartoon heroes Tintin and Snowy! We await a similar honour for Captain Haddock or the Thomson twins.

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Top Ten: travel destinations by Metro

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The Madrid Metro offers some great options to expand your travel horizons. Of course, it’s the name that counts, although sometimes the action that you take in each station can make for a more adventurous tale:

1. Ibiza (line 9)—just dance discreetly with friends on the platform for a few minutes, share a bottle of coca-cola, and you can admit to having partied in Ibiza.

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Flying the fiesta flags

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To celebrate the wonderful array of strange Spanish fiestas, Jeff Wiseman and Maritza Mossberg investigate some of the lesser-known special occasions

You probably know about bull running, throwing tomatoes and any number of fiestas to worship the humble olive. However, the following list offers a few different options for those looking to celebrate in a somewhat surreal manner:

Cupboard Festival (Fiesta de los aparadores)

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Further info: The above festivals take place on 1 April

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Top Ten: Beware the ides of March

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Forget Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Jeff Wiseman has carefully selected ten “ides” that are not only a danger in March, but throughout the rest of the year too. Beware of the following:

1. Bedside—a view of this frequently means you’ve fallen out of bed. In a worst case scenario, you may find your alarm clock wedged in a very unfortunate place.

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Top ten crisis Valentine’s presents

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Believe it or not, you can avoid expensive gifts on 14 February. After all, it’s not the cost, but what the gift means that really counts. So InMadrid thinks the justification for the following might just work:

1. An empty box of matches. Why empty? Because your flame for your beloved will never stop burning.

2. An old spoon―to signify that your loved one feeds your desires.

3. A pen that doesn’t work―because no written words can truly express your love.

4. A non-biodegradable plastic bag―to illustrate that your love will last forever.

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Red and white battles

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As Real Madrid prepare to welcome Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League, Jeff Wiseman looks back at the clubs’ first two meetings―semi-finals in 1957 and 1968

The European Cup (now the Champions League) was inaugurated in 1956, but it was 1957 that saw the first English and Scottish participants. The Football League had decided against participation by an English club, which would have been Chelsea, in the initial competition due to worries about fixture congestion.

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Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine)

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Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine)

Each year when the Carnaval finishes, the dramatic and wild costumes have to be placed back in storage – whether a warehouse, a trunk, the attic, the back of the wardrobe or under the bed.

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Entierro de la Sardina, Wed, 13 Feb, from 6pm. Starting point: Plaza de Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida (Metro: Principe Pío). Finish around 8pm.

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Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida

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Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida
Madrid 28008
Spain
40° 25' 31.134" N, 3° 43' 33.5568" W
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13 February, 06.00pm - 07.00pm

Hindú heaven

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Jeff Wiseman pays a visit to the Swagat Indian
restaurant in barrio Salamanca

Curiously, the first thing that draws a visitor’s attention to Madrid’s Swagat Indian restaurant is its shiny brass doors. They suggest a hidden elegance may await, and in fact the interior décor of Swagat certainly provides a visual treat. The restaurant is designed in two bright colours—a lower part in pink, and then at the back, at the top of a small stairway, an upper part in blue.

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Swagat Indian Restaurant, C/Núñez de Balboa, 29 (Metro: Velazquez/Goya). Tel: 91 577 95 66. Starters around €6, main courses €12-16. Lunchtime menu del día, €13; menu degustación, €30. Open daily, 1-4pm, 8-12pm. Take away service also available.

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Swagat Indian Restaurant

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C/Núñez de Balboa, 29
Madrid 28001
Spain
40° 25' 27.8004" N, 3° 40' 58.7136" W
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Streetguys: The Puppeteer

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InMadrid captures the performers adding fun to the city’s chaotic calles

If music be the food of love, play on! Could there be a better candidate for this month’s street artist than this serene, beautiful puppet, whose soulful strings have attracted two stray cats, one of which is so relaxed by her music that he’s dozed off?

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