Amancio Ortega’s 80th Birthday Party

Amancio Ortega is a private man, who prefers to live simply. He never wears a tie and wasn’t photographed at all until 1999. You may not know him, but you will certainly know some of his shops, which are now present in practically every country in the world. His is a kind of rags to riches story. His father was a railway worker and today Ortega, a Spaniard, is the second richest man in the world.
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Affordable leisure in Spain

Enjoying a meal out in Spain is both a pleasure and inexpensive compared to other European countries and the UK, but eating is not the only entertainment on offer. We look at the cost of various events and activities around Spain.
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Looking at the future for expats after the UK EU Referendum

With just a few weeks left to go before the EU Referendum on June 23rd, the latest polls seem to be showing that the vote is going to be very close indeed. Many expats here in France confess to not being totally aware of what would actually happen if Britain left the EU and there is some evidence to suggest the feeling may be the same for many in the UK.
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Madrid to build EU’s tallest skyscraper

The Spanish capital could be about to get Europe’s tallest skyscraper, as part of a massive redevelopment of northern Madrid, which will see the building of 17,699 new homes, a 3.7-kilometre extension to Madrid’s great thoroughfare, and green spaces equivalent to 56 football pitches.
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High Court ruling says no to expat vote on UK EU Referendum

The High Court ruling today confirmed that any British expats who have been living away from the UK for over 15 years are unable to vote on whether the UK should stay or leave the EU. The case was spearheaded by a 94 year old veteran of World War II, Harry Shindler, who is resident in Italy, and a lawyer, Jacquelyn MacLennan. Their case was based on the argument that by denying them the right to vote on whether the UK should stay in or leave the EU, their right to freedom of movement under EU law was restricted, stating that their lives will be directly affected by the outcome of the referendu
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How Catalans celebrate Lovers’ Day

Did you know that the Patron Saint of England is also the patron saint of Catalonia? He is also the saint for other countries, such as Malta, Portugal, Georgia and Romania. It seems that he is celebrated in one way or another everywhere except in England. Could that be due to King Henry VIII, who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church and became the Defender of the Faith of the Anglican Church? I don’t know, but it seems a shame that there are no special festivities on his day.
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