An Islamic History of Europe: (90 minute BBC documentary on Google video.)
Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe's Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning.
When the Moors Ruled in Europe:(102 minute BBC documentary on Google video.)
A look at the Islamic past of Spain and the influence it has on the present.
posted by Burhanistan
on Mar 3, 2007 -
work can be found all over the world. He is an artist that carves symbols on rocks and then leaves them at the site where they were created (sometimes burying
posted by tellurian
on Aug 2, 2006 -
Body, volume, style and shine with long-lasting power. Clonycavan Styling Gel
, along with mummification in Irish peat, works together with your freshly disemboweled corpse to protect hair from the disruptive power of 2000 years of rigor-mortis.
posted by 0bvious
on Jan 17, 2006 -
This Spanish commercial
for Madrid's Metro system uses a cool visual device, making the ground transparent and showing the view from the subway, like a glass bottom boat in reverse. note: link contains embedded wmv
posted by jonson
on Dec 15, 2005 -
An odd hurricane season becomes odder.
Meet Vince, the 23rd tracked topical low, and the 21st named storm of the near record setting 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season. But, where is he? Not here. Not even way over here.
No, Vince is way over here
-- and is headed towards Spain. Of course, this isn't the oddest place for a tropical cyclone. There was Catarina
last year, forming the first hurricane ever recorded in the South Atlantic, and never mind what, to all eyes, appears to have been a hurricane in the Mediterranean Sea.
posted by eriko
on Oct 9, 2005 -
The world's oldest family companies
start with a 1,400 year old Japanese family business
that has always built Buddhist temples. On the corporation side, only one of the great chartered companies
survives, Canada's Hudson Bay Company, founded in 1670
, and now a large retailer, though there may be much older
corporations. There is even a club with an interesting web site, Les Hénokien
, for companies that are over 300 years old. If companies aren't your thing, there is always the world's oldest restaurant
posted by blahblahblah
on Sep 28, 2005 -
We Were All On That Train
If any adventurous film festival directors happen to be reading, a Spanish production company called Docus Madrid has just released a fine documentary
, comprising 24 short films, about the terrorist train attacks in March. The pressbook can be downloaded from the home page in MS Word, in English: otherwise, it's all in Spanish. Ticket money goes to relatives of the victims.
posted by Holly
on Feb 2, 2005 -
Place Project. A suitcase with a camera and a blank book travelled the world. 35 designers have translated the world around them into their pages. After 18 months and 170.000 km it will be presented in Barcelona.
November 23 - December 12, 2004.
posted by yoga
on Dec 26, 2004 -
That most peculiar of spectacles the Fiesta de san Fermín
(Running of the Bulls) seems to still exist and will be going ahead tomorrow. The event is held in parallel with Feria del Toro
(the Bullfighting Fair); the run itself seems to be in the interests of transporting the bulls to the fair while getting them good and angry, confused, scared and weakened
in the process. Being that the event is in honor of Saint Fermín
, when the San Fermín
church strikes 8am, the bulls are released and the runners get underway, trying to avoid them on their just under 1km trip
. On arrival at the Plaza del Toro (Bullring) they are herded into corrals and later released so the crowd can watch the matadors kill them in traditional bullfighting fashion [wmv: 380k | 150k | 56k]
. Of course, many people are not really so keen
on this event; and it seems PETA
will be holding one of their typically daft protests
Can't people just throw tomatoes at each other
posted by ed\26h
on Jul 6, 2004 -
"At first glance, many of Abeyta's works appear to be Spanish colonial paintings dating from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. However, the artist incorporates present-day imagery with Spanish colonial and indigenous elements." A short bio and history here
. Here's one of my favorites
posted by protocool
on Jun 17, 2004 -
Al-Qaeda behind Madrid massacre?
One piece of evidence I've only seen mentioned in Norway is a document a terrorist research group at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment found on an Islamist website. The document surveys strategies for forcing the coalition out of Iraq. It mentions Spain as a convenient target, and the election this week as a convenient time to carry it out
posted by Postroad
on Mar 14, 2004 -
opposition party wins spanish elections
. democracy can be somewhat irritating when decisions made against the will of the majority come back to haunt you. especially when trying to fool your people with baseless arguments, such as moral convictions
that eta were behind the attacks. ever more curious about those wmd, or imminent threats, or, er, the intent
of developing nuclear capabilities, in november.
posted by coyroy
on Mar 14, 2004 -
spokesman of spanish police announces muslim men of moroccan, indian and spanish nationality were arrested this evening. goodbye and thank you, jose maria aznar.
posted by coyroy
on Mar 13, 2004 -
Ocean Power Technologies
is one of the leading Ocean Wave Power alternative energy companies. The technology is simple to understand
, easy to deploy and costs about the same as fossil fuel power 3 to 4 cents. OPT just signed a deal
for a 1M farm off the coast of Spain with a 100M farm by 2006, a major step forward for wave power generation.
posted by stbalbach
on Mar 2, 2004 -
Where To Stay In Portugal And Spain:
You could do worse than try Secret Places
, an ambitious and delightful website that has the advantage of emphasizing unusual and charming accommodation. I don't know about Spain, but the places they recommend in Portugal, the Azores and Madeira are top notch and not at all touristy. These are the fairly priced rural inns, private homes and hotels we Portuguese repair to when our batteries need recharging. Although Portugal is a big tourist destination and there are loads of accommodation websites, I'm sorry to say that this is the first I've seen that's any good. I'm not so sure about the other hotel chain websites highly praised in a New York Times article
[ registration required; with pop-ups
], although the Ian Schrager Hotels
] one is quite attractive (in an early Nineties way) and very efficient reservation-wise.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 26, 2002 -
Pamplona is on again.Guess who seems to have won round one
Anybody out there been there done that ??
posted by johnny7
on Jul 7, 2002 -
North Koreans would rather drink poison than return
Refugees seek asylum at the Spanish embassy in China.
"We are now at the point of such desperation and live in such fear of persecution within North Korea that we have come to the decision to risk our lives for freedom rather than passively await our doom," the group's statement said.
"Some of us carry poison on our person to commit suicide if the Chinese authorities should choose once again to send us back to North Korea," the statement said.
posted by norm29
on Mar 14, 2002 -
might be taking the war on terrorism a little to far. Royal Marines get lost or should I say vamos
. (Parden my french).
posted by FidelDonson
on Feb 19, 2002 -
The Columbus Day Threat "Let the whole world know that we shall never accept that the tragedy of Andalusia be repeated in Palestine," Osama bin Laden said in his taped cave-side address. "We cannot accept that Palestine will become Jewish."
Reuven Koret's Israel Insider column may
explain the FBI's alert to terrorist activity: "Columbus Day, October 12, commemorates the founding of America in 1492, and 1492 represents the year in which Islam was driven out by Christianity. In bin Laden's mind, these two events are inextricably linked."
posted by Carol Anne
on Oct 12, 2001 -
And you thought US environmental policies were bad.
Europe is facing a major environmental crisis that it
seems unwilling or unable to act on -- deforestation,
flooding, desertification and more. From the article:
"One fifth of the land in Spain is already so degraded
that it is turning to desert" -- and it's as bad if
not worse elsewhere on the continent & in Britain.
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Jan 24, 2001 -
Botswana warrior returns home
: An African warrior who was stuffed, preserved and put on show in a Spanish museum for more than 100 years is going home after a lengthy diplomatic dispute. . . . The figure was one of the town's chief tourist attractions. One local man commented that it was bit like sending all the mummies back to Egypt.
posted by palegirl
on Jul 1, 2000 -