4SPAIN managed to win away to LITHUANIA in their EURO 2012 Group I qualifier to give them another victory, consolidate the Groups Top spot & put them nearly into the Euro Finals of next year. The match went ahead after UEFA officials & the French referee decided that the turf ( without grass ) was apt to play on & safe. Correct decision as no one from both teams were injured in a game played in good spirits as there was no difficult situations for the referee. Spanish Coach Del Bosque put the following starting 11: Casillas; Iraola, Piqué, Albiol, Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, Javi Martínez, Xavi, Cazorla, Villa & Llorente, with At.Bilbao defender Iraola winning an International Cap & other well know stars getting a rest. The match was played well considering the circumstances of the surface with Spain dominating & with Lithuanian goalkeeper Karcemarskas stopping the Spanish forwards. The first goal came in the 19th min via XAVI HERNANDEZ which took a slight deflection to loop over the goalie. The second half saw Spain begin well until Valencia CF defender & Lithuanian Captain STANKEVICIUS got onto a "cracker" from 30 mts to power drive passed Iker Casillas with an unstoppable goal. This raised the confidence of the home team & they put Spain under pressure & gave them their worst 15 mins of Football. Spain reacted with substitutions giving David Silva & Juna Mata a run & it paid off. Spain scored their second in the 70th min via an own goal from defender KIJANSKAS who could do little as Llorente was in clear shot position, then JUAN MATA finished off a nice worked play with a third for Spain in the 83rd min. Great result for Spain & even better was the fact that no one got injured playing on a "terrible" ground, that at least held out the full 90 minutes.
5Morcilla frita 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced1 teaspoon dried oregano1 teaspoon paprika8 oz morcilla (black pudding ), cut into 12 thick slices12 slices of French bread2 tablespoons fino sherrySugar, to tasteSalt and ground black pepperChopped fresh oregano, to garnishPreparationHeat the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the sliced onion, garlic, oregano and paprika for 7-8 minutes until the onion is softened and has turned golden brown.Add the slices of black pudding, then increase the heat and cook them for 3 minutes, without stirring. Turn them over carefully with a spatula and cook for a further 3 minutes until crisp.Arrange the rounds of bread on a large serving plate and to each with a slice of black pudding. Stir the sherry into the onions and add a little sugar to taste.Heat, swirling the mixture around the pan until bubbling, then season with salt and black pepper.Spoon a little of the onion mixture on top of each slice of black pudding. Scatter the oregano over, and serve.
7Amor, amor, un hábito vestí el cual de vuestro paño fue cortado; al vestir ancho fue, más apretado y estrecho cuando estuvo sobre mí. Después acá de lo que consentí, tal arrepentimiento me ha tomado, que pruebo alguna vez, de congojado, a romper esto en que yo me metí. Mas ¿quién podrá de este hábito librarse, teniendo tan contraria su natura, que con él ha venido a conformarse? Si alguna parte queda por ventura de mi razón, por mí no osa mostrarse; que en tal contradicción no está segura.
8Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem are the two best-known internationally ... They've both received recognition and acclaim in the United States, they've acted in numerous international films, and been honored with awards.But, they're certainly not the only brilliant actors Spain has to offer - not to mention good-looking!Spanish television is jam-packed with talented, handsome, up-and-coming young actors and entertainers, who may one day replace the present Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardems of the world.So, let's take a look at Spanish actors ... we'll start with quick biographies of Banderas and Bardem, then continue with the most popular Spanish television celebrities ...
9Qué ironíaEstás aquí, ya lo ves la vida es así como en un sueño tu llegaste y yo te conocí, él nos unió y el amor nos cambió a la vez. Tan sólo pido que me puedas entender. Este romance yo lo viví mil veces ya, mil vidas junto a ti me dicen que no hay nadie más, mas yo no sé si el destino tiene otro final. él decidió si te quedas o te vas. Que ironía cuando sientes al amor llegar, (ohh) sin decir por qué, el amor se va. (ohh) Cuando ya me doy cuenta que de mí te vas. Necesito más de ti. Que ironía que a tu lado me sentí capaz (ohh) de perder la razón, de llegarte a amar. (ohh) El destino fue quien puso más. Y te aleja hoy de mí. Hoy yo te pierdo después que todo lo di, y me convenzo que ya no vuelvo a amar así. Este castigo me duele y no me hace bien. Hoy tengo miedo y no puedo más con él. A veces pienso que yo jamás te conocí. Aunque a mi lado ya no estás tu alma vive en mí. Mi corazón, conoció contigo lo que fue. Un sentimiento tan adentro de mi piel. Que ironía cuando sientes al amor llegar, (ohh) sin decir por qué, el amor se va. (ohh) Cuando ya me doy cuenta que de mí te vas. Necesito más de ti. Que ironía que a tu lado me sentí capaz (ohh) de perder la razón, de llegarte a amar. (ohh) El destino fue quien puso más. Y te aleja hoy de mí. Te di mi corazón y lo dejaste ir, cambiaste mi destino desde que llegaste a mí. Cuando yo te busqué, ya no estabas aquí, tal vez será porque tu amor no es para mí. Que ironía cuando sientes al amor llegar, (ohh) sin decir por qué, el amor se va. (ohh) Cuando ya me doy cuenta que de mí te vas. Necesito más de ti. Que ironía que a tu lado me sentí capaz (ohh) de perder la razón, de llegarte a amar. (ohh) El destino fue quien puso más. Y te aleja hoy de mí.
10Concha Buika (Palma de Mallorca, 1972) is a Spanish singer whose family came from Equatorial Guinea and who grew up among gypsy people. Her music mixes flamenco with soul, jazz and funk. She was born in Palma de Mallorca in Ever since she was a child her musical talent was evident, but it was after a visit to London to study drama when, after being invited to a concert by Pat Metheny that her life changed. From that moment she began her musical career. During the 90s she took part in different productions, such as 'Ombra' by La Fura dels Baus or the soundtrack for the Spanish movie 'Km.O'. At the same time she composed several songs such as 'Ritmo para voçé', 'Up to the sky' and 'Loving you' (all of them house successes in Europe). From November 2000 to March 2001 she sang at The Luxor, Harrah's and Gold Coast casinos in Las Vegas. She also performed as a guest singer in the 'Blue Note' festival in the same city together with Rachelle Ferrell. Concha is a singer who handles many musical styles (jazz, bolero, flamenco, funk, ...). She is one of the most lively and spontaneous artists in the current Spanish musical scene. Mi niña Lola Buika 2005
11Isabel Allende, is one of Latin America's most celebrated literary figures. The niece of the slain Chilean President Salvador Allende, she writes with the heart of a true romantic but also with an acute sensitivity to social and political conditions. She brings dramatic qualities of romance and struggle, and artfully weaves the infamous “magic realism” genre that is often found in Latin American literature into her writings.
12The politics of Spain take place in the framework of a parliamentary representative democratic constitutional monarchy, whereby the Monarch is the Head of State and the President of the Government is the head of government in a multi-party system. Executive power is vested in the government. Central legislative power is vested in the two chambers of parliament.
131100 BC. Phoenician traders establish colony at Cádiz in southern Iberia.228 BC. Carthaginians occupy southern and eastern Iberia BC. Romans defeat Carthage in Second Punic War and occupy Iberian peninsula.74. Inhabitants of Iberia are granted full Roman citizenship.409. Visigoths occupy Iberian peninsula.711. Combined Arab and Berber force from northern Africa cross Strait of Gibraltar to occupy Iberian peninsula.756. Independent Emirate is established in Iberia, with Córdoba as its capital.913. Having re-taken territories in northern Spain, Christians establish capital in León Powerful Caliphate of Córdoba breaks up due to internal strife; Moorish Spain split into small feuding kingdoms Decisive Christian victory at battle of Navas de Tolosa spells the beginning of the end of Moorish rule in Spain King Fernando and Queen Isabel's army capture Granada after a long siege, the final defeat of the Moors in Spain. Jews are forced to convert to Christianity; those who refuse are expelled from Spain. Christopher Columbus sets sail on his voyage of discovery War of Spanish Succession. Bourbon dynasty accedes to Spanish throne Peninsular War. Spaniards rise against Napoleon's occupying force. Combination of guerilla tactics and support from Wellington's army end in French defeat Spanish American War. Spain loses Cuba and Philippines Spanish king is forced to abdicate. Spain becomes a republic Spanish Civil War. Bloody conflict ends with General Franco's victory. Dictatorship established Franco dies, Juan Carlos de Borbón is proclaimed king. Spain becomes constitutional monarchy. Democracy would bring membership of the European Community Spain joins NATO, becoming a member of a mainstream European organization Spain joins the European Community Islamic terrorists strike the Atocha train station in Madrid with bombs, killing nearly 300 and precipitating a change in government.
14Spain is located in southwestern Europe and comprises about 84 percent of the Iberian Peninsula. Its total area is 504,782 km2 (194,897 sq mi) of which 499,542 km2 (192,874 sq mi) is land and 5,240 km2 (2,023 sq mi) is water. Spain lies between latitudes 26° and 44° N, and longitudes 19° W and 5° E. Its Atlantic coast is 710 km (441 mi) long. The Pyrenees mountain range, extends 435 km (270 mi) from the Mediterranean to the Bay of Biscay. In the extreme south of Spain lie the Straits of Gibraltar, which separate Spain and the rest of Europe from Morocco in north Africa; at its narrowest extent, Spain and Morocco are separated by only 13 km (8.1 mi).Off the Iberian Peninsula there are several other Spanish areas: the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands to the southwest, 108 km (67 mi) off northwest Africa, and five places of sovereignty (plazas de soberanía) on and off the coast of Morocco: Ceuta, Melilla, Islas Chafarinas, Peñón de Alhucemas, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera.
15Central America has a tropical humid climate Central America has a tropical humid climate. It has no real winter; even the coldest month averages above 18 °C, with summers of 27 to 28 °. The average annual temperature range is lower than the usual daily range, a characteristic which is markedly different from most of North America. Rainfall at 1,100 to 2,000 mm is high and regular.
16Although both Jewish and Arabs were officially "expelled" in 1492, that is not completely right: Jewish and Arabic influences were so intricate in the Spanish people that everybody should have abandoned the country if the rule were strict (There are estimations saying 80% of Spanish population have Jewish origins, and I would bet 95% have Arabic origins as well). The thing is that Jews and Arabs left (or at least those who did not want to reconvert into Christians, and had the resources to leave the county, travelling was not something very easy in ), but the Jewish and Arabic influence has remained in Spain since then. It is difficult to left influences behind, specially when thy are for good!
17Cinema in Spanish is a prosperous industry whose booming phenomenon can be observed each year as more films are presented in various movie festivals or are nominated/awarded Hollywood’s infamous gilded globe of the Golden Globes ceremony & the golden statues of the Academy Awards (Oscars) or the small bronze trophy bust of Spanish painter Francisco de Goya in Spain’s much anticipated annual national awards – Los Premios Goya.