May 15, 2011

Madrid celebrates San Isidro

Rio Manzanares

It's Madrid main fest today, San Isidro. The city celebrates for the fifth time in a month: after the Semana Santa, the Copa del Rey, Labor Day, the Dos de Mayo (uprising against the French, 1808), it's now the round of the patron saint. For the occasion, the river (euphemism for what is no more than a little stream - but at least it has been beautifully, if very expensively, landscaped in the last couple of years) is lit by the fires of the French Compagnie Carabosse. Next week, the local elections are held. If crisis-struck Madrid people have seen little panem recently, at least they are offered plenty of circenses.

San Isidro night


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  1. emma

    No comment on the Eurovision Guglielmo? I have to agree with Andrew Marr that it was a really good advert for UKIP.

    15 May 2011, 23:14

  2. Guglielmo Meardi

    Sorry to disappoint you on this – I have not watched, I had never watched, I will never watch the Eurovision contest. I am currently folllowing the live reports of DSK’s mess, which looks like to set an even better ad for UKIP – and for all rightwing populists starting from Sarko & Le Pen.

    15 May 2011, 23:46

  3. emma

    I’m more reassured than disappointed. Rightwing populists can hardly claim to be unsusceptible to inappropriate sexual conduct but DSK has certainly done them a big favour.

    16 May 2011, 13:30

  4. emma

    By the way, from personal experience whilst working in France for three years I would say that sexual harassment is rife and just accepted – by the men (who occupy all the top managerial positions) – as normal so that women don’t see any point in complaining about it. If DSK is guilty and does go to prison I hope it least it might have a positive effect on French culture.

    16 May 2011, 22:10


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