A new report has revealed more about the Latin American community in London than ever before. The report, entitled No Longer Invisible, produced by Queen Mary College, London, revealed that the current Latin American population in London stands at 113,500. The community has grown fourfold since its total of 31,000 in 2001. Researchers interviewed 1,000 people in the capital who have roots to Latin American nations.
London’s Latin American population by country of birth (2008)
Top 4 countries of birth: (Click on graphic below for full breakdown)
Every Friday and Saturday night’s a big night at Barrio Central, but last weekend surpassed the normal festivities when clubbers came out in droves to celebrate the Soho restaurant-club’s first birthday under a canopy of piñatas, balloons and multi-coloured fairy lights.
Read on for more photos from the night
Focused on the barrio/ neighbourhood theme, Barrio Central describe themselves as a place “where like minded individuals gather to sip cocktails, shoot tequila, eat pinchos and booty shake to ghetto beats”. Although they’re located slap bang in the middle of Soho, on Poland Street, Barrio Central aims to shrug off the “pretentiousness” you might find in other hangouts nearby. The club’s little brother, Barrio North, has opened in Angel and delivers more of the Latino beats, cheap drinks, good food and friendly atmosphere. Continue reading →
Jose Maria Montiel es licenciado en Administración y dirección de empresas y graduado en Gestión Internacional de la Empresa. Actualmente reside y trabaja en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos.
El acontecimiento social conocido como “la primavera del 68”, fue un momento histórico que tuvo su origen en Francia y en el cual las clases oprimidas por un sistema capitalista injusto y desigual, se levantaron y protestaron masivamente en contra de la burguesía y del imperialismo. Aquel movimiento pacífico se extendió a otros países del mundo protagonizando una ola de protestas (especialmente por parte de la juventud) a nivel mundial.
La acampada en Puerta del Sol
Hoy en día, tras las revueltas en el mundo árabe – las cuales es necesario valorar en términos internacionales – parece ser que en España la población (hasta ahora dormida) ha empezado a despertar y reaccionar.
The 5.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Lorca on Wednesday, killing nine victims, came as a shock to the Spanish community and beyond. The tremor was felt from its epicentre in Murcia, sourthern Spain, to as far away as Madrid. A small medieval town of 90,000 inhabitants, Lorca lies near the Tercia mountain range in a region of Spain that, it transpires, is relatively prone to earthquakes. For those of us who have visited Spain but were not around to witness the last significant quake, over fifty years ago, this might come as a shock.
Amada Silva, 69, is the founder and co-ordinator of the Latin American Golden Years Day Centre in Lambeth, south London. Having fled Pinochet’s Chile in 1976 before coming to the UK and eventually setting up the centre, Amada’s life story is fascinating.
Amada at the day centre
In Chile, she worked as an MP for the Communist Party, and her husband, Fernando Vergara, was a bodyguard for Salvador Allende’s opposition to Pinochet before Allende was assassinated in 1973; both were dangerous careers under Pinochet’s military dictatorship. But just how dangerous was proved to Amada one morning in 1976, when her family received a tip that the military was coming for them that afternoon. “We had been worried for some months that the military would come but I didn’t believe it at first. I kept saying ‘no, I will stay where my people are’ but then someone more senior approached me saying it was true, and we had no choice. We didn’t have time to get many of our belongings. We had to just jump in the car and go. It was a close get away; I saw the military arrive at the house. It was a horrible moment but we got out of it.” Continue reading →
A week ago we asked you what you thought was Spain’s greatest export, and the results are in! 53 people voted on our poll and after (Golden Globe and Academy Award winning) Penelope Cruz held the top spot for the first four days, one of the most traditional and stereotypical Spanish exports won: tapas. Click on the images below and take a look at the results…
When it comes to holiday destinations Spain is a much-loved favourite among us Brits.But when we hop on that EasyJet flight, what is it we’re visiting Spain for? When we think of Spain, from San Sebastian to Marbella, what springs to mind? From a visit to the British-dominated tourist havens of Magaluf, Benidorm or Torremolinos, many Brits could come away thinking Spain is about sun, sea and cerveza, and not much else. Spend a few days in the northern towns of Santiago de Compostela or Burgos, and the cooler climate and gothic architecture will give you a very different impression.
What about Spain’s image overseas, boosted by ambassadors such as Penelope Cruz, (who recently became the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) Rafa Nadal (currently ranked world number 1) and Cesc Fabregas (in the list to please Arsenal fans) to name a few. You don’t need to visit Spain to wear Spanish fashion (Zara, Mango) or to eat Spanish cuisine such as tapas and paella washed down with sangria, all cruelly imitated in La Tasca restaurants up and down the country.
Let us know what you think is the best Spanish export. It might be your personal favourite, or what you think represents Spain at its best. And feel free to offer suggestions! How do us Brits, best known for ordering “dos cervezas por favor” and raving it up on the Costa del Sol, really view Spain?