Articles by: Silvia Pingitore

Book review: “El Maestro Del Prado” by Javier Sierra

August 21, 2013 6:25 pm0 comments

  Madrid, 1990: an art-loving student comes across a mysterious “master” who aims to reveal to him the secrets hidden behind the paintings kept in the Museo del Prado. From Botticelli to Bosch, from Titian to Bruegel, the enigmatic master brings the classical interpretation of the works into question, venturing […]

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Should Seagulls Be Considered “Pests”?

August 7, 2013 9:37 am1 comment
Should Seagulls Be Considered “Pests”?

Last month, it was reported that Royal Mail postmen had refused to deliver mail to a seaside cul-de-sac in Cornwall after having been attacked by aggressive seagulls. They have been told to “man up” by local residents and get used to being attacked at any time – but a seagull […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio: how to die nine-and-a-half times without winning an Oscar

July 7, 2013 7:22 pm0 comments
Leonardo DiCaprio: how to die nine-and-a-half times without winning an Oscar

About the importance of being alive, good and not rewarded. There is a movie-related question the overstated American meritocracy tends to ignore: why most people in Hollywood would kill to get an Oscar, while a few have died over and over again, but without being rewarded? Leonardo DiCaprio was just […]

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Enjoy MADrid as the locals do

February 17, 2013 1:00 pm0 comments
Enjoy MADrid as the locals do

Welcome to the cash-for-gold town. “Are you really moving to Madrid? Cool, enjoy yourself…how I envy you!”. No matter how hot the last autumn of strikes and protestations was, no matter how many bloody clashes between protesters and police there were on the last November 14 general strike: people living […]

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One more Spanish protest to protect public health in Madrid

February 7, 2013 12:00 pm0 comments
One more Spanish protest to protect public health in Madrid

Thousands marched in a Spanish protest on the 13th of January through central Madrid to protest against the plans of the People’s Party (PP) local government to partly privatise the city’s public health system in the latest of numerous strikes and demonstrations to take place in Spain in recent months. […]

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