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The conference aimed to share ideas about what it means to educate in a multilingual environment

The first edition of “Learning Through Language: the changing role of teachers” took place this weekend at St Peter’s School and focused on the changing role of the teacher. The conf...

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The standard of private independent education

Talking with...Elena Cid, managing director of CICAE  CICAE (www.cicae.es) was founded in September 2010, created by nine prestigious private and independent establishments. It is cu...

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Tips to make the most of Ramadan and to get good marks as well

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar: the name in Arabic is Sawm. Each year the month of Ramadan falls on a different date as it follows the lunar calendar and this means that there are a...

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8th April, International Day of the Gypsy People

Many myths and legends surround the origins of the gypsy people, whose real name is Rhom or Sinti. This community has its origins in the Indian subcontinent although currently the majority of gypsies ...

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Thread worms Pin worms or lombrices

This is another common childhood infestation in children aged under ten. Thread or Pinworms are 1cm long tiny white threadlike parasitic worms that live in our intestines and are passed on very easily...

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Hanan Al Hroub from Palestine received her Global Teacher Prize award

On the 13th of March, 2016, Pope Francis announced the 2016 Winner of the Global Teacher Prize in a ceremony held in Dubai, and the winner was: Hanan Al Hroub  Hanan grew up in the Palest...

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There are new needs arising and new professions

  New technology is causing certain professions to disappear: for example taxi drivers. In five years’ time there will be a driver-free taxi platform in London operating under Uber, the ...

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New sales models and the changing digital content have shown this sector to be rigid and outdated

Despite the clear protection afforded to  publishers of textbooks under Spain’s education policy, textbooks face a changing future. Factors such as the price of books, publishers’ fal...

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In Spain grandparents over the age of 65 take care of their grandchildren

Data from Spain’s Health Ministry show that 70% of grandparents over the age of 65 take care of their grandchildren and that 49% do so on a daily basis (2013 data), for a period of between five ...

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An alternative to do your Christmas shopping with fresh air

Christmas, Street market time in Barcelona It’s Christmas time, which means rainy weather, shorter days and in Barcelona, streets ringing  with more life and activity than at any other s...

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Welcome to Christmas, as we know it, in Asia

Swarthy Santas sailing in across a turquoise lagoon, scantily-clad Santarinas singing Christmas songs (and ringing in the cash tills) in shopping malls and hotel lobbies, giant snowflakes and baubles ...

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Strength, balance, courage and common sense the aim of Catalan human towers

Castells are over 300 years old. They originated in Valls in southern Catalunya and were originally only popular in the south but in the last 50 years have spread and there are now 60 colles (groups) ...

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Is there anyone today who hasn’t heard of Singapore? That little island at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula?  As the city state celebrates its 50th birthday all this year, here’s a ...

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Foreign investors love Barcelona

 “ Besides being an indicator of the sector’s vitality, BMP is also a catalyst for the property sector’s revival  and a trendsetter “  “ Since 1997 Barc...

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If fitness machines and the loneliness of conventional gyms

If fitness machines, closed spaces, dumbells and the loneliness of conventional gyms bore you, then Crossfit is the sport for you. Its a new concept of multidisciplinary training based on 60 minute...

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You are new, school is back! So What should you do?

Firstly, go into Barcelona as much as you can,  as eventually life will take over and “exploring” vanishes. Don’t rush to the big attractions: you will visit them repeatedly as ...

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To be connected, or not to be

Social media can bring joy. It has been a wonderful companion while living overseas. However, I’m realising it can also bring great sadness. August has been a distressing month I was deeply affe...

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A level results saw “no major change” today, with a very minor 0.1 percentage point increase in the overall pass rate. By subject, however, there were some more noticeable differen...

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Catalonia’s national day

It all started on the 11th of September 1714,  when in a very divided Spain, king Philip V won the war against the Aragonese troops, who defended the Hapsburg dynasty’s  claim&nbs...

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a cementery in the heart of Barcelona

The Fossar de les Moreres is an important place of remembrance every year during the National Day of Catalonia (Diada Nacional de Catalunya in Catalan). The holiday commemorates the date on ...

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Chupinazo The opening of the festival is marked by setting off the pyrotechnic chupinazo (or txupinazo in Basque language). The rocket is launched at 12:00 noon on 6 July from a city hall balcony w...

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All you need to know about Sanfermines

The festival of San Fermín in the city of Pamplona (Navarre, Spain) is a deeply rooted celebration held annually from 12:00, 6th of  July, when the opening of the ...

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New British School in Barcelona, St.George’s School St George's School is a British school which offers an outstanding alternative, providing an education from age 2, which is creative bu...

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This is an open-top train: you feel close to nature. It runs for 3.5 kilometres and has 4 stops:  Pobla de Lillet, Pobla Centre, Jardines Artigas and Museu del Ciment-Castellar de n’Hug.The...

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Important if you and your family live in Spain

Anatomy of the skin, showing the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue.   The skin protects against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Skin also helps control body temperature...

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the journey of a yoga teacher

Jo Kemp is a yoga teacher and photographer, whose journey has brought her from West Yorkshire to now practice in Sitges. Jo is one of only five senior Dynamic yoga teachers in the world.  &nbs...

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a perfect family holiday destination

Even if you are a beach person, when you have children, the mountains offer an  alternative experience as a place to get away and enjoy activities, with the sensation of freedom that comes from b...

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in the world rankings of cities for cost of living for expat

Madrid and Barcelona occupy positions 115th and 124th in the world rankings of cities for cost of living for expatriate employees, so down more than 50 seats each from the previous year, the study of ...

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a nightmare for the self-employed

Spain is one of the most expensive countries in the world in which to have your own business. If you are self-employed in Portugal you do not pay rates or VAT:  you only have to pay 24.5% annual&...

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Menopause

Menopause (also known as the climacteric, meaning critical change) has many associations. It is undoubtedly in all cultures a time of change, a symbolic frontier for a woman: it means that her days of...

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Mexican chicken tacos

The 5th of May is Mexico’s Independence day, so we have chosen a dish from this country’s  rich culinary repertoire. Our chosen dish is chicken tacos.    Ingredients ...

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Scents of orange blossom and jasmine, flashes of colour from the spotted dresses that swish through the brightly coloured, elaborately decorated casetas, streets and bullrings resounding with the thun...

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the business of love

Photography: Jo Kemp - jo@jo-kempphotography.com   Spain is the second largest exporter of wedding dresses in the world.    One in ten brides in the world chooses a dre...

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April 25th-26th, 2015

  The Asparagus Fair began as an exhibition contest Asparagus where farmers showed their local products. The fair is an exhibition agricultural, commercial, industrial ...

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of the lingua mundi

The British do not have the requisite language skills: this is the conclusion of most employers of export-sales personnel in large international companies.    The economy and the labou...

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www.masmas.es

This week as I struggle with the system of sorting out work here in Spain I met someone who inspired me. Living here you look out and learn from others who are ahead of you in setting up businesses or...

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Seafood Paella

Serves  6  Preparation time : 1 hour 30 minutes Ingredients 400 grams of paella rice (redondo/round grain type)   250 grams of prawns (gambas arroceras)   ...

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Breast Cancer screening in Cataluña

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. 1 in 8 women will develop it in their lifetime.  It represents 25% of all the cancers women experience. Spain has had a slightly lower rate of br...

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The Conde de Godo Trophy is back , now in its 63rd year

18-26 April 2015   Background In 1953, Carlos Godó Valls (the Count/Conde de Godo) decided to establish a tournament, to take advantage of the recent opening of the new tennis fac...

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La Diada de Sant Jordi

April 23rd is La Diada de Sant Jordi, the feast of Saint George, patron saint of both England and Catalonia. Today’s English hardly celebrate this feast; Catalans however embrace tradition on th...

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Common Criteria

Around this time of year,  a considerable number of parents are faced with the tricky task of choosing a school for their child: be it the very start of their schooling, or a continuation, into s...

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Yesterday I punished my 16 year old adolescent son, for waking up late and not joining in with the household duties at breakfast time. I decided to insist on him leaving his mobile phone in the kitche...

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much more than a recipe

Paella is the best known Spanish dish known abroad, It is made with different ingredients in each region.  In many restaurants,   Thursday is the day of the paella, a tradition started se...

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This March Inedit will be focusing on Women’s health and we will feature relevant health articles though the year. But why women’s health? There is a growing recognition that there has his...

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and the streets of Valencia are on fire!

March is the time for the annual celebration of Valencia’s patron saint, St Joseph, and the streets explode literally with creativity, colour, flowers, fireworks and flames!  It is one of S...

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but basically, what’s love got to do with it?

“Valentine’s day” “Día de San valentín” “Día del amor y la amistad” “Día del cariño”,  “Val...

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Real Story

After the excesses of Christmas I took up the challenge and went back to the gym despite the fact that I have never been someone who likes the gym. I struggle to find “the right type of exercise...

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what can we do to prevent them?

We are well into the seasonal Influenza (Flu) season and with that and all the coughs and colds circulating,we need to look after ourselves.  Each year there are new strains of Flu and colds as t...

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The xatonada is a very typical dish of Catalan cuisine, well known for combining three  characteristic ingredients used for its preparation: the raw cod, escarole and  xató’s sa...

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“It’s time for CARNIVAL! We have only just headed out of the fun and excitement of “la dia de Los Reyes” and then slumped a bit into the darker and colder end to the year, then...

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impossible to translate, you have to taste it

Calçots are milder and less bulbous than onions and have a length of between 15 and 25 cm (white part) and a diameter of 1.7 to 2.5 cm at the root. Planted in trenches, like an onion, as a sing...

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The price is reduced not your rights

As a tradition, after Christmas and the Three Kings come the long awaited sales. The Catalan business calendar places them from January 5th  to February 28th  and we’d like to give&nbs...

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Barcelona is a unique city for both artistic and financial ventures  but today we focus on the offer  of international education here . It’s a good example of a Mediterranean city whic...

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Christmas is the season of goodwill, a time of celebrating and giving gifts. I love this. Yet, over the years as the commercialisation of Christmas has crept in, I worry we maybe losing the true conce...

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the final extension to the Paseo.

The Castelldefels Paseo (promenade), which started its construction in 1993, is a wonderful place to stroll, skate or cycle along and is a vital part of the ambience and economy of the town. In Novemb...

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Catalunya’s most famous beech forest

La fageda d’en Jordà is one of the 26 natural reserves belonging to  the Natural Volcanic Park of la Garrotxa in Olot. They say that the  best moment to visit the reserve is in autumn,&nb...

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Swarthy Santas sailing in across a turquoise lagoon, scantily-clad Santarinas singing Christmas songs (and ringing in the cash tills) in shopping malls and hotel lobbies, giant snowflakes and baubles&...

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There are so many things to see and experience here in Catalonia every Christmas. One thing to enjoy is the abundance of Christmas fairs! The most wonderful is “La Fira de Santa Llúcia,” situated...

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a new law for entrepreneurs and international companies

The Spanish government has updated  the 14/2003 law of 27 September 2013, whose aim was to support the internationalisation efforts of entrepreneurs. The latest amendment aims to attract investme...

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are we safe?

Ebola is seemingly portrayed as the stuff of contagion movies, spreading rapidly, killing with little chance of survival. The media hype that has increased since Ebola arrived in Europe and the USA is...

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cynical consumerism?

Ghouls, witches, vampires, fake blood, zombies, devils horns, fake pumpkins, plastic everything. In other words the tasteless merchandizing of all things sinister: would that be a fair summary of most...

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embrace La Castanyada!

As in the previous article I feel we would be better forgetting the commercial celebration of Halloween and embracing local traditions. They are charming, quaint and full of meaning. Since moving here...

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