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PRISCILLA TAKES MADRID BY STORM FOR THE SECOND TIME AROUND

What is the buzz about that bus?

Priscilla, the Queen of the Desert laden with glitz and glamour, has taken Madrid by storm for the second time around. Kudos to Som Produce who have given credence to the fact that this multi cast show can still draw huge crowds.

It may be a simple tale at the outset of odd individuals whose only prized possession is a tour bus christened Priscilla. However, the story gains momentum as the other characters join in and the hilarious situations keep the audience laughing in stitches.

THE SPLENDOUR AND THE GLORY OF THE WOMEN OF ROME

Servilia Caepionis, Julius Caesar´s paramour, may not have figured prominently in the annals of history, but we know that she was loyal to him until he was brutally slain by her son Brutus, together with her son-in-law Cassius, in 44 B.C.  Servilia´s turbulent love life and her political involvement make us ponder on the private and public roles played by women in ancient Rome.

The history of Rome is replete with power, passion, greatness and glory, but very limited  reference is made to the gifted and attractive women lingering in the background.  But finally, the voice of Roman females from the past can be heard (and rather loudly, too) thanks to the Caixa Banking Foundation.  All roads will truly lead to Rome in this temporary exhibition, held at Caixa Forum until February 14th.  This fantastic selection of pieces will bring us right into the heart of women and their daily lives in the midst of the Roman Empire.

Tired of franchises and the globalization of fashion? Concerned about the environment and the way clothes are being produced? Looking for something different and ethically made? Then this is the shop you were waiting for.  Rikkitikkitavi, located in Santiago 4, just a few yards across the bustling Mercado de San Miguel, is a treasured find for those who come across it- they become loyal customers and return every few months to update their wardrobe.

If you love traditional toys, if you care for the planet, and if you are looking for an educational gift, Lobo Feliz is a superb choice.  This toy shop, located very close to the Museo del Romanticismo, is a wonderful discovery for those who might think that only trendy fashion stores or bars are to be found in the Malasaña neighbourhood. 

Right in the heart of the historic centre of Madrid, Taller Puntera is an oasis of creativity in leather. Located in the pedestrianized Conde de Barajas square, just a stone´s throw from Plaza Mayor, this leather workshop is worth taking a look at. As you leave behind the nearby streets full of franchises and shops that sell tacky and cheap souvenirs made in China, you will soon realize that Taller Puntera is a refreshing corner offering genuine, traditional Spanish craftsmanship.

Ever since I stumbled upon this wonderful place soon after settling in Madrid in 2008, my admiration for the creative art of Lola Fonseca has not stopped growing.  Throughout the years, I have relished every visit to this silk painting workshop to enjoy the fantastic creations on display.  If you appreciate top-quality craftmanship and artistic talent, this place will stay in your soul forever and you will return whenever possible to admire the hand-painted silk scarves and shawls designed and executed by Lola Fonseca and her son Claudio, who joined the shop in 2013.

In a city that is growing in leaps and bounds like Madrid it is a sheer pleasure to stumble upon a singular bazaar that is situated in a tent-like store in Antón Martín, close to Huertas.  This wonderful bazaar, organised by Persépolis cultural centre, offers exotic goods and culture under an Omar Khayyam styled layout, where the famed eleventh-century mathematician, poet, scholar and astronomer would surely have indulged in his all-time passion: verse recitals.

In this digital era, when we read the news, communicate and post photographs online, we sometimes find ourselves reminiscing of olden times when books, photograph albums and journals were tangible objects.  The disposable nature of digital photography and other material on the web has perhaps made us forget the value that once was attached to printed images and paper media.  There is a revival in handcrafted, artistic objects which are rare to find, and this is where La Eriza comes into play.  This is an artisan bookbinding workshop run by Óscar Sánchez Lozano. 

KAMCHATKA MAGIC TOYS

Entering this toy shop / bookshop is a must for any adult interested in a comprehensive approach to education for children.  For the last 4 years, this shop in the heart of the Literary Quarter in Madrid, known as Barrio de las Letras, has been offering a wide range of possibilities for the younger ones, encompassing pretty much everything you can think of from books to jigsaws, games, soft dolls and wooden toys… and everything (and I mean, everything!) is gorgeous and selected according to the careful criteria of its owners, Nathalie and Rai. 

On Sunday 29th November, the British Ladies Association will be holding their Charity Bazaar in Madrid.  
BAZAR 2015 A5 ING 215x300 copia reducida 
 This is a  great opportunity to find something different for your holiday      shopping! 

 Make sure you do not miss out on this Bazaar held next Sunday 29th      November at Apartamentos Centro Norte (Mauricio Legendre 16)    from 12:00 to 18:00! Admission is €3 for adults and €1 for children aged 3  to 10. 

 Let´s look at the history of this great Association in the article written by our  guest contributor Christopher Miller:
 
The origins of the British Ladies – how a trifle gesture started it all  

 Akin to most charitable organizations, The British Ladies Association started

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