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The disappeared and gigantic fortified city that Napoleon built in the center of Madrid




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«It is child’s play, these people do not know what a French army is; Believe me, it will be fast », he assured Napoleon in the fall of 1807. Shortly thereafter, the Emperor tricked Prime Minister Manuel Godoy into signing the Fontainebleau Treaty and obtained the King’s permission to traverse Spain with more than 110,000 soldiers with the official goal of allegedly conquering Portugal. But it was all a hoax. On his way through the peninsula, the ambitious general conquered almost all the Spanish cities he found in his path.

When on March 24, 1808, Fernando VII entered the capital through the Puerta de Atocha, acclaimed by his people, the scene was not as beautiful as he described it Benito Pérez Galdós in his “National Episodes”: “It seemed like a day in June, when nature smiled like the Nation.” While the people of Madrid celebrated the arrival of their new King, Napoleon’s brother-in-law and head of his Army in Spain, the famous general Joaquín Murat, were stationed at Chamartín. Your new chief of staff, Augustin Daniel BelliardHe was deployed to prepare the headquarters for the headquarters with twenty-five thousand men.

The streets remained relatively calm in the following weeks thanks to the presence of the Gallic soldiers, who strolled freely through the rest of the capital without the Madrilenians having noticed the disdain with which they treated their Monarch. “It is hard for us to believe that the purposes of the French were not evident in the eyes of our fellow citizens. Witnesses to that situation tell us insistently about the growing discomfort of the Madrid population. What to do? Because the French had in Madrid and its surroundings 25,000 men occupying the Retreat with numerous Artillery “, explained the historian José Manuel Guerrero, commander of the Spanish Army, in his article “The French Army in Madrid”, published in the “Military History Magazine” in 2004.

“Weapons, weapons, weapons!”

The capital was already a city completely taken the famous the May 2, 1808, when Madrid was blown up and the War of Independence began. “No more voices were heard than weapons, weapons, weapons! Those who did not shout on the streets shouted on the balconies. And if a moment before half of the people of Madrid were simply curious, after the appearance of the artillery they were all actors, ”said Galdós. The Spanish people soon rose, convinced that they could and should drive the invader out. The government called up its citizens and managed to gather 30,000 men, the vast majority of them militiamen with no combat experience.

The sieges to the cities remembered to those of the Antiquity. Reducing them involved months of fighting, street by street, house by house, fighting against men, women and children. All these scenes plunged the French soldiers into a hell they had never known before, with an army made up of young recruits hastily organized and forced to invade, in lamentable conditions, a country that was supposedly an ally. It was divided into three bodies: one bound for Portugal, under the command of Jean-Andoche Junot; another to enter Spain, with the aim of reaching Cádiz, and the third, called «Observation of the Coasts of the Ocean»Under the pretext of reinforcing the southern coasts against the British, but whose covert mission was, in fact, to occupy Madrid.

First, in tents

And in mid-June, in the face of uncertainty and continuing casualties, the French decided to fortify the entire Retiro. “In spite of everything, they did not have the slightest demonstration of courtesy”, recalled years later Mesonero Romanos, who was five years old when he lived through that immense deployment of forces, distributed by the San Bernardino convent (current University City), Leganitos streets and Fuencarral, the neighborhood of El Pardo and Carabanchel, in addition to the famous park where the artillery and cavalry encamped, with its memorable Brigade of Dragons of Moncey, using the stores confiscated from the Spanish army in Ciudad Rodrigo and Zamora.

Since El Retiro, the Marshal Emmanuel de Grouchy on the day of the uprising to walk the Calle de Alcalá and the Carrera de San Jerónimo up to Puerta del Sol. In the vicinity of the plaza – Mayor, Alcalá, Montera and Carretas streets – most of the rebels and neighbors gathered. “The evacuation of the streets did not stop the lively shooting and the rain of stones and tiles that, from the windows and the roofs of the houses, reached us and hurt many people. I have tried in vain through French and Spanish officials to have the inhabitants cease fire, but the bearers of these words of peace have been received with rifle shots, ”detailed the report of the enemy collected by Guerrero.

In view of the situation, Belliard’s order to build the huge complex came about like this: “You must take command of the Retiro[[general lagrange]and consider it as a dependent citadel of the Plaza de Madrid under the command of Grouchy ». The following day, the latter stressed: «His Imperial Highness orders that the entire administration be established in El Retiro. You should particularly take care of the establishment of the Retreat, which from this moment must be considered a French colony. It is necessary that this citadel shake the town and that it can safely house all the French if the circumstances require that the troops leave to dispel some concentrations ». And later an unknown captain Boulart recounted in his memoirs: «I was in charge of the armament of the Retiro fortifications, which had been set at 50 fire hydrants, a high number, because it wanted to contain the population of Madrid by means of vigorous measures […]. The temperature was 28 degrees in the shade, and all work was done in this sun. “

Plan of the Retiro and Fortifications qe. the French made in the Years of 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812 and 1813
Plan of the Retiro and Fortifications qe. the French made in the Years of 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812 and 1813 – LIBRARY OF THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE

Napoleon’s men soon built a gigantic fortification on that site, so large that it almost completely occupied the famous park, now considered Madrid’s main lung. A complex of which there is absolutely nothing left today. We know of its existence, in fact, thanks to a series of graphic documents that reveal the enormous number of soldiers that inhabited it and the activity that it concentrated.

It became the French headquarters, from where the French commanders made the main decisions regarding the occupation of the city and the country. It is hard to imagine such facilities today, with their streets, houses and warehouses full of batteries and artillery pieces, in a haven of peace such as the famous 1,180,000-square-meter park. Murat also built a large citadel within it, taking advantage of the fact that it was one of the highest points in the city of Madrid.

The facilities erected in the Retiro Park were so large that more than 2,000 soldiers lived in them until the end of the War of Independence in 1814. Six years in which they even had to draw the plans of the place, for the record. of the roads, gardens and houses built inside, with the aim that the military did not get lost walking inside. All this while in the rest of the city the news of the confrontations followed one another with expressions like this collected by the «Diario de Madrid»: «In all the neighborhoods, the people of Madrid murdered the French they found alone».

Since it was raised in June 1808, the Gallic population that lived in the Retiro caused enormous damage to the famous park. Virtually every tree was pruned to feed their bonfires. The nerve center of the fortification was where the Fountain of the Fallen Angel is located today. But, after six years of bustling activity, the English took it upon themselves to make it disappear. Upon entering Madrid in support of the Spanish, the first thing they did was to march on the fort and raze it. They were aware that if they took it, they would take over the entire city. And when the latter left, the residents of Madrid went to El Retiro to finish destroying what was left standing. It had all been a nightmare and he wanted to get rid of any remnants of his remains.


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Rubiales, investigated for falsification of public document

The President of the Federation must declare next May 21 in the Court of Instruction number 10 of Madrid

Rubiales, in a recent act.

The president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, must declare as investigatednext May 21 in the Court of Instruction number 10from Madrid. The judge has decided to open proceedings and take a statement from him and the federation’s secretary general, Andreu Camps, for an alleged crime of forgery of a public document.

The complaint, presented by the president of one of the territorial Federations, was already known in Las Rozas, wheretake iron off the issueAnd they link the information, advanced by the ABC newspaper, to the fight for the next elections for the presidency of the Federation, which should be held in 2020, but for which there is still no date. In addition to taking a statement, the judge has requested the minutes of the Extraordinary General Assembly of last December 16.

The story is more or less like this: on June 10, 2019,in the Ordinary Assembly of the Federation, the statutory modification proposal was approved whereby the president intended to increase the size of the Assembly by 19 members (and it is assumed, of course, that all of them are in line). Later, after an unfavorable report from the Administrative Court of Sport (TAD), the Federation lowered the number from 19 to five, and this was accepted with the Higher Sports Council. The modification was confirmed in that Assembly on December 16, whose minutes are now requested by the judge.

According to the complaint, the fact that this modification was not voted in that Assembly, and that the act does appear as approved constitutes an alleged crime of forgery of a public document. It is striking that, after all these movements, the Federation desisted at the time of carrying out the inclusion not only of the 19 members, but of the five that were authorized by the CSD.

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Facebook removes the page of the Madrid Bull Association with almost 100,000 followers: “We live an animalist dictatorship”




“We do not know anything about the suspension of San Isidro, the Community and the company tell us nothing,” says Roberto Yuste, president of the entity of subscribers to Las Ventas

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The Facebook page of the Madrid Bull Association has been canceled. “We hope that they have not completely eliminated it, to see if they have only suspended us“says Roberto Yuste, the president of the entity that brings together some of the subscribers to Las Ventas, almost all grouped together in line 7 of the plaza.” The same thing has happened to us with YouTube, “he recalls.”Now they blame us that the content could be fraudulent or that corresponds to an illegal activity. ”

Facebook has sent an email to the page administrator El Toro Association of Madrid. According to the company, the content of fans could “violate the Terms of Service” and recommends “review the rest of the published content”. It warns that “repeated misuse” could make the page disappear permanently.

After complaining, Zuckerberg’s company has responded to them along the same lines. Either they stop uploading fraudulent content, the bullfighting, or they run out of pages. “We already had almost 100,000 followers. Let’s upload gatherings, reports, historical tasks. There was a very interesting file “that could be infringing some copyright rule.” When we came up with Youtube we lost a lot of things. Now we have a hard disk where we kept that material. We lose a lot, but not everything. “

“A fat stick”

For Roberto Yuste, fans live on social networks “a dictatorship of animalists. They only listen to them. They contribute less. They only twitch. And they go against us“He observes. He believes that Facebook’s decision could be related to his complaints.” We are very angry. An aluvin will have arrived. I do not know exactly the number of complaints they have made but they have had to be many. They gave us a big stick. ”

In addition to the complaints, the Association’s page also receives insults. The inbox is full of hate messages. “I don’t know if they will be fake profiles. Many of them are foreigners. They left tremendous comments in the posts. They call us ‘murderers’ or wish us death ‘by coronavirus’. And we get insults in private messages. “

For Las Ventas subscribers, the season continues. “They haven’t told us anything about San Isidro yet. They have us uninformed. It is a strange silence, but from the works that are being carried out in the plaza. They haven’t told us anything. There is not the same communication that we had with Taurodelta. ”

They had already purchased tickets for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, the first two bullfights of the year in Madrid. “We don’t know when the money will be returned to us. We buy the tickets taking advantage of the discount that we have the subscribers. They haven’t said anything about the return. ”

Sources of the company consulted by this newspaper indicate that “all the tickets that were purchased electronically have been returned. As soon as possible, we will proceed to return those that were purchased at the box office.”

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Mitsuya, the first Nisei bullfighter, dies at 82: the sword was his Achilles heel

The Black Pope teaches Mitsuya the luck to kill

A very particular character from the world of bulls has died:Ricardo Higa Mitsuya at 82 years old. It was a Peruvian-Japanese bullfighter, coming from a family from the island of Okinawa who migrated to Lima. He studied journalism at the same time that he was preparing to be a bullfighter, he went through the towns of Per until in 1961 he appeared in the Plaza de Acho with steers by Fernando Graa.Cosso stands out for his performancein the first thirds although he says that the sword was his Achilles heel.

The following year I managed to open the large door of the Peruvian capital andtraveled to Spain with the help of ManuelMejas Rapela ‘The Black Pope’ who welcomed him in his house in Genera Mola 3. The family remembers him for his exquisite education, for his discretion, for his enormous liking and for his great discretion. In the summer of 1964, he debuted at Vistalegre and managed to get around the arena. In autumn, his attorney and teacher died. Every year, when Angel Luis Bienvenida visited the cemetery where his father’s mortal remains rested, he found a consumed butt and said:“Mitsuya has already been here”. His way of paying homage to the Black Pope was to leave a lit cigarette of his master’s favorite tobacco, he was silently accompanied by the time it was consumed.

A few years later, he wrote a letter to Antonio Bienvenida at the house he had in Mojcar (Almera) to thank him with some lines written in his own blood for the lessons learned in General Mola before appearing at Las Ventas.

Tom the alternative fromPalomo Linares on August 28, 1970 in Ondara (Alicante),with Julin Garca as witness and bulls of Manuel Zaballos. He came to publicly assure, showing his wild hobby: “The date of my alternative will always be more important than my birthday.” He continued his career in Peru, achieving fame in the Latin American country.He was seriously injured in November of that year in Limaacting alongside Paquirri and Jos Luis Paradas.

He resumed his career as a journalist directing at various times the newspaper Per Shimpo, dedicated to the Japanese colony residing in his city and the magazine El Nisei. It was also thegeneral secretary of the Union of Bullfighters and Steers of Peru.

He lived on horses between Madrid and Lima, when he passed by the Casa de Campo and saw kids bullfighting in the living room by themselves approached to give them some advice. Some thought it wasa curious tourist until, with the subtlety that characterized him, he remembered some explanation from the Black Pope.

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The Cordobs, the wolf smile and the left without stops of a universal ‘crack’

The ‘Hurricane’ Bentez fulminated records and borders in the 60s of Al and the Beatles as a mass fraud: “I touched some God with the wand, he took me in my arms. I was the Pope of bullfighting,” he confessed in an interview. to THE WORLD

I grew up in anticordobesism fiercer than the press of that time remembers. Tremendous campaigns of the scarce independent criticism that fought with a machete and a stake for regeneration and guarismo, against the envelope, the saw and the utrero. I would not have been surprised to find at home any day a target with the portrait of Manuel Bentez ‘El Cordobs’ nailed to the point of darts. As time went by, long, long, Bentez explained his vision to me: “Was I the only one who killed that bull? The bullrings were waiting for me. But I arrived in Madrid and cut eight ears in two afternoons, and in Seville, a tail. I regret the death of your father without having had the opportunity to drink even a coffee. We would have understood now retired. ” I don’t know, but whenever I write surrendered to the Bentez myth, opposite feelings spring up in me:that of a relative betrayal and that of a just ‘vendetta’. I do not betray the noble cause of fumigating what was around Cordoba, but I will probably execute revenge against the biased teaching of a chapter in the History of Bullfighting.

I lost too many years between the sterile debate of orthodoxy and heterodoxy, between the barren discussion of the greyhounds and the hounds, until I became aware of the universal dimension of the ‘crack’ that was hidden from me: Manuel Bentez ‘El Cordobs’. The decade of the 60s, explained through icons such as Al or the Beatles, should never forget the ‘Hurricane’ Bentez that traveled the world. Three covers of the period of the magazineLifethey certify it.Volatilized the reductionist and inbred walls of bullfighting and simplistic explanations.

Here you get the round trip ticket from the present to the past. The maxim that time places everyone in his place has been fulfilled with splendor and memory with El Cordobs. Tributes come with the delayed fuze. In April 2014, exactly six years ago, as if Saint Toms needed to put his fingers on the sore, the almost octogenarian V Caliph swept the anti-cancer festival on his land. The last time I stepped on a ring. Again ‘Hurricane’ Bentez on the street and in the square. Againthe masses cheering for fraudLike those of old Spain in black and white, who already carried the bullfighter with a rebellious fringe on his shoulders from the hotel full of unscrupulous mothers with their daughters in heat in search of the devil’s seed. The echo of his topless left echoed in the Cordoba of the 21st century, the inalienable personality, the unruffled stillness, the wolf’s smile, the popular magnet of that starved shirtless man who in 57 fled spontaneously in Madrid with the suit that it had been rented with the money of the son of his master of works.

The personality ofa man out of every catalog. In his tribute to that same 14, he again overflowed Las Ventas tiles in the tribute commemorating his confirmation of alternative, May 20, 1964:the country stopped completely in the middle of developmentin front of the silly box of bars in the absence of gadgets at home. TVE finally broadcast the event on a flooded arena of water and blood.

The following year, in 1965, he broke all records with 111 runs in one season; 121 in 1970. “A locomotive, I used to pull the whole Fiesta train, all the wagons. With me there was for everyone[empresarios incluidos]”, he said in the interview he gave me in 2012. In it he declared himself Pope of bullfighting:“If some God touched the wand, he took me in his arms”. To fulfill the huge number of contracts signed, Bentez used his own twin-engine plane. He sleeps every day in the same bed, at the Alameda de Barajas hotel, the operations center from where he plotted the flight plan with his pilot. Or he made himself with the controls. I learned in America from the need to cover the great distances from Mexico, out of sheer genius, intuition and survival: “And if the pilot falls asleep, what do I do?” The plane will use the teacher Ral del Pozo to make literary pirouettes in the bookA velvet coffin, that Bentez still curses.

Mass phenomenon, social earthquake of international impact that Gerald Ford wanted to know, Bob Kennedy, embrace and Gina Lollobrigida, other things. I discovered it at the dawn of the 60s Rafael Snchez El Pipo,the Don King of bullfighting, the negotiator of the first large monies collected in small bills to make them bulge more on the hotel bed: “Who is all this for, Don Rafael?” “For you, Manolo” “Take half of it!” “Keep everything, that the day will come when you reproach me to the commission.” And Bentez grabbed the wool and ran to buy his sister’s house in the vast work of Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins:… or mourn for me.

The Pipo had been removed from the sleeve in the 61 the festivalPro Housing of the Needyin El Pardo with General Franco and Doa Carmen Polo in the presidency of the small square and El Cordobs going up and down 15 or 20 times like a joke among the calf pythons. The festival that was worth some to politically deform the robin-robin here, imprisoned so many times by the law of bums and thugs, stiff as the wet, as a toy of the Franco regime. The inexperience of the already famous bullfighter fascinates, the courage, the rage and the outburst to return to the brawl and the dust. The NO-DO and then the movieLearning to diethey catapulted him by the hand of Tico Medina’s script. Tico caught it before Lapierre and Collins.

The life of El Cordobs does not give truce. His long heart from fleeing through the fields favors him in the American heights: where others drown, Bentez makes the leap of the frog, jumps and runs with trophy esportones in his hands.God becomes Mexicobut it is little named when it comes to reviewing the myths of the Aztec fans.He mounted the guerrilla with Palomo in ’69, and surrenders to the business community in Villalobillos on a pillow: one ‘kilo’ per afternoon. Antonio Ordez always refused to fight with him, and Antonio Bienvenida gave him the alternative. The self-taught man in the rings never found a mirror. Or anyone who looked like him. His elastic left-hander left the batrach behind, the banderillas broken,the cape of the rebans. And now that he works as a dowser, the seasons are dwindling and the places are emptying, he is remembered. Not because he was touched by the wand or because he was a bullfighter’s aroma, but because God took him in his arms. And this is signed by the son of the most devastating and tough anticordobesista, who dignified the profession of writing bullfighting.

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Walk through a paralyzed metropolis

Five lanes lead to the center of the Spanish capital via the noble shopping street Calle Serrano. But the background noise does not currently consist of roaring engines, but chirping birds. In addition there is the beeping of the traffic lights, the signal for the visually impaired. The alarm takes up the traffic artery acoustically. It is the new sound of Madrid, only occasionally broken by sirens from the police or ambulance.

The corona virus is raging in the city like no other in Europe, only in the Lombardy region are there more infected and deceased. In terms of population, no other country in the world has more deaths than Spain and Madrid is the epicenter of the disease. More than 6400 people in the metropolitan region with just under seven million inhabitants officially died from the corona virus.

The virus robs the city, which is usually bursting with energy, with its character. No operation in restaurants, bars, empty streets. At Easter, the center looks like a film set in which the filming has been completed – magnificent buildings on deserted streets.

On March 14, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez issued the alarm state, which includes the strictest curfew in Europe. The Spaniards are only allowed out of the house alone and only to go shopping.

Leave the apartment for the first time after four weeks

In the past two weeks, Sánchez had ordered the economy to shut down almost completely. Only those who are on a daily basis in a vital industry such as health or food retail were allowed to go to work. This ban has been lifted since this Monday. Nevertheless, a lot of life has not returned to the city.

There is a supermarket not far from Calle Serrano – the only place where something like life prevailed at Easter. Isabel Serrano is marching there with a brisk step towards the entrance. The sun shines in the face of the young woman, who looks like she came straight out of the office with her blazer, striped T-shirt and ballerina shoes.

But the impression is deceptive: Serrano left her apartment for the first time in four weeks. “I’m lucky and can work from home,” she says, just like her husband. He only left the common domicile during the curfew to buy groceries. Now it’s Isabel’s turn.

Paseo del Prado in Madrid

The strict curfew ensures deserted streets in the Spanish capital.

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“We try to go out as little as possible,” she says. “We are now watching a lot of series, reading and working – that’s hard, but that’s how time goes by.” Your city doesn’t recognize her. “Madrid is always so full of life and we all love to go out and meet friends here – but now everything is quiet, it’s like in a science fiction film,” says the financial expert.

The Corona plague is likely to have fueled the Spanish zest for life. In normal times, the taxis in the city center jam themselves at four in the morning. There are bars, sidewalk cafes and restaurants on every corner. It is preferable to meet in large groups and greet each other with a cheek on each cheek – ideal conditions for a virus that spreads via droplet infection.

The close ties within the families – who usually meet with all generations for lunch on weekends – should also have helped. And the government reacted late and allowed mass demonstrations on International Women’s Day on March 8th.

In a bikini on the balcony

In the residential areas, the balcony doors are now wide open – if you are not allowed out, at least the light should come in. Usually the small terraces in front of the old buildings in Madrid are just storage space, for the air conditioning or when it comes up for a flower pot. Finally, you can linger in the bar.

But now there are often chairs in front of the balcony doors and when the weather is fine, residents in bikini sit on them. In the current situation it is the only place in Spain to intercept a few sun rays.

The City Park Retiro is closed. In front of the most photographed motif of the city – the Metropolis House at the beginning of the Gran Vía Boulevard – there is just as yawning emptiness as at the other end of the Gran Vía, where the theater and musical halls are located. Only a few TV teams have set up there to speak their announcers against the bizarre backdrop.

The dramas of the crisis

The pictures will symbolize the beginning of the worst crisis that the country has experienced since the end of the Franco dictatorship. Spain is already heavily indebted, unemployment was 14 percent ahead of Corona and the high dependency on hospitality and tourism should ensure that the crisis there lasts longer than in other countries. The self-employed and small businesses in particular are now worried about their survival.

“I lost 70 percent of my sales,” says Arsenio Sonseca. The taxi driver is the only one with his car in front of Madrid City Hall. Taxi and chauffeur services are one of the few services that are still allowed in Spain. Sonseca now often picks up patients in hospitals. He already has a queasy feeling. “I disinfect the entire car after every trip,” he says, pointing to his spray bottle in the trunk.

He wears a slightly battered respirator on his face, which keeps slipping down his nose when he speaks. Actually, he is a designer for the aviation industry, also for airbus worked. He was unemployed two years ago and is now trying to keep himself afloat despite being a taxi driver.

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The curfew is well observed, but is also closely monitored.

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Again and again he gets into police controls. A guest was arrested the other day. “Well, it was half past two in the morning and the lady had no ID with her,” he says. “Of course, this is not possible in the curfew. And what reason can there be to be on the go? The way she looked, it was a prostitute. Someone will have called her. “

The Spanish police issued more than 18,000 notices in the first two weeks of the alarm due to violations of the curfew. “If you are on the street now, you have to show your purchase receipt or explain which supermarket you want to go to – it should always be the closest to your own apartment,” explains a local police officer.

“Most of them abide by the rules,” he says. With five colleagues, he stands near the market square in the Mulitkulti district of Lavapies and checks passers-by and cars. His colleagues are in the process of felting a car – they search the trunk, open boxes, key behind the number plate, search in the back seat and in the glove compartment. The driver, a young Spaniard with a face mask, watches the procedure apathetically. When the officers find nothing, he continues.

Drug couriers are looking for new sales channels

“Drug sellers are now looking for new ways,” explains the policeman. “For example, they use couriers from delivery services and smuggle their material into the food,” he says. “That’s why we now always control everything.”

Diego Spitaleri is the driver of a delivery service. For him, the curfew is above all a rewarding business. “In the first two weeks I made twice as much sales as before in a whole month,” says the Italian-born. Instead of just delivering food from restaurants, couriers are now doing shopping for those who no longer dare to leave the apartment or who are infected in quarantine.

The 24-year-old experiences daily how differently the Spaniards react to the crisis. “Some want me to come up, others want me to put the food in the elevator. I didn’t see sick people, but I was paranoid. They turn their faces away and say: “Put it there”. Or: “Leave it there – and now go!”

Trivial pursuit in the apartment block

But there is also another Madrid. One where the residents brave the crisis with their own mix of humor and creativity. Not far from the Plaza Lavapies, the noise can be heard from afar.

“Who invented the vaccine?” Echoes from the roof terrace through the narrow alley. “A) Albert Einstein or B) Louis Pasteur or C) Edward Jenner. Elvira – it’s your turn. ”“ Louis Pasteur ”calls Elvira from the window opposite. “No”, it rings back and a long “ohhhhh” whispers from nine balconies in three different houses. “We play trivial pursuit,” explains Berta Rodriguez, who stands on the doorstep of her ground floor apartment with her boyfriend.

“Everyone has a topic and has to think about questions – my topic is the tabloid press, but there is also sport or cinema. We play because it is so boring to always be at home. A week ago we held a karaoke concert, someone gave the DJ on the balcony and we danced in our apartments, ”says the 35-year-old. She can hardly be understood in the babble of voices of her neighbors. “Who won the Tour de France five times?” Echoes from the fourth floor through the alley. Madrid has many faces, even in times of crisis.

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“Let’s put Madrid to sing”, the four versions of Sabina’s classic in homage to the confined capital



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Various singers, including Marta Sánchez, Guillermo Bárcenas, David Summers or Luis Ramiro, have come together to interpret the well-known song by Joaquín Sabina, «Pongamos que hablo de Madrid», in a video that under the label #PongamosqueCantaMadrid intends to pay tribute to the city during the pandemic coronavirus.

It is one of three versions with different interpreters promoted by the Madrid City Council, which already accumulate hundreds of thousands of reproductions and aims to «Add voices for Madrid», indicates the consistory of the capital from his Twitter account in which he also “thanks” its author, Joaquín Sabina.

In the first version, which also includes the groups Sweet California, Los Secretos and Revolver, another has followed with the interpretations of Lorena Gómez, Los Tarifa Plana, Huecco, Belén Arjona, Javier Herrero de Los Pecos and Luismi Grayonay.

In the background are images of the Madrid toilets, the applause of the citizens from the windows and the work that the professionals and law enforcement, to end with a message of encouragement, “Let’s go Madrid!”, according to Efe.

The third it follows the same line of its predecessors and has the participation of Manu Tenorio, Samuel, Alba Messa, Alvaro Benito, Antón Carreño, and the band Unique.

Finally, in a last tweet published this afternoon, a video was published that gathers all the artists who have participated in #PongamosqueCantaMadrid interpreting what is considered the unofficial anthem of the capital. “Thank you to all the artists for joining their voices and joining this initiative. Thanks to Sabina for lend us your letter for this tribute to Madrid. #ThanksMadrid for all the effort to be able get out as soon as possible of this situation ”, reads the text that accompanies the content.


‘Let’s say I speak of Madrid’, reinterpreted by 20 singers to raise the spirits

The social networks ofCity of MadridThey have released this Monday the latest version ofJoaquín Sabina from‘Let’s say I speak of Madrid’, this time, under the motto ‘#PongamosQueCantaMadrid ‘performed by a total of20 singersand groups with the aim of encouraging the people of Madrid.

The singer-songwriter has given up the use of his song for this project in order that his verses contribute to the positive mood dominating the population.“after a month of combatagainst this new enemy. “

The legendary singer of Hombres G,David Summers; ‘Willy’ and Antón de Taburete; the interpreters from Sweet California;Carlos Goñi, Manu Tenorio, Álvaro Urquijofrom ‘The Secrets’; Marta Sánchez, the four singers of ‘Unique’, Alba Messa, Luis Ramiro, Samuel, Javier of ‘Los Pecos’, Lorena Gómez, Belén Arjona, Luismi Grayonay, Jadel, Dani Ramírez, Álvaro Benito and Huecco are the protagonists of this video .

Three weeks ago, the mayor of Madrid,José Luis Martínez-Almeida, He had the idea of ​​paying tribute to the people of Madrid, a symbolic gift to thank them for everything they are doing in this common struggle.

Music is the way to reach all of them, with a song that talks about the city, its different faces, a melody that other artists such asAntonio Flores, Revolver, Recidivists, Enrique Morente, Porretas or Carmen Linares.

The first thing that was done was to request authorization from its owner, Joaquín Sabina, and he gave up the rights for the singers to give him a voice. Subsequently, lbequeathed contact with the artiststo make possible this new work that sees the light.

Their records are accompanied byhistorical imagesthat will remain forever in the retina of the population. Scenes of a city on the balconies, Madridapplauding toilets, doctors cheering policemen, images of municipal workers who have allowed essential services not to stop, drivers of the Municipal Transport Company and cleaning staff, among other professionals.

‘Thank you for taking care of us; thanks for protecting us; Thank you for making it possible. Let’s get out of this. Let’s go Madrid ‘, collects the video.