Half of Spain has advanced to phase one of a four-phase plan to ease lockdown restrictions by July. Hoteliers can open their properties – though none of the common areas – and bars and restaurants can open a limited amount of outdoor seating. Although Madrid, Málaga, Granada, Barcelona and parts of Valencia are among the provinces and municipalities not yet cleared to advance.
Tourism is Spain’s third largest contributor to the economy, making up 12.3% of its GDP, and there is pressure to get...
It’s just over 40 years ago that Spain emerged from itsgrim-faced isolation under the one-party state of General Franco. What followed was… a big party, which even the economic buffeting of the past decade still hasn’t quite managed to dampen down.
Fifty years ago a manager knew when his team clocked on and off. Now employers are using hidden cameras, GPS and RFID tags, keystroke logging and emergent technology to monitor productivity, phone calls, emails, online browsing, instant messaging, blogging, where you go for lunch and what you eat. Well, possibly not what you eat. Yet.
The Law: Or rather the laws. Illustration: Medium.com
A veteran of the London to Yorkshire rail commute, George was blasé at the prospect of the 19-day journey through Russia, Mongolia and China on the Trans-Siberian Express. The assurance there would be snow (plenty, with temperatures around -30) evoked enthusiasm, but it was the idea of sleeping on the train and what’s more, in bunks that brought him round. And so in the depths of a Moscow winter, fat in polar clothing, we board Train #10, the 23.24 to Irkutsk, Siberia.