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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.24 – Supersticiones


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Ben and Marina talk about how superstitious the Spanish are, and some of Spain’s favourite superstitions.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.23 – De Libros…


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Ben and Marina look at the reading habits of the Spanish, and what it tells us about the Spanish today.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.22 – Impacto Cero


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Ben and Marina try to live a no-impact week, and discover that rubbish is one of the biggest problems in their lives!

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.21 – Velocidad


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Ben and Marina discuss the reasons for, and attitudes towards, the new speed reduction on Spanish highways, and how it doesn’t fit in with the speed increase on Madrid’s pavements!

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.20 – Colon


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Ben and Marina discuss the life of Cristóbal Colón (Columbus), and look at whether the tyrannical side of him portrayed in the film ‘Tambien la lluvia’ is really accurate or not.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.19 – Pueblos en Transicion


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Ben and Marina discuss life after Peak Oil, and the fascinating Transition Town initiative that is sweeping through the UK and beyond, promising to help us thrive in an oil-reduced future.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.18 – Guernica


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Ben and Marina discuss Guernica – the fascinating story of Picasso’s involvement in the Spanish civil war, and the birth of his great symbolic painting.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.17 – Al Andalus


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Ben and Marina discuss the Moorish reign in Spain, and the clear influences we can see in Spanish life and culture today.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.16 – Coincidencias


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Ben and Marina look at the strange world of coincidences and discuss whether it is all down to probability and statistics, or whether there is something else going on…

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.15 – Atontados


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Ben and Marina discuss ways of saving ourselves from information overload on the internet, and in life in general.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.14 – Sorolla


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Ben and Marina discuss the little-known Spanish painter Joaquin Sorrolla, his wonderful museum-house in Madrid, and his luminous life and work.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.13 – El Cocido de Marina


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Ben and Marina talk about cooking, the typical Spanish dish Cocido (made with garbanzos – chickpeas), and its historical origins.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.12 – El Canto de la Sibila


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Ben and Marina look at why Unesco is choosing to bring Flamenco and Catalonia’s human castles under its umbrella, as well as other Spanish cultural treasures such as Mallorca’s El Canto de la Sibila.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.11 – Prohibido Fumar


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Ben and Marina discuss the changes brought about by the 2011 full smoking ban in Spanish bars, restaurants, and other public places, and what it means for Spanish culture and respect for authority!

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.10 – De Cine


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Ben and Marina talk Spanish cinema, looking back at some of the great films and directors of the last few years… which films would you add to our list?

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.9 – Centros Comerciales


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Ben and Marina discuss a recent trip to a ‘centro comercial’ (and the horror awaiting in the toilets!), and examine the rise and fall of the shopping mall in Spain.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.8 – El Fin Del Chollo


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Ben and Marina look at a major breakdown in Spanish air traffic control in December, and how it lead to measures not seen since Franco’s times…

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.7 – El Dedo de Santa Teresa


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Ben and Marina look at the unlikely mix of Japanese Zen meditation and Catholicism in Spain, and examine the fascinating life of Santa Teresa de Avila.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.6 – Vente a Alemania Pepe


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Ben and Marina discuss emmigration from Spain over the last century, how it affected Marina’s family directly, and whether it is really about to happen again now.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.5 – Buenas y Malas Noticias


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Ben and Marina look at how the press manipulates us, with a real-world example from Madrid.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.4 – Chile


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Marina talks to Flor about her home country Chile, covering everything from geography, to gastronomy, how recent tragedies changed the country’s attitude to faith, the lives of her 30-something friends, and typical Chilean expressions.

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.3 – Un Idioma de Vagos


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The ‘Real Academia’ recently changed the Spanish language (a little bit…), and some people are up in arms about it!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.2 – Genes o Entorno


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Today, Ben and Marina look at how the nature/nurture debate actually begins in the womb, and how it can have a bearing on our health in later life.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 2 – Ep.1 – Emprendedores


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In this first episode of Season Two, Ben and Marina discuss the entrepreneurial spirit in Spain, how it reflects the national character, and how this compares to the UK and the USA.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.28 – Requebrar


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In this episode, Ben and Marina talk about how the art of complimenting a lady in the street has changed to sexual harrassment, the demise of the Spanish Macho man, and the classic film ‘Jamon, Jamon’!

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.27 – Marina Presidenta


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Marina talks about her new job as ‘Presidenta’… the worst job in Spain? Plus, in the analysis section, we look at the fastest sentence ever uttered in Notes in Spanish audio history!

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Ben y Marina
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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.26 – Intercambio de Casa


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Marina talks to her friend Ines about a unique way of going on holiday, el intercambio de casa.

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.25 – Garzón


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We look at the ‘trials’ of Judge Garzon, Spain’s most famous law-maker, currently being pursued by the political far-right, who want him out of the picture…

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.24 – Niños


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As Marina and Ben stop sleeping again, we examine life with a toddler in Spain…

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Notes in Spanish Gold Season 1 – Ep.23 – El Lado Derecho del Cerebro


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Ben learns to draw, and develops the right side of his brain, which is responsible for more than we imagine!

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Ben y Marina
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