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Fiestas of Gracia 09Carrer Verdi has been transformed into a medieval setting and is the winner of the prize for the best street at this year's festival.
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Medieval flute player entertaining visitors to Carrer Verdi
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Fiestas of Gracia 09As well as decorations, there is also a medieval market
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Another Gràcia street decorated with lights and colour
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Colourful lights convert this street into something special for the week-long Gràcia festival
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Fiestas of Gracia 09On this 'Hansel and Gretel' themed street, Carrer Joan Blanques de Baix, you can see a house made of gingerbread and sweets.
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Fiestas of Gracia 09'Alice in Wonderland' themed street
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Another photo of the 'Alice in Wonderland' street
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Fiestas of Gracia 09This street, Carrer Tordera, is decorated like a tram, and visitors can take a seat and have something to eat. It won the prize for the second-best street decoration.If you have any photos of this year's Gràcia festival, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish athlete Marta Domínguez yesterday won the country's first gold medal in this year's athletics world championships for the 3,000-metre steeplechase (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Domínguez, who also set a new national record, fell last year at the final hurdle in the same event at the Beijing Olympics and said after that incident that the fall would make her stronger to carry on. In 16 years of competing, she has taken part in various events including the 1,500 metres, the 5,000 metres and half-marathon, and says that she is considering entering the marathon in London 2012, when she will be 35 years old.
There was confusion and indignation amongst potential claimants of the new €420 monthly benefit put in place by the Spanish government for those without work and no longer entitled to other unemployment subsidies, who discovered they were not entitled to the financial aid (article in Catalan, Avui). Yesterday was the first day that claimants could apply for the new benefit, but many discovered, when they went to their local Employment Office (Oficina de Treball) that they were not eligible because only those people whose previous benefit (paro) has finished since August 1st can claim this additional payment. A trade union spokesperson said that they had asked the central government to make the benefit retrospective due to the large number of people in Spain affected since last year by the effects of the global recession.
For the third time in four years, Carrer Verdi in Gràcia has won first prize in the competition for the best-decorated street in the neighbourhood's annual festa major (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Specifically, it is the middle section of the road (del Mig) that has been awarded the prize for its creation of a medieval castle (see the Slideshow for images of this and other Gràcia streets), which includes a market. Second prize went to Carrer Tordera for its recreation of a tram and third prize was scooped by Joan Blanques de Dalt, which paid homage to a song by Joan Isaac titled 'Tot es fragil' ('Everything is fragile').
Also in the news: Search for missing mountaineer called off due to bad weather (El Periodico); Investigation into Spanair crash blames human error and faulty equipment (La Vanguardia); Renfe services back to normal after electricity faults cause delays (Avui); First child dies in Spain due to complications caused by swine flu (La Vanguardia)