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1. In bed: Ashes. Álvaro Ortiz. This comic is not a road trip, it is not a continuous reference to underground culture, it is not a tribute to post rock music, it is not a mystery graphic novel ... And it is all at once. We will only say that it starts by citing Pixies' Let's Go Today is International Music Day.

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THE PLANNING Gone are those days when the agencies were a kind of gurus and achiever when going on vacation. The normal thing was that you ordered the entire package (maybe they would have suggested it to the destination) and that you should leave there with an itinerary programmed to the millimeter.

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1. In bed: Manu, Manuel Jabois (Pumpkin Nuts ed.). A hilarious Galician autobiographical work that this time is opting to explain how it has been this last year and peak in his life, with the arrival of his son whom he conceived as follows: "He was under a hangover that seemed to come from two centuries ago , as if instead of celebrating a birthday last night we had taken the Bastille, when I made the heroic decision to take a powder. "

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It was the afternoon of beer and fashion, the night of mojito and style and it was also the event that marked the beginning of summer fashion in the street Jorge Juan, pedestrian and more stylish than ever for this day. More than 40 stores were open to the public until midnight, offering discounts and gifts.

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June half. At this point when I was a child I was already clear where I was going to spend the summer (as a conjugable verb). I also had it clear in April and January and October of the previous year, because the holidays, unless a meteorite hit the earth, for my friends and for me were always in the same place: in "the town".

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If you approach Le Mans this weekend, just when the most famous endurance race in the world turns 90, the landscape transforms: bars in the street, crowds overflowing the center, drivers who get the Formula 1 spirit and run more and an artistically illuminated night city on every corner, especially on the facades of historic buildings.

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SIEM REAP Among the many World Heritage temples that are concentrated in Siem Reap, there are some especially attractive for children. The history of Angkor's civilization, the struggles of its kings and its impressive ruins in the middle of the jungle will surely capture the attention of the little ones.

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He philosophizes a lot on the bus. Pascal was probably coming down from a stagecoach when he wrote that "most of the evils that come to men come from them because they don't stay calm at home." And Sartre's complete phrase was actually "hell are the others who go with you on the Conil de La Frontera-Panjón bus on a normal August heat day."

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1. In bed: Chronicles quinquis (Javier Valenzuela, K.O Books). The quintessential book of Canallesco Journalism (with capital letters) of the 80s in Spain. The Valenzuela chronicles published in El País function as a social portrait of an era in a Madrid of events, police, quinquis, junkies and journalists without social networks.

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1. In bed: the Madrid Book Fair is to kick it. We stayed, from our selection of traveling books, with a classic of photography: The Americans, by Robert Frank. "You end up not knowing if a jukebox is sadder than a coffin," Kerouac writes about this compendium of photographs of an anti-American-dream America.

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1. In bed: Nick Cave. Intimate confessions of a holy sinner. Mat Snow The leader of the Bad Seeds and Grinderman opens the channel in this memoir where the dark pasts in drug slums and bad life drew the lyrics that flood the best concerts today. A raw look at the life of one of the poets of our time.

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It is then that we run into the sketches of a bathyscaphe, a device with a name as strange as its appearance, whose mission was to dive into great depths, withstanding very high pressures, to serve as a "spy" in military or scientific missions. The creature's father was Auguste Piccard, who managed to bring him down to more than 10.

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1. In bed: Bailadela da morte ditosa, Roberto Vidal Bolaño. Today Galegas Day is celebrated, dedicated to this playwright and actor who helped professionalize this art claiming the Galician culture and tradition. We are left with his work Baidadela da morte ditosa (Bailadela of the Blissful Death), a work about different encounters with the death of characters that come to her through heartbreak, pain ... 2.

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Party. It has several scenarios. The main one is the Prairie, where the food and drink booths, the ferris wheel and the bumper cars are installed, where to ruminate with the pibitas to the rhythm of techno or cantaditas. Then there is the verbena de las Vistillas and las Ventas, where the spontaneous give the passes at the nearby bars on a wide schedule, and a lot of activities here and there.

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Nobody would want to live or visit a Haneke movie but they are the ones that best illuminate our existence, besides working like a slap when we are half asleep: it is not something pleasant, but espabila. Behind this rude metaphor where there is, there is a deep admiration for the talent of the director able to sublimate the discomfort and at the same time remain oblivious to any sentimentalloid concession; so cold and accurate that it makes us think that we are watching truth filmed while constantly reflecting on the very equivocal nature of filming and the dangers of the screens.

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It will be for the culture, for the effect of the posters or for pure posturing. The fact is that the 21st Century Man likes to go to exhibitions more and more because of stepping on gleaming ground and taking advantage of that insubstantial time between breakfast and Sunday snack. Several harmless specimens coexist with pictures and brochures with which to share an ecosystem.

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Cemetery tourism is increasingly fashionable, so much so that the European Union has its own route and of course a legion of lovers of eternal beauty that seems to distill the stony memory of the dead. Undoubtedly, it is a very entertaining method to review the history of a country, with its greatness and misery, with its lights and its shadows.

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Music. It varies a lot from one festival to another. Above all, from a festival of jacks to any other. Groups that meet only in London punctuate twice on the posters, but there are also the modalities "walking deads gathered", "I bought an organ", "we met the day before yesterday on Facebook" and "attitude and mustaches".

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1. In bed: The disorganism of Daniel Johnston. The illustrator Ricardo Cavolo pays tribute to Daniel Johnston, his life and music. As Cavolo told us, "it is my first graphic novel ... a true birth that deludes me a lot". And more enthusiasm is going to give Johnston himself one of the copies at Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

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