Postcard from... Madrid
Saturday 14 December 2013
The scrum of people in the centre of Madrid for the Constitution Day public holiday last weekend reached a point where the police temporarily closed one of the main underground stations, in Puerta del Sol, to relieve the pressure.
An announcement was made on the packed inbound train I was on that we would have to disembark at the station before, Sevilla, and we spilled out on to the platform. Aided by security guards, we had to squeeze past a massive line of people waiting to board.
Then shoppers, tourists and families going to see the Christmas lights milled about the city centre in the early evening, and it was hard to remember there was an economic crisis on.
As I chatted this week to Bernardo, the owner of a small business, he echoed a similar experience from the holiday weekend and sounded his approval. His business, selling outdoor furniture, has been reduced from a 10-employee outfit to just two over the past five years, but he said there were more inquiries coming in now.
“Last year people would have stayed at home,” he said. “This year, at least they are venturing out. They probably won’t have a meal but they might have a beer. That’s something. We need people to start spending again.”
- 1 Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
- 3 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 4 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Stock up on canned food for stock market crash, warns former Gordon Brown adviser
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
£18000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive or Senior Sal...
£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This industry leading company produces h...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT provider for the educat...