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Fallas 2010: Almirante Cadarso – 3rd Place

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Continuing our look at the special section monuments of Fallas 2010, we arrive at the Canovas corner of Almirante Cadarso and Conde de Altea. A fat cat in a leather chair, sipping champagne and his two smoking lady friends straight out of the roaring 20s ask us, “Crisis? What Crisis?”


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The theme was money; corruption and riches. The “galácticos” of Real Madrid arriving on a red carpet in a limousine. A huge tiger rug under the fat cat’s chair. Cops looking the other way. An abundance of money, enjoyed by a few while the rest of us suffer under the world’s financial crisis.

It was a great monument, which we chose to see go up in flames on the night of the cremà. Funny, artistic and timely. Their bronze medal was an improvement on 2009’s fifth place finish, and richly deserved.


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Walk Down Obama Street in Náquera

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Náquera is a small touristic village located 23 kilometers north of Valencia city. In accordance with The Law of Historical Memory, a Spanish ruling that obligates the removal of anything Francoist from the public square, Náquera has decided to rename one of their streets after my homeland’s new president.

Calle José Antonio out … Calle Barack Obama in!

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As a rule, I’m skeptical of any law that encourages the popular amnesia of dark history. Better to have statues and street names as a reminder of a difficult past. Of course, you don’t want a statue which celebrates El Caudillo as some sort of hero, but to remove any reference to him seems like a good intention gone too far.

Then again, I’d be all for a US law that bans naming any monument after G. W. Bush or Dick Cheney. And I’m definitely for anything that ends up with a small Spanish town naming one of its street after Barack Obama!

Situated in the middle a beautiful protected natural park, Náquera boasts a population of just 2000, and offers a great day trip for lovers of nature. According to its website, Náquera is reachable with a Metrobus from the station of Bétera (Metro Line #1).

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