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Christmas in Madrid

It's that time of year again when all the newspapers have to talk about is what has already happened and what they incorrectly believe will happen in the next 12 months. Oh, and in the case of the British press, the same old stories are recycled year after year after year after year, oh, I'm getting bored with this.

I have just seen one that was published the other day in the Independent. Apparently, shock, horror, the Spanish have decided to reduce their two hour lunch breaks, referred to in this London based newspaper as a 'siesta'. It's a funny thing good old 'deja-vu'. The same story seems to have been published every year for the past two decades. This so-called 'social transformation' appears to be taking a long time.

Let me first clear a few things up:

The Spanish do not generally take siestas. Working hours vary depending on the kind of job you perform. Some people work from 8 AM - 3 PM non stop, others work from 9 AM - 2 PM and then from 3:30 …