News and Toolbars
On a computer a toolbar is a row or a block of onscreen buttons that when clicked, activate certain functions. The first toolbar appeared on the Xerox Alto computer in 1973. Nowadays, we use toolbars in common applications such as Microsoft Word where you can spend many happy hours customising them to you suit your individual taste.
Usually, toolbars and add-ons for web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox are free. They are easy to download and install, even for the most timid of computer users. However, having too many toolbars can reduce the area in which you can view web pages so don’t get carried away and use more than two or three. Choose the ones that will help you best.
The most popular toolbar that I use is the Google one.
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Divine Destination - Cordoba
The Mosque that is a Church
The most striking thing about the Mezquita is that, incongruously, it is an Islamic mosque containing a Christian church, which is Cordoba's cathedral. What one sees from outside is confusing indeed: a huge, flat-roofed, low-lying building with a large baroque church jutting up in the middle. It rather resembles a multi-tiered wedding-cake, having a heavy, elaborate style which is so unlike our less-gilded, modern times.
But before joining the politically-correct chorus which loves to bemoan this Christian crime against Moorish art (which, undoubtedly, it is), consider the chequered past of this sacred site from its very beginning.
First, the Romans built a pagan temple here, on the right bank of the Guadalquivir River, on which Cordoba was the highest navigable point. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the new Germanic masters of Spain (the Visigoths) replaced it with the Christian church of Saint Vincent. When the Arabs conquered the peninsula in the early 8th century, they tore down the church and began building their great mosque which, commensurate with Cordoba's importance as the centre of Muslim power in Spain, became one of the largest mosques in all of Islam.
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The London Book Fair
The London Book Fair is the world’s leading spring publishing event for both traditional and electronic media. This year the market focus was dedicated to Spain, the homeland of the second most widely-spoken language in the world. Spain, the birthplace of Cervantes and Galdós, has an immensely rich literary history. Directors of Andalucia.com, Chris Wawn and Michelle Chaplow, attended the event to find out more. The Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Spanish Association of Publishers’ Guilds, and The Institute for Foreign Trade put together an excellent programme of seminars focusing on literary rights and publishing. They also showcased a diverse range of Spanish literature which included a collection of old manuscripts and photographs from La Biblioteca Nacional de España (The National Library of Spain) in Madrid. The programme also featured a performance by the Spanish musical group, Música Antigua-Eduardo Paniagua, which was very well-received.
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