Australian Left Review

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No Spain, No Gain


José Borghino


It’s nice to be flavour of the year— and Spain and Spaniards are certainly that in 1992. What with the Barcelona Olympics, Seville’s Expo, Madrid’s status as the cultural capital of Europe, and the stomp-on part that the Spanish-Australian family get as the featured ethnics in Strictly Ballroom, it’s enough to turn a muchacho’s head. Add to this the attention that Latin America is receiving in the media at the moment as a result of Columbus Week—even on the flickering screen, where none other than Gerry Depardieu is strutting his stuff (and his nose) as Crist6bal Col6n— and there’s a real argument for 1992 being named the year of HO (Hispanic Overdose).