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Queen's Brian May Releases Song In Spanish With Video Filmed In Canaries




ROCK guitarist and founder member of Queen, Brian May, has released a song in Spanish with a video shot entirely on location in his old haunts in the Canary Islands as a tribute to a region he knows and loves very well.

May, 74, originally from Richmond-upon-Thames, UK, holds a PhD in Astrophysics, which he researched mostly at the observatory in the Teide National Park – an active volcano and key visitor site in Tenerife – and footage from here is used in the video, together with scenes near an ancient laurel tree on the island of El Hierro.

Brian May in a scene from the video of Otro Lugar, the Spanish-language version of Another World, shot on location in the Canary Islands (photo: Brian May on YouTube)

The tree features on the cover of his latest album, Another World, and the title track has now been released in Spanish as Otro Lugar (‘Another Place’).

Some features were filmed on the island of La Palma, where Dr May has, in previous years, attended the prestigious Starmus Festival, which brings together some of the best brains on the planet in the arts and sciences – one of its regulars having been the late Stephen Hawking.

According to the world-acclaimed guitarist, the Spanish-language version and its video filmed in the Canary Islands is ‘a special gift for the people of Spain’ who have always been ‘incredibly friendly and kind’ to him and to Queen.

“It’s been a dream for me, going back to visit the places which breathed life into me and also into this album,” May said.

He made particular reference to the pine forest surrounding the Teide volcano, describing it as a ‘very special place’ to him and announcing that ‘this is the place’ he wanted to be ‘when he left this planet’.

“For me, it’s the closest place to heaven,” the rocker admitted.

The artist behind iconic tracks such as We Will Rock You, I Want It All, The Show Must Go On and the tragic, final release of Freddie Mercury, Too Much Love Will Kill You, recently presented a remix of his 1998 solo album, Gold Series, at Greenwich Royal Observatory in London, showcasing several brand-new videos.

As well as Otro Lugar, these included On My Way Up and the Buddy Holly cover Maybe Baby.

Brian explained to his English-speaking fans that the Spanish version of Another World was almost an exact translation of the original, but that, as the latter is a more ‘wordy’ language, the song ended up being longer, by default.

This meant he and his crew were able to include much more footage in the video, which has ‘come out better than the English version’ as a result.

He says the song describes a ‘parallel universe’ and ‘what might have happened in another world’.

The centuries-old laurel tree in El Hierro is a ‘huge symbol’ of Another World, due to its ‘extraordinary shape’ acquired through having to grow in extremely harsh conditions – against constant and very strong gusts of wind – meaning ‘it has only managed to survive by bending double’, May explained to fans.

He likens the shape of the tree to ‘a beautiful woman with her head thrown back in the wind’.

“I had an amazing trip to these three islands for the making of the video,” the musician admitted.

“The gods were on our side.

“I don’t know if someone was looking out for us, because everywhere we went we had perfect weather for the takes, so the video should be spectacular.”

Doctoral student in the Canaries in the ’70s

After finishing his BSc undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy at Imperial College London in 1968, Brian May began researching for his PhD thesis, titled An Investigation of Motion of Zodiacal Dust Particles, which took him to the Teide Observatory and to the Canarian Astrophysics Institute (IAC), based at La Laguna University.

He was there throughout 1971 and 1972, and his observations in Tenerife formed the basis of his doctoral thesis as well as two published articles, one in Nature magazine in December 1972 and another in the monthly journal for the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society, in 1975.

The Teide Observatory, where Brian May did most of his doctoral research in the early 1970s. Visitors can book guided tours – in English, Spanish, German or French – from 09.00 to 16.00, starting at around €21 a head or free for children and for school groups, via the National Park’s official website, (photo: University of La Laguna)

But with Queen’s massive global success, May had to shelve his work, since it was impossible to find time to dovetail both.

By then, he was married to Chrissie Mullen, with whom he had his son and two daughters; they divorced in 1988, and Brian has since been with British actress Anita Dobson – who played Angie Watts in the London-based soap opera Eastenders, famously running the Queen Vic pub with husband ‘Dirty Den’.

They married in 2000, and seven years later, Brian finally finished his PhD thesis.

He received his doctorate in May 2008, at a graduation ceremony in London’s Royal Albert Hall, 37 years after starting it, and just two months before his 61st birthday – a clear and high-profile example of tenacity, dedication, never giving up, and how it is never too late to achieve one’s ambitions or conclude unfinished business.


Tenerife 'Eurovision Festival' Aims For World Record Number Of Abba Costumes





TENERIFE’S island capital is aiming to get into the Guinness Book of Records next month – for the most people in one place dressed up as the legendary Swedish band Abba.

To do so, a minimum of 10,000 are needed at the ‘Eurovision Carnival’ between June 18 and 19 – an eagerly awaited event starring key performers from the contest over the years.

Abba in 1975, performing Mamma Mia (photo: Pixabay)

Now the longest-running televised musical competition on earth, reaching audiences of up to half a billion on occasion, Santa Cruz de Tenerife plans to celebrate it with its first-ever ‘Eurorainbow’, a festival that pays tribute to the huge diversity of song styles, cultures, languages and customs that the contest always showcases.

Sweden’s Loreen, Austria’s Conchita Wurst and Ukraine’s Jamala will be among the household names performing.

The first ‘Eurorainbow’ festival will feature what the organisers are calling a EuroReto, or ‘EuroChallenge’: Beating the world record for the most people dressed as Abba members Agnetha, Frida, Björn and Benny – whose career really took off when they, themselves, represented Sweden at the 1974 Eurovision with Waterloo.

An official judge from the Guinness Book of Records will be on site to verify the achievement, if enough people join in.

An Abba tribute band will be playing, along with former, successful Eurovision contestants.

Conchita Wurst, the famous ‘bearded lady’ from Austria who won the contest in 2014 with Rise Like a Phoenix, is reportedly living as a man at present but largely gender non-conforming and is still referred to as ‘she/her’ in the media.

Jamala’s win for Ukraine in 2016 was highly topical then and has become so again now – the song 1944 was a call for the best of European values and tolerance in the face of the Russian invasion of the Crimean peninsula, referencing World War II, and became a hit all over the continent.

Only a few months back, Jamala had to flee her home country with her children, and are currently living as refugees in Turkey.

Loreen, who is Swedish but of Berber northern African origin, sparked a sensation a decade ago with Euphoria which, as well as netting her the 2012 Eurovision trophy, went straight to number one in the charts in several countries, including Spain.

During the weeks she was in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku rehearsing for the show, she was the only contestant who visited local refugee camps.

This year’s fourth-placed contestant, Cornelia Jakobs, representing Sweden with Hold Me Closer, will also be at the Eurorainbow festival, and one of the hopefuls for representing Spain this year, Chilean-born Javiera Mena – now a household name in electro-pop after more than 10 years on the music circuit – has confirmed she will be holding a gig.

Javiera was one of the candidates at the recent Benidorm Fest, the purpose of which was to choose the 2022 entry for the Eurovision.

Her Italian counterpart, who is actually from the Canary Islands, Cristina Ramos, will be on home turf at the Eurorainbow, having now made herself internationally famous through performing on talent shows in México, the USA and China.

Details of the festival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife were released before the Eurovision on Saturday, so it is not yet known whether the stars of 2022 will be there.

Chanel Terrero performing in Torino at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. Her elaborate costume, by national designer Palomo Spain, has attracted great attention, as has her catchy song (photo by Spain’s national radio and television broadcasting company, RTVE)

One of these is none other than Spain’s candidate, Chanel Terrero, who came an incredible third with SloMo – the highest placing for the country in 27 years, which until now was Pastora Soler’s momentous 10th position in 2012.

Chanel was only beaten by the UK’s equally-amazing second place – again, an extremely rare and much-merited result for Sam Ryder with Spaceman, but in a contest where Ukraine’s win was almost a given from the start and which viewers and competitors across the continent agree it fully deserves.

The band Kalush, with Stefania, backed heartily by many voting countries, did not actually receive any points from Spain – the 12 went to Azerbaijan, 10 to Italy, eight to Australia, seven to Sweden, six to Serbia, five to Belgium, four for Romania, three for the UK, two for Greece and one for Switzerland.

Spain got 12 points from eight countries out of the total of 40 – San Marina, North Macedonia, Armenia, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Sweden, and Australia – and 35 voting nations overall gave Chanel points.

She did not receive any from Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Finland or Italy.

The UK and Belgium each gave her 10 points.

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Mums Aged 45-Plus Becoming 'new Normal': How, How Many And How Much





NEW MUMS aged 45 and over have soared in number in the past few months – nearly half as many again as last year, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE).

And numbers of babies born to women aged 50 and over are now at unprecedented highs.

In the country with one of the oldest average ages for first-time mothers in Europe, where approximately one in five women have their first child in their 40s and three-quarters of females aged 35 do not have kids – even if they want to – babies conceived and live births in mums near the end of their fertile years, or even after these are over, are becoming the ‘new normal’ in Spain.

Spanish television presenter Toñi Moreno will be 49 in less than a month’s time, and she had her daughter, Lola, in January last year – meaning she would have conceived her just weeks short of her 47th birthday (photo: Gtres)

Stigma surrounding older new parents is almost non-existent, and with job stability and home ownership gradually coming later and later in the lives of men and women alike, the birth rate is one of the lowest in Europe and parenthood tends to be a decision made at the last minute before running out of time.

Babies born to women 50 or over total 64 in three months

Over the first three months of 2021, a total of 682 babies were born to mothers aged 45 to 49 inclusive – still a leap on the same months of 2016, when the total was 577 – and, during exactly the same quarter of 2022, mums of this age group had 910 babies.

Back in 2016, infants born to women aged 50 and over totalled just 27, and the highest on record since then has been 52, but from January to March 2022 inclusive, a total of 64 women aged 50 or over had a baby.

In total, therefore, women aged over 44, with no upper age limit, brought 974 new humans into Spanish society in the first quarter of this year.

The figures, for both age groups separately and together, are the highest ever seen, according to INE data, and the increase is substantial: A jump of 42.8% on the same three months of 2021.

Births were up across all ages in the first quarter of 2022, in fact, says the INE.

British model Naomi Campbell had her first child, a girl, in January 2021…just days before her 51st birthday. Here she is a year later (photo: J. M. Haedrich/SIPA/Cordon Press via El País)

From January 1 to March 31, a total of 79,885 babies were born, being an increase of 2,676 on the same period last year. 

It would seem likely that would-be parents decided to shelve any imminent plans to have children when the pandemic struck, due to public health fears and worries about job insecurity or a fall in income, then began to feel ‘safe’ to conceive from about spring last year onwards.

TV presenter Ana Rosa Quintana, now in her early 60s, had her twins when she was 48 (photo: Telecinco)

‘Baby fever’ seemed to have calmed by around the beginning of summer last year, though, since the number of births in March 2022 was actually down slightly on the same month of 2021, by 7.4% – to a total of 26,843 mid-late Pisceans and early Taureans – or a drop of 2,132.

Figures were also down in March from 2020 – babies conceived in the final pre-pandemic summer went onto become 29,263 births, meaning in the same month of 2022, they had reduced in number by 8.3%, or 2,420.

IVF in single women up 20%

Valencia Fertility Institute (IVI) said single women seeking to become mothers have soared by 20% in the past two years, showing that the idea of waiting until one has settled down with a partner or frantically seeking a ‘baby dad’ before it is too late is now going out of fashion.

The data do not include qualitative information, such as how many babies born to women of 45-plus are girls…

The birth figures for the 45-plus and 50-plus age groups do not give qualitative data, nor maximum ages, so it is not known what percentage used their own eggs – directly or ‘thawed’ after freezing – compared with donor eggs or donor embryos; how many were girls or boys, or how many women conceived through a heterosexual relationship or ‘home insemination’ rather than via assisted reproduction.

…or how many are boys. Not that babygro tone means one or the other, of course – parents may just dress their newborns in their favourite colours, whether they are male or female infants

Nor is it clear how many live births versus conceptions occurred in the same time, since in older mothers, the risk of a miscarriage is much higher than for women in their 20s.

At any one time on earth, an average of 105 boys are born for every 100 girls, and it is not clear whether fertility treatment or parental age affects this.

How age affects fertility: Using donor embryos, it doesn’t

In Spain, private fertility clinics will inseminate women or implant embryos up to and including age 50, and as yet, this is believed to be the maximum age in any country, meaning that, in theory, any births to women aged over 51 would have through a relationship rather than treatment.

Natural fertility starts to decline as early as age 27, with the chances of a live birth already being lower than those of non-pregnancy, miscarriage or stillbirth, and by age 40 falls to approximately 20%.

Above 45, chances of carrying a baby to term using one’s own eggs is just 5%.

Retired Hollywood actress Cameron Díaz had her first child, daughter Raddix, with husband Benji Madden, when she was 47. Fans have tried to find out, but she has not confirmed whether the little girl is a donor-egg baby, whether she used her own eggs, and whether they were frozen or fresh. This picture of her was taken 10 years ago (photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons)

Fertility age is based upon how old the eggs are, not the woman who is pregnant – a woman of 45 to 49 using eggs she had frozen aged roughly 32 will have the same chances of a live birth as a mother of 32, not of one aged 45 to 49.

Donor eggs dramatically up the probabilities, irrespective of the mother’s age, since the selection process for egg and sperm donors is extremely stringent, only a very small percentage make the cut, and for females, the upper age of a donor is 35.

Another Spanish television presenter, Irma Soriano, gave birth to her son Luis Juan when she was 48. The picture shows her four years before then (photo: Juancamartos/Wikimedia Commons)

The same applies to embryos – those unused after fertility treatment, which can number several or even into the 10s, depending upon the mother’s and father’s ages, can only be donated for IVF if the eggs involved were extracted when the woman was aged no more than 35.

A woman of any age up to and including the maximum of 50 – up to the very day before she turns 51 – who uses a donor embryo has a probability of a live birth of over 80%.

What fertility treatment involves for mixed or same-sex couples and single women

Egg-freezing fever rapidly started to soar from around 10 years ago as a solution to worries of not being in a settled situation – job, partner and home – in time to conceive unaided, and what was once headline news, two women becoming parents to one baby, is now part of the standard ‘menu’ of procedures offered by private clinics.

Beyond mid-late 30s, clinics do not normally recommend a woman freezes her eggs for later use, since the process is expensive compared with likely results, but will do so if she wishes despite full awareness of the risks.

Embryos left over from IVF can be frozen and either kept for the mother to have another baby later, or donated, if she was no more than 35 when they were created (photo: Clínica Margen)

In a younger woman, anything from 10 to 30 eggs can be harvested in one operation, but in a woman reaching the end of her fertile years, only between one and three may grow following drug treatment of daily injections for a month and, even then, not all of these may be recoverable or useable.

Even once frozen, there is no guarantee an egg can be successfully fertilised in a laboratory – the chances are much higher with donor sperm, which will be of maximum quality – or that a fertilised egg, or embryo, once implanted, will result in a pregnancy.

Then, the pregnancy may or may not reach full term.

The cost of implanting an embryo is in region of €1,000, on top of egg-freezing, which is typically around €4,000 all told – only about half of which is for the surgical operation itself – and eggs, sperm or embryos held in storage cost around €400 a year for ‘maintenance’.

Friends and, later, Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston opted to freeze her eggs, and used them to conceive a child when she was 45

Direct insemination, without freezing, is another option, but rarely successful. In women across the board, of any age, chances of a live birth or even a pregnancy are in region of 15%, and each insemination costs around €1,000.

All-female couples who want to have a baby together can opt for the so-called ‘ROPA Method’ – the eggs of one woman are extracted, fertilised using donor sperm, and implanted in the womb of the other; whether or not they are married, both women are automatically and legally the parent of the baby born.

Surrogacy remains illegal in Spain, making life much harder for all-male couples or for females who cannot carry a child, such as through health conditions, having to take certain medication, or having had a hysterectomy at a young age.

What you need to know if you’re a donor or recipient

Where conception using a donor is not performed at an established clinic, the donor is automatically and legally the parent, even if they do not wish to be and the other party is in a relationship with someone else, perhaps of the same sex.

Parents seeking IVF through donor eggs or sperm also need to be aware that, in Spain, not only is donation completely anonymous whether the person providing the biological material wants to be or not, but they will not be allowed to choose their own – doctors at the clinic will elect the donor, and the parent-to-be does not have a say.

Also, they cannot stipulate any aspect of the donor, and will not be permitted to know anything whatsoever about them. 

All they will know is that the donor will be of approximately their own physical build, hair and eye colour, skin tone and ethnicity – not necessarily nationality – and that they will, necessarily, have passed physical and mental health assessments and be of at least university-level education, as these are standard requirements for any donor.

Eggs being fertilised in a laboratory. Future parents in Spain should be aware that, if they use donor sperm or eggs, they will not be able to choose the donor, make any stipulations, or know anything about their personal characteristics – unlike in other countries where anonymity is not permitted at all (photo from the science magazine Desde Abajo)

Donors do not get paid for their efforts – only a set sum constituting ‘necessary expenses’.

The withholding of information from the parents and their future children has a twofold impact: Couples tend to not want to know, since their aim is to bring the baby up as though he or she was the biological child of both parents, in the same way as an adopted child – meaning heterosexual and same-sex couples from abroad have been known to travel to Spain specifically for treatment so they do not have to be aware of any characteristics of the third person.

But single women are more likely to feel they deserve a choice in who the ‘father’ of their child will be and to know as much about him as is possible, even if his actual identity has to remain secret; this means they are more likely to want to seek treatment abroad in countries where anonymity is either optional, such as in Denmark, or not permitted at all, as in the UK and Australia.

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Adding Transitions To TikTok Video – Olive Press News Spain




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What are transitions and why do you need them

Transitions play a vital role in TikTok videos as they draw a magical effect. They help to connect different parts of the content and express the changes. Have you seen those videos with changing outfits? It may look like something made by a qualified professional but the truth is users just applied the transitions. Time is limited and to make your message as short as possible the use of transitions is necessary.

Guide to adding transitions

If you don’t know yet how to add transitions to your video, follow this simple method.

  1. Open the app Vjump (follow the link
  2. Start recording
  3. When it’s time to finish click on the red circle
  4. Find the button effects and in the opened gallery select “transitions”
  5. Choose the accurate place in the video to add transition
  6. Scroll different transition effects and select the one you like the most
  7. Replay the video to see how it works
  8. If you are satisfied with the results choose to save

You can also choose the manual techniques to add a transition. It may sound difficult from the first time but a bit of practice will make you a professional.

  1. Plan beforehand. Think over how you are going to switch your videos
  2. Record the first part of the video
  3. Before you stopped the video act out the planned transition
  4. Record the next part
  5. Add the segments until the time limit is over
  6. Click on the checkmark red circle
  7. Replay the whole video and see if you could achieve the desired results
  8. Edit and share

Remember that the main secret of success is your creativity. Follow the trends and don’t stop your imagination.

Where to find professional help

There is no need to waste much of your time on creating content. If you want to become a successful user of TikTok, you need to post as often as you can. To save your time use different helpful apps such as Vjump. Here you can find the huge library of complete videos with trendy transitions, receive the list of capturing ideas and use ready scenarios for any case. Try and save your time.

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