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The Local · 31 Dec 2013, 14:24

Published: 31 Dec 2013 14:24 GMT+01:00

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1) Top ten 'English' words invented by the Spanish

The Local's most popular story of the year looked at fantastic English words invented by the Spanish including gems like 'footing' and 'friki'

2) Top ten: Spain's craziest building fails

From empty to airports to metro lines that have taken decades to build, this Local gallery looked at the some of the worst excesses of Spain's building boom

3) Beer drinking king dies in competition tragedy 

This was the sad tale of a man who made a fatal mistake by drinking one glass too many in the Spanish province of Murcia.

4) London's cheapest suburb? It's Barcelona

London-based blogger Sam Cookney caused a massive stir when he said it would cheaper for him to live in Barcelona and commute to London.

5) Ibiza phone thief 'world's most stupid'

A German tourist who had her mobile stolen on the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza set up a hilarious blog with pictures and videos taken by the thief on her device which were automatically uploaded to her computer.

6) Top ten things that shock Spaniards in the UK

From binge drinking to personal space issues, The Local looked at all the ways Spaniards think British people are — well — odd. 

7) Cops nab paedophile after tip-off from thief

This thief got more than he bargained for when he found some old video cassettes under a car in southern Spain.

8) 'Let's tax the sun': new law shocks world press

A new Spanish tax on solar power was described as "ludicrous" and "stupid" in two leading international publications.

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9) Dos and don'ts for dating a Spanish woman

In this list, The Local gave men the lowdown on how to impress the Spanish señoritas. Number one? Don't criticize her family.

10) Spanish priest sacked for oral sex snaps

This story had everything: a priest, his lover, and a innocent bystander with a video camera.

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