The cheese of an Olympic champion in wrestling

It was the summer of 2012 and the world had its eyes on London: the Olympic Games were being held and the Spanish Maider Unda had just won bronze in wrestling in the 72 kg category. Unda was in his prime, he had just won medals in international championships and four years earlier he had put our hearts in his fist at the Beijing Olympics, from where he returned with a diploma for fifth place.

What not many people knew is that this athlete who had just made history in London also made Idiazábal cheeses in Olaeta (Álava). Cheese maker, cattle farmer, guide and salesperson: since 2003 Maider occupies all the roles of Atxeta Cheese, the family farm that he runs with his sister. A job that he combined with elite sport until 2016, the year in which he decided to hang up the tights and dedicate himself exclusively to his cheese factory. Even so, her link with the fight has not been broken, she continues to train the new generations who are beginning to feel interest in the fight and is part of the board of directors of the Spanish Federation, but her work, as she says, is her sheep and their cheese factory.

A shepherdess in tights

The story of Maider Unda is not that of someone who leaves everything to go to the countryside to lead a bucolic life among valleys and sheep. Maider did not make any life changes by leaving elite sport, on the contrary, he was returning to what he had done all his life. He already knew first-hand how tough the road he was taking is. “People come to visit town and it is believed that this is chupifiesta, But when you have to take the brush cutter, the hoe and you have to make firewood, tararí tararí. We like how beautiful it is because we have seen that now, with the pandemic, in the town we have been much more comfortable, but when you have to bend the kidney … it is not beautiful, no. We idealize it so much that reality has nothing to do with it, ”says Maider.

Your reality has nothing to do with chupifiestas. Maider is a peculiar athlete, in an even more peculiar sport for women. He started wrestling as an extracurricular activity in Olaeta, and later, when he had a driver’s license, he alternated his studies and work in his parents’ livestock with training in Vitoria. She was trained by Luis Crespo, a part-time electrician. It did not seem that the sport was going to change the life of either of them, until women’s wrestling entered the Olympic program in 2004. “There everyone got nervous, and people who had stopped fighting took it up again” .

Maider decided to gamble everything on that card and went to Madrid. “I left everything to just train and I took a bigger cake… I came back and said: ‘First I’m going to have a job that I’m going to dedicate myself to, and fighting is going to be something that I am going to have fun with, that be passionate, but do it for fun. ‘ I came to hate sports. I broke down, I felt neglected. It was the worst ”.

At first, his father led the herd and his mother tended the cows. When they retired, Maider and her sister took over. They were left with 3,000 sheep of the lacha breed, of which they make the cheese of the Idiazábal Denomination of Origin. From that moment, the results also began to appear in sport: Maider set up a gym in his house to train when he was not with the cattle.

“People will tell you that it is easier to live from sports, but I am in favor of living from the countryside, it is much more grateful. In sport there are very few people who reach the top. There are many frustrations, false expectations, and here in the field it is very clear what there is ”. It is curious to me that someone who has been at the top of her category – and no one has yet managed to get where she did in wrestling – could not consider living only from sports. “And I was lucky, I was able to combine both thanks to my family, who helped me and stayed here when I had to go racing. If not, impossible ”.

If you listen, you understand

Neither sport nor working with animals understand holidays. Both require a lot of sacrifice. “In sport, at least, you have to know how to stop, if you don’t break down, but the animals don’t, they have to eat and be cared for every day. Also, with livestock you are working with animals, not with machines. Sheep express themselves and if you open their ears you understand them. Sometimes we go so fast that we think ‘this sheep there’. But if he is telling you that he does not want to enter, it will be that he does not want to enter for something ”.

When he shows me his cousins, his sister is working in the barn. Maider is the one who makes the visits to their cheese factory and who explains the work they do at Atxeta. I find it curious that he talks about the personality that this breed of sheep has, about its manias. “The first year they are much more noble, then they become more surly. As adults they do not allow themselves to be approached, they always jump. One is scared and they are capable of running all ”.

As we speak, a sheep comes up to us and starts fiddling with a water dispenser. He touches the pushbutton, a jet of water comes out, he moves away. Returns. Touch. Water comes out. It moves away. The animal repeats this operation several times while the others are eating without raising its head. “Sometimes they simply press to play or attract attention, but hierarchies are very marked in the drinking fountain. ‘I make myself hollow, I’m here and you don’t come to drink water until I say’. Then there are others who don’t learn to drink from there and my sister puts a bucket of water on them. I tell him ‘if they didn’t have it, you would see how they would learn ”. I see in this role the demanding athlete and coach who has not been given anything.

Sheep are producers and they are more spoiled. They also have horses, but they stay in the mountains all year round so they can eat the grass that the sheep do not graze. “We manage the land because we try to make the sheep graze as much as possible. We compost the manure on waning moons and spread it on the fields where the sheep graze. I mow and clear the land where they graze so that good grass grows ”.

A peculiar breed

The menhaden is a seasonal breeding breed. Stop at the end of January, raise the lamb, have a few months of lactation until August and then have a drying period, which is when they are taken out to the mountains. “Before sending them out, we do a few weeks of covering. Every so often we bring the adult sheep to count and check for lameness. Tonight there has been something strange, because they have mixed with sheep from another shepherd, possibly there has been a dog ”.

When the ewes have given birth, the one they leave to re-breed stays with the mother for up to 45 days. If it is male or not it is for rearing, as soon as it reaches 10 or 15 kilos it goes to the slaughterhouse and the mother goes to milking. “Until the lamb is separated from its mother, we do not milk that sheep.” Sheep have a productive life of approximately eight years if they are calved each year. “If the sheep’s udder is damaged or it has not given birth in three years, we send it to the slaughterhouse. In August I do the computation. If we remove 40 sheep, 40 lambs, I always have the same number of sheep ”.

Silence, it is milked

Entering the milking parlor, Maider returns to talking about the character of the sheep. “They are very sensitive to changes. When you go to milk them you have to be at what you are, five minutes maximum per sheep, it is not good that they are more. They enter from 16 to 16, they drop food, and while they eat they milk themselves. Normally we are two people here, as the sheep enter and see someone different, they get very tense ”.

The amount of milk each sheep gives varies greatly. Some give two liters in each shot and others do not reach half a liter. Monthly, from March to July, the milk is monitored. “We put a bottle and each sheep is measured how much milk it has and that is how we know the genetic value and make the selection for rearing.” Idiazábal is made with raw milk that has to be analyzed several times during the month. “There is a calendar and if you bring the milk on Monday, on Thursday you will have the result. As the Idiazábal has a minimum maturation of two months, long before the cheese reaches the market you already have an analysis. As it is raw milk, you have to control it a lot ”, says Maider.

The cheeses: semi, cured, smoked and crushed old cheese cream

Although the DO Idiazábal does not require that the rennet be natural, in Atxeta they use this rennet to give the essence to the cheese, this, according to Maider, gives the cheese a different personal touch that differentiates it from others. The Idiazábal are between one and three kilos in weight and a minimum maturity of two months. In Atxeta they also make smoked cheese with beech wood, which they smoke when the cheese has already matured for 3 or 4 months. “I do it like this so that it is more done and does not get too smoked, because personally I do not like strong smoked”.

They make cheese every two days and produce an average of 4,000 kilos of cheese per year that they sell directly. “We distribute in three stores in the area, I sell in the cheese factory itself and I do home delivery. Before we went to many fairs, but now this has been cut with the Covid ”. Although it is always the same production process, he tells me that spring marks a lot what the cheese will be like that year. “For example, this year it was creamier,” he tells me.

When we finish the conversation, he offers me to try his cheeses. He recommends tempering them beforehand and taking them with young wines or not even wine, because they do not need to clean the mouth much. And finally he gives me some advice: “Try the grated semi-cured in a mashed potatoes, without butter or anything, you’ll see how good it is.” Gold medal for Maider’s cheeses.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

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Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

By Vanity Fair

Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at! #FrostGiant

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020


StarCraft 2 stops producing content 10 years after launch, but Blizzard will keep it alive

It seems that new games based on the franchise are not being ruled out, with no sequel announced yet.

In July 2010 it was put on sale StarCraft 2, a game that has remained the dominant RTS as it was with its predecessor. Now, Blizzard announces the cessation of development of new content for this title, which means that we will not have more commanders or chests to buy. But that does not necessarily mean that he will die.

Of course, the lack of news will put off many players, but the servers will remain active as up to now and their developers have confirmed that we will continue to have updates with balance adjustments and bug fixes, “focusing primarily on what matters most to our core and competitive community.”

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Qualifying this last point, Blizzard ensures that SC2 will continue to maintain its usual representation in the eSports scene from the hand of ESL Gaming and GSL. What about the IP as such? In the past, the Warcraft fathers had no qualms about listing their most relevant games for the future. Right now StarCraft doesn’t have a sequel on the horizon, but it seems that something like this is not ruled out.

Or at least, it is what can be read between the lines following the closing of the entry. Producer Rob Bridenbecker concludes, “We will keep you posted on any and all plans we have for future forays into the Koprulu sector.” In the absence of something more specific, we remind you that Blizzard has announced Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV (plus the spin-off Immortal) as well as the imminent expansion Shadowlands WoW, so it will surely be a while until we see their next big game.

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Meghan Markle was accused of plagiarizing a speech

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October 16 2020, 12:02 pm

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Meghan Markle spoke last Tuesday at the Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit on a more than current topic: the tremendous impact that social networks generate.

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The event was organized by Fortune magazine and their participation was highly commented.

“There are very few things in this world where the person who is interacting with it is called a ‘user’. People addicted to drugs are called ‘users’ and people who use social networks, too, ”Meghan said in a section of her presentation.

“They are an addiction,” he added as a reinforcement to this idea and the main reason for his decision to have personal accounts. His ideas were powerful. However, later, a large number of his audience took to Twitter precisely to highlight that Prince Harry’s wife had taken her information from the documentary “The dilemma of social networks” from Netflix.

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