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UNESCO, Seville and contemporary architecture in historic cities

Friday, September 27th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12021" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This view of the Seville skyline shows the Giralda (left) and Puerta Triana (centre) dwarfed by the Pelli tower"] [/caption] Last week, I attended a three-day UNESCO "International Meeting" (ie mini-conference) in Seville on "Contemporary Architecture in Historic Cities", with speakers from the UK, USA, Netherlands, China, ...

General strike on Wednesday: 14N

Monday, November 12th, 2012

This Wednesday, 14 November, there is a 24-hour general strike across Spain - the second this year. But not just Spain; trade unions across much of Europe are urging their members to show anger at governments which are making lives impossible, on a pan-European day of action organised by the ...

Want to develop your internet business?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

On the blog this time last year, I mentioned a new initiative to help web-based companies develop and grow their businesses, supported by local talent and expertise: Nuevos Talentos Andalucia. Now the second edition of this is open - but only until 7 May. It is often during challenging economic times ...

29M: general strike

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It's unusual for this blog to have three posts in a row about politics, but then this has been quite a week. First of all, the PP failed to win its widely-predicted majority in the Andalucian Parliament in last Sunday's elections, leaving the regional president in a political no-man's-land, since he ...

Roman remains and contemporary architecture in Andalucia

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This week is Carnaval (that's the Spanish spelling, not a typo), and if you have children, you'll be dressing them up (if you haven't already) to go to school or nursery, or maybe just for your local town parade: so far this year, friends of mine have mentioned themes such ...

Castanets in the classroom

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

In the midst of mounting uncertainty in north Africa and the Middle East, with Egypt facing civil unrest/near-revolution, as well as continued economic hardship here in Andalucia (nearly a million unemployed, with 350,000 households now having all members out of work; 43% of under-25s in Spain are parado), I thought ...

The joys of Spanglish

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Unless you're fluent in Spanish when you come here to Andalucia - whether to live, or to have a holiday or extended stay (to write that novel, for example) - speaking the lingo is one of the biggest challenges, but also one of the most essential skills for starting a ...

The intangible and the edible

Thursday, November 18th, 2010



Running the halls

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

This post will either be of considerable relevance (and hopefully interest, too) – if you have children at school in Andalucia; or of none whatsoever – if you don’t. If your kids are being educated in another country, for example the UK, it will hopefully be of some interest. I'd ...

Vuelta al cole

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Hello, I'm back in Spain now, and melting like every one else. Thanks very much to Sarah for her excellent blogs over the past month while I was away. She wrote about exactly the sort of interesting topics which it's easy to overlook when you've been here for a while, ...