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UNESCO’s verdict on the Torre Pelli: STOP NOW!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In a recent newspaper poll, 25% of people wanted construction of the Torre Pelli to be halted (it currently has 15 storeys out of the planned 40, and measures around 60 metres). However a massive 62% preferred that the project continue as planned. This highly controversial building in Seville, designed by ...

A (light-hearted) look back at 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As this is my last proper blog post of 2011 - I will be wishing you a happy new year next week, but other than that I get a (well-earned) break between Christmas and New Year - I thought it would be a good chance to take a look back ...

How the other half lives

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Salvados interview with Cayetano Martinez de Irujo. The Spanish generally enjoy a good relationship with their aristocracy - they tolerate their picadilloes and foibles, discussing them in animated chat shows, poring over them in the prensa rosa, and treating them like a live telenovella (soap opera) created for their own ...

“Don’t expect miracles”

Monday, November 21st, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4380" align="aligncenter" width="188" caption="Map of 2011 General Election results. A sea of blue (PP), with some red spots (PSOE)."][/caption] This was the characteristically pragmatic declaration by Spain's new Prime Minister-elect, in his victory speech in Madrid last night. Mariano Rajoy's Partido Popular romped home to an overwhelming victory in the elections, ...

15M goes global

Monday, October 17th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4113" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Demonstrators in Seville earlier this year."][/caption] Although I wasn't around to witness it myself (pressing prior social engagement), the indignados were back on the street again on Saturday - 15 October, following the lead of the original 15M (15 mayo) group who started the famous sit-in in ...

Seville in danger of losing World Heritage status?

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4099" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Aerial view of the Torre Pelli. Photo Cesar Pelli"][/caption] For some time, controversy has been raging in Seville over a 178-metre tower which is being built for Cajasol bank. The architect is Argentinian Cesar Pelli, so it's known locally as the Torre Pelli. At one point, UNESCO ...

(Almost) royal wedding in Seville

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Click here to see a video of the Duquesa de Alba greeting the public who massed outside her palace for her wedding, as well as her flamenco performance. She may not be royal, but the Duquesa de Alba's blood runs blue through her veins. Descended from King James II of England ...

Cordoba – European Capital of Culture 2016?

Monday, June 27th, 2011

This year they are Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland). Each year, one or more European cities display the title "European Capital of Culture". And today Andalucia is abuzz with the possibility that in 2016, this title will be held by Cordoba, one of the three great historic cities of the ...

Setas – home of popular dissent in Seville, and a bird’s-eye eaterie

Monday, June 20th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3352" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This will be the restaurant(s) with panoramic views - window table a must."][/caption] You may have noticed I've been a bit quiet about the Setas/acampada Sevilla/15M of late. Which isn't because I've lost interest in the movement - far from it; I've just been too busy with ...

What’s new up the Setas?

Monday, May 30th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3206" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Aerial view of the walkway, which covers four of the six mushrooms. The viewing platform is the loop in the middle top of the photo, while the restaurant(s)-with-a-view will be in the part of the structure seen here from above as a white donut shape, in ...