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1 Billion Rising: Dance against violence

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9802" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="One Billion Rising: to support women."] [/caption] Today is a worldwide action day to draw attention to the problem of violence against women. All around the globe, events are being held where you can dance to show your support - they are called "risings". It's no coincidence ...

Golfing with the stars

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5389" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="The winner and runner-up of the Ladies Banesto Golf Tour Málaga Test. Laura is on the right, with the jamón! Photo: copyright Fernando Herranz"][/caption] GUEST POST BY REBEKAH THOMPSON When we were teenagers, my brother, sister and I called ourselves the “golf orphans”, as our Mum spent many ...

(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 ...

All change in the Catholic church?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

If you've ever been in Sevilla for Semana Santa , you'll know that it's a pretty extraordinary experience: life-size Mary and Jesus statues being carried slowly, wobblingly slightly as they go, along packed streets, preceded by hooded, robed figures, accompanied by mournful music, and watched adoringly by hordes of the ...

From Rubia to Rabia

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Hi, Sarah here again. I’m back on the blog to comment on something which has affected me over my time here, much more than I had anticipated. I arrived in Andalucia, as you may remember from my blog photo, with bright blonde hair and blue eyes. I stood out like ...

“Solo quiero ser libre!”

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Few characters are as closely associated with Seville as Carmen. The Town Hall has been holding a programme of events dedicated to famous (fictional) local personajes, entitled Mitos de Sevilla, of which the much-loved gitana is the first; next year it's Don Juan's turn. One of these events is currently on ...

Deber y tener

Monday, November 1st, 2010

OK, I admit it. I love TV movies about famous people. Even better if they're royalty or aristos, and we get a glimpse inside their everyday lives - the king eating his breakfast in a grey chandal (tracksuit), Prince Felipe glued to the telly. The mini-series about the Duquesa de ...

The many faces of Carmen

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Seville is famous for many typically Spanish, and Andaluz, things: tapas, flamenco, bullfighting, Semana Santa - and Carmen. Bizet's 1875 opera, based on a novella by Prosper Merimee, has been a firm favourite for years, with its tragic story of the beautiful, fiery gypsy girl who works in the cigarette ...

A fragrant, floral señora?

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Following a British election campaign without British TV is a frustrating affair - no TV debates, no vox pops with people on the street, no declamatory rhetorical orations from the would-be PMs. Thank god for the internet - Radio 4 online, Youtube, not forgetting, of course, the lifeline for homeworking ...

Fabulous frilly Feria flamenco fashion

Monday, April 26th, 2010

So, the Feria is over for another year. Even now, as I write this, the casetas are being dismantled and packed away for next year, the hams are being taken down, and the kitchens are disappearing in a cloud of dust. I went to the Feria twice this year, ...