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FIAM, football and San Juan: a busy weekend in Marbella

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6918" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Visitors to FIAM art fair in Marbella admire artworks by Rebekah's mother, Fiona Shackleton-King."][/caption] GUEST POST BY REBEKAH THOMPSON As most of you will already be aware, last Saturday was Noche de San Juan, a 400-year-old tradition involving beach bonfires, fireworks, casual nudity and all-night partying. The ritual ...

Viva la roja (y la roja y blanca)!

Monday, June 18th, 2012

SPAIN v CROATIA TONIGHT 8.45pm ENGLAND V UKRAINE TOMORROW NIGHT 8.45pm For the last few days, the English living here in Spain have been in the unusual position of both "our" football teams being on a winning streak. And the next couple of evenings are going to provide some serious entertainment. In the ...

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 ...

Walk for a good cause

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Do you live in or near Malaga? Do you enjoy walking? Are you keen to support worthwhile charities, such as a hospice for cancer sufferers? Then you will be interested to hear about this event, taking place on Sunday 15 May. The Cudeca Walkathon will set off from the promenade ...

Sporting Andalucia takes poll position

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Last week it was FITUR, the tourism fair, in Madrid. You may have seen reports in the press, and numerous mentions on Twitter, about the (temporary) hotel made of rubbish, designed to coincide with FITUR. The hotel was constructed using 12 tons of basura collected from beaches around Europe (including ...

How the wind doth blow

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Soon after my arrival in Andalucia, I became aware of the huge popularity of water sports in the area, especially in the South West of Andalucia on the Cadiz coastline. Tarifa in particular boasts one of the best kite surfing locations in the world and it is popular not only ...

The Times, the goalie, his girlfriend and the politician’s wife

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

It has all the ingredients of press manna from heaven: a major international sporting event, a beautiful Spanish sports journalist, a top Spanish sports star, a sniping British newspaper and a top British politician's pissed-off Spanish wife. OK, so it's not earth-shatteringly significant in the grand scheme of things (compared ...

¡Madre mia!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

It's funny that although the main story is, of course, that Spain won the World Cup for the first time ever last night, what most people are talking about is not Hiniesta's 116th minute goal, referee Howard Webb's questionable decisions, or even Pulpo Paul's amazing predictions, but the moment when ...

Day of High Drama

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

And I'm not just talking about the football, more of which later. Yesterday those of us who live in and around Seville experienced a weather phenomenon which, while mild in comparison to those in the US, scared the living daylights out of me, and I was at home. It was like ...

The Pain of Spain

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Last night, it was all over the TV news, and today it's hogging the headlines in the newspapers. Long faces, shaking heads, stunned disbelief. No, not the fact that the Spanish government has (allegedly) asked for a 250bn euro bail-out, and that our poor, deranged president described his country as ...