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Archive for the ‘Our Environment’ Category

Doñana endangered

Monday, July 18th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3509" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The wetlands of Doñana Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site."][/caption] A key natural attraction of Andalucia, and one of the most important natural areas in Spain - indeed, it is said to be the most important wetland in the whole of Europe - is Doñana Park, a ...

Seville in bloom

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3218" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The muro ajardinado."][/caption]Since we had some welcome positive news about Andalucia's economy today - unemployment in the region fell in May - I thought I'd do a happy post, about trees and flowers. Last week, as part of a project to add new pages on Seville to ...

Climate change and wine in Marbella

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

If you are interested in wine making and/or climate change, or you'd like to hear ex-UN secretary general and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan speak about the latter, then you'll be interested to hear about the 3rd World Conference on Climate Change and Wine, which takes place in ...

The Garden of Seville

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Lovers of urban green spaces, and long-term Andalucian expats, will be interested to hear that one of Seville’s many neglected Expo 92 sites has been resurrected. The 8.5-million-euro Jardin Americano (American Garden), now subtitled El Jardin de Sevilla (The Garden of Seville) had its grand reopening yesterday, complete with the ubiquitous ...

What’s in a name?

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Fans of British rock music (or pop/``Britpop``, depending on how particular you are about your music genres) will be aware that the band Doves have made a new single available online from their best of album, The Places Between, which was released last Monday. What is interesting about this song, ...

Here Comes the Sun

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Oh dear, I seem to be rather weather-obsessed, don't I? I blame my mother, who being a typical Englishwoman, is never happier than when discussing what sort of wind is blowing, where it's coming from, and whether there's going to be a frost tomorrow morning. The weather forecasts on TV ...

Visit the Coast in Autumn

Monday, November 9th, 2009

I love visiting the beaches of Andalucia in the autumn – no matter what the weather. At this time of year there are so few people on the coast that it’s easy to park and the beaches tend to be deserted. Perfect! When else can you take long, quite walks on ...

Birdwatching in Casarabonela

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I've just received fantastic news for birdwatchers in Andalucia regarding the annual birdwatching weekend in Casarabonela, a lovely white village perched on a mountainside in the province of Málaga. I interviewed the organisers of this event on the radio last year and I can assure you it's worth travelling to Casarabonela ...

Enjoy the Beach in Andalucia

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I can’t help it. Safety is such an important topic I’ve got to post just a bit more information for those of you who enjoy spending summer holidays at our lovely local beaches. Here we are along the calm, passive Mediterranean. What a delight, with warm currents bringing perfect temperatures for ...

Chiringuitos Endangered Species?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

.!. rimonabant labeling cheap cipro Owners of "chiringuito" beach bars and restaurants along the coasts of Andalucia are worried that a new set of coastal regulations could spell the beginning of the end for many. In reality, they should have little to fear because the regional government has taken a ...