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Archive for June, 2010

Our friends electric

Monday, June 28th, 2010

You will either be sickened by England's defeat, even more sickened by Lampard's disallowed goal (which I didn't even notice as I was watching the match on a German channel, being harrassed by small children), or just plain sick of hearing/reading/talking about our fateful exit from the World Cup yesterday ...

Call me!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

One of the most iconic symbols of Britain - formerly a ubiquitous sight all over the country, sadly dwindling in usefulness and popularity, and now endangered by encroaching, more compact modern technology - is bringing a taste of home to Spain this summer. Currently making a three-day visit to Madrid, ...

Solar-powered houses

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Normally I keep this blog within the confines of Andalucia, since that's what the site is about, but today I want to go north, to Spain's capital. Forgive me for taking geographical liberties, but this event is both fascinating and relevant, not least because Andalucia is an area drenched in ...

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 ...

Fit for summer?

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Hey, summer's here. Time to hit the beach - after all, isn't that one of the reasons you live in, or are coming on holiday to, Andalucia? Are you panicking about your bikini body? Worried about all that cellulite? Launching on a last-minute attempt to look like Elle McPherson ...

The beautiful game

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

What I know about football could be written on the back of a postage stamp, and what I like about the sport could just about fit into the price on its front, but as it's World Cup time, I can't escape the topic. Especially as Spain is the current favourite ...

Smoke-free Spain?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

It seems a logical follow-on from my last post, which was about drinking and driving here in Spain, to talk about smoking. The recently-announced tightening of the anti-tobacco law is kicking up a hell of a stink - or rather, trying to remove it. The stink, that is, of cigarettes ...

Una cervecita?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The other day I was having a chat with a girlfriend about the thorny subject of drinking and driving. Specifically, Spanish men drinking and driving. More specifically, Spanish men drinking cerveza and driving. It's a cultural-generational thing, we decided. As English girls, we were brought up thinking that drinking and ...