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Archive for March, 2011

The parasols in pictures

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Today's post is going to be a picture post, so to speak. Yesterday I popped into Seville to have a look at the unveiled Mushrooms. Here are some photos, showing different angles - this building is all about sinous shapes, flowing forms and other alliterative descriptions. [caption id="attachment_2646" align="alignright" width="300" caption="View of ...

Seville’s new icon

Monday, March 28th, 2011

So, they're finished! At last, the 123-million-euro mushrooms were officially unveiled yesterday to an excited public here in Seville. 600,000 people (apparently - I wasn't there, can't stand crowds) turned out to hear our outgoing mayor, Alfredo Sanchez Monteseirin, call his obra maestra a "secular symbol", saying that the obra ...

Tita’s new baby

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

She is already a high-profile character in both the art world and the prensa rosa, and today Tita Cervera, more formally known as the Baronesa Thyssen Bornemisza, former beauty queen, now one of the world's foremost art collectors, came to Malaga to open her new museum. And it really is ...

The tides of March

Monday, March 21st, 2011

It's been a dramatic month in terms of the sea - the dreadful, destructive tsunami wiped out entire towns on the east coast of Japan. The images will stay in my mind for ever, although I think certain news channels overdid the "wall of water" video footage - non-stop 24-hours-a-day ...

Dragon’s Den in Andalucia

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Cayetana: su pasion

Monday, March 14th, 2011

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I am fascinated by the Duquesa de Alba. Just over a year ago, I interviewed the famously free-spirited, very-titled Spanish aristocrat for another Andalucian publication, and she was utterly charming - speaks fluent English, too. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart ...

Unsung heroine

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Last Tuesday, 8 March, was International Women's Day (Dia Internacional de la Mujer). Unless you never turn on the TV or read a newspaper, it would have been hard to miss. Daniel Craig, aka 007, donned a frock, high heels and a pretty blonde wig to star in an ad ...

Roman remains and contemporary architecture in Andalucia

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This week is Carnaval (that's the Spanish spelling, not a typo), and if you have children, you'll be dressing them up (if you haven't already) to go to school or nursery, or maybe just for your local town parade: so far this year, friends of mine have mentioned themes such ...

Saving energy

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

If you drive in Spain - whether daily if you live here, when visiting if you own a second home, or occasionally if you hire a car while here on holiday - you should be aware of an important change in the law which will affect your road use, effective ...