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Archive for April, 2011

Royal Wedding fever

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2862" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="William and Kate - as of tomorrow, Catherine - the saviours of the British monarchy"][/caption] I am old enough to remember the last major British Royal Wedding, in 1981, and the hoo-hah and anticipation which surrounded it. I remember getting up early, watching all the build-up on ...

A wash-out with a glimmer of sun

Monday, April 25th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2818" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Paso of Cristo Varon de Dolores, seen against Saturday's stormy sky"][/caption] Whether you enjoy it personally or not, it's hard to deny that this year's Semana Santa was a huge disappointment to audience and participators alike. Because of the rain, a record 31 out of the total ...

High-tech Semana Santa

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

It's been very sad for all the hermandades (brotherhoods) who have not been able to go out because of the rain this Semana Santa, both here in Seville and around Andalucia. And the forecast doesn't look much better for the next few days - 100% probability of rain today (so ...

Holy days and April showers

Monday, April 18th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2759" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Paso de Cristo de la Corona, by the Alcazar in Sevilla, Viernes de Dolores."][/caption] We're now one day into Semana Santa in Sevilla - it's Lunes Santo, Holy Monday. Yesterday was the first official day of this most important of religious events all over Spain, but especially ...

Careful in your car

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Last month I wrote a post about the new speed limit on motorways in Spain, which has been reduced from 120km/h to 110km/h. You could incur a fine, or even lose points on your driving licence, if you have a Spanish one. Now there is a new campaign which drivers ...

The Muslim and Jewish roots of Spain

Monday, April 11th, 2011

If you've read anything about the history of Andalucia (and Spain), you'll know that its cultural legacy is rich and varied: the Moors ruled what they called "Al-Andalus" until the 12th century, with the final stronghold being captured in 1492. Many stayed on after the Catholic Kings expelled them, becoming ...

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 ...

A royal visit

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Last Friday, we had an official Royal Visit here in Seville. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall came for a short trip, as part of their Spring Tour, to promote business interests; they were in Portugal before coming to Madrid last week, and today arrived in Morocco. Charles and ...