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Archive for May, 2011

What’s new up the Setas?

Monday, May 30th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3206" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Aerial view of the walkway, which covers four of the six mushrooms. The viewing platform is the loop in the middle top of the photo, while the restaurant(s)-with-a-view will be in the part of the structure seen here from above as a white donut shape, in ...

Menos gritos y mas palabras

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3174" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Demonstration by "indignados" last week in the Setas."][/caption] After the excitement which surrounded the climax of the public pre-election protest last week - 15M, Democracia Real Ya, the Spanish revolution - the atmosphere is changing: evolving and developing, in a constructive way. Unemployment, corruption, lack of accountability ...

22M, 15M and a peaceful revolution?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3154" align="aligncenter" width="489" caption="Results of local and regional elections in Spain on 22 May 2011, by political parties' shares of the vote."][/caption] Today is such a momentous day for news in Spain, I don't really know where to begin. This blog is not supposed to be political, either in content ...

Piecing together the past

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3050" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="The entrance to Antiquarium Archaeological Museum, under Metropol Parasol."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3056" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="View of Antiquarium from outside the museum, through its wall-to-wall glass windows."][/caption] If you know Seville, whether as resident, past or present; regular or occasional visitor; or just as somewhere you've read about and would ...

The earth moved

Monday, May 16th, 2011

It won't have escaped your notice that there was an earthquake here in Spain last week. On Wednesday two quakes (4.5, then 5.2) in Lorca, a medieval town in Murcia province, caused considerable damage and injuries; some people died. The Prince and Princess of Asturias comforted the mourners at a ...

That time of year

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Yes, it's May and that means that by the end of next month, you have to submit your tax return to the Spanish authorities. If you're like me, you will want to make sure that you have got all your paperwork sorted out in plenty of time. With this in mind, ...

A new view of Sevilla

Monday, May 9th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2974" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="View of curving walkways, to bottom-most parasol, and Giralda and cathedral behind."][/caption] It's finally open - the pasarela (walkway) on top of the Setas, otherwise known as Metropol Parasol, the mushroom-like amorphous structure of six linked shades in the centre of Seville. This is a building which ...

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 ...

Viva la Feria!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

The Seville Feria is well under way now, in its third full day, and has so far escaped the rain which was forecast, which so ruined Semana Santa - although the car park I used yesterday left a layer of unsightly yellow mud on my shoes. These are the vital statistics ...

Feel the joy

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

[caption id="attachment_2921" align="alignleft" width="598" caption="William and Catherine, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their entourage. Photo: Hugo Burnand/Clarence House/PA Wire "][/caption] Everything always happens at once, doesn't it? In rapid succession, we've had Semana Santa, albeit largely cancelled due to incessant downpours; then the Royal Wedding, an event which ...