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Archive for September, 2011

And the award goes to…

Thursday, September 29th, 2011



August highs

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Doom and gloom, that's all the papers here in Spain seem to show these days. Unemployment, businesses folding, debt. So how nice to read something really positive. Last week, tourist figures for August were released. They showed that the number of tourists visiting Spain last month hit an all-time high: ...

The flavour of Andalucia

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Yesterday I went to a food fair at the Palacio de Congresos in Seville. I've been to quite a few trade fairs there, on various subjects such as travel and tourism, weddings (yikes) and art. Over the years, they've turned from dusty places with grim, inhospitable stands peopled by terrifying ...

GUEST POST: GLOBAL PARTY HITS MARBELLA

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3932" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Electric violinist lights up the night at The Global Party."][/caption] GUEST POST BY EMMA SPENCER On Friday night I was lucky enough to attend ‘The Global Party’, at the beautiful Suite del Mar at the Hotel Puente Romano, on the seafront in Marbella, with my colleague Meena. The ...

Drawing on urban life

Monday, September 12th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3896" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Urban sketcher and architect Luiz Ruiz's sketch of Estepona beach."][/caption] We all take photos endlessly these days, using a wide variety of hardware, from the simplest mobile phone, via ipads, to digital cameras - from tough, chunky children's models to high-tech professional ones, like photographer Michelle Chaplow ...

On the cards

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

In Spain, everyone needs an identity card. And children need theirs before their fifth birthday. As my son turns five next week, we took him to the comisaria (police station, for it is there where DNIs and passports are issued - on the spot). He is now the proud owner of an ...

The Dictator comes to Sevilla

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3774" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Plaza de España, magically transformed into a Middle Eastern dictator's palace, complete with gold domes, and logo on gates and statues. The plinth, which covers the fountain, will hold a statue of the dictator to be pulled down, a la Hussein. You can see them filming ...