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Archive for October, 2011

Mini-romeria

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Yesterday was our local mini-romeria - the main one took place a few weeks ago, with the whole town being decorated with brightly coloured paper, and streams of elegantly dressed horsemen and women on their thoroughbreds processing down to Hacienda de Torrijos. [caption id="attachment_4206" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The chapel of Hacienda ...

The Duquesa and the bobadas

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Yesterday was the official launch day for the Duquesa de Alba's much-anticipated autobiography, Yo, Cayetana. Sadly, the event had to be cancelled when the Duchess had an unfortunate accident. She fell at her home, Palacio de las Dueñas in Seville, and suffered a hairline fracture to her pelvis. At 85 years, the ...

Seville goes eco

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Last week, Seville hosted its first-ever eco-show - Eco Sevilla. It took place at Fibes, the Conference and Exhibition Centre (new wing opening imminently), from Friday to Sunday. Over 80 stands brought a variety of organic and environmentally-friendly products and services to an interested public. The food included all the typical ...

La Pepa 1812 – Cadiz’s year approaches

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Next year is the bicentenary of the Spanish Constitution. On 19 March 1812, Spain took a great step forward into the modern world, by drawing up its first ever constitution, in Cadiz. At this time, the Wars of Independence against Napoleon were raging, and a group of revolutionary republican patriots ...

15M goes global

Monday, October 17th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4113" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Demonstrators in Seville earlier this year."][/caption] Although I wasn't around to witness it myself (pressing prior social engagement), the indignados were back on the street again on Saturday - 15 October, following the lead of the original 15M (15 mayo) group who started the famous sit-in in ...

Seville in danger of losing World Heritage status?

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4099" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Aerial view of the Torre Pelli. Photo Cesar Pelli"][/caption] For some time, controversy has been raging in Seville over a 178-metre tower which is being built for Cajasol bank. The architect is Argentinian Cesar Pelli, so it's known locally as the Torre Pelli. At one point, UNESCO ...

Would you like to work as a language assistant?

Monday, October 10th, 2011

As part of its multi-lingual programme for schools (Plan de Plurilinguismo en Andalucia), the Junta de Andalucia is advertising for language assistants. The pay is 700 euros, and the hours vary according to school. The deadline for applications is 19 October, a week from Wednesday. The criteria are: 1) You must be ...

(Almost) royal wedding in Seville

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Click here to see a video of the Duquesa de Alba greeting the public who massed outside her palace for her wedding, as well as her flamenco performance. She may not be royal, but the Duquesa de Alba's blood runs blue through her veins. Descended from King James II of England ...

Our friends electric, part 3

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4027" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="This parking space at Carrefour supermarket is an electric car charging point. New since August this year, I haven't seen anyone use it to charge their car yet."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4022" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Charging point for Cochele electric car-share programme in Seville car park. "][/caption] I did a ...