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Archive for March, 2012

29M: general strike

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It's unusual for this blog to have three posts in a row about politics, but then this has been quite a week. First of all, the PP failed to win its widely-predicted majority in the Andalucian Parliament in last Sunday's elections, leaving the regional president in a political no-man's-land, since he ...

The Andalucian regional elections: the results

Monday, March 26th, 2012

So, the Andalucian people went to the polls yesterday to vote for a new regional parliament, and they went for... the PP, by a hair's breadth. It was a real cliffhanger - at 10pm, the PSOE was actually leading, but then their lead dropped, they went neck-and-neck with the PP, and ...

Andalucian Regional Elections: the background

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

GUEST POST: CHRIS CHAPLOW [caption id="attachment_5663" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Election posters galore: PP, PSOE and IU. But who will win a majority on Sunday?"][/caption] This Sunday elections for the Junta de Andalucia (Andalucian Parliament) will take place. A president will be chosen, who will then form a government responsible for an annual budget ...

Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga: the one-stop exploration into Spanish cultural history

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

GUEST BLOG POST: MEENA MISTRY Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a press preview at the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga for their new temporary exhibition, which opens on 31 March and runs until 7 October 2012. 43 works will be displayed in a show entitled ‘Paradises and Landscapes in ...

Ecosevilla II

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Last weekend was the second edition of Ecosevilla, following the launch event last October. There were more stands - 100, up from 70 - and the hall at FIBES Conference Centre looked and felt busier and fuller. There were stalls with organic food, drink, sustainable energy, handmade toys, environmental organisations, charities ...

A historic hotel reopens in Sevilla

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5529" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="New for spring, the Alfonso XIII's terrace, part of its 20-million-euro refurbishment."][/caption] One of the most famous hotels in Andalucia, the Alfonso XIII reopens to the public today after a nine-month, 20-million-euro refurbishment. A landmark in Sevilla, it is a huge, imposing building situated next to the ...

The bitter-sweet smell of Seville oranges

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The English love their Seville orange marmalade on toast for breakfast. Every January and February, the cooking pages of magazines and newspapers, as well as the fast-growing food blog sector, are filled with recipes using the famously bitter naranjo amargo. And Sevillanos can't help but fall about laughing when ...

Golfing with the stars

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5389" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="The winner and runner-up of the Ladies Banesto Golf Tour Málaga Test. Laura is on the right, with the jamón! Photo: copyright Fernando Herranz"][/caption] GUEST POST BY REBEKAH THOMPSON When we were teenagers, my brother, sister and I called ourselves the “golf orphans”, as our Mum spent many ...

La Gran Ruta de Cine

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Over the years, many hundreds of movies have been shot in Andalucia, due to the extraordinary variety of its landscapes - mountains, deserts, beaches; its magnificent cities, with beautifully preserved period buildings; and its reliable sunshine. Think of the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s, shot in Almeria; Hollywood blockbuster ...

La Huella Inglesa en Huelva

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5299" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="The English barrio of Rio Tinto in Huelva province, which dates from Victorian times."][/caption] Many visitors to, and residents of, the western-most part of Andalucia are not aware of the strong English legacy that exists in Huelva. In the town of Minas de Riotinto, there is a whole ...