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Archive for June, 2012

FIAM, football and San Juan: a busy weekend in Marbella

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6918" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Visitors to FIAM art fair in Marbella admire artworks by Rebekah's mother, Fiona Shackleton-King."][/caption] GUEST POST BY REBEKAH THOMPSON As most of you will already be aware, last Saturday was Noche de San Juan, a 400-year-old tradition involving beach bonfires, fireworks, casual nudity and all-night partying. The ritual ...

A letter to the Telegraph: Spotless Malaga

Monday, June 25th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6892" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Impressively well-kept: Calle Larios, Malaga's main shopping street."][/caption] Earlier this month, I saw a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the UK's favourite Tory broadsheet rag, reprinted in my favourite news magazine The Week in their "Pick of the week's correspondence". Since it was in praise of Malaga, ...

Holea, a huge new shopping centre in Huelva

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

If you live in or near Huelva, in the far western part of Andalucia, or in eastern Portugal, especially the Algarve, you'll be interested to hear about a huge new shopping and leisure complex in the area. Carrefour Property, the French-owned megalyth billed as "Europe's leading commercial real estate company", is ...

Viva la roja (y la roja y blanca)!

Monday, June 18th, 2012

SPAIN v CROATIA TONIGHT 8.45pm ENGLAND V UKRAINE TOMORROW NIGHT 8.45pm For the last few days, the English living here in Spain have been in the unusual position of both "our" football teams being on a winning streak. And the next couple of evenings are going to provide some serious entertainment. In the ...

Summer in Seville

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Summer has officially arrived in Seville, since the season of outdoor concerts in the Alcazar Gardens started this week. They run until 24 August, with nightly shows throughout the entire 11-week period. Every year, over a good chunk of weeks (usually late June/early July till mid-September, so earlier this year) is ...

Fundraising Gala for the Niños de Mariposa – Butterfly Children

Monday, June 11th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6671" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Rebekah (blonde hair, far side of table) at the Niños de Mariposa Gala dinner in aid of the charity Debra, with EB sufferers Dunia (striped top, left) and Luis (blue top, right) and their families."][/caption] GUEST BLOG POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON A few months ago I was kindly invited ...

Foro La Zagaleta, Marbella: luxury brands examined

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6621" align="aligncenter" width="575" caption="Fashion round table with Ángel Asensio, David Delfín, José Víctor Rodríguez Caro and José Luis Medina del Corral - better known as Seville-based design duo, Victorio & Lucchino."][/caption] GUEST POST: CHRIS CHAPLOW In these challenging economic times it is difficult to imagine anybody being brave enough to ...

San Miguel and Museo Carmen Thyssen: a match made in Málaga.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6584" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Baroness Thyssen, Jesús Nuñez, of San Miguel, and Fernando de la Torre, mayor of Malaga, in the San Miguel beer factory."][/caption] GUEST POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON Museo Carmen Thyssen is a recently-opened art gallery in Málaga with paintings from Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza´s personal collection, which she and her late ...