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Archive for November, 2012

On the piste! Sierra Nevada opens for business today

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Today is the first day of the new ski season in Sierra Nevada. The Granada winter sports resort, close to the city itself, is the furthest south in Europe, and is the first Spanish resort to open this year. The resort has started the 2012/2013 season two days earlier than originally ...

Latin America and the Andalucian economy

Monday, November 26th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_9009" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption=" Andalucian olive oil is one of the region's most important exports."][/caption] When looking at the world's rising economies, as well as China and India, many experts cite South America as an area to watch. Everyone knows Brazil is on the up, with the World Cup and ...

Vote for art!

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8948" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="A view of the Carmen Thyssen museum: Malaga Vision by Isabel Rosado."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8946" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="Jul.iah! by Beatriz Ros and Violeta Niebla has a hidden extra factor which you can only see on the website, or on the postcard itself."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_8947" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="Malaga Color, by ...

Roman market in Seville

Monday, November 19th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8916" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The statues of Caesar and Hercules, on the Alameda de Hercules in Seville"][/caption] Seville, like the rest of Andalucia, has a rich history which started many thousands of years ago. One of its most fascinating eras was the Roman, when it was called Hispalis. You can see ...

A bitter blow for the Atarazanas of Seville

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8880" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Atarazanas of Seville - the Royal Shipyards: their future is now in doubt."][/caption] Every city has its well-known sites - in the case of Seville, the Giralda, Cathedral, Alcazar, Plaza de España - and its less-visited monuments. One of my favourites of these, here in Seville, ...

General strike on Wednesday: 14N

Monday, November 12th, 2012

This Wednesday, 14 November, there is a 24-hour general strike across Spain - the second this year. But not just Spain; trade unions across much of Europe are urging their members to show anger at governments which are making lives impossible, on a pan-European day of action organised by the ...

And it rained…

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8815" align="aligncenter" width="189" caption="Rain-slicked path in Seville's Plaza del Museo."][/caption] Yes, it has been raining for weeks now here in Andalucia. Heavy downpours - once last week, I had to sit in the car with my children for 20 minutes before we could get out and run to the house; ...

30 Años de Oscuridad (30 Years of Darkness)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8724" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="A scene from 30 Años de Oscuridad, which shows Manuel Cortes inside his hiding place."][/caption] A few months ago, ex-guest blogger Rebekah wrote about a new edition of a book called In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortes, by the late Ronald Fraser. It's the extraordinary story ...

Dia de Todos los Santos – a strange tradition in Cadiz

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Today, 1 November, is Dia de Todos los Santos - All Saints' Day. It's the day after Halloween, when all the ghouls come out; today is when the Spanish remember their dead, all the more significant when so many died during 40 years of dictatorship. They buy their "Huesos de ...