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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 ...

Lose weight, and help others too

Monday, February 6th, 2012

While it's probably too early to be worrying about your bikini body for beach trips, many of us still have "excess baggage" left over from the Christmas, New Year and Reyes round of non-stop eating and drinking. Having the discipline to cut down on eating unhealthy foods - cakes, biscuits, crisps, ...

Jamon al chino? Que no!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

If you live here in Spain, you'll be used to seeing Chinese shops in every town. They are stacked high with ridiculously cheap goods, from clothes to toys to garden furniture and household crockery. Much of it is poor quality - I call it "CCC" - cheap crap from China. ...

Nine new natural monuments for Andalucia

Monday, January 9th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4652" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Duna de Bolonia (Cadiz) is a protected natural monument. "][/caption] At the end of last year, the Andalucian government named nine new natural monuments, including five in Malaga province. This means that these beauty spots - such as peñas (hills), fuentes, ...

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I hope you are all having/have had a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family, full of good cheer, good food and plenty of liquid refreshment (mine was). Tomorrow is Nochevieja (Old night), New Year's Eve, when Spanish families get together for a big feast, rounded off on the stroke of ...

Survivors – call of the wild

Monday, December 19th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4538" align="aligncenter" width="244" caption="A wooden lynx sculpture - you'd never get this close up in person; note the tufty ears."][/caption] Leaving aside the human disasters of Andalucia for today's post, let's look at a fascinating, positive and potentially very exciting story about the region's fauna. One of the most endangered felines ...

How the other half lives

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Salvados interview with Cayetano Martinez de Irujo. The Spanish generally enjoy a good relationship with their aristocracy - they tolerate their picadilloes and foibles, discussing them in animated chat shows, poring over them in the prensa rosa, and treating them like a live telenovella (soap opera) created for their own ...

A glimmer of hope

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4403" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The most common system for producing solar energy in Andalucia: rows upon rows of panels, which reflect light onto towers..."][/caption] Amidst all the uncertainty of this post-election week, with everyone waiting for the new Prime Minister-elect, Mariano Rajoy, to make his pronouncement on how he's planning to ...

“Don’t expect miracles”

Monday, November 21st, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4380" align="aligncenter" width="188" caption="Map of 2011 General Election results. A sea of blue (PP), with some red spots (PSOE)."][/caption] This was the characteristically pragmatic declaration by Spain's new Prime Minister-elect, in his victory speech in Madrid last night. Mariano Rajoy's Partido Popular romped home to an overwhelming victory in the elections, ...

And the award goes to…

Thursday, September 29th, 2011