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Literary Andalucia

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

An invaluable companion for anyone who is interested in the literature of Andalucia. Andalucia – A Literary Guide for Travellers by Andrew and Suzanne Edwards (IB Tauris) This is a thoroughly-researched, comprehensive guide to every major writer who has ever lived, or spent time, in Andalucia. From Miguel de Cervantes to Michael Jacobs, ...

El Acento Andaluz-Part 2

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

To continue on from my previous, language-themed post on Monday, today I’m going to focus on misunderstandings and real experiences of Malagueño (from the Malaga region) words and phrases. After having invested a lot of time learning the intricacies of Spanish, when I arrived here I found that I didn’t ...

The Wheels on the Bus

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Leaving home to embark on a six-month work placement in a foreign country is a daunting experience for most, and I am certainly no exception. With this, my first post as guest blogger for during the month of August, I’d like to share with you my initial encounters on ...

Charities in Andalucia

Monday, November 30th, 2009

About this time every year people start asking me about charitable organisations in the south of Spain. Christmas is just around the corner and we all start to feel more generous. The question then is how to find a reputable cause. In fact there is a plethora of good organisations to ...

The price of an error

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Yes, we're all human. We all make mistakes. But some mistakes are more costly than others. For example, how much does it cost to leave an innocent person in prison for a year? And what could possibly be the compensation for sending a young man home from a hospital emergency room ...

Skirts or Trousers?

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Big, big news item this week. Would you believe that the owners of a hospital in Cádiz have taken 30 euros in bonus pay away from nurses who refuse to wear the traditional uniform - the one specified in the company regulations? That uniform was chosen 30 years ago and includes ...