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Sánchez, you’re my man!

ON June 2, I posted on my Facebook page the following message: ‘Yay! Spain's handsome new PM is a Socialist and an atheist!’ Jesús Carmelo Padrón Gordillo, a Facebook friend who lives in Gran Canaria, responded by saying: ‘Handsome? He is so stupid!!!’ Gordillo, when asked...

A dynasty slaughtered

THIS year marks the centennial of the massacre of Imperial Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II and his family. In July 1918, their Bolshevik captors herded the doomed family into a basement in Yekaterinburg under the pretext that their photograph was to be taken. The Tsar and...

The perils of fancy dress

BECAUSE I was exceptionally fastidious as a kid, avoiding all forms of rough-and-tumble that might leave dirt marks on my clothes or skin, I reacted with outrage when my parents announced they were taking me to a primary school fancy dress event dressed as...

Grand designs, minimum planning

ONE of my favourite TV programmes, that’s to say one that is less awful than most of the others, is Grand Designs hosted by designer and writer, Kevin McCloud. It’s never an easy road that the subjects of each programme apparently travel, because without fail,...

The tomato and me

I HAVE never understood why I have this problem when it comes to eating or preparing tomatoes. It’s as if they possess some weird alien intelligence whose mission it is to make me look bad in the eyes of the Princess. A tomato is not even...

Why are you broke?

CAREFUL with your finances and pay your credit cards on time to avoid interest charges? Don’t be too smug. Every time you purchase a train ticket; buy a pair of shoes or use public services roughly 40 per cent of the outlay will have gone...

A right royal bash

WITH the royal wedding coming up, my mind went back to the last royal bash in 2011 when William and Kate tied the knot. Having heard that ‘The Girls’ were converging on our house on the big day to watch it on TV, I...

Living the high life

WHEN I tell folk that I live on the 31st floor of a tower block on the outskirts of Benidorm, they generally react with horror. “Oooh, I could never live that high”, they exclaim, adding “what happens when the lifts break down?” So far this...

Who really rules over us

VOTERS are bewildered by politicians who ignore their promises as soon as they are elected. Winston Churchill explained why: “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” This may be cynicism but we all know there’s many a true word said...

“Faster than cooking asparagus”

IT’S an expression credited to the Roman Emperor Augustus, implying swiftness, he also created the ‘asparagus fleet’ to bring the vegetable to Rome swiftly. Clearly an asparagus aficionado. Some claim asparagus is an aphrodisiac - others certainly claim that it has medicinal qualities. The Greek physician...

The Season begins again…

EACH year the London Season began with Debutantes being presented to the Sovereign, a 200-year-old tradition that ended in 1958. Debutantes were marriageable young women of aristocratic lineage and wealth. Mothers of ‘Debs’ launched their daughters on to an exclusive social season. A summer of exclusive...

Betrayed by corporate media

ACCORDING to one of Germany’s most respected journalists EU media is in the pockets of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and spins news in a way that supports American interests. This was conceded by former CIA Director William Colby, who, before he died in...

Home is where the hurt is

INJURIES we suffer are invariably caused by stupidity, negligence or sheer bad luck. And dozens of reports published by accident and emergency departments across the globe indicate that people are more likely to be hurt in their homes than in any other location. Kitchens and...

Out of the mouths of babes and cats

RECENTLY I overheard a gentleman mouthing off in the cafe, about stray and feral cats and how they should be treated as vermin. Had it not been for the fact that I am a pacifist, I would have taken him to task and given him...

Keep calm dear, you’re in Spain

THE books I read and the movies I saw as a kid gave me the impression that Spaniards, indeed all Latinos, were hot-headed and fiery-tempered. Frequent visits to Spain later convinced me that nothing could be further from reality. I got into a conversation about the...

Foreign aid an international swindle

AMIDST savage cuts in Britain’s social services South African President Cyril Ramaphosa returns from his visit to London having trousered £50 million in foreign aid. South Africa recently passed laws that allow the state seizure of legally held white-owned assets. No wonder people, who should...

Sealed with a Kiss

OPENING this week at the British Museum is an exhibition by the French artist and sculptor Auguste Rodin. He was much inspired in his art by a visit to the Museum in 1881 when he was captivated by the Parthenon sculptures. On display during the exhibition...

The black dog

THE subject of mental health; its recognition and treatment, has been at the forefront of much discussion in the media over the last 12 months and rightly so. But there are signs already that the momentum is lessening and that the media may be looking...

My passport flew to Greece, I didn’t

“YOUR life,” said my friend Tom, “reads like a soap opera.” “Yeah,” I replied morosely “one scripted in a padded cell by someone who’s taken too many hallucinogens and thinks he’s Franz Kafka… or maybe Frank Zappa.” I had just filled him in on the latest...

Letters best unopened

I HAD long wanted to go through the family’s old letters; the debris of half-forgotten times. If I had been reluctant to do so it was because Memory Lane is more emotionally potholed than a Latvian farm track. Hesitantly, I paused before picking up a...

I know where you live! All of you…

MANY years ago in the early days of social media I had a look at the various offerings. Basically, I wanted to see what the offer was, the motivation behind what was at the time a hugely-hyped segment of new technology, or actually an application...

“Oh God, I am so depressed”

SO said Marvin, the manically depressed robot, in the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” the seminal BBC radio programme, book and film first aired 40-years-ago. An American, it would be an American, and a neuroscientist has announced that robots may get depressed if they think...

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Port in Marbella to begin dredging works

THE Port of Cabopino in Marbella has begun to dredge its banks to clear the way for the passage of large ships. Approval has been...

Tributes pour in following the death of Costa Blanca radio favourite

TRIBUTES continue to pour in after the sudden death of local radio presenter Peter Hurst. It is understood that the very popular afternoon show host...

Police find drugs hidden in pineapples at Alicante-Elche airport

THE Guardia Civil and the Spanish Tax Agency have intercepted a shipment of drugs hidden in plaster figures. The items were found during a...

Costa Blanca forest firefighter numbers up to 700

DECISIONS taken at both provincial and regional levels of government mean that around 700 troops will be allocated this summer to help fight forest...

National Police crack down on fake World Cup kit sellers

NATIONAL POLICE officers have arrested seven men for their part in selling fake sportswear in a Denia street market. According to a report in...

FOR FOG’S SAKE: Holidaymakers confused at start of summer weather

HOLIDAYMAKERS were left puzzled after parts of the Costa del Sol were this week enveloped by a blanket of thick fog. Known locally as...

Final stages of work on popular Cost del Sol spot

WORK on the new Plaza-Mirador in Estepona has entered its final stages and is set for completion this Tuesday. An opening ceremony and proclamation is...

Safety tests ahead of Corvera airport move

AHEAD of the planned opening towards the end of this year, a number of tests are being carried out at the new Corvera Airport...

New PSOE government scraps AP-7 tolls

THE change of national government has resulted in a positive announcement for all those drivers who pay tolls on the AP-7 motorway. According to an...

BITING BACK: Costa Blanca begins mosquito war with €3 MILLION budget

SIX municipalities known as ‘The Alacanti’ have again combined forces to combat the threat of bugs and insects. They have allocated more than €3...

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Chaos at Malaga Airport’s passport control causes outrage

ALTHOUGH passengers arrived at Malaga Airport on time and passed through security checks quickly, they were horrified to discover huge queues at passport control...