UNDERSTANDING… POLAND?

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It’s Food, Jim — But Not As We Know It! Christmas is finally over — thank God. Even the Spanish, who, like the Polish manage to drag the festive season kicking and screaming into a fourth week with the Three … Continue reading

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 Understanding… Cornwall and a break from Marbella

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Falmouth… f***ing mental! Last week I had a few days to kill before returning to Spain and so I decided to spend them in Falmouth. It’s Monday afternoon and I check into the three star Falmouth Hotel, selected for the … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN 15 — A Year in… Politics?

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This blog, written on the morning that Donald Trump was confirmed as the 45th President of the USA, is unashamedly about politics. So if that doesn’t float your boat, look away now. I watched The Italian Job the other night, … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN — SPANISH RUGBY. At last… a win for Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club!

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Okay… this is, pure and simply a rugby blog. And so, if Rugby (like cars) isn’t your bag… look away now. Marbella 34, Club de Rugby Athlético Portuenese 12 Marbella 1st XV recorded their first league victory in five outings … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAI…LITERATURE

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“Anyone who thinks that life is fair,” Richard M. Nixon once said, “has been seriously misinformed.” So, as I’m sitting on the toilet Monday morning — as is my wont and my joy to do so — checking the weekend’s … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN — The rain in Spain falls… mainly on a bloody Bank Holiday

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Before I begin this blog I’m going to tell you how proud I am of my daughter. I know there’s nothing worse that those hyperbolic zealots who insert the ‘round robin’ into the charity Christmas card informing you how just … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN — The Power of Porsche and a Right Good Reunion

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Reader warning — this blog is pretty much all about cars, so if you’re not a petrolhead, look away now! I bought it, of course. You knew I would, I knew I would and naturally the Porsche salesman knew I … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN — Back to the Land of the White Bentley

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  This blog is a bit random as I’m not actually in Spain — I’m back in The Land of the White Bentley — that’s Alderley Edge, folks, or Puerta Banus without the sun. It’s actually quite a nice day … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN — A Year in Marbella and The Art of Getting Served

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Hola de Nuevo amigos, from Marbella! Another blog so soon? Similar to the No37 Peckham to Hounslow bus, there are none for a month and then three come along at once. This will strike a chord of unpleasant memory for … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN — A Year in Marbella and The Art of Dog Shit

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It’s been a while since my last blog and I’ve just about stopped seething about Brexit. Just about, but not entirely. Last night in the Moet bar we passed a couple of pleasurable hours in the company of locals Cecil … Continue reading

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