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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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Greene King IPA Championship update

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The Greene King IPA Championship should be the irritating small dog that snaps at the heels of the Aviva Premiership. Richard Grainger examines if it is, and if it’s fit for purpose. Here are five reasons why England’s second tier … Continue reading

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Le Brexit y L’Exit

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UNDERSTANDING SPAIN A YEAR IN MARBELLA Le Brexit y L’Exit. It’s hot here. Bloody hot, nudging 40 degrees, and humid; even the Spanish are complaining. I’m back in Marbella after a couple of weeks in the UK and I find … Continue reading

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