Category Archives: Politics

Hey Dude, Where’s My Country? The Spanish View of Brexit

As an Irish man living in Madrid I find myself intrigued by Spanish attitudes to Brexit. Or, more correctly, attitude. Because, in this otherwise deeply divided country (left v right, republican v monarchist, secessionist v integrationist, Madrid v Barcelona, north … Continue reading

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Where The Streets Have No Shame

Imagine a street called Hitler Street. Or a plaza name after Göring. Or a Himmler Way. Or a Pol Pot Avenue. Or seeing the Klu Klux Klan flag engraved on the wall outside a village church. In most parts of … Continue reading

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Dog Walkers

The Parque del Norte is full of dog walkers most mornings, except for days where there is a wind, or a chill in the air, or clouds, or — God forbid — a drop of rain. (Madrileños like their weather … Continue reading

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Roads, High-speed Trains, Jobs and . . . Enrique Iglesias: Pre-election Goodies, Spanish Style

2015 is the year of the election in Spain. We have municipal and federal elections on May 24 and a good possibility of a general election in November or December. There is also the small matter of the parliamentary election … Continue reading

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You Wouldn’t Know Anyone Anymore

A great cant of my father’s was “You wouldn’t know anyone anymore”. I remember him saying this ironically while on a train when he came to visit me in Madrid. Amidst all the different races and languages travelling beside us, … Continue reading

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