Category Archives: Spain

Bed-making, Breeding and Cats

One of the firmest (you will get the pun later!) cultural differences that I have noticed between Ireland and Spain is the importance of bed-making. Now, I’m no slob, was brought up well and will never leave undone a bed … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be Watching TVE 1’s New Series, Reinas

“Oh, Jesus,” I said to myself, “this has started out badly.” It was during an ad break on the supposedly ad-less Spanish national broadcaster, TVE 1, when I learned of a soon-to-be-aired period drama based on the relationship between Queen … Continue reading

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A Terrible Story

I have a terrible story. A true story. In 1950s rural Spain a young man who has been suffering from epilepsy all his life is offered a cure: “Go to Madrid, the big city. There’s a surgeon there — a … Continue reading

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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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An Egg-ceptionally Warm Night

Did you ever find yourself out on your balcony at four in the morning with an egg in your hand, mulling over whether to loft the said ovoid into the air with the intention of making it do the Humpty … Continue reading

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