Tag Archives: Spain

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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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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Smells Like Castile Spirit!

The harvest has been reaped across Castile in central Spain, 2016 turning out to be a bumper year by all accounts, with some farmers reporting upwards of ten tonnes of grain per hectare. Bar the occasional dazzling yellow field of … Continue reading

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August in Castile

Stand, stand statue-still, watch the clouds race from the south, Collide, collapse and spill their cargo onto Portugal. The hills and mountains where you hunted standing stones and passage tombs are Burren-black. The clouds are whale-like, blue and granite, and … Continue reading

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August

The exodus has begun! Now that August is upon us, anyone who can is abandoning Madrid, leaving only a skeleton crew to look after the place in their absence (and roast and sweat, and sweat and roast). I have no … Continue reading

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