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Sunday December 14, 2014

How British expats have themselves a merry little Christmas


Although a harmonious Christmas is usually assured in our household, there is one small bone of contention at this time of the year: the purchase of a tree. In the UK, as I discovered this week, a six feet tall Norway spruce can be bought for as little as £25 while in Majorca, the same item would carry a much...

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Wednesday December 10, 2014

Egg on face for creators of gigantic Spanish tortilla


Many moons ago while working as an adjudicator for the Guinness Book of Records I had the good fortune to meet all kinds of extraordinary record breakers. There were also times when I’d be sent off to some foreign clime to invigilate a record that had been organised by an entire community, often raising huge sums for charity. Some of...

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Wednesday December 10, 2014

Chasing away the blues on a rainy day


Yesterday morning I was awoken by a huge clap of thunder, lightning and the familiar urgent tap-tapping of rain against my bedroom window. From the depths of the orchard I could hear Carlos the cockerel’s mournful cry as a waspish, wild wind shook the shutters and chased crisp leaves about the patio. The local church clock chimed seven times, mocking...

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Wednesday December 3, 2014

Why Majorcans have seen the light at Christmas


Christmas is nearly upon us and once again in England there’s the usual feverish rush to purchase firs and spruces or the fake variety – and let’s not forget fairy lights, decorations, cards, wrapping paper and oodles of food and gifts. If Black Fridays in the UK are anything to go by the ugly face of consumerism in the lead...

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Friday November 28, 2014

Tempting fate in the supermarket?


After some weeks in the UK, I returned to rural Majorca with a heavy case and several pounds of excess weight – mostly around the stomach and hips. Oh yes. Rare though it is for me to muster enough courage to step on the bathroom scales, I did so out of idle curiosity and immediately regretted it. I looked in...

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Wednesday November 26, 2014

Expat dreams turn to dust in Spain


At lunchtime yesterday British expat retirees Frank and Janet Doel should have been sitting on their sunny terrace in the tiny hamlet of Las Terreras in Cantoria in Southern Spain peacefully enjoying al fresco Mediterranean fare and listening to birdsong. Instead their abandoned home and garden echoed with the smash and grab roar of bulldozers, diggers, wrecking balls and sledgehammers...

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Wednesday November 26, 2014

A sign of the times?


There has been mounting pressure in the UK to outlaw the three decade old triangular road sign that depicts an elderly couple, bent double and hobbling with the aid of a walking stick. Dr Ros Altman, a pensions expert, insists that the image reinforces negative stereotypes and could deter companies from considering the over 50 age group for employment. In...

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Wednesday November 12, 2014

Don't mention the war


A Spanish friend, newly arrived in the UK, recently pulled my leg about the bizarre habits and sensibilities of his London work colleagues. He told me that at lunchtime fellow workers often stayed at their desks furtively munching sandwiches, crisps and chocolate bars while he set off for pastures new, enjoying a salad, omelette, olives and occasional glass of red...

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Wednesday November 12, 2014

Corruption is the name of the game in Spain


In an attempt at transparency, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has apologised publicly for the wave of corruption scandals to hit the country involving members of his People’s Party (PP). The latest concerns the former interior minister, Angel Acebes, over allegations of a party slush fund having been formed. With perfect timing a new tongue-in-cheek political board game entitled Corruptopolis...

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Saturday November 8, 2014

Juggling languages can make all the difference to the beautiful game


According to Ashley Williams, captain of Swansea football club, his team’s recent run of success has been due in part to improved communication on the pitch between him and his Argentinean team mate, Federico Fernandez. The two footballers have each been honing their language skills to the extent where they are now able to speak a convincing ‘Spanglish’ together which...

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