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Tuesday March 31, 2015

Going on holiday? Don't forget your dog


As we edge ever closer to summer, an increasing number of friends in the UK are opting to take their beloved dogs – and even cats – along on the family holiday. This means that the majority are booking villas and pet friendly hotels in their chosen destination with Spain and France topping the list.

If recent surveys are to be...

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Friday March 27, 2015

Palma's popularity knows no bounds


There has been a frisson of excitement – even genuine surprise – that Palma has been declared the best world city in which to live. Beating 50 overseas destinations to the coveted top spot, it’s as if Majorca’s capital has suddenly been reborn when for the cognoscenti and those of us who actually live on the island, its charms have...

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Tuesday March 10, 2015

At one Spanish bar everyone is still young at heart


The day my favourite café in Palma closed its doors I remember experiencing a real sense of loss not only because I would never have the pleasure of entering this historic establishment ever again but that it would be the last time I’d ever see old Antoní, the discreet, wry and experienced maître d’ who kept all the plates spinning....

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Monday March 9, 2015

Why many over-50s are considering a new life abroad


At a recent business lunch in London several of the guests expressed great interest in the fact that I lived in Majorca and soon I learnt why. The majority, most in their forties and fifties, were considering moving abroad as soon as they reached retirement age and were keen to seek my advice.

All of those present wanted insider information about...

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Tuesday January 13, 2015

Why more holidaymakers will be heading for Spain this summer


Buoyed up by the ever increasing strength of the pound against the euro and abolition of Air Passenger Duty (APD) for children, British families are more than ever likely to be heading to value for money sunny destinations such as Spain this summer.

From 1, May APD will no longer be added to the cost of economy short and...

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Tuesday January 6, 2015

The feedback frenzy that is yet to hit Spain


In a British supermarket the other day a sales assistant handed me a voucher and urged me to go online to leave feedback about her level of service. Only moments earlier the same thing had happened in a chemist and at one of the main café chains. All offered incentives of one kind or another.

Curiously British and American online suppliers...

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Friday January 2, 2015

The mice in Spain fall mainly on the plane


A few years ago I remember reading about a British Airways flight that was cancelled in the lead up to the festive season because a mouse had been discovered on board. Unable to find the creature, the transatlantic flight had to be grounded, dashing the hopes of passengers en route to New York.

Here in Spain, another furry fugitive has also...

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Friday January 2, 2015

Ringing in 2015 Spanish style


In Spain Christmas is a slow burning celebration that warms up around Christmas Eve and continues to gather momentum through the festivities surrounding New Year until the arrival of Los Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Kings on the evening of 5, January.

New Year’s Eve in Majorca is a decidedly community orientated event with locals gathering in town and village squares...

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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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