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“A warm and intelligent account of expat life in Spain filled with humorous anecdotes” Daily Telegraph Expat

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Thursday July 16, 2015

Spare a thought for those slaving in the Spanish heat


Yesterday as I stepped over one of my inert cats that lay sprawled on the marble floor, it struck me that it can’t be much fun wearing a permanent fur coat in temperatures close to 40C. This has been the hottest July that I can remember in Majorca and I’ve barely survived six days of it thus far. But the...

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Thursday July 16, 2015

Britons are right to carry on holidaying abroad


In the wake of the recent terrorist attack in the resort of Sousse in Tunisia, there has been much hand-wringing in the media and online forums about the risks of holidaying overseas, even in European zones previously considered a safe bet.

Every year thousands of Britons take to the sunny beaches of countries such as Greece, Turkey, Spain and Italy in...

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Thursday July 16, 2015

Why cabin fever is gripping British expats returning to the UK


In my mental memory box of eccentric childhood holidays abroad is the recurring image of a stifling and flaccid igloo tent that used to collapse at the slightest whisper of a breeze. Consequently I came to loathe camping as a nipper and instead fantasised about staying in a caravan similarly to lucky friends of mine at primary school or better...

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Saturday May 2, 2015

Are these boots made for walking?


News of the recent deaths of two German walkers in unrelated incidents in the Majorcan hills, sent shock waves around the island. How could such tragedies have happened when weather conditions were good and both women, 24 and 50 respectively, were evidently capable hikers?

The truth is that Majorca’s glorious mountains, particularly the Serra de Tramuntana range – recently declared a...

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Saturday May 2, 2015

Travelling by sea isn't foolproof


There is nothing more enjoyable than hopping onto a local car ferry from Palma to Ibiza for a long weekend. In less than three hours the boat glides into the dock, right in the heart of Eivissa town and disembarkation is done in a jiffy. And should one feel like taking the car over to the mainland, there’s a reliable...

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Saturday May 2, 2015

The perils of naked ambition


As the British General Election draws ever nearer, a racier kind of political campaigning appears to be taking place in Spain for its local elections. Recently in Portugalete in the Basque country, right wing mayoral candidate Yolanda Couceiro Morin stripped off for a promotional poster on behalf of party for freedom Manos Limpias, clean hands, that left little to the...

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Tuesday April 21, 2015

Why the ice-cream van won’t be stopping in my lane


It was an unusually warm and sticky spring day in Dorset and the sickly sweet chimes from an ice-cream van wafted on the breeze, jarring with the squeaky brake of a departing milk float. Along the street two window cleaners were balancing on tall ladders, whistling cheerily as they pounded away with cleaning cloths at the upper windows of a...

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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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