Monthly Archives: August 2013

Syria – an open letter to Julian Brazier MP

Dear Julian Brazier MP, As the Conservative Member of Parliament for Canterbury you have my utmost respect as a politician who listens to people and respects the views of his constituents. Anyone who observes your work in a wide variety … Continue reading

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Put the donkey in the picture

In the days before Twitter and Facebook, in a more innocent world of do-it-yourself entertainment, there was a game called “pin the tail on the donkey.” I think the game involved a blindfold… When I was in Ibiza earlier this … Continue reading

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Lazy days of August

The last days of August here – marked by the Finestrat fiestas (see previous post) – are still filled with a soporific heat that knocks out any activity between 9am and 7pm. The donks are flopped… Meanwhile, I get on … Continue reading

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Finestrat fiestas: the “correfoc”

The correfoc was cancelled last year due to cutbacks in expenditure on the local fiestas, but it is the highpoint of the celebrations for many people and it was reintroduced again this year. The correfoc (Valenciano meaning “fire run”) is … Continue reading

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Gazpacho recipe

Today I am going to show you how to make a typical Spanish gazpacho, a cold soup which is ideally suited to August lunches. As usual, please take note of the donkey hazards while following the procedure. First gather your … Continue reading

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At home with the donks

It was a very good thing to have four days away from the daily chores involved in the upkeep of four large animals. My thanks to Cait and Carl for their diligent and thoughtful care of Matilde, Rubí, Morris and … Continue reading

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Ibiza (part 7 and final)

That’s it then: I’m back on the mainland again, in the little train from Denia to Benidorm. I went in search of what remained of a lost world of rural and maritime Ibiza, as I remembered it from the 1960s. … Continue reading

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