173 – Time Travel and Big Green Knickers

A few days after the announcement of the new Doctor Who, I did a bit of time travelling of my own.  From Málaga airport, instead of my usual Ryanair flight to Bournemouth, a red Jet2 flight bore me half an hour further north to Leeds-Bradford airport for a reunion. Continue reading


159 – In or Out?

The arguments have been much more vicious, more deep-felt.  People have been unable to agree to disagree.  It’s been far worse than an ordinary General Election.  Perhaps because we’ve had our whole adult lives to get used the concept of different political parties, different viewpoints, different ways of organising a country’s budget and services – different, but not radically so.  Not really. Continue reading

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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123 – Passport to Paradise

123-goldbeachThe DVD was in a pretty case.  La Oficina de Turismo had spent a fair bit.  The little film sang the praises of this beautiful part of Spain – interesting architecture, good restaurants, a casino, pleasant hotels, an ancient fortress, sandy Mediterranean beaches, idyllic scenes.  A great place for my birthday weekend. Continue reading


73 – Back to School

Along with all the local children, it was back to school for a new term for me this week. Continue reading


65 – Spanish in the Barrio

The way I hear it, there are three Spanish languages.  And no, I’m not talking about Castiliano, Catalan and Valenciana.  Anyway if I was, it’d be a longer list.  No, I’m talking about what they don’t tell you when you start learning a language. Continue reading


41 – “One Lovely Blog” award


I would like to thank the wonderful Anne Orchard for kindly nominating me for this blog award.  As a relatively new blogger I do feel honoured.

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