Whats Been Going On!

In a modern Western democracy how can a huge number of honest, tax-paying individuals find themselves outside the voting process, disenfranchised and voiceless? This is the situation facing thousands of British expats living in Spain right now who fall foul of the gap between UK and Spanish legislation. Elizabeth is an English teacher from Kent who moved to Catalunya seven years ago. Since she came to Spain she has maintained her postal vote in the UK, but in eight years that will expire and... + read more
One of my favourite classes at school was Home Economics; I loved learning about food groups, nutrition and kitchen hygiene. It really has proven to be one of the most useful subjects I studied during my school years. OK, so if I need to know how to divide the remaining slices of chocolate cake between my daughters and their friends or to work out the cooking time of a roast chicken, then Maths comes in handy, and likewise if I want to pretend to be all arty and well-read, throwing in a quick... + read more
‘You can’t help me with my homework Mummy, you don’t know Spanish!’ And with these words my eldest daughter threw down the gauntlet challenging me to do something to improve my Spanish.  The six-going-on-13-year-old now has homework every weekend which, after some cajoling, she sits down and does beside her father. But when I tried to persuade her to do some before Sunday evening, so we could forget about it and enjoy the weekend, this was the response I got. As... + read more
As readers of my blog will know I’m not a huge football fan, but I am a European so I was delighted to hear that a UK pub landlady could be about to win a match against Sky Sports and the Premier League.  The case brought by Karen Murphy, landlady of The red, white and blue pub in Portsmouth, could make changes to the way Premiership games are shown, if the European Court of Justice rules in her favour. Ms Murphy refused to pay the £480 per month subscription which Sky charge... + read more
Tonight I’m going out! It’s the first time since the baby was born three and a half months ago, and what better night to choose than Santa Águeda. Technically Saint Agatha is tomorrow (5thFebruary) but it is often celebrated the night before. Traditionally hoards of partying women hit the bars and clubs on a massive girls’ night out and on this one night of the year, the ladies have the right to relieve any unsuspecting men of their shirt. (And anything else that... + read more


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