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DESPAIR about 'the youth of today' is nothing new. Even Socrates complained about their 'bad manners, contempt for authority, how they contradicted their parents and tyrannized their teachers'. This said however, throughout history children have been mistreated, scolded, beaten, or worse. This treatment is now, quite rightly, considered unacceptable in most civilzed societies. Although I can't help but wonder if perhaps the pendulum has finally swung too far. A... + read more
It's been a strange year for weather so far. One of the driest winters on record and then not particularly hot in April. But all of a sudden Spring is here, temperatures have shot up, the cockroaches are back with a vengeance, not only in my basement it seems as Mercadona have sold out of traps. The nisperos that were large and green until last week have suddenly turned that beatiful amber colour and walking around the 'urbanization' we here the splash and squeals of neighbours... + read more
After two years of Catequesis classes and several months of preparation, we finally celebrated María's communion last weekend. It was a lovely day and she didn't stop smiling from start to finish. I'm not a Catholic myself, I went to a Church of England school, but bringing my children up here in Spain, with a Spanish father, I think it best to follow the culture we are surrounded by and that of their family. When in Rome.... In the end all the hard work and stress paid... + read more
THE churros vans have gone, the brass bands have packed up, the streets are quiet and not a trace is left of the monuments which last week stood at every crossroads. Fallas is over and parents, children, students, all seem to be overcome with a tiredness they just can't seem to shake off. In our house the princess shoes have been out back in their box, the hair wrapped in tissue paper and the 'dresses' hung up till next year. And after the relative success of my first 'traje fallera' I'm... + read more
We had a lovely time in the UK this summer avoiding the heat, and a relaxed journey back across France. But in amongst the jars of Branston Pickle and bottles of Shepherd Neame ales, we also brought with us a dose of chickenpox. When I was growing up in Britain the majority of us had the illness at some point and my parents have told me that they were keen for us to catch it so we would be immune. I’ve even heard talk of ‘chickenpox parties’, although this does seem a bit... + read more


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