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Dog Gate

Regular readers of ‘Letters from the Canary Islands’ will know that I have a love-hate relationship with Amazon. Although we have ‘Prime’ membership with...

Shining the Light

The Canary Islands are often rich in public announcements and presentations to the press, but whether well-meaning projects will actually happen is quite another...

The Last Bottle Standing

One of the many delights of living in the Canary Islands and Spain is the enjoyment of a huge range of wines that are...

Brexit Boxes

Brexit is a subject that I usually try to avoid writing about. The debate is currently so heated on both sides of the argument...

Chocolate Medicine

So, how are you getting on after indulging in all those Christmas, New Year and Kings’ Day festivities? Personally, I am missing chocolate, which...

Too Fat to Die

At last! We have finally reached the end of the celebratory season and we can get back to something that approaches normal! By normal,...

Stoned!

Leaving messages in public places seems a strange thing to do, but I guess it has been going on for generations. You have only...

What’s in a Name?

Now here’s an essential question to start the day. Are you sufficiently worthy to have an airport named after you, and presumably after you...

Poverty in the Canary Islands

As we prepare for the Christmas festivities, maybe an article about poverty is not what many will expect, but maybe it is the most...

Lottery and Lanzarote

In the United States, a South Carolina ticket holder recently claimed the biggest lottery win in the history of the country, and with the...

Fuel Poverty

We paid our electricity bill this week, or rather it was debited from our bank account without any warning. It has always irritated me...

Unemployment Good, Employment Bad

I heard a UK economist on the radio this week complaining about high employment levels in the country. Apparently, high employment is bad for...

Brexit Going Bananas

I often write about bananas. First and foremost, I like eating them and, secondly, we have a very large banana tree growing and fruiting...

Anyone for a Timple?

“How about a timple?” I was asked by an earnest assistant in one of the traditional music shops in Las Palmas. I had just...

It’s Very Easy to be Conned

The lurid red leaflets advertising his range of 24-hour plumbing services in both English and Spanish have been blocking up our letter box for...

Living in a Hayloft or a Pod

The severe social and economic consequences of failing to provide sufficient housing for increasing populations is at last beginning to dawn upon national and...

Documentoscopia

I really have no time for graffiti of any kind. I don’t care whether it has been daubed by that anonymous street artist or...

Avoid the Doctor, Eat Honey

We will soon be heading into the season of coughs, colds and flu once again, together with the misery that such conditions bring. In...

Getting to Know a Lizard

She rested silently on the dry, stone wall watching me with her black eyes, studying my every move with careful precision.  Her slender body...

It’s a Crazy, Crazy Expat August

The usual August madness has swept across Spain with a vengeance. First of all, it was ‘refreshing’ to see that the reliable Swedish emporium...

The Great Spain Pension Robbery

I recently came across many pensioners protesting in the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This protest was just one taking place...

An Appointment for an Appointment

I really don’t like August! It is not the excessive heat and accompanying high electricity bills for air conditioning that upset me, but the...

A Traitor in Paradise

I visited a memorial sculpture to ten sincere and brave men this week. These were ten Canarian men who were tortured and put to...

Bed and Breakfast, but no Roof

It is holiday time again, and the ‘big getaway’ is about to begin in most countries. Those of us who live in Spain and...

For the Love of Paper

“The UK’s National Health Service still relies on archaic fax machines” screamed the headlines this week. Oh well, I guess it makes a change...

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

I winced when I read an account of a recent Garden Party hosted by the British Ambassador to Spain at his residence in Madrid...

Calima – Gone With the Wind

Expats in Spain and the Canary Islands will often hear the words “Oh, it’s just a calima” trotted out whenever it is a little...

Let’s Thresh a Lentil

An interesting photographic exhibition in Lanzarote caught my eye this week. The exhibition, which was presented by local students, brought together 300 photographs from...

Eleven Women and One Astronaut

No, it is not the latest hot, porn movie or a march for equality, but the rather impressive line-up of cabinet members announced by...

Linguaphobia

Do you suffer from ‘Linguaphobia’? If you are an expat reading this, I suspect not, since most expats recognise the need to make an...

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