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Chick Peas or Coco Pops for Breakfast?

I have rarely given chickpeas much thought. I know that I like them and, as vegetarians, we have regularly used them in our meals...

Sunbeds R Us

I am often told that Brits on holiday like nothing better than to get out of bed long before their all-inclusive breakfast has even...

The Cost of Expats Dying

With the exception of articles about receiving British television in Spain, the most popular article on my ‘Living in Spain and the Canary Islands’...

Just Nuts About Almonds

We know that Spring has arrived in the Canary Islands when we see the first flush of flowers on the many magnificent almond trees...

“Do You Speak English?”

I wonder if anyone has made a New Year’s resolution to learn a new language? I admire any expats who make a determined effort...

Overweight ‘Bridegrooms of Death’

I guess that many of us may have over indulged during the Christmas and New Year festivities, and I assume that many are now...

Alice in Blunderland – Letter from the Atlantic

Well, it is panto season again, so I have to use a panto title that broadly fits into the spirit of the season, don’t...

Wells Are For Life and Not to Hide Corpses

Many people do not realise that the Spanish Civil War of 1936 actually began in the Canary Islands. Francisco Franco was General Commandant of...

I’m Just Having a Tertulia

One of my favourite cafe bars is called ‘Tertulia’. It is not a particularly grand establishment and is completely unlike any of those overpriced...

Forget Turkey, Eat Tapas!

I remember once being told by an American professor, “History is never taught in American schools”. I was puzzled by the comment, since I...

Britain’s Wartime Plan to Invade the Canary Islands

During the current worrying developments in the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia, many forget that some years ago there was a large and vociferous...

The Superstitious Expat

Here we go again, another Friday 13th. I really am fed up with reading what all the doom mongers have to say about the...

Animals Need Our Help Too

It has been a distressing week in Gran Canaria. A major fire broke out in the heavily forested centre of the island, which is...

The Korean Factor

It was a pleasant surprise this week to read that the Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is visiting South Korea to exchange...

Who Loves a Party?

Newly arrived expats living in Spain and the Canary Islands will quickly learn that expat lives are punctuated with fiestas to celebrate the life...

When is a Pirate Not a Pirate?

Many commentators will agree that since the vote for the UK to leave the European Union, the views of the general population have become...

“NO HIGHER THAN A PALM TREE”

A recent report that the London’s Shard still has ten exclusive apartments that remain unsold, at a mere £50 million each, did not come...

LIVING IN CAVES

“Top 20 Caves to Rent in the Canary Islands” screams one advertisement, followed by “Hundreds of Cave Homes to Buy in the Canary Islands”...

MUMMY’S TEETH

The recent decision of the Canary Islands’ Government to impose a tax on sugar-based food and drinks purchased in the Canary Islands is a...

WHAT ARE THE BRITISH WELL KNOWN FOR?

The British used to be well known across the world for Shakespeare, Princess Diana and cricket. We like to be known for our infamous...

THIS CRUEL SEA

It is true that less tourists return home alive than have set off for their holiday in the Canary Islands. This disturbing fact is...

MORE TRICKERY BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY

Several weeks ago, I wrote an article about some of the insurance companies in Spain pressuring, and using what many would see as underhand...

SUGAR IS SO TAXING

I was shocked to read this week that the most obese children in the world are in the United States of America, Mexico and...

TAKING THE ‘BRIT’ OUT OF BRITAIN

Like many expats, I completed and posted my voting form for the UK General Election yesterday. In some ways, it was a significant moment,...

“LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO STUFF A MUSHROOM”

I often think of that throwaway and impatient comment by the author, Shirley Conran, that “life’s too short to stuff a mushroom”. It is...

INFLATIONARY GIN

It is strange how fashion works, with what is ‘in’ and what is ‘out’ endlessly changing on what often seems like a whim. However,...

NO SMILING PLEASE, WE’RE BRITISH!

I’m sure that we have all heard of the British ‘Stiff Upper Lip’, but until recent experiences when attempting to renew my passport I...

THE PERPETUAL KNIFE SHARPENER

I always admire people who get off their backsides and do something worthwhile with their lives. People, who have an idea, recognise a niche...

THE MYSTERIOUS ELECTRICAL POWER SURGE

Over the years that I have been writing ‘Letters from the Atlantic’, it has become something of a two-way exchange of views, and I...

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