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It began with a dream…

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“It began with a dream…” was the first chapter of my first book, which told the story of how my partner and I found...

For the Love of Cheese

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Many will have read stories and been taught about one of the UK’s national heroes, Horatio Nelson; that brave son of Norfolk who taught...

Single, Married or Divorced?

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Divorce is the most stressful experience that most people will ever encounter. Over the years, studies have shown that the stress of divorce, together...

Carry On Camping

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Over the years that we have lived in the Canary Islands, we have seen a rapid increase in tourism. Much of this has been...

Clocking Brexit

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Did you remember to put the clocks forward one hour? Sadly, I completely forgot to attend to this bi-annual nonsense this time, but thanks...

Whistle While We Work

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I am often asked which of the eight inhabited Canary Islands I like best of all. I can never answer the question, because each...

Dog Gate

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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