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For the Love of Paper

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Celebrating Fiestas

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Fiestas can be a confusing experience for expats living in Spain and the Canary Islands. They tend to creep up on you and there...

A Little More than Amnesia

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I guess most people have heard of Indonesia and maybe Polynesia, but what about Macaronesia and, indeed, Micronesia? How about visiting Macaronesia one day?...

The Journey of Life

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It has often been said that travel broadens the mind, which is one of the many reasons why young people particularly are encouraged to...

The Motor of the Atlantic Ocean

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I like visiting churches, and particularly the old ones. Not only are they an ideal place to rest for a few minutes, but they...

All Helmets and Lycra

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Over the years, cyclists from all over Europe have headed to the Canary Islands to take advantage of some decent weather with which to...

The Russia Connection

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During the time that I have lived in the Canary Islands, I have come to understand, appreciate and admire the contribution and influence that...

Chocolate, Avocado Eggs and Spain

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The Spanish love their chocolate. Pastries are dipped into it, biscuits are coated with it, churros are drowned in it and anything else is...

Kill or Cure? Letter from the Atlantic

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An article about bee sting therapy caught my eye this week. Tragically, a woman recently died in Spain after undergoing a bizarre form of...

The Virtual Spanish Hotel

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Our first holiday in Spain some years ago was not a great success. We had booked into a major tour company’s “flagship hotel”, as...

Brexit and the Faint Hearted Expat

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Of course, the tabloids never miss an opportunity to try and raise the blood pressure, so it was with some amusement that I read...

Learn a Language with Beer and Insomnia

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Those expats who enjoy a tipple will no doubt be delighted to read the news that I am reporting this week. According to researchers,...

Up the Amazon

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Have you noticed how social media and the UK press love to take a swipe at Amazon whenever they can? Of course, this is...

Ashes to Ashes

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I received a very moving email from a regular ‘Letters from the Atlantic’ reader and correspondent this week. Janice lives in the UK and...

Chick Peas or Coco Pops for Breakfast?

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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

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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

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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

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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?”

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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