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Have You Checked Your DNA?

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Have any readers purchased one of those DNA test kits that have become so popular recently? Several stories in the tabloids tell of clients...

Bigger and Better?

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I wonder if anyone remembers the BBC television comedy ‘Hi-de-Hi’, which was first broadcast in the 1980s? It was classic, camp comedy, which was...

Termite Terror in Tenerife

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First of all, my apologies for the alliteration and the ‘Daily Mail’ style headline; I just couldn’t resist it. Sadly, on this occasion, this...

Red, White or Blue?

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I must first confess to having a very simplistic knowledge of wine. I know what I like and what I don’t like. I will...

Use It or Lose It!

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It was really good to read in the news this week that the Canary Island of Fuerteventura will once again provide a Beach Library...

La Boda (The Wedding)

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I gate-crashed a wedding last week. In my defence, it was a genuine accident, but I am rather pleased that I did. Like many...

An Elderly Expat Dog

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One of the fine qualities that I greatly admire in British and other expats living in Spain, is their willingness to share their home...

Win a House for Five Euros!

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I have never liked gambling or entered a betting office, and I do not buy lottery tickets. Indeed, the only gambling that I confess to...

Wish You Were Here

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When was the last time that you sent a postcard? I guess, if you are anything like most of the younger members of the...

A Beacon of Culture

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As regular readers may remember, I started playing the violin again last year. In fact, I became so enthusiastic that I started teaching myself...

Typewriter Terror

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The phone rang; it was a colleague in Las Palmas telling me that the police were in the middle of a response to a...

The Stinky Tree

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It is often fascinating to discover some of the remedies and answers to problems that can be found by looking at the past. If...

The TV Sports Package

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It has been a strange week, as far as the Internet goes anyway. For many expats living in Spain and the Canary Islands, the...

Avoid Currency Exchange ‘Rip Offs’

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I know that many British expats living in Europe are feeling very anxious about the pound-euro exchange rate at the present time. Although not...

The Story of Nelson, a Lost Arm and the Smelly 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...

The Work-Life Balance

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Getting the work-life balance right is not easy for many people, and for many juggling with earning enough to pay the rent or mortgage,...

EL HIERRO, SAILORS AND THE VIRGIN

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I will shortly be making another visit to one of my favourite Canary Islands, the Island of El Hierro. Despite being the smallest of...

GOING ELECTRIC

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I was interested to read a recent report stating that electric cars are finally becoming popular in Europe. This is despite their slow adoption...

THE BELTED BUS

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I wonder what readers think about those magic words ‘health and safety’? For me, it is usually an excuse for some ‘jobsworth’ in a...