Yearly Archives: 2013

The Effect of the Spanish Civil War on Cartagena

December 29th, 2013|Categories: Cartagena|

For many of us who are not Spanish by birth, the Spanish Civil War seems something quite distant and even slightly obscure. Today more is being said and written about the Civil War and it does not appear quite the taboo subject of even the relatively recent past. Certainly, it was a massive event in the country’s history with perhaps half a million people dying during or soon after it. […]

Vince Flynn

December 28th, 2013|Categories: Author and Book Review|

Vince Flynn died last June of prostate cancer aged just 47. He was an American author who wrote political novels. One of seven children, Flynn was a graduate of St Thomas Academy and the St Thomas University of Minnesota despite being dyslexic. He forced himself to write to help overcome his disability and worked in bars while he wrote his first book ‘Term Limits’. He was married to Lysa and they had three children. […]

Meatless meals

December 24th, 2013|Categories: Ma Millbank's Kitchen|

We are not vegetarians, but most weeks we try to have at least one meal without meat, especially since over-indulging this Christmas. It’s healthy options we look for, so we try to eat more white meat and fish. […]

Lesson 4 – Me gusta, pero

December 23rd, 2013|Categories: Jane Cronin's Step by Step Spanish|

I trust that those of you who have been following these articles have been discovering all the new sentences you’ve been able to make and of course going round practising them! No doubt you’ve got into all sorts of muddles as well, but that’s a normal part of language learning, so no problem there. […]

Garlic – Ajo

November 27th, 2013|Categories: Herb of the Month|

You cannot live in Southern Europe and especially Spain, without experiencing the flavour of Garlic. This pungent herb is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek and chive. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, Garlic is native to central Asia and has long been part of the staple diet in the Mediterranean region as well as Asia and Africa. Bulb Garlic is available in many forms, including fresh, frozen, dried and it can also be produced in tubes or jars. […]

Spanish Gardens In Spain

November 27th, 2013|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe, author and gardener living in Spain for 25 years. Typical Problem Gardens Unfortunately many families purchasing properties in Spain do one of three things, each not very appropriate for an enjoyable relaxed outdoor life in Spain – which is the main reason given by people for coming to Spain. […]