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From Poverty to Freedom Part 2

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Following on from last month’s Part 1 – Franco died at the end of 1975 opening the way in 1976 for a New Spain to emerge from years of dictatorship. This month we look at the years following Franco’s death and the emerging years of a new democracy. The main source for these articles is [...]

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From Poverty to Freedom

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In this start of a new series of articles, Rob Innis looks at the years following the Spanish Civil War through to Franco’s death and the emerging years of new democracy.

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Marines

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When you first see Marines as you drive north from Llíria to Olocau it looks like a white painted housing estate, but in fact it is a genuine little Spanish village and fully recognised as such by the regional government. Strictly speaking, it is called Marines Nuevo to differentiate it from Marines Viejo a few [...]

Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in Tongues

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If you are still working on your Spanish I’m willing to bet that you get the gender of words wrong from time to time and that you have trouble deciding when to use which of the two “to be” verbs. Probably verb tenses occasionally cause you problems too. Then there are those words that sound [...]

Hamming it up!

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My Spanish students have a lot of trouble with the English words jam and ham. Which is the one that comes from pigs and which is the fruit preserve? Just in case you’re not sure ham is the pig product. Britons and Spaniards also have a different idea of a ham. Mention ham and Spanish [...]

Never Again!

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by Nicola Cleasby After what seems like the longest, wettest winter in the history of Spain, it seems like spring is actually here, and I’ve started casting longing glances towards my empty swimming pool. When I first moved to Spain, I had this image of myself lying by a beautiful blue pool, basking in the [...]

Adios Costa (Nothing to do with the Beach!)

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by Nicola Cleasby Costa, for those who haven’t had the dubious pleasure, is the traditionally made, local wine. It’s an intriguing brown in colour, hovers somewhere around 14-15 % proof and has a distinctive (and not entirely pleasant) flavour. As well as the bigger commercial ventures, most cortijos around here have their own small vineyards [...]

From Monóvar to Casablanca

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I’m a bit of a sucker for links between ideas. Victor Laszlo in front of the band, “Play the Marseillaise, Play it!”, German officers singing – “Die Wacht am Rhein “, Rick nods, the band strikes up and everyone but everyone sings their lungs out. The Germans give up, defeated by a song, a song [...]

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