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Archive for January, 2008

Travel plans brewing

January 29th, 2008

Here’s where it gets a bit more exciting folks — we appreciate that us sitting [more-or-less] on our bums in a Spanish apartment might not have made gripping reading for you over the last few months. Actually, I’ve got to tell you that it’s not quite been all sitting on our fannies (for our American […]

Plan: Southern Spain roadtrip

January 29th, 2008

At the end of this month, we’re renting a car to undertake a ten day roadtrip around the Andalucia region of this fine country. We’ll start off with a night in the Troglodyte Cave Hotel in Guardix, near to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range. A short drive away we’ll find the beautiful city of […]

Shooting stars burn-up on atmospheric entry

January 29th, 2008

I can’t believe it. Not only did the Hollywood Casting Zone not employ Squiffy and I to play as Iraqi militia in next year’s blockbuster movie (working title: The Green Zone), but they couldn’t even see what a fine military transport Yoko might make with a camouflage paint job. She very upset. Unbelievable. Seems as […]

Relaxed Cat

January 28th, 2008

Catamarans are generally perceived as the F1 of boats, so when John, a local sailor, invited me out on his Stealth F-16 Cat, I was excited about the prospect of zipping across the Mar Menor, on a trapeze with the wind in my hair. However, as on most occasions when I make the effort to […]

When the cat’s away…

January 25th, 2008

…the mice will play. And I am a mouse. Squiffy recently went back to the UK for a couple of days, leaving me to make my own fun in Los Alcazares. I spent the evening in the bar at Hotel 525 as, for the price of a coffee and three cervacas, I can use their […]

Another reminder that nothing comes for free

January 24th, 2008

I made a trip home recently to see my family and sort out a few logistical things. On my way to the UK, at Murcia airport, I was asked the standard question “Do you have any liquids in your hand luggage?”. I showed them my pot of lip balm and they waved me on my […]

Hollywood film production team? Read here!

January 15th, 2008

A Hollywood film production company are in town shooting one of next year’s [hopefully] blockbuster movies. We heard on the grapevine that they’re  looking for North American- or Iraqi-looking extras to act as either soldiers or journalists, so we paid a visit to their Casting Zone — a make-shift office in one of the local […]

From LA to LA: Tinseltown comes to town

January 14th, 2008

(From Los Angeles to Los Alcazares.) There we were in the local bar drinking coffee, reading newspapers (my new pastime) when this American guy walks in an asks the barman if he has the Fox sports channel, so that he can watch the college [American] football game that’s on in a couple of days time. […]

Three Kings Fiesta

January 13th, 2008

Christmas Day is not such a big day here in Spain. Rather Three Kings Day, on the 6th of January, is traditionally the day that the children receive their presents from the New Testament’s Three Wise Men. The night before, each village in Spain throws a party to celebrate the coming of the Kings. Santiago […]

The Rain in Spain…

January 11th, 2008

In between glorious warm sunshine, we get the occasional bout of heavy rain. Here’s a picture of the road outside my front door — still it’ll be bone dry in two hours…