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My Andaluz patio

Perfect Yorkshire Puddings

During my recent charity walk, my walking buddy, Fran, asked me whether I have a recipe for Yorkshire Puddings. She is French after all and they don’t know about these things, do they? Well, the answer is that I do.

There’s a few of things to remember.

Make the mix and store it overnight in the […]

I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever

♫ ♪ ♫ “I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ Jimmy Buffett

I think I must be in my Andaluz patio because this hasn’t happened yet.

I can picture us having a long and leisurely lunch at a swanky restaurant somewhere in the sun probably like El Bulli near the Costa Brava resort of […]

How Long Will You Live?

Research shows that Spaniards can expect to live until 82 and if you are lucky enough to be born in Monaco then you could reach 90. On the other hand if you were unfortunately conceived and brought up in Sierra Leone then you’ll be lucky to live beyond 45.

Much is made of the Mediterranean […]

Spanish Politics & the Coincidence of a New Dustbin

Lobbying works apparently.

For weeks, nay months, I have been asking for a new bin. Pleading even. The one adjacent to my house has split so when the bin lorry lifts it up it opens like a crocodile’s mouth leaving one third of the contents on the road… the rubbish eventually blows onto my doorstep.

I […]

Charity: Acompalia

Getting away from my regular charity work on Sundays, today was the 49th day of the 5×50 Challenge  where Team 5×50 Andalusia and Beyond have been raising funds for Acompalia  who are building a hospice in Granada province.

Team 5×50 Andalusia and Beyond are 69 people from around Europe who have clocked up an amazing […]

The Curious Case of the 1st July

It is currently 31°C whilst I write this on my roof terrace at 9pm as Spain experiences an unseasonal heat wave. Even though my sister back in dreary Lancashire tells me she has her heating on it was 39°C in Córdoba this afternoon. It probably has something to do with El Niño or the […]

Everywhere is walking distance….. if you have the time

“Everywhere is walking distance….. if you have the time.” Steven Wright

Walking is something most of us do every day without even thinking about it but in modern times it is so easy to jump into your car when, often with a little bit of thought and time, we could walk to the shops, doctors, […]

China Travel Wall Tiles

At most places in China it is impossible to find ceramic wall tiles depicting a scene of the places that you have visited – apart from the banal overpriced ones at the major airports that is. However, in a junk shop in downtown Shanghai the owner of the establishment said that if I called […]

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India: My New Friend in Jaisalmer

This is Anshi who lives inside a fort in the city of Jaisalmer of southwestern Rajasthan.

Her name means God’s gift and she doesn’t live in poverty but in one room with her sons within a fort that was built in 1156.

It is a magnificent fort but alas it is an endangered site as it […]

Bangla Egg Curry: Dimer Kosha

In a previous life I had an office in the centre of Manchester at a splendid address: 59 Piccadilly, which overlooked Piccadilly Gardens. To be fair the rent I paid reflected that my view wasn’t of the gardens but of ‘Back Piccadilly’ – a rather squalid view. And if you are wondering why I […]