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  • 22nd
  • Jun

Bambi’s Great Escape

En-deer-ing encounter with a Malaya Case fawn in Jimena

You’ve seen him in Babycham adverts and a well-known Walt Disney cartoon but I never expected to come nose-to-nose with the real-life, polka-dotted, velvet-antlered version: Bambi in the flesh.

That pleasure awaits visitors to the…

  • 31st
  • May

A Bitter Twist on Lennon

By his ex, Cynthia (a musical post)

I used to hate Cynthia Lennon.

A lot of us teenage girls were a bit psycho, that way, in the psychedelic Sixties. Pinning Beatles to our bedroom walls like crazed etymologists. Insanely jealous of wives and girlfriends. Fantasising about John/George/Paul/Ringo – take…

  • 10th
  • Apr

Riding Mr Henderson’s Railway

& a journalist's noble cause ...

It’s teatime on a wet Wednesday in April when the Algeciras-to-Ronda train makes an unscheduled stop at San Pablo to collect two dozen passengers from the rain-soaked…

  • 23rd
  • Mar

Hairy Moment with the Gibraltar Monkeys

A Cautionary Tale

I wasn’t going to share this video of my mate, Dave, meeting a monkey in Gibraltar.

One reason is that I used a bad word in it but he’s managed to…

  • 22nd
  • Feb

Weird Art & Bloody-Minded Peacocks

Montenmedio is the surreal thing!

We were hunkered down behind some ornamental bushes, ready to shoot, like Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt in a scene from The New Avengers.

Two daft tourists with oversized Nikons, creeping around the grounds…

  • 04th
  • Feb

Sun, Snow & Mulled Sangría

Welcome to the Costa del Ski!

The smart ski set used to look down its collective Prada sun visors at the unfashionable Sierra Nevada, famous for its lack of cuckoo clock charm. But this year a lush new designer hotel has put the maligned Spanish ski resort back in the winter sports race.

Opened in December 2012 by the Marbella Club…

  • 18th
  • Nov

The Sizzle in Algeciras

Don't believe all the guide books tell you

Ever since I first landed in Spain, my career has been ‘going south’ – and I don’t just mean geographically.

Because after alluring Alicante and magnificent…

  • 26th
  • Oct

The Stag Party With No Males

Disappointed does at a deer rut in rural Andalucía

We were six consenting adults gathered in the wilds…

  • 15th
  • Oct

Los Barrios Spain

Centre of the Universe

If we are what we eat – and my bathroom scales support that theory – are we also where we live?

I looked in the mirror last week and saw a country bumpkin, so yes…

No…

  • 12th
  • Oct

Why The Campo de Gibraltar Rocks!

It's a great place to live in Spain