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  • Costa Women - Networking and socialising for women all over Spain

    Published February 2nd, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Ladies, have you come across Costa Women in your trawls through the Internet? If not, maybe you should take a look. It’s a free online social and business community for women living and working in Spain, and those who are preparing to make the move, or even just researching the possibilities open to them..

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  • Writers On Spain: Matthew Hirtes

    Published February 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Most Writers On Spain have a story to tell. Some – like Yours Truly – become writers when they move to Spain, because they are inspired by the beauty of Spain, the lifestyle, the food, the people, the duende (the soul of Spain, as embodied in flamenco), or a combination of some or all of these things. Others – like Matthew Hirtes – are already writers, and move here for deeply personal reasons.

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  • Books on Spain: Catalonia is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

    Published February 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    This is the first of an occasional series of reviews on books about Spain, and I’m kicking off with Simon Harris’ Catalonia is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective. This book is a combination of Spanish and Catalan history, informed opinion on the Catalonia Question and a deeply personal insight into why Simon – and millions of others from all over the world – have come to the conclusion that the autonomous region of Catalonia could and should exist as a European state independent of Spain.

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  • Halogen ovens: save on electric as your food cooks to perfection!

    Published January 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    It takes me a while to cotton on to new technology, so I only recently bought a halogen oven. Still, better late than never, as the saying goes! Since I’ve had it, I’ve been trying out various things, so I decided to cook Christmas dinner in the halogen oven, and keep the regular oven on low to keep everything warm. The result was a perfectly cooked meal, with our Aberdeen Angus beef done exactly as we like it. The good thing about a halogen oven is that you can actually watch the food cooking and whip it out when it looks ready.

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  • Blogging on Spain: More great expat blogs

    Published December 29th, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    Here are some more great blogs on Spain. Again, these blogs are entertaining and informative. These bloggers take you there, they don’t just rehash the stuff they pick up on Google. They’ve been there, done it, and got several of the t-shirts, so you know that what you’re reading comes straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

    Meet Phil Morrison, Trevor Huxham, Karla Ingleton-Dorcas and Caroline Angus Baker

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  • Writers On Spain: Lucinda E. Clarke and the Africa Connection

    Published December 29th, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    Writers end up in Spain, and even write about Spain, but sometimes they take a circuitous route to get here. Lucinda E. Clarke is one such writer. Born in Dublin, Ireland, and trained as a teacher in Liverpool, Lucinda tried life as a crofter in Scotland before moving to Tanzania, Botswana and Libya with her first husband. She’s also lived in Durban, South Africa, so she’d seen a lot of the world before she fetched up in Torrevieja in 2008.

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  • Monforte de Lemos – 6 Things to do on a rainy day

    Published December 10th, 2014 by Craig Briggs
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    The town of Monforte de Lemos is situated in the Val de Lemos, a vast undulating plain in the south of Lugo province, Galicia. Regarded as the heart of the Ribeira Sacra, the town attracts national and international tourists during the long summer months. As well as being the administrative centre of the area’s denominacion de origin (a wine and food quality standard for a specific geographical area), Monforte boasts many historic monuments. Out of season, the weather is less predictable. Here are my suggestions of things to do on a rainy day.

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  • Montederramo – Determined to survive

    Published December 3rd, 2014 by Craig Briggs
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    Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de San Mamede mountain range in the province of Ourense, is the town of Montederramo. Like many inland towns and villages in Galicia, its population has been in decline for many years. At the turn of the century over 4000 souls called this isolated community home, by 1981 that total had almost halved and today stands at less than 1000. This worrying trend is mirrored throughout many parts of Spain.

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  • Blogging On Spain -More great expat blogs to bookmark

    Published November 27th, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    Have I got some great Bloggers on Spain for you this month! It never fails to surprise me just how varied Writing On Spain is. You can pick up information on just about anything, and it really is a pleasure to read the latest crop of bloggers. So, settle down for another good read, and make sure you bookmark these brilliant bloggers.

    Meet Inka Piegsa-quischotte, Paddy Waller, Ian Mackay and Elle Draper

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  • Writers On Spain: Debs Jenkins – Boy Mad Brummie Goes Native In La Murta!

    Published November 27th, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    Born and raised in Birmingham, Debs always wanted to be a writer, but her Career Advisor at school told her to get a proper job. Young Debs was only interested in writing and boys, so she became an electronics engineer after completing her degree at Birmingham University. She basically only did it to meet men – and it worked really well!

    ‘I met two husbands through electronics, so I achieved my career goal. I got made redundant after a few years, which was no bad thing, since I’m not on the lookout for Husband Number Three!’

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