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Drinking Foggy Water

December 10, 2014 |

I have always been a little cynical about the value of bottled water. It always irritates me when a waiter tries to palm me off with an expensive bottle of ‘French Mountain Spring’ water, when there are perfectly good … Read More

Boys’ Toys

November 19, 2014 |

I like toys as much as the next man. Be it train sets, steam cars, remote control helicopters, iPhones or Nintendo. Other, sometimes questionable, gadgets have also come onto the market in recent years, including devices for treasure hunting … Read More

The Atlantic Travelling Butter Dish

November 18, 2014 |

It all began with a newspaper article in the online edition of my favourite newspaper, when I came across a report about the evils of eating margarine. Yes, you have read this correctly, because I seem to have read … Read More

Wearing a Dress to Make a Point

November 1, 2014 |

The Canarian Island of Gran Canaria is well known for its ‘live and let live’ attitude to life, which is one of the reasons why I love this island so much. Whether you are straight, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or … Read More

Just Call Me Scruffy

October 16, 2014 |

As someone who has spent most of his working life in a suit, I listened to a recent news item with some amusement. In the Spanish town of Zaragoza, it seems that the local judges have reached the end of … Read More

Top Tips for Tenerife

October 15, 2014 |

Are the dreary and unpredictable skies of England getting you down? Fancy a bit of that balmy Mediterranean weather? If you’re thinking about moving abroad, Tenerife could be an ideal option that will offer exotic weather, without … Read More

Family and Community Matter

October 13, 2014 |

Many expats living in Spain fail to recognise the importance of family and community to the Spanish people. Unlike many Northern European countries, where the sick and elderly are shipped off to hospitals, care homes and hospices, it is … Read More

Expat Voice

October 6, 2014 |

My weekly blog ‘Twitters from the Atlantic’ was initially intended as a brief follow up to my novel ‘Letters from the Atlantic’, which were published in a local newspaper. This weekly series has since appeared in magazines, newspapers and … Read More

Buying or Renting?

September 29, 2014 |

The World recession has changed attitudes to many issues. For expats intending to start a new life in Spain, the option of buying a home before the recession, possibly with a cheap Spanish mortgage was always a tempting one. … Read More

The Water Boys and the Orange Man

September 22, 2014 |

I clearly remember the daily deliveries of bread and milk to our home when I was growing up in rural Lincolnshire. However, over time, many of these much-valued services ceased on the grounds that they were no longer economic to … Read More