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Mutiny on the Ferry

September 19, 2014 |

Well, we all know what it is like. You’ve had a busy day being a very important captain of a not too important ship. You’ve had an early start and only eaten a dry cheese and pickle sandwich for lunch. … Read More

There’s Wind Up My Barranco

September 5, 2014 |

Living in the Canary Islands, I quickly learned that most people living in Northern European countries have little time for our occasional complaints about the weather. After all, as an Ancient Greek once declared, we live in the “Fortunate Islands”; … Read More

Runways or Community?

August 27, 2014 |

Visitors to the island of Gran Canaria are often surprised to learn that the island hosts the third largest airport in Spain. Due to the rapidly increasing popularity of the island as an attractive and successful tourist destination, the airport … Read More

The Case of the Noisy Dominoes

August 25, 2014 |

We live in a noisy world, and the opportunity to find near silence from time to time is a welcome and refreshing one. A recent report from the World Health Organisation claims that Spain is the noisiest country in Europe. … Read More

Whistling in the Wind

August 11, 2014 |

Taking a welcome break during a long walk in a magical wooded valley in the heart of the Garajonay Forest in the small Canary Island of La Gomera, I heard a sound that I had often longed to hear. It … Read More

The ‘Can’t Do’ Bureaucrat

August 6, 2014 |

I hate wasting time, and Spanish bureaucracy is one of the greediest when it comes to pointless time wasting activities. In my experience, the bureaucrats of all nations are two distinct species, the ones who ‘can do’ and the ones … Read More

La Gomera – The Enchanted Island

August 1, 2014 |

As part of my on-going love affair with the Canary Islands for my writing, as well as continually updating ‘The Canary Islander website’, I visit each of the islands regularly. It was recently the turn of La Gomera once … Read More

The Paparazzi Expat

July 23, 2014 |

A few days ago I received an email from what I had previously thought was a reputable media agency in New York, asking me if I knew of a good “paparazzi style” photographer on the island or, failing that, … Read More

The Charter Trip

July 11, 2014 |

Readers who know Gran Canaria may have spotted what looks like the rusting hulk of a plane near the main road near Bahia Feliz. No, it is not the latest acquisition by my least favourite airline, or one that … Read More

The Expat Terrorist

June 26, 2014 |

Expat life is always full of surprises in Spain and the Canary Islands; nothing is ever quite what it seems, and this week has been no exception. I received a letter from the bank that I have been with since … Read More