Category Archives: language

COP21 – Paris, another chance for humans to be up to the challenge?

I had a pretty techno-urban weekend. Saturday morning saw me visit Madrid for an MRI scan to check out a back injury that’s been bugging me for a while now..the scan was quite the electroniko-industrial rock concert in a coffin … Continue reading

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Looking up at the Sierra..and the sun..and looking back

Dear Dad: Everything seems to have its opposite. The dust thrown by bombs thousands of feet into the air drifts over the mountains and the glorious golden Spanish sunsets are supplemented by an unrivaled red and purple against the craggy … Continue reading

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Hoping for a cool Autumn, and looking back at Spring..

The rain comes gently tripping down..sweet and soft, on to the augusted, thirsty and exhausted earth. After a very hot Summer, September is cooling down nicely..to the relief of many who know that Central Spain’s Summers often protract into the … Continue reading

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The blaze on every hill

Amazing Summer colour in the hills this year.. One of the earliest memories of my childhood in Ireland features my father talking of “the furze blooming yellow in the hills”..and this vague, and perhaps not entirely real, recollection of infancy … Continue reading

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Potato vs tomato, or why we need to get back to Nature

To some it may not seem so important..getting back to Nature. Many might say: so what, if we live in a highly urbanised environment, what’s the big deal about Nature? I could give several answers to the question “Why do … Continue reading

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More wild flowers..and fat wolves!

Among other plants flowering in abundance this year is Valerian, which adorns the old (Roman?) bridge that you cross on entering Cercedilla. It almost looks as though the bridge has deliberately been decorated by the Ayuntamiento’s gardeners on both sides … Continue reading

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Sick day in Andorra!

In many years of visiting the Pyrenees i have been careful to steer clear of Andorra. Andorra, land of the ski-lift..land of the interminable piste..land of mass tourism in the mountains. Not for me, thanks. So when my friend Marcos … Continue reading

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