Gentrification 4.0

You step off the bustling street into a café. Inside, salvaged wood tables, exposed red brick, Edison style lightbulbs, and an unvarnished bookshelf adorned with a few dozen tattered classics set the austere yet...

The Anecdote

Medicine is changing. Most doctors won’t admit it, but the numbers speak for themselves. What was once considered the realm of quacks and flower-power crusaders is now being embraced by a growing number of people from all walks of life...

Anglicisms-Low Cost

Showgirls, Low Cost. When the owners of the Fuenlabrada strip joint (located just outside Madrid) decided to make use of these anglicisms in their enormous poster, which was visible from the nearby motorway...

A Dog's Life

They say "it’s a dog's life", and I'm inclined to agree. Where we don’t all see eye to eye, though, is in the definition: “An unhappy existence, full of problems or unfair treatment,”...

War Of Words

Words: the building blocks of our thoughts; the pieces to our cognitive puzzle; the answers to all our questions. As new ones come onto the scene, others wither and die from lack of use.

Brexpats In Spain

Things were up in the air there for a bit, but it looks like the situation is settling down at last. In case you missed it, since the Brexit vote there has been widespread pandemonium...

Santiago's (High) Way

When Paulo, a 39-year-old Brazilian pilgrim, stepped into the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, back in the Summer of ‘86, very few people outside of Spain had heard of the “Camino”...

Introverts - Quiet Power

It’s Friday. The night’s wearing on; you’ve had a good chinwag with some old acquaintances and polished off a couple of rum and Cokes. There’s talk of heading out to O'Donnell’s, the Irish bar, for a nightcap...

Hygge

Picture the scene: you’re snuggled up  on the couch with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Half a dozen scented candles light up the living room. Outside, it’s pouring down, but you don’t care because you’ve got nowhere to be...

Calisthenics - Less Is More

Chances are you’ve seen one of these at some point: muscle-ups, handstand push-ups, or, of course, the insane human flag. If that sounds like gobbledygook, and you haven’t a clue what I'm on about...

Slow Food

May 5th, 1986: “Romans Protest McDonald's,” read the New York Times headline. Thousands had gathered in Rome’s iconic Piazza di Spagna to take a stand against what would soon be the first McDonald's in Italy. 

Saturation Point

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re losing the plot? I mean, you haven’t the faintest, foggiest idea what is going on out there. I do. Over my morning toast and coffee, squinting at the telly in my local cafe, I had one of those moments. 

Fact-Checking

The British public are at the end of their tether, and so are the Western electorate in general, for that matterThe levels of half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out lies have apparently reached new heights this year in national politics.

From The Ivory Tower

“It is an image that can't be forgotten: A dozen African elephants lie dead and rotting at the edge of a forest; their faces mutilated by chainsaws used to hack off their tusks. Their picture, in an advertisement sponsored by...

Ayahuasca

Amidst the cacophony of screams, whistles and cackles resounding from the dense jungle that surrounded him, the exhausted but elated Englishman stepped off the narrowboat onto dry land...

MAMILs

Where’s my hubbyTwenty years ago, the answer to that question would have invariably been “at the boozer”. That’s what husbands did back then to let off steam and, above all, get out of the house.