University of the wind in the trees

Through the summer I have been deliberating over the possibility of returning to academia. Having passed my rather easy test for Spanish citizenship in June, I found the study sufficiently enjoyable to consider doing a postgraduate course of study at the University of Alicante. I explored the possibility through July and August and the course … More University of the wind in the trees

God damn the queen

It is difficult to not comment on what is happening in the (former) United Kingdom – as much as I had attempted for most of this summer to concentrate on donkeys, fixing my washing machine, painting the house, repairing fences, and generally being a peasant. I have been very disciplined in not listening to Radio … More God damn the queen

A time to disengage

I first remember engaging with the world of ideas in 1971 in a very dull RAF station in Wales. Having drawn my regular service wages, after two years on engineering apprentice pocket money, I experienced the delights of getting drunk in the NAAFI bar or falling out of the first floor window of the camp … More A time to disengage

Good news?

“Trump Trump outrage Trump Boris Brexit Trump climate panic Trump Brexit Trump Boris Boris climate panic Brexit panic Boris Trump.” “Trump outrage Boris Brexit climate panic.” “Climate panic will be coming in from the south, but followed by normal weather on Tuesday afternoon before further spells of climate panic on Wednesday.” 2019 season of BBC … More Good news?

Lobby the EU now

Dear Sra. Martínez-Alberola,* I am a British resident with my own rural property living in Comunidad Valenciana. I retired after teaching Geography here in Spain for ten years. I am a committed European and part of the British resistance to the Brexit project.   Although I am connected with Eurocitizens here in Spain and have done … More Lobby the EU now

Straw burrowing

I am very curious to know why do donkeys burrow their heads deep down in straw when eating? I delivered this morning’s feed to the indoor stable manger because I thought it was about to rain. In fact the heavy dark clouds dispersed half an hour later. Once again I observed the donkeys very quickly … More Straw burrowing