The Story of The Shepherd and his Sister

Life in Grado del Pico, like in many under populated villages in Spain can be far from easy, contrary to what many people may think.  There are many factors which influence peodple’s lives, including the weather, work and family relations.  This is the story of a shepherd’s family who lived in the village.  In fact,…

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Baku – Here I Come – I Think!

Baku, I had arrived at last! After discovering on the very day of my departure that I really did need a visa in order to get into Azerbiajan; after a harrowing ten hour ordeal, battling with the Internet in order to get my “emergency” visa; after a twenty-four stopover in Budapest, unsure if I my…

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Pili’s Story

After chasing up on the local priest, Jackie and Ronnie eventually bought what is called El Prado de La Virgen – The Virgin’s Prarie.  For the next couple of years, they employed all the young and not so young men in the village and as far away as Riaza, which in those days was as remote as Grado…

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Domingo’s Story

One of the actual inhabitants in Grado del Pico is a man in his mid forties by the name of Domingo.  Domingo lived the early years of his life in the village where he went to school in the old school house which only had one classroom with some hard wooden desks, a blackboard and…

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The American’s Hotel

This is the story of how the American’s hotel in Grado del Pico came to be.  In the mid fifties of the last century, a newly married couple, Ronnie and Jackie, settled down in Madrid.  Ronnie was American and was a member of the army, and Jackie was French, and a dog lover.  In fact, she…

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Champions in the Making

  Girls playing a football match against boys? Whoever heard of that before? Well, it is happening and more often than we think. In fact, it happens every weekend in Valencia, Spain, when the juvenile girls from the Valencia CF play their male rivals, struggling with abuse from the sidelines. The extraordinary thing is, that…

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Alvaro Knows Football is Culture

Alvaro Jimenez proud to show that football is language and culture. Alvaro Jimenez, born just over two decades ago in that quaint city of Cordoba, has made great use of his short football career on the pitch in more ways than one.  In just under seven years he has shot from being a member of…

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Too Many Laughs Too Few Photographs

Monday, 12th June the presentation of The Verb To Be of Football took place in the Biblioteca Eugenio Trías in the Retiro Park in Madrid. Despite the raging high temperatures and the hot hour of 18.30, there was an excellent turn out of enthusiasts of the English language and football. The author revealed some of…

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Times Are Changing

Scarcely twenty minutes after the explosion of joy and tears of Real Madrid’s supporters in Cardiff, three men stabbed left, right and centre all the way from London Bridge to Borough Market. It was a rampage attack: seven killed, 48 injured. The attackers were shot down by the police. “The times they are a changing,”…

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