The Family From Foreign Parts – 2

Santa Claus has come and gone. So have the Kings, and so has the family from foreign parts in Grado del Pico. Like Santa and the Kings, the family from foreign parts dropped in for a short while and then departed. One frosty morning in late December, the inhabitants of the village discovered that there…

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What is Life Without Passion and Faith – and Football?

Asturian born Santiago Cazorla González, or simply Santi Cazorla is back.  He celebrated Christmas in a big way this year, on the pitch, bringing  joy to his fans. The reason for this joy is not only in the way the central midfielder plays with such freedom.  He possesses a natural ability to kick the ball…

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Happy Christmas 2018!

At Christmas, most people spend a lot of money, and time buying presents for those they love.  Perhaps they even over spend, but this is, as a rule, in the name of love. Football clubs do exactly the same thing in the winter transfer window.  Why do they not mind overspending?  Do they do it…

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The Very Basic Facts of Irish History

In this article we shall look at the basic facts of Irish history. The first farmers arrived in Ireland around 4000BC.  Now, how more basic can one get!  But don’t worry, even sticking to the basics, Irish history is a complicated story to retell. The Celts arrived 300BC.  They had a huge influence on Ireland….

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Basketball Before Football; Santa Before the Kings!

There is a football pitch of some description in Grado del Pico. There is even a paddel court. Yet, neither of these sports was played in the village well over sixty years ago. To the surprise of many, basketball was what the few youngsters in the village played then. How did that sport, incidentally invented…

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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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