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Letters from the Atlantic Letters from the Atlantic by Barrie Mahoney

'Writing Inspired by an Island in the Atlantic'

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​Where There’s Money, There’s Muck

Where There’s Money, There’s Muck

Sewage is a subject that most people avoid talking and thinking about, but it is at the very core of human and animal existence. Whatever our status and power in society, this is the one thing that we all have in common and society deals with it as best it can.

Over the last few years, the Canary Islands have become an increasingly popular destination. Rightly so, since few places can offer such an equitable climate throughout the year. However, this popularity has not come without cost, and the more popular resorts on the largest islands have been both shocked and embarrassed by the consequences of untreated sewage that has found its way into the sea.

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La Tertulia

La Tertulia

One of my favourite cafe bars is called ‘La Tertulia’. It is not a particularly grand establishment and is completely unlike any of those overpriced and often pretentious coffee shops that are springing up in city centres all over the UK. Our ‘Tertulia’ is a friendly and welcoming safe space where good coffee and delicious snacks are served at a fair price. Customers are welcome to stay for as long as they wish; it is an oasis of calm in a busy world.

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​Making Money in the Canary Islands

Making Money in the Canary Islands

Some time ago, I received publicity material for the Canary Islands’ edition of the board game, Monopoly. For those of you who are not familiar with the game, I can assure you that it is a very pleasant all-islands version of the popular board game, but relevant to the delights of the Canary Islands, rather than the smog and stresses of London, which most British players will be familiar with.

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Forget Turkey, Eat Tapas!

Forget Turkey, Eat Tapas!

I remember once being told by an American professor, “History is never taught in American schools”. I was puzzled by the comment, since I have always believed that it is history that informs both our present and our future. There is much that we don’t understand about the United States; Brits are often puzzled by the phrase “our American cousins”, which is a meaningless phrase at the best of times, and particularly when it is over used by UK politicians busily looking for trade deals post Brexit. Although we speak the same language, cultural differences and values abound, and there are often stark differences, which may be difficult for Europeans to understand. Let me take one example, Thanksgiving, where the Spanish dimension seems to be mostly ignored in favour of a more comfortable version of history.

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