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Almeria's Shores
Almeria's Shores

5.0 out of 5 stars A A lyrical and emotional souvenir of a beautiful part of hidden Spain, 29 Mar 2011
This review is from: Almeria's Shores (MP3 Download)
Sometimes a song sticks in your mind long after you heard it. This is one such. If you've visited or once lived in Eastern Andalucia this song is sure to touch you as it did me

Whenever and wherever Arriba Arriba play this song is always top of their request list.

An inspired composition by Jim Mackie lovingly sung by Ellen Turner.

The New Spaniards
The New Spaniards
by John Hooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple straight forward account of modern Spanish history and culture., 9 Dec 2010
This review is from: The New Spaniards (Paperback)
Rarely does one find a non-fiction book that demands you read the next chapter but this is one.

I've been living in Spain for the last seven years struggling, in my senior years, to learn Spanish. The government finances an elementary programme of language and culture for foreigners. The language lessons progress at the speed of the least able student and the cultural element focuses on festivals.

What's missing from the government courses is all that this small volume contains; history, politics, sociology, scandals and sex.

Without adequate Spanish it's well nigh impossible to understand why Spain is unique and what does and does not motivate its people.

Read together with "Ghosts of Spain" by Giles Tremlett the reader will come to understand modern Spain as only an informed outsider could.

If you live in Spain or intend to, this is a MUST READ.

Culinaria Greece (Culinaria)
Culinaria Greece (Culinaria)
by Marianthi Milona
Edition: Flexibound
Price: £14.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Culinaria Greece, 1 Jan 2010
Culinaria Greece (Culinaria)

Some cookbooks inspire you with the photography and deflate you with their complexity. I'm pleased to find that this book has mouth watering photos and clear easy to follow recipes.

Try making the Dolmades, they're among the best I've tasted

In a phrase, What You See is What You'll Eat

''''''''Cook, Eat and Enjoy! '' ''''''''''

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past
Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past
by Giles Tremlett
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!, 19 Oct 2009
I first visited Spain 26 years ago, bought a holiday home here three years later and have now lived here for four years. In all that time I was unable to fathom the hidden depths of Spanish culture, customs and obsessions.

Guy Tremlett has lead me to look, see and finally begin to understand the people I have chosen to live amongst. What more could a journalist wish to achieve?

Read GHOSTS OF SPAIN before you come to Spain. Read it again while you're there.

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