Orihuela: The Murals of San Isidro

1976 was a period of great change and renewal around the world (Punk in the UK, the death of Mao Zedong in China and the death of Francisco Franco in Spain the previous year). I have been based in the latter since late 2018 and have been grateful for the fascinating journey it has given […]

Elche: Original Motion Picture

The world is littered with geographically close cities that in appearance and mood are worlds apart Newport and Cardiff, Bristol and Bath, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Copenhagen and Malmo. Some of those were visited pre-blog. However, in this case, it’s Alicante and Elche (or Elx if you give it its Valencian name). […]

Culture: Which Way is Duranistan?

“Duran Duran is not a band, it’s a place” – unknown quote circa 1986/87 “..it’s the national flag of Duran Duran” – quote by John Taylor both from Smash Hits issue 219 April/May 1987 It seems unfathomable that I’ve never produced a piece on Duran Duran given this blog’s cultural stance on the new wave. I […]

SPECIAL: Update

Hola people, still here, still in Spain and still writing! Here’s a quick round up of current goings on… MEDIA page updated with Case Studies. A LYRICAL OASIS: Debut poetry book from 1997, completely revised artwork. Was issued earlier in 2019. Available on Big Cartel along with Year Amid Winter and Nomad. HOUSE OF MANY […]

Castello: East at Easter

If Tarragona is Spain’s Belgrade, Castello (or Castellon) caught between Barcelona and provincial capital Valencia is its Taichung with the tram (actually a trolley bus) having its own fancy stops in the central reservation. So the far east meets the east of Iberia. The (non)tram in question runs from the rather swanky university campus, over […]