Business over Tapas November 8 2018 Nº 277

08 Noviembre 2018  Sección; Especiales 250 votos


The first call to ban Nolotil, a pain-reliever popular in Spain, came from The Olive Press which launched a campaign against the popular drug back in August last year. The pills were held responsible for a number of deaths – oddly, all British visitors to Spain. The item reads in part ‘...the drug seems to mostly affect people of fair skin, from the likes of the UK and Scandinavia, by poisoning their bone marrow and destroying their white blood cells...’. Could this be the case, a drug which could adversely affect fair-skinned people, yet be found to be most efficacious to those of a darker complexion?

Este galardón nace con la intención de fomentar la investigación sobre las relaciones entre España e Irlanda

VERONICAMEMBRIVEPEREZEl Aula María Zambrano de Estudios Transatlánticos UMA - ATECH de la Universidad de Málaga ha resuelto como ganador del Premio George Campbell del Aula María Zambrano de Estudios Transatlánticos de la Universidad de Málaga el trabajo "Irish Writers in Spain in the 1960s and 1970s: Pearse Hutchinson and Aidan Higgins", de Verónica Membrive Pérez, de la Universidad de Almería, centrado en el análisis de las obras de estos dos escritores irlandeses. La comisión de evaluación destaca el carácter científico y la profundidad con la que se aborda un tema de gran interés no solo para el estudio de las influencias recíprocas en la literatura sino para el mayor entendimiento de las relaciones hispano-irlandesas y de la cultura de ambos países.

El trabajo ganador aborda las obras de los escritores irlandeses Pearse Hutchinson y Aidan Higgins y la imagen que en ellas se desprende de España, país de acogida de ambos autores, distinta a la tradicionalmente proyectada por los autores británicos que han visitado España.

Business over Tapas Tuesday October 9 2018 Nº 273

09 Octubre 2018  Sección; Especiales 429 votos


As we read of the furore regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh over in Washington and his alleged behaviour towards women, the broad picture remains and once again spikes: women are treated to a different standard. In Spain, relieved, we see that we live in ‘the fifth country in the world where women feel the safest’ (behind Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Slovenia), but even so, we have had 58 women killed by their companions so far this year in Spain. The #MeToo movement, the heart of the new feminist wave that focuses on sexual violence, has called for a general strike across Spain for the International Women’s Day on March 8th 2019 (following their successful protest last year).

Business over Tapas October 4 2018 Nº 272

04 Octubre 2018  Sección; Especiales 464 votos


Stung in some way by the hostility of the mainstream media against the government (President Sánchez is known in some circles as the ‘okupa’, the ‘Squatter in the Moncloa’, following his successful vote of confidence despite only having 84 deputies in the 350-strong Parliament), we read of further socialist moves (see here) towards censorship.

Business over Tapas August 23 2018 Nº 270

23 Agosto 2018  Sección; Especiales 765 votos


Democracy is a strange animal. People, sometimes hopelessly ill-informed, are asked to vote every now and again (but not too often). They could easily vote on every initiative with the power of the Internet, but that would clearly not work. For one thing, Capital Punishment would be back on the books in record time! So, the powers that be, in their wisdom, are careful to limit the slightly unpredictable act of voting, and putting at risk the jobs, livelihood and power of a deserving set of public servants (or ‘fatheads’, you choose). To do this, there is manipulation, fake news, ‘Russian’ bots, lies, distractions, calls to patriotism, racism and, in many cases, the withdrawal of the public’s most basic right – to participate.

Business over Tapas August 16 2018 Nº 269

16 Agosto 2018  Sección; Especiales 494 votos


While we shudder quietly over the story in The Mirror of the elderly British tourist who found ‘too many Spaniards’ on her Benidorm holiday (here) – the Spanish version found in 20 Minutos is not so kind – and the report in The Sun which says that sneaky Spanish inspectors are ‘counting the towels’ draped on the terraces to find the illegal apartment rentals, and the ‘go ahead and jump’ advice to those tourists in Barcelona with a balcony (here in Público and here in The Daily Mail), we can begin – those of us who don’t own souvenir shops or flag-waving bars – to consider that it’s now the second-half of August: not long left before this splendid and beautiful country settles down to the quieter season, when we residents will once again be able to appreciate our surroundings – and wonder why we are never mentioned or considered in the tourist-hungry literature of the Spanish resorts despite our wealth, support and evident enthusiasm for this, our chosen country of residence.

Business over Tapas August 9 2018 Nº 268

09 Agosto 2018  Sección; Especiales 750 votos


All these immigrants washing ashore, hiding in the glove-box over on the ferry or climbing over the high (yet oddly un-electrified) fence into Spain’s North African city-states. They are hungry in the Sub-Sahara and they are looking for a better life. Many of them will end up with jobs that no European will do – from working for a pittance in the plastic farms of Almería to importuning irritated tourists on the beach who already have a pair of sun glasses, thank you.

Business over Tapas August 2 2018 Nº 267

02 Agosto 2018  Sección; Especiales 632 votos


We were going to run an editorial on the wretched taxi-drivers and their inconvenient strike – based on the ‘unfair competition’ provided by cheaper services like Cabify and Uber. But, Spain is so much better than this. Here’s The Economist making precisely this point in a special report published last week called ‘Can Spain become a normal European country?’ The introduction ends with ‘...The consensus underlying the 1978 constitution was that Spain should become a normal European country. It was a rejection of the idea that “Spain is different”, in the words of a Franco-era tourist poster.

Business over Tapas July 26 2018 Nº 266

26 Julio 2018  Sección; Especiales 544 votos


Spain has been involved in the past couple of years with a serious examination on how it treats its women. The subject is very important, and rape, physical harm or threat, unequal pay, different rules and habits should not be considered acceptable in a civilised nation. The new government is closer to society’s demands on the treatment of women in Spain and much is being made, for example, of the ‘manada’ creatures who raped a young woman two years ago in the San Fermín fiestas in Pamplona. A few later cases have also talked of manadas, predatory ‘herds’, involved here and there in group rape (regardless of what word the judges might prefer). Sex should be understood within the bounds of ‘no means no’, but to extend this – as now proposed by the vice-president Carmen Calvo – to ‘yes means yes’ is a trifle silly. We must stay within the realms of common sense.

Business over Tapas July 19 2018 Nº 265

19 Julio 2018  Sección; Especiales 593 votos


It must be hard being Royalty in Spain. A dynasty returned to the front line by Francisco Franco himself. If Juan Carlos I was popular at the onset, and more so following his defence of democracy following the attempted coup of Antonio Tejero (who is still going strong by the way) and others back in 1981 (Wiki), then his later exploits have seriously dimmed that zeal among his erstwhile subjects. While much could be said for his good points, the business with the elephants in Botswana, the girlfriend on the side in the Mallorca palace and now, the apparent revelations of his commissions and business dealings have put his popularity at an all time low. No wonder, we might think, that he abdicated when he did. Indeed, the future of the Bourbons is now held by Felipe VI, who, to give him his due, has proved to be an able and blameless Monarch.

Music of the Loom

19 Julio 2018  Sección; Especiales 367 votos

Weaving has a long connection to music, particularly in Ireland. We talked to Tommy Sands - singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and member of touring group The Sands Family - about how the rhythm of the loom is deeply engrained into folk music. 

Business over Tapas July 5 2018 Nº 263

05 Julio 2018  Sección; Especiales 618 votos


We are defended from the threat of ‘invasive species’ by laws, the Ministry of the Environment and the sterling is sometimes arbitrary work of the ecologists. Without them, Spain would be full of peculiar animals, fish, birds and plant-life.

As we know, it pretty much is anyway.

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