November 14, 2012

A rose by any other name

  The Spanish disdain the gastronomy of the British Isles, particularly our fish and chips. But it’s all just a question of linguistics.    I was having a coffee with my friend Dan in his splendid deli-diner in Valencia when we got on to the subject of Spanish cuisine. Knows
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A stroll around…Cocentaina

    A Fred Flintstone church, horror stories in the Gothic Room, a snake with a woman’s head…home of the socarrats.             You could be forgiven for driving straight through Cocentaina, thinking that it was little more than an industrial estate, which is
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Weird beasties and phantasmagorical machines

  Fanciful monsters, Jules Verne flying contraptions, a mezquita in Cairo, Edwardian ladies on camels…the Jardin del Pasatiempo.         The poor young girl that works in the Tourist Office in Betanzos must have very few visitors, given the way she jumped out of her
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Thursday’s Child, Bab el Khemis Market

  The hunt for treasure among the trash leads Derek Workman to the Thursday market at Bab el Khermis.   When painter and writer Danny Moynihan, friend of avant-garde artist Damien Hirst, and author of Boogie Woogie, a novel that dished the dirt on the New York art
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