Monthly Archives: June 2009

The trains in Spain race swiftly across the plain

Like most countries, Spain succumbed to the motor car a long time ago. Unlike, Britain, however, it did not give up long-distance travel by rail for travel by coach [bus]. Forty years ago, the rail network in Spain was very … Continue reading

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Noir of the Week

I love the Noir of the Week website. This week they turn the spotlight on the Glass Key, based on a Dashiell Hammett story. “All of the key components of noir are present in this film: a very definite crisis … Continue reading

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So much more than a vampire flick

I’m not a great horror fan but Swedish movie Let the right one in (Låt den rätte komma in, 2008) is an exceptional offering. The film has so many themes – including social alienation, the trials of puberty and adolescence, … Continue reading

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Las Lajas finally has a decent hotel

My family and I love to spend time at the beach. By that I mean the simple pleasures: swimming, eating and sunbathing on unspoiled, largely empty beaches. The nearest long stretch of beach is at Las Lajas. That is about … Continue reading

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CP Snow

Another writer who seems to have slipped through the cracks in recent decades is C. P. Snow. As a young man I read most of his Strangers and Brothers series of novels and recently watched the TV adaptation from 1983 … Continue reading

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An interesting Hammer film

This movie shows how you don’t need a big budget to produce exciting, thought-provoking cinema. It was quite subversive for its time, but then it was directed by Joseph Losey.  Senator McCarthy did Britain a favor by forcing Losey to … Continue reading

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Organisation of American States decides to readmit Cuba

This piece of news was reported in today’s Guardian. It could mark a sea change in relations between the U.S. and the rest of the Americas and was, at the very least, a bold move by the Latin American governments. … Continue reading

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