surinenglish

17:55

No sauce please, we're Spanish

Since the accent is resolutely on the quality of the raw materials, it is not unreasonable that sauces are not, nor ever have, been a significant feature of Spanish cuisine

ANDREW J. LINN

17:53

TELLING TALES

No capture

A short story

Peter Edgerton

17:48

THE MUSIC MAKER

The blessings in life are free

I never knew so many illnesses existed. From the mildest of skin rashes to the deadliest diseases known to man, I was asked about them all

Peter Edgerton

17:44

THE BOTTOM LINE

Immunity

While we're waiting our turn for out Covid jab, maybe we could wish for a vaccine to immunise us against all sorts of other issues that are plaguing humanity

Rachel Haynes

17:38

THE MUSIC MAKER

Electric 'avin' you on

Politicians and electricity companies alike seem to be finding just the right words and phrases to blame the price hike on each other

Peter Edgerton

17:35

THE EURO ZONE

How to waste it

Deployment of the Brussels money has nothing to do with pandemic-related damage or pre-existing problems, but everything to do with the EU's own eco and digital priorities

Mark Nayler

17:32

Portion distortion

There has been an enormous increase in low fat products, but there are more obese people than ever

ANDREW J. LINN

14:08

THE BOTTOM LINE

A welcome old friend

We've had to get used to the absence of certain regular features of our everyday lives over the last 15 months

Rachel Haynes

14:06

THE MUSIC MAKER

Rose-tinted glasses

Paco sells roses. He leaves his house in the morning with a massive bunch of blooms and then trawls Malaga's streets and bars until he's sold enough to earn his daily corn or until he collapses in a heap, whichever comes first

Peter Edgerton

14:04

THE EURO ZONE

Trench warfare

There's a space open at Spain's centre for a similar party, one that sees politics as too messy and complicated to be split cleanly into "left" and "right"

Mark Nayler

14:02

food & drink

Anorak dining

Can someone please explain why we should be required to use our mobile phones to read a menu?

ANDREW J. LINN

17:51

THE EURO ZONE

Pardon?

If greater collaboration between nationalists and secessionists in Madrid leads to constructive dialogue between the central and Catalan governments, surely that benefits Spain

Mark Nayler

12:48

food & drink

Wine glasses

Even top restaurants that should know better are putting their stemmed glasses into storage and replacing them with tumblers

ANDREW J. LINN

12:29

THE BOTTOM LINE

Traditions, fading like flowers

In our fast-changing times, legends of historical personalities and anecdotes based on visits by celebrities may no longer be sufficient to maintain interest in our tourist destinations

ALEKK M. SAANDERS