Monthly Archives: August 2014

‘Fiery’, ‘Passionate’ and the Ongoing Spanish Crisis

Partly finished housing in the notorious Residencial Francisco Hernando, Seseña, south of Madrid. It’s always been easy to describe the Spanish as ‘fiery’ and ‘passionate’. But this cliché, often central to the propaganda of the Franco regime, is increasingly true, … Continue reading

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Francisco de Zurburán

Yesterday marked the 350th anniversary of the death of Francisco Zurbarán, a monumental Spanish artist of the XVII century whose work, nevertheless, has often suffered by falling in the shadow cast by his more flamboyant contemporary, Diego Velázquez. Zurbarán, St. Hugo … Continue reading

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Martin Amis

There is something strange in the frenzy of loathing Martin Amis excites among so many English readers. As social media extends the reach and range of voices, each new work from Amis is greeted with a rising, spreading wave of scorn, … Continue reading

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Remembering Tony Judt

Spending the last two months in Spain, and visiting here once or twice a year over the last six or seven years of its financial crisis, it’s hard not to look back with longing on the work of the late lamented … Continue reading

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Welcome.

Dear Visitor, Friend, Reader: Welcome. This space will be used periodically to post writings [published stories, reviews, articles, interviews; extracts from unpublished works, or works-in-progress], the results of my research on the Australia-Spain relationship, thoughts on Spanish art, artists, culture, history … Continue reading

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