Valencia, the same city which in 2009, banned adverts promoting atheism on its buses, is now permitting ads for prostitution. No wonder they talk about the Berlusconiation of Valencian politics. Another example of the hypocrisy of the governing right-wing Catholic PP in the region. Image from El Público
And as my mate Glenn points out. “Valencia is very much the Achilles’ heel of the PP: corrupt, riddled with corruption, plagued by wasteful public spending projects which only benefit those who get the contracts. An ideal target for any socialist party that was not …corrupt, riddled with corruption and totally discredited. ¡Que no nos representan!”
Propoganda poster by Joan Miró. 1937. Help Spain. A translation into English ” ‘In the current conflict on the Facist side I see massive forces; on the other side are the people whose immense and creative resourcefullness will give Spain a vitality which will astonish the world.’”
Full version of Libertarias directed by Vincente Aranda about women militia fighters in the Spanish Civil War. Subtitled in English, Has a number of historical inaccuracies but worth watching for its excellent staging and atmosphere.
Beekeepers and fruit orchard growers in Spain are facing the serious threat of Asian predatory wasp (vespa velutina nigritorax), which has spread from France. The species was first detected in the Basque Country three years ago from where it has spread to Castilla y León, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia . In 2013 it was found in […]
The reintroduction programme which was begun in 2003 of the osprey in Andalucia is proving a success. This year the nine pairs of osprey have raised 31 chicks. Now the Andalusian government plans to use the birds to attract tourists, following the UK examples of a Welsh observation post, Rutland Water and Sutherland in luring visitors. More […]
We came on this very young horseshoe whipsnake this morning on the stone steps of Guadi’s Bodega Güell in El Garraf built as a winery for the slave-enriched Catalan industrialist Güell. Albert, our toddler, was very excited by his first snake. Not venomous but this one was certainly feisty.
Image taken by camera trap of female bear with two cubs born this summer in the Vall d’Aran in the Catalan Pyrenees. The adult bear is called Hvala, a Slovenian bear released in the Pyrenees in 2008. Source: cronicaverde
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If you happen to live near Falkirk (Scotland), my friend Christine Jones has organised what looks like a very interesting exhibition (until 20 April) inspired by Gerda Taro. Christine notes “Still Cause is a project and exhibition focused on the struggle for justice and recognition which is ongoing in Spain post-Franco, with the notions of […]
Jawaharlal Nehru, future first Prime Minister of India, visited Barcelona in June 1938. The photo above shows Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi, who also later became Indian Prime Minister, together with Catalan president Lluis Companys. See also India and the Spanish Civil War It was the Europe of 1938 with Mr. Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement in full s […]
Grave of photographer Gerda Taro, Peré Lachaise cemetery, París. Taro came to Spain with Robert Capa in August 1936 and together they set out to depict the war and revolution. She was tragically killed when a republican armoured vehicle accidentally crushed her during a retreat in the Brunete battle on 26 July 1937. Found on […]
Check out this great site dedicated to the International Brigades run by Kevin Buyers. At the moment it is centred on English-speaking brigaders, but looks like it will expand to more. It has plenty of photos I have never seen. The International Brigades Photo shows a group of British Internationals after the retreat from Mosquito Ridge Battle […]