Spanish refugees crossing the Pyrenees to France. Many would not make it. Those who did faced a very uncertain future.
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- Asian predatory wasp in SpainBeekeepers 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 […]
- Ospreys as a tourist attractionThe 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 […]
- Young horseshoe whipsnakeWe 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.
- Pyrenean bear cubsImage 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
- Iberian lynx distributionDistribution of the Iberian lynx in Andalucia in 2012. The latest census (2013 but figures for 2012) give some 305 lynxes in the wild and 85 females with territories. Source Crónica Verde
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- Obituary of Jimmy JumpThis obituary of International Brigader James “Jimmy” Jump was published in the Guardian in 1990, but is not online. It was sent to me by Peter who did a tour with me a few months back. The story at the end at Gare de Lyon in Paris is hilarious. Pictured here second from right on back row […]
- Memorial in FulhamMemorial in Fulham, London to volunteers from Hammersmith and Fulham who fought in Spain. Kindly sent to me by John Turner who came on the tour in October. “In honour of the volunteers who left Hammersmith and Fulham to fight in the International Brigade, Spain 1936 – 1939. They fought alongsidethe Spanish people to stop […]
- Paul Robeson in TarazonaPaul Robeson singing for Republican Troops in 1938 in Tarazona and not Teruel as is often stated. His repertoire included L’Internationale and ended with Ol’ Man River
- Militiawoman Rosita SanchezOne of the most iconic images of the civil war. The militiawoman Rosita Sanchez photographed (by?) on 26 August 1936 on the Extremadura front for the magazine Ahora. With her daughter named “España”, I think…
- Chinese volunteers in the Spanish Civil WarAn estimated 100 Chinese volunteers fought in the Spanish Civil War for the Republic, though only one person is thought to have come directly from China to fight, as the rest already found themselves in Europe working. A book has just been translated into Spanish on them: “Los brigadistas chinos en la guerra civil. La […]
- Obituary of Jimmy Jump