11 Dec, 2011 @ 11:30
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I’ve got myself a timeshare in Almeria, Jon!

IT was certainly one of the most memorable interviews of my life.

Helping to compile a list of the Top 100 bands of All Time for the Daily Mail, I got to hang out with Joe Strummer at London’s Groucho Club.

We talked for hours about his life and loves and the conversation was frequently peppered with references to Spain.

Myself, having earlier lived in Madrid for two years we had a lot of shared interests, including a passionate interest in the Civil War.

The biggest coincidence though was his love of the little-known corner of Andalucia, Cabo de Gata, where I had literally just got back from a holiday.

“I’ve got a timeshare in San Jose,” he told me. “I head down every year and love the vibes down there.”

But, it was clear he had a massive love of the whole region and this reflected in his songs.

We got on well and he gave me his home number in the West Country, where I would later hang out with him at Glastonbury festival.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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