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Christmas celebrations across Spain: Zambombas in Jerez

A special and uniquely Jerezano event unites the city this Yuletide

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: The bell ringing is the sound of happiness and good cheer

By Benny Davis SOME readers may have read my `retirement´ announcement in a previous Olive Press issue. Nearly 90 now and suffering from cancer, it...

OLD HACK IN THE SUN – Benny Davis with the ramblings of an 80-something expat in Spain

TIME to place my trusty quill pen alongside the nicotine-stained green eye shield and lay them to rest in my grandad’s old roll-top bureau....

OLD HACK IN THE SUN – Benny Davis with the ramblings of an 80-something ex-pat in Spain

AFTER drinking three cocktails in a seafront trendy bar, I nonchalantly threw a €50 note on the counter. ‘Sorry, nothing smaller,’ I declared.  The young...

COLUMN: Winter is Coming!

AS I wrote recently in a news story, regional president Francina Armengol said that the Balearic Islands are recovering and will achieve a full...

OPINION: Spain’s Mar Menor shows us why it’s time we cleaned up our act

Martin Tye of Mariposa Energia explores what's gone wrong at Spain's Mar Menor

Stop tourist carriage ride in Spain: Help yourself and the horses – and walk!

WHEN I’m in Palma I always feel sorry for the horses pulling the old-fashioned carriages for the lazy tourists to take in the city....

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: The 80-something ramblings of a British expat in Spain

I have danced with the Grim Reaper many times during my life and have always remained one step ahead. He is still waiting for the...

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: The ramblings of an 80-something British expat in Spain

AFTER the first couple of years of spicy married life, we decided we needed something else to occupy some of our free time, so...

Do something!: Inaction is a weapon of mass destruction when it comes to climate change

By Martin Tye JUST how serious are our elected governments taking climate change? You be the judge. Readers of this column know my thoughts and plenty...

On the (secret) agenda: Looking behind the headlines into a murky world

ALL governments who go to war often have secret agendas! As America and Britain pull out of Afghanistan, how many of you have asked what...

MALLORCA: The Island of reinvention

MALLORCA forces you to re-evaluate who you are and what you want in life. After moving here at the start of the COVID crisis I...

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: The 80-something ramblings of a British expat in Spain

EVER since I read the Erich von Daniken book, 'Was God an Astronaut?', I have always wondered if aliens really existed, and the recent...

FAMILY BLISS: Terenia’s son has helped her discover more of Mallorca

SO my son arrived and is now staying until September. We miss our kids when we’re not with them, but it doesn’t take long...

DEAR JENNIFER: Can you recommend a good travel insurance policy for British expats in Spain?

UNFORTUNATELY due to Brexit, the travel insurance company that we worked extremely well with for over 20 years is no longer able to offer...

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: Benny Davis with the ramblings of an 80-something expat in Spain

AFTER my column, 'Spurious Seers', was published last month, several readers jokingly suggested I get in line to become the next horoscope seer. Of course,...

OPINION: Green list for Mallorca was not just about holidaymakers

IT was great news when the UK government put the Balearic Islands on the Green list, especially as I’d booked for my son to...

Reasons to use green electricity in Spain and around the world

SO why should we use green electricity? Rather than give the obvious answer – to save the planet - I will explain more comprehensively. Electricity...

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: Benny Davis with the 80-somthing ramblings of an expat in Spain

AGEING is simply an attitude of mind. Think young and you will inherit the flame of eternal youth. Whoever said that, was as bonkers as Boris. As...

DEAR JENNIFER: How can you help with all this extra post-Brexit paperwork?

You must be so careful with your documentation and paperwork in Spain. It has become far more complicated and involved, since the finalisation of Brexit. For...

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: Benny Davis with the 80-something ramblings of an expat in Spain

THE sign on the fortune teller's tent read, 'Closed due to unforeseen circumstances'. This solidly enhanced my lifelong belief that soothsayers such as Nostradamus, Cassandra,...

Discovering a Secret Paradise in the Serrania de Ronda, inland Malaga in southern Spain

There is a secret paradise deep in the hills above the Costa del Sol, as writer Jason Luban discovers.

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: Benny Davis with the 80-something ramblings of an expat in Spain

Decided to send an email to the Olive Press owner, Jon Clarke, and thank him for allowing this 'Old Hack' to take up valuable...

Film fans: How Spain’s Castilla y Leon became the location for some of the greatest movies ever

FILM buffs should head to Castilla y Leon this summer for a series of talks about how the region became the chosen location for...

Open at last!: Mallorca definitely offers something for everyone

IT’S great to see places open and busy – finally! But more importantly I can resume my social life uninterrupted without lockdowns, restrictions and...

OLD HACK IN THE SUN: Benny Davis with the 80-something ramblings of a British expat in Spain

VISITORS from the UK will have to quarantine for ten days when returning from their Spanish holidays. So, what's the problem? It used to take...

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