Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Jack Gaioni: Jack's Corner

The Liberator and the ecologist

Olive Press columnist Jack Gaioni on why the ghosts of Simon Bolivar and Alexander von Humboldt are alive and well

In Cordoban Skies… How a Moorish daredevil made aviation history

Columnist Jack Gaioni explores the history of flight in Spain

The forbidden visionary

Banned by Franco, Irish author Kate O’Brien was the world’s first political travel writer

Anarchy, Andalucia and free women: How women in Spain plotted to bring down the patriarchy

Women in Andalucia were some of the first in Spain to join the fight against General Franco, writes Jack Gaioni

Meet the last shepherds eeking out a living on Spain’s ancient pastoral routes

MEET Valentin, his dog Hooky, and Alberto. We occasionally see each other on my walks near Requena, a rural area in Valencia province. Full...

Cloak and dagger… an Andalucian legacy

Espionage, stealth and semantics: Back to the roots of the popular saying

Jack Gaioni explores the horrors of a Civil War concentration camp and Franco’s grip on the Spanish press

 IF you were hoping for a ‘feel good’ article, read no further. If you were hoping for some logical, ‘moral-to-the story account’ - again, read...

SEEDS OF HISTORY: SCIENTISTS USING OLIVE SEEDS TO PROVE BIBLE STORIES

OLIVES and Spain! Spain and olives! It’s no surprise to those of us who live here that the two are virtually synonymous. Chances are...

How a butterfly-catcher spied on Gibraltar for the Nazis

Adolf Clauss was running the largest and most efficient German spy ring in Spain, writes Jack Gaioni

She’s Dynamite! (literally): Civil War heroine who took the fight to Spain’s men

Dynamite! It’s a form of slang that refers to the essence of something rather than the explosive device. For example, we might say: “Penelope Cruz...

Beer today, gone tomorrow?: The history of cerveza in Spain

‘I drink beer when I have occasion …and sometimes when I have no occasion’ - Jack Gaioni agrees with Miguel de Cervantes

The wrong kind of Catholics?

Spain’s Jesuits were just too successful for their own good

Basque magic: How Spanish children ended up playing in English teams before ‘foreign players’ became a thing

WAS it a cultural thing? Nature vs.Nurture? Was there something in the water? Their DNA? What follows traces the plight of six Basque adolescents,...

James Bond inspired by the iconic expat and British spy Alan Hillgarth

The author confessed ‘the Bond character is a compound of all the secret agents I knew'

Dredging up history: Galicia clean-up project could shed light on mysteries of Spanish Armada

The true aftermath of the Spanish Armada has been buried by the sands of time … until now, writes Jack Gaioni

The papal effect: What does a deceased, oversexed Spanish pope have to do with climate change?

Jack Gaioni examines Pope Alexander VI's life, role and global influence.

SPANISH AUTHOR CARLOS ZAFON: The pen is mightier than the camera…

CARLOS Ruiz Zafon needs no introduction. Arguably the most recognised contemporary writer in Spain, he has an equally successful international reputation.  Translated into over 50...

Fake news: How a lost suitcase changed photojournalism

Although the terms are contemporary, the role of journalism in ‘manufacturing opinion’ has been a human activity as far back as reliable evidence suggests, writes Jack Gaioni

Given the bird: How falcons are used to protect Spain’s airports from the dangers of bird strikes

BIRD strikes, (airplane engines and/or landing gear colliding with birds), are a growing problem as they have become frequent, very expensive and sometimes fatal. In...

Shedding some light on Spanish secret societies

Secret societies work covertly to achieve a hidden agenda where secrecy is a sanctuary and a source of power, writes Jack Gaioni

World Water Day: What you should know about the rain in Spain

IT is painfully obvious that, in spite of some recent rainfall Spain is experiencing a prolonged drought. Average rainfall this winter is 33% of normal...

The ‘Battle’ of Parsley Island is much more Comedy than tragedy, writes Jack Giaoni

WITH a good pair of binoculars on a clear day, from just about anywhere along the Costa del Sol, you can make out the...

Give war a chance – a Spanish village at war with France

How a 100-year ‘war’ between an Andalucian village and France forged lifelong friendships

Wind of change: Two sides of the ecologist movement clash as Spain debates renewable energy

OUCH! Another electric bill arrived today as more evidence of the skyrocketing price of energy.  Electricity costs have quadrupled - yes quadrupled! - from February...

Francisco Goya goes to Hollywood

The Spanish artist Goya died nearly two centuries ago but he lives on at the movies, writes Jack Gaioni

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