Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Jack Gaioni: Jack's Corner

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...

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...

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

Where did your dinner really come from?

Columnist Jack Gaioni explores the real link between countries and their national dishes

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'

Francisco Goya goes to Hollywood

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

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

In Cordoban Skies… How a Moorish daredevil made aviation history

Columnist Jack Gaioni explores the history of flight in Spain

What the Dickens?

Columnist Jack Gaioni takes a rather unusual ride to an eccentric event centered around tweed in Madrid

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

The wrong kind of Catholics?

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

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

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

What do King Solomon, Andalucia’s Rio Tinto mines, NASA and Mars have in common?

One of the most common reactions to visiting the Rio Tinto mining complex is a comparison to a Martian landscape - and that’s not so far-fetched for a number of reasons

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.

Bugs life

The EU could learn a lot from the Iberian peninsula’s smallest residents

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...

Junipero Serra: Saint or sinner?

To Pope Francis he was a Spanish missionary worthy of sainthood, to others he was the devil incarnate

The legal battle that restored Spain’s claim to the biggest ever underwater bounty

Jack Gaioni explores modern-day treasure hunters, are they pirates or archaeologists?

Did gold-greedy Romans kick-off climate change in Spain?

Columinst Jack Gaioni takes a look at Las Medulas as an example of what the Romans did for us

The forbidden visionary

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

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