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Competitor 501 – Did Not Finish

Twenty-five kilometres into the 40-km night walk, I concluded we were the last of the 806 competitors

Holding my head up high

Mantilla: a lace or silk shawl worn over the head and shoulders, often over a high comb. Peineta: (1) a large comb, with a convex body and set of prongs, used to hold up the mantilla; (2) when being fitted, an instrument of torture for women with short, fine hair

A bun-fight in Montejaque

More than 50 local and international dishes – from gazpacho to Teriyaki chicken to ‘Gypsy Arm’ – were waiting to be tasted by the villagers and tourists. The judges had just started scoring the desserts when the masses could no longer wait. Those with the longest arms got to eat the most

Spacious three-bedroom holiday home for rent… ideal for couples?

We, along with most of our foreign friends in our Spanish mountain village, are owners of holiday homes that we rent out to walkers, bird-watchers, and sun-worshippers. And we enjoy comparing notes on the habits of our renters...

A backward glance

After four lessons to learn the ‘sevillana’ dance, I think I have finally mastered the steps. I’d been muddling my paso with my pasada, and turning right when I should have been turning left

Cooking up a storm?

For the past three months Carolyn Emmett has been co-ordinating the design and production of a cookbook and guide for the village of Montejaque

Rio Carnival? It came close…

Six brawny men (three dressed as women and one in a chicken suit) won the jug-throwing contest - this was Carnaval day in Montejaque

My knickers are not wet!

Up the hill and down the dale, I walked the rocky mountain trail; I saw the plains... I’ve got the pains to prove it.

¡Buen provecho!

The foreign residents of Montejaque give the Spanish locals a ‘taste of the world'

The Michelin man in drag

I am wearing seven layers of clothing; I feel fat and uncomfortable; my hands are freezing

Joseph Heller is right – It’s Catch 22!

And IKEA is a four-letter word

Never a cross word

This week’s clues and answers had so much meaning to me that I decided the compiler must be someone I know

Remember when…

South Africa to southern Spain: A moving experience for Calliope

A gold shower?

With all the walls in place, Calliope was able to make interior design decisions at the new house

A woman’s prerogative

“We should enlarge that upstairs window and install French doors, to match all the other windows on the second floor.” The builder opened it up to accommodate the change. “That looks dreadful. It’s only a foot above the top of the front door. Put it back the way it was.”

It’s all in the translation

Por favor, una horca,” I ask the señora in the hardware store. She looks horrified. I make digging motions to indicate I need a garden fork. She looks relieved, and says there are none in stock. On looking up the Spanish for ‘horca’, I discover I’d asked for a gallows

The Calendar Girls coming to Andalucia?

Find your favourite recipes and get ready to get your kit off! Calliope is coming to town!

Calliope/Carolyn comparison

Calliope, the eldest and most distinguished of the nine Muses. Carolyn, the second eldest and only slightly distinguished of the six Hill offspring, is constantly thinking about writing eloquent, epic or heroic prose. Carolyn Emmett - or is Calliope? - introduces herself to Olive Press web site readers
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