Bryan Hemming

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I realize I risk offending some regular readers by publishing this article, maybe even the majority, hence the title. Entering the world of discussion on Covid is entering a minefield. … Continue reading

May 25, 2021 · 8 Comments

Missive from Andalusia IV

By the evening of the fourteenth day of home confinement I became mindful of an unfamiliar feeling of peace. It was strange. Heightened by a renewed sense of being, my … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · 12 Comments

Missive from Andalusia III

Growing up in England during the 1950s and 60s just about everywhere was closed on Sundays. The only places that were open were ones I didn’t want to go to. … Continue reading

March 24, 2020 · 5 Comments

Missive from Andalusia II

You wake up in the middle of a nightmare only to realise you’re living in one. Suddenly, you’re part of the crisis that’s been playing out on TV and social … Continue reading

March 17, 2020 · 6 Comments

Missive from Andalusia I

The news came via Latvia of all places. I can’t say it wasn’t expected. Not by that time. Well, the fact it came from Latvia wasn’t expected. My mobile rang. … Continue reading

March 16, 2020 · 11 Comments

Carnival in Andalucia

For more than quarter of a century Europe’s largest carnival took place on my doorstep. Well, not actually on my doorstep, it wasn’t big enough, but just beyond. I lived … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · 10 Comments

La Romería de San Sebastián 2018 – Conil de la Frontera

Si hay un santo para vagar borracho en el campo, tiene que ser San Sebastián. Oficialmente, es el santo patrón de la peste bubónica, pero no hay mucha necesidad de eso … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · 6 Comments

Winter sneaks into an Andalucian pueblo

Though November arrived in the pueblo some weeks ago, summer stayed put. Like an old friend overstaying his welcome he wouldn’t budge. Despite all the hints. We were still fond … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Indian summer in an Andalucian pueblo

A violent storm one night last week had the pueblo thinking summer was finally over. It’s been so searingly hot for months there were those of us who breathed a … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 4 Comments

October sunshine in an Andalucian pueblo

October usually brings downpours, high tides, high winds and autumn to the pueblo, but this year has been different. Global warming is certainly to blame, and that means us, we … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 13 Comments

Feria de Conil 2017

Summer holiday seasons end on the same note as they begin in Conil, with a big bang. In the first week of June, the season kicks of with a funfair … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

August in an Andalucian pueblo

Summer is over. Well, at least it is for most of the tourists that flock to Conil over July and August. Though the lanes and alleys still throng, the beaches … Continue reading

September 1, 2017 · 6 Comments

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