The best laid plans…

January 21, 2009

So I finished my day’s work and waved Helena and Theresa off. Then at half-past nine, they phoned to say, “HELP!” There they were, driving peacefully towards home, when a sizeable rock detached itself from the side of the cutting and leapt towards them, screaming “Banzai!” It bounced on the other side of the road and rolled to a halt just half a metre in front of the bumper. Of…

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More surrealism in Barlovento

Customer at Barlovento petrol station. Photo: Theresa My friends from Franceses stopped off at Barlovento petrol station, and saw this man chatting to another customer. Yes, that’s a live parrot on his shoulder. Mind you, there used to be quite a lot of pirates around La Palma.

August 15, 2008
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The Battle of Lepanto

Sunday was busy. I left home with my son at 10 am to go to Puntagorda, so he could have a go on the Karts. Sadly, it turned out to be a demonstration of Karts, and he couldn’t have a go himself. So I took one very disappointed kid off to lunch at my friend’s house on the edge of the village. It was a nice lunch, with better company….

August 11, 2008
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Photos of the Battle of Lepanto

Yup, it’s silly. The original battle involved something like 80,000 men, which is almost the population of the whole island. So I was expecting a cut-down version. Heck, Shakespeare did battles by having one man come on stage and say, “Imagine the battle…” So Barlovento had a rather good toy castle with about 12 visible defenders, and the sultan gave a speech about the original battle. Then a ship came…

August 11, 2008
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The Battle of Lepanto

Lepanto is the Italian name for the Greek port of Naupaktos, where a famous naval battle took place in 1571 in which a coalition of Christians trounced the Ottoman Empire. (Actually, there were also battles in 1499 and 1500, but since the Europeans lost to the Turks, we tend to quietly forget them.) And for some reason they stage a re-enactment in Barlovento, every two years, as part of the…

August 9, 2008
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Flags Galore

You see a lot of flags on La Palma. Most English visitors will recognise the flags of Spain and the European Union. But the Canary Islands are an autonomous region within Spain, and they have their own flag too. You see it a lot, especially around May 30th, which is Canary Day. And then each island has its own flag. Here’s the flag of La Palma: And as if that…

June 16, 2008
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