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Monopoly shows the world how u...

  A RECENT series of BBC documentaries on poverty has really been shedding light on the unfairness of the world economy and the privileges those with money continue to enjoy. Capitalism today, more than ever, really is a case of the rich getting richer and...

Iberdrola’s Bolivian blow

  TWO Spanish owned electricity companies have been nationalised by the Bolivian government. The Iberdrola subsidiaries were accused by Bolivian President Evo Morales of overcharging consumers in rural communities. He said people in the countryside were...

The killer smog that made poli...

  THERE’S been a lot of reporting lately in the British media concerning the Great Smog of December 1952 which, as a twenty-two year old electrician, I experienced first-hand. Dense fogs had long been London’s particular badge of infamy, but the...

Group stands by Spanish farmer...

  SPANISH supermarket chain Mercadona has come forward to dispel rumours that it was selling produce marked as Spanish but which had been sourced abroad. The group Boicotmercadona published an extensive report claiming that Mercadona imported oranges from...

An insane waste of dough

  HAVE you ever wondered where your money goes?  Well for some girls in the US, part of their savings has gone on helping to raise money for a woman to marry a cardboard cutout of Twilight movie star Robert Pattinson. The lucky bride-to-be of a cardboard...

Spanish take on world

  SPANISH fashion group Inditex has taken €1.65 billion between February and October of 2012. This is 27 per cent more than for the same period in 2011, and is mainly thanks to improved sales in the Asian market. When asked about the secret of their...

The rich are getting richer

  SPAIN’S rich are now 8.4 per cent richer than a year ago. The 200 richest people in Spain have €145 billion between them according to El Mundo special feature ‘Spain’s Greatest Fortunes’. In just 12 months, the stock exchange assets of Inditex...

Hard work trying to buy local ...

  IN our house over the last month we have set ourselves a challenge to try and buy Spanish, or European, if possible.  Boy has it been hard. First off we needed to buy a fan heater for the bathroom.  Every model in our price range came from China.  And...

Red lights flash as EU high co...

  ONE can imagine the High Command of the EU huddled down as it meets in secret conclave to decide what’s to be done about that turbulent and troublesome United Kingdom. Red lights are flashing, ticker-tapes rattle and messengers scamper to and fro, while...

The ghastly price of being a g...

    WHEN it comes to a wedding I really want to say ‘I do’ but sometimes I just can’t. I mean I want to get dressed up in a beautiful dress.  I want to walk up the aisle and take my place. I want to enjoy the party with all my friends, but the...

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Columnists The killer smog that made politicians clean city air up
The killer smog that made politicians clean city air up THERE’S been a lot of reporting lately in the British media concerning the Great Smog of December 1952 which, as a twenty-two year old electrician, I experienced first-hand. Dense fogs had long been London’s particular badge of infamy, but the ‘Great’ version was literally, a killer.  Figures vary,...
Business News Iberdrola’s Bolivian blow
Iberdrola’s Bolivian blow TWO Spanish owned electricity companies have been nationalised by the Bolivian government. The Iberdrola subsidiaries were accused by Bolivian President Evo Morales of overcharging consumers in rural communities. He said people in the countryside were paying up to three times as much for their power as...
Finance The rich are getting richer
The rich are getting richer SPAIN’S rich are now 8.4 per cent richer than a year ago. The 200 richest people in Spain have €145 billion between them according to El Mundo special feature ‘Spain’s Greatest Fortunes’. In just 12 months, the stock exchange assets of Inditex owner Amancio Ortega, 76, have increased by 64 per...
Legal Q&A Healthy medical prospect and without contribution
Q: I HAVE seen newspaper articles about obtaining access to the Spanish Social Security health service either by paying a modest monthly or yearly fee, or simply applying if from a country that has agreements with Spain. I am interested in this possibility because my ill health has forced me to retire...