Alentejo

Rock and Soul in Beja

October 8, 2019 Jack 2

I didn’t expect this. Covering almost all of the gable end of a house is a huge blue and red rooster made from discarded pieces of metal. Portugal seems to have a thing at the moment for oversized ‘rubbish’ animals. The rooster’s tail feathers block part of a window whilst a stray metal breast feather juts out over a door […]

Africa

Ten Scenes of Cape Verde

May 17, 2015 Jack 4

I have to confess to being so overwhelmed by Cape Verde I don’t know where to begin – so many thoughts, so many memories of surprisingly lush ribeiras, the bluest waters… […]

Benidorm

Low Cost Festival 2011, Friday Night and the Beat Goes On

August 2, 2011 Andy 0

It’s half past midnight in Benidorm and it’s hot and sticky as I stand front of stage where Catpeople have just started their set. The post-punk, Indie revival band are greeted with rapturous applause from the crowds as they turn in a polished and tight performance that sets the bar high for the impressive line-up to come. […]

Costa Brava

Lunch with the Fishermen of Tamariu

May 11, 2011 Andy 5

As the dinghy speeds towards the shoreline, a gentle cove of white sand emerges, kissed by translucent turquoise waters and framed by weeping olive trees. I step out onto the sand and follow the stone path that… […]