Sep 192012
The amazing story of Spain from dictatorship to democracy (Part 3 of 5)

AWAITING THE TEMPEST Part 3 Imagine it is the early 1970s and you are in Spain… Needless to say, the building boom has had an extraordinary affect upon the demographics of Spain. In fact, since 1960, well over a million Spaniards have left the countryside for the towns and coast.  This has been encouraged by Franco after his adoption of conventional economics and his issue of the Stabilisation Plan of 1959.  This explicitly recognised that […]

Sep 032012
Bikinis in Spain, a bit over the top

Recently I have been researching the history of Spain during the Franco era for a book that I have been commissioned to write and I came across a rather beguiling story concerning bikinis in Spain – a subject, no doubt, on many people’s minds! Firstly, did you know that bikinis were probably first worn by the Romans and that mosaics show women wearing them around the first centuries after the birth of Christ? This is […]