Posts byLuke Martin-Jones

Things I miss about the UK

Chatter Things I miss about the UK I have been living in Spain for a year and a half now; longer than I thought possible. For me, it has been a difficult ride, experiencing many ups and downs. The problems I have endured, have often made me recall my past. The truth is, as much
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Housing

Chatter Housing On June 14th 2017, a fire broke out at the 24 story, Grenfell Tower in London. More shocking news from back home; heartbreaking images, tragic loss of life and the beginning of a scandal, highlighting corruption and cost cutting, at the expense of peoples lives. So far 80 people have been confirmed as
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British General Election

Chatter British General Election Just after Easter, on Tuesday April 18, Theresa May called a press conference, outside Downing Street. The Prime minister announced, she would ask The House of Commons, to approve her plan, to hold a General Election on June 8th. The last Government, had brought in legislation, to enshrine fixed term Parliaments,
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Politics & Religion

Chatter Politics & Religion I have always been told, there are two subjects you should never talk about; politics and religion. Despite this fact, there has been a lot of chatter about, just what is happening, politically, back in the United Kingdom and rightly so. Prime minister, Theresa May, finally invoked ‘Article 50’, needed to
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ADVICE

CHATTER – ADVICE Chatter Advice I have been resident in Spain, for just over a year now and have lived through all the seasons; experienced busy times, sat through the quiet and enjoyed the changing scene, that is Gran Alacant. I have come out the other side, still living in this little part, of the
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Winter

Winter Is winter finally at an end? Well, lets hope so! One of the reason’s any of us decide to move to foreign shores, has a lot to do with the weather. Coming from the United Kingdom, I have been used to the harshest of conditions as well as the best of summers, whilst living
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Charity

Charity I have always been a champion of charity, having a firm belief in the work they do. In Britain I volunteered myself and also worked for a large international charitable organisation, for about eight years. The time I spend here, working with good, dedicated people taught me much about the nature of those, who
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Crimewatch GA

Crimewatch GA Coming from a large city on the south coast of England, with a large multicultural influence; notorious council estates on the periphery and a violent act committed every hour, throughout the city, I was unsure about what to expect, when I moved to Spain. Like most people, when they decide to move abroad,
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Very British Problems!

Very British Problems! Not everything is perfect in paradise, all the time, as a friend here in Gran Alacant reminded me the other day. I had popped out after work, to meet a couple of friends and bumped into one of the first people I ever met in GA. She had a few things on
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education

Education When considering what to write about in this months column, I was mindful of the closure of the summer season in Spain. As halcyon days, turn into the autumn fall, so to, the local children began their drift back to school. As someone who doesn’t have children, I wanted to speak to some Mothers
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Community

Last month, I spoke briefly, about the community that makes up Gran Alacant. For me as a relative novice here, commonality is the most important aspect, of why I am staying! When moving abroad, in fact, when moving anywhere different, acceptance by those you intend to live in close proximity with, is important. I had
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Chatter

It’s another hot day in Gran Alacant and I’ve taken the opportunity to enjoy the afternoon, sat in my favourite square, Sierra Mar. The first place I frequented, when I moved to GA, six months ago. It is testament to the good folk that live here, that I have settled in well, made great friends
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