Spain’s new (pregnant) Minister of Defence ¡Viva España!

In an attempt to out-cool only himself (and in contrast to a dorky Berlusconi), Spain’s prime minister, Jose Luis Zapatero, announced his new cabinet. Not to bore you with all the inner-workings of Spanish politics and a who’s who of ‘up and coming’ and ‘down and out’ socialist politicos, there is one new minister who does need mentioning: Carme Chacón. Continue reading


On Vespa Mechanics

For anyone who owns a vintage Vespa (or a vintage anything for that matter) a good mechanic is worth his weight in gold. Vespas–not unlike their mechanics–are temperamental bikes at best and, as they age, become grumpy and delicate. Continue reading