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I have always loved taking photographs and since I was 16 years old I have carried a camera around which has provided me with wonderful photographic memories of my life.

Back then a few...

When I arrived in the Algarve, a bit under two years ago, a new Socialist government had just been elected and formed a coalition that I thought for sure would take an important first step by...

Wuthering Heights

This was the plan of Henry Cole, founder of the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. A hundred-and-fifty years ago, he envisaged a huge 250ft (76m) tower as...

Recent events have been a reminder of Portugal’s laudable position well ahead of many other more powerful countries in at least two key areas of human endeavour: keeping the peace and controlling...

I have three children living in England, two in Brighton and one in Warrington, just outside of Manchester. Can you imagine what I went through when I woke up to hear the news on Tuesday morning (...

Living in Portugal in the 1970s, life was very different and a lot simpler! There were no large chain supermarkets and we used to shop in our local village “mercearias” (grocers) set up in garages...

What is one of the first things new arrivals notice about Portugal? I’m talking about when you first pull out of the car rental lot and glance into your rearview mirror for the first time. There,...

Cova da Iria is a remote corner of Fátima parish, in the county of Ourém, in almost the geographic centre of Portugal. In this remote spot, on May 13, 1917, three children reported seeing a white...

Recently, I was driving a visiting couple from Arizona to Loulé for the famous Saturday morning market. By chance, we passed a gigantic royal blue building with the word IKEA printed in large...

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