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#AtoZblogging challenge – J is for jacket potato

Jacket potato with Spanish chorizo, onion and topped with cheese

Jacket potato with Spanish chorizo, onion and topped with cheese

Potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables that the world has can be used in a number of ways to make healthy and nutritious meals. Read the rest of this entry

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Food for Thought and I talk to Donal Skehan

Photo: Good Food channel UKTV  Donal Skehan, 26, hosts Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less

Photo: Good Food channel UKTV
Donal Skehan, 26, hosts
Kitchen Hero: Great Food For Less

The one great thing about my job is that I get to meet and talk to a lot of people about what they do for a living and I get to hold people to account. On this occasion I was lucky enough to talk to a young chef about his new television show on Good Food. Read the rest of this entry

Sam interviews Saturday Kitchen host James Martin

Photo: Phil Dowsing Creative

Photo: Phil Dowsing Creative

Being a bit food fan and an avid watcher of several cooking programmes, my work day was made when a press release dropped into my inbox offering me the opportunity to interview perhaps one of my cheffing idols, James Martin.

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Day 15: Conclusions and goodbye to the Costa Blanca

The sun sets over Moraira, Costa Blanca

Over the past four weeks I have been talking to and meeting lots of different British people who live and work here on the Costa Blanca for Siren FM and Euranet. I have really enjoyed my time and have a real understanding of what it is like to live here in Spain. Read the rest of this entry

Day 11: Councillor for Social Services and Welfare, Sylvia Tatnell, talks about her job and help available for expats

Photo by: Prisoner 5413

Spain’s Social Services and Welfare system is very different to the UK, the Spanish culture and way of life means that if you want help and support when you are older, you look to your family first. Read the rest of this entry

Day 10: Education in Spain

Jordi and Magda Giner – Jordi is a lecturer at Valencia University and Magda teaches Valenciano in one of the local secondary schools on the Costa Blanca

Children in Spain start their education at the age of three. At this early age they are taught the building blocks of reading and writing before they move to primary school a couple of years later. Read the rest of this entry

Day 9: Jordi Giner talks about his PHD study into expats on the Costa Blanca and Higher Education in Spain

Jordi and Magda Giner – Jordi is a lecturer at Valencia University and Magda teaches Valenciano in one of the local secondary schools on the Costa Blanca

Spain, is a popular place for British people to retire to or leave the UK in order to make a new life in the sun.  Read the rest of this entry

Day 8: For some the Costa Blanca dream is not a dream come true

Gemma left her life in Lincoln to live and work in Spain, but her time in Spain has not always the perfect Costa dream.

British people have traditionally moved to Spain to retire and to spend the rest of their days in the sun, but more younger people are coming to live out in Spain and today make up a large proportion of the expatriate community here on the Costa Blanca. Read the rest of this entry

Day 6: The Costa Blanca’s English language newspapers; an information service for it’s readers

The Post and the Costa Blanca News are some of the post popular newspapers for expats in this part of Spain.

It was a trip down memory lane for me as I stepped into the busy newspaper office of the Costa Blanca News and The Post. I could not believe it was 10 years ago since I last came here to meet a friend of mine, who was the then Editor. It’s where my career started and a huge sense of nostalgia sweepted over me as I took in the hustle and bustle of it all. Read the rest of this entry

Day 5: Onda cero International; it was a breath of fresh air for expats on the Costa Blanca

Hugh and Beverly ran Onda cero International for several years and enjoyed bringing the British community together.

After running and making their own successful English language programme, Lifestyle, on a radio station in Benissa, Hugh and Beverly Stewart were approached by the Spanish broadcasting company  Onda cero, to start-up an international radio station broadcasting to expatriates on the Costa Blanca. Read the rest of this entry

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