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THIS YEAR'S POSTS TO DATE (15 APR 2019)

 

#96 A TALE OF TWO EXHUMATIONS

The exhumations refer to the remains of Emilia Llanos in the Granada Cemetery and those of General Franco in the Valle de los Caídos. Neither have been carried out. That of Emilia Llanos won’t be, as she was saved from a common grave by being upgraded to distinguished citizen status. And Franco’s ... might not be, either, although President Pedro Sánchez insisted that it would.


#97 AIR POLLUTION

Granada’s particular climate and topology make it prone to an accumulation of air pollution, mainly caused by private traffic. It is very noticeable walking down to the city centre from where I live in El Fargue.


#98 EMILIA LLANOS MEDINA

Who was Emilia Llanos whose remains were on the point of being exhumed and moved to a common grave at the beginning of the year? One of Lorca’s closest and most devoted friends.


#99 DIEGO BERMÚDEZ CALA

Another great individual associated with the history of Granada and the life of its greatest son, Federico García (Lorca). Bermúdez was the surprising winner of the 1922 Cante Jondo Competition organised primarily under the auspices of musician Manuel de Falla, supported by a handful of Granada’s cultural elite, Lorca included.


Lópex Sancho's famous caricature of the Cante Jondo Competition in Granada, 1922, with the eventual prize-winner, "El Tenazas" (Diego Bermúdez) on stage, Manuel de Falla in the middle of the audience, and Lorca right behind him, clutching his forehead. See

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#100 THE CANTE JONDO COMPETITION

Here you will find photos and links related to the competition held on 13 & 14 June 1922 in the Patio de los Aljibes at the Alhambra.

Classic view of the Alhambra - from Paseo de los Tristes


#101PROBABLY DEFINITELY (MAYBE)

The saga of the long-awaited High Speed train service, expected to start in June this year. Previously posted on in October 2018 (#91); May 2018 (#85); January and February 2017 (#54 & 56); March 2014 (48); and February 2013 (#29).


TESTING THE HIGH-SPEED TRAIN THROUGH LOJA

#102 HIGH SPEED VS CONVENTIONAL TRAINS

Is High Speed a prestige project which is being promoted at the expense of a more socially useful conventional rail service? Spain is reported to have the most extensive High Speed network per inhabitant in the world, yet it carries the fewest passengers.


#103 LORCA AND POLITICS 1919

Although posted mid-March, this entry commemorates the events of 11 February 1919, when, under the influence of the turmoil of the World War and the Russian Revolution, protests reached even as far as Granada. Lorca, though, was unpolitical and preferred to keep out of harm’s way.

#104 THE ORIGIN OF THE TAPA

This post is about the recent unearthing of documentary evidence about the origin of the tapa, so emblematic of Granada, and it explains the unique characteristics of tapas in Granada, going beyond the Spanish Royal Academy’s definition of ‘a small portion of food accompanying a drink’.


#105 GRANADA, SECOND MOST HIGHLY RATED TOURIST CITY IN SPAIN

A survey carried out by OCU (Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios) places Granada as the second most favoured city in Spain for tourists. Which city, then, is an even better tourist destination? Madrid? Barcelona? Bilbao? Toledo? None of the above!



#106 AIR POLLUTION

Back to Granada’s air pollution problem, this time reporting on measures being implemented to deal with it.

(15/4-2019)

On the disappearance and murder of the poet García Lorca in August 1936

Of the 100-odd posts on my “Granada la Bella” blogsite (09/02/19), 19 deal with the disappearance and murder of the poet Federico García Lorca soon after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

 

Of these, 12, quite specifically, refer to the evidence of the events leading up to the killing on a roadside outside the village of Víznar in August of that year,  provided by Miguel Caballero Pérez in his study Las trece últimas horas en la vida de García Lorca (The Last Thirteen Hours in the Life of Garcia Lorca) and by Ian Gibson in his recently revised work El asesinato de García Lorca (The Murder of Garcia Lorca).

 

Posts 64-67, written in September and October 2017, examine the evidence provided by Miguel Caballero. Posts 68-71, written in October and November, then make a comparison of Caballero’s findings and conclusions with those of Ian Gibson.

 

It must have been the publication of Caballero’s book in 2011 that eventually persuaded Gibson to revise and republish his pioneering work, first published in France in 1971, for it presented new evidence that challenged the veracity of Gibson’s findings. The very title is a gauntlet thrown down to the highly respected Lorca expert, whose investigations pointed to the probability of Lorca being held in Granada for one or possibly two nights before being taken away to be shot. Whereas Caballero is convinced that the time lapse from Lorca's arrest in the afternoon of 16 August 1936 to his facing the facing squad at dawn could not have been much more than twelve hours.

 

Gibson’s work was consequently republished in April 2018 (see book cover on the left) and in the following two months, May and June, in Posts 86-89, I reviewed it, considered the evidence where it differed from Caballero’s, and drew my own conclusions.

 

 

PAGE UPDATED 15 APR 2019

In case you didn't know:


  • The AVE (high-speed train) is coming to Granada in June. For sure. #101.
  • The remains of Spain's greatest twentieth century poet have still not been located. Ian Gibson says they've been looking in the wrong place but they should carry on searching. But the search has been abandoned. Again. See below.
  • The exhibition -Amor (con alas y flechas) - which was supposed to have celebrated the arrival of the “Lorca Legacy” (the collection of thousands of documents and manuscripts as well as literary, critical, and artistic works that bear direct witness to the poet’s life, times and creative activity) was postponed, until March, they said. It is now April.
  • The Garcia Lorca Granada-Jaen International Airport continues to flourish after the setback following Ryanair's abandonment in 2010. The next new international flight goes to Nantes in France and starts on 31 March. Anyone fancy a trip to the Loire valley? Thanks Easy Jet!