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THIS YEAR'S POSTS TO DATE (09 JUN 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 yet.


#97 AIR POLLUTION

Granada’s particular climate and topology make it prone to an accumulation of air pollution. It is very noticeable walking down to the city centre from where I live, up 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.


#101 The on-going saga of the long-awaited High Speed train service, previously posted on in October 2018 (#91); May 2018 (#85); January and February 2017 (#54 & 56); March 2014 (48); and February 2013 (#29). Now confirmed to be operational from 26 June this year!


Classic view of the Alhambra - from Paseo de los Tristes


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#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

Tthis 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!



TESTING THE HIGH-SPEED TRAIN THROUGH LOJA

#106 AIR POLLUTION

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


#107 is about 2018 Lorca Poetry Prize winner Darío Jaramillo (Colombia). Born in 1947,  the second, and successive, Lorca Prize winner younger than me


#108 Darío Jaramillo's cat poems, includes my translation of Estados de la materia - matter can exist in four states: liquid, solid, gas, and cat.

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#108 about uncovering - and so recovering - the River Darro, where it runs beneath the central street Reyes Católicos, a Podemos-IU election proposal, backed by Irish born historian and author Ian Gibson.


More on Ian Gibson below:

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

Of the 100-odd posts on my “Granada la Bella"” blogsite, 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).

 

The title of Caballero'sbook (The Last Thirteen Hours in the Life of Garcia Lorca) is provocative, because it challenges Gibson's view that Lorca was held at least 24 hours in Granada  before being taken away to be shot. It prompted Gibson to revise and republish his pioneering work, first published in France in 1971.It came out in in April 2018 (see book cover below) and I read it and reviewed it in the following two months.