Alternative Voice

Alternative Voice Madrid

The Alternative Voice – Let it grow

In today’s culture of relentless positivity, the word “growth” is often bandied about, along with its slightly posher synonym “development.” Both tend to be...

The Voice

So, why do I love Madrid? Especially now that the dark forces of neo-liberalism are conspiring to turn every city on the planet into...

Sky High

Sky High For the modern bourgeois, or maybe not so bourgeois, traveller there can be few greater horrors in modern life than flying. The emergence...

Whats in a flag?

  Whats in a flag? The universe is a complex place. Infinitely complex, some might say. Take ants, for example. Amazingly industrious insects, which have evolved...

Happy Holidays

It’s that time of the year again, holiday time. Not the horrendous pagan midwinter consumer fest, but summer holidays, the stuff of dreams, long...

Autumn in Madrid

Autumn in Madrid  Autumn, or Fall as our literally minded American friends like to call it, is a wonderful time to be in Madrid. To...
NO WE CAN’T

No We Can`t

It’s difficult to know when positive thinking first infected our culture, or at exactly which point it burrowed its way into the collective consciousness...

¡Felices Fiestas!

Feliz Navidad It’s Christmas time. And has of course been so since the end of September. Now that we are all moaning about the rain...
Spanish Culture or Atavistic Bloodlust?

A Load of Old Bull

Fans of bullfighting see it as an integral part of Spanish culture. Opponents see it as an excuse for primitive sadists to indulge in...
Are you being served?

Are You Being Served?

One of the silliest precepts of political correctness is the idea that if you change the language then you change the culture. This appeals...