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All about skulls

Speaking of skulls, which we weren’t, show me a skeleton and I can say “That’s a skeleton” as good as the next man. Show me a tibia or a fibula or a humerus, and, well, that’s where my knowledge of anatomy gets a bit shaky. But show me a skull and I know precisely what it is and where ...Full Article

The vanished convents of Tenerife

While travelling around Tenerife you might have noticed that there are churches and chapels and wayside shrines all over the island. But what are missing are monasteries and convents. In Britain, ...Full Article

Remembering British war dead

Recently we remembered those who gave their lives in the First World War. This article is about men who died in a battle long before.Full Article

“Torre del Conde” of La Gomera

Through the pages of the ‘Tenerife News’, may I make a suggestion to the Cabildo of Gomera, the Ayuntamiento of San Sebastian and the University of La Laguna, that an archaeological ...Full Article

Kings and queens

In Santa Cruz the Museo de Bellas Artes in Calle Jose Murphy, next to the Plaza del Principe, houses a collection of paintings and sculptures dating from the 16th century to ...Full Article

Hugh Salvin and Simon Bolivar “The liberator” of South América

On 5th January 1824 HMS ‘Cambridge’, under the command of Captain Thomas Maling, set sail from England for South America to take four British Consuls, their families and their staff, ...Full Article

Hugh Salvin in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1824

On 5th January 1824 HMS Cambridge, under the command of Captain Thomas Maling, set sail from England for South America to take four British Consuls, their families and their staff, making ...Full Article

HUGH AND JEFFERY SALVIN

The name of Reverend Hugh Salvin will be familiar to a lot of people in Alston, Cumberland. He left his name in Salvin House, opposite the Cumberland Hotel, and ...Full Article

The Mando Economico of the Canary Islands

In the Anaga hills, high on a ridge above the valley of Igueste de San Andres, is a little ruined hamlet of about six or seven houses called Las Casillas. ...Full Article

The Spanish inquisition in the Canary Islands

Mention the Spanish Inquisition to many people and images of the ridiculous ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ sketch come to mind, when bursting into a room shouting, “No one expects the Spanish ...Full Article
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