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An eulogy to Don Antonio Gutierrez

When Nelson left Tenerife he was a broken man, defeated and demoralised, he was an amputee in pain and in a state of severe depression. He wrote to his commanding officer, Admiral Jervis, “I am become a burthen to my friends and useless to my country … When I leave your command I become dead to the world; I ...Full Article

Visit by the Tertulia de Amigos del 25 de Julio to London

On Sunday 12th May 2019 ten members of the Tertulia de Amigos del 25 de Julio of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and four wives arrived in London to stay ...Full Article

Tobacco in Tenerife

Today you wouldn’t think of the Canary Islands as having a tobacco industry, but the evidence is there to see in the shady Plaza del Pato in Santa Cruz. ...Full Article

Tenerife heritage? Tenerife national trust?

A notice to you, the reader; this article is more of a plea to the cabildo and the ayuntamientos, the central government and local governments of Tenerife, than my normal ...Full Article

THE SPY

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Spain was in ruins, the country had been devastated by the civil war that had ended only months before, and ...Full Article

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 ...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
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