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Alqueria & Other Articles

This site contains my writing on various subjects mainly associated with but not exclusively Spain and things Spanish.

I have written a great deal about the photojournalists who covered the Spanish Civil War, mainly Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. I have stood on the spot at Espejo in northern Andalucía where Capa staged the famous ‘Fallen Soldier’ photograph.

All my Alqueria episodes are reproduced here, as published by the Soltimes group of newspapers. Soltimes

Alqueria is a dysfunctional village with a dysfunctional population at the foot of the Sierra Alhamilla in eastern Andalucía. The two barrios are in a state of undeclared war as they manoeuvre to gain the upper hand.

Characters from the lovely Manuela to the obese and foul-mouthed Rodriquez stalk the pueblo. With the resident Englishman, Blythe Gruntmore an erstwhile Geordie, the whole town becomes animated in their daily struggles and machinations. The madness fuelled by the potent Remitroot Wine and Liquor. Not only a powerful intoxicant but also an aphrodisiac, the consumption of which has led to some interesting evenings in Alqueria.
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All characters and events depicted in the Alqueria episodes as published on line and in Spain are entirely fictitious. Honest, they are really!!!!

Alqueria “The Road to Anarchy” – exquisite, cult-worthy weekly satire from J. MacDonald

A little light relief anyone ?
Welcome to “Alqueria” – an imaginary, fantastical, anarchical, self-sufficient little Spanish pueblo.
Superb writing – beats Private Eye hands down.
A few extracts from the latest instalment:

“During Alqueria’s turbulent transition from small Spanish village to independent sovereign Republic one trapping of statehood was overlooked. The legal system…
“Alqueria was however in an unusual and unique position. The Village had its Remitroot crop which meant self-sufficiency, dignity and autonomy..the dream of every atavistic Anarchist.
“Alqueria had emerged from an insignificant Spanish backwater to the closest thing to paradise in the northern hemisphere. It’s a pity the population didn’t realise it. Relevant political ideologies usually imply that to get from Alqueria’s initial state to its present a total destruction of society is required. Alqueria managed the transformation without this intermediary step…”
-and on and on. Glorious stuff.
Please spread the word & help cult-ivate this sweet and bitterly twisted anarchical wonderland. If only TV-land still had the courage and
cojones to serialize sassy satire of the most sublimely subversive kind…

……Media Lens

Trafalgar Square 01/04/2009 So tired.Trafalgar Square Fuengirola Feria Semana Santa
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NSPCC Save the Children Great Orman Street Hospital
Republic. Campaign for an elected head of state

The campaign for an elected head of state


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©John MácDonald (El Sordo) 1999-2016
Writer and photographer

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Escritor y fotógrafo
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
– Albert Einstein

‘Such events should teach a lesson to those governments who boast they are dedicated to the human condition, while in reality are only helping the egoism and arrogance and stubbornness of the privileged classes; even when the lion of the people roars in despair at their very doors and with good reason seeks to tear them apart in wild anger, born of the hatred which they themselves have sown, they remain utterly impervious to reform.’
Giuseppe Garibaldi on the defeat of the Bourbon king’s troops in Naples by the people themselves.

Radio Alqueria (testing)


'Enchanting Spain'
A photo journey
through Spain
Written by:
John MacDonald
Patricia Díaz Pereda.
ISBN 978-1-909612-70-9
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Coming soon!
Tiberio & Vega: a tale of two cats

Tiberio & Vega
(A tale of two cats)

John MacDonald
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