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Friday, November 27, 12:55 am


'Enchanting Spain'
A photo journey
through Spain
Written by:
John MacDonald
Patricia Díaz Pereda.
To be Published by John Beaufoy Publishing in April 2016
ISBN 978-1-909612-70-9

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.

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
Regarding my photography, that can viewed at www.el-sordo.com or click here.

Capa and Taro Spanish Civil War Spainish History Spanish Travel & Humour Miscellaneous Pieces
For I am involved with mankind: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro at Cerro Muriano on the 5th of September 1936. The road to Almería from málaga to escape Francos bombing during the spainsh civil war Christmas Day 1884: The Day Andalucía Shook. The Great Andalucía Earthquake of Christmas Day 1884 Carnival time in England to Carnival time in Fuengirola Spain Riparian Adventures. John MacDonald fishing the Waveney,
La España republicana: Imágenes de tragedia y conmiseración . British Brigaders in the International Brigades. 1936-1938 El Tempranillo: The King of the Sierra Morena and thief of Andalucía South to Zuheros. A journey of self discovery by a very small man From boarding gates to magic gates. Rome on a shoestring
Republican Spain: Images of tragedy and compassion. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro in Spain during the Spanish Civil War . Franco and beyond: His legacy and a discussion into the effects of a Spanish Republican victory in 1939 The Spanish Irregulars. Spanish guerrillas in the Spanish War of Independence. The Peninsula War Barcelona in July The Bell Towers of Rab. The Croatian Island of Rab in the northern Adriatic. Kvarner Group
The Mexican Suitcase. Robert Capa’s lost negatives found in a suitcase in Mexico. Rojos in the Hills. The Spanish Civil War, Are the wounds still suppurating? The Spanish Miracle. The rise of the Spanish tourist industry since Franco Córdoba with products of slaughter to the stone.A day out at the Mosque Winter in Kraków. Bed of spuds and a super heated bedroom in Poland
Photojournalists during the Spanish Civil War. “¡Viva la Republica!” The Spanish Civil War, its aftermath and hopes for the future Bailén and Napoleon’s Spanish Problem Montilla. Pottery, Fino and a little silver Renault. Surreal menus and gallons of sherry Croatian Istria: The Quest for Perfection. Tourism for the well heeled in the Adriatic
Capa: The legacy. No Pasarán. Madrid the Crucified City Franco and beyond: His legacy and a discussion into the effects of a Spanish Republican victory in 1939 Málaga, Processions, processions, processions at Semana Santa. Even the caterpillars marched. From Beccles to Reedham: A journey down tranquil waterways. Boating about in the muck of the River Waveney
Rute del Califato. The Route of the Caliphs, the MacDonald way Guido, the volcano and me. Stranded in Treviso Italy by an Irish low cost airline who didn’t care if I lived or died
Greenpeace  Guido Fawkes
Guido Fawkes
 Clenched fist, Groznjan (Town of Artists), Croatian Istria
Groznjan (Town of Artists)
Parcel Machine
The Parcel Machine
Ramsgate: Costa del Histoplasmosis?’Ice-cream, candyfloss, jellied eels and a stick of rock, Pepsi Cola’


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) 1999-2015
Writer and photographer

Συγγραφέας και φωτογράφος
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.