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Trafalgar Square 2009

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The Alquerian pair, Manuela and Antonio Poyato sit listening to a speech of welcome at the Uggabian town-hall given by the mayor of Uggaby, Silly Sid.

Silly Sid: “Bla …… bla …………..blaaaaaa…bla..bla………bla.ba”

Three hours later…………

Silly Sid: “Bla …… bla …………..blaaaaaa…bla..bla………bla.ba..big..bla..hand…bla our…bla..bla..visitors”

“They are clapping Antonio, what did he say, was it the sandwiches again?”.

“No idea Manuela I don’t speak English. I think we should stand and smile though”.

“Look Antonio! That blonde girl is making a sign to you, at least I hope it’s to you”

“Sí Manuela, I’ll go and see what she wants”

The girl making the sign is one Abigail, tall, blond, blue eyes, the spitting image of Manuela except in negative. She has taken a liking to Antonio.

“What did she want Antonio?”.

“She wanted to show me something Manuela”.

“What Antonio, what…….what was it?”.

“Ahhhh, ahhh, it was very nice Manuela”.

“Oh was it Antonio! She has much liking for you, I’m not sure I like that Antonio”.

“Look Manuela it is the one who will interpret for us, his name is Spanish Spike, he was born in Sevilla under mysterious circumstances”.

“I can believe that Antonio, he looks much mysterious”.

So saying Spanish Spike duly translated the documents presented to Manuela and Antonio upon their arrival in Uggaby.

“So Antonio, they want to form an alliance with us, the ‘Federation of Unaligned Countries and the Union of Principalities”.

“That spells FUCUP Manuela”.

“Why does that surprise you Antonio? They also want to combine our armies so we can be a force to reckon with”.

“Manuela combining our armed forces would bring the total number of men under arms to five and one of those has a limp”.

“It’s a start Antonio! Spike says we are to take Abigail back to Alqueria with us to cement the alliance. You smile much Antonio”.

“Sí Manuela I will do the cementing with Abigail, not too worry”.

“This new development gives me many butterflies in my tummy, why Antonio?”.

The question went unanswered as the three took their leave of Uggaby and boarded the plane back to Spain and then on to Alqueria.

“Antonio you spend much time fastening the seat belt of Abigail…….Antonio don’t do that, that is disgusting and Abigail doesn’t like it…………..Ooooohhhhhh she does like it………………Antonio I told you not to do that!”.


A photo journey
through Spain


Written by:
John MacDonald
Patricia Díaz Pereda.

ISBN 978-1-909612-70-9
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by John MacDonald



Moving on a pavement artist. London. 2009



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