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Trafalgar Square 2009

Flamenco dancer

Ritmo Andaluz Show

Alquerian Popular Front.

“Antonio, this is the first meeting of the politburo of the Alquerian Popular Front”.

“I thought we were here to get totally blitzed on Remitroot Wine and sing a song about a lady with one black and one white one Manuela”.

“No Antonio we aren’t, besides that’s a horrible song and for the last time Antonio it wasn’t based on me or any member of my family”.

“Sí Manuela, if you say so”.

“I do Antonio! Now the Alquerian Popular Front is a subversive organisation which exists to overthrow the terrible right-wing regime of Rodriquez and his cronies. We will lead our people to freedom and give them back their dignity…… Antonio are you asleep?”.

“No Manuela, err what are we giving back to our people, a big tree?”.

“Dignity Antonio, dignity. Oh Antonio please pay attention, you are supposed to back me up!”.

“Sí Manuela I will back you up to the hilt”.

“Antonio! Stop that!! That’s not how you are supposed to back me up, although it was very creative of you. Remember that for later”.

“How can we succeed against Rodriquez Manuela, there are just two of us?”.

“Don’t forget Loco Paco, he is much man Antonio”.

“Manuela, he has a pet Saharan Dung Beetle, he was thrown out of the Marmalade of the Month Club for indecent behaviour, he’s crazy Manuela”.

“Sí Antonio I know and he still has marmalade in some very strange places. But the APF will grow, people will rally to the cause. We will strike a note in the heart of all the brave people who …… Antonio, you’re asleep again aren’t you?”.

“Oh Manuela. We have the Bar La Casa Devante with Remitroot wine, we have the Abyssinian Goat Shirling every Saturday. It’s Perturbed Pedro this week Manuela. He has the record this season, twenty-four goats shirled in thirty-three minutes. Why make waves, can’t we just be contented with our lot?”.

“Who owns the Goat Shirling Pit Antonio? Rodriquez does. He uses it as an opiate to keep people like you dumbed down so you won’t question his policies, so you won’t realise the way he has organised things to his own ends. Wake up Antonio, bloody well wake up!”.

“Sí Manuela but there’s still time to sing the song about the black one and one white one”.

“Antonio, you’re getting on my bloody tits now, you will be a bloody subversive! You will fight for bloody freedom even if I have to bloody well take you by the tender parts and bloody well force you to!!!”.

“Manuela, I’ve never seen you like this before, oh yes I have, when I brought you that present back from Amsterdam and you tried to ……………”.

Antonio woke up in hospital while a Remitroot Wine bottle was being surgically removed, just where from only Antonio, Manuela and Three-fingers Sergio the surgeon are cognizant. Meanwhile Manuela put the Alquerian Popular Front on a war footing and plotted deep into the night, at least that’s what we think she was doing.

Stay tuned for the ‘daring dos’ of the A.P.F.


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