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Alan Chuter
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March in Defence of Decent Pensions for All
On Saturday afternoon we took part in the march through the centre of Madrid in defence of decent publicly-funded pensions that keep up with inflation. The Spanish constitution requires a "dignified pension," but the present government has raised it well be...
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Windows 10 Incompatibility with VirtualBox
I'm apparently not the only one to have wasted a couple of hours trying to install Windows 10 on VirtualBox , wondering why the installation never even starts. All I was getting was the blue Windows logo. Happily I discovered a post on the It's FOSS blog , ...
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Lenten Pottage of Chickpeas, Spinach and Salt Cod
As we are now in Lent (until April 1st this year), I thought I would prepare this dish for lunch today, which is popular in Spain at this time of year, and not for purely religious reasons, I suspect. It's sure to be on many a restaurant menu this Friday lu...
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Maytime Needlepoint Cushion Finished at Last
A year after I first acquired the kit, at last this cushion is finished. I purchased the kit mid-February 2017. Had I realised at the time how much effort it would take me to finish it I'm sure I never would have begun. It was a kit by Ehrman (here's the ca...
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New Bins for Organic Waste in Arganzuela District
At last we have been given the new brown-lidded wheelie bins for organic, compostable waste. The Madrid city council has been rolling out the collection service and the bins for the past six months (if I remember correctly). The waste goes in plastic bags (...
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