SPOOKY WEEKEND INSPIRES A BOOK

August 8, 2012

One night was enough for me (writes David Baird). Friends invited my wife and myself to stay the weekend at their new-found shangri-la, a remote cortijo in the countryside of southern Spain.

The idea was to enjoy the rural tranquillity. Tranquillity? Madre mía! Throughout the night it seemed we were under siege as a pack of wild dogs stormed around the isolated farmhouse, baying like the hound of the Baskervilles multiplied a hundredfold.

At breakfast our friends joked about neighbours dropping in at all hours, moody, taciturn types who would sit at the kitchen table gazing at them in a strange fashion. Read the rest of this entry »


THE LORCA MYSTERY

December 23, 2009

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS FEDERICO?
Seventy-three years after one of Spain’s greatest 20th-century poets and dramatists was shot the mystery of his last resting place has deepened.
For a month and a half investigators probed the zone on the outskirts of the city of Granada where the body of Federico García Lorca was believed to have been buried in the bloody days of August, 1936, when Spain was torn apart by a civil war.
They used the latest scientific methods. They sifted and analysed the soil in an area of several hundred square metres at the Lorca Memorial Park near the village of Alfacar.
Spain held its breath. Would the mystery of his burial place finally be resolved? Read the rest of this entry »