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Editor’s Letter

After mañana
Recently, after the British government had postponed another Brexit vote , a Spanish friend commented “I thought we were supposed to be the ones with the mañana attitude.” It made me laugh, but there was also an underlying sense of shame. After almost three years, Brexit has gone right to the wire. Three years of uncertainty, doubt and argument, with no satisfactory ending yet in sight. It’s strange to sit here on a subtropical island and watch people thousands of miles away making – or failing to make – decisions that will affect not only your own future, but the future of the community you live in.
Back in the UK there’s been a lot of talk about how the “whole world is laughing at us”, but in my experience that hasn’t been the case at all. I was the only British attendant at a recent meeting on how Spanish business would deal with Brexit, and all I heard was respect and concern for Britain (and Ireland)


and the hope that relations would continue as cordially and fruitfully as possible. Of course, there are jokes as well, but they always seem to made with a weary impatience instead of outright mockery. I’m certainly not the only one who shares that impatience, and while I might be angry with British politicians, I’m not going to waste my time on fury and rage when there’s a sarcastic joke to be made.

But whether we’re in the EU or not, we’re still here, and there are few better places to forget the wider problems of the world. Just get up a volcano or onto a beach and let it all flow away for a while. Or alternately, you can lose yourself in music and fun. This month there are absolutely tons of things going on – César Manrique centenary celebrations, a St. George’s Day party, music festivals, art, concerts and activities galore, with plenty more to come in the near future.

Wherever we find ourselves when you read this, make sure you make the most of a massive month of glorious mañanas.

Enjoy the mag.

The Editor

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