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Pull up a Stool

Milkmaids, pianist naughty children, and barflies are all used to sitting on stools, but maybe it's time you reconsidered these perennially versatile items of furniture, as well. Stools are one of the oldest forms of seating, and also…

Friends & Enemies

Just like humans, some plants like to be together, while others genuinely dislike each other's company. And, just like humans, the reasons for these affinities are incompatibilities are varied. Some plants repels the pests that affect…

Iron Age

Metal came late to the Canaries, but it is now an essential part of the island’s architectural and artistic heritage. In 1402, when the first mercenaries invaded the islands in the name of Spain, the local Guanche and Maho natives…

T-Shirt Apartment

Clothing firm Diesel made its name with vivid advertising campaigns in the 1990s, but none of them have been quite as eye-catching as a recent campaign, which offers t-shirts starting at half a million dollars. The T-shirts feature…

Back to Residential

The Airbnb boom appears to be coming to an end for Canarian home owners, as various estate agents report that landlords are beginning to return to seeking long-term residential clients. Tourist numbers have fallen over the last year, and…

Failing the Killer Touch

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The Rojillos (Reds) have had a difficult start to the season. They have only lost on three occasions, which only the top two clubs can better, but the problem has been that they have drawn 10 of the 16 games played. This leaves UD Lanzarote…

Balcony Life

Balconies are one of the defining Canarian architectural features, a colonial idea that can be seen to impressive effect in the historical area of Vegueta in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or on the seafront of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Originally…

Eco-Friendly

The world’s future needs a present-day commitment, and that’s as true of our homes as it is of every other aspect of our lives. There are five things to bear in mind when decorating your home. An energy efficiency rating is…

Rearrange your Life

Rearranging your living space is one of the most beneficial things we can do in our home – for our own well-being as well as for practical reasons. Psychologists have often been surprised by how often people report that rearranging…

Quiet Enjoyment

The problem of holiday rentals in residential zones continues in Lanzarote as in many parts of Spain, but here’s what you can do about it. Holidays are great. You can stay out all night, drink as much as you want, stagger home in…