THE Spanish Costas should be contenders for the Nobel Peace Prize or similar.
I doubt there is anywhere in the world where there’s greater inter-nation harmony than here in Mediterranean Spain. In a Costa Blanca community, where I first settled, there were residents from every EU nation and all got on famously.
There was international rejoicing when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Half-forgotten now, the many multitudes of tear-stained faces of many Eastern Europeans. Making up half of present day
There are many walls that divide people; often they bring harmony. Naturally I was excluded at a women’s association business meeting. I lost no sleep over it; it is perfectly sensible in many cases. When I told a friend that being the wrong gender I couldn’t attend she was astonished. ‘It’s the first I have heard of something like that,’ she cried. She is a South African by the way. I believe the culture in
Social exclusion remains commonplace and many are in people’s minds and can be tougher to break down. I recall outrage over a
It was a foul night; rather like one of those Dracula B movies in which the coach breaks down in the rain-soaked threatening forest at night. Because she was a woman members denied her access.
Apartheid exists everywhere from
At the time the Western media was too obsessed with South African apartheid to notice it there or elsewhere.
When the apartheid regime was reeling from international indignation I wandered towards a loo on a ship’s quayside in
I was brought up short; no, not that kind of caught short but by a sign over the loo’s four doors. Two were for ladies and gents; the other two for Asians.
I was taken aback; after all this was the
World War 2 is often trumpeted as a war against racism; it was fought by American, Russian and British armies that were regimentally racially segregated. In 1940s
Yes there’s much sanctimonious double standards on the issues of caste and cliques, racial or otherwise. There’s still a long way to go and maybe it is time we all took a long hard look at ourselves.