The culture clash in Benidorm

Although there are notable cultural differences between the British and the Spanish, for 60 years they have been 1thrown together by the pound and the sun in tourist resorts such as Benidorm where, according to the Benidorm Tourist Information Office, the British account for 50% of the city’s visitors.


This 2odd relationship began in the 1950s when the town’s 3mayor Pedro Zaragoza 4hopped on his scooter and rode to Madrid to ask General Francisco Franco 5to allow foreign female tourists to wear bikinis. Curiously, Franco gave his permission, but local girls in bikinis continued to be 6fined for indecent exposure.

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Nurturing a passion for science in girls

While not mutually exclusive, the terms ‘1female’ and ‘scientist’ do not often go together. When girls are asked what they want to do when they are older, many talk about marketing, therapy, 2the caring professions or 3journalism. Perhaps a 4lawyer or fashion designer. Thirty years ago, 5it probably didn’t matter that girls generally avoided science and technology. But the labor market of the ‘80s and ‘90s was a very different place from what it is now.


“The future of the economy is in STEM,” says James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C. “That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.”

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The Malala of Syria

One of the consequences of war is the 1break down in education and a generation who 2lack the 3skills and training to 4rebuild their country once the fighting is over.


This scenario is what drove 18-year-old Muzoon Almellehan, the so-called Malala of Syria, to begin a crusade for education in the refugee camps in Jordan where she and her family spent four years after fleeing the civil war in Syria.


When Muzoon realized that half of the girls at her school in the Za’atari refugee camp 5were dropping out to get married, she 6made it her business to try to persuade their parents and the girls themselves that they should make education a priority.

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Eton: educating the elite

Its 1former students include 19 British Prime Ministers, Prince Harry and Prince William, Homeland’s Damian Lewis and The Danish Girl’s Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, so it is not surprising that Eton is the most famous 2public school in the world, attracting many students from abroad, including 30 from Spain.


Described by the UK Good School’s Guide as “3second to none4with regard to teaching and facilities, it costs €41,000 a year. Not cheap but not the most expensive establishment 5of its kind either. Switzerland, for example, has a number of 6boarding schools for double the price but possibly half the prestige.

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The Mediterranean diet is not what it was

I am always surprised when I pass the cafeteria in Alpedrete where a number of school children have their lunch. The tables are 1crowded with cans of Coca Cola and Fanta 2to wash down plates of pasta with fried tomato sauce or fried chicken and chips. Day after day.


I am also surprised when I go to the park and see children being handed entire packets of biscuits 3to keep them going until supper, which often consists of cold ham or sausage sandwiches

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