Ancha es Castilla
From Brenan's latent sense of libertarianism: "I found in Spain a kind of freedom and spontaneity that I missed at home. What in our country one gains in social order and justice, one loses in zest and vitality." To Bethune's search for a cause : "I'm going to Spain because it is in Spain that the real issues of our time are going to be fought out" (Read more on Bethune here...) Principles still as valid today as then.
The past is never dead
It was as if history hadn't died, but somehow co-existed with the present. It infused, fuelled, inspired, overlapped, and at times even obstructed the present from coming out to play.
But history - I'm told - is not everyone's taza de té. YouTube compilations of snoring dogs, or a slideshow of Sean Connery's eyebrow postures after the last UK election result, tend to be more popular amongst recent immigrants. Even those who have dunked a toe into the tides of change, who with great pride, can identify Franco from a identification parade when lined-up alongside Michael Fish, Bernie Winters and Walt Disney - generally start to nod off when greater details get thrown around.
Some still believe today is happening today
She is our constant companion. She's what gives context to the now, explaining and accounting for all we see and hear around us. Her presence (hopefully) is what distinguishes the 2-week sun worshipper from the you.
Go out on a limb, for that is where the fruit grows.
And let's remind ourselves, history runs forward, never backward.
Get the Free Photobook on Spain from another era - here
To commemorate the circularity of life, the mOnk presents this wonderful publication from 1936. Yes, of course, it's a magazine of pure historical propaganda - it's noble aim was to raise awareness for the struggle of the Republic - to raise money for clothes and provisions for the people, whilst a anxious world looked the other way.
Today cliched and simplistic, but back then it composed a desperate plea, from a desperate country, it was published by the United Youth Committee to aid Spanish democracy and features Fernando de Los Rios, Spanish ambassador to the U.S, who writes the introduction.
Find a free downloadable copy here: