Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham is Cycling Correspondent and Spain Correspondent for The Independent.

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Australian Richie Porte (second right), of Team Sky, in action during yesterday’s fourth stage in La Molina, Catalonia

Volta a Catalunya 2015: Chris Froome slips to 131st place after 'returning from illness' in the Pyrenees

British rider loses 28 minutes to Alberto Contador on tough mountain stage

Buddy Holly’s horn-rimmed glasses were lost when he was killed, aged 22, in a plane crash in 1959; 31 years later the glasses were unearthed in a coroner’s office

Postcard from... Lubbock

Even without signboards, the sizable sculpture of a pair of heavy black glasses outside Lubbock’s Buddy Holly Centre would have made it clear what it is all about.

Postcard from... Austin

“Honey don’t you be yelling at me while I’m cleaning my gun,” sings James McMurtry as he opens his regular Wednesday night set at the Continental Club – the grand-daddy of venues in Austin, Texas – with the first lines of a song off his new album.

Elderly women cast their votes in Andalucia

Spanish anti-austerity party to play kingmaker role after vote

Podemos was poised for a possible role as kingmaker in the first of four significant electoral tests in Spain this year

Postcard from... Marfa, Texas

If seeing some two dozen existentialist questions, ranging from “Is one idea big enough?” to “Can complexity be simple?” written ornately in yard-high letters across an outside wall seems wacky enough, in the remote west Texas town of Marfa, lots more surprises lie in store.

Froome has drawn first blood in his duel with Contador

Tour of Andalusia 2015: First blood to Chris Froome as battle against Alberto Contador is resumed

Froome’s victory was his third straight triumph in his first event of the season

The painting and the ‘loot’: 1.7m counterfeit Swiss Francs

Con-men's attempt to sell forged Goya painting backfires when they are paid with fake money

To make matters even worse, French customs later discovered the fake Swiss Francs in their suitcase, and informed the Spanish authorities

Postcard from... Madrid

Ever since I moved to Spain in the 1990s one of its most distinctive, and irritating, street noises has remained unchanged: the once- or twice-weekly racket caused by the “gas lorry” on its rounds, delivering hefty bright orange metal cylinders of butane  gas. Partly thanks to the recession, the noise is unlikely to stop soon.

The village of Mijas is best-known for having donkeys as taxis

Allotment rock as Andalusian village mayor's wife sings his praises in council meeting

The two-minute song names creating vegetable allotments for the elderly and congratulating them on their birthdays as just two of the highlights of Angel Nozal’s tenure

Postcard from... Madrid

Until very recently, probably the only wild wolf in the province of Madrid – zoos excluded – was a statue of a three-pawed canis lupus in the town of Alpedrete, erected in honour of a member of the species that once roamed local sierras despite lacking one of its feet.

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Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing