Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Postcard from... Gran Canaria

“Europe’s largest cactus park,” the sign for Cactualdea boldly announces, despite the fact that mainland Europe is 900 miles away from this particular theme park, set in the bleakly beautiful volcanic moonscapes of Gran Canaria.

The omelette contained 840kg of eggs and weighed 1.5 tonnes

Huge fry-up turns sour after Spanish city's record omelette bid falls flat

The tortilla de patatas contained 840kg of eggs, 1,600 potatoes, 30 onions, 150 litres of olive oil and weighed 1,500kg

‘Little Nicolas’ with the mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella

Spain’s young Walter Mitty may face prosecution after ‘gatecrashing king’s party’

Francisco Nicolas Gomez Iglesias was briefly arrested in October and subsequently accused of impersonating public officials, including passing himself off as a secret service agent

Isabel Pantoja on stage in 2013

Spain's queen of popular music sent to jail for money laundering

Extraordinary life of 'La Pantoja' takes new turn as she begins two-year sentence. Alasdair Fotheringham reports from Madrid

Viejo: no one has been able to emulate his performance in 1976

Jose Luis Viejo: Cyclist the highlight of whose career was winning a stage of the Tour de France by a record-breaking margin

When asked about his career as a professional cyclist, Spain's Jose Luis Viejo would sometimes seem bitter that he had not achieved more. But despite sacrificing too many personal opportunities to shine, he said, for his team-mates' benefit, one remarkable triumph, however, remains as his sporting testament.

The game allows players to lie and bribe their way to the top – before quizzing them on real-life corruption

New board game Corruptopolis seizes the monopoly on Spain’s corruption

But as dozens more officials were detained this week in another suspected corruption case, it appears the game will have to be updated

Catalonia’s independence poll was run almost entirely by volunteers

Catalonia independence: Catalans ignore Spanish veto to vote on independence

'Whilst I am in charge, nothing will threaten Spain’s unity,' says Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

Don Gerardo: great British Hispanist Gerald Brenan in 1987, the year of his death

Andalusian home of British writer Gerald Brenan takes on new life as a cultural centre

The building was once a hub for celebrities, shepherds and beatniks

Postcard from... Granada

Around 140,000 people executed during the Spanish Civil War and afterwards remain buried and unidentified in mass graves in ravines and roadsides across rural Spain. But the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, killed in 1936 somewhere on a lonely hillside east of Granada, is  the best-known.

Chris Froome won the Tour de France in 2013

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Froome won the Tour de France in 2013

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