Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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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

Tour de France 2015: Chris Froome may skip Le Tour to race in Giro d'Italia

Froome won the Tour de France in 2013

Pro-independence Catalans at a rally on Sant Jaume square in Barcelona last month

Catalonia independence: ‘There will be ballots’, says Catalan leader despite Madrid court ruling to suspend referendum

Artur Mas now plans a 'consultation', but conceded that the 9 November poll had now become a 'preliminary vote before the definitive one'

Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato answers questions from the media

Ebola outbreak: Spanish doctors at Teresa Romero Ramos hospital only had '10 minutes training'

Government insists protocols are robust

Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola in Europe

Ebola outbreak: Mini-riot as Spanish authorities seize pet dog of the nurse who contracted virus

Animal rights activists protest capture of Excalibur

Health workers protest outside La Paz Hospital calling for Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato to resign

Ebola outbreak: Spanish seek to allay fears over sick nurse as critics call on minister to quit

EU seeks ‘clarification’ on how health worker contracted the virus

The appearance of Miguel Arias Canete at a Brussels hearing last Wednesday caused 100,000 people to sign a petition to prevent his appointment
Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski crosses the line to win the men’s road race

World Championships: Michal Kwiatkowski’s solo attack captures title as Ben Swift shines

While Swift’s GB team-mate Chris Froome retired early on, Isle of Man rider Pete Kennaugh played a key role in shredding the peloton

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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
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The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
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Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links