Alasdair Fotheringham

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

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Postcard from... Madrid

Postcard from... Madrid

Mark Cavendish will race for the Isle of Man in Glasgow later in the year

Exclusive Mark Cavendish interview: 'My whole year's about Harrogate', stage one of the Tour de France

Even after achieving so much in his career, 2014 holds rich promise for Mark Cavendish. Nothing could beat winning a Tour de France stage and the yellow jersey in his mum's home town

Gelman: ‘he became a poet of lost memories, walking on the precarious ground between painful memory and painful forgetting’

Juan Gelman: Poet whose search for his 'disappeared' granddaughter made him a symbol of human rights in Argentina

Juan Gelman is best-known for two reasons: his poetry, which was among the greatest produced in Latin America in the last century, and his 23-year search for his granddaughter, whose parents – Gelman's son and daughter-in-law – were imprisoned and killed during Argentina's 1976-83 military dictatorship. That ultimately successful quest for his granddaughter, Macarena, made Gelman a crucial symbol for the human rights movement in South America, but his poetry also leaves a huge legacy in his native Argentina and beyond.

Postcard from... Madrid

Two women display 'El Gordo' lottery tickets on their bodies as they wait for the beginning of the draw at Madrid's Teatro Real

Spain's El Gordo lottery: Fat chance or a ticket out of economic turmoil?

The world’s biggest lottery saw millions in the cash-strapped country hoping for a big win

Protesters have gathered across Spain to demonstrate against the new ruling on abortion

New hardline abortion law prompts protests across Spain

Women's organisations predict the re-emergence of 'abortion tourism', with many travelling to Britain for operations

Postcard from... Spain

Get Married and Be Submissive by Costanza Miriano

Postcard from... Spain

These days, it is pretty rare in Spain for a book to create controversy, still less gain cross-party condemnation, from the government’s Minister of Social Services to the Communist-dominated United Left coalition. But one published by the Archbishopric of Granada’s own publishing house and entitled Get Married and Be Submissive – with a feminine ending to “submissive” in the original Spanish making it clear which gender the title is referring to – has  certainly succeeded.

Postcard from... Spain

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