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In April, Levante were 3-0 down at half-time, and in the dressing midfielder Jose Barkero accused some of his team-mates of deliberately not trying

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This great Spanish novelist, short story writer and essayist was truly a universal man. He considered himself European rather than Spanish right from the start of his career.

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The excavation of a mass grave on a Granada hillside where the poet Federico Garcia Lorca was murdered during the Spanish Civil War has reinforced calls for the area to be investigated. "Lorca was just one of 4,000 executions on a roadside just a kilometre long," says Juan Antonio Lopez Diaz, a Granada University professor. "There are so many bodies there that pine trees were planted just to stop them being uncovered by rainfall erosion."

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The Sino-Soviet split offered a choice of an extra dour kind of socialism for puritans

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Spain clamps down on disco 'auctioning' girls

The Granada disco called it an "auction of single teenage girls," and the gawky boys who showed up for this afternoon fiesta were given monopoly money to bid on the lass of their choice. The highest bidder won a free soft drink with his dream date at the VIP lounge.

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Are you a globetrotter and a general knowledge genius? Do you know your towers from your temples and your shrines from your spires? Enter our quiz to win a host of travel prizes including a luxury weekend in Barcelona

Letters: Bankruptcy law

Bank crisis shows need for US-style bankruptcy law

BBC under pressure after another Ross sex joke

The BBC was under pressure to take fresh action against Jonathan Ross today after the family of an 86-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer condemned his "unforgivable" sex joke.

The Complete Guide To: Spanish journeys

Whether you crave a spiritual pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela or prefer to follow in Don Quixote's fictional footsteps, you can find your perfect route

My Life In Travel: Alexei Sayle

'I learnt to say "don't lean out of the window" in four languages'

£7m ticket scam threatens to sink Alhambra

Up to 800,000 fake passes handed out as entry system descends into anarchy

The Disinherited, By Henry Kamen

When the defeated Muslim king of Granada turned back to gaze on the city in 1492 at the pass still known as the Moor's Last Sigh, he inaugurated five centuries of exile culture. Ever since, Spaniards abroad have thought and dreamed of a lost homeland.

Sun, sand and stories: The blockbuster reborn

Once an idea-free zone, blockbuster novels are now attracting gifted authors. Boyd Tonkin asks if genre fiction is raising its game, and selects the best holiday reads

Boyd Tonkin: Memories of the pain in Spain

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