Guernsey Press – August 2014

Molino del Santo : August 12, 2014 5:10 pm : Press

guernsey-press-expat-aug-2014Come on you saints… In a country where children can expect just as many gifts on their saint’s day as their birthday, it pays to think like a Guern. Which is why our Expat Andy Chapell’s firstborn had to be a Carmen…

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Guernsey Press – July 2014

Molino del Santo : July 20, 2014 10:11 pm : Press

Guernsey-Press-July-2014Reasons to be cheerful… It’s a case of bureaucrats nil, Expat 1 when Andy Chapell finally signs on the dotted line for his beachside house. And what a good excuse to forget the recession and the disgraceful behaviour of the Spanish royals and crank his old bones into the Atlantic…

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Guernsey Press – June 2014

Alphons Gerritsen : July 20, 2014 12:29 pm : Press

Guernsey-Press-June-2014Juan to watch… Our expat hotelier is enjoying a promising start to the season – and bracing himself for revelations. The announcement of King Juan Carlos’ imminent abdication has brought out his cleverly-concealed cynical side. So what scandal is about to break, muses Andy Chapell

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Guernsey Press – May 2014

Molino del Santo : May 20, 2014 11:41 pm : Press

Guernsey Press - May 2014

Guernsey Press – May 2014

The England football manager, the armed bodyguards, the naked film star – Andy Chapell welcomes all sorts to his Andalucian hotel and some of them even appreciate his Guernsey humour. But whoever they may be, Spanish guests have one thing in common – pride. They know who they are, how things should be done and exude an enviable zest for life.

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Guernsey Press – April 2014

Molino del Santo : April 24, 2014 12:27 am : Press

guernsey-press-april-2014Our expat is buying a house. So is his Guernsey-based stepsister. Six months down the line, guess who’s still taking bureaucratic baby steps? Andy Chapell wonders how much longer it’ll take the authorities to press a couple of computer keys…

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Guernsey Press – March 2014

Molino del Santo : March 22, 2014 2:03 pm : Press

Guernsey Press - March 2014

Guernsey Press – March 2014

The lights are off but there’s someone at home – or in the shop. Small businesses in Andy Chapell’s area of Spain are in dire straits, to such an extent they’re working in the dark. Unemployment stands at 40%, taxes continue to rise and help for families is almost non-existent. But it’s not all bad if you happen to be Russian or Chinese…

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Guernsey Press – October 2013

Molino del Santo : October 6, 2013 11:02 am : Press

Guernsey Press - October 2013

Guernsey Press – October 2013

Spain’s problems are nothing to do with siestas or sangria consumption, says Andy Chapell. Think corruption, bureaucracy and ingrained attitudes that persist from the Franco regime and you’re getting warmer…

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Guernsey Press – September 2013

Molino del Santo : September 7, 2013 9:47 am : Press

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Guernsey Press – September 2013

Midnight at the wedding of the local sausage baron’s son, and 1,250 guests are just getting warmed up. They’ve had ham and cheese, seafood, sorbet and pork, and now the steak course is coming up, followed by pudding, cake, bacon butties and celebrations until dawn. No wonder the happy couple are glad of a few discreet brown envelopes, says Andy Chapell…

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Olive Press feature – August 2013

Molino del Santo : August 30, 2013 12:17 pm : Press

Olive Press newspaper - August 2013

Olive Press newspaper – August 2013

Being the heart of the silly season, the Olive Press compares the life of the boss of a small 18-room boutique hotel, near Ronda, with the life of the boss of the Costa del Sol’s biggest hotel the Sunset Beach, in Benalmadena

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Guernsey Press – August 2013

Molino del Santo : August 10, 2013 7:16 pm : Press

Guernsey Press - 10 August 2013

Guernsey Press – August 2013

When an evening out begins at 1am and calling it a night at 4am marks you as a lightweight, it’s clear that the time difference between Spain and the UK is a lot more complicated than one hour…

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Guernsey Press – July 2013

Molino del Santo : July 13, 2013 11:37 pm : Press

Guernsey Press - July 2013

Guernsey Press – July 2013

Our mild-mannered Guern hotelier occasionally has to quash a Basil Fawlty moment – and no wonder, when temperatures in Andalucia are in the 30s for months on end. Andy Chapell reveals what makes him see red…

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Guernsey Press – June 2013

Molino del Santo : June 20, 2013 11:32 pm : Press

Guernsey Press - June 2013

Guernsey Press – June 2013

When officers at a Gibraltar garrison decided they wanted to see the countryside, typically, the British didn’t hesitate. In the late 1800s they built a railway line through some of the most beautiful countryside in Andalucia – and it’s still in use today, often taking visitors to our expat Andy Chapell’s village…

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Guernsey Press – May 2013

Molino del Santo : May 18, 2013 11:14 pm : Press

Guernsey Press - May 2013

Guernsey Press – May 2013

Move over, Facebook – in rural Spain, the real networking goes on at the twice-yearly fairs that pay homage to patron saints, says Andy Chapell. And the real winners? The clothes shops and hairdressers that supply the obligatory finery…

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Guernsey Press – April 2013

Molino del Santo : April 20, 2013 11:00 pm : Press

Guernsey Press - April 2013

Guernsey Press – April 2013

Saints and virgins have been out in force on our expat’s patch, but behind the pride and the pageantry lies a generation of youngsters for whom rejection is becoming the norm. Guernseyman Andy Chapell shares a taste of real life in rural Spain

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Guernsey Press – March 2013

Molino del Santo : March 23, 2013 10:45 pm : Press

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Guernsey Press – March 2013

Guernsey-born hotelier Andy Chapell, who lives in the Andalucian mountain village of Benaojan, shares a glimpse into another world…

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