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Return of the lamprey – ancient, ugly and swimming up British rivers

The sea lamprey, <i>Petromyzon marinus,</i> is most likely to be seen in British rivers at this time of year as the adults swim upstream to spawn.<p>They are remarkable creatures but good looks are not one of their attributes. They resemble an eel and have a permanently open mouth with a great number of …

Novelist Jessie Burton on Amsterdam

The author of The Miniaturist on the beguiling blend of tradition and modernity (and pancakes) in a city that provided the inspiration for her 17th-century-set debut novel and Waterstones Book of the Year 2014<p><b>Amsterdam is classically romantic but is also funky, forward-thinking</b> and …

Indispensable historia da literatura galega

Se tes problemas ou suxestións escribe a webmaster@galiciaconfidencial.com indicando: sistema operativo, navegador (e versións).<p>Agradecemos a túa …

Haruki Murakami: 'My lifetime dream is to be sitting at the bottom of a well'

The Japanese author talked writing, heroes, domestic life, dreams and how his life informs his novels at a Guardian book club at the Edinburgh international book festival – and he answered some of your questions<p>When you start reading Murakami novels, life starts being like them. That’s their …

Las claves del románico - Galicia III. Santiago, el final del camino

Documental dedicado al arte románico de la provincia de La Coruña, siguiendo el camino de Santiago desde Santiago de Compostela hasta el Cabo de …

A brief survey of the short story: Isak Dinesen

A Dane who wrote almost exclusively in English, Isak Dinesen used lurid subjects, including incest, murder and witchcraft, to explore philosophy, morality and questions of identity<p>My paperback copy of the 1957 collection Last Tales bears a portrait of Isak Dinesen wearing a hooded cape. She might …

See Naples and … you'll find a city on the rise

On one of my first trips to Naples, a few years ago with my husband and our son (then just a year old) we went in search of one of the city's famous pizza parlours. We wandered down the back alleys of town, past a man in a hot pink three-piece suit, his little finger accessoriesed with a heavy gold …

Watching boxing with Picasso and a ménage-à-trois at home: my life with the surrealist elite

As a book by her poet father Paul Eluard is due to be published for the first time in English, Cécile Eluard, 95, recalls her youth among such geniuses as Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp<p>As befits the daughter of one of the 20th century's most famous surrealists, Paul Eluard, the …

So older women don't have sex?

Judging by the slew of letters bulking up my inbox, the sexual content of my latest novel, <i>The Lemon Grove</i>, is dividing opinion. It's not so much the idea of a stepmother sleeping with her daughter's boyfriend that's ruffling feathers; rather the idea that a teenage boy might desire a woman in her …

Particle Fever: the film that brings the Higgs boson to life

A new documentary, <i>Particle Fever</i>, achieves the almost impossible: it makes the workings of the Large Hadron Collider comprehensible – and exciting – to even the most science-phobic viewer. Mark Levinson, the film's director, first visited Cern, home of the LHC on the Swiss-French border, in 2007 …

¿Por qué se producen las mareas?

Tiene que ver con lo que llamamos variación de periodicidad diurna, es decir, del orden de un día; en realidad, a menudo, el período de la marea es …

Isabel Barreto, la primera almirante

En estos chascarrillos históricos que ustedes tienen la bondad de seguir y el editor de publicar, siempre hemos tenido un trato especial (¡no podría …

Para sentar, deitar e apanhar sol

Os nossos jardins românticos, com canteiros floridos, bancos ordenados, coretos e estátuas, eram bonitos para ver e passear, mas não nos convidavam a …

Bordeaux reborn

It's Sunday night and my final meal in Bordeaux. I'm talking with a local called Brigitte in Le Plat à Oreilles, a popular husband-and-wife-run restaurant in the city centre that serves traditional country food. So far, so Bordeaux. But as I dig my spoon into the <i>fricassée de lapin</i> and try not to …

Las exportaciones de los vinos de Rías Baixas se incrementan un 10%

Las ventas al exterior de la Denominación de Origen alcanzaron en el año 2013 un valor de más de 28 millones de euros<p>La Denominación de Origen Rías …

Holiday rental licence news from Galicia

In our continued investigation into holiday rental licences in Spain, we spoke to the Galicia Tourist Board to find out if it was possible to apply …

La historia de Al Andalus huye de Tombuctú

El Fondo Kati, guardado en baúles en Malí y acosado por el extremismo, viajará a Tarifa, Jerez y Toledo<p>En 1467, Ali Ben Ziyad al-Quti partía de la …

Binyavanga Wainaina interview: coming out in Kenya

Binyavanga Wainaina made his name with a short and celebrated satire called "How to Write About Africa". It was the perfect anti-primer for any would-be "dark continent correspondent", skewering every cliche under the vast, red, setting savannah sun:<p>"Always use the words 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or …

What We’re Reading: Lytton Strachey, a Kindle Binge, Modern Dandies

<i>Notes from the New Yorker staff on their literary engagements of the week.</i><p>I recently bought a copy of Lytton Strachey’s “Eminent Victorians” at the ominously named Last Bookstore, in downtown Los Angeles. Last, but not first—the cavernous space opened just a couple years ago, and it was full of …

Estados Unidos, en busca de un nuevo feminismo

El movimiento intenta reconciliar los avances de las últimas décadas con la desigualdad que sigue afectando a las mujeres<p>“Estoy muy orgullosa de este …

Christchurch: after the earthquake, a city rebuilt in whose image?

A recent international visitor to New Zealand's second largest city asked Coralie Winn why there were so many diggers in its centre tearing down buildings. It seemed they had little notion that less than three years earlier, Christchurch had endured a series of earthquakes that destroyed the city's …

Not only about big investment – A guide to bootstrapping a travel startup

So you’ve got an incredible, game-changing idea for a travel startup and now you’re trying to figure out how to fund the business.If you’re an avid …

What Germaine Greer and The Female Eunuch mean to me

Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman<p>Germaine Greer is feminism's arsonist. Unlike with, say, Andrea Dworkin or Kimberlé Crenshaw, there isn't one particular topic or theory she will always be associated with. Her value to feminism is as a destructive force, tearing down stereotypes and …

El apóstol gallego de las antípodas

Misionero, músico, escritor, indigenista, abad, fundador, obispo, aventurero... La figura del <b>benedictino tudense Rosendo Salvado trasciende la</b> …

Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates – review

There is no doubt that Joyce Carol Oates is an adept and fluent writer. Since publishing her first novel in 1964, she has written over 40 more, three of them published last year. She is a rare example of a prolific author who has managed to maintain her reputation as a serious literary novelist. As …

La pesca genera en Vigo un negocio de 1.000 millones al año

La pesca extractiva genera en el puerto de Vigo una cifra de negocio de 1.000 millones de euros anuales y proporciona trabajo directo a 8.957 …

How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis – review

Should one ever read fiction for advice or guidance? Not if you have any sense, Jane Austen's Henry Tilney asserts, having enjoyed "hundreds and hundreds" of novels without ever mistaking one of them for real life. But of course Tilney is only a character in a novel (<i>Northanger Abbey</i>), the girl he …