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Dancing while the bomb drops

It wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration to say that Maggie loves the musician Pat Metheny. But for her I'd know him vaguely as a bloke who made a record with David Bowie years and years ago.

Cartagena has an annual Jazz Festival. We went to see Ryuichi Sakamoto a couple of years ago, possibly someone else too. This year people on the bill have included Wanda Jackson, Bettye Lavette, Herman Dune, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sly Johnson, Ryuichi Sakamoto (again), the Cowboy Junkies and lots more.

A new conference centre, El Batel, was recently completed in Cartagena. It's all walls of light and big open spaces. The auditorium has been used for some of the jazz concerts.

And guess who was on the bill of the Cartagena Jazz Festival programme at the new conference centre tonight - got it in one eh?, Pat Metheny. And we went. He's not a personal favourite of mine but I thought it was a good concert and as we were on the front row we had a good view. Such a good view indeed that I saw Pat drop a plectrum at the end of one number. I picked it up and Maggie now has it has a memento. I suspect she will have it framed or sleep with it under her pillow.

And when we got out of the concert hall and into a bar it was all over. 90% plus of the votes counted, 186 conservative seats to 111 socialist seats. The worst defeat ever for the socialists. Some of the smaller parties have done pretty well out of the collapse of the PSOE but the new, conservative, Partido Popular Government will have an absolute majority in both houses. There will be blood letting amongst the PSOE.


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