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The Last Troubadour
          in Spain

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It is 1960. Spain is still a dark, medieval country. Outside the big cities there is no electricity. Half the peasant population is illiterate and in the iron grip of the church.

I arrive, travel around the country on creaky old buses with armed guards sat at the back. I walk the ragged roads, take part in the local fiestas, attend church to see the girls, and serenade them on their balconies at the evening paseo.

Finally, in a mountain village where only I and the village priest can read, I become the eyes on the outside world, and read the newspapers every evening to the assembled village. I am the last link with the past before television will make me obsolete. It's time somebody told this story.