Ricardo Blanco's Blog

Good things about being Welsh: No. 6 – beating Germany at football, meeting Ian Rush (and becoming a father).

  Blanco, not renowned as a great footballing fan, more of a rugby man, must confess to having had a little thrill last night meeting and having a drink with Ian Rush, Liverpool and Wales footballing legend. We… Read More

The many uses of freedom

  Listening to Zadie Smith on the radio the last week I discovered the existence of an app called Freedom, which enables one to disconnect from the internet for a set period, say, two hours, and to write, without… Read More

The Arabian Nights and Franz Kafka

  I would hate to give the impression that I do not enjoy reading novels. It is just that in the normal course of my work I read an awful lot of fiction and sometimes I like to… Read More

The Secret History of Costaguana

  A few months ago I gave up reading novels, but over the summer I cheated and devoured two, both of them very slowly, my preferred mode of literary consumption. The first was Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, which I… Read More