The breakup of Spain suddenly lurched a lot closer after the secessionist government of Catalunya confirmed it is working upon an independence bill it will shortly present to the regional parliament. The bill outlines a new, independent Republic for Catalunya and commits the region to declaring unilateral independence if a full referendum is not immediately agreed upon by Madrid. Read the leaked draft in El Pais (English). President Mariano Rajoy made an emergency appearance before Continue reading Catalunya drafts independence law and Spain is on the brink of dissolution
The PSOE have held their internal elections to elect a new leader and the party has chosen… Pedro Sánchez. Again. Against the wishes of the leadership. Who was the leader of the PSOE until he was forced out last year by the party leadership, resulting in this election. Which he seems to have won by a very comfortable margin, beating our very own Susana (President of Andalucia) and Patxi López (President of somewhere oop north). Continue reading The PSOE elect a new leader – who happens to be the old leader….
They’re starting work tomorrow (Mon 15) on the Huerta Nueva roundabout outside Los Gallardos. Roadworks will be in place until July 10 and expect delays. Heavy traffic (the yeso lorries or anything over 10 tonnes) are to be diverted to the 525 exit for part of the time. The yellow diversion signs are already up and ready to be unveiled tomorrow!
Partaloa has broken some sort of record – its third mayor in a row has been barred from holding public office! This tiny backwater of just 915 people seems to have an abnormally high rate of incompetent politicians. Or does it? The story so far…. Antonio Peñuela has just been barred from holding public office for seven years by the national audience for sacking the town clerk without following proper protocol when he first became Continue reading Partaloa – 1,000 residents and three crooked mayors
Rajoy’s weak administration could be on the verge of toppling after Podemos called for a vote of no confidence in his government this afternoon. The scandal hit PP party is tottering, as high-ups are arrested or quit as magistrates extend their investigations into corruption and illegal financing by industry magnates. Catalan independence party Comprimis has backed the call, and now the race is on to get the other small parties to back them. For the Continue reading Motion of no confidence in Spanish government mooted
Holiday time approaches. Due to time constraints on both our parts, May seemed like the best time to escape as a family for some much needed R&R. Bearing in mind the GF is a desert girl who complains when the temperature drops below 19ºC, and Baby refuses to go outside in the wind, where is the best place to take them? The Arctic circle, of course! To be specific, just below it – Iceland. With Continue reading Almería goes to Iceland
I knew those things were bloody lethal – a 14 year-old girl has been seriously hurt at a fairground in El Ejido on Saturday night. The teenager, who suffers from the achondroplasia form of dwarfism, was a passenger on a ride called la rana (the frog) when she was thrown from her chair and impacted against the ground. The girl was rushed to the Poniente hospital where her condition was described as stable. Police say Continue reading Girl hurt in fairground attraction in El Ejido
An apology in today’s Sunday Times: A caption last week incorrectly identified the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as a “destroyer”. Apologies to all those who were deceived 🙂 Somebody was obviously angry enough about this to make a formal complaint. Dunno why I thought this was funny, but it made me laugh. More to the point, who was Carl Vinson?
I’ve just been on a trip back to the UK, and decided to go via Málaga airport*. Now that the motorway is open all the way there, I wanted to see how easy it is to get to this airport. As the fourth biggest airport in Spain, flights are cheap and plentiful to all points of the UK (and other European destinations), so could it be a serious alternative to Alicante? The answer is, yes Continue reading A trip to Málaga airport