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Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam to be honoured in Almería

Monty Python comedian Terry Gilliam is to be honoured at the Almería film festival Almería en corto. It seems that Terry filmed “the adventures of Baron Munchausen” partially in Almería: to be exact, a scene on Monsúl beach, in 1988. Robin Williams, Sarah Polley, Uma Thurman & Eric Idle all starred in the film.   Terry will be personally coming to Almería in two weeks time to pick up his award, and will see his[…]

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How long do townhalls take to pay suppliers?

Used to be the case that if you landed a contract with a townhall you could relax in the knowledge that you’d be paid. You didn’t know when you’d be paid, but at least you’d be paid. Of course, now with the la crisis, townhalls pay infrequently and late. The problem was so great that in 2012 it was deemed to be one of the biggest causes of failures amongst small businesses, and the central[…]

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Minister of Health quits over corruption charges

The national Minister for Health, Social Services and Equility, Ana Mato, has quit tonight after a senior judge accused her of “lining her pockets” together with her husband, who has been charged in the gürtel corruption case. Ana Mato said that she was resigning from government in order to not bring into disrepute her government and her party. Her resignation came just four hours after she told journalists that she had “no intention” of resigning,[…]

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Vera to sue Codeur ex-directors

Vera townhall has voted to sue the ex-directors of Codeur for incompetence. Codeur is the public utility company that runs the water system in Vera. It’s owned partially by Keymare (the builders that made such a mess of the coast round the water park) and mainly by the town of Vera. Anyway, Vera says the old directors (appointed by the Keymare shareholders) ran the company “for the benefit of the shareholders and not the greater[…]

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Inheritance tax changes for non-residents as from 2015

As from 2015, the Spanish law on inheritance and donations (ISD) will change to give non-residents the same rights as residents. The change came after Spain lost an EU court battle to apply a higher rate of tax on non-residents who died leaving assets in Spain. The EU court said that the ISD (Impuesto sobre Sucesiones y Donaciones) was discriminatory and against free movement in the EU. The ISD is one law across all of[…]

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Corvera airport opens April 2nd – if AENA gets 72 million compensation

Corvera will open on April 2nd, 2015 says the Region of Murcia minister for public development. Just in the time for the elections. If: the airport is certified by the Spanish navigation board; the control tower is licensed to open (can’t do that until the airport is certified); the airport operator is certified to run the place; the general opening license is issued; and if the EU authorises the aiport. The EU, by the way, has again[…]

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23 bogus gas inspectors arrested

The scam of the bogus gas inspector is well known. A couple of pushy chaps with clipboards turn up, insist your gas revision is necessary, force their way into your home, snip a couple of tubes and charge you an eye watering amount. Technically these sods aren’t doing anything illegal – if they don’t touch the main appliance they probably don’t even need a basic gas installers license. What they’re doing is charging over the[…]

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Fake paediatrician arrested in Vera health clinic

A paediatrician working for the Andalucian health service (SAS) in Vera has been arrested after his superiors discovered she had faked his medical qualifications and has since attempted suicide. D.R.C., born in Garrucha but raised elsewhere in Spain, returned to her home province some years ago and was accredited as a doctor by the SAS. She was assigned a post at Huercal Overa hospital, where she worked as a Resident doctor in the paediatrician ward,[…]

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Fisticuffs at Turre townhall meeting over corruption claims

You may remember that the new fuente in Turre has been mired in corruption claims, after the opposition said that number 2 in the townhall had got a very sweet deal out of it (read the whole thing here). Both opposition parties have the same story and are vehement in their critiques of the townhall. Juan Ángel (number 2 in the townhall and who planned the fountain) exchanged a bit of land for a lot[…]

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Mojácar presents new tourism video

The town of Mojácar has unveiled its new tourism video, designed to lure the unwary in. It’s called Mojácar: recuerdos inolvidables. (Unforgettable memories). The 4:13 video centres around some fatuous family in 2044 who seem to have done nothing interesting since 2014. When Dad gets drunk on the vino and starts to tell a bawdy story about the son, a family argument erupts which is quickly smoothed over by the daughter suggesting that they all[…]

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OAP home in Vera goes bust, pensioners out on the street

Workers arriving at the Residencia Vera Paraiso home in Vera today were stunned to be told that the centre was bankrupt and would be closing today. Their last duty today was to call round family members to tell them to pick up their elderly relatives as the electricity would be switched off at midday. Vera Paraiso has been struggling to make ends meet for the last four years says employees, some of whom are owed[…]

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Short term lets to be regulated by Tourism Ministry from January onwards

Do you rent out your apartment or house for short periods and live in Andalucia? Well, as from January (if the decree is passed next week) you’ll be operating as a tourism business and will be expected to apply for permission and regulation from the Andalucian Ministry of Tourism. See, the tourism ministry of Andalucia is completely controlled by the Hotel industry, and they have been lobbying hard to prevent people from renting out their[…]

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Two British homes demolished today in Cantoria

At one o’clock today, 18th November 2014, representatives of the regional government demolished the home of Frank and Janet Dole, in Las Terreras, a tiny hamlet in Cantoria in the Valley of Almanzora. Frank and Janet had purchased the property, one of four on a small development, in early 2005 from their promoter, Francisco Pedrosa Moreno, only to discover in late 2006 that the property was in fact illegal and that the promoter had been[…]

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Stop calling them the Islamic State says Spanish Government to media

The Spanish media has been asked to stop calling those Islamic nutters the “Islamic State” as it dignifies “an unpleasant terrorist organisation”. The call came from a private communique from the Ministry of Defense issued to Spanish papers and broadcasters by Minister Francisco Martinéz. Fran, who doesn’t really have any planes to join in the fun with, has to make do with urging papers to start calling IS Daesh. Daesh, it seems, is what the[…]

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Train U-Turn : AVE will be double tracked after all!

Some months after announcing that the AVE to Almería would be single line only, the government has made a sudden and unexplained U-Turn and promised that it will be double tracked after all. Nobody seems sure why the sudden turn around, unless it’s to allow the PP party in Almería to claim victory??? Or because since the government intends to privatise the Almería line, they’re afraid nobody will want a single line track. Anyway, the[…]

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Felipe González tells the Pope: Corruption in Spain is oppressive

Ex-PM of Spain Felipe González – whose PSOE government was so corrupt it was eventually booed out of office allowing the PP under Áznar to win by a landslide – said today during an audience with the Pope that political corruption in Spain was “oppressive” and called for new laws to be passed against political corruption. Now, let us remember that old Felipe wasn’t too keen on that sort of thing when he was in[…]

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3 arrested for stealing used cooking oil

You’ve seen the fancy new used cooking oil recycle bins scattered around the place? Well, an ex-employee of the firm which runs them kept a copy of the keys when he was fired, and has been busy going round at night pinching the oil with two of his mates. The three would turn up in their van once a week, empty the contents of the bins into large plastic containers and take them up to[…]

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A dozen priests fired with papal authority for child abuse in Granada

At least a dozen Catholic priests have been “suspended from duties” from the Granada branch of the Church for sexual abuse of children. The Archbishop of Granada confirmed the order had been given with the full approval of the Pope, according to Catholic newspaper “Religión Digital”. The decision came after a series of complaints were lodged by people who claimed to have suffered abuse whilst at religious residencies across the province. The Public Prosecutor of[…]

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Mojacar voted Andalucia’s third most beautiful village

Mojácar has been voted the third most beautiful village in Andalucia by Radio Cadena Ser. The Radio has a travel network and has been polling its customers. The winner is Frigiliana in Málaga, followed by Priego in Córdoba. The “harmony of its white walls” or the “traditional architecture” were all mentioned as factors.

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Policia launch mobile phone app for denuncias

The Policia Nacional have launched a smartphone app for citizens to denounce crimes they witness from their phones. It’s called alertcops (and why not? I’m sure the average Spaniard will remember that name) and it’s available for Android and iPhone. The English language description says that AlertCops is a citizen security alert system of the State Law Enforcement Authorities (FFCCSE in Spanish) This service allows a citizen to send an alert from a mobile device[…]

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Social Security boss took Mums pension for 19 years after she died

A senior official in the Seville Social Security office is on trial for continuing to accept his Mothers pension for 19 years after she passed away. Mum died in 1992, but R.A.S.M., ex-head of Social Security Administration number 1 in Seville continued to forge her pension on the yearly form. She was receiving two pensions, an OAP state pension and a widows pension from the military. The son apparently got 137.582€ over the last two[…]

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Tax Office in mass survey to find illegal swimming pools

The Tax Office (Hacienda) is carrying out a mass survey across the province to detect undeclared property improvements such as swimming pools and extensions. As these things are found, your property value will be automatically updated and your annual IBI will be increased, as well as other taxes based on property worth. The survey, which is also going on in other parts of Spain, will be completed by 2016. Whether they will attempt to count[…]

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Another film crew working in province

Basque director Imanol Uribe has started filming his latest opus here in the province, and expects to set most of the film here in Almeria province, mainly around the Cabo de Gata area. Imanol is a top Spanish film director. “Lejos del Mar”, an entirely Spanish project, stars Eduard Fernández and Elena Anaya. It’s the third film in a modern day thriller set, the first two films being the award winning “La Muerte de Mikel”[…]

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Three active serial killers in Spain

There are at least three active serial killers operating undetected across Spain warns the President of the Sociedad Española de Investigación de Perfiles Criminológicos (Spanish Society for the Investigation of Criminology Research Profiles), who has been analysing a series of modern unsolved murders in conjunction with the different Spanish police forces. Juan Francisco Alcaraz issued the stark warning at a conference this weekend in Madrid on this very topic, and said that modern life made[…]

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A trip to the Vera Photo Club exhibition in Mojácar

I was secretly disappointed not to be an exhibitor at the Vera Photo Club’s exhibition ongoing in Mojácar. As a Professional Photographer (I once sold a print…) this, I felt, was the sort of thing that I should Be In. Of course, having nobody to blame but myself for my own disorganisation and incompetence for not getting around to join the club, I couldn’t really complain. Although I did. Trouble is, I’m spreading myself too[…]

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Andalucian MP’s get 100% free travel (but nobody knew this)

Cadena Ser Radio has just made the surprise discovery that Andalucian MP’s (senators and deputies) get 100% free national travel. According to Cadena Ser, this “wasn’t common knowledge”. Doesn’t matter whether they travel by plane, train or boat, the state picks up the bill no questions asked, and no need to identify the reason for the trip. Don’t worry the fat cats always booking business class – Iberia offers an automatic free upgrade to business[…]

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    Almería’s English cemetery will reopen

    In 1887, the town of Almería ceded in perpetuity, 888 square metres of land to be used as an “English cemetery” for Anglicans who died in the province. Of course, in the glory days of Queen Vic, this sort of thing was all well and good, but what with civil wars, economic downfalls and the final setting of the sun upon the Empire, the place fell into disuse. The local Brits were usually happy with[…]

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    The abandoned warehouse outside Garrucha

    We’ve all seen the old abandoned warehouse, stuck in the middle of a flat field outside Garrucha as we enter from the Los Gallardos road. Many of us will have wondered why? wherefore? and how? as we speed past this old, well built yet abandoned and now falling apart sign to a past dream. This… is the dream that was. Many years ago, around the 80’s, two brothers had a dream. A dream of fish.[…]

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    Phoenician village excavated in Villaricos and now open to the public

    A Phoenician village dating from around 800 BCE has been excavated by archaeologists and is now open to visits from the public in Villaricos. Cuevas townhall and the Junta de Andalucía have been working together to make the area safe for visitors and it was opened this week. [Adsense-C] It’s located by the mouth of the Almanzora river. The area is believed to have been inhabited since the Copper Age, but under the Phoenicians it[…]

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    Mojacar launches smartphone app

    Mojacar townhall has launched a virtual tour office for your smartphone. With it, you can gets historical information, tourist guides and snippets of information as you wander about the place. You can also scan the fancy new QR codes that have been put up on signs at interesting points, and that will instruct your phone to download an audioguide to explain what you’re looking at. Get it from Google play, the Apple market or scan[…]

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    The Cabezo Maria hermitage in Antas

    It’s the famous hermitage you can see on top of the hill outside Antas from miles around. The hill is actually the remains of the central lava column of an ancient volcano. The rest of the volcano has eroded away, leaving only the central lava spike, on top of which a shrine was erected. The lava flow from this hill can actually be traced all the way down to the sea – it can appears[…]

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    Why do the Continentals cross their sevens?

    You’ll have noticed that the Spanish cross their 7’s whilst the Anglos don’t. Why is that? I was looking this up. One (Spanish) explanation says it comes down from Biblical times, and the theory is quite cunning: When Moses came down from the mountain with the 10 Commandants, he read them aloud to the assembled masses. One, you shall love God above all. And the masses cheered. Two, you shall not take God’s name in[…]

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    Who was Adolfo Suárez?

    Spain is in mourning for Adolfo Suárez, the first democratic President of Spain, who died on Sunday. But, who was he, and why have most people never heard of him? His tale is a interesting and intriguing one – for most Spaniards associate him with the hope that followed the death of the military dictator Franco, when anything seemed possible, and before they became disillusioned with their politicians. Adolfo was, together with King Juan Carlos,[…]

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    Things we didn’t know: King of Spain is also King of Jerusalem

    A useful bit of trivia for your next pub quiz: King Juan Carlos also happens to be the King of Jerusalem, although I don’t know if anyone has told the Israelis. His Majesty Juan Carlos the First, By the Grace of God, the King of Spain, King of Castile, of León, of Aragon, of the Two Sicilies, of Jerusalem, of Navarre, of Granada, of Seville, of Toledo, of Valencia, of Galicia, of Sardinia, of Córdoba,[…]

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    The abandoned hotel between the AVE and the Rambla in Los Gallardos

    This vast building is just another abandoned relic from Spains past. Another notch on the coffin of its economic dream, another testimony to past folly. I’m told that it was built by a Catalan couple who had inherited the land from ancestors who passed away in Los Gallardos, although nobody seems to know them personally. Possibly he was an architect. Others say he was a builder. What does seem certain is that the promoter of[…]

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    Good employment news is just a political smokescreen

    Lies and mirrors is all we are seeing with the “good news” about the unemployment figures in Spain this Christmas. Lets look at the figures: 107.570 people fewer on the SEPE list during December, which means people who are on the dole or whose dole has ended, but are actively inscribed on the government “looking for work list”. But since nobody bothers to register on the SEPE once their dole has ended (you have to[…]

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    Important changes to IVA invoices as from next year – the cash basis IVA scheme

    In September 2013 a new tax law was introduced in Spain which changes the way businesses can claim back IVA (VAT) on invoices issued and pending. The law is known as Ley 14/2013, de 27 de septiembre, de apoyo a los emprendedores y su internacionalización (Law 14/2013 of 27 September, support for entrepreneurs and internationalization), whose importance I believe may be of interest. In short, the new system allows those businesses that have registered under[…]

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    The birth of Los Gallardos – 1924 to 1927

    My latest history pamphlet is out! Just in time for the 90th anniversary of Los Gallardos. In 1924 a small village called Los Gallardos broke away from its mountain neighbour of Bedar and formed an independent new village in Almeria, southern Spain. This is the story of these first steps of an independent and proud village that was only founded 50 years before independence. Here I investigate how independence came about, the key first steps[…]

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