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Llano Central will be approved in 2015

The new 2015 Budget for Andalucia stipulates that the Llano Central must be approved early next year, and contains a budget allocation for the paperwork to be drawn up and approved. What’s the Llano Central? Well, it’s a plan that contemplates the building of three golf courses (minimum – sic), 7,000 hotel rooms, xx,xxx new homes and apartments and much more in the vast, wind swept area between Turre, Los Gallardos, Vera and Garrucha, known[...]

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Ex-Mayor of Zurgena in court over 202 illegal homes

Candido Trabálon, who used to be Mayor of Zurgena and is currently the councillor for public works in a coalition government is in court today on trial for permitting the construction of eight massive apartment blocks containing 202 illegal homes. Oh, and two swimming pools. He is accused of issuing a building permit on non-urban lands. The Public Prosecutor wants 21 months of jail (under two years, he won’t go) and eight years suspension from[...]

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9 lighthouses across Almería mooted for hotel use

Puertos de España, the public company that owns and operates Spanish lighthouses, has proposed 9 lighthouses across Almería province for conversion into hotels. It’s part of a project setup by the company to change the use of some of its historic lighthouses in order to save the buildings. Adra, Punta de Los Baños, El Sabinal, Roquetas de Mar, Castillo de San Telmo, Cabo de Gata, La Polacra, Mesa Roldán and Garrucha lighthouses have all been[...]

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Cloud Seeding

Secret weather manipulation in Almeria denounced

For years there has been a secret programme to manipulate the weather in Almeria, according to a newly formed farmers association setup to “uncover this meteorological terrorism”. The Asociación en Defensa de la Salud y el Medio Ambiente y contra los Sistemas Quitalluvias de Almería (Avial) says that several large insurance companies have for years been seeding clouds across Almeria and Murcia to make it rain elsewhere, thus avoiding hailstorms and floods in the province[...]

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5kg limit for mushroom collectors across province

Anyone interested in going out into the mountains and picking their own mushrooms will need to know this years rules, published yesterday by the regional Ministry of the Environment. You can only collect fungi for your own consumption, up to a daily limit of 5kg. No permit or authorisation is needed, and collection is free if you are in public lands (obviously you can’t go onto private property). You are not allowed to use any[...]

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On why the worlds second biggest spy agency failed to see EU plot…

In case you’re wondering why, despite being able to tap into the private phone conversation of any world leader, the GCHQ lot didn’t spot the 2 billion euro bill being planned for the UK… It’s because they were too busy kicking off the Gloucestershire Poppy Appeal. Cute. I hope they left at least one person manning the phones whilst doing this!

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Mojacar residents suffer highest tax burden in province

Mojacar residents suffer the highest tax burden in the province, according to the latest tax data released by the Ministerio de Hacienda. The data reveals that the average Mojacar resident in 2013 had to pay the townhall €1.240,40 a year in direct taxes (impuestos directos). The next highest village, Turillas, levies just €844 per head a year. Almeria city residents pay just €451.55, for example. The breakdown shows why: Mojacar had (for 2013) an income[...]

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Alicante airport – Mojacar shuttle bus starts

The company behind the popular Almeria airport – Mojacar shuttle bus has announced it’s launching a new Alicante – Mojacar area shuttle this Monday 27th October. “Exclusive Airport Shuttles” explains: This is a daily service for flights arriving between 09.30am and 11.45am, or flights departing 10:30 am onwards. The bus departs Alicante airport at 12.30pm or before if all passengers have arrived. Ask driver for departure time on the day of arrival. When you arrive[...]

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Game of Thrones producers say they’re never coming back to Spain!

The producers of “Game of Thrones”, currently filming across Andalucia, told La Vanguardia newspaper they were “disgusted” with the attitude of the Spanish authorities and that they had no intention of returning to film again in Spain. Peter Welton of Fresco Films, the production company, told the newspaper that the Andalucian authorities were “arrogant”, that they seem to think that they have exclusive use of the sun and that’s enough… when in reality today we[...]

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Monarch drops Almeria – Birmingham route in 2015

Monarch airlines has quietly dropped Almería airport from its Birmingham route. They continue to offer flights to Manchester from Almeria (LEI), but all Birmingham flights for 2015 have been removed from their website. This means that Almería is not longer connected to the heartland of England, as Easyjet only offers flights to Gatwick, and Ryanair offer flights to Stanstead or East Midlands. Brummies and the like will now have to travel via Murcia or Alicante[...]

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El Corte Inglés cancels Almería expansion plan

El Corte Inglés, Spain’s largest department store chain, has confirmed it will not be opening a new store in Almería city. The city has been desperately trying to attract the chain for a decade now (it’s one of only a couple of capital cities not to have an El Corte Inglés) but in the past things have always fallen through as no suitable location could ever be found. A smallish one opened in El Ejido[...]

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Local unemployment up again

Unemployment in Almería has gone up again, and stands at a massive 37.53% of the population. That’s 130.600 people looking for work in the province. Across Andalucia, unemployment went up 1.34% (that’s 18.800 people lost their jobs) and there are now 1.419.100 andaluzes looking for work. Just 2.611.000 people actually have a job across Andalucia. All this, despite a national drop of 3.5% in unemployment (195.200 people). Industry up north may be gathering pace, but[...]

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Almería airport reduces losses by 30% – only loses 6 million a year

So that’s something. AENA “only” lost 5.9 million euros on Almeria Airport last year, and the airport now has an accumulated debt of 128 million euros. But it’s the Andalucian airport that has grown the most this year, with traffic figures up 26%, mainly due to international tourism flights and the return of flights that were cancelled in 2013. 177.784 passengers went through Almeria last year, down 23% on 2012 figures. Ryanair continues to be[...]

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NATO to invade Garrucha next Tuesday

Stay away from Garrucha next Tuesday – several thousand NATO troops will be performing an amphibious landing operation on the beach there! It’s part of Operation Noble Mariner 14, in which 25 NATO warships, six subs and 4,000 marines are all taking part in a join military operation to test NATO’s defence-readiness.

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Google planning to close news service in Spain?

El Mundo says that the worldwide head of Google News was in Madrid recently and told senior politicians that if they went ahead with the proposed “Google Tax” he’d close the popular news service in Spain. Ironically enough, El Mundo is one of the big backers of the Google Tax…. Anyway, Congress went ahead and passed the first draft of the law today, meaning it now goes for a second vote before being enshrined in[...]

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Massive Roquetas property auction complete failure

There is irritation in Roquetas del Mar today, after the town hall setup an auction to flog off 64 properties, and not one person showed up to bid. The properties have all been seized by the townhall in lieu of taxes. The two biggest lots were the old Hotel Colonial at 1.6 million euros (with further taxes of 1.2 million owing) and Hotel Bellavista Mar at 14 million euros (and a further 13 million owing[...]

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Looking for a new motor? Almería motor show opens

Toyomotor 2014, Almería’s largest motor show, has opened today and runs until Sunday 19th in the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de El Toyo, open to all and showing off the wares of the modern market for anyone looking for a new vehicle. Over 500 types of car are on show, along with 200 motorbikes, loads of bicycles and an assortment of electric vehicles, from 30 different dealerships across the province. It’s not just new[...]

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Four hospitalised with Ebola symptoms across Spain

Three people have been admitted to hospital in Madrid, and another one in Tenerife, all suffering symptoms of Ebola. All four have high fevers and have been in at risk areas. Of the Madrid three, one is a friend of nurse Theresa, who is recovering from Ebola in hospital; one is a man who arrived from Paris today, having recently been in Africa and who has a high fever; and the third is a missionary[...]

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Germany demands explanation from Nijar over local police brutality

During the Easter week parade in Nijar, several policial locales in Nijar stopped a German man, along with his Italian wife, when the man laughed at the parade passing by outside the bar window. The comment was, according to the man’s statement in court later, an aside made to his wife, which was overheard by the patrol, who took offense and demanded his passport. The German man said he didn’t have it on him, and[...]

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Chap found with 1,5 million euros in a suitcase

A Frenchman in a taxi has been unfortunate enough to have 1,5 million euros in cash confiscated by the coppers. It happened whilst he was in the back of the cab in Valencia. A routine traffic control stopped the taxi – the coppers were looking for unlicensed or illegal taxis, and wanted to check the papers of the driver. But the suspicious behaviour of the passenger, who was clutching a “massive” suitcase, aroused the suspicion[...]

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Rajoy on official visit to Almería next weekend – will he bring gifts?

President Rajoy is coming to Almería next weekend on a two day official visit. He will be on state business on the 17th and on the 18th is expected to meet with business leaders and PP politicians. He’ll be giving two public speeches, one in Almeria and another in Aguadulce. The hope is that he will be announcing some nice projects for the province – the PSOE have already asked, in a satirical moment, if[...]

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Bédar has most contaminated air in province

A new study has found that Bédar has, as far as ozone in the air is concerned, the most polluted air in Andalucia. The monitoring station above the village recorded levels above the World Health organisation recommended maximums on no fewer than 188 days last year. The WHO says the maximum should be 100mg per cubic metre of air. Spanish law says the maximum should be 120mg per cubic meter – Bédar recorded high levels[...]

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Mojacar forced to allow cameras into council sessions – will Rosmari comply?

After four years of legal battles, several expulsions and a few arrest threats, the Mayor of Mojacar has lost her battle to prevent council sessions being filmed – it’s now enshrined in a new law published this week, the Andalucian Law of Transparency. It’s a constitutional right for any citizen to sit in on a standard council meeting, and to take any notes he or she wants to. In principle, this means you can record[...]

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What’s all this about the “black credit cards” of Caja Madrid?

It’s almost as exciting as the Ebola scare – all of Spain is following with rapt interest the revelations that Caja Madrid was giving out black credit cards to politicians and board members, allowing them to spend vast amounts of the banks money. The “tarjetas B” as they’re called, were credit cards that weren’t linked to any particular account, but instead siphoned money out of the banks central reserve. The bank fooled auditors by sucking[...]

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Sadistic Cuevas dog killer charged

The Guardia Civil have charged the young man who sadistically stamped a pet dog to death with animal cruelty. F.F.R., 18 years old and resident in Cuevas del Almanzora, set his Alsatian on the pet dog of an 84 year old woman in front of her for amusement, and when his dog lost interest, proceeded to kick the small animal to death. According to witnesses, he also threatened to kill her if she interfered. A[...]

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Arboleas finds 2000 missing homes

One of the mysteries of modern life in Spain was how Arboleas “only” had 1.320 homes. I mean, there are urbanisations out there with more than that, so why weren’t they accounted for? Well, the Mayor, possibly because he spotted an extra source of income, appointed someone to update the official catastro, and the report has come back. The chap went round counting them all, and found an extra 1953 homes nobody knew existed. So[...]

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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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    Cunning. Not true, but a cunning ploy

    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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    Strong and powerful, as a King should be

    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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