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Boxer dog dies in hot car and another dog throws himself off roof to escape blistering heat

Two animals died in horrible circumstances due to the negligence of their owners in the hot weather. A police patrol spotted a dying dog in the back of a locked car yesterday and smashed the windows of the vehicle to get him out. However, 14 month old Fidji and  was too far gone and despite help from a local vets, the animal died of dehydration and internal organ failure. Its owners are two French tourists[…]

  • Villaricos beach closed Vera townhall identifies what type of micro algae has closed our beaches

    6 days ago --

    Although the Junta de Andalucia and its health ministry have limited themselves to vague comments about “some sort of micro algae dinoflagellate” (something the Ecologists find suspicious and are claiming there may be a cover up) Vera townhall has let slip that the specific genus is Ostreopsis. We still don’t know what type of Ostreopsis we’re dealing with. It’s similar to the Junta saying we’re affected by primates; Vera townhall have now come forwards and[…]

  • Villaricos beach closed Is the Junta covering up an industrial accident on our toxic beaches?

    1 week ago --

    Ecologistas en Accion suspect that there is a cover up by the Junta de Andalucia over the toxic algae that has closed beaches, and is demanding to know if the massive pharmacological company Deretil has suffered any escape of algae or toxic products from their tanks in recent weeks. They say that Dr Ignacio Flores, a marine biologist, has cast doubts on the official explanation issued by the regional Ministry of Health and said that[…]

  • Villaricos beach closed 65 people affected by toxic beach algae

    1 week ago --

    Sanidad, the Andalusian health ministry, say that a total of 65 people have required medical attention since the 22nd after coming into contact with the toxic beach algae that has closed three beaches in Vera and Cuevas. 15 of these people have come into contact with the algae after they ignored warnings and went into the danger zones. Alfredo Valdivia, our “man from the ministry” says the situation is under control and that medics in[…]

  • Villaricos beach closed Beach closures are “indefinite” warns townhalls as they issue an update

    1 week ago --

    The closure of beaches in Vera & Cuevas “have no time limit” according to the town halls, who issued a joint statement last night. The Andalusian Ministry of Health recommended the closure of the beaches after a dangerous microalgae which can causes rashes and respiratory difficulties was detected in the water on Tuesday. Dozens of bathers have needed medical attention after coming into contact with the algae. The algae also gets washed up onto the[…]

  • protestor corruption demolition house Joy for families affected by demolition orders as change in compensation law voted through

    1 week ago --

    Some 100 people came from Cantabria, Almería, Málaga and Valencia to the Senate on June 24th to call for justice, as a compromise text presented by the Partido Popular to an amendment proposed by the Socialist Group was agreed. When this initiative becomes law, the houses of innocent families cannot be demolished without prior compensation when planning permission is revoked, as happened to the Priors for whom this change, sadly, comes too late.   Representatives[…]

  • local police traffic fine Chap tries to rob his local bank but quickly gets recognised…. then said it was “all a joke”

    1 week ago --

    A 55 year old Frenchman living in San José, Nijar decided to rob a bank. Trouble was, he chose the bank where he has an account. So when he marched in with a sawn off shotgun and shouted money in the sack, or whatever the protocol is in these situations, the cashier gave him an incredulous look before asking “is that you, P.S.?” To which P.S. admitted that yes, it was, lowered his shotgun, claimed[…]

  • quitapellejos palomares WO Local beaches closed in major health scare after dozens of bathers affected

    1 week ago --

    The Health Department has cordoned off several beaches in Vera and Cuevas after dozens of bathers yesterday were rushed to medical centres suffering severe allergy attacks which in some cases were causing severe respiratory difficulties. The problem is a type of marine plankton called a dinoflagellate (see wikipedia link). It seems that they are blossoming off several beaches in the area, and can cause severe allergy attacks in bathers who come into contact with them.[…]

  • mojacar 1 Mojacar sets salaries and council meetings for the next 4 years

    1 week ago --

    This morning a meeting was held to establish the councils, wages for councillors and the frequency of the ordinary plenary meetings. Ordinary plenary meetings have been set, for the first time in the history of democracy in Mojácar, to be from now on held at 10am on the last Thursday of every 2 months. For which we proposed a counter-opinion and asked for the meetings to be held once a month and always in the[…]

  • armed police almeria 9 year old girl shot in Almeria city

    2 weeks ago --

    A 9 year old girl was shot in the stomach this afternoon during a “settling of debts” between her family and a rival clan that ended in a shootout. It happened in the impoverished area of El Puche, in C/ Virginia Woolf at 14:30 this afternoon. The child was rushed to hospital by a family member in his car, where she underwent an operation and is currently stable. Forensic police continue to examine the scene[…]

  • maura hillen Albox has an English speaking Councillor

    2 weeks ago --

    Albox has a new English speaking councillor for Tourism and International Relations in the person of Maura Hillen, an Irish national and former IT director, who has lived in Albox for nearly 8 years.   Mrs. Hillen is probably better known as the president of the home owner’s association, AUAN, where she leads a campaign on behalf of homeowners who purchased an illegal property in good faith.   ‘This is a new challenge for me’[…]

  • mojacar 1 Did you know that Mojácar had a “Jewish quarter”?

    2 weeks ago --

    Well, according to the tourism department it does. The bland and innocuous turismo de mojácar facebook page dedicates itself not to actually promoting the municipality, or advertising forthcoming events that may be of interest, but to publishing a never ending series of blurred and skewed holiday snaps sent in from the camera phones of locals, usually captioned with a happy good morning!!  OK, sometimes they publish a nice one, but you always get the feeling it’s by[…]

  • alberti ricotí bird in risk of extinction Just 25 examples of this bird left in province

    2 weeks ago --

    The Alondra Ricotí is down to just 25 examples left in the south of Spain, all in Almería province. Chresophilus duponti as it´s known scientifically is a lovely little ground bird that hides, doesn’t travel very far and is known as the Ricotí because of it’s piping call, usually heard by shepards when they herd their goats over their nests. Emilio González, a local ornithologist from the Serbal de Almería group, has given a talk[…]

  • bedar mine French students map Bedar mines

    2 weeks ago --

    Geological students from the University of Lorraine in France are undertaking a project to map out some of the old mines in Bédar as part of a project by the townhall to reopen them as tourist attractions. The French university has been sending students to the area on field trips for the last few years now, but this year Professor Christian Hibchs suggested that an interesting project would be the mapping of two of the[…]

  • navarrean president having fun Navarran Parliament President’s Party Photos prove phun!

    2 weeks ago --

    Unlike some of her recently elected colleagues, the President of the Navarran Parliament (Oop north somewhere) has elected not to delete her twitter feed, instead telling journalists that she’ll “post whatever the f**k I want” (a rough translation from the Spanish). Well, quite. Such as this selfie of her kicking off the San Fermin fiesta last year in Pamplona. Ainhoa Aznárez really was kicking off the fiesta early – as she proudly states, the photo[…]

  • hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites de El Toyo Almeria second most expensive destination in Andalusia

    2 weeks ago --

    Almeria is the second most expensive summer destination in Andalusia according to a new international study. Ipsos Mori, the polling people, carried out a survey across Spain (as part of a global survey) to see how much the average holiday for a couple would cost this July / August 2015. The TripIndex Cities survey calculated the cost for three nights in a double room in a four star hotel, with three trips to local interesting[…]

  • fox in antas reservoir Firemen rescue fox trapped in Antas reservoir

    3 weeks ago --

    A fox that had fallen into a balsa in Antas was rescued over the weekend by firemen after local police failed in their efforts to help him. The bushy little chap had snuck in through a hole in the fence and had slipped into the murky waters. The owner of the reservoir, checking up on his land the next morning, was surprised to see him swimming around in it, and realised there was no way[…]

  • Albox mayor barred from holding public office

    3 weeks ago --

    The Mayor of Albox has been barred from holding public office for the next two and a half years after he was found guilty of abuse of office by with-holding public information from opposition councillors. Penal Court Nº1 of Almería said that Mayor Rogelio Mena (PSOE) was guilty of systematically denying access to public information and obstructing the opposition PP councillors in the execution of their duties. Rogelio had just won the recent elections, being[…]

  • garrucha townhall Garrucha declares bankruptcy

    4 weeks ago --

    Garrucha has declared bankruptcy after their budget comptroller realised the town only has enough cash in the bank to pay salaries until the end of this month. Sergio Prados, the comptroller, signed an order on the 3rd of June ordering the suspension of payments, the first step towards technical bankruptcy, according to local e-paper la gazeta de Almería. This means that no suppliers will get paid until further notice, and only essential bills (salaries, bank[…]

  • carboneras 200 million euro upgrade for Carboneras power plant

    4 weeks ago --

    The government has given the go ahead for a 200 million euro upgrade to the Carboneras power plant, which will create 800 mainly local jobs during the works. It’s believed to be the single largest industrial investment this year in Spain. The Italian Enel group, which owns Endesa and the Carboneras power plant, wants to bring the dirty ancient polluting monster up to code – actually, it has no choice, as it’s the most polluting[…]

  • New fire station in Nacimiento

    4 weeks ago --

    The County Council has stumped up €60,000 towards the cost of a new fire station to cover the Nacimiento and Bajo Andarax regions, above Almería on the way to Granada. The total cost of the new station is €71,000 and local townhalls are paying the rest of the cash. It will link in with the new fire unit being created in Canjáyar to prevent forest fires, making the new unit dual use – both forest[…]



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    Did you know that Mojácar had a “Jewish quarter”?

    Well, according to the tourism department it does. The bland and innocuous turismo de mojácar facebook page dedicates itself not to actually promoting the municipality, or advertising forthcoming events that may be of interest, but to publishing a never ending series of blurred and skewed holiday snaps sent in from the camera phones of locals, usually captioned with a happy good morning!!  OK, sometimes they publish a nice one, but you always get the feeling it’s by[…]

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    So what’s a nómina?

    Anyone who works in Spain is used to getting a nómina. It’s the sheet of paper that you get at the end of the month specifying your wage, and all deductions – what we call a paysheet. “Just off to get me numana” cry the happy Brits on the 31st of the month, rubbing their hands in anticipation. Or is it? The word is actually far more fascinating than that, and the RAE (Real Academia[…]

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    Turre – a history has been published

    My latest book on the history of the province: Turre – a history is now available in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon! Or if you want, you can get it from Amazon.es, the Spanish site. Turre – a history recounts the last 500 years of history of the Levante of Almeria through the story of the small town called Turre. Starting with the conquest of the province by the Spanish Catholic Kings from the[…]

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    Original document signing over Kingdom of Granada to the Catholic Kings of Spain (not Almería but the whole Islamic Caliphate)

    Almería surrender documents found and restored by local paper

    The original articles of surrender by the Moorish residents of Almería to the Christian armies in the 15th century have been found (they were lost? Stuck in a box somewhere it seems) by Ideal newspaper and restored by them. They are now on display until after Christmas at the Museo Arqueológico Provincial. The Capitulaciones as they are known, were negotiated between the Islamic ruler of the city of Almería and the Catholic Kings Isabel &[…]

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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.

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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 Ermita Virgen de la Cabeza on top of the Cabezo Maria volcano.

    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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    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.

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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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