Alternate histories of the Indalo Man

While browsing a shop in Mojacar, I came across this alternate version of history of the Indalo, posted in the middle of a table full of the little buggers: “The True and Secret History of the Ind-Alo: The Ind-Alo, as is clearly shown by it’s name, is an Indian tantric symbol of good luck and love that was brought to Almeria by Gitanos in their migration to the West” How low will some people stoop Continue reading Alternate histories of the Indalo Man

Translation of webpages into English

A number of people have been complaining that I bring up interesting subjects that appear in the press, only to lose interest and redirect them to the Spanish news sources. Well, I can’t be bothered to translate everything. Anyhow….. if you want to automatically translate pages into English, download the Google or Yahoo! toolbars which will add a “translate” button to your browser. This translates the page, in a more or less readable form. If Continue reading Translation of webpages into English

Peace returns to the forest

Well, the strike appears to be over, although a few isolated unions still refuse to return to work the unusually forceful approach taken by the Spanish government seems to have broken the back of the strikers. Petrol & diesel has reappeared in almost all the petrol stations, shops are restocking and the press has returned to it’s usual round of stories like “youngster destroys a bar in Zaragoza with a chain saw – reason unknown”. Continue reading Peace returns to the forest

Police empty handed after Almerian riot

The Police are redfaced after admitting that yes, one of their crack anti riot police (the feared UDI) was pick pocketed during the riots on Wednesday in Almeria. His gun, complete with holder and ammo, was taken off him, and he only noticed after things had calmed down. Despite carrying out a search of the area, the gun was not found. Police say that if it is voluntarily returned “no action will be taken” (yeah, Continue reading Police empty handed after Almerian riot

ZP strikes back

ZP, better known as the President of Spain, announced (for some reason during a press q&a session with the President of Mexico, who looked a bit bewildered) that he was “cracking down” on the strikers, and said that Spain was almost back to normal. “Zero tolerance towards the strikers” is now the offical line from Madrid, and this was backed up as one striker was sentenced to 8 months in jail for rebelling against authority. Continue reading ZP strikes back

Police charge protestors in Almeria

These are the injuries sustained by a farmer after police charged a demonstration held this afternoon in front of the tax offices in Almeria. There were almost 20 civilians injured, plus some 13 police officers, although the worst injury reported was a severe cut to the upper arm of a woman. Farmers, deliverymen, drivers and other strikers went to a rally this morning called by COAG and ASAJA, bringing with them a large number of Continue reading Police charge protestors in Almeria

Coming to Almeria? Bring some petrol to flog!

This afternoon, at aprox 14:15, I was present as the last few drops of petrol were sold at the Los Gallardos petrol station, and the cones brought out. I did take a photo of the lucky chap who went off with a can full of petrol, but he asked me not to put it on the net in case people came round to his house and tried to steal it. Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Continue reading Coming to Almeria? Bring some petrol to flog!

Spain grinds to a halt

Buying oranges online none the less, today is the day when supermarkets will start to run out of food as the strike bites deeper into the economy, warn local experts. With many petrol stations already dry, local press stuck their oar in by urging us all to keep calm by publishing guides on “how to store petrol in your basement” and “where to panic buy the last few drops of water & gas”. First blood Continue reading Spain grinds to a halt