Franco: A biography

Paul Preston has created a wonderful profile on Franco, and this book has become the authoritive laymans guide to the only 20c Western European dictator to die peacefully in office. Despite it’s initial size, this is a book that concisly explains the evolution of Franco from the early, eager military cadet to the cool, absent caudillo he became. A wonderful book that reads more like a novel than a historical text, and I devoured it. Continue reading Franco: A biography

Almeria and the Great Southern Spain Railway

I recently came across this little gem of a book. Written by David Gaunt, a fellow who’s been coming to Mojacar for quite some time, it’s an enthusiastic book detailing the construction of the local railways at the turn of the last century, and how they affected the local villages and populations. Lots of photos and interviews. Well worth a read if you’re interested in the old railways or mines that litter this area. Buy Continue reading Almeria and the Great Southern Spain Railway

1200 Almerian families “defaulting on their mortgage”

According to Cajamar, there are currently some 1200 families in Almeria who have defaulted on their mortgage so far this year. Loan defaulting in general has shot up 28% with respect to last year, and Cajamar expects the situation to get worse, which is why its put 55M€ aside to cover such shortfalls. Last year repossessions in Almeria were 0.3% of the whole market. So far this year it’s at 1.8% and is expected to Continue reading 1200 Almerian families “defaulting on their mortgage”

Pulpi to Carboneras road gets go ahead

The road from Pulpi to Carboneras (part of the ambitious Llano Central plan) is being signed off today. It consists in improving and upgrading the Garrucha to Pulpi coast road (double carrageway in places), a new bypass from Las Bouganvillas, Garrucha, to the current Mojacar – [Garrucha-Los Gallardos] crossroads, then continuing past the Mojacar petrol station roundabout behind Mojacar Playa to Carboneras. Should be nice. No doubt the residents of La Parata and similar will Continue reading Pulpi to Carboneras road gets go ahead