Fruit and veg cheaper in grocers then in supermarkets

According to an article published today in La Voz, a recent survey shows it’s cheaper to buy your fruit and veg from a local grocer then from the supermarket. Also, the farmer gets a better price selling it to the grocer cooperatives. For example, a kilo of tomatoes in a supermarket cost €1.57, and in a grocers €1.37. Peppers €2.05 in a supermarket, €1.57 at the grocers. Plus, the qualities normally better, the fruit fresher Continue reading Fruit and veg cheaper in grocers then in supermarkets

Construction of 600 VPO suspended in Turre

The construction of 600 homes (including 400 council houses, or VPOs as they’re known in Turre) that were going next to the cementery (next to Fuentemora, or Rickys Bar as you might know it) has been suspended “pending the fixing of a few small problems with the plan” according to the Junta. Rumour (from a chap I know who works in the town hall) has it that they’re trying to sell the last few luxury Continue reading Construction of 600 VPO suspended in Turre

Allah reincarnates in a cow

From the BBC: Diners have been flocking to a restaurant in northern Nigeria to see pieces of meat [beef] which the owner says are inscribed with the name of Allah. A vet told the newspaper the words “defied scientific explanation”. “Supposing only one piece of meat was found then it would be suspicious, but given the circumstances there is no explanation,” Dr Yakubu Dominic said. Well….. I suppose a condescending know-it-all westerner like myself Continue reading Allah reincarnates in a cow

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

An example of internet rumours that are wrong

I was looking up the life of Mestrius Plutarch, the greek historian, and this is what google returned: Greek biographer who wrote Parallel Lives (46?-120 AD)   (Lucius?) Mestrius Plutarchus (Greek: Πλούταρχος; c. 46 AD – 120 AD), better known in English as Plutarch, was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist. …   A Greek biographer who wrote “parallel” lives of famous Romans and Greeks.   Greek biographer; his Parallel Continue reading An example of internet rumours that are wrong

Went to Arrecife… ended up in Bodrum

A family who were bound for a week’s holiday in Lanzarote are back home after a check-in desk mix-up meant they caught a flight to Turkey instead. The Corays, from Llanishen, Cardiff, had booked an all-inclusive holiday with First Choice in a five-star hotel in the Canary Islands and were supposed to be flying into Arrecife, Lanzarote. Last resort – the family are now booked on an alternative holiday But instead they found themselves in Continue reading Went to Arrecife… ended up in Bodrum

Chiringuito Espigon (Garrucha)

Chiringuito Espigon (Garrucha restaurant) For a quick business lunch, we popped by Chiringuito Espigon in Garrucha for fish. It’s the first one on the beach in front of the castle as you enter from Mojacar. Espigon Restaurant has been around for a while now. Funny story – the owner once commented to the old Meus Pater that it was cheaper for him to leave the whole edifice standing over the winter and pay the fine to Continue reading Chiringuito Espigon (Garrucha)