Almeria in the New York Times

I’d like you to click here and read this article before you continue any further. Sad, isn’t it? The current state of the immigrant in Almeria. Poor sods. “Yet the true secret of the region’s bonanza is less visible. Hidden beneath a shining sea of plastic are some 4,000 immigrant workers, most of them from Morocco, who spend their days in suffocating heat picking eggplant, peppers, melons and the like for sale in Paris, London Continue reading Almeria in the New York Times

Supreme Court rules against hidden cameras for TV

The Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling against the retransmission of footage taken with hidden camaras & recording devices (audio / visual) in the public media. They consider the use of such footage to be against the right of the individual to control personal information and distribute personal information to their own tastes. Basically, it means that if you don’t know you’re being filmed, they can’t retransmit that info via the public network (TV, Continue reading Supreme Court rules against hidden cameras for TV

While listening to Spectrum FM…

I heard an advert on Spectrum FM for a bar (whose name I did not remember) on Mojacar Playa, whose directions were: Look for “Meson El Que Faltaba” in front of “Titos” and we’re next door. Right. So, I have to go past two other restaurants, whose names you are SHOUTING in your radio advert to get to yours? So why don’t I stop at one of those? If you’re using them as reference points Continue reading While listening to Spectrum FM…

Hello Cotonou, Benin!

I’m ashamed to say that I know very little about the city of Cotonou, Benin. From this photo it looks like a slightly cleaner version of Vera on market day: Still, I’d like to give a big shout out to my (anonymous) friend who lives there and visits my blog from time to time (according to Google Analytics). Hello! Bonjour! Comme çe va? He takes a position of pride amongst the other 3,435 people who Continue reading Hello Cotonou, Benin!

Roquetas slashes its stray animal budget in half

Roquetas town hall has taken advantadge of a renegotiation with the private company that runs its stray animal shelter to cut its budget in half, this year to only €75,000, as part of its 2009 Austerity Budget. As a result, the management company intends to drop its time it keeps animals from 27 days to only 10 days, before they are put down. The centre will now also charge the public a flat rate of Continue reading Roquetas slashes its stray animal budget in half

Audiencia Nacional reaffirms that Algarrobico is on illegal land

The Audiencia Nacional (National Audience, or Supreme court) has found against Azata, the promotors of the Algarrobico hotel, in a ruling that appears to: – Reaffirm that the hotel was illegally built on protected land; -That the promotors are not entitled to any compensation for the modifications to the Partial Plan of the area. Basically, Azata claimed that since the area was given protected status after they brought the land they should be entitled to Continue reading Audiencia Nacional reaffirms that Algarrobico is on illegal land

Granada has most dangerous roads in Spain

The Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE) has published the results of a report it commissoned which discovers that Granada has the most number of dangerous kilometers of roads in Spain – up to 64% of it’s roads can be considered dangerous for drivers. Narrow, windy, mountain roads. You then have Ávila, with 50% of its roads, and Huelva, with 44%. The stats have been compiled by building a risk index, comparing the number of Continue reading Granada has most dangerous roads in Spain

Fat Fellow thrown off operating table because he smokes

Alejandro Miguel Asensio Ruiz, a 33 year old plasterer from Almería, was actually on the operating table at a Granada hospital, about to start the second operation of his gastric band reduction, when the surgeon smelt cigarrette smoke on his breath and cancelled the operation. Alejandro had been waiting 6 years for this operation, after the first operation fitted a gastric band that helped him loose over 100 kilos. However, the second operation was to Continue reading Fat Fellow thrown off operating table because he smokes