Englands only councillor in Almeria on street names

Jim Simpson is an English expat who was elected to the local council of Zurgena in the last elections, despite not speaking any Spanish. His blog is over at http://jiminy304.vox.com and is worth consulting, if only to bow your head in sympathy with his struggles with local bureaucracy, corruption, politics and life. He’s also head of the local neighbourhood watch and is trying to force the Guardia into “community” policing, as if he didn’t have Continue reading Englands only councillor in Almeria on street names

Vera taxis (refusing to join main association) create their own

Vera taxis (all 6 of them) have, in a desire to provide their clients with a professional, fast, easy and 24/7 service, setup their own hotline and taxi association. The number is 902 394 545 and the idea is that one of them will always be around to cater for people in Vera needing a taxi. This is fine and laudable, except that there is already a good taxi association covering the rest of the Continue reading Vera taxis (refusing to join main association) create their own

Adra gets it’s own hymn

The town of Adra has got it’s own hymn, registered in the official registry (Registro Andaluz de Entidades Locales). Copyright reserved, only to be sung on official occasions, etc. It’s called “Canto a Adra” (Song to Adra) and was originally a poem by a fellow called José Martínez Alvarez de Sotomayor penned in 1934 for a poetry competition at the time. (It won). The local corporation were so impressed by this lad that shortly afterwards Continue reading Adra gets it’s own hymn

Ex-mayor of Ohanes out without bail – claims video was “manipulated”

Our friend Juan Francisco Sierra (ex-mayor of Ohanes who is charged with corruption and fiscal coercion) has been released without bail by the Judge pending his trial. In a declaration to the press, his lawyer claimed that the video had been manipulated (he refused specifics, stating that that was for the court), and furthermore stated that his client is the injured party who has been only ever worked hard and honestly for his village, but Continue reading Ex-mayor of Ohanes out without bail – claims video was “manipulated”

Huge redevelopment of Almeria Port announced

The Ayuntamiento de Almeria, Junta and other government bodies that want the glory have announced a huge redevelopment plan for the port and coastline of Almería city. The project plans -no budget yet set- include the redevelopment of the coastal road, expansion of the port and marina, integration of the new conference centre into the marina, new administrative centre, two thousand parking spaces and a large new mall style leisure shopping and eating area. The Continue reading Huge redevelopment of Almeria Port announced