Courts paralyse legalisation of houses in Cabo de Gata

The Supreme Court of Andalucía has paralysed the General Plan for National Resources in the Cabo de Gata natural park (PORN, Plan de Ordenación de Recursos Naturales) as it agrees with a coalition of Ecological Groups that in places the plan, rather than protect the natural park, serves to legalise “illegal” buildings and further speed up the destruction of the park. For example, it was discovered that under this plan El Algarrobico hotel would have Continue reading Courts paralyse legalisation of houses in Cabo de Gata

La Vieja!

Tomorrow is “La Vieja”, a local holiday where schoolchildren are given the day off to go into the fields and throw stones at figures of old ladies (la vieja) until they burst and scatter sweets across the ground. Its a holiday that is only really celebrated in Turre, Mojacar, Los Gallardos, Bedar, Vera, Garrucha, Antas and Cuevas. It’s always the third Thursday in March. Rumour has it that it celebrates the crucifiction and stoning of Continue reading La Vieja!

Olula del Rio businessman kills 2 gypsy “mafiosos” over protection racket

A businessman in Olula del Rio has been arrested for the murder of two young gypsies. According to sources, the two gypsies (who belonged to the “Los Pertolos” clan of Albox), at 9am this morning, entered his marble quarrying business (Marmoles Ballester) to demand some protection money to prevent something unpleasant happening to his business. Unofficial sources suggest that they were armed with either guns or bats. The businessman vanished into his back room to Continue reading Olula del Rio businessman kills 2 gypsy “mafiosos” over protection racket

Junta backtracks and authorises 10,000 new houses in La Ballabona, Huercal Overa

The Junta de Andalucía has had a spectacular volte face and has declared the “La Ballabona” luxury city project “in the Interest of Tourism” (de interés turístico). 10,000 houses, a golf course, associated services and even a casino are part of the plans according to La Voz de Almería. The La Ballabona project (which is that vast amount of citrus trees between Antas and Huercal Overa – look for the petrol station of the same Continue reading Junta backtracks and authorises 10,000 new houses in La Ballabona, Huercal Overa

Chaves liquidates the historic debt with Andalucia – only €95 a head?

The Andalucia Historic Debt (Deuda Histórica de Andalucía) is a somewhat fuzzy concept of how much Spain has had out of Andalucía, versus what Andalucía has had out Spain. Some people calculate it from the late 1800’s. The central government tried to define the concept in 1978, and again in 1981 with the Fondo Compensación Interterritorial (Interterritorial Compensation Fund), but naturally enough Catalunya was miffed that they weren’t getting “enough”. Ignoring the fact that so Continue reading Chaves liquidates the historic debt with Andalucia – only €95 a head?

Almeria on ITV tomorrow night

My buddie Chris Marshall from Almerimar advises me (see his whole post here) that the ITV programme “New Homes from Hell 2009 – Buying Abroad” is due to be on Tuesday 17th March 2009 on ITV1 at 8pm (This programme will be repeated on ITV2 the following day at the same time) and will display coverage of January’s protest march in Almeria city against the Prior demolition and others urbanistic abuse.

Pizza da Marco, Turre

Feeling peckish, bored and cramped we walked into Turre to have a look around and maybe get a bite to eat. While not having great expectations of the place, I suggested trying out Pizza da Marco, the new pizzeria that’s opened up on the main street (just past the crossroads). It’s got a strange sign outside and during the day you have to navigate through a number of plastic tables to reach the entrance. Imagine Continue reading Pizza da Marco, Turre

Sevilla – Almeria air bridge declared “in the public interest”

The Junta has declared that the Almeria – Seville  air bridge is to be declared “in the public interest”, which opens the way for public financing of the route. The route will operate two daily returns on workdays (leaving at 7, returning at 9am, and in the evenings leaving at 7,30 returning at 9,30), and one on weekends. The maximum ticket price will be €117. A basic operating cost has been established and if the Continue reading Sevilla – Almeria air bridge declared “in the public interest”

103,000 copies distributed, but they only pay for 79,900 copies?

The Euro Weekly News (you remember, our local TV Times that only distributes to advertisers) claims this week, over a staggering 4 pages (left no room for anything else but UK TV schedules and adverts), that it publishes 103,000 copies a week. Those poor trees. Yet, on it’s website, it proudly displays it’s printing bill “so we can see the truth”… they add up to 79,900 copies. http://www.euroweeklynews.com/print_run.html Ignoring the fact the two different bills Continue reading 103,000 copies distributed, but they only pay for 79,900 copies?