Expropiations start locally for the AVE line

Sorbas, Bedar & Los Gallardos land owners are all affected by this expropiation order issued by the Direccion General de Ferrocarriles. See the whole list, published in the BOE (Official Bulletin of Spain) here. The AVE line is, you remember, the high speed “bullet” train which is having a link down to Almería built. Madrid in 4 hours! Don’t hold your breath – it’s supposed to be running by the end of the year, and Continue reading Expropiations start locally for the AVE line

Over 60 to loose ownership of homes along Mojacar Playa

The Ley de Costas has come to Mojacar. The Direccion General de Costas has published a list of some 60 individuals and companies who own property along Mojacar Playa -from Rio Aguas to Cueva del Lobo and Rambla Alfaix- who will be affected by the expropiation of the coastline (100m from high tide, I remind you). Here’s the list of people who haven’t been officially informed of the process: BOE 10/03/09. Apart from this list Continue reading Over 60 to loose ownership of homes along Mojacar Playa

If Daddy kills Mummy… Kiddie now gets the pension and cash

Bibiana Aido, Miister of Equality, and Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, Vice President of Spain, have presented a modification of law that changes the way pensions are paid in the case of domestic violence. Under the new law, the “Widows Pension” will now be paid to the offspring in the case of the death of one of the parents by violence from the partner, as well as the “Orphans pension”. Any other pensions that Continue reading If Daddy kills Mummy… Kiddie now gets the pension and cash

Jobs going across Andalucia (According to INEM)

For a number of reasons, I was down at the INEM (jobs office) office in Huercal Overa this pm. Feeling bored, I started to play around with the “find a job” computer, where the INEM publishes all of the jobs going that they know about. You can search by quite a few different criteria, and I choose the “geographical” option. Lots of types of jobs going. Hairdresser seems popular. Here’s the number of jobs available Continue reading Jobs going across Andalucia (According to INEM)

Priors met the Junta yesterday – Junta refuses to comment on outcome

Helen & Len Prior, the couple who had their house demolished in Vera, met yesterday at the promised meeting between the Junta de Andalucia (Mr Demolition man himself, Caparros was there) and the Mayor of Vera. Both the Mayor and the Junta have so far refused to issue any statement on the outcome of the meeting, according to the Spanish press, and I can’t find any updates from the Priors.

Is the PSOE about to snatch the post of Lehendakari from the nationalists?

The País Vasco is the Basque Country, Spain’s answer to Northern Ireland. Rugged, beautiful, with a strange language unconnected to the main patois and a fierce independent spirit. It recently had an election, along with Galicia. If you want the breakdown on the seats won, click here. Basically, PNV (the main nationalist party that has controlled the regional parliment since democracy) got 30 seats. PSE-PSOE got 24. P.P. got 13. Aralar (another nationalist party) got Continue reading Is the PSOE about to snatch the post of Lehendakari from the nationalists?

If I hear one more thing about burying the sardine…

Years ago, people used to have carnivals to get all the partying out of their system before the serious business of Lent. This being back in the day when the Catholic Church could burn you if you looked at them wrongly. This then got twisted with the marine version of harvest festival, mainly the sardine run which used to happen around this time of year. So along with the carnival, we got the whole business Continue reading If I hear one more thing about burying the sardine…