Auken, Priors & Lenox on the BBC The European Parliament has called on Spain to reform planning laws that have allowed developers to acquire private land below market rates and forced homeowners from their properties, with some even having their homes demolished. But the conflict raises questions about how much power MEPs actually have, the BBC’s Stephen Chittenden says.

New market location in Mojácar “perfect”

Despite Lenox’s fears, the new location of the market in Mojácar (it’s now in the “Plaza Nueva” and surrouding streets rather than down the old car park) was “perfect” according to local comerciantes asked by ElAlmeria newspaper (here) who all seemed over the moon about the move (despite the fact that you can’t now park anywhere near the place unless you get there before 6 in the morning, which means you have to hump your Continue reading New market location in Mojácar “perfect”

Spainair abandons Almería airport

The new Catalan owners of Spainair (SAS had to sell it off due to la crisis to some canny Catalans) have announced that Almería is to be dropped from airports serviced by the airline as part of a cost cutting exercise. Although Ryanair will be stepping in to fill the gap next month. And, of course, Air Nostrum (motto: safety and comfort are our middle names, right behind “cost cutters”) that all important part of Continue reading Spainair abandons Almería airport

Sunny, sunny Spain

I’ve just finished writing a (quite witty) article about sunny summer in Spain for a (ahem) “local newspaper”. Lots about fun in Spain under the sun, heat, etc. Stood up from the PC, stretched with hands in small of back, yawned, and thought “I’m off to the patio to enjoy what’s left of the evening with The Times and a G&T”. Walk out armed with equipment… and it’s blowing a very cold gale and raining. Continue reading Sunny, sunny Spain

Pueblo Laguna, Vera Playa

Mr J. recently had a birthday. (He doesn’t like me calling him Mr J., but since he doesn’t read this blog, who cares? Plus he told me not to reveal his true identity on this blog). For some reason, every year Mr J. celebrates his birthday in a quiet, sober manner down at Pueblo Laguna, along with close family and friends. I’m convinced that the next night he goes out on a big blowout down Continue reading Pueblo Laguna, Vera Playa