Cameron pokes fun at the Speaker

From The Times: David Cameron poked fun at John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, in a speech to journalists yesterday. The Prime Minister recounted an apocryphal encounter between Mr Bercow and Simon Burns, the Health Minister, who called the Speaker a “sanctimonious, stupid dwarf”. Mr Cameron described Mr Burns persuading his driver to reverse into the Speaker’s car. An angry Mr Bercow, who claims to be 5ft 7in, confronts the minister, saying: “I’m not happy.” To Continue reading Cameron pokes fun at the Speaker

1,500 home urbanisation approved for Garrucha

Miguel Vivancos – a well known Murcian promoter known as “the king of tin” after his earlier business successes in Murcia making tins for canned goods – has received permission to start building 1,500 homes, a 2,600 space car park and a commercial zone on the outskirts of Garrucha. The urbanisation will go on your left as you leave Garrucha towards Las Bouganvillas roundabout, where years ago there was a go-karts and before that, a Continue reading 1,500 home urbanisation approved for Garrucha

Watch it at the Turre new bridge

Careful coming over the Turre new bridge, next to the entrance / exit to the fire station. The speed limit there, for about 75 meters, drops from 100kph to 50kph before going back up to 80kph as you reach the bridge (coming from the main road into Turre). I assume the reason is because of the fire station exit, although it’s not signposted. And the Guardia have discovered that it’s easy money to just sit Continue reading Watch it at the Turre new bridge

Bit of the Almanzora motorway to open at end of the month

I’m told that the Albox-Cucador stretch of the Almanzora motorway has been finished, is being painted, and is expected to open to traffic next week/ first week of December. The rest of the motorway will be contracted out by the end of 2011, the Junta has promised, albeit via this mad private/public shared investment scheme, where companies pay to build a motorway and “gift it” to the state in exchange for 40 or 50 years Continue reading Bit of the Almanzora motorway to open at end of the month

New brewary annouced for Almería

A 50 year old ex-real estate salesman called Juan Torralbo has managed to scrape up 4,5 million euros worth of investment to launch Almería’s first beer brewary since the Romans. It will be called Bayyana and will be brewed in a 2,000 square meter warehouse in Viator. The firm hopes to launch it’s new beer next summer, at the Almería feria. It will be a rubia , a blonde lager. “The malt will be from Continue reading New brewary annouced for Almería

I’m currently in Madrid, whilst the GF transacts “important business”. I don’t ask, but it seems it gives me a fair amount of free time, as I’ve been banished from the hotel until Sunday whilst she studies. I chose a nice Tryp on the Gran Via (the Tryp Menfis), and apart from the fact that it seems to be full of smokers, it’s not bad. We’re up on the eight floor, with a nice view Continue reading

La Mata bowls club

It’s been confirmed that La Mata bowling club is to be dissolved, and the green grass bowling centre decommissioned. Members of the club have been told that their memberships will end at the end of December, and the centre will not open for the new year. The club had about 70 members. A shame. It’s a lovely location.

Junta turns nasty and threatens parents who don’t want to give kids the MMR jab

The Junta de Andalucia has become alarmed by a measles outbreak in Granada city and has threatened parents with legal action if they don’t give kids the MMR jab. Seems the Health Honchos went round threatening parents who hadn’t bothered to vaccinate their kids, but were told: At the moment it’s voluntary, so tough. The Junta, not an organisation that enjoys having egg on its face, says it’s sending out letter to parents of unvaccinated Continue reading Junta turns nasty and threatens parents who don’t want to give kids the MMR jab

Almeria to get six new charter flights a week

Sehrs airlines has signed a deal to fly six times a week into Almería airport, bringing, we hope, lots of eager tourists on every flight. The flights will initially run between May and September 2011, with an option to continue. If you’ve never heard of Sehrs, it’s because it’s an Eastern European low cost charter operator, and will be flying to Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic, two flights a week. The company also signed Continue reading Almeria to get six new charter flights a week