Farmers move against the innocent tortoise

Cuevas, Pulpi, farmers and landowners have risen up in protest against the “barbarous, unimaginative, ridiculous and expensive” (all adjectives used by them!) plan to save the tortoise implemented by Madrid. The plan was, you will remember, to expropriate 500ha of land (mainly scrub) and join up two little hill ranges, so the local tortoises could wander about happily without being squashed, stolen or eaten. This was in exchange for taking away part of a designated Continue reading Farmers move against the innocent tortoise

World Cup comes to Los Gallardos

The regional PSOE have decided to show the voters of now-PP owned towns what they’re missing out on, by ensuring that the only town allowed to have the World Cup for a day in the Levante would be Los Gallardos (which returned Maria to power with an even greater PSOE share of the vote than before. This is mainly down to Maria being a good mayor rather than the inhabitants being left wing, I hasten Continue reading World Cup comes to Los Gallardos

Bingo cancellations throughout the Levante

After the rumour that a bar in Las Bouganvillas (Vera Playa) was fined 8,000€ for a game of bingo, there has been a flurry of cancelations from bars who used to have bingo nights. Blue Lagoon, El Naranjo, Rolys, all have canceled their bingo this week. Of course, Bingo in Spain is heavily regulated – the cards have to be officially printed (a tax), all the moneys have to be registered (a tax), the central Continue reading Bingo cancellations throughout the Levante

Far too hot today

It’s the first hot day of the summer today, with temperatures hovering around the 40ºC mark. So let’s get in the summer mood with that traditional Spanish summer song that was once obligatory to blare out of the car radio on the way down to the beach Hace Calor (Mucho Mejor) – Los Rodriguez

Junta (quietly) admits major transport works will be delayed due to lack of funds

The Junta’s Minister for Public Works & Housing, Josefina Cruz (her of the “Brits are scum” comments in Parliament) has very quietly admitted that due to lack of cash the Junta will miss or delay most of the targets in it’s five year Andalucian Transport Plan (PISTA2007-2013). “The plans were drawn up when there was more money available, and with less money we cannot do as much” she muttered to a reporter in Seville. She Continue reading Junta (quietly) admits major transport works will be delayed due to lack of funds

Cuevas to appeal against tortoise sanctuary

La Voz reports that Cuevas del Almanzora is to launch a major legal appeal against the expropriation of 500 has of land to create a major tortoise sanctuary (Tortoise reserve setup in exchange for the AVE). About 130 people will have their land taken away by Madrid in order to create a sort of Stalag Luft for the testudo graeca between two larger, government owned plots of land in the Sierras Almagro and Aguilón. One Continue reading Cuevas to appeal against tortoise sanctuary

Apple plans to switch off iphone camaras during live events

From The Times: There was a time when the crowd at a rock concert was marked out by small flashes of fire emanating from cigarette lighters, waved in the air. Now those pockets of light are more likely to emanate from the glowing screens of mobile phones, held aloft, as festival-goers take photos or video of their favourite bands. But new technology being developed by Apple may mean that this may soon be at an Continue reading Apple plans to switch off iphone camaras during live events

Arriba Arriba calls it a day

Arriba-Arriba, the well known local duo, have decided to call it a day. Here’s the press release: These will be Arriba Arriba’s last-ever public gigs. After 3 years    of performing, it is 100% Ellen’s decision to quit and go solo, and    I wish her every success. Thankyou to every single one of you who have supported our act over    the years. I’m so sorry that so many of you have been clearly very    upset and Continue reading Arriba Arriba calls it a day