State takes control of Andalucia’s AVE investments

Remember that the EU has promised to finish off the high speed railway AVE down to Algeciras? Well, today Madrid announced that it will take control of all of the construction work back from Seville, and will “compensate” Seville for the 280 million euros it has invested so far. The money was spent building 77km between Marchena and Antequera (Málaga). Andalucia was the only region to have spent any of its own money on the Continue reading State takes control of Andalucia’s AVE investments

Another empty airport: Ryanair pulls out of Reus, leaving a brand new airport with no commercial flights at all

As part of Ryanairs’ plan to force the Generalitat to give it lots of money (same business plan as ETA, but with fewer iron bars and kneecaps, basically) it has continued its economic blackmail of Catalonia by pulling all of its flights to Reus airport. Now, it turns out that Ryanair was the only airline flying from Reus which means the airport now has no commercial routes at all. Since 2005, Spain has spent over Continue reading Another empty airport: Ryanair pulls out of Reus, leaving a brand new airport with no commercial flights at all

“Welcome to Andalucía, welcome home”

That’s the new slogan of Andalucia for the British market, believe it or not. Whilst curled up in a corner in a cafe in Granada browsing ABC this weekend (terrible paper, don’t bother, but it was on the pile in front of me) I came across a clipping about Andalucia’s stand at the World Travel Market in London. “Bienvenidos a Andalucía, bienvenidos a casa”. Luciano Alonso, minister for tourism in Andalucia’s Junta, explained to ABC Continue reading “Welcome to Andalucía, welcome home”

Can’t pay your rent? 10 days to get out under new law

A new law modifying the desahucio express -express evictions- means that defaulting tenants who don’t reply to judicial orders to pay have just 10 days to clear off before the cops come round and throw you out. In 2009, a law, nicknamed the desahucio express came into force which aimed to give landlords greater security if their tenants defaulted on the rent. From being almost impossible to throw out tenants, landlords saw judicial processes speed Continue reading Can’t pay your rent? 10 days to get out under new law

Mojácar to build 50k€ walkway

Mojácar has signed an agreement with the local GDR (rural development group) to build a 9 km senderismo ramblers path from La Mena to Macenas. The walkway, which one presumes will be at least graveled, will have informative billboards along the route which ramblers may deface with a penknife. Two informative huts will also be built for ramblers to relax and study local wildlife from. The route is circular, whatever that means (so, is it Continue reading Mojácar to build 50k€ walkway

Can’t pay your catechism? Clean the church instead!

The new priest at Adra, one Juan Daniel López (not the new priest in Maria, who recently flipped and called his parishioners “heretics” before telling several rambling stories about who’d done what with whom – before being saved by the lynch mob by the Guardia) has offered his poorer parishioners the chance to do odd jobs around the church instead of paying for their childrens catechism. (Catecismo -catechism- is the Catholic session of lessons before Continue reading Can’t pay your catechism? Clean the church instead!