Don Juan nicked for pretending to be a Colonel (all the ladies like a soldier!)

A don Juan in Seville has been detained at His Majesty’s pleasure for pretending to be a Colonel in the Spanish army. It seems the chap – a balding specimen who passed 40 several years ago- would go off to local discos in full military getup, together with a fake pistol, and then sidle up to the ladies, asking in a husky voice if they’d like a go on his weapon. Or words to that Continue reading Don Juan nicked for pretending to be a Colonel (all the ladies like a soldier!)

First casualty of the cutbacks – Balearic Isles will close two hospitals, fire staff

The region of the Balearic Isles has announced that due to cutbacks, it will have to close two hospitals: the Hospital General and the Hospital Juan March. This in an effort to save some 350 million euros a year. A further 74 million euros will be cut off the general budgets of education and health, and civil servents in the region are now expected to work 37.5 hours a week, up from the current 35 Continue reading First casualty of the cutbacks – Balearic Isles will close two hospitals, fire staff

Cuevas del Almanzora killer caught fleeing to Murcia

A gypsy who yesterday shot and killed a man from Gambia in Cuevas del Almanzora was seized by the Guardia Civil as he attempted to flee to family members who lived in the province of Murcia. The killing happened yesterday at around 19.55, in calle Cuesta del Calvario, after neighbours called the police to report gunfire. Police arrived on the scene to find a 37 year old man from Gambia had been shot with a Continue reading Cuevas del Almanzora killer caught fleeing to Murcia

Mojacar townhall to hold public meeting with local businesspeople

Beachcomber John informs me that: Message to all of Mojacar’s business owners, there will be a meeting with police and town hall officials/representatives for us to discuss what the excessive police presence (Road blocks) is having on tourism in Mojacar. 6pm Wednesday 2nd May at the Puntazo Hotel. If you care then come and don’t worry it will be a very laid back meeting, they want to know how it is affecting us all. All Continue reading Mojacar townhall to hold public meeting with local businesspeople

IVA & tax increase plans confirmed by Madrid

Luis de Guindos, the Minister for the Economy, has just confirmed that the government is planning to increase “indirect taxes” in 2013. This means another IVA increase is probably on the books, although he has refused to state exactly which taxes will be increased and when. De Guindos told reporters after this mornings “Meeting of Ministers” that the government wants to reduce tax on industry and work, and increase indirect taxes on consumption. Other “indirect Continue reading IVA & tax increase plans confirmed by Madrid

Nespresso Naora causing confusion over capture, captas or captarás?

Nespresso, the coffee people, have sent me a pink leaflet about their latest coffee, Naora, which is a confusing hodgepodge of English and Spanish. Starts off “Naora – limited edition 2012” before going on to boast “capture el momento”. Now, English or Spanish? What does capture el momento actually mean? Surely it should be captas el momento, as “capture” is an English word followed by a Spanish phrase, and the rest of the brochure (the Continue reading Nespresso Naora causing confusion over capture, captas or captarás?

5,6 million unemployed (that’s 1 in every third Andaluz)

Title says it all, really. There are now 5,6 million unemployed people in Spain, out of which 1,329,600 are Andalucian – or 33.17%. To put it another way, if you put three Andalucians in a row, one of them won’t have a job. Across Spain, there are an estimated 1.728.400 households in which not one member draws a salary. In the first three months of the year, 365,900 people lost their jobs. Meanwhile, the Unicaja Continue reading 5,6 million unemployed (that’s 1 in every third Andaluz)

So, will you lose health rights in Spain? Yes, if you’re not registered!

OK, so what’s happening with this cutback on health services? Here’s the brief scoop, as I understand it: The new law takes effect on the 31st of August and on that date: All illegal immigrants in Spain will loose their health rights, and if they have a health card, this will expire. If they have a residency permit in Spain, then they will continue to enjoy the same health rights as other citizens. All European Continue reading So, will you lose health rights in Spain? Yes, if you’re not registered!

Cowboy Cocina, Mojacar Playa

The following is a review submitted by Britt Arenander who is my spy on the Playa! But I fully agree with his opinions here! As I´m not into steaks and hamburgers I had never been to Cowboy Cocina on Mojácar playa, but it so happened that I ended up there with a visiting friend and was happily surprised. The menu is extensive and even includes a couple of vegetarian dishes, all reasonably priced. We shared Continue reading Cowboy Cocina, Mojacar Playa

Fun cloud spotted off the coast of Almería

Like it? It’s called an alborino and it’s a special cloud formation sometimes seen in the Alboran sea off the coast of Almería. It’s caused when the poniente winds hits the levante wind, causing a mini whirlwind up the sky. The big splot on the coast, by the way, are the greenhouses of El Ejido. Read more about Alborinos here on cazatormentas.net PS – don’t confuse with albariño which is of course the delicious crisp Continue reading Fun cloud spotted off the coast of Almería