Vera beach, where tomorrow (Sunday) a world breaking attempt at skinny dipping will take place, was briefly closed today after a 50 year old man drowned in the sea just off the coast. Ideal, which mentions the attempt, says it appears the man got into trouble just off the beach and drowned as other swimmers desperately tried to drag him back to the beach. An investigation continues – it’s not sure if the man was Continue reading Tomorrow’s skinny dip record may be in danger after man drowns on beach
British Airways will in two weeks time launch a new twice weekly Granada – London City route, for those of you who may find this useful. (Spotted in the Sunday Times).
The Junta has discovered that the golf capacity of Andalucía is for 1,14 million tourists a year, although the annual average of visitors is just 425.000. So, instead of saying that we’ve got three times as much golf courses as we need, the Junta has bravely stepped up and said “here’s an opportunity to cram another 700.000 tourists a year into Andalucía”. The report says it should be possible to play 5,24 million rounds of Continue reading Where I see overdevelopment, the Junta sees opportunity!
11 aerial units continue to patrol the skies controlling the three fires which started last night in the Levante. According to the authorities, last nights storm caused over 2,000 lightening strikes which set off three major fires in Turre, Mojacar and Huercal Overa. Overnight in Huercal Overa, three units of 28 firefighters supported by environmental agents fought the flames in the dark, and the hamlet of El Saltador was evacuated. In Mojacar, a similar number Continue reading 11 aerial units battle fires in Levante this morning
Refillable olive oil decanters in bars in Spain will be banned within days after the Ministry of Agriculture announced it will shortly (this or next week?) present legislation. This is despite the fact that the previous initiative, by the EU, collapsed after the UK´s David Cameron used the initiative to highlight EU waste and micromanagement. Spain says that it considers the “fraud” of using low quality olive oil on tables to be a major consumer Continue reading Refillable olive oil decanters to be BANNED anyway by Spain within days!
The fire around Los Moralicos continues (as of 8am) to be active, emitting a huge pall of smoke, but at least one helicopter has been active since the light of dawn, and occasional puffs of huge black smoke can be seen where water is dumped on the flames.
Tonights electrical storm has left at least two large forest fires blazing in the Cabrera mountains, and another away at the bottom of the Almanzora above Huercal Overa. The visible fires from Turre are a large one the other side of the mountains below Los Moralicos, and further up the mountains towards Los Giles, although positioning them exactly is difficult in the dark. Emergency vehicle lights are clearly visible as they crisscross the mountains. The Continue reading Fires in mountains after electrical storm
The traffic police in Huercal Overa are vigilant people. Their latest arrest is of a Spanish man from Denia who had a giraffe in the back of his van. It turns out that the giraffe was destined for the Tabernas zoo, and was being transported from the Netherlands. Both zoos say they knew nothing of the unusual -not to say illegal- transport arrangements, and claim to have been duped by the man into awarding him Continue reading Man with giraffe in van stopped near Huercal Overa
Juan Manuel Sánchez, a 26 year old from Albox, has won the first Spanish edition of Masterchef. He blew away a panel of Spains top judges (including the world´s best, Adrian Ferra, who was the surprise judge in the final round) with a combination of modern takes on local dishes. Juan, who has never been formally trained but who has worked in the catering trade all his life, is the son of one of Albox´s Continue reading Local lad wins Spanish Masterchef
There’s a famous building in Almeria called the Toblerone, because it looks like the iconic chocolate bar. It was used for over a hundred years to store minerals from the railways before being moved over the ships in the port for export. Read more about it here. Anyway, some nasty people want to knock down the (technically protected historic) building, and the townhall, not keen on the upkeep, is quite keen on letting this happen. Continue reading Toblerone chocs join the “Save the historic Toblerone” building campaign in Almeria