Almeria has more farm workers than ever before

Some 50,000 people are employed in the agricultural sector in the province. This is a record, we’ve never had that many before. Two ways of looking at this, muses me… a) The “Official One”: José Manuel Ortiz, territorial delegate of the Andalucian Ministry for Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente, congratulates the farmers of the province for struggling against the economic crisis, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy; b) The DJ one: We’re all going Continue reading Almeria has more farm workers than ever before

12 year old Mario wins Masterchef Junior España

12 year old Mario from Logroño (La Rioja) has won the first MasterChef Junior España on TVE-1. The young chef beat off the competition and won with a soft and delicious malagueña. 11 year old Ana Rosa came second. Mario has won the prize of €12,000, although he admitted later that he really wanted to be an engineer when he grows up. The finals were held during Spanish primetime TV: 10 minutes past midnight. Rather amazingly, Continue reading 12 year old Mario wins Masterchef Junior España

Explanations for “atrocious” Kings speech

It was his first public appearance after his hip operation on the 21st of November, but King Juan Carlos gave a bad impression in his speech to the Armed Forces yesterday on the 6th January. Despite it being the shortest 6th Jan speech on record – under 10 minutes – the King stuttered, stammered, lost his place on several occasions and once even started to repeat himself. By the end of his speech he was Continue reading Explanations for “atrocious” Kings speech

US Ambassador & boyfriend spend NYE in Seville palace

James Costos and his partner, the famous designer Michael S. Smith, (both pictured, James on the left) spent New Years at the Seville “Palacio de las Dueñas” Palace in Seville, as guests of the flamboyant aristocrat the Duchess of Alba. Doña Cayetana herself spent the holidays with friends at another palace she maintains in the city of Seville. But her Palacio de las Dueñas palace is maintained by her as an exclusive retreat which she Continue reading US Ambassador & boyfriend spend NYE in Seville palace

Madrid’s most famous disco goes bust

Buddha del Mar, or as it was recently renamed, Oh! Madrid, has gone bust. It was the most famous nightclub in Madrid, a disco where the famous off the TV rubbed shoulders with the Real Madrid players. It was known for a while as the La Roja’s local, since the Real Madrid lot such as Guti or Sergio Ramos were there almost on a nightly basis. But high prices, a collapse in the Spanish economy, an Continue reading Madrid’s most famous disco goes bust

Tijola takes €750,000 second prize in lottery

The second prize of yesterdays lottery was sold in Tijola (Almería) by Isabel Berruezo Segura & Diego Gea who own the local lottery shop. The second prize of El Niño was 69362, a number that was only sold over the counter. Each decimo (ticket) was worth €75,000. Above is the group photo of some of the lucky winners. The El Niño is fiendishly complicated – each number is divided into 10 tickets (two strips of Continue reading Tijola takes €750,000 second prize in lottery

Spanish Princess to be prosecuted for tax evasion and money laundering

After months of accusations and counter-accusations, it’s finally happened and a Judge has ordered that the Infanta Cristina, King Juan Carlos of Spain’s youngest daughter, by prosecuted for tax evasion and money laundering. The accusations come after her husbands long court case over allegations that he used his royal connections to siphon millions of euros from the public coffers of the Balearic Islands, together with crooked politicians, in a case called the Caso Noos. During Continue reading Spanish Princess to be prosecuted for tax evasion and money laundering