1 dead, 7 seriously ill after drinking bottle of poison found in Almeria street

1 person has died, four are on life support and three others are seriously ill after they shared a bottle of guiski they found in the street in Almeria city. J.E.R., a 31 year old Moroccan man found the apparently intact bottle of generic whisky in a bag with some soft drinks and called a few of his mates round to break it open.

Madrid plane evacuated after joke went wrong

A Madrid – Barcelona flight was evacuated after a joke went wrong this afternoon. The flight was at Madrid’s Barajas airport when a passenger sent a whatsapp message to his wife joking that there were three suspicious looking islamists sitting across the row from him. His wife, failing to understand the joke, rang the Guardia Civil saying that her husbands flight had been hijacked.

Google finally replies to Spanish internet news law – we’re bigger than you are, amigo

Google has finally replied to the proposed Spanish Internet Copyright Law, that would, in theory, make Google News illegal unless they paid for every news story they used. In fact, the new law, badly thought out and pandering to elderly news editors who don’t understand the internet, won’t affect Google at all – although it will stifle Spanish innovation. In a blog post here, the head of Spanish Strategic Alliances, Luis Collado, sniffs that Google Continue reading Google finally replies to Spanish internet news law – we’re bigger than you are, amigo

Another shark caught off Villaricos

Sea’s full of them at the moment it seems. A 2 metre long shark was caught recently some 8 nautical miles off Villaricos, and then four days ago a baby shark was dragged in by some fishermen. And then this summer we had the famous oar fish, which caused no end of fuss. Biologists say that these sharks don’t normally attack humans, as they only go after small fish, and that bathers shouldn’t be worried.

Almeria – Seville air route to cost taxpayers 2.5 million euros a year

Almeria airport

The Almeria to Seville air route is being underwritten by the Junta to the fantastic amount of 2,5 million euros a year, or 10.292.000 over the next four years. The air route was declared to be “obligatory for the social good”, which basically means it has to carry on regardless of actual traffic, and so the long suffering taxpayer must again reach into their pockets to underwrite it.

Calar Alto observatory fights for survival: 20% of staff laid off

Calar Alto observatory, in the mountains above Almeria, is Europe’s largest observatory. But that hasn’t saved it from funding cuts which lead to its Director quitting recently in protest. It’s administered jointly by Spain’s CSIC and the Max Planck Institute of Germany. CSIC has almost abandoned the observatory, and Max Planck has also severely cut back. This has lead to a wave of job losses, as the remaining staff are forced to take pay cuts Continue reading Calar Alto observatory fights for survival: 20% of staff laid off

Health Tax on Fuel is illegal, rules EU court – must Spain pay back 13 billion euros to us drivers?

The EU has ruled that the centimo sanitario is illegal, opening the way to a court ruling that Spain must return the almost 13 billion euros collected to drivers. It’s a tax that the regions are allowed to apply at their discretion to fuel sold at the pumps, and the reason why Murcia is slightly cheaper for gas than Andalucia (Murcia doesn’t collect the tax). It’s known as the impuesto sobre las ventas minoristas de Continue reading Health Tax on Fuel is illegal, rules EU court – must Spain pay back 13 billion euros to us drivers?

Paco de Lucia, greatest flamenco guitarist of our times, dies

Paco de Lucia died last night whilst on holidays with his family in Mexico. He was 66. Together with the great vocalist Camarón de la Isla, Paco is -was- considered to be the leading light of flamenco, and the reason it firmly took its place on the world stage alongside Jazz or bossa nova. Born in Algeciras (Cádiz) on the 21st of December 1947, Paco has won every major international music award going (even a Continue reading Paco de Lucia, greatest flamenco guitarist of our times, dies

Dozens of financial crooks arrested across Spain

Looks like the fat fraudster Nigel Goldman got out just in time, unless his extradition had finally come through! More than 50 people were arrested across Spain on Tuesday in a crackdown on boiler-room operations peddling phony investment opportunities. Overseen by a National Court judge, the operation was carried out with cooperation from British and U.S. authorities, sources involved in the ongoing investigation told Efe. The arrests took place in Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga. The Continue reading Dozens of financial crooks arrested across Spain