“Operacion Emperador” was an investigation into money laundering that ended up with the arrest of Gao Ping, a Chinese man resident in Madrid, on charges of laundering billions of dollars via Spain. Justice followed its natural course, Mr Gao was allowed out for a walk one day and promptly vanished on the first flight back to Beijing, and no more was said. Can’t annoy the Chinese, you know. Anyway, Anticorruption has suddenly relaunched the case, Continue reading Top coppers implicated in major corruption investigation→
The Junta has started its annual allergy advice service for 2014. This is a free service in which you sign up saying where you are, and what sort of environmental allergies you suffer from. The Junta then sends out emails and SMS’s every week warning you if pollen counts are high, or whatever.
And this time, they’ve remembered to include a bull. It’s taken 10 years and 3,5 million euros to refit the museum, but the Museo Taurino de Córdoba has finally reopened to the public. But, with an eye to the change in public opinion, the gist of the museum has changed slightly – it’s now more about the bulls than the bullfighters.
Okay, in the river as it passes through the city centre. After receiving several hysterical phone calls about this massive thing blocking the river, Policía Portuaria, Guardia Civil, Bomberos, Policía Local & Salvamento Marítimo all set out to join in the fun, but the animal died before anything could be done to save it. [Adsense-B] Nobody has any idea why the whale travelled up the river to die, but it caused an almighty traffic jam Continue reading 7 metre whale found in Huelva city centre→
We get a lot of these most wanted Brits abroad posters, so let us pause for a minute and contemplate the ugly mugs of Spain’s real top 10 most wanted. The Guardia Civil have issued the above delightful photofit, asking citizens to drop them a line if they spot them shopping in Super Turre or where-ever.
The EU has opened an official investigation to see what’s happened to over €200 million of EU funds that seem to have “vanished” in Andalucia. The corruption investigation looks at how the Junta de Andalucia has been spending the EU funds, which were supposed to go on labour policies and reduction of workplace accidents.
The Judges who ruled last week that the land the Algarrobico hotel was built on is urbanisable have had a criminal denuncia for abuse of power filed against them by ecologist groups. The Junta de Andalucia also said Saturday that it had grave reservations about the ruling, which it said showed “a lack of legal leadership”.
Some lucky sod has won €25.329.483 from a Euromillion lottery ticket purchased in Almería city. The ticket was sold in shop 5.085 on Avd Federico García Lorca, which was celebrating over the weekend – a lottery shop which sells a winning ticket is always assured of record sales over the forthcoming weeks as people flock to the “lucky” shop. The winner has not yet come forward. Some years ago, a massive €125 million euro lottery Continue reading 25,3 million euro Euromillion prize goes to Almería!→
Roquetas de Mar suffered a cloudburst yesterday which flooded the place in about 20 minutes. A heavy hailstorm blocked the storm gutters, which lead to water going everywhere. Roquetas is a horrible place in the rain – the whole bottom half of the city just floods, and the storm gutters, such as they are, go from the big new ones to the old small ones, forcing the excess water up in spouts along the avenues. Continue reading Roquetas floods in 20 minute storm→
The massive fire above Almería city is out now, and has burnt some 3,500 ha of land. Scrub and pine forest have all gone up in flames. The municipalities of Enix, Alhama de Almería, Santa Fe de Mondújar, Terque & Gádor were all affected. The possible cause was a tree falling onto a power line during the high winds of last week, causing a fire which quickly spread. Here are a couple of videos I Continue reading Gadór forest fire burns 3,500 ha of forest and scrub – hydroplane video!→