AVE train promises ahead of elections

The local PP party is jubilant at the news that a section of high speed railway between Almeria and Murcia looks set to be contracted out by next year. The abandoned railway, which has cost the state over a billion euros (the tunnels and all), has been sitting mouldering in the sun for the last few years after the cash ran out. Earlier this year, ADIF, the railways operator, ordered the tunnels to be sealed Continue reading AVE train promises ahead of elections

Bobbies versus la policia

UK policeman at Notting Hill carnival this weekend: Spanish police at a recent feria carrying out random breath tests on pedestrians: Ah, thank heavens we’re in the free for all laid back party going state of España , eh? While we’re on the subject of Spanish coppers, here’ s an (illustrated) Spanish joke: hur hur hur!

45 year old cyclist found dead in the hills

A 45 year old man has been found dead on his cycle up in the hills above Felix. Initial reports suggest that he probably had a heart attack whilst climbing a steep hill in the heat. A reminder to us all to take it easy in the heat of day, drink plenty of water and take a mobile phone if we’re going to be out and about exercising by ourselves.

“Clavius”, a new film by Kevin Reynolds, to be shot in Almeria

An unspecified amount of the forthcoming film by Kevin Reynolds, “Clavius”, is to be filmed in the province. Reynolds worked with Kevin Costner on Robin Hood and Waterworld. His latest film is a mystery about the death of Christ, starring Joseph Finnes and Tom Felton (who appeared in Harry Potter). It’s not going to be a megaproduction like “Exodus” (currently embroiled in racism scandal because all the heros are, against historical record, white, and the Continue reading “Clavius”, a new film by Kevin Reynolds, to be shot in Almeria

Cajamar cashier who stole 154.124€ from clients “almost” sent to jail

A female Cajamar cashier who stole 154.124€ from the accounts of 20 different clients between 2006 and 2010 has been sentenced to 21 months jail for the crime. She’s also been fined 2€ a day for 6 months (errrr….. 365€? That doesn’t seem much). Of course, reading between the lines, if you have a clean record, you don’t normally go to jail if the sentence is under 2 years – it’s usually suspended (except for Continue reading Cajamar cashier who stole 154.124€ from clients “almost” sent to jail

The importance of a good proofreader

There are two famous philosophers called Bacon in English history. Friar Roger Bacon (1214-1294) and Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Roger wrote the first encyclopaedia and promoted the Scientific Method, for which he got into trouble with the Pope. Francis, no lesser a genius, rather confusingly continued with the Scientific Method and introduced the scientific revolution into England. They tend to get confused. Here’s  a good quote from from a 1922 edition and reprint of Inquisitor Daza’s Continue reading The importance of a good proofreader

Vera town secretary earns more than President Rajoy

The Secretary of Vera townhall is on a higher wage than President Rajoy of Spain, according to leaked figures. Rajoy is being paid €78.185,04 this year. Chummy from Vera (his name wasn’t published) is on a base salary of €72.470,32, plus a €6.000 “productivity” bonus. Meaning he’ll earn €285.28 more than President Rajoy this year. The average annual Spanish salary, by the way, is just €22.790, or about €1.300 a month after tax. (Not round Continue reading Vera town secretary earns more than President Rajoy

20,000 illegal home amnesty to be overturned – no photo of King on wall

On the 9th of July, in a fiercely fought battle, the government of the Balearic Isles voted in a landmark amnesty for 20,000 illegal homes across the islands. The vote was forced through, and bitterly opposed by the opposition, ecologist groups and the national government. Well, the opposition have spotted a loophole and lodged an appeal to have the Constitutional Court overturn the vote – because the voting chamber didn’t have the official photo of Continue reading 20,000 illegal home amnesty to be overturned – no photo of King on wall

The abandoned warehouse outside Garrucha

We’ve all seen the old abandoned warehouse, stuck in the middle of a flat field outside Garrucha as we enter from the Los Gallardos road. Many of us will have wondered why? wherefore? and how? as we speed past this old, well built yet abandoned and now falling apart sign to a past dream. This… is the dream that was.