New speed traps go after speeding lorries and people with specific speed limits

Quite a few vehicles on Spanish roads have specific speed limits. Lorries, buses, special cargo transporters or drivers with restricted speeds all have to go slower than the indicated maximum speed at certain points on the road – lorries aren’t allowed to go over 100kph on motorways, for example. The current speed traps in use can’t distinguish between different types of vehicles, and so these restricted vehicles can drive at the maximum posted without worrying Continue reading New speed traps go after speeding lorries and people with specific speed limits

Turre expects over 1000 cyclists in the 2015 firemans bike race

Well over a thousand mainly amateur cyclists are expected to turnup this 15th of February in Turre for the 2015 Ruta MTB Bomberos cycle race up and down the mountains over rural roads and riverbeds. It’s a fun course which started off some years ago as a fun competition between local cycling groups and quickly swelled into the cycle event of the year for the province. For information on joining see Turre townhall or Asdeportiva Continue reading Turre expects over 1000 cyclists in the 2015 firemans bike race

Dreambeach Villaricos 2015 lineup announced

And I haven’t heard of any of them. Summarising the press release: Dutch DJ’s Thom Jongkind & Idir Makhlaf are the headline acts at this years Dreambeach Villaricos 2015 musical festival (7/8th August). BLASTERJAXX are known for “their high voltage equipment and rapid dance rhythms” which should be fun for the village of Villaricos. Other signed acts: Luciano, Pet Duo, Dixon, Nina Kraviz, Gonçalo , Spor, Kill The Noise, Neonlight, Recondite Live, Maceo Plex & Continue reading Dreambeach Villaricos 2015 lineup announced

Andalusian President is pregnant

Susana Díaz, President of Andalusia, has confirmed rumours that she is three months pregnant. The 40 year old is expecting her first child, with her librarian husband José María Moriche. Susana, who has always made a big deal of being an integral part of her large family, added that she expects to take maternity leave as “is normal” but added that this will not “be a problem” and explains that she will take the minimum Continue reading Andalusian President is pregnant

Early Andalucian election alarm bells ring

Rumours are spreading that the elections to the Junta de Andalucia may be bought forwards to coincide with the May municipal elections after President Susana Diaz ordered all provincial PSOE heads to a secret lunch next Tuesday. https://twitter.com/JaviRivero/status/556865252936388608 If she wants to convoke elections for May, then she must announce them before the 27th of January. The lunch is being held just before a meeting of the Andalucian council of government, and the law stipulates Continue reading Early Andalucian election alarm bells ring

PSOE leader gets lost in the USA; much mockery follows

Pedro Sánchez, the Spanish equivalent to Ed Miliband (goofy, quite irritating and not quite in control of his party) went to the States last weekend in an effort to build up his statesman image. Sadly, despite a love in with Madeleine Albright (he showed her his proposals for a “Spanish political recuperation and regeneration” – she asked who the hell he was and why he was following her around), a meeting with Christine Lagarde of Continue reading PSOE leader gets lost in the USA; much mockery follows

Sexual exploitation and fights of animals to become illegal

Goats across Spain are celebrating after the government decided to make zoophilia (sexual exploitation of animals) and animal fights illegal. The Penal Code will be amended to allow jail sentences of between three months and one year for fiddling with animals, and six months to two years for “cock or dog fights in shows without a license”. Interestingly enough, the zoophilia article is redacted as maltrate injustificadamente cualquier animal que no viva en estado salvaje, Continue reading Sexual exploitation and fights of animals to become illegal

Pulpí AVE line approved by government

The Council of Ministers have voted to free up 71 million euros to build the 12,2 km stretch of high speed railway between Pulpí and Cuevas del Almanzora. This bit of the AVE was supposed to be paid for last year, but the money comes four months after expected due to “technical problems” with the plans. It’s the extension of the abandoned AVE project that runs past Los Gallardos and Turre that cost upwards of Continue reading Pulpí AVE line approved by government

Yellow snow alert in province

There is a snow alert, yellow level*, for the higher parts of the province tonight. *Sorry, yellow snow alert. Snigger. Snow above 1,000/ 1,500 metres in the south of Spain, starting to fall tonight. Los Velez is the main area affected, as are the mountains of Tabernas. We may get some rain tonight and Monday morning – then again, we may not. Stay up to date here from the official source: The weather. Consult the Continue reading Yellow snow alert in province

Albox refuses to consign compensation to illegal house owners and appeals

Albox townhall has refused to consign 3.104.185€ to the local courts to cover its “civil responsibility” for permitting the construction and sale of 98 illegal homes to British citizens, and has voted unanimously to appeal the sentence. Read my explanation of the court order over here. Rogelio Mena, the PSOE Mayor, says that neither he nor his team were responsible for allowing the constructions (he blames the previous PP mayor from the other party) and Continue reading Albox refuses to consign compensation to illegal house owners and appeals