So what’s a nómina?

Anyone who works in Spain is used to getting a nómina. It’s the sheet of paper that you get at the end of the month specifying your wage, and all deductions – what we call a paysheet. “Just off to get me numana” cry the happy Brits on the 31st of the month, rubbing their hands in anticipation. Or is it? The word is actually far more fascinating than that, and the RAE (Real Academia Continue reading So what’s a nómina?

County Council presents hundred million euro plan for Almería

The Diputación (County Council) has published its advance draft of the 2016-2020 development plan for Almería, which attempts to unify all local development plans into three master plans. It has also announced that it will ask the EU for 110 million euros of FEDER funds to invest in the province. The Dip. doesn’t actually have any income. Instead, it gets cash from other parts of the government and spends it as it see fit. Frankly, Continue reading County Council presents hundred million euro plan for Almería

Two Garrucha Guardia Civil officers jailed for punchup

The Supreme Military Court has confirmed jail sentences of eight and six months for two Guardia Civil officers from the Garrucha post after an altercation descended into fisticuffs. Both men were in full uniform and the fight happened in public around the back of the barracks in 2012. The two men were off different ranks. One has been done for assaulting his superior officer, the other for hitting a subordinate. The offence was of sufficient Continue reading Two Garrucha Guardia Civil officers jailed for punchup

Bond girl fights for Albox seat in election

A former Bond girl is leading a group of British expatriates who hold the balance of power in a Spanish village before its elections tomorrow. Valerie Leon, 71, who had parts in The Spy Who Loved Me and Never Say Never Again, has lent a dash of Hollywood glamour to an election campaign that could be decided by 600 British residents of Albox in Almeria, southern Spain. The main point of contention is which party Continue reading Bond girl fights for Albox seat in election