Youths fined 5 grand for making noise in Mojacar

Eight 20 year old girls from Seville on holiday in Mojacar have been fined 601 euros apiece for “making excessive noise” in their rented villa on the very first day of their holiday, after they had been conned by their rental company. They rented an apartment over the internet from a local firm and when they got here it was “so squalid” they refused to stay in it and filed a denuncia against the company Continue reading Youths fined 5 grand for making noise in Mojacar

Partido Andalucista party throws in the towel and dissolves

The only nationalist political party in Andalucia, the PA (Partido Andalucista) has voted to dissolve itself after its disastrous showings in the last regional elections. At its annual congress held yesterday in Torremolinos, the PA voted, with 243 votes in favour to 57 against and 10 abstentions to throw in the towel. The last word came from its founder, Alejandro Rojas-Marcos who ended his party’s 40 year history with the words “the PA is no Continue reading Partido Andalucista party throws in the towel and dissolves

Pro-Independence parties could win at the Catalan elections

Thus ensuring all hell breaks loose. The coalition of pro-independence parties Junts pel Sí looks set to become the biggest party after the 27 Sep votes in Catalunya, which are being touted as an unofficial referendum on the future of the region. Throw in the projected 8 seats that are going to the other pro-indep party CUP and they have enough seats for an absolute majority. President Mas of Catalunya, who now looks set to Continue reading Pro-Independence parties could win at the Catalan elections

Arrested for stealing 10 tons of lemons

Two men were arrested for driving two vans full of lemons around early one morning recently in Roquetas. Unable to explain what they were up to, the police  decided to nick them and let justice sort it out. The two van had 2,6 tons of freshly picked lemons (someone had been busy). Further investigations revealed that a local farm had lost some 10 tons of lemons in a night, valued at some 8.000 euros. Police Continue reading Arrested for stealing 10 tons of lemons

Ruiz Mateos has died

Ruiz Mateos, one of Spains most flamboyant businessmen has died at the age of 84. He had been in hospital since June, when he was remanded without bail ahead of massive tax evasion charges. José Maria was a man who made and lost two fortunes. His first fortune was amassed during the heady first days of democracy when he amassed a vast business empire through somewhat -ah hem- dodge dealings. But he later fell out Continue reading Ruiz Mateos has died

Seat belt crack down by cops this week

The Guardia are having a crack down on people not wearing seat belts all this week. That’s front, and back seats. 300€ on the spot fine to the driver, by the way. Police reckon 16 road deaths over the last two years were caused by people not wearing their seatbelts. The last time they did a campaign like this, they checked 8.537 vehicles in the province and issued 160 fines. Rebellious or daft types may Continue reading Seat belt crack down by cops this week

1,500 homes to be built from next year in Palomares

Grupo Almanzora says it will press ahead from next year with plans to build 1,500 homes in Palomares, along with the obligatory hotel. The company owns 75% of the land, and some 55 smallholders own the rest of the land which is to be developed. Most of it is prime beach front property. Grupo Almanzora says 50% of the homes will be individual chalets and the rest viviendas adosadas. The company says that the construction Continue reading 1,500 homes to be built from next year in Palomares

Not too much damage from last nights rain

The heavy rain we got shortly after midnight last night didn’t do too much damage. It mainly hit Mojacar, Garrucha and Vera. Petter Finne reckons he got over four inches of rain in his back garden, an estimate he admits is “rule of thumb”, ie, he put his thumb in a flowerpot that had filled up. In Mojacar, two homes were flooded, three cars collapsed into a sinkhole in Macenas, another one in front of Continue reading Not too much damage from last nights rain

Been interviewed for Canal Sur Radio!

I was interviewed today by Antonio Cattoni for Canal Sur Radio’s late night show “Para tí”. Ostensibly the interview was about this blog but we soon veered off into a pleasant chat about the Brits in Spain, John Lennon (that was a bit of a curveball) and the difference between un íngles and los britanicos. I was also able to get a dig in about the Junta’s tourism strategy… ah hem. Nice chap, and it’s Continue reading Been interviewed for Canal Sur Radio!

Vera activates Emergency Flood Plan for this weekend

Vera council has confirmed that it’s activated its emergency Flood Plan for this weekend, as it looks like it’ll rain tomorrow (bummer for Los Carrascos fiesta in Turre…) Emergency services in the town will be prepared with a “coordinated response” to any localised flooding and have made sure all material and equipment they need is in a fit state, and that they know where it all is. The EFP has two levels: 1 which is Continue reading Vera activates Emergency Flood Plan for this weekend