Stories of the Argar (2)

Our home is a hill top half way up a large mountain range. These mountains give us what we need, but they are not generous. We must work the mountains, and the magic that gives us the power to control the mountains is water. There is precious little water here in the Cabreras. We have been blessed with springs. Old Pretzl lectures us that whilst we are strong, our village productive, the Sun shall give Continue reading Stories of the Argar (2)

Stories of the Argar (1)

Almost four thousand years ago, Almería hosted the most advanced bronze age civilisation Europe would ever know. Above Turre, they had a village and a mine (now known as Gatas). I have sat amongst their graves, up in the mountains, and watched the tortoises play amongst their graves whilst I sat and thought. This civilisation, known as the El Argar, were in constant war with the meseteros, those of the Meseta, further inland. A civilisation Continue reading Stories of the Argar (1)

The Hoopoe revenge

Tonight, then, would be the night. The Moon set against her sect, invisible tonight. Tonight would be the night. The sack bulged. Above, Saint Lorenzo cried his tears, pointing his invisible way towards the Holy Grail. That trail would have to wait for another night. I set out. The road was gritty, illuminated by the base lights of a base town. The gravel on the tarmac slipped underneath me; my sack bulged and I slipped. Continue reading The Hoopoe revenge

A night above Turre

Sorry, I spent the lockdown reading the collected works of HP Lovecraft and got carried away. David, August 2020, shortly before he was never heard from again – spell from Clem 849. Tonight was a night of music, not magic. Yet the full moon floated overhead. Silence, cut only by distant lorries and the sudden scream of a vixen. I put on my earphones and staggered through the night. The dead rosemary whipped at my Continue reading A night above Turre

Madrid caught out lying over report into epidemiological report

In the middle of a fuss about whether or not Spain should allow an independent report into its handling of the pandemic and lockdown (the government says now is not the time, several large independent Spanish scientific organisations say it is), Madrid region has been caught in a blatant lie over the number of asymptomatic carriers of Covid it has detected A report dated August 4th published on the official Madrid Health website has been Continue reading Madrid caught out lying over report into epidemiological report

The bloke who killed a moonfish in Roquetas by pulling it out of the water and sitting on it will not face any worse than a small fine.

Although fish rights organisation Equinac has filed a criminal complaint, the Guardia Civil said that it’s not illegal to kill fish by sitting on them, any more than it is illegal to kill fish by smacking them against a rock when you catch them (he gets done under a procedimiento administrativo sancionador, if you understand Spanish law). The moonfish is not endangered, and as such is not protected by law. Nor is it a domestic Continue reading The bloke who killed a moonfish in Roquetas by pulling it out of the water and sitting on it will not face any worse than a small fine.

Madeline McCann and the Vera connection

Local papers are excited after the Daily Mail revealed that alleged Madeline McCann killer Christian Breuckner drove to Vera in the weeks before the abduction, in the same vehicle police think he used in the attack. The story is a little involved, in traditional Daily Mail style, and I couldn’t be bothered to read it all, but it seems he picked up a couple in Málaga and drove them up to Vera, where he spent Continue reading Madeline McCann and the Vera connection

So just who was advising the government about the lockdown?

There’s a rather bizarre fight going on in Spanish politics at the moment, after Salvador Illa, the health minister, admitted in a moment of absent mindlessness that a supposed committee of independent experts who were supposed to be advising the government on the lockdown – didn’t exist. Continue reading So just who was advising the government about the lockdown?

Judge stops the quarantine of half a million people in Lleida

The courts have this morning overturned the emergency quarantine of half a million people in Lleida. Both the public prosecutor and the magistrate asked to review the measure consider the massive scale of the lockdown to be “disproportionate” and “not based upon scientific evidence”. Judge Elena García-Muñoz Alarcos furthermore said that such a massive lockdown would only be constitutional if passed using national State of Emergency laws, a decision that could stop all regions of Continue reading Judge stops the quarantine of half a million people in Lleida