Almería goes to Iceland

Holiday time approaches. Due to time constraints on both our parts, May seemed like the best time to escape as a family for some much needed R&R. Bearing in mind the GF is a desert girl who complains when the temperature drops below 19ºC, and Baby refuses to go outside in the wind, where is the best place to take them? The Arctic circle, of course! To be specific, just below it – Iceland. With Continue reading Almería goes to Iceland

Girl hurt in fairground attraction in El Ejido

I knew those things were bloody lethal – a 14 year-old girl has been seriously hurt at a fairground in El Ejido on Saturday night. The teenager, who suffers from the achondroplasia form of dwarfism, was a passenger on a ride called la rana (the frog) when she was thrown from her chair and impacted against the ground. The girl was rushed to the Poniente hospital where her condition was described as stable. Police say Continue reading Girl hurt in fairground attraction in El Ejido

Sunday Times apology for calling aircraft carrier a destroyer

An apology in today’s Sunday Times: A caption last week incorrectly identified the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as a “destroyer”. Apologies to all those who were deceived 🙂 Somebody was obviously angry enough about this to make a formal complaint. Dunno why I thought this was funny, but it made me laugh. More to the point, who was Carl Vinson?

Spain has no answer to zombie invasion – but says it doesn’t need one

Are they mad? The Spanish may be able to forgive their politicians embezzlement, sexual predilections, and cosying up to Trump. But the revelation that Madrid doesn’t feel it’s necessary to draw up a Zombie emergency plan has caused anguish across the nation. Actually, the response to the question tabled by senator Carles Mulet (Comprimis) shows a rare sense of humour by some unknown functionary, as El Mundo notes. Mulet, a member of one of the Continue reading Spain has no answer to zombie invasion – but says it doesn’t need one

Another unique eco-system in province killed off

One of the largest surviving “artineras” ecosystems left in the province has been destroyed by farmers. The 2,64 square kilometre artinera outside El Ejido is a protected space under Spanish legislation, but Ecologistas en Acción say that invasion by builders and farmers has illegally destroyed it. Artineras are grouping of several types of indigenous grasses that form small inter-dependent ecosystems around a shrub known in Spanish as the Arto. Animal and insect life within the Continue reading Another unique eco-system in province killed off

So what’s going to happen to the Spanish State visit?

In all the general election excitement in the UK, one vital question has been overlooked by the pundits – what’s going to happen with the visit of the Spanish Royal family to the UK? The election is on June 8, and King Felipe is supposed to be visiting on June 6-7. He and his family can still meet the Queen of course  but with purdah in force across the UK government, he won’t be able Continue reading So what’s going to happen to the Spanish State visit?

Los Gallardos – Bédar – Lubrín road to be upgraded

The provincial council is to spend €120,000 improving the AL-6109 which connects the villages of Los Gallardos, Bédar and Lubrín. Almost two kilometres of road surface is to be replaced, with other sections of the road being improved. Additional safety features will be installed on dangerous stretches of the road, road markings repainted, reflective surfaces installed on corners and safety signs replaced. The money has become available due to budget under-runs on the 31 road Continue reading Los Gallardos – Bédar – Lubrín road to be upgraded

Private parts sales banned

Spain has banned the trade in motor spares between individuals. Anyone caught selling on a bit of old motor now faces a fine or even jail, according to antena3. You can now only buy second hand parts for motor vehicles from authorised treatment centers called CATs. The new law tries to implement EU decrees on the recycling of engines and the maximisation of vehicle life. What it actually does is penalises the second hand repair Continue reading Private parts sales banned

Wild boar out in force

Wild boar are out in force again for the mating season and drivers run the risk of hitting one of these stout little beasts during these dark nights. Such a collision is usually fatal to the animal, and often to the vehicle as well. Insurers warn that many older policies subscribed to under the old law may not include collisions with wild animals, and that drivers should double check their policies. Remember that an on-the-spot Continue reading Wild boar out in force

Rajoy has a chat with Trump

Mariano had what was described as an “extensive and productive” chat with Trump today. (Further investigation shows that it lasted exactly 15 minutes). Madrid said that Trump was very interested to hear about Rajoy’s reactivation of the Spanish economy. Rajoy said he talked at length on bilateral relations, security and the economy. As Trump hung up, Rajoy shouted down the phone that he would offer to mediate between the USA and south America. No news Continue reading Rajoy has a chat with Trump