Queen Letizia ‘the common journalist’

As a commoner and a journalist, Queen Letizia was seen as a threat to the future of the Spanish monarchy by Juan Carlos, her future father-in-law. Juan Carlos, 77, who abdicated last year in favour of his son King Felipe, 47, was hostile towards his future daughter-in-law, according to a new book about the family. The Court of Felipe VI, published this week, claims that Juan Carlos was uneasy with a journalist inside the royal Continue reading

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

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

Fans of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones were aghast after beloved character Jon Snow, played by British actor Kit Harrington, was supposedly killed off at the end of the last series. But hope springs eternal, and the fact that Kit has been spotted this week on holiday in Almería city has started rumours that his character will return. Game of Thrones will be filming season six here in the province this autumn and Continue reading

Daddy Yankee’s world tour stops off in Mojácar

Milan, Paris, Luxembourg, Rome, Tel Aviv, Alicante, Bilbao… and Mojácar. Puerto Rican latino singer Daddy Yankee has announced that one of the stops on his would tour will be in Mojácar. Well, that’s what local newspapers say – his official webpage just says “Almería, Spain”. Few details are available yet other than the date, 1st of August. I’ve never heard of the bloke, and I suspect you haven’t either, but if you want a taste Continue reading

Spanish Princess puts half a million euros bail money in wrong account

The Spanish Infanta Cristina has been forced to pay 587.413 euros to the Balearic Island court investigating her family for massive corruption for bail. Sadly, her lawyers made a mistake and sent the money to the wrong person. Ouch. A fair amount of running around behind the scenes can be assumed, but it turns out that they transposed a 5 and a 4 in the bank account number, and the €587.413 actually went to some Continue reading

Felipe González tells the Pope: Corruption in Spain is oppressive

Ex-PM of Spain Felipe González – whose PSOE government was so corrupt it was eventually booed out of office allowing the PP under Áznar to win by a landslide – said today during an audience with the Pope that political corruption in Spain was “oppressive” and called for new laws to be passed against political corruption. Now, let us remember that old Felipe wasn’t too keen on that sort of thing when he was in Continue reading

Another film crew working in province

Basque director Imanol Uribe has started filming his latest opus here in the province, and expects to set most of the film here in Almeria province, mainly around the Cabo de Gata area. Imanol is a top Spanish film director. “Lejos del Mar”, an entirely Spanish project, stars Eduard Fernández and Elena Anaya. It’s the third film in a modern day thriller set, the first two films being the award winning “La Muerte de Mikel” Continue reading

Kiko Rivera gets fired from fiesta after citizens petition

Kiko Rivera is the rather useless lump of a son of Isabel Pantoja, the famous singer who together with her lover Julian Muñoz stole millions from Marbella townhall. (And basically got away with it, since she’s famous). Anyway, since he has about as much musical talent as I do, he’s been trying to make a name for himself as a DJ. After about a decade without success, you’d have thought he’d have given up, but Continue reading