Tito Vilanova has died

Tito Vilanova, the ex-coach of FC Barcelona, has died at the age of 45 from cancer. Francisco ‘Tito’ Vilanova Bayo (Bellcaire d’Empordà, 17-9-1968 – Barcelona, 4-25-2014) was a star who was widely celebrated in Spain, and across the world, for his dedication to his club, and his unique training methods that help propel barça to its status as the worlds foremost football team. He worked for the club for his entire working life, over 30 Continue reading Tito Vilanova has died

La Voz de Almería is on this Saturday’s ONCE ticket

La Voz de Almería, our local newspaper, is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and has been honoured by appearing on this Saturday’s ONCE lottery ticket. ONCE, for those of you who don’t know, is the Spanish Org for the Blind, and raises money via a national lottery. Visually impaired people sell the tickets, receiving a salary for doing so, and the money raised goes towards aid programmes across the country. Their lottery ticket always features a Continue reading La Voz de Almería is on this Saturday’s ONCE ticket

David Cameron spends Easter in Lanzarote

David Cameron and his family will be spending the Easter break in a 18th century rural hotel on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. His in-laws have a home on the island, so David & Sammie often borrow the keys and jet on out. The exclusive resort of Casa Tomarén in the village of San Bartolomé has seven self contained cottages in a private complex on the outskirts of the volcanic forest Timanfaya National Park.

How much did King Juan Carlos know about the 23-F military coup? Did he cause it?

There’s a new investigative book out that’s rocking Spain (tomorrow, actually), which basically claims King Juan Carlos knew in advance about the 1981 (failed) military coup and even assisted it in order to cement his own power. The King is well known for facing down the military and returning power to Congress, ensuring that democracy triumphed. But is this really what happened, or did the King play both sides off against the middle to come Continue reading How much did King Juan Carlos know about the 23-F military coup? Did he cause it?

Who was Adolfo Suárez?

Spain is in mourning for Adolfo Suárez, the first democratic President of Spain, who died on Sunday. But, who was he, and why have most people never heard of him? His tale is a interesting and intriguing one – for most Spaniards associate him with the hope that followed the death of the military dictator Franco, when anything seemed possible, and before they became disillusioned with their politicians.

Adolfo Suarez, first democractic PM of Spain, will die this weekend says son

Adolfo Suárez, the first Prime Minister of Spain after Franco’s death, and the man who lead the transition from a military dictatorship to a semi-functioning democracy, is expected to die this weekend, according to a tearful statement from his son. Suárez has suffered from severe Alzheimer’s, which has left him unable to cope by himself since 2005. Suárez was a close friend of King Juan Carlos, who has visited him several times during his long Continue reading Adolfo Suarez, first democractic PM of Spain, will die this weekend says son

Doña Paquita dies at a 103 – Almeria mourns for the “grandma of the park”

Doña Paquita has died at 103 years of age. Doña Francisca Díaz Torres, named hija predilicta de Andalucia, “favourite daughter of Andalucia” by the Parliament of Andalusia in 2010, Doña Paquita is considered to be one of the first feminists and ecologists in Almería, and the “grandmother” of the Cabo de Gata natural park. She was born in Almeria city to local Judge Andrés Díaz, and Josefina Torres, from a well off family in Nijar. Continue reading Doña Paquita dies at a 103 – Almeria mourns for the “grandma of the park”

Franco’s grandson arrested for try to run over Guardia Civil officers

Francisco Franco Martínez-Bordiú, the black sheep of the Franco family (errr…… hang on?) has been charged by a Judge and arrested for dangerous driving and attacking two Guardia Civil officers. The event happened on the 30th of April 2012, but has been winding its long way through the courts. The Judge in the town of Calamocha, Aragon, now thinks there is sufficient evidence to charge the grandson of the Spanish Dictator.

Things we didn’t know: King of Spain is also King of Jerusalem

A useful bit of trivia for your next pub quiz: King Juan Carlos also happens to be the King of Jerusalem, although I don’t know if anyone has told the Israelis. His Majesty Juan Carlos the First, By the Grace of God, the King of Spain, King of Castile, of León, of Aragon, of the Two Sicilies, of Jerusalem, of Navarre, of Granada, of Seville, of Toledo, of Valencia, of Galicia, of Sardinia, of Córdoba, Continue reading Things we didn’t know: King of Spain is also King of Jerusalem