Christmas – it’s English music, English food and English cheer, the whole world over

It was whilst nursing my bad toe, sustained in an accident putting up the tinsel, that I started to muse on this world-wide joke perpetrated upon an unsuspecting and innocent world by the English – Christmas. It is an act of cultural hegemony that had done more than anything else to establish a single cultural baseline across the world. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are in late December – OK, probably not Continue reading

Garrucha Christmas What’s On

DIA 17 DICIEMBRE 21.00 h. Exhibición de las alumnas de la Escuela de Ballet “ La Magia de la Navidad” dirigido por Martina Fernández en el Centro Cultural Municipal. DIA 19 DICIEMBRE A las 20.00h. Actuación de las alumnas de Hip Hop, dirigido por Natalia López en el Centro Cultural Municipal. A las 21.30 h. Exhibición de Baile de Salsa y Merengue a cargo de la Escuela “Levántate y Baila” dirigido por el profesor Víctor Continue reading

Spanish CD sales at an all time low

So it turns out that to get your CD into the Spanish Christmas top 40, you only had to sell 500 copies this year. To get into the top 10 during the peak sale week of between the 9th and 15th of December, you only had to sell 2,000 copies… and the number one spot was taken with sales of just 8,500 copies. That’s physical sales and digital downloads. This isn’t an indication of an Continue reading

Garrucha Xmas programme

From Garrucha tourism office I learn that: The Belen (nativity scene) will be inaugurated tomorrow Friday 13th at 7pm in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. From the 3rd – 6th January there will be a Christmas Market everyday in the same Square, and the Three Kings parade sets off from the port at 8pm on the 5th, which is always good fun. Full programme as follows: PROGRAMA NAVIDEÑO 2013 ACTIVIDADES CULTURALES Y FESTIVAS DIA 13 DE Continue reading

Turre food bank collection now open

Turre is having a “food collection”, running until the 27th, in which local citizens can donate food for the hungry. The townhall is in charge of collecting the food and sending it to the Almería food bank, which then donates the food to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc, etc across Spain for this Christmas. Appropriate food is anything tinned, rice, dried foodstuff, etc. A number of local organisations are helping to collect the food. A Continue reading

People stealing Christmas plants faster than being planted

Almeria Town hall, in common with so many other Ayuntamientos of the region, likes to plant the traditional pascuero, a red plant which blooms at Christmas time. 30,000 of them are being planted in public areas around the city for Christmas. It seems that they keep the bulbs and plant the stems, which means the plants regenerate in municipal greenhouses year in and year out. Today they planted the first 30 of them. Went back Continue reading