Germany demands explanation from Nijar over local police brutality

During the Easter week parade in Nijar, several policial locales in Nijar stopped a German man, along with his Italian wife, when the man laughed at the parade passing by outside the bar window. The comment was, according to the man’s statement in court later, an aside made to his wife, which was overheard by the patrol, who took offense and demanded his passport. The German man said he didn’t have it on him, and Continue reading Germany demands explanation from Nijar over local police brutality

Chap in Nijar spotted cycling with a watermelon on his head

Mojaqueras eat your heart out – for sheer control and balance on something on your head, this bloke in Nijar takes the biscuit. Local newspaper Ideal.es reports that the video was sent in by some readers after they spotted the man cycling down the main Nijar road. Carefully evading the potholes and speed bumps as he sped along.

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”

Cabo de Gata golf course planning permission denied

The Junta has refused planning permission for a new golf course in the Cabo de Gata area. ‘Promociones y Propiedades Inmobiliarias SA wanted to build 2,500 homes, 1000 hotel rooms and a 27 hole golf course in Nijar. The Junta, however, says that this would “favour a new urban settlement to the detriment of the natural area”. How times change… Ideal.es

A day at the beach

Beaches aren’t my idea of fun. I rarely venture past the bottom patio of the chiringuito, unless my hat blows away or a lady in distress requests my assistance. After all, getting sand off the leather soles is a nightmare. But a day at the beach was mooted, in a firm sort of way, by the GF, who seems to enjoy them, and so I was given to understand that my Sunday was going to Continue reading A day at the beach

8 medical centres in Níjar have no telephone / internet access (didn’t pay the bill?)

El Mundo reports that 8 medical centres in Níjar (Almería) have no telephone or internet access. They serve a population base of around 10,000 people. It seems that the Health Service has either cut off or never bothered to have installed telephone lines to these centres, although they have computers and the like in there. Doctors are complaining that they have to use their personal mobile phones to check patient records, or call for ambulances. Continue reading 8 medical centres in Níjar have no telephone / internet access (didn’t pay the bill?)

Expensive, these beaches

Almería has one thing going for it in the summer – its beaches. Miles of lovely golden sand. Or so I’m told. I’ve never been a beach person, and after being savaged by a tropical jellyfish in the Thai gulf I made a vow never to go nearer the sea than the deck of a boat (or, indeed, the deck of a chiringuito, which is more my sort of scene). Anyway, these beaches have now Continue reading Expensive, these beaches

Summer of film and festival of music in Los Escullos Castle

From Ecologistas en Accion & Indignados Nijar: a series of activities in Los Escullos, Nijar, taking place over the summer. (In Spanish, if you don’t understand it you probably won’t be interested!) (click da foto to make dam bigger, mon) CINE DE VERANO Y FESTIVAL DE MÚSICA EN EL CASTILLO DE SAN FELIPE EN LOS ESCULLOS.