Aznalcóllar abandons the green dream and votes to allow industry

Aznalcóllar is a small town in Seville which used to have an enormous mine on its outskirts, until the dam holding back millions of cubic meters of poisonous waste broke in 1998 and polluted beyond recovery almost 5,000 ha of natural land either side of 63 km of river, including a vast swathe of Doñana natural park.

UGT conned the Junta into buying a ton of sweets – twice!

Super-union UGT not only conned the Junta de Andalucia into buying a ton of sweets for the 3 Kings procession, but they put the invoice through twice! El Mundo reports that in 2009 the union billed the Junta for “training services” but used the cash to buy a ton of sweets for the Seville three Kings procession – they had their own floats which throw sweets to all children as they pass by. Even better Continue reading UGT conned the Junta into buying a ton of sweets – twice!

Ortega Cano’s son denied bail as judge reckons he’s a flight risk…

Ortega Cano’s son has been denied bail until his trial as a judge reckons he’s likely to skip bail. A nasty piece of work, was the judge’s decision, “who habitually uses extreme violence to obtain his aims”. It’s a stunning turn around for the torero family, especially as the decision comes from a Seville court – Seville is well known for its “turn a blind eye” to all the little judicial scrapes by toreros and Continue reading Ortega Cano’s son denied bail as judge reckons he’s a flight risk…

Lion cubs seized at Sevilla party

Kiko Rivera – a well known fat idiot – is in hot water with animal lovers after allegations that police raided an exclusive party he was giving due to complaints he had two lion clubs on display from the local zoo. Kiko is well known in Spain for being the gormless son of Isabel Pantoja – singer and thief who plundered Marbella’s public treasury along with then boyfriend Julian Muñoz, despite being found guilty she’s Continue reading Lion cubs seized at Sevilla party

No more EU cash for Andalucia, because they’ve been caught pinching it

Europe has finally decided that, yes, about 219 million euros of FEDER Eu funds granted to Andalucia between 1994 and 1997 seems to have gone missing. Andalucia was one of the largest benefectors of EU funds during this time, receiving about 3.3 billion which went towards roads, motorways, hospitals, schools, farms, etc, in an attempt to drag the place into the late 20th century. As you can imagine, with so much cash coming in, quite Continue reading No more EU cash for Andalucia, because they’ve been caught pinching it

Junta refuses to pay out for agreed tourism sponsorship deals this year

The Junta de Andalucia, bankrupt in every sense except the “let’s admit it” sense, has just announced that it will welsh on all agreed tourism sponsorship deals for the second half of this year, after the credit card started to bounce. After having sunk the Andalucian Masters tournament by refusing at the last minute to cut the agreed check, the Junta has now admitted it can’t pay out for the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, Continue reading Junta refuses to pay out for agreed tourism sponsorship deals this year

Junta backtracks on salary cuts for civil servants – pay to remain the same

The Junta has decided not to cut the salary of public workers in Andalucia after the central government ordered that all civil servents lose their Christmas bonus this year. It seems that the Junta is concerned that if it too applies a seperate salary cut, this will penalise government workers twice which is “unfair”. The issue per se is: who’s paying the bills, and who will save the money? The Junta had originally ordered a Continue reading Junta backtracks on salary cuts for civil servants – pay to remain the same

Don Juan nicked for pretending to be a Colonel (all the ladies like a soldier!)

A don Juan in Seville has been detained at His Majesty’s pleasure for pretending to be a Colonel in the Spanish army. It seems the chap – a balding specimen who passed 40 several years ago- would go off to local discos in full military getup, together with a fake pistol, and then sidle up to the ladies, asking in a husky voice if they’d like a go on his weapon. Or words to that Continue reading Don Juan nicked for pretending to be a Colonel (all the ladies like a soldier!)

Almeria airport flying to 26 destinations this summer

This summer, you can fly to: Nationally: Oviedo, Bilbao, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Madrid, Melilla, Palma de Mallorca & Seville; Internationally: Niederrhein, Ámsterdam, Birmingham, Londres, Manchester, Luxemburgo, Nottingham, Estocolmo, Bruselas, Bratislava, Kosice, Praga, Brno, Reikiavik & Varsovia According to AENA, the airports operator. However, many of the international flights are charter only, operated by travel agents. The only international regular scheduled flights are to Niederrhein, Bruselas, Birmingham, Londres, Manchester & Nottingham.

The tuna’s are back in Mojacar!

No, not the fish farms – the university singing groups. These groups of slightly misaffected uni students, who club together in 19th century outfits to sing harmonious songs, are a mad mix between flamenco, goth and university club. And for the second year running, they’re coming back to Mojácar. The event is rather grandly called the Second World Encounter of Tunas (II Encuentro Mundial de Tunas), although “World” appears to mean Granada and Seville (although Continue reading The tuna’s are back in Mojacar!