Andalucia has announced a sponsorship deal with Aston Villa (backing a winner there!) The deal is initially for two months (Nov and Dec) but is expected to be renewed for the forthcoming season. Rafael Rodriguez (Andalucian Minister for fun) says it’s given Andalucia free publicity to the tune of €70,000 in the UK and €350.000 worldwide already. There’s a fawning bit about it on the Aston Villa website here. A 115,000 people flew into Andalucia Continue reading Andalucia sponsors Aston Villa→
Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain have agreed to develop and pilot a system to make it easier to catch and deter tax evaders whereby a wide range of bank details of individuals will be automatically exchanged between the five countries, the U.K. Treasury said Tuesday. The announcement comes as hundreds of thousands of UK expats in Spain panic as the deadline looms for them to inform the Spanish tax agency of all their assets Continue reading UK & Spain sign new tax treaty to catch evaders→
So I’ve been trying to buy some asset tags, for a little “project” of mine. These are those durable little metal stickers with a barcode and a number on them, which you stick on things to prove they’re yours, and associate them to an inventory list. Lots of companies use them. Anyway. The cheapest I can find in Spain which meet my requirements, are around 350€ + IVA+pp per one hundred. In the UK? The Continue reading Why is Spain so much more expensive than the UK for some things?→
There are many reasons why one would chose to flee from the hot, sunny, beachbar ridden January’s of Mojácar back to the rain swept, frosty and, indeed, icy streets of the Royal County: ie, Gloucester. One might cite family ties (or, at the very least, a stern Mater who hands out addresses in the UK along with stern admonishments on how best to arrive, warnings about not making cheeky comments about levels when the elderly Continue reading Marinades Restaurant; or, why one might flee from a hot January Mojacar to the UK→
And so we wakes up to news that the UK is facing a hung parliament, and the possibility -watching a very tired Mandelson spar with Paxman about it now- of Brown hanging on via a LD coalition. Terrible news for Spain, as the pound plummets on the news – from 1.19 last night to just over 1.15 over night. Think it´s going to go back up in time for the holiday season?
Crikey! Remind me to never again say that the British parliament is more efficient that the Spanish one (not that I ever had, mind you). People selling adult videos, including pornography, to children are to escape prosecution after the discovery of a Whitehall blunder that means that the 1984 law regulating the video industry was never enacted. It also leaves the industry in disarray with the classification system designed to protect the under-18s from violent Continue reading You CAN sell porn to kids without being arrested (in the UK)→
Back in the UK for a few days. It´s cold (15 degrees) and wet and rainy and somewhat windy and all in all it´s a glorious change from the heat! No doubt I will be bored of it by this afternoon, but I did just enjoy five minutes in the rain.
Resign. (here). Gets twice as many votes as “not reduce the national speed limit to 50 mph”. Mind you, on his frontpage he admits that Joanna Lumley is now the ruler of the country.
Quick tip: If you’re ever in a rented VW Passat Estate, driving down the A40 into Monmouth, and an Aston Martin overtakes you, do not attempt to keep up. It’s a fun road, steep incline and very windy down through the Forest of Dean, and in an Aston Martin must be great fun. However, if it hadn’t been for the quick reactions of that lorry driver I would have returned a VW Lupo back to Continue reading UK driving tip→
While planning a trip around the ancestral homesteads in the Cotswolds, I was informed by L that she had always wanted to sleep in a castle. Her wish being my command, (and bearing in mind that castles tend be draughty places, at least all the ones I’ve been in so far) I booked into Thornbury Castle, which happened to be on our way down to S. Wales. Arriving, I was startled by the sheer tradition Continue reading Thornbury Castle (Glos, UK)→