News, opinion, essays and links for residents and friends of Mojácar, Almería.

This site, started in September 2002, is called The Entertainer Online to continue The Entertainer name, the name of a weekly newspaper started by me in 1985 which ran without interruption throughout southern Spain until 1999 when a three year option to buy was taken by staffers. They never concluded the deal, or paid me, but changed the name when the option expired in April 2002 instead. Que vamos a hacer.

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Overview of this site (Sections at bottom of page)

*Rambeau’s Diary – a blog
*Freebie-Jeebies® – Some relaxed comment on the poor quality local free-press
*Fallout – quotes from other sites
*National News Certain pieces that catch my fancy
*Local News Certain pieces that catch my fancy
*Essays: Various imput
*Links about Spain (see top of page) about 200 useful links, including my other blog Spanish Shilling
*To e-mail me - write to lenoxnapier@gmail.com. I don't always answer or open attachments.

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Business over Tapas - A Weekly News-letter now on Facebook
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Two-week Mojácar Weather Forecast
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The Entertainer: 29 years old (April 4th 2014) This site since September 2002.

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Registering on the Padrón
Sunday 19 October 2014 - 10:54:36
A lot of people never get registered to be on the padrón - which is a list that helps to fund the local treasury with Government money, and which helps the town gets fresh licences for schoolteachers, doctors, policemen and so on. Jessica at Mojácar se Mueve has made a useful video about this.
However - many foreigners who think they are on the padrón (and are looking forward, perhaps, to voting in next May's local elections) are in fact no longer on the register. For 'Europeans', it needs to be updated every five years in case they've left, moved or died without informing the ayuntamiento.
Over in Zurgena, for example, Jim writes on his blog that a number of Britons need to check their presence in the Town Hall and he lists them by name. I doubt the Town Hall will make much effort. It will be the same here.

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Dirty Money
Friday 17 October 2014 - 09:35:02
The Fundación Caja Madrid would not only display a certain agility in keeping political sources happy in some sort of voluntary protection scheme it appears - one can't help thinking of the 60,000€ per annum free 'black credit cards' for the 87 political board-members - it would also pay out on an irregular basis donations to the three main parties' own 'invisible' foundations – the Fundación para el Estudio de los Problemas de las Ciudades (PSOE), the Fundación de Estudios Municipales y Territoriales (IU) and the unfortunately named Fundescam for the Partido Popular. None of these interesting sounding foundations has a web-page or any other apparent presence much beyond a bank account. Between 2009 and 2011, the three foundations received 1,422,331€ from the Fundación Caja Madrid. It begs the question – does anyone else make similar donations?

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Well, a Few Drops Maybe
Wednesday 15 October 2014 - 13:40:09
A huge storm is arriving on Iberia's west coast, according to The Local, which says 'A massive storm over the Atlantic Ocean will bring gale force winds and huge waves up to six metres to Spain's coasts from Wednesday on, officials have warned'. On the local front (as seen on The Entertainer Online Weather Page here), things look calm, warm and sunny. But, that's Mojácar for you, where the sun spends the winter...!
(I have just returned from a rare visit to the UK, where it rained most of the time. Still, everything was very green...).

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Ebola in Madrid
Monday 06 October 2014 - 21:51:39
Seriously. Are they mad? A nurse who attended the missionary who died of Ebola in Madrid... has been found to have contracted the virus and that she showed the symptoms of the disease for SIX days before she was diagnosed. BBC and El Mundo. She felt seedy, this nurse who was looking after the Ebola missionary, but they sent her away on vacation. Elsewhere, reports say a second nurse is showing symptoms.

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CoastRider Fright
Friday 03 October 2014 - 14:22:54
There's some intrigue going on over at a free newspaper on the Costa Blanca called The CoastRider, which claims in a Press Release here that the previous owner managed to get in through the back door the other day and walloped the computer, putting the current issue's publication in doubt. An 'ex-staff member' has apparently been attempting to distract clients with some hoopla, sent on a google email, rather, we are told, that the appropriate @coastrider.net on the message. High jinks in Torrevieja!
Luckily, this kind of underhand behaviour is rare in the world of costa newspapers...

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A Hooey da Hooey
Thursday 02 October 2014 - 09:16:24
The Government in its wisdom has spoken: the Almería part of the national high-speed network, twin tunnels under the Sierra de Cabrera notwithstanding, will be a single-track endeavour. Not enough potential traffic, says the Govt in a moment of wisdom. Story at El Ideal here. How long before Almería is connected to both Murcia and indeed Granada? No one wants to forward an opinion on that one.

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Madrid Casinos. Ahh So Version...
Wednesday 01 October 2014 - 20:11:21
The idea of creating a jolly leisure centre outside Madrid with gambling à la Vegas may have taken a hit last year with the project for Sheldon Adelson's smoke-filled casinos being suddenly discarded by the Spanish authorities; but wait, now Mariano Rajoy has made some new friends in China, and a brand new mega-casino project appears to be gathering pace. This one, more Macao than Nevada, to be built under the orders of Wang Jianlin, the man who bought the emblematic Madrid skyscraper the Edificio España recently.

(From this week's Business over Tapas: 3500 words of useful news.)

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Ribbon Races
Tuesday 30 September 2014 - 06:39:29
Mojácar, like all Spanish towns, has two saints. The second one in our case is the Virgen del Rosario, who's day is October 7th. To celebrate it, I see on Facebook, the Town Hall has ordered a fresh round of ribbon races at the Fuente (the emotive centre of the mojaquero culture) for Sunday October 5th at 5.30pm, don't miss. We must have ten ribbon races a year. These races are, simply explained, a horse rider spears a ring attached to a ribbon and thus wins the girl wearing the same 'colours'. Indeed, there's so many ribbon races that there is no time for other fiestas, like the Anglo-Spanish Friendship fiesta recently held in Huercal Overa, or the World Tourism Day celebrated this past Saturday. There's also no place other than the village for these celebrations, paid with taxpayers' money (we remember the recent San Agustín fiesta in late August - which lasted five noisy days...).
Fun fact: Over half the population of Mojácar, all of whom love living here, were nevertheless born elsewhere.

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Hospital Blues
Monday 29 September 2014 - 21:58:27
The Huercal Overa hospital was opened by President Chaves back in 1999, the previous establishment being within the town and falling down. I remember the waiting room in the first hospital, with leaking gypsies sitting on old bits of bench taken from the backs of cars. I remember Mamabel going in to see the doctor, and a glass lamp falling fortuitously from the ceiling, landing on her head. 'We'll start with this', said the medic, wiping blood off her hair...
The new hospital, La Inmaculada, was the bees' knees. Clean, large, efficient and staffed with excellent doctors and nurses. Only the ladies at the 'Información' can be a bit churlish sometimes, perhaps sick of having to deal with so many Brits...
Now we read that the Junta, anxious to spend all it has on high-speed trains, is cutting back on our local hospital. An entire floor has been closed with the loss of thirty beds and operations are now carried out either in the hopelessly over-populated Almeria hospital, the Torrecardénas, or the one in far off El Ejido. Meanwhile... you can always go private!
Voz de Almería here and David Jackson here.
*Guess which Andalucían province has the less beds per head of population?

Later: A notice from the PSOE from Huercal Overa says that the PP mayor of the town has been stirring up lies about the situation at the hospital, which is functioning normally. Apparently, better operational treatment means shorter hospital stays, which accounts for the reduction in bed-time.

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Racing across El Ejido
Wednesday 24 September 2014 - 10:30:54
Well, here's a race you won't want to miss - it's the prize-winning 'Stupidest Titled Activity 2014' which this year goes to the World Capital of Plastic Farming: '1st Trail Where Is Limit El Ejido'. Yes, they are all very excited, especially the chap who had the honour of finding, with just a google translator to help him navigate through the difficult Idioma de Shakespeare, the title for this magnificent event, a race across the hills behind the luscious resort.

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