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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There's nothing quite like one's own lavatory, at least, a leading Socialist and head of the Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud over in Cadiz thinks so. When the office moved to a new building, the director of the institute insisted that his personal lavvy should be dismounted and installed in his new suite, much to the glee of his opponents. Turns out that November 19th was the International Day of the Privy - know that there is a marked lack of them in some quarters. Luckily, the young politician from the PSOE-A is partial to a clean and personal potty, it probably helps him think. Story here.
Mojacar has made a promotional video, here, which is about people in 2044 remembering their jolly visit to the resort in 2014. Evidently, they never went back. The video runs most of the old chestnuts and, since it's for the domestic market (it is, right?), no foreign-born resident sullies the glory. No doubt the actors enjoyed themselves, although, as David says, the girl looks decidedly chilled as she braves the water in what must be late October...
A sad day as the Vera Paraiso old people's home finally gave up the ghost this week, following four years of financial troubles. The old folk have been returned to their loved ones, those that have them. A rather poor show! Story at El Ideal here.
Almeria's AVE high speed train has received a European boost, according to La Voz de Almeria, with financing from the Brussels and the promise of a twin line. A representative of the Government said that money had become available to finish the section between Pulpi and Almeria, leaving the other part, the connection to Lorca and on to Murcia, for another date. Whether eventual travelers woill be content thundering across the Southern corner of Spain from Almeria to Murcia and back again is unclear, as the routes encompassing Murcia to Alicante and Granada to Almeria remain, as yet, as dim gleams in the financiers' eye...
More Damage for Almeria's Reputation Internationally
Tuesday 18 November 2014 - 14:30:45
Two more British-owned homes were demolished today in Cantoria with the Junta de Andalucia, as promised, once again shooting itself in the foot and causing anger in both Almeria (where the potential for creating wealth and jobs took another strike) and abroad, where the plan to retire with one's pension and wealth was adjusted towards some more harmonious, legal, moral and, while not more attractive, at least safer destination: Portugal, Florida, Croatia... Several groups of activists were present at the atrocity, including representatives from the AUAN and SOHA (the two main regional groups that help foreign property owners), two councillors from Mojacar - Jessica Simpson from the MPSM and Angel Medina from Ciudadanos Europeos, and the property-lawyer Gerardo Vazquez.
Today is Almería Day. First time I've ever heard of this, but there you are... Lenox Day coming up soon. To celebrate this important event, our very own Voz de Almería has produced a large 210 page special which explores news items from bygone days about each and every one of the province's 104 municipalities, leaving out just one from the fascinating mix. So what has happened now, even La Voz is annoyed with Mojácar?
Later (Sunday): I was in Almería last night, to see a concert from our very own Tomatito, who was performing flamenco-jazz fusion with a pianist called Michel Camilo. Later, while cooling my fever'd soul with a glass of suds, the barman (evidently a fan of this blog) chided me with my story, above, showing me that there was, indeed, a page of Mojácar reminiscences in the paper. He thought I must have spelt it wrong. So, heartfelt apologies to the Woz.
I was quite encouraged today after a long talk with Jessica Simpson from the new Ganemos party. Jessica says that she remains with Mojácar Positiva se Mueve as their leader and candidate, but that, with the backing of the local IU (and maybe some other groups and associations), she will have added support to represent Ganemos and, hopefully, the entire community. Jessica wants to underline how her coalition will be working for all the residents of Mojácar (and not just the locally-born ones). Several of her ideas like a proper annual fiesta to celebrate our cosmopolitan heritage, a tourist councillor who speaks English as well as Spanish (!), using the land near the gas station for some municipal services (like a police station, some town hall offices, a bus station and a fair-ground), seem sensible enough: working for the general good rather than the intereses familiares which we are all inured to by now. Jessica is concerned about the padrón - the town hall's register of citizens. European residents are automatically removed every five years unless confirmed as still being a resident. Emilio in the Town Hall told me that there are a lot of people whose names have been removed (Mine was one of them) - is yours?
A new political party has sprung up in our Corner of Enchantment - Ganemos Mojácar. Ganemos is the local, municipalist equivalent of Podemos, and is here a coalition (so far) of members of Mojácar Positiva Se Mueve and the Izquierda Unida (United Left). Jessica Simpson (MPSM) will be the candidate for mayor, with Carlos Rodriguez (IU) running as her Nº 2 (subject to ratification). The new group is keen, it says, to attract other local political parties, associations or groups. More at the leftist site Teleprensa.
The weather is good and there's almost, just about room to park your car now in Mojácar Pueblo. As long as you get there early. Why is it that, after spending four or five million euros on parking, there are now less spaces than there were five years ago? The old Campo de Fútbol had room on its sandy plain for more cars than the doubled-up, but less than half-the-size current parking. The curbside parking-spaces in the village have largely gone and, when the staff have all parked their vehicles, there's not much room for the customers... who rather obviously take their trade somewhere else. So many spaces have now disappeared, or are marked off, decorated with a dustbin or a bollard or have a totally silly zebra crossing. The few underground spaces up past the Church, built with Public Money, have been sold off or reserved for private use. Moving the Town Hall itself to a more central and easier to access location, near the Gas Station or on the Playa, is as obvious as it is impossible. The beach has more room, lots of room in fact, but again poor planning is responsible for driving away customers. If you can't park, then you can't park. In the summer, it's a massive pain in the rear, but now in the winter, with just a relatively small number of cars (and an enormous number of cyclists, who, admittedly, don't take up much space once they've settled), it's still sometimes hard to find a space for your vehicle (the Parque Comercial is an obvious problem). Since we can't afford any more massive and over-budgeted car parks from this town hall, we should perhaps consider parking-meters...! Or buying a bicycle. There's that.
Spain's political class, known increasingly as 'la casta', is losing support as stories of corruption steadily grow. Perhaps one of the most remarkable stories (as we wait for the Catalonian 'vote' next Sunday 9th, the next big name in the Partido Popular to fall and the CIS results putting the 'indignados' group Podemos in front of the PP in intention of vote), is the refusal, the second refusal of a prize winner in just three years, of Jordi Savall to accept a prize for the Premio Nacional de Música 2014 from the Minister of Culture José Ignacio Wert (letter of refusal here), a prize worth 30,000€. The Government, says Savall, has shown no interest in 'la cultura', besides increasing the IVA on it to 21%. Another musician, Javier Marías, refused the prize in 2012.
Later:Another artist, this time a photographer called Colita, has now refused to accept the National Prize for Photography (worth 30,000 euros) because of the Government's politics. She says in a letter to the Minister 'I don't fancy appearing in a photo with you, Sr Wert'.