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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A couple of surprises in this week's EWN (Almería edition). To start with, the Mojácar mayoress takes the first page in an article that says, if re-elected, she will open a foreigners' department (wonder why it took her eight years) to be headed up by María Luisa López (the undertaker). The question begs, why can't we have one of Mojácar's foreign majority running a foreigners department which is meant to help... the foreigners? Actually, Rosmari, despite her claims to the contrary ('the integration and wellbeing of the foreign community is a prime concern...') has a foreigner, Matthew, only at Nº 9 on her party list. For a town 'with 61.5% foreign' this is not very impressive. But, another surprise awaits the reader. Inside is an article written by Lenox (you can see it, with a different title, here). Where will it all end?
According to figures at the Banco de España, our city halls hold a debt between them of 32,000 million euros. Easily the most indebted is Madrid, which owes around 6,000 million euros, more than the combined debts of Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Málaga and Zaragoza. The high debt in Spain's capital goes back to 2003 when Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón became mayor. Story at 'El Español'. (From tomorrow's Business over Tapas)
Nigel Farage may be a little quieter for now (one must hope for miracles), but British Prime Minister David Cameron wants his referendum on Europe soon. Will the British get their 'Brexit' and, if so, what would happen to the two million Britons living in Europe as a direct result of the unthinkable? Will we all fit on Salisbury Plain? (Exaggeration or not, there's no one to represent us beyond some senior British businessmen with their own agendas). Maybe Brussels would agree to start issuing a kind of Nansen Passport (qv) for those of us who have had enough of London's lack of protection.
There has long been the problem of communication here. The Spanish don't particularly espeakadeingli and the English don't particularly espeakadispani. We try, some of us; they try, some of them. I remember a stir in the old clothing shop in Vera some forty years ago. Two elderly gentlemen and one elderly lady, all family. They were always perfectly turned out and could measure you up for a suit at the drop of a tape measure. It was the old lady who shyly took my elbow. 'Güat is meaning mingüay?' she asked. 'Mingüay?... I don't...'. She pulled out of a hidden crevice a picture book, cowboys. 'Yess', she breathed, 'mingüay, back at the ranch...'.
It's not just Mojácar with a foreign-dominated party (at Nºs 1, 2 (Argentine), 4, 5 and 6... on the SOMOS MOJACAR team). Imagine a mayor who was bilingual in English and Spanish! Then there's one foreigner each in not very likely places on the PSOE and the UM (plus, yes, a few cannon-fodder at the tail of various lists). I found that there are also a sprinkle of foreign candidates (in reasonable places on the list) in Bédar, Arboleas, Albánchez, Albox, Partaloa and Zurgena. Mostly PSOE, with none from the PP of course. Actually, the highest foreigner in the entire province within the PP ranks is Matthew in Mojácar at Nº 9! I wonder how things are on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca?
There is actually a fringe 'Podemos Mojácar' group here - at least on Facebook. The gossip is that they are just a few radicals, although they have 3,000 'likes' (yes, it all sounds a bit improbable, doesn't it). According to them, you shouldn't vote as 'there is no serious candidature for Mojácar' and, evidently, it's best to wait another four years or so... There's a nice picture on their page of Pablo Iglesias, the national leader of the group, with a message saying 'The time is now'...
I had this fantasy - what would happen if we all suddenly left. Would we be like the Visogoths? Forgotten and unmissed? Would there be anything to show from our time here? A street-name for example? A statue? Isn't it time we all became Mojaqueros? Integrated and with full participation? Only Jessica Simpson's SOMOS MOJACAR is working in this direction. Local elections are on May 24th: let's not screw it up this time!
The fellow comes out of a brothel and he is searched by the cops who find a twist of paper with cocaine in his pocket. Well, that's not too good when you are the PSOE candidate for your town down there in Cantoria, Almería, and after the PP has a go at you as well, there's nothing more for it that to pull your name 'so as to spend more time with your family'. Thus far the story last week. Now, it seems, our ex-candidate has found the ideal person to take over the challenge of running against the PP... his wife! 'I leave you in good hands', he tells the party faithful.
I'm a peaceful enough individual, I put up with the usual shit and bollocks which sometimes goes down here with equanimity. I even put up with going, yesterday, to three different banks to give them my ID (apparently, they are on the look-out for terrorists and money launderers who are too stupid to keep their money in Switzerland). Fine. The first bank had a queue around the block and one of the two desks empty as the teller was off having his 'coffee'. Frankly, with just 200€ in the account, I gave up (I mean, how much terror can you do these days with just 200€?). The second bank had only a few people in front of me, but when I got to the 'ventanilla', the man says, 'yes, we have to take your ID number, again, in case you're a terrorist, but unfortunately our scanning device is broken. Can you come back tomorrow?'. The third bank had no one in it at all, a bad sign in my opinion. I was thinking I should probably clean out that account as well... But that's not what has upset me. The Town Hall of Mojácar is doing enormous amount of work, painting and cleaning during the run-up to the local elections next May 24th and this includes fucking with my street, which is a quiet lane out in the boonies. First, they abruptly decided to tarmac it (with the result that now the sand-lorries use it as a new short cut to the riverbed where our citizens traditionally like to furtively dump stuff) and today, without asking anyone, they are putting up street-lights. Now street-lights in Spain aren't a quiet and gentle affair. Here they are bright enough to find pimples. No more stars at night, just a violent and pointless light belching through any window that points in the direction of the street. Now if I want, I can read outside, by the light of the 10,000 watt new streetlamp... and of course piss inside, rather than the other way round. Fucking people.
How many foreign-born Mojaqueros will end up in the Mojácar Town Hall? There are thirteen seats up for grabs. Last time, the PP got 7 councillors, the UM10 got 3 and the PSOE, MPSM and CEM got one each. However, none of these parties, except Jessica Simpson's MPSM (now together with the IU, Podemos sympathisers and part of the CEM and all standing together as Somos Mojácar), have re-invented themselves. Will the PSOE vote, for example, suddenly triple to allow the British candidate at Nº 3 Andre Dos Santos to become a spokesperson for the British (and Brazilians)? Evidently not. So, how many ingleses (whether from the internationalist SOMOS Mojácar or elsewhere) will end up in the Town Hall? With things as they are, the more the better, but of course that's for the voters to decide.