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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For the International Day of the Tourist, next Tuesday September 27th, twenty bars in Almería are giving an extra tapa with the first drink. This, according to the hospitality association, is to remind people of the importance of gastronomy to the tourist business. Not much, maybe, but a nice gesture. I wonder what plans the Town Hall of Mojácar has to celebrate this day, which is, I'm told, 'the only industry we have here'.
Fruit of some words on Facebook, I've called a meeting with Jessica Simpson and others to discuss care for the elderly - I suppose I mean principally the foreign residents here - and the alternatives. Some experts in the field will be along. We will also explore the idea of a 'residencia' for Mojácar. It's at 10.00am Tuesday 20th at the Dani Café in El Palmeral (just down and opposite from the Continental hotel).
From this week's edition of Business over Tapas: The area is around 500 hectares, an agricultural region with a number of cortijos and farms: producing oranges, grapefruit, olives, aubergine and lettuce. But the ministry has spoken – without this area, a pedanía from Cuevas del Almanzora in Almería, to be expropriated for a tortoise reserve, there will be no AVE high speed train roaring through the tortoises’ normal habitat nearby. Among other faults here, one is the idea that tortoises move around in herbivorous herds – easy for youthful ecologist volunteers to catch. They don’t. They’ll be lucky to find any. La Opinión de Almería has the sorry tale here. The AUAN association says: ‘Oh honestly and for goodness sake. The authorities want to expropriate the homes of 200 families to create a tortoise sanctuary in Cuevas del Almanzora as part of the project to create the AVE high speed train link. Sign the petition to ask the government to think again. The little blighters will be just as happy somewhere else surely?’. There’s a petition here.
A good day to take it easy. The weather channel says it's hitting 37% here in Mojácar today Monday, with a break for tomorrow down to something rather more bearable. I drove into Almería yesterday in the old car (no air-con, no fan - window wide open) and it was 37% all the way there on the temp gauge. Still, after today, the weather will be fine now I think.
Mojácar has more to it than tourism. It has residents. We buy a house, a car, we shop all year long and we support local restaurants. Each one of us must put the equivalent of several hundred tourists' wallets into the community each year. We do more for our town than the hotels and the three-month tripper season (now coming to an end). We maintain our town: paint, plant and water it (instead of being sick all over it). We are here now, we will be here in November and also in February. We may not be worthy of our own festival, or to have any reference in the guide-books or street signs, and we may not have any fellow-foreigners working in our gigantic town hall, but we love and support this town. Our town.
This morning, I went to count the number of souvenir shops in the village. Nick nack shops. I don't include the boutiques, where the owners either go to find their stock, or create it themselves. I just count the shops that sell junk: 'I got laid in Mojacar' Tee shirts, fake leather wrist bands, indalos, teddies, 'Maria' necklaces and so on. Stuff delivered by merchants. Stuff for tourists only. Cheap, for cheap tourists. Shops that live from those cheap tourists, not from the residents. Shops that, in almost all cases, are run by local families. Families, in short, who like cheap turismo and therefore manage the policies of the town hall by their influence. Just in the village, mind, there are 32 of these outlets. Someone else can count the ones on the playa.
September Belongs, September Belongs, September Belongs to Me!
Wednesday 31 August 2016 - 08:03:20
While those who live on the Mediterranean coast are planning their first visit to the beach this week, following the prayed-for departure of the huge numbers of visitors, we read with a mixture of pride and horror that July had the highest number of foreign tourists to visit this country in any month, ever. Nine point six million of them. For August, it could even reach ten million foreigners, plus of course a huge number of Spaniards, all staying in hotels, rentals and campsites: all in the queue in front of you at the bank and all picking up that last tin of olives at the supermarket. Now with September, and school, there should be a sharp reduction in tourists and for us residents the opportunity for a quiet splash in the Med plus the chance of a cold beer and a warm sardine or two in one of our beach-bars (before they all get trashed with the latest tourist-related hooey from the Town Hall). Bliss!
Two items from today's Voz de Almería: 1) El PSOE anuncia una ofensiva institucional y política para reclamar el AVE (here) 2) El PP andaluz afirma que peleará para que el AVE llegue cuanto antes a Almería (here) Yep. The two main parties are falling over themselves to bring the high-speed train to Almería.
There is a revolting video going around of a becerrada, a baby bull subjected to the horrors of a violent end in a bullring. The film is in every British media and reminds us once again of our natural superiority to the pesky Spanish who allow these things (even though we Brits have just fucked our own country sideways with the Brexit). No quarter for foreigners, hey? So, was the butchery filmed by the PACMA - an admittedly eccentric political party that wants a dog from president - for real? Well, you see friends, its allegorical. Or put another way: no. According to the town hall of Valmojado, where the event took place, the video posted by the animalistas was 'manipulated'. Still, it gives the British another chance to write hysterical, aggressive (and above all, ignorant) bile on Facebook about this fine country. Happily, the Spanish don't read this stuff and are therefore unaware of the type of people who they have taken to their bosom. Wait until the British Government starts tearfully deporting 'foreigners'. The Spanish will notice us then, fast enough.
An interesting project underway in Nijar, lead by a group of engineers, is creating a system of geothermal energy to provide stable temperatures for the invernaderos of the municipality. This would allow them to substantially increase production for what would be, after five years amortisation of the project, essentially with free energy. The secret is basically a 1,500 meter pipe dropped vertically into the earth, which would provide warm thermal water at the surface, capable of generating free electricity. The theory of geothermal energy as a free source of renewable energy is clear enough - we have, for example, all seen geysers and hot springs: this is water heated by the earth's crust. Geothermal energy is described as '...cost-effective, reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly...'. (Wiki). The project has the backing of the Junta de Andalucía
Ah, the simple joy of running down to the beach, where the sea meets the sand, to enjoy a quiet half an hour or so of surfing. Now don't bring your surfboard (c'mon, you're too old for that anyway), bring rather your portable computer and switch on the Internet. Yes, from now, the beaches in Vera and Adra are the first in the province to offer free wifi. Just don't get sand in your tablet...