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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

Chippie open at Leo's again but only Friday Nights. Live Music on Saturdays. Give it 3 months and check it out post honeymoon I guess. 20:09:44, 2014-04-17 Expect the old kids club on Poniente beach to open this summer as they rennovating the inside 20:07:06, 2014-04-17 Misty early morning but the sun is burning that […]

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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

House sales fell by 27% in Spain in February compared to 2013. Who said recovery? 07:07:48, 2014-04-10 I see Monarch was least punctual airline in 2013. 07:06:54, 2014-04-10 Lovely morning. Off for a little drive! 07:19:47, 2014-04-09 Another lovely morning. Possibly best time of the year for me. Was actually out at 5am walking Teo […]

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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

Carchuna to Motril section of new motorway to Malaga has opened. 19:02:25, 2014-04-02 Pleasant day 09:15:27, 2014-03-30 Weather better after very wet morning but still damp and cold. Clocks go forward tonight. 19:49:16, 2014-03-29 Looking like another lovely day, although it is chilly in the evenings. 09:17:50, 2014-03-28

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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

Oh joy here comes the wind again! 12:57:05, 2014-03-27 Much better morning. 09:13:51, 2014-03-27 Windy night. Has dropped a lot this morning but not looking great. 09:17:08, 2014-03-26 Wind is picking up 16:54:00, 2014-03-25 Weather looking good. 09:05:24, 2014-03-25 Don't forget clocks go forward this Saturday 08:10:02, 2014-03-25 Council conducting study to find area of […]

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Almerimar Roads

I have been doing a lot of cycling recently (well a lot compared to the past)but not as much as I would have liked because I keep getting burst inner tubes. Three in a month, two in two days, the roads of Almerimar are a total disgrace. The burst inner tubes are not because anything […]

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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

Town Hall to spend 49,100€ on Mozzie Management with Andalusian Treatments Hygiene SA again …. because we had no mozzies at all last year! 21:40:03, 2014-03-20 Police check as get off motorway from Almeria 14:22:58, 2014-03-20 Weather looking good. 09:12:47, 2014-03-20 Fathers Day in Spain 09:32:45, 2014-03-19 Shaping into a pleasant morning. Bit chilly and […]

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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

A patient in Spain caught pneumonia from smoking an electronic cigarette too much 22:09:05, 2014-03-13 Mobile phone companies within the European Union will be obliged to adapt handsets to take just one type of charger 19:07:40, 2014-03-13 Raining 19:03:59, 2014-03-13 Winds gusting to 15kmph i.e. hardly any wind. Sunshine expected. Looking like a great day. […]

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Clinica Dental Almerimar

Just back from my second visit to the dentist in 12 years! I had to go last week as a filling came out while transporting pets from the UK to Spain and the dentist took an Xray and did a temporary filling as he was concerned about possible infection. That cost me 30€, for the […]

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Tracey and Tony Wedding

Tony and Tracey got married yesterday. Is a short video on my Facebook Timeline.

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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

ipTV Quality: I wonder how people are finding watching via ipTV here in Spain? http://t.co/x4naAEuuxA 10:20:09, 2014-03-06 What still no wind! 07:41:20, 2014-03-06 Where to watch the England match in Almerimar? I know DBar ad MacGowans have forked out for the ipTV facility so you can watch in those bars 20:25:30, 2014-03-05 Almerimar Car & […]

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Almerimar Car & Bike Hire

Almerimar Insurance Services and Andalucia Property Management are now doing car hire from their office, currently using two local companies that will drop car’s to the port from a 1 day hire onward at very competitive pricing – available pickup/drop off 7 day’s a week. Also offering any type of office services – from translation […]

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Puppy Found

A small (10″high) young brown puppy has been found at Cafe Noray. It appears to be well looked after: had a harness, tail has been clipped into a pompom and is very friendly ….. but very hungry. If you are the owner or know the owner let me know.

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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

Better weather but still not great. Climate change? 08:51:52, 2014-02-27 Dia de Andaluscia Friday so expect shops to be closed. 13:25:08, 2014-02-26 Time to diet! Mercadona expanding next door so closing for 6 weeks in May and June. 19:06:04, 2014-02-25 Madrid suburb Pinto passed bylaw meaning pet owners fined 750€ for letting their dog bark […]

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Almerimar Weekly Snippets

Nice to open roof up for cats and it be dry, no wind, and early signs of sunshine. Bit cold though. 09:02:24, 2014-02-20 Walked past the old Darsena 1 Cafe today, says re-opening soon run by former El Segoviano chap. 21:56:21, 2014-02-19 Water back on in Calle Alcor after a dry morning 18:16:31, 2014-02-19 Looks […]

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Happy Campers

Lot of camper vans in the car parks along the beach. Posh RV’s they are not, although some look pretty smart. Overall impression though is of a slightly posh travelers camp. Discussing this recently I got thrown the old chestnut: it’s good that the place is busy, it encourages others to come. Busy achieving nothing […]

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Guest Posts

Runaway Train

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads his poem Runaway Train

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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Daisies After The Storm

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads Daisies After The Storm a poem by Linda Hofke

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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O Captain! My Captain!

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of president John F. Kennedy.

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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On the Spreading of Young Wings

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads his poem On the Spreading of Young Wings

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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Endless Possibilities

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads his poem Endless Possibilities

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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Tables Turned

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads his poem Tables Turned

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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Larks Song and Etheree

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads “Lark’s Song” by Erin Kay Hope and “Etheree” by Debi Swim

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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Reach Out

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads his poem Reach Out

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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I am not doing that

Local Almerimar poet Iain D Kemp reads his poem I am not doing that

You can hear more of Iains poetry and get links to poems he has posted on the forum on his page: www.iainkemppoetry.com

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News

Alamos Malbec 2012

Alamos Malbec 2012 Not my usual wine being from Argentina but it was very pleasant and not too dissimilar to my usual Riberia

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Moscatel de Setúbal 2009

I have been to Setúbal in Portugal a couple of times in the last 12 months to collects cats and dogs for our ALStrays pet transport. In each case the pets have been going to Aberdeen which much be a cultural shock to say the least for the animals! I have enjoyed my short stays […]

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Reduced Satellite Signal Update

Appears that the satellite signal has been reduced yet further which basically means that whatever size dish you have if you live “in the south” of Spain you wont get a signal. The site www.skyinmadrid.com posted the following update, along withe a wealth of other stuff relating to UK Satellite in Spain The lower third […]

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Campo Viejo Reserva 1997

According to Cellar Tracker this wine was best drank between 2003 and 2009, so 2014 was certainly stretching it. Bit of encouragement from the last review dated 2012: Tasted blind; had been decanted 3 hours. Sweet cherry/red fruit/hint of strawberry on the finish. fully ripe, no evident oak. light and lively. At the reveal, was […]

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ITV Encore to launch on Sky

ITV have announced the launch of their first new channel in eight (8) years, and I suspect it will be of interest to many an expat: well those that are paying for a Sky+HD subscription, as it will be available on the Sky platform ITV plc today announced that it would be launching ITV Encore […]

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Vulta Andalucia Route

For anyone interested this site has all the information that you need regards the Vuelta Andalucia: the stages, routes, tracking, profiles, start and finish details. The Almeria section is a Prólogo of only 7.3km with the riders leaving at 1minute intervals between 1300 and 1520 (there are 140 participants)

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Replacement Satellite Options

As most of you will have now realised, our “free” satellite TV service has all but dried up. No more Eastenders or Corrie, no Six Nations Rugby or the 2014 World Cup. What ever takes your fancy from the wealth of programming the BBC, ITV or Channel 4 offer, has been taken from us ex-pats […]

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ITV and Channel 4 Next

BBC TV channels were lost in the Almeria Province last night as was forecast. Some ITV regions and Channel Four are still broadcasting from the old satellite Astra 1N. These remaining services are likely to be migrated to the UK spot beam tonight (Thursday). If you have already lost the BBC, you will also lose […]

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Opinion

ipTV Quality

I wonder how people are finding watching via ipTV here in Spain? I tried it last night (blog post here) and would love to hear from people in Spain in particular as to how they are finding it.

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Food For Thought

Was mulling over how things have changed restaurant wise here in Almerimar, and elsewhere across Spain, since we first started using Spain as our base over 12 years ago. We haven’t lived here full time since then, and even now we spend a lot more time in the UK than we had initially planned when […]

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Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead

What irony. The Iron Lady would no doubt be chuckling, and dare I say it, turning in her grave with the news that the plan to use the song Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead has somewhat backfired which as many versions of the Andre Lloyd Webber Original Cast Version from the recent musical outselling […]

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Beat Expat Boredom: Foster A Stray

Years ago when my wife (Sandra) started her Cat re-homing project here in Spain (www.alstrays.com) we were amazed at how many people were willing to foster a stray cat or dog until it could be re-homed. In hindsight this wasn’t too much of a surprise. Many expats split their time between countries, meaning they can’t […]

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An Expat Embracing An Old Friend

No matter how long you’ve been living in a foreign land, there are times when you get pangs of home sickness, moments where you long for a connection to home. I’ve recently re-forged a particularly comforting connection to the UK – listening to British radio. You can read the full article here

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Pay As You Weigh

I wonder how many of you noticed that within the last couple of weeks the South Pacific airline Samoa Air became the first airline to charge passengers according to their size: 29p per kilo for the combined weight of their luggage and themselves. Let’s get the personal opinion out of the way first: great idea! […]

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Financial

Under Pressure – Spain asks ECB how much it will Spend

Whether or not struggling Spain will accept the European Central Bank’s terms and seek a sovereign bailout is an issue which has weighed heavily on economies around the globe. Ever since ECB President Mario Draghi confirmed suspicions that the central bank would purchase bonds from the most heavily indebted nations Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy […]

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Close But No Cigar

They came so close to getting it sorted but alas Europe’s leaders have stalled hopes that an end to the Euro crisis and Spain’s problems is in sight. The Euro has begun to retreat in the currency markets as traders grow ever more frustrated with squabbling politicians. The next phase of the plan proposed by […]

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The Euro continues to strengthen

Ever since European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced his determination ‘to do whatever it takes to save the Euro’ the single currency has been doing well in the currency markets. The strong rhetoric from the regions leaders caused confidence to increase and saw the Euro make gains against all of its peers over the […]

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Europe wide recession is on the way

It was sure to happen, after months of dithering by the Euro zone leaders, terrible economic data out of the PIIGS nations and the falling confidence in the global economy the Euro zone’s Gross domestic product has contracted. The figures released by Euro stat show that the region’s economy shrank by 0.2% in the three […]

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The temperature soars and so does the Euro

The temperature is not the only thing rising in Spain this week. The embattled single currency of the Euro has also seen a rise. The Euro has been buoyed following remarks from the president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi. He vowed to do whatever it takes to save the struggling single currency, strong […]

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It’s an ideal time to spend your Pounds in Spain

The Spanish economy has seen better days, unemployment has struck a catastrophic 25%, national debt is spiralling out of control, a national bailout looms on the horizon and more expats are struggling to get by. Times are hard but there is a way you can ease the pain as an Expat. The exchange rate is […]

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Spain’s Eco-Tourism

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Family Holiday Destinations in Spain

Going on holiday is something that a lot of families look forward to, and they are grateful when they get to go away with everyone. When taking a trip to Spain, what are some of the best destinations for families? Canary Islands Heading to the islands is something that a lot of people love to […]

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Nurse and Occupational Therapist

If you need my professional help, call me and receive the treatment in your home. We are a professional team that works to make your life easier. We believe in “Quality of life” and work to achieve this. Our level of English is basic, however we can hold a good conversation with you. The cost […]

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The Euro stays firm but doubts are creeping in

After posting yearly highs against most of its currency rivals the Euro has begun to slow in its ascent upwards and start to fall as the Euro crisis rears its ugly head once again. For a time it appeared as though European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi’s plan to talk up the single currency had […]

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