I have just been talking to our friend, John A, about the Francis House charity golf week that finished with a gala prize giving dinner here in Almerimar last night. As a lot of people probably know John has helped run events in Almerimar supporting this charity for many years.

John said that the event taking place in the last week was a great success and once again a lot of money has been raised for a really good children's charity.


Sune and Marianne organised their first golf competition of the season yesterday. This winter the competitions will be taking place on Wednesday.

Thanks to Sune and Marianne for a very enjoyable day yesterday.

Apartment for rent - October 2016

One of our readers has been in touch about an apartment in Almerimar that they have available for rent. You can see more photos in the Gallery.

Here is what they wrote....

"We have an apartment in the centre of Almerimar for Rent.  

The apartment has three bedrooms and is fully furnished. One of the bedroom could be used as a studio.

It would suit a quiet couple."

Please get in touch if you are interested and we will provide you with contact details for the owners of the apartment.

Further to the earlier story published on Sunday about moving this site to a new server.

This work is now complete. So hopefully everything is now back to normal again.

If you spot any problems with this site please let me know. Thanks.

The hosting company for this site and the FGS website will be doing some maintenance work overnight sometime in the next few days.

Both sites are likely to be unavailable for a while at some point in the next few days.

When the work has been completed among other improvements there will be more capacity to allow for better back-ups of the sites.


I had reason to have a look in the comms rooms in our block today. While there I noticed a brand new Movistar box on the wall of one of the two comms rooms. As yet, our second comms room did not have a new Movistar box on the wall. However it looks like there was a fibre-optic cable linking the two comms rooms.

So it looks like Movistar are part way through installing fibre-optic internet in our block.

As yet, I have not heard or seen anything from the other suppliers (Jazztel, Orange etc.).

I have heard that some people from the area who are studying English may soon be getting in touch with me. To discuss the idea of setting up some form of regular cultural exchange meetings in Almerimar.

As yet I do not have any details of what is being proposed. However I think the idea is something like setting up a regular weekly meeting in a bar in Almerimar where they can practice their English.

I think the idea is that the Spanish students would like to meet with English speaking people to discuss a wide range of topics. This would be to help them improve both their spoken English and their vocabulary.

If the request comes in I think that the students will be looking for some English speaking people who are willing to give up an hour or two of their time once a week. On a regular basis when they are over in Almerimar.

If any readers might be interested in helping out the students with their English please can you let me know.

The article here on the Think Spain site has details.

From the limited knowledge I have of the local market here I think that more sales are going through at the moment. I am not sure whether these are at higher prices than in the recent past.

Last Thursday Jacqui and I had an afternoon out at Grand Plaza. When we go there we prefer to go the motorway route rather than the back roads through the greenhouses.

When we were getting close to Grand Plaza we saw some good news. The final bit of dual carriageway is being worked on by a lot of people. The big concrete bit missing over the roundabout where the dual carriageway stops is now being put in place. It looks like the road above the bridge is soon to have tarmac on it.

At the other end of the road there is new junction being created at a roundabout just short of Grand Plaza. To link up with the dual carriageway.

So it looks like pretty soon there will be good roads all the way through from the motorway down to Grand Plaza.

I wonder which will happen first, we get fibre-optic internet in our apartment or the dual carriageway to Grand Plaza is completed. My worry is that if both do not get completed soon they may be delayed by the standard Spanish summer holiday period that is coming up soon.

Firstly, everyone I have spoken to has told me that Gabriel from the tourist office in Almerimar is doing a fantastic job. Everyone who has spoken about him to me has said he is very friendly and very helpful.

Recently he has been in touch saying that he uses an article on this site about the indoor market in El Ejido to promote this activity to English speaking visitors to the area. When they come in to the tourist office he says to look up this article on the site.

To make this easier for Gabriel in the future I have created a separate menu on the site for featured tourist information. So whenever he wants to tell people about something on the site I will add another link into this menu.

I have also created a a new category of stories on the site called Tourism Information. Plus a separate sub-menu item in the main menu to provide direct access to all tourism stories I publish in the future.

A friend on Facebook shared this text recently. Ben Goldacre wrote it and she shared it.

I feel it is the best words I have read about the upcoming referendum. For this reason I feel I want to also share this on my personal blog.

As all readers probably know already, this is my personal blog and I decide what information is published here.


I tried to ignore the EU referendum but idiots blaming foreigners, for problems we created, made me too cross.

Here are my reasons for voting Remain.

I hope you find them useful.

1. A smaller democracy will not be “more representative”.
The UK government is no more under your control than the EU. Diluting your vote one in 65m or one in 500m amounts to the same thing: no control. You couldn’t get political agreement from the people in one family, one pub, or one bus. You can’t “vote them out”, you’ve never done that, stop pretending you can do it in the future. Politics is about compromise: terrible, soul-destroying, mature compromise with other people, most of whom are awful. Your local council don’t represent your views and values any better than your MEP.

2. Immigration is just going to happen.
In or out of the EU, there will be lots, and lots of immigration: bad luck if you don’t like that. We’re perfectly able to control non-EU immigration, right now, and yet no government ever does. They never will. This is not the fault of the EU, it’s more complicated than that. Deal with it. Immigration will never stop.

3. “Straining” schools, waiting lists, and hospitals are your fault.
This is not the fault of the EU. It’s your fault. It’s happened slowly. The UK has failed to build houses, failed to train hospital staff, failed to invest in the NHS, failed to build schools. Your country. Your UK. Your government. Your fault. Nobody else. The NHS is staffed by immigrants, they keep it running, they will save your life and build your house. Don’t try to blame them for things that are your fault.

4. The EU is a good shot at preserving peace.
Remember that news story about the British generals who think we should leave the EU because NATO preserves peace, not the EU? These are bad generals who only know about guns. Russia right now is an odd, aggressive country. But they didn’t show up at the Ukrainian border with tanks, out of the blue: they manufactured a social and economic pretext before they rolled in. A strong EU makes this kind of pretext harder to contrive. You want to be good close friends with all your neighbours, and their neighbours, as far as the eye can see. That’s how you hold a line that preserves peace: by sharing friendship, sharing trade, and sharing grumbles about crap admin in Brussels. You do not preserve peace by buying and using weapons.

5. Brexit use language that’s targeted at losers.
The Brexit campaign talk about “taking control”, about “building an optimistic future” for yourself. These are things you say to losers: to people who feel they have no control, or a gloomy future. It’s the language of crap self-help books in airport bookshops. You are better than that.

6. Countries come and go.
Right now, people talk about Eastern Europeans like they’re biologically destined to be parasites, because their countries are poorer, and some of their citizens travel for work. That could change, really fast. Polish people are not a biologically inferior race: they lived under communism for four decades, and now they’re catching up. Poland has the fastest growing economy in Europe (faster than Central Europe, faster than the EU-15). Warsaw is full of skyscrapers. Be nice. Make friends now. Cement those ties to a large, fast growing European economy with a rich cultural history.

7. Brexit will hurt the economy.
This means your children and neighbours. Stop pretending you don’t care. Just vote remain. It’s boring, there’s nothing awesome about it, but sometimes you have to take a break from useful productive work to stop idiots breaking things.

Ben Goldacre"

We were woken up by a rocket going off at 8:30am this morning.

There were a load of rockets and fireworks went off last night close to the hotel. I am guessing that was from a wedding.

Not sure what the rocket this morning was for.

Yesterday El Ejido won 1-0 at home against CD Laredo. I think that the second leg will take place away from home next Saturday.

I am not sure but I think that this is the final match of the play-offs. So if El Ejido do well next Saturday they will win promotion.

The article here on the Ideal site has more details.

Read More for a Google translation of the article.

One of our readers, Jaqui S, has pointed out that Jet2 are starting flights into Almería airport in 2017.

It appears that they will be flying from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.

You can see more details here.