Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It makes sense

Extreme weather

You probably don't need to be told that this winter was the wettest on record. In fact, the amount of rain in Valencia and Alicante was the highest on since records began in 1864.

There was two and a half times as much rain as normal and that only a year after the driest winter on record.

Experts say that we can expect more of this intense weather as a result of climate change. In other words, the unusual sight of snow on the beach at Torrevieja could become the norm.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thanks Geoff for the heads up

Just in case you interested, Jane Cronin's little theatre group in Jacarilla will be putting on a comedy play in Bigastro  this Saturday 18th March at 7.30 p.m.  All in rapid Spanish, but very visual!!

Entrance for 3 Euros, monies raised are for AECC.

That was some stash of weed

The Civil Guard of Dolores arrested a couple who had a plantation of marijuana in the garage of their house with a sophisticated system of irrigation, ventilation and lighting.

When the police arrived at the house in Catral, they could smell the marijuana from the street. Insside the garage they found 104 large plants. They also found two sawn off shotguns, one of which was already loaded along with a crossbow with two lead tipped arrows.

The couple, a 35-year-old Irishman and a 28-year-old Briton, were charged with a crime against the public health. In addition,they were charged with the illicit possession of weapons.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Congratulations to our neighbour!

100 Euros for Andrea!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Will justice prevail?

Gota fria

That was a lot of  rain yesterday. In Alicante they had 150 litres per square metre; flooding garages, streets and avenues. I don't think we had anywhere near that amount but still my pool is full to the brim.

We were also lucky not to suffer from the gale force winds that caused a lot of damage on the coast.

The following are pictures from Meteo Orihuela:

Monday, March 13, 2017

Snow in March

These photos were taken yesterday in Murcia.

They did not disappoint

Taking on two new works must have presented a great challenge to the band.

First, Ravel's Bolero which features a number of solo pieces -an opportunity for those musicians involved to demonstrate how good they are.

This was followed by The Gods of Olympus by Óscar Navarro Rojo - a monumental piece in ten parts. At times this was demanding both of the band and the listener with complex sections that involved a variety of novel instruments.

You can find my album of photos in the sidebar and if you care to listen to the concert, it is downloadable at

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bad weather to come

Make the best of today because from Monday to Thursday we are in for some bad weather.

Just look at the prediction for Monday - maximum of 12 degrees, heavy rain and strong wind. Cancel the washing and be prepared to stay indoors.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Breaking records

These are mid summer temperatures, not normal for March. Don't worry though, temperatures will be more normal by the middle of the week and we could well get some rain.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Never felt it

We perhaps should have felt that but didn't.

This 2.7 magnitude quake happened at 10:48 yesterday. It was recorded along the coast to Guardamar and inland to Almoradi and even as far as Elche.

Thursday, March 09, 2017


There must be many occasions when diners leave a restaurant without paying the bill. It is probably easiest when the place is full and the waiters are distracted by the number of covers they have to serve. However, I have never heard of this happening with large groups before now.

This is a new scam being practised by Eastern Europeans in the north of the country.

They arrange for an event to take place at a restaurant. The incidents so far have been a wedding and a christening. After the meal is finished, the guests scarper without paying the bill. It is believed that the scam must premeditated because of the way the guests just up and go without notice.

The first reported incident was at the El Carmen restaurant in Bembibre where 120 diners left without paying the 2,000 Euro bill for a christening. The owner went into the kitchen for the cake only to return and find the room empty. All he was left with was a 900 Euro deposit.

A few days later, 200 wedding guests left El Rincón de Pepín in Ponferrada without paying the 10,000 Euro bill. The party was in full swing when the guests all got up and headed for the door at the same time. There was nothing the owner could do to stop them.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Tasty morsels

Today is the day for women

The perfect welcome back home

After our trip to England to celebrate our granddaughter's 7th birthday, it was good to come back to warm weather. We only had one day when it rained all the time and there were some spells of sunshine for us to enjoy. Still damn cold though!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Looking forward to this

Musical Union of Bigastro Symphonic Band  will be playing their annual "EL CONCIERTO DEL SOCIO" next Sunday, March 12th at 18:30 pm in the Municipal Auditorium Francisco Grau.

The concert will feature  "The Olympus of the Gods"  by Oscar Navarro.


“The Gods’ Olympus” is a symphonic suite divided in ten movements, each one of them representing one of the twelve deities in Olympus.

The suite begins with a strong “thunder” sound, which represents the power and strength of the great God Zeus, Father of Gods. This “thunder” sound will be the connecting thread between movements, and it will be heard each time that Zeus introduces a different God in Olympus.

I. “Hermes” – The messenger of the Gods across all frontiers
A very lively and fast music represents an agile and energetic God, very cunning. He is capable to travel around Earth from place to place without any trouble, disguising himself amongst other travellers, shepherds, traders, burglars and other mortals without raising any suspicion.

II. “Artemis” – The Goddess of nature and wild animals
This movement, composed as a dance form, describes the Goddess Artemis surrounded by live nature, birds and vegetation covering the surface of Earth beyond where the eye reaches. The animals pasture and run around freely amidst a clear and bright sky. Artemis dances and runs in this beautiful depicted scenery, carrying her bow and arrows and hunting down the wild animals.

III. “Hades” – God of the Death
A trip to the underworld can be very lonely and dark. A cold and deserted path will guide us to meet Hades, who is depicted in the music by a demonic ostinato, which will drive our ear crazy until it rips our soul apart.

IV. “Poseidon” – God of the Sea and the Earthquakes
We find ourselves in a peaceful and quiet sea where a soft breeze carries us, little by little, deeper into the ocean. There, a hunting horn is used to call Poseidon to reveal himself. The sea will become more and more unstable and rocky, and the waves will crush against the cliffs with more and more power, causing many rocks to fall into the water. Another hunting call will bring Poseidon from the deep ocean and into the surface, extremely infuriated. After showing himself fully, he will return into the deepest of the ocean, creating a magnificent wave that will slowly dissipate. In the end, the ocean recovers its normal peaceful state.

V. “Demeter” – Goddess of Agriculture
This movement reproduces the “chant of the mowers”, often related to the world of agriculture. It uses a simple melody created exclusively for Demeter, who takes care of the farmers and the fertile land. The movement of the butterflies wings and the dialogue between the wind and the farmers will be a predominant feature of this movement. In essence, it is a movement on invocation to the Goddess of agriculture and carrier of the seasons.

VI. “Hephaestus” – God of fire and forging
This movement can be coined as “the smith’s hymn”. Hephaestus is venerated by all the smiths and craftsmen, who chant melodies to the beat of the anvils. Little by little, other sculptors and craftsmen will join in with their voices. At the very end, a big explosion of fire and ecstasy will carry the listener to the end of the movement.

VII. “Apollo” – God of beauty, music and perfection
Apollo, who is in charge of playing music at Olympus, will present us with a simple theme, first played with the horn and later by a small group of players from each one of the orchestra’s sections. This theme will be used as a welcome back tune for all of the Gods. It is very triumphant and solemn chamber music.

VIII. “Aphrodite” – Goddess of sexuality, lust and desire
Aphrodite, portrayed by the harp, is shown as a very appealing and sensual Goddess. She will hypnotise us little by little, using very colourful and enchanting melodies. We will fall under her arms, and with another theme in a waltz form, she will make our mind wonder into infinity.

IX. “Ares & Athena” – Gods of War
Ares and Athena travel together riding on their chariot pushed by four immortal bulls with golden flanges and breathing fire. They are equipped with helmets, shields and spears. These Gods are coming from afar, marching towards war and destruction, a ferocious massacre of blood and fire.

X. “Zeus y Hera” – God and Goddess of Gods
At the end of this suite Zeus y Hera will appear to the beat of the great “Zeus and Hera’s March”. They both parade together in their throne, transported by heavy wheels of stone. Acclaimed by all of the other Gods, they enter in Olympus, welcomed by fanfares of timpani and trumpets. They are Olympus Kings!