Martin Myall

The Imserso Cushion

Many hotels on the Costa Tropical manage to keep going through the winter thanks to Imserso, which is a state-subsidized, pensioners’ holiday scheme. However, this winter, like the swallows, they’re staying elsewhere.

Salobreña Takes Out Another Loan

The Salobreña Town Hall has approved taking another multi-million euro loan, this time for 2.8m. With the said funds to pay off local debts and for the Town Hall to be able to ‘function.’
The Mayor insists that the operation is not ‘a whim’, as under existing legislation town halls are obligated to terminate loan policies before the 31st of December. Having paid off the existing ones, they now need funds to operate.

Distant New Year

Whilst many foreigners were spending their Christmas and New Year in Almuñécar, one Almuñequero was spending his in the Antarctic.
Carlos Cano is a naval rating on board the Spanish, oceanic-research ship, Hespérides, which is carrying out an expedition code-named Malaspina and has taken the crew and ship around the world during its 7-month voyage.

Bank Takes All

It never crossed the mind of small businessman, Antonio Ruiz, that something like this could happen to him; but it has. One moment he was on top of the world, and the next he had been stripped of all he possessed – the bank took the lot: his business (Cuadros San Sebastian) his work shop, his house… and even the houses of his two offspring… they even took his grandchildren’s bicycles!

Expensive Impact

(Malaga) A man with mental problems jumped from a 9th-floor to end his life after escaping from a mental ward… which is unfortunate enough, but he landed on a passerby who had just walked out of a bar, causing quite a lot of bodily mischief, which is not only unfortunate but also arguably clumsy.

Nador Connection for Motril Port

The Motril Port Authorities have fixed a ferry connection with Nador on the North African coast as their 2012 objective. The complete success behind the Melilla link is behind this new initiative.

San Silvestre Race

Salobreña held its first San Silvestre Race, which was carried out in full festive spirit with runners wearing Santa hats, etc. The idea was to circulate a bit of foot-borne colour through the town’s streets.

Policemen Arrested

Members of the Catalan regional police force, Los Mossos d’Esquadra, arrested five Guardia Civil policemen as part of a police crack down on a gang that specialised on highway robbery; i.e., robberies carried out on the nations motorways.

Suspicious Winnings

The Mayor of Manises, in the autonomous region of Valencia, who is already indicted in a corruption case, has now raised eyebrows by wining the Second Prize in the Christmas Lottery. Consequently, the judge in charge of the corruption case has demanded that he presents the winning ticket.