Vivienne Hughes

Old House New Use

Deep in the Alpujarra, there is a hamlet called Mairena, which is a municipal dependency of Nevada. This rural cluster has a population of only 247 inhabitants. One of them, a 37-year-old man, was arrested for allegedly converting old school housing into a thriving Marihuana plant nursery.

Tractor Vs. The Badly Parked

A farmer decided to take justice into his own hands after putting up with a neighbour who constantly parked in front of his yard gate… so he rammed the offending car with his tractor and shoved it out of the way.

Just in Case

A Belgian millionaire has allegedly built four bunkers up in the Alpujarra just in case the world ends the day after tomorrow, Friday the 21st of December.

It’s Chestnut Season!

Órgiva held its third year of the Castañada Alpujarreña, which was organised by the Ayuntamiento de Alpujarra de la Sierra, with a helping hand from the Ayuntamiento de Órgiva. The result was hundreds of kilos of chestnuts were roasted and handed around to locals and tourists.

Hoax Bomb Threat

The Guardia Civil post in Órgiva received a mysterious package, followed shortly by a hoax bomb-threat call. After calling in the bomb-disposal squad (GEDEX) and evacuating the police station, which is situated in the centre of the town, they were not impressed when it turned out to be a hoax.

Cured and Stolen Ham

In these difficult times when a businessman closes a deal to sell 34,000 euros worth of Serrano ham, he could be described as ‘pretty excited,’ but by the time that the cheque bounces, he is just plain ‘exitable.’

Motril descendents

A story of immigration, but in reverse. Last month the Mayor of Motril, Carlos Rojas, travelled to Albardón in Argentina, accompanied by Head of Immigration, Teresa Morales, to visit the Motril community there.