Friday, January 19, 2018

New roundabouts

According to the Costa Blanca News, six new roundabouts are to be built on the CV95 between Orihuela and Torrevieja. Let us hope that one of them is on the junction between the CV95 and the CV945 to Los Montesinos and another on the junction with the CV951 to Torremendo.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time to celebrate

This year is a special year for SUMB  as it counts on 100 years as a society, an  historic milestone that we are going to celebrate in style.

Throughout this year they have prepared various activities such as lectures on the history of the society, exhibitions and a centennial magazine that will surely occupy a privileged place on the shelves of all the people who love the music of Bigastro.

And the icing on the cake is the registration in the Provincial Contest 2018. With a free work of maximum difficulty such as "Miraculum", by maestro Martínez Gallego, they will give everything and more on stage.

Pam and I look forward to taking part and recording the magnificent concerts they will be performing.

Monday, January 15, 2018

For those whom it may concern

Those of you who have mobile phones that will work with 4G will now be able to access data at much faster speeds thanks to the upgrade.

Unfortunately, the 4G band operates at 800 MHz which may effect those of you who have digital terrestrial TV.

If your reception is affected, you can contact the Centre for Attention and they will sort the problem out free of charge.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bless the animals

This is always worth a visit. People bring along all sorts of animals to be blessed by the parish priest.

It looks like there are some useful prizes in the raffle this year. 

NB Previously, we have seen live pigs in the raffle.

Monday, January 08, 2018

A real treat

We always look forward to the Christmas Concerts by the Sociedad Union Musical de Bigastro and yesterday's performance did not disappoint.

We started out with the Infant Choir, in front of the band, singing a medley of songs for Christmas.

They cleared the stage to allow the Symphonic Band to perform their programme which started with the competition piece they will be playing at the Certamen this year. As is normal, this is a technically difficult piece to play and will require a lot of rehearsal to get it to the band's liking.

Following tradition, Mr and Miss SUMB danced to Shostakovitch Waltz No 2 and the concert ended with the audience joining in with the Radetsky March by Johann Strauss Sr.

You will find my photo albums from the event in the sidebar and you can listen to the concert here.

Their latest production

Pam and I have followed the work of Miguel Saez and his theatre group Percuseve for a number of years now.

Their latest production, Arritmias promises to be just as good as the previous ones. You can see it in Bigastro on Saturday 20th January.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

1920s Spain

This photo of a man and his dog outside a house made from mud and sticks comes from the late 1920s.

Although, the picture was posted on the Old Photos of Orihuela page on Facebook, it isn't clear whether the photo was taken there.

However, we do know that this type of construction was typical of parts of Valencia at that time and some of these houses still exist as museums.

Spare a thought

After a spell of unseasonable warm weather that would be considered good for a summer's day in Britain, it has turned cold here in Bigastro.

The top temperature during the day plummeted from 25 degrees to around 16 in a matter of a couple of days. Night time temperatures have dropped to 4 degrees which feels polar to us. 

However, spare a thought for our friends and relatives in Britain who have suffered storm after storm so far this winter. The combination of strong winds, heavy rain and arctic temperatures have brought misery to much of the country and it isn't over yet.

Today is forecast to be calm for much of the British Isles but that means cold temperatures during the daytime and even colder temperatures at night. A nighttime temperature of 4 degrees would feel almost tropical to those who are experiencing drops to -15 in the north of Scotland. Four degrees is as warm as it will get in the middle of the day for even the south coast of Britain.

No doubt we will see people out in thick coats, woolly scarves, hats and gloves today for the Christmas Concert in Bigastro. You wonder what they would find to wear if they were in a really cold climate like Britain is experiencing this year. 

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Get your free calendar

With the aim of promoting awareness of environmental issues, Bigastro Town Hall has launched an initiative aided by a local resident who is fond of everything related to the environment - Efrén Pamies,

This local policeman has been commissioned to illustrate the calendar with photographs of the fauna, flora and fossils which he says are unique in the province.

Antonio Meseguer, Councillor for the Environment, says that "the purpose of the 2018 Calendar is to offer citizens the opportunity to become familiar with their environment and to know part of the Nature, Diversity and History of Bigastro",

Pamies points out that, in the different natural routes of Bigastro, you can meet many species of this area; birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

This calendar will be distributed by local businesses It will be available to all who are interested in the City and will be free.