Monday, January 21, 2019

Yesterday in Bigastro

Bigastro celebrates the day of San Anton. patron saint of animals, each year with a special mass and a benediction of animals that the townsfolk take along.

The mass used to be held inside the church with the blessing taking place in the doorway.

Traditionally, there is a raffle as well with a pair of live pigs being the prize one year.

Now, the mass is held outside and the raffle is for items that people might want more than a live pig.

In another twist this year, the statue of the saint was paraded around a short route of the town before mass.

The saying goes that the sun shines on the righteous and so it did yesterday. Only at the end of the benediction did heavy clouds appear and rain started to fall.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Expressing her opinion

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The proof is here

This photo from 1954 was taken on the road that leads to La Pedrera.


 It shows José Fuentes Pérez  driving his cart loaded with stones from the quarry to the town. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

I've seen the diagrams

Newspapers seem to be as divided as MPs on what exactly will happen or could happen now with BREXIT. Many of them have set out diagrams that show different scenarios of what might transpire in the coming days and weeks as Britain struggles to resolve the issues.

I think it is fair to say that, if Teresa May cannot come up with something radically different to her initial plan, it will be voted down again. But what happens then?

The fall back position is that Britain will crash out of the EU without a deal. Some say that will be a disaster and cause chaos, others seem to think it is a reasonable option.

Some want an extension to allow more time, others say that will lead to nothing more than the present position.

There is a camp that suggests we should have a second referendum, I assume in the hope that the people will change their minds and vote remain. Many though believe that a second vote would split the country even wider.

What is abundantly clear is that many politicians are voicing opinions based on their own self interests rather than what might be best for the country.

Whatever happens next, I believe that BREXIT will go down as a sorry saga that has cost the country dearly in many different ways.

I wonder, should BREXIT be like PPI where you can make a claim on the basis that it was miss sold to you. We were told leaving would be easy, painless and highly beneficial.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The importance of being up to date

By law, banks in Spain require identification of their customers. Without up to date information they can refuse to allow you to withdraw money even if you have a balance in your account.

For foreign customers, the usual form of identification will be a passport but therein lies a problem because passports expire after ten years. Once your passport has expired, it is no longer an acceptable form of identification.

The majority of people renew their passport before it is about to expire but of course it will have a new number. The bank needs to know this in order to keep their information up to date. The process should be simple, you call into any branch of your bank and present your new passport so they can update your record.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Renaming the street

Photo from Facebook
On the 13th a plaque was unveiled renaming the street by the VaiVen after Manuel Moya Pomares.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Just as strange as before

Last night, the theatre group, El Lugarico, performed Habitos Extranos (Strange Habits) in the Auditorium to a full audience.

This is the second time that we have seen this play and there were some changes made which only added to the humour.

Since the first performance, El Lugarico have taken their production to Madrid where the man who played the priest got a richly deserved first prize.

As I said previously, even if you did not understand all of the dialogue and to be fair it is not easy to understand Spanish innuendo, the visual humour was worth going for.

A gay priest, a man who has a few too many lady friends, clothes that seem to come off at will, a stripper and a plumber with a bossy wife - all the makings of a Whitehall farce.