Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A labour of love

It occurred to me that, if anything happened to me, all the photos I have taken in Bigastro would be lost. They are all on hard drives either in or attached to my computer but to go through them would be a nightmare for anyone. In all probability they would simply be erased.

In order to preserve this archive for the town, I have bought an external hard drive just to store those photos. In the event of my demise, or when I am too old to take photos anymore, the drive can be passed on to the Town Hall for them to keep.

The total to date is 23,284 photos covering all sorts of events including concerts, processions, fiestas etc etc.  Even I was astonished that I had so many pictures. I can't even imagine how many pictures I will have by the time I have finished.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A quick reminder


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The best of British

This is the man that lead the leave campaign, Britain's Foreign Secretary and would be Prime Minister.

I know you shouldn't judge a person by their dress but really I wonder what other countries will make of this picture of Boris Johnson?

Setting his appearance to one side, Johnson is due to make a speech today telling us that we should all pull together over Brexit, that we have nothing to fear.

Remember, Boris was the man who told us the NHS would be better off by £350m  a week post Brexit, He was the one who told us that we had to leave because otherwise Britain would be invaded by Turks. Neither of those things were true. What is true, according to Government research, is that Britain will be worse off. 

I believe we are well passed the day when we can simply regard Mr Johnson as a harmless and loveable quintessentially British buffoon. He is rapidly becoming a liability and a dangerous one at that.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Out for a walk

There are several processions with statues that take place here in Bigastro. The most popular of course is the one on the 16th August with the statue of San Joaquin.

We also have two processions at Easter, one with the statue of Mary at night and then the Encuentro at dawn with the statues of Mary and Jesus.

Since the Church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, her statue has a special procession.

Let's not forget the Romeria with the statue of San Isidro. Possibly the longest of the processions, this one takes the pilgrims all the way from the Church up to the Hermitage at La Pedrera.

Finally, we have a procession with the statue of Fray Leopoldo. That took place yesterday in bright sunlight.

PS I hope I haven't missed any out, hopefully someone will tell me if I have.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Christopher Riley

Chris playing flute at the Fiesta for San Joaquin 2017

Alfonso greets Chris on the stage at the Teatro Corte, Almoradi.

Last night the SUMB chose to honour Christopher Riley, the only British person currently playing in the band.

 Christopher has a fascinating musical CV. He played in a group in his home town, Blackpool in the 60s and 70s. Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics played alongside many of the great artists of the time including the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. Chris also played with Jethro Tull and is in fact still in close contact with the front man, Ian Anderson.

 His repertoire of instruments includes bass guitar, saxophone, organ, guitar, flute and piccolo. 

When we first saw him with the Symphonic Band, he was playing saxophone. He then learnt to play the flute and joined the Junior Band. Currently, Chris plays flute with the Symphonic Band.
Chris addresses the audience (in perfect Spanish).

Alfonso, Chris and his wife, Kim at the Casino in Almoradi. 

Chris and Alfonso. 


The President of the Sociedad Union Musical de Bigastro, Alfonso Banuls Fuente, presented Chris with a special pin at the reception later. Chris is the first to be honoured with this pin which you can see him wearing at the bottom of the three on his lapel.
A very proud Chris wearing his new pin at the bottom of his lapel.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ready for Easter


Thursday, February 08, 2018

Spanish parking

I fully understand, if you own an expensive car, you do not want to risk dings and scrapes when you park it. Does that excuse this way of parking though?



All too often you find cars parked like these in this part of Spain. We've seen it regularly in supermarket car parks. This though is at the local hospital where parking is at a real premium.

There are places in England where the owner of these cars would come back to find abusive messages on the windscreen or worse.

PS These two were not one offs, there were at least a dozen cars in this car park taking up more than one space.