I KNOW that I will get mixed feelings about the topic that I chose for this blog.
I KNOW that I will get some angry comments from a lot of people with this but this is just MY opinion.
We all know if we are dog owners - I am not a dog owner - the right way to go about walking your dog on the streets right?
Your pet needs exercise and dogs have to do their number ones and twos when they are walking with their owners.
Ok nobody tells the owner that they should take a mop and bucket with them when their animal pees on the ground, up a post or on a car tyre but obviously
a respectful dog owner takes with them little plastic bags and maybe plastic gloves for them to clean up the mess.
There are some funny looking contraptions around that you tie onto your doggies bum while they are walking around but the poor animal must be uncomfortable with them on.
The main thing is that most people know what they have to do.
So my concern about dog owners leads me to when they take them to the beach.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach FULL STOP.
There are signs that tell you this and even if you dont understand spanish 100% then the symbol with a dog´s head with a line through it means No Dogs.
Don´t get me wrong even though I do not own a dog I do like them and I always support peoples posts on Facebook concerning animal rights, I HATE bullfighting too!!
BUT dog owners have to understand that a beach is for people to go to and lie on the sand or like in Málaga where I go for a walk at Playa La Malagueta there are grass areas
with palm trees.
Yes I did take a couple of photos to prove that people take their dogs to the beach just to prove my point, but not too close for people to ask me
why I was taking them.
When the owner gets to the beach - I have seen this many times - they let the dog off their leash. So not only should they not be there but
the dog is allowed to run around and do their business all over the place.
OK like I said before MAYBE they take bags with them and clean up the numbers twos but when a dog pees around the grass area and up the trees you have to
realise that a person may lay in that area or sit against a tree even in winter when we have a clear warm day.
It frankly makes me cringe.
So i am going to round this blog off now and i am interested to hear your opinions in the comments box below.
Feel free to have a dig at me too if it upsets you.
We all have our own ideas and i will repeat that I like animals.
But please please a little consideration. There should be a fine and maybe there is.
They should no doubt create areas for dogs to run along the beach, separate from the rest of the beach - this is true.
In parks in Málaga there are special areas to walk your dog.
I am just a person blogging with a point of view.
After living in Spain 26 years life has it´s ups and it´s downs. We have good days and bad days like you would anywhere else.
Normally though things get sorted. we find the energy to pick ourselves up and carry on the best we can.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about a young lady called Natasha Lynch.
Natasha is a vibrant, friendly and caring 22 year old, originally from Liverpool, England, who has been living in Costa Blanca Spain for the past 4 years. Everyone who meets her warms to her immediately due to her sunny disposition, beautiful smile and absolute positivity.
In January 2014, having just gone to the UK after she had been working as a Children’s Rep in Egypt, Tasha was struck down by meningitis.
Thankfully, she survived this but it has left her with not 1, not 2 but 3 debilitating illnesses, which have transformed her life. They are:
Hemiplegic migraines are basically the most excruciating headache that you could ever imagine. Far, far worse than a migraine! Along with the pain, it causes paralysis on one side of the body, similar to the symptoms of a stroke. Also, when Tasha has one of these episodes, she has dreadful seizures which leave her weak and exhausted. You can find more information on Hemiplegic Migraines here:
Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder that causes weakness in the ocular, bulbar, limb, and respiratory. Tasha struggles to breathe and relies on oxygen most of the time as her respiratory muscles are too weak to ensure breathing! Extraordinarily frightening, especially for one so young! Also, her left eye is permanently closed. More info on this illness here:
Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation across both sides of one level, or segment, of the spinal cord. The segment of the spinal cord at which the damage occurs determines which parts of the body are affected. Tasha is mainly affected in that she can feel nothing below her waist. More information on Transverse Myelitis can be found here:
Both Myasthenia Gravis and Transverse Myelitis have left Tasha with major disabilities.
In October 2015, she was rushed in to Torrevieja Hospital with breathing difficulties and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, where she spent the next 5 weeks fighting for her life. She was suffering from Myasthenia Crisis, a critical stage that was trying to stop her lungs from working.
Despite all of this, Natasha has still kept her positive attitude and sense of humour. Prior to being taken into hospital, she insisted on working, although she tired easily, and was working latterly at The Final Whistle in La Marina Urbanisation, which she loved.
Natasha finally came home on Monday 22nd February following almost 4 months of being in hospital and a rehabilitation centre.
Although she is now at home and we have managed, thanks to generous donations and fundraising events, to purchase a specialised wheelchair, a BPAP MACHINE, which basically helps her to breathe while asleep, therefore, allowing her lungs to rest enough for her to breathe more easily during the day time, and a portable BPAP machine so that, in time, Tasha will be able to go out without the fear of not being able to breathe.
On top of these major items, other changes have been made at home, such as bathroom aids and a ramp to allow her to get the scooter into her home. This is all without the medication required just to keep her stable!
There is still a long road ahead and Natasha has absolutely no feeling from the waist down and struggles to hold her head up unaided. She has a little more mobility in her arms and has been taught breathing techniques to make it easier for her to talk as well as breathe!
Tasha will still need physiotherapy for a long time to come but it was felt that she would be happier at home. At present Tasha needs 24 hour care and will need more equipment at home to make life easier for her and her dad, Andy, and step-mum, Dawn.
Natasha’s Dad, Andy, set up a GoFundMe Account at the beginning of January in the hope that funds could be raised to purchase the wheelchair and BPAP machines but, as she will need more equipment, we are keeping the fund going for the time being, especially as there are already more events planned.
The link can be found here if you wish to make a donation.
The text above has been copied from a Facebook page and that part of the blog I cannot take credit for. This is just an appeal if you can to help her if you possibly can by donating.
Most people I talk too are from the Andalucia area but the idea of SpainLINKED is to link each other together, anywhere you are in Spain.
Thank you for reading.
Sarah Granger - Benidorm half marathon
Sarah Granger is running a Benidorm half marathon on 27th November.
Here´s Sarah´s message:
I'm running Benidorm half marathon on 27th November for a stranger hence granger running for stranger. Tasha lynch is a beautiful young girl who needs funding for medical equipment etc I have never met tasha but read all about her and wanted to do something for someone I didn't know a kind gesture so please can you also help a stranger and a stranger granger!!! Thank you in advance xxx
Christmas Variety Show
The al-Andalus trilogy is set in Córdoba and its surrounding countryside. It is 10th century Spain, the Golden Age of Moorish rule, the time of the great caliphs, when Córdoba was considered the centre of cultural and learning for the western world. For many years I have been fascinated by this beautiful city and when I heard about the ruins of Madinat al-Zahra which were only just outside its boundaries, I knew I had to go to visit it. This was the city of al-Rahman III the greatest of all the caliphs and more than that, I was intrigued by the idea that a palace-city of such magnificence should have lasted for such a short time. Civilisations come and go, as any reader of history knows but for it to last no more than 75 years seemed a tragedy.
It was the summer of 2001. I picked up a leaflet about an exhibition that was to be held in the museum at Madinat al-Zahra. It was entitled The Splendour of the Cordovan Umayyads. So we drove across from Málaga, on a blistering hot day to see what it was all about.
I have been back many times since and the place holds a fascination for me; so much so that it inspired me to write a novel. I decided to tell the story of the city through a family that lived there; I had the bare bones of my novel before me, in the stone walls and paved paths, in the narrow passages ways, the ornate gardens, the artefacts in the museum. All I needed to do was to make the city come alive through my characters. I called the novel The Shining City because 'Madinat' (or medina) is the word for town and 'Zahra' means shining or brilliant. It's said that the caliph called the city al-Zahra because, at the time it was being built, he was in love with a slave girl called Zahra. It could be true; there are certainly written references to a concubine of that name but personally I think 'Zahra' referred to the magnificence of the city itself. As the principle character in my book, Omar, tells his nephew:
‘It means shining, glistening, brilliant. Possibly his concubine glittered and shone with all the jewels and beautiful silks he showered upon her but then so did the city. It was indeed the Shining City. When visitors entered through the Grand Portico, passing beneath its enormous, red and white arches, when they climbed the ramped streets that were paved with blocks of dark mountain stone, passing the lines of uniformed guards in their scarlet jackets and the richly robed civil servants that flanked their way, when they reached the royal residence and saw the golden inlay on the ceilings, the marble pillars, the richly woven rugs scattered across the floors and the brilliant silk tapestries, when they saw the moving tank of mercury in the great reception pavilion that caught the sunlight and dazzled all who beheld it, then they indeed knew that they were in the Shining City.’
Of course today, looking at the ruined paths, the piles of broken tiles, the reconstructed arches and pillars, we need to use our imagination to see it as it once was.
The construction of the city of Madinat al-Zahra was begun in the year 939 AD by Abd al-Rahman III and took forty years to complete. Having declared himself the caliph of al-Andalus in 929 AD and with the country more or less at peace he wanted to follow in the tradition of previous caliphs in the East and build himself a palace-city, grander than anything that had been built before. The site he chose was eight kilometres to the west of Córdoba, in present day Andalusia and measured one and a half kilometres by almost a kilometre. It was sheltered from the north winds by the mountains behind it and had an excellent vantage point from which to see who was approaching the city. It was well supplied with water from an old Roman aqueduct and surrounded by rich farming land. It had good roads to communicate with Córdoba and there was even a stone quarry close by.
The caliph left much of the responsibility for the construction of the city to his son al-Hakam, who continued work on it after his father's death.
One of the most curious questions about Madinat al-Zahra is why, despite its importance as the capital of the Omeyyad dynasty in al-Andalus, this magnificent city endured no more than seventy-five years. When al-Hakam died in 976 AD the city was thriving; all the most important people in the land lived there. The army, the Mint, the law courts, the government and the caliph were there; the city boasted public baths, universities, libraries, workshops and ceremonial reception halls to receive the caliph's visitors. But al-Hakam's heir was a boy of eleven-years old. The new boy-caliph was too young to rule, so a regent was appointed, the Prime Minister, al-Mansur, an ambitious and ruthless man. Gradually the Prime Minister moved the whole court, the Mint, the army and all the administrative functions back to Córdoba, leaving the new caliph in Madinat al-Zahra, ruling over an empty shell. Once the seat of power had been removed from Madinat al-Zahra, the city went into decline. The wealthy citizens left, quickly followed by the artisans, builders, merchants and local businessmen. Its beautiful buildings were looted and stripped of their treasures and the buildings were destroyed to provide materials for other uses. Today you can find artefacts from the city in Málaga, Granada, and elsewhere. Marble pillars that once graced the caliph's palace now support the roofs of houses in Córdoba. Ashlars that were part of the city's walls have been used to build cow sheds.
Excavation of the site of Madinat al-Zahra began in 1911 by Riocardo Velázquez Bosco, the curator of the mosque in Córdoba. The work was slow and hampered by the fact that the ruins were on private property. Landowners were not keen to co-operate and eventually the State had to purchase the land before the excavations could begin. The work progressed slowly but gradually over the years a number of government acts were passed which resulted in the site being designated as an Asset of Cultural Interest and in 1998 a Special Protection Plan was drawn up to give full weight to the importance of the ruins. Today the site is open to the public and has an excellent visitor centre and museum.
THE SHINING CITY became the first book in a trilogy about al-Andalus and 10th century Spain in particular. I decided to write a second book about the boy-caliph, al-Hisham II whose life was dominated by his mother and her lover. This one I entitled THE EYE OF THE FALCON.
They are both available as ebooks and in paperback from Amazon and other bookstores.
At the moment I am writing the third book in the series—title not decided yet—which brings the story up to the end of the Golden Age and the demise of the Omayyad dynasty, and gives some clue to the eventual fate of al-Hisham II, the forgotten caliph. The book will be out in the new year.
Maria Shishkina, yoga teacher, yogatherapist, miotherapist, author of international educational programs run in 12 countries. Teaching experience - more than 13 years. Lives in Marbella, Spain.
The main directions are: practice for beginners and everyone (ABS of yogatherapy), prenatal practice (all around pregnancy period), postpartum recovery, joint practice for moms and babies right after birth, yogatherapy for professional sportsmen of different disciplines, yogatherapy of spinal problems and organs, yoga for the elderly, detox yogatherapy and other.
Maria talks about digestion and in the video blog below about Yoga excercises.
Let’s talk about digestion. From the point of view of Ayurveda, digestion is a process regulated by three Doshas serially at different stages with the aim to maintain and strengthen the internal Strength (Ojas).
Very interesting mechanism of the digestive system from an Ayurvedic perspective that is simply indispensable and obligatory, in my opinion, to the study of knowledge both for teachers and serious practitioners of yoga (the word «serious» in this context means the attitude, not the duration of classes). Let’s face it.
The three Doshas of our body — Vata, Pitta and Kapha govern the process of digestion. In fact, everything develops in a fairly coherent picture of the practice as soon as you analyze your individual option and build relationships with the body at this level.
The first stage of digestion is governed by Kapha Dosha. As soon as the food enters the mouth and into the esophagus, starts the primary digestion of the enveloping slime and preparing for the detailed breakdown. At this level, unbalanced Kapha Dosha may lead to either insufficient production of saliva (at low stage) and, as a consequence, the lack of preparation food due to breakdown in the stomach, or excessive drooling and mucus, which leads to a delay of food in the upper part of the digestive system and disrupts the natural rhythm of digestion, drowning out the digestive fire.
The second stage is ruled by Pitta Dosha.
Fire Pitta, «living» in the stomach, helping him to produce the digestive juices for proper digestion of food and further advancement of mass in the intestine.
Reinforced pitt often provokes a permanent high content of gastric juice, which leads to gastritis, peptic ulcers, heartburn. If we add to this the love of Pitta to all kinds of spicy spices, the output can be obtained and colitis, and serious limitations in the practice of yoga and ordinary life.
The third stage is the area of Vata Dosha. Vata helps to split predvaritelno prepared a lot of food into useful nutrients, which are then sent to the liver and becomes a new part of the blood and the unfamiliar/unwanted/toxic substances that will have to leave the body through the colon.
Wool — a particularly Moody person.
The slightest imbalance and all the efforts of Kapha and Pitta (i.e. pre — and full preparation of food in the esophagus and stomach) are reduced to «no». Useful together with unnecessary flying «out», or changes places and poisons the body, or lie in the intestine, forming additional toxins.
Having established all three stages of digestion with the help harmonize and balance the Doshas (remember: in every individual case this balance is unique), you get a shapely well-oiled system that supports your body in a state of ease and setticket (as they say in yoga)).
Sort it out in theory. Next time you will already practice!
PS: want to disassemble your private event or ask a question? Email me at email@example.com
or visit my website: http://mariashishkinayoga.com/
On my many walkabouts around Málaga you see many changes from one day to another.
Old buildings have their insides ripped apart leaving just the front and the sides left, so that the original face of the building isn´t tampered with.
Buildings that were once people´s homes in the old part of Málaga especially Calle Carretería, that have been converted into hostels for tourists looking
for a more adventurous holidays, older couples with money to spend and back packers that come into Málaga maybe to stay a few days or find their
feet in Málaga by doing a summer job or setting up their own little enterprise.
Some of the buildings have been left perhaps as they ran out of money to carry on and are waiting for an investor; I believe if anyone has money and a dream then
Málaga is a wonderful city to invest in looking by the amount of people you see in the centre at all hours.
The bars and restaurants are hustling, there is something there to eat and drink for all tastebuds. Irish bars, English bars with language exchange, food from all over the world.
As you walk around and about the buildings I mentioned, some of them have been bricked off and whitewashed. This has provided canvases for many an artist. There is one that seems to have
done at least three, two near the famous bar in Málaga called Pimpi and the other in Calle Granada where I know of a nice bar that sells cheap beer that sadly the last time I
went by a couple of days ago has been white washed over.
Around the area called Soho between Avenida Alameda and the port area the barrio here is called Soho. This is a pedestrianised area that leads to either to the Plaza de la Marina or to beginning of
Muelle Uno. As you get towards the theatre here and take a left in most of the streets you will see countless street art by many an artist. Some cover entire sides of buildings and other are low down on street
level but are just as impacting as the larger masterpieces. Being the city where probably the most famous artist was born, Picasso, you can imagine what his thoughts would be.
He would be amazed at the talent and him himself would get up there and do his own thing if he was still alive today.
Sometimes change is good, you need to give a fresh look to some of a city. But I think it is a huge shame when you have a wondrous building well over a century old and you convert it into something completely different, a big shame.
Like I said some of them are being restored to their old self but you can imagine the history each one has had, the people that have lived and worked in them. What used to be a huge store called Felix Saenz has been converted in apartments and just one shop below it, not far is another building from the same owner that they seem to be refurbishing. The Larios shopping area was once a factory for Larios Gin and had lots of land with gardens and
all that has been taken away. Just like the fantastic painting that some person did a year or so ago which has now vanished and can only be seen in the photos people too of it.
Recently I had family over and to see anything here in Spain you normally have to do quite a lot of walking.
One of the family members decided to hire out a mobility scooter because they had problems walking with a knee problem they have, hopefully they will get a partial or full knee replacement towards the end of the year.
So the best thing I thought would to look online and see what there was to offer and where mobility scooter businesses we located also in case I had to pick
one up. It didn't have to be the most expensive and one that was a 4x4 all terrain, it was just to get from A to B without having to walk.
The problem, I thought would be that the boot of my Nissan Micra was never going to be big enough for a scooter even if it got folded up and IF you could fold it up, So i needed one delivered.
Between three or four companies I chose one that wasn't too far from the apartment where I needed it delivered to. 3 days for 40€, 10€ delivery and 50€ deposit.
So I thought great, this will do them perfectly. It seemed easy to book as there was an online form to fill in and you paid on the day the scooter arrived.
I started to fill out the form, Name, Passport number etc etc and when I filled out the address I went down to the next box down and the whole form went blank, it completely erased all the information that I put in - Great! So I did it another time, then tried another web browser and just as I was becoming a tad peed off I decided to take a different approach and started just filling in the address for it to be delivered too - at the bottom of the form and then the name and passport number at the top. Hallelujah it worked!
So I clicked on send and I got a message saying that my mobility scooter had been reserved and i got an email confirming the reservation.
The morning came that the scooter was going to be delivered but I hadn't been sent a definite confirmation typed by a human being saying that everything was alright so I proceeded to email them. Luckily they got back to me and I mentioned that their form could have been easier to fill in
as I use web forms on my website SpainLINKED and they could add the option of paying with PayPal and credit/debit card to the form also, prepayment.
What I didnt expect back was a pretty snotty and sarcastic reply saying "Well you´ll know how to fill in the form the next time" - the whole email typed in caps which seemed like they were shouting at me. I don't know maybe I was imagining things, I just let it go and waited for the thing to get delivered.
Another thing was that I tried to fill in the form to be delivered at 11am, a good time in the morning, but the bloody form changed the time to 9am so I thought oh ok then. In the human confirmation I was told that the scooter wouldn't get to me before 12.30pm. The scooter arrived at 1.
So the guy came, he was spanish, spoke very little english but I spoke to him in spanish anyway and he told us basically how it worked and how you recharged it at night. He left a plasticated piece of card that looked like a menu in four languages with basic information and what you did if the thing packed up and that you got a fine if it wasnt charged up fully when it was picked up. It was fully charged he said.
So cool, we had our mobility scooter, I managed to get it in the lift, folding down the seat, steering it to the farest end of the lift and squeezed myself to the side of it to get in the lift too. Someone had to push the button.
We came out of the apartment block and the family member sat down, the chair as very good, the arm rests went up and the chair swivelled around so it was easier to sit on and off we went on our merry way.
The main reason we got one was in case they needed one in the UK when they got back, they had to order taxi´s a lot to go shopping and they wanted to get around and about their town with ease.
The flat pavements was a doddle, the speed gauge went from tortoise to hare and it picked up quite a speed, even I had a go. The only problems at this stage we the odd bit of pavement that was inclined and the driver felt they were going to go on their side but they got the knack of it.
Right so this was where the fun began. To get to the beach area we had to go down a fairly steep slope and narrow pavement. So the idea was to keep a steady speed, try not to fall onto the road, try not to hit lampposts and as a learner mobility scooter and above all not to hit people.
We got to the bottom and they had to get off at one point because it was impossible to go around the inclined corner, imagine if they were on their own and couldn't get out and walk a bit?
Finally it as time to go back and back up the hill. We thought the best thing to do was to cross over the road where the pavement was perhaps a tiny bit wider and progressed to go upwards. Well we got half way and the scooter started going very very slow, like the tortoise on the dial - maybe
the hare had fallen asleep. So I thought never mind, obviously with the weight of the person and the steepness it was bound to go a bit slower.
We got halfway up and the thing just stopped. It was like the emergency brakes had come on. Also the strange thing was that the guy said that it was fully charged and the battery lasted 3 hours - the needle on the scooter was still on full after an hour and a half!
Something was wrong here. This was all Go and then you had to Push!
We tried switching it off and on again, different speeds and even getting off to see if it would go any faster. Could you imagine anyone that couldn't walk having to do this?
It went faster with no weight but what was the point of that? It just wasn't powerful enough and the needle was still stating it was at its max.
Eventually we made it bit by bit to the top and we were 40 minutes late to meet someone for lunch.
Even when we got to a flat service it had problems going up the slightest of ramps now, I do not even think the scooter was fully charged in the first place, or it was faulty and a dodgy gauge.
The scooter just went dead slow like the bloody tortoise. This time we knew it was fully charged up because it had been plugged in all night.
Maybe it was my fault for pushing the scooter to its very limits but I did say - maybe 30 times - "Surely it's powerful enough!"
When we got back to the apartment I checked the menu to see if it had a big warning message to say - this thing is crap and doesn't go up hills!!
It did mention that if it stopped you had to switch off and on again and press the reset button. This would be all well and good if we knew where it was.
Anyway the day came for the guy to pick it up. This time it was a dutch or french guy that started speaking spanish then said he didn't speak a lot of it.
That was ok because I knew english as well. I mentioned everything and he said that for hills you need to put the speed right now and it goes perfectly.
At the end of the day I just said Ok, and thought maybe it was my fault - again - that I found the steepest hills and the scooter worked perfectly.
It was reasonably cheap and it wasn't a 4x4 all terrain as I mentioned before so i swallowed my pride and let it go.
The damn thing was taken away and the nightmare was over.
Whether one will be hired now in the UK, the pavements are as flat as flat can be and the motor of the mobility scooter is tuned up and it has monster truck wheels, well that's another story gals and guys!
Blog by Alistair Watts
As a lot of you guys know i do what I can do promote Málaga as much as possible. Not just because I live here but because Málaga has so much to offer these days.
In Calle Larios they are celebrating right now 50 years of Spain and Málaga´s most popular lager - San Miguel.
So much has changed since the beer came out. Tourism boomed, people bought houses all over Andalucia, then things went quiet and the recession hit us all. But tourism in Spain thrived again and this summer the province of Málaga was one of the most visited.
With me being on my hols from my full time job and yesterday organising my first proper meet for SpainLINKED, bringing together some of the nicest people I have met in my life and feeling proud of what I had achieved - I have more time to go what i called them - Walkabouts.
I am a big fan of taking photographs as well as some of you may know from our chats on Facebook or from you reading my older blogs. Photography is a passion of mine and although i do not posess a proper camera I do have that handy device called a smartphone.
I love to document as much as possible and have lately uploaded more photos and videos to Instagram also, as well as Facebook and Twitter. You could say everything that i do, or
put on my website SpainLINKED for other people gets posted vigourously. Yes i am a post freak!!
I believe in continuous contact with people and in keeping SpainLINKED updated as much as possible.
Anyway back to the theme of the blog. The Future of Málaga is bright. There are so many projects and extensions of projects going on around the city it's pretty amazing.
First of all is the next stage of the Metro, Málagas Underground system that has been running for a while now and is being extended further into the city centre and other urban areas.
Some of it will overground via tranvia - tram - and underground of course.
The stretch of line going past El Corte Inglés going on towards the Avenida Alameda is changing the landscape quite dramatically.
Half of the bridge has now been chipped away very carefully and slowly and now only half of it is left. I will be no doubt updating people with photos in another blog as the work progresses
as well as the other two projects I will mention here but see for yourself in the photos I took - and if you know the bridge and what it was like before - what a huge change has been done.
From another smaller bridge further towards the football stadium - La Rosaleda you can see just below the Ibis hotel an underground pass for cars that has been cut off, from the photo
of that it looks like a scene from The Walking Dead!
The second project is a larger big wheel than the Mirador Princess that came to a halt to move onto another city that they are going to build in Málaga´s port. The Mirador Princess
which I had the pleasure of going on is 70 metres tall. The new Ferris wheel be 100m, taller even still and reached via the ferry terminal roof opposite where the Mirador Princess still stands.
The name of the new wheel will be Estrella de Alborán - Star of the Alboran Sea. The company involved in the new wheel is the same as the present one - Mederyt.
Estimated costs to build the wheel and improve the general area is 40 million euros. A meeting held place at the end of July to discuss the idea and costs and for now it seems
that the project has a political go ahead.
FFinally the third project is believe it or not, bigger even still. 35 metres taller to be exact. A project that could create around 1,300 jobs during construction and when completed a further 350 when the project opens.
The Qatari group are bringing hopefully if all goes well an exciting set up on the furthest side of the port, past the lighthouse and near the Maritime Station where the big cruisers go from.
A new skyscraper hotel, 135 metres tall with a casino and shopping area. It will house a restaurant, auditorium, 280 standard rooms, 20 superior rooms,
24 standard suites, 16 superior suites, 12 royal suites, spa and gym. 35 floors in total. The developers feel confident that all permissions with be granted midpoint of next year. Work could begin at the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018. Construction is expected to last around two and a half years giving a opening date during the year 2020.
To spend a night there though wouldn't be for the people
that come to Andalucia with a rucksack on their back or an average couple or family.
A night at the hotel could cost you between 300 and 600€ a night. So time to save up and treat yourself guys!!
Gallery - Photos by Alistair Watts - Artist impressions above courtesy of Sur in English
Music moves you!! It can be one of the most important things in your life. Without music what would we do? Being myself a lover of music of various types I admire the way DJs project music to a room full of people, urging them to feel the sounds and lose yourself.
Recently i found someone with lots of talent while cruising through Facebook.
Isabela Clerc is a DJ from Seville, and she LOVES electronic music. She chooses the best music in all her sets, focusing on groove and elegant rhythms and mixes with the greatest technique.
She plays deep house, deep tech, tech house and her eternal passion… Techno!! Very powerful deeptech/techno sessions, progressives, with great harmony and her own style. Her sets explode with a great variety of rhythms that will make you dance and enjoy the music
In the summer 2014 she went to Ibiza and plays in clubs such as Veto Social Club, Aperture, Dharma, Shooters, Dunes, La Boutique, Hotel Es Vivé, Las Libertinas, Keeper,La Virgen,etc.
In November 2014 she was hired by the Promotora & agency Non Stop Music, We Project Booking (Barcelona) Minotaur-Minotaur Music Production (Greece).
She takes part in several festivals, such us "Ojeando"
Circus Nation 2015, Electronic City Festival,Coocon..In september she has her first EP Orapronobis with Audio Stuff Recordings
She began her career in the electronic scene in the best clubs in Marbella and in the Costa del Sol,
and her first residence was in Oh Yoko Marbella.
In 2014 she started her tour in the most important clubs and discos of Andalucía: Sala Wow, Industrial Copera,
Granero, etc (Granada), Sala Metrópolis (Cordoba), Discoteca Kiu, Metrica Club, Oh Yoko! etc (Malaga), Jerez, Jaén,
Dasava(Álmeria) Madrid, Asturias, Zaragoza, Segovia, Gran Canarias, Breisah (Germany) etc.
She worked with Deeplomatic y Heathroom records and she shared cabin with internacionals y nationals like: Sven Váth , Christian Burkhard, Markus Fix ,Carola Pisaturo, Fernanda Martins,Paula Cazenave, Daniela Haverbeck, 2Manydj´s,
Ilario Alicante, Detroit Techno Militia, Black Sound Empire, Wally Lopez, Ken Ishii, Gaetano Parisio, Rebekah,
Alex Under, Raúl Mezcolanza, Stevec, Horacio Cruz, Cristian Varela,James Zabiela, Uner, Mendo, Deborah de Luca,
Art Department, Nakadia... and with many sets and joint cooperations in national and international radios such as
BeachGrooves, Flying Proyect, S.M.E I remove, Cuebase.fm.d, Project Skims off Granada, Electronic Music Zone Carries
to extremes Venezuela, Zone Tech Granada, Planet X techno travel Paris, Seagrooves, Zawe Radio, Tempo Radio(Mexico) KsensationsLive Sesion Venezuela.
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Ok maybe I made the mistake of trying to do a meet on a Tuesday morning when most people are working?
That´s fine and it's all part of the process of trying to setup events for my website SpainLINKED.
It was going to be a walkabout where people could discuss what they liked and above all it was going to be fun!!
Some people said it as a bit far but there are all kinds of transport going into Málaga at intervals of 20 to 30 minutes and there is an great bus service too.
One comment that did molest me quite a bit is that "Lots of people don´t like Málaga".
Ok maybe it's not everybody's cup of tea but a lot of people haven't even visited Málaga PROPERLY. They have maybe gone into the shopping areas - El Corté Ingles, Vialia,
Málaga Plaza, Larios Centro etc and just gone to have a look at the shops.
I could not praise Málaga enough, I feel like Antonio Banderas - I may not look anything like him though - talking about how wonderful his city is. Because I have to say
and as scary as it sounds I have spent more years of my life living in Spain and almost have of those years in Málaga city.
I enjoy so much doing a circuit of Málaga - that I was hoping to share with people and will not give up on trying to do a meet at Málaga again in the future - each street
and square has so much character and within those streets, especially Calle Larios there as I have told you before in a recent blog that there are many musicians and various acts -
human statues, comedy acts, acrobats and the one I like so much and is so very well done is a guy i´ve seen doing one of the BEST Jack Sparrow impressions!!
It's all there, the costume is SPOT ON, the makeup is uncanny and the guy is about the same height as Johnny Depp and as a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean films
it just makes you stop and stare and take it all in. The guy is South American going by his accent, it's all done in spanish, but then again he doesn't talk much.
It's the whole act itself - the walk, the mannerisms, the hand movements and the whole thing put together - as you can see for yourself it's uncanny!
I had to go over, put a coin in his box and shake his hand and say to him in spanish "Very well done mate!! Muy bien hecho - Amazing!! De puta madre"
It's that time of year again!! It's August, it's the 15th and yesterday i took off into Málaga centre again for the Málaga Fair with the family.
The good thing is that everything is walking distance for me and when you're tired or had a few Cartojals - the sweet white wine that you typically drink at Málaga fair as well as of course a few beers to start with - but if you do try this guys then be careful not to mix
the both of them too much.
If you do that you'll have a rather sore head the next day!!
I got to the Plaza de Constitución maybe around half past 12 - midday and it was pretty quiet. A few people were just coming into the square
- the San Miguel tent was setup with its attractive young females behind the bar but there wasn't any music playing yet, so I decided to move on towards La Plaza de la Merced and purchase a large bottle of Cartojal and no it wasn't just for me!!
So as we approached the square we heard the sound of beating drums, there stalls selling crafts and other items such as clothes and souvenirs.
A guy I had seen before was sitting at a wheel - a car wheel - spinning it around and making little plates where he wrote your name on it and gave it to you for free. Obviously the idea was to give him a couple of coins, a great idea to make a bit of money.
So we heard the drums start up again and a crowd formed to watch a group of young people playing the drums.
As you can see in the video they were pretty amazing, with great rhythm and full of energy.
Time to move on and see what else was happening, the city was getting busier by the minute now. We carried on walking now to Calle Granada and into Plaza Carbón, hear we heard a band start up, pretty full setup with a volume which was just right for this little square.
The band played while we were there 2 songs before taking a break, they had obviously been playing there already for an hour or so.
The name of the band, a cover band is called funfiction and we heard their version of Bob Marley's - Everything's gonna be alright.
As you can see in the video below they are damn good!! Apologies for the audio, not best quality.
Erm and yeah that's me singing in the background...
Next, a change of tempo and they started up with Michael Jackson's - Billie Jean, a fantastic cover of a popular song. The guys certainly got the people singing and dancing to this one, including me. Also checkout Mr Balloon man!!
As funfiction rested, you could see the fair was livening up in the streets of Málaga, groups of people played their own music. A bunch of men were stood on tiny balconies above a bar just a few metres from where the lads were playing and the drink was going down well and the people were having a great time without being a nuisance to anyone else.
Later on after eating we journeyed back along from La Malagueta, through Muelle Uno and back to the Plaza Carbón to see what was going on and the streets
we so packed that you could hardly move. Things were getting pretty crazy!
And I was trying to fill an empty bottle from an empty barrel..... Doh!!