Laine's Alcaidesa Newsletter - February 2008
The January Blues
Yes, I know this is a little on the late side but January always seems to be a month nobody enjoys. Now we realise we spent more on Christmas then we had planned everybody seems to suffer from the January Blues. In general January was a month that nothing exciting really happened, so what I am trying to say it that I cannot find much of interest to write about but as usual I shall give it a go!
Regional Government Opens Fire Station in Alcaidesa
January the 9th saw the Official Inauguration of the new Fire Station in Alcaidesa.
The Fire Station was part of the Fire Service Master Plan used by the Fire Fighter Consortium as the model to follow in the rest of the Andalusias province.
The Fire Station, which will have a deployment of 16 Fire Fighters, will provide a direct service to the municipality of San Roque, in particular to the urban centres of the Guadiaro Valley and the nearby locality of San Martin de Tesorillo. The needs of around 20,000 people will be met.
The station will complement the Fire Fighter Consortiums five others in the area: Algeciras, Los Barrios, Jimena, La Linea and Tarifa, contributing to increasing public safety in the area.
Malaga Airport exceeded 13.5 million passengers with the help of over a hundred Airlines.
2007 was great for Malaga Airport as it was the first time it has had so many passengers.
This is a rise of 4% which to me shows that people are still coming to Spain, especially the Costa del Sol. It actually makes Malaga Airport the 4th biggest in Spain, being beaten by Madrid, Barcelona and Palma, in that order. All work will be completed on the Airport in 2010 and they are predicting around 20 million passengers by 2015 and 24 million by 2020.
The Port is to be extended at a cost of 200 million Euros. The project includes a new Maritime Station, eight new quays and a new access road to the Port. This access links with the A48 and passes through the El Camorro district. The area which at the moment is used for ferry passengers to embark and disembark will be used for fishing and leisure vessels.
It took Maria more than three days to make the journey from Granada to Seville. She was only a young girl aged around 10 years. She is now actually one of the old women in Spain, if not the whole of Europe. She does not complain and gets on with her life but that is a life that is completely different to mine. She lives in a prefabricated house that has no hot water and every now and again has some electricity. She mainly stays in her narrow bed; nothing hangs on her walls and the little bits she does own are in plastic bags. The money she receives each month to live on is 300 euros for everything but she still does not complain. She considers herself lucky because she has a caring daughter to look after her and is proud that the local doctor has only ever treated her a couple of times. The age of this lady is 116 years old and reading this makes me remember how lucky I really am.
Horses Killed in La Linea
Sadly, two horses where killed in a road accident near La Linea and their bodies lay in the road for 10 days. The reason for this was because nobody could decide who was responsible to move the bodies. The Police say it is outside their jurisdiction and the town hall says it is up to the regional government to take action.
Beached Whale Dies
Despite the valiant efforts of firefighters, volunteers and members of the CREMA (Centre for the Recuperation of Threatened Species) group in Malaga, who continually threw buckets of water over a beached fin whale on San Pedro beach in Las Petunias, the creature has died.
The whale weighed three tones and was 15 metres long; it was reportedly the largest of the species ever seen along the Malaga coast. It appeared to have suffered several injuries as the sea around it was red with blood. Approximately 3,000 people congregated around the dead whale before it was removed from La Petunia beach. Witnesses stated that it was not possible to put the whale back into the water to prevent asphyxiation because the tide was going out and the water became too shallow to refloat it. The unfortunate animal became stuck on the rocks and began bleeding more profusely with most of its body above the water-line.
Firefighters continued their efforts to keep the whale wet using fire hoses but this proved less effective than the buckets of water.
Witnesses say they saw the whale approaching the shore at a very high speed. They also stated that a ship may have passed over the whale because it had sustained serious injuries to its tail.
Well, after that lets end on a couple of more light hearted things
Off His Trolley
Would you believe the man who stole 12 luggage trolleys from Malaga Airport faces nine months in prison. He pulled up and put the trolleys into a van and drove off but to do what with them I ask myself? Do you know these trolleys were valued at 2,310 euros, maybe he knows a trolley collector!!!!!
Scrumping for Lemons
Lastly, I have been very naught this month, I have been scrumping for lemons. Climbing a 10ft high wall, getting past the large and vicious guard dogs (ok, slight exaggeration), and then picking the large lemons from the tree. The thing about this story is that when I meet people out and about they always tell me I always read you newsletter lets see if they recognise their own lemon tree or even mention it to me?
Have a good Month
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