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THE prestigious Blue Flag, which certifies the quality, standards and services of Spain’s beaches, will be flying on 43 of them in the Canary Islands this summer, with six ports also rewarded. There will also be big smiles all round again in mainland Spain, which has retained its world-record with 669 flags. Last year, the […]

PEDRO Sánchez and his socialist PSOE party won the most seats at last Sunday’s General Election. But his 123 total leaves him short of the 176 he needs for an outright majority, which means another coalition beckons. It seems likely that the acting Prime Minister will form a stable coalition partner with Left-wing Podemos party, […]

Spain and UK citizens must all receive status protection after Brexit

THE constant state of limbo for the UK’s exit from the European Union continues, with Spain’s Conservative MP Alberto Costa demanding status protection for all citizens. That takes in Spanish or Brits, living in Spain or the UK, even if there is a no-deal Brexit outcome. Last Monday’s meeting, between UK Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay and […]

Jonas returns home, after dodging killer!

THE small German boy, who survived last week’s horrific murder of his mother and 10-year-old brother, in Adeje, allegedly, by his father, has returned to his native country. Jonas, aged six, was chaperoned by a priest, who was given permission by the boy’s German relatives, to accompany him The priest visited Jonas shortly after the […]

Angler’s rocky fall leaves him bruised

AN elderly angler was left in a critical condition last Saturday evening after falling on to a rocky coastline at El Hierro’s Las Cojas beach and into the sea. The accident happened in the Valverde municipality, and the emergency services received a call at around 8pm, requesting medical assistance. An ambulance was dispatched, and, upon […]

Giant whale killed by passenger ferry

A PASSENGER ferry has, inadvertently, killed a sperm whale during a routine trip between Palma, Mallorca, and Valencia. The giant creature was discovered, only when the Transmediterranea ship docked at the Poniente Quay in the Port of Valencia, at 7.45pm last Saturday. Port workers called the Emergency Control Centre after seeing the cetacean encrusted to […]

Archaeologists uncover market’s 120 skeletons

AN archaeological dig under Alicante’s central market in Elche has uncovered a grim scene:120 skeletons, dating back to the Islamic period of the city’s history. The human remains go back to between the 11th and 13th centuries, and, in a poignant insight into the realities of life and death in those times, 60% are of children under […]

Driver didn’t give a hoot about shooting

THE National Police have detained a 35-year-old Lanzarote man, at his Arricife home, charging him with threatening behaviour. He had no previous police record, but had a gun in his possession and fired it, in an attempt to get a driver to stop tooting his car horn excessively. A neighbour heard the shots, and, after […]

Spanish girl group second in European’s tubby table

SPANISH girls, aged between six and nine, are the second-most-obese in Europe, according to new research. Around 17% of girls in this age group in Spain are obese, while Cyprus had the worst prevalence with 19%. Meanwhile, Spanish boys in the same age group are Europe’s fourth-most obese in Europe, after Greece (20%), Italy (21%) […]

Forget all tricks, you cannot beat the breathalyser

GUARDIA Civil traffic police have exposed some of the most common “clever tricks” used by drivers over the alcohol limit to fool officers into thinking they are sober and to try to “beat the breathalyser”. But here’s the bad news for anyone with little regard for the safety of other road-users: they don’t work! Random […]

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