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Brave Ginger beats frostbite, to display new titanium paws!

HARSH winters in Russia’s Siberia region often claim the lives of house pets, who can fall prey to frostbite and the surgical amputation of their limbs. And, with little ability to survive, this frequently leads to the poor creatures being euthanised. But a cat named Ryzhik, which means Redhead or Ginger, has been given a […]

Prison nightmare for businessman accused of stockpiling hashish

IT should have been a straight-forward business trip, and engineer Robert Mansfield-Hewitt had rented a room in what seemed an ordinary apartment, in San Roque, in the Cadiz province of Andalucia. He was preparing to attend meetings in Gibraltar, but what the 51-year-old engineer didn’t know was that someone was using the adjoining garage to […]

Brazilian sergeant smuggled drugs on President’s convoy

A BRAZILIAN Airforce sergeant was arrested on Wednesday (Thursday) for, allegedly, trying to smuggle cocaine aboard the military convoy of President Jair Bolsonaro. He was found carrying 39kg of the Class A drug at Sevilla airport, after hiding the narcotics inside an Embraer 190 aircraft. It was being used by the Brazilian Air Force to […]

Madrid’s booziest street,  with 72 bars in just 1km

A RESIDENTIAL street in Madrid, which has morphed into a theme park, is now known as the hottest road in the capital, according to Lonely Planet. Its guide to Madrid describes it as being “lined with tapas bars and cocktail spots in Madrid’s Chamberí neighbourhood, which has rocketed in recent years.” One in two commercial premises […]

Javier’s death spells the demise of village

THE death of a young person is always a tragedy. But in the case of 25-year-old Javier García, it is twice as mournful. That’s because Javier was the last young man remaining, actually willing to live and work in the Asturian municipality of Yernes y Tameza. People there are aware that the village is dying […]

Spain’s most debt-ridden  village, after its failure to  build ‘inland sea’ project

THE current Vallada Mayor, María José Tortosa, shields her eyes as she points towards the horizon. “The park was going to be all that and more, 1,300sq/km,” she says. “The first stone was laid more than 10 years ago, and you can see how it has turned out.” Too true! Tortosa stands on the edge […]

Brits plucked in anti-drug raids

TWO unnamed British citizens, arrested during anti-drug-trafficking raids in Marbella, on the Costa del Sol, were picked up in San Pedro de Alcantara, during a search of three properties, there and in Mijas. The raids, involving large sums of cash seized, as well as documents, were part of a probe into an international criminal gang […]

Attraction over for giant ‘ferris wheel’

MALAGA’S iconic “ferris wheel” landmark is being dismantled… to make way for offices and a car park, even though it was erected just four years ago. The 230ft-high Mirador Princess, the Costa del Sol’s answer to the London Eye, will be removed in a week or so, following an ongoing dispute between the Port Authority […]

 ‘Smart’ speed cars arrive in two years 

ALL cars sold after the year 2022 in Spain, and the other European Union members, will have built-in “smart speed assistants”. That means the vehicle will automatically adjust its speed to the limits applicable to the road on which it is travelling. The move had already been proposed by Spain’s General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) […]

No taxing start for President Moreno

RESIDENTS in Andalucia are set to pay less income tax under new Junta laws, thanks to new President Juan Manuel Moreno, who plans to introduce the “fiscal revolution” this year. Despite claims that a drop will impact social services, the Junta, as part of a three-year plan, aims to lessen the tax burden on both […]

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