1Casa News from Spain - No. 47
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The III Day of the Sopas Perotas
Alora provides the soups, you bring your spoon. The III Day of the Sopas Perotas (Álora Soups) will be celebrated in the Plaza Baja de la Despedía (Lower Square) next Saturday, 1 October. From 12 noon, more than 300 kilograms of soups perotas accompanied by typical products of the area: Álora olives, bread cateto (local bread) and wine will be available. There will be dancing, Verdiales, Flamenco and others along with competitions. A great day for all to enjoy the magic of Álora. Free parking.
El Hacho College
The Ayuntamiento of Álora has confirmed the conclusion of the improvement works to the sports pitches at El Hacho college. The works had a budget of 34.616€ and included the renewal of all the pavement with a new layer of fine concrete, the lines of the football pitch, basketball and tennis courts have been repainted. José Aguilar from the Ayuntamiento said that with the conclusion of the works the Ayuntamiento had responded to requests from students and teachers.
Cártama celebrates the last feria of the summer this weekend. The Feria started yesterday and concludes on Sunday. There are livestock shows including horse sales, football matches, concerts and good food. The livestock show takes places at the Feria ground.
A final improvement of the road between Alhaurín el Grande and Cártama will take place over the next few months and should be ready in January. The project will consist of a new stretch of road which eliminates the dangerous curves which exist at the moment.
The town of Coín has proposed that they join up with Málaga in its bid for the City of Culture in 2016.
The Ayuntamiento of Coín has approved a project to construct a shooting range in the Sierra Gorda.
The city of Galveston in Texas, which is now threatened by Hurricane Rita, was named after Bernardo de Gálvez, an advisor to King Carlos III of Spain, who was born in the Axárquia region of Málaga province. At the end of the 18th Century, Gálvez sent José de Evia, a cartographer, to the Gulf of Mexico charged with drawing maps of the area. De Evia encountered an area at the mouth of a river and named it Galveston in honour of his superior.
The Picasso Museum is to open free of charge on the last Sunday of every month between 3 pm and 8 pm from 30 October 2005.
Dorothy Cross Exhibits in Centre of Contemporary Art, Malaga – Málaga
The Irish artist, Dorothy Cross will be exhibiting her work from now until 16 October in Space 5 of the Centre of Contemporary Art (CAC) Málaga. Her passion for nature through seven projects in which the elements of the natural appear are accompanied by music and light. These creations are the recent work of Cross and carried out between 1999 and 2005.
British Tourist Accused of Starting Fire
A fire in the Sierra Nevada close to Lanjarón is thought to have been started by two tourists in the area, one French, the other British. It seems they got lost and lit a fire so they could be spotted. The fire affected 2,200 hectares of pine, chestnut and cultivated almond trees. The two have been granted provisional bail and their passports have been withdrawn.
Shoppers in the Midlands are to be introduced to the attractions of Andalucía this weekend. A commercial centre in Birmingham is the destination for today for a special promotion in the U.K. run jointly by the region’s tourism department and Turespaña. Leeds has already been visited, while Manchester, Glasgow and Grays in Essex will be targeted over the next two weeks.
Low Cost Flights to Spain
GB Airways has announced that over 7,000 seats on flights from Malaga, Murcia, Seville, Valencia, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria are now available at lower prices: from €29 one way to London and from €39 one way to Manchester. The offer applies only to passengers travelling before the end of the year and bookings must be made by 3 October 2005. The fares quoted do not include taxes and charges must be booked at least three days in advance.
Thomsonfly.com has announced the expansion of its low fare flights from Malaga. By next summer passengers will be able to fly to eight UK airports: Coventry, Doncaster-Sheffield, London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff and Bournemouth. Prices start from €28.99 one way including taxes and charges.
Annular Solar Eclipse of 2005
On Monday, 3 October, an annular eclipse of the Sun will sweep the Iberian Peninsula from northwest to southeast and will stretches across the African continent. The area in which the eclipse will be seen in its totality will be from Vigo - Madrid - Denia. A partial eclipse will be seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes Europe, western Asia, the Middle East, India and most of Africa. Spain will be the only country of the world in which one will see the exact alignment of the moon and sun.
The Mediterranean Diet
Scientists and doctors having been studying the Mediterranean diet for many years and discovered that the inhabitants of Mediterranean countries suffer less heart attacks and have a lower death rate from cancer. These studies have demonstrated that the type of food common to the Mediterranean diet play a vital role in the prevention of and fight against these diseases. The diet’s primary components include pasta, mainly made from wheat, abundant green vegetables and pulses. Fruit, olive oil and fish are also used, while meat, especially of the red variety, is less common. All of the above are frequently seasoned with spices like garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary and pepper and washed down by a good wine.
Last Sunday Málaga won away beating Athletic Bilbao 2 -1 and followed it up with a boring 0-0 draw against Alavés at home on Wednesday evening. This weekend, Málaga play away to Mallorca on Sunday; kick-off is at 5.00 pm.
Brazilian Grand Prix
McLaren test driver Alex Wurz was fastest in both free practice ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix with McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya second fastest in the second session, with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in sixth.
Renault's Fernando Alonso is on the verge of clinching the drivers' title but McLaren are still in the race for the constructors' championship. Alonso leads Raikkonen by 25 points and need only finish third to secure the title with two races to spare. Renault are six points ahead of McLaren, who have won the last four races, in the constructors' standings.
Nadal's Davis Cup
Spain's Rafael Nadal, the world number 2, has defeated Italy's Daniele Bracciali in straight sets to bring them level at 1-1 in their Davis Cup World Group play-off. Nadal beat Bracciali 6-3 6-2 6-1 to ensure the Spaniards go into Saturday's doubles on equal terms after Juan Carlos Ferrero suffered a surprise defeat to Andreas Seppi. Nadal, who has won 10 singles titles this season, had little trouble dealing with Bracciali, ranked 92nd and a late replacement for Potito Starace who was unable to play due to flu.
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