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Our friends electric, part 3

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4027" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="This parking space at Carrefour supermarket is an electric car charging point. New since August this year, I haven't seen anyone use it to charge their car yet."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_4022" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Charging point for Cochele electric car-share programme in Seville car park. "][/caption] I did a ...

Our friends electric, part 2

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3497" align="aligncenter" width="374" caption="The Twizy, one of Renault's new electric cars. Looks like a toy, sounds like a sweet, 100% clean and green. You'll be seeing it on Seville's streets this autumn."][/caption] Last year I wrote a blog post about a BBC project to send an electric car around Europe, ...

Drovers’ ways

Monday, July 11th, 2011

I know I mention this quite often, but one of the reasons I love living here in Andalucia is that I'm always learning more about the region: the people, the history, the culture, the geography, the gastronomy, the wildlife... the list goes on and on. In a region this diverse, ...

Solar power – at night!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3433" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Andalucia's first solar farm, at Sanlucar La Mayor, which I visited just after it first opened."][/caption] After the launch a few years ago of the world's first commercial solar power plant, in Sanlucar La Mayor outside Seville, which I visited soon after its lauch, I was excited ...

Caring for our environment

Monday, June 6th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3254" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Windmill in Cadiz province: Spain is a world-leader in wind power, with 21% of the country's electricity supply coming from wind farms."][/caption] Yesterday was World Environment Day (WED), or Dia Mundial del Medio Ambiente here in Spain. (The previous week, it was World No Tobacco Day - ...

High-tech Semana Santa

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

It's been very sad for all the hermandades (brotherhoods) who have not been able to go out because of the rain this Semana Santa, both here in Seville and around Andalucia. And the forecast doesn't look much better for the next few days - 100% probability of rain today (so ...

The tides of March

Monday, March 21st, 2011

It's been a dramatic month in terms of the sea - the dreadful, destructive tsunami wiped out entire towns on the east coast of Japan. The images will stay in my mind for ever, although I think certain news channels overdid the "wall of water" video footage - non-stop 24-hours-a-day ...

Saving energy

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

If you drive in Spain - whether daily if you live here, when visiting if you own a second home, or occasionally if you hire a car while here on holiday - you should be aware of an important change in the law which will affect your road use, effective ...

On your bike!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

When you live in a city, you begin to feel some kind of ownership over, and loyalty to it, as I've mentioned before on this blog. You rejoice when it triumphs, and feel downheartened when it has a bad day. In my last blog post, I wrote about Malaga's next ...

Plan? What plan?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Last Friday was the first day of Seville's new "Plan de Trafico", whereby motorists who stay in the centre (within the ronda, except for Marques de Paradas, part of the one-way system) for more than 45 minutes will be fined 70 euros; the restrictions (ie the cameras) are in place ...