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Good news for young would-be autonomos

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Are you young (in your twenties or early thirties) and looking to go self-employed? Or do you know someone who is? Then you'll be delighted to hear that the government is cutting the hefty autonomo (self-employment social security) payment for the first six months from 250 euros per month to ...

Here Comes the Sun…

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

No, this is not a weather forecast... You may have noticed the growing popularity of flashmobs around Spain lately. These are groups of people who, either spontaneously, or (more often) having rehearsed, perform a song and/or dance in a public place. Flashmobs can be anything from 20 to 200 people. Last year ...

A new way of working

Monday, May 21st, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6381" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="The monthly workINcompany get-together is called a "Jelly"."][/caption] A few weeks ago I went to an event called a "Jelly". No, it wasn't anything to do with food, or kids, or indeed kids' food - it was a get-together of self-employed people to introduce a new workspace ...

Want to develop your internet business?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

On the blog this time last year, I mentioned a new initiative to help web-based companies develop and grow their businesses, supported by local talent and expertise: Nuevos Talentos Andalucia. Now the second edition of this is open - but only until 7 May. It is often during challenging economic times ...

Andalucian Regional Elections: the background

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

GUEST POST: CHRIS CHAPLOW [caption id="attachment_5663" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Election posters galore: PP, PSOE and IU. But who will win a majority on Sunday?"][/caption] This Sunday elections for the Junta de Andalucia (Andalucian Parliament) will take place. A president will be chosen, who will then form a government responsible for an annual budget ...

UNESCO’s verdict on the Torre Pelli: STOP NOW!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

In a recent newspaper poll, 25% of people wanted construction of the Torre Pelli to be halted (it currently has 15 storeys out of the planned 40, and measures around 60 metres). However a massive 62% preferred that the project continue as planned. This highly controversial building in Seville, designed by ...

How the other half lives

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Salvados interview with Cayetano Martinez de Irujo. The Spanish generally enjoy a good relationship with their aristocracy - they tolerate their picadilloes and foibles, discussing them in animated chat shows, poring over them in the prensa rosa, and treating them like a live telenovella (soap opera) created for their own ...

15M goes global

Monday, October 17th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4113" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Demonstrators in Seville earlier this year."][/caption] Although I wasn't around to witness it myself (pressing prior social engagement), the indignados were back on the street again on Saturday - 15 October, following the lead of the original 15M (15 mayo) group who started the famous sit-in in ...

Would you like to work as a language assistant?

Monday, October 10th, 2011

As part of its multi-lingual programme for schools (Plan de Plurilinguismo en Andalucia), the Junta de Andalucia is advertising for language assistants. The pay is 700 euros, and the hours vary according to school. The deadline for applications is 19 October, a week from Wednesday. The criteria are: 1) You must be ...