Saturday, January 20, 2007

¿'abla Andalú?

This video on You Tube had me in stitches. I see the 'guy at the bus stop' every day here.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

316 fallecidos menos en 2006

Yesterday saw DGT publish the road safety statistics for Spain for 2006. As mentioned in previous posts the introduction of the points-based licence in July has had a significant effect in reducing road deaths (though slight injuries were up on last year).

The headlines of the report are:

  • The number of road deaths has fallen by 9.5%.
  • In 2006 there were 2,630 fatal traffic accidents in which 3,016 people died.
  • The number of deaths on Spanish roads is the lowest since 1969, when there was one-seventh the number of vehicles on the road.
  • Since the entry into force of points-based licensing, road deaths have fallen by 15%.
  • In the last three years the number of dead has fallen by more than 1,000, a 25% fall.
  • The number of deaths per million vehicles was 104, 56 less than in 2003.

This would translate into a road death index of 68 deaths per million population. Compare that figure to this chart (in pdf) of Europe for 2005.

All that progress with only 500 speed cameras in the entire country. Also, there are significantly more traffic police out there than in the UK where road deaths are rising in spite of 5,000+ speed cameras.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Numero cien - se vende

I had not intended this to be the subject of post number 100, but that just goes to show that life is never predictable.

My mother-in-law's partner is very ill now and she needs help with caring for him.

We have decided (in the same week that we've finally been notified that the ruina we own has its first escritura (title deed), that we will have to sell it.

The ruina used to be two one-up, one-down houses (hence the two doorways in the photo), and later became a chicken house, and finally a storeroom, which is what we also use it as. Our intention was to reform the property with a grant from the Junta, but we'll have to leave that to a new owner.

Offers invited; price €45,000.