Thursday, 19 January 2017

Ric Polansky

RIC POLANSKY
Moved to Mojacar in 1969 as a pioneer developer. He reads extensively and has travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.

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Don’t sleep – there are snakes!

YUP, a really good read and it’s not about what you might think. It’s good to start the new year attitudes with breaking all codex regarding book buying. Forget the picture on the cover and just buy the title. New Year’s resolutions can be that way. I’ve broken more annual…

And goodwill towards everyone here!

IT might be just momentary, this peace on earth and goodwill toward man, but here in this corner of Camelot it has been a long year to endure—and, a much needed respite is required. Plenty of good friends have passed, world famous personalities have exited too. It’s a little darker…

Your escape word for the holidays!

It is an unusual Spanish word for me to teach you. Yet, within its connotative meanings there is a built-in escape clause that allows you to be left out of immediate consideration for any duty or transaction. Although I warn you, that a good and proper Spanish gentleman would never…

Paying workers - a task I couldn’t handle!

WHEN I first arrived to work in Spain I got the job of supervising and paying the workers. This was really a cover-up for making sure they showed up for work and continued there all day. Worse yet, on payday Friday, if you did pay them all they were owed…

Unwarranted advice should go amiss!

It is the dead season. The dull and lifeless gray permeates us. It’s just before Christmas, new arrivals popping up daily yet the true hard drinking festivities haven’t been broached. In the village people rush across the main plaza shouting rude remarks to friends and bustle away to work. In…

Gone – that disarming and disrobing stare

It probably went years ago. I just never noticed. But, from day one on this planet of Spain, wherever we travelled people stared at us both as if we were some form of extra-terrestrial life. You could even hear whispers in the background: “That’s one, the guy drinking the beer”.…

Everyone got it wrong – except the voters!

I suppose it was a miracle. Probably something more than that. All made worse by the media who constantly reported how far ahead Hillary was in the poll. Made doubly worse by a candidate who appeared to be running a campaign on his own terms and furthermore insulting almost every…

The incredible ‘comeback’ of animals

THOSE earliest of years studying Spain left an unforgettable and bothersome recognition of the difference between indigenous folk and their animals. Very few had pets. Yet, the area abounded in dogs and cats. The animals themselves were as wild and abandoned as society left them to be. Children threw stones…

Where have all the gypsies gone?

THEY were here back in the 70’s. Everyone knew it. No one made a big deal about it either. In fact, no one gave them a second thought. There appeared to be three distinct bastions of them nearby, Cuevas del Almanzora, Turre and not distant Guadix. What they appeared to…

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BETTER look twice at that light. It is either the…

The perfect Halloween storm (not)!

IT happened on a perfect autumn Saturday, a day not dissimilar to today with sun-filled skies and easy breezes making life as comfortable as possible. Our living standard had risen to the heights of us possessing our own home telephone. And on that fateful morning it rang. “Speak,” I announced,…

Ancient maps reveal the true Spain

It wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that you could buy a decent road map of Spain. The military was obsessed by the thought of the Moors coming back so anything you got a hold of before that date was already obsolete by some 50 years. If for some…

A mystery boat washes up again

Karen spotted it. Something new and unexplained in our lives. A pleasure boat with a large engine on the back, abandoned on the Maceanas beach. What could it be? No one congregating around it (yet). No survivors wandering about. Big engine (worth a lot of money—to those that salvage it).…

There’s no more counting sheep

They’ve gone. Everyone has some sort of story to relate about them, but just looking around lately I noticed they are no longer with us. Vanished like the witches, donkeys, and rural folk that went to town but two or three times a year, who? Well the goodly shepherds of…

Where the sun hides in secret

IT all started as a rumour. I traced it down. It wasn’t hard. Every time you ordered a drink on a cloudy day, the bartender would take you outside and point to distant Aguilas where the sun was shining. In the tourist brochures it was announced that Mojacar had 320…

When ‘ventas’ ruled the roads

Once they were your home away from home. Where you knew almost no one but felt relaxed during your arduous journey. Travel in those past days wasn’t easy. ‘Ventas’ (sales places) is where you broke the expedition. Most were famed for their cooking or special wines. Of course you could…

Trying to explain ‘Viva Yo’

THE times they are a changing. A once inviable concept that permeated nearly all Spanish life seems to be melting away. ‘Viva yo.’ Every old text book concerning learning Spanish warns you of the prevalence of this way of thinking. Why do my Spanish friends always arrive late? If that…

Mojacar’s second visitor from Iowa!

SHE came to visit me even before my own parents, right back in those original days in 1971. She was a neighbour, one of my mother’s best friends made even tighter by their bondage to the church (Methodists) of doing good work for the community. Being the mother of an…

Summer in Mojacar really begins when all of the tourists leave!

With the arrival of September, for those of us that lived here through July and August, our summer fun begins. Finally a place to park. Getting back to normality is the norm. We can all start making plans in seriousness again. Short trips punctuated with short stops greeting old friends,…

Lessons from a day at the beach!

We have always lived near to the sea, since we’ve been in Spain. But, rarely went there. Familiarity meant the sea was a backdrop to our lives but not usable scenery. But, when the boys came along, it seemed the rule of summer law to take them to the beach;…
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