Swordfight below the Alcazaba


A NEW two-metre bronze statue of Rey Jairan in Almeria City was not, after all, vandalised.

The provincial media, including the Euro Weekly News, reported that the sword carried by Almeria’s first Moorish king was snapped off 12 hours after it was put in place below the Alcazaba.

This caused bad feeling in the neighbourhood where residents complained they had been tacitly accused of vandalism. As speculation and rumours abounded, the city’s Culture councillor Ramon Fernandez-Pacheco stepped in.


“No-one accused the neighbourhood of vandalism; quite the opposite,” he said.

It was apparent that the sword was already bent when it was installed, although this was not the fault of municipal employees but had occurred during storage, Fernandez-Pacheco stressed. 

Later that evening, a resident warned city hall that part of the blade was about to snap: “I gave instructions that she should pull it off and save it.”

It will now be reattached closer to the statue’s body, Fernandez-Pacheco continued, to avoid further mishaps.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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