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.

WITHIN five years of my arrival the village of Mojacar changed dramatically. The local folk were observant. Those foreign new arrivals spent money without seeming to care concerning drink. The wildly dressed new conquerors stumbled daily through a routine of going from bar to bar. It was a sign from…
THANK God, it was the last day of the tour. I had spent two days with a special church friend of my mother’s that had flown over to visit us. A strict Methodist so there was no stopping at bars and doing the usual (hic). But Helen was special and…
SUMMERS in the good ol’ days were lazy but packed with adventure. Every now and then someone new came to town and like blood sucking parasites we were on them garnering any bit of news from the outside world. They were all characters. America’s finest dare devil test fighter pilots…
THE difference today from how it was back in 1969 is best served up using the receipt for making old sangria versus what is served today. The difference is night and day. In fact, if you want to get technical and use the Real Academia’s written version, 90 per cent…
I have so often counseled the new arrivals here that I have worn myself out. “There are rules for understanding the magic of Spain”. I was becoming exasperated. So, spotting a friendly face at a near by table gave me just the right chance to converse with an old and…
TAKE a deep breath and let it all out again… Ahhhh. It’s good for you and for our entire area. The artists are coming back to Mojacar to live. Take some time and see their works. No longer has Isabel Raths to be her lonely self in the vanguard of…
WITHIN my first month of being here I became startled to realise how the itinerant folk lived. It was September of 1969 and hotter than an air rifle at the fair, yet everyone still wore what I presumed must have been their winter wear. No one made the slightest attempt…
THE 70’s in Mojacar was easy livin’. It might have been the light cloud of marihuana being puffed, the popular theology of flower power and love, but most likely it was the lethargy of just not giving a damn. Keeping out of other’s faces and allowing the world to pass…
THE Utopia that we have today in Mojacar started way back in the 60’s when the derelict place was resettled. A kaleidoscope of fortune hunters arrived along with a gaggle of remittance men, busloads of colourful hippies, dark travellers and societies’ usual drop outs all found their way to the…
ON those rare occasions when I meet some of the other golden oldies like myself often the conversation comes up that the new arrivals are just not as interesting as in the past. ‘Boring folk are coming to live here’ is the warning bantered about politely. Really, nothing could be…
THE Mojacar that I discovered when I first set foot here in September, 1969 was totally different than today. That Mojacar could only have been the village as on the beach were no more than six houses anywhere. The resident English controlled the village in that they were the only…
D JUAN RIBO was renting my brother’s large old house just up the road from me. He not only was a diplomat but also seemed to know anyone that walked on earth and had something worthwhile to say. He knew everything about everything and everybody too. So, when he asked…
I HEARD a light tapping on my front door. Unusual for a sunny morning to have visitors. I peered out the window flap and saw that it was my new neighbour. “Don Juan, please come in. Sit and have some coffee. What can I do for you?” “Ricky, I’ve been…
IT pains me to drive by well lit eating establishments and seeing their staff wandering about like lost souls. I can remember those better times when every place was heaving with clients. Spending and partying all done ostentatiously well and without regret or consequence. But, following one morning’s vicious hangover…
THE sun is rising again. And, can finally be seen as such; warming our lands and our cheeks too. It seemed an endless winter, if it is actually over. In fact, it was the first continuous rains in more than 10 years. So, much needed. For my personal outlook each…
I TOO realise how confusing times are. You, as an individual and part of our society is much to blame but so is the mass education and learning process that has moved us along to this point in time, space and history to arrive at this bewildering juncture in our…
I HAVE never taken for granted my stay in this world would last forever. Once you’ve survived to the age of 30 you soon realize that therein still remain lots of life’s mysteries to be solved. But, sometimes personal circumstances land one just on the threshold or some of those…
More than a month ago someone asked me ‘what was my favourite article that I’ve written?’ Here it is - full force and easily unmemorable. For years all American archaeologists theorised that America was populated via the Bering Strait, which couldn’t have frozen over until 12,000-14,000 years ago. This was…
IT'S coming up, flowers, dining, fine wines, chocolates and clinking glasses to say thank you to that special other half and the caring family at the table. It’s a damn good tradition to get into but lamentably it comes just once a year. Generally everyone knows his Saintly history, but…
I HAVE a friend that for years has been trying to clarify why living in Mojacar is so enchanting. As if a magic wand has been waived over it and all the people living here have been blessed. If you were well read concerning the very darkest past before any…

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