Friday, 26 May 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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Mojacar’s rare and unusual beginnings

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…

Please say “hello” to your neighbour!

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 early years in Mojacar

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…

Testing the constant bragging!

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…

Teaching new words to the Spanish ambassador

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…

Searching for and finding the worst bar in Andalucia!

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…

Let the sun party continue!

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…

These bewildering and confusing times have an answer – somehow

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…

Solving the enigmas of Roswell

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…

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THE 70’s in Mojacar was easy livin’. It might have…

Spaniards in America 20,000 years ago!

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…

Changing the rules for St Valentine’s Day!

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…

The ancient mystery that keeps Mojacar majestic!

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…

Cold days - when swearing is music to my ears!

THE words hadn’t left my mouth but one nano second when dad leaped up and hit me. He would have knocked me clearly to China but two chairs and the sink got in the way. While my eyes were reviewing the situation my mother jumped into the fracas and my…

The etiquette of owning burros…

They were everywhere. We didn’t have one. Everyone else had them. Wherever you went, they were there. Living moveable creatures that showed up at every function and gathering. Nothing was personally distinguishable about them, no hats or specially coloured bridles or saddles. They were cursed by a sameness that left…

Is there any ‘light’ at the end of the tunnel?

BETTER look twice at that light. It is either the exit of the darkness from your oval confine or the proverbial fast moving train comin’ your way! But, there is definitely no need to panic, yet. It’s a new dawn, a new set of circumstances and a new year to…

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…

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