Karl Smallman

Karl Smallman

SPAIN’S working calendar for 2018 will include a total of 13 national holidays.

Nine of the them are not substitutable by the autonomous communities: January 1 (Monday), March 30 (Good Friday), May 1 (Tuesday), August 15 (Wednesday), October 12 (Friday) ), November 1 (Thursday), December 6 (Thursday), December 8 (Saturday) and December 25 (Tuesday).

However, the Canary Islands, has decided to replace the holiday on December 8 with May 30, the Day of the Canary Islands.

To the nine non-substitutable holidays January 6, Three Kings Day (Saturday) was added because no autonomous region decided to change this holiday to another day.

There are three more that the autonomous communities can substitute: March 19 (San José), March 29 (Easter Thursday) and July 25 (Santiago Apostle).

Then we must add the holidays that each autonomous community has and the local holidays of each city.

2018 HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN BY REGIONAL AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY

ANDALUCIA: January 1 and 6, February 28 (Andalucia Day), March 29 and 30 (Easter Thursday and Good Friday), May 1, August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

ARAGÓN: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, April 23 (San Jorge), May 1, August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

ASTURIAS: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1, August 15, September 8 (Asturias Day), October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

BALEARIC ISLANDS: January 1 and 6, March 1 (Balearic Islands Day), March 29 and 30, April 2 (Easter Monday), May 1, August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

CANARY ISLANDS: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1, May 30 (Canary Islands Day), August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6 and 25.

CANTABRIA: January 1 and 6, March 30, May 1, July 28 (Cantabria Day), August 15, September 15 (Goodwill Festival), October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

CASTILLA-LA MANCHA: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1, May 31 (Day of Castilla-La Mancha), August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

CASTILLA Y LEÓN: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, April 23 (Castilla y León Day), May 1, August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

CATALONIA: January 1 and 6, March 30, April 2, May 1, August 15, September 11 (Catalonia Day), October 12, November 1, December 6, 8, 25 and 26 (San Esteban).

VALENCIAN COMMUNITY: January 1 and 6, March 19 and 30, April 2, May 1, August 15, October 9 (Day of the Valencian Community), October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

EXTREMADURA: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1, August 15, September 8 (Extremadura Day), October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

GALICIA: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1, May 17 (Galician Letters Day), July 25 (Santiago Apóstol / National Day of Galicia), August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

MADRID: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1 and May 2 (Community Day of Madrid), August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

MURCIA: January 1 and 6, March 19, 29 and 30, May 1, June 9 (Murcia Day), August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

NAVARRA: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, April 2, May 1, August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

BASQUE COUNTRY: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, April 2, May 1, August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

LA RIOJA: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1, June 9 (La Rioja Day), August 15, October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

CEUTA: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1, August 15, August 22 (Feast of the Sacrifice), October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

MELILLA: January 1 and 6, March 29 and 30, May 1, August 15, August 22 (Feast of the Sacrifice), October 12, November 1, December 6, 8 and 25.

A WOMAN out walking in Marbella has alerted emergency services to the presence of a corpse on the El Oasis beach on the Costa del Sol in Spain this morning.

The body has not been positively identified but was found near the area where a search command point was set up to look for missing British mother-of-two Rebecca Muldoon.

Thirty-five-year-old Rebecca has not been seen for more than ten days.

Rebecca vanished the day after National Police attended an alleged case of domestic violence at the woman’s house on January 1.

Her partner was arrested and due before the courts the following day.

But Rebecca didn’t appear at the court as a witness so officers attended the house again.

Neighbours told the police that the two children appeared to be alone in the house and the woman had disappeared.

Last week National Police officers, Local Police, firefighters and members of the Civil Protection group have joined efforts to who went missing from her Marbella home leaving her children alone.

A ROMANIAN airline, Blue Air, has announced a brand-new route from the UK to Spain starting on June 5, 2018.

To beat the January blues tickets for the new service between Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport and Malaga’s Costa del Sol airport have already gone on sale with discounts of up to 15%.

 Blue Air will be running two weekly flights, on a Tuesday and Thursday with fares starting at just £31.70.

The new route to Malaga follows on from the success of Blue Air’s recent announcement that the airline will be flying to Palma de Mallorca in Spain from this summer.

 Tudor Constantinescu, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Air said, “Blue Air is delighted to now be taking our passengers directly to the sunshine this summer with this new route to Malaga from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA).

“Malaga is an incredibly popular destination and we can’t wait to commence our first flight in June.

“Our arrival at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, just under 12 months ago, has been a huge success for Blue Air, and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more passengers this year."

Paul Winfield, Director of Aviation Development for LJLA commented, “It's great to be able to celebrate our first new route announcement of the year so early into 2018 and at a time when many will be thinking about booking their summer holiday.

“Blue Air’s operations continue to go from strength to strength and we are naturally delighted to see one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines announce more departures from Liverpool, adding another new route to their list of destinations from here.”

Offering low prices, a free snack and drink onboard, more legroom and a baggage allowance of up to 32kg, Blue Air currently flies to seven destinations across Europe from Liverpool John Lennon Airport including Milan, Rome, Alicante, Mallorca and several locations in Romania.

Blue Air has been operating for over 13 years and in 2017 Liverpool became Blue Air’s eighth European base with one of the airline’s 144 seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft at being located at LJLA.

Blue Air is headquartered in Bucharest, with its main hubs at Henri Coandă International Airport and Turin Airport.

In 2016, Blue Air carried 3.6 million passengers, an increase over the 2 million passengers flown the previous year.

A PASSENGER jet has been left dangling precariously on a muddy cliff face above the Black Sea after overrunning the runway at an airport in Turkey.

Amazingly all 162 passengers and crew on board the aircraft were evacuated safely and no-one was reported injured said the Governor of Trabzon Yucel Yavuz.

The Pegasus Airline flight PC8622, operated by a Boeing 737-800, was flying from Ankara to Trabzon Airport in the north of the country.

Pegasus is a leading low-cost airline in Turkey.

It was raining and the runway was wet during the landing. The aircraft had trouble slowing down on the runway.

Video shows one of the engines in the sea below the aircraft.

The airport was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

In a press statement Pegasus Airlines said, “We’re sorry to report that the Boeing 737-800 type TC-CPF registered aircraft of Pegasus Airlines Flight Number PC 8622 Ankara-Trabzon flight scheduled at 18:25 UTC tonight, had a Runway Excursion Incident during landing at Trabzon Airport (13 January 2018). All 162 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew have been disembarked safely from the aircraft. There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board.”

THE middle of January, the worst should now be over?

The most likely day to file for divorce in the UK is the first working Monday of the year; January 8 this time around so thankfully behind us.

The worst of the Christmas excesses are a fading memory though the waistline may be a problem for a few weeks yet.

On average Britons put on eight pounds of pure fat over the holidays, hence the crash diets and the frenetic rush to the gyms.

Though some do sponsored diets or give up alcohol for January in support of charity and longevity.

Neither is a bad objective to bolster at any time.

The weather is awful, dull as dishwater with grey low clouds and London’s Shard losing its point, vanished in the cloud.

The world resumes its apparent spin.

News flows in from everywhere again as the seasonal truce by the various channels breaks down and the strikes, politics and politicians resume their debates up and down the land. Especially in the ever multiplying Parliaments, journalists and broadcasters return from holiday breaks, along with other media folk fortunate enough to have got some seasonal time off.

Once again we can appreciate just how awful things are everywhere else as the images of the wars, disasters and pestilences flicker and flow across the living room floors up and down the country.

Now upon us it seems is the traditional and annual influenza crises, perhaps anticipated by many will be further Sterling crises, less appreciated though as inevitable are the bills to be paid for the good times.

The New Year hangover is underway and a fact of life.

Last week London and parts of the UK endured the return to work accompanied by strikes by the staff of several of the disparate train operating companies.

They did not affect most of the country but added to the mild irritation and challenge of getting back to work. To be honest even the TV crews got bored with trying to whip up some Vox Populi from taciturn commuters, whose enthusiasm even for angst appeared in part exhausted by perhaps one last mince pie.

On the other hand, the TV channels are all launching new programmes and entertainments. A positive reason to curl up at home on the sofa and enjoy.

What with my own dietary watch and no alcohol the wine bar is off limits; things can only get better.

• Nick, writer of the Monday Morning blog, was a piece of the ‘luggage’ of expat parents in his youth but has based himself in London; limpet-like, for most of the last four decades working in global media.

A MAN has died in a hunting accident in Spain this morning (Saturday).

The 50-year-old died at Finca La Moneda in Hornachos in Badajoz province.

Emergency services were alerted at 11.30am but crews could not save the man’s life.

The Guardia Civil is investigating the circumstances of the accident.

A NEWLY-WED couple was among three people who died after a car sped the wrong way down a major road in Spain crashing into their vehicle.

The accident happened near Valdáliga (Cantabria) on the A-8 at kilometre 252 in the Asturias in the north of Spain.

The 48-year-old driver of the car, Rafael Quevedo Argumosa, that was on the wrong side of the carriageway died as well as the two occupants of the vehicle he smashed into head.

They were the 26-year-old male driver, David Duque Alario and his 24-year-old passenger and wife Ana Capellín Gonzalez.

Police are investigating how the ‘kamikaze’ car came to be on the wrong side of the carriageway and are studying evidence from roadside cameras for clues.

POLICE are investigating an accident after a customer of a Marbella petrol station on the Costa del Sol was run over by a car.

Video shows the customer walking from their car across the garage forecourt towards the shop and pay counter in San Pedro de Alcántara before being flattened by another vehicle.

The car comes to a rest against the petrol pumps.

It is reported that the victim has not suffered serious injuries.

The driver said the accident was not intentional and that his foot was caught on the accelerator pedal.

BOSSES of a dental clinic in Valencia, Spain have been left red-faced after a video display in their clinic window was hacked to show porn.

The incident happened in Alacuás and images have since gone viral on YouTube and Twitter.

Owners of the clinic, located on Avenida de Ausias March, have apologised "for any offence caused by the video", and say they are working to clarify the facts and will try to prevent their network from being hacked again.

It is believed that those responsible used an app on a mobile phone to control the content that appeared on the Smart TV screen.

SEVILLA’S Real Alcázar in Andalucia, Spain has recorded a record year with almost two million visitors.

The Unesco World Heritage site saw an 11% jump in numbers with 1,799,465 visitors.

Online bookings have doubled with 368,249 (20 percent) making their reservation via the website and mobile devices.

During 2017, a total of 787 events were held in the Real Alcázar, including concerts, theatre performances, children's activities, exhibitions, institutional events, book presentations, and conferences.

Game of Thrones has been filmed in four parts of the Alcazar - the Ambassadors’ Hall, Mercury’s Pool, the Baths of Maria de Padilla and the gardens.

The Alcazar has also been used to film historic movies including "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Kingdom of Heaven".

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