beautiful sunset in Santa Pola, Alicante
Today - new section
has been supplying Murcia Today with material
for a little while, so we are delighted to announce
that the legal and financial section has had a make
of our readers wrote to us following March's newsletter
about concerns over Cyprus. They requested information
about what the events there might mean for people here.
It is a very difficult issue to give a corporate view
on as we can only really speculate. Because of this
we have collated some of the most informative articles
we could find covering a range of views on what has
happened there and what might happen in Spain:
'The Local' reports 'Spain is not Cyprus: Euro
bank boss' - and attempts to put minds at rest:
The 'Economist' offers a very long and in-depth
account of what happened in Cyprus as told by Athanasios
Orphanides - previously governor of the central bank
of Cyprus - this article is reading material only for
the seriously interested and those committed to finding
out the history of what happened (albeit from one man's
point of view):
This Guardian article tends towards the argument
that what has happened in Cyprus is not a template for
other Eurozone countries. We should perhaps take some
consolation from this:
There has to be uncertainty about what the future holds.
However, according to the current press, it seems as
though Spain is not next in line as the most vulnerable
country. A sigh of relief, unfortunately at someone
about your SIP? Unsure what a SIP actually is
or if you're eligible? For those who don't know, the
SIP is the Health Card that entitles you to state
health care if you are a resident in Spain.
However, obtaining or retaining your SIP hasn't always
been straight forward. A new leaflet from Torrevieja
hospital and available in the Tourist Information Office
explains in more detail what the hospital has to offer
as well as what documents you need to request healthcare.
It's a useful summary but a shame that it's not available
For more information email:
Spanish is back!
fans of the Typically Spanish website who have missed
it for the past three months, we are pleased to announce
that it's back as a newly reformed Typically Spanish
2. A different look but the same coverage of the
latest news in Spain in English. It is well-worth a
Day is on the Thursday 9th May. Have you got
your activities planned? The title of the day is possibly
not going to have everyone cheering in the current climate.
A pity, as there are many positives to being part of
a wider union. Different regions should have their own
range of celebrations to mark the day. Wherever you
are, do take time to raise a glass to our European neighbours
and the future we can all hope to have together.
sometimes find that people are confused about the two
The first occupancy certificate The habitation certificate
The first occupancy is the certificate that demonstrates
that the property developer has met all the legal obligations
and the property is legal. This is replaced by the habitation
certificate when the property has a new owner.
For more information about both certificates:
A good time to buy
don't need to tell you that property prices are low.
If you are tempted but are anxious about ensuring that
any purchase is 'safe' read our article, 'Buying a property
in Spain'. It describes the step-by-step process to
making a safe purchase of Spanish property:
not all bad news
you were under the impression that the press
only publish bad news about Spain, this article from
the Telegraph 'travel' section might prove you
The article conjures up Almeria's mystery including
the Tabernas Desert, the rocky coastline and the history
of the area, linked to the Moorish legacy:
had its ups and downs but it now looks as though Iberia
Express is beginning to make a positive impression.
It has been operating for just over a year and has clocked
up a rather pleasing statistic - 94% of its 23,000 flights
arrived on time.
the bright side
Or not. Apparently the best place to work in Europe
if you want to avoid depression is Italy. Only
12% of the workforce surveyed there as part of an Ipsos
Mori survey have been diagnosed with depression. France,
Germany and Denmark all had 19%, Spain 21%, Turkey
23% and top of the league was Great Britain with 26%.
Of course, these surveys are not all they seem
and there may be differences between countries in terms
of the willingness and likelihood of the medical profession
providing a diagnosis:
Workers in Germany are most likely to take some
time off work with depression (61%) and those in turkey
are least likely to (25%). Spain comes somewhere in
the middle with 52% of those surveyed saying they were
likely to take time off. In Great Britain it was 58%.
Interesting articles on The Local
Local: Spain's News in English is an interesting
and informative website containing articles from the
Spanish press and interesting interviews with people
living in Spain:
I rather like the article 'Ten terrible Spanish menu
We've all seen them ourselves on the local menu del
dia and it's quite understandable when google translate
is your main source of language support.
My favourite is the poor 'chorizo to hell': some
of the food on this selection of slides does look delicious
but unfortunately the names given to these dishes are
hardly likely to tempt you.
Amongst some of the comments about the article (some
of which are a little critical) there are some even
funnier translations than the ones given on the slide.
this article, written by Karen McCann from Seville,
we hear how she's learnt from her grandmother to apply
a little white lie and avoid a social faux pas:
Situations we can find ourselves in whatever our nationality.