Alcazar in the old town of Toledo
Spain on your transplant policy
that there are sufficient numbers of organ donors is
a problem for many European countries. The UK has just
been publicising the need for donors by giving
airplay to some of the people who are waiting for a
This is one area that Spain does particularly well.
The attitude to transplants in Spain is very
positive and it has the best record for organ donations
in the world.
Spain has an opt-out policy rather than an opt-in
one. This means that your consent is presumed unless
you state otherwise. However, some people argue that
it is not this alone that makes Spain so successful
in ensuring a high number of transplants. After all,
the family are still consulted about the donation.
Instead it is suggested that countries such as Spain
have invested more in the infrastructure around organ
donation with more transplant coordinators and retrieval
It's a couple of years old now but this article sums
much has been written about it, some people do it, some
people talk about it and some people know it's not for
them. Whichever category you are in you might be interested
in reading this article - a personal view point on the
big decision to move abroad:
advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office is certainly upping
its game in providing advice to those considering
buying abroad. This video gives good general information
whatever nationality you might be:
piece of good news. Angela Keay who is an Age Concern
volunteer in Spain was awarded an MBE for services to
the British community in the New Year's Honours List.
Angela helped to set up Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur
in 1997 and has been closely involved ever since. She
is now Secretary to Age Concern Espańa's national INFOLINE
and Casework service organisation. She is also out there
on a practical level as one of its caseworker volunteers.
In order to acknowledge the award Giles Paxman,
the British Spanish Ambassador, paid her a visit to
congratulate her in person:
our November newsletter we introduced you to 'The
Worst Hotel in the World'. After reading this item
one of our readers kindly provided another 'worst' to
add to the list. This time, 'The Irish Affair' in Torremolinos
which claimed to be 'Probably The Worst Irish Pub in
The World' (please note the important addition of the
I'll let our reader explain:
'we went along to see for ourselves. Well it turned
out that they were not being entirely honest, and it
was in fact one of the best Irish pubs we have been
in outside of Ireland. No karaoke, no bingo and no fun
quiz - these don't happen in real Irish bars - just
good drink, good fun, and some live music thrown in
for good measure. Well worth a visit if you're down
in that direction'.
Although they visited The Irish Affair in 2004,
its website suggests that the pub is still going and
if you want to take up the challenge yourself, it might
be worth a visit if you are in the Torremolinos area:
Now we are waiting to hear about those establishments
that announce themselves to be 'Probably the worst restaurant',
'Probably the worst swimming pool' etc.
Update - Changes to electricity bills
1st April 2013, electricity bills will be issued
every two months instead of every month as at present.
This bi-monthly bill will be from an actual reading
and not an estimate.
If the electricity meter cannot be reached, then the
reading can be given over the phone or internet via
the web page. Commercial premises can make an
arrangement to continue with monthly payments if they
prefer. As with the old system these would alternate
between actual and estimate readings.
is a joint campaign being launched between the Department
of Health and the Generalitat Valenciana
through their new website.
The EHIC campaign is intended to help people
who wish to register for health care in Spain. It focuses
around the concern that people who live here are using
their EHIC to access health care when they shouldn't.
The EHIC is for people from one member state who are
visiting another EEC country.
An online questionnaire will help you check your status
things have changed
For those who remember the high times of the economy
in Spain you might find yourself reminiscing about
how good it was then in comparison to the challenges
of recent times. However, it isn't all gloom. The economy
may be flat and house prices might be down but there
is plenty to be optimistic about when you consider how
so many things have changed - for the better.
The internet, improvements in telecommunications
and availability of flights all make living in Spain
just a little bit easier these days. In this article.
Maxine Raynor reflects on how things have actually improved
in the past 25 years:
do you feel about the English language?
published in the German paper Die Welt, this is an interesting
explanation of the durability of the English language:
that sum it up
is a growing trend for putting 'inspirational' messages
and phrases onto Facebook. You know the ones, the quotes
that sum life up. Well we thought we might like
to try collecting some of our own. Here's one that seems
particularly applicable for starters, perhaps you could
send us some of your favourites?
"If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up
with a few blisters"
Abigail Van Buren
film 'The Impossible' is set in South East Asia in 2004
during the Tsunami. It is based upon the true story
of one family's survival. It is worthy of a mention
in our newsletter for several reasons.
It has been a very popular film in Spanish cinemas having
taken 42€ million so far. The film is a blend of mixed
nationalities with a Spanish production team led by
Juan Antonio Bayona and English-speaking actors.
It has been nominated in 14 categories at the Spanish
Film Academy Awards including for the performances
of Naomi Watts and supporting actor Ewan McGregor. This
has been possible due to changes in the rules allowing
non-Spanish speaking actors to be nominated.
For a Wikipedia description of the film:
For information about the Goya awards in general: