Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ron Howard explains new movie

In the video below by Empireonline Ron Howard (above with La Gomera in the background, image © Jonathan Prime-Warner Bros.breaks down the latest trailer for his soon to be released movie 'In the Heart of the Sea' (see my previous post) and explains the story behind it, as well as talking about the dedication of the actors.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

New trailer for Ron Howard film shot on La Gomera

Above is the latest official trailer for the film 'In The Heart Of The Sea', directed by Ron Howard and shot partially on location in La Gomera. It was published by Warner Bros. only a couple of days ago. The film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy among others, is due for release on  December 11th this year in most parts of the world.
I'm really looking forward to finally see the movie, especially as I had the luck to have been working on the set as a double during the shooting of many scenes at sea just off La Gomera, now almost two years ago. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Works in Vueltas now completed

Part of the new look Vueltas village showing the newly-reopened bar La Yesca on left  (Image © gomeranoticias )
The remodelling of the fishing village of Vueltas which is also the commercial hub of Valle Gran Rey on La Gomera has been achieved and finished in what must be a record time, considering that some works take ages and/or end unfinished.
The road and pavement are both at the same level, allowing easy access even for wheelchairs. Badly needed street lighting and other urban furniture has been added and the whole area looks much more inviting.
I will post a detailed report with more pictures once I'll be there in autumn.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Small world !

Skazz in full swing at the TLC festival near Macroom
I was at the phantastic TLC festival in Co.Cork over the weekend and unbelievably bumped into more than 20 people who all had a connection with La Gomera and whom I had met there. Add to that the atmosphere which had a 'Gomeran feel' to it and the band Skazz which has been performing regularly over the past years on La Gomera and it was like a little bit of Gomera in Ireland. If only the weather would have been Gomeran ! Skazz's current bass player is Will who is a resident of Vallehermoso on La Gomera and touring with the band here over the   coming weeks. Another excellent band I met at the festival is called Heavy Billy and George, their drummer, also is a regular visitor to La Gomera. He last played there in Valle Gran Rey with another great band called Coaltraan. 
Heavy Billy gave it all during their set on another stage in a beautiful location in the woods.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The new municipal mayors of La Gomera

Angel Piñero of  Valle Gran Rey (Image:
Valle Gran Rey: 
Angel Piñero has been elected mayor of this municipal area on La Gomera last Saturday. His Coalicion Canaria party came out strongest in the recent local elections, winning four of the eleven seats on the local council but unable to gain a majority. However, his candidature was supported by all but the two Si Se Puede councillors and it now appears he will form a minority local government with the support of most elected councillors.
The other 5 municipal mayors on La Gomera were elected as follows:

San Sebastian de La Gomera: 
Now ruled by the new socialist party ASG (6 seats)  in coalition with Antonio Luis Arteaga of Nueva Canarias (1 seat) with Adasat Reyes  of the ASG as mayor. 

Emiliano Coello of the ASG elected mayor with absolute majority held by the ASG.

Rosa Chinea (ASG) is new mayor, also with absolute majority of the seats held by her party.

Pedro Negrín of CC (2 seats) elected mayor, forming local government in coalition with ASG (2 seats) and PSOE (1seat). Former mayor Solveida Clemente's party is now in opposition with four seats.

Manuel Ramón Plasencia of the Spanish Labour Party PSOE managed to go against the trend on La Gomera, now being the only mayor to be re-elected with his party gaining an absolute majority of the seats.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Man injured as gaping hole opens in road

©Twitter Las Palmas Police reports:
‘Swallowed’ by hole in road
A Las Palmas man had a lucky escape after falling into a gaping hole which opened up in a road as he was standing on the spot.
28.05.2015 -  The 63-year-old required hospitalisation due to the injuries suffered when the ground below him gave way in Calle Artenara in the Las Torres industrial estate in the Gran Canaria capital.  A parked car was also damaged when it plunged into the hole, crashing to the bottom and ending up on its side.  
The spot is a loading bay outside a company based in the industrial estate and the mysterious subsidence led to a major operation to winch the vehicle out, once two other cars parked perilously on the edge had been removed.
An investigation has been ordered into the incident and engineers from the Roads Department and the city’s water company are examining how to rebuild the section affected.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Canary Islands celebrate

Today is Dia de Canarias, the Canary Islands' celebration of all things that make the Canaries so unique and different from their Spanish colonial masters. 
There are many events taken place in virtually all towns and villages this weekend, so make sure to  enquire locally for further information, but probably you couldn't miss the main festivities anyway.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Civil rights cut in Spain

Mural spotted in Vueltas on La Gomera last winter
Spanish Congress Approves Draconian Laws

Recently three laws widely criticized by the opposition and human rights groups were approved in Spanish Congress. The Penal Code, the new Anti-Terror Law and the Law on Citizen Safety. The three new texts challenge freedom of expression in the streets and on the Internet. All three laws are scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2015.

Law on Citizen Safety (Gag Law)

“The gag law is revenge against social movements that emerged after 15M” – Patricia Martin, Avaaz

Under the new Citizen Safety Law or Ley Mordaza (Gag Law) as human rights defenders have renamed it, public protests, freedoms of speech and the press and documenting police abuses will become crimes punishable by heavy fines and/or jail. Some key points on the Ley Mordaza:

Photographing or recording police – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
Peaceful disobedience to authority – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
Occupying banks as means of protest – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
Not formalizing a protest – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
For carrying out assemblies or meetings in public spaces – 100 to 600€ fine.
For impeding or stopping an eviction – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
For presence at an occupied space (not only social centers but also houses occupied by evicted families) – 100 to 600€ fine.
Police black lists for protesters, activists, and alternative press have been legalized.
Meeting or gathering in front of Congress – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
Appealing the fines in court requires the payment of judicial costs, whose amount depends on the fine.
It allows random identity checks, allowing for racial profiling of immigrants and minorities.
Police can now carry out raids at their discretion, without the need for “order” to have been disrupted.
External bodily searches are also now allowed at police discretion.

The government can prohibit any protest at will, if it feels “order” will be disrupted.
Any ill-defined “critical infrastructure” is now considered a forbidden zone for public gatherings if it might affect their functioning.
There are also fines for people who climb buildings and monuments without permission. (This has been a common method of protest from organizations like Greenpeace.)
The Gag Law will also affect internet freedoms as tweets calling for demonstrations or protests may be subject to penalties and fines for organizers. While an individual user may not be considered “an organizer” it could also be construed to include anyone who disseminates a call to protest through any media, including social media.

“This is the worst cut of rights and freedoms since the Franco regime,” – Virginia Pérez Alonso, PDLI

Above article was posted recently by Queenie on queeniesdailysnippets

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Landslide victory for new party

Casimiro Curbelo (image:
The new party of Casimiro Curbelo, the long-time president of La Gomera's government, has won just over 50% of the votes cast in the local elections 2015. Curbelo had started the new party called ASG, which stands for 'Gomera Socialist Group', after he failed to be selected as the candidate by the PSOE (Span. equivalent to the Labour Party) of which he had been a staunch supporter and member for many years. The formation of the new political entity proved very divisive and many of his former party colleagues switched allegiances and joined the new party. Labour gained only three seats in the election while the new ASG won ten seats and a very comfortable absolute majority in the cabildo, the island's governing body, which has 17 seats.
Curbelo has weathered many a political storm unscathed and was involved in many controversies which he all survived, but not many had expected him to do that well in last Sunday's poll. His position now is stronger than ever and his ASG party not only has control over the island's government, but won many seats in all the municipal elections on La Gomera, as well as winning three of the four seats La Gomera has in the Canarian central parliament and as there was no clear winner there the ASG's support may even be needed to form the new Canarian government.
Many commentators have called last Sunday's landslide win by the ASG ''Curbelo's revenge''. In a press conference yesterday he himself stated that '' a new political period inspired by consensus, dialogue and citizens' participation has begun on La Gomera''.
Below are the detailed results of Sunday's poll, which had a very respectable turnout of nearly 77% :

Monday, May 25, 2015

The results: Canary Islands local elections 2015

Click above to enlarge (Source: Gobierno de Canarias)
Above are the results of the elections to the Canary Islands parliament (2015 poll on left, 2011 results on the right). The outcome means that no party will be able to form a government on its own and soundings to produce a coalition government have already begun. 
The biggest loser in Sunday's poll were Spanish prime minister Rajoy's Partido Popular and the biggest winners were the Podemos movement who didn't even exist when voters went to cast their votes in the last local elections. They did well all across Spain and now won 15% of the votes in the Canaries. Also new in the Canary Islands' parliament is the party of long-time Gomeran president Casimiro Curbelo, who after failing to win a nomination from his former PSOE party, quickly founded a new one called ASG (Gomera Socialist Group) and won 3 of the 4 seats that will represent La Gomera in the Canarian parliament, and these three seats his former PSOE would have needed now.
More about the ASG and their landslide victory in La Gomera soon...

Local election results for Valle Gran Rey 2015

All votes for the local government of Valle Gran Rey have now been counted and as you can see from the results below there was a major shift in voting patterns, but none of the elected parties will have a majority and forming a new local government will not be easy. 

More election results soon !

Votes counted:100 %
 Total of Councillors elected:11
Turnout:214068.39 %
Abstentions:98931.61 %
Spoiled votes:442.06 %
 Blank votes:140.67 %
VOTes per party iN VALLE GRAN REY
PartyCouncillorsVotes           % 
CCa-PNC (Can. Moderate Nationalist Pact)460929.06 %
ASG (New Party of former PSOE member and Gomera President C. Curbelo)348423.09 %
PSOE (Span. Labour Party)240419.27 %
SSP (New party literally 'Yes We Can')234116.27 %
PP (Party of present Spanish Government/Rajoy,
Won 4 seats in last Local elections)
01416.73 %
('New Canaries')
01034.91 %
Above adapted from El Pais original in Spanish