Alhama de Murcia is a small town in the Guadalentín Valley picturesquely situated with the Sierra de la Muela immediately behind it. Towering over the town are the remains of the 11th and 12th Century Arab Castle. Although the area has a long history of settlement dating back to the third millennium BC, it was in Roman times that its history took off because of the medicinal springs which allowed thermal baths to be built and in which much of Alhama's subsequent history and changing fortunes are reflected.
As is tradition on Ash Wednesday, the Church of San Jose in Puerto de Mazarrón hosted the Easter poster presentation for the coastal town this year. This event was attended by the Deputy Mayor for Urban Development, Francisco Garcia, the Councillors of Celebration and Services, Isidro Coy and Juan Miguel Munoz, the Parish Priest of San Jose, Justo José Sánchez, the President of the Council of Brotherhoods of Puerto de Mazarrón, Francisco Martinez, his counterpart in Mazarrón, Cecilia Morales, and representatives of the various guilds that integrate both councils.
18 February at the Universidad Popular de Mazarrón (UPM) in Mazarrón began the XI edition of the Conference "Carlantum" which, again, focused on the history of the municipality of Mazarrón.
In charge of this conference was Archaeologist and Professor Maria del Carmen Berrocal Caparrós who talked about the "late Roman amphora production in Mazarrón". Berrocal is a Professor at the Open University in Cartagena and in the IES "El Bohio". During the last few years she has been developing her doctoral thesis on the amphora remains found in El Mojon.
The Department of Services and Logistics of Mazarrón Town Hall have started works in the Municipality before the arrival of Holy Week, a time when there is an increasing numbers of tourists and visitors. A rush of action in the middle of February has been the improvement and beautification of the street lamps to Avda Constitucíon. Specifically, replacing lamps globes and applying a coat of paint in order to look perfect for the Easter processions.
On Sunday, February 3, 15 students from the 2nd and 3rd year of "Felipe II" Secondary School in Mazarrón and in the bi-lingual programme travelled to the city of Wassenaar (Netherlands) to participate in the activities under the Exchange Programme of this year which will last until February 7. The students travelled accompanied by the Co-ordinator of the Bi-lingual Section, Diego Lopez, and the Head of the English department , Antonio Alcaraz.
The Department of Services and Logistics of Mazarrón Town Council proceeded to remove several trees from Francisco Caparros school that posed a risk to students and for pedestrians because they were affecting the wall of the school, which could have given at any time. Indeed, the wall had important flaws on the morning of Wednesday 30 January. At that time, the Councillor for Logistics Services, Juan Miguel Muñoz, contacted officials of the Ministry of Education who urged him to undertake the actions that were necessary to protect the safety of students.
The Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, accompanied by the Councillor for Education, Mary Celeste Soria, awarded grants to various Associations of Parents (AMPAS) of the township schools so they can carry out various educational activities. The presentation of these grants was held in the auditorium of the Casa de Cultura of Mazarrón and was attended by representatives of different AMPAS.
The local board of Mazarrón of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) set up a booth at the Plaza del Convento on Saturday 9 February, to inform citizens of the activities and initiatives that are taking place in the town. In attendance was the Councillor for Social Policy, Maria Martinez, the Mayor of Rural Development, Magdalena Mendez, and also the Councillor in opposition, Alicia Jimenez.
The Spain Hemingway Never Saw
It started as a nostalgia trip, but now it's become a school textbook. Acclaimed for its humorous bitter-sweet account of the impact of modern ways on a rural community, David Baird's book "Sunny Side Up - The 21st Century Hits a Spanish village" has been honoured by being selected for study at language institutes and secondary schools in southern Spain.
Our cats and dogs have certain anatomic differences in their eyes. This makes them see the world in a different way from the way we do. The location of the orbit in the head gives the position of the eyes and also the amplitude of the field of vision. Non-predator species such as horses, sheep, pigs or cows, have their eyes in the side of their head. This gives them very good panoramic vision.