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Monday, 20 February 2017

New pipes for the Irrigation Line

Here they are. Fifty one meters of new pipes.

 OK. On the move.
 And
 And
 And
 Lucas and Errol levelling the base of the ditch.
In Position.
 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

An Article in The Olive Press Newspaper

http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2017/02/03/exclusive-british-expat-gets-un-help-fight-farming-scandal-southern-spain/

A BRITISH expat has successfully enlisted the help of the UN to probe a farming scandal that is ‘killing the last oasis’ in Europe.
Thanks to green campaigner David Dene, the UN Office of Human Rights is investigating the alleged destruction of the ‘El Rio de Aguas’ area of Almeria due to intensive olive tree production.
Environmentalists claim the trees are rapidly depleting a precious underground aquifer, which is rapidly running dry.
They insist the lack of water is already wreaking havoc on the environment and forcing whole communities to move.


Dene speaking to UN
Dene speaking to UN
“It’s a massive human and environmental rights abuse, which is why the UN is now looking into it”, explained Dene, is based in the same village as eco charity Sunseed.
“Four million trees have been planted by large industrial producers over the last few years.
“Each is extracting 10 litres of water a day from the aquifer, which is a basin of non-renewable water that both humans and nature depends upon to survive in this area.
“Already a few communities have been forced to move and we now have to drive 15km to the nearest spring to get our water.”
Dene continued: “At the current rate, unless something is done, the aquifer will run dry in just a few years”, he said. “It’s killing the last oasis in Europe.”

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A Movie from the Pita Escuela. "Snow in the Desert".


Here is a beautiful short movie made by Timbe founder of the Pita Escuela.

Below are more snow pics.



Monday, 23 January 2017

Light at the end of the tunnel.Sunday workers. !

The Casa De La Realidad team continue "on the case". ! This is the upper irrigation line.

Errol has started digging.
 More helpers - Lucas and Honsa plus dogs.
 Good level
 Viktor doing some fine tuning with Blondina looking on. !
 David in action.

The Sunday team. Honsa, Errol, Lucas, Viktor and myself taking the pictures.
 Fidel
We have cleared the "line" so that storm water now flows into the mill drop and then into a tunnel which led to the power generating station, which in previous times supplied electricity to Sorbas. !
Notice Jonas, the youngest member of our village community.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

For something different

video
In the above movie clip I am interviewing Jose the 83 year old founder of this Agro Co-operative. I am "acting" as a prospective European Buyer of his production on the entrance of Spain into the European Market in 1990. We then discuss conditions today.
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In this, the above clip, I have been talking with Pepe. Pepe is 70 and he is a fisherman. The talk is in reference to the new market opening in 1990 and conditions today. Pepe and local fishing has suffered. Jose and the agro industry has prospered. That is the reality today.


In the above picture, I am with General Franco and we  have been talking about the past and the present. !

Thursday, 19 January 2017

SNOW. !

This is historical. ! People have never seen snow like this here in the neighbourhood of Sorbas.
 Casa De La Realidad
 The road to El Rio.
 The Mirador look out point.
 Looking towards the Hueli Gypsum quarry.
 Looking at the Filabres and the Puerta de la Virgin.
 Another view of the Filabres mountains.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Snow and more movie.!

It is snowing. !!
Sorbas (04270)
Severe weather warning level orange due to heavy snow
valid from: Wed Jan 18, 2017 01:00 pm
valid to: Thu Jan 19, 2017 04:00 pm
valid for: all elevations
Severe weather warning (orange level) because of heavy snow with more than 5 cm in 12 hours, valid from Wednesday, 18.01. 13:00 till Thursday, 19.01. 16:00.


More movie. ! Call me Jacques, Jacques Delors. !


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Talking with General Franco and a heavy snow alert for Sorbas. !!!!

Today I have been talking with General Franco. !
This is for a three part TV series sponsored by Flemish Film Fund and Flemish National TV. I talked not only about the Invernaderos but also about the new super- intensive olive plantations.

This is certainly a new slant on spreading information about our predicament. 

and an unusual weather watch for Sorbas. !

Sorbas (04270)
Weather watch due to heavy snow,
alert level orange possible


valid from: Wed Jan 18, 2017 07:00 am 
 
valid to: Thu Jan 19, 2017 01:00 am
 
valid for: all elevations

  

I will take pictures. !

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sorbas with the Sierra Nevada in the background.


Our Documentary. "Every Drop Counts".

We made this documentary last year. I explain the situation. We have clear and open discussions with local people affected by this Industrial Agriculture. This Industrial Agriculture takes forty million litres of water every day and is threatening the continued existence of this, the last Oasis in Western Europe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1GKniiA-QA

Friday, 13 January 2017

A twenty degree day. Warm and sunny. Another couple of tons taken from the line.

We are moving on and on up through the tunnel running under the mountain to the first tube.
 Close up. !
 Lucas and Viktor discussing gardening.

 The water came up to the level of the wheel. !
 Dashinka caving.
 Not a cloud in the sky. !