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We're always working really hard to bring you new and exciting features to Eye on Spain. We also make plenty of mistakes so we want to use this blog to keep you up to date with what's new (and what's wrong) with EOS.

Siesta Show Webisode 46 - Ex-pats, Driving and the Guardia Civil
31 March 2009

Today we bring you part two of our fascinating chat with Antonio Rodriguez from Costa Advice Bureau as he covers some problems Ex-pats might encounter but not expect whilst driving in Spain and then being stopped by the Guardia Civil. You may, for example, have to hand over a valuable item on the spot!

To find out why and how Ex-pats can avoid driving problems with the Guardia Civil in Spain, then watch today'swebisode.



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Siesta Show Webisode 45 - Residencia in Spain - What you need to know.
30 March 2009

We met with Antonio Rodriguez from Costa Advice Bureau in Estepona today for another great interview and talked about obtaining Residencia here in Spain and why you should do so. Did you know, for example, that as an expat resident in Spain you need to carry your passport and certificate with you at ALL times?

Learn this legal tip and more whilst you watch today's episode.

 



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Siesta Show Webisode 44 - Learn how to say "one can" in Spanish.
27 March 2009

Susan on beachWe have another excellent learning Spanish lesson video, and for today's show Susan gives us another brief Spanish lesson looking at the use of "Se puede..." which means "One can...".   It's a way of telling people what you can do when on Holiday in Spain.

Watch the se puede learning Spanish show



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New EOS sponsor - La Quinta Golf and Country Club
25 March 2009

We're really pleased to announce that the La Quinta Golf and Country Club have joined Eye on Spain as one of our sponsors.

As you know, our sponsors are very important to us.  They believe in us and enable Eye on Spain to continue and grow.  We choose our sponsors very carefully to ensure that our members can trust the companies that associate themselves with our brand.

Having spent the past couple of weeks at the La Quinta golf course I am really excited to have them on board as a sponsor as their facilities are truly excellent and their customer service level are on a par with American standards.

Not being a golfer myself (only played a bit of crazy golf here and there ) we're going to record some videos of myself and Susan learning how to play the sport.  I really hope that our members will enjoy the videos and gain something from them.

Check out the benefits and sign up for their best offers at their La Qunita Golf Offers website.

Happy golfing!

Justin



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Siesta show webisode 43 - We visit La Quinta Golf in Marbella
25 March 2009

Jeff Hall at La Quinta GolfFor today’s Siesta Show we visited the prestigious La Quinta Golf & Country Club in Marbella and toured around the excellent facilities they have to offer. We met up with Fabio Peral who is La Quinta's Marketing Manager and he explained what they are doing and why. We and also had a good look around the 5 Star Hotel, Health Spa, Restaurant, Children’s facilities and, oh yes! The magnificent 27 hole golf course!  We will be filming there over the next few weeks as we learn how to play golf so please keep tuning in every week and watch how we progress.... hopefully!

Watch today's La Quinta Golf Video show



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Siesta Show Webisode 42 - The show is back on the road
23 March 2009

Justin by the beachAfter our week off we're back with The Siesta Show!  After all the feedback we received last week (and thanks to all those that replied to our questionnaire) we're chaning a few things.  Watch today's show to see what's changed.



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Live TV stream this weekend from Calahonda
20 March 2009

As you may know, we're going to be at the Calahonda business fair this weekend.

If you can be there in person then at least join us online as we are streaming live from Calahonda!

You can watch the live stream at the weekend at:

www.eyeonspain.com/live

We will be there on Saturday from 11am to 6pm (Spanish time).

Hope to see you there or here!

Justin



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Siesta Show Webisode 39 - Damp problems in Spanish properties
12 March 2009

Justin waiting for his lifeToday we went out to have a look at some properties in Spain suffering from damp problems.  It's a much bigger issue than most people realise and it seems it's generally ground floor apartments most at risk.

Watch the damp in properties in Spain video >>



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Spain commemorates Madrid train bombings
11 March 2009

 The families of victims of the Madrid train bombings laid flowers Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of Europe's worst Islamic terror attack, which killed 191 people and injured 1,800.

 
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero led a minute's silence in parliament while relatives placed wreaths at three railway stations where four early morning commuter trains were attacked on March 11, 2004.
 
In Madrid's Retiro park, about 200 people laid white carnations at trees in the Forest of Remembrance, a hill specially landscaped with trees for each of the victims.
 
"I feel terrible, full of anger, pain and despair," said Angeles Perez, who lost her daughter Miriam on one of the trains. "The memory remains day after day."
 
Relatives and victims also gathered for a flower-laying ceremony at a glass monument built close to the city's Atocha train station and other sites.
 
"Five years on, every day gets harder, although we live apparently normal lives," said Javier Gilmero, who was on a train that was attacked near Atocha.
 
Gilmero turned out Wednesday with family and friends to lay flowers in memory of victims as he does every year. To this day, Gilmero says he has cannot get on a train again.
 
"When the anniversary comes around, we have a really hard time," said Gilmero, who is in his early 50s. "After five years reflecting and thinking, I realize I am very lucky to be here."
 
Twenty-eight people, mainly from North Africa, went on trial in 2007 and 21 of them were convicted of taking part in the bombings.
 
The attacks with 10 bombs hidden in backpacks were claimed by Muslim militants who said they were avenging the presence of Spanish peacekeepers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of those 21, 15 remain in prison.
 
Following the minute's silence in parliament, Zapatero expressed the government's support for the victims and their families.
 
Zapatero's Socialist party won a general election three days after the attacks, ousting a conservative government that had supported the U.S.-led Iraq invasion.
 
The conservative government had sent peacekeepers to Iraq after major fighting stopped in 2003 and initially tried to blame the Madrid bombings on Basque separatist militants.
 
The anniversary Wednesday was the first in which the government has not staged any official ceremony for the victims.
 
Source: IHT


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Siesta Show Webisode 38 - Learn how to say "I like" in Spanish
11 March 2009

Following on from the success of last week's lesson, for today's show Susan gives us another brief Spanish lesson looking at the use of "me gusta..." which means "I like...".   It's important to be able to tell people what you like and don't like.

Watch the "me gusta" video >>



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Siesta Show Webside 37 - A tour of Marbella old town
10 March 2009

This morning we went to check out Marbella old town.  It's the original part of the town before it became the international hub of the Costa del Sol.  The old town is a very pretty part of the Marbella and well worth a visit.  By the way, we had some serious sound issues during today's recording so please excuse the poor sound.

Watch the video about Marbella old town >>



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Dubai authorities launch an Eye on Spain!
10 March 2009

 We tried to do this five years ago, which was the original reason behind Eye on Spain.  Now the Dubai authorities are joining the party....but will the Spanish authorities follow....

The progress of every high-profile real estate project in Dubai is now being publicly monitored by the authorities in a move to improve confidence in the emirate’s property market.

 

The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Rera) first announced it would be putting listings and update pictures of developments online earlier this month, and the pages started going live late last week.

 

Each scheme is being tracked, logged and given a progress bar indicator, so property investors can see how far along each development is.

 

Officials hope it will improve transparency and so help-kick start property sales again in Dubai, which has been hit by a squeeze on lending and construction delays in recent months.

 

One independent report on the site is for the Princess Tower, a luxury residential property project by Tameer at Dubai Marina.

 

 

The summary of the scheme’s progress reads: “Works were found to be progressing and activities were being undertaken on site.

 

 

“The structure work for the six basements, ground floor and circa 40 upper floor levels are completed.”

 

 

Another report on the Pershing Luxury Beach Residences, another residential real estate scheme, developed by Alternative Capital Investment, says: “Works on the site have not started yet. Preliminary design approval has been provided and now concept design is completed and has been submitted for approval.”

 

Around 20 of the hundreds of real estate listings entries have had progress reports uploaded on the Rera site so far.

 

Many high-profile Dubai real estate developers already publish their own internet updates of projects, but the official initiative is designed to provide consistency across the market.

Source: Off plan property exchange

 



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Siesta Show Webisode 36 - Little Talia's route through the Spanish health system
09 March 2009

In today's Siesta Show, Shani tells us about her struggles through the Spanish health system with 20 month old Talia who isn't growing.  Shani tells us about the different hospitals and help services that she has used.  Talia's condition has not been fully diagnosed yet so it's still a mystery regarding her actual condition.  Maybe you can spot something you think may give a clue as to her condition?

Watch Talia's show >>



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Siesta Show Webisode 35 - Curtain considerations for your property in Spain
06 March 2009

Elisabeth and SusanToday's Siesta Show welcomes Elizabeth Croft, an expert in the subject of curtains.  Today we look at what to consider for curtains for your property in Spain.  There's so much more to it than you think...

Watch the curtains in Spain webisode >>



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Siesta Show Webisode 34 - Part two of cooking a Spanish omelette
05 March 2009

Today's Siesta Show is part 2 of our Spanish omelette cooking webisode.  Selwyn goes for the flip but where does it all end up?  Check out this very yummy show...

Watch part 2 of the Spanish omelette websiode >>



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Siesta Show Webisode 33 - How to cook a Spanish omelette
04 March 2009

Selwyn Figueras cookingToday we kick off a new series on the Siesta Show.  It's our new cooking series and our master chef Selwyn Figueras will join us on a regular basis to teach us how to cook some typical Spanish dishes.  Today's show kicks off with the traditional Spanish omelette.

Watch the how to make a Spanish omelette video >>



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Siesta show Webisode 32 - Spanish TV programmes to watch
03 March 2009

Justin and Susan on the sofaIn today's Siesta Show we take a look at some of the TV shows on Spanish telly that are worth watching and that are popular with the Spanish.  It's a great way to learn more about the Spanish and to pick up some vocabulary too.

Watch our own Spanish TV show

 



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Siesta Show Webisode 31 - Come and learn some Spanish with us
02 March 2009

Susan teaching SpanishToday we cover some simple learning Spanish tips, especially with the verb "tener" which is used in a different way to English.  Also, let us know what you think of short shows like this one?  Do you prefer the longer shows or the shorter ones?

Watch today's learning Spanish show >>



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