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Future of this website

As it is the 1st of January 2020, I thought I would have a think about what I can do to improve the “kn0wall” website.
The fact is, I moved back to the UK 5 years ago now, and although we have been to Spain on holiday on a couple of occasions since, I am beginning to lose touch with laws and developments.
Because of the UK leaving the European Union this month, many of my articles about residency will become obsolete. I will be deleting obsolete or potentially inaccurate content during the next few weeks.
In the future, my intention will eventually be to close down this website. The forum may continue until the hosting runs out (August 2021), but I do not intend to spend any more money on maintaining this site.
If you have been a user who has been helped by this blog then that was my intention. I believe that having no information at all is better than having false information. Thanks for your understanding.
All the very best, knowall, (John Palfrey).

Earthquake 26 February 2019 Huércal-Overa

There was an exceptionally strong, although minor earthquake today Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 11:44 GMT (12:44 pm local time) centred around the area near the motorway junction for Albox. (Venta Overa) in Almería.
It registered at 3.6M which is stronger than most of the recent small tremors.

Here is an image of the effects on a map. It was felt as far North as Puerto Lumbreras, as far East as Mojácar, as far West as Purchena and as far South as Almería city!

Earthquake Ballabona 15th January 2019

There was another little earthquake at 10:57 Spain time (09:57 UTC) which is shown on the map below. Very close to the Ballabona Hotel/Restaurant on the E15 motorway.

Local residents described it as the biggest bang they had heard ever in Almería, although it was only recorded at 2.4.

It does seem that the fault lines are becoming a little more active recently, though these minor tremors can be alarming, they are not dangerous.

Population changes in Almería

This article shows how population has changed in the last year for every municipality in Almería province:
CLICK HERE

Some examples are:
Albox up from 11,144 to 11,481 (+337)
Arboleas down from 4,538 to 4,463 (-75)
Cantoria down from 3,371 to 3,251 (-120)
Partaloa up from 915 to 975 (+60)
Oria up from 2,230 to 2,265 (+35)
Almería up from 194,515 to 195,389 (+874)
Zurgena down from 2,939 to 2,877 (-62)

How to get rid of black algae

Black algae attack – how I got rid of it some years ago:

Here’s an unedited entry from my diary in July 2007 when I had black algae outbreak in a 10×5 metre pool of classic tiled concrete construction:

“With pump off, I brushed off every bit of black algae that I could see. This took more than 3 hours of hard scrubbing. Whilst doing so I dropped shock chlorine onto the floor in the position where I was working and also used a chlorine tablet on the bottom of the pool, which I placed over really stubborn marks after brushing them. I then went back to the stubborn marks and brushed again until it was all gone. In total I put in 20g/cubic metre 1.5kg in total into the 75 m3 pool. This should have raised the level of free Cl to about 20 ppm (I hope).
The water, incidentally, was crystal clear prior to and during this operation. I found a small reservoir of algae hiding in a skimmer flap. Between the flap and the float chamber was a layer of black algae, this was cleaned and disinfected.
I then vacuumed the pool to waste. I put 4 Cl tablets into the floating dispenser and fully opened the water vents for maximum dispersal.
I am now running the pool pump for 24 hours continuously.
Tomorrow I will check for algae growth and probably vacuum to waste again.”

This did get rid of the black algae, but it is very difficult to eradicate. Eventually the installation of a salt water chlorination system kept it from forming again. I hope this is helpful to anyone battling black algae which normally tries to take root in the grout of tiled pools. Fibre glass pools are not usually so badly affected.

Page reviewed 31 August 2017

Recommended book for learning Spanish grammar

I used this book as did my wife to help us to learn Spanish Grammar:
USO De LA Gramatica Espanola: Nivel Elemental – New Edition 2010 (Revised and in Colour) (Spanish) Paperback
by Francisca Castro Viudez

It made a great difference to us and brought our Spanish up from barely passable to a couple of levels above passable in less than 12 months.

Like all Spanish courses, it requires effort on behalf of the person learning, and there is no “magic” way to learn any language.

Available from Amazon.