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What happened in Las Palmas in 1983?

Ok, it is driving me a bit nuts. I first noticed it about three years ago. The year 1983 started to appear in graffiti on walls all around Las Palmas. Now I see it everywhere I go in Las Palmas.

I have asked local people, but no one can give me an answer. Did something critical happen in 1983? A little known revolution in Las Palmas or maybe it was the year two sweethearts met, and they are still expressing their love via graffiti.

After further investigation in social media, most people think that it is the signature of the artist and the year they were born. To keep to the romance of the subject going I took a look at a few things that happened in 1983 in Las Palmas.

1983 Las Palmas

The first Canarian regional elections happened.

Three hundred people from the San Cristobal area of Las Palmas entered the city’s water supply facility at Vega de San José, carrying picks and shovels with the purpose to open a shut-off valve.   The protest was over cuts to their water service. Six water drums that could hold 1000 litres of water each were burned, and people threw stones at the Police.

More water problems in April 1983 as one of the two water treatment plants serving Las Palmas shuts down with technical reasons. Severe restrictions are put in place, and the population of Las Palmas already paying the most expensive water charges in Spain are not amused. The possibility of getting water by boat from the Island of Madeira is discussed.

Las Palmas football club got relegated from the top level of Spanish football, but they did beat Barcelona earlier in the season. It would be nineteen long years before Las Palmas would return to the first diversion of Spanish football.

Gabriel Hernandez Martin, a citizen of Las Palmas, died on the 19th of December 1983. Birthdate unknown.

If anyone knows 100% what the significance of the 1983 graffiti in Las Palmas is, please let me know. It may just be the year two sweethearts got married or divorced.

San Cristobal

The Insular lawsuit

There are many rivalries throughout the world. Most are in a sporting context. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Manchester United and Manchester City. Cork and Tipperary in Irish hurling. Ok, the hurling might just be me.

Most visitors to the Canary Islands won’t know of the intense rivalry between the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

One of the few times Gran Canaria football stadium is guaranteed to reach its capacity of over 30,000 is when Las Palmas and Tenerife play.

Gran Canaria and Tenerife are similar in many ways. The famous beaches are in the south of the Islands, and each Capital are in the north. Tenerife has Spain’s highest mountain. Las Palmas, the Capital of Gran Canaria, is a lot bigger the Santa Cruz the Capital of Tenerife.

In 1833 the Canary Islands were made a province of Spain with the Capital in Santa Cruz Tenerife. That did not go down to well in Gran Canaria.

In 1912 Gran Canaria was given more powers over its affairs but not enough to make them happy.

In 1927 after years of protest from Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands were split into two provinces. The province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Canary Islands parliament meets in Santa Cruz Tenerife, so maybe there is a little unfinished business to go yet.

La Laja

I cannot believe it took me five years to appreciate La Laja in Las Palmas. It is probably the lesser known of the five beaches of Las Palmas.

La Laja can be deceptive. As you pass it from the road, the beach does not look much. The nearby hill blocks the sun on the beach before the day ends. Sooner in winter.

The big attraction of La Laja is the natural sea pools right next to the beach. They are just out of reach of most of the hill and have a lot more daytime sun.

People who live nearby flock to the pools at weekends and holidays. If you fancy making a walk of it, La Laja is 10km from the Las Canteras zone, and there is a walkway along the coast. Las Palmas Bus 12 goes there also.

Spanish Property prices

Many people look at Spain as a place to retire or a second home. So how is the Spanish property market going?

Spanish property transactions went from a high of 248,000 in 2007 to a low of 55,000 in 2013. Latest sales are 144,000 in 2018 of which 24,000 were foreign buyers.

Kyero, the property website, has quite a good property market report for the Spanish provinces. Some of the most up to date details below.

Alicante – Up 2.6% year on year but in Alicante city itself prices down 12.8%.

Almeria – Is in the southeast up 4.6% year on year.

Barcelona – After 4 years of growth, Barcelona prices are down 6.6% year on year.

Cadiz – Down 10.4% year on year.

Fuerteventura – Up 8.5% year on year.

Girona -Down 2.1% year on year.

Granada– Down 3.3% year on year.

Gran Canaria – Down 1.5% year on year.

Ibiza – Up 2.7% year on year.

Malaga – Up 8.4% year on year.

Mallorca – Up 18.7% year on year the highest in Spain.

Murcia – Up 3.8% year on year.

Tarragona– Down 2% year on year.

Tenerife – Up 1.1% year on year.

Valencia– Down 4.2% year on year.

For a more detailed look at the report on the Kyero website click here.

Last week an Irishman from Co Meath came to visit. We had bumped into each other last October in Belgrade Serbia where we drank a lot of cheap beer together.

I took Owen up to see the centre of Gran Canaria. I never regret going up there. The scenery is fantastic and completely different from the tourist resorts.

Tejeda is the main town in the centre of Gran Canaria. It can be reached by bus from the resorts, but it is a two-hour bus journey from Maspalomas. The best way is to hire a car for a day and get to see this amazing part of Gran Canaria.

We took a quick video of Tejeda. It is the first time I had a cameraman, so Owen is to blame if it’s not ok.

Another day another Earthquake

There was an earthquake on Sunday between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. It was 2.4 in magnitude.

Earthquakes that usually happen at sea are quite frequent in the Canary Islands. This year so far the highest recorded was 3.5. In 1989 a tremor of 5.2 occurred.

Some people have predicted that a significant tremor could activate the Cumber Vieja volcano in the Canary Island of La Palma. The fear is that a major eruption could cause a Tsunami that would wipe out southern coasts in the U.K Ireland and Eastern areas of the US.

The last serious eruption was in 1971.

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