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Chocolate Moose PDF
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 00:00

What is happening to the Chocolate Moose?  It’s under massive threat!  At the northern entrance to Ronda, they’ve destroyed hundreds of rare pinsapo trees, are building two massive concrete supports for a road bridge over the current Ronda to Sevilla highway and are dramatically altering the topology of the land by bulldozing huge amounts of rock and earth.

Apparently they are building a huge new access road to alleviate traffic problems.  What traffic problems?  In nearly 10 years in the area, I’ve never seen a traffic jam around there, not even at rush hour!

Do the Ronda mayor, Antonio María Marín Lara, and his cronies think that just because they’ve had stands at a few tourism and trade fairs recently, that Ronda is suddenly going to be swamped by tourists heading down from Sevilla?  Not a chance!

Similar works are going on at the southern entrance to Ronda, near to the site of the new hospital currently under construction?  Are they suddenly expecting a huge increase in patients?  Maybe there will be – of injured construction workers (just take a look at health and safety here!)

No, I’m sure the politicians are doing this and approving other major and minor civil engineering projects in town, eg knocking down the old civil guard barracks to build a new town hall (what’s wrong with the current one?) under the guise of creating jobs. 

And this is all part of a charm offensive by mayor Lara to deflect attention from the many allegations of corruption against him; from his cynical abandonment of the party that elected him, the Partido Andalucista; and from the fact that five of his cabinet have recently resigned over his leadership style.

Oh, the chocolate moose?  It’s our nickname for the bronze statue of a stag that stands proudly on guard at the northern entrance to Ronda.



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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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