Category Archives: Spain

November 2017

HAPPY NOVEMBER!

Well you may notice my blogs really are not that active anymore.. Not just not having enough time nowadays its also the lack of wanting to actually sit behind a computer when the sun is roaring down! But now we hit November it is starting to cool down slightly in malaga.. although the days are still beach weather the nights and morning cools nicely. Ive been gigged out and been working from nerja right down the coast to san pedro / marbella.

The gigs have been varied from large hotels some seating 600+ to small bars that have 50-60 people in so its been great! Met some lovely people along the way! Looking forward to my xmas gigs which ive booked right through now which is good. Ive added quite a lot of new songs that broaden my music scope for places ive been playing. Also added a few new bits to my hardware for the gigs and shows, lights / pedals / stands and also added a dedicated phone which i use for live cam and also video and photo footage along the way.

Please visit my youtube channel for some of my new show videos! https://www.youtube.com/user/wayneward1972

Thank you for checking me out!

Technology changes ive added a note 8 which is a awesome phone and a massive addition and sound difference to the shows. Tech wise i dumped tablets and just use the PC for heavy coding and still use the old trusty dell xps ubuntu edition which today just loaded with fresh ubuntu 17.10 installs which is awesome!! Check this..

get your free copy here https://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/1710

Ive been that busy i really havent had time to use computers but im coding some sites our this week while it goes a bit quiet for a week. Business wise im selling beer with my company craft on the coast up and down the coast again which we are picking up some loose ends this week and pushing some beer into new bars. Computer wise ive dropped computer repairs and reinstalls totally and im just concentrating on websites. Ive also dropped IPTV and droid boxes as i found it more to be favors which no body really appreciated and ended up being just a loss of time like computers! I will still carry out remote work for my good existing customers though ūüėČ 

Its been nice to see the family and friends who have been to visit and i thank them from the bottom of my heart for coming to spend precious time with us. You all know who you are.

Ive set my recording gear back up and ready for doing some recording over the xmas period so ill post some fantastic new tracks for you to listen to and enjoy hopefully!

Got some new plans and projects for the new year with the music that ill be posting about in the new year!… watch this space.

Any way i finish my November blog and say peace and love to all. December is just around the corner so please get ready for the festive period and have a great time.

ps if you havent listened t o liam gallaghers new album GET IT – its top end and not a band song on it!! -check out china town and paper crown.. as you were….

 

 

a random check in! Hola!

 

a random check in! Hola!

Just a random check in! just to keep people entertained whats going on in my life! Well im nicely settled in our house in spain now – We have been working hard to get work both in selling beer and playing music. Dont get me wrong its not all easy its taken till now to get all the business and documentation thats required so its been hard and now we are just growing nicely. All the things people told me i could do i basically did! the old one about getting into the health system and the biggest joke > your house might get knocked down and all this is just one big fat joke! listed if you want to move to another country for what ever reason you have just do it, make sure you have a trade and not just wanting to bum of the state and make sure you do your homework and in my case years of ground work! Luckily enough we have good business and met some friends you couldn’t buy in the UK! We have had the good people we love visit us and we have big respect for them coming out of there way to see how we live and enjoy our company. Were lucky we have a nice little car and a lovely scooter for when we do actually need wheels.. Life changes out here and you don’t want to be using transport if you can help it let alone having to watch mountains of rubbish on the old TV because its to cold to do anything! People say do you miss the UK you look like your enjoying yourself!? im like are you kissing its well down the pan and has been for years, nothing going on, scruffy and all that as well as the country has no spine and is being taken right under there nose! I didnt like watching that happen so i said good bye to it all, which is hard being a english man.

Any way we have a new addition to the family… no we never bought a kid! ..meet fredo – out maltese

he is cool and such a lovely dog. but dont be fooled by this fur ball he is also known as the town nutter and wrecks balconies!!! This is him posing after his haircut in benalmadena!

Anyway ive been playing quite a lot of gigs out here and get quite established ive managed to cover from torremolinos right down to marbella so far! its been great added loads of new songs to my setup and ive just been added to a massive gig thats coming of in September in benalmadena auditorium  – look out for me on the coast i go out as GET BACK!! as per usual i do sixties / blues / beatles and rock and roll and getting quite well noticed! like any place they need something fresh and a lot of people like to see musicians loaded with guitars in there hands and also be able to use them!

Ive seen some dribble out here and ive seen some good but thats got to stay in my mind and thoughts you never seen this

I acquired a tc helicon harmony gt-x which i havent had time to use for the harmonies yet! but used the delays and revers and slap back delays which are awesome, ill get to use the harmony stuff soon im sure when i do my next acoustic session that includes using a PA! i also added a behringer 300 watt sub to my system (stage pass 600w) which has added a whole new dimension to the sound giving it that bottom end it requires !! BOOOOM!

Dont seem to do much with the computers much now – i dont see so many people using them out here but were in season so its to hot to be sat around key tapping see how this goes out of season im not that bothered to be honest i cant tell you the amount of idiots ive put up with over the past fifteen / twenty years with computers, real nutters! ha sad really but true.

So are there anythings i dont like about spain?

  • I was going to say it gets to hot but i cant really can i!? 
  • Mosquitos – i hate the bastards!
  • Cockroaches – im getting used to the oversized horrible things
  • People dont move out of the way when you walking down the street
  • People stand in the middle of the pavement blocking it chatting!

I cant complain the weather is stable (hot) the beach is good, the bars and beer and wine are just amazing, the places we travel to are simply amazing, all the people we have met are amazing, the gigs are amazing, the lifestyle is amazing its just amazing!! and its just festival after festival – music and more music !!!!!

Seeing the way the families are out here makes me wish i was born here! the children have great respect for there parents none of this favoritism going on just so laid back its nice to see what others have the privilege of enjoying and growing with there children and families properly like it should be. I give respect for this.

So if any of my UK people ever make malaga just pm me ill come and have that wine and a tapas or two.

Thank you for tuning in and reading about my life, don’t forget if people think you cant do something and they say you are in a bubble – just do it, if you want something bad enough you get it. 

Peace and love xx  Amor Malaga

 

jamming on the coast …

Been scouting around for that weekly jam, i used to run my own in the UK for quite a while now but the problem you got there is you get the muso who just likes music and is a good person then you get the other dregs who are just a liability and think the world owe them something – so its a lot easier to sink into other jams and loose the hassle! to be honest the people i been jamming with in spain are just happy and getting on with the jam i havent seen the drama and politics which is just up my street! So my first jam experience was pogs in fuengirola.

The location is good and venue is good but here in spain things start late like the jam kicks in at ten at night!! which is cool if you live in the town but if you like a drink which we tend to do when jamming then a taxi home can set you back 30 euros!! Now the band was pretty pro top notch musicians and to me tended to be more of a gig than a jam… the place was bouncing and the band was spot on, had a chat to the guys and they were all cool and didnt mind if i racked up next week with my amp and guitar and did a few. Now the drummer i went with did ask about 4 times if he could have a go and was told he could but never played so not so sure – but go and try and enjoy the night the place was bouncing!! No craft ale as such but the wheat beer is like amazing.

The second jam which was amazing but we had a little problem with the sat nav and ended up riding round a montain for two hours with a gibson strapped to my back on the scooter made this a bigger adventure than what we bargained for!! The place is a outside venue with bar and stage and the most amazing scenery is Asociaci√≥n “Ventorrillo El Cura” now this was like one of my jams! people just getting up and mixing and what a great day! the audience was great the place was buzzing and all the musos were just amazing. Really enjoyed jamming out some blues with these guys and the musician quality was top notch. These are the kind of guys i wanna jam with. 

The location is around 10 / 15 minutes from malaga – here is the map

 

ubuntu your making my life hard… but your not..

well landed in spain this time loaded with 2 x ubuntu bq phones> installed a vodafone UK sim and a spanish orange sim which is mundo works great for switching between phone networks.

Manchester

Hotel Рbrittania airport Р   rating very poor.

t hotel is a nightmare its dirty and we didnt get transfers and had to move the car into a pay car park. When i called up to dispute thet never called me back, never use this hotel it can not be trusted.

Gibralter

Hotel Asur campo, amazing hotel – great location – 5 minute walk to the gibralter border.

gibralterall ican say is fag stop and leg it..

Granada

Hotel Рjuan miguel   Р rating very good

graffiti granada, expensive parking, food and drinks although the juan miguel is a lovely hotel and great location. Make sure you book the alahmbra otherwise you will end up not being able to get in!!

Alca la real

Hotel РHostel rio de oro   Рrating very good

perfection with heritage

great prices, great location, plenty of amenities and tapas with all your drinks worked out the most cost effective place ive ever stayed in spain.

el parque is great location in the local park seemed to be the latest bar open, which was like 11.30/12pm

alaska is another great bar just off the park and has great beer and the tapas is one of the best and great friendly service used this place a lot.

Nerja

 Hotel РEl Barrio   Рrating very good

amazing apartments we had one which was more like a studio and had a balcony. Loved it. Best location.

Bamboo, food and service and views amazing will come back try prawns with garlic starter the best on the coast.

Fuengirola

Hotel – Hostal Los Corchos – not bad ūüôā

, took us ages to find this place – not bad 24hr reception and stayed on groud floor. Quite a way down at the end of the town but great rates and clean rooms.

 

spain links

Im going to build a directory of my favourite places in spain next week with places to visit, bars restaurants etc watch this space…

 

here is one to start with

Great place set in the mountains in spain in a village called competa.

http://www.museodelvinocompeta.com

peter pan adventuras competa excursions

http://www.peterpanaventuras.com/english-home/