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  • The Week Ahead - 22 April 2024

    21 APR 2024 · This week is a significant one for celebrations in both England and Spain, although the Spanish version is somewhat more romantic, and it is also a week to be wary of lunatics (original meaning) and werewolves! We also have lots of business and financial reports this week, and statisticians are going to be busy working out what the countless reports of the week mean to us mere mortals.  Plus, we have a roundup of things to do and events coming up this week specifically of interest around the, and in the future and further afield, from music and culture to sports and spectacles. For regular updates and things to do, pick up The Leader newspaper out every Monday.
    10m 20s
  • The Week Ahead - 15 April 2024

    14 APR 2024 · There is a lot going on this week around the world, and we’re not even going to mention Donald Trump! Apart from Thursday, when nothing significant is planned. All this week, ROADPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, will be carrying out a speed awareness and enforcement campaign, focussing on one of the Fatal 4 most contributing factors in road traffic collisions. Let us have a look at The Week Ahead, day by day, then look at future events taking place around Spain in case you are looking for things to do. Read more on the website,
  • The Week Ahead - 08 April 2024

    7 APR 2024 · This is The Week Ahead, looking at what will be making the news this week in Spain, the UK, and Europe, in a week in which markets are subdued, with Spain observing several local holidays, including San Vicente de Ferrer. Germany will release February's industrial production and trade balance data, highlighting Europe's economic fragility. Spain and the US will sign a Social Security Agreement to facilitate worker mobility and economic activity. The UK and Europe face various financial announcements, with the ECB's meeting drawing investor focus. Expectations point to the ECB initiating policy easing in June. North America will experience a total solar eclipse, while Spain won't see a full eclipse until 2090. Notable corporate and economic updates include results from Delta Airlines, Tesco, and BBVA dividends. Spain will conclude the week with March CPI data and shareholder meetings for Ferrovial and Telefónica.
    10m 39s
  • N332 Update - Easter Traffic Phase 2

    28 MAR 2024 · Although the roads in many places are already busier than usual due to the Easter holidays, things are set to get even busier as we head towards the Easter weekend. Here, we have the breakdown on the busiest times in certain areas for each day. If you are travelling long distance, you should plan your journey in advance and then monitor the situation before you set off, avoiding the busiest times of possible. If you are travelling locally, the situation will still be busier than normal, and many of the drivers will not be as used to the road system as you are, so, again, allow more time for your journey, and be patient and considerate. Here is the traffic forecast for the roads of Spain for each day of the Easter holiday period.
    6m 28s
  • The Week Ahead - 25 March 2024

    24 MAR 2024 · This week is Easter week, one of the most important religious celebrations in Spain, and so there will be lots of themed activities surrounding that, but it also means a relatively quiet week in the world of business and the news from Spain. It’s not going to be so quiet on the roads however, so the, and we will have a varied holiday schedule depending where you are, but as we are based in the Torrevieja area, we will look at that in particular.
    9m 17s
  • The Origin of Father´s Day in Spain

    19 MAR 2024 · The 19th March is one of the most important days in the Spanish commemorative calendar, as it´s Father´s Day, and although the day does have religious roots, the history is actually more recent than most people realise, not stemming back to biblical times despite the day being celebrated on San Jose, St Joseph´s day, and what is more surprising to some is that the day was invented by a woman. Let us take a look at the history and the origin of Father´s Day in Spain.
    4m 40s
  • The Week Ahead - 18 March 2024

    17 MAR 2024 · This is The Week Ahead for Monday 18 March 2024, a week in which we celebrate Father´s Day in Spain, and in financial and business news inflation and labour costs will be the main focus. We are looking at what will be making the news in Spain, the UK, and Europe for the week ahead, as well as some events over the next few weeks offering something for everyone in Spain.
    8m 37s
  • The Week Ahead - 11 March 2024

    10 MAR 2024 · In The Week Ahead this week, the UK news will be dominated by Rwanda, and across Europe the current general financial situation. On the roads, there is an important focus campaign all this week, and a double focus next weekend, not forgetting that major road closure we mentioned in Torrevieja. Finally, we have a look at some of the events taking place, and a reminder that after this week we get three weeks with holiday days in most of Spain.
    7m 20s
  • The Week Ahead - 04 March 2024

    3 MAR 2024 · In The Week Ahead this week, the UK news will be dominated by the budget and Rwanda, and in Spain the unemployment figures and labour market will lead the week. I also have two very important announcements specifically for the area, one with details of a major road closure which is likely to cause chaos, and the second is an appeal for information about a Torrevieja resident, now sadly deceased. Finally, we have a look at some of the events taking place in various areas of Spain throughout March and beyond, including concerts, airshows, car shows, and more.
    13m 24s
  • Weekend Update - 1 March 2024

    1 MAR 2024 · Welcome to The Weekend Update with a look at a few up and coming events in Spain during March and the rest of spring, including this weekend, and we have the with a forecast of the road situation in Spain this weekend, and flight information looking at potential disruption. You can get daily updates by subscribing to the email, full details on the website,
    8m 34s

Hello and welcome to Mark Nolan's Podcast. This will come as no surprise to you but my name is Mark Nolan, and what I do is write Spanish news for...

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Hello and welcome to Mark Nolan's Podcast. This will come as no surprise to you but my name is Mark Nolan, and what I do is write Spanish news for English speakers, which is published in a number of websites and in print, I advise on Spanish Traffic Law as part of the N332 Road Safety Group, and, with a background in marketing, I work with companies to boost their brands. Oh, and I spent many years on radio!

All of that kind of comes together here, in an audio form, as Mark Nolan's Podcast.

So, what to expect. Each week I publish The SpanishVida Podcast, The Week Ahead, which is an advance overview of what is likely to be making the news headlines each week in Spain, the UK, and Europe, including markets, news, business and key dates. That usually comes out at a weekend, and you will find it here too.

We also have Spain Today, which brings you the latest daily news from across Spain, along with other useful information such as traffic and travel forecasts, and occasional weather reports, as well as a few local events around Torrevieja and either side, Guardamar del Segura and the Orihuela Costa.

I also do the N332 Podcast which is about driving in Spain and Spanish Traffic Law. I also answer your questions on that podcast too. The N332 Podcast is a monthly update.

Finally, I do an occasional generic podcast, as I am then able to talk about the formal podcasts mentioned, but in an unscripted way, and throw in my own comments about pretty much anything that comes to mind, including some of my favourite stories of the week, and talk based mostly around the topics I mentioned, as well as my own occasional thoughts and feelings.


Sunday 12:00 - The Week Ahead
Monday to Friday 08:00 - Spain Today
Last Saturday of the Month 12:00 - N332 Update

So, that's pretty much what I'm doing here. I'm glad you've come this far, and I am really pleased to have you along on this journey. If you would like to get in touch, you can email

If you want to read any of the news or articles then here are some of the websites I work on and will mention..

and where this little lot comes together.
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