Mark Nolan's podcast

Mark Nolan's podcast

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. Schedule 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.


February 18, 2024 1 min
This week, ROADPOL, the European traffic police network, are holding a focussed campaign on vans, trucks and buses, checking everything from vehicle standards and compliance, and driver and documentation.
The campaign runs all week and through Sunday 25 February 2024, and will be taking place in most European countries.
In Spain, the DGT are supporting this campaign and so the Guardia Civil, assisted by Local Police in areas where ...
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A look at the week ahead to see what will be making the news headlines in Spain, the UK, Europe and beyond.

Also traffic update for the roads of Spain, and a few events to look forward to.

Dive into the latest episode of Mark Nolan's podcast as we gear up for another week of global headlines, starting from Monday, 19 February 2024. This week brings a quiet start in Europe with no significant macroeconomic references, but gears shift ...
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February 11, 2024 4 mins
A look at what will be making the news this week in Spain, the UK, and beyond, in a very spooky week for Spain, and a vary scary week (perhaps) for Rishi Sunak in the UK.

There could also be flight disruption between both countries. Listen in to find out why.

Oh, and of course, it is the week for lovers (immediataly followed by bargains on strawberries and chocolates).

Spooky Music by Ashot Danielyan from Pixabay.
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February 4, 2024 4 mins
There will be two big celebrations later this week, Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, and 112 day, in which we celebrate emergency services across Europe.

There´s lots going on in the business and statistics world, and in the UK, the economy will be under the spotlight, not expecting to grow, unlike in Europe, where heerally, it is.

This is The Week Ahead, from Monday 5 February 2024.
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February 2, 2024 14 mins
Across Europe, the week will close with data on industrial production in France, as well as registered unemployment in Spain.

Today in Spain, appointments will no longer be needed for public administration procedures in Spain, a convicted sexual assault perpetrator has his sentence reduced thanks to a higher than ordered compensation payment, a protest has been organised to call for fireworks in Madrid to be cancelled, and speed dat...
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February 1, 2024 10 mins
Today in Spain, Immigration Commission set up, court clarifies new 5-day family care leave plan, financial boost for small airports, sales boost for shopping centres, and cheap high-speed train tickets to the fallas in Valencia.

Around Europe today, inflation data and the final reading of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI will be published. At the same time, in the UK we will know the decision of the Bank of England, projecting that th...
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January 31, 2024 8 mins
Today in Spain we have a drugs distribution network shut down at Seville airport, a former PP councillor on trial for falsifying Covid certificates, a shop administrator facing prison for stealing 140,000 euro, two separate homophobic cases being heard by the court in Madrid, and Cabify may soon be able to increase their presence in the capital, or not.

Across Europe, France will publish its inflation and production price data....
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January 30, 2024 8 mins
Today in Spain we have an investment scammer in court, the cases against two different property managers in different parts of the country who kept money from the communities of owners are heard in court, and the members of a company that illegally broadcast foreign television channels in Spain are facing prison and millions in fines, plus, details of how self-employed and businesses will have to include a traceable QR code on invo...
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January 29, 2024 9 mins
In Spain today, the President applauds green and sustainable cities, tourism fair brings in more than expected visitors flying around the world to do so, small businesses to be recognised in an awards ceremony, and gambling money launderers are locked up by the Guardia Civil.

The week will begin with the absence of any relevant macroeconomic data anywhere. European President Ursula von der Leyen will be in Rome, Italy, participating...
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January 28, 2024 7 mins
Nicola Sturgeon appears at the Covid inquiry, as does Michael Gove, the murderers of Brianna Ghey will be revealed, we will discover inflation in Spain and retail sales figures, commemorations for Bloody Sunday and Brexit day and we are heading towards World Cancer Day, this is The Week Ahead from Monday 29 January 2024.
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In my latest delve into culinary expertise using an air fryer, I decided to try my hand at a classic, Cheese on Toast. I am, incidentally, not intending turning into an air fryer guru, nor is cooking with an air fryer or air fryer recipes going to take over my life, it is just something I am messing around with right now, so I feel compelled to share, because of how (perhaps unnecessarily) excited I am about it.
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January 26, 2024 15 mins
In Spain Today we have a plane joker accused of bomb threat by British security services acquitted, secret cigarette factory found by the Guardia Civil on a burglary call, airport parking for motorbikes is a thing, water levels increase again, albeit slightly, and a warning that some older television sets might not work in a matter of weeks.

The statistical week ends in Spain with the Labour Force Survey for the fourth quarter...
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Next time I have a brainwave I will share it with you beforehand, and then you can stop me! If I had done that last night, I might have avoided today’s air fryer disaster! Let this also be a warning.

Today, I have suffered my first ever air fryer disaster, trying to expand on the how to cook eggs in an air fryer sort of thing!

I shall continue to learn, but let my mistake be a warning!!!
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January 25, 2024 10 mins
In Spain Today, parents will give evidence in a teacher abuse case, two people are arrested for defrauding olive farmers, and the sexual behaviour of stealthing reaches court. On a lighter note, after centuries being ignored, an awards ceremony will finally recognise a particular group, and there has been a huge increase in drone licences issued in Spain.

Across Europe, today, we will find out the results on the IFO Survey in Germa...
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January 24, 2024 10 mins
Coming up in Spain Today, the FITUR tourism event starts in Madrid featuring 9,000 companies from the tourism sector, new European legislation will penalise those who pay invoices late, 2024 marks almond season set to start early resulting in more losses for farmers, and ceramics workers will hold a demonstration this evening.

A little reminder for those still eligible to vote in the European elections that time is running out to c...
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January 23, 2024 9 mins
In Spain Today, part of a major investigation into historic political corruption in the PP party in Valencia reaches court, meanwhile some historic taxation of the PP Government of Mariano Rajoy has been declared unconstitutional by the court, plus, an estate agent is on trial for pocketing the money for the purchase of a home given to him by an elderly woman, the devastating Murcia nightclub fire court case gets underway, and an a...
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January 22, 2024 9 mins
The week begins in Spain with the publication of the doubtful loan data for November, as well as the corporate turnover index for the same month. In addition, the debt and public deficit data for the eurozone for the third quarter will be known. Investors will be watching the one-year benchmark lending rate in China.

Also, in Spain today we have tourism figures and spending boosts, a woman who swindled 216,000 euro from a vulnerable...
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January 21, 2024 4 mins
In the UK, it´s a significant week in the history of the Labour Party, but as their current format is somewhat different to their roots, it may go without recognition.

In Spain, a fairly unenventful week is expected, although we will find out unemployment data at the end of the week.

Across the business world, important results for the likes of Netflix and Nokia are amongst the key reports we´re looking out for.

Remember, for daily u...
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January 19, 2024 13 mins
In Spain Today, some 30,000 hopefuls will sit medical training exams, a media company has been fined 30,000 euro for posting a video on Facebook, Opel cars are spreading in Spain, as is Aldi, the grocery chain, and the reservoirs are finally getting a little bit of a top up.

Across Europe, the week will end with the publication of the current account balance in the Eurozone and the trade balance of Spain. Likewise, the production pr...
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January 18, 2024 11 mins
In Spain Today we have some very positive figures released, including record-breaking transplants, and great news for workers, both in terms of the number of people now in work in Spain, and subsequently contributing to Social Security, but also good news for retired self-employed workers who want to retain control of their company, and still get a pension, well a court ruling says that now you can, although conditions apply.
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