New regulations for UK driving licences (excluding Northern Ireland)
From June 8 the UK two part driving licence will change. No longer will the paper part be valid and all convictions, classes of vehicle that may be driven and your penalty points record will now be held by the DVLC centrally. In some ways this is a welcome change and means you no longer need to carry that bulky paper part around in your wallet. However it may cause trouble when hiring a car abroad and at the present time there is no clear guidance as to what foreign hire companies will need or accept.
Before you travel abroad it will be prudent to ask the hire company what they need. The DVLC will allow you to look at your driving licence details online or even download a summary. There is also a facility to create an access code which is valid for 72 hours and this will allow a hire company to go online and check your details.
Go to the DVLC page “View your driving licence”
You can use this service to: view your driving record, create a licence check code to share your driving record with someone else, eg your employer or a car hire company
The check code will allow someone to see what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications, your name and the last 8 characters of your driving licence number. To get this information you will need your driving licence number, national insurance number and post code that is on the licence. Better to get this sorted out before you travel rather than stand in the car hire queue with your smart phone!
See also our blog entry regarding travelling to Cantueso from Malaga airport and our tips for avoiding those car hire queues.
During May guests at Cantueso are able to join in the village festivities in celebration of “San Isidro” an annual event lasting several days with lots of fun for all ages.
San Isidro Labrador is the patron saint of Periana and once a year the inhabitants celebrate a successful harvest with a procession through the streets taking several hours and after which the parties start.
The history of the procession is said to date back to a time when a there was a poor summer with little rain and a resultant low yield harvest. The local farmers paraded the statue of St Isidro though the fields and afterwards the harvest improved and subsequently the grateful villagers were inclined to give their weight in grain every year in thanks.
Villagers Donate Grain from their balcony (photo courtesy perianaypedanias.blogspot.com)
This is the basis of the procession which today stops under any balcony in the village displaying a decorated shawl or blanket, and the householders pour sacks of wheat into the waiting carriage below. The image of St Isidro, adorned with spikes and red and white carnations is specially constructed so that grain poured from above passes through a funnel into a hopper below. This hopper holds about 500 kilos of grain and when full is put into sacks which will eventually be sold and the proceeds used to defray the cost of future celebrations.
Years ago only the rich could afford to donate wheat (never any other grain) as many families only had enough for their own families, but nowadays many villagers are pleased to take part as a thanks for their families health and prosperity.
Stewards carrying the Staute around the village (photo courtesy perianaypedanias.blogspot.com)
The procession was previously in the control of four stewards and their wives always newly married and childless. However it now usually needs ten to fifteen stewards to carry the statue and it is they who control the day’s events and work throughout the year planning and organising.
The original statue of St Isidro was destroyed along with the church in the Periana earthquake of 1884 but subsequently replaced, and during the civil war it was hidden by a quick thinking villager and so survived those troubled times.
You can see the latest view of Periana and Lake Vinuela from the live webcam at Restaurante Cantueso or go to the main web site.
This year’s programme can be seen here: http://www.periana.es/es/noticias/paginaNoticia.html?pos=1&pag=1&query=