Friday, 17 June 2011

Charlie and Ric

I was clearing out an old box of junk (anyone want to buy some pre-revolution Russian railway shares?) and came across this photo of Charlie Braun and Ric Davies. Charlie arrived in Mojácar in around 1969 after a brief career as a stunt-skier and later an actor in spaghetti westerns. He was German, although claimed Swiss nationality when confronted by my mother, and was born, he claimed, in Japan at the Second World War's end.
Ric originally came to the area, drafted in by the American Government after the events in Palomares in 1966 (a B52 crashed with four thermonuclear devices) when it was thought to be a good idea to build a desalination plant for the locals. Ric was the engineer but quit to start a new life as a layabout.
He took over the El Patio beach-bar and ran it for many years.
Both of them are dead now. We won't see their like again!


  1. Upon the news of Ric's death there was a wonderful get-together at El Patio. I took all my photos of Ric down to the Patio that day but have never had them returned. Is Bea still at Patio as she might have them still. Val Kerrigan

    1. She is still there - I have an old 'Patio' tee-shirt that I must give her one of these days (as Ric himself might have said 'when I get my shit together'...