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Gran Alacant News Issue no. 16

- Friday July 27th 2018

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Emergencies – 112 Fire Station – 085 Local Police (Gran Alacant) - 96 669 7749 Local Police (Santa Pola) - 96 541 11 03 Guardia Civil - 96 541 12 90 Red Cross – 96 541 69 36 Town Hall 96 669 77 49 Hidraqua - 900 210 100 Hidraqua (Leaks/Problems) 900 101 270 Iberdrola - 901 202 020 Airport - 96 691 9000 Library - 96 669 7110 Sports Centre - 96 667 8152 Health Centre - 96 691 2360 Health Centre Santa Pola - 96 691 5300 Tourist Office - 96 669 6052 SUMA - 96 529 2036 Taxis - 96 541 11 11 - 96 541 2525

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LOCAL WEATHER - Your fortnightly forecast

Your horoscope

GRAN ALACANT TOURIST TRAIN Timetable

(On the hour at the municipal centre half past the hour at Commercial Centre)

SUMMER 1st June - 15th september Every hour 10am until 2pm 4pm - 12am FROM 16/SEPTEMBER TO 15/OCTOBER Monday to Sundays 10:00h to 14:00h and from 16:00h to 22:00h FROM 16/OCTOBER TO 31/MARCH Tuesday to Saturday 11:00h to 14:00h

TOURISM IN 10 SPAIN The TOP Facts Figures Countries with&the Best Weather

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1 Greece 2 Spain than half of the total nights 3More Portugal spent by non-residents in the 4 Italy 5EU-28 Cypruswere spent in Spain, Italy, 6France New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 7 Australia 8 Brazil In 2016, Spain was the most 9 Malta common tourism destination in 10 Fiji

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million nights spent in tourist accommodation, or 22.2 % of the EU total. 62% of EU residents took part in tourism, making

1.2 billion trips.

June 27 July 28 July 29 July 30 July 31 July 1 August 2 August 3 August 4 August 5 August 6 August 7 August 8 August 9 August

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Rise 07:00 07:01 07:02 07:03 07:04 07:05 07:06 07:06 07:07 07:08 07:09 07:10 07:11 07:12

Set 21:15 21:14 21:13 21:12 21:11 21:10 21:09 21:08 21:07 21:06 21:05 21:04 21:03 21:02

Day length 14:14 14:12 14:11 14:09 14:07 14:05 14:03 14:01 14:00 13:58 13:56 13:54 13:52 13:50

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No service on Sundays or Mondays. FROM 01/APRIL TO 31/MAY Monday to Saturday 10:00h to 14:00h and from 16:00h to 20:00h

SUMMER BUS TIMES Weekends & Fiestas SANTA POLA - ALICANTE

Stop for annual maintenance From 07/January to 31/January.

Monday to Friday Santa Pola: 6.00am. 6.40. 7.15. 8.00. 8.30. 9.00. 9.40. 10.00.10.35. 11.00. 11.30. 12.00. 12.35. 13.00. 13.30. 14.20. 15.20. 16.00. 16.30.17.00. 17.30. 18.00. 18.30. 19.00. 19.30. 20.00. 20.30.21.30. 22.30.

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Gran Alacant: 6.05. 6.50. 7.25. 7.40. 8.05. 8.40. 9.40. 10.00. 10.25. 10.45. 11.10. 11.40. 11.5. 12.10. 12.45. 13.40. 14.30. 15.30. 16.15. 16.40.17.40. 18.00. 18.40. 19.10. 19.40. 20.40. 21.40. 22.40.

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Saturdays & Evening prayer: 18.00. Sundays & Fiestas 12.00. DUTY PHARMACY Monte De Santa Pola, 32 Urb. Don Pueblo Gran Alacant. Tel. 96 669 74 71 14 DAY FESTIVAL CALENDAR July 28: Institution Day (closures in Cantabria) July 29: Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, August 15: Assumption Day (religious festival; closures) Madrid

Weekends & Fiestas 7.35. 9.40. 11.40. 16.4. 18.40.

Tourism expenditure: highest spending by German residents Germans were the biggest EU spenders on international travel, totalling EUR 72.1 billion in 2017 The economic importance of international tourism can be measured by looking at the ratio of international travel receipts relative to GDP; these data are from balance of payments statistics and include business travel, as well as travel for pleasure. In 2016, the ratio of travel receipts to GDP was highest, among the EU Member States, in Croatia (18.6 %), Cyprus (13.7 %) and Malta (13.2 %), confirming the importance of tourism to these countries (see Table 3). In absolute terms, the highest international travel receipts in 2016 were recorded in Spain (EUR 54.7 billion), France (EUR 38.3 billion) and the United Kingdom (37.4 billion), followed by Italy (36.4 billion) and Germany (33.8 billion).

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GONE FISHING

Town hall conducts survey of the population to develop a plan to attract more companies or the link the fishing sector with tourism Improve the cultural commitment, link fishing to the tourist sector, increase industrial land, improve the transparency of the town hall or give more voice to the residents with decision making. These are some of the hundreds of challenges ahead of Santa Pola in the medium and long term. The seaside villa is taking note of its weaknesses and strengths to develop a strategic city plan for the future. The town hall, through the Local Development Agency, has completed the first phase of this plan with the presentation, two weeks ago, of the results found in the

various sectors. In the study, popular opinion has been noted through workshops and surveys of various people of all ages, also it was aimed at the staff and representatives of the town hall itself. The opinions of young people where perhaps surprising, for example, 34% believe they will not have job opportunities in this area and plan to leave the town, while the greatest concern for 69% of respondents is the lack of leisure and cultural facilities, which the majotity feel that there is insufficient of either. The study points out the main activity of Santa Pola, 77% of the companies belong to the services sector and the fishing activity has declined. It is thought that there could be a connection between tourism and the fishing sector, including converting Santa Pola port into a nautical industrial club to counteract the

+34 966 699 441 progressive abandonment of large vessels. The expansion of public land also enters as a challenge to get more companies onto the industrial estate, and to increase the amount of accommodation available. Also, another challenge would be to increase the number of residents registered, which currently stands at 31,137. The study warns, for example, that the population is slightly aging, surpassing the national average, with signs of continuing to decline due to economic recession and low birth rates. As for households, 55% of the homes are second homes, therefore people expect tourism to be seasonally adjusted and the population increases all year, not only in the high season. This diagnosis unifies the criteria of other plans such as the territorial strategy of the Valencian Community that seeks to connect ecosystems, renovation of coastal façades and better connections with nearby localities or between areas of the town such as Gran Alacant. As the local government has repeatedly stated, another of the challenges included in this report would be to achieve sustainable urban mobility, with the drafting of a plan for "pedestrianisation progressively and rationally", where it enters future projects. On municipal management, the study points out that municipal transparency is poorly developed and remains at only 8%, according to the 2015 data. However, some matter have already begun to be acheived, such as the development of a new web page that is more accessible or the inclusion of the transparency portal, although electronic administration has not yet been implemented to carry out paperwork from home, recently it has been ap proved for that facility to happen.

UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS AS GRAN ALACANT & SANTA POLA SHOW THE WAY

The number of unemployed in Santa Pola in June 2018 was 2,299 people, which means a decrease of 188 people, that is, a drop of 7.56% over the previous month and a decrease of 3,36% over the same month last year (June 2017), with a decline of 80 in the unemployed number. The decline in unemployment in Santa Pola has been much quicker than that of other towns. In 2018, we had a decrease of 391 people, which represented a drop of 14.54%, with decreases maintained since February 2018, where it fell 0.33%. Unemployment data for the month of June 2018 is the best for the last ten years, which is not bad news, but it must improve, considering the number of contracts that have not been made for workers. The decline in unemployment in the sector without defined economic activity has increased by 5.32% (10 people) followed by construction, agriculture and industry with 4.79%, 3.72% and 3.19% respectively, giving the largest drop in unemployment in services by almost 83%.


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Traders & Residents Not Happy with Pedestrianisation of Santa Pola

The People’s Party complains that it has already been a year since the “HUMANIZATION PLAN” was launched. The PP say it does not work after taking in the first measures that were adopted for the aforementioned Plan with the closure of the access road to González Vicens Avenue and the Santa Pola Glorieta and its adjacent streets, pedestrianising the entire centre of Santa Pola. As a direct consequence of the closure of streets, the staff of the Ministry of Defence had to change the direction of important streets in the town, among them, Almirante Antequera Street, Antina Street, Dean Llopez Street, etc. Also as a direct consequence of the closure of the streets, a significant number of parking spaces were lost. The Humanization Plan, say the PP, has been an act of imposition by the town hall, not consensual with the political groups of the opposition and, what is even more serious, without the previous

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technical reports necessary to carry out the project. They say the same is true with the ‘Urban Mobility Plan’, the economic impact study of the Plan on the existing commercial fabric in pedestrianised streets, etc. Which leads them to conclude that the “Plan of Humanisation has been rather an Improvisation Plan from the beginning and in an “order and command” manner led by the town hall of Santa Pola“. From the outset there was rejection on the part of two important groups in Santa Pola; On the one hand, the residents of the streets because they were denied access to their homes by car and the Association of Traders whose opinion regarding the Humanization Plan was not consulted. For the residents of the closed streets, the Mayor of Santa Pola, Doña Yolanda Seva Ruiz, already said in a meeting at the town hall that they were going to make Residents Cards for the month by September of 2017, however, to date the issuance of said cards still hasn’t happened.

For the last couple of years it has been getting worse, and especially this year my husband still hasn’t received his Father`s Day cards and they were sent in plenty of time, the same happened to Birthday cards. I also missed an important Hospital appointment in February, because the letter took 3 weeks to be delivered. We also spoke to a lady at our Postboxes who found a stack of letters just put in the bin along with the advertisement leaflets. My Birthday cards went up to Altomar 11, even though they were addressed to Altomar 1. Our family cannot believe we only get 2 to 3 deliveries a week, if we are lucky! It can only get worse when you see all the houses being built around us, and as mentioned in the article the Post Office hours have been reduced. Jan

La Marina Thief Caught in Santa Pola

Suspect thought to be responsible for several robberies inside vehicles in the La Marina area The Guardia Civil last week arrested a 30-year-old man of Romanian nationality, suspected of robbery in vehicles in which he steals valuables. Included were 9 charges of this type, 2 charges against road safety and a charge of theft. The beaches of Elche, specifically Playa del Pinet in the village of La Marina, were the place where he used to carry out his robberies. He ran away once when caught committing one of the crimes, but days later he was stopped following active monitoring by agents. The crook took advantage of the circumstances of the bathers who leave their parked cars while they go to the beach for a long time unattended, that is why every summer the citizen safety device from the Guardia Civil is reinforced throughout the coast, although not always listened to.

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Clubs & Associations Aircrew Association Costa Blanca Former and serving of the UK or Allied Armed Forces are very welcome to join this friendly organisation founded here in 1988. Details from the secretary on 96 640 4123 Alcoholics Anonymous Costa Blanca South 625 912 078 www. aa-costablanca.org ASPETGA We are the Pet Owners Association of Santa Pola and Gran Alacant. Together we´ll have more strength to defend our rights, to fulfill our responsibilities, to live in peaceful coexistence with our neighbours and to lobby for new projects. www.aspetga.es Costa Blanca Computer Club We meet regularly every Saturday from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Sierra Bernia School, Alicante. Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers The CBMW who get together twice a week to enjoy walking in the mountains of the Costa Blanca. Anyone is welcome to come along. Visit www.cbmwalkers.org for info. Crime Watch Spain (Vecinos Colaborando) We try to reduce crime and vandalism in our communities. We try to look after the citizens. We also teach Spanish. Email: colaborando.crimewatch@gmail.com K9 Animal Shelter If you have spare time we would love to hear from you. 600 845 420 - 610 852 726 M.A.B.S. CANCER SUPPORT We are here for you when you need us. Call Bob Clayrton 96 679 0775 or 699 894 183

Pets in Spain - Animal Rescue www.petsinspain.com - info@petsinspain. com Road Bike Riding Group in GA We are a small group who spend most of the winter here in Gran Alacant. If you are interested in joining one of our rides look us up on Facebook Gran Alacant Road Cyclist (bici Gran Alacant) Royal British Legion Gran Alacant Meets on the first Monday of the month at 6.00pm at La Taberna, next to Monte y Mar Bowls Club, Plaza Mayor. You do not need to be ex-services to join. Contact Brian 639 917 971 or Robin 96 669 5423. Email, granalacant.secretary@gmail.com Samaritans in Spain If you have something on your mind give us a call. Talk to us any time you like, in complete confidence. You don’t have to be suicidal to get in touch. 24 hour confidential telephone support line on Freephone: 900 525 100 - pat@samaritansinspain.com Walking Football Every Thursday. For more info: Barry at laneinspain@hotmail.com for start times, venue and weekly updates. If you live in the La Marina area, please remember that HELP Vega Baja works alongside Cruz Roja at their social centre in Calle Berna (number 6) on Tuesday mornings. This is in addition to our Helpdesk at the Hope Christian Centre (opposite the market site) on Thursday mornings. Our volunteers are there to offer advice and information on all aspects of living in Spain. As a charity our aim is support people, particularly at times of need. If you are experiencing a difficult time and need our help, please go along and talk with our volunteers or contact our San Miguel Centre on 966 723 733

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I Am a Killer

Type: Docuseries Release Date: August 3rd, 2018 A British production which will see several episodes featuring hour-long profiles of a different prisoner who has been convicted of murder. The series is a joint production between A+E in the United Kingdom and Netflix.

Flavors of Youth

Type: Movie Release Date: August 4th, 2018 Did you enjoy the anime movie ‘Your Name’? Then it’s likely Flavors of Youth will be right up your alley given it comes from the same

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Insatiable (Season 1)

Type: TV Series – Comedy Release Date: August 10th, 2018 Former Disney star Debby Ryan will be appearing in this all-new original comedy series called Insatiable. The season will consist of 13 brand new episodes and focus on Bob, a disgraced laywer who becomes a beauty pageant coach. The series also stars the likes of Christopher Gorham, Dallas Roberts, Alyssa Milano and Erinn Westbrook.

Disenchantment (Season 1)

Type: TV Series Release Date: August 17th, 2018 Matt Groening’s first major Netflix project is scheduled for its spectacular debut in August 2018. We haven’t got a trailer yet but from its artwork, it looks to contain the same humor and same art style as his previous two projects The Simpsons and Futurama.

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Though most will find it hard to believe, there are some people with UK Passports, living here in Spain, who voted for Brexit! That, in an era when unity has never been more important, and we should all be striving to get together, not split apart. So are you proud of that stance, alongside Nigel Garbage, er, sorry, Farage, lovely Boris, and now Trump, who has decided he likes Brexit (thinks it keeps out dirty foreigners) and the turncoat May woman, who was for ‘remain,’ remember? Just what advantages can Brexit bring? Keep the pound? You were doing that anyway, though just why, I can’t think. Keep out immigrants? Ha! If Britain had a Mediterranean coastline, just see if a bit of paper would stop them. And Trump (descended from immigrants, married to a recent one) can talk, eh? I doubt whether immigration can ever be halted, and, in any case, the growth of immigrant communities already residing in Britain is such that any further ingress is of little importance. It is worth remembering that in the USA’s population less than 1% is native American – the rest are immigrants! So is there anything else? Sovereignty? Nobody’s going to stop you singing ‘God Save the Queen,’ or waving flags around, even wearing silly hats at Ascot, but if somebody could stop those idiots jumping off balconies at Magaluf the ambulance crews would be grateful…

BUS COMPANY BAILE TAKEN OVER

The Autocares Baile company has been acquired by the Vectalia group. The family business in Santa Pola has always worked the main routes between the town itself and Alicante, Arenales del Sol, Gran Alacant, San Vicente del Raspeig, the airport and Agua Amarga. The El Altet and Elche routes, since the end of May, have belonged to the Subus Group of Transportation. The Arias family is behind Vectalia, the most important Argentine holding company in public transport for the area. With this operation, published in the Official Gazette of the Mercantile Register of Alicante, they will increase the current services they offer. The fleet of Vectalia is currently about 840 vehicles and has a presence in cities such as Albacete, Cáceres, Merida and Lorca as well as in the South of

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29th June 9pm Paul Harris Male singer 30th June 9pm Andy Winwood

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5 Biggest Myths About Men

See your man in a new light!

Myth #1: Guys Don’t Communicate Men like to talk—have you ever tried asking us the best way to get somewhere? But we often censor ourselves based on how we think women might react to a deeper honesty. So, there are times we just don’t bother. Myth #2: A Woman’s Looks Are Everything Non, nein, nope. A woman’s beauty is a thing to behold, and sometimes we can behold it at the wrong times (like when passing another woman on the pavement). But that’s just visual titillation. Myth #3: Men Don’t Take Things Personally This is certainly a myth we would like to believe about ourselves. Nothing fazes us; we’re breezy, easy, confident.

Yeah, right. The fact is that men take many things personally—the light teasing about our paunch, the less-than-stellar bedroom performance, the snide colleague at work—but the principles of masculinity prevent our admitting them.

Myth #4: Men Don’t Listen to Criticism It’s hard to argue that this one is a myth. But the reason men can be diva-like when it comes to criticism is because said criticism is rarely delivered in a way we understand. Women tend to talk around the problem, but it’s OK to get in our faces every now and then and just say what’s on your mind. Myth #5: Boys and Girls Are So Different Okay, so your son prefers horseplay and trucks, and your daughter likes dolls and playing dress-up. Who cares! The things that matter in life—whether your kids are ethical; whether they are kind to others; how they achieve self-fulfilment.

How many people actually believe in astrology? Astrology and horoscope columns are a familiar feature of tabloid newspapers, women’s magazines and the web. They claim, controversially for some, that there is a meaningful relationship between celestial and terrestrial events, especially human affairs. Astrology as we know it now, linking planets to the 12 zodiac signs in order to manage life on Earth, was devised in the Middle East and classical Greece between the fifth and first centuries BCE. It was largely transmitted to the 21st century via the Islamic world. These days, astrology arouses vilification from two corners. On one side are evangelical Christians who regard it as seriously misleading at best, and Satanic at worst. On the other, sceptics denounce the idea that our destiny may lie in the stars as fraudulent and even harmful. If such claims are true, it’s important to work out how many people believe in astrology, and why. The time is ripe for some serious investigation.

Meanings and belief Just how many people believe in astrology and why they still do – even when their own experiences prove otherwise – is a curiosity for many. But in order to answer these questions, we need to first develop more fluid categories of belief and disbelief. We cannot simply say that followers of astrology wholly believe in it, or that others completely disbelieve. It is a complex question, even for professional astrologers and researchers. Evidence suggests that over 90% of adults know their sun (zodiac) signs. Some surveys also indicate that well over half agree that the signs’ character descriptions are a good fit: Ariens are energetic, Taureans stubborn, and Scorpios secretive, for example. To find out what the most involved “believers” – that is, those who are dedicated followers or professionally involved in astrology – think, I distributed questionnaires to public groups and astrology conferences from 1998 to 2012. The

purpose of this recently published research was specifically to establish how many people believe in astrology, and why. Most published figures for belief in astrology are derived from Gallup polls taken in Britain, Canada and the US between 1975 and 1996 – to which around 25% of adults polled answered “yes” to questions such as “do you believe in horoscopes?”. We might expect that all practitioners and students of astrology would say they believe. However, when I put the question to delegates at a British Astrological Association conference, just 27% said “yes” – about the same as the general population. When I asked the astrologers who didn’t “believe” for their reasons, they replied that astrology is no more a matter of belief than television or music: it is real, so has nothing to do with belief. Or to put it another way, people only believe in things which don’t exist. Which is why public surveys on belief can come up with misleading results.


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The Glorius August 13th

- Friday July 27th 2018

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Life

Living

By Mandy Tams

Here it comes again, the day that at least 10% of the population of the world can celebrate. A day the rest of the population don’t care about and ignore. In the pc world, we are supposed to accept minorities and embrace them, but up to 90% do not even know of this celebration. What is it? A new religion? No, it is a date in August, not the glorious 12th that some may have heard of; the beginning of the grouse shooting season, get ready to duck, grouse they will be after you soon, but the day which follows; August the 13th, yes, International Left-Handers day. Meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences faced by left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and differences something most people, that is the right-handed population, never give a thought, to the struggles lefties, southpaws or sinistrals, whatever you want to call us It’s time to get some recognition for all we have to put up with, in a right-handed world. It shows off our strengths too, because we learn to adapt amidst biased designs like milk saucepans with one pouring lip on the left of the handle which means only right-handers can use it safely. Pens, scissors, corkscrews, and power tools, can be a trial too, even some jobs as I discovered when applying for a job as a guilder in a famous ceramic factory. They would not initially take lefties on; they do now…. At school, I was told I held hands with the devil and was repeatedly smacked for holding my ink pen in the WRONG hand and for smudging all of my work. On this day, the 13th, special events are usually set up around the world, such as designated ‘left-handed zones’ where righties are encouraged to use their non-dominant hand to perform simple tasks. These special areas might only include lefty tools and utensils in order to force people into finding out what it’s like being a southpaw in a right-handed world. Because let’s face it, sometimes it can be a proverbial pain in the ass! Celebrate Left Handed Day by showing that special left-handed person some recognition, love and attention if it’s you who are left-handed, then spend the day doing anything you want. After all, rules only apply to right-handed people, don’t they? And from the Left-Handers club, yes, there is one, I found this: This event; celebrated worldwide, and in the U.K. alone there were over 20 regional events to mark the day. These included left-v-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only, and nationwide “Lefty Zones” where the left-handers celebrated their creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess, whilst right-handers were encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment!

WHERE ARE YOU AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME..?

By Violet King

I don’t mean geographically, we’re all on the same planet, but we are all moving in different ways and the great thing in this world is not so much where we are, at any given moment in time, but in which direction we are moving.

In a previous article I have written I have mentioned that Life is a Gift….which is why it’s called The Present. Do we appreciate this gift? What are we doing with it? Do you realise that even a smile can alter circumstances, open doors and change lives? We have the opportunity every moment of our lives to make a difference……….starting with us, we can change the way we think about things, change our attitude towards things and therefore change the outcome. We are in control of our lives, and responsible for the results we get! Have you ever thought of that? You are in control right NOW! Your response to this article could be to put it down and forget it ….. YOUR choice, but you COULD decide that you were going to handle things differently and look forward to a different result in your life…again YOUR choice. Time is a wonderful thing. We take it for granted, but just consider this: You wake up each morning and you have 24 hours of life in your purse to spend…it is YOURS! You cannot get into debt, you cannot draw on the future, you can only spend the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow, it is kept safely for you. We shall never have any more time . We have, and have always had, all the time there is at any given moment….spend it well! I am speaking of course about those of us who are alive and well and who have every opportunity to climb out of any unhappy situation by making changes in their lives. Why can’t we start each day determined to make it more memorable than yesterday? If that seems hard or impractical then just remember that all of our life is a learning curve, and it has to start somewhere…why not today? Even if you feel uncomfortable making changes, remember that it is only by new experiences that we will make progress. I remember only too well being totally uncomfortable with certain things I have had to do in my training to be a Counsellor, but I had set my goal and I was determined to succeed. There were two ways to go, the right way, or the highway!!!! I’m glad I went through the mental and emotional pain of it all, because things are very clear to me now, and I understand where I was going wrong in life!! Just set yourself a test and just deal with ONE situation a day differently. Make a difference by enlarging your circle in life…whatever it is…and enjoying the results. Find out where you are at this moment in time and move forward to where you want to be!! Till the next time!

Left Handed Trivia. Lefties make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties) Draw figures facing to the right Recover from strokes faster More likely to pursue creative careers Of the eight most recent U.S Presidents, four have been left-handed Left-handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right-handed graduates On a QWERTY keyboard, there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, while only 187 are typed with the right hand. Bizarre Left Handed Statistics Some people are scared of left-handedness! Lefties adjust to seeing underwater quicker Lefties are less able to roll their tongue than a righty So give lefties a chance, walk in their shoes for one day, try something you would normally do as a right-hander but do it with your left. Thanks to Lloyds bank I still have a left handed cheque book which means I can fill the counterfoil in without breaking the back of the book to spread it out and fill it correctly.

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ENTERTAINMENT in GRAN ALACANT FRIDAY

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DOWN 1 Sailors’ dance (8) 2 Ultimate (5) 4 Small and dainty (6) 5 Pulsate (5) 6 Witty saying (7) 7 Savant (4) 8 Provide with garments (6) 13 Prompt (2,3,3) 15 Bleak, rigorous, austere (7) 17 Cosset (6) 18 Breathe out (6) 20 Tales (5) 22 Type of steak (1-4) 23 Covering for the wrist (4)

Across 1 Audio equipment (2-2) 3 Immaculate (8) 9 Curling lock of hair (7) 10 Regretting (5) 11 Aviator (5) 12 Herald’s tunic (6) 14 Twelfth sign of the zodiac (6)

16 Shrewdness (6) 19 Upper part of the windpipe (6) 21 Drainage channel (5) 24 Express in speech (5) 25 Taking everything into account (3,4) 26 Completed (8) 27 Period before Easter (4)

DOWN 1 Supplement to a will (7) 2 Digging tool (5) 3 Former (3-4) 4 Martial art (6) 5 Sum up (5) 6 Remote parts of Australia (7) 7 Long, pine (5) 13 Nonplussed (2,1,4) 15 Airman (7) 16 Scottish emblem (7) 17 Misgivings (6) 18 Wonderful (5) 19 Adversary (5) 21 Inert gas (5)

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1 Clergyman’s gown (7) 5 Spacious (5) 8 Male duck (5) 9 Type of biscuit (4,3) 10 Live together in harmony (7) 11 Unadorned (5) 12 Foliage (6) 14 Din (6)

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New Horizons Let me first introduce myself, my name is Luke and up until a few months ago, I was residing in the popular Urbanisation of Gran Alacant. Today I am living back home in the UK, spending some much needed time with family and friends before continuing on the next stage of my journey. My long term partner is still a resident in Spain, allowing me to reconnect with my Mother and Father at a difficult crossroads in their life. As an Expat, I have always been mindful that one day, I will have to return to the Country of my birth, as my parents grow older. I am using this time productively; working, volunteering and continuing to write, as I have done for a lifetime. In this column ‘Postcards From Britain,’ I want

to talk about life back home, the differences between Spain and the UK and changing attitudes as we move towards Brexit and a new European order. It felt strange returning to the UK, my flight arrived on a hot sunny afternoon at Southampton Airport. As I gingerly took my first steps on British soil, after three years away, everything felt alien, the smells different, the City I left behind, much smaller. Deep down, I was apprehensive about returning to the south coast; instantly I missed Gran Alacant, wondering what the hell I was doing ‘coming home!’ That was then and this is now; over the proceeding weeks I have settled back into British life pretty well and am thoroughly enjoying myself. The weather has been the biggest factor in

making the time here bearable. From day one, the sun has shone, hotter and longer than I can remember; the summer has been glorious, better than I could have ever expected. At times the sultry temperatures have been too much, with the humidity far higher than I have come to expect living on the Costa Blanca. Equally, on occasion the heat has been far stronger than that in Spain. Britain really does come into its own during the summer, it is a fantastic place to be; smiling faces, cheerful expressions, maybe a little too much skin on show and those lobster red tans that only the British seem to sport, but definitely a welcome break from the dark winter months. Whether hot or cold, the weather does give the British an excuse to moan, another pastime we excel at and a real sign I am home; It wouldn’t be the same

without a gripe or two! Not only are we in the middle of one of the best summers in living memory, but there has been a real sense of euphoria and excitement; a young English football team, took the World Cup by storm, grabbing the attention of a nation, uniting our divided population during a challenging period in our history. Despite our failure to reach the final, a positive, thankful Country feels great pride in what our lads have achieved, earning the respect of everyone who lives on these islands. Even me, someone who doesn’t follow football at all, feels proud at what these men accomplished; at times, whilst watching England play, I have also been swept along with the sea of emotion. It has been heart warming to see friends and foes alike come together in support of our national team. The ‘feel good’ factor is in abundance at the moment, it is a special time to be living here. Despite the difficulties of our impending departure from the European Union and the politics surrounding the logistics, the UK seems to be relishing in this current optimistic phase. Like everyone, I am looking forward to the months ahead. This may well only be a temporary stopover along the way for me, but conjecture suggests a meaningful, productive and memorable time ahead. I have never been one to pass an opportunity by, I welcome this adventure with open arms!

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Saturday Alcoy, Alicante, Almoradí, Benejuzar, Benejama, Benissa, Calpe, Castalla, Cocentaina, Elche (Plaza de la fruta, Plaza de Barcelona and Plaza de Sant Josep, Elda, LA MARINA, Novelda, Pinoso, Pedreguer, San Juan, San Vincente, Sax, SANTA POLA and Jálon (Rastro).

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CIVIL WAR TOUR

Guided tours of the aircraft shelters from the Civil War in Alicante Visiting hours for the Aircraft shelters Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 am. Saturdays at 12 noon and 5 pm. Sundays at 12 noon. In addition, extra visits are organized each month. Information on dates and times at 690 004 431/ cmemoriahdalicante@gmail.com Rates: 5€ General. 3€ Reduced price (under 18 years old – over 65 years old – groups of at least 20 people). Free for children under 6 years of age. Booking: Visits can be booked through the contact telephone number 690 004 431 or the following email address: cmemoriahdalicante@gmail.com For telephone reservations the recommended schedule is: From 10 am to 1.30 pm and from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Individual guided tours will be organized in groups of at least 10 people and require a previous reservation. For group visits, consult languages and other available timetables.

Tango and Milonga workshops outdoors in the Plaza de Gabriel Miró

WHEN: August 3, 2018 8.00pm WHERE: Gabriel Miro square, Alicante Gabriel Miró Square 03001 Alicante Spain COST: Free CONTACT: COUNCIL OF CULTURE OF ALICANTE 965149219 Every Friday of the month of August the fans of this musical genre will be able to learn tango and milonga in the Plaza Gabriel Miró. The workshops will be held on every Friday of the month of August. The Gabriel Miró square hosts the tenth edition of the Tango and Milonga Workshops where fans of this musical genre will be able to enjoy for the tenth consecutive year of outdoor evenings with exhibitions of the traditional Argentine milonga and tango , as well as performances by singers. The workshops will continue every Friday of August to the 31st.

Sunday Elche (Plaza del Raval handicrafts market), Elche Football Stadium, La Alguena, La Matanza, La Murada de los Vicentes, La Nucia (Rastro), Pedreguer (Rastro) and Torremanzanas.

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9.00pm Traditional Games 11.00pm Live Music with Black Night

Friday 27th 8.30pm Ronald McDonald 10.00pm Dance Life School of Dance 11.30pm Mobile Disco

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ishing out of the top four altogether, Liverpool, and not Chelsea, Tottenham or Manchester United, seemed the side most capable of denying Pep Guardiola’s side from retaining their crown next term. Comprehensive victories over City in the league and Champions League during the campaign only solidi-

fied that feeling, while their summer dealings has only reinforced it. Liverpool are on the verge of shattering the world record fee for a goalkeeper after agreeing a stunning £66m deal with Roma for long-term target Alisson. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has chased the 25-year-old for the best part of 12 months and Loris Karius’ horror display in last season’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, followed up by his howler against Tranmere in a pre-season friendly earlier this month, has only reiterated the need to go for broke for his signature. Chelsea and Madrid’s interest appeared to derail Liverpool’s momentum at one point, but the Merseyside club have made the decisive breakthrough in talks with Roma, raiding the Italian club for the second time in 12 months after signing Mohamed Salah from their Serie A counterparters last summer.

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