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Female Fe male Focus Publications serving the English speaking community throughout the Costa Blanca since 1993

Inside this issue:Dragon's Den Star Deborah Meaden - Legal - Finance Five Minutes With Richard Armitage - Book Reviews Walk Your Way Well with Niamh O'Sheehan - Recipes Health & Beauty - Your Local Community News Stage Diary by Benny Davis - Your Horoscopes Club & Charity News - Properties - Local Business Classified Adverts - Puzzles brought to you by.... Spot the Logo ......... and so much more...


FOCUS ON health

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Specsavers Ópticas collect almost 400 kilos of food and essential items for those in need

Specsavers Ópticas stores have collected a total of 389 kilos of food, toiletries and household products to be donated to those in need in their communities. In Javea, the generous residents donated an incredible 120 kilos, filling 12 large boxes with donations. The nine stores on the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol and in Mallorca have got behind the Operation Kilo campaign and collected food during the months of November and December for Spain’s Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL). FESBAL operate throughout the country and have a network of 55 regional food banks where they collect and store donated food and essential items. These are then distributed via local charities and associations to ensure all donations reach vulnerable people in their local areas. The Specsavers Ópticas stores on the Costa Blanca collaborated with the food bank for the Alicante province (Banco de Alimentos Alicante) to ensure the food donations got to those people who really need them. The store directors were delighted with the response to the campaign and thanked their clients and local residents for supporting those less fortunate than themselves by bringing donations into the store. They were also happy to see that many people who brought in food donations also took advantage of the opportunity to have a free eye test and check their vision and eye health was good ahead of the Christmas holidays. Store director Mike Stone commented, “Despite terrible weather at the end of November and the beginning of December, the charitable residents of Javea braved the conditions and donated food and toiletries for this important cause and we’d like to thank them for their generosity throughout this campaign. Between our two stores in Javea and Calpe, we have managed to collect 170 kilos of much needed food and essential items, which have been donated to Banco de Alimentos Alicante to distribute to their users at the start of this year.” l Find out more about the important work the Spanish Federation of Food Banks is doing on their website www.fesbal.org. To find out more about Specsavers Ópticas, book an eye test and find your nearest store visit www.specsavers.es.

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FOCUS ON business

RECOMMENDED GARAGES

urther to my previous article last month, of why Jennifer Cunningham Insurances is special, I felt it was important to provide some more information. Our special Expat car policies with Liberty Seguros have further benefits, one of which is Recommended Garages.

To be a recommended garage for Liberty Seguros is a thorough and rigorous process, to ensure that the services offered are of the highest standard. What does this mean for the policy holder? If your car claim is opened by our Claims Administrator, you will be offered a choice of Liberty Seguros Recommended Garages in your area, in the first instance. These particular garages are far more beneficial for you, as you will be given preferential treatment and any work done will be guaranteed for two years. These garages can provide replacement vehicles, subject to availability and this can be arranged directly with the garage and your repairs booked to coincide with this availability. The garage will initially self-assess the repairs required, which will speed up the process of the works. However, for larger damages, an assessor will be required, as is normally the case, and this will be arranged by the garage, directly with Liberty Seguros. Your vehicle will be valeted at the end of the process and you have the option of a free general

check-up. As a Liberty customer, any private repairs can be arranged at a special discount. Obviously the garage for your repairs will always be your choice. But with all these benefits, why would you choose anywhere else? There are so many advantages of dealing with a specialist insurance company, for example rather than a bank and of course, at Jennifer Cunningham Insurances, I offer the services of a specialist Claims Administrator to make the process as smooth, easy and stress free as possible. Liberty Seguros Expat policies and Terms and Conditions are in various languages, including English, which also makes life much easier for you and are tailored for the Expat requirements and expectations. Expat policies are not just for car insurance, but for most of the insurance policies we provide. l For further information or a quotation, please contact one of my offices or visit the website www.jennifercunningham.net

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www.femalefocusonline.com With love in the air this month, and last month celebrating 30 years of being married, I am hoping to be showered with diamonds and pearls, both of which are supposed to be the gift for 30 years. When I mentioned this to hubby he said something about a diamond drill bit and pearls of wisdom.... Not quite what I had in mind but hey ho.

I am loving my new silicon covers, which you use instead of cling film, and mesh bags for using in the supermarkets for buying loose fruit and veg. I know a lot of you will be thinking 'big deal' but I heard someone say that it was better to have lots of people making a few changes than few people making dramatic changes and it inspired me to start make some changes. We hope you like the new look and the new items we are running this month we have features on Dragon's Den Star Deborah Meaden, Richard Armitage, and "The Only Way Is Essex" Charlie King as well as your favourites including health and beauty, home and garden, finance, forthcoming events, charity news etc, etc. Put the kettle on and enjoy... Lesley Congratulations to Helen Reseigh from Alcalali who won the competition last month, by spotting the logo on page 39. This month if you find the Curry on Cooking logo (not on this page, page 1 or the recipe page) you are in with a chance of winning a selection of curry kits which will be posted out to your house. Simply email editor@femalefocusonline.com with your name, address, phone number and the page you found the logo on. See inside for full competition details. Good luck. Pick up your next issue on 3 March. Deadlines: Editorial & Advertising - 12 noon - 17 February. Female Focus covering from Alicante North and the QF Focus Magazine covering the Alicante South region. To discuss your advertising needs with your local representative contact:-

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Five tips for protecting and growing

your investments

By James Johnson, Associate Partner, Blevins Franks

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areful planning plays a vital role in securing your financial security over the long term. Here are five key tips that can help.

1. Define your requirements: Your portfolio must be tailored for your specific circumstances and goals, with the right balance of risk/return for your peace of mind. While it is difficult to assess your own tolerance for risk, an experienced adviser can create an objective risk profile for you. 2. Establish your timeline: The longer you have to invest, the more risk you can generally afford to take. With time you can better ride out market volatility and benefit from compound returns. Make sure your investments are ‘liquid’ enough for you to access capital when required. 3. Insist on diversification: Spreading investments across asset classes, geographic regions and market sectors minimises risk by limiting your exposure to any one area. To take this further, choose an adviser who uses a ‘multi-manager’ approach to spread investments across several carefully selected fund managers. 4. Incorporate effective tax planning: Are your arrangements tailored for your life in Spain or are they better suited to a UK resident? Explore arrangements that shelter capital from tax, providing taxefficient income for you in Spain while protecting future heirs. You need to make sure you meet your tax liabilities in both Spain and the UK (or wherever you have assets). 5. Regularly review your strategy: Annual reviews help keep things on track if circumstances change and let you take advantage of new opportunities. With today’s Brexit and global political uncertainty, this is especially important to help control risk and encourage positive long-term returns. For the best results, take personalised, professional, cross-border advice to help protect and grow your wealth, not only during your lifetime but for the next generations. This article should not be construed as providing any personalised taxation or investment advice. Keep up to date on the financial issues that may affect you on the Blevins Franks news page at www.blevinsfranks.com.

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Chit Chat - Host Families Needed For This Summer

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hit Chat Summer Camp for children in Jávea is one of the most successful language summer schools in Spain. With 40 years’ experience organising summer camps, we are now recruiting more native English speaking Host Families.

Many of our host families enjoy hosting year after year, but new Host Families are also needed. If you live in Jávea, Benitachell, Gata, Moraira, Jesus Pobre or Pedreguer and you would like to earn some extra money in July and August, and are able to offer a caring and comfortable home to Spanish children - aged from 8 to 15 - for 2 weeks at a time, please call Helena on 650 426 677. Helena visits all new Host Families to get to know you a little and to discuss your preferences for the ages of the children to be hosted and whether you would prefer boys or girls. The children are at home with you overnight and go off to the Chit Chat school by bus for the day. They return about 5pm and are with you for the evening. On the weekend in the middle of their stay, the children go on an organised trip on the Saturday and are with you on the Sunday. The time that the children spend with you is an important part of their experience. This family time is used to get to know the students, to have the family evening meal together and to encourage the children to practice their English and participate in British family life. Chit Chat gives full support to the Host Families and different types of families are considered, families with or without children of their own and retired people. There is absolutely no need for the Host Family to be able to speak Spanish. If you are interested, please call Helena the local Supervisor for Chit Chat. CHIT CHAT. Tel: 965 795 197 or 650 426 677 Email: helena@chit-chat.es - Web: www.chit-chat.es

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New Year, new-build?

re you planning to buy an off-plan home in 2020? You’ll have lots of choice thanks to the surge in new developments along the Spanish Costas. While there are obvious benefits to buying a brand-new Spanish property, purchasing one requires careful research and appropriate legal protection. Here are 6 key things to consider… 1) Payment will be in stages so plan carefully. Off-plan buyers will first pay a reservation deposit, typically €5,000€6,000 (+ VAT), which reserves their chosen unit. Next, a sales contract will need to be signed, usually within 30 days of reserving the property and requiring the buyer to pay a deposit worth between 10% and 30% of the purchase value. After that, the amount and frequency of stage payments due until completion will vary depending on the development. High value properties, such as custom-built villas, usually require several stage payments. 2) When purchasing off-plan, all stage payments made by the buyer should by law be protected by a bank guarantee from the developer. This way, your money is safeguarded in the event of the developer going bankrupt or breaching the contract. Bank guarantees, which will be verified by your lawyer, should not be issued for a property that does not have the necessary planning permits. 3) Your off-plan contract should include a specified completion date with a 30 or 60-day rider, stating the property must be finished and delivered with all relevant paperwork in place, including Final Works Certificate and Certificate of Habitation. Your lawyer will check these things, as well as do thorough due diligence on the land ownership status and building/ planning permits of your chosen development, not forgetting the financial credibility of the developer. 4) Think about exchange rate movement. From start to finish, an off-plan purchase typically takes between 1

& 2 years. The exchange rate is constantly changing and over longer periods there is the possibility of it fluctuating significantly. This could affect the cost of your stage payments and final balance, which will be fixed in € but not in £. For peace of mind, consider forward purchasing all or some of your required €s through a currency specialist. 5) Spanish banks can provide mortgages for off-plan purchases but only once the property is completed and fully registered. Therefore, buyers must cover deposits and stage payments themselves. Buyers can get an approval in principle before completion or even signing an off-plan contract, but you should be prepared to update your application nearer the scheduled date of completion. Be aware that a mortgage will be based on the bank’s valuation at the point of completion, which may be different to the original purchase price that was agreed when the off-plan contract was signed. 6) On taking possession of your new property, make the developer aware of any faults or defects immediately – a process known as snagging. Examples could be windows or cupboards that don’t close properly, cracks in the new plaster, poorly fitted lights, problems with the plumbing or even mistakes with the interior layout. The developer should agree to rectify any issues within an agreed timeframe. l Sun Lawyers is experienced with helping foreign buyers

complete off-plan purchases successfully, providing all the necessary legal protection throughout the entire process right through to post-completion.

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Five minutes with...

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he makers of Safe are back with a new Netflix thriller in The Stranger. Lead actor Richard Armitage tells Gemma Dunn more.

INTRODUCE US TO YOUR CHARACTER AND YOUR ROLE WITHIN THE STORY

Richard Armitage as Adam Price - PA Photo/Netflix I play a character called Adam Price who's a successful lawyer, family man, a dad and a husband. They are a pretty aspirational family and their existence is happy. They are heavily scheduled with their lives and I feel like sometimes they pass like ships in the night but it's a good life, they function well and it's a very modern family. The household is balanced, and mum and dad take equal roles, they drive nice cars, have a beautiful house and then The Stranger sidles up to Adam at the football club and drops a bombshell on him. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE DRAMA? Everything was a surprise as the journey that this character goes on is full of trap-doors and dead-ends. He's completely blind to the situation. Also, the big reveal happens in one of the first scenes of the show and you think, 'Where do you go from here?' He receives this damning information and confronts his wife in the first 10 minutes. That interested me because it's usually the other way around, you get to the end and he finds out what's happened. WERE YOU FAMILIAR WITH HARLAN AND DANNY'S WORK AS WELL? Yes, I watched Safe, which Danny and Harlan wrote together, which I loved. I was aware of Harlan's work because I'm based in New York and Harlan is such a prolific writer both in the UK and America. The thing that I really like about Harlan's work is that it's always about a man or a woman who feels like you in an extraordinary and escalating situation. There were elements of Gone Girl in our story and I thought, 'Oh this is really thrilling, this is an ordinary life that under the surface has become extraordinary'. Female Fe male Focus February 2020

HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR THE ROLE? I pored through the book a number of times to extract as much detail as I could and then started to build a family photo album of their lives. Because the story happens in the first 10 PA/PA Wire/PA Images minutes, I had to build their life before the bombshell hit. The album was their lives and their achievements, the birth of their kids, the holidays they went on. Alongside this I usually create a sound track, so I've got a visual and an audible account of their lives. I built the background of the characters through that and I wrote a biography of how Adam and Corrine met. That found its way into a speech at the end of the story, so it was all connected to real events that I'd created and drawn on my own experiences to put in there. WHAT'S ADAM'S REACTION TO HIS ENCOUNTER WITH THE STRANGER? It was probably one of the most challenging scenes I've had because of its extraordinarily obscure flavour. If somebody comes up to you that you don't know and starts to tell you personal things about your life which are absurd, how do you react to it? What he doesn't know and doesn't show are the most interesting parts of the scene, and yet I had to receive what she was telling me. So, it's almost like being in a vacuum and he has to hear what she's saying and believe it but at the same time keep her at arm's length. We played with loads of different versions of the scene where he was very angry or completely mystified. He receives what she's telling him but it's not until later on at home when he starts to confront his wife that it's really sinking in. WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE SHOW? I hope they come with Adam on this detective journey because he's trying to get to the bottom of not what happened but what's happened to her. Initially you think it's going to be a big expose on what his wife has done, the lie that she's told etc. but it's not about that at all. It's about finding out where she's gone and why. I hope that the audience are sitting on the edge of their seats trying to find Corinne as much as Adam is.

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How would you react if your whole world was turned on its head in an instant? That's exactly what happens to Adam Price, a happily married father of two, whose charmed existence is rocked to the core after a shock revelation. Neftflix's The Stranger reunites the team behind hit series Safe, having been adapted by Danny Brocklehurst from the novel by Harlan Coben. Richard Armitage, 48, takes the lead in the psychological thriller. What else can The Hobbit actor tell us about the show?

AND FINALLY, WORKING WITH NETFLIX, DID YOU FEEL A SENSE OF CREATIVE FREEDOM? I do feel like certain networks have always had their brand identity, and actually it's a much more open field with Netflix; you never hear that thing of, 'We can't really do that because it's not a Netflix thing' - anything goes really, which feels much more fertile. It's just letting the content speak for it and being prepared to take on something unexpected. The Stranger launched on Netflix on Thursday 30 January.


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Find the perfect gift at EBLA Jewellers EBLA Jewellers is a long-established jewellery shop in the centre of Albir. Our friendly and experienced staff will help you find the beautiful jewels or watches you are looking for. We have a large amount of gold, silver and platinum pieces on offer. custom designs. Come in anytime for an assessment. We welcome all your questions and will work with you to come up with a solution to get your favourite jewellery ready to wear again. And if you have a watch that has stopped working, bring it in and we can check and if possible, repair it for you or replace the battery if needed.

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hether it is for yourself, a loved one or relative, we have gold and silver jewels and pieces from famous brands such as Pandora, Majorica, Salvatore and Luxeter. Also, we have a large variety of beautiful Swarovski crystal for sale. Visit us and see for yourself that with us you will certainly succeed to find what you are looking for. Besides the wonderful and unique jewellery, we also have a large variety of

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bespoke watches for men and women, from well-known brands for sale. Seiko, Bering, Police, Daniel Wellington and Icewatch are some of the brands we have in stock. Come by and let us know what you are looking for and we are sure you will never lose track of time again. When a piece of jewellery becomes a part of your life it is natural for the metal to wear down over time, prongs to become loose or chains stretch and break. That is why we offer repair for routine services or

Although you should never need an excuse to buy a gift for yourself or a loved one, don’t forget that it is Valentine’s Day this month and Mother’s Day next month.

Joyeria EBLA Tel: 966 86 60 57 Email: eblacb@yahoo.es Facebook: www.facebook.com/eblaalbir Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm, 4pm – 7.30 pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm, Sunday – closed.

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Walk Your Way Well

FOCUS ON Community

by Niamh O'Sheehan

very month I spend a few paragraphs talking to the lovely FF readers about the seemingly endless benefits you can reap by joining me in my favourite activity: Walking. Maybe you’ve taken heed or maybe you’ve rapidly flicked the page as soon as you see there is exertion involved. For the latter of you, I suggest you move along more swiftly than usual as this month I’m going to write about a local annual walking challenge that will scare the boots off the best of us; The Mirador Challenge. Still with me? Oh, I AM glad. Because I was exaggerating again as I sometimes dare to do. The Mirador Challenge is a medium-distance endurance walk of approximately 29 kilometres (yes, I did say TWENTY NINE) which links a network of 15 spectacular viewpoints located along the beautiful coastline of Jávea. It’s open to everyone aged between 16 and 116! This challenge is not easy, but it is certainly within the realm of possibility if you have some level of fitness combined with a good dose of determination. The first thing to know is that it is aimed at teams of FIVE so you’ll need to coax a few friends into joining you. It is recommended that you undertake some training (a couple of times a week) to ensure your muscles are somewhat acclimatised to what they are about to endure. If you live in the area you could tackle short sections of the route in advance to get accustomed to it. The teams begin at sunrise at the Granadella mirador and then pass along the coast in a northward direction to arrive at the last viewpoint of 'Els Molins'. This iconic windmill sits above the town of Jávea. It is an epic journey, and since it’s conception it has more than achieved its original aim to highlight the existence of these monumental and historic look-outs. There are two disciplines for taking part in the Mirador Challenge: The 'Sports' option is for those who want to test themselves by

covering the entire length of the challenge in the fastest time possible. The 'Leisure' option is for those who want to take it easy and enjoy the stunning views as they pass along the route. It’s also a truly wonderful day out with a best dressed prize and several of the teams fundraising for local charities. The sense of community and camaraderie is palpable. But don’t be fooled, so too is the competitive drive of some of the fitter teams. There are rules, regulations and guidelines available on the website www.javeamigos.com. But, the most important thing you’ll need to know is that you will have the experience of a lifetime. I shall be there with my “Blister Sisters” and hope to see many of you along the way. If you’d like to be involved, but don’t fancy actually walking, then there is much demand for volunteers to assist at checkpoints. The walkers love to hear your encouraging salutations along the route to keep their morale high. You are more important than a good pair of walking shoes! When is the next Mirador Challenge? The next edition of the Mirador Challenge is on Sunday 5 April. The event is limited to 30 teams and registration is on a first-come, first served basis. So, step up quickly! Email: mirador@javeamigos.com for more information.

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FOCUS ON You

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Why go to a nursing home when you can still

enjoy living in your own home? Do you or you partner find it difficult getting around, even at home?

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any people who are of a certain age, or live with a disability can find getting around, even at home, to be a challenge. This can be due to many factors such as poor access, narrow doors, steps, etc. On top of that, things like getting in and out of the bath, going to the toilet, and even getting in and out of bed can be a struggle. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

At this point, many people are reluctantly forced to look towards sheltered housing, or even nursing homes. They don’t want to leave their home but they feel they have no choice. It doesn’t have to be this way. Independent Living Spain (ILS) specialises in building alterations and the supply and installation of specialist equipment designed to help you live at home easily, often with minimal or no support, so you can continue to enjoy everything you love about living in your own home. Overhead and portable hoists can help you get around. Body slings can ease you into and out of your pool. Installing elevators, access ramps and stair lifts can give you access to all parts of your home. Kitchen adjustments can make counter tops lower. Automatic doors are self explanatory. Independent Living Spain can do it all. Independent Living Spain are an official supplier of Handi-Move, a well-respected company with decades of experience, giving ILS and you peace of mind and guaranteed quality. If required, Independent Living Spain, with their years of building and experience, can even go as far as to design and build a bespoke property with everything built in rather than added as an afterthought. If you’re interested to find out what Independent Living Spain, can do for you, and make your or your loved one’s life easier, call 96 574 4821 or visit their office in Moraira (by appointment please). You can email info@independentlivingsapin.es

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Facial care at ZEN SMILE SPA

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A daily routine that must not be overlooked.

aily tasks, work, and responsibilities can make us forget the basic care of our own skin. Too many times we go to bed without washing our faces leaving makeup or impurities on the skin leading to blemishes, milia and a general uneven skin tone.

Just as we brush our teeth every day for perfect dental health, we should be caring for our skin that is exposed daily to the sun, wind, cold, pollution etc... A tailored facial, every 2-3 months, together with a 5 minute cleansing routine and sun protection of SPF50, can make a big difference in the quality of skin tone and in preventing the early signs of aging and wrinkles. Now at Zen Smile Spa, we have a wide variety of facial treatments that will fit your personal skin’s needs and will leave it relaxed, refreshed and smooth. Whether you are prone to spots, suffer from dry skin or under-eye bags, or are in search of a rejuvenating facial, at Zen we cater for every skin type. 1) Deep Hydration. An intensive re-hydration facial for dry and lack lustre skin ideal for regeneration of sun beaten skin and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 2) Rejuvenating. Varying massage moves are applied to specific areas of the face to revitalise the skin tissues together with antiaging ingredients to leave you with a lasting rejuvenating effect. 3) T-Zone. This facial consists of deep-cleansing peeling and gentle massage which produce a matt, uniform skin which is clean and free of impurities. It acts by preventing acne spot formation and re-balances water and oil content in the skin. 4) Eye Contour. A very specific treatment for the delicate skin around the eyes. Gentle cleanse, delicate mask and pressure point massage to reduce wrinkles and under eye bags. 5) Micro-dermabrasion and deep cleansing involve skin purification and exfoliation to renew overall skin tone and texture followed by a calming-regenerating mask and final soothing massage. A wide variety of body massages are also available that will help you disconnect, relax and soothe pain and soreness brought on by stress, bad posture or general daily activity. l ZEN - SMILE - SPA, Calle Jorge Luis Borges 8, Jåvea. Telephone 96 579 3810.

CHANGE ONE THING Save on plastic waste by changing your liquid soap, shampoo and body washes to bars. With so many amazing shampoo & soap bars on the market you will be spoilt for choice.

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Bunions or HAV?

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he Bunion or Hallux Valgus is a deformity of the foot caused by a deviation of the first toe towards the middle axis of the foot and a deviation of the first metatarsal towards the outer edge of the foot accompanied by irregular bone growth in the first metatarsal head and articular incongruity of the metatarsophalangeal joint. This causes pain due to inflammation of the soft tissues of the area from constant friction against footwear and from the structural and mechanical alteration due to the bone deviation.

When is it recommended to operate on bunions? It is recommended to operate on bunions when they are painful, when osteoarthritis appears or the structural deformity affects walking correctly which in turn affects other levels of the locomotor system. It is also advisable to perform surgery in cases in which as a result of the bunion, the toes are deforming like when the second toe appears hammer-like. When a patient wishes to undergo an operation a professional should study each case individually, taking into account the age, health status, lifestyle ... etc. At Portalet Clinic, we will explain in detail and alleviate any worries without compromise. What type of technique is carried out at Clinica Podológica Portalet? We perform minimum incision surgery. As its name suggests, it is done using minimal skin incisions, usually 2 to 4mm. Through these millimetric incisions we can reach the soft tissues and bone, without causing injury to the adjacent tissues. Advantages of Minimal Incision Surgery: - Immediate recovery as the procedure is minimal. - The patient walks away with a post-surgical shoe without crutches or help. - After just 48 hours the patient can continue life as normal. - Almost painless.

Suffering with Bunions?

- No fixing bolts or needles used. One of the drawbacks of open surgery is the use of fixing materials, with Minimal Incision Surgery fixations are not necessary as the soft tissues themselves, which we have respected, the joint capsule and a light dressing are responsible for this. - Local anesthetic, only affecting the foot, so the dose used is less. - No hemostasia (restriction of blood flow). As the size of the incision is so small, there is little bleeding so there is no need for a tourniquet, thus avoiding all risks of cutting blood flow. - Less risk of infection. The small size of the incisions also decreases the risk of infection. - Barely visible scaring. CLÍNICA PODOLÓGICA PORTALET Experts in foot surgery - Bunions - Hammertoes - Calcaneal Spur - Helomas (Corn) Etc. Other treatments available at our centre:- Removal of corns and calluses - Ingrown toenails - Removal of warts and fungi - Computerised study of the foot and footsteps - Made to measure orthopedic soles - Treatment for Diabetic Foot. C / Portalet 9, 1st floor G, entrance through the Serrella building in front of Mercadona, Calpe (centre). Telephone: 96 583 5245, email: info@calpepodologos.es or visit: www.calpepodologos.es l

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n i t t e d Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. We're looking for experienced knitters who can give their time to help us knit these to donate to our ladies who may need them. If you can help please get in touch: For more information please call Annette: 616 871 952 or email: info.spanishknockers@gmail.com.


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CHARLIE'S STORY

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ormer star of hit show "The Only Way Is Essex" Charlie King, called Samaritans in 2011 when he was struggling with the demands of a highly stressful job, and the pressure to behave in a certain way:

“I grew up with my mum and sisters, dad wasn’t around so I didn’t really have a male role model. I knew I wasn’t really like a typical boy. Rugby and football didn’t appeal to me, I was more interested in singing and dancing and I never really had a proper girlfriend. My mum has a successful business, and from a young age I was thrust into a business world, I felt under pressure to do well and had to live up to high expectations. I worked non-stop, and became obsessive about the restaurant – I wouldn’t share responsibilities, and had to be there every waking hour. I was highly stressed and struggled with anxiety. I felt I had no purpose, I was lonely. I started to get really depressed. I had no male friends, or a girlfriend. I remember walking my dog, and my head feeling like it was going to explode. I reached the point where I felt I couldn’t go on, like there was no point in my existence. My family didn’t know what to do or say. This was when I first called Samaritans. Speaking to them really helped me to put my thoughts in order and gave me the reassurance I needed that everything would be OK. I called six or seven times in total. I also sought help through my GP, and joined a gym. Doing regular exercise gave me something to focus on. All these events made me realise I needed to become more open and let people into my life. I wish I had realised it is OK to be different, that I didn’t have to conform to a certain stereotype of how a man should be. I also realised the importance of living your life. Work isn’t significant in the bigger picture of things. I wish I’d talked about my problems at a much earlier stage. I realise that if I had spoken to someone I probably wouldn’t have got to the point where I was considering suicide. If I hadn’t called Samaritans, I honestly don’t know where I’d be today. I have my life to thank them for.” Should you identify with any of these issues and want to talk to someone in complete confidence then why not give us a call. We are SAMARITANS IN SPAIN – You Talk We Listen. Phone 900 525 100. Email pat@samaritansinspain.com or send a message to 634 325 906 to organise a WhatsApp call.

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in Denia by Natasha Marson Local artist Natasha Marson presents her new series of Landscape Paintings called "Travelling Light" at the Casa de Cultura of Denia. The exhibition will be held from 6 February until 22 February. The inauguration is on 6 February at 19:00 in the Sala Grande on the first floor at Casa de Cultura of Denia, Plaza Jaime 1, s/n, Denia. The gallery is open from Monday - Friday , 11:00 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 21:00.

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Cosmetic Surgery for the Roaring 2020s

any of us want to put our best face forward, believing that appearance is the key to success in life, love and work. So what predictions can be made for this new decade? Will the roaring 1920s repeat themselves one hundred years on?

Improving confidence levels One of the biggest advantages of cosmetic surgery is enhancing one’s appearance. For some, modifying a specific physical feature via cosmetic surgery can be a game changer, which increases confidence levels and self-image. Improving a person’s physical appearance can be the boost needed to see themselves differently, change the attitudes that govern their lives and feel more accepted. And if a common medical procedure is all it takes, then why not do it? Providing significant health benefits to a suffering population In some cases, cosmetic surgery can improve a person’s health. A person suffering from chronic congestion due to a deviated septum can undergo rhinoplasty (a nose job) and breathe freely at last. A heavily endowed woman experiencing regular pain as a result of the extra pressure on her back and shoulders can have a breast reduction. With cosmetic surgery, skin cancer can be removed and open wounds can be closed. Helping people gain a competitive edge There is an increasing pressure to look younger and more attractive to better compete in the working world.

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This is related to the Halo Effect, a cognitive bias that most people harbour, inducing them to connect positive personality traits with physical attractiveness and provide these people with better opportunities. The trend of going under the knife in the hopes of looking younger and remaining relevant at work is on the rise. In fact, in a study formulated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 73% believed that appearance and youthful looks are critical for getting hired, a promotion, or acquiring new clients. If this is truly the case, then cosmetic surgery isn’t a folly, it’s a true competitive advantage. The Bottom Line: Some say that cosmetic surgery is simply a Band-Aid solution, and that changing an aspect of a person’s appearance does not solve the problem at its root. Maybe they are right. Certainly Cosmetic Surgery is not something ever to be rushed into. So regardless of what's trending in the decade ahead, be sure to consult a reputable and experienced medical practitioner. Here on the Costa Blanca we have Dr Ignacio Poole who is a specialist Surgeon with a Master in Aesthetic Surgery. He is also a certified family doctor / GP. If there is anything about your appearance that bothers you, then before rushing into things go and meet with him to explore what medical or aesthetic solutions may be available. Your first consultative visit is completely free. l Clinica El Arenal, Av Arenal 2, Jávea. Telephone 865 525 304, Mon-Fri 10.30am to 1.30pm. Email: clinicaarenal@gmail.com


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Protect your teeth from acid erosion id you know that there is only one thing that actually harms teeth …and that is ACID which softens and dissolves tooth enamel? Plaque, if you don´t clean it off irritates and infects the gums since it contains constantly growing bacteria.

This acid either comes directly from food and drinks, or from dental caries where acid is formed by the action of oral bacteria on dietary sugar. Food in itself does not harm teeth! If you have frequent sugar attacks on your teeth, then the bacteria in your mouth are constantly producing acid which dissolves enamel and that way creates cavities that themselves become full of bacteria. This is why you should limit sugar frequency ideally to mealtimes and not between meals. Sugar is the enemy for teeth and for health, and so should be in moderation. Acid erosion foods These are foods that have a ph below 7 (1 being the strongest) such as lemons and limes. Don’t brush your teeth after eating them, if you do you will multiply the enamel damage by 10,000 times and make teeth very sensitive. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes and similarly common fruit items are as acidic as they are healthy, even when diluted with water. However, these products aren't the only foods out there known for their low pH level. Others include:• Pickles, and vinegar in dressings • Most fruits • Tomato products (pasta sauce, ketchup, salsa, hot sauce) • Coffee • Wines and fruit teas, cider Why acid causes damage… Acid dissolves the surface and softens tooth enamel, some is dissolved into the mouth- at this point, if you brush your teeth you will scratch off lots more enamel making the tooth thinner. If you don’t touch it then the saliva will repair most of it with calciumthis is one function of saliva – repairing acid attacks. Eroded teeth are thinner and often discoloured and the yellow dentine shines through from below. How to Lessen Dental Erosion / thinning of tooth enamel Try eating any acidic foods alongside foods that have a higher pH level, and are therefore low in acidity. Some of these foods include nuts, cheese, oatmeal, mangos, melons, bananas, eggs, vegetables, brown rice and whole grains. See your dentist yearly for checking and cleaning, dental erosion can be spotted in its early stages and advanced erosion, where the teeth are thinner and chipping, can be fixed with composite resins. Use a fluoride toothpaste, which strengthens enamel and brush twice a day maximum – your main clean before breakfast in the morning. NEVER brush after acidic food or drink - wait several hours. If your teeth are thin and chipped or looking scruffy then book in for a consultation to find out what can be done to restore and strengthen your teeth.

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It could be arthritis. What is osteoarthritis and what can be done for it?

steoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the knee. It is a degenerative, "wear-and-tear" type of arthritis that occurs most often in people 50 years of age and older, but may occur in younger people, too. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears away. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the protective space between the bones decreases. This can result in bone rubbing on bone and produce painful bone spurs. A knee joint affected by arthritis may be painful and inflamed. Generally, the pain develops gradually over time, although sudden onset is also possible. There are other symptoms, as well: • The joint may become stiff and swollen, making it difficult to bend and straighten the knee. • Pain and swelling may be worse in the morning, or after sitting or resting. • Vigorous activity may cause pain to flare up. • Loose fragments of cartilage and other tissue can interfere with the smooth motion of joints. The knee may "lock" or "stick" during movement. It may creak, click, snap or make a grinding noise (crepitus). • Pain may cause a feeling of weakness or buckling in the knee. • Many people with arthritis note increased joint pain with rainy weather. If you are not sure if this fits your description of pain, you can call an osteopath for an appointment to get an accurate diagnose to establish if it is arthritis or a simple muscle strain or tendon issue or meniscal problems. Then treatment can be done to manage the pain. Osteopathic Treatment and exercise advice can reduce arthritic pain and avoid or delay any operations. l Denia Osteopath, Heidi Tryland. C/Marques de Campo 60, 2nd floor, Door 15, Bell 315, Denia. Email: heiditryland@yahoo.co.uk, website: www.deniaosteopath.com

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The month to love, be loved and to practice some self-love & work on your WELLBEING!

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ebruary has arrived and our focus is on a passion for Wellbeing! GM Promotions, the Costa’s Nº1 Exhibition organisers are passionate about our events, working in the community delivering informative events and the next one is now taking shape!….

The Wellbeing Health Beauty & LIFESTYLE Expo, is proving to be just as loved and as popular as our Homes Gardens & Lifestyle events. As we add energy to creating feature attractions, compile informative daily talks and demo schedules, tantalise taste buds with the cooking demos and tasters, invite over 60 top quality exhibitors showcasing their products and services, with many providing the opportunity to try treatments and taster sessions during the expo, we are bringing it all together for a fabulous FREE to enter two day event! Save the dates Friday 8 & Saturday 9 May for our 3rd edition of The WELLBEING EXPO at the Parador Hotel, Jávea. This spring we have the beautiful, tranquil and spiritual setting on the Jávea Arenal overlooking the Mediterranean. Put the dates in your diary to join us for inspiration, information, motivation, and a journey of discovery to help improve YOUR wellbeing. We will be covering the A – Z of wellness with categories such as: general and medical health care, mainstream, alternative, spiritual, eco/planet-friendly, holistic, aesthetic,

cosmetic, fashion, sport & fitness, leisure activities, travel, food & drink, art, soft furnishings & outdoor living related products and services. Something for everyone to enjoy. If you are in any of the relevant categories and would like to be part of our next event, contact us for full Expo details. We are now calling all restaurants who would like to promote their venues and summer menus, for opportunities to join us and be part of the expo’s feature attraction The TAPAS TRAIL! A great platform to promote your venue/ menus/ catering classes, etc to our visitors in this popular feature attraction, we also have two places available to feature in our cooking demos to wow and inspire our visitors. To be part of the WELLBEING Expo, exhibiting with a stand, presenting a talk or demo/ workshop, cooking demo or being involved in our healthy Expo food feature attractions email gina@gmpromotions.es, phone 695 399 841 or contact us via www.gmpromotions.es for more information. We will keep you up to date with our progress in the Female Focus publications, and on www.gmpromotions.es. You can also like our FB page 'Health Beauty & Lifestyle Show' and see who will be exhibiting, speaking, cooking and giving away FREE Prizes!

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What to do if you have a Nosebleed

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cky and sometimes scary, nosebleeds are not usually a sign of anything serious. They're common, particularly in children, and most can be easily treated. But confusion can reign when someone has a sudden nosebleed. What do you do to stop it? Very recently a friend of ours had one in a busy bar, and many suggestions were made by the patrons in the bar, all wellmeaning, but some of them completely ineffective.

The inside of the nose is delicate and nosebleeds happen when it's damaged. This is usually caused by: • picking your nose • blowing your nose too hard • the inside of your nose being too dry (because of a change in air temperature) But sometimes nosebleeds that need medical attention can come from deeper inside the nose and usually affect adults. They can be caused by: • an injury or broken nose • high blood pressure • conditions that affect the blood vessels or how the blood clots • certain medicines, like warfarin • and sometimes the cause of a nosebleed is completely unknown. Certain people are more prone to getting nosebleeds, including children (they usually grow out of them by 11), elderly people and pregnant women. Here, according to the UK NHS is what you should do: • keep calm. Bloody noses can be scary, but they are rarely dangerous. • sit or stand upright. Do not tilt your head back or lie flat. This may cause you to choke on blood.

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• pinch your nose just above your nostrils for 10 to 15 minutes. Use a clock to keep track of time and try to resist the urge to peek after a few minutes to see if your nose has stopped bleeding. • lean forward and breathe through your mouth • if you have one available, place an icepack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) at the top of your nose • skip foreign objects. Do not pack the nose with tissues or other household items like tampons. This can make the bleeding worse. Seek immediate medical attention if: • your nosebleed lasts longer than 10 to 15 minutes • the bleeding seems excessive • you are swallowing a large amount of blood that makes you vomit • the bleeding started after a blow to your head • you are feeling weak, dizzy or having difficulty breathing After a nosebleed stops, for 24 hours try not to: • blow your nose • pick your nose • drink hot drinks or alcohol • do any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise • pick any scabs

For peace of mind for you and your family, membership of the ASOCIACION AMIGOS EUROPEOS DE JAVEA is just €55 for a whole year for the whole family. Our ambulances are akin to Mobile Intensive Care Units and can mean the difference between life and death. We cover almost all of Costa Blanca North and will come straight to you wherever you are. To join telephone Laure Bolufer (Registration Manager) 10am to 1pm every weekday. Avenida Juan Carlos 1, No 69, 03730 Jávea. Telephone 96 579 6099 (24hr). Email: amigos_europeos@yahoo.es.

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Besan ki Barfi - Chickpea Fudge

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his vegan chickpea fudge showcases the earthy nutty flavour of besan flour; the barfi has an almost peanut butter taste. Gram flour is sautéed on a low heat combined with sugar syrup to make this mouth watering treat. The trick is to ensure the flour is fully cooked until it turns a golden colour and imparts a lovely nutty aroma. Ingredients 200g gram flour 100ml coconut oil

100g sugar 150ml water 14 blanched almonds

Makes: 14-16 Recipe Line an 8inch x 5inch (12x21cm) loaf tin. In a heavy bottomed saucepan heat the oil until medium hot. Take of the heat and tip in the gram flour and mix until the flour is fully coated with the oil. Place the pan on a low to medium heat; stir the mixture for about 25 minutes. Keep moving the mixture otherwise it will catch and burn. The flour will go through several stages once the oil begins to ooze out of the mixture and turn a golden colour, remove from the heat and set aside. In another saucepan boil the sugar and water for 8 minutes. Gradually add the syrup to the besan mixture – mix well until lump free. Pour the mixture into the greased tin, spread out and stud the blanched almonds on top. Leave to set for 40 minutes. Once cool cut into squares and serve. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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Did you know? The tradition of 29 Feb being the day that a woman can ask for a man's hand in marriage comes from the tradition of Bachelor's Day, which is an Irish tradition on Leap Day (29 Feb) allowing women to initiate dances and propose marriage. If the proposal was refused the man was expected to buy the woman a silk gown or, by the mid-20th century, a fur coat. The tradition is supposed to originate from a deal that Saint Bridget struck with Saint Patrick. Female Fe male Focus February 2020


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ARIES By not wanting to miss out on something you are stalling making a decision, which might make you miss out on much more. Weigh up your odds and decide before it is too late. With love in the air this month you are finding it hard to feel completely happy. Sort it out before it becomes a bigger issue. TAURUS It is so much more fun doing things with others instead of on your own and you are really lucky to have people around you. Be careful though as it seems someone is trying to undermine your friendships. GEMINI You appear to be flitting between one thing and another randomly, but it is far from that. Soon all will come together and the chaos will sort itself out once again. CANCER A quick fix is not going to help this time as it is a deep wound that needs time and patience. Go slowly and all will be fine, but don't ignore it or it will fester. LEO You are an open book when it comes to feelings and some may see it as attention seeking. Be a bit more guarded unless you are with your nearest and dearest. VIRGO It is time to start using reason as much in your decision making as emotion. This will give you a new perspective on a lot of things you have going on at the moment and will help you find some solid answers once and for all.

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LIBRA In your constant pursuit of your goals you can become a little selfish and even a bit childish in your attitude. Temper tantrums if you don't get your own way are not a good reaction. By letting go of a past hurt, you finally free yourself to move forward in love. SCORPIO After letting certain aspects in your life slide a little recently, it is time to get things firmly back on track. The feeling of achievement, once you do, will give you the boost to meet a challenge you come up against without any hesitation. SAGITTARIUS Some day dreaming never hurts and right now can actually bring some new ideas to light. Don't ignore the reality of every day stuff, even though it is a bit monotonous, it needs to be done. CAPRICORN Although it seems you are the only one who cares at times, there really are a lot of people fighting the same fight. Maybe slowing down and connecting with them will make it easier for you all. AQUARIUS When giving advice make sure you do not overstep the mark. Showing your true self is a bit scary, but you seem to have found someone with whom you can really let down your guard. PISCES You are at conflict with your gut feeling which is unusual. Don't make any rash decisions or let down your guard until you are convinced one way or the other how this is going to play out. Spend some time alone weighing it all up.


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o be honest, most ladies know how to take care of our feet and enjoy a professional pedicure from time to time. But what about our menfolk?

A lot of men keep their feet hidden away and often for good reason. So instead of waiting for summer, let’s start on the road to good foot health now so any undesirable conditions can be treated before the sandal season. Pedicures aren’t about getting some polish on your toes. They’re about having healthy feet. Often our poor feet are exhausted, sweaty, rough, scaly, and stinky, with overgrown or over trimmed toenails. A pedicure will thoroughly clean the area underneath your toenails, scrub the bottom of your feet to get rid of any dead skin or callouses and cutting those claws that used to be toe nails! And although pedicures are definitely relaxing, there are hygienic benefits to paying close attention to your feet.

Treat your Valentine man to a Mimis Kru pedicure with leg, foot, and back massage at the Mimis Kru Foot Spa! €20 in February only. Gift vouchers available. The Benefits of Pedicures 1. Healthy nails, trimmed properly Your nails will be clipped and shaped, neatly and safely, without risking in-growns. All dead skin will be trimmed back and any gunk removed, all of which could otherwise lead to fungal build-up.

2. Smooth skin All the dry, peely skin and callouses from your feet will be buffed away. After all the exfoliating, a soothing lotion restores moisture and keeps skin smooth. No more painful cracked heels or ugly patches on your soles. 3. Better-smelling feet The result is healthier feet and a decreased likelihood for odour and bacterial / fungal build-up. 4. Increased circulation The massage and the hot water soak improves circulation in your feet and stimulates the joints, leaving you with a spring in your step that rejuvenates your entire body. l Mimis Kru,

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The new date for the SCAN BBQ is Sunday 16 February from 1.30pm. The Blessing of the Animals will take place at 3pm. All dogs welcome on leads.

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Be aware - the processionary caterpillars are on the move

BBQ, Music from Matt Mason, Stalls, raflle etc. To help with the catering please let us know if you are coming by calling Pam on 679 042 815 or email scancenter@gmail.com ISA, female, Crossbreed, DOB 01.13, 48cm. Isa and her seven siblings were found when searching for food. She is a fine girl, who is used to getting attention from people and she is ready for adoption. For more information call 618 754 635. www.apasa.eu. Albert is super friendly and excellent with people, children and other dogs. He is a great match for any family. He is vaccinated and chipped and can travel outside of Spain, if required. If you would like more information then please call 657 689 567 or email akirashelter@aol.com. Take him for a walk - our shelter is open every day between 10am and 3pm. Meet Our Horses! Join us on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings at APAC Rescue Horses to see the horses and join in the fun with drinks and tapas to help support and raise awareness. Everyone Welcome. For more information email apacprotectora@gmail.com, visit www.apac-cv.com or Facebook: Apac Rescue Horses.

This is Jacob, he was found on the streets of Altea. He is approx 2.5 / 3 years old. He walks well on the lead and has a very kind nature. Come and visit him and find out more. Benidorm Animal Shelter (Protectora de Animales y Plantas Benidorm) desperately need more volunteers to walk the dogs or care for the cats. Mon to Sat 10 - 13.30. Contact us on 685 524 049. HEMMY – is 3, a very quiet cat who loves attention. He has been neutered and has a passport. NO ADOPTIOIN FEE. Food and donations also urgently needed. Visit ARC’s charity shop Carrer Valencia 1, Jalon between 10am & 1pm Mon to Sat. Sally: jalonvalleyarc14@yahoo.co.uk. Facebook – 'Jalon Valley ARC'. Charity Reg No CV-01-054107-A. CIF No G5482759. Sam is 5yrs old, he is a Bodeguero terrior. He loves cuddles and is friendly with other dogs. He is healthy and has been neutered. He would love to share your life. Please telephone 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.spain@gmail.com This is Ambra, she is still a puppy, under a year old. She is sterilised and is sociable with other dogs. She deserves a home to call her own. For more information on her or any of our animals please visit: www.aprop-pego.org. Tanamera is a small animal rescue, located in Valencia, Spain, privately run by volunteers who rescue, rehome and rehabilitate ex hunting dogs. For more information email: stichtingtanamera@gmail.com or find them on Facebook (Tanamera Rescue) Female Fe male Focus February 2020


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How much would it cost to redesign my garden? s a garden designer I naturally stay in touch with design based information websites and blogs, I recently received an interesting one about ‘How much would it cost to redesign my garden’.

Article supplied by Lee Charlesworth

The article had been put together using professional garden designers and landscapers giving their input into the article to get a more balanced point of view.

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We fit within the category of garden design /landscaping, and because we do all the work in house it does mean our customers receive a better value price for the design work. What was nice for me to see, but also surprised me, was the value the designers charge. It’s not that I want to say it was expensive, as much as it puts a true value on the work they have to do. Something I know more than too well. The article compared the garden designer to an architect, managing similar projects in the same way as a build project, and gardens can have as much, if not a higher cost than building work done. The article put design fees between 8 and 20% of the total project cost. I think the sad truth is that because many people feel they can´t do building work, but they can do gardening, they seem to automatically devalue the work. But the truth of the matter is to get a real garden, something that has been designed and created to work for you, is just as much work as building a house.


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The cost per m2 is higher, as there are a lot more materials involved which means a lot more labour, and a lot of the materials have to sit outside and take the abuse from the elements. My main point is with Charlesworth Gardens, you have a designer who has been involved in design all of his life, a design degree, a background in architecture, building and landscaping at some of the most prestigious homes in the UK as well as building gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, who takes an innovative approach to materials and their use to create things other companies simply cannot. We have to charge for design and site surveys as it costs the company time and this is only fair. We only charge a very fair amount for our work. If you go anywhere, another company or a garden centre and they don’t want to charge you, ask the question why? Who will do the design work, are they actually qualified, do they care about my needs as a customer and also, if they can afford to not charge me, is this because they are going to charge a high premium with ridiculous profits, or is it because they simply don’t care enough about giving me a full design and breakdown? Remember that similarly to an architect, the design is part of the contract of the agreed work between the landscaper and or contractor for the work. Without a solid design how do you quantify materials, crÊate an estimate or quote? Charlesworth Gardens have been designing and building gardens of distinction for nearly 20 years on the Costa Blanca alone excluding previous experience. We design because we care, because we want our customers to have the most amazing gardens.

Choose the company you can trust, you can contact us to discuss our fees for design and make your first step to having a stunning new garden.

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Yorkshire Linen: Inspiring and Affordable

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ccording to Yorkshire Linen in Jávea and Altea, the 2020 forecast sees an end to having the ‘perfect home’ to one that feels warm, welcoming and really lived in. Which means we can practically let our hair down when it comes to re-vamping our homes and rentals and tap into our inner creativity.

Other experts say we’re going to see colours become brighter, clearer and more jewel toned. Whether your home follows a colour palette or not, a lovely new quilt for the bed or gorgeous new cushion covers for the living area can enhance a room immediately. With the help of Yorkshire Linen’s exceptionally knowledgeable staff you’re bound to find affordable and durable products for every room. We Have Everything For Your Home Bedrooms are uniquely private retreats and we decorate them for comfort and relaxation. Bed linen, quilts, pillows, toppers, mattress and pillow protectors, throws and curtains can be changed seasonally. Living rooms can stand out a bit more with cushion covers and throws of different designs and shapes. Curtains can often make or break a room but we have a seamstress service available to make sure the length is perfect. Kitchens (tea towels to tablecloths), terraces (cushions to rugs) and bathrooms (towels to bathrobes) including beach towels can all be found in different colours and textures. And let’s not forget the kids! Lots of fun designs that just might make them want to go to bed. While spring is inching its way towards us, change is in the air. Visit Yorkshire Linen in either Jávea or Altea to see and feel the vast assortment of everything you could want for your home or rental and get inspired! l

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Clearing Out the Clutter in Your Life

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hen I looked out of my bedroom window it was pouring down and not the kind of day to leave the house. Whilst the TV news shows were busy filling everyone with doom and gloom, I decided to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.

I didn't go the gym so I thought some sit ups on the bedroom floor would be a great start. Whenever I do exercise first thing in the morning, I feel totally energised all day. It also stops me rushing straight to the kitchen to eat things I will later regret. Instead I do exercise, just a few minutes are enough for me, and then a fabulous bowl of fresh fruit chopped up - another kick start to my day. Because I didn’t want to go anywhere due to the weather, I thought it would be a great day to clear out the clutter in my life. I started with the wardrobe and being ruthless by getting rid of anything that did not fit, that I haven't worn for a year, anything that looked shabby (I confess to being a collector of junk) anything with missing buttons or needing repairs, and anything that was really out of date due to fashion or my age. Then it was the turn of the shoe rack. Yes, all the shoes that I had bought in a sale because they were a good bargain but they were uncomfortable to wear! (Come on, you can all confess to an event like that, I bet). They all went in the charity bag and lastly all the clothes, scarves, bags and accessories that made me look like a trinket queen or old fashioned and frumpy. I felt brilliant when I had finished that. Next was the dressing table and cupboards, full of all the lotions and potions, creams and jars of dreams. Yes, I am a big collector of anything that is sold to make me 'last longer'. The laundry shelves were next. I dismissed all the bedding that really had seen better days (and nights) and towels that were no longer white or fluffy. Now I was really motoring and still wearing my pyjamas, what a busy start to the day. Into the kitchen next, but not for breakfast, no, it was to clear out the cupboards of all the jars of pasta sauce that were months past their sell by date. By the time I stopped for my mid morning tea break I felt brilliant. A good clear out is essential to make room for all the great things coming into life. That means emotionally too.

I sat with my steaming hot cuppa writing about my feelings. I always have a little book on the go, filling it regularly with my brain dump of thoughts, feelings, emotions and ideas. That little book has brought some wonderful benefits to me and I strongly recommend you always have one handy. Some things I write about move me forward. I can say how I feel about things I have done or seen or felt and I can always learn from it. It's not like a naughty school report; it's to record everything I feel like noting down. If I have done something really great and it made me feel terrific - I write that too. So a great way to address this situation is to put them down on a piece of paper and just let them go. It's a bit like clearing out the clutter, it creates space. It's especially helpful to do this exercise of writing your thoughts and feeling towards the end of a busy or stressful day to enable sleep to come peacefully. Emptying the jumble of the day helps you relax and let go of the stress that has built throughout the day, allowing you to enjoy good quality sleep. I then got out my goals book and reviewed them all again. I added some new ones and updated the completed ones. I wrote a list of actions that I want to complete during the next few weeks. By the time I finished all this I felt so inspired, positive and motivated to go on and achieve so much more. Suddenly it was not a bleak winter's day, it was a golden opportunity and I had taken it. Opportunities present themselves in many ways. Be sure to look at events in a positive way so you never miss that special one that comes your way. Sometimes it can be a life changing event, and sometimes it is stumbling across a new road to travel - ultimately taking actions improves your life. Wherever you are in the world, take a look at what you are doing and look for ways to improve your confidence. Clearing out your clutter is a great start. One decision or one action can really change your life. Female Fe male Focus February 2020


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Caritas Donation

Montgó Chorale were delighted to welcome another large and enthusiastic audience at the choir’s Christmas concert at the Loreto church in Jávea recently. It was a full house for this occasion, and the Loreto Church’s Cáritas, which provides financial and practical help and comfort to local families in need, was the beneficiary of the donations to the Retiring Collection. Consequently, on behalf of Montgó Chorale and those who attended the performance, the Choir Treasurer Peter Crossfield Lobb, together with other steering group members, was delighted to present 1450€ to Elly van de Wel, Director of Cáritas and other representatives of the charity, who in turn gave the choir a Certificate to mark the donation.

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he U3A is for people no longer in full time employment, but who wish to carry on learning through various physical, academic and fun activities. In other words, you may no longer be working but want to keep the body and mind active. The Oliva U3A was established 2007 with just a handful of founder members sitting around a kitchen table. Now we have nearly 600 members and over 40 different groups and activities. For example, there’s a jovial pub quiz with prizes at Bar Pelut

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on the 2nd Monday of each month; and our Latin Dancing group which is taught by Belarusian champions who teach at a high level but are also very supportive (Thursdays 5-6pm at Casal Jove). There are various ways you can find out more about the Oliva U3A: • Email Mick Goy, President, on mickgoy1@gmail.com • Find out more: On market days (usually Friday unless fiesta day, then it’s on Thursday), you will find Angela or Sue in the café on the side terrace of the Municipal Market from 11am-noon. Look out for the U3A poster on the table. Prospective and existing members are welcome to come along to this informal friendly meeting to find out about the latest groups and activities.

• Coffee and Chat: Tuesdays from 11amnoon at El Galano café. Here you can meet Pauline and Mary, two members who can answer questions and talk about what being a member is like - or you can just chat about Oliva’s glorious weather over a coffee. • Monthly General Meeting: Held on the fourth Thursday morning of each month from 10.30am in the Polivalent or in the Library opposite. We have a Meet & Greet team who will answer any questions and introduce you to other members. We generally have a speaker that starts at 11am, and although you are welcome to stay, please do not feel obliged. To find out where the meeting is or who the speaker is, please email the Vice President, David Wynne on dwynne2016@gmail.com.


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ne of the best sporting events of the year is underway and has even more excitement attached this time round as all teams are all embarking on bold new eras with a host of new coaches or an influx of playing talent. Wales are bidding to retain their Grand Slam crown. Following their Rugby World Cup semifinal defeat, Warren Gatland has been succeeded by his long-planned replacement Wayne Pivac. After a quarter-final World Cup exit, Ireland are looking to rebuild. Andy Farrell, the Englishman, is stepping up to the top job for the first time in his career and is joined by Mike Catt as attack coach. France also has a huge change in the coaching staff, with Fabien Galthie taking up the baton from Jacques Brunel. Adding former Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards into the mix, is this France’s chance to find their Championship feet once again? Italy’s Conor O’Shea left following the recent World Cup and they have confirmed that Franco Smith, the former Benetton Rugby and Toyota Cheetahs coach will take charge of their 2020 Guinness Six Nations campaign. The last Italian victory in the Championship was against Scotland in February 2015, could the South African bring success? Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is building Scotland's next generation of players. With hugely talented youngsters like Darcy Graham, Blair Kinghorn, Adam Hastings, Grant Stewart and Jake Kerr coming through, Scotland are feeling optimistic about the future. So close but so far, England ended 2019 having reached the final of the World Cup but losing out to South Africa. Eddie Jones is likely to be ringing big changes in the playing department. Harry Randall, Harry Williams, Nick Schonert, Joe Marchant and Ollie Thorley are names to keep an eye on, and Ted Hill and Joel Kpoku could be challenging for a pack position. With all these changes and more, it is setting itself up to be a very exciting Championship this year. Black Flame Bar, Grill & Carvery will have really great offers on drinks during the matches, and food is served all day. With widescreen TVs, a great family atmosphere and plenty of easy parking. Oh yes, and Beer! Black Flame Bar, Grill & Carvery (Formerly Monroes). Avda Garrofer, Monte Pedreguer, Pedreguer. For more details please see www.blackflame.es or call 96 576 1731.

Teulada – Moraira Lions Present

The Desperados

The Teulada – Moraira Lions are once again proud to present The Desperados in tribute to the Eagles. The Desperados have performed several times for the Lions club and are always very popular with their fantastic renditions of all the classic hits by the Eagles. These will include “Lyin' Eyes”, “Already Gone”, “Desperado”, “One of These Nights”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Take It to the Limit”,“Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Best of My Love” and of course the legendary “Hotel California". The show will be staged on Thursday 20 February, in Espai La Senieta, Moraira and starts at 19:30. We anticipate this show to be a sellout so early booking is recommended. To book tickets for this great show call 96 649 8493 or email: tmlions.concerts@gmail.com. Tickets are priced at 15€ and there will be a bar and raffle. For information on the club and all our concerts or about becoming part of the TM Lions go to www.tmlions.com. Female Fe male Focus February 2020


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No Looking Back book review A story of despair and hope - from a victim to a survivor. A powerful and emotionally-charged story of a young girl’s struggle for dignity and self-worth. Josephine Pritchard had been terrorised with control and domination all her childhood, a threatening violation which produced low self-esteem and abject misery. Josie thought her life was normal and believed her father’s violence and punishment was because of her inadequacies, so when he launched a savage attack on her mother, she believed the only way her mother would survive, was if she left her family home. ‘No Looking Back’ is a powerful, heart-warming story of how a traumatised teenager made a momentous decision which changed her life forever. She found the strength and courage to liberate herself from a life of darkness, and how she met a family who truly cared about her. Gradually, she learned how to trust and build her confidence, eventually growing into a strong, independent young woman.

About the author Shirley moved from Norfolk to the Jalon Valley fourteen years ago. Most of her working years were spent as a secretary in a large, rural primary school. Suddenly, with time on her hands, she started to write her first novel. ‘No Looking Back’ is her fifth novel to be published by Mirador Publishing. All her books are available on Amazon in paperback and as an ebook.

The U3A Vall Del Pop Craft Looking for Volunteers to Market Join the 2020 Committee At the General Assembly on 9 January the members were in reminded the new committee will be voted for at the Annual Jávea General Assembly in March. Nominees were requested from members who could spare Port a few hours each month to join the committee and help with For several years running the Jávea Port shopkeeper's association and Amata - the regional craft association - have been working together to organise a small but select craft market every Saturday and Sunday morning on the promenade near the Port. The market opens at 11:00 when artists and crafts people set up stalls to show what they have made with love, care and attention to detail. It's all their own work nothing imported, nothing made in a factory and nothing just strung together using bits and pieces bought in a craft shop. All in all a nice way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning. Stroll along the Paseo Marítimo, have a drink or a little nosh at one of the many cafés, enjoy the view out to sea and mountains and then have a look at what all these creative people have produced, often to the live music of guitarist Victor Hugo. Once you’re in the Port of Jávea, you can have a look at the famous Virgen de Loreto church, built of concrete in the shape of a big ship. Or visit the Casa del Cable (Cable House). This building stands on the site of the original Casa del Cable, the official telegraph-station that, back in the 1860s, connected the Spanish mainland with Ibiza by means of a 100km long cable over the sea bottom. At present it houses a series of interesting art exhibitions. It is only a few steps from the craft fair and opens both Saturday and Sunday mornings (10:00 until 13:00). The stalls are open from 11:00 until 14:00 and you can find the exact location on Google Maps, looking for Craft Fair Jávea. They also have their own page in Facebook: feriaartesaniajavea. For more information, also in English, you can phone 639 979 678 and for photographs of the markets that Amata organises you can visit their web site www.amata.es Female Fe male Focus February 2020

the management of our association of some 800 members, and more than thirty active groups. Nominees for the important roles of Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary are most urgently needed but if you think you could help in any way check our website or speak to Bob Welham, our President. Don’t delay – think how you can help by being part of this year’s committee and offer your services without delay. Nominees need to be registered as early as possible in readiness for the membership voting at the March Annual General Assembly. The U3A is all about enjoyment and learning, and this is particularly evident in the U3A Vall del Pop, whose members hold their General Assembly generally, fiestas and holidays permitting, on the first Thursday of each month at the Centre Polivalent in Murla, and have a diverse range of more than thirty groups for the interest of the members. U3A Vall del Pop What’s On Programme 6 February – General Assembly at Polivalent Murla, doors open at 10am. 8 - 11 February – 4 day / 3 night trip to Venice for the Masquerade Festival staying in a centrally located 4-star hotel. 6 March – General Assembly at Polivalent Murla. Doors open at 10am. 2 April - General Assembly at Polivalent Murla. Doors open at 10am. 3 - 8 May – 6 day / 5 night trip to Cordoba, Seville, Jerez and Cadiz. 7 May - General Assembly at Polivalent Murla. Doors open at 10am. Visit our website, http://u3avalldelpop.com, for further details about us, of what’s going on and of our groups.


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Page 36 www.femalefocusonline.com Phoenix Dancers: The Dancers are starting to rehearse for new shows for this year. If you would like to join them please get in touch with choreographer The Stage Diary now in its 13th year of publication is not only an Phaedra, at 607 290 896. important guide to what’s on in all regions but is also an on-line The Dancers are always web introduction to potential expat’s researching community life on the lookout for new in Spain. The diary also acts as a planning guide to assist groups dancers and singers. The avoid unnecessary clashes of production dates. more members they have, the more charities they are able to support. Caprice Ladies Choir have their first concerts of the year on 6 February at 19.30 at the Anglican Church, La Fustera, Benissa and 8 February 17.00 at Black Apple, Jalon. This small, all ladies choir pride themselves on singing a variety of styles of popular music in three part harmony, performing concerts which will have something to appeal to everyone. They will also be performing in Alfaz in May. For more information contact musical director Aileen on 696 514 613. FOCUS ON The Stage Diary

Careline Theatre wish to thank their wonderful audiences for coming and making their Panto into a fantastic success. Their next production is "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in May. Dates to be confirmed next month. This is a show for all ages to enjoy. A fantastic cast of adult and child actors not to be missed. Join them as an actor, stage crew, director, front of house…. www.carelinetheatre.com. Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir: The choir are now rehearsing new songs for a joint concert with the Ponterddulais Choir, who are visiting from Wales in May and their very popular Concert at the Cave in Benidoleig in June. They are looking for more bass and baritone members to join them and rehearse on Tuesday evenings in Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada from 5.30pm. For more details see their website http://costablancamalevoicechoir.wikidot.com/. Jávea Players: You missed two excellent shows if you didn’t go to see professional actor, Pip Utton, last month. Don’t miss the next one which is in April 'Dead Guilty' details to follow. Meanwhile see www.javeaplayers.com for information on re-joining and supporting the Players, whether on the stage, behind the scenes, helping with costumes or props, [wo]manning the bar or selling programmes. Everyone welcome, with or without experience! ODCA are pleased to announce their Spring show ‘Fancy That!’, a one act family show with plenty of fun, music and comedy. There will be 2 performances, on 27 and 28 of March, at Bellreguard theatre, start time 8pm. Tickets 10€ adults, 5€ children under 14. For more information, please phone 644 889 155, email olivadramagroup@gmail.com, or see their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OlivaDrama. Hope to see you there! Female Fe male Focus February 2020

Sounds Familiar are looking for new members who would like to join them for their next musical revue show to be performed later this year. Everyone is welcome whether you are an experienced performer, or if you would like to try out this fun hobby for the first time. Rehearsals take place in Benissa on Monday evenings. Please contact Philip on 96 558 1483 or philip@soundsfamiliar.es for more information. The Chaplaincy Singers have begun rehearsals with their musical director Philip Ashley. Lots of new music to learn for concerts in 2020. It’s a good time to join this friendly group if you enjoy singing. For more information call Eileen on 607 706 904 or Lyn on 692 059 257. Valley Voices is an international choir based in the Jalon Valley. If you would like to join them, they would love to have you - it's a great time to start as they are now learning new songs for this year. Call 634 30 14 83 or email valleyvoicesspain@gmail.com for more information.

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What a fantastic start to the year when the Costa Blanca region enjoyed bright sunshine and clear blue skies with temperatures in the high 20s enabling the JEC club members to take advantage of it on the first meeting of the year which was held on 16 January. A lunch had been booked for 70 members who would be attending, and the normal meeting point in Catral enabled some members to greet and meet on the sunny terrace for coffee before proceeding on a run organised by Dennis Wilson. This led everyone through a natural park area, and finally to Crevillent to the restaurant Las Palmeras where a number of members were already there after taking a more direct route. Once all the big cats had been lined up in the more private car park, making a wonderful sight, lots of photos were taken as owners discussed their pride and joy. Then member’s grouped all together in the beautiful gardens around the swimming pool, where drinks were served from the outside bar. This enabled all of the members to chill and chat for a while in the lovely sunshine, prior to sitting for lunch in the bright and elegant function room that overlooks the entire garden area. Written by Sandra Brook If you would like to join the JEC-Costa Blanca club please contact Michael Brook club president on +34 640 866 711 or Facebook JEC-Costa Blanca.

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New Lions welcomed to the Pride Barry & Helen Chapman were recently welcomed as the newest members of Teulada Moraira Lions by the club's President Nico Dekkers. Barry & Helen, who are newcomers to the area, said 'We wanted to get actively involved in charity work here as a way to integrate into the community. We went along to Lions initially because of the concerts they regularly hold in Moraira. These are excellent quality, cater for a range of musical tastes and at a very reasonable price - plus all the profits go to good causes'. Teulada Moraira Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, (LCIF), the world’s largest service organisation, having some 1.4m members. We have served our local, national and international communities since 1994 giving help, support and welfare to those in need. Lions are men and women of all ages with many individual talents and experience who give their time freely to help others. Every euro raised by Lions is used to support people and organisations in need. If you are a visiting Lion or are interested in becoming a Lion, please look at our website www.tmlions.com for details of how to join. Or pop into the Lions Den shop situated a couple of doors away from Letters R Us and beneath the Pepe La Sal supermarket on the Centro Comercial, Moraira, just past the fountain roundabout on Ctra Moraira-Teulada. Opening Hours are Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 13.30.

Sociedad de Musica Clasica de L’Alfas del Pi – February Concerts Dúo Palomares-Segura, violin and piano, works of Janacek, Granados & Franck, Thursday 13 February, 20:00, Forum Mare Nostrum, L’Alfas del Pi, tickets 7€ on the door. Full details www.alfasmusica.com Trio Metamorphosi, violin, cello & piano, works of Beethoven, Saturday 15 February, 20:00, Casa Cultura, L’Alfas del Pi, tickets 10€ on the door (members free). Full details www.alfasmusica.com Dúo Soria-Sevilla, piano four-hands, works of Montsalvage, García-Abril, Ravel, Sunday 16 February, 12:00, Centro Social Albir, tickets 10€ (5€ members) on the door. Full details www.alfasmusica.com Todos Juntos Jávea & supported again by Concerts Costa Blanca offer another wonderful charity trip to the ballet in Valencia to see CARMEN (Bizet, arr. by Shchredrin) by the Compania Nacional de Danza on Saturday 28 March. This will be followed by a superb lunch in Pinedo at La Creu de la Conca. Tickets, incl. bus, ballet, lunch & charitable contribution: 99€. Buses will run from Alfaz (Forum to be confirmed), Moraira, Jávea (Rafalet) & Mas-y-Mas on the N332 north of Gata. To make a booking email info@concertscostablanca.com

Benitachell Bowls Club Celebrated in Style

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English Speaking Church of Denia Worship Service. Sunday 10.30am Followed by a time of Fellowship Everyone is welcome. Come as you are! For more information: Dieter Zimmerer +34 698609658 or Barbara Zimmerer +34 652319810 Email dieterzimmerer@hotmail.com www.centrosaron.com

It was a right royal night at the Benitachell Bowls Club when the three kings, along with their queens, followed up by their complete entourage, wined, dined, danced and generally whooped it up in celebration. James Hurst provided the music which kept the dance floor heaving and the calories disappearing! An excellent ‘Feast from the East’ was provided by Petra and her team, and this was rounded off with the Spanish Roscon, but few owned up to having found the bean!

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NOTICEBOARD Crime Watch Spain. (Vecinos Colaborando Costa Blanca). We try to reduce crime and vandalism in our communities. We try to look after the citizens. We also teach Spanish. For more information please email: colaborando.crimewatch@gmail.com Denia, Church of England. At the Church of England at Les Rotes in Denia there is a Holy Communion Service every Sunday at 11.45am and all are welcome. ESIA (English, Spanish, Intercambio Altea) is a multicultural group where people from all around the world gather together to have fun, share their experiences, cultures, traditions, and more in a friendly and unique environment. It is necessary however to have a basic understanding of English and Spanish to enjoy interesting conversations with people from all over the world. We meet on Mondays and Fridays (Tuesdays and Fridays from 01/09/2019) from 17:30 to 20:30 and it is free to attend. Our meetings take place above the library at the Biblioteca at the Facultad de Bellas Artes (UMH University Míguel Hernández) in Altea or you can contact Martin: esia4you@gmail.com GOLF Are you a golfer? If you enjoy golf, come and join the over 60's golf group at Golf Club de Ifach St Jaime. We play every Tuesday morning. Prices to be won every week. Call 670 387 967 or send a text. HELP of Marina Alta Parkinson's Support Group meets every last Monday of the month at our Activity Centre in La Xara at 2.30pm. The group gives support, latest information and advise on Parkinson's. Come along and meet a great bunch of people. Call the coordinator on 634 301 677 for information, www.helpofdenia.com or Help of DAMA FB. Language Exchange in Calpe - A totally free service to bring together English speakers wanting to practice Spanish with Spanish speakers wanting to speak English - Meetings on a 'One to One' basis at a mutually agreed time and place in Calpe. Contact Liz or Ted at calpeavl@hotmail.com. Jávea International Bridge Club, Avda. de Paris, Arenal. Why not join us on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (with host) & Friday at 2.45pm. Visitors very welcome. Email: info@javeabridgeclub.com or telephone: 658 055 572 if you wish to learn this fascinating game of bridge. More details: www.javeabridgeclub.com Jávea Computer Club. The club is open to new and existing members from 9.30am until 12.30pm Mon, Tues and Thurs of each week Whatever your computing needs, we can probably help. So why not come along and get some assistance. Membership annual subscription still just 10€ with a one-off joining fee of 10€. For further information visit: www.javeacomputerclub.org or www.facebook.com/ JCCCOMPUTERCLUB/ or email javeacomputerclub@gmail.com Jávea International Baptist Church (JIBC), Sunday Service at 10.30am at The Church Centre, Carrer Favara 8, Jávea, (just off the Plaza de la Constitucion in the old town or “Pueblo”, where the open air market is normally held on Thursdays.) For information please visit our website: http://www.javeabaptist.es or call 96 579 5847. Jávea. La Ermita del Popul, (The Church Of England Diocese in Europe). Every Sunday Holy Eucharist at 9:45am. Every Wednesday Holy Eucharist at 10.30am. Sundays 7 July to 9 Sept – Holy Eucharist 9:30am. You will be most welcome to join us at any of these services. Contacts: Senior Chaplain: Fr. Marcus Ronchetti 603 259 769 Email: marcusronchetti@yahoo.co.uk Local Chaplain: Fr. Jim Booker 965 734 029. Mobile: 670 846 898. Email: jimbooker57@gmail.com Secretary: Colin Welch 965 771 792. Mobile: 689 315 151. Email: moiracolin@telefonica.net Jalon Valley Help events. Casa de Animo, Centro Civico, Alcalali: Tuesday Drop In: 10am – 1pm – All welcome. Meet new people. Come and have a cuppa and a chat. Many other weekly activities are on offer including: Craft, Card Making, Art, Mosaics and Flower Arranging groups, Val de Pop Singers, Valley Voices Choir (U3A), Fitsteps, Slimming classes and Sunday Drop In. For further information on the above contact Tina on 634 333 212. JVH Charity shops open Monday – Saturday mornings in Jalon, Alcalali and Orba. Free Medical Equipment loan service. Volunteers always needed. For all enquiries tel.: 659 624 643. www.jalonvalleyhelp.com La Fustera, La Ermita de Sant Josep (The Anglican Church, Diocese in Europe) Every Sunday, Holy Eucharist in English at 12 noon, followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome. More info at www.costablanca-anglicanchaplaincy.org Make a Smile Recycle Heroes Need Your Help. Dennis and Barbara accept any household items, furniture, electrical and clothes etc for the recycle projects. They are happy to do total house clearances. The items are given a bit of TLC and sold in rastros and auctions to provide funds for the charity. They can be contacted on 660 961 585 or 96 583 6814. Marina Alta Model Railway Club. Dust off your Dapols, bring out your Bachmanns, haul out your Hornbys! The MAMRC meets regularly at its spacious Clubhouse in Teulada. We cannot make you young again, but we can remind you how it felt. All gauges for all ages. New members welcome. Call 96 647 1939 or email mamrclub@gmail.com Oliva Chess Group. We meet in Oliva every Thursday morning. New members welcome whatever your standard. For further details please contact Graham on 609 970 621 or email graham.flowerdew@hotmail.com Oliva Art Group. We meet in Oliva every Tuesday evening 6pm until 8pm and Wednesday morning 10am until 1pm. New members welcome, whatever your standard. For further information contact Graham 609 970 621 or email graham.flowerdew@hotmail.com Paquita’s Country Club is a Social Club which was formed 28 years ago, for people of all ages, resident or non resident. Being a member is a great way to meet and make friends, whether you are single or a couple. We are based at El Cid Restaurant & Bar in Benidoleig and hold weekly and continued on next page

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Aircrew Association Costa Blanca. Former and serving aircrew 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. Alfaz Spiritual Foundation – Spiritual church in Alfaz de Pi, meets at the Forum Mare Nostrum, Camino de Pincho 02, every Thursday at 6.30pm for Divine Service. Each week there is a different medium, international and 'home grown' giving evidence that life is eternal. Following the demonstration of mediumship, there is the opportunity to receive healing. Mediums offer workshops and private readings. If interested and for more information please contact George Lapper 617 972 950 or Pauline Kernick 616 319 725. Amigos de Denia charity shop. We are a charity that raises money for local organisations in and around Denia. You can find us on Passeig Saladar 87 not far from the railway station. We have a large shop with a stock of good second hand clothing, bedding, children's pushchairs and cots, homeware and lots more. We have in excess of 500 English paperbacks and many in Spanish, French and German. We also have a large range of DVDs. We are open from 10am to 1pm Mon to Sat. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. So why not come and visit us or contact Denise on 689 628 053 or email denisepbb@live.co.uk Amigos de Benitachell Charity Shop can be found on Crta. Moraira No. 18, Benitachell. It is open Mon to Fri 10am to 1pm. Donated items are always welcome. They are looking for volunteers. If you can spare some time for this worthy cause please call their president Carole on 620 781 034 or pop into the shop between 10am and 1pm weekdays. Amigos de Make a Smile Charity Shop We have lots of good quality second hand clothes, handbags, small pieces of furniture, children's clothes, shoes and bedding. Find us at the bottom of the dual carriageway in Teulada on the left hand side near to the Rodafoc fire shop. We are also looking for volunteers to help us in the shop. So if you could spare a few hours a week come along and talk to the team. Avenida del Mediterráneo, 4 Teulada. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm. Benidoleig Line Dancing Classes. Tuesday evenings from 10 September at Restaurante La Lloma on the Pedreguer Road. From 18.30 to 21.00, everyone is welcome including new dancers and a bar is available in the venue. Beginners for the first hour followed by improver and intermediate dances. For any other information please contact Azaharcountylinedancing@gmail.com Benitachell Christian Fellowship. Looking for an English speaking church close to Moraira, Teulada or Benissa? Then you are welcome to visit us. Our Sunday service starts at 11am and runs for about 75 minutes. Whether you are a resident or visitor, please feel free to come along – we have a number of visiting speakers, the welcome is warm, the music is good and parking is nearby. Call Eric on 678 980 151 for details and directions. For further info about the Fellowship, directions and map visit www.benitachellcf.org Benidorm English Church: Non denominational, international & evangelical. Services Sunday 9.45am and 4pm during winter months. Wednesday 10.30am --12pm coffee morning -- 2pm bible study. Friday 10am Communion. Full details phone: 677 738 103 or (0044) 7789113339. The English Church, Torre Principado 12-13, Av. Madrid 26, Benidorm just behind Restaurant Artigas 2 on Levante Beach. Email: abrobertson9@outlook.com Benidorm International Friendship Club meets each Wednesday 11.30am for 12 o'clock start at the Villasol camping. All are welcome to join us for a chat and a drink. Ring Mike for details 625 287 096. Charity shop of Calpe The shop is open every morning from 10am until 1.30pm except Sundays and can be found in Galerías Mar Azul – half-way up Avenida Gabriel Miró, on the right hand side. If you are looking for clothes and shoes, household items, paperbacks or small furniture, then drop in and have a look. Also, if you have any items to donate or would like to help out in the shop just pop in. Calpe – MOFTAG – Mighty Oaks from Tiny Acorns Grow, is an English Speaking Ladies Social & Fundraising Club. We meet every second Wednesday in the month and organise social events for the third & fourth Wednesdays. A Warm welcome awaits. Please phone our President, Jenny Godfrey for details of the venue. Tel 96 583 0179 – mobile. 639 139 518. CALPE U3A hold their monthly general meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the AR Sol Ifach Calpe 10am for a meeting start at 11am. Calpe U3A is about learning and pleasure. We have many groups to be involved with and the travel team have day trips and short holidays advertised on the travel team Facebook page and www.u3acalpe.org Chess Mates. We meet Tues at Bar Vinyater, Jalon at 3.30pm Whatever your level or experience you will be welcome to join us. Both men and women make up this marvellous and happy group. Phone contact Christine 629 555 480. Leave message. Concerts Costa Blanca: We produce concerts at Teulada etc. and also run buses to Valencia's Opera House (opera & ballet) & Palau de la Musica (concerts) with regular pick-ups from Moraira, Jávea & Mas-y-Mas (N332, north of Gata). Our yearly plan is up-dated and mailed regularly. Web: www.concertscostablanca.com / E-mail (& to join mailing list) info@concertscostablanca.com Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers. We are a group of people who get together twice a week to enjoy walking in the mountains of the Costa Blanca. Anyone is welcome. 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NOTICEBOARD cont. monthly activities on and off site. These include a Walking Group, a Travelling Diners Group, Weekly Tombola and Whist, together with Dinner Dances, Excursions & Mini Breaks. Please contact the Membership Secretary Belinda Crick on 96 645 9724 or 686 222 754 for further information, we look forward to hearing from you. PLJ Spiritual Social Centre. We meet at the Albir Cultural Social Centre (between Mercadonna and Sol Albir Estate Agents) every Wednesday evening at 6.45pm. We are a group of friendly spiritually minded people who are non profit, non political and non religious. Each week, there will be discussions and demonstrations on various topics and ideas based on Spiritual, metaphysical, and mystical themes with occasional guest speakers or mediums. For more information contact: Pauline: 602 559 062 Jan: 603 259 169 or Lyn:663 315 532. FB:- pljspiritualsocialcentre. Email:- pljspiritualsocialcentre@gmail.com. Royal British Legion Benidorm Branch meet at 11am on the third Friday of each month at Ciudad Patricia Benidorm. They also have a monthly lunch and various social events. New and old members most welcome. Please contact secrblbenidorm@outlook.com or call James on 677 786 559 for more details. Royal British Legion Calpe Branch meet every Friday at 11.30am at Restaurant Dracula, Calpe Port (opp. Baydal Restaurant). New members always welcome. Come along and meet new friends and enjoy the monthly outings. Please contact Norman Hodgkiss, on 96 574 7410 or calpe3465.members@gmail.com. Royal British Legion Jávea Branch meet at Paris 24 on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month (except July & August). We meet from 10.30am onwards for coffee and a chat, our meeting starts at 11.30am. We have a very good Social Programme throughout the year. We would love to see members and none members coming to our meetings and join in. We would make you feel most welcome. Pamela Dawes, Membership Sec, RBL Jávea Branch, contact 96 579 0123 or 617 789 883. Royal Society of St. George Costa Blanca. Lunch and AGM at restaurant La Cumbre on Saturday 22 February at noon. All welcome to join this friendly group. For more info email the president Robert Hunt MBE at roberthunt@gmail.com. Salvation Army Denia Are you looking for fellowship with a multinational congregation. We are based at the beautiful Camp Saron, just outside of Denia. There is Sunday worship 10.30am, prayer and bible study on Wednesdays. All very relaxed with English, Dutch, German, Spanish, American, also Welsh, Scottish

and Irish. The address is Camp Saron, Partida de Torre Carrels. Denia. Telephone 698 609 658 or 652 319 810. San Juan Evangelical ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ located at Calle Juan Sebastián Elcano 25, 03550 San Juan. We have people from South America, the Philippines, Spain, England, the Netherlands and more nationalities, the diversity of God. You are very welcome in our Sunday services at 5pm to join us in worship and prayer. For further information: ivanysadys@yahoo.es or call 605 556 974. Spiritual Friends Costa Blanca is a non-religious group of spiritually minded people who meet on Wednesday afternoons. Each week different - clairvoyance, discussions, talks and demonstrations on spiritual or holistic subjects. Email sp.fr.cb@gmail.com, website www.spiritualfriendscostablanca.com or contact Jan on 600 837 054. The Salvation Army English Speaking Church of Denia. Worship Service. Sunday 10.30am followed by a time of Fellowship. Everyone is welcome. Come as you are! For more information: Dieter Zimmerer +34 698 609 658 or Barbara Zimmerer +34 652 319 810. Email dieterzimmerer@hotmail.com. www.centrosaron.com. Valleys Bridge Club Come and join us for a friendly game of Duplicate Bridge. We meet every Thursday at El Cid in Benidoleig, 1.30pm for play to commence at 2pm. New members are always most welcome. For further information contact either Brenda 96 640 4533 or Tina 96 558 3136. World Mysteries Discussion Group This is a discussion group which meets up every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 5-6pm at The Bar Mediterraneo, Avenida Del Mediterraneo, Teulada located on the right at the first traffic light controlled crossing coming from the N332 direction. We discuss all types of unexplained fascinating mysteries in our solar system and throughout the universe. We aim to promote investigation and research in order to share information and discuss these interesting topics. For more information email morairaworldmystery@gmail.com. Xàbia Book Circle. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the Centro Social, Xàbia Old Town, beside the Health Centre, at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start, and we finish at 8.45pm. You can also follow our activities on our website www.xabiabookcircle.com. For more information please contact the Xàbia Book Circle Secretary, Nina Davies on 96 579 1782 or ninamdavies@yahoo.co.uk.

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forthcoming events Our next meeting is on the Thursday 20 February at the Sol Ifach Hotel Calpe. Our speaker will by John Hopwood who will give us an illustrated talk about “The double life of and amazing art of Grayson Perry”. Doors open 10am for signing in etc. The meeting starts at 11am. One of our many groups is “Beginners Bridge” group run by Jim Wainwright which takes place at Spassos restaurant La Fossa beach 7pm on a Wednesday. If you ever wanted to learn to play bridge this is your chance. A Bodega Trip is planned for Saturday 21 March to The Gandia Bodega in the Utiel Requena wine region followed by lunch at the Hotel Tollo in nearby Requena, price 35€. Contact Rod Anterton on tranderton@yahoo.com for more details. All welcome, come and join our happy team for only 10€. For more information please email: membership@u3acalpe.org or visit our website www.u3acalpe.org for more details on all our groups.

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DEBORAH MEADEN: 'I GO OUTSIDE BAREFOOT AND JUST IN MY DRESSING GOWN AND WALK AROUND THE FARM' By Gabrielle Fagan, Press Association Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden tells Gabrielle Fagan how her menagerie of animals helps keep her grounded. Seriously scary and famous for that killer stare when a prospective investment doesn't appeal to her, BBC's Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden turns out to be completely different off screen.

What's the secret of the success of Dragons' Den? "Anyone can have an idea and wonder if it would work so it's very easy for people to identify with. It appeals across the generations from great Chatting at her at her country grandparents to children. home, a 10-bedroom farm in "I value my private life Somerset, that she shares with and never wanted to be her husband, Paul, she's warm, famous so agreed to go friendly and funny as she on Dragons' Den because describes their menagerie of I thought it would last animals. just a couple of years but "At the last count it was seven here we are 15 seasons horses, three sheep, a pig, later. There's nothing like ducks, chickens, guinea fowl, being in the company three very angry geese as well of the other Dragons as four dogs and two cats," she all smart, competitive, says beaming. challenging people. The moment I sit in that chair "We're often the first port of call Photo of Deborah Meaden I feel excited and like, for people who want to re-home 'Right, we're off!' animals. I get regular 'Deborah, with her husband, Paul Photo FIONA HANSON / PA "I've made the highest would you mind...?' phone number of investments calls!" out of the Dragons, around 40 in my time A passionate animal lover, she's raising there, and still have about 19. Business gives awareness of the Purina Better With Pets me such as buzz and on the show there's a Prize - which is offering social innovators, thrill in seeing creativity and hearing about from individuals to companies, who innovative ideas, even if they're sometimes harness the power of the pet-human bond, crazy." the chance to win more than ÂŁ90,000. How did you enjoy Strictly Come Dancing? It's the simple pleasures, rather "I loved it and it allowed than high finance, that she people see the other side of revels in when she's at this rural 'me'. I'm tough when I'm idyll. "Whatever the weather, working - it's a serious job even if it's freezing or raining, investing money and I have to first thing in the morning I go let my head rule my heart - but outside barefoot and just in my I'm not at all a hard person. dressing gown and walk around "I have a sense of humour, the farm," she says. love to laugh and have fun "There's something about and can be as vulnerable as starting the day actually anyone else when out of my touching the world, and having comfort zone. nothing between me and the "Also, it gave me and my earth is incredibly grounding." Photo: RUI VIEIRA /PA husband a new passion. He She's well aware of the benefits saw how much I loved dancing of her own animals on her own and others' and secretly took lessons to surprise me. wellbeing and is an ambassador for charity, Medical Detection Dogs. "If I'm facing a "Now we dance the Argentine Tango tough day, just sitting with my dogs before together - we've even been to Buenos Aires I set off will calm and centre me and bring to dance there. I love tango because it's down my stress," says the 60-year-old collaborative and like a conversation in millionaire - reputedly worth ÂŁ40 million movement. The male dancer doesn't push - who's originally from Taunton and started you around or lead, instead he invites you into the moves. It's an equal partnership her first business as a teenager. which totally suits my personality and is "There are already so many ways animals exactly like our marriage!" can help and even save lives, like medical detection dogs who are trained to spot How do you feel about ageing? cancers. It would be brilliant to find "Ageing doesn't bother me and I hate that more ways we can find benefits from that expression 'women of a certain age'. People incredible relationship." start feeling embarrassed about numbers Female Fe male Focus February 2020

once you reach 60 and above for some weird reason. Years mean nothing. "I'm not interested in cosmetic fillers or work to hide ageing signs. I feel proud of my lines. I've earned them and there's more smiling lines than frowning lines, and that's all I need to see in life. It shows there's been more laughter than the dark, sadder moments." Have you ever experienced discrimination as a woman in business? "I'm sure I have but I don't really pay any attention to it. When women ask me how I deal with difficult situations in working life, I say, 'Don't take your gender into account because if you do you're signalling to whoever you're dealing with that they should take it into account.' Ignoring things is very powerful - it denies the other person a response or a reaction which is what they want." How do you look after your health? "I'm healthy and fit but training and dancing 12 hours a day on Strictly caused metatarsalgia - pain in the balls of the feet. Basically the show brought out a weakness in my feet that would probably have happened anyway but 10 years later on. "Steroid injections enabled me to stay in the competition and I continued treatment for a few years afterwards for the pain, but nowadays it's not as noticeable as it used to be. "I fractured my pelvis a few years ago in a fall from a horse but I've totally recovered. I can still climb over five-bar gates and lift bales of hay around. "I enjoy riding, dancing, dog walking, travelling, and eating well - my husband's the cook at home because he's fantastic at it. The only pill I take is an anti-histamine as I'm allergic to horses, cats and dogs." How do you look after your wellbeing? "Looking after my animals ensures I'm not the sole focus of my attention which is helpful as you're less likely to dwell on things. "Talking to people and hearing about their lives and their point of view is, I think, intensely powerful and beneficial for your mental wellbeing. It keeps your mind open and engaged. "Financial freedom allows me to pick and choose what I want to do but I have a great understanding that life isn't perfect and realistically never can be. You have to strive to be as happy as you can, try to put mistakes right as quickly as possible if you make them and then forgive yourself, and look forward and search for new opportunities."


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Health & Beauty HAIR NAILS & BEAUTY. Serenity in Moraira offer a wide range of treatments including roof top yoga. Call Kelly on 96 503 5063. BAD BACK? Tonia Sherriff is a well-known and well-respected local Osteopath based in Calpe. Call for an appointment. 637 715 308. (12/19F) FREE CONSULTATION - BOOK NOW, Does the weather ruin your make-up. Permanent Eyebrows & Eyeliner are the perfect solution. Elements Beauty Spa In Denia. w w w. e l e m e n t s b e a u t y s p a . e s elementsbeautyspa@gmail.com Call: 966 424 647.

Tuition QUALIFY AS A TEFL TEACHER With the prestigious Trinity CertTESOL qualification and join a profession with worldwide job opportunities. Our course is accredited by Trinity College, London and is run at our centre in Gandia on a part-time basis. Attendance is on Fridays & Saturday mornings over a 10 week period in the Spring & Autumn. No previous teaching experience necessary but your suitability for this demanding course is assessed through a written task and interview. Trainee places limited to 10. Also open to non-native speakers with C1/ C2 level of English. Please phone or email for further information. Email: trinitygandia@gmail.com 96 286 7281 (Charlotte) www.appformacion.com

JENNY'S CLEANING SERVICES. Reliable, honest and legal. H o m e , b u s i n e s s , t e n a n c y, changeovers and oven cleans. English and Spanish spoken Covering Javea, Denia and surrounding areas. Call now 633 624 232 www.jennyscleaningservices.com HARRIS FURNISHINGS - British furniture store offering a fabulous range of quality furniture including sofas, chairs, corner sofas, sofa beds, recliners, rise-recliners, beds, coffee tables etc. Famous brand names including Parker Knoll. Pedreguer Ind. Estate. 96 646 9371 sales@harrisfurnishings.com FULLY COMP CAR INSURANCE from 279â‚Ź. For all your insurance needs: house, home, business, marine, car, health. Call Insurance Altea 96 584 0753

Wanted I BUY RECORDS LPs, EPs, SINGLES. 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s years. Good prices paid. Tel. 962 851 809 - 622 750 117.

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AWNINGS, BLINDS, MOSQUITO nets, Commercial & Garage doors, Shower screens & doors. PERSITOLD provide solutions for sun protection and comfort. Showroom in Gata de Gorgos. Many examples at www.persitold.es 96 575 6281 / 669 859 572 or email info@persitold.es

GREASE KING COMMERCIAL & DOMESTIC CLEANING Full or part kitchen cleans on a one-off or regular basis. Prompt and reliable service throughout all of Costa Blanca North. Cleaning of: Extractors / Filter System / Canopies / Grease Ducts / Deep Kitchen clean / Domestic Oven / Patio and Exterior / Floor Polishing. Text or WhatsApp for your free quote on 634 308 714. www.greasekingspain.com.

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SKIPS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE Small, Medium, Large skips for Building, Gardening, Mixed loads. Also earth, gravel etc available for delivery. Call Contenedores Mata on 96 579 0172 or 679 440 046. THE INTERPRETER, for all your English/Spanish interpreting & translations. Based close to Denia Hospital & surrounding medical centres. Emergency 24 hour call out for Denia Hospital. CALL 686 320 435 or email candidawright@gmail.com CAR REPAIRS & SERVICING. Automat Talleres (formerly Total Car Care) will get you right back on the road. Broken down?, send your grua to us! Pol Ind La Pedrera, Benissa. 965 730 225. MAN AND VAN for hire, cheap & reliable. Jalon valley & surrounding areas. 96 648 0757 (9.30-1.30) or 636 100 873.

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FOLD-UP BICYCLE, 6 gears, side stand, rear pannier, pump, helmet, silver. Fits in the boot of your car. 75€. 634 318 717 Javea. CRISTAL D'ARQUES decanter and 11 tall wine glasses. 45€, Jávea. Tel. 629 781 519. ACADEMIC GOWN (Reading University Master’s) with hood and mortar board. Used once. 60€, Jávea, Tel. 629 781 519. DINNER SERVICE for 12: classic Chinese 'Thousand Flowers' pattern in green and gold, 107 pieces in all. 400€, Jávea Tel. 629 781 519. UPRIGHT PIANO (Zimmermann) with heater and stool (1981), restored 2013 and in good condition but needs servicing. 475€, Jávea. Tel. 629 781 519. POOL / JACUZZI STEPS Selling brand new steps for a risen swimming pool or jacuzzi. The steps have never been used and still in the original box/ packaging. Ideal for a jacuzzi or risen swimming pool. €50 only. The same product is selling for €130 in retail stores. Pictures available. Collection only, La Drova Gandia area. Call or WhatsApp 617 936 936.

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GENTS JAMIS HYBRED sports bicycle, straight bars, cost €500 +€200 extras, new unwanted present, bargain €375. PAUL´S EMPORIUM IN Pedreguer. Weekly changing stock. Everything priced to sell. Why pay new when you don’t need to? Find us in Pedreguer Industrial Estate. Tel 96 644 7002 or find us on Facebook at 'Paul's Emporium Pedreguer'.

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