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Gove responds on residents’ rights Assurances have been provided over post-Brexit healthcare and updated pensions for Britons living in Spain by Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Mr Gove sent a three-page letter to campaigning MP Sir Roger Gale after he had asked for cast-iron guarantees over basic rights for those who have made their

homes in EU countries outside the UK. In it Mr Gove starts by thanking his party colleague – the MP for North Thanet – for his ‘ongoing work to cham-

pion these important issues’. As part of the information provided, he stated: “A UK state pensioner living in Spain could continue to receive an uprated UK state pension in

the EU and reciprocal healthcare covered by the UK for their lifetime.” Full report on this important issue in Friday’s Costa Blanca News

Peaky Blinders in Benidorm fancy that!

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The 'Peaky Blinders' paraded through Benidorm on a classic Cadillac along with hundreds of other Britons who enjoyed the famous annual fancy dress day last Thursday. See more fancy snaps on page 23

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Underwater find

Quakes wake Costa residents

An underwater archaeological exploration in La Olla, Altea to assess remains around the bay recovered 65 pieces of artefacts which have been catalogued and will now be studied. Among the materials recovered were pieces thought to date back to between 2nd and 5th Centuries AD. Historically the bay has appeared in ancient navigational charts and of great historical importance and it was back in

Two small earthquakes woke residents around the Vega Baja on Friday morning. They were registered by the national geographic institute (IGN) at 2.4 and 2.5 on the Richter scale at times of 03.48 and 04.04 respectively. The epicentres were both in the south-east of Algorfa. Dozens of residents reported on the Costa Blanca News Facebook that they had felt the tremors in areas as far away as Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa. Barbara Mole stated: “The first one woke me up and then felt the second one soon after. We live on Lo Crispin.” Jenny Ham noted: “Yes in Ciudad Quesada, it was really loud.” Sarah Smith stated:

1993 when the first studies were made unearthing the existence of Roman remains. The Councillor for the Environment in Altea, Jose Orozco along with Pedro Jaime Zaragozí, Co-Director and Head of Study of the findings presented the finding to the Mayor and thanked the council for protecting the heritage of the marine environment and allowing them to undertake this archaeological project.

“Yes, felt them both in Benijófar, the windows rattled for a second or two.”

Alan Foster said in Rojales hills he heard quite loud bang then a rumble.

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A total of 55 children attending their third year at Joaquín Carrión primary school in San Javier enjoyed a two-hour golf lesson at Roda Golf.

The activity is included in a council’s programme to promote alternative sports such as golf, rugby and combat amongst others.

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Hamburglars caught red handed Four people were arrested by the Guardia Civil in Calpe last week after being caught redhanded stealing food from supermarkets. The three men and one woman, all of Spanish nationality and aged 32, 36, 45 and 49 years respectively, were arrested for alleged theft. In less than an hour, they stole ‘gourmet’ products from three supermarkets, worth around €500. Apparently, the individuals, who have numerous records for similar offences, had decided to “start their Christmas campaign”, according to the statement from the Guardia Civil. They managed to steal nougat, chocolates and even a serrano ham leg. The arrests came after Guardia Civil agents observed the suspicious attitude of the occupants of a vehicle parked on Avenida Juan Carlos I, near several supermarkets which include Mercadona, Consum and Mas y Mas. After discreetly following them, they were able to observe that while the driver re-

mained inside the vehicle, the rest of the occupants headed towards the different supermarkets. A few minutes later, they returned to place their products in the boot of the car, then immediately returned to the establishments. Given the apparent fact that the group were stealing, the Guardia Civil decided to act as the three completed their third and last trip.

When they searched their clothes and the vehicle, the agents found many items from leading brands such as chocolates, cockles, gels, hair conditioners, perfume and make-up. But what caught their attention was the discovery of a large ham leg. After making necessary enquiries, they found out that all the products had been stolen by the gang by them hiding

the items in their clothes – even the ham leg, thus avoiding being detected as they passed through the tills. Because of the type of food seized, mostly typical Christmas goods, it was suspected that they were selected for later sale on the black market, where they would have obtained a large amount of cash. The arrested were released pending a further trial.

Flu jab tomorrow for La Nucía residents La Nucía will be offering a walk in service at the Nou Espai Social Centre tomorrow - Thursday, November 21 from 9am until 8pm for free flu vaccinations. No appointment is necessary, and the only requirement is a valid SIP card. The campaign is specifically aimed at those aged 65 plus and those with chronic health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, asthma etc.

Missing police Taser mystery A criminal investigation has been requested after a Taser electric stun gun bought for Benejúzar local police by the town hall ‘never appeared’ but ‘curiously’ ended up being posted back to the supplier, announced mayor Miguel López Arenas.

He said the actions could constitute a criminal offence so has asked the public prosecution service to investigate ‘in order to avoid any subsequent accusation of wrongdoing’ by the council. According to his request, the Taser was ordered by the

ex-security councillor, Vicente Cases during the previous legislature at a cost of €4,075, but the police said they never saw it nor used it. The company that sold it, last spring, demanded payment but the weapon could not be found anywhere and it

only reappeared by post several months later, by when they refused to give a refund because the legal deadline had expired. Nobody from the town hall or the local police has admitted to handling or returning the stun gun.

Sr Arenas said the town hall is legally obliged to inform the prosecutor and pointed out that not only does the municipality have to pay €4,000 for something it never got to use, but also somebody may have committed the offence of illegally handling a weapon.

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Bid to end the pollution The death of fish at the Mar Menor has forced the Segura river and water authority (CHS) to take action. They have told the town halls at San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier, Los Alcázares and Cartagena to legalise or remove dozens of pipelines which have been pouring effluent into the Mar Menor for many years.

According to the CHS, San Pedro del Pinatar has 14 such pipes, San Javier 25, Los Alcázares six and Cartagena three. The councils have been sent a copy of the files and given a 15-day deadline to legalise the pipes or remove them. They must also inform the CHS the type of the spillages which go into the Mar Menor.

Burglary suspect detained A man suspected of being a prolific burglar has been arrested in Torre Pacheco by the Guardia Civil in connection with a wave of burglaries in Los Alcázares, Balsicas and Roldán. The 21-year-old had

been hiding for some time in the Valencia region and had returned to Lo Ferro village near Torre Pacheco, according to a force spokesman. The burglar used to climb up to balconies and

windows to break into the properties, regardless of whether the owners were at home or not. According to the spokesman, he had broken in a property in Los Alcázares while the owners were sleeping and took cash, jewellery, electronic devices and their car keys. He came back a few days later and used the car keys to open the garage and steal the car. The vehicle was used in a robbery at Roldán post office a few days later and was found abandoned in a field near Los Alcázares. The burglar managed to steal the post office safe by crashing the car into the door. He had also broken into the home of an elderly couple in Balsicas, where he took jewellery, cash and valuables.

Students stand up for their rights Children from Teulada and Moraira have been celebrating Universal Children's Day this week, which is commemorated each year on November 20. The week concentrated on the rights of minors. Students from the primary schools of CEIP Sant Vicent Ferrer and CEIP Cap d'Or took part. The CEIP Sant Vicent Ferrer worked on the rights of children by organising daily activities under different themes. On Monday, they worked on the right to have an identity, and the children carried a sign with their name and nationality to the school. On Tuesday, the right to equality and non-discrimination was the day’s subject, and the students painted the equal symbol

(=) on their faces. The right to food was Wednesday’s theme, when students had to take a healthy lunch to school. On Thursday they learned about the right to play by taking a toy to school to be donated to the recent flood victims in the Vega Baja area. Finally, on Friday the children painted smiles on their faces under the theme of the right to happiness. The CEIP Cap d'Or followed the same theme, and also displayed a sign with the seven fundamental rights on classroom doors. Next Wednesday, students from third to sixth grades will attend Teulada auditorium to enjoy a piano concert which will celebrate the different continents and play different typical dances from the world.

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Unhappy New Year Alicante provincial council has informed Calpe town hall that there will be no New Year’s Eve concert this year, as the budget to host it will not stretch to the €90,000 required. In the two past two years, the spectacular concert has been held in the Plaza Mayor under a Viennese theme, and

concert-goers were provided with free blankets and wine, whilst enjoying the music of the ADDA symphony orchestra. More than two thousand people attended each free event, but now the provincial council has said alternatives must be sought. With this is mind, the classical New Year concert will

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now be history, and the local pop/rock band Trilogy will take to the stage at 23:00. Just before midnight, cava and grapes will be distributed. At midnight, bells will ring to welcome the New Year, and this will be followed by a mobile disco and a DJ performance until the early hours.



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Divers pick up sea rubbish A total of 80 kilos of waste were removed from the seabed at Cabo de Palos near La Manga earlier this month by divers. An underwater drone supported the divers during the clean-up works and a volunteers’ team collected waste at nearby beaches. The divers left from the Naranjito diving school, which organised the scheme. They noted that the prairies of sea plants were ‘pretty clean’ and waste was accumulating in areas closer to the shore.

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Crevillente local police have been taking shooting practice for the first time in recent years, even though it is supposed to be obligatory twice a year, revealed the town hall. The councillor for police in the new coalition council, Josep Candela said it had been the officers who demanded this training and reported that they had not any during the previous legislature. He said this shows that they are

determined to perfect their skills and noted that next year the shooting practice will be more specialised by recreating realistic situations for officers to react to. The exercises were carried out with an instructor who is part of the Crevillente local police force and the town hall arranged for an ambulance from the organisation DYA to be present for safety reasons.

Diabetics living in the Torrevieja hospital catchment area can use the YOsalud mobile device application to help control their condition. The advantages were explained at a presentation by the first motorbike racer with type 1 diabetes to take part in the Dakar Rally, Daniel Albero, at El Acequión primary school last week. Having realised his dream to compete for the first time in the 2019 edition, he is now preparing for next year’s event, which will take place in Saudi Arabia. The application enables patients

to easily access their medical information and to have direct contact with healthcare professionals. Sr Albero explained that he also uses it to manage his appointments from his mobile phone, check his clinical history, upload medical reports and monitor his illness via the special section for chronic conditions. “It is a relief to know that I will be able to use my mobile to update my blood sugar level readings and to check with my doctor about any changes I feel during the race next year".

Calp joins the Smart Tourist Destinations Network Calp has joined the Network of Intelligent Tourist Destinations, coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism and the company Segittur, in order to boost innovation and technology in the tourism eld in Spain hence contributing in making Spanish destinations more competitive. e municipality has been integrated into a level three, the

maximum planned to join this network by meeting the three necessary requirements: having passed a self-diagnosis on the Smart Tourist Destination (DTI) model established by the Valencian Tourism Agency, have a DTI strategic plan and have initiated actions in this area. In this sense, Calp plans to install tourism data collection and management technology, such as, sensors that will monitor di erent aspects of

the municipality, be it trafc and parking spaces, water consumption, the amount of waste, the number of tourists on the beaches, etc., as well as a control dashboard where all this data will be recorded. e collection of this information, which can be consulted in real time, aims to improve the services o ered to tourists as well as being a more e cient destination in the management of their resources. Being part of the Network

of Intelligent Tourist Destinations will imply that all Calp tourism management will be carried out under certain parameters related to accessibility, environmental sustainability and application

of technologies in the tourist management of the municipality. In addition, the town may access grants o ered by both the Valencian Tourism Agency and Segitturto investment in technology.

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Green light for fish farm increase The company running the fish farms at San Pedro del Pinatar and El Gorguel in Cartagena has been allowed to increase production by Murcia regional government. The company breeds gilt-head bream, sea bass and bluefin tuna in the farms at San Pedro del Pinatar near Punta de Algas in La Manga del Mar Menor – and sea bass in the farm at El Gorguel. According to the regional government the company has been allowed to breed an additional 300 and 330 tonnes of fish in the different sec-

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Lending a hand CHUMS (friends of charity) is a small registered charity based in Benidorm and Albir and last week we went shopping, Marilyn and Peter Rogers from CHUMS and Anna and Rita from La Nucia, We bought just over €600 worth of food and essentials for La Nucia Food Bank and the photo shows everyone pictured while we waited for the vehicle to whisk all our purchases away. We are so lucky to have such generous members who make all this possible and believe in our cause. It is great

we can put something back for the people a little less fortunate than ourselves. Why not come along and meet us we would love to make more friends. Our next meeting is a coffee morning at Ciudad Patricia, Benidorm on Wednesday November 27, from 11am until 1pm and then there is a fun quiz at The Why Not Bar, Benidorm in December (date to be confirmed). For more information please phone Marilyn on 965 864 394.

Their boots were made for walking!

The Costa Blanca mountain Walkers enjoyed a varied choice of four walks on Saturday with clear skies and sunshine. Twenty seven walkers enjoyed climbing two summits on the Penya de Tárbena Circuit. Twelve walked from Val D’Ebo with others enjoying a Grenadella extended 14km walk via the fort, cove Grenadella lookout, watchtower and Javea lookout with great views along the north and south coast. The most demanding route of the day was along the Resingles ridge of Mediodia which was definitely not for the faint hearted! This walk was enjoyed by 20 hardy souls. The CBMW website includes a range of walks for both new and experienced walkers. This friendly international group hopes that you will come and join them and share their love of walking in the beautiful mountains of the Costa Blanca.

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Torrevieja U3A dress up A very cold and extremely windy Thursday greeted the coachload of hardy travellers from Torrevieja U3A when they travelled up to Benidorm on November 14 to watch the English Fancy Dress parade. But, despite the weather, a good time seemed to be had by all. Although the route and timings of the parade itself were very confusing (well, this is Spain!) it is thought that everyone managed to see the majority of the colourful and imaginative displays. There were several quite clever floats provided by local theatres and hotels but the main parade consisted of the thousand odd people strutting their stuff around the roads.

The photo depicts four of the U3A members who took part and not a goosbump in sight!!

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Odd Fellows donate to Alfaz food bank The ‘Odd Fellows’ Costa Blanca association donated €500 to the Alfaz Food Bank last week which was gratefully accepted by Quim Sanblancat and Dolores Álvarez of the Social Volunteers that help man the food bank, Liv Rosaloe, Treasurer of Odd Fellows, Isabel Muñoz from the Food Bank and Martine Mertens, councillor for Foreign Residents.

U3A Marina Baixa Wine & Dine Group On Wednesday, November 13, members of the Wine and Dine Group of the U3A Marina Baixa travelled to Café Mar de España, in Albir where we had a wonderful threecourse lunch, plus drinks and we were served by excellent professional staff. Many thanks to Ann and Hazel, for once again organising a wonderful event. If you haven’t been with us for a meal come and join this friendly group. U3A Marina Baixa holds its general meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at our new venue The Forum, Alfaz del Pi. The next Meeting will be on Monday, November 25.

The doors open at 10am and the desks close at 10.50am for a prompt 11.00 am start. Please come early to sign in and get your seat! The General Meetings are normally always on the 4th Monday of the month. If you have not heard of this Association and would like to join them, you can be assured of a very warm welcome. Please visit the website to find out more information there is also a Facebook page. If you do not have internet access please contact their secretary Joan Flint on 96 586 1226 or mobile 663 637 167 for more information.

'Odd Fellows’ is an International organisation which originated in the UK more than 200 years ago but also has had firm roots in Norway for the century. With the huge population of Norwegian residents in Alfaz del Pi a branch set up and is headed by Sissel Lillian Lundvall, with the group helping a variety of social projects in the neighbourhood.

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Freemasons raise funds for Colegio Nazaret On Wednesday, October 30, Lodge members from the Santa Faz Lodge, W Bro Bryan Green, W Bro Ugo Fischetti and W Bro Brian Parry presented a cheque for €1, 775 to the Colegio Nazaret Alicante. This money was collected from various fundraising events held by Santa Faz Lodge during the last year which included, a Valentines Lunch, a Charity Walk and a Master at Home Party. The Colegio Nazaret Alicante has been in existence since 1957 providing boarding, education and other services needed by children at risk, and their families, in the Alicante Province. This donation from

Santa Faz Lodge will be used to provide much needed support for the increasing number of ‘at risk’ children in and around the Alicante community. W Bro Bryan Green was delighted to present this cheque from funds raised during his year in office to support this very worthy cause and he confirmed that Santa Faz Lodge would continue to support Colegio Nazaret with more fundraising events which are already planned for the forthcoming year. The photo shows W Bro's Bryan Green, Ugo Fischetti and Brian Parry, representing Santa Faz Lodge, and Director, Leoncio Calvo Gomez representing Colegio Nazaret Alicante. Sr Gomez added how grateful he was to the Lodge for the gift and said they would make very good use of the money in the coming weeks. Should you be interested in Freemasonry, please contact William G Turney ProvGCO (Communications Officer) by email at prensa@

100 from 41 Cluster in Calpe

Calpe 41 Club is one of a number of clubs around Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar, where people who once served in the service club 'Round Table' meet with friends and continue their fellowship. Each year members of these clubs in Iberia meet up to share their experiences and their fellowship, and this year this meeting, known as the Iberian Cluster, was held over the weekend of October 31 to November 3. A hundred members and partners from all over the peninsular, with a few visitors from UK clubs met up in Calpe. The venue was the award-winning Gran Hotel Sol y Mar, where everyone agreed that the planning was outstanding, and the service was superb. The wonderful facilities and the welldeserved reputation of the hotel helped to guarantee that a marvellous time was had by all. The plan included dinner at one of Calpe’s great Italian restaurants in 'Little Italy' on the Thursday evening. On Friday the group were whisked away on a bus trip to Guadalest in glorious sunshine. And that evening everyone dressed up for the International Buffet evening at Suitopia (the sister hotel). The evening started with drinks in the SkyBar on the 29th floor and ended with dancing to the everpopular Barry 'the Swingman' Peters. Saturday morning saw the business conducted very efficiently in the hotel Sportbar, in time to watch South Africa trounce England in the Rugby World Cup final. That evening everyone dressed in their finery for a cava reception in the beautiful Dorée, the hotel’s very sophisticated beach club bar. The Gala

Dinner was then served in the Salon Arena, and followed by a few words from UK National Vice President of 41 Club, Peter Good and various thank yous, and concluded with dancing into the early hours to Match, the stonkingly good ABBA tribute. To find out more about 41 Club in Calpe visit the website at www. On the home page you will also find links to some of the other 41 Clubs involved.

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Wine tasting for U3A Moraira-Teulada

Donation to San Jose Obrero Orphanage It was with great pleasure that Eric Raddings from Torrevieja Maritime Association, presented Vicente Martinez Agullo, director of the San Jose Obrero Orphanage in Orihuela, with Primark vouchers to help toward providing clothing for the children at the orphanage. Vicente and his team care for 80 plus orphans of all nationalities from all parts of the Alicante community, while also providing and maintaining four apartments in Orihuela and Alicante, each housing four young people, making the transition from the orphanage to becoming self sufficient in the outside world. Eric is the President of Torrevieja Maritime Association, which is a group of people who

meet the second Wednesday of the month at midday at Che Loco in El Chaparral, whose aim is to ‘stimulate and maintain interest in maritime activities for those in the area’. Anyone interested in joining the group please contact the secretary at torreviejama for more information.

U3A Moraira-Teulada Wine Group tastes wines from Valdepeñas Heavy snow and sub zero temperatures en route from Valdepeñas did not prevent the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine group enjoying a brilliant November tasting. Domingo, from the ever popular Corcovo Bodega in Valdepeñas, feared he might not complete the 430km journey when the weather closed in around him. However, he made it through with his precious cargo to join locally based Franco Valori in presenting six wines on what was his 12th visit. Judging by the queue to buy wines at what was the last tasting before Christmas, Domingo will hopefully be happy to make a 13th visit to the group in the not too distant future. Cheers everyone and a very Happy Christmas to all. Raise a glass to Pat and Brian Clarke for another year's hard work organising the tastings. Read the full report in Costa Blanca News 'Social Scene' pages on Friday.

Climbing clergy At 8.30am on Monday morning Fr Don together with Senior Chaplain Fr Marcus departed to work their way up Puig Campana joined by Steve and Nic, Fr Marcus’s friends. This was a sponsored climb for the local Chap-

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laincy with proceeds to be shared 25% to Alzheimers and 25% to Ccncer (details later). Who says Church is dull? Certainly not the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy. We in Albir are just one of seven churches on the Costa Blanca. See the website - http:// for more info. Read more in CBNews this Friday (North)


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RNA Torrevieja remember the fallen On November 10 the RNA Torrevieja branch proudly attended the Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Mil Palmeras with their individual standard (flag). The hundreds of congregation members exceeded the church capacity and spilled into the grounds outside. The RBL band and Torrevieja Pipes & Drums created awesome pride and pageantry, and the ‘lone piper’ played some spectacular traditional laments during the laying of the poppies and wreaths, which reaffirmed the nostalgic tradition of ‘Remembering The Fallen’ and being ever grateful for their sacrifice by all affirming: “We Will Remember Them.” All the standard bearers performed their roles with tremendous fortitude by maintaining dignified control in what can only be described as a ‘howling wind’. Like other associations, the RNA Torrevieja are committed to demonstrating their dedication to upholding traditions and showing their respect by attending and parading their standard at both official UK and Spanish ceremonies.

Monday’s Armistice Day parade and service on the November 11 was held by the RBL Torrevieja branch at La Siesta church, Torrevieja. Many UK service associations attended with their standards, including the RNA Torrevieja. Father Richard conducted the service, which was attended by dignitaries and officials of Torrevieja town hall and the RBL. This 100th Anniversary of the first remembrance ceremony, which was inaugurated by King George V, was again musically supported in the church by the RBL Concert Band, the Torrevieja Pipes & Drums, and the ‘lone piper’. Members of the congregation who were unable to be seated in the church were provided with seating in the grounds of the church, and were able participate in the service thanks to a sound system. Fortunately they did not have to endure the northerly wind of the previous day. Offertory proceeds via the enthusiastic band of collectors went to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It was a time for all to reflect and join in the act of Remembrance through the prayer and affirmation: They shall grow not old, As we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun And in the morning, We will remember them. Long may this tradition and sign of respect and gratitude be maintained. Subsequent to the Armistice Day parade and service, RNA members gathered at Ché Loco restaurant in El Chaparral for a superb buffet meal and lots of convivial conversation. More photos and information can be found at

Another great donation to the animal rescue centre in Torrevieja Two very generous Rojales ladies, Sofie and Kelly, El Cubo Cleaning Services, donated a variety of light and heavy blankets, beds and igloos for our cats. These igloos are fantastic. Not only do they help keep the cats warm during a cold winter evening but also provides a hidey hole for those cats that are shy or just want a bit of peace time. Thank you very much ladies. If you care to know more about the shelter and animals or indeed like to help in any way email them at

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Avoid blowing your budget on Black Friday By Vicky Shaw, P.A. As retailers bombard consumers with 'grab it now' deals, here's how to stop your costs spiralling out of control. As Christmas draws closer, retailers are gearing up for huge shopping bonanzas, with dramatic price reductions, 'grab it quick' offers and ticking countdown clocks all designed to make you spend, spend, spend. Black Friday falls on November 29, with online shopping event Cyber Monday following on December 2. Here are some top tips for savvy sales shopping, and sticking to your intended budget as the sales frenzies get under way... 1. Look out for bargains before Black Friday Thought Black Friday only lasted one day? The best bargains may not be on the day itself. And many stores will be slashing their prices before then as they battle to encourage you to part with your money. For example,'s Black Friday sale is stretching over eight days from November 22 through to November 29. To keep up to date about stores' sales and discount codes, you may also want to sign up for their newsletter emails. You could set up a separate email account to receive these to stop them clogging up your regular inbox.

2. Check the returns policy It can be easy to just grab everything off the shelves - and just assume you can return items later if you decide you don't want them. But if you simply change your mind about some of your purchases, will you be able to return them, or will you have wasted your money? Martyn James, spokesman for consumer help website, says: "Check out the returns policy that the retailer has. You have a number of statutory rights when it comes to returning wonky goods or services. But if you just want to change something or return it you will need to refer to the guide on the retailer's site." If you're buying Christmas gifts for loved ones on Black Friday, James also suggests asking for a gift receipt at the till, so your loved one can take the item back if they need to. In addition, he suggests that if you're buying gifts for Christmas, open the box carefully now to check everything's correct - rather than waiting until the big day. This could make it easier to return the purchase. 3. Be a cynic James says the rules covering sales can be broad, so if you see something that looks like a bargain, go to the manufacturer's website and look at the recommended retail price (RRP). Bear in mind that items often

sell for less than this all year round. Some websites will give price comparisons if you do online searches for items. 4. Check the delivery charges James says: "If you're buying big items, make sure you've checked to see if there will be a delivery charge." He also cautions that the costs can quickly add up if you are buying items from overseas - so what initially looks like a 'bargain' could become much more expensive. 5. Focus on the real deals When you're being bombarded with messages about 'great offers', it can be hard to stay focused on what's really a great deal. Salman Haqqi, a personal finance expert at, says the prices of gadgets such as TVs, tablets, laptops, kitchen accessories, games consoles and smart home devices often plunge around Black Friday. says the steepest discounts on TVs can often be on the more "mid-range" options. But the website also cautions against splashing out just because there's a big discount. While now could be a great time to upgrade your old tech, if you're existing gadgets are still working well, it's probably more cost effective to stick with what you've got.

6. Use plastic wisely It can be particularly tempting in the sales to ramp up your credit card spending - but this could cause a debt hangover you'll be paying off well into 2020. Switching to a card with an introductory rate of 0% on purchases could help you avoid interest on your Black Friday and other Christmas spending. That way you can make sure all your repayments go towards reducing the debt. But try to avoid any debt if you can.

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Gladrags and cava night APAH will be hosting a second Gladrags and cava night on Tuesday No-

vember 26 at Bar Las Rosas in San Miguel de Salinas the night starts at 7.30pm and cost €3 to enter which includes a glas of cava. You can then browse through some gorgeous clothes, (many new), shoes and handbags. Bag yourself a bargain for the festive season.

Pets in Spain Xmas fair Pets in Spain would like to invite you all to their Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November, 30, 11am till 2pm. This will be held at their Charity Shop located in between Hogs Head and Chief O’Neil’s, Calle Francisco de Quevedo, La Marina Urb. in San Fulgencio. They will have lots of stalls to browse around to buy your Christmas goodies and usual home baked

goodies. Plus VERYTHING in both their charity shops will be HALF PRICE for 1 day only!

Living in Spain and Brexit pop-up event in Alcalalí A team from the Alicante British Consulate will be at the Alcalalí Drop-in Centre, at the Centro Civico on Carrer Valent between 9.30 to 14.30 today Wednesday, November 20.

Anyone can come during this time to ask specific questions about how to prepare for Brexit, how to register as a resident under current guidelines and how to access health care in Spain.

Join the regional March against Gender Violence On Saturday, November 23 La Nucia will be taking part in this regional event to raise awareness and this year the march aims to include the youth. It will set off at 5pm from the Plaça dels Músics and slowly meander through the streets with the Batukada Jam group, ending at the El Cirrer Social Centre. Once arrived they will be greeted by live music performed by saxophonist Román Rodríguez then manifestos will be read out by young people of the Marina Baixa Regional Council of Equity, which covers the towns of Finestrat, La Nucia, Villjoyosa, Altea, Callosa d’en Sarrià, Polop, Alfaz del Pi and Benidorm. This will then be followed by a dance from the Dance School of La Nucia, interpreting a piece against Gender Violence. Later the group ‘Locos de Atar’ will animate this message with their music in the social centre. Free bus service to La Nucia from: Villajoyosa: From Llar del Pensionista at 4pm call to reserve a seat 96 589 42 12. Limited spaces. Altea: From Plaça Els Esports leaving at 3.30pm. Limited spaces. For more info contact your town hall. Los Montesinos and San Fulgencio On Nov 24 at 10am there will be

5km and 10km march in Los Montesinos town hall square. In San Fulgencio there are various activities all weekend including a huge display of purple butterflies on Monday, Nov 25 outside the Council Offices on the Urb along with an Information Table. Councillor for Social Services (Urb), Samantha Hull, sends a thank you to all who have made purple butterflies to support the International Day Against Violence Towards Women and adds that to take part, please take your purple butterflies made out of absolutely anything from crochet, to scraps of material to paper to the Council Offices on the Urb before Friday, November 22.

Spiritualist Centre, Benijófar The Spiritualist Centre, Benijófar meets at Hamilton´s Bake House, 62 Calle Vicente, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar 03178. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30am., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7pm. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Open Circle every Thursday at 6.30pm. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, November 24 will be taken by Anna Marie Blythe. The Evening of Mediumship on November 26 will be taken by Micky Ivers at 7pm.

The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, December 3 will be taken by Ray Bailey at 11.30am. On Tuesday, December 3 it is our carol service (tickets only). We are then closed for Christmas until Sunday, January 12, 2020. For further information: www. Telephone 626 602 904 or you can email phoenixchurch23@gmail. com or info@spiritualistcentre-beni Fiscal ID G54713789

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Recycling love - super sale at charity shop Amigos de Denia Charity Shop in Paseo Saladar 87B, Denia, is recycling love in a big way with a Super Sale from November 28 to December 2. On Thursday, November 28 most items will be reduced to €2, books and music to 50 cents. On Friday, 1€/50c; on Saturday 50c/10c; on Monday, December 2 (if there is anything left) 10 cents/2 cents. If you would like to join our multinational team of volunteers, contact Denise on 689 628 053.

Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 1pm. We accept donations of goods in good condition: clothing, books, music and DVD's, kitchenware, furniture, jewellery etc. Goods requiring transportation must be paid for as we do not have our own transport. Thank you for your understanding. Our funds help support various local organisations in the Denia and Marina Alta such as: Amadem, Amunt, Caritas, Red Cross Denia, Extiende tu Mano, Residencial Santa Lucia, APAD.

Costa Blanca Astronomical Society This year is the 50th Anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing. You have probably heard lots of stories about the American efforts to reach this goal, but do you know what happened to the Soviet program? The Soviets were the first to put a satellite into orbit around the earth, the first man in space, the first woman in space, the first to walk in space, and had several other ‘firsts’. Why did they not then go on to become the first to land a man on the moon? There was a fascinating exhibition at the British science museum in 2016 entitled ‘Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space age’ telling the story of the Soviet space exploration. Including original documents and ob-

jects from the moon landing era. The Costa Blanca Astronomical Society has great pleasure in announcing that the next speaker in our series of professional Astronomy speakers is Doug Millard (pictured) the senior Curator of that exhibition from the British science museum. Doug has

Floral club demonstration On Thursday, November 28 the Marina Alta Costa Blanca Floral Club will be holding their Christmas floral demonstration entitled “Up to Snow Good” by international floral artist and

Chelsea gold medallist John McDonald. See www. Read more in Friday's Costa Blanca News (North Social Scene pages).

edited and authored several books and is an excellent communicator. In his talk he recounts how the exhibition project came to be and, unexpectedly, reopened in Moscow in the Summer of 2016 and gives us insights into the Soviet space program, its competition with the Americans, and answers to our question. The talk will be on Wednesday, November 27 at the Casa De Cultura (first floor Sala de Actas) in Denia starting at 7pm. The title of his talk is ‘The Race to Space’ Everyone is welcome. The language will be English and there is no need to reserve seating. If you have any questions, please call the secretary of the group at 671 152 686.

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Autumnal vegetable soup with basil, garlic and olive oil

Fig and frangipane tarts

Recipes by Rick Stein By Ella Walker, P.A. Autumnal vegetable soup with basil, garlic and olive oil This will keep you going on cold evenings. "One of the rather pathetic realities of the fact that so many of the restaurants in France are disappointing these days is the almost tearful joy in finding one that's everything you would have hoped for, often from your childhood or teenage memories," says chef Rick Stein. "Such a place is Le Bistro du Paradou near Arles. I've mentioned the restaurant and this soup in the introduction to the book, and like all great dishes it takes me back to the evening I ate it. I remember the large green tureen it was served in and the wonderful scent of basil, olive oil and garlic. I also recall the animated chat round the table with my friend John Illsley, his wife Steph and my wife Sas about the French and about the realities of his band Dire Straits writing 'Sultans of Swing' in a council flat in Deptford." Ingredients: (Serves 6-8) 100g dried beans, such as flageolet, cannellini or haricots, soaked overnight in cold water 4tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 leek, halved lengthways and finely sliced 2 carrots, chopped 1 bouquet garni (bay leaf, thyme sprigs and parsley stalks) 675g courgettes, cut into small dice 450g tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped 2 medium potatoes, cut into small dice 100g fine green beans, topped, tailed and cut into 3-4 pieces

100g frozen peas 75g orzo or spaghetti, broken into small lengths Salt and black pepper To serve: Grated Parmesan cheese Extra virgin olive oil Green pistou Method: 1. Drain the soaked beans. Heat two tablespoons of the oil in a pan, add the garlic and cook gently for two to three minutes. Add the beans and 1.25 litres of water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 3060 minutes, or until just tender. Add half a teaspoon of salt and simmer for another five minutes, then set aside. 2. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan. Add the onion, leek and carrots and cook gently for five to six minutes until softened but not browned. Add the beans, their cooking liquor and the bouquet garni to the pan of softened vegetables. Add the courgettes, tomatoes and potatoes and another 1.25 litres of water, then season with two teaspoons of salt and some pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. 3. Add the green beans, peas and pasta to the pan and simmer for another 10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. 4. Remove the pan from the heat, take out the bouquet garni and stir in the pistou. Check the seasoning and serve in warmed bowls, with some extra grated Parmesan cheese and a little jug of extra virgin olive oil to drizzle on top. Fig and frangipane tarts Crisp pastry and jammy figs just add ice cream. "The idea for these little tarts comes from the delightful southern town of Uzes. At dinner one night, I had a fig tart and was intrigued by the fact that it had this delicious

moelleux texture in the centre," remembers chef Rick Stein. "On leaving, I asked for the recipe and was told, sorry, they bought it in. Sadly, this happens so much in French restaurants - the cost of staff I'm afraid. "What I took to be subtlety was probably simply that the tart had been cooked from frozen and was still slightly underdone in the centre. This is a proper version and quite delicious. I favour creme fraiche with these." Ingredients: (Makes 6 tartlets) For the shortcrust pastry: 170g plain flour, plus extra for rolling 100g cold unsalted butter, cubed Pinch of salt 1 egg yolk 1-2tbsp ice-cold water For the filling: 100g butter, at room temperature 100g caster sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1/2tsp almond extract 100g ground almonds 9 figs, quartered 1tbsp flaked almonds To serve: 1tsp icing sugar 6tbsp creme fraiche Method: 1. For the pastry, put the flour, butter and salt in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Transfer to a bowl and add the egg yolk mixed with a tablespoon of cold water to make a smooth but not sticky dough. Add the extra water if required. 2. Put the dough on a floured work surface, roll it out and line six loose-bottomed 10-12cm tartlet tins. Chill for about 30 minutes. 3. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C. 4. Line each tin with a circle of baking parchment or foil,

add baking beans and bake blind for 10 minutes. Remove the beans and paper, then put the tins back in the oven for a further five minutes. Turn the oven down to 190°C/Fan 170°C. 5. While the pastry cases are cooking make the frangipane. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until you have a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the eggs and almond extract, then stir in the ground almonds and mix well.

Divide the mixture between the pastry cases and arrange six fig wedges on top of each tart. Scatter with some of the flaked almonds and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. 6. Dust with a little icing sugar and serve warm or at room temperature with some creme fraiche. Rick Stein's Secret France by Rick Stein, photography by James Murphy, is published by BBC Books. Available now.

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Happy birthday

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Your stars for next week


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22 May - 21 Jun


22 June - 23 Jul

This is a week for strengthening relationships by giving others confidence in you. Let them know that they can rely on and seek your advice. Of course, you should only make offers that you can deliver on. To do less would produce disappointment. Determined and dynamic, you really do aim to get things done. Of course, you also realise that you need the cooperation of others for success.

Picking up on an old idea could improve your finances. Nothing happens immediately but if you use finances carefully, patience will do the rest. Optimism is the magic wand that sees you through any objections to your plans. A romantic link now needs to be nourished and strengthened if it is to bring satisfaction. There are no shortcuts to long-term happiness. You will get out only what you put in.

Be on your toes this week, especially when it comes to business and cash flow. Someone may try to change your direction to gain an advantage for themselves. You always like to think the best of others, just be aware that not everyone is as straightforward as you! The weekend will bring the chance of a lighter mood and a hot shot at romance. Delays in travel plans could be a blessing in disguise.

Are you sending out mixed messages when it comes to love? Trying to get everything that you want can be confusing for both of you. Some choices need to be made by you. Be careful not to lose what you have in the romance stakes! A new arrival at work could throw a plan off kilter, so be the one to speak first. Socially, be aware not to take anyone for granted just because you are busy.





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24 Oct - 22 Nov

A lovely week when you are much in demand. Young people make you smile and remind you of what is really important to you. Arranging a get-together? Communicate now to be sure everyone is free to attend. Worried about the expense of getting presents? Visit some charity shops and find those elusive bargains. You will also be helping others at the same time!

Given the chance to choose, would you go ahead with what you are intending to do this week? Maybe you feel pushed into a corner? As much as you love to make others happy and be useful, you can say no. A stale situation socially can be livened up by you issuing some invitations. Romance makes your eyes shine and your cheeks glow. So, why would you hesitate?

Do try to get more of a balance between what you want to do and what you feel obliged to do. Getting it right is important or you could end up feeling sorry for yourself. Mixing business with pleasure boosts confidence but could also lead to a temptation. When this comes out of nowhere it takes you by surprise. Bringing together folk who are not getting on too well with each other is a risk but maybe one worth taking?

A lack of cooperation from someone close is annoying but not important. It is possible to go ahead without their input. Should they show a change of heart later, be gracious and bring them up to date. A romantic offer needs thinking about. Use your charm and imagination to cause a delay. Trying to please everyone could see you make a promise that you cannot keep.





23 Nov - 21 Dec

Using your charm to delay a financial matter gives time to think. There are more solutions to explore given the chance. There is nothing wrong in taking professional advice. Just make sure it is cost-effective or free! A new idea that brings more balance to home and work is worth exploring. Will it work? Maybe there is only one way to find out but hold on to your cash.

22 Dec - 20 Jan

Someone who can make your life easier makes themselves known. Hold on to any suspicions until you investigate. Give health your priority both for yourself and loved ones. With a busy time ahead you need to be firing on all cylinders. There are beginnings and ends in relationships. However, be slow to burn any bridges until you have crossed over to the other side.

21 Jan - 19 Feb

When getting something social organised, make it fun by involving others. Someone who you have not been getting on too well with (possibly in the family) could be drawn in to make them feel more accepted. When it comes to money, delay paying out only until you are feeling the need. To do otherwise could cause bad feeling. Get a better balance between give and take.

20 Feb - 20 Mar

Someone who you ask for advice may be hesitating. Before thinking the worst, think. You may simply have taken them by surprise. Ask again but in a more light-hearted way and you could get a different response. You don't need an excuse to get folk together for a party but do share the cost with others. Joining in with something that is raising money for a good cause goes well.

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Five hottest bag trends from mini clutches to maxi totes

By Katie Wright, P.A. After some winter arm candy? Katie Wright reveals the best buys of the season. The finishing touch to any outfit, a handbag is a wardrobe must-have, whatever the season. And for this autumn/ winter, you're spoilt for choice, with everything from glitzy party clutches to furry shoulder bags for everyday wear.

Inspired by the catwalks, here are the five bag trends you need to know about, and where to shop them on the high street right now... 1. Mini bags The biggest bag trend of AW19 is actually... the smallest. Just when you thought designer handbags couldn't get any tinier, Jacquemus came out with a micro top handle bag so small that it fits in your palm. Practical? No, of course not, but that's not the point. These darling little things are for those nights when all you need to carry with you is your phone, keys and lipstick. New Look: Black Velvet Mini Tote Bag, Cream Check Blazer, Black Ribbed Long Sleeve Roll Neck Top Oasis: Tabby Mini Tote Bag

2. Boxy bags As the sportswear trend has reached its peak, we've seen a reaction to all those casual clothes with the arrival of shiny, boxy bags on the catwalk - it's a bit like carting around a vanity case or jewellery box. The antithesis of the slouchy hobo bag, these straight-edged beauties should always be teamed with your festive finery. Dorothy Perkins: Black Diamante Boarder Cross Body Bag, Silver Mesh Dress (similar). Dune: Eminnie Black Box Cross Body Bag V by Very Jeanie Boxy Top Handle Cross Body Bag 3. Croc bags At Bottega Veneta, Chloe and Lanvin, luxe croc has taken over from boring old leather in the accessories department, with shiny

bags in bright hues and interesting shapes. A mini croc bag is ideal for evening, while a mid-sized bucket bag is more practical for daytime. Deichmann: Red Croc Cross Body Bag Head Over Heels Boo Croc Effect Bucket Bag, House of Fraser 4. Fuzzy bags While designer brands are lining up to declare they'll no longer use real fur, the faux stuff is all over the catwalks, with fun fluffy bags in teddy bear textures. A furry bag elevates a cosy winter outfit, giving your usual jeans, jumper and wool coat combo a fashionforward edge. Oasis: Faux Fur Tote Bag, Roll Neck Knit Jumper, Knitted Skirt Dune Dtedddy Camel Medium Faux Fur Lined Tote Bag

accessories spectrum you've got the likes of Lanvin and Proenza Schouler making the case for extralarge bags, so you can tote around all your essential belongings (and probably some non-essentials too) and still be on-trend. Accessorize Woven Handle Leather Bucket Bag, (clothing, stylist's own) Oliver Bonas Nattie Black Shearling Oversized Tote Bag

5. Maxi bags Does the absurdity of the micro bag trend make you want to roll your eyes and shake your head? Fear not, because at the other end of the

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What is orthosomnia? By Ella Walker, P.A. The sleep disorder fuelled by the rise of digital sleep trackers - this is what you need to know. A warm bath, a cup of milk, no screens in the bedroom, the comfiest sheets you can get your hands on, and sleep trackers and stat counters galore - it doesn't seem unreasonable to do everything possible to achieve a good night's sleep, especially if you find it tricky to drift off. However, all that well-intentioned, tech-reliant slumber prep can tip into unhealthy sleep-related habits if you're not careful, and lead to 'orthosomnia' losing sleep over, well, losing sleep. "Orthosomnia stems from the Latin terms 'ortho' meaning correct and 'somnia' meaning sleep," explains Rob Hobson, a nutritionist and sleep ambassador, author of The Art of Sleeping (HQ, available November 14). "This term was coined by re-

searchers to describe the potential risks associated with people who develop an unhealthy preoccupation with improving the data from their sleep tracker." How does it develop? "Sleep trackers can offer useful insight into your pattern of sleep, but the data is not always that precise," notes Hobson. "For example, many of them are not hugely accurate at distinguishing between the time spent asleep versus the time spent in bed. "Orthosomnia develops when too much focus is put on this sleep data in an attempt to achieve the perfect sleep score. Over time, this can lead to unhealthy sleep behaviours." What are the symptoms? Some of the symptoms associated with orthosomnia include; difficulty nodding off and staying asleep, waking up too early, unrefreshed

sleep, anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability and poor concentration. "The obsessive focus on improving sleep in this way may actually cause your sleep to suffer," continues Hobson. "Orthosomnia may be recognised in someone who has been using a tracker but finds their sleep has worsened as they attempt to make changes to optimise the data (sleep score) to get the 'perfect' sleep."

Why is it a problem? Sammy Margo, The Good Sleep Expert (thegoodsleep, says that becoming "too dependent upon trackers which may be inaccurate or incorrect," means you can "forget to listen to your body and what it needs." "The more you think about sleeping the less easy it can be to actually fall asleep. In the quest for sleep perfection, people can develop increased anxiety and stress which activates the sympathetic nervous system and can prolong wakefulness," explains Hobson. "Research has shown how people become reliant on their tracker to tell them whether they got a restful sleep rather than how they actually felt. It has also been shown how people self-diagnose and convince themselves they have a sleep disorder based on the sleep data, even though they may not," he adds. "Research has also shown how people may spend excessive amounts of time in bed in an attempt to get higher numbers on their sleep score. This behaviour only reinforces poor sleeping habits and can condition the body for sleeplessness, and may lead to future issues with insomnia further down the line." How can you manage it? Hobson suggests getting rid of your sleep tracker, "but you could also try and use the tracker in a more useful way to help you adopt better sleep hygiene habits." Margo advises "gradual disengagement" and using trackers "part time", while both advocate for establishing good sleep hygiene habits - for example, Hobson suggests, by "keeping a con-

stant bedtime and wake time that also allows you to try and get the number of hours sleep to meet your needs." He adds: "Try relaxation techniques before bedtime to help ease and calm a busy mind. Create a calming sleep environment that is dark, cool and clutter-free. "Wake time is especially important. Try to expose yourself to as much light in the morning to optimise your circadian rhythm." However, in more challenging cases, you "may need to participate in some sort of treatment, such as cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia," he says. What can actually help with getting a good night's sleep? "Enforce a digital detox a couple of hours before you go to bed," encourages Hobson. "Phones, laptops and TVs not only emit blue light, which can hamper the release of melatonin (the sleep hormone), but can also create anxiety and stress in the moments before bed when you should be relaxing." "Bodies like rhythm and routine," notes Margo, adding that we need to "set aside time for a bedtime routine in our busy 24/7 lifestyles, "in order to properly unwind."

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Repetitive strain injury Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It's also known as workrelated upper limb disorder, or non-specific upper limb pain. The condition most commonly affects parts of the upper body, such as the: 쐽 Forearms and elbows 쐽 Wrists and hands 쐽 Neck and shoulders Symptoms of RSI The symptoms of RSI can range from mild to severe and usually develop gradually. They often include: 쐽 Pain, aching or tenderness 쐽 Stiffness 쐽 Throbbing 쐽 Tingling or numbness 쐽 Weakness 쐽 Cramp At the start, you might only notice symptoms when you're carrying out a particular repetitive action. But without treatment, the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and

cause longer periods of pain. You may also get swelling in the affected area, which can last for several months. What to do if you think you have RSI If you develop symptoms of RSI and think it may be related to your job, speak to your employer or occupational health representative. It may be possible to modify your tasks to improve your symptoms. See your Dr if symptoms continue, despite attempts to change how you work. What causes RSI? RSI is related to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the upper body. Certain things are thought to increase the risk of RSI, including: 쐽 Repetitive activities 쐽 Doing a high-intensity activity for a long time without rest 쐽 Poor posture or activities that involve working in an awkward position 쐽 Cold temperatures and vi-

brating equipment are also thought to increase the risk of getting RSI and can make the symptoms worse. Stress can also be a contributing factor. 쐽 Jobs that involve repetitive movements can lead to RSI, such as working on an assembly line, at a supermarket checkout or on a computer. Your work environment should be as comfortable as possible. You should ideally have a workplace assessment so that any adjustments needed, can be made. Your employer has a legal duty to try to prevent workrelated RSI and ensure anyone who already has the condition doesn't get any worse. How RSI is treated The first step in treating RSI is usually to identify and modify the task or activity that is causing the symptoms. If necessary, you may need to stop doing the activity altogether. To relieve symptoms, your Dr may recommend taking paracetamol or a short course of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen. They may also suggest using a hot or cold pack, elastic support or splint. You may also be referred to a physiotherapist for advice on posture and how to strengthen or relax your muscles. Some people find that other types of therapy help to relieve symptoms, including massage, yoga and osteopathy.

risk assessment when you join a company to check that your work area is suitable and comfortable for you. You can request an assessment if you haven't had one. There are also things you can do to help reduce your risk of getting RSI, such as: 쐽 Maintaining good posture at work 쐽 Taking regular breaks from long or repetitive tasks – it's better to take smaller, more fre-

quent breaks than one long lunch break 쐽 Trying breathing exercises if you're stressed If you work at a computer all day, make sure your seat, keyboard, mouse and screen are positioned so they cause the least amount of strain.

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Change of clothes This morning started out pretty much like every morning in our household; Mother Nature woke me up around 4 am to remind me that it was time for a trip to the bathroom, my second of the night. This isn’t anything special on my part nor is it news to anyone in my age group; increasing trips to the bathroom are a natural result of getting old. (1) While the trips are mostly just an inconvenience, a real problem exists in that I have trouble getting back to sleep after returning to bed. On this particular Saturday morning, the effort was even worse. I tossed and turned for an hour, mulling over all the problems in the world. I finally got up at 5, trudged out to the kitchen and turned on the coffee pot before returning to the bedroom and putting on yesterday’s clothes; this was a pair of jeans and a plaid shirt, the uniform I adopted the first day the temperature dropped below sixty. Wearing yesterday’s clothes is a benefit of being retired; It’s a practice that ranks high on my retirement benefits, being one less decision I have to make in preparing for my day. (2) Back in my working days, after I moved to the big city and went from a factory floor to a white collar worker, that rushing around looking for something to wear became a daily chore. ‘White collar’ meant just that; in the offices where I worked, there was a strict dress code and straying very far from its dictates meant denunciation from the corner office. (3) You probably won’t believe it but in those days, there were folks in every office who made it their business to keep track of clothing decrees and other office decorum minutiae. I was never one of those people. Honest. (3) But that was all in the past. I no longer have a suit, a tie or even a dressy white shirt; I do have a ‘Sunday best’ outfit for weddings and funerals and I have a favourite plaid shirt and a pair of khaki Dockers for less formal occasions such as eating wings at the BW3. Mostly, however, I wear my every day outfit; this time of year, it’s denim jeans, a plaid shirt and a dark coloured t-shirt, the same thing I put on this morning. (4) Now, as I sit here in my office chair contemplating all the things I have learned today about clothing habits, I stopped long enough to get a sip of my coffee; spilling a little while looking for a clean spot on my desk to sit the cup. I checked my clothes for stains; coffee spills or errant bits of mustard are a hazard to the practice of sporting the same clothes for days on end. Levi’s, the manufacturer of my jeans, recommends only washing them once a month; which reminds me; I have no idea when the pair I have on were last washed and even worse, I have no idea how long I have been wearing them. Good Lord. How long has it been? A quick sniff yields no answer. A few days? A week? I need to start keeping track of this kind of stuff; maybe an entry on the calendar would do the trick. Better yet, there might be an app for

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On the box Michael McIntyre's Big Show (BBC1, 8.10pm)

A regular column by Gordon Grindstaff

Saturday, 23/11/2019 Back in 2003, Michael McIntyre hoped he would do well at the Edinburgh Festival. He was nominated for a prestigious gong as Best Newcomer, and although he didn't win, that didn't stop him from becoming one of the UK's best-loved light entertainers. This show started as a Christmas one-off in 2015, but proved such a hit with the masses that series was commissioned and since 2016 has been a BBC One staple for the winter months. Once more Michael will be lending a hand with the laughs in a series recorded at the London Palladium. Robbie Williams recently recorded and appearance, but the first edition features a musical performance by Liam Payne; he belts out his latest single, Stack it Up. Plus, survival expert Bear Grylls hands his phone over to the host for Send To All.

that; maybe I should ask Alexa or Siri. Most likely, they would wear jeans. Wouldn’t they? G2 Notes: 1: I pay particular attention to these prompts relayed from my kidneys to my brain telling me it’s time to get up and give my bladder some relief. I live in mortal fear of one night bringing on an accident by dreaming that I have gotten up and taken care of business. 2: Changing clothes every day is a relatively new practice. We need look no further than early 20th century homes to realize that; bedrooms with closets were rare. There was not a lot of need; regular folks only had one outfit for every day living, another for Sunday best and perhaps something to augment seasonal changes. Roland Marchand in his book ‘Advertising the American dream’ looks at the 1920’s and ‘30’s when ‘Advertising discovered striking new ways to play on our anxieties’. Marchand “traced the successful efforts of soap manufacturers to sell men on the idea of shaving every day and men and women both on the idea of changing their clothes every day” according to the internet’s ‘askhistorians’ Reddit website. Just to sell more soap; imagine that. 3: In the early 1970’s, Susie gave me a white turtleneck sweater for Christmas and when that was coupled with my blue plaid leisure suit, boy, did I ever look snazzy stepping out with my baby. I looked so good, in fact, I decided to wear that turtleneck to work with my blue sport coat and my gray slacks. I have to tell you, I looked sharp on that cold Monday morning; Clark Gable, had he still been alive, would have been envious of that outfit. But not my boss; he sent me home to put on my regular white shirt and tie and docked my pay for the time I was gone. I never did that again. Incidentally, I wanted to work in something snarky about dickeys – fake turtlenecks - in this note but was unable to come up with anything satisfactory. If you’re unfamiliar with what a dickey is, they still sell them on Amazon. 4: Susie despises coloured t-shirts. I don’t know why and we have a little talk about it every time I put one on but I still don’t know why. I guess she’s just a traditionalist.

How to Spend It Well at Christmas (ITV, 7pm) Sunday, 24/11/2019 Once more Phillip Scofield presents this guide to the best gifts and gadgets on the market (with help from his better half, Steph). From expensive beauty tech to personalised stocking fillers, there's a chance to see what's worth shelling out your cash for. Corrie's Jack Shepherd, Alan Halsall and Colson Smith give their verdicts on personal electric vehicles. Thirty Christmas shoppers play Phillip's new seasonal gameshow, Higher or Lower; Clare Balding is on a mission to find the perfect present for our pets, and Phillip invites Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards to put some of the most popular gift experiences to the test. At the end of the show, Schofield reveals his top picks of the best gifts and gadgets.

The Martin Lewis Money Show (ITV, 8pm) Monday, 25/11/2019 Christmas is coming, which means it's the perfect time for the financial journalist and co-host Angellica Bell returns with more moneysaving tips and advice. However, Martin isn't just talking about cutting out festive bills, as he begins with up-to-the-minute information on the impending deadline for the Help to Buy ISA scheme. He's also been travelling across the country answering the pressing financial concerns of the nation. If he doesn't address your biggest worry, the good news is he's back at the same time tomorrow with a special live edition.

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British Fancy Dress Day in Benidorm 2019 Last Thursday, November 14 the immensely popular British Fancy Dress day took place in Benidorm. Thousands upon thousands of British holiday makers, and residents who come to the town especially for this day, put their costumes on and took to the streets in and around Calle Mallorca (The Square) with bars full all day long. See if you got snapped by our photographer Ángel García.

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Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular clues - the answers are the same.

Cryptic clues Across 1 Great Leo is not exactly one's hidden self (5,3) 7 A woman will supply the ammunition (5) 8 Very clever cut for a gem (9) 9 Epitaph for a rascal (3) 10 Something of great value found in Cherub Yacht Club (4) 11 It's hardly enough to put a food container in the pigpen (6) 13 Bronte could be a Frenchman (6) 14 One who adds to the season (6) 17 Make a mistake being reticent about having a drink (6) 18 They are all in the same boat (4) 20 The reason for doing one's bidding (3) 22 Teach a group to form a civilian militia (5-4) 23 The mechanical part functions (5)

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24 Rebuild winch as a cutter (8) Down 1 A doctor has some hesitation about the colour (5) 2 It'll stop you getting needled (7) 3 An actor's part in the proletariat (4) 4 Hardly a direct shot, but worth a quick look (6) 5/19 She seems happy when her husband's late (5,5) 6 Ship's barber? (7) 7 Peremptory demand for a rise (5-2) 12 In favour of Tess going out in the woods (7) 13 Shouts for help in lighting the fire (7) 15 Arms rot badly then go with a bang (7) 16 Quietly get to spread the word (6) 17 The way to the rescue boat is pretty desolate (5) 19 See 5 Not in favour of harassed Tina (4) Regular clues Across 1 A trusted friend (5,3) 7 Use explosives on (5) 8 Full of light (9) 9 Tear violently (3) 10 Precious stone (4) 11 Of small extent or amount (6) 13 Native of Brittany (6) 14 Warmest season (6) 17 Fortified Spanish wine (6) 18 People manning a ship (4) 20 Person's destiny (3) 22 A 17th/18th century militia company (5-4) 23 Internal mechanism of a device (5) 24 Portable power tool for cutting wood (8)

Down 1 Deep yellow colour (5) 2 Small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing (7) 3 What something is used for (4) 4 Quick look (6) 5/19 Franz Lehar operetta (5,5) 6 Fast sailing-ship (7) 7 Rise to one's feet (5-2) 12 Large areas of trees and undergrowth (7) 13 Device for driving air into something (7) 15 Short cannons for firing shells at high angles (7) 16 Deliver a sermon (6) 17 Sharply evident (5) 19 See 5 21 Opposed to (4)

Spanish-English crossword

Improve your vocabulary with our Spanish/English crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English. Across 1 Descuidado (8) 7 Forma (5) 8 Seguro (9) 9 Comer (3) 10 Caída (4) 11 Papeles (6) 13 Cartel (6) 14 Bebes (6) 17 Escamas (zoológica) (6) 18 Jefe (4) 20 Mar (3) 22 Educación (9) 23 Focas (5) 24 Mensajes (8)

Down 1 Acantilado (5) 2 Resultado (7) 3 El Señor (4) 4 Domingo (6) 5 Pasteles (5) 6 Escarabajos (7) 7 Varios (7) 12 Décadas (7) 13 Poseer (7) 15 Planchando (7) 16 Rechazar (6) 17 Ensalada (5) 19 Canciones (5) 21 Bolsas (4)

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A.R.C. Jalón Valley

APAH Born in 2015, HENRY, along with his brothers and sisters were left in a bin when they were only 10 days old. Now, 4 years old Henry is the last one still in kennels. Although he is a large dog, he is very gentle, with a friendly nature. He just wants to please people and gets on best with female dogs. To arrange to meet Henry, please call 630 422 563 or 616 210 850.

DOTTIE – This beautiful Podenco cross is 3+ years old and has been spayed and micro chipped. She loves to go for walks and be made a fuss of and would make a great companion. No adoptioin fee but a donation is much appreciated. Also,


many other dogs, cats and & kittens needing homes. Food and donations also urgently needed and can be left at ARC’s charity shop on Carrer Valencia 1, Jalon between 10 am and 1.30 pm Monday to Saturday. Contact Sally by email at uk. Facebook: Jalon Valley ARC Charity Reg No CV-01054107-A

AKIRA Animal Shelter

K9 Club CANELA D.O.B. January 2018. Canela was rescued from an apartment in Almoradí after her owners went away. She is a very happy affectionate girl who loves children but prefers her own company where other canines are concerned. If you would like to adopt Canela call the K9 Club on 600 845 420/610 832 726.

TRISTAN is a lovely boy who is great with children and is currently sharing a kennel with two other dogs with no problems. He is 4 years old and is vaccinated, chipped and has a passport so can travel out-

side of Spain, if required. He can also be fostered; Akira pays all expenses for their dogs on foster. If you would like more information then please call (34) 657 689 567 or email If you would like to visit Tristan and take him for a walk, then don't hesitate to come up to the shelter to see him, he would be very pleased to meet you. We are open every day between 10am and 3pm.

Denia Cat Protection League Aldea Felina - Many loving, playful and cuddly cats are at the shelter. Like the cute little DOBBY here. Most have gone through their health checks and are ready for adoption. They urgently need a real home and are looking forward to your visit. For adopting Dobby or any of our other cats, the shelter is open every Sunday 10am – 12pm or please call Luisa for an appointment 648 100 629.

APROP We have FRANK and DEANO. Both in foster care but are looking for their forever homes. They are around 11 weeks old, friendly and cuddly. Please call APROP Pego on 634 306 265 or 605 575 883. Email or see website:

SANDY, female, dog shelter since 11.01.2016 Crossbreed, DOB 15.01.2013 - 50 cm Sandy is a very sweet medium sized dog that probably lived on the end of a chain all her life. Really needs a good home as soon as possible. Call APASA on 966 463 976.


BESS is a sweet little dog, she is 2 years old and has had a sad life, she deserves so much more. She is still quite nervous of people, but with TLC this is changing. Bess is looking for a home of her own, can you love her? Phone 650 304 746 or email


OREO is a gorgeous, playful and affectionate puppy: happy and healthy, a 4-legged bundle of joy. Oreo is a sociable with a great and open character. He loves to play to be cuddled. Oreo is clean and walks fairly well on the leash. As an adult Oreo will likely be a strong dog and he needs a responsible home where he will be taught some basic skills. This won´t be a problem because he is a clever boy and he wants to please. Contact 966 427 678, email or see

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Plumbing & electric installations

Locksmiths LOCKSMITH & ALICANTE AIRPORT Transfer services available from Rojales, Ciudad Quesada, Urb. La Marina and Guardamar. Call Peter on 655 527 168 or email:

PROFESSIONAL TREE CARE. Palm cleaning and treating/pine trees. Overgrown gardens. Quick with quality service. Plastic & gravel work. Economical prices. Free Quote. Call Alexander 642 548 724

LOCKSMITH 24hr 607 493 118, Torrevieja & surrounding areas

SPECIALIST TREE CUTTING & trimming palm/pine tree + dangerous work. Gravel work & Garden cleaning also weekly maintenance. Free quote. Good rates Call Adrian 627 103 412

Property services INSULATE YOUR HOME and save on your energybills. Keep your home warm in winter, cooler in the summer Aprox 90% of properties built in the last 40 years have cavity walls that are ideal to insulate. We also do floors & ceilings. To arrange a survey and no obligation quote call 626 997 748

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Painters ACCURATE | FAST | AFFORDABLE Painter offering inexpensive high quality work, painting, wallpaper hanging, damp proofing Best Quotes, Tel: 688 350 750 & HILLIER’S PAINTERS Decorators. Covering the Costa Blanca & inland, 35yrs established. www.hillierpaintersanddecorators. com Tel: 644 355 137 Facebook HillierPaintersCostaBlanca


COMPLETE PEST CONTROL. Denia to Torrevieja Tel 604 270 676 AWNINGS, MOSQUITO NETS, roller shutter, conservatories. BC Toldos from Oliva to Altea and Jalon Valley. On the coast since 1998. Tel. 630 472 605 Email: AWNINGS, MOSQUITO blinds, roller shutter repairs, motorisation. Calpe + 50kms. Tel. 659 464 992. Email. WHITE GOODS REPAIRS also Gas boilers and small electrical problems. Tel 604 273 387 Denia to Torrievjea GATE/GRILL WELDING Repairs. Benidorm-Denia 30yr Exp Handyman Gardening 634098969

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PROFESSIONAL GARDENER: Garden maintenance and design. Pruning of fruit trees, pines and palm trees. Pest control. Fery 643 474 877 TREE SPECIALIST - WITH more than 20 years experience in cutting, cleaning and al type of spezial or dangerous work. Call Roby: 633 798 933 or 642 940 693

Animal world ACCOMPANY YOUR PET(S) whilst they are driven in comfort to any destination in Europe by an experienced animal carer/driver. Contact Denise. info@petchauffeur .eu or Tel 952 197 187 696 233 848

PLEASE ADOPT A kitten Pluto protectora animales takes care of orphaned and abandoned kittens. After spending a few weeks or months with foster parents, we try placing them in permanent homes. You can choose from many different colours and markings. All are dewormed; also vaccinated for rabies and micro-chipped if older than 3 months. Please call Angelika: 693 704 255 (mobile) or find out more on our website: pluto P.E.P.A. (THE HELPING Hands Charity for Animals) Needs Help! By fostering an abandoned dog or spending a few hours each week on our telephone helpline You could help save the lives of many animals. Please telephone: 650 304 746 or 96 283 3325 For more information and to view our animals please browse our website:

SPAMA GANDIA SHELTER Dog and cat rescue registered charity, La Safor area. 500 animals awaiting rehoming. Visit our website and view our new blog PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THEM! PET TRAVEL UK Family pet transporters Spain/UK. Travel with your pets for free. Email: info@pet website: Removals also arranged in other vehicles. Tel UK 01209 630604 or Spain 960 130 537

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HACHIKO is 11 year old. A small, happy boy who gets on well with other dogs and walks well on the lead. Fully vaccinated, with passport & microchipped. SAT Kennels 966 710 047 COSTA BLANCA DOG transport. The comfort of your pet is our priority. Excellent rates and Defra run. www.costablancadoghom Tel 675 485 613 THE EASIEST WAY to get your classifieds in The Post is to e-mail the text to

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August 15, 2018 - No 568,

Benijófar Torrevieja


Orihuela-Costa San Javier

O RIHUELA-CO STA: Fire out Your English TOURS la ngua ge newspa per at lastFALKEN La Ze n ia , o p p o sit e De u t sc h e Ba n k, sta -n e m e p o st.e s An estimated 50,000 people attended the traditional Castell de l´Olla firework display in Altea last Saturday night, marking the end of the San Lorenzo fiesta. La Olla beach was packed, with many arriving in the early evening to secure a good vantage point. For the first time ever, regional president Ximo Puig and regional justice councillor Gabriela Bravo came to watch this spectacular annual event, observing the 25-minute extravaganza from the comfort of the 5-star Villa Gadea hotel. The very first such display took place in 1987 and each subsequent year gets more creative, with a symphony of colours, shapes and sounds to the delight of spectators. Next year they will take place on Saturday, August 10.

After seven days of intense fire-fighting, the regional emergency service finally declared the worst forest fire in the region in six years 'extinguished' on Sunday evening. At 20.00, the Valencian fire service made the statement after the forest blaze had destroyed 3,270 hectares of forestland since last Monday in six towns (Gandía, Llutxent, Pinet, Ador, Barx and Quatretondenta). Over the seven-day hell, 2,600 people had to be evacuated and 40 homes were completely destroyed. The blaze began when a bolt of lightning struck a tree

Desolate image of Llutxent hills after the blaze

in the area. The high temperatures and strong wind saw the flames spread rapidly and firemen faced a most difficult task as the areas include several mountains with no access by road. Tanker planes and helicopters were vital in the extinction, however, little could be done at night. It was the largest forest fire in the region since September 2012, when over 5,000 hectares burnt in Chulilla (Valencia). Despite the Gandia blaze, 2018 is still the year with the lowest forest fire rate in Spain in the past decade.

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PRIVATE SALE. LLIBER plot 1500m2, house 275m2, 3 bedrooms with balconies, huge kitchen, Naya. Court yard and underbuild. Must be seen. 249.500€ No Agents. Tel. 686 438 541

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Business opportunities KENNELS, CATTERY, FINCA, Paddock, Stables for sale. 25000 sq meters, Good life style. Profitable, Licenced. Finestrat Area. Owners Retiring after 20 years. 875k .. 690 06 1752

Short term let 500 YEAR OLD BEAMED Finca in Beautiful Valley inJesus Pobre, Denia/Javea area. DOGS ARE VERY WELCOME. www.little +44 1865 512 922 or 07808 181779

Long term let VILLAJOYOSA, PARADISE BEACH, three bedroom, two bathroom apartment, top floor (5th), built 2002. Fully glazed terrace. Unspoilt mountain views. Swimming pool, undercover private parking space. Ideal situation with bus stop below, 10 mins walk tram station. 5 mins. Beach, restaurants, supermarkets. Private sale, furnished reduced to €135,000. Mobile: 670 38 59 54 (English/Spanish). Email: liddellperez@

ALCOY. WELL LOOKED after apartment: 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 105m2 living area, independent kitchen, aircon, gas heating, furnished, parking & store room. Bus stop nearby. 80,000€ Private Sale 687 307 369

BENIDORM, NEAR BULL RING, 1 bedroomed apartment, 2nd floor, lift, separate kitchen, glazed in terrace. Pool, garden, tennis court. 75.000 € Tel. 658 578 346

PARCENT LOVELY REFORMED townhouse. 138 m2 over 2 floors. Grd floor: Entrance area, Large dining /Livingroom + fireplace, Large bright equipped kitchen, magnificent stone feature wall, patio with fish pond. 1st Fl: Spacious master bedroom could be converted into 2 bedrooms if desired, terrace with views of the Coll de Rates mountains. Dble bedroom + wardrobes. Easy access to bathroom on this floor +large bath, toilet & sink. Grd floor toilet, large pantry could be converted to a small bedroom , utility room. New roof, wooden beams. Heating installation. Electricity & water. Parcent popular for cycling & hiking, a village that has all the necessary essential services. Ref-1052120.000€ Tel: 609 211 710 - info@

PRIVATE SALE, lg 3 bed, 2 bath det. finca, 1000 m2 plot, lg garage & storage room, shed & 25 m2 summer house. Located 5 mins drive from Rojales & 10 mins from Guardamar. Move in ready condition. Open to sensible offers. 625 034 903

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GATES , RAILINGS, WINDOW grills. Mobile welder 666771075 07787585714 SANCT BERNHARD Torrevieja. Offers inc. VITAFIT Ginkgo-Magnesium. 400 tablets €20.50 or buy 3+ for €18.50 each. 966 706 765

KENNELS, CATTERY, FINCA, Paddock, Stables for sale. 25000 sq meters, Good life style. Profitable, Licenced. Finestrat Area. Owners Retiring after 20 years. 875k .. 690 06 1752

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Properties from 175.000€ CHARMING TOWN HOUSE 152m2. In Alcalali completely renovated with inside patio. Consist: Grd floor. Entrance-area. Living-dining room+ access to large inside patio, fully equip kitchen + access to an inside patio with storage/laundry. Bathroom & 1bedroom with access to the interior patio 34 m2. 1st fl.- 1 dble bedroom + balcony, +large dressing room & access to a superior terrace with spectacular views of Alcalali & the mountains that surround it. 1 dble room 1 toilet & 1 sgle room. Water tank, wooden beams, aluminum exterior carpentry + double glazing, & wooden interior. It was completely renovated using good materials & excellent workmanship. Located in a quiet area of the village. Ref-1047. 189.000€ Tel: 609 211 710-

HOUSE SHARE. Hard working lady is looking for someone alike to share her home in Lliber. Proof of income, own transport and references are a must.Must like animals. Please call to have a coffee/ tea and chat. Tel 686 438 541

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