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Costa shows its colours against gender violence Events were held all around Alicante province and Murcia region on Monday to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25). Marches took place in larger towns and cities to call for a halt to men’s violence against women and demand that ‘not one more woman’ should be killed by a husband, partner or another male. A total of 52 women have been killed in gender violence incidents so far this year in Spain and 1,028 have died since figures were first recorded in 2003. In Alicante province since 2003, 59 women have lost

their lives at the hands of their partners or husbands. Five women have been killed during this year. 380 abusers are currently serving prison terms for crimes linked to gender violence. The ministry of interior currently has a list of 3,846 women in Alicante eligible for police protection, of these 34 are high risk, and 2 are at severe risk. 34,413 women have formed part of the Alicante VioGen victim protection programme since it was launched in 2003. The above figures place Alicante as the second province in Spain with the highest

Councillors on Torrevieja town hall balcony

Violet lighting at Alfaz's Casa de Cultura to commemorate November 25

number of gender violence crimes. Every year around 2,500 gender related cases reach court, with 80% resulting in prison terms for the offender, and around 20% of cases being dismissed. In Torrevieja deputy mayor Rosario Martínez Chazarra read an institutional declaration outside the town hall on Monday accompanied by other councillors and community groups. In Los Montesinos a manifesto was read out in Plaza del Ayuntamiento – and there was an exhibition of red shoes ‘symbolising the victims’.

Like many towns across the region, La Nucia council marked World Day against Gender Violence by standing united with a banner and held a minute’s silence in memory of the 51 women killed in 2019. As in other towns, number of events and workshops took place throughout the week, culminating with a Marina Baixa district march on Saturday, with many youngsters taking part. The church and façade of the town hall was also illuminated in violet light for a number of nights. More in Costa Blanca News on Friday


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Who’s a pretty boy then?

Benidorm 10K run

A German short haired pointer from Almoradí had a successful weekend at Torre Pacheco's dog show on November 16-17, being best junior of his breed, and coming second in the Pointing Dogs final. Called Blaser de Mil Lunas by his owners, Cristina Valero Sigüenza and Manuel Antonio Cabrera, he was competing against other dogs from all over the country. Sr Cabrera said after receiving the prize that he was proud that their many months of hard work had been recognised, and that this will put Almoradí and the Vega Baja

Last Sunday more than one thousand competitors took part in the eighth 10K run in Benidorm of which three quarters were recorded as foreign entrants – the majority being British. The route was approved by the Athletics Federation meaning many club athletes were using the recorded time for future race applications including this Sunday’s 21K and 10K Valencia Marathon – the 42K sold out some months ago and this event attracts in the region of 25,000 athletes from across the world! Club athletes started at the

front, with non-competitive runners behind, with one very large British group dressed in the recognisable ‘Where’s Wally’ red and white stripe tops and hat! There were even two disabled athletes, in

adapted wheelchairs who took part. The men’s winner was Andrés Micó and for the ladies, Alfaz resident and member of the El Faro athletics club Gemma Ann Selby.

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Shopping centre store raid The Guardia Civil are investigating an armed robbery at a phone shop in Dos Mares shopping centre at San Javier. The robbery happened last Tuesday at midnight. Six armed raiders broke

into the store, according to a force spokesman. It took them just two minutes to gain access and take the best electronic devices from the shelves. It is unclear whether the raid is related to another

break in just a few hours later in San Pedro del Pinatar. On this occasion the perpetrators brutally beat an elderly man and his son and took their cars and mobile phones.


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Alicante’s special brew Taxi from Northern Scores of people are expected to join the first Beer Walkers meeting in Alicante on Saturday (November 30) - helping pick up litter, enjoying physical activity and being rewarded with beer and tapas. The 5km walk takes place along the promenade of the city and the beaches of Postiguet; all in collaboration with the NGO Paisaje Limpio, or ‘clean landscape’. Beer Walkers is an offshoot of Beer Runners, an association that has more than 28,000 members in 78 local groups across Spain and has staged 37 races in different communities - with more than 52,500 people taking part. Popular Spanish television presented Jorge Fernandez is taking part; along with Beer Runners Alicante and Beer Runners Javea. Free registration must done by Thursday (November 28) and is free at www.beerrunners.es; the website has full details and the event is open to all adults; there is also a Facebook page.

Spokesman Dani Quintero said: “With this initiative of the Beer Walkers we intend to extend the spirit of Beer Runners throughout Spain through local groups, promoting the participation in events through social networks - and after the exercise, enjoy some beers and tapas ion good company.” The walk starts at 09.30 at Local Soho Mar, Puerta de Alicante, Muello de Levante.

Ireland to Benidorm

An inspirational example of friendship and humanity when a taxi driver from Co Antrim in Northern Ireland drives 1,700 miles to Benidorm to collect a friend who suffered a head injury and unable to fly back home. Phil Hamilton of 365 Taxis Newtownabbey set off last Thursday, with wife Claire and daughter Abbie for company, firstly catching a ferry to Scotland then down the entire length of the UK, to hop on the Channel tunnel and down through France and Spain. He refuelled 5 times, at a cost of €345 and passed through 9 tolls, totalling €274, stopping overnight in Bourges then continuing on to Benidorm, arriving around midnight on Saturday. His friend Jim Moore was reported missing in Benidorm last week whilst on a short 4-day break

with a group of 14 friends and ended up in Villajoyosa hospital following a fall, resulting a nasty head injury. Medics informed his family that he wouldn’t be able to fly back for some time due to cabin pressure and so the only way back was by road. Media coverage has gone viral, with many praising Phil for his heroic and selfless efforts. Jim was discharged from hospital on Monday afternoon and in the early hours of this morning – Wednesday, they set off back, driving up to Santander where Britanny Ferries offered 345 Taxi driver Phil and his passengers a free overnight crossing to Cork after which they have a 6 hour drive before reaching home. Don't miss the full detailed story in Costa Blanca News this Friday.

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Torrevieja mayor Eduardo Dolón has visited the €3.1 million refurbishment of Marina International. A press release from

marina chiefs noted that they have carried out a host of improvements at the site in Torrevieja’s harbour. These were carried out over a period of seven months after receiving the green light from the regional government. A spokesman noted that the works will improve safety for the more than 800 permanent users who moor their boats at the marina and ‘improve the experience for the numerous visiting sailors who moor up on a

temporary basis to visit the town’. He explained that the marina was constructed 30 years ago and elements had come to the end of their shelf life and had to be renewed. The host of improvements include renewing electrical cables, water points, lighting and paving, as well as removing architectural barriers. They have also raised the level of the docks to adapt the marina to climate change due to the expected rise in sea levels in the coming years.

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La Nucía Family Day

Putting down roots

Volunteers replacing plant cover in the Clot de Galvany municipal nature reserve were joined by environment councillor Esther Díez last Sunday. She helped them to plant varieties of dwarf-fan palm, sandalwood and kermes oak, amongst others. Also accompanying them were city hall’s sustainable development coordinator and the manager of water company Aigües d’Elx. Everyone got stuck in

once they had been given an informative talk and the tools they would need for the job.

Sra Díez encouraged all members of the general public to help restore the vegetation in this local wetland, noting its importance as natural and historical heritage. “It is an ecological treasure that has to be looked after and preserved,” she added. The reforestation activities were open to everyone and have been taking place every Sunday morning in November.

The strong winds on Saturday meant that the annual Children’s Day had to have a last-minute change of venue. Instead of using the car park next to the football pitches with an array of large bouncy castles, activities were moved into a tent at the front of the sports centre – sadly with only room for two small inflatables. With the strong gusts whipping up all morning, it was too dangerous to have the inflatables outside, risking serious injury to the

many children that turned out with their parents. Despite it being a squeeze and rather crowded, many still enjoyed a morning full of activities with the added bonus of a number of food trucks parked up nearby. One that attracted a lot of attention was a red double decker London Route Master bus which had been converted, with a kitchen and service area on the lower deck and tables with the original bus seats on the upper deck.

Benidorm square reopens to traffic

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Benidorm's town centre Plaza Triangular has this week been reopened to traffic after a lenghtly overhaul. However the reopening of roads leading to the town centre still clashed with ongoing works on Avenida Mediterraneo and Calle Esperanto, leading to further traffic restriction. See full details in Costa Blanca News (North edition) on Friday.

Calp will discuss the role of in uencers within the tourism sector In recent years, in uencers have become a key resource in marketing strategies in numerous sectors. For this reason and taking advantage of the XXV anniversary of tourism studies at the University d’Alacant (UA), the Calp university o ce of this university has organised a day to discuss the role of in uencers within the tourism sector. It will take place

on December 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Casa Nova and will be the rst activity carried out in the municipality by the university o ce, created just a few months ago. e day will begin with the conference, “In uencer marketing for tourism organisations: keys to understanding a global phenomenon” , by the researcher of the University Institute of Tourism Research of the UA, Francisco Femenía Serra, who will re ect on the e ectiveness of in uencers

and give key points to design marketing strategies with this type of prescribers in the tourism eld from an

ethical and sustainable perspective. It will also address how to take advantage of this trend so in fashion right now,

without falling into common errors or generating damage to third parties. A er, a colloquium will be held in which, in addition to Femenía, Calp’s journalist and expert in social networks and personal brand in the Public Administrations, Amalia López Acera and the Social Media Marketing consultant Mario Schumacher will participate. People who want to participate in this day must register at calp.es.


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Lighthouse Dog Walk Last Sunday morning the USAR-13 Canicross Solidarity Dog Walk up to the El Faro lighthouse in Albir took place. This is the sixth year that the humanitarian non-profit association have organised such an event and despite the strong winds many wrapped up and turned out. USAR-13 assist in emergency search and rescues situations and had been out with the Firefighters and Guardia Civil since Wednesday when news emerged of a local 67 year old lady that had gone missing whilst walking her dog in Albir –

sadly her body was recovered around midnight on Friday in a wooded area of the natural park. Their work is crucial and many that turned out were aware of their involvement and truly grateful for their efforts. Subscription to enter

Free pomegranates for Christmas

was by the donation of nonperishable food stuff and each entrant received a free commemorative t-shirt in exchange. It was a great community event supported by Alfaz Town Hall and sponsored by numerous local businesses.

Pomegranate producers are sending 150 boxes of the fruit to destinations around Europe so Valencian people can enjoy the delicacy over Christmas. A spokesman for producers in the protected designation of origin area of Elche said that they were being delivered for free. He noted that Valencian people live in neighbouring countries for a variety of rea-

sons including work, study and family. He said that each box contains five kilos of the fruit. These will be delivered to addresses given by their friends and family who live in the Vega Baja and Elche areas. In return the producers ask that they become ‘ambassadors’ for the pomegranate in their adopted country.


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Jobless help out following September floods A total of 14 unemployed people have been hired by San Javier and Los Alcázares councils to repair damages in streets and to public amenities which occurred during the September floods. They have been employed through a specific ‘social collaboration’ scheme which can be applied for by all municipalities which were hit by the flooding. The councils pay the social security fees of the workers, who receive their unemployment benefit instead of a wage. The candidates have work experience or have undergone a training course in the past to do the job. San Javier council had asked the employment office for people to work as bricklayers, painters, locksmiths,

carpenters, gardeners and draughtsmen and 10 have already been hired. Los Alcázares council had asked for four workers to do building, repair and painting works and the candidates were recruited in a few days. The council announced that another six people will be needed due to the huge damage the flooding caused in the town. Director of the regional employment office, Aurelio Morales noted that the candidates have to be fit to do the job and preferably live in or nearby the town they are working in. He said that all the candidates they had contacted had been pleased to be back at work again and to help their town to recover after the floods.

Road Education classes For the seventeeth year running, La Nucía have started their Road Education classes for children in the three schools in the town – Sant Rafel, Muixara and Elian’s. 1,176 children will benefit from this 3 hour session, which takes place at the Children’s Traffic Park located in the Camilo Cano sports complex. The course is totally free and run by the local police, who will cover all aspects of road safety, both as pedestrians, future drivers and bicycle users. Each year they cover road signs, show film footage and also get to practice the knowledge they have acquired on bicycles, obviously wearing helmets which are all replaced each year and on electric GoKarts.

Discussions have been held about how to solve sewage leak problems in the neighbourhood around the train station in Callosa de Segura. Residents have been bothered for some time by raw sewage leaking from a manhole because this section of the drain, which runs underneath the train tracks, is completely blocked.

Back on track The provincial government has stumped up €300,000 to improve the ‘camino del Espartal’ rural road in Albatera and Orihuela. Provincial president Carlos Mazón met with Albatera mayores Ana Serna to discuss the investment and other issues relating to the municipality. Sra Serna noted that they had been waiting since 2015

Sewage solutions sought

for the work to be carried out. “It is an important road in the municipality and thanks to the work done by the town hall and the provincial government it is now in good condition for residents,” she said. Sra Mazón noted that they are also working on a plan to promote the Sierra de Albatera by mapping it and making it known to visitors.

This was explained by mayor Manuel Martínez and deputy mayor Adolfo Asín to the provincial deputy for the water cycle, Ana Serna. She expressed her concern for the resident of the area and advised the town hall to apply for a subsidy from the provincial government to fund work to resolve the problem.


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The Original Charity Shop and Library Christmas Raffle Santa has already been working hard and very soon he will be on his way to visit the 65 children attending the Raquel Paya School for children with special needs. These youngsters are already very excited and looking forward to Santa’s arrival and all the wonderful presents that are in that bag of his. But first we need you to support our effort by buying raffle tickets in our Christmas Raffle. The proceeds of the raffle go a long way to provide each child with a special present. This year we are also providing Christmas gifts for 90

children in the care of the Red Cross. Tickets are now on sale in the Original Charity Shop on Carrer de Nancy 1, in Javea’s Arenal and in The Charity Library in Javea Park. There are more than 60 fabulous prizes to be won: a very large Toshiba TV (145 cm), a magnificent hamper filled with Christmas goodies; vouchers for restaurants, beauty treatments and hairdressing; wine, chocolates and many more great prizes. A strip of five tickets will cost you only €3, giving you the opportunity to win one of our fantastic prizes and at the same time

support our campaign to fill Santa’s bag with all those presents for the children. Your generous contribution will ensure that they are not disappointed. The draw takes place on Saturday, December 21 at 12 noon in the shop. Recent donations Our Treasurer has recently been very busy handing over cheques or cash to the amount of €5,700 to the following recipients: €1,000 was presented to the representatives of Aspanion to support families with children suffering from cancer.

The Autism Association of Javea received €1,000. The Red Cross gratefully accepted a cheque for €1,000. The Royal British Legion received €500 on the occasion of their sponsored walk. Our four legged friends were

not forgotten: Javea Feral Cat Association received €1,000, Apasa €600 and APAC Horse rescue €600. For more information please see the website www.charity shoplibrary.com or email: info@charityshoplibrary.com

Optical chain joins the campaign to collect food for those in need Specsavers Ópticas has today launched a campaign to collect nonperishable food for those in need across all six stores on the Costa Blanca. It has joined the Operación Kilo Campaign, which is organised by Spain’s Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL) and operates nationwide through a network of 55 food banks. FESBAL distributes food via charities and associations to help the most vulnerable people in society and is currently supplying food to 1.5 million people. Specsavers Ópticas will be col-

lecting food for them until the end of the year. The Specsavers Ópticas stores on the Costa Blanca are collaborating with the food bank for the Alicante province (Banco de Alimentos Alicante) to ensure the food donations get to those people who really need them. They are particularly in need of the following non-perishable foods and toiletries – oil, tinned foods, baby food, nappies, formula milk, toothpaste, deodorant, bath gel, shampoo and soap. These products can be dropped into Specsavers Ópticas in Javea, Calpe, Benidorm, Torre-

vieja, Guardamar and La Zenia until the end of the year. Visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store.

Car Insurance – Green Card What is the car insurance Green Card? The Green Card or International Insurance Card is an international certificate of insurance accepted by the authorities of all 48 countries for which the Green Card is valid. It certifies that visiting motorists have the minimum compulsory third party liability insurance cover required by law. The Green Card System Each year over 400,000 road traffic accidents occur in member countries of the Green Card system. The system was founded in 1949 to provide a series of guarantees compensation for victims of cross-border road traffic accidents and its handling bureau ensure legitimate claims can be settled in accordance with national legal provisions. It also facilitates the flow of cross-border traffic by avoiding the need to obtain insurance cover at each of the 48 member countries. Member countries Austria, Albania, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belarus, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, France, Finland, Liechtenstein, UK, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Israel, Iran, Ireland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Morocco, Moldova, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. (Source: The Council of Bureaux). The following countries are eligible for future membership: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya and Syria. How do I get it? Motorists can obtain a Green Card from the provider of their motor insurance policy. Currently the UK and Spain belong to the European Economic Area, which means that the cost for the Green Card is included in the price of the insurance policy. We hope the information provided in this article is of interest. If you would like to contact Linea Directa please call 952 147 834 More information about Linea Directa online at www.lineadirecta.com

The directors of these six opticians are asking for donations of food and toiletries in return for their free eye test and encouraging anyone who recently had a free eye test to also join the collection and bring in some food to donate between from now until the end of the year. Find out more about the important work the Spanish Federation of Food Banks is doing on their website www.fesbal. org or follow the Banco de Alimentos de Alicante on Facebook to keep up to date with all their campaigns @bancode

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Fashion with Lions Another successful and highly enjoyable fashion show was held by Calpe & Benissa Lions at El Toro restaurant in Calpe. Our members, volunteers and friends modelled some of the wonderful clothes that were donated to our charity shop. The sell-out crowd enjoyed a superb lunch, followed by the show, where all the clothes were for sale on the day. We were joined by Calpe's Mayor Ana Sala, who thanked the Lions for all the hard work we do to benefit the town.

The event raised €883 which will go towards local needy causes, and adds to the annual total of around €18,000 that our small team donates every year. Lions President Carole Saunders expressed her gratitude to all our members and volunteers who worked so hard to make the event such a success. There are still some lovely fiesta and evening outfits on sale at the shop in Calle Pintor Sorolla 15, Calpe, so please come along to grab a bargain !

Fashion comes (again) to Hondón de los Frailes Hondón Linen and Luxury Goods held a Winter Fashion Show last Saturday, November 16, in the village of Hondón de los Frailes. Billie, Stella and Pete turned the shop into a, superb Fashion Show with a catwalk for the models. Outfits went from warm winter creations to colourful Christmas fashions. The six models took to the catwalk to great applause showcasing fashion items from the store. The event was compered by Dave Sparks who also provided music to get everyone in the mood. After enjoying the show, followed by cave, nibbles and cakes, there was a draw for the Grand Raffle. Proceeds from the day were kindly shared with the local Hondón Valley Branch of The Royal British Legion for the Poppy Appeal – thus supporting the many veterans in need here in Spain. The afternoon is expected to raise in the region of €400 for

Billie (centre) and Stella, (left), together with all the models

the charity. Billie said it was a great atmosphere and thanked all those who supported them and the Legion on a chilly November afternoon. Neil Pavitt, Chairman of the Hondón Valley Branch, also paid tribute to everyone who had planned the event and to local people who had come along. “We are exceedingly grateful to Billie, Stella and Pete for generously suppor-

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CB Walkers in Fontilles Our easy Wednesday walk this week was to the fascinating old leper colony of Fontilles near Murla in the Jalon Valley. We parked near the sports centre and strolled along woodland paths to the ' backdoor entrance', provided by a service road, and explored the site with its historic buildings, monuments and gardens. The colony was set up in 1909 when leprosy was a dreaded disease in Spain

and functioned as a refuge until a multi-drug cure was discovered in 1982; today the hospital buildings house geriatrics and convalescents. The visitor centre had an informative exhibition and provided a five-star picnic lunch site on the scenic terrace, as well as toilets and a coffee machine! We left via a gateway in the wall which surrounds the colony, built in the 1920's to alleviate the fears of inhabitants of nearby villages, and

completed our walk back to Murla. Our group offers free easy guided walks on Wednesdays and harder hikes

on Saturdays. You will find the walks programme on our website www.costablancawalks.weebly.com All walks are followed by

periences. The possibility of doing life drawing and perhaps painting or sketching outdoors next year when it warms up was discussed and will be finalised nearer the time. The next meeting is in the afternoon on December 2, with 16th the last before Xmas, then restarting on January 13. Why not go along, both are a very friendly groups and you can learn a new skill – and the coffee is good as is the chat!! Go on give it a try.

For further information on U3A Vall del Pop check our website www.u3avalldelpop. com. The U3A is all about enjoyment and learning, and this is particularly evident in the U3A Vall del Pop, whose members hold their General

a social drink ; we are a small and friendly group who welcome English speaking walkers from many countries.

U3A Vall Del Pop Yarn & thread group looking for new members The Yarn & Thread Group, who meet every 2nd and 4th Monday at 11am at the Cappuccino Bar in Orba are looking for new members. The group tackle any activity which uses yarn or thread, such as crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, tapestry, and embroidery. No experience is required as the members of the group are more than happy to help you get started. The meetings are structured around informal chats over coffee, when individual and group projects are discussed, and help offered to those looking for guidance to move forward with their project. The current group project

is knitting for La Pedrera premature baby and children’s centre. Some of the items presently prepared are shown in the photo and will be handed over in time for Xmas. The Mixed Media Group has held their first meeting upstairs at Casa Claudia in Jalon. At this gathering the members spilt into smaller groups some to practice their drawing skills on a still life subject, some did sketching and the group leader tackled a small acrylic landscape (see photo). All attendees agreed it was good to finally have a mixed media group and nice to have others to interact with, to look at what others have done and to reflect on techniques and previous ex-

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 some 30 groups for the interest of the members.

Help at Home Costa Blanca Although it is now almost two months since the devastating floods experienced in the area, the charity Help at Home Costa Blanca is still helping scores of people in the Almoradí and Orihuela areas - providing them with essentials they need to survive. Help at Home Costa Blanca span into action immediately news of the devastation hit the TV screens and newspapers. A fundraising event was hurriedly organised masterminded by entertainer Stevie Spit at the Emerald Isle in La Florida and supported by other entertainers who gave their time free. The charity organised a stall-holder market and the event attracted many hundreds of people, and more than €4,000 was raise with the

charity donating the takings from the two shops, €520, and the takings from the market. Four large van loads of donated items have gone to the affected areas, and this week a fifth has been sent, filled to the roof with furniture, clothes, food and cleaning materials. Money raised has also been spent on providing new school equipment to replace that which was lost. Sylvia Sakir, vice president of the charity and who is also the principal fundraiser, has been working tirelessly to help the estimated 1,300 of the worst-affected people. Many people who donated told Sylvia they had no idea that Help at Home CB was such a far reaching charity – believing it was merely running

a couple of charity shops and little more. In fact the charity’s 65 or so volunteers look after the needs of about 100 clients – taking them on hospital and doctor visits, helping them with chores in their homes, befriending those who are desperately lonely, helping some with legal problems – the help is widespread and comprehensive. One of the latest is that of a mother of three in her 40s who has become paralysed from the waist down following a procedure in hospital. Volunteers are helping her on a daily basis.


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Las Salinas Freemasons donate to San Jose Obrero Orphanage On Tuesday, November 19 Las Salinas Freemasons presented San Jose Obrero Orphanage with €1,250 worth of clothing vouchers. The Immediate Past Master of Las Salinas Lodge Eric Raddings, seen here presenting the vouchers to Director of the Orphanage Vicente said, “The San Jose Obrero Orphanage in Orihuela was one of the charities I nominated last year as Master of Las Salinas Lodge, and I had the pleasure to visit and see

Vicente and his team at work in October. Vicente and his team directly care for and house 80 orphans of all nationalities from all over the Alicante region, on behalf of the Valencian government. They also provide and maintain four apartments, three in Orihuela the other in Alicante, each housing four young people making the transition from orphanage life to becoming self sufficient in the outside world. On site they run the local school for 400 children

from the Orihuela district, and operate a carpenter's shop and auto workshop offering four years training with qualified staff so the youngsters have a Certificate of Competence before hopefully finding employment in local industry. The orphanage employs psychologists to assist the teachers, and specialist tutors also work there with special needs pupils.” If any club, association etc would like to help the children of The San Jose Obrero Or-

L-r: Eric Raddings, Director Vicente, Keith Carter, Psychologist Valle

phanage please contact Lyn/ Ken Adams on kenlyn15@ hotmail.co.uk or 676 650 210.

If you have an interest in Freemasonry, please email prensa@glpvalencia.com

Torrevieja U3A groups The Torrevieja U3A has recently added a Golf Group to its large number of groups and it already has over 30 members, both experienced players and beginners. The experienced playing members had their first outing on Friday, November 22 at the New Sierra Golf Course near Balsicas. Despite an overcast sky, the threat of rain and a cold wind, eleven members

and four guests quickly got into the swing of things and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon’s golf. At the same time, four beginners had their first Golf lesson at the Vistabella Golf Course under the tuition of Golf Professional, Pearse McMurray. Both the players and beginners have agreed to meet regularly to pursue their respective activities. The cost of green fees

and lessons have been kept very low because the Group is able to block-book places. If you are interested in playing low cost Golf or learning how to play, or any of the many other activities please take a look at the pages on the U3A website torreviejau3a.org. Read more about the walking groups in Friday's Costa Blanca News (south edition).


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Helpful tips for first-time buyers By Vicky Shaw, P.A. Raising a deposit to get on the property ladder can feel like a monumental task Here are some helpful tips...

example, aim to save in bitesize chunks each month - or break it down further and save weekly. When you see your savings grow, it's easier to keep going.

1. Make saving towards your goal a regular habit

2. Embrace 'microsaving'

Breaking down what you need to save into more achievable goals will make it feel more realistic. Rather than just saying you need to save over €50,000, for

Micro-saving lets you put money away without even noticing it's gone. Several savings apps specialise in round-ups, meaning every time you spend, they automatically round up to the

nearest euro (or however much you want) and put it straight into your savings. 3. Cut back While your cravings for flat whites from your local coffee shop may not be the single reason you're not yet on the property ladder, cutting back on some spending habits could help. Use budgeting apps to see where you could be making savings. Look through your regular subscriptions and decide whether you are really making use of that gym membership, for example. Cutting back doesn't even have to mean totally missing out on life's little luxuries either - for example, switching to a cheaper energy supplier or phone company are 'pain free' ways to save money. 4. Sell, sell sell In the run-up to Christmas, look to sell any of your unwanted items, as lots of people will be browsing the internet for items to buy. An

added bonus is that you'll have less to move when you do eventually buy - and some of the cash could go towards decorating your new place. 5. Cut your rental costs

If moving back home is an option, it could really boost the amount you are saving. It is worth discussing whether your family would agree to you paying 'mates' rates' on rent and helping out on bills and chores.

Renting on your own can make it very difficult to save for a deposit. If you could survive moving elsewhere or sharing with housemates, even if it's for just six to 12 months, it might help you reach that final goal sooner.

A few other points...

help you by providing relevant information and options for how to invest."

online Pension Tracing Service. "If you've found a lost pension and you want to make it easier to take control of your savings, you might want to consider consolidating all of your pension pots into one. Your pension provider will provide more information on things to consider. "It may make sense to speak to an expert to get information on your situation, just in case you're giving up any valuable benefits or guarantees by combining your pensions."

In addition, first-time buyers whose parents have some spare cash that they'd be willing to tie up in a savings account for a while, may potentially be able to get a 'no deposit' mortgage.

Why it could pay to talk about your pension No matter how near or far away your retirement may be, it's important to get to 'know' your pension - and not to be afraid to ask for help in making choices about your life savings. Talk Money Talk Pensions week took place this month (November 18-22) - an initiative by the Money and Pensions Service to encourage people to start conversations about managing their money. Here, Jamie Jenkins, head of global savings at Standard Life, tackles three common questions about pensions:

1. How do I know how much I need to save for the future? "While the state pension is a good start, it's unlikely that on its own it will give you the kind of lifestyle you might have in mind later on in life. Taking some steps to boost your potential retirement income now, perhaps by increasing contributions to a private or workplace pension, means your 'future self' will very likely thank you. "Essentially, people may need to accumulate a pot of money to last at least what could be 30 years or more in

retirement. To check you are on track you can use a range of online tools and calculators or pay for professional financial advice." 2. At what age can I start to take money from my pension? "When and how you take money from your pension is a big decision - it can affect how long your pension pot lasts. At the moment, the state pension is generally payable when people reach their mid-60s. But the state pension age is rising in the coming years, reaching 67 between 2026 and 2028. "You may be able to take money out of your private pension from the age of 55. But before you take any money out, it's important to consider if you really need to. "Generally speaking, a quarter of money taken from defined contribution pension pots usually tax-free, and the rest is liable for income tax. If your pension provider knows what your plans are, they can

3. How can I track down any pensions I might have lost? "There are an estimated 1.6 million lost pensions in the UK, worth around £20 billion. But don't worry - all you need to know is the name of your employer or pension provider to track a lost pension down. If you don't have those, you can use the UK Government's


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ARC Christmas Fayre

Arts Society Marina Alta

This Sunday, December 1 Jalón Valley ARC animal shelter will be holding their Christmas Fayre at the Pensionistas Hall in Jalón. The day starts at 10am and until 2pm there will be a host of things to do and see and buy: Lots of stalls with jewellery, cards, gifts, cakes, re-

The Arts Society Marina Alta next presentation will be on December 5 at Salones Canor Teulada. Doors open at 10am for coffee and the presentation begins at 11am. For our final presentation of the 2019 season we have an intriguing lecture dealing with some of the most brilliant architectural projects of the 20th century by an outstanding speaker: From Edwin Lutyen’s Everyday Surrey to Empire's 'Wrenaissance' by Clyde Binfield. As is our usual practice after the

freshments, tombola, raffle and much more including a visit from Santa. Entertainment, parking and carols, all for just €1 entry for adults and free entrance for children. Contact Carol Lockhart for more information on 616 103 167 or email carol@eternalhealth.es

Gift ideas at Teulada's Christmas antiques fair On Friday, December 6 there will be an extra special antiques fair at the Salon Canor in Teulada. Salon Canor hosts the Christmas Antiques Vintage Retro and Collector’s Fair on Friday December 6 between 09.00 and 15.00. You can have items valued with the €3 charge going to support Colin 'Coco' Brown’s mission to rescue

mistreated horses, ponies and donkeys and nurse them back to health. Other charities benefitting are AKIRA Dog Sanctuary and children’s homes in Altea and Albir. For more information call 626 795 587 or 600 641 006. Read more in the Social Scene pages (North) in Friday's Costa Blana News.

Euro-Biker in Torrevieja Euro-Biker have an international meeting every first Thursday of the month from 7.30pm at the bar Columbus in Torreta 2.

Weekly bike-tours every Saturday. For more information please contact Torsten 669 996 730.

completion of the presentation and all questions answered we will be offering a glass of wine or soft drink, to allow our members and guests to socialise with the speaker, our committee and of course each other, perhaps sharing a seasonal mince pie. For more information on The Arts Society and directions to the venue please visit www.marinaalta arts.com or for membership details Jane at membership@marinaalta arts.com.

SAT charity dog walk Once a month we welcome everyone to join us for a fun walk with or without a dog in aid of SAT animal charity in Dolores. It is hour's easy/moderate walk which is approx. 4.5km (7700 steps). Great exercise for you and your dog and all for €5. The next walk is on Sunday, December 1. The starting point is the

entrance to Monte Azul, Benijófar (Restaurante El Dorado). Registration 10.15am start 10.30 am. Finish the walk at a friendly café, where you can buy refreshments and enjoy the live entertainment. For more information contact Angela on 696 426 783 or follow on Facebook SAT charity walks

Alfaz schools help campaign Alfaz Town Hall have collaborated with the NGO Aborigen View – a humanitarian aid and volunteering association based in Alfaz in a campaign to collect school materials for Gambia and Senegal. The three public Spanish schools – Veles e Vents, Santisimo Cristo Del Buen Acierto and Racó de l’Albir together with two private Norwegian schools – Den Norske Skole Costa Blanca and Den Norske Skolen Albir have joined together to support this

campaign, which will continue until January 10. Items such as backpacks, notebooks, pens as well as toiletries – toothbrushes and soap are being collected. A special collection for the 'project albinos' requires sun creams, hats/caps and sunglasses. Aborigen View is an NGO based in Alfaz del Pi who strive to provide visual healthcare and humanitarian help for some of the most vulnerable places in the world.

Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy - Advent and Christmas Advent services and Christmas events North and South:

choir, followed by mulled wine, mince pies and stollen.

Tues, Dec 3 at 7.30pm Javea Chaplaincy Singers at Ermita del Popul. Our Christmas concert Advent Jubílate

Dec 5 at 7pm in Calpe Dinner Dance - A repeat of last year’s excellent event. Real dancing and great food, at Restaurante Gran Sol. Timing is 7 for 7.30pm. Cost is €25 includes three course meal, half bottle of wine and entertainment. (€10 goes to the Chaplaincy). Menu choices will be available (soon). Tickets from Fr Marcus,by emailing marcusronchetti@yahoo. co.uk

Weds, Dec 4 at 6.30pm Gandia Gandía Church are having an ‘early bird’ Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday, December 4 at 6.30pm, in the Borja Palace, Gandía. We use the door on the front next to the Café del Duc. This is a good opportunity to warm up for the festive season and sing your favourite Christmas Carols, led by Philip Ashley and the Oliva U3A

La Siesta Wed, Dec 4 Chaplaincy Advent Carol Service at 11am Campoverde Sun, Dec 8 Ecumenical Advent Service at 6pm


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Snow White at Networks Networks Theatre returns to the stage with a traditional pantomime this November. This time they bring back Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a family show for both adults and children. So you’re in for a treat! With a cast of 25 actors just bubbling with enthusiasm come along and join the team as they bring you their 18th annual pantomime as ever written and directed by

artistic director Nick Moore! With only four public performances early booking is essential You can book tickets via the website at www.networks theatre.com Show dates: November 28 at 8.30pm, Friday, November 29 at 9pm and Saturday, November 30 at 5pm or 7.30pm. Ticket price Adults €10 and Students and Children €5.

SCAN mascotathon

You can now reserve your tickets online in our website www.networkstheatre.com

Javea Players play with guns Scotland Yard calls on the Dexters for help The upper-class sleuth in Jávea Players’ next production – Look Out – He’s Got a Gun! – is Steve Dexter, played by James Ward, ably assisted by Lesley Davies as his daring and sophisticated wife, Eve. They have their hands full, helping the hapless – maybe a little unkind! – Scotland Yard who never seem to have sufficient intelligent bobbies to do the job. The chase for answers takes the amateur couple to a seedy night club, via a mad professor, a wealthy self-made millionaire and sexy Spanish singer, (pictured) whilst avoiding bul-

lets and capture themselves in the search for the gang which has been kidnapping girls for the white slave trade. Author and director of this comedy, Phil Mansell was hooked on the radio series starring writer turned sleuth Paul Temple; it was first launched in 1938 and continued through the fifties and sixties. The show runs from December 2 - 7 at 20.00 in the Jávea Players’ Studio Theatre and tickets are selling fast, so don’t delay. For booking details see the website: www.javeaplayers.com.

On Sunday, December 1 SCAN animal rescue centre will be holding a a mascotathon fundraiser at 'The Scan Centre', in El Vergel. At 9am you can register for the walk and dog shows, and the walk stars at 10.30am. From 12.30 the animal contests begin and there is a lunch at

Reach Out beetle drive With the festive spirit almost upon us, it is traditional for Reach Out to arrange a Beetle Drive to help raise funds at this time. We have been invited to hold this night of merrymaking in The Captains Bar, Punta Marina (shopping centre), on Monday December 2. For a small donation of €7 starting at 7.30pm, supporters can enjoy a fun filled evening, and a Grand Raffle,

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Marcus Wareing's recipes By Lauren Taylor, P.A. Panzanella Ingredients (Serves 4) 300g fresh or stale bread, cut into thick slices 6 medium overripe tomatoes 100ml tomato juice from a carton 2 garlic cloves, finely grated 4tbsp balsamic vinegar 100ml olive oil 1tsp Dijon mustard 2tbsp capers in brine, plus 1tsp caper brine 1 red onion, thinly sliced 50g pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped 1/2 bunch of basil, leaves roughly chopped 1/2 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves roughly chopped Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Method (Prep time: 15 minutes, plus straining and soaking. Cooking time: 10 minutes) 1. If you're using fresh bread, preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/gas 4, line a baking tray with baking parchment and lay out the bread slices in one layer. Bake for 10 minutes then remove from the oven. 2. While the bread is baking, cut the tomatoes into small wedges. Toss them in salt then place them in a colander set over a bowl. Set aside for 20 minutes, reserving the juice. 3. Place the tomatoes in a large bowl. 4. Add the tomato juice, the garlic, two tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar and 50ml of the olive oil to the fresh tomato juice in the bowl. Mix together and season well with salt and pepper. 5. Cut the bread into 2cm dice and place in a shallow dish large enough to fit the bread in a single layer. Pour the tomato juice mix over the top and leave to sit for

20 minutes. 6. Mix the remaining balsamic vinegar and olive oil together. Add the mustard and caper brine and season with salt and pepper. 7. Add the soaked bread, red onion, capers, olives and herbs to the tomatoes and gently mix together with the dressing. Serve immediately. Milk chocolate, raspberry and thyme tart Ingredients (Serves 8) For the pastry: 140g plain flour, plus extra for dusting Pinch of sea salt 90g cold butter, cubed 40g caster sugar 1 egg, beaten, plus 1 egg yolk For the filling: 300ml double cream 100ml milk 1/2 bunch of thyme 400g milk chocolate, broken into pieces or roughly chopped 3 eggs 10g freeze-dried raspberry pieces 1tsp cocoa powder, to serve Method (Prep time: 30 minutes, plus chilling and cooling. Cooking time: 1 hour, 15 minutes) 1. To make the pastry, rub together the flour, sea salt and cold butter in a bowl until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (or blitz in a food processor). Stir in the sugar and gradually add the beaten egg to form a soft, pliable dough (you might not need all the egg). Gently form the pastry into a ball, flatten it, then wrap it in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. 2. Dust a work surface lightly with flour, unwrap the pastry and roll it out to a

4mm-thick circle. Use it to line a 21-2cm, high-sided, loose-bottomed tart tin, leaving a little excess pastry to hang over the edges. Return to the fridge for 20 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. 4. Line the pastry case with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Sit the tart case on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and bake the tart case for a further 15 minutes, until it starts to turn golden and becomes firm. Remove the baking beans and parchment, brush with the egg yolk and return the case to the oven for a further five minutes, until evenly golden. 5. While the tart case is baking, start making the fill-

ing. Put the double cream, milk and thyme in a medium saucepan, bring to a simmer and let it simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and set aside to infuse for 20 minutes. Strain into a clean saucepan, discarding the thyme and bring back to a simmer. 6. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour the hot cream and milk over the top. Cover and leave to sit for five minutes. Add the eggs and, using a stick blender, mix until well combined. Pass through a fine sieve into a jug. 7. Reduce the oven temperature to 140°C/120°C fan/ gas 1. Remove the oven tray slightly from the oven. With the tart case in the oven, pour the chocolate mix into the shell. Sprinkle the raspberry pieces on top and, using a spoon, swirl to distribute evenly. 8. Bake the tart for 40-45 minutes until there is just a

slight wobble in the middle. Carefully remove from the oven and leave to cool. When cool enough to handle, trim away the excess pastry with a sharp knife, and when fully cool remove the tart from the tin. 9. To serve, dust with the cocoa powder and slice using a hot knife. Croque monsieur Ingredients (serves 1) 50g Gruyere cheese, grated 2 slices of sourdough 3-4 slices of prosciutto 10g butter For the bechamel: 100ml milk 1tsp thyme leaves 10g butter 1tbsp plain flour 1/2tsp Dijon mustard 1tsp wholegrain mustard 50g Cheddar cheese, grated Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Method (Prep time: under 10 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes) 1. Start by making the bechamel. Put the milk and thyme into a small saucepan. Gently bring to a simmer over low heat. Melt the butter in another small saucepan then add the flour, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for about one minute to get rid of the floury taste, but avoid letting it brown. Gradually whisk in half of the hot milk and stir quickly to combine. Add the remaining milk and cook for a further five minutes over low heat, stirring continuously. Remove from the heat, add the mustards and

cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. 2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. 3. Place the grated Gruyere on one slice of the sourdough then top with the prosciutto. Finish with the bechamel then top with the other slice of sourdough. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the butter then carefully add the sandwich and toast it for three to five minutes. Gently turn the sandwich over and brown the other side for another three to five minutes. 4. Transfer to a piece of baking parchment on a baking tray and bake in the oven for four to five minutes, until the cheese has melted. Marcus Everyday by Marcus Wareing, photography by Susan Bell, is published by Harper Collins.

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Happy 18th Paula

Felicidades Paula, de todas tus amigas xxxx

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Happy birthday Lynda

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Hoping you have a lovely day. Birthday greetings and best wishes from all your family and friends near and far xxxxx

Happy birthday Kira, hope you have a wonderful day with lots of presents, from Mama, Papa, Ander, family and friends xxx

Your stars for next week

Aries

21 Mar - 20 Apr

Taurus

21 Apr - 21 May

Gemini

22 May - 21 Jun

Cancer

22 June - 23 Jul

The week begins with a bit of festive sparkle. The chance to bring a bit of magic and romance into your life should not be missed. It may take a few days to get into the spirit of fun all around you. At work, it may feel as though it is time for a change. Even so, don't make any decisions until after the New Year when things are much clearer. In the meantime, where is that romance?

Feeling optimistic and decisive? Well, there are enough people demanding your attention! As the festive season approaches, someone close may be expecting you to make a long-awaited decision. Being dynamic and positive will help you to sort your head out. A change is certainly well overdue. The best time for this, however, is after the New Year when you are certain.

A few awkward moments at work could be due to a misunderstanding. Bring out your sense of humour and charm to set the record straight. With so much going on around you at this time of the year, it is hard to see more than an emotional foot ahead of you. There is nothing wrong with a few delaying tactics. Rather than you giving an expensive present, would someone be happier spending some quality time with you?

Is it taking a bit of time getting into the festive spirit? Serious work matters may have taken the gloss from it all. Still there is time to start to relax and realise what is important to you and others. If your aim is to make others happy then your time is more precious to them than garish presents. Sometimes you are capable of underestimating your importance to others.

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Recent renewed links to the past seem to be pulling on your heart strings. There may be several directions it is possible to go in. You will not be guided by your heart, though. Your approach is more practical. There are options for you and some of them are good. Whatever you choose, it is a busy time of the year. Others need to be reminded of their promises and, indeed, obligations!

With a growing sparkle in your eyes, it seems that you are already in the festive mood. Is your partner still not responding to the tinsel? Take them to see some lights switched on or get that festive tree organised early. If finances are a worry, suggest seeing how little you can spend as a kind of exercise. Can be fun. There is a quiet weekend ahead but make the most of it!

Bring a little bit of fun and warm spirits to friends and work colleagues alike. You just want everyone to enjoy this time of year. With a real talent at getting folk together, fun cannot be far away. Organising anything needs plenty of notice. You don't want to miss out on having your best pals there, do you? Someone who wants to get into your heart can be persistent but the time has to be right for you.

With so much going on this week, you may seek a quiet corner at some time. Well, good luck with that! Although at times you feel like hiding under the duvet, come out of your comfort zone. Once you are in the middle of everything you begin to soak up the true festive spirit. Avoid waiting for others to get things done. You will do it so much better yourself.

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Aiming to be friends to everyone? It is worth a try but don't run yourself ragged! Being popular is great - until you find that you have no time for yourself. A light approach is best and maybe a promise to help out with something later? When looking for last-minute bargains, it may be best to shop alone. Remember that a small present can be presented in a bigger box!

22 Dec - 20 Jan

This week, you are able to see how to make someone's life better. It may be an elderly person or one from the past. Sometimes some help and a smile can be enough. Inviting someone to the table who would otherwise be alone is a great thing to do. Your kind heart need not always be hidden. There are those who will admire your open-hearted gestures.

21 Jan - 19 Feb

Some frankly mad suggestions need to be treated with humour. However, don't be afraid of saying a blank 'no'. Someone may have a romantic eye on you and suggest a little treat. Make it clear on what terms you accept it (if you do). You have more interesting things to do than follow someone else's flights of fancy. Last-minute bargains are best found alone.

20 Feb - 20 Mar

An unexpected communication brings excitement. As you are able to see everything from all sides, you soon see what is behind it. Be amused and respond in the right way. If you have to save someone's blushes, do. Some expert advice on finances needs checking out most carefully, especially if your mind is distracted by other things. In the festive spirit yet? Enjoy!


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How to find the perfect sparkly party dress for all types of body shapes By Katie Wright, P.A. There's a dazzling dress out there for everybody, says Katie Wright. When it comes to festive fashion, don't overthink it. A sparkly dress is a party-season classic - but with an endless array of sequinned frocks in the shops, which is the one for you? To help you narrow it down, here, we run down five of the biggest dress trends of the season, and how they can enhance your body type. These glittery beauties will make you feel like a million dollars - even when they cost a whole lot less than that... Fit and flare dresses Best for: Emphasising your waist If you want to show off your hourglass silhouette - or create the illusion of curves on a straight-up-anddown figure - a defined waist is essential. Wrap dresses are ideal if you're larger on top, while a detachable belt means you can control how cinched in you go. Dorothy Perkins Silver Sequin Belted Fit and Flare Dress, Silver Bae Diamante Heeled Sandals V by Very Multi Stripe Sequin Wrap Mini Dress Strappy dresses Best for: Boyish figures While for some people, wearing a strapless bra or going braless just isn't an option, for those with slimmer frames a spaghetti strap dress is just the ticket. Embrace the modern flapper look with a sassy sequinned mini dress, or bring the Seventies disco vibes with a metallic A-line frock and platform sandals. Miss Selfridge Pink and Ombre Disc Slip Dress, Sloane Black Pointed T Sandals, Oliver Bonas Shimmer Pleated Green Scallop Neck Midi Dress

Midi dresses Best for: Taller ladies While midi lengths have a tendency to drown petite frames, if you're on the tall side, a dress that falls below your knee is flattering and elegant. Whether shift or swing style, sequinned midi dresses offer more coverage if you don't want to reveal too much leg or if you’re festive 'do calls for more formal attire. JD Williams All over Sequin Gold Midi Swing Dress M&Co Sequin Midi Dress Ombre dresses Best for: Focusing on your best bits We've all got certain areas of our bodies that we're not so keen on, and an ombre dress offers a clever way to emphasise the bits we prefer. If you'd rather skim over your hips, choose an ombre frock that's darker at the bottom. Or if you want to hide your arms, go for a dark shade on top. There are some beautiful colour combinations in the shops. Roman Purple Ombre Sequin Shift Dress v(shoes, stylist's own) V by Very Ombre Sequin Midi Dress JD Williams Navy & Silver Ombre Sequin Shift Dress,White Work Shirt (from a pack of two, Flexi Sole Kitten Heel Two Part Shoes Mini dresses Best for: Showing off your pins Leggy ladies, rejoice - because the festive fashion collections are full of fabulous sparkly mini dresses. For curvy figures, try a halterneck LBD with a cinched in waist, or keep your top half under wraps with a high neck shift dress - it's all about balance. Miss Selfridge Black Sequin Mini Dress Lipsy Sequin Halterneck Dress, Next

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20 Mind and Body

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Should you exercise when you've got a cold? By Prudence Wade, P.A. Well first and foremost, it depends what type of cold you have, as Prudence Wade discovers. It's that wretched time of year when getting a cold feels almost inevitable, as your colleagues, friends and family get struck down oneby-one with the sniffles. It's called the 'common' cold for good reason - but just how much does a cold have to get in the way of your regular routine? We're talking specifically about exercise. You might want to continue with your gym schedule as normal after all, colds aren't generally a serious ailment - but is it wiser to rest? "For the most part, exercise helps to keep us healthy and boosts our immune system against all kinds of diseases," says Dr Diana Gall of Doctor4U. But there are exceptions of course, and sometimes taking a rest is just what the doctor ordered.

So what's the deal with colds? What type of cold do you have? According to Gall, this is important: do you have a head cold or a chesty cold? A head cold has "symptoms such as a sore throat and runny nose", she says, while the chest version involves "a chesty cough, body aches and a raised temperature". (You might, of course, have both if you're really unlucky). With a head cold, Gall says: "It's usually safe to carry on with exercise, even if you need to lower the intensity while you're under the weather. "If you're suffering from a chesty cold, working out could worsen your symptoms and make you feel even more unwell, as well as

putting you at risk of injury, so a rest in these circumstances can often be better than a workout." Don't overdo it Even if you are safe to go to the gym as normal, it's probably not advisable to lift your heaviest weights or go on a 10km run. "You should avoid straining yourself too much keep your exercise routine lighter than usual and take note of your symptoms day by day," Gall recommends. "If you wake up feeling much worse than the day before, or have developed any additional symptoms, it would be wise to avoid the gym until you start feeling better. "The good news is that 'exercise' is a broad term," she adds. "If you usually go running or do cardio workouts at the gym, it's probably not the best idea to carry on with these whilst you're ill.

But lower-intensity exercises, such as going on a walk, some basic yoga, or resistance band training could keep you active even while you have a cold." It's also important not to dive straight back into an intense regime as soon as your symptoms clear-up. "If you exercise regularly and take some time off due to illness, try and ease back into your routine with the same amount of time you took off," Gall says. "For example, if you took five days off due to illness, spend five days easing in and working back up to your normal routine." Ease back gently If you've had a sickness-induced break, it's also a good idea to introduce some mobility stretches. "Sometimes, if you have been ill and had a

couple of days off work, you can feel a bit stiff and immobile," says Katie Anderson, trainer at yoga and low-impact studio FLY LDN. Anderson suggests three simple stretches to get some mobility back - and the first is a supine spinal twist. She says: "Lie on your back and bring your knees to chest. Start to drop the knees to one side of the body, keeping your shoulders pressed onto the ground. Stay here for a breath and using the core, rotate your knees to the other side of the body, repeating on the other side." The second stretch is cat/ cow. Begin on all-fours, Anderson explains, and "begin to undulate the back, tucking the chin to chest. Take a breath and then begin to undulate in the the opposite direction, engaging the back and sliding the tailbone to the sky as the chin and chest lifts. Repeat with slow and controlled inhales and exhales." Lastly, a downward dog to long lunge will help your body get back into action. "Starting with the hands and feet flat on the ground with hips high, shift your body into a high plank, taking one foot forward to the outside of your hand," Anderson explains. "Taking a breath here to release the hips, exhale and send your body back into downward dog. Take another breath and repeat to the other leg. Depending on how your body is feeling, you can take this slowly or you can move through it a little speedier."


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Gilbert's syndrome In Gilbert's syndrome, slightly higher than normal levels of bilirubin build up in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow substance found naturally in the blood. It forms as a by-product when old red blood cells are broken down. Symptoms of Gilbert's syndrome Most people with Gilbert's syndrome experience occasional and short-lived episodes of yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by the build-up of bilirubin in the blood. As Gilbert's syndrome usually only causes a slight increase in bilirubin levels, the yellowing of jaundice is often mild. The eyes are usually affected most. Some people also report other problems during episodes of jaundice, including: Abdominal pain Feeling very tired Loss of appetite Nausea Dizziness Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a common digestive disorder that causes stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation Problems concentrating and thinking clearly A general sense of feeling unwell But these problems are not necessarily thought to be

directly related to increased bilirubin levels, and could indicate a condition other than Gilbert's syndrome. Around 1 in 3 people with Gilbert's syndrome do not experience any symptoms at all. You may not realise you have the syndrome until tests for an unrelated problem are carried out. When to see a Dr See your Dr if you experience an episode of jaundice for the first time. The jaundice of Gilbert's syndrome is usually mild, but jaundice can be associated with more serious liver problems, such as cirrhosis or hepatitis C. If you have been diagnosed with Gilbert's syndrome, you do not usually need to seek medical advice during an episode of jaundice, unless you have additional or unusual symptoms. What causes Gilbert's syndrome? People with Gilbert’s syndrome have a faulty gene, which causes the liver to have problems removing bilirubin from the blood. Normally, when red blood cells reach the end of their life (after about 120 days), haemoglobin, the red pigment that carries oxygen in the blood, breaks down into bilirubin.

The liver converts bilirubin into a water-soluble form, which passes into bile and is eventually removed from the body in urine and faeces. Bilirubin gives urine its light yellow colour and stool its dark brown colour. In Gilbert's syndrome, the faulty gene means that bilirubin is not passed into bile at the normal rate. Instead, it builds up in the bloodstream, giving the skin and white of the eyes a yellowish tinge. Other than inheriting the faulty gene, there are no known risk factors for developing Gilbert's syndrome. It's not related to lifestyle habits, environmental factors or serious underlying liver problems. What triggers the symptoms? People with Gilbert's syndrome often find there are certain triggers that can bring on an episode of jaundice. Some of the possible triggers linked with the condition include: Being dehydrated Fasting Infection Stress Physical exertion Not getting enough sleep Having surgery In women, having their monthly period Where possible, avoiding known triggers can reduce your chance of experiencing episodes of jaundice. Who's affected Gilbert's syndrome is common, but it's difficult to know exactly how many people are affected because it does not

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always cause obvious symptoms. It affects more men than women. It's usually diagnosed in a person's late teens or early 20s. Diagnosing Gilbert's syndrome Gilbert's syndrome can be diagnosed by a blood test which measures the levels of bilirubin in your blood and a liver function test. When the liver is damaged, it releases enzymes into the blood. At the same time, levels of proteins that the liver produces to keep the body healthy begin to drop. By measuring the levels of these enzymes and proteins, it's possible to build up a

reasonably accurate picture of how well the liver is functioning. If the test results show you have high levels of bilirubin in your blood, but your liver is otherwise working normally, a confident diagnosis of Gilbert's syndrome can usually be made. If you have Gilbert's syndrome, the problem with your liver may also mean you're at risk of developing jaundice or other side effects after taking certain medications, such as medicines for high cholesterol. You should talk to a Dr before taking any new medicine and make sure you mention that you have Gilbert's syndrome to any doctors treating you for the first time.

Article supplied by Yvonne Evans, Co-Director Family Medical Centre, Albir. Call 96 686 5072 or email info@albirfamilymedicalcentre.com


22 Across the Pond

Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is this week and when I sat down this morning to write my weekly drivel, my plan was to produce a column about this family holiday because Thanksgiving, probably more than any other holiday, always brings out the sentimentalist in me. Most likely, that’s because of the vague, syrupy memories of a time when everything moved much slower and the food tasted much better. Since I love nostalgia, it seemed like a good idea to tell you about some Thanksgiving memories from my childhood that I treasure; things like my Uncle Bernard’s farm, butchering hogs in the cold, getting warm behind the big wood burning kitchen stove, my Uncle Mike’s oyster dressing and my Aunt Lucine’s fried chicken are all spinning around in my head just waiting to get out. Unfortunately, after looking through old pieces I have written on Thanksgiving, it’s obvious that I have already done this so many times over the past seventeen years that I’ve milked about all the drama and nostalgia out of Turkey Day that I can. So as much I would like to do some of that, I guess we will skip it this year. (Note 1) There will be no “over the river and through the woods” reminiscing out of me today. (2) Still, even if I am skipping the nostalgia about the holiday, my family is still celebrating Thanksgiving, albeit not in Indiana. We have ventured West to Seattle, Washington where my son lives with our grandchildren and his wife. We will most likely have a turkey on the table but being so close to the Pacific ocean, for sure a salmon and oysters will be on the menu as well.(3) As far as the thanks part of Thanksgiving goes, we will also be counting our blessings in that department. You know, sometimes with the ups and downs that life will deal you, it is easy to forget our blessings but here in Seattle, all I have to do is walk a few blocks out to where Interstate 5 runs right through the middle of town and I quickly realise how good life has treated us. You see, the city has a huge problem in that a large homeless population has been attracted to the city. They seek shelter from Seattle’s notorious rainy weather wherever physically possible so the public property lining both sides of the highway is lined with tents or other homemade structures clinging to the hill sides of entrance and exit ramps. I am completely ignorant of how and why this situation exists so I won’t comment on it; I can only say that when I wake up in the morning , it makes me further appreciate that when we sit down to look for wishbones on Thursday, I don’t have to be concerned about the first three rungs of Maslow’s hierarchy. Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone. G2 notes: 1: I know I just said I would not be getting all teary-eyed and I meant it but when I mentioned Aunt Lucine’s fried chicken, my mouth literally began to water. Her chicken would have made the Colonel throw rocks at his 11 herbs and spices. I don’t know how she produced these delicacies, but I suspect part of

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her success lay in having live chickens to work with. She kept her chickens in a pen behind the smokehouse and when we were at the farm, the job of feeding the chickens fell to my brother, Ron and me. It was also our job to catch three or four of those chickens and stick ‘em under a washtub where they would end up on the dinner table. The footing was slippery on the wet and frozen ground which made snagging a crazed, wing flapping chicken a difficult job. In addition, it took a certain amount of skill, a skill that my younger brother had not yet acquired, to raise that washtub just enough to stick a squirming chicken under it without letting the others loose. When we had them captured, my Aunt would dispatch them using either the neck wringing method or an axe and the tree stump. Regardless of the method, the headless bodies still flopped around in the blood spattered snow while Ron and I tried to herd them together. The big folks were also busy getting a wood fire going under the big cast iron pot in the back yard. They needed hot water to dip the carcasses in so that the feathers could be pulled off. The smell of those hot, wet feathers should have been enough to turn me off fried chicken for life but in this case, the end justified the means. Her frying of multiple chickens also guaranteed that there were plenty of wishbones to go around, eliminating the problem of fighting over the wishbone. Do kids still fight over the wishbone or do today’s birds even have a one?? Has that been bred out of them in the interests of keeping peace at the dinner table? 2: we actually did not cross any rivers but we did navigate a body of water; my Uncle’s picturesque farm was on a hill overlooking Martin County, Indiana’s Boggs Creek so we had to cross that to get to the house. You know, the first time I wrote that phrase about rivers and woods, I found myself wondering if there are younger folks out there who will read this, scratch their heads and say aloud, “ Over the river?? What river? What the hell is he talking about?” I’m still wondering. 3: I would like to see scallops on the table also but we just had them for dinner last evening. Also, Susie is not too fond of eating Scallops, claiming that they squeak when she bites into them.

Our Guy in Japan (C4, 9pm) Sunday, 1/12/2019 Guy Martin isn't the only celebrity to have made a Japanese travelogue this year - Sue Perkins embarked on her own two-part trip for the BBC - but he is bringing a unique perspective to it, not least because he's fascinated by the country's engineering. In the concluding part of his journey, he's working with the maintenance team on the world's longest, strongest and most expensive suspension bridge, and visiting Hiroshima to find the tram that was up and running just three days after a nuclear bomb destroyed the city in 1945. Guy's offbeat itinerary also includes training under the mystical guidance of one of Japan's last remaining swordsmiths and attending one of the country's oldest fireworks festivals. He even ventures into a slum in Yokohama, and finds that there is still cleanliness, order and free wi-fi.

Reported Missing (BBC1, regions vary) Monday, 2/12/2019 One Sunday evening, Cheshire Police get a call from Mark Moran, chief executive of the Blue Apple Veterans Association, a Warrington-based charity. Its founder, former soldier Mark Smith, has not been seen for almost 24 hours, following an argument with his wife Denise. Smith has left his desk unusually tidy, leaving behind both his phone and wallet. Moran reports that Mark suffers from PTSD and has been behaving increasingly erratically for weeks. A major search operation swings into action to work out where Smith might be. In this film, narrated by Indira Varma, Sgt Helen Hayes scrutinises events in the build up to Mark going missing. Is there more to his disappearance than meets the eye?


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Hopes are high as poppy count gets underway This year the Poppy Appeal is aiming to raise over £50 million to help support serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces community and their families. To help reach that target, over 150,000 volunteers were out on the streets, markets and in shopping centres across the UK and many European countries including here in Spain. Although local branches have been busy raising funds for those ‘needy’ ex-servicemen and their dependants since the beginning of the year, their activities have increased dramatically in recent weeks as they set out on their final fundraising ‘efforts’ of the year with the ‘Poppy Appeal’ in the knowledge that all of the monies collected will be used to support cases here in Spain. Currently the members from 28 branches, 12 on the Costa del Sol, and the remainder from the areas that make up Spain District North, predominantly the Costa Blanca, Calida and Almeria, have also been busy during recent weeks, collecting your thousands of donations. With poppies and collection boxes distributed to over 600 bars, restaurants and other locations across the region, the four local branches mobilised their ‘armies’ of volunteers, in mid-October. They were active at Alicante airport, as well as pounding the streets at local markets, supermarkets and shops, in addition to many dozens of other venues and collection outlets. Last year the Branches in La Marina/Gran Alacant, Hondón Valley, Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa, raised over €80,000, an amount which they will be hoping to surpass when totals are tallied up in the coming days. The appeal in Spain North was launched by District Chairman Don Cubbon and the mayor of Benidorm, Antonio Pérez, on October 18, a little earlier that the UK. On the Orihuela Costa it was

boosted by the presence of two Chelsea Pensioners, Wayne Campbell and Skippy Teasdale, who were collecting at La Zenia Boulevard and in the Plaza at Villamartin. Neither of the two venues have been used for some years but the amounts collected in both locations suggest that they will, in future, be important additions to the annual list, as also will all Overseas Supermercados stores who were once again kind enough to allow collectors to sit inside their entrances. In some branches many of the poppy collection tins are still to be emptied and the monies counted, so the final figure for the District will not be released for some time, however the major Orihuela Costa and District count took place yesterday, Sunday’ at the Olympia Restaurant in Mil Palmeras. When speaking to local appeal organiser, Eddie Coleman seemed in buoyant mood. “We have done most of the counting but we still have the banking to do. I hope, nevertheless, that we will have the final figure in the next couple of weeks,” he said. “Our volunteers have been amazing and we raised just under €50,000 last year so anywhere approaching that amount will be an excellent achievement. Watch this space!” Spain District North has 16 Branches and all of them arrange regular and varied social events, as well providing support to our beneficiaries. Local Branches meet in Gran Alacant, Hondon Valley, Torrevieja and on the Orihuela Costa. New members are always welcome and you do not need to have an Armed Forces background to enjoy all the Branch has to offer. Locations and details of all the Branches can be found on the website: www.britishlegion.org.uk/counties /spain-north. For support and information, please email: SpainNorth.Chairman@ RBL.Community or call 676 451 780 (Mon - Fri 09.00 - 17.00).

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26 Dial number wrongly and get a poem (5) 27 Two points for example, in a piece of creative writing (5) 28 Market man has less money, apparently (6) Down 1 I show amusement about a written comparison (6) 2 It's charming to have the odd victory (7) 3 I turn ten away from food (8) 4 Journalist on a horse (4) 5 Tangle some string (5) 6 Finish in an effort to be fashionable (6) 7 I'm past the stage of being adult (5) 13 Over-friendly witch's helper (8) 16 Beat writer first with an old club (7) 17 Take tea, one hears, from here to there (6) 19 Calls for attendants (5) 20 Not a harsh quote (6) 22 Point to animals, one gets them in the neck! (5) 24 See 21 Across

Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular clues Across Regular clues - the answers are the same. Cryptic clues Across 1/9 Household implement which may be habit forming (6,7) 4/12 Strike over, so get on well (3,2,3) 8 Artist meant to be abstract (5) 9 See 1 10 Letting go with nothing inside (7) 11 Advance the chap five hundred (4) 12 See 4 14 Spare list? (4) 15 Girl coming into money in India (4) 18 Pecuniary bonus is mine in return (3) 21/24 Twelve good men suffering the ultimate punishment for being indecisive (4,4) 23 Can I be pleasant? (7) 25 Write out a melody for a Roman god (7)

1/9 Mechanical device for stitching cloth (6,7) 4/12 Get along well together (3,2,3) 8 Impressionist painter (5) 9 See 1 10 Granting freedom to (7) 11 Allow to borrow (4) 12 See 4 14 Bend forwards (4) 15 Old Indian currency (4) 18 Word of advice (3) 21/24 Unable to agree on a verdict (4,4) 23 Good-natured (7) 25 Roman Sea god (7) 26 Book by Homer (5) 27 Written material (5) 28 Agent (6)

Down 1 Straightforward (6) 2 Charming (7) 3 Nutritious substance (8) 4 Hard cough (4) 5 Strong cord (5) 6 Fashionable (6) 7 Adult insect (5) 13 Recognisable (8) 16 Nine iron (7) 17 From that place (6) 19 Sheets of paper (5) 20 Affectionate (6) 22 Backs of necks (5) 24 See 21 Across

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Improve your vocabulary with our Spanish/English crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English.

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1 Perdedor (5) 4 Meses (6) 9 Champú (7) 10 Monedero (5) 11 Abierto (4) 12 Salida del sol (7) 13 Ver (3) 14 De (4) 16 Nariz (4) 18 Pero (3) 20 Involucrar (7) 21 Baño (4) 24 Grande (5) 25 Razones (7) 26 Sábanas (de camas) (6) 27 Rodillas (5)

Down 1 Lección (6) 2 Espacio (5) 3 Cuerda (4) 5 Adversario (8) 6 Nabos (7) 7 Escenas (6) 8 Caballo (5) 13 El más pequeño (8) 15 Reverso (7) 17 Campos (6) 18 Osos (5) 19 Fantasmas (6) 22 Solo (5) 23 Espalda (4)


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A.R.C. Jalón Valley

P.E.P.A DARCY is beautiful 10 kilo Podenco, 7 years old and has lived most of her life on a chain in awful conditions. Blood tested clear of the main Mediterranean diseases. She is so sweet and very good with other dogs. This little lady really deserves a home of her own. Tel 650 304 746 or send an email to p.e.p.a.animalcharity@gmail.com

HEMMY – is 3 years old and a very quiet cat. He loves attention and being made a fuss of. He has been neutered and has a passport so can travel. No adoption fee but a donation is much appreciated. Also, many other dogs, cats & 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 & 1pm Monday to Saturday.

Contact Sally by email: jalonvalleyarc14@yahoo. co.uk. Facebook: Jalon Valley ARC Charity Reg No CV01-054107-A.

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CESAR is a balanced, gentle and beautiful German Shepherd mix. He was tied to a tree with a big iron chain. Cesar could never have rescued himself. Cesar is an easygoing, sweet, calm and balanced dog and he has adapted to the shelter life without complaining. Cesar really enjoys going out walking well on the leash exploring his surroundings calmly. Cesar loves being with people, every kind of attention and cuddles. This big gentle boy deserves a loving home and this time forever. For more info contact 966 427 678, email info@apad-apad.org or see the website www.apad-apad.org

Pets in Spain Denia Cat Protection League Aldea Felina - http://www.aldeafelina.es 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 aproppego@gmail.com or see website: www.aprop-pego.org

AKIRA Animal Shelter POLLY was found recently in the campo in Benissa and is around two years old. She is slightly nervous of

K9 Club TILLY is a beautiful girl, identical to Diva. Very soft and gentle but fits personality hidden within that is slowly coming out. She loves to play with other dogs. She’s always catching the sun on her tummy and ready for cuddles anytime of day. Please telephone 600 845 420 or email: k9clubinfo@gmail.com

people but quickly warms to you given a little time and would greatly benefit from living in her own home. She is a friendly girl, good with other dogs and has so much to give to a family. She is vaccinated, chipped and has tested free from Mediterranean diseases. She is able to travel within or outside of Spain and is also available for foster; Akira pays all expenses for their dogs on foster. Please phone 657 689 567 or email akirashelter@aol.com

AMBER is around 4 months old and was found with her mum and siblings hiding under a shed which was about to be knocked down. The mother and kittens were placed in a foster home and now in need of a forever home. Call: 645 469 253 see the website www. petsinspain.com, or email info@petsinspain.com

Benidorm Animal Shelter – SPAP This is SIAM. A wonderful three month old kitten. Fully vaccinated. He is very friendly and healthy. His siblings have already been adopted. Can anyone give Siam a great home? Great companion. Please call Maria Teresa on 677 373 396 or 96 585 62 68 or see the website at www.spapbenidorm.com.


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Computers COMPURED COMPUTERS your reliable IT professional in Orihuela Costa. Sale and repair of computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and much more. We also offer mobile internet, printers & supplies, websites, domains & web hosting - you name it, we have it! Conveniently located on the N-332 between Cabo Roig and La Zenia roundabouts. v 966 761 647 for more information or house calls, or visit: www.spaincomputers.com

Gardening 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 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 PROFESSIONAL GARDENER: Garden maintenance and design. Pruning of fruit trees, pines and palm trees. Pest control. Fery v 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

LEAKY TERRACE? BLACK CEILING? Expensive repair? Get it weatherproofed! Quick, clean and economical. Email, homecomfort@mail.com 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 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: bc-toldos@hotmail.com

General

CORONA AWNINGS, BLINDS and carpets has been providing shade on the Costa Blanca for over 20 years. We install all types of blinds and interior blinds. Visit our showroom or call Nick for a no obligation quote. We are on the N332 Alfaz near McDonalds. Phone on 966 865 753 or 658 990 719 SANCT BERNHARD Costa Blanca. Offers inc. Omega 3-6-9 for a cholesterol and joint-conscious diet. 180 caps €9.60 or buy 3+ for €9.00 each. 965 780 425 SANCT BERNHARD Calpe. Offers inc. FORMOFIT for natural weight control. 210 caps (1 month supply) €35 or buy 3+ for €32 each. 965 836 807

Animal world 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: www.pepaspain.com CHANCE FOR ANIMALS: protection needs your help for general maintenance, walking our dogs. As we have to leave the house, we are desp. looking for people, who adopt our rescued dogs! Food welcome!! German braco, and lots more! 15 small puppies for adoption! Crevillente v 610 687 421 or visit us on: www.facebook.com/Su Cuatropatas 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 -protectora-animales-en.org HOUSE/PET SITTING .Your house or mine. References 637 160 545

TRANSLATOR AND ASSISTANCE with paperwork. Visits to tax office, Suma, hospital, police etc. Native English/Spanish. 20€ first hour 15€ every hour thereafter. Tel 677 543 815 or 629 455 435 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 THE EASIEST WAY to book your classifieds in The Post is to email the text to info@cbnews.es C/H BOILER DUAL trade GT New €900 1000 LT tank €290 Printer Epsom €40 Tel 609 653 236

LADY is a 4 year old, Podenco cross. She is a happy, playful, gentle girl. She is fully vaccinated with passport, microchipped, sterilized and on Heartworm preventative medication. SAT kennels v 966 710 047 - email info@satanimalrescue.com IF THERE IS anyone looking for a puppy or a dog that is in desperate need of a new home please contact the facebook site " costa blanca dog homing" We are always in desperate need of foster homes, short and long term, and if anyone can offer this please call 965 698 052


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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 www.petchauffeur.eu SPAMA GANDIA SHELTER Dog and cat rescue registered charity, La Safor area. 500 animals awaiting rehoming. Visit our website www.spa ma.org and view our new blog atwww.spama-safor.blog.com.es PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THEM! THE EASIEST WAY to get your classifieds in The Post is to e-mail the text to info@cbnews.es PET TRAVEL UK Family pet transporters Spain/UK. Travel with your pets for free. Email: info@pet traveluk.co.uk website: www.pet traveluk.co.uk Removals also arranged in other vehicles. Tel UK 01209 630604 or Spain 960 130 537 COSTA BLANCA DOG transport. The comfort of your pet is our priority. Excellent rates and Defra run. www.costablancadoghom ing.com Tel 675 485 613 TRANS-PET PROFESSIONAL door 2 door pet transport. Fully equipped vehicle. Open plan with 2 carers. DEFRA & WIT authorised & plated. Kennels & Cattery. www.trans-pet.co.uk ES 600 552 030 or UK 07801 272 162

Motorbikes

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Caravans, Mobile homes, Motorhomes

VESPA 300 GTS Touring 2011 4200Km ITV new tyres 2600 € Denia Tel 676 652 738

MAN & VAN for hire, cheap and reliable. Jalon Valley & surrounding area. 636 100 873 or 966 480 757

Car services

631 403 114 @LiftingCars C/ Llauradors, Benissa

SUV OR CONVERTIBLE wanted, condition and year do not matter, 688 335 497.

CAMPING & BUNGALOWS LOS LLANOS, Denia. The best on the beach. Your paradise. Plots and bungalows at good prices. 649 455 158 www.losllanos.net

Repair · Ceramic coating Ecological Wash ITV · Restoration

Cars FORD FIESTA TDCI 5 month ITV 2008 €1250 Tel 609 653 236

S R US CAAlR l cars wanted We buySpanish, English all Euro Cars R.H.D, L.H.D. 4X4s, MPVs,and Diesels &Vans, Motor homes, classics, motorcycle cash paid Scrap cars collected. No more unwas,nted bills or nes. All p/worktaken out of yourSuma housesandcarsrus@gmail.com name

Keith 699 805 995 662 211 993 UK00 44 7470 894 772

WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK & sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777 or UK 07874 223 456

Removals & transport

JAGUAR XJS 4.0, year 1994, English plates, leather seats. In very good condition. Torrevieja. Price 7,600€ 654 431 706

Nautical & accessories SMALL BOAT for sale, can be usable for waterski 626 245 098 CASH WAITING boats and jet skis brought for cash, no antiques, no rubbish call Joe on 634305 408 INTERNATIONAL SKIPPER licence, radio and radar courses, starting shortly +34 626 245 098

FANTASTIC 2 bed mobile home in Albatera Mobile Home Park, Alicante. Fully furnished. 200m2 plot with nice features. Can be taken off site (costs for the buyer) 22,250€ +41 793 339 968- h.wenger@hot mail.com.

WWW.WAY2GOHIRE.COM One way van hire, UK-Spain-UK, Pets welcome, drivers available. See our front page ad every week in The Post. Call 965 794 682 TRANSCONE. SHIPPING - LOGISTICS - removals. Fortnighly trips. Spain - UK - Spain. All Spanish internal moves Fully insured, friendly, reliable service. From Valencia to Alicante. All area in UK covered. Tel. 603 307 962 (0044) 7925 553 625 Email: aaronrichards88@live.co.uk SPANISH MOVES, SMALL removals and deliveries. Spain/UK budget prices. Last minute jobs undertaken. Email: info@spanish moves.net. Website: www.spanish moves.net Pet Transport also arranged. Tel UK 01209 630 604 or Spain 960 130 537


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Beauty & Wellness

Employment ENGLISH TEACHER REQUIRED The Volunteer English Teaching Group, in conjunction with the Javea CREAMA unemployment office, have a vacancy for the very important role of a basic one English teacher, to teach English to unemployed residents. A reasonable level of Spanish and knowledge of English grammar is required. Teaching experience preferable. One morning per week, immediate start to finish at Easter 2020. Contact The Co-ordinator: Tanya Sedgwick (Tel: 605780689)

Adult relax

SANCT BERNHARD Denia. Offers inc. CoEnzym Q10 for a strong heart. 60 caps €18 or buy 3+ for €16.80 each. 965 780 425 SANCT BERNHARD Albir. Offers inc. Spiruline 1350 for essential nutrients. 1350 tablets, 5 month supply, €29.95 966 864 171 SANCT BERNHARD Costa Blanca. Offers inc. Cod Liver Oil for a healthy bone structure. 200 caps €10.90 or buy 3+ for €9.95 each. 965 780 425

Employment wanted

Health

ELCHE OR TORREVIEJA Young fit 69 year old seeks work, will do anything. Full clean licence long distance, day/night...no problem. Also have luxury 7 seater. Security work, car sales, car delivery and labouring, all considered. Ring 684414271 or965978907

Lawyers & Solicitors NIE, RESIDENCIA, CAR IMPORT, holderchange, driving licence, last will / inheritance, assistance purchase / sale properties, insurances, Tel: 965 792 451, more under www.costalevanteservice.com PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Debt collection, solicitor. Professional, discreet 697 834 934

NEW EUROPEAN beautiful friend Nataly 27 yrs., in la Zenia house 75 - 643 097 872

CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST, Philip Mann, clinics in Moraira, Javea, Calpe and Albir. Tel. 686 912 307 SANCT BERNHARD Benidorm. Offers inc. Pumpkin Seed Oil for a healthy prostrate and bladder.130 caps €7.95 or 400 caps €19.95. 965 858 663 SANCT BERNHARD Moraira. Offers inc. Green-Lipped Mussel for healthy joints. 150 caps €12.50 or buy 3+ for €11 each 966 491 573 EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE? ANXIETY? Couples‘ problems? Experienced Psychologist helps, from Torrevieja to Denia. Call or WhatsApp Mirko on 630 341 888 PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE at home 25€. Relieve back pain, muscle tension & stress +34 674 858 409

BETTER THAN SEX. ENJOY our sensual and intuitive whole-body Tantra massage in Denia near Javea. You are welcome as you are. We love to touch you and meet you on a deeper level. Just relax and you will leave us with a heart full of love! Open daily. Phone/Whatsapp +34 635621993 www.oceantantramassage.com

MARY . The sweet Polish, 35 yrs. La Zenia, Turquesa St. Wonderful attention. An unforgettable experience. Last 2 weeks 672 539 332 NICE SWEET Caribbean Hellen, lovely body, La Zenia, close to Consum www.sensualspain.net V 665 736 488

SEXY MATURE ENGLISH Blond“ 15mins Alicante Airport. Overnight stays possible. Ring Karen (0034) 662 049 021

ALBIR, OPP. BBVA bank Polish pretty lady, breasted, relaxing massage, excellent attention 611 251 964

ELEGANT SLIM sexy naughty Lady Sophie, speaks 3 languages, priv. apartm. (in/out calls), escort service in ALL AREAS!! 693 357 526

CASIA CHARMING CHEEKY naughty 40yr in Denia only appointments. English & German speaking Tel. 634 057 016

CINDY, EROTIC Massage, hot blonde. La Zenia. Slim, sexy, caring, sweet, elegant 607 735 745

TORREVIEJA THAI LADYBOY, Jasmine, 30 yrs., professional erotic massage and lots of pleasure. Town centre, Morriones/La Loma St. Easy parking at the area, 24 hrs +34 634 162 388

MISUKY ASIAN Qualified masseuse. An unforgettable experience. At a new address in Campoamor, opposite Cepsa 663 088 170 www.sensualspain.net VIAGRA / SILDENAFIL - 150 mg. CIALIS / Tadalafil - 40 mg. Pack of 10 pills for 22 Euros. Free delivery in Spain. gadgetman3b53@gmail.com. MISTRESS ITALIA IS back. Experienced Dominatrix, new private location near Dénia with female assistant. Tel 655 475 907 ALEXANDRA, CARIBBEAN cinnamon skin, excellent treatment as a girlfriend. In Torrevieja, prostatic massage in stretcher bed. Charming, flamboyant, La Loma St. 698 848 960

GERMAN SEXY LADY, 47, very busty, for you in Torrevieja, just call 602 451 257 English spoken SPANISH LADY, 37, Playa Flamenca Urb Zenia Mar by the new carrefour 5 min Torrevieja, sensual massage. Discreet. Private house parking Call Ana 657 603 495 ALMORADI SAMANTHA exotic dark girl from Brazil with curly hair to her waist. All your fantasies no rush. Outings 625 596 261 ENGLISH ESCORT BENIDORM Kelly. Stunning model. 24hr. discreet hotel visits or my home within an hour. Benidorm and surrounding areas. Tel. 686 575 707

ELOISA CURVY body, busty qualified masseuse, oriental technics retarding pleasure- promotional prices. Close to Zenia Boulevard 671 185 543 LUNA BRAZILIAN 32 yrs, sculptural body. The best attention, fantasies house77 La Zenia 672 872 050 SHARON NEW Young friend at Nachuli´s, caring. Turquesa StreetV643 538 246 BENIDORM: SEXY NURSE, excellent body massage including happy ending. Hour 50€, Above Restaurant Tony Roma’s, Avda. del Mediterraneo 28 Tel 646 667 604 BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN SHARON 30 chocolate big natural breast sexy body to body message good services with happy ending pleasure many more services Cabo Roig Calle Mar WhatsApp 602328812 MALE/FEMALE VIAGRA, cialis, Kamagra jellies. Available mail order, viagra4you19@gmail.com, Tel: 604 385 476. JÁVEA - MORAIRA - CALPE, Massage +++ new girls !!! 661 034 261 BRUNA ALMORADI, long hair, dark skin, 26 yrs, all services, caring, sexy 602 502 544 TORREVIEJA SHIRLEY. Tanned beauty, 34 yrs, great figure, breasted, sweet face, discretion. Only by appointment 655 677 738 BLACK DOMINA, very cruel, toys, harness. Outings 667 018 650 Whatsapp. Torrevieja centre, 24 hrs - by appointment

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Orihuela

August 15, 2018 - No 568, www.thepost.es

Benijófar Torrevieja

MURCIA

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, www.co sta -n e ws.co m www.th 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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Properties from 175.000€

Items for sale

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BENIDORM SHEMALE Yaiza 28 yrs. Very sexy, hot & horny. All services, erotic massage & more. Home & hotel outings. 24hrs 671 074 695 - www.pasion.com

Friendship REALLY NICE GENTLEMAN wants to pay a nice, sexy, naughty, girlfriend for fun times together at your home a couple of daytimes a week. In Moraira to Denia areas. Sensuous spanking for very naughty girl!! Must be very discreet. Please text me on 683 142 216. ELDERLY MAN (+ 75) looking for a tolerant men`s circle Torrevieja area. phone 691 922 003

Items wanted

BUY VINYL RECORDS, record player, CD’s and Radios. 651 187 549.

GOLD WANTED Englis h Jeweller w is hes t o buy broken or unwa nt ed gold jewellery, wa t ches & coins . IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT

Ca ll Pe t e r : 6 17 550 0 16 Member of the National As s ociation of Golds miths

SEARCHING FOR RECORDS. All types of music wanted. We pay the best prices. Tel: 622 750 117

ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR, new! 1090 x 685 x 930 mm (folded 805 x 420 x 730 mm) maximum speed 6 km / h. Battery for up to 22 km. Bought for 1,300€, reasonable offers accepted. Torrevieja 634 150 481 TV PHILLIPS 19”, Wall bracket and cables 200€ Tel 966 426 587 THE EASIEST WAY to book your classifieds in the CB News is to e-mail the text to info-t@cbnews.es (South) or info@cbnews.es (North)

Business opportunities “FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY long established home improvement company looking for franchised operators, contracts supplied, full training given, good income, investment required for more details please email: contact @noneedtopaint.com” 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 BRITISH BOOKSHOP BENIDORM Indoor market. Trading since 2002,owners now retiring.Easy to run,profitable business with short hours.Complete assistance with changeover of suppliers.All stock included.Bargain price, 25,000€ Tel 637161475. MODERN VILLA/ Finca 290/6000, Pedreguer 650,000€ 666 665 846

Properties under 175.000€ SEMI DETACHED house in La Mata, Torrevieja, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathr., aircon, furnished, balcony and terrace. Community pool, 158,000€ 693 534 235

WE BUY LUXURY WATCHES For Cash! Rolex, Cartier, Omega, A/P, Hublot etc. Instant Cash Payment! Tel: 658 670 777. Or email: john@ukspecialistwatches.co.uk BUY HIGH QUALITY handbags, also designer bags, fur jackets and coats, oriental and persian carpets, jewellery and watches, all sorts silver 90/100/800, silver plated cuttlery, tin, amber, coral, coins, medals, porcelain, inheritance discounts and households, Military items until 1945, photos, medals etc., fair price in cash. phone 651 187 549.

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

PENTHOUSE, IN La Mata, Torrevieja. 2 bedr. A/C, balcony (approx. 90m2), comm. pool, underground parking, 3 min. walk to the beach. 118,00 € 693 534 235 BARGAIN. CHARMING 290M2 town house in Benigembla. Consists of: Grd Floor.- Entrance area, Spacious living-room +fireplace & cast iron stove, large dining room, living room, large equipped kitchen, 1 dble room, water deposit, toilet +shower, pantry, laundry room +access to large openplan attic & inside patio . 1st floor. - 3 dble bedrooms, 2 with balconies, 1 sgle room, office, bathroom +shower large terrace. 2nd floor.- Spacious open-plan attic + access to large terrace. Both terraces enjoy beautiful views of the mountains surrounding Benigembla. Original floors throughout, & wooden beams. Interior & exterior woodwork is wooden. Electric radiators. Lots of daylight. Excellent opportunity to acquire a village house with real charm. Ref-1082. 125.000€ Tel:609211710 info@karmaproperties.es

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@ gmail.com 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@ karmaproperties.es

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 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- info@karmaproperties.es

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

Properties over 400.000€ 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 houseinspain.com. +44 1865 512 922 or 07808 181779

Long term let HOUSE SHARE. Hard working lady is looking for lady 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

PLAYA FLAMENCA. Southfacing corner house, 2-3 bed, bath, guest WC, furn., a/c, heating, solarium, nice view, carport, com. pool, gated complex. 119,900€. Price reduction!! Tel. 966 773 985 - 616 939 326 - www.hf-immo.com

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TORREVIEJA MULATA from Colombia, great bottom, lovely body, kisses 24hrs, also outings 681 664 930

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

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EXHUBERANT TRANS from Brasil Torrevieja, versatile, 24hrs. Also outings 698 258 097

Possibility to construct a ve storey building Good investment (approx. 200 m2) Centrally located (Rambla Juan Mateo) 5 mins walk to the town centre Also suitable as a business premises, o ce, shop

607 200 041


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