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The arrival of The Three Kings delighted children and grown-ups throughout the Costa Blanca on Sunday evening. Our photo shows a glimpse of the parade in Benidorm (top) and the kings' visit to the Vega Baja hospital in Orihuela (below) to ensure that young patients did not miss out

Green light for PM Socialist party leader Pedro Sรกnchez was proclaimed Prime Minister yesterday (Tuesday) following a narrow win in the parliamentary vote of confidence. As forecast, the acting PM lost the first vote held on Sunday as he failed to obtain the support of more than half the PM (176 out of 350). The second vote was held yesterday just after midday and Sr Sรกnchez required a simple majority (more yes than no votes). In the end 167 MPs voted in favour, 165 against and 18 abstained allowing Sr Sรกnchez to be proclaimed PM. PSOE leader Pedro Sรกnchez's new left-wing government will be formed on coalition with far-left party Unidas Podemos and includes several

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of its key members - including its leader Pablo Iglesias - in the Cabinet. The new government will be under constant pressure for right-wing PP, far-right Vox and liberals Ciudadanos who accuse the PSOE of betraying the Constitution as the investiture success was mainly thanks to concessions made to Catalan separatist party ERC for them to abstain in the crutial vote held yesterday. The new government will also face pressure from Brussels as many of its proposals - higher minimum wage, the derogation of the labour law reform and other economic measures - collide head-on with EU policies and recommendations. Read full report in Costa Blanca News on Friday.

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Teulada mourns death of volunteer A town is mourning the sudden death of a founder member of Civil Protection group. Residents of Teulada were shocked by the sudden

death of Juan Bautista Ortiz, aged 43, who died unexpectedly at his home last week. Ortiz always showed a great commitment to volunteering and was considered an essential member of the team. Bautista Ortiz was a council worker who was well respected by his companions. His funeral service took place on Saturday. His colleagues came dressed in their uniforms, and accompanied the coffin to the cemetery with emergency vehicles. It was a tribute and farewell to a man who embodied the selflessness of volunteering.

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Still seeking Henry A demonstration called by the family of Henry Alejandro Jiménez, a young man who went missing in Orihuela Costa on January 1, 2018, was supported by the local council. A year on from his disap-

pearance, mayor Emilio Bascuñana and councillors joined them outside the town hall. He assured they are still completely at the family’s disposition to do anything within their power, and still hopeful and aware of the need to keep

Blooming marvellous Almond blossom has already been spotted by a lucky few in the region, which shows the very first signs of Spring. The mountains of the Sierra Bernia, protected on one side from colder winds, are already starting to show signs of life from the trees, where blossom has been spotted in Marnes, Pinos and Maserof. It will no doubt soon be the time when the region turns pink from the blooms, and visitors flock to see the delights of nature.

helping so that this is cleared up as soon as possible. Henry’s family staged the demonstration so that his case is not forgotten and remains open until it is resolved, since his whereabouts remain unknown.

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Hotels' happy last year Figures released by Hosbec, the hoteliers association reveal that the resort closed 2019 with 11.7 million overnight stays, giving an average hotel occupancy of 84.2% - down .2% on 2018 although figures for December were disappointing with an average of 68.9%. The main explanation for the December figures was the low take up of the Spanish market and the pensioners Imserso program. Toni Mayor, President of Hosbec recalled the turbulent year , starting with the worse Easter week for a long time in terms of weather and volume of cancellations, the

New Year migrants intercepted

Boeing crisis and cancellation of the MaxJet, affecting capacity of many European airlines, September torrential rain and the collapse of Thomas Cook. Despite these challenges, February, March and August showed to be the most successful months year on year.

The domestic Spanish market heads the list of visitors at 45.3% of the market, with 5.3 million visitors followed closely by the Brits at 41.3% and 4.8 million visitors. In third place are the Belgians, dwarfed at 3.4% and equating to just under 400,000 visitors.

A total of 108 migrants aboard eight small boats were intercepted by Guardia Civil and maritime rescue crafts during January 1 and 2. They were all located several miles from Cabo de Palos or south of Cartagena port and the standard protocol was followed. Following the initial detection on the SIVE radar system at 05.15 on New Year’s Day, the Alcotán-8 patrol boat and Sasemar rescue boats towed five boats carrying 82 people to the coast. Then on January 2 there were another three boats with 26 migrants. Once at Cartagena port, the Red Cross carried out medical examinations and found them all to be in good health. The passengers were then handed over to the National Police to complete the pro-

cedures so they could be temporarily accommodated and then returned to their countries of origin. They were identified as all being Algerians, including 97 adult males, two women and nine children, one of them accompanied by their mother. Government delegate Francisco Jiménez thanked all the state agencies involved in the rescue, as well as the Red Cross ‘for ensuring that the migrants dignity and rights were scrupulously respected while this humanitarian drama was resolved’.

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inces of Castellón and Valencia, and two to Alicante (Villena and Jijona). He reminded that there are 45 units of forest fire fighters operating in the region, with 11 of these in Alicante province. The spending is part of the move to ensure that their fleet of vehicles is renewed and modernised.

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Benidorm businesses voice their complaints about 2019 AICO – The Association of Independent Merchants in Benidorm have voiced their concern that they are losing customers and put it down to two main factors: the lack of parking spaces aggravated by the extensive building works so preventing people from accessing the area. Businesses have estimated an average 45% loss of trade, going up to 65% in some areas and even the closure of one business due to the situation.

The association approached Lorenzo Martinez, Councillor of Commerce who has ‘promised his support’. Some ideas are a mobile app to highlight where there are available parking spaces. The other big challenge that traders have, in particular affecting businesses in the Rincon de Loix area is the sale of counterfeit goods, creating unfair competition to those selling genuine articles and one that the police are slowly cracking down on.

New hotel for Villajoyosa The council has given the go ahead for the sale of the former BBVA residence in the Paradis area of the town, covering an area of 7,922 square metres to build a new hotel. Bids for

the plot will open from January 9 for a 15-day period and the valuation has dictated that the starting price will be no less than €3,097,000. The sale and subsequent building will be

a huge boost to the local economy, creating new jobs and satisfy the demand for more accommodation, particularly in the summer months when visitor numbers spiral.

Duna, the Indian rhinoceros born last year

Busy year for Terra Natura 2019 was a very busy year at Terra Natura in Benidorm, with 58 births of nine different species at the wildlife park – one of which was Duna, an Indian rhinoceros, only the second to be born in Spain! In addition, 40 animals joined those at Terra Natura, transferred from other zoos and recovery centres and include

a golden poison arrow frog, considered the most poisonous vertebrate on the planet and a white crowned parrot, confiscated by boarder force officers from illegal traffickers Terra Natura has more than 1,500 animals of 200 different species – 98 of which are protected or in danger of extinction.

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Hunt continues for Gata man missing for almost four weeks

The search for missing Gata de Gorgos resident Miguel Àngel Gilabert García has spread beyond the province, and posters have been pinned to street lights and wheelie-bins as far afield as Oliva and Gandia (La Safor). Miguel Àngel, 51, announced on Wednesday, December 11 that he was going to search for his mobile phone that he had 'lost in the mountains', and was reported missing later that day when he did not return. An expatriate couple, believed to be British, passed him on an urbanisation street on the Montgó in Jávea the following day, not realising he had 'disappeared', and greeted him, but he walked past with his head down and did not acknowledge them. Miguel Àngel had suffered an accident at work about a year previously which left him with some brain damage, his family reports. Residents – Spaniards,

Brits and other nationalities – joined an extensive search for him across Orba, Jávea, Dénia, Ondara, Beniarbeig, Benidoleig, Teulada-Moraira and Benitatxell, but police called the volunteers off after a fruitless week. Now that he has been missing for almost three weeks, his family are starting to fear the worst.

Armed robbery foiled A hold-up at gunpoint was foiled by Crevillente local police at the motorway service station on the A-7 on Christmas Eve, informed the town hall. At about 23.00, an employee saw four masked and heavily armed people get out of a car, who apparently intended to rip the cash machine out of the wall using a towing system on the vehicle. A witness went to the nearby police station in person and of-

ficers arrived to find the assailants had smashed glass doors to the establishment. The suspects fled in their highperformance car, which the police were unable to catch. The investigation has been passed to the Guardia Civil and the town hall thanked the local police officers for their rapid response and bravery in a dangerous situation despite being outnumbered.

Curtain call for Calpe Calpe department of culture has replaced the curtain of the auditorium of the Casa de Cultura, as well as other textile elements of the stage that had not been renewed since the inauguration of the facilities in 1999. To this end, a company specialising in the scenography sector was contracted to manufacture and install it at a cost of €8,560.75. The traditional red curtain was replaced with a blue one. In the coming months, the amphitheatre floor will be re-

newed to adapt the aesthetics to the new curtain and to the chairs, which were renovated a few months ago. Last year, the department of culture invested a total of €107,391 to improve the auditorium by replacing the seats and the railing of the upper part of the auditorium with glass which improved safety and visibility. In addition, other improvements were made, such as the acquisition of a mixer and LED spotlights, furniture and new security systems.

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Civilised celebrations in Elche A crowd of more than 3,000 people enjoyed the New Year’s festivities in Elche’s Plaça de Baix without any serious incidents, reported city hall. The security operation ‘worked perfectly’ despite the thousands of who were celebrating in the streets, according to councillor for public security, Ramón Abad. He explained that the most serious incidents in the city had been nine cases of alcohol poisoning, the local police intervening in seven fights, a vehicle that was broken into and an allegation of possible sexual abuse. “I want to thank the people of Elche for the civility they

showed on New Year’s Eve as well as the local police and DYA organisation for their great work,” said Sr Abad. The event in the plaza had been a ‘complete success’, assured councillor for fiestas Mariola Galiana. Those who attended got to enjoy the figurines of the Calendura and Calendureta who strike the bells at midnight, as well as a party with more than 12,000 watts of sound, giant screens, a shower of confetti and fireworks. Also popular was a party organised by city hall in the rural district of La Hoya, which was attended by hundreds of people.

Bank loan conman detained A suspected conman has been arrested in Murcia by the National Police following a series of scams amounting up to €20,000. He was allegedly running a fake employment website for non-skilled workers, which he used to get copies of ID documents and social security numbers of the victims. In some cases, he had even performed fake job interviews to get the documents he needed. He used an email address he had hacked and the internet connections of different public facilities to avoid being tracked.

The documents were used to take out loans online under the victim’s name. The investigation was launched following the official complaint of a victim, who claimed he had been included in the national record of defaulting debtors for a loan he had never taken out. The National Police managed to track the money as it had been transferred into several bank accounts in his name. The suspect has been charged with crimes of forgery and scamming.

Crowds hit the Montgó for final climb of 2019 Hikers of all ages and nationalities bid farewell to 2019 by climbing the Montgó – and the weather has been just right for crowning the 752metre peak on the cusp of Dénia and Jávea. The nature reserve's conservation management says hundreds of walkers have used the holidays as a chance to explore the mountain – and to kick-start their New Year's resolutions of getting more exercise and fresh air. In fact, numbers were nearly as

Sewage station project authorised The regional parliament has authorised the public waste water treatment institution (EPSAR) to put the contract to build a new sewage station in Almoradí. The total budget is €16,729,249, half of which will be financed by EU regional development (FEDER) funds. The new waste water treatment plant (EDAR) will handle everything from the town centre and the district of El Saladar, with a capacity of 6,000 cubic metres per day – a load equivalent to 41,000 inhabitants. Moreover, the pumping station in the town centre will be remodelled and its pipes extended, and the EDAR in El Saladar converted into a pumping station to send the waste water to the new EDAR. The new one will be equipped with the latest tertiary treatment technology, which will enable part of the purified water to be reused to water parks, wash streets and for industrial purposes. The construction will be carried out in accordance with anti-flooding restrictions and should enable the municipality to finally put an end to years of polluting spillages for which the town hall has been fined many times.

high as in summer, when the Montgó is literally crawling with tourists and locals. A grey day closed 2019 in the Marina Alta, but sunbeams penetrating the clouds on the way up eventually gave way to a sun-drenched, mild midday with just a slight chill in the air – ideal for exploring. Families, hiking clubs, large groups of British residents and a huge organised excursion of young French adults were seen out on the slopes on Tuesday.


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A marvellous December for Giving4Giving! Local charity Giving4Giving had an exceptionally busy December. Thanks to the army of volunteers and those both donating and purchasing items from one of the five shops, located in Albir, two in Altea, La Nucia and Villajoyosa, Gary Burr has been able to donate an incredible €13,000 to 13 different charities – giving each a windfall of €1,000 just in time for Christmas. The beneficiaries include Franciscan Men’s Refuge, Finestrat, Alfaz and La Nucia Food banks, Guardian Angels, Make a Wish, Red Cross Altea, Rainbow Animal Charity, AECC, Doggie Angells, Corazón Express, Children’s Home in Relleu and the Children’s cancer ward at Alicante General hospital. He would like to take this opportunity of thanking every-

one, whether a customer or volunteer and wishes all a healthy and prosperous 2020. His ambition is to make this year even bigger and better and Gary will be donating again this month.

Another €473 donation for Torrevieja Alzheimers association Fundraisers David and Lorraine Whitney were very happy to present the AFA Alzheimers Torrevieja with a further donation of €473 which was the total raised at the last month’s Marina Bar event ‘Mingle Bells’ on

Friday, December 13. Together with Rita and Dave Monaghan of the bar the event like previous years, was another triumph for the team. A rest now before new unique events in 2020

which are already in the planning stages. Our photo shows David and Lorraine presenting the donation to President Purificación Garcia and Treasurer Antonia Albentosa of the AFA.

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Poppy Party brings warm front

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Winning top prize at the Calpe branch of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Party has given Iris Hawkins a warm feeling - she scooped a patio ‘chimenea’. Donated by The BBQ Shop, the

heater gives her the chance to enjoy even more evenings in the open air Iris and her daughter Di were joined by branch president Pat Brady and Norman Hodgkiss at The BBQ Shop, when they went to collect the prize.

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Age Concern celebrates Three Kings The Day Centre of Age Concern at La Siesta was packed with beneficiaries celebrating Three Kings. Lots of jolly chatter and laughter rang out as everyone was pleased to catch up with friends after the Christmas break. The huge team of volunteers began the celebrations by serving the first course of a delicious buffet specially prepared by Cakes and Bakes from the Rioja Centre, Los Dolses. Crackers pulled, buffet food enjoyed, tea swallowed everyone was then treated to the afternoon entertainment. This year we had the popular saxophonist and vocalist Kenny D who played and sung music from the golden era’s of the 40’s and 50’s including Bésame Mucho, Misty, As time Goes By to name just a few. It was lovely to see some of our beneficiaries up and dancing to this fabulous music. After the second course of the buffet of tasty scones, chocolate muffins and mouth watering lemon drizzle cake the free draw of a huge basket of food and alcohol (of course) took place. The very lucky winner Betty Hutchinson yelped with joy when her ticket was drawn. This beautiful prize was very kindly donated by the Age

Concern Charity Shop in Torrevieja. This successful afternoon event was rounded up by another 30 minutes of music from Kenny D. Beneficiaries boarded the Charity’s vehicles for their lifts home in high spirits and looking forward to the next event. It’s never been a better time to become a ‘Friend’ of Age Concern. For just €10 year subscription anyone can benefit from all Age Concern can offer which you can see from visiting the website www. or for more information telephone 966 786 887 Monday to Friday from 10am – 1.30pm or pop in for a coffee any morning and meet our volunteers, they’ll make you very welcomed.

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Helping the Cruz Roja at Christmas The Charity Shop of Calpe made two generous donations to the Cruz Roja Calpe over the Christmas period. President of the shop, John Bridge, presented €2,000 worth of Mas y Mas food vouchers to help disadvantaged families in the town buy fresh food for Christmas.

In addition, the shop also gave €600 worth of Christmas presents from Mercadona.

John took the opportunity to thank all of the shop´s customers, the volunteers who

work so hard, and everyone who donates items to the shop.

He wishes everyone a peaceful, healthy and happy 2020.

Thank you message from Reach Out charity Dear all, our volunteers and supporters, I wish to thank you all for the selfless support and help you have given to Reach Out during 2019.

If it were not for the kindness and generosity of people like yourselves we could not meet our mission statement, to provide help and welfare assistance to the homeless

Studio32's 'frightful' show brings delightful benefits Studio32 Musical Theatre Company are pleased to announce that as a result of ticket sales from our 2019 winter show ‘Dracula Spectacula’, they have been able to purchase four de-choking devices to be used in local schools and nurseries. The devices were presented by Philip Wilson (Chairman of Studio32) to David Vives Gil, Councillor for the Arts and Culture, San Fulgencio. (pictured. In addition to this, Studio32 also donated monies to Cruz Roja in recognition of their help to families affected by the floods this autumn, Cáritas, to assist them with their work with the homeless people in the area and San

Fulgencio music school, to help buy instruments to encourage children to take up music. These donations are only possible due to the people of this area buying tickets to their shows. The theatre group hope to continue in this vain in 2020 and are now selling tickets for the next show which will be the Rodgers and Hammerstein Hollywood Blockbuster ‘South Pacific’. The show will run from Wednesday to Saturday, May 27-30 at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre, San Fulgencio. To book your tickets call Philip on 602 617 848 or email: tickets@studiothirty ‘

and needy families. 2019 brought challenges to us that we have come through, and we continue to serve those less fortunate than ourselves.

Please continue your support and help to Reach Out, and God Bless you and keep you safe. For more information see

The Original Charity Shop and library Located on Carrer Nancy 1, in Javea's Arenal. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 1pm, we pride ourselves on raising considerable funds for worthwhile causes. In our recently extended premises in Carrer Nancy 1, Javea's Arenal (Javea Park Circle between Digby's Sports Bar and the The Barber Shop),

we now have even more room for our wonderful collection of items for sale. We are now looking for volunteers of all nationalities to enable us to continue with this good work. We also have a custom built English language library in Javea Park which has over 14,500 books available for

loan for a small subscription along with hundreds of books, DVDs and CDs, for sale. We also sell quality greeting cards, gift wrap, etc. Website www.charityshop or see Facebook. Email info@charityshoplibrary. com or telephone the shop on 96 646 0803 or the library 684 451 486.

CHUMS visit Villasol camping Marilyn and Peter from CHUMS (friends of charity) were recently invited to a carol service at Villasol Camping. We went along and spent a very entertaining evening with everyone singing the carols. They had a lovely raffle and also guess how many coins in the jar. At the end they made a presentation to us for CHUMS of the money raised, they even went round and did a collection for us as well. They were a lovely crowd and everyone seemed to know everyone else. We went home and it took Peter, our treasurer about three days to count the money and it came to the princely sum of €608.10. This money will be spent on food for our local food banks. We were quite overwhelmed by their generosity. While we were there we were introduced to a lovely little lady who has been sending lots of baby knitwear and lovely dressed dolls etc which we also appreciate. We would like to say a big thank you to all the wonderful people at Villasol.

CHUMS (friends of charity) is a small friendly registered charity (CV01-057038A) and we have lunches, coffee mornings and also a fun quiz each months with we have excellent raffles. Why not come along and meet us you will be most welcome. See the events pages January diary dates. Everyone welcome and for information please ring Marilyn on 965 864 394.

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Fundraisers on target

Flood victim receives help from Cruz Roja

Darts players in and around San Miguel were well on target recently when they held a special fund-raising competition to help flood victims in September’s storms. They held a darts competition, charged an entrance fee and organised a raffle and raised €950 which they donated to the charity Help at Home Costa Blanca. The charity sported their own darts team and came a very respectable second. Charity president Carmen approached the local Red Cross which negotiated a

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good price for the purchase of radiators and microwaves to give to flood victims, which have been recently delivered. Carmen commented:

“The darts community cannot be praised enough for choosing us to receive this money and we have spent the cash on the people who really need it.”

Celebrating Chanukah The Southern Costa Blanca Jewish Community celebrates Chanukah 2019 On the last night of Chanukah, Sunday, December 29, more than 65 people gathered on the beach at Playa Flamenca for the lighting of the Menorah. It was a calm but cool evening which started with an impromptu firework display which everyone enjoyed.

As in previous years, Alan Harris read a shortened version of the Miracle of Chanukah. This was followed by the lighting of our recently enlarged Menorah, while Hanerot Halonu and Moa Tzur were sung. Afterwards donuts and wine were served. For further information about Shabbat services and other events please send an email to

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S A L E !! Jávea’s New Country Line Dancers recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a party at the Kathmandu Restaurant. Dancers, old and new, turned up to join in the fun and watch special dances performed by dancers from the different classes. There was even a surprise visit from Mrs Claus and her dancing reindeer. After all that good food and exertion, line dancing classes closed for the Christmas period but resume on January 14 for Beginners at the Church Centre, Jávea and on January 15 for Improvers at Paris 24 (formerly L’Ancora). For further information contact David or Eric on 96 647 0632.


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U3A Vall Del Pop – Christmas in Peniscola

Maureen Payne, BEM Maureen Payne, President of Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queens New Year’s Honours List for her services to British Nationals Overseas. This comes as recognition for her 17 years of continuous service to the charity 10 years as President. A wonderful Ambassador for the Charity based in La Siesta, she works constantly to help improve the lifestyle of the many beneficiaries who visit the Day Centre regularly. Since becoming President she has grown the organisation to a team of 150 volunteers from just 50 ten years ago. Her responsibilities are numerous covering every aspect of the charity including overseeing the smooth running of the two charity shops, maintenance of the two vehicles and the upkeep of the Day Centre. Maureen was instrumental in organising a chiropodist to visit the Centre every week to help beneficiaries unable to source this service elsewhere and to instigate free Spanish lessons for the local community. Working with some local doctors, whom she meets regularly, they discuss ways of improving and helping the elderly locally. Many of the volunteers and beneficiaries have been able to receive their flu injections at the Centre by local medical staff all thanks to the close working relationship with Age Concern. A pleasant duty Maureen takes part in is giving talks to organisations, by invitation, promoting the raft of services Age Concern provides. For instance Lifeline visiting and befriending service, loan of a vast array of mobility aids, Keep in Touch scheme whereby a volunteer telephones vulnerable beneficiaries at home ensuring they are

well, organising a personal alarm in case of emergency for people living alone, supporting the Residential Home Visiting Team who take residents of the Home out on a weekly basis along with ensuring beneficiaries enjoy a social life at the daily coffee mornings and Day Centre activities and events outside the Centre. Maureen spends at least three days a week at the Centre overseeing all administrative tasks and mingling with beneficiaries, loves organising parties and gets stuck in serving tea and cakes to everyone plus she is always on hand to give valuable information and advice to all visitors. Hardworking though Maureen is, she would be the first to say that all that happens within Age Concern couldn’t happen without the valuable volunteers who often go beyond the call of duty. Maureen is a valuable asset to Age Concern, all the beneficiaries and volunteers and is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award thoroughly deserving the recognition for her tremendous effort, time and energy. For more information on Age Concern please visit the website:

Brits go deeply dippy There's nothing like brushing the cobwebs away on January 1 than a 10 minute immersion in the beautiful briny sea. Braveheart Brits turned out in force on Javea’s Arenal

beach for the annual madness also known as the New Year’s Day swim. The event has grown over the last few years and the bright costumes of the expats

are now augmented by Spanish people also willing to test the temperature of the water watched by more than 1,000 people who prefer to remain on dry land.

On December 23, 2019, 50 members of the Vall del Pop U3A left Jalón to spend Christmas in Peniscola. The weather was gorgeous with a good forecast ahead, so nothing would stop Santa finding them! Their first stop was the Nueva Shopping Mall in Valencia, fabulous. Following lunch there they continued to Benicarlo, and the beachfront 4star hotel La Plaza. Time to relax and unpack before dinner. On Christmas Eve they spent the day in Tarragona, a partly walled city with many historical buildings, interesting shops and along the Rambla, the iconic statue of the “human tower” which Tarragona is famous for. (see the photo). We took the land train tour and in the old part of the city the ride became “a bit hairy” with the driver taking the narrow streets and bends at speed. They had an extremely good Gala meal that evening followed by live music and dancing until late. On Christmas morning many strolled along the VERY long and beautifully kept beach, the weather, was perfect and 3 degrees warmer than Jalon! Before their Gala Christmas lunch, they met near the pool area for carol singing and Secret Santa presents. For the singing they acquired another 30 welcomed guests who joined in, including Pepe our driver and his colleagues, who sang with gusto when it came to Feliz Navidad. Secret Santa was a huge success, with a great range of presents, selected after endless shop-

ping trips, both here in Spain and England. After the superb Gala lunch all they wanted was a siesta, and not surprising not many made it into dinner that night. Boxing Day saw them heading for Morella, where the highlights are the castle and medieval walls erected in the 14th century. They had been warned to wrap up warmly as Morella sits almost 1,000 metres above sea level. It was very cold and windy, but again the sun shone as they explored this quaint and historical town with its narrow streets, tall houses and a lot of museums, and some of the group visited the beautiful church. Later in the afternoon, after returning to the hotel, they joined Laura and Trevor in their 'Family Fortune' game, which at times became a rather riotous affair but good fun. On their last morning they went to Peñiscola town with its majestic castle (which featured in the film El Cid) and long sweeping beaches. It really deserved a longer visit, but lunch called before they headed home. A short quiz on the way back was enjoyed by those members still awake, with three happy winners. They all agreed they’d had a great time and extended their thanks to Sandra Welham and Laura Terry, and of course Pepe and Gandía Tours, who had helped to make this U3A trip successful. For further information on U3A Vall del Pop check our website www.u3avalldelpop. com.

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How to dig your way out of debt in 2020

By Vicky Shaw, PA Got that sinking feeling after over-spending? Vicky Shaw reveals how to get back on track. With Christmas and the New Year celebrations now over for another year, many people are experiencing a sinking feeling. That awful moment where you know you can't put off looking at your bank or credit card statement. The due dates on your regular payments - or the bills landing for those items you bought on credit online. Tempting as it is to stick your head in the sand, the sooner you seize control of your finances, the better. Look at what's left over January is a long month. Many of us were paid a week earlier than usual as a Christmas perk from employers - but it's easy to forget this money needs to stretch over five weeks to the next payday. The knock-on effect can also impact on the next few months, as people borrow to offset money they've already spent. Before you tackle your spending, look at how much cash you've got left over. Check your direct debits and standing orders, so you know what else is due to come out of your account. Lots of us also have regular payments for subscriptions, streaming sites and other outgoings. Ask your bank for a statement from

January last year - so you can see if there are any annual payments due that you might have forgotten about. Be honest about your spending Don't be in denial about the cost of Christmas. If you've got spending regrets, see if there's anything that you can return or cancel. Consumers have a 14-day cooling off period, where they can cancel goods and services bought online without charge - so you might want to see if you can take advantage if it's not too late. Don't panic if you've overspent If you're in the red, or you've spent more than you thought, don't panic. Know-

ing that there's a problem is the first step to dealing with it. Give yourself time to sort the situation out. Work out how much money you need to get through comfortably to the next payday, and compare it with what you have left. It may be tempting to use high-cost short-term credit, such as a payday loan - but this could cost a lot in the long-run. You could try speaking to your bank to see if they can give you a temporary overdraft for a month - some banks offer customers a small interest-free overdraft "buffer". If you don't meet your bank's criteria for credit, tell them about your situation. If you explain you're having difficulties, your bank should do what it can to try to help, not make the situation worse.

Those in serious debt could also try contacting businesses they make regular payments to and asking them if they'll accept a lower payment for a short while, or spread the outstanding debt over future payments. It's also a good idea to make sure you're not duplicating payments - such as paying old insurance premiums which provide similar cover to newer ones. If you're accidentally paying for the same service with two businesses, try asking for a refund. Remember if you don't ask, you don't get People often contact Resolver to say that they've got into difficulties, because they felt responsible and didn't think anyone would help.

From time to time, people from various walks of life can find themselves struggling to make ends meet - even those who are "asset rich" (where you have a home and job but aren't earning enough to pay for it all). If you speak up early, before you start missing payments, you've got more chance of preserving your credit rating, while finding a solution to get you back on top of your finances. Don't 'let it go' Christmas mistakes often occur with businesses from wrongly credited transactions to errors with energy bills. You may find that your boiler plan isn't worth the paper it's written on when the weather turns and it packs in, or that tablet you've bought for a loved one doesn't work at all. Many people give up on making a complaint because the process can feel frustrating or seems like too much work. It doesn't have to be Resolver can help you sort out complaints - whether they're yours or those of a friend or relative - for free. Help is also available from charities such as StepChange and Citizens Advice. And the Financial Ombudsman Service can help with complaints about financial firms.

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Coffee morning at soon to open MABS shop in Alfaz del Pi MABS Cancer Support will shortly be opening a brand new shop in Alfaz del Pi and would like to invite prospective volunteers to a coffee morning on Wednesday, January 22 at 11am at the new premises – located between Don Dino toy shop and Bankia, on the main High Street. If you have a few hours a week to spare why not pop along and have a chat about

Bless them all! The annual blessing of the dogs rescued by APASA takes place on Saturday January 18 from 12.00 at the animal charity’s shelter in Javea. Named after San Antonio - patron saint of animals APASA stages an annual party to celebrate and many people return with their adopted dogs to take part. Across Spain, January 17 marks the saint’s day of San Antonio; traditionally a day of

rest for beasts of burden, farm animals and pets are taken to church for a blessing. APASA can be found at Cami de les Sorts 27, and all are welcome to a fiesta that includes music, a barbecue, cakes and tombola donations of cakes and savouries are always most welcome. For more information call 96 646 3976 or visit

Goldilocks does porridge It's panto time on the Costa Blanca and Careline Theatre brings Goldilocks and the Three Bears to the group’s Alcalali theatre. There are five performances of the show from Wednesday January 15 to Saturday January 18 - there is a weekend matinee at 15.00 on the Saturday; all other performances are at 20.00. It is a tale of Ma Barnaby who runs a travelling circus with daughter Goldilocks and son Barney; sadly, a wicked zoo keeper is stealing all the animals. Help comes in the form of Antonio - he and Goldilocks find a cottage in the woods and meet the bears they discover the bears can dance and take to

the stage at the circus. The boost means Ma Barnaby gets her animals back...while wicked Baron Vontrappen gets his just desserts. There is a traditional happy ending and everyone lives happily ever after; join the fun by booking a ticket adults are €12 and children under 10, €8. To reserve a seat go to

what MABS do and how you can be involved. MABS Cancer Support Fundacion is available to anyone who needs help as a result of cancer, whether diagnosed themselves or affected by a spouse or partner having cancer.

CHUMS diary dates Chums (friends of charity) have regular social events so why not join us: Wednesday, January 8 fun quiz at The Why Not Bar, Benidorm at 2pm

Monday, January 13 at Domino, Albir Coffee 12pm. Lunch 1pm Wednesday, January 29 at Ciudad Patricia. Coffee morning 11am until 1pm

Friday, February 7 at Godoys, Albir. Coffee 12pm. Lunch 1pm. Everyone welcome and for information please ring Marilyn on 965 864 394.

Local artist's work on show at Calpe book shop From February 1 until April 20, local artist Lorna Murphy will display 'Landscapes of the Costa Blanca' at Librería Eu-

ropa Bookshop, located on Calle Oscar Esplá 2, in Calpe. Admission is free, open Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm

and 5pm to 8pm. Saturdays 10am to 2pm only. Call 96 583 5824 for more information.

Time to follow the yellow brick road Once again, the Broadway Performance Academy are bringing a Classic Show to the Casa de Cultura in Alfaz del Pi. For two nights only – Friday and Saturday, January 24 and 25 enjoy a different version of the classic and much loved story of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. A real family affair, it has been written, directed and choreographed by Matt and Rebecca King, together with their daughter Chloe Troch. This is now the 12th production put on by the trio, which gets bigger and better each time. The story of Dorothy and her friend Toto runs its course as never before… and of course, over the rainbow in the land of Oz, but steering away from the traditional pantomime story. Doors open at 7pm and show starts 7.30pm sharp. Tickets can be purchased in advance by

calling 636 929 680 – seats are pre-assigned so book early to avoid disappointment. Start the year The Broadway Way – Fun, Laughter and a Good Story! Happy New Year 2020.

Spiritualist Centre, Benijófar The Spiritualist Centre, Benijofar meets at Hamilton´s Bake House, 62 Calle Vicente, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar 03178. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30am, a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7pm.

Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Open Circle every Thursday at 6.30pm. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, January 12 will be taken by Len Cox.

The Evening of Mediumship on January 14 will be taken by Marion Parmenter at 7pm. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, January 19 will be taken by Matt and Kirsty Grogan (UK Mediums) at 11.30am.

For further information see Contacts: Telephone 626 602 904 Or send an email to either or info@spiritualistcentre-benijofar. com

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Find out more about Oliva U3A The U3A is for people no longer in full time employment, but who wish to carry on learning through various physical, academic and fun activities. In other words, you may no longer be working but want to keep the body and mind active. The Oliva U3A was established 2007 with just a handful of founder members sitting around a kitchen table. Now we have nearly 600 members and over 40 different groups and activities. For example, there’s a jovial pub quiz with prizes at Bar Pelut on January 13. Our Latin Dancing group which is taught by Belarusian champions who teach at a high level but are also very supportive (Thursdays 5-6pm at Casal Jove) There are various ways you can find out more about the Oliva U3A: • Email Mick Goy, President, on mickgoy1@gmail. com • Find out more: On market days (usually Friday), you will find Angela or Sue in the café on the side terrace of the Municipal Market from 11am-noon.

Look out for the U3A poster on the table. Prospective and existing members are welcome to come along to this informal friendly meeting to find out about the latest groups and activities. •Coffee and Chat: Tuesdays from 11am-noon at El Galano café. Here you can meet Pauline and Mary, two members who can answer questions and talk about what being a member is like - or you can just chat about Oliva’s glorious weather over a coffee • Monthly General Meeting: Held on the fourth Thursday morning of each month from 10.30am in the Polivalent or in the Library opposite. We have a Meet & Greet team who will answer any questions and introduce you to other members. We generally have a speaker that starts at 11am, and although you are welcome to stay, please do not feel obliged. To find out where the meeting is or who the speaker is, please email the Vice President, David Wynne on

A little history with The Javea Players History will be kind to me for I intend to write it Not one for holding back, Churchill could never be accused of being modest! Famous for his oration and his wit, and twice elected Prime Minister, Churchill’s life spanned dynamic eras of two centuries and encompassed 50 years as a central political figure on the world stage. Perhaps less well-known were his accomplishments as a painter and a writer. His art was exhibited at the Royal Academy, and in 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1963, he was made the first ever honorary citizen of the United States. Another of Winston’s

quotes: “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”. The great man also had some of those. These and other facts will be presented to us by Pip Utton, a professional actor from the UK, renowned for his monologues of famous people. What does Einstein conjure up for you? Physics lessons, complicated equations and a scattylooking mad professor… In fact, he was surprisingly witty: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe”. Watch Utton as he illustrates aspects of this legendary genius which are not always

taught in school. The actor also invites the audience to close their eyes and participate in some fascinating thought experiments. This is a rare and unique opportunity to peek inside the mind of the quintessential genius. The shows will be performed at the Jávea Players’ Studio Theatre in Jávea. Churchill on January 27, 28 and 29 and Einstein on 30th, 31st January 30 and 31 n and February 1. Tickets at €13 are selling fast, check the website: La Cocina is offering an early dinner at 18.00 on Friday and Saturday. Ssee www. for details.

Treasure Island panto CANCELLED The Rojales Pantomime Group are extremely sad to advise that, due to circumstances totally beyond their control, the pantomime they have been rehearsing for the past four months has had to be CANCELLED. This production was due to be performed at The Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio on January 30/31 and February 1. As we are a small group

we don't have the luxury of stand-ins and so, our only course of action, was to cancel and we now have to look at other dates in the future. Anyone who has purchased tickets can get a FULL REFUND by returning the tickets to where they were bought. For further information please contact Christine on 678 212 034 or email shimserv @gmail. com

The group is very sad that they cannot perform this very funny pantomime for you at this time, and that various charities will not benefit from the money they would have donated. However, the show must always go on and we hope to be able to perform this panto at a later date…oh yes we will! The Rojales Pantomime Group wish a Happy New Year to you all.

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Tom Kerridge's recipes By Ella Walker, PA Chocolate chia puddings A sweet and not too bad for you dessert. Ingredients: (Serves 4) 500g light custard 100ml whole milk 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped 30g good-quality cocoa powder 50g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped 1tbsp granulated sweetener 4tbsp chia seeds 180g raspberries

the fridge for 2 hours to chill. 5. Pile the remaining raspberries on top of the puddings to serve. BONUS: Chia seeds are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fibre - which all help stave off hunger. And dark chocolate contains antioxidants which help you to recover after a workout. Per serving: 301 cals 11g protein 33g carbs 13g fat 8g fibre Miso stir-fried greens with fried egg

Chocolate chia puddings

Method: 1. Pour the custard and milk into a medium saucepan and add the vanilla pod and seeds, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and sweetener. 2. Place over a medium-low heat and heat slowly, whisking gently until the chocolate is completely melted - this will only take a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the vanilla pod. 3. Add the chia seeds to the chocolate mixture and whisk again until well combined. 4. Divide half the raspberries between 4 small jars or glasses (about 280ml capacity). Spoon the chia mixture into the glasses and place in

A speedy supper or healthy brunch. Ingredients: (Serves 2) 3tbsp white miso paste 2tbsp soy sauce 1tbsp mirin 3-4tbsp water 1/2tsp vegetable oil 1/2tsp sesame oil 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2.5cm piece fresh ginger, julienned 125g tenderstem broccoli 125g asparagus 125g mangetout 175g cavolo nero, ribs removed and roughly chopped (100g prepared weight) 100g Chinese leaf cabbage, thickly shredded 100g rainbow chard, roughly chopped into thirds 1-cal sunflower oil spray 2 large free-range eggs 1tsp furikake (Japanese seasoning), to finish Method: 1. In a small bowl, mix the miso paste, soy sauce and mirin with two tablespoons water until smooth. 2. Place a large non-stick wok over a high heat. When it is almost smoking, add the oils, garlic and ginger and stir-

fry for 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is golden - don't let it burn. 3. Add the broccoli and asparagus with one tablespoon water. Stir-fry for one minute, then toss in the mangetout and stir-fry for a further one minute. Add a splash more water if the pan looks like it's drying out. 4. Add the cavolo nero, cabbage and miso mixture and stir-fry for one to two minutes or until the cabbage is cooked and wilted. Add the chard and cook for another minute, then remove the wok from the heat. 5. Place a medium non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add a few sprays of oil, crack the eggs into the pan and cook for two to three minutes. 6. Divide the greens between warmed plates and top each portion with a fried egg. Sprinkle with furikake to serve. BONUS: Filled to the brim with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, greens are particularly rich in nutrients that help reduce muscle aches after exercising. Per serving: 276 cals 21g protein 11g fat 20g carbs 9g fibre Malaysian-style beef curry Ingredients: (Serves 4) 650g lean stewing beef 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 litre fresh beef stock 1 cinnamon stick 2 star anise 2 kaffir lime leaves 150ml tinned coconut milk 1tbsp tamarind paste Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the spice paste: 8 shallots, quartered

4 garlic cloves, peeled 2 dried chillies, stalks removed 2 long red chillies, deseeded 2.5cm piece fresh ginger, diced 2.5cm piece fresh galangal, diced 2 lemongrass stems, coarse layers removed, chopped 1tsp ground turmeric To finish and serve: 500g cooked brown rice (freshly cooked and drained or 2 pouches) A handful of coriander leaves 1 long red chilli, finely sliced Method: 1. First, prepare the spice paste: put all the ingredients into a food processor along with 1 tsp salt and blend until smooth, adding a splash of water if needed. 2. Cut the beef into 2.5cm cubes. Place a large non-stick saucepan over a high heat and add the oil. When hot, add the spice paste and cook, stirring, for one minute or until fragrant. 3. Add the beef and cook, stirring regularly, for five minutes until starting to brown. Add the stock, cinnamon, star anise and lime leaves. Bring to a low simmer, cover and cook gently for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and cook for a further 20 min-

utes or until the sauce is thickened and the beef is tender. 4. Increase the heat, stir in the coconut milk and tamarind paste and cook for a further five minutes. Meanwhile, if using pouches of rice, heat up according to the packet instructions. Season the curry with salt and pepper to taste and discard the cinnamon stick and star anise. 5. Divide the rice and curry between warmed bowls and top with coriander leaves and chilli slices to serve. TO FREEZE: Let the curry cool then freeze in portions. Defrost fully overnight in the fridge, then reheat in a pan over a medium heat until hot all the way through. BONUS: Lean stewing steak is high in protein and very low in saturated fat - less than 2% - compared with other cuts of beef. Per serving: 613 cals 66g protein 19g fat 42g carbs 3g fibre Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge is published by Bloomsbury Absolute, Photography Cristian Barnett. Available now.


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Happy birthday Mum/Lyn! Wishing you all the happiness you deserve and hoping that you continue to enjoy your various hobbies and interests. Thank you for everything you do for us all, we love you very, very much. Big hugs and kisses from Joe, Glenn, Lauren, Pam and Terry.

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If you would like to send someone a free greeting, just send in their photo and a short text to: The Post, Calle Alicante 39, 03509 Finestrat, Alicante Or email: Happy 8th Birthday Sophia, lots of love nanny Glyn. xxxx

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22 June - 23 Jul

Partners and loved ones seem closer than ever this week. Although you feel the love, there is a kind of nervousness deep down. It is important to realise this feeling is pretty much universal at the beginning of this New Year. With so much going on in the world, it is not surprising that it brings a general feeling of frustration at a lack of control. What you can control, however, is your working life.

Security and finances seem to dominate this week. A feeling that you need to stay in control can cause friction with a partner. Trying to deal with their concerns seems tedious. Even so, you do care, so take time to listen and learn where they are coming from. When it comes to cash flow deal with one matter at a time. Certainly don't rush into taking out any loans because it seems the easy option.

Having been given the chance to improve a relationship, don't miss the opportunity. In a week when you are most likely to get what you want, choose those requests carefully! Finances and business may be sluggish but it may be best to avoid any 'knee-jerk' reactions. This is especially true if it involves borrowing lots of money. A little time could solve your problem.

Trying to please everyone is simply not going to work at the moment! Pour your resources and energy into getting a balance between work and home. Never underestimate the value of backup from home. Given the chance to start a new venture with someone, make sure that the money and effort put into it is truly shared. You may be feeling generous, too generous.





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24 Oct - 22 Nov

After the break, work suddenly appeals to you again. Getting back in line with colleagues puts you in the mood. Things in this area can move fast now, especially if you pull together. Of course, working hard means that 'playtime' needs to be more relaxing. Whatever it is that recharges your batteries, indulge! Where you have responsibilities, deal with them.

Don't let a quiet start to the week put you in a low mood. There may not be any immediate success in prospect, that needs a bit more time. Even so, pick up on those opportunities that do come your way. Slowly and carefully should be your motto now. Create your own comfort zone to retreat to when things get hard but make it a place of optimism and light.

Rethinking your role at home or work serves to move your life forward. The things that have changed over the last year may have seemed bad at the time. However, now it is clear that they were necessary. Rejuvenation is often painful and letting go of old and trusted methods is hard. Even so, this is a time to show your courage and ability to take life as it comes.

Before you leap into your next project, give yourself some time out. Be centred on what you really want and are aiming for. To do so saves you time and money. Energy and enthusiasm will come in their own time. Meanwhile, just be prepared to think positively and plan for success. Where you excel this week is in your optimism and humour. Keep the momentum going when it starts.





23 Nov - 21 Dec

Pop-up problems soon pop down again. Why? Because they truly can be red herrings, there to test you! Looking for the chance to help others can bring you to a place of comfort. Who knew so many people felt the same? Sometimes you have felt isolated in your thoughts and feelings. Not anymore. You see, you only have to reach out to find the answers.

22 Dec - 20 Jan

Stay calm as things start to happen around you. Maybe it is felt that changes would ideally happen more slowly. Well, opportunities come when they come and not always to order! In an emotional week you can be close to tears at one moment and full of joy the next. This can be confusing as transitional times often are. Still, optimism should be your companion in all this.

21 Jan - 19 Feb

Avoid any awkwardness with colleagues, as you may need their help later in the week. Sympathising with their problems gives you a chance to think of your own. The way others deal with these gives a clue as to the way forward. Yes, you can learn from others, both in their successes and their mistakes. Be there for loved ones and don't be tempted to take them for granted.

20 Feb - 20 Mar

A slow start to the week is deceiving. Soon things hot up and start to happen. At this point, make a promise to yourself to have a restful weekend. You are going to need it! The expectations that others have of you do not always tally with how you see yourself. Nothing uncommon in that! Still, keep your strong belief of who you are and be ready to put your own needs first.

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Three easy ways to update your workwear wardrobe By Katie Wright, PA Katie Wright shows you how to get ahead of the curve, with a nod to the SS20 catwalks. January brings with it that 'backto-school' feeling, so there's no better time to refresh your workwear wardrobe. We're not talking a major overhaul here. Just a few carefully chosen updates that will get you in gear for the year ahead. Plus, with the spring collections starting to land in stores, it's also time to dip your toe in next season's trends, with transitional pieces inspired by the SS20 catwalks. Here are three easy ways to perk up your nine-to-five style for the New Year...

1. The boxy blazer There was a new kind of power dressing evident on the SS20 catwalks, with designers like Proenza Schouler, Chloe and JW Anderson making the case for tailoring that combines strong shoulders with a slouchy silhouette. Soft hues like ivory and beige were popular, but we also saw flashes of citrus brights - orange is going to be everywhere come spring. Miss Selfridge Camel Check Mensy Blazer, Ivory Long Sleeve Rib Turtle Neck Top, ; Faye Blue Mid Wash Straight Leg Jeans, White Shoes. JD Williams Orange Mix & Match Fashion Blazer 2. Lighter leather After a strong showing for AW19, leather continues to dominate on the designer front, but for spring it's all about lighter and brighter shades. You may not want to go as far as the lemon-yellow or tangerine jackets seen at Emilia Wickstead or Bottega Veneta, but why not try a buttery soft midi skirt, or add a flash

of colour with a cross-body bag? Sonder Studio Tan PU Midi Skirt, M&Co White Stuff Emma Leather Crossbody Bag 3. Muted knitwear There was a real Nineties feel to many of the SS20 colour palettes too, especially when it came to knitwear, with pale shades and minimalist cuts on show at Helmut Lang and Prada. While the wintry weather calls for cosy jumpers, swap dark autumnal hues for beige, oatmeal or dove grey, adding lightness to your office attire. Oliver Bonas Button Back Jumper Dress, Emilia Studded Camera Cross body Bag (boots stylist's own) Dorothy Perkins Lola Skye Blush Crop Jumper

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Cervical cancer and HPV myths: Seven things everybody needs to know By Abi Jackson, PA Thousands of cervical cancer cases are prevented each year thanks to smear tests so why are so many women still skipping them? By Abi Jackson. Although cervical cancer is rare, thousands of women in the UK and Ireland are diagnosed each year. The disease is highly preventable though mainly thanks to smear tests - and it's hoped the relatively recent introduction of HPV vaccination programmes will help slash these figures even further in the future. But there's still a lot of confusion around cervical cancer and HPV (the virus is a key risk factor for the disease), and many women still don't attend their smear tests. Ahead of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 20-26), we asked Imogen Pinnell, health information manager at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, to talk us

through some of the main myths around the disease... 1. Only people with a lot of sexual partners get HPV HPV is extremely common. Pinnell says "80% of men and women will have some type of HPV at some point in their lives" and because it's so widespread, anyone who's been sexually active could get it. This includes non-penetrative sex, straight sex and gay sex, and using condoms doesn't provide absolute protection as the virus can be spread via touching too. 2. You'd always know if you have HPV While 80% of people will have HPV at some point, the number who experience symptoms is much lower. Pinnell says this is "because there are no symptoms of simply having HPV and it often doesn't cause any problems - it just lives in our body for a bit and gets cleared by our immune system. It's only if you go on to develop a condition linked to HPV, whether that's something like genital warts or cancer, that you'd really know." 3. So having genital warts means you're high-risk for cervical cancer More than 100 different types of HPV are currently identified, Pinnell highlights, and the types associated with cervical cancer and genital warts are not the same. "HPV is split into two

categories - low-risk types and high-risk types - and only a few of these can cause cancer," she explains. "If you've had genital warts, which is caused by low-risk types, that doesn't mean you'd then go on to develop cancer or be at higher risk of that happening." That said, it is possible to get multiple strains of HPV, so having genital warts doesn't mean you won't ever catch a high-risk HPV too. 4. People with high-risk HPV could definitely get cancer More than 3000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK and Ireland each year and, according to Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, around 99.7% of all cases are caused by high-risk HPV. So HPV is certainly a key factor but it's important to keep the figures in perspective, as the majority of women with HPV will not develop cancer. In 2019, changes were introduced to the smear programme, meaning samples are now screened for highrisk HPV before being checked for cell changes. If cell changes are detected, women may be invited for

further tests and treatment as required. If high-risk HPV is detected but not any cell changes, they'll be invited back for another test in 12 months' time. "In around nine in 10 cases, your body will get rid of the HPV within two years," says Pinnell. "Even high-risk types of HPV, it doesn't mean you will definitely get cancer because most of us will clear it, our immune system will fight the infection off." It's understandable to be anxious if you find out you've got high-risk HPV, but Pinnell reassures: "The important thing to remember is that your cells have been looked at, the virus isn't causing any changes at the moment and it could be that your body is simply in the process of fighting it off, so we'll bring you back in a year [to check again]. It's very unlikely something will have developed in a year, but we'll monitor you and make sure you're getting the right care and support." 5. Smear tests are d esigned to diagnose cervical cancer Smear tests are mainly about preventing cancer. "They're a preventative test that aims to identify abnormal cell changes before cancer develops, rather than being there to diagnose cancer," says Pinnell. The disease results in almost 900 deaths a year - a figure which would be much higher without smear tests, which are believed to prevent around 75% of cervical cancers from even developing. There's still room for improvement though, as around one in four (a quarter) of eligible women skip their smears.

6. You only really need a smear if you're having symptoms Again, the purpose of smears is to detect cell changes before cancer, and therefore any symptoms, develops - so nobody should skip a smear on the basis of thinking they're fine. 7. Cervical cancer only really affects older women Like many cancers, cervical cancer is more common among older age groups, but it certainly can still occur in younger women. "Overall, cervical cancer is classed as a rare cancer, in part thanks to the screening programme which prevents so many cases. But cervical cancer is still one of the most common cancers in women under 30, which is why our screening programmes starts at age 25," says Pinnell. Regardless of when your next smear is due however, and whatever your age, Pinnell says everybody should see their GP if they notice any unusual changes or symptoms, such as bleeding between periods or after sex, pain, and unusual lumps, bumps or swelling in your abdomen, vulva or vagina. Bleeding after menopause should always be checked out quickly. "Even though it's unlikely its cancer, if it's something that's unusual for you or if it's causing any anxiety, go and get it checked out so your GP can give you any support or information or treatment you might need." For more information about Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and the #SmearForSmear campaign, visit and

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Symptoms of heartburn and how to deal with it Try to lose weight if you're overweight Try to find ways to relax

Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat which is known as acid reflux. The main symptoms of acid reflux are: Heartburn – a burning sensation in the middle of your chest An unpleasant sour taste in your mouth, caused by stomach acid You may also have: A cough or hiccups that keep coming back A hoarse voice Bad breath Bloating and feeling sick Your symptoms will probably be worse after eating, when lying down and when bending over. Causes of heartburn and acid reflux Many people get heartburn from time to time and there's often no obvious reason why. Sometimes it's caused or made worse by: Certain food and drink – such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate and fatty or spicy foods Being overweight Smoking

Pregnancy Stress and anxiety Some medicines, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen) A hiatus hernia – when part of your stomach moves up into your chest How you can ease heartburn and acid reflux yourself Simple lifestyle changes can help stop or reduce heartburn. Do Eat smaller, more frequent meals Raise the end of your bed 10 to 20cm by putting something under your bed or mattress – make it so your chest and head are above the level of your waist, so stomach acid does not travel up towards your throat

Don't Eat food or drink that triggers your symptoms Eat within 3 or 4 hours before bed Wear clothes that are tight around your waist Smoke Drink too much alcohol Stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to a doctor first Speak to a pharmacist for advice if you keep getting heartburn. They can recommend medicines called antacids that can help ease your symptoms. It's best to take these with food or soon after eating, as this is when you're most likely to get heartburn. They may also work for longer if taken with food. See a Dr if: Lifestyle changes and pharmacy medicines are not helping You have heartburn most days for 3 weeks or more You have other symptoms, like food getting stuck in your throat, frequently being sick or losing weight for no reason A Dr can provide stronger treatments and help rule out any more serious possible causes of your symptoms.

of these medicines for a month or two to see if your symptoms stop. Important Go back to your Dr if your symptoms come back after stopping your medicine. You may need a long-term prescription.

Tests and surgery for heartburn and acid reflux If medicines do not help or your symptoms are severe, a Dr may refer you to a specialist for: Tests to find out what's causing your symptoms, such as a gastroscopy (where a thin tube with a camera is passed down your throat)

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

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22 Across the Pond

Trip to Arizona I have no way of knowing this but I suspect that for most of the folks who are regular readers of this drivel, this is not their first rodeo. (1) If you’re one of those people, I don’t have to tell you that cold weather tends to magnify the pain coming from a person’s aging, arthritic joints, all the while affecting their general well-being. However, if you are one of those people either young enough or lucky enough to have pain free joints, I am here to tell you that for those of us who dread cold weather’s effects on our comfort, our safety and our health, winter sucks. For the first 13 winters of our retirement, we didn’t have to worry about it. Our home was a fifth wheel RV so there wasn’t much to consider about the temperature because those years were spent in RV campgrounds in places where the temperatures were considerably warmer than Indiana. In the Spring of 2015, we abandoned the RV lifestyle and parked Fiona II on a couple of acres we have in the countryside 25 miles from the city. At the same time, we renovated a small rental home that we owned and moved into this nice, small home on a quiet street on the Southside of Indianapolis. (2) The following winter, we rented a Condo in Phoenix, Arizona with four of Susie’s sisters, two of their husbands and us. It was fun but a person can experience a lot of closeness with relatives in three months so…… Since that year we have, on occasion, rented places in Florida but the warning from the government about retiring baby boomers was real; Florida got really crowded and rental prices soon followed. In addition, that 1200 mile trip became more and more taxing especially since somewhere in our travels, I got the idea that frequent rest stops were not very manly and real men should drive until their kidneys were ready to burst. Last winter, we did spend a month in a Condo in Northern Florida but that did not work out very well for us. Condo people are not RV people; each have their priorities and we had spent too many years sitting around a campfire to enjoy the privacy brought on by being six floors up in the air by yourself. (3) So this past Fall, we had pretty much resigned ourselves to spending the winter in Indiana until some friends in Church mentioned that they were spending the winter in an RV resort in Tucson, Arizona where they had rented a park model trailer for two months. I did a little investigation and found a place in that same park with very reasonable rent. I assume that about this time you are saying “Wait a minute. You didn’t like driving 1200 miles. Isn’t Tucson a lot farther than that?” Well, yes it is; 568 more miles to be exact. But as I sit here in our tiny kitchen in Tucson looking out at the sun about to go behind the mountains on the western horizon, I can tell you the drive was worth it and it wasn’t all that bad. Why? The most important reason: the weather cooperated; it rained the first day and 434 miles of our trip through Illinois and Missouri. The remaining four days were all sunshine. Another reason was a fellow named Randy, a cousin who lives in Amarillo, Texas. We spent two nights at his home resting up

after logging 566 miles on our second day. The remaining 768 miles were split up over two days of driving though the vastness of Scenic New Mexico and Southwestern A regular column Arizona before by Gordon Grindstaff reaching our winter home in Tucson. The last thing that made the drive okay was the rest stops in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. I no longer try to cover 7, 8 or even 9 hundred miles in a day, stopping to rest only once or twice. The mind for many years was willing but now the body is weak; our kidneys, spinal columns, knees and sciatic nerves insist on stopping every 100 miles or less. . This new way of travel is a welcome change for Susie but it has not been easy for me but I have adjusted. Now, when Susie asks to stop, I no longer try to talk her into another 50 miles. I wanted to tell you much more about the trip; Jesse James hideout, Billy the Kid’s grave site, Santa Rosa’s Enchiladas, Roswell’s area 51 and the peppers of Hatch, NM but I’m out of room. Maybe I can work it in later. Also, I have to get going; there’s a game of Euchre getting started down the street. Happy New Year. G2 can be reached at: gordongrind G2 notes: 1: I expect that none of the newspapers who publish this stuff are big enough to do any kind of surveys on who their readership is. I do get mail from time to time so I know that there are other beings who see this besides the parakeets living in the cages whose bottoms are lined with my picture. About 10 years ago, I asked people to let me know if they’re reading and when I got very few responses, let me tell you, it was kind of humbling. I told myself that my readers were either too busy to respond or were not e-mail literate; but I have since realized that I have never written to a newspaper myself so why should I expect anyone else to? Yesterday, I got a nice letter from a gentleman who told me he had accidentally come across my E-mail address. Apparently I have neglected to include it anywhere in this space so beginning this week, I will tack it on to the end of this piece. Look up one paragraph and you should see it. 2: If it seems like you have read about this part of our lives before, you have. I don’t expect everyone to remember what I wrote last year about this time so I sometimes have to repeat myself to ‘set the stage’, as it were. Incidentally, ‘Abandoned’ our lifestyle is kind of a strong phrase. We just decided that pulling Fiona II around the country was becoming work and no longer much fun. I read somewhere that 8 years is about average for the fulltime RV’er so we were lucky to do 13 years, I guess. 3: I’m not saying Condo living is bad; it’s just different.

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On the box The Greatest Dancer (BBC1, 7pm) Saturday, 11/1/2020 The dance talent show continues with the auditions, and the audience still hold the power, as only they will decide if the mirror opens for the acts or not. The dancers need to impress at least 75% of the audience for the mirror to open and progress in the competition, while one Dance Captain will get to pick an act and take them straight through to the live shows. Todrick Hall joins Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse as Dance Captains, while Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo oversee proceedings.

Love Island (ITV2, 9pm) Sunday, 12/1/2020 If you're suffering from winter blues, then this splash of sun should help brighten your day. This time the hopeful singletons are off to South Africa where they take up residence at a luxury villa in Cape Town. As they flirt, date, break up and make up, the Islanders will attempt to capture the hearts of each other - and the nation. Eventually viewers decide the final couple and declare them the series six winners. Which couple will be in with a share of the £50k prize money? New presenter Laura Whitmore will eventually reveal the answer.

The Martin Lewis Money Show (ITV, 8pm) Monday, 13/1/2020 January can be one of the toughest times of the year when it comes to making ends meet. As those credit card bills come in and we wonder if we may have overdone it while counting the days until pay day, it's good to know one of the nation's best loved advisers is on hand to provide a light in the financial darkness. Once more, Martin Lewis is joined by Angellica Bell, and in this offering they help navigate new regulations relating to overdrafts. There is also look at consumer rights when asking for a refund.

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Post Book Review By C.J. Sansom Dominion Reviewed by Brody Rafter "Dominion" is set in 1952, an alternative history story in which Winston Churchill did not become the British Prime Minister, and the British government was led by Beaverbrook and Moseley. Britain, much against Churchill's advice, made peace with Germany immediately after Dunkirk, in 1940. Now, in 1952, after Halifax becomes Prime Minister and has signed a peace treaty with Germany, Britain is a puppet state of the Third Reich. Hitler is hanging on only by a thread – his health was never good – and Churchill is leading a resistance movement while in hiding. By this time things are starting to unravel in Britain as rebellious attitudes grow while their government, becomes more and more authoritarian. Of course, as you can imagine, the press IS totally focused on proGerman propaganda, while British Jews are being rounded up, dragged from their homes, and herded out of town to a supposed housing estate somewhere in Russia. Strangely, nobody ever hears A word from them again. Not a single letter, from those hundreds of people who are marched down the streets and loaded into trucks that take them to the trains. You know the ones, cattle cars that have standing room only and no windows. Airless death chambers for many who will never step off the train at their final destination. Babies almost never make it, nor small children. Of course you must remember, most people know nothing of ovens or gas chambers. Nor even concentration camps. Many, unable to face the reality of what’s happening to these Jews – their friends, neighbours, coworkers and in-laws - work hard at convincing themselves that their fates are not all that bad. Obviously not good, having lost their homes, jobs and freedom, but surely nothing that they cannot cope with. Seeing the Nazi officers take over the nicer Jewish homes does not help to support their illusions. ‘Dominion’ moves at a leisurely

pace at first, giving you time to get involved with the characters and their challenges amidst an atmosphere of severe repression. We see things from the perspective of several different characters enabling us to understand their political viewpoints and personal circumstances. One of these being a Nazi, who some may almost sympathise with at times. Certainly not all the time. But you can at least empathise with his human side, and the extreme nature of his prejudice, his unquestionable belief in ‘a superior race’ that has the god-given right to do what they want with those considered inferior, a belief that has been fed to him from a very early age. Hate is something that can be taught to many. Fortunately, not all. There are people who cannot be separated from their conscience, their true nature, their sense of right and wrong. I think you’ll relish the dilemmas people are faced with, and what options they have to consider in their dreary existence. What will they resort to when they’ve had enough? The genre is a cross between a spy thriller and an alternative history. I think you’ll find this dystopian story with its in-depth look at what could have occurred a very satisfying read, especially if you’re a WW2 buff. Sansom has done a great job of crafting this alternative Britain. Also, it’s over 700 pages! So a fine, long read.

By giving this article to Gil, at Bookshop Europa in Calpe (Oscar Espla 2), you will receive a 5% discount on Dominion' by C.J. Sansom. Price: €11.25. http:// Tel: 965 835 824 / Keep in mind that Gil can get you any book you desire that's still in print.

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Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular clues - the answers are the same. Cryptic clues Across 1 Laid-back painter takes it easy, then stops all together (7) 5 Freed eccentric put off (5) 8 Beat about the bush, or several (5) 9 Sick of having no effect? (7) 10 Reduced drastically in the last month I made love (9) 12 A pulse may be visible in the speaker's neck (3) 13 Miss the article on a country that's short of food (6) 14 Score thirty initially, then unfortunately get a duck (6) 17 Wickedness inherent in those who profess innocence (3) 18 Having drink and food around ten in London (9) 20 Braise a stew in a military installation (3,4) 21 Investigate a way to set up a secret meeting (5)

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23 In addition, recapitulate on the evidence (32) 24 News of movements at sea? (7) Down 1 News agency didn't reveal the enemy in the garden (5) 2 He gets some stick (3) 3 Ship's kitchen equipment? (7) 4 Doesn't give one's all in periods of work (6) 5 Many eager to see the old king (5) 6 It won't bounce in a packed sports ground (4,5) 7 Unfortunately harried because of a prominent feature (3,4) 11 Study a French instrument that's a bit of a puzzle (9) 13 Apparently he cheers the troops (7) 15 Many very angry at being duped (7) 16 Bear witness to it at the trial (6) 18 Member with skill first going up for a walk (5) 19 Friends who put an end to the game (5) 22 It's that one there, or at least it was (3) Regular clues Across 1 Takes into custody (7) 5 Postpone (5) 8 Fence of bushes (5) 9 False (7) 10 Devastated (9) 12 Small vegetable (3) 13 Famished (6) 14 Large black diving duck (6) 17 Transgression (3) 18 Area of North London (9) 20 Military aircraft station (3,4) 21 Secret assignation (5) 23 Go over the main points (3-2) 24 News (7)

Down 1 Small insect (5) 2 Pole (3) 3 Vegetable cooker (7) 4 Periods of work (6) 5 Old Testament king (5) 6 Ball delivery that doesn't bounce (4,5) 7 Ginger (3,4) 11 Difficult problem (9) 13 Cavalrymen (7) 15 Swindled (7) 16 Prove (6) 18 Homeless person (5) 19 Reproduces (5) 22 Distant but within sight (3)

Spanish-English crossword

Improve your vocabulary with our Spanish/English crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English. Across 1 El más dulce (8) 7 Dormir (5) 8 Avión (9) 9 Red (3) 10 Malvado (4) 11 Joyas (6) 13 Pantalla (6) 14 Estúpido (6) 17 Esquina (6) 18 Vacas (4) 20 Oreja (3) 22 Educación (9) 23 Cangrejos (5) 24 Árbitros (8)

Down 1 Escama (pez, reptil) (5) 2 Más temprano (7) 3 Propinas (4) 4 Serpientes (6) 5 Vaqueros (5) 6 Manchado (7) 7 Setenta (7) 12 Grados (7) 13 Ciencia (7) 15 Promesa (7) 16 Seguro (6) 17 Nata (5) 19 Canciones (5) 21 Encaje (4)

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Issac is a kitten who is black with a grey sheen. He will be vaccinated next week and would like to be adopted with his sister Isabel but can live on his own. Ask about both if you interested in adopting two kittens. Please call APROP Pego on 634 306 265 or 605 575 883. Email or see website:

A.R.C. Jalón Valley JACKSON – is 5 months old, originally found dumped at the Ecopark with his brother, he is now a fit and lively cat that would really benefit from having his own family. He has been neutered. No adoption fee but a donation is much appreciated. Also, many other dogs, cats and kittens needing homes. Food and donations also urgently needed and can be left at ARC’s charity shop on Carrer Valencia 1, Jalon between 10am and 1pm Monday to


Saturday. Contact Sally by email on jalonvalleyarc14@ Facebook – Jalon Valley ARC Charity Reg No CV-01054107-A.

AKIRA Animal Shelter ROCCO is still waiting to be adopted! He is around 6 years old and quite a strong dog. He would be best suited to someone

Denia Cat Protection League Aldea Felina- Many loving, playful and cuddly cats are at the shelter. Like the cute little ALICE 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 Alice or any of our other cats, the shelter is open every Sunday 10am to 12pm or please call Luisa for an appointment 648 100 629.

who has experience of larger dogs and also in a home with older children due to his playful nature which can mean on occasion forgets his own size and strength! That being said he adores human contact and loves cuddles. Rocco has been castrated, vaccinated and chipped. He is able to travel within or outside of Spain. If you would like more information please contact us on 657 689 567 or email akirashelter@

Baileys is a cheerful and beautiful little mix breed. She was found abandoned and running around aimlessly in the streets of Dénia. Baileys is very sociable with humans, never tires of receiving cuddles, and other dogs. She likes to be the princess of the house and to have all the cuddles just for her. Baileys is an active little girl and she loves to explore, to run and go on long walks. Baileys is house trained and waits quietly in her bed until it is time for a walk and doesn´t destroy. Contact APAD on 966 427 678, email or see

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MINDY is approx 8 months, she is very affectionate and loves to be with people. She is in good health, good with other cats and is sterilised. Call: 645 469 253. See or email


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APASA ZETA, female, Shelter since 07.06.2014 Crossbreed, DOB 01.04.2014 – 60 cm Zeta came to APASA as a puppy together with two siblings. She grew up here in the shelter and got well integrated into the daily life here. She is

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Handsome OLLIE is 8yrs old. He is a sweet little dog, he is a healthy chap who loves a lap to sit on. He can be a little nervous until he gets to know you and prefers a small play space rather than large open areas. Please telephone 650 304 746 or email

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CURRO is an energetic 18 month old. He is very affectionate & loves lots of attention. A terrier cross. Fully vaccinated, microchipped, castrated &blood tested. SAT kennels 966 710 047 - 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 COSTA BLANCA DOG transport. The comfort of your pet is our priority. Excellent rates and Defra run. www.costablancadoghom Tel 675 485 613

WANTED MOTOR CYCLES 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. All makes, models. All conditions, runners, non runners. Cash paid. Call Jon 079731 45503 Calpe

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

MERCEDES 230 CLK Kompresor, Convertible, 2001. Manual. R.H. D. english reg., Quartz blue, light grey leather, power hood, long MOT. 121,000 miles, excellent condition. 2,175€ 604 240 984 - Torrevieja

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

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

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

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

Nautical & accessories INTERNATIONAL SKIPPER licence, radio and radar courses, starting shortly +34 626 245 098 SMALL BOAT for sale, can be usable for waterski 626 245 098

JAGUAR XJS 4.0, year 1994, English plates, leather seats. In good condition. Torrevieja. Price 6,900€ 654 431 706




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

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

Desolate image of Llutxent hills after the blaze

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

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Health 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

www.thepos SANCT BERNHARD Moraira. Offers inc. Green-Lipped Mussel for healthy joints. 150 caps €12.50 or buy 3+ for €11 each 966 491 573

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Business opportunities 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 price16,900€ Tel 637161475. KENNELS, CATTERY, FINCA, Paddock, Stables for sale. 25000 sq meters, Good life style. Profitable, Licenced. Finestrat Area. Owners Retiring after 20 years. 875k .. 690 06 1752

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EXCLUSIVE HOTEL GROUP is now recruiting British hospitality couples for its hotels in Tenerife. Excellent opportunity for mature couples. Good conditions. Accommodation provided. No experience required as full training given. Immediate availability. Serious applications only. Email contact details to or call on 966 423 592.

PARCENT LOVELY REFORMED townhouse. 138 m2 over 2 floors. Grd floor: Entrance area, Large dining /Livingroom + fireplace, equipped kitchen, magnificent feature wall, patio + fish pond. 1st Fl: Big master bedroom could be converted into 2 bedrooms, terrace with mountain views. 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-1052-120.000€ Tel: 609 211 710 - GREAT OPPORTUNITY. CHARMING 290M2 town house Benigembla. Consists of: Grd Floor.- Entrance area, Spacious living-room +fireplace & cast iron stove, dining room, living room, equipped kitchen, 1 dble room, water deposit, toilet +shower, pantry, laundry room +access to large openplan attic & inside patio . 1st floor. - 3 dble beds, 2 +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. Original floors , & wooden beams.Electric radiators. Very light. . Ref-1082. 125.000€ Tel: 609211710

BEAUTIFUL LAND FOR sale 27000sqm Guadalest valley two small cabins, platform (been used for dance/yoga in summer 75,000€ contact 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

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@

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

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

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 ALCALALI TOWN HOUSE 152m2. Completely renovated with inside patio. Consists: Grd floor. Entrance-area. Living-dining room+ access to large inside patio, fully equip kitchen + access to an inside patio, storage/laundry. Bathroom & 1bedroom + access to the interior patio 34 m2. 1st fl.- 1 dble bedroom + balcony, +large dressing room & access to a superior terrace with spectacular views. 1 dble room 1 toilet & 1 sgle room. Water tank, wooden beams, aluminum exterior carpentry + double glazing, & wooden interior. Quality materials throughout. Located in a lovely quiet area of the village. Ref1047. 189.000€ Telephone: 609 211 710 -

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

Long term let 2 BEDROOM PARK HOME, in Torrevieja. Air conditioning, English TV, washing machine, community pool & bar. 10 minutes walk from the marina and all local facilities. Separate parking, own patio. 400€ p.c.m + bills 617 599 470

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NATIONAL CAR HIRE Company, based at Alicante Airport, is looking for a Customer Service Agent as part of our ongoing growth. Summary of position: Back Office Customer Service Receiving and handling calls & emails Liaising with our various offices and partners.Your profile: Experienced in customer service. Must be fluent in English with a high level of German and Spanish Confident communication skills by telephone and email. Good knowledge of MS-Office. We offer: Full time contract working as part of an established team in a pleasant and friendly working environment. Varied range of responsibilities. Ongoing training and support. For more information please contact empleo@dri

PLAYA FLAMENCA. Very well presented corner house in sunny location, 3 bed, 2 baths, WC, a/c, fireplace, utility room, conservatory, carport, com. pool, 129,750€ 966 773 985- 616 939 326


is no w re c ruiting British ho sp ita lity c o up le s fo r its ho te ls in Te ne rife . Exc e lle nt o p p o rtunity fo r re tire d c o up le s. Go o d c o nd itio ns. Ac c o mmo d a tio n p ro vid e d . No e xp e rie nc e re q uire d a s full tra ining g ive n. Imme d ia te a va ila b ility. Se rio us a p p lic a tio ns o nly. Ema il c o nta c t d e ta ils to : j.c a sse @g g ho te t o r c a ll o n: 966 423 592

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

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