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January 22, 2020 - No 643, www.thepost.es

Huge storm batters Alicante province

Huge wave engulfs Les Basetes marina in Benissa. Photo by Angel García

Storm Gloria has caused severe damage to large swathes of the coastline of

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Alicante province. The worst hit areas include Jávea and Dénia,

where giant waves smashed up the seafronts of the north Costa Blanca towns. In Jávea a huge wave blasted through the front windows of coastal restaurants and stores. On the south Costa Blanca the municipalities of Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja were badly affected, with promenades and seafront boardwalks partially destroyed by the waves. The interior of Alicante province was on red alert for snow and around half a metre had fallen in Banyeres de Mariola and other areas of the interior as The Post went to press yesterday. More on page 3

Calpe promenade wrecked by the storm Photo by David Stockton

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Local police feel short-changed Rojales local police officers have not been paid for overtime they have worked since June 2017, according to the SPPLB union. Delegates claim officers have to work half an hour more than they are required to on their shifts, and that this can be proven from the council’s compulsory records of the times its employees’

start and finish each day. They argue that this is unfair because other council workers are paid for any overtime they work. The union has announced legal action against the town hall and said it will also make complaints to the national government social security and work inspection departments.

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Last Sunday AENA declared that Alicante airport was to be closed for 24 hours, from 1pm until Monday 1pm due to storm Gloria hitting – extending that till the end of the day by mid morning due to the continued severity. The damage sustained from the fire the previous week had made parts of the roof unstable and fear was that part could be ripped off and land on the runway. Many flights were once again diverted to Murcia and Valencia and the slip road to Alicante airport was closed to traffic, causing major tailbacks. Passengers were advised to contact their airlines to check on changes to departing and arriving airports.

Costa Briton detained for Tate destruction The 20-year-old man, who ripped a Picasso painting at the end of December in Tate Modern Art Gallery in London, has been identified as a British-Indian resident who is based in San Javier. According to the authorities, he will remain in custody until a pre-trial hearing takes place on January 30 and he could face a jail sentence. The artwork, Bust of a Woman, depicts Picasso’s lover Dora Maar. It was painted in Paris in May, 1944.

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'Gloria' hits the Costa hard Continues from front page The storm also badly affected Calpe, Benissa and Moraira coastline, leaving the beaches and coastal walks partly destroyed. Club Nautico at Les Basetes was virtually swamped by enormous waves, obliterating the terrace of the popular restaurant attached to the building. La Fossa beach in Calpe was the most severely affected with the promenade partly collapsing, street furniture washed into shop fronts, and the tourist information booth destroyed. Council workers began an immediate attempt to clear the debris from the area. The Arenal beach, a little more sheltered, was less badly hit, and damage was restricted to pavement stones lifting, a palm tree falling and minor flooding. According to the mayoress, Ana Sala, it is still too early to quantify the damage and it is

planned to request the declaration of a catastrophic zone. An emergency meeting was held late on Monday morning to establish action measures in the coming days. In addition to the damage to the promenades, numerous incidents around the town were recorded such as the detachment of facades, falling trees, awnings, billboards, metal roofs and traffic signs. Sports facilities were also affected, in the Pavilion Domingo Crespo tiles were blown from the roof, and the Ifach sport pavilion was affected by water leaks. The main Avenida Juan Carlos I was closed to traffic at the roundabout which gives access to La Fossa beach. The main road was also closed for a while. The Red Cross stepped in to offer blankets, warm clothes and hot food to people who needed it, and the Red Cross headquarters itself prepared temporary beds for those who

Restaurant destroyed on Arenal promenade in Jávea. Photo by Angel García

required emergency accommodation. Schools were al closed for the day, but classes resumed on Tuesday. Access to Cala Moraig, a beauty spot on the Cumbre del Sol in Benitachell was totally destroyed in the storm. The asphalt road at the car park entrance is no longer there. All that remains is a steep drop from a collapsed road. It is feared the damage will take months to repair. The river Gorgos which

flows through Jalón unleashed its might, as fears grew that it would burst its banks. Road closures and preventative measures were put into force, and many residents, ranging from the village of Castell de Castells and Lliber onwards towards Gata were severely affected by the volume of water. Benidorm avoided the brunt of storm Gloria, with only 33 incidents reported to local police – thankfully none of which

were serious or life threatening. A number of trees and palms had been uprooted by the strong winds, falling branches, road signs displaced, and bins swept across roads. The Rincon de Loix area experienced the most rainfall, at 60 litres per square metre but despite the weather, schools remained open. Read a full report on Storm Gloria with all the updates in Friday’s Costa Blanca News

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Protest over lack of flood protection A demonstration has been organised in Los Alcázares town centre by the local association of flood victims Stop Inundaciones to protest against the lack of progress to protect their homes and business. The protest is scheduled to take place this Sunday , January 26 at noon. Participants will set out from the municipal sports centre and go along Avenida

Trece de Octubre towards the AP-7 motorway and the RM-30 road to Torre Pacheco. The demonstration covers the so-called ‘ground zero’ for flooding and many of the damaged areas in the town. An association spokesman noted that residents cannot live ‘in panic’ every time rain is forecast. The association has officially asked the relevant authorities to allow the demonstration.

Benidorm councillors check La Cala 'to do' list Councillors from Benidorm City Council visited residents and members of the Neighbourhood Association in the La Cala district to check on progress over the last six months since their last meeting. They started in the Plaza de las Tiendas, where new pavements have been installed with access to the church, Cáritas charity and square. Next on the ‘To Do’ list is landscaping the square and installation of benches, allowing residents to relax and enjoy their surroundings. The

group then made their way down Calle Asturias and lastly onto Avenida Villajoyosa, where pavements have been extended and calle Luis Prendas opened. Councillor for Works José Ramón González de Zárate was satisfied that all the requests made by the two associations have, or in the process of being fulfilled and now looking at other parts of La Cala. Speed humps will be installed along Calle Avilés and the steps leading down to the beach repaired, with non-slip coating and the addition of a handrail.

Los Alcázares during the recent gota fría floods

Heirlooms returned to owners Two suspects, believed to be prolific antique thieves, have been arrested in La Puebla de Mula village in Murcia region. They are accused of stealing 400 pieces of china from the 18th and 19th century from a property in the village. The pieces had been handmade in the exclusive La Cartuja factory in Sevilla and were family heirlooms with high sentimental value for the owners. The thieves had made a hole in one of the property walls to gain access when the owners were not at home. The pieces were being sold in batches on the black market. The Guardia Civil managed to recover all the stolen items and return them to the owners.

Pet owners brought to heel A drive to clean up the streets of Calpe gives pet owners two months to learn new tricks - or face being fined for mess left by their animals. The town hall introduced new bylaws on Monday and promised a period of grace while the local authority runs an awareness campaign aimed at educating people to adopt good practice. The council is also making 4,000 bottles available free of charge so dog owners can dilute the urine of their pets - while gifts traditionally handed out during the Sant Antoni celebrations have also included bags to pick up faeces and leaflets informing people of the law change.

As reported in last week’s CBN, there will be fines of up to €1,000 for persistent offenders who fail to clean up after dogs when they foul the streets. And the town hall has also introduced penalties for failing to carry ‘poo’ bags or a bottle of water; as well as feeding animals in the street - aimed at preventing the

random feeding of cats in feral colonies; a practice which attracts vermin. Mayor Ana Sala said the idea of the byelaw was not to penalise residents but to protect the streets. “The objective is not to sanction but to raise awareness among citizens so that we make Calpe a cleaner town,” she said.

Improvements needed to measure pollution Environmental association Ecologistas en Acción has asked Murcia regional authorities to improve the air pollution measuring equipment which stands in Cartagena, Lorca and Murcia. They noted that the meters only record some of the most polluting particles and chemicals. The ecologists made their request during the presentation of the annual report on air quality in Murcia region. This revealed that limits were exceeded several times in 2019 and the population was not informed.

According to Ecologistas en Acción, this was mainly in Alumbres and Cartagena. Small and highly damaging particles such as PM10 and PM2.5 were over the limit in Cartagena during the summer and sulphur levels were exceeded in Escombreras and Alumbres near Cartagena and the industrial area. The environmentalists also claimed that the amount of farming waste which is burned increased dramatically last year. They hit out at local and regional governments for not taking action.

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Guardia Civil shortage summit More Guardia Civil are needed in the seven municipalities which are served by the headquarters of the force in Callosa de Segura. This was the call made at a meeting of representatives from these town halls, which had been held by the mayor of Callosa, Manuel Martínez last Thursday. The Guardia Civil station there also covers Benferrí,

Cox, Granja de Rocamora, Rafal and Redován, as well as Orihuela’s rural districts of El Badén, Virgen del Camino and La Murada. This area covers about 130 square kilometres with a population of 48,000 but Sr Martínez said some Guardia Civil groups based there have said the number of officers – 31 - is only 60% of what is needed.

“Security is essential for our residents and the work the Guardia Civil does in this area is extraordinary but we need more police presence in the area to reinforce security and vigilance, both in town centres and in our countryside,” he commented. “In recent years the number of officers has decreased significantly and residents have complained about long waits when they have to report a crime.” Furthermore the equipment and facilities in the station ‘leave a lot to be desired’, he claimed. The mayor noted that they will wait for the national government office in Alicante province to confirm the data indicating this shortage before deciding on a plan of action between them. Just in Callosa there have been as many as many as 80 robberies per month and the Jucil Guardia Civil association has criticised that the station has to be closed due to short staffing during some shifts, particularly at night, and on some shifts only one patrol is available.

Bless thy foal The fiesta of Sant Antoni, the Patron Saint of Animals was celebrated across towns in Spain last Sunday – but due to predicted severe bad weather, some such as Alfaz postponed their events. The blessing at the Ermita de Sanz, located directly behind the El Cisne rastro in Benidorm did take place, but earlier than the advertised 12 noon start

and attended by the Mayor, Toni Perez, a number of councillors plus the town’s fiesta queens. Dogs by far outnumbered any other animals, but there were also cats, hamsters, budgies plus a number of horses. Although the rain held back, the winds were rather gusty and by mid-afternoon, the forecast rains did indeed arrive.

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Destination Madrid for Benissa Benissa has packed its bags and travelled to the International Tourism Fair that is taking place at the IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid this week. FITUR is an annual event for world tourism professionals and the leading fair for the receptive Latin American markets. In the 2019 edition, FITUR broke participation records with 10,487 companies from 165 countries and regions, 142,642 professionals and 110,848 visitors from the general public. All forecasts indicate that this year these figures will be exceeded. The tourist offer of the Valencian region and the business sector will have 2,163 m2 of exhibition. More than 200 companies will be present in the area dedicated to tourism products and this year, for the first time, tourism experience companies adhering to the Creaturisme strategy will have the possibility to

present their services. In addition, 20 technology companies who promote tourism innovations will participate in the stand of the Valencian region. Benissa will exhibit a brochure of tourist accommodation as well as two catalogues (generic and coves). The promotional material is addressed both to the public and professionals. During the fair, a promotional cam-

paign will be carried out under the slogan “Live a unique experience with the Moors and Christians of Benissa”, whose objective is to reinforce the promotion of these festivals, declared of provincial tourist interest since 2018. For this, 1,000 flyers will be distributed which the public can fill in their personal data to enter a raffle for a stay in Benissa during the weekend of the celebration of this holiday. In addition, it is planned to hold various presentations to show the main developments in tourism including show cooking. On Saturday afternoon, the Association of Moors and Christians of Benissa will participate in the Great Provincial Parade, along with a thousand people from all over the province of Alicante, to tour the Plaza de Callao, Calle Preciados and Puerta del Sol.

Torrevieja travels to FITUR Torrevieja mayor Eduardo Dolón announced that the town hall will have a presence at Spain’s largest tourism fair FITUR, which is taking place in Madrid this week. He said they would be attending from today (January 22) until January 26, as part of the Costa Blanca tourism association stand. He said they will be promoting nautical tourism, sports events which are taking place this year and next, local gastronomy and Torrevieja’s Carnaval parades. They will also hold meetings with travel agencies. Sr Dolón noted that they will be presenting two videos on the first day showing some of events the town is offering during 2020.

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Rojales employment boost Works have begun on a new skate park in the La Cala district of Villajoyosa, which should be completed within two months. A budget of just under €36,000 has been allocated

for the project and the Councillor for Sport José Ramón Uclés hopes that it will encourage youngsters to enjoy this new facility which they have been requesting and promote sport and exercise.

Rojales town hall has hired 66 people using regional government employment and training programmes. These are intended to enable unemployed people to acquire new theoretical and practical knowledge so that they have better job opportunities. Employment councillor Miriam Trives said this is a very important boost for the municipality and will help to fill positions in sectors that continually need workers, such as hospi-

tality, construction and gardening. “Our aim is to improve employability and by doing so improve our residents quality of life,” she said. The town hall is currently signed up to six different regional government programmes and is also offering professional training classes in basic restaurant and bar work, and attending to dependants in social institutions. These all add up to a total investment of €800,000 in employment.

Breast is best The Marina Alta Breastfeeding Photo Contest has commenced its XXIV edition and the registration period is now open. This event, organised by the Nodrissa Group, with the collaboration of different entities among which is Teulada Moraira town hall, is a benchmark in the region and aims to normalise breastfeeding in society

through the art of photography, showing images of mothers breastfeeding. Any person of legal age may participate and submit four photographs, which must be unpublished. The photographs must show images of breastfeeding, in which mothers appear breastfeeding their daughters or sons in various situations.

The deadline for submission of papers will end on March 31 and can be done through the website www.grupnodrissa.org. Teulada Moraira council is sponsoring one theme entitled 'Breastfeeding more than one son or daughter' which will attract a prize of €400. In total, 17 awards from different categories will be awarded. The first prize will be

€1,000 and the second €600. “For one more year we participate in this event, which is already a benchmark in our region. A beautiful initiative that makes an act as natural as breastfeeding visible. Thanks to this contest this practice is normal” said Mamen Botija, councillor for social welfare, equality and health of Teulada Moraira.


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The bear necessities The porridge tasted just right in Alcalali on Saturday afternoon when Careline Theatre served up its annual pantomime and a barnstormer of a show in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Playing to a matinee full house, it was a traditional story of good triumphing over evil but a real laugh a minute with plenty of action and masses of good-natured heckling - and great to see youngsters in the audience joining in with the hissing and booing. And the Careline family were in fine form from the off. There was a real feel good factor right through until the final curtain with some of the biggest smiles proudly worn by the youngest members of the junior chorus. In a break with convention, the dame was a dame. Candy Wright (pictured) stepped up to the mark when a

Careline colleague was unable to perform the role of circus owner Ma Barnaby and did a sterling job in the battle against the evil Baron Von Trappem, the zoo owner - Dennis Arthurs having fun as the bad guy. Goldilocks and the Three Bears was packed with fun and a real hoot. Congratulations to the whole cast for some memorable entertainment; it raised the bar to a new high. Read the full review by Jack Troughton in Friday's Costa Blanca News.

Campoverde Theatre Group donate to Alzheimer's Following the very successful supper show, Supper on the West End, the Campoverde Theatre Group were delighted to present a cheque for €300 to the Alzheimer’s Society, Torrevieja. David and Lorraine Whit-

ney accepted the cheque on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to their hearts. Campoverde Theatre Group is all too aware of the devastation Alzheimer’s disease has not only for the individual but also on their

family, friends and support groups. The members of the Campoverde Theatre Group are very busy rehearsing for their next production. See the events pages for more details about 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'

Montgó Chorale donation to Cáritas Montgó Chorale were delighted to welcome another large and enthusiastic audience at the choir’s Christmas concert at the Loreto church in Jávea last month. It was a full house for this occasion, and the Loreto Church’s Cáritas, which provides financial and practical help and comfort to local families in need, was the beneficiary of the donations to the retiring collection. Consequently, on behalf of Montgó Chorale and those who attended the performance, the Choir Treasurer Peter Crossfield Lobb, together with other steering group members, was delighted to present €1,450 to Elly van de Wel, Director of Cáritas and other representatives of the charity, who in turn gave the choir a Certificate to mark the donation.

Cáritas and Montgo Chorale members

Elly van der Wel, Director of Cáritas and Peter Crossfield Lobb, Treasurer of Montgó Chorale

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CBMW enjoy the calm before the storm The Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers enjoyed clear skies and sunshine on six varied walks last week before the storm hit on Sunday with 28 walkers enjoying ‘The

Camels Humps’ from Jesus Probre, others walked the Benirrama to Val d’Ebo circuit and on Saturday, 18 walkers completed the Senija Cross and Cova Gar-

ganta walk. Other walks on Saturday included the Montgó West Gully, Cocoll from Benichembla and the Bernia West Summit! Full details of all the walks including walk grades length, duration and start points are on the programme which can be

The Arts Society Marina Alta 128 of our intrepid members and their guests were welcomed to the final presentation of the TASMA 2019 season at Salones Canor, by Clyde Binfield. He gave an intriguing visual assessment of the life and times of Sir Edwin Lutyens, illustrated by numerous celebrations of his architectural splendour, pocketed by a cascade of witty puns of which he was notorious which was received by a lengthy applause. As is standard at the end of the Society meetings , those present enjoyed a glass wine whilst socialising with other members and in addition tasted a welcome seasonal mince pie or two ! The final presentation of 2019 was also the last act by Tony Cabban as Chairman for the Society. Tony was in the vanguard at the very start of the fledgling Society, and has been the

prime mover during our formative three years. Again, those present gave him an enthusiastic thank you for his significant contribution to the wellbeing of the Society today. In thanks the Committee and their partners, including Clyde Binfield and Brett Hanson of our sponsors Blevins Franks, hosted by Lanie Widmar, invited Tony and his wife Cherry to a celebration lunch at Restaurante Masena in Javea. During the meal a vote of thanks was proposed by Rod Anderton our Vice Chair, to Tony and Cherry for their considerable contribution to the Society and affable direction to the Committee during his tenure. At the end of our meal we were entertained by a splendid rendition of “Happy Birthday “ to Clyde whose day it was, by the restaurant waiting staff assisted by those present. The luncheon ended in a cheerful farewell and we look forward to our next meeting which will be on February 6, which will include a presentation on the designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This will be preceded by our Annual General Meeting. We look forward to seeing all our existing members there , and also new members and guests.

viewed or downloaded from the website www. cbmwalkers.org. The walking programme runs from October to May, there are at least three walks every Wednesday and Saturday starting at 10am. The website also in-

cludes a wealth of information on mountain walking. The walking group continues to flourish, attracting many new walkers both resident and visitors who share a love of walking in the beautiful mountains of Costa Blanca.

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Calpe U3A shop in La Zenia On Wednesday, January 15 Calpe U3A members and friends set off on the first trip of 2020 to La Zenia boulevard shopping centre near Torrevieja. We were greeted by Kerry of our travel team and our driver Gerrard. We were blessed with fine weather and sunshine on our journey and we arrived at our destination at 11.00am right to the front door of the complex;

boasting 150 outlets cafes and restaurants. Our party dispersed to their choice of shop and after coffee and later lunch we met up to compare notes and boast of the bargains we had purchased. After several group photos we boarded the coach; the overhead storage was bursting at the seams with the many shopping bags! The

chat was friendly and humorous. At 7pm we were back at the drop off points in Calpe. a big thank you to all concerned. “Beginners Bridge” group run by Jim wainwright takes place at Spassos restaurant la fossa beach 7pm on a Wednesday. If you ever wanted to learn to play bridge this is your chance. More details at the Calpe U3a Web site www.u3acalpe.org A bodega trip is planned for Saturday March 21 to The Gandía Bodega in the Utiel -Requena wine region followed by lunch at the Hotel Tollo in nearby Requena.Cost of trip is €35. Contact Rod Anterton on tranderton@yahoo.com for more details. Websuite is: www.u3acalpe.org Our next meeting is on

U3A Marina Baixa's Wine & Dine Group toast New Year The U3A Marina Baixa, Wine & Dine Group, had a wonderful start to the New Year, at Seguis y Calero Restaurant, where the Members had a lovely three course lunch, with a free drink included. This was the Group’s first outing of the New Year and following next weeks AGM, we will be dining at Restaurant Oasis, La Nucia. On Valentines Day, we will be having lunch at Kathmandu Restaurant, Albir. The Wine & Dine Group have regular and varied meals out for the Membership and full details can be found on the website, or Newsletter. U3A Marina Baixa holds its

general meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at The Forum, Alfaz del Pi. The next

meeting will be the AGM on Monday, January 27. The doors for this meeting will open at 9.30am and the desks close at 10.50am for a prompt 11am start. Please come early to sign in and get your seat! The General Meetings are normally always on the 4th Monday of the month. If you have not heard of this Association and would like to join them, you can be assured of a very warm welcome. Please visit the website www.u3amarinabaixa.com to find out more information there is also a Facebook page. If you do not have internet access please contact their secretary Joan Flint on 96 586 1226 or mobile 663 637 167 for more information.

Thursday,February 20 with our speaker John Hopwood who will give us an illustrated talk about ‘The double life of and amazing art of Grayson Perry’. Doors open 10.am for signing in etc and meeting starts at 11am at Sol Ifach Hotel Calpe. All welcome, come and join our happy team for only €10. Email travel@u3acalpe.org or membership@u3acalpe.org

New Lions welcomed to the Pride Barry & Helen Chapman were recently welcomed as the newest members of Teulada Moraira Lions by the club's President Nico Dekkers. Barry and Helen, who are newcomers to the area, said "We wanted to get actively involved in charity work here as a way to integrate into the community. We went along to Lions initially because of the concerts they regularly hold in Moraira. These are excellent quality, cater for a range of musical tastes and at a very reasonable price - plus all the profits go to good causes." Teulada Moraira Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, (LCIF), the world’s largest service organisation, having some 1.4m members. We have served our local, national and international

communities since 1994 giving help, support and welfare to those in need. Lions are men and women of all ages with many individual talents and experience who give their time freely to help others. Every euro raised by Lions is used to support people and organisations in need. If you are a visiting Lion or are interested in becoming a Lion, please look at our website www.tmlions.com for details of how to join. Or pop into the Lions Den shop situated a couple of doors away from Letters R Us and beneath the Pepe La Sal supermarket on the Centro Comercial, Moraira, just past the fountain roundabout on Ctra Moraira-Teulada. Opening Hours are Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 13.30.

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U3A Vall Del Pop Egyptology Adventure continues U3A Vall del Pop Egyptology group will be having its regular monthly meeting in Jalón Town Hall, starting at 11 am on Monday, February 3. The subject of this month's lecture will be ‘The Egyptian Genesis: Archaeological Evidence for the Foundation of the Pharaonic State’. We will be able to travel with Egyptologist, David Rohl, on an expedition into the deepest canyons of the Eastern Desert, between the River Nile and the Red Sea, in search of Egypt’s pre-

historic origins. David will be presenting his findings from the Eastern Desert Survey, which he led in the late 1990s to record rock art from 5,000 years ago, cut into the sandstone cliffs of the desert wadis. These primitive carvings tell the story of newcomers arriving in the Nile valley from across the desert to ignite pharaonic civilisation. Be prepared for some astonishing revelations about who the first pharaohs were and where they came from. For further information on U3A Vall del Pop check our website at www.u3avalldelpop.com

David Rohl with primitive wall paintings

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Prowling Jaguars What a fantastic start to the year 2020, when the Costa Blanca region enjoyed bright sunshine and clear blue skies with temperatures in the high 20s, enabling the JEC club members to take advantage of it when the first meeting of the year was held on January 16. A lunch had been booked for 70 members who would be attending, and the normal meeting point in Catral enabled some members to greet and meet on the sunny terrace for coffee, before proceeding on a run that was


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ming pool, where drinks were served from the outside bar. This enabled all of the members to chill and chat for a while in the lovely sunshine, prior to sitting for lunch in the bright and elegant function room that overlooks the entire garden area . If you would like to join the JEC-Costa Blanca club please contact Michael Brook club president on +34 640 866 711 or see Facebook: JEC-Costa Blanca. For more photos see Costa Blanca News this friday.


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Brexit trade deal talks to begin as soon as Britain leaves Britain will begin negotiating new trade deals with countries outside the European Union once it has left the bloc on January 31, Boris Johnson has confirmed. The Prime Minister said it was 'epically likely' that the UK would strike a comprehensive trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020 when the transition period ends. However, Mr Johnson warned that 'you always have to budget for a complete failure of common sense'. His comments follow reports that the UK would seek to conduct parallel post-Brexit trade talks with the US and EU from February. He told BBC Breakfast: "Obviously you always have to budget for a complete failure of common sense, that goes without saying, but I'm very, very, very confident that we'll get a (deal). "This is not about a deal, this is about building a great new partnership. And from January 31, what we're going to do is start working with our friends and partners around the world - not just with the EU. "We're going to start building new relationships with friends and partners around the world." Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on January 31, but will enter a transition period until the end of the year. Mr Johnson has insisted he will not push back the deadline, but critics claim

that the timescale is too tight to reach a new deal. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, whose country holds the rotating council presidency, told MEPs: "The transition period of 11 months is extremely short and it will take a lot of goodwill and a lot of work to bring these negotiations to an end in that period." The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator has said that if Britain wants as much access as possible to the bloc's market after it leaves, it will not have unfettered freedom to subsidise its industry. Michel Barnier also insisted that the state aid rules in any future trade deal would be more stringent than with nations such as Canada or Japan, simply because of the physical proximity of the

departing EU nation. "If the UK wants an open link with us for the products zero tariffs, zero quotas - we need to be careful about zero dumping at the same time," Mr Barnier told a conference in Stockholm. "I hope that this point is and will be correctly understood by everybody. We will ask necessarily certain conditions on state aid policy in the UK," Mr Barnier said. He added that if that is not the case, access to the lucrative EU market will be negatively affected. The EU has been stressing the need for a level playing field in the upcoming trade deal negotiations, meaning that access will be strictly linked to commitments to social welfare and environmental standards, among others. Boris Johnson together with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic

Mr Barnier stressed the need for state aid limits too. As a member state, Britain was bound by strict state aid rules enforced by the powerful European Commission to make sure there would be no unfair competition among EU nations in its vast single market. Third countries are not immediately bound by such strictures. Britain has decided to leave the EU by January 31,

partly because it does not want to be tied down by EU rules, which it feels impedes its sovereignty. But negotiating a trade deal will still involve many compromises on rule setting. Mr Barnier also insisted that Britain's goal to have a full free trade deal by the end of the year was unrealistic. "We cannot expect to agree on every aspect of this new partnership," Mr Barnier said, adding "we are ready to do our best in the 11 months". During a transition period ending on December 31, a new relationship between the EU and the UK will be negotiated. Full trade covers everything from fisheries to the airline industry to medicines, but the EU insists to deal with all these issues in one year is a pipe dream. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted he will not agree to any more delays - a vow that has set off alarm bells among businesses, which fear it means the country will face a nodeal Brexit at the start of 2021. Michel Barnier

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Albir lighthouse walk This Sunday, January 26 a guided walk up to El Faro lighthouse in Albir will take place – a joint initiative set up between the Departments of Youth in Alfaz, Altea and Polop, part of a campaign to promote cultural and environmental routes in the towns. Aimed at all ages – not just youth, the walk will set off at 11am from the carpark at the

entrance to the lighthouse path. Places are limited so pre-registration is essential and can be done by email or phone in each of the three towns: Alfaz el Pi: juventud@lalfas. com or 965 887 435 Altea: joventut@altea.es or 965 841 334 Polop: registro@polop.org or 965 870 150.

Caprice Ladies Choir ready to entertain you! Caprice ladies choir are putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming concerts ‘Circle of Life’. They will be performing in two venues on the following dates: Thursday, February 6 7.30pm at the Anglican Church, La Fustera, in support of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy. Ticket price €10. Saturday, February 8 5pm - at the Black Apple, Jalón - a glass of cava and cake are included in the ticket price of €12. Caprice pride themselves

on singing popular songs in a variety of styles, from modern to the more nostalgic eras. As usual there are some acappella songs to showcase the choir’s versatility and one of the modern songs is the beautiful ‘Better Place’ by Rachel Platten, specially arranged for Caprice in three part harmony by musical director Aileen. Michael Jackson’s ‘I’ll be there’ and Queen’s ‘Don’t stop me now’ will take you back to the 1970s, and if your taste is for something

even earlier, then the foottapping ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ might be just up your street. Tickets for both concerts are selling well, but are still available from musical director Aileen on 696 514 613 or via the choir's website: www.capriceladieschoir.com Tickets for theFebruary 6 concert are also available from Margaret & Elena’s card and bookshop, Galerias Mar Azul, 9 Gabriel Miro, Calpe. Caprice look forward to entertaining you!

Celebrate Burns night in Albir Akira goes Bollywood Next month there will be a fundraising dinner event at the Kathmandu restaurant Moraira (Calpe Road). In aid of the animal sanctuary in Benissa, the evening will combine good food and music by Marnie, and Kimberley together with Zumba Costa Blanca

will entertain with Bollywood dancing. Contact by email debbysa999@gmail.com or call 665 127 627 for reservations. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 26 at 7.30pm and costs €24.

Crazy Love at Campoverde Theatre The members of the Campoverde Theatre Group are very busy rehearsing for their next production, Crazy Little Thing Called Love which will be staged at the Olympia Restaurant, Mil Palmeras, February 20 22. The show takes a light hearted and humorous look at love from teenage crushes to meeting that right person to relationship tensions, finally concluding that the phrase Crazy Little Thing Called Love is totally correct. The story of love is portrayed through song, dance and some very funny

sketches. The show has great music that will have the audience singing along to, and Jo Rich has again penned some very original sketches that highlight the funny side of relationships. Following our popular formula, Crazy Little Thing Called Love will be another supper show where patrons can enjoy a one course meal plus an evening of entertainment. Don’t miss out, tickets can be reserved by phoning Maureen on 966 789 587 or mobile 603 273 364 or calling in to The Olympia Bar and Restaurant Mil Palmeras.

A traditional Burns Supper to celebrate the life of poet Robert Burns will be taking place on Saturday, January 25 at The Orange Tree in Albir. The evening will be compered by Jim Coates, clad in his kilt and a Scottish piper will be there to greet guests to make the event all the more authentic. The haggis will be addressed with some audience participation accompanied by much whiskey toasting! Guests are invited to a 7pm cava reception for a 7.30pm start. The 4-course meal, starting with cock-a-leekie soup, followed by haggis then a traditional roast, finishing with des-

sert plus a glass of wine with the main meal costs €24.50. Bookings can be made by calling Wilma on 672 881 005.

APASA celebrates 21 years On Febraury 19 APASA animal shelter will be holding a 21st anniversary party at Javea Golf Club at 7pm. There will be music by Montgó Music, a raffle and weclocome cava with a buffet, wine and water, all for just €25. Come along and celebrate together. Reservations can be made by calling Sue on 96 574 1668 / 606 588 197, or Mandy on 639 603 880

Amata craft fair in Pedreguer In the first week-end in February, Pedreguer will be celebrating its annual San Blas festiva at the beginning of February, with the transfer of the Patron Saint to the chapel at the foot of the hill and continues till late Monday afternoon, when the statue is brought back to the village church.

The programme includes processions, fireworks, concerts and dances and this year for the second time an Arts and Crafts Fair of Amata. For more information, also in English, call 639 979 678 and any last minute changes will be announced in Facebook at “Amigos de Amata”.

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Crescendo concert will have church floored Crescendo International Choir-well known for their wonderful concerts and charity work visited the new Salt Church in November 2019. They were impressed at the transformation of the former warehouse which now includes an expansive

stage, sound system and decor. Despite all that has been achieved in a relatively short time, the Choir could see the 850 m2 concrete floor still needed to be tiled costing €18,000 euros. They have graciously offered to hold a special concert on Saturday, February 8 at 6pm (doors open from 5.30 p.m.) to help Salt Church in the refurbishment of the building. There will be a €5 entry donation with proceeds going to the Salt Church Tile Fund. Salt Church (formally known as Torrevieja Christian Fellowship) has now relocated, slightly inland, to premises at Calle Daya Nueva 12, 03187 Los Montesinos in the industrial estate behind La Torre Hotel off the main Los Montesinos Road. We hope you will support this worthwhile Crescendo Concert which includes a variety of popular choral music.

Coffee with MABS in Alfaz del Pi's new shop 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 TODAY Wednesday, January 22 at 11am at the new premises – located between Don Dino toy shop and Bankia, on the main road Avenida Pais Valencia, Alfaz del Pi. If you have a few hours a week to spare why not pop along and have a chat about 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.

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 26 will be

taken by Micky Ivers. The Evening of Mediumship on January 28 will a be taken by Corina Talbot is at 7. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, February 2 ll be taken by Ray Bailey is at 11.30am. For further information see: www.spiritualistcentre-benijofar.com Telephone 626 602 904. Email address is phoenixchurch 23@gmail.com or info@ spiritualist centre-benijofar. com Identification Fiscal G54713789

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Melissa Helmsley’s recipes By Ella Walker, PA Rescue noodle soup This will keep you in tip-top shape, despite the season. Ingredients: (Serves 4) 1tbsp ghee or butter 1 large leek or onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1.2 litres vegetable stock or bone broth 1 big handful of a mix of fresh herbs, like parsley and dill, leaves and stems chopped 1tbsp fresh thyme leaves or 1tsp dried 1 bay leaf, dried or fresh 2 celery sticks, diced 2 carrots, thinly sliced 2 handfuls of 2cm chunks of root veg like sweet potato, squash, pumpkin, potato or (in the summer) courgette 400g noodles or spaghetti, any type 1tsp olive oil 300g mix of cabbage, rainbow chard and/or chard, stems finely chopped and leaves shredded 300g leftover shredded chicken Juice of 1/4 lemon or 1tsp apple cider vinegar 2 big handfuls of frozen peas or sweetcorn Sea salt and black pepper Method: 1. In a large wide saucepan, heat the ghee or butter and fry the leek or onion over a medium heat for eight minutes while you prep everything else. Add the garlic and fry for another minute. 2. Add the stock or broth, chopped parsley or dill stems, thyme, bay leaf, celery, carrot, root veg and some salt and pepper, pop the lid on and cook for 15 minutes until the carrot is almost tender. Rescue noodle soup

3. Meanwhile, cook the noodles in a separate pan until almost tender (check the label for suggested timings), then drain and rinse under cold water to stop them cooking further. Toss with the olive oil to stop them clumping and set aside. 4. Back to your soup pan: add the chopped cabbage and chard stems, shredded chicken, lemon juice or vinegar and cook for a few more minutes. 5. Add the chard leaves, frozen peas or sweetcorn and cooked noodles for a final two minutes so that the chard wilts, the peas cook and the noodles heat through. Season to taste and serve up straight away, topped with the fresh herb leaves. Parsnip dahl topped with roasted parsnips and pink pickled onions Ingredients: (Serves 6) 4tbsp ghee or oil 5 large parsnips (about 900g) 1tbsp maple syrup 2 large onions, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 thumb of ginger, finely grated 400g split red lentils, rinsed 2 large handfuls of fresh coriander, leaves and stems finely chopped separately 3tbsp tomato puree 1 x 400ml tin of full-fat coconut milk 200g leafy greens, like chard, leaves and stems finely chopped Yoghurt, to serve (optional) For the spice mix: 1.5tsp ground turmeric 2tbsp ground cumin or 1.5tbsp cumin seeds, roughly ground 2tbsp ground coriander or 1.5tbsp coriander seeds 2tbsp black mustard seeds, Parsnip dahl topped with roasted parsnips and pink pickled onions

roughly ground A pinch of chilli flakes or chilli powder A big pinch of sea salt and black pepper For the pink pickled onions: 2 large red onions, thinly sliced Juice of 2 limes or 4tbsp vinegar A big pinch of sea salt 2tsp maple syrup (optional) Method: 1. Preheat the oven to fan 220°C/Gas mark 9 and melt two tablespoons of the ghee or oil on a large baking tray in the oven. 2. Meanwhile, mix the spice mix in a small bowl and slice up three of the parsnips into about 18 wedges, say 5cm x 1.5cm, then toss the parsnip wedges in the oil on the tray with half of the spice mix. Pop in the oven for about 30-35 minutes, tossing halfway through with the maple syrup, until golden and going crispy at the edges. 3. In a large pan, fry the onion in the remaining two tablespoons of ghee over a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, while you get on with everything else. 4. Add the remaining half of the spice mix, plus the garlic and ginger and fry for three minutes. 5. Add the diced parsnips and lentils, the chopped coriander stems and the tomato puree and let fry. After a minute, add the coconut milk, then fill up the tin four times with hot water (1.6 litres) and pour in, stirring well. Pop the lid on, bring to the boil and immediately turn down to a medium heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir a few times throughout to make sure the lentils don't stick. Add more liquid if you think it needs it or

if you like your dahl soupier, like I do. 6. Meanwhile, scrunch and massage the red onion in a bowl with the lime juice, salt and maple syrup, if using, for 30 seconds, then leave to bathe in the salty lime juice. 7. Once the lentils and parsnips in the pan are cooked, add the chopped greens, pop the lid on so they steam for three to five minutes until just tender, then taste for seasoning. Serve up each bowl, topped with the roasted parsnips, coriander leaves, pink pickled onions and their juices and a dollop of yoghurt, if you like. Tahini choc chip cookies Ingredients: (Makes 16) 2 eggs 2 tsp baking powder 4 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract 150g light tahini 110g smooth nut butter 100g good-quality dark chocolate, broken up into squares, or chips 30g black and/or white sesame seeds A pinch of sea salt Method: Tahini choc chip cookies

1. Preheat the oven to fan 170°C/gas mark 5. Line a large baking tray with reusable baking paper. 2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs then mix in the baking powder, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add the tahini and nut butter and mix together until very well combined. 3. Roughly chop the chocolate (if not using chips) and fold through the batter along with the sesame seeds. 4. Measure out 16 balls of the cookie batter, roughly one tablespoon each, and bake for 10-15 minutes on the lined baking tray (making sure to leave a little room between each one) until the cookies are just set. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with a little sea salt and allow to cool on a wire rack before serving. - For vegans, replace the two eggs with one large mashed ripe banana. You can also swap the nut butter for the same amount of a seed butter or tahini for a nut-free alternative. Eat Green by Melissa Hemsley, photography by Philippa Langley, is published by Ebury Press. Available now.

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With the chance to really get your message over this week, start chatting! It is not a time to hold back feelings and ambitions. Work in particular brings stability and certainty. The last few weeks have seen a certain amount of turmoil. This was unavoidable but now the status quo needs to be restored. Hope shines brightly ahead of you but are you unsure what shape you want this to take?

Being open and honest with workmates, and even the boss, seems the right thing. In the here and now reality has to be faced. Feeling brave? A bit like a guitar that is out of tune, you really don't want to be played. In fact it is a puzzle to you exactly what you do want! Looking 10 years ahead rather than ten months is sure to help clear your mind and lead the way forward.

Not sure if you are ready to move on to something new? A few months down the line there may not be a choice, so at least consider it. Changes have already happened even if not readily accepted. Whatever you think right now, that opinion will gradually change. So leave all options open until there is a clear and even exiting path ahead. When will that be? Have patience.

Recent events may have been a big blow to your usual feelings of stability. Even emotions seem to be up and down. Sudden changes can affect you this way, it is natural. Of course not all natural things are desirable! In a steep learning curve this week? You are still very much your own person and won't be thrown by silly decisions made by others. Their loss is your gain.





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Caring for others more than yourself seems a noble attitude to take. However, even you must admit that neglecting your own needs is a mistake. Courage and strength grow from being healthy and centred. Please allow yourself the luxury of a bit of pampering. It could be as simple as taking a long walk or sinking into a bubbly bath. Just do it! You are too precious to neglect.

Avoid anything that sets you apart from others or that could cause disagreements. Although you relish the thought of more freedom you also realise the value of the tried and tested. You will be ready to get out of your comfort zone and move forward, maybe just not now! If you need some emotional support, accept it with grace. It is certainly not a sign of failure.

What seems like a big setback as this week begins turns into a challenge relished. The demands that others make on your time need to be reassessed. Would giving them the chance to sort out their own problems make them stronger? Making them stronger has to be the aim, doesn't it? With your comfort zone slipping away it is now time to put yourself and your own needs first.

In an emotionally seismic week, there are lots of ifs and buts. Forget those if you are going to get anywhere at all. What you need is a plan. Where do you want to be in five years' time? Who would you like to be with (be realistic here) and how will you manage it? If you can answer all of those questions then you are already off to a good start. Now, where was that determination?





23 Nov - 21 Dec

Many of us feel that we are on shifting sand at the moment. Does that ring a bell with you? Never before have we needed more courage. Never before have we needed such optimism. That little voice in the back of your mind that constantly sounds negative need not be listened to. Be firmly in charge of your thoughts and actions. Just be true to yourself.

22 Dec - 20 Jan

Something seems to be slipping away from you. Do you feel that? Have you considered that it could be the right time to let it go? As much as we may wish things to stay the same, eventually they do change. No-one is to blame. It is natural. The answers you seek will find the right time to come to you. Some things simply cannot be rushed. Keep that optimism and determination strong!

21 Jan - 19 Feb

The changes that have happened around you can be both confusing and upsetting. Don't look for quick and easy answers. Nature sometimes has a knack of pulling us up short. So, we think that we are so in charge? She will teach us! Even so, the brighter times ahead can be hidden. What you need now is a guiding light. It will come, so keep looking ahead.

20 Feb - 20 Mar

Long and drawn-out discussions on a plan or move are well worth the time spent. Being strong and willing to grasp life and run with it now spells success. You are not convinced? Just look around at how others are dithering and getting nowhere. Want to be like that? You know that you are capable of getting anywhere, don't you? Have some faith in those latent talents!

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Stand out on the slopes in this year's bright skiwear By Prudence Wade, PA From acid green onesies to fuchsia jackets, skiwear is all about bold colours this season. By Prudence Wade. Who knew the latest trend in skiwear would actually be geared towards safety? This season, the key looks for slope style are all about bright, highlighter colours. Not only do these popping shades look amazing, but wearing them means you stand out on the mountain, making it far less likely someone will crash into you. Many of us are understandably wary of following trends in skiwear - after all, pieces tend to be expensive and you only really wear them once a year. However, the trend for bright colours and acid tones feels a bit different they might be bold, but that doesn't mean they'll go out of style anytime soon. If you want to go bright when you hit the slopes this season - as well as completing your outfit with fashion-

able thermal layers and accessories - here are some of our top picks... One-pieces The late Princess of Wales has always been a style icon, and now in 2020 she's become our ultimate inspiration for skiwear. A keen skier back in the day, Princess Diana was regularly photographed in eyecatching outfits on the slopes in the late-Eighties and earlyNineties. She consistently wore brightly coloured one-pieces which nowadays can only be described as retro fabulous and her trademark style has been getting a modern update. One-pieces are hugely popular; they look good and mean you don't have to faff about with salopettes and a coat. Instead, you can just

slide into your onesie and you're ready to hit the powder, which is a bonus if you've slept in after a bit too much après-ski. Go for bright pinks or purples to channel Diana, or the brighter options are highlighter yellows and acid greens. ASOS 4505 Ski 80s Colour Block Ski Suit. https:// www.asos.com Missguided msgd Ski Lime Fitted Snow Suit Topshop neon yellow fitted ski snow suit by Topshop SNO, Coats and trousers https://eu.topshop.com If you're exhausted by the idea of taking off a onesie and a million other layers whenever you need the bathroom, this season's hot colours work just as well in separates. The key is to pick the boldest

colour possible for your ski jacket, perhaps even experimenting with geometric patterns for an extra Eighties flavour. Our advice? Go for a big and bold jacket and pair it with classic black ski trousers, to make your coat the centrepiece. Roxy Andie Spindye snow jacket, Vermont Spindye snowboard/ski mittens, Muse snowboard/ski helmet for women, Feenity snowboard/ ski goggles for women in ivy green Ellesse cortina jacket Mountain warehouse slalom extreme women’s waterproof ski jacket in coral, moon women’s ski pants www.mountainwarehouse. com Dare 2B X Julien Macdonald women's prominency ski pants black Underneath layers Hitting the slopes is great, but let's face it: half the fun of a ski holiday is in the apres-ski. If you're going straight from the slopes to the bar, you need to make sure your underneath layers are suitably chic. Don't make the mistake of going all-in on the bright trend here. Instead, thermals are best in blacks and neutral tones. After a day of being bulky in your ski jacket, it's an opportunity to feel at least a little svelte, while still being insulated from the winter chill.

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Sweaty Betty ski base layer top, Betty ski base layer leggings. www.sweatybetty.com Roxy artic tracks technical base layer leggings in rosette, Artic tracks technical long sleeve top in rosette Topshop black jersey layering ski top by Topshop SNO Accessories Last but by no means is least accessories - and these are the items you really don't want to forget on the slopes. If you're picking up on the bright trend in your outerwear, we recommend sticking to neutral basics for gloves, goggles and helmets. Just think: a bright pink onesie will really sing with a pale helmet and white goggles. They might seem outthere, but hyper-reflective, shiny goggles are actually the neutrals of the goggle world - you'll find they'll match anything you choose to wear. TA good-quality pair is well worth the investment too as they won't go out of style, and are vital for protecting your eyes from powerful sun and glare on the mountain. Roxy popscreen torah bright snowboard/ski goggles for women Mountain Warehouse arctic mist women’s ski mittens in grey Sweaty Betty anon helix 2 sonar goggles anon raven helmet, powder primaloft snow puffer jacket

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Why avoiding strength training as part of your new fitness regime is a mistake By Lauren Taylor, PA How important is building muscle? Lauren Taylor finds out. At the beginning of the New Year, millions of us vow to get healthier and fitter, which will usually involve getting our heart rates up with some extra cardio, whether that's running, walking, cycling or swimming. And this is excellent for boosting heart health, lowering blood pressure and supporting the immune system. Plus, if you're looking to lose excess weight, teaming cardio with a healthy, balanced diet can help shift pounds. However, there's a big area of fitness that experts say millions of people are ignoring in their health-kick: building muscle. Strength training is often far down people's priority lists, particularly if their main aim is weight-loss, or if the weight section of a gym simply seems alien. But it

through fear of accidentally winning the F1," he says. You don't need to lift heavy weights

seems we could be missing a trick. "Being stronger is vital for health, sports performance, losing weight, gaining muscle, recovering from an injury and improving mobility," says human movement and performance coach Luke Worthington (lukeworthington. com), who describes strength as the "most important facet of a fitness programme". Here are some of the reasons maintaining and/or building muscle is a vital part of overall fitness - whatever your age or gender... To do cardio safely, you need strength Worthington says uptake in participation in fitness at this time of year is only ever a good thing, but he adds: "Jumping headfirst into hours of repetitive cardio isn't always a good idea. "Cardiovascular exercise, especially when on a new year health-kick, often involves repeating the same action over and over again, so in other words, producing and absorbing the same forces for multiple repetitions. To do this effectively and safely requires strength." Muscle is a great fat-burning tool What if you could burn fat by lazing around in from of the TV? Well, actually you can if you've done the work in the gym first. "The more muscle mass you have, the higher your basal metabolic rate will be," explains head of fitness at Fiit (fiit.tv), Gede Foster. Figures vary in different studies but Foster says: "Muscle tissue burns seven to 10 calories daily per pound, while fat burns two to three. So the more muscle you have, the more calories

you'll burn just sitting on the sofa." Nutrition and fitness expert Tom Jenane (natureshealthbox.co.uk), adds: "Strength training also helps the transportation of glucose to the muscle, which helps you to control your blood sugar levels." Which, in turn, can help regulate weight. Those who most need to build muscle are often most likely to skip it "The people most likely to avoid strength training are women, those trying to lose weight, and the elderly. These are, however, the three populations for which strength training is the most important," says Worthington. As people get older, muscles lose strength and mass, known as sarcopenia. Therefore strength training for older people can be particularly important. "As well as [helping] keep you mobile and pain-free, strength training is essential for maintaining bone mineral content and reducing the risk of osteoporosis," he says. "It's fundamental to joint health and pain prevention." It can be empowering "Strength training in women of all ages promotes bone density and healthy hormonal balance," says Worthington. "Aside from the physical benefits, I find with all my female clients that strength train is very empowering, giving a real and tangible goal of for example completing your first pull up." Foster adds: "After the age of 30, women's bone density and muscle mass start to decrease if we don't do something about it. It's literally the 'use it or lose it' saying."

Being stronger can help prevent injuries, aches and pains It's generally acknowledged that having a strong core is better for posture, and a good posture means some people are less likely to have back pain (but the causes of back pain can be many different things). "One of the most overlooked areas is how it can actually help to prevent injuries," says Jenane. "A huge portion of the time, when people have lower back pain, it is because they haven't used the muscles enough and fat has built up where the muscle should be. If those muscles have become weak over time then they are over relying on the connecting tendons." No, it won't make you bulky Worthington says putting on muscle is actually a "very hard" thing to do. "Broadly speaking, a healthy male training and eating specifically to build muscle, is physiologically capable of putting on muscle at a rate of 1% of their body weight per month - and that's someone really trying their hardest to! "Not wanting to work with weights for fear of becoming too bulky is a little like not taking your driving lessons

A 2016 study by McMaster University in the Journal of Applied Physiology challenged the traditional notion of heavy weightlifting, saying that lifting lighter weights (like smaller dumbbells) was often as efficient as lifting heavy weights with fewer repetitions. Personal Trainer Kira Mahal, founder of MotivatePT (motivatept.co.uk) and Reset LDN, says: "Whilst many people think you need to be squatting or dead-lifting large bars to increase your muscle mass, this is simply untrue. You don't need to spend hours in the weights room at the gym; it's as easy as using basic equipment like ankle weights and resistance bands which drive muscle growth by activating the fibres in the muscle." Small, light dumbbells are also a good place to start but body-weight exercises using your own body as resistance instead of weights can do wonders. Mahal recommends incorporating this into your training two to four times a week, and says the best body-weight exercises to start with are push-ups, squats, lunges and planks. She says: "Make sure you are progressively overloading by increasing the number of reps for the allocated time limit in body-weight training every couple of sessions, and moving from easier to more difficult variations of the moves, as well as steadily increasing your weight or resistance if using extra equipment." Always seek advice from your own doctor or physio before starting a new training regime, especially if you have a history of injuries or health problems.

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Chest infection Chest infections are common, especially after a cold or flu during autumn and winter. Most are mild and will get better on their own, but some will be serious or may even be life-threatening. Signs and symptoms These may include: A persistent cough Coughing up yellow or green phlegm or coughing up blood Wheezing High temperature Fast pulse Chest pain or tightness Feeling confused and disorientated You may well experience more general symptoms of an infection, such as a headache, tiredness, sweating, loss of appetite, or joint and muscle pain. Cause of chest infection A chest infection is an infection of the lungs or airways. The two main types are bronchitis and pneumonia. Most cases of bronchitis are caused by a virus and pneumonia by bacteria. The infec-

tions are spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This launches tiny droplets of fluid containing the virus or bacteria into the air, where they can be inhaled by others. The infection can also spread if you cough or sneeze onto your hand, an object or a surface and someone else shakes your hand or touches those surfaces before touching their mouth or nose. At risk groups Babies and very young children Children with developmental problems People who are very overweight The elderly Pregnant women Smokers Those with long-term health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cystic fibrosis or COPD People with weak immune systems which could be due to recent illness, a transplant, high dose steroids, chemotherapy or HIV.

When to go to the doctor You should see your doctor if: You feel very unwell or your symptoms are severe Your symptoms are not improving You feel confused, disorientated or drowsy You have chest pain or difficulty breathing You cough up blood or blood stained phlegm Your skin or lips develop a blue tinge Your pregnant Your 65 or over Your overweight and have difficulty breathing You think a child under 5 has a chest infection You have a weakened immune system or have a longterm health condition Preventing chest infections Vaccinations If you are increased of chest infection your doctor may recommend that you are vaccinated against flu and pneumonia. These vaccines should help reduce the risk of you getting chest infections in the future.



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

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Satellite radio Part 1 Driving, or even riding, long distances by automobile, especially on Interstate highways, can be mind- numbing in areas without much scenery. (1) Over the years, we have been on several of those roads in our travels and quickly learned that we needed something besides the radio to keep us entertained. My wife, Susie, especially has never been one to just sit quietly while watching the landscape go by; she likes to read but she is one of many who cannot do that very long when the vehicle is moving. That problem was solved when a few months before we left on our first big trip in 2002, we were introduced to Books on Tape, a technology that recorded an audio version of a book and allowed folks to have a book read to them. All it required was a cassette player in your vehicle. This was really a boon for Susie. Between the two of us, we discovered several authors that were new to us including James Lee Burke, Larry McMurtry and Mike Connelly. That technology has evolved over the years; we went from cassette tapes to compact discs to where we are today with electronic devices such as Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes and Noble’s Nook reader that are designed specifically for listening to Audio books. (2) We have even gone one step further, we load audio books onto our Kindle Fire and listen to them through our car radio using some unseen, magical device called Bluetooth; I have no idea how it works nor do I need to. Now we have only more hill to climb and that is deciding when to listen while travelling. Susie, not being one to just sit around, is ready to start listening as soon as I start the car, even if we’re just going to the grocery store. It’s not really her fault, since she doesn’t drive anymore, she has lots of time to be bored. On the other hand, my powers of concentration have changed over the years; I can only listen during those times when I’m not busy dealing with traffic, stoplights, roundabouts and merging traffic; I am no longer proficient at multitasking (3) so I can’t pay attention to those situations and listen to a book at the same time. I prefer that the radio provide my background noise. And that brings us to our recent trip to Tucson, Arizona; As I was backing out of our driveway, Susie, who doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘deferred gratification’, began fiddling with the radio before I even had the car moving forward. “What are you doing?” I asked her. “Getting this book started.” Bless her little heart, that was never going to happen. Even though she refuses to recognise it, like oil and water, Susie and electronic devices don’t mix. I always have to walk her through the 3 or 4 steps required before we can listen. “You know I can’t concentrate on a book while I’m trying to get us out of town.” I told her.” Let’s listen to the radio until we get down the road a bit.” “Oh, alright, you old fart, but only until we get onto the Interstate.” (4) Even though we didn’t realise it, that turned out to be the end of any talk about audio books. The rain was pouring down

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On the box The Voice UK (ITV, 8.30pm)

A regular column by Gordon Grindstaff

by the time we left the city and that meant no audio book distractions while I was concentrating on the rain. Instead, we listened to the Willie Nelson channel on our satellite radio. The rain steadily got worse and by the time we reached St. Louis, the fog had begun to set in with the rain; still no audio book but since Susie was asleep in the passenger seat, it didn’t matter. Willie Nelson kept on singing. “Whiskey River, take my mind. Don’t let her memory torture me.” By the time we reached our planned stop in Springfield, Missouri with 450 miles under our belt and 1300 still to go, I had had enough driving for that day but not Willie; he was still singing. “Whiskey River, don’t run dry. You’re all I got, take care of me.” We still hadn’t started listening to a book. To be continued. G2 can be reached by email at: Gordongrindstaff@yahoo.com G2 notes: 1: 1: Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so opinions on what makes a road boring are very subjective. But let me tell you, in the eyes of this beholder and in my humble opinion, the roads on the flat lands around Indianapolis do not even move the needle on my scale of pretty roads. 2: There was one problem with books on cassette tapes; Apparently, there were library patrons out there who did not always take very good care of the cassettes. The tapes were easily broken, scratched or even stretched. On more than one occasion, we would be 8 or 9 or even 10 hours into a story and come to a point where the cassette would not work for one reason or another. The compact disc came along and many of the problems with cassette tapes were cleared up; not completely, of course. Occasionally, a library patron would have laid their peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the disc or used it as an ash tray. But, by and large, it was a great improvement. 2: Try getting that song out of your head after it’s taken up residence in your brain. ‘I do hope that doggie’s for sale’. 3: Actually, I’m not sure I was ever proficient at multitasking. 4: If you’re approaching retirement age, you probably should add ‘old fart’ to your terms of endearment list.

Saturday, 25/1/2020 We've already had plenty of excitement during this new series of the spinning-chair singing contest. And with the battle phase, knockouts and live shows all still to come, this current run promises to be one of the best yet. Tonight, Emma Willis hosts the fourth round of what is, admittedly, the The Voice's best bit - the blind auditions. Celebrity 'coaches' and musical superstars Olly Murs (who triumphed last year with Molly Hocking), Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Meghan Trainor will once again be taking their seats to seek out the nation's best vocal talent. But as usual, there is a simple twist - looks play no part in the selection process, and each singer is chosen by the coaches on vocal ability alone.

Stockholm Requiem (Channel 4, 11pm) Sunday, 26/1/2020 Channel 4 premieres the first episode of this Swedish psychological crime drama, based on Kristina Ohlsson's bestselling novels, with the entire 10-part series available online on All 4. After a tragic accident, unconventional criminologist Fredrika Bergman joins a special investigations team in Stockholm and is assigned to work closely with the leader of the unit, Alex Recht. Alex and the other unit members are resistant to Fredrika's intellectual presence, but they need her help in tracing the main suspect in the case of an abduction of a little girl: Lilian's seemingly abusive father Gabriel.

Cold Feet (ITV, 9pm) Monday, 27/1/2020 John Thomson, James Nesbitt, Fay Ripley, Hermione Norris and Robert Bathurst return for another helping of Mike Bullen's long-running comedy drama. This week, Adam reaches out to Laura, but risks upsetting his family as a result, while Karen and Jenny's weekend away is hijacked by their mothers. And Pete's attempts to reunite the Three Amigos ends in disaster. Good support comes from Coronation Street veteran Sacha Parkinson, Bridget Jones star Gemma Jones, The Trip's Clare Keelan and Ackley Bridge/Casualty veteran Sunetra Sarker.

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Belated honour for local hero Torrevieja Royal Naval Association reflects on remarkable saga of Joe Billet It is with immense pride that the RNA Torrevieja branch has amidst its members Joseph Billet, affectionately known locally as ‘Joe the cat man’ and previously a standardbearer for RNA Torrevieja for over seven years. On July 9, 2019, he was presented with the Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur medal and award by Colonel Xavier Toutain, the French military attaché to Madrid, in a ceremony at the Liceo Francés Alicante school in El Campello, where he was accompanied by his partner, Rose Lyon and his son, Jimmy. Although the Légion d’Honneur awards are ostensibly for French nationals, other nationalities are recognised for their exceptional contributions that benefit society and each new cohort illustrates the richness and diversity of meritorious life paths, and depicts the multifaceted contours of both civilian and military French society. They represent a community of men and women, a reflection of French society and a model for future generations. Joe’s award was for the Normandy landing in June 1944 but his voyage to reach the award ceremony has been arduous and needed persistent fortitude from him and Rose, which he has demonstrated throughout his life. In 2014, the French government announced that they were to award the Chevalier de Legion D’Honneur to Normandy veterans. In August 2016 Joe received an acknowledgment from the British MOD that his previously submitted application form had been approved by the French government and he should receive notification from them in about six weeks. Attempts to substantiate

any progress from the British MOD during the succeeding years, through numerous phone calls, messages and letters, was unfruitful until after lunch at the June 2019 D-Day 75 ceremony on Southsea Common, where French president Emmanuel Macron, gave a 20 minute personal address to a group of WWII veterans who included Joe and Rose. In Rose’s words, Joe seized this opportunity: “Joe said to me, now’s our chance to speak to Macron and tell him I haven’t received my medal. Joe then pushed me to the front of the queue and I explained to President Macron that Joe had been told he was to receive the award but so far this hadn’t happened. President Macron looked really concerned and said that they took these things very seriously. He called over his aides and introduced us to the French military attaché to London, who gave me his business card and I gave him Joe’s details.” On arriving home after the trip, they received an email from the French authorities telling them that they would be contacted by Colonel Xavier Toutain, the French military attaché to Madrid, and after exchanging several emails a ceremony was arranged for Joe to be presented with his award. At the ceremony, Colonel Toutain made a speech in which he welcomed Joe, Rose and Jimmy, and went on to thank various other people for joining them, including the Spanish and French authorities for enabling and facilitating such a special event. He also made reference to Joe’s military service as the reason for the award and the following is an extract from his speech: “As French defence attaché in Spain, I had the privilege to be present at Colleville the last 6th of June, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first Normandy landings, with the French and the United States presidents. For me, it is

a very special place. I don’t say that only because I have Normand origins from my father (Toutain is indeed a Norman name), or because my wife’s family has a house located at the very Omaha Beach, where I’m used to spending some holidays. I think that these beautiful beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, with their unique sand colour, and from these impressive memorials spread all along the coast and fields of Normandy, irradiate a very special spirit, like if we were in harmony with all the young soldiers who gave their lives for our liberty. “The United Kingdom’s soldiers, close to the American, Canadian, French and many others, sacrificed themselves for our values to survive, so that we could build a better world together. On one of these five beaches, Gold Beach to be precise, the morning of that June 6, 1944, soldiers disembarked from many different vessels and boats. On one of them had been sailing from England the young Joseph Billet, a 17-year-old assistant steward. And I’m going to recount you a part of his incredible story. “Joseph joined the Merchant Navy as a boy of 15 in 1942 as a trainee steward. He worked aboard various merchant vessels on Atlantic and Mediterranean convoys, and also went to the Middle East to load aviation fuel, and to the Far East with supplies for troops in Burma. “In March 1943, Joseph was working aboard the SS Fort a la Corne, taking war material to North Africa for the 8th Army, mainly ammunition. The ship was leaving empty when a U-boat’s torpedo sank it, on March 30, 1943. Fortunately, all on board were saved except Joseph’s cat, Skipper. “I know that many years later, in 1984, Joseph wrote to the commander of the German submarine and they started up a correspondence.

Joe receiving his medal

“In 1944, Joseph joined the SS Fort Poplar in Newport, South Wales, as assistant steward, and sailed up to Loch Ewe in Scotland, where the ship was transformed in order to carry troops. Then, on a bank of the Thames Estuary, the ship’s name was changed for a code number and troops boarded, ready for the Normandy landings. “On June 5, 1944, Joseph and his ship joined the invasion fleet and the troops landed on Gold Beach, early on June 6. Then they went to Saint-Malo, where there was a terrible shelling from the ships, especially the HMS Rodney. “Joseph later joined the SS Bunting II carrying coal back up the river Seine to Rouen, Le Grand-Quevilly and Caen until March 1945. “Leaving the Merchant Navy in 1946, he joined the Army, first in the artillery, then in the Parachute regiment before becoming a Malay Scout serving in the jungles of the British Malaysia until 1953. The Malay Scouts then became the 22 SAS — the Special Air Service. “Joseph got married in 1953 and as his new wife didn’t want him away for months or years at a time, he reluctantly left the SAS in 1953, although he did join the Territorial Army for four years until they were disbanded. He is still a member of the SAS Regimental Association, which he joined in 1953. “In his civilian life, Joseph worked in civil engineering as a supervisor on projects in many different countries until retiring to Spain in 1992, where he is a member of both The Royal Naval Association and The Royal Air Force Association. “What an extraordinary destiny... I’m sure Joseph could spend hours telling us much more. As his partner Rose told me, he has many tales to tell and always makes them sound like a ‘boys own adventure’. “What I can tell you, is that

Joseph has been many times recognised for his actions, and was already awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star bar for Atlantic convoys with France and Germany, the North Africa Star with North Africa bar for Sicily and for Mediterranean convoys, Burma Star for taking petrol supplies to the 14th Army, Defence and Victory Medals, and Malaysian medal for fighting terrorists in the Malaysian jungles when Malaysia was still a British colony. “But the French Republic didn’t forget him at all. On October 20, 2017, the French president awarded him the Legion of Honour. But because of a combination of factors that I cannot explain, I have today the fabulous honour to actually give him this exceptional award. Because, in France, the Legion of Honour is the first decoration in the formal order. It was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to unite the nation around a common ideal of public spirit and individual honour... So I’m very proud to be the young 45-year-old (since yesterday) French colonel, who awards the Legion of honour to a 92-year-old, very fit United Kingdom veteran, whose whole life and multiple commitments for international liberty, especially during the Normandy landing of June 1944, are the best examples for all of us.” Joe and Rose felt very privileged to have been invited to participate in the ‘Voyage of Remembrance’ in June 2019, which was organised by The Royal British Legion to take 300 Normandy veterans aboard the MV Boudicca (a Fred Olsen cruise liner) for the D-Day 75 commemorations in both Normandy and Southsea. An account of their adventure in Rose’s words can be found on the ‘News’ tab of the RNA Torrevieja website: www.rnatorrevieja.com

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(3,3,3,4) 27/13D In a way, following the latest trend (5,1,7) Down 1 The algebra instructor can't do without such intellect (6) 2 Help out in the beginning in Asia (5) 3 See 14 Across 5 Oddly, I don't eat but take medicine to counteract it (8) 6 Rough in grade, perhaps (7) 7 Events where you might be given some stick (6) 8 Money for essential food (5) 13 See 27 Across 15 Go ahead with the loan (7) 17 Stop! In the name of the law! (6) 18 Wrongly cited in public proclamation (5) 19 Greek hero maybe, but a bully all the same (6) 22 Keep off a green! (5) 23 She was worth a bit in India (4) Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular Across Down 1 Fish (5) clues - the answers are the same. 1 Intelligence (6) 4 Pester (6) Cryptic clues 9 Town in Hampshire 2 Asian country (5) Across 3 See 14 Across (7) 1 Fish seen from the first bridge by the stream (5) 5 Cure (8) 10 Path (5) 11/13/16 In order 6 Thoroughly wor4 Torment a wild animal (6) (4,3,4) ked in (7) 9 Drove to an odd spot in Hampshire (7) 12 See 26 7 Communicates 10 Lag behind on the track (5) 13 See 11 11/13/16 It's smart to attend in day for a change (4,3,4) 14/3 Infatuation (4,4) (6) 8 Foodstuff (5) 12 See 26 16 See 11 13 See 27 Across 18 Watch (3) 13 See 11 20 Amended (7) 15 Go forward (7) 14/3 Childish invitation with young farm dwellers? (4,4) 21 Domesticate (4) 17 Take into cus16 See 11 24 World-weariness tody (6) 18 A seer in Norfolk (3) (5) 18 Proclamation 25 Performance (7) 20 Swotted up on how it's changed (7) 26/12 Chesney Haw- (5) 21 Very domesticated thanks to me (4) 19 Push around (6) kes' 1991 hit single 24 Weary of sudden nuisances (5) (3,3,3,4) 22 Turn away (5) 25 Show agreement? (7) 27/13D To some ex23 Girl's name (4) 26/12 Performer's introduction may make him feel unique tent (5,1,7)

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Spanish-English crossword

Improve your vocabulary with our Spanish/English crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English. Across Down 1 Jaulas (5) 1 Costumbre (6) 4 Obtener (6) 2 Uva (5) 9 Español (7) 3 Traje (4) 10 Entrar (5) 5 Bendición (8) 11 Obedecer (4) 6 Autores (7) 12 Devolver (salud, vista) (7) 7 Enfermeros (6) 13 Ver (3) 8 Donde (5) 14 Pared (4) 13 Zapatillas (8) 16 Nariz (4) 18 Pierna (3) 15 En contra de (7) 20 Champú (7) 17 Útil (6) 21 También (4) 18 Camión (5) 24 Valla (5) 19 Casas (6) 25 Razones (7) 22 Flojo (5) 26 Último (ejemplar, moda, no23 Esperar (4) vedad) (6) 27 Árboles (5)

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A.R.C. Jalón Valley

APAH Born in 2011, ELLIE and her brother Archie are big dogs, but real softies with gentle natures. They love people, walk well on leads and enjoy being brushed. They were left at the APAH kennels when their owner's circumstances changed and he was unable to look after them. After a long time in a home they do not understand what has happened, and would be better being homed together. Please call 630 422 563 or 616 210 850 to arrange a visit or for more details.

Denia Cat Protection League Aldea Felina - http://www.aldeafelina.es Many loving, playful and cuddly cats are at the shelter. Like the cute little VALKIRIA 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 Valkiria or any of our other cats, the shelter is open every Sunday 10am – 12pm or please call Luisa for an appointment 648 100 629.

APASA CASTOR, male, Shelter since 25.10.2009 Alsatian Mix, DOB 25.08.2009 – 59 cm Castor is just a nice dog, he likes everything and everybody; he walks well on the lead and has no worries with other males. He is a very good dog indeed but he suffers from Leishmaniosis. He will therefore need new owners who can handle this disease. Please call APASA on 96 646 3976 for more info.

BARREE –is a small Podenco and a handsome lad. He is about 5 years old and needs his own home. He has been castrated and has a passport and microchip. Beautiful dog that would make someone a great companion. He has Leish but that is under control with medication. Also, many other dogs, cats & kittens needing homes. Food and donations also urgently needed and can be left at ARC’s charity shop on Carrer Valencia 1, Jalon between 10 am & 1pm


Monday to Saturday. Contact Sally by email jalonvalleyarc14@yahoo.co.uk. Facebook – Jalon Valley ARC Charity Reg No CV-01054107-A.

P.E.P.A Meet TABITHA, she is such a happy, friendly young lady. She is 3yrs old, weighs 9 kilos and loves to meet and play with other dogs, she would make a great family pet. Please telephone PEPA on 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.ani malcharity@gmail.com

Akira BRUCE is a lovely boy who really enjoys getting out on his walks. Bruce likes to be around other dogs and is currently in a kennel with his brother and another large male dog. Bruce is 12 months old and has been vaccinated, chipped and has tested free from Mediterranean diseases. He has a passport which means he can travel outside of Spain if required. Bruce can also be fostered and Akira will cover all expenses including food and any medical costs. If you would like further information please call 657 689 567 or

JOSH is a gorgeous Dalmatian mix puppy. He was adopted in APAD when he was 2 months old but the poor boy returned to APAD two months later because his owners separated and did not want him anymore. Josh is very sociable and affectionate and gets along very well with other dogs. Josh is used to living in a house, a perfect puppy for any family! He just wants to be part of a family with whom he can share all his love and joy, and this time forever. Contact: Tel. 966 427 678, info@apad-apad.org, www.apad-apad.org

Pets in Spain

you can email akirashelter@ aol.com If you would like to meet Bruce then please don't hesitate to come to the shelter he would enjoy a walk and some cuddles. You can visit any day between 10am and 3pm.

BRIGITTE is in urgent need of a home as her owner moved house and left her behind. She is around 4 years old, sterilised and very timid with strangers but once she gets to know you is very affectionate. Call: 645 469 253. www.petsinspain.com, info@petsinspain.com

Benidorm Animal Shelter – SPAP

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

This is beautiful ROCCO. Six months old tabby male cat. He loves chilling out and playing with his toys. A bit shy at first but friendly afterwards. Can we find Rocco a warm sweet home this winter? Please call Maria Teresa on 677 373 396 or 96 585 62 68 or see the website at www.spapbenidorm.com.

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Plumbing & electrical installations

Painters HILLIER’S PAINTERS & Decorators. Covering the Costa Blanca & inland, 35yrs established. www.hillierpaintersanddecorators. com Tel: 644 355 137 Facebook HillierPaintersCostaBlanca

Lawyers & Solicitors NIE, RESIDENCIA, CAR IMPORT, holderchange, driving licence, last will / inheritance, assistance purchase / sale properties, insurances, Tel: 965 792 451, more under www.costalevanteservice.com

Items for sale THE EASIEST WAY to book your classifieds in the CB News is to e-mail the text to info-t@cbnews.es (South) or info@cbnews.es (North) 100% PLUMBING. FOR heating, aircon, gas, solar, bathroom refurb. 16 years operating on the costa blanca. www.100percent plumbing.com 965 835 939

Construction & Reforms BUILDING / REMODELING, Underbuilds. Work guaranteed. We beat most quotes V Andy 697 834 934 Email: namjones@hotmail.com TILING AND REFORMS www.baureformas.blog pot.com 623 049 294. 100% CONSTRUCTIONS, new builds and reforms. 16 years operating on the costa blanca. www.100percentplumbing.com 965 835 939.

Gardening PROFESSIONAL TREE CARE. Palm cleaning and treating/pine trees. Overgrown gardens. Quick with quality service. Plastic & gravel work. Economical prices. Free Quote. Call Alexander 642 548 724 SPECIALIST TREE CUTTING & trimming palm/pine tree + dangerous work. Gravel work & Garden cleaning also weekly maintenance. Free quote. Good rates Call Adrian 627 103 412


Locksmiths LOCKSMITH 24hr 607 493 118, Torrevieja & surrounding areas


Alarms ALARM - CCTV Instal., Maintenance, Repairs ✆ 600 993 667

Doors & windows

Replace missing or broken tiles using underwater cement or concrete repair. 5 year guarantee. Replace lights, grate &leaks without draining your pool


Vicente 622 696 373 www.workinpools.com

EXTENDING WOODEN DINING room table with 6 ladder back chairs with leather seats plus cushions 135€ Wooden patio table with 4 reclining chairs with full cushions. 125€ Phone 660 416 100

Property services FLOOR POLISHING. PROFESSIONAL tradesman. All granite & marble types. All areas. Free Quote. Tel. 627 103 412

SCAFFOLDING TUBES/FITTINGS/boards. Enough to build detached house. Bought in UK and now stored in Villena/Biar. 800 euros. 00 44 790 309 1614

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

THE EASIEST WAY to book your classifieds in The Post is to email the text to info@cbnews.es

SATELLITE SYSTEM REPAIR service, dish alignment, upgrades, installations. All problems solved. 965 666 206

INSULATE YOUR HOME and save on your energybills. Keep your home warm in winter, cooler in the summer Aprox 90% of properties built in the last 40 years have cavity walls that are ideal to insulate. We also do floors & ceilings. To arrange a survey and no obligation quote call 626 997 748 www.ecoconfort.es STRUCTURAL SURVEYS Mark Paddon BSc Hons Building Surveying. MCIOB. Buyer's reports and defects assessment from €195 + IVA. Tel 962 807 247 or 653 733 066 Free initial phone advice www.costablancasurveyors.com

Items wanted

LEAKY TERRACE? BLACK CEILING? Expensive repair? Get it weatherproofed! Quick, clean and economical. Email, homecomfort@mail.com WHITE GOODS REPAIRS also Gas boilers and small electrical problems. Tel 604 273 387 Denia to Torrievjea AWNINGS, MOSQUITO NETS, roller shutter, conservatories. BC Toldos from Oliva to Altea and Jalon Valley. On the coast since 1998. Tel. 630 472 605 Email: bc-toldos@hotmail.com AWNINGS, MOSQUITO blinds, roller shutter repairs, motorisation. Calpe + 50kms. Tel. 659 464 992. Email. info@toldosalchemy.com

8 IKEA WICKER baskets (9 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 6"). Open to offers 625 03 49 03. Costa Blanca Sth

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COMPLETE PEST CONTROL. Denia to Torrevieja Tel 604 270 676 WELDING REPAIRS GATE Grill Benidorm-Denia 634 098 969

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

SEARCHING FOR RECORDS. All types of music wanted. We pay the best prices. Tel: 622 750 117 WE BUY LUXURY WATCHES For Cash! Rolex, Cartier, Omega, A/P, Hublot etc. Instant Cash Payment! Tel: 658 670 777. Or email: john@ukspecialistwatches.co.uk

Like us on Co sta Bla n ca N e ws Animal world ACCOMPANY YOUR PET(S) whilst they are driven in comfort to any destination in Europe by an experienced animal carer/driver. Contact Denise. info@petchauffeur .eu or Tel 952 197 187 696 233 848 www.petchauffeur.eu

SANCT BERNHARD Torrevieja. Offers inc. VITAFIT Ginkgo-Magnesium. 400 tablets €20.50 or buy 3+ for €18.50 each. 966 706 765

SPAMA GANDIA SHELTER Dog and cat rescue registered charity, La Safor area. 500 animals awaiting rehoming. Visit our website www.spa ma.org and view our new blog atwww.spama-safor.blog.com.es PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THEM!

SANCT BERNHARD Calpe. Offers inc. FORMOFIT for natural weight control. 210 caps (1 month supply) €35 or buy 3+ for €32 each. 965 836 807

COSTA BLANCA DOG transport. The comfort of your pet is our priority. Excellent rates and Defra run. www.costablancadoghom ing.com Tel 675 485 613

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Caravans, Mobile homes, Motorhomes

Animal world TRANS-PET PROFESSIONAL door 2 door pet transport. Fully equipped vehicle. Open plan with 2 carers. DEFRA & WIT authorised & plated. Kennels & Cattery. www.trans-pet.co.uk ES 600 552 030 or UK 07801 272 162

CANELA has the most beautiful eyes. She is 5 month old. She is a little nervous at first but once she knows you she is very loving. Fully vaccinated, microchipped and with passport. SAT Kennels Tel.: 966 710 047 email: info@satanimalrescue.com IF THERE IS anyone looking for a puppy or a dog that is in desperate need of a new home please contact the facebook site " costa blanca dog homing" We are always in desperate need of foster homes, short and long term, and if anyone can offer this please call 965 698 052 CHANCE FOR ANIMALS: protection needs your help for general maintenance, walking our dogs. As we have to leave the house, we are desp. looking for people, who adopt our rescued dogs! Food welcome!! German braco, and lots more! 15 small puppies for adoption! Crevillente 610 687 421 or visit us on: www.facebook.com/Su Cuatropatas

DOG HOTEL - your dog in best hands in a family home when you´re away. Fone Terry near ONDARA 628870330 PLEASE ADOPT A kitten Pluto protectora animales takes care of orphaned and abandoned kittens. After spending a few weeks or months with foster parents, we try placing them in permanent homes. You can choose from many different colours and markings. All are dewormed; also vaccinated for rabies and micro-chipped if older than 3 months. Please call Angelika: 693 704 255 (mobile) or find out more on our website: pluto -protectora-animales-en.org THE EASIEST WAY to get your classifieds in The Post is to e-mail the text to: info@cbnews.es P.E.P.A. (THE HELPING Hands Charity for Animals) Needs Help! By fostering an abandoned dog or spending a few hours each week on our telephone helpline You could help save the lives of many animals. Please telephone: 650 304 746 or 96 283 3325 For more information and to view our animals please browse our website: www.pepaspain.com HOUSE/PET SITTING .Your house or mine. References 637 160 545

Airport services ALICANTE AIRPORT TRANSFER & Locksmith services available from Rojales, Ciudad Quesada, Urb. La Marina and Guardamar. Call Peter on 655 527 168 or email: peter.service.casa@gmail.com

Cars WE BUY CARS, Classic Cars, Oldtimer, runners or nonrunners. Tel. 655 891 570

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

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

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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

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

S R US CAAlR l cars wanted

Removals & transport

MAN & VAN for hire, cheap and reliable. Jalon Valley & surrounding area. 636 100 873 or 966 480 757 TRANSCONE. SHIPPING - LOGISTICS - removals. Fortnighly trips. Spain - UK - Spain. All Spanish internal moves Fully insured, friendly, reliable service. From Valencia to Alicante. All area in UK covered. Tel. 603 307 962 (0044) 7925 553 625 Email: aaronrichards88@live.co.uk

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

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FIESTA 2008 Moraira C/H Boiler new €995 ,€795 609653 236




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Orihuela-Costa San Javier

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

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

Desolate image of Llutxent hills after the blaze

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

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Adult relax

SANCT BERNHARD Denia. Offers inc. CoEnzym Q10 for a strong heart. 60 caps €18 or buy 3+ for €16.80 each. 965 780 425

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

SANCT BERNHARD Albir. Offers inc. Spiruline 1350 for essential nutrients. 1350 tablets, 5 month supply, €29.95 966 864 171

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

SANCT BERNHARD Costa Blanca. Offers inc. Cod Liver Oil for a healthy bone structure. 200 caps €10.90 or buy 3+ for €9.95 each. 965 780 425

TORREVIEJA, BRAZILIAN lovely lady, I do curing, relaxing massage, waxing. Silk hands. Outings. I sell natural products 687 131 005


MISTRESS ITALIA IS back. Experienced Dominatrix, new private location near Dénia with female assistant. Tel 655 475 907

CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST, Philip Mann, clinics in Moraira, Javea, Calpe and Albir. Tel. 686 912 307

THREE YOUNG latinas in Denia, sexy, beautiful and willing, first time in Spain. Photos WhatsApp 640 292 906

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

TORREVIEJA BRAZILIAN lady 35 yrs. Erotic massage with happy end, no taboos. If you like a good time call 688 340 708

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

ALBIR SHARON Beautiful Polish lady. Massage with all types of services. Opp BBVA 634 127 645 VIAGRA / SILDENAFIL - 150 mg. CIALIS / Tadalafil - 40 mg. Pack of 10 pills for 22 Euros. Free delivery in Spain. gadgetman3b53@gmail.com.

VALERIA IN DÉNIA, clean and discreet, erotic massage, relaxing, sex, outings and much more, call 686 094 328 CALPE.ESCORT LADY Blonde elegant, big breasts. 604 300 893 SPANISH LADY, 37, Playa Flamenca Urb Zenia Mar by the new carrefour 5 min Torrevieja, sensual massage. Discreet. Private house parking Call Ana 657 603 495 CALPE BLONDE, SEXY hot nordic girl massage Nice time Kisses. Tel 631 817 122 PRIVATE SEXY German lady, 47, blonde, very busty, for you in Torrevieja, Call 602 451 257 English spoken DAKOTA 27, wonderful girl from Venezuela, Busty, erotic private striptease. All Fantasies. Turquesa St. La Zenia 672 872 050 - www.sensualspain.net

BLACK DOMINA, very cruel, toys, harness. Outings 667 018 650(sms). Torrevieja centre, 24 hrs by appointment BENIDORM: SEXY NURSE, excellent body massage including happy ending. Hour 50€, Above Restaurant Tony Roma’s, Avda. del Mediterraneo 28 646 667 604 CASIA DENIA 40 y pretty charming naughty cheeky. All kind of services & fantasies couples & out calls. Private discreet apartment easy parking only appointments. English & German speaking +34 634 057 016

TORREVIEJA THAI LADYBOY, Jasmin, 31 yrs. Professional erotic massage, with beautiful breasts. Good English spoken. Private apartment, easy parking in the area +34 634 162 388

JÁVEA - MORAIRA - CALPE, Massage +++ new girls !!! 661 034 261

TORREVIEJA, VICENTE Blasco Ibañez St., Polish lady, busty, erotic relaxing massage 611 251 975

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

ALTEA -BENIDORM. New sexy sweet ladies!! Erotic massage and sexual wellbeing 651 948 217

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NOELIA ESCORT SLIM .elegant, naughty. only visits home and hotels 24hrs. Toys, massage, lingeries sex and fansties Tel. 667 861 513 MALE/FEMALE VIAGRA, cialis, Kamagra jellies. Available mail order, viagra4you19@gmail.com, Tel: 604 385 476. DENIA SHEMALE Yaiza 28 yrs. Very sexy, hot & horny. All services, erotic massage & more. Home & hotel outings. 24hrs 671 074 695 - www.pasion.com ORIHUELA OR Torrevieja Miriam, Brazilian blonde lady 58 yrs. Erotic massage with happy end. 604 382 799 Good English spoken LOTUS MASSAGE DENIA •Lovely Tantra Massage in beautiful location to awaken and enjoy your sensual life energy in a new way •Tantric massage teachings in individual one to one sessions for new inspiration in your love life. WhatsApp/ phone +34 623 137 400

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TORREVIEJA LATINAS, mulatas, great body, busty, 24 hours, outings, whatsApp 691 128 099

Business opportunities

LA ZENIA Beachside. Spacious 3rd floor Apart. with sea- and poolviews, 3 bedr., 2 baths, furnished, south-facing, balcony, lift, comm. pool, parking, walking distance to the beach! 134,950€ 966 773 985 - 616 939 326, www.hf-immo.com

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

Properties under 175.000€

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 CHARMING VILLAGE HOUSE of over 190 m2 in Vall d’Ebo. Typical Spanish Townhouse totally restored retaining all the charm of yesteryear. Comprises of; hallway, lounge + wood burner, fully fitted old style kitchen, family bathroom & small courtyard. From the lounge, the staircase gives access to 1st floor with a dble bedroom + en-suite toilet, 2nd double bedroom & the master bedroom with window to the street. On the 2nd floor 2 huge empty areas ideal to be converted into a big bedroom with en-suite bathroom, & the roof terrace with views to the mountains. Wooden windows, character floor tiles & wooden beams. An ideal property for the mountain lovers due to the location of the village. 59.000€ Ref - 1094 Tel: 609211710 info@karmaproperties.es

VILLAJOYOSA, PARADISE BEACH, three bedroom, two bathroom apartment, top floor (5th), built 2002. Fully glazed terrace. Unspoilt mountain views. Swimming pool, undercover private parking space. Ideal situation with bus stop below, 10 mins walk tram station. 5 mins. Beach, restaurants, supermarkets. Private sale, furnished reduced to €135,000. Mobile: 670 38 59 54 (English/Spanish). Email: liddellperez@ gmail.com BENIGEMBLA APARTMENT +COMMUNAL pool & terraces. West facing , on the 2nd floor, consists of: Living/dining room with views to the communal pool & mountains, fully fitted American open kitchen, dble bedroom +built-in wardrobes, bathroom master bedroom +fitted wardrobes. Dbleglazed windows, wooden doors, hot/cold aircon in lounge, rollerblinds satellite connection, private parking,a fantastic communal pool with nice terrace. This property is ideal as an investment to rent it out during the summer or to use as a permanent home. Furniture included. 65.000€ Ref-1123 - Telephone: 609 211 710 info@karmaproperties.es

TORREVIEJA – PRIVATE sale Park of the Nations. 2 Bedr. Apt, 1 bathr. A/C hot & cold, 65 m2. Comm. pool, views of the Salt Lake. Underground garage inc. South orientation 85,000€ ( +34) 674 674 932

REAL ESTATE COMPANY for sale (due to personal reasons) with a modern structure and active in the entire CB with good cooperation contracts. Office space south of Alicante can be bought or leased on request. Enquiries at vidaymas@ya hoo.com

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

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

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

PRIVATE SALE!! CALPE: Top villa, good location, 360° panoramic views: sea- city- mountains. Property 805m2/330/230m2 south facing. 3 apartments: 120 m ² + 75m2 + 40 m2, 6 beds, 4 bathrooms, 3 kitchens, as well as living + dining, balcony and garden, pool 8x4 m, summer kitchens, terraces, parking, 498.000 €. 965 832 186.

Long term let MORAIRA LONG TERM 2 bed villa to rent. Unfurnished, Non community, south facing, sunny terrace, sea view, carport, 6 min drive to town, English SAT TV. 775 Euros per month. Tel 634 321 429

Important notice:

The Valencian Regional Tourism Law (Ley Valenciana de Turismo) obliges all advertisers of short term holiday lets to supply the property’s official registry number when placing an advert. For further information: http://www.turisme.gva.es/ opencms/opencms/turisme/es/contents/tramitacion/ viviendas_turisticas/viviendas_turisticas.html?tam

Properties from 175.000€

VILLENA/BIAR Large family home set in 12,000 sq m rural plot with beautiful views. 4 Beds/3 Baths, pool and garage. All fixtures/fittings very modern. 330,000 euros. 00 44 790 309 1614.

If yo u a re s e e in g t h is , t h o u s a n d s o f o t h e rs a re t o o ! Ad ve rt is e yo u r b u s in e s s h e re ! a d ve rt is in g @t h e p o s t .e s . 9 0 2 70 2 4 0 0


TORREVIEJA SHIRLEY. Tanned beauty, 34 yrs, great figure, breasted, sweet face, discretion. Only by appointment 655 677 738

Properties over 400.000€


Adult relax

CHARMING VILLAGE HOUSE completely renovated in Castell de Castells. 111 m2 consisting of; Grd Floor:Entrance, dining room + fireplace, fully equipped kitchen +breakfast bar, courtyard & storage. Small lounge +balcony overlooking the courtyard, bathroom & a spacious double room wardrobe & balcony overlooking the main street. 2nd floor. Small lounge, toilet, dble bedroom +wardrobe & balcony & a spacious terrace overlooking the mountains.~ Wooden beams, parquet floor except in the kitchen & bathroom. Double glazed windows & wooden internal woodwork. Original stone walls. Renovated with taste and using good quality materials.Negotiable price Ref-933 100.000€ Telephone: 609 211 710 info@karmaproperties.es

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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