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March 4, 2020

No. 4

CORONAVIRUS COUNT MOUNTS By Jay John The number of coronavirus patients in the Valencia region has increased to 17 and fear mounts as the nationwide count now surpasses 150. The rapid increase in cases this week and the need to contain it has begun to cast doubts over the Fallas fiesta celebrations as well as other large events including football matches, concerts and large gatherings. On a national TV interview granted yesterday (Tuesday) regional president Ximo Puig

insisted the Fallas in Valencia would go ahead and invited everyone to visit the city. However, concern is growing for next week's Champions League football match between Valencia and Atlanta - a club based in Bérgamo in the heart of the Northern Italy coronavirus threat. Calls are increasing to seriously limit or completely ban the arrival of thousands of fans who have tickets for the match scheduled for next Tuesday (March 10) - considering that top-flight league matches in Northern Italy have either been sus-

pended or played without crowds. So far all cases in the Valencia region are patients who had recently travelled to Northern Italy or had been in contact with those who had. The main focus is a TV reporter who contracted the virus when he travelled to Milan to cover the first leg of the Champions League tie two weeks ago - hence the concern over next week's match. In the whole of Spain, the number of cases at the time of going to press yesterday added up to 151, with no fatalities reported so far although several are under observation in intensive care units. The majority are linked to Northern Italy, however, health authorities are deeply concerned over two focuses of unknown origin in Torrejón de Ardóz (Madrid) and Vitoria (Basque country). The director of the national health alerts and emergency coordination centre, Fernando Simon, is giving daily press conferences on the situation nationwide and has not discounted more strict measures in the two cities mentioned above - or nationwide if the number of cases increases significantly. Airlines such as Ryanair have already announced significant cuts in their flights to Northern Italy.

Tolls come down

By Irena Bodnarec The AP7 motorway became free to users on January 1 when all toll barriers were lifted. However, despite the ownership reverting back to the government, some were

sceptical whether after a period of time the tolls would be reintroduced. The arrival of diggers at many of the entry and exit slips appears to confirm that it will indeed be permanent. Pictured is what was the Benidorm toll.


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Council asked to hit the right note Torrevieja’s Green party (Los Verdes) have called on the town hall to rename Calle Placido Domingo following the opera singer’s admission over the sexual harassment of female colleagues. The street stands in Jardín del Mar urbanisation, off the CV-905 dual carriageway. A party spokesman said they hoped that mayor Eduardo Dolón would not ignore their request ‘as he has done over the withdrawal of plaques related to



disgraced former mayor Pedro Hernández Mateo’. The party noted that the Palau de les Arts in Valencia city is taking action to break off their relationship with the tenor. “Torrevieja is one of the towns in Spain which gives the honour of a street name to this person and we think that a public area cannot continue to be named after him,” he stated. They will take a motion to an upcoming council meeting to ask councillors to vote on the proposal.


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Phoney police officer arrested in Benidorm By Irena Bodnarec

National Police in Benidorm arrested a 46 year old Spaniard for posing as a police officer who used fake ID to gain access into an elderly couples home and managed to steal their bank card and PIN. He used a tried out method, following elderly people to their homes, knocking on the door, then showing his ID and telling them that break ins were occurring in the neighbourhood. He offered to walk around the property with them to check that they had not become victims and in the process stole a bankcard. The victims later verified to the police that money had been withdrawn from the account. He was intercepted by officers and arrested, with the fake identification in his possession. National Police have pub-

lished an email – protealmayor @policia.es for any questions related to the safety of the elderly. They also advise not to

keep large sums of money at home, to change their daily routines and to never give out any credit card or bank account details to anyone.


A 36-year-old bank robber was arrested in Cartagena last week when he was trying to flee the scene of the crime by taxi. The man had held up the Cajamar branch office at

Paseo Alfonso XIII at gunpoint. He was wearing a balaclava and had threatened one of the employees with the pistol to get the cash. She initially gave him €400, but he ordered her to get more money because he ‘was not taking the risk for

so little cash’. He then fled to the nearby train station, where he took a taxi to leave the city. However, he was quickly identified by a National Police patrol thanks to the description of the bank employees and was arrested at the taxi rank.





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Trying to please ANOTHER FATAL everyone in 'noisy CRASH ROCKS AIR restaurant city' FORCE ACADEMY By Samantha Kett Attempts to find a happy medium between restaurateurs and residents on a lively Dénia street are still ongoing, says the council, which is looking for ways to build bridges. The C/ Loreto, Dénia's 'restaurant city' just off the town hall square, was placed under a noise-nuisance order in September 2017. Known as a zona acústicamente saturada (literally, 'acoustically-saturated zone', or ZAS), the declaration brought with it requirements to monitor decibel levels and for traders to take action to quieten down. This could involve soundproofing buildings and introducing decibel counters that shut off music when it rises above a certain volume. Environment councillor Maite Pérez Conejero – who is also parish leader in La Xara – says residents complaining about noise from the bars and restaurants have become less frequent.

But in summer, they multiply, since customers are more likely to dine and drink outside than in, and stay out for much later. Sra Pérez Conejero says the actual noise is 'a far cry from' typical night-life hotspots, but the ZAS remains in place since the closeness of bars to homes means traders have to be even quieter on the C/ Loreto than elsewhere in town. No new permits for opening eateries and pubs have been granted there in twoand-a-half years, existing traders face greater restrictions on outside seating, are required to shut an hour earlier than the rest of the town centre, and rubbish lorries and street-cleaning machines are not allowed there after a certain hour of the night. Traders have mostly said the ZAS is 'pretty pointless' and 'achieves very little', and that they make every effort to reduce their noise levels anyway – especially if they receive complaints – but that they have to make a living somehow and cannot do it in complete silence.

Major Eduardo Garvalena – the solo pilot of the ‘Patrulla Águila’ Spanish aerobatic team – died last Thursday afternoon when the C-101 aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Mediterranean Sea near La Manga del Mar Menor. This is the third fatal accident and fourth death of a pilot based at San Javier air force academy in just six months.

It was reported that Sr Garvalena had been unable to eject from the plane before it hit the water. The causes of the crash are under investigation. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said he felt ‘enormous sadness’ on hearing the news of the accident. He sent his condolences to Sr Garvalena’s family and to all his colleagues at the air force base.




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Benidorm's running evening

By Irena Bodnarec The streets of Benidorm were pounded last Saturday evening as the annual Half Marathon and 10km run took place simultaneously. In total 3,600 runners registered to take part spanning 38 different nationalities – of which 1,200 were British. Many experienced marathon runners travelled in from around the world to take part in this event, which is now gaining a reputation as one

of the must do marathons on the annual calendar. The start point was on the Avenida Mediterraneo, at the intersection with the Avenida Europa and the entire route was lined with spectators cheering and clapping the runners along, shouting words of encouragement. Much preparation went into the planning, with numerous roads closed and traffic diverted. The local police and Protection Civil were out in force

and the tow trucks ('grua') were busy taking cars away, unknowingly parked on roads where the route passed. Benidorm Mayor Toni Perez fired the starting pistol, with the only disabled athlete, in an adapted wheelchair starting first then closely followed by the elite club runners and then the rest behind. The winners of the half marathon were Moroccan runner Ouais Zitane in a super quick 1:09:29 closely followed by Andrés Micó Martinez in

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1:09:44 and David Giménez Solaz in third place with a time of 1:11:56. In the ladies' category, the winner was Noelia Valle in 1:30:58 followed by Sonia Tirado from Benidorm Athletics Club in 1:32:03 and in third place Brit runner Joanne Stanfield from Trentham Running Club in 1:32:25. In the 10km distance , Dutchman Phillip Massacand, completed it in 31:28 – taking 23 seconds off the previous record!





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A CANDLE FOR ALINA By Edward Graham The European Union of Women remembered murdered mum Alina Mocanu - the 11th victim of domestic violence in Spain this year - as it launched a new Marina Alta branch. The body of the 36-year-old was found by binmen on February 17 in an underground rubbish container in Moraira her killer, estate agent Arthur Karvink is currently behind bars after confessing to the crime. EUW is a Europe-wide network of women accredited with the United Nations and Council of Europe and campaigns for peace, equality for women and fights all injustice and violence against women and girls. A meeting of the branch’s steering committee and interested groups was held last Thursday at the Lady Elizabeth School on Benitachell's Cumbre del Sol. Branch president Margaret Hales MBE - who is also EUW’s current international president was joined by British Vice Consul Sara Munsterjelm and other guest speakers. Margaret said she wanted to

Making Moraira accessible By Jo Pugh Teulada Moraira town hall has begun a programme to improve and adapt municipal sports facilities with the aim of improving their usability, safety and accessibility. The project, which has so far been carried out inside the municipal sports centre,

help raise awareness that “women in Europe still have problems” over equality, women’s rights, and are the victims of violence. “And of course the death, the murder of Alina, is a very immediate example of how that is,” she said. The new branch is supported by Benitachell and Teu-


its exterior and paddle tennis courts, has consisted in repairing damage and repainting and refreshing it. In addition, within the commitment of the council to improve the accessibility of the town, two new ramps have been installed on the paddle courts so that people with reduced mobility can access them.

lada Moraira town halls and it hopes to be backed by other local authorities across the Marina Alta as it expands. To find out more about the new branch, contact Margaret at presidenteuw.margaret@ gmail.com or secretary Myra van t’Hoff at myravanthoff@ hotmail.com.

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Action on caterpillars By Irena Bodnarec La Nucía council has been clearing nests of processionary caterpillars from pines located in public spaces. Around 500 have been removed from public green spaces and in council parks. If any residents spot

any nests they are advised to call the town hall on 965 870 700 or pop into one of the Administrative Extensions to make a report. However, they can only take action if the pine trees are located on public land otherwise it is the responsibility of the owner.


By Nuria Pérez

Altea gets uni development The Miguel Hernández University in Altea has had a €1.177 million investment to the campus, with the creation of 76 new parking spaces, of which three are for those with reduced mobility plus a large loading and unloading area. In addition, two new public spaces have also

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been created, with benches and areas for exhibitions and shows and further green spaces dotted around the campus. A fence has also been installed around the perimeter of the campus and new LED street lighting across the entire area.

Paying to park in Elche city will become much more flexible with the implementation of a new system that will identify number plates and accept credit card and mobile phone payments, as well as cash. A public contract to manage the parking regulation service (ORA), which includes replacing all the parking meters, is being put out to tender by city hall with a budget of €300,000, to be funded by the municipal company, Pimesa. Once the contract has been awarded, the successful bidder will have three months to carry out the work, explained councillor for mobility Esther Díez. Elche access closed until April Work began on Monday to prevent future flooding from affecting Elche’s San Antón, Palmeral and south bypass (Ronda Sur). It will continue until April

24, until when alternative routes taking the CV-865 Santa Pola road and Avenida de Santa Pola are recommended to reach the General Hospital, National Police station, courts, schools and other locations in the area around Calles Teulada and Mangraner. The project, which has a budget of €870,000, will involve cutting off the Camino Viejo de Santa Pola from the roundabout on the new EL20 as far as the intersection with the N-340. A city hall spokeswoman said this intervention by the public-private water company, Aigües d’Elx is ‘absolutely necessary in order to stop this area flooding every time it rains quite heavily and forcing it to be closed’.

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LIFESAVING DONATION Lo Crispin walking football team donated a defibrillator to the local Algorfa police chief for use in their patrol car. This was paid for by monies raised through weekly subscriptions, a summer barbecue and a Christmas party. The photograph shows Pedro Javier Bertomeu and Algorfa mayor Ma-

nuel Tos being presented with the defibrillator by Mike Cooper. If anyone is interested in joining the Lo Crispin walking football team, they play for exercise and fun on Mondays at 16.00 and Thursdays at 10.30 at the sports fields in Algorfa. More details via WhatsApp from Mike Cooper on 634 301 167 or email coopers4664@ gmail.com

Denia U3A held its AGM last week and said goodbye to Ken Yendell, our President of two years. During his term as President, Ken's wife, Sylvana acted as secretary and between them and the Committee they rejuvenated the club by introducing new groups and many wonderful events. We enjoyed two years of picnics on the beach, tea-dances, ballroom dance classes, Easter bonnet competition, entertaining Christmas parties, coffee mornings and much more. We now have 40 groups offering something for everyone. Ken and Sylvana are leaving Denia to return with dog Bella to their homeland of Australia.

Ken Yendell handing over Presidency to Terence Walker New President Terence Walker will have some big shoes to fill but he and his new Committee intend to make Denia U3A bigger and better than ever. We look forward to a fun and event packed year.

U3A Vall Del Pop – Annual General Assembly On Thursday, March 5 the Vall del Pop U3A will be holding its Annual General Assembly at which our new committee for 2020 will be elected by the members. Do come along and support the nominees for the committee with your votes. The

doors of the Polivalent in Murla will be open at 10am, for members to enjoy a coffee, chat and to sign up for the various events and trips that are on offer, and the GA will start at 11am. This month we would ask

members to bring their donations to Cáritas, toiletries and cleaning products are suggested. Cáritas is one of the local charities supported by our association – please give generously to help those who rely on Cáritas to get through each

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Calpe men dine The U3A Calpe men’s dining group met at Restaurant De Jayena, Calpe on Thursday, February 27. Fourteen of our gentlemen had a convivial evening accompanied by good food and wine with excellent service from the staff. Roger Milsom, who has led the group for the past 13 years, made his final appearance having recently handed over to new leader Arthur Croasdell. The next group meal will be on March 26 at Pub Delfin. AS big thank you to Arthur for the words and photo. If you would like to join the men who dine please contact Pam Phakey by email at groupscoordinator@ u3a calpe.org. Our next meeting will take place on march 19 at the sol Ifach Calpe. Doors open at 10am for signing in etc and the meeting starts at 11am Our guest

speaker will be David Rohl Archaeologist who will give us a talk about the ‘Royal Malady’ that has cursed the kings and queens of France and Britain for centuries. Why not come along and join the happy team and meet new friends or join one of the many groups. For more information email membership@u3acalpe.org or travel@u3acalpe.org or see www.u3acalpe.org

Kids donate to help get smiles The Amigos de Make A Smile charity shop welcomed children from the CEIP San Vicente Ferrer school (Teulada) for the second time. The children aged between 4 and 5 years old each brought a pre-loved item to donate for sale to raise funds for disadvantaged youngsters in local care homes. The donated items are all marked with a special code so the class can be told how much is raised from their donations. The last donations raised a whopping €68. ¨It’s a really important part of what we do at Make

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charity, ¨We hope to see much more of the children here and hopefully other classes from other schools will participate in this project in the future. ¨ The Amigos de Make A Smile charity shop is situated at the bottom of the dual carriageway in Teulada. Donations of good quality bric-abrac, clothes and household items are always welcome. If you would like to join our team by volunteering a few hours a week, please call Barbara on 634 307 385. Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10am to 1pm.


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Project Dragon After 10 years with nothing for the children to do whilst waiting in Denia Hospitals Pediatrics Out Patients, President of HELP of Denia and Marina Alta, Candida Wright asked if they could pay for a play area to be created. An artist was found, Maria Muñoz,

who came up with the idea of making a big green dragon out of cane that the children could play inside. So Project Dragon has now been finished with big soft colourful floor mats to crawl on. Colourful tables and chairs were added for little ones to be able to sit and do

drawing and an enormous wall chalk board. The final cost for everything including the tables and chairs was was €1,800. Candy wanted the children's time in the waiting area to be more enjoyable and for the parents less strained having

to deal with nervous children. Finally the adults who are waiting in the same area to see specialists can sit back and relax and some even enjoy the children's fun. All of us at HELP are so happy to have made this project come true.

NosmoKing donate to MABS The NosmoKing Social Club recently donated €1,000 to charity with the lucky beneficiary being MABS Cancer Support foundation. The photo, taken by Colin Lancaster, shows Christine Lancaster handing the money over to Phillip and

Ann Walsh from MABS. “We like to support charities that are active in the local community, and each year at our AGM a vote is taken as to which charities our members wish to support,” explained Christine. “We meet every Thursday

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World Day of Prayer in Albir

Rise, take your mat and walk This day is celebrated each year by a global ecumenical movement led by women. On Friday, March 6, the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy of Albir will lead a service at the Norwegian Seaman's Church Join the international

inter-church organisation on this day to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world. The International World Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries from Samoa where it begins and travels the world finishing in American Samoa more than 36 hours later.

DIVAs in Hondon Valley DIVAs, (Drama in the (Hondón) Valley Association) a small, independent group of amateur drama actors, are all set to perform their second play, the humorous "Thank You, Mr Dickens". Our two performances on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 – will be in the theatre in Hondón de los Frailes – starting at 7.45pm. Tickets, at just €5, are available locally, by email at hondondivas@gmail.com or through Facebook: Hondón Valley DIVAS Theatre Group. Our play is set in “old London town” on Christmas Eve and gives a light-hearted

look at Victorian England as the ‘girls’ in the local Bawdy House are preparing to celebrate Christmas. Suddenly there is a knock on the door

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Cross Walk A UK group will begin walking from JIBC (Javea International Baptist Church) and onward to Alicante, carrying the cross and sharing the gospel on the way. The team will be joining us in JIBC during the morning service at 10.30am on Sunday, March 8, and then begin their walk carrying the cross from JIBC Monday morning at 9.30am, March 9.

They will walk in the direction of the boat roundabout and onward toward Benidorm. If you are interested in meeting Mike Vickers and his Cross Walk Team we would be delighted if you join us for our Service at 10.30am, Sunday, March 8 at the Church Centre, situated on Carrer Favara 8, just up from La Plaza Constitución, Jávea Pueblo.


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Classical music concerts in Alfaz Music lovers can look forward to three concerts in Alfaz del Pi and Albir with internationally renowned pianist Sabrina Lanzi and Dúo Vanucci-Torrigiani – piano and guitar duo – organised by the Sociedad de Musica Clasica de L’Alfas del Pi. Sabrina Lanzi was awarded the highest honour that exists in Italy for artistic and professional achievements, the 'Knight of Merit of the Italian Republic' in 2015. She was the first female pianist to perform one of the most ambitious projects in the piano field, the complete works for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninoff. Sabrina will perform pieces by Schubert, Debussy and Bach/Busoni on Saturday, March 7 at 8pm in the Casa Cultura, Alfaz Del Pi, tickets


€10 (members free). Guitarist Lapo Vannucci and pianist Luca Torrigiani have performed together for many years. Their deep friendship, critics say, is the basis of their ability to communicate so well when performing and their

constant attention to the beauty of the sound. They will be performing a programme based on Spanish and Italian themes which will consist of duos, as well as guitar and piano solos with works from the 18th through to the 21st century. The Dúo Vanucci-Torrigiani will perform on Thursday, March 5, 8pm at the Forum Mare Nostrum, in Alfaz del Pi and tickets are €7, and on Sunday, March 8, 12noon, at the Centro Social Albir, tickets €10 (€5 members). Tickets for all three concerts are available on the door from one hour before the concert and full details of the programmes and musicians can be found on the website www.alfasmusica.com

We look forward to seeing you at the Floridita this coming Saturday, March 7, starting at 10pm). We are minus Mr. Robinson on piano this week, so we have borrowed Duncan Inglis to bring his great guitar skills to fill the gap. Satisfaction guaranteed! Floridita Cocktail Bar is located on Carrer de les Tosqueres, 3,in Moraira.

CHARITY AUCTION On Friday, March 6 there will be a charity auction in aid of Jalon Valley Help at El Cid restaurant in Benidoleig. Viewing of items from 12 noon for more information email eventsjvh@gmail.com or call 634 310 415




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Say cheers to a brandy sour By Alex Trelinski Spanish brandy is legendary and of course inexpensive to buy at local shops, which therefore lends itself to making a refreshing cocktail. In fact hijacking the unofficial national cocktail of Cyprus is not a bad idea, as brandy and another of Spain´s big products, lemons, make up the bulk of the concoction. If you've ever been

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Recipes by chef so that the onions caramelize slowly. 3. When the onions have a nice colour, return the sausages and bacon to the pan and add the thyme and bay leaves. Cover with the chicken stock (broth) and return to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the potatoes. Cook for about 30 minutes. 4. Add the chopped parsley and plenty of black pepper and serve.

Coddle recipe By Ella Walker, PA Coddle recipe Coddle, or Dublin coddle to be more precise, is a dish made up of leftover sausages and bacon. Traditionally, explains Irish chef Jp McMahon, to make coddle, sausages and bacon were cut up and combined with onions and potatoes and left to stew in a light broth. "Though often unappetising to look at, the dish was made famous by several Irish writers, from Jonathan Swift to James Joyce and Sean O'Casey. Modern versions include barley and carrots," he adds. "It is essentially a dish that grew out of poverty and famine and then migrated into the working-class areas of Dublin at the beginning of the twentieth century to become a dish of central importance to the people who lived there."

Ingredients: (Serves 8) 2tbsp rapeseed oil, plus extra if needed 500g sausages, cut into pieces if preferred 500g streaky bacon, cut into pieces 500g onions, sliced 2tbsp chopped thyme 2 bay leaves 1 litre chicken stock 1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 4tbsp chopped parsley Freshly ground black pepper

Seafood and seaweed chowder recipe This seaweed and seafood chowder has an especially Irish note to it. Irish chef Jp McMahon says he gives this "classic Irish fish soup a little twist with the addition of seaweed". Here's how to give it a go...

Method: 1. Warm the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the sausages and bacon and fry for about 10 minutes until they have a nice colour. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. 2. Add the sliced onions to the pan and a little more oil if necessary. Reduce the heat and fry for about 10 minutes

Seafood and seaweed chowder recipe

Ingredients: (Serves 4) For the stock: 2tbsp rapeseed oil 1 onion, diced 1 carrot, diced 1 celery stalk, diced 250ml dry cider 25g dried kelp or kombu 3 cloves garlic, peeled 2 bay leaves A few sprigs of thyme 500g mussels, scrubbed clean 500g clams, scrubbed clean For the chowder: 25g butter 1 onion, finely chopped 600g potatoes, cubed 2 leeks, diced 250ml double cream 300G pollock fillet, skinned and boned, cut into small chunks Sea salt To garnish: Chopped dill Finely milled nori

Method: 1. To make the stock, heat the rapeseed oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and saute for about 10 minutes until they start to caramelize. Pour over the cider and cook for a couple of minutes. Pour in one litre of water and add the seaweed, garlic, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 40 minutes. 2. To finish, cook the mussels and clams in the stock for three to five minutes until they open. Remove from the stock and place them in a suitable container, discarding any that haven't opened. When cool enough to handle, pick the meat from the shells and discard the shells. Strain the stock through a fine sieve. 3. For the chowder, melt half of the butter in a large saucepan over a




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Jp McMahon medium heat. Add the onion and saute for three to four minutes until translucent. Add the potatoes and leeks and stir to mix. Add the seaweed stock. Season to taste. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add the cream and warm through. 4. Add the pollock and cook for two minutes. Finally,

add the mussel and clam meat and remove from the heat. Allow to stand for five minutes. 5. To serve, fold the chopped dill through the chowder and divide among four warmed bowls. Garnish with a sprinkle of milled nori. Brown soda bread with stout and treacle recipe This brown soda bread with

Brown soda bread with stout and treacle recipe

stout and treacle just needs butter. Can you beat a slice of soda bread with butter? Author of The Irish Cookbook, Jp McMahon explains how "bicarbonate of soda helped to feed bread to a generation of soldiers at war in Europe and afar. It is the bread we are most familiar with in Ireland," he adds. "Many say this was because of the coarse flour in Ireland. Bicarbonate of soda suited it better than yeast. "My own grandmother would make similar bread every second or third day. It is a tradition worth continuing." Ingredients: (Makes 2 loaves) Rapeseed oil, for greasing 800g strong brown (wholewheat) bread flour 200g strong white bread flour 1tbsp bicarbonate of soda 20g sea salt 3 handfuls of mixed seeds (such as pumpkin seeds, sun-

flower seeds and linseeds/ flaxseed) 200g treacle 2 eggs 850ml buttermilk 200ml stout 50g pinhead oats, for the topping Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 130°C/265°F/ Gas Mark 3/4. Grease two 23 x 13 x 7-cm loaf pans. 2. Stir all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the treacle, eggs and buttermilk and combine, then add enough stout until you achieve a wet dough. 3. Pour the dough into the two prepared loaf pans, sprinkle the oats on top and bake in the preheated oven for one hour 30 minutes to one hour 45 minutes, until the loaves sound hollow when the

bottoms are tapped or the core temperature is greater than 85°C/185°F on a meat thermometer. The Irish Cookbook by Jp McMahon, photography and styling by Anita Murphy and Zania Koppe, is published by Phaidon. Available now.


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Blood in urine (haematuria) Finding blood in your urine can be very alarming and must be investigated by a doctor, but it's not usually a sign of anything life-threatening. If you notice bright red blood in your urine, or if your urine has turned red or brown because it has blood in it, see your doctor. Is it definitely blood in your urine? Eating beetroot can colour the urine pink and cause unnecessary alarm. Some medicines, such as the antibiotics nitrofurantoin and rifampicin, can also turn your urine red or brown. Check that the blood is actually coming from your urine and not your vagina or back passage.

Common causes of blood in urine These include: ■ a bladder infection (such as cystitis) – which typically also causes a burning pain when you urinate ■ a kidney infection – which may also cause a high temperature and pain in the side of your tummy ■ kidney stones – which may be painless, but can sometimes block one of the tubes coming from your kidneys and cause severe tummy pain ■ urethritis – inflammation of the tube that carries urine out of the body; it's often caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia ■ an enlarged prostate gland

– this is a common condition in older men and nothing to do with prostate cancer; an enlarged prostate gland will press on the bladder and may also cause problems such as difficulty urinating and a frequent need to urinate ■ bladder cancer – this usually affects adults aged over 50 and can also cause you to urinate more often and more urgently, as well as pain when urinating ■ kidney cancer – this also usually affects adults aged over 50, and can cause persistent pain below your ribs and a lump in your tummy ■ prostate cancer – this is usually only seen in men aged over 50 and usually progresses very slowly; other symptoms can include needing to urinate more frequently and urgently, and difficulty emptying your bladder. When you see your doctor Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and carry out a physical examination to help determine the cause of the blood in your urine. For men, this may include a rectal examination and women may have a vaginal examination.

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Worried about getting older? By Lauren Taylor, PA How to embrace ageing positively Could happier, healthy older age be all about mindset? Lauren Taylor speaks to the author of a new book aiming to transform our approach to ageing. When it comes to getting older, we're bombarded with negative messages daily - and we appear to have simply accepted them as truth. The anti-ageing product market is huge (there's big money in telling us wrinkles are something to halt and hate) and there are endless misconceptions and stereotypes, which can become a self-fulfilling prophecy for some in later life. "You very seldom hear anyone talk with a positive sense around getting older," says Guy Robertson, author of new book, The Ten Steps Of Positive Ageing, who is on a mission to change how we view older age, and help people embrace the later stages of life with a positivity, happiness and purpose. The saying, 'You look good for your age', may be intended as a compliment, but really, says Robertson, "it all stems from the idea that getting older is something to be resisted at all costs". So how about instead of fearing old age and telling people they have to cling to their youth, we embrace the last 20-30 years of life with as much guts and gusto as we in our earlier years? What would happen if we started seeing ageing as a privilege, full of opportunity? The impact on health It would be naive to say ageing

doesn't have any negative impact on physical health, but Robertson's book explores research showing that the way we think about ageing can further impact health and wellbeing - positively as well as negatively. One study tested whether or not people felt positive about getting older and, 20 years later, cross referenced their answers with death records. "They found that people who had negative attitudes towards their own ageing died on average about seven-and-a-half years earlier than people who had more positive attitudes," Robertson says. A sense of perspective It's not easy to suddenly switch your mindset of course, and Robertson isn't advocating a "rose-tinted spectacle view of ageing" - because of course ageing does have its downsides, including losing loved ones and a loss of some of our physical and mental functioning. "But that's not the only story," he stresses. "People get wiser, they tend to be much happier, they have more emotional stability, they have more

time to do things they might not have been able to do when they were younger." Having purpose Robertson's book explores 10 steps of positive ageing including maintaining connections, adopting a mindful outlook, building resilience, and learning from your past but he says a sense of purpose is "absolutely critical" for happy ageing. When retirement age hits, we're frequently told to relax - it's liberating! But what about after that? "Of course, some think, 'I can go on a cruise, put my feet up, play golf'. And yes, all these things are true and they do have value and will keep you happy for a while, but only for a while," he says."It can become very hollow, people can become quite anxious and depressed." It's also important to remember that people in later life can, and do, provide a huge contribution to society from grandchild care and volunteering, to the income tax they still pay. So, after you lose that



daily sense of achievement that work may have provided for the last 40 or so years, Robertson suggests finding something that can help replace it: volunteer, keep learning new skills, find a way to contribute that helps you feel satisfied. Besides, we're living longer - retirement age can span 20 or 30 years. Of course, some people have long-term conditions and may have very serious declining health in older age, but thanks to medical advances, people with health problems are often living longer too.

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Visualising the future We spend our youth looking towards the future, often forgetting to focus on the present, while in retirement age we might not want to look towards the future (although, ironically, you may be better at 'living in the moment'). Robertson says it's "really, really important" people don't lose sight of the future though. "The idea that the important time is age 20-50 is nonsensical. Every moment is really precious," he says. "That 20 or 30 years will be better experience for us if we have a sense of where we want to go. What sort of place do you want to be living in? What sort of things do you want to have achieved in 20 years time? How do you want to look after your health?" The latter being arguably more important than its ever been. Use mental pictures and visualise what your dream later life looks like. While it may not play out exactly as you imagine or hope, it can make a huge difference.


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Some of the biggest spring fashion trends fresh off the catwalk

From Bermuda shorts to romantic white dresses, Prudence Wade looks at the styles you'll want to wear this season. It's time to banish heavy knitted jumpers to the back of your wardrobe, because a new season is upon us. As we edge closer towards spring/summer 2020, we can finally start wearing some of the trends we saw on the catwalks last September. This is the best time of year to be a bit more experimental with your fashion choices too, as warmer weather means you don't have to worry so much about dressing practically. And if you do want to try something new this season, there were plenty of wearable trends dominating the runways to take inspiration from. Here's seven key catwalk-inspired spring fashion trends to tap into once it warms up... 1. Romantic white dresses Even if your plans for the next few months aren't set in stone, one thing is certain: at some point you'll go to a summer party. Thankfully, high fashion designers have come to the rescue, and on the SS catwalks, everyone was making their own version of the perfect tea dress. From Alexander McQueen and Erdem to Louis Vuitton and Chloe, this season it's all about a long, whimsical white dress. This can be dressed up with sparkles - as we saw at Burberry or a pure, white frock is perfect for a daytime event with flat sandals. The key is to keep the dress midi or maxi, all-white, and with floaty elements for that romantic edge. ■ Miss Selfridge ivory lace midi skater dress 2. Trench coats As much as we might want it to

By Prudence Wade, PA be blazing sunshine all the time, summer is still a little way off, and spring can be unpredictable. The high fashion solution to this transition period? Trench coats. You really can't go wrong with a classic trench - it's chic, elegant, and perfect for in-between weather. Either go for a classic staple, or take inspiration from the runway and give your trench a subtle twist, whether that's with bejewelled detailing or interesting colours. We're particularly taken by the mustard coat on the Alexa Chung runway and the oversized version at Balenciaga. ■ Lipsy trench coat, Next 3. Crisp shirts This season, the catwalks were full of classic designs and tailoring. This could be a response to the climate crisis, as people are increasingly shunning fast fashion for staples which won't go out of style. Crisp shirts in block colours like blue or white were all over the runways of Dior, Versace and Etro, either styled as the main event or part of a layered outfit. It's the kind of look we often see on the Duchess of Sussex, and the key to this trend is to keep things simple and effortless. ■ New Look White Oversized Poplin Shirt, Blue Waist Enhance Tori Mom Jeans 4. Raffia Sustainable materials were front and centre at SS20. In a recent Go Ask Anna video for Vogue, Editor Anna Wintour said of this season: "We're seeing a lot of linen and raffia, fabrics that are very organic and natural." Many designers have chosen to use raffia in their accessories - just take a look at the bags at Celine and Stella McCartney - while others like Simone Rocha and Dior went a step further and used the material in whole outfits. Bonus: it's an easy one to incorporate into your everyday look, as it more or less matches everything. ■ Marisota from JD Williams Flexi Sole Raffia Heel Detail Sandals Wide E Fit 5. Bermuda shorts Finding the perfect pair of shorts can be tricky - it seems like there's no happy medium between booty shorts and something your dad would wear. Luckily, high fashion has come up with a cool new option: Bermuda shorts - but done

stylishly, of course! The runways of Chloe, The Row, Bottega Veneta and Alberta Ferretti all featured tailored shorts which fell just above the knee - often in interesting colours or leather-look fabrics, which brings in another popular trend of the season. ■ ASOS design city shorts ASOS design plunge side bodysuit in black ASOS design luxe harper barely there block heeled sandals 6. Coloured leather This leads us neatly onto another major trend of SS20: coloured leather. The best thing about this look - seen at Louis Vuitton, Prada, Givenchy, Kate Spade and beyond - is you can really make what you want of it. Bold colours are encouraged, as are gentler pastels - this is a trend you could have some fun with. But just remember - the fashion crowd now gravitates towards faux leather, and invest in something

you'll love for years to come. ■ TK Maxx Blue Skirt available in store 7. Underwear as outerwear This is one of the more risque looks we saw time and time again on the catwalk, but it's actually more wearable than you might think. Designers at Givenchy, Lanvin, and Mugler seemed to be taking inspiration from pop stars like Dua Lipa, shunning tops for bralettes. This isn't the only way the underwear as outerwear trend manifested however - the trend can also been seen in silk camis and barely-there slip dresses being sported as slinky outfits. It's basically a Nineties-inspired way to dress a bit more sexily, but how far you take it is totally up to you. ■ Miss Selfridge Mauve Pink Satin Top


22 Greetings

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All the best Santiago, from all your friends xxxx

Have a great 50th Claire, lots of love from all your friends in Relleu xxxx

Cecilia, have a great birthday. Lots of love from all at the office xxxx

Happy Birthday Muchas felicidades petardi Te deseo que pases un bonito día y que a partir de ahora todo vaya mucho mejor. Te quiero amiga. Emily xx

Felicidades Asun (middle). Un abrazo de parte de tus amigas.



Happy birthday

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Across the Pond: Tuna casserole The big news this week is the possible pandemic facing all of us as the world scrambles to combat the coronavirus. I had intentions of reporting on this but since I’m still not sure if the media is behaving responsibly in their reporting of this virus, I’m just going to leave it at that. (1) Instead, this week, I want to tell you of some good news coming out of my little corner of the universe. A couple of weeks ago, I planted some tomato seeds, seeds that I had harvested last year from my biggest beefsteak tomatoes. One week after planting them, everyone of the seeds had germinated and tiny greens shoots started poking their heads up through the soil. (2) Another bit of news; since I have taken over the cooking duties in our house, I am making progress in acquiring some epicurean skills. Slow progress, for sure, but progress nonetheless. I still follow recipes religiously and marvel at the folks who know what spices will do to the taste of a dish. When it comes to using spices, as far as I’m concerned, Marco Polo might as well have stayed home.(3) I know little about them although I have learned, however, that paprika can be your friend, gastronomically speaking. And because we’re now one

week into the Lenten season, I have stepped up my game a bit in preparing meatless meals. The first order of business is the menu. What should I fix? Since nostalgia runs deep in my veins, I asked the question of my Facebook friends what they ate back in the day when the fast and abstinence rules were stricter than they are today. (4) I got lots of answers about fish, eggs, mac and cheese, spaghetti, salmon patties, and tuna casseroles, all of which were staples in my mom’s kitchen. I have fond memories of the tuna and noodle casserole from back in the day, both as a child and later when Susie and I were raising our family; so there was no question that this should be my first dish to serve this Lent. Even though Susie had her recipe, I wanted to check with the experts; Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray and the like. There are a lot of different ways to make this dish but there seems to be a consensus about the main ingredients; tuna, noodles, onion, peppers and celery were in all the recipes I found. From there, some recipes called for a white sauce to give the dish moisture while others used cream of mushroom soup and milk. I had no idea what a white sauce was, that soup idea looked good to me; besides, it was a lot easier

so I decided to go that way. My friend, Andrea had earlier suggested that I should just be creative in preparing our meals so I ventured out of my comfort zone and got adventuresome by sprinkling a dash of red pepper flakes and a little paprika on the casserole just before I slid it into my 350 degree oven.(5) The flakes didn’t seem to do much for the dish although I got a thumbs up from Susie when she took her first bite. My next adventure will be salmon patties although in asking my Facebook friends about Lenten foods, a lot of cracker crumbs went into some of those patties. I uncovered the question of what might actually have been in those 1950’s salmon patties; A lady named Jane swears that her mother only used actual salmon in their patties but her sister, Linda, says their mother only told them it was salmon when in fact, it was canned mackeral. This leaves me wondering about the authenticity of my mother’s salmon patties. Remind me when I get to heaven to ask her. G2 notes: 1: I’m reminded of the Chicken Little story when I read or watch the news reporting of these kind of things. 2: While I struggle daily with

the concept of a supernatural being powerful enough to keep the world spinning on it’s axis, I realize that this miracle of seeds reproducing themselves could not have ‘just happened’. I guess my daily struggles will continue. I’m afraid I may be doomed to never know exactly. Unless, of course……. 3: I had it in my mind that Marco Polo brought spices from the Far East via the Silk Road for the civilized world to use but after doing some reading on the subject, I am not sure. Still, I bet he did. 4: I’m assuming most of my readers are familiar with the Christian rite of observing Lent, the 40 days of sacrifice, fasting and abstinence before the celebration of Easter Sunday. If you’re not aware of this, I would love to explain it but there is no space available to do this. You’re on your own, I guess. Incidentally, on the subject of meatless meals suitable for Lent, if you have a favourite dish to share, my email address is at the end of this column. 5: When I turn our oven on, it automatically sets the temperature to 350 degrees. This led me to wondering why that number. Why is that temperature so magical in the baking world? Naturally, I went to my magic black box and googled that question. It turns out there is an answer; that temperature

By Gordon Grindstaff produces a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars causing a browning effect. If you want to know more, your assignment today is to google ‘Maillard reaction’ named after the man who figured this out. I should caution you; this is not simpleton ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ reading; this is hardcore chemistry book stuff that made my eyelids droop just before I quit reading; just because I’m suave and debonair doesn’t mean that I’m also some sort of scholar. G2 can be reached by email at gordongrindstaff@yahoo. com




Travel 23

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Down in ‘El Tubo’ at midnight

By Jack Troughton Zaragoza district jam full of nightlife Discovering the historic sights of Zaragoza is reward enough for any visitor but even the most dedicated tourist needs a little refreshment and the El Tubo district offers it in spades. The winding narrow lanes are packed full of wine shops, bars, beer gardens, cafes and restaurants offering food and drink at very affordable prices to a mixed clientele of locals and visitors. The streets of El Tubo start to get busy as workers begin the journey home and visitors are heading out to discover the joys of this gem of a square mile and there are still people out enjoying themselves well after the witching hour. It is a great place to enjoy a wander; the natives are friendly and tapas - with regional specialities - delicious, there are restaurants too with ‘a la carte’ and ‘menu de noche’ alternatives.

Stray just outside El Tubo to the ‘Meli Melo’ at Calle Mayor 45, it is a highly recommended restaurant. The night menu is €18 a head with wine and the portions large enough to satisfy any appetite - the meal starts with three tapas of the house and they were big (and very tasty) with plenty of choice for the main and dessert. In fact the meal was so good, another evening’s fare was enjoyed at sister establishment and back in the zone at ‘El Meli del Tubo’; much less formal, more a tapas theme and jammed packed with people enjoying themselves. BASILICA The wide open space of Plaza del Pilar borders one end of El Tubo and is a must for visitors - there is the magnificent architecture of the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar, it makes lasting impression viewed from across the square or a bridge across the River Ebro. The city’s Fiestas de Pilar take place in October.

And to make it worth getting the camera out, the square also boasts the city’s second cathedral, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza; culture vultures can also take time to visit Museo Goya - a museum dedicated to one of the city’s famous sons, artist Francisco de Goya. Like many parts of the country, Spain’s fifth largest city bears the architectural influence of the Moorish occupation and the medieval gothic resurgence of the Christian reconquest - and many Roman sites to boot. Zaragoza became the heart of the Kingdom of Aragon and remains the capital of the modern region of the same name. The Aljaferia Palace offers a two-for-one look at Moors and Christians. Considered the best Moorish architecture outside Andalucía, the cool beautiful gardens and arches reflect the former; all wrapped up in the more modern fortifications of the latter after the palace was expanded. Alfonso I established ancient Aragon after the reconquest; however, it was the 15th Century marriage of King Ferninand of Aragon to Queen Isabella of Castile that expanded the kingdom and established a path to a Spanish monarchy and an empire. TUDOR Inside the palace there is a family tree from this union - it includes Catherine of Aragon; a future ambassador

and married to first Arthur Tudor and on his untimely death, to his younger brother; better known as Henry VIII. Visitors can enjoy the throne rooms of Ferninand and Isabella, the medieval heraldry, including ceilings bearing the coats of arms of the couple and their court; there is also a room full of modern interpretations of traditional Islamist art, a fascinating concept. The palace also boasts a cafe and a chance to take stock before heading back into the heat - Zaragoza summer temperatures regularly top 40 but it is hot rather than humid. Visitors frequently rub shoulders

with politicians; the regional parliament sits within the walls. Exploring on foot is always the best way to discover a city but there was an easy passage back to the city centre on the Zaragoza tram, a cheap and cheerful way to travel and see what’s going on...while keeping cool. And Zaragoza is the second birthplace of an English queen (and wife of Henry VIII) explored by your correspondent after Kendal - the Cumbrian town was once the home of Catherine Parr the last of the royal wives. Altogether now: divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.


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TV & Stars 25

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On the box

Miriam's Big Fat Adventure (BBC2, 9.00pm)

The Royals: A Family in Dancing on Ice (ITV, 6.00pm) Crisis (C5, 8.00pm) Saturday, 7/3/2020 The Queen famously branded 1992, the year Charles and Diana separated and Windsor Castle caught fire, as an 'annus horribilis', but 2019 could give it a run for its money. This documentary looks at the issues that affected the monarchy last year, including the rift between princes Harry and William that would eventually lead to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex acrimoniously stepping back from the royal family. Plus, the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew's friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and Prince Philip's car crash and his ongoing health problem.

Sunday, 8/3/2020 Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby host the grand final of the skating challenge. Three celebrities and their professional partners remain in the contest, and each pair is challenged to perform a special showcase routine choreographed by Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill. After that one pair will be eliminated, with the other going on to the final round - performing their own take on Torvill and Dean's signature piece, Ravel's Bolero. And as if that were not enough, the entire cast of this year's show will return to the ice for one last performance.

Monday, 9/3/2020 Miriam Margolyes loves her life, but she hates her body. She's been fat (a word she doesn't shy away from using) for as long as she can remember, but at 78, she feels the time to do anything about it is running out. However, she's far from alone as, despite the societal pressure to be thin and the slew of information about healthy diets, the nation is more overweight than ever. So, in this twopart documentary which is showing on consecutive evenings, she's setting out to learn more about the impact of obesity. She begins by meeting Gemma, who has checked into a weight-loss bootcamp, where she's subjected to a calorie-restricted diet and five hours of exercise a day. However, blogger Bethany takes a very different approach as she argues that body positivity is better than yo-yo diets and being miserable about your size.

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Although this week begins with a Full Moon and Mercury the messenger direct, you may not be feeling very positive. The conversations you have at the moment can tend to be with yourself, but good. A dreaminess may affect what you manage to get done. How to get around this? Well, make a plan you can stick to. As the week progresses, the world around you will burst into life again.

Positive influences urge you to get moving and shaking. Some areas of your life do need some changes, but don't rush into anything. Sparky conversations with those close both at home and work can bring you out of this dreamy fog. Although the week may start with some low energy, by the weekend you should be feeling more comfortable with any changes that are coming about.

A strong Full Moon as this week starts may see you feeling a little moody and off-peak mentally. This is natural and will soon change as the week progresses. Allow time for some in-depth conversations with both those close at home and at work. Something that has been puzzling you comes into sharp focus. Now it can be cleared from your mind. Altogether a strange but progressive time.

A new kind of quiet energy comes with the bright Full Moon as this week starts. You may not feel like dashing around but head and heart feel clearer. Avoiding any major decisions until the weekend takes stress away from you. Be prepared to be flexible. Saying the right words keeps everyone happy. Some conversations are long overdue. Mercury smooths the way as you get your message across.





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With a week beginning with a strong and worthy Full Moon, moods may swing back and forth. Harness the stronger ones to move forward on personal projects and family plans. Ignoring the times midweek when your confidence starts to sag is sensible. After all, by the weekend it will be picking up and providing you with some emotional answers! When romance comes, enjoy it.

In an emotional week, it does seem that the lovely, glowing Full Moon is having an effect. What you need to remember is that you are being given the chance to change anything that makes you unhappy. Some things you will come to terms with and others you will adapt to suit. The sharing of love and normal everyday stresses with a partner gives you balance and purpose.

Progress at work is spinning in the right direction and you could even feel giddy with success! Although there are demands on the home front, sometimes you just have to say no. The rewards, however, of getting into some hard work soon become clear. Mercury the messenger gives a head start in any negotiations, building confidence as each day goes by. Avoid negative people whenever possible.

Full of energy and raring to go? Make the most of this week by using that energy to the full. Make a plan. Write it down in detail. Feel the satisfaction as you tick off each stage. Loved ones may not be able to help you directly. However, sharing your excitement can be as good as! As the energy of the Full Moon is transmitted to you it is passed on to friends and colleagues as a burst of joy.





23 Nov - 21 Dec

With a great deal of changes and emotional movement around you, it can be hard to focus. Maybe you feel pulled in different directions. This is hard to deal with. Even so, be assured that changes for the better are coming (even if slowly!). Concentrate on plans already started and give close attention to details, especially when it comes to investments and finances.

22 Dec - 20 Jan

You have no need to hide any more, especially from your emotions. The Full Moon is taking no prisoners as it urges you forward. With Mercury the Messenger giving you a clear and direct push, make the most of its help. Progressing brave decisions on the home front can please a partner down to their toes. How good it feels to make loved ones happy!

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21 Jan - 19 Feb

Strong emotional pulls make this a somewhat confusing and tiring start to the week. Not all bad by any means. Why? Because you are being pushed forward to decisions that should have been made some time ago. Some changes that you do not like can turn out to be good ones in the longer term. Could you have envisaged such changes even a year ago? Enjoy the ride.

20 Feb - 20 Mar

As there is so much going on this week, take the decision right away to be kind to yourself. Look at your wellbeing and make some small changes. Go for that slow stroll in the countryside. Get that foot massage. Present yourself with some flowers or chocolates. Not only have you been working hard but some pressure is still there. Distract from any negatives by giving someone a gift.

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Improve your vocabulary lish crossword. The clues answers are in English. Across 1 Escritorios (5) 4 Mendigo (6) 9 Español (7) 10 Asado (5) 11 Oxidación (4) 12 Nadador (7) 13 Gato (3) 14 También (4) 16 Dolorido (4) 18 Hormiga (3) 20 Rayas (7) 21 Pies (4) 24 Vivo (5) 25 Ejemplo (7) 26 Platos (6) 27 Egipto (5)

with our Spanish/Engare in Spanish and the Down 1 Desierto (6) 2 Asientos (5) 3 Buque (4) 5 El más temprano (8) 6 Gramática (7) 7 Vuelta (6) 8 Fantasma (5) 13 Completo (8) 15 Camiones (7) 17 Isla (6) 18 Cenizas (5) 19 Calle (6) 22 Vacío (5) 23 Jaula (4)




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Pets' Corner 29

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Denia Cat Protection League

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

BRAVE was brought to Akira in 2018 with his mother, sister and brothers. They were all very nervous but we worked tirelessly with them in preparation for living in a home. Brave who is 2 years old is the only one left without a home. Although having grown in confidence, he is a little nervous still, so would need an owner who could be patient and continue his socialisation. Brave has been castrated,

vaccinated and chipped, is good with other dogs, and able to travel outside of Spain if required. He is on temporary foster at the moment and will find it hard to come back to the shelter! For further information, please 'phone 657 689 567, email akirashelter@aol.com or visit the shelter to meet him and perhaps take him for a walk. We are open every day from 10am until 3pm.

APROP Meet SANDRA one of our new arrivals, an Andalusian Podenco of small to medium size. Approximately 2 years, quiet friendly girl available for adoption soon. Please call APROP Pego on 634 306 265 or 605 575 883. Email aproppego @gmail.com or see website: www.aprop-pego.org

K9 Club STUBBY, brother of Paco, his name says it all! Makes me laugh every time I see him and Paco, both very excitable, striving love and attention he around 8 months old. Please give him a home. Please call 600 845 420 or email: k9clubinfo@gmail.com

APASA ROCKY, male, Shelter since 18.06.2014 Alsatian Mix. DOB 11.11.2010 – 54 cm Rocky was brought to us by his owner, as he could no longer keep him, he is not used to living with other dogs. He likes people

though and he enjoys to be taken for long walks. As he is quite intelligent, there is some hope that with a regular training he could improve his behaviour. But we suggest that he is kept without other animals. Please call 966 463 976.

Benidorm Animal Shelter – SPAP This is MERLIN who is a gorgeous just over one-year-old male cat. Very friendly with other cats and people. Great companion. He follows you everywhere! Please call Maria Teresa on 677 373 396 or 96 585 62 68 or see the website at www.spapbenidorm.com.


P.E.P.A. Meet PORTER, he is such a handsome young man. He is a twelve week old mastin cross puppy looking for a forever home. All his brothers and sisters have been homed and he is wondering why noone wants him. Phone 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.spain@gmail.com

Pets in Spain AMBER is around 8 months old and was found as a kitten under a shed. She is sterilised and is good with other

cats and dogs. Call: 645 469 253, see www.petsinspain.com or email them at info@pets inspain.com

The beautiful mum of these lovely kittens has been very lucky to find a loving home. Two of her five girls have been adopted, but three of them are still looking for their first home. Now 9 months old, neutered and fully vaccinated, they are ready to leave. To arrange to visit them and all the other cats and kittens in APAH's care, please call 630 422 563 or 616 210 850.


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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 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!

CLYDE is a 7 year Mastin/Labrador mix who has lived in a home and is used to other dogs, he walks well on the lead. Fully vaccinated and castrated, passport & microchip SAT Kennels ✆ 966 710 047 or 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 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 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 COSTA BLANCA DOG transport. The comfort of your pet is our priority. Excellent rates and Defra run. www.costablancadoghom ing.com Tel 675 485 613 TRANS-PET PROFESSIONAL door 2 door pet transport. Fully equipped vehicle. Open plan with 2 carers. DEFRA & WIT authorised & plated. Kennels & Cattery. www.trans-pet.co.uk ES 600 552 030 or UK 07801 272 162 HOUSE/PET SITTING .Your house or mine. References 637 160 545

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Beauty & Wellness SANCT BERNHARD Albir. Offers inc. Spiruline 1350 for essential nutrients. 1350 tablets, 5 month supply, €29.95 966 864 171 SANCT BERNHARD Costa Blanca. Offers inc. Cod Liver Oil for a healthy bone structure. 200 caps €10.90 or buy 3+ for €9.95 each. 965 780 425 NEW BAYONA NAILS, Benissa in front of Church. Patricia 10 years experience. Offering many beauty services. Parking available. Phone for an appointment and a chat. Tel 673 434 545 SANCT BERNHARD Denia. Offers inc. CoEnzym Q10 for a strong heart. 60 caps €18 or buy 3+ for €16.80 each. 965 780 425


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 TREE SPECIALIST - WITH more than 20 years experience in cutting, cleaning and al type of spezial or dangerous work. Call Roby: 633 798 933 or 642 940 693

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

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

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

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 HOME CARERS / Auxiliary nurses for the sick and elderly. Serving Torrevieja & Orihuela Costa 697 834 934 - 865 881 984

TALLERES HIG IN IO , S.L. Ga ra ge Re pa ir Shop & Ca r Sa le s Com e to us for your Pre ITV We se rvice a nd ca rry out a ll re pa irs, including pa int a nd bodywork, on e ve ry bra nd of ve hicle Expe rts in ca ra va ns Unbe a ta ble price s!

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

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

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

SWIFT CELEBRATION 584 Dorema awning , mover, 2 sets unused carpets plus extras In excellent condition 14/15 model Has been “Spanishised” itv and number plates Ready to go Price £17500 For pictures please contact Barbara on Sadlerja vea@gmail.com Or ring 865667148

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Cash paid for gold & luxury watches. Sovereign bought for 320 € /each (3/03/2020) Market leading prices paid. Fully legal. Call 602 506 390 for a free no obligation quote or visit the web site: www.spanishpawnbrokers.com

PEUGEOT 206 CABRIO black red leather interior low Klms 4900€ Tel 647 967 146

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

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

BUY HIGH QUALITY handbags, also designer bags, fur jackets and coats, oriental and persian carpets, jewellery and watches, all sorts silver 90/100/800, silver plated cuttlery, tin, amber, coral, coins, medals, porcelain, inheritance discounts and households, Military items until 1945, photos, medals etc., fair price in cash. phone 651 187 549.

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

COMPLETE PEST CONTROL. Denia to Torrevieja Tel 604 270 676

Caravans, Mobile homes, Motorhomes


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

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


Car services

WHITE GOODS REPAIRS also Gas boilers and small electrical problems. Tel 604 273 387 Denia to Torrievjea

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



Ca ll Pe t e r : 6 17 550 0 16 FORD TRANSIT CONNECT 1.8 TDCI 75 T200. 2012, LHD, Spanish Registered, 184,000km. One Previous Owner. I Purchased it From Ford Dealer Which Also Serviced the Van. Light Use (Office Supplies & Lightbulbs), Side Door, Ply-Lined. Excellent Condition & Drives as New, New ITV. €3850,00 Tel: 711001619 or darrylgoodier mail.com

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




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Plumbing & electrical installations

Removals & transport

General PASSPORT – NIE/ RESIDENCIA -Authorities / Spanish health care /General Services Consulting without CCR lexssp@outlook.com or call 649 222 679 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

MAN & VAN for hire, cheap and reliable. Jalon Valley & surrounding area. 636 100 873 or 966 480 757 SPANISH MOVES, SMALL removals and deliveries. Spain/UK budget prices. Last minute jobs undertaken. Email: info@spanish moves.net. Website: www.spanish moves.net Pet Transport also arranged. Tel UK 01209 630 604 or Spain 960 130 537

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

Sat & TV 100% PLUMBING. FOR heating, aircon, gas, solar, bathroom refurb. 16 years operating on the costa blanca. www.100percent plumbing.com 965 835 939

Computers COMPUTER REPAIRS – LAPTOPS/PC's Qualified Technician 648065224 No Call Out Charge No Fix No Fee andy@wizard-com puters.biz 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

Architects & constructiones BUILDING / REMODELING, Underbuilds. Work guaranteed. We beat most quotes V Andy 697 834 934 Email: namjones@hotmail.com 100% CONSTRUCTIONS, new builds and reforms. 16 years operating on the costa blanca. www.100percentplumbing.com 965 835 939.



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

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

Doors & windows

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

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)

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

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 TRANSLATOR AND ASSISTANCE with paperwork. Visits to tax office, Suma, hospital, police etc. Native English/Spanish. 20€ first hour 15€ every hour thereafter. Tel 677 543 815 or 629 455 435 THE EASIEST WAY to book your classifieds in The Post is to email the text to info@cbnews.es SANCT BERNHARD Torrevieja. Offers inc. VITAFIT Ginkgo-Magnesium. 400 tablets €20.50 or buy 3+ for €18.50 each. 966 706 765 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


32 Trading Post Adult relax SEXY MATURE ENGLISH Blond“ 15mins Alicante Airport. Overnight stays possible. Ring Karen (0034) 662 049 021 ELEGANT SLIM sexy naughty Lady Sophie, speaks 3 languages, priv. apartm. (in/out calls), escort service in ALL AREAS!! 693 357 526 ALMORADI SAMANTHA exotic dark girl from Brazil with curly hair to her waist. All your fantasies no rush. Outings 625 596 261 ELOISA CURVY body, busty qualified masseuse, oriental technics retarding pleasure- promotional prices. Close to Zenia Boulevard 671 185 543 MISTRESS ITALIA, EXPERIENCED Dominatrix, private location near Denia with female assistant. 655 475 907 JÁVEA - MORAIRA - CALPE, Massage +++ new girls !!! 661 034 261 TORREVIEJA LATINAS, mulatas, great body, busty, 24 hours, outings, whatsApp 691 128 099 ALEXANDRA, CARIBBEAN girl. In Torrevieja, body body massage, prostatic, relaxing massage, caresses and kisses. Charming. La Loma St. 698 848 960

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BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN CHOCOLATE lady Sharon 30 big natural breasts sexy body to body massage etc escort in/out good services pleasure with happy ending. Cabo Roig Orihuela Costa call or whatsapp 602 328 812

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CASA ANGELA Reopening under new management, new girls 609 573 468 - 603 337 663

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Properties under 175.000€

QUALIFIED EFL TEACHER required for a small, friendly academy in Torrellano. Approx. 12 hours a week Afternoons / evenings Primary and secondary students September 2020 start Please contact: Louisa James james_louisa@hot mail.com

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

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 WWW.IURISUNITED.NET Lawyers. Tax adive and bookkeeping. All Gestoria Services. Experts in Brexit and Residence Permits. NIE Numbers. FREE 1st. consultation. Ask for Oliver: phone 606 051 000 or E-Mail: info@iurisunited.net NIE, RESIDENCIA, CAR IMPORT, holderchange, driving licence, last will / inheritance, assistance purchase / sale properties, insurances, Tel: 965 792 451, more under www.costalevanteservice.com

Business opportunities BRITISH BOOKSHOP BENIDORM Indoor market. Trading since 2002,owners now retiring.Easy to run,profitable business with short hours.Complete assistance with changeover of suppliers.All stock included.Bargain price16,900€ Tel 637161475.

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 ORIHUELA COSTA, CABO Roig - La Regia. Luxury penthouse apartment with roof terrace, 2 pools, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, livingroom, air cond., terrace, Parking, Everything new and modern, fitted kitchen, cabinets, doors, bathroom, Floor tiles, Fully furnished from Private, 129.500€. +49 152 29108073

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

LIBER. 4,000SQM OF terraced south facing land with good views. Electricity on site, water near by. 25,000 Euros. Tel 619 074 700. 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

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

LA ZENIA Beachside. Large terraced house, 3 SZ, 2 BZ, spacious lounge, fireplace, furn., sunny, com. pool, off-road parking, gated complex, walk to the beach! 119,950 Euros. Tel. 966 773 985 or 616 939 326 - www.hf-immo.com

Properties from 175.000€ FINCA SALE 4 bedr, well furnished, by lakeside near Vistabella, 195,000 €. owner 620 060 611

HABITABLE COUNTRY CASA with beautiful views and 5k mts of land, 10 mins to beaches, Moraira, 3 mins to town. Bargain 190K. Tel: 636 915 949

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

Long term let

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 THE EASIEST WAY to get your classifieds in The Post is to e-mail the text to: info@cbnews.es

BENIDORM- FINESTRAT Free studio apartment for a young retired couple in return for few hours of work a day. Please call 666 626 278 RECENTLY RETIRED Couple, NS, No Pets, good at maintenance would like to rent 2 bed House or Apartment within a 3 - 4 km radius of Campoamor Golf. From around Sept. to May. Must have sun terrace or garden ✆ +353 851 000604 email: patrickbaker52@gmail.com

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March 4, 2020 - N° 4



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Second hand property prices rose by 3.4% last month By Shelley Liddell The price of second hand property in Spain rose to an average €1,752 per sqm in February, which is an increase of 3.4% in comparison to last

year’s figures according to figures provided by online property platform Idealista. But when comparing February’s prices with January, they in fact fell by 0.3%. as prices have dropped in six re-

gions – Castilla y Leon (-1.3%), Cataluña (-0.7%), Galicia (0.4%), Andalucia (-0.3%) and Aragón and Cantabria (both -0-.2%). Prices remained stable in Balearic Islands, Valencia re-

gion, Madrid and Navarra. While prices rose in Extremadura (+1.6%), Canary Islands (+0.6%) and La Rioja and Murcia (+0.5% in both). In February the most expensive regions were the Bale-

aric Islands (€3,060 per sqm), Madrid (€2,796) and Basque country (€2,576). In contrast, the cheapest regions were Castilla-La Mancha (€868 per sqm), Extremadura (€902) and Murcia (€1,051).


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What to prune and when? By Hannah Stephenson, PA Here's how to cut back shrubs at the right time Don't lose a mass of flowers by pruning your prized shrubs at the wrong time. Hannah Stephenson looks at what to prune now, and what can wait... It's almost time for plants to start back into life, when gardeners dust off their secateurs to get their prized shrubs and trees into shape. New buds are usually clearly visible by the end of February, and it's best to finish winter pruning before the spring growth really gets underway. But it can be confusing for newcomer gardeners to know which plants to prune when, especially as if you start snipping at the wrong time, you could end up losing a load of this season's flowers. So, here's a quick guide to take you through the key points... What to prune now The general rule of thumb is that if your shrubs are deciduous and flower from late summer to autumn, then you can prune them in spring. Before new spring growth starts, you can tidy up some woody plants, pruning broken stems which are rubbing up against each other, taking them back to a healthy bud or a main stem, and generally getting shrubs back into shape while they are leafless.


the stems back down to 30cm (12in) to promote good growth. Prune to a 'nodal point', just above a pair of leaves or buds, where the cut is more likely to heal. If you cut where there aren't buds, you could end up with fungal infections and die-back. You can also tackle winterflowering jasmine, untangling the strands and cutting out dead, diseased and damaged stems. To give it a sound framework for next year, tie in new stems to the support system and trim back the side shoots to within about 5cm (2in) of the main stem.

Plants including Buddleia davidii, potentilla, fuchsia, dogwood and wisteria can be tidied up now. Buddleia davidii is a vigorous shrub, which will come back stronger, so you can cut the stems down to 20cm high. Cut back old wood hard old wood looks rougher and darker - to a low bud to encourage strong new growth which will bear flowers in the same year. Cut back wisteria This glorious climbing shrub, whose purple flowers adorn the walls of houses during

the summer months, needs pruning twice a year - once at the end of summer and again in late winter. Cut back last season's long sideshoots to two or three buds. This process produces spurs, which allow the fatter buds to remain and bear larger flowers. It's also a good time to tidy the plant up generally, removing wispy growths, says the RHS. Deal with dogwood Dogwood, which is grown for its colourful winter stems, can be cut down to the ground. This will re-energise

the plant and encourage many new colourful stems for next winter. Watch the weather In milder areas, start to tidy up bush roses, removing thin shoots and dead, diseased and dying stems. But if the weather is really cold, wait until next month. Cut certain clematis You can also prune largeflowering clematis (group 3) such as Clematis viticella and hybrids such as C. 'Jackmanii' and 'Etoile Violette', which flower in late summer, cutting

What not to prune now Avoid pruning shrubs whose flowers are produced on shoots which developed in the previous growing season. The flowering shoots should be cut as soon as they have finished flowering, to allow new shoots to form. These include spring and early summer-flowering shrubs such as forsythia, which blooms in March and April, weigela, kerria and philadelphus (mock orange). Help overgrown shrubs feel better While it's still cold enough, you can renewal-prune overgrown shrubs but don't go mad. Just take it in stages, removing some of the oldest branches each winter so that the plant will slowly rejuvenate, replacing those old branches with new ones over time. Within a few years, your shrub should have been revitalised with strong, healthy young growth.




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March 4, 2020 - N° 4

When the inspectors away... BUYING OR SELLING YOUR PROPERTY?

By Shelley Liddell

new law allows owners to building licence. The new Lotup regional make a declaration of rePEOPLE, planning laws include SWISS steps sponsibility for minor works, to speed up the concession and only major SWISS VALUES! works, new of licences for promoters to builds and structural or façade reforms require a be able to build or for •re-Experience forms to be done. Unfortulicence. • Quality nately, the lack of dedicated Due precisely to the lack of • Timeliness inspectors has really slowed inspectors, some property • Friendliness the process in Benidorm. The owners have taken advantage

Property owners are taking advantage of the lack of inspectors to carry out illegal reforms. Up to a few months ago, Benidorm had two local police officers carrying out inspections for the town’s urban planning department, visiting work being carried out on private property and making sureof that all the THE purchase a holiday sider the reasons and goals home in Spain may sound necessary licences had been you want to achieve. Do you nice andfor glamorous, want to use it personally or granted said workbut to take you have to leave fan- as an investment? What will place. tasy aside to take on this you do with it the rest of Both officers have now repurchase like any other the time? tired and have not yet beenExperts warn that emoproperty. You’ll have to consider the tions replaced and the council is and attachment must be expenses that will be generset unlikely to replace them in aside if you’re going to use ated in terms of taxes and housing to earn money. "Keep the future. of the house, your emotions separate, it’s a maintenance Local ifplanning councillor, especially it is empty for business," they state. most of theCaselles, year. Lourdes explainedIf you are planning to rent Also,what you need to take care that happens now out is your home, then there of the property, especially is a clear time commitment that department has that to includes marketing, if you her decide to use it as an send a petition the investment and put to it up for local maintenance or dealing with the them best option for tenants, whether short or rent as for police to purposely you, whether holiday, cerlong term. send officersastoa inspect short- or long-term rental. tain works. She also ex-On the other hand, there In any case, you should is also a monetary commitplained, thatwhether when you out ment, on think about for example, travel would manage or see routine patrol,it ifdirectly officers costs, or what you earn and transfer it to on, a professional what you must pay in taxwork going they have full company. es, a mortgage, community see the powers to demand to Before looking for a holi- rates and so on.

don’t have any building licence. A community of property owners reported that the swimming pool in their urbanisation is undergoing major reform without a building licence. To which councillor Lourdes Caselles exAv. that de LaaMarina 44 plained declaration of (Calpe Moraira Coast Road) responsibility had been made 03720 Benissa for reforms to74the pool and (+34) 965 78 74 garden area. Trust us to se your property (+34) 667 449 421 Benidorm’s urban planment of a property means info@benimo-villas.com CALL TODAY TO LIST YOUR PROPERTY ning department itself is being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in case being severely hindered by tenants have any questions the retirement of the two or problems. local police building inspecSome holiday home owntors, and they hope that in ers may enjoy handling the management process of the the future new officers will fill themselves. However, for their shoes. those who live some distance At the moment, the counaway, it may be better to hire cil is planning to take on 36 a property manager. For homeowners who want interim officers to reinforce to keep the home for personthe current local police force al use, but don’t go there on until the tosigned. take on cleaning fees, more wear You should also take into deal aprocess tenant has a regular basis, you can hire permanent has finaLike officers any primary resia manager to keep an eye on and tear on the property, and account if you would prefer homewhich comes the house when you’re not keep in mind that in the off- it throughout the whole year, lised. dence, Thisa holiday process, 12 with a mortgage, taxes,was and there. This will ensure that season you might not fill the and divide the rent by started two years ago, the house is kept clean and house as much as you’d like. months, or maybe consider insurance. In addition, there suspended due to accuRenting on a long-term a holiday rental, if the house will likely be additional in a good state of repair. sations of such exams being cocosts as maintenance, Renting a home via a web- lease is the other option. It’s is in a popular destination utilities and other pied, repairs, and until it is finalised, site like Airbnb could be the positive because you won’t in summer. And, above all, if you no are more community-specifi most lucrative option, but have to manage the property permanentc charges. officers So bear all of those faclike everything, it also has on a day-to-day basis, but going to want to enjoy the be taken on. can there are also areas where house yourself, then you tors in mind before you take its disadvantages.

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Manchester City in the Champions League midweek but Zinedine Zidane's side found the perfect response on Sunday night. Thibaut Courtois had kept Madrid in the match with a handful of fine saves, while at the other end of the pitch Marc-André ter Stegen

Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph against Barcelona in El Clásico to move above their rivals and back to the top of LaLiga. A loss at Levante was followed by another defeat to

showed his class with a superb stop to deny Isco. That was before Vinicius made the breakthrough in the 71st minute, and substitute Mariano wrapped up the victory in stoppage time to lock up Madrid's first El Clásico victory in the league since 2016 and lift the hosts a point above their arch rivals at the summit. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said his side "almost overwhelmed" Barcelona. Speaking after the game, Madrid boss Zidane credited his team for being able to up their energy in the second half. "The second half was ours," Zidane was quoted as saying on the club's website. "The first half was even and our press up front was not perfect. In the second

half we improved our press and we were better up top. "We really pushed them

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Joshua to face Pulev on June 20 By PA sports

Anthony Joshua has announced his return to the ring on June 20, when he is widely expected to face Kubrat Pulev at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Joshua regained his world heavyweight titles with a landslide points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December. And his promoter Eddie Hearn has made no secret of his negotiations to stage the bout with Pulev at the 62,000capacity Premier League ground. Pulev, who is the mandatory challenger for Joshua's IBF title, pulled out of a scheduled meeting with the Briton in 2017 due to injury. Joshua's hopes of facing Tyson Fury suf-

fered a setback when Deontay Wilder declared he would trigger a clause in his contract for a third meeting with the new WBC champion. In his only previous world title challenge, 38-year-old Pulev was stopped in the fifth round in a bid for Wladimir Klitschko's IBF crown in 2014.

Watson claims first title in four years Heather Watson won her first WTA title in four years after claiming the Mexican Open by beating Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez 6-4 6-7 (8) 6-1. Watson was the highest-ranked player left in the draw when she took on the teenager in Acapulco, the British number two serving up six aces as the pair battled it out for almost three hours. Earlier, Aryna Sabalenka powered her way to victory in the Qatar Total Open final by beating Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-3. Belarussia's Sabalenka produced an impressive display of heavy hitting to clinch her third WTA title in six months and sixth in total, overcoming the Czech Republic's Kvitova in one hour and 14 minutes.

Ninth seed Sabalenka, who was not broken and saved all five break points she faced in one game in the second set, hit seven aces and 21 winners. The 21-year-old will climb up two places to world number 11 in the new WTA rankings on Monday.

Another one for Trump Snooker world number one Judd Trump beat Yan Bingtao 10-4 in the final of the Coral Players Championship in Southport to claim a record-equalling fifth ranking event of the season. Trump is only the fifth player after Stephen Hendry, Ding Junhui, Mark Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan to reach the milestone after previous victories in the International Championship, World Open, Northern Ireland Open and the German Masters. The world champion stole the opening frame on the black after needing a

snooker to tie, Yan leaving a free ball on the final red after earlier making a break of 70. A break of 55 helped Yan get back on level terms but runs of 75, 122, 50 and 75 saw Trump win five frames in succession before Yan stopped the rot with a break of 95 to trail 6-2 heading into the evening session. When play resumed 20-year-old Yan kept his hopes alive by claiming the first two frames, but Trump responded with breaks of 108, 68 and 60 to secure the title and the first prize of ÂŁ125,000.

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F1 RACES ON BUT VIRUS FEAR HITS MOTOGP AND FOOTBALL By Phil Blanche, PA Australian Grand Prix organisers insist the opening round of the Formula One season will go ahead as scheduled. The race is due to take place on March 15, with the majority of F1 personnel set to travel to Melbourne at the latter end of this week. In a statement, Australian Grand Prix chief executive Andrew Westacott said: "We are all systems go. "At this stage there is no indication of further travel bans, nor is there any indication that Formula One and the teams will not be arriving as usual. Formula One has again confirmed overnight that the Australian Grand Prix is going ahead." Monday's Serie A match between Sampdoria and Hellas Verona in Genoa was posponed following the spread of the virus in Italy.

Six Serie A matches were called off on the weekend, including Juventus' meeting with Inter Milan, and the league has called an emergency assembly to discuss the impact. The opening race of the MotoGP season, the Grand Prix of Qatar from March 6-8, has been cancelled due to travel restrictions imposed to limit the outbreak of coronavirus. With immediate effect, passengers arriving in Doha on direct flights from Italy, or those having been in Italy in the last two weeks, will be taken into quarantine for 14 days. The Moto2 and Moto3 classes will go ahead as the riders and teams were already in Qatar for the three-day official test at Losail International Circuit earlier this week. Golf's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which gets under way on Thursday in Doha, is due to go ahead as scheduled.

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