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FALLAS AND EASTER Concern now grows over the celebration of the Fallas fiesta in Valencia and other towns. Valencia mayor Joan Ribó TEL: +34 966 797 885 / INFO@BARCLAYSPROPERTIES.COM yesterday (Tuesday) said all was going ahead, but for the first time he admitted the fiesta could be changed or cancelled at the last minute if health authorities order so - as the city's 800,000 population doubles beTemperatures are expected morrow (Thursday) with fore the 'Nit del Foc' on March to shoot up today (Wed- 30°C predicted in Murcia 19. nesday) in the south of Ali- city and 28°C again in OriAmong the visitors abroad cante province and Murcia huela. are thousands of Italians who region. The mercury is forehave already arrived or travelled According to state casted to fall on Thursday, by road - including fans who weather agency AEMET, with rain possible on Sathad already booked to stay in the mercury will hit 31°C in urday. Valencia for last night's ChamMurcia city and 28°C in Our photo shows pions League football match Orihuela. Guardamar del Segura on that was played with fans, alAEMET noted that the Sunday, where many though they have not been temperatures in inland people enjoyed a stroll on banned from travelling to the city.funds. Currently Gorgui andareas will remain high to- the beach in the warm sun. exceptional circumstances. by Simon Russell no extra measures The Secretary of State for So his far family sleep on the flor oor of checks have been ordered at his property. The victim, Alex Migration this week granted a property shared with several airports,while however all he Caudeli, is a wheelchair user the residency, meaning theSpanish other people Alex said and fromhe Italy have and Gorgui managed to carry young man can work legallyflights lostto everything owns in the suspended. him down on his back and and have full access to benefitsbeen fire and is currently living in a passengers from to safety as reported in the such as healthcare and educa- Meanwhile, squat, despite his disability. Spain have already been “Weekender” last month. tion for his baby when he is However, he realises that banned or must undergohecomDue to his selfless actions older. without his rescuer may not quarantine travelling to Denia council applied for a An online campaign topulsory be here at all ifand is adamant Moscow or Saudi Arabia. special residency permit for help both Mr Caudeli and MrIsrael, any money raised should that the undocumented hero, citing Lamine has also been raising In be shared the two. France,between gatherings of more than 1,000 people are banned and Italy has spread its Valencia regional councillor for health Ana Barceló is northern-regions quarantine to giving daily updates on the situation in the region the whole nation. As the number of coronavirus victims nationwide surpassed 1,500 on yesterday (Tuesday), the Ministry of Health ordered further measures in a desperate attempt to contain the virus in Spain. Madrid region alone accounts for over half the total figure and new cases are local infections (not linked to people arrived from other countries). School has been called off for 14 days in the region, as it has in Vitoria and La Rioja - other local clusters. The measure immediately led to supermarkets being hit by stockpiling shoppers, although distributors insist

their is no risk of shortages. The ministry has also ordered all first and second division football matches to be played without fans over the next fortnight. Here on the Costa Blanca, no further measures have been ordered, apart from the request to increase handwashing and call 900 300 555 if you think you have symptoms. Cases in Valencia region have remained stable and there has been no rapid increase. Councillor for health Ana Barceló reported on Monday that there are 63 cases in the region, with 15 of these in Alicante province.


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BEGGAR CHILDREN TAKEN INTO CARE By Nuria Pérez Two siblings aged seven and five and their six-month old baby brother found at the entrance to a supermarket in Lorca by the National Police have been taken into care. According to the National Police the children were used

as beggars by their parents, who were immediately arrested. The police were warned by several residents, who reported the children and the parents were begging at different supermarkets in the city. The children were taken into care by social services.



Son jailed on remand By Dave Jones A 40-year-old Belgian man who was arrested last week by the Guardia Civil for killing his 81-year-old mother has been remanded in custody by a Torrevieja judge. A spokesman for the Regional Supreme Court (TSJ)

noted that the suspect is being investigated for murder. The octogenarian was battered to death in her home in El Chaparral urbanisation early last Tuesday morning. The TSJ spokesman explained that the suspect had already been found guilty of mistreating his mother by a

court last July. At that time the judge had placed a restriction order on the son and he had been told to keep away from his mother for a year. However, he had continued to live at the family home in Calle Leonardo da Vinci.

Thieves targeted the elderly By Nuria Pérez A gang targeting elderly people in Orihuela has been busted by the National Police. The suspects are four Spanish women aged 16 to 47. It is alleged that they managed to get access to the victims’ homes to steal any valuable they could find. According to the National Police, two of them rang the bell of a victim’s home and pretended they were relatives to get access. One of them distracted the victim and the other asked if she could go to the kitchen and get a glass of water.




While the victim was distracted and talking to one of the thieves, the other one quickly searched in the main bedroom for cash or jewellery. A National Police spokeswoman pointed out that one of the victims was blind and others were physically dependant due to their age. She revealed that the jewellery of one of the victims had been recovered from a pawn shop and crucial evidence to identify and locate the thieves had been found in the shop. The teenager was taken to the prosecutor for young offenders and the three women were referred to an Orihuela judge.

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Tram line on track for 2022 By Jo Pugh The painfully slow bureaucratic procedures of one of the most anticipated projects - that of the tram line works between Denia and Calpe has finally taken a step forward. The Valencian regional government has awarded a contract worth €15.1 million for the renovation of the six kilometres of track linking the stations of Teulada and Gata de Gorgos. Now, with just the official signing of the

contract to take place, the works should be completed in just over a year, hopefully by April 2021. However, the tracks may be finished by then, but one main project is still be fin-

ished, and that is the construction of the new Pont del Quisi in Benissa. According to forecasts, the final reopening of the entire railway connection is not really expected until the beginning of 2022. It is true however, that on a provisional basis the trams could return to the Marina Alta as early as November 2021 as the old Quisi bridge can accept the passage of old non-dual trains and that could work between Calpe and Teulada, between which the project will be complete.





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Europe-wide hugger mugger gang busted By Nuria Pérez

A massive clampdown against a prolific hugger mugger gang took place at the end of February. It was carried out by the National Police and the Romanian police with the sup-

port of Europol in both countries. A total of 42 muggers were arrested, who are believed to have stolen over €1 million in Rolex watches and jewellery. They committed the thefts in seaside towns

along the Mediterranean coast and also in the UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and France. They targeted elderly people with the same trick, which was to approach victims and asked for directions or help. They then hugged and caressed them – stealing valuables at the same time. In some cases, they became extremely violent and injured the victim. In the raids, 66 watches including 25 Rolexes were seized, along with a substantial amount of expensive jewellery, over €40 000 in cash, 92 smartphones, 355 luxury cars, 10 luxury properties and several bank accounts were embargoed. The investigation was launched at the end of 2018 due to the increasing number of ‘hugging’ crimes recorded in Málaga province.


70-year-old arrested for sexually harassing hotel staff By Alexandra Blair National Police in Alicante city have arrested a 70-year-old man for alleged sexual harassment and assaulting a police officer. The city’s National Police violent crime unit started to investigate after a victim reported the 70-year-old perpetrator. The man had been a guest at a hotel for several weeks, had recently requested to extend his stay, but had started to humiliate, insult and treat the hotel’s female staff in a derogatory fashion, which greatly upset the employees. On January 26, a National Police patrol was called to the hotel after an incident between the guest in question and a female employee. Officers gave the woman advice on how to present a complaint and offered to help her with the necessary paperwork. Female hotel workers

had received indecent proposals and were being humiliated or intimidated by this guest, and on occasions he had been quite violent. In the moment of his arrest, he was on the balcony of is room making obscene gestures to police officers and to pedestrians passing by. Officers proceeded to arrest him, although the investigation continues in case more victims come forward.




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PSOE unhappy over board candidates Orihuela Socialist party (PSOE) councillor María García has revealed that several advisors employed by the Partido Popular and Ciudadanos coalition council have been included on the electoral lists for district boards, which are supposed to be made up of residents and associations. Sra García pointed out that the advisors have been appointed for their local authority jobs by political parties and are being paid by them. She noted that this means they should not represent residents on the district boards, which are the only

way local people cab have a say in local matters. The councillor stated that it could be legal but it was not ethical and urged the ruling coalition to change the bylaw on the local district boards.



Cutting down on caterpillars A total of €1.2 million will be invested until 2023 in different treatments to tackle processionary caterpillars in mountains in Murcia region by the regional government. According to regional director for environment Fulgencio Perona pine trees in popular and busy hiking and picnic areas are being fumigated to protect visitors and their pets from the pest. He pointed out that different measures to keep the pine trees healthy and control

the caterpillars have been applied since 2007 in the

mountains inland of Murcia region.

Suspect detained for drug dealing By Alex Watkins An alleged drug dealer was caught in Guardamar del Segura by the Guardia Civil on February 22, the third point of sale for drugs in the municipality they have closed

down in the last six months. A Guardia Civil spokesman explained that officers stopped a ‘suspicious looking’ man in the town centre and a superficial search found 11 small bags hidden in his clothing which tests

found to contain cocaine. He was also carrying €120 in cash which they assumed came from selling drugs. This led to them searching two homes in the municipality, from which they

seized €1,180 in cash, 550 Moroccan dirhams, 10 Swiss marks and various items for handling the drugs. The suspect also had various identification documents that belonged to different residents, which they

had apparently left as deposits when they had not brought enough cash to buy from him. The investigating court has released the suspect, a 53-year-old Moroccan, until his trial.

Drug den busted By Nuria Pérez A drug den in two attached properties in Llano de Brujas, a village near Murcia city, has been busted in a huge operation by the Guardia Civil. The dealers were six squatters, who used one of the properties for a marihuana plantation which held 250 plants. The other property contained a concrete bunker built, which was used as a den to sell marihuana, cocaine and other drugs.

The squatters had installed tiny cameras around the bunker as a CCTV system; and they had a pipe inside the bunker to flush away the drugs down in case the police arrived. However, substances were detected by the dog sniffer unit when armed officers raided the premises. They were able to recover some of the drugs and seized cash, scales and other equipment to weigh drugs.





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Suspects arrested for illegal fishing By Nuria Pérez Two suspects have been arrested for illegal fishing following a chase in Portmán and El Gorguel near Cartagena by the Guardia Civil. According to the Guardia Civil, the fishermen were taking advantage of the fact that fish farms had been smashed up by storms.

Cyclist hospitalised A cyclist was seriously injured after being hit by a car on the CV-905 road in Rojales near Ciudad Quesada urbanisation on Thursday at about 13.00, reported regional Spanish newspaper Información. The 50-year-old man suffered various injuries and re-

They were catching sea basses and gilt-head bream which they planned to sell in Cartagena and the Mar Menor area. They were spotted by inspectors from the regional fishing department but managed to flee in their boat. The inspectors asked the Guardia Civil for support and officers found the vessel hidden

Raising a glass By Alex Watkins Hospitality businesses in Elche are being given special containers by city hall to help them increase the amount of glass they collect for recycling. This campaign collaboration with Ecovidrio has set a target to increase the amount of glass


recycled by 20%, explained councillor for street cleaning Héctor Díez. The municipality is pulling out all the stops in its attempt to be named European Green City in 2030 Elche already has 860 glass recycling containers, one per 270 inhabitants, and last year

ceived attention at the scene from two ambulance crews. He was then taken to Torrevieja hospital where he was admitted to intensive care. Local police and Guardia Civil traffic officers attended the scene and an investigation has been opened.

in a rocky area at El Gorguel. They were then able to intercept the suspects as they drove away. During a search officers found fishing equipment, wet clothes and the keys of another car they had used to reach the beach. A fining procedure has been started and their boat was impounded. collected 2,500 tonnes, saving the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide to taking 2,000 vehicles off the road, he said. An additional 60 containers are going to be distributed around the rural districts. Since the hospitality sector generates 50% of the glass rectycled in Spain, 40 new containers are being placed in the city centre and commercial areas.

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Sprucing up the coast By Dave Jones

Council employees have been carrying out repairs to beach infrastructure along Torrevieja’s coastline which was damaged during Storm Gloria in January. Councillor for beaches Antonio Vidal explained that the town hall had to obtain permission from the national coast department before starting the work. He noted that the council’s green team have been working all along the coast on areas

which were ‘seriously’ affected by the storm. Sr Vidal said that Playa del Cura was one of the worst hit areas and beach walkways and ramps have been repaired and repainted. They also carried out repairs around the Hombre del Mar statue, repairing the handrail which was ‘totally destroyed’ by the large waves. The councillor said the team will continue to carry out work at other beaches ‘so they are ready for the Easter holiday’.

On the beaten track Jávea town hall is inspecting the popular trails and pathways through the forest in beauty spot of Granadella to check on storm damage. The tracks are popular with athletes, mountain bikers, hikers and ramblers but have suffered over the winter, especially with the last torrential rains. Councillor for the environment Toni Miragall and forestry engineer for Javea Ricardo Juan have visited areas devastated in the 2016 fire and have checked the state of the trails that have been damaged through the loss of the tree canopy. They will carry out small environmentally-friendly repairs and hope to prevent further erosion.

The town hall is also in contact with clubs and associations using the trails to promote a peaceful coexistence between and various activities and with nature. Sr Miragall said he “appreciated the willingness of clubs to improve an environmental heritage such as the paths in the forest areas”.





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Los Alcazares Camera Club "Where have my files gone?" Well known for wandering around the countryside and coastal areas of the Costa Blanca, there are occasions when members of the Los Alcazares Camera Club take seats at the Las Claras Community Centre, Los Alcazares, for a morning workshop, with Tuesday, March 3rd., being no exception. Guest speaker this day, was Clare Townsend, who patiently explained how to manage files into an easy to understand structure, showing how to find files, once installed, always useful, giving tips and reasons for moving and copying files to different locations in the computer hard drive. Cut, copy and paste (Your

scribe had forgotten how to perform this task some time ago!) was discussed in full, and by Clare, linking up her computer, via a projector, to a large screen, allá became a lot clearer. A question and answer session followed, which members found most rewarding. During 2020, field visits to windmills, along with photographing for monochrome results, and night shoots, are all planned to help members archive better results. New members are most welcome, with more information on the club, being found on our website. Please visit www.los-alcazares-camera.club

Pink Lady receives well deserved recognition On Saturday, March 7 Maria Wilson the founder of Maria and the Pink Ladies and President of AECC Orihuela Costa cancer charity was recognised by the Zenia Boulevard management and honoured as one of three women in the 2020 honours. She was presented with a diploma and bouquet of flowers in front of a packed Zenia Boulevard

crowd. Maria was recognised for her tireless efforts in raising much needed funds to help in the fight against cancer and her passion for ensuring the people of the Costa Blanca take advantage of the AECC early detection programme as early detection saves lives. Congratulations Maria as this is very much a well deserved award.

Walking Netball Group We are currently looking to start a Walking Netball Group. We have members who are all ready to play but, unfortunately we are lacking information, including places to play and teams in the local (Torrevieja) area that we can play against. Can you help?? We are the University of the Third Age and so our members need to netball walk, and not run. Anyone out there that has information that could help us with this activity can they please get in touch with Peter

Shaw - groups coordinator by email at torreviejau3agroups@gmail.com If you have a skill of any sort that you can share with like minded people, we would also be pleased to hear from you. Last Saturady saw Torrevieja U3A taking part in another Quiz Night which was held at the Hi-Life bar in Playa Flamenca. It was a very pleasant night out hosted by the inimitable Ricky Neil and was attended by 70+ members.





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Changes at HELP Vega Baja On February 25, HELP Vega Baja held their AGM in the Casa de Cultura, San Miguel and nominations were received and accepted for the Elective Committee. Michele Masson was returned as President and Richard Garland remains in place as Charity Secretary. After 5 years in post, Carole Jones stood down as Treasurer to spend more time travelling and Sue Birchenough was elected to join the committee as Treasurer. Michele presented Carole with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the charity

and spoke of the friendship that had developed throughout the charity with Carole. She also mentioned that Carole would not be leaving the charity entirely and would remain a much-valued volunteer. Members were presented with a copy of the accounts and were delighted to hear that the charity had helped a record number of people throughout 2019 with donations reaching in excess of €74,000. Michele Masson explained “much of our efforts in 2019 were directed towards supporting families who were

affected by the floods. It was amazing how the community rallied around to raise funds and of course how volunteers from the charity went way beyond what anyone could expect and were often found helping families in their homes during the day and dressed up and smiling on an evening attending fundraising events. "2020 is a special year for the charity as we celebrate 40 years supporting people in the Vega Baja area. We will be holding some fabulous events and we very much hope that people will come along to sup-


L-r: Carole, Sue , Michele and Richard port us. In particular we have our second golf event in June and we are hoping to have a gala ball later in the year – this is all in addition to our Spring, Christmas Fayres and so much more!"

For more information on how you can support HELP Vega Baja, to sign up as a member or become a volunteer, visit www.helpvega baja.com call 966 723 733 or visit their Facebook Page.

Walking between the storms Monday and Thursday Hill Walking Groups Despite the strong winds towards the end of February Paul Leniston, the leader of the U3A Vall de Pop Monday & Thursday Walking Groups, reported the month had been great for walking the hillsides of this beautiful area, with more than its fair share of warm sunny days. Walks have included Lleus to Pinos, two almond blossom walks. Somel ex-

cellent coastal views from the Olta summit, a good walk to open the lungs and legs at the start of the Spring walking season. The Monday group had requested the Bernia walk, which although longer than their usual walks was enjoyed by one and all. Col de Rates from Parcent, which was so popular for Thursdays may be offered for the Monday group, who, on the third Monday of February, enjoyed a new walk from Par-

cent to Murla Ermitia. Cocoll was the final challenging walk for the Thursday group in February. However, with lots of water stops and a moderate pace Paul ensured everyone not only completed the walk but enjoyed the experience and the views. If you would like more details about either group send Paul an email at paulleniston@hotmail.com or see our website at www.u3avalldelpop. com.

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Pueblo Bravo Debra Charity Shop in Ciudad Quesada was in need of a long overdue makeover having been open now for 14 years. Three Buffalo (Buffs) Lodges generously donated €1,000 for purchase of new display cabinets and bookcases . Patience Lodge 2177 Phillip Scott Lodge 10671 Washington Lodge 2178 Heartfelt thanks to everyone not forgetting our very own volunteer shop fitter Graham Ketley assisted by his wife Rita spending many hours putting the units together. Photographs show representatives from Buffs and

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One of the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the entire world will take place in Cabo Roig on Sunday afternoon (March 15) launching the start of three days of Festivities on the Orihuela Costa. The 2020 parade, the tenth anniversary of the Cabo Roig welcomes almost30 floats, troupes and displays to the huge parade. Many of the bars and restaurants have been running

fundraising activities to support the parade. Lots more happening this week in the run up to Sunday. On Friday evening the formal launch of the festivities will be hosted by the Parade Committee and the Orihuela Town Hall in the Casino situated in Zenia Boulevard where the Grand Marshall, the living GAA legend Séamus Darby, will also be welcomed to the area. On Sunday itself the events

get underway at 1pm, with kids’ activities and face-painting while BIG FM will be hosting their live St Patrick’s Day outside broadcast from the stage area in Calle del Mar. There will also be a display of classic cars, motorcycles and scooters during the hour leading up to the start of the parade. The parade, led by the Torrevieja Pipes, will start at 3pm from the Aguamarina Urban-

isation in Calle Agua. along Calle del Mar to the Medical Centre where it will turn down the front of the strip, into Calle Cielo to finish back at the original start point. Over 50 members of the Moors and Christians Brotherhoods will also take part in the parade as special guests. Parking will be difficult with much of the area closed by police from 1pm. Please ensure that to arrive early so you can

enjoy an afternoon of fine Irish companionship and entertainment.


Charity event in aid of Alicante Parkinson's association

Teulada Moraira Lions are delighted to present a Shirley Bassey tribute, in, April. With a powerful voice capable of delivering the dynamic tunes synonymous with Shirley Bassey, Amanda will be performing some of the singer's classics In addition, we are delighted to welcome Duo Intermezzo. Their style is Opera Fusion - a mix of Opera, Pop & Latin Jazz. Duo Intermezzo will be kicking off our latest musical evening with some truly beautiful pieces.

A concert will take place on Sunday, March 15 at 5.30pm in aid of the Parkinson's association of Alicante at the ' Salon de Actos of Salesianos Don Bosco school (Av. Vicente Blasco, 1, 03005 Alicante) Various artists will be collaborating including Spanish guitarist Luis Gómez of the band Maldita Nerea. Other performers in-

The show will be staged on Sunday, April 26, in Espai La Senieta, Moraira and starts at 7pm. Tickets are priced at €15 and there will be a bar and raffle. All profits go to support those in need through the charitable donations made by the Teulada Moraira Lions Club. For more information on the club, visit www.tmlions.com. To book your tickets call 966 498 493 or email tmlions. concerts @gmail.com

clude members school of song and music 'Allegra and the Mary Carmen Serrano ballet school. Proceeds from the tickets costing €8 will go entirely towards the charity. Tickets can be bought at Asociación Parkinson Alicante, Calle General Pintos 11 or from the Escuela de Canto y música Allegra, on Calle Barraquer 1, in Alicante.


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ADIEM and Darkness into Light join St Patrick's parade Marking the third year of Pieta House/Darkness into Light walk in May 2020, the Charity along with its formal partner charity ADIEM (a local mental health organisation) will raise awareness of suicide prevention and self-harm at the St Patrick's Day parade in Cabo Roig on Sunday March 15. The Pieta House / Darkness into Light Charity has been nominated as the lead partner charity by the St' Patrick's Day Committee this year. The Darkness into Light team will be supported by the ADIEM team on the day to raise awareness of the issues of suicide prevention and self-harm and that there is help locally, for those who maybe in a time of distress. A brightly adorned float will be decorated thanks to the pupils at ADIEM, who are based locally in Torrevieja, Orihuela and Alicante. Fionnula Fitzsimons from Darkness into Light commented "Our presence in Costa Blanca has grown dramatically over the

past three years and we are delighted to have partnered with ADIEM locally. Together we create an awareness of the work of both charities, not only to the English speaking community, but importantly to our Spanish neighbours and friends. Having a collaboration with a like-minded charity such as ADIEM for all events and awareness campaigns now and in the future, is exactly where we wanted to focus on when we set up Darkness into Light back in 2018". Luis Gonzalez at ADIEM commented "As a collaborating entity, with common interests in the fight against stigmas in mental health and in the prevention of suicide, we are delighted to participate with our friends from DIL Costa Blanca and Pieta House in such a festive, fun and family day" Darkness into Light will be hosting its 3rd annual walk on Saturday, May 9, at 05.30 am from Gogarty's Bar in La Zenia. Each year the walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local com-

opment Circle will be at 6.30pm every Thursday. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, March 15 at 11.30am will be taken by Ray Bailey. The Evening of Mediumship on Tuesday, March 17 will be taken by David Darnbrough. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday,


Reaping rewards of rice munity and to show their support for those who have been bereaved by suicide or mental helath issues. Registration for the walk is currently open, with an early bird rate until Tuesday March 17 at https:// www.darknessintolight. ie/event/costablanca/home For more information: https://www.darknessintolight.ie/event/ costa-blanca/home https://www.facebook.com/DILCosta Blanca/ https://www.pieta.ie/events/darknessinto-light-2020/ http://adiem.org/

Spiritualist Centre meetings The Spiritualist Centre, Benijofar meets at Hamilton´s Bake House, 62 Calle Vicente, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar 03178. We hold a. Sunday Service at 11.30am a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7pm Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. The Devel-


March 22 will be taken by Ana Marie Blythe at 11.30am. Contact Wendy on 96 532 3028 or see www. spiritualistcentrebenijofar. com Email: phoenixchurch23@ gmail.com or info@spiritualist centre-benijofar.com Fiscal ID: G54713789

A total of 27 bars and restaurants are participating in the 2020 rices of Torrevieja gastronomic initiative, which runs from Monday, March 9 to Sunday, March 15. Each of the outlets will be offering a specially created menu that has a rice dish as its centrepiece. Most of the restaurants are located in Torrevieja town centre, but outlets in La Mata are also taking part, as well as other outlying areas. A full list of the participants and their addresses can be found at www.torreviejagastronomica.com Well-known restaurants which are producing the special set menus include La Marisquería de Torrevieja, El Pescador, Bahía, El Puerto and Rincon de Capis.




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Recipe supplied by the Oasis Bar Bistro, Benijófar

Oasis Mexican Lasagne A Mexican twist on an Italian classic, this dish has proved popular with customers and friends alike. If you use authentic Mexican corn tortillas it’s also Gluten Free, and if you swap the mince for Quorn or more beans it will please the fussiest vegetarian. Ingredients For the Chilli Con Carne 500g minced beef, pork or chicken or quorn 1 large onion, chopped 1 each, red & green pepper seeded and chopped 1tbsp chopped garlic 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tin chopped tomato 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 jar/tin kidney beans 1 tbsp oregano 1 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp sweet paprika 1-2 tsp chilli powder ½ litre beef or veg stock Small bunch chopped fresh coriander 2-5 jalapeños, sliced For the Lasagne 18 small corn tortillas 150g grated cheese Method In a large pan, heat the oil and add the chopped onion, peppers, garlic and oregano. Cook gently until the veg-

etables are soft and starting to brown. Add the cumin, paprika and chilli powder. Mix this well into the onions and cook on a low heat for 3-5 mins. Turn up the heat and add the mince, and allow to cook for a further 5 mins. Add the chopped tomato, tomato puree and stock, again stirring well. Bring the pan to the boil, and then let simmer for 1hr and the liquid has started to thicken. Rinse the beans in cold water and add to the chilli with the coriander and jalapeños. Cook for a further 5 mins, then leave to cool. Preheat oven to 180°C, lightly grease a lasagne dish and place a layer of the corn tortillas to cover the whole dish. Spoon the chilli on to the tortillas, repeat this in layers, finishing with a layer of tortillas. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and a little oregano. Bake for 25-35 mins. Enjoy hot with an ice cold beer.

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By Ella Walker, PA

Life Kitchen offers recipes and cookery classes for people dealing with cancer. Parmesan cod recipe with salt and vinegar cucumber This Parmesan cod is a fish dish with a difference. "Think of British fish and chips with lashings of vinegar (with its acidic tang and sweetness), then turn up the flavour a few notches and you get this dish," explains Ryan Riley of Life Kitchen. "Salt and vinegar cucumber is refreshing for your palate and the Parmesan-crusted cod brings plenty of umami. Serve this with some crushed new potatoes." Parmesan cod with salt and vinegar cucumber from Life Kitchen by Ryan Riley Ingredients: (Serves 4) 150g Parmesan, grated 2tsp smoked paprika 1 small handful of thyme, leaves picked A pinch of salt A pinch of black pepper 4 small cod loins (about 140g each) 2 eggs, lightly beaten Good-quality olive oil, to serve For the salt and vinegar cucumber: 1 cucumber, sliced into ribbons A large pinch of salt 150ml malt vinegar Method: 1. Heat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Start the salt and vinegar cucumber. Place the cucumber ribbons in a bowl and sprinkle liberally with the salt, making sure all of the cucumber is salted - don't worry, you're going to wash off most of the salt later. Set aside. 3. To make the cod, in a bowl first mix the parmesan, paprika and thyme leaves with the pinches of salt and pepper. 4. One by one, place the cod loins into the beaten eggs and coat well. Then roll each egg-coated loin in the parmesan mixture until coated and place on the lined baking tray. Bake for about eight to 10 minutes, until the cod gently flakes when pushed with the back of a teaspoon. If you like, give the loins a final minute under a hot grill to get the parmesan coating really crispy. 5. While the cod is in the oven, transfer the cucumber to a sieve and wash off the excess salt under running water. Place the ribbons in a bowl with the malt vinegar and give them a good mix. Leave to Parmesan cod recipe with salt and vinegar cucumber

lightly pickle until the cod is cooked. 6. Serve each cod loin with a generous portion of the salt and vinegar cucumber and drizzled with good-quality olive oil. Hot and cold pickled tomatoes recipe with chilli yoghurt Hot and cold pickled tomatoes are super zingy with chilli yoghurt. "Pickled tomatoes. What a revelation. The sweet tanginess of the vinegar really pairs well with the savouriness of the tomatoes, creating something beautifully balanced," explains Ryan Riley of Life Kitchen. "Chilli yoghurt helps the tomatoes to sing, and brings the whole dish a light-handed freshness (there is no end to the list of ingredients you can mix into yoghurt to make it exciting). The pickled tomatoes will keep for two to three days in the fridge in a sealed container."




Ryan Riley Hot and cold pickled tomatoes with chilli yoghurt Ingredients: (Serves 3-5) 150ml red wine vinegar 1/4tsp fennel seeds 6 coriander seeds 2 bay leaves 12 mixed-colour cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered 2tbsp full-fat Greek yoghurt 1tsp Chilli Oil (see below) To serve: Warmed flatbreads or naan breads A small handful of mint leaves To make the Chilli Oil: (makes 200ml so you'll have Hot and cold pickled tomatoes with chilli yoghurt

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Pineapple tacos with prawns, chilli and lime recipe

plenty left over) 200ml rapeseed oil 40g dried chipotle chilli flakes 20g red chilli flakes

Place a saucepan on a medium heat and add the oil. Bring to a simmer - be very careful as the oil will be extremely hot. After a few moments, drop in a chilli flake: if the oil is hot enough, the flake will sizzle slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in both types of chilli flake. Set aside and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, pour into a sterilised jar and seal with a lid.

Method: 1. Stir together the vinegar, both seeds and the bay leaves in a bowl. Place a saucepan on a high heat and pour in half the liquid (with half the aromatics). Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat. Divide the tomatoes between two bowls and pour the hot liquid into one bowl and the cold into the other. Leave for five minutes. 2. Meanwhile, combine the yoghurt and chilli oil in a bowl. 3. To serve, spread the warmed breads with the chilli yoghurt, top with both hot and cold tomatoes (discarding the bay) and scatter over the mint. Pineapple tacos with prawns, chilli and lime recipe Pineapple tacos with prawns, chilli and lime are a major hit of flavour.

"My all-time favourite recipe from the Life Kitchen classes, pineapple tacos is the dish that gets the greatest number of emotional reactions from our guests," says Ryan Riley of Life Kitchen. "Once, a wonderful man called Mike - who is 75 years old and hadn't tasted anything in a very long time as a result of his treatment - found this recipe a complete revelation. So many others have said the same thing. Pineapple tacos are a novel idea, but once you've made them, you won't look back." Ingredients: (Makes about 20 tacos) 100g cooked prawns, shelled 1 red or green chilli, finely chopped, plus extra to serve (optional) 1 lime, zest and juice, plus

extra wedges for squeezing (optional) 1 spring onion, sliced into rough matchsticks 1 pineapple, peeled and sliced into wafer-thin circles A small handful of coriander leaves Method: 1. In a bowl, mix the cooked prawns with the chilli, the lime zest and juice and the spring onion. 2. Fold each pineapple round in half to resemble a taco shell. Fill each shell with an equal amount of the prawn mixture, sprinkle over a few coriander leaves and squeeze over some extra lime, if you like. Serve immediately with optional extra chilli on the side. Life Kitchen by Ryan Riley, photography by Clare Winfield, is published by Bloomsbury.


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Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis. People of all ages including children can be affected. The two most common types of arthritis are: ■ Osteoarthritis ■ Rheumatoid arthritis Osteoarthritis This is the most common type of arthritis. It usually develops in people who are in their late 40s or older. It’s more common in women and people with a family history of it. It can however occur at any age as a result of an injury or be associated with other jointrelated conditions, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint at first. This makes movement harder than normal leading to pain and stiffness. Once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thin out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder. This can cause swelling and the formation of bony spurs which are called osteophytes. Severe loss of cartilage can lead to bone rubbing on bone altering the shape of a joint and forcing the bones out of position. Joints most commonly affected are: ■ Hands

■ Spine ■ Knees ■ Hips Rheumatoid Arthritis It usually starts when people are 4050 years of age. Women are three times more likely to be affected than men. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling. The outer covering of the joint is the first area to be affected. This may then spread across the joint, leading to further swelling and changes to the joints shape. This may cause the bone and cartilage to break down.

People who have rheumatoid arthritis can also develop problems with other tissues and organs in their bodies. Symptoms of arthritis The symptoms that present will depend on the type of arthritis you have. It is important to have an accurate diagnosis if you have: ■ Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness ■ Inflammation in and around the joints ■ Restricted movement of the joints ■ Warm, red skin over the affected joint ■ Weakness and muscle wasting Treatment of arthritis There is no cure for arthritis but there are many treatments that can slow down the progression of the condition. For osteoarthritis, medications are often prescribed which include: ■ Painkillers

■ Non-steroidal drugs ■ Corticosteroids


In severe cases surgical procedures may be recommended, these may include: ■ Arthroplasty (joint replacement) ■ Arthodesis (joint fusion) ■ Osteotomy (bone is cut and realigned) The aim of the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is to slow down the progression of the condition and minimise joint inflammation or swelling. This is to try and prevent damage to the joints. Recommended treatments include: ■ Painkillers ■ Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs ■ Physiotherapy ■ Regular exercise

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Ease the sneeze By Gabrielle Fagan, PA

Sneezing, snuffling, itchy eyes and wheezing are the most common symptoms of hay fever. We check out the latest research into the causes and find products to combat the symptoms. Hay fever and its debilitating symptoms - from itchy eyes and a runny nose through to congestion and wheeziness brings misery to millions every year. The symptoms are caused by histamines - substances the body produces in response to allergic reactions - which is why doctors usually recommend antihistamine medication. Outdoor tips ■ Wear wraparound sunglasses, anti-allergenic eye make-up and apply Vaseline to nostrils to trap pollen before it enters nasal passages. ■ Don't dry washing outside on high pollen count days as it will collect pollen from the air. Change clothes and wash hair after being outside. ■ Avoid mowing the lawn, weeding or composting to avoid exposure to grasses, pollen and mould spores. ■ Keep car windows closed, service a car air filter regularly, and if possible choose a car with a pollen filter. Indoor tips ■ On high and very high grass pollen count days the worst times are usually early morning (between 5-10am) and late afternoon (4-7pm), when most grasses release their pollen.

Keep windows and doors closed at these times. ■ Drink plenty of water, around 2.5 litres a day, to help replace fluid lost through sweating and mucus generated by sneezing and coughing. ■ Cover beds and desks when not in use and fold covers back carefully when you want to use the area. Pollen is heavy and settles on surfaces quickly. ■ Brush cats or dogs as they may carry a lot of pollen in their fur. ■ For some respite, close windows and doors. Sit still and in about 25 minutes most of the pollen in the room will have settled so you will be breathing pollen-free air.

Treatment Treatment includes antihistamines, corticosteroids, nasal sprays and decongestants, and eye drops. If symptoms are particularly severe consult a GP, who may refer you to an allergy specialist. There is a huge range of over-the-counter remedies available, including ones that are taken once a day and don't cause drowsiness. Natural boosters If drug-free solutions appeal, a new natural remedy that claims to give a powerful boost to the immune system could be beneficial during the pollen season. It contains Quercetin, a natural plant extract to support the respiratory tract, and Bromelain, an anti-inflamma-

tory. Quercetin & Bromelain is available from www.highernature.co.uk. Those interested in a homeopathy could match their symptoms to an appropriate remedy at www.hayfeverhealing.com, a new interactive online site launched by Nelsons. Needle an allergy Alternative therapies such as acupuncture also claim success with conditions such as hay fever. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy which run underneath the skin, acupuncturists believe they stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. Weekly treatments are applied over a three to four week period although this varies depending on the severity of the allergy. Band aid A simple arm band claims to work by exerting a gentle, constant pressure at the elbow crease. Chinese medicine expert Jacqueline Young explains that stimulation of particular points can have direct effect on certain body systems. "One point on the elbow appears to have an anti-histamine-like effect and is widely used in the treatment of hay fever." The Hay-Band, a specially designed acupressure elbow band, can be used before or after onset of symptoms. It's available from www.hayband.co.uk.


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WHAT IS FOOD INTOLERANCE? Food intolerance, also known as non-IgE mediated food hypersensitivity or non-allergic food hypersensitivity, refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy.

Food allergies trigger the immune system, while food intolerance does not. Some people suffer digestive problems after eating certain foods, even though their immune system has not reacted – there is no histamine response. Foods most commonly associated with food intolerance include dairy products, grains that contain gluten, and foods that cause intestinal gas buildup, such as beans and cabbage. Fast facts on food intolerance Here are some key points about food intolerance. More detail and supporting information is in the main article. ■ Symptoms of food intolerance tend to take longer to appear than symptoms of allergies ■ The symptoms are varied and can include, migraine, cough, and stomach ache ■ Some food intolerance is caused by the lack of a particular enzyme

Symptoms The symptoms of food intolerance generally take longer to emerge, compared to food allergies. The following are the most common symptoms of food intolerance: ■ Bloating ■ Migraines ■ Headaches ■ Cough ■ Runny nose ■ Feeling under the weather ■ Stomach ache

■ Irritable bowel ■ Hives Causes There can be many causes of food intolerance, and we will take a look at each of these in turn. 1) Absence of an enzyme 2) Chemical causes of food intolerance

3) Food poisoning – toxins 4) Natural occurrence of histamine in some foods 5) Salicylates are present in many foods In Clínica Britannia we have different methods to identify food intolerances and help their treatment, to achieve a recovery of the normal state of health.

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Five golden rules for growing your hair out By Prudence Wade, PA Prudence Wade asks trichologist Stephanie Sey how to get thick, princess-like locks. A new hairstyle doesn't have to mean getting an extreme chop. Instead, your fresh look can be a bit more gradual - like growing your hair out. Most of us lust after waist-length, princess-style hair, but find it tricky to achieve. For some, the hair becomes too ratty and we need to cut it, and for others, it seemingly refuses to grow past a certain point. Luckily, there are some things you can do - to your beauty routine and your lifestyle in general - to encourage thicker hair and healthy growth. Trichologist Stephanie Sey reveals her expert tips on what you should do if you covet long, luscious locks... 1. Have a good diet We hate to break it to you, but a well-balanced diet isn't just good for your physical health, it's also necessary for long, bouncy hair. Sey puts it simply: "A poor diet can affect the health of your hair, while a well-balanced diet can help support healthy hair growth." When thinking about what to eat, it's really about using your common sense. "Processed foods like fast food and ready meals are typically high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats, as well as chemical additives,"

Sey explains. "These foods typically have very little in the way of the nutrients that our body needs to stay healthy, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The hair is one of the very last systems in your body to receive nutrients (as it is one of the least essential), so if your body is not receiving adequate nutrients, your hair will likely be affected." She recommends a balanced diet "comprising of carbohydrates, healthy fats, proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals" to help encourage thick, full hair. 2. Reduce stress Keeping anxiety under control is also good for your all-round health, not just your hair. Stress can have a huge impact on your physical health, as well as causing "chronic shedding, resulting in thinner hair", says Sey. Unfortunately,

stress isn't quite as easy to manage as your diet. However, there are things you can try, like exercising or meditation, but if anxious feelings become unmanageable, you should see your GP. 3. Wash your hair regularly How often you wash your hair can be a balancing act. On the one hand, you don't want to overdo it, because the shampoo can strip your hair of its natural oils. However, Sey says: "Not washing your hair enough can also lead to a build-up of oils and react with the pollution in the environment." How often you wash depends on your hair type - for example, dry hair doesn't need to be as regularly shampooed as other types - but as a general rule of thumb, Sey advises: "You should wash your hair a minimum of once a week." 4. Focus on scalp health Skincare is big business, with many of us investing in a multi-step routine to reveal healthy, glowing skin. So, why do we forget about the skin on

top of our heads? It's not exactly the sexiest part of any beauty regime, but our scalps have long been overlooked - and this could be to the detriment of our hair. "Scalp health is crucial; when your scalp is in a healthy state, you create the optimum conditions for stronger, better looking hair," says Sey, which is another reason not to skip regular hair washes. She adds: "Yeast malassezia is responsible for dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, and the use of a treatment, such as Nizoral Dandruff Shampoo (ÂŁ9.30, Boots), can help to control it." 5. Don't forget haircuts If you want hair down to your waist, your first thought might be to stop getting regular haircuts. After all, surely it's going to grow longer if you stop trimming it, right? It might defy logic, but regular cuts are actually crucial to growing your hair out. "Make sure the ends of your hair are well taken care of and preserved, so get your hair cut when the ends become weathered and split," Sey advises. "Not tackling split ends means it will travel up the hair shaft, causing more damage."


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Across the Pond: 80 years old Last week, our granddaughter celebrated her eighteenth birthday. The days leading up to the event were filled with anticipation and excitement because there’s nothing more a kid wants than to be than an adult. At least, that’s the way I remembered it when I was eight years old. I could not wait to be nine. Why? Because then I could get a paper route. I didn’t realise those endless summer days of comic books, playing baseball, eating moon pies and drinking RC Cola would be some of the better times of my life. I couldn’t wait to get onto some other age. As a matter of fact, it seems as if a good part of my life was spent waiting to be older. When I was in the seventh grade, being in the eighth grade seemed to be Nirvana. For one thing, the eighth graders had birthday parties where both boys and girls were in attendance and Eddie Joe, being a year older than me, told us kids in the neighbourhood about this game called ‘spin the bottle’ being played at those parties. I couldn’t wait. Eighth grade also meant the added benefit of being 14, old enough to get a work permit and get a

real job in the Jay-Cee grocery store. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, when I got to the eighth grade, I was already anticipating entry into the inner sanctum of high school and the chance to cut up a dead frog in the biology class. Still, there was a bit of trepidation, knowing that hazing of freshman boys might mean hanging by our belts on the coat racks or worse, having our heads shaved. But surviving the hazing and moving on to the sophomore year, then one of the first real life changing milestones was in sight. I couldn’t wait to turn sixteen and become a real man with a driver’s licence; cars, freedom, the open road and of course, girls. The thrill of being 16 only sharpened the desire to be eighteen and graduating. Now there was a chance to join the service or get a real job in the factory, make that big money and buy a new car. But wait, my teachers said, what about college? Were they crazy? Who went to college? Who had the money? Besides, I’d had enough of education, enough to last me a lifetime. I was

ready to start living. Of course, it didn’t take long to realise that being 18 was not the pinnacle of life’s ambition. Drinking a root beer float at Jerry Bradley’s drive-in was okay but a boy had to be twenty-one to become a man with the freedom to walk into Frank’s Tavern, get a pickled egg out of the gallon jug on the bar and wash it down with a Falls City beer. Or even better yet, after a hard day’s work in suffocating temperatures at the furniture factory, stopping on the way home in the little town of Haysville, Indiana for a refreshing ice cold, frosted schooner of Pabst Blue Ribbon. That 21st birthday was about the end of wishing life would hurry up. Within a couple of years, I was married and then, life was a blur for the next 25 years seemingly interrupted only by something to do with children. My birthdays were no more than an afterthought. Life finally slowed down when, never understanding where the feeling came from, I no longer liked going to work. Suddenly, I was anticipating retirement, Social Security and the chance to

enrol in Medicare, getting away from those back breaking insurance premiums. So what’s this all about? Why all this introspection? It’s another birthday for me, that’s why. By the time many of you read this, I will have celebrated my 80th and will be entering my ninth decade on the right side of the grass. It’s a milestone and a reason to celebrate primarily because I made it when many of my friends and classmates didn’t. Now I’m wondering; what the hell was my hurry? Why was I always anxious to be older? Did I never stop to think that one day I would be a 80 year old guy suddenly worried witless about a stock market meltdown brought on by yet another Chinese virus and dealing with aches, pains and a concern about becoming a doddering old man who saves cottage cheese cartons and rinsed out Zip Lock bags for entertainment? Did I not realise that I would not be a rambunctious 9 year old paperboy, a fun loving teenage grocery clerk, a girl-chasing twenty something factory worker, an anxious 40 year old father, a bored to death 50 year old

By Gordon Grindstaff cubicle dweller or even a contented 65 year old grandfather forever? . Nope, I don’t guess I did. G2 note: I looked at the ending paragraph of this piece and realised I have just summed up my life in about the longest sentence I’ve ever written. And if you’re one of my kids reading this, I was just kidding about being a doddering old man. That isn’t going to be me. I’m as happy as a clam at high tide. Really. I am. Honest.




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Hanging out with all the young dudes By Jack Troughton

Culture and cuisine make San Seb a cool place San Sebastian has more bars per square metre than anywhere else on the planet apparently – possibly why the thirsty soldiers of Wellington’s army got so carried away when they finally stormed the old town and the castle in 1813. Guide books politely refer to the allies running ‘amok’ and the resulting fires destroyed much of the area, the beautiful church of Santa Maria and Calle de 31 Agosto, named after the event, notable survivors. It was the price of helping Napolean’s forces on their way back to nearby France but it has also allowed a fashionable San Seb – Donostia in the Basque language – to grow in its place with elegant streets and plazas. Summer in the city is the place to be and having left the heat of Spain’s Costa Blanca behind, this Atlantic coast city is refreshingly cool, almost like being back in Blighty. Cool has another meaning when hanging out at the Gros beach with its dedicated surfers waiting for a wave or watching the exertions of skilled sporty-types engaged in beach volleyball tournaments. Achieve the look by hiring a board and wetsuit in specialist shops behind the sands and just wander the promenade at sunset. The old town is a short walk across the river and at the end of the peninsula above the harbour is the steep sides of the fortified Urgull mountain topped with an imposing statue – it pays not to make assumptions, it turned out the sculpture was not Saint Sebastian but Jesus Christ. However, the views over the city and its three beaches are spectacular and well worth the effort of getting to the summit; there is a bus for the fainthearted. It is a perfect way to work up an appetite. No one should go hungry as there are streets packed with bars and restaurants; the famous ‘pintxo’ – the divine snacks of Donostia – are not only delicious but imaginative and a magnet for foodies. Traditional And these can be washed down with local wines, traditional cider, or a cool beer. El Picaro bar in Gros – it always

pays to have a local – boasted six varieties of San Miguel on draught, the ‘hamburgo’ was dark and hoppy and very close to English ale...another was an eye-watering 9.1% alcohol, nearly twice the strength. Language students will recognise a ‘caña’ as a small beer; a large glass is a ‘cañon’. Food and accompanying refreshments are offered at very digestible prices; accommodation can be pricey. It is worth just looking up the rates for a room at the stylish Maria Cristina Hotel or the beachfront Hotel Londres de Inglaterra for the shock. Saint Sebastian’s Day is January 20 and is celebrated with the ‘Tamborrada’ – bands of drummers in 18th Century military uniforms followed by bands of cooks beating a raucous rhythm on barrels; something like 100 groups take part and Plaza de Constitución at midnight starts 24 hours of non-stop percussion. It dates back to the French occupation. Patrols marched with drummers through the city

and for some reason – perhaps as an act of defiance – women going to draw water from the wells began marching behind banging buckets and barrels. And like all celebrations in this part of the world it is loud but good humoured and the groups taking part were first formed by gastronomic associations – thus the cooks’ uniforms. There is even a song to celebrate being cheery and happy as a ‘donostiarra’, a card-carrying member of the local community. Just two bands took part in a mid-summer recreation of the big day, led by the Basque flag, and it still all went down swimmingly well with cheering residents and visitors; a perfect photo opportunity. Statues spread around the city record many of its forefathers – there is a need for an app to explain who’s who, perhaps called ‘Who’s that Dude?’ There are plenty of sculptures dotted around the city too; galleries and museums can fill an agenda – or just stroll around and take in the architecture.

Maria Cristina Hotel

In Okendo Plaza, there is a statue dedicated to the Spanish admiral. Joining the cafe society outside the Victoria Eugenia Theatre it is difficult to ignore the bullet holes on the theatre walls and opposite on the outside of Hotel Maria Cristina – a legacy of 1936 and a battle fought by the Basque militia against the Second Republic at the start of the Civil War, shortly before the Nationalists arrived and the start of years of repres-

sion under Franco (there is a plaque with a contemporary photo to explain). It is hard to avoid military history, the fortifications of Urgull and its many gun battery sites are still evident – there is even the English Cemetery inside, a resting place for soldiers killed in the defending San Sebastian against the Carlist forces in 1833; hopefully, they got to try the local cuisine before the fighting.

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The Voice UK (ITV, 8.30pm) Saturday, 14/3/2020 We're edging ever closer to the grand finale and the competition is really hotting up. Regular viewers no doubt have their favourites, but the contest is still too close to call at the moment. Last week saw the final Battle Round take place, which means we're about to witness the first of the Knockout stages. In 2019, eventual winner Molly Hocking went through from the second of these thanks to a barnstorming rendition of Christina Perri's song Human, and it was then that many of those watching at home realised she was a frontrunner. Will the same happen this evening, with one of the dozen competitors taking to the mike really making their mark? Only time will tell.

Before We Die (Channel 4, 11pm)

On the Edge: BBW (C4, 10pm)

Sunday, 15/3/2020 The second series of the powerful crime thriller from Sweden in which a police detective works with informants in criminal organisations. Hanna Svensson is looking for the officer who is leaking information. Still obsessed with the Mimicas and her own son Christian's safety, she blackmails Jovan into helping her obtain information as he knows that control of the leak has passed to another gang. Jovan is busted by the Mimicas, but Bjorn and Hanna learn that the other gang contains officers who are involved in illegal activities. The full series is available on All 4.

Monday, 16/3/2020 New series. The drama anthology returns with three unusual love stories depicting characters and worlds not often seen on British TV, with the first a coming-of-age tale about a young, plus-size British-Nigerian woman trying to find her place in the world. Everyone in Remi's life thinks they know what she should do, with her parents and her friends telling her what is best for her. But she just wants her life to begin. Will she ever be able to take control? Starring Juliet Okotie, Jude Akuwudike and Andi Osho. Stay tuned for the second and third stories.

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Is there a spring in your step and a lighter feeling all round? As mornings are lighter and the gloom of winter begins to lift, prepare for sunshine. Everything in the garden may not be rosy yet, but you have been putting in some good groundwork. A couple of decisions made recently may have felt small but will prove to have been ground-breaking. Feeling less wobbly? Good.

Do you feel that whiff of spring in the air? Yes, the equinox this week brings hope and renewal. Get to grips with any workload. Paying attention to finances would be a good move too! Although you want to get ahead quickly on a personal matter, figure out all of your options first. Certainly when it comes to romance, you want to be in the right place and at the right time!

That bright light that shoots through your mind this week is a taste of spring. Yes, the equinox is here and energy flows. Some ideas born now can be bigger than envisaged. For sure it is a good time to consider things that will propel you and yours into the future. In your enthusiasm, however, be sure to check the finances. Avoid spending more than is manageable.

Unexpected visitors may bring long-held secrets to life. Well, what would life be without our little mysteries? Still, remind yourself not to get annoyed with the messenger. In a great week for communications, this is one that you should pay attention to. Do a little something for a loved one at the weekend. When considering all that they have done for you, isn't it well deserved?





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I expect that you have been working so hard and considering others so much that you have hardly looked up. Yes, raise your chin and see the glow ahead of you! With the beginning of spring just around the corner surely you deserve a little treat? Be it with a partner or by yourself, do something that you have always wanted to do. It may be big or small but it certainly gives a boost.

So much has been spinning around in your world that slowing down a bit has probably not been an option. Even so, you may need a bit of 'me' time to restore the balance. Business-wise on a bit of a roll? That is OK, as long as you do realise the need for a break. Soon enough spring will be here and loved ones will be demanding more of your time. Lucky you to be so in demand!

Being a responsible sort of person, you do sometimes take life too seriously. It is important to let your limits be known, of course. You of all the signs cannot abide any situation that is out of balance or unfair. Consider this though... spring will soon be upon us and romance and love will begin to show. If it is to blossom (and how you want that), you will need to make time for it.

Oh, such leaping ahead! Just when you thought that things were slowing down, it is 'all change'! With the emphasis still largely on work it is still necessary to make plans for a break. Things may be a little up in the air as far as timing is concerned. It is most likely that you will change your destination several times. Even so, keep a slot free. Overwork is a baddie.





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Sometimes our responsibilities get the better of us, don't they? It is easy for me to say 'take a break', but I know it is not always possible. In your mind, however, you can plot and plan ahead for freer times. Your wellbeing is tied up with others, of course. Even so, give yourself a few kind words. Waiting for others to praise you can be a negative experience.

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Lots to do? Want to keep the momentum going? Momentum, that is a long word. Let us try this one for size: rest. Now, doesn't that sound better? Please look after your health as you bowl at speed through your day. Just an hour or two of relaxation makes such a difference. After all, you are not good to anyone if you overdo it, are you? Be kind to yourself.

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I want to give you a pat on the back for being so patient. Pick up the fact now that spring is definitely in the air. Those around you will be a bit lighter in mood. Boost it by pointing out the good things around them, including you! When you think of work that is ahead of you see it as a fun challenge to get it done, not a burden. You have come this far and success is close.

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Communication should be good and constructive. In other words, get out there and chat the chat. When saying it 'how it is', however, be tactful. All right, so you don't feel like being the diplomatic type. I get that. Still, think of the rewards if you can use persuasion rather than sharp words! With spring around the corner, take care of any health needs and look ahead.

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28 Anxious, I left funny souvenir (7) 29 Spanish Victor, as I've found, is hard to pin down (7) Down 1 The coach, little Edward, is out of order (6) 2 Put Bond's boss in hares' groups of women (6) 3 Temptation found in Cuba, Italy and France (4) 4 Remove delegate and Latin sweetheart (6) 5 The rebuilt Carib Bar is uncivilised (8) 6 Shake up grease, iron reorder (10) 7 Leave opening of Vice Admiral's club and take in old news (8) 8 Made a hash of my encore ritual (8) 14 Professional, short, detective team leader, and old job centre note provides shelter (10) 16 Remove Christine's head, replace it with a penny and it will be like new (8) 17 Confuse Paris and someone from Madrid (8) 18 Chats up pressure group that contains cover up (8) 22 Petrified chopped up cedars (6) 23 Return and you'll see you can visit Argentina for nothing (6) 24 To rent accommodation is awful (6) Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular 27 Band found onboard steamship (4) clues - the answers are the same. Cryptic clues Across Down Regular clues 9 Ignorant of bizarre new aura (7) 1 Not working (6) Across 10 Starts a very early run after getting Evening Standard 2 Seraglios (6) 9 Ignorant (7) (7) 3 Lure (4) 10 Regular (7) 11 The stage discovered at in there (7) 4 Rub out (6) 12 Confused bargainers without sin will give you an onslaught 11 Show business (7) 12 Bombardment (7) 5 Brutal (8) (7) 6 Restructure (10) 13 Appraised constituents vanish (9) 13 Vanish (9) 7 Holiday (8) 15 A Spanish friend is a refined egomaniac with no acne 15 Pal (5) 8 Formal procedure (8) (5) 16 Plungers (7) 14 Fortification (10) 16 Plungers holding back is not siphoned off (7) 19 Smokestack (7) 16 Immaculate (8) 19 Convert thermodynamics lacking stardom into vent (7) 20 Likeness (5) 17 Spanish person (8) 20 Look and you will find I'm a generous person (5) 18 Hold back (8) 21 The traveller starts reading Peter Alliss's short story ex- 21 Commuter (9) 25 Tropical storm (7) 22 Frightened (6) plaining Newcastle's General Election result (9) 23 Complimentary (6) 25 Chubby's dance with the Queen turns into a party game 26 Draw (7) (7) 24 Decayed (6) 28 Anxious (7) 26 To appeal to a tart, act flustered (7) 27 Squad (4) 29 Elusive (7)


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Spanish-English crossword

Improve your vocabulary with our Spanish/English crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English. Across 1 El más dulce (8) 7 Valiente (5) 8 Avión (9) 9 Pero (3) 10 Buque (4) 11 Hervidor (6) 13 Calle (6) 14 Gente (6) 17 Segundo (6) 18 Jefe (4) 20 Grifo (3) 22 Educación (9) 23 Ruinas (5) 24 Árbitros (8)

Down 1 Focas (5) 2 Más temprano (7) 3 Tipo (4) 4 Patines (6) 5 Quizás (5) 6 Lechuga (7) 7 Escarabajos (7) 12 Melocotones (7) 13 Hermanas (7) 15 Promesa (7) 16 Herir (6) 17 España (5) 19 Canciones (5) 21 Cueva (4)




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Denia Cat Protection League


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

GOLFO has not had much love or luck in his life. He is shy so he takes a little while to get to know you but is making great progress and is now happy to be stroked and petted - he loves it in fact! It is possible that he has never felt safe enough to develop his own personality which is sad as he is around two and a half years old. Golfo is looking for his forever home where he can

start to be a dog with life and love around him. He can be fostered or adopted and Akira pays expenses for their foster dogs. Golfo is chipped, vaccinated and treated against parasites. To meet this sweet boy, and change his life, contact Akira Shelter on 657 689 567. Details also available on our website: www.akira-animals.com

APAD KITTY is a friendly and bright young crossbreed. She came to APAD together with her sister Caty because their owner wasn’t able to care of them anymore. She has a cheerful character and loves going out for a walk. She behaves well on the leash, she is good with other dogs and, though a little shy at first she loves people and affection. Kitty is a great dog for any active and loving family. Contact: 966 427 678, email info@apadapad.org or see www.apad-apad.org

Benidorm Animal Shelter – SPAP

APASA K9 SNOWY the newbie she is around 4/5 owner signed him over to K9. Vet check next week. Lovely little dog, loves cuddles, great companion. Please call 600 845 420 or email: k9clubinfo@gmail.com

SHARK, male, Shelter since 06.07.2009 Alsatian Mix, DOB 15.03.2009 – 55 cm How much can the ears of a dog grow? Shark has got a pair of giant ones. He too was just running about on our plot. He was clean, he wore a collar and he was

behaving very kindly. Shark is very clever and he would surely like to learn more. If his new owners invested some effort in his education, he would in become a super dog. Please call APASA on 966 463 976 for more info or to meet him.


SAM is 5yrs old, he is a Bodeguero Terrier. He loves cuddles and is friendly with other dogs. He is healthy and has been neutered. He’s a happy boy and would love to share your life. Please telephone 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.animalcharity@gmail.com

This is AGATHA. An amazing 6 years old Shepherd cross. She is great on the lead. She needs a strong person who teaches her new tricks. She loves learning, walks and cuddles. Please call APROP Pego on 634 306 265 or 605 575 883. Email aproppego@gmail.com or see website: www.aprop-pego.org


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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Animal world ACCOMPANY YOUR PET(S) whilst they are driven in comfort to any destination in Europe by an experienced animal carer/driver. Contact Denise. info@petchauffeur .eu or Tel 952 197 187 696 233 848 www.petchauffeur.eu 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 BORDER COLLIE PUPS Born 30th January in Torrevieja. Tel 966 845 576 Available 23rd March 20. 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

BESS is a 6 weeks old, med/ large crossbreed that was left with her 5 siblings in a vegetable crate outside the kennels. She´ll stay at the kennels until she´s had the relevant vaccinations SAT Kennels 966 710 047- info@satanimalrescue.com CHANCE FOR ANIMALS: protection needs your help for general maintenance, walking our dogs. As we have to leave the house, we are desp. looking for people, who adopt our rescued dogs! Food welcome!! German braco, and lots more! 15 small puppies for adoption! Crevillente 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!

Beauty & Wellness

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


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

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

WHITE GOODS REPAIRS also Gas boilers and small electrical problems. Tel 604 273 387 Denia to Torrievjea COMPLETE PEST CONTROL. Denia to Torrevieja Tel 604 270 676 AWNINGS, MOSQUITO NETS, roller shutter, conservatories. BC Toldos from Oliva to Altea and Jalon Valley. On the coast since 1998. Tel. 630 472 605 Email: bc-toldos@hotmail.com

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

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

AWNINGS, MOSQUITO blinds, roller shutter repairs, motorisation. Calpe + 50kms. Tel. 659 464 992. Email. info@toldosalchemy.com

HOUSE/PET SITTING .Your house or mine. References 637 160 545

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

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


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Mechanical & electrical repairs . Computer diagnosis We buy & sell almost new and second hand cars Ptda. El Planet 199, 03590 Altea Tel. 966 940 670 639 525 910 E-mail: mbgarage2020@hotmail.com Opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 9.00 - 17.00 hr


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Items wanted

WE BUY CARS, Classic Cars, Oldtimer, runners or nonrunners. Tel. 655 891 570 SUV OR CONVERTIBLE wanted, condition and year do not matter, 688 335 497. BMW 320 CI CONVERTIBLE 80000 miles, fully equipt, good condition 3800.-€ Tel. 636 494 107

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Car services

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

PET TRAVEL UK Family pet transporters Spain/UK. Travel with your pets for free. Email: info@pet traveluk.co.uk website: www.pet traveluk.co.uk Removals also arranged in other vehicles. Tel UK 01209 630604 or Spain 960 130 537

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


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

Caravans, Mobile homes, Motorhomes 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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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

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

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

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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

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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 PRIVATE - FINCA PLOT with wooden house, Guadalest, 11.400m2, flat, great panoramic views (sea, castle, mountains). 85.000 €. 654 654 674.

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

PRIVATE SALE, 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 VILLA AS NEW with magnificent sea views, 220/840m², 2 separate apartments, each with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, 2 barbacoas, pool. Only 349.000 €! 666 481 545.

GROUND FLOOR bungalow in Torrelamata, Torrevieja, 80m2 garden, comm. pool, 2 bedrs., bathr. living room. 10 minutes from the beach, storage room. Double glazing, 89,900€ 657 474 243 ferveya.com APARTMENT WITH SEA view, 2nd line, arenal beach, very well kept and spacious, 1 sleeper, bathroom, large glazed terrace. 122.000 €!! 666 481 545


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

Properties from 175.000€ BENIDORM, NEAR BULL RING, 1 bedroomed apartment, 2nd floor, lift, separate kitchen, glazed in terrace. Pool, garden, tennis court. 75.000 € Tel. 658 578 346



THE GOOD LIFE. Country casa with beautiful views and 5k mts of land, 10 mins to beaches, 3 Mins to Town.Moraira. Horse riding. Bargain 190K. Tel: 636 915 949

Long term let BENIDORM- FINESTRAT Free studio apartment for a young retired couple in return for few hours of work a day. Please call 666 626 278 MONTEMAR BETWEEN CALPE and Moraira spacious self contan appartment, large double bedroom, bathroom and cloak room. Beautiful views of sea and mountain, large pool and bbq area. € 400 p/m inclusive of bills Tel. 675345810

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Ad ve rtis ing Fe a ture

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Council commissions college axe building licence backlog By Jo Pugh Teulad-Moraira town hall has signed a contract with the Territorial College of Architects of Alicante for the provision of services to issue permissions for urban qualification (VICU) of major construction licences The town hall has suffered two years of long delays which have resulted in 100 requests being delayed. Thanks to this contract they can be released. The shortage of staff in this specialist area and the delay generated, which no longer allows for the handling of major construction documentation, compelled the council to contract the work out at a cost of €14,999. The works to be

carried out by the College of Architects will be supervised by the municipal superior architect, Julio Sela, who will be responsible for the contract. The town hall confirmed “we needed a tool to solve this damaging situation for our population, as there

should not be so many projects pending a work licence. We considered different alternatives, and the governing board approved this contract with the College of Architects, as it is a collaborating entity provided for in the Valencian urban legislation”.

Property sales in Spain fell in 2019 Spain’s property market showed ‘stability and moderation of prices’ in 2019, according to a report published by Solvia. Their Market View 2019 showed that there were 558,489 property transactions last year – a fall of 4% on the previous year. At the same time, prices went up by an average of 4%, with an average price per square metre of €1,560. Their figures revealed that Murcia region bucked the trend with sales up by 8% on 2018, with the average price per square metre at €1,014. According to the report,

buyers are ‘taking more time to analyse the different options available and find a property which fits their budget’. They also noted that political instability and the new mortgage law meant that it was taking house buyers between 30 and 50 days longer to get the green light for a mortgage from a bank. “This situation led to the first fall in transactions since 2013,” they noted. “However, this is expected to change in 2020.” The largest fall in sales was recorded in Málaga province, with transactions down by 13%.


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Fragrant gardening gifts for Mother's Day By Hannah Stephenson, PA

With many expats celebrating Mother's Day on March 22, (following the UK calendar), here are some ideas to choose a fragrant gift for your gardening mum, whether its plants, flowers or botanicals. So many plants offer fantastic scents - the sweet headiness of lily-of-the-valley in spring, the strong perfume of roses, mock orange and lilies through summer. From shrubs whose scent is carried in the wind and can be enjoyed out on the patio,

to houseplants that fill a room with fragrance, along with scented balms, oils and candles aimed at gardeners, your mum can inhale the joy of her garden with a fragrant Mother's day gift. Here are some of the most perfumed offerings to buy now...

1. Scented Crab Apple Blossom Tree Gift, notonthehighstreet.com Planting a tree can make a gift last a lifetime, and this fragrant crab apple from The Gluttonous Gardener offers the most spectacular display of aromatic blossom, beginning with clusters of fragrant white flowers that open from pink buds in spring. They're followed by crops of golden fruits in early autumn, which remain bright and beautiful on the bare branches into winter, when birds will flock to the garden to feast on them. 2. RHS Flowers for Fragrance seed collection, Mr Fothergill's (mr-fothergills.co.uk) This collection of seeds, which will

produce flowers to give you a mixture of delicate fragrance and rich aromas, is part of a new range from Mr Fothergill's Seeds in partnership with the RHS. The packet contains chamomile, mignonette, nicotiana, lupin, monarda and stock, which can all be sown in spring. 3. Moorland Myrtle and Rose scented candle, notonthehighstreet.com With elements of gorse, heather and myrtle, this candle - hand poured into a scientific beaker no less - has a bold floral scent with earthy undertones.

green banana and apricot. Plu its shade tolerant. If a namesake is more your mum's bag, there's Peter Beales Roses, classicroses.co.uk. This hybrid tea, with large soft pink, highly fragrant blooms, flowers repeatedly from May until first frosts, and is ideal for beds, borders or a large patio pot. 5. Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance', Thompson & Morgan, thompson-morgan.com If your mum likes a shrub that offers year-round interest and fantastic spring scent, ideally

in a patio pot or border, treat her to this fragrant semi-evergreen daphne. It bears nonstop white blooms, which turn from pink in bud, from April to October. It has neat, compact growth, so is best appreciated in a patio pot or near a pathway, where everyone can enjoy its rich scent.

4. Lasting rose bushes There are a number of new roses worth earmarking, including Rosa 'Silas Marner' for bare-rooted, David Austin Roses, davidaustinroses.co.uk. An unfussy rose, it's a soft mid-pink, with relaxed medium-sized cupped blooms, ruffled petals and a rich mediumstrong Old Rose fragrance with accents of fruity lemon,

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How to apply for grant when renting a home in the Valencia region By Alexandra Blair

The regional housing department has published the requirements for people to request grants to pay their rent. Up to 50% of the rent can be subsidised if certain criteria are met. Applications have to be sent in before March 31 inclusive. These grants, which aim to facilitate access to housing on a rental basis, have two programmes: For young tenants: aimed at those who have rental contracts and are aged under 35 years of age. Everybody living under the same roof has to be aged under 35. Generic rental: For all ages. Who can benefit from these grants? The subsidies are aimed at people who have at least a minimum one year contracts for where what is considered their permanent domicile.

ployed or have exhausted benefits; people with severe mental disorders; family units in which a member has assumed parental rights, guardianship or foster care of an orphan minor due to genderbased violence; and women in situations of need or at risk of exclusion, especially when they have young children exclusively in their care.

The following conditions must also be met: ■ The rental price must be lower than the limits set for each municipality. (Ranges from €600 in provincial capitals to €420 in small villages). For example, in Alicante, Elche and Benidorm the maximum rent to be able to qualify is €540. ■ The income added up of those living in the home cannot exceed some predetermined limits - Monthly income must be less than 3

times the IPREM for 2020 (€537,84) in general and to be able to access the aid a minimum income of 0.3 times the IPREM must be accredited. ■ Priority will be given to those who have been evicted in the past 10 years; single parent families; female victims of gender violence; victims of terrorism; people with special needs; individuals or families affected by catastrophic situations; families in which all members are unem-

The regional housing department also establishes the following requirements: ■ The person applying of a grant cannot be the owner or usufructuary of any dwelling in Spain, except if they own a home and can prove that they are not living there due to separation or divorce, or for any other cause beyond their control or when the dwelling is inaccessible due to disability of the owner or other member of the family unit. ■ The owner of the home can not be a relative of first

or second degree of the person renting it. ■ Not be an employee or a partner of the company letting the property. ■ Not owe any money to the social security or tax man. Grants can cover up to 40% of the rental costs, with a maximum of €2,880 euros per year, and up to 50% if all the members of the family, or persons residing together are over 65 years of age, with a maximum of €3,600 euros per year. Those aged under 35 can apply for the 50% subsidy. Applications Applications can be sent via the website http://www. habitatge.gva.es/es/web/ vivienda-y-calidad-en-la-edifi cacion/ajudes-convocatories -2020 if you have a digital certificate, or the handed into the local town hall, after downloading the documents required from the aforementioned website.


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Benissa company acquires unfinished urbanisation By Jo Pugh

A company based in Benissa, specialising in the promotion, construction and marketing of luxury homes and residential homes along the Costa Blanca, with 58 years of experience, has acquired nearly 800,000 square metres of building plots and unfinished homes in the urbanisation of Peùa Roja in Pego. The construction of approximately 1,200 homes is planned. VAPF will jointly invest more than 200 million euros in the project, figures that undoubtedly make it one of the largest land operations of the last decade. The urbanisation began to be constructed in the early 2000’s, but was a subsequent victim of the crisis in 2008. It left an infrastructure, almost finished, abandoned to pillage and deterioration, as well as a whole series of structures

which simulated a ghost town, fully visible from the access road to the town of Pego. This acquisition is intended to offer a solution to what has become a problem in both an urban and environmental as-

pect. VAPF will implement a whole series of improvements to minimise the impact on the landscape and aim to transform the surroundings, providing residents with large green areas and gardens.

In this context, VAPF points out that it is ensured that the project can be completed, which also guarantees that many owners who once faced significant urbanisation expenses can finally dispose

of their plots and land. The company aims to construct service areas, singlefamily and grouped houses and green areas, and a sports area. It is expected that the first homes will be marketed in the summer of 2021, which would mean completing the first phase of homes the end of 2022. The purchase culminates a series of acquisitions which the company has been making in the Costa Blanca North in recent years and, according to the strategic plan of the company, it ensures its activity in the area over the next 15 years, allowing VAPF to build more than 3,000 homes, destined for both the national and international markets. The investment will also be an important boost to the local economy, generating wealth and employment for the town of Pego and the region itself.




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CORONAVIRUS FEAR CONTINUES TO HIT SPORT The fear of coronavirus continues to hit sporting events here in Spain and across the world. Last week, the health ministry ordered all events including teams for high-infected areas (China, Japan, Korea, Iran and Italy) had to be played without fans. On Tuesday, after a full Cabinet meeting, it was announced that all La Liga and second division football matches would be played without fans for the next 14 days. In Italy all Serie A football matches with clubs from the north of the country were played without fans at the weekend. Wolves' Europa League game against Olympiacos in Greece appears likely to be played behind closed doors due to coronavirus fears. The Premier League side are scheduled to play the first

leg of their round-of-16 tie at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, tomorrow (Thursday). It was announced on Sunday by the Greek government that spectators were barred from all professional sports events for the next fortnight because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Wolves have already sold 1,000 tickets for the game, while the return leg at Molineux is scheduled for March 19. Tennis has also been hit this week. The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells will not take place due to the coronavirus, organisers have said. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Kim Clijsters were among the players due to take part in the tournament which was due to start in California on Monday. A statement from the organisers said: "As a result,

Last night's Champions' League match between Valencia CF and Atalanta was played without fans at Mestalla Stadium

the 2020 BNP Paribas Open will not take place at this time due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of the participants and attendees at the event. "This is following the guidance of medical professionals, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), and State of California." England's final Six Nations rugby match against Italy on March 14 has been postponed. Tournament organisers faced the option of playing the game behind closed doors at the Stadio Olimpico or delaying it until later in the year and have chosen the latter option. Italy's away game against Ireland in Dublin - due to take place on March 7 - was al-

Van Gerwen wins UK Open Michael van Gerwen ended a threemonth wait for a tournament win by claiming the UK Open title for the third time after staging a sensational fightback to beat Gerwyn Price. The 30-year-old Dutchman, who had hit a nine-darter in his semi-final victory over Daryl Gurney at the Butlin's Minehead Resort, fought back from 5-1 down to triumph 11-9 as Price missed a series of doubles when he looked to be in complete control. Having opened the final with a maximum as he took the first leg, he lost the next five on the trot with Price surging into a commanding lead with the help of 105 and 97 checkouts, although he missed bullseye when presented with a chance to make it 6-1.

But Van Gerwen scraped his way back into contention as the Welshman missed 12 doubles in four legs to nudge his way into an 8-7 lead. Finishes of 136 and 97 eased him to within touching distance of victory and although Price responded to extend the match to the penultimate leg, the world number one took out 66 to claim the £100,000 prize. Van Gerwen had earlier beaten Rob Cross 10-4 in the quarterfinals before his 11-3 demolition of Gurney, while Price saw off Dimitri Van Den Bergh 10-5 in the last eight and booked his showdown with the Dutchman with an 11-4 semi-final win over compatriot Jonny Clayton.

ready called off. This month's Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors. The second round of the Formula One season is due to be staged from March 20-22. The FIA is monitoring the situation having already called off the Chinese Grand Prix. Organisers have insisted the opening round of the Formula One season in Australia on March 13-15 will go ahead as planned. The athletics World Indoor Championships, which had been due to take place in Nanjing in China this month, have been called off. The Hong Kong Marathon scheduled for February 8 was also cancelled. Organisers of the London Mara-

thon have confirmed they are monitoring the situation but the April 26 event is scheduled to go ahead. Racegoers planning to attend the Cheltenham Festival have been told not to if they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus or they have been to or transited through the high-risk countries, or been in contact with anyone that has, in the last 14 days. British racing's COVID 19 steering group has issued guidance to the industry. Numerous bets have been placed on whether the festival and the Grand National will go ahead. The snooker £1million China Open, scheduled to start in Beijing at the end of March, has been cancelled.


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TIGER ROLL TARGETTING FIFTH FESTIVAL VICTORY Tiger Roll bids to win the Glenfarclas Chase at Cheltenham for the third year running today (Wednesday). The Gordon Elliott-trained 10-year-old is going for a fifth Festival win in total after also taking the Triumph Hurdle in 2014 and the National Hunt Chase in 2017. The dual Grand National hero features in a maximum field of 16 before he attempts to land a record-breaking hattrick in the world's greatest steeplechase. Fifth on his seasonal reappearance over hurdles at Navan last month, Tiger Roll faces strong opposition that includes Might Bite, runner-up in the Gold Cup two years ago. Easysland leads a strong French challenge. David Cottin's six-year-old burst on the scene with a convincing victory over the course and distance. He has since been

bought by JP McManus, who also has the Enda Bolgertrained duo of 2016 winner Josies Orders 2016 and Yanworth. Emmanuel Clayeux sends a three-horse raid with Arlequin D'Allier, Diesel D'Allier and Urgent De Gregaine in a strong field. Elliott has Envoi Allen, considered by many pundits as a banker, for the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle. The unbeaten six-year-old has yet to taste defeat in seven races under Rules with his last two wins being in Grade Ones - the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse and the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle. He has just 11 rivals, headed by Sporting John. Philip Hobbs' five-year-old has won all his three starts so far and looks an exciting recruit. A fascinating race for the RSA Chase is in prospect after the 10 declared included the

Mullins-trained Allaho, Henderson's Champ, the Colin Tizzard-trained Copperhead and Minella Indo from Henry de Bromhead's stable. Elliott's Battleoverdoyen

and Easy Game, another Mullins runner, are also engaged in what could be one of the races of the four-day bonanza. Ante-post market leaders Birchdale, from the Hender-


son yard, and Dan Skelton's Protektorat are among 26 runners in the Coral Cup, with the weights headed by Kilfenora from Eddie Harty's stable.

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