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H elp is at hand to p revent forest fires The regional government in Valencia is stumping up €589,000 for volunteers who help with the prevention of forest fires. The cash is to cover ex-

penses related to tasks such as manning observation points to watch out for fires in the countryside. A spokesman for the de-

partment of the ecological transition noted that 105 town halls and voluntary organisations around the region will receive the money. The volunteers will also carrying out campaigns to make people aware of risks in rural areas. They started their work this month and finish in September. Director general for the prevention of forest fires, Diego Marín highlighted the important work that they do. He added that they were trained earlier this year and are supervised by fire prevention teams and forest guards. NGOs which are collaborating in the scheme include the Red Cross, ACIF Alcoy, ADENE Enguera and town halls such as Jávea, Alcoy, Ontinyent, Crevillente, Llutxent and Alzira. Sr Marín noted that they have been helping town halls to draw up forest fire prevention plans, which are of utmost importance in the fight against these blazes.

O rihu ela loves you All sexual orientations are welcome in Orihuela, assured councillor for equality Almudena Baldó on LGBTQ+ Pride Day, June 28. In addition to creating a series of podcasts with LGBTQ+ topics, the council has decorated Calle Lópes Pozas with umbrellas and

painted nine benches around the municipality in the colours of the rainbow flag of Pride. There is also an exhibition about distinguished lesbians in history at the old Aula CAM until July 11, which will be on display in Orihuela Costa in September.


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Benidorm vaccination point change By Irena Bodnarec After three months, the Benidorm sports centre will stop operating as a mass vaccination point for Benidorm and surrounding towns. Monica Gomez, councillor for health said that initially the sports centre was set up to vaccinate professionals such as police, firefighters and hospital personnel in the region then it was de-

cided to keep it to roll out the vaccine to the general population. Instead, the La Torreta social centre in the Rincón de Loix ( Avda. Ciudad Real, 6) will now be used for Benidorm residents. Other towns such as La Nucía and Alfaz del Pi have also set up local vaccination points therefore the larger facilities of the sports centre are now no longer required.

British visitors need PCR tests or vaccination certificate

Spain’s foreign minister has stated that British citizens will require a certification of full vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter Spain. The decision was due to be published in the state offi-





cial bulletin (BOE) yesterday (Tuesday) and ‘will enter into force 72 hours later’. Full report on the details from the BOE in Friday’s

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Trauma at La Mata A 62-year-old man died at La Mata beach in Torrevieja on Thursday, reported the emergency services. They were called to assist a swimmer who had been pulled unconscious from the water at about 20.30. The caller indicated that

two women had also needed rescuing and that basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation was being performed on the man. Two ambulances were sent to the scene and the emergency medical crew tried advanced resuscitation and other techniques on him but there

was no response. An autopsy was due to be carried out to confirm whether he drowned and what may have caused this. The two rescued women were treated for anxiety but did not need to be taken to a health centre.

dried and the sand removed so as not to damage that beach. The spokesman reminded that the sea grasses are valu-

able plants which help to protect beaches when they are washed ashore, acting as a barrier against the action of the waves.

Bid to prevent beach erosion The mountains of seaweed which have built up on the Mar Menor beaches of San Pedro del Pinatar are being transported to Playa de la Llana on the Mediterranean ‘to strengthen this coastal barrier’ against erosion. A town hall spokesman said that the move would help to prevent the beach and dunes at La Llana from disappearing. Most of the seaweed is being shifted from Playa del Mojón, where it has been

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Road improvements Library of colour for La Marina La Marina is the latest outlying district of Elche to benefit from resurfacing of some of its main streets and improvements to pavements. The local government is investing almost €170,000 in the work around the coastal village, explained councillor for maintenance Héctor Díez. “One of the most important aspects has been creat-

ing a pedestrian lane on the way down to El Pinet, which enables the route from the campsite through the village centre and the slope down to MR-9 and El Pinet to be completed on foot,” he said. “This was very much demanded by residents and we are convinced that all these measures will suppose a considerable improvement for La Marina.



By Irena Bodnarec To commemorate International LGTBIQ Day which took place on June 28, the department of equality in La Nucía has created a special library of colour at the two public libraries located at the auditorium and Caravana in addition to the library at the secondary school. The section contains more than 30 books covering many topics such as family diversity

and the history of the LGTBIQ+ community, which is aimed at promoting respect

and tolerance for diversity and work against discrimination and bullying at school.

Driving over the lemon harvest An Alicante farmers’ union has branded this year’s lemon harvest a ‘disaster’. An ASAJA spokesman said producers were set to lose €110 million over the 2021-2022 season. This was because the harvest of the ‘verna’ variety of lemon would be down by 40% and the ‘fino’ would

drop by 20% when compared with production in 2019-2020. They blamed the low prices that the citrus fruit was attracting from wholesalers, even though it is expensive in supermarkets. This had been caused by the ‘perfect storm’ of Covid restrictions hitting bars and restaurants, the ‘paralysation’

of commerce, and the glut of cheap lemons which have been arriving from other countries such as South Africa. They are hopeful that the economy will pick up in the coming months due to the vaccination rollout and the situation will be turned around next year.

Citizens’ committee proposals presented The conclusions of Orihuela’s civic committee for social and economic recovery were presented at the CAM auditorium in the city last Friday and contained very few proposals for the coast. Councillor for public participation, Almudena Baldó admitted the work ‘has not been easy, very probably could have been better, and contains errors and contradictions and perhaps the odd poorly con-

structed sentence’. She nevertheless praised the many men and women who had ‘worked their socks off’ to realise ‘the largest public participation project in the municipality’s history’. Proposals for the coast included a stable cultural agenda, adequate signposting for tourists, a discount commercial centre, accessible public transport to the city and better communication between

residents of these two areas. Particular attention was paid to the lack of recreational activities for young people as an alternative to television, Zenia Boulevard commercial centre and ‘other unproductive activities, many of which lead them to negative dynamics’. A survey by local political party CLARO found that skateboarding and graffiti were the most popular ideas, and suggested workshops such as re-

cycling and entertainment for younger children. Infrastructures required for this include the promised skate park and multi-purpose auditorium. Mayor Emilio Bascuñana said the September 2019 and January 2020 storms, followed by the Covid-19 pandemic had posed problems and limited meetings in person, but insisted the document was ‘very interesting and shows us where we want to go’.

The opposition Socialist (PSOE) and Cambiemos parties criticised that the conclusions should have been presented in October, and none have been included in the proposed budget for this year, which still has not been approved. The conclusions are divided into different sections and can be consulted online at uploads/2021/06/dosier_cosejo_ civico. pdf


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By Shelley Liddell On Friday afternoon a fire broke out in the pine trees close to the top of Panorama urbanisation’s Calle Mexico in La Nucía at around 15.40. Within five minutes, local police and Guardia Civil officers arrived at the scene, followed by the fire brigade with three fire engines, who ordered at 15.51 the evacuation of part of the urbanisation due to the

proximity of the fire and the closure of access roads to the area. One hydroplane was sent from Muchamiel base as well as two helicopters with a full crew of firefighters on board. The fire was quickly brought under control due to prompt arrival of all firefighting forces and was officially declared extinguished at 23.24 although a brigade of fire fighters stayed all night to keep watch that flames


did not revive. In all 10,000 square metres of pine forest were affected by the fire but there was no damage to property. Residents in the area suffered a bad fire during 2009, which saw three urbanisations fully evacuated after a high tension tower was brought down during strong winds and started a fire that affected 10 square kilometres before it was extinguished.

Covid exacerbating stress for chronic patients Covid-19 is provoking more fear, stress, anger and emotional strain in patients with chronic conditions, according to the mental health departments of Torrevieja and Vinalopó hospitals. The Ribera Group, which manages public health for the regional government in both areas, has warned that these people are experiencing negative emotions and affected moods to a greater extent than the rest of the population. According to the head of the mental health service for these hospitals, Dr Jesús Mesones: “During these months, the emotional strain has been very significant, above all due to the reduction in

social relations and the lack of medical visits, which have worsened quality of life for many patients.” He noted that their principal concern has been either themselves or their loved ones becoming infected, but said that ‘fortunately the rate of vaccinations is alleviating many of these restrictions and, in parallel, benefitting the state of mind of chronic patients’. This has enabled these patients to see better expectations for their future and that of society in general as it is enabling social contacts to be resumed with fewer restrictions. To help chronic patients regulate their

emotions and fears, the doctor recommended not overloading oneself with information, because this can unnecessarily increase worry and stress and can generate angst, anxiety and fear. “Maintain healthy routines, with timetables and physical and mental activity; keep in contact with other people, even if it is not in person, especially if they are elderly or dependent; perform activities to distract yourself, because it reduces emotional tension and increases the sensation of wellbeing; and encourage self-care, using relaxation techniques, managing emotions and always looking for the positive in any situation,” he advised.

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Cycling in Guardmar Guardamar del Segura offers an ideal environment to discover either on foot or by bike. Outdoor lovers can undertake excursions and walking or cycling outings through the municipality’s pine groves, and along the river Segura, with dedicated routes, such as the ‘dune and breakwater’, the ‘river and Cabezos (local ancient settlements)’, and ‘salt lake’ itineraries. All of these routes offer easy access and

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A project has been approved by the departments of equality and education in La Nucía, which will be implemented in the next academic year to develop intervention and awareness strategies for equal opportunities, respect for diversity and the prevention of gender violence amongst pupils. According to the town hall, it is a pioneering project aimed at involving the entire educational community and generating long-term impact from the earliest stages of a child’s life. The meeting was attended by the heads of all three schools – C.E.I.P La Muixara and Sant Rafael – and I.E.S. La Nucía.


AlbirBenidorm bike lane project By Irena Bodnarec are suitable for the whole family. For more experienced and adventurous cyclists there are a total of 10 long distance routes, which start and finish in Guard-

amar, and pass through the Vega Baja and Baix Vinalopó areas. The routes are the result of an agreement between the town hall and Cycling Friendly,

a Mallorcan company specialising in the cycle tourism sector. Maps of all of the routes are available from Guardamar tourist office or, from September 1, online at

Educating Maintenance in equality men employed By Irena Bodnarec


San Fulgencio town hall has hired three people to carry out building and maintenance work on public spaces in the municipality. “They have already been taken on to the municipal workforce to carry out their duties with a six month contract that will last until December,” explained councillor for employment Ana María Villena. The council was able to hire these workers thanks to a subsidy of €29,311 from the regional department for work and employment service Labora.

The total cost of taking them on was €32,627 and the town hall only had to cover the difference. This initiative is part of the EMCORP programme, which was set up to enable local councils to hire unemployed people under the age of 30.

Alfaz council have secured the expropriation of just under 8,000 m2 of land on the north side of the CV-753 for the creation of a new cycle path linking Albir with Benidorm. This will join the Trinquet roundabout to the new roundabout just past the Magic Robin Hood holiday complex. The purchase will enable a seven-metre-wide cycle path in addition to 5.5 metre pavement on both sides of the road. The land is classified as common undeveloped land (SNU) and had a compulsory purchase order put upon it in the interest of public safety improvements. The total budget for the project comes in at €946,477 and includes drainage, street lighting and road signs.

Mayor calls for healthcare explanation Torrevieja mayor Eduardo Dolón lamented that regional councillor for health Ana Barceló had failed to tell him she was visiting the town last Thursday. Sr Dolón said it was ‘the second time that she has had a meeting here and not invited me’.

He said he would try to contact the regional president Ximo Puig to express his ‘indignation’ over what he called ‘a lack of respect’. The mayor noted that the decision not to renew the concession of private healthcare company Ribera Salud – and for the regional government to

take over the management of the healthcare department directly – was a decision which affected all the people of Torrevieja. He claimed that the regional government was ‘improvising’ when they decided not to set up a public company to run healthcare in the area ‘as they

The summer medical centre on the Fossa beach has now reopened The summer medical centre on the Fossa beach is now fully operational. The clinic began to see patients on June, 4 and will continue to do so until September, 26. The opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. This year, after the stop of the previous year due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, health care activities at the Playa de la Fos-

sa has resumed. The clinic, which began providing services in the summer of 2009, has two teams working in shifts consisting of a doctor, nursing and support staff. The aim of these additional health care points is to reinforce health care provided in the Marina Alta towns that see an increase in population and therefore are under more pressure during the summer months. The clinic is located at Avenida Juan Carlos I, 3 and its contact telephone number is 966 816 490.

Marina Salud reminds that if you suffer from any of the symptoms compatible with COVID-19 you should not go to this medical centre, but to Calp’s medical centre or call 966 870 451.

had publicised’ – but instead move to a direct take-over, with department 22 being managed by the regional health department. Sr Dolón said that he wanted to be informed ‘in person’ about the new arrangements for healthcare in the area.





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HELP concludes its bike raffle On Saturday, June 26 HELP Murcia Mar Menor was at last able to present the bike that it has been trying to raffle for nearly two years. The machine was donated to HELP by an expat who was returning to the UK in the summer of 2019 and it was decided to raffle it to raise some much needed funds for the charity. As with so many plans made over the last couple of years every time a date was set to draw the winning ticket Spain went into a lockdown due to Covid-19 and the draw had to be cancelled. Due to the lifting of restrictions HELP was able to hold a fun golf morning at Golf Delux on Friday, June 18 and it took the opportunity to draw the winning ticket for the much delayed raffle. The lucky winner Amber Hetherington (pictured on the left) was presented with the bike by Joan Mitchel (right)l, office manager for Help at HELP's office in Los Alcázares. Amber was delighted with her prize and we wish her many happy hours using it.

Netball night in Alfaz del Pi By Irena Bodnarec The Alfaz netball team are continuing their weekly practice/ training sessions every Tuesday evening, 18.30 until 20.00 at Alfaz del Sol and are looking for new enthusiastic players.

It is a great fun way of keeping fit and making new friends so why not pop along and give it a go. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played or the last time was decades ago, all ages and abilities are welcome –

gents are also included! They have a great coach who will guide you through the rules and game. For more information contact Rachel Hood on 609 733 774 or just turn up and find out what it's all about.

have now arranged for the concerts to be streamed online on Facebook with a ‘virtual seat’ price of €5.49, reduced to €4.49 if booked up to a day before the event. If you would like to join them

online from the safety and comfort of your own home, either on Saturday or Sunday, go to their Facebook page ‘Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir’ and book using a debit or credit card.

Virtual Concert at the Cave The Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir’s ‘Concert at the Cave’ in Benidoleig this coming weekend, July 3 and 4, sold out very quickly, due to the reduced seating arrangements necessary to meet Covid social distancing restrictions. In order not to disappoint their many followers, the choir



Lunch for the gents Thursday, June 24 saw a 16 strong group of members of men's dining Calpe U3A finding their seats and greeting friends at the pizzeria Piazza Di Spagna. Everyone was in high spirits and looking forward to a good meal and social interaction. They certainly were not disappointed. The food was excellent and was served by some lovely waitresses who were efficient and delightful. Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon and many topics of discussion were covered with enthusiasm. Many thanks to the organiser Ian Taylor. We are now looking forward to our next meeting which is at Pub Delfin on July 29 to be organised by Geoff. Maybe some of our much missed absent

friends will have returned to Spain and will be able to attend. Next date is Thursday, July 29, Pub Delfin at 13.00 13.30 (you are advised to book early as there are limited numbers admitted). The ladies group dining J.U.G.S, will meet on Thursday, July 8 at Costa Restaurant, 13.30 for 14.00. Call Anita on 639 432 947. We are offering free membership for all new members in 2021. Contact Calpe U3A's Jan Luxton by email at membership@ Visit our Facebook page or see For groups information contact Pam Packey by email at groupscoordinator Have a great summer.


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By Peter Sockett On Thursday, June 24, a total of 65 members, with eight new members, gathered at The Shack in Jalón for a coffee morning and to award the prizes for ‘Tea is Served’ the photographic flower arranging competition. On a gloriously sunny morning the members gathered for a social catch-up and an exchange of local news whilst enjoying coffee or tea, with some of the men folk preferring a cool beer. With cinnamon rolls, apple cake, croissants and toasties, at times it was difficult to know whether to eat, drink or talk – but we all managed to enjoy the opportunity

to gather as a community again. Whilst waiting for the prize giving there was plenty going on with membership re-

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newals and tickets on sale for the TCET trip to Guadalest and Altea Old Town and for our 15th anniversary hog roast. The raffle raised €92 for the Goodwill Team's charity fund, which will be awarded to the memberselected charities at the end of the year. Finally, the highlight of the morning the flower arranging photographic competition prize giving – had my entry won? Sadly not, but three very beautiful photos had been selected by the judging panel, led by Christine Brazier. In first place was Lyn Bishop, with white, pink


L-r: Sally, Dolly and Lyn with Christine and lavender flowers in a teapot and cup. In second place was Sally Ellis, with red and white carnations on a cake stand. In third place was Dolly Sockett, with pink African violets in cups and bowls. Congratulations to the three well deserved winners and

thank you all for taking part. A very enjoyable morning with the promise of things starting to get back to normal for September. For further information on events and information about our association, U3A Vall del Pop, check our website

The New Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group needs you Due to the clamp down over the long months of Covid we were unable to perform shows at our local theatre in San Fulgencio. However we are ready to start rehearsals

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and enjoy lots of fun during rehearsals. We are looking for interested people willing to take on singing, dancing, acting, behind stage and front of

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The RBL’s unsung heroes The Orihuela Costa and District Branch of the Royal British Legion was able to meet again reently for the first time in many a month, when almost 50 members got together at the Olympia Pool Bar in Mil Palmeras for a social gathering. The branch took the opportunity to pay tribute to a number of its unsung heroes, including June and Don Williams who spend time, effort and a great deal of travelling maintaining the dozen book trollies that boost the Annual Poppy Appeal with much welcome funds. The third member honoured on the night was Jess Blackband who helps to put the appeal together. She has been pro-

L-r: Jess Blackband, June and Don Williams viding support to the organiser, Eddie Coleman, for many years, contributing her much welcome administrative skills to the annual fundraising effort.

After a few words of appreciation from the branch chairman 'certificates of appreciation' were presented to June, Don and Jess by the president, Graham Rhodes

Wine tasting in Castilla La Mancha On Friday, June 18, a total of 51 U3A Marina Baixa members left Albir at 7.55 to visit the Florentina Pérez Bodega in Casa de Juan Núñez (Albacete) . Once a land of white windmills it is now home to vast numbers of wind turbines spread across the plains, but still a beautiful part of Spain, inland from Alicante along the A31. The members arrived at the bodega a little after 10.30 in time for a breakfast of rustic bread and Iberian ham, accompanied by coffee and the first of the wine tasting – a roble red wine. The bodega is a family run business, taking pride in not using machinery or chemicals for their vines. Roses planted at the edge of the vineyards reveal the presence of any fungus or diseases which may require treatment of the vines. The tour included time in the insulated area where the stainless steel fermenting tanks were kept at a constant temperature and then on to

the cellar where the wine is stored in oak barrels from France or USA for it to take on the flavour of the wood. After lunch and more wine tasting we left with numerous cases of wine stored safely in the luggage area and the afternoon was devoted to La Mancha experience following the canyon forged by the River Júcar over thousands of years to La Ribera de Cubas. The road, lined with cave houses built into the limestone, led to Jorquera, A walk around the small town and a visit to the 14th century church in the Plaza

de Virgen de Cubas was the last stop before the return journey. The group arrived back in Albir shortly after 21.00 after an outstanding day trip organised by U3A Marina Baixa travel coordinators Margaret and Malcolm Hamer, in liaison with LPD Travel. The next trip will be to Baños de Fortuna on Wednesday, July 7, to enjoy the hot springs there. Membership is €10 a year and iIf you would like to know more about the association further details can be found on their website at u3amarina baixa. com or their Facebook page






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number of small local caring organisations. JVH needs volunteers with a wide range of skills and varying language abilities. They are always looking for people to work in their three shops (Jalón, Alcalalí and Orba) or to help with fundraising events, but right now they are particularly looking for some fit and active people to help with medical equipment deliveries or to collect furniture donations. JVH raise their funds from the sale of donated items at their three shops, from specific events they organise throughout the year and of course from donations. The shops stock a wide range of items from, donated clothes, china, bric-a-brac and furniture, to cards including their own make and a new range from Alex Clarke and Berni Parker. The events are advertised by posters, Facebook, and on the website and include quiz nights (July 2), night


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Jalón Valley Help needs volunteers In order to help those in need in our community Jalón Valley Help needs two fundamental things – volunteers and funds. JVH is a self-financing charity run by volunteers, giving of their time freely to help the charity meet its objective of providing care and assistance when needed to all ages and nationalities. They offer: ■ Respite, rehabilitation following surgery and end of life care for residents in their own dedicated facility in Hospital Ferris, Fontilles, the former leprosy hospital. ■ 24-hour helpline for emergency situations. ■ Ánimo, a drop-in facility in Alcalalí providing support, advice and social activities for the elderly and seriously ill. ■ Loan of a range of medical equipment, free of charge, ■ Access to interpreters, particularly for attendance at medical appointments. ■ They also support a


market [July 25 in Jalón) and entertainment events (OK band at Los Arcos. Pedreguer on July 7) and more events constantly being planned. So, if you have a couple of hours to spare in a morning one day a week, or once a fortnight, or you’d be available on an ad-hoc basis then give JVH a call on 659 624 643, pop into one of the JVH shops or go along to the Ánimo Centre, Alcalalí on a Tuesday morning and volunteer your services. Help Jalón Valley Help to help those in need in our community. For more information about JVH and their events to raise money to support their endeavours on your behalf, please check our website at:

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Animal charity Akira is finally able to organise fundraisers starting next week. The Hill Top bar and grill in Sabetera, Moraira is the venue for a quiz night on Thursday, July 8 On Saturday, July 10 you can watch the Wimbledon Ladies’ Final and there's a summer fashion show on Wednesday, July 14. The quiz night starting at 19.30 offers an evening of brain-teasing and fun. The €10 donation includes a ‘simple supper’. Bookings can be made by calling Cristina on 648 853 019 or email The fashion show starts at 14.00 and includes a parade of outfits available at bargain prices. Tickets are €20 and include a cava reception and finger buffet. Booking is essential via All three events aim to raise money to enable Akira to continue caring for res-

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Summer feet Although summer may have been a little late this year I am already starting to see some of the foot problems associated particularly with summer. Cracked heels are a very common problem and are usually a lot worse in the summer as the heels are more exposed. There are two things causing the problem: One, because the back of sandals are open to the air and the thicker skin on the back of the heel dries out more quickly due to increased evaporation of moisture from the skin. Whereas during the winter, the heels are covered with socks or hosiery and closed in shoes. Two, there is the mechanical action of the sandal without the heel cup of the shoe to sup-

port the heel pad as it compresses and spreads with each step that you take, there are tremendous forces going through the heel at each step greater than the body weight due to the forward movement of the body. This causes increased shearing forces on the back of the heel leading to cracks and fissures which if open can cause pain and discomfort. This second action is further exacerbated by a narrow heel cup where the heel spills over the back of the shoe which increases the shearing forces on the heel exponentially. Heel splits can be painful and debilitating, the preventative treatment is to moisturise the heels regularly, but the ones I see in clinic are usually beyond this stage and require a little more help. As with most problems, the best way to treat the problem is to treat the cause, therefore removing all the hard skin/callous and chasing the splits to make them U shaped as opposed to V shaped which propagates easily. Where there is an open bleeding split a liquid paraffin impregnated dressing and some strapping works very well, not only to reduce the pain but also to help to start the heeling process. This type of dressing/strapping applied after debridement of the callous, if kept on for a few days not only holds the splits together but also gives the cracks a chance

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to heal, if you will excuse the pun. There are a couple of conditions which further predispose people to cracked heels. The first being psoriasis which can cause more dryness in the heels with immature skin cells rising to the surface before they are ready meaning dry weak skin which is more vulnerable to splits. Fungal infections of the skin also known as athletes’ foot can also cause

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Struggling to run in the heat? By Liz Connor, PA When the temperatures spike, it’s important to be strategic with your workouts. Running in the heat can be a lot more tricky than you think, and if you’re not careful, you can easily max out too early and finish your first kilometre wanting to lie down in a hot, sweaty, exhausted mess. You don’t have to give up on your outdoor runs just because of the sunshine. It’s a case of being prepared, sensible and adapting as necessary. We asked some experts for their advice on safely managing the heat with summer running… Why is running in heat so hard? “Running in the heat causes a rapid increase in your core body temperature, which the body counteracts by redirecting the blood from our muscles to the skin to support the cooling process,” says NURVV Sport Scientist, Anna Kosciuk ( Because of this, less blood is available to transport oxygen to the working muscles, and when your skin’s receiving the blood flow that would normally go to muscles, Koscuik says keeping pace becomes way more difficult: “The lack of oxygen quickly induces premature fatigue and results in a decline in muscle

function, which can affect overall performance.” In this way, running in the heat is quite similar to altitude training. That overheated, heavy feeling is never pleasant, and dehydration can also play a role in its intensity. When you haven’t drunk enough fluids, your body sweats less to stop you losing fluid more rapidly than you are replacing it, which means you have a harder time controlling your body temperature. Adapting your running technique in the summer 1. Time it right Even on baking days, it’s significantly cooler around sunrise and sunset during summer months. Getting your run done first thing in the morning also leaves lunchtime free to focus on some all important recovery, like stretching and myofascial release. 2. Go slow Randall Cooper, sports physiotherapist and CEO of Premax ( advises running a course that is mainly in the shade (woodland paths are good for this) and slowing your pace to adjust to the heat and humidity. Although your pace may feel torturously slow, your heart rate will still reach between the opti-

mum 50-85% because of the extra challenge of the hot weather. 3. Drink water often “When you’re sweating more, you lose valuable fluids and electrolytes, which compromises the efficiency of the cooling process of the body,” says Kosciuk. Wearing a hydration vest, like the Salomon Advance Skin 5 ( allows you to sip on a 1.5-litre bladder of water as you go, so you don’t have to wait until the finish line to properly rehydrate. 4. Consider your gear For summer running, Cooper says “light, technical fabrics that wick sweat and allow the skin to breathe” are best. Microfiber polyesters and cotton blends with mesh areas and vents will help to keep you cool, and a hat and UV sunglasses are essential for keeping your face and eyes protected from the rays. Wearing SPF50 on hot days is a nobrainer for runners too. 5. Get a good pair of running socks “Specialist running socks will keep your feet dry to prevent blisters, as high temperatures increase the moisture in the shoes and often lead to painful wounds,” notes Kosciuk. We like Balega Blister Resist Running Socks (Amazon and balega Shoe choice is equally important. “Get your trainers fitted to the shape of your feet and the function of your foot and lower leg,” stresses Kosciuk. “There’s no better way to avoid injuries than to ensure appropriate support and structure around your feet.”

6. Plan ahead for the end of the session Have extra water on hand, some small wet towels to place on the back of your neck or wrists, and know where you can get out of the heat and the sun into a cooler environment, says Cooper. Replenishing the body with cold fluids is also a vital part of your post-run recovery. “A good rule is to ensure your urine is clear (not yellow) two to three hours after the session has ended,” says Cooper. 7. Sleep it off Running in the heat will be more stressful on your body, and getting seven to nine hours of sleep is vital to allow the body to repair and recover. “If it’s possible, sleep in a cool room between 17-20°C. ” says Cooper. An air-conditioner is not recommended as it can cause further dehydration.

A final word… Despite the disadvantages of summer running, learning to adapt to the challenge of hot weather can actually make you a more efficient runner. “For runners who successfully adapt and acclimatise to hot conditions, it can actually improve athletic performance,” says Cooper. “This is because the body learns to sweat more, which improves thermoregulation, both in hot and cold conditions. “Training in the heat can also lead to positive changes in blood plasma volume, reduce overall core temperature, reduce blood lactate levels and improve aerobic performance.” That said, it can also be dangerous to run outside in the heat as it increases your risk of heat stroke and other potentially serious heat-related illnesses. For this reason, Cooper says adapting to running in the heat should be done incrementally, over many sessions. “Not everyone responds to training in the heat in the same manner, so it definitely needs to be approached with caution,” he advises.

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Improve your vocabulary with our Spanish/English crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English. Across 1 Sistema (6) 4 Tiendas de campaña (5) 8 Acordar (5) 9 Orígenes (7) 10 Gatitos (7) 11 Aquí (4) 12 Fin (3) 14 Qué (4) 15 Pulgada (4) 18 Coser (3) 21 Mitad (4) 23 Ejemplo (7) 25 Alga (7) 26 Equipos (5) 27 Escalones (5) 28 Bebidas (6)

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Across the Pond: Ethnic musings By Gordon Grindstaff

With the heat and humidity as well as the dew point of the last few days we find ourselves stranded inside in the air conditioning, uneasy about going outside. (1) To pass the time, we have been watching travel shows on public television including touring through Europe vicariously with a show called ‘Rick Steves Europe’, public television's mostwatched, longest-running travel series. In case you’re not familiar with the show; from the website: “Rick shares a montage of travel delights: Sicily, Mykonos, Porto, the Cotswolds, Tuscany, and Romania. It's an adventure with remote beaches and gourmet food. Written and hosted by best-selling guidebook author Rick Steves, each halfhour show takes viewers to Europe's most interesting places, from great cities to off-thebeaten-path discoveries.” I find all of the shows interesting, but I pay special attention when the show is produced in areas where Ancestry.Com has told me that my forefathers lived. (2) 51 percent of me came from England, 26 percent from Ireland, 10 percent from Scotland, 6 percent from Wales and the rest from Sweden and Germanic Europe.

Initially, I was surprised by the low percentage numbers from Germanic Europe and Wales. I thought they would have been more; my paternal ancestors have been traced to Hornback, Germany, a small town in the Rhineland-Palitinate area along the French border. My mother’s family, the Kidwells, had something to do with the town of Kidwelly in Wales. I decided to look into just why that these number were low so I turned to the Internet to do a little research. It only took about five minutes of searching to realize I knew nothing about European History and only a little about the geography of the United Kingdom. I must have slept through those 5th grade History lessons. To really lean anything, I would need to wade through thirteen hundred years of European History beginning when the Normans raided European coastal settlements in the 8th Century. (3) I tried to make some sense of the English rulers but it was a hopeless task. I can’t even name all of our 46 Presidents anymore; how am I going to remember William the Conqueror, Edward the first and Henry the Eighth.(4) There also seems to have been an endless number of battles over Wales between the Normans, the English, the

'The Spice Mistress' By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Reviewed by Brody Rafter The female protagonist, Tilo, is a priestess of the secret magical powers of spices. Along with her spices for sweet and savoury Indian dishes she also supplies wisdom and the necessary spices and blends for curing many ailments, such as chilli for the cleansing of evil, fenugreek for the pain of rejection, cinnamon for making friends and destroying enemies, cloves for compassion. She has a remedy for almost anything ailing a person, even an abusive husband. I would consider this to be of the 'magic-realism' genre: a little touch of magic weaving its way through people's lives without them really knowing it but being aware that there is something 'special' and out of the ordinary about their new ac-

Saxons and the Romans among others but it would take me getting a Masters degree in European History to explain to you why I am only 6 percent Welsh and even less German. Go back to school? Sure, that’s just what I need, one more thing to do. It hardly seems worth it, does it? However, with this exercise, I have learned a little more about myself; I now know I’m a man born in Loogootee, Indiana into an American family that had a Heinz 57 ancestral history.(5) I’m happy with who I am but from time to time, I wonder what might have been if it hadn’t happened that way. I would have loved being a pirate. I would also have liked being a little more Scottish or Irish or even Welsh. I could see me wearing a kilt and the rest of that Scottish getup although I worry that those long socks might make my feet swell up more than they already are. I could go on with this all day but I have already spent way too much time contemplating this stuff; it’s time to fix lunch. I’ll just leave you till next time with this quote from Lee Greenwood, “cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.” G2 notes: 1: I check the dew point number every morning now,

having just recently learned about this meteorological measurement, defined in the dictionary as ‘the atmospheric temperature (varying according to pressure and humidity) below which water droplets begin to condense and dew can form’. I have no idea what that means; all I know is that it’s comfortable outside when the dew point is 50 or so but if the dew point gets to 70, it’s unhealthy for old folks such as myself to be outside. 2: I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of someone who resembles me, a cousin perhaps. 3: Wikipedia tells me that “The Normans (from Nortmanni: “Northmen”) were originally pagan barbarian pirates from Denmark, Norway, and Iceland.” Pagan, barbarian Pirates, eh? Ancestry.Com didn’t mention anything about me being partly a pagan, barbarian pirate. Too bad; that would have been something to tell the folks at church who only know me as a suave and debonair gentleman. 4: Thanks to Herman’s Hermits, we all know who ‘Henery the eighth, I am’ is. You might also recall that Edward the first was also known as the ‘Hammer of the Scots’ not to mention his other nickname of Edward Longshanks, so called because of his height of 6 feet, two inches. One other thing of interest about Edward, in the year 1301,he became the first



king to award the title of ‘Prince of Wales’ to his heir apparent; He dreamed this up after a battle mostly to let the just conquered people of Wales that they now belonged to England. Little did he know that this action would eventually lead, some 680 years later, to a young girl name Diana becoming the Princess of Wales, thus giving the English tabloids a subject that they’re still talking about today, some 40 odd years later. 5: Something I just learned from the internet: On the 'Trivia' area of the Heinz website, which I'm guessing you've never visited before, it says: "To release Heinz Tomato Ketchup from its glass bottle with extra speed, apply a firm tap to the spot marked '57' on the neck label." I tell you; we never stop learning. Contact Gordon by email at

Weekly Post Book Review quaintance, the Spice Mistress. She, Tilo, will be the decisive point of 'before' and 'after' when they look back. Things always seem to flow better with her in their lives. Their faith in her recommended spices grows as their lives improve. Though before this part of the story there is some fantasy which takes place on an island. So it's a little of both, really, mixed in with a good deal of hard reality in a northern California city, of all places. Speaking as one writer to another, I personally would have chosen a different setting myself. As we all know, settings are so important. With this premise, I might have picked a Caribbean island. Big cities, of course, always have plenty of bad characters floating about, preying on the innocent, honest and poor. But there are always bad guys, and always plenty of these potential victims on islands as well. All in all, I found it an odd choice of

place. Still, she made it work beautifully. So there you go. This charming novel has a whole lot to show us about mixed relationships, racism, atrocities against Indian immigrants, domestic violence, loss of one's identity, while all the time a forbidden love gradually takes root where it should not and a stream of mysteries of the human heart are unveiled with great insight. There is a good deal of shifting between the view points of the first person and third person's. I didn't find it confusing and I think it worked well. If it's done with finesse and skill it can add another aspect of story telling that deepens the readers' understanding of what

the narrator is showing us. I liked it. You'll find Tilo is a character you can easily warm to and the descriptive passages that evoke the smells, colours and textures of the spices are impressively done. Chitra has a poetic and subtle style that portrays this rather complicated, but wellcrafted story flawlessly. It's a story of romance, magic and culture, delving into the vast differences between East and West. It could easily open the minds and hearts of readers who know little about Indian traditions and ways of life. A dazzling, entertaining tale.

By giving this article to Gil, at Bookshop Europa in Calpe (Oscar Esplá 2), you will receive a 5% discount on 'The Mistress of Spices' by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni price: €11.70. Tel: 965 835 824. http:// Keep in mind that Gil can get you any book if still in print.




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Create a beautiful garden reusing old paving slabs By Hannah Stephenson, PA A garden designer looks at how you can re-use the garden hardcore rubbish you’d otherwise take to the dump. If you’ve ever given your garden a makeover, you’ll know what a pain it is to take hardcore, rubble, broken bricks and even poor soil to the dump, often having to pay for the privilege. It’s a problem garden designer Amanda Grimes has faced on numerous occasions, and which inspired Punk Rockery, her unconventional show garden in the Get Started Gardens category, aimed at new gardeners at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in the UK. In it, she uses all the waste products usually taken out of gardens, such as concrete, old paving and broken brickwork, to create a vision of beauty. “It came out of experience post-lockdown, when everybody wants work done but they don’t know their budget. In city gardens, all the tools that go in usually have to go through the house, while the stuff they have already in their garden has to come out, which can be a huge expense for people because of

the cost of removal,” says Grimes. “It’s difficult to get contractors at the moment, while rocks and hard landscaping materials are also hard to come by, as well as plants being in short supply,” she observes. “It was a case of responding to that and using what you’ve got to save money and save the planet.” Here’s Grimes’ advice on how you can utilise the garden material you want to get rid of, using ideas from her forthcoming show garden… What to do with… Paving slabs “The concrete paving slabs in my show garden are remnants of a side path we’d been meaning to take up. I’ve salvaged paving slabs that would have been going in a skip which will be broken up and used as a little crazy paving seating area, and also the edge of a scree garden.” Chamomile is easily planted around the crazy paving. Scleranthus and sagina, both drought tolerant, are also suitable and make lovely green mounds that spread through the paving, adds Grimes. Lumps of concrete “I’ve got lumps of concrete a friend dug out of her garden,

which are going to be my rockery stones,” says Grimes. Concrete ‘rocks’ can be used as rockery stones in rockeries as long as the plants do the work, she agrees. “There was a wonderful quote from Malcolm McLaren which said, ‘The whole ethos behind punk was to make the ugly beautiful’. Once the planting is around the concrete lumps, it will be fine. “If you look at Mediterranean landscapes, it almost looks like hardcore because it is this real mineral rock, but you have these wonderful plants tumbling over the top of it, dry herbs such as thyme, which spreads and softens the edges, sedums and Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’.”

Scaffolding board Grimes is using old paving slabs to create a bench, with uniform slabs stacked on top of each other as the ‘legs’, topped with an old scaffolding board, for the seat. Poor soil “Once you lift old paving you usually have old hardcore and sharp sand, and underneath that the soil will probably be pretty bad as well. If you are excavating, the idea is you can lift your poor soil to make a mound to give extra height, then mix up the sharp sand and the hardcore on top and inset the rockery ‘stones’ into that. “To make it look nicer, you can still dress it with gravel or any other stones or horticultural

Sketch of Amanda Grimes' Punk Rockery garden


grit. You are essentially creating a scree or alpine garden,” says Grimes. “All the plants which are going in need really sharp drainage. They don’t need rich, fertile soil so you won’t have to buy in compost or topsoil. Plant roots will seek out their water.” Alternatively, create a bed with the poor soil (as long as it’s not clay or waterlogged) and top it with gravel, using drought-loving plants such as eryngium, dianthus, oregano, thyme, sedums and Euphorbia ‘Fens Ruby’, stipa, potentilla and Californian poppies, she suggests. Broken bricks “I’ve always dug broken bricks out of gardens. Any old bricks or masonry can be

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smashed up and go into the mix with the hardcore,” says Grimes. You can also use broken bricks as pot stands to keep them off the ground,

or in ponds, to heighten pond plants, she suggests. Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival runs from July 5-11. For details visit

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