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A voc ado thieves netted after c rim e sp ree By Jack Troughton Guardia Civil have successfully concluded three separate investigations into large scale theft of valuable avocado crops, arresting six suspects. Officers of the specialist agricultural crime unit ROCA, based at Calpe, launched the independent operations after farmers in the Marina Alta and Marina Baixa complained of losses incurred by rising numbers of raids on crops. The three investigations involved five thefts of avocado in Callosa d’en Sarriá, Polop de la Marina and Ráfol de Almunia – said to cost producers losses of some €6,000. In Callosa, two agricultural workers took advantage of their knowledge of farms and

crop ripening stages to raid fields, knowing their presence would not immediately arouse suspicion – an accomplice drove a car which was loaded with sacks of 800kg of avocado, worth around €2,000. The fruit was sold on the black market. The three Romanian nationals aged 22, 29, and 42 years old have been charged with two offences of theft. And in Polop, the investigation focussed on a 48-yearold Moroccan man who lived in the town and targeted more remote fields when no one was working to steal 600kg of avocado valued at €2,400. He faces two charges of theft. The sting in Ráfol de Almunia saw the arrest of two beekeepers; a couple who worked

at hives close to avocado producing areas and also took advantage of being familiar faces. They allegedly cut fences to access farms and stole over 300kg of fruit valued at around €1,600. The pair, a man aged 54 and a 53-year-old woman, both Ukrainian nationals, have been charged with breaking and entering. A police spokesman said the ROCA unit were in regular contact with agricultural associations and had interviewed farmers during the harvest season over potential problems. “It was during this work that farmers told them they were suffering, almost continuously, the theft of large quantities of avocados from their farms and fields,” he said.

Earlier this year, the Calpe team arrested a three-strong gang said to be raiding farms and also held a restaurant owner for receiving stolen goods. In another operation, five

men were arrested and accused of the theft of more than three tons of avocado from fields also in the area of Callosa d'en Sarriá and Polop. The stolen fruit was valued at more than €12,000.


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Worried mayor calls for responsibility over Covid By Jack Troughton Cases of Covid-19 are rising in Jávea and mayor José Chulvi has called on people to take ‘personal responsibility’ over ongoing health restrictions. As the high season approaches and the number of visitors to the town swells the population to up to four times its usual size, he has called for both residents and holidaymakers to continue the fight against coronavirus. The mayor said the solution was not to have increased numbers police to prevent ‘dozens’ illegal street parties, private parties and large crowds gathering but for everyone to take action. “My message is addressed to all our local resi-

dents and also to the people who are visiting us at this time to express my concern about the upward numbers of Covid-19 cases that we have experienced in Jávea since the beginning of the summer,” he said. “I would ask you to reflect on what things are not being done well. “Having 1,000 policemen on the streets daily to prevent the dozens of street parties, crowds, and private parties, is not a solution. “Not should we accept that some people consider that it is their right to go about their business without complying with the rules; or those who think that health and safety measures are no longer necessary; or those who excuse themselves be-

cause they are on vacation – thinking that it does not matter if they act a little irresponsibly.” Sr Chulvi said everyone knew the efforts made to keep the incidence of coronavirus at a minimum. “This was a great economic and social sacrifice, an effort that deserves to be respected and reciprocated,” he noted. He said he wanted everyone to play their part to keep the town as a safe place. “As a municipality we have been committed to fighting the pandemic and we will to continue doing so,” he stated. “There is no other alternative than for everyone to take individual responsibility – complying with the preven-

tion measures and showing respect for others. “A respect not only in relation to the virus, but also to our environment and the



civility necessary to maintain a level of coexistence during these weeks in which there are many more people sharing our spaces.”

Police respond to pregnant woman’s plea Elche local police have arrested the allegedly abusive boyfriend of a pregnant woman who called for help by dropping a note off her balcony.




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Old foes join forces A row within Orihuela’s coalition council meant the opposition had to intervene so that almost €9.5 million could be invested in restoring historic buildings. Junior partners Ciudadanos (Cs) withheld their support as part of their ongoing efforts to exert concessions from the Partido Popular (PP), which also has not been able to approve the municipal budget for this year without their support. This put the Socialist party (PSOE) in the unusual position of helping the PP to approve the projects for which surplus funds from 2020 and EU sustainable development (EDUSI) funding will be used. These investments include restoring the Palacio de Rubalcava (a stately home in the city acquired by the town hall in 2010) and Caja de Ahorros de Nuestra Señora de Mon-

serrate (now the Miguel Hernández cultural centre), infrastructure work in the historic quarter, and renovating the old courthouse on Calle Santa Lucia. PSOE spokeswoman Carolina Gracia said it was an act of responsibility to restore this heritage and be able to

move municipal departments from rented premises to the old courthouse. She claimed this ‘lamentable fight for power’ between the coalition partners had paralysed the work of the town hall since the start of their previous term of office together.





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Ten turtles turned loose After just under a year being raised in captivity, with ‘optimum and controlled temperature and diet’, 10 turtles born at the end of last summer in La Manga del Mar Menor have been released back into the wild. They had developed and gained enough weight to give them a good chance of survival in the sea, explained regional environment councillor Antonio Luengo at the act held last Thursday. He said the coast of Murcia region is still becoming established ‘turtle territory’, noting that this summer these creatures have tried to lay eggs six times in Calblanque and once in La Manga, ‘but so far with-

out success’. Last summer’s baby turtles were taken to the Oceanographic centre in Valencia, where their sex was identified (two females and eight males) and they were kept in acclimatisation pools. Sr Luengo referred to the campaign to tell the public to not disturb any turtle, eggs or tracks they may see on a beach, and to call 112 to report its location. The nest found at Cala del Esparto in La Manga in 2020 was one of 11 detected around the country’s coasts that season. It had 102 eggs, of which 10 were put in an incubator at El Valle wildlife recovery centre

in Murcia and 90 were moved to a more suitable area of the beach and cordoned off. After 50 days, three of those in the incubator hatched, then a few days later 40 on the beach emerged at once, followed by four more three days after that. Cameras in the nest enabled technicians to establish that 45 of the eggs had not been fertilised or did not develop, while one grew almost to term but died. The other young were taken to the Murcia marine research station in San Pedro del Pinatar and the Oceanographic so they could be reared in safety until strong enough to survive on their own.



Centre finished 11 years after it was started

The works to construct a centre for the emergency services in Orihuela Costa have finally been completed, the town hall reported this week. This brings an end to a

saga which has lasted more than a decade as local residents waited for the vital project to be completed. Full report in Friday’s

New access slip road By Irena Bodnarec A new access slip road has been opened from the Avenida Europa onto the Avenida de la Comunitat Valenciana (old N332) in Benidorm in the direction of Alfaz del Pi. The aim is to relieve con-

Spectacular comeback for Costa Blanca’s Benidorm Palace Benidorm Palace, the hottest live entertainment venue on the Costa Blanca, has made a comeback with an exhilarating tribute to Mother Earth. This second show, in the four elements series, follows on from the hugely successful Aqua; Terra takes the audience on a breath-taking musical journey around the four corners of the earth in an exuberant celebration of civilisations and culture. Benidorm Palace was forced to close twice during the last 15 months due to the pandemic restrictions across Spain, being the first time ever that the doors closed to the public in 30 years. However, the Palace’s roof

was raised when it returned to business with its new show Terra, which is bigger, better and more fantastic than ever. On Saturday, Terra’s international artists, resident orchestra New Bambu and singer Ami Tapper were able to welcome guests for the first time in months. Delighted to be back in business after a tough year, owner Christine Climent said: "It’s wonderful to be back, everyone has worked so hard to put on a fantastic show for the whole family to enjoy". Fabulous costumes and incredible choreography mingle with mind-blowing illusions, aerial dances and acrobatics, ensuring an unforgettable trip around the continents, stopping off in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and North and South America. Reaffirming its position as the hottest venue around, the dedicated and committed team of performers wowed with a sharp and fresh performance, while Christine’s son David, an incredibly talented internationally acclaimed magician, brought gasps of disbelief from the crowd as he pulled off spectacular illusions. The Palace's remodelled stage


New pitch on the way By Irena Bodnarec

has a sophisticated high-tech 50m wide x 7m high mobile screen, and now boasts 250 sqm of custommade HD LED displays, with an 8K resolution, unveiled at the weekend. "Combining lighting, video, sound and special effects, scenic and architectural elements, we want to give our audience an experience that reflects the latest trends in popular culture, music, costume design, choreography and multimedia" Please phone to reserve your table on 96 5851 660

gestion at the busy roundabout and increase traffic flow at this busy intersection, which brings thousands of cars from the AP-7 motorway into the resort. Part of the wide pavement was cut back to create the extra lane.

Works are underway to totally refurbish the current 11-aside football pitch located in Albir (alongside Mercadona) – home of FC Orange. A budget of €365,000 has been allocated which will include a brand-new state of the art artificial grass surface, renewal of the drinking water

supply and rainwater drainage system which is in need of a makeover due to intensive usage. Works are expected to be completed in two months. The site was visited by councillor for town planning Toni Such and councillor for sport Oscar Pérez, who spoke with the technicians in charge of the works.





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Denia dog beach pushes the boundaries A dog-friendly beach in Denia is rapidly expanding – albeit unofficially. The 100-metre stretch along the Punta del Raset beach, near what used to be known as the tented restaurants, was set up five years ago and became the first seaside enclave where pooches could join their parents in summer.

But this was fraught with difficulties, and its continued presence is subject to port authority agreement. Denia council has sought permission to extent the dog beach in recent years, to no avail, as the pups would get in the way of a nearby watersports centre’s activities. And the port authority even



ordered the town hall to remove the signs showing the pet patch’s boundaries and explaining rules covering its use. With no fixed borders shown and in the interests of social distancing, the pooch plot is gradually stretching outwards – but it is not clear how long sunseekers with dogs will get away with it.

Municipality acquires Moorish tower Vinalopó vía verde talks Following its recent announcement that a ‘vía verde’ (greenway) cycle route will be created through the Vega Baja, the regional government is considering another one along the River Vinalopó. The possibility was explored at a meeting last week in Elda, from where the river passes through Monóvar, Novelda, Aspe, Monforte del Cid, Elche and Santa Pola. It would form a connection between municipalities that does not involve roads, noted regional councillor for

mobility Arcadi España. Sr España said the regional government will consult with all the other municipalities through which the route would pass in order to study the viability of such a greenway. “It could be an emblematic project of sustainability for all the areas the River Vionalopó passes through,” he added.

The idea had been suggested by Elda town hall, and mayor Rubén Alfaro discussed this and other sustainable mobility projects in the municipality. The regional government is also going to construct a car park by the roundabout at the start of the CV-83 in Elda, as the esplanade there has become a popular spot for car sharing commuters.

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The ruin of a Moorish tower in Orihuela has been acquired by the town hall for research and restoration after many years of attempts were delayed by a variety of obstacles. Heritage councillor Rafael Almagro said the council paid €75,147 for the site of the Torre de Embergoñés, which dates from era of king Mardanish or Almohad caliphate (late 12th and early 13th century). Also known as the Torre del Cantón or de Don Ramón, it is a corner tower of the urban area that could have been 12-15 metres high, which not only had military purposes but was also a vantage point for viewing the river and its distributaries. It is listed as an asset of cultural interest and protected in the PGOU Town Plan.

After archaeological work to remove the water deposit that was supporting it, the structure had been documented, with a central hexagonal buttress and connections to the walls on two perpendicular sides, one parallel to the river and the other facing the Puerta de Murcia. Its foundations lie 2.5m below the current ground level and it is unusually wellpreserved, with over 6m still standing. Sr Almagro thanked the owners for reaching this agreement and the council workers for making it possible. “Now we begin a new phase to continue archaeological excavation, restore the tower, improve the surroundings and connect the old riverside path to Calle Ros,” he added.

Bill Blevins July,14,2021 Bill Blevins, the joint founder of Blevins Franks, sadly passed away recently after a long illness. Bill worked closely with David Franks to build Blevins Franks into the leading international tax and wealth management advisers to UK nationals living in, moving to and returning from Europe. His lively personality, insight and generosity made a big impact on staff and clients alike. He will be sadly missed by all at Blevins Franks and

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Police break up 135 private parties in five days By Jack Troughton Police in Jávea spent five days closing down 135 private parties across the municipality after the late-night celebrations were reported by angry and fed-up neighbours. Between Wednesday July 14 and last Sunday night, officers were raiding villa parties following complaints about music, noise and shouting. It is understood the majority of parties were staged in rented property – as police arrived at a villa in the Covatelles area, near Jávea Golf Club, officers chased partygoers across neighbouring properties as they attempted to flee punishment. People face sanctions for breaking bylaws aimed at promoting ‘peaceful coexistence’ by causing too much noise and breaking strict Covid-19 health regulations

controlling the size of private gatherings and social distancing. And seven landlords will be investigated for renting property to holidaymakers without a tourist licence. In a statement, Jávea local police said more than 50 people face financial penalties, many likely to be sanctioned twice for breaches of bylaws and Covid restrictions. It was said the Marina Alta town had suffered similar problems in recent weeks but as the high season arrives, officers had to deal with up to 30 complaints a day allegedly ‘incited’ by the tenants of rental properties. The town hall is determined to take action in a bid to curb the problem as the peak season continues. It is to contact owners of properties to remind them to take action ‘to prevent the nuisance of your tenants on the

neighbourhood’. It is also to check that each address visited by the police has the relevant tourism licence for renting property.

A council spokesman said: “We ask landlords and companies that are dedicated to tourist rentals to be aware of the negative effects that promoting this

form of tourism can have for the entire community – which directly goes against the profile of a family destination that Jávea has always enjoyed.”




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New T-shirts By Irena Bodnarec

Last week Anémona - a local charity which offers help and support to women with breast cancer presented their 2021 solidarity t-shirt to the mayor of Benidorm Toni Perez and councillor for equality Angela Zaragozi. President of Anemona, María Botella said that due to the pandemic, the traditional Pink Walk, bringing together thousands of people could



not take place last year but hopes some activities will be able to go ahead this year. The International Day against Breast Cancer takes place on October 19 when they hope to read out their manifesto at the town hall square. The new design t-shirt is available to purchase from their headquarters on Calle de la Biga 14, opposite the town hall and priced at just €10 and they aim to sell 5,000.

New Veterans Breakfast Club By Kevin Reardon

In its centenary year, The Royal British Legion continues to have an impact, making the most of local resources and evolving in line with changes in the Armed Forces community. The type of support needed continues to be increasingly complex, people require help across multiple issues, particularly mental health, wellbeing and mobility. So, at the beginning of last year RBL welfare worker, Sandie Coates launched a trial initiative by forming a Winter Activities Club in Punta Prima, Orihuela Costa, aimed at highlighting the work of the Royal British Legion in Spain, as well as reducing social isolation and loneliness which veterans and their families often experience. The three meetings were a great success, bringing together almost 100 people, many of them with no prior connection to The Royal British Legion, who might otherwise have spent the day sitting in isolation at home.

The events were funded from monies raised in Spain through the Poppy Appeal and included a number of different activities. Such was the popularity of the gatherings that the Orihuela Costa and District Branch of the RBL is now forming a Veterans’ Breakfast Club, the inaugural meeting of

which will take place at 11.00 on Tuesday, July 27, at the Hi Life Bar and Restaurant close to Zenia Boulevard, Orihuela Costa, and thereafter on the last Tuesday of every month. At the meeting there will be a presentation by the N332 organisation, covering the legalities of driving in Spain, as well as new speed limits, changes to rules for overtaking, clean air zones, personal mobility vehicles and much more. Future meetings will also feature presentations, gentle exercise sessions, veterans’ stories, conversation, discussions on special topics, guest speakers and more. The meeting is open to all and you do not need to be a veteran to attend. A free breakfast will be available to veterans and their partners but non-veterans who might also wish to eat will be required to make a donation. The event is funded by The Royal British Legion. Pre-booking is necessary to sandysandy1979@ or orihuela

Vall del Pop U3A plan ahead Autumn/winter 2021 With the continued improvement in our ability to socialise and in the hope that Covid restrictions will be further relaxed, and eventually removed, the TCET are busy planning for the autumn/ winter programme. Already advertised, with tickets on sale are: ■ Trip to Guadalest and Altea Old Town on October 6. ■ 15th Anniversary Hog Roast at Black Apple in Jalón on October 13. Under planning are: ■ Visit to La Sella Gardens in Pedreguer, hosted by Christine Farmer, on September 16. ■ Flower Arranging Demonstration by Christine Brazier on November 22. ■ Shopping Trip, hosted by Lynn Bishop, on December 9. We are all hopefully looking forward to getting back to monthly meetings from September and once Covid permits many more events. Please check the website for news of the after-summer re-opening. For further information on events and information about our association, check our website at

Come and join our merry Panto crew The Rojales Pantomime Group are raring to get up and running again after not being able to perform for the last two panto seasons due to Covid 19. This time they are going after lots of buried treasure in the Carribbean in their very funny and unique version of Treasure Island which they hope to be able to bring to the stage to entertain the general public at the beginning of next year in the traditional panto season. If joining your local dramatic theatre group is on your list of things to do now is the chance for you to do something

about it as YOU ARE INVITED to our recruitment event on Friday, July 30 to be held at The Tavern in Lo Crispin at 18.00. Why not come along for an hour and meet some of the cast and crew and see what a lovely friendly bunch we are, we might even buy you a drink...Oh yes we will! We are all amateurs who enjoy entertaining the public so don’t be shy, this is a great way to get out and about again and meet new friends. We have an excellent social secretary who loves arranging social events for the group throughout the year, so if you fancy act-

ing, singing in the chorus or helping behind the scenes we would love you to come and meet us on July 30. It’s fun, fun, fun all the way with the Rojales Pantomime Group as can be

seen from this picture of our members enjoying the last pantomime – Camelot. For more information on how to join our Group email Doug McClone on





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Guardamar del Segura town hall is hosting a series of guided visits throughout the summer Visitors are invited to ‘enjoy the municipality’s natural environment by touring the dunes and pine forest and learn about its archaeological and cultural heritage’. People can choose between various visits, including Guardamar archaeological mu-

seum (MAG) and castle which takes place in English every Thursday. Participants will be able see exhibits from the Phoenician, Iberian, Moorish and Late Middle Age cultures, which have all had an influence on the town throughout history, as

Joy at Torrevieja animal shelter Another great donation was made to the Torrevieja animal shelter this week. Joy Grey from Ciudad Quesada presented the shelter with desperately needed cat food and litter, plus €30 in cash for the pur-

chase of other necessities. “Thank you very much Joy,” says the shelter. For further information about the shelter, its animals, or if you would like to help in any way please email them at

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well as learnabout the area that housed the old town of Guardamar since its foundation in 1271. Every Friday there is guided visit to the engineer Francisco Mira y Botella’s house museum and the forest nursery, where visitors will be informed about

the dune reforestation process. This tour is in Spanish. On Saturdays there is another tour in Spanish, this time it is to the MAG and castle. Each tour costs €3 per person. The town hall has stated that the guided visits will soon

be extended to take in the 10th century Rábita. For further information email or telephone 96 572 44 88. Tickets for the tours are available via www.agenda

‘Reflections of the Valley’ featured in photo competition By Peter Sockett On Friday, July 16 Jalón Valley Help converted the Ánimo Centre in Alcalalí into a photographic display gallery with the entries to their ‘Reflections of the Valley’ photography competition. Pam Brooks, who was the competition organiser, welcomed JVH volunteers to view the 97 entries, which had been received from 25 photographers. The range and quality of the photographs was amazing from pictures of dawns to sunsets, landscapes, olive trees to almond blossom, farming and grape collection and even a couple of artistically photographed village wash-houses. After careful study we were invited to select our first three choices before retiring to sit on the terrace to enjoy soft drinks and cake. Here we reviewed what we had seen and it became apparent there was more in some of the photos than I had initially noted. So much detail to see as well as the lighting effects in some of the landscapes. But we all had our favourites and we waited

in anticipation of the winner being announced. Four photographs turned out to be favourites with one clear winner. These were: Fourth – almond blossom in the Vall del Pop, from Chris Farrow, Third – the village washhouse in Parcent, from Philip Ashley, Second – an ancient olive tree from Marlies van Rijckesvorsel, First – the village of Campell above the morning clouds, from David Rohl who received the certificate, cava and the €100 prize (see photo below) Elaine Horton, JVH President, thanked all photographers for their entries and

considered this year’s submission probably the best range of subjects in the eight years of the competition. More photos will be picked for the JVH 2022 calendar and the greeting cards. Don’t forget that JVH are holding a Night Market at Jalon Rastro on Sunday July 25 starting at 19.00 with stalls and entertainment by The Entertainers, and they are also offering ‘An Evening with the Songbird’ at Pepe’s restaurant in Alcalalí on Friday, August 6. For more information about JVH and their events to raise money to support their endeavours on our behalf, please check their website




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Writers' exhibition in Campoverde Are you looking for a good book to read? Then come out to meet local authors and poets at the upcoming Writers’ Exhibition in Pinar de Campoverde, Pilar de la Horadada, on Saturday, July 24, from 11.00-14.00. Signed copies of their books will be available for purchase. The writers will also do readings of their prose and poetry. It is an event suitable for people of all ages. Cava and nibbles will be available. The event will be at Camp-

overde church and community hall, located at Avenida del Pino. Amongst the published authors attending the event with copies of their works will be American author Nancy Blodgett Klein, who recently published two books - one fiction and one non-fiction. Her wellreviewed novel is titled, Torn Between Worlds: A Mexican Immigrant’s Journey to Find Herself, while the non-fiction work is an anthology of true stories written by members of

Torrevieja Writers’ Circle titled, Life Lessons: Guidance of All Ages. Also present will be the Canadian author, Darlene Foster. Darlene has published eight books for children, including the recently released Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady. This book is part of the Amanda Travels Adventures series. English author Susan Champion, who published the lovely paperback book Prayer, Praise and Poetry, will also be attending alongside other authors.

Weekly Post Book Review 'The Dressmaker's Gift' By Fiona Valpy Reviewed by Brody Rafter This powerful novel brings to life one of our worst times in history – World War II. It also concerns a young woman in modern day trying to find out about her grandmother after her mother has committed suicide. If you've ever lost anyone you loved to suicide then I feel you will easily relate to Harriet who feels abandoned and betrayed when her mother takes her own life. People who have never had depression can't imagine doing such a thing. And they find it hard to understand people who have so much in their lives – family, young children, a nice home, a good job etc. - putting an end to it all. Depression, unexplainable sadness, phobias, fixations, fears can in some cases, be explained, some researchers believe by 'inherent trauma'. That you could actually inherit someone else's trauma seemed unlikely to me. But, it appears that a person's experience can alter their biology, and the behaviour of their children and grandchildren. Studies show that extreme stress or cold or hunger, for example, can trigger metabolic changes in subsequent generations. These things can actually leave a chemical mark on a person's genes, which can then be passed down to future generations. Who was to know?

For young women it's worth keeping in mind that stress and anxiety never does a foetus any good, as we deal with the mounting Covid-19 crisis. Which, if you think about it, isn't a patch on being bombed or put into concentration camps. Best to keep things in perspective. And this, inherent trauma is one of the main themes in this novel. And possibly worthwhile for some writers to file away for future use when believable motive is hard to find. By the way, inherent trauma is no excuse for bad behaviour. It's just something to be aware of, and do something about. Don't let your life, or your child's, be spent in the shadow of somebody else's trauma. Let's not make it harder than it has to be. Life, I mean. Life... Another theme: war changes everybody. Some for the better and some for the worse. It's only when the chips are down that you find out the true quality of a person. Valpy shows us this as well as the importance of friendship, loyalty and trust between three brave women, who join the French Resistance in WW II. The women who made up the Special Operations Executives (SOE) were of a truly heroic nature and risked their lives to defeat the Nazis who had overrun their country. A rattling brave lot they were, whose existence and participation has not been recognised and honoured nearly enough.

By giving this article to Gil, at Bookshop Europa in Calpe (Oscar Esplá 2), you will receive a 5% discount on 'The Dressmaker's Gift' by Fiona Valpy: price: €13.50. Tel: 965 835 824. http:// Keep in mind that Gil can get you any book if still in print.

Fiona Valpy's powerful style brings to life a horrific time in European history. She tells these three women's story with great compassion, insight and understanding. I admire her way of weaving the past and the present together, bringing to life lots of the details of war-torn France, and Paris in particular, and showing comparisons with modern day terrorists attacks. Very little of this covers present day as nearly all is from 1943 – 1945. A fascinating time in history. For myself it's scary to think of how far Hitler got and how he'd set his sights on England as

his next conquest. Imagine... Between food and fuel shortage, curfews, stars sewn onto the clothing of all Jews and the brutality of Nazi soldiers as they strut through the beguiling and magnificent city of Paris, you will have a very factual experience of that city during war time. The last third of this novel excels as all the threads are brought together and the danger increases for all the main characters. Fiona Valpy is a gifted storyteller, a thorough researcher and a compassionate writer with a deep understanding of the human condition.

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Want more sleep, but can’t stop staying up late? By Abi Jackson, PA Sleep procrastination is not as simple as we might think Abi Jackson asks sleep therapists why some of us just can’t get to bed. It’s so easy to get stuck in this loop, but if not clocking up enough quality slumber is taking a toll, you might want to break the habit. So, why is that so much easier said than done? Don’t beat yourself up Sleep procrastination – basically putting off sleeping and doing other things instead – is very common. And while you might be kicking yourself for being ‘so bad’ when it comes to bedtime, it’s not as simple as lacking discipline. There might be loads of different reasons for it, but sleep therapist Tracy Hannigan ( believes sleep procrastinators mainly fall into two categories. “There’s the people who are trying to exert some control over something, and it happens to be at night-time when there’s nobody else demanding any-

thing of them,” she explains. “Then there’s the people who don’t carve any time out for themselves, so they’re doing something they enjoy at night, because it’s the only time they can do it.” I just want some time for me This is where the phrase ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’ or ‘sleep revenge’ comes from: staying up late for some down time, because it’s literally the only opportunity you get. “I see this in a lot of clients, especially those who work very long hours,” says The Science Of Sleep author Heather Darwall-Smith, a UKCP psychotherapist who specialises in sleep (heatherdarwallsmith. com). “People might think, ‘I don’t want to just be working and sleeping, I’m going to do something that’s nice for me’.” It’s not just high-flying professionals. Carers might really relate to this too, and parents. Another factor is low self-esteem, notes DarwallSmith, prioritising everyone else’s needs above our own. And we can all

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experience overwhelm in various guises – perhaps it’s living with a health condition, dilemmas weighing on your mind – and it makes sense that we seek out some relief and autonomy where it feels easiest. You’re only human “When we feel overwhelmed, we reach for the instant gratification,” says Darwall-Smith. “It’s what we can control, and we get a burst of dopamine to the brain, which is pleasurable. As humans, we’re very much programmed to take pleasure over pain.” And if your sleep-procrastination method of choice tends to involve a screen? Well it’s no wonder if one episode turns into four, or a quick look at TikTok turns into a midnight odyssey of dog videos and skincare tutorials. “We are up against technologies that have been designed by geniuses to make us engaged,” says DarwallSmith. “And at night, when we’re tired, our ability to self-regulate is strongly impacted, too. So, it’s not necessarily because people are doing this through choice, or lack self-control: it’s technology, it’s tiredness, it’s overwhelm, it’s trying to get some control in my life, right here, right now.” More awareness, less judgement Darwall-Smith and Hannigan both believe acknowledging all this is hugely important. Scratch the surface and these patterns begin to make more sense, you could even call them self-care – but it’s counterproductive when it’s eating into our sleep time, impacting our health and happiness and everything in-between. Hannigan believes we all have it in us to change these patterns, although progress may not happen quickly and won’t be perfect. Cut yourself some slack. And while it’s true that lack of sleep is a health concern, try not to over-focus on this. “I’m always really careful about this, because that in itself can increase anxiety – ‘Why can’t I stop doing this? I know it’s really bad for my health’ – and people can really start to beat themselves up about it,” says Darwall-Smith. Carrots and sticks Instead, focus on the rewards. “It’s really important for people to tap into what is the fundamental reason they want to make a change,” says Hanni-



gan. “There’s a belief that there’s stick people and carrot people. Stick people run away from things that have negative consequences. Carrot people are those driven towards the positive. But I think, even for those who think they’re stick people, there are carrots under there.” Psychology research tends to support the notion that, when it comes to behaviour change, carrots are far more effective than sticks. “So, it’s about finding those,” adds Hannigan. “What things do you really love to do or engage with, that are more difficult because you’re not allowing yourself the sleep you need? For some, it’s connection with spouses and kids. For others, it’s about work productivity and wanting to take the next step. A life issue, not a sleep issue If screens at bedtime are an issue for you, Darwell-Smith suggests trying alternative ways to relax. A calm, clutter-free bedroom and wind-down routine can of course be helpful – but this really isn’t just about bedtime. Often, it’s the daytime that holds the solutions. “This is a really important point, because if we make it about sleep, that makes it even harder to work with,” says Darwall-Smith. “Look at what’s happening throughout the day. Ask yourself, ‘What is it that my body needs? And what is it that’s making me do this?’ “One of the first things I do with clients is to look at 24 hours – what does your day and week look like? Then we’ll work backwards – so these are the things you’ve got to achieve, is there anything in here you can put down? And what are your needs, what do you need to prioritise?” Hannigan agrees – when it comes to therapy for sleep procrastination, a lot of the work is about addressing things at root level. She says many of “these scenarios revolve around managing stress, priorities, and setting boundaries”. Shifting the focus like this has numerous benefits. You’re creating pockets of space for self-care or ‘me time’ that’s not stealing your sleep, even if it’s just a 20-minute morning workout or reading on your commute. You’re taking steps towards reducing and managing stress more effectively, and towards a greater sense of control.




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Computer vision syndrome UA-led research suggests that progressive occupational lenses reduce prevalence of computer vision syndrome According to the study carried out on users of general progressive lenses, three months after using occupational lenses, the prevalence of the syndrome dropped from 68.1% to 18.8% This visual disorder affects more than 70% of public administration staff and is caused by prolonged use of electronic screens: computers, tablets, mobiles... Researchers at the University of Alicante (UA) have carried out a study on workers over the age of 45 – all of them users of general progressive lenses and digital devices – to estimate the prevalence of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). This disorder, which causes problems such as double or blurred vision, dry eyes and even headaches, affects more than 70% of staff in public administration and education due to prolonged use of electronic screens: computers, tablets, mobiles, etc. One of the key points of this study, recently published in the scientific journals Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics and Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, has been to compare the CVS perceived with the use of two lens de-

signs: general use progressive lenses vs. occupational lenses. According to the results, the prevalence of SVI with their own lenses was 68.1%. Once the refraction was updated, after three months of using general-purpose progressives, it decreased to 33.3%, and after three months of using occupational progressives, this figure dropped to 18.8%. CVS can be caused by workplace risk factors such as poor lighting, screen glare, inadequate working distance and posture, harmful temperature and humidity conditions or a combination of all these. Yet there are risk factors specific to the worker that can also worsen this symptomatology, such as gender, age, suffering from certain systemic diseases and/or syndromes related to dry eye, the use of certain drugs and contact lenses, among others. In this sense, the research carried out by the UA shows that both women and those who worked with an inadequate neck posture or lighting were three times more likely to suffer from this syndrome. Likewise, workers who did not have refractive errors at a distance were more likely than myopic, hyperopic or astigmatic workers to improve with occupational lenses, as lead researcher and lecturer in the UA De-

partment of Optics, Pharmacology and Anatomy Mar Seguí reported. After the one-year followup, 73.9% of the workers chose occupational lenses as their first option for computer use, compared to 17.4% who preferred progressive lenses for general use, UA expert added. Recommendations According to the UA researcher, the results of this study help guide eye care professionals in recommending occupational progressive lenses as the most suitable design for workers who use computers, not only on the basis of optical improvements, but also with proven evidence that they reduce the symptoms perceived by the worker, thus providing better care for this population. Also, it is especially advisable to improve training and information for workers on the

relevance of maintaining adequate lighting levels and ergonomic postures to reduce the symptoms caused by CVS while using digital devices and to improve quality of life in the workplace. Methodology The study was carried out on 109 workers (62 men and 47 women) at the UA, over 45 years of age and users of general progressive lenses and desktop computers. At the beginning of the study, an appointment was arranged for each of them to evaluate and know their refractive status and, subsequently, they were provided with the appropriate compensation through the adaptation of two designs of ophthalmic lenses: general progressive lenses and then occupational lenses. Each of them was worn for three months in the workplace. CVS was measured using the CVS-Q© questionnaire designed and validated by

staff from the Department of Optics, Pharmacology and Anatomy and the UA Public Health Research Group in 2015. Moreover, information was collected about computer exposure, as well as environmental and ergonomic aspects at the workplace.


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Your questions answered



Dr. Vicente Mera, internal specialist at Clinica Britannia answers your questions I have noticed lately that my toe is veering inward toward my other toes. What could it be? You probably have a bunion. You might notice at the same time that the bone at the base of the big toe is jut-

ting outward, they can appear at the base of the pinky toe as well. Because it’s smaller, it’s called a bunionette or sometimes a tailor’s bunion. The bone deformity won’t fix itself. At the beginning, they

probably won’t hurt. However, over time, yes, they often do. The displaced joint can become stiff and sore. Bone spurs can develop in the joint. Walking around, or simply putting on a pair of shoes, may become extremely painful. You can slow down the progression of a bunion by wearing shoes with low heels and a wide toe box. Eventually, it will hurt. You can develop corns or calluses where the big toe overlaps the second toe. Some bunions can get bigger and more painful quickly. An X-ray will guide a podiatrist or chiropodist to the best option: either a nonsurgical approach to the bunion or surgery. There are a couple of reasons to consider having surgery. The first is when there is pain on a daily basis. The

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Why wait until you break your hip to discover that you have osteoporosis? Unfortunately, many people are not diagnosed with osteoporosis until they fall and break a bone (commonly a hip or wrist). A person is diagnosed with osteoporosis when they have low bone mineral density (BMD). This means that the bones are thin, weak and more likely to break. Many people confuse osteoporosis with osteoarthritis. They are different conditions! Bone fractures due to osteoporosis may be avoided if the problem is diagnosed and treated early on. People with

osteoporosis are 5 times more likely to sustain a fracture than those with a healthy bon mineral density. Most people have never heard of a DEXA scan which is a special X-ray used to check bone mineral density. This term is being used less often and is now referred to as simply DXA. In Spain this test is called a densitometria. So, do you need to have your BMD checked? Some people are more at risk of osteoprosis than others. You

may need to be checked if you fall into one of these categories: ■ Are female and you had your menopause (last period) before the age of 45. ■ Have already had a broken bone after a minor fall or knock. ■ Have a strong family history of osteoporosis (mother, father, sister or brother affected). ■ Have a body mass index (BMI) of 19 or less (that is, you are very underweight). ■ Are a woman and your periods stop for six months to

a year or more before the time of your menopause. This can happen for various reasons. For example, over-exercising or over-dieting. ■ Have taken, or are taking, a steroid medicine (such as prednisolone) for three months or more. For example, long-term courses of steroids are sometimes needed to control arthritis or asthma. ■ Are a smoker. ■ Have an alcohol intake of more than four units per day. ■ Lack calcium and/or vitamin D (due to a poor diet and/or little exposure to sunlight). ■ Have never taken regular exercise, or have led a sedentary lifestyle (particularly during your teenage years). ■ Have, or had, certain medical conditions. For example, an overactive thyroid,

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Across the Pond: Next door By Gordon Grindstaff

In order to get to what I want to write about, I first need to tell you this. The Apple iPhone was introduced to the word on January 9, 2007. According to the Apple website, “iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone, combining three products—a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod® with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with applications that interfaced with email, web browsing, searching and maps—into one small and lightweight handheld device.” When the iPhone was introduced, it also brought about a new career field; development of computer applications for the phone that would interface with the internet and perform specific tasks in real time that would produce results and display them on the iPhone. The term ‘applications’ was shortened to ‘apps’ and before you knew it, we had dating apps, social media apps, banking apps and on and on. At the time, I didn’t pay much attention because I’d had enough of technology, having dealt with it for much of my

working life.Iit took me a year or two before I finally caved in to these 21st century advancements and gave up my flipphone. I am now on my fourth model of the iPhone, having purchased version 10 last year. This phone has 88 ‘apps’ stored somewhere in the 64 gigabyte guts of this thing just waiting on my beck and call to do something for me.(1) I don’t use most of these but I do order pizza from any of three different places; I check for competitive pricing on our medications; I move money around at my bank; I read the newspaper, make haircut appointments, chat with my kids, order groceries and identify plants and weeds in my yard. I could also connect with women in my area who are looking for a man but I don’t. Honest. (2) Nonetheless, the list of possibilities is endless. There are almost no social media apps on my phone. I don’t do Twitter, Instagram, Reddit or any of the other timewasters. I do, however, have one app on my phone that might qualify as social media although I don’t think of it in that way. I consider it more of what could well be a living laboratory for sociologists and psycholog-

ists to study; it also serves as a source of information as well as idle-time amusement for me. The app is called ‘Nextdoor’. It’s purpose as described on the Wikiipedia website reads as follows. “Nextdoor is a hyperlocal social networking service for neighbourhoods. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in San Francisco, California. Nextdoor launched in the United States in October 2011, and is currently available in 11 countries.” (3) You become a member of the site by invitation from a neighbour already on the site. I joined the Nextdoor site by identifying myself with my real name and the neighbourhood we live in. There are over 200,000 neighbourhoods on the site with new ones added every day. I have no idea how the site determines what constitutes a neighbourhood nor do I know how they got added to the site but one of these days, I’m going to find out. Once you become a member, you can create a post on anything that happens to be on your mind. But you have to be careful; there are volunteer ‘monitors’ lurking about the site that will delete your post in an instant if they feel it violates the

guidelines of the site. There are several reoccurring subjects for posts including safety, the unfairness of the ‘monitors’. handymen -both needed and available, lost dogs, cats and the occasional reticulated python. You will also find a plethora of discussions on cutting the cable television cord, the heavyhanded rules of the Nazi-like homeowners associations, restaurant reviews, yard sales, what to do about the panhandlers standing in the middle of the intersections and solving the delicate problem of the neighbour who has allowed clover to creep into his lawn. There are also requests for recommendations of professional services; plumbers, electricians, hair stylists, dog groomers, veterinarians, automobile mechanics and the like. Ninety-nine percent of these requests will include the phrase ‘need an XYZ (insert plumber, electrician, etc) that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg.’ Rude neighbourly actions also appear almost daily. One such discussion revolved around the Independence day celebration and the neighbour who posted that he would be setting off bunches of fireworks and for all you dog lovers, old people who go to bed early and new parents with sleeping babies; too bad. If you don’t like



it, stick it up your nose. (4) Well, you can imagine the verbal melee that broke out over this post as those who favour peace and quiet took on the pro-fireworks crowd, patriots one and all. It was very entertaining to watch it unfold. That’s enough about technology today. I have explained what I know about phones, apps in general and the Nextdoor app in particular because it presents an opportunity for stories right at my fingertips; my intent is to tell you about them in some detail in the future. Hopefully, it will make for some interesting reading. G2 notes: 1: At least half of those apps came with the phone. I would delete them but having no idea how any of that stuff is stitched together, I’m afraid of what might happen. 2: I don’t know how any of that dating apps stuff works nor do I need or want to know. But apparently, the era of cutesy pickup lines is over. A sultry ‘what’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?’ is no longer necessary. Too bad. 3: I have no idea what the word ‘hyperlocal’ means. 4: I am paraphrasing the gentleman fireworks lover. The post is no longer available. Contact Gordon by email at

For those animal shelters that would like to send in details and photos of animals needing homes please email in the same way they used to with a SHORT piece of text and contact details. Deadline Mondays 13.00.

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KAI lived with other dogs on a deserted property, the owner only came sometimes with something to eat. Often they were very hungry, thirsty and alone. The police took them away from the owner for neglect. First, Kai was a little shy, but gained confidence and settled in well into the everyday life at the shelter. He’s affectionate and social and gets along very well with all other dogs and loves being cuddled. He’s house trained and very smart, quickly he will adapt to the daily life and rhythm of his new family. Call 966 427 678, email info@, or see

PUSSY female, shelter since 04.09.2014. Podenco, DOB 15.09.2013 – 59 cm. She is one of our many podencas who live happily here in our shelter. She is easy going and she will not give any problems to her new owner once she is accustomed to her situation. Please call Terence on 966 463 976 for more details

LEO, his owner passed away and he was brought to us. Leo had been kept in a large cage for most of his 2/3 years with very little socialising. After eight weeks with us he is ready to go to a home, but please a home in Spain only. He is very noisy and bossy with other dogs, very quiet on his own. Passported and castrated, who wants a beautiful cheeky dog. Home with no children please. Please contact by calling 711 075 305, send an email to or see K9 Facebook

PEPA BENJI who is seven is now homeless due to the death of his owner. He is good with people and children, loves to be groomed, is house trained, has all his vaccinations and is castrated. Please phone 604 304 746 or send an email to p.e.p.a.animalcharity@

PETS in SPAIN BUTTON is eight weeks old and was thrown from a car on the N332. Her eye had to be removed but other than that she is a happy, playful kitten. Call: 645469 253, email or see

APROP PHARA entered into the shelter because her owner is unwell. She needs a home quickly to continue the good work that she has received in helping her adapt to a home environment. Phara is just two years old, healthy and already sterilised. Please contact shelter by email at or call 654 616 043.

AKIRA CHASE who is two and medium sized, was surrendered by his owner and arrived in poor condition. He is now fighting fit and ready for his forever home. He is great with other dogs and adults but not good with children; is excellent on the lead and just needs a chance to experience love, security and comfort. If you think Chase could be the dog for you, please email akirashelter@ or phone 657 689 567.




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How to stop your plants dying By Hannah Stephenson, PA Our plants can suffer when we go on our summer hols. Hannah Stephenson looks at the common mistakes we make and how to address them. The summer holiday is booked, the car is packed and the outlook seems sunny – until you start wondering how your plants are going to survive in your absence. Too many times gardeners return from their break to wilted annuals, shrivelled hanging baskets and lawns that look like straw, but there are ways to mitigate the casualties. Here are some dos and don’ts to give you at least a little damage limitation… DON’T… … make new plantings just before going away What many don’t realise is that plants need help to become established, which generally means watering, weeding and feeding, giving the root system the kickstart it needs. So don’t splash out on a bargain bucket of new plants at the garden centre just before you go away, because if they’re not watered, they will likely end up on the compost heap on your return.

… forget to call on neighbours or family to water while you’re away Give kindly neighbours ample notice before you go away to say you’d be really grateful if they’d water your plants (particularly ones in

containers) in your absence. Keys may need to be cut and make sure you let them know exactly what will need watering and how much. Often, if it has rained, non-gardeners will assume container plants don’t need

watering, but if they are in sheltered positions close to the house they will still need a regular soaking. Clarify this with your plant-sitters and place easily-forgotten containers such as hanging baskets in a more visible

position. Make it easy for neighbours to water by bunching pots close together. I usually take down my hanging baskets, placing them on top of buckets and close to other pots, so they are not forgotten.




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while you’re away on holiday Give your sitter a gift on your return to keep them sweet – it may be flowers, fruit or vegetables from your garden. … leave flowers in full bloom as you go away This is likely to sap the plants’ energy the drier they become. So don’t just deadhead the faded flowers before you leave. Better to cut off all emerging flowers, making it more likely that new buds and blooms will spring up on your return. DO… … use water-conserving pots and planters There are many pots on the market with reservoirs that will hold water to help

keep plant roots moist for longer. They call themselves ‘self-watering’ which actually means they have a reservoir in which water is then “wicked” into the planting container above using a material such as capillary matting or thick string, with one end placed in the compost and the other in the reservoir. … move pots into the shade Although the label may say your plant prefers full sun, if it’s going without water for any length of time, you’re best off putting it in the shade while you’re away, to help prevent it from drying out. Try to position your containers in a shady spot that’s open to the elements, so if it does rain, they will reap the benefits. Placing pots together also creates a beneficial microclimate and helps reduce evaporation. … harvest ripened fruit and veg before you go If crops such as French beans, runner beans, lettuces and radishes are ready, harvest them now and either blanch and freeze them or give them to friends and neighbours before you go. If you leave them, they will become tough, stringy and woody, while crops like lettuces, and herbs such as coriander, may bolt (run to seed, when they start flowering) which will again impair the flavour. If you give kindly neighbours enough produce, they may offer to water the vegetables that aren’t yet ready and be happy to water when you go on holiday next.

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… give less priority to perennials and evergreens in your borders Don’t panic about these, as established perennials will have deeper roots that can reach moisture in the soil further down, so are less likely to suffer greatly in your absence. Cut back perennials which have finished flowering so the area looks tidier on your return, and deadhead flowering shrubs to encourage a further flush of blooms later on. … give the mower a rest before you go away If you can bear the wild effect, leave your grass long which will help conserve moisture and encourage pollinating insects to your garden. If you absolutely must mow before you go, leave the clippings on the lawn to retain moisture. Don’t worry if your lawn dries out while you’re away; the autumn rains will come soon enough and green it up again.





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