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I love Christmas but thank god for internet buying. I have family in different countries and different parts of the UK, all of whom receive presents from us at this festive time of year. Between the Midlands, UK and Australia there are six kids that need buying for that´s not to mention my own two teenagers that often want something very specific. I start my Christmas shopping at the end of November for the Australian side of the family and then presents for those in the UK at beginning of December. They are all bought and sent to their destination in time for Christmas Day. This sounds great and organised, but I actually miss the act of wrapping a mountain of presents and writing labels whilst sipping a glass of red wine in front of the fire and listening to Christmas music! We will be spending the Christmas period with family and New Year with friends which for me is the perfect way to spend the festive season. If you are spending Christmas here in Spain there are plenty of restaurants to choose from to celebrate in, just take a look inside the magazine! Dont forget a visít to Malaga to see the Christmas lights and their Belen is a must to get you into the spirit of things. As we are coming to the end of 2017 it seems appropriate to say thank you to all our advertisers, contributors and readers for helping make The Grapevine Magazine a great magazine for the community. Also, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year Enjoy and Keep Reading The Editor

Inside This Month


28 Sail & Stay An Interview with Mike Shaw Roberts the New Owner.. 54 Tin Tin Hair & Beauty, Competa An Interview with Trina and her Team

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Tel:(0034) 618 295 063 New this month!

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Denise Hill UK 0844 7744860 Price:149,000 Euros

Canillas de Albaida

Arenas Exquisite 4 bed, 4 bath (+WC) villa (411.68m²). Beautifully landscaped gardens with fruit trees, a double garage, large salt water pool, covered terraces. A luxury villa in the perfect location! EPC - E

New this month!

ref: v1206 Price:339,000 Euros

Stunning beautifully renovated rustic style 4 bed 4 bath village house (131m²) with lots of attractive features, ample accommodation, great layout, 2 walled terraces and a roof terrace.

Frigiliana Beautifully reformed 2 bed 1 bath country house (76 m²) with breathtaking panoramic mountain and countryside views situated on a fabulous large flat plot of land ideal for keeping horses and dogs.

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EPC - In process

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Rustic 4 bed, 2 bath (172.45m²) villa, with AC and CH, private pool, outdoor kitchen, garage, studio/store, terraces, outstanding views and a short drive to Competa.

Charming 4 bed, 2 bath (148m²) rustic villa with AC & CH. Plenty of terraces and a private pool. There are mountain and countryside views, a BBQ good access and is registered as a Casa Rural. ref: v1207 EPC - In process


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EPC - In process

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Price:248,000 Euros

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Price: 179,950 Euros

Caleta de Velez Lovely 4 bed 2 bath + wc house (193.24m²), located on a popular urb. and including a separate guest apartment. With open plan living/dining, separate kitchen, private garden area, garage, use of communal pool, 5 minute walk to beach.


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Stylish boutique bed & breakfast guesthouse (122.69 m²) run as a successful business. The property is fully reformed to a very high standard. With 4 double en-suite guest rooms and a single guest room with separate shower room. Located in a prime situation.

Price reduced!

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Competa Fabulous village house (97.23m2) with car parking close by. With 2 beds, separate dining room and Lounge. 2 terraces and sea views.

Torrox Beach Club Superb 2 bed 2 bath apartment (84.25 m²) located at Torrox Beach Club within walking distance of the beach with communal gardens and pool, easy access, parking and breathtaking sea views. EPC - F ref: t791


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Merry Christmas to all of our clients, past, present and future. The advertised advertised prices prices include include all all of of the the sellers sellers costs costs including including any any commissions. commissions. They They do do not not include include the the ““ The buyers costs costs which which can can be be between between 10% 10% and and 13% 13% of of the the advertised advertised price, price, this this includes includes notary notary and and buyers registry fees, fees, buyers buyers legal legal fees, fees, purchase purchase tax tax (8%) (8%) and and any any mortgage mortgage set set up up costs.” costs.” registry

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Stunning 3 bed 3 bath villa (195 m²) near Arenas. Beautifully finished to a very high standard, this superb property has really spacious living spaces. A large covered terrace, Private pool area and breath-taking far reaching views.

Lovely 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa (116m²), living room, kitchen/dining, large roof terrace, private pool area, stunning views, walking distance to village, great access, off road parking.

Wonderful traditional rustic style 3 bed 2 bath village house (132 m²) with kitchen, large living room, separate dining room, fantastic courtyard terrace, 2 balcony terraces and garage.

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Great Value!

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Competa Charming rustic style 3 bed 2 bath country house (106 m²) with spacious living/dining room and open plan kitchen, 2 covered terraces, secluded pool area with sun terrace and spectacular countryside views.


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Competa Superb 4 bed 3 bath villa (171.35 m²) including a separate guest house, excellent road access, spacious living accommodation, large covered terraces, private pool and sea views.

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Velez Malaga

Large modern 3 bed 1 bath village house (94 m²) in a sought after location with ample living accommodation, spacious living/dining room, walled courtyard patio and garden and a good sized roof terrace with wonderful views. EPC - G ref:t871

Large, established, beautifully presented villa (251 m²) located in a peaceful area close to the charming villages of Salares and Archez. Breathtaking views, extensive accommodation of 5 beds, 3 baths, including separate apartment, EPC - E ref:v442

Opportunity to buy a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse (128.57m²), living room, dining room, kitchen, terraces, parking nearby, old town setting.


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Opportunity to buy a three storey split level property (341m²). 3 separate and independent apartments, double garage, covered pool, lots of terraces, large storage/laundry room and sea views.

Beautiful well maintained modern 2 bed 1 bath villa (95 m²) with easy access, large living area, covered porch, terrace, private pool area, mature gardens and stunning sea views.

New modern 3 bed 2 bath villa (153 m²) with large living/dining room and open plan kitchen area, covered terrace, plenty of space for an above ground pool, sea and lake views.




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The Gallery with a difference

Friday 8th December 5-7pm We wish you all a Merry Christmas and invite you to get in the festive spirit by welcoming you to visit our gallery, take a glass of mulled wine, enjoy a mince pie and view the stunning artwork by various artists all depicting the colourful Flamenco theme. We are situated in a luxury villa 3 kms from Periana along tarmac roads and directions are clearly shown on our website Email !Facebook La Galeria Periana Telephone 951 139 153 Ample parking and wheelchair access is available

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We are open 5 nights a week from 7.00 - 11.00 Closed Tuesday and Sunday Evenings Christmas Menu only 27'50€ (Including Turkey) Reservations now being taken Book early to avoid disappointment

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NEWS IN SPAIN This Months Update


ustralia needs Spanish teachers. The Spanish embassy in the country made a call for teaching staff on October 29, with the intention of filling a series of vacancies for nonpermanent positions, both full-time and as substitute teachers, during the 2017/2018 academic year. Educators who meet the requirements must send in applications by early afternoon November 13. Teachers who meet the requirements may send applications until November 13. Centers are looking for teachers who specialize in elementary school, early childhood education, foreign languages, music and physical education. Those wishing to teach high school are required to have a specialization in physics and chemistry, math, English, technology and electronic systems. The embassy also made a call for vocational training teachers with specializations in electronics. In addition, applicants must meet a series of requirements, such as having Spanish nationality or being a native of any of the member states of the European Union, not being currently employed by the government, having at least one year of experience, and being fluent in English.


n football, controversy usually surrounds the referee rather than the shirts the players are wearing.The Spanish national team released a kit for next year's World Cup but it proved extremely divisive

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The investigation began after a Spanish citizen complained to the police that he had received several tickets for speeding in places where he had not been driving. After analysing the information, it appeared that there were notable differences between the two vehicles. Officers concluded that there must be two vehicles of the same make, model and license plate, meaning that one of the vehicles was a fake or "clone" of the original. The owner of the clone was reportedly a man originally from Bulgaria, who had a record of smuggling stolen vehicles and forging documents. The man and among the country's fans. his partner allegedly owned several Critics say the colours of the shirt appear similar to the flag of Spain's vehicles in Bulgaria that were also registered in Spain. The police Second Republic, rather than the discovered that the man acted with current Spanish national flag. The other criminals of various Second Republic started in 1931 when the King was overthrown and nationalities, who between them, falsified licence plates and vehicle lasted just until 1939. The flag can documents so the cars could be evoke painful memories for those sold on. It was revealed that most whose family members suffered during the civil war, which occurred of the cars were stolen in Madrid, and the criminals reportedly stalked between 1936 and 1939. The conflict was won by the nationalists their victims so they knew where they lived, where they parked their and led to Francisco Franco becoming the dictator of Spain. He car and what time they went to work. They then used devices to was in power until his death in override the car’s GPS device, so 1975. But the Spanish football they could not be tracked, and used federation and designers Adidas multiple security measures to avoid deny the kit has political being detected. The council connotations. The row comes at a time of growing political divisions in member, who had access to public records, allegedly helped the gang Spain. obtain information about identical olice in Spain have arrested vehicles they could clone to resell the cars and later enlisted the help 19 people, for the alleged theft of 85 vehicles.The gang of his colleagues when he left his position. The cars were then allegedly had the help of a local registered in various other council member who helped them European countries so there were to obtain information about the two cars with the same documents stolen vehicles and clone licence and licence plates in circulation. plates of identical cars so they Several cars were also stripped for could be resold. The 19 suspects parts which made them harder to were held for numerous crimes, including theft, forging documents, trace. As they were dealing with an money laundering and belonging to international crime organisation, Spanish police enlisted the help of a criminal organisation. The Portuguese and Bulgaria law detainees are reportedly of enforcement to bring the criminals numerous nationalities, including Spanish, Greek, French, Romanian, to justice, as well as the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian and Cooperation. Bulgarian. It is believed the gang made more than ₏ 1,500,000 in profit from the stolen vehicles.


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HOTEL BALCÓN DE CÓMPETA THE THREE STAR HOTEL IN THE BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE OF CÓMPETA C/San Antonio, 75 - Cómpeta Tel: (+34) 952 55 3662 / 3535 Fax (+34) 952 51 6780 Email: WHATSAPP: (+ 34) 671132563 FACEBOOK: /HotelBalconDeCompeta Website:





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Special Menudefor 12€. NEW things at Lunch the Hotel Balcón Cómpeta: 4 Different Exquisite Tapas for 8€ Hamburgers : Steer meat 250gr / Angus meat 120gr / Vegetarians. SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER: OFFERS FOR BREAKFAST LIVE MUSIC! “FLYNN” From: 14.00h COFFEE + CROISSANT (Ham or Cheese or Jam & Butter) = 3,40€ at the Terrace or Restaurant BACON AND EGGS + TOAST + JUICE = 5 € COFFEE + CHOCOLATE MUFFIN = 2,45€ NATURAL ORANGE JUICE + MIXED SANDWICH = 3,70€ .


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HOTEL BALCÓN DE CÓMPETA THE THREE STAR HOTEL IN THE BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE OF CÓMPETA C/San Antonio, 75 - Cómpeta Tel: (+34) 952 55 3662 / 3535 Fax (+34) 952 51 6780 Email: WHATSAPP: (+ 34) 671132563 FACEBOOK: /HotelBalconDeCompeta Website:

CHRISTMAS AT RESTAURANTE MARIA & NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER IN THE BALL ROOM MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER: CHRISTMAS LUNCH OR DINNER, 35€ per person. Please book your table in advance and ask for your Menu at Reception. SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER: -NEW YEARS EVE DINNER - LIVE MUSIC BY AIRE FLAMENCO 65€ per person 25€ children. Includes: Music, Drinks, Party Bags, Surprises and Lucky Grapes. Late night snacks included. Please book your table in advance and ask for your Menu at Reception. NEW YEARS EVE PARTY: Celebrate the New Year with the Chimes of the Clock & Party: Lucky Grapes + Party Bags + 1 Glass of Cava + 1 Spirit ........ 12€ Party only price (after midnight): Party Bags + 1 Spirit ... .... 7€ Free Cloakroom & Free Parking for Clients Info & Reservations: +34 952553535 Taxi Service available 24h

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TU RINCON DEL SOL PROPERTY SALES AND RENTALS Avd. de Torrox, 46 29754 CÓMPETA (Málaga) Tel: 952 51 63 58 Mov: 628 06 97 03 We speak your language

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Árchez Ref:469

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Larger than usual traditional 5 bed townhouse. Beautiful terrace with views of the village. Unique opportunity with ample space, views and easy access..

Beautiful and quaint 2 bed country house with established and well tended gardens. Outdoor living space is a real feature, with brick built BBQ and shaded dining areas.

Large 5 bed townhouse close to main plaza. Stunning views from the terraces of the sea and mountains. A courtyard leads to a further 3 rooms with great development potential.





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Cosy 2 bed townhouse with outdoor terraces. Utility area on one of the terraces. Fitted kitchen with pantry. Easy access within a quiet street.


Charming 3 bed country house set on a large plot of land. Large glazed areas make the most of the 360º views. Well established garden, vegetable plot and raised fish pond.

Unbelievable priced traditional 3 bed townhouse in a great location. Roof terraces give great views of Cómpeta and the mountains beyond. Great investment at a great price!





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I scooped up his bedraggled little body and carried him from the vets' to my house. He was trembling uncontrollably and was just too scared to walk. Once inside the house, he settled down and slept for an eternity. He was safe. Three days later his matted fur was shaved off and the following week he was neutered. The scary stuff was over! Fast forward a couple of weeks and he'd discovered the joys of sleeping on sofas, beds and especially on my lap. He rapidly discovered the cat flap, which gained him access to a specially fenced-in terrace, where he could happily view the outside world from a position of safety. I took him with me to our charity shop every day in the hope that he'd become used to humans and learn to trust. But he was still incredibly timid with strangers, so Sharon and I agreed to wait a while until he had grown in confidence before he started his journey to England. We planned his trip for December. In the meantime we were in touch twice a day with updates and photos of Inka's progress and photos of Lily, Sharon's dog, who was soon to be Inka's new friend.


By the time you read this article, little Inka will be on his way to a The Story of Little Inka wonderful new life in Yorkshire, where he'll be able to run free in nka was found in the Archez I received a phone call from Lisa at green fields and have Lily, his new Naturvets, explaining what had area in September. He was a doggy pal, to play with. He's been happened. Sharon, who had sad sight to behold - in very my constant companion for two bad condition, filthy, matted fur, rescued Inka, wanted to offer him and a half months and it's been an hungry and covered in ticks and a permanent home in the UK, but absolute joy to have him around. she was due to leave in two days fleas. Sharon, who was on Bon voyage little Inka! I'm going to and Inka wouldn't be ready to holiday in the area, decided to miss you. help him. She spent most of her travel. He'd been de-loused and wormed but needed rabies time here trying to coax him to Action for Animals Charity Shop, vaccinations before he could leave trust her, but he was so timid Avenida de la Constituciรณn 59, Spain. There was a twenty-one this proved to be quite a task. Cรณmpeta. day waiting period until the Every day she encouraged him Opening hours: 10.00-14.00 to come closer, offering tasty vaccinations were effective and Tuesday to Saturday morsels of food until eventually, before he was allowed to travel. Telephone 660586040 when her holiday was almost Lisa asked if I knew anyone who over and it was time for her to might be able to foster Inka for Follow us on Facebook: Action return to the UK, she was finally three weeks until he was ready to for Animals (UK/Spain) able to pick him up and take him travel to the UK. That person to the vet to see what could be turned out to be me. done. And that was when I became involved.


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White Christmas Bin Cosby stars in this Christmas flick, that is more famous for the song from it than it even the film. The movie is a charming one where two GI's home from WW2 fall in love with a pair of sisters and help them with their failing Inn in Vermont. National Lampoon Christmas Vacation For sheer silliness this film is a laugh a minute comedic riot. The amount of one liners this film offers is huge and it really goes for the love/hate Christmas relationship some people have. It is a very funny movie that really has a large number of small laughs making it ideal for that Christmas bit of cheer. It is also often available with special deals.

CHRISTMAS MOVIES Films to put you in the mood!! Elf For laughs and stupidity and a festive feeling to boot, Elf secures itself on our list. The Will Ferrell persona of Buddy the Elf is one of his most memorable and may be remembered more than anchorman in years to come. Ferrell is brilliant in this film as a clueless elf in Manhattan and really makes one of the best movies we've seen of this kind ever. Elf is often available on a special deal on the high street or over the web this time of year. Home Alone 1 & 2 Though both films have suspiciously the same plot line they are both brilliant. Boy gets lost in big city and ends up getting embroiled in trouble with two burglars. Joe Pesci is brilliant and Culkin excellent as 8 year old Kevin. The film really is a funny and touching Christmas hit and one all the family will enjoy, while having a giggle at the 90s hairstyles and clothing. Scrooged Bill Murray fans will love this Christmas hit. Bill Murray's

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amazing acting ability and the way he can walk the line between pathos and sheer outright hilarity is brilliant. Murray ends up receiving the Christmas Carol treatment in this Dicken's romp, which takes a modern twist. The mixture of a great story, brilliant acting and Murray's comedic genius makes this a excellent one for Christmas. It's a Wonderful Life One of the Christmas classics and for many a must see every Christmas. This tale of depression is a Christmas classic that embodies all the values of Christmas, from family, to friends to the joy of life and is worth it with or without a special deal. Miracle on 34th Street This classic has been remade a number of times, yet it is the original that endures. Made in 1947, it is about Kris Kringle who is termed insane for thinking he is Santa Claus, when he actually is. However, after some brilliant acting and a great story all is restored and Christmas can continue.

A Nightmare Before Christmas Tim Burton's film is ultimately a creative dream and one of our favourites, even on this list. The amazing creativity and the awesomely ghoulish film with a meaning is a brilliant movie and one that shows Burton's creative genius and how Christmas films aren't all the same. A Christmas Carol Whether it is in the original form, or even the Muppets version, A Christmas Carol is a must see at Christmas time. This Dickens's classic is possibly best reproduced in the 1951 version where Scrooge is acted brilliantly. It is a black and white version usually, though a coloured one exists. HoweverComputer Technology Articles, it is a brilliant version of the film and worthy of purchasing with special deals. The Kermit the Frog version also is quite an exciting one and really offers a great take on the carol. The Muppets are there usually hilarious selves and it is also a great one for kids and adults alike.

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Spacious 4 Bed 2 Bath Villa (200m² built, 822m² plot). Ground floor: large conservatory, hallway to a large lounge with fireplace and dining area, large f/f kitchen/diner utility room, a family bathroom, main bedroom, further bedroom currently used as a sitting room/office. Lower Floor: 2 bedroom apartment with good size rooms and a garage. Outside there is a luxurious entertainment covered area with kitchen, lounge, jacuzzi and a dining area. Well-maintained gardens.

Lovely 4 Bed 2 Bath House (140m² built, 200m² plot),. Main floor: living room with a fireplace and access to a large front partly covered terrace, fully-fitted modern kitchen with separate laundry/utility, bathroom, storage room and rear terrace for dining and private sunbathing. A wide marble staircase leads to the first floor: 4 bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes plus a large family bathroom. The house has ADSL, SAT-TV, double glazing, communal pool and garden.

Well-presented 2 Bed Villa (135m² built, 148m² plot), great views, gated & secured, driveway with car port with decorative brick built piers, private gardens, Jacuzzi, wooden pagoda & terracing all around. Accommodation: halfmoon shape covered terrace, sun room, lounge/dining room, f/f kitchen, utility room, 2 double beds, (master cloak room), family bathroom.

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Substantial 4 Bed 2 Bath Village House (150m² built, 180m² plot), located in the centre of the village with opportunities for refurbishment and also the possibility of adding another couple of rooms. The current accommodation comprises living room, kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is an inner courtyard with stairs to the upper floor.

Spacious 3 Bed 1.5 Bath Village House (135m² built, 155m² plot), well laid-out, comprises entrance porch, hallway, large lounge/dining room, fully-fitted kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and guest toilet. At the front of the house there is a patio, with a small storage shed, and at the back of the property there is a lovely private courtyard.

Fabulous 2 Bed 2 Bath Country Villa (115m² built, 1,000m² plot), close to Sedella, good access, amazing views. Accommodation: spacious open plan lounge/dining room (with open fire) & new f/f kitchen with beamed ceilings, 2 double beds, a large family bathroom plus shower room en-suite to master bedroom. Outside are covered and open terraces, an internal terrace of 50 m², a wonderful roof terrace, beautiful gardens, ceiling fans & gas central heating.

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Tom Smith Luxury Christmas Cards 24 Boxed Selection of 12 Boxed Christmas Cards Luxury Crackers & Standard Crackers Sold Boxed or Singularly reserve your crackers now. All your Christmas Goodies! .

We still have the huge selection of greetings cards that will never change souvenir’s,gifts, helium balloons etc. Don’t forget we take Passport photos We have Second hand books, New Books and a Book Exchange is Available. We are the place to buy your maps and walking routes of the area.

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procedure. In order to do this the injured party must make claim from their insurance company beforehand. Don't forget that If the other vehicle involved is not insured or does not stop and cannot be located any compensation should be covered by The Insurance Compensation Consortium, which is a public body attached to the Ministry of Economy. Among other obligations this Consortium is required to compensate the injured parties in Spain when a vehicle cannot be found or is not insured. Material damage is also covered in the case of death of the victim or when the victim suffers temporary incapacity, (i.e. required to stay in hospital for more than 7 days), or also in cases of permanent incapacity; They should also compensate damages Have you been a victim of a traffic accident? to persons and property, produced by vehicles that are not insured or ictims of traffic accidents be applied automatically as there that have been stolen and pay are usually entitled to are many factors that influence compensation for damages arising some kind of their application. Including taking from a traffic accident where there compensation. into consideration the is a dispute between the consortium repercussions and implications that and the insurance company. The compensation comes under the damage produces in the life of Therefore, it is important to have an two categories Firstly, Physical each individual and in the life of the expert lawyer to advise and Damage, which covers the right for people who depend upon said manage your claim, to protect your damages due to personal injuries victim. rights and to be able to get full sustained by any of the parties compensation for the damages involved in the accident, , i.e. Since the application of the Penal caused. drivers, passengers or pedestrians. Code Reform in July 2015, the Secondly, Material Damage, which steps to be taken in order to Marbella Solicitors has a team of covers any damage caused to request compensation for traffic lawyers specializing in traffic vehicles or other objects involved in accident have changed as now accidents that can help you and the accident. Personal traffic accident lawsuits have to be Compensation can be claimed both claimed for through the Civil Courts assist you with this issue. Please do not hesitate to contact us and make for personal injury that causes and not through the Criminal courts an appointment in any of our offices temporary loss of the victim's as before. without obligation. quality of life varying in degree from very serious, serious, to moderate, This amendment of the Criminal Silvia de Hoyos – Marbella (including private rehabilitation, Code and the subsequent Law Solicitors Group collars, medication, transport, etc), 35/2015, dated September 22, and for any expenses or loss of reforming the system for the Axarquía Solicitors is part of income, resulting from the assessment of damages caused to Marbella Solicitors Group, a accident, i.e. profit loss, financial people involved in traffic accidents, group of bilingual lawyers and loss, salary loss, which cause a provided the groundwork for the tax experts that have more than reduction income, or in the case of new and potentially more efficient a person dedicated to housework, way of acting when we raise claims 15 years experience assisting cause extra expenses to cover their of this type. The objective being to foreign buyers and vendors in Andalucía, both on the coast and temporary inability to carry out their increase the protection of victims inland. normal duties at home. by guaranteeing sufficient COMPENSATION FOR The compensation to be awarded DAMAGES AND INJURIES See advert opposite is calculated individually and in INCURRED, in a prompt and fair accordance with rules that cannot manner, and avoiding the judicial



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THOMAS GANT LAW El Mosquin Cómpeta Tel: 608 658 108 email:

"Visit the stables and enjoy a coffee, a refreshment or an icecream in the shades of our terrace. “

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his month of May at Los Caballos del Mosquin will be another good month.

Spring has arrived and the horses are looking really well after having changed their winter coat for the shint short summer coat. Flowers, birds, the bright light

and early mornings give us another dimension to the experience of a ride in the natural park.

This time we will have the visit of Danish Equin Vet Heidi Nielsen, who is coming to teach us How to keep your horse durable, healthy and happy.Among other things Heidi will work us through; A chiropractical examination of each horse. A thorough examination of the hooves. A checking out the saddle of our horses. An analisis of our riding according to the "Alexander technic". You can read more on Heidis web site:

At the end of the month we will be Thomas López Enjoy spring Gant on horseback it is a Avenida Constitución, Local 6 the next clinic at Los organising wonderful treat.." Caballos del Mosquin. This will Abogado/Lawyer 29754 Cómpeta (Málaga) occur between the 22nd and 29th Tlf: 0034 952 51 69 61 The Grapevine To advertise call 637 028 873 14 18 The Grapevine To advertise call 637 028 873 The Grapevine 27 To advertise call The Grapevine advertise call 637 028 873 The Grapevine 63 The Grapevine ToTo advertise call 637 028 873 2458 To advertise call 637 637 028 028 873 873 To advertise call 637 028 873 To advertise call 637 028 873 20 The Grapevine The Grapevine 12 The Grapevine To62 advertise call 637 028 873 To advertiseThe callGrapevine 637 028 87341

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SAIL AND STAY An Interview with Mike Shaw Roberts New Owner.


ail and Stay based in La Herradura offering sailing trips departing every day from Marina Del Este has been running for nearly 10 years under the ownership of Stephen. I interviewed Stephen a few years back and went on one of their cruises. Stephen was lovely and the cruise was absolutely fantastic. The whole family had an incredible day out. We went on a lunch cruise that started with fizz and nibbles then we went sailing for a couple of hours, anchored up, had lunch and drinks, snorkeled in clear waters, swam, had a dingy ride, used the padel surf, sunbathed on the catamaran deck in the beautiful sunshine. It really was a lovely day that I could thoroughly recommend to others. This year I Interviewed Mike

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from Sail and Stay and he informs me he is the new owner. So the obvious first question is what has changed? His answer was …… ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Mike believed Stephen created an almost perfect product that stands head and shoulders above the cruises sailing from this coastline. Mike explained you still sail with us on our luxury catamaran, "Optimist of London II", a Lagoon 380. We still operate all-inclusive 3, 4 or 6 hour cruises with a delicious meal, all drinks and water sports included. We can still accommodate individuals, small groups or large parties. You can still relax & enjoy your day at sea with their fully qualified skippers and professional crew to look after you and you can still book online at The only thing that has changed is the owner and even then Mike has been part of the business with Stephen for the last 7 years!

Mike first met Stephen when he went out on one of the Sail and Stay cruises for his birthday. They talked for most of the cruise and Stephen said he hadn’t had a day off for the last 6 months and how tired he was. Mike explained he had been in the travel business since the 1980s working for First Choice holidays and then moving to Spain where he owned and ran Ranch Ferrer which had 15 horses and numerous mountain bikes. With recession hitting the Ranch and his kids leaving for university, who had previously helped out in the family business, things had changed for him, so he was looking for a new challenge. Mike also told Stephen that he had been sailing for 30 years and had his own yacht in the UK. It wasn’t long into the cruise that he offered his services to help out on the boat, if Stephen needed a break!

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The pair kept in touch and the following summer Stephen asked Mike to work for him one day a week so he could have a day off, the following year Mike worked 2 days a week and then the third year they split the work, working one day on and one day off. Mike certainly knows the ropes and so when Stephen himself wanted a new challenge it seemed very natural for Mike to take over the business. So in August of this year exactly 7 years to the month of his first cruise for his birthday he took over the business. Mike couldn’t be happier he loves meeting new people and providing an experience to remember on the Catamaran. As the business comes in the winter season it’s a beautiful time of year to take a cruise. I came from Competa to interview Mike and the temperature was at

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least 5 degrees warmer than on the coast then the mountains. It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and a mild breeze, excellent conditions for sailing. In fact, Mike explained the winter provides often better conditions for sailing than the summer. Why not buy a sail and stay voucher for a loved one for that perfect Christmas present .Gift vouchers are available from just 60€ per person and valid for the next 12 months, inclusive of complimentary chilled cava, fresh fruit and nibbles on departure, beers, wines and soft drinks throughout the trip and a plentiful and varied gourmet buffet meal served at anchor.

Reputedly the third largest carnival in the world (after Rio and Trinidad), this is an ideal way to combine some spectacular sailing with two or three nights of pure partying at this famous street party. Safely tucked up in the cities historic harbour, we will be right at the epicentre of all the colourful action, but without the headache of travelling in for an hour each way from the only available hotel rooms to take part in the festivities!

Or if you have been on a cruise with Mike already as have 2575 people have this year! Why not book something different´ as new for this winter, sail and stay are going to the Cadiz Carnival.

See their advert below Optimist of London II Luxury Catamaran Charters Tel: +34 669 118 816

More information can be found on their website for all their cruises and where you can book on line too.

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THE CHRISTMAS PUDDING The History of the Christmas Pudding


hristmas pudding is a pivotal part of any festive celebration. Whether families have their own recipe passed through generations or opt to buy one readymade, the tradition of the Xmas pud is a strong one. The strong tradition heralds all the way back to medieval England. According to Andrea Broomfield in her book on food and cooking in Victorian England, the tradition of how to make it stems from the Roman Catholic Church. They decreed that the pudding should be made on the 25th Sunday after Trinity, prepared with precisely 13 ingredients, signifying Christ and his 12 apostles. It is also here where the tradition of the whole family taking a turn to stir the pudding comes from. This was originally done to honour the Three Wise Men or Magi, by stirring and 'turning' the pudding East to West you were meant to aid their journey in that direction. Often referred to as plum pudding or plum duff the actual contents of the Christmas pudding do vary.

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Traditionally though the recipe was designed to merge luxury ingredients, most notably the spices and suet. As a result of the long cooking time and the reliance on dark sugars and treacle in many recipes the pudding is very dark in colour. Everything is kept moist with the addition of plenty of alcohol. The choice of tipple depends largely on the preferences of the chef, but can include brandy, mild or stout. When it comes to the cooking of Christmas pudding the method used to be wrapping it in a pudding cloth and boiling. The modern alternative however favours the basin and some serious steaming. This is the initial stage and then when the day arrives for serving, all that needs to be done is some reheating (steaming again). Once it's hot and ready to go, it is time to present it, flamboyantly of course. A favourite is to douse it in a liquor of choice and light, whoosh, flaming Christmas pud! Accompaniments are varied, but most common are custard, cream, rum or brandy butter and

sprinkled caster sugar. Aside from the ingredients, cooking and serving there are further historical traditions. The entire family having a stir has already been mentioned, but this wasn't the only custom practiced while making a Christmas pudding. Silver coins commonly, but other tokens too, were added to the mix. These other tokens would include a wishbone symbolising good luck, a ring for a wedding or an anchor representing safe harbour. The coins themselves would indicate wealth. As the pudding was shared, whoever received a slice with a token would receive this as an extra Christmas gift and supposedly have its attribute bestowed on them in the coming year. Hopefully the historic nature of the Christmas pudding will have you enthused and full of ideas for your own recipe this year. Just remember, if you do add tokens to your mixture, do let you fellow festive diners know!.

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CREATIVE PROPERTY MARKETING The 'drive-by' of a property for sale is now done on-line…


f you have a property for sale in Spain, you may like to consider the following:

and read the details in full? · Are the key selling points of your property mentioned immediately?

If your property is offered for sale on the internet, does it have good on-line 'kerb appeal'?

· Can a potential buyer instantly see where your property is located?

· Is the main photo of your property eye catching?

If you have given this consideration, you may decide that a potential buyer will:

· Do you offer the potential buyer a quality portfolio of photos to browse? · Does your property stand out from the competition on-line? · Is your property displayed for sale on-line around the world on the very best property sales portals (not just an estate agent's website)? · Does the title given to the description of your property sum it up beautifully? · Will the potential buyer be enticed to click on your property

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· Simply scroll past your property for sale and click on another. · Or, even worse, they may not find your property for sale at all!

They make sure the marketing of your property on-line is done to the highest standard and presented to buyer around the world on up to 190 global websites. · To make things even better, they don't charge commission when your house sells! · Every month they sell numerous properties throughout Spain (the mainland & islands). See their advert opposite on page.

There is a solution: · Please have a look at the website of Creative Property Marketing – you may be amazed by what they do:

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We are NOT estate agents‌Creative Property Marketing connect global buyers to Spanish properties 'for sale direct from the owner.' A unique service that costs sellers of Spanish properties from ₏296.45 for 12 months advertising on up to 190 websites! Kyero, Think Spain, Prime Location, Zoopla Overseas etc. No commission is paid when the home sells!

If you believe your property is not getting the advertising exposure it deserves. Equally, if your property is not achieving the viewings you want, please contact us to discuss an advertising campaign for your home.

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Casa Paco Taberna y Restaurante Plaza Almijara, Competa

Visit Casa Paco in the centre of the village. Offering a large selection of Spanish wines and serving the best steaks in area See Map Spot 5

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aking plans for Christmas? It can seem hard to find something different, something memorable, to do with family and friends at this busy time of year. But you should consider Bodegas Bentomiz, the Sayalonga based winery, which as well as producing exceptional wines offers tours of their vineyard and production facilities, wine tastings and even delicious lunches paired with their wines. It is run by a Dutch couple, André and Clara, who came over to Spain 22 years ago. They have a wonderful eye for design, as visitors to their unusual Bauhausstyle venue realise immediately. Best of all is their wine-salon: bright and elegant with a simply stunning view from the Med to the

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mountains. To judge from Christmas past it will be tastefully decorated to create a Christmas atmosphere without spoiling its natural charm.

So, celebrate this year with local wine; dishes made from local ingredients & local musicians performing – with no compromise as all are top class quality. This has to be the classiest way to celebrate Christmas and to welcome the New Year in Malaga! If you can't make it, why not book as a treat for another day? The bodega is open, offering its popular, wine-tastings and marvellous 3 or 5 course lunches throughout the year – including the whole of December and January – from Wednesday to Sunday. If the reviews they have received on Facebook and TripAdvisor are anything to go by, this is a five-star treat in itself; a great option for a winter's day.

See advert Opposite And this December they will also offer live music for the pleasure of guests. The Bodega is proud to be hosting local musicians Nueva Duet on both Christmas Day itself and on New Year's Day. Adriana Rojo Ruiz, from Cómpeta, and her companion Jesús Diaz Gonzalez will be playing as a string duo on cello and viola within at gorgeous wine-salon. Bright, melodious, uplifting and delightful: is there any sound more moving than these beautiful strings? An exciting program is being planned: Nueva Duet's range includes classical, Christmas carols, tangos, boleros and popular modern music.

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the lights from an old telephone switchboard, wiring them on a Christmas tree, and running a battery as a power source.



hose of us who celebrate Christmas with a tree in our homes usually choose to light it in one way or another. But did you ever stop to wonder how we got started lighting our trees? The first lights on Christmas trees were candles that were attached to the tree branches with either melted wax or pins that held them in place. As you can imagine, many trees went up in flames due to this practice. One might guess that at that time, many families would have kept buckets of water nearby to extinguish the impending fire. In the homes of the wealthy, it was often times the job of a servant to watch the tree during the evening hours and be prepared to extinguish a fire, if necessary. As a result of this eminent risk, most trees were decorated on December 24th and promptly removed following Christmas day. This must have been a lot of work for such a short viewing of the tree! In 1882, the technology of Thomas Edison was used to hand wire 80 red, white, and blue lights onto the first electronically lighted Christmas tree. It took a few years for this idea to catch on. When President Grover Cleveland set up an electronically lighted Christmas tree in the White House in 1895, finally the idea

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began to get some publicity. The general public realized that there was a better way to light their Christmas trees. By the close of the 1800's, General Electric Company began manufacturing and selling hand blown bulbs that were ready to wire into a string to be put on a Christmas tree. Since the average homeowner was not well educated about how electricity worked in those days, a new industry sprung up of "wiremen" who were hired to wire the bulbs together to light the family tree. In the early 1900's, some big department stores began setting up large illuminated trees to attract customers. And attract customers it did! Everyone wanted to have a tree at home like the stores were capable of putting on display. In the early 1900's, the cost of such a tree was in excess of $300. That price included a generator and the wireman's service. By today's standard, that cost would be equivalent to more than $2,000. In 1903, the American Eveready Company developed and marketed the first Christmas light set, which had screw in bulbs and a plug in wall socket, since many homes had been "wired" for electricity by this time. Then in 1908, entrepreneur Ralph Morris came up with the idea of taking

But the individual who made the biggest difference in electric Christmas tree lights, and who made them affordable to the general public, was Albert Sadacca. Albert's family manufactured imitation birds in a wicker cage that lit up with electricity. At the age of 15, Albert had the idea of making electric Christmas lights. His parents thought it sounded like a good idea, and the family gave it a go. The first year, they only sold 100 sets of lights. The following year, Albert decided to color the bulbs in red, green, and other colors. This idea really took off. Albert Sadacca went on to become the head of a NOMA Electric Company, a multi-million dollar corporation. Headed up by Albert and his two brothers, Henri and Leon, the trio formed the largest Christmas lighting company in the world prior to 1965. Today, yet another revolution in Christmas lighting is occurring. The newest offering in holiday lights are LED lights that use significantly less electricity than incandescent bulbs and burn out less frequently. With the trend toward energy conservation and "going green", LED lights are rapidly gaining in popularity. Though they are more expensive than traditional incandescent light setsScience Articles, one way to change over all your holiday lights is to buy one new set of LED lights per year until everything is changed over. Christmas tree lighting technology will continue to change as time goes on. History shows us that we've made many improvements in the last few centuries. Only time will tell what's in store for holiday lights in years to come! Ellen Bell

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1. Samusalud 3. Restaurante El Pilón 5. Restaurante Casa Paco 6. Sugar & Spice 7. Taurus Real Estate 9. EGO Hair & Beauty 11. Hotel Balcon 12. Fontaneria Román 13. Tu Rincon de Sol Estate Agents 14. Restaurante El Cortijo 15. Bar Restuarante Pericos 16. Teteria Hierbabuena 17. Jose Luis Persianas 18. Action For Animals Charity Shop 19. Thomas Gant Law 21. La Taperia 22. Asesoria Aljarife 24. Como Piensos - Pet Food 26. Tin Tin Hair & Beauty 27. Competa Properties 29. La Esquina de Miguel 30. El Bazar de Competa 33. Bar Restaurante El Recreo 37. Naturvets 38. La Gelateria 42. León Blanco Antigüedades y más 43. Jara Fruteria 45. Chavos Construction 49. Floristeria Maritoñi 50. La Taberna de Oscar 51. Salon Chica Loca 53. Marco Polo 54. Competa Homes 57. Restaurante El Pámpano 59. Bistro 6 60. Construcciones Schmid 61. Andalusian Experience 62. Beth's Soft Furnishings 63. MIA Fashion & Beauty 64. Todo Papel 65. Almijara Residence

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hairdresser and Beautician until she left to have a family. Once her family were grown up she wanted to get back to work and Trina offered the perfect solution.

Trina & Isa


TIN TIN HAIR AND BEAUTY COMPETA An Interview with the Team

his month I interviewed Trina who owns Tin Tin, a hair and beauty salĂłn in Competa. Tin Tin has been in business for a huge 23 years and around 10 years ago I interviewed Trina for the first time, now we come together again 10 years later to see what has changed!


term plan just went with what felt right and so while she continued to learn Spanish she started mobile hairdressing to gain an income. However, she explained how different things were in those days, no mobile phones or GPS and so finding clients in the countryside proved extremely difficult!

Trina is originally from the Feroe Islands and holidayed every summer in Competa with her parents who bought a home in the village in 1984. In 1992, after Trina had finished 5years at Hairdressing College, she decided to come to Competa to learn Spanish to add to her languages she is fluent in such as English, Danish and of course the language of the Faroe Islands. She first stayed in her parents place in the Competa countryside and travelled to a language school every day in Nerja. Later she moved into the village and rented a place to interact more with the Spanish. Trina never really had a long

In 1994 Trina opened her first Salon opposite Marco Polo just off the main plaza of Competa. She started initially on her own and then Gema joined her mainly to help out with the beauty side of things. Gema and Trina became brilliant friends and Gema remained working with Trina throughout a salon move to behind CafĂŠ Competa, both of then getting married and two children each later! However, 3 years ago Gema made a move to the coast and Trina was left looking for help in the Salon. So Isa, who has 25 years of Hairdressing and Beauty Training, joined Trina two years ago. Isa is a local Spanish lady who worked in Malaga as a

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More recent changes occurred this year in July when Ellie Fulleylove joined the team. Ellie is English, fluent in Spanish and trained in beauty currently with a focus on Nails. Ellie has taken over from Isa the Manicures, Pedicures, Shellac and Acrylic nails and soon she will be offering Eye Lash Extensions. Asides from the eye lash course Ellie is doing which will be available in December onwards she will also be doing more beauty therapy training in the up and coming months to be able to provide the same and even more treatments alongside Isa. Isa at the moment remains providing waxing, tinting, facials and eyelash perms. Ellie has had loads of experience, she has worked in salons, a nail bar in Eroski and the Albidini. She has had a few other different jobs inbetween but she is at her happiest in a Salon and she is delighted to join Trina. Ellie commented on how nice the Tin Tin Salon feels. She explained it is warm, friendly and sociable and clients vary in age, nationality and personality. It's busy, vibrant and every day is different. It's a popular place for people to book their hair and beauty treatments before weddings, communions and birthdays. Trina and Isa regularly go on courses to learn more about latest techniques, products and styling so are always up to date in the business. Tin Tin has just gone from strength to strength over the last 23 years and many clients have been with her over all those years. Why not pop by the salon and book your Christmas treatments and meet the team.

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Hair and Beauty Salon

Tin Tin Os deseamos Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year Vi vil gerne onske jer alle en rigtig god jul og et godt nytar

Christmas Gift Vouchers Available Mon - Friday 9.30 - 13.30 & 17.00 -19.00 Sat 10.00 - 14.00

English, Danish & Spanish

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Nueva villa de Cómpeta (Just behind Café Cómpeta) Tel: 952 516 416

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to music including work by Jack Kerouac, Pete Brown (1960s British beat poet) William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, Federico Garcia Lorca and some of Keith's own. This time, and rather unplanned, he has teamed up with the amazing producer / sound artist, Branwen Munn.



eith James is one of the most passionate and inventive concert artists currently performing in the UK. After almost 2 decades working as a Record Producer and realising his definite preference for live performance, 2000 witnessed Keith begin a UK wide tour of concerts based entirely on his love of Poetry. He has performed many different concerts over the past 17 years. Each one centres on studies and transcriptions of revered Poets and Writers and includes a significant amount of biographical material. The most notable of these is a deep study of the music of Nick Drake, 2 CD Albums and 2 hugely successful tours featuring the Poetry of Lorca set to music – The Gypsy Ballads 1928 and Poet in New York 1930. Other important projects are a CD Album and concert tour featuring a collection of Poetry by Dylan Thomas and an ongoing busy schedule of bio-doc concerts spanning over 6 years performing interpretive versions of songs by Leonard Cohen.

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Keith is fiercely independent and therefore his career has for many years, existed in a parallel universe, almost under wraps, esoteric and secretive. He has enjoyed very little radio exposure, he doesn't fit easily into any music category, he has never signed a recording or publishing deal. Despite this, he has released 13 CD Albums, all self-produced and selfpublished. The most recent from 2015 is entitled Always, a collection of his own poetry set to music along with one by Pablo Neruda from the 1930s. He has just released a brand new Album, all settings of Poetry

Keith lives in a writing retreat, way up in the hills of Powys, Wales and some time of each year in AndalucĂ­a. Since the mid '70s, his third home has been the Island of Naxos, Greece. He currently performs around 100 concerts per annum in Theatres, Art Centres and other inspiring boutique spaces such as Galleries and Arts Cafes. He is currently compiling a volume of his own poetry to be published in 2018 along with some sporadic work on a rather surreal and somewhat comedic novel. Keith. Record producer:

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JMS Services Maintenance and Services Servicios y Mantenimientos

We offer a full maintenance service for all of your home and everyday needs. We can help you with: Small building jobs Electrical & Plumbing Metal works/Welding Garden & Pool Maintenance Handy Man Services Painting & Decorating Septic Tank Issues Car ITV assistance and much more, call me for a quote We cover the areas:Native English Competa, Canillas de Albaida, & Fluent Spanish Archez, Salares, Sedella, Canillas de Aceituno, Corumbela, Arenas, Sayalonga, Torrox, Algarrobo and all the countryside in between”.

Jamie Hill (+34) 605 106 977 @jamiehilljms

Asesoria Axarquia Our office has offered comprehensive help and advice to our foreign clients in the Axarquia area for more than 15 years Our experience is based on: Land Registry: • Registration of properties • Corrections/Update of properties • Plot measurements and ownership exchanges

Deeds: • Purchase and sale contracts • Property new building declarations • Inheritances • Wills

Taxes: • Non resident tax (for foreigners with properties in Spain) • Resident taxes (for foreigners with residency in Spain)

Property Management: • Advice in Community issues • Administration of incomes and expenses • AGMS

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the end of 2017…Keith James will be back with us, and on the 21st of December at 8:30pm he’ll perform his music in the gallery. Keith is one of the most passionate and inventive concert artists currently performing in the UK.

GALERIA LUZ DE LA VIDA The end of 2017 - a year filled with activities!


e started the year by upgrading our gallery garden. It changed from an area filled with banana trees (yes - in the centre of Competa!) into a cosy, artistic and atmospheric garden. Many buckets of sand, stones and cement were carried from one place to another. Much was built and paved. And thanks to various friends and helpers we managed to get it all done. The Swiss artist Anne-Barbara created a beautiful mosaic during the Art Walk. The trees and flowers are adding their beauty. Then we had the Art Walk with 22 locations and 38 participants! It attracted many visitors from the region and even from further away the town was buzzing. We were very lucky with the beautiful weather, and a lot of good quality art was shown, as well as some handicraft products. Bronze caster Daan showed the bronze casting process and English artist George Kowzan made a beautiful wall painting at the roof terrace of Taberna Oscars. Live music gave the village extra rhythm. Although it took a lot of work to organise, it was all worth it, and Jeroen Stultiens made a nice summary film of the event.

was packed, and everybody enjoyed Keith’s voice, music and performance. The acoustics in the gallery are good for intimate live concerts, and musicians love to bring their art to the audience. The gallery finally got its own logo! A wooden sign with the gallery name is hung above the entrance, and also, a new website was built! And of course we’ve had many good exhibitions in the gallery, Art was made, shown and sold. Thats the way we like it. In autumn we held the 3rd International Art Symposium. 12 International artists from different countries travelled to Competa, and stayed for more than a week, and they all created strong inspiring art works in the Salon de Actos. Visitors were welcome to witness the creative processes. Great to see how after just 1 week all energies blended and how a kind of new family was born! Visitors came up to the mountain village to experience the creative energy and to meet the artists. The art exhibition is up until the 3rd of December. And for the ones who are looking for something special, most art pieces are still available! The year 2017 is now almost at an end. The gallery space served the many artists and visitors really well. It is a space filled with good energy and gives inspiration and joy to many. Especially with the garden now, it has gained more value.

There were various music evenings in the gallery, including the great and unforgettable concert by singersongwriter Keith James. The space Last but definitely not least……at

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He has released 13 CD Albums, all self-produced and self-published. He has just released a brand new Album, all settings of Poetry to music including work by Jack Kerouac, Pete Brown (1960s British beat poet) William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, Federico Garcia Lorca and some of Keith’s own. If you love his kind of music, take care you'll be with us that evening! More information: For bookings: From the 7th of December we’ll show art by Indian artist Poonam Chandirka Tyagi, who also participated in the art symposium in October and we'll show the art by other artists as well. For the new year 2018, there are lots of plans for new activities. Although, for a long time, Lieuwke doubted if she’d take on the task of organising another Art Walk, in the end she decided the successful art event should be continued. So keep the dates: 31st of March and 1st, 3rd and 4th of April free for the 10th (!) Art Walk in Competa. We would like to thank everyone who offered their help to hang the big art-events, and to keep the activities running! Also a big thanks to everyone who sponsored or helped in other ways. Without help, none of this would be possible! Together we make Competa a vibrant and attractive place for many! Cheers on the arts, connections and joy in life! fb:galerialuzdelavida Calle Laberinto bajo 15, Competa 0034-722539488 / 0031-650408977

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Olive wood for sale All sizes available, dry and clean. Delivery is included in the price and to all over the Axaquia area Contact us for more details. Tel: 671122787 Also available on whatsapp DORN Method A form of manual therapy to treat symptoms related with the spine and/or the joints in a holistic, effective, safe and non-manipulative way.

Relaxation Relaxing and Sports Massage, Gua Sha Scraping, Autogenic Training, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Sound Massage

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Appointments in Sayalonga or at Centro Dharma, Trapiche. Home visits also possible. - Please get in touch with me.

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La Esquina de Miguel

Typical Spanish dishes, Breakfast,tapas & meals Free Tapa with every drink on Saturdays Quiet terrace Plaza Axarquia, We have traditional battered fish Cรณmpeta & chips, mushy peas & tartar sauce Tel: 952 51 67 54 60 The Grapevine

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El Cortijo

Bar & Restaurante Avd Canillas 6, Competa

Tel: 952 553 647,

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El unico restaurante en Competa

! A unique restaurant in Competa ! Carne a la piedra, a tu gusto y Carta

Meat cooked on the stone to your liking and full a la cart menu

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Sunday 24th December - Closed Christmas Day - Open all day 25 p/person New Year Eve 50 p/person Includes live music after dinner... go back to the 80's and 90's with Adam Oliver Call for more details Booking highly recommended

Mejores vistas a la costa Abierto 6 noches cada semana de 18.30 - 23.00 Open 6 nights a week from 18.30 - 23.00 Jedeu / Abend / Geoffuet 18.30 -23.00 Cerrado el lunes Closed Mondays Domingos de 13.00-16.00 Sunday Lunch 1pm-16.00 Sonntag von 13.00-16.00 Ternera asada 7€ Roast Beef 7€ Roastbeef 7€

Best views to the coast

Carta completa Vegana y Vegetariana Full Vegan and Vegetarian menu! Private on-site Parking

A great venue for a special event and fantastic views of the hanging houses of Competa!

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st December 2017 – HoolaTV are pleased to announce that they are now global with over 50 British TV channels worldwide. The service was launched on September 15 2017. HoolaTV is now available on the web or via the App stores for iOS and Android. It is not, yet another streaming company but a revolutionary TV service using a proprietary place-shifting technology allowing viewers from all around the world to access British Television from any device. This service is one of its kind because it is utilising a Cloud technology allowing the user a quality experience on a one to one self-serve stream basis. A catch-up service is also due for release in the coming weeks to truly allow you to watch what you want, whenever you choose on whatever device suits you. HoolaTV allows every user to use his or her own communications gateway along with a tuner for

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streaming their favorite shows. They will individually receive a signal that they select via a place shifting service of their own. There is no need for additional installations such as set-top-box or other hardware. It is so portable that anyone can watch it from any part of Spain, or her territories and indeed the world without any plugins. “With all of the technological advancements being made in our world every single day, we decided to pool our talents and resources to create a cloud based television service that is innovative, accessible, affordable and we believe that people should be able to freely access their television with what they want to watch, wherever they are”, This is exactly what HoolaTV does, “Registered users can now get a free package with 5 channels; or an essential package with 20 + channels priced at €3.99; or the most popular choice is the ultimate package with over 50 channels priced at only €5.99.

The best thing is that there are no contracts or no upfront credit card payments needed. Currently HoolaTV are offering their Ultimate package on a free trial basis. You can test and try the service on the website and watch the best British TV shows free for 7 Days. So, for those who are looking for unsurpassed video quality with no buffering, simple to use service, download the app today or visit the website to try it for free. To try HoolaTV for free visit Promo code: Grapefree Contact Gary Johnson e-mail

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Breakfasts, tapas dishes, Lunch, A La Carte menu Come for coffee and cake! Variety of Ice creams Tel: 951 832 810 - 690 221 100รกmpanocompeta

24th Christmas Eve Open for Lunch Only (Closed in the Evening).

25th Christmas Day Special Lunch Menu and Live Music with Miguel "La Botana".

31st New Year Eve Open Evening Only for Special Menu and Live Music with Miguel "La Botana".

1st January - Open as normal 6th January Three Kings Day Special Lunch Menu and live Music "Aire Flamenco". Booking is strongly advised for all these events. If you have any questions over the menu please pop by the restaurant or call us for more information and book your table

Wishing all of our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

A great venue for a special event and fantastic views of the hanging houses of Competa!

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS A Selection of European Christmas Markets


ou haven’t experienced Christmas lights until you’ve seen nearly four miles of them artfully hung in patterns dictated by Tiffany’s head designer in Copenhagen’s famed historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens—and that’s not counting the 1,800 strands dramatically draped on the lakeside willows. Copenhagen celebrates Jul (as in "yuletide") in high style, with its famed Christmas market the centerpiece. Stalls stocked with fine handmade crafts, including traditional figurines of clog-clad elves in pointy red caps, compete for space with vendors selling iced doughnuts slathered with black currant jam and hefty cups of gløgg, a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves—all of which, for good measure, are steeped in aquavit or schnapps. Christmas in Europe is a time for elaborate pastries straight out of a medieval cookbook, for lyrical

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midnight masses in Gothic churches, and for the upholding of quirky local traditions—in many countries, Christmas just isn’t complete without mischievous pixies (Copenhagen), kindly witches (Rome), treacherous demons (Salzburg), or an 8,000-pound fruitcake (Dresden). However else Europeans celebrate the Yuletide season, Christmas still centers around an Advent market that, in most cases, has filled the square before the cathedral each December for hundreds upon hundreds of years. Many markets start on the Friday before Advent, which is four Sundays before Christmas Eve; most end on December 24, especially in Germanic countries, where Christmas Eve is set aside for trimming the tree at home. Others keep celebrating until Epiphany on January 6. Brussels, Belgium Brussels' Christmas market has been around only since 2002, but it pulls off its Plaisirs d'Hiver/Winter Pret ("Pleasures of Winter") festival with elegant style. The theatrics include a nightly sound-and-light show on

the Grand Place and a market surrounding the Bourse (Stock Exchange) and along Place Sainte Catherine. In keeping with that Belgian spirit of a United Europe, the 200+ wooden chalets host artisans from around the world hawking a kaleidoscope of Christmas wares, handmade crafts, and souvenirs. Not that Belgian traditions are left out; browse the many food stalls for pots of moules (mussels) and caricoles (peppery whelks or winkles), Belgian fries and fluffy Belgian waffles, seasonal croustillons (sugar doughnuts), and Belgium's two most welcome additions to world cuisine: fine chocolates and powerful beer. At one end of the shopping, near the fish market, you'll find a spinning, glittering 160-foot Ferris wheel, and, at the Place de la Monnaie, a nearly 8,000square-foot ice skating rink. Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen celebrates Jul (as in "yuletide") with a Christmas crafts market and surfeit of lightbedecked Christmas trees in the city's famed historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. Nearly four miles of lights are artfully hung in patterns dictated by Tiffany's head designer, while hundres of strands are draped on the lakeside willows. Join the Danes in warding off the cold with æbleskiver (iced doughnuts with black currant jam) and glogg, a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves—all of which are steeped in aquavit or schnapps. There's also a crafts market installed along a canal in the historic Nyhavn district; try to visit it between 5 and 6pm weekdays to catch the town crier. London, England London's Christmas shopping season opens in November, when Regent Street

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ceremoniously switches on its Christmas lights for a pedestrian parade. London typically spreads out its Christmas cheer, from the official Norwegian spruce on Trafalgar Square to the ice skating rink at Somerset House. Trees bedecked with fairy lights herald Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland (mid-Nov. - early Jan.), which includes London's largest outdoor skating rink, a toboggan slide, a Ferris wheel, carolers, and a traditional German Christmas market. More small markets spring up at the Natural History Museum, which installs a temporary ice rink (early Nov. -mid-Jan.); and the Greenwich Market (most of Dec.). Christmas concerts abound, but it's hard to resist the carol sing-along at the Royal Albert Hall (from mid Dec.). Dresden, Germany Nothing says Christmas like a four-ton fruitcake. At least, that's the fervent opinion of the citizens of Dresden, who parade their supersize stollen through the city in early December. Accompanied by the Stollenmädchen, or "Fruitcake Maiden," the Saxon fruit loaf wends its way through the medieval streets before making its triumphal entry into the Striezelmarkt, where, surrounded by 230 glittering crafts stalls and a 46-foot "Christmas pyramid," the stollen is chopped into pieces that are inflicted upon the market-goers. Dresden's Striezelmarkt and its odd traditions date back to 1434, making it Germany's oldest continuously running Christmas market. Munich, Germany Crafts stalls surround a glittering 85-foot Christmas tree on the Marienplatz, which is filled with Muncheners munching on sausages and reiber-datschi (potato pancakes), gulping glühwein, and crunching Lebkuchen (gingerbread).

Munich trains its next generation of marketers at the "Heavenly Workshop" in the Town Hall's pub, where kids dress up as angels to practice arts, crafts, and the baking of traditional cookies. Every evening at 5:30, from the Friday before Advent to the night before Christmas, string and wind players along with singers and choirs peal out carols from the balcony of the neo-Gothic Rathaus (Town Hall). Nuremberg, Germany On the Friday before Advent, the golden Christmas Angel appears on the high gallery of the medieval Frauenkirche to recite the opening prologue for one of the biggest and most famous Christmas markets of them all. Some two million shoppers descend upon the 180+ candy cane-striped stalls that fill the main square with crafts, ornaments, and toys. The air is perfumed with gingerbread, glühwein, and smoke swirling from bratwurst grills. Market officials enforce traditions with typical Teutonic efficiency: no plastic wreaths, recorded Christmas Muzak, or gaudy carousels allowed. Prague, Czech Republic The two best Vanocni trh (Christmas markets) are on the long slope of Wenceslas Square and in the medieval movie set of the Old Town Square formed around a giant Christmas tree, manger scene, and small petting zoo. The markets' brightly decorated stalls sell wooden toys, Bohemian crystal, handmade jewelry, classic Czech marionettes,

and plenty of potential for tooth decay: honeyed gingerbread, vánocvka (a braided pastry studded with raisins), and vosí hnízda' ("wasps nests," nutty cookies heavy with rum). Wash it all down with mead and svarene vino (a sweet mulled wine). Christmas Eve dinner consists of wine sausages and carp—you'll see barrels of the fish everywhere. Slip a carp scale into your wallet to ensure an adequate cash flow for the upcoming year. Rome, Italy Romans erect elaborate presepi (Nativity scenes) across the city, from life-size tableaux on the Spanish Steps and before St. Peter's to countless crèches in church chapels, all populated by papier-mâché or terracotta figurines and most with a pizza parlor tucked between the shops of the Bethlehem backdrop. Market action centers in Rome on Piazza Navona, its Bernini fountains surrounded by stalls hawking toys, handmade presepio figures, carnival games of chance, ciambelle (dinner plate-size doughnuts), and 101 variations on peanut brittle.

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More than 20 years ago Asesoría Aljarife opened its’ doors to the public. Since then, hundreds of companies and individuals in the Axarquia region and from the Malaga Province have left in our hands the responsibility to advise them to get the best possible results for their businesses. We are a group of highly qualified professionals that work for you. Economists and administrators with a wealth of experience that are at your disposal any time in order to make your life easier. ASESORÍA ALJARIFE C/ San Antonio, 8 - 1º 29754 CÓMPETA Málaga Teléfono:(34) 952 51 66 00 Fax: (34) 952 51 67 29

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Located next to the Town Hall in Competa

Antonio and Belen welcome you to their Bar and Restaurant

Breakfasts, Tapas, Pizza, Roscas Montaditos, Fish Dishes, Meat Dishes BBQ Meats, Ice Cream & Traditional Cocktails Inside Seating & Upstairs Restaurant Outside terrace and roof terrace Daily Specials Board

Open 9am until late Kitchen open 11-4pm & 7pm-11pm Closed Tuesdays - Tel: 952 51 60 43

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Happy Christmas from all at Clinica Europa

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Bar and Restaurant Open 6 days a week (incl. Kitchen) 12.00pm until late - TEL: 654 869 083 Closed Wednesdays

Spit Roast Chickens 7.50 euro (Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun) call to order

Traditional Sunday Lunch Roast Chicken & Beef & with all the trimmings Lamb available if pre-ordered by Thursday afternoon 1 course 9 euro, 24th Christmas Eve Party 2 courses 10.50 euro From 2pm Live Music and Free Food or 3 courses 12 euro 25th Closed

26th Darts and Pool Knockout Tournament 5 euro entry and includes food 31st New Years Eve Live Music and Nibbles!

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1. In what year was Justin Bieber born? a) 1990 b) 1992 c) 1994 2. What physically separates Tasmania from the Australian mainland? a) Bass Strait b) Tasmania Strait c) Beagle Channel 3. What weapon would you associate with Damocles? 4. What is Bath Blue? a) a gemstone b) a cheese c) a colour 5. What is Edelweiss? 6. What is the ceremonial dagger worn as part of the traditional Scottish dress known as? a) Kirk b) Greimire c) Skean-dhu 7. Panorama is the world’s longest-running current affairs TV show, but in what decade was it first broadcast? 8. The airport in Springfield Illinois is named after which American president? 9. Arriana Huffington, who started the news platform 'The Huffington Post' was born in which mediteranean country? 10. Who wrote the novel Brighton Rock? 11. In which country was IKEA founded?

12. Osiris is the Egyptian god of: a) Water b) Fire c) The Dead 13. Which is the world's largest breed of dog: a) English Mastiff b) Newfoundland c) Irish Wolfhound 14. "You had me at hello" is a famous movie line from which 1996 Tom Cruise film? 15. How old was painter Vincent van Gogh when he died in 1890? a) 27 b) 37 c) 47

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Sudoku Challenge A true Sudoku Master can complete the puzzles below in less than fifteen minutes!

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oven and let rest for 10 to 20 minutes.


For the Pot Pie: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large cast iron pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the pearl onions and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrots, peas and turkey. Reduce the heat to low, add the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in the hot chicken broth. Simmer over low heat for about 3 minutes, or until the broth begins to thicken and bubble slightly. Season. Add the picked parsley and tarragon.

A Christmas Recipe INGREDIENTS TURKEY POT PIE For the Roasted Turkey Legs: 3 Turkey Legs 2 Oranges (juiced and zested) 1/2 cup Olive Oil 2 tablespoons Honey 3 tablespoons Coriander Seeds (toasted) 2 Jalapenos (minced) 2 Oranges (thinly sliced and seeded) 2 Bay Leaves 2 small Red Onions (peeled and quartered) 1 small bunch fresh Thyme FOR THE POT PIE: 1/2 cup frozen Pearl Onions (thawed) 3 roasted Turkey Legs (meat removed and bones discarded and chopped into medium pieces) 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter 1/3 cup All Purpose Flour (plus more for rolling) 3 cups Chicken Broth (warmed) 1 cup finely diced Carrots Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper 1 cup Peas 1/4 cup fresh Tarragon 1/4 cup Parsley (leaves picked) 1/2 recipe Pastry Dough 1 large Egg (beaten) with 1 tablespoon Milk flaky Sea Salt and cracked Black Peppercorns

FOR THE PASTRY DOUGH: 6 cups All-Purpose Flour 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt 2 tablespoons Sugar 1 pound Unsalted Butter (cold and diced) 1 1/2 to 2 cups Ice Water DIRECTIONS For the Roasted Turkey Legs: Whisk together the orange zest and juice, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the honey, coriander sees, and the jalapenos. Put the turkey in a large nonreactive bowl or gallon-sized zip-top bag, pour the marinade over the chicken, and rub it all over the inside and outside of the bird. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight, occasionally turning the legs in the marinade. Remove the turkey from the fridge half an hour before roasting so that it comes to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, toss the orange slices, bay leaves, onion and thyme in about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and generously season with salt and pepper Spread the mixture on the bed of a roasting pan and then add the turkey legs. Rub the legs with the remaining olive oil. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. Remove from the

On a floured surface, roll out a large enough piece of dough to cover the cast iron skillet. Lay over the top, letting it drape over the sides. Brush the top and edges with the egg wash. Make 6 slits in the top of the dough to allow steam to vent. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked peppercorns. Put the skillet on a a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the filling is bubbling hot. For the Pastry Dough: Put half the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor, pulsing a few times to mix. Add half the butter. Pulse until the butter is about the size of small peas. With the machine running, begin adding the ice water a few tablespoons at a time (up to 3/4 to 1 cup total) until the dough begins to form a ball. Stop adding water as soon as it does. Dump the dough out onto a floured work surface and bring together into a ball. Divide the ball into 2 equal halves. Flatten each mound slightly, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. The dough will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge or up to 2 months in the freezer. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before rolling.





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• December 2017 Horoscopes • ARIES

20th March - 19th April


ou might be in the right mood to organize. High-tech equipment may be of help in this project, and so could the help of friends. An optimistic, enthusiastic attitude will sustain you through any tasks. You will be more than happy with what you've accomplished .



ecessary cleaning or repairs in the home could inspire you to go a bit further and do some redecorating. Get rid of old furniture or other castoffs to make room for new objects that make your home look more attractive.



if you're romantically involved, you could have an overwhelming urge for an intimate dinner with your significant other. If you're uninvolved, expect that status to change shortly. A new person could sweep you off your feet.




ew learning and improved communication with friends and family add greatly to your sense of self-esteem. A task into which you've put some effort over the past several weeks has been completed successfully.



our gifts will be appreciated, but take care that you don't wipe out all you've gained. Romantic ideals could permeate your consciousness, and you'll be thinking wonderful thoughts about a passionate encounter with your love partner.


22th November - 21st December



new unity and purpose could create a more positive atmosphere regarding your career. Recognition and an increased income are just over the horizon. Don't be surprised if changes lie in store.

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mportant new information could come your way, perhaps through classes, or conversations with friends. This might open new personal and professional doors for you. You could learn new skills with technology, enhance your artistic ability, or both.


23rd August - 22th September


n improvement in your relations with a love partner or close friend has you feeling optimistic about the future and even more so about the present. Your sense of self-worth is strong and you're formulating positive ideas about your life.


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alling in love at first sight is something you never thought would happen. A romantic involvement may follow or not, but the high you get from meeting a new person will make you feel better about yourself and life.


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The Czar shook his head and said,


"I am the Czar of all the Russians,


and Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear!"

An honest politician, a kind lawyer and Santa Claus were talking when they all noticed a $5 bill on the floor. Who picked it up? Santa of course, the other two don't exist

This will be the fifth year in a row

It’s Christmas!!!

that my in-laws will come over for

Santa went to the Doctors with a problem.

Don't you hate that awkward

Christmas. I think this time we

moment when Santa Claus has the

should let them in.

Doctor: What seems to be the

same wrapping paper as your



How do we know Santa is a man?

Santa: I seem to have a mince pie

No woman with an ounce of dignity

stuck up my bottom!

would wear the same outfit for so

Doctor: Well your in luck because

There was once a great czar in

I've got just the cream for that!

Russia named Rudolph the Red. He

many years running.

stood looking out the windows of is

Santa is with us throughout our

Two snowmen in a field, one turned

palace one day while his wife, the

lives, although his presence can be

to the other and said "I don't know

Czarina Katerina, sat nearby

categorized in four main stages:

about you but I can smell carrots."!

knitting. He turned to her and said,

1. You are a believer in Santa.

"Look my dear, it has begun to

2. You are not a believer in Santa.

Did you know that Santa's not

rain!" Without even looking up from

3. You pretend to be Santa.

allowed to go down chimneys this

her knitting she replied, "It's too

4. You look like Santa without even

year? It was declared unsafe by the

cold to rain. It must be sleeting."


Elf and Safety Commission.

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Crossword Answers from Page 70

Pub Quiz (Pg 70) 1.1994 2. Bass Strait 3. Sword 4. a cheese 5. A white mountain flower 6. Skean-dhu 7. 1950s (1953) 8. Abraham Lincoln 9.Greece 10. Graham Greene 11. Sweden 12. The Dead 13. English Mastiff 14. Jerry Maguire 15. 37

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starry white euphorbia Diamond Ice or pansies Cats with their little whiskered faces and trailing lysimachia nummularia with golden flowers are both pretty as any Christmas picture. Day 3: Don't discard half orange skins when you're juicing; hang them on a string from tree branches and fill with seeds for our feathered friends. They'll look very festive too. Day 4: Plant some unusual Iberian natives like helleborus lividus, the lovely Majorcan hellebore. Delicate looking, with silvered veining to the leaves and pale-pink to silver-green flowers, it will flower from midwinter through to the end of spring.



blame it all on chocolate. Advent calendars were rare things when I was a kid; I remember a friend had one and I was green with envy. I so wanted to open the little windows every day, gaze upon the festive scene therein, eyes glazed with the wonder and excitement of it all – longing and waiting for the finale of the last window and the Big Day. It seemed like many years later that chocolate manufacturers had the brown idea of inserting daily chocolate temptations for drooling customers. Nowadays you can open the windows onto a world of pure glitz and kitsch. Twenty four drams of incredibly rare whiskies for some €10,000 – and so rare are the whiskies that only 10 calendars are available, so you're surely, and sadly, already too late to order: from Fortnum and Mason a wooden calendar with 24 drawers full of some of the world's rarest teas – just made to sup from your mug whilst sitting in the garden shed and a snip at €125. And the most expensive advent calendar in the

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world this year contains filigree glass angels adorned with gold and carrying tiny parcels containing diamonds – 81 carats in all - for a mere €1,7 million. Don't open those wee windows in the garden shed – you might drop the diamonds into your potting compost – especially if you've been partaking of the wicked whiskies beforehand!

Day 5: Never enough thyme – get some of these little darlings into your life! Tough and pretty ground coverers with a pungent aroma, they come variegated and lemonscented, creeping and upright. We've a very pretty one called Foxley in stock at the moment.

Day 6: Go to the Winter Crafts and Food Market at Viveros Florena, Cómpeta, Málaga. It's on today and promises to be a fantastic day! Barbecue, gospel singers, mulled wine. And you can buy lots of innovative Christmas presents from the crafts people whilst supping craft beer and eating an array of So, just as my grand-daughter and I foods from around the world. And love to concoct amazing Christmas you'll be helping small businesses crackers every year, (last year they survive and thrive – there's a great were black and madly festooned New Year's resolution there too! with the elegant black and white mottled feathers from our guinea Day 7: Plan ahead to next year – fowl) I thought I'd make up our own plant a lime tree to make your own very special gardeners' advent very special cocktails. These are calendar stuffed with absolutely one of the smallest citrus trees and have-to-haves for the festive they can be quite happily grown in a season and new year ahead. pot. They're prolific fruiters and it's much cheaper than buying them in Day 1: Plant a stunningly beautiful the shops. Hippeastrum Grand Diva bulb. Its sultry burgundy velvet form will add Day 8: If I had to choose a tree for pure elegance to your Christmas good autumn colour in Spain, I think festivities. I'd choose the liquidambar styraciflua. Give it space; it's going Day 2: Brighten up your Christmas to be statuesque and stunning, a door step with a potful of suitable real raving redhead! plantings. A red cyclamen and

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Day 9: If I had to choose an external Christmas tree, I'd struggle but the two front runners would be cedrus deodara, the lovely weeping Himalayan cypress and the Lebanon cypress, cedrus Lebani.

massive 3m or 4m spread. Fantastic ground coverer and great on hot, dry banks where you need soil retention.

Day 18: Grevillea lanigera Mount Tamboritha is a little sweetie with Day 10: Now highly protected in the ringleted tightly packed stems, it wild, the lovely pure white looks great draping over a wall or pancratium maritimum or sea cascading out of a pot. daffodil is becoming rarer. We've bulbs in stock – just one would Day 19: Still stuck for a Christmas make a very thoughtful Christmas present? What about a kumquat, present for a keen gardener. the sweet and sour plant. They look wonderfully jolly with their little Day 11: Eremophila Nivea, the emu orange fruits and can easily be bush is so, so soft and silky. With grown in a pot for garden-less silvery white foliage and soft lilac friends. flowers, it always looks good. Soft by looks but not by nature, it is a Day 20: Make sure you've plenty of drought tolerant, full sun, full wind potted fresh herbs to make the toughie! stuffing, flavour and decorate – parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme Day 12: Adore seeing euphorbias – we've got them all in stock with with raindrops, especially e. quite a few more too! characias but also love the snaking of e. myrsinites across dry ground. Day 21: Warming up now for the big day but keep your poinsettias Day 13: We have some fabulous cool – away from radiators, fires tulip bulbs in stock. Two of my and direct sunlight. Nor do they like personal favourites are Brown cold draughts. Fussy things! Sugar which is scented too and the dreamy and sultry Belle Epoque. Day 22: Olive trimmings make very apt, traditional and long-lasting Day 14: New to us is purple crinum, Christmas wreaths and table and it is lush! Deep purple-green decorations. This year for the first foliage and pale pink flowers jagged time that I remember, our flame with purple. vine (pyrostegia venusta) is in full flower for Christmastime (thanks to Day 15: Just 10 days left so treat extremely warm autumn days) and yourself to that trendy combo of it's going to look fiery woven chocolate and red wine. The lovely through olive branches on our table. perennial chocolate cosmos combines deepest dark chocolate Day 23: Take time out from all the with a deep burgundy wine preparations and lose yourself in a colouring – you almost could captivating seed catalogue. Travel eat/drink it! Smells divine and the world in the steps of plant contrasts so well with silvers and collectors - pure escapism in a blues in our gardens. simple packet! Day 16: We love the huge grevillea family. Their flowers are fabulous, though rather unkindly named spider flowers. We've a constantly changing range of these tough Aussies, so check some out. Day 17: Grevillea Brazil is great if you just want to eat up ground. Reaching some 1m high, it has a

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25th A blissfully happy Christmastime to you all from the Team at Viveros Florena! We are always closed on Sundays and Mondays; additionally we will be closed on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th December 2017 and on Saturday 6th January 2018. Viveros Florena – Probably the best little garden centre in Andalucía! Keep checking our web page for latest news and exciting new stock arriving at the garden centre. Join our mailing list to keep in constant touch. Shop online with us for unusual plants, scented roses, bulbs, coloured iris, organic products and my books. Winter Hours, October to May: 10 – 4, closed Sundays & Mondays. Summer Hours, June, July & September: 9 – 2, closed Sundays & Mondays and the month of August. Viveros Florena, Ctra.Algarrobo/Cómpeta km 2, Cómpeta 29754,Málaga Tel:689928201 And see us on Facebook – Lorraine Cavanagh's Garden Centre

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: 6th December 2017 - Our Christmas Crafts and Food Market. If you enjoyed the last one, you ain't seen nothing yet! Day 24: Cava is wonderful. And, if you missed it, well, what Experiment with touches from the garden; mash basil and peaches (or can I say! peach nectar) into it, blackberries, We only hold these Markets twice blueberries or rhubarb, vodka combined with cava, grated ginger yearly & they are very special and pink grapefruit fresh squeezed days! from the garden. The possibilities are, thankfully, endless and will glide you very smoothly into the

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Sunday the 1st, Tuesday the 3rd and Wednesday the 4th of April.

CHRISTMAS MARKET IN COMPETA This year our Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday December 9th is spread over 2 locations and bigger and better than ever.

A vibrant festival of arts and crafts will take place at various venues in Competa. The Art Walk aims to bring together the community in an animated, artistic atmosphere. The event will offer all those with an interest in art the chance to meet the multi cultural artists. The artists will show their art during these 4 days. Interested local artists, crafts people and artisans should contact Lieuwke Loth,

At Sugar and Spice Santa will be visiting and handing out candy canes a free Christmas gift and our special recipe mulled cider. At Todo Papel we have double trouble as the world’s tallest Elf has a new colleague, they will be handing out snacks and festive drinks and hosting a morning of seasonal fun. The ladies from Cudeca will be on hand with their seasonal stall, plus tickets for our fabulous Christmas Hamper, worth over 100€, sold in aid of Cudeca. The Christmas market will be in town with a host of stalls and conveniently located halfway between our 2 shops it makes a great pit stop. See for more details ARTWALK 2018 Call for participants Artwalk 2018 The 10th Art Walk will return to Competa this year in the Easter period. This time it will be held Saturday the 31st of March,

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For more information: (this website will be online in January) On Facebook: artcompeta. On behalf of the artists and craft people of Competa, we welcome you to the 10th Art Walk in April! LUX MUNDI ECUMENICAL CENTRE, Torre del Mar. Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Opening hours Monday through Friday 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 18.00. Tel.952 543 334 E-mail: Web: Recently Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar held their Autumn Fashion Show at the Centre which was

organized by Carolyn, aided by Julie. On arrival 97 International friends were greeted with a free drink after which they were shown 55 outfits of new and nearly new clothing and accessories. The outfits were modelled by 9 International friends of the Centre. The show was compared by Carolyn Bowen.

During the interval, the audience was able to purchase drinks and delicious homemade cakes. At the end of the show Carolyn was thanked by Gloria for all her help organising the show as this was her last one. There was time for a group photograph and after that the audience was able to purchase the items that had been shown. Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar would like to thank the models, those friends who helped with the coffee bar, sound system, boutique, dresser and the audience, who made the event a most enjoyable afternoon and who support Lux Mundi and its charitable work. Due to the success of the event, Lux Mundi is already planning their Spring & Summer Show, which will take place in May when once again you will all be very welcome to attend. They hope to see you then if not before at the many events and excursions Lux Mundi organizes throughout the year.

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Local News WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA Christmas Market In the main square next to the church, get in the Christmas Spirit!!! Semana de Mayor – 11th to 17th of December. A week of activities for those 65 +. Saturday 16th December A meal for those 65 or older, put your name on the list to reserve your place at the Town Hall.

COMPETA TOWN HALL NEWS Volunteers – We are looking for new volunteers to join our very special team. Our dynamic team help with many projects related to tourism from guided visits of our beautiful village to designing walking routes and history trails. If you are an outgoing person and want to make a difference making Cómpeta a better place for tourists then join our volunteer team. Part of our mission involves working in the Museum or the Tourist Office on Sundays so that we have information available seven days a week. We also have meetings to discuss new ideas and help with events during the year such as “Noche del Vino” our famous wine festival. Ability to speak Spanish and other languages is very important. If you wish to know more or join the volunteer team, speak to Gwen councilor for tourism and volunteers. Gwen is in the Town Hall on Mondays from 10:30 to 13:00H. Day of the Constitution – Wednesday 6th of December. National Holiday. A celebration of the constitution for those who are 18 years old during 2017. “Salón de Plenos” at the Town Hall on Saturday 9th December, 12:00H. Saturday 9th December.

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JUKEBOX BANDITS Saturday 16 December: Chiringuito Tropy, Caleta de Velez, 1.00pm - 4.00pm To reserve a table 653 629 841 or 689 237 643. Thursday 21 December: Bea's Postamt, Torrox Costa, 9.00pm - 12.00pm Reserve a table 679 87 37 41. NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY: Plaza Almijara, Competa. To reserve a table call Pericos 952 553739 or Casa Paco on 952 516077 Saturday 6th January: Plaza Almijara, Competa, 5.00pm - 8.00pm To reserve a table call La Taperia 655 432 659 Pericos 952 553739 or Casa Paco on 952 516077 CHRISTMAS CONCERT The CoraXalia Choir will be presenting a Concert of Christmas Music in the Chapel of the Competa Tanatorio on Friday 15th December at 8pm. We do hope you will be able to join us.

FUN AFTERNOON TEA FUNDRAISING FOR CUDECA An afternoon of fun, whilst at the same time, fundraising for Cudeca took place on Friday, 17th November in the fantastic function room above Bar Lorena, Competa. A small team of ladies provided Afternoon Tea, “yes” with cucumber sandwiches together with delicious home made cakes. Whilst eating away, you could enjoy various stalls and visit;Alexena - who discussed the health benefits of Aloe Vera and other natural products. Deborah - peruse “I Go Shop 4 You” latest fashions. Ellie - enjoy a magnificent manicure Inez - where you can learn about relaxation techniques and mindfulness Joy- to see her range of jewellery and Christmas trinkets Lise Jay - demonstrating her new Microdermabrasion facial beauty treatment Mave - to purchase cards and 2018 calendars for Cudeca. The afternoon of fun and information raised at the time of going to press, an amazing 500 euros for Cudeca Cancer Care. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the successful afternoon and supported our event. Cindy Jones Cudeca Volunteer, Competa.

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Airports Doctors Granada Airport Tel: 958 245 200 Malaga Airport Tel: 952 048 804

Bus Doctors Times L= Mon – Sat • D= Direct Nerja – Malaga 06.30L, 07.30, 08.30D, 08.55, 10.10D, 11.10, 11.55D, 12.40, 13.40, 14.55, 16.10, 17.10, 18.10D, 18.40, 19.40, 20.40, 21.15, 21.45D Malaga – Nerja 07.00, 08.15L, 09.15, 10.30, 11.00D, 11.45D, 12.30D, 13.00, 14.15, 15.15, 16.30, 17.30, 18.45, 19.30D, 20.15, 20.45D, 21.30D, 23.00 Nerja – Granada 06.30L, 09.45, 14.30, 15.45, 16.30, 19.15 Granada – Nerja 07.00, 09.00, 10.00, 13.00, 16.00, 17.30L, 20.00 Nerja – Sevilla 07.30D, 16.30, 02.00 Sevilla – Nerja 07.00, 18.00D, 24,00 Canillas de Albaida - CompetaSayalonga - Malaga Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Departs Canillas de Albaida 7.00 - 9.30 - 15.30 For Competa add 5 minutes For Sayalonga add 20 minutes

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Street Markets Monday Torrox Costa Tuesday Nerja Wednesday Algarrobo Costa, Rincon de la Victoria Thursday Velez- Malaga, Frigiliana, Torre del Mar Friday Almunecar, Frigliana, Sayalonga, La Herradura Saturday Cรณmpeta, La Caleta de Velez Sunday Nerja Car Boot Sale, Sayalonga Sayolanga Municipal Market Mon- Fri 8.30am-2.30pm

Church Services Cรณmpeta Catholic

Sat 8.00pm & Sun Midday

Church of England Sundays 5.30pm Torre del Mar Lux Mundi Tel: 952 543 334 Evangelical Church Tel: 952 532 825 Fellowship of the King Tel: 958 658 439 Anglican Church of Nerja & Almunecar Tel: 952 525 406

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Vets Naturevets: 952 55 38 50 URG: 617 00 17 23 Nerja Clinica San Fernando (vet Expedito) 609 982 941 Torrox Village & Torrox Costa

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La Herradura

625 233 778

Cรณmpeta & La Caleta:

657 582 225

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January 1st

New Years Day

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Three Kings Day

February 28th

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August 15th Virgin de la Asuncion

English Radio Stations Global Radio

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October 12th Dia de la Hispanidad November 1st

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December 6th Dia de la Constitucion


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Finca el Cerrillo

Canillas de Albaida, Malaga Tel: 952 03 04 44 email:

Finca Los Pinos Tel: 619 175 649 The Hotel Balcon Tel: 952 55 3662

Airconditioning / Heating


Glass, lighting & blinds

Solar Shade Tel: 902 888 176 Chavos Construction Tel: 952 516 099 Construcciones Schmid S.L Tel: 652 656 066 JMS Services Tel: 605 106 977


Tin Tin Hairdressers Tel: 952 516 416 E.G.O Tel: 616 022 734

Mobile: 606.423.869

Electricians Tel: 952 96 78 03

Cooling and Heating Solutions Sales, Service & Installation Air Con, Solar Systems & Pool Heat Pumps

Joe Jones 655 791167

Esola Systems Tel: 952 550 323 Klimacentro Tel: 952 540 786 Connect Airconditioning Tel: 951 282 196

Electrician Tel 951242449

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Health & Beauty

Mob 666707297

Electricians Roger 648 025 901

Food Stores & Shops

Clinica Europa Tel: 952 530 908 Ian Pett Dental Care Tel: 691 700 587 Rebeccah Curtis Tel: 952 530 122 Feel Good Axarquia Tel: 635 693 282

Interior Design

Carpenters Tejeiro Tel: 952 516 149


Competa, Malaga Tel: 606 226 645

Waynes Drains Tel: 657 862 628 Phone: 952.539.742

Jose Luis Persianas Tel: 952 516 397 Tejeiro Carpinteria Tel: 952 51 61 49

Andrea Slater Tel: 00 49 151 4048 52 64 La Gelateria facebook/heladeriacompeta

Furniture Stores

Leon Blanco Tel: 618 226 647

NESS Insurance

Mechanics & Recovery

Black Tower Tel: 607 845 603

Tel: 952 507 144


Sunkitchens The Kitchen Professionals Doors & Wardrobes Raul Chica: 653 634 633 Torre del Mar (Malaga)

Kennels & Pets Raza Hotel for dogs Tel: 952 535 417

Locksmiths LOCKSMITH

Property Legal Advice Solutions 4 U Tel & Fax (00 34) 952 55 38 07

Mobile: (00 34) 660 51 01 34 Asesoria Aljarife Tel:952 51 66 00 Asesoria Axarquia Tel:952 54 51 05 Thomas Gant Law Tel: 952 51 69 61 CS Lawyers Tel: 952 96 70 04 Axarquia Solictors Tel: 952 901 225

Property Management House Martins Tel: 692 40 83 06

Plumbers & Water Solutions

Real Estate Tel: 952 55 33 69

Mov:689 544 777

Tel:(0034) 618 295 063 Tel:(0034) 951 067 711

Leisure & Hobbies RENT / ALQUILAR VESPAS

Costa del Sol & Axarquia

952 516 633 / 660 743 670

Tel:+34 628 44 15 32 +34 628 71 94 63 Competa Hikes Tel: 619 175 649

Restaurants & Bars

Restaurante Cerezo Large Terrace - 952 553 018 Canillas de Albaida (Málaga) C/Estacion 5 -

VENTA EL CURRO Argentinian Grill

ctra.Corumbela s/n Archez (Malaga) Bar-Restaurante

Las Esperillas Tel: 677 97 44 10

and / or appointments

Call Paul Tel: 664367511

Competa properties Tel: 952 516 107 Axarquia Properties Tel: 609 436 537 Creative Property Marketing Tel: 951 400 228

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INMOBILIARIA TU RINCON DEL SOL Tel: 952 51 63 58 Mov: 628 06 97 03

Buy a Home Spain Tel: 952 547 554 Brogan Properties Tel: 952 914 104

Restaurante El Pilon Tel: 952 553 512 - Cómpeta Taberna Teteria Hierbabuena Tel: 951 70 76 38 - Cómpeta The Pavo Real - Cómpeta/Torrox Tel: 654 86 90 83 The Balcon Hotel - - Cómpeta Tel: 952 55 36 62 El Recreo - Cómpeta Tel: 952 51 60 43 La Extremeña - Archez Tel: 686 558 362 Casa Paco - Competa Tel: 952 516 077 El Pino Restaurant - Torrox Tel: 952 968 106 Perico’s - Competa Tel: 952 553 739 El Cortijo - Competa Tel:952 553 647 Restaurante El Pámpano Tel: 951 832 810 Bar Miguel Tel: 952 516 754 Jocavi Tel: 952 535 177

Extra The Business Directory Continued Satellite Services

Total Satellite Installations Tel: 629 556 266 Sky Digital Tel: 952 464 378


Swimming Pool Heating


Naturevets - Competa Tel: 952 553 850

Tel: 652 970 608

Windows & Doors

Spa’s & Saunas

UPVC-WINDOWS/DOORS Tel. 952 50 25 27 E-Mail:

Delprado Solicitors Tel: 95 252 72 74 Axarquia Solicitors Tel: 951 901 225

Official Manufacturer

Wine / Bodega

Solar T:(+34) 951 386 706 M:(+34) 658 845 285 Tel: 652 970 608

Solar Sundays Tel: 648 025 901


Upholstery Michael’s Upholstery Tel: 952 55 34 64

Villa Care

Mobility Products For Sale or Tel: 95 296 7015 / Mob: 635 445 279

STAIR-LIFTS Tel: 95 296 7015 / Mob: 635 445 279

Cars Bought & Sold Cars Wanted Tel: 657 919 965

Plants House Martins tel:+44 (0)845 0041041 mob: +34 692 408 306

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VetiverSpain Tel: 692 288 657

Yoga Centres Competa Yoga

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December CHURCH SERVICES Alhama de Granada, St. Barnabas I.E.R.E (Anglican). Service in English at 11.30 first and third Sundays of the month now at La Joya Roman Catholic Church, Plaza Alfonso X11. contact Priest 95 203 0461 or Warden 95 252 0921. Torre del Mar( Lux Mundi Centre). St. Barnabas I.E.R.E, Spanish Episcopal service in English at 11 o'clock, first and third Sunday Morning Prayer, second and forth Sundays Holy Communion. Contact Rector 95 203 0461 or Wardens 25 251 0921 and 95 251 0056. St Barnabas IERE (Anglican). English services 11 a.m. Sundays at Iglesia Evangelica, Torre del Mar, opposite the bus station. Tel.952030461 (priest) or 618640132 (churchwarden) "Church of England" services at the Capillia de san jose calle linares 7 velez Malaga. website is www. All are welcome. Contact number 952 219 396. Roman Catholic Mass in English, held every Saturday, will now take place in Caleta de Velez, Parish Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, situated on the main street. Time 5pm. LUX MUNDI, TORRE DEL MAR Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar. Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña Opening hours Monday through Friday 10.00 to 13.00 only. COMING EVENTS AND EXCURSIONS. Friday December 1st – Christmas Bazaar. Time 11.00 to 13.00. All proceeds for fundraising. Monday December 4th - Half Orange “Bring and Share” Lunch. Time 13.00. Tuesday 5th December – Centre Closed. Tuesday December 12th & 19TH - Photography Group. Time 16.00. Wednesday & Friday December 6th & 8th closed. Tues thru Thurs Dec 12th to 14th – Coach Excursion to the Sierra Nevada & Granada Christmas Lights. Ticket price 145 E per person sharing a double room and 185 E per person for a single room. A deposit of 50 Euros is required when booking at the Centre and final payment is Fri 1st Dec. Included in the price are all travel expenses, insurance, 2 nights’ bed and breakfast. Departures: Viñuela (Football Pitch) 08.30, Torre del Mar (Bus station) 08.50, Caleta (opposite the Vets) 09.00 Algarrobo (Lidl) 09.10. Saturday December 16th – Ecumenical Christmas Carol Service. Time 18.00. Thursday December 21st - Coach Excursion to Gibraltar. Ticket price 12 E Departure times

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Puente don Manuel (Bar Mis Tapitas) 6.45, Algarrobo (Lidl) 7.15, Caleta (Vets) 7.20 and Torre Del Mar (Bus Station) 7.30. Depart Gibraltar 15.30 Friday December 22nd - Coach Excursion to” La Mosca” Belen and Malaga Christmas Lights. Ticket price 10e Departures: Viñuela (Football pitch) 15.20, Algarrobo (Lidl) 15.45, Caleta (Vets) 15.50, Torre del Mar (Bus station) 16.00. Monday December 25th – Closed Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th - The Centre will be open from mornings only 10.00 to 13.00. Friday December 29th – Coffee Morning “Special Lucky Grapes”. Ticket price 2.50e, 11.00 to 13.00. For further information and bookings please contact the Centre, Torre del Mar Tel.952 543 334 E-mail: .You are unable to make bookings through the web site and we cannot accept cards EL PUENTE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP We meet at El Puente Christian Fellowship premises situated underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria, El Cruce de Puente don Manual, Phone 952 115 220 or 952 518 185.El Puente Christian Fellowship Sunday Worship - 11am. Bible Study Thursday 5-7pm Midweek activities: Pilates - Monday 1pm - 2pm Bridge Club Tuesday 2pm -6pm. Pilates - Wednesday 1.30 - 2.30pm Charity Shop/Books open Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10-1.30pm TRAPICHE SOCIAL CLUB The Trapiche Social Club meets every Wednesday at 12 noon until 2pm at the Trapiche Restaurant, just off the A356 Velez-Malaga to La Vinuela. The first Wednesday in the month is our regular lunch meeting, we enjoy a 3 course lunch with wine, casera and water for just €8.50. LOS ROMANES ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Monday from 12-2.00 pm in the Garden Restaurant, La Vinuela. Information can be obtained from our website or Margaret Branch Sec. 951066079 NERJA BRANCH THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION The Branch holds lunch meetings at the Hotel Al Andalus, Maro, on the third Thursday of each month. Also at Pena Parda Hotel, La Herradura on the 1st Friday of each month. Non members are always welcome. Booking is essential. For further information on the branch please contact Dave on 654085811 or "

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includes wine and snacks, advance booking on 952 52 3599. Happy Tails Sometimes people ask the Costa Animal Society ( CAS) why we send dogs to Northern European countries so we thought we would provide a short description of the process. Most people who work to rescue animals in Andalucia will tell you the task is monumental with around 15,000 dogs abandoned each year in this region alone and there are very limited foster and permanent homes available. The end result is that literally thousands of dogs are placed in rescue shelters (if they are lucky) while the unfortunate ones meet an untimely death in a local pound.

CAS NEWS CAS Holiday Greetings


s the year comes to an end, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to express our gratitude to all of our friends and volunteers who have been fantastic in all aspects of rescuing and rehoming animals in need. From business sponsors to shop volunteers, from private kennels to fosterers, and especially to the work of our veterinarian partners, thank you. From those who take care of the paperwork enabling us to send wonderful dogs to our sister charities in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, to the volunteers who drive them to the airport and to those who fly with them, muchisimas gracias!

carolling at the Coach & Horses in Nerja on Friday, December 15 beginning at 7.00pm. Those who can carry a tune are particularly welcome, while the tone deaf can quietly enjoy the Burger & Hot Dog Bar with all the trimmings. There will be a Luxury Hamper Draw as well as a Christmas Quiz. Entrance is â‚Ź10. To reserve in advance, please ring 952 52 0071. Punta Lara CAS Quiz

Join the Costa Animal Society (CAS) in the holiday spirit at the Punta Lara Bar for their Christmas quiz taking place on December 22 at 7.30pm. Fancy dress is optional but thinking caps are required for this fun filled event to raise money for the needy doggies and moggies And, especially a huge hug and big in our area. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced kiss on the lips (only a hug for Paul) to the magazine, newspaper booking is recommended by calling and radio station folk who pro bono Mark at 635 369 673. help us to get the word out on this issue of animal welfare. Hopefully Animal Behaviourist Lecture The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is one day we won't need your help, pleased to present a lecture by the great progress is being made, but distinguished animal behaviourist until then your support is Jim Stephens. The talk will take invaluable. place at the Fellowship of the King church (near Mercadona) in Nerja Here We Come a-wassailing on Thursday December 7 at What better way of celebrating 7.00pm. Admission is â‚Ź7 which Yuletide than an evening of

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At the same time, in Scandinavian countries as well as Holland and Germany there are strict neutering policies and limits placed on breeding by the governments so they actually have a shortage of dogs available for adoption. With our local animal societies struggling to find homes for rescued animals and with more being abandoned everyday it only makes sense for groups like CAS to work closely with sister charities in Northern Europe to find good places in those countries. However, this is only the beginning of the journey because dogs travelling to Norway require a microchip, passport and two rabies jabs (three weeks apart) as well as the other normal vaccinations. After waiting six weeks for the rabies vaccines to take effect the dogs must then undergo a rabies titer blood test to show they have sufficient antibodies in their blood stream. The lab results take another two weeks and then a flight has to be arranged so from start to finish it takes several months for a dog to be prepared for Norway. If there is no foster place available during the prep time CAS has to place the dog into kennels while they wait for a travel date. Tim is nearing the end of this process and will hopefully be in his new home before Christmas.

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New Office TORRE DEL MAR: Calle Rocío, 4 - Local 7 Tel: (0034) 951 832 150 email:

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SAYALONGA: Calle Calvario s/n, Tel: (0034) 952 535 043 .

Mb: (0034) 660 743 670 email: .

COMPETA: Avda. de la Constitución, 31, Tel: (0034) 952 516 633 .

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PUENTE DON MANUEL Fantastic villa between Puente Don Manuel and Viñuela. Spacious lounge/diner/kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom, plus separate one bedroom studio with bathroom and beautiful terrace. Fabulous garden, private pool terrace with 7mt x 4mt pool. Excellent access, privacy and stunning views. EPC rating E Ref: T971

205,000 euro

Stunning 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa in an enviable location with breathtaking sea, mountain and village views. 3,000 m² beautifully landscaped plot with mature fruit trees and shrubs, stunning terraces with 8mt x 4mt pool, brick built BBQ & bar, garage and studio. Awaiting EPC Ref: C3549

339,950 euro

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Stunning restored town house of approx. 115m² in a central location. 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, fully fitted kitchen / dining room, large utility room, workshop, large roof terrace, inner patio. Many original features & parking close by. EPC rating E

Traditional country finca with olive grove and excellent road access halfway between the villages of Competa and Torrox. A cosy property with 63 m² accommodation comprising main room, bedroom, glazed dining room and kitchen, shower room and storage. Awaiting EPC

Ref: C1355

130,000 euro

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99,950 euro

BENAJARAFE Outstanding coastal residence, just 500 metres from the beach. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large open-plan living area, luxury fully fitted kitchen, 2 covered terraces, lush mature garden with free form pool, garage and utility room. Excellent access and stunning views of the sea and Awaiting EPC mountains. Ref: MS68

519,000 euro

The Grapevine Magazine December 2017  

The Grapevine Magazine initially started as The Competa Magazine and was also distributed in Canillas de Albaida, Archez and Sayalonga . Due...

The Grapevine Magazine December 2017  

The Grapevine Magazine initially started as The Competa Magazine and was also distributed in Canillas de Albaida, Archez and Sayalonga . Due...