DigameXtra No. 1529 Friday, Jan. 31st 2020

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Julio Iglesias in Fuengirola, ON SALE FEB 3rd: Julio Iglesias is arguably the most celebrated artist in Spanish and Latin music history. The acclaimed artist has just confirmed that he will perform on August 5th at the Marenostrum Fuengirola festival on the hill of Sohail Castle. It will be his first Malaga performance in 6 years.
Tickets for the Marenostrum Fuengirola festival go on sale February 3rd at 12:00 hrs. Ticket prices range between 90€ and 250€. VIP packages available.
For more information: https://www.julioiglesias.com/


Bar & Restaurant news in Torrox Costa: The Bodega, a popular international watering hole in Torrox Costa BLQ 78 didn’t open Thursday and has large “For Rent” signs now posted on the front door and windows. Recently closed in Torrox Costa: Hudson’s Bar and Brooklyn Burger, both on the playa walk. Danny Boy’s Bar, BLQ 89, closed before Christmas. This year’s “Winter cafe-cull” has been particularly severe so far.


Flashtime: Live at Restaurante Miguel El Manga, Nerja. Sunday 2 Feb 3pm. You can book your table on phone 952526052


Cinema In English – January 31st to February 6th
Cinesur – Velez Malaga El Ingenio
-Judy – Dir. Rupert Goold. With Renee Zellweger, Rufus Sewell. Fri/Sat/Sun 20:25, 22:30; Mon to Thu 16:20, 22:20.
-Dolittle – Dir. Todd Haynes. With Robert Downey Jnr, Antonio Banderas. Sat/Sun 12:05.
-JoJo Rabbit – Dir. Taika Waititi. With Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell. Fri 15:50; Sat/Sun 12:25, 15:50.
-1917 – Dir. Sam Mendes. With George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman. Mon 19:20, Thu 16:30.
-Prior to the Academy Awards, there will be screenings of several of the nominated films, including: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Mon 21:50, Thu 19:00) and Joker (Tue 17:00, Thu 22:15).
-For ballet lovers, there will be a screening of Giselle live from the Palais Garnier, Paris. This will be on Thursday 6th at 19:15.
-For those in the West of the region, Tuesday is VOSE day at Yelmo – Rincon De La Victoria (https://www.yelmocines.es/cartelera/malaga/rincon-de-la-victoria). On the 4th they will be screening Judy (19:45), Underwater (19:40), JoJo Rabbit (19:35), 1917 (19:40), and Dark Waters (22:45).
(Thanks to Doug for this. -Ed.)


Car Boot/Market, Sunday 2nd February: We are now back to normal after the Christmas and New Year break!
The regular “1st Sunday of the month” Car Boot sale/market is at El Pantano Restaurant car park, overlooking Lake Vinuela, on Sunday 2nd February 9.30am to 1.pm. Easy to find on the A356 towards Colmenar.
Drive over the bridge crossing Lake Vinuela and the car park/bar is just ahead on the right hand side. Plenty of parking.
There are always bargains galore, old and new.
-Always a good selection of D.I.Y. tools.
-Lots of local grown fruit and veg.
-Homemade Jams and Marmalades and Chutneys (inc. Mango)
-Household and garden items for sale on many of the stalls
-Plants, shrubs, flowers and herbs.
-Greetings cards.
-(New) Ladies clothes and accessories.
– Large selection of paperback and hardback books, CD’s & DVD’s
Come along and enjoy a morning browsing and picking up a few bargains at this well established monthly market, which attracts visitors from far and near. A super location. The restaurant has shaded terraces overlooking the lake and many customers sit and enjoy a coffee or a tapa and a drink and catch up with friends and acquaintances for a chat. Many even stay and choose lunch from the varied menu available.
Bar is open from 9.30am serving coffee/drinks/food.
Please note: If the market has to be cancelled at short notice, due to bad weather, it will automatically be re-scheduled for the following Sunday. For further info please contact Sandy (Vinuela)
by telephone, on 619 471 301


Opera Brunch Recital: First and only opera recital of this season, this year we change our usual space and our schedule, we move to the Parador de Nerja and the recital will be in the morning to enjoy the space in all its splendor.
This time we are accompanied by the soprano Alba Chantar and the tenor Francisco Arbós regular singers in the opera seasons of the Cervantes Theater in Malaga and in the opera seasons of Cádiz, Seville, Bilbao or the Teatro Real in Madrid.
On this occasion we will travel through famous opera arias in Italian, Le Nozze di Figaro or Magic Flute (Mozart); Don Pascuale or Elisir d’amore (Donizetti); La Bohème or Turandot (Puccini), among others. Welcome to the Ventana Abierta operas.
(*)We use an internet translator, our apologies
Alba Chantar – Soprano
Francisco Arbós – Tenor
Mª Carmen Pérez – Pianista
Day and hour: February 8th – 11’30 A.M.
Place: Hotel Parador de Nerja
Address: 8, Almuñecar Street – Nerja
Price: 50’00€
Booking: 690073871 / ventana.abierta.acp@gmail.com
Web: www.ventana-abierta.es


Johnny G’s Soul & Motown Magic Party: Sat Feb 1st. Also featuring Melissa Carver, the Soul Sisters Regan Walker and Eva Lloyd and two surprise guests!
This show has all the winning ingredients! €18
To book: please visit our website https://www.salonvarietestheatre.com/product/johnny-g-soul-motown-magic-sat-1st-feb-prod/
or call in person or telephone the Box Office on 952474542 between 11:00 and 2:30 Monday to Friday or from one hour before any Salon show.


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Greek restaurant in Torrox Costa!:  Greek House. Located on the sea promenade, between the Safari bar and Picadero restaurants, BLQ 80 bajo. We offer you a little piece of Greece with our Greek home made specialties. Our opening time is from 18:00, Tuesday thru Sunday. Monday closed. Also, you can enjoy our specialties in lunch time, between 13.00-15.00, with reservation on the telephone number 642585049. You can choose meat specialties ( Gyros, Souvlaki, Bifteki, Sutsukaki, Mussaka), cheese (Feta Psiti, Feta Saganaki, Hallumi), vegetables (Greek salad, Hummus, Eggplant cream, Mezze, Tzatziki) or sea fruits ( prawns or octopus), all of this accompanied with our special Greek pita bread. We offer a lovely meal time in a quiet end exquisite atmosphere, accompanied with the best Greek music. See you soon! https://la-casita-griega.business.site/


Casa Magel: A Happy New Year from Casa Magel to all our past and future guests.
Casa Magel Valle De Abdalajis Malaga
We are now taking bookings for the new year and spring breaks.
-Our ever popular 2 night stay with breakfast and 1 evening 3 course meal for 2 with wine is still available at a cost of 120€ for 2 sharing a double en-suite room.
-3 nights stay with breakfast, I evening 3-course meal for 2 with wine and an evening of tapas in a local bar at a cost of 175€ for 2 sharing a double en-suite room.
Our rooms are nicely decorated and furnished and with comfy beds.
We have a large garden and an Andalucian fully fitted kitchen area with BBQ and comfortable outside space for our guests to use. Large pool in season.
There are lots to do in the area, walk the famous Camino Del Rey, visit the beautiful Ardales lakes.
Antequera is a must to visit, a beautiful town with 27 churches, the most for a town in Spain.
The rock formations at El Torcal are an unforgettable sight.
We are close to an organic Bodega where you can have a tour with tapas for 20€ per person or add an extra 15€ per person and finish with 3-course lunch with wine, all in all, a great experience.
The house is lovely, the food is yummy, the hosts are friendly and welcoming and the views and sunsets are amazing
You can book extra nights for 55€ per room.
Looking for that perfect present for that special person, well here it is.
We can provide personalised vouchers, for birthdays, anniversaries or just to treat someone.
Contact Casa Magel at casamagel@yahoo.com
website http://www.casamagel.com or
ring 722879503/ 632298062.
We get booked up quite quickly so don’t miss out on that special date.


Malagalingo: Are you going to do something NEW this year?
Come with us to have FUN while learning SPANISH
-less struggle, more joy > you’ll speak Spanish at last
-conversational approach
-also if your are just passing through
-single lessons for conversation from 5€
-relaxed and fun atmosphere. On our outdoor terrace when the weather is nice
-certified native Spanish teachers
-in Torrox Costa. Very simple and free parking always available
-also Skype or Whatsapp lessons
-Golden Club 50+ students aged
-you are invited to attend your first lesson for FREE!!!
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The Torrox Pueblo Art Group: We start the winter session every Wednesday from the 5th February to Wednesday 18th March. It’s held in the main square Torrox Pueblo at La Casa Restaurant from 10.30am – 1.30pm. Still only 8€ pp per session.
This is an ideal opportunity from the complete beginner or the more established artist to enjoy art within a very sociable group. Some group members had not done any art since their early school days and their progress has been amazing.
We cover a diverse range of subjects with something for everyone. Life drawing, portraiture, still life, landscapes, pets, animals, pebble painting and you can even make your own personalised cards.
All mediums are used, oil, acrylic, watercolours, pen, pencil, charcoal and pastel.
Please bring your own art materials.
For further information email Trevor at trevcoops63@gmail dot com.
Mobile 00 34 7801920534


Villa Change over staff required: 2 persons required for a villa on the north side of Lake Vinuela. This is for a minimum of 15 change overs throughput the year starting in April. The duties include cleaning the villa and getting it ready for the next guest arrival. Towels can also be washed and dried on site other laundry like bedding etcetera can be taken to the local laundry. No pool or garden duties are required.
I am in Spain at the moment so the villa can be seen by interested persons.
Please telephone 07716546001 or text and I will phone you.


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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: two chairs and a little table all as new. Buyer collects. 50€ for all. Hanne/Competa Mob 0045 2425 6101


For Sale: Pine set of drawers and matching bedside cabinets, excellent condition. 90 euros for all three items. Buyer collects.
Phone Jan/La Herradura on 646381332 or
email janetgill_9@hotmail.com


For Sale, 3 items:
-Oil filled radiator small one 10 Euros
-Oil filled radiator large one 15 Euros
-Philips M881B cordless phone, lovely unit bargain 15 Euros.
Call Whats App 642186590
Kenneth/La Vinuela


News & Articles

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BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus has officially been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization as the outbreak spreads rapidly outside China. The decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to say it is a public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) comes as the number of people who have died from the virus has reached 170. This implies a situation that is “serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected”, which may call for immediate international action.
Chinese health authorities have said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January. There have been confirmed infections in 18 countries, including France and the US, and in some cases there has been human-to-human transmission. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/01/30/breaking-coronavirus-delcared-global-emergency/


DigameXtra Editorial #1
What Ever Happened To Erring On The Side of Safety?
Wuhan football team land in Malaga despite coronavirus fears.
An article from the Jan 30, 2020 issue of www.thelocal.es states, “Regional health authorities have said none of the group are sick and given they have not been in Wuhan since January 2nd, the maximum period for monitoring has passed.” So I would take that to be about 2 to 4 weeks of observation before they are cleared to return to the public.
But then the article goes on to say, “The Wuhan Zall Chinese first division team arrived this morning at Malaga airport from Istanbul and Shanghai…”
Excuse me, there have been 96 coronavirus cases confirmed in Shanghai (https://www.shine.cn/news/metro/2001290822/). In fact, Shanghai is one of the most infected places on Earth (https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-01-30-20-intl-hnk/h_e89dabe8ed1d4b2e3f03048a18d98ec3)
By my logic, as the team passed thru Shanghai, a heavy infection area, in the past few days, their “observation period” should be restarted from day 2.
This seems an unreasonable risk to take just so a football team from half way around the world can practice in warm weather for a few weeks.
Source of quotes: https://www.thelocal.es/20200130/wuhan-football-team-land-in-spain-despite-virus-fears


Brexit: What happens at midnight on Friday January 31? Not a lot.
Most people in the UK and Europe will see no difference at all.
But for political leaders and negotiators, February 1 starts the countdown clock on the tangible changes that Brexit will bring: new arrangements for Britain’s trade, customs, travel and regulation with the EU and the rest of the world.
Until then, an 11-month transition period ensures that everyday friction points and the biggest challenges of the Brexit project — cross-border travel, personal rights and immigration — remain unchanged until at least December 31.
From January 31 a UK passport no longer makes you an EU citizen — even though EU travel benefits continue to apply during the transition period.
HM Passport Office has already started issuing new documents without the “European Union” wording. From early this year, it will also begin changing the colour of new passports from burgundy to blue. None of these cosmetic changes affects the validity of any passport or the ability of holders to travel within the EU during the transition period.
“All British passports issued from mid-2020 will be blue,” the government says.
Some relatively minor but worrying issues have already been partially settled. For example, the 650,000 retired British citizens already living in European countries have been told their pensions will continue to be uprated alongside inflation in line with those issued in the UK. But there is no agreement yet on what will happen to those retiring to another EU country after the end of this year. Read the full story: https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/27/brexit-what-happens-at-midnight-on-friday-january-31-not-a-lot


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Weekly Markets
Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
Thursday: Velez Malaga, Torre del Mar, Frigiliana
Friday: Almunecar, Salobrena, La Herradura- Summers only
Saturday: Competa, Mezquitilla@Algarrobo behind the Sala Ottowa
Sunday: Velez Malaga, Nerja Car Boot

Nerja 952 524 519
Torrox: 952 531 030
Frigiliana: 952 533 231

Phone numbers for emergencies
Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

Local Police
Torrox: 952 539 828
Nerja: 952 521 545
Frigiliana: 952 533 126
Torre del Mar: 952 549 238

Local News in English, The Sur: http://www.surinenglish.com/
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