DigameXtra No. 1553 Monday, Feb. 24th 2020

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Bar Atila’s 1st outside afternoon gig: with the fantastic Rolling Stones tribute ‘The Honky Tonk Cats’ starting at 2.00pm on Saturday 21st March. Reserve your place now. Puente don Manuel. Contact Frank at Bar Atila to reserve a table.
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Camino del Arte 5/6/7 June 2020: Final Applications February 29
Final call for artists to apply for participation in the first Camino del Arte Torrox. You can apply online or collect a paper copy from the Tourist Office Torrox Costa.
With your completed application attach a short biography and 3 recent photos of your work and email to:
Exhibition space will be allocated within the village but if you have a studio on the periphery of Torrox you can open your studio for the Camino and be included in the brochure which will have directions how to find you. Just apply in the same way.
In addition, all participants will exhibit one piece of work each for a preview exhibition to be held throughout the month of May at the beautiful gallery of the Tourist Office Torrox Costa. This will be a wonderful opportunity for visitors to appreciate the variety of work which will be shown at the Camino in June and also to be able to identify artists whose work they particularly admire.
There will be an Inauguration of the preview on May 8th.
Thank you, The Camino Team.


Bill Bailey’s new show “Larks in Transit” comes to the Costa del Sol: Thursday, March 5th. 8:30pm. Travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a traveling comedian.
Auditorio Municipal Príncipe de Asturias
Calle Pedro Navarro Bruna, s/n – Recinto Ferial,
29620 Torremolinos Tel. +34 952 05 02 93
€35 General admission.
Info & Tickets at https://billbailey.co.uk/live/


Simply Red / Mick Hucknell: A tribute concert.
Tuesday. 3rd March 2020
La Raqueta, Nerja
Tel: 951 83 57 96 for bookings.


Mamma Mia! “The COSTA Party!”: Tues, 10th March 2020
La Sala, Puerta Banus. Tel: 952 81 41 45
Bookings must be made directly with the venue.
When you enter the restaurant, we really want you to feel as if you’re right in the heart of ABBA-land. We want you to feast on mouth-watering Mediterranean food & drink, while all your favourite ABBA songs are performed by singers mingling with you. Audience participation is inevitable, as we all love ABBA!


Nerja Cultural Center:
-Saturday March 7, 7pm. Exceptional saxophone artist Johan Stengard
(ABBA, Michael Bolton, Sammy Davis Jr, etc) with pianist, and guests. Plus classic flamenco – Cuadro Flamenco – a world class performance, and Latino singer artist Spencer Intimo. A two act concert deluxe! Tickets €15 Tel 902 646 289


The Cueva del Tesoro music festival: Concerts at the caves. Free Admission. Rincon de la Victoria.
On Saturday 29 February. Closing this year’s festival will be soprano singer María de los Ángeles Castro, accompanied by the Rincón-born pianist, Salvador Vázquez.
All concerts at the Cueva del Tesoro cave (Avenida de Picasso, 21, 29730 La Cala del Moral) will start at 8pm and are free. Places are limited, reservations Tel 952405390 o 666466173
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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Great deals from The Nerja Household Center
-Remote control orthopedic chair lifts you up and tilts you forward Price 250€
-Hi/low baby chair reclines Price 30€
-2 ikea chairs very comfy covers come of to wash 100€ for the pair
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
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For Sale: 4×4. 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe CDX 2.0 diesel. Manual 5 speed gearbox. 95,000 miles/152,000km. This is a right hand drive imported vehicle from the UK. Leather interior. Tilt/slide electric sunroof. Electric windows. Heated front seats. Air conditioning. Radio/CD. Allow wheels (including full size spare). Tow bar. Roof rack. Aux power socket in boot. Privacy luggage cover. New timing belt/water pump in February 2019. New clutch December 2019. New anti-roll bars January 2020. Recently serviced. Brand new ITV. Drivers seat showing signs of wear. This is a well maintained vehicle that drives perfectly. Asking price includes transfer. Located Torrox close to the football pitch. €2,950. Contact Nigel on 633 545 289 or for more photographs email me Email: littlenige@mail.com


Wanted: Project car. Any condition, Renault 4 wanted to repair. Must have paperwork.
Cash ready for project. Martin . Message on WhatsApp :- 666328610


News & Articles

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Breaking News, Sunday 11pm: A freak major sandstorm has caused holiday chaos, with ALL Gran Canaria flights grounded. Hundreds of Brits have been forced to sleep at airports in the Canary Islands after a huge Saharan dust cloud visible from space turned the sky orange. All flights at Gran Canaria airport have been suspended and outbound flights from Tenerife grounded. Flights are expected to resume sometime Monday. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/02/23/red-alert-gran-canaria-leaves-brits-stranded-and-sleeping-in-airports/


Royal Rebellion? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry say the Queen doesn’t own the word ‘ROYAL‘: On Harry and Meghan’s official website, the pair detail exactly how the transition will take place while also insisting that the Queen does not have any ownership over the term “Royal.” “While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020,” Harry and Meghan wrote on their official website. Full article: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/meghan-markle-prince-harry-queen-does-not-own-word-royal


Italy cancels Venice Carnival in bid to halt spread of virus: Italy stepped up measures Sunday to ban public gatherings amid rapidly rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country and a third death from the virus, calling off the famed Venice Carnival attended by thousands of revelers.
The decision to call off the Carnival was announced by Veneto regional Gov. Luca Zaia as the numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy soared to 152, the largest number outside Asia. Source: https://apnews.com/bda63e372d4d0e5f393744e2cff6fdf1


Don’t worry, Alexa and friends only record you up to 19 times a day!: Have you ever wondered how often your smart speaker accidentally activates itself? A new study from Northeastern University reveals activations of smart speakers when it wasn’t you who uttered any wake word occur between 1.5 and 19 times a day.
More entertainingly, the average time of activation is 43 seconds, which means that 43 seconds of your conversations might be recorded by the kindly souls at Smart Speaker HQ.
But what are you supposed to do about it? Hope any conversation that might inadvertently be recorded will be so banal that no one will use it against you? Well, this week Robert Frederick, a former manager at Amazon Web Services, told the BBC that if he wants privacy he knows how to get it. He simply turns his Alexa device off.
Perhaps these smart speakers don’t make your life so much easier after all. Full article: https://www.zdnet.com/article/dont-worry-alexa-and-friends-only-record-you-up-to-19-times-a-day/


Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills: Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives. A wind turbine’s blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing, so at the end of their lifespan they can’t just be hauled away. First, you need to saw through the lissome fiberglass using a diamond-encrusted industrial saw to create three pieces small enough to be strapped to a tractor-trailer.
Tens of thousands of aging blades are coming down from steel towers around the world and most have nowhere to go but landfills. In the U.S. alone, about 8,000 will be removed in each of the next four years. Europe, which has been dealing with the problem longer, has about 3,800 coming down annually through at least 2022, according to BloombergNEF. It’s going to get worse: Most were built more than a decade ago, when installations were less than a fifth of what they are now.
Built to withstand hurricane-force winds, the blades can’t easily be crushed, recycled or repurposed. That’s created an urgent search for alternatives in places that lack wide-open prairies. Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-02-05/wind-turbine-blades-can-t-be-recycled-so-they-re-piling-up-in-landfills ; Photo: Benjamin Rasmussen for Bloomberg Green


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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
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