DigameXtra No. 1571 Friday, March 13th 2020

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-There will be no DigameXtra this Sunday March 15th. After 72 consecutive daily issues since Jan 2nd, I need a recovery day. Issues will resume Monday March 16th.
-Summer schedule. No Sunday issues in the Summer. The last Sunday issue before the Summer break will be April 8th. Sunday issues will resume October 18th. Church listings normally posted on Sunday will be moved back to Fridays.


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Kitty Harri’s Sculpture Garden – CLOSED this Sunday!!!!
In the interests of everyone’s safety we regret to say that the SCULPTURE GARDEN will be CLOSED to the public this Sunday March 15th.
Visitors converge on the Garden from many parts of Andalucia and Europe so we hope this is prudent!
The next possible Open Sunday will be April 5th but please check with us (or our website) as it is quite possible that the Garden will still be closed.
Limited private visits may be possible but please contact us to discuss.
Nick & Kitty, www.kittyharri.com
Jete, Granada, +34 609 706 210 & +34 639 563 213


New Hiking Route in the Velez-Malaga: Velez-Malaga’s sports department has organized a new hiking route, which will encompass 16.5km of uneven terrain, through the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. The hike is expected to begin on March 22 at 7:30am from the Mercado Municipal in Velez-Malaga, or at 7:40am from the Dia supermarket in Torre del Mar.
The route is of medium-to-high difficulty and will approximately take five hours to complete. To take part in the route you must book your place via the website deportes.velezmalaga.es and registration costs €10. You must also be in good shape to participate.


Cinema In English – March 13th to 19th
Cinesur – Velez Malaga El Ingenio
-Onward – Dir. Dan Scanlon. With Tom Holland, Chris Pratt. Sat/Sun 12:00; Mon/Tue 17:00, 19:15.
-The Invisible Man – Dir. Leigh Whannell. With Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Tue 18:35.
-For opera lovers, there will be a screening of Beethoven´s Fidelio from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This will be on Tuesday 17th at 20:15. As this will be a live screening, it will be worth checking that the performance does indeed go ahead (in these uncertain Coronavirus times).
-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 17th they will be screening Onward (20:15), The Gentlemen (19:30), and The Invisible Man (21:30). (Thank you Doug, -Ed.)


Bar Atila’s 1st outside afternoon gig: Share an afternoon 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. FB Link
Contact Frank at Bar Atila to reserve a table.
atilabarpuente@gmail.com ; 663 393 987 (WhatsApp)


St Patrick’s Day celebrations: Saturday March 14 organised by the Irish Association of Spain in Benalmadena. Starting at 12.30am with a short procession from the Arroyo de la Miel Renfe station to the Plaza de la Mezquita, just 300 metres away. More info at: http://www.irishassociationspain.com/


One For The Kids- Rock en Familia: Is dedicated to bringing rock music to children but in a manner which they will enjoy and parents will be happy with. On Saturday March 14 at 6pm, families can enjoy EiSi/DiSi and their “Highway to Party” Tour 2020 allowing youngsters to discover AC/DC at the Felipe VI Auditorium in Estepona with tickets costing €15 online.
The show is performed by a live band with professional musicians who perform songs from the repertoire of the different stages of AC/DC with spectacular lights, choreography, scenery, costumes, special effects and many surprises. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/05/rock-for-all-the-family-on-the-costa-del-sol-spain/


From Bach to Piazzolla: Fri 13 March 7pm. Casa de la Cultura, Almunecar. €15 door, €13 adv. Info 958 838 862 & 676 929 479


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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, by reservation only, on 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/


Malagalingo Language School: FREE SPANISH CINEMA SERIES (short films) in Malagalingo, Torrox Costa, every Thursday at 4 p.m., starting on February 27.
At the end of the short film we will also have a little chat in spanish to comment on the film and practice a little Spanish language
You are all invited to attend every Thursday (until full capacity)
You can also know more news in our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/malagalingo/
We are in Torrox Costa, just opposite Mercadona and BBVA, in the main entrance door that is between MAPFRE and ÓPTICA SALTO, in the first floor.
Our School is located one step away from Hotel Iberostar, so it has a very simple and free parking always available on the esplanade right next to the hotel. You also can find us on google maps as MALAGALINGO
Facebook:malagalingo ; See lessons info on poster below.
Tel./Whats:+ (34) 650 479 493


Casa Magel: Casa Magel Valle De Abdalajis Malaga
We are now taking bookings for spring breaks and summer getaways.
-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.


Cancellation of all Obedience, Agility & Grooming Activities until further notice: Wendy, Velez Malaga & Alcaucin, 622 257 817


Translator Service Torrox: Can I help you? Notary / Town Hall / Doctor / Hospital Visits / Police / Social Security Issues / Official translation of documents, etc. Any problem can be solved. Patricia Baeza Vargas
baezavargas@hotmail.com / 666.089.558
Torrox (Málaga)
Patricia Baeza Vargas, 666.08.95.58


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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Sale: Painting. I have several original paintings for sale in La Casa Restaurant, Torrox Pueblo. This is a 30 x 40 framed oil painting of Tango in Red, 225 euros (or near offer accepted). Margaret R.,
mariordan at aol dot com ; Torrox


For Sale: 7 IKEA Gnedby wall units, color black, perfect for CD’s. Price: €12,50 each or €75 for all 7. Jan, 633661957, Canillas de Aceituno


For Sale: 2x Kettles.
-Silvercrest red kettle. Hardly been used. 1.7l Reduced to 9.50€.
-Arinsal white kettle, very clean and in very good condition. 1.7l. Reduced to 8.00€.
Mark (Torrox) 617 820 002. Also on whatsapp.


News & Articles

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Worst day on Wall Street since 1987 as virus fears spread: The escalating coronavirus emergency sent the stock market Thursday into its worst slide since the Black Monday crash of 1987. European markets fell 12% in one of their worst days ever, even after the European Central Bank pledged to buy more bonds and offer more help for the economy.
The rout came amid a cascade of cancellations and shutdowns across the globe — including Trump’s suspension of most travel to the U.S. from Europe.


Spain overtakes France to become Europe’s second most Coronavirus-infected country after Italy: With more than 3,142 people in the country testing positive for COVID-19, it has overtaken both France (with around 2,876 cases) and Germany (approximately 2,512 cases), in just a matter of days.
Given the latest drastic measures to control the virus, Spain is now considered to be a high-risk zone for the virus. Practically all the regional governments have taken the Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s advice today, stepping up measures to control the virus, including school and university closures across the country, as well as day centres, and suspending all large group activities, as reported throughout the day.


Costa declared special containment zone as it accounts for 70% of Covid-19 cases in Andalucía: Malaga city, the Guadalhorce valley and the Costa del Sol have been declared special containment areas as they account for almost 70 per cent of the cases of coronavirus confirmed in Andalucía.
According to the latest update offered by the regional Ministry of Health and Families, in the province of Malaga there are 77 confirmed cases of Covid-19 (102 across the region). This figure means that during Wednesday evening there were 10 more positive diagnoses in Malaga province, compared to 67 in the morning.
For the protection of the elderly population, specific and preventive measures have been decreed for the area, including the suspension of activities in day stay units and in day centres. Across the whole of Andalucía, the 168 Junta-run ‘active participation centres’ have been closed and it has also been recommended to close the 485 owned by councils and the 90 private centres as preventive measures for the population at greatest risk.


Beware of ‘Coronavirus Maps’ – It’s a malware infecting PCs to steal passwords: Reason Cybersecurity recently released a threat analysis report detailing a new attack that takes advantage of internet users’ increased craving for information about the novel coronavirus that is wreaking havoc worldwide.
The malware attack specifically aims to target those who are looking for cartographic (images) presentations of the spread of COVID-19 on the Internet, and trickes them to download and run a malicious application that, on its front-end, shows a map loaded from a legit online source but in the background compromises the computer.


Homemade Face masks: I have been told by several readers that the local supply of virus filtering face masks has sold out at many vendors. Here is an alternative.
Researchers at Cambridge University tested a wide range of household materials for homemade masks. They tested how well these materials could capture virus-sized particles in comparison to a surgical mask.
Not surprisingly, the surgical mask performed best, capturing 97% of the 1-micron bacteria. Yet every single material filtered out at least 50% of particles. The top performers were the vacuum cleaner bag (95%), the tea towel or ‘dish cloth’ (83%), the cotton blend shirt mix (74%), and the 100% cotton shirt (69%).
What about double layers you ask? Overall, the double layers didn’t help much. The double-layer pillowcase captured the same amount of particles, and the double-layer shirt captured just 2% more particles. Yet the extra tea cloth layer boosted performance by 14%. That made the tea towel as effective as the surgical mask! Read the details:
If you’d like to see an excellent example of Google Search Censorship in action try this. Do a google search, and a Duckduckgo search, both for “how to make home made virus masks”. Google won’t tell you how to make a mask. Duckduckgo has the first few pages of returns with nothing but websites and videos on how to make homemade masks! Gee, thanks for looking out for us Google…NOT!


Churches / Worship

Fellowship of Jesus Christ the King
Whether you live in, or are visiting the Nerja area,we would be delighted to welcome you to the Fellowship of Jesus Christ the King. Our meetings are characterised by uplifting songs and relevant sermons and a modern but reverent service, followed by free tea/coffee & biscuits, why not come along not only to praise God, but to meet and make new friends every Sunday at 10.30am.
Prayer meetings on Wednesdays at 11.00am
Facebook: https://fb.me/FOJCTK
Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/CN8qXQJUfms
Bible Verse: John 3:3
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Cornerstone International Church
Services on Sunday mornings at 11:30 am. Bible based, Non-Denominational Christian Church in Torre del Mar area of Malaga, Spain. A culturally diverse family of believers in Jesus Christ.
Cornerstone International Church, C/Solera 2, Local 2, 29740 Torre del Mar.
Whatsapp: +34.634540519


Puente Christian Fellowship
Puente Christian Fellowship is a loving, multi-national Bible-believing community of Christians who meet in the church’s meeting room each Sunday at 11 am to worship the Lord. The church hall is underneath Maroma Immobilaria, Puente Don Manuel Cruce de Periana – 29713.
The location and directions of how to find us are on our
website: https://evangelicalchurchelpuente.com


Welcome to the services of the Anglican Parish of Nerja and Almuñécar:
Our parish seeks to serve the spiritual and pastoral needs of the mainly English-speaking community in Nerja, Almuñécar, and surrounding area. It is our commitment to draw them into a closer relationship with God and his church. We are kindly offered the use of local Roman Catholic churches.
Sunday Eucharist Services
9.30 am – Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen (The Fishermen’s Chapel). This small chapel is situated towards the western end of the beach and set back near the Chinasol Hotel and seafront. There is a Eucharist every Sunday from November through to March, and there is a Eucharist service on every alternative Sunday (1st and 3rd Sundays of the month in April, May, September and October). There are no services during the hot summer months of June, July and August.
12.00 noon – Iglesia de San Miguel, Plaza Andalucía. There is a Eucharist service at this time throughout the year. The church is within easy walking distance of the first large roundabout as you drive into town from the Malaga direction, by the bus station.
All further information regarding the parish and the weekly services is to be found on our website – www.nerjaalmunecaranglicanchurch.co.uk
If you wish to contact us directly, the e-mail is; cofenerja@gmail.com
The Revd Nigel Thomas, Priest in Charge


Competa Church Service in English – April:
The April celebration of Holy Communion in English will be on Easter Day, Sunday the 12th of April, at 5.30 p.m. in the Parish Church, Plaza Almijara.
Thanks as always to Father Liviu and to Bishop Jesús of Málaga for permission to use this beautiful church.
There will not be the usual service on the first Sunday of April.
Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre in Torre del Mar.
Any enquiries to the Rector on 952 03 04 61.


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GBP>EUR (last night’s quote, click to enlarge) OUCH!!!


Brexit Hotline

The Spanish government has a hotline to answer all queries from Brits living in Spain about the implications of Brexit, in English. Callers can ring 060 when in Spain or +34 902 887060 if calling from abroad and an automated system will offer the choice of either Spanish or English.
You will then be offered a choice of information on the different issues.
The service also offers the option of speaking to an operator for those requiring further information or with a specific query not dealt with by the automated options. Source: https://www.thelocal.es/20200218/spain-launches-dedicated-brexit-hotline

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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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/
Local News in English, The Local: https://www.thelocal.es/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
Bus Info: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/our-destinations/regional
Currency Converter: http://www.currency-converter.com/
Internet Speed Test: http://beta.speedtest.net/
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