DigameXtra No. 1657 Thursday, June 18th 2020

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What’s On

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Kitty Harri’s Sculpture Garden – Open Sunday 21th June!: The Sculpture Garden will be opening again on Sunday June 21st, (with our usual live Baroque music!).
Please note, however, that visits then AND for the foreseeable future will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Please contact us to schedule a time.
Numbers may be limited at any one time and distancing will be obligatory. But don’t worry we have lots of space!
Group and private visits will continue to be available at any time, by arrangement.
Our popular Mosaic and Mosaic Table Workshops will be scheduled according to demand. but if you have a group of 4 or more friends you can fix the date!
Only 20 minutes north of Almuñécar.
We hope to see you again soon.
nick at kittyharri dot com
609 706 210/639 563 213
Directions at www.kittyharri.com


Cochran’s Terrace-Restaurant reopens: Next July 1 Toboso Apar-Turis and Cochran’s Terrace-Restaurant reopen their doors with all the illusion and strength in the world, ready to make you enjoy every moment. Of course, we return taking all the necessary safety and hygiene measures, having been awarded the seal of safe accommodation in our three accommodations. Don’t wait any longer, make your reservation! Tel 952 52 74 74, Calle Salón 12, Nerja. www.tobosohotels.com
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Cafe Pub La Bamba: The Travellers play for welcoming summer. Fri June 19th 11:30pm. Cortijos Romero, Viñuela, Andalucia 29713 FB link


Summer Begins Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Summer ends on Tuesday, September 22, 2020


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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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For Rent Listing: BluCee – Post full lockdown, we are now offering all previous services including property viewings and holiday rentals. We are friendly, honest and offer a bespoke service for all your property needs.
Winter sun rental!
Penthouse Gúi in El Morche is available for rent winter.
October 2020 to end of April 2021, long term rental from 3 to 6 months, €600 per month plus electricity usage.
This lovely penthouse has two bedrooms, two bathroom, large private roof terrace with all day sun. Sea and countryside views. Secure parking and is only a two minute walk to the beach.
Please click the link for more details – https://www.blucee.com/index.php/property/penthouse-gui-el-morche/
Not exactly what you are looking for. Thinking of renting out your property?
Contact us to discuss what we can do to help you, please get in touch.
We are based in Rincon de la Victoria.
For examples of our fantastic sales and holiday rental properties, please take a look at our website: www.BluCee.com
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For Sale from Nerja Household Center- Upcycled furniture:
-Lovely 3 seater sofa with matching corner sofa with loose cushions all comes apart to wash.
Measurements 3 seater sofa Width 210cms Depth 95cms
Corner sofa Width approx 260cms. Reduced Price 325€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


For Sale: Fridge Freezer in excellent condition. Very clean and fully working.
Size 146cm tall by 55cm wide and 54cm deep.
Buyer collect from Oasis Capistrano, Nerja. €80
Steve, Nerja. Call or text 00447981802008


For Sale, 2 items:
-Rucksack: TRESPASS TRAK 33L. Water resistant material, padded straps, built in rain cover. Used once. No marks or scuffs. Cost: 70€ Sell for: 25€
-Flamenco dress. Size 10-12, slim fitting. Perfect for fiestas. Worn once. 25€
Gerry (rucksack) and Maggie (dress) Tel: 628823456
More pics on request.


For Sale: 2 iron standards with glass bells for candle or plant. 30 Euro for one, 55 Euro for both. 177 cm high. More pics on request. Yolanda, Sayalonga, contact by
email: yodewilde @ gmail .com (no spaces)
or by phone/WhatsApp (+34) 600 79 43 25


2 Computers For Sale:
Used DELL Tower Computer.
Dell Optiplex 755- Only 180 days on the clock.
Full sized tower, not the smaller desktop version.
-Intel Core Duo processor at 2.33GHz, 32 bit, with upgraded BIOS
-Upgraded cooling system
-Upgraded video card
-Upgraded to 3Gb high performance RAM
-Fresh Windows 10 v1909
-150Gb Hard drive
-Built-in wifi and DVD player
-8x USB 2.0, DVI & VGA video output (no HDMI, but DVI to HDMI converters are available for a few euros at large computer shops, or online)
Fully cleaned but there was no need to refurb this one. I just installed some high performance hardware upgrades I had in stock. Runs great.
Price €220 Buyer collects.
-Siemens laptop Refurb. Model Esprimo V5505. A full size 15.6″ display laptop, fully refurbished by DoctorLaptop. Has a hard-to-find international North Europe/English keyboard perfect for bilingual English and Scandinavian speakers, 250 Gb hard drive (reconditioned), 3Gb RAM (brand new, high performance), Windows 10 Pro (UK English), processor speed 2.0GHz, DVD/CD drive, 2hr battery. Includes delux briefcase style carry bag. No HDMI. €200. Buyer collects.
Contact Naythan, Torrox Costa, Tel. 675 993 069 (no calls answered before 11am, missed calls returned asap)
Email: doctorlaptop @ protonmail . com (no spaces)


Recommendations & Requests

Nature info, update: I would just like to say a big thank you to the DigameXtra readers who replied to my query on the strange creature I found in my garden. Of all the replies it seems most likely to have been a Central Iberian Worm Lizard. I had never heard or seen one before so really appreciate the replies and my new found knowledge! Many Thanks, Alan, Puente Don Manuel


Torrox Costa Parking Info: Street cleaning scheduled. Today, on Esperanto Avenue of Torrox-Costa, the horizontally marked NO PARKING regulation signs are in effect.


News & Articles

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Please be careful about believing crisis info posts on Fakebook, Social Media and even mainline news sources: There are tons of hoaxes circulating. If there is no verifiable source provided with the info, while it may contain some degree of truth (as do all good lies) you should always have a healthy degree of scepticism. -Ed.


Covid-19 Statistic Confusion: To avoid confusion from conflicting statistics sources, and so you get the freshest, most accurate data, I am now providing only the links to the Official Spanish sources, and for World statistics Worldometers.com and Financial Times. Just click the link to view the latest info. Full story about the reporting confusion:

For the latest pandemic info visit:


Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official C-19 Pages:

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

UK Coronavirus:


Spain will do PCR tests on all close contacts of Covid-19 cases: A stricter protocol seeks to contain new outbreaks as the country emerges from a prolonged lockdown. From now on, all close contacts of a positive case will undergo PCR testing, regardless of whether they show symptoms or not, healthcare sources told EL PAÍS.
These sources said that the new document is being finalized and has been sent to the relevant health authorities: “It’s just a matter of days before it goes into effect.” Full story: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-17/spain-will-do-pcr-tests-on-all-close-contacts-of-covid-19-cases.html


Costa del Sol Offers FREE Holidays for 2,500 Over 65s – Are You Eligible?: Those over 65 and registered in one of Malaga’s municipalities of less than 20,000 residents are encouraged to apply. If you fulfil the requirements, you are entitled to enjoy a free two-night stay in Ronda, Antequera, Torrox, Mijas, Marbella or the centre of Malaga. The application process opens on June 22 and will close on July 3. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/17/spains-costa-del-sol-offers-free-holidays-for-the-over-65s-are-you-eligible/


New invasive mosquito species spreading ‘like an oil stain’ in Spain (yes, another one): Scientists warn the ‘Aedes japonicus’ has great potential to expand because it can adapt to cold weather and breed “in a wide range of aquatic habitats”. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-06-17/the-new-invasive-mosquito-spreading-like-an-oil-stain-in-spain.html


No Free Speech in Spain’s Costa del Sol as a Nurse is Suspended Without Salary for Reporting Lack of PEE: A Nurse in Costa del Sol’s Malaga was suspended from work without a salary for complaining about the lack of PPE he received during the COVID-19 crisis. The 52-year-old nurse has been working in the healthcare industry for 20 years now, attending to all types of emergencies on the streets of Malaga. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/17/no-free-speech-in-spains-costa-del-sol-as-a-nurse-is-suspended-without-salary-for-reporting-lack-of-pee/


Expat couple build a dream Spanish eco home from rubbish: Laura Davies and Dave Buchanan created their Earthship home in Almeria in Andalucia using mainly waste tyres and drinks cans – and they estimate it has cost them €22,000 and €28,000. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/17/expat-couple-build-a-dream-spanish-eco-home-from-rubbish/



Big Tech & Fakebook Under New Threats of Loss of Protections: The U.S. Justice Department proposed on Wednesday that Congress take up legislation to curb protections that big tech platforms like Alphabet’s Google and Facebook have had for decades, a senior official said, following through on U.S. President Donald Trump’s bid to crack down on tech giants. If they are going to edit, fact check, and censor content then they are publishers and don’t qualify for the Section 230 protections created for telecom and internet access providers that don’t edit content in services they offer. Reference: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tech-230/u-s-justice-department-proposes-rolling-back-protections-for-big-tech-idUSKBN23O29D


Biologist reveals the waste below the waves in shocking video shot off the coast of Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca: The footage, taken by Alberto, a biologist from Alicante known on Instagram as @thewildpassport, was shot close to Elche, and has gone viral after being viewed by more than 90,000 people. See video here https://www.instagram.com/tv/CBcy5IIg_Md/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading


Almuñecar’s rules for upcoming festival of San Juan: The beaches will be closed from 7pm on June 23 to 9am on June 24.Crowds must be avoided, keeping a safe distance of at least two metres. It also specifies that “the installation of tents or camping is prohibited and that it is forbidden to use gas cylinders, flammable liquids, make fires, or have barbecues.” Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/17/almunecars-mayor-lays-down-the-law-for-the-upcoming-festival-of-san-juan-in-spains-axarquia/


Junta de Andalucia Offers Shuttle Service to Cantarrijan Nude Beach in La Herradura: There is a free car park just off the N-340 and you can either walk down to the beach (although the climb back will be strenuous) or take the shuttle bus which is run by the Junta de Andalucia and is very cheap. The beach has a number of services for tourists and there are two different busses making the transfer every day, with a third added at the weekend. Call the tourist office for times. PHOTO: Almuñecar Council, Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/17/travel-by-shuttle-and-then-take-off-your-clothes-in-spains-axarquia/


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Job Hunting Online?: How to Detect and Avoid Fake Recruiter Scams. There are scammers who pretend to be recruiters in order to access your confidential information and even your bank account.
Often, they use information from real companies, resume information found online, and other details to make the jobs they offer sound convincing.
Some of these fake recruiters go so far as setting up fake profiles on LinkedIn. Or, they may have their own websites that show them as an independent recruiter.
For scammers, the end goal is always the same: theft. Sometimes, scammers try to deceive you into paying them cash as some type of fee for job processing. In other instances, they will attempt to steal a job applicant’s personal details (such as their social security number) for identity theft purposes. Full story: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/fake-recruiter-scams-and-how-to-avoid-them-2062178


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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
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