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DoctorLaptop August Hours: For the month of August only, DoctorLaptop may only be available for phone calls or appointments from 14:00 to 20:00. Missed calls or text messages will be returned after 14:00. Naythan, Torrox Costa, 675993069.
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Live Music: Two appointments with music.
1. Friday 14 August at 9 Trinity, “Jazz Blues and everything in between”, awaits you at Los Jarales Bar Restaurant (inside the camping) Carretera Nacional 340, Km 192; Calahonda Mijas Costa. Great food, great music! (booking: 656 30 57 91) FB: @trinityjazzblues
2. Are you ready to experience a magical night? A night full of spell that you won’t forget? Ok! so on Saturday 15 August starting at 9.30 pm we are waiting for you at La Fabrica di Maria, in Almayate bajo, Carretera Malaga-Almeria n 18 with a concert by Los Alquimistas: Dana Andrews voice, Gianni Piras ac.guitar/bass, Jesús Aranda ac./el. guitar, Uwe Muhlhauser harmonica, flauta, guitar and voice, Eric Peachey … an irresistible mix of blues, swing, jazz, funky and engaging improvisations… with a lot of passion! An elegant and spacious patio! Do not miss it!
On facebook: @LosAlquimistasdelsol
The Vélez-Málaga City Council launches the initiative ‘ Autocine Vélez-Málaga ‘ so that families can watch children’s movies for free from their cars this August: Following health recommendations and in order to enjoy safe leisure, mothers and fathers will be able to watch four movies this month in the town of Axarquia, of which two are for children and the other two are classics for an older age. The sessions will be at the Vélez-Málaga fairgrounds ( Address: Fairgrounds, Av. Del Rey Juan Carlos I, 48), they begin at 10 pm and the doors will open one hour before (at 9 pm). The children’s cinema is reserved for Friday nights and on Saturday it will be the turn of the classics.
-Friday August 14. Asterix and the secret of the potion
-Saturday 15 August. Grease
-Friday August 21. Playmobil, the movie
-Saturday August 22. Saturday night Fever
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Nik of all Trades: Services Available for home, garden and office.
Gardening – from weeding to landscaping, stonework (walls, paths, etc) a speciality. Transport and tools all provided by me, no job too small or too big as I have others to call on if required, from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Small construction/demolition jobs – walls, fencing, guttering, tiling etc. from 100€ per day per man plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Painting and decorating – interior or exterior, tools all supplied, materials extra at cost – from 100€ per day per man or fixed price quote if you prefer.
There will be no summer break this year and I will be available throughout August.
Evenings, weekends and holidays both Spanish and English are all included at no extra cost
Check my website for examples of my work www.nikofalltrades.es
Email enquiries or for more information to nikash2 at hotmail dot com or just write that email address or web address down somewhere in case you may need me in the future! I am a Digame sponsor and so my contact info is available in the sponsors section below as well. There is also a contact form available on the website.
References/recommendations available from the UK and Spain
Based in Competa but can travel anywhere in Digameland. Quotations are completely free.
Coast Fm Gold: Want to be able to talk directly to your customers and clients?
Guess what they have been listening to and will continue to listen to……the Radio!
Coast Fm Gold has been available Online, as well as via Tunein, Google, Siri and Alexa throughout the crisis giving ’emergency announcements and telephone numbers’ and music, music, music!
Now it’s time to start up business’s again and what better way to let them know you
have re-opened and are ready…A RADIO ADVERT! We reach all over the Axarquia
…so we are local! Plus we reach around the world! We are the Eastern Costa Del Sols favourite Radio Station!
We are running ”special crisis” low advertising rates…ring us now on 691 934 626 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://coastfmgold.com/
Golden Leaves Funeral Plans:
Pre-planning your funeral is a thoughtful and responsible way to show you care about your family.
Funerals are no easy task. There are numerous considerations to factor in, including logistics, food and drink, casket purchase and burial grounds. A loved one’s death brings immense emotional strain to any family, and the question of financing and arrangements only exacerbates the stress.
Handling all of these challenges is difficult enough in one’s normal circumstances, but having to go through it while abroad is an enormous burden.
Golden Leaves Funeral Plans aims to support grieving families during these tumultuous times. Since our inception in 1984, we have partnered with a widespread network of funeral directors across the UK and Europe.
Purchasing a funeral plan with Golden Leaves enables you to plan, design and pay for your funeral services in advance.
As one of the leading providers of expat prepaid funeral plans in Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands, we make sure to adequately support your family in the time of greatest need.
If you are an expat family in need of prepaid funeral services please contact Ruth on phone or whats app + 34 693 715 718
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Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga is now fully open!
We have started to receive clients but by appointment only. It is wonderful to finally be able to have visitors! We are of course following the legal guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
The summer is a great time to plant Vetiver as this plant is indigenous to India. Vetiver loves the heat of summer to grow. Vetiver is often used as a wind barrier in the fall and winter months. Vetiver is the best plant to stabilise erosion prone locations before the first fall rains come. We have plenty of plants in stock for either pickup or delivery via the Spanish Correos.
It is always a great way to spend a day in the garden.
We also have Moringa seeds, Lemon Grass, Moringa seedlings and now our new product, Organic Moringa Powder. If you do not know the medicinal powers of Moringa you can check it out here. https://www.vetiverspain.org/moringa-oleifera-.html
This month we have some specials for both pickup and shipments.
Contact: David y Anna
www DOT vetiverspain DOT com
Email: info AT vetiverspain DOT com
Cell and WhatsApp: (34) 692 288 657
Wanted: Looking for a foldable weight bench with a barbell and weights.
If anyone has a second-hand one that they want to sell, please let me know. Location: Competa ; Name: Simon
Recommendations & Requests
Thanks for all the replies regarding vacuum bags: Those bags on Amazon that a few readers suggested just don’t look like the right ones. However, I believe I can get them now thanks to reader M.S. Cheers! Naythan, Torrox Costa, doctorlaptop At protonmail d0T com
Beach Smokers: I want to reply to your comment on banning smoking on some beaches. I fully support providing outdoor space for the majority, non smokers. Since the ban on smoking indoors, some outdoor terraces have become almost no-go areas in summer for people who find smoke offensive, or like my husband, have an allergy to it. And yes, it does matter outdoors, it still makes him wheeze, in extremis need his inhaler, and, for the rest of us, it still stinks to be blunt.
Astonishes me that smokers demand their right to smoke but ignore the rights of others to not inhale their smoke. Simply asking for a table away from a group of smokers causes offense at times it seems. Surely it is fair that there is space for everyone?
Even here in Spain where smoking still appears popular only 25% of the population smokes.So it would seem reasonable that smoking outdoors is not completely banned but that smoke free outdoor areas are provided and enforced. And that is what they are doing, not banning smoking but providing smoke free areas.
As for tourists coming for cheap booze and cigarettes, perhaps Spain could aspire to more sophisticated tourism?
On a totally different subject have a look at vacuumcleanerbags.co.uk, we had an excellent service from them a while ago and I see they are still there, still deliver and have a wide range of bags.
Regards, Margaret , Benajarafe
(That 25% number is an ES gov’t stat from http://www.statista.com. Many sources place this figure higher, at 34% of Spanish citizens smoke daily, see link below comment. None of these numbers include the Spanish that only smoke socially which is significant, or the 83 million annual tourists, many of whom do smoke, that pack the social areas, tourists we so desperately need in these Covid times that are crushing our local businesses. I suspect the ratio of smokers to total bar/cafe patrons is closer to 50%, especially in nightclubs. Besides, this does not seem like a good time to start adding restrictions to already crippled businesses. Bars are still recovering from the loss of income due to no indoor smoking rules. Now you want half of their terraces too? Ask any bartender what eliminating smokers from their customer base would do to their bottom line. That said, I certainly welcome all comments on the matter. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But if you want to quote statistics please provide a source; unsourced “facts” are meaningless. -Ed. https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Health/Tobacco/Total-adult-smokers)
Beach Smokers: As long as smokers continue to receive treatment for smoking related ailments in social medicine facilities that non-smokers help pay for, then I say smokers have no room to complain if non-smokers want some beach space free of that nasty habit. Al in Mijas, zebracorn at post dot com
Beach Smokers: It seems to me that the social distancing required on beaches, 2m I believe, should be sufficient to prevent nonsmokers from any discomfort. No reason to waste money on new signs, barriers, and enforcement workers for nonsmoking beach areas when they cant even enforce the mask regulations in town. It sounds good and politically correct and the creator will probably get a promotion but I suspect it will turn out to be another deadend project. We have far more important things to focus on now. Joy, Velez Malaga, casadejoygrey @ gmail . com
DoctorLaptop Tech Tip: If you are trying to copy/paste text from a website, but the site seems to block this function, try this. Open the site, then go to your toolbar and click VIEW, then choose READER VIEW. The site will reload in a format where copy/paste will work in most cases. But remember, if you are pasting the content to a public destination, always include a link to the original, to respect fair-use and copyright laws.
DoctorLaptop, Torrox Costa, doctorlaptop At protonmail d0T com
Recommendation Upholstery Cleaning: Had our large settee cleaned. We are well pleased. It looked a bit tired, but now looks as good as new. So don’t have to buy a new one!
This was done by fast and hardworking Katarina. She is available via call, WhatsApp or SMS on 611288837.
With regards Gerry Torrox Park, gersil197 at yahoo dot com
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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.
Andalucía to consider bringing in new measures this week, despite saying the coronavirus pandemic is “controlled”: The committee of experts is due to meet on Thursday “to assess the situation and announce new measures”, said regional minister Elías Bendodo on Tuesday. Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202008/11/andalucia-considers-bringing-measures-20200811112301.html
Scientists ask- Without trial data, how can we trust Russia’s COVID vaccine?: An announcement by Russia on Tuesday that it will approve a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing prompted alarm among global health experts, who said that with no full trial data, the vaccine is hard to trust. Full story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-vaccine-russia-exp/scientists-ask-without-trial-data-how-can-we-trust-russias-covid-vaccine-idUSKCN2571TL
Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his 2020 vice presidential running mate: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate for the 2020 election, making her the first Black woman and first Asian American person on a major party’s presidential ticket. Harris’ father, Donald Harris is a Jamaican and her mother was Shymala Gopalan Harris was an Indian-American-Canadian. Full story: https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/08/11/joe-biden-kamala-harris-vice-president-running-mate/5186393002/
Spain to give subsidy for unemployed who have already exhausted their benefit: The deal is expected to help around 550,000 people who are currently out of work and who could benefit from the €430 monthly cheque. The new plan also aims to improve the amount of unemployment support that is paid to part-time workers who were furloughed on the ERTE scheme. Full story: https://www.thelocal.es/20200811/spain-to-give-subsidy-for-unemployed-who-have-already-exhausted-their-benefit
Hack Alert- Be sure you are fully updated on your Chrome, Opera, or Edge web browser: Cybersecurity researchers on Monday disclosed details about a zero-day flaw in Chromium-based web browsers for Windows, Mac and Android that could have allowed attackers to entirely bypass Content Security Policy (CSP) rules since Chrome 73.
According to PerimeterX, some of the most popular websites, including Facebook, Wells Fargo, Zoom, Gmail, WhatsApp, Investopedia, ESPN, Roblox, Indeed, TikTok, Instagram, Blogger, and Quora, were susceptible to the CSP bypass. Full story: https://thehackernews.com/2020/08/chrome-csp-bypass.html
Talkspace Scandal: A recent report in the New York Times outlines claims made by former employees of the therapy app Talkspace, who allege that the company listened in on users’ private conversations with therapists and used burner mobile phones to leave fake positive reviews for the app in various mobile app stores.
Former employees and therapists who worked with patients through the app allege that the company reviewed anonymized conversations with clients. But there are indications that the transcripts were not completely anonymized, for example, one therapist claims she suggested resources to a patient outside of the app, after which Talkspace contacted her suggesting she advise clients to continue using Talkspace. Full story: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/technology/talkspace.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes
Store Shelves Stripped of Laptops as Coronavirus Increases Working From Home: Equipment makers were already grappling with worldwide supply-chain bottlenecks before demand in U.S. spiked.
Uptick in Remote Working Puts Pressure on Laptop Supplies: COVID-19 has impacted the supply of laptops in several ways. First, factories in China, where most of the world’s laptops are made, suffered serious disruption earlier in the year as the nation grappled to contain the virus at the start of the outbreak. (…and a second outbreak in port and manufacturing cities since this article was published extended the disruption in China. -Ed.)
Second, COVID-19 has prompted numerous companies around the world to ask office staff to work from home, with some firms having to purchase additional laptops to make it possible. Many home workers have had to replace their old, low spec home laptops with new, more powerful models.
Perseids 2020- The meteor shower, also known as the Tears of St Lawrence, will soon be at its peak: The phenomenon is named after Lawrence, a Christian saint who died on 10 August, but this year it will be most visible on the night of 12th-13th. The Perseids are minute particles of ice and dust from comets, and they create this spectacular shooting star effect as they pass through the Earth’s atmosphere. Full story: www.surinenglish.com/local/202008/10/perseids-2020-meteor-shower-20200810112923.html
Charge cards for struggling families: The delivery of these rechargeable credit cards began in Nerja on June 12 and can be requested at Community Social Services or at any Cruz Roja headquarters. The cards allow families who are in need as a result of the coronavirus crisis to meet the basic needs of food, hygiene and cleaning in supermarkets and local stores. There are already 54 processed in the municipality.
Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/11/charge-cards-for-struggling-families/
Google’s search engine was hit with a massive glitch that disrupted search results for hours: If you noticed that Google’s search engine wasn’t turning up the results you expected on Monday, you’re not alone.
The search giant was impacted by a glitch that disrupted search results and mixed up page rankings, as reports from Search Engine Land and Search Engine Journal first indicated. Google said in a tweet on Tuesday that it detected an issue with its indexing systems on Monday that impacted search results. The issue has since been mitigated.
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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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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
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Phone numbers for emergencies
Emergency Svcs.: 112
National Police: 091
Guardia Civil: 062
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112
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
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