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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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Saturday August 15 is a National holiday, Assumption of Mary. Supermarkets in Torrox Costa have signs up saying they will remain open. I don’t know what the other shops plan on.
The Christian feast day of the Assumption of Mary celebrates the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death.
Flamenco Night: Live performance by Vero Toledo, Friday 14 AUG 9pm.
Mama Fransisca Pub (La Chimenea), Puente Don Manuel, next to the Town Fryer. FB link
Dimitri Skidanov Trio: Sat 15 AUG 8:30pm. Tottam el Jardin del Jazz. Acequia de Urique, Alhaurín el Grande, Spain 29120
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Contact: Malcolm Butcher. Tel: +34 652970608 (Spain) Competa
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Greek House- Now Open: Greek restaurant in Torrox Costa! 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. Summer hours: Wednesday thru Sunday 19:00-23:00. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays. For reservation call 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 is now fully open
All health & safety procedures are in place.
The Camino Del Rey is now open.
Our special mini breaks are back
2 days B&B with 1 night, 3 course evening meal for 2 with wine 125€
3 nights B&B with 1 night 3 course evening meal with wine for 2, + tapas in local bar or in house, 175€
Spanish Hideaway Casa Magel B&B from 55€ per night
The weather is perfect for a break in the mountains. Our views are beautiful, the pool is cool and the gardens are relaxing, no fear of lack of social distancing.
We have 2 very pretty en-suite rooms available with breakfast included for 55€ per night.
Our special offers are still available as stated above. You can add more nights on at 50€ a night with breakfast.
We have pleasant gardens with an outdoors Andalucian fully equipped kitchen with a BBQ area and a pool. We are 1 km along an unmade up track from our local town with shops, restaurants and bars. Or just lounge around our lovely pool and eat in. We have homemade meals to purchase from the freezer from 7€ per meal, or cook yourselves. Some bars & restaurants are open or just relax in our pretty gardens and splash in the pool, plenty of room for social distancing. Loads of board games, books, and darts
We can also arrange a trip to a local Bodega were you will be shown around the vineyards and small premises where they make fully organic wine and sample some with tapas : 20€ a head or stay on and have a wonderful 3 course home cooked lunch with wine for an extra 15€. Wonderful experience. They are now doing sunset tours with dinner.
We are a short drive to Antequera and El Torcal, both exciting places to visit.
Also in the other direction we have the Caminito Del Rey, the stupendous walk in the gorge at El Chorro and then a visit to the turquoise lakes of Ardales.
We get booked up pretty quickly, but still have few vacancies for August & September. Book with friends, party time. We provide vouchers which make a great present for your family & friends. We are a small venue with lots of room so social distancing is easy to obtain. Come & get spoilt. The food is good the hosts friendly with gorgeous views and peace & quiet. Just chill out by the pool and eat some great food, drink some good wine without having to worry about drink & driving or too many people in one place. Great for friends get together.
Contact +34 722879503 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit our website, www.casamagel.com
Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent
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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
– 2 bedside tables Stripped back to natural and stained with new handles Measurements Width 42cms Depth 36cms Height 42cms Price 50€ (the pair)
-Stunning tall boy stripped back to natural with stain and chalk paint with wrought iron handles Measurements Width 60cms Depth 45cms
Height 175cms Price 175€
-Lovely upcycled table with 2 pedestal table legs with extension. 2 carvers & 2 matching chairs new seat covers. Length 148cms Depth 92cms Height 73cms Price 295€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com
For Sale: Ford Tourneo Connect Turbo Diesel. 2008, 1800 cc 2 careful owners from new. ITV until December 2020. 5 seater, tinted windows. Family vehicle never been used for heavy goods such as building materials etc. Clean, good condition, regularly serviced and under 127000 Kms. Regrettable sale but necessary. Price €3800 ovno. Sandra, more pics on request. Further details telephone 619471301 or email : email@example.com
Velez Malaga area.
For Sale: Beautiful traditional porcelain Spanish dancer doll. In perfect condition and ready to complete anyone’s doll collection or simply as a traditional Spanish keepsake. Price: 50€.
Please contact Natasha / Cómpeta
firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call or WhatsApp me for more details on +34 625994573
For Sale: Land Rover Defender 200 TDi RHD. LWB (110). Derek, Caleta de Velez
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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.
Is a public smoking ban coming to Andalucia after other regions adopt the ban?: Other Spanish regions are banning public smoking. It could be a trend.
Canary Islands to make masks obligatory and introduce a smoking ban. Source- https://www.thelocal.es/20200813/canary-islands-to-make-masks-obligatory-and-introduce-a-smoking-ban
Galicia just banned smoking in public due to risk of coronavirus infection.
Interest in Kodi Declines After a Turmultuous Few Years of Piracy Headlines: Streaming sites and IPTV apps now dominate the pirate IPTV market. While there are still plenty of third-party Kodi addons available to facilitate access to infringing content, it now seems that for a number of reasons, the increased interest in Kodi for use as a piracy powerhouse seems to be on the decline.
Taking a look at Google Trends stats from August 1, 2014 (when XBMC changed to Kodi) to the present day August 2020, it appears that the search term ‘Kodi’ reached the peak of its popularity between February and April 2017. Today it’s just a fraction of what it was. Full story: https://torrentfreak.com/interest-in-kodi-declines-after-a-turmultuous-few-years-of-piracy-headlines-200811/
The EU Regulators go from protecting personal data to collecting and marketing your data: In a stunning reversal of their position of protecting your data, the EU’s data governance strategy, the Trusts Project, now promotes data sharing as a civic duty.
The European Union has long been a trendsetter in privacy regulation. Its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and stringent antitrust laws have inspired new legislation around the world. For decades, the EU has codified protections on personal data and fought against what it viewed as commercial exploitation of private information, proudly positioning its regulations in contrast to the light-touch privacy policies in the United States.
This new strategy represents a radical shift in the EU’s focus, from protecting individual privacy to promoting data sharing as a civic duty. Specifically, it will create a pan-European market for personal data through a mechanism called a data trust. A data trust is a steward that manages people’s data on their behalf and has fiduciary duties toward its clients.
The EU’s new plan considers personal data to be a key asset for Europe. However, this approach raises some questions. First, the EU’s intent to profit from the personal data it collects puts European governments in a weak position to regulate the industry. Second, the improper use of data trusts can actually deprive citizens of their rights to their own data. Full story: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/08/11/1006555/eu-data-trust-trusts-project-privacy-policy-opinion/
Amazon Alexa SmartSpeaker Bugs Allowed Hackers to Install Malicious Exploits Remotely: According to a new report released by Check Point Research, the “exploits could have allowed an attacker to remove/install malware on the targeted victim’s Alexa account, access their voice history and acquire personal information through app interaction when the user invokes the installed app.”
“Cybercriminals are continually looking for new ways to breach devices, or use them to infect other critical systems. Both the Alexa bridge and the devices serve as entry points. They must be kept secured at all times to keep hackers from infiltrating our smart homes.” Full story: https://thehackernews.com/2020/08/amazon-alexa-hacking-skills.html
easyJet and Jet2 Continue to Cancel Flights to Spain Up to Late September Bringing Uncertainty to the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca:
The increase in outbreaks across various regions has caused other countries to blacklist Spain and remove it from their portfolio of ‘safe travel’ destinations. Many countries have imposed a quarantine or mandatory PCR test for travellers coming from Spain. This uncertainty has also caused chaos for the travel industry and now flights are being cancelled once again. Some passengers have even had their flights cancelled by Jet2 and easyJet for bookings in late September.
Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/13/easyjet-and-jet2-continue-to-cancel-flights-to-spain-up-to-late-september-bringing-uncertainty-to-the-costa-del-sol-and-costa-blanca/
Facebook Could Face €423 Billion of New Fines in Facial Recognition Lawsuits: The class-action lawsuit which was filed in San Mateo Superior Court by Illinois resident Kelly Whalen on August 10 alleges that Facebook and Instagram routinely harvested and shared its users’ biometric data without informing them or asking for consent to collect it.
Allegedly the programme worked along similar lines to an ‘influencer campaign,’ and if someone liked a product under the programme, Facebook generated a news feed endorsement using the person’s name, profile and photo. The lawsuits are based on the fact that they neglected to tell the person their image was being used. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/13/facebook-could-face-e423-billion-of-fines-in-facial-recognition-lawsuits/
Schedules and where to see the Formula 1 Spanish GP: On television, Movistar F1 will broadcast the training sessions, qualifying and the weekend’s race.
2020 Spanish GP schedules:
Friday August 14
Free training 1: 11:00 – 12:30 hours
Free training 2: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday August 15
Free training 3: 12:00 hours – 13:00 hours
Classification: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday August 16
Race: 15:10 hours (66 laps)
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Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:
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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
Frigiliana: 952 533 231
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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