DigameXtra No. 1716 Monday, August 31st 2020

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Due to repeated cancellations and the looming possibility of new COVID restrictions on venues, I am limiting What’s On live music listings to posting events no more than 10 days in advance for the time being. -Ed.


PHOENIX Club Events: Trips
4th – Gib €15 pp includes drivers tip – Come and join us on a trip to Gibraltar. Stock up with your favourite goodies, shop duty free for all manner of items, from perfumes to laptops. It is very safe although you do need to wear masks on the coach by law.
2nd – Gib €15 pp includes drivers tip
6th – Gib €15 pp includes drivers tip
27th – Black Friday Nevada shopping Centre, Granada, €15 pp includes drivers tip
01st – Our donation of Christmas Gifts of toys for local children to La Cruz Roja
3rd – Gib €15 pp includes drivers tip Christmas shopping (Thursday)
8th – Mrs Miggins Christmas Sale of Christmas Cakes, mince pies, pastries, etc
23rd – Christmas Break – Benalmadena
Christmas 2020 – We are returning to the Hotel Sirocco in Benalmadena on the 23rd – 27th December. Rates are as follows:
€285 pp based on 2 sharing a double room
€370 single supplement
Deposit is €75 non refundable and must be paid on booking
The price includes Full Board Hotel Accommodation, Gala meal on Christmas Eve, Coach and tips for the driver and restaurant Staff.
We meet at La Vega bar and restaurant every Tuesday from the 30th June and you can find the bar just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe. During the crisis are times are 11.30 until 1pm until further notice.
We are also collecting foodstuffs for the Spanish Red Cross on a weekly basis, so if you can add a couple of items to your weekly shop and bring it down to us, it would be very much appreciated. They really need baby food, nappies and foodstuffs such as rice, flour and pasta.
For bookings and refunds, please contact Gail on 951067723 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information


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Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the best local materials and suppliers we are able to work to all tastes and budgets.
Our full range of services includes
– Installations and Refurbs
– Wall & Floor tiling
– Full range of Plumbing work including radiators and underfloor heating
– Solar Installation
– Design & planning ideas to get the look you are after
– Electrical works
– Alter / Install walls, dropped ceilings and hang doors
– Plastering, woodwork and floor leveling
Visit our FB page on the link below to be inspired
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My contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of the issue.


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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BluCee Inmobiliaria
We are friendly, honest and offer a bespoke service for all your property needs.
Winter sun rental in Nerja!
Penthouse Milenio in Nerja is available for a rent winter.
Available 1st September 2020 until 19th December 2020. Rental for 3 months, €900 per month plus electricity usage. Price includes internet.
This lovely penthouse apartment has 3 bedroom, huge private roof terrace with sea view. Walking distance to the Balcon de Europa and beach. Great location and a car is not necessary. Normally fully booked, only available due to cancellations.
Please click the link for more details – Penthouse Milenio, Nerja
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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FREE: Free to good home, 20 new (generic) Epson printer cartridges. 5 each of 1291, 1292, 1293 and 1294. For collection in Competa campo.
Rod, Phone: 951 069 982 or 684 381 652 (Whatsapp)
Or email rodney dot jones4 at gmail dot com


For Sale: 3 orange gas bottles, 10 euro’s each.
Stuart/ Algarrobo Pueblo
Email: stuartburnett53 AT gmail DOT com or
Tel. 665190121


For Sale, 3 items:
-Toilet Seat Raiser, as new: €15.00
-Walker, €15.00
-Shower Stool, adjustable: €15.00
Contact: pamela.hill@hotmail.co.uk
Pamela, Torrox Costa


For Sale: iPhone 6s, 64gb, gold. Immaculate condition, (insurance replacement and I have decided to change my phone). Has protected glass screen saver and a few cases to choose from. 150 euros only. Vélez de Benaudalla collection or la herradura. Tel Jan 646381332 or email janetgill_9@hotmail.com


For Sale: Display Port (male) to HDMI (female) adapter made by Rankie. Use to convert a Display Port output on a computer to HDMI. For Video and Audio signals. 4K compatible. Brand new. €10, buyer collects. Naythan, Torrox Costa.
doctorlaptop at protonmail dot com


For Sale, 2 items:
-Bedroom set, headboard, mirror, double bed base and chest of drawers, 60€ for all.
-6 Dining chairs good condition but seats could do with a wash. 40€ for all 6.
Buyer collects or we can transport for petrol money.
Jacqui Torrox. WhatsApp 625319323
Email jacquelinekayharrison@gmail.com


Wanted: Washing machine pref with eco wash
contact- lanoriapropertyservices@gmail.com or
ring Morris / Nerja on 629 806 084 can collect


Wanted – Motor Home: Looking for a used motorhome on Spanish Plates. A van that is being offered by a private seller, not a commercial dealer. Might you have one for sale, or know of one?
My husband’s car project is completed, so he would like a motorhome to upgrade now! Price depends on condition.
Contact Phyllis-Heidi crosslion6@yahoo.co.uk


Recommendations & Requests


Cómpeta Solar: We would like to recommend the services of one of your Sponsors, Cómpeta Solar. We live in the Campo without connection to the mains for Electricity. We rely on solar power only. We have repeatedly been sold various systems by 4 separate “experts” over several years and always been disappointed with the performance and/ or suffering catastrophic breakdowns ( always just outside the “ guarantee “ period) costing us expensive replacements each time .
At last we have found Malcolm at Cómpeta Solar.
He listened with patience to our experiences , listened to what our needs were and came up with a solution. He has just completed our installation of extra solar panels , giving us more harvesting of the suns power, and a new set of batteries , giving us more storage capacity. All compatible with our existing inverter/ charger.
He was professional ,made a clean installation , explained what he was doing and how to maintain the new system in the future.
You can find his contact details in the Sponsor section , we would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have about him.
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Thank you Archgrove Services: We have just used Archgrove Services to deliver goods from U.K. to Nerja. The collection and delivery was very smooth.
Steve and Gail are very pleasant to deal with and highly effecient .
1st class service and very reasonable price.
Thank you very much.
Jackie & Don Crosby Nerja jackiecrosby2009@hotmail.com


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.


Supersol name set to disappear as Carrefour buys up familiar chain:
On Thursday, it was announced that the stores, currently owned by Lithuanians, were being sold to Carrefour for 78 million euros.
The French retail giant plans to roll out its Carrefour Express or Market brands instead of Supersol, as well as its separate Supeco low-cost stores, after the sale of 172 stores is completed at the start of 2021.
Full story: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202008/28/supersol-name-disappear-carrefour-20200828115013-v.html


Fear of squatters showing signs of hitting sales of Costa properties to foreign buyers: The local real estate sector is worried about media reports of illegal occupation of second homes, especially those owned by Scandinavians. In Nordic countries there have been widespread reports of Spanish property owners – some on the Costa del Sol – who have arrived and found squatters have taken over their homes. Full story:


Waiting Lines for Nerja Beaches: Would-be beach-goers have had to wait in long queues to access Nerja’s most popular beaches, waiting in some cases for over an hour to get a spot during the busiest parts of the summer.
Waits have been especially long at the iconic Calahonda beach, next to the Balcón de Europa, as well as El Salón, Carabeo and Torrecilla as capacity control limitations are applied in order to comply with coronavirus distancing measures. Source: http://www.surinenglish.com/local/202008/28/record-queues-nerja-beaches-20200828115019-v.html


Spain’s basic income scheme hits backlog dead-end: Of the 750,000 applications which were filed since June 15 when the government started accepting requests, 143,000 – or 19 percent – have been analysed and only 80,000 were approved, according to a social security statement issued on August 20. On closer inspection it turns out the social security ministry has really only analysed 6,000 applications while 74,000 households that already receive financial aid were awarded the basic income automatically.
For hundreds of thousands of other households, the wait is stressful.
Adding to the confusion, about 500 temporary workers have been recruited as reinforcements but their assistance is limited because they do not have the status of civil servant, so they cannot officially approve requests for financial aid. Full story: https://www.thelocal.es/20200830/spains-basic-income-scheme-hits-backlog-dead-end


Spanish government, regions agree that children over age of six will have to wear masks in schools: Under the plans drawn up by the Health Ministry, education centers will only close if coronavirus transmission becomes uncontrolled, with quarantines for ‘bubble’ groups if cases are detected in students or staff.
The protocol could still be modified, and each region will be able to adapt the guidelines as they see fit. But the broad strokes of the plan will be followed by schools in the case of positive cases. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-08-27/spanish-government-regions-agree-that-children-over-age-of-six-will-have-to-wear-masks-in-schools.html


Fire leaves Laguna Village in Estapona an empty shell: Laguna Village has been entirely devastated by fire with nothing left but an empty shells of the once glorious resort. The fire, which started early on Saturday afternoon, took hours to get under control with multiple emergency services personnel working tirelessly to tame the blaze. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/29/laguna-village-left-as-an-empty-shell/


Food Recall by Eat Natural Brazil: With more people going into Gibraltar for shopping, an alert from the Rock’s Environmental Agency is important to be aware of.
There has been a general recall of an Eat Natural Brazil and sultana with peanuts and almonds bar due to possible Salmonella contagion.
Best Before End Dates: are August 2020 to June 2021 and sizes are 35g Bar 96003787, 4x 35g Multi-pack 5013803666712, 50g Bar 50676262, 3x 50g Multipack 5013803666149, 12x 50g Counter pack 50138803621247, 20x 50g Assorted Mix Pack 5013803666385
Eat Natural have decided to withdraw and recall this product due to the possible presence of Salmonella, originating from a third-party supply of ingredient.
The Agency advises that it is important to note that no outbreak of Salmonella has been identified in Gibraltar and the action taken is precautionary. Full story: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/28/the-gibraltar-environmental-agency-has-issued-a-food-safety-alert/


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:


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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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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
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