DigameXtra No. 1761 Wednesday, Oct. 21st 2020

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Look for showers for the next 2 days: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/nerja/302197/daily-weather-forecast/302197


Art Room Art & Ceramics Gallery:
I will be at Viveros Florena today for the weekly market with A3 prints of all my paintings. €20 each. 10.00am – 2.00pm.
Open by appointment every day from 11.00am – 7.00pm.
Original paintings, prints and paintographs by Mitch France, ceramics by Chris France.
Subject matter: Musicians, Morocco, abstract, Flamenco dancers, local scenes. Commissions considered.
To view all the work, for information on the artists and directions to the gallery go to: www.artroom-gallery.com
Maximum 4 people per visit, masks and social distancing obligatory and sanitiser available.
The galley is air-conditioned but is also well ventilated.
You can book an appointment through the website or contact Mitch: 616 891 473 (Whatsapp).
Email: mitchfranceart@hotmail.com
Facebook: mitchfranceart
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Paul Hayes show: Friday 23 Oct at 8:30pm. Bar Amsterdam, Torrox Costa. Lovely friends of Bar Amsterdam! Because of your great support we can celebrate our 1st. Anniversary! Many many thanks for that!
From 21-24 October it’s gonna be ‘PARTYTIME’!
Take a look at our event calendar and come to the bar to celebrate with us! See you all the coming days!
Oct 22- DJ Worzel
Oct 24- Sweet Sarah Sound
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Hiking routes return in Almunecar: The Community Sports Centre of Almunecar returns with it’s Hiking program on Sunday, October 25, after cancelling events for seven months since the pandemic began. People interested in participating on any of the routes can register at the community offices, located in the Francisco Bonet stadium, from 9am to 2pm and from 5pm to 10pm. The price per route is just €12. Departures will take place at 7.30 am from the Almuñécar bus station.
-The first hiking route will be through the region of La Alpujarra in Granada, on a six-hour route, rated at moderate difficulty.
-The second hike will be Sunday, November 8. It will start and end in Jeres del Marquesado. The difficulty of this route is rated medium and will be six hours.
-For Sunday, November 22, the proposed hike will take you on a visit to the Castañar de Paterna. This route also has a medium difficulty rating. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/10/20/hiking-routes-return-in-almunecar/


Weekly Crochet /Knitting Group: Calling all Ladies (& Gents if they so wish). Do you Crochet? Would you like to learn? Do you fancy having coffee and chatting one morning whilst working?
We are a multilingual group of ladies that are meeting every week in Algarrobo Costa on Thursdays. The group is well over 6/7 years old and would love new members to come along and join us. And if you really don’t fancy Crochet but like to Knit, well come along with that instead. We will teach you either craft if you wish.
We will be meeting at Caffe Loppen on the Algarroba Costa front from around 10-10.30 ish to 12 – 1pm ish this and every Thursday. Hope to see you there. Need more information?
Email Polly – madpip at hotmail dot co dot uk


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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 a 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 studio@coastfmgold.com 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
Based in Javea/Alicante. Company Reg. No: 2935393
Email: Ruth.forder@goldenleaves.com


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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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






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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-Lovely 2 seater sofa lemon color. Measurements width 155 x 86cms Price 75€
-Lovely natural wood square coffeee table with 2 drawers Measurements 90 x 90 x 63cms Price 60€
-Lovely narrow solid pine display unit with drawers Measurements 53 x 36 x 198cms Price 95€
Contact Jackie/Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


For Sale: Double sofa bed 45 €. Good quality and very sturdy. In excellent as-new condition, 205 cm long 96 cm wide. To be collected from Caleta (Will need 2 strong men!)
Please call Sharon / Greta 645025532


For Sale, 2 items:
-Becken Juicer. Excellent condition. Retails online for 73 Euros. Special price of 25 Euros. Available for pickup only in Nerja.
-Dresser-top mirror. Needs some minor repair to backing. 10 Euros.
All proceeds go to Costa Animal Society.
WhatsApp Valerie at 652 041 648


For Sale, 2 items:
-Ecron DeHumidifier good condition 20 euros
-Rocktrail cooler box with electric connector for car. 10 euros.
More pics on request.
Dennis, Canillas de Albaida 675071766.


For Sale: Rustic bathroom cabinet, with marble top and full size illuminated mirror. Only 45 euros. Pick up in Torrox Campo. More pics on request. Intel. Bob, bobnoletATgmail.com or 0031622911037.


Recommendations & Requests


Art: Just got these 3 fab framed prints from local artist Mitch France. If you’re looking for something different he has a website (link below) and a gallery (by appt. only) just outside Canillas de Albaida. Great guy and terrific artist. http://www.artroom-gallery.com
Dave, Competa, tisdavesmith AT gmail d0T com


Furniture Restorer Wanted: Are you or do you know of a Furniture Restore who could bring this rather tired table top back to life?
If so, please oblige by responding to George, Maro. Mobile: 653 058 825  Email: dobmick at Hotmail dot co dot uk.


MS Bespoke Joinery: Looking for a professional to redo the work surface of our kitchen, we immediately thought of Digamextra and came across an ad published by a gentleman named Mick Storey. He stipulated that he was a first and foremost a cabinet maker, but that no job was too small. In the end, he redid our kitchen countertop to perfection. We then thought that he might be able to build two bedside tables that we sorely needed. We gave Mick the description of what we wanted, he took the measurements and a few days later we had the most beautiful tables, which went well beyond our expectations.
We, therefore, can’t recommend Mick enough: he is friendly, discreet, talented, and to his own self-admission, a perfectionist.
Paul and Veronique Engel-Auzon, puchkauzon1 AT gmail D0t com in Competa.
You can reach Mick Storey on: 696161951


News & Articles

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Spencer Davis has died, aged 81: The multi-instrumentalist and founder of The Spencer Davis Group passed away in hospital yesterday (October 19) while being treated for pneumonia, his agent Bob Birk told the BBC.
Davis formed The Spencer Davis Group in Birmingham in 1963 with Steve Winwood (organ/vocals), Muff Winwood (bass) and Pete York (drums). The band, who originally went by the name The Rhythm & Blues Quartet, became renowned for such hits as ‘Keep On Running’ (a cover of a song written by Jackie Edwards), ‘Gimme Some Lovin” and ‘I’m A Man’.
The Spencer Davis Group were part of the “British Invasion” of the 1960s in the US, and toured with the likes of The Who and The Rolling Stones.
The Winwood brothers left the group in 1967 — Steve to form Traffic; Muff to become a successful record executive — and the band wound down in July 1969 (although they briefly reformed from 1973-74) with Davis moving to the US the following year to pursue a solo career. Full article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/spencer-davis-has-died-aged-81-the-spencer-davis-group-2792554?amp


Spanish government considering nationwide state of alarm to implement a curfew: The Spanish government is considering introducing a nighttime curfew across the whole of the country, in a bid to bring down coronavirus infections. The executive believes, however, that it would need to do so under a state of alarm given that there is no other option that would give it the legal framework to limit a fundamental right such as that of movement in this way. Full story: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-20/spanish-government-considering-using-nationwide-state-of-alarm-to-implement-a-curfew.html


Madrid Asks Government to Declare a Curfew: The Councillor of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, is pursuing plans for the government to implement a curfew to stop surging coronavirus infections. “For that [to decree a curfew] you have to have legal coverage that the Community of Madrid does not have, it would have to be a decision made by the government of Spain,” he said. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/10/20/breaking-news-madrid-asks-government-to-declare-a-curfew/


Excess deaths in second wave- 11,000 deaths since July: Statistics in Spain show 11,000 excess deaths during the second wave of the coronavirus, compared with the same period last year.
Since these are deaths from all causes, the difference between the observed and the expected death count since July, using data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) based on civil registry records, could be partly explained by the summer heat.
But the Carlos III public health institute, which runs a mortality monitoring system called MoMo, has only categorized 1,959 deaths as caused by heat this year, the same number as last year.
Full story: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-10-20/excess-deaths-in-second-wave-11000-victims-since-july.html


Greater Manchester to be forced into Tier 3 lockdown with pubs to shut for 28 days: A Tier 3 lockdown will now be imposed on the region after Tory ministers walked out on talks in a row over just £5m – as mayor Andy Burnham acucsed them of “playing poker with people’s lives”. As with other Tier 3 areas, all pubs and bars will have to close for at least 28 days unless serving substantial meals. Indoor or garden gatherings between multiple households will be banned and residents will be advised against travel.
On top of usual Tier 3 rules, betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres, and soft play areas must also shut in Greater Manchester. Full article: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-greater-manchester-forced-tier-22876230


Spike in coronavirus cases in Italy has led to new restrictions: The announcement has given local mayors the power to close public areas after 9pm with restaurant opening times and group sizes also being tightened.
Bars and restaurants must close at midnight and after 6pm, only table service will be allowed, with maximum group sizes being six.
Starting times at schools will be later and more distance-learning will be encouraged, although these will mainly affect older pupils in high schools.
Conferences and local festivals have been suspended and amateur contact sports will be stopped. Gyms and swimming pools have seven days to adapt to the new protocols. Full article:


German Alpine region goes into lockdown: An Alpine area of southern Germany has gone into a new lockdown, the first part of the country to do so since the first Covid peak earlier this year. The 105,000 people of Berchtesgadener Land, bordering Austria, will only be allowed to leave home for essential reasons for the next two weeks. PHOTO:GettyImages. Full article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54618827


What you need to know about Spain’s new car subsidies scheme:
A scheme to boost sales of low-emission vehicles comes into force this week. Here’s what you need to know about Plan Renove 2020. The measures include large incentives to trade in older vehicles for less polluting motors and come into force on October 20th. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20200618/what-you-need-to-know-about-spains-new-car-subsidies-scheme


If your device is comprimised, no anti-malware apps or amount of encryption will prevent snooping or data theft: A Windows-based remote access Trojan believed to be designed by Pakistani hacker groups to infiltrate computers and steal users’ data has resurfaced after a two-year span with retooled capabilities to target Android and macOS devices. It has been an uninterupted problem in Windows.
According to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, the malware dubbed “GravityRAT” now masquerades as legitimate Android and macOS apps to capture device data, contact lists, e-mail addresses, and call and text logs and transmit them to an attacker-controlled server. BOTTOM LINE- If you put it on the Internet, including the “Cloud” and Messaging App conversations, you should consider it public. Full story: https://thehackernews.com/2020/10/windows-gravityrat-malware-now-also.html


The Takedown of Big-Tech Begins: What would you do if Fakebook and all the free social media become paid subscription services? Or if they become geo-restricted, limited to the country you’re in, or even EU only? Is it possible FB users in Spain could be blocked from seeing the UK version post Brexit? The best solution is to have your own website. Share the link with all your contacts. You can set it up so only your invited visitors can view it, where they can comment on your posts. You can even have a realtime text-chat box on your site for live conversations. Then you don’t need FakeBook, Twits, Instabore or Snoopchat. Watch some tutorial videos and build your own website on one of the many free website hosts like Webnode or Contact DoctorLaptop to discuss your options.
– U.S. says Google breakup may be needed to end violations of antitrust law: The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday, accusing the $1 trillion company of illegally using its market power to fend off rivals and said nothing was off the table, including a breakup of the internet search and advertising company. Full story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-antitrust-google/u-s-says-google-breakup-may-be-needed-to-end-violations-of-antitrust-law-idUSKBN2751OC
-Regulatory probes Google is facing in Asia, Europe: See this article for a list of the current investigations and reviews into the alleged anticompetitive practices at Google across Asia and Europe. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-antitrust-google-factbox/factbox-regulatory-probes-google-is-facing-in-asia-europe-idUSKBN2751N0


Eddie Van Halen’s last-ever show with Van Halen is now available with soundboard audio: Eddie Van Halen tragically died on October 6 following a long battle with throat cancer. The concert took place on October 4, 2015, and was the second of two shows Van Halen played at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their summer tour that year. The tour was their third since reuniting with frontman David Lee Roth in 2007.


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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/
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