DigameXtra No. 1803 Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 2020

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December 2020
-Sunday, 6th- El día de la constitución (Constitution Day)
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Art Room – Original Paintings, Prints and Ceramics Gallery
Stuck for Christmas present ideas?
With the current travel restrictions are you stuck for Christmas present ideas?
We have Gift Vouchers available for Christmas, digital or printed to the value of your choosing. Just let me know the value and while municipal travel restrictions last, I can either send you a digital file for you to print or send on, or I can post it to you. The gallery is in Canillas de Albaida, so if you live in Competa, Archez or Salares I can meet you at the border of the 2 villages. Or if you know which print, ceramic or piece of art you want I can meet you with that too.
-After restrictions are lifted or if you live in Canillas you will be very welcome to come and visit our gallery any day of the week from 11.00am to 7.00pm by appointment only. Masks and social distancing will be observed and the gallery is well ventilated with sanitizer available.
-We have original paintings on canvas in oils and acrylics, paintographs (photographs made to look like paintings), prints of paintings (framed or unframed) and ceramic bowls, plates, figures, tiles and plaques.
-Prints are produced on high quality photo paper here at the gallery and presented in an A3 cellophane envelope with stiff backing board and would make an ideal Christmas present. Prints can also be made to fit any existing frames you may have (up to A3 size), or ordered out for bigger sizes.
-Subject matter covers Moroccan cityscapes and people (inspiration taken from trips to Chefchaouen and Marrakesh), Cuban musicians, Flamenco dancers, local scenes and famous musicians, Keith Richards, Ray Charles, David Bowie, John Lennon etc. Commissions considered also.
Check out our website: www.artroom-gallery.com to view all the works and find directions to the gallery which is just 5 minutes outside Canillas de Albaida.
Art Room Gallery: Tel (Whatsapp) 616 891 473
Email mitchfranceart@hotmail.com


Solidarity Concert in the Church of El Salvador Nerja: “More than 140 families in a situation of request for help due to serious economic difficulties due to business closures due to CORONAVIRUS”
Reading this news deeply moved us and made us take out and clean our tools – art and culture – stored since March, and get ‘down to work’.
The orchestral project “Málaga Camerata” arises from the concern of young musicians to create a space where they can enhance their aspects as ensemble instrumentalists, within an orderly and professional work environment.
Since its foundation, it has been made up of a stable staff of about 20 members. The number is due precisely to the fact that there is a special interest in reproducing classicism and pre-romantic music, with the greatest possible similarity in terms of training.
We know that we cannot help everyone; But we can get 20 of these families to celebrate Christmas this year as well. It is a challenge and it is possible, with your help 20 families can!
Day and hour: December 20 – 1’30pm
Place: Iglesia de El Salvador – Nerja
Address: Paseo de El Balcón de Europa
Donation: 25’00€
Booking: 690073871 / ventana.abierta.acp@gmail.com
Web: www.ventana-abierta.es


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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.
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 is located in Sayalonga.
We have 2 new videos showing an experiment planting Vetiver in a tall Ornamental pot showing the results of the root growth after about 8 months.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/g1WRvjE6oAk
Part 2: https://youtu.be/HNviq7XdRM4
These short videos show you the incredible root system of Vetiver is and why it is so beneficial to fighting erosion and preserving top soil.
Want more videos? Please go to our YouTube video page.
We also have Lemon Grass and Moringa Seedlings available now.
Please contact us for more information. Visits are by appointment.
Phone or WhatsApp for David: (34) 692 288 657
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Website: www.vetiverspain.com


For Sale, 2 items: Bicycles- Bargain Christmas presents for him & her
-Beautiful gents Da’FatCat ‘Dean 1955’ retro style folding Bicycle. Six Shimano gears, 20 inch wheels. Absolute new condition, ridden only Twice. Complete with zip up carry bag. Genuine reason for selling. Bike cost new 263,54 euros. Bag 47,07 euros. Quick sale 150 euros for both. Buyer collects.
-Beautiful ladies Da’FatCat ‘Dorothy 1939’ retro style folding Bicycle. Six Shimano gears, 20 inch wheels. Absolute new condition, ridden only Twice. Complete with zip up carry bag. Genuine reason for selling. Bike cost new 263,54 euros. Bag 47,07 euros. Quick sale 150 euros for both. Buyer collects.
Colin. Torre del Mar


For Sale, 2 items:
-2 x Fish Tanks plus lots of accessories as seen in the pictures. €50
-Aluminium Cepsa gas bottles, empty. €15 each or 2 for €25.
Please email Sarah / Nerja on
sarahwild916@gmail.com or call 695 857 211
Can meet at Nerja Cepsa Petrol Station or Lidl.


Wanted: Long Term Rental. Laguna Beach area of Torrox Costa.
One bedroom furnished ground floor apartment for elderly single lady with 2 cats.
Please contact: angie j rogers @ gmail . com (no spaces)


FREE to collect:
-Wardrobe wooden doors with frame – 235 x 132cm
-4 x plastic drawers with sliders 43 x 35cm
-2 x plastic shoe racks [for internal wardrobes?]
Los Romanes, 29713. Contact Amanda on loebenstein@yahoo.co.uk


FREE: Polystyrene balls, beads. I have 2 builders bags of polystyrene beads left over from filling our beach / pool furniture. Free. Can meet in canillas de aceituno or save to till we can meet in torre del mar. John, Canillas de Aceituno
Johnprice752 at hotmail.com 643943845


Recommendations & Requests


Firewood supplier in Torrox: With a cold weekend forecast and dwindling firewood, is there anywhere in Torrox that sells good quality olive wood (not root). We usually pick up wood as we need it from Velez Malaga, but with the restrictions cannot get there and cannot find a local supplier where we can collect a couple of barrowloads (local yards seem to only want to sell root which doesn’t burn on our fire). I’m presuming that collecting leña is not a ‘justified reason’ to leave our municipality. Thanks!
Barbara, Torrox
wickseyb at hotmail dot com


Chimney sweep: I would like to recommend a chimney sweep who cleaned my chimney today, he did an excellent, thorough clean job with a sense of humour.
He is called Russ and he covers Axarquia,
his number is 654 184 242
Rob / Alcaucin


Corks for Art: On the 26th November Sheila posted regarding corks. I replied to the email address but just in case it has got lost. Tel. 643943845 My email is johnprice752 at hotmail.com
John, Canillas de Aceituno


News & Articles

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Andalusia continues to decline in infection rates in a day with 80 deaths: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es} Updated:01/12/2020 14:03h
Andalusia keeps low the curve of infections to add this Tuesday only 790 new cases of coronavirus across the region. The negative point is the ongoing high mortality in the aftermath of the second wave. In 24 hours the community has added to 80 deaths per Covid-19.
The decrease of the infection helps to lower the incidence rate of 14 days to 293,5 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants. Malaga (199), Sevilla (238) and Cordoba (250) mark the lowest rates. Jaén passes today to be the province with the highest rate of incidence in past 14 days ( 392) beating Granada that reduced it to 390 cases and that this Tuesday has only added 60 cases.
It is very illustrative that the province of Granada, subject to greater restrictions because of its high incidence in the last three weeks is now one of the best results in the past 7 days. With 116 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants it is below the level of extreme risk (125) as already reached in Cordoba (102), Malaga (81) and Seville (68).
However concerned about the tendency in the province of Cadiz, which, with 148 cases mark the highest rate of incidence to seven days, and that sum this Tuesday 188 cases, the largest log after the 190 new cases of Seville in the last 24 hours. Nor is it a positive evolution of the rate at 7 days of Huelva (139 cases), although the province is the least positive records today, with 39 infections.
In terms of hospitalizations, this Tuesday registered an increase of 25 patients. The total number stood at 2.099 patients from the that 419, three less than the Monday, are critical cared for in Intensive Care Units. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-andalucia-sigue-baja-tasas-contagios-jornada-80-fallecidos-202012011310_noticia.html


Covid-19 News, Spanish Vaccine Update: The Government spokeswoman, María Jesús Montero, assured this Tuesday that Spain “has guaranteed access to vaccines” against Covid-19. “They will begin to be supplied in January and will be free,” she said at the press conference after the Council of Ministers was held. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/they-will-start-to-apply-in-january-and-will-be-free/


Alhambra “reopens” for the second time this 2020″: The Alhambra, historically the most visited monument in Spain and one of its tourist icons, has reopened this Tuesday for the second time in 2020 after the improvement in rate of coronavirus infections in Granada have allowed relax the severe restrictions imposed.
An exceptional ringing of the bell of the well-known Torre de la Vela has announced the “good news” to the city early this morning, as happened on June 17, when the Nasrid enclosure again allowed visits after three months of closure prolonging due to the first confinement of the pandemic.
Although with a capacity limited to 65 percent, about 4,200 tickets per day available and maintaining its winter daytime hours between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., the Alhambra faces this ‘new return’ in a special way because it can only be visited at the moment by residents and residents of Granada capital when the perimeter closure in all the municipalities of Andalusia. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-alhambra-reopens-for-the-second-time-this-2020/


Original colour to return to Alhambra Palace: The Board of Trustees of the Alhambra has announced that work has begun to restore the original colours used to decorate the hall in the Nasrid period to the ‘Sala de los Reyes’, in what may be one of the best-known areas of the monument, the Patio of the Lions.
The work includes restoring the predominantly red and blue colours originally painted in the Nasrid period which had been hidden by successive layers of plaster and lime paint applied over the 19th century. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/01/original-colour-to-return-to-alhambra-palace/


Autónomos- Spain announces new aid packages for the self-employed: In Andalucia, the government has announced El Plan de Apoyo a Pymes y Autónomos, a Support Plan for SMEs and Self-Employed by giving an extra €1,000. This new aid is designed to help 85 different economic activities including journalism, photography, performing arts and travel agents.
Thousands across the region have already asked for this help, which has to be applied for before January 15th. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20201130/new-aid-packages-for-the-self-employed


Alicante achieves the Guinness Record with the largest nativity scene in the world: This is the work of the artist José Manuel García “Pachi” It is the highest in the world thanks to the 18.10 meters that the image of San José measures up to the crook that he carries in his hand.
The Virgin reaches 10.58 meters and the Infant Jesus bent in the cradle 3.25 meters. The measurements were made in the workshop and during construction in the town hall by three technicians appointed by the College of Architects, which has also endorsed the reports with the dimensions. Full story: https://spainsnews.com/alicante-achieves-the-guinness-record-with-the-largest-nativity-scene-in-the-world/


Bitcoin Hits New All-Time High Of $19,850 Nearly Three Years After Crypto Crash: Less than three years after crypto markets notoriously crashed, the price of bitcoin has proved resurgent, eclipsing its all-time high from December 2017 on Monday as the world’s first cryptocurrency soars amid global inflation concerns sparked by heightened government spending during the pandemic. The current price Tuesday afternoon is $19,292.
Full story: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanponciano/2020/11/30/bitcoin-hits-all-time-high/


Fiat brand to electrify 60% of its models by end-2021: By the end of next year 60% of the car models offered by Fiat Chrysler’s Fiat brand will be electrified, either hybrid or full electric, the Head for EMEA for Fiat, Lancia and Abarth brands Luca Napolitano said on Tuesday. Fiat this year has launched the full-electric Nuova 500 small car, hybrid versions of its 500 and Panda models, along with hybrid Y, Lancia’s only vehicle currently on offer. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fiat-chrysler-fiat-electrification/fiat-brand-to-electrify-60-of-its-models-by-end-2021-executive-idUSKBN28B54F?il=0


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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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EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
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