DigameXtra No. 1809 Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2020

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December 2020
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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


Restaurant Kukko: Live music Saturday 12.12. at 15 pm. This time music from the 50 s, 60 s and 70 s. Reserve your spot by calling + 34 646111203 or sending a message via fb. Tickets only € 5 Christmas food and other treats available.
Avda de Los Boliches 4, 29640 Fuengirola  FB Page


Chiringuito Tropy: Live music with Light Lunch. Saturday Dec 12th, 1pm. Caleta de Velez- Malaga. +34 689 23 76 43  FB Page


Restaurante El Banco- Marbella: Sunday 13th December from 2pm the wonderful Mark Connor is back to entertain us!
El Banco will open from 12:30pm until 6pm ( unless restrictions are lifted).
Our traditional Sunday Roast will be served between 12:30pm and 4:30pm.
To reserve a table please call or WhatsApp
+34 660 664 092
+44 (0) 7850 091984
Email: info@restauranteelbanco.com
Urbanización Aloha Pueblo, local 35, Marbella.  FB Page


La Sierra Restaurante – Cerrado del Águila Golf and Resort: Thursday Dec 10th.
Still time to book for The Johnny G Show with the Christmas Belles. Welcome glass of Cava or mulled wine, 3 course Dinner and Show €35. We have some limited availability still so don’t miss out and book now by using the booking button, WhatsApp or call 627 164 168. Menu on poster.
Cerrado Del Aguila Golf and Resort, Avenida María Civiero S/N 29649 Mijas
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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/


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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.
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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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Email: Ruth.forder@goldenleaves.com


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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: A rare, vintage Landola Electro-Acoustic Guitar handmade in Finland, with an Arbiter guitar stand and American “Superior” gig bag. The guitar was bought new and is in excellent condition, the label in the sound-hole says, “Landola Handmade in Finland: Model No DJ23; serial number 3-536180.
The frets and fingerboard are in very good condition, with a nice comfortable action. The headstock is good and the original enclosed tuners all work as they should. It has an internal pickup under the saddle connected via a strap-pin lead socket, but I should add that I wasn’t in a band. The guitar wasn’t transported about and stayed in my house, so there are no nasty scratches or dings. And some of Landola’s models were sold without a scratchboard aka pickguard, as in this case.
It comes with an unused Zoom 505 Guitar multi-effects processor, complete with instructions and in its original box, a rarely used Fender Bullet practice amplifier in good condition, except for a bit of rust on the chrome corners and carrying strap handle and connection leads.
If possible I’d like to sell it as a complete package in the region of €390, but I’m open to a reasonable offer.
George Munday, Frigiliana Campo.
If interested, please contact me at 633685470 or georgemunday@gmail.com


News & Articles

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The curve of infections due to coronavirus in Andalusia falls for the fifth consecutive day: {Translated from https://sevilla.abc.es}
Updated: 08/12/2020 20:03
The contagion curve of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Andalusia continues to decline, according to the latest data published this Tuesday by the Ministry of Health and Families. For the fifth consecutive day, the number of new positive cases falls in the autonomous community and represents a third of the one reached last Sunday.
Specifically, in the last 24 hours, 434 new infections have been detected measured as positive PDIA (Active Infection Diagnostic Tests), which include all cases of Covid-19 with active infection confirmed by PCR technique or rapid antigen tests. It is the lowest daily figure since August. Last Sunday, 1,286 new cases were diagnosed.
According to the last part of the Ministry of Health, have been registered 33 new deaths in the last day (11 in Cádiz, the highest provincial figure), and 3,815 people affected by the pandemic have been discharged.
Regarding hospitalizations: There have been 30 new admissions and there are 26 more patients in the Intensive Care Units of Andalusian health centers due to Covid-19. These data correspond to 7:00 am on Tuesday , December 8.
The cumulative incidence in the community stands at 204.26 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last fourteen days, which places it among the Spanish regions with the lowest index .
Accumulated data: The data accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic offers the following radiography of the autonomous community: 240,049 infected people diagnosed by PCR or antigen test; 21,849 of these people have required hospitalization; 1,990 have had to be treated in ICU; 4,424 have died; and to date, 152,401 patients have been discharged from the region.
The evolution of the curves of infections, hospitalizations and ICU admissions during the holiday weekend that ends today will be one of the relevant indicators that will be on the table at the meeting Thursday, December 10, at the Palace of San Telmo of the committee of experts that advises the Junta de Andalucía on the evolution of the pandemic.
After this new technical session, it is expected that the Executive chaired by Juanma Moreno will reveal the restrictive measures of mobility for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve based on the level of risk that the statistics show.
Hospitalizations by province: Cádiz has been the Andalusian province with the most cases positive diagnosed in the last 24 hours (148), followed by Jaén (66) and Córdoba (49). In the rest, the number of new positives falls below 40: Seville (39), Huelva (39), Malaga (35), Almería (34) and Granada (24).
The Ministry of Health and Families reports that, currently, 1,546 patients confirmed with Covid-19 remain admitted to Andalusian hospitals, of which 340 are in the ICU.
By provinces: in Almería (111 hospitalizations, of which 37 in ICU), Cádiz (250 hospitalizations, of which 45 in ICU), Córdoba (138 hospitalizations, of which 31 in ICU), Granada (326 hospitalizations, of which than 84 in ICU), Huelva (103 hospitalizations, of which 17 in ICU), Jaén (176 hospitalizations, of which 32 in ICU), Malaga (231 hospitalizations, of which 33 in ICU) and Seville (211 hospitalizations, of which 61 in ICU). Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/economia/sevi-coronavirus-andalucia-baja-curva-contagios-coronavirus-andalucia-quinto-consecutivo-202012081343_noticia.html


Ten minute “rapid” Covid tests will be distributed to 22,000 pharmacies across Spain, after the Puente de Constitución ends on Tuesday December 8th: The test is simple and only requires a finger prick and drop of blood to work. Results of the test can be shown in just 10 minutes. The estimated cost of each test will be €25. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20201207/spain-to-start-rolling-out-rapid-covid-antibody-tests-in-pharmacies


So you thought the EU Covid Recovery Funds Package for Spain was a done deal? Not so fast, there are strings attached:
Stirring memories of the Greek bailout, the European Commission wants Spain to address its unresolved structural problems on three fronts – pensions, jobs and market unity – and it is demanding to see a credible and coherent plan setting out Madrid’s reform agenda as part of the deal to release a recently approved package of European stimulus aid.
Instead of seeking to impose reforms, it is asking countries to approve structural changes in exchange for a flood of money included in Next Generation EU, a European recovery fund aimed at addressing the fallout of the coronavirus crisis that will allocate €750 billion in total, half of it in grants. Spain has secured €140 billion of that amount, making it one of the biggest beneficiaries, if it can satisfy the EU’s conditions. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-12-08/brussels-urges-spain-to-reform-pensions-and-jobs-in-return-for-eu-funds.html


IKEA Will No Longer Print Its Legendary Catalog: It’s a sad day for folks who look forward to holding a well-designed product guide for Swedish furniture in their meat hands. On Monday, IKEA announced that it will cease publication of its beloved catalog after 70 years of annual editions.
In a statement, IKEA Managing Director Konrad Grüss said that the decision was “emotional but rational” as customer interest in the print catalog has declined and shoppers seek out digital alternatives for inspiration. Grüss said that the just-released 2021 catalog will be the final edition of what has been the furniture giant’s primary marketing tool for a generation. PHOTO:Ikea Museum. Full article:


D-Link VPN Routers Have Critical Remote Hacking Flaws: Some widely sold D-Link VPN router models have been found vulnerable to three new high-risk security vulnerabilities, leaving millions of home and business networks open to cyberattacks even if they are secured with a strong password.
D-Link DSR-150, DSR-250, DSR-500, and DSR-1000AC and other VPN router models in the DSR Family running firmware version 3.14 and 3.17 are vulnerable to the remotely exploitable root command injection flaw. Patches have now been released, so if you use one of these devices, update your router’s software immediately. Full article: https://thehackernews.com/2020/12/warning-critical-remote-hacking-flaws.html


International Night Trains Returning: Train travel fans in Spain can look forward to a new Zurich to Barcelona sleeper service that will begin rolling in 2024.
Other routes will open sooner- Vienna to Paris, via Munich, and Zurich to Amsterdam, via Cologne, will be re-established starting next December. Further international connections from Vienna and Berlin to Brussels and Paris will be created in 2023.
“Night trains are the future of climate-friendly mobility in Europe,” said Leonore Gewessler, Austria’s transport minister. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/europe-zurich-paris-france-austria-212b75f5eb65f5acfee0938cc80a8bf5


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