DigameXtra No. 1815 Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 2020

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DigameXtra will not publish issues on the following days.
December 2020
-Friday, 25th– Sponsor posts for Friday will appear Thursday.
-Saturday, 26th– Sponsor posts for Saturday will appear Sunday.
January 2021
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-Saturday, 2nd– Sponsor posts for Saturday will appear Sunday.
-Wednesday, 6th– Three Kings Day. Sponsor posts for Wednesday will appear Tuesday.


What’s On

Tell them you saw it on DigameXtra! Tell your favourite establishments to post on DigameXtra to get next-day publicity!

Due to the new Covid restrictions, to avoid disappointment I suggest you call to confirm events and times before the event. -Ed.

For the new official Covid restrictions, translated directly from the Junta de Andalucia site, see the news section in the Friday issue of DigameXtra, https://digamextra.com/2020/12/11/digamextra-no-1811-friday-dec-11th-2020/


La Casa Hotel and Restaurant Torrox Pueblo:
Sorry to say our Carol singing this Wednesday 16th has been cancelled.
Our Christmas and New year holiday season times are in the poster below.
We will be changing our menu slightly and offering along side our a la carte dining, a new set menu available for both lunch and dinner.
We do advise booking if possible as we are limited to numbers.
We hope to see you all over the festive period, and thank you for supporting small businesses during this difficult year.
LA CASA Hotel & Restaurant
Calle Baja, Plazuela De Barajas 3
Torrox, 29770, Malaga, España
Tel: +34 952 535 471 or +34 659 002 036


Bistro Lichtblick by Henning: Our Christmas Menu for the 25th of December at 1.30pm.
Location- 29750 Algarrobo Costa, Paseo Maritimo. ah.competafoodclub@gmail.com


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Archgrove Services: A family run light haulage/transport company with bases in Archez, Spain and near Oxford, UK.
We provide a one stop service for all your transport needs and pride ourselves on reliability, flexibility, good communication and a very much ‘can do’ approach. No job is too small and there is always a solution.
Our services include:
-Regular runs between UK and Spain
-Transport of personal property from full house moves to vehicles down to small single items
-Courier Services
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-Packing, including supply of packing materials
-UK Home shopping with UK delivery address
-Storage of property and vehicles in UK and Spain
-Any jobs in Western Europe and Scandinavia considered
Fully Insured with Haulage, Goods In Transit and Public Liability policies.
If we can be of service please contact Steve & Gail. We are on Facebook and always available to chat through your needs and provide a free no obligation quote if required. FB-Link
UK: 0044 7868 435052
SPAIN: 0034 951 066 093
Email: archgroveservices@gmail.com Our contact is also in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section everyday. 


SPW Construction Services: Professional high quality building service, fully qualified tradesmen to all trades.
Extensions, retaining walls, driveways, swimming pools, damp problems, roofs, blocked drains.
Replacement kitchens and bathrooms, Tiling and terraces. Plumbing, electrics and plastering, painting.
Architect service, building licence applications.
Handyman service now available for those smaller jobs.
For free consultation and estimate contact us on 622 938 440
or email: scottparkwilson AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk
Our contact is also in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section everyday.  Home Page and FB-Link


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-2 Rustic natural single headboards W115cms Price 25€ each
-Wrought iron sturdy decorative valet stand Price 30€
-Ikea mirror Ikea mirror W40 x H 160 Price 15€
Contact Jackie / Nerja 672170429
info at nerjahouseholdcentre dot com


For Sale, 2 items:
-2 Single Beds and Mattresses (with covers), €40 each or both for €60. Being replaced by double bed.
-Pair of HiTec V Lite Regular fit golf shoes – UK size 4 Eur size 37. Price €15. More pics on request.
Collect from Torre del Mar. Haydn,
hleaker at outlook dot com
phone or WhatsApp 644 701 429


For Sale: Antler Suitcase. In very good condition, strong suitcase on wheels. Can be used for storage or travel. My mobile number is: 07740 988345; email address: kingswoodjane@hotmail.co.uk
Please email or text me on the number provided.
Location: Torrox Campo. Call Jane. 20 euros


For Sale, 2 items:
-Modern ‘Handmade’ Crystal Vase €30. (from Peter Jones, Sloane Square). Very heavy, 36cm tall. Perfect condition as new. Stunning square shape at top and elegant effect at base of vase where the sides converge. Original price £75
-Ikea Gaser Rugs x 2, €40 the pair. A feast for your feet according to Ikea. Thick long pile shag with woven backing.
I have two fresh and professionally cleaned rugs (shown still in plastic wrappers) used only in my guest bedroom as bedside rugs. Size 56cm x 150cm Feet and inches 1’10 “ x 4’11”
Contact Alan, Caleta
By phone, WhatsApp or text 44 7885298691
Or home phone 952 555 517


Recommendations & Requests


Thank You- I would like to say a big thank you to Naythan for going the extra mile for supporting local businesses: During Covid Naythan has been extra supportive of local business, by publishing the local markets more than once a week to insure all readers were aware of their opening and closing dates.
Covid updates accurate and timely.
Now it is our turn as Dígamites to support Naythan by helping spread the word about advertising on Digame.
Thank you Naythan I think you are wonderful, please keep caring about the little businesses.
Michelle @ blucee.com
(Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. If I can provide DigameXtra readers a means to start the day well informed, and maybe with a few laughs, then I think it’s worth the added effort. Feliz Navidad! -Ed.)


Sending best wishes: Sandra and David from sunny Spain wish all our friends, family and aquaintances a happy and healthy festive season, whatever your beliefs.
We’re hopeful that 2021 will bring more cheer and less sorrow than this year has. Just remember to take each day as it comes and live it to the full, never say “I wish I had …. “, do it NOW!
Sending love and hugs to you all. S & D, Torrox Costa


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News & Articles

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For the new official Covid restrictions, translated directly from the Junta de Andalucia site, see the news section in the Friday issue of DigameXtra, https://digamextra.com/2020/12/11/digamextra-no-1811-friday-dec-11th-2020/


Coronavirus vaccines due to arrive in Spain from January 4, says health minister: Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Monday that the first coronavirus vaccines could start arriving in Spain “from January 4 or 5,” once the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approves a vaccine candidate. The EMA is likely to approve the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech by December 29 at the latest. This vaccine has already been approved for use in the United Kingdom, which began vaccinating priority groups last week. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-12-14/coronavirus-vaccines-due-to-arrive-in-spain-from-january-4-says-health-minister.html


What is the new strain of Covid-19 and should we be worried in Ireland?: A new strain of Covid-19 has been identified in the UK, according to health experts across the Irish Sea.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed the worrying new development in the Commons as he confirmed plans to move London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire into Tier 3.
Speaking in the Commons, Mr Hancock said: “Over the last few days, thanks to our world-class genomic capability in the UK, we have identified a new variant of coronavirus which may be associated with the faster spread in the South of England.
“Initial analysis suggests this variant is growing faster than the existing variants.”
Having just been identified earlier today, there is no clear and concise information about this strain and how it differs from the current strain.
Here’s what we know so far…Continue reading at: https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/what-new-strain-covid-19-23166886


Toughest coronavirus restrictions to be imposed in London: London and surrounding areas will be placed under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday as infections rise rapidly in the capital, Britain’s health secretary said Monday, adding that a new variant of the virus may be to blame for the spread. Under Tier 3 restrictions, the toughest level in England’s three-tier system, people can’t socialize indoors and bars, pubs and restaurants must close except for takeout. People are told to minimize traveling within or to the area, and Hancock said people shouldn’t take trips into central London to do their Christmas shopping. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/international-news-england-london-coronavirus-pandemic-b6c78f2173016d7df2e6f4121091a2d6


Dutch leader expected to announce tough coronavirus lockdown: The Dutch prime minister is expected to impose a tough month-long coronavirus lockdown Monday night in a speech to the nation after infection rates in the Netherlands rose sharply despite a two-month “partial lockdown.”
Dutch media, citing unnamed government sources, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte will likely order schools to close beginning Wednesday and shut non-essential shops and businesses such as hair salons, museums and theaters starting Tuesday until Jan. 19. Full article: https://apnews.com/article/international-news-mark-rutte-netherlands-coronavirus-pandemic-restaurants-62f528f5c0350abcdeb20e6214e04cdb


Warning to expats as bogus gas technicians claim to be from the council: Council issues warning after reports of bogus gas technicians claiming to be from the local authority have attempted to gain access to people’s homes in Arena – in particular those of expats.
A spokesperson said: “We have learned that there are some people visiting houses within our municipality, especially the houses of foreigners, saying that they are gas technicians and they are going to check the facilities.
“They ask to enter the homes and charge for their inspection, in addition saying they are authorised by the council and even that they are employees.
“All this is false, since the city council has not authorised anyone to visit the houses and inspect the gas installations, much less that they are council staff.
“Please, do not allow technical assumptions to enter your homes to avoid scams,” the council added.
Anyone who visits a property to check facilities must be duly accredited by a company and must have previously been requested. They will carry a photo ID, always check it before allowing them in, even if you have requested assistance.
Anybody who receives a visit from one of these “alleged technicians” is asked to contact the Guardia Civil on 061 or Arenas Council on 952 509 005. Source: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/14/warning-to-expats-as-bogus-gas-technicians-claim-to-be-from-the-council/


Power cuts cause chaos from Calahonda to Fuengirola: The outage seemed to concentrate on the area between Calahonda and Fuengirola and as well as electricity, telecommunications were also badly affected with Vodafone and Orange at least going down as well. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/14/power-cuts-cause-chaos-from-calahonda-to-fuengirola/


MásMóvil challenges the large electricity distributors and presents “EnergyGo”: Telephone operators in Spain continue to expand their services and enter new market niches (alarms, autonomous vehicles, energy, banking …), in the heat of the deployment of 5G technology. Among the most active in recent weeks, MásMóvil, which days after announcing a commercial alliance with El Corte Inglés to market various products such as state-of-the-art alarms between now and the end of the year, has presented this Monday “EnergyGo”. It is a new 100% clean energy service for Yoigo customers, which is available from today and for which it will have as an energy partner with the Spanish company Lucera. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/masmovil-challenges-the-large-electricity-distributors-and-presents-energygo/
EnergyGo info is found on this website: https://www.yoigo.com/otros-servicios


Google’s YouTube, Gmail recover after global outage: Outages on select Google apps are not uncommon, but Monday’s outage affected all its popular services, including Google Hangouts, Google Chats and Google Meet, products that people have used extensively during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Services are supposed to have been restored, yet I was still having problems with WordPress and Google as I write this early Tuesday morning. -Ed.) Full article: https://www.reuters.com/article/alphabet-outages/googles-youtube-gmail-recover-after-global-outage-idUSKBN28O1F5


For the latest COVID-19 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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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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