DigameXtra No. 2025 Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

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COVID-19 VIRUS HOTLINE: Information hotline for those who suspect they may have the coronavirus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay at home and dial 900 400 061 or 955 545 060 – and only call 112 in an emergency.

For the official Andalucia Covid rules for your town, in Spanish only, go to this site, click your town, and find your rules in the lower left corner of the page. Click a category, then click the “+” sign to expand the rules: https://www.mapacovid.es

Another good, reliable source for updated Covid news, announcements and statistics are both your local
Ayuntamiento & the Junta de Andalucia’s FB and Twitter pages. @AndaluciaJunta  https://twitter.com/AndaluciaJunta  https://www.facebook.com/AndaluciaJunta/

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Entertainment Alert! Some shows are being cancelled due to the new Covid restrictions, others have to insist on reservations due to limited people per table.
To avoid disappointment and unnecessary travel confirm shows and times with the venues.
UPDATE 04AUG: The Covid passport (or negative Covid test) requirement to enter discotheques and night clubs is postponed until the TSJA gives the go-ahead to the measure in Andalusia. (See full info in News Section)


Art Room Art & Ceramics Gallery, Canillas de Albaida:
Now open again after being fully vaccinated.
Open by appointment everyday from 11.00am – 7.00pm.
Original paintings, prints and paintographs by Mitch France, ceramics by Chris France.
Now we have canvas prints on wood frames that look pretty much like the original at a much lower cost (from €40) ready to hang.
Subject matter: Musicians, Morocco, Cuba, 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 also well ventilated and air conditioned.
You can book an appointment through the website or contact Mitch: 616 891 473 (Whatsapp).
Email: mitchbanjo@hotmail.com
Facebook: mitchfranceart
Instagram: mitchfranceart
Twitter: mitchfranceart


The Bandits: We will be playing at Restaurante Posada La Plaza, La Plaza, Canillas de Albaida this coming Friday 6th August from 8.30pm. To reserve your tables call 952 553 254 or 609 167 127. 


BioBeach Programs: The BioBeach Wednesday Program is taking a break in August. However we have exciting offerings this autumn starting with Sept. 1 when we take you by armchair travel to Bolivia followed by a Menu del Dia featuring Bolivia traditional dishes. Before Sept. 1 we’ll post more information including announcing that BioBeach is partnering with the U3A Axarquia (http://www.u3aaxarquia.com/) to present a number of interesting programs. For example on Sept.9th, we’ll start a Spanish conversation group focusing on pronunciation and how to build questions.
For more information contact norma at: norma2kk@aol.com.
Enjoy your August! Watch this space!


Liquid Lunch live music: Friday 6AUG 9pm.
Venta El Charco, Los Romanes
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Concert in Benalmádena: Wednesday 11AUG 10pm, concert hosted by the Ayuntamiento de Benalmádena, with brilliant violinist Naiara Castillejo + Jesus Gomez. Free outdoor, what more could you ask for? 


Velez Malaga announces two flamenco shows: The free concerts will see ‘Chaparro’ perform at the MUVEL museum on August 12, and Fran Moya at the Cerro de San Cristobal on August 26. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/08/03/velez-malaga-announces-two-flamenco-shows/


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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, my time can be hired in 3 time slots of 4, 6 and 8 hours at a cost of 50€, 75€ and 100€ respectively plus any required materials at cost or fixed price quote if you prefer.
-Small construction/demolition jobs – walls, fencing, guttering, tiling etc. costs as above or fixed price quote if you prefer.
-Painting and decorating – interior or exterior, tools all supplied, materials extra at cost . costs as above or fixed price quote if you prefer.
Evenings, weekends and holidays both Spanish and English are all included at no extra cost. I am always busy and usually require between 2 and 4 weeks notice before I can start work but I can usually carry out quotations fairly quickly.
Check my website for examples of my work  www.nikofalltrades.es
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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 DigameXtra 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:
Things are starting to get back to ‘Normal’ …now what?
Let people know you are open for business by advertising on the radio, where you will be heard 4 to 6 times a day, in the car, the kitchen, the bedroom, even on the beach!
No magazine can do that!
97.6 Coast Fm Gold is the Eastern Costa del Sol’s number one radio station, heard locally and all over the world on 97.6fm, Online, Google, Siri, Alexa and on Tunein!
Based in Nerja and broadcasting 24 hours a day, your advert would be heard between 4 to 6 times a day, every day at the same cost as a magazine or local newspaper, which are looked at maybe once or even missed…….you can’t miss whats on the radio unless it’s switched off!
We script it, do the voiceover, add music and once approved by you…..we broadcast it!
Whether your a bar an estate agent, supermarket or have a product or service you would like the world to know about, let them know on 97.6 Coast Fm Gold.
Email to studio @ coastfmgold.com or WhatsApp to 691934626 or leave message and we will call you back!


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



People Group Spain: Luggage Storage in Nerja
If you have a rental property but struggle to find somewhere for your guests to store luggage on arrival or departure, then struggle no more. At People Group Spain we offer luggage storage from our office located at Calle Diputación 9. All items are securely tagged and can be stored for a cost of just 3€ per item per day. Luggage can be dropped off between 10:00 and 13:00, Monday to Saturday, and can be collected again by appointment at any time until 20:00. The facilities can also be used on Sundays with a prior reservation. For more information or reservations please contact us on +34 615 763 349 or by email at admin@peoplegroupspain.com. 


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Halting Erosion using Vetiver:
From Vetiver Spain in Sayalonga
Our Nursery is open by appointment depending on the current travel restrictions. Please email or call first. We have Moringa seedlings, Organic Moringa powder and Comfrey plants. We also have some local trees and some exotic trees from Africa.
Vetiver is a rapid growing and non-invasive sterile clump grass with a height of 1-2 metres and a root system of 3-4 metres in depth. We have been providing Vetiver throughout the EU for almost 10 years now. We are located in Sayalonga where we can plant year round but our best results by far start in February. The reason is that Vetiver is indigenous to India and Vetiver loves the heat of the summer. Use Vetiver cuttings as mulch around all of your fruit trees. Decomposing Vetiver improves soil quality, keeps the weeds down and the insects away all while helping to maintain soil moisture.
Vetiver is a nutritious and replenishable animal fodder. Horses and pigs love it. We use it in our chicken pens replacing hay because it stops mites.
In the 2 photos below you will see land prepared for Vetiver and the results 2 years later.
We also use Vetiver along driveways and sidewalks. It also makes a great and inexpensive ornamental hedge.
Here is a link to a short video showing the results.
We suggest planting now, as this is the BEST time of the year to plant.
To see more images of Vetiver go to this link.
Presently we have some specials, which include free shipping to numerous locations.
For more information please contact us.
Please visit us or visit our website:
Email: info@vetiverspain.com
Telephone: (34) 692 288 657



For Sale: iPhone 7plus, 256gb, in excellent working order. Always kept in phone case and always with glass protector. No scratches or marks. Unlocked to any network. Selling solely due to upgrade. 240 euros.
Buyer collects in Vélez de benaudalla or Nerja.
Jan, Vélez de Benaudalla Tel 646381332 or
email Jan at: janetgill_9@hotmail.com 


News & Articles

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Coronavirus deaths in Spain soar to 130 in a day: The number of coronavirus infections is dropping but, simultaneously, the number of deaths is rocketing.
-The strong growth in infections during the beginning of July is starting to be reflected three weeks later in the morgues with 130 deaths in just 24 hours, a figure that has not been seen since 11 May when Spain was still suffering the effects of the fourth wave.
-However, in just one day Spain’s cumulative incidence rate fell almost 20 points, from 673.52 to 653.81 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a drop that has not been seen for weeks. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202108/03/coronavirus-deaths-spain-soar-20210803184642.html


Andalucía reports 23 Covid deaths in a day, the highest number since May: The Andalusian region has this Tuesday (3 August) registered a total of 4,459 new coronavirus infections according to data from the Junta’s Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA), which also recorded 23 deaths in the last 24 hours, the worst figure since 11 May, when 54 people died.
-The cumulative incidence rate has risen for 33 consecutive days and stands at 597.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, some 13.3 points more in 24 hours and 61.5 points more in a week.
-By provinces, Malaga is once again the one with the most cases, with 1,270, followed by Seville with 796, Cadiz with 764, Almeria with 543, Cordoba with 439, Granada with 228, Huelva with 223 and Jaén with 196.
Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202108/03/andalucia-reports-covid-deaths-20210803121623.html 


UK reports 138 COVID-19 deaths, 21,691 new cases: The reported deaths Tuesday is higher than Monday’s 24 but that figure has previously been elevated on Tuesdays, owing to reporting patterns in hospitals after the weekend. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-reports-138-covid-19-deaths-21691-new-cases-2021-08-03/


Foreign tourist numbers plummet in Spain to just 14% of 2019 levels: In the first six months of the year only 273,000 British tourists visited Spain according to official figures, compared to almost 2.1 million in June 2019 alone. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202108/03/foreign-tourist-numbers-plummet-20210803112734.html


The Covid passport in discotheques is postponed until the TSJA gives the go-ahead to the measure in Andalusia: {Translation} Updated: 03/08/2021 19:57h
-The Covid passport for nightlife will not come into force this Thursday. This has been announced by the Minister of the Presidency and spokesman of the Andalusian Government, Elías Bendodo, who has pointed out that he will first ask the courts to rule on this measure, which in places like the Canary Islands has already been overturned by a ruling.
-Bendodo, who has hoped that the TSJA will rule on this matter “as soon as possible”, has indicated that this measure is taken for “greater legal certainty” when applying the measure.
-Nightlife entrepreneurs have asked the Junta that if in the bars and nightclubs Covid passport are imposed to access the interior of the establishments, the capacity restrictions that exist until now will be lifted.
-In the end, this postponement has been granted by means of a referral to the TSJA. In this way, the demands of the employers’ association of the nightlife sector, which had considered the measure to ask for the Covid passport as “early and without consensus”, have been partially deactivated. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-pasaporte-covid-discotecas-aplaza-hasta-tsja-visto-bueno-medida-andalucia-202108031353_noticia.html


These 57 Andalusian municipalities exceed the 1,000 Covid rate, one day before restrictions are revised:
-Olula del Río in Almeria province; Conil de la Frontera, Paterna de Rivera and Olvera (Cadiz province), Mengíbar (Jaén province), Malaga city and Campillos (Malaga province), Marchena, and El Cuervo (Seville province) are the Andalusian municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants that this Tuesday (3 August) exceed the rate of 1,000 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.
-The municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants that currently have limited night mobility are Marbella (Malaga), Estepona (Malaga) and Montoro (Cordoba). However, all three have dropped below the threshold that marks these restrictions. Marbella stands at 934.8 this Tuesday, Estepona is at 982.5, and Montoro has an incidence rate of 828.6. Full article: http://www.surinenglish.com/national/202108/03/these-municipalities-exceed-covid-20210803175237.html 



Nerja Saved From Lockdown: {Translation, summary}
-Nerja has left the red zone of high incidence of Covid-19, a day before the provincial public health alert committees meet to review the current restrictions for contagions. The risk of the Junta de Andalucía imposing a curfew from two in the morning to seven in the morning has therefore receded. On the other hand, Conil de la Frontera has passed the threshold of 1,000 cases. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-covid-andalucia-toque-queda-planea-sobre-conil-mientras-punta-umbria-isla-cristina-salen-zona-peligro-202108031319_noticia.html


Cueva de Ardales cave in Málaga- cave paintings confirmed to have been made by the Neanderthals: Neanderthals in Europe weren’t the simple brutes they’re often portrayed as being, a new study suggests. It confirms that red ochre markings found in a Spanish cave were made by the Neanderthals and probably used for a symbolic or ritual purpose for thousands of years. Full article: https://www.zmescience.com/science/spanish-cave-paint-neanderthal-23467834/ 


Brits will have to cough up €7 for EU visas by the end of 2022: News about the timeline for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System came in an update from the European Commission on Tuesday (August 3).
The announcement said: “Visa-exempt non-EU nationals will only need a few minutes to fill in an online application which in a vast majority of cases (expected to be over 95%) will result in automatic approval.
“The process will be simple, fast and affordable: the ETIAS authorisation will cost €7, which will be a one-off fee, and will be valid for three years and for multiple entries.” Full article: https://travelweekly.co.uk/news/air/brits-will-have-to-pay-e7-for-eu-visas-by-end-of-2022


Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed ‘Freedom Day’ in Scotland will go ahead next week in her latest Covid-19 update: The move will see the end of Level 0 restrictions in Scotland, with the last remaining coronavirus lockdown rules removed. But the First Minister did set out a number of “mitigation measures” which would remain in place. Full article: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/2426293/freedom-day-nicola-sturgeon-confirms-covid-19-lockdown-restriction-to-end/


EuroMillions- draw results for Tuesday, August 3, 2021:
The winning combination in the draw of Euromillions of Tuesday, August 3, 2021 corresponds to the one formed by the following numbers: 46, 23, 45, 21 and 17 and the stars 7 & 11. The Million code has been the QPW19048.
Source: https://spainsnews.com/euromillions-draw-results-for-tuesday-august-3-2021/


Another WhatsApp Scam Alert: The scam that seeks to steal your WhatsApp account with an SMS: The cybersecurity company ESET has warned of a new attack detected in the last hours that seeks to rob users of their account on the messaging platform WhatsApp with the sending of a fraudulent SMS.
-The cybercriminals behind the threat pose as WhatsApp technical support and contact the user through an SMS message to inform you that your phone number, the one linked to this service, you have been registered in a new account.
-Next, and to verify that the person they are addressing is the owner of the account, the cybercriminals they ask you to resend a six-digit security code that you will receive via SMS.
-If the victim sends the six-digit code to verify their identity, they will have completely lost control over their WhatsApp account and the cybercriminals will be able to log in with their phone number. That is, they can steal your account and impersonate the victim.
-ESET urge the users of this application to be vigilant for the possible reception of this type of SMS. If you see it in your inbox, they advise you to delete it immediately “in order to avoid a security breach,” as they point out in a statement.
-They also remind you that it is impossible for the potential victim’s number to be used to register a new account, since WhatsApp only allows one account per registered phone number. Source: https://spainsnews.com/the-scam-that-seeks-to-steal-your-whatsapp-account-with-an-sms/


Dinner and Drinks for 8 in Marbs, only €4098: This is making the rounds on social media. Notice it includes a €372 “Service Charge” that is NOT the tip. Source, Spanish: https://www.20minutos.es/gonzoo/noticia/4783654/0/una-cuenta-en-un-restaurante-de-marbella-de-4-000-euros-escandaliza-a-las-redes-sociales/ 


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Weekly Markets
Monday: Torrox Costa
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena
Wednesday: Rincon de la Victoria, Algarrobo Costa
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Friday: Almunecar, Salobrena, La Herradura- Summers only
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