DigameXtra No. 2144 Friday, Dec. 24th, 2021

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The Kinks – Father Christmas
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Have a Lemmy, Merry Christmas – Lemmy Kilmister
Lemmy (Hawkwind, Motörhead)- Bass/ Vocals
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)- Guitar
Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighter)- Drums
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Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
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Merry Christmas Party: Revival Live Band will be at Monaghan ‘s Pub Alharin De La Torre on Saturday 25 December 10.30pm.


The Boma: A South African bar & restaurant in the heart of Andalucia. Serving great food, good drinks & unmatched personality.
Our opening times for the Christmas Period-
-Christmas Eve – we open at 6pm
-Closed Christmas Day
-Open as normal on Boxing Day
-New Years Eve – we open at 6pm
-Closed New Years Day
Av. de Mijas km 2.5. 29120 Alhaurín el Grande


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Greek House– Greek Casita Restaurant, Torrox Costa! Please note: We’re Closed for Holiday. We re-open New Years Eve, Friday Dec 31st, from 8pm. In January we return to regular hours, 6pm to close, Wednesday thru Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Located on the sea promenade, between the Safari bar and Picadero restaurants, BLQ 80 bajo. We offer you a little piece of Greece with our Greek home made specialities. You can choose meat specialties (Gyros, Souvlaki, Bifteki, Sutsukaki, Mussaka), cheese (Feta Psiti, Feta Saganaki, Hallumi), vegetables (Greek salad, Hummus, Eggplant cream, Mezze, Tzatziki) or sea fruits ( prawns or octopus), all of this accompanied with our special Greek pita bread. We offer a lovely meal time in a quiet end exquisite atmosphere, accompanied with the best Greek music. See you soon! For reservations call telephone number 642585049. https://la-casita-griega.business.site/



Malagalingo Spanish School:
Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!!!
Here are some pictures of our CHRISTMAS LUNCH Malagalingo
Because we know a language is not only learned in the classroom, come and chat with us in SPANISH in all our FREE Out-of-School Activities
Everyone is invited to the FIRST FREE LESSON
Call or write us whenever you want to book
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Recommendations & Requests


Solidaria Childrens Christmas Gifts: My thanks to everyone of my friends who donated a Christmas Gift to the Children of Nerja’s Solidaria food Bank a total of 73 Gifts were given all wrapped and labeled with the age and if it was a boy or girl the ages ranged from 0 to 16 years. Well done friends from Nerja,Torrox and Competa your generosity will help to give these children some joy and hope that someone cares. Merry Christmas to you all Dorothy, Nerja.


News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }


Covid Andalucia- Andalucía adds 7,210 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest number since January: The Covid-19 incidence rate has risen by 70.9 in one day to reach 573, and 14 people in the region have died from the virus in the last 24 hours. The coronavirus deaths were registered in Malaga (five), Seville (four), Granada (two), Cordoba (two), and one in Almeria province. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/andalucia-adds-7210-20211223133047-nt.html 


The government justifies the return of face masks outdoors because of Christmas “crowds”: {Translation} 23/12/2021 13:33
-The Government held an extraordinary Council of Ministers meeting on Thursday to approve the Royal Decree Law of the Ministry of Health with the return of the use of face masks outdoors (except for some exceptions such as sports, being in the countryside and with a distance of one and a half metres), as well as the new measures announced yesterday to deal with the sixth wave of the coronavirus.
-The Minister Spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, and the Minister for Health, Carolina Darias, justified the recovery of this prevention instrument at the press conference following the cabinet meeting after strong criticism from the opposition and partners. The Summit of Presidents held yesterday by telematic means was not satisfactory for most of the leaders.
-“What the government has done with the communities is to convince them to use the masks outdoors, we are witnessing greater interaction and mobility and many crowds in the vast majority of cities because of the dates we are in, the masks prevent the spread by aerosols,” explained Darias. The health minister also pointed out that this is a “temporary measure” until the “situation improves”. The accumulated incidence is 784 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and with a very high risk of transmission – yesterday’s data -.
-As ABC explains on Thursday, scientists believe that the return of the masks to the streets is an “absurd” decision and that it is part of a “political theatre” that will contribute to increasing the pandemic fatigue of the public. However, Minister Darias, as did Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez yesterday, insists that it is endorsed by the consensus of the scientific community.
-“We have different scientific studies from different countries, such as the USA and Germany, that speak of the relationship between the spread of aerosols and the role of masks in stopping these contagions,” Darias justified. “In the latest report of the Centre for Coordination of Alerts and Health Emergencies (CCAES) on the Omicron variant establishes a series of recommendations that say that given the expansion of the same and the high transmissibility it is necessary to comply with the control of non-pharmacological measures such as the proper use of masks,” he continued.
-The Popular Party claims that the government “is doing nothing” and is sending a message of confusion. “This is purely a matter of political marketing and the Spanish people are too intelligent to be taken for a ride,” said Ana Pastor, Vice-Secretary for Social Policy of the Popular Party. The spokesman for Ciudadanos, Edmundo Bal, spoke of the “total uselessness” of the measure. Bildu says it “contributes little and confuses a lot”. And Vox campaigned yesterday on Twitter not to put it on. Source, Spanish: https://www.abc.es/sociedad/abci-gobierno-justifica-vuelta-mascarillas-exteriores-aglomeraciones-navidad-202112231300_noticia.html


How long before it gets here? Catalan High Court approves curfew and limits on social gatherings: The Catalan regional government on Thursday received court authorization to introduce a series of measure. Starting Friday, a nighttime curfew between 12am and 6am will be introduced in all municipalities with a population of more than 10,000 where the 14-day incidence rate exceeds 250 cases per 100,000. A total of 126 municipalities will be affected by the measure.
Social gatherings will also be limited to 10 people, while capacity at religious, sporting and cultural events will be cut to 70%.
Other restrictions that did not require court authorization will also come into effect at 12am on Friday: the closure of all nighttime venues and a 50% cut to capacity in restaurants. Full article: https://english.elpais.com/society/2021-12-23/catalan-high-court-approves-curfew-and-limits-on-social-gatherings.html


Christmas Eve will arrive this Friday with a risk of rain and heavy swell in Andalucia: {Translation}
-The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has informed that there will be a significant risk of coastal phenomena and heavy rainfall this Friday in several provinces of Andalusia.
-The important risk for rainfall will affect Cadiz, where up to 80 litres per square metre may accumulate in 12 hours. Meanwhile, the provinces of Seville, Cadiz and Malaga will have a yellow warning for rain, which will accumulate 15 to 20 litres per square metre.
-In general, Christmas Eve will be marked by very heavy rainfall in the southwest of Andalusia. Snowfalls will appear from 2,000 to 2,400 metres in the southeastern mountain ranges. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/sociedad/noticia-nochebuena-llegara-manana-riesgo-lluvias-fuerte-oleaje-galicia-andalucia-20211223233648.html


Malaga suspends Plaza de la Constitucion New Year’s Eve party again but Parade is maintained: The Plaza de la Constitucion New Year’s Eve party in Malaga has been suspended for the second consecutive year as decided by the city council in light of the increase in infections in the province.
The mayor of Fiestas ensures that the classic route of the Parade is maintained, “maintaining current health regulations and with the chairs a metre and a half away.” Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/12/23/malaga-suspends-plaza-de-la-constitucion-new-years-eve-party-again/


Germany declares the whole of Spain a high-risk area for the COVID-19 pandemic: {Translation} 23/12/2021 17:44
-The German health authorities have decreed that all of Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, is a high-risk area due to the high incidence of cases of COVID-19, which implies certain entry requirements, including pre-travel registration.
-Travellers from high-risk countries are required to observe a ten-day quarantine, although those who present a valid vaccination certificate, proof of having passed the disease or a recent negative test are exempted.
-The changes will come into effect at midnight on Thursday to Friday, 25 December. In addition to Spain, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which monitors the evolution of the pandemic in Germany, has also announced the addition of the United States, Finland, Monaco, Portugal and Cyprus. Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-alemania-declara-toda-espana-zona-alto-riesgo-pandemia-covid-19-20211223174423.html


Italy bans New Year events as COVID infections surge: Italy has tightened restrictions to curb surging COVID-19 infections, including banning all public New Year’s Eve celebrations, as daily infections hit a record high, the government said on Thursday.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza said mask wearing would be compulsory outdoors again and ordered people to use the more protective Ffp2 face masks on public transport and in public places, such as theatres, cinemas and at sports events.
In addition, concerts and open-air events will be banned until Jan. 31, and discos and dance clubs will have to shut their doors until that date, in an effort to prevent mass socialising during the holiday period. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/italy-set-tighten-covid-curbs-rein-infections-statement-2021-12-23/


France’s daily Covid cases reach national record at nearly 90,000 as deaths rise: Data from the health ministry also showed that France registered a further 179 COVID deaths in hospitals over the last 24 hours, while the number of COVID patients in intensive care units reached 3,208, up by 61 from the previous day. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/france/20211223-france-s-daily-covid-cases-reach-national-record-at-nearly-90-000-as-deaths-rise


Results of the Primitiva of Thursday, December 23, 2021: The winning combination of the Primitiva draw held this Thursday, December 23, 2021, has been formed by the numbers 15, 17, 23, 32, 44 and 45. The complementary number is 02, and the refund, the 9. In the Joker draw the chosen number has been the 0190566, awarded 1 million euros. Source: https://spainsnews.com/results-of-the-primitiva-of-thursday-december-23-2021/


Turns out, no one wants to talk to Amazon’s Alexa: According to internal Amazon data obtained by Bloomberg, some years see up to 25 percent of new Alexa owners no longer actively using their devices after only two weeks of ownership.
Amazon does recognize that the biggest barriers to growth for its Alexa devices comes down to privacy and usefulness. While many users realize the speakers must listen to their surroundings to accurately respond to commands, many find it frightening to know that Amazon employees can review audio clips, or the speaker may accidentally send out recordings of private conversations.
As for its usefulness, while many features are available, it’s just not feasible to actually use most of them. And despite Amazon continuing to add more features, it’s more annoying than helpful most of the time. Full article: https://mashable.com/article/amazon-alexa-usage-drop 

COVID Mobility Restrictions Info Reference


For the latest COVID-19 statistics visit:


Spain Coronavirus Data from Spain’s Ministerio de Sanidad, Official Covid-19 Pages:

Coronavirus Cases in Andalucia, Axarquia, Costa del Sol & Malaga Province:

UK Coronavirus:

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.

A Spanish gov’t site in English with travel docs & requirements info: 


Churches & Worship


New Life Church: Whether you live in Nerja or are visiting our area, we would be delighted to welcome you to New Life Church. Our meetings are characterised by uplifting songs, relevant sermons and a modern but reverent service.
During this time of uncertainty, God’s word reminds us that the Gospel shines brightest in times of darkness. We are a Bible based Church community continuing to help people find their way to God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life“
-Sunday Service 11.00am
-Prayer Meetings Wednesdays 11.00am
Pasaje San Miguel, Nerja
Directions: Click Here https://goo.gl/maps/KvNCimhrsYdH298r9
Email: info@nlcnerja.com
Website: https://www.nlcnerja.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nlcnerja


El Puente Christian Fellowship – Sunday Service
El Puente Christian Fellowship is a loving, multi-national, Bible believing community of Christ, who meet each Sunday at 11 am to worship The Lord. We enjoy a time of worship with contemporary songs and traditional hymns, and a message brought to us by one of the Elders or a visiting speaker.
The church meeting hall is situated underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria Puente Don Manuel, Cruce de Periana – 29713.
Full directions and further information can be found on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/El-Puente-Christian-Fellowship-105285888299225/or please contact us by email on elpuentechristianfellowship@gmail.com. For those who cannot join us in person, we aim to stream Sunday services via the Facebook page (subject to a good internet connection!). 


St George’s Church Málaga: We are part of the Church of England in Spain covering the area from Torremolinos in the west to the outskirts of Nerja in the east and to the northern edge of Malaga province. 
We have three worship centres, in Velez-Málaga, Málaga city and Salinas. Everyone is welcome to our Sunday services in English, and you can also contact us to enquire about baptisms, marriage blessings, funerals, and house blessings. 
Father Louis, our Chaplain, is available for counsel and support, regardless of anyone’s beliefs or background. We aspire to be a welcoming and inclusive community, open to all people seeking faith and friendship. 
If you can’t get to church, we live-stream our Sunday services on Facebook, and also gather on Zoom for an informal service on Wednesday mornings. 
Sign up for our newsletter by emailing Father Louis at malagachaplain@gmail.com to receive login details, and news of other future events. We look forward to welcoming you and being of service.
Website: www.stgeorgemalaga.org & Facebook 


The Anglican Chaplaincy of Nerja & Almunecar:
The Anglican Chaplaincy of Nerja & Almunecar holds a midday (12 noon) Eucharist service at San Miguel church in Nerja every Sunday. San Miguel is to be found in Plaza Andalucia. https://goo.gl/maps/nCMt8XqAQvuyZiaE8
Iglesia de San Miguel (St Michael’s Church) is within easy walking distance of Nerja Bus Station. Free parking on the streets is available close to Plaza Andalucia or off street in the Dustbowl car park.
A midweek Eucharist service is held by Zoom each Wednesday at 9.30 am and a simple service of Compline also takes place by Zoom on Thursdays at 6pm.
Residents and visitors are welcome at our services.
For more information and to register for the link to the Zoom services please refer to our website. https://www.nerjaalmunecaranglicanchurch.co.uk/ & FB link


Christmas Day Services- Anglican Chaplaincy of St. George, Malaga.
Eucharistic of the Nativity of our Lord.
Christmas Day 25th December 2021.
-Velez-Malaga, Calle Linares 7, 10.30am
-Malaga, English Cemetery, Malaga 11.00am
All welcome. FB link


Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar Special Church Services
-Friday 24th December – The Danish Church Service. Time 13.00.
-Friday 24th December – Catholic Mass in English. Time 16.30.
-Saturday 25th December – St Barnabas Church (IERE) Service. Time 11.00.
Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar, Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Tel: 952 543 334


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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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/
Spain National News in English, El Pais: https://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html
EU News in English, EuroWeekly: https://www.euroweeklynews.com
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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