DigameXtra No. 2174 Tuesday, Feb. 1st, 2022

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Relive the most iconic songs of Queen in this hypnotic concert: The musical events will take place on February 11 and March 5 in two passes: at 6:15 p.m. and at 8:15 p.m. Both will be held in the María Cristina Concert Hall, Malaga, a unique space with perfect characteristics to evoke the British group under its elegant building.
A very intimate atmosphere in a spectacular candlelit location
The great acoustics of the María Cristina Concert Hall
Live the best songs of Queen by candlelight! Live a unique experience during an exclusive piano concert. Let yourself be carried away by the melody and the relaxed atmosphere while listening to some of the hits of this group that made history. You will feel that you are living an unrepeatable moment!
Location: C. Marqués de Valdecañas, 2, 29008 Malaga
Tickets, €15 to €35: https://feverup.com/m/105406
Info: https://malagasecreta.com/candlelight-tributo-queen/ 


Eliza Handley live at Bar Amsterdam: Sat Feb 5th 7:30pm
Av. América, blq.89, Torrox Costa  FB link 


Cuardo Flamenco: Sat Feb 5th, 7pm at Casa de la Cultura, Almunecar
Dancers, singers and musicians.
Venue: Calle Puerta de Granada 1, 18690 Almuñécar
Tix at theater boxoffice and Viajes Eroski Almuñécar (Mariana Pineda 10)
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The Blue Stompers live at Bar Allioli: Sunday 6 Feb 2pm
We are happy to announce our return to Bar Alioli this Sunday 6th Feb from 2pm. Boogie and Blues at it´s best, be sure not to miss out and book your table as soon as possible.
An amazing gem of a Bar hidden in the Serrania de Ronda.
7 different beers on tap. 60+ types of bottled beers and an extensive range of artisan burgers: Australian, Belgian, Chinese, Danish, Germany, English, French, Spanish, Greek, Mexican, Jamaican, Irish, Dutch and Indian.
Plaza San Roque Estación Jimera De Líbar 29392 Jimera de Líbar  FB Link


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For Sale: Game Sets. 15 plus Assorted games for sale, see photo. Selling as one lot, only 30 euro. Buyer collects from Canillas de Albaida or Archez. Keith / Canillas
Contact: keithrocksue AT gmail DOT com or phone 693 107 206 


For Sale, 3 items:
-A pair of Ikea single chairs in beige (throws and cushions not included). €100. Collection only from Capistrano in Nerja.
-Ladies (€75) set of golf clubs with all accessories.
-Gents (€100) set of golf clubs with all accessories.
Martin, Nerja +44 7742 835308 or
Email: hutch4@btinternet.com 


For Sale: Super Mini PC by Nipogi, DoctorLaptop Customized, Just One Left!
Windows 11 Pro, 6Gb RAM
2 SSD hard drives: 120Gb System drive + 240Gb Storage drive
Processor: Intel Celeron J4125, 2.0GHz base, 2.7GHz boost
2x HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, 2x USB 2, 2x USB 3
Audio miniplug, Dual Band Wifi 2.4/5
Video: Can support 3 displays simultaneously, 4k HD
Very low power consumption, only 10watts. Buyer must provide a display, a mouse, keyboard, and speakers/headphones. I have new Logitech business quality UK keyboards available for €25, if you need one.
Price €300, 30 day cash back warranty on hardware.
Naythan, Torrox Costa



Recommendations & Requests


Cold winter: Hi, my friends were discussing the recent weather and approximately 60% said it had been the warmest winter they could remember while the other 40% said it was the coldest! What do other Digameites think, or better still, has anyone access to official meteorological records? Thanks, Harry, Malaga
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Recommendation for an interpreter: Due to a complicated doctors visit I opted to ask Alfredo to come along and make sure I was clearly understanding the doctor. He arrived on time, was very professional and kind. I can highly recommend his services. Contact him by phone or WhatsApp on 655386223
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News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }


Covid Andalucia- Andalusia drops 95 Covid hospitalisations and records lowest number of infections since before Christmas:
{Translation} :31/01/2022 12:44
-The decline of the sixth wave of Covid in Andalusia is accelerating. This is attested by the fall in the values that first notice the changes in trends in the pandemic, such as infections, incidence and hospitalised patients.
-According to the latest data from the Regional Ministry of Health and Families, Andalusia has recorded 5,637 positive results in Covid on Monday. This is the lowest figure since 21 December, when the arrival of omicron in Andalusia triggered this variable. Moreover, although the figure is still high, it is the best Monday since the beginning of December.
-In line with this drop, the incidence also fell, which is already approaching the floor of one thousand cases per hundred thousand inhabitants in 14 days. Thus, this Monday the figure stands at 1,041 points. The one week incidence number is also good at 386 points, some 40 points less than on Saturday.
-There is also good news in hospitalised patients. Thanks to the drop in the number of infections, the fall in the number of those hospitalised on Monday is already noticeable, to 2,092; 95 less than on Saturday. This figure is the biggest drop in Andalusia since 7 March, almost a year ago.
-And, following the script of the pandemic, the next figure to fall must be those hospitalised in the ICU. For now it is not happening, but if the wave follows the current trend, it should not take long to reach. In any case, this Monday there are 238 people in intensive care in Andalusia, ten more than on Saturday.
-Regarding deaths, that is still at high levels. Health reports 16 deaths due to Covid on Monday. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/andalucia/sevi-andalucia-baja-95-hospitalizados-covid-y-anota-menor-numero-contagios-desde-antes-navidad-202201311244_noticia.html 


Costa del Sol records the highest temperature in Spain: Malaga, on the Costa del Sol, registered the highest temperature in Spain this Monday afternoon (31 January) when the mercury officially peaked at 25.1 degrees at 3.20pm in the city centre.
However, the temperature fell short of the historical record for January, which was registered at 26.8 degrees on 21 January, 1981. The average for the time of year is usually around 17C. Full article:


Spanish police warn of “virtual kidnapping” phone scam– what to do if it happens to you: This method of scamming is known as “virtual kidnapping”, where the victim is made to believe that one of their loved ones has been kidnapped. As the National Police have indicated, the criminal will call by telephone and will claim to have kidnapped one of your family members. It is not a real kidnapper. It is a thief who is trying to extort you for quick money.
The police advise that you do not panic, but remain calm and do not trust the caller. What you should do is hang up, get in touch with the family member to make sure that they are safe and call 091 to report the incident. Full article: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2022/01/31/spanish-police-warn-of-virtual-kidnapping-what-to-do-if-it-happens-to-you/


Which pensioners can request 525 euros of rental assistance: It is possible for those who receive these pensions, either retirement or disability, to also request help to pay the rent, the amount of which is 525 euros per year. To do so, there are a series of requirements.
The first thing is to have a non-contributory retirement or disability pension approved; another is not owning a home and thus being the owner of the lease and not having a marital or family relationship until the third degree. Finally, it is also required that the rented home be the habitual residence (the one in which one resides for a minimum of 180 days). In the event that the dwelling is shared by several people, only the owner of the contract, or the one who first appears in it, can request it. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/pensioners-who-can-request-the-help-of-525-euros-to-rent/


Brussels denies having congratulated Spain’s PM Sánchez for the distribution of European funds, PP Party decries Sánchez propaganda:
-The European Commission has been surprised by the propaganda use made by the Spanish Government of a “courtesy” letter that the president Ursula von der Leyen had sent to Pedro Sánchez, in which she congratulated him on the speed in processing the applications for the recovery funds. The spokesmen for the community executive have had to clarify that “there is no link between this letter and the current debate in Spain on the distribution of Recovery funds between the autonomous communities and the central government.”
-The first notice of this deceptive event by the Commission has been that the subject appeared among the questions of the daily appearance of the main spokespersons of the Commission and they had to admit that they were unaware of the existence of this letter to Pedro Sánchez, while in Madrid, members of the Government were using it publicly as a dialectical weapon against the People’s Party.
{Translation} Opposition party PP commented on the PP demanding more transparency by the ruling party regarding the distribution of EU Covid Recovery Funds. When asked specifically what he thought of the European Commission’s congratulations after the PP had spent weeks “sticking its finger in the sore spot” with the funds, Casado replied: “We don’t stick our finger in the Government’s sore spot. The government puts its finger and its hand in the pocket of the Spanish people.
“…the fact is that Spain is the last country in the developed world to recover, it leads the EU in unemployment, inflation, deficit and debt. And it is going to be the country that raises taxes the most”, said Casado, who believes that “the rest is propaganda” from Pedro Sánchez.
-That said, the president of the PP – who visited the Don Ibérico sausage factory and dryer in Guijuelo (Salamanca) – pointed out that in 2023 “when the Government’s counter-reforms are evaluated, the European Commission will probably say that they have been deceived”.
Full article: https://spainsnews.com/brussels-denies-having-congratulated-sanchez-for-the-distribution-of-european-funds/
Additional reference, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/nacional/noticia-casado-defiende-ofensiva-fondos-pronostica-comision-europea-vera-2023-engano-gobierno-20220131164100.html


Spanish Extended Visa Option- Spain to Create Digital Nomad Visa:
Authorities in Spain will unfold their plans for the digital nomad visa during the following months in an effort to attract internationals who can temporarily live in Spain while working for companies or clients outside the country. The digital nomad visa program will permit internationals to live in Spain while working remotely for companies located outside the country without needing a full work visa. Such a visa is expected to permit people to spend between six and 12 months living and working in Spain without the right to residency. In addition, applicants who meet the requirements are eligible to extend their visas for a specific period.
(Thus, it appears if you want one of these visas, all you need to do is start your own small website based business in your home country. This can be done by making a basic website and registering the new domain; the cost is about €100/yr for the domain. Then you register the business with your home country (fees vary). Now apply for the visa. Then you can spend most of the year in Spain legally, assuming this passes a vote in the Spring. A very affordable alternative indeed, but it is likely you will need to provide proof of health insurance. -Ed.) Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/spain-to-create-digital-nomad-visa/


People who donate blood (1 to 12 February) in the Axarquia region can have free access to the main museums of Malaga: {Translation}
-The campaign “For the love of art, donate blood” starts this Tuesday and the mobile unit of the Blood Transfusion Center will arrive in the region at Vélez-Málaga (days 1 and 2), Torre del Mar (days 3 and 4) and La Cala del Moral (day 7). Ronda (Days 7 & 8), Monda (Día 8), Sierra de Yeguas (Day 9), Torremolinos (Days 10 & 11), Alozaina (Day 11).
– The Regional Transfusion Center will provide a booklet of invitations “donate blood, for the love of art” to people who make a blood donation from February 1 to 12 with which they can visit the main cultural and museum spaces of Malaga for free.
There is a new protocol to donate blood, if you’ve been vaccinated or has passed the Covid-19:
– Wait 24 hours after the vaccination if you have not had symptoms.
– Asymptomatic, wait 7 days, following the positive test.
– Mild symptoms: 7 days after the end of the isolation.
– Moderate or serious symptoms 14 days after discharge.
Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/las-personas-que-donen-sangre-del-1-al-12-de-febrero-en-la-axarquia-podran-acceder-gratis-a-los-principales-museos-de-malaga/ 


Fire in area of ​​reeds and palm trees in Almayate: {Translation}
Fire near the mouth of the Vélez River. After ten o’clock at night this Sunday, images of a fire that was taking place between Torre del Mar and Almayate began to arrive, as they were indicating to us through our contact channels. The column of fire is being of such magnitude that it can even be seen in some photographs that have reached us taken from Lagos and El Morche on the coast or even inland, from Cómpeta or Moclinejo.
The Provincial Firefighters Consortium of the Diputación de Málaga reports that firefighters have been sent by Vélez Málaga, Rincón de la Victoria and Nerja due to a fire of palm trees and reeds and are working in the area, apparently from El Hornillo beach from Almayate.
Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/esta-pasando-incendio-en-zona-de-canas-y-palmeras-en-almayate/ 


More Hi-Tech Industry Comes To Malaga- Vodafone launches new European technology centre in Malaga: British telecommunications giant Vodafone is to open its new European R&D centre in Malaga, with an investment of 225 million euros and creating 600 jobs for “highly qualified” professionals. Forty of these employees are already working on the Costa del Sol.
Vodafone joins the growing community of tech firms in the city, already formed by Google, Orange, Dekra and Ericsson, among others.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-city/vodafone-launches-european-20220131153539-nt.html


Portugal Re-elects Socialist PM: Portuguese voters cautiously hailed the return of political stability on Monday after a snap election delivered a surprise majority to Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa, praised by investors for balancing budget discipline with economic growth.
Defying all odds, Costa won his third mandate with 117 parliamentary seats – the Socialist Party’s (PS) only second full majority in Portugal’s democratic history. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/portuguese-cautiously-upbeat-after-pms-surprise-majority-win-2022-01-31/


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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.

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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
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Emergency Svcs.: 112
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Guardia Civil: 062
Ambulance: 061
Fire Station (Bomberos): 080
Emergency English Help Line: 902 102 112

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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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