DigameXtra No. 2176 Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 2022

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Live Bar- Torrox Costa: Sandy Lawrence, Sat., Feb 5th, 9pm performing her show, “Thru The Decades”. Av de Europa, Torrox Costa. Res 642 472 592 


An Exhibition of Paintings by Helen Purdie beginning Thursday 3rd February in Frigiliana:
The exhibition is being held at the Sala de Exposiciones Real 98, Calle Real, 29788 Frigiliana
It will be open from 11.00 – 15.00 hrs on Thursdays to Sundays from 3rd – 27th February
This will be Helen Purdie’s second exhibition in Spain since moving to Torróx pueblo. There will be over thirty paintings show-casing Helen’s unique work in acrylic and watercolour on canvas, wood and paper. She is inspired by the energising and soothing blue sky of Andalucía. Many of the paintings bring the viewer’s attention to just looking up, pausing in the moment to see where plants, trees, rocks and buildings are caught against the blue sky. The studio paintings, some taking hundreds of hours to paint, have a strong graphic quality whereas those painted outdoors are very gestural in nature. This mix of approaches in one artist makes for an interesting viewing experience.
-Helen is a self-taught artist. She left her health service career within surgery over ten years ago to pursue her painting. She has exhibited widely in that time and has many works in private and public collections. She has also published two books, one a collection of drawings undertaken in the operating rooms of a hospital in Sheffield, UK, the other a colouring book of life as an autistic adult.
Further information about Helen Purdie’s work and contact details for all enquiries about the exhibition can be found at www.helenpurdie.co.uk


Coraxalia choir recruiting new singers:
***The Liverpool Oratorio concert in Granada has been postponed until next Spring***
-Coraxalia International Choir welcomes new singers. We rehearse, Thursdays, 17:30 – 20:00 in the Casa Hermandad de la Cofradía de los Estudiantes, Plaza de los Sastres, 1, CP 29700 Vélez-Málaga, near San Juan Church and the Language School. Parking nearby at the San Francisco market (1 euro).
For more information please contact 657 951 755
Please note that you may join Coraxalia at any point in the Term time. Don’t hesitate to give us a call!
-To San Francisco square parking: From junction on 272 on motorway A7, take road to Velez Malaga. At roundabout, take first right. At next roundabout, (McDonalds), go left and take dual carriageway all the way into town. (Avenida Vivar Tellez). At roundabout with a fountain on it, go straight across and follow yellow sign for Parking San Francisco. A slight hill. Take left fork and up the hill Calle Lopez de la Vega, just past Pareja Almacen, go next right at yellow sign to parking Arroyo San Francisco. Parking is only 1euro.
-To rehearsal room: Walk into San Francisco square and from the wooden portcullis door to the covered market, cross the square to Calle San Francisco (Pedestrian only). Walk to the end of this narrow street, you’ll see a round fountain on your right and the Casa Cervantes on your left. Carry straight on. You’ll see a shop L. Morales with red door, lane goes slightly to the left. The rehearsal room is in the corner next to the massive wooden doors, Casa Hermandad de los estudiantes. It’s very close to the church of San Juan with the statue of someone wearing a pointed hat.
Note, there is also parking near the San Juan church.
Margaret, Torrox Pueblo


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Interpreter: Now that numbers of covid are slowing, hospitals and doctors are picking up the slack, and more appointments are being made for operations and consults with doctors.
You will need a interpreter. A lot of doctors speak a little English, but it saves so much of their time if you have someone knowledgeable with you, to explain your problems and to understand what the doctor’s conclusions are.
I can help. I was a volunteer in the hospital for fifteen years. So I’m well aquainted with many of the doctors and any paper work that is necessary. I know all the hospitals in Malaga too. AND, I can pick you up, if needed.
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Please call me, if you think I can help.
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For Sale: Sofa bed. Double blue sofa bed, fully sprung base and sprung mattress. Mattress 140cms x 190cms. Only used a couple of times in spare room. Excellent condition but some cat scratch damage on corner of arm. Space needed. Very heavy will need two people to take away. Bargain €75. Sylvia / Arenas near Velez Malaga
Email: sylvia4700 at hotmail.co.uk 


For Sale, 2 items:
-Sony Sound system in good working order. €40.00 DAB /FM/ AM radio. CD player. iPhone 5 dock which can be upgraded with adapter from eBay or Amazon
-Green Pagola never been used – brand new no box. €20.00
More pics on request.
Chris. Nerja. 686238359. Meet at Lidl Nerja. 


For Sale: Reduced Price, this Philips Saeco Poemia Espresso Coffee Machine is now available for 30€ (previous advertised price 50€, current new price is 127€). Contact Richard / Caleta de Velez on 617282970 


FREE: 10 cubic metres of dried wood worth over 200 euros, the product of last year´s pruning. The pile is situated just 700 yards from Algarrobo village on the main Cómpeta road. If you want to collect it you must bring your own transport, a van, jeep or tow-truck and two helpers
Contact Joe on 662556332 Algarrobo Pueblo 


Recommendations & Requests


Men’s clothes: Can any Digamites recommend a good shop for men’s clothes. Since Covid, Lorenzo’s in Calle Pinta, Nerja have been closed. He was a fantastic gentleman and we were always able to get well fitting trousers and jeans which he would alter the length if required. We are too old to trudge around shops looking and would welcome any recommendations please. Sheila / Nerja
Email: ssandersceiriosen at hotmail dot com


Antivirus experiences: I’m looking for anyone’s experience of free antivirus programs. I’ve looked up some stuff via Google but if they’re as good as reviews say why does anyone pay? Interested to know views. Cheri / Torrox. Email: cherivinall@ hotmail.com
(DoctorLaptop replies: Most reviews you will see on the internet are by affiliates of the antivirus companies and are not reliable. Websites get paid to push products with good reviews. The Windows Defender Security that comes with Windows 10 ranks in the top 5 of all (free or paid) antivirus programs as judged by independent reviewers. Any third party antivirus program will slow your computer down, unless you have a newish, rather powerful computer. This is especially true for Avast, AVG, Norton & McAfee. In my experience, regarding Windows 10, the only reason to use a 3rd party antivirus is if you run a business from that computer, or do frequent banking and/or credit card purchases. In that case, you will want a premium, paid antivirus, and will have to live with the slower performance. They do provide marginally better protection than the free versions, without annoying popup ads, and they have much better customer support. The 2 paid antivirus programs I would suggest, that will have the least effect on performance, both in the top 5 of most independent rankings, are Kapersky and Bit Defender. Have a look here, https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/microsoft-defender-antivirus )


PO Box: In regard to BB4S not having PO boxes anymore, I have been using the Amazon Drop-box at El Ingenio which is open 7 days a week and is free. The only problem is with large boxes which it cannot contain. I too would be interested in an alternate site that could handle large boxes. Robert, Arenas.
Email: robertyjanetATyahooD0Tco.uk


Corks: Someone was asking for corks for an art project. I have lots of corks so please email me to arrange to have them. Christine / Almogia  christineconyers@gmail.com Almogia 


News & Articles

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Covid Spain: Spain has 86,222 cases and 224 deaths with COVID-19, while the incidence drops by more than 100 points to 2,564: {Translation, summary} Feb 2nd, 2022
-The autonomous communities have notified the Ministry of Health of 86,222 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. These figures are lower than on the same day last week, when 133,553 positive cases were reported, which is evidence of the downward trend in the evolution of the pandemic.
– The cumulative incidence in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants stands at 2,564.27, compared to 2,694.44 yesterday.
-In Wednesday’s report, 224 new deaths have been added, compared to 215 last Wednesday. In the last week, 799 people have died with a confirmed positive test in Spain.
-Currently, there are 17,441 COVID-19 positive patients hospitalised in Spain (18,087 yesterday) and 2,010 in ICU (2,054 yesterday). In the last 24 hours, there have been 1,830 admissions (1,874 yesterday) and 2,397 discharges (2,524 yesterday). The occupancy rate for coronavirus occupied beds stands at 13.96 per cent (14.52 per cent yesterday) and in ICUs at 21.34 per cent (21.71 per cent yesterday).
-Between 23 and 29 January, the autonomous communities carried out 1,741,241 diagnostic tests, of which 654,641 were PCR and 1,086,600 antigen tests, with an overall rate per 100,000 inhabitants of 3,702.70.
-Meanwhile, the positivity rate stands at 35.39 percent, compared to 35.83 percent yesterday. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that this figure should be below 5 per cent to consider the spread of the virus as ‘controlled’. Source, Spanish: https://www.infosalus.com/salud-investigacion/noticia-espana-suma-86222-casos-224-muertes-covid-19-mientras-incidencia-desciende-mas-100-puntos-2564-20220202191451.html


Outdoor masks remain mandatory in Spain following parliamentary vote- But opposition parties accuse the government of dirty tricks to keep the legislation in place:
-Masks outdoors will continue to be mandatory in Spain, following a vote held on Tuesday 1 February. The opposition however have accused the government of mocking parliamentary processes.
-In order to have the mask legislation remain in place, the government wrapped the vote on the issue into a package of votes on different issues including the revaluation of pensions. This effectively tied the hands of those who wanted to vote in favour of some legislation put before them but against mandatory masks. In the end there were 162 votes in favour, 153 against and 28 abstentions.
-“This is the last time that we accept blackmail of this type,” said EH Bildu deputy, Iñaki Ruiz de Pinedo.
-“It is a political practice that is not governed by honesty,” added PNV parliamentarian, Josune Gorospe.
-Other parties including PP, Vox, Ciudadanos, UPN and Foro Asturias said the executive’s tactics were a “mockery” of legislative power. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/masks-outdoor-remain-20220202093729-nt.html


Spain RESTARTS coal plants as energy crisis batters Europe: (Sorry, this is a week old, but is only now doing the rounds. -Ed.)
-The Los Barrios thermal power plant, in the bay of Gibraltar, will be put to work once more after being closed three years ago. The coal power plant had a capacity of 567 Megawatts in 2014, and has been reactivated due to increased demand for energy over the winter.
-In Galicia, the closure process of the As Pontes coal power station was halted in November so it could begin burning coal again temporarily, in the face of higher energy prices and increased demand. Photo:CC
Full article: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1555098/eu-news-shame-spain-restarts-coal-power-plants-energy-crisis-net-zero 


National Police move against clandestine caravan settlements in Vélez-Málaga: {Translation, summary}
-Agents of the National Police coordinate an action in order to prevent clandestine settlements of caravans that have proliferated recently in the town of Velez-Malaga. Eight plots of rural land have been inspected, whose managers were allegedly offering parking and recreational areas without the required authorisation for this commercial activity.
-Due to the good location of the land under control because of its proximity to the coast, clandestine settlements of caravans have multiplied in the Axarquia, turning these sites into a very profitable business with rentals of vehicles, bungalows and chambaos for weeks and even months at a time. However, according to the investigations, these sites do not meet the minimum conditions of habitability, especially in terms of sanitation, and pose a danger to visitors, due to alleged fraudulent connections to the electricity network.
-On the 25th of January, eight plots of land in Vélez-Málaga were inspected, which confirmed the lucrative activity that they were hosting outside of the law.
-Finally, as a result of the inspections, several reports, proposed sanctions were drawn up. In addition, the National Police have initiated an investigation that could lead to criminal charges for a possible offence of electricity fraud.
-In addition to the controlled plots, the operation has led to the location of eleven other sites that contravene municipal regulations, which have been brought to the attention of the competent authorities. Checks will continue to be carried out periodically to confirm that these specific sites comply with current legislation. Photo:PoliciaNacional. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiahoy.es/articulo/velez-malaga/policia-nacional-detecta-varios-asentamientos-clandestinos-caravanas-velez-malaga/20220202114648046269.html


Denmark Lifts All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, Becoming First EU Country to Do So: The abolishment of COVID-19 restrictions, means that travellers are no longer obliged to wear face masks or use the Covid vaccination certificate in order to enter bars, restaurants, and other indoor venues.
-In addition, the mandatory quarantine requirement for persons who have tested positive for the virus has also been abolished. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/denmark-lifts-all-covid-19-travel-restrictions-becoming-first-eu-country-to-do-so/


Bonoloto draw for Wednesday, February 2, 2022: The result of the Bonoloto this wednesday 2nd of february of 2022 is: 3, 6, 7, 31, 32 and 40 being the complementary number the 27 and the refund 6. Source:


SCAM ALERT- Guardia Civil warn of massive scam to steal Carrefour customers’ bank details: An SMS text message redirects customers to a fake website to take their private information. These messages are addressed to any user who is a Carrefour customer with a PASS financial card.
Incibe recommends users who have received these messages and have already provided their access data, their username and password, or any other information to contact their bank as soon as possible, as well as the police, in order to cancel any possible transactions. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/guardia-civil-warn-20220202115015-nt.html 


Second ‘Trojan Asteroid’ confirmed orbiting with Earth: A rocky body spotted orbiting in Earth’s path is a “Trojan asteroid” that escorts our planet around the sun, astronomers have confirmed.
-Asteroid 2020 XL5 is the second Trojan asteroid ever discovered. It’s three times larger than the only other known Earth Trojan, called Asteroid 2010 TK7, which was confirmed in 2011. These small space rocks orbit along with Earth, but they are hard to spot from our planet — Asteroid 2010 TK7 is sometimes on the other side of the sun from us. They sit in gravitational sweet spots known as Lagrangian points. If Earth and the sun make up two points of an equilateral triangle, the Lagrangian point would be that triangle’s third point. Earth and the sun have five of these points.
-The newfound Trojan is at a Lagrangian point that has it orbiting ahead of Earth in the two bodies’ shared path and the asteroid will stay there for 4,000 more years. Full article: https://www.livescience.com/2nd-trojan-asteroid-orbiting-earth


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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

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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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