DigameXtra No. 2209 Monday, March 14th, 2022

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Phoenix Club: Our social club is fully open so do pop in for a coffee and a chat, or browse our books at 4 for €1. We also have a selection of DVDs at various prices, including boxed sets.
-25th – Visit Plaza Mayor/IKEA and the fabulous Guzman Garden Centre in Alhaurin €13.50pp
-8th – Trip to Montefrio, Granada Province. Price €25,50 and includes, coach fare, tourist train and drivers tip.
-27th – Trip to Bolonia and Tarifa – includes entry to the Claudia Baelo Roman site with guide €23,50
-6th – Trip to Gib €15pp includes €1 for the driver.
-20th – Boat Trip from Benalmadena Port to Fuengirola with time to explore Fuengirola Harbour €25 includes coach, tips and boat trip to Fuengirola
-25th – Trip to Osuna with Guide €20 includes Coach fare, tips and guide
-2nd – Trip to Gib €15pp includes €1 for the driver.
-3rd – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with a Hog Roast and all the trimmings at La Vega Restaurant & Bar, in Torre del Mar. Time 1.30. Price 12€ for non members & €5 for members. There will be a bar and music. Do come along and celebrate with us the Queen’s 70 years as our Monarch.
The Phoenix Social Club is a registered association. We meet at the La Vega bar every Tuesday and you can find it just behind the Repsol garage on the way out of Torre towards Benajarafe. We are open from 12 noon until 2pm.
For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information or check out our FB page https://facebook.com/thephoenixsocialclub


Bio Beach Restaurant- Speaker Presentation:
Wed. April 13 at 11am.
Speaker: Ray Sullivan presenting at the Bio Beach Restaurant in El Morche – Topic: “Great Songwriting Partnerships of the 20th Century”. The programme traces the development of popular songwriting from the 1930’s through to the 1990’s. It features the works of a number of duos ranging from Rodgers& Hammerstein, Lennon & McCartney, Abba to Rice & Lloyd Webber. The artists performing these works include Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles”. The show will last just short of 2 hours including an interval. The Bio Beach lectures are free, just order refreshments. We belong to U3A, (http://www.u3aaxarquia.com/) and these programmes are presented in an effort to attract more members (12€ annually).
Bio Beach Restaurant is located on the El Morche beachfront promenade right behind the church. We look forward to see you then! Please come early as we are running out of seats before 11am. For more info contact norma2kk@aol.com 


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CycleNerja: Bike Rental and Cycle Hire in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana Free Bike delivery and collection service is available anywhere in Nerja, Torrox & Frigiliana and the inland villages. Professional Carbon Race Bikes, 29er Mountain Bikes & Electric Mountain Bikes. Free delivery subject to a minimum rental value of 90,00 euros. Contact via https://cyclenerja.com/ Our contact is also located under our banner in the DigameXtra Sponsor’s Section every day.


Hanningtons Kitchens and Bathrooms: We have been installing kitchens and bathrooms here on the Costa for 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, highest standards of work and customer service.
Whether you are thinking of updating an existing kitchen or bathroom, or whether you wish to create the kitchen or bathroom you have always dreamed of, we are here for you, every step of the way.
With an unrivaled knowledge of the best local materials and suppliers we are able to work to all tastes and budgets.
Our full range of services includes
– Installations and Refurbs
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– Plastering, woodwork and floor levelling
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Email us : hanningtons.bathrooms@gmail.com ; Our contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of every issue. 


Mandy’s Paintbox: Painter for 30 years. Painting work undertaken. Inside and outside large or small. Furniture painted or sprayed. Kitchens cabinets, wardrobes doors any colour any surface. Check out the before and after photos all the furniture was spray painted.
Call for advice WhatsApp 680739577
Email: amandajosiah@hotmail.com
My contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of every issue. Here are “before” and “after” pics from my latest job.


ADH Group Spain- At ADH storage we provide storage that meets all your requirements:
From temporary to long term storage, we can find a solution for you. We have storage units in Competa and Puente Don Manuel, which are all dry and secure. All sizes of storage are accommodated. Do you need a suitcase stored or a full house move?
Phone us for a no obligation quote and ask for Gail on 0034 698958566 or email adhspain@gmail.com
Our contact details can be found everyday in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of every issue.   


Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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BluCee Real Estate / Inmobiliaria: Personal tailor-made real estate.
Specialising in property sales, we are listing specialists.
Our small dynamic team are forever evolving and thinking of new and different marketing strategies. We know that every sale and client are different, so we ensure that we change to fit these needs and requirements.
Personal bespoke service is our specialty, we want every client to feel valued and we strive to keep clients updated, informed and giving guidance through the selling process.
If you want a positive selling experience contact us to see how we can market your property for sale and ask about our exclusive competitive rates.
BluCee Real Estate look forward to helping you in the future.
We have a list of clients looking for properties to buy. Inland and on the Costa, especially Nerja and Rincon de la Victoria.
Check out our reviews on Google and Facebook.
We are based in Rincon de la Victoria, now with an office in Nerja, we cover the whole coast line and inland.
BluCee Real Estate are a DigameXtra sponsor so our contact details are shown here every day in the Sponsor’s Section. 



For Sale: Beko Washing Machine. Model WTE 6511 BW, 6kg, 1000 max spin speed. Size 84 x 60 x 44 cm. Immaculate condition, perfect working order. Includes User’s Manual. Buyer collects, Torrox Pueblo (main road). 95 euros
Steph / Torrox Pueblo, Tel: 603670040 


For Sale: Sofabed in wonderful condition, no marks or scratches, only used occasionally. 2m long x 1m, with a double bed sprung mattress. 150 euros, Buyer needs to arrange collection. Cris, Torrox Costa
somontano2003@ yahoo dot co dot uk
654064430 (also on WhatsApp) 


For Sale: Six drawer chest, solid wood with ply drawer bases.
H104cm W81.5cm D42cms. £25
In excellent condition. Collection only from Venta Baja, Alcaucin.
For further info contact Clive, Venta Baja.
T: 643513541 or 0044 7860 384555 


For Sale: 3 in 1 Babystyle collection Lux. Includes everything in photo.
Pram chassis with Bassinet
Pushchair with matching footmuff
Baby car seat with attachment for chassis
Matching changing bag
All in Excellent condition. Everything is interchangeable onto the chassis including the Car seat. Was used by us when grandchildren were visiting. Cost over £600 when new.
€60 for all. (Reduced 50% from previous post) Tony / Lagos +44 7591579220
Email: eagle5999@ aol dot com 


Wanted: Child car seat for 5 months old.
Wes. Torrox. WhatsApp 658164021


Recommendations & Requests

Ferry from Las Palmas to Spain: Hi all, I am currently on Gran Canaria and planning on driving to Competa end of April.
Can anyone advise best ferry route to take to the mainland ie to Cadiz or Huelva? Is it necessary to book a cabin or are the Pullman beds sufficient? Any advice greatly appreciated. Regards, Jackser, Competa.


News & Articles

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Andalusia added almost 2,000 squatters from January to September 2021: {Translation, summary} According to the latest data, illegal occupations of properties amounted to a total of 1,994 during the first nine months of 2021 – the period with the most up-to-date figures – and 2,381 in the whole of 2020.
By provinces, Seville, with 565; Malaga, with 361, and Cadiz, with 318, were those that recorded the highest number of known incidents of illegal occupation of properties in the period from January to September 2021. Source, Spanish: https://andaluciainformacion.es/andalucia/1035454/andalucia-sumo-casi-2000-ocupaciones-ilegales-de-inmuebles-de-enero-a-septiembre-de-2021/


Oak acorn milk coming to Malaga: {Translation, summary}
Brothers Javier and Pedro San Martín have embarked on the project of launching the first milk produced from acorns. A project they have been working on for several years and for which they have carried out numerous tests before arriving at the formula for what will be the first acorn milk on the market, with Malaga as its main target after its launch. The promoters hope that this will take place before the arrival of summer, when there is usually an increase in demand for this type of product.
Gastronomist and forestry engineers, they decided years ago to try to give a new use to acorns, a food that in the past was representative of power and families even included acorns as part of the dowry, and now, on the other hand, there are areas where it has no use whatsoever. However, both say that it is an activity that is totally compatible with livestock farming. “We only harvest the oaks that produce more than 25 kilos because it is not profitable to harvest smaller ones; the rest, the vast majority, are left in the forest for the livestock”, explains Javier. Source, Spanish: https://www.malagahoy.es/provincia/primera-leche-bellota-encina_0_1664534494.html


Shockwaves Spread as Europe’s Economy Reels at Energy Fallout:
-A crisis of human suffering in Ukraine, whose wider economic impact prompted European Central Bank officials to quicken their withdrawal from stimulus this week, is affecting prosperity from the farmlands of Spain to the euro zone’s manufacturing core in Germany and France.
-“I don’t know what to do if the war in Ukraine continues for much longer,” Spanish pig farmer Lorenzo Rivera said in an interview this week. “I either have to halt production – or close business for good.”
-Rivera, whose 200 sows outnumber people in Peleas de Arriba, the settlement in northern Spain where he lives, has endured cost increases for a while – first electricity, then fuel, and then animal feed. It was all manageable until war broke out on the other side of the continent. The root of the difficulty is the European Union’s reliance on Ukraine for over half its supply of corn, a key source of feed for pigs. With farmers unable to access fields, analysts are slashing outlooks for crops and exports there by as much as a third, sending prices to the highest in about a decade.
-The political impact of the cost-of-living squeeze is ultimately likely to test the continent’s resolve to keep confronting Russia at a time when its president, Vladimir Putin, is threatening to shut off gas supplies amounting to about a third of EU consumption. Full article:


Italian minister describes the price of gasoline and fuel as a “colossal scam without justification”: “We are witnessing a unjustified fuel price increase, there is no technical reason for these increases. The increase has no correlation with the reality of the facts, it is a speculative spiral, in which few win”; it is “a colossal scam at the expense of companies and citizens.”
-The statements to Sky Tg24 by Cingolani, a technical minister of great weight in the government of Mario Draghi, take place on the eve of the national strike that truck drivers begin this Monday, in order to show “the situation of extreme need in the sector”. To deactivate the “colossal scam”, the minister considers that a European front must be established to specify the gas prices and set a maximum price.
-The Italian Prime Minister also explained why the electricity bill is through the roof: “We must separate the market for electricity produced from renewable sources from the gas market. Today there is only one price, so even electricity produced at very low cost – such as that produced by energy from many renewable sources – reaches the consumer at a price equal to that produced with gas. This is the main cause of the increase in bills,” explained Draghi. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/an-italian-minister-describes-the-price-of-gasoline-and-fuel-as-a-colossal-scam-without-justification/


Too soon? Covid cases on the rise as France prepares to lift restrictions: The latest upturn in infections is cause for concern as France prepares to lift most Covid-19 restrictions on Monday, with some health workers lamenting a premature move dictated by political imperatives ahead of the country’s presidential election.
-France is not alone in registering an uptick in cases, with Germany, Britain and the Netherlands reporting similar trends. However, like its European peers, the French government is determined to stick to its timetable to lift restrictions.
-“France’s health minister had said the move would be conditional on a number of health indicators. But it seems that sticking to the timetable is now the priority,” said the Swiss-based epidemiologist Antoine Flahaut, referring to Health Minister Olivier Véran’s claim that restrictions would only be lifted if the incidence rate – the number of new cases per 100,000 people – stayed below 500 (it is now at 546). The government is also short of its target of bringing the number of patients in ICU below 1,500. The number has only recently slipped below the 2,000-mark, its lowest level since early December. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/france/20220312-too-soon-covid-cases-on-the-rise-as-france-prepares-to-lift-restrictions


Headlines from schengenvisainfo.com, click/tap a headline to view the  article:
Council of EU Approves Extension of EU Digital COVID Certificate Until Mid-2023
Increased Fuel Prices Threaten Air Travel Recovery
WTTC Supports Call to Remove All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Within EU
EU Won’t Accelerate Ukraine’s Membership Procedures Despite the War


Tennis News- ATP Indian Wells- Rafael Nadal produces another miraculous comeback: The three-time Indian Wells champion Rafael Nadal is through to the third round in the desert. Nadal scored a massive 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 victory over the young American Sebastian Korda in two hours and 29 minutes to avoid the earliest loss since Shanghai 2016. Full article & photo credit: https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/On_the_ATP_results_with/110600/atp-indian-wells-rafael-nadal-produces-another-miraculous-comeback/ 


Tennis News- Naomi Osaka brought to tears by heckler, crashes out of Indian Wells: Naomi Osaka’s match at Indian Wells took an ugly turn when a heckler made an appearance on Saturday. “Naomi, you suck!” a woman from the audience shouted during Osaka’s first-set against Veronika Kudermetova. The insult was met with jeers from fellow spectators and appeared to rattle the four-time Grand Slam champion.
The 24-year-old dropped the first set 6-0 to Kudermetova. She’d lose the next set 6-4, ending her run in the Round of 64 at the California-based tournament. Photo:Robert Prange. Full article: https://nypost.com/2022/03/13/naomi-osaka-brought-to-tears-by-heckler-at-indian-wells/


Rugby News- Spain qualify for 2023 Rugby World Cup: Spain have qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France after beating Portugal 33-28 in Madrid on Sunday. It will be their first appearance in 24 years at the tournament. Photo:Gonzalo Arroyo. Full article: https://www.rugbypass.com/news/spain-quailify-for-2023-rugby-world-cup/ 


China faces consequences if it helps Russia evade sanctions over Ukraine, White House adviser says: U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who is due to meet with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Rome on Monday, warned Beijing that it would “absolutely” face consequences if it helped Moscow evade sweeping sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
-Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of the state-backed Chinese Global Times newspaper, said on Twitter: “If Sullivan thinks he can persuade China to participate in sanctions against Russia, he will be disappointed.” (China has already helped Russia mitigate sanction problems; in recent weeks they have supplied Russia with an alternative to the SWIFT banking system, as well as an alternative credit-card system. It certainly appears China has already chosen which side of this conflict it will support. -Ed.) Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/white-house-adviser-discuss-russias-war-ukraine-with-chinas-top-diplomat-source-2022-03-13/


12 Ballistic missiles hit Iraq’s Kurdish capital, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claim responsibility: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed responsibility for a dozen ballistic missiles that struck Iraq’s northern Kurdish regional capital of Erbil in the early hours of Sunday, Iran’s state media reported, adding that the attack was against Israeli “strategic centres” in Erbil. The missiles targeted the U.S. consulate among other sites, according to the Kurdish regional government.
Full article: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/multiple-rockets-fall-erbil-northern-iraq-state-media-2022-03-12/

COVID Info References

Municipal Rates Map  https://www.mapacovid.es/ 

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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.

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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
Bus Info: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/our-destinations/regional
Currency Converter: http://www.currency-converter.com/
Internet Speed Test: http://beta.speedtest.net/
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