DigameXtra No. 2215 Monday, March 21st, 2022

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When Is The First Day Of Spring In 2022?: The first day of spring occurred on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 11:33 a.m. ET. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is marked by the arrival of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. Even though we know that after December 21st, the days start getting steadily longer, we still see more darkness than light over the course of a day in those three months leading up to spring. The vernal equinox marks the turning point when daylight begins to win out over darkness. Source: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/spring-equinox-first-day-spring 


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.
-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 


Bio Beach Restaurant in El Morche, Presentation:
Wed. April 13 at 11am. Speaker: Ray Sullivan presenting 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. 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


Requiem of Mozart- Malaga Symphony Orchestra:
Sat 26MAR 8pm Free entry until capacity reached
Teatro Auditorio Felipe VI, Estapona
Reservations Required. Info: 952 133 950 


Cirque du Soleil: First ever acrobatic performance on ice with CRYSTAL. The very short run is in December at the Palacio Martin Carpena in Malaga City on December 11 and then December 14 to 18 with tickets currently costing from €50 to €104 depending upon the time and date of the performance and can be obtained by visiting the Cirque du Soleil box office website at https://www.livenation.es/artist-crystal-cirque-du-soleil-1269764
With 15 separate segments, the show lasts two and a half hours with a 20 minute intermission. Photo:Cirque du Soleil. Full article: https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/03/20/the-cirque-du-soleil-reborn-after-the-pandemic-returns-to-malaga-capital/ 


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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.
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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.
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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.
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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-2 mannequins vgc Price 60€ for the pair
-Tv unit fits into corner Measurements 93 x 74cms Price 15€
-Pine unit with shelf drawer & cupboard Measurements 119 x 44.50 x 91cms Price 15€
contact Jackie/nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com


For Sale: Victorian Bell Decanter. €30. A genuine antique dating to about 1860. Bell decanter in excellent condition. 29cm tall. Photo sent on request. Buyer to collect from Torrox Costa (El Penoncillo).
Brenda (Torrox Costa) Tel/WhatsApp 711003687
Email brendaleetorrox at gmail dot com


For Sale, 3 items:
-2 x 100% cotton bed spread covers 230 cm x 250 cm. 30€ each.
-Ladder. Extendable aluminium 3.5 m – 7 m. 95€. Buyer collects
-2 x mature potted segó palms. One in square terracotta pot, see photo, and one similar size in plastic round pot. 80€ each. Buyer collects.
Contact keithrocksue AT gmail dot com or mobile 693 107 206
Keith / Canillas de Albaida 


For Sale: Solid wood table with polyurethane finish and six solid wood chairs. Buyer collects. Joe, Daimalos, Arenas. 350€. Contact Joe 646871671
email: j0e1@btinternet.com (0 in J0e is a zero). 


Recommendations & Requests

Banks and smartphones again: Perhaps you remember my complaint about not being allowed by the bank to do internet shopping, using my new credit card, without a smartphone? OK, things are improving: I managed to buy something from Amazon.es! However, to my big surprise, was not asked to verify the purchase! The bank told me that Amazon and other large companies have got their own verification systems! I wonder if a list of such companies exist. And what about Paypal etc? I still have to test buying from other.
-Getting so far took 2 emails to costumer support plus at least 3 visit to the bank office. Costumer support told me that I did not need a smartphone, while the clerks in the local office got the opposite information, when they tried to set up my account properly (I saw the messages they got). Unbelievable that they make something so complicated that their own staff cannot manage it!
-Or perhaps the explanation simply is that some of the support nerds cannot imagine that anybody would not be perfectly happy managing their whole life through a bunch of Apps in a volatile device! As a friend expressed it: she was tired of the circus of having to get an app in order to use an(other) app! So let us fight back, when things get more complicated than necesary – whenever we have got the posibility and energy! “It cannot be done” often just means that someone somewhere has to do his job a bit better!
-It may be worth complaining, as it happened with the succesful petition “soyMayorNOidiota”in Change.org recently.(described here in Digamextra).
I´m not an idiot either, actually I´m smart – smart enough not to need a smartphone! Birgit, La Caleta de Velez.


News & Articles

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Spain PM Puts Largest Remaining Energy Supply At Risk- The Russian Supply is in Doubt, and Now So Is the Algerian Supply: {Translation} 20/03/2022 14:12
-Algeria denies it was informed “at any level” of the change of position on the Sahara.
-Pedro Sánchez’s move to resolve the diplomatic crisis with Rabat is complicating relations with Algeria, one of our main energy suppliers, at a decisive moment for economic and geopolitical relations. The government’s confidence that Algiers would not break the bridges with Spain is beginning to waver, after its ambassador in Madrid, Said Musi, was recalled for consultations yesterday. And this very morning (Sunday) they decided to confront the Spanish version regarding the existence of a previous contact to inform them about their agreement with Morocco.
-Algerian diplomatic sources consulted by the national news portal Tout sur L’Algerie (TSA) and quoted by Europa Prees said this morning that the Spanish government had never informed Algiers in advance of its new position on Western Sahara. This a statement that is in direct collision with the version defended this Saturday by Spain.
-But these sources categorically deny this assertion. “It is clearly a lie wrapped in an ambiguity intended to try to calm the legitimate concerns raised by the Spanish political class”, they claim. Last night, the Spanish government had said the opposite. Government sources said last night that “the Spanish government had previously informed the Algerian government of Spain’s position on the Sahara”.
-They added that for our country ‘Algeria is a strategic, priority and reliable partner, with which we intend to maintain a privileged relationship’. This last point is fundamental because the government is of the opinion that the fundamental issue in the relationship between Spain and Algeria is not the Sahara, but rather the gas agreements. And in this sense, they believe that gas supplies to Spain are not in danger.
-At the beginning of March, Pedro Sánchez called Algeria’s president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to address the situation arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In a conversation in which the government assured that Algeria “guaranteed” the supply of gas to our country. This is essential in a context in which the Russian flow is unstable and important, given that Algeria does not condemn Russia’s actions and is a traditional partner of Moscow.
-But this conversation took place before the government’s change of position. And in no case has the government said that this issue was addressed in the conversation. In fact, government sources do admit that the way in which the agreement with Morocco was revealed was not perfectly orchestrated. Rabat’s decision to publish the letter that Pedro Sánchez had sent was known, but even in the version that some government sources point to, this warning to Algeria, which they deny, did not take place sufficiently in advance.
-These sources quoted by TSA insist on regretting the turn taken by Spain as a ‘dishonourable change of attitude’, which they interpret as ‘synonymous with complete submission to Morocco’. And they point out that there was no warning “at any time and at any level” of what they describe as “a vile bargain concluded with the Moroccan occupying power behind the back of the Saharawi people”.
-As they said in a first reaction yesterday, they define this change of attitude as “a second historic betrayal of the Saharawis” which “causes serious damage to the reputation and credibility of Spain as a member of the international community”. And they conclude by warning the Spanish government with regard to the agreements reached with Rabat: “they will never be guaranteed in the face of a calculating, cynical, multifaceted and vindictive oligarch who will not hesitate to resort once again to the use of illegal immigration blackmail as an instrument of pressure”. Source, Spanish: https://sevilla.abc.es/espana/abci-argelia-desmiente-espana-y-asegura-no-informada-ningun-nivel-cambio-postura-sobre-sahara-202203201355_noticia.html


Spanish countryside takes to the streets of Madrid this Sunday to claim its future at a critical moment for the entire value chain of the sector: The main organizations of farmers and ranchers, together with entities from the hunting and bullfighting sectors, begin a demonstration at 12:00 with the slogan ‘Together for the countryside’ that will take place from the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture (roundabout of Atocha) to that of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (New Ministries). The first calculations place the total attendance at around 200,000 people arriving from all over the country. Photo:ABC.es. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/the-manifestation-of-the-field-live-farmers-and-ranchers-take-madrid-in-defense-of-the-rural-world/ 


Andalusian fishermen will demonstrate this Monday in Almeria while keeping the fleet moored: {Translation} Representatives of the Andalusian fishing sector are planning to demonstrate this Monday in Almeria, while keeping the fleet moored due to the Government’s “lack of response” to the sector’s proposals “to alleviate the high price of fuel”.
-As reported in a joint statement by the Andalusian Federation of Fishing Associations, the Andalusian Association of Women in the Fishing Sector and the Andalusian Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the demonstration will start at 11.00 hours from the Fish Market in the Port of Almeria and will go to the Government Sub-delegation.
-The presence of the fishing ports of Almeria, the Almerian municipalities of Garrucha and Carboneras, Motril (Granada), and the province of Malaga has been confirmed.
-The aforementioned organisations have recalled that, “as a result of the lack of response from the Government to the proposals made by the fishing sector to alleviate the high price of fuel”, the Spanish fishing sector has decided to moor the entire fleet on 21, 22 and 23 March, “while awaiting the results obtained” at the meeting to be held next Wednesday, 23 March, at 17.00 hours with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Luis Planas.
Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/economia/noticia-pescadores-andaluces-manifestaran-lunes-almeria-mientras-mantienen-flota-amarrada-20220320141357.html


F1 News- Leclerc wins Bahrain opener in Ferrari one-two: Charles Leclerc won Formula One’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in a Ferrari one-two finish with team mate Carlos Sainz on Sunday.
Mercedes’s seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton took third place after a nightmare for Red Bull and reigning champion Max Verstappen who failed to score. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/leclerc-wins-bahrain-opener-ferrari-one-two-2022-03-20/ 

COVID Info References

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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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Petrol Prices – Updated daily: These are the fuel stations in Malaga province with the lowest prices. The price data for 95 and 98-octane petrol and diesel fuel is updated every day. See it here:

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
Local Weather: https://www.accuweather.com/en/es/torre-del-mar/306652/weather-forecast/306652
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