DigameXtra No. 2224 Thursday, March 31st, 2022

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Car Boot/Market: Sunday 3rd April. El Pantano Restaurant, Lake Vinuela
This popular monthly Car Boot/ Market is on Sunday 3rd April at El Pantano Restaurant car park overlooking Lake Vinuela. Time 9.30 am to 1pm. Location is easy to find on the A356 towards Colmenar.
Drive over the bridge crossing Lake Vinuela and the car park/bar is just ahead on the right-hand side. Plenty of parking.
There are always bargains galore, old and new.
-Always a good selection of D.I.Y. tools.
-Household and garden items for sale on many of the stalls
-Homemade Marmalades and Chutneys
-Plants, shrubs, flowers and herbs.
-Greetings cards.
-Large selection of paperback and hardback books, CD’s & DVD’s
Come along and enjoy a morning browsing at this well-established monthly market, which attracts visitors from far and near. A super location. The restaurant has shaded terraces overlooking the lake and many customers sit and enjoy a coffee or a tapa and a drink and catch up with friends and acquaintances for a chat. Many even stay and choose lunch from the varied menu available.
Bar is open from 9.30am serving coffee/drinks/food.
Please note: Keep a close eye on the weather forecasts! If the market has to be cancelled at short notice, it will automatically be re-scheduled for the following Sunday.
For further info please contact Sandy (Vinuela) by telephone, on the new mobile number of 633 878 471


Vicky King Band: Friday Apr 1st 11:30pm at Atrevete Bar
live concert / Blues- Rock – Soul / Free entry, door opens 10pm
Offers at the door: 12€ x 2copas ; €10 x 3 pints
After the concert Pop/Rock session with Dj Raúl Pink Elephant
C/ Salvador Allende 10, Torremolinos FB 


Alberto Fer is back: Live music at Legends Bar- Torre del Mar
Friday 01 April 20.00 – 22.00
For table booking/event Food ‘Tex/Mex Plate menu’ or ‘Chicken Korma Curry’ please pre-book in time so Dario can prepare.
Calle Cipriano Maldonado Jiménez 9-G 29740 Torre del Mar FB 


Mediterranean Chamber Orchestra: Sunday 24Apr 7pm
Casa De La Cultura, Almuñecar
Tickets Online
Tickets: Eroski Almunecar trips. C/ Mariana Pineda 14.
Mon to Fri 10:00h. at 1:30 pm. / 17:00h. at 8:30 p.m.
Sat10:30am. at 13:00.
House of Culture de Almunécar. C/ Grenada Gate 19.
Monday to Saturday from 11 am. at 1:30 pm.


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Items For Sale / Wanted / Rent

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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre:
-2 Good quality flex mattresses Measurements
190 x 90cms Price 90€ the pair
-Lemon 2 seater leather sofa 143 x 85cms Price 45€
-Klippan ikea sofa 180 x 88cms Price 130€
Contact jackie/ nerja 672170429
info at nerja household centre dot com 


For Sale, 3 items:
-1 bedstead 150 x 190 cm with mattress, all in good condition 30€
-Wall hanging wooden showcase with glass doors 10€
-Small corner board, very good condition 5€
All items can be seen or picked up from Saturday (2nd of April) on.
Natalia, 29790 Benajarafe
Mobil: 686768493 (also Whatsapp and Signal). No calls before 11am. Buyer collects in Benajarafe 


For Sale: Chest of drawers. Need a little TLC and paint but otherwise in good condition. 20€. Lindsay. Cómpeta
What’s app or phone 00447719227740
lindsayhandcock27 AT googlemail D0T com 


Wanted: Looking for short term rental. 1 or 2 bedroom property in Torre del Mar / Velez-Malaga or within 20 minute drive radius for 2 months from start of April to end of May. We are a retired, non smoking couple, no pets and experienced house/cat sitters with references. Contact Helen / Velez-Malaga by email
ozinecosse@gmail.com or
WhatsApp + 44 0787 404 2473


Free: Wooden dining table, signs of wear (always been on terrasse but covered in winter time). Can be seen or picked up from Saturday (2nd of April) on. Natalia, 29790 Benajarafe
Mobil: 686768493 (also Whatsapp and Signal). No calls before 11am. Buyer collects in Benajarafe 


Recommendations & Requests

Dog groomer: Can anyone suggest a genuinely gentle and caring dog groomer locally, within the Torre del Mar area ?
My usual groomer returned my dog to me the last time traumatised with a badly twisted nail and she was bleeding when urinating immediately afterwards. Many thanks. Alan, Torre del Mar. WhatsApp 44 7885 298691
Email protonmale @ protonmail dot com


Dairy-free products: Our granddaughter, who has severe lactose intolerance, is visiting this summer. Can anyone advise where we might buy dairy-free milk, cheese etc., especially the Oatly brand, in the Competa area or on the coast? Many thanks
Melvyn, Competa; melvyndc@gmail.com


90/180 day rule for non residents: Nerja Town Hall has just issued a guide for non residents from the UK. I found it quite interesting, but seemed to over complicate this rule.
My simple way of gauging my non-rule-breaking time in the EU is to check back on the first day of my arrival for 180 days previously and make sure less than 90 days were in Spain (EU really) then do the same for my last day. (Since it is a rolling scale you don’t need to worry about days in-between) Simple!!
Jim (Nerja), mercman2018 AT icloud D0T com


News & Articles

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Discount on fuel prices in Spain will start to be applied from this Friday, and this is how it will work:
-The 20 céntimo discount on a litre of fuel will start being applied this Friday, 1 April, says the Spanish government, because it is not necessary to wait until the decree receives formal ratification in Parliament. It will be applied at the moment of payment, and the receipt should show the price paid by the consumer and itemise the discount. In other words, it should specify how much of the discount has been paid by the State (15 céntimos per litre) and how much by the oil companies (five céntimos per litre).
-Measures are being put into effect to prevent filling stations putting their prices up before Friday and then applying the discount. There will be a mechanism through which they must officially communicate any price rise, and the authorities “will ensure compliance”. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/discount-fuel-will-20220330092354-nt.html


Prices in Spain have risen by 9.8 per cent as a result of the war in Ukraine:
-The cost of electricity is twice as expensive as it was a year ago, fuel prices have risen and the Retail Price Index is at the highest level for nearly 40 years.
-For months now, inflation in Spain has been running at a rate not seen for decades but figures released today, Wednesday 30, show that it has set a new record in March. The Retail Price Index has risen more than two points to 9.8%, which is the highest since May 1985, which was 37 years ago. The costs of electricity and fuel have risen the most compared with a year ago, but they are not the only ones to be affected. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/prices-have-risen-20220330132308-nt.html


Spain bans job dismissals linked to crippling energy prices: The Spanish government on Tuesday banned firms which get state aid to deal with the economic impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from firing workers over rising energy prices. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20220330/spain-bans-job-dismissals-linked-to-soaring-energy-prices/


Unvaccinated non-EU tourists still can’t visit Spain in April: Britons, Americans and other non-EU/Schengen travellers who are neither vaccinated nor recently recovered from Covid-19 will not be able to visit Spain for tourism over Easter or in April 2022, Spanish authorities confirmed on Tuesday. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20220329/travel-unvaccinated-non-eu-tourists-can-still-not-visit-spain-in-april/


All Andalusian provinces now sit at Level 0 of the coronavirus health alert: All the health districts of Andalucía are once again at coronavirus health alert Level 0. Cordoba was the only Andalusian province that was still at Level 1 for the past month, due to the Covid-19 incidence rate in the Guadalquivir and Córdoba health districts, and the North and South health areas. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/andalusian-provinces-level-20220330193941-nt.html


UK’s first LNG-powered ferry launches route between Portsmouth and Bilbao: The Salamanca is the first LNG-powered vessel to join the Brittany Ferries’ fleet and left on its inaugural voyage to Spain on Sunday March 27th with more than 600 passengers and freight vehicles. She is set to make two round trips to Bilbao each week – one way will take around 28 hours – and will also make a weekly return voyage to Cherbourg in France. Photo:Brittany Ferries. Full article: https://www.thelocal.es/20220330/uks-first-lng-powered-ferry-launches-route-between-portsmouth-and-bilbao/ 


Germany and Austria take step towards gas rationing: Germany and Austria have triggered emergency plans over possible gas supply disruption amid a payments stand-off with Russia.
Russia had demanded “unfriendly” countries pay for its gas in roubles from 31 March, but the EU, which mainly pays in euros, rejected the idea.
Moscow later appeared to soften its stance, saying on Wednesday rouble payments would be introduced gradually.
But Germany and Austria have taken the first steps towards gas rationing. Under an existing gas emergency plan, the “early warning phase”, which both Germany and Austria have begun, is the first of three steps designed to prepare the country for a potential supply shortage. In its final stage, the governments would bring in gas rationing. Full article: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-60925016


Every team that has qualified for the 2022 World Cup as final places confirmed for tournament in Qatar: World Cup qualifying has been coming thick and fast over the past few days as the final spots get confirmed ahead of Friday’s draw.
Remarkably, we still won’t know every team who will be playing at Qatar 2022 by the end of this window with the inter-confederation play-offs coming on June 13-14 as well as Ukraine’s tie with Scotland getting pushed to June.
However, we are close to the final line-up, so let’s break it down… Full article:


Hackers masquerading as law enforcement officials allegedly hoodwinked Apple and Meta, goading the two tech giants to surrender user data: Citing “three people close to the matter,” a Wednesday Bloomberg News report revealed the malicious actors used forged legal documents to bamboozle Apple and Meta.
According to Bloomberg, Apple and Meta surrendered “basic subscriber details,” including customers’ phone numbers and IP addresses. There was no mention of how many accounts are estimated to have been compromised. The hackers allegedly used the ill-gotten information to carry out harassment campaigns and financial fraud. Full article: https://www.laptopmag.com/news/apple-and-meta-reportedly-fooled-into-giving-user-data-to-hackers-heres-how


Hubble Space Telescope Spots Most Distant Star Ever Seen: This newfound star, detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, is so far away that its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, appearing to us as it was when the universe was about 900 million years old, just 7% of its current age. Until now, the most distant single star detected, discovered by Hubble in 2018, existed when the universe was about 4 billion years old, or 30% of its current age. Photo:NASA. Full article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hubble-space-telescope-spots-most-distant-star-ever-seen/ 

COVID Info References

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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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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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