DigameXtra No. 2239 Monday, April 18th, 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.
***Trips***
May
-6th – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. We have just 3 pick ups – at the A1 Garden Centre at 08.00, Torre del Mar bus station at 08.15 and Algarrobo Lidl at 08.30. Returning from Gib at 16.30. We do have a 20 minute break on the way to Gib.
-20th – Boat Trip from Benalmadena Port to Fuengirola with time to explore Fuengirola Harbour €28 includes coach, tips and boat trip to Fuengirola. Fuengirola is one of the oldest fishing ports on the Costa del Sol and has a plethora of fabulous fish restaurants. So if you fancy a fishy lunch…
-25th – Trip to Montefrio, Granada Province. Price €30 and includes, coach fare, tourist train and drivers tip. Montefrio is a municipality in the province of Granada. The ruins of a Moorish castle sit near the highest point. Being built midway between the Sierra de Priego and Sierra Parapanda, and commanding the open valley between these ranges, it became one of the chief frontier fortresses of the Moors in the 15th century.
June
-2nd – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. We have just 3 pick ups – at the A1 Garden Centre at 08.00, Torre del Mar bus station at 08.15 and Algarrobo Lidl at 08.30. Returning from Gib at 16.30. We do have a 20 minute break on the way to Gib.
-24th – A visit to the fabulous Alhambra Palace. The price is 60€pp and includes Entry to the Palace and Guide. If this is not to your liking, stop off at the largest shopping centre in Europe, The Nevada Centre for 20€pp
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, Events:
-Wed. May 11 at 11am. Speaker: Norma presenting Did You Know? A Power Point frolick through history, geography, botany, zoology, etc… including historic pictures you will not want to miss. This will be the last lecture before a summer recess, so join us for an enjoyable get together including fascinating facts, good company, and a tasty cup of your favorite liquid. 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 seeing you then! Please come early as we are running out of seats before 11am. For more info contact norma2kk@aol.com
-Dance classes at Bio Beach have been cancelled. You may want to join Jose for his dance classes in Velez Malaga, he teaches at Club 70, situated in the Pañoleta Commercial/Industrial Center. His classes are Thursday at 19hrs.

 

P.G.S Golf: Proper Golf Society. Every Monday 10am
Los Moriscos Golf Motril. Friendly. No fuss. Sociable. Special Society golf rates. No silly, crazy golf rules. Contact: pgsgolf@yahoo.com 

 

Liquid Lunch Band: Playing live on Sat., Apr 23rd 2pm at 
Chiringuito Tropy, C/Real 29750 Caletta de Velez
Res recommended 653629841 

 

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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.
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.
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Call us : 669 665 156
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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.
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
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Mobile Hairdresser: Hi, my name is Jenny and I’d like to introduce myself. I am a fully qualified mobile hairdresser with over 13 years experience, fully legal and up to date with current Covid-19 regulations. Covering Torrox and surrounding areas. WhatsApp, private message or call for an appointment in your own home or chat about what you would like. Jenny, Torrox 
Tel or WhatsApp 622 690 133,
Email jmainwood01 @ gmail dot com (no spaces) or go to my Facebook page

 

Removal and Collection – Men With Vans: You’ve heard of a Man with a Van, now meet Men with Vans.
For all your local removal needs we have men and vans at your disposal. Whether you are moving home or need a single item moving, then we can help.
House clearance, Garage clearance and rubbish removals. IKEA, Bricomart and Leroy Merlin runs, we can even assemble your flatpacks. Give us a call.
Need something from one of the big stores in Malaga? Give us a call and leave it to us to deliver to your door.
Prices from 25 euros an hour.
Call or Whatsapp John on 622 067 357 or visit our Facebook page
Based in Nerja and Torrox we operate throughout Andalusia.
Men With Vans: John 622 067 357

 

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-Maximum budget €100,000
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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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For Sale: Leitz Dia projector and cassettes 20€
Lars, Nerja +34 654477814 (Whatsapp + Facetime) 

 

For Sale: Double bed (190 x135cm) with under storage, Mattress and Headboard. All in good condition, 75 euros. Buyer collects.
Located between La Vinuela and Canillas de Aceituno
Email: sally.colourstat@gmail.com Tel: 671 222 595 

 

For Sale, 2 items:
-Fully foldable chair. Light weight aluminium
-Fully foldable lounger. Light weight aluminium
Very good condition, used only once, 20€ each, to collect from Torrox Costa.
Email: celinska@talk21.com ; tel. 0044 7766280897
Ewa, Torrox Costa, Costa de Oro. 

 

For Sale: Rock and roll style sofa bed with removable cover. 50 euro. Collect from Torrox or can deliver for fuel costs.
Jenny, Torrox. Tel 622 690 133
Email: jmainwood01 at gmail dot com (no spaces) 

 

Recommendations & Requests

Poor mobile phone coverage in Torrox Campo: We live in the campo, outside Torrox Pueblo, and mobile phone reception is poor, and sometimes absent. We have tested all suppliers, who claim coverage, and they show same poor results: Max. 2 pins signal strength.
Has any fellow DigameXtra-reader had good results from installing a Signal Amplifier themselves, as such are available for purchase on the web, or do you know of a person or business in the Torrox/Nerja/Torre del Mar-area, who sells, and can install such an installation? We speak Spanish.
We will appreciate any advice and hint, which can help improve our reception. Thank you in advance.
Arne / Torrox. Email: casatorrox at hotmail.com

 

Washing machine repair: Can anyone advise us of a good washing machine repair person, ours is not broken totally but is washing longer than programmed. We are in Torrox Campo.
Lilian, Tel : 638897797 or Whatsapp
or John 628282518 or Whatsapp

 

News & Articles

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SPAIN

The price of electricity falls again on Monday and records the lowest figure since 27 December 2021: {Translation, summary}
-The average price of electricity on the wholesale market will fall this Monday April 18th for the sixth consecutive time.
-Specifically, the price of electricity on 18 April will be 103.24 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), 7.28% less than this Sunday. Thus, this Monday’s price will be the lowest since 27 December 2021, when Spaniards paid 96.08 euros/MWh.
-The maximum price of electricity for this 18 April will be between 21.00 hours and 22.00 hours, with 219.69 euros/MWh, and the minimum, 45 euros/MWh, will be registered between 14.00 and 15.00 hours.
-Compared to just one year ago, the pool price for this Monday will be 59.96% higher than the 64.54 euros/MWh of 18 April 2021. Full article: https://www.europapress.es/economia/energia-00341/noticia-precio-luz-baja-nuevo-lunes-registra-dato-mas-27-diciembre-2021-20220417130250.html

 

Explaining Spain’s €100-Per-Day Entry Requirement: Visa-free travel to the borderless Schengen Area, which consists of 26 European countries, is possible for the biometric passport holders of over 60 world countries, including here, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, Albania, New Zealand, Georgia, and more. However, visa-free does not mean requirement-free. When showing up at the external borders of the Schengen Area, travellers from visa-free countries need to make sure they meet several mandatory conditions in order to be eligible to enter. Full article: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/explaining-spains-e100-per-day-entry-requirement/

TORROX

Torrox revives the May celebration of the Feast of the Cross:
{Translation, summary}
-One of the most deeply-rooted traditions in the municipality of Torrox is the celebration of the Feast of the Cross, when the neighbors prepare the altars and crosses displayed on the streets throughout the municipality. Therefore, the mayor, Oscar Medina, and the councilman of Fiestas and Popular Traditions, have encouraged the associations and groups to take up this habit after the break by the pandemic, stating that all those altars and crosses that sign up will have a financial reward to reward so your participation.
-There will be an official route to visit all the crosses and altars that have been registered, and a reward for each one’s involvement with 200 euros, if it is of crosses (regardless of style), and with 300 euros for each of the altars that meet more requirements. Signup in person at the SAC, or you can call the phone 95258010. https://www.facebook.com/AytoTorrox/posts/292286799734668 

GRANADA

Photography, flamenco, music and storytelling on offer in the VII Week of Culture in Otura (Granada): {Translation} 18 to 29 April
-The 7th Otura Cultural Week will start on Monday 18 April with the inauguration of the photography, short story and calligram exhibitions of the CEIP Virgen de La Paz, and the painting exhibition of the Oturarte association, at 19:00 in the Centro Cultural Federico García Lorca. Afterwards, organised by the Otura Photography Association AFOD, there will be a talk by the photographer Jorge Pastor at 20:00.
-Next week there will be a ‘lorquian lemonade’ organised by the women of the Association El Futuro. The event will take place on Monday 25th April at the Cultural Centre.
-“There will also be a scrapbooking workshop on Tuesday 19 April; another on reading in ebooks and digital devices (on the 20th in Guadalinfo) and a participative reading of Don Quixote in the Town Hall on the 22nd,” says the Councillor for Culture of Otura Town Council, Salvador Torres. On the same day there will be a storyteller in the Cultural Centre.
-The Town Hall has also organised a lettering workshop, and the show ‘La zambra de Granada’ by the flamenco cultural association ‘Ole tu duende’, on 28 April at 19:00. At 8 p.m., the Coro Villa de Otura will perform.
-On the 24th of April, at 12 noon, in the Cultural Centre, the ‘Suspiro del Moro’ Poetry Encounter will take place, and on the 29th, as a closing ceremony, that is when the prizes for this Cultural Week will be awarded.
-Exhibitions at the Federico García Lorca Cultural Centre and a show by the Menta y Canela Flamenco Music and Dance Association on 23 April complete the programme of this 7th Otura Cultural Week. Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/fotografia-flamenco-musica-cuentacuentos-vii-semana-cultural-otura/

SPORTS

Tennis News- Tsitsipas takes down Davidovich Fokina to defend his Monte Carlo crown: Stefanos Tsitsipas captured his second straight Monte Carlo Masters crown with a workmanlike 6-3 7-6(3) win over first-time ATP Tour finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Sunday, claiming his first title of the 2022 season. Photo:REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. Full article: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/tsitsipas-battles-past-davidovich-fokina-win-monte-carlo-title-2022-04-17/

HEALTH

Insurance Companies Still Paying Spanish Private Docs at 1990s Rates:
-In private healthcare, a war that is not very visible to patients is being waged. A hidden confrontation that has to do with the money that insurance companies pay to self-employed doctors who work for them. The doctors have organized themselves around the Professional Medical Union (Unipromel), a kind of private employer’s association created a year and a half ago, and accuse the insurers of sinking their rates and paying them “leonine” conditions for each consultation, test diagnosis or surgery that they perform and that is charged to the patient’s insurance card.
-Since 2009, medical associations have been prohibited from participating in these issues related to fees, and insurance companies continue to pay prices very similar to those of 30 years ago. In the last declaration of rates, they were still in pesetas. Full article: https://spainsnews.com/war-of-private-doctors-against-insurers-we-have-between-five-and-ten-euros-left-per-consultation/

SPACE

See A Dazzling ‘Pink Moon’ Rise For Easter To Set-Up A ‘Blood Moon’ And An Eclipse Of The Sun: The first full Moon of spring 2022 in the northern hemisphere also marked the middle of Ramadan 2022, and occurred the night before Easter 2022—both lunar festivals, yet its celestial significance goes much deeper than that.
Best seen as dusk on Saturday, April 16, 2022, the “Pink Moon” was pictured around the world draped in muted orange and yellow light as it appeared on the eastern horizon. Photo:Ashraf Amra/Anadolu. Full article and more pics: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2022/04/16/in-photos-see-a-dazzling-pink-moon-rise-to-set-up-a-blood-moon-and-an-eclipse-of-the-sun/ 

FINANCE & HIGH TECH

Bitcoin & Blockchain News- A $620 million hack? Just another day in cryptocurrency:
-The FBI said on Thursday that the Lazarus Group, a prolific hacking team run by the North Korean government, is responsible for the March 2022 hack of a cryptocurrency platform called Ronin Network. The hackers stole $620 million in the cryptocurrency Ethereum. That’s an eye-catching number in almost any context. But in the Wild West environment of crypto, the Ronin hack is just one of eight megaheists in the past year in which hackers have stolen more than $100 million in cryptocurrency!
-In 2021, criminal hackers stole approximately $3.2 billion in cryptocurrency, six times more than they made off with in 2020, according to Chainalysis. That year included six hacks of at least $100 million stolen and dozens of smaller hacks involving tens of millions. Now 2022 is off to its own headline-grabbing start.
-Why does this keep happening? In the cryptocurrency industry, businesses are spun up quickly, security is often an afterthought, scams are prevalent, and investors often don’t truly analyze the risk across a wide range of novel investments.
(As long as there is a human component, there will be no perfect security in any technology. Criminals will always find a way to exploit the human element. Cryptocurrency, blockchain and “the cloud” all get hacked regularly. Herein lies the problem: these “decentralized” technologies, as they expand and grow, create ever more human interfaces to be exploited. -Ed.) Full article: https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/04/15/1050259/a-620-million-hack-just-another-day-in-crypto/

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Useful Links, Info & Numbers

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:
https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/updated-daily-these-20220314114157-nt.html

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

Taxi
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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