DigameXtra No. 2454 Monday Jan. 16th, 2023

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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/CDs and Jigsaws at various prices
***Trips***
January 2023
– 27th – Trip to the Sierra Nevadas €19pp
February
– 03rd – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. Do remember that we have just 3 pick ups usually and we return from Gib at 16.30
– 17th – A trip to Finca de la Torre, Bobadilla for a tour of their Olive Farm. Price is 55€pp and includes a tour of the Vineyard, olive oil tastings, 3 course lunch, coach and drivers gratuity.
March
– 03rd – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. Do remember that we have just 3 pick ups usually and we return from Gib at 16.30
– 24th – Butterfly Park in Benalmadena, with a visit over the road to the Buddhist Stupa and then lunch at the Marina – price includes entry to the park TBC
April
– 6th – Trip to Gib €20pp includes €1 for the driver. Do remember that we have just 3 pick ups usually and we return from Gib at 16.30
– 28th – El Chorro by train and then lunch at the Lakes TBC
May
– 10th – 14th. 5 day trip to Jerez with a visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, a Horse Fair, Sherry Bodega, possibly Tio Pepe or Sandeman’s and a guided tour of the old town. It will be on a ½ Board basis in a 4* Hotel. If interested, send me an email and I will contact you.
– For further information, please contact Gail on 951067723/626370695 or email phoenixsocialclub@yahoo.co.uk for more information or check out our FB page 

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Bio Beach Restaurant- El Morche: Lecture Series & Events
– On Monday Jan. 23 at 11AM: U3A History Session: Sue Harrison will continue her timeline (Islamic Invasion Part 2 Cordoba), and John N. with The Battle of Velez Málaga. Interesting history times to come…
– The January Bio Beach U3A second Wed. Lecture is cancelled in January due to the holidays. We will make it up in Feb. when we’ll present two in one month, both at 11am.
– On Wednesday Feb. 8th: The Spanish Civil War: On Feb. 8th at 11am, join us for a heartfelt discussion on what started in July 1936. If you remember last year, I presented La Desbandada, to commemorate the carnage on A340 in our area. This year, The Deadly Dry Run for WW2, a 22mn video will feature background comments (in English) to help our verbal momentum. Jose Manuel Cabezas Cabello, will facilitate the discussion, post viewing the video. This promises to be an educational and sobering session.
– On  Wednesday Feb. 15th: Great 20th Century Crooners features 17 different artists and 29 tracks from these singers. The presentation traces the evolution and development of the musical style of crooning from the 1940’s onwards.
– Art Gallery: Exhibition of Paintings and Objects. Local artist Coby Bloemsma is exhibiting her latest work (pic) in the restaurant of Bio Beach Club. Semi-abstract in style, Coby’s paintings often have the human figure as subject. She uses acrylics and mixed-media. Her objects and sculptures are made from recycled materials. The exhibition is on until April 2023 and open during the opening hours of the restaurant. Closed on Tuesdays. Website: www.cobybloemsma.com
Bio Beach, publicity contact: norma2kk@aol.com

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Winter at Potters Bar- Nerja: JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ!!!
– The Jazz Lunch is back! The very talented Spike, Diego & Jonny as the COASTLINE DIXIELANDERS will be providing us with fantastic afternoons of class entertainment. Sundays at 2.00pm. Availability is limited so reserve your table now. €15/person including a great roast Lunch. Phone Cathy on 685435767.
– And Potters Friday nights are not to be missed! Great live entertainment from 8pm, fabulous fish n’ chips and plenty of other options and a great night out guaranteed. Bookings advisable!
– The Potters Pub Quiz! Every Tuesday 8pm. Make a night of It! Good company, good good and great fun and all for just €3/person. Bookings advisable.
If you have never visited Potters Bar we look forward to meeting you! Our contact details can be found in the Sponsor’s Section at the bottom of every issue.

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ON SALE NOW!!! Highly Recommended!!!
Nile Rodgers & CHIC at the Icónica Sevilla Fest 2023:
Wed, 12 July
Nile Rodgers & CHIC will take place at the Plaza de España. The American musician and producer, founder of the historic group Chic, and producer for artists such as Madonna and Daft Punk, arrives in Seville to do a brilliant review of the main artistic milestones in his career spanning Soul, funk, disco and R&B.
A true music legend, with songs as popular and well-known as “Le Freak”, the best-selling single in the history of Atlantic Records, or “Good Times”, “We Are Family”, etc.
Info & Tix: https://iconicafest.com/nile-rodgers-chic/ & Video Link 


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Party and Concert tribute to Pop and Rock in Spanish from the 80s and 90s: On Friday, January 27, 2023 at 8:30 p.m.
With tributes to Mecano from Mecanomania and Héroes del Silencio from La Estación del Silencio in the TRINCHERA Hall of MÁLAGA.
Doors open 8:30 p.m. Concerts 9:00 p.m. 16+ only.
La Trinchera, Calle Parauta 25 , Málaga. 619494993 FB 

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Javier’s Restaurant (formerly Miguel’s / El Chicle), next to the Torrox Costa bus station has reopened: Newly remodeled inside in bright white, and improved terrace with new wind breaks. Open 7am-11pm, Mon – Fri, closed weekends.

2022

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Craft Market: Sat 21 Jan, 11:30-15:00
Calle Rosarico la Joaquin 26, Frigiliana
Crafts & Microbrew beers.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1216156941728202/permalink/6149010558442791/ 

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Ten Day Weather Forecast from https://weather.com/

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Potential disruption due to coastal eventTue., 17 Jan., 12:01 am until 11:00 pm CET. Westerly wind 50 to 60 km/h (force 7) and waves of 3 to 4 meters.  Moderate damage to people and property may occur, especially those vulnerable or in areas exposed to the phenomenon.

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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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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.

 

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We have a German client, cash buyer looking for an apartment from Malaga to Torre del Mar.
Requirements are: walking distance to the coast and local amenities; minimum 2 bedrooms; large outside terrace with seaview; south facing. If you have a property which matches these requirements please contact us.
At BluCee we go above and beyond for you during the sales process, don’t just take our word for it – see our reviews on Google and Facebook.
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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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Great Deals From The Nerja Household Centre: Tables
– Solid wooden table 130 x 80 x 78cms Price 95€
– Lovely solid table (like a brand new one). Resanded.
Lacquered. Measurements 140 x 90 x 76cms. Price 135€
contact Jackie /nerja 672170429
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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #101
Blocked Websites and/or Blocked Video Playback on Websites- Why It Happens and How to Fix It With EPIC Browser:
– NOTE: This article is about accessing legal content that is improperly blocked. It is NOT about illegally accessing restricted content.
– All the major browsers, Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Edge, are now integrating blacklisting functions to aid the copyright police in enforcing premium content protections and geo-location restrictions. These browsers, in their efforts to block pirate sites, also block many legit sites. Or they can allow the website to open, but prevent the videos on the website from playing. I see this most often on websites that offer streaming sports content, as well as on alternative news websites. This blocking happens in the browser, so your VPN does not provide a work-around. There is a way to bypass these incorrect browser based blocks.
– Before blaming your VPN for failing to allow you to access certain content, try using another, less popular browser, that does not have the blacklisting limits the tech giants are forcing on us. I have the best success on hard to open websites, or with videos that refuse to load, using EPIC Browser. It is based on Chrome, but has all the tracking and blacklisting functions removed.
– While there are many of these Chrome based alternative browsers available (Brave, Chromium, UnGoogled Chrome, UR, etc.), EPIC Browser is consistently successful in displaying content blocked by the others. EPIC even has its own built-in, free VPN. In certain situations, when using your own VPN, and the programming refuses to play even in EPIC, try enabling the EPIC VPN in addition to your own VPN. Try the default sever location first (USA, East Coast), but if that fails, try the other 8 other server locations (USA West Coast, Canada, UK, Germany, France, NL, India & Singapore). You will almost always find one that works. This has gained me access to even the hardest to access websites and videos.
– You may have to go into EPIC’s Settings to enable the free VPN function before you can use it.
– Epic also has a built-in ad-blocker that works well. In some cases, you may need to disable the EPIC ad-blocker to get sites or videos to load.
– The main drawback of EPIC is that you only have the choice of 2 default search engines, Yahoo and Epic Search. I don’t like either of those, so I bookmark my preferred search engines for quick access.
– Firefox fans that want to avoid browser blacklisting can try Firefox based alternative browsers. I suggest Pale Moon and Waterfox for the Firefox experience with fewer the restrictions and less blacklisting.
EPIC info & download: https://www.epicbrowser.com/
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Waterfox info & download: https://www.waterfox.net/
These are not affiliate links, I have no connection to these browsers.

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News & Articles

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{ Translations by www.DeepL.com/Translator }

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SPAIN

The price of electricity drops 45.5% this Monday, to 11.71 euros/MWh: {Translation, summary}
– The average price of electricity for regulated tariff customers linked to the wholesale market will fall this Monday to 11.71 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), representing a drop of 45.51% compared to 21.49 euros/MWh on Sunday. In the auction, the average price of electricity in the wholesale market – the so-called ‘pool’ – will stand this Monday at 13.22 euros/MWh.
– The minimum price, 3 euros, will be between 01.00 and 02.00 hours and 03.00 and 05.00 hours, while the maximum price will be between 20.00 and 21.00 hours, when it will be 34.20 euros.
– The Spanish government has already asked Brussels to extend the ‘Iberian Exception’ price relief at least until the end of 2024 with a ceiling similar to the current one, between 45 and 50 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). Source, Spanish: https://www.europapress.es/economia/energia-00341/noticia-precio-luz-baja-455-lunes-1171-euros-mwh-20230115134745.html

MALAGA

Deaths in Malaga province increase by 15 per cent:
– The second quarter of 2022 set a very striking record for deaths, both in Andalucía and in Malaga.
– Between April and June of last year, 3,451 people died in Malaga province, 14.6% more than in the same period of 2021 (3,010). This increase is more marked in Malaga than at the Andalusian level (11.1%). And the figure even surpasses the number of deaths during the worst period of the pandemic – the second quarter of 2020 when there were 3,148 fatalities.
– The data published on Friday 13 January by the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalucía (IECA) do not include the reasons for death but the increase in mortality has centred on the older age groups. Of the 3,451 deaths registered in the first quarter of 2022 in Malaga province, 2,984 were over 65 years of age. The increase in deaths in this age group compared to the same period last year was almost 21%. In contrast, fewer people under 65 died, both in comparison with the spring of 2021 (-14%) and 2020 (-36%). The highest number of deaths was concentrated in the 85-89 age group: 692, 20% of the total. Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/deaths-malaga-increase-20230113153314-nt.html

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Food prices in Malaga province have risen more than at any time in the last 20 years:
– Inflation across Malaga province has rocketed in the last year by 12.93%, while the national average stands at 12.63%, as shown in the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) published this Friday, 13 January, by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). This equates to the largest increase in prices of food and drink in two decades.
– Data for the month of December from the CPI show a huge jump in food costs of 17.7%, well above the national average of 15.9%.
Full article: https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/price-food-drink-20230113120951-nt.html

TORROX

The municipality of Torrox is full of color and joy in February with its Carnival festivities: {Translation}
– The dates will be Friday 17 and Saturday February 18 in Torrox, while in El Morche will be held the following Saturday, February 25.
– “The carnivals we do in our town have improved a lot in recent years and we intend this year to be the best in the province,” said Medina, encouraging all those who like the carnival and enjoy these dates to go preparing their best costume “because from the consistory we will bet on a spectacular staging and provide good prizes to encourage participation”.
– Daily schedules and details of the prizes and registration dates will be released soon. Source, Spanish: https://www.axarquiaplus.es/el-municipio-de-torrox-se-llena-en-febrero-de-color-y-alegria-con-sus-fiestas-de-carnavales/ 

LA HERRADURA

Experts require over 4 months to certify that the alleged explosive abandoned in La Herradura in August was actually a 1kg bag of lentils: {Translation, summary}
– The report of the Specialist Technicians in Deactivation of Explosive Devices (Tedax) of the Civil Guard on the suspicious package abandoned by a man, provisionally released pending trial for these events, at a gas station in La Herradura at the end of August, it has certified that the alleged explosive was a one kilogram bag of lentils, and that, although it was wrapped with a plastic bottle with hydroalcoholic gel, a mobile phone and three cables, they lacked the “necessary elements for its activation”.
(It took a crew of explosives experts 4 months to identify a bag of lentils? Do these guys get paid by the hour? -Ed.)
Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/certifican-supuesto-explosivo-abandonado-la-herradura-agosto-eran-lentejas/

GRANADA

The cold wave could leave the first snowfall of the year in Granada on Wednesday: (Translation, summary}
– The wave of polar cold that crosses the Iberian Peninsula will leave the first great frost of the year in the province of Granada this week. A circumstance that, together with the contingency of rainfall, will make it more than likely that on Wednesday, January 18, it will snow in the capital.
– Clear skies will return on Thursday, although with even more extreme temps. Granada will reach -4 degrees and will not go above 8 degrees Celsius all day. The snow level on this day will drop to 500 meters, but without risk of precipitation.
– This possibility of snow for Wednesday will also be in force in the rest of the regions of the province of Granada except for the Costa Tropical, and Loja, which will be sunny; with greater probability of snow in Guadix, Baza and the Altiplano de Huéscar, and somewhat further away in Alhama or the Alpujarra.
Source, Spanish: https://www.granadadigital.es/el-tiempo-en-granada/

SPORTS

Football News- Barcelona secure 3-1 victory over Madrid to win Spanish Super Cup: Barcelona convincingly beat Real Madrid 3-1 in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to win the Spanish Super Cup, their first trophy since coach Xavi Hernandez took over. Inspired by teenager Gavi, who scored himself and set up goals for Robert Lewandowski and Pedri Gonzalez, the Catalans produced one of their best performances in years against their bitter Clasico rivals. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace. Full article: https://www.france24.com/en/sport/20230115-barcelona-secure-3-1-victory-over-madrid-to-win-spanish-super-cup

FINANCIAL

More Spanish gov’t statistics disputed by international analysts- IES says Spain has a real tax burden much higher than the European average: {Translation, 1st two paragraphs only}
– The Spanish government has had the audacity to call a report by the Institute of Economic Studies (IES) and the Tax Foundation that shows that Spain is one of the countries with the most aggressive taxation against the productive sector a “hoax”. As usual, they are not telling the truth. According to the report, Spain will be in 34th position in 2022 out of the 38 countries analyzed and is one of the five countries with the worst tax competitiveness in the OECD. The tax effort, the tax burden normalized according to income, is already 53% higher than the European Union average.
– Likewise, the normative tax burden indicator (the tax burden that the system introduces regardless of the revenue obtained) is 16.4% higher than the EU average. This excess taxation is especially reflected in the corporate income tax, among the five worst in the OECD, and in the tax burden on wealth, which is the second worst in the OECD after Italy.
Source, Spanish: https://www.larazon.es/economia/20230115/nokfveyaavd7ngfibs27rmjva4.html

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Cinesur El Ingenio Films schedule: You can find the film schedule at this link. Films tagged as (VOSE) are in the original language with Spanish subtitles. 
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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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