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Spain’s most visited village – Guadalest
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Located in the Sierra de Aitana some 25km inland from the Costa Blanca resorts of Benidorm and  Altea, although the road, winding up into the mountains, makes it seem far longer. Once upon a time, the place was only accessible on donkeys´ backs. Guadalest is an attractive village with a historic castle (Castell) which dates [...]

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Open Day at Finca Villamartin Animal Sanctuary
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On the last Saturday of the month there is an Open Day at Finca Villamartin, supported by Happy Animales of Orihuela. The next one will be this coming week on 25 August from 17.00-20.00. Please come along and help them to raise money for food, hay, water, vet bills, blacksmith, repairs, rent for sanctuary. There [...]

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Las Ramblas Golf Society – 13 August 18
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Our first team game of the week resulted in a very close finish at the top. Playing the two best scores out of four but with all to count on the par 3’s, the winning team, with 96 points, were Pete Dunn, Rod Doel, John Shervell and yours truly.  The runners up scored 95 points [...]

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National Under 17 teams gather at Pinatar Arena
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Pinatar Arena continues to increase the number of football teams using its superb training facilities in a historic summer, where it has now exceeded twenty teams. With many clubs now back playing in their country’s senior leagues, this week it is the turn of the men’s national teams in the Under 17 and Under 18 [...]

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Free Sports Camp in Torrevieja
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Aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 15 years, and to be held in the Sports Palace, Torrevieja Department of Sports is offering a free Sports Campus to be held from 27 August to 7 September. The campus will operate every morning, from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with the Councillor for Sport, [...]

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Top 10 driving tips for handling stress
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Stress affects us all at one time or another – whether it’s down to work, home life or a tough situation you’re facing. Stress can affect how we feel physically and emotionally as well as impair our judgement and our reactions, which isn’t good news when we need to concentrate on something significant, like driving. [...]

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Why are banking options reducing for British expats?
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There are over 300,000 British nationals living in Spain today enjoying the Iberian sun. In total, in the rest of the world, there are five million British nationals currently living away from the UK. For those individuals, their banking options are reducing, making things more difficult for them. Over the last couple of years, changes [...]

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FAOC incorporates two more Associations
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At a meeting in the Lomas de Cabo Roig Drop in Centre on Saturday afternoon the Federation of Associations of the Orihuela Costa (FAOC) has welcomed two more neighborhood associations into its ever increasing fold, residents and owners of the Punta Prima and La Florida Neighbourhood Associations, increasing the number of residents groups now represented [...]

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40th Anniversary of Torrevieja City Tennis Tournament
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Over 250 players took part in last week’s tournament to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Torrevieja Tennis Club where the players were competing for prizes of € 3,600 in cash for the senior categories and € 2,000 in sports goods for the juniors. The competition was divided into 18 different categories culminating in some great [...]

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Torrevieja mayor urges Costas to fix La Mata walkway
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Following a series of recent protests, all regarding the management of Mayor José Manuel Dolón by residents of La Mata, the two parties met on Wednesday afternoon with the mayor determined to broker a deal. One of the complaints centred around the state of disrepair of el paseo de La Mata which local people are [...]

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Fake “Deaf Mute” Petition Scam in Orihuela Costa
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A number of tourists were caught out in Cabo Roig last week by three scammers purporting to be “deaf mutes” and who were collecting on behalf of Handicap International. Approached by one of the three individuals, unsuspecting tourists were presented with a petition form declaring support for the construction of a National Children’s Centre. Sadly [...]

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British Woman’s holiday ruined in Benidorm because of too many Spaniards
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The story that appeared in several British and Spanish newspapers last week about the English woman who complained about there being too many Spaniards enjoying themselves in her Benidorm hotel really does beggar belief.   I had to read it twice before I actually believed that it was a genuine story, and to cap it [...]

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Torrevieja salt production to reach 600,000 tons
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Heavy machinery is once again rolling across the salt flats in the Torrevieja lagoon as the contractor, Grupo Salins España, has started the extraction work, which the Engineering Director, Joseph Pérez, expects to extract about 600,000 tons of salt by 30th June next year. “The bed has accumulated a layer of salt of something more [...]

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Neighbourhood Association reject San Miguel Waste Plant
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The installation of a waste treatment plant 2.5 kilometres from San Miguel de Salinas would cause damage to the environment and discomfort to local residents, due to an increase in noise and activity levels as a result of the regular passage of refuse trucks, the putrid smells that would affect the population, and emissions that [...]

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Preparing Brexit: How ready is Whitehall?
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Political divisions over Brexit are creating a culture of secrecy in Whitehall. This report argues that the greatest challenge in delivering Brexit now stems from the inability of a split Cabinet to make critical decisions. Political tensions are encouraging secrecy, where access to key documents is highly restricted. Important information is not being shared between [...]

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We’ve always been heading for a ‘blind Brexit’
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Concerns have been raised that we will leave the EU with only a vague idea of what the future relationship looks like. But that has always been the case, as it suits the Government quite well, says Tim Durrant.  Brexit / Policy making The idea of a ‘blind Brexit’ has been floated in recent days, [...]

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The Costa Blanca Leader Edition 729
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As the Vega Baja authorities look for sites for the new waste treatment plant the residents of San Miguel de Salinas have commissioned a study which firmly opposes the siting of the plant just 2.5km from the town. Inflexibility of EasyJet staff at Murcia airport as a Navy vet is refused permission to board a [...]

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Adoption of pets featured at Summer schools
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Torrevieja’s Department of Animal Protection has launched a summer campaign to raise awareness among children of the importance of the adoption and sterilization of domestic animals The Councillor of Animal Protection, Carmen Morate, accompanied by Patricia Tarín Carrasco, a volunteer at the Albergue Municipal de Animales de Torrevieja, have organised educational talks in all of [...]

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Vincent Real Estate step up to the Palette! 
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The Annual Art Competition will be at La Herradura Restaurant in Los Montesinos on Wednesday the 24th of October 2018 and Vincent Real Estate our main sponsor will be on hand to help out with The People’s Choice, they will also be inviting every visitor to enjoy a welcome glass of Cava or Bucks Fizz.  [...]

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Five year old girl seriously injured during Elche Nit de l’Albà
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The Elche City Council said that the only serious injury incurred during Wednesday’s annual fireworks display, the Nit de l’Albà, is a five-year-old girl who suffered head injuries following the collapse of a gantry, requiring her to be transferred to the Hospital de Alicante . In total, 38 people were treated for injuries or burns. [...]

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Rojales stops work on new municipal sewage plant
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Rojales council has been forced to stop construction of the new network of sewage plants because they don’t have the full ownership off the land on which the new facility is being sited. The mayor, Antonio Perez, said on Thursday that he is negotiating with the current owners in order to sign an agreement of [...]

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Pilar mayor warns Muslims not to sacrifice lambs at home
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The mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, Ignacio Ramos, has warned Muslims in the town that they are not allowed to kill animals in their private homes, buildings or any public places. He has said that he wants to prevent such activities from being carried out during the 4 day Islamic holiday of “Eid al-Adha,” [...]

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La Zenia residents criticise state of Boulevard perimeter
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The accumulation of rubbish and dirt in many areas of the Orihuela Costa is not something new. The residents have been denouncing the deficiencies in street cleaning for a long time, culminating with a street protest and demonstration just a few days ago. However, far from the situation improving, it seems to be getting worse. [...]

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Navy veteran banned from boarding easyJet Flight in Murcia
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Navy veteran Robert Thomas, 23, is being forced to fork out £300 to get a new passport and re-book his flight after being refused check in at Murcia airport on Friday when staff noticed a slightly damaged passport. Robert was barred from flying to Gatwick because the check in desk duty supervisor, José, thought his [...]

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A Traitor in Paradise
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I visited a memorial sculpture to ten sincere and brave men this week. These were ten Canarian men who were tortured and put to death for their beliefs during the Spanish Civil War. These ten men defied Franco’s fascist government and were put to death by being tied in sacks filled with heavy rocks and [...]

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Abandoned puppies rescued by local police
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A Santa Pola resident has been cautioned by the Policia Local for the mistreatment of a dozen adult dogs and a further ten puppies, which were kept without food, in a yard in Pla de la Vallonga to the east of Alicante, in the full heat of the sun and in unhygienic conditions. The Department [...]

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Feast of the Assumption
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Wednesday is a public holiday throughout Spain, in celebration of the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, which acclaims the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. On the Orihuela Costa a mass will be held at the Catholic Church in La Zenia, starting at 7.30pm. The mass [...]

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How to Get Rid of Nasty Odours in Your Shoes
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The most annoying thing is getting into public transport and realise that someone’s shoe is releasing a bad smell. How would you tell your co-worker not to remove their shoes in the office because they stink? It will be very embarrassing to know that your counterparts are talking about you behind your back because of [...]

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GRO called to disturbance in Municipal Sports area
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Following complaints from local residents, the Operational Reinforcement Group of the Local Police was despatched to the municipal sports arena in Torrevieja last Monday where they found about 230 youths, many of them under age, drinking, screaming and playing exceptionally loud music. According to some residents the disturbances have been taking place virtually every night [...]

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