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Keeping up with the Joneses – but not Messi!
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LIONEL Messi gave defender Phil Jones the runaround in the Champions League quarter finals second leg in Barcelona’s 3-0 humiliation of Manchester United at the Camp Nou. Messi, 30, arguably the world’s best footballer, has given many a player sleepless nights in post match nightmares, after giving spectacular displays in games. So it was somewhat [...]

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How Gamification May Change The Online
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Gamification is a relatively new term in vocabulary. It can be used in all segments of business and education. Providers who use gamification take certain activity and enrich it with game elements. Gamification in the casino industry is hard to understand but it can lead to serious rewards. When you play at online casinos, gamification [...]

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Single, Married or Divorced?
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Divorce is the most stressful experience that most people will ever encounter. Over the years, studies have shown that the stress of divorce, together with resulting implications for any children from the marriage, property and finance, compromises the immune system and puts anyone dissolving a marriage at risk of illness and disease. Current UK divorce [...]

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Drugs-Fuelled madman Ricardo stars in Mafia Movie Merch alongside bodyguard wife
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David Haughton who plays the role of Ricardo, and his wife Yvonne, who plays a Bodyguard to The Godfather, in the Feature Mafia Movie ‘Merch’, talks Exclusively to Andrew Atkinson. SPANISH ‘crazy’ drugslord Ricardo gets caught up in a Mafia and Chinese smuggling ring – that is being investigated by MI5. “Ricardo is a Spanish [...]

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Strictly X Factor
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Stagestruck Theatre Company will bring their summer show, Strictly X Factor to Teatro Cardenal Belluga in San Fulgencio from 16th-18th May at 7.30 pm (Doors open at 6.45 pm) This hilarious, family show follows the fortunes of Bragton Save our Village Hall Committee as they strive to save the falling-down wreck from demolition. To accomplish [...]

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THE HONDÓN VALLEY DIVAS ‘SMASHED’ IT!
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DIVAs, a fledgling Amateur Dramatic Society in the Hondón Valley, recently staged McGillivray & Zerlin’s ‘Murder at Checkmate Manor’. A production that included scripted missed entrances, an undisciplined set, miss-timed sound effects, seemingly off-the-cuff dialogue and uncertain lighting, proved to be an entertaining and adventurous choice for their first production. Thankfully, the support of the [...]

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Storms threaten to ruin the Easter weekend
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The State Meteorological Agency predicts that it will start raining on Thursday night and will continue until Sunday threatening to ruin the Easter weekend They say that Thursday will see the arrival of an Atlantic storm that will sweep across the north of Spain and its collision with the east wind will then threaten to [...]

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Palms and sunshine mark the start of Holy Week
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Orihuela, Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura and Benferri celebrate their processions on a day of tradition and fervour as the Vega Baja was flooded with white palms and olive branches to celebrate Palm Sunday, the official start of Holy Week. Sunday was bright and sunny with temperatures above 25 degrees that filled the streets with celebrants [...]

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SMGS at La Serena. April 10th, 2019
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This wednesdays fixture was held at La Serena which is always a challenge especially when the wind blows. It was round four of the Presidents Trophy, the format being the best three stableford scores over five rounds. 37 members and 3 guests turned up for the early start, half the field teeing off before the [...]

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‘Mike Probert talks Golf (Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services).
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Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us [...]

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Weekend Racing Preview with Andrew Atkinson
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‘Vintage’ Scottish National redeemer Boitron Hannon’s Newbury ace VINTAGE Clouds could be set to redeem himself in Saturday’s 4 miles Coral £250,000 Scottish Grand National at Ayr – after coming a cropper at the first fence in last weekend’s Aintree Grand National. “It was one of the most disappointing days I’ve ever had at the [...]

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For the third game running Daya Leak Goals
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Daya Nueva  3 v. Albatera 5 The game was scheduled for a six o’clock start but never got underway until 7pm owing to the late arrival of the match official.  This meant I would be unable to see the second half as I was due to attend our village band in concert at 8.30pm. There [...]

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Quesada Bowls Club Report by Dee Stephenson 
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We welcomed a new President, Pearl Houghton as well as new and returning Committee members this week at Quesadas AGM on Saturday 6th April.  Meanwhile, four of our members played in the Les McCracken Memorial competition at Emerald Isle. The hosts put up a very strong and competitive field of players but the QBC team [...]

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Adam Stewart strikes gold swimming for Gibraltar
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Adam Stewart, Down syndrome swimmer, was recently selected to swim 1600 meters open water for the Special Olympics for his new home, Gibraltar. Adam was one of 19 athletes selected to compete in Abu Dhabi/ Dubai Special Olympics from 14th to 21st March. He had been training in the cold waters around Gibraltar for months. [...]

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50th wedding blessing celebrations
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The service was officiated by Canon Terence Sampson who married the couple in 1969 by Andrew Atkinson SAN Miguel couple Tony and Linda Parlett have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends. A service was held to bless Tony and Linda at Lago Jardin Church of St Peter and St Paul, Torrevieja, officiated [...]

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It’s Going Down To The Wire
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CF Rafal 1 – 1 CD Montesinos CD Montesinos along with a loyal band of 50 plus supporters made the journey along the CV91 in search of the points that should, perhaps, guarantee their tenure in the division. In a forgettable first half, it was Rafal who held the upper hand for most of the [...]

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Torrevieja winter pool league teams praised for sportsmanship
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By Andrew Atkinson The Courtyard Pool team in Los Montesinos, Alicante, are looking forward to the Summer Pool league commencing after their first season in the Torrevieja Winter Pool league. “It was an unknown venture in entering the Torrevieja Winter Pool League, which has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience, leading to entering the forthcoming summer [...]

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Andante International Choir Performs Two Charity Concerts in April
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Andante International Choir, a primarily classical group comprised of singers from different European countries, such as England, Holland, and Scandinavia, performed two well-attended concerts in Costa Blanca early in April. The choral group, made up of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses, performed selections from Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, a sacred Latin work, Friday April 5 at [...]

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Pilarmonics are the 2019 Spanish National Champion Chorus Again.
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On Saturday 6th April 2019, SABS (Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers) held their Annual Convention in Calpe, Alicante, where choruses and quartets from all over Spain competed in what was a superb contest. On that Saturday morning all competitors were up early with full stage make up and stage outfits on before 9am.  Pilarmonics had [...]

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Lifeguard Services back on Orihuela Beaches
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The Orihuela councillor for Beaches, Luisa Boné, met the press on Thursday where she clarified the services that would be available on the coast ahead of Holy Week. She said that “the countdown has already begun with all the services now in place and ready to receive the thousands of tourists who will be arriving [...]

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Ciudadanos Orihuela Campaign Committee Approved
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The local group of Cambiemos Orihuela yesterday unanimously approved the Campaign Committee that will be responsible for preparing the party campaign for next national and local elections. The Ciudadanos Orihuela campaign team comprising of 23 activists, is led by Antonio Sanchez, who, in addition to being the Chaiman, will act as spokesperson and is also [...]

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Molly The Dolly leads way to Leader 9,172 ‘Magnificent 7’
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THE Costa Blanca and Costa Calida Leader hit the bookies on Saturday with a 9,172 accumulator – following seven winning selections. Molly The Dolly (5-1), Wazowski (11-2), King’s Advice (6-5), Leodis Dream (3-1), Raise You (10-11), Another Reason (5-2) and Emirates Empire (3-1) returned Leader punters a ‘Magnificent 7’ accumulator! The Leader ‘Spring Double’ big [...]

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LaMangaTorre CC reach semi-finals of Spanish International tournament
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By Andrew Atkinson LaMangaTorre CC reached the semi-finals of the Spanish International Cricket tournament against Goatacers (England) with CDP (England) meeting Pinatar on Sunday. LMTCC and Stockholm played in the group stage for a place in the semi-finals: “It was a great performance all round,” LaMangaTorre CC captain Kieran Wood told me. LMTCC were put [...]

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JEKYLL AND HYDE TORRY URGENTLY NEED STABILITY
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CD UNIVERSITY OF ALICANTE – 3    CD TORREVIEJA – 0 BY STEVE HIBBERD Just when you thought Torry had found an answer to their goal drought, they put in possibly their worst performance of the season.  Rewind 7 days, to when Torry slammed 4 goals past Callosa, at the same time as Alicante University were [...]

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The Costa Blanca and Costa Calida Leader Edition 761
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Leading this week with details of bathing and lifeguard services available on the Costa over the Easter holiday period. Inside we feature the demise of the once illustrious Pascual Flores schooner which has lost all of its masts this week, entry at last for surveyors who are hoping to put in place a programme for [...]

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Rosario Martinez included on Torrevieja PP list
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According to the PP leader and candidate for mayor in Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, she is the one person who cannot be absent from the list and simply must be included as a candidate in the upcoming municipal elections, Rosario Martinez, who is regarded as one of the most popular figures in local politics. He says [...]

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Spanish legend Esteban Fernandez settled in Dona Pepa
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From Sinatra, Sammy Davis jnr, Curro Savoy, Anthony Molina, Tokyo, Casablanca – war torn Lebanon and Turkey – to Dona Pepa SPAIN EXCLUSIVE: Part 1. Andrew Atkinson talks Exclusively in Part One of a Two Part interview with Madrid born musician Esteban Fernandez and his Manchester born wife, singer, dancer and former teenage circus star [...]

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Montgo Golf Society Stableford at Oliva Nova
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By David Fotherinham Was it luck or the shot of the day?  With his last effort of the round 21 handicapper John Feek got five points for it, during the Montgo Golf Society Stableford at Oliva Nova held on 12th April. From 108 metres John recorded a well-aimed “Eagle” on the par four 18th hole. It also turned [...]

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Las Ramblas Golf Society
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Results for w/c 8.4.19 95 points was the winning score for John and Ellen Drakesmith, Geoff Biggerstaff and Hendrick Oldenziel in Monday’s ‘Waltzer 1-2-3’. Whilst just short of the record (which stands at 98 points), Ellen in particular had a tremendous game managing to contribute 16 of those points over just four holes. Geoff also [...]

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