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AUAN continues its exhausting struggle for the rights of homeowners
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AUAN MEETING WITH THE LEADER OF THE PP IN ANDALUSIA AUAN, the association that campaigns for sense in Andalusian planning, continues its struggle to provide agile solutions to the planning issues that many people suffer in the Valley of Almanzora. Its president, Maura Hillen, had an exhausting schedule this week and it is certain that [...]

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Can these road markings get any worse?
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Surface markings, including centre lines and zebra crossings, have badly faded on majority of the roads in and around the Orihuela Costa putting motorists and pedestrians, especially young children, at risk. Zebra lines and stop markings, are almost transparent at many busy junctions and crossings, particularly along the Calle del Mar and Calle Agua in [...]

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The delights of Pilar de la Horadada
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The lovely town of Pilar De La Horadada is often referred to as The Drilled One which can be somewhat confusing until you discover that it is named after the Watchtower which has a hollow middle hence the similarity of something which has been drilled. Like many watchtowers along the coast it was built as [...]

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Peaky Blinders Actor in Benidorm
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By Andrew Atkinson EXCLUSIVE It’s not every day that you chat to an Oscar winning actor – while on set for the filming of star studded crime-drama TV series Peaky Blinders. British actor Michael Garry – who starred in Series 4 of the BBC iconic criminal gangs’ show – talks exclusively to me while on [...]

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HELP Celebrates The Royal Wedding.
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It might have been six days after the actual event but that did not stop Members of HELP Murcia Mar Menor and friends from celebrating the wedding of Harry and Meghan. Many ladies sported tiaras and red, white and blue were the colours of the day. HELP Celebrates The Royal Wedding. The venue was Bacchus [...]

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Campoverde Theatre Group Donate to Alzheimer’s society Torrevieja
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Following the very successful and funny supper show, Taking the “P” Out of Panto the Campoverde Theatre Group have presented the the Torrevieja’s Alzheimer Association (AFA) with a cheque for 200€. Peers Williamson presented the cheque on behalf of the theatre group as some of the money was raised at his recent 75th birthday celebration. [...]

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President of AUAN resigns from her post as a councillor in the Town Hall of ALBOX
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On Friday 1st June a plenum of the Diputacion of Almeria voted on a motion in support of a proposed amendment to the Planning Laws of Andalusia (LOUA). The amendment, currently before the parliament of Andalusia, proposes to extend the figure of an AFO to properties awaiting full legalisation via a town plan thus allowing [...]

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Maintenance work on del castillo de Orihuela
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The council’s Heritage department has been removing the graffiti from the Castle of the Moors of Orihuela and will soon introduce partial lighting of the towers The councillor of Historical Heritage, Rafael Almagro, said that graffiti has been removed in 13 areas, mostly in the citadel (the highest part of the building), la balsa del [...]

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Easyjet confirms Corvera operation
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The British company Easyjet has announced that it will begin operations from Corvera airport in January 2019. The agreement was forged during meeting between the Aena president, Jaime García-Legaz, and Johan Lundgren, CEO of the ‘low cost’ airline. The meeting took place last week in Luton. Garcia-Legaz said “We are delighted that Easyjet has confirmed [...]

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Play casino and win rewards!
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In the United Kingdom, you’ll discover the top games to play, along with game apps. Simply play on your mobile, PC, or tablet and easily sync your evolution. bCasino is very easy to give a ride to, but hard to put down! Hence be prepared to enjoy and come into the Kingdom! Play casino and [...]

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Connections tackles the plight of the lonely
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The plight of the lonely and isolated within the community is something that has been high on the agenda for the local CARE group for many months.  HELP Vega Baja decided that they would take a step towards supporting those who are lonely or who, for whatever reason, feel they would benefit from someone to [...]

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Linguaphobia
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Do you suffer from ‘Linguaphobia’? If you are an expat reading this, I suspect not, since most expats recognise the need to make an attempt at speaking the language of their host countries. Challenging it may be, but learning a new language does not only help expats to feel part of their adopted country, but [...]

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Banking Objective is to reduce branches to 10,000
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A total of 17,819 bank branches have closed during the last decade, according to a report prepared by the consultancy CBRE, but with almost 30,000 still operating across the country, Spain still has, by far, the largest number of branches per capita throughout Europe. According to the study, in Spain there are currently 28,181 branches, [...]

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Orihuela Costa’s summer without Beach Bars
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Carolina Gracia, the spokesperson of the Orihuela PSOE, predicted last week that the Orihuela Costa could be without Chirunguito’s (beach bars) for the whole of the summer period. She said that her doubts increased following her attendance at last week’s governing board where she could see no clear procedure being followed in regard to the [...]

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Bigger and better program at San Javier Jazz Festival
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The festival program was actually unveiled 3 or 4 weeks ago but having now had time to look through the acts the event organisers seem to have secured many of the world’s very best performers yet again. Names like the Mavericks, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea Akoustic Band, British Soul Singer Zalon, Kurt Elling, Kyle Eastwood, [...]

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Alicante’s poor record in child pornography
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Few sex crimes bring more negative connotations to mind than those related to child pornography so it is somewhat disappointing that Alicante Province has the third most detainees for having, producing or sharing child pornography in the whole of Spain. Between 2016 and 2017 there were 51 arrests, while so far this year there have [...]

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How to you spend your free time with benefits?
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It’s somewhat unfair that we only have twenty-four hours a day. We need some hours to deal with our primary duties, some time to recover after a long and stressful working day and another chunk to have a bit of healthy fun. Combining multiple things becomes a sole option to achieve efficiency! Pleasure and benefits [...]

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Businesses Taking The Lead In Charity 
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Both citizens and expats in Spain have a long and proud history of charitable giving. According to charity watchdog CAF, 33% of Spanish residents gave last year, clearly demonstrating the altruistic spirit of the country. What’s more, this has been accomplished despite adverse economic conditions in recent years.  Business has taken the lead established by altruistic [...]

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Country, El Rancho, Emerald Isle and Horadada Bowls Club Reports
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Country Bowls with Jo Richardson Country Bowls ‘ Badger’s’ welcomed San Luis ‘Hercules’ on a very hot Monday morning in the Valle Del Sol.  A tight match was guaranteed as is always the case when we meet and Monday was to be no different. With the leads chopping and changing throughout the game San Luis [...]

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Orba Warblers Golf Society Wednesday 30th May, Presidents Cup at La Sella
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Despite an extremely heavy downpour during the round at La Sella most Warblers completed their round and returned dripping to the comfort of the club house for a warming drink. Today we were playing for the Presidents Cup, one of the society’s major trophies and therefore the prizes were awarded 1 to 6 with no [...]

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Montgo’s annual bogey
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On a glorious first day of June Montgo battled with its annual bogey competition sponsored by Alan Skinner.  Unbeknown to most Alan is an accomplished painter and brought along some of his works as prizes.  This approach to greater variety in our prizes is only to be encouraged and most of us really appreciate taking [...]

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Chinese Club takes advantage of League break for World Cup
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Pinatar arena is readying itself once again for the anticipated influx of top class football clubs hoping to carry out their training camps in the region. With 5 natural grass surfaces, as well as a 3,500 capacity stadium and a number of quality local hotels the facility has already welcomes teams from over 70 countries. [...]

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Close finish at SAAM as Deltanias join the fray
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Well, to be honest, after the previous week, SAMM racing seemed a bit boring on May 20th despite a good turnout of 15 competitors and 10 boats. The winds were quite light, for the start of the first race. No incidents occurred and the race was a case of follow my leader. The Topaz led [...]

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La Roja to play in Elche
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Luis Rubiales, the President of the Spanish Football Federation, has announced that the estadio Martínez Valero will host the Spanish national team versus Croatia on September 11, in new Nations League, a tournament introduced by UEFA to eliminate meaningless International friendlies. Spain and Croatia have been drawn alongside England in Group A4. Spain last played [...]

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Volunteers required in Animal Rescue
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“There’s always a need for volunteers in animal rescue in Spain.” said Nick Moore, volunteer at ASOKA animal refuge in Orihuela.  “So many animals are mistreated but we remain positive because many good things happen all the time.” Nick volunteers at ASOKA where many animals arrive in terrible conditions. They have boxes of puppies dumped [...]

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Tai Chi Ch’uan now on the Orihuela Costa
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If ever you wanted to learn Tai Chi Ch’uan now is your chance, Tai Chi has come to the Orihuela Costa. Lester has been teaching Tai Chi to persons of all ages and physical abilities for many years and he is now starting classes at the Community Care Association “Drop in Centre” Lomas de Cabo [...]

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T.M.G.S. @ Mar Menor 30/5/18
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After our visit to Las Pinaillas the previous 2 days, just 24 members signed up for a rare visit to the Mar Menor. The weather forecast didn’t look good but by the time we turned onto the back 9 the black clouds had disappeared and the temperature rose to the mid 20’s and this reflected [...]

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Registration now open for 2018 Summer Schools
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The Orihuela Councillor for Education, Begoña Cuartero, announced on Monday that registration for 2018 summer schools is now open in the municipality. “Several schools will participate during the months of June, July and August, in order to facilitate the reconciliation of work and family life, “said the councillor. The Department is offering 600 subsidised places [...]

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San Miguel Golf Society at Altorreal May 30th, 2018
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This week found us at Altorreal just the other side of Murcia. In the past this journey has proved a little tricky for some members but today every one of our 37 players arrived on time, raring to go. A drizzle of rain early in the round didn’t affect the general playing conditions as the [...]

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