Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Be warned - be permanently SUSPICIOUS.....

I received the following email and was tempted to open it as I am awaiting a parcel from Argos. However, checked with Argos first and found out they are sending via Parcel Force. It does look suspicious when you read it - also my computer told me it had a virus. It has a file which you are asked to open. I thought people should be aware in case someone does get caught out. Dear customer. The parcel was sent your home address. And it will arrive within 3 business day. More information and the tracking number are attached in document below. Thank you. � 1994-2011 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. Thanks to Norma who alerts us to this scam

Be careful though the tunnel!!

A thousand drivers fined in first month of new Torrox speed trap! The equipment calculates a driver's average speed over a distance of one kilometer The DGT Central Traffic Authority has fined more than one thousand drivers since the new ‘radar de tramo’ speed trap came into operation in the A-7 motorway tunnel at Torrox on March 1. The equipment calculates a driver’s average speed over a distance of one kilometer and is one of only two such systems which are currently in place on roads in Spain. The other is in Guadarrama, Madrid, where close to 600 vehicles have been caught speeding in its first two months of operation. The record speed was in Torrox, where La Opinión de Málaga reports that a driver travelled at an average speed of 173 kph, reaching the far end of the tunnel in half the time it should have taken if the speed limit had been respected. (Wasn't me - honest! Editor) The paper notes that 43 drivers are fined on this stretch of road every day, while in Guadarrama the number has now dropped to 7.

Spanish Football

A Madrid court has ordered all matches to be played, despite a strike call from the league. The judge in First Instance Court 63 in Madrid has agreed with the six Spanish Football teams who had asked for measures against the planned strike action which was approved for this weekend in an assembly of the Spanish Football League, LFP. The teams to make the successful protest were Athletic, Espanyol, Real Sociedad, Sevilla, Villarreal and Zaragoza. It means that the strike action cannot take place, and there will be Primera Liga football as normal this weekend. The court sentence ruled that the league calendar ‘has to remain unaltered for first and second division games this weekend’. The LFP has criticised the ruling and the lack of dialogue from the administration. They remain angry at the Ley del Juego, which has changed to give clubs more income from the pools, and also want to see the obligation of offering an open game to television to be ended.

Spanish Insight Magazine

Notice to all.... Just thought we should let you know that we will no longer be producing Spanish Insight Magazine. As you are probably aware we sold the magazine to Paul Zabrocki last year, but stayed on to produce and layout the magazine each month. However Paul is now taking over the full production of the magazine and the April issue will be our last; he will now be the contact for all your editorial and press notices from the May issue onwards, and will be using the same email addresses that you currently use ( . We would like to thank you for your continued support of Insight over its eleven years of publishing. We hope you will continue to support Insight, and we are sure that Paul will continue to maintain the quality of service and production that you have come to expect with Insight. Should you wish to contact us please do so at

Arena Burglaries

The Guardia Civil in Arenas alerted people that there have been some recent breaking-ins in the neighbourhood. Thieves targetted houses where no people were present. Jan, from Canillas de Aceituna writes - I must say re the burglary, the Guardia Civil have been very active in the area with road blocks and everything. Much more than you would get in the UK after reporting a burglary. We were burgled at least 5 times and cars stolen or broken into 7 times in the UK and all we got each time was a crime number over the phone to pass on to our insurance company. When we were burgled here a couple of years ago I was very impressed with the attention and investigations of the Guardia and they caught the thieves too. Jan

Politics in Sedella

Hello everyone, With reference to the political meeting organised by PSA (Partido Socialista Andaluz) last Saturday, several of you have asked me why Partido Popular not have started their campaign. The answer is very simple, official campaign meetings and presentation of candidates are only allowed as of tomorrow 29 March 2011 up until 5 May. For those of you who have watched Spanish TV news today, you will have noticed that many public buildings and new transport facilities have been inaugurated. The reason is that as of tomorrow no local or central authorities are allowed to inaugurate any public buildings as it can be perceived as publicity for the ruling party in that community. None of the political parties are permitted to use promotional material like minor gifts etc. during this period. However, the last two weeks prior to election day are open for full political campaign and canvassing. I will of course keep you all informed as of the date of our Candidates Presentation and launch of our program. Many kind regards Harald on behalf of Partido Popular de Sedella

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Legal Advice from Linea Directa

We note that Linea Directa is launching an online legal assistance service in English. Policy holders can get advice on such issues as housing; family law and employment. There will also be information on buying, selling, renting and making complaints against suppliers, plus divorce and vehicle registration. The website below has not yet been updated ot reflect this additional service, but keep an eye on it.

Bicycles made for one

A Bike Sharing scheme is about to be launched in Velez-Málaga with 100 bicycles installed in 10 locations around the town.

Gibraltar & Swine Flu

Expats living or working in Gib have been advised to get vaccinated against Swine Flu after two cases have been confirmed there.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Something for your Weekend

This amazing show was projected on the face of a building in Portugal .

I've never seen anything like it before. I hope you all enjoy it.
Go on - It's the weeknd - you can afford to spend 5min 40seconds watching this amazing film!


New at Viveros Florena

- Lots of colourful plants to brighten up pots and gardens!

Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Cómpeta, Málaga. Horas: 10 - 4, cerrado los domingos y los lunes. Hours: 10 - 4, closed Sundays and Mondays. 689928201
Author of : Mediterranean Garden Plants
To see the complete Village Know-it-All website
click on any of the items shown in this update

Great idea from Algarrobo

Velez to follow Algarrobo

A Municipal law will be proposed in Velez- Málaga that would allow people fined after being convicted of drinking, driving or cleanliness breaches, could be allowed to “pay off” the fines by doing community service. This is already the case in Algorrobo

Motorbikers die

Weekend Death Toll

As is so often the case, the number of people killed in motorbike accidents last weekend was 9.

Frigiliana Carkpark - Chapter Three.....

Frigiliana Carpark

We waiting a long time for the new car park in Frigiliana to open. It wasn’t open for long and was closed 4 months ago.
It is now up for sale and the spaces will be desperately needed by spring & summer visitors.

Long Train Ride Coming....

Wonderful Train Ride coming!

By 2020 we should have a1,300km rail track stretching from the French Border to Algeciras.
Called the Mediterranean Corridor ( Corredor del Mediterraneo), it will cost €51.3billion! and run through 4 regions (Cataluña, Valencia, Murcia and Andalucia. It will connect 8 airports and 11 ports. Needless to say, most funding will be needed from the EU

Registering your UK car in Spain

Registering your UK (or other) vehicle in Spain

We are often asked about the rules, so here’s a useful website to interrogate –

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Algarrobo Crash

Yet another car crash in our area. This time on the A7- Autovía near Algorrobo.
The crash involved 11 vehicles and 3 women were taken to hospital. The condition of the women is not yet known.

Competa Planning Laws Ruling

The Superior Tribunal of the Andalucian Court ruled this week to annul a Municipal Ordinance passed by the Ayuntamiento de Cómpeta in 2004.
This ordinance permitted construction work on land classified as not suitable for the purpose - it being for agriculture, livestock or forestry.

Elections in Canillas de Aceituno

Last Monday ( March 21st) we published a news item that the Mayor of this village would be standing as an Independent at the the May elections despite having been found guilty of certain charges and bannned from Office for 9 years.
This was because the sentence had not been executed.
Well, now it has and so he has resigned forthwith and will not be contesting the elections.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Helpful Info from Nerja Town Hall.....

· ROAD TAX 2011 must be paid before May 20th

Wanted. Tape Player-Recorder

I need to transfer some old tapes to disc and need a tape recorder.
Does anyone have one they no longer need? Maybe one they would lend me for a week or so whilst I do the transfers.
Call Brian 639 826 335
Thank you

What to do if you have nothing to do.....

Become Godfather to a Spanish Ham

PMA, a small company from Trévelez in the Granada Alpujarra, in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada, is giving you the chance to become Godfather to a ham.
There is no cost in doing so but, if you do, you will find out firsthand about how your ham is being cured and progressing.
You will get photographs and even videos of the process with the blog ‘Diario de una jamonera’.
María José Cara told El Mundo that the idea started as a game, but now it has developed a great loyalty with their customers and demand for their hams which retail at about 75 € each is as high as ever.
The Jamones Abuxarra company has already seen over 100 people sign up from across Spain and also from Argentina, Switzerland, Italy and the U.K.

Election announcement on behalf of the PSOE

Hello, Just a quick reminder about next Saturday at 6pm.
We hope you have the date in your diary!
You are invited to the Hotel Balcón de Cómpeta on Saturday March 26th at 6:00pm for the opportunity to talk to Raúl and his team over a glass of wine about his plans for a new Foreigner's Office here in Cómpeta.
Latest News: Extra start-up funding for the New Foreigners Office has been approved by the PSOE if Raúl wins a majority at the May elections. But he needs your support for this fantastic opportunity.

For a real change, for you, for your future, for our village. The Time is now!
Support Raúl Martín López, The PSOE candidate for Mayor of Cómpeta.

For any questions email Raúl:
For more information :

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

APOLOGIES - Registering for the Election

My apologies - in the item on "a second chance to register to vote in the May 22nd municipal elections" - it should have read that we have from the 4-11th of APRIL to register.

By the way, I notice the huge hoardings that have been used for their election campaigns have posters that are in Spanish, German and English! Just show the power of the ex-pat vote!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Spanish bureacracy....with a smile

This is wonderful...

Computer security and passwords - advice from a professional

(This is a long & comprehensive article - but worth reading..... Editor)

After the email from Judith, I thought I should share some advice on passwords. Feel free to share this with your friends.
Please don’t think me arrogant, it’s just that I have been doing this for 42 YEARS.

One of the main objectives of a Trojan Horse is to get your personal data. If it’s lucky enough to get your password, then Bingo !
They can then start sending out begging emails to all your friends which look like they came from you!! Or even worse, make you a member of some very undesirable web sites. So how does it get your password? The Horse will run a program inside your computer and try to get a match.
There is a table below which shows how fast it can get it. A 5 character password, all lower case it will get in 12 seconds!!!, whereas an 8 character password in mixed case with numerals in will take it 210 Years. The Horse will outlive the Universe before it gets a 14 character mixed case password.
Once you’ve thought of a password, click here password strength tester to find out how secure it is. It should be “Strong”

The text below was written by a colleague of mine, a world expert in password cracking….

If you invited me to try and crack your password, you know the one that you use over and over for every web page you visit, how many guesses would it take before I got it?
Let’s see… here is the top 10 list. I can obtain most of this information much easier than you think, then I might just be able to get into your e-mail, computer, or online banking. After all, if I get into one I’ll probably get into all of them.
Your partner, child, or pet’s name, possibly followed by a 0 or 1 (because they’re always making you use a number, aren’t they?)
The last 4 digits of your social security number.
123 or 1234 or 123456.
Your city, or college, football team name.
Date of birth - yours, your partner’s or your child’s.
Statistically speaking that should probably cover about 20% of you. But don’t worry. If I didn’t get it yet it will probably only take a few more minutes before I do…

Hackers, (and I’m not talking about the ethical kind) have developed a whole range of tools to get at your personal data. The main impediment standing between your information remaining safe, or leaking out, is the password you choose. (Ironically, the best protection people have is usually the one they take least seriously.)
One of the simplest ways to gain access to your information is through the use of a Brute Force Attack.
This is accomplished when a hacker uses a specially written piece of software to attempt to log into a site using your credentials. has a list of the Top 10 FREE Password Crackers right here.

So, how would one use this process to actually breach your personal security? Simple. Follow my logic:
You probably use the same password for lots of stuff right?
Some sites you access such as your Bank or work probably have pretty decent security, so I’m not going to attack them.
However, other sites like the Hallmark e-mail greeting cards site, an online forum you frequent, or an e-commerce site you’ve shopped at might not be as well prepared. So those are the ones I’d work on.
So, all we have to do now is unleash Brutus,
wwwhack, or THC Hydra on their server with instructions to try say 10,000 (or 100,000 - whatever makes you happy) different usernames and passwords as fast as possible.
Once we’ve got several login+password pairings we can then go back and test them on targeted sites.
But wait… How do I know which bank you use and what your login ID is for the sites you frequent? All those cookies are simply stored, unencrypted and nicely named, in your Web browser’s cache. Read this post to remedy that problem

And how fast could this be done?
Well, that depends on three main things, the length and complexity of your password, the speed of the hacker’s computer, and the speed of the hacker’s Internet connection.
Assuming the hacker has a reasonably fast connection and PC, here is an estimate of the amount of time it would take to generate every possible combination of passwords for a given number of characters. After generating the list it’s just a matter of time before the computer runs through all the possibilities - or gets shut down trying.
Pay particular attention to the difference between using only lowercase characters and using all possible characters (uppercase, lowercase, and special characters - like @#$%^&*). Adding just one capital letter and one asterisk would change the processing time for an 8 character password from 2.4 days to 2.1 centuries.
Password LengthAll CharactersOnly Lowercase
3 characters
4 characters
5 characters
6 characters
7 characters
8 characters
9 characters
10 characters
11 characters
12 characters
13 characters
14 characters 0.86 seconds
1.36 minutes
2.15 hours
8.51 days
2.21 years
2.10 centuries
20 millennia
1,899 millennia
180,365 millennia
17,184,705 millennia
1,627,797,068 millennia
154,640,721,434 millennia 0.02 seconds
.046 seconds
11.9 seconds
5.15 minutes
2.23 hours
2.42 days
2.07 months
4.48 years
1.16 centuries
3.03 millennia
78.7 millennia
2,046 millennia

Remember, these are just for an average computer, and these assume you aren’t using any word in the dictionary. If Google put their computer to work on it they’d finish about 1,000 times faster.
Now, I could go on for hours and hours more about all sorts of ways to compromise your security and generally make your life miserable - but 95% of those methods begin with compromising your weak password. So, why not just protect yourself from the start and sleep better at night?
Believe me, I understand the need to choose passwords that are memorable. But if you’re going to do that how about using something that no one is ever going to guess AND doesn’t contain any common word or phrase in it.
Here are some password tips:

1. Randomly substitute numbers for letters that look similar. The letter ‘o’ becomes the number ‘0′, or even better an ‘@’ or ‘*’. (i.e. - m0d3ltf0rd… like modelTford)
2. Randomly throw in capital letters (i.e. - Mod3lTF0rd)
3. Think of something you were attached to when you were younger, but DON’T CHOOSE A PERSON’S NAME! Every name plus every word in the dictionary will fail under a simple brute force attack.
4. Maybe a place you loved, or a specific car, an attraction from a vacation, or a favorite restaurant?
5. You really need to have different username / password combinations for everything. Remember, the technique is to break into anything you access just to figure out your standard password, then compromise everything else. This doesn’t work if you don’t use the same password everywhere.
6. Since it can be difficult to remember a ton of passwords, I recommend using Roboform.
It will store all of your passwords in an encrypted format and allow you to use just one master password to access all of them. It will also automatically fill in forms on Web pages, and you can even get versions that allow you to take your password list with you on your PDA, phone or a USB key.
Another thing to keep in mind is that some of the passwords you think matter least actually matter most. For example, some people think that the password to their e-mail box isn’t important because “I don’t get anything sensitive there.” Well, that e-mail box is probably connected to your online banking account. If I can compromise it then I can log into the Bank’s Web site and tell it I’ve forgotten my password to have it e-mailed to me. Now, what were you saying about it not being important?
Often times people also reason that all of their passwords and logins are stored on their computer at home, which is save behind a router or firewall device. Of course, they’ve never bothered to change the default password on that device, so someone could drive up and park near the house, use a laptop to breach the wireless network and then try passwords from this list until they gain control of your network - after which time they will own you!
Now I realize that every day we encounter people who over-exaggerate points in order to move us to action, but trust me this is not one of those times. There are 50 other ways you can be compromised and punished for using weak passwords that I haven’t even mentioned.
I also realize that most people just don’t care about all this until it’s too late and they’ve learned a very hard lesson, like you. But why don’t you do me, and yourself, a favour and take a little action to strengthen your passwords and let me know that the time I spent on this email wasn’t completely in vain.

Please, be safe. It’s a jungle out there.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

There's a law and then there's a law.......

Canillas de Aceituno Mayor to stand again in the May Elections

In 2006, José Manuel Aranda, Mayor of Aceituno, was sentenced to a nine year ban on holding public office. However, the court order has not been executed and so he is free to seek re-election – this time as an Independent candidate.

Local Elections

Have you registered to vote in your Spanish local election?

The municipal elections will take place May 22nd.
We had until January 31st to register to vote. However, the Spanish Institute of National Statistics has announced that the will be a second chance between May 4th-11th.
If you have previously registered you need to do nothing.
If you have not applied then you should fill out a “Reclamación de Censo” form from your local Town Hall. You’ll also need your original and current photographic identification documents.

(Of course - living in Spain, I usually take a large suitcase of all the documentation I've ever received - just to avoid a second trip ! Editor )

Which Nationality would you choose ?

Some responses to my Weekend Question:-
  • I would be Polynesian because they are a happy race, everyone is fat and nobody cares!(J&R W.)
  • We would both be Australian - for too many reasons to list. If they wouldn't have us - we'd be New Zealanders (B&J K.)

Canillas Quarry

Canillas Quarry should close say Environmentalists

The Environmentalists (GENA) are demanding that the La Montosa quarry (Canillas de Aceituno) should close.

The quarry work and heavy lorries are doing too much damage and, since 2000, the quarry itself has been enlarged by 352 per cent!
GENA argues that it is located in a Natural Park which must be protected.

Phew! Relief all round !

Malaga Air Strikes avoided

After a series of talks, the Unions have agreed to cancel the calendar of strikes threatened across Spanish airports this summer.

However, the workers on the AVE (fast train) service are now threatening industrial action.

Local Man to Bicycle down La Maroma

In order to raise money for the UK based Help for Heroes Charity (H4H), Canillas resident, Martin Robinson, will take the bone-shaking ride from the summit of our highest local mountain.
The dates chosen (to cater for poor weather ) are April 13th, April 27th or May 4th
Visit his website for more details – and to support him

Warning! One can never be TOO careful!


Just last weekend on Friday night we parked in a public car park. As we drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When I took it off after I got home, it was a receipt for petrol. Luckily my friend told me not to stop as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car. Then we received this email yesterday, forwarded from VECINOS COLABORANDO COSTA BLANCA


Heads up everyone! Please, keep this circulating.. You walk across the car park, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine put it into reverse.

When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you stop and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view.
When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically run you over as they speed off in your car.

And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car.
So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!


If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, lock your doors and just drive away.
Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this email.
I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women.
A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.
Please tell all your friends

Friday, March 18, 2011

Something for the Weekend ?

The first is a link to a memory test - you will need 15-20 minutes to complete this intriguing test...

The second is a Question:- If you could not be the nationality you are - which nationality would you choose?
Want to let us know which one and why ?

Kind people share their experience of a potential threat -

We have received a notification from DHL
advising us in very bad English that our parcel was on its way to be delivered to our home and that we should open the attachment for the tracking number and further information.
We are actually anticipating a delivery, so we opened the attachment only to find our McFee security said there was a virus on it that could not be cleared.

I immediately contacted the company sending the expected documents, who said no they had not sent them yet and suggested I contact DHL, which I am about to do.
As I know quite a few people in Spain receive DHL deliveries, you might like to keep this in mind.

Judy and Trevor


Correct, Judith,

The attachment contains a Trojan horse called Troj/Agent-JJP



Thursday, March 17, 2011

Know More.....

If you would like to see the Blog Website click
You will find all the recent items plus a list of older items in the column on the right.
Beneath each item you will also be able to see if someone else has posted a comment and you are very welcome to post comments too. Please DO ! This is YOUR interactive newsletter !


Small earthquake in Algarrobo !

Normally - an earthquake that would attract no attention at all .... but, given current world events - a quake, measuring 3.3 on the Richter Scale occured 70kms below Algarrobo at 18:30hrs yesterday - Wednesday.
No harm to any person or property. Sur newspaper carried the report ......

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wanted: Second-hand, two-seater, road-legal quad bike.
Contact rogerf at avired dot com

Looking to Rent

We are looking for a house to rent in the Nerja, Torrox, Frigiliana area.
We would like 3 or more bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, modern kitchen, Garage and or
store room, parking for 2 cars. Unfurnished, Pool, nice views (sea or
It must have (or we must be able to install) internet and satellite dish for
UK channels.
Up to 1000 per month on an 11 month contract.
We are a British couple with one dog and one cat. Non smokers.
Please reply to vermac3 at hotmail dot com
Please don't contact if you are hoping to sell but are renting out in the
mean time.

Trouble in Torrox

Local residents are demanding action following a string of burglaries and arson attacks in the village.
They claim that almost every home has been burgled in the last two years. Seven cars were set alight just last week.

The worst incident saw a stolen car torched and the flames spreading to six other vehicles.
The attacks are allegedly down to a crime feud, with five cars later having tyres slashed in Nerja.
At Christmas, a number of ex-pats’ homes were raided whilst they were asleep.

An ex-pat neighbours association has taken a petition of 200 signatures to the mayor and local police. The police said they would review the situation

Monday, March 14, 2011

No truth in yet another rumour

I received confirmation today that - contrary to rumours circulating in the village & campo - the current Mayor of Cómpeta WILL be standing again at the May elections. (Phew! Ed)

Airport Strikes : Dates for your diary

The Unions have indicated that they are planning strikes at Málaga Airport on the following dates:-
APRIL 20. 21. 24. 25. 30.
MAY 2. 14. 15. 19. 20.
JUNE 13. 23. 30.
JULY 1. 2. 3. 4. 15. 31.
AUG 1. 15. 31.

Of course - it's not certain that any of this will happen.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Something for the Weekend?

Here's a little something to ponder on (or discuss) over the damp weekend -

If there was one person whom you knew, who could return so that you could talk - who would it be?

(If it's an interesting person - why not share? )

Be Vigilant with your Bank Accounts

A friend woke up yesterday to discover that some "Cyber-Thief" had stolen €700 from her Spanish bank account!
Fortunately, my friend (and I ) each check our Accounts online daily, so she was up to the Village and stopped the transfer immediately. The money will "reappear" in the account in 3 weeks - inconvenient but not as disastrous as losing all those Euros
As far as she can determine, it was some kind of on-line gaming outfit - which she has never, ever used!
So - Moral of the story - check your bank accounts daily!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How did you house train your dog ?

Here's an opportunity to share.....

So - you are about to book a flight with a budget airline...

Fascinating Aida

One of the most amusing (and relevant to ex-pats) songs I’ve ever seen and heard…..

turn the sound on and don’t turn off until the very, very end!

News from the Cómpeta shop Sugar and Spice

Our Spring Fashion launch takes place on the Thursday 10th March. We really want to say thank you to everyone who has helped make the boutique a such as success in it's first year, so it's as much a “thank you evening” as anything. So come along any time from 5pm and take advantage of one of the great offers that will be available or just join us for a drink, some nibbles and a bit of a girlie get together.
If you've been in the shop over the last few days you can't have failed to be wowed by our new Flame Light range. If you haven't it's worth popping just to stand and stare, they are mesmerising. And this is just the start, over the next few weeks and months we've got a whole host of new things on the way, from bird baths to hanging baskets - lots of things perfect for brightening up your home, garden and terrace.
Easter is approaching and we have in stock a feast of Easter goodies. Cadbury's Easter eggs, hot cross buns & cream eggs are all in stock with Malteser bunnies (as seen on TV but ours will have 2 legs!) arriving next week. Also coming in next week by will be Rodda's clotted cream. Nothing to do with Easter of course, but do you need an excuse?!
Our frozen restaurant takeaway range has expanded to include chicken, lamb, vegetable & prawn curries, a choice of Chinese dishes (all personally tested!) plus Thai Green Curry & Chilli Con Carne. All are supplied by local restaurants and are perfect for a lazy winters evening, or a mild spring one.
Finally, we are frequently asked if we are able to supply toiletries; we are and it's something that we are investigating further at the moment. We'd be really interested in hearing about anything they you would like us to stock. Those things that you just can't live without. Here's a few to get you started. Sure deodorant (and don't tell me that Rexona is the same, it just isn't) VO5 hair oil, Vaseline Intensive Care & that new cream that they are advertising on TV at the moment, the one that's going to make you look younger, firmer & healthier - we've got to get our hands on some of that!
Andy & Debbie

Sugar & Spice
Tel: (0034) 952 516 117

Appeal from the American International Club

We have a request that everyone and anyone can participate and it would be a huge help! Please feel free to forward this email along to your friends.

The American International Club of Nerja is seeking YOUR personal favorite recipes to be published in our cookbook for a Volume II 2011. The proceeds that we earn from this cookbook will go to a Spanish charity.

We would like to ask if you could gather your favorite recipes and submit them on the following link according to the corresponding category.

It is so easy to submit your favorite recipe.

1) Click on this link

2) Select a category (main course, poultry, beverage etc)
3) Enter in your recipe information and hit submit. You can copy and paste! It is super easy and the formatting is automatic!

If each person could submit at least 2 of their favorite recipes we can fill our Volume II Recipe Booklet. We will be selling this booklet at "Dia de Residente" in Nerja on Sunday April 3rd and will also be available for sale on our website, so PLEASE submit ASAP!
Thank you for your support

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rcommendation for therapist in Cómpeta

Just had some treatment with Ana in Competa for a couple of problems which have annoyed me for around 6 months

Ana has just opened a new treatment centre at the top of Competa, just off Plaza del Carmen, she is enthusiastic, cheerful, and very knowledgeable to say the least.
I have had 3 treatments which included - massage, ultrasound, acupuncture and heat treatment. This for only 20 euros an hour!!
I am now cured!!

I am able to recommend her with confidence.


phone no. 679564686

Monday, March 7, 2011

Residents' Day in Cómpeta last Saturday

Invitations were sent out to all ex-pat people living in and around the village of Cómpeta to attend a Residents' Day last Saturday.
It was expected that around 80 people from the 32 different nationalities would attend. In the event, around 300 turned up ! What a wonderful response BUT most of the people with whom I've spoken could give no helpful account of what happened as they were not in a position to hear the proceedings ( with the exception of the Mayor's reprise of his wonderful recitation of Spike Milligan's poem - On the Ying Yang Yong..... at the end of the afternoon. His "premier" for this poetry reading was the Poetry Evening held in Competa last year. Wonderful!)
So ! If you were close enough to hear - please share the information with us all and email

Thanks, Editor.

Travel Sickness in Dogs

Good advice here - especially for those of us who need to drive everywhere with our dogs -
Foreigners Department 07.03.11
Nerja Town Hall, ground floor
Tel. 95 254 8401
Opening Hours: Mondays 10:00 - 13:30 Thursdays 10:00 - 13:30

The Nerja Town Hall Foreigners Department informs of the following news:


The Foreigners Department of the Nerja Town Hall will celebrate Residents Day on Sunday 3rd April in the square behind the Town Hall (Plaza de España). It will start at 11:30 am. until 7 pm with a possibility of continuing until 9 pm. There will be dancing and singing entertainment all day with bars offering typical food and drinks from their country. There will be an exhibition of stands from the foreign clubs and associations showing their activities. Also there will be a bouncy castle for children.
Come and enjoy a lovely day!

Advice for Emergencies...

Advice when one needs an ambulance

I would like to disseminate advice on what to do if a person obviously needs immediate medical assistance – especially in the campo areas.
I have been given the following suggestions:-
1. do not wait for an ambulance if at all possible – put the person in a vehicle and drive directly to the Comarcal Hospital in Torre del Mar

2. Simply dial 112, say “English” and an English speaking person will come on the line and assist you. Obviously, if you have a different native language ,you should say its name for a similar outcome. Ensure that you know your address – road name and number, your area and house number to guide the ambulance drivers.

I would welcome advice from anyone else – especially those who have had this traumatic experience throughout the inland areas,

Email and help others

Thank you

Legalisation of`properties

I have been sent the following two website addresses for information about attempts to legalise properties that are currently treated as illegal.

I have not had an opportunity to translate this article:
, but in short they refer to a decision by Junta de Andalucía to legalize around 11,000 properties which equals 86,5% of all properties considered. As far as I understand they do not rule out demolition of properties; "algunas de estas edificaciones tendrán que ser demolidas, especialmente las que están en suelo de especial protección" (properties built on land considered as specially protected).
The Ayuntamientos who have submitted sufficient documentation are Almáchar, Arenas, Comares, Iznate, Moclinejo, Alfarnate, Benamargosa, El Borge, Canillas de Albaida, Cómpeta, Cútar, Macharaviaya, Salares, Sedella, Alfarnatejo, Algarrobo, Benamocarra, Colmenar, Frigiliana, Periana, Sayalonga y Riogordo.

This may be very useful for those who still struggle with Spanish. Some of the comments are very negative. They talk about promises that may be broken. These are not promises, but the result of a long and difficult consultation with the Alcaldes in the Axarquía region. I see this as the penultimate step towards legalising the vast majority of properties in our municipality. For those who haven't paid the fee for a licence, obviously they will have to pay the fee. If a fine is added it shouldn't come as a surprise. The uncertainty regards the few properties that have not been earmarked for legalisation. The news do not say anything about the process for handling these properties apart from that some of them may be demolished.

My thanks to people who have shared the information.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Change to Spain Name law coming

Read more of t his in t he current Sur in English - it helps to explain the complex names of Spanish people.......

Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's socialist government is planning a change in the birth registration laws. Traditionally, Spanish people have two surnames at birth: the first is the father's and the second, the mother's. Although under existing laws either can come first, historically it is always the father’s surname which goes before and in legal battles it would have priority. In addition, in Spain women do not change their surnames when they marry.
However, the government headed by Mr. Rodríguez Zapatero (Rodríguez comes from his father, Zapatero from his mother; but he is generally referred to as ‘Prime Minister Zapatero’) is blueprinting a new law which instructs registrars to put surnames in alphabetical order, unless parents specify otherwise.
The Government says it is a step forward in equality, and feminists welcome it saying it eradicates a socially acceptable form of machismo. "This measure is a logical consequence of the principle of equality between men and women," said Francisco Caamaño, the Justice Minister, whose own second surname is Domínguez. It is also hoped that it will help to avoid the ongoing confusion in English-speaking, single surname countries.
Under the rule of General Franco, first names had to be chosen from an approved list of saints. The latest legislation will even spare parents from declaring whether their baby was born out of wedlock, which has been a requirement since 1957.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Deaf old Dog needs accommodation - please

Does anybody have an old hut for a dog, shoulder height 50 cm? She lives outside and has no shelter. She stays with a German couple who fosters her, but they do not want to spend a cent on anything.
They said, they wont keep her, if I don´t organise a box.
The dog is deaf and therefore not easy to re-home.
Call Simone 619 903 815

For the musical amongst us....

I know that there are 3 choirs in Cómpeta and I suspect there are others in our local villages.
For all choristers, instrumentalists and - especially - conductors....
enjoy these few moments and learn exactly what enthusiasm really is.....

Weather forecasting sites

Canillas de Albaida

Canillas de Aceituno





Last, but not least, TWO sites for Cómpeta weather....I tend to believe the one that has the best forecast for the day.....