Andalucia

Something for the Weekend – Book Review – “The Hate U Give” By Angie Thomas

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews The Hate U Give  by Angie Thomas The Hate U Give is a heart-breaking novel set against the backdrop of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in America. It provides insight in to the discrimination black people face simply for the colour of their skin. This novel tells the story of Starr, a young black girl living in the “ghetto” and attending a private school,…

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BREAKING NEWS: BANUS CAR EXPLOSION

Puerto Banus was rocked by an explosion this evening.     The incident happened at around 8.30pm, between the entrance to the Port and Salduba. The vehicle, an Audi Q7, was completely destroyed by the explosion and the fire that followed. Emergency services have reported that despite the severity of the fire, no injuries had been reported. They also took to Social Media to advise the…

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Milady Town Hall?

Well it's certainly different... In previous posts I have been writing about what I call the "Dubai-ification" of certain parts of Marbella, in particular San Pedro, where the ruling OSP party seem intent on ripping up the traditional street layout and replacing it with bland, souless pedestrianised areas. They have already dealt a death blow to San P's once bustling main street and are now…

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Age of average high end buyer falls, says Engel & Völkers

The Marbella luxury property market is attracting younger buyers who want modern houses. That's the message from leading real estate agency Engel & Völkers at the launch of 'The Collection' last week. “The Golden Mile has always been the most prestigious address for a second home for the European clientele" explained Smadar Kahana, CEO of Engel & Völkers Marbella "In recent years,however,…

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Something for the Weekend – The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews  Sarah J. Harris' The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder is a crime mystery with a twist. The protagonist is 13-year-old Jasper who falls somewhere on the autistic spectrum, has face blindness and a condition called Synaesthesia which means Jasper sees sounds as colours. The only way he can identify people is by the unique…

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Red alert in Spain and Portugal as Europe nears all-time heat record

Scorching temperatures in Portugal and southern Spain aided by a wave of heat from North Africa are expected to rise even further this weekend. Portugal's heatwave is expected to bring temperatures close to Europe's record of 48C (118F). Eight places across the centre, south and east of the country have already broken their local temperature records in the unprecedented hot weather. Temperatures…

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Heatwave on the way

If you can't stand the heat... Weather agency AEMET has issued a series of weather warnings across the country as temperatures start to rise. Amber and yellow warnings are in place across much of Spain for today, as the thermometer looks set to rise in places above 40°C with the Ebro, Tajo, Guadiana and Guadalquivir valleys reaching 44C. It’s expected that the heat-wave will last into next week.…

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Brace yourself: Tourists are coming…

The tourism sector is gearing up for another record breaking year. Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, said forecasts point to Spain receiving 30.4 million
 tourists between July and September, almost 2.3% more than in the same period of 2017. Its expected that tourism will bring €3.4bn into the Spanish economy, an increase of 4.1%. If the forecasts end up correct,
it will…

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VIP art at the Urbano Galindo Exhibition

Artist Urbano Galindo, famed for his paintings of the aristocracy and VIPs, launched his latest exhibition at the Kempinski Hotel Bahía last week. More than 100 guests enjoyed the work of this celebrated artist, including Mayor of Estepona Jose Maria Garcia Urbano, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Culture Blas Ruzafa and the Councillor for Tourism Ana Velasco. The Mayor highlighted Estepona Town…

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Drivers warned of high fire risk

After the huge fire between Casares and Estepona recently, that saw 130 firefighters battling the blaze overnight, the Andalucian Forest Firefighting Agency, INFOCA, have published the latest fire risk map. The areas most at risk are shown in red, with Granada province on particularly high alert. INFOCA also reminded drivers that throwing cigarettes out of car windows carried substantial fines…

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Celebrations at Centro Plaza

Centro Plaza Shopping Centre celebrated its 28th anniversary last week with 100% occupancy With 120 establishments from more than 20 sectors, Centro Plaza continues to offer a unique mix of shopping, business and leisure after almost three decades. Located in Nueva Andalucía, the centre has retained a distinct international character since its inauguration in 1990 and is famed for holding the…

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BREAKING NEWS: Casares fire under control

Firefighters worked through the night on the fire between Casares and Estepona. INFOCA confirmed at 9am that the fire was still active and that 110 firefighters were tackling the blaze, many of them having worked through the night. AT 9.40am it announced that the fire had been brought under control Five fire engines are also involved but INFOCA have reported that they will not be using aircraft,…

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BREAKING NEWS. Firefighters to tackle blaze through the night

The Casares fire is set to continue through the night. INFOCA announced it the past hour that due to nightfall, aircraft cannot be used. 127 firefighters supported by five fire engines will tackle the blaze overnight, with aircraft returning at dawn tomorrow. "Our spirits with those who work in the #IFCasares. Good night all" INFOCA tweeted.

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BREAKING NEWS. Huge fire in Casares forces evacuation

  A huge fire has caused the evacuation of 12 houses near Casares   The blaze broke out this afternoon close to Venta Victoria near the Finca del Álamo. Andalucian Forest Firefighting Service INFOCA reported that 76 firefighters were at the scene, along with eight helicopters and six aeroplanes. INFOCA reported that the strong winds were helping the fire spread quickly and was making…

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Something for the Weekend – Book Review

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman Our number one bestselling book. Eleanor Oliphant thinks she is completely fine. She is efficient and organised at work from Monday to Friday and survives the weekend by drinking vodka until Monday comes and she can begin the routine again. The truth is Eleanor is profoundly lonely and socially awkward, mostly because of her traumatic…

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Ryanair cancels Spanish flights

 Ryanair passengers are bracing themselves for travel chaos next week The airline has cancelled 600 flights on July 25 -26  due to industrial action by cabin crew workers, affecting 100,000 passengers over the two days. The affected flights include flights from Ireland to Spain and amount in total to 12% of the airline’s daily flights across Europe. In a statement, Ryanair said they contacted…

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Drivers beware. Stiffer penalties for mobile use on the way

Be warned. Using your cellphone while driving will carry bigger sanctions in Spain. The new head of the national traffic authority (DGT), Pepr Navarro has  announced plans to stiffen the penalties for mobile phone use. Distractions at the wheel are the leading cause of death on Spanish roads, ahead of alcohol consumption and excessive speed. There has been a sharp rise in drivers who use their…

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BREAKING NEWS: Fire under control

The campo fire near Mijas has been brought under control Anadlucian Forest Firefighting agency INFOCA reported at 21.58 that the fire had been stabalised. In total four helicopters and two areoplanes were involved, along with five fire engines and 46 firefighters from Mijas and Marbella

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BREAKING NEWS. Major Fire in La Cala

A large campo fire is currently raging in La Cala. The Andalucian Forest Firefighting agency INFOCA, has reported that a large helicopter, as well as five other aircraft, are engaged in controlling the blaze, that broke out this afternoon. Twenty firemen are also currently on the scene, that appears to be close to the AP7 toll road.   Photo: INFOCA

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Fifty Shades of Güey!

 One of Marbella's best loved restaurants is back in business, just in time for summer! Last Tuesday Güey celebrated its inauguration with a cocktail party for 250 guests. The return of Güey had been eagerly anticipated by loyal clientele and locals who attended the opening, and were once more able to  enjoy dining under the stars on some of the most picturesque terraces in Marbella. A…

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