Animals

Something for the Weekend? ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop with her latest review. This beautifully written debut novel by Delia Owens is part murder mystery, part coming of age novel but mostly a story of survival and hope. Kya lives in the marshlands of North Carolina. When she is six her mother walks out on the family…

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Coronavirus – Towards a “New Normality”

Spanish Prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced plans and a proposed timetable for the de-escalation of the quarantine measures across the country on Tuesday evening. The timetable will have four phases. The first phase, which starts on May 4 will see the reopening of small business including restaurants that can offer take away food, as well as establishments that can take bookings, such as…

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Coronavirus – Malaga province releases breakdown of cases

Marbella registered just two new cases of coronavirus and no fatalities on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 225. The figures came the day after Malaga province released a town-by-town breakdown of cases. On Monday Malaga registered 3,060 but also reported that of the 103 towns and villages in the province, 38 had no recorded cases and 47 less than ten. These included Gaucin,…

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Coronavirus – Figure rises slightly while debate continues about Sunday social distancing

The number of fatalities rose to 331 today, up from Sunday's low of 288, the lowest since March 18. The figure prompted Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts, to comment that "the evolution of the epidemic with respect to the number of cases is very positive,” at Monday's Press Conference. Sunday was also the first day that children…

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – Lockdown Life Lessons

As the coronavirus curve apparently flattens and children have finally been allowed out for an hour – although I'm writing this on late Saturday so chances are the little so-and-so's have gone feral and charged off with the first whiff of freedom after six weeks inside. Perhaps the “one adult with three children” rule should have been “one adult with a tazer, and three children” (and no. I don't…

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Marbella to open beaches this Sunday – but not for everyone

It's the morning that kids have all been waiting for. After six weeks of lockdown, the Spanish government has finally passed a decree allowing children under 14 to be allowed out from this Sunday, April 26. But there are some rules. Children are allowed out for one hour of exercise a day, between 9am and 9pm and within one kilometre of their homes. They can take balls, hoops and other games,…

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Electric Friday goes live!

Got that "It's Friday. F**K the lockdown!" feeling? Well, unlike injecting disinfectant directly into the nervous system, we may have just the thing to cure the coronavirus blues. Two of Marbella's finest - Victors Beach and Corto Maltes DJs Curro Rodriguez and Bori Vidales be hosting a Facebook live session tonight from 7pm. Featuring summer vibes and a healthy dose of retro 90 s club…

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Coronavirus – Details confirmed for children’s exercise

The kids are almost alright. More than 8.3 million children under the age of 18 have spent the past six weeks of the lockdown in their homes. But they are finally to be allowed out. Health Minister Salvador Illa and Vice President Pablo Iglesias today outlined the conditions, which will come into effect this Sunday, April 26. The main points are that between 9am - 9pm children under 14 will…

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Coronavirus – 440 fatalities as lockdown extended again

The lockdown goes on. The Congress of Deputies has confirmed the extension to the state of emergency, which will remain in force until the May 10 Pedro Sánchez stressed that this is the third time he is calling for such an extension from the Lower House of Parliament but the first time it is being proposed with a "cautiously optimistic" future scenario in sight. The Prime Minister commented…

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Government U Turns on confinement for kids

Spain's coalition government quickly updated a proposed policy on the relaxation of confinement measures for children in a matter of hours yesterday. The original announcement that children would only be allowed out to accompany adults to the supermarkets and farmacias -was rejected by political parties and met with a storm of indignation on social media. On Tuesday evening Health Minister…

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BREAKING NEWS. No parks or walks allowed but supermarkets OK for children, says Government

I'm going to use a technical term here. The Spanish government have just unveiled one of the greatest "What the actual f**k" moments of the lockdown. To the relief of many millions of parents, plus child psychologists and health professionals that were worried about the effect of keeping youngsters in lockdown, the government announced that they would be allowing children outside from April 27.…

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British Embassy to hold a coronavirus virtual drop-in session

The British Embassy in Madrid is holding a virtual drop-in session for UK nationals resident in Spain its Facebook page this Wednesday, April 22. (www.facebook.com/britsinspain). As we are all working from home at the moment, the embassy is not able to do a Facebook Live Q&A. Instead, it aims put up a post inviting questions on Facebook at 1pm tomorrow and until 5pm followers will be able…

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Coronavirus fatalities fall beneath 400 barrier

The latest figures from the Health Ministry on Monday saw the number of daily coronavirus deaths fall to 399, the lowest since March 22 when there were 394. Although the figures have to be viewed with caution - thus far we have seen an under reporting of statistics from the regions at weekends and on public holidays, the number of hospitalisations and intensive care admissions were also down,…

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – losing it on Lockdown

How are you all doing out there? Now that this lockdown lark has turned from a quaint novelty to monotonous slog, how are you handling all that time you have on your hands. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in Marbella. It seems that most of the population has resorted to live streaming their activities. Every time I switch on social media my phone pings with invitations to yoga sessions,…

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BREAKING NEWS – Coronavirus deaths pass 20,000

Spain reached another grim milestone on Saturday as the Health Ministry reported there have been 20,043 deaths due to Coronavirus in Spain. The figure was 565 deaths in the past 24 hours. Another cause for concern was the fact that the curve downwards does not seem to be continuing. Over the past few days the number of fatalities has been 551 on Thursday, 523 on Wednesday, 567 on Tuesday and…

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EWE got to be kidding! Marbella resident breaks lockdown with SHEEP

A Marbella resident was left feeling a little sheepish when he was caught by the Guardia Civil taking a sheep for a walk through an urbanization in the town. In addition to not having a valid reason for taking his sheep for a walk, the Guardia Civil found that the man did not have the necessary identification or health documents for the animal. The man has since been denounced for…

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On The Ball! – Marbella FC stars help local charity

Footballers in the UK may be coming under criticism for their response to the coronavirus crisis, but Marbella FC's players were quickly on the ball to help out when asked. The club, together with the Marbella FC Foundation and the first team players, launched an initiative to help the needy by the Covid-19 pandemic and today donated and 3000 kilos of basic necessities to Marbella charity…

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Coronavirus causes huge unemployment rise in Marbella

Empty beaches and closed boutiques, restaurants and bars. Coronavirus is not just a medical disaster. Marbella is suffering with its tourist industry shut down and with most other economic activity paralysed. Since the lockdown began the town has witnessed the greatest loss of employment since 2003. More than 5,000 jobs have been lost as a result of the measures to stop the expansion of…

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Coronaviris – Government distributes more health material as lockdown eases

Spain started a gradual relaxation of the lockdown laws today. A noticable rise in traffic on the roads around Marbella this morning confirmed that certain sectors, such as construction, were back at work. Face masks were handed out by the authorities at several locations, part of the 5,512,538 face masks that were delivered to the regional health authorities, giving a total number of face…

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Town Hall and Private donations enable Helicopteros Sanitarios to test

A combination of public and private donations have enabled Helicopteros Sanitarios Hospital to aquire 3000 COVID rapid test kits These kits being used to carry out rapid tests of the Covid-19 to users, professionals and volunteers of the five nursing homes and the center of the association for people with disabilities Aspandem. The president of Helicópteros Sanitarios Hospital, María José…

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Coronavirus – fatalities fall again through Spain but Malaga sees increase.

The death toll has fallen again. In the latest figures released by the Health Ministry on Saturday, the number stood at 510. This is the lowest number since the 462 fatalities of March 23, and appears to confirm a downward trend following the April 2 peak of 950 fatalities. In Malaga, however, the number rose with 16 deaths reported up from seven on Friday. The trend is still downwards, with a…

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