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Jennie Rhodes

England (1977), BA (Hons) in European Politics and French from the University of Derby (2001). Before coming to Spain, Jennie worked for the late Phillip Whitehead MEP in the UK and Brussels, Arts Council England as a Local Government Liaison Officer and for the DCLG (Dept. for Communities and Local Government) as a project manager. She has been in Spain since 2009 where she combines journalism with her work as a qualified English teacher and examiner. She has been with SUR in English since May 2015 and in January 2016 she became the correspondent for the Axarquía region.

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15/08/2017 14:48

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British artist has design chosen for this year's Noche del Vino poster

On the opening day of his first ever exhibition in Spain, at the Galería de Bellas Artes in Cómpeta, Ray Murphy learned that his entry had been chosen as this year's Cómpeta Noche del Vino poster. Ray is from Essex, where he lives and runs a busin

14/08/2017 11:25

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Three cultures in Frigiliana

The Festival Tres Culturas de Frigiliana is celebrating its 12th year and will take place from 24 until 27 August. It has become one of the most popular festivals in Malaga province attracting people from all over Spain and abroad. Last year some 3

11/08/2017 16:13

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Flamenco nights

Vélez-Málaga is attracting some of the biggest names in flamenco this August with its programme of Flamenco Fusion nights, all of which are free, in the open-air auditorium in Cerro de San Cristobal. Tonight, 11 August, Sanlúcar de Barrameda-based

08/08/2017 15:32

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Unspoilt beaches and a large dose of history

The coastline that stretches out along the N340 coastal road from Torre del Mar, through Almayate, Valle Niza, Benajarafe and Chilches is not only steeped in history but also a treat for the eyes and soul in the 21st century. The road, which was once

07/08/2017 16:44

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A charitable way to do business locally

Scott Huston, originally from the USA, and his Danish wife Nete have come up with an innovative way of raising money for animal charities in the Axarquía and also helping local businesses to attract customers. They have established the ¡Give Me Five!

01/08/2017 10:34

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Flamenco for Acompalia

Acompalia, the Granada palliative care charity, is holding a flamenco charity concert called 'Flamencos por Acompalia'. The event forms part of the fifth Ciclo Flamenco Ciudad Almuñécar and takes place on Sunday 6 August at 10pm. The charity night

01/08/2017 10:13

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A festical to drive you 'Lorca'

The Me Vuelves Lorca theatre and music festival has just started its third year in the small village of Laroles in the Alpujarras. The festival is the second phase of a project that Briton Anna Kemp, started around four years ago to try and create

31/07/2017 14:44

Local

Flying high in Torre del Mar

Thousands of enthusiasts crowded onto Torre del Mar's beach over the weekend to see the town's second international air show. During the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, spectators were treated to displays and acrobatics from more than 16 diffe

28/07/2017 18:01

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The sky's the limit

Following the success of last year's international air show, Torre del Mar is hosting its second such event this weekend. From Friday 28 until Sunday 30 July residents and visitors will be treated to displays from over 40 different aircraft includ

24/07/2017 11:12

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Twin brothers' double challenge

Twin brothers and cycling enthusiasts from Vélez-Málaga, Kiko and Jorge Montoro, began a 2,400-kilometre bike ride to Copenhagen on Thursday morning. The 37-year-olds set off from the town's iconic lighthouse at 9.15am, accompanied by other cyclis

24/07/2017 10:39

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Channel Four's Superfoods films Almuñécar's mangoes

British television programme, Superfoods: The real Story, visited one of Almuñécar's mango plantations last week with presenter, Kate Quilton. The El Pinero farm in Almuñécar received the visit and, with the help of the farm's owner, Antonio Guerre

19/07/2017 19:10

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Action and adventure on the Costa Tropical

What was it about Almuñécar that kept making British writer, Laurie Lee, return, despite being evacuated from the town by a British destroyer and taken to Gibraltar at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936? Possibly its unassuming charm, its

19/07/2017 18:53

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Underground is cool

Nerja's famous caves are a favourite among visitors and locals alike, while Rincón de la Victoria's Cueva del Tesoro is a relatively unknown secret, despite being the only marine cave in Europe. An underground favourite Quite possibly the only pl

12/07/2017 12:52

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Weekend Beach brings 130,000 music fans to Torre del Mar

The Weekend Beach music festival, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary next year, finished in the early hours of last Sunday morning. Organisers and town councillors said in a press conference on Tuesday that an estimated 130,000 people ca

11/07/2017 17:14

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Symbolic and spontaneous sculptures

Oliver Perry is about to open his latest exhibition of sculpture in the Sala el Pósito, a former granary on Plaza de la Constitución, in Vélez-Málaga. The Pennsylvania-born artist is no stranger to exhibiting in Malaga; he first came to the provin

07/07/2017 15:37

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Heightened security as fourth Weekend Beach Festival gets under way

The fourth Weekend Beach Festival got under way on Wednesday evening under tighter security in the wake of recent terrorist attacks across Europe. National Police sources at the event, which around 30,000 people are expected to attend, confirmed that

03/07/2017 17:28

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Lighthouse tours get under way in Torrox

El Faro de Torrox is starting guided visits of the archaeological site located next to the lighthouse, as well as the lighthouse itself, in English and German. The visit includes the Factoría de Salazón, the necropolis, the Roman villa and baths.

23/06/2017 14:51

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Tropical marching bands

The fifth Festival Tropical gets under way on Saturday 24 June in Almuñécar and will see more than ten different marching bands from Scandinavian countries playing in different locations around the town. Information When:Saturday 24 June

23/06/2017 14:42

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Musical interaction

The fourth annual Festival of Improvised Music will be held in Riogordo this Saturday, 24 June. The event will take place at the Ethnographic museum, starting at 7pm. This year's event will feature a wide range of jazz, improvised music, dance and

23/06/2017 14:15

National

Queen's choice of hat raises smiles at state opening of Parliament

The state opening of Parliament on Wednesday following the 8 June general election had Brexit at its heart. However, it was the Queen's choice of hat for that captured the attention of many pro-remainers on social media as they felt the blue number,

23/06/2017 14:06

National

Brexit negotiations officially get under way in Brussels

Official Brexit negotiations got under way at the European Commission in Brussels on Monday. Chief EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, met David Davis, the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, two days before the Queen's Speech in the

23/06/2017 13:27

Local

Missing English tourist found by motorway

An 82-year-old British tourist was found dehydrated and disorientated on the side of the A7 motorway 30 hours after disappearing from his holiday home in the Capistrano area of Nerja. The man, who had gone to throw the rubbish out at around midday on

22/06/2017 20:10

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Brit arrested at Almuñécar bus station for alleged drug trafficking

Almuñécar's local police detained a British citizen on Thursday who was in possession of narcotics including hashish and heroin with a street value of 7,160 euros. The arrest was made at the town's bus station when 'Otto', the police force's newest

19/06/2017 16:06

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Plans unveiled for second Torre del Mar air show

Details of the second Torre del Mar International Air Show were unveiled by mayor of Vélez-Málaga, Antonio Ferrer and Deputy Mayor, Jesús Antencia, last week. The event, which will take place on 28, 29 and 30 July, will see 40 aircraft flying over th

19/06/2017 15:25

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The mystery of the Comares prop shop

When thinking of a link between crime writer Agatha Christie and Spain, Poirot's The Mystery of the Spanish Chest or the writer's own trips to Mallorca and the Canary Islands may spring to mind. Few, however, would come up with the mountain-top villa

14/06/2017 10:48

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Árchez celebrates its European diversity

The small town of Árchez in the Axarquía is holding its first Residents' Day on Friday 16 June, dedicated to its foreign population. The event forms part of a cultural week which comes to an end on Saturday. The total population of the village, wh

09/06/2017 13:31

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Nerja couple celebrate 75 years of marriage

Joan and Reg Elliott celebrated 75 years together with their son, Cliff and his wife Diana, neighbours and carers at their apartment in Nerja last Friday. Their Spanish neighbours provided a cake and cava to toast the couple's anniversary and the non

02/06/2017 14:32

Local

American class B explosive found on La Herradura beach

Cleaning operatives working on the beach in La Herradura expressed their, "surprise and incredulity," when they came across a class B explosive pertaining to the American military near to the town's secondary school yesterday. Staff from the Urbase

02/06/2017 13:25

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Inspiring classical music east of Malaga

Thomas Kaurich will be giving two piano recitals in May; one on 10 June at Bodegas Bentomiz and on 17 June in the grounds of St George's Church in Malaga. He hopes that these will be the first of many and would like to gather support and momentum for

02/06/2017 13:24

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Heat, history and tranquility

INFORMATION When: From 3 until 25 June, every day from 11am - 2pm except Sunday and Wednesday Where: Galeria Centro de Bellas Artes, C/ San Antonio 6, Cómpeta Further info: www.galeriacentro.com Irish artist, Noel Lewis, is starting the summer

02/06/2017 13:17

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A traditional programme

Thomas says he has chosen a "traditional programme" which will be the same for both concerts: on 10 June at Bodegas Bentomiz and 16 June at St George's Church in Malaga. It includes Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90 No 4, Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight"

02/06/2017 11:19

Local

Junta withdraws Costa Tropical mussel project

The Junta de Andalucía has withdrawn its plans for mussel beds off the coast of Almuñécar and La Herradura. After months of protests by local companies and the town hall, mayor of Almuñécar, Trinidad Herrera, announced the decision on Tuesday. She sa

26/05/2017 17:48

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26 June 1802: South American 'Liberator' marries his perfect jewel

Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan soldier, politician and one of the most prominent figures in the independence of many South American countries, married María Teresa del Toro y Aleyza in San José church in Madrid on 26 May 1802. Bolívar, who had come to Spa

26/05/2017 14:31

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Using experience and skills in a new post

Françoise Rajewski isn't your typical 'expat' charity president. For a start, at just 40, she is still very much of working age, and she has a number of piercings. Originally from France, Françoise has lived the UK, Ireland, Poland and Belgium, wh

26/05/2017 14:23

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Palliative support free of charge

Acompalia supports terminally ill patients and their families in Granada province. It provides services free of charge that help patients live each remaining day as fully as possible. The charity offers a helpline, company, legal and interpretation /

26/05/2017 11:15

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Lux Mundi open day attracts many new faces

Lux Mundi Torre del Mar welcomed a number of new faces to its open day last Friday. Around 150 people attended the event, which was held in order to show people the numerous activities organised by the centre. Volunteer, Sue Bell, said, "We have s

25/05/2017 14:17

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Gardens open for charity

Three gardens in the Alpujarra will be open on 27 and 28 May to raise money for charities. The Jardín de la Alpujarra, Órgiva Tea Garden and Jardín Nevada in the Alpujarra region of Granada province will be offering the opportunity for visitors to

19/05/2017 12:06

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La Herradura boutique hotel should be open in time for summer

A new boutique hotel, the Peña Parda Bay, named after its predecessor, the Hostal Peña Parda, as well as the beach on which it is located, is due to open its doors in time for the summer season. The hotel will boast 18 en suite rooms and two restau

12/05/2017 18:15

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Road tax and garage entrance reminder

Nerja town hall's Foreigners Department is reminding residents to pay the annual road tax and garage entrance fee. The road tax deadline is 19 May, while the garage entrance fee must be paid by 22 May. In a note in English to foreign residents, the

12/05/2017 14:05

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San Isidro celebrations

Towns throughout Malaga province will be celebrating their patron, San Isidro Labrador, this weekend. As the patron saint of farmers, he is recognised in many of Malaga province's agricultural towns and villages including Periana, Nerja, Alhaurín el

05/05/2017 13:41

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The tradition and modernity of Andalucía

The author of the Culture Crime Series of novels, Janet Pywell, has recently launched her latest offering, Book of Hours, which starts off during a Semana Santa procession in Malaga. The book describes in detail the "pomp and pageantry" of the reli

05/05/2017 13:37

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"Flying back to Malaga is like going home"

For Janet Pywell, "flying back to Malaga is like going home" and many of its landmarks are mentioned in Book of Hours. For example, protagonist Mikky dos Santos has breakfast in Café Central before visiting her friend Carmen at the Picasso Museum. Sh

05/05/2017 12:15

National

Eligible voters urged to register despite 'votes for life' setback

With just a month to go before the UK's snap election on 8 June, Britons on the Costa del Sol who are still eligible to vote are being reminded to register to do so before 22 May. The organisation Bremain in Spain has put together a fact sheet wit

17/04/2017 14:57

Local

Free Spanish classes to be offered to Axarquía's foreign residents

The Mancomunidad de Municipios, a collective of the town halls in the Axarquía, has announced a pilot scheme of free Spanish classes aimed at foreigners with little or no Spanish. The course is designed to prepare students to take the official Span

13/04/2017 02:49

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Cómpeta's art at Easter

Cómpeta will be showing off its abundant visual art again this Easter week. From Wednesday 12th, until Sunday 16th (with the exception of Good Friday, 14th) the annual Art Walk will be taking place. Nearly 40 new and ArtWalk regulars will be displa

07/04/2017 13:51

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Helping residents in five languages

Javier León is the new foreigners-department officer at Frigiliana town hall. He has been in the job since 1 March this year, after successfully passing the 'oposiciones', or civil service exams in January. Javier, 48, is already a well-known figur

07/04/2017 13:33

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A heady mix of Cohen, Lorca and Andalucía

British poet, music composer and performer Keith James is back in his beloved "second home" of Andalucía to give a series concerts dedicated to the late Leonard Cohen. A well-known character already in towns such as Cómpeta, where he took part in

07/04/2017 12:07

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A passionate reason to grow a beard

El Paso, Riogordo's famous Passion Play, has been performed at Easter in the town since 1951. It is as popular with tourists as it is with locals, regularly attracting around 10,000 people. The event has been designated by the provincial government

07/04/2017 11:37

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Lifeguards to be on beaches for Easter Week

Vélez-Málaga's councillor for beaches and tourism, Jesus Pérez Atencia, announced on Tuesday that the area's beaches are to have lifeguards over Easter week for the first time. Thirteen professionals will keep watch over the Torre del Mar and Caleta

31/03/2017 14:55

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Organic market for spring

INFORMATION When: Sunday 2 April then the first Sunday of every month, except July and August. Where: El Camping bar, Mirador de la Axarquía, Comares. The Comares Eco Market will open for the first time this Sunday, with a Spring Fiesta, at El Ca

31/03/2017 13:42

National

Message delivered: May triggers Article 50

Nine months after the UK's referendum on European Union membership resulted in a vote to leave the bloc, the UK's ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, handed over the official communication of Britain's exit from the EU to European Council president

31/03/2017 12:59

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Nationalities to unite in Nerja

For many years Nerja, Malaga province's easternmost coastal town, has been attracting northern Europeans and in particular Britons, not just for holidays, but as permanent residents too. In fact, approximately one third of Nerja's population is made

24/03/2017 16:04

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Frigiliana town hall promises better foreigners' office

Frigiliana's foreigners' department reopened earlier this month and information is available in Spanish, English and French. The post, which had been previously held by Briton Kevin Wright on and off for a number of years, has been filled by Javier L

24/03/2017 14:45

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Colour run for autism

INFORMATION When: Sunday 2 April. Where: Torre del Mar beach. Further information: www.facebook.com/colorenlaplaya or www.c-i-eventosdecolor.es You can now sign up for the Torre del Mar Carrera de Color, or 'Colour Run', which will take place o

17/03/2017 11:38

National

Uncertainty for many as Brexit bill gets royal assent

Britons living in European Union countries and European Union citizens living in the UK suffered a blow on Monday when MPs voted against an amendment by the House of Lords to publish plans to guarantee citizens' rights within three months of Article

10/03/2017 11:25

Local

Central government funds for beach repairs

Vélez-Málaga town hall has confirmed that it is to receive 130,000 euros from the central government to repair damage to the area's beaches caused by the heavy rain and storms in February. The money will go towards repairing the dog beach to the west

10/03/2017 11:18

Local

Weekend Beach Festival line-up confirmed with surprise to come

Organisers of Torre del Mar's Weekend Beach Festival, along with deputy mayor Jesús Pérez Atencia, held a press conference on Tuesday to officially announce the line-up for this year's instalment. Although information had been released previously a

03/03/2017 13:37

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Living with art and music in a windmill

Cornelia Lenzin, is a professional pianist and piano teacher from Basel in Switzerland. After many years of holidaying in Malaga province and inheriting some money, she decided to buy property in the Axarquía and have more of a permanent base here.

03/03/2017 13:19

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"It's a good idea to reserve seats"

The official inauguration of Merle Kumschier's exhibition of sculpture and painting will take place at 4pm, today, 3 March. · For more information, visit www.elmolinodecajiz.com or call 672 731 117 This will be followed by a concert at 6pm with

17/02/2017 14:04

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Science teacher leaves school for six-month run across Europe

Aleks Kashefi, a science teacher from Buxton in Derbyshire, passed through Vélez-Málaga last Friday, on the final leg of his 6,200-kilometre solo adventure to run the entire length of Europe, a distance of almost 150 ultra-marathons. He completed

17/02/2017 13:42

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A picture perfect place for art

A new art gallery, run by English couple, Wendy Holmes and her partner Doug Elliot, has opened in Periana. 'La Galería' has been open since the end of January and exhibits work by local Spanish and foreign artists. The current collection has paint

16/02/2017 11:08

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Banana paper and mini art

INFORMATION When: Until 3 March. Monday to Saturday, 11am to 2pm. Where: Espacio Creativo, Calle Baja del Mar 14, Almuñécar. Further info: Facebook: Annabel Keatley. Phone 699 801 613 (for paper workshops). English artist and paper-maker, Annab

10/02/2017 17:21

Local

Illustrious Malaga family's story is back on display in home town

The Gálvez museum (Museo de los Gálvez) in Macharaviaya opened its doors to the public once again on Saturday, 10 months later than planned, following an auguration ceremony which took place at the town's Jacinto church. Mayor Antonio Campos Garín

10/02/2017 16:29

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The need to feel useful after retirement

When Jenny Mahimbo retired and moved to Spain in 2015 she felt restless and couldn't get used to life in the slow lane. "I needed to feel useful," says the retired social worker, who received a MBE for services to children in the Queen's birthday hon

06/02/2017 12:55

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Gálvez & Picasso

From Saturday the Museo de los Gálvez in Macharaviaya will once again be open to the public. The inaugural exhibition is a collection of 31 portraits of women by the artists Pablo Picasso and Alfredo Opisso. The museum also offers the opportunity t

06/02/2017 12:48

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Reality, Fantasy, Abstraction

INFORMATION uWhen: Until 17 Februaray, Tuesday to Saturday11am - 1.30pm, Sunday 11am - 10pm uWhere: Casa Fuerte Bezmiliana, Avda. Mediterráneo, 194 Rincón de la Victoria Local British artist Derek Worthington has returned after a long break with

03/02/2017 14:18

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Help and advice for a complete horse novice

Members of a group that meets monthly to share advice and information about horses has been able to help someone with no experience to rescue and adopt an abandoned horse. Silvia Willers, 62, originally from Germany, explains that when she heard a

27/01/2017 14:08

Local

Language teachers to meet for conference

Over 100 English language teachers will be meeting for the ACEIA Málaga 3rd Annual English Language Teaching (ELT) conference on Saturday 4 February. The conference, at the Hotel Puerta Málaga, offers the opportunity for English language teachers fro

27/01/2017 11:48

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And all that jazz

The Ytre SulØens Jazz ensemble with Tricia Boutté will be performing at the Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja in Calle Granada on Wednesday 1 February. Information When: Wednesday 1 February. Where:Centro Cultural, Villa de Nerja, Calle Granada 4

23/01/2017 10:22

National

PM and ambassador react to Theresa May Brexit speech

Simon Manley, the UK's Ambassador in Spain, and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, have both reacted to the speech Theresa May made on Tuesday in which she announced plans for the UK's departure not only from the European Union, but also the Single Market

20/01/2017 16:08

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Shoeboxes bring smiles to Saharan nomads

Vilostrada, a non-profit organisation based in the Axarquía which runs community projects through its foundation, recently started a shoebox fundraiser for nomad children in the heart of the Sahara desert. The founders of the organisation, Swedish

20/01/2017 14:44

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An unplanned but enjoyable career move

Gwen Ferber has been the councillor Volunteers and Tourism in Cómpeta since 2015. She and her late husband, Tom, first visited the town in the summer of 1993 when they spent the six weeks' school holiday there. As school teachers in the north of E

17/01/2017 10:31

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San Sebastián festivities

INFORMATION When. 13, 15, 20-22 January. Where. Cómpeta, Algorrobo, Faraján. The Fiesta de San Sebastián, known as the 'patron saint of winter', is celebrated on the anniversary of the saint's death, 20 January and as patron saint of Cómpeta, Alg

06/01/2017 13:57

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Tribute to Andrés Segovia

INFORMATION When. From 17 to 21 January. Where. Civic Centre, La Herradura. Further information. www.certamenandressegovia.com The 32nd international guitar competition held every year in La Herradura will this year be marking the thirtieth a