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Medieval Market tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday at Guardamar del Segura, nr Torrevieja.
24 November 2011

Guardamar Tourist Office informs that this weekend a Medieval Market will be held at the Town Hall Square with the following programme:

Friday, 25th November 2011
* 5 p.m to 6 p.m Opening of the Medieval Market .Parade music with juggling and acrobatics show
* 8 p.m to 9 p.m   Parade music
* 10 p.m to 11 p.m  Travelling stilt characters
* Face painting, medieval boat, Playground and Medieval Castle.
 
Saturday, 26:
12 a.m to 1 p.m. Parade music with juggling and acrobatics show
1 p.m to 2 p.m. Interactive Story telling for children in Spanish
8 p.m to 9 pm Parade Music
10 p.m to 11 p.m Parade Music
10 p.m to 11 p.m Fire and acrobartic performances
* Face painting, Medieval boat, Playground and Medieval Castle
 
Sunday, 27
12 a.m to 1 p.m Musical Parade
1 p.m to 2 p.m Circus performance
2 p.m to 3 p.m Interactive storytelling
8 p.m to 9 p.m Interactive “Vosotros/You in plural” Circus Performance
10 p.m to 11 p.m Fire performance as a closing of the Medieval Market
* Face painting, Medieval boat, Playground and Medieval Castle
 
The workshops will remain opened throughout the Market days.



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All UK Airports - Immigration Delays 30th November 2011
20 November 2011

Source: EASYJET 

All UK Airports - Immigration Delays 30th November 2011
easyJet has been advised that due to a planned 'Day of Action' by UK Civil Servants there is potential for delays at immigration borders across all UK airports on Wednesday 30th November.

Passengers may be subjected to long delays when being processed by the immigration authorities upon arrival into the UK and should therefore make onward travel arrangements recognising this risk.
 

 



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EASYJET: Allocated Seating Trial
19 November 2011

Easyjet have announced that they are to trial allocated seating on selected routes from Spring 2012 and that if the trials are successful they could roll this out across all flights by the end of 2012. This is in response to passenger feedback which highlighted dissatisfaction with the existing policy of choosing your seat when boarding the aircraft.

To read about this further click here.

 



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La Zenia biggest commercial centre in Spain
18 November 2011

Source: EuroWeeklyNews

WORK is well underway on the enormous new La Zenia based Commercial Centre, destined to be among the biggest in the country.

It was beginning to seem as if the long-awaited Commercial Centre, to be situated beside the AP-7 toll in La Zenia, Orihuela Costa, was all a myth, as little work was being done there several months after the plans had been made public.

Even after the first stones were laid during an official act in February of this year, progress remained slow and rumours that the project may not go ahead continued to circulate.

However, now that summer is out of the way it is full steam ahead at the colossal building site, which appears to grow considerably everyday. And whilst closure of the bridge linking La Zenia to Villamartin is currently creating many problems for local people, it will all be worth the trouble when it is re-opened at the end of this month, featuring a pedestrian footbridge for a safer route to the centre.

The entire project is being managed by “Immochan España”, the Comercial Real Estate Company of the Auchan Group that is present in 11 countries worldwide and responsible for a staggering 312 commercial centres, encompassing some 2 million square metres of land.

Christened “Zenia Boulevard”, the company’s latest centre will encompass a whopping 180,000 square meters plot, incorporating 150 shops of all kinds, an “Alcampo” superstore and  5,000 parking spaces, half of which will be underground.

Among those confirmed are international names like Auchan, Norauto, C & A, Worten, Leroy Merlin, Decathlon, Primark, and the Inditex Group, which includes high street favourites Zara, Zara Home, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Oysho and Bershka.

It is not only shop-a-holics that will benefit from the ambitious venture, but also the local labour market, with an anticipated 1,800 jobs being created directly within the centre and almost 3,000 on a global scale.

So How Do Local People View The Project?

Whilst many people can appreciate the benefits of having such an enormous Commercial Centre right on their doorstep, others feel that it could be potentially damaging to the local area, and pose a threat to smaller businesses which are already struggling to survive.

Elaine Poole from Cabo Roig is among those who are thrilled at the prospect, commenting that “I personally think the new commercial centre is a brilliant idea for the local economy and also the work situation. 

A number of smaller businesses operating locally are already suffering due to the mass influx of Chinese shops here, and if the presence of a new commercial centre in the area will reduce the number of these Chinese shops all the better!

I am not concerned about the increase in traffic produced, as those travelling long distances to the new centre will come straight off the motorway into the shopping centre, and I think it will alleviate the current congestion in Torrevieja, particularly around the Habanaras Commercial Centre and Carrefour. 

I do not feel that there will be any problems with rubbish generated from the centre, as Orihuela Costa council has always worked hard to keep this area reasonably clean and tidy”.

Secondary School Teacher from Villamartin, Kate Sloan, thinks on the whole the new commercial development will be a good thing for the area. “It is already providing work in the construction sector, not to mention the employment that will be generated when it opens”.

“It is also appealing that it has recreational facilities that my 12- year old daughter can use as she will be able to go there independently. As for existing businesses in the locality, I’m not sure that they will suffer too much. Competition is healthy and good for the customer, and if the independent stores have what I’m looking for I will continue to buy from them.”

Susan Holmes from Pilar de la Horadada is also excited about the project, although unsure as to whether Orihuela Costa is busy enough all year round to warrant such a large complex.

She commented that “As a lover of shopping I think it's great. Especially as there's talk of Primark! I think it will be very busy in the summer, and a relief for the tourists to walk around the air conditioned shops.

But are there enough tourists around out of season?” Conversely, Ted and Sheila Foster of Eagles Nest, feel that the investment would be better spent elsewhere.

“With so many businesses closing down or struggling to make ends meet, and the number of empty or unfinished houses in the area with no signs of growth in the near future, we think the Commercial Centre is a complete waste of money. However, this is Spain and I know that someone will be making a good living out of it!”

Bar Manager, David Smith from Playa Flamenca supported the objections saying that “Businesses on the OC do really well during the summer when there are lots of holiday makers around, but everything dies a death at the end of the season, and bars, shops and other businesses start closing down.

This has left a plethora of smaller commercial centres across the area with only a few businesses operating and the rest empty units. It looks bad for the area and doesn’t do any favours to those who have remained open, as there is less to attract people to the centres, which end up looking tired and scruffy.

With this in mind I think that a massive new commercial centre will crush all of the smaller businesses which won’t be able to compete on price or offer the facilities that the new development will have. Why go to the smaller retailers if you can get everything you want, from DIY goods to clothes, as well as bars, restaurants and recreational facilities, all under one roof?”



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Jet2.com gives the thumbs up to Corvera commencing November 2012
09 November 2011

The airline has said it will start flights to Murcia's new international airport from next November

Directors from the low cost airline Jet2.com have confirmed, after visiting the new installations on Monday, that the airline will transfer over to Murcia’s new international airport at Corvera next year and will commence flight operations there from November 2012.

The company’s managing director, Ian Doubtfire, indicated to Europa Press that the move will be delayed until after the summer peak season to cause as little disruption as possible to passengers.

Jet2.com currently flies direct to Murcia from Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

Source: TypicallySpanish



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Proposed New Road User Rules for Motorbikes/cyclists etc
09 November 2011

Article in today's Diario Informacion which says under the new DGT Reglamento de Circulacion Urbana y Interurbana, which won't appear until after the 20th November, that if there is a traffic jam or traffic congestion motorcyclists will be able to drive on the hard shoulder at speeds no more than 30kph and with extreme caution. Also in town they can officially zigzag through the traffic at traffic lights to get to the front of the que. It appears there are boxes at traffic lights in most cities which cater for this practice.

Also cyclists will be able to cycle on the footpath where the footpath is more than 3mtrs wide and must keep 1mtr out from the front of any building on said footpath. Pedestrians will have right of way at all times on the footpath. Bicycle trailers will be permitted but must be homolgated/certified and cyclists must wear a helmet which must also be homolgated/certified and must have reflective clothing. Children will not need a special seat in a taxi plying within towns or cities or suburbs of large towns or cities.

 



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Patients face paying 100% of cost of prescription medicines in Alicante
06 November 2011

Pharmacists say they need the money they are owed and will vote later on taking the action.

Pharmacies in Alicante want to charge patients for the full price of prescription medicines from next month, with signs in the window explaining that there is no money left for medicaments according to the regional administration.

A group of pharmacists, made up of some 50 professionals in Alicante province, want to approve the idea this evening, and also plan to contract a debt recovery agency in the style of ‘cobrador del frac’ to following the President of the Generalitat, Alberto Fabra, in all the rallies he attends on the election campaign, to try and recover the money owed to them.

They say they have a need for liquidity and are suffering an ‘economic drowning’ as a consequence of the debt of the Health Department.

The Official College of Pharmacists considers the action to be illegal. Their president, Jaime Carbonell, says that patients should not be charged because they are not responsible for what has happened. Two weeks ago the College met and decided to postpone any measures until a bank loan was formalised for the pharmacists collective to cover them until 2014 when the Health Department says it can clear the debt.

A decision from the dissident pharmacists is expected later.

Source: Typically Spanish

 



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Christmas is coming (countdown).
05 November 2011



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Tax office are tracking down non resident tax avoiders.
05 November 2011

Read on another forum today
 
"I have this week been shown 2 letters from the tax office sent to non residents who have owned a property in Spain since 2006 and not paid the relevant non resident taxes.
 
The letter is stating that the records show non resident tax forms have not been presented and giving the option to present the backdated forms and pay taxes otherwise they will impose sanctions.
 
The letters were sent via registered post and needed to be signed for.
 
If nobody is at the property to take delivery of such items, the tax office will put a notice in the official bulletin and they consider that to be sufficient notification of their intentions.
 
Many people do not know about the bulletin and it is only in Spanish, so I do wonder how many more of these letters are now being sent out."
 
QUITE RIGHT TOO! WHY SHOULD I PAY MY TAXES & OTHERS NOT?


 



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LifeStyle Centre and Paramount Park Murcia Spain
05 November 2011



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For the ultimate train enthusiast
03 November 2011



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