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09 Mar 2011 00:00 by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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As a couple we are moving to the Costa del Sol in a month or so, from the Costa Blanca. One of the reasons is the perceived quality of life. We are into classical; opera, orchestral; quality music, entertainment. Not high brow, middle brow. Basically we are about accessing a social circle and opportunities superior to what we have here. Expectations can be pretty low on the southern Costa Blanca though north of Alicante has a plethora of quality entertainment opportunities.



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09 Mar 2011 22:35 by bobaol Star rating. 2260 posts Send private message

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 As a couple we are moving to the Costa del Sol in a month or so, from the Costa Blanca. One of the reasons is the perceived quality of life. We are into classical; opera, orchestral; quality music, entertainment. Not high brow, middle brow. Basically we are about accessing a social circle and opportunities superior to what we have here. Expectations can be pretty low on the southern Costa Blanca though north of Alicante has a plethora of quality entertainment opportunities.

Sorry we didn't live up to your high expectations.  I hope the superior class of people you meet on the Costa del Sol won't come away with the same opinion us low lifes on the Costa Blanca have of you.  Get any further up your own bum and your nose will stick out of your mouth.

 






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09 Mar 2011 22:43 by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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See what I mean? He makes my point better than I do.



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09 Mar 2011 22:50 by bobaol Star rating. 2260 posts Send private message

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 Yes, m , massa, us Costa Blancarites knows our place, yess m, sir.  Scuse us fer not tuggin' our forelocks when you entered the room, us is jus iggerant no nuffinks, after all.  Now, with yer permission, of course, we will retire to our little hovel and would be ever so grateful if you could toss us that bone when you've finished wiv it.  Thank and all that, guvnor.

(Sorry, last I heard they didn't have a Harrods on the Costa del Sol, just Mercadonas and Carrefours like us hoi polloi have to put up with, when we aren't getting dragged through Lidl and Aldis etc.  Say hello to the National Opera Company when you is all dressed up in your finery)

 





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09 Mar 2011 22:53 by suemac Star rating in Jumilla, Murcia. 1001 posts Send private message

We live inland, but not that far from the Costa Blanca, and I am very surprised by Mike's comments. 

On Saturday night I went to our local theatre with two friends to watch the Joven Ballet Nazarina and listen to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Jumilla.  The first half was from the Nutcracker Suite and the second half included music from Cinema Paradiso. The men went for a couple of beers, as they aren't ballet fans, though they do come to the concerts. 

On Sunday we are all going to a concert in the theatre at 12.00 then to a free concert in the Iglesia de Santiago at 8pm (Réquiem de Mozart).  Over the next 4 months there is a varied programme in our theatre including music for Semana Santa, Hip-hop, Flamenco, classical music and dance. 

Just before Christmas a group of us took the bus into Murcia (so the drivers in our group could enjoy wine and tapas!) for La Luz en Navidad, a beautiful event that took place outside the cathedral, with pictures being projected onto the cathedral while opera singers performed for us.

We have also enjoyed concerts in Jumilla Castillo in the summer months, plus a variety of music in the bodegas including a concert by the local orchestra and a talented string quartet. 

There's no need to move to the Costa del Sol to enjoy good music!

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09 Mar 2011 23:03 by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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Point taken, Sue. I live in Torrevieja, which has in fact a multiplicity of good theatres and a new concert hall that is one of the best in Europe. Here there are some great shows but, it isn't unusual to find only the first and second rows filled, with family. Maybe in my past life I was spoiled. The Royal Liverpool Phil' was just a walk away. 

But, I know the Sol almost as well as I know the Blanca.

Mijas Costa is compact, it has a cosmopolitan population. Each to their own. As one pundit put it: 'The difference between good music and bad? If you like it, it's good. If you don't; it is bad.' Sums it up really. Right, where's that dinner suit and party frock; let's rid it of the mothballs.  



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10 Mar 2011 02:43 by TechNoApe Star rating in Duquesa, Manilva. 1278 posts Send private message

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Mijas Costa... Cosmopolitan!?!?!?!?

It's about as Cosmopolitan as Aunties Bloomers!

Mijas itself is a wonderful, quintessential Andalucian village...

Where as Mijas Costa.... Feungirola, Riveria del Sol and Calahonda.... the later truly being 'Little Britain'.

There are more Brits in Calahonda than there are Spanish!

As for being compact, the Municipality of Mijas covers over 148 square kilometers!

Thankfully, Mijas Costa is where the bulk of the British beer swilling lager louts spend there holidays!

 



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10 Mar 2011 10:03 by fpegman Star rating in San Miguel De Salina.... 442 posts Send private message

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Thats typical of Mike Walsh talks a load of horse muck should get down to the Sol quickly and join the high life there.



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10 Mar 2011 10:28 by mike_walsh Star rating in Torrevieja. 594 posts Send private message

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Well, Mr Pegman; seeing what your line of business is, and more to the point where it is located, you would rudely say that wouldn't you? No wonder estate agents have a bad image. You are trying to flog rural southern Costa Blanca. I suggest you learn Russian as over half the non-Spanish buyers there are Russian. 

I seem to recall the area very much featuring in the British news media; dodgy homes I think! The only culture where you're selling can be  found in a carton of yoghurt. I have lived and worked (extensively) in both the Sol and the Blanca for over twelve years; I still do. I cover both areas. I will make up my own mind.



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10 Mar 2011 11:09 by haydngj Star rating in ALGORFA. 403 posts Send private message

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My don't they see the worm early and get hooked. Grow up  Mike and Pegman





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10 Mar 2011 13:23 by Sanchez1 Star rating. 853 posts Send private message

Where as Mijas Costa.... Feungirola, Riveria del Sol and Calahonda.... the later truly being 'Little Britain'.

And that's from someone living in La Duquesa!!  I don't think you can get any more Little Britain than Duquesa



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10 Mar 2011 13:44 by bobaol Star rating. 2260 posts Send private message

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 I know it's not my place, being a member of the riff raff from the Costa Blanca who only goes to entertainment venues if they have Match of the Day followed by karaoke, but aren't there many so-called "Little Britains" everywhere along the costas?  I must admit, Mijas Costa was quite nice but being approached by time-share salesmen every 10 yards did tend to spoil it.  The only entertainment we found in Fuengirola was a play put on by the local British amateur dramatic group (Me and My Girl, and very good it was too) or old time dancing in one of the hotels (we were in our fifties then and were the youngest couple in the hotel).  Of course, there's always Torremolinos, that epicentre of cultural activity.  

I think there's good and bad no matter where you are.  We find the Casa de Cultura in Guardamar is excellent and has quite a high turnout whenever we go.  Even the libraries in both Torrevieja and Guardamar tend to have excellent art exhibitions on a regular basis.  

Perhaps the OP should have engaged brain before fiddling fingers.  Either that or change his user name to Pretentious? Moi?

 





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10 Mar 2011 14:05 by Faro Star rating in London. 1139 posts Send private message

Every place has it's good and bad points

BUT

Those living in Mijas Costa need to vote on Mike Walsh's residency application!





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10 Mar 2011 17:32 by stanleymiguel Star rating in Kensington London UK. 15 posts Send private message

Give me Little Britain over Midsommer Murders any day of the week

And Bob aol taking the p--s out of Black slavery now thats offensive

 


 



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