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From small beginnings to the success of today

BARRY’S BITS this month firstly wishes all of our readers A Very Happy New Year, with this column starting 2020 with something a little different from my usual news stories. Lou and Ged asked if this month, we could enlighten the readers with how and why did this Gran Alacant Advertiser Magazine first come to
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Gran Alacant Golf Society December Update

“We have been writing an article in GA Advertiser for 2 years now and feel we are becoming in danger of merely repeating what has been said in those previous editions. So, starting this month and in future months we intend to provide only essential information about our Society meetings, sufficient to let any golfers
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CATS MAKE FACES

A recent research has proved cats actually have facial expressions, and some people know how to recognize them. These people are called “cats whisperers”. Persons like us, who have owned cats for years, already knew it: we know, not only when our cat is ill or in pain, but also when is happy, bored, amazed,
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AESTHETIC MEDICINE

AESTHETIC MEDICINE The purposes of aesthetic medicine are various and affect physical improvement and personal welfare, relations with the environment, personality etc. The pillars that support our work are based in the restoration and the maintenance of body harmony, trying to achieve a synergy between inner and outer beauty, using superficial techniques or small interventions
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Barranc del Cint, Alcoy

My name is Heidi and I come from Helsinki, Finland. With my husband Olli-Pekka and our 3 dogs we live in Gran Alacant and enjoy the brilliant Mediterranean climate and possibility of discovering new hiking routes all over our Alicante province and sometimes even a bit further. Ironically, I have a fear of heights, but
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Montemar Bowls&Social Club December Update

CHICKEN RUN November 24th Once again the monthly chicken run was well supported and enjoyed by all. Wendy Sheridan won the chicken for the ladies and Steve Hindle won the men’s. As Wendy was returning to England for Xmas she raffled the chicken which was won by Les Bounds. The chickens were donated by Harry
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Health Benefits of Walking Football

Walking football is different to regular Association Football in many ways and is aimed at the over 50’s age group. Many clubs are now also catering for the over 60’s. It has very specific rules that outlaw all running and allows no contact between players. Over-head height restrictions and indirect free kicks ensure that the
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montemar bowls & social club November update

SOUTHERN LEAGUE October 11th was the first game of the season, which saw the Monte Mar Matadors playing the Monte Mar Toreadors. It was a good mornings bowling played in good spirit by both teams. The match ended in a draw with the Matadors winning the shots. Well done to all who took part. VISITING
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Gran Alacant Golf Society November Update

GRAN ALACANT GOLF SOCIETY During the last week in October we undertook our much anticipated visit to Alicante Golf (AG) and we were not disappointed. Firstly, it was great to see some familiar faces amongst the course personnel who had transferred from El Plantio (EP) and who made us feel very welcome. Secondly, despite the
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How to prevent respiratory diseases?

Respiratory infections are the main health problem that is treated in emergency services during autumn and winter. This happens because in cold weather months there are environmental conditions that facilitate the spread of the virus that can be complicated by respiratory infections of bacterial origin. These conditions are: • to be in enclosed spaces •
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MORTAL FIREWORKS

Christmas and New Year are coming soon, which implies banquets, gifts and parties. And one ingredient of some of those parties is fireworks. Last November, a controversy about fireworks and their effects in domestic and wild animals arose at the UK, because at least a puppy and a pet rabbit died of panic during Guy
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Life is a Tear and a Smile …

Hi, I’m Jemma, I conclude what I have learnt from animals through my work as a volunteer with them at www.satanimalrescue.com/ FB SAT Sociedad Protectora para Animales Dolores and at www.easyhorsecare.net / FB Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre. Please do get in touch with either if you are interested in volunteering in any way. Well
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Algueña – Peña Gorda (1085m)

My name is Heidi and I come from Helsinki, Finland. With my husband Olli-Pekka and our 3 dogs we live in Gran Alacant and enjoy the brilliant Mediterranean climate and possibility of discovering new hiking routes all over our Alicante province and sometimes even a bit further. Ironically, I have a fear of heights, but
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III Carrera Nocturna

III Carrera Nocturna (Carrera de la Luz), Santa Pola (Against Cancer) 10km Run as experienced by Geoff Young Saturday 19th October at 8.00pm saw the start of the 3rd run in support of the Cancer Charity. Over 470 competitors of all ages took to the streets of Santa Pola to participate in this 10km run
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ALL SAINTS AND PETS – DO ANIMALS HAVE A SOUL?

There is an ancient Spanish tradition for All Saints Day consisting on lighting candles at home for “showing” our beloved ones “the way”, so their souls can visit us that night. Do animals have a soul? There is no way to prove if animals (or people) have a soul or not. About 100 years ago
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In 2008 Maureen Keeler started to raise money for a Canon portable scanner for the Oncology department of Elche hospital. She raised 23,000 Euros under the charity licence number of an organisation in Javea. This organisation was also raising money for a machine for the Hospital in Denia. The first contribution was from the local
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MonteMar Bowls&Social Club October Update

CLUB TRIP TO CUENCA September 24th – 26th The three day two night trip to Cuenca was thoroughly enjoyed by all who went. It was well organized with excursions every day. On the afternoon of arrival we had a guided walk around Canete which was the village where we stayed. On day two after the
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What injury does tobacco do to our mouth?

The mouth is the gateway to the body and tobacco is the worst enemy of teeth and gums. Smoking can cause a variety of harmful diseases in the mouth as it alters the micro-environment and predisposes smokers to conditions such as: Gingivitis: this is when the gums bleed because they are irritated and inflamed. The
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Red Alert in Norway

RED ALERT IN NORWAY Some Vets in Oslo (Norway), have reported the authorities the deaths of several dogs caused by an unknown disease that kills the animals just after a few days they start showing symptoms. The number of affected dogs, depending of the source, may be between 30 and 100. The mysterious disease has
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GLOSSY IBIS

GLOSSY IBIS I am experiencing some trepidation about returning to Gran Alacant this month – we have not been here since June, and I have seen the pictures on social media of the horrendous deluge which occurred in September. I wonder what sort of condition my house will be in when we arrive, and will
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Anti-aging from within

Hi all, welcome to October, this month I want to talk to you all about ageing. We all grow older, if we are privileged enough to do so, and while I know this may be a little controversial for some, but today there are just so many people worrying about the ageing on their faces
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Tourist Info October 2019

Hi everybody, We are still enjoying good weather, so time to go out and enjoy the fiestas in the Costa Blanca. This month there are more parades of Moors and Christians – in Crevillent 4th to 7th, Rafal, Planes, Callosa d’en Sarria 12th and 15th , Campello 11th to 15th and Calpe from 18 th
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Gran Alacant Golf Society September Update

GRAN ALACANT GOLF SOCIETY Two bits of news this month. Firstly, the owners of El Plantio have bought Campo de Golf Alicante which has been in financial difficulties for a number of years. We are advised there is much work to do to restore the course to its previous condition but that undertaking has already
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Biar – Pico Reconco 1209 m

My name is Heidi and I come from Helsinki, Finland. With my husband Olli-Pekka and our 3 dogs we live in Gran Alacant and enjoy the brilliant Mediterranean climate and possibility of discovering new hiking routes all over our Alicante province and sometimes even a bit further. Ironically, I have a fear of heights, but
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What is Arthrosis?

What is Arthrosis? The joints are the components of the skeleton that allow the connection between two bones (such as the elbow, the knee, the hip, etc.) and, therefore, the movement. The cartilage is the tissue responsible for covering the ends of these bones and is essential for the proper functioning of the joint that
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Where there is a will there is a way …

This month has seen the worst storms for a very long time in Spain, and my dominating thoughts and prayers have been for the dogs, horses, all the animals, and of course farmers who have lost all their crops and many their homes and belongings. It is heart breaking. Up to now over 750 animals
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Getting Rich and Liesl back on their feet

Richard and Liesl originally lived in Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire and moved to Spain about 12 years ago. They purchased a property maybe 15 years ago in Gran Alicant (not far from Alicante) as a holiday rental, but loved the Spanish lifestyle so much they then sold up in the UK, quit their jobs, and moved to
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Homeless and Pets

What happens with dogs and cats which are living with homeless? Could that people face the costs and responsibility about them? As a matter of fact, there are some people who have lost their home and can’t be relocated in a social home or not even go to a hospital if necessary because they don’t
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GRAN ALACANT MIXED RINKS 14th to 16th of September

The Gran Alacant Mixed Rinks event takes place between Saturday 14th until Monday 16th September. There will be ninety six bowlers involved and spectators are welcome too. On the first day the club will have a cake stall where home made cakes and pastries will be for sale. The second day is where we will
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Mutxamel River Seco trail

My name is Heidi and I come from Helsinki, Finland. With my husband Olli-Pekka and our 3 dogs we live in Gran Alacant and enjoy the brilliant Mediterranean climate and possibility of discovering new hiking routes all over our Alicante province and sometimes even a bit further. Ironically, I have a fear of heights, but
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CHARITY CABARET NIGHT LOUNGED BAR, MASA Square THURSDAY 3rd OCTOBER at 8.00pm All proceeds will go to the registered charity S.A.T.s ‘Society for Animals of Torrevieja’ Join us for a great night of international entertainment featuring local talent giving their time to support this charity. The evening will include an audience sing-a-long with word sheets
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Arterial Hypertension

Arterial Hypertension is the elevation of blood pressure levels in the arteries. It is a disease that does not produce symptoms by itself, which is why it is called a silent disease. Hypertension is a cardiovascular risk factor: By having to strengthen the heart to overcome the greatest resistance of the arteries, it can occur
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Listen to your heart …

Hi, I’m Jemma.. I share what I continue to learn from animals through my work as a volunteer with them at www.satanimalrescue.com and at www.easyhorsecare.net Sometimes, when more dogs come to the kennels and no new homes have been found for a while, when yet more malnourished and abandoned horses or donkeys arrive at Easy
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club August Update

SUNSET LEAGUE The Bowls Club recently completed an eight week Sunset League which was held on Friday evenings. Play was from 5.30pm until 7.30pm and then we all adjourned to the square opposite the club for a few drinks and eats. The league was based on an individual’s performance over the eight weeks and the
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Gran Alacant Golf Society August Update

As mentioned in previous articles the course at El Plantio was closed from 19 to 30 August and so the Society had a 2 week break as well. In the couple of weeks before the break the course was extremely quiet and golfers who joined us in that period enjoyed “millionaires golf” with no delays
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Protecting Pets, Protecting People

Last week we were asked by a client if he could take his female dog to the dogs beach when she is in season. By a strictly veterinary point of view, there is no contraindication for her health, but common sense would discourage it since it’s not the best moment to go to the beach.
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Sweep out the cobwebs of my mind …

Hi, I’m Jemma.. I share what I continue to learn from animals through my work as a volunteer with them at www.satanimalrescue.com and at www.easyhorsecare.net This month’ s hot weather makes for a challenging time for all the workers and volunteers mucking out the manure in the hot, dusty paddocks at easyhorsecare rescue centre. My
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How to prevent a stroke?

A Stroke or cerebrovascular attack (CVA) is a medical emergency which occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or when there is bleeding in the brain. It can happen to any person and from one moment to another, regardless of their age, sex orrace. However, there are risk factors that increase the
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Montemar Bowls&Social Club July Update

BARBECUE On Saturday 15th June we held our first barbecue at the Santara Resort and it was a great success. The numbers at first were restricted to forty then extended to fifty and we still had to turn people down. Lynne Armitage did a very good job of organising the venue, the food and everything
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A place in the sun in Gran Alacant

In July popular TV show A Place In The Sun showcased our very own Gran Alacant for the second time in 2 years! This time a couple called Mick and Dianne Kelly from Newcastle were looking to relocate with their 2 dogs to our lovely area having fallen in love with it some time ago.
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XXIV Travesia A Nado Tabarca – Santa Pola

XXIV Travesia A Nado Tabarca – Santa Pola (Tabarca to Santa Pola Open Water Swim) as experienced by Geoff Young The weather forecast was excellent and sea conditions Good to very Good. For the first time in many years the one element the organisers couldn’t control was offering itself up to them in a sign
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Gran Alacant Golf Society July Update

Not a lot to report this month. Following the busy months of May and June for the Society, July has been relatively quiet. However, the summer holiday season is now kicking in and whilst we shall lose the occassional core member for the odd week we do expect visitors to swell our numbers across the
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