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MacMillan Coffee Morning @ ZEST

On Friday 17th September Zest cafe bar in Sierra Mar hosted a charity coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. Part of the morning was a Great Gran Alacant Bake Off contest with 7 entrants vying to claim the title of Star Baker! With people paying to be on the judging panel, and funds
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Celebrating 200th Edition

We are proud to be sharing this the 200th edition of the Gran Alacant Advertiser with all our advertisers and readers. When Barry and Sandra first started the magazine in January 2005, they could not have foreseen that it would still be the most popular and trusted magazine in Gran Alacant 200 editions later!!!  Ged
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Help I am lost!

Now I love Gran Alacant, I know my way around, but more by instinct than by any assistance of maps or GPS. I often wonder who named the streets. I suggest it was somebody with no sense of direction or a very limited geographical knowledge. I live in Calle Creta 61, cross the road, and
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Music to the ears

Live music is one thing that has been most missed during the pandemic period. That special  experience of being in an audience when musicians and performers work magic from thin air has been denied due to the health emergency. Obviously it will be a while yet before we can gather together rubbing shoulders in crowded
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NOT WITHOUT MY VETS

NOT WITHOUT MY VETS (Taken from portalveterinaria.com)                   Pen Farthing, a British ex-soldier and creator of an animal shelter inAfghanistan, doesn’t want to leave the country without his team, which includes the first Afghan female Veterinary surgeons.                   One of the consequences of the critical situation in Afghanistan is thousands of people trying to escape
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GRAN ALACANT FAMILY DOCTORS 24h

In 2018, the project of the doctors of Gran Alacant Family Doctors 24h was born.   One which consisted in creating a familiar clinic where patients could be in a close environment, with a trustworthy and reliable doctor that keeps track of them, and even assists their emergencies and other kinds of necessities, of them
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MACROFARMS – VETS

What are they and why they need to end! When Temple Grandin, a brilliant zoologist who specializes in farm animals, visited a macro farm, she wrote in her diary “If hell exists, I’m in it”. Grandin had a remarkable sensitivity towards farm animals and vowed to make their living conditions decent. For this, she visited
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Brighter Summer Ahead for Gran Alacant

Well things are definitely on the up here in Gran Alacant.  Whilst not as busy as it would normally be, there are now plenty of tourists arriving and Gran Alacant is buzzing!  A fantastic new bar, The London Tavern, has opened upstairs in the Gran Alacant Commercial Centre, run by the Silent Disco team and managed
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Ask Sonia – August

Dear Sonia,  Why do things keep going wrong in my life? Eleanor Dear Eleanor The way you approach the different situations life throws at you, can really affect the outcome.  A positive and proactive attitude is essential in order to achieve your goals. When faced with an exam, an interview, a promotion or a new
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club August Update

FINALS DAY On Sunday 20th June we held our ladies and men’s singles finals. Sheila Roberts v Joan Harding and Keith Young v Phil Goble. After two good matches Joan won the ladies and Phil won the men’s.  Well done to both. Afterwards we all enjoyed a buffet lunch in the Rincon followed by the
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GALs (GA Ladies)

The group was originally 4 friends – members of a Spanish Facebook group who discovered they all lived/stayed in Gran Alacant. The 4 met for coffee and GALs was born!! Almost 2 years later the group now has 171 members – ladies who all have a connection to Gran Alacant and are looking for friendship,
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VETS – WHAT THE PANDEMIC HAS TAUGHT US

SARS-NCoV 19 pandemic has been terrible for everyone, and even worse in Third World countries, which normally have weak national health systems and a very low number of vaccines available. Here in Europe and the rest of First World countries, we have been lucky by comparison. We consider that, despite all of the bad things
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Helping Hands Charity

What a great night was had by all. It is safe to say, one way or another, we have all endured months of restrictions and hardship with the dreaded pandemic.  Thankfully, slowly but surely the majority of us are beginning to feel that good times are coming back.  We have a new outlook on life
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Ask Sonia …

Dear Sonia,  “My husband and I have just moved to Spain and I’m  a bit scared about how different life is going to be living in a new country?” Angela Dear Angela It is completely normal to feel scared of change. Sometimes you are flooded with doubt and uncertainty and want to return to the
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club June Update

LADIES AFTERNOON TEA Thursday 27th May Eighteen bowlers and social members attended the afternoon tea at the Belfry. What a lovely afternoon we all had. The food was delicious the company great and the drinks flowed. Thank you to all the staff at the Belfry and the ladies of the social committee for another enjoyable
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Light at the end of the tunnel!

Whilst it has undoubtedly been a tough year for all of us, the good news is there is now light at the end of the tunnel.  Here in Gran Alacant, part of the Valencian Community, we now have the lowest Covid rates per 100,000 in the whole of Europe.  Our vaccination rates are the highest
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REIKI YOUR WAY TO A MORE BALANCED YOU

Hi all, it’s been a while since I last done a little blog, I thought it was time for a little update from The Reiki Room. Over the last few months I have been feeling the energies around us very dense, at some points almost suffocating down to the amount of negative vibration surrounding us
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Monte Mar Bowls & Social Club May Update

FRIDAY LEAGUE – Friday 23rd April As bowling still has restrictions we have decided to run in-house competitions on Mondays and Fridays, over six weeks. The winners will be announced after the last matches. The first Friday League was Saint Georges day so everyone wore something red. It was a very enjoyable mornings bowling, followed
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Stay With Me by Louisa Darcy

At the beginning of last year February 2020, I released my first song ‘Could I Fall in Love Again’ written by Erick Nova. The song features on YouTube and many music platforms including Spotify. Not long after the song release and CD launch, Spain went into lockdown due to the devastating Covid 19 pandemic, which
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Montermar bowls & social club April update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 28th March As the number of players are still restricted we played two sessions of ten ends, so everyone who put their names down could have a game. Lynda Sauders won the ladies chicken and Colin Bedford the mens, well done to both. The eggs were won by Sheila Roberts and Micheal
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TOOTH SENSITIVITY

A healthy tooth is protected by different sections. The first one is the enamel and the second one is the dentin. If there is a dental wear, an elimination or a fracture of the enamel, the dentin gets exposed and that is when we feel a sudden and sharp pain, this sensation of pain is
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GA the perfect place to LIVE and WORK remotely – Part 3

MEET ANDY Hi I’m Andy and I’m originally from Newcastle, in the north-east of England.  After a number of years working in corporate communication management, as well as freelance football and travel writing across Europe, I’ve spent the last 7 years running my own communications consultancy business working with clients in the public and private sector. 
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ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS

Spanish Lower House of Congress are working on a law which will start considering animals as not things but live beings. This means their physical and psychic welfare will be evaluated in those judicial resolutions involving divorces and embargoes. So far, a companion animal can be embargoed, according to its estimated value, for paying a
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What is a cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular diseases are a group of disorders that affect the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart diseases. They often present without pain and symptoms. For that reason, they are often left untreated. This can lead to even more serious health problems, such as heart attack, stroke or other organ
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GRAN ALACANT GOLF SOCIETY APRIL UPDATE

Following the easing of the covid restrictions, El Plantio Golf Resort reopened on 1 March. GAGS is now back to playing twice a week, Tuesday and Friday with our usual tee-off time of 8am. We are looking forward to meeting up with our regular players and welcoming new members whether they be residents, holiday home
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