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Interview with Bryan Thomas …

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 6 years.  People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars!  This month’s interview is with
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The one-straw revolution

Despite the rapid industrialization of our region during the 60s, 70s and 80s and the dominance of technology in our lives, driving in the summer months through the rural areas of our region still means spotting numerous ‘huertos or huertas’. These two words are normally used interchangeably although strictly speaking a huerto is a short
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GA Runners August Update

The (Continuing) Adventures of the Gran Alacant Runners At the beginning of July we had our first opportunity to meet up as a group, after, would you believe, a walk. It was too hot to run at that time of day (10:00am). After our walk we enjoyed some liquid refreshments in Molly Malones (see photo).
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Peace & quiet: Biar 

Perhaps we have got used to the peace and quiet of our coastline during the winter season so summer is fast approaching and the coastline gets busier we are being more and more attracted to the incredible mountainous landscape of inland Alicante. The valleys that criss-cross Alicante province are punctuated by stunning castles standing atop
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Interview with Bianca Roos

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 6 years.  People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars! This month’s interview is with
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Montemar Bowls&Social Club July Update

CHICKEN RUN The monthly chicken run was well attended by bowlers and social members. The winners of the chickens were Irene and after a play off between Phil and Ian, Phil. The eggs were won by Lynda and Howie. Thank you to Mick and Jan Soars who donated the chickens and Ian and Julia Hamilton
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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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GA RUNNING GROUP JUNE UPDATE

During May John ran the Sunderland 10k and has now completed his 50th Park Run which is held at 09:00 every Saturday at numerous destinations across the world (but sadly not in Spain) with John running in England, Scotland, New Zealand and South Africa, whilst Claudia and Brigitte ran the Gaurdamar Medio Maraton (21k) not
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Inland treasures, el Molí de l’Ombria

Our region has this year had more rainfall since January than at any time since the 1870s. The effects of this watery bounty are clear to see in the lush greenery of the landscape around us. The local waterways have also sprung to life as they drain water from the highlands and mountains that are
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Interview with Damien Martin

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 5 years.  People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interview with GA’s very own Superstars!  This month’s interview is with
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club June Update

VISITING TEAM On Wednesday 20th of April we were due to play a visiting team from Henfield but unfortunately rain stopped play. As we had booked the Belfry for lunch the visitors arrived early afternoon had a few drinks and a chat before enjoying a lovely lunch. After lunch the Lady Captain presented Cindy with
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Good nutrition improves health

• Provides defenses against diseases. • Protects from some types of cancer. • Prevents osteoporosis. • Helps to prevent heart disease. • Improves intellectual performance. • Improves physical appearance. There is no food that contains all nutrients or is essentials.Good nutrition in addition to physical exercise keeps our body in shape. To establish a balanced
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It’s never too late to shine

What is Silver Swans? The Royal Academy of Dance developed Silver Swans in response to a growing demand for ballet classes for older learners. These classes are delivered exclusively by Silver Swans Licensees accredited by the Royal Academy of Dance. Licensees are located all around the world and Verity is the only Silver Swans Licensee
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Gran Alacant Runners May Update

In April, Claudia and Brigitte ran their first ever marathon event. In training they have run the 42km distance but never have they competed at an official event so this was a new experience for them. After a gap of 2 years due to Covid restrictions the Hanover Marathon was one of the first major
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CLAIMING OUR RIGHTS AT MADRID

Last Sunday, April the 3rd, there was a demonstration of Veterinarians in Madrid. The media did not catch wind of this, even less of which were the vindications of the Spanish veterinarians. We never talk about politics here, but we believe the reasons of the veterinarians are important for all animal owners.  During the pandemic,
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club May Update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 20th March After raining all week everyone was relieved it finally stopped and we could play the monthly chicken run. Thirty two players took part so we played four trips and two pairs, the best attendance since before lockdown. Jean Chamberlain and Neil Young won the chickens, Lynne Armitage and Iain Sheridan
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Alzeimers by GA Family Doctors

Spain is one of the countries with the highest life expectancy, which rounds the 81 years old. However, living longer is not always good news, if it is not accompanied by a good quality of life. Currently, the quality of life as we age is better than it was a few years ago. Nonetheless, diseases
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Gran Alacant Runners

During March, Claudia and Brigitte introduced the group to a German charity that was collecting funds for the children and refugees of Ukraine with the intention of raising Euro 100,000 and to date they have raised an astonishing Euro 200,000, admittedly not all of it from our group of runners.  We have pledged to run,
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Project 4 all

When we make a promise we keep it!!! All of your donations have been taken into Ukraine and handed over directly into the hands of a Ukrainian aid agency.  We know this because we drove over the border to put it straight into their hands.  On Sunday night, our Romanian friends had arranged for us
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GA Runners March Update

During 2021 Graeme Dockwray introduced himself to the running group. He lives in Gateshead where he is a member of Low Fell Running Club, regularly running the Saturday Morning Park Run in Saltwell Park, Gateshead.  In March he will be in GA and plans to run the Benidorm 21k on 5th March. Graeme started running
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Easy Horse Care Charity Shop Closure

On 10 February 2022, the Easy Horse Care charity shop closed its doors for the last time following the banks decision not to renew the lease on the property.   The shop was located next to Dialprix and opened on 15 December 2015.  The proceeds from the shop helped raise funds to rescue and rehabilitate
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Driving over almonds

The citizens of Tokyo famously cherish their annual visits to the cherry blossom and here in Alicante we can enjoy a similar experience with the famous local almond tree blossom. Almonds are one of the signature crops of our region and the trees come into flower at this time of year. Interestingly the trees produce
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How to prevent osteoarthritis

The joints make up the skeleton and allow us to move freely. They have, in addition to bones, an sheath called the joint capsule, lined by the synovial membrane which produces synovial fluid. The bones do not normally rub against each other, since they are covered by a firm and elastic cartilage tissue. In osteoarthritis,
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club March Update

CHICKEN RUN As usual the monthly chicken run was well attended. At the end of the first nine ends we held a spider which was won by Ian Hamilton. The chickens were won by Lynne Armitage and Colin Bedford. The eggs were won by Pam and Steve. Thanks to Howie who donated the chickens and
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