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The Lowedown with Lynne

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 their stories and adventures.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars! This month’s interview is with Leroy Andre
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Flu or influenza

By Gran Alacant Family Doctors What is influenza? It is an acute respiratory disease, produced by the influenza virus.  Unlike the common cold, its symptoms are of greater intensity and severity.  The duration of the disease is “self-limited”, that is, it improves on its own after a few days.  However, it can sometimes lead to
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club October Update

TRIPS COMPETITION  The Gran Alacant Mixed Rinks Competition was once again cancelled so we held a Trips Competition for club members. Twelve teams of three were split into two groups and each team played three games over the two days. Points were scored for every end won and for winning the overall game. Before the
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DRAFT OF ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT (I)

Spanish Parliament is going to approve within the following months a new (and more strict) Animal Protection and Welfare law. So far, the legal text is not definitive yet, and the content is not 100% developed. Just like any other legal text, lots of articles will be modified before its definitive approval. Most people have
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The (continuing) Adventures of GA Runners

Gran Alacant Runners (sponsored by GA Homefinders) It has been a busy month for us. On 29 August Rob ran the Santa Pola 6k Amancer organised by Club Atletismo, Santa Pola. This was the first sports participation event in Santa Pola since the restrictions began and attracted over 1000 runners in what has been described
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Montemar Bowls Club October Update

DRAWN AUSSIE PAIRS On Wednesday 18th August, we held a drawn Aussie pairs competition, playing twenty-four ends with a break after twelve.  After the competition, we had a few drinks in the Tavern then everyone enjoyed a buffet at The Pub, thank you to Steve and Jemma. After the buffet the winners, Sheila Roberts and
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Volcano Alert & Animals

These last days, breaking news from Canary Islands have appeared at mass media, because of the eruption of Teneguia volcano at La Palma island. Scientists detected the incoming eruption several days in advance just studying the thousands of small earthquakes the island suffered since the middle of August, so, from that moment, a special operation
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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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