"Make A Smile" - Helping the Forgotten

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Today I travelled up into the mountains to Relleu, the next village after Finestrat and visited a special unit which is home to 24 mentally handicapped adults. The unit is set in 10 hectares of land – which is slowly being regenerated by a team of volunteers, headed by Tony Grande of The Calpe Bed Centre, to who I take my hat off and have the greatest of respect. The setting is so peaceful and beautiful, although rather challenging to find as it is tucked away on the outskirts of the village. Initially the unit was built to house young offenders and rehabilitate them, but the villagers caused uproar at the prospect and it never got off the ground. Eventually the unit was handed over to a charity and it has become home to those that many often forget about – whether consciously or not, as it is easier to pretend that they do not exist and get on with our busy lives.

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Miss Coco Chanel - Benidorm´s Queen of Visual Comedy

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WHEN IT comes to drag shows in Benidorm, Miss Coco Chanel is often referred to as the "Queen of Visual Comedy" - and it´s not hard to see why, performing an amazing 12 costume changes within a spectacular one hour show! The man behind the many faces of Coco is Colin Brown – a funny, energetic and extremely talented artiste. He performs a full mime comedy drag show – with emphasis on the mime as he readily admits his voice would empty a room in 10 seconds flat!

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New 10€ circulating in Benidorm

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THE NEW 10 euro bank note went into circulation this month, with improved security features intended to make it more difficult to counterfeit. The new 5€ and 10€ notes will continue to circulate alongside the existing one and no date has yet been given for the expiry – so don´t worry if you keep them from your previous holiday! Many will be heading out to Benidorm and digging out unused euros from previous trips – all will be gratefully accepted!

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Alicante airport Taxi.... you´ve been framed!

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After months of negotiations between the Regional Government, AENA – the airport authority and the City of Elche, the installation of a license plate reader has finally been approved for Alicante Elche airport, the destination airport for those traveling to Benidorm.

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Blackpool to emulate Benidorm on unruly behaviour

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So the curse of rowdy and reckless Stag & Hen groups is not just confined to Benidorm I see! In an attempt to change the image of Blackpool, the tourism boss Graham Cain said that "Stag & Hen parties should go somewhere else", suggesting Manchester and Liverpool as alternatives! However, unsurprisingly following a backlash from businesses associated and reliant on the tourism industry, he quickly retracted his statement and said he meant that "unruly behavior and inappropriate dress" should be clamped down on as it is putting off visitors to the resort.

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Fantastic turnout for International Day in Alfaz

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Yesterday Alfaz del Pi celebrated International Day at the Poly Deportivo Sport Centre, with an estimated 3000 people attending the event. Every year the occasion gets bigger and better and the sun shone throughout the entire day, attracting a record number of visitors.

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Benidorm a winner for Winter sun

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According to a Winter Sunshine report carried out by the Post Office, Spain, Bali and Portugal have been crowned best value destinations for Winter Sun.....which comes a no surprise to us here! Apparently the place to avoid if you are looking for value for money is Dubai – where a glass of wine can cost more than 7 GBP! The price of alcohol here in Benidorm is most definitely a great pull for many, where a pint can easily be had for 1.50 euro or even 1 euro if you look – especially during the low season.

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Vintage in Albir

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Dani Bowler is a name many of you may be familiar with but not sure where from – he was on this years BBC MasterChef, getting into the semi final heats. From the thousands who apply, to make it down to the last 10 is some achievement and one which Dani should be proud of.

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Benidorm welcomes its first ever cruise ship

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The day finally arrived and Benidorm welcomed the first ever cruise ship this morning. The port was buzzing with excitement as the MS Amadea dropped anchor in the bay to a beautiful backdrop of a perfect sunrise.

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Brian the Bear takes Benidorm by storm

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Brian the Bear has become somewhat of a celebrity in Benidorm. He was bought by Jacqui Birch – owner of Alicante Private Transfers with the intention of donating him to a children´s charity. However, instead she decided to use him to help raise money for children by fostering him out – what in incredibly novel idea!

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Corks pop open in Benidorm

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Yesterday evening professionals from the hospitality industry gathered at the Casino Mediterraneo in Benidorm for the 4th Champagne & Cava Fair. The annual event was organized by Fransisco Cano, President of the Federation of Sommeliers in the Valencian region. 28 different bodegas, wineries and suppliers showcased over 100 different products, which were all available to sample in preparation for the festive season – which will quickly be upon us!

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  • "Make A Smile" - Helping the Forgotten

    Marilyn Rogers 31.10.2014 12:15
    there is a Christmas fayre at the Forum on Saturday 6th DECEMBER and they want stall. They charge 10 ...
     
  • New 10€ circulating in Benidorm

    Lynn Bailey 27.10.2014 08:18
    Free entry Saturday and Sunday to Terra Mitica, for anyone wearing Halloween fancy dress !
     
  • Blackpool to emulate Benidorm on unruly behaviour

    Paul Smith 21.10.2014 10:20
    As the largest stag and hen ground agent in Benidorm and Majorca we pride ourselves on making sure ...
     
  • Fantastic turnout for International Day in Alfaz

    Marilyn 21.10.2014 08:11
    Gets better every year, fantastic atmosphere, fab way to spend a day out!
     
  • Fantastic turnout for International Day in Alfaz

    Val 20.10.2014 15:51
    Great day out.

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