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BGT talent scouts in Benidorm

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Yesterday afternoon the first of a number of scheduled auditions took place here in Benidorm, looking for who may be the next potential winner of “Britain’s Got Talent 2018”, which is broadcast on national television! Teams are here in the resort, having arrived on Tuesday afternoon, to record acts to take back to London for the production crew to view.
This year, the nations’ favourite talent show, broadcast on ITV is casting it’s net further afield in its search for talent – and they couldn’t have chosen a better place. Traditionally teams search across the UK but for the very first time ever they have come abroad and Benidorm was chosen, in part due to it’s high concentration of British expats.

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Payback time for false holiday claims

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Great news and not a moment too soon – a Liverpool couple, Julie Lavelle and partner Michael McIntyre who tried to make a fast buck by submitting a false holiday sickness claim for £10,000 have had the case thrown out by a judge. Not only that, but they have to pay the tour operator, Thomas Cook £3,744 compensation within 28 days. What is really intriguing is that the holiday was taken in 2013 and the claim was not submitted until 3 years later. Interestingly, neither made any complaints or notified the hotel or tour operator at the time that they were suffering from sickness, diarrhoea and vomiting, returning to work as per normal the day after they got back.

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Beach safety in Benidorm

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In a bid to promote safety and warn holiday makers of dangers on the beach, which includes the peddlers selling their wears, the town hall are putting up signs along the front. They are also planning on printing 2,000 leaflets to hand out but it is unclear where they will be available or who will be handing them out. I can only imagine they will be at the Tourist Information centres and at hotels. Although the sentiment is there, is anyone actually going to read the sign as the writing is so small you really need to get up fairly close.

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Alcohol restrictions

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Benidorm is a mecca for drink fuelled partying, attracting thousands of Brits every weekend. Sadly, numerous stories of drunken loutish behavior are being reported on a regular basis, of it must be said, a minority, but it is slowly ruining it for everyone. Mallorca is fed up with what they call ‘trash tourism’ and the antics taking place in Magaluf, which is destroying the image of the island. Last week a video was posted onto social media showing British and German thugs fighting on the streets, enraging local businesses and hoteliers. Officials have taken swift action and amended the Tourism Law, restricting how much alcohol can be served on all-inclusive package holidays… I wonder if it’s something that they will look at here in Benidorm?

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Legal cocktails on Levante ?

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The Mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez is proposing to authorize bars along Levante beach to sell drinks on the beach in an attempt to eradicate the illegal cocktail sellers. Since the beginning of June there have apparently been undercover police posing as holidaymakers in an attempt to catch the perpetrators in the act. But all they do is confiscate the drinks and issue a fine – which in reality both know will not be paid. As tempting as they look - do not buy them - ever. They are prepared in the most dirty unhygenic conditions, on the floor and in doorways.

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Improvement works in Benidorm?

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Benidorm council are undertaking a €400,000 project to resurface a section of the Avd Mediterraneo – the main artery running through the resort, which is scheduled to be finished for the weekend. July see’s a huge influx of holidaymakers into the resort and they are up against the clock to complete the works, so have drafted in extra machinery... at what cost I wonder. Am I the only person wondering why they stared this during the busiest time of the year? Surely logic, which seems to be somewhat lacking at the town hall would have dictated that they should be doing this out of season…. causing minimum disruption to everyone.

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Benidorm invaded

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The Poniente beach was transformed into a surreal sight for many this weekend, becoming a battlefield for the re-enactment of the D-Day Normandy landings. More than 300 members of Codex Belix took part – an association dedicated to recreating historical events, traveling not only from various parts of Spain but also from across Europe to participate. Holidaymakers didn't know quite what to make of men dressed in full military gear in the searing heat, complete with guns!

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Changing your Pounds to Euros

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With the spiraling exchange rate, in main thanks to Brexit and the recent General Election results, it is important to try and eke out as much as possible for those hard earned pounds. Many often ponder whether to exchange before leaving or wait until here in the resort. But one thing is for certain – DO NOT under any circumstances do it at the airport – whether that be a UK one or here at Alicante. Aside from money and a valid passport the other very important thing you should have before setting out is travel insurance. So many tend to think that an EHIC card will be adequate, but this is only for emergency treatment and will not repatriate you back to the UK.

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Benidorm Island - A great trip

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Have you ever stood on the beach - doesn't matter if it's the Levante or Poniente and wondered about that jugged jutting rock? It is one of the iconic landmarks here and simply called Benidorm Island, but some people refer to it as Peacock Island. Although it looks fairly close it is actually 4km away - and many people, especially after a drink or ten think they'll swim over... but quickly realise their mistake!

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Should Benidorm have a dress code?

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Much was made in the British press of a group of 18 hens – in their 30’s and 40’s heading to Magaluf this week, who were removed from a Jet2 flight for wearing what the airline deemed “Offensive T-Shirts” with the phrase ‘Bitches on Tour”. The Bride-to-be claims no-one spoke to her and was visibly upset by the entire episode – probably more embarrassed that the entire nation, including her employers were reading about it. Jet2 replied that ‘as a family friendly airline we will not allow people on board if they are using or displaying offensive language’. Should the same also apply to towns, cities and holiday destinations? Anyone that has been to Benidorm cannot fail to be shocked and appalled at some of the sights we see walking about the streets.

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Summer-time in Benidorm

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Summer has most certainly arrived – the sun is out, the resort is bustling and the beaches are packed. But just because you’re on holiday and relaxed do not let your guard down. Sadly crime happens everywhere and Benidorm is no exception, but if you use your common sense and keep your wits about you, then you should have an incident free time here.
The Latin saying ‘praemontius, praemunitus’ is very apt and loosely translated means ‘forewarned is forearmed’… if you know about a problem in advance, you will be able to deal with it. Awareness of a situation, especially a risky one prepares you to handle it should the situation arise.

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Milestone for Benidorm Palace

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This year marks a significant year for Benidorm’s most iconic entertainment venue – Benidorm Palace. 2017 sees the venue celebrating its 40th Anniversary and in recognition the show is called “RUBI – Party at the Palace” – the Spanish for Ruby, which is the traditional stone to celebrate 40 years of marriage. The new show will premier on May 18 with a special VIP night taking place on July 12 which will also see Joanne Climent – daughter of Christine and Vicente taking on a greater role at the palace.

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Charity car rally cruises into Benidorm

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The annual ‘Benidorm Bangers’ car rally cruised into Benidorm this afternoon – causing many heads to turn as they coasted along the Avd Mediterraneo and the top part of the Levante beach front, with a police escort before parking up and enjoying some well deserved refreshments at the White Lion. Jaime – proprietor of the White Lion arranged a police escort from the motorway toll and closure of Calle Bilbao, to enable everyone to come and admire the many customized cars.

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Negative press for Benidorm

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The last few days have not been very positive for the resort press-wise – with the usual red top tabloids splashing totally false sensational headlines, obviously to sell more copies! Today’s issue of The Scottish Sun, with “Murder on Hen-Do” has to take the gold medal… but as the saying goes, never let the truth get in the way of a good story! The Spanish press reports that in all probability it was a tragic accident...

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