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Lost your passport in Benidorm ? What next .....

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So you've finally arrived for your long awaited 2 week holiday in Benidorm/Altea/Albir. You've relaxed on the beautiful beaches, sampled the tapas, enjoyed the nightlife and wearily embark on the packing and last minute cigarette purchases only to discover that you can't find your passport!!!!! Panic stricken you empty everything inside out but to no avail ..... what do you do next ? ( a large Vodka is not the correct answer)

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Sand sculptures on Benidorm beach

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If you thought building sand castles was childs play then you haven't been to Levante beach in Benidorm ! As you take a stroll along the front, dotted along the length of the promenade you will be astonished to find the most beautifully designed sand sculptures.The details are amazing ......"Sand Castle" ... literally!The above sculpture of a castle, complete with moats, bridges and water fountains took two men 15 days to craft .

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Tapas in Benidorm .....

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If you are fed up of pie & chips and fancy a taste of real Spain then head to "Tapas Alley" in the Old Town. It is so named because the entire street is made up of tapas bars! The biggest and busiest is  "La Cava Aragonesa" which has a constant stream of visitors - both locals and tourists. The word "tapas" is derived from the Spanish verb taper - meaning "to cover".

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Live at Ricky Tomlinson's shoot in Benidorm

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Ricky's latest music single " I speak no Spaniardo"  is available NOW to download on i-tunes. He, alongside the production team and fans were  at "The village Pub" in Benidorm this morning filming a video to go alongside the release. The lyrics have been written & produced by Patrick Ahere, brother of Caroline and Maurice Cheetham who have the record label "Millie On Air"

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Mobilty scooter safety in Benidorm.

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Following an article in the British Press about the menace of mobilty scooters I decided to look into the matter. A pensioner in the UK was seriously injured when a mobilty scooter crashed into her - leaving her with a broken hip and badly fractured thigh bone. She is now calling for a change in the law to force drivers to take out insurance. This was actually raised back in 2004 by a LibDem MP who stated that "motorised wheelchairs need to be governed by more regulations.

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Madge & Co back for 5th series of Benidorm.

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It has been confirmed that ITV are to make a 5th series of the hugely popular "Sun, Sangria & Sex" award winning sitcom. This will be great news for all fans of "Benidorm" and especially as veteran actress Joan Collins has let it be known that she would love a cameo role following in the footsteps of Cilla Black, Sue Pollard and Denise Welsh amongst many - it has become somewhat of a cult to appear in the show ......

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Trouble at Ryanair ... again!

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Ryaniar are once again on the warpath - this time with the Spanish airport authority, AENA. AENA are insisting that the airline must comply with new rules that state passengers’ rights to carry their duty free purchases  in addition to their handluggage. Many a time flying out of Alicante I have witnessed passengers trying to stuff their duty free into their 1 piece of small luggage.

Air-side at the new Alicante airport - gateway to Benidorm!

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Well it's big - the new duty free shop at Alicante airport ! The check-in desks are easy to locate and then you go through security - which is on the far left hand side. One thing to say is that there are many more x-ray machines and scanners which are far more sensitive; the sunglasses perched on my head set the alarm off! Once you get through the security area you have to go through the "Duty Free" shop to get to the departure gates. Now, be warned .... duty free indeed!

New Alicante airport opens .... the gateway to Benidorm !

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Following years of building and afew million euro's (629 to be precise) the new state of the art Alicante Airport terminal has finally opened.  You pass the old terminal 1 building and drive straight on - keeping to the right if you want departures / drop off zone. Unlike the old drop off zone this new terminal has numerous parking bays - but again it is only a drop off zone so don't leave your car for too long unattended. 

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Burning of the fallas in Benidorm

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The ceremony of  the "Crema" burning of the fallas at the Rincon de Loix was looked down upon by the lights of Vicentes pubs, Subway and Burger King.  As the Bomberos (fire engine) truck approached, the crowds started to swell, in anticipation of the final act. The local police tried to push the crowds back away from the display telling spectators they will get hot and wet but to no availe.

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Benidorm Fallas

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The Fallas are a traditional Valencian celebration in honour of St Joseph. The term "falles" refers to both the celebration and the monuments created during this time. The biggest and best celebrations occur in Valencia, the birthplace but many towns in the Valencian community have there own parties. These photographs show the amazing fallas createdin Valencia  last year..... many stood at more than 20 metres in height !

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Madge-mania hits Benidorm !

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Following the success of the award winning ITV series "Benidorm", the town has become a mecca for those retired Brits in their sunset years heading for Benidorm to let down their blue-rinsed hair in the hundreds of thousands. Endevouring to follow in the footsteps of their on-screen idol Madge, the streets of Benidorm have been turned into a motorway of pensioners on mobility scooters!

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Carnival in Benidorm

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If you can't get to Rio to see the Mardi Gras carnival then the Carnival in Benidorm is your next best bet. The traditional carnival celebrates the beginning of Lent and the parade is held on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, this year being 5th March. The main street leading up to the Town Hall Square were awash with locals and tourists jossling for pole position to see the amazing procession. Massive speakers had been erected along the entire route ...

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Union Jack Bar in Benidorm helps EMAUS

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Last Saturday 26th February Pat and Ted of the Union Jack Bar in Benidorm organized a charity event to support Emaus.Emaus was founded in 1979 in Altea and  deals with children that have been taken into care because of the impossible family environment they were living in. At present Emaus runs 8 childrens shelters, occupational workshops and a counselling service. The children's shelters have nearly 80 children living in them.

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