Yesterday the Union Jack Golf Society held their Open at the Villaitana Golf Resort, on the Poniente course in Benidorm.An incredible 38 participants took part, meeting at 9am for a 9.30am tee-off. I must say you have to be very keen to be up and ready to play at that early hour.... the Benidorm skyline was shrouded in mist as I stood on the green, wrapped up in my scarf and jumper!
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Back in September I wrote an article about local businessman David Craig, owner of Kings Food located in Alfaz del Pi who was interviewed for the BBC documentary "This World".The episode, called "The Great Spanish Crash" was broadcast last Sunday evening (16th) at 7pm on BBC 2.Having been involved in part of the research process with director Alicia Arse, I watched and listened with great interest.... it is worth trying to catch it on iPlayer
If you have wondered down the Avd Europa this week, you would be forgiven if you thought that the economy is out of recession. The reason being that there are construction noises coming from the concrete shell of what "one day" will become Benidorm´s state of the art Cultural Centre.The Calle Ibiza, running alongside the construction site was blocked to traffic as a crane stood in the middle of the road hoisting giant beams up.
Motorway tolls will rise yet again on 1st January 2013 - making it the third rise in less than a year! The prices went up by a whooping 7.5% last July then again on 1st September when the new IVA rates came into effect, pushing it up a further 3% as the rate went from 18% to 21%. Now there is to be yet another increase.
Christmas is traditionally a time of giving and 3 separate initiatives in Benidorm have been set up with this in mind.Yesterday, 100 Harley Davidson bikers dressed up as Santa´s, rode into Benidorm bearing gifts! For the fifth consecutive year, the Costa Blanca Chapter bought gifts for the children of the Emaus homes with money raised by its members. They roared through Albir and Alfaz before heading to the main Town Hall
Today (Saturday) and tomorrow there is a Christmas craft market on the Plaza Mayor, the main square of La Nucia - just in front of the church and Town Hall building.The aim of the weekend is to raise funds which will go towards the local charity food bank, helping those families in the town that are struggling financially... which unfortunately is many.It will be open until 10pm today and on Sunday from 10am until 8pm in the evening.
November figures for traffic passing through Alicante´s El Altet airport have been released and show a 5.9% increase - 2972 flights used the airport. The total number of passengers that walked through the airport over the month came to just over half a million, the exact figure being 519,746.It comes as no surprise to hear that the British are the biggest customers, with a 2.2% increase on last years November figure
Starting today, police in Benidorm are launching a drink drive crackdown following the arrest of 12 drivers over the weekend, all of whom "far exceeded the maximum rates". The detainees, mostly young women, were charged with drinking under the influence of alcohol and face sentences of between 3-6 months in prison! All drivers were pulled over due to their "erratic" driving and three were involved in accidents ...
Back in July of last year, I reported that the derelict buildings, known as "Edificia Las Terrazas" which stood on the corner of the Avd Mediterraneo and Avd Europa were being demolished. The majority were bulldozed but one building remained - the one which housed the electricity transformer which provided power to the surrounding properties.
As Spain celebrated Constitution Day yesterday, opposition leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba was asking for an amendment to the Spanish Constitution regarding healthcare. At present the Constitution mentions medical attention as being a right for all residents in an "advisory" manner only... more or less meaning that everyone is entitled to emergency care.
As from 1st January 2013, the Spanish Government is to raise taxes on cigarettes - BUT only on the cheaper brands! Seems bizarre.... The PP Parliamentary group in the Senate has introduced a minimum tax to apply to cigarettes, cigars and rolling tobacco. The tax increase will add an extra 18 cents onto the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes, but may end up somewhat higher.
Last night, Pharmacists voted unanimously to accept the revised payment plan after 24 days of closure, resulting in an estimated loss of 14 million euro worth of sales. The decision was taken by the majority: 409 in favor, 36 against and 30 abstained.When the strike action started, the Generalitat Valenciana (local Government) owed pharmacists in the province 450 million euros.
The UK Government is looking to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol as part of a drive to tackle problem and binge drinking, which has become a major issue especially among the younger generation. But for some reason it predominantly affects the British youngsters - take a look around Benidorm, you rarely see any other nationalities drunk and out of control!
Back in October, Ryanair wrote a letter to Aena, the airport operator at El Altet Alicante offering to increase frequency of existing flights and create new routes on the understanding they they removed the mandatory use of airbridges. They gave them a deadline of 15th November, which was extended until the following Monday and have now had a response. The answer is NO!