Laine's Alcaidesa Newsletter - 04.09.2007
Another month has passed by and again I have been reading the local newspapers.
I must admit there does not seem anything really exciting in them this month but I shall at least make an effort to tell you a few local stories.
Firstly, I have found a good Sky Engineer so if you need your Sky connected just email. We can arrange connection of a Free to Air Digital Box at a really good price. This has more than enough for you to watch including all the BBC and ITV channels with no monthly subscription charges.
New International School for San Roque
From the SUR in English:-
Acting Mayor, José Antonio Ledesma, announced that San Roque could have a second international school within two years following the council giving the go ahead to a tendering process for the construction and management of the school on municipal land in the San Roque Club area.
The successful bidder will have the right to manage the school, which will be built on land measure nearly 6,000 square metres, for a period of 40 years. The conditions in the tender document include the requirement to have at least four infant education units, six primary education units and eight secondary education units. The successful bidder will have 18 months to complete the construction and open the schools doors to pupils. Ledesma said that the project was significant in that it would meet the growing educational demand in the area.
New Marina - Update
From The Resident:-
Costain Group PLC said Alcaidesa Servicios, a Spanish development company in which it holds a 50 pct interest, has been granted consent to build a yacht marina and commercial centre at La Linea de la Concepcion, next to the border with Gibraltar.
The company has been granted a 30-year concession by the Port Authority of Algeciras for a 286,000 square metre area, in which Alcaidesa will develop an 800-berth marina and 14,000 square metre retail zone, as well as a 763-space car park and 20,000 square metre yacht repair facility. The marina is within the existing sea wall of the Bay of Algeciras, close to the town centre and only a few minutes walk from Gibraltar airport.
Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain, commented We are delighted to have been awarded the concession, which expands our property development activities in Spain as well as our presence in the Marine sector. The marina is ideally located to meet the forecast growth in demand for yacht berths, boosted recently by the opening up of Gibraltar airport to flights from Spain and elsewhere in Europe. This is likely to increase even further once the new terminal and runway extension has been built.
Construction is expected to start in early 2008, Costain said.
Is Spain Still Cheap?
Well that depends; if you smoke then yes it is, Spain is a very cheap place to do so and also for alcohol. Tobacco costs 36 per cent less then the EU and the price of alcohol is 19 per cent less. I do not smoke, so that is no help to me but yes I do like the glass of white wine. Just to let you know out of interest Ireland is at the top of the list for the highest alcohol and the most expensive place to fill your shopping trolley is Denmark.
San Roque Restaurant included in Michelin Food Guide 2007
The El Guardarnes Restaurant in San Roque is now in the prestigious Michelin Food Guide so maybe worth a trip next time you are visiting Alcaidesa.
Amphibious Wheelchairs for Alcaidesa Beach
I have also read that Alcaidesa Beach has just received two new amphibious Wheelchairs to allow the disabled to enjoy the beach. I think this is really good but do wonder how they work? Do they actually go into the sea, I am quite interested to see one of them and hope they do help the disabled to enjoy our lovely beach.
I was reading an article about Lavender and picked up a couple of good tips.
1. Sunburn - Simply mix with a little vegetable oil or dilute in mineral water and spray the affected area.
2. Bites - Just a few drops of lavender will very quickly alleviate the discomfort of stings and bites from mosquitoes or other insects.
Hairdresser in Alcaidesa
My Best Kept Secret
Well Ladies, I have learnt that we have a celebrity amongst us, would you believe that the Hairdresser that does Jilly Coopers hair (well she is one of the people who he looks after) lives here in Alcaidesa.
Each month he goes over to London to attend to his A List Clients. Second thoughts, maybe this is one little gem I should keep just to myself.
Jelly Fish for Sale
To finish on a light-hearted feature, I heard about the enterprising young lads selling Jelly Fish to people priced at 1.00 euro each.
Would you believe people are actual buying them for pets and these lads are doing rather well.
However, one lady came back and made a complaint. You should have told me what to feed them on Would you know what to feed them on? Think I will stick to my three gold fish won at the La Linea Fair.
My first gold fish was won last year and is still doing well and my goodness how it has grown, My second two were won this July by my grandchildren and I had to then go and buy a bigger fish tank. They live very well at my house considering they were only fair ground gold fish!!!!! (OK I will show you a picture of them happily swimming in their new tank)
Bye for now,
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