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  • What the Brexit means for Brits in Spain

    Published July 1st, 2016 by Martin Dell
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    In light of the UK’s recent vote to leave the EU, Brits abroad are understandably nervous about their standing. We consulted with the people of Kyero to get their opinion

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  • Easy home made lemonade

    Published July 1st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Most of the orange and lemon trees on the Costa Blanca are bare now, but there are, as always, plenty available in the markets and supermarkets at ridiculously cheap prices. Lemons are good for much more than seasoning paella or livening up your gin and tonic, so here’s an idea for you.

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  • Protein alternatives when the heat is on

    Published July 1st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Summer’s here, and that means high temperatures here in Spain, which probably means you don’t want to eat a lot. If you’re starting to get fed up of salads, and feel the need for some protein, but not the sluggish feeling after eating a huge steak when the mercury is hitting the 40 mark, what can you do? Well, there are plenty of alternatives available.

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  • An Expat’s Guide to a Brexit

    Published July 1st, 2016 by Foreign Currency Direct
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    The news of a Brexit will likely raise some questions for you as you plan your big move abroad. You may have already made the move and feel concerned that your rights as an expat are at risk. These questions are perfectly sound, given the uncertainty a Brexit has, and will cause, over the coming years.

    We have covered the potential outcomes of a Brexit in our previous article and would like to reiterate that during the process of divorce from the EU – known as Article 50, your rights remain intact, and given the relationship the UK has with the EU, these rights could remain regardless of the outcome.

    Before you make any decisions, let’s look at some of the facts and try to make sense of the uncertain times ahead.

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  • The Blair Witch Project' with sun: How 'The Cucaracha Club' came to be made

    Published July 1st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    If you were in Torrevieja in the summer of 2015, it’s quite possible you were on the scene to see cinema history in the making. Especially if you happened to be down by the Marina, watching the Blues Brothers strutting their stuff, closely followed by local comedian and drag artiste Stevie Spit, resplendent in a red chiffon gown and high heels. More alarmingly, maybe you were there when two guys on jet skis packing guns and wearing skeleton masks roared into the Marina demanding fuel. You didn’t dream it – you were part of the fulfillment of the 30 year dream of Billie Anthony Gaddess – actor, screenwriter, Torrevieja home owner and the driving force behind the community produced film ‘The Cucaracha Club.’

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  • Parking or camping? Staying motor home friendly in Spain

    Published June 3rd, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Europe – and particularly Spain – is much more motor home friendly than the UK. There are very few height barriers, and if you take up two or even three parking spaces, nobody seems bothered. Also, there are lots of places where you can pitch up for free – or ‘wild camp’ as it’s called in the trade. However, as with all things, there are people who will take advantage, and then the police will be called in to move them along, and maybe impose a hefty fine too.

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  • Shopping experience: Poundshop.com

    Published June 3rd, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    One of the (very) few things I miss about England – along with spring flowers, and all the green fields, which of course, need lots of rain, which I don’t miss – is hitting the Pound Shops. That’s those hallowed halls where everything is just £1 (or even 99p) so you don’t have to ask the price. When we return to the UK for our two month summer sojourn, I usually bring back so much stuff from Poundland the 99p Shop and any other cheapie shop I happen to spot, there’s barely room for Tony and Paddy in the motor home. Now there is a sort-of Poundland in Spain – Dealz shops charge €1.50 an item and are the nearest equivalent. However, the nearest one to us is in Alicante, which means leaving Paddy home alone for far too long. But help is at hand, because Poundshop.com now ships to Spain, as well as many other countries in Europe.

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  • No Ordinary Expats: Jim Barry and Jan Cave Barry, the ‘Man of Action’ and the ‘Woman of Faith’

    Published May 31st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    People move to Spain for all sorts of reasons, and often turn to something different in their new life in the sun, but it’s unlikely that too many of them possess such extraordinary talents as Jan Cave Barry and Jim Barry, or have such a prosaic reason for moving.

    ‘We were fed up with the weather in Ireland,’ says Jim, who hails from Dublin and now lives with Jan in Torrevieja. Lots of people carve out new lives for themselves when they move over to Spain, and Jim and Jan are no exceptions. However, this is not just a case of giving up the office job and trying their hand at writing to pass their time in retirement. Singer, songwriter and performer Jim is now a successful artist, while Jan has morphed from dancer and theatrical performer to children’s author and artist, although she modestly describes her particular brand of art as ‘daubing.’

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  • Alternatives to alcohol in Spain

    Published May 3rd, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    One of the many advantages of living in Spain is the low tax on alcohol, which means that you don’t need to take out a second mortgage to have a good night out at the bar, or sit and nurse one drink for hours. However, it has its disadvantages too – the fact that booze is so cheap and readily available can mean that you drink more than is good for your health. And with the summer fast approaching, that nice cold beer that seems so inviting could be making matters worse, as alcohol has a dehydrating effect. Also, remember that drink driving limits may be more stringent in Spain than in your home country.

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  • Home made lemon curd recipe

    Published May 2nd, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    This year, for the first time ever, we had about 50 lemons on our tree in the garden. It’s a big improvement on last year’s three, but you do have to think hard about how to use them. After all, there are only so many gin and tonics you can drink and still have a healthy liver! After making preserved lemons, and fresh lemonade, I decided to try an old favourite from my childhood – home made lemon curd.

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