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THE OLIVE KILLER HAS ARRIVED

This month I have serious news – the olive killer, xylella, has reached Spanish ground, specifically the Balearics and it can´t be long before it reaches the mainland. Sadly another 'plague' that could destroy a whole way of life, a huge industry and the wonderful look of our countryside. Xylella is a bacteria; a silent but serial killer. And it doesn´t only affect olives, though this is the most impacted host plant to date. It is known to attack some 300 species of trees and shrubs including sweet orange, almonds, cherry, vine and many ornamentals such as oleander, polygala, Spanish broom, periwinkle and mimosa and this diversity is, of course, where the real problem lies.

BISTRO 6

Bistro 6, just down from Plaza Vendimia has been newly taken over by Gilly and Gary who are both well known in the village of Competa. Gary is an extremely talented chef and Gilly is a likeable, personable and an efficient front of house. They really do make a perfect combination to run a business. Gary is not new to running his own business as he has run his own restaurants and bars on and off throughout his career. Gary graduated from Chef School at Southport University 40 years ago where he trained under the Roux Brothers heading. He explained he was trained in French which was usual in those days to gain chefs qualification. After graduating, Gary went on to work in London for 25 years. He opened Coconut Grove both in London and Marbella. Also, for 7 years Gary ran his own Bar and Brassiere in Brixton. Then friends asked him to chef at their restaurant El Parador in London, a Spanish tapas restaurant with famous clientele such as Ken Livingston and Bjork.

HOW WRITING MIGHT JUST TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE

We probably communicate through written language every day, but when is the last time you put pen to paper and really wrote something? And no, I'm not talking about emails or correspondence or tweets or facebook posts or the weekly shopping or to do list. Okay, some people keep a regular journal, but if it's been a while since you got creative on the page, it might be time to kick-start your practice because writing and creativity have been linked to a number of benefits for both body and mind. Write It Don't Type It If you're always glued to your computer screen or smart-phone, then take some time out and step away from the keyboard, because although typing has become our main way of putting our thoughts down in print, using a pen or pencil has a number of well-documented benefits.

REGISTERING A PROPERTY FOR TOURIST USE

Since May 11, 2016 all property located in a residential area that is regularly offered through marketing or promotion channels to tourists for rental at a price, (i.e. travel agencies, mediators or organizing companies, or through any media giving the possibility of making a reservation or booking), is considered housing for tourism. TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION: Complete properties: The maximum permitted sleeping capacity for each property is of 15 people at any one time Bed and Breakfast /Rooms: The owner must reside in the property and cannot sleep more than 6 people at any one time In both cases the maximum occupation per room should not exceed 4 people. REQUIREMENTS: 1.Occupation Licence or Certificate of Habitability 2.All rooms must have direct ventilation from outside or from a patio, and must have some means of darkening. 3.The accommodation must be sufficiently furnished and equipped to meet the immediate requirements of the number of people specified 4.If the rental period includes dates in the months from May to September (inclusive), a fixed cooling device must be provided or if the rental period includes dates in the months from October to April (inclusive), then heating must be provided. 5.First aid kit 6.Provide: information and operating instructions for all appliances; tourist information; and telephone numbers for queries and incidents. 7. All properties must have a “Complaints and Claims Book” readily available with a corresponding prominently displayed wall notice. 8.The accommodation must be clean for the arrival and at the exit of clients 9.Bedding, linen, household goods in general should be supplied 10.Information on internal rules for use of the facilities and for the community.

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