Author: Aoife Leddy

Summer is cooler in the North

BURGOS, SANTANDER & LOGROÑO Burgos is a city which has seen the presence of notorious warriors like Napoleon Bonaparte, The Duke of Wellington, and many of the Catholic monarchs. A city which has played a major role in the history of Spain . What a pleasant surprise therefore to find a beautifully built, well preserved old city, with sturdy old stone walls, an ancient city gate, magnificent cathedral and beautiful tree lined walkways along banks of the river Arlanzon. All this sitting below a medieval castle which sits astride the hilltop overlooking the city. As our hotel is based...

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Barefoot charity walk

Barefoot and raising money Mother and daughter on barefoot walk A 34 year-old woman and her two-year-old daughter arrived in Torrevieja on 3rd January on their journey from Barcelona to Gibraltar. Not only are they completing this journey on foot by they are doing it barefoot. Their very long walk began in Barcelona 53 days ago and together they will ultimately cover more than a thousand kilometres. The purpose of this gruelling trek is to raise money to buy shoes for children in Nairobi. Ilse Longuet and her daughter Helinah have been enjoying the past few days of mild...

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Aunty Virus

Pat via email asks: Hi Aunty I recently lost connection to my wireless printer and have been advised that it’s the HP printer drivers on my laptop. Is this something I can fix myself or is this too complicated for a novice? Aunty Says: Hi Pat. Downloading and installing the latest driver for your printer may well fix the problem and it’s not too tricky to do this so certainly give it a go. You will simply need to go to the support section on the HP website and enter the model number of your printer and download the driver package.  Follow the installation wizard and your wifi printing  should resolve itself. Bill via email asks: Hello  Aunty. After last months storms my internet TV box stopped working and my TV supplier suggested I buy a Surge Protector plug for both the TV and my laptop. Today I was advised by my local computer shop that they had never heard of people needing surge plugs! What are your thoughts and advice on the matter please? Aunty Says: Hello Bill. Surge Protectors are necessary here in Spain as the mains electricity can be a bit unstable but you should really pay around €30 and invest in a fairly decent one. I’ve always liked Belkin and some of their models offer insurance so they must be fairly confident that they do...

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Reassurance on expat healthcare

The third Health Tourism Forum meeting took place in the private Hospital Quirón on the afternoon of Wednesday 23rd November. A number of experts were there including Francisco Fiestras, the managing director of the Hospital Quirón, Pedro Heredia, lawyer from Heredia & Pellicer,  Victoria Abad, the international director, Antonio González, general director of the newspaper La Verdad, Eduardo Dolón the deputy of Tourism of the Diputación de Alicante and HELP Vega Baja president, Michele Masson. The general message was that people should stay calm and not panic. It was pointed out that Spain is the second health provider of...

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All change at RBL Orihuela Costa   The Royal British Legion Orihuela Costa and District Branch held its Annual General Meeting recently, attended by the Chairman of District North Nigel Hails. Long serving Chairman Keith Carter stood down along with committee members Peter and Jean Breen, Pam Armatage and Sheila Asbury. These were replaced by Kevin Reardon, who is serving his second term in the chair, along with Ann Faulkner, Sandie Coates, Jean Heald, Malcolm Cavendish and Shirley Johnson, while members Eddie Coleman, Tony Blackband and Dave Cottom continue in their current roles while Pastor Keith Brown remains as...

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