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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tornado and "Got Fria" storms cause havoc in Gandia

A tornado to hit tonight Gandia has led a total of 50 injured, 15 of them seriously, according to the latest official data. Strong winds and heavy rains tonight have uprooted trees and knocked down a portion of the big wheel at the Gandia city fair, which has caused dozens of minor injuries, as reported by the Councillor for Public Safety, Javier Reig.

Ferris Wheel Collapse in Gandia Fair
 The rain has flooded the fairgrounds, was accompanied by strong wind, and a truck overturned onto  other cars that were parked. According to Javier Reig, the storm has formed a small tornado that barely lasted a minute. Most of the fair facilities also have been damaged by the strong winds.
Ferris Wheel Collapse in Gandia Fair
Javier Reig added that the rain and the wind uprooted trees and left the area completely flooded. Elsewhere in the city of Gandia, combining the wind has ripped the corrugated roof of a car dealership has fallen on some parked vehicles.
Oliva has also seen damages.
Piles has been flooded in many low areas and the neighbors have had to bail the water that entered their houses with buckets.
In Oliva, Local Police evacuated the sports hall in which dozens of people were shelerting, for fear that the roof becomes detached due to the strong air, according to the mayor, David Gonzalez.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ridley Scott filming in Monte Pego, Alicante, Valencia

The mystery surrounding the Ridley Scott film that starts filming in Alicante has been clarified.

The director of Blade Runner has chosen a villa in Pego shoot some of the scenes of this thriller .

They are filming "The Counselor" due for release November 2013

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

'The Counselor' stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz and is directed by Ridley Scott

Go hours of drinking glasses", stated yesterday morning a neighbor of the Monte Pego, who lives opposite the luxury villa where British filmmaker Ridley Scott shot some scenes of his film director. He had not yet set the clock at ten in the morning when dozens of extras gave life to a pool party filled with muscular bodies, sculpted female figures and the odd-looking businessman gangster. It's a pool party at the home of a drug dealer in which he appears on stage for the first time in Alicante, the Spanish actor Javier Bardem.

The film, which started filming yesterday in the province's father Alien and Gladiator, tackles the story of a failed lawyer who goes into the world of drug trafficking. Responsible for giving life to this character is the actor Michael Fassbender, who was one of the first to be seen by this luxury development located between El Verger and Pego. The protagonist started rolling early fresher than a rose, despite the Monday night plopped down in the center of Alicante, took some vodka tonic at the hotel and passed through the casino to play blackjack with teammates. No doubt Fassbender is an SUV, no airs divo and open to exchanging jokes between takes with other team members.

Can not say the same for his co-star, Cameron Diaz, whose escort, as stated some extras abroncó a person who was on set for take a picture. The U.S. was not facing the camera until after three o'clock. Always accompanied by a huge green umbrella to avoid paparazzi snapshots of some who went to Monte Pego. The star of There's Something About Mary, that never stopped drinking green tea, looked in punishing female and mysterious black dress shirt with a sleeve tattoo discovered to wear a leopard and a blond hair with black streaks.
One scene was stellar when he left with Javier Bardem on stage, fully characterized with spiky black hair, vintage sunglasses, light blue shirt and pants, a cross between bad Japanese national sport gear. The Spaniard, who plays a drug dealer, dropped into a chair and waited there for his girl-leopard.

Each scene and each shot were maintained by Scott and cinematographer Dariusz Wolski to the millimeter. The preparation of each sequence was eternal retakes and strong winds complicated the shooting, which involved over 60 extras, arrived from Alicante and Benidorm on buses. The first had to get up early because they were collected at 5.45 am, and sent home 12 hours later. Ridley Scott congratulated them for their involvement in the shooting, which ended in applause.
The house where several scenes were filmed yesterday Swiss-owner that he won the lottery, which was in the house during shooting, was rented for more than $ 10,000 the day as residents of the village said. It is located at the top of the hill on which is built the residential, boat-shaped and a huge yard with a pool full of which enjoyed some nice extras.

To get an idea of ​​the level of this blockbuster is not necessary to see movie stars. Only with the deployment of trucks, caravans, luxury cars and mobile restaurants could imagine someone there filming the likes of Ridley Scott, which provides rolling ten days in the province.

No news from Brad Pitt, who already seems clear that not participating in the scenes filmed in Alicante, sources said that filming Penelope Cruz is expected soon in Alicante. The Madrid-born actress, who yesterday was at the Festival of San Sebastian told reporters that although shared credits with Javier Bardem in The counselor has no plane with her husband.
"We do not have any scenes together, so I can not say how it was back to roll with it. All my scenes are with Michael Fassbender and Cameron Diaz, "he said yesterday at the press conference to be reborn, Sergio Castellito, competing for the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Cormac McCarthy follows closely the scenes
The writer of the counselor, the American writer Cormac McCarthy won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Road, also has moved to shooting in Alicante to monitor scenes. The writer of 81 years these days has chatted with the chef of the restaurant El Monastrell, María José San Román, who advised him, among his books, read Blood Meridian, which is more than satisfied. Also participating in the filming of the most prestigious other cinematographers, Dariusz Wolski, who has worked on Pirates of the Caribbean, The Crow or Prometheus, which some confuse with Brad Pitt twice.

Bars without terraces in the Town Hall
The producer of the Minister asked the bars and restaurants of the town hall square terraces withdraw next Friday between the hours of shooting the film. In return, the hoteliers are subsidized with 600 euros for not being able to use the tables in the street during the afternoon, as reported yesterday by some local officials, who acknowledged that "as it stands, compensates." The owners have had to sign a contract "with lots of clauses in which you agree not to take pictures or ask for image rights if your local then comes in the film, 'said one of them. Scott filmed in the municipality and nearby.

Monday, September 17, 2012

HELP of Denia and Marina Alta "Antiques Roadshow

Sunday 28th October 2012
10am to 3pm.
Organised by HELP of Denia and Marina Alta
The Art Centre Association Javea
At the Rui Rau, Jesus Pobre
Bring along your “family heirlooms” where experts will be on hand to value them
, at a cost of €3 per item or set.
All proceeds will go to HELP of Denia and Marina Alta
Food, Drinks and a Cake Stall.
Fabulous Raffle with prizes of Antiques.
For  more information contact
Lorely Griffiths on 966472049 or
The Help Centre 966427044

Sunday, September 2, 2012

10 best places to eat British food for British, overseas


When it comes to eating abroad, the Brits aren’t known for their adventurous appetite. While holidaying overseas, many bypass the foreign food altogether, opting instead for more familiar favourites. For those that prefer to stick to what they know whilst away from the Motherland, travel search site Skyscanner presents 10 of the best places to eat British abroad.

Scallops Restaurant, Javea, Spain
Receiving some 16 million UK visitors each year, Spain is our favourite place to holiday and with hundreds of Brit bars and restaurants to choose from, there’s no need to actually eat Spanish food whilst you’re there. Scallops Restaurant in Javea on the Costa Blanca epitomises British “cheap and cheerful” with some great deals for the hungry Briton (three course menus for about 9 Euros, including a bottle of wine per diner) and a great view over Arenal beach. But the best thing about Scallops Restaurant? Buy a meal, and you get a voucher for a free full English breakfast the next day! It’s as if you never left home. Find cheap flights to Spain

Spainsburys, Valencia, Spain
In what surely must be a breach of trademark - Spainsburys, based in Valencia, Spain, allows British expats, or just visiting tourists, to get their fill of familiar food, offering all the British greats including Marmite, Heinz Baked Beans and Tetley tea bags. But Spainsburys is more than just a little taste of home; the supermarket claims to be the centre of the international expat community with an extensive notice board advertising items for sale, book swaps and community news. You can even enjoy listening to British radio stations as you browse for your Branston pickle and rich tea biscuits. Find cheap flights to Spain

FrogPubs, France
Don’t be fooled by the amphibious name; FrogPubs are a British, (or more specifically, English) chain of seven pubs scattered throughout France, in Pairs, Toulouse and Bordeaux. The pubs even microbrew their own beer with some great names including: ‘Parislytic’, ‘Dark de Triomphe’ and our favourite ‘Inseine’. They also serve a variety of British meals and snacks, including the icon dish: Fish and chips, making them a popular place for both British expats and foreign tourists. Find cheap flights to France

Great Shakes, Corfu, Greece
Since 1986, Great Shakes on the Greek island of Corfu has been serving British tourists, expats and Greek locals a selection of food from the Motherland. When it comes to their pub grub, Great Shakes pride themselves on serving one of the Brits’ favourite foods: Indian. It also serves a range of non-Indian dishes such as steak and ale pie, scampi, and bangers and mash, and it can all be washed down with drinks from Blighty, including John Smith’s, Strongbow and Gordon’s Gin. Find cheap flights to Corfu

The Rising Sun, Tokyo, Japan
Westerners lost in translation in Tokyo need not worry about having to munch on raw fish or sip green tea; The Rising Sun - which claims the title of Tokyo’s oldest British pub - is a Victorian-style establishment adorned with traditional pub mirrors, signs, mugs and jugs. Serving a selection of classic British dishes such as shepherd’s pie, Welsh rarebit, and of course the all-day English breakfast, as well as London ale, Strongbow cider and London Pride, fussy foreigners need never go hungry in the Japanese capital ever again.

The Black Swan, Bangkok, Thailand
Claiming to be one of the ‘few authentic English pubs in Bangkok”, The Black Swan is a refuge for Brits wanting to dodge ping pong balls popping out of places they shouldn’t be. Stocked with classic British and Irish beers including John Smith’s and Kilkenny, the Black Swan offers a place to munch on Yorkshire pudding, pork pie, ploughman’s lunch and toad in the hole.

The Glen Scottish Restaurant, Kanata, Canada
Opened by Scottish immigrants in 1988, The Glen promises to be a “wee bit of Scotland” and diners are assured of a “warm Highland welcome”. Professing to serve the best fish and chips outside of Scotland (a strangely common claim), the restaurant also offers hearty soups, haggis, neeps and tatties. It has even been voted Kanata’s best restaurant 2007 and 2008 - so they are obviously doing something right.

English Tea House and Restaurant, Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia.
A trip back to Colonial times, The English Tea House is “housed in a meticulously renovated colonial house” allowing spectacular views of the town and Sandakan Bay. Guests can nibble on scones and clotted cream, English fish and chips and shepherd’s Pie. For the true English experience, you can even grab a mallet and play a game of croquet on the manicured lawn. Simply spiffing stuff!

British Sweets and Treats, Glebe, Sydney, Australia
For the Brits abroad down under, The British Sweets and Treats store in Sydney is a favourite of resident expats with a sweet tooth. From Bertie Basset’s liquorice allsorts, to humbugs, treacle toffee, black jacks, love hearts and even Blackpool rock, if Willy Wonker had an Australian outlet, this would be it.

Flanangan’s Irish Pub, Vienna, Austria
Irish pubs are like sand and Australians - they have a habit of getting everywhere. And yes, we know they’re Irish not British, but we just had to give Flanagan’s Irish pub in Vienna a special mention, because this Irish pub is more Irish than most Irish pubs outside of Ireland. No really. For centuries, this pub stood in the village of Church-town, County Cork, Ireland, serving the locals flagons of Irish stout and Kilkenny ale. Then one day, it was dismantled, transported to Vienna and reassembled brick by brick in the centre of the city, creating Vienna’s only genuine Irish pub. Now it serves Irish stout and Kilkenny ale to Viennese, British tourists and Irish expats.
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