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  • How to Volunteer Abroad

    Published November 1st, 2017 by PSS International Removals
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    The world’s your oyster if you want to volunteer abroad. You can follow an existing passion, or try your hand at something new. Among the many volunteering opportunities available in Europe are projects helping in community centres and hostels; assisting with conservation programs; and supporting teaching staff at summer camps.

    Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes…

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  • No Ordinary Expat: Stevie Spit, the Army Brat from Glasgow who is now Queen of the Costa Blanca

    Published May 31st, 2017 by Sandra Piddock
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    Many of the expats I speak to as Sandra In Spain reinvent themselves when they move to the Costa Blanca, but drag artiste, singer, disc jockey, actor and comedian Stevie Spit has always been an entertainer. In fact on 4 July, he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his first professional gig. Like most women – even part time ones – he’s coy about his age, but since he’s never done anything else but entertain, and everything is still nice and firm – Oooh Matron! – it’s fair to say he’s spent his life in showbiz.

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  • The Cucaracha Club 2: The Route of All Evil is taking shape

    Published May 31st, 2017 by Sandra Piddock
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    Regular readers will know that I’ve been busy promoting an independently made spy thriller – ‘The Cucaracha Club’ – which was made entirely on location in and around Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca. May was a great month for the film – it received its UK premiere at the Darlington Arts Festival, and the first public cinema showing took place at Cines IMF in Torrevieja. Both screenings were well received by the audiences, and the production company are now in negotiations with cinema chains in Europe and America to bring the film to wider audiences before it goes to DVD.

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  • Guernica 80 years on

    Published May 31st, 2017 by Sandra Piddock
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    It’s 80 years since the Germans bombed the Basque town of Guernica in what was effectively a dress rehearsal for the Luftwaffe air strikes of World War II. The town was decimated by the bomb strike on Monday 26 April, 1937. It was market day, and everyone was out in the open. Contemporary estimates said that around 1,650 people lost their lives or were badly wounded, out of a population of around 10,000, but modern historians believe that the true figure for fatalities is nearer 200. The atrocity was commemorated in Pablo Picasso’s famour mural, Guernica, which has attained iconic status for its stark representation of man’s inhumanity to man.

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  • How to Help Your Children Settle Abroad

    Published May 3rd, 2017 by PSS International Removals
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    Along with great excitement and opportunities, moving abroad with a family can also throw up issues, especially if children are uncertain or anxious about the change.

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  • How to enjoy the sun if you have lupus or other skin conditions

    Published April 30th, 2017 by Sandra Piddock
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    I was diagnosed with Lupus 20 years ago, yet I live in Spain and enjoy the sunshine as much as anyone else. For those who don’t know, lupus is an auto-immune disease, similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis, but it affects the organs as well as the joints, and of course, the skin is the largest organ in the body. So how can you enjoy the sunshine and protect your skin if you have lupus or other chronic skin conditions?

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  • The many health benefits of olive oil

    Published April 30th, 2017 by Sandra Piddock
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    The Mediterranean Diet – perceived by many medical experts as one of the most healthy diet plans around – is based around olive oil. This knowledge is nothing new, since Hippocrates – the father of modern medicine – extolled the health properties of olive oil around 400 years before the birth of Christ. If you don’t fully understand the health benefits of switching to olive oil, here are just some of them to get you thinking

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  • Why I believe Spanish food is the best in the world

    Published April 30th, 2017 by Sandra Piddock
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    I may be biased, but I do believe Spanish food offers the best eating experiences in the world. It’s based around the healthy principles of the Mediterranean Diet, so it’s good for your heart, and your figure. That’s because it’s high in fibre and antioxidants, and low in saturated fats, although emphasis is placed on healthy monounsaturated fats such as olive oil. There’s lots of lean protein too, in the shape of chicken, rabbit and oily fish such as sardines and tuna.

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  • Big is better when it comes to canned tuna

    Published April 1st, 2017 by Sandra Piddock
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    One of the many great things about living in Spain is the fish counter in every supermarket. There’s a wide choice of fish, at reasonable prices, and the friendly, helpful staff will prepare it for cooking if you ask. However, it’s not always convenient to serve up fresh fish. Sometimes you want a quick, convenient healthy snack or meal, and that’s where canned tuna comes in. Most people keep a few cans of tuna in the store cupboard, but I discovered long ago that bigger is better, and when it comes to buying canned tuna, it’s best to Go Grande for a number of reasons.

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  • Arroz de Ayuno: Giving up meat for Lent has never been so enjoyable!

    Published April 1st, 2017 by Sandra Piddock
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    Lots of people decide to give up something for Lent, whether it’s alcohol, fast food, chocolates or something else. Here in Spain, Arroz de Ayuno – known as fasting rice – is traditionally eaten during Lent. (La Cuaresma) Go native and do as the Spanish do and avoid eating meat during Lent. The great thing about this dish is that it has a great flavour, so you don’t actually miss having meat in the meal. Think paella without the chicken, pork or rabbit and you’ve got the idea.

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