Oops! Just typed a blog but seem to have lost it – it’s such a long time since I wrote anything here. Am intending to do better in future and write every week.

I’m still writing short stories and doing a few interviews. Hoping to go to the Hebrides in September and then write a few articles about that – much to the disgust of my dear husband, who says he likes big cities, not little, out of the way places like the Hebrides! Anyway, I’m going with my son, not him, so he won’t have suffer!

That’s all for now. Back next week.

 

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WRITER

Coming back to my blog after a long absence, I am now determined to write something here every week – no matter what! But I’ll be putting some short stories on and letting you know what is happening at Salon Varietes, the English-speaking theatre in Fuengirola, and at the U3A – both dear to my heart.

The next activity organised by FOTA (The Friends of the Theatre Association) is a Fashion Show at 1 30 pm on Thursday, the 2nd of June at La Farola restaurant, Fuengirola – E19.50 for a 3-course lunch with a glass of wine and the Fashion Show, with beautiful clothes from Pomodoro.

The final event before the theatre shuts for July and August is the Summer Ball at Valparaiso Restaurant (on the Mijas Road) on Friday, 24 June.

For more info or to make reservations for the above events, call in at the FOTA Desk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 30 am to 1 15 pm. Hope to see you there.

 

 

 

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FLU!

Well, here we are, seventeen days into the New Year and I have been coughing and spluttering and feeling dreadful for every single one of them – hope this isn’t a portent of things to come!

Anyway, the good news is that we should be moving back into our house very soon – maybe next week. So, hopefully, I’ll be able to get better organised and do more writing, walking and gardening.

I’m thinking of entering the Women’s Short Story Competition being run by Mslexia (mslexia.co.uk) – closing date 14 March 2016. Stories can be up to 2,200 words in length and on any subject. Entry fee is £10 per story, which seems rather a lot but the first prize is £2,000, which seems rather a lot!

Haven’t been out much so far this month, thanks to the flu, so can’t report on any goings on in Fuengirola – will try to rectify this situation as soon as possible.

Speak again soon!

 

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WELCOME TO 2016

As always, I started this blog with high hopes but soon lost interest and haven’t written anything for a long time. But, this is a new year and I intend to write a regular blog from now on – at least once a week.

What have I been doing while I haven’t been writing my blog? Joining the University of the Third Age (U3A) and taking part in the Walking in the Campo and Writing Short Stories sections. I enjoy the writing group a lot, but I’m not quite so sure about the walking – too many mountains to climb!

Have also been to the Salon Varietes (the theatre in the centre of Fuengirola) quite a lot, in my capacity as Secretary to Friends of the Theatre Association (FOTA) and to various FOTA lunches, as well as ushering at the Panto – Mother Goose. If you haven’t been to see it, do go – it’s excellent.

We move back to our house in Marbella in the middle of this month but I intend to keep coming to Fuengirola two or three times a week – there seems to be more happening here, compared to Marbella, so there should be more to write about. I hope so!

Anyway, that’s it for now. See you soon.

 

 

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30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

The biggest social event ever organised by FOTA and the Salon Varietes theatre in Fuengirola – THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT – took place on Saturday, 13 June, at the Auditorium in Mijas Pueblo.

The Concert – brainchild of Val Williams, President of Friends of the Theatre Association (FOTA), ably assisted by the FOTA Board, was months in the planning. A glossy magazine about the past 30 years of FOTA and the theatre was launched at the beginning of April, to great interest from the local media and FOTA members. A grand raffle was organised, for which some wonderful prizes were donated; all raffle proceeds (expected to be around 2,000 euros) will be given to CUDECA – the charity which runs the cancer hospice in Benalmadena and has done so much to help cancer sufferers and their families on the Costa del Sol over the years.

The concert, directed and produced by Johnny G, a well-known showman on the Costa, was a huge success and all 900 tickets were sold out. A cast of over 80 singers and dancers took part in the three-hour concert and all performed to an extremely high standard. Such was the variety and quality of the entertainment that the three hours seemed to pass in no time.

Mijas Ayuntamiento kindly permitted FOTA to stage the Concert in the open-air Auditorium free of charge and it was indeed a magnificent location, at the far end of Mijas Pueblo, surrounded by trees and mountains. The accoustics were excellent, the chairs were comfortable – more so than I had expected (I took a cushion with me but didn’t need to use it!), the weather was kind – things couldn’t have been better.

All in all, it was a superb evening and everyone I spoke to about it afterwards thoroughly enjoyed it. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 30 years for the next Concert!

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EL CAMINITO DEL REY

Went to the Tourist Office in Mijas Pueblo today in the hope of getting a seat on the free coach trip (courtesy of the powers-that-be in Malaga) to the caminito del Rey. No such luck! All 150 tickets have gone and they don’t know when the next free trip will be available. Ho hum! Could go privately, of course, but it all seems rather difficult to get there, eg the entrance near El Chollo train station is closed; if you go to the entrance near Alora the last 20 minutes of the drive there is along a narrow road which can only take one car at a time and there aren’t many (?any) passing/turning points. Think I’ll leave it until I can find smeone to go with!

Wanted to have lunch after visiting the tourist office but the pueblo was chocca with visitors, most of whom seemed to be Chinese or Japanese, and we couldn’t get a table anywhere that we fancied, so eventually abandoned the idea and went home for lunch.

A disappointing day altogether! But at least the sun is shining.

 

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SALON VARIETES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Life’s been hectic lately, mostly due to moving from Marbella to Fuengirola (or Los Boliches to be exact) but also helping to write/edit the 30th Anniversary magazine of the Salon Varietes theatre in the centre of Fuengirola.

We’re now more or less organised in our new home and have been trying out some nearby restaurants. Our favourite so far is La Langosta, Calle Francisco Cano 1, Los Boliches Tel: 952475049. We were most impressed with the ambience, the food and the service. At E16.90 for the evening menu del dia the price was good, too.

The 30th Anniversary magazine is fabulous – bright and colourful, with the right mix of articles and photographs. At just 2 euros, it’s great value for money and more than 700 copies have been sold so far. On sale in the theatre foyer each week-day from 11 30 am until 1 15 pm why not stop by the theatre next time you’re in Fuengirola and get a copy for yourself.

A huge concert will take place at Mijas Auditorium on Saturday, 13 June, to celebrate the 30th anniversary. Doors will open at 7 30 pm and the show will begin at 9 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the theatre box office, prices starting at 15 euros. You can read all about it in the magazine.

That’s all for now, but watch this space for more news about Fuengirola/Los Boliches and the Salon Varietes.

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