Christmas Markets on the Costa del Sol, Spain 2017

Post by: Gerarda on 28 Nov 2017

Christmas is just around the corner. I can hear the Hallelujah Chorus playing in my head from the many times I have either heard it being performed live, sung it in a choir myself, or listened to a recording of it. It is a reminder that the beautiful time of the year is upon us when people are kinder to each other, the light is just that little bit brighter and homes are starting to have that glorious scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. The aroma that says, Christmas cookies are in the oven.

It wouldn´t be Christmas without the traditional markets. Once again, the Costa del Sol is alive and buzzing with markets from Gibraltar to Malaga and many points in between selling everything from decorations to food.

If you are wondering when the markets are on then wonder no more. Have a look at the list below and arrange to meet your friends, taste the mulled wine and buy that special something you were looking for?


Date: December 6th – January 5th
Place: Entrance of Puerto Marina
Time: 11:00 – 20:00

Arroyo de la Miel / Benalmádena

Date: December 1st – 10th
Place: Plaza Austria


Date: December 3rd
Place: German School
Time: 14:00

Puerto Deportivo Marbella

Location: Muelle Teresa Zabell Wharf
Date: Every Sunday in December
Time: 12:00 -18:00


Date: December 23rd – 26th
Place: Palacio de Congresos, Marbella
Time: 11:00 – 22:00


Date: Month of December
Place: Palma de Majorca Avenue – Costa del Sol Square


Date: November 25
Place: Palacio de Congresos
Time: 11.00 – 15.00

Date: December 3rd
Location: The Kempinski Hotel, Bahia Estepona
Time: 16:00 – 19:00


Date: November 24th
Place: Calle Larios
Time: 19:00

Puerto Banús

Date: No date given
Place: Antonio Banderas Square

Categories: Christmas,Costa del Sol News,Marbella News,Puerto Banus News

Posted on Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 3:39 pm

Treats That Make Your Dentist Scream

Post by: Gerarda on 20 Oct 2016

The season of treats is upon us. That means your teeth and any ill-fitting crowns and bridges will be put to the test. What test? The sugar and sticky sweet test!

We all know the dangers of too much sugar: weight gain, an increased blood sugar level and cavities to name a few. As this is the season of Halloween and that means eating more sweets than usual, I will focus on sugar and the hazard it is to dental health. That sweet tooth you have, well the naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth also has a sweet tooth. In fact it loves sweets more than you do. This might actually turn you off your candy for a while, but as this bacteria is nourishing its sugar fix, it is doing nasty things to your teeth. The acid produced by the sugar lowers the pH level in your mouth, leaving you susceptible to a higher rate of tooth decay and tooth erosion.

Remember as a child when you tucked into those ultra-sticky treats? It took time to eat them as they became trapped between your teeth and wedged in any previously eroded parts of your teeth. You ate them just the same as they were so good. Since it took time to eat them, it gave bacteria more time to binge. That prolonged exposure to sugar meant that there was a perfect environment for the production of acid, leaving your teeth vulnerable.

Which sweets are the biggest offenders and give dentists the largest headaches?

Sour Candy
As well as an assortment of acids and artificial colors, you have the added bonus of 36 grams of sugar in a small package. And if that is not enough – what is in a name? Sour! Because they are sour, they have more than usual amounts of citric acid affording you even faster erosion of tooth enamel. Sour Candy

One of the biggest culprits in patients losing a crown, or having a bridge or an orthodontic wire come loose. A dozen of these sticky, delectable treats will also provide you with 32 grams of sugar.

Caramel toffee and sauce isolated on a white background

Candy corn
Weighing in with 32 grams of sugar in just a handful and is soft and sticky.

Closeup image of a scary hand coming out of jar into pile of candy corn

Fruit Chews
The perfect storm of sugar, gelatin and citric acid. That means high sugar content (22 grams), gelatin that sticks to your teeth and acid that lowers pH level in your mouth. Yum!

Colorful sugar jelly candy strip over glittering white background

At practically 100 % sugar it contains 13 grams of sugar in one small packet. Different Coloured Sherbet

My personal favorite. However, with nearly 300 calories, 27 grams of sugar, the possibility of breaking a tooth on the chocolaty, caramel peanuts, I try not to eat too many. But, oh they are tasty! Closeup of chocolate bar isolated on white

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Posted on Thursday 20th October 2016 at 11:54 am

Starlite Festival 2016

Post by: Gerarda on 10 Aug 2016

Starlite 2016


There are only a few nights left if you want to catch an act at the Starlite Festival. A magical night under the stars is a reality at this festival.

August 1st – Tom Jones

August 3rd – Il Divo

August 4th – José Luis Perales

August 5th – El Gusto es Nuestro

August 6th – The Starlite Gala

August 8th – Malú

August 9th – Alejandro Sanz

August 10th – Bertin Osborne

August 12th – en Rock

August 14th – Aihua Cirque des Sens

August 16th – The Corrs

August 17th – Estrella Morente & Antonio Canales

August 18th – Noche Movida

August 19th – Status Quo

August 20th – Best of Musicals

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Posted on Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 8:06 am


The study wanted to determine if periodontitis played a role in dementia severity and progression.

A new study jointly led by the University of Southampton and King’s College London has found a link between gum disease and greater rates of cognitive decline in people with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Periodontitis or gum disease is common in older people and may become more common in Alzheimer’s disease because of a reduced ability to take care of oral hygiene as the disease progresses. Higher levels of antibodies to periodontal bacteria are associated with an increase in levels of inflammatory molecules elsewhere in the body, which in turn has been linked to greater rates of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease in previous studies.

The latest study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, set out to determine whether periodontitis or gum disease is associated with increased dementia severity and subsequent greater progression of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

In the observational study, 59 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease were cognitively assessed and a blood sample was taken to measure inflammatory markers in their blood. A dental hygienist who was blind to cognitive outcomes assessed participants’ dental health. The majority of participants (52) were followed-up at six months when all assessments were repeated.

The presence of gum disease at baseline was associated with a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline in participants over the six-month follow-up period of the study. Periodontitis at baseline was also associated with a relative increase in the pro-inflammatory state over the six-month follow-up period. The authors conclude that gum disease is associated with an increase in cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease, possibly via mechanisms linked to the body’s inflammatory response.

Limitations of the study included the small number of participants; the authors advise that the study should be replicated ideally with a larger cohort. The precise mechanisms by which gum disease may be linked to cognitive decline are not fully clear and other factors might also play a part in the decline seen in participants’ cognition alongside their oral health.

However, growing evidence from a number of studies links the body’s inflammatory response to increased rates of cognitive decline, suggesting that it would be worth exploring whether the treatment of gum disease might also benefit the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor Clive Holmes, senior author from the University of Southampton, says: “These are very interesting results which build on previous work we have done that shows that chronic inflammatory conditions have a detrimental effect on disease progression in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Our study was small and lasted for six months so further trials need to be carried out to develop these results. However, if there is a direct relationship between periodontitis and cognitive decline, as this current study suggests, then treatment of gum disease might be a possible treatment option for Alzheimer’s.”

Dr. Mark Ide, first author from the Dental Institute at King’s College London says: “Gum disease is widespread in the UK and US, and in older age groups is thought to be a major cause of tooth loss. In the UK in 2009, around 80 percent of adults over 55 had evidence of gum disease, whilst 40 percent of adults aged over 65-74 (and 60 percent of those aged over 75) had less than 21 of their original 32 teeth, with half of them reporting gum disease before they lost teeth.

“A number of studies have shown that having few teeth, possibly as a consequence of earlier gum disease, is associated with a greater risk of developing dementia. We also believe, based on various research findings, that the presence of teeth with active gum disease results in higher body-wide levels of the sorts of inflammatory molecules which have also been associated with an elevated risk of other outcomes such as cognitive decline or cardiovascular disease. Research has suggested that effective gum treatment can reduce the levels of these molecules closer to that seen in a healthy state.

“Previous studies have also shown that patients with Alzheimer’s disease have poorer dental health than others of similar age and that the more severe the dementia the worse the dental health, most likely reflecting greater difficulties with taking care of oneself as dementia becomes more severe.”

The full study, “Periodontitis and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease,” was published in PLOS ONE. This research in its present form was reprinted from Dental Products Report.
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Posted on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at 8:39 am

Semana Santa / Holy Week San Pedro 2016

Post by: Gerarda on 18 Mar 2016


San Pedro Processions


Palm Sunday – Jesus´ entry into Jerusalem
Time: 12:00
Location: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

Spy Wednesday – Judas betrays Jesus
Time: 21:00
Location: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara, Plaza de la Iglesia

Maundy Thursday – Last Supper
Procession # 1
Time: 21:30
Location: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

Procession # 2 – In silence
Time: 01:30
Location: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

Good Friday – Crucifixion of Jesus
Time: 21:30
Location: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
Jesus rested in the tomb
No procession

Easter Sunday – Jesus rises from the dead
Time: 12:00
Location: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara


Note: The schedule for the Semana Santa / Holy Week processions was correct at the time of publishing, provided by the Marbella Town Hall.

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Posted on Friday 18th March 2016 at 3:20 pm