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Contents Local Covid-19 Spikes .......................................................…...10 In the News ........…................…………................................…….12 Smoking Trends and the Pandemic .........................................38 So Now You Know ............................................................................40 Another Mortgage Time Bomb ...............................................42 Enormous Profit, Miniscule Taxes ...........................................44 The Latest Events in Catalonia......................................................46 Useful Numbers .....................................................................48 A-Z Directory ……………….......……................................................50 Community News ..............................................................................89 What’s On ...........................................................................................91 Activities, Clubs and Associations .......................................95 Your Stars …..........…...………......……........................................…99 Jokes of the Month ….....……………............................................100 Coffee Break ………………...…….............................................…102 For general or advertising enquiries, call Clare on 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com

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f the eight provinces in Andalucía, Almería or Huelva have consistently been at the bottom regarding the number of cases. Our Levante region of Almería province remained relatively unscathed until the weekend of October 17th and 18th when there was a spike of new cases. There were worrying numbers in Albox, Cuevas, Huércal-Overa, Pulpí, Vera and Los Gallardos where there were a number of infections in people who travelled to Pulpí every day to work in the agriculture industry, and the mayor stressed that a driver and non-family members sharing a car had to wear masks. Efficient Flowers for All Saints’ Day contact tracing and enforced quarantine are the only way to reduce the spread which is easier in The Junta de Andalucía has announced major spending on projects between now and 2023. Apart small to medium size municipalities. from finishing the Almanzora motorway from El With Halloween on Saturday, October 31st and the Cucador to La Concepción and the A-7 motorway November 1st national fiesta (All Saint’s Day) slid to there will be a new medical centre in Mojácar village Monday the 2nd, there were concerns that numbers and one in Huércal-Overa. The long-promised sewage would rise. Spaniards go to cemeteries in large treatment plant in Mojácar will become a reality, numbers at this time with flowers and candles, and and last month it was announced that major work in Los Gallardos it was announced that the cemetery will be carried out to make sure the disastrous would be closed from October 31st to November flooding at Pueblo Laguna and Puerto Rey in 2012 never happens again. 2nd. For the second time, the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province) are issuing three free COVID-19 masks to all pensioners plugged into the Spanish health service, available from farmacias. Mercadona have reduced the price of their packs of 10 ‘Deliplus’ masks down to three euros. Flu vaccinations are currently very important to stop a flood of hospital beds being needed for flu victims later in the year or next January. We detail the categories of people who are being asked to have the vaccine in our “In the News” section. Available doses in Almería province have gone from 92,600 to 177,000. There are some new categories, such as a recommendation that anyone between the ages of 6 months and 64 who live with a pensioner are vaccinated. A completely new category this year is people with high blood pressure and their families. Social distancing has to be observed so appointments at your health centre are necessary.

Cultural events are still very sparse but we list the ones that may be of interest in our “What’s On” section. The cancelled ‘Symphonic Queen Rhapsody’ spectacular at the Roquetas de Mar Auditorio is now scheduled for March “assuming the pandemic allows it to take place”; a sobering thought. Several other events have also been moved to March. Occupancy of venues is still a maximum of 65% and they usually open well before the performance times to try and avoid any major influx of spectators at any one time, with strict guidelines for a staggered exit after the event. After November 2nd there are no “red” fiesta dates in November, but December 6th is a major fiesta to celebrate the signing of the Spanish Constitution. As this is a Sunday it slides to Monday 7th, and Tuesday, December 8th is a major religious fiesta, ‘El Día de la Inmaculada Concepción’, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Town halls, banks and many offices will be shut on both these days.

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In the News The Very Important 2020 Flu Vaccine Vaccinations against the flu have been brought forward this year amidst worries that hospitals might face an influx of flu victims as well as COVID19 sufferers. For the vaccinations this year there are some major changes and the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province) has increased the number of available doses by 69%, up to 2.3 million which is the highest number ever. In Almería province, the 92,000 doses last year have been increased to 177,000. This is because it is intended that additional sectors of the population are able to receive the vaccine. From October 14th the main target population who could have the vaccine applied to the elderly over the age of 65 who are covered by the Spanish health service. The aim is that everybody in this age group goes to be vaccinated and they hope that 75%-80% of people will do this. There were appointments available up to October 30th solely for this age group, along with some key workers, but elderly people can still have a vaccination after the 30th. The other groups of the population who should go to be vaccinated from November 3rd are pregnant women, people suffering from a chronic illness (this year from age six months upwards), and members of essential services such as police, civil defence workers, firemen and teachers. In addition, people with high blood pressure and their families, nursing mothers and their families, people recently discharged from hospital and their families, and people aged six months to 64 who live with an elderly person should be vaccinated. For all the vaccinations, appointments can be made at a medical centre with slots of 4-5 minutes and in many of them vaccinations will continue throughout the afternoon. In the case of small medical centres such as in Mojácar Pueblo, the vaccinations may start after the end of the morning surgery. The Junta is reminding people that they can make appointments using the Salud Responde webpage or app, by telephoning 955 545 060, or by contacting their health centre. A final category are people aged 75-80, people bedridden or seriously ill, or people with some mental impairment that stops them going to a health centre and they can be vaccinated at home. Elderly

people who have not had a pneumonia vaccination previously will be given this as well, along with people who are at a particular risk of contracting pneumonia. In some municipalities where access to a health centre is difficult or not very practical, or to relieve pressure, there will be marquees set up in a communal area or streets and this has been done in Almería city, El Ejido and Roquetas de Mar.

A Different Christmas Salvador Illa, the Spanish Health Minister, recently gave an interview on a radio channel and he warned that even if a vaccine was ready early in the new year it would be several months before all the population could be vaccinated. Spain will receive an initial three million doses of the vaccine when the EU approve the purchase of 30 million doses once the Astra Zeneca company has completed all the tests. The EU has further options to purchase large number of the vaccine from other companies. Salvador Illa said that this Christmas would be very different from normal and there was likely to be a continuing ban on the numbers of people who could congregate together, with social distancing still in force. He stressed that the next six months is still a very critical period and the general public must not think that the virus will die out until there is mass vaccination. The sectors of the public who will be vaccinated first are identical to those that are being encouraged to receive the flu vaccine. A group of Spanish health professionals are working on the logistics of mass vaccinations. An ‘AVE’ Row The ‘AVE’ (high speed train) is supposed to arrive in Almería city in 2023, but everyone agrees this is impossible to achieve as it assumes every section from Murcia city has been completed and certified. The work from Lorca to Pulpí has not yet been adjudicated or a contract signed with a contractor, which may take 12 months, and the work to this section, once it is started, has a completion time of 36 months, if everything goes according to plan. Marifrán Caraso, the Ministry of Transport delegate in the Junta de Andalucía, recently asked for an urgent meeting in Madrid, complaining that the

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In the News work from Pulpí to Vera authorised in 2018 had ground to a halt. The 25.7km stretch has a budget of 146 million euros. ADIF, the Spanish rail company, immediately hit back, publishing a series of photographs showing work in progress. They stated that land clearing was well underway, and had only been stopped briefly for a safety investigation after one of the workers was killed when a tree fell on him. ADIf went on to say that work to provide drainage was also underway. The section has provision for 10 viaducts, 20 structures for roads to go underneath with 10 bridges above the line and 50 drainage points. They pointed out that since June 2018, work to the value of 768 million euros has been authorised and contracts awarded to the value of 693 million euros. When the line is finally complete there will have to be a testing programme and certification and a time period of 24 months was suggested, but the Minister for Transport has stated that the time period would be less. There was an outcry a couple of years ago when plans were published for work needed to be carried out at the main station in Madrid. In part of the plan a date of 2025 was given as the arrival of AVE passengers from the Almería to Murcia line. Cynics say that 2026 is a more likely date!

A New ERTE Scheme The ERTE scheme where the Spanish government pay 70% of a worker's salary if there is not sufficient work, and the employer keeps this person on their payroll, has been a lifesaver for hundreds of companies and the self-employed who have employees. Figures for October are not yet available but 83,000 people came off the scheme in September, so they went back to work. The initiative finished on September 30th but after several marathon talks with the government, unions and employers it has been extended until January 31st. The government had proposed reducing the 70% to 50% but agreed to keep it at the 70% and an amended amount if the employee had some part time work, which is a new feature. Under the previous scheme, employers do not have to pay the full social security payments for people on the ERTE scheme, and for employers with less than 50

employees the discount has been extended to 100% in October, 90% in November, 85% in December and 80% in January. Slightly less discount applies where an employer has no work for more than 50 employees. There has been a problem with new self-employed persons as they had to prove their income this year was less than 75% of their income in 2019 to take advantage of the scheme. People who had only started up during 2020 could not do this. The new rules are that people in this category only have to prove that their income for the last quarter of 2020 is less than the minimum interprofessional salary that is 950 euros a month. Unions had asked that in some cases, such as workers in a hotel that has not opened this year, the scheme was extended until Easter. The government has stated that the whole situation and scheme will be reviewed before the end of January and in a television interview the Spanish Minister of Labour, Yoland Díaz, stated that the scheme would continue as long as it was necessary.

Almería En Corto The internationally famous ‘Almería en Corto’ (Short film festival), part of Almería International Film Festival, takes place from November 14th-21st in

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In the News a format that takes into account restrictions because of the pandemic. 2,148 films from 92 countries were submitted and a jury whittled these down to 35. European submissions make up 26 with 19 from Spain and three from Almería. Four are from Latin America, one from the US, two from Asia, one from Africa and one from Australia.

More Taxes in 2021 & 2022 The EU are pressurising Spain to increase taxes in 2021, and this is also a very good idea in the current economic situation. Pedro Sánchez, the Spanish Prime Minister, has announced that the aim is to pull in 33.4 billion euros in 2021 through taxes and improved PIB (Gross national product). Manufacturers who produce drinks with a high sugar content will have to increase their price by eight or ten céntimos, depending on the sugar content, and IVA (VAT) will be increased from 10% to 21%. Apart from extra income this is to combat obesity, particularly in children. Overweight people in Spain make up 43% of the population compared to the EU average of 29%. This rise in IVA is expected to bring in 340,000 euros in 2021 and 60,000 in 2022. Other changes in IVA will be made increasing some zero-rated items to 4%, or 10% up to 21%. Extra tax on diesel fuel will result in petrol and diesel costing the same. A tax will be levied on single-use plastic containers to help the environment, aimed at generating 491 million euros in 2021 and another “green” tax (not yet specified) will bring in 1.3 billion euros. Income tax for high earners will be increased and changes to corporation tax to generate 2.5 billion euros, along with the 3% digital services “Google tax” that should bring in 970 million euros per annum. A campaign will be mounted to stop tax fraud, and this is intended to bring in 6 billion euros in 2021 and 2.3 billion euros in 2022. COVID-19 masks bought from Spanish outlets have the highest 21% rate of IVA (VAT) at present. The government is under pressure to reduce this down to 4% or even 0%, as buying masks is a major expenditure when they have to be changed regularly. Apart from increasing tax income, paternity leave for fathers will be increased in 2021 to 16 weeks, the same as mothers currently

receive, so this is an expense for the Social Services who pay out this money, not an income.

Rafa Nadal Award In the Roland Garros tennis final on October 11th Rafa Nadal was on top form and thrashed Novak Djokovic in three straight sets: 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in 2hrs 41mins which was his 13th win in Paris. He amazed commentators, a limited number of spectators and millions of the general public watching on TV, who were expecting a long duel lasting several hours. This win also took him into the category of winning 20 “Grand Slams” (the same number as Roger Federer) and winning 100 matches at the Paris stadium. Shortly afterwards the Spanish government announced that he was being awarded the highest sporting honour in Spain known as the ‘Gran Cruz de la Orden de Mérito Deportivo’. The Roland Garros authorities have announced that they intend to commission a bronze statue of him to be displayed in the entrance hall. A Very Novel Partaloa Solar Farm A large photovoltaic solar panel farm to produce electricity on two adjacent plots of land in Partaloa is being funded by a large collective and will be the largest in Spain financed this way. The company ‘Fundeed’ are a crowdfunding company and intend to raise just over one million euros from individuals or companies who contribute a minimum of 500 euros and will receive a dividend every quarter of about 7% per annum over the lifetime of the project, which is given as being 30 years. In midOctober 900,000 euros had been contributed from 355 investors and the target was expected to be reached by the closing date of October 31st. The site of the installation is in the Paraje de Lentisco that is stated to be one of the areas with the most sunshine in Europe. The company L14 Renewable Energy Investment Services are in charge of the project, and the solar panels and installation are being provided by Triana Solar and Huawei who have a considerable experience in the computer control technology for these types of solar farms. A special feature is that the solar panels are double sided to maximise the amount of electricity

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In the News generated. The total output is given as 1,300kW which is the electricity needed to power 1,300 water heaters with a 1,000 watt element. The electricity produced will be sold to Red España (The Spanish National Grid) and a conservative estimate is an income of 40 euros per Mw hour, although the selling price in past years has averaged 47 euros.

bullfighting and there was a major row in 2012 when there was a bull fighting class organised for children. In some parts of Spain bullfights are now banned

Subsidised Holidays in Andalucía Last month we commented on a new scheme called ‘Bono Turístico Andaluz’, in force until May 31st, that gives a 25% discount on holidays taken in Andalucía by people who are on a town hall ‘padrón’ (the official list of residents) in any town hall within Andalucía. The holidays have to be for three nights and booked through participating travel agencies with a register of apartments, rural hostals and hotels that have met strict health guidelines. The total discount is capped at 300 euros but people can go on up to three holidays if they wish to do so. A new initiative has been introduced with a 50% discount for families that have a total income of below 22,000 euros per year, and people who have a 33% or more disability. The vice-president and tourist minister of the Junta, Juan Marín, is now suggesting that the scheme could be extended to other autonomous communities and Portugal, to attract more clients. In 2019 some 32.5 million tourists came to Andalucía and 21% booked through a travel agent.

John McAfee Arrested In Barcelona The millionaire entrepreneur John McAfee who sold his anti-virus company to Intel was arrested at Barcelona airport in early October, and prevented from boarding a flight to Istanbul. This was because the US Department of Justice had issued an arrest warrant and allege that he evaded millions of dollars in taxes partly by promoting cyber currencies, and has bank accounts in a variety of names to avoid paying any tax from 2014-2018. In 2019 he is reported as saying that he had fled from the US because he had not paid any US tax for eight years, and didn’t intent to pay any in the future. He claimed the US taxes that he had refused to pay were “unconstitutional and illegal”. A Spanish judge remanded him in custody whilst extradition proceedings to the US take place, and the US authorities state that he could receive a prison term of up to 30 years. Last March he was subject to the Spanish state of alarm regulations when he was in Tarragona. He complained that this was “martial Equinac Court Case Dismissed law” and posted videos clearly showing he was The voluntary charity Equinac are called out when ignoring the restrictions. there are turtles or cetaceans, such as dolphins or whales, or sharks that are injured either in the sea Youtube Bans Roquetas de Mar Videos or washed up on a beach. They assess the situation In mid-October Roquetas de Mar town hall uploaded and deal with the emergency, or if they find that videos of bullfights and the bullfighter ‘El Fangi’ to they are dead an autopsy is carried out. There are their Youtube page. Youtube blocked the page and various volunteers including three in Mojácar and videos with a further ban on up-loading bullfighting their recuperation base is in Almerimar. In August videos for seven days, and a possibility of a a video was taken on a beach in Roquetas de Mar permanent block. This followed thousands of when a live ‘pez luna’ (moonfish), a type of flatfish, complaints from users who considered that was discovered in shallow water near the beach. In bullfighting is offensive and cruel. A town hall this case the fish was about one metre across. Calls spokesperson, Francesco Gutiérrez, stated that were made to the 112 emergency services that in they had 3,000 followers and there were hundreds cases like this alert Equinac. It was killed when a of videos apart from the bullfighting ones, and he man who looked after beach beds dragged it out strongly criticised the “immoral” ban. There are of the water onto the beach and deliberately stood people in Roquetas de Mar who are opposed to on it. A subsequent autopsy at the Costa de Almería

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In the News aquarium revealed that it had died by being crushed and suffocated. An official complaint to the Guardia Civil police was made by Equinac and the case was considered by the ‘Fiscalía’ (Spanish Crown Prosecution Service). They ruled that killing the fish was totally reprehensible and cruel from every viewpoint, and was a brutal attack but there was no criminal case to answer. This was because pez luna are not a protected marine species and where it was killed was not a protected area with special regulations. It was also ruled that as it was not a domestic animal there was no offence that would normally apply if a criminal act had taken place. Equinac have launched an appeal to pay for roof repairs needed at the Almerimar centre as they have no official funding. There is a PayPal account: info@asociacionequinac.org or money can be paid into their Unicaja account: ES27 2103 0884 4900 3000 5165.

Recovering Driver Points The Spanish driver points system was introduced in 2006 and a loss of points occurs for various offences. Drivers have an initial 12 points and with no points lost for three years this goes up to 14 points and then 15 points after another year. New drivers start with 8 points for a period of three years. Points lost go from 2-6 with a maximum of 8 on the same day / occurrence. If you lose your licence because you have no points left this will normally be for a period of 3, 6 or 12 months if it is for a second time or more, or up to four years for very serious offences, or up to five years and a ban from driving for 6-9 years for reckless driving causing death(s). If you lose points and are worried that a further loss of points will take you down to zero, so you lose your licence, you can attend a course of road awareness and re-education to recover 4 points. This course is for 12 hours but you can only do this once every two years (or 12 months if you are a professional driver). If you have lost all your points, the corresponding course is for 24 hours in the period during which you have lost your licence and a driving theory test has to be done as well. Your regained licence then has 8 points, not 12. The courses for people in Almería province

have to be done at a special centre in Almería city, or in Huércal-Overa. If you have lost all your points you have to get there by public transport of course, unless someone drives you there and back. The two-day 12hr courses at Huércal-Overa are held on a Friday from 3pm to 9.30pm and on Saturday from 8am to 2.30pm and this costs about 170 euro. If it is a 24hr course you have to go for two weeks running which costs about 320 euros. If you have lost partial points and decide to sit it out, you will get back the points lost after two years, or three years for a more serious offence. Points lost involve a fine (50% discount if paid within 20 days or on the spot if you are stopped by a Guardia Civil traffic policeman), and for serious offences there may be a period of community service, or in extreme cases such as those listed above, a prison term.

Original Geode Discoverers in Pulpí The brothers Efrén and Adrían Cuesta from Asturias recently visited the Pulpí geode. Both of them are mineralogists and geologists and they discovered it 21 years ago in 1999 when they were exploring the area of the Rica mine. They were not expecting to find inside the largest geode in Europe, but recalled that it was an incredible moment. They congratulated the authorities with carrying out the work to make it into a very popular guided tour attraction for visitors, opened to the public on August 5th, 2019. The mayor of Pulpí, Juan Pedro García, welcomed them to the visitor centre where they met the guides and signed the book for important visitors.

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In the News US Palomares Troops When the US bomber plane and tanker plane collided over Palomares in 1966, four nuclear missiles were jettisoned and came down with parachutes. Three landed in Palomares and one in the sea, but two of the ones that hit the ground dispersed plutonium dust when the nose cones split. Thousands of US troops and a large flotilla of navy vessels came to the scene, and troops collected contaminated soil that was put in barrels and taken to the US. Hundreds of the troops who came to Palomares have been complaining for decades that they subsequently developed cancers or leukaemia. Claims for compensation have always been dismissed until last December when an appeal court ruled in their favour. A “class action” (where all the claims are dealt with at the same time) will now be heard by a tribunal who are expected to award compensation. Victor Saar, now aged 83, was a US sergeant at the time and has led the campaign after he developed leukaemia that was ruled to be the result of radiation. All the troops were told that removing the soil posed no risk and they weren’t told to wear protective clothing or to change their uniforms regularly. Over 100 people who claim they developed cancers or leukaemia are still alive, but a large number have already died. Their campaign was given a big boost in 2018 when the New York Times led an investigation, and of the 41 members of the military who had been sent to Palomares that they interviewed, 21 were cancer victims. After the disaster, various residents of Palomares went to Madrid every year to be tested for a number of years, with the US paying the travel and testing costs. A few years ago, a university in Barcelona compared the cancer statistics in Palomares to a town of similar size where agriculture was the main activity and determined that cancer cases over a long period of time were very similar, with no spike in numbers from residents of Palomares. There is still an on-going dispute as to whether the US, or Spain, will pay for the removal of contaminated soil that was left behind. There is nowhere is Spain where the soil can be taken to, but in the US the soil from Palomares is stored at a facility in the Nevada desert. At various times the US government

has agreed “in principle” that they would take the soil away.

A Policeman with Instant Recall Emiliano Fernández is a retired Spanish policeman living in Madrid who specialised in bomb disposal. He has a prodigious memory relating to events throughout his life, and is also a self-taught expert on religious art. If he goes to a church or cathedral, he immediately knows the materials that have been used in items such as sculptures, statues and tombs and whether they are very old or modern copies. He recently watched a Spanish TV programme entitled “The guardians of heritage” that dealt with missing religious artefacts and current specialised police investigations with some of them going back to the civil war when many cultural items were looted. One part of the programme depicted a missing fragment from a 15th century gothic tomb of the Archbishop Carillo Acuña in a church in the Alcalá de Henares diocese in Madrid. The missing part that was about 1m tall was one of four highly decorated towers made of alabaster, and Emiliano remembered that in 1975, when he was aged 20, he had seen this exact missing piece in the wall of a cowshed on an estate near Madrid that belonged to the family of a friend. He had studied it carefully as it seemed to be an entirely inappropriate setting. The main building is now a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts, persons released from prison and homeless people. After contacting the centre he established that the alabaster tower was still there, so he sent an email to the diocese who replied asking for details of his professional qualifications and specified a lengthy bureaucratic process for the reporting of discoveries of historical items. Frustrated, he sent them his phone number and told them to contact him if they had any interest at all in the location of the missing tower. This resulted in an almost immediate response from the priest in charge of cultural affairs. Having established that he was 100% correct, the missing tower was carefully removed by experts to be re-installed on the tomb. Emiliano has complained that subsequent to his revelation, no-one from the church authorities had thanked him for his discovery! .

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In the News The Almanzora Motorway In another news item we comment on the major public work plan from the Junta de Andalucía until the end of 2023 entitled “Andalucía en Marcha”. This includes projects in our province including the Alamanzora motorway, often referred to as the “Marble motorway”. At the beginning of October the delegate from the Ministry of Transport, Mari Fran Carazo, came to see the progress on the section from El Cucador to La Concepción. This is 50% complete and she gave a date of spring 2021 when it would all be finished. A 300m viaduct is well on the way to being completed. There will be a link to Zurgena and La Alfoquía and the nearby solar farm. She promised that the work from La Concepción to the A-7 motorway would be put out to tender before the end of this year with a budget price of 33 million euros.

equipped for this purpose but the vehicle can also be used for normal police work. The special vehicle has cost 39,000 euros and it brings the number of patrol cars up to six, apart from cars used by plainclothed police and motorbikes. Another recent acquisition is a drone for surveillance purposes.

Miniscule Port Numbers Between June 15th and September 15th every year there is an enormous number of people who travel to Morocco and North Africa from Almería port, who go there to observe an Islamic holiday. This is a very large logistic operation named ‘Paso del Estrecho’ (OPE), and in 2019 a total of 582,000 people with 130,000 cars travelled in multiple ferries to different ports. This year, the authorities in Morocco and Algeria closed their borders and only 12,000 lorry drivers using the Ro-Ro ferries to Nador were allowed in. This 97% drop in passengers also led to a 98% decrease in vehicles, with only 2,500 instead of 132,000 in 2019. Out of the 2,500 vehicles, 2,300 were lorries. From January 1st to the end of September total passengers on the ferries went down by 85%. Commercial figures for exports and imports at Almería port have not dropped particularly so far this year, but at Carboneras port the very large import of coal has ceased since the Endesa power station shut.

Food Delivery Riders Are Employees The Labour division of the Spanish High Court with 17 judges has ruled that food delivery workers for companies such as Glovo (the most popular company in Spain), Just Eat and Deliveroo are genuine employees not self-employed persons. This is a definitive ruling that takes into account that there have been some conflicting judgements in lower courts. The ruling will also apply to Uber drivers and people who deliver parcels for e-commerce companies such as Amazon as their only occupation. A former Glovo employee took a test case to the High Court and the court accepted that riders were not an intermediary between the company and customers and there were formal and definite requirement for responding to calls and other considerations such as the riders having to provide a mobile phone with a special App to be given work. The ruling means that the food companies have to pay a wage, with holiday rights, sickness benefit and importantly pay social security payments. Following the ruling, the ‘Hacienda’ (Spanish tax authority) is expected to ask for the payment of social security going back for four years which is the longest period for claiming back payments. A spokesperson from Glovo stated that they accepted the court's decision but there needed to be a

A New Mojácar Police Vehicle The police in Mojácar (Policía Local) who have twentysix officers have taken delivery of a new all-terrain vehicle that can be used to convey any person who has been arrested. It has a special compartment fully

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In the News framework throughout the EU with the same laws. Last May, a labour tribunal in Watford in the UK ruled that riders for the Yodel Delivery Service were not employees. In general, self-employed persons who only bill one company for their services are considered by the Spanish Social Service department to be “false” self-employed persons and that the employer should be paying the higher amount of social security payments for them. Following the High Court ruling, the Ministry of Labour announced that 4,000 riders / drivers who work for Amazon in Madrid and Barcelona are false self-employed persons and they have told Amazon that they have to give all these people a work contract and pay 6 million euros in back social security payments. There is however, one exception to this that allows a self-employed person to only bill one company or another self-employed person. This is known in Spain as a 'Trade' relationship with a legal contract for fixed hours and holiday entitlement and an acceptance that the selfemployed person is economically dependent on the person they bill for at least 75% of their income.

More Fixed Term Mortgages Until five years ago, the number of mortgages with a fixed rate of interest, meaning every monthly payment from start to finish is the same amount, was only about 5%. Now, banks are making a concerted effort to sign clients up to these types of mortgages with competitive rates of interest. Variable rate mortgages are based on the 'Euribor' rate (an interbank lending rate) and the interest rate from a bank. The Euribor has been a negative rate of interest for the last three years and in September it hit minus 0.4%, the lowest amount ever and there are no indications that it will improve in the foreseeable future. When it does recover and becomes positive, people with variable rate mortgages will pay more each month. The fixed rate mortgages from various banks may have an interest rate that is only 1.5% to 1.7%, but the banks then tie customers into their own house and contents insurance, payment of a salary into their bank account and using this account to pay bills s u c h a s e l e c t r i c i t y, wa te r, r a te s a n d

telecommunication. There may also be a requirement that a certain amount of money is spent each month using a credit and debit card. If a client does not agree to these conditions the interest rate will be higher. The attraction of a fixed rate mortgage is that monthly payments are always the same, and this gives a peace of mind that there will be no surprises. On the other hand, at present, they cost more than a variable rate one. If a person wants a mortgage they should shop around to find the best deals that the banks are currently offering to try and improve their liquidity. There are a lot of interest sites that compare the interest rates every month for new mortgage customers. We explain the current situation with variable rate mortgages in an article.

Tragic Fatalities On September 28th police received numerous calls to the 112 emergency number that a camper-van was speeding down the motorway in the wrong direction between Jerez de la Frontera and Los Barrios in Cádiz. Subsequently, it crashed head on with a heavy lorry and the camper-van was totally destroyed. Part of it penetrated the windscreen of the lorry and the driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Two bodies were eventually extracted from the camper-van by firemen. In early October the police revealed the result of a forensic autopsy on the two victims and their investigations. They stated that a 32-year-old French woman who was the passenger had died prior to the crash from a severe blow to her head, and the 28-year-old British driver who was her partner had a history of suffering from mental illness. They concluded that the woman died as a result of domestic violence and the man had almost certainly committed suicide by deliberately crashing the camper-van at high speed. Working from Home Spain has become the first country in Europe to put into law regulations for people working from home, known as “teletrabajo”. These came into force on October 13th with a maximum of three months for its implementation, but there is a

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In the News provision in the bill passed in parliament to allow for some modifications. This is because employers, unions and the government thrashed out the framework, but some parts are still a bit woolly. The working from home regulation does not apply to odd days worked, or to the situation due to the pandemic. It applies to people who will spend a minimum of 30% of their working hours at home over a period of three months. An agreed contract has to be signed but it allows either side to voluntarily pull out if they wish to. A contract period of 12 months has been suggested, with a maximum of 36 months. The employer has to provide necessary “equipment and tools” which have not been specified, and it is anticipated that the unions and employers will have further discussions. One suggestion, for office workers, is that this might have to include a laptop, a printer or scanner if necessary, along with office supplies. The person working from home does not have to provide anything that they need out of their own pockets. Working hours are flexible but an employer may set a time period when they have to be in contact with the employer or other workers, and the person working from home is required to keep time sheets. There is an agreement that a “digital disconnection” time has to be in force when work phone calls or internet contact from employers does not take place. An employer has to pay for “reasonable expenses” that will probably include part of the cost of electricity, gas, water and phone bills that currently applies to self-employed people who work from home and can deduct it from the income tax they pay. The worker has to have equal rights to any necessary training, wage increases and promotion considerations.

Mojácar Nightclub Shooting On October 27th the court case started in Almería city of three men accused of serious crimes at a Mojácar nightclub dating back to August 2015. When they attempted to enter the Moma nightclub in the early hours of the morning they were refused entry because of disruptive behaviour towards some women outside. They returned an hour later and threatened the security guard with a shotgun.

A shot was fired into the disco and after the gun was re-loaded by another of the men a second shot was fired. The third man was revving up a car outside the entrance and they all sped off. There are various criminal charges and the 'fiscalía' (crown prosecution service) is asking for prison terms totalling 31 years for each of the three men. There is also an order being sought that two people inside who were wounded receive compensation of 13,000 and 27,000 euros.

C & A Open in Almería City The current economic situation is affecting both small businesses and retail chains. Despite this, C & A went ahead with the opening of a store in Almería city at the Mediterráneo Commercial Centre on September 24th. This means that there is a branch of C & A in every province in Andalucía, with 80 throughout Spain, and 1,400 in Europe as it is a joint Belgian, German and Dutch chain. The opening featured Ana García Segundo, the 23 year old model who won the title Miss World Spain 2020 earlier this year and comes from Almería. Ana is also their main model for the autumn and winter fashion collections. The opening of the store has resulted in the direct employment of 13 people. A Major Public Works Programme Juanma Moreno, the President of the Junta de Andalucía, has presented a major public works initiative entitled ‘Plan Andalucía en Marcha’ from now until the end of 2023 with budget of 3.4 billion euros. In presenting the plan he stated that this applied to every type of project to help revitalise the economy. Major projects in Almería province include a new external consultancy building annexed to the recently opened maternity and children’s hospital adjacent to the Torrecárdenas hospital. This has a budget cost of 14 million euros, and there will be a public-private collaboration to build a new hospital at Roquetas de Mar. New health centres will be built in Mojácar and Huércal-Overa along with four new schools. The work to complete the motorway from El Cucador to the A-7 motorway is also included in this plan to be started within the next 12 months. Work to modernise or build new

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In the News sewage treatment plants is also included and there is 12.9 million euros set aside to build a new sewage plant in Mojácar that has been needed for some time. Another 11 million euros will allow for connections to the sewage systems of Bédar, Los Gallardos, Turre and Garrucha. The total capacity is for 55,000 inhabitants but at present there are only 37,000 inhabitants.

Banco Santander at Post Offices Banco Santander have announced that they have come to an agreement with Correos (The Spanish postal service) that in 2,500 post offices in towns and 2,200 rural ones, customers will be able to pay in or draw cash from their current accounts. This is to enable Banco Santander customers to access money in places where they have no branches. This will be possible via a Banco Santander credit or debit card with proof of identity. A further service is that the post office will deliver money to homes in Spain which is common in other countries, using the app from a mobile phone. This has been planned for some time but is being put into action as soon as possible in view of the merger of Bankia and CaixaBank. This will become the largest bank in Spain with many branches in rural areas. Banco Santander hopes that the post office service will stop clients leaving them and going to the new bank, which is currently the only bank in 300 municipalities. Another Film During October a team of 80 technicians came to Almería city to film parts of the episodes of the series “Jaguar” being filmed by Netflix. The heroine is the Spanish actress Blanca Suárez and the film concerns Spain in the 1960s with many Nazis having fled Germany and come to Spain and the hunt to find them. The company Bambú Productions stated that they had chosen Almería city and the province as being highly suitable for the series depicting the 1960s. Fake COVID-19 Masks Acting on advertisements on social media for bulk COVID-19 masks, police in Málaga raided a factory

on an industrial estate. Four Chinese people were arrested for manufacturing fake masks that did not comply with any of the standards and they seized 11,000 masks ready for dispatch.

Pregnant Women and COVID-19 The new maternity and children’s hospital linked to the Torrecárdenas hospital in Almería city is dealing with any pregnant women from Almería province who are about to give birth and have tested positive for the virus. Children who have tested positive and need to be admitted to hospital are also being sent there. The director of the Torrecárdenas hospital, Manuel Vida, has stated that there are 22 individual rooms and two other areas set aside with extra staff, and the unit is completely isolated from the rest of the hospital. We explain in another news item that pregnant women and nursing mothers are ones that should have the current flu vaccine.

Mercadona Go Green The Mercadona chain have announced that in stores of over 6,000m2 they will plant gardens on the roof and greenery on the walls, to combat CO2 emissions and encourage birds to settle. The gardens will be maintained by paid workers who have some level of mental impairment. COVID-19 Tests At Home The Spanish company ‘MedicalNet’ based in Valencia is marketing a test kit for the virus that can be done at home that is very similar to a diabetes test. For

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In the News 59 euros with free delivery, they send out an antibody kit that requires a drop of blood that is then mixed with a reactant. In 15 minutes, the result is available that indicates the present of antibodies, so if a person has had the virus previously or currently, the test gives a positive reading. If there is no antibody indication the person has not had, or got, the virus. If there is positive reading the test subject should quarantine unless they realise that they have experienced the symptoms two weeks ago. In mid-October there were an initial 2,000 kits available from medicalNET.es but their website crashed on the first day with the large numbers of applicants! Antibody tests are not 100% reliable as they can give a false reading, but the more reliable PCR test carried out by health professionals’ costs about 150 euros. Some private clinics offer antibody tests that require a visit, and these can cost from 30-80 euros depending on the location.

Mega Yacht In Cádiz The world’s largest mega yacht is now moored in Cádiz port, probably until Christmas. The ‘El Azzam’ is owned by the President of the UAE and was launched in 2013 at a cost of 500 million euros. It is 180m long on six levels with a helipad, anti-missile system, a 500m2 luxury lounge area, numerous self-contained suites each catering for up to 30 passengers and its eight motors give a top speed of 32 knots, 60k/hr. Essential maintenance is being carried out and the daily mooring fees come to 1,300 euros. This should not be a problem as Jalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, the owner, has a fortune estimated at 15 billion euros. The cost of the maintenance and improvements is put at 500,000 euros. A New Bank Fusion? The merging of Bankia and CaixaBank has created the largest bank in Spain once this takes place. It has emerged that Unicaja and Liberbank are having “exploratory” talks regarding a merger, but when the possible merger was announced no firm assessment by either bank had started. In midOctober both banks announced that were using firms of lawyers, experts from other banks and

accountants to carry out a firm due diligence assessment. Liberbank have a large number of branches in northern Spain whereas Unicaja have most of their operations in southern Spain. Shares in both banks went up by about 14% when the announcement was made. The CNMV, the official Spanish government organization that looks at mergers and unfair competition, stated that they were aware of the talks. If this does go ahead the fusion will make the new entity the fifth largest bank in Spain.

An Award For ‘Seat’ The Spanish newspaper ‘ABC’ gives a vehicle award every year based on recommendations from 35 motoring journalists and readers’ experiences. The 2020 award has been given to the Seat Tarraco and a special ceremony was held in Madrid. The Seat Tarraco is Seat’s largest SUV with space for seven people. A Bus Full of Drugs At the end of September, police in Almería city were alerted that a coach with a large trailer had caught fire on the A-7 motorway near Sorbas. The coach had a driver and five passengers and was almost completely destroyed along with the trailer. When the fire had died down enough for a recovery vehicle to take it away, an inspection revealed that there were large quantities of cannabis resin and cannabis heads in various parcels in the luggage compartment of the bus and in the trailer. When they were subsequently weighed there were 44kg of resin and 22kg of plant heads. The coach was on a journey from Málaga to Rumania and all the men from Rumania were arrested and remanded in custody. Postponing Holidays A labour tribunal in Santander has agreed with a worker from the education department that holiday days that he had intended to take until he had to stay at home in the state of alarm could be postponed. The worker had booked a holiday from April 13th-17thbut the state of alarm prevented him from leaving home, so he notified his

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In the News department that he was postponing his holiday but this was denied. The tribunal ruled that compulsorily staying at home in a state of alarm was not a holiday and the man could not go out, undertake leisure activities or visit family and friends. They pointed out that under existing regulations a person who became ill during a booked holiday period could have these days postponed.

Historic Shakespeare Play Discovered “The two noble kinsmen” is one of the last plays written by William Shakespeare in collaboration with John Fletcher. It is based on “The Knight’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer and was first published in 1634. The largest collection of early English books and manuscripts in Spain is at the University of Salamanca and a copy of the play was recently discovered by chance. John Stone, who is a professor at the University of Barcelona, was looking for early manuscripts relating to Adam Smith when he found the play. A comprehensive library was inaugurated in Madrid in 1627 that was transferred to Valladolid and then Salamanca in 1985. This copy of the play printed in 1634 is the earliest work from Shakespeare found in Spain, and the previous oldest English theatrical play discovered in the same library dated back to 1720. Almería Jazz Festival The 28th International Jazz Festival in Almería city has been renamed “Almeríjazz” and takes place until November 8th. We have more details in our “What’s On” section. ‘Subway’ Bread Isn’t Bread The Irish High Court has dismissed a claim by the company that own all the Subway branches in Ireland. They have ruled that some of their rolls and baguettes look like bread, are the colour of bread and smell like bread but they have a 10% weight of sugar. The legal allowance for additives in basic food bread from 1972 is that the total content including sugar cannot be more than 2%. The 10% level means that their bread is “a treated bread product” that applies to non-basic food items and is in the category between bread and cake-type products. Subway

went to court to claim that they had to charge 9% VAT on this type of bread, but bread was zero rated in Ireland. They asked for a rebate on the VAT charged since 2004 that was denied. Subway have 45,000 branches in 100 countries.

Finishing the Sagrada Familia Cathedral Work to finish the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona is set to be completed in 2026, the centenary of the death of the architect Antoni Gaudí. Money for the work comes from entrance fees from tourists but because of the pandemic income has dropped dramatically. For this reason, the date of 2026 may not be met. Updating 2019 figures when 4.5 million people paid for admission the anticipated income this year was 103 million euros, with 55 million for the construction work. The revised income in 2020 is estimated to be a mere 17 million euros. Work on the 138 metre Virgin Mary tower will be able to be completed in 2021 as the stone and steel has already been purchased, along with the materials for a huge 12-point glass and steel star at the top. At present the cathedral is only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays as the low ticket sales only pay for the security and visitor health personnel costs for one day, with the remaining money coming from cathedral funds. Esteve Camps who leads the construction project is asking for public donations to try to keep some of the work on track.

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n 2000, a packet of Fortuna, one of the most popular brands of cigarettes, cost 1 euro 85 céntimos, but the current price is 4 euros 60 céntimos. Total sales are much less, and there are a number of reasons including the complete ban on tobacco advertising that came in in 2005. Before this, well-known figures from various walks of life promoted smoking on TV, print media and posters, and the formula one cars all had tobacco sponsors as did other popular spor ts.

large reduction in tourists as well as leisure activity being curtailed, particularly in night clubs and latenight bars. There are very high taxes on cigarettes and they provide the fifth largest income for the Spanish state which has amounted to about 9 billion euros every year. The profit margin for the estancos is only 8.5% for cigarettes and 9% for cigars but this is of course reduced by the normal business expenses for staff and overheads.

Legislation that banned smoking in closed spaces in bars and restaurants, work places and public transport has resulted in a large drop in sales which was the whole aim of the legislation. Antismoking publicity and the increasing pressure from health practitioners that smoking is very bad has also reduced sales, and packets of cigarettes now have to display anti-smoking publicity with strong messages on 65% of the front area of the packet. From 2014, the ‘estancos’, the official outlets for tobacco products, licenced by the Spanish state, were prohibited from selling tobacco to children under the age of 14, and Prior to 2014, estancos only sold tobacco products, vending machines had to have an electronic lock stamps, official state paperwork such as income that had to be activated for sales to adults. tax and IVA (VAT) returns for businesses, and newspapers. In 2014, faced with the drop in sales In Almería province there are 220 estancos, and from tobacco products, the estancos were in 2019 they sold 39.3 million packets of cigarettes licenced to sell other products. These include and collected in 180 million euros. This is almost office materials, soft drinks, spirits, snacks, 50% less than sales in 2007 before the financial jewellery, sun glasses, items for the beach in crisis when there were 75 million packets sold. coastal areas, and the largest ones can now send Vending machines accounted for 97 million packets, money via Western Union and receive parcels. The but this has now gone down to about 60% of all majority of estancos are also licenced to sell lottery sales. In 2012 the estancos sold 44.4 million packets tickets. The range of magazines that they sell is of cigarettes which is 5 million more than 2019 now very extensive along with books, and this but the worst year was 2017 when they only sold also helps with income. They now sell electronic 38.3 million packets. The slightly increased sales cigarettes and liquids along with anti-smoking at present are put down to young people smoking products as they realise that this is an emerging more than then. market. If they can get these non-smokers through their doors, sales of other items increase. A This year, with the effect of the pandemic, sales spokesperson from the association of estancos are already much reduced, and in August the drop in Almería province states that they have had to was 16.35% in volume with a 16.65% decrease in adapt to modern times, particularly during the income. This is almost certainly because of the pandemic, otherwise they would go bust.

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So Now You Know... Early Aeroplanes George Cayley was the first person to move from designs involving flapping like birds to a “fixed wing” design. Another engineer called Otto Lilienthal then used a lot of these ideas to create gliders with fixed wings. Information and data obtained from testing them produced the basis that helped the Wright brothers to develop their own designs and build prototypes. Additionally, the Wright brothers were able to use another recent invention from the same time; the internal combustion engine used in automobiles. They were around at just the right time when these became available. Their true innovation was their design which allowed the plane to be steered and controlled that was previously impossible to do.

Grand Pianos The inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731), came from Padua, Italy. He was an expert harpsichord maker and was very familiar with creating stringed keyboard instruments. Three pianos of his survive today and they all date from the 1720s. The invention of the piano was able to combine the loudness of the harpischord with the dynamics of the softer clavichord. Gottfried Silbermann was an organ builder and copied Cristofori’s except that he invented the forerunner of the modern damper pedal that lifts all the dampers from the strings at once, giving a sustained sound. The English John Broadwood company brought out a larger and powerful “grand” piano in a horizontal harpsichord case in 1777.

Elisha Otis Devices capable of lifting people in tall buildings have existed since the ancient Egyptians. As the industrial revolution and the growth of cities led to taller buildings being constructed, people became tired of having to climb multiple flights of stairs. Lifts or elevators were invented, using steam or electric motors which pulled them up with ropes. Because ropes have a tendency to break, being in a lift only a few storeys high would result in at least a severe injury, if not death, if the rope snapped. Elisha Otis invented the safety break, a device which stopped the lift from crashing down if a rope failed. This removed a major risk of death from buildings taller than a few storeys, and spurred on the building of the first skyscrapers.

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The Origins of Coffee Legends tell us that about the 9th century, on the Ethiopian plains, the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of coffee beans. Kaldi noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night. Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found he had increased vitality. Coffee was exported out of Ethiopia to Yemen and by the 15th century it was cultivated in the Yemeni district. In the 16th century it was known in Persia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey and enjoyed in homes and public coffee houses - called 'qahveh khaneh', which began to appear in cities across the Near East.

The Tallest Man Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22th 1918 - July 15th 1940), also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, was an American man who is the tallest person in recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He was born and raised in Alton, Illinois, a small city near St. Louis, Missouri. Wadlow reached 8 ft 11ins (2.72 m) in height and weighed 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood were due to hyperplasia of his pituitary gland. He had to wear leg braces and had hardly any feeling in his legs or feet. Wadlow became a celebrity after his 1936 US tour with the Ringling Brothers Circus, appearing at Madison Square Garden and the Boston Garden centres.

Computer Operating Systems Many people credit Microsoft Windows with introducing the world to the Graphical User Interface (GUI), where you use a mouse to click on screen symbols to tell it what to do. However, a lot of the progress in GUI development happened much earlier. A pioneer was Douglas Engelbart, who demonstrated an operating system with a mouse pointer in 1968. This idea was taken up by Xerox, who released their Alto computers, the first with a mouse and GUI. Steve Jobs saw an Alto while visiting Xerox’s PARC research centre which inspired him to make the Apple Macintosh, the first mass-market GUI computer. This then paved the way for the Microsoft Windows Operating System, which took the idea mainstream.

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eople with variable rate mortgages in Spain pay an interest rate that is the ‘Euribor’ rate (an inter-bank overnight or short-term lending rate) plus the interest rate fixed by the bank. If the Euribor is 5% and the bank rate is 1% the total interest paid is 6%. The actual amount paid fluctuates as the Euribor rate goes up and down and many banks adjust the interest every January 1st.

has to be made. Whist this is very bad news for lenders, the recent ruling from the Central European Bank has left open the question as to whether Spanish lenders with mortgages signed before June 2019, when there was no minimum 0% interest in the contract, have to make refunds. This is a potential time bomb and Spanish courts will no doubt be hearing test cases as to whether banks should pay their mortgage holders the negative rate.

In September 2008, the Euribor interest rate was 5.1%, the highest since December 2000 when it was 5%. In 2011 it was 1.3% and then it started to fall dramatically to 0.25% in 2014. In 2015 it was 0% and then it became a negative amount in February 2016. This October, the Euribor fell to the lowest interest rate ever, at minus 0.53% and there is no current indication that it will soon rise. Banks and other lending entities have always stated that if the Euribor plus the bank rate falls below 0% the mortgage holder is not entitled to a refund. In October, a Spanish Euro MP referred this to the Central European Bank and their President replied that lenders should have to pay back a mortgage holder the negative rate of interest unless there was a legal agreement otherwise. He ruled that if a variable rate mortgage contract solely specified that the client paid the corresponding Euribor rate plus the bank interest rate, this applied whether or not the total interest rate went negative, and if it did so, the lender had to make a refund. This was calculated to be a probable total of 300 billion euros in Spain in September, because the average Euribor rate for the month was minus 0.46%. Throughout Europe the amount was calculated to be one billion euros. In June 2019, the Association of Spanish Banks decided that mortgage contracts should have a clause that stipulated that the minimum rate on a variable rate mortgage was 0%, not a negative amount. In reality, not every mortgage lender included this minimum 0% clause so where there is no such minimum rate it appears that a refund

The Tribunal of Financial Services in the Low Countries ruled in 2016 when the Euribor went negative that banks had to pay the borrower when the total interest rate went negative as well. Last year, the Danish Jyske Bank (the third largest bank in Denmark) offered 10yr mortgages with an initial negative rate of interest so until the combined rate goes positive there is no interest to pay. This seems crazy, but the mortgage payments every month can be invested to give a profit. The Nordea Bank is a large European bank with a major presence in Finland, Norway and Denmark and they are marketing mortgages over 20 years with a fixed 0% interest. Fixed low rate interest mortgages where the client pays the same amount every month were unknown in Spain until recently, but banks gamble that over the total mortgage term they make a profit. We feature these types of mortgages in our ‘In the News’ section.

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n Europe there are moves to make large companies pay taxes in the country where they operate, known as “The Google tax”. This also applies to Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. Spain has already passed a “3%” tax but they are waiting for a comprehensive ruling from the EU before they try to enforce it. Paying the least amount of tax comes under the heading of “tax avoidance”, generally legal, rather than the illegal “tax evasion.” Twitter Spain, using the last declared figures from 2018, recorded a net profit of 221,000 euros from revenues of 4.5 million euros, up 0.4% on 2017. This figure is grossly less than it really was because it only applied to income from marketing, advertising and business development services to Twitter International based in Ireland. This is a well tried policy for the other giant companies as corporation tax in Ireland is only 12%. They declared 4.18 million in operating costs so consequently, the corporation tax that Twitter Spain paid to the Spanish tax man was only 113,000 euros. This is 20,000 euros less than the average salary for their 19 employees.

Amazon’s European Headquarters

Amazon’s European Headquarters are based in Luxembourg in a very modernistic glass building where 2,000 employees have nothing to do with sending out packages as they comprise a technology section, human resources department, lawyers and tax executives. In 2017, the EU ruled that Amazon had to pay Luxembourg 282 million euros for illegal accountancy schemes and tax breaks, but Luxembourg doesn’t agree and are appealing the order to the European Court of Justice. Meanwhile, the money is parked in an escrow account waiting for the final verdict. The EU have made similar orders of back tax payable that applies to Starbucks based in Holland, 35 companies based in Belgium and a handful in Gibraltar, but the largest amount relates to Apple. They have been ordered to pay 14.2 billion euros including interest to the Irish taxman. Just like Amazon in Luxembourg, the Irish government is fighting the decision in case it means that other companies don’t choose Ireland as their fiscal base.

The EU list of countries that they classify as being tax havens are American Samoa, Guam, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Virgin Islands. Economists in Europe consider that Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have aggressive taxation avoidance that makes them a tax haven. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg only covers 2,600km2 but the capital has 69% of the 600,000 inhabitants, and 48% of the population come from other countries. Economists say that in Luxembourg the larger the multinational company the less they pay in taxes. Brexit talks between Spain and the EU regarding Gibraltar focus on a number of issues and a tax Luxembourg is the second smallest EU state after haven is one of them. With 30,000 inhabitants there Malta, but they are home to 137 banks from 58 are 55,000 companies that have their registered countries. Investment managers handle funds of head offices there with much reduced tax liabilities. 4.2 trillion euros, four times the Spanish Gross Spain has been complaining for years that many National Product. Various effectively tax haven Spanish companies, who have nothing to do with countries claim that they should be free to set up Gibraltar apart from their registered head office, their own fiscal rules, claiming that competition is are avoiding large amounts of Spanish corporation a good thing and their regulations are entirely legal. tax. Spain sees Brexit as a good way to stop this.

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meet to approve a decree appointing him to the role temporarily. Once this was done there had to be approval for a new president to be elected, and it was another foregone conclusion that there would be no agreement. Quim Torra's party refused to nominate anyone else to take over. As a result, after two months of further deadlock, Pere Aragonès would have to call for new elections for the whole parliament that take place 54 days later. This was entirely short circuited on October 2nd when new elections were announced for February This came as no surprise to anyone as it was a 14th. With pro and anti-independence and traditional foregone conclusion that this would happen. Last parties, any real stability following these elections December 19th, the Catalan High Court found Qium is highly unlikely. Torra, a hard-line suppor ter of Catalan independence, guilty of disobedience for refusing to take down a banner from the Catalan parliament, during the campaigning ahead of elections in May last year, supporting jailed separatist leaders. He had also refused to remove yellow ribbons from public buildings which are a symbol of the independence movement. Spain’s National Electoral Board had ruled that they violated the rules on maintaining neutrality during election campaigns, and this was never in dispute, apart from Quim Torra who claimed it was a freedom of expression. Quim Torra He was given the ban on holding public office for 18 months with a fine of 30,000 euros plus court Following the illegal declaration of independence in costs but appealed this to the High Court. His refusal October 2017, the Spanish Parliament invoked article was stupid, taking into account that he is a lawyer, 155 of the Spanish Constitution that allows central as the predicted outcome on October 28th has government to take over a regional government in plunged the parliament into new problems and the event of a constitutional crisis, in this case disarray that could have been avoided. Catalonia. Their parliament was dissolved, new elections were mandated and various politicians He has been the Catalan President for just under were taken to court for sedition (treason), two and a half years and always stated that he was misappropriation of public funds, and disobedience. a “stand-in” for Carles Puigdemont, the President Six senior politicians and two heads of political at the time of the illegal referendum and illegal organisations were given prison terms of nine to declaration of independence in October 2017. Carles thirteen years. A lawyer has put in an official request Puigdemont fled Spain to avoid arrest and has been for pardons, and this has to be acted on. The Spanish living in Belgium ever since with a Spanish arrest Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that warrant over his head if he ever comes back to this will be considered by the Ministry of Justice, but this has caused consternation between other Spain. political parties. If agreed in parliament, any eventual The deputy president of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, pardons would have to be submitted to the Spanish replaced Torra and the Catalan government had to King for his approval. n September 28th the Spanish High Court unanimously confirmed a sentence against Quim Torra, the President of the parliament in Catalonia, of a ban on holding public office for 18 months for a “stubborn and obstinate” refusal to obey electoral regulations. This meant that from September 29th he was no longer the president, no longer an MP, and banned from holding any political position in local, regional, national and international government.

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FUNERAL DIRECTOR Albox (Funerarias Teruel) .......................................950 430122 Guardia Civil ..................................................062 Huércal Overa (Colly Fer) ...............................950 616161 Local Police ....................................................092 Garrucha (Funerarias Funerga) ..............................950 460295 Coast Guard .................................900 202 202 Mojácar (Funeraria Pérez) ...................................950 478102 Vera (Funeraria Ntra. Sra. de las Angustias) ..950 390884 AIRPORTS Almeria airport .....…..............…902 404 704 / 950 213 700 HOSPITALS Huércal-Overa, Alicante airport ….............………913 211 000 / 966 919 000 Hospital La Inmaculada..................................................950 029000 Corvera airport ……...……....................................….913 211 000 Almería Torrecárdenas............................................950 016000 Almería,Virgen del Mar (Private).....................950 217100 BRITISH EMBASSY Virgen del Mar Emergencies:............................950 217240 Madrid ......................................................................917 146300 LOCAL POLICE BRITISH CONSULATE Albox ...............................................................................950 121080 Málaga (for this area) ................................................952 352300 Carboneras .................................................................950 136136 Cuevas del Almanzora ................................................950 548700 UK PASSPORT INFORMATION Garrucha ............................................................................950 460002 www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports Huércal-Overa ..............................................................950 470585 Mojácar ...........................................................................950 472000 EMERGENCY UK PASSPORTS Pulpi ……………......................................................................950 465049 www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document Vera .................................................................................950 390010 CREDIT CARDS 24hr EMERGENCIES 4B(Visa/Mastercard) …..902 114400 / 913 626200 American Express …...................................................900 814500 Diners Club …..........................................................902 401112 Mastercard …..........................................................900 971231 Servired (Visa/Mastercard) …............................902 192100 Visa …..........................................................................900 991124

TOWN HALLS Albox ....................................................................................950 120908 Antas ............................................................................950 619015 Arboleas .............................................................................950 449430 Cuevas del Almanzora .................................................950 456488 Los Gallardos ....................................................................950 469000 Garrucha ...............................................................................950 460058 Huércal-Overa ...............................................................950 134900 Mojácar ...........................................................................950 615009 ELECTRICITY Sevillana Endesa Enquiries: ..................(free).800 760333 Turre ..................................................................................950 479011 Breakdowns:.........................(free).900 850840 Vera .....................................................................................950 393016 WATER Galasa Enquiries: ..................................................950 391200 TELEPHONE (Telefonica) Breakdowns: ...........................................902 355575 Normal Operator ..................................................................1004 Gestagua (Albox) ....................................................950 120649 Faults Operator ....................................................................1002 International Operator ......................................................11825 GAS Speaking Clock .........................................................................093 Cepsa (Silver bottles) Leaks ….......................902 100224 Cepsa, information …......................................902 416416 TAXIS See Directory pages Repsol (Red bottles) Leaks .......................901 121212 Repsol, information .........................................901 100100 MOBILES LOST OR STOLEN (From any 'phone) ITV (Spanish M.O.T. Centres) Orange …........................................................................656 001470 Vera, Albox, Veléz Rubio Telefónica Movistar …............................................095 702611 Central number ……………........................................959 999999 Vodafone …....................................................................607 123000 Yoigo …..................................................................................622 622622 TRAINS Renfe www.horarios.renfe.es ……..........…….902 240202

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AIRPORT PARKING

AFIRA (Mojácar) .........................................................622 549019 AA Parking (Almería, Murcia, Alicante) ......................639 081067 Aqua-Car (Alicante) ……………........................................966 790 011 Coastline Alicante Airport Parking .............................661 517890 Plane Parking S.L. …………............................................966 840 289 ...............(24hrs Alicante) 656 532725, (24hrs Murcia) 656 532724 Seguro Parking (San Jávier – Murcia) ……............622 062115 Victoria Parking (Alicante).................................................965 830 254

AIR CONDITIONING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.35)...647 247494 / 950 092604 Andy Lake - Williams Electrical ............................…..677 741366 Bédar Directo .............................................................689 702916 Cool Solutions ...........................................................600 621436 Asesoría Forte (Vera) ..........................950 395778 / 682 372196 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Electrotorres ........................................677 530410 / 610 750771 MD Air Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L. 607 364917 / 950 432110

Asesoría López (Vera) ……...................................….950 393071 Asesoría Torres (Mojácar) .........................................950 472748 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Cabrera Cervantes (Turre) ................950 099400 / 627 464545 Cazorla Martinez (Turre) .........................................950 479137 Cervantes Alarcon Consulting (Garrucha) 950 106490 / 647 863787 Concepción Rivas Gil (Arboleas) ….....950 438092 / 647 577716 Flores Montoya Asesoria S.L. (Garrucha) ..................950 132577 Gecko Legal Services S.L. (Mojácar) 950 475949 / 638 264621 Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ................................950 473 192 Mojácar Playa Asesores ……................…….…………950 472710 Sintra Consultores (Vera) …......................................950 393815 Richard Hayes ...........................................................603 567676 Vera Advisors (Vera) ………………..................………950 390621 SolAir (See p.17) ...............................950 472081 / 645 294064 Villalba Asesores (Albox) ..........................................950 431720 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.43)...950 398146 / 699 909737

AIRPORT TRANSFERS (LEGAL)

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture Antonio Herrero ......................................670 099725 Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.33).........................950 092602

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ALARMS & SECURITY

Curtains with Style (Interior blinds) ...950 069032 / 678 811125 Costasol S.L. (Lloyd Dean) (See cover)...........................667 652 888 Coverbox (Albox) …................................................…615 992007 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 PersiVera 2005 S.L. ..................................................627 978635 Screenmasters (See p.45) ...….…...........................677 152911 ANTIQUES Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.45) .....................................627 907207 Delfos (Mojácar) ......................................................647 163681 Speedyfit ...................................................................600 006032 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564 AC Security ........................................950 387822 / 657 AXA ...........................................................................950 B-Safe Digital Security Solutions ..............................634 Prosegur Alarms .........................................................608 Safes & Security (Dean)...........................................666 SE Telecoms ..............................................................697

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ARCHITECTS

BAKERIES

Angel Pardo (Técnico) .......................950 121960 / 687 939315 Cornish Pride (Albox) …................................………666 618933 Antonio Martinez de la Casa .....................................950 092094 BARS & CAFES Architecture & Engineering Mojácar ...........................950 655468 Blas Haro Morales (Mojácar).......................................639 317429 See also Restaurants Daniel González Aranda (Vera) ......................................686 846 624 Albox Elena Acebo Architects (Huércal-Overa) .669 680098 / 950 134976 Bar Lepanto .........................................................................642 391433 Paula Puente (Mojácar) .............................................610 433001 Chapman’s ...............................................................950 091188 Cornish Pride ...................................................………666 618933 La Palmera ….............................................................950 430993

Alfaix La Venta de Alfaix .....................................................671 272464

Arboleas Aroma Cafe Bistro .................................................850 993822 Hotel Rural Azabache ...............................................690 258813

Bédar El Cortijo ...........................................950 398108 / 689 702916 El Paso ...................................................................950 469409

Cerro Gordo

ART & ARTISTS Adolfo Prado ...............................................................950 Alison .......................................................................630 Anushree Krementz .................................................672 Caz (art classes) ………................................……….607 Dee Butler (Albox) ................................................….663 Delfos Gallery (Mojácar) …........................................647 Evie Fox ................................................................ 603 Isabel Raths (Bedar) ................................................677 Jeremy Fox-Rayner ...................................................653 Jill Bennett (Mojácar) .........................950 478383 / 600 Living Design (Albox) ...............................................678 MarianMay Simpson …...........................………..……629 Melanie .....................................................................638 Miki ...........................................................................628 Pink House (La Concepción)................ 622 288750 / 681 Roberto Lombardi ................................950 930757 / 671 The Gallery (La Concepción) ..................................607

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AUCTIONS

Bistro Bonita .......................................650 599739 / 950 930169

Cucador La Vida .....................................................................950 634562

El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin) La Montaña .............................................................670 589788

Garrucha Tierra y Mar .............................................................850 992808

Huércal-Overa El Capricho ….........................................................637 595326 Hotel Overa ............................................................950 470879 New Why Not? ............................................................950 135614

La Alfoquía Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 008003 Heathers ...................................................................642 144727

Las Buganvillas Gnomo Feliz II ..........................................................950 462540 La Colonial ……………….........................................….950 133918

Auction Subasta (Los Carasoles) ..UK 7413190882 / 643 137106 Los Carasoles Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas El Real) ..............950 528565 Harley’s ..................................................................642 637371

Los Gallardos

AUTOMATIC DOORS & GATES The Metal Works (Albox).......................950 930520 / 638 900949

Apolo ……………................................................……600 495182 Meson Verfran ……….........................950 469393 / 637 810143

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Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 Eugenia ...................................................................950 069021 Twister .....................................................………………600 006032

Las Herrerias

Palomares

Mojácar Bar Luz ....................................................................654 866110 Beachcomber ..............................................................634 339216 Cafeteria Bellagio .......................................…………950 472342 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ……….657 560679 / 645 414793 Café Latino ...............................................................626 717323 Captain's Tapas Bar & Restaurant...............................617 477797 Casa Familiar Mojácar ..............................................950 377586 Cave Bar ...............................................................…..950 478799 Cowboy Kenny’s Bar and Que ................................711 007976 Delfos .......................................................................647 163681 Dolce Vita .................................................................950 478476 El Aleman ...............................................................617 317801 El Antler ………...........................................................600 540661 El Deseo ..................................................................670 018035 El Lugar ...................................................................679 676405 El Toro .....................................................................622 456560 Enrico ...................................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Fany …………...........................................………….634 312820 Fusion Beach ...........................................................950 615224 Gastro Malabar ........................................................950 472970 Koi …...........................................................................950 615452 Kukis ..........................................................................950 377076 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478841 La Taberna (Mojácar Pueblo) ..............618 696172 / 647 724367 Los Amigos .......................................…………………950 478489 Levante ....................................................................950 615224 Lucero ………..................................................……….673 544617 Marcelo Entre Tapas ...................................................950 031812 Martinis ....................................................................950 285330 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ................950 475966 / 631 301368 Mesón Mémé ……………...........……….674 141159 / 647 954405 Mimi’s Bar ..................................................................651 872604

102 Tapas Bar …………....................950 467745 / 615 157905. Asagía Asador ........................................................640 210185 La Dulce Casa ….............................950 618059 / 950 467768 Monika ......................................................................659 672615 The Oasis ............................................950 467381 / 676 365010

Piedra Amarilla, Partaloa Lorena’s ...................................................................634 345353

Pueblo Laguna Bar Restaurant Laguna ……….........................……..950 132566 Dee’$ Dollar Bar ........................................................950 372295 Pub Millionaire ....................................950 617467 / 637 255978

San Juan de los Terreros Mi Cortijo ………......................................................…950 466323

Turre Alice’s Bar ……….......................................................677 Chili ...................................................950 468425 / 608 La Pará ……………............................................……637 Rosie Lees (See front cover)...................................643

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Valle del Este Hole in One Karen’s Bar ......................950 461068 / 677 655790

Vera La Amistad …………….…......................................…666 272817

Vera Playa

Rincon del Zahorí ..................................630 314400 / 625 103672 Rose & Crown .........................................................634 796884 Rusty Nail ...............................................................662 153813 San Pedro Belgian Bar .............................................722 485340 Scotty's …...................................................................687 382540 Shea’s Restaurant & Bar (See p.7) ...........................950 478186 The Irish Rover ......................................................950 473135 The Lemon Lounge .............................................….950 472659 The Roof Garden .................................................674 113218

Bar La Reva ..........................................................618 El Balconcito .............................................................635 Frankie’s Bar ............................................................622 La Peperina .........................................678 643013 / 678 Lua Puerto Rey ........................................................950 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950

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The Palm Tree .........................................................950 372210 Complete Renovations ...........................644 389255 / 672 379960 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Villaricos Bar La Plaza Villaricos .........................................…950 467590 Dorothy Baños (Albox)...................................................661 463842 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 El Galeon ……...................................................……671 588790 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ....................................950 132458 El Gato ..............................................619 884792 / 628 169659 Mojácar Home Improvements ...................................950 473104 Los Conteros .....................................950 618629 / 699 010705 SpeedyFit (Screens) ..................................................600 006032 Lucky Bar Pizzeria ...........................................…….647 073598 The Bathroom & Tiling Specialists ...................+44 7756081843 Toldos Farrago (Screens)(Vera) ................................667 567564 BARS (BEACH BARS) Aku Aku (Mojácar) ...............................950 478981 / 634 979360 BEAUTY See Hair, Health & Beauty Alma (Mojácar) …......................................................950 805928 Ankara Beach Terrace (Mojácar) ………........………..950 473042 BED & BREAKFAST Armony Beach Club (Vera Playa) …......……………..617 745021 Casa Barranca (Huercal Overa) ..............................648 250699 Bocaina (Mojácar) (See p.11).....................................615 644682 Casa Caballito De Mar Boutique B&B (Bédar) ..........950 095956 Chiringuito Manacá (Mojácar) ............693 618671 / 600 045599 Casa Montes Guesthouse (Arboleas) ..................... 686 400331 Costa Tranquila (San Juan de los Terreros)..............620 236798 Castellón (Bédar) .......................................................642 435909 El Cid (Mojácar) ...................................950 472063 / 696 056128 BEDS & BEDDING Hola Ola (Mojácar) ..................................................664 097279 Los Tarahis (Agua Amarga) .......................................950 138235 Colchón San Gines (Huércal-Overa) ........................950 809519 Lua Beach Club (Mojácar) …......................………… 950 472643 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 Mandala Beach Club (Mojácar) ................................950 473131 Me & Mrs Jones (Mojácar) (See p.25).........................634 364795 Maraú (Vera Playa) ………...........................…………671 580340 Sleepcentre (Albox) (See p.5) ..........868 931872 / 671 715294 Maui (Mojácar) ……...................................................950 Neptuno (Mojácar) (See p.29) ............….................616 Playa Juana Beach Club ............................................690 Sol y Arena (Mojácar) ..............................................950 Tito’s (Mojácar) ..........................................................950 Trufibar ....................................................................664

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BATHROOMS & SHOWERS ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Ana Rodríguez (Huércal-Overa) ..........950 939154 / 606 784598 Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) ……………………..950 109986

BICYCLE SALES & HIRE Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 All Bike All Run Sport (Albox) ...................................647 836426 Bikespin (Huércal-Overa) ................. 950 927678 / 662 543056 Doltcini (Clothing) (Mojácar) ..............950 092600 / 658 028646 Lufran Bike Sport …………....................................….607 074753 Rock & Road (Garrucha) .............................850 992805 / 628 2633389 Rodeca Bike Zone ..................................................950 132525 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 460738

BLINDS see Awnings & Blinds BOATS & NAUTICAL Veramotor S.A. ............................................................950 392552

BOAT TRIPS Glass Bottom Boat (Villaricos port) ….......................662 604456 Orca Steve (Mojacar, Garrucha) ..............................634 352873 Partylevante (Puerto Deportivo Garrucha) ...............680 942141 Sunshine Charters (Garrucha) ....................................634 398074

BOOKS Librería Nobel (Vera) ................................................950 392642 The Book Box (Albox) ……................................…….662 585098

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The Book People Almería …........……686 817945 / 626 578164

BOOK PUBLISHING Costa Books ............................................................634 304344

BOWLING CENTRES (10 pin) Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 Indalo Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073

BUILDING MATERIALS (& Sanitary Ware, Tiles etc) Aridos Mojácar S.L. ……..........................................650 914257 Brico Depôt (Huércal de Almería) …........…………….950 625652 Casa Conchillo (Albox) …..........................................950 430740 Contrucciones Angel Oller (Albox) ...........................950 431453 Comercial Vera (Vera) ........................902 112236 / 950 393329 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Leroy Merlin, Gran Plaza (Roquetas) ….................……950 339800 VeraSur SL (Vera) ....................................................950 393028

BUILDING SERVICES ABS Steve Ennis ....................................................687 846016 Adam's Building Services .............................………..600 041820 Alan Barker ........................................950 099913 / 600 268176 David Pritchard Construcciones ........617 698418 / 662 046497 AlmeriaBuilders.com ……......................659 685133 / 950 9305202 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Elite Constructions .......................................................636 092632 Genco Construction ...................................................607 271869 Have Tools - Will Travel ...........................................641 438931 Idomia Project Management ....................................643 582920 J B General Builder ................................................. 687 024884 Mario the Handyman ................................................642 245017 M13 ............................................................................657 105084 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 MD Building Services ..........................628 414861 / 628 414862 Nail It ........................................................................621 252997 Arboleas Building ………........………........................634 306690 Ben Foster Building Services .................................642 471236 Bédar Directo ............................................................689 702916 CES Builders (Paul) ................................................685 017178 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Christopher Knell Building Contractors .....................634 344450 Complete Renovations ........................644 389255 / 672 379960 Dan (Almanzora area) ................................................692 596681 David Croft (Urcal) ………....................................……661 148067 PR Building Services ................................................662 422170 Paul Acreman (General Builder) ..............……………607 196779 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ....618 920126 / 968 485729 Sierra Construcción .................................................611 028716 Valoser Obras .............................................................642 016954

BUTCHERS Juan’s Carniceria (Mojácar Playa) ........................950 478409

CAKES TO ORDER Alison’s Homemade British Cakes .............................639 028517

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Occasion Cupcakes (Velez Rubio) ............................634 329403 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 The Cake Boutique (Arboleas) ............................+44 7800 892244 Colin the Card (Albox) .........................................…..650 600032 Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 118043 CAMPSITES Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Camping el Cantal (Mojacar) ................................... 950 478204 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) ……….................……950 615596 Campsite Marion (Vera) .............................................607 316553 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

CAR HIRE Al Andalus Car Hire ...................................................664 269440 Auto Corner (Limousines) .....................950 069198 / 667 439671 Caracola (Mojácar) .............................950 473157 / 637 545814 Costa Coches (Mojácar) ........................950 459208 / 950 069272 Europcar .................................................................950 615101 Mo-Car (Mojácar) ................................950 478307 / 626 976973

CARPENTRY Bédar Madera (Bédar) ................................................687 503181 Cutler’s Carpentry .................................................697 907708 Go2 Joinery & Services ...........................................674 963957 Mojacar Carpentry & Home Improvements ...............603 688622 Simon the Woodworker .............................................667 989270 Unicraft …..............................................................…692 176069 Wildwood Bespoke Joinery ......................................634 328574

CARPET CLEANING Jones’s Mobile Valeting ............................................661 571939

CATERING / EVENTS See also Wedding & Party Planning Elite Cuisine ..........................................................610 Hog Roasts .............................................................671 The Whole Hog / Hog Roast parties ..968 485729 / 618 Soft Ice Cream and Frozen Yoghurt Machines............600

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Solvi Car (Mojácar) …………....................................950 478151 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095

CATTERY see Kennels CBD SPECIALISTS

CAR WASH & VALETING

CBD Natural (Huércal Overa) ..............950 882237 / 661 373684

Denis’s Car Wash (Mojácar Playa) ...............................643 198320 Jones’s Mobile Valeting ............................................661 571939

CHILDREN & BABY CARD SHOPS

Baby Basics (Equipment Hire, Albox) ........................950 104345 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) ..............................634 322475 Meditania, Children’s Activity Centre (Turre) ...........661 751244 Funky Monkeys, Pre-school Group (Mojácar) .....……697 264179 Smartie Pants the Clown ............................................617 815221 The Baby Hire Centre ..............................................615 806126

CHIMNEY SWEEPING & REPAIRS Paul the Chimney Sweep …………..617 150300 / 850 993057 Sammy Sweep ..........…............................…………..619 070839

CHINESE & ASIAN RESTAURANTS Chino Peking (Garrucha) .............................................950 132948 Dragon Chino (Las Buganvillas) ..................................950 133226 Gran Muralla (Albox) ................................................950 120166

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Gran Muralla (Turre) ……............................................950 618880 COMPUTERS Palacio Imperial Marina (Mojácar Playa) ….................950 472208 Advance Digital ........................................................616 506569 Restaurante Asia - Maribo Kitchen (Mojácar Playa) ...950 110420 Beep (Garrucha) ……………..................................….950 133059 Compleo Personal I.T. Centre .................................….950 393689 CHIROPODIST & PODIATRISTS Clinica Podológica (Garrucha) ..................................950 132768 In-Step (Arboleas) ...................................................634 330067 iPIE (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 500336 / 623 380187

Kim White (Vera Playa) ………...................................637 149659

CIVIL ENGINEERS Isabel Morales ........................................................617 749105

CLAIRVOYANCY / PSYCHIC READINGS Anna (Tarot) ……….........................................………670 Beverley Kearns .....................................................600 Chrissie Cremore ....................................................634 Psychic Karen (Turre) ….........................................663

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Connexions (Turre) ...................................................950 479502 C.Y.G. Vera ...........................................................950 393350 Don Robinson .........................................................646 587746 Dynos Informatica (Albox) …………...................……..950 430806 George’s Sales & Repair (Vera Playa) ..950 042338 / 661 375489 IKamale-on ……………...............................................950 616521 Infordatox (Albox) .....................................................950 633223 Mark Adamou (Mojácar) .....................634 324918 / 634 306799 Mr. Micro (Turre) ....................................................950 479502 PC Playa (Mojácar) .................................................634 356498 PRYS Informatica (Antas) ........................................617 382511 Paul Wieder (Mojácar) ..............................................617 830696

CONSERVATORIES

AA Window Doctor ......................…............................630 231644 Sello Gráfico (Mojácar Playa) ..................................607 424452 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…..........................677 152911 Rascals Designs ............................... 950 064665 / 686 582140 SpeedyFit ........................................950 472357 / 600 006032 Tikka Uniforms (Mojácar) ….......................................667 479903 COUNSELLING / HEALING

CLOTHING (Personalised)

CLEANING SERVICES Amba Cleaners ........................................................697 516955 Chris .......................................................................627 565049 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 Crystal Clear ............................................................637 229464 Daisy Proaño Alcivar (Contract & private) ……...….663 538596 Dusters Cleaning Company .....................................683 547581 Idea (Mojácar) .. ......................................................605 162709 Jone’s Upholstery & Rug cleaning ….........…………661 571939 Limpiezas Cristina …..............................................…660 306695. Limpiezas Maxlim (Palomares) …..…...678 567783 / 629 680161 Steve’s Deep Cleaning .....................................0044 7821 435275 Upholstery & Leather Cleaning .................................636 193256 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634 328911

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Acupuncture & Massage ...........................................637 120429 Anushree Krementz (Healing / Satsang) ...................672 721096 Barbara Clarke ...........................................................637 469937 Chrissie Cremore (Reiki)............................................634 349638 Donald Mackinnon (Hypnotherapist) ........................628 651022 Emotional Freedom Technique .................................642 829305 Eve Morgan .............................................................647 203652 Fred Smithers (Acupuncture) ...............950 930456 / 618 107351 Gill Ballard (Healer/Counsellor) ...............................663 336655 Heaven Scent Holistics ...........................................663 923733 Hypnotherapy (Karen) .............................................663 477658 Dr. Jane Thompson (Psychotherapy)...968 485729 / 618 920126 Karen Green (Holistic Therapist) .........615 163416 / 850 993150 Kate Roberts ...........................................................950 469540 Malcolm Forrest-Hazell (Counsellor/Psychotherapist) ...693 489725 Natural Health (Mojácar) ............UK 0783 4872273 / 658 638142 Shiatsu (Wendy) ....................................................671 851135 Sue Osman (Therapist) ……...............950 473021 / 600 847964 Susan Hales (Tarot) ............................................... 643 960118 VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ........................................ 643 102335 Dr. Wanda Broeshart ................................................610 243327

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Curtainsandthings.................................................……678 684564 Solo Style ………...............................950 528334 / 626 319907 Unicraft Upholstery ...................................................692 176069

CYBERCAFES Can Connect (Albox) …........................................…..950 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 Total Entertainment (Turre) ........................................950 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) …….............................950

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CYCLING Zen Cycle Mojácar ....................................................643 722762

DAMP PROOFING Pukka Plastering & Damp Proofing (Almanzora area) .692 596681 Southern Spain Damp Proofing .................................652 358672

DENTISTS / DENTAL TREATMENT

CRAFTS Elaine's Wools (Arboleas) ........................................667 273889 R.F. (Marquetry) .....................................................711 003476 Simply Art (Albox) …...................................................662 443095

CURRENCY Currencies Direct (Mojácar) ...............950 478914 / 626 916443 Global Currency Exchange (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 615319

Centro Dental Dr. Cremades (Vera) ........................950 390655 Clinica Dental (Albox) ..............................................950 120732 Clinica Dental, Multicentro (Mojácar) ........................950 478989 Clinica Dental Palomares .....................950 109710 / 670 878427 Clinica Dental, Parque Comercial (Mojácar) .............950 478534 Clinica Dental Saludent (Huércal-Overa) ……………..950 135672 Dentalbox (Albox) .........................................................950 121284 Nadal Pérez, M A (Turre) .........................................950 479444 Odonto Stetic (Los Gallardos) ...........722 706732 / 950 398993 Puerta de Vera (Vera) ........................................950395319 Valero Martinez (Garrucha) ………............................950 132047

CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS

DIET PLANS & WEIGHT LOSS

Cambridge 1:1 Weight Plan (Ali & Kathy) 634 308906 / 711 008228 Cortinas Gredécor (Vera / Huércal-Overa) ..................950 391361 Image (Helen) ........................950 930192 / 665178326

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Issysweigh (Albox) ...................................................600 Pam (Turre) ..............................................................639 VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ........................................ 643 Vicki (Turre) .............................................................650

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DIGGER HIRE See Excavation DIVING See Scuba Diving DOCTORS & CLINICS (Private)

Lulu’s (Albox) ...................................950 952940 / 600 046557 Pampered Pooches (All areas)..................................662 344734 Pelitos (Los Gallardos) ..............................................637 286176 Shampooch professional pet grooming ........................642 276442 SoloPerros (Turre) ..................................................674 509382 Ulti-Mutt (Mojácar Playa) ...........+44 7894747657 / 634 332578

DOG TRAINING Didi Arias (Mojácar) ……............................................639 724521

Analysis Clinic (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 475282 Centro Médico Mojácar ...............................................950 475105

DOORS See Windows & Doors DRY CLEANERS City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 390255

DVD & VIDEO Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 Total Entertainment (Turre) ...950 468295 ...(Mojácar) 950 VHS to DVD conversion .. ........................................647

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ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS Eco1 (Garrucha) .........................................................627 690056

ELECTRICAL GOODS Clinica Medica Garrucha ……...........950 133157 / 617 404500 Dr. Maria Rose (Garrucha) ..........................................950 132803 Centro Comercial Almanzora (Olula del Rio) .............950 442012 Euroclinicas (Vera) ........................................................950 391300 Centro Ferretería Lopez Mojácar ...........................950 473111 De Pablo S.L. (Vera) ..............................................950 390129 DOG GROOMING Electro Ahorro (Albox) .............................................950 121069 Anita (5 Bone Kennels) …………......................……662 344734 Electro Hogar Rodriguez S.L. (Garrucha)..................950 460832 Berta Ayora (Turre) ..................................................637 395775 Euronics .............. (Albox) 950 430702 (Garrucha) 950 460832 Brigbe’s Dog Grooming ...........................................630 557123 ELECTRICIANS Centro Garras (Huércal-Overa) ............950 616820 / 617 456548 ChuchosChic (Mojácar) ........................950 168778 / 621 231369 A1 Services ………....................................................679 631458 Abbott Electrical ….............................638 010691 / 950 137208 Andy …..............................…................950 438237 / 679 656450 Andy Lake - Williams Electrical ..............................…..677 741366 Baltasar .....................................................................655 691107 Bédar Directo .............................................................689 702916 Charlie Fyre ................................................................686 833444 Connexions (Turre) ……..............................………….950 479502 DJT Electrical Services (Vera) .............686 817945 / 626 578164 ElectroTorres .....................................677 530410 / 610 750771 Elite Dog Grooming (Albox) …….…...........................617 313587 Luis (Clinica Veterinaria Garrucha) ....950 132200 / 628 663616

EMI Electrical Installations .......................................673 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 Francisco Montoya (Mojácar) .........................……….687 N.E.Electrics (Arboleas).............................................634

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Peace of Mind 24/7 ............................................... 637 974662 Sabrina Lloyd ..........................................................661 055440 Zlatan ................................................630 207864 / 682 277576 Sharna Knight (Vocalist & Entertainer) ....................0044 7340 638513 Sharon-Elizabeth Regan ........0044 7858 459637 / 666 673055 ELECTRO-DOMESTICO REPAIRS Shirin (bellydancer) .................................................607 805367 Damaso ...................................................................647 292966 Short-Fuse Blues Band...............................................651 610189 Smartie Pants the Clown ............................................617 815221 ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES Solo Simon ...............................................................667 989270 CDB Natural (Huércal-Overa) ...................................950 882237 Spotlight Entertainment (Karaole, disco etc.) .............634 311652 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) ......634 322475 / 633 629883 Starry Jazz trio/quintet .............................................645 886919 Voluta's Place (Mojácar Playa) …...............................699 975552 Sue Moretta .............................................................672 148730 The Fat Lizard Band .....(English) 651 045120 (Esp) 617 464728 ENTERTAINERS Abbie Lou (Female vocalist) .......................................687 340544 The Opium Buddhas ………………….687 033106 / 667 989270 Amy Amy Amy Tribute Band ....................................645 886919 Tom Lee ……............................................................671 754851 Ashley Cathcart .......................................................693 486788 Tony Matthews (Quiz organiser) ..............................634 391414 Blues Brothers ........................................................680 355376 Tony Justice ……….............................950 950797 / 637 159249 Bob Management .......................................................666 310251 Trio Chaos ................................................................687 361440 Brendan O'Dee (Singer/Guitarist) ..............................610 855964 Triple Trouble Blues Band ........................................671 754851 Brian Dee ………........................................................647 897533 ESTATE AGENTS Carol George (Female Vocalist) ............................634 285009 Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450 Catchlove Music (Varied styles duo)…...................678 397536 AlmeríaCasas ...........................................................950 387852 DJ Digit-Al ...............................................................634 338014 Almería Homes ................................0044 1273 929286 / 950 930 259 Dominic Doolittle ......................................................634 353525 Almeria Property Finder (Albox) ................................950 431624 Driftwood …….............................................................687 672028 Almería Prop. Investments (Las Buganvillas).950 460874 / 666 260792 Dynamite International Rock Band ............................666 310251 Angel Property (Palomares) .....................................950 618054 Emma Wild ..............................................................642 276385 Antonio Martinez de la Casa (Energy certs)..............950 092094 Flamenco Dancer (English speaking) ...............687480694 Arboleas Property Shop .................…....................…958 003391 Francisco J. ‘Pasus’ ..........................950 397401 / 699 510966 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914 Funky Nomad ..........................................................643 256459 Calida Homes (Arboleas)......................950 430763 / 634 302801 Georges Femenias (vocalist/guitar) ……...…………….634 300356 Casa y Campo (Lubrin) (See p.17) .........................678 587007 Good stand in drummer ...........................................648 699733 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) ..........950 134434 / 649 777218 GuitarMac ( Guitar/Vocals ) .....................................634 340476 Citrus Homes ...........................................................638 849254 Harmony Duo .........................................................687 340544 Cole's of Andalucia ...............................950 469592 / 659 265907 Jill Farmiloe (Female vocalist) .................................607 443908 Complete Holiday Care .......................950 478612 / 610 808631 Jim Mackie (Piano Man) ..........................................651 751629 Cortijos Almería …………............……........................676 916088 JuJu Entertainment ............................950 950797 / 697 462746 D & D Property Care, Sales & Rentals .....643 335386 / 643 337063 Kay Frances (Vocalist) ........................950 069288 / 689 404244 Dream Homes Almería (Arboleas) ...............................697 875717 Kayleigh Easton (vocals) ...................................... 642 581198 Kev Moore .............................................................600 762856 Kris Kelly (Female Vocalist) .................................. 634 374525 Lady Ellen Sings .............................673 459331 / 677 475268 Loose Change ..............................................................671 754851 M & M's Rock & Roll Revue ...................................699 462859 M Soul & Motown (all music styles) ........................634 340409 Maurice Casanove ....................................................671 386947 Maximum Output Karaoke /Disco ............................697 317557 Mel J (Female Vocalist) ........................................664 111990 Melodee (Duo) ................................610 855964 / 664 111990 Melodeemusic (Backing Tracks & Recording Studio).....610 855 964 Menta & Canela Duo ..............................................645 886919 Españarural (Albox) ............................950 102505 / 654 359607 Northern Lights Karaoke …...............................……..697 500673 Euroxan (Vera) .........................................................699 067922 Phil and The Invisibles ..................... 950 475752 / 651 045120 Fincas Vera Playa ..............................950 460670 / 639 314767 Richard Hill ..............................................................670 243461 Find Me A Home .................................951 914195 / 636 266641 Roadrunner (duo) ......................... 628 122363 / 684 330431 FW Properties ................................634 325152 / 634 352285 Robin Lamble ..........................................................602 469425 Grupo Platinum Estates (San Juan) .950 466122 / 666 687251 Rocio Starry (Vocalist) .............................................645 886919 Holmes for Homes (Arboleas) ..........850 993099 / 664 012024 Roy Fox ..............................................................711 003476 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447

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Indal-futur S.L. (Mojácar) ……............950 615156 / 609 Indalo Real Estate ...........................950 091137 / 616 Indasol Mojácar S.L. .................................................950 Inmobiliaria Almanzora ..................... 9501 20406 / 637 InmoTerreros (San Juan) ...............950 096180 / 666 K7 Mojácar ...............................................................950

026526 Realtors MB Spain ..................................................678 347125 760409 472200 251238 255765 478555

Rural Almería (Mojácar Playa) ................................…950 472200 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Sol y Mar (Albox) ...............................950 064584 / 635 979829 Sonia Cantalejo Bueno (Energy Certs.)......................608 147640 Spanish Estate Agents (Albox) ………950 431855 / 661 143871 Linnitt Properties (Turre).............................................950 479054 Spanish Hideaways (Oria) ....................634 366672 / 676 604008 Mojácar Estates (See p.49)......................................950 478935 Spain Assured .....................................950 469622 / 634 300020 Spain Property Finder …..............……........................686 878789 Spanish Property Choice (Mojácar Playa)...................950 615388 Sun Med Properties (Vera Playa) ............................…..950 618209 Vaitier SL (Cabrera) .....................................................609 626140 Veritas Homes (Mojácar) ............................950 472430 / 610 053563 VIP Almería (Mojácar Playa) (See back)..950 472524 / 617 587903 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827

Mojacarmar ......................................950 475891 / 636 903184 Multicasa Aguilas .................................................... 968 493009 Neinor Homes (Mojácar) ..........................................900 110022 New Horizon Villas (Zurgena) ..................................950 438221 New One Stop (Mojácar) ..........................................950 473040 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) (See back cover)950 475800 / 607 146352 Next Stop Almería (See p.3)..............950 617518 / 678 034651 Nicla Property Consultancy S.L. ............950 133508 / 628 585538 WPMS Inmobiliario (Villaricos) ..........678 321111 / 950 618697

EVENT MANAGEMENT See also Wedding and Party Planning JuJu Entertainment .............................950 950797 / 697 462746

EXCAVATION Aridos Mojácar S.L. (Vera)

.....................................650 914257

Okisur (Mojácar) .........................................................950 472010 Olive Property Sales (Bédar)(See cover) .950 469624 / 687 938466 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) (See p.52/53).....950 478915 Property Floor Plans ................................................619 672431 Real Almería Property (Mojácar) .......950 336 769 / 620 368194

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Bob (Mini digger) (Albox) ..........................................642 Diego Ramos S.L. (Los Gallardos) ……..............…..647 El Cano SL )Mojácar) ................................................950 Elite Plant Hire (JCB) ………….................................636 MD Digger Hire & Construction.................................634 Nash Groundworks ...................................................722

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EXCURSIONS Andinas Buggy Treks ..............................................645 984122 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Costa Almería Tours ..................................................646 760389 Day Tours Almería ............................651 592836 / 645 253155 Indalo Quads (Mojácar) ...........................................634 315074 Mojácar Jeep Tours .................................................611 028716 Mountain Biking Spain …...............……637 831509 / 661 178656 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) …..........……...……………..642 1185467

FABRICS Curtains with Style ...........................950 069032 / 678 811125 Material Girl Fabric Warehouse (Albox) ................0044 7393 665954

FASHION Dandara (Garrucha) ................................................950 617013 Etcetera (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................950 532810 Garabatis (Children's) Mojácar Playa …..........………670 035630 Glad Rags (Albox) ……….........................................634 313071 Offshore Money Management .............952 830916 / 950 398078 H & R Men's Fashion (Albox) …................................692 682164 FIREPLACES Liz Fashion Accessories (Garrucha) .627 970819 / 607 511179 Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 Modern Times (Mojácar Playa) …..........…………….950 475207 FITNESS & DANCE Oasis Fashions (Mojácar Playa) ................................950 473222

See also Activities-Clubs-Associations Alison .....................................................................666 Ananda Yoga & Holistic Centre (Mojácar) ...............617 Aqua Aerobics - Marianne (Arboleas) .......................637 Club Deportivo Puerto Rey ......................................950

Palme (Mojácar Playa) ............................................950 472813 Prins Vitali (Mojacar) ….............................................950 478690 Saga Boutique (Mojácar) .........................................950 475258 Sunflower (Mojácar) ...............0044 7596 063544 / 600 880525 Taylor’s Hats, Caps & Accessories (Mojácar) ..........950 475877

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS Aero Extinción S.L. (Almería) …............………………..950 263565 Extin-Torres S.L. (Mojácar) ............................................950 475067

FINANCIAL SERVICES AMASS ……......................................................……..678 035992 Blacktower (See p.111) .........................................657 684094 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Currencies Direct (Mojácar) …....…...…950 478914 / 626 916443 Indalo Partners ........................................................950 472242 Kennedy Financial Services .........................................678 035992

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Debbie James (Personal training) (Mojácar) ...........687 619239 Dorothy Rowntree, personal trainer (Mojácar)..........666 815838 Fitness For All (Bédar) ………..........…………………..647 593323 Gimnasio Formas (Turre) .............................................950 468065 Gympower (Personal trainer) (Albox) ......................609 591606 Javi Orta, personal trainer (Mojácar) .........................651 693681 Jova Sport Center (Mojácar Playa) ............................950 473137 Platino Gym (Mojácar Playa) .....................................950 284845 Sano Centre (Albox) ...................................................610 544306 Sano Centre (Huércal-Overa) ..................................666 021259 Sierra Club Desert Springs ........................................687 599115 Sol Yoga Centre (Arboleas) .........................................686 400331 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) ...........................950 449451 Valle Del Este Spa & Health Centre ..........................950 548600 VaVa Yoga Studio (Vera) .........................................643 102335 Vicki’s Fitness & Slimming ........................................650 764623 Yoga therapies & slimming (Turre & Vera) ....................643 102335

FISHING Orca Steve Sea Fishing (Mojacar/Garrucha) ……… 634 352873 Pete Fishing Trips (Mojácar/Garrucha) …..................634 379173 Rio 600 Boat Fishing (Sid & Graham). 647 020929 / 647 803030

FISH & CHIPS Kingfisher (Pueblo Laguna) ......................................663 553001 The Chippy (La Alfoquía) ........................................634 324484

AA Window Doctor ..............……….........................…630 231644 Armadillo …..............................................................663 303350 Bugs ...........................................................................600 049515 Coastal Mosquitoes ...........................606 040462 / 610 000700 Curtains with Style .........................950 069032 / 678 811125 Dave ........................................................................634 351275 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 SpeedyFit ..............................................950 472357 / 600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564 Tony Justice ...................................…..950 950797 / 637 159249 Mojácar Home Improvements .........................…….950 473104

FOOD SHOPS Catch of the Day UK Fishmonger ........ 634 301490 / 634 304288 Eurowise (Albox) ……………….............................…..950 439801 Gastronomía (Delicatessen) (Las Buganvillas) .......950 132048 La Venta de Alfaix Minimarket (Alfaix) ..........................950 469660 Las Buganvillas Minimarket ………........................…..635 036408 Manoli (Arboleas) …...................................................627 941654 Price Busters (Albox) .................................................950 951494 Sol Supermercado (Albox) ….......................................950 430043 Spar Supermarket (Huércal-Overa) ...........…………..950 135222 Spices n' Herbs in Spain (Albox)...............................689 482694 Super Corner (Turre)..........................950 468303 / 637 016107 The Corner Shop (Albox) ………………950 930539 / 680 776791

FLORISTS Hortiflor (Mojácar) ....................................................950 478985 Isamy Florist (Los Gallardos) ...................................670 215902 LIS Florist (Garrucha) ................................................950 460901 Penny’s Florist (Mojacar) ..........................................645 351767 Persa Floristas (Albox) …….......................................950 120211

FLY SCREENS

FUNCTION VENUES Miraflores Restaurant (Camping Los Gallardos) .........650 418954

FUNERAL COMPANIES CollyFer (Huércal Overa) …….............617 456259 / 617 456335

Funeral Homes Robles (Cuevas) ..............................657 921383 Funeraria Ntra. Sra. de las Angustias (Vera) 950 390884 / 607 705672 Funeraria Pérez (Mojácar) (See next page) .............950 478102

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FUNERAL PLANS Avalon Europe S.L. ............................950 069012 / 634 321296 Golden Leaves Funeral Plans (Benitachell)............. 966 493082 Iberian Funeral Plans ...........................951 203994 / 965 993498

FURNITURE PACKAGES Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ....................................950 132458

FURNITURE, RUSTIC/HANDMADE La Buena Artesania (Mojácar) ....................................950 475508 Prosecco Tables ..............................................0044 7709 244366 The Furniture Doctor .............................................667 989270

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Abodes (Mojácar Playa) ...............................................697 778355 Continental Descanso (Antas) 950 459011 (Albox) ...950 633288 El Rincón de Mueble ....(Vera)950 460867 (Antas) 950 459071 Elleann’s Homestyle .................................................674 514999 Embargos Bestiales (Antas El Real) ......................950 105711 Fig Furnishings (Mojácar Playa) ...............................643 065179 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarrón)....968 153907 / 678 083491

GARDENS 24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Antas Garden Centre (El Real) .............................610 243838 Cedar Landscapes …….............……....................…620 112193 Chris (Gardening) .................................................711 011254 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Indalocio Garden Furniture & BBQs .(See p.13)........850 993090 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 Jardin Natural ............................................................685 478187 L & M Landscapes .................................................670 409538 La French Touch ......................................................607 226269 Lady Muck Gardening .............................................697 317557 Luke's Landscapes and Gardens ............................641 684017 Madera Mania (Garden Supplies) ….........................667 562872 Mel Wood Landscapes ...................................0044 7973843706 Mobile Shredder & Mulch Garden Service .............687 024884 Nash Groundworks ..................................................722 546192 Potty Finca Services ..................……..950 163930 / 616 855294

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GOLF TUITION Gareth Edwards (Cortijo Grande) …...........................950 Marcus (Mojácar) .....................................................610 Neil Evans (Desert Springs Golf Resort) ............... 638 Valle del Este (Vera) ...............................................676

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GRASS, ARTIFICIAL Grass 4 U .................................................................638 574145 Greenfingers Arboleas S.L. ..........……......……………629 947633 Inspired (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) .................... 950 147763 Nash Groundworks .....................................................722 546192 Tiger Turf ............................................950 431624 / 635 652745 Riegos y Conducciones (Antas, El Real) .................950 459146 GUTTERING The Tidy Gardener .................... 0044 7957167633 / 634 318369 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634 328911 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196

HAIR, HEALTH & BEAUTY

GAS INSTALLATION & REPAIRS

Smith Plumbing (Spanish Authorised).........................950 468041 Affinity Beauty Treatments (Turre) ............................678 Amazing Nails .........................................................641 Anavi Estillistas (Palomares) .....................................670 Angela Ellis - Holistic Therapist ...............................642 Avon Co-ordinator (Jane) ……...................................670 Avon Cosmetics (Arboleas) ………........................….691 Avon Cosmetics (Bedar) ...........................................950 Avon Cosmetics (Húercal Overa) …....647 092010 / 950 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos) .............................687 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos camping ) ..............950 Avon Cosmetics (Turre & Vera) .................................643 Avon (Total Entertainment, Albox) .............................950 Avon (Total Entertainment, Arboleas) ........................678 Beaches (Hair & Beauty) (Mojácar) (See p.15) ....950 GAS TANK SUPPLIERS Gas Alboran ..........................................656 662000 / 950 259382 Beauty by Marilyn ....................................................950 Beauty Center (Mojácar) (See p.37)..........................687 GIFT SHOPS Bonita Hair & Beauty Salon (Mojácar) ......................643 Isabella (Vera Playa) ......................................................637 188901 CDB Natural (Skin care) (Huércal-Overa) ................950 Carlos Barber Shop (Mojácar Playa)..........................610 GLASS CURTAINS Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Centro Estética (Mojácar Playa) …..................………950 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…...........................677 152911 Claire & Inma (Mojácar Playa) ...................................950

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SpeedyFit .......................................950 472357 / 600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

GLAZING (Supply & Repair) AA Window Doctor ......................…............................630 Cristalería Mojácar …............................................…..950 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 Cristalería Rubi (Vera) ………......................................950 SpeedyFit ............................................950 472357 / 600

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GOLD & JEWELLERY BUYING Cash4Gold ...............................................................643 844247 Gold & Jewellery Buying ...........................................616 453813 Cloud 9 (Mojácar) .........................................................662 226086 Cutting Edge (Hair & Beauty) (Albox) .........................950 633086 GOLF COURSES Dave Eccles (Mobile Hairdresser) ......950 525790 / 687 033106 Aguilon Golf (Pulpi) ......................................………..672 655600 Donna's (Albox)..................................950 930167 / 628 669456 Cortijo Grande ..........................................................950 479176 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) ............................... 663 561521 Desert Springs ........................................................637 861591 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) Yasmin ......................656 646257 Macenas Beach Golf ...................…....................…..950 548240 Elaine Mobile Hairdresser (Coast & Inland).................634 379424 Marina Golf ..............................................................950 133230 Elegance (Turre) ......................................................634 308877 Valle del Este ...........................................................950 398743

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Etticut (Turre) .............................................................667 971960 Farrow's Hair Design (Arboleas) .................................950 634346 Forever Chic (Palomares)(See p.22) .....................601 634193 Heaven Scent (Huércal-Overa) ……....................…..663 923733 Holistic Treatments (Ali) ...........................................634 308906 IIsabel Castaño (Hairdresser, Bédar) ..666 045552 / 950 469462 Jean & Co.(Mojácar Playa) ……..............................…950 615094 Jenny’s Hair Design (Albox) .....................................620 447858 Kyra Beauty Salon (Arboleas) ...........950 106294 / 643 357906 Jing Nails .................................................................622 251432 Julian Hair Design ....................................................634 354507 Julie Rodriguez .......................................................634 338017 Kim White (Beauty)(Vera & Mobile) ………...……….637 149659 Lavender and Lemons ..............................................643 790511 LU & NA (Valle del Este) …….............................…950 461113 Marcela Torres (Manicure & Pedicure) .....................697 421672 Miki Designe (Villaricos) ............................................635 867757 Naturalmente Mediterraneo (Skin care) (Garrucha) …655 299494 Nicole Andreano (Las Buganvillas) ..........................675 622216

Wacky Barber & Hairdresser (Mojácar) ....................667 961645

Wavelengths (Albox) .............................................…950 120309

HARDWARE OUTLETS Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Ferretería Gonzalez (Mojácar) ……….........................666 471384 Ferretería López (Mojácar) ……..................................950 615026 Ferretería Longo (Albox) ……....................................950 430064 Ferretería Soler (Garrucha) ……..................................950 460073

HEALTH FOODS Girasol (Albox) ….......................................................639 089170 Las Hierbas de Maria (Mojácar) ..............…………….657 513990

HEALING See Counselling/Healing HEATING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.35).......647 247494 / 950 092604 Graham (oil heating) ……….....................................620 112193 Neater Heater ………...................................………….634 312171

Oceanic Massage Therapies (Mojácar)...666 710964 / 687 619239 HIRE Opulence (La Alfoquía) …...........................................619 467295 Pascal Chevallier Emporium (Mojácar) ........................950 472790 Baby Basics (Equipment Hire) ...................................950 104345 Pampered Beauty Centre (Palomares) .650 092766 / 950 618129 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................634 322475

Pure Natural Deodorant ...........................................950 066163 R retreat (Cucador) ……...........…...............................626 144680 Room 97 (La Alfoquia) .............................................683 479261 Salon de Peluqueria y Estetica (Garrucha) ...............950 133162 Sarah Noble (mobile hairdresser) ...........................692 195500 Shiatsu Centro de Terapia (Huércal Overa) .............671 851135 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) ...........................950 449451 Stella’s Hair & Beauty (Las Buganvillas) ..................950 699973 Sunlight Spain (Herbal Products) ...............................684 212474 VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ........................................ 643 102335

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Expecting a Baby (Almanzora Valley) ....950 436581 / 666 375688 Sound Systems ..........................…............................630 231644

HOME CARERS see also Nursing Angels Nursing Group ...............................................902 Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 Helping Hands Mojacar ............................................678 Michaela Talbot .........................................................622

026468 333442 590988 015765

HORSE RIDING Centro Hipico Valle del Almanzora .........................691 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ...............................................639 Media Legua Equestrian Centre (Vera) ..............……667 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) .................................642 Sanctuary Limaria .....................................................628

241878 724521 243561 HYGIENE & FOOD HANDLING 118546 239696 Grupo Sedesa (Vera) ...............................................950 390990

HOTELS & HOSTALS

INSURANCE

Casona Granado (Nr Lubrin) ...................................950 069077 Hostal Don Tadeo (Villaricos) ..................................950 467105 Hostal El Olivar (Mojácar Pueblo) .........950 472022 / 672 019767 Hostal Muria (Villaricos) ..............................................642 050290 Hostal Playa Azul (Villaricos) ................950 467075 / 609 386282 Hotel Al Sur (Calabardina) .........................................968 419466 Hotel Carlos 111 (Aguilas) ......................................968 411650 Hotel Carmona (Vera) ..............................................950 390760 Hotel - Casa Rural, Cortijo de la Media Luna (Mojácar) 950 478813 Hotel El Paso (Aguilas) ….........................................968 447125 Hotel Family (Agua Amarga) ......................................950 138014 Hotel Madrid (Aguilas) ................................................968 411109 Hotel Mamabel's (Mojacar Pueblo) .....950 472448 / 663 700542 Hotel Mayari (Calabardina) .................620 629508 / 968 409338 Hotel Overa .............................................................950 470879 Hotel Playa (Mojácar) ..................................................600 350382 Hotel Puntazo (Mojácar) ...........................950 478265 / 950 478 229 Hotel Rural Azabache (Arboleas)..................................690 258813 Hotel Mexico (Puerto Rey) ......................................950 132061 Hotel Salinas (Cabo de Gata) .....................................950 370103 Hotel & Spa Don Juan (Aguilas) ................................968 493493 Hotel Tikar (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617131 Hotel Valhalla (Carboneras) ......................................950 130444 Hotel Valle del Este ...................................................950 398743 Hotel Virgen del Mar (Mojácar) ..................................902 472222 La Esperanza (Mojácar Playa) ..........686 906624 / 606 916055 Las Colinas Suitotel (San Juan de Los Terreros) .........950 466353 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250

Adeslas ............................................950 472701 / 633 431900 Albox Insurance .......................................................950 121943

HOUSE & PET SITTING

Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450

ASSSA Seguros (Vera) (See p.31) ..........……………950 392487 Asisa (Vera) ................................................................950 391950 Axa .....................................................950 478763 / 609 667333 BWI Bryan White Insurance (Mojácar) ......................950 472098

Chris Leek ...................................................................642 608805 David .............................................................................. 950 099905 Linda Pettit ...............................................................642 016954 Louise B. (LouB’s) ....................................................664 038031 Sharon Presley ..........................................................648 069200

HOUSE CLEARANCE Almeria Castaño House Clearance .......611 028716 / 950 110404 Items For Sale Mojácar .......................694 439275 / 950 478753 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699

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Catalana Occidente (Palomares) ..............................950 618054 Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Playa) .........................950 478307 Edward William (Marine Insurance) ……………….….952 476090 García & Trinidad (Albox) …….............950 120340 / 620 240563 Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 473192 Grupo Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Pueblo) 950 478061 / 653 806908 Ibex Insurance Services Ltd (Mojácar & Albox) ........950 120070

UKTV Almería ....................................850 993202 / 694 440184

INTERNET PROVIDERS Albox Online ..........................................................950 091111 Connexions (Turre) ……..............................…………..950 479502 Next .............................................................................950 479369 Plusnet ................................................744 610389 / 850 992555 GSF Communications ...............................................950 473102 Satcomms ..............................................951 406556 / 622 524335

INTERPRETING/TRANSLATIONS 1-2-1 Translations (Spanish, English, Norwegian)......662 390453 Alpha Interpreting and Translation .......950 133508 / 677 530690 Andrés (Mojácar) ........................................................679 932632 Antonio García Russell (Mojácar) ..............................606 198958 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Carolina Pérez Gallardo (Sworn Translator) ..............647 863745

Liberty Seguros (Turre) ….................950 479568 / 620 179206 Liberty Seguros (See p.23) ......................................913 422549 Mapfre (Mojácar) ...950 478151 (Garrucha)................950 617376 Maxine Morgan Liberty Seguros (Las Buganvillas) ........669 074 996 Mojácar Insurance ...................................................634 323399 Sol y Mar (Albox) ……….....................950 064584 / 654 590258 Sol Insure ………..........................................………..950 472098

INTERIOR DESIGN Evie Fox-Rayner ................................603 493163 / 653 714767 Curtains with Style (See p.21) ..........950 069032 / 678 811125 Deco-house (Ann) .....................................................666 260792 Essential Solutions …….............................................627 245658 Lola Barranco ………..........................950 086116 / 691 261818

INTERNET CAFES see Cybercafes INTERNET TV

Carolyn (Mojácar area) ........................950 132905 / 608 692545 Cristina …….......................................................…..626 741386 Clara Mata ..............................................................629 132529 Donna González-Linnitt ...........................................699 067922 Elizabeth ..................................................................662 504734 Espanglish Translation & Interpreters . 950 390037 / 950 392876 Hind (Mojácar - French, Arabic, English) .................616 605341 Jenni (Almanzora valley area) ................................653 098329 Joanne Tissington ……………...................................637 267150 Kathryn Jones .........................................................629 931125 Laberinto (Spanish, English, French, Dutch) .............609 781438 Marcela Chávez Riveros (Mojácar) .......................... 676 951352 Marguerite ……....................................................…..687 814157 Marisa .......................................................................636 179128 Michaela Talbot .........................................................622 015765 Milena (Albox) ………....................……654 359607 / 711 794366 Mojácar Interpreting ................................................617 830513 Parsons Knows ........................................................672 668803 Pedro ......................................................................655 510420 Robert Boucher .........................................................693 618705 Simply Solved ………...............................................663 327091 Susi ..................................................................................617 920 190 Traducciones Levante ...............................................606 953775 Wendy Interpreter/Translator ................................. 661 194278 Yamile (Written Translations) ....................................626 207575

Connexions (Turre) ...............................................950 479502 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Europa Digital .......................................950 133233 / 678 332815 Ezetv .......................................................................950 091112 GSF Communications ................................................950 473102 IPTV UK ....................................................................603 613918 IPTV Spain UKTV ...............................654 617496 / 699 386277 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................634 322475 IRONING PC Playa (Mojácar) ......................................................634 356498 Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 S E Telecoms ............................................................697 780499 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184

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JEWELLERY Castellón (Bédar) .................. ....................................642 Jewellery Paula (Albox) ...........................................960 Joyería Pérez (Garrucha) ........................................950 La Luna (Garrucha) .................................................950

Harlequin Kitchens (Albox) ……........………………….619 584405 435909 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ....................................950 132458 430871 460636 132543

KENNELS, CATTERIES & PET SITTING Animal Hotel (Águilas) ..............................................639 722197 Boarding Kennels Los Llanos de Rosa (cats & dogs) ..629 448073 Country Kennel (Turre) .........................950 473011 / 627 564640 Dog & Cat Sitter Service …………………..................676 389592 Gail .....................................................693 769079 / 697 500673 Five Bone Hotel (Turre) ............................................630 234556 J.B. Kitchen Fitters (Turre) .......................................687 024884 KDI Kitchens .............................................................605 163613 La Lonja (Lorca) (See p.27) ........................................968 443322 Mojácar Home Improvements ....................................950 473104

Kareclif Cattery (Albox) ...........................................677 791165 Kit Cat Luxury Cat Suites (Los Gallardos) ..............674 113217 Palomino Kennels & Cattery ……....…671 916426 / 950 093087 Paws*A*While (Nr Albox) …....................................…696 562662 Pet Sitting in Your Home ………….......................…….637 061482 Sharon Presley ..........................................................648 069200 Sleepy Hollow (Huércal-Overa) ….............................617 313587 The Hilton Cattery ............................950 163489 / 664565479 Woodhouse Boarding Kennels/Cattery (Arboleas)….950 930585

KEY CUTTING

LANDSCAPING D & C Landscaping ..................................................634 359082 La French Touch .................. ..................................607 226269 Luke's Landscapes and Gardens ............................641 684017 Mel Wood Landscapes ...................................0044 7973843706 Nash Groundworks .....................................................722 546192

LAUNDERETTES Bish’s (Mojácar Playa) .............................................639 161725 The Laundry Room (Vera Playa) ...............................666 007824

LAUNDRIES City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 Clean Team Laundry Service ...................................634 Costa-Azul (Aguilas) ……..........................................968 Ivi's Lavanderia (Las Buganvillas) ............................950

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LEGAL SERVICES See also Solicitors KITCHENS 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Artizan (Vera) (See p.2) ..................…950 390635 / 661 985310 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Cocinas El Real (Los Gallardos) .........639 036051 / 622 232186 Cocinas Puntocom (Huércal-Overa) ...950 921975 / 722 136950 Complete Renovations .....................644 389255 / 672 379960 Ergo Küchen (Huércal-Overa) ...................................636 447730

ALO Services (Zurgena) ......................950 449179 / 667 994682 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Cam Concepts S.L. (Huércal-Overa) …......…………. 950 471357 Cervantes Alarcon Consulting (Garrucha) 950 106490 / 647 863787 Gecko Legal Services S.L. (Mojácar) 950 475949 / 638 264621 Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ........................950 473192 Gestoría Soria Bonilla (Mojácar) ................................950 478420

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Kim Clark UK Benefit advice ……..….950 169729 / 663 297568 Mayor Consulting (Garrucha) .......................................950 615185 Mojácar Playa Asesores ……........………...……………950 472710 Pilar Pérez Gestión S.L. (Mojácar) ............................950 478863 Vera Advisors (Vera) .................................................950 390621 MS Legal ..............................................950 479613 / 634 322827 Villalba Asesores (Albox) ..............................................950 431720

LEISURE ACTIVITIES and TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 Extreme Adventure Mojácar ......................................687 919840 Indalo Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073 Karting (Garrucha) ….........................................……950 460207 Lunar Cable Park (Cuevas del Almanzora) .................665 512873 Nautarium Sea Museum (Garrucha) ………........…..950 139554 Paintball Almanzor (nr. Arboleas) ..................………..619 559261 Paragliding ………................................635 243539 / 680 358549 Sol-Aero (Vera) ..................................609 685132 / 661 985358

LIGHTING Light & Luz (Vera) ...............................950 391804 / 686 457714

LOCKSMITHS

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24hr Locksmith (See previous page) ..950 472982 / 658 Guzman Seguridad (Albox) ..................950 431497 / 617 Locksmith (Dean) .....................................................666 Phil the Pick 24hr (Arboleas) …................................697

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LOGS FOR SALE Antonio Diaz .............................................................689 127535 Colin & Carlos ....................................660 903158 / 630 455328 Firewood Arboleas .................................................647 932078 Las Norias Carden Centre (Los Gallardos) ..............670 215902 Leña Ramos (Arboleas) ….........................................616 044719 Lee (Arboleas) ...........................................................636 092632 Leñas Cazorla (Turre) ...............................................607 827783 Levante Logs ............................................................670 243724 Log-On-Tommy …........................................................619 070839 Palm Deliveries (Albox) .....................950 122416 / 686 966008 Phil (Arboleas) …........................................................634 328779 Potty Finca Services ............................950 163930 / 616 855294

MARKETING Edela Media (Social Media) (Mojácar) ....................607 146352 Mojácar Business (Social Media) ............................950 680110

MASSAGE

FS Fabrications …..............…………..627 167167 / 671 Ideal Metal Designs ...................................................656 Metalbox (Albox) .......................................................950 P & D Metals ............................................................638 Speedy Fit Security Grilles ....................................600 The Metal Works ..............................950 930520 / 638

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MOBILE HOMES & CARAVANS Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Caravan Storage (Antas) …….............................….661 508776 Casa Móviles .....................................637 418906 / 951 161348 Cherribar Park Homes ............…………950 396908 / 629 688153 Flor de Vida (Aguilas) ..........................968 438535 / 660 329907 Hispavan (See p.39) ..................................................687 845730 Veramotor S.A. ...........................................................950 392552

Acupuncture & Massage ..........................................637 120429 Alternativa (Jessica Rippin) ......................................676 284170 Anushree (Cranio - Sacral -Therapy) ......................672 721096 Authentic Thai Massage (Jom) ..................................616 922612 MOTORCYCLES & QUADS Holistic Massage (Ali) ...............................................634 308906 D Perez Motor (Antas) ...............................................950 069022 Holistic Massage (Lorraine) ................950 064484 / 687 569113 Harley Dees …………................................................600 685550 Lymphatic Drainage & Cranio Sacral-Therapy (Gabi) 633 011442 Indalo Quads (Guided treks) ..................................634 315074 Montoya Motos (Garrucha) …...............................…..950 133033 Nafta Custom (Antas) ………...............950 619293 / 615 938352

NEWSAGENTS

Mike Sheehan (Neuromuscular Therapy) .....................657 050394 Oceanic Therapies (Mojácar) ......................................687 619239 Ray Daniel (Sports massage)………...........................617 741564 VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ............................................643 102335 Zen Massage (Mojácar & Bédar) .............................643 766935

MEALS DELIVERED Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442 Dine In .......................... .....................................+44 7852 468499 Hannah’s Kitchen ....................................................642 142745

METAL WORK AA Window Doctor ....................…............................630 Carpentería Metalica Chacón (Albox) …................950 Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) …............………….950 Coastal Rejas ...........................................................610

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Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Opticas Indalo (Carboneras) .......................................950 130707 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Opticas Indalo (San Isidro de Nijar) ...........................950 366200 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295 Óptica Albox …………….......................................…..950 121991 Optica Mahis (Vera) ………...................................…..950 390777 NURSING see also Home Carers Optica Orbera (Huércal Overa) ....................................950 135596 Angels Nursing Group ...............................................902 026468 Optica Orbera (Albox) .....................................950430101 Optica Villazar (Mojácar Playa) …............................….950 472783

Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442 Michaela Talbot .........................................................622 015765

NUTRITION Alternativa (Anne-Marie Pichon) ...............................666 966573 Ashlí (Naturopathic & nutritional therapies) ................643 102335

ONLINE MARKETING Donna González Linnitt .............................................699 067922

OPTICIANS Federopticos (Aguilas) ……........................................968 414468 Federopticas Diaz (Albox) ..........................................950 121122 Multiopticas Indalo (Garrucha) ...................................950 460665 Multiopticas Indalo (Mojacar) .....................................950 472285 Multiopticas Indalo (Campohermoso de Nijar) ............950 385082 Natural Optics (Garrucha) .........................................950 133921 Opticas Indalo (Garrucha) ..........................................950 133865

Opticalia (Albox) .....................................................950 121084 Primera Opticos (Aguilas) .........................................968 493482 Salas (Huércal Overa) ................................................950 135081 + Visión (Aguilas) …....................................................968 414279

OSTEOPATHS Alice Bellot (Mojacar & Arboleas) ….................………633 352259 Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) .................................695 355381 Enrique Arias (Mojácar) .........................950 472974 / 629 289385 Hector Gutiérrez (Vera Playa) ............607 479379 / 950 132765 Osteo Maestra (Arboleas) ......................................950 449451 Sanatura (Albox) .................................610 269162 / 642 809453

PAINTING & DECORATING A.J. Painting & Decorating .......................................687 024884 Alan Barker ......................................950 099913 / 600 268176 Antonio Perez (Mojácar) ………........................…….691 240495 Borders Painting ………..........................................…687 661807 Cabrera Painting and Decoration Works ...................637 524709 Casanove Interiors ......................................................680 836166 C.I.S Services (Arboleas) ........................................634 621747 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 Darpa S.L. ..................................................................691 055726 Darren Hargreaves ...................................................626 855483 Grupo Brideca (shop) (Huércal-Overa) 950 471045 / 950 135881 IPB Painting ........................................661 184848 / 622 524335

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JPM ...........................................................................627 Jay the Painter ........................................................697 Paul ...........................................................................649 Phil the Painter ……..............................................…671 Pinturas Chano ..................................677 082787 / 662

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Indigo Photography & Video ...................................637 974793 Omar De La Cruz ………..........………950 460213 / 609 284852 Professional Video & Photographic Services inc. Aerial...647 202599 Rod Westwood ………........................950 472321 / 609 611207 The Image Suite …….............................…........................647 918 848 Toros Bravos ............................................................607 117174

PHOTOCOPIES & SCANS C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 262100 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492 Servidea 2020 (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 399726 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051

PHYSIOTHERAPY Caroline De Maeght (Villaricos) ................................650 134805 The Fast Brush .........................................................950 472668 Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) ......................................695 355381 True Colours .............................................................636 638670 Clínica Fisioalbox (Albox) ..........................................629 402852 Vera Painting Services ............................................711 004024 Clinica MOS Fisioterapia (Mojácar Playa) .................644 394335

PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES See Screened Patio & Pool Enclosures

PERFUMES & COSMETICS Son d’Aromas (Mojácar Playa) ..................................666 348253

PEST CONTROL Jason …….........................................950 064015 / 680 903609 Sedesa (Vera) …………............................................950 390990

Fisiomar Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ....................667 425197 Fisioterapia Vera-Salud (Vera Playa) ...607 479379 / 950 132765 Gabi Triebel (Mojácar Playa) ..............633 011442 / 950 472263 Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ...........950 431463 / 657 516247 Remedio clinic (Mojacar) ....................950 472980 / 617 741564 Vitea Fisioterapia (Vera) ...................950 390655 / 663 024255

PIANO TUNER Terry …...................................................................…697 229753

PET SHOPS & TRANSPORT

PICTURE FRAMING

PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES

Centro Plaza (Palomares) …...............................…..950 618614 Chili (Turre) ................................................................950 468425 D'Angelo (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 478517 El Gaucho (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950 478846 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ......................950 472995 / 642 514738 Meson Felipe San Bernabé (Mojácar Playa) ..…….950 475966 Ilario Imperial (Mojácar Playa) ...............................….950 478098

La Tienda de Basilio Rubio (Albox) ...........................950 431592 Casa de Cabra (Albox) ........................................ 633 364329 Madera Mania (Los Gallardos) …..................……….667 562872 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 Mojácar Mascotas ......................................................679 411203 PIZZERIAS Pet Tag Engraving ...................................................711 006027 Antonella (Mojácar Playa) ................................……..950 450215 Tucano Mascotas (Vera) ............................................650 292670 Bocapizza (Albox) ......................................................950 120506 Union Jack (Pet Transportation) ...........………………….902 109560 Cafetería Levante (Mojácar) .....................................950 615224 VetCare (Vera Playa) (See p.7)................................950 775102 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba (Mojácar Playa) ............645 414793 20seven photography ................................................634 301635 Almería-Fotografía .....................................................663 627942 Bluwater Photography ….........…………………………616 189002 Chincheto (Mojácar) ....................................................687 489182 Fotomicar (Lyle Mallen) .............................................620 786914 Fotos Fabrega (Albox) ………...........……………………950 430223

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La Góndola (Garrucha) ..............................................950 133928 La Muralla (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 472928 Little Italy II (Garrucha) …………...........………………950 133802 Lucky Pizzeria (Villaricos) ........................................670 073597 Pizzo (Villaricos) .....................................................655 797530 Osteria (Mojácar) ......................................................950 615151 Ottocento (Mojácar Playa) .........................................950 615100 Portofino (Mojácar) ....................................................950 472809 Mari Cruz (Turre) …..........................................…….950 479646 Provenzal (Mojácar Playa) ..........................................950 478308 Pulcinella (Mojácar Pueblo) ......................................950 478401 Rincon del Zahorí (Mojácar Pueblo) ..630 314400 / 661 604220 Quick (Garrucha) ......................................................950 132305 Sottocasa (Mojácar Playa) ........................................950 093075

POOLS & POOL MAINTENANCE 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Aguafer Piscinas S.L. ................................................950 617064 Alloa Pool Care (Albox) ………….................…………..650 244018 Almeria Pools .............................0044 7957167633 / 634 318369 Blue Diamond Pool Care ..............................697238933 Clean Pool Service (Arboleas) ...................................606 654389 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709

PLASTERERS David Pritchard Construcciones ..........617 698418 / 662 046497 Pukka plastering (Almanzora area) ...........................692 596681

PLUMBERS 24hr Casaserve ..............................................950 466438 / 676 3062699 Bédar Directo .............................................................689 702916 D & J Pritchard Construcciones .........617 698418 / 662 046497 Andy (Mojácar) ........................................................697 302039 Heat My Pool ....................................950 528128 / 663 303350 IndalPool (Albox) …………...............................……..950 431859 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 Oasis Pool Cleaning Services ............634 332170 / 634 332178 Olive Tree Farm Pool Services ...............................643 463129 Piscinas Miguel (Maintenance) .............950 478652 / 607 480865 Pool Medics ……………...................................……….634 353525 Pools & Piscinas (Cleaning - Bédar) .........................637 915898 Procare Pools (Arboleas) ..........................................642 370681 Proyectados Pool Sureste ............................................630 810299 Salvador (Pool Maintenance) ......................................696 426523 Sundance Spas - Pool Maintenance S.L. ....................950 472845 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587 Tanby Piscinas ............……….............950 468230 / 609 888549 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Triton Pool Cleaning ...............................................634 326322 Chris ........................................................................711 011254 Tropicana Swimming Pool Construction 650 906114 / 689 404244 Carlos (Saliente) Plumbing & Heating ..950 930900 / 620 742954 True Blue Pools & Spas ..............................................661 148998 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 POSTAL SERVICES Graham ....................................................................620 112193 Knowles ….........................................950 137197 / 606 807797 Can Connect (Albox) …….........................................950 121149 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Francisco Montoya (Mojacar) …............………………..687 466352 Connexions (Turre) ..................................................950 479502 Smith Plumbing S.L. ..................................................950 468041 Forget-me-not (Las Buganvillas) ....................………..950 118043 Frankie’s Bar (Vera Playa) .........................................662 474861 PODIATRISTS Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ................................................950 393835 Offex Spain ................................……..966 765950 / 661 386942 See Chiropodists & Podiatrists Pam’s Post (Albox) ............................................... 664 565479 Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635 722290 POOL COVERS 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 The Post Shop (Albox) ………..............950 064584 / 635 979829 Coverbox (Albox) …….................................................615 992007 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Enclose My Pool ..................................606 040462 / 670 510097 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Hispavan pool covers ........................950 047033 / 687 845730 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295 Real Covers (Mojácar) ........................950 478763 / 609 667333 PRINTING & GRAPHIC DESIGN WS Cover ...................................................................667 480363 AdverTees (Albox) ...................................................641 407147 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102

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Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ............................................950 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................634 Mojácar Business ....................................................950 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 Sello Gráfico (Mojácar Playa) ..................................607

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE 24hr Casaserve .....................................950 466438 / 676 306269 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Arboleas Builders ………...............……950 930536 / 634 306690 Can I Help You (Vera) ………..................................691 662267 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 D & D Property Care & Rentals (See cover).643 335386 / 643 337063 Exclusive Holiday Villas ............................................950 092602 Hire a Hubby …………........................950 436679 / 619 066022 IDP Services …………................................................608 238775 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 J & J Property Care ....…….................950 452106 / 617 657414 La Casa es Tuya .......................................................663 931471 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Mojacar Estates ..........................................................950 478935 Mojácar Homes & Villas ...........................................634 330652 Procare Property Service (Arboleas) .......................642 370681 Triton Property Maintenance ...................................634 326322 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634 328911 Zlatan ................................................630 207864 / 682 277576

Almería Property Agency (Arboleas) …..850 993099 / 606 281865 Almeria Rentals ................................. 650 764623 / 648 523073 Apartamentos Torrelaguna (Las Buganvillas) .............950 132580 APT Lets (Valle del Este) ….................950 619227 / 626 578164 Blaumar (Huercal Overa) .....................950 135512 / 670 869533 Blue Sea Villas (Mojácar) (See front cover).............….950 478643 Casa Benedict Rentals (Turre) …...………....…………616 189002 Casa Paz Holiday Lettings (Huercal-Overa) ...........693 935118 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Citrus Homes ...............................……......................638 849254 Clean Team Property Care & Rentals 850 993202/ 642 911850 Coastal Properties (Mojácar) ........................................950 475235 Complete Holiday Care ....………...........950 478612 / 610 808631 D & D Property Care & Rentals (See cover).643 335386 / 643 337063 E-Property Almería ...................................................677 146592 Exclusive Holiday Villas ..........................................950 092602 Findmeahome ....................................951 914195 / 636 266641 Holiday Home Europe .........................950 120210 / 654 590258 Holiday Letting Service ........................950 472903 / 627 565049 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 Indalo Real Estate .............................950 091137 / 616 760409 Indasol Mojácar S.L. ..................……....................….950 472200 Inmoterreros ...................................................................950 096180 KW Resorts Holiday Rentals ......................0044 (0)1293 863320

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...................950 475199 / 629 673450 Almería Holiday Rentals ............................................638 701670

La Casa es Tuya .......................................................663 931471 Mojácar Estates ........................................................950 478935

Mojácar Holiday Services .......................950 699947 / 634 972377 Mojácar Homes & Villas ...........................................634 330652 Mojácar Long Term Rentals …...............................…636 903184 Next Stop Almería ................................950 617518 / 678 034651 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) ............................950 478915 Real Almería Property (Mojácar) ............................634 316068

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Rent Mojácar ............................................................950 615042 Sandy Goldfinch ........................+44 7767 301159 / 670 575897 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Spanish Property Choice (Mojacar) ..... 950 475823 / 634 351562 Sunshine Villas............................………850 993202 / 694 440184 The Key ................................................................0044 7541 842710 Triton Property Services ..........................................634 326322 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827 Year Round Holiday Rentals .............950 619178 / 627 763052

PROPERTY PROMOTERS Almanzora S.L. (Desert Springs) ...............................950 467104 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914 Elegant Homes S.L. ............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Elide Group S.L. …............….............950 390009 / 950 615076 El Pinar de Bédar ......................................................950 469496 GM Associates (Mojácar) ……….........……..............…950 475225 Miramar (Marina Golf) ................................................950 397060 New Villas (Albox) ………………........………..............…950 121036 Nicla Property Consultancy S.L. .................................950 133508 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086 Promobys …………….................................................950 618889

PROPERTY VALUATIONS Philip Chesler (Chartered Valuer) …................………687 814369

PSYCHOLOGIST Dr. Jane Thompson ............................968 485729 / 618 920126

QUAD BIKES see Motorcycles RADIO STATIONS Onda Aguilas (100.1) ….............................................968 447864 Smooth FM online (89.8) ........................................634 332666 Spectrum FM (96.1) ............................950 615142 / 678 332815

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REFRIGERATION MD Air Conditioning & Refrigeration SL .607 364917 / 607 366040

REMOVALS & STORAGE See also Van & Man Hire Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 Brian’s Removals (Mojácar Playa) .........................674 Dave’s Transport (International / Local)....................620 English Move (Tony) ….............................................699

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Items For Sale Mojácar ..................694 439275 / 950 478753 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas) .............................950 391412 Moovit Transport & Storage ...............950 930316 / 642 586701 Sprinter Services (Vera Playa) .............605 376873 / 950 609121 St. George’s European …UK 0044 207 193 5984 / 952 485984 Storage 42 Removals and Storage (Albox) ...............634 325639 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ................950 930316 / 671 220105 Swift Transport (Arboleas) ........................................618 511234 UK Direct ..................UK 0044 7719.118.879 / Spain 642 099479 Indalo Storage .......................................................950 821002 Union Jack Removals (International) ….......………….902 109560 Wanderers Transport and Storage ..UK 0044 7906852325 / 623 300425

RESTAURANTS See also Chinese Restaurants & Pizzerias Agua Amarga La Chumbera ............................................................634 676298 Restaurant Family ......................................................950 138014

Aguilas Carlos III ..................................................................968 411650 El Faro .....................................................................968 412883 El Guacamole (Mexican) ...........................................968 413491 Hotel El Paso ...........................................................968 447125 La Calica (Hotel Cala Real) .....................................968 414562 La Vía ........................................................................619 131152 Piccolo Mondo ............................................................968 411946

Albox Bar Lepanto ............................................................642 Chapman’s ..............................................................950 La Cena ……........................................……………..950 La Parrilla ................................................................950 Mesón de Irene ………........................647 730103 / 950 The New Delhi (Indian) ……...........….950 431705 / 639

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Alfaix Indalo Transport .......................................................950 821002 La Venta de Alfaix .....................................................671 272464

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Antas

Las Herrerias

El Fogon, Asador Argentino ........................................950 459081 Eugenia ......................................................................950 069021 Mi Casa .................................................950 453007 / 950 453048 Los Carasoles

Arboleas

Harley’s ...................................................................642 Bar Limaria ..............................................................950 930047 Los Gallardos Happy Garden .........................................................950 120851 Apolo ……...................................................…………..600 Hostal Meson ………..........................950 430137 / 635 612738 Meson Verfran ...................................950 469393 / 637 Hotel Rural Azabache ............................................690 258813 Miraflores ..................................................................950 Nueva Trinidad ....................................850 993250 / 634 369833

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Bédar

Alcazaba ………......................................................657 El Cortijo ............................................950 398108 / 689 702916 Al Punto (Brazilian) ...................................................950 El Paso ...................................................................678 868963 Miramar .....................................................................950 469308 Antonella (Italian) .............................................……..950 BaoBab .....................................................................689 Cabrera Badgers ...................................................................950 Riad Cabrera ………………….....................................950 092042

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Cerro Gordo Bistro Bonita .......................................650 599739 / 950 930169

Cortijo Grande Finca Listonero .........................................................950 982045

Cucador La Vida

……….................................….........……….950 634562

Desert Springs Resort El Torrente Restaurant …....................................……950 091546 The Crocodile Club ...................................................950 091546

El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin)

La Montaña ...............................................................950 398856 Beachcomber ...........................................................634 339216 Bellavista ..................................................................950 478800 El Pilar de Lubrin Botaniq ...................................................................696 809035 Restaurante Albar ....................................................950 069077 Bowen Resto Bar .............................. 666 406203 / 634 357654 El Pinar Cabo Norte ..............................................................665 891772 Bar El Pinar ...........................................................634 302673 Captain’s Tapas Bar & Restaurant ...........................617 477797 Garrucha Casa Egea .................................................................950 472190 Angus & Hereford .....................................................950 460588 Casa Adriana ...........................................................950 133154 GBG ……………...................................950 132625 / 639 915993 Góndola ....................................................................950 133928 La Cantina de Flor ....................................................950 132757 La Gurulla ………................................................….666 995669 Maui Gastro ….................................................………950 460882 Nautico …................................................................694 433535 Restaurante Andalucia ..............................................950 460604 Restaurante Azul, Hotel Tikar ...................................950 617131 Rincón del Puerto …….......................950 133042 / 950 133043 Tierra y Mar .............................................................643 463940 Casa Juan …………................................................….950 450305

Huércal-Overa

Cortijo de la Media Luna .............................950 478813 / 676 547555 Cowboy Kenny’s Bar and Que ................................711 007976 D’Angelo .....................................................................950 478517 Delfín Dorado......................................950 475212 / 645 220095 Dolce Vita ................................................................950 478476 Don Pancho (Mexican) .................................................950 472543 La Alfoquía Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 008003 El Deseo .................................................................670 018035 El Gaucho ................................................................950 478846 Indian Tandoori ........................................................632 110888 El Lugar ...................................................................679 676405 The Heathers ...................................................................642 144727 El Sitio ....................................................................950 615411 Crisbe .............................................950 134100 / 607 El Paladar .......................................673 695939 / 631 El Capricho …........................................................637 Hotel Overa .............................................................950

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Mohana .....................................................................950 472941 Mountains of the Moon (Indian) ........950 472002 / 637 914632 Mont Martre (French) ..............................................634 388867 Neptuno (See p.29) .............................................…616 005387 Omega ...................................................950 475317 / 647 675919 Ostería Ristorante Italiano ........................................950 615151 Ottocento (Italian).......................................................950 615100 Palacio Imperial Marina (Thai, Japanese, Chinese) ...950 472208 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250 Parwaz (Indian) .......................................................631 995178 Playa Juana Beach Club ..........................................690 984992 Robert (Marina de la Torre) …………..............………950 110412 Enrico (Italian) ...................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Gastro Malabar (See p.6) .........................................950 472970 Sal Marina ...................................................................950 472405 Ilario Imperial (Italian) ..............................................950 478098 Scotty’s .....................................................................687 382540 Sensations ................................................................950 472057 Shea’s Restaurant & Bar (See p.7) ...........................950 478186 Sottocasa (Italian) .......................................................950 093075 The Irish Rover .....................................................950 473135 The Lemon ....................……...............................…….950 472659 The Roof Garden .....................................................674 113218 Torre Bahía ...............................................................950 478651 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 Twister ...................................................………………600 006032 Zaika Fusion ..........................................................632 727851

Mojácar Pueblo Arlequíno ..........................................950 478037 / 649 337781 Calima (Moroccan) ..................................................608 807331 Casa Minguito ………...............................................950 478614 El Antler ……....................................................……600 540661 La Candela …...........................................................647 724367 Pulcinella (Italian) .....................................................950 478401 Restaurante Aires del Sur ..................606 061811 / 950 478014 Restaurante Calima ………………........................….663 286962 Restaurante Mamabel's ...............................................950 472448 Rincón de Embrujo …....................…………………….600 531270 Rincon del Zahorí .............................630 314400 / 661 604220 Imperial Playa (Italian) ..............................................950 475360 Kukis .........................................................................950 377076 La Cabaña ................................................................950 615179 La Cachimba (Moroccan) .........................................950 099179 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478841 La Cometa ...............................................................950 615209 La Estancia …….............................................………654 562396 La Gaviota ……………...............................................950 472177 La Paratá ...................................................................950 375590 Los Amigos ......................................…………………950 478489 Levante .....................................................................950 615224 Marama ..............................................660 696229 / 666 260852 Marcelo Entre Tapas .................................................950 031812 Martín Morales ..............................................................950 478812 Mediterráneo ............................................................950 309869 Meson de Loic y Cathy ...........................................950 478050 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ...................…………….950 475966 Meson Mémé …........…………………..674 141159 / 647 954405 Mandala Beach Club ................................................950 473131

Palomares Asagía Asador .........................................................640 210185 Monika ......................................................................659 672615 The Oasis Bar ...................................950 467381 / 676 365010

Partaloa Mis Amigos ..............................................…………….612 508447

Pueblo Laguna Bistro .......................................................................950 132022 Restaurant Laguna …………….........................……..950 132566

San Juan de Los Terreros La Geoda ..................................................................637 020159 Mi Cortijo …………......................................................950 466323 Mondy Playa ........................................600 254314 / 622 807809

Turre Casa Adelina ...............................................................950 479153 Chili .................................................608 802227 / 950 468425 Doner Kebab ............................................................603 527699 Hostal Rural .............................................................950 478806

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Europa Digital ....................................950 133233 / 678 332815 GBTV (Albox and Mojácar) .......................................616 888058 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ...............................950 473102 SolAir (See p.17) ..............................950 472081 / 645 294064 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.43) ......950 398146 / 699 909737 Tweaks (Albox) .........................................................620 040331

SCREENED PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES Enclose My Pool ...............................606 040462 / 670 510097 Inside Out In Europe S.L. ....................................677 114576 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 La Pará ……………………..................................…….637 545590 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…...........................677 152911 La Sorpresa ...............................................................950 099901 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.45)........................................627 907207 Orsoca ………………............................................…..602 554609 SCUBA DIVING Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz ……....................…..950 479646 Buceo Mojácar ........................................................950 472760 Valle del Este Golf

SECOND HAND

Sawadee Thai .........................................................634 393235

Vera Gran Muralla (Wok Buffet) ..........................................950 391691 La Mariposa de Fran ………........……..950 166774 / 683 641957 Terraza Carmona ...................................................950 390760

Vera Playa

Auction Subasta (Los Carasoles).....UK 7413 190882 / 643 137106 Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 Items for Sale Mojácar .....................694 439275 / 950 478753 John’s (Albox) ..........................................................634 325639 Merka Recycla (Huércal Overa) .........950 616683 / 666 577006 Pink House (La Concepción) ...........622 288750 / 681 095096 The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699

Armony Beach Club .................................................617 745021 b2 Mohana (Argentinean) ........................................678 642856 El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 SECURITY & SAFES See Alarms Gateway to India (Indian) ...........................................950 923994 SEWING Lua Puerto Rey ........................................................950 478202 Alice .........................................................................620 876485 Maraú (Vera Playa) ……………...........................……671 580340 Taj Mahal (Indian) …............…………950 618691 / 671 231465 Alexis Shillinglaw .....................................................634 361874 J.F.M. Modas Sedal (Turre) ..............950 468031 / 606 945502 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682 Lola Alterations & Repairs (Mojácar Playa) .950 475994 / 637 963835 Villaricos Nicky (Mojacar) ..................................................... 667 479903 Don Tadeo ..................................................................950 467105 Solo Style ...............................................................626 319907 El Faro ..................................................649 766252 / 687 351764 Sew n Sew Susie (Albox area) ..........950 930643 / 633 683872 Gastrobar D’Alvaro ......................................................648 220383 The Sewing Room ....................................................607 375697 Los Conteros ....................................950 618629 / 699 010705 SEPTIC TANK SERVICE Playa Azul .............................................950 467075 / 609 386282 Desarascos Litesa ............................670 863791 / 609 442695 RETRACTABLE ROOF SYSTEMS Drainage Solutions …...........………….616 531283 / 670 088966 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587 Ginés Millán (All areas) ……….............(after 4pm) 607 366355 ROOFING Ark Roofing ...............................................................634 379173 Limaser (Vera) ……..................................................950 390732 Sepserve (All areas) …..............................................675 838808

RUGS & CARPETS

SHOE REPAIRS Homecentre (Albox) (See p.6)..........868 931872 / 671 715294 P & R Rugs (Los Llanos de Aroleas) .......................665 258680 Keys Copy Centre (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 472982 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 SIGNS (Shop & Vehicle) Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 RURAL TOURISM Cortijo Pocico de la Nava (Mojácar) ...........................670 777752 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 Finca Arboleda (Vera) ..............................................678 027656 SKIP HIRE Mi Abuela Maria (Mojácar) ……..........................……659 198424 Aridos Mojácar S.L. ..................................................650 Casa Conchillo (Albox) ......................950 430740 / 695 SATELLITE TV ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.35).....647 247494 / 950 092604 El Cano SL )Mojácar) ................................................950 Servacon .....................................................................950 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438

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SOLICITORS

SOLAR ENERGY

Bédar Directo .............................................................689 702916 Alonso & Garrido (Albox) ...........................................950 121040 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See page 19)...........950 472947 Alonso & Haro (Vera) ..............................................950 392208 Ecocorp ..................................................................671 716597 AM & RG (Mojácar) ………….............950 478984 / 649 286437 AVSA Lawyers (Aguilas) ..........................................968 446576 Babelia (Mojácar) ……..........…........635 577562 / 950 397114 C & P Solicitors (Mojácar) ….....…………950 460731 / 675 383 160 Cabrera Cervantes (Turre) ................950 099400 / 627 464545 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) .................................950 134434 Davies Solicitors (Mojácar) ........................................950 472775 EuroAbogados (Vera) .................................................950 617017

Hi-Tec Solar (Turre) ............................609 888549 / 950 468230 Hispavan Solar ..................................950 047033 / 687 845730 Sunergy Almeria ........................................................636 261240

SNOOKER HALLS CD Snooker Mojácar ..............................................609 026526 Snooker Ambigu (Los Gallardos) .................................661 973205

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com José Francisco López Molina .............950 133607 / 635 189986 Leticia Moreno-Torres Camy (Vera) ......950 391249 / 607 840182 Lopez & León Solicitors (Garrucha) ..950 888314 / 666 513917 Loustau Abogados (Mojácar) .........................................950 475012 Mar Abogados & Consultores (Mojácar) .................950 478911 Mario Redondo (Albox) ….................950 430222 / 626 389322 Miguel Angel Rojas Benitez .......................................950 615404 Pablo Suarez (Purchena) ..........................................610 014680 Mundi Abogados (Las Buganvillas) ........................950 460999 Ramírez Abogados (Vera) .......................................950 391171 Ross Legal Services (Aguilas) .................................968 412321 Ruiz Orozco (Vera) ..................................................950 390282 Saugar Abogados (Mojácar) ......................................950 615038

SPAS IndalOcio (Arboleas) ................................................850 993090 Sundance Spas (Mojácar) .......................................950 472845

SPA SERVICING & CLEANING True Blue Pools & Spas ..........................................661 148998

SURVEYORS Philip Chesler (Chartered Surveyor).............................687 814369 Survey Andalucía (Architect Daniel González) ............686 846624

SWEET SHOPS Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas)..............................950 118 043

TATTOO ARTISTS Classic Tattoo (Mojácar Playa) .................................605 611782 Lisa V Tattoos (Cantoria) ....................634 362737 / 642 024810 Oscar (Mojácar Pueblo) …................................…….629 944374

TAXIS (Legal) Levante Radio Taxis (all areas)................................950 888111 Exclusive Shuttles pre-booked airport taxis (office hours).950 092602 Marlan Taxis Villaricos .................................................609 764900

TELECOMMUNICATIONS Albox-Online ………..............................…………….950 091111 Connexions (Turre) ...................................................950 479502 George’s Sales & Repair (Vera Playa) 950 042338 / 661 375489 Indalphone .............................(Mojácar) 950 475784 / 622 455 608 Indalphone ...........................................(Huércal-Overa) 950 471470 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 Orange (Vera) ...........................................................950 393538 Next .............................................................................950 479369 Phone@ Mojacar …….............……....950 882222 / 607 885522

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ELC Education & Language Centre ........................669 294342 Espanglish ...............................................................950 390037 Girasol, Albox (Spanish) ..........................................639 089170 Guitar Lessons ………….....................................…..667 989270 Hind (French & Arabic, Mojácar) ...............................616 605341 Jewellery making ......................................................642 435909 Kinder Garrucha (Bilingual Education Centre)...........950 460472 La Galeria Art Classes (Albox) …..............................663 341904 Marcela Chávez (Spanish-English school support)....676 951352 Pencils English Academy (Garrucha)..........................634 314110 Piano (Mojácar) …………............……950 069803 / 667 408941 R. F. (Marquetry, Guitar) ........................................711 003476 The Phone House (Albox) …………….950 121045 / 670 359698 Sarah Dyson (Computer tuition) …....................……687 632435 Simon Farmiloe (Spanish & English)(Albox/Mojacar) ..647 677097 TILING & PATIO WORK English tuition & conversation (TEFL) (Vera) ............642 314316

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TV & AUDIO REPAIRS 1 Stop Paving (Albox) ………................................…634 313939 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Ponce S.L. (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617181 A.J.B. Tiling Services ...............................................687 024884 Seth Pittham (Zurgena).......................950 634477 / 666 826886 Arboleas Paving ……………...............................…….636 092632 Borders .....................................................................647 803030 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ......618 920126 / 686 377172 Steve Holman .......................................................... 697 678708 The Bathroom & Tiling Specialists ....................+44 7756081843 United Tile ................................................................667 702817 TIMBER SUPPLIERS Wood2Go (Velez Rubio)..............................................950 614050

UPHOLSTERY

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Curtains with Style (Fabrics) ............ 950 069032 / 678 811125 Almería Castle ………............................................…950 271617 Jone’s Mobile (Upholstery cleaning) …....……………661 571939 Almería Solar Centre ( Nr.Tabernas) ....950 387990 / 670 866122 Unicraft (Upholstery) ...................................................692 176069 Aquarium (Roquetas de Mar) ...................................950 160036 Camelus (Mojácar Camel Rides) ………663 930272 / 950 100076 Fort Bravo – Western theme park (Tabernas) .....….950 165405 Nautarium (Sea Museum) (Garrucha) ………………….950 139554 Nijar Butterfly Farm .................................................617 692778 Oasys Western Park & Zoo (Tabernas) ….............….950 365236 Western Leone Theme park (Tabernas) …............…950 165405

TRANSLATING - see Interpreters TRANSPORT - see Removals TRAVEL Autocares Rodriguez (Coaches) ...............................950 469061 Halcón Viajes (Vera) ................................................950 393472 Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.33).........................950 092602 Levante Travel (Garrucha) ...................950 132258 / 628 604752 Mojácar Tour (Mojácar Playa) (See cover)..........…..950 475757 Viajes Zafiro Tours (Aguilas) ....................................868 782663 Zafiro Tours (Albox) ………..................................……950 121021 Zafiro Tours (Mojácar) .................................................950 615343

Upholstery & Leather Cleaning .................................636 193256 Upholstery Larios (Cuevas del Almanzora) 950 456 364 / 651 998738

UNIFORMS Tikka Uniforms & Shoes (Mojácar) …..........................667 479903 Uniformes de Levante (Los Gallardos & Vera) ..........902 110218

TUITION

VAN & MAN HIRE See also Removals & Storage

Dave Eccles (Drum lessons) ..............950 525790 / 687 033106 Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512

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Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ..........................600 225929 IDP Services ……........................................................608 238775 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 K.Morris (Vera) ............................0035 711004024 / 0044 7759692010 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ...................................950 930316 Way 2 Go (UK/Spain) ……UK 0044 208 0904292 / 965 794682

SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Taller Daydo (El Real) .........................950 459116 / 607 373298 Talleres Azor ..(Mojácar) 950 478519 ..............(Vera) 950 391400 Talleres Vizcaino (Mojácar) ........................................950 472104 The Car Surgery ...................................................666 272792 The Garage (Llanos de Arboleas) .......950 930922 / 616 453813 Tyre King (El Real) ................................................950 459253

VEHICLE IMPORTATION

VEHICLE REPAIRS (MOBILE)

Great Cost Matriculation ...........0044 7957167633 / 634 318369 Cool Air (Air Conditioning) ........................................673 195872 Hispavan vehicle importation ......................................687 845730 JFK Karz ................................................................643 790511 Talleres Daydo (Antas Real) ….……….950 459116 / 607 373298 Veloc Tuning ECU Remapping Services ..................600 827517

VEHICLE SALES

VEHICLE REPAIRS Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….......................667 Auto Shine Body Repairs ………........607 324623 / 607 CostaCoches ...........................................................950 Fran’s Garage ....................................664 571060 / 950 Go Car (Arboleas) ....................................................950 Gómez Motor (Huércal-Overa) ..................................950 Mojácar Motor (Mojácar Playa) ……........................950 Reparbox (DIY) (Antas El Real) ...............................687

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AA Car Sales (Mojácar) ...........................................950 459208 Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) …......................667 439671 AutoFex (Arboleas) ....................................................950 431861 Automobiles Playcar SLU ...................950 459302 / 672 737663 CostaCoches (Antas, El Real).....................................950 459209 Mojácar Motors ...950 472056 ................(Workshop) 950 478335 Navarro Segura - Seat (Vera) (See p.47) .670 038580 / 950 393170 Nissan & Ford (Albox) …............................................950 430856 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 Pit Stop (Oria) ……………....................................…..950 124828 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Talleres Azor ...............(Mojácar) 950 478519 (Vera) 950 391400

VETS Centro Vet ABC (La Alfoqúia) ….................................950 449064 Astrid (Mojácar) ..............950 472252 Emergencies: 629 099920

Centro Garras (Huércal-Overa) ........950 616820 / 617 Clinica Nexo (Albox) .......950 430814 Emergencies: 617 Clinica Huellas (Aguilas) ...968 447877 Emergencies 629 CliniVet (Turre) …..........................…..950 069780 / 626

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Costa Indalo (Mojácar) ........................950 475213 / 605 495017 Egesta Centro Vetinario (Vélez Rubio) ..950 411208 / 608 438683 Europa (Mojácar) .................950472262 Emergencies: 629 099921 Javier .............(Garrucha) 950 132200 Emergencies: 619 236059 NEXO (Albox) …...............950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 Veravet (Vera Town) …............…............................…950 393307 VetCare (Vera Playa) ...............................................950 775102

Woody the Window Cleaner (Almanzora Valley) .......634 349665

WINDOWS & DOORS AA Window Doctor ...................................................630 231644 Complete Renovations .......................644 389255 / 672 379960 David A. Pritchard Construcciones ........617 698418 / 662 046497 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Interglaze ……..............................…...................... 680 743311 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Mojácar Home Improvements ....................................950 473104

Veterinary Centre (Huércal-Overa) …........................950 616781

WATER (Tanker Delivery) Sierra Cabrera Water ........................651 994419 / 608 057941

Ortega Windows & Doors .......................................950 Plas-Tech Windows ...................................................600 Healthy H2O ..............................................968 437270 / 666 302 987 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….….........................677 Speedyfit ...........................................950 439228 / 600

WATER TREATMENTS WEB SERVICES

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WINES MODS ........................................................................600 284975 Mojácar Business ....................................................950 680110 Bodega Gran Baco (Aguilas) .............................…..968 925655 Enoteca Tikar (Garrucha) ……..............................….950 617131 WINDOW CLEANING Isalva (Palomares) ………..........................................615 265092 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Don (Mojacar) .........................................................666 814913 WOOD & PELLET STOVES Idea (Mojácar) ...................................................……..605 162709 Chimeneas Acar (Albox) ...........................................950 120077 J&A Window Cleaning Services ..........950 122452 / 689 548824 Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 James .......................................................................678 988812 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Lady Jane Window Cleaning (Arboleas) ...................634 255373 ZOO & PARK Mick ...........................................................................634 327075 Oasys (Tabernas) ....................................................950 365236 Window Panes ..........................................................617 208231

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Community News A New Addition to Los Raimundos Los Raimundos is a hamlet of some 20 houses at the end of the Filabres mountain range between Antas and Bédar. Its origins date back to the end of the 19th century, when Don Raimundo Contreras built his first farmhouse there. It is home to a mix of Spanish and British, only a few of whom (mainly British) live there full time. A group of British residents got together recently to improve the entrance to the hamlet by landscaping a piece of ground and creating a small garden area. Then one of them found a discarded bed frame by the local basura one day and thought he could turn it into a bench to enhance the planted area. He got to work and, with help from neighbours, the result is now clear to see. The mayor of Antas, Pedro Zamora, fellow councillors Félix Rodríguez Belmonte and Pedro Rodríguez García, and Lea-Anne Honeyman (acting as interpreter), kindly agreed to attend the unveiling of the new garden area. They were all impressed by what they saw and pleased to see how the community’s efforts had improved the look of the entrance to Los Raimundos. They – and other visitors – will always be welcome in future to rest awhile whenever they are passing through! Lea-Anne Honeyman and mayor Pedro Zamora unveiling the garden bench.

El Bandido Runners Donate to PAWS / PATAS El Bandido Runners have been respecting social distancing by meeting at 8am and 9am (so there aren’t too many of us at the same time) to run, jog or walk the 5km Mojácar Paseo del Mediterráneo, with some attendees donating one euro to support local charities. Although we were unable to run during lockdown and numbers were down due to fewer visitors, 220 euros was handed over to the PAWS/PATAS cat shelter in Los Gallardos. The running group, set up by Ironman Kevin Rowe in June 2018, started with a small number of regulars and has grown with runners, joggers and walkers, from permanent residents to regular visitors and holiday makers. We meet every Wednesday and Saturday opposite the Best Indalo Hotel, but on the first Saturday of each month, we meet at the Red Cross roundabout end of the Paseo for a ‘reverse’ run, and then go to Heladeria Blu for a post-run breakfast. All ages, nationalities and speeds are welcome! If you are interested in joining us, you will receive a warm welcome, meet active people and make new friends. We also have a road cycling group, El Bandido Ciclistas, and together with Zen Cycle Mojácar (www.zenbodyandmind.com), meet on Sundays for a social ride and on Tuesdays for a longer, faster ride. If you would like more information please contact Kevin on ironmankev08@gmail.com and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook. com/pg/elbandidorunners and https://www. facebook.com/groups/299226300737284.

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Community News PAWS / PATAS - Fostering and Adopting Dogs and Cats Press Release by Chrissie Cremore

It’s always absolutely wonderful to have the support of the local press. Looking back at my scrap book cuttings, it’s so heart-warming to see that all the kittens, cats, puppies and dogs which have been featured in the Focus magazine over the past 4 years (since I took on the role of publicity) now have their “forever homes” either in Spain, Holland, Germany or the UK. In fact, the two beautiful little black dogs featured in the October Focus magazine have now been adopted. Some of the dogs often suffer with stress disorders due to living in shelter conditions and these disappear once they feel safe and secure in a loving home. Thankfully, the cattery had 39 kittens and cats adopted during the month of September but there are still 59 left to care for. Anyone interested in fostering or adopting should email dogs@paws-patas.org or cats@paws-patas.org.

APSA Animal Rescue in Albox

2020 is a difficult year for fund raising, so we rely more than ever on our Charity Shop! Please remember that we can use all your unwanted items- clothes, kitchen items, jewelry, shoes, books, toys, CDs... If you're cleaning out and have any stuff you don't need any longer, please collect it and bring it to us! It will be a big help for us to raise For further information regarding donating or funds! volunteering in one of our outlets in Mojácar, Turre or Las Buganvillas, ground work, DIY, fundraising, We're looking for volunteers for our shop in Albox. collecting overseas volunteers from the airport or It's a great way to meet new people, have some Vera coach station or long-haul driving; transporting fun time out of the house and do something good the animals to Holland and the UK...please visit the at the same time by helping dogs in need. We're website: www.paws-patas.org. PAWS-PATAS would open Monday to Saturday, from 10.00 - 13.30. If like to send a HUGE “thank you” to all their supporters you have some spare hours, any day of the week, because they cannot exist without YOU! and would like to join the shop team, please contact Volunteers aren’t paid, not because they are us for more details. Thank you for your support! worthless, but because they are priceless. apsaanimalrescue@gmail.com Tel: 677 60 15 88

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What’s On Cultural events in Almería city, Roquetas de Mar and Águilas are still very sparse. Large orchestral concerts, operas and ballets have all been postponed because the stages can’t cope with social distancing for the performers. A number of Spanish plays are being put on as with a small number of actors this is much easier.

Almería The Almería City Orchestra have a concert on November 7th at 7.30pm at the Maestro Padilla Auditorio. They are performing the Schuber t Rosamunda ballet excerpt, Rodrigo Concerto de Aranjuez with soloist Tomatito and Beethoven’s fifth symphony. Tickets are 15 & 20 euros. The 28th Almeria International Jazz Festival that takes place until November 8th has been re-named Almeríjazz. On November 4th at the Maestro Padilla Auditorio there is a large concert with the performers accompanied by the Classijaz Swing and Funk Big Band. Also at the auditorio on November 5th the famous British saxophonist and singer Ray Gelato performs with his ‘The Giants’ band on their 25th anniversary. On November 6th at the Teatro Apolo the famous jazz guitarist Paco Rivas, who originates from Almería, appears with Julián Maeso on keyboards and Dani García on drums. On November 7th at the Apolo, the pianist Daniel García Diego is joined by the Cuban performers Michael Olivera and Reynier Elizarde. The closing event on November 8th at the auditorio with the Classijazz Big Band f e a t u r e s Pe d r o R u y B l a s ,

considered to be the most famous jazz singer in Spain in the last 50 years. Their dedicated website www.almerijazz. com has full details of all the events together with ticket prices. The musical ‘I Wanna Dance the 80s’ comes to Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, on December 6th at 8.30pm. It is performed by the

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Alzamarad company and invited soloists. Tickets are 10 euros in advance or 12 euros at the door. La Bella y La Bestia ‘El Musical’ (The musical Beauty and the Beast performed in Spanish) takes place at Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, on January 2nd at 5pm and is intended for children. Tickets are 12 & 15 euros.


What’s On La Barbarie Teatro Musical present Los Miserables (Les Miserables performed in Spanish) at Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, on January 2nd at 9.30pm. Tickets are 12 & 15 euros. Tickets for concerts in Almería (except Teatro Cervantes) available from the ticket office in the Teatro Apolo, 25 Rambla Obispo Orberá,

Luar na Lubre, the celebrated folk group comes to Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, on the amended date of date of March 12th at 9.30pm. They are performing their 19th album which portrays aspects of the pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago. Tickets are 20 euros in advance or 25 euros at the door.

Almería , tel: 950 230 922. Mon- Fri, 10.30am-1.30pm & 6-8pm, or Sat, 11am-1pm. Tickets can be purchased from 2hrs before performances at the venue or from www.ticketmaster.es or call Ticketmaster: 902 1500 25. Main branches of ‘CaixaBank’ have machines which issue tickets; including Vera near the church square. Tickets for Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, from box office at Calle del Poeta Villaspesa,1. Open Mon-Fri, 11am-1pm & 4pm-7pm, Saturday from 11am-2pm, or 1hr before performances, or from w w w. to d a s l a s e n t r a d a s . c o m

Aguilas La Zapatera Prodigiosa is a flamenco ballet in memory of Frederico García Lorca that comes to the auditorio on December 12th. No ticket prices were shown at time of going to press. La Zapatera Prodigiosa

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What’s On La música de las tres culturas de Al Andalus by the Aquitania company comes to the Vera Auditorio on Saturday, December 5th at 8pm. Tickets are 7 euros from www.giglon.com or 5 euros in advance from Convento de la Victoria.

La Desnudez is a ballet featuring Daniel Abreu and his company that won the Spanish National Dance award in 2019. It comes to the auditorio on January 16th at 9pm. No ticket prices were shown at time of going to press. Aguilas tickets from Victoria Tr a v e l 9 6 8 41 0 9 2 9 & w w w. b a c a n t i x . c o m , M u s e o Arqueológico, www. auditorioaguilas.org or from 2hrs before performances at the box office.

The Ballet Flamenco company of José Huertas from Valencia perform Don Quijote at Vera Auditorio on Saturday, November 7th at 9pm. Tickets are 12 euros from www.giglon.com or 10 euros in advance from Convento de la Victoria.

Huércal-Overa Charlie, a musical about Charlie Chaplin, is performed by the Fernando Hurtado dance company at the Teatro Villa on November 10th at 9pm. Tickets are 12 euros from the box office on Mondays to Thursdays 10am-1.30pm and 5pm-8pm, Fridays morning only, from one hour before the performance, or from www.entradasho.es

at 8pm at Vera Auditorio. Tickets are 7 euros from www.giglon.com or 5 euros in advance from Convento de la Victoria.

Stompin around is a jazz concert by the Potato Head Jazz Band on Saturday, November 28th at 8pm at Vera Auditorio. Tickets are 7 euros from www.giglon.com or 5 Vera euros in advance from Convento Gata Brass Band perform a jazz de la Victoria. concert on Friday, November 27th

Roquetas de Mar The cancelled Symphonic Queen Rhapsody concert at the Roquetas auditorio, with orchestra, rock band and international soloists has been postponed until Saturday, March 27th at 9.30pm, assuming the pandemic allows it to take place. Tickets are 30 & 35 euros Roquetas de Mar Auditorio tickets are on sale at www.teatro auditorioroquetas.org or the ticket office open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11am-1pm & 6pm-8pm

Miscellaneous PAWS-PATAS The next book sale at Scotty's El Tropico will be Tuesday November 10th, 10.30am - 1pm. Donations of books accepted on the morning of the sale.

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What’s On Market Days Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:

Huércal-Overa, Antas, Berja Albox, Los Gallardos, Cuevas del Almanzora Mojácar, Bédar, Lubrin, Vélez Blanco, Palomares, Tabernas Cuevas del Almanzora, Olula del Río, Carboneras, Sorbas Garrucha, Turre, Zurgena Aguilas, Vera, Arboleas, Vélez Rubio Villaricos, Purias, San Juan de los Terreros, Fines

Rastros, Car Boot Sales, etc. Saturday: Los Llanos, between Arboleas & Albox Sunday morning: Multiple Use Centre (Artisan Centre), Mojácar Village 2nd Sunday of the month: Bédar, from 9am

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Clubs, Societies & Activities

The Royal British Legion, Mojácar First Thursday of the month, meeting ion the terrace at Hotel Continentel, MojácarPlaya, 11:30am. 3rd Thursday Almanzora Group of Friends Library and Information Centre of the month social meeting at 11:30 Tues - Fri, 10am-1pm, Plaza San Antonia, for coffee and chatter. Call for Barrio Alto, Albox. Extensive English information of the venue which changes Library, DVDs and talking books, monthly eac time. Everyone is welcome to any magazine, monthly quiz, trips. RBL event and meeting, whether service www.almanzoragof.org or Facebook: or non-service. For enquires about Almanzora Group of Friends. Tel: 602 events or meetings call 950 589650 or email mojacar.secretary@rbl.community 495 306 If you are feeling lonely or are Living Alone in Spain? housebound why not become a We are a 60+ group of friends who Telephone Buddy. Sometimes just meet for lunch every Wednesday in the talking to someone is a first step to Mojácar area. Tel. Ann: 677 877 087 feeling more in control. Why not email Almeria Link Friendship Group us for more information: Membership is free and open to all. We mojacar.chairman@rbl.community meet at weekends in the Mojacar area For Welfare advice or help call to enjoy dining experiences and form 676451780 (9am-5pm, Mon-Sat) or email friendships. At 4pm on the first d m w i l s o n @ b r i t i s h l e g i o n . o r g . u k Thursday of each month, we meet for The Royal British Legion - Albox a chat and a drink at D'Angelo's Everyone welcome. Monthly meeting Restaurant. New members are always 3rd Thursday of every month, La Parrilla, welcome. Please contact Bob on Albox, 11am. Coffee morning 1st 950472551 or Cynthia on 950472699 Thursday of every month, Oasis Cafe WOW Women on Wednesday Bar, 11.30am. For info contact chairman Scotty’s, Mojácar Playa, 2pm. Get Filip Ostrowski , email Albox.chairman together, buy, sell, swap, meet new people. @rbl.community. .For support contact Mrs Pamela Twissell Cross on 676 451 Dames in Huércal Overa 3rd Wed. of the month, 10.30am, Hostal 780 Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm or email: Rural Los Sabores de Miguel. All welcome. SpainNorth.CommunitySupport@RBL. Community Tel. Carolyn 637 798 494 Dames in Spain (Mojácar) Talks, trips, support for local charities. 3rd Mon. of the month, 11.00am Sensations Restaurant, Mojácar Playa. Chairperson Carol Threlfall. Secretary Jenny Trask . See fb Dames in Spain. Guests welcome. Tel: 674 477 679

The Royal British Legion - Zurgena & District Branch Heather’s Bar, La Alfoquia, first Thursday of the month, 11a.m. Email zurgenaRBL secretary@yahoo.co.uk. See www.british legion.org.uk/branches/zurgena

118 209 www.almanzora-au.org Vera & District Lions Club 6.00pm on the first Wednesday of the month at Hotel Terraza Carmona, Vera. Telephone Jo Pearson on 711 00 56 82 or email veralionssecretary@gmail.com for more information. Flamenco Forum for English Speakers on Facebook. Information and events. Tel: 687 480 694 Vera Photo Club First Sunday of month, Bar La Pará, Turre (opposite the Vet), 10am 12.30pm. Presentations by invited speakers, field trips, instruction, studio photography, monthly assignments and exhibitions. All levels welcome. Phone Sarah 670003717 or Claus 628585538. Mojacar Photo Group meet 2nd Sunday each month at Dee’s Dollar Bar, Pueblo Laguna with monthly presentations, themes and challenges. Open to all levels, training available for beginners. Contact Andy: 650406167 or mpg@funnell.eu Freemasons in the Province of Almeria Craft & Chapter. 661 026 912 or 670 27 27 37 Freemasons – The Side Degrees Mark, RAM, RSM, OSM & Allied. 694 44 43 61 Cabrera Music Club For info call Richard: 666 274 861 cabreramusicclub@albox-online.net

Albox Computer Club Hotel La Parrilla, Albox. Fri, 10am. All levels of experience are welcomed. Mojácar Community Library www.alboxcc.com Multi-Use centre. Mon, Wed and Fri, Dames in Turre 11am 1pm . Indalo Hash House Harriers 11am, last Mon in the month, Hostal Meet 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11am, various Rural, Turre. Talks, trips, support for Mojácar Walking Group local charities. Guests welcome. Walks of different levels. Tues & Thurs. locations. www.indaloh3.com Chairman, Carol Pazdzierski Tel: 950 099 w w w. m o j a c a r wa l k i n g g r o u p . c o m Traditional Japanese Reiki and Gendai Reiki Ho 932, Membership Secretary, Eileen McGill Psychic Development Circle Classes, workshops, and Reiki shares in Tel: 652 298 072 Various classes at different times. Mojacar. Tel: 634 347 930, website: Mojácar Bridge Club Everyone welcome. Tel: Barbara 637 Mon and Thurs, 7pm. Marina Playa Hotel. 469 937 barbaramoonlight@gmail.com www.gendaireikispain.com Ananda Yoga & Holistic Centre Contact Les 950 437 100 / 634 219 174 AUAN - Abusos Urbanisticos Meditation Class, Crystal Class and Facebook: Mojácar Bridge Club Almanzora No Association campaigning for the Holistic Therapies. Contacts : 672 061 Betty's Garden Club 11.30 for 12 noon, 2nd Monday of the legalisation of homes in the Almanzora 048 (Sharon) or 635 190 515 (Nana) month at Miraflores Restaurant, Valley built without proper authority. Ancestry Club for Beginners & Camping Los Gallardos except in July & Meeings on 3rd Sat. of every other Intermediate August. All welcome. Tel: 634 341 715 month, 11am, La Parrilla, Albox. Tel: 617 Tel. 634 309 590

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Clubs, Societies & Activities continued Amigos de los Coches Clasicos Local multi-national group of classic car enthusiasts. Meetings the first Thursday of the month, 3pm, Hotel Rural Miguel Rosi, junction 559 E15/A7. www.a-c-c.es, email: info@a-c-c.es, tel. David 950 412 165 Miraflores 1/10 Scale RC Club Thursdays, 3pm. Tel: Richard on 666 274 861 for more details. Model Aero Flying Club, Cortijo Grande Sun. & Wed., 10.30am. Contact Jeff on 950 469304 or Colin on 666 982186 Aeroclub ULM Günter (Vera) Tel: 607 316 553

Religious Groups & Churches Church of England (Anglican Churches) Mojacar, Sundays, 11am. Llanos del Peral, Sundays,11am. Alhambra Chapel, 1st Thursday monthly at 11am. Priest in Charge, Rev. Vincent Oram 603 659 139. For directions, details and to find out more about our church activities please s e e o u r we b s i te w w w. a l m e r i a anglican.com Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses Tues 7:30pm & Sun 10.00am. Poligono Aljoroque - C/El Cajete 6, Antas. Contact: 652 293 269

Pita Escuela Agave School of Río Aguas. A multicultural, environmental and musical project, specialized on the integral usage of the agave plant and the processing of its wood.Tel 630 66 18 65 (Timbe) pitaescuela@hotmail.com

The Evengelical Church, Turre Avda. de Almería, on the corner of C/Alberquillica. Sunday, 10.30am. Tuesday, 3pm Bible studying. Midweek prayer meeting. Tel. 950 617 549 or 950 472 349. www.turrechurch.com

Sunseed A hands-on practical centre for lowimpact living and environmental education in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas near Sorbas. Free tours at 4pm. www.sunseed.org.uk Tel: 950 525 770

New Life Church, Huercal-Overa We are a Jesus centred church family learning to love one another. Sunday service at 11 am, www.newlifechurch.eu tel. 685 628 184 Living Water Church Mojacar Playa Opposite Red Cross Centre and Salas Farmacia. Sunday Service 11am. Bible study Tuesday 11am. Cafe Church Thursday 11am to 1pm. For further info contact Pastors Dave 697 522 521 or John 634 254 781. See FaceBook or visit www.livingwaterchurchmojacar.com

Send details of your group to almeriafocus@gmail.com Tel: 670 849 265

Support Groups & Charities Parkinson's Disease Support Contact Joyce Boxall (Santa Maria de Nieva, Huércal-Overa), tel 677 688037 MACS Cancer Support Group General Enquiries call 634 328 334 10am to 4pm. 24/7 Careline: 634 656 555. Fully Spanish registered charity. Shops in Mojácar, Turre, Albox and Huercal-Overa open Mon-Fri, 10-2pm www.macscancersupport.com Email: macscancersuppor t@live.co.uk Stepping Stones Carers Support Group Turre Evangelical Hall, Thurs, 11am-2pm. Tel 950 472 822 or 677 683 385 www.steppingstonescarerssupport.com Age Support Almanzora Shop and welfare office near Peugeot garage, Albox. Helpline 634 316 573 Ostomist Support For Expats Call Dee 950 064 322 in confidence. A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous Mojacar Area Meetings:- Monday 6pm, Turre Evangelical Church (Avenida de Almeria, Turre). Friday, 6pm, Living Water Church, Mojacar Playa (opposite Red Cross building). Tel: 634 300 364 or email aaspain@gmail.com Al-Anon Family Groups for people whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking. Meetings Mondays, 4:45 - 5:45 at Turre Evangelical Church. Tel: 698460801 or email AlAnon.LaAlfoquia@gmail.com

Universal Wonderful Street Academy NGO that supports street children in Accra (Ghana). Registered charity. www.universalwonderfulstreetacadem Aguaviva Evangelical Church Near the health Centre, opposite Bici- y.org. Beatriz: 617 182 154 Box, Albox. Tel: Rod Southwood, 687 FACE 560 544 (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for E ve r yo n e ) . Re g i s te r e d c h a r i t y. New Life Church, Huercal-Overa We are a Jesus centred church family face.charity@hotmail.com www.face learning to love one another. Sunday -charity.com service at 11 am, www.newlifechurch.eu Harmony Community Support tel. 685 628 184 Providing assistance to those in need. Tel. 634 339 192 Mon - Fri, 11:00 - 14:00 Roman Catholic Masses These canbe found on www.misas.org help@harmonycharity.com for most places.

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Music & Drama Groups

Yoga

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Indalo Players Well established drama group always looking for new members to act or help back stage. Tel. Bill White on 671 81 08 19 or email williamwhite9552@aol.com

Ananda Yoga & Holistic Centre Various different styles of yoga including Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Integral Yoga. Holistic Therapies including Reiki, Thai Foot Massage, Reflexology, Crystal Massage. Tel : 672 061 048 (Sharon) or 635 190 515 (Nana)

Line Dancing Salon de Actos, Centro de Usos Multiples , Mojacar. Fridays, 4.–7pm. Beginners welcome. Contact: Glynis 648217503 o r M a r y B eth 6 616715 2 6 o r strictlylinedancingmojacar@gmail.com

Independent Theatre Group Always looking for new people, novices & full blown Thesbians. Call Ian Jones on 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 or email independenttheatre@hotmail.com The Luvvies New members always welcome for acting or work behind the scenes etc. Te l . 6 34 34 6 3 0 9 o r e - m a i l theluvvies@hotmail.com Jacqueline Welby Productions New members always needed to act or work back stage or with any other activities. Tel. Jacqueline Morris Welby 634 313 531 The Incognito Singers A mixed voice group, based in Arboleas, performing a varied repertoire of songs to a high standard. For more info visit www.theincognitosingers.com, see Facebook, contact us at theincognito singers@gmail.com., or drop in to a weekly rehearsal. (See web page.) Cariatiz Community Orchestra A friendly group of musicians of various ages and levels. All newcomers welcome, only requirement is to play an orchestral instrument and read music. Rehearsals Vera Auditorio, 6-8pm every Sunday. Contact emma.v.randle@gmail.com Facebook: Cariatiz Community Orchestra. Vera Voces A friendly choir singing classical music, directed by pianist, singer and director, Barry Jobling. All welcome, no auditions. Rehearsals Wednesdays, 6-8pm, at Vera Auditorio. Facebook: Vera Voces. Contact veravoces1@gmail.com

Yoga in Mojacar with Sharon Fisher. All levels. beginners welcome. 672 061 048 Sol Yoga Centre, Arboleas Tel: 686 400331 Girasol, Albox Call 639 089 170 Yoga with Ashlí Turre, Vera & private. 643102335 Yoga Therapy with Portia Oliver. Tel: 681301474 www.portiaoliver.es

Arts & Crafts Sewing Group, Mojacar We meet at Scotty's el Tropico bar for sewing, knitting, crochet etc. Weds. 10.30 to 12.30. Tel. Brenda 634 34 34 92 or Sylvia 628 006 197. We are a friendly group meeting for coffee and chat. Ladies Sewing Circle Evangelical Church, Turre, Wednesday 10.30 – 12.30 Tel: 667 702 774 Girasol, Albox Mosaic classes. Thurs 1:30 - 4:30pm.Tel 639 089 170 Picante Quilting Club Scotty’s El Tropico, Mojacar. First Thurs of the month, 10am-12.30pm. Beginners welcome. For more details or to book your place, please email Jo at jogibson787@yahoo.co.uk Cloud Zebra Craft Workshops & Clubs In Almanzora and Oria, Tues 10-2, Thurs and Fri, 10.30 -2.30. Call 744 60 96 30 or check out our Facebook page. No experience needed. Bedar Arts Centre Ceramic classes, Mondays and Wednesdays. Painting classes Tuesday 10:30-1330. For info, call 664 896 555

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Eleanor & Gilly's Line Dance Class Chapman’s Bar, Albox, 2-30pm- 4-30pm, Mondays. All levels welcome. 950439003. Step2It - Line Dancing Arboleas. Weds: 6.45 p.m - 7.30 p.m, First Steps/Intro. 7.30 p.m -10.30, Beginners / Improvers /Intermediate. : C a r r i e A n n 6 2727 9 5 8 4 www.carrieanngreen.com Almeria Line Dancers Julie - 634304625 / 950110433 Pro Danza Nicky Mainstone Royal Academy Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Dance fit fusion. Children & Adults. Mojacar & Los Gallardos. T. 667479903 Ceroc Dancing Artisan Centre, Mojacar, Tues 8.15pm Beginners/Improvers/Advanced. All welcome. Contact Tracey 687251799 Belly Dancing Mojácar, Garrucha & Huércal-Overa. Contact Fatima: 610 472 596 Bellydance Classes Mojácar, Turre, Palomares. Call 639 724 521 Dance Classes with Hollie Newell Ballet, tap, contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical, zumba and more. Based in Turre. Tel: 634 317 391 Performing Arts Centre DanZaVera 54 Verasol, Vera. Royal Academy Ballet, Imperial Society Modern, Tap and Jazz. Also Hip-Hop, Oriental Dance, Spanish Classical. Tel Anita: 670 715 787 Complete Beginners Flamenco Mojácar. No specialist shoes or equipment required, friendly hour long class. Email info@lagitanainglesa.com


Activities - Clubs - Associations Sports Almería Lawn Bowling Club Contact Shirley: 679 970 399

Almería Golf League Contact Les on 950 619 273

Mojacar Golf Society Visitors always welcome to come and Bowling Club de Zurgena join in the fun on Wednesdays and Friendly, social and competitive bowling, Saturdays. Tel Lynn Sefton on 667 349 all levels & standards. zurgenabc@gmail. 908 or email raylynnsefton@gmail.com com. www.zurgenabc.com Albox Club de Tenis Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club Sun & Thurs mornings, Tues afternoons. Tel Sue: 950 064 369 Fb: Albox Club de www.cabreralbc.com Tenis Indalo Lawn Bowling Club Cabrera Tennis Club Contact Janet 671 865 675 Contact info@ cabreratennisclub.com Mojacar Bowls Club Behind Marina Mar Hotel. Everybody www.cabreratennisclub.com welcome - Tues, Thurs and Sat starting with coffee at 9:30. Contact Verna 610 838 644. Badgers Golf Society Mojacar, play Wednesday and Saturday. Everyone always welcome. Contact Dave Ryder on 663 327 182 or badgers mojacar@gmail.com

Club de Tenis y Padel Indalo Vera. Tel: 950 59 28 77 - 608 250 607 Tennis Coach Diego Rodriguez Tel: 689 688 226 Padel tennis lessons At home. Tel: Ulises Gutiérrez, 606 902 691

PartyLevante Sailing Club Boxers Golf Society Albox Initiation for children from 7 yrs in small All welcome to join us as members or groups. Email info@partylevante.com or guests. Call in at the Why Not bar in call 680942141 www.partylevante Albox on Saturday mornings or email .com peterstooks@avired.com Santa Irene Sailing Club Forum Golf Society Plays friendly events at local courses Come and join us out on the water twice a month. Richard Price. Telephone sailing or crewing our safety boat. Every 850993073 or rfp53@yahoo.co.uk. Sunday at 10:30 in the boat park at the www.forumgolfsociety.webs.com north end of Garrucha harbour. Email info@santaireneclubdevela.com Marina Phoenix Golf Society w w w. s a n t a i r e n e c l u b d eve l a . c o m Visitors welcome Mondays and Thursdays. Tel Don Atkins 605 051 238. Adelante Gimnasia Artìstica Email marinaphoenixgs@gmail.com H u e r c a l - O ve r a . C l a s s e s f o r f u n gymnastics , competitive levels, pre Valle del Este Golf Society. school and adults. Fully qualified coach. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Contact From 2 years. Tel 622 129 702 or Alan Townsend Tel. 690 090 982 i n f o @ a d e l a n t e a r t i s i t c a . e s www.adelanteartistica.es Facebook Adelante Gimnasia artistica. Walking Football Club Campo de Football, Los Gallardos, 9am Monday for training, exercise & playing. www.fclosamigos.com El Bandido Runners Run, jog , walk a 5km route along the Paseo. Free to all. See Facebook. Contact Kevin on ironmankev08 @gmail.com

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Fitness & Martial Arts Girasol, Albox Pilates, children’s karate & gymastics, advanced gymnastics, Tai-chi. Tel 639 089 170 Aerobics or Pilates Campo de Futbol, Turre. Contact Vicki 650 764 623 or vicki.lynch@live.co.uk Slimming Groups Casa Pepa, Turre, Weds 10 am, Sophia Wellness Centre Arboleas, Thurs 12.30pm, Contact Vicki 650 764 623 or vicki.lynch@live.co.uk Martial Arts Academy Seidokan Scientific Karate & Taiji-Qigong, Vera. Call John Watson 950 453 681 Performing Arts Centre DanZaVera Almeria. 54 Verasol, Vera. Martial Arts, Karate, Tai ji qigong, ancient weapons including Sword, Self Defence, Tactical Gymnastics, Yoga and ageless mobility. Tel Anita: 670 715 787 Mojácar Taekwondo 5 years to adults. Various classes & times. Contact Serge 646844708. Facebook GTF Spain Sophia Wellness Centre, Arboleas Various activities. Tel. 950 449 451. Fitness with Alison, Mojácar Full Body Workout, Pilates, AquaZumba, Zumba, Step Aerobics, Total Toning, AeroFit. Tel 666 273 168. Hollie Newell Zumba Almeria Turre, Los Gallardos, Arboleas and San Juan. Contact: 634 317 391 Jova Gym, Mojácar Various activities. www.jovasport.es 950 473 137. See facebook. Fun Fit with Ali Roof Top Classes. Pilates, Fun Aerobics, Abs & Arms, LBT, Yoga and more. Limited to 6 per class. Call 634308906


Your Stars You hard work and dedication will payoff, so stick to your guns and do your job well. You will enjoy interacting with those who come from different backgrounds. Patience will be of utmost importance. Do not invest in ventures that only appear to be lucrative. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Don't let your mate force you into making a decision that you aren't ready to make. Visitors are likely to drop by and chances are, they may even stay a little longer than you want them to. Your temper could get the better of you if you confront personal situations. Do not get upset about situations you cannot change. Your luckiest (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) events this month will occur on a Friday.

Try to take care of the needs of those you love. You can make money if you put your savings into conservative investments. Your emotional reaction will be dependent upon your partner's responsiveness. If you haven't already, consider starting your own business. Your luckiest events (Apr. 21- May 21) this month will occur on a Saturday.

You will be emotional about your personal life. Talk to the party involved and make sure that they are informed as to what actually happened. Your need to use emotional blackmail will only cause more conflict. You may be emotional and quick to judge others. Your luckiest events this (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) month will occur on a Thursday.

Consider a trial separation if you and your mate just can't come to terms. Avoid letting family get involved in your personal life. False information from someone trying to start problems is likely. You will attract potential lovers, but be sure that they're unattached. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Don't hesitate to voice your ideas and opinions. You can make financial gains through investments and dealing with other people's money. Authority figures may be less than accommodating if you have done something deceitful. Later in the week your boss will pat you on the back for a job well (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) done. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

You will get bored quickly, so make sure that you have scheduled enough activity to hold your interest. Be aware that you don't get anything for nothing. You mustn't give too much to your children. You're best to avoid disputes. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a (June 22 - July 22) Wednesday.

Relationships will become stronger. The existing problems must be dealt with one way or another. Your high energy will enable you to take the role of leader in group functions. Don't be too quick to judge. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

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(May 22 - June 21)

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) Don't get talked into get rich quick schemes. Disputes on the home front may be hard to avoid. You are best to do your research before taking on such a venture. You must try to include your mate in your activities this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Avoid arguments with relatives who might be conservative and outdated. You must be careful not to trust just anyone. Compromise if you have to, to avoid verbal battles. Avoid any hassles. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. (July 23 - Aug. 22) Try to keep any mood swings under control; they may result in alienation. Confronting a situation will only result in indignation and misunderstandings. You can make personal changes that will enhance your appearance and bring you greater popularity. Your added discipline will help you complete the impossible at work. Your (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

(Jan. 21- Feb. 19)

(Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

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Empty promises are evident; therefore, get it in writing, to be safe. Discrimination will be in order. Control your temper when dealing with your emotional partner. Don't let your emotions interfere with moneymaking deals. Make a point of working on yourself. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.


Jokes of the Month The Assassin

The Lamborghini

President Trump is walking across the White House lawn to his helicopter when an assassin jumps out with a gun. A secret service agent, new on the job, shouts "Mickey Mouse!" The assassin took careful aim and shot the president dead. Later, the secret service agent's supervisor takes him aside and asks, "What in the hell made you shout Mickey Mouse when you saw the assassin?” The agent replied, "I got nervous. I meant to shout "Donald, duck!"

An employee goes out to the car park and says to his boss, “Wow that’s an amazing car! I wish I had one just like it, that must have cost you a pretty penny!” The boss looks the employee in the face and says, “Yes, it did. And do you know something? Next year, if you work really hard, and you do your overtime and you do your absolute best then maybe...” The employee, mystified and excited for what comes next, says, “Yes...” The boss looks into the employee’s eyes and says, “Then maybe... I’ll have another one next year.”

The Jumper Jack sat down next to this blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV as the 10 o’clock late night news came on. The news crew was covering a story of a man on a ledge of a large building preparing to jump. The blonde looked at Jack and said, "Do you think he'll jump?" Jack says, "You know what, I bet he will." The blonde replied, "Well, I bet he won't." Jack placed 30 dollars on the bar and said, "You're on!" Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy did a swan dive off of the building, falling to his death. The blonde was very upset and handed her 30 dollars to Jack, saying, "Fair's fair... Here's your money." Jack replied, "I can't take your money, I saw this earlier on the 5 o'clock news and I knew he would jump." The blonde replies, "I did too; but I didn't think he'd do it again." Jack took the money. The Gardener Little Johnny attended a horse auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horse's legs and rump, and chest. After a few minutes, Johnny asked, "Dad, why are you doing that?" His father replied, "Because when I'm buying horses, I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy. Johnny, looking worried, said, "Dad, I think the our gardener wants to buy Mom."

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The Budweiser Campaign Two Budweiser executives want a new brand image so they ask for an audience with the Pope and explain that they want a commercial link-up with the Vatican. This would, of course, involve some careful 'product placement'. What they suggest is that the words in the Lord's prayer, 'Give us this day our daily bread', be replaced with, 'Give us this day our daily Bud'. The Pope is appalled. 'But this is sacred, infallible scripture! We can't possibly change the words around like that!' The executives realise this is a big obstacle but they reassure the pontiff that Budweiser will pay handsomely, to the tune of 50 million dollars. 'It's out of the question!' the Pope protests. 'These are the words of our Lord himself. If we change them, it would be blasphemy!' So the offer goes up to 70 million. After half an hour of wrangling, the Pope begins to relent. The Budweiser offer is now one billion dollars, and he thinks how nice it would be to pay off all the Vatican debts, and get his apartment completely refurbished. 'Look,' he says, 'I'll need to discuss this with my senior cardinal, please excuse me for a minute’. He takes the cardinal to one side and whispers, 'Luigi, remind me, when does the “Wonder Bread” contract run out?'


...and next... The Very Young Wife Bill, a 65-year-old extremely wealthy widower, shows up at the Country Club with an astonishingly beautiful and very sexy 25-yearold who knocks everyone’s socks off with her youthful appeal and outright charm while hanging over Bill’s arm and listening intently to his every word. His buddies at the club are all awestruck. When she had gone to the loo they ask, “Bill how did you get the trophy girlfriend?” Bill replies, “Girlfriend? She’s my wife!” They’re knocked over, but continue to ask. “So, how did you persuade her to marry you?” Bill says, “I lied about my age.” His friends respond, “What do you mean? Did you tell her you were only 50?” Bill smiles and says, “No, I told her I was 90.” The Problem

The Destination A young New York woman was so depressed that she decided to end her life by throwing herself into the ocean at the harbour. But just before she threw herself from the docks, a handsome young man stopped her. "You have so much to live for," said the man. "I'm a sailor, and we are off to Italy tomorrow. I can stow you away on my ship. I'll take care of you, bring you food every day, and keep you happy.” With nothing to lose, combined with the fact that she had always wanted to go to Italy, the woman accepted. That night the sailor brought her aboard and hid her in a small but comfortable compartment in the hold. From then on, every night he would bring her some food, a bottle of red wine, and make love to her until dawn. Three weeks later she was discovered by the captain during a routine inspection. "What are you doing here?" asked the captain. "I have an arrangement with one of the sailors," she replied. "He brings me food and I get a free trip to Italy." "I see," the captain says. Then she added, "Plus, he's screwing me." "He certainly is," replied the captain. "This is the Staten Island Ferry.”

An old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlour and pulled himself gently, painfully, up onto a stool… After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split. The waitress asked kindly, ‘Crushed nuts?’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘Arthritis.’ IQ A pub bought an intelligent robotic barman and a guy came in for a drink. The robot asked him, "What's your IQ?" The man replied, "130", so the robot proceeded to make conversation about physics, astronomy, and so on, as he gave him a beer. The man listened intently and thought, "This is really cool." Another guy came in for a drink and the robot asked him, "What's your IQ?" The man responded, "110", so the robot started talking about football, dirt bikes, formula one race cars and so on as he poured his drink. The man thought to himself, "Wow, this is really cool." A third guy came into the bar and as with the others, the robot asked him, "What's your IQ?" The man replied, "80." The robot said to him, "So, how are things in Donald Trump land these days?"

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