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Contents Some Progress ........................................................................…...10 Focus on Local News …................…………................................…….12 So Now You Know ................................................................................42 On Christmas Day ............................................................................44 “Dash-Cams” in Vehicles ...........................................................46 The Poniente Case ............................................................48 A Healthy Diet ...........................................................................50 Cremation & Ashes ................................................................52 A Major Body Blow ...................................................................54 A-Z Directory ……………….......……................................................56 Useful Numbers ..................................................................103 What’s On ..................................................................................104 Activities, Clubs and Associations ........................................111 Your Stars …..........…………......……........................................…115 Jokes of the Month ………………............................................116 Coffee Break …………………….............................................…118 For general enquiries, call Clare on 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com. For advertising enquiries, call Rob on 619 833 041.

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December 5th as a holiday so they have a long weekend. Adding a day on before or after a fiesta day is known as a “Puente” (bridge). December 8th, so a Thursday this year, is a religious fiesta so as on December 6th, official offices such as town halls, social security, and tax offices, will be shut. Banks will shut on both days, and we comment in our local As soon as the new government had been formed news section that the number of branches is the Almería rail pressure group ‘Mesa del Tren’ asked dwindling rapidly. Puerto del Sol on New Year’s Eve for urgent meetings with the new Minister of Transport and the rail company ‘ADIF’. One of the main complaints relates to the famous ‘AVE’ (High Speed train) where nothing has happened in Almería province for five years. The construction company ‘SACYR’are supposed to have finished the 12 km section from Pulpí to Cuevas by now, but work has never been able to start. Consequently, ‘SACYR’ have thrown in the sponge and backed out. We feature this in an article. s we predicted in our November magazine, the previous Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is now Prime Minister for a second term. Spaniards won’t be going to a General Election for the third time on December 18th. (Strictly speaking it was going to be Christmas Day!).

As we mentioned last month ’flu vaccinations are now available from medical centres particularly for pensioners, but other sectors of society as well. If the weather changes for the worse, the month when the largest number of people catch the ‘flu is normally January. Every November, representatives from the Almería Tourist Board travel to London for the extremely large “World Travel Market” exhibition. Jet 2 have announced flights next year from five UK destinations and we comment on this in our “Local News” section. Assuming no rescue package was hammered out by December 1st, the water company ‘Galasa’ has gone into liquidation, with debts of 41 million Euros. Water will still come out of our taps, but exactly who will be paying for it in the first place remains to be seen. One problem is that 50% of the water Galasa have been purchasing is lost in leaky pipework! We explain the ins and outs in our “Local News” section. The two main fiesta dates in December apart from Christmas Day fall on December 6th and 8th, and are national fiestas. December 6th is the anniversary of the Spanish Constitution being signed, a Tuesday this year. Some people will doubtless take Monday,

December 20th this the very famous ‘El Gordo’ (the fat one) Spanish lottery day with enormous prizes for the lucky ones. One ticket with the same number is split into ten ‘decimós’ so if you win you receive a tenth of a prize and TV crews race round the country to interview winners. Christmas Eve (‘Noche Buena’) is a day when all Spaniards try to join their family for a celebration evening meal. The majority of Spanish restaurants usually shut in the evening. New Year’s Eve (‘Noche Vieja’) is when twelve grapes are eaten at every stroke of the clock in Puerto del Sol in Madrid at 12 midnight, and January 6th, Epiphany, is when the ‘Three Kings’ events take place, another national fiesta. As in other years, there will be no ‘Focus’ magazine in January, but we return in February. We warmly wish all our readers and advertisers, “Felices Fiestas”, the traditional Spanish greeting at this time of year. The ‘Focus’ magazine is always available to view in an easy format via www.almeriafocus.com.

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Focus on Local News People in Almeria Statistics recently published for Almería province show that the population at the end of 2016 is predicted to be a total of 695,500 and this will rise steadily to 708,000 in 2020, 723,000 in 2024, 730,000 in 2027, and 739,000 in 2031 in fifteen years’ time. There are more births than deaths, and the province still attracts people who come here to work, particularly in the agricultural sector, with more people coming here than are leaving to work elsewhere. At present, the number of minors under the age of 18 is 143,000 and it is predicted that this will fall to 138,000 a drop of almost 4%. The “family unit” is also predicted to change quite dramatically. At the end of 2015 the number of homes with just one person living there had gone up 20% and this is expected to rise to 33% in 2024, and 42% in 2031.The number of homes with just two people is also expected to rise by 25% and 34%. This is partly because women are putting off having children and when they do they are much older. Homes with more than two people are expected to fall by 2%, but this is better than the Spanish national average which is 7%. Homes with more than five people are expected to go down by 17% compared to the national average of 25%. Meanwhile the number of pensioners that at present is 95,000 in Almería province is expected to rise to 145,000 by 2031 which is 53% more. How to pay for this large predicted rise in pensions because people are living longer is a big unknown, not just in Spain. The Palomares Incident On January 17th, 1966, a US plane carrying four nuclear bombs collided with the US pane that was refuelling it in mid-air over Palomares. The plane with the nuclear bombs was in the air as part of a policy to have one plane airborne at all times because of the cold war fears regarding Russia, and the fuel tanker plane had come from the US base at Morón near Seville. The crew of four from the tanker plane died, and three others from the missile carrying plane. The four nuclear bombs were jettisoned with three of them falling on land

and one in the sea. Two of the nose cones split releasing plutonium dust that contaminated 226 hectares (just under one square mile). When the clean-up was taking place, Manuel Fraga Spanish minister for tourism, Angier Biddle Juke the US ambassador to Spain, and two other officials waded into the sea at Palomares at the Quitapellejos beach to show the world that there was no problem. Manuel Fraga went down in history as being extremely stupid! Talks started between the US and Spain in 2014 to remove the remaining contaminated soil that is still there. There was supposed to be a quid pro quo in return for Spain allowing the US base at Morón to expand considerably. It is hoped that now Spain has Mariano Rajoy as Prime Minister again, and Donald Trump is the US President-elect, talks will start again. New Bus Stops Mojácar town hall has announced that they are to open two new bus stops in 2017 for the urban buses bringing the total up to 46. One of them will be at the Marina de la Torre roundabout on the way to Garrucha, and the other one beside the Hotel Puntazo, Lomos del Cantal. In the “off season” October 1st to April 1st, the buses run from 8.55am to 9.30pm. A World Record The rowing and boating canal at Cuevas right beside the reservoir was built for the 2005 Mediterranean Olympic Games in Almería, but then fell into disuse. A few years ago it was put in action again as a boat and water venue, and on October 23rd a “Dragon Boat” competition was staged where four Spanish teams of 24 rowers in relays attempted to beat the Guinness Book of Records for the longest distance travelled in 24 hours. The current record was held by a German team who had covered 240 kilometres. The Spanish team was an amalgamation of the Spanish Association of “Dragon boats” and one from Murcia. The Murcia team already held the record for the longest distance travelled by one boat in 24 hours in October 2015, when they beat the record of an Australian team

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Focus on Local News by clocking up 188 kilometres, one kilometre more than the Australian record! The combined Spanish team took the world record for rowing in relays by clocking up 263.5 kilometres. Their captain, Isaac García, stated that the provision of floodlights during the night and sleeping facilities was a deciding factor in their victory. Zurgena Court Case An ex-council employee has been banned from holding any public office for three years and fined for his part in the approval of licences in 2005 for the construction of 94 dwellings on land not zoned for urban development in the Los Cabreras area of Zurgena. The judge was considering a previous court case that had been sent back to her where councillors or ex-councillors were in court accused of similar offences. At the previous court hearing, charges against the councillors were quashed as it was considered they were wrongly advised when the licences were granted. In this new court case the judge was asked to rule on a compensation claim from various Brits who parted with 650,000 Euros and were represented in court and have no water or electricity. The ruling was that the conviction of the ex-employee did not mean that he was liable to pay the compensation. The judge, Marta Inés Sierra, considered that this claim had to be directed to other parties related to the Zurgena council and the company New Medina Villa who built the complex known as ‘Lemon Tree Island Botanic Resort’. EU Ruling The EU authorities responsible for data protection have advised Whatsapp that they have to suspend the interchange of information with other companies, especially Facebook, whilst a full investigation takes place. They consider that interchanging information has to be completely legal and totally guarantee the rights of clients. The G-29 organization that has requested this say that “legal considerations” will have to be decided. Whatsapp was absorbed by Facebook in 2014 and this August modified their conditions of use.

Revenue is being generated by advertising on Facebook and Instagram where the shared information is held. The EU consider that commercial gains in income have no place where privacy is being breached. As we reported last month, the Spanish Secret Service have taken the unusual step of publishing the results of their own investigation that considers Whatsapp lacks many levels of security for users, and can easily be hacked.

New Mobility Scooters Regulations The ‘DGT’ Spanish traffic department has published new regulations concerning mobility scooters, motorized wheelchairs, motorized skates, and ‘Segway’ electric devices. They are now prohibited from being used on normal pavements designed for pedestrians unless they have a cycleway, or town halls have put in place their own regulations in pedestrian or other areas. The new regulation is the first one in Spain that specifically addresses this use, as up to now there have been no clear general instructions on their use. The regulations recognize that mobility scooters in particular have dimensions, weight, and a speed that is not compatible with pedestrian traffic. All speed limits have to be observed the same as any normal vehicle. The DGT have also clarified the legal requirements for users and state that they do not require a special licence to be “driven”, nor obligatory insurance, but they recommend that

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Focus on Local News users do take out some form of insurance for their own safety and that of third parties. In the event of an accident, persons using these devices will be breathalysed the same as pedestrians, or where spot checks are being carried out. Private premises such as commercial centres, large stores, or hotels, may have their own regulations. The ‘Servigroup’ chain of hotels with a large number of hotels in Benidorm, and also the Marina Playa Hotel in Mojácar, banned mobility scooters inside their hotels a few months ago. They consider that they are dangerous, and are too numerous. At one hotel in Benidorm the manager stated that with 500 guests there might be as many as 40 mobility scooters. The Mojácar hotel and others in the group have ground floor double rooms fully equipped for disabled guests.

cuts in expenditure. If taxes are to be raised, the income tax paid by wealthy people is a way to immediately generate income. The other idea that Brussels keeps on hammering is that the rates of IVA (VAT) have to be raised. In 2012 the 18% rate was increased to 21%, and the 8% band to 10%. The opportunity was then taken to take the rate that applied to cinemas, theatres, and some cultural activities, from 8% straight up to 21%. Brussels think there should me more of these large increases from the 10% to the 21% (they have also suggested that the 21% might be raised to 23%). Putting up customs duty on tobacco and alcohol is another option. Apart from this, spending cuts will have to be agreed. Cutting budgets for health, education, and social services, is probably completely out of the question.

Less Banks Up to the end of September, 1,400 banks in Almería province have shut, more than the total for 2015. This is 5% of the ones open at the end of last year. Banco Santander has gone down to 2,993 from 3,467 and Sabadell down to 2,192 from 2,259. Banco Popular has not yet announced where the 300 branches they intend to shut shortly are located, but they have shut 43 so far this year. The popularity of internet banking is stated to be partly responsible and branches that are too close together.

A Lot of Wine Because of the weather conditions in Spain in 2016 with high summer temperatures and a lack of rain the amount of wine produced is expected to be slightly less than in 2015 but probably of a higher quality. The total is expected to be 41 million hectolitres (hl) that is just over 1 trillion gallons. Production in 2015 was 42.2 million hl, compared to the world leader Italy who produced 51.5 million hl, and France with 47.2 million hl. The production from these three countries makes up 80% of wine production in the EU. Spain leads the world in exports of wine that last year was 24 million hl, compared to Italy with 20 million hl, and France at 14 million hl. The reason for this is that in 2016 it is expected that exported Spanish wine has cost about 1.14 Euros per litre, a slight increase from 2015, but Spain is the world leader in price. Wine from Italy costs three times that of Spain and from France five times. Wine coming from northern Spain is expensive because the quality is higher with famous denominations such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Ribeiro. Nevertheless, exports are very strong. In southern Spain wine is often sold in bulk but France is the biggest customer. Within Spain more people are now drinking the famous makes and consumption has gone up 4%.

Finding A Formula Now that Spain finally has a new government the big question is how they can save 5.5 billion Euros in 2017 to meet the requirements of Brussels. Because there was no government in Spain for the first ten months of 2016 the EU gurus decided not to fine Spain for the deficit from 2015. A decision has to be made in the Spanish parliament in the next few weeks as to how they are going to tackle the new EU target. As the new government does not have a majority, the way this money is going to be found will involve other political parties having their say. The basic question is whether taxes are raised, or savings made from

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Focus on Local News “Pueblos Más Bonitos” Mojácar was chosen last year for an award in the “Pueblos más bonitos” (most beautiful towns) and Emmanuel Agüero, councillor for tourism, recently went to Málaga for a meeting with other towns who have won this award. This reunion was part of the framework of meetings which are held between the municipalities that make up the most beautiful towns in Spain. During the meeting, activities to be carried out in 2017 in the southern region were proposed, highlighting the cultural and gastronomic events, taking into account new trends in the tourism sector and events of greatest media interest. Gastronomic festivals, photography contests, joint attendance at tourism fairs, creation of themed routes between towns in the same area and the launching of "The most romantic night of the year", as a special attraction for the summer solstice were amongst the ideas discussed. The Southern Assembly has taken the initiative of presenting its candidacy as the venue for the Assembly of the World's Most Beautiful Places, to be held in Spain next year, as well as for the celebration of the Fifth Spanish National Assembly, scheduled for 2018.It is noteworthy that, for the second consecutive year, "The Most Beautiful Towns in Spain" is the most read page in thePaís Viajero (Country Traveller) magazine, and that the "Wonderbox Gift Boxes", promoted by this Association, have been one of the most popular in 2016, an increase in sales of 15% over the previous year. Also the guide, which is published in three languages, has had great success and has contributed to the spectacular growth of the website, which has been visited by many thousands of people around the world. Moors & Christians Poster Mojácar town hall has opened their annual competition for the poster design to be used for the 2017 Moors and Christians event. The theme should depict the Fiesta and must have the obligatory text: “MOROS Y CRISTIANOS DE MOJÁCAR 2017. Del 9 al 11 de junio”. The poster size is 50 x 70 cms in vertical format without margins and

not signed. Designs must be submitted on a CD in PDF or Jpeg, in RGB, or the original format on paper or canvas.. A sealed envelope has to include the artist’s name, address, DNI/NIE or ID, phone number, email, and a photograph of the work. Entries can be mailed to the Oficina de Turismo de Mojácar Pueblo, Plaza del Fronton s/n, or taken there personally on Monday-Saturday mornings or evenings, to be received by December 15th at 7pm. The jury is made up of representatives from the Moros y Cristianos de Mojácar association with a prize of 300 Euros for the chosen entry. Dipped Headlights The ‘DGT’ traffic police are recommending that all vehicle in winter months drive with dipped headlights. If this is done it shows a distinction between parked vehicle and those in motion, and the distance when a vehicle can be seen by another motorist is doubled. Since February 2011, EU regulations required all vehicles to have the equivalent of bright side lights, which come on when the ignition is turned on. The ‘DGT’ as part of their continual campaign against old vehicles on Spanish roads, point out that vehicles made before 2011 have no lights visible as normal, and dipped headlights are essential. The ‘DGT’ also point out that many bulbs are now difficult or impossible for a driver to change, and in the event of a bulb failing they recommend that the garage where the bulbs are being changed do both headlights at the same time. They say that over a period of about three years the distance a headlight illuminates can decrease by 30%. For this reason they say one bright one and one not so bright headlight gives a false image to oncoming traffic. Electronic Vetting Since 9/11, passengers flying to the US have to be notified to the border control agency before a flight takes off. The information is then compared to a register of people they may not wish to admit. The EU has now proposed a similar system for countries where the Schengen

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Focus on Local News regulations allow free passage between EU states. It is doubtful that this will come into force before 2020 but the proposal is that 50 countries will effectively have to have a visa to enter the Schengen area that will cost five Euros and will last for five years. This will include the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru, amongst others of course. This will probably cost 212 million Euros to set up. This is another thing that will have to be sorted out eventually relating to ‘Brexit’. In the US the cost of the similar visas for two years is 14 dollars or Euros. A further proposal is that a register will be made of people entering or leaving the Schengen area that will collate photographs and fingerprints. The UK is the only country where documents are religiously studied by border police. This would not be possible if the UK were not an island! Google Arts & Culture People interested in La Alcazaba castle and the Museum in Almería city can now take advantage of a virtual tour that is part of the “Wonders of Andalucía” and a Google project. These can be seen on Maravillas de Andalucía – Google Arts & Culture site. A total of 22 museums and other architectural locations are available to view throughout Andalucía. Over 2,000 items have been included in the virtual tours and 360 degree images have been made using the automatic “trolley” system and hand held multi-lens cameras on a mast that are called “trekkers”. A special “art camera” has been used for individual items with images in giga-pixels that can reveal details not seen by the human eye. Lasers and bounced sound waves (the same technique that bats use) ensure that everything is in focus. This is the largest use of the Google technology for purposes such as this to date. Black, not Pink Specialist police dealing with exotic animals, plants, and importation documents, have confiscated a black panther that together with other exotic animals was being kept in an industrial unit in

Arboleas without any paperwork or licences. It was taken to a specialist zoo centre in Alicante. Guardia Civil police were advised that a man in Arboleas had a large collection of exotic birds and small mammals. Specialist police were called in to identify the various species and determine if they could be kept legally, or were on a prohibited list. Paperwork shown to them is alleged to be “dubious” and identification rings on some of the exotic birds did not match up. Meanwhile, police had been told that exotic animals were kept at another location and eventually the man told them where it was.

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Catherine Denueve Every year coinciding with the Almería Film Festival a famous actress or actor is invited to come to Almería to receive an award for their contribution to the film industry. A pavement star is unveiled and other film stars recently given the award have included Omar Sharif. Ridley Scott was one of those chosen when he was filming “The Book of Exodus” here, but he unfortunately said hadn’t got time to come to Almería city to receive it! This year, which is the 15th festival, the award went to Catherine Denueve who came here in 1977 to star in the film “March or Die” directed by Dick Richards, along with Max Von Sydow, Ian

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Focus on Local News Holm, Terence hill, and Gene Hackman. Catherine Denueve starred in many famous films directed by heavyweights such as Luis Buñuel with whom she filmed “Belle de Jour”, Roman Polanski, and Francois Truffait. She became one of the “heart throbs” for her beauty and sex appeal. She was awarded the French Lumiere award this October at their film festival and the award was presented by Roman Polanski who shot the cult horror film “Repulsion” with her in the leading role in 1965. Catherine was shown her pavement star in the Paseo de la Fama on November 13th and received a miniature version for her to take away. (The one for Ridley Scott had to be taken to the film set). Her other award in the form of a small statuette was presented to her in the evening at the Maestro Padilla Auditorio when she opened the film festival. Many figures in the film industry attended the ceremony and in a short speech she recalled how her time in Almería was very enjoyable. She remarked that Gene Hackman was a superb actor, but very difficult to work with! Looking remarkably well, Catherine Denueve is now aged 73. On November 19th when the festival closed José Coronado was given his award for filming in the province.

children for regular eye tests, as otherwise this could have an effect on their ability at school as well as in the home, and may be partly responsible for hyper-activity, and learning difficulties put under the general heading of attention deficiency. The specialist also said that prolonged exposure to a television screen, computer games, or use of mobiles was a bad thing, and time spent in the open air helped improve vision as the eye was subjected to a wide range of visual stimulation.

Tax Free Made Easier The tourist market in Spain is fortunately one of the largest motors of the economy and record numbers and money spent continue to rise dramatically every year. A new system has been put in place to help non-EU tourists reclaim the ‘IVA’ (VAT) they have paid on goods. Airports, ports, and large stores, will now have an electronic system where instead of paperwork that has to be manually produced and stamped, the tax reclaim is automatically notified electronically to the Spanish tax office. Refunds will now be possible at the stores who sign up to the new system, or at the customs desks at airports and ports, without complications. The electronic system has been tested at Madrid airport and before the end Go to Specsavers of the year will be put in place in the vast majority A national survey in Spain relating to vision defects of places where tourists are entitled to receive in children, funded by a charitable organization, refunds. Any refund applies to goods where the has been presented in Madrid. Their conclusions bill is over 90 Euros. are that 50% of young children in Spain need glasses. The survey tested 37,000 children in 5,000 New Flights schools throughout Spain. They state that only The Almería Tourist Board recently made one of 30% of children between the ages of 6-12 have their regular trips to London for the World Travel ever had an eye test, and 70% of parents consider Market event. They were able to come back with their children don’t need eye tests. 1,500 specialists an agreement from Jet 2 for flights next year tested children for their close and distance vision, into Almería. Jet 2 will fly in from Manchester, each eye, reading distance, and ability to follow Leeds, Edinburgh, East Midlands, and Newcastle moving objects. 49% of the children were with two weekly flights from Manchester and considered to have some problem. 34% of the Leeds, and one flight per week from the other children stated that they didn’t like reading, and destinations. These flights will start from March 28% thought it was tiring. Another significant and go through to October. 5,000 companies had percentage said reading gave them a headache. stands at the fair with 50,000 professionals The conclusion was that parents should take their attending from 190 countries.

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Focus on Local News Obese Young People In common with many other countries, the alarm is being raised in Spain regarding the number of children and young people who are medically obese, not just overweight. The number of young children who were obese twenty-five years ago was 7%, but this has now risen to 15%. This now applies to 25% of persons under the age of eighteen. The main reason is given as being the consumption of fast food with high doses of sugar and fat, along with the lack of exercise or taking part in sport. Excessive overweight is very difficult to reduce and may be a factor for the rest of their lives. This can reduce their life expectancy, lead to diabetes, restrict movement, result in extra strain on the heart, increased incidence of asthma and bronchial problems, apart from mental problems when young children are teased, or excluded from the activities of their friends. Medical experts who recently held a conference in Madrid came out strongly in favour of preventive measures that must be taken by families, the encouragement of healthy eating in schools and colleges, and the provision of more sports facilities. Ultimately, if all else fails, the only solution is surgery that up to now has only taken place on adults in 99% of cases. The experts stated that children aged fifteen are being found with a weight of 140-150 kilos. Operations are only carried out in children when they have basically stopped growing and are aged 14-16. Surgery is seen as a last resort but the experts concluded that the situation is so serious that operations might become commonplace. King of The Castle Arturo del Pino has been the director of the Almería museum for the last few years and is credited with making it a reference museum, certainly in Andalucía if not in Spain. He has been responsible for major exhibitions that have always had to be extended from the initial time period owing to their popularity. He has pioneered making school visits exciting and works with teachers to show them what is on offer. He has now been

appointed the director of la Acazaba castle. The castle is jointly run by the Junta de Andalucía in charge of ancient monuments and local politicians who are responsible for tourism and culture. There have been a lot of problems that came to a head when a company that was mounting a theatre event dug holes into the walls to erect staging. Essential repair work needed has often been delayed, with accusations of blame from both sides. Subsequently the woman responsible for the castle locally resigned. There have also been complaints that money included in budgets by the Junta de Andalucía has not been spent. The association ‘Friends of Almería Castle’ are delighted that Arturo is now in charge. ‘Galasa’ The water supply company ‘Galasa’ have been in trouble for a long time and have run up an enormous debt of 41 million Euros. The Almería diputación (county council) is the major shareholder. Money was loaned to the company about three months ago when ‘Endesa’ the electricity supply company cut off their electricity for unpaid bills. A generator was installed on the roof of the Vera office, as a temporary measure. One politician suggested it was left up there for next time. Matters have been coming to a head as, if on December 1st there was no viable rescue plan the company would automatically be bankrupt. One problem is that the company pay 6 million Euros per year for the water they buy from ‘Acuamed’ who run the desalination plant in Carboneras, but can only bill for 3 million Euros, as 50% of the water leaks away through old pipes. Putting the price of water up dramatically by 27% that has been suggested may help, but politicians ask why the consumer should pay for bad management. Galasa also employ a large number of subcontractors to fix leaks that is stated to be far more expensive than if they repaired them themselves, and costs 4 million Euros per year. It is claimed that there are never competitive bids for one company to be in charge of repair work which should be the case. 97 families would be

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Focus on Local News affected if Galasa stop trading but the diputación has stated that if the worse happened they would employ them. Water still needs to come out of the taps. Exactly how this can be achieved is not yet clear. No Co-operation The Almería Delegation for the Environment on behalf of the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province) scheduled a meeting with the owners and the construction company that built El Algarrobico hotel in Carboneras on November 4th. The meeting was to discuss the legal occupation of the land where the hotel has been built prior to demolition. ‘Azata del Sol’ and ‘Azata Patrimonio S.L.’ did not turn up and sent a document stating that they would take legal action if “unauthorized” access was made. The Environmental Agency stated that they had the full backing of the Spanish Supreme High Court and right was on their side legally, and the hotel will be demolished. They intend to go back to the Andalucía high court for an order stating they can enter the land. Work was stopped when the 400 room 21 storey hotel was nearly completed. What will happen now remains to be seen with yet another court case. ‘Azata del Sol’ did have a meeting at the hotel not very long ago, with technical surveyors from both sides as they are asking for 70 million Euros in compensation if the hotel is demolished. Some Action Last month we reported on the fact that the desalination plant at Cuevas was severely wrecked in the 2012 floods and has never been put back in action. Local agriculturalists who had to sign up to take a certain amount every year or face penalties are considering legal action. The Junta de Andalucía has now announced that a project will be carried out to see how the plant could be protected from any further flooding and the environmental impact if this work was done. It appears that part of the project will determine if retaining walls and altering the course of the

river can be carried out with pumping stations. Work to change the location of the AL-8106 road to the plant may also be considered. The site is a nesting area for Spanish egrets and it is not intended that any work would be done until their chicks leave the nests. Another proposal is that the plant that cost 77 million Euros (mostly EU funds) might be moved! Critics state that all this is fine, but when will it take place, and how much money will be allocated? Or is it just to keep them quiet?

‘Dreambeach’ 2017 The 5th 2017 ‘Dreambeach’ music festival will take place at Villaricos from August 10th-15th and this year young persons aged 16-18 will be able to attend. So far 12,000 people have bought tickets from 29-45 Euros, without any line-up being announced. Zurgena “Europats” Zurgena council have aligned themselves with the pressure group “Europats” set up following ‘Brexit’ to work for the best deal for British expats. Jim Simpson is one of just three English councillors in this area, and is now serving his third term on the council. He is one of the founding members of “Europats”. They will work for the continued right to free healthcare, the right to still be able to vote in local elections, the right to live and work in the EU without hindrance, and the setting up, or continuation of European identity documents

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Focus on Local News and European passports. Luis Díaz, the mayor of Zurgena, states that expats in Zurgena and other local areas bring in social, economic, and cultural contributions that are “incalculable”. Jim Simpson considers that with a united front, expats have a much better chance of putting pressure on the authorities for continued rights. Town Hall Refunds In July 2015, eight female university students from Seville were fined by the Mojácar Policía Local for being noisy and having music that was too loud. This was possible because of the new “anti-noise” regulations passed by the town hall and each person was fined 601 Euros. A lawyer acting for the girls in a proposed court action in Seville that would have taken place on October 26th claimed that the official notification of the fines was not done correctly. He also claimed that regulations from the Junta de Andalucía are that the police (where there is noise from “neighbours”) have to advise people that they must stop the noise, and can only fine them if they do not. Furthermore, the lawyer stated that sound levels can only be determined by the use of special noise measuring equipment that can show the exact level. Mojácar police are allowed to decide for themselves when a noise level is too high. Rather than disputing this in court Mojácar town hall agreed to refund all the fines and pay 200 Euros for court costs. In another twist, the students had paid for an apartment advertised on the internet that was nothing like the one they had seen when they arrived. They made a “denuncia” (official complaint), and rented another apartment. When the police came they thought it was because of their own complaint! One of the girls’ father’s said that there were 1,000 kilometres of beaches in Andalucía all with different town halls and none of the girls would ever come back to Mojácar, nor their friends.

the percentage on many items or services. It seems to be that there is some logic in this as Spain only obtains 6.5 % of the Gross National Product from IVA, whilst the EU average is 7%. Only Italy and Ireland raise less money at 6.2% and 4.7% respectively. Croatia pulls in 13%, Hungary 9.7%, and Denmark 9.6%. Spain raised the general IVA rates in 2010 to 18% and 8% (apart from a super-reduced rate), and then to 21% and 10% in 2012. In 2009, IVA in Spain only generated 3.9 of Gross National Product bringing in 33 billion Euros, but the total is estimated to amount to 60 billion Euros this year. The Spanish Minister for Finance, Luis de Guindos, is trying to avoid more increases (one suggestion is that the 21% rate should be increase to 23%). He is probably going to jack up the customs duty and tax on cigarettes and alcohol, but leave fuel tax alone. Another target is that the ‘Feder’ EU grants for infrastructure (although fixed in practice until 2020) might be increased. Since 2014, these grants are calculated to have resulted in 240,000 jobs. Increased employment is badly needed as present projections are that from 2017-2018 the rate of unemployment in Spain will still be 19%, or just possibly 18%.

Bogaris Retail The extremely large company Bogaris Retail is to start building their 61,000 m2 commercial centre near the Torrecárdenas hospital in Almería city in December. The start date had been held up by a ruling that Almería city council had not properly split up the land into the correct areas for the store, nor allowed enough for housing. In a separate matter, four complaints had been made regarding the project, one from the owners of the nearby ‘Alcampo’ commercial centre that were dismissed. Apart from the construction phase, the retail company consider that there will be work for 3,000 people. The inversion is stated to be 150 million Euros. In an almost comic IVA (VAT) Rates ceremony, the “foundation” stone that was The EU is continually putting pressure on Spain extremely small was laid with four plants in pots to increase their rates of IVA, or at least upgrade at each corner by the mayor of Almería in

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Focus on Local News and paid the whole of the salary she would have received from when she was dismissed up to the present day and the date when she is reemployed. Whether this will happen remains to be seen and whether another appeal is made against this ruling. Her lawyer, Amalia Gómez, has ‘Cajamar’ New Pension Scheme welcomed this latest decision and says the Until December 31st, the Cajamar bank is persecution for the last 11 years must now stop. operating a new pension plan. The maximum that can be put into a pension plan in the way of a lump sum with full tax benefits is fixed by the Hacienda (tax authority) at 8,000 Euros and Cajamar will lend customers this amount at 0% interest. Using this tax break may save up to 43% tax when tax is worked out for the “Renta” (income tax declaration) for 2016 next year. Depending on the amount paid in they will contribute up to 4,000 Euros or pay 0.3% interest on twice the money put in up to 100,000 Euros. Persons who want to start a pension plan, or transfer an existing one are advised to contact their Cajamar office for more details and conditions. December 2015, just days before electioneering had to stop before the Spanish General Elections on December 20th. The plants were needed because otherwise nobody would have ever located the foundation stone afterwards.

A Long Road for Justice Resurrección Galera is a teacher of religion in Almería who was dismissed from her job at a state school in Almería 15 years ago in 2001. She had married a divorcee at a civil ceremony in 2000. Various court cases over the years have come down in her favour including one in 2011 that ruled she had been illegally dismissed. The Ministry of Education and the Catholic Church Bishop of Almería were ordered to re-employ her for the school course 2012-2013. Her name was not put back on the list of approved teachers as the court had ruled, so she was not given her job back. The Supreme Tribunal has now ordered that this was another further denial of her human rights, liberty of religion, intimacy, was discrimination, and entirely illegal. They ruled that the Bishop of Almería and the education authorities had not been able to justify her exclusion for any justifiable motive whatsoever. The tribunal ruled that she must be re-employed

Almería Museum It is becoming quite normal that any exhibition at the museum in Almería city is extended in time from the original date. The museum director Arturo de Pino is credited with making the museum extremely popular not just in Spain but worldwide, and he is very respected since he has been there. (He has just been named director of the Almería castle, but will work closely with the new museum director). The exhibition “Un Puente de Mar Azul” (A bridge of blue sea) has many archaeological items on display found on the sea bed off the Almería coast, and is being extended until the end of February. Up to October 31st, 15,700 people have gone to see what is on display. Until June 15th next year the museum is open from 9am to 8.30pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 9am to 3.30pm on Sundays. Entrance is free to any EU member, or 1 Euro 50 céntimos for non-EU visitors. People going to the museum typically stay there for 2 hours.

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Focus on Local News More Incentives for Self-Employed People To allow Mariano Rajoy and his ‘PP’ party to form a government in minority the ‘Ciudadanos’ party hammered out 150 promises of laws and regulations. The ‘PSOE’ finally voted not to block the forming of a government by voting to abstain, but this has split the party right down the middle. The government is proposing to help selfemployed “start-ups” by increasing the reduction in social security payments for another six months. At present there is a 50% discount for six months that will be extended to twelve months. This is one of the ‘Ciudadanos’ agreements. Special regulations will apply during maternity leave. Vehicle Classification Recently we explained how the ‘DGT’, the department concerned with vehicles, traffic, and other regulations, is out sending stickers similar to the ‘ITV’ (MOT) ones that relate to contamination. There are four categories with the highest one for electric vehicles or hybrids. These vehicles (and the stickers show this) are category 1 zero emissions. The other three categories relate to vehicles that comply with EU guidelines relating to petrol and diesel cars of certain ages. Category 4 is for the older vehicles that have maximum contamination. The result may be that town halls reduce the annual road tax for efficient vehicles. The other side of the coin is that older vehicle may be charged more money, or have restriction on entering cities. The first set of stickers have been issued in Madrid where they are about to impose restrictions such as parking in some areas only allowed for residents. Another proposal is that older vehicles are only allowed in on alternate days, denoted by the last numeral of the number plate. In theory, restrictions for older vehicles may make people buy a new one instead. All this is in the melting pot at present, but it is starting to be introduced.

conservation and culture’ are still mounting opposition for the project for a 33 bed hotel in front of the bay at la playa de Los Genoveses in Cabo de Gata. The owner of an existing building wants to renovate it and open it as a hotel. The association claims that new buildings or conversion of existing buildings in the zone are not allowed, unless they are for the public good such as artisan use. They say that the only reason for applying for permission to convert the building is economic, is not for the public good, or for any educational use. They also allege that even if permission was possible the maximum area for a hotel or restaurant is 1,500 m2, and the building will be 2,400 m2. Torres and González Díaz who are the owners of the building and have put forward this project argue that other licences granted for tourist related activities have gone up dramatically in the last few years, give employment to a large number of people and there is a demand for a hotel that would be in perfect harmony with the surroundings. This dispute looks likely to be a long haul.

No Homework on Fridays The Spanish Association of Mothers & Fathers of School Children (CEAPA) in Almería province called for parents to refuse to let their children do homework that they were given on Fridays in November. They asked parents to send a letter to the school stating they did not want weekend homework. They claim that this strike action has been a big success and 49% of parents think that homework has a negative effect on family life. 40% of parents surveyed think that homework takes more time than it should, 28% say it definitely needs too much time, and 13% thought homework was really excessive. Reactions from teachers and the education authorities have been mixed. One high level teacher thinks that there should be much better balance between what teachers think children should do out of school hours, when homework and leisure activities are looked at as No Hotel! Ecologists and the association ‘Friends of the a whole. Research in other countries where natural park of Cabo de Gata and Nijar for homework is not given gives no indication that

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Focus on Local News educational standards are less; in some countries the levels are higher! CEAPA state there they are aware of no conflict between teachers and pupils where homework has been given on a Friday and not done, and some teachers have reduced the amount considerably, or in some cases stopped it completely. Other “strikesâ€? have previously take place in Madrid, Valencia, the Balearics, and Asturias. CEAPA in AlmerĂ­a state that this is now is a good time for dialogue between themselves and teachers with the wellbeing of children being the overriding consideration. Improved Entitlement There are millions of workers in Spain who are on temporary contracts that may be for a long time, even years. Other workers have temporary contracts that may be only for summer months. Compensation for workers on permanent contracts where they are laid off is that they are

entitled to compensation that is fixed at 20 days per year worked. Casual workers have no entitlement to compensation, but workers on temporary contracts are entitled to 12 days per year worked. On 14th September an EU tribunal ruled that Spain had to apply the same entitlement to people on temporary contracts as fixed ones. The Ministry of Employment are studying how to administer this and employers will now have to abide by the ruling. The EU tribunal also ruled that where a payment had been made of 12 working days per year, in the past year since September 14th, 2015, the employee could claim the difference. Workers in the public sector may be able to reclaim this difference for a longer period. The two main Spanish unions, the UGT & CC OO, are telling workers on temporary contracts who are being let go that any of their offices, whether the person is a union member or not, will help with any claims.

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So Now You Know... Keys The ancient Romans used keys thousands of years ago to lock up their precious items. It was a simple piece of metal that when inserted into an opening and turned drew back or closed a bolt or latch. Different designs made them almost a unique match to the lock and prevented other people from opening it. The more important the items being locked up, the more complicated was the shape of the key. Over the centuries the keys and locks became much smaller so that keys could easily be carried in a pocket and were used for houses too. Nowadays, electronic keypads and plastic cards for hotel locks that can be individually coded are replacing traditional keys and locks.

Watermelons Watermelons were revered by the Egyptians who depicted them in hieroglyphics on wall paintings. They were buried in tombs of the Pharaohs as they were considered an ideal food for the afterlife. Merchant trade introduced them into other countries and the plants flourished in Mediterranean areas. In the 10th century they found their way into China. The Moors were very influential in their spread throughout Europe. The African slave trade who prized the seeds probably introduced them into America. The Chinese and the Japanese take a watermelon as a present to their host on special visits. They come in over 1,200 different varieties including the seedless and thin rind types.

Croquet It seems that French peasants in the 13century were the first ones to hit balls with crudely made mallets through hoops made from willow branches. “Crooky� was introduced into Britain in 1852 from Ireland where it had been played since the 1830s. John Jaques, a London sporting manufacturer, began making complete sets and the game became generally popular as a leisure pursuit where women could take part as well. After World War I, with the development of lawn tennis, croquet became less popular and in the US, smaller versions were manufactured designed for children as a backyard game. In the 1970s croquet became a fashionable sport again particularly in the US and Canada where clubs sprang up.

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Brandy A Dutch sea captain is credited with making the first brandy. He wanted to concentrate wine he carried as a cargo that was then subject to import tax based on its volume. He used the process of distillation to remove water from the wine and leave behind a higher concentration of liquor. The idea was that some distilled water would then be added to it after importation to turn it back into wine that could then be sold as normal at a cheaper price. It was soon discovered by the people who were undertaking the addition of distilled water that the concentrated liquid was very good to drink on its own. It was then christened “brandy” and quickly became very popular in Europe.

Dixie Cups Until the late 19th century people shared a water barrel or communal vessels for drinking water. It became clear that with both sick and healthy people sharing the same containers this was spreading disease and germs and was very unhealthy. Lawrence Luellen from Boston designed a vending machine that dispensed water with disposable wax impregnated paper cups called “Health cups” and advertised the benefits. This took off very successfully and by 1912 he and a partner called Hugh Moore went into production. In 1919 they re-christened the cups “Dixie cups”. These cups were the forerunners of many disposable items such as razors, aerosol cans, and pens.

Vaseline Robert Chesebrough was a British chemist who had been producing kerosene from sperm wales but became interested in petroleum which had been discovered in the US. In 1859 he travelled there to see for himself what the possible byproducts were. He found the oilmen regularly needed to clean a gooey substance off their drilling equipment but they used it for healing cuts and burns. Chesebrough decided this was a byproduct worth investigation and by 1865 he patented his process for producing pure petroleum jelly. He opened a factory in 1870 and travelledround the US demonstrated how good “Vaseline” was by burning or cutting his own skin and using his product.

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na Vela Rubio was born in Córdoba on October 29th, 1901. She is officially the oldest person in Spain, the second oldest in Europe and the fifth oldest in the world. On Christmas day she will be 115 years and 56 days old.

days old. The CRG unit have confirmed that this is correct and they agree with him that he is the oldest documented Spanish man alive, and the third eldest in the world. He likes visits from his two daughters who are aged 80 and 77.

The Spanish Institute of Statistics calculated on January 1st this year there were 14,908 persons over the age of 100 made up of 11,864 women and 3,044 men. It is thought that there may be ten people who are over the age of 110, but Ana is the only one of two people where this has been proved. They point out that their numbers can change rapidly!

The official oldest living person is the Italian, Emma Morano, who will be 117 years and 32 days old on Christmas day as she was born on November 29th, 1899. She is quite lucid and likes seeing any family members that are still alive. In her twenties a doctor told her to eat three raw eggs a day for a week and she has continued to do this daily for the rest of her life. One of her favourite occupations is embroidery.

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Ana was born at the start of the 20th century when King Alfonso XIII was on the Spanish throne, the great-great grandfather of the present Spanish King Felipe VI. Electricity was virtually unknown, roads were sparse, agriculture was the main occupation, and the 19 million inhabitants died from tuberculosis, diphtheria, or cholera. The average life expectancy was 34 for a man and 36 for women. The Gerontology Research Group (GRG) at California University, set up in 1990, conduct research into the oldest living people in the world, and only officially record their ages where there is a complete documented history. They are accepted as being the definitive body in this field. In the case of Ana, they agree entirely with her date of birth. Ana is in a residential home where the staff say her health apart from suffering from dementia is very good. They report that she has a healthy appetite and likes sweet food. She came to a day centre there in 2005 but was not a full time resident until 2008. Ana has a living daughter out of the four children she had, who comes to see her when she can. She is struggling a bit to make the journey nowadays as she is aged 89.

The oldest person in the world with a documented history was Jeanne Calment from France who died in 1997 aged 122 years and 164 days. She was aged 12 when they started building the Eiffel Tower, ate a kilo of chocolate every week, rode a bike until she was 100, and gave up smoking when she was 120!

One common denominator amongst extremely old people is that they don’t seem to have suffered any serious illnesses, or even lots of colds. Scientists say that all people who are very old seem to share a coded gene relating to the chromosome 2 that Francisco Núñez Olivera from Badajoz in they have christened APOB. The less scientific Extremadura was born on December 13th, 1904, name is “The Methuselah gene”. According to the so on Christmas Day he will be 112 years and 12 Bible he lived 969 years!

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ars or motorbikes where there is a forward facing “dash-cam” can be a big help in the event of an accident when drivers do not agree on what took place. There are a host of different regulations in various countries that are quite different, from them being downright illegal, or with certain restrictions on their use. One restriction with the ones that fit onto the windscreen with a rubber sticker relates to their size. In the UK, any device on a windscreen cannot be more than five inches square, or seven inches square on the passenger side. Anything larger is considered to be obstructing the driver’s vision, so is illegal. Vehicle cameras were first introduced in Russia in 2013 where traffic police were considered highly corrupt and in some cases accepted bribes to distort the truth or cancel a fine. The other problem (not just in Russia) was that accidents were being “staged” to defraud insurance companies, with large claims for injuries that were often difficult to dispute. Russian vehicle manufacturers or importers now have to fit them as a standard item by law.

a person who has taken a close-up photograph or a video of someone else cannot distribute the images, and cannot show faces or even number plates! A topless Spanish woman on a beach where a specific photograph of her was taken and published without her consent successfully sued the photographer and publication as being an offence against her intimacy. If a video is being taken of a large group of people at a beach or demonstration where the people are generally anonymous this is allowed, otherwise newspapers or television companies couldn’t usethem. Special regulations apply to things like traffic cameras that show a speeding or other offence that can be used for judicial purposes in a court. Some courts in Spain will allow dash-cam images to be used by prosecution or defence lawyers in private prosecutions where an insurance company is involved, with guidelines from the courts as to their use, even though it relates to individuals.

In the US where there are continual disputes regarding motorists (unfortunately often black people) being shot by police, cameras can show what actually happened but this is a totally different matter to vehicle driving behaviour. In Germany, images or videos from dash-cams cannot be put on social media sites or used in court cases, and in Austria they are totally illegal with heavy fines if motorists have fitted them. The cost of a dash-cam goes from the cheapest that may only cost 50 Euros to very sophisticated ones that may cost 300 Euros. These have an internal GPS device that is accurate enough to show the vehicle speed and almost the exact location on the road. Insurance companies like these cameras as they can show exactly who was to blame in an accident. Some companies insist on fitting them at no charge for young drivers, who may be driving too aggressively.

In Spain, the technology of dash-cams has overtaken current regulations and will have to be addressed to eliminate all the contradictions. There are millions of CCTV cameras in operation world-wide by police, private security companies, owners of shops and private premises , and members of the public as a burglar or crime deterrent. Vehicle dealers in Spain will fit dash-cams at the special request of the The problem in Spain is that this is a very grey area purchaser, or offer them as part of package of regarding data protection. Without their permission, extras, but not usually as a standard item.

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n October 20th, 2009, everything seemed corruption and fraud, were released from prison normal in El Ejido. Council staff were at work at the end of July 2010 both on bail of 600,000 including most of the councillors and the mayor Euros. Plaza Mayor and the Town Hall in El Ejido Juan Enciso. Workers from the multi-services maintenance company ‘Elsur’ that carried out work at all the council buildings and undertakings were working normally. All this changed at 10am when seventy National Police and experts from the Hacienda (Tax office) raided the town hall. This major investigation had been given the codename “Caso Poniente” (the Poniente case). The building was totally locked down with all employees forbidden to touch any computers whilst computer experts established what was on them and copied or removed hard drives. Once the town hall was secure, the headquarters of ‘Elsur’ was raided, the headquarters of the political party ‘PAL’ set up by the mayor, and search warrants served on several family homes. Simultaneous raids took place in Almería, Seville, and Madrid. 30 banks accounts were immediately frozen and scores of interviews started. The mayor, Juan Enciso and all his family, the council financial controller José Alemán together with his wife and family members were taken to Almería to the main police station. Ambrosio Cuevas was arrested at a private school he ran in Vera and people arrested in Seville and Madrid were brought to Almería with 20 people kept overnight in police cells. After a brief court appearance next day the El Acebuche prison had eight new inmates remanded in custody, or awaiting the posting of bail. Four people allegedto be the major players were returned to prison indefinitely pending further investigations. Leaks to the press spoke of perhaps 100 million Euros having been siphoned off. Ambrosio Cuevas was the first of the three persons still in prison to be released on bail of 100,000 Euros after two weeks, but Juan Enciso stayed in prison until June 2010 when bail was set at 300,000 Euros. José Amate, the boss of a company in Seville, and José Alemán, considered the brains of the

This June a judge decreed that the case was ready to go to court and in 2017 the initial proceeding will be started where some of those in court may make a plea bargain, or maintain they are innocent of some of the charges or all of them. In a major court case such as this (by far the most serious in Almería province) a third party can join forces with the prosecution to ask for prison terms that they decided on. In this case, El Ejido town hall is the third party and they claim that 84 million Euros were siphoned off. Their lawyers are asking for a prison term of 29 years for José Alemán and 15 years for his wife, 22 years for Juan Enciso and 18 years for his wife, 26 years for José Amate and reduced terms for other family members, 19 years for one of the company bosses Juan Galán and his wife, and 10 years for three brothers, owners of another company. Many people less seriously involved face prison terms and the grand total for all the accused is 1,102 years. The town hall wants the court to order that the 84 million Euros is paid back with interest! Spanish court cases can take a long while to come to court, but seven years in this case is excessive. The ‘Hacienda’ (the Spanish tax authorities) states that tracing the money through a web of various companies has been a nightmare.

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ari Carmen is a mother of two children who was concerned that they were eating and drinking correctly. Trying to study the food and drink labelling in a supermarket was so complicated that she started classifying all the information. She set herself to list what items had less sugar, more fibre, vitamins and what they were, additives, the origin of oil (was it olive oil, rapeseed oil, or coconut oil?), and was it refined, virgin, or virgin extra? Was the food made with saturated, unsaturated, or polyunsaturated fat? What was the stated calorie content, and what did “light”, “without”, “zero”, “low in…”, and “bio” actually mean? Apart from this she then wanted to know if food was high or low in cholesterol, and was this good or bad? In trying to study all this she found that the lettering was so small on many items that she needed a magnifying glass!

Enrique García from the Spanish Organization of Consumers says that “recommendations” for healthy eating and drinking often stress the “good” effects of ingredients, but minimised the correct levels of sugar. People in Spain are stated to have a daily intake of 94 grams of sugar, which is double the amount recommended by the World Health Organization,and four times more than many dietary specialists consider is the correct amount. Enrique García is highly critical of manufacturers using logos of medical or paediatrician associations on packets of biscuits or sweet products that are definitely not healthy. He says that income received by these organizations from food manufacturers is too much, and the truth is being hidden. A shopper studying the labels

She came to the conclusion that information was often deliberately made so complicated that a purchaser was inundated with “facts”, claims and counter- claims, and “daily doses” and “recommended intake” amounts were often contradictory as well. She decided it looked like a conspiracy by food and drink manufacturers, but surely this couldn’t be right? In the last five years, Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola have financed investigations in organizations in the US including the “American Society against Cancer, American Diabetic Association, National Health Institute”, the “Centre for the Prevention and Control of Illnesses”, and “Save the Children”. Boston University has just published a survey where they say that investigators were pressurized to minimise any danger to health, and Harvard University had been got at by the “sugar lobby” to stress that fat rather than sugar was responsible for heart disease. A Spanish investigator discovered that recommendations that “30% of the population lacked calcium, so they should drink more milk”, was financed by the Spanish Federation of Milk Products. A “Global Energy Balance Network” study stipulated that a sedentary lifestyle without exercise was far more responsible for obesity than diet, but financed by food and drink companies including Coca-Cola.

Another Spanish food scientist, Luis Jiménez, is totally convinced that the intense amount of information, often in small print, is deliberately designed to confuse purchasers, and Mari Carmen is correct in thinking this. He agrees that bread manufacturers are slowly reducing the salt content, fat levels are less than they were four or five years ago in general, and small lettering on products has diminished somewhat. Asked what he would recommend to Mari Carmen his advice was simple. She should avoid processed food in general, and buy products that had no food labels or contradictory claims such as fresh vegetables, fresh not processed meat, fresh fish, and she should buy plenty of fruit and nuts. She should ignore claims made in television commercials and remember the benefits of home cooking.

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he Catholic Church has published new guidelines and regulations that have been agreed by the heads of the Catholic Church that are responsible for “the doctrine of faith”. Practising Catholics are required to abide by these new instructions. The document is entitled “Ad resurgendum cum Christo” and relates to the burial of the dead and the conservation of ashes following a cremation.

or succeeding generations may not show the required level of reverence. For these reason this is now banned, along with dividing ashes between family members. A bishop or senior church figure can only allow ashes to be kept in a family home in extreme situations with their permission.

Scattering ashes in “the air, earth, or sea” is now not allowed, nor the conversion of ashes to pieces This document is intended to fill the present gap in of jewellery, or other objects. These practices are Christian practices where cremation is becoming not considered justified by hygienic, social, or more and more usual for Catholics. The burial of economic considerations. people who have died is still considered the correct procedure following a death as it is seen as an encouragement for the faith of family members, and Christians as a whole, since following baptism it is considered the that bodies become a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Burial in a cemetery or scared place is considered to be a sign of respect and preserve the relationship between the living and the dead. Where “through sanitary, economic, or social considerations” cremation is chosen this should not take place where it is against the wishes of the dead person, or indications whilst they were living that a normal burial was envisaged. The Catholic Church is not totally against cremation as it is considered that it does not affect the soul, or prevent God from raising the deceased for a new life when the resurrection of the body takes place. Any cremation should be carried out following the religious observance of the church liturgy following the death. Where this document becomes very specific is that it relates to what happens to the ashes after cremation. The instruction from the Catholic authorities is that the ashes can only be deposited in a cemetery, or other area that has been consecrated by the church, and so becomes a sacred place. This is considered necessary for the remembrance of the dead by family members in agreement with their faith in God, and is a sign of respect.

In Spain, there are increasing numbers of family members who decide on cremation rising from 16% in 2005 to 36% in 2015 which totalled 65,000 deceased. There are 350 crematoriums that are capable of handling a total of 1,400 cremations daily, but the actual number is only 400. 11,000 people work in the Spanish funeral businesses that last year billed 1.4 billion Euros, and the average cost of a funeral in Spain is 3,500 Euros. The Cremation Society in Great Britain states that 75% of people who die are now cremated.

Ashes can be put in a special area at three football clubs in Madrid for dedicated fans, and the cost is an average of 3,000 Euros plus IVA (VAT) for 50 years or 6,000 plus tax for 99 years. Space for ashes for 30,000 fans is included in the rebuilding plans for the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. It looks as Keeping ashes in an urn in a family home is if the football club owners and managers may have considered a lack of respect, as damage could occur, to think again!

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ow that Spain has a new government, their politicians have been assuring everybody that this legislature is “the time of the ‘AVE’ (high speed train) in Almería”. Opposition parties calculated that as of November 15th there had been no action for 1,550 days, and that since 2013 a total of 417 million Euros had been put in budgets for the AVE in Almería province and only a fraction spent on “studies”. Their representatives in the new parliament asked for an urgent explanation from the new Minister of Transport.

agriculture, where the now famous tortoises will be moved to. One small part of the line near Cuevas is a natural habitat of tortoises that are protected, so they have to be moved. The latest place chosen by ADIF is the third one where dwellings would have to be demolished and fertile land taken. ADIF have consistently ignored a proposed site that ecologists say is ideal, with minimum agriculture. A new ADIF study is now taking place to determine the “impact” of the third site, to be completed by the end of this year. Once sorted out, land will need to be expropriated.

All this paled into insignificance when the construction company ‘SACYR’ who have the contract to build the 12km stretch from Pulpí to Cuevas (the only one for five years) announced that they were pulling out. This stretch has been promised for the last three and a half years. In December 2011, when the same PP party as now had won the General Elections, the new Minister of Transport, Ana Pastor, stated that all the missing sections between Murcia and Almería were in “an advanced stage of planning, and would soon be authorized”. In September 2014 when nothing had happened she promised in Parliament that the section of the AVE from Pulpí to Cuevas in Almería would be adjudicated before the end of 2014. In January 2015 she stated that this would be done “soon”, but no mention was made of other sections. In July 2015 she stated that ‘SACYR’ had been given the contract, and by the end of the year work would start. December 2015 was when new General Elections were held! She repeated her promise before the second General Elections last June, stating that the last of the land expropriations necessary would be done “soon”. ‘SACYR’ point out that since they were given the contract all the work should have been done, but the rail company ADIF still doesn’t own all the land. The only action has been ADIF workers marking out boundaries recently in an area at Los Lobos with houses, agricultural buildings, and intense

Ana Pastor

The official budget price for the 12km section “at market prices” was 71 million Euros, but ‘SACYR’ won the bid as their price was just 33 million. Overruns in cost can only be less than 10% of the contract price, so a big discrepancy. The other complete unknown is whether a base in being laid for twin tracks with only one built now, or a single track. To cut costs the plan is that the AVE trains go in each direction on a single track “at present”. Asked about the enormously expensive twin tunnels, the longest in Andalucía, ADIF said that they could be a passing point for two trains! If ‘SACYR’ do pull out the tendering will have to start again and ‘SACYR’ would be able to claim millions of Euros in compensation. ADIF say that they can start work “soon”, so don’t worry about it, and don’t pull out!

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AIR CONDITIONING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.25)...647 247494 / 950 092604 Asesoría López (Vera) ……...................................….950 393071 CD Electrical Services ........................662 414043 / 617 410534 Asesoría Torres (Mojácar) .........................................950 472748 Cool Solutions ...........................................................600 621436 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Digital Vision (See p.41) ..................950 472081 / 645 294064 Electrotorres ........................................950 472898 / 610 750771 MD Air Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.607 364917 / 950 432110 Richard Hayes ...........................................................603 567676 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.55)...950 398146 / 699 909737

Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 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 Mayor Consulting S.L.(Mojácar) .................................950 615185 Mojácar Playa Asesores ……................…….…………950 472710 Sarah Trevorrow (Albox) ...........................................634 748701 Sintra Consultores (Vera) …......................................950 393815 Vera Advisors (Vera) ………………..................………950 390621 Villalba Asesores (Albox) ..........................................950 431720

ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture Antonio Herrero ......................................670 099725

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Williams Electrical (Andy)........................................…..677 741366

AIRPORT PARKING AA Parking (Almería, Murcia, Alicante) 950 290651 / 639 081067 Aqua-Car (Alicante) ……………..................................606 389550 Park and Fly (Alicante) ....................902 887306 / 661 517890 Plane Parking S.L. ………….......................................968 566410 ...............(24hrs Alicante) 656 532725, (24hrs Murcia) 656 532724 Seguro Parking (San Jávier – Murcia) ……............622 062115 Victoria Parking (Alicante)........................................670 059809

ALARMS AXA .........................................................................950 CD Electrical Services ......................662 414043 / 617 Safes & Security (Dean)...........................................666 Prosegur Alarms .........................................................630

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ART & ARTISTS

Total Digital Security (CCTV) ...................................622 717133

AIRPORT TRANSFERS (LEGAL) Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.29)....950 092602 / 634 317666 IndaTravel .....................................................................950 149539

ALCOHOL & DRUG ADDICTION Serenity House ………..........................……..(24hr) 956 127371

ANTIQUES BMV Luxury (Mojácar) (see p.51)............................643 342228 Delfos (Mojácar)........................................................647 163681

ARCHITECTS

Adolfo Prado ...............................................................950 472668 Alison .......................................................................630 833873 Caz (art classes) ………................................……….607 444034 Dee Butler (Albox) ................................................….663 341904 Delfos Gallery (Mojácar) …........................................647 163681 Evie Fox ................................................................ 603 493163 Isabel Raths (Bedar) ................................................677 034957 Jeremy Fox-Rayner ...................................................653 714767 Jill Bennett (Mojácar) ............................950 478383 / 600 070188 Living Design (Albox) ...............................................678 308073 MarianMay Simpson …...........................………..……629 113436 Melanie .....................................................................638 495784 Miki ...........................................................................628 458491 Roberto Lombardi ................................950 930757 / 671 800317 The Gallery (La Concepción) ..................................607 146352

Angel Pardo (Técnico) .......................950 121960 / 687 939315 AUCTIONS Antonio Martinez de la Casa ............678 347125 / 950 092094 Blas Haro Morales ...................................................950 615345 A & A Auctions (Albox) ………..............950 064576 / 661 759882 Elena Acebo Architects (Huércal-Overa) .669 680098 / 950 134976 Federico Aranda Martín (Mojácar Playa) ..................607 983810 Paula Puente (Mojácar) .............................................610 433001

Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas El Real) ..............950 391412

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

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AWNINGS & BLINDS 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 PersiVera 2005 S.L. ..................................................627 978635 Plisse Blind Repairs (Mark) …….............……………..673 411362 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.7).....................................627 907207 Speedyfit (See p.4) ..................................................600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

BABY See Children & Baby BAKERIES

Bédar El Paso ...................................................................678 868963

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

Cortijo Grande Casa Los Pinos …............................................…….950 468236

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

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

Huércal-Overa

Cornish Pride (Albox) …................................………666 618933 El Capricho …..........................................................697 297235 The Hub ......…………….....................................……950 135039

BARS & CAFES See also Restaurants

La Alfoquía

Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 008003 Bar Trabalon .......................................................….687 098959 Albox Bar Lepanto ................................................................642 906638 Bar Los Mellizos ……….........................................…667 919025 Cafe-Bar Oasis ………......................................…....669 242166 Cielos …...................................................................634 393235 Cornish Pride ...................................................………666 618933 El Local ……......................................950 634449 / 633 684855 La Palmera ….............................................................950 430993 Las Buganvillas Maloan’s Bar ….........................................................634 300752 Gnomo Feliz II ..........................................................950 132350 Oliver’s Bar …............................................................950 930988 La Colonial ……………….........................................….636 140307 The Travellers Inn, Los Marcelinos ...........................642 011900 Los Gallardos Apolo ……………................................................……600 495182 Alfaix La Venta de Alfaix .....................................................671 272464 Meson Verfran ………...................................................637 810143

Antas

Mojácar

Bar Gloria ...................................…….950 453150 / 625 668613 Bar Alizee ...............................................................950 091810 Bar Restaurante Angela ...........................................664 279626 Bar Esencial ...............................................................618 826092 Bar Luz ...................................................................654 866110 Arboleas Beachcomber ............................................................634 339216 Hotel Rural Azabache ...............................................690 258813

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Beauchelles En El Sol ..............................................950 472288 Big Fat Momma’s .......................................................634 315720 Burladero ……..........................................................950 615041 Cafeteria Bellagio .......................................…………950 472323 Cafetería Dolce …….................................................950 475178 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ………...........................645 414793 Café Latino ...............................................................626 717323 Captain's Tapas Bar & Restaurant...............................617 477797 Cave Bar ...............................................................…..950 478799 Delfos .......................................................................647 163681 Dolce Vita (See p.27)................................................950 478476 El Ángel (Mojácar Pueblo) ..................950 478343 / 607 537101 El Antler ………...........................................................600 540661 El Barrio Libre .............................................................950 475739 El Deseo ....................................................................670 018035 El Toro .....................................................................622 456560 Enrico ...................................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Fany …………...........................................………….634 312820 Jazz Life Café (Mojácar Pueblo) ........................…….647 724367 Koi ….........................................................................950 615452 Kukis ........................................................................686 038259 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478941 La Parata (See p.7).....................................................950 478186 La Piká .....................................................................950 930744 La Taberna (Mojácar Pueblo) ....................................647 724367 Los Amigos ………….....................................……….950 478489 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ................950 475966 / 631 301368 Mesón Mémé ……………...........……….674 141159 / 647 954405 Moca Cafe Bar …......................................................950 452885

Valery Music ..............................................................950 615537

Palomares 102 Tapas Bar …………...........................……………..615 157905. The Oasis Bar ....................................950 467381 / 676 365010 Centro Plaza ................................................................950 618614 La Dulce Casa ….................................................…….950 467768

Piedra Amarilla, Partaloa Yellow Stone Bar ......................................................634 332178

Pueblo Laguna / Vera Beach Bar Dolar ....................................................................950 132015

Pub Millionaire ....................................950 617467 / 637 255978

Restaurante Tibu .......................................................950 133747

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

Turre

No 353 (Mojácar)..................................950 104937 / 662 Rincon de Zahorí ................................630 314400 / 625 Rose & Crown (See p.15)........................................634 Rusty Nail …………....................................................950 San Pedro Belgian Bar .............................................722 Scotty's …...................................................................687 The Emerald Isle (See p.41)....................................652 The Irish Rover ........................................................950 The Lemon Lounge .............................................….950 The Loft …..........................................950 472432 / 690 The Phoenician Golf (See p.2)...................................602 The Roof Garden .................................................674 Trufibar ....................................................................664 Twister (Mojácar Playa) ........................………………950

Alice’s Bar ………......................................................620 876485 Chili ...................................................950 468425 / 608 802227 164424 La Pará ……………............................................……637 545590 Vinilo Bar ................................................................629 657402 103672 796884 Valle del Este Hole in One Karen’s Bar ......................950 461068 / 677 655790 472786 485340 Vera 382540 Casa de la Vega ......................................................950 391208 La Amistad …………….….......................................…666 622085 105827 473135 Vera Playa 472659 Bar La Reva .........................................................950 618032 756196 El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 Frankie’s Bar ....................................950 467541 / 622 649469 604884 La Buena Mesa ……............................950 467222 / 610 356387 113218 La Peperina ................................................................677 420243 103611 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682 472357

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BATHROOMS & SHOWERS 24hr Casaserve ...................................950 466438 / 676 306269 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) ……………………..950 109986 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Diamond Bathrooms ..................................................671 717149 Dorothy Bathrooms (Albox) .........................................661 463842 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Mojácar Kitchens & Bathrooms .......950 473104 / 669143036

Villaricos

Sanyfer (Antas El Real) ………....................................950 459082 Bar Genesis ………………................................…….647 073598 Shower Master screens ...........................................677 604497 Bar La Plaza Villaricos ............................................…950 467590 Speedy Fit (Screens) ...............................................600 006032 El Galeon ……...................................................……600 559379 Toldos Farrago (Screens)(Vera) ................................667 567564 La Casa del Siret ....................................................950 467777 BEAUTY See Hair, Health & Beauty Los Conteros (See p.3)....................950 618629 / 699 010705

BEDS

BARS (BEACH BARS)

Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 Aku Aku (Mojácar) ...............................950 478981 / 607 347612 Sleepcentre (Albox) (See p.18)..........868 931872 / 671 715294 Chiringuito Manacá (Mojácar) .....................................600 045599 Costa Tranquila (San Juan de los Terreros)..664701457 El Cid (Mojácar) ...................................950 472063 / 696 056128 El Patio (Mojácar) ........................................................629 287265 Hola Ola (Mojácar) ..................................................664 097279

BED & BREAKFAST Casa Barranca (Huercal Overa) ....... 95 0952947 / 648 250699 Casa Jasmine (La Alfoquía) ......................................950 449513 Casa Montes Guesthouse (Arboleas) ..................... 686 400331 Lola Bbme (Palomares) ……………….634 062350 / 657 303043 Las Persianas Azules (Velez Rubio) ..950 068054 / 630 149622 Los Tarahis (Agua Amarga) .......................................950 138235 Hostal La Parata (Mojácar) ........................................950 472670 Mandala Beach Club (Mojácar) ................................902 442420 The Palms (Urcal) …………......................................678 832036 Maui (Mojácar) ……...................................................950 478722 BICYCLE HIRE Neptuno Beach Club (Mojácar) ................................…616 005387 Playa Blanca (Mojácar) ......................950 473001 / 639 507520 Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 Shambala (Mojácar) …..............................................950 399728 BiciStar (Vera) ……............................................……667 024001 Sol y Arena (Mojácar) ..............................................950 478308 BikeRun Sport (Albox) …………………950 930190 / 678 166252

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Ciclos Mountain Bike Aguilas …..........................……968 413984 Dazzlem (Vera Playa) ...........................627 818719 / 673 589874 Doltcini (Mojácar) ................................950 092600 / 658 028646 Lufran Bike Sport …………....................................….607 074753 Matthew’s Elite Bike Shop (Garrucha).......................654 596247 Mountain Biking Spain …...............……637 831509 / 661 178656 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) .........................950 460738

BICYCLE SALES, MAINTENANCE & CLOTHING

Leroy Merlin, Gran Plaza (Roquetas) ….................……950 339800 Sanyfer (Antas El Real) ………....................................950 459082 VeraSur SL (Vera) ....................................................950 393028

BUILDING SERVICES 24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 Adam's Building Services .............................………..600 Alan Barker ........................................950 099913 / 600 AlmeriaBuilders.com ……......................659 685133 / 950

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Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 BikeRun Sport (Albox) …………………950 930190 / 678 166252 Doltcini (Clothing) (Mojácar) ..............950 092600 / 658 028646 Lufran Bike Sport …………....................................….607 074753 Matthew’s Elite Bike Shop (Garrucha).......................654 596247 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 460738

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

BOAT TRIPS Andalucian Con Co Print .................................….…..628 408197 Glass Bottom Boat (Villaricos port) ….......................662 604456 Andaluz Building Services........... ……950 439094 / 664 025044 Orca Steve (Mojacar, Garrucha) ..............................634 352873 Andy the Builder (Mojácar) .................................... 634 348567 Red Line Coast Tours ….....................950 133082 / 687 189230 Antas Building Company …..........…..661 075802 / 655 772127 Arboleas Building ………........……….950 930536 / 634 306690 BOOKS Cosy Corner Books .................................................694 412858 Armadillo ........................................…950 528128 / 663 303350 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Construction & Plastering (See p.40)...634 327201 / 661 129028 Construcciones DISACA (Mojácar) ...........................639 817778 Constructions Martinez Moreno (Rambla de Oria) ….696 052044 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 DAGA Construction ……...................................……686 846624 David Croft (Urcal) ………....................................……661 148067

Librería Nobel (Vera) ................................................950 392642 Tabernas Books …..............................663 121256 / 676 256083 The Book Box (Albox) ……................................…….662 585098 The Book People Almería …........……686 817945 / 626 578164 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

BOWLING CENTRES (10 pin) Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 Ozone 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

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David Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 Deco-house (Ismael) …………....................................670 596085 Diamond Plastering and Building Services .................671 717149 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Garden Works ...........................................................666 847583 Genco Construction ...................................................607 271869 Hire a Husband …………............……..677 557 190 / 950 930596 J B General Builder ................................................. 687 024884 Jasmine Construction C.B ...................................... 659 185189 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 MD Building Services ..........................628 414861 / 628 414862 Nash Groundworks ...................................................722 546192 P & S Building Services ……...….…….950 449639 / 671 318982 PR Building Services ............................608 673681 / 662 422170

Casa Jose (Garrucha) ..............................................950 132573 Juan’s Carniceria (Mojácar Playa) ….............………950 478409

CAKES TO ORDER Cafeteria Dolce (Mojácar Playa) ………................….950 Cafeteria Pasteleria Romantic (Mojácar) ..................950 Crazy Cakes Almeria .......................634 335821 / 634 Joan's Cakes & Bakes (Albox) ..................................678 Moca Cafe Bar (Mojácar).........................................950 No 353 (Mojácar)..................................950 104937 / 662 Occasion Cupcakes (Velez Rubio) ............................634

475178 615344 345558 166272 452885 164424 329403

CAMPSITES Camping el Cantal (Mojacar) ................................... 950 478204 Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Campsite Marion (Vera) .............................................607 316553

CAR HIRE 1car1 UK car rental …….........................................…902 Al Andalus Car Hire ...................................................664 Auto Corner (Limousines) .....................950 069198 / 667 Caracola (Mojácar) .............................950 473157 / 637

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Paul Acreman (General Builder) ..............……………607 196779 Professional Bricklayer ……………........................…..626 730764 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ....618 920126 / 968 485729 Valley Construction ..............…………..665 517643 / 610 905173 Valoser Obras .........................................................642 016954 Vision Design and Build ........................950 459523 / 600 985583 Costa Coches (Mojácar) ........................950 459208 / 950 069272 BUTCHERS Ávila (Vera) …….................................................……663 126062 Europcar ............................................950 615101 / 654 297681

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CAR WASH & VALETING Autos Gowi (Garrucha) ........................950 806066 / 607 863939 Integral Autos (El Real) ...........................................950 459304 Jones’s Mobile Valeting ............................................661 571939

Khaled - Valeting (Mojácar) ......................................671 715285

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C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.17).950 634388 / 627 635514 Colin the Card (Albox) ……...................................…..650 600032 Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas)..............................663 302740 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) ……….................……950 615596 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

CARPENTRY A.N.S.T.E.Y - Carpentry & Joinery ………...............687 251629 Inspired Timberwork ............................................610 988371 Simon the Woodworker .............................................667 989270 TJ Carpentry (Albox) …….....………….619 584405 / 635 979829 Unicraft …..............................................................…692 176069 Vision Design and Build ........................950 459523 / 600 985583

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

CATERING / EVENTS See also Wedding & Party Planning Cortijo de la Media Luna ....................950 478813 / 659 Elite Cuisine ..........................................................610 Hog Roasts .............................................................671 La Capilla Restaurant (Las Alparatas, Mojácar) .......950 The Whole Hog / Hog Roast parties ....968 485729 / 618 Soft Ice Cream and Frozen Yoghurt Machines............600

198424 994435 851135 Kim White (Vera Playa) ………...................................637 149659 479305 920126 CHIROPRACTOR 006032 Maximilian Bolté (Garrucha) .............950 133515 / 650 700783

CATTERY see Kennels CHILDREN & BABY

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

Baby Basics (Equipment Hire, Albox) ........................950 104345 Canicas (Vera) ..................................950 467750 / 607 418513 Easy Hire (Mojácar Playa)........................................634 322475 Meditania, Children’s Activity Centre (Turre) ...........661 751244 Menudo Park (Mojácar) ............................................627 830499 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 Casa Sun (Mojácar Playa) ......................................950 099914 Chino Peking (Garrucha) .............................................950 132948 China Town (Aguilas) ................................................968 414786 Chino Tsing-Tao (Aguilas) ........................…...............968 448548 Dragon Chino (Las Buganvillas) ..................................950 133226 Gran Muralla (Albox) ................................................950 120166 Gran Muralla (Turre) ……............................................950 618880 Palacio Imperial Marina (Mojácar Playa) ….................950 472208 Restaurante Asiatico Yao (Mojácar Playa) 950 472570 / 686 998409

CLAIRVOYANCY / PSYCHIC READINGS

CHIROPODIST & PODIATRISTS

Clinica Podológica (Garrucha) ..................................950 132768 Fit Feet (Ann-Marie) .................................................647 415848 Anna (Tarot) ……….........................................………670 897832 Juliana Fowler ...................................950 099157 / 617 087477 Chrissie Cremore ....................................................634 349638 Psychic Karen (Turre) …..........................................678 118108

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CLEANING SERVICES A1 Cleaning ..............................................................666 340190 Amba Cleaners ........................................................697 516955 Chris .......................................................................627 565049 Clean Sweep ………..........................950 469345 / 662 390453 Clean Team …………..............………950 091840 / 634 332502 Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 Crystal Clear ............................................................637 229464 Daisy Proaño Alcivar (Contract & private) ……...….663 538596 Elite Cleaning Agency ........................629 113860 / 699 699617 Freshclean …………….........................659 353708 / 638 272482 Idea (Mojácar) .. ......................................................605 162709 Jone’s Upholstery & Rug cleaning ….........…………661 571939 Limpiezas Cristina ….............................................…660 306695. Limpiezas Maxlim (Palomares) ……...678 567783 / 629 680161 New Pin Services ....................................................678 875508 Upholstery & Leather Cleaning ...................................636 193256

Ink Cartridge Solutions (Albox) ……….................…….650 557428 Informatica-NV (Vera) ..................................................665 334991 Kamale-on ……………...............................................950 616521 Mark Adamou (Mojácar) ........................634 324918 / 634 306799 Mi PC (Almeria) …..............................................….950 633015 Mr. Micro (Turre) ....................................................950 479502 CLOTHING (Personalized) Palomares Computer Services ..................................659 353708 AdverTees (Mojácar Playa) ......................................634 336789 PC Playa C.B. (Mojácar) …….....................................950 475712

Rascals Designs ............................... 950 064665 / 686 582140 Tikka Uniforms (Mojácar) ….......................................667 479903

COMPUTERS Advance Digital ........................................................616 506569 Beep (Garrucha) ……………..................................….950 133059 Compleo Personal I.T. Centre .................................….950 393689

PC-Solutions .............................................................637 459293 Phoenix Computers (Albox) ................950 523214 / 644 125615 PhonePC (Garrucha) .................................................950 133502 PuntoMatica ................................................................950 133908 PRYS Informatica (Antas) ........................................617 382511 Sol Computers …...................................................…677 874645 Computer Care (Nick) ...............................................600 Computer Services (Dani) ........................................678 Connexions (Turre) (See front cover).......................950 C.Y.G. Vera ...........................................................950 Don Robinson .........................................................646 Dynos Informatica (Albox) …………...................……..950 First Call Computer Solutions …......618 539500 / 628 George Boricean .....................................................661

070075 490639 479502 393350 587746 430806 251399 375489

CONSERVATORIES Screenmasters (See p.47)......….…..680 777789 / 677 152911 Speedy Fit (See p.4)..........................950 472357 / 600 006032

COUNSELLING / HEALING Acupuncture & Massage ...........................................637 120429 Barbara Clarke ...........................................................637 469937 Chrissie Cremore (Reiki)............................................634 349638

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Cristina Ballesteros (Transcendental Meditation) .....622 903600 CRAFTS Donald Mackinnon (Hypnotherapist) ........................628 651022 Elaine's Wools (Arboleas) ........................................667 273889 Serendipity (Albox) ................................................617 699624 Simply Art (Albox) …...................................................662 443095

CURRENCY Currencies Direct (Mojácar) ...............950 478914 / 626 916443 Eurochange (Mojácar) ................................................615 403877 Global Currency Exchange (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 615319

CYBERCAFES

Emotional Freedom Technique/Healer …....................645 290728 Eve Morgan .............................................................647 203652 Fred Smithers (Acupuncture) ...............950 930456 / 618 107351 Gill Ballard (Healer/Counsellor) ...............................663 336655 Heaven Scent Holistics ...........................................663 923733 Hypnotherapy (Karen) ............................................678 118108 Dr. Jane Thompson (Psychotherapy)...968 485729 / 618 920126

Can Connect (Albox) …........................................…..950 The Hub (Huércal-Overa) …............…………………..950 Servidea 2020 (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 Total Entertainment (Turre) ........................................950 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) …….............................950

121149 135039 399726 121318 009051 468295 615596

CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS See also Sewing Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125

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

Kate Roberts ...........................................................950 469540 Lucy Lovejoy (CraneoSacral Therapist) .....................647 045919 Malcolm Forrest-Hazell (Counsellor/Psychotherapist) ...693 489725 Norman & Carole Monro ..........................................950 439205 Sara Vigar (Aromatherapy) .......................................665 334895 DAMP PROOFING Shiatsu (Wendy) ....................................................671 851135 Southern Spain Damp Proofing .................................652 358672 Sue Osman (Healer) ………...............950 473021 / 600 847964

DENTISTS / DENTAL TREATMENT

COURIER DELIVERIES Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ............................................950 Nacex (Mojácar) ………..................................……….950 Offex Spain ................................…….......................966 PC Playa (Mojácar)...........................950 475712 / 634 Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635

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Centro Clinica Clinica Clinica Clinica

Dental Vivadent (Vera) ..................................950 Dental (Aguilas) ….........................................968 Dental (Albox) ..............................................950 Dental, Multicentro (Mojácar) ........................950 Dental, Parque Comercial (Mojácar) .............950

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Clinica Dental Saludent (Huércal-Overa) ……………..950 135672 DOORS See Windows & Doors Dental Clinic Belen Oliver (Olula del Río) ................950 443265 DRY CLEANERS Dentalbox (Albox) .........................................................950 121284 Nadal Pérez, M A (Turre) .........................................950 479444 City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 390255 Odonto Stetic (Los Gallardos) ...........722 706732 / 950 398993 DVD & VIDEO Puerta de Vera (Vera) ........................................950395319 The Hub (Huércal-Overa) ….........................………..950 135039 Valero Martinez (Garrucha) ………............................950 132047 Cinebank (Turre) .......................................................627 738957 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 DIET PLANS & WEIGHT LOSS Image (Helen) ........................950 930192 / 665178326 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Issysweigh (Albox) ...................................................600 334318 Total Entertainment (Turre) ...950 468295 ...(Mojácar) 950 615596 Pam (Turre) ..............................................................639 465631 VHS to DVD conversion .. ........................................647 202599 Vicki (Turre) .............................................................650 764623

ELECTRICAL GOODS

DIGGER HIRE

Centro Comercial Almanzora (Olula del Rio) .............950 442012 Centro Ferretería Lopez Mojácar ...........................950 473111 De Pablo S.L. (Vera) ..............................................950 390129 Electro Ahorro (Albox) .............................................950 121069 Electro Hogar Rodriguez S.L. (Garrucha)..................950 460832 Economesticos La Juaida (Viator) ……………………..950 315560 Euronics .............. (Albox) 950 430702 (Garrucha) 950 460832

Antas Mini Diggers .............................950 069288 / 650 906114 Aridos Mojácar S.L. (Vera) .....................................650 914257 Bob (Mini digger) (Albox) ..........................................642 392922 Diego Ramos S.L. (Los Gallardos) ……..............…..647 841750 Elite Plant Hire (JCB) ………….................................636 092632 Lubrin Plant Hire (Mini and Micro) .......950 592922 / 664 327898 Mick (Mini Digger) .....................................................634 375428 ELECTRICIANS Nash Groundworks ...................................................722 546192 Paco .................................................................................637 777 238 A1 Services ………..............................635 810941 / 679 631458 Tropicana Mini Digger ………………650 906114 / 950 069288 Abbott Electrical ….............................638 010691 / 950 137208 Andrew Morrison .....................................................627 250204 DIVING See Scuba Diving Anglo Electrical ........................................................671 948213 DOCTORS & CLINICS (Private) Andy …..............................…................950 438237 / 679 656450 Centro Médico Mojácar ...............................................950 475105 Baltasar .....................................................................655 691107 Clinica Medica Garrucha ……...........950 133157 / 617 404500 Charlie Fyre ................................................................686 833444 Dr. Maria Rose (Garrucha) ..........................................950 132803 CD Electrical Services .........................662 414043 / 617 410534 Euroclinicas (Vera) ........................................................950 391300

DOG GROOMING Anita (5 Bone Kennels) …………......................……662 Brigbe’s Dog Grooming ...........................................630 Elite Dog Grooming (Albox) …….…..617 313587 / 647 Luis (Clinica Veterinaria Garrucha) ....950 132200 / 628 Lulu’s (Albox) ...........................................................600 Pampered Pooches (All areas)..................................662 SoloPerros (Turre) ..................................................674

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

Connexions (Turre) ……..............................………….950 479502 DJT Electrical Services (Vera) .............686 817945 / 626 578164 Rod Bridges ……........................……..950 473035 / 687 261280 ElectroTorres ......................................950 472898 / 610 750771 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Francisco Montoya (Mojácar) .........................……….687 466352 José Cortés Electrical ……................950 363751 / 619 881325 N.E.Electrics .............................................................634 358777 Peace of Mind 24/7 ............................................... 637 974662 Rod Bridges (Domestic Appliances) ….687 261280 / 950 473035 Williams Electrical (Andy)......................................…..677 741366

DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES Voluta's Place (Parque Comercial Mojácar Playa) ….699 975552

ENTERTAINERS Abbie Lou (Female vocalist) .......................................687 340544

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Amy Amy Amy Tribute Band ....................................645 886919 Ashley Cathcart .......................................................693 486788 Auntie Lorna (Children’s Parties) .......950 619178 / 627 763052 Bass Player with Vocals .........................................681 286291 Belly Dancer & Fire Eater ....................................... 680 124159 Blues Brothers ........................................................680 355376 Bob Management .......................................................666 310251 Brendan O'Dee .....................................................950 069101 Brian Dee ………........................................................647 897533 Captain Sunshine …..........................950 618034 / 669 214545 Carmen Yuste GR ...................................................675 101355 Catchlove Music (Varied styles duo)…..950 634402 / 678 397536 Chris (Solo Guitarist) .................................................950 437606 Clive Sarstedt ….............................................…...…..950 099472 Darren Antony (Vocalist) ......................................... 672 112933 DJ Digit-Al ...............................................................634 338014 Dominic Doolittle ..........................................................681 339778 Driftwood …….............................................................687 672028 Dynamite International Rock Band ............................666 310251 EMI Electrical Services ............................................673 502867 Flamenco Dancer (English speaking) ...............687480694 Francisco J. ‘Pasus’ ..........................950 397401 / 699 510966 Gary Williamson (DJ, Presenter, Host) .....................628 834798 Georges Femenias (vocalist/guitar) ……...…………….634 300356 Good stand in drummer ...........................................648 699733 Graham D.(Mobile) Karaoke ......................................662 480966 Head Band (Country/Folk/Blues) ..............................634 397513 Infinity (Vocal duo & tributes) ..................................678 821330 Jake Bourke (Vocalist/Musician) ...............................634 397513 Jazz Flautist .............................................................634 326672 Jill Farmiloe (Female vocalist) .................................607 443908 Jim Mackie (Piano Man) ..........................................651 751629 Johnny Slade (DJ Extraordinaire) ............................ 647 202599 JuJu Entertainment ............................950 950797 / 697 462746 Kay Frances (Vocalist) ........................950 069288 / 689 404244 Kev Moore .............................................................600 762856 Kim Allen .................................................................699 950257 Kris Kelly (Female Vocalist) .................................. 634 374525 Lady Ellen Sings .............................673 459331 / 677 475268 Legend DJ (Ian) ………….....................................…634 313796 M Soul & Motown (all music styles) ........................634 340409 Marcela (Belly Dancing) ..............................................666 952089 Martyn Thompson (saxophonist) .............................648 683090 Maurice Casanove ....................................................671 386947 Maximum Output Karaoke /Disco ............................697 317557 Mel J ……...........................................664111990 / 950 069101 Menta & Canela Duo ..............................................645 886919 More Than Two (Más Que Dos) ...............................678 752178 Don Tadeo ..................................................................670 860386 North South Country Boys ........................................634 332135. Northern Lights Karaoke …...............................……..697 500673 Obsession Duo (female sax & guitarist) ...................693 796628 Phil and The Invisibles ..................... 950 475752 / 651 045120 Ratatouilles .............................................................638 391975 Red (Female Vocalist) .............................................628 149340 Replay Duo ..............................................................950 124154 Richard Hill ..............................................................670 243461

Robin Lamble ..........................................................602 469425 Rocio Starry (Vocalist) .............................................645 886919 Sabrina Lloyd .............................................................661 055440 Shirin (bellydancer) .................................................607 805367 Short-Fuse Blues Band...............................................651 610189 Smartie Pants the Clown ............................................617 815221 Snakebyte ................................................................634 397513 Solo Simon ...............................................................667 989270 Spotlight Entertainment (Karaoke, Disco etc) ............634 311652 Starry Jazz trio/quintet .............................................645 886919 Sue Moretta …….............................…......................672 148730 The Fat Lizard Band .....(English) 651 045120 (Esp) 617 464728 The Jaguars ............................................................634 397513 The Opium Buddhas ………………….687 033106 / 667 989270 The Twilight Shadows (Duo) ....................................950 437606 Tom Lee ……............................................................671 754851 Tony Matthews (Quiz organiser) ..............................634 391414 Tony Justice ……….............................950 950797 / 637 159249 Trio Chaos ................................................................687 361440 Triple Trouble Blues Band ........................................671 754851

ESTATE AGENTS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450 AlmeríaCasas ...........................................................950 387852 Almería Homes ................................0044 1273 929286 / 950 930 259 Almería Property Agency (Arboleas) ..850 993099 / 628 872334 Almería Prop. Investments (Las Buganvillas).950 460874 / 666 260792 Angel Property (Palomares) .....................................950 618054 Antonio Martinez de la Casa (Energy certs)..678 347125 / 950 092094 Arboleas Property Shop .................…....................…958 003391 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914 Calida Homes (Arboleas)......................950 430763 / 634 302801 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) ..........950 134434 / 649 777218 Casas y Sol (Aguilas) …........................................…..968 446663 Citrus Homes ...........................................................638 849254 Cole's of Andalucia ...............................950 469592 / 697 640681 Complete Holiday Care .......................950 478612 / 610 808631

Cortijos Almería …………............……........................676 916088 Daniel González Aranda ...................................................686 846 624 Euroxan (Vera) .........................................................699 067922 Fincas Vera Playa ..............................950 460670 / 639 314767 Find Me A Home .................................951 914195 / 636 266641 FW Properties ................................634 325152 / 634 352285 Gogo Estates (Aguilas) ........................968 414459 / 615 282151 Grupo Platinum Estates (San Juan)....950 466122 / 666 687251

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com New Horizon Villas (Zurgena) ..................................950 438221 New One Stop (Mojácar) (See p.13)............................950 473040 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) (See back cover).950 475800 / 607 146352 Next Stop Almería ................................950 617518 / 678 034651 Nicla Property Consultancy S.L. ............950 133508 / 628 585538

Okisur (Mojácar) .........................................................950 478386 Olive Property Sales (Bédar)(See cover) .950 469624 / 687 938466 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) (See p.60/61)....950 478915 Realtors MB Spain ...................................................678 347125 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 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

562447 026526 760409 472200 251238 255765 478555

Rural Almería (Mojácar Playa) ................................…950 472200 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478

Linnitt Properties (Turre).............................................950 479054 Mojácar Estates (See p.45)......................................950 478935

Multicasa Aguilas

Sol y Mar (Albox) ...............................950 064584 / 635 979829 Spanish Estate Agents (Albox) ………950 431855 / 661 143871 Spanish Hideaways (Oria) ....................634 366672 / 676 604008 Spain Assured (See front cover)............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 .................................................... 968 493009 Veritas Homes (Mojácar) (See p.23)............950 472430 / 610 053563

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Manumaga (Mojacar Playa) …………..........................659 Modern Times (Mojácar Playa) …..........…………….950 Oasis Fashions (Mojácar Playa) (See p.5)...............950 Prins Vitali (Mojacar) ….............................................950 Saga Boutique (Mojácar) .........................................950

884479 475207 473222 478690 475258

FENCING Chain Link Almanzora ………...................................697 801875

FINANCIAL SERVICES AMASS ……......................................................……..678 035992 Blevins Franks (Neil) ................................................965 705502 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Currencies Direct (Mojácar) …....…...…950 478914 / 626 916443 Indalo Partners .............................................................950 472242

VIP Almería (Mojácar Playa) (See back)..950 472524 / 617 587903 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827

WPMS Inmobiliario (Villaricos) ..........678 321111 / 950 618697 Kennedy Financial Services .........................................678 035992 Offshore Money Management .............952 830916 / 950 398078

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

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

EXCURSIONS

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

Andinas Buggy Treks ..............................................645 984122 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.17).950 634388 / 627 635514 FIREPLACES Costa Almería Tours ..................................................646 760389 Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) ………...……………..678 838547 Tabika (Vera) …...........................……950 390110 / 950 390635

FABRICS

FISH & CHIPS

Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125 The Chippy (La Alfoquía) ........................................634 324484

FASHION

FISHING

Dandara (Garrucha) ................................................950 617013 Orca Steve Sea Fishing (Mojacar/Garrucha) ……… 634 352873 Garabatis (Children's) Mojacar Playa …..........………670 035630 Pete Fishing Trips (Mojácar/Garrucha) …..................634 379173 Gill’s Fashions (Mojácar) ..........................................950 472835 Rio 600 Boat Fishing (Sid &Graham)………. 647 020929 / 647 803030 Glad Rags (Albox) ……….........................................634 313071 H & R Men's Fashion (Albox) …................................692 682164 Liz Fashion Accessories (Garrucha) .627 970819 / 607 511179

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FITNESS See also Activities-ClubsAssociations Alison .....................................................................666 273168 Aqua Aerobics - Marianne (Arboleas) .......................637 435864 Club Deportivo Puerto Rey ......................................950 460545 Betsy Fox Zumba ....................................................603 493163 Debbie James (Personal training) (Mojácar) ...........687 619239 Dorothy Rowntree, personal trainer (Mojácar)..........666 815838 Entrenador Personal I.F.B.B. …….....................……..676 871950 Fitness For All (Bédar) ………..........…………………..647 593323 Gimnasio Formas (Turre) .............................................950 468065 Indigo Gym (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................950 475 403 Jova Sport Center (Mojácar Playa) …………………..950 473137 Lotus Integral Yoga Centre (Mojácar) ........................617 719913 Pam - Fitness & Slimming .........................................639 465631 Sansonora (Mojácar Playa) .....................................630 688615 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 Vicki’s Fitness & Slimming (Turre) .........................650 764623

FLORISTS

Speedy Fit (See p.4)..........................950 472357 / 600 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 Tony Justice ...................................…..950 950797 / 637 Ventanas y Puertas Mojacar S.L. ......................…….950

006032 567564 159249 473104

FOOD SHOPS Arkrites (Roquetas) ................................................. 950 334081 Catch of the Day UK Fishmonger ........634 301490 / 634 304288 Centro Comercial Almanzora (Olula del Rio) …..........950 442012 Eurowise (Albox) ……………….............................…..950 439801 Gastronomía (Delicatessen) (Las Buganvillas) .......950 132048 Home Sweet Home (Turre) ...............................……..950 479487 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

FOOD SUPPLIERS Food4 .............................................................618875394 Fresh Herbs ............................................................695 941724 King’s Foods ...........................................................606 437683

Hortiflor (Mojácar) ....................................................950 478985 FUNCTION VENUES Persa Floristas (Albox) …….......................................950 120211 La Capilla (Las Alparatas, Mojácar) .........................950 Miraflores Restaurant (Camping Los Gallardos) .........650 FLY SCREENS AA Window Doctor ..............…………630 231644 / 636 838484 The Palms (Urcal) ………...................950 958167 / 678 Armadillo …......................................…950 528128 / 663 303350 FUNERAL COMPANIES Bugs ...........................................................................600 049515 CollyFer (Huércal Overa) …….............617 456259 / 617 Coastal Mosquitoes ..................................................610 000700

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Funeral Homes Robles (Cuevas) ..............................657 921383 Funeraria Ntra. Sra. de las Angustias (Vera) 950 390884 / 607 705672

Curtains with Style (See p.21).........950 069032 / 678 811125 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196

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Funeraria Pérez (Mojácar) ........................................950 478102 Continental Descanso (Antas) 950 459011 (Albox) ...950 633288 De Lima’s Used Furniture (Mojácar Playa)..950 615364 / 674 280268 El Pinar (Los Carasoles) ……......................…………950 104272 El Rincón de Mueble (Vera) (p.36).950 460867 (Antas) 950 459071 Elleann’s Homestyle .................................................674 514999 Embargos Bestiales (Antas El Real) ......................950 105711 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491

FUNERAL PLANS Avalon Europe S.L. ............................950 069012 / 634 321296 Golden Leaves Funeral Plans (Benitachell)............. 966 493082 Iberian Funeral Plans (See p.31)...........951 203994 / 965 993498

Homecentre (Albox) (See p.18)..........868 931872 / 671 715294 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ..................................950 132458 Ideas del Mueble (Antas) ...........................................950 452816 Inspired (Albox) (See p.6)........................................950 091153 Koala Furniture (Antas) (See p.51)..................….........950 392307 Linea Nueva (Arboleas) ……………….620 237529 / 950 120630 Muebles Rodríguez (Los Llanos, Arboleas) …...........950 430778 Sofa & Sofa (Las Buganvillas) ................654 596247 / 654 596220 Unicraft (Upholstery) ..................................................692 176069

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

FURNITURE, RUSTIC/HANDMADE Andinas (Antas, El Real) ...........................................950 459128 Artisanos (Antas) …...…….......................................…696 431510 Casa Nativa (Valle del Este) …….............................629 624286 El Pinar (Los Carasoles) ....................950 104272 / 670 845498 La Buena Artesania (Mojácar) ....................................950 475508 Martin & Leah Hurst, Casa Piña (Turre) ......................652 299576 Soluciones Rusticas (Carboneras) …950 364835 / 646 821821 GARDENS The Furniture Doctor .............................................667 989270 24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 Acer Garden Services ..............................................697 FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Agave …….................................................................617 Abodes (Mojácar Playa) ...............................................647 901478 Cedar Landscapes …….............……....................…620 Casas Nativa (Valle del Este) ..................................629 624286 Clare’s Hanging Baskets …………...............………….634

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Clean Team …………..............………950 091840 / 634 332502 Garden Works ..............................…..950 132518 / 666 847583 Indal Ocio (Furniture & BBQs) ..................................850 993090 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (Albox) (See p.6).........950 091153 Jardin Natural ............................................................685 478187 L & M Landscapes .................................................670 409538 Lady Muck Gardening .............................................697 317557 Madera Mania (Garden Supplies) ….........................667 562872 Mediterranean Gardens …….................................. 661 577019 Mobile Shredder & Mulch Garden Service .............687 024884 Nash Construction (Landscaping)...............................661 793418 Potty Finca Services ..................……..950 163930 / 616 855294 Riegos y Conducciones (Antas, El Real) .................950 459146

GAS INSTALLATION & REPAIRS Smith Plumbing S.L (Spanish Authorised)...................950 468041

GAS SUPPLIERS Gas Alboran ..........................................656 662000 / 950 259382

GLASS CURTAINS Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Speedy Fit (See p.4)..........................950 472357 / 600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

GLAZING (Supply & Repair) AA Wiindow Doctor ......................…630 231644 / 950 091128 Cristalería Mojácar …............................................…..950 475376 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Cristalería Rubi (Vera) ………......................................950 390546 Speedy Fit (See p.4)..........................950 472357 / 600 006032

GOLF COURSES Aguilon Golf (Pulpi) ......................................………..672 Cortijo Grande ..........................................................950 Desert Springs ........................................................637 Macenas Beach Golf ...................…....................…..950 Marina Golf ..............................................................950 Valle del Este ...........................................................950

655600 479176 861591 548240 133230 398743

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

479176 526671 531821 256923

GRASS, ARTIFICIAL Grass 4 U .................................................................638 574145

Greenfingers Arboleas S.L. ..........……......……………629 947633 Inspired (Albox) (See p.6)........................................950 091153 Tiger Turf ............................................950 431624 / 635 652745

GUTTERING Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196

HAIR, HEALTH & BEAUTY Affinity Beauty Treatments (Arboleas/La Alfoquia) ......678 992093 Anavi Estillistas (Palomares) .......................................670 094722 Avon Co-ordinator (Jane) ……...................................670 722705 Avon Cosmetics (Arboleas) ………........................….691 987454 Avon Cosmetics (Bedar) ...........................................950 398980 Avon Cosmetics (Húercal Overa) …....647 092010 / 950 137208 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos) .............................687 960362 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos camping ) ..............950 469684 Avon (Total Entertainment, Albox) .............................950 121318 Avon (Total Entertainment, Arboleas) ........................678 009051 Beauty by Marilyn ....................................................950 398852 Beauty Center (Mojácar) (See p.37)..........................687 480694 Bonita Hair & Beauty Salon (Mojácar) .........................950 473159 Centro Estética (Mojácar Playa) …..................………950 472680 Cutting Edge (Hair & Beauty) (Albox) .........................950 633086 Dave Eccles (Mobile Hairdresser) ......950 525790 / 687 033106 Donna's (Albox)..................................950 930167 / 628 669456 Elegance (Turre) ......................................................634 308877 Etticut (Turre) .............................................................667 971960 Euphoria Hair & Beauty (Esparragal) ...868 188706 / 657 713571 Farrow's Hair Design (Arboleas) .................................950 634346 Favola (Las Buganvillas) (See p.26)........................675 622216 Heaven Scent (Huércal-Overa) ……....................…..663 923733 Hollywood Beauty & Hair ..............................................965 326082 IIsabel Castaño (Hairdresser, Bédar) ..666 045552 / 950 469462 Jax Hair & Beauty (Albox) …..................………………645 560367 Jean & Co.(Mojácar Playa) ……..............................…950 615094 Jing (at Pascal Chevallier Emporium) ......................622 251432 Julie Rodriguez .......................................................634 338017 Kim White (Beauty)(Vera & Mobile) ………...……….637 149659 Kuts 2 (mobile) ..........................................................662 094372 LAB (Hair & Beauty) (Mojácar) ..............................950 473110 Loulou’s (Albox) …..............................850 993141 / 642 015920 LU & NA (Valle del Este) …….............................…950 461113 Marcela Torres (Manicure & Pedicure) .....................697 421672 Naturalmente Mediterraneo (Skin care) (Garrucha) …655 299494 Oceanic Massage Therapies (Mojácar)........................687 619239 Opulence (La Alfoquía) …...........................................619 467295 Pascal Chevallier Emporium (Mojácar) .........................950 472790 Pampered Beauty Centre (Palomares) (See p.39).......950 618129 Phoebe (at Pampered) .............................................662 573939 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

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Studio 201 (Mojácar Playa) ................950 096189 / 634 306805 Mike Lacey ..........................................950 069073 / 636 407543 The Spanish Beauty Club (Mojácar / Vera) ..............637 149659 Neater Heater ………...................................………….634 312171 Wacky Barber & Hairdresser (Mojácar) ....................667 961645

HIRE

Baby Basics (Equipment Hire) ...................................950 104345 Easy Hire (Mojácar Playa)...........................................634 322475

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

HARDWARE OUTLETS

Expecting a Baby (Almanzora Valley) ....950 436581 / 666 375688 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Nursery Hire (San Juan de los Terreros) ….............666 255765 Ferretería Gonzalez (Mojácar) ……….........................666 471384 The Baby Hire Centre ................................................615 806126 Ferretería López (Mojácar) ……..................................950 615026 Ferretería Longo (Albox) ……....................................950 430064 HOME CARERS see also Nursing Ferretería Soler (Garrucha) ……..................................950 460073 Almería Angels ..........................................................902 026468 Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442 HEALING

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HORSE RIDING

Centro Hipico Valle del Almanzora .........................691 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ...............................................639 Girasol (Albox) ….......................................................639 089170 Media Legua Equestrian Centre (Vera) ..............……667 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) ...................................678 Sanctuary Limaria .....................................................628

241878 724521 243561 838547 239696

HOTELS & HOSTALS Hostal El Olivar (Mojácar Pueblo) .........950 472022 / 672 019767

Home Sweet Home (Turre) ..............................……..950 479487 Las Hierbas de Maria (Mojácar) ..............…………….657 513990

HEATING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.25).......647 247494 / 950 092604 Andrew Morrison (Econo-Heat)..................................627 250204 Hotel Al Sur (Calabardina) .........................................968 419466 Barry & Graham (oil heating) ………........................620 112193 Hotel Cala Real (Aguilas) ..........................................968 414562

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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 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 Las Colinas Suitotel (San Juan de Los Terreros) .........950 466353 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250

HOUSE & PET SITTING David .............................................................................. 950 099905 Linda Pettit .............................................................642 016954 Sharon Presley ..........................................................648 069200

HOUSE CLEARANCE The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699

HOUSEHOLD GOODS Home Sweet Home (Turre) ................................……..950 479487 Simone Senft (Tupperware) .................950 068181 / 676 308217

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 / 653 806 908 Ibex Insurance Services Ltd (Mojácar & Albox) ........902 105499 Liberty Seguros (Turre) ….................950 479568 / 620 179206 Liberty Seguros .......................................................902 444311 Linea Directa ………....................................................902 123248 Mapfre (Mojácar) ...950 478151 (Garrucha)................950 617376 Maxine Morgan Liberty Seguros (Las Buganvillas) ........669 074 996 Mojácar Insurance ...................................................634 323399 Optimum Insurance Services ..............950 930548 / 634 324502 Sol y Mar (Albox) ……….....................950 064584 / 654 590258 Sol Insure ………..........................................………..950 472098 Spanish Hideaways (Arboleas) ……......................….950 064682 Victoria Insurance ..........................................………950 475241

INTERIOR DESIGN

HYGIENE & FOOD HANDLING

Evie Fox-Rayner ................................603 493163 / 653 714767 Grupo Sedesa (Vera) ...............................................950 390990 Curtains with Style (See p.21) ..........950 069032 / 678 811125 Deco-house (Ann) .....................................................666 260792 ICE CREAM PARLOURS Bontá (Mojácar Playa) ..............................................950 472939 Essential Solutions …….............................................627 245658 Twister (Mojácar Playa) ........................………………950 472357 Light & Luz (Vera) ...................................................686 457714 Lola Barranco ………..........................950 086116 / 691 261818

INSURANCE

INTERNET PROVIDERS Adeslas ............................................950 472701 / 633 431900 Albox Insurance (See p.36)........................................950 121943 Albox Online ...........................................................950 091111 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 Catalana Occidente (Palomares) ..............................950 618054

Connexions (Turre) ……..............................…………..950 479502 Next .............................................................................950 479369 GSF Communications ..........................................950 473102 PC Playa C.B. (Mojácar) ……....................................950 475712 Satcomms ..............................................951 406556 / 622 524335

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INTERNET TV Connexions (Turre) (See front cover).......................950 479502 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Ezetv .......................................................................950 091112 GSF Communications .............................................950 473102 IPTV Spain UKTV ...............................619 893214 / 699 386277 PC PLaya (Mojácar)...................................................634 322475 S E Android Systems ...............................................697 780499

INTERPRETING/TRANSLATIONS 1-2-1 Translations (Spanish, English, Norwegian)......662 390453 4wayconnections .....................................................646 844708 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.17).950 634388 / 627 635514 Carolyn (Mojácar area) ........................950 132905 / 608 692545 Cristina …….......................................................…..626 741386 Clara Mata ..............................................................629 132529 Donna (Vera Playa) .................................................678 203143 Donna González-Linnitt ...........................................699 067922 Elizabeth ..................................................................662 504734 Espanglish Translation & Interpreters . 950 390037 / 950 392876 Hind (Mojácar - French, Arabic, English) .................616 605341 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 .........................................................608 626708 Milena (Albox) ………....................……654 359607 / 711 794366 Paul Jessop (Aguilas) .............................................626 421623 Simply Solved ………............................................….617 882689 Solutions Almería ......................................................687 632435 Susi ..................................................................................617 920 190 Tom Jones .................................................................608 721334 Traducciones Levante ..............................................606 953775 Wendy Interpreter/Translator ................................. 661 194278 Yamile (Written Translations) ....................................626 207575

KENNELS, CATTERIES & PET SITTING Animal Hotel (Águilas) ..............................................639 722197 Berben petsitting (Velez Rubio) ..................................658 087966 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

Gatotel

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Home from Home ...................................950 069010 / 677 382713 Horse & Dog sitting …………..............................……607 554984 Kareclif Cattery (Albox) ...........................................677 791165 Kit Cat Luxury Cat Suites (Los Gallardos) ...............674 113217

INVESTMENTS Fox Financial Spain (Mojácar) ……......................…..950 478617

IRONING Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 Clean Team …………..............………950 091840 / 634 332502

JET WASHING Aguaclean …………….........................950 064608 / 697 559395 Mobile Jet Washing ………..................950 069121 / 605 376873

JEWELLERY BMV Luxury (Mojácar) (see p.51)............................643 Jewellery Paula (Albox) ...........................................960 Joyería Pérez (Garrucha) ........................................950 La Luna (Garrucha) .................................................950 Serendipity (Albox) .................................................617

342228 430871 460636 132543 699624

Louise ....................................................................... 680 My Place or Yours ....................................................607 Palomino Kennels & Cattery …………722 435226 / 950 Paws*A*While (Nr Albox) …....................................…696 Personal Pets (sitter/ walker) ….................................634 Pet Hotel (Los Gallardos) ........................................634 Pet Sitting in Your Home ………….......................…….637

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Sharon Presley ..........................................................648 069200 Sleepy Hollow (Huércal-Overa) ….............................617 313587 The Hilton Cattery ..................................................950 163489 Woodhouse Boarding Kennels/Cattery (Arboleas)….950 930585

KEY CUTTING

LEGAL SERVICES See also Solicitors 4wayconnections ...................................................646 844708 ALO Services (Zurgena) ......................950 449179 / 667 994682 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 KITCHENS Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Artizan (Vera) ................................…950 390635 / 661 985310

Cocinas Puntocom (Huércal-Overa) ...950 921975 / 722 Harlequin Kitchens (Albox) ……........………………….619 J.B. Kitchen Fitters (Turre) .......................................687 Mojácar Kitchens & Bathrooms ...........950 473104 / 669

136950 584405 024884 143036

Cam Concepts S.L. (Huércal-Overa) …......…………. 950 471357 Cervantes Alarcon Consulting (Garrucha) 950 106490 / 647 863787 English Wills Spain …......................…...................607 646027 Gecko Legal Services S.L. (Mojácar) 950 475949 / 638 264621

LANDSCAPING Nash Groundworks ...................................................722 546192

LAUNDERETTES Bish’s (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................639 161725

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

390255 332502 414327 132657

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Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ........................950 473192 Gestoría Soria Bonilla (Mojácar) ................................950 478420 Kim Clark UK Benefit advice ……..….950 169729 / 663 297568 Mayor Consulting (Mojácar & 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 Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 Extreme Adventure Mojácar ......................................687 919840 Karting (Garrucha) ….........................................……950 460207 Nautarum Sea Museum (Garrucha) ………........…..950 139554 Paintball Almanzor (nr. Arboleas) ..................………..619 559261 Ozone Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073 Paragliding ………................................635 243539 / 680 358549 Sol-Aero (Vera) ..................................609 685132 / 661 985358 Water Park (Vera Playa) …...................................…..902 361294

LIGHTING Light & Luz (Vera) ...............................950 391804 / 697 643653

LINEN Gill’s English Bedlinen (Mojácar) ............................950 472835

LOCKSMITHS 24hr Locksmith ....................................950 472982 / 658 Arboleas Locksmith ...................................................697 Guzman Seguridad (Albox) ................950 431497 / 674 Locksmith (Dean)......................................................666 Phil the Pick 24hr (Arboleas) …................……………..697

828560 243181 141559 949213 243181

LOGS FOR SALE Antonio Diaz .............................................................689 127535

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Colin & Carlos ....................................660 903158 / 630 455328 Leña Ramos (Arboleas) …...............….630 356095 / 616 044719 Lee (Arboleas) …………………....................................636 092632 Levante Logs ............................................................670 243724 Log-On-Tommy ……............................................……619 070839 Logs for Sale ..............................................................687 314775 Phil (Arboleas) ………………….....................................634 328779 Potty Finca Services .........................950 163930 / 616 855294

MASSAGE Acupuncture & Massage ..........................................637 Holistic Massage, Lorraine ................950 064484 / 687 Alternativa (Jessica Rippin) ......................................676 Oceanic Massage Therapies (Mojácar) .......................687 Ray Daniel (Sports massage)………...........................617

120429 569113 284170 619239 741564

MEALS ON WHEELS Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442

METAL WORK Angel Welding …………............................................610 601524 Carpentería Metalica Chacón (Albox) …................950 431738 Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) …............………….950 109986 Coastal Rejas ...........................................................610 000700 FS Fabrications …..............…………..627 167167 / 671 424558 Ideal Metal Designs ...................................................656 834064 NEWSAGENTS Metalbox (Albox) .......................................................950 633090 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 P & D Metals ............................................................638 707406 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Speedy Fit Security Grilles ....................................600 006032 NURSING see also Home Carers The Metal Works ..............................950 930520 / 638 900949 Almería Angels ..........................................................902 026468

MOBILE HOMES & CARAVANS

Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442 Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Caravan Storage (Antas) …….............................….661 508776 NUTRITION Casa Móviles .....................................637 418906 / 951 161348 Alternativa (Anne-Marie Pichon) ...............................666 966573 Cherribar Park Homes ............…………950 396908 / 629 688153 Flor de Vida (Aguilas) ..........................968 438535 / 660 329907 ONLINE MARKETING Hispavan ..............................................950 047033 / 687 845730 Donna González Linnitt .............................................699 067922 Veramotor S.A. ...........................................................950 392552

OPTICIANS

MOBILE PHONES See Telecommunications MOTORCYCLES & QUADS D Perez Motor (Antas) ...............................................950 Harley Dees …………................................................600 Montoya Motos (Garrucha) …...............................…..950 Nafta Custom (Antas) ………...............950 619293 / 615

069022 685550 133033 938352

Federopticos (Aguilas) ……........................................968 414468 Federopticas Diaz (Albox) ..........................................950 121122 MultiOpticas (Mojácar) ..............................................950 472285 MultiOpticas (Garrucha) ...........................................950 460665 MultiOpticas (Carboneras) .....................................950 130707 Natural Optics (Garrucha) .........................................950 133921 Óptica Albox …………….......................................…..950 121991 Optica Mahis (Vera) ………...................................…..950 390777

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033106 904774 186107 227259 500670 479261 759053 472668

PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES See Screened Patio & Pool Enclosures

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

PERSONAL

Optica Orbera (Huércal Overa) ....................................950 135596 Optica Orbera (Albox) .....................................950430101 Opticalia M&G (Albox) ................................................950 121084 Primera Opticos (Aguilas) .........................................968 493482 PEST CONTROL Salas (Huércal Overa) ................................................950 135081 Jason …….........................................950 064015 / 680 903609 + Visión (Aguilas) …....................................................968 414279 Villazar (Mojácar Playa) …....................................….950 472783 Sedesa (Vera) …………............................................950 390990

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

PAINTING & DECORATING ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 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 Day’s Painting Services ..............................................634 365553 Eurodec ……..........................................................…667 238273 Euro Painters Spain …………….......................………677 557190 Futura España ..........................................................950 615338 Grupo Brideca (shop) (Huércal-Overa) 950 471045 / 950 135881 IPB Painting ........................................661 184848 / 622 524335 JPM ...........................................................................627 090422 Metalwork Painting ………………………699 246932 / 659 185039

PET SHOPS & TRANSPORT InterZoo (Vera) .......................................................950 390075 Madera Mania (Los Gallardos) …..................……….667 562872 Shift My Pets Transport (Spain/UK) ……...........………634 368430 Union Jack (Pet Transportation) ...........………………….902 109560

PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES 20seven photography ................................................633 773563 Almería-Fotografía .....................................................663 627942 Bluwater Photography ….........…………………………616 189002 Chincheto (Mojácar) ....................................................687 489182 Fotomicar (Lyle Mallen) .............................................620 786914 Fotos Fabrega (Albox) ………...........……………………950 430223 Indigo Photography & Video ...................................637 974793 Omar De La Cruz ………..........………950 460213 / 609 284852

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Professional Video Services ......................................647 202599 Samz (Los Gallardos) ..................................................950 398981 Rod Westwood ………........................950 472321 / 609 611207 Sottocasa (Mojácar Playa) .......................................950 093075 The Image Suite …….............................…........................647 918 848 PLASTERERS Toros Bravos ............................................................607 117174 David Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 PHOTOCOPIES & SCANS Paul Morrison (See p.40).............…….634 327201 / 661 129028 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.17).950 634388 / 627 635514 Diamond Plastering and Building Services ...............665 706880 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 262100 PLUMBERS PC Playa C.B. (Mojácar) ……...................................950 475712 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492 24hr Casaserve ..............................................950 466438 / 676 3062699 Servidea 2020 (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 399726 A-Z Plumbing & Heating …………..….616 888058 / 662 342669 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 A1 Services ………..............................635 810941 / 679 631458 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Andy (Mojácar) ........................................................697 302039

PHYSIOTHERAPY Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) ......................................695 355381 Fisioterapia Vera-Salud (Vera Playa) ...607 479379 / 950 132765 Ignacio López de la Fuente (Mojácar) ......................627 244730 Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ...........950 431463 / 657 516247 Remedio clinic (Mojacar) ....................950 472980 / 617 741564 Vitea Fisioterapia (Vera) ...................950 390655 / 663 024255

PIANO TUNER Terry …...................................................................…662 517106

PICTURE FRAMING

........................................ 633 364329 Armadillo …..................................…950 528128 / 663 303350 Ashley Reliable Plumbing (Albox area)......................610 052407 Barry H ..................................………........................667 853062 PIZZERIAS Antonella (Mojácar Playa) ...........................……..950 450215 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587 BiancoRossi (Mojácar Playa) ...................................950 472682 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Bocapizza (Albox) ......................................................950 120506 Carlos (Saliente) Plumbing & Heating ..950 930900 / 620 742954 Cafetería Levante (Mojácar) .....................................950 615224 Cosy Casa Plumbing (Albox) ……............................950 425049 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba (Mojácar Playa) ............645 414793 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Centro Plaza (Palomares) …...............................…..950 618614 Graham ....................................................................620 112193 Chili (Turre) ................................................................950 468425 Knowles ….........................................950 137197 / 606 807797 El Ángel (Mojácar Pueblo) ...................950 478343 / 607 537101 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 El Gaucho (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950 478846 Francisco Montoya (Mojacar) …............………………..687 466352 El Sitio (Los Gallardos) ….................................……950 398799 Mike Lacey ..........................................950 069073 / 636 407543 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ......................950 472995 / 642 514738 Smith Plumbing S.L. ..................................................950 468041 Meson Felipe San Bernabé (Mojácar Playa) ..…….950 475966 PODIATRISTS Il Forno di Roma (Vera) ............................................950 395655 See Chiropodists & Podiatrists Il Giardino (Mojácar Playa)........................................642 553699 Imperial (Mojácar Playa) ......................................….950 478098 POOL COVERS Indalo Burger (Mojácar Playa) ...............................950 099119 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 La Góndola (Garrucha) ..............................................950 133928 Coverbox (Albox) …….................................................615 992007 La Muralla (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 472928 Enclose My Pool ..................................606 040462 / 670 510097 Little Italy II (Garrucha) …………...........………………950 133802 Hispavan pool covers ........................950 047033 / 687 845730 Osteria (Mojácar) ........................................................950 615151 Real Covers (Mojácar) ........................950 478763 / 609 667333 Ottocento (Mojácar Playa) .........................................950 615100 Pizzeria Gallo (Aguilas) …...........................................968 447862 POOLS & POOL MAINTENANCE Pizzeria D'Angelo (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 478517 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 Pizzeria El Desvío (Turre) ............................................607 804488 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Pizzeria Portofino (Mojácar) .......................................950 472809 Aguafer Piscinas S.L. ................................................950 617064 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz (Turre) …...........…….950 479646 Aguagéstion Cantoria (Maintenance) ……….............653 078040 Pizzería Quick (Garrucha) .............................................950 132305 Alloa Pool Care (Albox) ………….................…………..650 244018 Provenzal (Mojácar Playa) ..........................................950 478308 Aquazul Piscinas ….....................................................647 841750 Pulcinella (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 478401 Clean Pool Service (Arboleas) ...................................606 654389 Casa de Cabra (Albox)

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D & J Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 Exclusive Holiday Villas ..................................................950 092 602 Guardian Angels (Pool Cleaning) …...950 466396 / 600 470778 Heat My Pool ....................................950 528128 / 663 303350 HM Heating ................................................................652 970608 Hidro-Sport S.L. (Pebbletec) .................................…950 581407 IndalPool (Albox) …………...............................……..950 431859 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 Oasis Pool Cleaning Services ............634 332170 / 634 332178 Piscinas Miguel (Maintenance) .............950 478652 / 607 480865 Pools & Piscinas (Cleaning - Bedar) ..........................637 915898 Pool Medics ……………...................................……….634 353525 Procare Pools (Arboleas) ..........................................642 370681 Proyectados Pool Sureste ............................................630 810299 Reflections Pool Services ........................................642 341603 Salvador (Pool Maintenance) ......................................696 426523 Sparkling Pools (Pool Cleaning) ….......................…….600 386437 Sundance Spas - Pool Maintenance S.L. ....................950 472845 Tanby Piscinas ............……….............950 468230 / 609 888549 The Property Shop Pool Maintenance …...............….950 475241 Triton Pool Cleaning ...............................................634 326322 Triton Pool Maintenance ....................950 930955 / 666 103987 Tropicana Swimming Pool Construction 650 906114 / 689 404244 True Blue Pools & Spas ..............................................661 148998 Underwater Pool Services …….....................................628 662582

Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 D & D ..................................................643 335386 / 643 337063 Exclusive Holiday Villas (See p.35)..........................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 Jasmine Construction C.B ..........................................659 185189 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Mojacar Estates ..........................................................950 478935 Procare Property Service (Arboleas) .......................642 370681 Sunshine Villas .....................................950 091840 / 634 347109 Triton Property Maintenance ...................................634 326322

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS

Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...................950 475199 / 629 673450 Almería Property Agency (Arboleas) …..850 993099 / 606 281865 Almería Property Services .....................950 060135 / 660 734323 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 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.17).950 634388 / 627 635514 Citrus Homes ...............................……......................638 849254 Coastal Properties (Mojácar) ........................................950 475235 POSTAL SERVICES Can Connect (Albox) …….........................................950 121149 Complete Holiday Care ....………...........950 478612 / 610 808631 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.17).950 634388 / 627 635514 Connexions (Turre) ..................................................950 479502 Forget-me-not (Las Buganvillas) ....................………..663 302740 Frankie’s Bar (Vera Playa) .........................................662 474861 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ................................................950 393835 Offex Spain ................................……..966 765950 / 661 386942 PC Playa C.B. (Mojácar) (DHL)...................................950 475712 Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635 722290 The Post Shop (Albox) ………..............950 064584 / 635 979829 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

PRINTING & GRAPHIC DESIGN A1 Cheapest Print ….....................................………622 493499 AdverGraf & AdverTees ..........................................634 336789 Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ............................................950 393835 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 262100 PC Playa C.B. (Mojácar) ……...................................950 475712 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492 Ultimate Print & Design (Mojácar) ..............................950 473102

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

E-Property Almería ...................................................677 146592 Exclusive Holiday Villas (See p.35)..........................950 092602 Findmeahome ....................................951 914195 / 636 266641 Holiday Home Europe .........................950 120210 / 654 590258 Holiday Letting Service ..........................950 472903 / 627 565049

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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 ...................................................................666 255 765 KJ Property Maintenance (Albox /Arboleas) ............608 625675 KW Resorts Holiday Rentals ......................0044 (0)1293 863320

Loufa S.L.(Mojácar Pueblo) …..........................……..950 Mojácar Estates ........................................................950 Mojácar Holiday Services .................950 699947 / 634 Mojácar Long Term Rentals …........................………950

472773 478935 972377 478383

Mojácar Property Maintenance & Decorators ………..649 304441 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) ................950 475800 / 607 146352 Noble Services ...................................................... 692 188200 Next Stop Almería ................................950 617518 / 678 034651 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) ............................950 478915 Relocation Almería (Mojácar) .......................................950 473259 Rent Mojácar ............................................................950 615042 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Sierra property Rentals (Bédar) ...............................678 587007 Spanish Property Choice (Mojacar) ..... 950 475823 / 634 351562

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Sunshine Villas .....................................950 091840 / 634 347109 English Move (Tony) ….............................................699 819213 Susana's Property Services ......................................649 759053 The Property Shop (Mojácar) ..................................950 475241 Triton Property Services ..........................................634 326322 Vera Holiday Rentals .............................................634 347109 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 Eurozone Removals UK(0034) 7786945300 Spain (0034) 662 569138

QUAD BIKES see Motorcycles RADIO STATIONS Cadena Ser Levante (Spanish, local and national) ....950 Onda Aguilas (100.1) ….............................................968 Plusfm ……….................................….609 818283 / 617 Smooth FM online (89.8)....................627 767254 / 634 Spectrum FM (96.1) .................................................950

615006 447864 528121 357868 615142

REFRIGERATION MD Air Conditioning & Refrigeration SL .607 364917 / 607 366040 Thermotech …………….....................…950 069637 / 699 856372

REMOVALS & STORAGE See also Van & Man Hire A2B Removals (Spain/UK) …...........................……..634 249787 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ……...........…………..600 225 929 Countdown Removals (UK/Spain/UK) ..................…678 855994 Dave’s Transport (International / Local)....................620 049524 De Lima’s (Mojácar Playa)..................950 615364 / 674 280268

Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 J & B Removals (Albox) …......…………625 692273 / 616 888058 James & Son Removals, Storage & Pet Transportation .651 519307 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas) .............................950 391412 Moves2Spain (Antas) ..........................950 452869 / 661 969393 Orange Box ...........................................................610 887757 Reliable Removals (Albox) .UK 0044 1942 418951 Spain 664 857920 Speedlink Logistics (Garrucha) ...................................637 011686

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Cortijo Carlotta ......................................950 619226 / 638 549646 El Fogon, Asador Argentino ........................................950 459081 Mi Casa .................................................950 453007 / 950 453048

Arboleas El Mirador …………….............................................…678 Happy Garden .........................................................950 Hostal Meson ………..........................950 430137 / 635 Hotel Rural Azabache ............................................690

160806 120851 612738 258813

Bédar El Paso ...................................................................678 La Fuente .................................................................950 Malcolm’s Restaurant ..............................................634 Miramar .....................................................................950

868963 469185 318633 469308

Cabrera Los Pastores .............................................................950 468002

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

Cortijo Grande Casa Los Pinos ……......................…..950 468236 / 619 136877 Finca Listonero (See p.39)...........................................950 982045

Cucador Sprinter Services (Vera Playa) .............605 376873 / 950 609121 St. George’s European …UK 0044 207 193 5984 / 952 485984 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ................950 930316 / 671 220105 Union Jack Removals (International) ….......………….902 109560 Swift Transport (Arboleas) ........................................618 511234

La Vida

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

RESTAURANTS See also Chinese Restaurants & Pizzerias Agua Amarga La Chumbera ............................................................950 168321 Restaurant Family ......................................................950 138014

Aguilas

Carlos III ..................................................................968 411650 Desert Springs Resort El Faro .....................................................................968 412883 El Torrente Restaurant …....................................……637 El Guacamole (Mexican) ...........................................968 413491 The Crocodile Club ...................................................678 Hotel El Paso ...........................................................968 447125 El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin) La Calica (Hotel Cala Real) .....................................968 414562 La Montaña ................................................................670 La Vía ........................................................................646 430496 Piccolo Mondo ............................................................968 411946 El Marchal El Paniajo ................................................................950 Albox Club de Tenis …….....................................…………..667 671578 El Gallego ...........................................950 120590 / 615 717978 La Cena ……........................................……………….90 430930 La Parrilla ................................................................950 430024 Little India (Albox) ….................................................632 454505 Maloan’s Bar ….........................................................634 300752 Mesón de Irene ………........................647 730103 / 950 430145 Oliver’s Bar …............................................................950 930988 Paché ….....................................................................950 431659 The New Delhi (Indian) ……...........….950 431705 / 639 231507

El Pilar de Lubrin

Antas

Huércal-Overa

861590 746706 589788 477202

Restaurante Albar ....................................................950 069077

Garrucha

Angus & Hereford .....................................................950 Casa Adriana ...........................................................950 El Sultan (Lebanese) (See p.127..............................605 Góndola ....................................................................950 La Plazoleta ……….........................................…….666 Nautico …................................................................622 Restaurante Andalucia ..............................................950 Alfaix Restaurante Azul, Hotel Tikar ...................................950 La Venta de Alfaix .....................................................671 272464 Rincón del Puerto …….......................950 133042 / 950

460588 133154 924350 133928 711997 451935 460604 617131 133043

Asador Gloria …..............................…...950 453150 / 625 668613 El Capricho …........................................................697 297235

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Las Alparatas (Mojácar)

La Capilla ..............................................................950 479305 Venta el Museo ........................................................950 364200

Mojácar See also Mojácar Pueblo Al Punto (Brazilian) ................................................950 475899 Antonella (Italian) ..............................................……..950 450215 Asador Ayerbe ..........................................................950 472951 Azeefa (Indian) ...................................950 109758 / 660 173987 Bar Alizee ...............................................................950 091810 Beachcomber ........................................................…..634 339216 Beauchelles En El Sol ..............................................950 472288 Bellavista ..................................................................950 478800 Bistro .......................................................................950 923942 Bowen Resto Bar .............................. 666 406203 / 634 357654 Burladero ...................................................................950 615041 La Alfoquía Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ………...........................645 414793 Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 008003 Captain’s Tapas Bar & Restaurant ...........................617 477797 Cielos …..................................................................634 393235 Casa Egea .................................................................950 472190 El Local ……......................................950 634449 / 633 684855 Los Mellízos …………................................……………667 919025

Lijar Mesón La Hoya ........................................................638 298507

Limaria Welcome Stranger …........................………...........….950 432719

Los Carasoles Restaurante Kalevala ...............................................607 484414

Los Castaños Cortijo Las Piezas ........................……..950 951498 / 634 780943

Los Gallardos Apolo ……...................................................…………..600 495182 El Sitio .....................................................................950 398799 La Ambrosia ..............................................................950 093086 Meson Verfran ....................................................………637 810143 Miraflores ...........................................679 970399 / 609 506869

Casa Sun (Chinese)...................................................950 Cortijo de la Media Luna .....................950 478813 / 659 d’Angelo .....................................................................950 Delfín Dorado......................................950 475212 / 645 Dolce Vita (See p.27)...............................................950

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El Deseo .................................................................670 El Gaucho ................................................................950 El Sitio ....................................................................950 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ......................950 472995 / 642

018035 478846 615411 514738

La La La La La La La

Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 Caracola .............................................................622 Cometa ...............................................................950 Estancia …….............................................………654 Gaviota ……………...............................................950 Parata (See p.7)..............................................…950 Piká ....................................................................950

478941 520925 615209 562396 472117 478186 930744

La Posada …............................................................661 La Table de Cathy (French) …..............…………….650 Lily’s ........................................................................950 Los Amigos …….................................…………………950 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ...................…………….950 Meson Mémé …........…………………..674 141159 / 647 Mandala Beach Club ................................................902 Meson de Perico ....................................................950 Il Giardino (Italian) ....................................................642 553699 Mountains of the Moon (Indian) ........950 472002 / 637 Imperial (Italian) .......................................................950 478098 Imperial Playa (Italian) ..............................................950 475360 Indalo Restaurante........................................................950 099119 Indian Curry House ...........................632 416554 / 632 711667 Kukis ........................................................................686 038259

595845 745807 806767 478489 475966 954405 442420 615582 914632

Mont Martre (French) ..............................................634 388867 Neptuno Beach Club .............................................…616 005387 Omega ........................................................................950 475317 Ostería Ristorante Italiano .........................................950 615151 Ottocento (Italian).......................................................950 615100 La Cabaña ..................................................................950 615179 Palacio Imperial Marina (Thai, Japanese, Chinese) ...950 472208 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250 Playa Blanca ..............................................................950 473001 Restaurante Asiatico Yao …......................................686 998409 Restaurante Mediterráneo ..........................................950 472268 Sal Marina .................................................................950 472405 Sensations ................................................................950 472057 Sottocasa (Italian) ...................................................950 093075 The Irish Rover ..........................................................950 473135 The Lemon ....................……...............................…….950 472659 The Phoenician Golf (See p.2)....................................602 604884 The Roof Garden ......................................................674 113218

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Torre Bahía ...............................................................950 478651 Goah ........................................................................950 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 La Esperanza ............................................................625 Los Conteros (See p.3).....................950 618629 / 699 Mojácar Pueblo Arlequíno ..........................................950 478037 / 649 337781 Vera Playa Casa Minguito ………...............................................950 478614 b2 Mohana (Argentinean) ........................................678 El Ángel ..........................................950 478343 / 607 537101 El Balconcito .............................................................635 El Antler ……....................................................……600 540661 La Buena Mesa …………..…................950 467222 / 610 El Reclamo …….......................................................950 472881 La Pampa (Argentinean Grill) ……….950 397702 / 671 La Candela …...........................................................647 724367 Lua (Italian) ...............................................................950 Pulcinella (Italian) .....................................................950 478401 Restaurante Tibu ....................................................950 Restaurante Aires del Sur ..................606 061811 / 950 478014 Taj Mahal (Indian) …............…………950 618691 / 671 Restaurante Calima ………………........................….663 286962 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 Restaurante Mamabel's ....................... 663 700542 / 950 472448 Rincón de Embrujo …....................…………………….600 531270 Zurgena Rincon de Zahorí ................................630 314400 / 625 103672 Tiger Bar (Indian) …..................................................950

467030 737025 010705 642856 589909 356387 653116 478202 133747 231465 467682 449000

RETRACTABLE ROOF SYSTEMS

Palomares

The Oasis Bar ...................................950 467381 / 676 365010 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196

Partaloa Mis Amigos ..............................................…………….671 608498

Pueblo Laguna

ROOFING Ark Roofing ...............................................................634 379173

RUGS & CARPETS

Bistro .......................................................................950 132022

Albox Rugs (Albox) ...........................607 375697 / 950 633149

Dalí ............................................................................950 132345 Restaurant Laguna …………….........................……..950 132566

San Juan de Los Terreros

RURAL TOURISM

2 Poplars (Velez Blanco) ……...............................….670 243856 Mi Cortijo …………......................................................950 466323 Cortijo Pocio de la Nava (Mojácar) ............................670 777752 Turre Finca Arboleda (Vera) ..............................................678 027656 Chili .................................................608 802227 / 950 468425 Mi Abuela Maria (Mojácar) ……..........................……659 198424 Hostal Rural .............................................................950 478806 SATELLITE TV La Pará …………………….................................…….637 545590 Pizzeria El Desvío (Turre) ........................................607 804488 ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.25).....647 247494 / 950 092604 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz ……....................…..950 479646 Cuevasat ...........................................950 523740 / 628 153340 Taj (Indian) ..................................................................950 479607 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438

Urcal The Palms …………...............................950 958167 / 678 832036

Vera Casa de la Vega ......................................................950 391208 Cortijo Albari ..............................................................950 391706 El Paseo de Oscar ...................................................950 392496 Gran Muralla (Wok Buffet) ..........................................950 391691 Il Forno di Roma (Italian) ........................................950 395655 Terraza Carmona ...................................................950 390760

Villaricos Don Tadeo ..................................................................670 860386 Digital Vision (See p.41) ..................950 472081 / 645 294064

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Europa-digital ....................................950 133233 / 678 332815 SIGNS (Shop & Vehicle) GBTV (Albox and Mojácar) ..............616 888058 / 634 337210 Ian (Hand Painted) …………….....................………..634 313796 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.55) ......950 398146 / 699 909737 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492

SCREENED PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES

SKIN TREATMENTS

Francesca Herman (See p.37)....….......................….687 480694

Enclose My Pool ...............................606 040462 / 670 510097 SKIP HIRE Inside Out In Europe S.L. .................677 114576 / 695 118960 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Aridos Mojácar S.L. .................................................650 914257 Servacon .................................................................950 475853 Screenmasters (See p.47)......….…..680 777789 / 677 152911 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.7)........................................627 907207 SNOOKER HALLS The Patio People ………….......................................610 345011 CD Snooker Mojácar ............................634 364311 / 609 026526 Uk Pool Enclosures ……...............……671 208847 / 677 351324

SOLAR ENERGY See also Alternative Energy

SCUBA DIVING Buceo (Aguilas) ……………......................................968 Buceo Mojácar ..................................950 472760 / 629 Molasub (Villaricos) ............................950 467572 / 675 SES (Aguilas) ………..................................................669

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SECOND HAND BMV Luxury (Mojácar) (see p.51)............................643 342228 De Lima’s Furniture (Mojácar Playa)......950 615364 / 674 280268 Designer Thrift (Albox) ...........................................950 064576 Merka Recycla (Huércal Overa) .........950 616683 / 666 577006 Second Time Around (Albox) .......................................950 431871 The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699 The Fundraiser (Turre) .............................................664 620288 The Pink House (La Concepcíon) (See p.49)..681 095096 / 679 207545 The Treasure Trove (Turre) ……….................………..666 281316

DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See page 19)...........950 Ecocorp (See p.33).....................................................671 Hi-Tec Solar (Turre) ............................609 888549 / 950 Hispavan Solar ..................................950 047033 / 687 Solartech (Las Buganvillas) …..............................….950 Sunergy Almeria ........................................................636

SOLICITORS

SECURITY & SAFES See Alarms SEPTIC TANK SERVICE Drainage Solutions …...........………….616 531283 / 670 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 Ginés Millán (All areas) ……….............(after 4pm) 607 Lymasur (Vera) ……..........................950 390732 / 609 Sepserve (All areas) …..............................................675 Septic Tanks Cleaned ……….....................…………..675

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SEWING Aldana Dressmaking & Alterations …..........………….658 588439 Alice .........................................................................620 876485 Aurora SOS Moda ...................................................642 947241 Bewitching Stitching (Arboleas Area) ……..............…666 056788 Coser y Planchar (Vera) .........................................689 303765 J.F.M. Modas Sedal (Turre) ..............950 468031 / 606 945502 House of James (Zurgena) .....................................649 503875 Lola Alterations & Repairs (Mojácar Playa) .950 475994 / 637 963835 Nicky (Mojacar) ..................................................... 667 479903 Sewing Problems ......................................................950 479278 Shandmade (knit & sew) ............................................630 833873 Solo Style .............................................950 528334 / 626 319907

SHOE REPAIRS Keys Copy Centre (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 472982

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Alonso & Garrido (Albox) ...........................................950 121040 Alonso & Haro (Vera) ..............................................950 392208 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 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) .................................950 134434 Davies Solicitors (Mojácar) ........................................950 472775 EuroAbogados (Vera) .................................................950 617017 Javier Loustau (Mojácar) .........................................950 475086 José Francisco López Molina .............950 133607 / 635 189986 Lopez & León Solicitors (Garrucha) ..950 888314 / 666 513917 Mario Redondo (Albox) ….................950 430222 / 626 389322 Miguel Angel Rojas Benitez .......................................950 615404 Pablo Suarez (Purchena) ..........................................610 014680 Mundi Abogados (Las Buganvillas) ........................950 460999

TAKEAWAYS See also Chinese Restaurants, Fish & Chips & Pizzerias Azeefa (Indian, Mojácar Playa) .............950 109758 / 660 173987 BiancoRossi (Mojácar Playa) ...................................950 472682 Cornish Pride (Albox) …....................................………666 618933 d’Angelo (Mojácar Playa) ..............................................950 478517 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 472995 / 642 514738 Estambul Döner Kebab (Albox) …..............................630 427599

TATTOO ARTISTS Body-Zone Tattoo (Mojácar) ……………......................634 336789 Classic Tattoo (Mojácar Playa) .................................605 611782 Lisa V Tattoos (Cantoria) ....................634 362737 / 642 024810 Oscar (Mojácar Pueblo) …................................…….629 944374 Ross Legal Services (Aguilas) .................................968 412321 TAXIS (Legal) Ruiz Orozco (Vera) ..................................................950 390282 Saugar Abogados (Mojácar) ......................................950 615038 Levante Radio Taxis (all areas)................................950 888111 Exclusive Shuttles pre-booked airport taxis (office hours).950 092602 SPAS Taxi Emilia (Arboleas) ..............................................618 968497 IndalOcio (Arboleas) ................................................850 993090 Sundance Spas (Mojácar) ......................................950 472845 TELECOMMUNICATIONS Albox-Online ………..............................…………….950 091111 SPA SERVICING & CLEANING AlmeriNet-Cheap Calls .........................950 479517 / 627 027758 True Blue Pools & Spas ..........................................661 148998 Euphony Mojacar .........................................................677 146592 STAINED GLASS Connexions (Turre) (See front cover)..........................950 479502 Janet Broady ….............................…........................950 130627 Indalphone .............................(Mojácar) 950 475784 / 622 455 608 Indalphone ...........................................(Huércal-Overa) 950 471470 SURVEYORS Philip Chesler (Chartered Surveyor).............................687 814369 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 Property Inspection Report (Architect D. González) ..686 846624 Maso Telefonia (Albox) ……..............................………….950 121279 Sapphire Surveyors ………...................950 064725 / 671 208782 MaxiMovil – Plus S.L. Orange ....................................950 393538 Next .............................................................................950 479369 SWEET SHOPS PC Playa (Mojácar)...........................950 475712 / 634 356489 Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas)..............................663 302740 Servcom (Turre) ........................................................902 023268

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Telitec Connections S.L. ..............……902 889070 / 965 743473 Zafiro Tours (Albox) ………..................................……950 121021 The Phone House (Albox) …………….950 121045 / 670 359698 TUITION WiFi Internet .............................................................950 615156 Computer Training & Tuition Call Out (Dani) ...........678 490639 Dave Eccles (Drum lessons) ..............950 525790 / 687 033106 TILING & PATIO WORK 1 Stop Paving (Albox) ………................................…634 313939 ELC Education & Language Centre .........................950 615489 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Espanglish .........................................950 390037 / 950 392876 A.J.B. Tiling Services ...............................................687 024884 Girasol, Albox (Spanish) ..........................................639 089170 Andalucian Con Co Print .........................................628 408197 Guillermo (Spanish conversation, Antas)...................647 525639 Arboleas Paving ……………...............................…….636 092632 Guitar Lessons ………….....................................…..667 989270 Borders .....................................................................647 803030 Guitar Lessons (Chris Pottle) ................................950 437606 C.I.S Services (Arboleas) ........................................619 693118 Hind (French & Arabic, Mojácar) ...............................616 605341 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Jane Catchlove (Piano/keyboards/violin A.R.C.M) ...950 634402 Diamond Plastering and Building Services ..............671 717149 Jose (Spanish Lessons) ..........................................667 303376 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Kinder Garrucha (Bilingual Education Centre)..950 047026 / 671 608519 Garden Works .....................................950 132518 / 666 847583 La Galeria Art Classes (Albox) …..............................663 341904 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Laberinto (Spanish, English, French, Dutch) .............609 781438 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ......618 920126 / 686 377172 Leticia (Spanish Conversation) ……......................…950 615566 Steve Holman .......................................................... 697 678708 Marcela Chávez (Spanish-English school support)....676 951352 United Tile ................................................................667 702817 Native Spanish Teacher (All levels) ………………….670 619017 Vision Design & Build ...............................................672 153298 Native Spanish Tuition ..............................................661 654812 Pencils English Academy (Garrucha)..........................634 314110 TIMBER SUPPLIERS Penny Baltrus (Piano) ...............................................662 517106 Wood2Go ..............................................950 614050 / 606 156151 Piano (Mojácar) …………............……950 069803 / 667 408941 Piano tuition. Terry Peace (Limaria/Albox.) ...............868 931815 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Almería Castle ………............................................…950 271617 Professional Writing Services …..........………………..662 067490 Almería Solar Centre ( Nr.Tabernas) ....950 387990 / 670 866122 Sam Catchlove (Professional drum/latin percussion) ..950 634402 Aquarium (Roquetas de Mar) ...................................950 160036 Sarah Dyson (Computer tuition) …....................……687 632435 Camelus (Mojácar Camel Rides) ………663 930272 / 950 100076 Simon Farmiloe (Spanish & English)(Albox/Mojacar) 647 677097 Fort Bravo – Western theme park (Tabernas) .....….950 165405 Tennis Coach (Diego Rodriguez) ........950 393851 / 607 021280 Nautarium (Sea Museum) (Garrucha) ………………….950 139554 The I.T.Teacher (Computer Tuition)...............................695 280699 Oasys Western Park & Zoo (Tabernas) ….............….950 365236 Western Leone Theme park (Tabernas) …............…950 165405

TRANSLATING see Interpreters TRAVEL Autocares Rodriguez (Coaches) ...............................950 469061 Halcón Viajes (Vera) ................................................950 393472 Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.29)...950 092602 / 634 317666 Inda Travel (Mojácar) ..............................................950 472431 Levante Travel (Garrucha) ...................950 132258 / 628 604752 Mojácar Tours (Mojácar Playa) (See cover)........…..950 475757 Viajes Yedra Tours (Aguilas) ...................................968 412498 Viajes Zafiro Tours (Aguilas) ....................................968 410197

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Mal Van Man ............................................................662 569138 TV & AUDIO REPAIRS Ponce S.L. (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617181 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ................950 930316 / 671 220105 Seth Pittham (Zurgena).......................950 634477 / 666 826886 Way 2 Go (UK/Spain) ……UK 0044 208 0904292 / 965 794682

VEHICLE IMPORTATION Arboleas Car Centre S.L. ...................672 755532 / 672 Car Check Spain (Andy) ............................................618 Hispavan vehicle importation ..............950 047033 / 687 Talleres Daydo (Antas Real) ….……….950 459116 / 607

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VEHICLE REPAIRS Arboleas Car Centre S.L. ...................672 755532 / 672 Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….950 069198 / 667 Auto Shine Body Repairs ………........607 324623 / 607 CostaCoches ...........................................................950

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Gómez Motor (Huércal-Overa) ............662 502895 / 950 471250 UNIFORMS Tikka Uniforms & Shoes (Mojácar) …..........................667 479903 Mojácar Motor (Mojácar Playa) ……..950 478335 / 950 475776 Ralf Motors Levante SL ...............................................950 393776 Uniformes de Levante (Los Gallardos & Vera) ..........902 110218 Reparbox (DIY) (Antas El Real) .........687 879744 / 628 648131 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 UPHOLSTERY Steve Kelly (Auto Electrician) Mojácar …..........……..607 373324 Albox Rugs (upholstery cleaning) .............................950 633149 Taller Daydo (El Real) .........................950 459116 / 607 373298 Curtains with Style (Fabrics) ............ 950 069032 / 678 811125 Talleres Azor ..(Mojácar) 950 478519 ..............(Vera) 950 391400 Jone’s Mobile (Upholstery cleaning) …....……………661 571939 Unicraft (Upholstery) .................................................692 176069

Upholstery & Leather Cleaning ......................................636 193256 Upholstery Larios (Cuevas del Almanzora) 950 465 364 / 651 998738

VAN & MAN HIRE See also Removals & Storage A-A Cargo …………...........................950 064778 / 634 337185 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ……...........…………..600 225 929 IDP Services ……........................................................608 238775 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468

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Talleres Fad (Aguilas) …...........................................968 447565 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 REPAIRS (MOBILE) Albox Service Centre S.L. …....................................662 Auto Frio .............................................950 104488 / 600 Cool Air (Air Conditioning) .......................................673 DB Autos (Kyle) ……………...............................…….678 Mike's Mobile Mechanics ….........…….628 350178 / 636 Mobile Tyre Service ..................................................672 Rod's Autos ………..............................950 069480 / 678 Veloc Tuning ECU Remapping Services ..................600

093051 827517 195872 487689 824974 798173 Clinica (Albox) ...............950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 955607 Clinica Huellas (Aguilas) ...968 447877 Emergencies 629 445327 827517 CliniVet (Turre) …..........................…..950 069780 / 626 171999 Costa Indalo (Mojácar) ....950 475213 Emergencies: 659 957942 VEHICLE SALES Egesta Centro Vetinario (Vélez Rubio) ..950 411208 / 608 438683 Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….950 069198 / 667 439671 Europa (Mojácar) .................950472262 Emergencies: 629 099921 AutoFex (Albox & Antas El Real) ............................950 431861 Javier .............(Garrucha) 950 132200 Emergencies: 619 236059 Automobiles Bajuma S.L. (Antas) .............................662 167758 NEXO (Albox) …...............950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 Automobiles Playcar SLU ...................950 459302 / 672 737663 Veravet (Vera Town) …............…............................….667 304876 CostaCoches (Antas, El Real).....................................950 459209 Veterinary Centre (Huércal-Overa) …........................950 616781 Mojácar Motors ...950 472056 ................(Workshop) 950 478335 Nissan (Albox) ………..................................................950 430856 WALL ART Pit Stop (Oria) ……………....................................…..950 124828 The Gallery ...............................................................616 375964 Que Coches Almería (Antas) …...................................627 423675 WASHING MACHINE REPAIRS SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Rod Bridges ………...............................950 473035 / 687 261280 Talleres Azor ...............(Mojácar) 950 478519 (Vera) 950 391400

VEHICLE SHIPPING

WATER (Tanker Delivery)

VETS

WATER PARK

Car Shipping ………………UK 0044 1704 575983 / 671 101220 Sierra Cabrera Water ...................…………………….693 866558 Animal Care (La Alfoqúia) …....................................950 449064 Aquavera (Vera Playa) ....................................................950 467337 Astrid (Mojácar) ..............950 472252 Emergencies: 629 099920

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WATER TREATMENTS Ashley Reliable Plumbing ………..........................…..610 Healthy H2O .....................................968 437270 / 647 JF Supplies Albox ………...............….950 064315 / 660 Water Filters ……................................................…….600

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Direct Trade Windows ............................................. 662 118785 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Interglaze ……..............................….950 121909 / 680 743311 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Mojácar Windows & Doors S.L. ..........950 473104 / 669 143036

WEB SERVICES A1 Web Design ………..........................................….622 493499 Divine Logix ...........................................................617 401332 Image Suite ………........................................................647 918 848 MODS ........................................................................600 284975 Paginasweb .......................................902 005799 / 911 011505 Red Y Web .................................................................661 463834 WebFaze .................................................................601 628137 WebIndalo .................................................................648 514323

WEDDING & PARTY PLANNING Weddings in Spain .....................................................950 475826 Ortega Windows & Doors .......................................950 090625 Planet Windows …...............................950 449639 / 664 327863 WEIGHT LOSS Plas-Tech Windows ...................................................600 320761 See Diet Plans & Weight Loss Speedyfit (See p.4)..................................950 439228 / 600 006032 Standard Windows (Antas) ........................................950 393121 WINDOW CLEANING Clean Team …………..............………950 091840 / 634 332502 WINES Cristal Clear Windows (Mojácar) …..........……………634 347193 Bodega Gran Baco (Aguilas) .............................…..968 411538 Idea (Mojácar) ...................................................……..605 162709 Enoteca Tikar (Garrucha) ……...........................….950 617131 J&A Window Cleaning Services ..........950 122452 / 689 548824 Isalva (Palomares) ………..........................................615 265092 James & Craig ....................................634 351052 / 652 294104 Lady Jane Window Cleaning (Arboleas) ...................634 255373 WOOD & PELLET STOVES Mick ...........................................................................634 327075 Chimeneas Acar (Albox) ...........................................950 120077 Teresa Jimenéz …………….............................……..636 119538 Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 Woody the Window Cleaner (Almanzora Valley) .......634 349665 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028

WINDOWS & DOORS

ZOO & PARK

AA Window Doctor .............................630 231644 / 636 838484 Oasys (Tabernas) ....................................................950 365236

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Useful Telephone Numbers Emergencies (Multi-lingual)...................112 Health Emergencies: Life Threatening .........................................061 Other Health Emergencies...........902505061

HACIENDA (TAX OFFICE) Huércal Overa .......................950 470209 / 950 471013

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 Almería ..................................................................950 213700 HOSPITALS Alicante ...................................................................966 919000 Huércal-Overa, San Javier, Murcia ............................................968 172000 Hospital La Inmaculada..................................................950 029000 Almería Torrecárdenas............................................950 016000 Almería,Virgen del Mar (Private).....................950 217100 BRITISH EMBASSY Madrid ..................................................................917 146300 Virgen del Mar Emergencies:............................950 217240 LOCAL POLICE BRITISH CONSULATE Enquiries, all areas, 24hrs .........................................902 109 356 Albox ...............................................................................950 121080 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 www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document Pulpi ……………......................................................................950 465049 Vera .................................................................................950 390010 CREDIT CARDS 24hr EMERGENCIES 4B(Visa/Mastercard) …..........................................902 114400 TOWN HALLS American Express …...................................................900 814500 Albox ....................................................................................950 120908 Diners Club …..............................................................900 801331 Antas ............................................................................950 619015 Mastercard …..........................................................900 971231 Arboleas .............................................................................950 449430 Servired (Visa/Mastercard) …............................902 192100 Cuevas del Almanzora .................................................950 456488 Los Gallardos ....................................................................950 469000 Visa …..........................................................................900 991124 Garrucha ...............................................................................950 460058 Huércal-Overa ...............................................................950 134900 ELECTRICITY Mojácar ...........................................................................950 615009 Sevillana Endesa Enquiries: ..................(free).800 760333 Breakdowns:.........................(free).900 850840 Turre ..................................................................................950 479011 Vera .....................................................................................950 393016 WATER Galasa Enquiries: ..................................................950 391200 Breakdowns: ...........................................902 355575 TELEPHONE (Telefonica) Gestagua (Albox) ....................................................950 120649 Normal Operator ..................................................................1004 Faults Operator ....................................................................1002 International Operator ......................................................11825 GAS Cepsa (Silver bottles) Leaks ….......................902 100224 Speaking Clock .........................................................................093 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 Central number ……………........................................959 999999 Telefónica Movistar …............................................095 702611 Vodafone …....................................................................607 123000 TRAINS Yoigo …..................................................................................622 622622 Renfe www.horarios.renfe.es ……..........…….902 240202

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What’s On Mojácar Christmas and New Year Events Programme M o n d a y, 5 t h D e c e m b e r 11am - Dames in Spain annual carol concert, at the Tercera Edad (3rd age) room, Centro de Usos Múltiples (formerly known as the Artisan centre) below Mojácar village, free entrance. 8pm - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Mojácar Church, accompanied by the Rociero Mojácar choir “Embrujo Mojaquero” and the “Escálamo” Choir. Friday, 9th Dec, 6pm “Gaspar’s Magic Key”. Children’s activities with Musical Games, Mini Disco, Balloon Bending, Face Painting, Creative Key ring Workshop, and much more...free entrance. Centro de Usos Múltiples. Sunday, 11th Dec, 9pm The show “Olé Por La Copla” with artists from the TV singing competition programme, “Se llama Copla”. Tercera Edad (3rd age) room, Centro de Usos Múltiples, Tickets 8 Euros in advance from the Tourist Office or 10 Euros on the door. Thursday, 15th Dec, 6pm Music School recital by new pupils, accompanied by guitars and musical groups. Music school, Centro de Usos Múltiples, entrance free. Friday, 16th December 6pm - Sampling of Christmas treats, sweets, and hot chocolate. 8pm - Christmas concert with performances by Nicky Mainstone’s Escuela Prodanza, Natalia López’s Escuela La Última Fusión, Escálamo Choir, “Embrujo Mojaquero” Rociero Choir and the Group, La Fuente. Centro de Usos Múltiples, entrance free.

Saturday, 17th Dec, 10.30am Castle, Christmas Figures Workshop, Parque Comercial , Carol Concert Giant Inflatable Bowling, Mechanical with the Anglican Church. Bull, Giant Inflatable Toboggan. Centro de Usos Múltiples, entrance Sunday, 18th Dec free. 11.30am - Mass at Mojácar Parish Church with singing by the Mojácar Friday, 30th Dec, 9pm Rociero choir “Embrujo Mojaquero”. F l a m e n c o G a l a “ Z a m b o m b a 9pm - Tango concert, “One Night Navideña”, Centro de Usos Múltiples, In Buenos Aires”, Centro de Usos tickets 10 Euros in advance from Múltiples, tickets 10 Euros available the Tourist Office or 13 Euros on from the Tourist Office or on the the door. door 1 hour in advance. Saturday, 31st Dec, 11.30pm Thursday, 22nd Dec, 6pm Plaza Frontón, Mojácar Church bells Children’s activities, “Christmas ring in the New Year. The Town Display Stand”, Santa’s Post Box, C o u n c i l o f f e r s e v e r y o n e Sponge Bob’s Bouncy Castle, Duelo complimentary Cava and Grapes en Barra (Fun Fighting), Trampoline, Decorative Christmas Photo Sunday, 1st January, 11.30am Workshop, Demolition Ball. Centro New Year’s mass, Mojácar Church. de Usos Múltiples, entrance free. Monday, 2nd January, 7pm Friday, 23rd December Children’s Cinema “Frozen El Reino 10am - Christmas concert by the Del Hielo” Centro de Usos Múltiples, pupils from the Bartolomé Flores tickets 3 Euros including free School, “La Fuensanta” Sports popcorn. Centre, entrance free. 8pm - Concert by the Mojácar Wednesday, 4th January, 7pm Municipal Band at Mojácar Church. hildren’s musical “Mulán” Centro de Usos Múltiples, entrance free. Saturday, 24th Dec, 11.30pm Midnight Mass, Mojácar Church. Thursday, 5th January 5pm - Three King’s parade Sunday, 25th Dec, 11.30am accompanied by the Municipal Band Christmas Mass, Mojácar Church. starting from La Fuente. 5.30pm - Present giving to all the M o n d ay, 2 6 t h D e c , 7 p m children of the Municipality. Children’s cinema, “Atrapa la Centro de Usos Múltiples bandera” (Capture the flag), Centro de Usos Múltiples, entrance 3 Euros Friday, 6th January, 11.30am including popcorn. The King’s Mass with singing by the Mojácar Rociero Choir “Embrujo Thursday, 29th Dec, 7pm Mojaquero”, Mojácar Parish Church Children’s activities with Giant Santa Claus Photo Call, Inflatable Human Table Football, Giant Maze, Bouncy

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What’s On Almería Concerts The Almería City Orchestra conducted by Michael Thomas and massed choirs perform George Frideric Handel’s oratorio The Messiah on December 22nd at 9pm, Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city. Tickets are 12 & 15 Euros. The Jackson Dance Company perform “Michael’s Legacy”, a tribute to Michael Jackson, Jan 13th, 9.30pm, Teatro Cerventes, Almería city. This show has been seen by over 200,000 people. Tickets are 15 Euros in advance & 20 Euros at the door.

tour of 2016-2017 tribute concerts. Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city, on December 4th at 8pm. Tickets 20 & 25 Euros. Grupo Almenara is an Almería choir and instrumental group who perform a range of popular Spanish pop/latin and classical compositions. They are performing on Dec 11th, 8pm, Auditorio Maestro Padilla. Tickets 10 Euros.

Tickets for concerts in Almería available from the ticket office in the Teatro Apolo, 25 Rambla

Sonia Priego whose stage name is La Húngara (the Hungarian) is a singer born in Seville in 1980 who was talent spotted at a karaoke session. Her pop/rock concert is on Dec 10th, 9pm, Auditorio Maestro Padilla. Tickets 15 & 20 Euros. A Mecano tribute concert to mark the 25th anniversary of their last tour takes place Feb 10th, 10.30pm, at Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. ‘Hija de Luna’ has been seen by over 30,000 people on their tour. Tickets are 15 Euros in advance or 20 Euros on the door. The Orchestra Cuidad de Almería have a concert on December 2nd at 8.30pm, “Love farewell” is music for the viola de gamba (the forerunner of the modern cello), theorbo lute, and violin, at the Iglesia de la Campañia. Tickets for all concerts are 6 Euros. “Remember Queen” is the 25th Freddie Mercury memorial world

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Obispo Orberá, Almería , tel: 950 230 922. Mon- Fri, 10.30am1.30pm & 6-8pm, or Sat, 11am1pm. Also 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. Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. Calle del Poeta Villaespesa, 1. Tickets from box office, Mon – Fri, 11am-1pm & 4pm-7pm, Sat 11am2pm or 1 hr before performance, or www.todaslasentradas.com


What’s On Ballet

Musicals

The Victor Ullate Ballet company perform the Manuel de Falla ballet “El Amor Brujo” (The love wizard) on December 2nd at 9pm, Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city. Tickets are 25 & 30 Euros.

'Cabaret' comes to Roquetas Auditorio on January 6th at 6pm & 10pm, January 7th at 6pm & 10pm, and January 8th at 5pm & 8.30pm. Tickets are 35, 49, and 55 Euros for all performance except January 8th at 8.30pm when they are 25, 45, & 49 Euros.

The Moscow Ballet company perform Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet on December 29th at 9pm, Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. Tickets are 25 & 30 Euros.

Flamenco A prestigious flamenco concert takes place at the Maestro Padilla Auditorio in Almería city on December 7th at 9pm. The very famous singers, José Mercé, Miguel Proveda, and Arcángel perform with the guitarists José Fernández “Tomatito” and his son José del Tomate, and Miguel Ángel Cortes. This is a homage concert to Josele, a famous flamenco singer and guitarist from Almería. Tickets are 25 & 30 Euros.

“Las Ardillas En Concierto” (Squirrels in concert) is a children’s musical that comes to the Teatro Cervantes in Almería on December 8th at 7.30pm. Tickets are 8 Euros in advance or 10 Euros on the door.

Águilas The Symphonic Orchestra of Murcia conducted by Virginia Martínez perform Dvorak’s cello concerto in G#, Richard Straus lieder “Four last songs” opus 150, and Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance march. Friday, February 10th at 9pm, Águilas Auditorio. Tickets are 15 Euros.

“Omega” is a flamenco film that has had rave reviews and is being shown on December 9th at 7.30pm & 9.30pm, Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. This flamenco documentary highlights the life of Enrique Morente and Lagartija Nick with the poetry of Frederico Lorca and Leonard Cohen. Other artistes include Estrella Morente, Antonio Arias, Tomatito, Alberto Manzano, Lee Ronaldo, Leonard Cohen, and Laura García Lorca. Tickets are 5 Euros.

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The Almería City Orchestra conducted by Michael Thomas and pianist Leonel Morales, perform Liszt’s piano concertos 1 & 2, and Schuman’s 4th symphony on December 2nd at 9pm, at Águilas Auditorio. Tickets are 15 Euros. The Conservatory Orchestra of Cartagena conducted by Andrés Perez Bernabé, perform a family concert with Prokofiev’s “Peter and the wolf” and Haydn’s Toy symphony, with narrator Jordi Revellón, on December 27th at 9pm, Águilas Auditorio. Tickets 15 Euros. Aguilas Tickets from Viajes Almeida 968 410 828; Museo Arqueológico; www.redentradas .com; www.auditorio-aguilas.org; or from two hours before performances at box office.

Fiestas Mojácar 2017 Moors & Christians events are on June 9th-11th.


What’s On Exhibitions The Doña Pakyta art museum of Almería has an exhibition until December 11th entitled “Fashion in the time of Queen Isabel” during the 15th century. It features 25 garments of haute-couture of the period, including her wedding dress,and some clothes used in the Spanish television series ‘Isabel’. There are also jewels, maps, letters, paintings, and other documents from this period. The exhibition is on the 1st floor and is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.30am-1.30pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm-8pm. Admission is 3 Euros, but entry to the 2nd floor is still free. The museum is at Plaza de Emilio Pérez no 2, Almería city. The exhibition at the Almería Museum, “Un Puente de Mar Azul” (A bridge of blue sea) has many archaeological items on display found on the sea bed off the Almería coast and is being extended until the end of February. Up to October 31st 15,700 people have gone to see it. Until June 15th next year the museum is open from 9am to 8.30pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 9am to 3.30pm on Sundays. Entrance is free to any EU member, or 1 Euro 50 céntimos for non-EU visitors. A painting exhibition, “Agua Sobre Papel” (water on paper) can be seen at the Museo de Arte de Almería until January 15th in their ‘Espacio2’ gallery featuring 12 artists from the Almería area with 66 varied watercolour paintings. Admission is free. The museum is at Plaza de Carlos Cano Almería

city. Opening hours until May 31st, 2017, are Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10.30am to 1.30pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am to 1.30pm & 5pm to 7pm and Sundays, 10.30am to 1.30pm. Mojácar town hall hold their “Arte en la Calle” (Art in the street) event on December 3rd-5th & 8th10th. The first one is entitled “Mural Urbano - 50 years without Walt Disney” and the second one is a painting marathon in the open air. Photographic exhibition by the “Grupo fotográfico de Mojácar”. December 2nd-6th Opening Friday 2nd at 7pm, La Fuente Centro de Arte, below Mojácar village. Pa i n t i n g a n d s c u l p t u r e exhibition by Roger Streets, December 18th-31st. Opening Sunday 18th at 12 noon, La Fuente Centro de Arte, below Mojácar village.

Miscellaneous The Rose Singers are holding their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 15, at 7:30pm at Miraflores, Camping Los Gallardos. Join in the singing of some of your favourite carols, have a turkey sandwich and a mince pie at the interval and try for a prize in the raffle, all in aid of ASADIS (Asociación Amigos Discapacitados) supporting the disabled in the Los Gallardos area. Tickets are 8 Euros and are available from Gill’s Linens (Mojácar Playa), Forget-Me-Not ( L a s B u g a n v i l l a s ) , To t a l Enter tainment (Turre), the

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Camping Los Gallardos shop, by calling Sue on 617 737, or on the door. Come along to join the fun and support this great cause. The Dames in Spain have their annual Advent Carol Service on December 5th at the Tercera Edad room, Centro de Usos Múltiples (the old Artisan centre) below Mojácar village. Doors open 10.00am and the concert begins at 11.00am. This year we have the privilege of a performance by the Mojácar Town Band...a brass band made up of young musicians from the schools around Mojacár. We have to thank the Ayuntamiento for arranging this. They will play for a limited period and then we shall have our usual Carols and a treat from Val Carrington. There will be our usual stalls with gifts and cards at good prices, mince pies, and a free glass of wine or fruit juice. This year we will be having a Tombola with prizes of bottles of wine, and as ever, our Grand Raffle with really lovely prizes including a flat screen TV plus a turkey, goose, chicken, and duck, together with many other quality prizes. Tickets for the Grand Raffle will be on sale at the door and throughout the Concert. We look forward to seeing you; let’s make it the best carol concert ever! A Candlelit Carol Service will be held on Friday 9th December at 7.30pm at the Turre Evangelical Church, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Everyone is welcome and the church website is www.turrechurch. Send details of your events to almeriafocus@gmail.com or call 670 84 92 65


What’s On The Vera Photo Club is having its Annual Exhibition, opening on November 4th at 7.00pm at the Cultural Centre above the Fuente in Mojácar where it will run for four weeks. The exhibition will then move up to the "Mirador del Castillo" Art Centre in the old Aljibe (water cistern), in Mojácar from December 1st for two weeks. PAWS/PATAS have a theatre event on December 1st at the Bistro restaurant in Vera playa from 7.30pm-9pm when two excerpts from the Alan Bennett “Talking Heads” collection will be performed. ¨Waiting for the Telegram¨ will be performed by Jacqueline Welby & ¨Nights in the Garden of Spain¨ by Janet Franklin. Tickets available from The Bistro restaurant or Forget me Not, Las Buganvillas PAWS/PATAS have a Cats Treasure Hunt on Sunday, Februar y 5th. 11.30am2.30pm.The check in point will be on waste ground outside Camping Los Gallardos. Please call in advance to register on 603 587 805 or 634 348 017 to assist with catering. Cost is 10 Euros per car with up to 4 passengers. There are easy to follow clues, a prize for winning car, and Burgers, Hot Dogs and Drinks available on sale at the finish.

16th at El Jardin de Pepa in San Juan de los Terreros. Please look on our facebook page 'San Animal Santuario' for this and all news and events or email: admin@sananimal.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter at @san_animal PAWS /PATAS have young volunteers visiting from all over Europe and staying on the shelter site in Caravans. Their story is enlightening and interesting in many ways. “Wine, Women and Song” ( whine, bitches and noise)Karel's story, is the life of a caravan volunteer, portrayed on Wednesday, December 7th, at the Tercera Edad room, Centro de Usos Múltiples (the old Artisan centre) below Mojácar village. It will take place from noon till 2pm with abar open before and during the event. There is a clothes sale,

fun auction, champagne raffle, Q & A cash prize bingo, cat and dog sponsorship, change4change, and Xmas stalls PAWS Book Sale There's no Beachcomber booksale in December, the next one will be Tuesday, 10th January 2017. PAWS-PATAS is continuing to raise funds in order to support their cat neutering programme. 2017 Calendars are available in PAWS-PATAS shops situated in Mojácar, Turre, and Las Buganvillas. They cost 8 Euros and Mojácar Insurance has kindly sponsored the printing cost. Each month features a cat in the cattery or in a foster home. All have a sad story to tell but they are safe now in the hands of PAWS-PATAS. Large orders for the calendars can be placed at any time; please order when buying in the charity shop.

A painting in the Almería exhibition ‘Agua Sobre Papel’

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What’s On The 2016 Almería Swing golf tournament takes place at Desert Springs from December 5th-10th. The Event will consist of two separate tournaments; a Better Ball on the 5th and 6th December and a 54 hole individual event from the 8th to the 10th.The tournament is part of the Senior Golf Circuit and is open to all Professional Golfers aged 48 and above and Amateur golfers of the same age with a single figure handicap. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Neil and Tracy Evans: 638 531 831 or email: neilevansegs@gmail.com. Forum Golf Society Events 2nd Dec, Stableford at Aguilon 16th Dec, Team Prize Scramble at Aguilon. 6th Jan, Pairs Betterball Stableford at Aguilon. For more information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 /philjelam@yahoo. co.uk, or see www.forumgolf society.webs.com Age Support Almanzora has opened a new Information Centre on Avenida Lepanto, next door to the English Library, near Total Entertainment. It replaces the centre near Mora Oil. The Centre is open from Tuesday to Friday, 10am-2pm and welcomes anyone who has concerns about an older person who is in need of support. They provide practical and emotional support to older people living in the Almanzora Valley area and have been doing so for four years. They have developed a reputation for reliability, personcentred support and practical help, including advice about UK benefits

entitlement, and have successfully applied for attendance allowances. If you make a visit to the Information Centre volunteers will be able to tell you what help they can offer you. Do please call in and see us to discuss any problems or seek advice or to view the equipment, such as wheelchairs, which can be borrowed. The charity raises funds largely through its shop in Arboleas, at Placeta Padre Arias, open Monday- Saturday mornings, and are always grateful for donations. They are looking for more volunteers to help run this new Information Centre and Help Desk, do please call in any morning Tuesday to Friday or give us a ring on 634 333 544 or email: welfareteam.asa@gmail.com. We are a friendly bunch; call in and see us!

Community News Gary Bowen and Peter Dell from BarLa Unión in Zurgena who organize music festivals that take place in the old ‘Renfe’ rail station have presented Zurgena town hall with a cheque for 1,000 Euros. With other sums of money they have previously raised the total comes to 5,000 Euros, and will be used for improvements at the two schools. The mayor of Zurgena congratulated the two men for attracting well known musicians to their festivals, and he stated that the town hall was pleased to assist them in organizing the events.

MACS Super scarf sellers raised 56 Euros, less the 5 Euro stall cost, at ‘Samber Mojacár’ on November 19th. They also received donations of clothing, shoes, and china, along San Animal Dog Walk is on the with a few donation in the tin! first Sunday of every month. Bring Thank you ladies, very well done: your own dog and/or help exercise Elaine Brown. one of our shelter dogs, and enjoy a well-earned breakfast afterwards MACS Caminito del Rey walk at for 5 Euros!! Coffee & drinks Ardales in Malaga on November available at the bar. Put it in your 16th was organized by Chris Lowe diary, share it with all your friends, from ‘Ramo de Limón’ restaurant, and please come along and join in Maggi Lake, and Rachel Casanove the fun at La Quinta Bella Camping, who managed to raise a minimum El Charcon, Ctra Los Arejos, Águilas of 1,000 Euros that will increase - a beautiful place for a walk. when all the sponsorship money comes in. This walk with spectacular MACS Cancer support group have scenic views is not for the faint a Christmas craft workshop with hearted and Chris had to overcome limited places on Dec 2nd, 10.30am his fear of heights. -2pm at their Huércal-Overa shop. The cost is a minimum donation of 10 Euros (free to MACS patients). All materials will be provided Send details of together with tea, coffee, and cakes. Contact fionnxmurphy your events to @gmail.com or any MACS shop. almeriafocus@gmail.com or call 670 84 92 65

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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 Cuevas del Almanzora, Olula del Río, Carboneras, Sorbas Garrucha, Turre, Zurgena Aguilas, Vera, Arboleas, Vélez Rubio Villaricos, Purias

Rastros, Car Boot Sales, etc. Tues & Thurs: Outside Lance/Bonita/Valery, Mojácar Playa. 10am - 3pm Saturday: Rastro, Mojácar Playa, opp. Red Cross, 9am - 1pm Saturday: Los Llanos, between Arboleas & Albox Sunday morning: Los Gallardos Campsite Sunday morning: Multiple Use Centre (Artisan Centre), Mojácar Village 1st Sun of the month: Casa Lorenza, Las Menas, Sª Maria de Nieve, 4.30pm 2nd Sunday of the month: Bédar, from 9am Last Sunday of the month: Velez Rubio on Industrial estate

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Clubs, Societies & Activities Almanzora Group of Friends Library and Information Centre, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat, 10am–1pm . Avda. Lepanto, Albox (next but one to Oliver’s). Extensive English Library, DVD’s and Talking Books. Trips, monthly quiz and other social events. Tel: 634 343 147 www.almanzoragof.org or see Facebook Almería Link Friendship Group Wednesday, 8 for 8.30pm at Hotel Continental, Mojácar Playa. All welcome. Info from Johnny 634 346 762 Living Alone in Spain? We are a 60+ group of friends who meet for lunch every Wednesday in the Mojácar area. Tel: 667 303 788 WOW Women on Wednesday The Loft, Mojácar Playa, from 1.30pm. Get together, buy, sell, swap, meet new people. Dames in Huércal Overa 3rd Wed. of the month, 10.30am, Tennis Club. All welcome. Tel. Sue 661 190 190 Dames in Spain 3rd Monday of the month, 11 am, The Parador, Mojacar. Chairman Myra Holmes, 950475491; Secretary Iris Hamilton 666107364. . Guests welcome. Dames in Turre 11am, last Mon in the month, Hostal Rural, Turre. Talks, trips, support for local charities Guests welcome. Tel.: Secretary Pam Smith 677 543 031 or President Lesley Barlow 950 478 633 Mojácar Community Library Multi-Use centre. Mon, Wed and Fri, 11am - 1pm . Mojácar Walking Group Walks of different levels. Tues & Thurs. www.mojacarwalkinggroup.com or tel: 950 467 679

The Royal British Legion - Albox Meeting held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, 11am, Coffee morning on 1 s t T h u r s d ay, 10 . 3 0 a m , b oth at La Parrilla, Albox. Contact Filip Ostrowski, Chairman, Tel: 950 066 037 , email: ossiesinspain@yahoo.co.uk or see britishlegion.org.uk/branches/albox for further details. Everyone welcome, you do not have to be ex services to join.

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.

The Royal British Legion - Zurgena & District Branch Bar Latinos, C/ Granada, La Alfoquia, every first Thursday of the month at 11a.m. Email zurgenaRBLsecretary @yahoo.co.uk. See www.britishlegion. org.uk/branches/zurgena

Ancestry Club for Beginners & Intermediate Piedra Amarilla. Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm. 5 euros per week. Tel. 634 309 590

Mojacar Photo Group Contact Lyle Mallen: 620 786 914

Betty's Garden Club 11.30 for 12 noon, 2nd Monday of the month at Miraflores Restaurant, Camping Los Gallardos except in July & August. All welcome. Tel: 603 587 805

Mojácar Bridge Club Monday and Wednesdays 7pm. in Community Hall, nr Main Square, Turre. Contact Les 950 437 100 / 634 219 Mojacar Computer & Electronics Club 174 Saturdays, Beachcomber, Mojácar. 10 – Psychic Development Circle 12 noon, Laptops. 12 noon – 1pm, smart Various classes at different times. phones, tablets, cameras, etc Everyone welcome. Tel: Barbara 637 Free Masons 469 937 barbaramoonlight@gmail.com Contact: 950 36 90 33 AUAN - Abusos Urbanisticos Freemasons in Albox Almanzora No. Association campaigning for the Mark, RAM, R&SM, OSM, Allied legalisation of homes in the Almanzora 950 439 242 Valley built without proper authority. Cabrera Music Club Meeings on 3rd Sat. of every other For info call Richard: 666 274 861 month, 11am, La Parrilla, Albox. Tel: 617 cabreramusicclub@albox-online.net 118 209 www.almanzora-au.org Albox Computer Club Hotel La Parrilla, Albox. Fri, 10am. All The Divine Life Society, Almeria Branch levels of experience are welcomed. Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojácar. Evening www.alboxcc.com alboxcc@gmail.com of Meditation and a talk, 1st Fri of the Jeff Brown 659 558 091 month, 7.30pm. Spiritual Cinema, 3rd Indalo Hash House Harriers Fri of the month, 7.30pm. Meditation Meet 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11am, various and Yoga classes. Tel Sharon 950 469122 l o c a t i o n s . w w w. i n d a l o h 3 . c o m or 672 061 048 or omsharon50 Mojácar Angling Club @gmail.com Tel. John (Beachcomber): 950 473 099 Vera & District Lions Club. 5.00pm on the first Wednesday of the Traditional Japanese Reiki and month at El Gnomo Feliz restaurant, Gendai Reiki Ho Vera. Telephone Sandie Tinkham on 950 Classes, workshops, and Reiki shares in 439324 or Pam Mattioli on 950069249 Mojacar. Tel: 634 347 930, website: www.gendaireikispain.com for more information.

The Royal British Legion, Mojácar Branch, The Artisan Centre, 1st and 3rd Thurs. of each month, 11:15am. All welcome inc. non-services personnel. For enquiries & Welfare call 950 066053 http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/ Flamenco Forum for English branches/mojacar/news-events/ Speakers on Facebook. Information and events. Tel: 687 480 694

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Clubs, Societies & Activities continued Amigos del Coches Clasicos Local, multi-national group of classic car enthusiasts. Meetings first Thursday of month, 3pm, Hotel Overa, jn 547 of E15/A7. www.a-c-c.es, email: info@a-cc.es, tel. David 950 412 165 Cabrera Slot Car Club Thursdays, 4.30-6pm. Richard 950 970 869. Call to check if on first. Model Aero Flying Club, Cortijo Grande Sun. & Wed., 10.30am. Contact Johnny Hayes: 634 346 762 or 980 099 930 Aeroclub ULM Günter (Vera) Tel: 607 316 553 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 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

Religious Groups & Churches Church of England Costa Calida and Costa Almeria Mojacar: Eucharist, Sunday, 11am, at the church of San Pascual, Agua de Enmedio. Albox: Eucharist, 2nd & last Thurs in month, 11am. Evensong, second Sun in month, 6pm. Comunity Hall Aljambra. Llanos del Peral, nr El Cucador: Eucharist or morning worship, Sundays, 11am.at Village Church and Community Hall. Roquetas: Eucharist, 3rd Thursday of the month, at noon at Burty´s Bar. Details: Church Wardens, Pam Carter, 667947573 & Chris Hughes-Jones 617 830 660 www.mojacarchurch.org

Roman Catholic English mass 1pm, first Sunday of each month at Palomares church. For information call Bob 634 300 049 Living Water Church Mojacar Playa Opp. Red Cross and Salas Farmacia, Sunday Service 4pm. Bible Study Tuesday 11am. Cafe Church, Weds & Thurs 11am. Come for a chat and coffee. Contact Pastors Dave 697522521 or John 634254781. See FaceBook or visit www.livingwaterchurchmojacar.com

Stepping Stones Carers Support Group Turre Evangelical Hall, Thurs, 11am-2pm. Tel 950 472822 or 677 683385 www.steppingstonescarersgroup.wee bly.com

A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous Mojacar area Meetings –Tuesday, 6pm, Artisan Centre, Mojacar Fuente - Friday & Wednesday, 6pm, Living Water Church, Mojácar Playa (opposite Red Cross building). Tel: 634 320 262 or 661 078 864 or email mike@aaspain.org The Evangelical Church, Turre On Public Holidays when the Artisan Avda de Almeria on the corner of Centre is closed, the Tuesday meeting C/Alberquillica . Sunday 10.30am. will be at the Living Water Church. Tuesday 3pm Bible Studying. Midweek prayer meeting. Tel. 950 617549 or 950 Age Support Almanzora 47 2 3 4 9 . w w w . t u r r e c h u r c h . c o m Information Centre. Avda Lepanto, near Total Entertainment. Tues - Fri, 10a.m. Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses to 2 p.m. Welcomes anyone who has Tues 7:30pm & Sun 10.00am. Poligono concerns about an older person who is Aljoroque - C/El Cajete 6, Antas. Contact: in need of support. Tel: 634 333 544 652 293 269 or email welfareteam.asa@gmail.com Aguaviva Evangelical Church Shop, Plaza Padre Arias in Arboleas village Near the health Centre, opposite Bici- (the square with the bakery and Box, Albox. Tel: Rod Southwood, 687 hairdresser) six days a week 10-1.30. Tel: 560 544 634333544, Puerto Lumbreras Christian Universal Wonderful Street Fellowship Academy Every 1st and 3rd Sunday each month NGO that supports street children in at 11.00 am. Phone for exact location Accra (Ghana). Registered charity. (now at their house) Tel 619453283 or www.universalwonderfulstreetacadem 968 018 228 Paul and Sandra y.org. Beatriz: 617 182 154 Santa Cruz Christian Fellowship FACE Sundays and midweek in Albox and (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for surrounding areas. Contact 677 087 Everyone). Registered charity. Tel: 257 or santacruzalbox@gmail.com 667255094 www.face-charity.com

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

Turre Evangelical Church Ostomist Support For Expats Services in English, Sundays, 10.30am. Call Dee 950 064 322 in confidence. Everyone welcome. 950 617 549

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The Helping Hands Support for Animals and People alike. Registered charity. Tel: 968 48 29 48 Harmony Community Support Providing assistance to those in need. Tel. 634 339 192 Mon - Fri, 11:00 - 14:00 help@harmonycharity

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Arts & Crafts Sewing Group, Mojacar Meet at Dolce Vita for sewing, knitting etc. Weds 10.30 - 12.30. Tel: Brenda 649 069 228 or Sylvia 628 006 197. Ladies Sewing Circle Evangelical Church, Turre, Wednesday 10.30 – 12.30 667 702 774 Glass Bead Making La Cueva del Pájaro, Carboneras. Call 950 130 627 Ladies Pottery Painting Parties Albox - every 2nd Thursday, 6 - 9pm. SimplyArt 662 443 095 Art Classes All levels. Thurs, 11-1pm, Miraflores Campsite. Fridays, 10.30am - 12:30pm. kukis Bar, Mojácar. Tel: 653 714 767 Girasol, Albox Art & painting. Tues, 10-1pm. Mosaic classes. Thurs 3-5.Tel 639 089 170 Sophia Wellness Centre, Arboleas Art classes. Tel. 950 449 451.

Dance

Performing Arts Centre DanZaVera 54 Verasol, Vera. Classes include : Royal Sequence Dancing Academy Ballet, Imperial Society Modern, Hostal Meson, Arboleas, 3-5pm, Tap and Jazz. Also Hip-Hop, Oriental Mondays. Contact Chris 630211628. Dance, Spanish Classical. Tel Anita: 670 715 787 Line Dancing Hotel el Puntazo, Mojacar. Fridays, Flamenco Dance Workshops. 7.–10pm. Beginners welcome. Beginners level.Telephone 687480694 Contact: Glynis 648217503 or Mary Beth 661671526 or strictlylinedancing Music & Drama Groups mojacar@outlook.com Eleanor & Gilly's Line Dance Class Indalo Players Maloan's Bar, Albox, 2-30pm- 4-30pm, Contact Sue Osman on 950 473 021 or Mondays. All levels welcome. Eleanor indaloplayer selteatro@gmail.com Tolman 950 439 003. Independent Theatre Group. Always looking for new people, novices Step2It - Line Dancing Maloans, Albox. Weds: 6.45 p.m - 7.30 & full blown Thesbians. Call Ian Jones on p.m, First Steps/Introduction. 7.30 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 or e-mail p.m - 10.30, Beginners / Improvers independenttheatre@hotmail.com /Intermediate. Contact: Carrie Ann The Luvvies 627279584 www.carrieanngreen.com Maloan’s Bar, Arboleas. New members always welcome for acting or work behind Line Dancing Beachcomber Restaurant, Mojácar. the scenes etc. Contact us via Beginners/Improvers. Mondays, 4pm. www.theluvvies.com, tel. 634 346 309 or e-mail info@theluvvies.com Contact John 666 200 579 Line Dancing La Vida, Cucador. Tuesday 5pm Pro Danza Nicky Mainstone Royal Academy Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Dance fit fusion. Children & Adults. Mojacar & Los Gallardos. T. 667479903

Yoga Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojácar Mondays. Contact Sharon - 950 469 12 2 o r 6 7 2 0 61 0 4 8 o r omsharon50@gmail.com L.O.T.U.S Integral Yoga Centre Mojácar. Yoga all levels/gentle yoga. Weds, Fri, Sun. Tel. Parvathi: 636063560 Sansonora, Mojacar Wednesday, 2.30pm. All levels, visitors we l c o m e . S h a r o n 672 0 610 4 8

Ceroc Dancing Artisan Centre, Mojacar, Tues 8.15pm Beginners/Improvers/Advanced. All welcome. Contact Tracey 687251799 Belly Dancing Classes in Mojácar, Garrucha & Huércal-Overa. Contact Fatima: 610 472 596 Bellydance Classes Mojácar, Turre, Palomares. Call 639 724 521

Sol Yoga Centre, Arboleas Tel: 686 400331

Oriental and Middle Eastern Folklore dancing classes Tues at Vera, Wed at Turre. Shirin, 607805367, gytanshark@yahoo.es

Girasol, Albox Call 639 089 170

Rock n Roll Oliver’s Bar, Albox. Monday, 10:30am

Cortijo El Saltador Lucainena de las Torres. Mon, 5:30pm. Tel: Brahmani on 600 34 91 51

Dance Classes with Hollie Newell Ballet, tap, contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical, zumba and more. Based in Turre. Tel: 634 317 391

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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 Almeria Strings Folk Club Third Thursday of the month, 8pm, Turre. Free admission. For location and other events, see www.almeriastrings.org or call 634 347 930 The Rose Singers Small ladies choir singing a variety of musical genres in aid of local charities. 45 performances a year. Rehearsals Friday mornings, Los Gallardos. New singers always welcome. Call Alison on 667 408 941 or see us on Facebook. The Incognito Singers A mixed voice group performing a varied repertoire of songs to a high standard. Rehearsals Wednesday evening in Arboleas. www.theincognitosingers.com, Facebook, theincognitosingers@gmail.com Cariatiz Community Orchestra All welcome, any age, any level, only requirement is to read music. Rehearsals Sundays 6-7pm, Cariatiz (between Los Gallardos and Sorbas). Contact Emma, emma.v.randle@gmail.com or 654 164 293


Activities - Clubs - Associations Sports Almería Lawn Bowling Club Contact Shirley: 679 970 399 Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club Contact Mrs Lynne Hughes-Jones lynne@genesis-cs.com Tel: 617 830 660 Indalo Lawn Bowling Club Contact Toni: 950 468 165 or 647 703 393 wattsmyt@gmail.com Mojacar Bowls Club Behind Marina Mar Hotel. Everybody welcome - Tues, Thurs and Sat starting with coffee at 9:30. Contact Verna 610 838 644.

Padel tennis lessons At home. Tel: Ulises Gutiérrez, 606 902 691 Albox Sub-Aqua Club Wed, 8pm, Travellers Inn (7Km from Albox on Taberno Road). Mojácar Sailing Club Sunday afternoons, Playa Cantal, near Trufi Bar. All ages welcome for crewing or social membership. Contact George on 950 475 428.

Santa Irene Sailing Club Meets Sundays at 10:30 at the boat park of the New Marina, Garrucha, with a presail coffee at café La Oficina virtually Badgers Golf Society opposite at 11:00. Contact Ian via info@ Mojacar, play Wednesday and Saturday. santaireneclubdevela.com or call 671 Everyone always welcome. Contact Mike 474 385. See www.santaireneclub D a i l y - m i k d a i l y 9 @ g m a i l . c o m devela.com tel.664876995 or Andy Mucha - Garrucha Table Tennis Club Andymucha1gmail.com tel 634 333 481, Tel Barry on 677 174 430 or email badgersmojacar@gmail.com Mojácar Veterans Football Club Boxers Golf Society Albox Training Weds 7-9. All welcome. Over All welcome to join us as members or 35s may register as an official player. guests. Call in at the Why Not bar in Daniel 637 064 651 Albox on Saturday mornings or email Cazadores de Turre Cricket Club. peterstooks@avired.com Welcome new members of all ages and Forum Golf Society experience. Contact Sam Lewis on 663 Plays friendly events at local courses 132 487 or Derek Larkins 634 361 941 twice a month. Tel. Phil Elam: 666 847 84 0 o r p h i l j e l a m @ ya h o o . c o . u k www.forumgolfsociety.webs.com Marina Phoenix Golf Society Visitors welcome Mondays and Thursdays. Tel Don Atkins 605 051 238. Email marinaphoenixgolfsociety @gmail.com

Slimming World Casa Pepa, Turre, Weds 10 am and Thurs, Hostal Meson (Kubatin) Arboleas 1pm. Contact Vicki 650 764 623 or vicki.lynch@live.co.uk Slimming & Fitness with Pam Various locations. Tel: 639 465 631 pamsslimming@gmail.com Slimming Group, Oliver’s Bar Albox. Thursday, 10.30 Body Control Pilates. Classes or private. Sharon 638 487 314 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 Gym, Toning tables, Kickboxing, Cross fit, Boot camp, Boxing, Salsacise, Zumba, Step Aerobics, Body Pump. Tel. 950 449 451. Aerobics or Pilates Campo de Futbol, Turre. Contact Vicki 650 764 623 or vicki.lynch@live.co.uk Fitness with Alison, Mojácar Full Body Workout, Pilates, AquaZumba, Zumba, Step Aerobics, Total Toning, AeroFit. Tel 666 273 168.

Valle del Este Golf Society. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Contact Alan Townsend Tel. 690 090 982 Almería Golf League Contact Les on 950 619 273

Sansonora, Mojácar Qi Gong, Pilates, Dance. Contact Elena, 630 688 615 or elenasansonora @gmail.com

Albox Club de Tenis Sun & Thurs mornings, Tues afternoons. Tel Sue: 950 064 369

Hollie Newell Zumba Almeria Turre, Los Gallardos, Arboleas and San Juan. Contact: 634 317 391

Club de Tenis y Padel Indalo Vera. Tel: 608 250 607 - 950 59 28 77 www.tenisypadelindalo.com Tennis & Padel Tennis Sierra Club, Desert Springs. Tel: 687599115 Tennis Coach Diego Rodriguez Tel: 950 393 851 and 607 021 280

Fitness & Martial Arts Girasol, Albox Pilates, children’s karate & gymastics, advanced gymnastics, Tai-chi. Tel 639 089 170 Indigo Gym, Mojácar Various activities. Tel: 950 475 403 Keep Fit Oliver’s Bar, Albox. Tues & Thurs, 9.30

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Fitness with Pam Aerobics, Jane Fonda workout, Gentle Cardio/Pilates, Hits/Circuit, Limited Mobility. Various locations. Tel: 639 465 631 Zumba, La Vida Cucador Fridays 10am. Betsy Fox Zumba 603493163 – Mojácar area.


Jokes of the Month Instant Reaction

A Christmas Prayer

A couple had been wrapping presents for all their relatives including their elderly aunt in a care home. After they had finished, the man said, "I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle! If that ever happens, just pull the plug!" So the woman got up, unplugged his computer and threw his brandy bottle in the bin. Woman can be such bitches…….

Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man, Love to forgive him for all the stupid things he does and Patience for all his moods. Please grant me these wishes because if I pray for Strength, I'll beat him to death….. Amen

Christmas Golf Four regular golf partners were playing their weekly game during December when one of them said how great it would be to get up on Christmas morning and without any argument go straight to the golf club for 18 holes before lunch. All the others agreed, "Let's do it! We'll work out a way, and meet here at ten sharp, Christmas morning!" On Christmas morning they all met up. The first golfer said, "Boy, this game has cost me a fortune, the biggest diamond ring you have ever seen. Luckily she can't take her eyes off it!" The second golfer said, "It's cost me a ton too! My wife is planning the cruise I promised her with brochures all over the kitchen." The third said, "We won't get lunch today at our house, I left her studying the manual for her new hatchback, before she goes for a drive!" The fourth golfer was silent for a long time, and then retorted, " I can't believe you all spent such a fortune for a round of golf! I just woke her up, slapped her on the behind and said, 'Hi babe, Happy Christmas. Golf or Sex, what's it going to be?' and she said, turning over, 'Take your sweater!'" A Christmas Wish "Lord, if you can't make me skinny so I get chocolates again, at least make all of my friends fat!"

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Penultimate Day of Term before the Christmas Holiday 'Today we'll relax a little and play a spelling game before we break up for the Christmas holidays,' says Mrs Anand, the primary schoolteacher. Each of you will stand up, tell us your name, what your father does, spell what your father does and then explain it to us. All right, Jack, you can go first.' Jack stands up and says, 'My name's Jack. My father is a builder, b-u-i-l-d-e-r, and he helps to put up homes.' Mrs Anand says, 'Very good. All right, Dominic, your turn.' Dominic stands says, 'My name's Dominic. My father's a pharmacist, f-a-m... f-a-r-n... f-n...' The teacher, Mrs Anand, says, 'Dominic, you go home tonight and learn how to spell pharmacist. All right, Johnny.' Johnny stands up and says, 'My name's Johnny. My old man is a bookie, b-o-o-k-i-e, and if he was here, he'd give you five to two odds Dominic won't spell pharmacist by tomorrow.'

Quite Quick! A pensioner, who lives in a retirement home, is sent some presents by his family, who rarely go to see him. Eventually in the summer his busy son turns up. "Did you get the presents I sent you at Christmas? He asks. His father replies, "Yes thank you, I just finished the jigsaw, after 6 months. I thought I did quite well as is says on the box 'From two to four years'".


...and next... The Chainsaw Just before Christmas a man decides he is going to go into the pine forest and chop down a tree to use as a Christmas tree. His mate from the pub says a chainsaw would be handy. He goes to the hardware store and hires a large one. The shopkeeper says it will chop down a large tree in no time. The next day the man comes back. He says to the shopkeeper, "This chainsaw is rubbish! I started yesterday afternoon and by 6 o'clock I was only half way through the trunk!" The shopkeeper replies, "Perhaps the fuel to air mixture is not right, I'll just start it up". He pulls the chord and the chain saw leaps into life. The customer jumps back, clearly startled, saying, "Bloody Hell! What's that terrible noise?"

A Valuable Present A small boy is given a harmonica by his Grandfather for Christmas. A couple of weeks later he tells his Grandfather, "This is the best present I have ever had! I've already collected over 100 euros!" The Grandfather replies, "You must have learnt to play it really well!" The small boy replies, "I haven't learnt to play it at all! If I get it out during the day Mother gives me 5 euros to put it away again, and Father gives me 10 euros for not playing it after he comes home from work!

Wise Women Do you know what would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men? They would have asked directions, Arrived on time, Helped deliver the baby, Cleaned the stable, Brought practical gifts. And made a casserole.

The Christmas Confession A man goes to a confessional on Christmas Eve and tells the priest, "Father. I'm 80 years old, married, with four children and eleven grandchildren. Yesterday at a Christmas party I had sex with two eighteen year old girls, twice with each one!" The priest says, “I understand my son. When did you make your last confession?" To which the man replied, "I have never been to confession before. I’m a Jew." The priest asks, "Then why are you telling me this?" and the man replies, “I’m telling everyone!"

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But do you know what they would have said as they were leaving? “Did you see the sandals Mary was wearing with that gown?”. “The baby doesn’t even look a bit like Joseph”. “Can you believe they let all those disgusting animals in there”. “And that donkey that they’re riding has seen better days too”. “I heard that Joseph isn’t working right now”. “Want to bet how long it will take before we get the casserole dish back”. “Virgin my ass, I knew her in school”


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