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Contents It’s Carnival Time! ......................................................…...10 In the News ........…................…………................................…….12 So Now You Know ..........................................................................48 Still a Big Mess .....................................................................50 Buying Habits ............................................................................52 Population Trends ...................................................................54 King Juan Carlos l ................................................................56 Useful Numbers ..................................................................59 A-Z Directory ……………….......……................................................60 Community News ............................................................................105 What’s On ..................................................................................106 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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It’s Carnival Time!

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he utopian and totally impracticable attempt in Catalonia to become an independent entity, divorced from Spain and the EU, has backfired. We comment on the latest situation in an article. When a stable situation exists in the Catalonia parliament there will be the opportunity for dialogue with central government and quite possibly some increased autonomy. There will be no major changes to the Spanish Constitution which is 40 years old this year.

cause for concern, in case it drags the Spanish economy down. Consumers, companies, and hire car firms are buying vehicles in much larger numbers and unlike the poor figures in the UK, sales are buoyant. People who feel confident that their jobs are secure are taking out mortgages. Aguilas Carnival

The three main parties in the Spanish Parliament are rarely in full agreement, particularly as the Prime Minister, Maraino Rajoy, and his P.P. party only have a small minority. In the case of Catalonia all three have joined forces in attempts to re-instate the status quo and rule of law. Our autonomous community of Andalucía celebrates their anniversary of becoming autonomous on February 28th. As the name suggests, autonomous communities have a large say in how they are run. Their own parliament can pass laws, they have their own High Court, and they run the health service and education. 50% of income tax in Spain goes to the appropriate community who can set their own rates, and until recently the inheritance tax was extremely high in Andalucía. Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, is a holiday in Andalucía instead of Día de San José (Spanish Father’s Day), a holiday in most other communities. Sometimes, as might be expected, there are disputes between autonomous communities and central government. In our “In the News” section we highlight the ruling that cannabis clubs in some communities have been ruled illegal nationally. The Junta de Andalucía has also come up with an ingenious plan over a dispute with the work hours of public employees. The thing they can’t do is go for complete home rule! The economic situation in Spain definitely appears to have turned the corner. The Spanish Minister for the Economy is quietly confident that optimistic economic predictions for growth in 2018 will be met. EU gurus and analysts also agree that there is a sustained growth, but the situation in Catalonia is a

Easter is earlier this year and Easter Sunday is April 1st, (it’s not a joke!) Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent is February 14th along with Saint Valentine’s Day. Mardi Gras carnivals should take place the day before on February 13th, along with UK Pancake Day. As in other years, carnival events continue into Lent, and the very famous Águilas Carnival goes over until the closing ceremony on February 17th. Participants will be fervently hoping that there is a spell of warmer weather. We list the dates and times of the main events in our What’s On section. Various town halls are now publicising their winter cultural events and we highlight these as well. There will be many carnival events in all our municipalities but apart from Día de Andalucía, which is a major fiesta day with banks and other official offices shut, there are no other major fiesta dates in February. As in other years, beach bars have to decide if they are going to open for Easter and brave it out until more tourists arrive, or stay shut. Tourist numbers throughout Spain are still going up in leaps and bounds, along with passenger numbers at Almería airport.

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In the News A New Problem Police in Almería city discovered a new method of thieves gaining access to banks, tobacco shops, lottery offices, and high value fashion or jewellery shops, just before Christmas. The robbers presented themselves as being technicians from security companies who needed to verify everything was in order. Having gained access they turned off the alarms, cameras and motion detectors. They had false uniforms and documentation. The robberies took place about 15 days after the first visit. Police notified commercial associations that this was taking place and visited likely premises to advise the owners or managers to take special precautions. They also recommended a visit by authorized security companies to make sure all the security devices were working. They stated that no-one should let people who claimed to be from a security company onto their premises without a prior appointment, never discuss the security system, and have an audible alarm linked to a dedicated phone line back to an authorized security company to ensure a quick response.

“Dreambeach” Prosecutions When the “Dreambeach” music festival was taking place at Villaricos last August, police made a large number of vehicle checks. Several people were found to be operating illegal taxi services, and when the cases came to court they were all fined 1,300 Euros. Where the vehicles had been seized they were not returned to the owners / drivers following the successful prosecution. A man who was running a 24-seater bus from Vera to Palomares and back was also prosecuted for having no licence to carry passengers. At the same court hearing, various persons were dealt with who were offering illegal taxi services from Almería port. In two cases the drivers did not have a valid driving licence either.

and needed lifesaving treatment in the US. The parents appealed for funds on various TV programmes and in magazines, along with social media sites. As is often the case, other people started fundraising as well. A grand total of 1.1 million Euros was donated by about 6,500 people. Police were alerted to a possible scam and after a court order Nadia was examined by specialists. In reality, Nadia suffers from Trichothiodystrophy which is a rare disease affecting the hair and intellectual development, but is not fatal and can be treated in Spain. It is alleged that only 2,700 Euros was spent on treatment, and the parents enjoyed a luxury lifestyle including expensive holidays abroad. Police found 300,000 Euros in cash at their home, collection boxes that contained 2,100 Euros collected from schools, watches worth 60,000 Euros, and many high value mobile phones and computers. From bank transfers, police were able to trace 5,500 people who had donated money, but 1,000 people had made cash donations into the account. After his arrest the father is now in prison awaiting trial, and his wife is on bail after surrendering her passport. Custody of Nadia has been transferred to her aunt in Mallorca. The ‘Fiscalía’ (Spanish Crown Prosecution Services) are asking for prison terms of six years for both parents, and substantial fines.

Virgen del Carmen

The statue of the Virgin (Mary) of Carmen in Garrucha is a focal point for tourists and residents. The Virgin Carmen is the patron saint of Garrucha and of all fishermen and the sea. Made from white Macael marble, the statue was erected ten years ago. There is no special access or pavement, and this is to be subject to a major project. A walkway will come down from the existing paseo (promenade) and continue past the statue towards the area where fish is auctioned. Street lighting will be installed and street furniture. The Almería Diputación (County Council) will provide most of the funding for the A Nasty Scam People always respond generously to appeals for 200,000 Euros cost. money to send very sick children to specialist PAWS / PATAS hospitals, often abroad. The parents of a young girl called Nadia set up an association in the Balearic The animal charity are appealing to people to stop Islands to collect funds for their daughter who they abandoning animals at their centre. Recently, yet claimed was suffering from cancer of the pancreas another puppy was tied to their front gate, and then

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In the News another dog with 8 puppies, and a cat. At present Euros and this is 16% more than in 2016. Buyers are they are stretched to breaking point and struggling probably being more adventurous when they go to to cope. They need more volunteers to join the a bank if their job prospects are good. team, and their rescue centre is open from 10.30am2pm, Mondays to Fridays. If you can help, contact them on 678 490 217.

The ‘AVE’ Trains Eventually, the lines for the ‘AVE’ (Spanish high speed train) will be extended from Murcia city to Almería city. It is expected that many people will use the train for access to this area, and it will give a boost to freight transport. The shining example of the benefit of the ‘AVE’ is the line from Madrid to Málaga that was opened in December 2007. By the 10th anniversary, a total of 20 million passengers had come to Málaga from Madrid, and 2.4 million during 2017. In January 2009, a line from Barcelona to Málaga, bypassing Madrid, was opened. 50% of passengers coming to Málaga are connected with businesses and commerce, 20% come from families, and 24% from international tourists.

Not Good Overall House prices in coastal areas in Almería province are increasing because non-Spanish buyers are more interested in these areas. In Roquetas de Mar, prices at the end of 2017 were 2.2% higher than at the end of 2016. Throughout the province this is not the case at all. ‘Tinsa’ is the association of surveyors who value properties, particularly when a mortgage is being requested by a bank. They state that prices in the province as a whole dropped by 2.4%. This makes Almería province the worst in Andalucía except for Jaén. They state that the average price per m2 was 941 Euros, compared to Córdoba at 947 Euros, Granada at 1,009 Euros, Seville at 1,225 Euros, and Málaga at 1,456 Euros per m2. They calculate the drop in Almería city as a whole to be 0.3%. In the province overall they consider that on the average purchase price a seller lost 2,250 Euros compared to 2016. The other statistic they have come up with is that properties take an average of 10 months on the market before a buyer comes along. The average selling time in the whole of Andalucía is 8.5 months, and in Seville 4-6 months. They state that the average mortgage taken out in Almería province was 82,500

One-Way Over Christmas and the January sales period various large “pedestrian only” streets in Madrid were made one-way. The aim of this regulation was to stop bottlenecks and keep pedestrian traffic moving. This is a new idea in Madrid but has been put in operation in Barcelona during the Easter parades, and in Mecca. The one-way system was in operation from Fridays to Sundays and Fiesta days. Police who monitored the way this worked were prepared to put it in motion on other days if necessary. Some shop keepers complained that people wishing to visit their shops would have to make a long detour, and it was not fair for the older generation or those with reduced mobility.

Good News for Zurgena Every municipality has to have an urban plan known by the initials ‘PGOU’ standing for “Plan General de Ordenación Urbana”. Where there have been developments of “illegal” houses on non-urban land this may often be because they didn’t figure in the existing overall plan. In these cases the authorities are prepared to “regularise” properties if the PGOU is amended retrospectively. This is not a simple procedure and town halls may have to jump through several hoops until their amendments are accepted. In Zurgena, the green light has been given for the districts of Zurgena town, Chicago, La Alfoquía, El Cucador, and Palacés. Final approval should soon be

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In the News given to properties in Los Carasoles, Los Menchones, and Los Llanos del Peral. Some documents to enable the PGOU to become a reality were submitted ten years ago. The major of Zurgena, Luis Díaz, is delighted that the very long process has now been completed. The amended PGOU also allows for new construction in approved areas, subsidised housing for people on low incomes, and green zones. There is also approval for industrial development situated between Las Corbaticas and El Cucador. Additionally, there is an allowance for a new electricity substation and a sewage treatment plant. The mayor has stated that the lives of people in Zurgena have now changed for the better.

The Loss to Businesses The crisis in Catalonia has led to 3,200 businesses moving their registered offices out of Catalonia. This means their tax burden will be based on where they have gone to. The big fear was that if the independence bid was successful, very high taxes might well have followed. Only very recently, since the December 21st parliamentary elections took place, Panasonic & Mitsubishi have moved their registered offices to Madrid. During October, tourism and hotel occupancy suffered, but many people had booked holidays in advance. During November, the Melía Hotel group saw a loss in income of 3 million Euros, and the NH Hotel group state they were down by 2 million Euros. Figures for December are still being collated but are expected to be as bad. The World Economic Forum took place in Davos at the end of January, and worries over Catalonia were on the agenda. Their analysts are concerned that the unrest may affect growth figures in Spain in general. Apart from Spain, some concerns were voiced relating to Germany and Austria where their extreme right parties are having an effect.

‘Dreambeach’ 2018 The 6th ‘Dreambeach’ music festival at Villaricos is already being hailed as “better than ever”. The organizers have announced that ‘KSHMR’, Alan Walker, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano will be coming to the event, along with ‘Tales of Us’, ‘Kings of the Rollers’, Andy C, and Kase O. Last year 175,000 “Dreamers” went there, and tickets are now on sale

from www.dreambeach.es. At present, the tickets cost 65 Euros, or 85 Euros if people wish to use the campsite.

Cruise Ships The Almería Port authorities have been trying hard to attract cruise ships, and the number of ships and passengers has been steadily improving since 2014. Regretfully, 2017 numbers were slightly in decline of the 2016 figures. Mari Carmen Ortiz, the Port Authority President, stated that during the season there were four cancellations of cruise ships that had been expected owing to route changes. The 36 cruise ships that came to Almería brought in 26,000 passengers compared to 28,600 in 2016. So far in 2018, 34 cruise ships are due to arrive with 24,000 passengers from March to October. The port authority in conjunction with the Almería Diputación (County Council) visit a large number of cruise ship events to attract companies to visit Almería, and Mari Carmen Ortiz hopes that extra cruise ships will come here as a result. In Málaga, their cruise ship traffic went up 18% in 2017, a higher percentage than Barcelona, Las Palmas, Tenerife, and Valencia. 510,000 passengers came to Málaga in 277 cruise ships. 12 new cruise ship companies came there during this period.

A Lot of Coins An employee of the Bundesbank has been given a job that will necessitate 700 hours of work spread over 6 months. He has to count 2.5 tonnes of 1 & 2 ‘pfennig’ coins, about the size of the Spanish 1 & 2 céntimo coins. A German lorry driver had put aside any of these coins that he had over a period of 30 years. When he died recently his family went to their bank and asked for their help in converting these coins to Euros, and they were delivered to the bank in a lorry. Changing these coins to Euros at a bank is allowed at present. The coins had been kept in bags in damp conditions and many of them have become stuck together, so that machine counting is not possible. The estimated value is about 8,000 Euros, and there are just over 1 million coins probably. The amount of time needed by the worker and his corresponding salary is much more than the coins are worth!

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In the News Electricity for One Day Growing marihuana needs large supplies of electricity, and this is often achieved by by-passing a meter or making connections to manholes in the street. Apart from the money that the electricity companies lose, transformers can burn out, and power cuts are common. In 2017, a total of 300 illegal connections were discovered and cut off by technicians from ‘Endesa’. Specialist teams of employees are backed up by the police to ensure there are no assaults on the operatives, and arrest perpetrators. Since 2015 the frauds detected have gone up by 89%. In 2017, a total of 30 large indoor plantations of marihuana were detected, partly due to the high demand of electricity. A fire in Roquetas de Mar where 70 neighbours had to be evacuated was caused by an illegal connection catching fire. The amount of electricity illegally obtained is stated to be the normal requirement in Almería city for one day.

are considerably less. From 2015-2016 only 1,360 donors gave organs resulting in 3,500 transplants. 40% of families asked to donate organs following a death declined the request. Black, Asian, and ethnic minorities need more transplants than white persons, but the consent rate was only 34%.

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In 2017 there were 91 filming events in the province, the vast majority in the Cabo de Gata National Park. 14 full length films were shot, 5 short films, and several documentaries. Various Western films were filmed there, and the science fiction film “Black Mirror” for Netflix. Documentaries featured sea diving, mining and gold prospecting, and the backdrops to Western films. A Japanese company made a documentary relating to the geological properties in the area. Commercials filmed there included ones for Women’secret, Ferrari, Peugeot, Skoda, Carglass, Emporio Armani, Yamaha, Lamborghini and Mercedes. Other filming took part Transplants Spain continues to be the world leader in transplants, at Almería castle including filming for “Game of and numbers are still rising. The aim has been that Thrones” and the Vélez Blanco castle that hosted a 5,500 transplants took place by 2022 obtained from documentary about Mary Magdalene. 50 donors per 1 million inhabitants. In 2017 in Spanish Certified hospitals there were 5,200 transplants, 450 more than in 2016. The target of 5,500 transplants is Almería airport has been given a clean bill of health almost certain to be reached in 2018. The number in relation to a European regulation from 2014. All of donors has already reached 46.9 for every 1 airports with a certain amount of passengers and million inhabitants. On an average, there were 14 freight had to satisfy the requirements by last transplants every day, and 6 donors. There are 43 January 1st. The audit includes infrastructure, hospitals in Spain that carry out a range of equipment, staff training levels, compliance with transplants, and in 2017 a total of 1,250 liver European documentation standards, safety transplants were carried out, 300 heart transplants, procedures, and a financial audit, which shows an 363 lung transplants, and 70 transplants of the airport is solvent. Almería airport and another four pancreas. 80% of donations come from the age which have been certified now join all the other group 60-79, and 8% from persons over the age of airports in Spain which comply with the requirements. 80. Only 13% of families who were asked to donate organs were opposed to this, some for religious Extenuating Circumstances reasons. In the case of people who had nil heart A man appeared in court in Almería city for having activity this only amounted to 8%. These are also sexual relations with a 15 year old girl. This had taken record numbers. 90 hospitals are authorized to carry place regularly over a period from 2014-2015, with out these types of transplants, spread over 16 her full consent. A prison term was being requested autonomous communities. At the end of 2016, a and a fine. Prior to July 2015, the minimum age for total of 5,500 people were waiting for transplants consensual sexual relations was 13 years old, but it that at the end of 2017 had fallen to 4,900 which was then raised to 16 years. The judge accepted includes 74 children. In the UK, figures for transplants that initially the consensual sex was quite legal and

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In the News the man in question had no knowledge that the age limit had been raised. It was also ruled that in his culture (he was not a Spanish national) the customary age for sexual relations was much younger than would be expected in Spain in general. It was ruled that because of these special circumstances it was not appropriate that harsh penalties were handed down.

Not Legal! In some autonomous communities (but not Andalucía) “Cannabis clubs” have been allowed to open where members can buy and smoke cannabis. A typical example took place in 2014 in the autonomous community of Navarra, one of the first ones to allow this. The Spanish Constitutional Tribunal has now ruled that autonomous communities cannot do this, and the 2014 relaxation in Navarra and in other autonomous communities is illegal, and therefore null and void. Their ruling is that the laws of Spain from central government are the only ones that apply. They state that any of these clubs are contrary to the Spanish penal code, which prohibits these clubs from operating. There are about 500 of them and an association of owners argue that by being private clubs their members have the same rights as they have in their own homes, to smoke cannabis if they wish. They also claim that the cultivation of cannabis in these clubs is compatible with private use. The tribunal has thrown out these claims and states that the growing of cannabis in clubs is an illegal activity. All such clubs that exist, in whichever autonomous communities they have been allowed to open, are now determined to be illegal. The association of owners want to take their claims of legality to the European Court. New Sewers A major project to modernise the sewage system has now been completed in Mojácar. Pipework has been replaced from behind the Ferreteria López building and along to the area known as Las Marinas, behind the former La Rambla bar and restaurant. Along the 2.5 km stretch, existing pipework has been connected to the new one. In torrential rain,

and particularly during the 2012 floods, much of the old pipework was severely damaged with many leaks. The work has been done by the water / sewage company Galasa and has cost 290,000 Euros. A grant was made to enable the work to be carried out by the Almería Diputación (County Council). Galasa has very serious debts and was bailed out in December 2016. 50% of the water they bought was being lost in leaks. The Diputación is their major shareholder and is giving grants for leaks to be detected and plugged. Various streets in Mojácar with old pipework have now had the pipework replaced, new meter boxes fitted, and new stop valves.

A Target of 27% EU Ministers for Energy have set the target of 27% of the energy requirements in 2030 in EU countries coming from “green” renewable sources. The eventual target is 30%. This is going to be quite difficult for many countries including Spain. Electricity available from wind farms and hydroelectric dams are highly dependent on the weather. Because of a lack of wind and rain in Spain during last December, 37% of the energy requirements had to come from coal fired or the combined cycle power stations using gas as their primary fuel. Nuclear power stations contributed to the energy requirements as well. Buying electricity from adjoining countries can help with the demand, and Spain has previously bought electricity from nuclear sources in France. This is not at present possible as many French nuclear

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In the News power stations have been taken out of service long as the airline wishes to employ them. The route because of worries over possible faults in their from New York to Boston and back is now known as construction. “The Nash route”. Bette has been a stewardess since 1957 when she was 21 years old and started off Mortgage Costs with Eastern Airlines. Initially, for first class clients There is still a very large pool of unsold properties she cooked duck in orange, langoustines and meat in Almería province, and banks are continuing to try roasts in the galley, along with cocktails to start with to reduce their portfolio by offering competitive and liquors to complete the meal. Second class prices in many cases. There is also an improved customers could buy sandwiches for 50 cents and interest in sales of second hand properties. The a glass of milk for 15 cents. Spanish ‘INE’ department have published a survey relating to mortgages, and at the end of 2017 the ‘Caso Costurero’ typical interest rate for a variable rate mortgage Eight of the persons convicted in the Zurgena ‘Caso was 2.6%. This is the lowest since 2009, and the Costurero’ trial for the granting of illegal building negative interest rate of the ‘Euribor’ is responsible licences and various construction projects are for this very low rate. In December the ‘Euribor’ was making an appeal. These include Cándido Trabalón, minus 0.19%, and unless the European Central Bank the ex-mayor sentenced to 6 years in prison, Manuel increases their interest rate there is no sign of a Tijeras, ex-councillor for Urbanization who was significant rise. 63% of all mortgages signed in the sentence to 30 months in prison, and some property last three months have been the variable rate type, promoters and ex-council members from the period but 37% have been the fixed interest type, with a 2003-2007. The court convicted various people, typical interest rate of 3%. These mortgages are particularly Cándido Trabalón and Manuel Tijeras, very new, and banks are taking the long term view of granting illegal licences for 1,500 dwellings in (or a gamble) that 3% interest for the whole of the flagrant breaches of planning regulations. The new mortgage term is beneficial to them. People taking trial will take place on December 3rd this year. on these fixed rate mortgages have the peace of mind that the monthly sum is fixed for the whole Some Conclusion mortgage term. With the negative ‘Euribor’ rate Two extremely comprehensive and costly they are paying more in interest than variable rate investigations followed when an American woman mortgages at present, but if the ‘Euribor’ interest disappeared on the Santiago pilgrim walk in 2015, rate recovers they may well be paying less in the and a young Spanish woman, Diana Quer, long run. Throughout Spain in 2013, the average disappeared in August 2016. A man was arrested mortgage amount was 97,500 Euros. By the end of for the murder of the American woman, and the last year this had risen to 120,600 Euros, a 10% rise body of Diana Quer was found on December 31st, from 2016. House prices in areas such as ours where 496 days after she was last seen alive. The man demand is higher from non-Spanish purchasers, who was a suspect attempted to kidnap another results in a higher than average increase in purchase woman on December 29th who escaped, and during prices. questioning following this attempt the man agreed to show police where her body was, just 15 km Still Flying from where she disappeared. He has been charged Bette Nash works for American Airlines and is a with her murder which he denied, but admitted to permanent cabin stewardess on the route from the hiding her body. His wife had given him an alibi for Ronald Reagan airport in New York to Boston and the night Diana disappeared but after further back. The flight takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. questioning she then agreed that this was false What distinguishes Bette from other stewardesses and he was not at home at the time. When told of is that she is aged 81! Regulations in the US have this development, the man admitted to knowing strict age limits for pilots but not cabin staff for as

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In the News where the body was. After a smartphone belonging to Diana was found by a fisherman, it was sent to a company in Munich who are able to defeat the required fingerprint or password. This did not help the enquiry. Hundreds of hours of CCTV images on roads near where Diana disappeared were painstakingly examined, as police were convinced she had been in a vehicle soon afterwards. The man claimed that he had run over Diana in a road traffic accident, and then panicked. An autopsy revealed she had no such injuries and had been strangled.

Good Car Sales The Spanish motor industry, unlike the UK, is reporting very good sales figures. 1.23 million cars were sold during 2017 which is 8% up on 2016. These numbers also exceed sales in 2008 for the first time. In 2012, when only 700,000 were purchased, the Spanish government introduced the ‘PIVE’ incentive schemes. These were stopped in July 2016 when it was considered that the subsidies were no longer necessary. Apart from sales to the general public, companies are now renewing their stock of cars, and rental companies are buying more cars as tourism increases. Diesel powered vehicles have now lost their dominance and account for 48% of sales compared to 46% for petrol powered vehicles. The additional sales over these numbers are electric or hybrid vehicles, which are increasing in numbers, but still not popular despite some subsidies. The association of car sales outlets state that 10% of new sales are the “kilometre 0” ones. They appreciate that these vehicle are popular with often large discounts, but state that some sales outlets are increasing their stock of vehicle just to attract these customers. They state that this is not a good idea in the long run. The top three manufacturers in number of sales in 2017 were Renault, Seat (entirely made in Spain), and Volkswagen. Beach Bars The authorities who licence beach bars and their compliance with regulations state that of the 65 in Almería province, only 10 are fully legal. Amongst

other things, beach bars have to have permission to occupy land adjoining the beaches that are in the public domain. The locations of these 10 are in Vera, Garrucha, Roquetas de Mar and Adra. There are 21 projects going through the necessary steps where new beach bars wish to open up. As regards the ones that lack full permission, they are being put through the necessary procedure. Apart from location issues, the owners have to prove their staff are legal and pay Social Security, normal tax is paid on income, and they comply with environmental regulations from town halls. The 21 applications for new beach bars comprise 3 in Vera, 3 in Mojácar, 8 in Carboneras, 2 in Roquetas and one in Cuevas, Garrucha, Níjar, Almería and El Ejido. Last October, a beach bar owner in Mojácar was given a prison sentence of 9 months for erecting extensions that had been specifically refused permission previously.

Another Record Year Figures for 2017 reveal that a record 77.8 million tourists came to Spain and spent a record amount of 82.3 million Euros, 13% up on 2016. Catalonia has suffered from the uncertainty and worries related to the independence problems. November figures were 2.3% down on 2016 with 28,000 less tourists. Those that did come to Catalonia in November also spent 4% less. Up to October, the most popular destination was Catalonia, with 18.3 million tourists, followed by the Canary Islands with 15.3 million. The Balearic Islands welcomed 14.5 million, a rise of 12%, and in Andalucía numbers went up by 13%, totalling 12 million. 16 million tourists came from the UK which is 9% more than in 2016. Along with German tourists, this made up 34% of all tourists. The Spanish ‘Eceltur’ organization,which collates numbers, states that Spain must still find ways to be competitive, and in many areas the infrastructure needs improving. The lack of popularity of other Mediterranean destinations because of security fears is still responsible for some of the good numbers here. They state that the problems in Catalonia have to be resolved quickly, otherwise this may have a “knock on” effect in Spain in general.

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In the News Mobile Phones in School A debate has opened up in Spain regarding school children taking mobile phones to school. This has been triggered by a decree in France that children under the age of 15 cannot take mobile phones to school. In the last six years, the numbers of pupils who have phones has risen from 20% to 80%. In Spain, a survey has revealed that 90% of children aged 14 have a smartphone, and 50% of children aged 11 have a mobile. The Spanish Minister of Education states that there is no general rule in Spain, nor in the EU, and individual autonomous communities (in our case Andalucía) can introduce their own regulations. In February 2017, mobile phones were banned in schools in Madrid, but in other places they can be used in break times. A school in Málaga with 850 pupils has completely banned them under the age of 15. Their director states that they distract the pupils and can lead to cyber-bullying. The vast majority of the pupils live nearby, with only some living further away. The school has staff that will respond to any real problems and contact parents if necessary. In some schools pupils are allowed to take tablets to school, and they can interact with the digital displays in classrooms. Some teachers consider that tablets can be a good educational tool.

The 0.25% rise in pensions will only cost central government 313 million Euros. The Social Security situation is that for some years outgoings have been more than income, but with the improvement in the economy more people are now paying in. Critics of the pension payments state that this deficit has nothing to do with whether pensions should rise, and they have to be increased.

Kissing Is Good A Spanish psychiatrist has published a book entitled ‘El planeta se los besos’ (The planet of kisses). He explains that kissing releases a whole host of hormones that affect not just the brain, but also the abdomen, lungs, heart, the circulation system and genitals. He states that every kiss uses up 12 calories and involves 36 muscles. The brain releases hormones and also dopamine that gives heart stimulation and increased blood flow. The heart rate may increase from 60 to 100 beats a minute during a kiss and more insulin is produced in the pancreas. He also states that kissing family members spreads a certain amount of bacteria and viruses that lead to greater immunity. He claims that 30% of men shut their eyes during a kiss, and 90% of women. He also claims that people remember their first kiss in a sexual situation more than their first time for intercourse.

A Rise in Pensions Since 2014, people receiving Spanish pensions have been subject to an annual increase of just 0.25%. Prior to this date the cost of living index was taken into account, and in 2013 pensions went up 2% for amounts less than 1,000 Euros a month, and 1% above this. The budget for 2108 (that is far from being approved in Parliament) still has the same proposed increase. Unions state that in real terms, pensioners are continuing to lose out, and inflation in 2016 finished up as 1.6%, and in December 2017 it was 1.7%. A rise of only 0.25% means that the average pension of 925 Euros will only go up by 2 Euros 30 céntimos a month, and for the vast number of people who only receive 650 Euros, the increase is no more than 1 Euros 62 céntimos. Pensioners also have to pay some amount for their medication under the “copago” scheme. The claim is that this brings in 1 billion Euros every year from pensioners.

Not Proven The conservation organization ‘Sea Legacy’ published a video of a polar bear at Baffin Island in Canada which was obviously very ill and extremely undernourished. A photograph of the bear was published in the ‘National Geographic’ magazine as an example of the effects of global warming. Other conservationists have complained that there is no evidence at all that global warming was responsible for the state of this particular polar bear, and the likely cause was a wound or illness. They point out that the present number of polar bears is about 28,500 compared to 22,500 in 2005. ‘Sea Legacy’ have responded and stated that “their mission is to provide high impact visual communication to encourage people to protect our oceans”. They are not now claiming that global worming was in fact the reason this polar bear was in such a bad state!

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In the News The Spanish Minimum Wage Unions have been pressurizing the Spanish Government to increase the minimum wage that at present stands at 12 monthly payments of 825 Euros. In reality these 12 payments are 14 monthly payments divided by 12, as there are two “extra” payments prior to the August holidays and Christmas. Pensioners and public employees receive these extra payments at the time. The Minister of Employment, Fátima Báñez, has proposed that the minimum wage will be increased to 12 monthly payments of 1,000 Euros over the next three years. The unions point out that Spain has the fourth lowest minimum salary in the EU. It has now been proposed that the minimum salary will go up by 4% in 2018, 5% in 2019, and 6% in 2020. In 2016, after a lot of pressure in parliament, the minimum wage was raised by 8% for 2017. Not all the unions are in agreement as to the total amount that the minimum salary has to be raised by in 2018, taking into account inflation levels. They think that there should be another 8% rise this year.

has stated that there are no plans that will result in a worse situation than at present, and Spain wants the residents of Gibraltar and Spanish workers who travel there daily to be fully protected. He states that following Brexit there has to have been put in place an agreement between Spain and the UK as to what will happen during the transition period and after that. He is suggesting that there might be a “soft” border, and the airport would be modernized and run jointly.

German Tourists The tourist office from the Almería Diputación (County Council), are redoubling their efforts to attract German tourists. Numbers have gone up to 20,000 in 2017, and the average stay is not far short of 10 nights. In 2015, a campaign was launched to increase the number of German tourists by 3,500 each year, and this has been achieved. The tourist department consider that German tourists are quite happy to come to Spain during the winter months, and this needs exploiting. German tourists like to go on guided tours and excursions, and in Almería province there are a variety of different options. 500 travel companies have been made aware of the facilities Almería province has to offer, and a mailing campaign early this year will be sent to 15,000 potential tourists. The availability of flights direct from German airports to Almería is also something that the tourist board wish to increase.

Talks on Gibraltar The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, has started preparatory talks with the Junta de Andalucía and the mayors of the various municipalities that are closest to Gibraltar. Alfonso

Aedes Aegypti In 2009, apps were set up so that people could upload photos of mosquitos to determine if they were the new sort of “tiger” mosquitos that Spanish authorities were trying to stamp out. The photos were evaluated and action taken to minimise outbreaks. In mid-January a person in Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura sent a photograph of a dead mosquito that had given them more serious bites than they had ever had previously. The scientist who examined the photo was very alarmed to find that it was a young Aedes aegypti variety, also known as the “yellow fever” mosquito. This is the first such indication that this mosquito was on Spanish soil for 78 years when in 1939 they were found in Barcelona. The authorities determined that the mosquito was present at an urbanization and experts rapidly went to the location. Intense spraying was done over a 500 m2 radius and searches made to see if any eggs could be found. General fumigation was carried out over a larger area. It is thought that some mosquitos

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In the News may have been in plants that came off a merchant ship in the port, and high winds may have blown them into the urbanization that is close by. In Madeira in Portugal in 2004 they were detected there, and 4,000 people suffered from some form of dengue fever. This mosquito can also carry the Chikungunya and Zika viruses.

public employees work the 37.5 hour week, but 30 minutes every day is set aside for an evaluation of their workload and ways of tackling this, which is done away from their place of work! The Junta state that this will improve productivity and job satisfaction. The claim is that in other communities public workers are allowed to be 30 minutes late for work every day, so the “real” hours worked come down to 35. Traffic Deaths The Junta states that this is a subterfuge, and their In the middle of last December, traffic deaths totalled proposed system is much better and far more 1,160, a slight rise on 2016, which was a slight rise sensible. on 2015. The ‘DGT’ Spanish Traffic Police authority put the increase down to a number of factors. As ‘El Algarrobico’ the economic situation improves there are more The Spanish High Court has confirmed a 2015 vehicles on Spanish roads, and of these vehicles, 10% judgement from the Andalucían High Court regarding are more than 10 years old. These older vehicles are the infamous 21 storey ‘El Algarrobico’ hotel in considered to have far few safety features than Carboneras. The Junta de Andalucía (the governing modern cars in the event of an accident. It is also body for Almería province) had asked the courts for considered that many drivers are not too worried authorization to occupy the site prior to the eventual about losing points off their licence. As regards the demolition. Both courts have stated that this cannot EU, Spain is in 5th position with only 29 deaths per be done until their ownership is registered in the million inhabitants, but the DGT say this is still too civil registry, and this is a matter for a civil court, many deaths. The association “Stop Accidents” states not theirs. The Junta have been trying to pay the that 90% of deaths are from a lack of attention and developer ‘Azata de Sol’ and the parent company driver error, and drivers need more education in road ‘Azata Patrimonial’ 2.3 million Euros which was the safety. Safety experts from the DGT consider that official price on the escritura (title deed) when the the points system needs an overhaul, with more land was originally purchased. On one occasion, a points lost for major infractions. They also consider lawyer acting for the Junta presented himself at a that more of the severe motoring offences should notary in Almería city with a bank cheque for the become part of the penal code, with terms of 2.3 million Euros, but the developer did not turn up. imprisonment handed out, to deter motorists and The Junta have been asking the courts to insist that make them think twice when they are driving. the developer provides a bank account into which the money can be transferred. The Junta have stated Working Hours that they have to respect the decision of the courts In 2012, at the time of the financial crisis, the Spanish but they still think they were entitled to occupy the Government raised the working hours of public land. Ecologists in Action have strongly criticised the employees from 35 to 37.5 a week. In February last Junta and claim that the new civil proceedings could year the hours were put back down to 35 in Andalucía. take between five to six years. They also claim that This had also taken place in two other autonomous ‘Azata de Sol’ is now saying that following the court regions. Central government were slow to respond, decisions the civil procedure will only apply to the but the Constitutional Tribunal has now stated that land, not the hotel! Finally, the ecologists state that the hours have to be put back at 37.5. This affects before any demolition can take place Carboneras 250,000 public employees throughout Spain. The council have to pass regulations that allow the Junta de Andalucía state that by reducing the working demolition, but they are steadfast in their opinion week, this will allow for up to 10,000 additional that the land was properly qualified as being suitable employees. The unions are on the side of the Junta. for the hotel to be situated there, and their original The solution the Junta intends to adopt is that all building licence was correct and legal. Next?

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A day hospital for persons suffering from Alzheimer and other related diseases has opened in Los Gallardos. It has room for 48 people and is equipped with a wide range of aids to help Alzheimer sufferers. I n d i v i d u a l t r e a t m e n t i s ava i l a b l e f r o m physiotherapists, mental health personnel and occupational therapists, and assistance with care and support for family members.

With the slight recovery in the economy, people with mobile phones are taking advantage of a price war between suppliers. 612,000 people changed their supplier in 2017, which is only slightly less than in 2014 when there were 674,000 changes. Internet “low cost” companies gained 11,000 new customers, but Másmovil gained 54,000. Orange lost 30,400 clients and Vodafone 27,000. Movistar (Telefónica) only lost 7,700, and they still have 29% of the market. There are now 52 million mobile phone accounts in Spain, from a population of 46.5 million. As regards fixed land lines, 205,000 changed their supplier which is an all-time record. 47,000 new people signed up for a land line making the total in Spain rise to 19 million.

Video Conviction A 22 year old man from Adra was located and arrested after he filmed himself driving down the A-7 motorway with both feet on the passenger seat. The video was put on social media sites, and a revision of various radar cameras revealed where he was at the time, and the registration number. The man had a previous conviction for driving without due care and attention. On this occasion the driver was charged with dangerous driving which comes under part of the criminal code, not just a driving offence. Apart from a loss of six points and a fine of 500 Euros, a prison term can be requested of 6-24 months. If it is proven that an offence puts the lives of others at risk the penalty can be from two to five years in prison, and a loss of their driving licence for up to 10 years. In 2017, a total of 50 drivers were convicted of dangerous driving in Almería province.

Too Much Noise

Almería city council have opened proceedings against the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province) relating to their headquarters in the city. This follows complaints by neighbours that the roof-mounted air conditioning units were too noisy. One neighbour made a “denuncia” (official complaint), and technicians took decibel readings that were 6 dBs over the allowed level. (An increase in 6 dBs is a 100% increase in volume). This is considered a very serious matter, and (in theory!) the Junta could be fined from 601-12,000 Euros. Pick it Up! Representatives from the Junta have stated that Almería council are continuing with their campaign they will look into the problem, and a possible solution to make dog owners pick up excrement, and a new that they will work on with technicians from the regulation requires them to use water to flush away council is acoustic panels. traces of urine. Apart from a publicity campaign, they have installed 10,000 bags and 10,000 reusable Animal Rights bottles at various places in the city. Dog owners can The Spanish Parliament is processing regulations be fined from 120-750 Euros for not observing the that will remove animal pets from being just “things”. regulations. Undiluted urine is considered to be Their status within the family will be recognized with unhygienic, results in concentrations of ammonia, more protection. Owners will have more obligations and damages street furniture. There are about in law to respect animals, not abandon them or cause 35,000 registered dogs in the city. The council state them harm or unnecessary death. Part of the new that they are committed to organizing events where regulations will modify various articles of the Civil dogs can take part, such as regular events entitled Code, and in separation or divorce proceedings a “Running with your dog”, and competitions for “best judge will have to take pets into account. They will of breed” or just “best dog”. They state that the be able to rule who has custody, and whether there problem is not the dogs, it is the owners! should be visiting rights, the same as with children.

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In the News Up to now a valuable pet could be embargoed (so taken away) in any proceedings to recover a debt. This will no longer be allowed. It is estimated that there are 20 million pets in homes in Spain.

Major Improvements The Huércal-Overa Municipal cinema has re-opened its doors to the public. Major work has been done to both the exterior and the interior over several months. The council consider that the residents and visitors will now make much better use of the facilities, and there is an increasing demand for films to be shown. Problems with the ingress of rain water have been solved, and the toilets upgraded. The seating has been renovated and a new screen and sound system are in place. Lighting in general has been modified with the more economic LED lighting.

Cindy Crawford The Cosentino surface and worktop company based in Cantoria recently put on a large event in Miami. Cindy Crawford, the top model, is promoting the company, and she was there with the famous Spanish chef, José Andrés. The event had various presentations regarding the correct diet for top models and suitable lifestyle, and the hygiene attractions of using Cosentino products. A large number of the US press turned up along with architects and designers and there was a large display of the ‘Silestone’ worktops. Miami has been chosen to be the central unit for the American arm of Cosentino. Eduardo Cosentino, Vice-President of the whole group, and Massimo Ballucchi, Director of Marketing in the US, attended the event. It was held in the prestigious Ritz Carlton South Beach hotel complex, and a meal for all the invited guests took place in the evening. Cindy Crawford is the latest celebrity chosen to be an ambassador for the company, and other famous people have included Fernando Alonso.

More Gas The Spanish Ministry of Energy is adopting proposals from the ‘CNMC’ who deal with market forces and competition. They are advising the gas companies who supply electrical energy that they have to have in storage the amount of gas needed for 3.5 days,

instead of the two days at present. The “combined cycle” power stations in Spain use gas turbines that then generate steam to give additional electricity. When there is less “green” energy from wind farms and hydroelectric sources, these power stations often supply up to 25% of the electrical energy needed. In periods when this occurs and the two day reserve is not enough, gas is purchased at a much higher price that is reflected in our electricity bells. In the second quarter of 2017, the cost of electricity in Spain was the highest in the EU, according to the European Commission. The cost to the consumer in Spain during December was up 16% more than in November, and the supply companies state that there will be no substantial reduction in the period January to March. The big problem is the lack of rain, resulting in many of the hydroelectric power stations being short of water. In general, winds have not been sufficient to boost the production from wind farms. Apart from energy from the combinedcycle power stations, electricity from coal fired power stations (such as the one in Carboneras) has gone up to 23% of the total demand in the last few months. This is also expensive for the consumer.

Pizza Fraud Specialist police in Almería city have arrested 16 people, and another 35 are under investigation. The group had set up in business as a pizzeria in Vicar that was entirely fictitious with no premises. The “workers” in many cases had false contracts of employment that resulted in them applying for residence permits. Various people subsequently claimed unemployment benefit and other payments that amounted to 93,000 Euros. The total amount of money fraudulently obtained including tax benefits amounted to 210,000 Euros. The leader of the gang was Spanish, but the majority of the other persons were not, and included persons from Maghreb, Russia, Rumania and Lithuania. The ‘Hacienda’ Spanish tax authority became suspicious when it appeared that the fake company had far more “employees” that might be expected, and a high turnover for various reasons. In 2017 in Almería province some eight fraudulent companies were detected, with 66 people arrested. The main aim

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In the News of the fraudulent companies was to obtain residence majority of the boat people come from sub-African permits by having false employment contracts. countries, and in many cases repatriation is very difficult as there are not concrete agreements Friday 13th between Spain and all these countries. The police Spaniards consider that Tuesday 13th is a bad day syndicate complain that they are stretched to of the month, but increasing numbers are breaking point as there are not enough police to considering that Friday 13th is a bad day, the same give a comprehensive coverage, and the security as in other countries. These fears are known as is often compromised. “friggatriskaidekaphobia” (after Frigg, the Norse goddess, where Friday comes from in English). Kiwi.com is a search engine and booking agency for flights and they say that on Friday 13th, bookings in Spain are 10% less than other Fridays. Swedes are the most superstitious people in Europe and there are 29% less bookings, but in South Korea the drop is 91%! Many Spanish hotels have now stopped having a “Room 13”, or they use this room for storage, and in many large buildings, similar to the rest of the world “Floor 13” does not exist.

Boat People During 2017, a total of 5,000 illegal immigrant “boat people” were intercepted and rescued off the Almería coat in 240 different craft. At Almería port there is an initial reception centre where these persons are given clothing and a medical examination by the Red Cross, and then specialist police decide where they are going after this. There are centres in Madrid, Murcia, Algeciras, Barcelona, Valencia and Las Palmas from where the vast majority are sent back to where they came from. At various times the centre at Almería port is totally full, and there is no room at the main centres. When this happens, some of the immigrants are released into the care of the Red Cross, and they are then free to stay in Spain. In 2017 this applied to 200 persons brought to the Almería centre. The Policía Nacional refers these people to a judge in Almería city who then authorizes their release. A new centre has been opened in Málaga in a prison that has never opened. Various organizations have severely criticised the use of this prison as being inhumane, but the Ministry of the Interior has stated that the building is not actually a working prison, and they hope this solution will be temporary. It currently holds 600 people with 100 sent from Almería. The vast

Eating Insects The EU authorities connected with food have ruled that companies can apply for a licence to distribute and sell insects intended to be eaten by humans. Their ‘Novel Food’ regulation states that many insects contain proteins and amino acids and are rich in copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphates. Some insects also contain the vitamin B2 and folic acid. The other “advantage” is that insects can be grown in small areas of land and do not need water. Residents of houses in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, regularly grow insects to be eaten, in their own gardens. In Europe there has to be a change in attitude that it is not repulsive to eat insects! This is going to be the main problem. ‘Punto MX’ is a Mexican restaurant in Madrid with one Michelin star. Some of the dishes served contain a limited amount of insects, but this is clearly stated on their menu.

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In the News material using nano- composites reinforced with grapheme that is a thin layer of carbon. It has considerably more protection against bullets and munitions. It has been extensively tested at the marine base at Cartagena, along with Ministry of Defence. It has passed tests devised by NATO that stipulates certain types of bullets fired from a reference gun at a prescribed distance. Many companies involved in body protection and military hardware, including the European Agency for Defence, have expressed great interest in the new material, and it is anticipated it will go in production by specialist manufacturers. With existing flak jackets injury to ribs and extensive bruising can follow if a bullet is fired at close range. The new material has a much stronger resistance to deflection than existing ones.

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percentage of DVD players. The explosion in numbers relates to smartphones, and 7 out 10 persons over the age of 15 possess one. 97% of homes have at least one mobile phone contract, 86% a landline, 77% internet facilities, and 39% subscribe to pay TV.

Gun Licences Unlike the US, the number of registered guns in Spain of all types is 3.5 million, compared to the US total of 310 million! 62,000 of the arms in Spain are in the hands of the armed forces, the vast majority in the army. There are 258,000 guns issued to the various police forces including the Policía Nacional with 46,000. The Policía Local has 102,000, the Guardia Civil 74,000, and the remainder are spread between police in the autonomous regions and customs officers. Private individual who have gun licences amount to 2 million persons, with sport and hunting being the main use. 8,500 private individuals have a “B” licence to carry arms in public. These are for self-protection by people who carry large quantities of jewels and other expensive items in the course of their trade, which may be a target for thieves. Some private security companies and bodyguards make up the remainder. This number has reduced considerably since the ETA terrorist organization stopped active assassinations. The total number in Spain amounts to 12 arms for every 100 people. In the US the number of arms works out at one for every person! In the US there are 3 homicides involving guns per 100,000 people, but in Spain this is 0.2. Unfortunately, many of these relate to domestic violence.

Scientists from Granada University have been subjecting two Egyptian mummies to comprehensive medical scanning. They have concluded that the male mummy aged 45, and the female mummy aged 35, both exhibit signs of cancer. The man, who is dated from 2,000 B.C., suffered from bone cancer, and the woman dated from 1,800 B.C. had aggressive breast cancer that had also spread to her bones. These two mummies are the oldest that have been tested for signs of cancer. A papyrus document from 1,500 B.C. indicates that a disease that is almost certainly cancer was recognized as being incurable. Scans of a child mummy aged nine, and another adolescent one have enabled a complete facial structure to be built up. The mummification method used for these two young persons had very little effect on their bodies and flesh, but the older “Cooltural Fest” mummies from an earlier period were reduced to The Almería Diputación (County Council) in just bones. conjunction with the company ‘Productora Smart Pro-music’ has announced a new music festival TV’s Overtaken In Popularity for next August in Almería city. It will take place For the first time, surveys show that the dominance from August 17th-19th during the Almería annual of television in Spanish homes has been overtaken fiesta week. 20 groups or individual artistes will by computers. 85% of homes have computers and perform a wide range of different styles of popular 84% have televisions. The Spanish National music. At present, the line-up includes ‘Izal’, ‘Sidonie’, Telecommunication Observatory states that tablets ‘Carlos Sadness’, ‘Ely Ells’, and ‘La Maravillosa now exist in 52% of homes, along with the same Orquesta de Alcohol’.

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So Now You Know... The Barometer Evangelista Torricelli was an Italian mathematician and physicist and in 1641 he joined forces with the astronomer Galileo. Torricelli was interested in vacuums and Galileo suggested that he experimented with mercury. He filled a 48 inch glass tube with mercury and inverted it in a small bowl containing mercury. The sealed top of the tube created a vacuum. Torricelli discovered that the atmospheric pressure rose and fell with weather conditions, and his experiments could result in a simple way to indicate the weather. Barometers eventually progressed to become a small box with pressurized air inside it. American Baseball In the 1880s American sportsmen started playing their version of the English game of “rounders”, popular in schools and colleges. Local rules were put in place and their versions were called “townball”, then “base” and eventually “baseball”. The first major competitive event took place in 18 4 6 w h e n A l e x a n d e r C a r t w r i g h t ’ s “Knickerbocker” team lost against a New York team. By 1860 baseball was so popular that it was christened “America’s National Pastime”. The Cincinnati “Red Stocking” team were the first team to be paid a salary, and with television becoming available the popularity expanded 999 Calls The “999” emergency number for the police, fire and ambulance services was first introduced in the UK in 1937. Mrs Beard became the first person to use it when she reported a burglary in progress. Police quickly went to the scene and caught the burglar, Thomas Duffy. The US started a similar scheme using the numbers “911”but they are not so easy to dial. Eventually, in the 1990s the European emergency services number became “112”. Nowadays, mobile phones have the international number pre-programmed and can be used even with the phone keyboard locked. In Belgium the number is still “101”.

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ATM’s or Bank Machines The first ATM was tested in a branch of Barclays in Enfield, North London. It was the invention of John Shepherd Barron who worked for the printing firm De La Rue. The ATM’s were initially called “DACS” that stood for De La Rue Automatic Cash System. Plastic cards had not been invented, so the machine took cheques that were impregnated with carbon 14, a slightly radioactive substance. The machine could read the carbon 14 amount of money and match it to an account with a pin number. John Barron had stipulated a six digit number but his wife changed his number to four digits to make it easier to remember! The Jet Engine Sir Frank Whittle is recognized as being the inventor of the jet engine, but Dr. Hans von Ohain was working on the same idea. Each worked separately and knew nothing of the work being done in parallel. In 1930 Frank Whittle patented his invention for a “turbojet engine”. Frank had joined the Royal Air Force as an apprentice, becoming a fighter pilot in 1928, and a test pilot in 1931. He was only 22 when he decided that a gas turbine engine could power an aeroplane, but like many inventors he needed to convince other people. He continued to develop his idea, and in 1941 he flew the first “jet” aircraft, with him at the controls. Number Plates In 1903 the UK “Motor Car Act” was passed and all cars had to have number plates. Earl Russell queued all night to ensure he obtained the first plate “A1”. Four years later he sold it to the London County Council Chairman. Germany had introduced number plates in 1899 but with just a number, so the first plate was “1”. Eventually all UK number plates had to have raised letters and numbers to enable policemen to determine the number in the dark. As a result, number plates with a smooth surface became illegal. The next major advance was that number plates were made reflective with different colours front and back.

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ollowing the highly flawed independence referendum in Catalonia last October 1st, the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, finally signed an independence declaration on October 27th. He had been under extreme pressure from the Vice-President, Oriol Junqueras, the hard-line leader of another separatist political party. The referendum and declaration of independence had been ruled illegal in the High Courts of Madrid and Barcelona so the Spanish Government invoked article 155 of the Spanish Constitution the same day. They dissolved the parliament and took over the running of Catalonia. New elections were ordered for December 21st. The Catalonia Parliament has a committee of seven people who run it, and they and 14 ex-MPs were summoned to the Madrid High Court to answer charges of “rebellion”, “sedition” (treason), “misuse of public funds”, and “disobedience” of court orders. Carles Puigdemont and four other ex-MPs fled to Brussels. By December 21st the former VicePresident and two other ex-MPs were still on remand in Madrid. Other former MPs had been released on bail, and the Brussels’ five were still there. The democratic elections resulted in the hard-line separatists and sympathizers gaining 70 seats out of the 135, so the other parties only had 65. All 14 people under investigation were re-elected. Voting for the chairperson of the committee took place on January 17th. The former members under court investigation didn’t stand again, and the new elected committee and Chairman have no legal shadow hanging over them. MPs are allowed to have a proxy vote because of illness or “incapacity”, and Central Government accepted that this applied to the three MPs on remand in Madrid. The ones in Brussels didn’t ask for this as they were not incapacitated. They could have come back to Barcelona if they wished to do so. The next stage was an election for the President of the Catalonian Parliament by January 31st. Carles Puigdemont has been claiming that he could be made President whilst in Brussels via a video-link(!),

but legal opinion was that he had to be in parliament “in person”. His party don’t accept this, but the other main separatist party had said they would abide by this ruling. He had two options. He either stayed in Brussels or came back to Spain where he would be arrested. He has stated he will not come back until all charges against him are dropped, which isn’t going to happen! The other MPs in Brussels have said that they don’t intend to return to Spain, so will have to resign. Article 155 is still in force until a new parliament is formed. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, had stated that if an attempt was made to elect Carles Puigdemont by remote control, article 155 would remain in place. On January 23rd Carles Puigdemont announced that he was relinquishing his leadership attempt to avoid another head on collision with Madrid! If no parliament was formed by January 31st they have until March 31st. If this does not happen, new elections will be called for May. Mariano Rajoy has stated he will hold exploratory talks once there is a parliament in place. Carles Puigdemont

Meanwhile, a total of 3,200 companies have moved their registered office out of Catalonia, tourist numbers are well down, as is hotel occupancy. The Deputy Prime Minister (in charge of Catalonia) appealed for people not to boycott goods from Catalonia, but this has not been heeded. One of the most famous suppliers of “Cava” (Spanish champagne) saw a large drop in sales over Christmas and New Year. So this is a real mess – still.

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ollating online purchases and the total being spent is quite difficult to quantify, but figures in Spain from April to June last year show a 23% rise on 2016. This is partly due to an increase in 14% spent on holidays, and a 12% rise in airline tickets. As the economy in Spain has turned the corner, people in general have more confidence that their jobs are safe and are spending more money. The total spent online from April to June last year was 7.3 billion Euros. 2012 was a very bad year in Spain owing to the financial recession following on from the construction crisis, but online purchases have tripled since then. This is partly because practically anything can now be purchased online, with the same guarantees as actual shop purchases, and consumer rights. As more and more companies offer online purchases, and there is a much greater Wi-Fi coverage, sales of clothes have gone up 6%, hotels have 5% more internet customers, there are 5% more purchases of train and bus tickets, and 4% more ticket sales for concerts, films and theatres.

a card transaction was 52 Euros. In 2009, with the first crisis, this fell to 45 Euros. The average purchase has fallen steadily and in the third quarter of 2017 it had fallen to 39 Euros. This shows that in the last decade there has been a 20% drop. In 2016, for the first time ever, credit and debit card transactions in Spain totalled more than the amount of money extracted from cash machines. This is partly put down to there being a considerable drop in the number of banks! What has happened is that the average amount of money from cash machines has risen from 112 Euros in 2007 to 130 Euros in 2017. If people have to travel further distances to find a cash machine they draw out more money.

Supermarkets and large stores now have very comprehensive online sales facilities, and as we mentioned in our last issue, food can now be bought on Amazon. In large cities fresh food can be purchased for almost instant delivery. 143 million Euros was spent onthese types of purchases in April to June 2017 compared to 131 million the Numbers of establishments where a person can year before. Sales of bread, cakes and similar pay with a credit card has increased dramatically, products online have increased by 19%. particularly with the introduction of “contactless� cards. This ability to pay without having to input As regards people in Spain making purchases from the four digit code number is increasingly popular. other countries (predominantly from the EU) this There are now 52 million credit cards in circulation amounted to 3.2 billion Euros. Purchases of goods in Spain, compared to 27 million debit cards, and from Spanish suppliers by persons from other EU the number of credit cards is rising steadily. The countries and the US amounted to 1.2 billion Euros, total number of plastic cards amounts to almost so there is a 2 billion Euros deficit. 70% of purchases two cards for every inhabitant! of Spanish goods came from other EU countries. A few years ago in Spain the days of a January sales Online purchases have meant that there is a period, and summer sales period were highly reduction in credit or debit card transactions in regulated. Now there is no such limit, purchases traditional shops and services, where the card is made with plastic cards have gone up substantially put in a machine. In 2005, the average amount of during these extended sales

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e have detailed on various occasions the importance of residents in a municipality being listed on the “padrón”. This is the official list of residents, and there are various benefits and some requirements that inhabitants are listed. As regards the municipality, more people on the padrón gives the municipality increased facilities such as doctors, teachers, civil defence personnel and grants. At the end of every year, the ‘INE’ Spanish Institute of Statistics publish these numbers, but they are not passed to any other authority, except as being total numbers. There is sometimes a misconception that the information is sent to the Spanish tax man, but this is not correct.

In our region this applies to Albox, Arboleas, Oria, Cantoria, Zurgena and Purchena. The number of inhabitants in Olula del Río in 2017 was the same as it was in 2016, but Albox inhabitants have dropped steadily since 2014 from 11,700 registered residents down to 11,400. Arboleas had 5,100 official residents in 2013 steadily dropping to the present 4,500. In Zurgena in 2013 there were 3,200 registered inhabitants that have now dropped to 2,900. In municipalities with large numbers of UK expats some of them have chosen to go back to the UK. In coastal towns or cities the reduction in numbers is less, or there has been an increase. This applies to Roquetas de Mar, Vera, Pulpí and Garrucha.

Municipalities are required to review the padrón periodically, but how often this is done is variable. Mojácar town hall issued a press release last November specifically addressed to foreign residents. This reminded them that any EU residents that have an N.I.E. number and the green residence certificate (this is either an A4 sheet or the replacement card sized document), are obliged to renew their registration on the padrón every five years. This also applies to non-EU residents that hold a five year long term or permanent residential permit. EU members that are not registered as a resident, and do not have the green certificate or card, and have (or don’t have) an N.I.E., have to renew their padrón registration every two years. This also applies to non-EU residents that do not hold a long term or permanent residence permit.

There has also been large numbers of young people who have left their home towns or villages to find work, or have left Spain. Figures from January 2018 show that out of the 8,100 municipalities in Spain, 1,300 have less than 100 inhabitants. In these rural villages any children may have to travel outside to enrol in a school, there may not be a doctor, Foreign non-Spanish inhabitants in Mojácar and and increasingly, with the large reduction in bank other towns should go to the town hall and check branches, they have to travel further afield. their status. If they have previously been on the padrón but have been taken off, a new application It is fully accepted by central government that needs to be made. It is important to remember solutions have to be found to stop people migrating that all family members are entitled to apply, from areas where there is a minimal number of including young children. residents, and halt the flow of young people going abroad. Unemployment figures are steadily The Spanish Institute of Statistics have now reducing, but comprehensive employment published their lists of inhabitants as of January programmes are needed, particularly for the long 1st. In many cases there is a reduction in numbers term unemployed and young persons. There is no compared to the January 2016 and 2017 figures. simple solution.

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n January 5th, King Juan Carlos I of Spain reached the age of 80, which no other Spanish monarch has achieved. His wife, Queen Sofia, will also be 80 on November 2nd. Since 2014 when he abdicated in favour of his son who became King Felipe VI he still holds the title of “honorary” king along with his wife as queen. There are other important anniversaries as King Felipe was 50 years old on January 30th, and December 6this the 40thanniversary of the Spanish Constitution being signed.

billion high speed train project from Medina to Mecca. He has also led delegations who were competing to bring the Olympic Games to Spain. He has always been a keen sailor as was his father, Don Juan de Borbón, and before he became king he competed with the Spanish crew in the 1972 Olympic Games. They didn’t win any medals, but Juan Carlos continued to compete and be a patron of important sailing events, which he still takes part in now. Queen Sofia has been very influential in cultural activities and has formed various foundations connected with music and art.

King Juan Carlos married Queen Sofia in 1962 and became king in 1975 when the Spanish monarchy was re-established. Spain had gone through the civil war, the dictator General Franco had just died, and Spain had lost most of the international recognition as being an important European country. The transition from a dictatorship to a monarchy was fraught with difficulties. As soon as he became king there was the petroleum crisis, and the economy was in a poor situation, leading to the devaluation of the peseta. Financial institutions were experiencing very hard times with many companies going into liquidation. Investment in industry, the economy and public works were not forthcoming. Juan Carlos survived an attempted coup by the Spanish military in 1981, but the terrorist campaign Along with Queen Elizabeth in the UK, Juan Carlos by E.T.A. led to 900 people being assassinated. had a bad year in 2012. When Spain was experiencing many economic problems he went to Africa to hunt Despite all these problems, Spain eventually regained elephants which was not at all well received. When some of the former glory, was recognized again as he broke his hip there he had to be flown back to a potent European country, and the economy Spain in the royal aircraft. When he finally left started to improve. During his reign he was very hospital he made an unprecedented apology to the influential in bringing Spain into the EU and NATO. Spanish people, telling them that he had made a Educational institutions were undergoing an mistake, it wouldn’t happen again, and he was expansion, and there are now one million more extremely sorry. university places than in 1975. The Spanish health service was also progressing rapidly, and is now A scandal involving his daughter, La Infanta Cristina, seen by many people, including ex-pats from the and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarín, over a corruption and money laundering operation has not helped the UK, as being excellent. monarchy. His daughter was absolved from any Infrastructure received a major boost, and large involvement, but her husband who received a prison companies were able to compete in the world sentence is waiting for an appeal to be heard. When market again. Before he abdicated Juan Carlos Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 this was seen as a played a major part in the awarding of the multi- sensible move, but his legacy for Spain is considerable.

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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 Almeria airport .....…..............…902 404 704 / 950 213 700 HOSPITALS Huércal-Overa, Alicante airport ….............………913 211 000 / 966 919 000 Hospital La Inmaculada..................................................950 029000 San Javier airport ……...……….902 404 704 / 968 172 000 Almería Torrecárdenas............................................950 016000 Almería,Virgen del Mar (Private).....................950 217100 BRITISH EMBASSY Virgen del Mar Emergencies:............................950 217240 Madrid ......................................................................917 146300 LOCAL POLICE BRITISH CONSULATE Albox ...............................................................................950 121080 Málaga (for this area) ................................................952 352300 Carboneras .................................................................950 136136 Cuevas del Almanzora ................................................950 548700 UK PASSPORT INFORMATION Garrucha ............................................................................950 460002 www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports Huércal-Overa ..............................................................950 470585 Mojácar ...........................................................................950 472000 EMERGENCY UK PASSPORTS Pulpi ……………......................................................................950 465049 www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document Vera .................................................................................950 390010 CREDIT CARDS 24hr EMERGENCIES 4B(Visa/Mastercard) …..902 114400 / 913 626200 American Express …...................................................900 814500 Diners Club …..........................................................902 401112 Mastercard …..........................................................900 971231 Servired (Visa/Mastercard) …............................902 192100 Visa …..........................................................................900 991124

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

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Asesoría López (Vera) ……...................................….950 393071 Asesoría Torres (Mojácar) .........................................950 472748 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Cazorla Martinez (Turre) .........................................950 479137 Cervantes Alarcon Consulting (Garrucha) 950 106490 / 647 863787

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 Sintra Consultores (Vera) …......................................950 393815 Vera Advisors (Vera) ………………..................………950 390621 Villalba Asesores (Albox) ..........................................950 431720

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

AIR CONDITIONING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.6)...647 247494 / 950 092604 Cool Solutions ...........................................................600 621436 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Digital Vision (See p.38) ...................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 Concepción Rivas Gil (Arboleas) ….....950 438092 / 647 577716 Williams Electrical (Andy)........................................…..677 741366

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ART & ARTISTS Adolfo Prado ...............................................................950 472668 Alexis Shillinglaw ....................................................642 107453 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

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AA Parking (Almería, Murcia, Alicante) ......................639 081067 AUCTIONS Aqua-Car (Alicante) ……………........................................966 790 011 Coastline Alicante Airport Parking .............................661 517890 A & A Auctions (Albox) ………..............950 064576 / 661 759882 Plane Parking S.L. …………............................................966 840 289 ...............(24hrs Alicante) 656 532725, (24hrs Murcia) 656 532724 Seguro Parking (San Jávier – Murcia) ……............622 062115 Victoria Parking (Alicante).................................................965 830 254

ALARMS AC Security ........................................950 387822 / 657 AXA .........................................................................950 CD Electrical Services ......................662 414043 / 617 Safes & Security (Dean)...........................................666 Prosegur Alarms .........................................................608

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Delfos (Mojácar) ......................................................647 163681

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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 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 PersiVera 2005 S.L. ..................................................627 978635 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.7).....................................627 907207 Speedyfit (See p.17) ..................................................600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

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...............................................................642 447663 El Antler ………...........................................................600 540661 Cornish Pride ...................................................………666 618933 El Barrio Libre .............................................................950 475739 La Palmera ….............................................................950 430993 El Deseo ....................................................................670 018035 Maloan’s Bar ….........................................................850 993205 El Toro .....................................................................622 456560 The Travellers Inn, Los Marcelinos ...........................642 011900 Enrico ...................................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Alfaix Fany …………...........................................………….634 312820 La Venta de Alfaix .....................................................671 272464 Jazz Life Café (Mojácar Pueblo) ........................…….647 724367 Antas Koi ….........................................................................950 615452 Bar Gloria ...................................…….950 453150 / 625 668613 Kukis ........................................................................686 038259 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478941 Arboleas Hotel Rural Azabache ...............................................690 258813 La Parata (See p.7).....................................................950 478186 Humbugs Cafe …......................................643 123253 / 643 075387 La Piká .....................................................................950 930744 La Taberna (Mojácar Pueblo) ....................................647 724367 Bédar El Paso ...................................................................678 868963 Los Amigos .......................................…………………950 478489 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ................950 475966 / 631 301368 Cerro Gordo Mesón Mémé ……………...........……….674 141159 / 647 954405 Bistro Bonita .......................................650 599739 / 950 930169 Mimi’s Bar ..................................................................651 872604 Cortijo Grande Moca Cafe Bar …......................................................950 452885 Casa Los Pinos …............................................…….950 468236 No 353 (Mojácar)..................................950 104937 / 662 164424 Cucador Rincon de Zahorí ................................630 314400 / 625 103672 La Vida .....................................................................950 634562 Rose & Crown (See p.15)........................................634 796884 Rusty Nail …………....................................................950 472786 El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin) La Montaña .............................................................670 589788 San Pedro Belgian Bar 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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 Home Improvements..............950 473104 / 689 296432

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

Turre Alice’s Bar ………......................................................620 Chili ...................................................950 468425 / 608 La Pará ……………............................................……637 Vinilo Bar ................................................................629

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Valle del Este Hole in One Karen’s Bar ......................950 461068 / 677 655790 Shower Master screens ...........................................677 604497 Casa de la Vega ......................................................950 391208 SpeedyFit (Screens) (See p.17)....................................600 006032 La Amistad …………….…......................................…666 622085 Toldos Farrago (Screens)(Vera) ................................667 567564

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Vera Playa Bar La Reva .................................634 398465 / 618 El Balconcito .............................................................635 Frankie’s Bar .....................................950 467541 / 622 La Buena Mesa ……............................950 467222 / 610 La Peperina .............................................................677 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950

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Casa Barranca (Huercal Overa) ....... 95 0952947 / 648 250699 Casa Jasmine (La Alfoquía) ......................................950 449513 Casa Montes Guesthouse (Arboleas) ..................... 686 400331 Castellón (Bédar) (See p.29) ....................................642 435909 Las Persianas Azules (Velez Rubio) ..950 068054 / 630 149622 Villaricos Bar Genesis ………………................................…….647 073598 Hostal La Parata (Mojácar) ........................................950 472670 Bar La Plaza Villaricos .........................................…950 467590 The Palms (Urcal) …………......................................678 832036 El Galeon ……...................................................……600 559379 BEDS & BEDDING La Casa del Siret ....................................................950 467777 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 Los Conteros .....................................950 618629 / 699 010705 Me & Mrs Jones (Los Llanos market) (See p.23) ..0044 07850 840288

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Aku Aku (Mojácar) ..............................950 478981 / 607 347612 Alma (Mojácar) …......................................................950 805928 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 Lola Bbme (Palomares) ……………….634 062350 / 657 303043 Los Tarahis (Agua Amarga) .......................................950 138235 Mandala Beach Club (Mojácar) ................................902 442420 Maui (Mojácar) ……...................................................950 478722 Neptuno (Mojácar) (See p.41) ...............................…616 005387 BICYCLE HIRE Playa Blanca (Mojácar) .......................950 473001 / 639 507520 Sol y Arena (Mojácar) ..............................................950 478308 Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 Tito’s (Mojácar) ..........................................................950 615030 BiciStar (Vera) ……............................................……667 024001 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 BikeRun Sport (Albox) …………………950 930190 / 678 166252 Ciclos Mountain Bike Aguilas …..........................……968 413984

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Dazzlem (Vera Playa) ...........................627 818719 / 673 589874 AlmeriaBuilders.com ……......................659 685133 / 950 930520 Doltcini (Mojácar) ................................950 092600 / 658 028646 Lufran Bike Sport …………....................................….607 074753 Mountain Biking Spain …...............……637 831509 / 661 178656 Rodeca Bike Zone ..................................................950 132525 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) .........................950 460738

BICYCLE SALES, MAINTENANCE & CLOTHING 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 Andalucian Con Co Print .................................….…..628 408197 Rodeca Bike Zone ..................................................950 132525 Andaluz Building Services.......................................…950 439094 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 460738 Antas Building Company …..........…..........................661 075802 Arboleas Building ………........……….950 930536 / 634 306690 BLINDS see Awnings & Blinds Armadillo ........................................…......................950 528128 Ben Foster Building Services ...................................642 471236 BOATS & NAUTICAL Veramotor S.A. ............................................................950 392552 CES Builders (Paul) ................................................685 017178 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 BOAT TRIPS Construction & Plastering ....................634 327201 / 661 129028 Glass Bottom Boat (Villaricos port) ….......................662 604456 Construcciones DISACA (Mojácar) ...........................639 817778 Orca Steve (Mojacar, Garrucha) ..............................634 352873 Constructions Martinez Moreno (Rambla de Oria) ….696 052044 Partylevante (Puerto Deportivo Garrucha) (see p.33)..680 942141 Cutler’s Carpentry .................................................697 907708 Red Line Coast Tours ….....................950 133082 / 687 189230 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 DAGA Construction ……...................................……686 846624 BOOKS David Croft (Urcal) ………....................................……661 148067 Librería Nobel (Vera) ................................................950 392642 David Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 Tabernas Books …..............................663 121256 / 676 256083 Deco-house (Ismael) …………....................................670 596085 The Book Box (Albox) ……................................…….662 585098 Diamond Plastering and Building Services .................671 717149 The Book People Almería …........……686 817945 / 626 578164 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295 Garden Works ...........................................................666 847583 Genco Construction ...................................................607 271869 BOOK PUBLISHING Costa Books ............................................................634 304344

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 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

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Hire a Husband …………............……..677 557 190 / 950 J B General Builder ................................................. 687 Jasmine Construction C.B ...................................... 659 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 MD Building Services ..........................628 414861 / 628 Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 P & S Building Services ……...….…….950 449639 / 671 PR Building Services ................................................662 Paul Acreman (General Builder) ..............……………607 Professional Bricklayer ……………........................…..626 Property Consultation & Project Management (Tom) 603

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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

BUTCHERS Ávila (Vera) …….................................................……663 126062 Casa Jose (Garrucha) ..............................................950 132573 Juan’s Carniceria (Mojácar Playa) ….............………950 478409

CAKES TO ORDER Crazy Cakes Almeria

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Joan's Cakes & Bakes (Albox) ..................................678 Moca Cafe Bar (Mojácar).........................................950 No 353 (Mojácar)..................................950 104937 / 662 Occasion Cupcakes (Velez Rubio) ............................634

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Al Andalus Car Hire ...................................................664 269440 Auto Corner (Limousines) .....................950 069198 / 667 439671 Caracola (Mojácar) .............................950 473157 / 637 545814 Costa Coches (Mojácar) ........................950 459208 / 950 069272 Europcar ............................................950 615101 / 654 297681 CAMPSITES Mo-Car (Mojácar) ................................950 478307 / 626 976973 Camping el Cantal (Mojacar) ................................... 950 478204 Solvi Car (Mojácar) …………....................................950 478151 Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Campsite Marion (Vera) .............................................607 316553 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Tikka RentaCar (Mojácar) ............................................950 472662

CAR HIRE

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

CARD SHOPS C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).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 Cutler’s Carpentry (See next page)........................697 907708 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

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

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

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CATTERY see Kennels CHILDREN & BABY Baby Basics (Equipment Hire, Albox) ........................950 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) ..............................634 Meditania, Children’s Activity Centre (Turre) ...........661 Menudo Park (Mojácar) ............................................627 Funky Monkeys, Pre school Group (Mojácar) .....……697 Smartie Pants the Clown ............................................617 The Baby Hire Centre ..............................................615

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CLAIRVOYANCY / PSYCHIC READINGS Anna (Tarot) ……….........................................………670 897832 Chrissie Cremore ....................................................634 349638 Psychic Karen (Turre) …..........................................678 118108

CLEANING SERVICES

A1 Cleaning ..............................................................666 Amba Cleaners ........................................................697 CHIMNEY SWEEPING & REPAIRS Chris .......................................................................627 Paul the Chimney Sweep …………..617 150300 / 850 993057 Clean Sweep ………..........................950 469345 / 662 Sammy Sweep ..........…............................…………..619 070839 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694

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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 Asia - Maribo Kitchen ...........................950 110420

CHIROPODIST & PODIATRISTS

Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 Crystal Clear ............................................................637 Daisy Proaño Alcivar (Contract & private) ……...….663 Elite Cleaning Agency ........................629 113860 / 699 Freshclean …………….........................659 353708 / 638 Idea (Mojácar) .. ......................................................605 CHIROPRACTOR Maximilian Bolté (Garrucha) .............950 133515 / 650 700783 Jone’s Upholstery & Rug cleaning ….........…………661 Limpiezas Cristina ….............................................…660 Alexandra Coll (Clinic Reverdy-Coll) ......................616 Clinica Podológica (Garrucha) ..................................950 Fit Feet (Ann-Marie) .................................................647 Kim White (Vera Playa) ………...................................637

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Limpiezas Maxlim (Palomares) ……...678 567783 / 629 680161 Mr. Micro (Turre) ....................................................950 479502 Upholstery & Leather Cleaning ...................................636 193256 Palomares Computer Services ..................................659 353708 PC Playa (Mojácar) ......................................................634 356498

CLOTHING (Personalized)

AdverTees (Mojácar Playa) ......................................634 336789

PC-Solutions (Mojácar) ..............................................637 459293 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

PhonePC (Garrucha) .................................................950 133502 PRYS Informatica (Antas) ........................................617 382511

CONSERVATORIES Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…..680 777789 / 677 152911 SpeedyFit (See p.17)..........................950 472357 / 600 006032 Computer Care (Nick) ...............................................600 070075 Computer Services (Dani) ..................678 490639 / 630 007430

COUNSELLING / HEALING

Connexions (Turre) (See front cover).......................950 479502 C.Y.G. Vera ...........................................................950 393350 Don Robinson .........................................................646 587746 Dynos Informatica (Albox) …………...................……..950 430806 First Call Computer Solutions …......618 539500 / 628 251399 George Boricean .....................................................661 375489 IKamale-on ……………...............................................950 616521 Mark Adamou (Mojácar) ........................634 324918 / 634 306799 Mi PC (Almeria) …..............................................….950 633015

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Acupuncture & Massage ...........................................637 120429 Barbara Clarke ...........................................................637 469937 Chrissie Cremore (Reiki)............................................634 349638 Donald Mackinnon (Hypnotherapist) ........................628 651022 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 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 Shiatsu (Wendy) ....................................................671 851135 Sue Osman (Healer) ………...............950 473021 / 600 847964

COURIER DELIVERIES Nacex (Mojácar) ………..................................……….950 472940 Offex Spain ................................…….......................966 765950 Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635 722290

CRAFTS 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

CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS

Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 Curtainsandthings.................................................……678 Solo Style ………...............................950 528334 / 626 Unicraft Upholstery ...................................................692

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CYBERCAFES 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

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DAMP PROOFING Southern Spain Damp Proofing .................................652 358672

DENTISTS / DENTAL TREATMENT Centro Dental Dr. Cremades (Vera) ........................950 390655 Clinica Dental (Aguilas) ….........................................968 449121 Clinica Dental (Albox) ..............................................950 120732 Clinica Dental, Multicentro (Mojácar) ........................950 478989 Clinica Dental Palomares .....................950 109710 / 670 878427 Clinica Dental, Parque Comercial (Mojácar) .............950 478534 Clinica Dental Saludent (Huércal-Overa) ……………..950 135672 Dental Clinic Belen Oliver (Olula del Río) ................950 443265 Dentalbox (Albox) .........................................................950 121284 Nadal Pérez, M A (Turre) .........................................950 479444 Odonto Stetic (Los Gallardos) ...........722 706732 / 950 398993 Puerta de Vera (Vera) ........................................950395319 Valero Martinez (Garrucha) ………............................950 132047

DIET PLANS & WEIGHT LOSS Image (Helen) ........................950 930192 / 665178326 Issysweigh (Albox) ...................................................600 334318 Pam (Turre) ..............................................................639 465631 Vicki (Turre) .............................................................650 764623

DIGGER HIRE 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 Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 546192 Paco .................................................................................637 777 238 Tropicana Mini Digger ………………650 906114 / 950 069288

DIVING See Scuba Diving DOCTORS & CLINICS (Private) Centro Médico Mojácar ...............................................950 475105 Clinica Medica Garrucha ……...........950 133157 / 617 404500 Dr. Maria Rose (Garrucha) ..........................................950 132803 Euroclinicas (Vera) ........................................................950 391300

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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 Ulti-Mutt .....................................+44 7894747657 / 634

Euronics .............. (Albox) 950 430702 (Garrucha) 950 460832 344734 557123 897533 663616 046557 344734 509382 332578

ELECTRICIANS A1 Services ………..............................635 810941 / 679 631458 Abbott Electrical ….............................638 010691 / 950 137208 Andrew Morrison .....................................................627 250204 Anglo Electrical ........................................................671 948213 Andy …..............................…................950 438237 / 679 656450 Baltasar .....................................................................655 691107 Charlie Fyre ................................................................686 833444 Connexions (Turre) ……..............................………….950 479502 DJT Electrical Services (Vera) .............686 817945 / 626 578164 ElectroTorres .....................................950 472898 / 610 750771 EMI Electrical Installations .......................................673 502867 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Francisco Montoya (Mojácar) .........................……….687 466352 InstalRep ................................................................651 130059

José Cortés Electrical ……................950 363751 / 619 881325 N.E.Electrics (Arboleas)...........................................634 358777 Peace of Mind 24/7 ............................................... 637 974662 Williams Electrical (Andy)......................................…..677 741366

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

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS

Jules Clothing (Montemar Centre) ...........................633 640918 Voluta's Place (Parque Comercial Mojácar Playa) ….699 975552

Rod Bridges ……........................……..950 473035 / 687 261280

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

DVD & VIDEO The Hub (Huércal-Overa) ….........................………..950 135039 Cinebank (Turre) .......................................................627 738957 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Total Entertainment (Turre) ...950 468295 ...(Mojácar) 950 615596 VHS to DVD conversion .. ........................................647 202599

ELECTRICAL GOODS 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

ENTERTAINERS Abbie Lou (Female vocalist) .......................................687 340544 Amy Amy Amy Tribute Band ....................................645 886919 Ashley Cathcart .......................................................693 486788 Bass Player with Vocals .........................................681 286291 Belly Dancer & Fire Eater ....................................... 680 124159 Blues Brothers ........................................................680 355376 Bob Management .......................................................666 310251 Brendan O'Dee (Singer/Guitarist) ..............................610 855964 Brian Dee ………........................................................647 897533 Carmen Yuste GR ...................................................675 101355 Carol George (Female Vocalist) ............................634 285009 Catchlove Music (Varied styles duo)…..950 634402 / 678 397536 Chris (Solo Guitarist) .................................................950 437606 Darren Antony (Vocalist) ......................................... 672 112933 DJ Digit-Al ...............................................................634 338014 Dominic Doolittle ..........................................................681 339778 Don Tadeo ..................................................................670 860386 Driftwood …….............................................................687 672028 Dynamite International Rock Band ............................666 310251

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EMI Electrical Services ............................................673 502867 Flamenco Dancer (English speaking) ...............687480694 Francisco J. ‘Pasus’ ..........................950 397401 / 699 510966 Georges Femenias (vocalist/guitar) ……...…………….634 300356 Good stand in drummer ...........................................648 699733 Graham D.(Mobile) Karaoke ......................................662 480966 Infinity (Vocal duo & tributes) ..................................678 821330 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 Maurice Casanove ....................................................671 386947 Maximum Output Karaoke /Disco ............................697 317557 Mel J (Female Vocalist) ........................................664 111990 Melodee (Duo) ................................610 855964 / 664 111990 Melodeemusic (Backing Tracks & Recording Studio).....610 855 964 Menta & Canela Duo ..............................................645 886919 North South Country Boys ........................................634 332135 Northern Lights Karaoke …...............................……..697 500673 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 Solo Simon ...............................................................667 989270 Spotlight Entertainment (Karaole, 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

Almería Property Agency (Arboleas) ..850 993099 / 628 872334 Almeria Property Finder (Albox) ................................950 431624 Almería Prop. Investments (Las Buganvillas).950 460874 / 666 260792 Angel Property (Palomares) .....................................950 618054 Antonio Martinez de la Casa (Energy certs)..............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 Destination Spain Property Services .........................672 668803 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

ESTATE AGENTS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450 AlmeríaCasas ...........................................................950 387852 Almería Homes ................................0044 1273 929286 / 950 930 259 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447

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

026526 760409 472200 251238 255765 478555

Linnitt Properties (Turre).............................................950 479054 Mojácar Estates (See p.46)......................................950 478935

Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Sol y Mar (Albox) ...............................950 064584 / 635 979829 Sonia Cantalejo Bueno (Energy Certs.)......................608 147640 Spanish Estate Agents (Albox) ………950 431855 / 661 143871 Spanish Hideaways (Oria) ....................634 366672 / 676 604008 Spain Assured (See front cover)............950 469622 / 634 300020 Spain Property Finder …..............……........................686 878789 Mojacarmar ......................................950 475891 / 636 903184 Spanish Property Choice (Mojácar Playa)...................950 615388 Sun Med Properties (Vera Playa) ............................…..950 618209 Vaitier SL (Cabrera) .....................................................609 626140 Veritas Homes (Mojácar) ............................950 472430 / 610 053563 VIP Almería (Mojácar Playa) (See back)..950 472524 / 617 587903 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827

Multicasa Aguilas .................................................... 968 493009 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 (See p.3)..............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.64/65)....950 478915 Property Floor Plans ................................................619 672431 Realtors MB Spain .................................................678 347125 Rural Almería (Mojácar Playa) ................................…950 472200

WPMS Inmobiliario (Villaricos) ..........678 321111 / 950 618697

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

EXCURSIONS Andinas Buggy Treks ..............................................645 984122 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514

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Costa Almería Tours ..................................................646 Day Tours Almería ............................651 592836 / 645 Indalo Quads (Mojácar) ...........................................634 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) ………...……………..678

760389 FENCING 253155 Chain Link Almanzora ………...................................697 801875 315074 FINANCIAL SERVICES 838547 AMASS ……......................................................……..678 035992 FABRICS Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125 Blacktower (See p.127) .........................................657 684094 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 FASHION Currencies Direct (Mojácar) …....…...…950 478914 / 626 916443 Bella Donna (Turre) ................................................642 434862 Indalo Partners .............................................................950 472242

Dandara (Garrucha) ................................................950 Garabatis (Children's) Mojacar Playa …..........………670 Glad Rags (Albox) ……….........................................634 H & R Men's Fashion (Albox) …................................692 Jules Clothing .........................................................633

617013 035630 313071 682164 640918

Kennedy Financial Services .........................................678 035992 Offshore Money Management .............952 830916 / 950 398078

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS Liz Fashion Accessories (Garrucha) .627 970819 / 607 Manumaga (Mojacar Playa) …………..........................659 Modern Times (Mojácar Playa) …..........…………….950 Oasis Fashions (Mojácar Playa) (See p.5)...............950

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

511179 FIREPLACES 884479 475207 Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 473222 Tabika (Vera) …...........................……950 390110 / 950 390635

FISH & CHIPS The Chippy (La Alfoquía) ........................................634 324484

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

FITNESS & DANCE See also Activities-Clubs-Associations Alison .....................................................................666 Aqua Aerobics - Marianne (Arboleas) .......................637 Palme (Mojácar Playa) ............................................950 472813 Club Deportivo Puerto Rey ......................................950 Prins Vitali (Mojacar) ….............................................950 478690 Betsy Fox Zumba ....................................................603 Saga Boutique (Mojácar) .........................................950 475258 Debbie James (Personal training) (Mojácar) ...........687 Dorothy Rowntree, personal trainer (Mojácar)..........666

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Entrenador Personal I.F.B.B. …….....................……..676 871950 Bugs ...........................................................................600 049515 Fitness For All (Bédar) ………..........…………………..647 593323 Coastal Mosquitoes ...........................606 040462 / 610 000700 Gimnasio Formas (Turre) .............................................950 468065 GymXtreme Yoga (Vera) ..........................................643 102335

Indigo Gym (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................950 475 403 Javi Orta, personal trainer (Mojácar) .........................651 693681

Curtains with Style (See p.21).........950 069032 / 678 811125 Dave ........................................................................634 351275 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 SpeedyFit (See p.17)...........................950 472357 / 600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564 Jova Sport Center (Mojácar Playa) …………………..950 473137 Tony Justice ...................................…..950 950797 / 637 159249 Lotus Integral Yoga Centre (Mojácar) ........................617 719913 Ventanas y Puertas Mojacar S.L. ......................…….950 473104 Pam - Fitness & Slimming .........................................639 465631 Sansonora (Mojácar Playa) .....................................630 688615 FOOD SHOPS Sierra Club Desert Springs .......................................687 599115 Arkrites (Roquetas) ................................................. 950 334081 Sol Yoga Centre (Arboleas) .....................................686 400331 Catch of the Day UK Fishmonger ........634 301490 / 634 304288 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) .........................950 449451 Centro Comercial Almanzora (Olula del Rio) …..........950 442012 Valle Del Este Spa & Health Centre ..........................950 548600 Eurowise (Albox) ……………….............................…..950 439801 Vicki’s Fitness & Slimming (Turre) .........................650 764623 Gastronomía (Delicatessen) (Las Buganvillas) .......950 132048 Home Sweet Home (Turre) ...............................……..950 479487 La Maruja (Mojácar) ..................................................664 647171

FLORISTS Hortiflor (Mojácar) ....................................................950 478985 La Venta de Alfaix Minimarket (Alfaix) ..........................950 469660 Persa Floristas (Albox) …….......................................950 120211 Las Buganvillas Minimarket ………........................…..635 036408 Manoli (Arboleas) …...................................................627 941654 FLY SCREENS AA Window Doctor ..............…………630 231644 / 636 838484 Price Busters (Albox) .................................................950 951494 Armadillo …......................................…950 528128 / 663 303350 Sol Supermercado (Albox) ….......................................950 430043

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Spar Supermarket (Huércal-Overa) ...........…………..950 Spices n' Herbs in Spain (Albox)...............................689 Super Corner (Turre)..........................950 468303 / 637 The Corner Shop (Albox) ………………950 930539 / 680

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

FUNCTION VENUES La Capilla (Las Alparatas, Mojácar) .........................950 479305 Miraflores Restaurant (Camping Los Gallardos) .........650 418954 Funeraria Pérez (Mojácar) ........................................950 478102 The Palms (Urcal) ………...................950 958167 / 678 832036

FUNERAL PLANS Avalon Europe S.L. ............................950 069012 / 634 321296 Golden Leaves Funeral Plans (Benitachell)............. 966 493082 Iberian Funeral Plans (See p.35)...........951 203994 / 965 993498

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

FURNITURE, RUSTIC/HANDMADE Andinas (Antas, El Real) ...........................................950 Artisanos (Antas) …...…….......................................…696 Casa Nativa (Valle del Este) …….............................629 El Pinar (Los Carasoles) ....................950 104272 / 670 La Buena Artesania (Mojácar) ....................................950 Soluciones Rusticas (Carboneras) …950 364835 / 646 The Furniture Doctor .............................................667

459128 431510 624286 845498 475508 821821 989270

FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Abodes (Mojácar Playa) ...............................................647 901478 Brian’s Furniture & Removals (Mojácar Playa) .........674 280268 Casa Carma (Turre) ...................................................645 080310 Casas Nativa (Valle del Este) ..................................629 624286 FUNERAL COMPANIES CollyFer (Huércal Overa) …….............617 456259 / 617 456335 Continental Descanso (Antas) 950 459011 (Albox) ...950 633288 El Pinar (Los Carasoles) ……......................…………950 104272 El Rincón de Mueble (See p.57)(Vera)950 460867 (Antas) 950 459071 Elleann’s Homestyle .................................................674 514999 Embargos Bestiales (Antas El Real) ......................950 105711 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)(See p.4).968 153907 / 678 083491 Homecentre (Albox) (See p.18)...........868 931872 / 671 715294 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ..................................950 132458 Ideas del Mueble (Antas) ...........................................950 452816 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 Koala Furniture (Antas) ................................….........950 392307 La Lonja (Lorca) (See p.27) ........................................968 443322 Linea Nueva (Arboleas) ……………….620 237529 / 950 120630 Funeral Homes Robles (Cuevas) ..............................657 921383 Me & Mrs Jones (Los Llanos market) (See p.23) ..0044 07850 840288 Funeraria Ntra. Sra. de las Angustias (Vera) 950 390884 / 607 705672 Muebles Rodríguez (Los Llanos, Arboleas) …...........950 430778

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

Sofa & Sofa (Las Buganvillas) ................654 596247 / 654 596220 Unicraft (Upholstery) ..................................................692 176069

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

GEO-TECHNICAL SOIL REPORTS Sonia Cantalejo Bueno ............................................608 147640

GLASS CURTAINS Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 SpeedyFit (See p.17)..........................950 472357 / 600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

GLAZING (Supply & Repair) AA Window Doctor ......................…630 231644 / 950 091128 Cristalería Mojácar …............................................…..950 475376 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Cristalería Rubi (Vera) ………......................................950 390546 SpeedyFit (See p.17)..........................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

GARDENS 24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Acer Garden Services ..............................................697 618320 Agave …….................................................................617 826334 Cedar Landscapes …….............……....................…620 112193 Clare’s Hanging Baskets …………...............………….634 331440 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Garden Works ..............................…..950 132518 / 666 847583 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 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 Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 546192 Potty Finca Services ..................……..950 163930 / 616 855294 Riegos y Conducciones (Antas, El Real) .................950 459146

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

479176 526671 531821 256923

GRASS, ARTIFICIAL Grass 4 U .................................................................638 Greenfingers Arboleas S.L. ..........……......……………629 Inspired (El Real, Antas) (See p.11) .................... 950 Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 Tiger Turf ............................................950 431624 / 635

574145 947633 147763 546192 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

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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

Marcela Torres (Manicure & Pedicure) .....................697 421672 Naturalmente Mediterraneo (Skin care) (Garrucha) …655 299494 Oceanic Massage Therapies (Mojácar)...666 710964 / 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 Studio 201 (Mojácar Playa) ................950 096189 / 634 329247 Sunlight Spain (Herbal Products) ...............................684 212474 The Spanish Beauty Club (Mojácar / Vera) ..............637 149659 Wacky Barber & Hairdresser (Mojácar) ....................667 961645

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 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) ................................... 663 561521 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) Yasmin .....................656 646257

Elegance (Turre) ......................................................634 308877 Etticut (Turre) .............................................................667 971960 Wavelengths (Albox) ………….................................…950 120309 Euphoria Hair & Beauty (Esparragal) ...868 188706 / 657 713571 Farrow's Hair Design (Arboleas) .................................950 634346 Favola (Las Buganvillas) (See p.33)...........................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 HARDWARE OUTLETS Loulou’s (Albox) …..............................850 993141 / 642 015920 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 LU & NA (Valle del Este) …….............................…950 461113

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Ferretería Gonzalez (Mojácar) ……….........................666 471384 HOME CARERS see also Nursing Ferretería López (Mojácar) ……..................................950 615026 Almería Angels ..........................................................902 026468 Ferretería Longo (Albox) ……....................................950 430064 Helping Hands Mojacar (Kirsty Ratcliffe) .................678 590988 Ferretería Soler (Garrucha) ……..................................950 460073 Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442

HEALTH FOODS Girasol (Albox) ….......................................................639 089170

Home Sweet Home (Turre) ..............................……..950 479487 La Maruja (Mojácar) ...............................................664 647171 Las Hierbas de Maria (Mojácar) ..............…………….657 513990

HEATING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.6).......647 247494 / 950 Andrew Morrison (Econo-Heat)..................................627 Barry & Graham (oil heating) ………........................620 Mike Lacey ..........................................950 069073 / 636 Neater Heater ………...................................………….634

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HORSE RIDING

HIRE

Centro Hipico Valle del Almanzora .........................691 Baby Basics (Equipment Hire) ...................................950 104345 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ...............................................639 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................634 322475 Media Legua Equestrian Centre (Vera) ..............……667 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) ...................................678 Sanctuary Limaria .....................................................628

241878 724521 243561 838547 239696

HOTELS & HOSTALS Casona Granado (Nr Lubrin) ...................................950 069077

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

HOUSE CLEARANCE Items For Sale Mojácar .......................694 439275 / 950 478753 The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699

HOUSEHOLD GOODS Home Store ........………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Home Sweet Home (Turre) ................................……..950 479487 Simone Senft (Tupperware) .................950 068181 / 676 308217

HYGIENE & FOOD HANDLING Grupo Sedesa (Vera) ...............................................950 390990

ICE CREAM PARLOURS Bontá (Mojácar Playa) ..............................................950 472939 Expecting a Baby (Almanzora Valley) ....950 436581 / 666 375688 Twister (Mojácar Playa) ........................………………950 472357 Nursery Hire (San Juan de los Terreros) ….............666 255765 The Baby Hire Centre ................................................615 806126

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

Sol Insure ………..........................................………..950 472098 Victoria Insurance ..........................................………950 475241 Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450

INTERIOR DESIGN Evie Fox-Rayner ................................603 493163 / 653 714767 Curtains with Style (See p.21) ..........950 069032 / 678 811125 Deco-house (Ann) .....................................................666 260792 Essential Solutions …….............................................627 245658 Light & Luz (Vera) ...................................................686 457714 Lola Barranco ………..........................950 086116 / 691 261818

INTERPRETING/TRANSLATIONS

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 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) ........950 120070 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 Sol y Mar (Albox) ……….....................950 064584 / 654 590258

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.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Carolyn (Mojácar area) ........................950 132905 / 608 692545 Cristina …….......................................................…..626 741386 Clara Mata ..............................................................629 132529 Starena (Vera Playa) ............................................672 668803 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

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JEWELLERY

Albox Online ...........................................................950 091111 Castellón (Bédar) (See p.29) ....................................642 Jewellery Paula (Albox) ...........................................960 Joyería Pérez (Garrucha) ........................................950 La Luna (Garrucha) .................................................950 Serendipity (Albox) .................................................617

435909 430871 460636 132543 699624

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 Connexions (Turre) ……..............................…………..950 479502 Gail .....................................................693 769079 / 697 500673 Next .............................................................................950 479369 Five Bone Hotel (Turre) ............................................630 234556 GSF Communications ..........................................950 473102 Satcomms ..............................................951 406556 / 622 524335

INTERNET TV Connexions (Turre) (See front cover).......................950 479502 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Europa digital (See p.59)..................950 133233 / 678 332815 Ezetv .......................................................................950 091112 GSF Communications .............................................950 473102 IPTV Spain UKTV ...............................619 893214 / 699 386277 S E Android Systems ...............................................697 780499 Gatotel

.....................................................................634 678852

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 Louise ....................................................................... 680 124159 My Place or Yours ....................................................607 554984 Palomino Kennels & Cattery …………........................950 093087 Paws*A*While (Nr Albox) …....................................…696 562662 Personal Pets (sitter/ walker) ….................................634 378193 Pet Hotel (Los Gallardos) ........................................634 312821 IRONING Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 Pet Sitting in Your Home ………….......................…….637 061482 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Sharon Presley ..........................................................648 069200 Sleepy Hollow (Huércal-Overa) ….............................617 313587 JET WASHING The Hilton Cattery ............................950 163489 / 664565479 Aguaclean …………….........................950 064608 / 697 559395 Woodhouse Boarding Kennels/Cattery (Arboleas)….950 930585 Mobile Jet Washing ………..................950 069121 / 605 376873

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KEY CUTTING

KITCHENS 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Artizan (Vera) ................................…950 390635 / 661 985310

Cocinas Puntocom (Huércal-Overa) ...950 921975 / 722 136950 Harlequin Kitchens (Albox) ……........………………….619 584405 J.B. Kitchen Fitters (Turre) .......................................687 024884 KDI Kitchens .............................................................605 163613 La Lonja (Lorca) (See p.23) ........................................968 443322 Mojácar Home Improvements ...........950 473104 / 689 296432

LANDSCAPING Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................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

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LEISURE ACTIVITIES

4wayconnections ...................................................646 844708 ALO Services (Zurgena) ......................950 449179 / 667 994682 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926

see also EXCURSIONS and TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 Extreme Adventure Mojácar ......................................687 919840 Indalo Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073 Karting (Garrucha) ….........................................……950 460207 Nautarum Sea Museum (Garrucha) ………........…..950 139554 Paintball Almanzor (nr. Arboleas) ..................………..619 559261 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

LINGERIE & UNDERWEAR Bras Etcetera …………...............................................950 Corpore (Garrucha) ………….....................................950 Lunas (Turre) ………................................................661 Manuelas Lenceria (Mojácar) ..................................626 Mya (Huércal Overa) .................................................950

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LOCKSMITHS 24hr Locksmith (See next page)..........950 472982 / 658 828560 Guzman Seguridad (Albox) ................950 431497 / 674 141559 Locksmith (Dean) ....................................................666 949213

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

Phil the Pick 24hr (Arboleas) …................……………..697 243181

LOGS FOR SALE Antonio Diaz .............................................................689 127535 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 Mr. Leña & Logs (See p.51) .................................622 883072 Phil (Arboleas) ………………….....................................634 328779 Potty Finca Services .........................950 163930 / 616 855294

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 MARKETING (SOCIAL MEDIA) Vera Advisors (Vera) .................................................950 390621 Edela Media (Moácar) ...............................................607 146352 MS Legal ..............................................950 479613 / 634 322827 MASSAGE Villalba Asesores (Albox) ..............................................950 431720 Authentic Thai Massage (Jom) ..................................616 922612 Acupuncture & Massage ..........................................637 120429

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Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) …............………….950 109986 Coastal Rejas ...........................................................610 000700 FS Fabrications …..............…………..627 167167 / 671 424558 Ideal Metal Designs ...................................................656 834064 Metalbox (Albox) .......................................................950 633090 MEALS ON WHEELS Mojácar Home Improvements ...........950 473104 / 689 296432 Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442 P & D Metals ............................................................638 707406 Speedy Fit Security Grilles ....................................600 006032 METAL WORK Angel Welding …………............................................610 601524 The Metal Works ..............................950 930520 / 638 900949 Carpentería Metalica Chacón (Albox) …................950 431738 MOBILE HOMES & CARAVANS Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Caravan Storage (Antas) …….............................….661 508776 Casa Móviles .....................................637 418906 / 951 161348 Cherribar Park Homes ............…………950 396908 / 629 688153 Flor de Vida (Aguilas) ..........................968 438535 / 660 329907 Hispavan (See next page)...........................................687 845730 Veramotor S.A. ...........................................................950 392552 Holistic Massage, Lorraine ................950 064484 / 687 Alternativa (Jessica Rippin) ......................................676 Oceanic Therapies (Mojácar) ......................................687 Ray Daniel (Sports massage)………...........................617

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MOBILE PHONES See Telecommunications MOTORCYCLES & QUADS D Perez Motor (Antas) ...............................................950 069022 Harley Dees …………................................................600 685550 Indalo Quads (Guided treks) ..................................634 315074 Montoya Motos (Garrucha) …...............................…..950 133033 Nafta Custom (Antas) ………...............950 619293 / 615 938352

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NEWSAGENTS Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051

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

OPTICIANS 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 Optica Orbera (Huércal Overa) ....................................950 135596 Optica Orbera (Albox) .....................................950430101 Opticalia M&G (Albox) ................................................950 121084 NURSING see also Home Carers Almería Angels ..........................................................902 026468 Primera Opticos (Aguilas) .........................................968 493482 Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442 Salas (Huércal Overa) ................................................950 135081 + Visión (Aguilas) …....................................................968 414279 NUTRITION Villazar (Mojácar Playa) …....................................….950 472783 Alternativa (Anne-Marie Pichon) ...............................666 966573

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PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES See Screened Patio & Pool Enclosures

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

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

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 Yannick Reverdy (Clinic Reverdy-Coll) ...................616 673116

PAINTING & DECORATING ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 A.J. Painting & Decorating .......................................687 024884 Alan Barker ......................................950 099913 / 600 268176

PET SHOPS & TRANSPORT InterZoo (Vera) .......................................................950 390075 Madera Mania (Los Gallardos) …..................……….667 562872 Shift My Pets Transport (Spain/UK) …….........………634 368430 Tucano Mascotas (Vera) ....................950 392617 / 650 292670 Union Jack (Pet Transportation) ...........………………….902 109560

PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES Antonio Perez (Mojácar) ………........................…….691 240495 Borders Painting ………..........................................…687 661807 Cabrera Painting and Decoration Works ...................637 524709 Casanove Interiors ......................................................680 836166 C.I.S Services (Arboleas) ........................................634 621747 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 Darpa S.L. ..................................................................691 055726 Darren Hargreaves ...................................................626 855483 Day’s Painting Services ..............................................634 365553 Eurodec ……..........................................................…667 238273

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 Professional Video Services ......................................647 202599 Rod Westwood ………........................950 472321 / 609 611207 The Image Suite …….............................…........................647 918 848 Toros Bravos ............................................................607 117174

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

PHYSIOTHERAPY Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) ......................................695 355381 Clinica MOS Fisioterapia (Mojácar Playa) .................644 394335

Pizzeria D'Angelo (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 478517 Pizzeria El Desvío (Turre) ............................................607 804488 Pizzeria Portofino (Mojácar) .......................................950 472809 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz (Turre) …...........…….950 479646 Pizzería Quick (Garrucha) .............................................950 132305 Provenzal (Mojácar Playa) ..........................................950 478308 Pulcinella (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 478401 Samz (Los Gallardos) ..................................................950 398981 Sottocasa (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950 093075

PLASTERERS David Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 Paul Morrison ..............................…….634 327201 / 661 129028 Diamond Plastering and Building Services ...............665 706880

PLUMBERS 24hr Casaserve ..............................................950 466438 / 676 3062699 A-Z Plumbing & Heating …………..….616 888058 / 662 342669 A1 Services ………..............................635 810941 / 679 631458 Andy (Mojácar) ........................................................697 302039

Fisiomar Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ....................667 425197 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 Casa de Cabra (Albox)

........................................ 633 364329

PIZZERIAS Antonella (Mojácar Playa) ................................……..950 450215 BiancoRossi (Mojácar Playa) ...................................950 472682 Bocapizza (Albox) ......................................................950 120506 Cafetería Levante (Mojácar) .....................................950 615224 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba (Mojácar Playa) ............645 414793 Centro Plaza (Palomares) …...............................…..950 618614 Chili (Turre) ................................................................950 468425 El Ángel (Mojácar Pueblo) ...................950 478343 / 607 537101 El Gaucho (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950 478846 El Sitio (Los Gallardos) ….................................……950 398799 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ......................950 472995 / 642 514738 Meson Felipe San Bernabé (Mojácar Playa) ..…….950 475966 Imperial (Mojácar Playa) ......................................….950 478098 Indalo Burger (Mojácar Playa) ...............................950 099119 La Góndola (Garrucha) ..............................................950 133928 La Muralla (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 472928 Little Italy II (Garrucha) …………...........………………950 133802 Osteria (Mojácar) ......................................................950 615151 Ottocento (Mojácar Playa) .........................................950 615100 Pizzeria Gallo (Aguilas) …...........................................968 447862

Armadillo ….........................................................…950 528128 Ashley Reliable Plumbing (Albox area)......................610 052407 Barry H ..................................………........................667 853062 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Carlos (Saliente) Plumbing & Heating ..950 930900 / 620 742954 Cosy Casa Plumbing (Albox) ……............................950 425049 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Graham ....................................................................620 112193 InstalRep ................................................................651 130059 Knowles ….........................................950 137197 / 606 807797 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Francisco Montoya (Mojacar) …............………………..687 466352 Mike Lacey ..........................................950 069073 / 636 407543 Smith Plumbing S.L. ..................................................950 468041

PODIATRISTS See Chiropodists & Podiatrists POOL COVERS 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 Coverbox (Albox) …….................................................615 992007 Enclose My Pool ..................................606 040462 / 670 510097 Hispavan pool covers ........................950 047033 / 687 845730 Real Covers (Mojácar) ........................950 478763 / 609 667333

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POOLS & POOL MAINTENANCE

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Aguafer Piscinas S.L. ................................................950 617064 Aguagéstion Cantoria (Maintenance) ……….............653 078040 Alloa Pool Care (Albox) ………….................…………..650 244018 Aquazul Piscinas ….....................................................647 841750 Clean Pool Service (Arboleas) ...................................606 654389 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 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 Triton Pool Cleaning ...............................................634 326322 Tropicana Swimming Pool Construction 650 906114 / 689 404244 True Blue Pools & Spas ..............................................661 148998 Underwater Pool Services …….....................................628 662582

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 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 D & D Property Care & Rentals ........ 643 335386 / 643 337063 Destination Spain Property Services .........................672 668803 Exclusive Holiday Villas ............................................950 092602 Hire a Hubby …………........................950 436679 / 619 066022 IDP Services …………................................................608 238775 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 J & J Property Care ....…….................950 452106 / 617 657414 Jasmine Construction C.B ..........................................659 185189 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Mojacar Estates ..........................................................950 478935 Procare Property Service (Arboleas) .......................642 370681 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.26).950 634388 / 627 635514 Citrus Homes ...............................……......................638 849254 POSTAL SERVICES Coastal Properties (Mojácar) ........................................950 475235 Can Connect (Albox) …….........................................950 121149 Complete Holiday Care ....………...........950 478612 / 610 808631 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).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 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

PRE-PAYMENT METERS Sol Digimeters (see p.25).............................................634 348703

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 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492 Ultimate Print & Design (Mojácar) ..............................950 473102 D & Dcall Property Care Rentals833 .........643 To place a box advert or ask for prices, Rob on& 619 041 335386

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Destination Spain Property Services .........................678 203143 E-Property Almería ...................................................677 146592 Exclusive Holiday Villas ..........................................950 092602 Findmeahome ....................................951 914195 / 636 266641 Holiday Home Europe .........................950 120210 / 654 590258 Holiday Letting Service ........................950 472903 / 627 565049 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 Indalo Real Estate .............................950 091137 / 616 760409 Indasol Mojácar S.L. ..................……....................….950 472200 Inmoterreros ...................................................................666 255 765 KJ Property Maintenance (Albox /Arboleas) ............608 625675 KW Resorts Holiday Rentals ......................0044 (0)1293 863320 Loufa S.L.(Mojácar Pueblo) …..........................……..950 472773 Mojácar Estates ........................................................950 478935 Mojácar Holiday Services .................950 699947 / 634 972377 Mojácar Long Term Rentals …........................………950 475 891 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

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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 Sunshine Villas............................………850 993202 / 694 440184 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

Countdown Removals (UK/Spain/UK) ..................…678 855994 Dave’s Transport (International / Local)....................620 049524 De Lima’s International Removals ........................+44 7467341106 English Move (Tony) ….............................................699 819213

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

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

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

QUAD BIKES see Motorcycles RADIO STATIONS 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

Eurozone Removals UK(0044) 7452888063 Spain (0034) 662 569138

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

Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 Items For Sale Mojácar .......................694 439275 / 950 478753 Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 J & B Removals (Albox) …......…………...................616 888058 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas) .............................950 391412

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

Aguilas Carlos III ..................................................................968 411650 El Faro .....................................................................968 412883 El Guacamole (Mexican) ...........................................968 413491 Hotel El Paso ...........................................................968 447125 La Calica (Hotel Cala Real) .....................................968 414562 La Vía ........................................................................646 430496 Piccolo Mondo ............................................................968 411946

Albox Club de Tenis …….....................................…………..667 671578 El Gallego ...........................................950 120590 / 615 717978 La Cena ……........................................……………..950 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

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

Antas Asador Gloria …..............................…...950 453150 / 625 Cortijo Carlotta ......................................950 619226 / 638 El Fogon, Asador Argentino ........................................950 Mi Casa .................................................950 453007 / 950

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Arboleas Me & Mrs Jones (Los Llanos market) (See p.23) ..0044 07850 840288 El Mirador …………….............................................…678 Moovit Transport & Storage ...............950 930316 / 642 586701 Happy Garden .........................................................950 Hostal Meson ………..........................950 430137 / 635 Hotel Rural Azabache ............................................690

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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 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 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

Cortijo Grande Casa Los Pinos ……......................…..950 468236 / 619 136877 Finca Listonero (See p.38)...........................................950 982045

Cucador La Vida

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

Desert Springs Resort El Torrente Restaurant …....................................……637 861590 The Crocodile Club ...................................................678 746706

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El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin)

La Montaña ................................................................670 589788 Al Punto (Brazilian) .................................................950 Antonella (Italian) .............................................……..950 El Marchal Azeefa (Indian) ...................................950 109758 / 660 El Paniajo ................................................................950 477202 Badgers ...................................................................950

El Pilar de Lubrin

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

Garrucha Angus & Hereford .....................................................950 Casa Adriana ...........................................................950 Góndola ....................................................................950 La Plazoleta ……….........................................…….666 Nautico …................................................................622 Restaurante Andalucia ..............................................950 Restaurante Azul, Hotel Tikar ...................................950 Rincón del Puerto …….......................950 133042 / 950

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Bar Alizee ...............................................................950 El Capricho …........................................................697 297235 Beachcomber (See p.57)..........................................634 Beauchelles En El Sol ..............................................950 Las Alparatas (Mojácar) La Capilla ......................................................................950 479305 Bellavista ..................................................................950 Botaniq ...................................................................696 La Alfoquía Bowen Resto Bar .............................. 666 406203 / 634 Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 008003 Burladero ...................................................................950 Cielos …..................................................................634 393235 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ………...........................645 El Local ……......................................950 634449 / 633 684855 Captain’s Tapas Bar & Restaurant ...........................617 Los Mellízos …………................................……………667 919025 Casa Egea .................................................................950

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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 Bistro @ the Colosseum .............................................615 387947

La Ambrosia ..............................................................950 093086 Meson Verfran ....................................................………637 810143 Miraflores ...........................................679 970399 / 609 506869

Lucainena de Las Torres Venta el Museo ........................................................950 364200

Cortijo de la Media Luna .....................950 478813 / 659 198424 d’Angelo .....................................................................950 478517 Delfín Dorado......................................950 475212 / 645 220095 Dolce Vita ................................................................950 478476 El Deseo .................................................................670 018035 El Gaucho ................................................................950 478846 El Sitio ....................................................................950 615411 Enrico (Italian) (See next page)..........950 472995 / 642 514738 Imperial (Italian) .......................................................950 478098 Imperial Playa (Italian) ..............................................950 475360 Indalo Restaurante....................................................950 472994 Indian Curry House ...........................632 416554 / 632 711667 Kukis (See next page) ...............................................686 038259 La Cabaña ................................................................950 615179 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478941 La Caracola .............................................................622 520925 La Cometa ...............................................................950 615209 La Estancia …….............................................………654 562396

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The Irish Rover .......................................................950 The Lemon ....................……...............................…….950 The Roof Garden .....................................................674 Torre Bahía ...............................................................950 Trufibar ....................................................................664

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Mojácar Pueblo Arlequíno ..........................................950 478037 / 649 337781 Casa Minguito ………...............................................950 478614 El Ángel ..........................................950 478343 / 607 537101 El Antler ……....................................................……600 540661 El Reclamo …….......................................................950 472881 La Candela …...........................................................647 724367 Pulcinella (Italian) .....................................................950 478401 Restaurante Aires del Sur ..................606 061811 / 950 478014 Restaurante Calima ………………........................….663 286962 Restaurante Mamabel's ....................... 663 700542 / 950 472448 Rincón de Embrujo …....................…………………….600 531270 Rincon de Zahorí ................................630 314400 / 625 103672 La Gaviota ……………...............................................950 472117 La Parata (See p.7)..............................................…950 478186 La Piká ....................................................................950 930744 La Posada …............................................................661 595845 La Table de Cathy (French) …..............…………….650 745807 Los Amigos ......................................…………………950 478489 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ...................…………….950 475966 Meson Mémé …........…………………..674 141159 / 647 954405 Mandala Beach Club ................................................902 442420 Meson de Perico ....................................................950 615582 Mountains of the Moon (Indian) ........950 472002 / 637 914632

Palomares The Oasis Bar ...................................950 467381 / 676 365010

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

Pueblo Laguna Bistro .......................................................................950 132022 Dalí ............................................................................950 132345 Restaurant Laguna …………….........................……..950 132566

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

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RURAL TOURISM 2 Poplars (Velez Blanco) ……...............................….670 243856 Cortijo Pocio de la Nava (Mojácar) ............................670 777752 Finca Arboleda (Vera) ..............................................678 027656 Mi Abuela Maria (Mojácar) ……..........................……659 198424

SATELLITE TV ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.6).....647 247494 / 950 092604 Cuevasat ...........................................950 523740 / 628 153340 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Digital Vision (See p.38)......................950 472081 / 645 294064 Europa digital .(See p.59).................950 133233 / 678 332815 Turre GBTV (Albox and Mojácar) ..............616 888058 / 634 337210 Chili .................................................608 802227 / 950 468425 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ...............................950 473102 Hostal Rural .............................................................950 478806 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.55) ......950 398146 / 699 909737 La Pará …………………….................................…….637 545590 SCREENED PATIO & POOL Pizzeria El Desvío (Turre) ........................................607 804488 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz ……....................…..950 479646 ENCLOSURES Taj (Indian) ..................................................................950 479607 Enclose My Pool ...............................606 040462 / 670 510097 Inside Out In Europe S.L. .................677 114576 / 695 118960 Urcal The Palms …………...............................950 958167 / 678 832036 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…..680 777789 / 677 152911 Vera Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.7)........................................627 907207 Casa de la Vega ......................................................950 391208 Cortijo Albari ..............................................................950 391706 SCUBA DIVING El Paseo de Oscar ...................................................950 392496 Buceo (Aguilas) ……………......................................968 493215 Gran Muralla (Wok Buffet) ..........................................950 391691 Buceo Mojácar ..................................950 472760 / 629 049229 Terraza Carmona ...................................................950 390760 Molasub (Villaricos) ............................950 467572 / 675 321404 SES (Aguilas) ………..................................................669 040963 Villaricos Don Tadeo ..................................................................670 860386 SECOND HAND Goah ........................................................................950 467030 Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 La Esperanza ............................................................625 737025 Brian’s Furniture & Removals (Mojácar Playa) .........674 280268 Los Conteros ....................................950 618629 / 699 010705 Designer Thrift (Albox) ...........................................950 064576 Vera Playa Merka Recycla (Huércal Overa) .........950 616683 / 666 577006 b2 Mohana (Argentinean) ........................................678 642856 Second Time Around (Albox) .......................................950 431871 El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699 Gateway to India (Indian) ...........................................950 923994 Buy Buy Auctions (Los Carasoles) ......681 095096 / 679 207545 La Buena Mesa …………..…................950 467222 / 610 356387 The Treasure Trove (Turre) ……….................………..666 281316 La Pampa (Argentinean Grill) ……….950 397702 / 671 653116 SECURITY & SAFES See Alarms Lua (Italian) ...............................................................950 478202 Restaurante Tibu ......................................................950 133747 SEPTIC TANK SERVICE Taj Mahal (Indian) …............…………950 618691 / 671 231465 Drainage Solutions …...........………….616 531283 / 670 088966 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587

Zurgena

Ginés Millán (All areas) ……….............(after 4pm) 607 Tiger Bar (Indian) …..................................................950 449000 Lymasur (Vera) ……..........................950 390732 / 609 Sepserve (All areas) …..............................................675 RETRACTABLE ROOF SYSTEMS Septic Tanks Cleaned ……….....................…………..675 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196

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SEWING

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

RUGS & CARPETS Albox Rugs (Albox) ...........................607 375697 / 950 633149 P & R Rugs (Los Llanos de Aroleas) .......................665 258680 Sleepcentre (Albox) (See p.18)..........868 931872 / 671 715294

Alice .........................................................................620 876485 Coser y Planchar (Vera) .........................................689 303765 Alexis Shillinglaw .....................................................642 107453 J.F.M. Modas Sedal (Turre) ..............950 468031 / 606 945502 Lola Alterations & Repairs (Mojácar Playa) .950 475994 / 637 963835 Nicky (Mojacar) ..................................................... 667 479903 Solo Style .............................................950 528334 / 626 319907 Sew n Sew Susie (Albox area) ..........950 930643 / 633 683872

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The Sewing Room ....................................................607 375697 Davies Solicitors (Mojácar) ........................................950 472775 EuroAbogados (Vera) .................................................950 617017 SHOE REPAIRS Javier Loustau (Mojácar) .........................................950 475086 Keys Copy Centre (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 472982 José Francisco López Molina .............950 133607 / 635 189986 Lopez & León Solicitors (Garrucha) ..950 888314 / 666 513917 SIGNS (Shop & Vehicle) Ian (Hand Painted) …………….....................………..634 313796 Mario Redondo (Albox) ….................950 430222 / 626 389322 Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 Miguel Angel Rojas Benitez .......................................950 615404 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492 Pablo Suarez (Purchena) ..........................................610 014680 Leticia Moreno-Torres Camy (Vera) (See p.25)..950 391249 / 607 840182 SKIN TREATMENTS Mundi Abogados (Las Buganvillas) ........................950 460999 Francesca Herman (See p.37)....….......................….687 480694

SKIP HIRE Aridos Mojácar S.L. .................................................650 914257 Servacon .................................................................950 475853

SNOOKER HALLS CD Snooker Mojácar ............................634 364311 / 609 026526

SOLAR ENERGY See also Alternative Energy DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See page 19)...........950 Ecocorp (See p.43).....................................................671 Hi-Tec Solar (Turre) ............................609 888549 / 950 Hispavan Solar ..................................950 047033 / 687 Solartech (Las Buganvillas) …..............................….950 Sunergy Almeria ........................................................636

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SOLICITORS 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 Ramírez Abogados (Vera) (See p.39) ...................950 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) .................................950 134434 Ross Legal Services (Aguilas) .................................968 Ruiz Orozco (Vera) ..................................................950 Saugar Abogados (Mojácar) ......................................950

391171 412321 390282 615038

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

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

STAINED GLASS Janet Broady ….............................…........................950 130627

SURVEYORS Philip Chesler (Chartered Surveyor).............................687 814369 Survey Andalucía (Architect Daniel González) ............686 846624 Sapphire Surveyors ………...................950 064725 / 671 208782

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS La Maruja (Mojácar) ................... ................................664 647171

SWEET SHOPS Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas)..............................663 302740

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com AlmeriNet-Cheap Calls .........................950 479517 / 627 027758 Euphony Mojacar .........................................................677 146592 Connexions (Turre) (See front cover)..........................950 479502 Indalphone .............................(Mojácar) 950 475784 / 622 455 608 Indalphone ...........................................(Huércal-Overa) 950 471470 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 Maso Telefonia (Albox) ……..............................………….950 121279 MaxiMovil – Plus S.L. Orange ....................................950 393538 Next .............................................................................950 479369 Phone@ Mojacar …….............……....950 882222 / 607 885522 Servcom (Turre) ........................................................902 023268 Telitec Connections S.L. ..............……902 889070 / 965 743473 The Phone House (Albox) …………….950 121045 / 670 359698 WiFi Internet .............................................................950 615156

TILING & PATIO WORK

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

1 Stop Paving (Albox) ………................................…634 313939 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 A.J.B. Tiling Services ...............................................687 024884 Andalucian Con Co Print .........................................628 408197 Arboleas Paving ……………...............................…….636 092632 Borders .....................................................................647 803030 C.I.S Services (Arboleas) ........................................619 693118 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Diamond Plastering and Building Services ..............671 717149 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Garden Works .....................................950 132518 / 666 847583 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ......618 920126 / 686 377172 Steve Holman .......................................................... 697 678708 United Tile ................................................................667 702817 Vision Design & Build ...............................................672 153298

TIMBER SUPPLIERS Wood2Go ..............................................950 614050 / 606 156151

Body-Zone Tattoo (Mojácar) ……………......................634 336789 Classic Tattoo (Mojácar Playa) .................................605 611782 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Lisa V Tattoos (Cantoria) ....................634 362737 / 642 024810 Almería Castle ………............................................…950 271617 Oscar (Mojácar Pueblo) …................................…….629 944374 Almería Solar Centre ( Nr.Tabernas) ....950 387990 / 670 866122 Aquarium (Roquetas de Mar) ...................................950 160036 TAXIS (Legal) Camelus (Mojácar Camel Rides) ………663 930272 / 950 100076 Levante Radio Taxis (all areas)................................950 888111 Fort Bravo – Western theme park (Tabernas) .....….950 165405 Exclusive Shuttles pre-booked airport taxis (office hours).950 092602 Nautarium (Sea Museum) (Garrucha) ………………….950 139554 Taxi Emilia (Arboleas) ..............................................618 968497 Nijar Butterfly Farm .................................................617 692778 Oasys Western Park & Zoo (Tabernas) ….............….950 365236 TELECOMMUNICATIONS Albox-Online ………..............................…………….950 091111 Western Leone Theme park (Tabernas) …............…950 165405

TRANSLATING - see Interpreters TRANSPORT - see Removals TRAVEL Autocares Rodriguez (Coaches) ...............................950 469061 Halcón Viajes (Vera) ................................................950 393472 Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.28).......................950 092602 Inda Travel (Mojácar) ..............................................950 472431 Levante Travel (Garrucha) ...................950 132258 / 628 604752 Mojácar Tour (Mojácar Playa) (See cover)..........…..950 475757 Viajes Yedra Tours (Aguilas) ...................................968 412498

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Viajes Zafiro Tours (Aguilas) ....................................968 410197 Ponce S.L. (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617181 Zafiro Tours (Albox) ………..................................……950 121021 Seth Pittham (Zurgena).......................950 634477 / 666 826886

TUITION

UNIFORMS

Computer Training & Tuition Call Out (Dani) ...........678 490639 Dave Eccles (Drum lessons) ..............950 525790 / 687 033106 ELC Education & Language Centre .........................950 615489 Espanglish .........................................950 390037 / 950 392876 Girasol, Albox (Spanish) ..........................................639 089170 Guillermo (Spanish conversation, Antas)...................647 525639 Guitar Lessons ………….....................................…..667 989270 Guitar Lessons (Chris Pottle) ................................950 437606 Hind (French & Arabic, Mojácar) ...............................616 605341 Jane Catchlove (Piano/keyboards/violin A.R.C.M) ...950 634402 Jose (Spanish Lessons) ..........................................667 303376 Jewellery making (See p.29)......................................642 435909 Kinder Garrucha (Bilingual Education Centre)..950 047026 / 671 608519 La Galeria Art Classes (Albox) …..............................663 341904 Laberinto (Spanish, English, French, Dutch) .............609 781438 Leticia (Spanish Conversation) ……......................…950 615566 Marcela Chávez (Spanish-English school support)....676 951352 Native Spanish Teacher (All levels) ………………….670 619017 Native Spanish Tuition ..............................................661 654812 Pencils English Academy (Garrucha)..........................634 314110 Penny Baltrus (Piano) ...............................................662 517106 Piano (Mojácar) …………............……950 069803 / 667 408941 Piano tuition. Terry Peace (Limaria/Albox.) ...............868 931815 Professional Writing Services …..........………………..662 067490 Sam Catchlove (Professional drum/latin percussion) ..950 634402 Sarah Dyson (Computer tuition) …....................……687 632435 Simon Farmiloe (Spanish & English)(Albox/Mojacar) 647 677097 Tennis Coach (Diego Rodriguez) ........950 393851 / 607 021280 The I.T.Teacher (Computer Tuition)...............................695 280699

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

TV & AUDIO REPAIRS

UPHOLSTERY Albox Rugs (upholstery cleaning) .............................950 Curtains with Style (Fabrics) ............ 950 069032 / 678 Jone’s Mobile (Upholstery cleaning) …....……………661 Unicraft (Upholstery) .................................................692

633149 811125 571939 176069

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

VAN & MAN HIRE See also Removals & Storage Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ……...........…………..600 225 929 IDP Services ……........................................................608 238775 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 Mal Van Man ............................................................662 569138 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ................950 930316 / 671 220105 Way 2 Go (UK/Spain) ……UK 0044 208 0904292 / 965 794682

VEHICLE IMPORTATION Car Check Spain (Andy) ............................................618 043186 Hispavan vehicle importation ..............950 047033 / 687 845730 Talleres Daydo (Antas Real) ….……….950 459116 / 607 373298

VEHICLE REPAIRS Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….950 069198 / 667 439671 Auto Shine Body Repairs ………........607 324623 / 607 324624 CostaCoches ...........................................................950 459209 Gómez Motor (Huércal-Overa) ............662 502895 / 950 471250 Mojácar Motor (Mojácar Playa) ……..950 478335 / 950 475776 Reparbox (DIY) (Antas El Real) .........687 879744 / 628 648131 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Taller Daydo (El Real) .........................950 459116 / 607 373298 Talleres Azor ..(Mojácar) 950 478519 ..............(Vera) 950 391400 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

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Mojácar Motors ...950 472056 ................(Workshop) 950 Nissan (Albox) ………..................................................950 Pit Stop (Oria) ……………....................................…..950 Que Coches Almería (Antas) …...................................627 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 Talleres Azor ...............(Mojácar) 950 478519 (Vera) 950

478335 430856 124828 423675 449095 391400

VEHICLE SHIPPING Car Shipping ………………UK 0044 1704 575983 / 671 101220

VETS Animal Care (La Alfoqúia) …....................................950 449064 Astrid (Mojácar) ..............950 472252 Emergencies: 629 099920

VEHICLE REPAIRS (MOBILE) Albox Service Centre S.L. …....................................662 Auto Frio .............................................950 104488 / 600 Cool Air (Air Conditioning) .......................................673 Veloc Tuning ECU Remapping Services ..................600

093051 827517 195872 827517

VEHICLE SALES Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….950 069198 / 667 439671 AutoFex (Albox & Antas El Real) ............................950 431861 Automobiles Bajuma S.L. (Antas) .............................662 167758 Automobiles Playcar SLU ...................950 459302 / 672 737663 CostaCoches (Antas, El Real).....................................950 459209

Clinica (Albox) ...............950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 Clinica Huellas (Aguilas) ...968 447877 Emergencies 629 445327 CliniVet (Turre) …..........................…..950 069780 / 626 171999 Costa Indalo (Mojácar) ....950 475213 Emergencies: 659 957942 Egesta Centro Vetinario (Vélez Rubio) ..950 411208 / 608 438683 Europa (Mojácar) .................950472262 Emergencies: 629 099921 Javier .............(Garrucha) 950 132200 Emergencies: 619 236059 NEXO (Albox) …...............950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 Veravet (Vera Town) …............…............................….667 304876 Veterinary Centre (Huércal-Overa) …........................950 616781

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WATER (Tanker Delivery) Sierra Cabrera Water ...................…………………….693 866558

WATER PARK Aquavera (Vera Playa) ....................................................950 467337

WATER TREATMENTS Ashley Reliable Plumbing ………..........................…..610 052407 Healthy H2O ..............................................968 437270 / 666 302 987 JF Supplies Albox ……….................….950 064315 / 660 350246 Water Filters ……................................................…….600 063303

WEB SERVICES Divine Logix ...........................................................617 401332 Image Suite ………........................................................647 918 848 MODS ........................................................................600 284975 Paginasweb .......................................902 005799 / 911 011505 WebFaze .................................................................601 628137

WEDDING & PARTY PLANNING Weddings in Spain .....................................................950 475826

WEIGHT LOSS See Diet Plans & Weight Loss WINDOW CLEANING Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Cristal Clear Windows (Mojácar) …..........……………634 347193 Don (Mojacar) .........................................................666 814913 Idea (Mojácar) ...................................................……..605 162709 J&A Window Cleaning Services ..........950 122452 / 689 548824 James .......................................................................678 988812 Lady Jane Window Cleaning (Arboleas) ...................634 255373 Mick ...........................................................................634 327075 Teresa Jimenéz …………….............................……..636 119538 Window Panes ..................................633 814809 / 677 689077 Woody the Window Cleaner (Almanzora Valley) .......634 349665

Ortega Windows & Doors .......................................950 393305 Planet Windows …...............................950 449639 / 664 327863 Plas-Tech Windows ...................................................600 320761 Speedyfit (See p.17)..................................950 439228 / 600 006032 Standard Windows (Antas) ........................................950 393121

WINES Bodega Gran Baco (Aguilas) .............................…..968 Enoteca Tikar (Garrucha) ……..............................….950 Isalva (Palomares) ………..........................................615 Wine Not? (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950

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WOOD & PELLET STOVES

Chimeneas Acar (Albox) ...........................................950 120077 Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 AA Window Doctor .............................630 231644 / 636 838484 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 David A. Pritchard Construcciones ............................617 698418 Direct Trade Windows ............................................. 662 118785 ZOO & PARK Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Oasys (Tabernas) ....................................................950 365236

WINDOWS & DOORS

Interglaze ……..............................….950 121909 / 680 743311 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Mojácar Home Improvements .............950 473104 / 689 296432

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Community News Clamour in the Almanzora Valley A massive meeting, organised by AUAN and Albanchez Residents Association (ARA), took place in Albanchez on Monday, 15th January to ask for an urgent once and for all solution to the issue of illegal houses in the Almanzora Valley, and the rest of Andalusia. The cultural centre in Albanchez was packed with many attendees having to stand, along with residents from other municipalities. The lawyer and spokesperson for AUAN, Gerardo Vazquez, was one of the organizers of the meeting chaired by Estanislao Beltran, the president of Albanchez Residents Association. The panel consisted of Maura Hillen, president of AUAN; Marta Bosquet, Junta de Andalucía MP, and the National Executive of Ciudadanos; Francisco Ramos, provincial coordinator of Ciudadanos; Eduardo Amor, planning lawyer; Benedicto Bonil, technical architect; Ronnie Howley town planner, and the co-ordinators of Ciudadanos in Cuevas de Almanzora and Albox. It was emphasised that those affected with houses on “asentamientos” (houses waiting to be legalized via a town plan) should be allowed to obtain a form of permission known as an ‘AFO’. This would allow them to register ownership and have peace of mind whilst the legalization process, (which can take up to 10 years), is on-going. Gerardo Vazquez explained that there was talk of an amendment to give provisional services to houses on asentamientos for a period of two years, but in his opinion, “These sort of provisional licences are of little use, particularly in the Almanzora Valley. I believe that this is the third provisional licence that I have seen since 2012, and the last ones did not work. Types of provisional licence do nothing to solve the problem of the lack of “escrituras” (title deeds). To solve this problem an AFO is required. And we are not just saying this now. We said this before, during the last reform of the planning laws, when we explained that there was a gap in the last reform because it did not provide a solution for asentamientos. This is what we are asking for

now, simply and plainly, an AFO for houses on asentamientos”. He continued, “We cannot continue with halfhearted solutions at this stage. It is time to be brave and to take the bull by the horns once and for all. It breaks my heart to see elderly people meeting at this time of the evening, asking yet again for a solution to the problems that they are unjustly suffering. And worst of all is that many of the people that we have seen before in these gatherings are no longer here because they have died whilst waiting for a sensible solution to this planning Calvary. Many have embargos on their houses, because they are in the name of a promoter with economic difficulties, which of course is of great concern. It is not logical that other houses in similar conditions are permitted to obtain deeds via an AFO, whilst they cannot because of some byzantine distinction between groups of houses on “parcelaciones” and these houses in asentamientos. The law has to be just to merit the name. Practical solutions have to be found that are relevant to the daily life of the people, and now is the time to provide practical solutions for the planning situation in the Valley of Almanzora”. For any more information contact Maura Hillen tel: 661 329 919 or email info@almanzora-au.org

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What’s On Madrid U2 come to Madrid for the first time in 13 years on September 20th. Ticket prices are from 35195 Euros, maximum of four per person. Tickets can be purchased from doctormusic.com, livenation.es, and ticketmaster.es.

Almería

commemoration of their LP ‘Básico 1’. It is performed by the 25AñosDe BásicoTour Group on March 3rd, 9.30pm, Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. Tickets are 25 & 30 Euros. The World Queen Tribute Band present “The Show Must Go On!” on March 15th at 9.30pm, Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. Tickets are 30 Euros.

“Palo Santo” performed by a flamenco group and the Sinfónic de Triana orchestra comes to the Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city, on February 16th at 9pm. The performance is a flamenco history of Jesus and Easter time. Tickets are 20 & 25 Euros.

Hija de la Luna (Daughter of the moon) is a tribute concert to Mecano, to mark the 25th anniversary of their last tour, on February 24th, at 9pm, Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city. Tickets are 18 & 20 Euros.

Boney M, “The Rivers of Babylon” is a musical celebrating the world of pop in the 1970s & 80s, led by lead singer Sheyla Bonnick, on March 2nd at 9pm, Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city. Tickets are 20 & 25 Euros. Revolver ‘25 Años del de Básico’ is a tribute concert to ‘Revolver’ in

Flamenco María José Pérez gives a performance of her CD “Trazos” on February 3rd at 10.30pm, Teatro Apolo, Almería city. Tickets are 12 Euros or 25 Euros including the CD.

bROTHERS iN bAND perform a tribute concert “The Very Best of Dire Straits” on February 9th at 9pm, Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city. Tickets are 20 Euros (reduced visibility) 28 & 32 Euros. The band is considered one the best Dire Straits tribute groups.

El Último Tributo is a tribute concert to the Spanish pop group ‘El Último de la Fila’ from the 1980s and 90s, February 24th at 10pm, Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. Tickets are 12 Euros in advance or 18 Euros at the door. It is stated to be suitable for adults only.

Andalucía, they perform popular music from the time of Federico García Lorca at 8pm. On March 11th the concert is entitled American Com poser s with excerpts from Gershwin, Bernstein, and Copeland at 12 noon. Admission to all concerts is free.

Águilas Supercalifragilístico, El Musical is a family musical performed by the ‘On Beat’ company, on February 4th at 6pm, Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. Tickets are 10 Euros in advance or 12 Euros at the door. The Almería city band performs their Sunday winter concerts at Teatro Apolo, Almería city. A concert of February 4th has music by Appermont, Sparke & Cesarina, and on February 11th the concert is entitled “Mitos y Leyendas” (Mythology & Legends). Both concerts start at 12 noon. On March 2nd, in celebration of Dia de

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The Region of Murcia Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Virginia Martínez are in concert on February 2nd 2018 at 9pm. They perform Schuman’s piano concerto opus 54, and Johannes Brahms’s symphony no. 1 opus 68. The piano soloist is Hyumn Hutterman. Tickets are 15 Euros. The Region of Murcia Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Virginia Martínez are in concert on March 9th at 9pm. They perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto Op. 113 & 114 for 2 clarinets and orchestra, Max Bruch’s violin concerto Op. 26, and


What’s On Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony. Soloists are Ángel F. López Soler & Xosé Antón Comesaña Pintos clarinets, and Laura Rodríguez Moreno violin. Tickets are 15 Euros. The Region of Murcia Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Virginia Martínez are in concert on April 6th at 9pm. They perform Johannes Brahms’ Concierto for violin and orchestra Op. 77, Rimsky Korsakov’s the Russian Easter, Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March, and Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. Tickets are 15 Euros. The Region of Murcia Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Virginia Martínez are in concert on May 4th at 9pm. They perform Johannes Brahms’ Concierto for piano and orchestra Op. 83, and Robert Schumann’s 4th Symphony Op.120. Eva Antonova is the piano soloist. Tickets are 15 Euros.

Rosana is an internationally famous Spanish singer who has sold 10 million discs worldwide. She performs her latest album “En la Memoria de la Piel”, that was voted Best Latin Album of 2016, on March 23rd at 9.30 pm, Roquetas auditorio. Tickets are 19, 24 & 29 Euros.

Zurgena Flamenco Tradition. A brand n ew F l a m e n c o p ro d u c t i o n performed by flamenco dancers and musicians from Granada's Sacromonte. Special Guest presentation in English explaining the history and meaning of Flamenco. A truly uniq ue production specially designed for

Roquetas de Mar Tomatito (José Fernández Torres),the prestigious flamenco guitarist from Almería gives a concert entitled “Soy Flamenco” on February 24th at 9.30pm, Roquetas auditorio. Tickets are 17, 20 & 22 Euros. Music Has No Limits is a show performed on March 18th at 9.30pm, Roquetas auditorio. It features music by Michael Jackson, U2, Laurent Garnier, Queen, Avicii, Barbra Streisand, The White Stripes, The Police, and others. The performance is a fusion of Opera, Rock, Classical music, and Dance. Tickets are 22, 28 & 34 Euros.

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non Spanish speakers to fully understand Flamenco. Saturday March 24th, 8pm, in Zurgena Theatre. Entrance tickets 15 Euros from Councillor Jim Simpson at Zurgena Town Hall. Bookings, email info@lagitanainglesa.com or call 687480694

Vera Sheelanagig, the UK West Country folk group perform a concert entitled “There and Back” on February 3rd at 9pm, Vera Town Auditorio. Tickets are 5 Euros from Convento de la Victoria, or 7 Euros on the door.

Exhibitions Almería Archaeological Museum has an exhibition entitled


What’s On “Baria, Ciudad Fenicia y Romana” until July 8th. This displays 400 items relating to Villaricos and the surrounding area, spanning 14 centuries. The Museum is at Carretera Ronda 91, Almería city. Opening hours are 9am-8pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 9am3pm Sundays.

Aguilas Carnival First main procession, Sunday, February11th from 6pm followed by Night carnival, Plaza de España, 10pm. Second main procession, Tuesday, February 13th from 6pm. Third and final main procession, Saturday, February 17th starting at 6pm. Burning of Don Carnal & fireworks at midnight, Playa de la Colonia. Friday, February 23rd, 9pm, Drag Queen competition, Águilas auditorio.

Trips by Carlos Isabel Bes, the well-known local singer performs a concert dedicated to Edith Piaf on February 28th at the Los Gallardos Colosseum bar, restaurant, and performance centre. The cost is 27 Euros including a Frenchthemed meal. A coach can pick up people from Mojácar, Garrucha, and Vera, costing 5 Euros. Trip to Teatro Guerra in Lorca, to see Verdi’s opera “La Traviata”, March 6th. Ticket & coach 48

Mojacar Carnival February10th, Children’s Carnival Friday, February 9th, 10am, Procession from school to Plaza del Fonton. 5pm Disco & Children’s entertainment, Centro de Usos Múltiples (Artisan centre), and 9pm Chirigotas show. Saturday, February 10th, 5pm, Grand Carnival Procession from Rio Aguas roundabout to Parque Comercial followed at 7pm by Carnival Choreography competition. 10pm carnival music performance by Orquesta Melodías. Centro de Usos Múltiples (Artisan centre). 1am, Presentation of Prizes. Wednesday, February 14th, 8pm. Burial of the Sardine with street procession and municipal band. Churros and chocolate to finish.

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Euros. Trip to Cartagena Auditorio, to see the UK Pasadena Roof Orchestra perform a Queen Tribute concert, featuring the Ugly Sisters, March 10th. The cost is 105 Euros including ticket, coach, & 1 night b & b in 3* hotel. Trip to Jeréz on March 21st & 22nd. Visits included in the price are to the famous Royal Andalusian Academy of Equestrian Art, a boat trip, and visit to a bodega. The inclusive cost is 210


What’s On find very interesting. Dames in Turre are a Friendship Group raising monies for local charities, and you don't have to be a member to come along, we always welcome guests. For more information please contact our President Lesley Barlow Tel: 661 085 551 or Membership Secretary Eileen McGill Tel: 652 208 072.

Euros with one night half board in a 4* hotel. A trip to Morocco will take place on May 15th-19th. Deails to follow.

Miscellaneous MACS Cancer Support Group holds their “Big Mac 4” event on Sunday, February 4th from 12 noon to 8pm, Hostal Rural Turre. There are two indoor stages for acoustic and electric guitar performances and music from 20 varied musicians. There are children’s

activities, a craft fair, and all day entertainment. Admission is 5 Euros, with no charge for children under the age of 12. Dames in Turre February meeting will be held on Monday 26th at The Hostal Rural in Turre at 11am when our speaker will be Beth Underhill, from Etticut Salon of Excellence in Turre. Beth is a wonder ful experienced Hairdresser and will be giving a talk on "Colouring and its Science" which I am sure we shall

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Royal British Legion Mojácar Branch Thursday, February 1st, 11.15 am. Branch Meeting at Centro de Usos Múltiples (Artisan Centre), Mojácar at. Guest speaker, Kevin Boorman. Friday 2nd, 7.30 pm, Fish n’ Chips & Quiz, Oasis Bar, Palomares, Quiz at 8.30pm, (2 Euros p.p.) Thursday, February 15th, 11.30am. Branch Coffee Morning in Mojácar venue to be announced. Wednesday, February 28th, 1pm for 1.30pm, Andalucían Day. Lunch at San Bernabé Restaurant, Mojácar Playa. Further details for all of above from: rblmojacar.socialevents @gmail.com. You do not need to have served in the Armed Forces to be a member of the Royal British Legion, everyone is welcome. If you would like more information please contact the Chairman, Andrew Richardson on 682405858. Can you help? Poppy Appeal coordinator required, contact Andrew Richardson as above. PAWS-PATAS is in desperate need of volunteers to work at the shelter, even if you can spare one day a week to help care for the dogs please contact us on 678 490 217. For all other enquiries and information please see our website: www.paws-patas.org


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. Saturday: Rastro, Mojácar Playa, opp. Red Cross, 9am - 1pm Saturday: Craft Market, Sopalmo, 11am - 6pm Saturday: Los Llanos, between Arboleas & Albox Sunday morning: Los Gallardos Campsite Sunday morning: Multiple Use Centre (Artisan Centre), Mojácar Village 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

The Royal British Legion, Mojácar Branch, The Artisan Centre, 1st and 3rd Thurs. of each month, 11:15am. All welcome inc. non-services personnel. Almanzora Group of Friends Library and Information Centre, Tues, For enquiries & Welfare call 950 066053 Thurs, Fri & Sat, 10am–1pm . Avda. http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/ Lepanto, Albox (near Chapman’s). branches/mojacar/news-events/ Extensive English Library, DVD’s and The Royal British Legion - Albox Talking Books. Trips, monthly quiz and Everyone welcome. Monthly meeting other social events. Tel: 634 343 147 3rd Thursday of every month, La Parrilla, www.almanzoragof.org or see Facebook Albox, 11am. Coffee morning 1st Thursday of every month, Oasis Cafe Almería Link Friendship Group Meetings Wednesdays, 8pm, Marina Bar, 11.30am. For info contact chairman Playa Hotel between Mojácar and Ken Matthews, email ken.matthews10 Garrucha. For information contact Bob @gmail.com. For support, Filip Ostrowski (Chairman) 950 472 551 or Cynthia on 950066037. http://counties.british legion.org.uk/branches/albox (Secretary) 950 472 699. Living Alone in Spain? We are a 60+ group of friends who meet for lunch every Wednesday in the Mojácar area. Tel: 674 823 697

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

WOW Women on Wednesday Beauchelles, Mojácar Playa, from 1.30pm. Get together, buy, sell, swap, Psychic Development Circle meet new people. Various classes at different times. Dames in Huércal Overa Everyone welcome. Tel: Barbara 637 3rd Wed. of the month, 10.30am, 469 937 barbaramoonlight@gmail.com Antalya Restaurant. All welcome. Tel. AUAN - Abusos Urbanisticos Carolyn 637 798 494 Almanzora No. Dames in Spain Association campaigning for the 3rd Monday of the month, 11 am, legalisation of homes in the Almanzora Sensations Restaurant, Mojacar. Valley built without proper authority. Chairman Myra Holmes, 950475491; Meeings on 3rd Sat. of every other Secretary Iris Hamilton 666 107 364. month, 11am, La Parrilla, Albox. Tel: 617 Guests welcome. 118 209 www.almanzora-au.org Dames in Turre The Divine Life Society, Almeria 11am, last Mon in the month, Hostal Branch Rural, Turre. Talks, trips, support for Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojácar. Evening local charities. Guests welcome. Tel: of Meditation and a talk, 1st Fri of the Membership Secretary Eileen McGill 652 month, 7.30pm. Spiritual Cinema, 3rd 208 072 or President Lesley Barlow Fri of the month, 7.30pm. Meditation 950 478 633 and Yoga classes. Tel Sharon 950 469122 or 672 061 048 or omsharon50 Mojácar Community Library Multi-Use centre. Mon, Wed and Fri, @gmail.com 11am - 1pm . Vera & District Lions Club. 5.00pm on the first Wednesday of the Mojácar Walking Group Walks of different levels. Tues & Thurs. month at El Gnomo Feliz restaurant, w w w. m o j a c a r wa l k i n g g ro u p . c o m Vera. Telephone Sandie Tinkham on 950 439324 or Pam Mattioli on 950069249 for more information. Mojácar Bridge Club Monday and Thursdays, 7pm. Marina Flamenco Forum for English Playa Hotel. Contact Les 950 437 100 Speakers / 634 219 174 Facebook: Mojácar Bridge on Facebook. Information and events. Club Tel: 687 480 694

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Vera Photo Club First Sunday of month, Bar La Pará, Turre (opposite the Vet), 10am 12.30pm. Presentations by invited speakers, field trips, instruction, studio photography, monthly assignments and exhibitions. All levels welcome. Phone Sarah 670003717 or Claus 628585538. Mojacar Photo Group Contact Lyle Mallen: 620 786 914 Ancestry Club for Beginners & Intermediate Piedra Amarilla. Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm. 5 euros per week. Tel. 634 309 590 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 Mojacar Computer & Electronics Club Saturdays, Beachcomber, Mojácar. 10 – 12 noon, Laptops. 12 noon – 1pm, smart phones, tablets, cameras, etc Freemasons in the Province of Almeria Craft & Chapter. 661 026 912 or 670 27 27 37 Freemasons – The Side Degrees Mark, RAM, RSM, OSM & Allied. 694 44 43 61 Cabrera Music Club For info call Richard: 666 274 861 cabreramusicclub@albox-online.net Albox Computer Club Hotel La Parrilla, Albox. Fri, 10am. All levels of experience are welcomed. www.alboxcc.com alboxcc@gmail.com Jeff Brown 659 558 091 Indalo Hash House Harriers Meet 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11am, various l o c a t i o n s . w w w. i n d a l o h 3 . c o m Mojácar Angling Club Tel. John (Beachcomber): 950 473 099 Traditional Japanese Reiki and Gendai Reiki Ho Classes, workshops, and Reiki shares in Mojacar. Tel: 634 347 930, website: www.gendaireikispain.com

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Living Water Church Mojacar Playa Opp. Red Cross and Salas Farmacia, Sunday Service 4pm. Bible Study Tuesday 11am. Cafe Church, Weds & Thurs 11am. Amigos del Coches Clasicos Local, multi-national group of classic car Come for a chat and coffee. Contact enthusiasts. Meetings first Thursday of Pastors Dave 697522521 or John month, 3pm, Hotel Overa, jn 547 of 634254781. See FaceBook or visit E15/A7. www.a-c-c.es, email: info@a-c- www.livingwaterchurchmojacar.com c.es, tel. David 950 412 165 The Evangelical Church, Turre Avda de Almeria on the corner of Cabrera Slot Car Club Thursdays, 4.30-6pm. Richard 950 970 C/Alberquillica . Sunday 10.30am. Tuesday 3pm Bible Studying. Midweek 869. Call to check if on first. prayer meeting. Tel. 950 617549 or 950 Model Aero Flying Club, Cortijo 47 2 3 4 9 . w w w . t u r r e c h u r c h . c o m 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 & Tony Noble 950092096 or 634301873 www.mojacarchurch.org

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 On Public Holidays when the Artisan Centre is closed, the Tuesday meeting will be at the Living Water Church. Ostomist Support For Expats Call Dee 950 064 322 in confidence.

Age Support Almanzora Information Centre. Avda Lepanto, near Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses Total Entertainment. Tues - Fri, 10a.m. Tues 7:30pm & Sun 10.00am. Poligono to 2 p.m. Welcomes anyone who has Aljoroque - C/El Cajete 6, Antas. Contact: concerns about an older person who is 652 293 269 in need of support. Tel: 634 333 544 or email welfareteam.asa@gmail.com Aguaviva Evangelical Church Near the health Centre, opposite Bici- Shop, Plaza Padre Arias in Arboleas village Box, Albox. Tel: Rod Southwood, 687 (the square with the bakery and hairdresser) six days a week 10-1.30. Tel: 560 544 634333544, Puerto Lumbreras Christian Universal Wonderful Street Fellowship Every 1st and 3rd Sunday each month Academy at 11.00 am. Phone for exact location NGO that supports street children in (now at their house) Tel 619453283 or Accra (Ghana). Registered charity. 968 018 228 Paul and Sandra www.universalwonderfulstreetacadem y.org. Beatriz: 617 182 154 Santa Cruz Christian Fellowship Sundays and midweek in Albox and FACE surrounding areas. Contact 677 087 (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for 257 or santacruzalbox@gmail.com E ve r yo n e ) . Re g i s te r e d c h a r i t y. face.charity@hotmail.com www.face -charity.com

Support Groups & Charities

The Helping Hands Support for Animals and People alike. Registered charity. Tel: 968 48 29 48

Parkinson's Disease Support Contact Joyce Boxall (Santa Maria de Nieva, Huércal-Overa), tel 677 688037

Harmony Community Support Providing assistance to those in need. Tel. 634 339 192 Mon - Fri, 11:00 - 14:00 help@harmonycharity

MACS Cancer Support Group General Enquiries call 634 328 334 10am to 4pm. 24/7 Careline: 634 656 555. Fully Spanish registered charity. Shops in Mojácar, Turre, Albox and Huercal-Overa open Mon-Fri, 10-2pm www.macscancersupport.com Email: macscancersuppor t@live.co.uk

Stepping Stones Carers Support Group Turre Evangelical Hall, Thurs, 11am-2pm. Turre Evangelical Church Services in English, Sundays, 10.30am. Tel 950 472822 or 677 683385 Everyone welcome. 950 617 549 www.steppingstonescarersgroup.wee bly.com

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Music & Drama Groups

Dance

Arts & Crafts

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

Line Dancing Hotel el Puntazo, Mojacar. Fridays, 7.–10pm. Beginners welcome. Contact: Glynis 648217503 or Mary Beth 661671526 or strictlylinedancing mojacar@gmail.com

Sewing Group, Mojacar Meet at Dolce Vita for sewing, knitting etc. Weds 10.30 - 12.30. Tel: Brenda 634 34 34 92 or Sylvia 628 006 197.

Independent Theatre Group Always looking for new people, novices & full blown Thesbians. Call Ian Jones on 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 or e-mail independenttheatre@hotmail.com The Luvvies Maloan’s Bar, Arboleas. New members always welcome for acting or work behind the scenes etc. Contact us via www.theluvvies.com, tel. 634 346 309 or e-mail info@theluvvies.com Jacqueline Welby Productions New members always needed to act or work back stage or with any other activities. Tel. Jacqueline Morris Welby 634 313 531 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 Sing Sing Sing A mixed informal singing group, singing all types of music, for the fun of it, and to be able to perform a few charity events. Everyone welcome, Rehearsal Tuesday 6pm Villaricos Social Centre. For info. ring Janet on 617856680. 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 654 164 293

Eleanor & Gilly's Line Dance Class Maloan's Bar, Albox, 2-30pm- 4-30pm, Mondays. All levels welcome. Eleanor Tolman 950 439 003. Step2It - Line Dancing Maloan’s, Albox. Weds: 6.45 p.m 7.30 p.m, First Steps/Introduction. 7.30 p.m - 10.30, Beginners / Improvers /Intermediate. Contact: C a r r i e A n n 6 2727 9 5 84 www.carrieanngreen.com Line Dancing Beachcomber Restaurant, Mojácar. Beginners/Improvers. Mondays, 4pm. Contact John 666 200 579

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

Line Dancing La Vida, Cucador. Tuesday 5pm

Sophia Wellness Centre, Arboleas Art classes. Tel. 950 449 451.

Pro Danza Nicky Mainstone Royal Academy Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Dance fit fusion. Children & Adults. Mojacar & Los Gallardos. T. 667479903

Yoga

Ceroc Dancing Artisan Centre, Mojacar, Tues 8.15pm Beginners/Improvers/Advanced. All welcome. Contact Tracey 687251799 Belly Dancing Mojácar, Garrucha & Huércal-Overa. Contact Fatima: 610 472 596 Bellydance Classes Mojácar, Turre, Palomares. Call 639 724 521 Oriental and Middle Eastern Folklore dancing classes Tues at Vera, Wed at Turre. Shirin, 607805367, gytanshark@yahoo.es Dance Classes with Hollie Newell Ballet, tap, contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical, zumba and more. Based in Turre. Tel: 634 317 391 Flamenco Dance Workshops Beginners level. Tel:687480694 Performing Arts Centre DanZaVera 54 Verasol, Vera. Royal Academy Ballet, Imperial Society Modern, Tap and Jazz. Also Hip-Hop, Oriental Dance, Spanish Classical. Tel Anita: 670 715 787

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Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojácar Mondays. Contact Sharon - 950 469 122 or 672 061 048 or 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 welcome. Sharon 672061048 Sol Yoga Centre, Arboleas Tel: 686 400331 Girasol, Albox Call 639 089 170 Cortijo El Saltador Lucainena de las Torres. Mon, 5:30pm. Tel: Brahmani on 600 34 91 51 Yoga with Ashlí Talita Kim Studio, Turre. Wed & Fri, 9.4511.00am. Beginners & restorative yoga. GymXtreme,Vera. Wed & Fri, 8.30pm. Beginners & relaxation yoga. All ages & levels welcome. Ashlí - 643 102 335


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

Tennis & Padel Tennis Sierra Club Desert Springs. Tel: 687599115

Body Control Pilates. Classes or private. Sharon 638 487 314

Tennis Coach Diego Rodriguez Tel: 950 393 851 and 607 021 280

Aerobics or Pilates Campo de Futbol, Turre. Contact Vicki 650 764 623 or vicki.lynch@live.co.uk

Bowling Club de Zurgena Friendly, social and competitive bowling, Padel tennis lessons all levels and standards. Contact Keith: At home. Tel: Ulises Gutiérrez, 606 902 634 335 988 or zurgenabc@gmail.com. 691 www.zurgenabc.com Albox Sub-Aqua Club Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club Wed, 8pm, Travellers Inn (7Km from Contact Mrs Lynne Hughes-Jones Albox on Taberno Road). lynne@genesis-cs.com Tel: 617 830 660 Mojácar Sailing Club Indalo Lawn Bowling Club Sunday afternoons, Playa Cantal, near Contact Toni: 950 468 165 or 647 703 Trufi Bar. All ages welcome for crewing 393 wattsmyt@gmail.com or social membership. Contact George Mojacar Bowls Club on 950 475 428. Behind Marina Mar Hotel. Everybody PartyLevante Sailing Club welcome - Tues, Thurs and Sat starting Initiation for children from 7 yrs in small with coffee at 9:30. Contact Verna 610 groups. Email info@partylevante.com 838 644. or call 680942141 www.partylevante Badgers Golf Society .com Mojacar, play Wednesday and Saturday. Everyone always welcome. Contact Santa Irene Sailing Club Duncan Smart on 634 331 059 or Meets Sundays at 10:30 at the boat park badgersmojacar@gmail.com of the New Marina, Garrucha, with a presail coffee at café La Oficina virtually Boxers Golf Society Albox All welcome to join us as members or opposite at 11:00. Contact Ian via info@ guests. Call in at the Why Not bar in santaireneclubdevela.com or call 671 Albox on Saturday mornings or email 474 385. See www.santaireneclub devela.com peterstooks@avired.com Garrucha Table Tennis Club Forum Golf Society Plays friendly events at local courses Tel Barry on 677 174 430 twice a month. Richard Price. Telephone Cazadores de Turre Cricket Club. 850993073 or rfp53@yahoo.co.uk. Welcome new members of all ages and www.forumgolfsociety.webs.com experience. Contact Sam Lewis on 663 132 487 or Derek Larkins 634 361 941 Marina Phoenix Golf Society Visitors welcome Mondays and Adelante Gimnasia Artìstica Thursdays. Tel Don Atkins 605 051 238. Classes for fun gymnastics , competitive Email marinaphoenixgolfsociety levels, pre school and adults. Fully @gmail.com qualified coach. From 2 years. Tel 622 129 702 or info@adelanteartisitca.es Valle del Este Golf Society. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Contact www.adelanteartistica.es Facebook Alan Townsend Tel. 690 090 982 Adelante Gimnasia artistica. Almería Golf League Contact Les on 950 619 273 Albox Club de Tenis Sun & Thurs mornings, Tues afternoons. Tel Sue: 950 064 369 Cabrera Tennis Club Email: cabreratennis@gmail.com www.facebook.com/cabrera.tennis Club de Tenis y Padel Indalo Vera. Tel: 608 250 607 - 950 59 28 77 www.tenisypadelindalo.com

Slimming Groups Casa Pepa, Turre, Weds 10 am, Hostal Meson (Kubatin) Arboleas, Thurs 1pm, Rose & Crown, Mojácar, Fri 11.30 Contact Vicki 650 764 623 or vicki.lynch @live.co.uk Slimming & Fitness with Pam Various locations. Tel: 639 465 631 pamsslimming@gmail.com 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. Fitness with Alison, Mojácar Full Body Workout, Pilates, AquaZumba, Zumba, Step Aerobics, Total Toning, AeroFit. Tel 666 273 168. Sansonora, Mojácar Qi Gong, Pilates, Dance. Contact Elena, 630 688 615 or elenasansonora @gmail.com Hollie Newell Zumba Almeria Turre, Los Gallardos, Arboleas and San Juan. Contact: 634 317 391

Walking Football Club Campo de Football, Los Gallardos, 9am Fitness with Pam Monday for training, exercise & playing. Aerobics, Jane Fonda workout, Gentle www.fclosamigos.com Cardio/Pilates, Hits/Circuit, Limited Mobility. Various locations. Tel: 639 465 631

Fitness & Martial Arts

Zumba, La Vida Cucador Girasol, Albox Fridays 10am. Pilates, children’s karate & gymastics, advanced gymnastics, Tai-chi. Tel 639 089 170

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Jokes of the Month The Anniversary

Cyanide

A farmer and his wife were leaning on the side of their pig-pen, and the woman said, “Tomorrow is our golden wedding anniversary, why don’t we kill a pig and have a party?” The farmer slowly scratched his head and eventually replied, “Gee, Shirley, I don’t see why the pig has to take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago.”

A calm looking well-dressed lady went into a chemist shop and told the pharmacist that she needed to buy some cyanide. The pharmacist said to her, “Why would you want to buy cyanide which is a very potent poison?” The woman replies, “I want to poison my husband!” The pharmacist is very shocked and says, “There is no way that I can sell you cyanide to poison your husband. If it came out you would certainly be sent to prison and I would be struck off, and probably be sent to prison myself. It is entirely against the law, so you cannot buy cyanide!” The woman reaches into her hand bag and shows the pharmacist a photo of her husband in bed with his wife. The pharmacist studies the photo for a minute then says, “You didn’t tell me you had a prescription.”

Having Some Drinks A man goes into a pub and orders a double whisky. He knocks it back and then looks at something he takes out of the top pocket of his suit. He then orders another double whisky and gulps it down. After taking something out of his top pocket again and studying it he orders another double whisky. After his third double whisky the barman says, “I’ll keep serving you whiskies all night, but why do you get something out of your top pocket after every drink before you order another one?” The man replies, “It’s a photograph of my wife. When she looks really beautiful I know it’s time to go home!”

Another Wife A husband and wife were golfing when suddenly the wife asked, "Honey, if I died would you get married again?" The husband said, "No sweetie." The woman said, "I'm sure you would." So the man said, "Okay, I would" Then the woman asked, "Would you let her sleep in our bed?" And the man replied, "Ya, I guess so." Then the wife asked, "Would you let her use my golf clubs?" And the husband replied, "No, she's left handed."

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The Heart Attack A blonde gets home from work early and hears a lot of strange noises coming from upstairs. She rushes up and finds her husband lying on the bed naked, sweating and panting. She asks him, “What is going on?” Her husband replies, “I think I may be having a heart attack.” She dashes downstairs to call for an ambulance but her young son comes up to her and says, “Mummy, Mummy, I just saw Aunt Shirley go into my bedroom, and I think she is hiding in the wardrobe.” The blonde finished her phone call and rushes upstairs again to tell her husband the ambulance is on its way. She then goes into her son’s bedroom, opens the wardrobe, and sure enough her sister is in there totally naked. The blonde screams out, “You rotten bitch! My husband is having a heart attack and all you can do is run around naked playing hide and seek with the children!”


...and next... A Valentine Wish “Lord, if you can’t make me have a slender figure, and my husband gives me chocolates again, at least make all my friends fat!”

A False Deduction

The Cards A man went into a post office just before Valentine’s Day and saw a man with a whole pile of envelopes that were obviously Valentine cards as they were bright red with hearts all over them. After he had stuck stamps on the whole stack the man then produced a bottle of Channel perfume and started spraying it over the cards. The first man couldn’t contain himself any longer and asked “Why have you got such a big stack of Valentine cards that you are spraying with perfume, and who are you sending all the cards to?” The man replied, “I have a long list of wealthy couples in this area and all the cards addressed to the husbands have ‘Guess Who?’ written inside them.” The man asked, “Why would you want to do that?” The man with the cards replied, “I’m a divorce lawyer.”

A school teacher told her class when it was going to be her birthday the following week. On the day, three young boys take a present to school. She knows that the father of the first boy to give her a present owns a handmade chocolate business. She shakes the square box against her ear and it rattles. She thanks the boy and tells him she will open it later and she loves chocolates. The second present in an oblong box is from a boy whose father owns a flower shop. She smells the box, thanks the boy for bringing her flowers and tells him she will open it later. The third boy gives her a stout cardboard box that has some liquid leaking out of the corner, but she knows his father sells wine. She wipes her finger over the liquid and sucks it. It seems a bit strange but she tells this boy she will open it later. He is very agitated and wants her to open it straight away. The teacher says, “I know this is wine although the taste is a bit unusual, but I want to open it later this evening with my meal”. “But it’s not wine, it’s a puppy!” was the reply.

The Question

In The Loo In a ladies’ loo in a pub there is a sign on the wall that reads, “Men are like floor tiles. If you lay them right to start with, you can walk all over them for years.”

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Scientists say that within a hundred years the sun will heat up so much that all the sea water will evaporate. After this, the earth will becomes a desolate barren place with no vegetation and the ability to sustain life. But the question is, “Will ‘DFS’ still have a half-price sale?”


Coffee Break

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The Almeria Focus - February 2018  

The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of south-east Spain.

The Almeria Focus - February 2018  

The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of south-east Spain.

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