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Contents The ‘New Normal’ ............................................................…...10 In the News ........…................…………................................…….12 So Now You Know ............................................................................46 More Bad News for Mortgage Lenders ...........................48 A Good Alternative to Flying ..................................................50 Spanish Cars - The Oldest in the EU..........................................52 The Spanish UME ..................................................................54 A-Z Directory ……………….......……................................................66 Useful Numbers ..................................................................97 Community News ............................................................................98 Activities, Clubs and Associations ........................................103 Your Stars …..........…………......……........................................…107 Jokes of the Month ………………............................................108 Coffee Break …………………….............................................…110 For general enquiries, call Clare on 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com For advertising enquiries, call Lee on 634 32 22 76

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part from Madrid, Spain has now emerged from the end of the sixth state of alarm and the end of phase 3, into a “New normality” and consequently the ‘Focus’ magazine has returned. We are fortunate that of the eight provinces in Andalucía, Almería and Huelva have had the least number of cases and deaths. As we go to press, numbers in Almería are people 804 infected and 53 deaths according to the Junta de Andalucia. (https://www.juntadeandalucia.es/institutodee stadisticaycartografia/salud/COVID19.html) It is generally accepted that the restrictions and lockdowns have been measured, logical, and backed up with fines. Regulations announced in June were that without any end date, people will still have to wear a mask in populated enclosed places, on public transport and non-related occupants of vehicles. The President of Andalucía has announced that the new normality phase will last until spring next year and Pedro Sánchez, the Prime Minister, has stated that “Complete normality” cannot happen without a proven vaccine.

June 15th which was a pilot study to see what happened. Last year 28.9 million foreign tourists came to Spain in July, August and September and there is nil expectation that there will be anything like these numbers. Many hotels have decided not to open at all as the government scheme to pay employees when their employer has temporally ceased trading will be extended to the end of September.

Spain has held out that travel between countries did not happen until June 21st, unlike other EU countries and the Schengen group, who allowed it from June 15th. There will be some exceptions which will apply, if deemed necessary, to countries where the rate of infected cases and deaths has not matched those of Spain. The Spanish Health Department are very worried that letting in international tourists may lead to a large number of new cases and hospitalisations. Now that residents of Spain can travel within the country it is hoped that these numbers will help, but 66% of people who were surveyed stated that they were not going anywhere.

Dates for the 2020-2021 school year from September have now been published with many conditions, but it is not often that announcements in Spain are made so far in advance! For children under the age of 10, with classes of no more than 25, they can sit together without masks. Older children will have to wear masks in communal areas and observe the 1.5m distance in classes that may mean only 15-20 pupils. In Andalucía it is calculated that there will need to be 30,000 new teachers, and large communal areas will be subdivided to This month there is no “What’s On” section as the make extra classrooms. situation is still very fluid. In our next magazine we will list the new agendas. The Junta de Andalucía Spain, Andalucía and Almería province need tourism has “strongly advised” provinces and municipalities but the expected numbers of international tourists that no large events take place in July and August, in 2020 has been estimated to be 25 to 30% of and Almería city cancelled their major outdoor the 83.7 million who came here in 2019. In May feria at the end of August, as well as the 2019 some 7 million international tourists came ‘Dreambeach’ festival at Villaricos. to Spain which this year was zero, and 8.8 million came in June 2019. This year 11,000 German In other years there has not been a ‘Focus’ tourists were allowed into the Balearic Islands from magazine in August, but this year there will be.

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In the News The “New Normality” Spain has now entered into a phase of “New normality”, which is not the same as the “Complete normality”, the situation before the pandemic. The new phase has no end date and will only come to an end if the virus is defeated, or a proven vaccine is available. Neither scenario is expected in the foreseeable future. A major change is that the autonomous communities, in our case Andalucía, are now able to set their own continuing restrictions or relaxations. Central government still reserve the right to dictate the countries where international tourism is allowed, or overall health restrictions should there be major new outbreaks and hospitalisations that threaten the country as a whole. The new normality does not do away with masks, hand washing, using gel or the 1.5m social distancing. The main regulations from the Junta de Andalucía are that bars and restaurants can have up to 100% of their authorised capacity on terraces, and 75% inside, but still with social distancing. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can now go up to 65% of numbered seats and outdoor events such as concerts can have up to 1,500 spectators with social distancing. Nevertheless, the Junta have announced that any major event with large numbers planned for July and August should be cancelled. In hotels, communal areas including eating areas and pools cannot have more than 50% capacity, unlike Murcia where this limit is 75%. Funerals can have up to 60 persons in the open air, or 30 inside a building. Masks still have to be worn on public transport, by occupants of a vehicle such as a car who are not related, in enclosed spaces where being 1.5m away is not possible, and in other crowded areas that might include outdoor areas. Fines of up to100 euros continue in force for noncompliance. Regular cleaning of all areas where the public have access is still compulsory. Regulations for the return to school in September have been published and the Junta de Andalucía is responsible for putting these in force. The President of the Junta has stated that the new normality will continue in force until spring 2021 and be regularly reviewed. How all this can be explained to tourists coming to Spain is not at all clear!

Cancelled Events A large number of cultural events scheduled to take place locally in May, June, July, and later in the year were cancelled because of the pandemic. Many of them have been postponed until late September, October or November mostly without an exact date as this has to fit in with other programmed events during these months and the schedule of the organisers and artistes. Many famous names due to come to Spain this year will not arrive until 2021, and the internationally famous singer David Bisbal, who originates from Roquetas de Mar, has postponed his world tour until next year. From May 25th in phase 2, theatres, cinemas and concert halls could open with 30% of available numbered seats but a maximum of 50 people and in phase 3 the capacity was increased to 50%. Nevertheless, the municipal auditorios in Almería city, Roquetas de Mar and Águilas cancelled all events until late September or early October. The two largest multiscreen cinemas in Almería city announced that they would not open until July as there was a shortage of new films that had not already been released in digital format. The number of seats they could sell by then was also increased to 65%. On June 11th the organisers of ‘Dreambeach’ cancelled the event this year, which was a foregone conclusion. Having approximately 160,000 people shoulder to shoulder for three days was obviously a very bad idea. Dates of August 4th-8th have been announced for next year and the line-up is stated to be 99% the same. Ticket holders could ask for a refund within 14 days or keep them for next time. The ‘Juerga’s’ music festival in Adra has been postponed until August 5th-7th next year with promises of the same lineup, and a suggestion that ticket holders do not request a refund. This is similarly suggested for the cancelled Almería city ‘CoolturalFest’ postponed to August 19th-22nd next year. Our “What’s On” section will return in August. No Dangers The World Health Organisation have stated that there are no recorded cases of the virus being spread from newspapers, and the Junta de Andalucía have said that this is the case with all newspapers,

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In the News magazines, letters and packets. At the start of the COVID-19 restrictions in Spain the obtaining of newspapers was ruled to be an essential service to combat any fake news. When bars and restaurants were allowed to open they were told that there was no prohibition on newspapers they had bought being read by customers.

defacement, but it was not crystal clear if they still owned the construction (or the land), and Greenpeace argued that as it was due to be demolished there was no monetary damage! The court in Vera will rule on a prosecution relating to the Guardia Civil Police, that when asked to vacate the building site in 2014 the activists refused, and thus unlawfully defied a police order. The names A WhatsApp / Vueling Scam and addresses of 28 people were obtained by the In mid-June during the COVID-19 phase 3, Spanish police. cybercrime police issued a warning that there was a fraudulent message via WhatsApp that allegedly came from the Spanish airline Vueling. This stated that the recipient was entitled to a free ticket and directed them to a website. Once there a person had to enter their personal details that were then fraudulently used. The police stated that the free ticket offer should be deleted and they should be contacted by the recipients who had received it.

The Infamous “El Algarrobico” Hotel. During the pandemic, many courts drastically reduced their staff except for courts that dealt with domestic violence. In the “New Normality” phase, courts became operational again, and a court in Vera is proposing to hear a case that applies to 28 of the 100 Greenpeace activists who defaced the nearly completed El Algorrobico hotel in Carboneras for the second time in 2014. Work on the hotel, started in 2003, was stopped in 2005, after Greenpeace “discovered” the nearly completed hotel and started raising major objections. At the time, Carboneras residents were being interviewed for the employment of 500 people. Nothing has happened since, and the hotel is untouched, except for numerous and protracted legal wrangling in courts in Andalucía and Madrid. In October 2014 activists painted a very large black circle on all of the 21 floors of the hotel covering 8,000m2, but left clear lettering that spelt out “HOTEL ILEGAL”. This was not very bright, as they had previously painted these two words on the hotel, and residents in Carboneras quickly painted out the “I” so it then read “HOTEL LEGAL”, and they did this again! The developers ‘Azata del Sol’ went to court in 2017 for a second time, asking for damages following the

Fire Fighting From June 1st Despite the pandemic, the ‘Plan Infoca’ anti-fire organisation started their high alert in our province as is normal, from June 1st to October 15th. 400 professionals in total are involved with 286 front line operatives and a wide range of specialist vehicles, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters adapted to discharge water or chemicals. The three main centres in Almería province for co-ordination and rapid response are at Serón, Alhama de Almería and Velez-Blanco, and at Gérgal there is an aircraft landing runway. During this period, burning agricultural waste is banned, driving motor vehicles in wooded areas, having barbecues in the countryside, or any other activity that might result in a fire. All municipalities are required to have maps available showing quick access routes that are marked out and the availability of water from things like agricultural deposits and lakes. In major fires, the ‘Infoca’ organisation can call out the specialist ‘UME’ emergency army fire-fighting unit based in Seville for assistance. We explain what the ‘UME’ is

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In the News in an article. 1,500 COVID-19 tests were administered to local police and ‘Infoca’ personnel in Almería province. On Sunday, June 21st, there was a major fire between Mojácar and Turre in the Sierra Cabrera mountains. Infoca fought the fire until the early hours of Monday morning with 143 operatives on the ground and 12 aircraft.

Covid-19 Figures in Almería Province Up to the end of May, 64% of all people who had contracted the virus in Almería province were below the age of 64. 90% of deaths were from people over the age of 65 and this was 19% of infections in this age group. There were a handful of cases in adolescents aged 15-19 and children under the age of 14, with the youngest one being a child aged four. There was a reduction of 0.3% in the amount of money paid out to Spanish and other nationalities that received retirement pensions owing to the deaths. Christopher Columbus There are fears that the large protests connected with the “Black Lives Matter” anti-racial demonstrations may lead to a spike in the numbers who contract the COVID-19 virus although there have not been major demonstrations in Spain. As part of these protests, Christopher Columbus has come into the spotlight. Until a few years ago October 12th in Spain was “Dia de Cristóbal Colón” (Christopher Columbus Day) but this was changed to “Dia de la Hispanidád” (Hispanic Day).This was because of allegations of documented evidence that Christopher Columbus was very harsh and extremely inhumane in his treatment of prisoners and slaves, and he was Italian not Spanish! There has been vandalism of his statues in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Florida and Virginia where his statue was thrown into a lake. As regards him arriving in America, the Hispanic Council that has researched the relationship of Spain and the US disputes claims of ill-treatment but states that he never actually set foot on US soil and in reality he accidently arrived in South America in 1492 in present day Venezuela! They consider that Spain established peaceful links with the US and were very successful

at fostering a good relationship with the inhabitants. They don’t think that the statues in the US should automatically be taken down, but the historic connections should be re-written, and he is given credit for being an important explorer of the “Americas”. There is a 60m column with a statue of Christopher Columbus at the end of the ‘rambla’ in Barcelona that dates from 1888, when it was unclear that he was Italian not Spanish.

The Silly Belgian Prince The 28 year old Belgian Prince Joaguín, also Archduke of Austria-Este who is a nephew of the King of Belgium and ninth in succession to the Belgian throne, has a girlfriend in Córdoba. He flew into Madrid airport on May 24th and then took the AVE (High speed train) to Córdoba. He didn’t observe the 14 day quarantine and on May 26th he went to a party of friends where there were 27 people (in defiance of the regulations regarding numbers). The next day he felt unwell and on May 28th tested positive for COVID-19. When this became known, all the other 26 people were put into quarantine and the police launched an investigation that had to extend to nearby passengers on the plane and the AVE. Subsequently, there were three confirmed cases amongst the other partygoers. A spokesperson from the Belgian Royal Family apologised for the prince’s actions and stated that the fine would be paid out of his own pocket. The organisers of banned events are usually fined 10,400 euros and fines for serious offences go from 10,401-20,200 euros, and for very serious offences from 20,201-30,000 euros. For an extremely serious offence such as infringing regulations more than once the top limit is 60,000 euros. The Guardia Civil police in Córdoba declined to reveal the amount of his fine. The 2020 Almería Feria Cancelled Every year at the end of August there is a large ‘feria’ in Almería city with many activities over a period of days, and events and concerts at the special site. Thousands of people attend and the Almería city council announced at the end of May that it was hoped that it could still take place with

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In the News some restrictions. A few days later the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province) announced that their “strong recommendation” was that no major events with large numbers of the public took place in June, July or August. Faced with this, Almería city decided to cancel the feria. The Almería Association of Hoteliers stated that whilst they wanted guests they supported the cancellation as they wanted to have a completely safe situation for people staying in the hotels and engaging in tourist-related activities.

Non-Spanish Good For Spain We have commented previously that “residential tourism” from non-Spanish people who come here and buy property, cars, goods and services is vital for the Spanish economy. Apart from this sector, non-Spanish workers paid 360 million euros in 2019 into the Social Security department funds which was 20% of the total, and paid 30.6 million euros in tax. More statistics have been published that also show that the non-Spanish persons don’t make a big demand on healthcare either and this is partly because the average age of workers is five years less than working Spaniards. These figures are very important as the ultra-rght wing Vox have been claiming that the Spanish Health Service is collapsing because of the non-Spanish users and illegal immigrants that are entitled to healthcare, and they cause large queues at doctors and accident and emergency departments. Unfortunately, the Vox party was quite successful in the November General Elections in places such as Níjar and El Ejido in our province. The Junta de Andalucía has started a campaign to explain that this is “fake news” and is just aimed at spreading unrest. Official statistics for health care are that doctor’s visits and primary health care by non-Spanish persons in Andalucía was only 13% compared to 80% of Spaniards (the other 7% was not documented for various reasons such as that identity was not asked for, but it was not just the non-Spanish). Figures for Almería province are that the official number of 146,000 non-Spanish residents makes up 20% of all residents, so less than two thirds were using this part of the health service. As regards treatment in a hospital,

44,382 people were admitted but only 6,247 (14%) were non-Spanish. Treatment in day hospitals, where a patient is not admitted, for cancer treatment, minor operations or dialysis was less than 10% and this was the same percentage for people needing surgery. The message from the Junta de Andalucía also relates to false claims by Vox that irregular immigrants are treated quicker than the Spanish and jumped the queue, and this claim is described as “completely false”. Websites such as Maldita and Newtral that de-bunk myths are very popular in Spain and Facebook now has verifiers that factcheck claims and remove false information.

A COVID Tax on Drinks & Food on Terraces People eating in a restaurant may be asked if they want bread, which is added to the bill, or they may be given some and charged whether they touch it or not, and in some cases this also applies to water. This is not legal unless it has been clearly shown on a menu or has been put on signs that are clearly visible, and the same thing applies to a surcharge for drinks served on an outside terrace. This is very clear under article 60 of the law for the rights of consumers which also bans exorbitant charges. During the pandemic when bars and restaurants could open again, menus could not be given to clients, and there could not be any dispensers of serviettes put out, or tables set with cutlery. The official Spanish Consumer Organisation ‘FACUA’ are complaining that some establishments are including a “COVID Tax” which is illegal as no such tax exists. They published a photo of a price ticket where two people had each ordered and drunk one caña of beer that totalled 5 euros. Below this there were added charges under “Extras”. These were 1 euro for a Covid tax, 1 euro for terrace service, 1 euro for bread, 1 euro for “cubiertos” (knives with the bread) and 1 euro for water, which doubled the bill! The clients had not requested bread or water that they didn’t touch and there were not any displayed signs that these charges would be made. ‘FACUA’ advised customers in this situation to refuse to pay the extra charges, or obtain and fill in an “Hoja de reclamación / Complaints sheet” that every business has to have and give to customers when requested.

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In the News A DGT Fines Scam The DGT, the Spanish traffic authority, have issued a warning that there is a scam relating to fines during the pandemic and lockdown. They stressed that the email was fake although it appeared to have come from the DGT with their logo. The email stated that there was an outstanding fine of 1,500 euros and invited the recipients to click on a box to obtain the full information and a police photo of the vehicle. If this was done, malware enabled access to personal details and bank accounts if an anti-virus system did not stop it. The DGT warned that the email should be immediately deleted and if it was read, on no account should the link be opened. They reminded the general public that the DGT never notified fines this way, and never sent out radar camera images of vehicles, nor asked for any attached file to be opened. They underlined that all fines not dealt with by traffic police at the time, such as infractions recorded by cameras, were notified to registered vehicle owners using certified post, or drivers could go onto the official DGT site. Celebrating Easter in September All the Easter services and processions throughout Spain in April and in many other parts of the world were cancelled. The Vatican has proposed that the processions take place on September 14th and 15th instead. These dates in the Roman Catholic calendar celebrate the “Exaltation of the cross” and “Our lady (the virgin Mary) of pain”. The Vatican has also announced that there will be a “plenary indulgence” (the forgiving of sins) for all persons infected by the COVID-19 virus and health workers. Additionally, when Catholics couldn’t go to church to make a confession where this had been banned because the churches were shut, they had a “collective absolution” of their sins. A monetary figure of a loss of 11 million euros has been calculated to be the loss from tourism in Spain during the normal Easter events.

face masks called “Mascarillas 100” that fully comply with the official regulations and can be washed up to 70 times. There is a unisex size and one for children, and each mask costs 6 euros 99 céntimos. They are also marketing a different one for sport use that costs an extra euro and can be washed up to 40 times. The weight of the masks is given as no more than 5 grammes. When this was announced in mid-June the company stated that there were ample stocks in their stores and availability on-line would follow shortly.

“Millares, Your Heritage”

The Almería ‘diputación’ (county council) have launched an initiative to have the Los Millares archaeological site declared to be a Unesco World Heritage Site. They have prepared a short video that explains the importance of the site and it is intended to help collect signatures throughout Spain. The Los Millares site is 5,000 years old and is believed to have been inhabited from 3,250-2,000 BC. It is considered to be the most important example of the Copper Age in Europe with an advanced and pioneering population. The fortified site had natural defences from the river Andarax, and the fast moving river was a very quick way of accessing the sea. It had an abundance of water and advanced agriculture and livestock husbandry with copper mines, wooded areas and fauna. The inhabitants fabricated ceramics and copper goods used as arms, jewellery, signs of prestige and luxury commerce. Los Millares is located in the Masks from Decathlon municipality of Santa Fe de Mondujar, some 17 The Spanish branches of the sports company kilometres from Almeria city. The video can be seen Decathlon have announced that they can supply at www.millarestuherencia.com.

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In the News Donations to the Church or Charities Spain is nominally a Roman Catholic country although Roman Catholicism is not the state religion, unlike the Church of England in the UK. Numbers of Catholics who regularly go to church is decreasing, but the Catholic Church is still considered very important. Every year in June, people living in Spain have to make a tax declaration known as ‘la Renta’ for the previous year. Prior to 2007, any person making a tax declaration could opt for 0.5% of their tax due to be given to the Catholic Church, but not any other religious association. This amount is taken off their tax so the ‘Hacienda’ (The Spanish tax authority) get less tax, but it has no effect on the individual person. In 2007 the amount of the donation was increased to 0.7% and it was also possible to donate 0.7% to charities, destined for social improvement, as it was considered unfair that the only entity that benefitted was the Church. Since then, people making tax returns can choose to donate to either, or both, or neither of them. In June 2019, for the tax year 2018, a total of 7 million people (slightly up on the previous year) ticked the box for the Church which came to 284 million euros. Taxpayers between the ages of 40-50 were the most likely age group to donate to the Church but 32% of young people below the age of 25 did so with slightly more women than men. 14% of taxpayers chose to donate to the Church, 34% to charities, and 21% for both, and the 0.7% destined for charities came to 306 million euros. If a taxpayer chooses to ignore both the church and charities donations, the Spanish state earmark 0.7% of the tax paid for spending on activities intended to be for the good of the general public. Missing People in Spain Statistics published in April revealed that since 2010, when the records of people who were missing were properly collated, there are an outstanding 5,500 cases throughout Spain. Up to December 31st 2019, the specialist national unit that was set up in 2018 had a total of 202,000 reports of missing persons since 2010. Some 3,000 people on the missing list are non-Spanish and 2,800 are children. This high number is because 1,000 of them are the “boat

people” children and young people who arrive in Spain on their own and then abscond from reception centres. The central unit for missing people keep in touch with relatives and in many cases the missing people are located. A young lady, Lourdes García aged 34, who worked at a CEPSA petrol station in Roquetas de Mar went missing in October 2009 after she left work in her uniform and drove away in her car. She was due to meet up with friends in the evening who contacted her family when she did not appear and they reported her missing. Clothes she intended to wear in the evening were laid out on her bed, and a couple of days later her car with the keys in the ignition was found parked near to the bullring. From the position of the driving seat it appeared that someone else may have driven her car to where it was found. Police concluded that there was no reason whatever why she would have voluntarily left the area although friends said that she was a bit upset after recently breaking up with her boyfriend. Protracted investigations revealed nothing that was helpful, and no person came under suspicion as having possibly kidnapped her or done her any harm. To this day her disappearance is still a complete mystery. Recently, and reluctantly, her family asked a court in Roquetas de Mar to rule that after no sign of her for more than 10 years she is presumed to be dead and to issue a death certificate. The judge was told that her case was still open but there was still no logical reason for her disappearance and a recent request in the press for any information whatsoever had revealed nothing new.

Migrant NHS Workers Surcharge Scrapped On May 21st Boris Johnson did a U-turn and scrapped the NHS surcharge for migrants working in the healthcare system in the UK that was introduced generally in 2015. This came after pressure from the Labour party and many Conservatives. Migrant health workers up to now, including Spaniards, (from porters and cleaners upwards) have had to pay 400 pounds every year to access the NHS, and this “fee” will be increased to 624 pounds and 470 pounds for children, in October. This is in addition to the cost of a visa to live in the UK that costs 400 to

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Liberty Seguros raises over 6,000 euros for the Paralympic Youth Athletics Promises Team Due to the pandemic with mandatory social distancing rules and heightened security measures, Liberty Seguros found itself in an unprecedented situation with regard to this year’s Liberty Race. For the first time ever, its flagship event took place online and delighted in achieving its objective of championing diversity and integration through sport. Raising an outstanding 6,333 euros for the Paralympic Youth Athletics Promises Team, the Liberty Race was once again hailed a resounding success.

Alberto Jofre, Managing Director of the Spanish Paralympic Committee, exclaimed: “This very special edition of the Liberty Race once again demonstrated Liberty Seguros' enormous commitment to Paralympic Sport. In the difficult times that we are currently living in, ensuring that this event could go ahead for another year despite the circumstances is a testament to the fact that Liberty continues to champion inclusion and supports people with disabilities to engage in sport. It is a real honour to have a sponsor like this.”

This year, the Liberty Race saw 3,000 individuals participate in the event with nearly 1,000 users of social media sharing photos across networks and the hashtag #MiCarreraLiberty experiencing an engagement of over 860,000 on Twitter and Instagram alone.

Liberty's Commitment to Paralympic Sport

The Liberty Race advocates solidarity and unity whilst raising funds for young athletes with promising potential at sports level who have not yet benefited from the ADOP Plan. This programme is designed to assist elite sportspeople with disabilities in Spain to prepare for the Paralympic Games. As with previous years, funds raised through donations made by the participants of the race will go to the athletes in the Paralympic Athletics Promises Team.

Liberty Seguros champions the integration of those living with disabilities into society through values that are embodied in sport: effort, the spirit of competition, teamwork, and the desire to push on forwards. Since 2007, it has continuously collaborated with the Spanish Paralympic Committee (CPE) in favour of Paralympic Sport as means of uniting those living with challenges into the community.

Within its framework of collaboration, Liberty Seguros founded and supported 'Liberty Insurance Team of Paralympic Athletics Promises'. Since the year 2012, this programme has nurtured young promising talent to develop sporting careers. It has hosted events such as the popular Liberty Race Supported by Liberty Seguros, the Paralympic and, since the year 2015, has formed the biggest Athletics Promises Team comprises young males fan club of Paralympic Sport through its #SeSalen and females from all over Spain between the ages initiative. of 12 and 20 that are living with physical, visual, or intellectual challenges, such as those with learning disabilities or debilitating conditions such as cerebral palsy. Funds raised through the Liberty Race help the athletes to enhance their level of performance through technical training and specialised plans and assist with financing their attendance at national and international competitions. Between 2012 and the present day, the Liberty Race has raised an impressive 246,333 euros in total to support these young sportspeople.

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Alba García, a rising athlete and member of the Paralympic Youth Athletics Promises Team


In the News 600 pounds per person including children. Following the extreme pressure, the UK government announced that this amount of money would be stopped for health workers as soon as possible. Having recovered from the COVID-19 virus after he had been in intensive care, Boris Johnson congratulated two health workers who had looked after him, one from New Zealand and one from Portugal, who had both paid the surcharge to work in the NHS. He stated, “(These) two nurses stood by my bedside for 48 hours when things could have gone either way. The NHS has saved my life, no question”.One Conservative MP reminded him that this was the case! Up to the end of May, 218,400 Spaniards have applied for “settled status” that means they can stay in the UK permanently after Brexit.

Help From Calar Alto Technicians at the Calar Alto observatory near Gérgal in Almería province have embarked on a project with Seville University and other scientific bodies to develop a scanner that will show the presence of the COVID-19 virus on surfaces. Using artificial intelligence the portable optical appliance will use infra-red and ultraviolet rays to scan surfaces and detect the virus. Funding is being advanced by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the Technological Department of the Junta de Andalucía. The aim is that the scanner will be operational in three months and available for use in eight months’ time. Aircraft Parking at Teruel and Almería The Spanish airport at Teruel, inland between Barcelona and Valencia, has never had any commercial flights. Major airlines are using it as a parking lot for the foreseeable future as the climate is considered ideal. Lufthansa are using it for many of their Airbus A340 planes and Airbus A380 planes from Air France. Their total capacity for these large planes is stated to be 125. Mechanics will regularly service these planes and run the engines to maintain their airworthy certification. The engine intakes and the turbines have large discs in front of them to stop birds nesting! The same situation applies to eight

parked aircraft at Almería airport. Delta Airlines in the US have mothballed 650 Boeing 777 planes mostly in the Nevada desert. Some of them may be put back into use and some of them will hopefully be sold. The airline states that this is part of their modernisation plan to buy Airbus planes and put these into service instead. The normal passenger capacity of a Boeing 777 is just under 300 seats and the Airbus 380 normal seat configuration is 550 passengers. The big attraction is a fuel saving of 21% per passenger.

Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso With the COVID-19 decimating the Formula 1 season this year it was announced in May that Sebastián Vettel would retire from racing at the end of the 2020 season. A few days later it was announced that he would be replaced by the young Spaniard Carlos Sainz from Madrid who this season drives for McLaren. He will become the third Spaniard to drive for Ferrari after Fernando Alonso (2010-2014) and Alfonso de Portago (1956-1957) who died after an accident in the Mille Miglia race in 1957 aged 28. Carlos Sainz is aged 25 and will join Charles Lecrec who is aged 22, making them the youngest ever Ferrari drivers. It has been stated by people in the know that Carlos Sainz will initially be paid 6 million euros for 2021 which is quite low for a Formula 1 driver. Lewis Hamilton is stated to receive 40 million dollars per year in salary, bonuses and product endorsement from his 2019-2020 renewal of his contract with Mercedes, and his career earnings are estimated to total 490 million dollars. Daniel Ricciardo will replace Carlos Sainz and move from Renault so they are short of one driver. Fernando Alonso, considered one of the giants of Formula 1, has reputedly signed a preagreement to join Renault for the 2021 season. He left Formula 1 in 2018 after a disastrous four seasons with McLaren who constantly struggled to have a reliable engine. He has always stated that he would like to return to Formula 1 “when the time was right”. The first Formula 1 race in 2020 will take place on July 5th in Austria and the Spanish Formula 1 race is on August 14th-16th. Whether or not fans can attend either of the races is under review and looks unlikely. Races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have now been cancelled.

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In the News More AVE Delays The arrival of the AVE (Spanish high speed train) in Almería city has been given as being 2023 for some time. It then emerged that a protracted period of testing was necessary and a date of 2025 was suggested as a document detailing expansion plans for the main rail station in Madrid gave 2025 as the year when the AVE from Almería and Murcia would arrive there. The Ministry of Transport has stated that the date of two years for testing was a worsecase scenario and it wouldn’t take two years in practice. The AVE can only arrive in Almería city when all the missing sections in Murcia and Almería province have been completed. There are three unknowns in Murcia at present. In Lorca city there is a planned and agreed underground section of 2.2km but locally they want 4.3km. This has held up the project with no firm commitment either way. The section from Lorca to Pulpí (on the border of Almería province and Murcia) is another section that has not been fully agreed because of the underground part in the city. At Totana there is not yet an agreement as to the exact route, so this section is still “under study”. All sections in Almería province have been approved and are supposed to have been started. These include the sections Los Arejos-Níjar and Níjar-Río Andarax where the work has not yet been awarded to any construction company but the initial work finish date was supposed to be October 2019. The Transport Minister from the Jumta de Andalucía has asked for urgent meetings with the Ministry of Transport in Madrid for a firm commitment and finish date. The Junta de Andalucía are suggesting that without work starting soon, and solutions in Lorca, a likely date for the arrival of the AVE in Almería city may be 2026, plus testing time!

that allows for rebates in the event of substantial changes in the insurance contract, and policy holders can notify their insurance company if there is a reduction in use. FACUA suggest that there is a discount in the premium the next time the policy is up for renewal. They quickly received 10,000 people asking FACUA to negotiate on their behalf and they announced that they would ask central government to officially approve a rebate and take action if an insurance company refused to do this. The Association of Insurance Companies replied that there was a reduction in the amount of new policies being issued because there were no new vehicles being sold and up to May 15th this amounted to a decrease in their income of 2.9 billion euros and there were bound to be further losses as the year progressed.

Rebates for Motor Insurance The official consumer body in Spain is entitled ‘FACUA-Consumadores en Acción’ and they are asking that motorists receive a rebate from their car insurance premium for 2020 as vehicles were only being used sporadically during the COVID-19 state of alarm and the risk of accidents was much reduced! They base this on a regulation from 1980

Disastrous Car Sales in Spain During May, sales of new cars dropped by 97% with only 4,163 sold which is the same as on a normal day before the crisis, and June figures so far are very similar. The manufacturing and dealer associations Anfac, Faconauto, Ganvam and Sernauto told the government that a major incentive to boost sales when restrictions were

IKEA in Almería Politicians in Almería are asking the city council to contact IKEA asking that they start the building of their new store that was supposed to open in 2019 after the COVID-19 state of alarm has been lifted,. If built this would give work to 800 direct and indirect employees and an inversion of 65 million euros in the construction and opening phase. The “key ready” site is fully complete including all services, parking areas, trees and street lighting and the cost of this that came to 3 million euros has been borne by the city council and was put in place by the company Almería XXI. IKEA have stopped various projects to open stores in other parts of Spain and have extended their online activity. They have a collection point for goods ordered online at Viator and a design centre in the Torrecárdenas shopping centre. It has been feared for some time that the store will not in fact open.

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In the News chlorine bleach. These were used by police and civil defence personnel in many regions to treat their vehicles and also in operating theatres. The machines were put inside closed vehicles or rooms for a very short period of time followed by ventilation. This avoided wet spray treatment and was immediately effective. They are frequently used by people growing cannabis to sterilise rooms or areas where cannabis is being grown as it protects the plants against disease. Police put in Moors & Christians Postponed use equipment that had been confiscated from All activities relating to the Mojácar Moors and cannabis growers and was sitting idle in storage Christians event in Mojácar planned for June 12th- areas! 14th have been postponed to a future date, ideally before the end of 2020. This includes the televising A Good Reason to Have Stopped of the event by ABC television in their programme In early April, Guardia Civil police patrolling a “Good Morning America” that took place last year motorway in Galicia stopped to see why a car with with coverage by the BBC News channel and Orbit two occupants was parked on the hard shoulder Europe. Exactly the same thing applied to the and appeared to be ignoring the regulations. A Carboneras event on the same weekend. distraught husband explained that they were on their way to hospital but his wife had just given Rent a Dog birth in the back seat of the car and was holding In the initial phase of the lockdown, police the baby in her arms! The police rendered assistance intervened and fined a Spanish man in Northern until an ambulance arrived and they then escorted Spain who was offering on social media to rent the man and his car to the hospital. A hospital out each of his three dogs for people to take them spokesperson reported that the mother and baby on walks. A Guardia Civil police spokesperson stated Lara were fine and were recovering in the maternity that the man lacked any necessary licences relating ward. to a rental business and only genuine dog owners could take them out for a walk! Many animal refuge More Religious centres saw a large number of dogs being adopted In Spain during the pandemic it became clear that and the fear was that after the virus alarm was more people were expressing an interest and over they might be abandoned, except that resurgence in their religious beliefs. On Palm Sunday, reputable rescue centres microchip their dogs with the Spanish TV channel TVE 2 relayed the Sunday mass from the Vatican and it was watched by over a record of the new owner. 1 million people which was 14% of all TV viewers Ozone COVID-19 Treatment on all channels at the time. A similar number Ozone generators are sophisticated machines that watched the Easter Sunday mass from the Vatican are portable and inexpensive that allows the and the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” address. A survey conditions in the Earth’s outer ozone layer to be in Spain in 2019 as to religious beliefs of the general replicated. A small machine costs less than 30 population revealed that non-Christian believers euros. With the ability to annihilate mould and made up 29% of the population compared to 23% pathogens and sterilise equipment, ozone of Roman Catholics who went to church. A cardinal generators present some distinct benefits for from a Roman Catholic Church in Madrid stated sterilising and destroying free-floating harmful that it was logical that in a life threatening crisis molecules. They are 2.5 times more effective than that more people rekindled their religious beliefs.

lifted was the only possible solution. An incentive package of 3.7 billion euros was announced in midJune and we expand on this in an article. The most popular vehicles sold since March are the Opel Crossland X and Corsa and the Citroën C3, with rental companies helping to account for some of the very reduced sales.Before the crisis, the most popular cars were the Seat Leon, Nissan Qashqai and the Seat Ateca.

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In the News Potentially Dangerous Dogs Dogs in Spain that are on a register of breeds as being potentially dangerous have to have a licence from the town hall where their owners live and comply with certain rules. There are slightly more than 8,000 such dogs registered in Almería province and 50% of them are in Almería city, El Ejido and Roquetas de Mar. A recent round table meeting was held in Almería city to discuss the co-ordination of vets and police and the administrative registration that was made up of 75 people. Numbers of these dogs have gone up to nearly double the number five years ago but sanctions for serious breaches of the regulations remains almost static at 175 per year. The list of potentially dangerous dogs include Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Argentine Mastiff, Brazilian Mastiff, Tosa Inu, Akita Inu and Doberman. Other dogs where there has been more than one complaint of aggression will usually be added to the list and subject to the special regulations. Nadia, the US Tiger The New York City Bronx zoo was shut for visitors in March, but in early April, Nadia a four year old tiger, developed a cough and blood samples, throat and nasal swabs tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Her sister, two Amur tigers and three African lions also started coughing. Testing for the virus in large felines is very different to humans and involves the animal being put under anaesthetic. Because of this only Nadia was tested. The zoo reported that a keeper had tested positive but he had almost no symptoms and apart from a cough and a loss of appetite the felines showed no other symptoms and were bright and alert. All of the big cats made a complete recovery and these were the first cases in the US affecting an animal. Dogs appear to be immune but it is possible that a German Shepherd dog contracted the disease and died in Hong Kong but doubts have surfaced as to whether this was the true cause of death. A Belgian cat showed all the symptoms and a faeces sample proved it was the same virus. Two cats belonging to the same family in New York tested positive after exhibiting symptoms. The virus in China probably came from

an animal market and it was suspected that bats that are a delicacy gave the virus to the Chinese human case zero. A senior animal vet at another zoo stated that it is suspected that large apes, orang-utans, chimps and gorillas may be animal breeds that might become affected and zoos should take every precaution.

Test Flights in Almería When Almería airport was totally shut for commercial flights because of the virus, the Airbus company undertook tests of the latest version of these planes, and flights took place over the Alboran Sea with test landings and take-offs in Almería. People living near the airport were amazed to see these enormous planes. The company took advantage of there being no other flights at the time and air traffic controllers specially manned the airport. Madrid Cremations in Almería province When crematoriums in Madrid were saturated with the number of COVID-19 dead bodies a large funeral company in Madrid came to an arrangement with the Almería company Funerarias y Tanatorios del Sur, with crematoriums in Roquetas de Mar, Eljido and Níjar. Large lorries filled with coffins made the journey from Madrid. This came to light when a video on social media showed one of the lorries being emptied by a fork-lift truck at Níjar. An Unfortunate Alternative Date As in many countries, thousands of weddings had to be postponed in Spain that were due to take place during the state of alarm. In many cases, advice for the postponement was that a date in September might be a good idea and not liable for a further postponement. One Spanish couple found that their church wedding in September had to take place on a Friday because all the Saturdays at their church were booked solid. The date they were given was Friday, September 11th. The couple thought it was ironic that their wedding cancelled because of a world-wide pandemic could only take place on this date that commemorated another major disaster!

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In the News Heathrow Third Runway The Spanish infrastructure company Ferrovial is the largest shareholder of Heathrow airport with 25% of the shares. Following the decision to postpone the permission for a third runway, Ferrovial has stated that they will have to review their commitment. Their Chief Executive, Ignacio Madridejos, considers that the company has to have an adequate return on their investment. The Civil Aviation Authority sets the prices for Heathrow’s licences, and therefore the income for Ferrovial, and they are supposed to be upgraded every five years. The CAA is holding the current prices for a further two years, partly in anticipation of the third runway being completed by 2029. In 2019 Heathrow handled a record 80.9 million passengers and numbers have increased every year for the last nine years. In December 2019 they handled 6.7 million passengers, another record. Ferrovial have moved their official head office to Amsterdam because of Brexit, to keep it under EU legislation. They have stakes in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports as well as Denver International in the US. Masks Designed For Men Female doctors, nurses and other health workers at the largest hospital in Madrid made a complaint about rigid shape facial masks such as the N95. They stated that the size of them was designed for a man’s face and because women had smaller faces they were not a fool-proof fit. They stated that the same problem applied to hospital gowns which was not so important but was inconvenient. The “X” Chromosomes Many more men than women went down with the COVID-19 virus and died. In Italy, men made up 70% of all deaths. A genetic scientist from the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in the US explained that men had one “X” chromosome with its associated cell structure, but women had two “X” chromosomes each with their own structure and the “X” chromosomes are related to the immune system. When the virus latched on to men this was quite different in women, where there was a good chance

the virus would not lock onto both sets of cells. For this reason deaths in men were much higher.

The First Ventilators Ventilators hit the headlines in the pandemic as being a vital necessity for patients who had a much reduced lung capacity. The first ventilators were invented in the 1950s to combat poliomyelitis and were a large construction on a stand in the shape of a tube and the whole body of the patient was inside it apart from their head. They became known as “iron lungs” and being purely mechanical they had a distinctive “clunking” sound. Exorbitant Credit Card Interest The Spanish High Court has ruled that the interest charge on a “revolving credit card” from the company Wizink Bank is excessive and illegal. Revolving credit is where, in the case of a credit card, the holder applies to have an upper limit of credit and they can choose how much they use each month. Any balance on the account then “revolves” to the following month again and again. A person who had obtained a Wizink credit card from Banco Santander in 2018 made a complaint to a lower court that the interest charged was too high that was referred to the higher court. The High Court took into account the average credit interest rate with no “end date” to pay it off from the Bank of Spain. This was 21% in 2015 but fell steadily to 19% in January this year. The interest rate on the credit card from Wizink was 26.8% when it was first obtained that went up to 27.2% which the court said was unjustifiably high, punitive and

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In the News illegal. The Wizink credit card company justified their interest rate on the fact that there were no guarantees required on a credit card that may be requested on a fixed loan, and no requirement to ascertain if the card holder had sufficient funds so they took on this risk. The High Court stated that these were not sufficient reasons and the bank had an obligation to determine when a credit card was issued that the applicant had a “reasonable” expectation that they would be able to pay off the total amount if they wanted to and the bank could ask to see the applicants last income tax declaration or employment payment slips. Their ruling will apply to other credit card companies and there are 85 million cards in circulation in Spain, with 45% credit cards and 55% debit cards.

EU Money for Almería Province To help with the transition for reduced emissions and green energy the EU has announced funding for Spain of 307 million euros from 2021 to 2027, and Almería province is included in the eight locations that will benefit. The money is to help with the results of the closure of coal-fired power stations and the Endesa power station at Carboneras will close in 2021. The EU note that there is an ambitious plan to close coal-fired power stations in Spain that will have an economic impact during the transition. Plans are that there will be no coal-fired power stations in Spain by 2030 but Ecologists in Action claim that the closure should be much sooner. The Pit-bull “Driver” In the pandemic lockdown in Washington various calls were made to the police emergency 911 number that a car was being driven erratically, had side-swiped two other cars without stopping, and had mounted a pavement and also a cycleway. When police caught up with vehicle, which had reached speeds of 120mph, they were amazed to see a large dog at the steering wheel. To stop the vehicle, police in front put a spiked “stinger” on the road and with the tyres punctured the car came to a stop. The male passenger had been guiding the car by turning the steering wheel and operating the automatic gear shift and accelerator. He stated

that he was teaching his Pit-bull to drive but the man tested positive for drugs. After he had been arrested for a string of offences his dog was taken to a rescue centre. Police at the scene stated that it was amazing that there had been no injuries or fatalities on the journey.

Oops! In northern Spain a “relax” club, that is really a brothel, had all the people who worked there put in a 14 day quarantine lock-down after some of them tested positive for the virus. A press release from the local town hall announced that the Red Cross was delivering food and explained that there were 13 other people in quarantine that did not work at the club and were not necessarily from the municipality and were “guests”. A Lot of Money The town hall at Cáceres in Extremadura asked central government in May if the fines they had collected could be given to their local Health Services. The 680 fines of a minimum of 601euros worked out as being 400,000 euros and the same situation applied to thousands of places in Spain. If a person is fined they can reduce the fine by 50% if they pay within 15 days. If they pay before the end of the administrative period when the fine is officially notified to them the reduction is 20%. Total fines in Spain up to mid-June totalled 1.2 million euros. Music Festivals and COVID-19 At the end of March it was announced that many Spanish music festivals had been postponed. Viña Rock planned for April 30th-May 2nd was postponed until October 8th-11th with “likely” changes to the line-up, and the Mallorca Live Festival from May 14th-16th was postponed until October 8th-10th. Taylor Swift who was in quarantine announced that her concert in Madrid on July 8th-11th as part of the Mad Cool festival was still planned for these dates, although the situation would be monitored until the Mad Cool organisers had announced their intentions. They subsequently cancelled this event. The same situation applied to the Sónar festival in Barcelona from June 18th-20th and the Arenal

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In the News Sound festival in Castellón from June 28th-July 2nd. The organisers of the Bilbao BBK Live festival scheduled for July 9th-11th announced that they were studying other options for a possible postponement later this year. The Minister for Culture announced that a decision as to whether the Villaricos ‘Dreambeach’ Festival in early August could go ahead would be made in June, but the organisers cancelled it on June 11th until next year, from August 4th-8th. Ticket holders could ask for a refund or hold onto them. The loss in income from local subcontractors is put at 15 million euros. Queen has postponed their 2020 tour until 2021 and will not be coming to Madrid in July along with Iron Maiden and Paul McCartney. Internationally, the enormous Coachella festival in the US was postponed until October and the UK Glastonbury festival was suspended with no fixed alternative date. In general, music industries worldwide stated that the financial losses were extremely serious and in some cases catastrophic.

Caught Jogging Mariano Rajoy, the previous Prime Minister in Spain, was filmed by a Spanish TV crew when he was jogging near his home in Madrid when outside exercise was banned. Neighbours had tipped off the TV company that this was a regular occurrence. The TV reporter noted that he had no rubbish bags to dispose of and he was not on the way to buy food or go to a chemist! He is a regular jogger and did this even when he had an overnight stay in a country outside Spain. The Spanish Ministry of the Interior announced that an investigation would take place. In The Boot! Police at a road check in Huércal de Almería spotted a woman waiting in the queue who was putting a passenger in the boot of her car when cars could only have a driver. This turned out to be her adult son and she stated they were going to open a bank account. She was fined 601 euros for making a non-essential journey after she admitted that this was not a compelling reason and also for driving with a passenger!

Hand Sanitisers Not Perfumes! The singer Shakira, Antonio Banderas, Malú, David Bustamante and Paula Echevarría all use personalised perfumes from the very large Catalan perfume company Puig in Barcelona. This company also produce the brand names Carolina Herrera, Paco Rabanne, Heno de Pravia, Jean Paul Gautier and Agua Brava amongst others. Shakira announced on social media that she was delighted that Puig had turned their production to producing hand sanitiser liquids and gels that they were donating to the Spanish Health Service. Shakira first used the company in 2008 when they manufactured her “S” perfume and “Dream” in 2018 followed by “Sweet Dream” in 2019. “Mascarilla 19” Emergencies Unfortunately, there are often cases of domestic violence in Spain, and Almería province is no exception. During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when journeys outside were strictly limited and included a visit to a farmacia (chemist), 331 farmacias in Almería province co-operated in a bid to give women suffering abuse quick action. It was publicised that they could go to their nearest chemist and ask for a mask christened “Mascarilla 19”.This was a code word and the chemists then rang the emergency number 112 and the protocol for dealing with domestic violence was activated. It was anticipated that with the lockdown there might be a peak in domestic violence because husband and wives and partners were spending more time together and problems and friction might increase. Sadly this appeared to be true in many countries. Anytime 24/7, and every day of the year, women in Spain suffering domestic abuse can ring 016 which is a special number that is not shown on a directory of dialled numbers. The initiative using a chemist was conceived so that abused women could have a good reason for being on an apparently justified errand out of their homes and quickly get help, or in the case that the 016 number was saturated with calls. In May there was a 46% rise in calls to the 016 number and a 400% increase in online contact. Very tragically, in midJune, a man aged 52, in Úbeda in Jaén, killed his 46

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who co-ordinates their daily donations. In 2019 they donated 295 tonnes of food in Almería province and during March, April and May this year food items such as pasta and rice were added to their normal donations as well as more meat. Their own vehicles deliver food to the various locations. During the pandemic they suspended practically all their home deliveries of food purchased online as they quickly realised that they would be inundated with orders that would be far more than A Trial of Plasma Treatment they could handle, and this was the case in Almería In mid-April the Torrecárdenas hospital in Almería province. city was one of 10 hospitals in Andalucía that set up a pioneering investigation. This was to establish if plasma from people who had contacted COVID19 and recovered could be used to treat people who had the virus and were in hospital. Plasma treatment is one of the proposals that may well prove very useful in combating the disease and it was successful in treating the SARS virus in 2003 and the MERS virus in 2012. Plasma from 72 people was used for treating patients in the hospital in Almería city who showed symptoms, as well as those in intensive care. The trial is designed to last for four to five months.

Mercadona Stepped Up Food Donations Just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic Mercadona published their 2019 trading figures. Mercadona is a private company owned by the Roig family who originate from Barcelona, and Juan Roig, their CEO, gave one of his very infrequent appearances at a press conference. Sales were 25.5 billion euros which was up 5% from 2018 and they invested 2.2 billion euros in their expansion plan to modernise all their supermarkets. Their profit margin after this investment was 623 million euros and their share of the market was 27% three times more than any other supermarket company in Spain. In the last year their customer numbers have increased by an enormous daily average of 200 people and 25% of all the money spent in supermarkets goes to Mercadona. During the COVID19 pandemic they stepped up their donations of food to food banks, charities and soup kitchens, and each store has a permanent member of staff

Nadal Still Number One With the cancellation of the Paris Roland Garros tennis tournament until September 20th to October 4th, the cancellation of the Madrid Open and Monte Carlo tournaments, the world ranking of all the major tennis players was frozen. The UK Wimbledon tournament was then postponed until 2021 and this was the first time since 1945 in WWII. This meant that Rafa Nadal was still number one with 370 points ahead of Novak Djokovic. The freeze was good news for Roger Federer as he would not have been able to compete at Roland Garros due to an injury. Over the last weekend in May the TV channel Eurosport showed 21 hours of programmes following Rafa Nadal from childhood to the present day featuring his most famous matches. The ‘ATP’ New York Open is scheduled to start on August 31st, but Rafa has indicated that he has “some reservations” regarding visiting the US.

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In the News Very Rare Blood Types During the pandemic there were still requests from hospitals in Almería province that people gave blood. The most normal types are O, A, B or AB positive or negative and then Rhesus (Rh) positive or negative. Apart from these that apply to 99.99% of the population there are 36 other blood types that are extremely rare. Some of these have the names of the first cases detected such as “Duffy (Fy)”, “Lutheran (Lu)”, “Kelly (K)” and “Kid (jK)”. Jasmin Zambrano is an Ecuadorian lady living in Barcelona and she has the very rare “Rhesus null (Rh-null)” blood type, nicknamed “Golden blood”. Her red corpuscles contain none of the 61 antigens of the Rhesus types, and this was discovered when she went to give blood in Barcelona five years ago. There are only 50 people worldwide known to have this blood type, and she gives blood very regularly. It is mostly stored at minus 80 degrees, which in theory can be kept for 20 years, but 20% is lost when it is slowly unfrozen and it has to be transfused within 24 hours. Because of this, some of her blood is kept at 4 degrees for “normal” use, but has to be replaced every 42 days. In Spain there are 1,100 samples of rare blood stored in the main blood banks and there are 900 people with the rare types on a register who will respond to an emergency request to give blood. Bad House Sales During the pandemic, with restrictions on travel and estate agents not able to open to the public there was a drastic decrease of the sales of properties in Almería province. In mid-June, the Spanish Institute of Statistics published the figures for April and this showed 547 properties were sold compared to 1,016 in April 2019. 436 of the 547 were second hand properties. This drop of 46% was more than the national average that was 39%. Ruses to Overcome Social Distances During the early COVID-19 pandemic, many couples in Spain living in different houses or apartments planned “coincidental” meetings at supermarkets. One couple met up when the man went shopping and his girlfriend who lived nearby walked her dog

at the same time. A police spokesperson stated that meeting up like this was banned but admitted that the couple who met up in this case could not be fined as each of them was on an authorised journey! Some supermarkets had security staff who tried to ensure that “casual” meetings outside the doors did not take place. Petrol stations were another place where a quick meeting could be arranged. A motorcyclist who was stopped claimed he was going to buy bread but when pressed admitted he had come 21km and driven through five towns. He told the police he was bored and wanted to get out of his house, but they escorted him back home. Two people were fined for an “unnecessary journey” and having two people in the car. Their outing was to rent a video to watch that night.

Travelling To Second Homes When the initial regulations on travelling were very strict many people from Madrid came to our area to stay in second homes when the COVID-19 virus was rampant there. This was widely condemned, and in Murcia several coastal regions were put on lockdown as regarded journeys into these areas. Many new cases of the virus came from these travellers from Madrid. When stricter regulations came into place, police who stopped vehicles looked for luggage or signs that persons were still coming to second homes. This took place in Almería province and in one case police at a check point just off the A-7 motorway at Viator went to a vehicle that was parked and appeared to be waiting until they might go away. The driver admitted that he worked in Málaga during the week and was coming to his second home in Almería and had done this on the previous weekend. He was arrested and appeared in court next day charged with disobedience of lawful travel restrictions. Fines for travelling to a second home started at 1,500 euros per person. Checks at weekends were stepped up to stop this activity with more police, and army personnel from the UME helped with these checks. In the ‘Phase 1’ period when travel was still not allowed out of a province it became clear that large numbers of people from Madrid were still coming to Murcia and Andalucía to their second homes. This was apparent from the

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In the News number of prescriptions from doctors in Madrid being dispensed locally as prescriptions from any part of Spain can now be dispensed by any chemist. Police set up more roadside checks to try and stop the influx from Madrid. We detail in an article the function of the UME Military Emergencies Unit.

Using ‘Inditex’ Logistics Amancio Ortega, the richest man in Europe, owns the umbrella fashion company ‘Inditex’ that is made up of eight companies including Zara, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius and Bershka. They are one of the biggest fashion retailers in the world with 7,000 stores. In the Covid 19 epidemic they offered their services to the Junta de Andalucía free of charge to bring masks purchased in China where they have stores and logistic centres. This ensured a very quick delivery and the first consignment to Andalucía was for 3 million masks with another 2 million to follow. In Andalucía (including Almería province) there were 24,000 doctors and 22,000 nurses at the start of the epidemic. The masks were distributed to the eight provinces in Andalucía. Arms Sales in the US When the Hurricane ‘Katrina’ devastated New Orleans in 2005, sales of guns went up dramatically with people scared that they might be attacked by the homeless seeking food or other items. In the COVOD19 pandemic, gun shops saw purchases of guns and ammunition go up by 250% until they were ordered to be closed. The American gun lobby made an appeal that gun shops were an “essential” service in case law and order broke down and there were riots, but in some states opening these shops was banned. In the states where it was permitted, customers had to make an appointment and opening hours were restricted. Numbers of the Elderly In northern Spain, as many as 30% of the population are over the age of 65 so this presented many problems in keeping them safe in the pandemic. Within Spain there are 2.4 million people aged 6569, 2.2 million from 70-74, 1.6 million from 75-79, 1.3 million from 80-84, 975,000 from 85-89, 415,000

from 90-94, 103,000 from 95-99 and 16,000 over the age of 100. About 55% of these people are women and these figures come from the December 31st 2019 calculations of the population published by the Spanish Institute of Statistics.

Using Bra Cups Various women put their special design of do-ityourself masks on social media. They used bra cups and the adjustable straps to make two masks. One woman explained that all women had bras that they didn’t wear and making a mask was very simple and the various colours, some with lace on them, looked very chic! One YouTube video was viewed by over a million people but a health professional stated that unless the cup was lined with two thicknesses of cotton it was no defence against the virus. Publicising Gambling The Spanish Consumer Minister, Alberto Garzón, put proposals to parliament that related to publicity for online gambling which is considered to be a major problem with large numbers of players becoming addicted. This can cause family problems, affect their work and lead to mental health issues. From 2016-2018, the people who were considered to be addicted went up by 30% in men and 15% in women. The first proposal is that famous people or people well known to the general public for various reasons cannot feature in online advertising as this can imply that they endorse gambling. The second proposal was that radio and television ads for online gambling could only be shown from 1am-5am and this was put into law in the COVID 19 state of alarm when more people were self-isolating at home. There is one exception that applies to the re-transmission of a sporting event that cannot take place before 8pm. This is because sportsperson’s shirts or other clothing will often have endorsements and advertising from online gambling companies. It is not intended that these clothes cannot be worn, but sporting clothes for children cannot have any online gambling sponsor names. There will also be time restrictions on adverts that are shown on YouTube. Finally, advertising for online companies cannot publicise “bonus” or “introductory” amounts of money that are made

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In the News available if a person joins up or “rewards” for regular gambling; they can only be seen on the company webpage. A psychiatrist from the Association to Prevent and Help with Gambling Addiction says that many people they help have been lured into online gambling with an introductory amount of up to 100 euros. Alberto states that the ban on advertising will hopefully reduce current advertising by 80% and is as important as the ban on tobacco adverts.

A Big Contract for ‘RENFE’ ‘RENFE’ is the Spanish state owned rail company who run the rail transport system in Spain including the ‘AVE’ high speed trains. The company have won a 5.5 billion contract to oversee the building and operation of the 386km US high speed train project from Houston to Dallas. The contract has been signed with Texas Central Partners, a consortium who will build the line with a possibility of further links to Austin and San Antonio. Texas Central Partners is a private company and there is no involvement in state or federal funding. The total cost is given as being the equivalent of 18.5 billion euros. It is intended that the line will be operational by 2026 and RENFE have the operating contract until 2042. It is anticipated that after the construction phase that will generate employment for 10,000 people there will be 1,500 people who run the line including experts and operations staff from Spain. This is the largest contract awarded to one Spanish state owned company, but RENFE were very involved in the 7 billion euro 440km AVE train project between Medina and La Meca in Saudi Arabia. This was built by a consortium of 12 Spanish companies including ‘ADIF’ the Spanish rail company, who supplied the 36 trains. RENFE have the operating contract for 12 years for 3 billion euros. Much Reduced Emissions In the COVID-19 pandemic, CO2 emissions went down drastically. One of the main reasons was the lack of motor vehicles on roads. The Spanish Minister for the Environment has announced that from 2023, cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants have to have zones set up where low emission vehicles will be able to enter, but “dirty” ones restricted. This has

been in force for some time in places like Madrid. The DGT (Spanish traffic authority) are intending that the emission stickers that show the level of emissions and have to be displayed on the windscreen of vehicles will be rolled out throughout Spain.

The Abbey Road Zebra Crossing The iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing made famous by the 1969 Beatles album was repainted while the streets of London were empty because of the COVID19 pandemic. A highways maintenance crew quietly repainted the normally busy zebra crossing on March 24th, the day after the Prime Minister ordered the UK to go on lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. The government designated the crossing a site of national importance in 2010 and it can be altered only with the approval of local authorities. “This London zebra crossing is no castle or cathedral but, thanks to the Beatles and a ten minute photo-shoot one August morning in 1969, it has just as strong a claim as any to be seen as part of our heritage,” This came from John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage at the time. The remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Abbey Road album with a deluxe reissue last September. Appeals to Death Row Seven medical experts in the US sent a letter to the governors of all of the 28 prisons that carry out executions. They were asked to immediately release drugs such as sedatives and paralytics that were urgently needed for critical care patients on ventilators and were in short supply. It is accepted that many prisons hoard these drugs for executions and have an enormous stock. The letter warned,

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In the News “Your stockpile could save the lives of hundreds of arrested eleven men in Carboneras who had allegedly people … Those who might be saved could include sent 126 people in three boats from Algeria to Níjar, Carboneras and Mojácar over a two day period, with a colleague, a loved one, or even you.” many other journeys to southern Spain. A total of No Cabin Baggage? nine semi-rigid craft were seized by the police. In The Indian Civil Aviation Authority has published late May police spotted two boats off Carboneras guidelines for all outgoing airline flights with various with 47 people and a coastguard vessel was called recommendations. These include a ban on having out to rescue them that included one pregnant cabin baggage that would normally go into the woman and two unaccompanied minors. Two people overhead lockers as they consider that this is liable who had travelled on the boats were arrested as to result in too much contact between passengers. being the organisers and a court remanded them in Instead, any baggage taken on a plane must fit under custody the following day. the seat. Additionally, one of the toilets must be exclusively for pilots and cabin staff to prevent Tracking Where We Are contamination from passengers. The UAE Emirates A few months ago the Spanish Ministry of Transport airline has done the same thing with a slight increase paid Vodafone to provide data over several days as in the weight of the bag put under the seat. It to the movements of all their mobile phone remains to be seen whether this is adopted in other customers in Spain. It was designed to monitor the countries or airlines. If so, assuming charges are movement of the population to determine if there made for cabin baggage put in the hold, this will needed to be changes in transportation. A further much larger study named DataCOVID was done with mean an increase in cost. the participation of Vodafone, Telefónica and Orange “Boat People” Spain to Morocco who have 13 million mobile phone customers, to People known as “boat people” seeking a better life chart the movement of 40 million people during the in Spain who come from Morocco or North Africa state of alarm. A company who collated all the data pay between 1,000 to 4,000 euros to individuals or was paid to provide the information. One of the mafia type operators who send them towards Spain results was that on Good Friday in Spain, which was in overcrowded boats that in many cases collapse, a national holiday, 31.5 million mobile phone owners with people drowning. During the COVID-19 epidemic, did not move more than 500 metres during the day. resourceful operators started sending people to Data from Orange from March 29th to April 5th Morocco from Spain in boats as they couldn´t leave showed that 15 million mobile phone owners did not Spain by sea or air. The going rate was about 5,000 leave home at all and 20 million made more than one euros per person and at least 300 people were journey. In Almería province, people in Albox made detained in Morocco up to the middle of May where 82% less journeys than in February, 89% less in they were put in quarantine. Authorities in Morocco Arboleas, 90% less in Mojácar, 81% less in Turre and stated that the true numbers were considerably 92% in Vera. As regarding two or more journeys, more as there was almost no surveillance to monitor Mojácar had the least number at only 4%. Apple also people coming to Morocco from Spain which was a published their own data in mid-April showing that very new occurrence. The people using this service since March 15th private transport had decreased were mostly illegally living in Spain and in many cases by 81% and public transport by 90% and this came feared that if they contracted the virus they wouldn’t from their app ‘Mapas’. Surveys like these are be treated. A spokesperson from the Spanish Ministry anonymous and only collect data from the whole of Health denied that this was the case. There were population. Nevertheless, there are some fears that reports that the same exodus to Morocco was taking this is an infringement of citizen’s rights if the data place in Italy. In mid-May, after an investigation is not secure, and the information be sold to third entitled “Operation Sidecar”, police in Almería province party companies.

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So Now You Know... Rainbows A rainbow is formed when light (generally sunlight) passes through water droplets hanging in the atmosphere. The light waves change direction as they pass through the water droplets, resulting in two processes: reflection and refraction. The refracted light appears as separate colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The outer edge of the rainbow arc is red, while the inner edge is violet. A second less bright rainbow, above the principal rainbow, is caused by double reflection, which causes the colour order of the second rainbow to be reversed.

The Largest Dragon Enormous fire-breathing dragons only exist in fiction, not in the real world. The Komodo monitor lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores and Gill Motang is often called a dragon but it is the largest species of lizard and can grow to a length of 3 metres / 10 feet and weigh up to 70kg /150lbs. Komodo dragons were first recorded by Western scientists in 1910 and their large size and fearsome reputation make them popular zoo exhibits. In the wild, human activities have reduced their numbers and they are now listed as “vulnerable�.

Fahrenheit and Centigrade Centigrade comes from the Latin name for 100 degrees and is the old fashioned name for Celsius that comes from the original scale of 0-100 degrees created by the Swedish scientist Anders Celsius in 1742. It is very simple to understand with 0 degrees being the freezing point of water and 100 degrees the boiling point. Fahrenheit temperature measurements named after Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686-1736) are still used in the US and the elderly generation are more used to Fahrenheit, where the freezing point of water is 32 degrees and the boiling point is 212 degrees.

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The Largest Football Stadium The largest capacity soccer stadium is the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium at Pyongyang in North Korea that can hold 114,000 spectators. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is also used for Australian Rules football and can hold 100,024 people. The Barcelona Camp Nou stadium was completed in 1957 when it became the largest European stadium seating 99,354. The FNB stadium at Johannesburg in South Africa is the fourth largest with a total capacity of 94,736 people and Nelson Mandala made his last public appearance there at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.

The First Batteries Experiments to produce batteries to store electricity started during the 1700s. In 1800, the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta created the first modern day battery when he built what came to be known as his ‘voltaic pile’. It was made of zinc and copper plates with vinegar-dampened pieces of leather in between each plate. They were stacked in alternating order, one on top of the other, with the bottom plate and the top plate acting as the positive and negative terminals. In honour of Volta's invention, his name is used as the unit of measurement known as a volt.

The Most Cars Sold in 2019 The Volkswagen Group shifted 3,296,440 cars in 2019 but this was 7% less than in 2018. The Toyota Motor Corporation, which also includes Lexus and Daihatsu, sold 3,115,343 cars in 2019, an increase of 1.2% with strong sales in China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. The Renault-NissanMitsubishi group is in third place but sales were down 7% to 2,992,471 vehicles. Sales in the US and Spain were good but were down in China and Mexico. Their merger with the FCA group of Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Alfa Romeo will certainly put them in first place.

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n 2013 an EU court ruled that “floor rates” (known as “Cláusulas suelos”) in Spanish Euribor mortgages were abusive. Banks or other lenders set their own interest rate added to the Euribor which is an inter-bank lending percentage. The Euribor interest rate had dipped dramatically and eventually became a negative amount of interest so the only interest payable was whatever the bank was charging themselves. However, many banks had set a minimum low rate of interest in their mortgage documents so this meant when the Euribor rate was nil or negative these mortgage holders were paying a higher interest rate. For this reason, mortgages with a floor rate were considered abusive and the EU ruling had to be adopted by Spanish lenders.

mortgages were legal and they were transparent in the way they were calculated, so not abusive. One judge disagreed so the matter was referred to the EU Justice Tribunal. In March they ruled that the mortgage terms were not always transparent and it was normally impossible for a mortgage holder to work out what they were paying and why, and as a result the banks were profiting by collecting in more money. They ruled that Spanish courts must uphold justified complaints and they suggested that changing an IRPH mortgage to a Euribor mortgage was one way of solving the problem but a refund of the “excess interest” would have to be paid.

Many thousands of people with the floor rates were able to claim a refund, and special courts were set up to deal with complaints from mortgage holders that the banks were not making a sufficient refund. Individual cases are still going through these courts which soon became log jammed, and 99% are settled in favour of the client. When this is the case the lender has to pay the court costs. In 1994, banks and lenders started using another method of calculating mortgage repayments called ‘Índice de Referencia de Préstamos Hipotecarios’, IRPH. It was claimed that this was a more stable way of calculating payments on a variable rate mortgage and was a good alternative to the volatile Euribor rate of interest. Over 1 million people have these mortgages but it became clear that the interest being paid was more than the Euribor mortgages for the same amount of money over the same term. If a person had an 180,000 euro mortgage over 20 years they finished up paying an additional 20,000 euros. A man from Barcelona brought a test court case to the Spanish High Court claiming that his IRPH mortgage terms from Bankia were abusive and in December 2017 the court ruled that the

The total value of all the IRPH mortgages is calculated to be 16 billion euros and a possible refund amount of 3 billion euros may be due. A 180,000 euro mortgage taken out between 1994 and 1999 for 20 years has now been repaid, but it appears that a retrospective refund may have to be paid. This is apart from all the mortgages still in force! Banks are studying the EU ruling carefully and will have to decide if they are going to contact mortgage holders to negotiate a refund and see whether courts rule that it is retrospective where mortgages have been paid off. As with the floor rate mortgages there will be specialised accountants or lawyers who will help clients with IRPH mortgages to work out what they may be entitled to claim. The whole situation will become clearer in coming months.

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omewhat amazingly, ‘IATA’ the International Association of Air Transport claims that 82% of the world population have never been on a plane, but before the pandemic, the 18% who had used 31,700 planes on 45,000 routes from 3,500 airports. The CO2 emissions generated are only 5% of the world total at present, but passenger numbers are expected to rise to 8 billion in 2030 which would increase emissions to 20%. Short flights are a problem because present day engines powered by aviation fuel are very inefficient on take-off with high emissions, and to a lesser extent when landing.

40mins plus check-in with 127kg of emissions per passenger but only 14kg per passenger on the AVE although this takes the long journey time of 5hrs 50mins.

There is a growing body of opinion that thinks that people should use high speed trains, where they exist, for short journeys, not aircraft. In Holland, ecologists have introduced a bill into parliament that would stop the 45 minute flight between Amsterdam and Brussels. In France there are calls for short journeys by air to have a high tax. Night time trains between Brussels and Vienna that were stopped because of cheap flights have been reintroduced.

These figures and times only work with high speed trains, and the probable date when the AVE comes to Almería city is 2025. The Air Nostrum flight to Madrid takes 1hr 15 mins plus check-in but the quickest rail journey at present (that included two intermediate buses) is 6hrs 37mins. Catching the trains and buses is hardly a sensible option compared to a plane but there is a relatively In Spain, before the crisis, Ada Colau, the mayoress inexpensive coach, if time is not important, that of Barcelona, ruled that council members and town takes 6hrs 45mins, and coaches stop in Mojácar. hall employees on official business with a journey of less than 1,000km have to catch the AVE (the Aviation fuel is cheap and ticket prices are 90% Spanish high speed train), with a maximum journey cheaper than in 1950. Boeing is conducting tests time of seven hours (for journeys to events such using 15% bio fuel which reduces emissions. On as a congress spread over various days). Flying is long-haul flights this would give a good saving ,as only allowed “in exceptional circumstances”. In a flight from London to New York that takes 8hrs the high season there were normally 200 flights generates 1,200kg of CO2 emissions per passenger. from Barcelona to Madrid every week, and the The average emissions generated by a person in flight time is about 1hr 30 mins plus check-in time. Europe with food, heating and personal transport, The AVE train journey takes 2hrs 40 mins and the is put at 1,000kg per month. new AVLO low cost trains were to start in April. The Air Nostrum planes hold a maximum of 100 Electric planes are far into the future. At present, passengers and the CO2 emissions are 141kg per batteries needed are 43 times the weight of passenger so a total of 14,100kg. The emissions aviation fuel, and on a normal plane the fuel is on the AVE that can hold 300 passengers are only used up over the journey so the plane is lighter 17.3kg per passenger so a total of only 5,190kg the further it goes. With batteries the weight of for three times the number of passengers! Flying the discharged batteries is the same on arrival as from Barcelona to Málaga has a flight time of 1hrs take-off. A big problem!

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verybody understands that emissions from cars are a big problem and the Spanish government intends that by 2040 all vehicles will have zero CO2 levels. The motor trade doubt whether this can be achieved in practice. At present Spain has the oldest cars in the EU where the average age is 10.4 years. In Germany and France the average age is less than 10 years, but in Spain it is 12.4 years. Of the 2.2 million second hand cars that were transferred to new owners in Spain last year, 26% were aged 10-15 years and 31% were more than 15 years old. Gerardo Pérez is the President of the Spanish Association of Motor Dealers and he says that there are two problems which work against the sale of new vehicles with the first one being the purchasing power of the average Spaniard, The other problem has been that until this June there were no incentives to persuade buyers to scrap old cars. In 2012 when the motor trade was in the doldrums the ‘PIVE’ scheme was introduced. The manufacturer and the government each gave a discount of 1,000 euros off the purchase price of a low emission vehicle providing one that was 10 years old was scrapped. This was extremely successful and as the money allocated for PIVE 1 ran out, PIVE 2 was introduced. In all there were eight PIVE schemes with slightly reduced financial help at the end, but the motor trade bounced back. Calculations are that the PIVE schemes in total had an economic benefit of 10 billion euros, a 30-35% decrease in emissions, and much safer vehicles. 20% of all the new vehicles registered from 2013-2017 were from these schemes. The government grants were offset by the fact that 5 billion euros was collected in from the costs of matriculation and the IVA (VAT) at 21% on new vehicles. In 2019, the sale of new vehicles in Spain fell by 4.8%, the only decrease in sales since before 2012. This May sales dropped by 97% with only 4,163 sold which is the same as on a normal day before the

crisis. Many dealers matriculated cars themselves that they then sell as being “kilometre 0” with corresponding discounts. The estimated percentage of these sales in 2019 was 25% of all new vehicles. Pedro Sánchez, the Spanish Prime Minister, has now announced the equivalent of a new PIVE scheme with a total availability of 1.5 billion euros this year and 2.2 billion euros next year. There are five blocks that include the purchase of a new vehicle that costs less than 35,000 euros when one that is over 10 years old is scrapped, with an incentive package of 250 million euros matched by the manufacturer / dealers. Other matched amounts of money are available for the purchase of hybrid or electric cars. Money is included with the aim of having 340,000 charging points available to the public by 2030 and 830,000 by 2040. Sales of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles went up by 80% this last January compared to 2019 and total sales were 3,086. This rise was considered to be partly due to aggressive sales campaigns by dealers and the acceptance of buyers in large cities, such as Barcelona and Madrid, that city centres will only allow the circulation of low emission vehicles. It remains to be seen how many people will take advantage of the new incentive schemes and have the confidence that they can take out finance packages and afford the repayments.

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pain is unique in having a specialised branch of the military known as the Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME) which is a Military Emergencies Unit and part of the National Civil Defence organisation. It was set up in 2005 and performs a variety of functions from five main bases in Spain to serve certain areas, with five battalions at each one. Each of the battalions has specific training but they work together when necessary. Three of their bases are at airports to provide a quick response by air with military aircraft if this is necessary, and they have a wide range of vehicles, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. It is intended that they can respond to any event where they are needed within a maximum of twelve hours with very large mobilisation. They have international certification and can work out of Spain if authorised by the Spanish government. One of their tasks is to combat forest fires with a large number of vehicles and logistical units and they are often called out to carry out this work. In Almería province, when their assistance is requested for fires, their fire fighting unit comes from Seville. Another task is to aid flood victims in severe floods, and personnel and helicopters went to Murcia in the extensive flooding in 2019 where they rescued large numbers of people. They also respond to very heavy snowfalls, volcanic eruptions and events such as the earthquake in Lorca in 2011 when they provided emergency accommodation in military marquees and canteen facilities. They would also intervene in technological disasters such as chemical, nuclear or radiation events. A final task is to offer aid for any event that the Spanish Prime Minister considers necessary, and they were called out in the COVID19 pandemic. Many of their units went to critical areas, particularly in Madrid and Barcelona, and their military vehicles ferried supplies and equipment apart from setting up their own medical centres.

They also reinforced police stopping vehicles at road blocks. When it became clear that there were problems in many of the homes for the elderly and their staff were swamped, they took over the management of these homes, and specialist teams disinfected nearly 5,000 throughout Spain. In some homes there were a number of dead victims of the virus. They were being kept there until they could be moved as protocol prevented staff from touching the bodies in case this spread the virus whilst waiting for a coroner and funeral services to attend with protective clothing, but they were completely inundated. The UME undertook this task and moved all the dead people out of the homes to their own facilities. In Madrid the soldiers set up a collection area and mortuary at a very large ice rink. Crematoriums were authorised to operate 24hrs a day to try and combat the backlog and the UME helped with transpor tation.

Specialist units took over the disinfection of the airports in Madrid and Barcelona and also the Barcelona port area. They also helped with the disinfection of very large streets in areas of heavy population. One problem was the lack of hospital beds and equipment and the UME set up a field hospital in one of the worst affected areas in the Basque city of Vitoria that was one of the hubs of the infection. They provided their own medics and nurses, protective gear and respirators to take pressure off the hospitals. The response of the UME was described as being “vital and superb” by Pedro Sánchez, the Spanish Prime Minister.

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

ART & ARTISTS Adolfo Prado ...............................................................950 Alison .......................................................................630 Anushree Krementz .................................................672 Caz (art classes) ………................................……….607 Dee Butler (Albox) ................................................….663 Delfos Gallery (Mojácar) …........................................647 Evie Fox ................................................................ 603 Isabel Raths (Bedar) ................................................677 Jeremy Fox-Rayner ...................................................653 Jill Bennett (Mojácar) .........................950 478383 / 600 Living Design (Albox) ...............................................678 MarianMay Simpson …...........................………..……629

472668 833873 721096 444034 341904 163681 493163 034957 714767 070188 308073 113436

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

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

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

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

Huércal-Overa El Capricho ….........................................................637 595326 Hotel Overa ............................................................950 470879

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New Why Not? ............................................................950 135614 Marcelo Entre Tapas ...................................................950 031812 Martinis ....................................................................950 285330 La Alfoquía Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ................950 475966 / 631 301368 Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 008003 Mesón Mémé ……………...........……….674 141159 / 647 954405 Heathers ...................................................................642 144727 Mimi’s Bar ..................................................................651 872604

Las Buganvillas

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

Los Carasoles Harley’s ..................................................................642 637371

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

Las Herrerias Eugenia ...................................................................950 069021

Mojácar

Bar Luz ....................................................................654 866110 Moca Cafe Bar …......................................................950 452885 Playa Blanca ...........................................950 473001 / 639 507520 Reina Mora ...............................................................950 473204 Rincon del Zahorí ..................................630 314400 / 625 103672 Rose & Crown (See p.15)........................................634 796884 Rusty Nail ...............................................................662 153813 San Pedro Belgian Bar .............................................722 485340 Scotty's …...................................................................687 382540 Shea’s Restaurant & Bar (See p.7) ...........................950 478186 The Irish Rover ......................................................950 473135 The Lemon Lounge .............................................….950 472659 The Roof Garden .................................................674 113218 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 Beachcomber ..............................................................634 339216 Twister .....................................................………………600 006032 Cafeteria Bellagio .......................................…………950 472342 Palomares Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ……….657 560679 / 645 414793 102 Tapas Bar …………....................950 467745 / 615 157905. Café Latino ...............................................................626 717323 Asagía Asador ........................................................640 210185 Captain's Tapas Bar & Restaurant...............................617 477797 La Dulce Casa ….............................950 618059 / 950 467768 Casa Familiar Mojácar ..............................................643 683971 Monika ......................................................................659 672615 Cave Bar ...............................................................…..950 478799 The Oasis ............................................950 467381 / 676 365010 Cowboy Kenny’s Bar and Que ................................711 007976 Piedra Amarilla, Partaloa Delfos .......................................................................647 163681 Lorena’s ...................................................................634 345353 Dolce Vita .................................................................950 478476 El Aleman ...............................................................617 317801 Pueblo Laguna El Antler ………...........................................................600 540661 Bar Restaurant Laguna ……….........................……..950 132566 El Deseo ..................................................................670 018035 Dee’$ Dollar Bar ........................................................950 372295 Pub Millionaire ....................................950 617467 / 637 255978 El Lugar ...................................................................679 676405 El Toro .....................................................................622 456560 Enrico ...................................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Fany …………...........................................………….634 312820 Fusion Beach ...........................................................950 615224 Gastro Malabar ........................................................950 472970 Koi …...........................................................................950 615452 Kukis ..........................................................................950 377076 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478841 La Piká .....................................................................950 930744 La Taberna (Mojácar Pueblo) ..............618 696172 / 647 724367 Los Amigos .......................................…………………950 478489 Levante ....................................................................950 615224 San Juan de los Terreros Lucero ………..................................................……….673 544617 Mi Cortijo ………......................................................…950 466323

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Los Conteros .....................................950 618629 / 699 010705 161705 Lucky Bar Pizzeria ...........................................…….647 073598 802227 BARS (BEACH BARS) 545590 Aku Aku (Mojácar) .............................950 478981 / 607 347612 198600 Alma (Mojácar) …......................................................950 805928 Valle del Este Ankara Beach Terrace (Mojácar) ………........………..950 473042 Hole in One Karen’s Bar ......................950 461068 / 677 655790 Armony Beach Club (Vera Playa) …......……………..617 745021 Bocaina (Mojácar) (See p.11)...................................615 644682 Vera La Amistad …………….…......................................…666 272817 Chiringuito Manacá (Mojácar) ............693 618671 / 600 045599 Costa Tranquila (San Juan de los Terreros)..............620 236798 Vera Playa El Cid (Mojácar) ...................................950 472063 / 696 056128 Hola Ola (Mojácar) ..................................................664 097279 Los Tarahis (Agua Amarga) .......................................950 138235 Lua Beach Club (Mojácar) …......................………… 950 472643 Mandala Beach Club (Mojácar) ................................950 473131 Maraú (Vera Playa) ………...........................…………671 580340 Maui (Mojácar) ……...................................................950 478722 Neptuno (Mojácar) (See p.29) ............….................616 005387 Playa Juana Beach Club ............................................690 984992 Sol y Arena (Mojácar) ..............................................950 478308 Tito’s (Mojácar) ..........................................................950 615030 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 Bar La Reva ..........................................................618 541115 BATHROOMS & SHOWERS El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Frankie’s Bar ............................................................622 649469 Ana Rodríguez (Huércal-Overa) ..........950 939154 / 606 784598 La Peperina .........................................678 643013 / 678 642856 Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) ……………………..950 109986 Lua Puerto Rey ........................................................950 478202 Complete Renovations ...........................644 389255 / 672 379960 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Villaricos Dorothy Baños (Albox)...................................................661 463842 Bar La Plaza Villaricos .........................................…950 467590 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 El Galeon ……...................................................……671 588790 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ....................................950 132458 El Gato ..............................................619 884792 / 628 169659 Mojácar Home Improvements ...................................950 473104

Turre

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

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Lufran Bike Sport …………....................................….607 074753 Rock & Road (Garrucha) .............................850 992805 / 628 2633389 Rodeca Bike Zone ..................................................950 132525 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 460738

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

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

BOOKS Librería Nobel (Vera) ................................................950 392642 The Book Box (Albox) ……................................…….662 585098 The Book People Almería …........……686 817945 / 626 578164

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

BOWLING CENTRES (10 pin) SpeedyFit (Screens) ..................................................600 006032 Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 The Bathroom & Tiling Specialists ...................+44 7756081843 Indalo Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073 Toldos Farrago (Screens)(Vera) ................................667 567564

BUILDING MATERIALS

BEAUTY See Hair, Health & Beauty BED & BREAKFAST Casa Barranca (Huercal Overa) ..............................648 Casa Caballito De Mar Boutique B&B (Bédar) ..........950 Casa Montes Guesthouse (Arboleas) ..................... 686 Castellón (Bédar) .......................................................642

BEDS & BEDDING Colchón San Gines (Huércal-Overa) ........................950 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 Me & Mrs Jones (Mojácar) (See p.25).........................634 Sleepcentre (Albox) (See p.5) ..........868 931872 / 671

(& Sanitary Ware, Tiles etc)

250699 095956 400331 435909

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

809519 083491 BUILDING SERVICES 364795 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 715294 Adam's Building Services .............................………..600 041820 Alan Barker ........................................950 099913 / 600 268176 AlmeriaBuilders.com ……......................659 685133 / 950 9305202

BICYCLE SALES & HIRE Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 All Bike All Run Sport (Albox) ...................................647 836426 Arboleas Building ………........………........................634 306690 Bikespin (Huércal-Overa) ................. 950 927678 / 662 543056 Ben Foster Building Services .................................642 471236 Doltcini (Clothing) (Mojácar) ..............950 092600 / 658 028646 CES Builders (Paul) ................................................685 017178

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Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 Christopher Knell Building Contractors .....................634 Complete Renovations ........................644 389255 / 672 Dan (Almanzora area) ................................................692 David Croft (Urcal) ………....................................……661 David Pritchard Construcciones ........617 698418 / 662

833444 BUTCHERS 344450 Juan’s Carniceria (Mojácar Playa) ........................950 478409 379960 596681 148067 046497

CAKES TO ORDER Alison’s Homemade British Cakes .............................639 028517 Moca Cafe Bar (Mojácar).........................................950 452885 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Occasion Cupcakes (Velez Rubio) ............................634 329403 Elite Constructions .......................................................636 092632 The Cake Boutique (Arboleas) ............................+44 7800 892244 Genco Construction ...................................................607 271869 CAMPSITES Idomia (See p.31) .....................................................643 582920 Camping el Cantal (Mojacar) ................................... 950 478204 J B General Builder ................................................. 687 024884 Mario the Handyman ................................................642 245017 Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 M13 (See p.13) .......................................................657 105084 Campsite Marion (Vera) .............................................607 316553 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 CAR HIRE MD Building Services ..........................628 414861 / 628 414862 Al Andalus Car Hire ...................................................664 269440 PR Building Services ................................................662 422170 Auto Corner (Limousines) .....................950 069198 / 667 439671 Caracola (Mojácar) .............................950 473157 / 637 545814 Costa Coches (Mojácar) ........................950 459208 / 950 069272 Europcar .................................................................950 615101 Mo-Car (Mojácar) ................................950 478307 / 626 976973

Paul Acreman (General Builder) ..............……………607 196779 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ....618 920126 / 968 485729 Sierra Construcción .................................................611 028716 Valoser Obras .............................................................642 016954 Solvi Car (Mojácar) …………....................................950 478151

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SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095

CBD SPECIALISTS

CAR WASH & VALETING

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

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

CHILDREN & BABY Baby Basics (Equipment Hire, Albox) ........................950 104345 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) ..............................634 322475 CARD SHOPS Meditania, Children’s Activity Centre (Turre) ...........661 751244 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Funky Monkeys, Pre-school Group (Mojácar) .....……697 264179 Colin the Card (Albox) .........................................…..650 600032 Smartie Pants the Clown ............................................617 815221 Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 118043 The Baby Hire Centre ..............................................615 806126

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

CHINESE & ASIAN RESTAURANTS Chino Peking (Garrucha) .............................................950 Dragon Chino (Las Buganvillas) ..................................950 Gran Muralla (Albox) ................................................950 Gran Muralla (Turre) ……............................................950 Palacio Imperial Marina (Mojácar Playa) ….................950 Restaurante Asia - Maribo Kitchen ...........................950

132948 133226 120166 618880 472208 110420

Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 CHIROPODIST & PODIATRISTS Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Clinica Podológica (Garrucha) ..................................950 132768 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) ……….................……950 615596 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

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

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

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

994435 851135 920126 006032

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In-Step (Arboleas) ...................................................634 330067 Advance Digital ........................................................616 506569 Kim White (Vera Playa) ………...................................637 149659 Beep (Garrucha) ……………..................................….950 133059 Compleo Personal I.T. Centre .................................….950 393689 CIVIL ENGINEERS Connexions (Turre) ...................................................950 479502 Isabel Morales ........................................................617 749105 C.Y.G. Vera ...........................................................950 393350 Don Robinson .........................................................646 587746 CLAIRVOYANCY / PSYCHIC Dynos Informatica (Albox) …………...................……..950 430806 READINGS Anna (Tarot) ……….........................................………670 897832 George’s Sales & Repair (Vera Playa) ..950 042338 / 661 375489 Beverley Kearns .....................................................600 796684 IKamale-on ……………...............................................950 616521 Chrissie Cremore ....................................................634 349638 Infordatox (Albox) .....................................................950 633223 Psychic Karen (Turre) ….........................................663 477658 Mark Adamou (Mojácar) .....................634 324918 / 634 306799 Mr. Micro (Turre) ....................................................950 479502 CLOTHING (Personalised) PC Playa (Mojácar) .................................................634 356498 Sello Gráfico (Mojácar Playa) ..................................607 424452 Rascals Designs ............................... 950 064665 / 686 582140 Tikka Uniforms (Mojácar) ….......................................667 479903

CLEANING SERVICES Amba Cleaners ........................................................697 516955 Chris .......................................................................627 565049 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 Crystal Clear ............................................................637 229464 Daisy Proaño Alcivar (Contract & private) ……...….663 538596 Idea (Mojácar) .. ......................................................605 162709 Jone’s Upholstery & Rug cleaning ….........…………661 571939 PRYS Informatica (Antas) ........................................617 382511 Limpiezas Cristina …..............................................…660 306695. Paul Wieder (Mojácar) ..............................................617 830696 Limpiezas Maxlim (Palomares) …..…...678 567783 / 629 680161 CONSERVATORIES Steve’s Deap Cleaning .....................................0044 7821 435275 AA Window Doctor ......................…............................630 231644 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…..........................677 152911 SpeedyFit ........................................950 472357 / 600 006032

COUNSELLING / HEALING Acupuncture & Massage ...........................................637 120429

Under Pressure .......................0044 7896 075925 / 633 436927 Upholstery & Leather Cleaning .................................636 193256 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634 328911

COMPUTERS

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

Cortinas Gredécor (Vera / Huércal-Overa) ..................950 391361 Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125 Curtainsandthings.................................................……678 684564 Solo Style ………...............................950 528334 / 626 319907 Unicraft Upholstery ...................................................692 176069

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

121149 121318 009051 468295 615596

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

DENTISTS / DENTAL TREATMENT

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

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

CURRENCY

DIET PLANS & WEIGHT LOSS

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

CRAFTS

Currencies Direct (Mojácar) ...............950 478914 / 626 916443 Image (Helen) ........................950 930192 / 665178326 Global Currency Exchange (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 615319 Issysweigh (Albox) ...................................................600 334318 (Turre) ..............................................................639 465631 CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS Pam VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ........................................ 643 102335 Vicki (Turre) .............................................................650 764623

DIGGER HIRE See Excavation DIVING See Scuba Diving DOCTORS & CLINICS (Private) Analysis Clinic (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 475282 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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DJT Electrical Services (Vera) .............686 817945 / 626 578164 DOG GROOMING Anita (5 Bone Kennels) …………......................……662 344734 ElectroTorres .....................................677 530410 / 610 750771

Berta Ayora (Turre) ..................................................637 395775 Brigbe’s Dog Grooming ...........................................630 557123 Centro Garras (Huércal-Overa) ............950 616820 / 617 456548 Elite Dog Grooming (Albox) …….…...........................617 313587 Luis (Clinica Veterinaria Garrucha) ....950 132200 / 628 663616 Lulu’s (Albox) ...................................950 952940 / 600 046557 Pampered Pooches (All areas)..................................662 344734 Pelitos (Los Gallardos) ..............................................637 286176 Shampooch professional pet grooming ........................642 276442 SoloPerros (Turre) ..................................................674 509382 Ulti-Mutt ......................................+44 7894747657 / 634 332578

EMI Electrical Installations .......................................673 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 Francisco Montoya (Mojácar) .........................……….687 N.E.Electrics (Arboleas).............................................634 Peace of Mind 24/7 ............................................... 637 Zlatan ................................................630 207864 / 682

502867 549247 466352 358777 974662 277576

ELECTRO-DOMESTICO REPAIRS Damaso ...................................................................647 292966

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

CDB Natural (Huércal-Overa) ...................................950 882237 Jules Outlet (Mojácar Playa) .....................................633 640918 DOG TRAINING Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) ......634 322475 / 633 629883 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ……............................................639 724521 Voluta's Place (Mojácar Playa) …...............................699 975552

DOORS See Windows & Doors DRY CLEANERS

ENTERTAINERS

City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 390255

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

121318 009051 615596 202599

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

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 Euronics .............. (Albox) 950 430702 (Garrucha) 950 460832

ELECTRICIANS A1 Services ………....................................................679 631458 Abbott Electrical ….............................638 010691 / 950 137208 Andy …..............................…................950 438237 / 679 656450 Andy Lake - Williams Electrical ..............................…..677 741366 Baltasar .....................................................................655 691107 Charlie Fyre ................................................................686 833444 Connexions (Turre) ……..............................………….950 479502

Abbie Lou (Female vocalist) .......................................687 340544 Amy Amy Amy Tribute Band ....................................645 886919 Ashley Cathcart .......................................................693 486788 Blues Brothers ........................................................680 355376 Bob Management .......................................................666 310251 Brendan O'Dee (Singer/Guitarist) ..............................610 855964 Brian Dee ………........................................................647 897533 Carol George (Female Vocalist) ............................634 285009 Catchlove Music (Varied styles duo)…...................678 397536 DJ Digit-Al ...............................................................634 338014 Dominic Doolittle ......................................................634 353525 Driftwood …….............................................................687 672028 Dynamite International Rock Band ............................666 310251 Emma Wild ..............................................................642 276385 Flamenco Dancer (English speaking) ...............687480694 Francisco J. ‘Pasus’ ..........................950 397401 / 699 510966 Funky Nomad ..........................................................643 256459 Georges Femenias (vocalist/guitar) ……...…………….634 300356 Good stand in drummer ...........................................648 699733 GuitarMac ( Guitar/Vocals ) .....................................634 340476 Harmony Duo .........................................................687 340544 Jill Farmiloe (Female vocalist) .................................607 443908 Jim Mackie (Piano Man) ..........................................651 751629 JuJu Entertainment ............................950 950797 / 697 462746 Kay Frances (Vocalist) ........................950 069288 / 689 404244 Kayleigh Easton (vocals) ...................................... 642 581198 Kev Moore .............................................................600 762856

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Kris Kelly (Female Vocalist) .................................. 634 374525 Lady Ellen Sings .............................673 459331 / 677 475268 Loose Change ..............................................................671 754851 M & M's Rock & Roll Revue ...................................699 462859 M Soul & Motown (all music styles) ........................634 340409 Maurice Casanove ....................................................671 386947 Maximum Output Karaoke /Disco ............................697 317557 Mel J (Female Vocalist) ........................................664 111990 Melodee (Duo) ................................610 855964 / 664 111990 Melodeemusic (Backing Tracks & Recording Studio).....610 855 964 Menta & Canela Duo ..............................................645 886919 Northern Lights Karaoke …...............................……..697 500673 Phil and The Invisibles ..................... 950 475752 / 651 045120 Richard Hill ..............................................................670 243461 Roadrunner (duo) ......................... 628 122363 / 684 330431 Robin Lamble ..........................................................602 469425 Rocio Starry (Vocalist) .............................................645 886919 Roy Fox ..............................................................711 003476 Sabrina Lloyd ..........................................................661 055440 Sharna Knight (Vocalist & Entertainer) ....................0044 7340 638513 Sharon-Elizabeth Regan ........0044 7858 459637 / 666 673055 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 Opium Buddhas ………………….687 033106 / 667 989270 Tom Lee ……............................................................671 754851 Tony Matthews (Quiz organiser) ..............................634 391414 Tony Justice ……….............................950 950797 / 637 159249 Trio Chaos ................................................................687 361440 Triple Trouble Blues Band ........................................671 754851

ESTATE AGENTS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450 AlmeríaCasas ...........................................................950 387852 Almería Homes ................................0044 1273 929286 / 950 930 259 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 Casa y Campo (Lubrin) (See p.17) .........................678 587007 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) ..........950 134434 / 649 777218 Citrus Homes ...........................................................638 849254 Cole's of Andalucia ...............................950 469592 / 659 265907 Complete Holiday Care .......................950 478612 / 610 808631 Cortijos Almería …………............……........................676 916088 D & D Property Care, Sales & Rentals .....643 335386 / 643 337063 Destination Spain Property Services .........................672 668803 Dream Homes Almería (Arboleas) ...............................697 875717 Españarural (Albox) ............................950 102505 / 654 359607

Euroxan (Vera) .........................................................699 Fincas Vera Playa ..............................950 460670 / 639 Find Me A Home .................................951 914195 / 636 FW Properties ................................634 325152 / 634 Grupo Platinum Estates (San Juan) .950 466122 / 666 Holmes for Homes (Arboleas) ..........850 993099 / 664 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 Indal-futur S.L. (Mojácar) ……............950 615156 / 609 Indalo Real Estate ...........................950 091137 / 616 Indasol Mojácar S.L. .................................................950 Inmobiliaria Almanzora ..................... 9501 20406 / 637 InmoTerreros (San Juan) ...............950 096180 / 666 K7 Mojácar ...............................................................950

067922 314767 266641 352285 687251 012024 562447 026526 760409 472200 251238 255765 478555

Linnitt Properties (Turre).............................................950 479054 Mojácar Estates (See p.49)......................................950 478935

Mojacarmar ......................................950 475891 / 636 903184 Multicasa Aguilas .................................................... 968 493009 Neinor Homes (Mojácar) ..........................................900 110022 New Horizon Villas (Zurgena) ..................................950 438221 New One Stop (Mojácar) ..........................................950 473040 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) (See back cover)950 475800 / 607 146352 Next Stop Almería (See p.3)..............950 617518 / 678 034651

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Nicla Property Consultancy S.L. ............950 133508 / 628 585538 WPMS Inmobiliario (Villaricos) ..........678 321111 / 950 618697

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

EXCAVATION Aridos Mojácar S.L. (Vera) .....................................650 Bob (Mini digger) (Albox) ..........................................642 Diego Ramos S.L. (Los Gallardos) ……..............…..647 El Cano SL )Mojácar) ................................................950

914257 392922 841750 479185

Okisur (Mojácar) .........................................................950 472010 Olive Property Sales (Bédar)(See cover) .950 469624 / 687 938466 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) (See p.56/57).....950 478915 Property Floor Plans ................................................619 672431 Real Almería Property (Mojácar) .......950 336 769 / 620 368194 Realtors MB Spain ..................................................678 347125

Elite Plant Hire (JCB) ………….................................636 092632 MD Digger Hire & Construction.................................634 375428 Nash Groundworks ...................................................722 546192

EXCURSIONS Andinas Buggy Treks ..............................................645 984122 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Costa Almería Tours ..................................................646 760389 Day Tours Almería ............................651 592836 / 645 253155 Indalo Quads (Mojácar) ...........................................634 315074 Rural Almería (Mojácar Playa) ................................…950 472200 Mojácar Jeep Tours .................................................611 028716 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Mountain Biking Spain …...............……637 831509 / 661 178656 Sol y Mar (Albox) ...............................950 064584 / 635 979829 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) …..........……...……………..642 1185467 Sonia Cantalejo Bueno (Energy Certs.)......................608 147640 FABRICS Spanish Estate Agents (Albox) ………950 431855 / 661 143871 Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125 Spanish Hideaways (Oria) ....................634 366672 / 676 604008 Material Girl Fabric Warehouse (Albox) ................0044 7393 665954 Spain Assured .....................................950 469622 / 634 300020 FASHION Spain Property Finder …..............……........................686 878789 Spanish Property Choice (Mojácar Playa)...................950 615388 Dandara (Garrucha) ................................................950 617013 Sun Med Properties (Vera Playa) ............................…..950 618209 Etcetera (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................950 532810 Vaitier SL (Cabrera) .....................................................609 626140 Garabatis (Children's) Mojácar Playa …..........………670 035630 Veritas Homes (Mojácar) ............................950 472430 / 610 053563 Glad Rags (Albox) ……….........................................634 313071 VIP Almería (Mojácar Playa) (See back)..950 472524 / 617 587903 H & R Men's Fashion (Albox) …................................692 682164 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827 Liz Fashion Accessories (Garrucha) .627 970819 / 607 511179

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Modern Times (Mojácar Playa) …..........…………….950 475207 Javi Orta, personal trainer (Mojácar) .........................651 693681 Oasis Fashions (Mojácar Playa) ................................950 473222 Jova Sport Center (Mojácar Playa) ............................950 473137 Palme (Mojácar Playa) ............................................950 472813 Prins Vitali (Mojacar) ….............................................950 478690 Saga Boutique (Mojácar) .........................................950 475258 Sunflower (Mojácar) ...............0044 7596 063544 / 600 880525

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

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

Platino Gym (Mojácar Playa) .....................................950 284845 Sano Centre (Albox) ...................................................610 544306 Sano Centre (Huércal-Overa) ..................................666 021259 Sierra Club Desert Springs ........................................687 599115 Sol Yoga Centre (Arboleas) .........................................686 400331 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) ...........................950 449451 Valle Del Este Spa & Health Centre ..........................950 548600 VaVa Yoga Studio (Vera) .........................................643 102335 Vicki’s Fitness & Slimming ........................................650 764623 Yoga therapies & slimming (Turre & Vera) ....................643 102335

FISHING Orca Steve Sea Fishing (Mojacar/Garrucha) ……… 634 352873 Pete Fishing Trips (Mojácar/Garrucha) …..................634 379173 Rio 600 Boat Fishing (Sid & Graham). 647 020929 / 647 803030 Kennedy Financial Services .........................................678 035992 Offshore Money Management .............952 830916 / 950 398078

FIREPLACES

FISH & CHIPS Kingfisher (Pueblo Laguna) ......................................663 553001

Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135

FITNESS & DANCE See also Activities-Clubs-Associations Alison .....................................................................666 273168 Ananda Yoga & Holistic Centre (Mojácar) ...............617 719913 Aqua Aerobics - Marianne (Arboleas) .......................637 435864 Club Deportivo Puerto Rey ......................................950 460545 Debbie James (Personal training) (Mojácar) ...........687 619239 Dorothy Rowntree, personal trainer (Mojácar)..........666 815838 Fitness For All (Bédar) ………..........…………………..647 593323 The Chippy (La Alfoquía) ........................................634 324484 Gimnasio Formas (Turre) .............................................950 468065 Gympower (Personal trainer) (Albox) ......................609 591606

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

FLY SCREENS AA Window Doctor ..............……….........................…630 231644 Armadillo …..............................................................663 303350 Bugs ...........................................................................600 049515 Coastal Mosquitoes ...........................606 040462 / 610 000700

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

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

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

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 ..............................................950 472357 / 600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564 Tony Justice ...................................…..950 950797 / 637 159249 Mojácar Home Improvements .........................…….950 473104 Funeraria Pérez (Mojácar) (See next page) .............950 478102

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

FUNERAL PLANS Avalon Europe S.L. ............................950 069012 / 634 321296

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Golden Leaves Funeral Plans (Benitachell)............. 966 493082 Ideas del Mueble (Antas) ...........................................950 452816 Iberian Funeral Plans ...........................951 203994 / 965 993498 Indalocio Garden Furniture & BBQs ...........................850 993090 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 FURNITURE PACKAGES Koala Furniture (Antas).................................….........950 392307 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 La Lonja (Lorca) (See p.27) ........................................968 443322 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ....................................950 132458 Linea Nueva (Arboleas) ……………….620 237529 / 950 120630 FURNITURE, RUSTIC/HANDMADE Me & Mrs Jones (Mojácar) (See p.25).........................634 364795 La Buena Artesania (Mojácar) ....................................950 475508 Muebles Rodríguez (Los Llanos, Arboleas) …...........950 430778 Prosecco Tables (See p.13) .......................................0044 7709 244366 Muebles La Simona (Garrucha) ...............................950 132443 The Furniture Doctor .............................................667 989270 Oak Furniture Spain .............................622 288750 / 681 095096 Sofa & Sofa (Las Buganvillas) ..........654 596247 / 654 596220 FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Unicraft (El Real, Antas) ............................................692 176069 Abodes (Mojácar Playa) ...............................................697 778355 GARDENS Casa Carma (Turre) ...................................................645 080310 24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Continental Descanso (Antas) 950 459011 (Albox) ...950 633288 Agave …….................................................................617 826334 El Rincón de Mueble ....(Vera)950 460867 (Antas) 950 459071 Elleann’s Homestyle .................................................674 514999 Antas Garden Centre (El Real) .............................610 243838 Embargos Bestiales (Antas El Real) ......................950 105711 Cedar Landscapes …….............……....................…620 112193 Fig Furnishings (Mojácar Playa) ...............................643 065179 Chris (Gardening) .................................................643 082899 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarrón)....968 153907 / 678 083491 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Indalocio Garden Furniture & BBQs .............................850 993090 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 Jardin Natural ............................................................685 478187 L & M Landscapes .................................................670 409538 La French Touch ......................................................607 226269 Lady Muck Gardening .............................................697 317557 Luke's Landscapes and Gardens ............................641 684017 Madera Mania (Garden Supplies) ….........................667 562872 Mel Wood Landscapes ...................................0044 7973843706 Mobile Shredder & Mulch Garden Service .............687 024884 Nash Groundworks ..................................................722 546192 Homecentre (Albox) (See p.5)...........868 931872 / 671 715294 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ..................................950 132458

Potty Finca Services ..................……..950 163930 / 616 Riegos y Conducciones (Antas, El Real) .................950 The Tidy Gardener .................... 0044 7957167633 / 634 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634

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GAS INSTALLATION & REPAIRS

Smith Plumbing (Spanish Authorised).........................950 468041 Affinity Beauty Treatments (Turre) ............................678 992093 Amazing Nails .........................................................641 640578

GAS TANK SUPPLIERS

Anavi Estillistas (Palomares) .....................................670 Angela Ellis - Holistic Therapist ...............................642 Avon Co-ordinator (Jane) ……...................................670 Avon Cosmetics (Arboleas) ………........................….691 Avon Cosmetics (Bedar) ...........................................950 Avon Cosmetics (Húercal Overa) …....647 092010 / 950 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos) .............................687 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos camping ) ..............950 Avon Cosmetics (Turre & Vera) .................................643 Avon (Total Entertainment, Albox) .............................950 Avon (Total Entertainment, Arboleas) ........................678 Beaches (Hair & Beauty) (Mojácar) .....................950

094722 577637 722705 987454 398980 137208 960362 469684 102335 121318 009051 473110

Grass 4 U .................................................................638 574145 Greenfingers Arboleas S.L. ..........……......……………629 947633 Beauty by Marilyn ....................................................950 Inspired (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) .................... 950 147763 Beauty Center (Mojácar) (See p.37)..........................687 Nash Groundworks .....................................................722 546192 Bonita Hair & Beauty Salon (Mojácar) ......................643 Tiger Turf ............................................950 431624 / 635 652745 CDB Natural (Skin care) (Huércal-Overa) ................950 Carlos Barber Shop (Mojácar Playa)..........................610 GUTTERING Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Centro Estética (Mojácar Playa) …..................………950 Claire & Inma (Mojácar Playa) ................................950

398852 480694 649453 882237 575911 472680 147630

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

GIFT SHOPS Isabella (Vera Playa) ......................................................637 188901

GLASS CURTAINS Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…...........................677 152911 SpeedyFit .......................................950 472357 / 600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

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

231644 475376 500711 390546 006032

GOLD & JEWELLERY BUYING Gold & Jewellery Buying ...........................................616 453813

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

655600 479176 861591 548240 133230 398743

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

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

Cloud 9 (Mojácar) .........................................................662 226086 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) (See p.7).................... 663 561521 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) Yasmin (See p.7)......656 646257 Elaine Mobile Hairdresser (Coast & Inland).................634 379424 Elegance (Turre) ......................................................634 308877 Etticut (Turre) .............................................................667 971960 Farrow's Hair Design (Arboleas) .................................950 634346

Nina’s Beauty Therapy ..................................................642 131966 Oceanic Massage Therapies (Mojácar)...666 710964 / 687 619239 Opulence (La Alfoquía) …...........................................619 467295 Pascal Chevallier Emporium (Mojácar) ........................950 472790 Pampered Beauty Centre (Palomares) .650 092766 / 950 618129 Pure Natural Deodorant ...........................................950 066163

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

HIRE Baby Basics (Equipment Hire) ...................................950 104345 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................634 322475

R retreat (Cucador) ……...........…...............................626 144680 Room 97 (La Alfoquia) .............................................683 479261 Salon de Peluqueria y Estetica (Garrucha) ...............950 133162 Sarah Noble (mobile hairdresser) ...........................692 195500 Shiatsu Centro de Terapia (Huércal Overa) .............671 851135 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) ...........................950 449451 Stella’s Hair & Beauty (Las Buganvillas) ..................950 699973 Sunlight Spain (Herbal Products) ...............................684 212474 VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ........................................ 643 102335 Wacky Barber & Hairdresser (Mojácar) ....................667 961645 Expecting a Baby (Almanzora Valley) ....950 436581 / 666 375688 Sound Systems ..........................…............................630 231644

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

026468 333442 590988 015765

HORSE RIDING Centro Hipico Valle del Almanzora .........................691 241878 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ...............................................639 724521 Wavelengths (Albox) .............................................…950 120309 Media Legua Equestrian Centre (Vera) ..............……667 243561 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) .................................642 118546 HARDWARE OUTLETS Sanctuary Limaria .....................................................628 239696 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Ferretería Gonzalez (Mojácar) ……….........................666 471384 HOTELS & HOSTALS Ferretería López (Mojácar) ……..................................950 615026 Casona Granado (Nr Lubrin) ...................................950 069077 Ferretería Longo (Albox) ……....................................950 430064 Hostal Don Tadeo (Villaricos) ..................................950 467105 Ferretería Soler (Garrucha) ……..................................950 460073 Hostal El Olivar (Mojácar Pueblo) .........950 472022 / 672 019767 Hostal Muria (Villaricos) ..............................................642 050290 HEALTH FOODS Girasol (Albox) ….......................................................639 089170 Hostal Playa Azul (Villaricos) ................950 467075 / 609 386282 Las Hierbas de Maria (Mojácar) ..............…………….657 513990 Hotel Al Sur (Calabardina) .........................................968 419466 Hotel Carlos 111 (Aguilas) ......................................968 411650 Hotel Carmona (Vera) ..............................................950 390760

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Hotel - Casa Rural, Cortijo de la Media Luna (Mojácar) 950 478813 INSURANCE Hotel El Paso (Aguilas) ….........................................968 447125 Adeslas ............................................950 472701 / 633 431900 Hotel Family (Agua Amarga) ......................................950 138014 Albox Insurance .......................................................950 121943 Hotel Madrid (Aguilas) ................................................968 411109 Hotel Mamabel's (Mojacar Pueblo) .....950 472448 / 663 700542 Hotel Mayari (Calabardina) .................620 629508 / 968 409338 Hotel Overa .............................................................950 470879 Hotel Playa (Mojácar) ..................................................600 350382 Hotel Puntazo (Mojácar) ...........................950 478265 / 950 478 229 Hotel Rural Azabache (Arboleas)..................................690 258813 Hotel Mexico (Puerto Rey) ......................................950 132061 Hotel Salinas (Cabo de Gata) .....................................950 370103 Hotel & Spa Don Juan (Aguilas) ................................968 493493 Hotel Tikar (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617131 Hotel Valhalla (Carboneras) ......................................950 130444 Hotel Valle del Este ...................................................950 398743 Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450 Hotel Virgen del Mar (Mojácar) ..................................902 472222 La Esperanza (Mojácar Playa) ..........686 906624 / 606 916055 Las Colinas Suitotel (San Juan de Los Terreros) .........950 466353 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250

HOUSE & PET SITTING Chris Leek ...................................................................642 608805 David .............................................................................. 950 099905 Linda Pettit ...............................................................642 016954 Louise B. (LouB’s) ....................................................664 038031 Sharon Presley ..........................................................648 069200 ASSSA Seguros (Vera) (See p.33) ..........……………950 392487 HOUSE CLEARANCE Almeria Castaño House Clearance .......611 028716 / 950 110404 Asisa (Vera) ................................................................950 391950 Axa .....................................................950 478763 / 609 667333 BWI Bryan White Insurance (Mojácar) ......................950 472098

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

Catalana Occidente (Palomares) ..............................950 618054 Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Playa) .........................950 478307 Grupo Sedesa (Vera) ...............................................950 390990 Edward William (Marine Insurance) ……………….….952 476090 García & Trinidad (Albox) …….............950 120340 / 620 240563 Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 473192 Grupo Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Pueblo) 950 478061 / 653 806908 The Almería Focus Ibex Insurance Services Ltd (Mojácar & Albox) ........950 120070 5,000 copies delivered monthly Liberty Seguros (Turre) ….................950 479568 / 620 179206 to 250 places. Liberty Seguros ........................................................913 422549 Advertise and get your business seen. Mapfre (Mojácar) ...950 478151 (Garrucha)................950 617376 Maxine Morgan Liberty Seguros (Las Buganvillas) ........669 074 996 Call Lee on 634 32 22 76 Mojácar Insurance ...................................................634 323399 or Clare on 670 84 92 65. Sol y Mar (Albox) ……….....................950 064584 / 654 590258 Sol Insure ………..........................................………..950 472098

HYGIENE & FOOD HANDLING

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

INTERNET CAFES see Cybercafes INTERNET TV

Carolyn (Mojácar area) ........................950 132905 / 608 692545 Cristina …….......................................................…..626 741386 Clara Mata ..............................................................629 132529 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 Jenni (Almanzora valley area) ................................653 098329 Joanne Tissington ……………...................................637 267150 Kathryn Jones .........................................................629 931125 Laberinto (Spanish, English, French, Dutch) .............609 781438 Marcela Chávez Riveros (Mojácar) .......................... 676 951352 Marguerite ……....................................................…..687 814157 Marisa .......................................................................636 179128 Michaela Talbot .........................................................622 015765 Milena (Albox) ………....................……654 359607 / 711 794366 Mojácar Interpreting ................................................617 830513

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

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

Pedro ......................................................................655 510420 Robert Boucher .........................................................693 618705 Simply Solved ………...............................................663 327091 Susi ..................................................................................617 920 190 Traducciones Levante ...............................................606 953775 Wendy Interpreter/Translator ................................. 661 194278 Yamile (Written Translations) ....................................626 207575

INTERPRETING/TRANSLATIONS 1-2-1 Translations (Spanish, English, Norwegian)......662 Alpha Interpreting and Translation .......950 133508 / 677 Andrés (Mojácar) ........................................................679 Antonio García Russell (Mojácar) ..............................606

IRONING

Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 390453 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 530690 JEWELLERY 932632 198958 Castellón (Bédar) .................. ....................................642 435909

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Jewellery Paula (Albox) ...........................................960 430871 Joyería Pérez (Garrucha) ........................................950 460636 La Luna (Garrucha) .................................................950 132543

KENNELS, CATTERIES & PET SITTING Animal Hotel (Águilas) ..............................................639 722197 Boarding Kennels Los Llanos de Rosa (cats & dogs) ..629 448073 Country Kennel (Turre) .........................950 473011 / 627 564640 Dog & Cat Sitter Service …………………..................676 389592 Gail .....................................................693 769079 / 697 500673 Five Bone Hotel (Turre) ............................................630 234556

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

KEY CUTTING

J.B. Kitchen Fitters (Turre) .......................................687 024884 KDI Kitchens .............................................................605 163613 La Lonja (Lorca) (See p.27) ........................................968 443322 Mojácar Home Improvements ....................................950 473104

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

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

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

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LEGAL SERVICES See also Solicitors KITCHENS 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Artizan (Vera) (See p.2) ..................…950 390635 / 661 985310 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Cocinas El Real (Los Gallardos) .........639 036051 / 622 232186 Cocinas Puntocom (Huércal-Overa) ...950 921975 / 722 136950 Complete Renovations .....................644 389255 / 672 379960 Ergo Küchen (Huércal-Overa) ...................................636 447730 Harlequin Kitchens (Albox) ……........………………….619 584405 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ....................................950 132458

ALO Services (Zurgena) ......................950 449179 / 667 994682 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Cam Concepts S.L. (Huércal-Overa) …......…………. 950 471357 Cervantes Alarcon Consulting (Garrucha) 950 106490 / 647 863787 Gecko Legal Services S.L. (Mojácar) 950 475949 / 638 264621 Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ........................950 473192 Gestoría Soria Bonilla (Mojácar) ................................950 478420 Kim Clark UK Benefit advice ……..….950 169729 / 663 297568 Mayor Consulting (Garrucha) .......................................950 615185

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Mojácar Playa Asesores ……........………...……………950 472710 Pilar Pérez Gestión S.L. (Mojácar) ............................950 478863 Vera Advisors (Vera) .................................................950 390621 MS Legal ..............................................950 479613 / 634 322827 Villalba Asesores (Albox) ..............................................950 431720

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

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

LOCKSMITHS 24hr Locksmith .....................................950 472982 / 658 828560

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Guzman Seguridad (Albox) ..................950 431497 / 617 272885 Metalbox (Albox) .......................................................950 Locksmith (Dean) (See next page).............................666 949213 Mojácar Home Improvements ...................................950 Phil the Pick 24hr (Arboleas) …................................697 243181 P & D Metals ............................................................638 Speedy Fit Security Grilles ....................................600 LOGS FOR SALE The Metal Works ..............................950 930520 / 638 Antonio Diaz .............................................................689 127535 Colin & Carlos ....................................660 903158 / 630 455328 Firewood Arboleas .................................................647 932078 Las Norias Carden Centre (Los Gallardos) ..............670 215902 Leña Ramos (Arboleas) ….........................................616 044719 Lee (Arboleas) ...........................................................636 092632 Leñas Cazorla (Turre) ...............................................607 827783 Levante Logs ............................................................670 243724 Log-On-Tommy …........................................................619 070839 Palm Deliveries (Albox) .....................950 122416 / 686 966008 Phil (Arboleas) …........................................................634 328779 Potty Finca Services ............................950 163930 / 616 855294

MOBILE HOMES & CARAVANS

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

MASSAGE Acupuncture & Massage ..........................................637 Alternativa (Jessica Rippin) ......................................676 Anushree (Cranio - Sacral -Therapy) ......................672 Authentic Thai Massage (Jom) ..................................616 Holistic Massage, Lorraine ................950 064484 / 687 Lymphatic Drainage & Cranio Sacral-Therapy (Gabi) 950

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Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Caravan Storage (Antas) …….............................….661 508776 Casa Móviles .....................................637 418906 / 951 161348 Cherribar Park Homes ............…………950 396908 / 629 688153 Flor de Vida (Aguilas) ..........................968 438535 / 660 329907 Hispavan (See p.51) ..................................................687 845730 Veramotor S.A. ...........................................................950 392552

120429 284170 721096 922612 MOTORCYCLES & QUADS 569113 D Perez Motor (Antas) ...............................................950 069022 472263 Harley Dees …………................................................600 685550 Indalo Quads (Guided treks) ..................................634 315074 Montoya Motos (Garrucha) …...............................…..950 133033 Nafta Custom (Antas) ………...............950 619293 / 615 938352

NEWSAGENTS Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318

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

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

METAL WORK AA Window Doctor ....................…............................630 Carpentería Metalica Chacón (Albox) …................950 Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) …............………….950 Coastal Rejas ...........................................................610 FS Fabrications …..............…………..627 167167 / 671 Ideal Metal Designs ...................................................656

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

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

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

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

OPTICIANS Federopticos (Aguilas) ……........................................968 414468 Federopticas Diaz (Albox) ..........................................950 121122 Multiopticas Indalo (Garrucha) ...................................950 460665 Multiopticas Indalo (Mojacar) .....................................950 472285 Opticalia (Albox) .....................................................950 121084 Multiopticas Indalo (Campohermoso de Nijar) ............950 385082 Primera Opticos (Aguilas) .........................................968 493482 Salas (Huércal Overa) ................................................950 135081 + Visión (Aguilas) …....................................................968 414279

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

PAINTING & DECORATING ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 A.J. Painting & Decorating .......................................687 024884 Alan Barker ......................................950 099913 / 600 268176 Antonio Perez (Mojácar) ………........................…….691 240495 Borders Painting ………..........................................…687 661807 Cabrera Painting and Decoration Works ...................637 524709 Casanove Interiors ......................................................680 836166 C.I.S Services (Arboleas) ........................................634 621747 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 Darpa S.L. ..................................................................691 055726 Natural Optics (Garrucha) .........................................950 133921 Darren Hargreaves ...................................................626 855483 Opticas Indalo (Garrucha) ..........................................950 133865 Grupo Brideca (shop) (Huércal-Overa) 950 471045 / 950 135881 Opticas Indalo (Carboneras) .......................................950 130707 IPB Painting ........................................661 184848 / 622 524335

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JPM ...........................................................................627 Jay the Painter ........................................................697 Paul ...........................................................................649 Phil the Painter ……..............................................…671 The Fast Brush .........................................................950 True Colours .............................................................636 Vera Painting Services ............................................711

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PHYSIOTHERAPY Caroline De Maeght (Villaricos) ................................650 134805 Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) ......................................695 355381 Clínica Fisioalbox (Albox) ..........................................629 402852 Clinica MOS Fisioterapia (Mojácar Playa) .................644 394335

PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES See Screened Patio & Pool Enclosures

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

PEST CONTROL Jason …….........................................950 064015 / 680 903609 Sedesa (Vera) …………............................................950 390990 Fisiomar Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ....................667 425197 Fisioterapia Vera-Salud (Vera Playa) ...607 479379 / 950 132765 Gabi Triebel (Mojácar Playa) ..............633 011442 / 950 472263 Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ...........950 431463 / 657 516247 Remedio clinic (Mojacar) ....................950 472980 / 617 741564 Vitea Fisioterapia (Vera) ...................950 390655 / 663 024255

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

PICTURE FRAMING PET SHOPS & TRANSPORT La Tienda de Basilio Rubio (Albox) ...........................950 431592 Madera Mania (Los Gallardos) …..................……….667 562872 Mojácar Mascotas ......................................................679 411203 Pet Tag Engraving ...................................................711 006027 Tucano Mascotas (Vera) ............................................650 292670 Union Jack (Pet Transportation) ...........………………….902 109560

PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES 20seven photography ................................................634 301635 Almería-Fotografía .....................................................663 627942 Bluwater Photography ….........…………………………616 189002 Chincheto (Mojácar) ....................................................687 489182 Fotomicar (Lyle Mallen) .............................................620 786914 Fotos Fabrega (Albox) ………...........……………………950 430223 Indigo Photography & Video ...................................637 974793 Omar De La Cruz ………..........………950 460213 / 609 284852 Professional Video & Photographic Services inc. Aerial...647 202599 Rod Westwood ………........................950 472321 / 609 611207 The Image Suite …….............................…........................647 918 848 Toros Bravos ............................................................607 117174

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

Casa de Cabra (Albox) ........................................ 633 364329 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096

PIZZERIAS Antonella (Mojácar Playa) ................................……..950 450215 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 D'Angelo (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 478517 El Gaucho (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950 478846 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ......................950 472995 / 642 514738 Meson Felipe San Bernabé (Mojácar Playa) ..…….950 475966 Ilario Imperial (Mojácar Playa) (See front cover) ...….950 478098 La Góndola (Garrucha) ..............................................950 133928 La Muralla (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 472928 Little Italy II (Garrucha) …………...........………………950 133802 Lucky Pizzeria (Villaricos) ........................................670 073597 Pizzo (Villaricos) .....................................................655 797530 Osteria (Mojácar) ......................................................950 615151 Ottocento (Mojácar Playa) .........................................950 615100 Portofino (Mojácar) ....................................................950 472809 Mari Cruz (Turre) …..........................................…….950 479646 Provenzal (Mojácar Playa) ..........................................950 478308 Pulcinella (Mojácar Pueblo) ......................................950 478401 Rincon del Zahorí (Mojácar Pueblo) ..630 314400 / 661 604220 Quick (Garrucha) ......................................................950 132305 Sottocasa (Mojácar Playa) ........................................950 093075

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

PLUMBERS 24hr Casaserve ..............................................950 466438 / 676 3062699 Andy (Mojácar) ........................................................697 302039

Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Chris ........................................................................643 082899 Carlos (Saliente) Plumbing & Heating ..950 930900 / 620 742954 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Graham ....................................................................620 112193 James Santiago (Vera Playa) ......................................672 668803 Knowles ….........................................950 137197 / 606 807797 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Francisco Montoya (Mojacar) …............………………..687 466352 Smith Plumbing S.L. ..................................................950 468041

Piscinas Miguel (Maintenance) .............950 478652 / 607 480865 Pool Medics ……………...................................……….634 353525 Pools & Piscinas (Cleaning - Bédar) .........................637 915898 Procare Pools (Arboleas) ..........................................642 370681 Proyectados Pool Sureste ............................................630 810299 Salvador (Pool Maintenance) ......................................696 426523 Sundance Spas - Pool Maintenance S.L. ....................950 472845 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

POSTAL SERVICES

Can Connect (Albox) …….........................................950 121149 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Connexions (Turre) ..................................................950 479502 Forget-me-not (Las Buganvillas) ....................………..950 118043 Frankie’s Bar (Vera Playa) .........................................662 474861 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ................................................950 393835 PODIATRISTS Offex Spain ................................……..966 765950 / 661 386942 Pam’s Post (Albox) ............................................... 664 565479 See Chiropodists & Podiatrists Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635 722290 POOL COVERS The Post Shop (Albox) ………..............950 064584 / 635 979829 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Coverbox (Albox) …….................................................615 992007 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Enclose My Pool ..................................606 040462 / 670 510097 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295 Hispavan pool covers ........................950 047033 / 687 845730 PRINTING & GRAPHIC DESIGN Real Covers (Mojácar) ........................950 478763 / 609 667333 WS Cover ...................................................................667 480363 AdverTees (Albox) ...................................................641 407147 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 POOLS & POOL MAINTENANCE Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ............................................950 393835 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................634 322475 Aguafer Piscinas S.L. ................................................950 617064 Mojácar Business ....................................................950 680110 Alloa Pool Care (Albox) ………….................…………..650 244018 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 262100 Almeria Pools .............................0044 7957167633 / 634 318369 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492 Blue Diamond Pool Care ..............................697238933 Sello Gráfico (Mojácar Playa) ..................................607 424452 Clean Pool Service (Arboleas) ...................................606 654389 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 D & J Pritchard Construcciones .........617 698418 / 662 046497 24hr Casaserve .....................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Heat My Pool ....................................950 528128 / 663 303350 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 IndalPool (Albox) …………...............................……..950 431859 Arboleas Builders ………...............……950 930536 / 634 306690 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 Can I Help You (Vera) ………..................................691 662267 Oasis Pool Cleaning Services ............634 332170 / 634 332178 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Olive Tree Farm Pool Services ...............................643 463129 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815

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D & D Property Care & Rentals (See cover).643 335386 / 643 337063 Destination Spain Property Services .........................678 203143 Destination Spain Property Services .........................672 668803 E-Property Almería ...................................................677 146592 Exclusive Holiday Villas ............................................950 092602 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 James Santiago (Vera Playa) ......................................672 668803 La Casa es Tuya .......................................................663 931471 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Mojacar Estates ..........................................................950 478935 Procare Property Service (Arboleas) .......................642 370681 Triton Property Maintenance ...................................634 326322 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634 328911 Zlatan ................................................630 207864 / 682 277576

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...................950 475199 / 629 673450 Almería Holiday Rentals ............................................638 701670 Almería Property Agency (Arboleas) …..850 993099 / 606 281865 Almeria Rentals ................................. 650 764623 / 648 523073 Apartamentos Torrelaguna (Las Buganvillas) .............950 132580 APT Lets (Valle del Este) ….................950 619227 / 626 578164 Blaumar (Huercal Overa) .....................950 135512 / 670 869533 Blue Sea Villas (Mojácar) (See front cover).............….950 478643 Casa Benedict Rentals (Turre) …...………....…………616 189002 Casa Paz Holiday Lettings (Huercal-Overa) ...........693 935118 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Citrus Homes ...............................……......................638 849254 Clean Team Property Care & Rentals 850 993202/ 642 911850 Coastal Properties (Mojácar) ........................................950 475235 Complete Holiday Care ....………...........950 478612 / 610 808631 D & D Property Care & Rentals (See cover).643 335386 / 643 337063

Findmeahome ....................................951 914195 / 636 266641 Holiday Home Europe .........................950 120210 / 654 590258 Holiday Letting Service ........................950 472903 / 627 565049 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 Indalo Real Estate .............................950 091137 / 616 760409 Indasol Mojácar S.L. ..................……....................….950 472200 Inmoterreros ...................................................................950 096180

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KW Resorts Holiday Rentals ......................0044 (0)1293 863320 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Spanish Property Choice (Mojacar) ..... 950 475823 / 634 351562 Sunshine Villas............................………850 993202 / 694 440184 The Key ................................................................0044 7541 842710 Triton Property Services ..........................................634 326322 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827 Year Round Holiday Rentals .............950 619178 / 627 763052

PROPERTY PROMOTERS Almanzora S.L. (Desert Springs) ...............................950 467104 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914 Elegant Homes S.L. ............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Elide Group S.L. …............….............950 390009 / 950 615076 La Casa es Tuya .......................................................663 931471 El Pinar de Bédar ......................................................950 469496 Mojácar Estates ........................................................950 478935 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 Mojácar Holiday Services .......................950 699947 / 634 972377 RADIO STATIONS Mojácar Long Term Rentals …...............................…636 903184 Onda Aguilas (100.1) ….............................................968 447864 Next Stop Almería ................................950 617518 / 678 034651 Smooth FM online (89.8) ........................................634 332666 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) ............................950 478915 Spectrum FM (96.1) ............................950 615142 / 678 332815

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

REMOVALS & STORAGE See also Van & Man Hire Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 Brian’s Removals (Mojácar Playa) .........................674 280268 Dave’s Transport (International / Local)....................620 049524 English Move (Tony) ….............................................699 819213 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 Real Almería Property (Mojácar) ............................634 316068 Items For Sale Mojácar ..................694 439275 / 950 478753 Rent Mojácar ............................................................950 615042 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas) .............................950 391412 Sandy Goldfinch ........................+44 7767 301159 / 670 575897 Moovit Transport & Storage ...............950 930316 / 642 586701

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Sprinter Services (Vera Playa) .............605 376873 / 950 609121 St. George’s European …UK 0044 207 193 5984 / 952 485984 Storage 42 Removals and Storage (Albox) ...............634 325639 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ................950 930316 / 671 220105 Swift Transport (Arboleas) ........................................618 511234 UK Direct ..................UK 0044 7719.118.879 / Spain 642 099479 Union Jack Removals (International) ….......………….902 109560 Wanderers Transport and Storage ..UK 0044 7906852325 / 623 300425

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

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

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

391433 091188 430930 430024 430145 231507

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

Antas El Fogon, Asador Argentino ........................................950 459081 Mi Casa .................................................950 453007 / 950 453048

Arboleas Bar Limaria ..............................................................950 Happy Garden .........................................................950 Hostal Meson ………..........................950 430137 / 635 Hotel Rural Azabache ............................................690 Nueva Trinidad ....................................850 993250 / 634

930047 120851 612738 258813 369833

Bédar El Cortijo ............................................950 398108 / 689 702916 El Paso ...................................................................678 868963 Miramar .....................................................................950 469308

Cabrera Riad Cabrera ………………….....................................950 092042

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

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

Cucador La Vida

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

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

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Beachcomber ...........................................................634 La Montaña ...............................................................950 398856 Bellavista ..................................................................950 Botaniq ...................................................................696 El Pilar de Lubrin Bowen Resto Bar .............................. 666 406203 / 634 Restaurante Albar ....................................................950 069077 Cabo Norte ..............................................................665 El Pinar Captain’s Tapas Bar & Restaurant ...........................617 Bar El Pinar ...........................................................634 302673 Casa Egea .................................................................950

El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin)

Garrucha

Angus & Hereford .....................................................950 Casa Adriana ...........................................................950 GBG ……………...................................950 132625 / 639 Góndola ....................................................................950 La Cantina de Flor ....................................................950 La Gurulla ………................................................….666 Maui Gastro ….................................................………950 Nautico …................................................................694 Restaurante Andalucia ..............................................950 Restaurante Azul, Hotel Tikar ...................................950 Rincón del Puerto …….......................950 133042 / 950 Tierra y Mar .............................................................643

Huércal-Overa Crisbe .............................................950 134100 / 607 El Paladar .......................................673 695939 / 631 El Capricho …........................................................637 Hotel Overa .............................................................950

339216 478800 809035 357654 891772 477797 472190

460588 133154 915993 133928 132757 995669 460882 433535 460604 617131 133043 Casa Juan …………................................................….950 450305 463940 Cortijo de la Media Luna .............................950 478813 / 676 547555 Cowboy Kenny’s Bar and Que ................................711 007976 338460 494536 595326 470879

La Alfoquía Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 008003 Indian Tandoori ........................................................632 110888 The Heathers ...................................................................642 144727

Las Herrerias Eugenia ......................................................................950 069021

Los Carasoles

Harley’s ...................................................................642 637371 D’Angelo .....................................................................950 478517

Los Gallardos Apolo ……...................................................…………..600 495182 Meson Verfran ...................................950 469393 / 637 810143 Miraflores ..................................................................950 469519

Mojácar - see also Mojácar Pueblo Alcazaba ………......................................................657 Al Punto (Brazilian) ...................................................950 Antonella (Italian) .............................................……..950 BaoBab .....................................................................689 Badgers ...................................................................950

560679 475899 450215 642923 478525 Delfín Dorado......................................950 475212 / 645 220095 Dolce Vita ................................................................950 478476 Don Pancho (Mexican) .................................................950 472543 El Deseo .................................................................670 018035 El Gaucho ................................................................950 478846 El Lugar ...................................................................679 676405 El Sitio ....................................................................950 615411 Enrico (Italian) ...................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Gastro Malabar .........................................................950 472970 Ilario Imperial (Italian) (See front cover)....................950 478098 Imperial Playa (Italian) ..............................................950 475360

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Shea’s Restaurant & Bar (See p.7) ...........................950 478186 Sottocasa (Italian) .......................................................950 093075 The Irish Rover .....................................................950 473135 The Lemon ....................……...............................…….950 472659 The Roof Garden .....................................................674 113218 Torre Bahía ...............................................................950 478651 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 Twister ...................................................………………600 006032 Zaika Fusion ..........................................................632 727851

Mojácar Pueblo Arlequíno ..........................................950 478037 / 649 337781 Calima (Moroccan) ..................................................608 807331 Casa Minguito ………...............................................950 478614 El Antler ……....................................................……600 540661 La Candela …...........................................................647 724367 Pulcinella (Italian) .....................................................950 478401 Restaurante Aires del Sur ..................606 061811 / 950 478014 Restaurante Calima ………………........................….663 286962 Restaurante Mamabel's ...............................................950 472448 Rincón de Embrujo …....................…………………….600 531270 Rincon del Zahorí .............................630 314400 / 661 604220 Indian Curry House ...........................632 416554 / 950 887681 Kukis .........................................................................950 377076 La Cabaña ................................................................950 615179 La Cachimba (Moroccan) .........................................950 099179 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478841 La Cometa ...............................................................950 615209 La Estancia …….............................................………654 562396 La Gaviota ……………...............................................950 472177 La Piká ....................................................................950 930744 Los Amigos ......................................…………………950 478489 Levante ......... ...................................................950 615224 Marama ..............................................660 696229 / 666 260852 Marcelo Entre Tapas .................................................950 031812 Martín Morales ..............................................................950 478812 Mediterráneo ............................................................950 309869 Meson de Loic y Cathy ...........................................950 478050 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ...................…………….950 475966 Meson Mémé …........…………………..674 141159 / 647 954405 Mandala Beach Club ................................................950 473131 Mohana .....................................................................950 472941 Mountains of the Moon (Indian) ........950 472002 / 637 914632 Mont Martre (French) ..............................................634 388867 Neptuno (See p.29) .............................................…616 005387 Omega ...................................................950 475317 / 647 675919 Ostería Ristorante Italiano ........................................950 615151 Ottocento (Italian).......................................................950 615100 Palacio Imperial Marina (Thai, Japanese, Chinese) ...950 472208 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250 Playa Juana Beach Club ..........................................690 984992 Robert (Marina de la Torre) …………..............………950 110412 Sal Marina ...................................................................950 472405 Scotty’s .....................................................................687 382540 Sensations ................................................................950 472057

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

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

Pueblo Laguna Bistro .......................................................................950 132022

Restaurant Laguna …………….........................……..950 132566

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

Turre Casa Adelina ...............................................................950 479153 Chili .................................................608 802227 / 950 468425 Doner Kebab ............................................................603 527699 Hostal Rural .............................................................950 478806 La Pará ……………………..................................…….637 545590 La Sorpresa ...............................................................950 099901 Orsoca ………………............................................…..602 554609 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz ……....................…..950 479646

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SATELLITE TV ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.35).....647 247494 / 950 092604 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Europa Digital ....................................950 133233 / 678 332815 GBTV (Albox and Mojácar) .......................................616 888058 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ...............................950 473102 SolAir ................................................950 472081 / 645 294064 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.55) ......950 398146 / 699 909737 Tweaks (Albox) .........................................................620 040331

SCREENED PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES

Valle del Este Golf

Enclose My Pool ...............................606 040462 / 670 510097 Sawadee Thai .........................................................634 393235 Inside Out In Europe S.L. ....................................677 114576 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Vera Gran Muralla (Wok Buffet) ..........................................950 391691 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…...........................677 152911 La Mariposa de Fran ………........……..950 166774 / 683 641957 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.45)........................................627 907207 Terraza Carmona ...................................................950 390760

Vera Playa Armony Beach Club .................................................617 745021 b2 Mohana (Argentinean) ........................................678 642856 El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 Gateway to India (Indian) ...........................................950 923994 Lua Puerto Rey ........................................................950 478202 Maraú (Vera Playa) ……………...........................……671 580340 Taj Mahal (Indian) …............…………950 618691 / 671 231465 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682

Villaricos

SCUBA DIVING Buceo Mojácar ........................................................950 472760

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

Don Tadeo ..................................................................950 467105 SECURITY & SAFES See Alarms El Faro ..................................................649 766252 / 687 351764 SEWING Gastrobar D’Alvaro ......................................................648 220383 Alice .........................................................................620 876485 Los Conteros ....................................950 618629 / 699 010705 Alexis Shillinglaw .....................................................634 361874 Playa Azul .............................................950 467075 / 609 386282 J.F.M. Modas Sedal (Turre) ..............950 468031 / 606 945502 RETRACTABLE ROOF SYSTEMS Lola Alterations & Repairs (Mojácar Playa) .950 475994 / 637 963835 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Nicky (Mojacar) ..................................................... 667 479903 Solo Style ...............................................................626 319907 ROOFING Sew n Sew Susie (Albox area) ..........950 930643 / 633 683872 Ark Roofing ...............................................................634 379173 The Sewing Room ....................................................607 375697

RUGS & CARPETS

SEPTIC TANK SERVICE

Homecentre (Albox) (See p.6)..........868 931872 / 671 715294 Desarascos Litesa ............................670 863791 / 609 P & R Rugs (Los Llanos de Aroleas) .......................665 258680 Drainage Solutions …...........………….616 531283 / 670 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 RURAL TOURISM Ginés Millán (All areas) ……….............(after 4pm) 607 Cortijo Pocico de la Nava (Mojácar) ...........................670 777752 Limaser (Vera) ……..................................................950 Finca Arboleda (Vera) ..............................................678 027656 Sepserve (All areas) …..............................................675 Mi Abuela Maria (Mojácar) ……..........................……659 198424

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

SIGNS (Shop & Vehicle) Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492

SKIP HIRE Aridos Mojácar S.L. ..................................................650 914257 Casa Conchillo (Albox) ......................950 430740 / 695 844425

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El Cano SL )Mojácar) ................................................950 479185 Servacon .....................................................................950 475853

SOLAR ENERGY DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See page 19)...........950 472947 Ecocorp ..................................................................671 716597

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

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

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 Cabrera Cervantes (Turre) ................950 099400 / 627 464545 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) .................................950 134434 Davies Solicitors (Mojácar) ........................................950 472775 EuroAbogados (Vera) .................................................950 617017 Javier Loustau (Mojácar) .........................................950 475086 José Francisco López Molina .............950 133607 / 635 189986 Leticia Moreno-Torres Camy (Vera) ......950 391249 / 607 840182 Lopez & León Solicitors (Garrucha) ..950 888314 / 666 513917 Mar Abogados & Consultores (Mojácar) .................950 478911 Mario Redondo (Albox) ….................950 430222 / 626 389322 Miguel Angel Rojas Benitez .......................................950 615404 Pablo Suarez (Purchena) ..........................................610 014680 Mundi Abogados (Las Buganvillas) ........................950 460999 Ramírez Abogados (Vera) .......................................950 391171

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Exclusive Shuttles pre-booked airport taxis (office hours).950 092602 Marlan Taxis Villaricos .................................................609 764900

TELECOMMUNICATIONS Albox-Online ………..............................…………….950 091111 Connexions (Turre) ...................................................950 479502 George’s Sales & Repair (Vera Playa) 950 042338 / 661 375489 Indalphone .............................(Mojácar) 950 475784 / 622 455 608 Indalphone ...........................................(Huércal-Overa) 950 471470

GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 Orange (Vera) ...........................................................950 393538 Ross Legal Services (Aguilas) .................................968 412321 Next .............................................................................950 479369 Ruiz Orozco (Vera) ..................................................950 390282 Phone@ Mojacar …….............……....950 882222 / 607 885522 Saugar Abogados (Mojácar) ......................................950 615038 The Phone House (Albox) …………….950 121045 / 670 359698

TILING & PATIO WORK

SPAS

IndalOcio (Arboleas) ................................................850 993090 See also Building Services Sundance Spas (Mojácar) .......................................950 472845 1 Stop Paving (Albox) ………................................…634 313939 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 SPA SERVICING & CLEANING True Blue Pools & Spas ..........................................661 148998 A.J.B. Tiling Services ...............................................687 024884 Arboleas Paving ……………...............................…….636 092632 SURVEYORS Borders .....................................................................647 803030 Philip Chesler (Chartered Surveyor).............................687 814369 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Survey Andalucía (Architect Daniel González) ............686 846624 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ......618 920126 / 686 377172 Steve Holman .......................................................... 697 678708 The Bathroom & Tiling Specialists ....................+44 7756081843 United Tile ................................................................667 702817

TIMBER SUPPLIERS Wood2Go (Velez Rubio)..............................................950 614050

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

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

Almería Castle ………............................................…950 271617 Almería Solar Centre ( Nr.Tabernas) ....950 387990 / 670 866122 Aquarium (Roquetas de Mar) ...................................950 160036 Camelus (Mojácar Camel Rides) ………663 930272 / 950 100076 Fort Bravo – Western theme park (Tabernas) .....….950 165405 Nautarium (Sea Museum) (Garrucha) ………………….950 139554 Nijar Butterfly Farm .................................................617 692778 Oasys Western Park & Zoo (Tabernas) ….............….950 365236 Western Leone Theme park (Tabernas) …............…950 165405

TAXIS (Legal)

TRANSLATING - see Interpreters

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

TATTOO ARTISTS

Levante Radio Taxis (all areas)................................950 888111

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Curtains with Style (Fabrics) ............ 950 069032 / 678 811125 Jone’s Mobile (Upholstery cleaning) …....……………661 571939 Unicraft (Upholstery) ...................................................692 176069 Autocares Rodriguez (Coaches) ...............................950 469061 Upholstery & Leather Cleaning .................................636 193256 Halcón Viajes (Vera) ................................................950 393472 Upholstery Larios (Cuevas del Almanzora) 950 456 364 / 651 998738 Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.39).......................950 092602 UNIFORMS Levante Travel (Garrucha) ...................950 132258 / 628 604752 Tikka Uniforms & Shoes (Mojácar) …..........................667 479903 Mojácar Tour (Mojácar Playa) (See cover)..........…..950 475757 Viajes Zafiro Tours (Aguilas) ....................................868 782663 Uniformes de Levante (Los Gallardos & Vera) ..........902 110218 Zafiro Tours (Albox) ………..................................……950 121021 VAN & MAN HIRE Zafiro Tours (Mojácar) .................................................950 615343

TRANSPORT - see Removals TRAVEL

See also Removals & Storage

TUITION Dave Eccles (Drum lessons) ..............950 525790 / 687 033106 ELC Education & Language Centre ........................669 294342 Espanglish ...............................................................950 390037 Girasol, Albox (Spanish) ..........................................639 089170 Guitar Lessons ………….....................................…..667 989270 Hind (French & Arabic, Mojácar) ...............................616 605341 Jewellery making ......................................................642 435909 Kinder Garrucha (Bilingual Education Centre)...........950 460472 La Galeria Art Classes (Albox) …..............................663 341904 Marcela Chávez (Spanish-English school support)....676 951352 Pencils English Academy (Garrucha)..........................634 314110 Piano (Mojácar) …………............……950 069803 / 667 408941 R. F. (Marquetry, Guitar) ........................................711 003476 Sarah Dyson (Computer tuition) …....................……687 632435 Simon Farmiloe (Spanish & English)(Albox/Mojacar) ..647 677097 English tuition & conversation (TEFL) (Vera) ............642 314316

TV & AUDIO REPAIRS

Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ..........................600 225929 IDP Services ……........................................................608 238775 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 K.Morris (Vera) ............................0035 711004024 / 0044 7759692010 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ...................................950 930316 Way 2 Go (UK/Spain) ……UK 0044 208 0904292 / 965 794682

VEHICLE IMPORTATION Great Cost Matriculation ...........0044 7957167633 / 634 318369 Hispavan vehicle importation ......................................687 845730 Talleres Daydo (Antas Real) ….……….950 459116 / 607 373298

VEHICLE REPAIRS Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….......................667 Auto Shine Body Repairs ………........607 324623 / 607 CostaCoches ...........................................................950 Fran’s Garage ....................................664 571060 / 950

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Go Car (Arboleas) ....................................................950 Gómez Motor (Huércal-Overa) ..................................950 Mojácar Motor (Mojácar Playa) ……........................950 Reparbox (DIY) (Antas El Real) ...............................687

431861 471250 478335. 879744

Ponce S.L. (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617181 Seth Pittham (Zurgena).......................950 634477 / 666 826886

UPHOLSTERY

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Pit Stop (Oria) ……………....................................…..950 124828 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Talleres Azor ...............(Mojácar) 950 478519 (Vera) 950 391400

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

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

Centro Garras (Huércal-Overa) ........950 616820 / 617 456548 Clinica Nexo (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 / 605 495017

VEHICLE REPAIRS (MOBILE) Cool Air (Air Conditioning) ........................................673 195872

Egesta Centro Vetinario (Vélez Rubio) ..950 411208 / 608 438683 Europa (Mojácar) .................950472262 Emergencies: 629 099921 Javier .............(Garrucha) 950 132200 Emergencies: 619 236059 NEXO (Albox) …...............950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 Veravet (Vera Town) …............…............................…950 393307 Veterinary Centre (Huércal-Overa) …........................950 616781

WATER (Tanker Delivery) Sierra Cabrera Water ........................651 994419 / 608 057941 JFK Karz ................................................................643 790511 Veloc Tuning ECU Remapping Services ..................600 827517

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

VEHICLE SALES

WATER TREATMENTS

AA Car Sales (Mojácar) ...........................................950 459208 Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) …......................667 439671 AutoFex (Arboleas) ....................................................950 431861 Automobiles Playcar SLU ...................950 459302 / 672 737663 CostaCoches (Antas, El Real).....................................950 459209 Mojácar Motors ...950 472056 ................(Workshop) 950 478335 Navarro Segura - Seat (Vera) ..........670 038580 / 950 393170 Nissan & Ford (Albox) …............................................950 430856

Healthy H2O ..............................................968 437270 / 666 302 987

WEB SERVICES MODS ........................................................................600 284975 Mojácar Business ....................................................950 680110

WINDOW CLEANING Clean Team

…………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184

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Don (Mojacar) .........................................................666 Idea (Mojácar) ...................................................……..605 J&A Window Cleaning Services ..........950 122452 / 689 James .......................................................................678 Lady Jane Window Cleaning (Arboleas) ...................634 Mick ...........................................................................634 Window Panes ..........................................................617 Woody the Window Cleaner (Almanzora Valley) .......634

814913 162709 548824 988812 255373 327075 208231 349665

WINDOWS & DOORS AA Window Doctor ...................................................630 231644

Complete Renovations .......................644 389255 / 672 379960 David A. Pritchard Construcciones ........617 698418 / 662 046497 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Interglaze ……..............................…...................... 680 743311 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Mojácar Home Improvements ....................................950 473104 Ortega Windows & Doors .......................................950 393305 Plas-Tech Windows ...................................................600 320761 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….….........................677 152911 Speedyfit ...........................................950 439228 / 600 006032

WINES Bodega Gran Baco (Aguilas) .............................…..968 925655 Enoteca Tikar (Garrucha) ……..............................….950 617131 Isalva (Palomares) ………..........................................615 265092

WOOD & PELLET STOVES Chimeneas Acar (Albox) ...........................................950 120077 Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028

ZOO & PARK

Oasys (Tabernas) ....................................................950 365236

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

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

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

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

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Community News La Paratá Mojacár Fundraising Team individuals could sponsor a daily show with Raises 3,867 euros for Red Cross proceeds being donated to charity. The support “La Paratá Mojácar Fundraising Team” presented a cheque to the Red Cross, Mojácar for 3,867 euros, raised locally during lockdown, in support of all the needy families in Mojácar who have suffered badly during this unprecedented pandemic. In attendance were Red Cross President and Vice President Conchi and Isobel respectively and Martin Montoya (Head of Maintenance & Service) representing the Mojácar town hall. The funds came from sponsorships and donations generated from the “Briggsy & Claysy Show”, which was broadcast daily, live fromLa Paratá on Facebook during lockdown. The 30-minute broadcast every morning, which included a news slot, was aired over a period of eight weeks. The idea was the brainchild of Rob Briggs, who was ably supported by his partner Penny Clayton. Their dedication to lift the spirits of people both near and far with song requests, messages for loved ones and much more, was a labour of love, and the show gained support from Mojácar and around the world.

was a resounding success with all further shows being sponsored. Along with Keith Holland, the team reached out further to people for donations. The response was amazing, as the final total raised confirms. Support came from many La Paratá residents, including 93 year-old Betty, whose Hero Bears were lovingly crocheted and sent to NHS heroes. Sue Oxley and Jo Marriott made numerous Red Cross shopping trips to Mercadona, regularly filling between 10 and 15 large bags. La Paratá community and friends have an excellent record over recent years for raising money for charities, with a total in excess of 35,000 euros. All involved, both organisers and supporters, here and abroad, should be extremely proud.

La Paratá residents Roy and Sue Oxley organised a “Show Sponsorship Scheme”, through which Martin Montoya, Red Cross President Conchi and Vice President Isobel, Sue and Roy Oxley, Rob Briggs, Jo Marriott and Keith Holland

The Bill to Reform the Planning Laws of Andalucia Does Not Please Everyone By Maura Hillen, MBE, former president of homeowner´s association, AUAN.

The government of Andalusia has announced its intention to deliver new planning laws within the ambitious timeframe of a year. To be known as the LISTA, Ley de Impulso para la Sostenibilidad del Territorio de Andalucía, or the law to promote sustainable development in Andalusia, the draft text promises much needed reforms in terms of promoting growth in the territory but has already

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Community News raised concerns among the ecologists when it suffered through the pandemic trapped in a flat comes to the issue of sustainability. It is ever thus. in Madrid when they could have been teleworking from a rural village in Andalusia. Replacing a failing system The LISTA is designed to replace the LOUA, a set A new Inspection Corps to identify those of regulations that, for that last 18 years has who break the law placed a stranglehold on development in Andalusia In terms of planning discipline, the LISTA shows with its urban centric philosophy and a torturous some baby teeth that might mature into planning approvals process that fails to something useful. It proposes the creation of a differentiate between a village in the Valle of Corp of Sub Inspectors that will have the power Almanzora and the city of Seville. The statistics to inspect and enforce planning regulations on speak for themselves with El Mundo reporting behalf of the Junta de Andalucia. It also becomes that of the apx. 800 towns and villages in Andalusia, obligatory to display your planning permission on some 496 are currently dragging their town plans site so that your neighbours and any passing through an approvals process that takes an authorities can be sure that the works are legal. average of 9 years. Another 181 plans have been The prescription period for building without approved or adapted to the current regulations planning permission remains as 6 years and service and 159 towns and villages have yet to do anything providers are forbidden to connect properties at all, after 18 years of the LOUA. that lack a licence of first occupation or administrative recognition and acceptance via an The administrative swamp enshrined in the LOUA AFO or FO declaration. coupled with its toothless planning enforcement regulations created the perfect storm for Greater protection for buyers irregularities as citizens and town halls alike lost Property buyers are also offered greater the will to live in the face of endless administrative protection as the LISTA obliges the administration procedures and the general lack of consequences to record the initiation of any proceeding relating when the rules were broken. Hence, why there to a planning infraction against a property on the are an estimated 300,000 irregular buildings in Land Registry. Something which the homeowners Andalusia. association AUAN has long demanded. Simplification, streamlining and development in the countryside The LISTA seeks to address the failings of the LOUA by introducing simplified planning procedures for towns and villages with a population of 10,000 or less, and by streamlining the processes for the rest. It proposes to relax the urban centric planning model by permitting controlled development on rustic land such as isolated dwellings and projects that benefit rural communities, subject to conditions. The procedures to apply for planning permission are also streamlined. The emphasis is on simplification according to government sources. Such measures are likely to be welcomed by our dying rural communities or those who have

NO amnesty for irregular houses The LISTA offers no new advances for the 300,000 houses considered to be illegal in origin in the territory of Andalusia but existing concessions have been retained in terms of recognition via an AFO and the possibility to use Special Plans to implant basic infrastructure. All concessions come at a cost to the homeowner and permission to perform any works other than maintenance will not be given. Ecologists in Action are not happy The LISTA is likely to endure a bumpy ride from Ecologists in Action. Whilst they welcome that the Junta clarifies its competencies in terms of urban

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Community News discipline, something that they had long demanded, due, they say, to the inaction of most of the town halls and the consequent proliferation of illegal homes, they are not very happy with anything else. Their principle concern is the relaxation of the rules with regard to construction on rustic land which they claim will have dire consequences for Andalusia. Photo by Aaron Baglietto

Somewhere between the pristine and untouched model of an Andalusian countryside as required by the ecologists and the living, breathing communities required by the people who live beneficial and during the past year 114 cats and there, there lies the text of a planning regulation 278 dogs were transported overseas from the that will require compromise on all sides. shelter and local adoptions continue to rise which is wonderful news for the charity. The time period for submitting formal proposals to amend or expand the text of the bill ends in When the coronavirus erupted, Volunteer Shelter July. We are not there yet but the conversation Manager Vanessa Malpauw, alongside live-in caretaker James Scamlan and local volunteer has started. Alistair Smith decided to put the shelter into lock down. With 42 dogs and 15 puppies to care for, PAWS/PATAS News long term volunteer Kerry Clarke visited daily to As PAWS-PATAS enters its 31st year; their Mission assist. The cattery managed by Sam Spencer had Statement remains the same. “Assist and reduce 27 cats and a handful of volunteers shared daily as many stray and abandoned cats and dogs in shifts. Thankfully local people also fostered a the area by taking care of them and try and find further 45 dogs and 18 cats. In order to carry out them permanent homes. Reduce overpopulation shelter duties the travelling volunteers were through neutering and increase public awareness supplied with an official notification which was honoured by the police. regarding animal welfare”. PAWS-PATAS receives no statutory funding and relies entirely on donations and the help of volunteers. They have 4 outlets situated in Mojácar, Los Buganvillas and Turre which are the main avenues for providing continuous revenue. The shelter requires 9,500 euros per month to cover vet bills, medicines, neutering, food, electricity, water, transport, maintenance, etc. Volunteers from all over Europe come and work at the shelter; usually to gain experience but also for their love of animals, saving their lives and finding their “Forever Homes”. Relationships with contacts in Holland and the UK proves extremely Photo by Aaron Baglietto

PAWS-PATAS have plans to build a new Quarantine Unit. Last year was very upsetting and exhausting due to Parvovirus in dogs and Panleukopenia in cats due to infected puppies and kittens abandoned at the shelter gates. These diseases create havoc and is especially distressing for the volunteers. Photo by Lesley Posso The charity is in dire need of a Fundraising Team with vision and enthusiasm plus they need long haul drivers and fosterers. For all information including volunteering and donations, please visit their website: www.paws-patas.org or email: info@paws-patas.org

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Community News The Torre Chimenea del Molino of Zurgena

Mojácar’s Blue Flag Beaches As tourism hopefully returns following the pandemic, Mojácar has had six beaches given the “Blue flag” award for 2020 which is the highest number for 15 years and includes Playa Descargador which was the first to beawarded this status in 1991. The other five beaches are Marina de la Torre, Piedra Villazar, El Cantal, Lance Nuevoand Venta del Bancal-Ventanicas, all raising their blue flags that are granted by the European Environmental Foundation. The United Nations Agencies for the Environment and Tourism are also part of the vetting process, as well as various European and International bodies. To gain this distinction, strict standards must be achieved with water quality, general facilities, and environmental issues, along with safety and rescue services and good accessibility for those with reduced mobility.

One of the outstanding features of Zurgena is the building with the very tall chimney known as ‘La Torre Chimenea del Molino’. A grant of 51,000 euros has been announced by the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province) for restoration and additional work to turn it into a visitor centre. This grant is part of a package to restore buildings that are considered to have a very important heritage in small municipalities and increase the attractiveness for tourism. 320,000 euros has been allocated for Almería province out of the total for Andalucía of 4.7 million euros. Jim Simpson, the hard working, long term, British councillor in Zurgena, has announced that for family reasons in the UK, he and his wife will reluctantly be leaving Zurgena and moving back to the UK either at the end of this year or during 2021. They have lived in Zurgena for almost 17 years and he is in his fourth four year term as a councillor.

Added to this important endorsement is the SICTED distinction for Commitment to Quality Tourism, promoted by the Secretary of State for Tourism, which has additionally awarded the local The Rigdzin Buddhist beaches with seven “Tourist Quality Commitment” Centre in Bédar badges. This Buddhist community has been given official approval to have an improved and expanded The town’s Tourism Office has had their Tourist retreat centre in Bédar which will be located in Quality Seal since 2105, thanks to constant updates the area of Serena / La Torrecica. The meditation and improvements. In addition, the Family Tourism teachings of the famous Buddhist, Rigdzin Namkha Quality Seal has been renewed this year, an Gyatso Rinpoche, will be taught there that are endorsement which was first given in 2017, with depicted to be for “the benefits of all living beings” Mojácarbeing the first Andalucían destination to and are considered an important part of Tibetan receive the recognition. Buddhism.

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

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

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

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11:30am. 3rd Thursday of the month social meeting at 11:30 for coffee and chatter. Call for information of the venue. Everyone is welcome, service or nonAlmanzora Group of Friends Library and Information Centre service. For enquiries call: 950 099 483 Mon - Fri and first Saturday of month or email mojacar.secretary@rbl. 10am-1pm, Plaza San Antonia, Barrio community. If you are feeling lonely or Alto, Albox. Extensive English Library, are housebound why not become a DVDs and talking books, monthly Telephone Buddy. Sometimes just talking magazine, monthly quiz, trips. to someone is a first step to feeling www.almanzoragof.org or Facebook: more in control. Email us for more Almanzora Group of Friends. Tel: 602 information: mojacar.chairman@rbl. community. For Welfare advice or help 495 306 call : 676451780 (9am-5pm, Mon-Sat) Living Alone in Spain? or email dmwilson@britishlegion.org.uk We are a 60+ group of friends who meet for lunch every Wednesday in the The Royal British Legion - Albox Mojácar area. Tel. Ann: 677 877 087 Everyone welcome. Monthly meeting 3rd Thursday of every month, La Parrilla, Almeria Link Friendship Group Albox, 11am. Coffee morning 1st Membership is free and open to all. We Thursday of every month, Oasis Cafe meet at weekends in the Mojacar area Bar, 11.30am. For info contact chairman to enjoy dining experiences and form Filip Ostrowski , email Albox.chairman friendships. At 4pm on the first @rbl.community. .For support contact Thursday of each month, we meet for Mrs Pamela Twissell Cross on 676 451 a chat and a drink at D'Angelo's 780 Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm or email: Restaurant. New members are always SpainNorth.CommunitySupport@RBL. welcome. Please contact Bob on Community 950472551 or Cynthia on 950472699 The Royal British Legion - Zurgena WOW Women on Wednesday & District Branch Scotty’s, Mojácar Playa, 2pm. Get Heather’s Bar, La Alfoquia, first Thursday together, buy, sell, swap, meet new of the month, 11a.m. Email zurgenaRBL people. secretary@yahoo.co.uk. See www.british Dames in Huércal Overa legion.org.uk/branches/zurgena 3rd Wed. of the month, 10.30am, Hostal Mojácar Community Library Rural Los Sabores de Miguel. All welcome. Multi-Use centre. Mon, Wed and Fri, Tel. Carolyn 637 798 494 11am - 1pm .

Flamenco Forum for English Speakers on Facebook. Information and events. Tel: 687 480 694 Vera Photo Club First Sunday of month, Bar La Pará, Turre (opposite the Vet), 10am 12.30pm. Presentations by invited speakers, field trips, instruction, studio photography, monthly assignments and exhibitions. All levels welcome. Phone Sarah 670003717 or Claus 628585538. Mojacar Photo Group meet 2nd Sunday each month at Dee’s Dollar Bar, Pueblo Laguna with monthly presentations, themes and challenges. Open to all levels, training available for beginners. Contact Andy: 650406167 or mpg@funnell.eu 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: 634 341 715 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 Mojácar Walking Group Walks of different levels. Tues & Thurs. levels of experience are welcomed. w w w. m o j a c a r wa l k i n g g r o u p . c o m www.alboxcc.com Indalo Hash House Harriers Psychic Development Circle Various classes at different times. Meet 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11am, various Everyone welcome. Tel: Barbara 637 locations. www.indaloh3.com 469 937 barbaramoonlight@gmail.com Traditional Japanese Reiki and Dames in Turre Gendai Reiki Ho 11am, last Mon in the month, Hostal AUAN - Abusos Urbanisticos Classes, workshops, and Reiki shares in Almanzora No Rural, Turre. Talks, trips, support for local charities. Guests welcome. Association campaigning for the Mojacar. Tel: 634 347 930, website: Chairman, Carol Pazdzierski Tel: 950 099 legalisation of homes in the Almanzora www.gendaireikispain.com 932, Membership Secretary, Eileen McGill Valley built without proper authority. Ananda Yoga & Holistic Centre Meeings on 3rd Sat. of every other Meditation Class, Crystal Class and Tel: 652 298 072 month, 11am, La Parrilla, Albox. Tel: 617 Holistic Therapies. Contacts : 672 061 Mojácar Bridge Club 118 209 www.almanzora-au.org 048 (Sharon) or 635 190 515 (Nana) Mon and Thurs, 7pm. Marina Playa Hotel. Contact Les 950 437 100 / 634 219 174 Vera & District Lions Club Facebook: Mojácar Bridge Club 6.00pm on the first Wednesday of the Ancestry Club for Beginners & month at Hotel Terraza Carmona, Vera. Intermediate The Royal British Legion, Mojácar Telephone Jo Pearson on 711 00 56 82 First Thursday of the month, meeting or email veralionssecretary@gmail.com Tel. 634 309 590 in the Artisan Centre, Mojacar Pueblo, for more information. Dames in Spain (Mojácar) Talks, trips, support for local charities. 3rd Mon. of the month, 11.00am Sensations Restaurant, Mojácar Playa. Chairperson Carol Threlfall. Secretary Jenny Trask . See fb Dames in Spain. Guests welcome. Tel: 674 477 679

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

Amigos de los Coches Clasicos Local multi-national group of classic car enthusiasts. Meetings the first Thursday of the month, 3pm, Hotel Rural Miguel Rosi, junction 559 E15/A7. www.a-c-c.es, email: info@a-c-c.es, tel. David 950 412 New Life Church, Huercal-Overa We are a Jesus centred church family 165 learning to love one another. Sunday Miraflores 1/10 Scale RC Club service at 11 am, www.newlifechurch.eu Thursdays, 3pm. Tel: Richard on 666 274 tel. 685 628 184 861 for more details. Living Water Church Mojacar Playa Model Aero Flying Club, Cortijo Opposite Red Cross Centre and Salas Grande Farmacia. Sunday Service 11am. Bible Sun. & Wed., 10.30am. Contact Jeff on study Tuesday 11am. Cafe Church 950 469304 or Colin on 666 982186 Thursday 11am to 1pm. For further info Aeroclub ULM Günter (Vera) contact Pastors Dave 697 522 521 or Tel: 607 316 553 John 634 254 781. See FaceBook or visit www.livingwaterchurchmojacar.com Pita Escuela Agave School of Río Aguas. A multicultural, Aguaviva Evangelical Church environmental and musical project, Near the health Centre, opposite Bicispecialized on the integral usage of the Box, Albox. Tel: Rod Southwood, 687 agave plant and the processing of its 560 544 wood.Tel 630 66 18 65 (Timbe) New Life Church, Huercal-Overa pitaescuela@hotmail.com We are a Jesus centred church family Sunseed learning to love one another. Sunday A hands-on practical centre for low- service at 11 am, www.newlifechurch.eu impact living and environmental tel. 685 628 184 education in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas Roman Catholic Masses near Sorbas. Free tours at 4pm. These canbe found on www.misas.org www.sunseed.org.uk Tel: 950 525 770 for most places.

Religious Groups & Churches Church of England (Anglican Churches) 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 at Aljambra Chapel. Llanos del Peral, nr El Cucador: Eucharist or morning worship, Sundays, 11am. Church Wardens, Pam Carter 667947573 & Janetta Causton 661575606. Priest in Charge, Rev. Vincent Oram 603659139 See www.mojacarchurch.org

Age Support Almanzora Shop and welfare office near Peugeot garage, Albox. Helpline 634 316 573 Ostomist Support For Expats Call Dee 950 064 322 in confidence. A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous Mojacar Area Meetings:- Monday 6pm, Turre Evangelical Church (Avenida de Almeria, Turre). WedS & Fri, 6pm, Living Water Church, Mojacar Playa (opposite Red Cross building). Tel: 634 300 364 or email aaspain@gmail.com Al-Anon Family Groups for people whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking. Meetings Mondays, 4:45 - 5:45 at Turre Evangelical Church. Tel: 698460801 or email AlAnon.LaAlfoquia@gmail.com Universal Wonderful Street Academy NGO that supports street children in Accra (Ghana). Registered charity. www.universalwonderfulstreetacadem y.org. Beatriz: 617 182 154 FACE (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for E ve r yo n e ) . Re g i s te r e d c h a r i t y. face.charity@hotmail.com www.face -charity.com Harmony Community Support Providing assistance to those in need. Tel. 634 339 192 Mon - Fri, 11:00 - 14:00 help@harmonycharity.com

Support Groups & Charities Parkinson's Disease Support Contact Joyce Boxall (Santa Maria de Nieva, Huércal-Overa), tel 677 688037 MACS Cancer Support Group General Enquiries call 634 328 334 10am to 4pm. 24/7 Careline: 634 656 555. Fully Spanish registered charity. Shops in Mojácar, Turre, Albox and Huercal-Overa open Mon-Fri, 10-2pm www.macscancersupport.com Email: macscancersuppor t@live.co.uk

Stepping Stones Carers Support Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses Group Tues 7:30pm & Sun 10.00am. Poligono Turre Evangelical Hall, Thurs, 11am-2pm. Aljoroque - C/El Cajete 6, Antas. Contact: Tel 950 472 822 or 677 683 385 www.steppingstonescarerssupport.com 652 293 269

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Music & Drama Groups

Yoga

Dance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Almería Golf League Contact Les on 950 619 273

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

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

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

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


Your Stars

(Mar. 21- April 20)

You are best to be accommodating for the time being. Sudden romantic infatuations won't be lasting. You should consider getting into self improvement endeavors. Organization will be the key to avoiding discord and family feuds. Start sending out those resumes. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Someone you live with will be quite unreason able this month. Try to get away with your mate. Try to join groups of interest such as ballroom dance classes or perhaps an internet organisation. Be sure to look into travel opportunities that will provide you with mental stimulation. Your luckiest (Apr. 21- May 21) events this month will occur on a Sunday.

Be on your best behaviour. You're in the mood for love. Catch up on your reading and correspondence. Short trips will prove to be more fruitful than you imagined. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) Don't overreact if your partner has a poor attitude. Channel your energy into decorating or household chores. Be careful of the groups you join or the people you associate with. Avoid lending money or belongings to friends. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Peers may not be on your side. You may find yourself in a heated dispute with a friend if you try to change your mind. Consider making pleasure trips or participating in entertainment that will require energy. Property investments will pay off. Your luckiest events this month will occur (May 22 - June 21) on a Tuesday.

Unrealistic promises will only get you in trouble. Don't let the erratic behavior of someone you live with interfere with your professional performance. Involvement with prestigious organizations will be to your advantage. You can gain valuable cultural knowledge through dealing with foreigners. (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Try to put your money away for a rainy day. Resistance leading to conflict will only make it twice as hard to turn the situation around. Look into some form of physical recreation. Go out with friends. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Depression may result if you don't get to do things your own way. Your colorful conversation may attract new mates. Finish overdue paperwork and catch up on letter writing and reading. Your charm will attract members of the opposite sex. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

(June 22 - July 22)

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) You can change your living arrangements. Don't let someone try to bully you into doing things their way. Try not to lend or borrow money this month. You should sign up for creative courses. Concentrate on your work. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

Do things that involve children. Don't rely on others to do your work. Stand up and propose your ideas, and you'll be surprised how many people will follow you. Opportunities will unfold; however, you must be willing to pay the price. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. (July 23 - Aug. 22)

(Aug. 23 - Sept. 23)

(Jan. 21- Feb. 19) You may be in an extremely passionate mood this month. You can dazzle members of the opposite sex with your quick wit and aggressive charm. Your positive attitude and intellectual outlook will draw others to you. Acceptance is the key. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

Catch up on your reading and correspondence. Any contributions you make to organisations will enhance your reputation and bring you offers. You need time to make things better. Social functions will bring you in touch with new lovers. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

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Jokes of the Month The Snake Bite

The Soviet

Two campers are hiking in the woods when one is bitten on the rear end by a rattlesnake. “I’ll go into town for a doctor,” the other says. He runs ten miles to a small town and finds the town’s only doctor, who is delivering a baby. “I can’t leave,” says the doctor, “But this is what you have to do. Take a knife, cut a little X where the bite is, suck out the poison and spit it on the ground and do this several times, otherwise he will die.” The guy runs back to his friend, who is in agony. “What did the doctor say?” he asks. The guy replies, “You’re gonna die!”

A man from the Soviet Union obtains a permit to move to the USA. His new neighbour asks how he much he likes his new apartment, and asks him what his apartment was like back in Russia. “Oh, my old apartment was perfect. I could not complain.” So his neighbour then asks him what his job was like back home. “Oh, my old job was perfect. I could not complain.” So the neighbour asks him what the food was like back in the USSR. “Oh, the food was perfect. I could not complain.” Puzzled, the neighbour finally asks him, “If everything was so great in the Soviet Union, why did you move here?” The man says, “Here I can complain, and I won’t get put in prison!”

Overloaded Police officer: “Your car is extremely overloaded with all the stuff you have crammed into it. I simply cannot let you continue. This is a serious offence so I’m going to have to take away you’re driving licence”. Driver: “You’re kidding me, right? The licence can only weigh one ounce tops!”

The Diagnosis This little old lady goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor I have this problem with passing gas, but it really doesn’t bother me too much. It never smells and it’s always silent. As a matter of fact I’ve passed gas at least 20 times since I’ve been here in your office. You didn’t know because it doesn’t smell and it’s silent." The doctor says "I see. Take these pills and come back to see me next week." The next week the lady goes back. "Doctor," she says, "I don’t know what you gave me, but now my passing gas… although still silent, it stinks terribly." "Good", the doctor said, "Now that we’ve cleared up your sinuses, we’ll start to work on your hearing."

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Bad Food The hospital's consulting dietician was giving a lecture to several community nurses. He told them, 'The rubbish we put into our stomachs and consume should have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is terrible. Fizzy drinks attack your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with msg. Vegetables can be disastrous because of fertilisers and pesticides and none of us realises the long-term damage being done by the rotten bacteria in our drinking water. However, there is one food that is incredibly dangerous and we all have, or will, eat it at some time in our lives. Now, is anyone here able to tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?' A 65-year-old nursing sister sitting in the front row stood up and said, 'Wedding cake.'


...and next... The Husband A man and a woman were having dinner in a fine restaurant, holding hands and looking all starry eyed. Their waitress, taking an order at another table a few feet away noticed that the man was slowly sliding down his chair and under the table, with the woman acting unconcerned. The waitress watched as the man slid all the way down his chair and out of sight under the table. Still, the woman dining across from him appeared calm and unruffled, apparently unaware that her dining companion had disappeared. After the waitress finished taking the order, she came over to the table and said to the woman, 'Pardon me, ma'am, but I think your husband just slid under the table.' The woman calmly looked up at her and replied firmly, 'No he didn't. He just walked in the door.'

Arithmetic Little Johnny was overheard by his mother reciting his homework, “Two plus two, the son of a bitch is four; four plus four, the son of a bitch is eight; eight plus eight, the son of a bitch…; “Johnny!” shouted his mother. “Stop swearing!” “But mom!” Little Johnny protested, “That’s what the teacher taught us! And she said we should recite it till we learned it!” The next day his mother went to the teacher to complain bitterly about the way she was teaching her normally polite son. “No, no.” said the teacher really concerned, “That’s not what I taught them. They’re supposed to say: two plus two, the sum of which is four, and so on.”

Chocolate When I look at chocolate, I hear two voices in my head. The first one says: “You need to eat that chocolate”. The other voice says: “You heard! Eat the chocolate!”

The Workers A passer-by watched two Irishmen in a park. One was digging holes and the other was immediately filling them in again. 'Tell me,' said the passer-by, 'What on earth are you doing?' 'Well,' said the digger, 'Usually there are three of us. I dig, Fergal plants the tree and Sean fills in the hole. Today Fergal is away unwell, but that doesn't mean Sean and I have to take the day off, does it?'

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Post Honeymoon Rupert and Elaine, a young couple, got married and went happily on their honeymoon. When they got back, Elaine immediately 'phoned her mother and her mother obviously asked, “How was the honeymoon, dearest?” “Oh, Ma,” she replied, “The honeymoon was wonderful. So romantic...” Then Elaine burst into tears, “But Ma, as soon as we came home Rupert started using the most ghastly language...saying words I’ve never heard him use before. I mean all these 4-letter words! You’ve got to come over and take me home... please Ma!” “Calm down Elaine” her mother replied, “Tell me what is so awful, what 4-letter words?” Still sobbing Elaine says, “Oh Ma! Words like dust, wash, cook and iron”.


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The Almeria Focus - July 2020  

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

The Almeria Focus - July 2020  

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

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