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Contents Eastertide...............................................................…...8 Focus on Local News …................…………................................…….10 The AVE Saga Continues .........................................................24 So Now You Know ..................................................................................26 The Golden Hour ...........................................................................28 22 Million Since 1968 .......................................................................30 Words Of Wisdom! .............................................................................32 A Host of Labour Reforms ...................................................34 A-Z Directory ……………….......……................................................36 Useful Numbers .................................................................................82 What’s On ..................................................................................83 Activities, Clubs and Associations ........................................87 Your Stars …..........…………......……........................................…91 Jokes of the Month ………………............................................92 Coffee Break …………………….............................................…94 - Advertising Sales Call us on 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com

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ía de Andalucía, the anniversary of the formation of Andalucía as an autonomous community on February 28th, fell on a Thursday this year. It was hoped that many Spanish tourists from Andalucía would come to this area and take Friday off as well. Taking extra days near a weekend is known as a “Puente” (literally a “bridge”), and is a popular event in Spain. This year it appears that some visitors were put off by the weather forecasts and conditions. Like many tourists, the Spanish now book in large numbers by internet and often at the last minute. Hotels reported a “medium” amount of bookings, but nothing to shout about. The website Hotels.com has received a large number of visits to their website in January and February, not just from Spanish nationals. Their “Top 10” of enquiries were 75% in relation to Spanish resorts and were up by 146% from 2012 as regards Almería, Jaén and Cádiz provinces.

twenty religious groups forming up, but every town or village put on a display. Large statues are transported through the street on bases, often with groups of men supporting them from underneath. Only their feet show and “guides” tell them when to start a turn around a corner and when to stop. The tricky bit is when the statues leave the churches, often the only time in the year when the large entrance doors are fully opened. The weather is of paramount importance. In 2012, heavy winds were a big problem in Almería city, and rain (if heavy enough) can cancel many of the processions.

Apart from the Easter processions, many of the beach bars and beach clubs are now open, or will be before Easter. They too hope for sunny skies and good numbers of clients. Apart from UK Mothering Sunday on March 10th, St Patrick’s Day is on the 17th. Spaniards are now used to these festivities, enjoy the “funny hats” and even try the Guinness! March 19th is “Dia de San José” which is Spanish Father’s day. This is a “red” fiesta day in many parts Easter is an important holiday period, the next most of Spain, but not in Andalucía because Maundy popular after the summer breaks. Many Thursday is a fiesta day instead. holidaymakers try and have the full “Holy week” or Semana Santa off, culminating in Easter Sunday, this The Almería tourist board continue to hold meetings year on March 31st. The preceding Thursday (Maundy with airline and tour operators and their publicity Thursday in the UK) and Good Friday are fiesta days material listing all the attractions of the area is now in Andalucía. The very lavish, ornate and solemn very professional. Mojácar tourist office have polished Easter processions take place every day of Holy up their multi-lingual website and are getting a very Week. Almería has very large processions with some good response to their facebook page. The selection of Mojácar and Lucainena de las Torres as being the A procession on Palm Sunday prettiest smaller towns in Almería province is helping as well. Entertainment events are now being published for the rest of spring and summer where big names are involved. Cuevas town hall has managed to contract for a replacement music festival to the old “Creamfields” event, this one called “Dreambeach Villaricos Festival”, to take place on August 9th & 10th. Tickets are already on sale and the outlet is listed in our “What’s On” section. Roquetas has many events planned until the summer to celebrate the opening of the bullring in 1888. Julio Iglesias will close his Spanish tour there on July 13th. Tickets are suitably expensive!

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Focus on Local News was correctly issued and the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province) not only approved the construction but also gave a tourist grant towards the cost. The construction project was paralyzed from any further work in 2003.

Novel Port Idea The Almería port is suffering from having no rail link at present. Because the AVE (high Speed train) is unlikely to arrive in Almería until 2017 a new idea has been proposed. Marble companies from this area often choose Alicante or Valencia ports to export their marble with long road journeys being involved. The Almería port authority has proposed that containers with marble are shipped from Almería port by sea to Algeciras, one of the largest ports in Spain that handles 4 million containers every year. From Algeciras the containers can be shipped world wide. If this is adopted Almería port would see a dramatic increase in container traffic.

Michelin Grant Last month we featured the Michelin tyre test facility on the outskirts of the Cabo de Gata National Park in an article. The Junta de Andalucía has approved a grant of 1.66 million euros towards funding a new venture where some tyres would be tested by sophisticated machines, cutting down on outside test tracks and reducing the expenditure on diesel fuel as well as CO2 emissions. Apart from the test centre, ‘Michelin España Portugal S.A.’ have four manufacturing and three centres of distribution spread between the two countries with 8,200 employees and a combined billing of 2.7 billion euros in 2012.

New Driving Tests The revamped tests for learner drivers have already proved to be a success in Almería province after just over a month. The new tests have an initial examination and proof that would be drivers can check levels of water, oil and windscreen washers, and then a 10 minute driving period where the examinee is able to choose the route by which he arrives at a specified destination. The new theory test also has a much larger range of questions. Successful passes first time have gone up 2% to 43%. The theory test will soon be changed throughout the province to computer screen format, instead of a written exam still used in some centres.

“El Algarrobico” The eventual fate of the twenty floor and 411 room hotel on the outskirts of Carboneras continues to be debated. ‘Ecologists in Action’, who want the hotel to be demolished “tomorrow” have filed a complaint in a Vera court against the current mayor of Carboneras, Salvador Hernández, who has to appear before a judge to respond to the allegations. ‘Ecologists in Action’ consider that the refusal to revoke the original building licence on the part of the Carboneras council is in defiance of various rulings. The current mayor says he is happy to give testimony and in his opinion the only court ruling that is valid is the re-defining of the maritime boundary to 100m instead of the 50m that was thought correct when the permission was first given. He also repeatedly stresses that the original licence

“Dreambeach Villaricos”

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The festival at Villaricos known as the “Creamfields Festival” was moved to Cádiz in 2011. A new festival has been announced for August 9th-10th promising 36 hours of continuous music and a specially adapted camping area. “The Prodigy” group head the list of performers that include Foreign Beggars, Josh Wink and Noisia. Ticket and price detail are in our “What’s On” section.

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Focus on Local News be almost entirely due to the rise in IVA (VAT) from 4% to 10% on January 1st. A smaller effect was the continuing fall in prices. Almería province recorded a rise of 47% over the same period in 2011 and 61% higher than sales in the 3rd quarter of 2012. The overall increase throughout Spain was only 24% over the last quarter of 2011 and was 29% in the rest of Andalucía. Non-Spanish buyers accounted for 14,000 purchases throughout Spain in this period.

the older plan last year. In January, new vehicle production throughout Spain increased by 12%, some 179,000 vehicles. It is hoped that when the discount scheme funding is exhausted some 2.2 million new vehicles will have been manufactured, including exports that have also risen by 12%.

Fraudsters Caught Police arrested 20 people in El Ejido, Roquetas, Vicar and Almería city at the end of February accused of fraud on a large scale. The modus operandi was the forming of various companies that did not trade at all but had 160 employees registered as having contracts. The employees were then laid off and claims put in for unemployment benefits totaling 300,000 euros. The majority of the employees came from Magreb, and the leaders of the fraud are also accused of obtaining residency and work permits by Roquetas Bullring deception. Social Security officials alerted police that The “Plaza de Toros” at Roquetas is now celebrating the companies were fictitious and not trading. the 125th anniversary since it was first opened. Various celebrations and exhibitions are scheduled Calls For Action for the next few months. Almería city and Roquetas “La Oficina del Defensor del Pueblo” is a national were having a period of prosperity and a rich local body that has offices throughout Spain to deal with businessman and politician provided most of the complaints by inhabitants regarding their rights. It funds. Construction took place between 1887 and also makes proposals to local councils, autonomous 1888 and gave employment to 300 workers using regions or the government. Some of their findings the best materials obtainable at the time. The original are legally binding. The headquarters in Madrid have capacity of 9,000 spectators has been modified over requested that central government and mortgage the years and it now has room for 9,800 persons. lenders take much stronger action to stop evictions The main access road was named “La Avenida Vilches” or financial penalties in “good faith” circumstances in honour of the patron. Apart from bullfights, the where owners of a main residence or a business are bullring is regularly used for cocncer ts. facing eviction due to circumstances beyond their control. They are calling for tougher regulations to Huércal-Overa Grants stop evictions, along with arrangements to stay in From March 5th, Huércal-Overa town hall is inviting the property or premises for a token sum of persons who wish to start a business to apply for a payment. They also call for a ban on punitive interest grant of 2,500 euros towards set-up costs. Their rates being added to original mortgage terms that budget of 100,000 euros will allow a maximum of fall in arrears. 40 new businesses to benefit from this grant. The basic requirements are that the applicants must be Car Purchase Plan a Success on the “padrón” (the official list of residents), able The new “PIVE” plan giving a minimum of 2,000 euros to prove that their business is viable for a minimum towards the cost of a new low emission vehicle when of two years, and attend two business training the old one is scrapped is proving a success, just like sessions. These conditions mean that persons

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Focus on Local News continued registered in Huércal-Overa should be able to apply, whatever their nationality. At present, some 1,798 people are registered as un-employed in the town. Domingo Fernández, the mayor, states that this is the first scheme of this type in the area, if not in all of Almería province.

bingo will be fined for the operation of bingo sessions that did not have the proper licences. Licences for these and other activities that count as gambling with a monetary prize can be obtained from the appropriate authorities but any activities deemed as illegal are often inspected and shut down.

Port Dredging Nine companies have put in bids to dredge the ship entrance to Carboneras port. The cost will be about 1.5 million euros and 60,000 cubic metres of sand will be removed. 90% of the sand is of high quality and will be distributed on a Carboneras beach and the Escobetas beach in Garrucha. The existing port entrance is becoming something of a safety problem with narrow access. Previous dredging operations revealed that the sand was excellent for beach regeneration.

Arboleas CCTV The Mayor of Arboleas, Cristóbal García, is intending to put video cameras on all public buildings to combat vandalism and robberies. A more controversial idea is that this surveillance may be extended to areas of major population if residents approve. This follows the robbery with violence experienced by an elderly British couple. Three people were arrested for this offence including a young British man from Albox.

Vera-Cartagena Toll Road

Following the September floods, the AP7 toll road to Cartegena was partially shut after major damage to a viaduct. The repairs involving extensive rebuilding and reinforcement was completed in the first week of February and this stretch was re-opened. A few days before, the companies who built the toll road announced a voluntary bankruptcy proceeding as the debts of 550 million euros could no longer be Prettiest Towns and Villages re-financed by the banks that originally lent the 650 The Association of the Prettiest Towns and Villages million euros to finance the construction. Last is an international association that carries out surveys September new talks with the banks proved fruitless. in Spain, Italy and Belgium. At the recent “Fitur” tourist fair in Madrid, Mojácar and Lucainena de las Sea Rubbish Torres received awards for Almería province for Garrucha fishermen have been forced to collect locations with a population of less then 15,000. The rubbish that is floating in the sea since the September mayoress of Mojácar and the mayor of Lucainena floods. So far they have netted and landed 200,000 were presented with official certificates by kilos. The rubbish includes vegetation and trees as representatives of the association. well as car parts, animal remains, suitcases, and other household goods. The mayor of Garrucha, Juan Bingo Shutdown Franciso Fernández, is trying to get compensation Police from the Andalucía section that deals with for the losses in income from fish landed caused by licences for gambling and arcade games recently the rubbish, and money towards expenses in diesel shut down a bingo event in Zurgena. They confiscated where the normal fishing grounds have been the bingo machine, sound equipment and all the contaminated. Some fishing boats have had to fish bingo cards along with 390 euros in cash. The much further away from their normal areas in an proprietor of the bar where 21 people were playing ef for t to find uncontaminated water s.

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Focus on Local News continued The “Copago” Scheme Since the regulations came into force regarding prescription charges last July the Andalucián Health Department have saved some 17% on the cost of drugs and medicines. This works out at a saving of 126 million euros. In the same period, the number of prescriptions issued has gone down from 178 million to 170 million. The average cost of medicines and drugs prescribed in 2011 was 10 euros 19 céntimos, but this has now fallen to 9 euros 79 céntimos. Part of this saving has been achieved because quite a large number of prescriptions issued have been found to be in the name of persons who the Social Security records show as being deceased.

Nursery Regulations Junta de Andalucía inspectors regularly check the operation of private nurseries. They have to conform to certain standards that are applicable in the local nurseries run by town halls. Apart from looking after the children there is an education element that is laid down for the three distinct years of infant education. Other regulations concern the use of special equipment or play areas and toilet or washing facilities. The normal requirement for any private nursery is that there are separate rooms for each of the age groups. These rooms must have a size of 2 square metres per child and a minimum of 30 square metres per room. There are also regulations that determine the number of staff that are required. In December 2012, the owner of an approved nursery in Almería city requested that inspectors verified the licences and operation of a chain of 4 nurseries in the city. Play centres only open in the afternoon or early evening still have to comply with guidelines.

Mojácar Hotel Moresco The hotel Moresco in Mojácar village has been shut for a number of years and is now looking very neglected. A row has now broken out because the owners, ‘Grupo Arturo Cantoblanco’, have not carried out the promised reforms. The owners asked for a grant from the Junta de Andalucía of 1 million euros towards the cost of a complete renovation and some 20%, amounting to 335,000 euros was advanced for the project. A court case was started at the end of 2011 to recover the money. Mojácar town hall

has admitted that the debt for rates not paid amounts to 60,000 euros, and opposition councillors claim that no serious attempt has been made to collect this money. The owner of the group, Arturo Fernández, is also being investigated for paying staff in other hotels a very low wage and then paying another amount in “black” money.

Some Compensation Helen and Len Prior from Vera whose house was demolished in 2008 have finally been awarded some compensation. The Ministry of Justice through their judiciary has agreed that their rights were infringed regarding the demolition order and lack of any information given to them beforehand. They have agreed to pay 15,800 euros to the Priors and 15,000 euros to cover legal expenses. The fight for compensation based on the value of their villa when it was demolished and other legal fees is still subject to other court proceedings

Garrucha Port Success The port at Garrucha has a very substantial embarkation facility for yeso (powder used for plaster goods), powdered stone and marble dust. In 2012, the movement of these materials went up by 21% over 2011 figures and the tonnage went up to 3.7 million. 98% of the products loaded related to yeso from the Sorbas mines. Some 216 large bulk ships visited the port and in the highest months of activity 150 lorries made a total of 1,000 journeys a day. More than 1 million tons went to African countries, South America and Europe, with 29 other countries receiving exported materials. Whilst this trade continues to grow so does the work of transport companies, diesel sales, food purchases and work for garage repair facilities. Although the extended

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Focus on Local News continued marine berthing for recreational use still lacks antibiotic Amoxicillin and in 2009 after a management customers, the embarkation of goods from Garrucha buy-out, started on their range of products for the is one of the highest for the port size in Andalucía. food industry. This has resulted in sales to date of 5 million euros. The ‘Deritil’ group also has a large ‘Bankia’ House Sales manufacturing plant in China. The four nationalized banks are amongst those whose “toxic” debts and properties held by them Tobacco Inspections have been integrated into “SAREB”, the entity created “Pafit” is a branch of the Guardia Civil police dedicated to deal with these properties or land. The ‘Bankia’ to carrying out inspections of premises where they group is amongst the first to have put 250 of such investigate whether customs tax or general taxes properties or land up for sale in Almería province, on goods have been correctly declared. This January through their property company ‘Bankia Habitat’. in Almería city they visited many hotels, telephone Discounts of 54% apply to the valuation of new call shops, food shops and bazaars, particularly finished properties, 63% where a promoter has not looking at sales of tobacco products. The 54 visits totally completed a particular urbanization, or 80% resulted in sellers of a total of 5,000 packets of where land only is involved. Banks such as ‘Bankia’, cigarettes being told that they did not comply with now in the organization, hope that foreign investors the relevant regulations. Some 3,700 packets were will take over large chunks of properties, but confiscated as having been smuggled into Spain with individuals can apply as well. Some estate agents a total value of 14,500 euros. They issued warnings dealing with normal property sales are concerned or took action where they found that no licence that sales of “toxic” properties will affect their existed for the sale of tobacco products, or were market. being sold from dispensing machines that also were not licenced, or in places where such sales were ‘Deretil’ Announcements prohibited. Inspections throughout Almería province The manufacturing company ‘Deretil’ at Cuevas del will be scheduled in coming months. Almanzora manufactures chemical ingredients mostly for the cosmetic industry. For over ten years they Local Government Reforms have been manufacturing “Alantoína”, a product The Spanish government is trying to reduce the purchased by many cosmetic companies as an costs associated with local government and the EU ingredient to aid the efficiency of skin products and is also pressing for the whole system to be modified. act as a non-irritant. The company has now started A draft proposal would cut down the number of production of two new products. The first one called paid councillors, particularly in large centres of “Deretil Vitatech” is again intended to be used by population such as Almería city, El Ejido and Roquetas. cosmetics manufacturers, and “Deretil Nature” is for Salary levels would be fixed and the number of incorporation into food products. In 2002, the contracted “advisors” would be limited as well. A company pioneered a new way to produce the major proposal is that where there are fewer than

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Focus on Local News continued 1,000 registered inhabitants in any municipality no mayor or councillor can draw a salary. This will apply to 50 of the 102 municipalities in Almería province, and in our area includes Partaloa, Albanchez, and Lucainena de las Torres. Another aim is to take the provision of educational facilities and social service work funded by town halls away from local management into central bodies. In reality, there are many small municipalities where already there are no paid councillors. Partoloa is very near the 1,000 inhabitant guideline with 969 official residents. The small village of Benitagla has the smallest population of any municipality in Almerá province with just 78 registered persons.

bowed to the pressure and announced that “very soon” he would publish amendments of up to 80% of the new amounts for private persons, and disputed traffic offences. He also announced that eviction appeals against court proceedings involving a main residence would be entirely free.

Bédar Work Almería county council is to pay for the replacement of a load bearing retaining wall in the village that was damaged in the severe floods. The wall is to be 14 mts long and 8 mts high in 3 sections. Whilst this work is being done, damage to services will be repaired and new railings and pavement provided at the top. The total cost of the work is likely to be 54,000 euros. This work is part of a major series of work in the province to repair flood damage that does not include work to roads and bridges that has mostly been completed.

Almería Tourists

“Erotic Tapas” Whilst tapas trails are becoming very popular in various parts of the province, Berja recently launched one to coincide with the period surrounding St Valentine’s Day. Persons visiting the various establishments that were on the tapas routes were invited to sample “erotic tapas” from a variety of ingredients that portrayed various parts of the male and female anatomy. One such tapa featured a design of “Chinese balls” and another was a representation of a “Nude Venus”. Various other designs centred around female breasts. As normal, a prize was given by the tourist office for the tapa voted the best in taste, (and in this case) appearance!

Of the 21 million tourists who came to Andalucía in 2012 only 7% visited Almería province. Visitors ranked their overall holiday with a total score of 8.1 out of 10. They rated the natural park and golf facilities as 8.5 out of 10. The poorest score was for bus transport that only scored 7.4 out of 10. The average stay in the province was a total of 9 days, considerably higher than the average stay in the rest of Andalucía that was only 7 days. The estimated expenditure each day is given as 52 euros, slightly down on the “IVA” (VAT) Payments average in Andalucía of 58 euros. In 2012, the new Spanish government announced that a regulation would come into force regarding Court Fees the collection of IVA (VAT) from small self employed At the end of last year, the Spanish Minister of businesses. This has now been announced to take Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, announced large effect from 2014. The proposal is that the IVA from increases in the costs of going to court. an invoice or “factura” issued will not have to be paid Demonstrations from judges, solicitors and other at the end of every 3 months, as at present, if the legal bodies followed rapidly. The Minister has now bill and IVA is still outstanding without any payment.

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Focus on Local News continued This proposal is stated to affect about 1.3 million that became a severe problem last year. At a new small businesses. How this will work in practice is meeting with members of ACEM (Mojácar Business going to be extremely complicated! Association) the president Karin Schröter stated that street drinking was nothing to do with live or recorded Vera Flood Work music, and the young people who indulged in this The mayor of Vera and other politicians have recently activity rarely visited local restaurants or bars except had a meeting “on site” with technicians from the to buy ice. Karin suggested that no business whatever Junta de Andalucía. The representatives from the should sell bottles of alcohol or ice after 9pm. ACEM council are asking for a rapid solution to the flooding have also suggested that at weekends in summer, that caused major damage last September. Amongst there should be planned sports activities on the other work they are asking for the path of the river beaches where last year the most problems occurred, to be dramatically improved and dredging to be to preclude the botellónes. carried out between Pueblo Laguna and Puerto Rey. Requests so far for aid from the Junta de Andalucía have not met with any substantial work, or promise of funds. It is accepted that a large housing project has been built in an area known as being of “LIC” (An area of communal interest) status, where according to the technical experts no such development should have been approved. The mayor of Vera, José Carmelo Jorge, considers that whatever the rights and wrongs of previous developments, action must be taken to safeguard the inhabitants.

A Landmark EU Ruling Current regulation is Spain stipulates that a worker has to clock up 15 years of Social Security payments to be entitled to a 50% retirement pension. This regulation has been the subject of an appeal to the EU Justice Tribunal. The woman from Galicia who made the appeal, had worked legally in Spain for 10 years from 1989-1999 and then in Portugal for 5 years during 2000-2005. The Spanish authorities refused to take her years of work in Portugal into account, and only granted her a much reduced pension amount. The EU tribunal has ruled that this is an infringement of a worker’s right to work in other EU States that allows a worker “free circulation”. The tribunal has therefore ruled that the worker had clocked up a genuine 15 years of contributions, and was entitled to a 50% pension from Spain.

Mojácar Music Licences Much disquiet from Mojácar beach bars and other bars on the playa has been voiced after the Mayoress Rosa Mariá Cano announced very restricted music licences to stop “botellónes” (drinking in public spaces),

Calar Alto Discovery The Spanish and German run astronomical centre at Calar Alto has discovered a new planet that is about the size of the moon but an appearance like Mercury. Their “Kepler” telescope constantly focuses on the Milky Way and monitors more than 150,000 stars to determine if there is movement such as an eclipse, not explained with reference to known planets. An advanced computer program known as “Blender” determines if the apparent emergence of a new planet is just a slight movement from an existing planet or an undiscovered one. With the sophisticated photography equipment used at Calar Alto, an image can be obtained that is as good as those from the Hubble telescope.

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The AVE Saga Continues The “AVE” (Spanish high speed train) link from Murcia to Almería is part of a multi-billion euro rail project, in this case the “Mediterranean Corridor”, designed to link France with Algeciras all the way along the coast. The total cost is 50 billion euros for the 1,300 km line with major EU funding on a “payment by result” basis.

million underground station cost) neither in Almería city nor in Vladivostok”. Cries of “traitor”, “lunatic” and “idiot” followed. A few days ago, Rafael Hernandez, a government spokesman, confirmed that underground stations were “icing on the cake” and the projects in Murcia and Almería and a new flagship station at Granada would receive no government funding.

As regards Almería province, there are some 13 distinct sections with another 8 sections from Murcia to the Almería border. In early February, “ADIF”, the rail authority of the Ministry of transport, announced with suitable fanfares that 3 sections of the Murcia route were complete or nearing completion and that 4 sections in Almería province were 98-99% complete. These sections are known as the Vera to Los Arejos links. Of course at present, there is no construction work in progress or planned, from the proposed Vera station to the start of the completed work on the outskirts of Garrucha. The Vera station is planned to be opposite the petrol station on the This means in the case of Almería city that an Las Buganvillas to Vera road. “alternative” plan to site the city station on the The total length of the completed sections in outskirts at El Pulche may well become fact. Ana Almería province is just under 28 kms of the total Pastor, the Minister of transport, has recently of 180 kms from Almería to Murcia. The Murcia underlined the vital need for rail connections at completed sections amount to 22 kms. This year all ports where the Mediterranean corridor line is some 204 million euros is allocated for projects nearby. The “AVE” project is for goods as well as in Murcia and 100 million in Almería province, passenger traffic, and in the case of Almería port mainly to pay for completed work and further (and Motril as well) this link up of port and rail line studies. New work in Almería province is scheduled is considered high priority. If, however, the main to be awarded to contractors towards the end of station in Almería city is at El Pulche, the port link 2013 with more work to start in 2014. No further is much more difficult. The mayor of Almería city work of any description is planned for this year. suggested that the station should be at El Pulche in 2001, so it looks like this prediction and his Where the line will actually go through Lorca, “neither Almería city nor Vladivostok” phrase are Murcia and Almería cities is far from decided. Plans factual. to make the Almería and Murcia city stations underground requires a spending of 300 million Costly studies for the underground station and euros for each one. Last April, the mayor of Almería an “historic” agreement in 2011 to form a company city came back from a meeting with the Minister to oversee the work and funding now look as if of Transport and issued a now famous statement. they are merely history. All the folders now have He reported “The Ministry of Transport were not to be moved from the “in tray” to the “out tray” going to spend 250 million euros (of the 300 – at present!

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So Now You Know... Blenders Stephen Poplawski made a device in 1922 to make soda fountain drinks with a spinning blade in a container. An American, Fred Osius, tried to improve the design but ran out of money. He approached Fred Waring who fronted a music group called “Fred Waring and the Pensylvanians”. Eventually Fred Waring took over the development and manufacturing rights and introduced his ‘Miracle Blender’ in 1937. He sold his first models for 29 dollars. By 1954 he had achieved 1 million sales and his company was fully established as market leaders. The basic design has changed only slightly over the years and ultimately became an accessory for food mixers. Radio Telescopes Radio telescopes are used to study naturally occurring radio emission from stars, galaxies, quasars, and other astronomical objects. They vary widely, but they all have two basic components: a large radio antenna and a sensitive radiometer or radio receiver. Because cosmic radio sources are extremely weak, radio telescopes are usually very large and only the most sensitive radio receivers are used. Their appearance is very similar to the satellite dishes that are now used for satellite TV transmissions. Jodrell Bank near the University of Manchester started to observe cosmic rays in 1945. Today, Jodrell Bank is still a leading radio astronomy facility. The Barometer Barometers measure atmospheric pressure and became used domestically to indicate weather changes. Evangelista Torricelli was an Italian physicist and mathematician and in 1641 he joined forces with the astronomer, Galileo. Torricelli was interested in vacuums and Galileo suggested that he experimented with mercury. He filled a 48-inch glass tube with mercury and inverted it in a small bowl. The space at the top where the tube was sealed caused a vacuum. Torricelli realized that atmospheric pressure made the mercury rise and fall with weather conditions. Barometers soon became an essential home item and were placed near front doors.

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Bakelite A Belgian engineer, Leo Baekland, was looking for a material that could be used for fabricating electrical insulators for power lines. In 1907, he mixed carbolic acid with formaldehyde and came up with what is considered the forerunner of modern plastics. He exhibited his invention at a chemical congress in 1909 and the possibilities were soon realized. He called his compound ‘Bakelite’ and it was easily moulded, quite durable and a brown colour that was considered quite pleasing. It was soon used for radio cabinets, telephone handsets and even costume jewellery and the intended use in power line insulators. American Baseball In the 1800s, American sportsmen started playing their version of the English game of “rounders” that was popular at schools and colleges. Local rules determined how the game was played. Their version was called “townball”, then “base” and eventually “baseball”. The first major competitive games took place in 1846 when Alexander Cartwright’s “Knickerbocker” club lost to a New York club. By 1860 the game had become so popular that it was termed “America’s National Pastime”. The Cincinnati “Red Stocking” team was the first to receive a salary. With the arrival of television and outside broadcasting the games became available to all viewers. The Jet Engine Along with Dr. Hans von Ohain, Sir Frank Whittle is recognized as being the co-inventor of the jet engine. Each worked separately and knew nothing of the other's work but Frank Whittle was the first to register a patent for the turbojet engine in 1930. Frank Whittle joined the Royal Air Force or RAF as an apprentice. He joined an RAF fighter squadron in 1928 and became a test pilot in 1931. The young officer was only 22 when he first thought to use a gas turbine engine to power an aeroplane. Like many other inventors he had to convince others of the value of his invention. After continuing his research on his own initiative his first “jet” flew in 1941.

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The Golden Hour

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panish cardiologists are mounting a campaign to ensure the general public understands the symptoms of what is known as a “heart attack”. A survey reveals that only 16% of people are familiar with the signs. They consider that what happens in the first 60 minutes, known as “The Golden Hour”, following the first symptoms of an attack is critical. Like all other tissues and organs in the body, the heart needs a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood. If the blood supply to the heart is suddenly interrupted, heart muscles may be damaged and begin to stop working. This is normally caused by a blockage in a coronary artery (the major blood vessels that supply the heart with blood) that becomes clogged up with lumps of cholesterol that break loose from the artery walls. Persons over 45 years old, suffering from obesity, an unhealthy diet, smokers, or from a family with a history of heart problems are the high risk group. This does not mean at all that only this sector of society experience heart attacks. Common Symptoms of a Heart Attack Moderate or severe chest pain Left arm or high back pain Rapid jaw or teeth pains Cold Sweats Breathlessness Nausea or vomiting If any of the above symptoms persist for more than a few minutes, chew and swallow a 300mg aspirin tablet and ring emergency services “061” (Health Emergencies) or “112” (General Emergencies).

Many people think that when a heart attack is taking place the person claps their hand to their chest and then falls down in a heap on the floor. This rarely happens in real life but is portrayed like this in many films and TV programmes. For

this reason, it is universally called a “Hollywood heart attack” by cardiologists. A heart attack can become evident from a number of symptoms. Firstly, there is liable to be a moderate or severe upper chest pain or pressure as if someone is sitting on your chest. This can spread to pain in the left arm, then possibly high back pain, jaw or even tooth pain. Shortness of breath or experiencing a cold sweat may also take place. Women may often experience nausea or vomiting more than men do, and 50% do not experience severe chest pain. If a person has been sick this does not mean that everything is now alright. Cardiologists stress that immediate action is necessary and people should not wait to see if they feel better after half an hour, or consider that they may be only mildly ill and decide not to bother with getting assistance. There is one very simple and important action that should be taken quickly, involving Aspirin tablets. The ingredients of aspirin are very good at stopping a coagulation of the blood in an artery or helping to dissolve a blood clot. A dose of 300 milligrams is the ideal dose in adults. The aspirin tablet should be chewed and swallowed and will have an effect after about five minutes. If for any reason the person cannot swallow the dose the tablets should be broken up and put under the tongue. Swallowing a whole tablet with a glass of water will take about twice as long for it to work. Taking aspirin should be done immediately, the same time as you ring the emergency services. In Spain, the “061” number is for health emergencies as well as the “112” number. This will result in an ambulance arriving quickly. Advice is not to go to your local health centre or hospital by car, as valuable time may be wasted. Ambulance crew can monitor symptoms, take some remedial action and advise a hospital heart unit that you are in transit. The first 60 minutes should ideally be the time from the onset of symptoms and the arrival time at hospital. The slogan is, “If in doubt - shout!” as time is the critical factor.

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22 Million Since 1968

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n February 6th, 1968, General Franco flew from Madrid to Almería to open the new airport. This was a very big event for Almería and General Franco, the head of state in 1968, was accompanied by Manuel Fraga, the Minister of Information and Tourism, and a host of journalists. The Archbishop of Almería was there along with a large number of local dignitaries, and the airport was formally blessed by the Archbishop after General Franco cut the required ribbon. The airport had one runway, some 4,500 metres in length and 45 metres wide, designed to enable a Douglas DC8 to land. Two days later the first commercial flight came in with 38 passengers aboard a Fokker F-27 owned by Iberia. The cost of the new airport was 350 million pesetas, equivalent to 1.8 million pounds sterling today. Since then, over 22 million passengers have landed or taken off from the airport and some 60 companies employ 1,000 direct and indirect workers.

From April 1968, there were flights to Madrid, Barcelona and Melilla every week, and in 1970 the first International flights were started between Almería, Barcelona and on to Paris. By 1974, the first charter flights followed by low cost airlines started arriving. The 1970s saw passengers of an average of 5,000 per month go up to 22,000 by 1979. Passenger numbers then increased every year.

from Barcelona and Madrid. The airport had its best year in 2007 when 1.2 million passengers were recorded. With the start of the economic problems in 2008, the numbers fell to just over 1 million again, but in 2009 to 792,000. Since then the slight decline has not stopped and in 2012 fell to 750,000. Although this was a drop of 4% in relation to 2011 numbers, the overall drop at all Spanish airports was higher than this. The only part of the original airport still in use is the 30 metre control tower and a few warehouses. The control tower has of course, been substantially modified inside. Andrés Quero, who is now head of airport services, first arrived at Almería airport in 1972. His specialty was communications and he was drafted in from Barcelona airport. He communicated with the aircraft by morse code! Airport buildings were very basic and there was no luggage handling apart from a few hand trucks, and customs control consisted of Guardia Civil police officers who initially spoke nothing except Spanish. They operated from a simple shed at the only access point. In 1995, a complete renovation and expansion of the facilities was undertaken as

The 15th Mediterranean Olympic Games were held in Almería province in 2005 and this helped to put passenger numbers up to just over 1 million, with greatly increased flights by Air Nostrum coming

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regarded the passenger terminal, and in 2002 the new freight and goods terminal was opened. By 2009, the totally enlarged passenger terminal for departures was completed, giving an arrival and departure potential of 2.8 million passengers per year. This was the predicted rise in passengers from the 2005-2007 figures.

The luggage handling facility was substantially modified in 2009 to include the latest technology and “basic” and “advanced” filters where luggage can be sent from the first filter to a total security area. Andrés Quero knows that the very early security checks on luggage were very simple but adds that then there were no bombs or terrorists to worry about at any Spanish airport, or even most other international airports! Security at the parking areas was also substantially improved in 2010 with number plate recognition and CCTV cameras in action. With the popularity of major and spaghetti western films being shot in Almería province, many famous stars of the silver screen came to Almería airport. Andrés was then meeting famous arrivals and remembers Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Clint Eastwood, Omar Sharif, Claudia Cardinale, Anthony Quinn, Charlton Heston and Sergio Leone as almost frequent visitors. Clint Eastwood seemed to make the most visits.

and crashed on the Costacabana beach after experiencing engine failure as it was approaching Almería. Fire and rescue services from the airport went to the crash scene but the well known pilot, a native Almería resident, was dead on arrival. In 2012, out of the 1,200 flights, only 8 departures were cancelled owing to technical problems with the aircraft, and only one flight out was cancelled because of a heavy sea mist. Apart from Spanish nationals coming into Almería airport in smaller numbers, there has been a lesser decline in international travellers. The Almería tourist board has dramatically increased the number of tourist fairs that they attend and are continually in contact with flight operators and tourist companies to re-start or open routes into Almería. UK tourists, German, Dutch and Belgian tourists are being targeted as well as the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. The imminent arrival of Russian tourists in greater numbers has been one result. At the January “Fitur” tourist fair in Madrid some 34 companies were contacted including Air Berlin, as well as national companies such as Air Europa and Vueling. There are some fears that when the Murcia Corvera airport finally opens they may take some passengers that otherwise would have come to Almería. The Corvera airport is set to handle arrivals and departures on a 24hr basis, and Jet2 has signed up to transfer their San Javier airport trade as soon as the new airport is open. Ryanair and Air Berlin are also in talks with the new airport management.

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Words of Wisdom! Regular naps prevent old age… especially if you take them while driving.

Forgiveness is giving up my right to hate you for hurting me.

Having one child makes you a parent; having two makes you a referee.

They call our language the mother tongue because the father seldom gets to speak.

Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right and the other is the husband.

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

They said we should all pay our tax with a smile. I tried.. but they wanted cash. A child’s greatest period of growth is the month after you’ve purchased new school uniforms. Don’t feel bad. A lot of people have no talent.

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. My wife and I always compromise. I admit I’m wrong and she agrees with me. Those who can’t laugh at themselves leave the job to others.

Don’t marry the person you want to live with, marry the o n e yo u c a n n ot l i ve without… but whatever you do, you’ll regret it later.

It doesn’t matter how often a married man changes his job, he still ends up with the same boss. Saving is the best thing; especially when your parents have done it for you. Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something. Real friends are the ones who survive transitions between address books. Discipline is how you behave when you are not watched M a ny t h i n g s c a n b e preserved in alcohol. Dignity is not one of them. Never smoke in bed … The ashes falling on the floor might be yours. True friends stab you in the front.

You can’t buy love. . But you pay heavily for it.

A successful man is one who can earn more than his wife can spend … A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

One should always marry … after all happiness is not everything in life.

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A Host of Labour Reforms

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ridays have now become the traditional day when major reforms by the Spanish government are put forward. On February 22nd, a wide range of measures were announced, and traditionally again since the “PP” government took power, by the vice president Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria. Unemployment in Spain is still a major problem with the overall figure being 26% but for young persons it is double this percentage. Some fifty measures, particularly to encourage employment for young persons, came into force on Sunday, February 24th. These very complicated reforms will take some time to be absorbed but the basis of some of the measures is clear. Social Security exemptions or rebates as well as tax breaks for young people are the major changes.

off the dole to work for themselves and finds it does not work out will be able to take up their dole money entitlement again. This is, of course, to encourage people at least to embark on a new undertaking. Self-employed persons starting out will get a 20% reduction in their income tax from profits for the first two years, and those who are on the dole when they start up will get full exemption. A unique web portal to be run by the public sector will allow private-sector firms to advertise jobs so that the unemployed will know where to look and have better choice. Some 300 million euros per year will be set aside to promote employment over the next four years and 32% of this money will come from EU funds as the EU is as concerned as Spain regarding unemployment. Vice President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria

Self-employed persons aged 30 and under, or those newly self-employed, will only have to pay 50 euros a month in Social Security for the first six months instead of the usual 270 euros and will get a 50 per cent discount for the next six months dropping to 30 per cent for the third period of six months. This 30 per cent discount will continue to apply to women aged under 35. Critics quickly said this discriminates against other job seekers aged 35 to 45, making it more difficult with companies now seeking young employees, but young unemployed people are the target group in these reforms. When a person decides to start up a new business and go self-employed but is on the dole, they will still be able to claim for the first nine months, although it is not clear whether this applies to a full time job or a part time one as well. An encouragement to employ persons over the age of 45 is that the under-30s who start a business and offer a job to anyone aged 45 or over will get a reduction on the Social Security paid for these employees – 100 per cent for the first year but further relief until unemployment rates fall below 15 per cent. This could be for a very long time! Also, anyone under 30 who comes

Any business or person who feels they may be able to gain from theses measures either by employing a person, or starting up their own concern, needs to speak to an “asesoría” (tax and business specialist), who themselves will be thumbing through the new regulations! Some workers unions in Spain think that the plans to combat employment are a step in the right direction, but others say this is just another “patch”. The government claim that some 30,000 extra self employed persons will be created, taking into allowance those that cease working every year as well.

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Asesoría López (Vera) ……...................................….950 Asesoría Torres (Mojácar) .........................................950 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 Cazorla Martinez (Turre) .........................................950 Concepción Rivas Gil (Arboleas) ….....950 438092 / 647 Danniells Fox S.L. (Mojácar) ………......................…..950 Flores Montoya Asesoria S.L. (Garrucha) ..................950

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Solo Satellite & Air Conditioning ........950 528334 / 699 909737 Williams Electrical (Andy)........................................…..677 741366

AIRPORT PARKING

AA Parking (Almería, Murcia, Alicante) 950 290651 / 639 081067 Aqua-Car (Alicante) ……………..................................606 389550 Park and Fly (Alicante) ....................902 887306 / 661 517890 Plane Parking S.L. ………….......................................968 566410 ...............(24hrs Alicante) 656 532725, (24hrs Murcia) 656 532724 Seguro Parking (San Jávier – Murcia) ……............622 062115 ADULT NOVELTIES Ann Summers Party Organiser ...................................617 410534 Victoria Parking (Alicante)........................................670 059809

ALARMS

AIR CONDITIONING

AXA .........................................................................950 478763 CD Electrical Services ......................662 414043 / 617 410534 Guardian Homecare Systems S.L. ............950 466472 / 666 255 765 Luke Mitchell ...........................................................634 379050 Safes & Security (Lee/Dean).....................................666 949213 Securitas Direct .........................................................699 355056

ABC (A Better Climate) .......................647 247494 / 950 618893 ACS (Vera)..................................................................950 467832 CD Electrical Services ........................662 414043 / 617 410534 Cool Solutions ...........................................................600 621436 d match digital services (See p.17) ....950 472947 / 670 084438 DJT Air Conditioning (Vera) ..................686 817945 / 626 578164 Electrotorres ........................................950 472898 / 610 750771 ALCOHOL & DRUG ADDICTION MD Air Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.607 364917 / 950 432110 Serenity House ………..........................……..(24hr) 956 127371

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY See also Solar Almería Green Energy (Arboleas) …...958 003391 / 628 872334 Biomass Pellets ...................................950 452919 / 673 784050 Simón (Recycling Cooking Oils) ……………............….697 126083

AMUSEMENT and GAMBLING MACHINES Cafeteria Bellagio (Mojácar Playa) ...........………….. 950 472323

ANTIQUES & CURIOSITY SHOPS El Sotano (Mojacar Playa) ………..............……………627 907211 Reclamation (Keith) ………......................................….625 167081

ANTI-SMOKING AIDS E-Cigarettes …………......................................……..674 559115

ARCHITECTS Angel Pardo (Técnico) .......................950 121960 / 687 939315 Federico Aranda Martín (Mojácar Playa) ..................607 983810 Paula Puente (Mojácar) .............................................610 433001 Penguin Air-Conditioning (La Alfoqúia) ….....…………670 595932 Richard Hayes ...........................................................662 382616

ART & ARTISTS Adolfo Prado, Pictures & Murals ..............................950 472668 Alison (portraits & other commissions) .......................630 833873

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BARS & CAFES See also Restaurants Águilas Café Bar Aranda .......................................................…630 Comic Café-Pub ........................................................968 Gulliver's ……...................................................…….968 Samoa …………...........................……..609 320722 / 669

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Albox

Bar International .....................................................665 562114 Cafe Azafran ............................................................677 655049 A & A Auctions (Albox) ………..............950 064576 / 661 759882 Cafe-Bar Oasis ………......................................…....669 242166 Cornish Pride .................................................………666 618933 Jack’s Bar .........................................950 120718 / 610 641567 TCs Cafe Bar ........................................634 384723 / 634 338361

AUCTIONS

Ebay Auction Site. (Brian) ..........................................664 853580 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas El Real) ..............950 391412

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

AWNINGS & BLINDS

Antas Bar Gloria ...................................…….950 453150 / 625 668613 Bar Restaurante Angela ...........................................664 279626

Alan Barker ........................................950 450174 / 600 268176 Antas El Real Curtains with Style (Sail shades) .......950 069032 / 678 811125 El Milindurrio …......................................................…950 453345 Costasol S.L. (Lloyd Dean) ..............................................667 652 888

Arboleas

El Mirador .......................................................................687 160 806 Hotel Rural Azabache ...............................................690 258813 Humbugs Salon de Té .......................958 003391 / 676 604008 La Marmita ..............................................................950 449655

Baza El Paco Borracho …………....................................…696 653748 This 'N' That …….......................................................655 149521

Bedar El Elpalme …………................................................…950 469569

Cortijo Grande Coverbox (Albox) …................................................…615 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 Elper Alutol S.L. .........................................................639 New Home from Home (Blinds) ...................634 319656 / 950 PersiVera 2005 S.L. ..................................................627 Plisse Blind Repairs (Mark) …….............……………..673 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.9)..................627 907207 / 634 Speedyfit (See p.4) ..................................................600

992007 500711 212220 459018 978635 411362 319882 006032

Casa Los Pinos …............................................…….950 468236

Desert Springs Crocodile Pool Bar ….................................................678 746706

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

El Pinar Bar El Pinar ................................................................950 469036

Garrucha

BABY See Children & Baby BAKERIES

La Diligencia 1880 ……..................……..950 460959 / 627 949392

Huércal-Overa

Cornish Pride (Albox) …................................………666 618933 i-Café Bar ……………….....................................……950 135039

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La Hortichuela Sopranos (formerly Divas) .................620 166719 / 657 443791

Las Buganvillas La Colonial ……………….........................................….636 140307

Los Gallardos Apolo ……………................................................……600 495182 El Naranjo ….......................................................……950 398799

Bar Med ...................................................................666 140901 Bar Mesón Felipe San Bernabe …......950 475966 / 631 301368 Beachcomber ..............................................................950 473099 Big Fat Momma’s .......................................................634 315720 Burladero ……..........................................................950 615041 Cafeteria Bellagio .......................................…………950 472323 Cafetería Dolce …….................................................950 475178 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ………...........................645 414793 Café Latino ...............................................................626 717323 Cantina Don Pancho ................................................950 472543 Captain's Bar ...........................................................950 473246 Cave Bar ...............................................................…..950 478799 El Ángel (Mojácar Pueblo) ..................950 478343 / 607 537101 Meson Verfran ………...................................................637 810143 El Antler ………...........................................................600 540661 El Barrio Libre .............................................................950 475739 Mojácar + Q’ Bocata …………........................................……..950 808082 El Sitio ....................................................................950 615411

Alvaron …….........................................671 275185 / 637 546581 Ancla Bar …………...............................................…..622 448778 Arriba ................................................950 615591 / 634 361954 Badger’s ....................................................................950 478525 Bar Esencial ...............................................................618 826092 Bar Isabel ...................................................................950 475941

El Toro .....................................................................622 456560 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) .........................950 472995 / 634 899515 Jazz Life Café (Mojácar Pueblo) ........................…….647 724367 Koi ….........................................................................950 615452 La Mar Salada .........................................................950 472181 La Parata (See p.7).....................................................950 478186 La Peseta ……….....................................…………….950 472292

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com La Taberna (Mojácar Pueblo) ....................................647 724367 Mana del Cielo ....................................950 472154 / 697 225625 Mesón Mémé ……………...........……….674 141159 / 647 954405 Mojo’s ....................................................950 615230 / 667 959413 Pipa's ............................................……950 472930 / 637 481583 Rincon de Zahorí ................................630 314400 / 625 103672 Rusty Nail …………....................................................950 472786 The Blue Lagoon ........................................................600 829518 The Crazy Cow Café …………….....…666 891340 / 697 465620 The Emerald Isle .....................................……..….…..673 104250 The Irish Rover ........................................................950 473135 The Kimrick ……….......…...................................……950 475198 The Lemon Lounge .............................................….950 472659 The Loft …..........................................950 472432 / 690 756196 Trufibar .....................................................................646 515708

Palomares

Gillee’s ....................................................................634 Greg & Co ..............................................................950 Kash Bar ..............................................634 311163 / 950 La Pará ……………............................................……637 Stoney's Sports Bar ……….......................................671

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Valle del Este Hole in One Venues Bar .......................950 461068 / 647 424279

Vera Casa de la Vega ......................................................950 391208 La Amistad …………….….......................................…666 622085 Paddy’s Irish Tavern ……………............................….950 395453

Vera Playa Corner Bar ................................................................950 618209 El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 Frankie’s Bar .............................................................662 474861

Bar Oasis …….............................................................950 888476 Centro Plaza ................................................................950 618614 La Dulce Casa ….................................................…….950 467768

Partoloa Mis Amigos …….................................................…….671 608498

Pueblo Laguna / Vera Beach Bar Dolar ....................................................................950 132015 Bar Millionaire Sports Bar ……............950 617467 / 637 255978

Pulpí El Saloon ....................................................................685 987179

San Juan de los Terreros

Gnomo Feliz II ..........................................................950 132350 Mi Cortijo ………......................................................…950 466323 La Buena Mesa ……............................950 467222 / 610 356387 La Peperina ................................................................677 420243 Seron Sam's Bar ……...................................................…….610 044516 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682

Villaricos

Turre

Bar Genesis ………………................................…….647 073598 El Galeon ……...................................................……600 559379 Jet’s Bar La Plaza .................................................…950 467590 La Casa del Siret ....................................................950 467777 Los Conteros ..............................................................950 467582 Taberna Cristina ...........................................................693 743791

BARS (BEACH BARS) Aku Aku (Mojácar) ...............................950 478981 / 607 347612 Ankara (Mojácar) ......................................................950 473042 El Cid (Mojácar) .......................................................950 472063 Café Royal, English Tavern ……….............................950 468481

El Patio (Mojácar) ........................................................629 287265 Los Tarahis (Agua Amarga) .......................................950 138235

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Mandala Beach Club (Mojácar) ........902 442420 / 950 437131 Maui (Mojácar) ……...................................................950 478722 Neptuno Beach Club (Mojácar) (See p.11)..............…616 005387 Playa Blanca (Mojácar) .............................................950 473001 Sol y Arena (Mojácar) ..............................................950 478308 Tito’s (Mojácar) ..........................................................950 615030 Trufibar ......................................................................619 691052

BATHROOMS & SHOWERS 24hr Casaserve ...................................950 466438 / 676 306269 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Artizan (Vera) (Bathroom Furniture) ..950 390635 / 661 985310 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Elper Alutol S.L. .........................................................639 212220 Mojácar Kitchens & Bathrooms .......950 473104 / 669143036

BED & BREAKFAST Casa Barranca (Huercal Overa) ....... 95 0952947 / 648 250699 Casa Blanca (Ogarite/Oria) ………..............................639 269216 Casa Jasmine (La Alfoquía) ......................................950 449513 Casa Jessica (Turrillas) .................... 697 623201 / 666 394707 Casas Limaria (Arboleas) ..................675 378291 / 950 930190 Casa Los Arcos (Mojácar) …….................................950 473165 Casa María (Bédar) .................................................950 398216 Casa Montes Guesthouse (Arboleas) ..................... 686 400331 Dave & Gilly's B & B (Vera Town) …..........................950 391660 Hostal Villa Rosa (Mojácar) .............................................950 478 290 Las Persianas Azules (Velez Rubio) ..950 068054 / 630 149622 Hostal La Parata (Mojácar) ..................950 472670 / 637 733272 The Palms (Urcal) …………......................................678 832036 Villa Janian (Lijar) ..............................950 064259 / 626 328274

BEDROOMS (Fitted) Artizan (Vera) .............................……..950 390635 / 661 985310

BICYCLE HIRE Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 BiciStar (Vera) ……............................................……667 024001 Ciclos Mountain Bike Aguilas …..........................……968 413984 Dazzlem (Vera Playa) ...........................627 818719 / 673 589874 Lufran Bike Sport ………….................................….607 074753 Mountain Biking Spain …...............……637 831509 / 661 178656 The Bike Shop (Turre) ..........................690 695584 / 608 523182

Sanyfer (Antas El Real) ………....................................950 459082 Shower Master screens ...........................................677 604497 BICYCLE SALES & MAINTENANCE Speedy Fit (Screens) ...............................................600 006032 Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 Tabika Natural Stone (Vera) ….....…….950 390110 / 950 390635 Lufran Bike Sport ………….................................….607 074753 Terrapilar (Antas, ElReal) ...........................................950 459100 The Bike Shop (Turre) ..........................690 695584 / 608 523182

BEAUTY See Hair, Health & Beauty

BILLIARD / SNOOKER HALLS Pot Black (Antas El Real) ……....................................950 459135

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BLINDS see Awnings & Blinds BOATS & NAUTICAL

Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 Construcciones DISACA (Mojácar) ...........................639 Constructions Martinez Moreno (Rambla de Oria) ….696 Veramotor S.A. ............................................................950 392552 David Pritchard Construcciones ................................617

833444 817778 052044 698418

BOAT TRIPS Orca Steve (Mojacar, Garrucha) ..............................634 352873 Red Line Coast Tours ….....................950 133082 / 687 189230

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

BOUNCY CASTLE HIRE Mojácar Events ........................................................669 434766

BOWLING CENTRES (10 pin) Amigos Bowling Centre (Arboleas Ind. Estate) …….950 120269 Ozone Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073

BUILDING MATERIALS (& Sanitary Ware, Tiles etc) Aridos Mojácar S.L. ……..........................................650 914257 Brico Depôt (Huércal de Almería) …........…………….950 625652 Contrucciones Angel Oller (Albox) ...........................950 431453 Comercial Vera (Vera) ........................902 112236 / 950 393329 Leroy Merlin, Gran Plaza (Roquetas) ….................……950 339800 Sanyfer (Antas El Real) ………....................................950 459082 DAGA Construction ……...................................……686 846624 Terrapilar (Antas, ElReal) ...........................................950 459100 David Croft (Urcal) ………....................................……661 148067 VeraSur SL (Vera) ....................................................950 393028 Deco-house (Ismael) …………....................................670 596085 Elegant Homes Online S.L. .......................................687 629777 BUILDING SERVICES 24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Garden Works ...........................................................666 847583 5* Patio …………................................................…..677 152911 Gary Lloyd .................................................................647 006172 A1 Multiservices Costel …….……….....................…617 119995 Genco Construction ...................................................607 271869 A1 Services ………...............................................…..697 631458 Hire a Husband …………............……..677 557 190 / 950 930596 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 J B General Builder ................................................. 687 024884 Adam's Building Services .............................………..600 041820 Jasmine Construction C.B ...................................... 659 185189 Alan Barker ........................................950 450174 / 600 268176 Luke Mitchell ...........................................................634 379050 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 MD Building Services ..........................628 414861 / 628 414862 Mick Cox ..............................................950 472764 / 677 403397 P & S Building Services ……...….…….950 449639 / 671 318982 PR Building Services ............................608 673681 / 662 422170

Almeria Builders ……............................................…659 Andalucian Con Co Print .................................….…..628 Andaluz Building Services........... ……950 439094 / 664 Andy Nash & Son ...............................622 527819 / 661 Andy the Builder (Mojácar) .................................... 634 Antas Building Company …..........…..661 075802 / 655 Armadillo ........................................…950 528128 / 663

685133 408197 025044 793418 348567 772127 Paul Acreman (General Builder) ..............……………607 196779 303350 Paul Morrison (Plasterer) ……………….634 327201 / 661 129028

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Professional Bricklayer ……………........................…..626 730764 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ....618 920126 / 968 485729 Valley Construction ..............…………..665 517643 / 610 905173 Vida Desierto (See p.2) ….....................950 462449 / 610 867029 Vision Design and Build ........................950 459523 / 600 985583

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Fm Fragrances Distributor .........................................662 515669 Catalogue agents .................................950 467769 / 663 558148 Engel & Völkers (See p.23) ..................932 287893 / 646 263451 Next Communications ..................................................950 479369

BUTCHERS Ávila (Vera) …….................................................……663 126062 Casa Jose .................... Garrucha 950 132573 Vera 950 393592 Juan’s Carniceria (Mojácar Playa) ….............………950 478409

CAKES TO ORDER Cafeteria Dolce (Mojácar Playa) ………................….950 Cafeteria Pasteleria Romantic (Mojácar) ..................950 Joan's Cakes & Bakes (Albox) ................................678 Mana del Cielo (Mojácar).....................950 472154 / 697 Occasion Cupcakes (Velez Rubio) ............................634

475178 615344 166272 225625 329403

CAMPSITES Campsite Marion (Vera) .............................................607 316553

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

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Mo-Car (Mojácar) ................................950 478307 / 626 976973 Solvi Car (Mojácar) …………....................................950 478151 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Tikka RentaCar (Mojácar) ............................................950 472662 Victoria Car Hire UK ………............................…….+44 1293 432155

CAR WASH & VALETING Costa Coches (Mojácar) ........................950 459208 / 950 069272 Autos Gowi (Garrucha) (See cover).....950 806066 / 607 863939 Crown Rent A Car S.L. ..950 478976 / 686 929861 / 686 929864 Europcar ............................................950 615101 / 654 297681 Integral Autos (El Real) ...........................................950 459304 Jones’s Mobile Valeting ............................................661 571939 Tell them you found it in The Focus!

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CATALOGUE SHOPPING EPS Direct …......................................950 930554 / 652 580695

CATERING / EVENTS See also Wedding & Party Planning Elite Cuisine ....................................950 472567 / 610 994435 La Capilla Restaurant (Las Alparatas, Mojácar) .......950 479305 Marquee Hire ...........................................................671 851135 The Whole Hog / Hog Roast parties .....968 485729 / 618 920126

Soft Ice Cream and Frozen Yoghurt Machines............600 006032

CATTERY Kareclif (Albox) .......................................................677 791165 Speedy Fit (Cucador) ............................950 438228 / 600 006032 The Hilton Cattery ............................................950163489

CARAVANS See Mobile Homes CARD SHOPS

CHILDREN & BABY

Colin the Card (Albox) ……...................................…..650 600032 Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas)..............................663 302740 La Tienda (Los Gallardos) ........................................950 398896 Occasions (Mojácar Playa) .......................................950 478539 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) ……….................……950 615596 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

CARPENTRY A.N.S.T.E.Y - Carpentry & Joinery ………950 619178 / 687 251629 Inspired Timberwork ...........................950 528779 / 610 988371 James Wildwood ..........................................................634 328574 Justin's Carpentry & Joinery ………..........................627 907207 Simon’s Carpentry & Joinery ......................................681 109237

Auntie Lorna (Children’s Parties) .........950 619178 / 627 763052 Baby Basics (Equipment Hire, Albox) ........................950 104345 Meditania, Children’s Activity Centre (Turre) ...........661 751244 Face painting parties ................................................680 124159 FiFi Flowers (Baby gifts) ...........................................677 146592 Funky Monkeys, Pre school Group (Mojácar) .....……697 264179 Helen (Baby Sitting)...............................................…..687 480694 Kinder Garrucha (Bilingual Education Centre)..950 047026 / 671 608519 Lorraine’s Face Painting ....................950 064484 / 687 569113 Marta (Pre-Natal, Birth & Breastfeeding Help) …..….627 937820 Mobility Matters (Hire) (Mojácar) ..............................950 615432 Play Area (Baza) ………...........................................695 859536 Swimlife (Baby swimming classes) ……...............…..687 318054 Tracey Jones (Baby sitting) …………....................…661 575641 The Baby Hire Centre ..............................................615 806126

CHIMNEY SWEEPING & REPAIRS Sammy Sweep ..........…............................…………..619 070839

CHINESE RESTAURANTS Chino Peking (Garrucha) .............................................950 132948 China Town (Aguilas) ................................................968 414786 Chino Tsing-Tao (Aguilas) ........................…...............968 448548 Dragon Chino (Las Buganvillas) ..................................950 133226 Gran Muralla (Albox) ................................................950 120166 Gran Muralla (Turre) ……............................................950 618880 Unicraft …..............................................................…692 176069 Wu Zhou (Mojácar) ..................................................950 472145 Vida Desierto (Specialist Carpentry) (See p.2) 950 462449 / 610 867029 Vision Design and Build ........................950 459523 / 600 985583 CHIROPODIST Fit Feet (Ann-Marie) .................................................647 415848 CARPETS See Rugs & Carpets Kim White (Vera Playa) ………...................................637 149659

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CHIROPRACTOR Maximilian Bolté (Garrucha) .............950 133515 / 650 700783 Paul Jensen ...............................................................950 460953

CLAIRVOYANCY / PSYCHIC READINGS Anna (Tarot) ………..........................................………670 897832 Gill Ballard ……………………............................…….663 336655 Hilary Richards .......................................................662 932954 Tarot & Astrology .........................................................634 326672

CLEANING SERVICES 365 Cleaning Services................................................627 292601 A1 Cleaning .............................................................666 340190 ACS Property Services (Vera).................................950 467832 Almeria Upholstery Cleaning ..............950 064599 / 634 320990 Amba Cleaners ..................................664 196057 / 697 516955 Clean Sweep ………..........................950 469345 / 662 390453 Clean Team …………..............………950 930652 / 634 332502 Cleanaway ...........................................950 472903 / 627 565049 Crystal Clear ............................................................637 229464 Daisy Proaño Alcivar (Contract & private) ……...….663 538596 Domus Vivendi (Marina de la Torre, Mojácar) 950 133607 / 635 189986 Donna ……….............................................................630 529306 Elite Cleaning Agency ........................629 113860 / 699 699617 Freshclean …………….........................659 353708 / 638 272482 Ironing & Cleaning .........................................................678 942835 Keep It Clean Homecare (Mojácar area) ....................617 713465 Limpiezas Cristina ….............................................…660 306695. Limpiezas Maxlim (Palomares) ……..678 567783 / 629 680161 María Frias ……………………............................……620 398637 North East South West ...........................................671 273335. Pepa Diaz (Mojácar) …......….……….950 472774 / 691 240494 Suite Dreams (Upholstery Cleaning) .....950 069385 / 697 990315 Vida Desierto (See p.2)................……..950 473183 / 610 867029

Computer Services (Dani) ........................................678 Connexions (Turre) (See front cover).......................950 C.Y.G. Vera ...........................................................950 Don Robinson .........................................................646

490639 479502 393350 587746

Dynos Informatica (Albox) …………...................……..950 430806 First Call Computer Solutions …......618 539500 / 628 251399

CLOTHING (Personalized) Tikka Uniforms (Mojácar) ….......................................950 472662

COMPUTERS Advance Digital ........................................................616 506569 Beep (Garrucha) ……………..................................….950 133059 Ink Cartridge Solutions (Albox) ……….................…….650 557428 Colin (Antas Computer Services) .........950 453622 / 627 717986 Inside PC (Aguilas) ….........................................…..968 414263 Compleo Personal I.T. Centre .................................….950 393689 Janga Group .............................................................664 175404 Kamale-on ……………...............................................950 616521 Mi PC (Almeria) …..............................................….950 633015 Palomares Computer Services ..................................659 353708 PC Call Out Service .....................….......................680 349656 PC Doctor .................................................................666 849609 Phoenix Computers (Albox) ................950 523214 / 644 125615 PuntoMatica ................................................................950 133908 Premier Tec ..............................................................627 564741 Proinfo 2005 S.L. (Mojácar) ……...............................950 475712 PRYS Informatica (Antas) ........................................617 382511 Sicbero Computer, Website & Networking Serv. 950 467020 / 693 631103 Computer Care (Nick) ...............................................600 070075 Sol Computers …...................................................…677 874645

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COUNSELLING / HEALING

DANCE ACADEMY

Barbara Clarke ...........................................................637 469937 Casa Blanca Therapy Centre (Arboleas) ……..............950 439020 Eve Morgan .............................................................647 203652 Fred Smithers (Acupuncture) ...............950 930456 / 618 107351 Gill Ballard (Healer/Counsellor) ...............................663 336655 Heaven Scent Holistics ...........................................663 923733 Hilary Jones (Bowen Therapist) ...............................670 243724 Janine Macauley (Holistic Therapy) .........................634 311935 Kate Roberts ...........................................................950 469540 Liz Hill (Holistic Therapist) ……..............................…667 979445 Marta (Pre-Natal, Birth & Breastfeeding Help) …..….627 937820 Norman & Carole Monro ..........................................950 439205 Reiki by Lynn …………......................950 473110 / 600 821871 Shiatsu (Wendy) ....................................................671 851135 Sound & Voice Therapist …..................………………645 290728 Sue Osman (Healer) ………...............950 473021 / 600 847964

Anita Watson ............................................................950 453681 Julie Bruce Dance Academy .............697 861071 / 950 617545

DENTISTS / DENTAL TREATMENT Centro Dental Vivadent (Vera) (See front cover).......950 Clinica Dental (Aguilas) ….........................................968 Clinica Dental (Albox) ..............................................950 Clinica Dental, Multicentro (Mojácar) ........................950 Clinica Dental, Parque Comercial (Mojácar) .............950 Nadal Pérez, M A (Turre) .........................................950 Odonto Stetic (Los Gallardos) ..........662 121165 / 950 Valero Martinez (Garrucha) ………............................950

390655 449121 120732 478989 478534 479444 398993 132047

DIET PLANS & WEIGHT LOSS Cambridge 800. (Ann) .............................................660 681166

COURIER & EXPRESS DELIVERIES Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ............................................950 390920 Nacex (Mojácar) ………..................................……….950 472940 Offex Spain ................................…….......................966 765950 Spanish Property Choice (Fedex) ........950 615388 / 635 722290

CRAFTS Elaine's Wools (Arboleas) ........................................667 273889 Serendipity (Albox) ................................................634 338832 Simply Art (Albox) …...................................................662 443095

Image (Helen) ..........................950 930192 / 665178326 Issysweigh (Albox) ...................................................600 334318 Currencies Direct (Mojácar) ...............950 478914 / 626 916443 Pam (Turre) ................................................................639 465631 Global Currency Exchange (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 615319

CURRENCY

CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS See also Sewing

DIGGER HIRE

AA Mini diggers ........................................................608 523182 Almería Minidiggers .................................................600 809293 Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125 Andy Nash & Son ...............................622 527819 / 661 793418 Antas Mini Diggers .............................950 069288 / 650 906114 Aridos Mojácar S.L. (Vera) .....................................650 914257 Diego Ramos S.L. (Los Gallardos) ……..............…..647 841750 Elite Plant Hire (JCB) ………….................................636 092632 Lubrin Plant Hire (Mini and Micro) .......950 592922 / 664 327898 Ned ……..................................................................…687 845648 Paco .................................................................................637 777 238 Terraza El Pino (Los Marcelinos-Albox) ……………950 523762 See page 21 Tropicana Mini Digger ………………650 906114 / 950 069288

DIVING See Scuba Diving DOCTORS (Private)

Curtainsandthings.................................................……678 684564 Solo Style ………...............................950 528334 / 626 319907 Centro Médico Mojácar ...............................................950 475105 Clinica Medica Garrucha ……...........950 133157 / 617 404500 CYBERCAFES Dr. Maria Rose (Garrucha) ..........................................950 132803 Can Connect (Albox) …........................................…..950 121149 DOG GROOMING Connexions (Turre) ..................................................950 479502 Anita (Mobile & Vets) ……………......................……662 344734 i-Cafebar (Huércal-Overa) …............…………………..950 135039 La Tienda (Los Gallardos) ........................................950 398896 Brigbe’s Dog Grooming ...........................................630 557123 Elite Dog Grooming (Albox) …….…..617 313587 / 647 897533 Proinfo 2005 S.L. (Mojácar) ……...............................950 475712

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Luis (Clinica Veterinaria Garrucha) ....950 132200 / 628 663616 Lulu’s (Albox) ......................................950 952940 / 697 569750 Pampered Pooches (All areas)..................................662 344734

DOG TRAINING

DJT Electrical Services (Vera) .............686 817945 / 626 578164 ElectroTorres ......................................950 472898 / 610 750771 DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Rod Bridges ……........................……..950 473035 / 687 261280 Francisco Montoya (Mojácar) .........................……….687 466352 José Cortés Electrical ……................950 363751 / 619 881325 Knowles & Abbott Electrical …............638 010691 / 950 137208 Neil Godwin (Turre) ......................................................... 687 245 569 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ……............................................639 724521

DOORS See Windows & Doors DRAINS See Plumbing DRY CLEANERS

Peace of Mind 24/ 7 ............................................... 637 974662 Rod Bridges (Domestic Appliances) ….687 261280 / 950 473035 City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 390255 Suckling Electrical (Mojácar)........................................663 660409 Vida Desierto (See p.2).................……950 473183 / 610 867029 DVD & VIDEO HIRE iCafe (Huércal-Overa) …...............................………..950 135039 Williams Electrical (Andy)......................................…..677 741366 Cinebank (Turre) .......................................................627 738957 ENTERTAINERS Movieland (Mojácar) .................................................950 475110 Abbie Lou (Female vocalist) .......................................687 340544 Total Entertainment (Turre) 950 468295 (Albox) ........950 121318 Atlantis .....................................................................666 231832 ...................................................................(Mojácar) 950 615596 Auntie Lorna (Children’s Parties) .........950 619178 / 627 763052

ELECTRICAL GOODS

Bass Player with Vocals .........................................681 286291 Belly Dancer & Fire Eater ....................................... 680 124159 Blues Brothers ........................................................680 355376 Bob Management .......................................................666 310251 Brendan O'Dee .....................................................950 069101 Brian Dee ………........................................................647 897533 Captain Sunshine …..........................950 618034 / 669 214545 Catchlove Music (Varied styles duo)…..950 634402 / 678 397536 ELECTRICIANS Clive Sarstedt ….............................................…...…..950 398825 A1 Services ………...............................................…..697 631458 Darren Antony (Vocalist) ......................................... 672 112933 ACS Multi Services (Vera)........................................950 467832 DJ Digit-Al ...............................................................634 338014 Andrew Morrison .....................................................627 250204 Driftwood …….............................................................687 672028 Centro Ferretería Mojácar ...................................950 De Pablo S.L. (Vera) ..............................................950 Electro Ahorro (Albox) .............................................950 Electro Hogar Rodriguez S.L. (Garrucha)..................950 Economesticos La Juaida (Viator) ……………………..950 Euronics .............. (Albox) 950 430702 (Garrucha) 950

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Citrus Homes ...........................................................638 Cole's of Andalucia .............................950 469592 / 697 Complete Holiday Care ....………........950 478612 / 610 Cortijos Almería …………............…….950 364119 / 676 Domus Vivendi (Marina de la Torre, Mojácar) ........950 Euroxan (Vera) .........................................................699 Fincas Vera Playa ..............................950 460670 / 639 Find Me A Home (See p.5).................950 930910 / 636

849254 640681 808631 916088 133607 067922 314767 266641

First Choice Almería ...............................................950 615561 Gogo Estates (Aguilas) ........................968 414459 / 615 282151 ICASA (Country Properties) ……..........……………….687 214718 Indal-futur S.L. (Mojácar) ……............950 615156 / 609 026526 Indalo Real Estate .............................950 091137 / 616 760409 Indasol Mojácar S.L. .................................................950 472200 INMOjácar (Mojácar) .................................................950 472930 K7 Mojácar .............................................................950 478555

ESTATE AGENTS 2Be Property Solutions(Huércal Overa).950 616516 / 616 562447 Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450 Almería Homes ................................0044 1273 929286 / 950 930 259 Almeria Murcia Select .......................950 466465 / 627 308176 Angel Property (Palomares) .....................................950 618054 Arboleas Property Shop (Spanish Hideaways) …....…958 003391 Blaumar (Huercal Overa) .....................950 135512 / 608 566104 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914 Calida Homes Property Consultancy ....950 430763 / 634 302801 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) ..........950 134434 / 649 777218 Casas y Sol (Aguilas) …........................................…..968 446663

Linnitt Properties (Turre).............................................950 479054 Mojácar Estates ........................................................950 478935 Mojácar Homes ......................................................950 478834 Multicasa Aguilas .................................................... 968 493009 Netforce .............................................. 646 042729 / 667 799796

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New Horizon Villas (Zurgena) ..................................950 438221 New One Stop (Mojácar) (See p.13)...........................950 473040 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) ...................950 475800 / 607 146352

Next Stop Almería ................................950 617518 / 678 034651 Nicla Property Consultancy S.L. ............950 133508 / 628 585538 Okisur (Mojácar) .........................................................950 478386 Olive Property Sales (Bédar).............950 469624 / 687 938466 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) (See p.19)..........950 478915 Realtors (Mojácar) ....................................................950 092094 Rural Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................…950 472200 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera) .................................647 901478 Seacor (Mojácar) ……………............…950 472880 / 634 367448 Sol Mar (Albox) ..................................950 064584 / 654 590258 Spanish Estate Agents (Albox) ………950 431855 / 661 143871 Spain Assured ...................................950 469622 / 644 126582 Spain Property Finder …..............……........................686 878789 Spanish Hideaways (Arboleas) ............958 003391 / 606 281865 Spanish Property Choice (Mojácar Playa)(See p.48/49) 950 615388 Sun Med Properties (Vera Playa) ............................…..950 618209 Vaitier SL (Cabrera) ...............................................950 528440 Veritas Homes (Mojácar) (See p.25).........950 472430 / 610 053563 VIP Almería (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472524 / 617 587903 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827

Saga Boutique (Mojácar) .........................................950 475258 Selecciones (Turre) ....................................................634 347295 Simply The Best (Albox) …………..............................659 185039 Wailaky (Alfoquía) ……........................................….634 896975

FENCING Chain Link Almanzora ………...................................697 801875 Gary Lloyd .................................................................647 006172

FINANCIAL SERVICES See also Insurance and Funeral Insurance AMASS ……......................................................……..678 035992 Blevins Franks (Neil) ................................................965 705502 Currencies Direct (Mojácar) …....…...…950 478914 / 626 916443 Danniells Fox S.L. (Mojácar) .........................................950 478617 Grupo Platinum Estates .........................666 687251 / 950 889853 Kennedy Financial Services .........................................678 035992 Lloyd’s Bank International (Mazarron) .......................902 024365 Totus Wealth Management ...............…950 064567 / 686 509247 Offshore Money Management .............952 830916 / 950 398078

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS Extin-Torres S.L. (Mojácar) ............................................950 475067

FIREPLACES Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Fuente) ..............950 472135 Tabika (Vera) …...........................……950 390110 / 950 390635

FISH & CHIPS Café Bar Aranda (Aguilas) ……….........................…630 535836 WPMS Inmobiliario (Villaricos) ..…........678 321111 / 950 618697 The Chippy (Vera).....................................................663 440329 EVENT MANAGEMENT Zak’s Plaice (Garrucha) .........................................950 133193

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

EXCURSIONS 4 x 4 Off Road Events ………….................………630 Almeriaspanish ........................................................608 Costa Almería Tours ..................................................646 Indalo Quads (Mojácar) …...........……617 637359 / 950 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) ………...……………..678 Scorpion Trails (David) .............................................674

211453 638403 760389 450343 838547 514999

FABRICS Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125 The Linen Store (Mojácar Playa) …….................……627 251856

FISHING

Orca Steve Sea Fishing (Mojacar, Garrucha) ……… 634 352873 Charlotte’s Island Secrets ........................................600 691685 Rio 600 Boat Fishing (Sid &Graham)………. 647 020929 / 647 803030 Donna’s Boutique (Turre) (See p.9)...........................677 542931 FITNESS CENTRES Forward A Dress (Albox) …………............……………637 546738 Alison .....................................................................637 465487 Garabatis (Children's) Mojacar Playa …..........………670 035630 Aqua Aerobics - Marianne (Arboleas) .......................637 435864 Gatsby’s (Mojácar) ....................................................950 478320 Club Deportivo Puerto Rey ......................................950 460545 Gill’s Fashions (Mojácar) ..........................................950 472835 Debbie James (Arboleas)............................................687 619239 Glad Rags (Albox) ……….............................................620 534423 Entrenador Personal I.F.B.B. …….....................……..676 871950 Indalo Urban Outlet (El Real) ……….................…….950 459267 Fitness 4You (Turre)................................................665 706880 Liz Fashion Accessories (Mojácar) .627 970819 / 607 511179 Gimnasio Formas (Turre) .............................................950 468065 Manumaga (Mojacar Playa) …………..........................659 884479 Indigo Gym (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................950 475 403 Modern Times (Mojácar Playa) …..........…………….950 475207 Lotus Integral Yoga Centre (Mojácar) ........................617 719913 Party Plan Fashions …………..............……………….659 185039 Nuline Dance (Turre) ..............................................660 472334 Prins Vitali (Mojacar) ….............................................950 472958

FASHION

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Hortiflor (Mojácar) ....................................................950 478985 Persa Floristas (Albox) …….......................................950 120211

FLY SCREENS Andalucian Glass C.B. ................…………630 231644 / 636 838484 Armadillo …......................................…950 528128 / 663 303350 Bugs ...........................................................................600 049515 Coastal Mosquitoes ..................................................610 000700 Coopermatic Fly Spray ............................................659 089658 Curtains with Style (See p.21).........950 069032 / 678 811125 Elper Alutol S.L. …………….................................…..639 212220 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. ………950 459060 / 649 482677 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.9)...................627 907207 / 634 319882 Speedy Fit (See p.4)...........................950 472451 / 600 006032 Tony Justice ...................................…..950 950797 / 637 159249 Ventanas y Puertas Mojacar S.L. ......................…….950 473104 We Fit ..................................................................…660 052051

FOOD SHOPS 24hr British Supermarket (Mojácar Playa) ……………661 159089 Chillout (Arboleas) ………………................................697 243181 Eurowise (Albox) ………���…….............................…..950 439801 K&J UK Foods (Albox) ……..................................….600 707606 Las Buganvillas Minimarket ………........................…..635 036408 Pam (Turre) .............................................................639 465631 Price Busters (Albox) .....................................................950 951494 Spar Supermarket (Huércal-Overa) ...........…………..950 135222 Spices n' Herbs in Spain (Albox)...............................689 482694 Super Corner (Turre)..................................................637 016107

Sierra Club Desert Springs .......................................687 599115 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) .........................950 449451 Valle Del Este Spa & Health Centre ..........................950 548600 X-Tone (Piano Bar, Turre) ...................648 902930 / 664 550661 The Corner Shop (Albox) ………………950 930539 / 680 776791

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

FUNCTION VENUES Desert Springs Resort .......................950 548420 / 618 The Kimrick (Mojácar Playa) .......……......................950 La Capilla (Las Alparatas, Mojácar) .........................950 Miraflores Restaurant (Camping Los Gallardos) .........650 The Palms (Urcal) ……….......................................….950

609978 475198 479305 418954 134333

FUNERAL COMPANIES

FLOORING (Wooden)

Terrapilar (Antas, ElReal) ...........................................950 459100 CollyFer (Huércal Overa) …….....................................617 456335 Funeraria Pérez (Mojácar) ........................................950 478102

FLORISTS

Floristería Lucia (Turre) ..............................................950 479496

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FUNERAL INSURANCE Continental Descanso (Antas) 950 459011 (Albox) ...950 633288 ASSSA (Vera) (See p.15).....................................…950 392487 De Lima’s Quality Used Furniture (Mojácar Playa)....600 344565 Avalon Europe S.L. .................................................966 799070 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 Iberian Funeral Plans (See p.17).......951 203994 / 965 993498 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ..................................950 132458 Ideas del Mueble (Antas) ...........................................950 452816 Iron Art (Antas Real) ..........................................….637 259033 Koala Furniture (Antas) …............................….........950 392307 Linea Nueva (Arboleas) ……………….620 237529 / 950 120630 Linen & Bed Store (Mojácar Playa) .........................627 251856 New Home From Home Spain 2010 S.L. 634 319656 / 634 341943 Rincón Del Mimbre (Vera) ........950 460867 (Antas) 950 459071 Selecciones (Turre) ...................................................634 347295

Sleepcentre (Albox) ...................................................673 088476 Unicraft (Upholstery) ..................................................692 176069

FURNITURE PACKAGES

Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ..............950 132458 / 617 575093 New Home From Home Spain 2010 S.L. 634 319656 / 634 341943

FURNITURE, RUSTIC/HANDMADE Andinas (Antas, El Real) ...........................................950 459128 Antiques Palaces (La Concepción) ......664 619819 / 686 697665 Artekit ........................(Vera) 950 390524, (Almería) 950 087100 Artisanos (Antas) …...…….......................................…696 431510 Casa Nativa (Valle del Este) …….............................629 624286 La Buena Artesania (Mojácar) ....................................950 475508 Martin & Leah Hurst, Casa Piña (Turre) ......................652 299576 El Pinar (Los Carasoles) ....................950 104272 / 670 845498 Soluciones Rusticas (Carboneras) …950 364835 / 646 821821

GARAGE DOORS see Windows & Doors GARDENS

24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 306269 365 Garden Maintenance ............................................627 292601 Casas Nativa (Valle del Este) ..................................629 624286 Acer Garden Services ..............................................697 618320

FURNITURE SHOPS

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Mediterranean Gardens …….................................. 661 577019 GOLF HOLIDAYS Potty Finca Services ..................……..950 163930 / 616 855294 Emerald Golf Breaks (Mojácar) 610 526351 / UK 0044 (0) 7865 990578 Sunshine Fairway Golf Breaks ................................669 704581

GOLF TUITION Gareth Edwards (Cortijo Grande) …...........................950 479176 Marcus (Mojácar) .....................................................610 526671 Valle del Este (Vera) ...............................................676 256923

GRASS, ARTIFICIAL Grass 4 U .................................................................638 Greenfingers Arboleas S.L. ....................................651 Iron Art (Antas Real) ……....................................….637 Tiger Turf ............................................950 431624 / 635

574145 704916 259033 652745

Riegos y Conducciones (Antas, El Real) .................950 459146 GUTTERING Terrazza El Pino (Los Marcelinos /Albox) …………950 523762 Advanced Window Solutions ....................................610 924160 Vida Desierto Landscaping (See p.2)...950 462449 / 610 867029 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. ......…950 459060 / 649 482677

HAIR, HEALTH & BEAUTY

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

GLASS CURTAINS Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. …..950 459060 / 649 482677 Speedy Fit (See p.4)..........................950 472451 / 600 006032

GLAZING (Supply & Repair) Advanced Window Solutions ....................................610 924160 Andalucian Glass C.B. ...................…630 231644 / 636 838484 Cristalería Mojácar …............................................…..950 475376 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Cristalería Rubi (Vera) ………......................................950 390546 Speedy Fit (See p.4)..........................950 472451 / 600 006032

Affinity Beauty Treatments (Arboleas/Turre) .............678 992093 Anavi Estillistas (Palomares) .......................................670 094722 Avon Co-ordinator (Jane) ……...................................670 722705 Avon Cosmetics (Arboleas) ………........................….691 987454 Avon Cosmetics (Húercal Overa) …..........................950 137208 Beauty by Marilyn ....................................................950 398852 Beauty by Sharon (Emporium, Mojácar) ...................687 389925. Beauty Service (mobile) …....................................….687 480694 Bizstores (Hair & Beauty Supplies) ...........................627 747296 Bonita Hair & Beauty Salon (Mojácar) ......................950 473159 Cambridge 800. (Ann) .............................................660 681166 Claire’s Beauty Room (Mojácar Playa) ……………….682 288401 Colores Peluquería Unisex (Mojácar Playa) ............665 540201 Cutting Edge (Hair & Beauty) (Albox) .........................950 633086 Dave Eccles (Mobile Hairdresser) ......950 525790 / 687 033106 Day Spa (Desert Springs) …..........................……….610 944494 Diva’s Hair & Beauty(Garrucha) .......950 133449 / 652 094911 Donna's (Albox)..................................950 930167 / 628 669456 Emporium (Hair & Beauty) (Mojácar) .........................950 472790 Etticut (Turre) .............................................................667 971960 Euforia Beauty Salon (Arboleas) ................................673 943705 Farrow's Hair Design (Arboleas) .................................950 634346 Favola (Las Buganvillas) ..........................................675 622216

GOLD BUYERS The Gold Buying Centre (Mojácar) ..........................637 226973

GOLF COURSES Aguilon Golf (Pulpi) ......................................………..672 Cortijo Grande ..........................................................950 Desert Springs ........................................................687 Macenas Beach Golf ...................…....................…..950 Marina Golf ..............................................................950 Valle del Este ...........................................................950

655600 479176 599115 548240 133230 398743

GOLF EQUIPMENT The Full Swing (Antas)...........................950 459009 / 647 626079

Fisioterapia Vera-Salud (Vera Playa) ...607 479379 / 950 132765 Francesca Herman (Mojácar) (See p.7)....................687 480694

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Hair Design Mojácar ......................950 475452 / 666 299714 Styles (Turre) ………............................................….644 496198 The Spanish Beauty Club ……………........................637 149659 Wacky Barber & Hairdresser (Mojácar) ....................667 961645

Heaven Scent (Huércal-Overa) ……....................…..663 923733 Holistic Massage, Lorraine ................950 064484 / 687 569113 Indigo Gym (Health & Beauty) (Mojácar)....................950 475403 Wavelengths (Albox) ………….................................…950 120309 Jackie Miles Kirby (Allergy Testing & Remedial Therapist) 634 331798 Jax Hair & Beauty (Albox) …..................………………645 560367 Jean & Co.(Mojácar Playa) ……..............................…950 615094

HARDWARE OUTLETS Ferretería El Real .....................................................950 459009 Ferretería Gonzalez (Mojácar) ……….........................666 471384 Kuts 2 (mobile) ..........................................................662 094372 Ferretería López (Mojácar) ……..................................950 615026 LU & NA (Valle del Este) …….............................…950 461113 Ferretería Longo (Albox) ……....................................950 430064 La Mirage (Hair & Beauty) (Mojácar) ......................950 473110 Ferretería Soler (Garrucha) ……..................................950 460073

HEATING ABC (A Better Climate) .......................647 247494 / 950 ACS (Vera)...................................................................950 Andrew Morrison (Econo-Heat)..................................627 Barry & Graham (oil heating) ………........................620 Neater Heater ………...................................………….634

618893 467832 250204 112193 312171

HEALTH FOODS Girasol (Albox) ….......................................................639 089170 Hierbabuena (Aguilas) ……........................................968 448445 Home Sweet Home (Turre) …...........................……..950 479487 Las Hierbas de Maria (Mojácar) ................................950 478446 Marcela Torres (Manicure & Pedicure) .....................697 421672 Natural-ES (Mojácar) ..............................................950 478464 Med Aesthetics ..........................................................965 326082 Natural-ES (Mojácar) ..............................................950 478464 Naturalmente Mediterraneo (Skin care) (Garrucha) …655 299494 Keep this in the office, Pampered Beauty Centre (Palomares) (See p.33).......950 618129 Phoebe (at Pampered) ...............................................662 573939 by your 'phone or in the car. R retreat (Cucador) ……...........…...............................626 144680 Room 97 (La Alfoquia) .............................................683 479261 It's unique, updated every Salon de Peluqueria y Estetica (Garrucha) ...............950 133162 month, and free! Sarah Noble (mobile hairdresser) ...........................692 195500 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) ...........................950 449451 Stella’s (Las Buganvillas) .........................................664 138837

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HIRE Baby Basics (Equipment Hire) ...................................950 104345 Baby Rentals (Mojácar) …..................................…….699 648058 Bebebel ………..........................................................661 575532 Expecting a Baby (Almanzora Valley) ....950 436581 / 666 375688 Mobility Matters, Baby & Mobility Hire (Mojácar) .......950 615432 Nursery Hire (San Juan de los Terreros) ….666 255765 / 950 466472 The Baby Hire Centre ................................................615 806126

Hotel Valhalla (Carboneras) ......................................950 130444 Hotel Valle del Este ...................................................950 398743 Hotel Virgen del Mar (Mojácar) ..................................902 472222 Las Colinas Suitotel (San Juan de Los Terreros) .........950 466353 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250 Vera Hotel .................................................................950 393008

HOUSE & PET SITTING Gail .....................................................693 769079 / 697 500673 Louise ....................................................................... 680 124159

HOUSEHOLD GOODS As Seen On TV (Turre) ………….........…………………634 341171 Home Sweet Home (Turre) …...........................……..950 479487 P & R Direct Rugs (Antas, El Real)...........................665 258680 Simone Senft (Tupperware) .................950 068181 / 676 308217

INSURANCE Abbeygate Insurance ....................……………………..902 877728 Albox Insurance ........................................................950 121943 Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450

HOLIDAY / CONFERENCE CENTRES Cortijo El Saltador, Lucainena de las Torres ............676 437128

HOME CARERS see also Nursing Almería Angels ..........................................................902 Care Fusion ..............................................................674 CostaCare Services.....................................................674 Delbelle ……………....................................................693 Joanne (personal care / physio assistance) ............617 Louise, personal carer ...............................................680 NightinGails ..........................................693 769079 / 617

026468 509382 509789 796937 862160 124159 ASSSA Seguros (Vera) (See p.15)....…………………950 392487 862160

HORSE RIDING Centro Hipico Valle del Almanzora .........................691 Desert Riders (Tabernas) ........................................686 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ...............................................639 Media Legua Equestrian Centre (Vera) ..............……667 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) ...................................678 Sanctuary Limaria .....................................................628

241878 337872 724521 243561 838547 239696

HOTELS Hotel Al Sur (Calabardina) .........................................968 419466 Hotel Cala Real (Aguilas) ..........................................968 414562 Hotel Carlos 111 (Aguilas) ......................................968 411650 Axa ..................................................950 478763 / 609 667333 Hotel Carmona (Vera) ..............................................950 390760 BWI Bryan White Insurance (Mojácar) ......................950 472098 Hotel El Paso (Aguilas) ……......................................968 447125 Hotel Family (Agua Amarga) ......................................950 138014 Hotel Madrid (Aguilas) ................................................968 411109 Hotel Mamabel's (Mojacar Pueblo) .....950 472448 / 663 700542 Hotel Mayari (Calabardina) .................620 629508 / 968 409338 Hotel Puntazo (Mojácar) ............................950 478265 / 950 478 229 Hotel Rural Azabache (Arboleas)....................................690 258813 Hotel Mexico (Puerto Rey) ......................................950 132061 Hotel Salinas (Cabo de Gata) .....................................950 370103 Hotel & Spa Don Juan (Aguilas) ................................968 493493 Hotel Tikar (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617131

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Catalana Occidente (English speaking) (Palomares).....950 618054 Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Playa) .........................950 478307 Domus Vivendi (Marina de la Torre, Mojácar) ........950 133607 Easy Insurance (Lucainena de las Torres) .................950 066276 Edward William (Marine Insurance) ………………….952 476090 García & Trinidad (Albox) ……............................……950 120340 Grupo Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Pueblo) 950 478061 / 653 806 908 Halifax (Vera) .......................................950 392061 / 657 660234 Ibex Insurance Services Ltd (Mojácar & Albox) (See p.15) .902 105499 Liberty Seguros (Albox) .....................950 475841 / 669 075541 Liberty Seguros .......................................................902 444311 Linea Directa ………....................................................902 123248 Mapfre (Mojácar) ...950 478151 (Garrucha)................950 617376 NRG Insurance ……...........................950 472057 / 607 478408

Laberinto (Spanish, English, French, Dutch) .. ...........609 781438 Leticia ……….................................................. ........…950 615566 Marcela Chávez Riveros (Mojácar) ............... ........... 676 951352 Marguerite ……....................................................…..687 814157 Maureen ...............................................950 523853 / 678 403899 Milena (Albox) ………....................……654 359607 / 625 540769 Paul Jessop (Aguilas) .............................................626 421623 Real Almería Translations ………....….950 398820 / 662 390453 S.O.S Translations …................................................651 500670 Simply Solved ………............................................….617 882689 Sol y Mar Services (Albox) ….....…….950 064584 / 654 590258 Solutions Almería ......................................................687 632435 Susi ..................................................................................617 920 190 Tom Jones .................................................................608 721334 Yamile (Written Translations) ....................................626 207575

INVESTMENTS Danniells Fox S.L. (Mojácar) ………......................…..950 478617

IRONING Ironing & Cleaning .........................................................678 942835

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

JEWELLERS / JEWELLERY Donna’s Boutique (See p.9)......................................677 590258 Franksjewellery (Los Gallardos) ........677 399345 / 950 472098 Indalo Art ................................................................ 950 064682 475241 Joyería Pérez (Garrucha) ...........................................950 Joyerias Vasary (Mojácar Playa) ……........…………….950 INTERIOR DESIGN La Luna (Garrucha) ....................................................950 Evie Fox-Rayner .......................................................628 816896 KENNELS Curtains with Style (See p.21) ..........950 069032 / 678 811125 Animal Hotel (Águilas) ..............................................639 Deco-house (Ann) .....................................................666 260792 Berben petsitting (Velez Rubio) ..................................658 Essential Solutions …….............................................627 245658 Country Kennel (Turre) ........................950 473011 / 627 Lola Barranco ………..........................950 086116 / 691 261818 Five Bone Hotel ........................................................630 Sol y Mar (Albox) ……….....................950 064584 / 654 Sol Insure ……….........................................………..950 Spanish Hideaways (Arboleas) ……......................….950 Victoria Insurance (See front cover)................………950

542931 617570 460814 460636 473164 132543 722197 087966 564640 234556 382713 251464 554984 067051 562662 168508 211952

Home from Home ……..............................................677 K9 .......................................................950 168015 / 600 My Place or Yours ....................................................607 INTERPRETING/TRANSLATIONS Palomino Kennels & Cattery …………662 668423 / 950 4wayconnections .....................................................646 844708 Paws*A*While (Fines) …….....................................…696 ................................950 Alpha Interpreting and Translation .......950 133508 / 627 670255 The Kennels (Huercal Overa) Andrés Mojácar) ........................................................679 932632 Woodhouse Boarding Kennels/Cattery (Arboleas) ….650 KEY CUTTING Antonio García Russell (Mojácar) ..............................606 198958 Bureaucracy Busters ..................................................650 284862 24hr Locksmith ...................................950 472982 / 658 828560

INTERNET CAFES see Cybercafes

C.A.T. Services ...................................607 827606 / 627 635514 Cristina …….................................................. ......…..626 741386 Claire Duckering ………................................ ............627 376953 Danika Edwards ............................................ ............647 258828 Danielle …………………........................... .. ...……..654 563116 Donna (Turre) ............................................. ......... ...678 203143 Espanglish Translation & Interpreters . 950 390037 / 950 392876 Interpretes Almeria .................................... ..............650 623113 Joanne Tissington ……………...................... ..............637 267150 Kathryn Jones ............................................ .............629 931125 Kelly …..............................................……… ………..634 315534

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Artizan (Vera) .................................…950 390635 / 661 985310

Harlequin Kitchens (Albox) ……........………………….619 584405 J.B. Kitchen Fitters (Turre) .......................................687 024884 Mojácar Kitchens & Bathrooms .....950 473104 / 669143036

Pure Kitchens ..............................................................637 064651 Singular Kitchen (Aguilas) ….........….....................…968 414845

LANDSCAPING Elizabeth Eccles (Landscape gardener) .950 525790 / 637 546697

LAUNDERETTES Bish’s (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................639 161725 City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 390255

AG-2 Asesores / Silvia Muñoz (Vera) ……....…………..950 133617 AK Asesoría Legal & Fiscal ...........................................656 575188 ALO Services (Zurgena) ......................950 449179 / 667 994682 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal (Mojácar Playa) ...................950 472057 / 670 215926 C & P (Mojácar) …………..............……950 460731 / 675 383160 Cam Concepts S.L. (Huércal-Overa) …......…………. 950 471357 English Wills Spain …......................…..950 439192 / 607 646027 Gestoría Soria Bonilla (Mojácar) ..................................950 478420 Gecko Business Services …..........................………617 611140 Help with Papers (Mojacar) .......................................634 369399 Heritance Wills .........................................................660 887723 Kim Clark UK Benefit advice ……..….950 169729 / 663 297568 Mayor Consulting (Mojácar & Garrucha) ...................950 615815

LAUNDRIES City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 Costa-Azul (Aguilas) ……..........................................968 Ivi's Lavanderia (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 Lavanderia Los Arcos ...............................................950

390255 414327 132657 478359

LEGAL SERVICES See also Solicitors 4wayconnections ...................................................646 844708

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 Amigos 10 Pin Bowling (Arboleas Ind. Estate) ..........950 120269 Clay Busters (La Concepción) ..…….617 072764 / 686 257481 Karting (Garrucha) ….........................................……950 460207

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559261 473073 358549 985358 361294

LINGERIE & UNDERWEAR Ann Summers Party Organiser ..................................617 Bras Etcetera …………...............................................950 Corpore (Garrucha) ………….....................................950 Frillies – UK Lingerie ……....................................….620 Lunas (Turre) ………................................................661 Manuelas Lenceria (Mojácar) ....................................650 Mya (Huércal Overa) .................................................950

410534 121909 132253 676833 642341 826829 135742

LINEN Gill’s English Bedlinen (Mojácar) ............................950 472835 The Linen Store (Mojácar Playa) ………............…….627 251856

LOCKSMITHS 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 24hr Home from Home Services SL ..968 419526 / 638 24hr Locksmith ...................................950 472982 / 658 Arboleas Locksmith ...................................................697 Locksmith (Lee/Dean)................................................666 Phil the Pick 24hr (Arboleas) …................……………..697

306269 987885 828560 243181 949213 243181

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LOGS FOR SALE Antonio Diaz .............................................................689 127535 Colin & Carlos ....................................660 903158 / 630 455328 Leña Ramos (Arboleas) …...............….630 356095 / 616 044719 Lee (Arboleas) …………………....................................636 092632 Levante Logs ............................................................670 243724 Log-On-Tommy ……............................................……619 070839 Logs for Sale ..............................................................687 314775 Phil (Arboleas) ………………….....................................634 328779 Potty Finca Services .........................950 163930 / 616 855294

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 caravans & motorhomes .....950 047033 / 687 845730 Veramotor S.A. ...........................................................950 392552

MOBILITY SERVICES Mobility Matters (Mojácar) ............................................950 615432

METAL WORK Angel Welding …………............................................610 Coastal Rejas ...........................................................610 Elper Alutol S.L. (Aluminium fabrications).................639 FS Fabrications …..............…………..627 167167 / 671 Iron Art, Antas ...............................................…..…..637 Metalbox (Albox) .......................................................950 P & D Metals ............................................................638 Speedy Fit Security Grilles ....................................600 The Metal Works ................................950 930520 / 638

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MORTGAGE SERVICES

MOBILE HOMES & CARAVANS

Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera)

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478617 Delbelle …………….................................................…693 796937 687251 Joanne (personal care / physio assistance) ............617 862160 033903 NightinGails .........................................693 769079 / 617 862160 554984

MOSQUITO BLINDS see Fly Screens MOTORCYCLE & QUAD SALES & REPAIRS

OFFICE SUPPLIES & STATIONERY

Oficenter (Mojácar Playa) ……………..................……950 615327

OPTICIANS

Federopticos (Aguilas) …….........................................968 414468 D Perez Motor (Antas) ...............................................950 069022 Federopticas Diaz (Albox) ...........................................950 121122 Harley Dees ………….........................678 899026 / 600 685550 MultiOpticas ...........(Mojácar) 950 472285 (Garrucha) 950 460665 Indalo Quads (Mojácar) .......................617 637359 / 950 450343 ................................................................(Carboneras) 950 130707 Montoya Motos (Garrucha) …...............................…..950 133033 Nafta Custom (Antas) ………...............950 619293 / 615 938352

NAUTICAL see BOATS NURSING see also Home Carers Almería Angels ..........................................................902 026468 ATS District Nurse ……………...................................662 277845 Care Fusion ..............................................................674 509382 CEIBA 2009 (Turre) …………........................……… 950 479289 CostaCare Services .....................................................674 509789

Natural Optics (Garrucha) ............................................950 133921 Óptica Albox …………….......................................…..950 121991 Optica Mahis (Vera) ………...................................…..950 390777 Optica Orbera (Huércal Overa) ....................................950 135596 Opticalia M&G (Albox) ................................................950 121084 Primera Opticos (Aguilas) .........................................968 493482 Salas (Huércal Overa) ................................................950 135081 + Visión (Aguilas) …....................................................968 414279 Villazar (Mojácar Playa) …....................................….950 472783

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

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PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES See Screened Patio & Pool Enclosures

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

PETS

PAINTING & DECORATING 365 Painting Services...............................................627 292601 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Achim Lob ................................................................678 997361 A.J. Painting & Decorating .......................................687 024884 Alan Barker ....................................................950 450174 / 600 2681766 Antonio Perez (Mojácar) ………........................…….691 240495 Berben ......................................................................658 087966 Borders Painting ………..........................................…687 661807 Cabrera Painting and Decoration Works ...................637 524709 Casanove Interiors ......................................................680 836166 Darpa S.L. ..................................................................691 055726 Day’s Painting Services ..............................................634 365553 Eurodec ……..........................................................…667 238273 Euro Painters Spain …………….......................………677 557190 Futura España ..........................................................950 615338 JPM ...........................................................................627 090422 Metalwork Painting ………………………699 246932 / 659 185039 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Paint Magic ..............................................................617 904774

Animals at Home (Cantoria) …...........................…….608 543866 Arc Angel Services (Pet Minding) ….….950 469655 / 634 325185 Berben petsitting (Velez Rubio) ...................................658 087966 Dog & Cat Sitter Service ………………….950 067943 / 676 389592 Horse & Dog sitting …………..............................……607 554984 InterZoo (Vera) .......................................................950 390075 LittleZoo (Bird Sales) …….....................…………………647 379795 Madera Mania (Los Gallardos) ….................……….667 562872 Pet Mates Pet transportation ...................................950 168508 Pets R Us (Las Buganvillas) ....................................950 133560 Pet Sitting in Your Home …………...........................…….637 061482 Rovers Return (Courier Service) ………....................617 588547 Tomasin (Aguilas) ……..............................................968 413972 Union Jack (Pet Transportation) ...........………………….902 109560 White Van Man Pet Transport ....................................634 779231

PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES 20seven photography ................................................633 773563 Almería-Fotografía .....................................................663 627942 Chincheto (Mojácar) ....................................................687 489182 DesignaMagik (Albox) ........................950 121108 / 637 014212 Indigo Photography ...................................................637 974793 I-Spy360 Virtual Tours ......................950 137177 / 680 272822 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 262100 Omar De La Cruz ………..........………950 460213 / 609 284852 Paul Paddison .........................................................654 045911 Toros Bravos ............................................................607 117174 Rod Westwood ………........................950 472321 / 609 611207 Fotomicar (Lyle Mallen) .............................................620 786914 The Image Suite …….............................…........................647 918 848

PHYSIOTHERAPY Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) ......................................695 355381 Ignacio López de la Fuente (Mojácar) ......................627 244730 Jackie Miles Kirby, Remedial Therapist ..................634 331798 Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ...........950 431463 / 657 516247 Remedio clinic (Mojacar) ....................950 472980 / 617 741564

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

PICTURE FRAMING Frame-it-Rite (La Alfoquía) ................950 064527 / 680 223094 Paul ...........................................................................649 186107 Peter Dowling ............................................................647 587846

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PIZZERIAS Blanco Rossi (Mojácar Playa) ...................................950 472682 Bocapizza (Albox) ......................................................950 120506 Cafetería Levante (Mojácar) .....................................950 615224 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ………...........................645 414793 Centro Plaza (Palomares) …...............................…..950 618614 Chili (Turre) ................................................. ...........950 468425 El Ángel (Mojácar Playa) .......................950 478343 / 607 537101 El Gaucho (Mojácar Playa) .........................................950 478846 El Naranjo (Los Gallardos) …................................……950 398799 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ...........................950 472995 / 634 899515 Felipe San Bernabé …............................……………….950 475966 Góndola (Garrucha) .....................................................950 133928 Imperial (Mojácar Playa) (See front cover)................….950 478098 La Muralla (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 472928 Napoli (Mojácar Pueblo) ...............................................950 472976 Ottocento (Mojácar Playa) ............................................950 615100 Pizzeria Gallo (Aguilas) ….............................................968 447862 Pizzeria D'Angelo (Mojácar) ............................................950 478517 Pizzeria El Desvío (Turre) .............................................607 804488 Pizzeria Portofino (Mojácar) .........................................950 472809 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz (Turre) ….............…….950 479646 Pizzería Quick (Garrucha) .............................................950 132305 Provenzal (Mojácar Playa) ..........................................950 478308 Pulcinella (Mojácar Pueblo) ……...................................950 478401 Samz (Los Gallardos) ..................................................950 398981

Cosy Casa Plumbing (Albox) ……............................950 425049 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Francisco Montoya (Mojacar) …............………………..687 466352 Knowles & Abbott …….........................950 137197 / 606 807797 Smith Plumbing S.L. ..................................................950 468041 Vida Desierto Plumbing .......................610 867029 / 950 462449

PLUMBING, HEATING & SOLAR SUPPLIES El Almacen del Instalador (El Real) (See back cover)..950 459306

POOL COVERS Coverbox (Albox) …….................................................615 992007 Enclose My Pool ..................................673 414362 / 670 510097

PLASTERERS David Pritchard Construcciones .................................617 698418 Paul Morrison ......................…………….634 327201 / 661 129028

PLUMBERS 24hr Casaserve ..............................................950 466438 / 676 3062699 365 Plumbing Services .............................................627 292601 A-Z Plumbing & Heating …………..….616 888058 / 662 342669 ACS Multi Services (Vera)........................................950 467832 A1 Services ………...............................................…..697 631458 Hispavan pool covers ........................950 047033 / 687 845730 Alex Baker (Plumbing & Heating) .......652 779399 / 950 069441 Real Covers (Mojácar) ........................950 478763 / 609 667333 Andy (Mojácar) ........................................................697 302039

POOLS & POOL MAINTENANCE

Armadillo …..................................…950 528128 / 663 303350 Ashley Reliable Plumbing (Albox area)......................610 052407 Barry & Graham …................………........................620 112193 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Carlos (Saliente) Plumbing & Heating ..950 930900 / 968 969962

1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 365 Cleaning & Maintenance .....................................627 292601 Aguafer Piscinas S.L. ................................................950 617064 Aguagéstion Cantoria (Maintenance) ……….............653 078040 Aquazul Piscinas ….....................................................647 841750 D & J Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 Guardian Angels (Pool Cleaning) …...950 466396 / 600 470778 Heat My Pool ....................................950 528128 / 663 303350 HM Heating ................................................................652 970608 Hidro-Sport S.L. (Pebbletec) .................................…950 581407 Indalo Pools (Building) ............................................. 677 403397 IndalPool (Albox) …………...............................……..950 431859 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 Pedro Suarez S.L. .....................................................950 478786 Piscinas Miguel (Maintenance) .............950 478652 / 607 480865

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Pools & Piscinas (Cleaning - Bedar) ..........................637 915898 Pool Medics …………….................................……….634 353525 Proyectados Pool Sureste ............................................630 810299 Salvador (Pool Maintenance) ......................................696 426523 Sparkling Pools (Pool Cleaning) ….......................…….600 386437 Sundance Spas - Pool Maintenance S.L. ....................950 472845 Tanby Piscinas ............……….............950 468230 / 609 888549 The Property Shop Pool Maintenance …..................….950 475241 Triton Pool Maintenance (Bedar area) .......................666 103987 Tropicana Pools (Antas) .......................950 069288 / 650 906114 True Blue Pools & Spas ..............................................661 148998 Underwater Pool Services …….....................................628 662582 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Vida Desierto (See p.2)........................950 462449 / 610 867029 ACS Property Services (Vera).................................950 467832 Can I Help You (Vera) ………..................................691 662267 POSTAL SERVICES Can Connect (Albox) …….........................................950 121149 Domus Vivendi (Marina de la Torre, Mojácar) 950 133607 / 635 189986 Hire a Hubby …………........................950 436679 / 619 066022 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquia) ..............950 634388 / 627 635514 IDP Services …………................................................608 238775 Connexions (Turre) ..................................................950 479502 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 Forget-me-not (Las Buganvillas) ....................………..663 302740 J & J Property Care ....…….................950 452106 / 617 657414 Frankie’s Bar (Vera Playa) .........................................662 474861 Jasmine Construction C.B ..........................................659 185189 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ............................................950 390920 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Mojacar Estates ..........................................................950 478935 S.M.S. Building Maintenance ……………950 930536 / 634 306690 Vida Desierto (See p.2) .....................950 473183 / 610 867029

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS 2Be Property Solutions (Huércal Overa)..950 616516 / 616 562447 Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...................950 475199 / 629 673450 Almería Property Services .....................950 060135 / 660 734323 Almeria Rentals ................................ 650 764623 / 648 523073 Apartamentos Torrelaguna (Las Buganvillas) .............950 132580 Offex Spain ................................……..966 765950 / 661 386942 APT Lets (Valle del Este) …...............950 619227 / 626 578164 Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635 722290 Blaumar (Huercal Overa) .....................950 135512 / 670 869533 The Post Shop (Albox) ………..............950 064584 / 654 590258 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

PRINTING & GRAPHIC DESIGN A1 Cheapest Print ….....................................………622 493499 Arc Angel Services (Leaflets & Distribution) .950 469655 / 634 325185 Creative De Signs (La Alfoquía) ..............................687 620799 DesignaMagik (Albox) ........................950 121108 / 637 014212 Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 Impresiones Directas (Albox) ………………950 430291 / 647 647926 Freelance Designers Spain ............... 950 092291 / 627 817936 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ............................................950 390920 Multi Service Costa Almeria ..............950 069645 / 676 661155 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 262100 Portilla Graficas ................................ 950 591900 / 605 162709 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) ...............................950 133492 Racing Color S.L. (Antas) …................................…..950 459156 Sign Works (Baza)........................................................646 359837

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE 24hr Casaserve .....................................950 466438 / 676 306269 365 Maintenance Services ...........................................627 292601

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com KJ Property Maintenance (Albox /Arboleas) ............608 625675 KW Resorts Holiday Rentals ......................0034 (0)1293 863320 Loufa S.L.(Mojácar Pueblo) …..........................……..950 472773 Mojácar Estates ........................................................950 478935 Mojácar Holiday Services .................950 478832 / 670 650872 Mojacar Homes 2006 S.L. ...............................................950 478 000 Mojácar Long Term Rentals …........................………950 478383 Mojácar Property Maintenance & Decorators ………..649 304441 Netforce .............................................. 646 042729 / 667 799796 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) ................950 475800 / 607 146352 Noble Services ...................................................... 692 188200 Next Stop Almería ................................950 617518 / 678 034651 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) ............................950 478915

Rent Mojácar ............................................................950 615042

Blue Sea Villas (Mojácar) …………......................….950 Citrus Homes ...............................……......................638 Coastal Properties (Mojácar) ...................................950 Complete Holiday Care ....………........950 478612 / 610 Elite Property Services .............................................677 Exclusive Holiday Villas (See p.35)..634 389820 / 634 Holiday Home Europe .........................950 120210 / 654 Homes & Beyond .....................................................950 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 Indalo Real Estate .............................950 091137 / 616 Indasol Mojácar S.L. ..................……....................….950

478643 849254 475235 808631 146592 389831 590258 132458 026526 760409 472200

Rentmeahome (See p.5).......................950 930910 / 629 946085 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera) ...................................647 901478 Spanish Property Choice (Mojacar) ..... 950 475823 / 634 351562 Stoney's Property Services ………........671 896391 / 634 678651 Susana's Property Services ......................................649 759053 The Property Shop (Mojácar) ..................................950 475241 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827 Year Round Holiday Rentals .............950 619178 / 627 763052

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PROPERTY PROMOTERS Almanzora S.L. (Desert Springs) ...............................950 467104 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914 Elegant Homes Online S.L. ..................950 102332 / 687 629777 Elide Group S.L. …............….............950 390009 / 950 615076 El Pinar de Bédar ......................................................950 469496 GM Associates (Mojácar) ……….........……..............…950 475225 Key Mare (Vera)........................................................902 390090 Miramar (Marina Golf) ................................................950 397060 MSR Marketing Socios (Valle del Este) ....................950 132955 Multicasa Aguilas ......................................................968 493009 New Villas (Albox) ………………........………..............…950 121036 Nicla Property Consultancy S.L. .................................950 133508 Reliable Removals (Albox) .UK 0044 1942 418951 Spain 664 857920 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086 Speedlink Logistics (Garrucha) ...................................637 011686 Promobys …………….................................................950 618889 Sprinter Services (Vera Playa) .............605 376873 / 950 609121 St. George’s European …UK 0044 207 193 5984 / 952 485984 PROPERTY VALUATIONS Union Jack Removals (International) ….......………….902 109560 Philip Chesler (Chartered Valuer) …................………687 814369 Swift Transport (Arboleas) ........................................618 511234 The Attic (House Clearance) …….….672 184354 / 648 250699 QUAD BIKES see Motorcycles

RESTAURANTS

RADIO STATIONS BayRadio (89.0 & 91.5)........................950 479090 / 699 346877 Cadena Ser Levante (Spanish, local and national) ....950 615006 Onda Aguilas (100.1) ….............................................968 447864 Plusfm ……….................................….609 818283 / 617 528121 Smooth FM online ...............................627 767254 / 634 357868 Spectrum FM (90.8) ..................….............................950 615142 Valle Radio (98.8 inland & 89.6 coast) ........................950 633167

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

Aguilas

Carlos III ..................................................................968 411650 El Faro .....................................................................968 412883 El Guacamole (Mexican) ...........................................968 413491 REFRIGERATION Hotel El Paso ...........................................................968 447125 MD Air Conditioning & Refrigeration SL .607 364917 / 607 366040 La Calica (Hotel Cala Real) .....................................968 414562 Thermotech …………….....................…950 069637 / 699 856372 La Vía ........................................................................646 430496 Piccolo Mondo ............................................................968 411946 REMOVALS & STORAGE

Albox

See also Van & Man Hire A2B Removals (Spain/UK) …...........................……..634 249787 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ……...........…………..600 225 929 Countdown Removals (UK/Spain/UK) ..................…678 855994 Dave’s Transport (International / Local)....................620 049524 De Lima’s (Mojácar Playa)..................600 344565 / 647 006183 English Move (Tony) ….............................................699 819213 J & B Removals (Albox) …......…………625 692273 / 616 888058 James & Son Removals, Storage & Pet Transportation .651 519307 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas) .............................950 391412 Moves2Spain (Antas) ..........................950 452869 / 661 969393 Orange Box ...........................................................610 887757

Bistro Rojo ..............................................................634 Club de Tenis …….....................................…………..667 El Gallego ...........................................950 120590 / 615 La Cena ……........................................……………….950 La Parrilla ................................................................950 Mesón de Irene ………........................647 730103 / 950 The New Delhi (Indian) ……...........….950 431705 / 639

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Antas Asador Gloria …..............................…...950 453150 / 625 668613 Cortijo Carlotta ......................................950 619226 / 638 549646 El Fogon, Asador Argentino ........................................950 459081

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Mi Casa .................................................950 453007 / 950 453048 Restaurante Andalucia ..............................................950 460604 Restaurante Azul, Hotel Tikar ...................................950 617131 Arboleas El Mirador …………….............................................…678 Happy Garden .........................................................950 Hostal Meson ………..........................950 430137 / 635 Hotel Rural Azabache ............................................690

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Bédar El Elpalme …………...........................................…..950 469569 La Fuente .................................................................950 469185 Miramar .....................................................................950 469308

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

Cortijo Grande

Rincón del Puerto …….......................950 133042 / 950 133043 Casa Los Pinos ……......................…..950 468236 / 619 136877 Zak’s Plaice Fish & Chips ..............................……….950 133193

Cucador

La Alfoquía

La Vida

……….................................….........……….950 634562 Beccy’s Bar La Unión .................................................950 634533 Desert Springs Resort El Local ……………….............................................….633 684855 El Chiringuito Pool Bar ………................................…678 746706 Los Mellízos …………................................……………667 919025 El Torrente Restaurant …....................................……637 861590 Las Alparatas The Crocodile Club ...................................................678 746706 La Capilla .................................................................950 479305

El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin)

La Montaña ................................................................670 589788

El Marchal El Paniajo ................................................................950 477202

El Pinar

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

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

Bar El Pinar …….......................................................950 469036

Los Castaños

Garrucha

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

Angus & Hereford .....................................................950 Casa Adriana ...........................................................950 Góndola ....................................................................950 La Diligencia 1880 …...............………..950 460949 / 627 La Plazoleta ……….........................................…….666

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Los Gallardos Apolo ……...................................................…………..600 La Cumbre ...................................... 950 888126 / 629 Meson Verfran ..............................................………637 Miraflores ...........................................679 970399 / 609

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Lucainena de Las Torres

Mojácar See also Mojácar Pueblo Al Punto (Brazilian) ..................................................950 Arriba ...............................................950 615591 / 634 Asador Ayerbe ..........................................................950 Azeefa (Indian) ...................................950 109758 / 660 Badgers ...................................................................950

475899 347256 472951 173987 478525

Bay Bistro ...................................................................950 450199 Beachcomber …..................................................…..950 473099 Brisa ….....................................................................950 615067 Blue Lagoon ........................................................…..600 829518 Burladero ...................................................................950 615041 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ………...........................645 414793 Cantina Don Pancho ................................................950 472543 Casa Egea .................................................................950 472190 Casablanca ...............................................................950 472474 Cowboy Cocina ..........................................................950 472924 Delfín Dorado......................................950 475212 / 645 220095 El Albir .....................................................................670 500843 El Barrio Libre .............................................................950 475739 El Gaucho ................................................................950 478846

Eudoxia (Greek) ……….................................………. 663 314445 Felipe San Bernabé ….......................……………….950 475966 Imperial (Italian) (See front cover)............................950 478098 Isabel .........................................................................950 475941 Karma (Indian) (See back cover)..........950 615231 / 600 483614 La Bola .......................................................................950 478408 La Cabaña ................................................................950 615179 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478941 La Gaviota ……………...............................................950 472117

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Restaurante Mamabel's ....................... 663 700542 / 950 472448 Rincón de Embrujo …....................…………………….600 531270 Rincon de Zahorí ................................630 314400 / 625 103672

Palomares Oasis Bar & Restaurant ...............................................950 888476

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

Pulpí El Saloon .....................................................................665 731798

Pueblo Laguna Dalí ............................................................................950 132345 La Mar Salada ........................................................950 472181 La Parata (See p.7)..............................................…950 478186 La Peseta …………......................................…………950 472292 Meson Mémé …........…………………..674 141159 / 647 954405 Le Comptoir de la Crêpe ...........................................950 472942 l'incanto (Italian) .......................................................950 472224 Mandala Beach Club ................................................950 437131 Meson de Perico ....................................................950 615582 Mountains of the Moon (Indian) ..............................950 472002 Mojo’s ..............................................950 615230 / 667 959413 Neptuno Beach Club (Mojácar) (See p.11).............…616 005387 Omega ........................................................................950 475317 Ostería Ristorante Italiano ........................................950 615151 Ottocento (Italian).......................................................950 615100 Palacio Imperial Marina (Thai, Japanese, Chinese) ...950 472208 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250 Playa Blanca ..............................................................950 473001 Posada del Candil, Hostal La Parata .....950 472670 / 637 733272 Ramo del Limón ......................................................950 472659 Restaurante Mediterráneo .........................................950 472268 Sal Marina ...............................................................950 472405 The Kimrick .................................................................950 475198

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

Santopetar El Molino ....................................................................950 930179

Turre Chili .................................................608 802227 / 950 Greg & Co ..............................................................950 Hostal Rural .............................................................950 La Estancia (Argentinean) ….............654 562449 / 695 La Pará …………………….................................…….637 Meson del Pobre ......................................................950 Pizzeria El Desvío (Turre) ........................................607

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Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz ……....................…..950 479646 Taberna Alcatifa .........................................................950 479188 Taj (Indian) ..................................................................950 479607

Urcal The Palms ………….................................................678 832036

Vera Carmona ...................................................................950 390760 Casa de la Vega ......................................................950 391208 Cortijo Albari ..............................................................950 391706 Gran Muralla (Wok Buffet) ..........................................950 391691

Torre Bahía ...............................................................950 478651 Vera Playa Viva .........................................................................637 270594 El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 La Buena Mesa ……………................950 467222 / 610 356387 Mojácar Pueblo Arlequíno ..........................................950 478037 / 649 337781 La Pampa (Argentinean Grill) ……….950 397702 / 671 653116 Casa Minguito ………...............................................950 478614 Lua (Italian) ...............................................................950 478202 El Ángel ..........................................950 478343 / 607 537101 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682 El Antler ……....................................................……600 540661 Villaricos El Reclamo …….......................................................950 472881 El Mar La Mar ............................................................950 467030 Napoli (Italian) ..........................................................950 472976 La Esperanza ............................................................625 737025 Pulcinella (Italian) ......................................................950 478401 Los Angeles ..............................................................699 010705 Restaurante Aires del Sur ....................606 061811 / 950 478014 Don Tadeo ..................................................................670 860386

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Albox Rugs (Albox) ...........................607 375697 / 950 633149 P & R Direct Rugs (Antas, El Real)...........................665 258680

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

SATELLITE TV ABC (A Better Climate) ........................647 247494 / 950 618893

RETIREMENT HOMES Pia Assisted Living .............................664 804357 / 950 468176

RETRACTABLE ROOF SYSTEMS Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. …....950 459060 / 649 482677

ROOFING Alan ……...........................................….950 450347 / 600 268176 Gary Lloyd .................................................................647 006172

RUGS & CARPETS

ACS Multi Services (Vera)........................................950 467832 Cuevasat ...........................................950 523740 / 628 153340 dmatch digital services SL (See p.17) 950 472947 / 670 084438 Europa-digital ....................................950 133233 / 678 332815 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 Skystars (Albox) ......... .......................687 042335 / 667 366797 Solo Satellite & Air Conditioning ........950 528334 / 699 909737

SCREENED PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES Enclose My Pool ...............................673 411362 / 670 Inside Out In Europe S.L. ………......677 114576 / 695 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. …….950 459060 / 649 Screenmasters .........................……..680 777789 / 677

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com The Patio People ………….......................................610 345011 Ecocorp (See p.3)........................................................671 716597 Uk Pool Enclosures ……...............……671 208847 / 677 351324 HM Heating ................................................................652 970608 Hi-Tec Solar (Turre) ............................609 888549 / 950 468230 SCUBA DIVING Hispavan Solar ..................................950 047033 / 687 845730 Buceo (Aguilas) ……………......................................968 493215 Solartech (Las Buganvillas) …..............................….950 139568 Buceo Mojácar ..................................950 472760 / 629 049229 Spanish Solar ….........................……950 069640 / 649 259305 Molasub (Villaricos) ............................950 467572 / 675 321404 Sunergy Almeria ........................................................636 261240 SES (Aguilas) ………..................................................669 040963 SOLICITORS AG-2 Asesores / Silvia Muñoz (Vera) …...............…..950 133617 SECOND HAND Anne’s Treasure Trove (Turre) ..................................950 930462 Alonso & Garrido (Albox) ...........................................950 121040 De Lima’s Quality Used Furniture (Mojácar Playa)....600 344565 Designer Thrift (Albox) ...........................................950 064576 Second Hand Furniture (Mojácar Playa) …………….600 268176 Second Time Around (Albox) .......................................950 431871 Selecciones (Turre) .........................................................634 347295 The Fundraiser (Turre) .............................................664 620288

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

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SEWING Aldana (Dressmaking/Alterations) …..........………….658 588439 Alice .........................................................................666 617037 Bewitching Stitching (Arboleas Area) ……..............…666 056788 Coser y Planchar (Zoco Centre, Mojácar Playa) ….680 163780 J.F.M. Modas Sedal (Turre) ..............950 468031 / 606 945502 House of James (Zurgena) .....................................649 503875 North East South West .....................950 069665 / 671 273335 Sewing Problems ......................................................950 479278 Shandmade (knit & sew to order) .................................630 833873 Solo Style .............................................950 528334 / 626 319907

SHOPPING CENTRES Centro Mediterráneo (Almería) ..................................950 144287 Gran Plaza (Roquetas de Mar) ..................................950 328732

SIGNS (Shop & Vehicle) Creative De Signs (La Alfoquía) ..............................687 620799 Grafitec Signs ………................................................687 953722 Ian (Hand Painted) …………….....................………..634 313796 Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 Portilla Graficas .......................................................605 162709 Wrap It Up .................................................................679 695999

SKIN TREATMENTS

Francesca Herman (See p.7)....….......................….687 480694

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

SOLAR ENERGY See also Alternative Energy

d match digital services (See p.17) ............................950 472947

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Alonso & Haro (Vera) ..............................................950 392208 AM & RG (Mojácar) ………….............950 478984 / 649 286437 AVSA Lawyers (Aguilas) ..........................................968 446576 Babelia (Mojácar Playa) ………................................950 473046 C & P Solicitors (Mojácar) ……………950 460731 / 675 383 160 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) .................................950 134434 Davies Solicitors (Mojácar) ........................................950 472775 Domus Vivendi (Marina de la Torre, Mojácar) 950 133607 / 635 189986 Euro Abogados (Las Buganvillas) ..............................950 617017 Javier Loustau (Mojácar) .........................................950 475086 José Francisco López Molina ...............950 133607 / 635 189986 Miguel Angel Rojas Benitez .......................................950 615404 Mundi Abogados (Las Buganvillas) ........................950 460999 Ross Legal Services (Aguilas) .................................968 412321 Ruiz Orozco (Vera) ..................................................950 390282 Saugar Abogados (Mojácar) ......................................950 615038

STONEMASON The Stonemason - Ben Blake …….......................….652 294131

SURVEYORS Property Inspection Report (D. González) .686 846624 / 950 393530 Sapphire Surveyors ………...................950 064725 / 671 208782

SWEET SHOPS Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas)..............................663 302740 La Vida Dulce Sweet shop (Albox) .........................671 851135 M ‘n M Olde English Sweetshop (Markets) ...............634 315534

TAKEAWAYS See also Chinese Restaurants, Fish & Chips & Pizzerias

Azeefa (Indian, Mojácar Playa) .............950 109758 / 660 173987 Cornish Pride (Albox) …....................................………666 618933 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 472995 / 634 899515 SPAS Karma (Indian, Mojácar Playa) ...................................950 475788 Hispavan Caldera Spas ....................950 047033 / 687 845730 Taj (Indian, Turre) ........................................................950 479607 Sundance Spas (Mojácar) .........................................950 472845 Zak’s Plaice Fish & Chips (Garrucha) …...............…..950 133193

TATTOO ARTISTS Oscar (Mojácar Pueblo) …................................…….629 944374 Tattoo Borneo (Mojácar) ……..............................…605 611782

TAXIS (Legal) Levante Area Taxis (Mojácar, Turre, Los Gallardos, Bédar, Garrucha, Vera, Cuevas, Antas) ............................................950 226161

TELECOMMUNICATIONS Albox-Online ………..............................…………….950 091111 AlmeriNet-Cheap Calls .........................950 479517 / 627 027758 Euphony Mojacar .........................................................677 146592 Terrapilar (Antas, ElReal) ...........................................950 459100 Connexions (Turre) ..................................................950 479502 Indalphone ...............................(Mojácar) 950 475784 / 622 455 608 SPA SERVICING & CLEANING Indalphone ...........................................(Huércal-Overa) 950 471470 True Blue Pools & Spas ..........................................661 148998

SPORTS & REMEDIAL MASSAGE Debbie James ..........................................................687 619239 Ray Daniel ……...................………...........................617 741564

STAINED GLASS Janet Broady ….............................…..950 130627 / 628 809027 Keith ……………….................................................…..625 167081

STATIONERY SHOPS Oficenter (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................950 615327

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 La Tienda (Los Gallardos) ........................................950 398896 MaxiMovil – Plus S.L. Orange ................................950 393538 Next ..........................................................................950 479369 Servcom (Turre) ........................................................902 023268 Telitec Connections S.L. ..............……902 889070 / 965 743473 WiFi Internet .............................................................950 615156

TILING & PATIO WORK 1 Stop Paving (Albox) ………................................…634 313939 365 Tiling Services.....................................................627 292601 A1 Services ………...............................................…..697 631458 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 A.J.B. Tiling Services ...............................................687 024884 Alan the Builder .......................................950 450174 / 600 268176 Andalucian Con Co Print .........................................628 408197 Arboleas Paving ……………...............................…….636 092632 David Hockley .....................................950 472293 / 610 239584 Garden Works .....................................950 133755 / 666 847583 Mick Cox ....................................................................677 403397 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ......618 920126 / 686 377172 Steve Holman .......................................................... 697 678708 Vida Desierto (See p.2)...................…950 462449 / 610 867029 Vision Design & Build ...............................................672 153298

TIMBER SUPPLIERS

Gemma (Spanish classes) ....................................600 804248 Girasol, Albox (Spanish) ..........................................639 089170 Guillermo (Spanish conversation, Antas)...................647 525639 Guitar Lessons ………….....................................…..667 989270 Guitar Lessons (Chris Pottle) ................................950 437606 Guitar, Bass, Music Theory Tuition (Almanzora area) 681 286291 Jane Catchlove (Piano/keyboards/violin A.R.C.M) ...950 634402 Jose (Spanish Lessons) ..........................................667 303376 Kinder Garrucha (Bilingual Education Centre)..950 047026 / 671 608519 La Galeria Art Classes (Albox) …..............................663 341904 Laberinto (Spanish, English, French, Dutch) .............609 781438 Leticia (Spanish Conversation) ……......................…950 615566 Marcela Chávez (Spanish-English school support)....676 951352 Native Spanish Teacher (All levels) ………………….670 619017 Native Spanish Tuition ..............................................661 654812 Penny Baltrus (Piano) ...............................................662 517106 Piano (Mojácar) …………............……950 069803 / 667 408941 Piano tuition. Terry Peace (Limaria/Albox.) ...............868 931815 Professional Writing Services …..........………………..662 067490 Sam Catchlove (Professional drum/latin percussion) ..950 634402 Sarah Dyson (Computer tuition) …....................……687 632435 Singing Lessons (Garrucha area) .......950 460511 / 667 275614 Tennis Coach (Diego Rodriguez) ........950 393851 / 607 021280 The I.T.Teacher (Computer Tuition)...............................695 280699 Urmila’s Blogging Circle (Mojácar) .........................618 211968 Wind Instruments .....................................................659 022604

Wood2Go ..............................................950 614050 / 606 156151

TV & AUDIO REPAIRS

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Ponce S.L. (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617181 Almería Castle ………............................................…950 271617 Seth Pittham (Zurgena).......................950 449208 / 666 826886 Almería Solar Centre ( Nr.Tabernas) ....950 387990 / 670 866122 UNIFORMS Aquarium (Roquetas de Mar) ...................................950 160036 Tikka Uniforms & Shoes (Mojácar) …..........................950 472662 Camelus (Mojácar Camel Rides) ………663 930272 / 950 100076 Uniformes de Levante (Los Gallardos & Vera) ..........902 110218 Fort Bravo – Western theme park (Tabernas) .....….950 165405 UPHOLSTERY Oasys Western Park & Zoo (Tabernas) ….............….950 365236 Albox Rugs (upholstery cleaning) .............................950 633149 Tanks in Spain (tank trips) ..............950 527003 / 663 758113 Water Park (Vera Playa) …...................................…..902 361294 Almeria Upholstery Cleaning ...............950 064 599 / 634 320990 Curtains with Style (Fabrics) ............ 950 069032 / 678 811125 Western Leone Theme park (Tabernas) …............…950 165405 Suite Dreams (Upholstery Cleaning) .....950 069385 / 697 990315 TRANSLATING see Interpreters Unicraft (Upholstery) .................................................692 176069

TRAVEL Autocares Rodriguez (Coaches) …………................950 Halcón Viajes (Vera) ................................................950 Ferri Tours (Mojácar) .................................................950 Mojácar Tours (Mojácar Playa) ..........................…..950 Thomas Cook Holidays (Roquetas) ...........................950 Viajes Yedra Tours (Aguilas) ...................................968 Viajes Zafiro Tours (Aguilas) ....................................968 Zafiro Tours (Albox) ………..................................……950

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TUITION Alpha Spanish Tuition .......................950 133508 / 627 Computer Training & Tuition Call Out (Dani) ...........678 Dave Eccles (Drum lessons) ..............950 525790 / 687 ELC Education & Language Centre .........................950 English language tuition …….....................................666 Espanglish .........................................950 390037 / 950

670255 490639 VAN & MAN HIRE 033106 See also Removals & Storage 615489 249197 A-A Cargo …………...........................950 064778 / 634 337185 392876 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ……...........…………..600 225 929

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com IDP Services ……........................................................608 238775 Justin ……….........................................................….627 907207 Way 2 Go (UK/Spain) ……UK 0044 208 0904292 / 965 794682 White Van Man (Paul) ...............................................634 779231

VEHICLE IMPORTATION Arboleas Car Centre S.L. ...................672 755532 / 672 Fernando ................................................................. 677 Help with Papers (Mojacar) ......................................634 Hispavan vehicle importation ..............950 047033 / 687 Talleres Daydo (Antas Real) ….……….950 459116 / 607

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

755522 549247 369399 845730 373298 Talleres Azor ..(Mojácar) 950 478519 ..............(Vera) 950 755522 439671 Talleres Fad (Aguilas) …...........................................968 324624 Talleres Vizcaino (Mojácar) ........................................950 459209 Tyre King (El Real) ................................................950

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Euromaster (Tyres) ...................................................950 459295 Mojácar Motors (Workshop) ……..............................950 478335 Ralf Motors Levante SL ...............................................950 393776 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Steve Kelly (Auto Electrician) Mojácar …..........……..607 373324 Taller Daydo (El Real) .........................950 459116 / 607 373298

VEHICLE REPAIRS (MOBILE) Adam .........................................................................693 Albox Service Centre S.L. …....................................662 Auto Frio .............................................950 104488 / 600 Cool Air (Air Conditioning) .................950 472432 / 673 DB Autos (Kyle) ……………...............................…….678

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Mike's Mobile Mechanics ….........…….628 350178 / 636 824974 Divine Logix ...........................................................617 401332 Mobile Tyre Service ..................................................672 798173 EyeOut.net ............................................................. 950 460814 Rod's Autos ………..............................950 069480 / 678 955607 I.b.Limaria Website Construction ..........................868 931815 Image Suite ………........................................................647 918 848 VEHICLE SALES Limon-group .......................................868 931841 / 659 306519 Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….950 069198 / 667 439671 MODS ........................................................................600 284975 Automobiles Bajuma S.L. (Antas) .............................662 167758 Multi Service Costa Almeria ..............950 069645 / 676 661155 Automobiles Playcar SLU ...................950 459302 / 672 737663 Paginasweb .......................................902 005799 / 911 011505 CostaCoches (Antas, El Real).....................................950 459209 Red Y Web .................................................................661 463834 Kia Motors (Vera) Stuart Campbell ….................…..667 549649 Sicbero Computer, Website & Networking Serv. 950 467020 / 693 631103 Mojácar Motors ...950 472056 ................(Workshop) 950 478335 WebIndalo .................................................................648 514323 Nissan (Albox) ………..................................................950 430856 WEDDING & PARTY PLANNING Pit Stop (Oria) ……………....................................…..950 124828 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Weddings in Spain .....................................................950 475826 Taller DAYDO (Antas) …...............……950 459116 / 607 373298 WEIGHT LOSS Talleres Azor ...............(Mojácar) 950 478519 (Vera) 950 391400

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

Clearview Window Cleaning ...................................636 092632 J&A Window Cleaning Services ..........950 122452 / 689 548824 Astrid (Mojácar) ..............950 472252 Emergencies: 629 099920 James & Craig ......................................634 351052 / 652 294104 Portilla Window Cleaning ..........................................605 162709 Mick ...........................................................................634 327075 Teresa Jimenéz …………….............................……..636 119538 Woody the Window Cleaner (Almanzora Valley) .......634 349665.

VETS

WINDOW TINTING Pro Sun Solutions ......................................................679 695999

WINDOWS & DOORS

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

Advanced Window Solutions ....................................610 Alan Barker ........................................950 450174 / 600 Andalucian Glass C.B. ........................630 231644 / 636 Direct Trade Windows ............................................. 662

WALL CERAMICS Simply Art (Albox) ..................................................... 662 443095

WASHING MACHINE REPAIRS Rod Bridges ………...............................950 473035 / 687 261280

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

WATER TREATMENTS Ashley Reliable Plumbing ………..........................…..610 052407 JF Supplies Albox ………...............….950 064315 / 660 350246 Water Filters ……................................................…….600 063303

WEB DESIGN A1 Web Design ………..........................................….622 493499 Cuantiva Mobile Web Design & SEO 950 472662 / 664 704008

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Free directory entries. Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Elper Alutol S.L. .........................................................639 212220 Interglaze ……..............................….950 121909 / 680 743311 Mojácar Windows & Doors S.L. ..........950 473104 / 669 143036 Ortega Windows & Doors .......................................950 090625 Planet Windows …...............................950 449639 / 664 327863 Plas-Tech Windows ...................................................600 320761 Speedyfit (See p.4)..................................950 439228 / 600 006032 Standard Windows (Antas) ........................................950 393121

WINDSCREENS Guardian Express ….......................................……..902 111555 Pro Sun Solutions ....................................................679 695999

WINES Bodegas Fuente Victoria (Mojácar outlet) ................ 950 Bodega Gran Baco (Aguilas) .............................…..968 Enoteca Tikar (Garrucha) ……...........................….950 Isalva (Palomares) ………..........................................615

Valley Wines and Beer ..........................................662 153834 478786 WOODBURNING STOVES 411538 Chimeneas Acar (Albox) ...........................................950 120077 617131 ZOO & PARK 265092 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 Mojácar (Funeraria Pérez) .......................950 478102 Coast Guard .........................900 202 202 HOSPITALS CREA (Centre for wild animal/bird rescue) .670 944592 Huércal-Overa, Hospital La Inmaculada..................................................950 029000 AIRPORTS Almería ..................................................................950 213700 Almería Torrecárdenas............................................950 016000 Alicante ...................................................................966 919000 Almería,Virgen del Mar (Private).....................950 217100 San Javier, Murcia ............................................968 172000 Virgen del Mar Emergencies:............................950 217240 LOCAL POLICE BRITISH EMBASSY Madrid ..................................................................917 146300 Albox ...............................................................................950 121080 Carboneras .................................................................950 136136 BRITISH CONSULATE Cuevas del Almanzora ................................................950 548700 Enquiries, lost passports, etc, all areas, 24hrs Garrucha ............................................................................950 460002 ......................................................................................................902 109 356 Huércal-Overa ..............................................................950 470585 Passport application enquiries (Premium rate call) Mojácar ...........................................................................950 472000 ...........................................................................................807 444946 Pulpi ……………......................................................................950 465049 Vera .................................................................................950 390010 CREDITCARD HOTLINES American Express ............................................902 375637 TOWN HALLS 4B (Visa, Mastercard) .....................................913 626200 Albox ....................................................................................950 120908 Diners Club ......................................................901 101011 Antas ............................................................................950 619015 Red 6000 ...............................................................915 965335 Servired (Visa Mastercard) ..........................902 192100 Arboleas .............................................................................950 449430 Cuevas del Almanzora .................................................950 456488 Los Gallardos ....................................................................950 469000 ELECTRICITY Sevillana Endesa Enquiries: ........................902 509509 Garrucha ...............................................................................950 460058 Breakdowns:....................902 516516 Huércal-Overa ...............................................................950 134900 Mojácar ...........................................................................950 615009 WATER Turre ..................................................................................950 479011 Galasa Enquiries: ............................................950 391200 Vera .....................................................................................950 393016 Breakdowns: .........................................902 355575 Gestagua (Albox) ...............................................950 120649 TELEPHONE (Telefonica) Normal Operator ..................................................................1004 GAS Faults Operator ....................................................................1002 Repsol (Red bottles) Leaks .......................901 121212 International Operator ......................................................11825 Repsol, information ..........................................901 100100 Speaking Clock .........................................................................093 ITV (Spanish M.O.T. Centres) TAXIS See Directory pages Vera, Albox, Veléz Rubio Central number ……………...............................902 575757 FLIGHT WEBSITES www.thomson.co.uk Mojácar Town Hall Beach Office www.britishairways.com Marina de La Torre, Mon-Fri 9 - 2pm www.easyjet.com Tourist and Town Hall enquiries ..................950 109845 www.firstchoice.co.uk www.aerlingus.com TRAINS www.flymonarch.com Renfe www.horarios.renfe.es ……..........…….902 240202 www.ryanair.com

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What’s On Concerts “O Sister” & Clasijazz Big Band perform on March 31st at 7pm, Auditorio Municipal Maestro Padilla, Almería city, tickets 10 euros. Antonio Orozco is an internationally famous Spanish singer who won a Latin “Grammy”award in 2012. He is in concert on March 23rd at 9pm, Villa de Huércal-Overa Theatre, HuércalOvera. Tickets 28 euros. Antonio Orozco

The “Dreambeach Villaricos” festival, very similar to the previous “Creamfields” events. comes to Villaricos on August 9th-10th. The lead group is “The Prodigy”, their only concert in Spain in 2013, followed by “Feed Me, Foreign Beggars, Josh Wink” and “Noisia” amongst 20 performers. Tickets are now on sale at www.dreambeach.es, priced at 35 euros for the first 2,000 tickets booked before March 20th. “VIP” tickets are also available and there will be a large campsite set up. Julio Iglesias finishes his Spanish tour at Roquetas bullring on July 13th. “Golden VIP” tickets cost 295 euros, with other front of stage tickets at 150,120 & 85 euros. Standing area tickets are 50 & 80 euros, and 150 in the balcony seats. Some websites show much more expensive seats. Official ticket outlets are a variety of places in Roquetas, “El Corte Inglés” stores and online and www.ticketmaster.es. He is also at Alicante on July 6th. Send details of your events to almeriafocus@gmail.com or call 670 84 92 65

The Almería Philharmonic Orchestra are hosting a cycle of classical music with international artists to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The violin, cello and piano trio ‘Trío Romántico de Violín’ perform on March 15th at 8pm, tickets 10 euros, at the new Auditorio de la Escuela Municipal de Música y Artes de Almería (EMMA), Almería city Rambla Obispo Orberá, 23.

Estrella Morente, a famous flamenco per former from Granada performs “Autorretrato” from her 4th album on March 9th at 9pm at Auditorio Municipal Maestro Padilla, Almería city. Tickets are 25 & 30 euros.

All tickets for concerts in Almería city are available from La Taquilla Municipal (Box office) at the Teatro Apolo, Monday to Friday 10.30am-1.30pm and 6pm-8pm. S a t u r d ay s 11 a m - 1 p m . o r www.ticketmaster.es

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“Sweet Charity” perform a “Champagne Showtime” a songs from the musicals concert on Saturday March 9th & Tuesday March 12th at the Miraflores Ballroom, Camping Los Gallardos, 6.30pm for 7.15pm start. Tickets 12 euros to include a glass of cava and canapés. Tickets from the campsite, G i l l ’s L i n e n M o j á c a r p l aya , Connexions Turre, Sophia’s Arboleas and One stop pool shop Albox. Proceeds to Macs, Paws & Walk for life, Arboleas. The Rose Singers present “A Bouquet Of Roses” to mark the 2003-2013 10th Anniversary Concert on April 19th at the Living Water Church, Mojácar (Near Red Cross roundabout) and April 20th at Camping Los Gallardos, both at 7.30pm. Tickets 8 euros from Gill’s Linen Mojácar Playa, Total Entertainment Turre, Forget-menot Las Buganvillas & Choir Members. Join us for this special event, an evening of glorious music featuring a piece written especially for the group. We aim to provide song selections to suit everyone and to keep choral music alive in the Mojácar area.


What’s On Exhibitions

Miscellaneous

The Hotel “Nuevo Torreluz” in Almería city is hosting an exhibiton by Isabel Oller and Waldi Wrobe until the end of March. Isabel Oller is considered an important sculptress from Almería and a variety of her works are dispersed throughout the hotel.

The Anglian Church Spring Fayre takes place on Friday, May 3rd, from 10am, at the Bar Levante car park opposite La Cabaña restaurant. Stalls include ladies & gents clothing and shoes, home baked cakes and pies, books & dvd’s, plants, bric-a brac, jewellery, pickles & chutney and refreshments.

Antoni Tàpies is an internationally famous Spanish painter from Barcelona who died in 2012. The Museo Casa Ibáñez at Olula del Rio hosts some 20 paintings from 19 6 9 - 19 9 0 , u s i n g c o l l a g e techniques and textural surfaces. Admission is free until March 31st and is open Tues to Sun, 11am2pm & 5pm-7pm

Events The 5th popular World “Tunas” Gathering of travelling minstrel groups, organized by Granada University, comes to Mojácar on April 12th, 13th, 14th. Apart from various performances in the locality there is a competition and judging of the best groups on the final day.

'Club Taurino Mojacar’ will be visiting Córdoba from May 1214th during the “Festival of the Patios”, staying in a 4 star hotel opposite the Mezquita. The cost for the 3 day, 2 night stay is 199 euros per person, based on 2 sharing, to include travel and hotel room. Contact Mike or Audrey on 950 475 261 or see www.clubtaurino-mojacar.com Trips by Carlos: April 24th, Cuba National Folklórico Ballet Company, performance of “La Raíz y el Tiempo” at Alicante. Ticket, coach & 1 night stay including breakfast at 3* hotel 86 euros. For info & bookings call Carlos on 610 681 068 or 950 525 761.

Tunas de Ciencias de Granada

Dames in Turre March 25th, Guest Speaker Valerie Penny, cyclist, caver and enthusiastic explorer of the local area, Guests welcome. An Animal Fun Day is to be held at Hostal Rural, Turre on Sunday March 31st (or if rained off on April 7th) from noon to 5pm.Various dog competitions at 2pm, Children’s activities and Easter egg hunt, food and drink and 40 assorted stalls. A Tug of War will take place, to enter call 697 302 129. Entrance is 1 euro, children under 12 free. Easter Fair at The Kimrick Bar & Restaurant, Mojacar, Saturday 23rd March starting at 12 noon. Lots of stalls, including pies & cakes, art pieces & jewellery, handmade fairies, books, pickles & jams, handmade soaps, handmade cards, fashion accessories, ladies fashions, makeup and much more. The MACS Easter Bunnies will be making their first ever appearance and we are holding a competition on the day to raise money for MACS. Hot & Cold snacks and bar available. For more information call 664 808 998. Forum Golf Society Events March 8th, Stableford at Aguilon, March 22nd, Pairs Betterball Stableford at Valle del Este March 23rd, Quiz & Chips Night at Jack´s (Albox). Contact Phil Elam on 6 6 6 8 478 4 0 philjelam@yahoo. co.uk, or see www.forumgolf society.webs.com

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A Photographic Competition with the title “La Flor del Almendro” (Almond Blossom) has been organized by the tourist department of Albox. Entries are to be colour photographs, A4 size with a resolution of 300 dpi and up to three photographs per entrant. Entries in a sealed envelope must include all contact details, address and DNI along with a declaration th a t th ey a r e a l l o r i g i n a l photographs, with an additional CD with all images. Apart from various awards for the best three selected photographs the winning photograph will be displayed on the cover of the “Feria Todos los Santos” booklet, and on display in Albox from April15th-May15th. Entries can be sent in up to the 29th of March. More information from Area de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Albox, C/ Rosario nº 27.Telephone: 950 120908. Albox Royal British Legion March 30th – Poppy Easter Bonnet Ball, to be held at La Parrilla, Albox. Start 7pm with dinner 7.30pm. Dinner will comprise a three course meal with some drinks included in the cost. The cost will be 20 euros for members and 22 for non members. Music by Brendan O’Dee. Prizes will be awarded for the best bonnet, male & female. For further details, or to book tickets, contact the social secretary Bob Cowan on 608049490 or email him at rcowan25@gmail.com Albox Travel Club 4 day Trip to Ronda, June 3rd to June 6th. The price will include 3 nights b& b accommodation in a 4* hotel, 1 free spa circuit, 1 free lunch and a guide for all excursions. The price is 270

euros for R.B.L. members and 280 for non-Legion members. If you choose to travel on your own there is a single supplement of 81 euros. A deposit of 50 euros is required when booking, the balance due in April. All profits will be donated to the Royal British Legion. To book contact Ann Wells: 950 432426 or email annwells09@aol.com. Tickets are also available at RBL meetings held in La Parrilla on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Please remember that all travellers are responsible for their own travel insurance. The Albox Travel Club has a visit to Lorca and the Sierra Espuna National Park on March 26th. A guided tour of Lorca is followed by a lunch break (lunch not included in the price) and then a guided tour of the National Park. The cost is 22 euros for members of the Albox British Legion and 24 euros for non-members including all coach journeys. For more details and booking contact David Rham on 699125937, e-mail david_rham @btopenworld.com

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Calling all Carers! We Need Your Help! Are you caring for: A person in a physically frail condition, a person with short-term memory loss or a person with a mental health problem? Age Concern Almanzora are hoping to develop their services to older people living in the area by developing Carers Support networks and activities. We realize that the role of carer can be physically and emotionally demanding and that everyone’s experience is different. That’s why we need your help – to tell us the ways in which we can offer you the most effective support. We are holding our first Carers meeting at 11.00am on Friday 15th March, in Maloan’s bar, Arboleas (we are using their side room), and we do hope you can come & join us to discuss how we can best support you. We realize, of course, that it is not always possible, as a carer, to attend meetings, but we still value your ideas and opinions. So you are welcome to contact us on: 634 333544 or ageconcernalmanzora @live.com.


What’s On Market Days Huércal-Overa, Antas, Berja Monday: Tuesday: Albox, Los Gallardos, Cuevas del Almanzora Wednesday: Mojácar, Bédar, Lubrin, Vélez Blanco Thursday: Cuevas del Almanzora, Olula del Río, Carboneras, Sorbas Friday: Garrucha, Turre, Zurgena Saturday: Aguilas, Vera, Arboleas, Vélez Rubio Sunday: Villaricos, Purias, San Juan de los Terreros

Rastros, Car Boot Sales, etc. Wednesday: Mercamundo, El Real Industrial Estate, 10am - 3pm Bar Anita, Los Gallardos, Sorbas road after motorway junction Saturday: Bar International, Arboleas-Albox Road. Rastro, Mojácar Playa, opp. Red Cross, 9am - 2pm 1st Sun. lunchtime of the month: Bar La Montaña Farmers' Market 1st Sunday of the month: Meson Casa Lorenza, Las Minas, 11am Sunday morning: Los Gallardos Campsite Multiple Use Centre (Artisan Centre), Mojácar Village Last Sunday of the month: Velez Rubio on Industrial estate 2nd Sunday of the month: Bédar, from 9am

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Clubs, Societies & Activities Almanzora Group of Friends Library and Information Centre, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat, 10am–1pm . Avda. Lepanto, Albox (next to Jacks). Extensive English Library, DVD’s and Talking Books. Trips and other social events. Tel: 634 343 147 www.almanzoragof.org Almería Link Friendship Group Wednesday, 8.30pm at Vera Hotel. All welcome. Info from Johnny 950 478899 or Barbara 697 640 698 Living Alone in Spain? We are a 60+ group of friends who meet for lunch every Wednesday in the Mojácar area. Tel: 667 303 788 Elderberries Lunch Club For the elderly, lonely or handicapped. Contact Margaret: 950 477 063 or Marianne: 950 472 349 Club Taurino de Mojácar Social club meets Thursdays 1-3pm. Contact Mike or Audrey on 950 475 261 w w w. c l u b - t a u r i n o - m o j a c a r. c o m Tuesday Ladies Club Alvaron, Mojácar Playa. Tues, 12-2pm. Get more out of your life in Spain.. Loose Women ladies group La Vida, Cucador, Thurs, 2 - 4pm, all welcome. Tel: 950 634 562 Dames in Huércal Overa 3rd Wed. of the month, 10.30am, Tennis Club. Tel. Pauline 610 315 530 or Sue 661 190 190

AUAN - Abusos Urbanisticos Mojácar Community Library Multi-Use centre. Mon, Wed and Fri, Almanzora No. Association campaigning for the 11am - 1pm . legalisation of homes in the Almanzora Free Masons Valley built without proper authority. Contact: 950 36 90 33 Meeings on 3rd Sat. of every other Ante Natal Classes month, 11am, La Parrilla, Albox. Tel: 617 Call Pat on 950 398738 or 661 751201 118 209 www.almanzora-au.org The Royal British Legion, Mojácar The Divine Life Society, Almeria Branch, The Artisan Centre, 1st and 3rd Branch Thurs. of each month, 11am. All Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojácar. Evening welcome inc. non-services personnel. of Meditation and a talk, 1st Fri of the Contact Rita Sneddon for details on 950 month, 7.30pm. Spiritual Cinema, 3rd 47 30 25. Fri of the month, 7.30pm. Meditation and Yoga classes. Tel Sharon 950 469122 The Royal British Legion - Albox Third Thurs. of the month, 11am, La or 672 061 048 or omsharon50 Parrilla Restaurant, Albox. Contact Chris @gmail.com Pearce, Chairman on 630 56 26 18, or Psychic Development Circle email at hello@chrispearce.co.uk or see Various classes at different times. britishlegion.org.uk/branches/albox. Everyone welcome. Tel: Barbara 637 Everybody is welcome. You do not have 469 937 barbaramoonlight@gmail.com to be ex service to join FACE The Royal British Legion - Zurgena (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for & District Branch Everyone). Registered charity. Tel: Bar Latinos, La Alfoquia, every first 667255094 www.face-charity.com Thursday of the month at 11a.m. Crib, 2nd & 4th Thurs of month, 7pm. Coffee The Helping Hands Team morning, 3rd Wed of month, 11am. Quiz, Tel: 968 48 29 48 last Friday, 8pm. All welcome. For details Age Concern Almanzora see www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches Helpdesk, Arboleas on Weds, 10am – 1pm; Fridays, 10am - 11am, next to the /zurgena ‘Spar’ shop, in the square facing the Mojácar Walking Group Tel: 634 333544 Walks of different levels. Tues & Thurs. Town Hall. www.mojacarwalkinggroup.com or tel: ageconcernalmanzora@live.com 950 467 679 Cantoria Residents Association Library and Meeting Room above the 3rd Age Bar (near Ole Supermarket). Library hours 11am till 1pm Tues, Thurs & Fri. Contact cantoria.info@gmail.com

Dames in Spain 3rd Monday of the month, 11 am, The New Kimrick, Mojacar. Chairman Myra Holmes 950 475 491, Secretary Iris Mojácar Bridge Club Hamilton 950 475 863. Guests welcome. Monday and Wednesdays 7pm. in Community Hall, nr Main Square, Turre. Dames in Turre Contact Les 950 437 100 11am, last Monday in the month, Multiple Use Centre in Turre . Talks, trips, Zurgena Air Rifle Club support for local charities Guests Contact George on 950 437 024 or 608 welcome. Tel.: Secretary Pam Smith 050 036 950475418 or President Lesley Barlow The Write Thing 950478633 Los Gallardos, Wednesdays, 10.30 - 1pm, Tel Kate: 950 469540 Cambridge 800. Diet Plan Mojácar, Wed & Fri; Arboleas, Thurs by appointment. Call 660 681 166 or email rodann@hotmail.co.uk

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Vera Lions Club Vera & District Lions Club. Vera Hotel, first Wed of each month at 6pm. Community Welfare Line tel. 634338733, enquiries tel. 634326573 Folk Music at The Travellers’ Inn First Thursday of each month, Travellers’ Inn, Los Marcelinos on the Albox to Taberno road. For info contact almeriastrings@gmail.com or 634 347 930.

Send details of your club, society or activity to almeriafocus@gmail.com Tel: 670 849 265 Fax: 950 472 441


Activities - Clubs - Associations Religious Groups & Churches

Full Gospel Church International Committed to a purpose driven life. Sunday, 11am, Evangelical Church, C/ Los Hermanos Machados 9, Cuevas del Anglican Chaplaincy Church of Classic Automobile Club England. Almanzora. Tel: 676 241 292 or 619 959 More information from www.a-c-c.es, Priest: Canon Hugh Broad 950 478 432. 015 Harry 629 529 656 email: acclevante Mojacar: Eucharist, Sundays, 11am in the Puerto Lumbreras Christian @hotmail.com church of St. Pascual, Agua de Enmedio, Fellowship Cabrera Slot Car Club 4kms past Hotel Indalo. Albox: Eucharist Every 1st and 3rd Sunday each month Thursdays, 4-7pm. Tel: 950091130 or last Thurs in month, 11am, Community at 11.00 am in the premises of the 666 274 861 Hall Aljambra. Evensong second Sunday Spanish Evangelical Church, Puerto in month, 6pm. Church Wardens, Alan Lumbreras Tel 619453283 Paul and Model Aero Flying Club Sun. & Wed., 10.30am. Contact Johnny Smith 950 478 066, Eric Dore 950 615 Sandra 10 5 , w w w. m o j a c a r c h u r c h . o r g Hayes: 950 478 899 Additional Easter Services – Thursday, Aguaviva Evangelical Church Aeroclub ULM Günter (Vera) 28 March, Friday 29 March, 11am Christian Centre, 2 Los Segovia, Albox, Tel: 607 316 553 (next to the Chinese Restaurant) close Living Water Church (Mojacar) to the Peugeot Garage. Tel: Rod Albox Computer Club Lively Non-denominational Services, Southwood, 687 560 544 Jacks Bar, Albox. Fri, 10am. All levels of 11.00a.m Sundays, Nr the Red Cross, experience are welcomed. Mojácar Playa. Contact Pastor: David Santa Cruz Christian Fellowship www.alboxcc.com alboxcc@gmail.com Hamilton 950 618 814 or Geoff Ward Sundays and midweek in Albox and - or call David on 950 064 311 950 615 068 www.livingwater surrounding areas. Tel: 673 207 366 or santacruzalbox@gmail.com Indalo Hash House Harriers churchmojacar.com Meet 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11am, various Church Services Support Groups locations. For further information please Opposite garden centre, Garrucha/Vera A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous contact Roy Stevens Email: roundabout. English service Sundays Mojacar Area Meetings, Tuesday & Friday, indaloh3@gmail.com Tel: 660 887 723 11am 6 pm, at the Artisan Centre, Mojacar Betty's Garden Club Iglesia Evangelica Fuente. Contact 629 108 272 or email 11.30 for 12 noon, 2nd Monday of the C/Hermanos Machado (opposite El Arbol mike@aaspain.org month at Miraflore Restaurant, Camping Supermarket) Cuevas del Almanzora. Los Gallardos. Tel: 950 398 021 Alzheimer Support Group Spanish sermon translated into English. Gives advice to Spanish or EnglishMojácar Angling Club Sundays 7pm. Contact Carmela: 950 132 speaking families & sufferers. Contact Tel. John (Beachcomber): 950 473 099 792 Julia Martos: 676 200733 Ladies Darts Group Roman Catholic Wednesdays 7.30pm at La Vida, Cucador, Mojácar Village. Mass - Sundays & fiestas Parkinson's Disease Support call Margaret on 950 63 45 62 12.30. Tues /Thurs /Sat 7pm, Priest: 950 Contact Joyce Boxall (Santa Maria de Nieva, Huércal-Overa), tel 950 137109 475 017 Pot Black Snooker Club or 677 688037 Antas. Tel: 950 459135 The Evangelical Church, Turre Age Concern Almanzora Avda de Almeria on the corner of Helpdesk in Arboleas , Weds,10 – 1, Fri, C/Alberquillica . Sunday 11am. Parents 10 - 11, next to ‘Spar’ shop, on square & Toddlers, Fridays, 10a.m. during school facing Town Hall. Tel: 634 333 544 terms.. Midweek prayer meeting & Alpha a g e c o n c e r n a l m a n z o r a @ l i ve . c o m course. Tel. 950 617549 or 950 472349. MACS Cancer Support Group www.turrechurch.com General Enquiries call 634 328 334 10am Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses to 4pm. Macs Helpline: 634 656 555. Tues 7:30pm & Sun 10.00am. Poligono Fully Spanish registered charity. Aljoroque - C/El Cajete 6, Antas. Contact: www.macscancersupport.com Email: 652 293 269 macscancersuppor t@live.co.uk Antas Church Ostomist Support For Expats In Jauro village (signposted from e Call Paul 868 009 940 or Dee 950 064 Cajamar in Antas). Informal structured 322 in confidence. worship in a friendly atmosphere in simple services of basic Christian Beliefs Stepping Stones Carers Support & Worship. 2nd & 4th Sun each month, Group 11am., Community Room (Salon Social), Turre Evangelical Hall, Thurs, 11am-2pm. Antas village church. Geraldine or Barrie Tel 950 472822 or 677 683385 tel. 662 169 691 www.antaschurch.com jfdavies@terra.es

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Arts & Crafts Sewing Group, Mojacar, Wednesday, 10.30 am, Bellavista Restaurante. Tel. Brenda: 950 390 426 or Sylvia: 950 472 967 Sewing Group, Arboleas Tues. 2pm. Maloan’s, Arboleas. Tel. Jill 630 370 595 or Pam 677 875 031 Glass Bead Making La Cueva del Pájaro, Carboneras. Call 950 130627 jparson@terra.es Ladies Pottery Painting Parties Albox - every 2nd Thursday, 6 - 9pm. Wine, nibbles, pottery, paints & raffle included 10 euros SimplyArt 662 443 095 Painting Classes for Adults and Children Centro de artesania multiusos, Mojácar. Mon & Tues, adults 4 - 6 pm, children 6 - 7 pm. 4.50 euros/hour. Pipo Jost Nicolas, tel 950 475326

Drama Groups Indalo Players Email ferahmehmet@msn.com or call 950 069 109 Independent Theatre Group. Always looking for new people, novices & full blown Thesbians. Call Ian Jones on 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 or e-mail independenttheatre @hotmail.com The Luvvies Jacks Bar, Albox. Wed, 2.30pm for 3pm. All welcome for acting or behind the scenes. www.theluvvies.com info@theluvvies.com Tel: 697 384 513 Arboleas Theatre Academy (ATA) (Almanzora valley). New members always needed to act or work back stage or with any other activities. Tel. Jacqueline Morris Welby 950439231, or 634 313 531

Dance Verasol Dancing Classes Line Dancing Bar La Cinta (Arboleas). Wed, 7.30pm, 54 Verasol, Vera. Classes include : Royal all levels. Contact: 627 713238 Academy Ballet, Imperial Society Modern, Tap and Jazz. Also Hip-Hop, Oriental Line Dancing Dance, Spanish Classical. Tel Anita: 670 Carrie 'Dusty Boots', Jacks Bar - Albox 715 787 (previously Bar Rumores) 7.15 p.m First Steps into Line Dancing, 8p.m Zumba Almeria with Julie Bruce Beginner to intermediate. All types Arboleas, Los Gallardos, Turre and San of music, no partner required. 3 Juan de los Terreros. Call Julie on 697 euros entry. Tel: 627 279 584 861 071. dustyboots@mail.com Line Dancing Beachcomber Restaurant, Mojácar. Beginners/Improvers. Mondays, 4 6pm. Contact John 666 200 579 Pamela’s Line Dance Club Tel. Pamela: 950 398076

Zumba - Indigo Gym, Mojácar Dance fusion, salsa, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia and more. Dance yourself fit. Call Alison on 637 465487. Dance Classes at Indigo Gym Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz. Indigo Gym, Mojácar Playa. Contact 950 475 403.

Nulinedance Workshops with the Twins. Tues & Fri, 7pm, La Para, Turre. Tel: 950 617 660 or 617 712 036 Dance Classes Ballet, Tap, Modern & Fitness. Mojacar. Yoga Tel. Nicky: 667 479 903 or 950 472 Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojácar 662 Contact Sharon - 950 469 122 or 672 Ceroc Dancing 061 048 or omsharon50@gmail.com Kimrick, Mojacar Playa, Tues 8.15pm Beginners/Improvers/Advanced all L.O.T.U.S Integral Yoga Centre welcome. Contact Tracey 687251799 Mojácar. Yoga all levels/gentle yoga. Daily classes. Tel. Parvathi: 636063560 Belly Dancing Classes in Arboleas, Mojácar, Sophia Centre Garrucha, Vera, Pulpi, Huércal-Overa Arboleas. 950 449 451 & Carboneras. Contact Fatima: 610 La Vida, Cucador 472 596 Wed, 2.30 - 4pm. Contact Liz Hill on 667 97 94 45 Oriental and Middle Eastern Folklore dancing classes Indigo Gym, Mojácar Tues at Vera, Wed at Turre. Shirin, Wed, 2.30pm. Visitors welcome. Sharon 607805367, gytanshark@yahoo.es 950469122 Tea Dances Sol Yoga Centre, Arboleas Afternoon tea dance for all sequence Tel: 686 400331 dance lovers at Jacks Bar, Albox, Thurs, 3-6pm. Tel: 659 426499. Girasol, Albox Call 639 089 170 Ready2Rock Rock n Roll Classes Jacks Bar, Monday, 7:30pm Basics to Cortijo El Saltador Lucainena de las Torres. Mon, 5:30pm. Advanced. Tel: 689892745 or 662 Tel: Brahmani on 600 34 91 51 607 371 Julie Bruce Dance Academy Classes held in Los Gallardos in Ballet. Tap. Disco. Cheerleading. Streetdance, Musical Theatre, Zumba. Tel. Julie: 697 861071 or 950 462 215

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Gentle Yoga Class for seniors and the not so able. Every Thursday, 10.15 am at the Kimrick, Mojacar Playa. Edna Freeman, 950 469 399 (Not in July & Aug)


Activities - Clubs - Associations Sports Almería Lawn Bowling Club Contact Shirley: 679 970 399 Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club Contact Doreen Sands: 950 064791 or 690 00 66 81 Indalo Lawn Bowling Club Contact Toni: 950 468 165 or 647 703 393 wattsmyt@gmail.com Badgers Golf Society Wednesdays. Contact Keith (Badger's bar): 950 478 525 Boxers Golf Society Albox All welcome to join us as members or guests. Call in at the Why Not bar in Albox on Saturday mornings or email peterstooks@avired.com Forum Golf Society Plays friendly events at local courses twice a month. Tel. Phil Elam: 666 847 840 or philjelam@yahoo.co.uk www.forumgolfsociety.webs.com Marina Phoenix Golf Society Visitors welcome Mondays and Thursdays. Telephone 950 162 727 or 600 353 670

Fitness & Martial Arts Paddle tennis lessons At home. Tel: Ulises Gutiérrez, 606 902 691 Albox Sub-Aqua Club Wed, 8pm, Travellers Inn (7Km from Albox on Taberno Road). Santa Irene Sailing Club Meet Sundays 11:00 am at the El Rincon del Puerto, Garrucha alongside the water of the Old Marina. Contact Ian 9 5 0 618737 o r 671474 3 8 5 . ian@roriston.com www.santairene clubdevela.com All welcome. Garrucha Table Tennis Club Tel Barry on 677 174 430 Mojácar Veterans Football Club Training Weds 7-9. All welcome. Over 35s may register as an official player. Daniel 637 064 651 or Matt 607 585 624 Cazadores de Turre Cricket Club. Welcome new members of all ages and experience just call Sam Lewis on 663 132 487 or Derek Larkins 634 361 941

Indigo Gym, Mojácar Various activities. Tel: 950 475 403 Low Impact Aerobics Monday, 11.15am, Turre, call Pam 639 465 631 Slimming World Wed, 10.30, Greg & Co, Turre, call Pam 639 465 631 Gymnastics Indigo Gym, Mojácar, 950 475 403 Pilates, Tone+Stretch, Beginners Keep Fit with Alison. Tel 637 465 487 Body Control Pilates. Classes or private Tel Sharon 638 487 314 Aquaerobics & AquaZumba Hotel Oasis Tropical, Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am, call 637 465 487 Karate Indigo Gym, Mojácar, 950 475 403 Martial Arts Academy Karate & Taiji-Qigong, Antas. Call John Watson on 950 453 681 Academia International de Danza Almeria. 54 Verasol, Vera. Martial Arts, Karate, Tai ji qigong, ancient weapons including Sword, Self Defense, Tactical Gymnastics, Yoga and ageless mobility. Tel Anita: 670 715 787

Valle del Este Golf Society. We play Tuesday and Friday (9:30). All welcome. Contact Alan Townsend Tel. 690 090982 Almería Golf League Contact Les on 950 619 273

Mojácar & Turre Taekwondo 4 years to adults. Various classes & times. Contact Serge 646844708. www.tkdspain.webs.com

Cortijo Grande Golf Club Contact: 950 475 509 19th Hole Golf Society La Vida, Cucador. Tel 609 19 94 93

Girasol, Albox Karate, Children’s gymnastics, Pilates, Legs, bums & tums. Tel 639 089 170

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

Sophia Wellness Centre, Arboleas Various activities Tel. 950 449 451

Club de Tenis y Padel Indalo Vera. Tel: 608 250 607 - 950 59 28 77 www.tenisypadelindalo.com

La Vida, Cucador Pilates Tel: 638 487 314.

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

Aerobics or Pilates Campo de Futbol, Turre. For details & times call Pam, 639 465 631

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

Zumba - See Dance

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Your Stars You need a change and you need to earn more cash. Don't reveal information that is personal or confidential. Don't let peers distract you or push their work your way. Your best efforts will come through hard work. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. (Mar. 21- April 20)

Interaction with colleagues will only be upsetting. You can make major decisions regarding your professional direction. You can enhance your cash flow if you pick up additional skills. Someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes, and if you're gullible, it may cost you. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

You need time to make things better. Make sure that you get legal matters checked out thoroughly. Observations will be far more productive. Emotionally you won't see things accurately. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

(Apr. 21- May 21)

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Pleasure trips will be most enjoyable if you take them with that special person in your life. Take time to do something nice for yourself. Jealous coworkers may try to sabotage your attempts to get ahead. Be supportive in order to avoid confrontations. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

You can expect to have a problem with your lover. Don't put off the things that they have asked you to do. Abrupt changes in your home may send you for a loop. You will do well with clients this month. Stick to your work and avoid emotional confrontations. Social events should be the highlight of your day. Your luckiest events this (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) month will occur on a Wednesday.

Dazzle them with your intellectual conversation. Your partner could make you angry if they steal your thunder or embarrass you in front of others. Keep an eye on your weight. Be careful when dealing with female members of your family. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Opportunities for romance will flourish through travel. If boredom has set in, find new and unique directions that offer interesting friendships. You can make alterations to your appearance that everyone will admire. The advice you get this month may be based on false information. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.

(May 22 - June 21)

(June 22 - July 22)

(July 23 - Aug. 22)

You will have the discipline and fortitude to accomplish what you want this month. Travel will be on your mind, but you should be sure that you've got all your work up-to-date. Be sure that the person you're drawn to is not already involved. You can make new friends by taking part in social events involving colleagues. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) Look into making changes to your personal papers and don't neglect those bills that have been piling up. Your time, not your cash, will do a lot more for your relationship. Make love, not war, and all will be fine. Tempers may flare if you haven't been completely honest about your intentions or your whereabouts. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

Your family may be feeling neglected and unloved. You are best to work at home if you can. You are best to ask questions if you aren't certain about issues that are confronting you. Minor health problems may flare up if you haven't been taking care of yourself or have been burning the candle at both ends. Your luckiest events this month will (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) occur on a Monday.

Your emotions are soaring and if you don't get your way, look out world. You will be able to make favourable changes in your living quarters. You may find out that someone is trying to undermine you. You will have to watch out for minor health problems related to stress. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. (Jan. 21- Feb. 19) You may think gifts will win their heart, but it could add stress from lack of funds. Focus on forming business partnerships. You will gain a lot if you listen. Watch your weight gain due to water retention. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

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Jokes of the Month Spell Check Poem

Smart Cat

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A man absolutely hated his wife's cat and decided to get rid of him one day by driving him 20 blocks from his home and leaving him at the park. As he was getting home, the cat was walking up the driveway. The next day he decided to drive the cat 40 blocks away. He put the beast out and headed home. Driving back up his driveway, there was the cat! He kept taking the cat further and further and the cat would always beat him home. At last he decided to drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again and another right until he reached what he thought was a safe distance from his home and left the cat there. Hours later the man calls home to his wife: "Jen, is the cat there?" "Yes", the wife answers. "Why do you ask?" Frustrated, the man answered, "Put that son of a bitch on the phone! I'm lost and need directions!"

What Causes Arthritis? A drunk man sat down on a subway seat next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, he smelled awful, and a half empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes, the man turned to the priest and asked, "Say, Father, what causes arthritis?" The priest replied, "My Son, it's caused by loose living; being with cheap, wicked women; too much alcohol; contempt for your fellow man; sleeping around with prostitutes; and lack of bathing." The drunk muttered in response, "Well, I'll be darned," then returned to his paper. The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. "I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?" The drunk answered, "I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does."

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In The Attic As he nearing the end of his life, a Dutchman in Amsterdam felt that he needed to confess, so he went to his Priest. "Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. During World War II, I hid a Jewish man in my attic." "Well," answered the perplexed Priest, "That's not a sin." "But I made him pay me 20 guilders for each week he stayed." "I admit that wasn't good, but you did it for a good cause." "Oh thank you Father; that eases my mind. Father, I have one more question." "What is it, son?" "Do I have to tell him the war is over?"


...and next... The Perfect Career For A Writer

Sneaking Out Early A blonde, a brunette and a redhead all work at the same office for a female boss who always goes home early. "Hey, girls," says the brunette, "Let's go home early tomorrow. She'll never know." So the next day, they all leave right after the boss does. The brunette gets some extra gardening done, the redhead goes to a bar, and the blonde goes home to find her husband having sex with the female boss! Unsure what to do, she quietly sneaks out of the house, drives around until her normal quitting time, and returns home without saying anything. The next day at work, the gals get together. "That was fun," says the brunette. "We should do it again sometime." "I had a great time!" says the redhead. "No way," says the blonde. "I almost got caught."

Similarities A man came out of the divorce court and his lawyer took him for a drink. When they were sitting down the lawyer said, "Well, that's all over now, what do you think about it?" The man paused and then replied, "I've realized marriage is a bit like playing poker". The lawyer asked, "Why do you think that?" The man replied, "It starts with holding hands and ends with a staggering financial loss!"

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There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become not just a writer, but a great writer. "That will take a lot of work," people warned him. He didn't relent in his quest. "That's not easy, son," his dad said gently. But the young man was determined. What did he mean by "great", someone finally asked. "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!" he said. That would be the mark of a great writer! Well, a wise career counsellor helped him get his wish! That young man now works for Microsoft -- writing error messages.

Small Apartment Joe and Rhoda had a small apartment in the city and they decided that the only way to pull off a Sunday afternoon quickie with their 10-year-old son in the apartment was to send him out on the balcony and order him to report on all the neighbourhood activities. To a young boy, they thought, spying would be a lot of fun and would distract him for an hour or so. The boy began his commentary as his parents put their plan into operation: "There's a car being towed from the parking lot," he said. "An ambulance just drove by." A few moments passed... "Looks like the Andersons have company," he called out. "Matt's riding a new bike, and Hey! The Coopers are having sex!" Joe and Rhoda shot up in bed. "How do you know that?" the startled father asked. "Their kid is standing out on the balcony too!"


Coffee Break

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