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Contents Latest Developments ............................................................…...10 In the News ........…................…………................................…….12 World Chocolate Day ..................................................................38 So Now You Know ............................................................................40 Spain’s Most Expensive Houses ...............................................42 Traffic Light Food Labelling ...............................................44 Buying Dogs and Puppies ........................................................46 A-Z Directory ……………….......……................................................50 Useful Numbers .....................................................................89 Community News ..............................................................................90 What’s On ...........................................................................................91 Activities, Clubs and Associations .......................................95 Your Stars …..........…...………......……........................................…99 Jokes of the Month ….....……………............................................100 Coffee Break ………………...…….............................................…102 For general or advertising enquiries, call Clare on 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com

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pain and Andalucía are experiencing a rise in that there was no social distancing in the cheaper the number of people with COVID-19 and in seats. Almería province there has been a rise as well. Total deaths towards the end of September had risen to 110 with 35 of these being elderly people from two residential homes. Stopping the spread and containment in homes like these is not easy and the problem is that many elderly people in these homes are very old and suffering from existing chronic medical conditions. We have more details in an item in our “In the News” section. With children now back at school there is a health monitor in every school who liaises with the local health authority when any case is reported. This protocol was activated when a teacher of a class of primary education in Mojácar reported that they had tested positive, and the same thing happened a day later in an infant class in Garrucha. All pupils were very quickly given swab tests at a drive-thru area in the car park at La Inmaculada hospital in Huércal-Overa with very quick test results that showed no positive infections. Despite this, the pupils had to be in quarantine at home for 14 days with internet lessons, which may mean that parents have to stay off work. There are still very few cultural events, particularly in the municipal auditoriums in Almería city, Roquetas de Mar and Águilas. Performances by large orchestras, opera and ballet companies have been postponed until 2021 as the stages are not large enough to allow social distancing for the performers. Instead, the numbers of Spanish plays has increased as social distancing for a small number of performers is possible. It is still intended that the 10th Almería Western Film Festival takes place from October 8th-11th at Tabernas with an assurance that all the necessary health precautions will be observed. Where events do take place inside there is still a maximum capacity of 65%. In our “In the News” section we comment on the staging of an opera at a famous opera house in Madrid. Angry spectators forced a cancellation of the opera after just a few minutes, with complaints

A welcome announcement from a delegate from the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province) was made on a visit to Vera when she met the mayor. Maribél Sánchez told him that major work on the Rio Antas riverbed was almost at a stage when it could be put out to tender. This September 28th marked eight years from the disastrous floods in 2012 causing major damage to Pueblo Laguna, Vera Playa and Puerto Rey with four deaths. If this proves to be the case it is very good news for residents and visitors. Maribél Sánchez stated that the money would come from two EU budgets. The Andalucía Tourist Board has announced that up to May 31st next year people on the padrón (the official list of residents in a municipality) in Andalucía can have a 25% discount on holidays within Andalucía. The discount has a ceiling of 300 euros and entails a stay of three nights, but three holidays can be taken within the time limit. The Almería Association of Travel Agents states that this scheme will hopefully lead to an increase in bookings and help the hard hit tourist industry. October 12th is Día de la Hispanidad, a national fiesta day in Spain, along with Monday, November 2nd. Local fiestas take place in Mojácar on the 7th and in Turre over the first weekend. The clocks go back one hour on the final Sunday of October, so this year on the 25th.

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In the News COVID-19 Vaccines For Spain

what happened. An epidemic expert in the US The EU has signed a contract with the manufacturing described the result of the survey as being company Astra Zeneca who are going to provide “completely crazy and very alarming”. vaccines developed by the UK Oxford University. The initial order for 30 million doses is conditional Shut After A Few Days on the vaccine passing the third phase of the trials Thousands of Spanish teachers had to have a on 50,000 people that are now underway with negative COVID-19 test before they could take part 18,000 signed up in early September, and a in the new school year. Princess Leonor, the 14 year corresponding licence for its use. They will then old elder daughter of the Spanish King Felipe VI, purchase up to 300 million doses. Spain will receive started back at school in Madrid on Wednesday, three million doses initially and the Spanish Prime September 9th but pupils in her class were told on Minister Pedro Sánchez has stated that they hope the Friday that they had to self-isolate at home to take delivery during December, although Fernando because a fellow pupil had tested positive. Princess Simón, the Spanish pandemic expert, has cautioned Leonor subsequently tested negative. In Andalucía that this might be overly optimistic. The initial doses (that includes Almería province) before the start of will be used to treat pensioners and residents of the school year, 88,000 tests were carried out on homes for the elderly, followed by people with teachers and also school workers in Primary chronic existing ailments, health service workers education (so pupils aged six to twelve) and only and then key workers. The EU has stated that they 135 tested positive. In the same test for teachers are following the progress of tests relating to seven and workers with children above nursery age but other vaccines and have taken out options to below the age of six, in Infant education, there were purchase 300 million doses from the French company only 23 positives out of 2,300. In our area just after Sanofi, 225 million doses from the German company school started, children in the Infant category at Curevac, 200 million doses from the US company three schools in Huércal-Overa and one in Garrucha Johnson & Johnson, and 80 million doses from the had people who tested positive involving pupils, US company Moderna, which makes a total of 1.1 staff and school employees. Three classes of Primary billion doses. The Health Department of the Junta education involving 100 pupils, the headmaster and de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería four staff in Cuevas del Almanzora were sent home province) has announced that they are embarking in mid-September for 14 days of quarantine following on a project dealing with the logistics to enable tests. The head teacher pointed out that tests on them to carry out mass vaccination during December family members of an infected pupil would determine and early January, with between 250,000 to 300,000 whether their brothers, sisters and parents had to doses, and have placed orders for 25 million needles quarantine as well. Early on Friday, September 18th and syringes. At present the Oxford trials are a teacher in a primary class in Mojácar had tested injecting some test subjects with a single dose and positive and the parents were asked to collect their others with two doses to evaluate the effectiveness. children who then had a swab test done in the late The Heath Department of the Junta de Andalucía afternoon at the drive-in test facility in the car park has indicated that the first vaccinations for the of La Inmaculada hospital in Huércal-Overa. The elderly, and those with a chronic illness, may be results were available the next day, so the protocol given in their homes to avoid pressure at health had soon kicked in with a very quick test time. centres. Another proposal is that they could be Despite all testing negative, the pupils had to administered at farmacias (chemists). A recent quarantine for 14 days with internet lessons, the survey in the US asked people what they would do same as in the summer. The following day, parents when a vaccine becomes available. 21% stated that of a class of three years-olds in Garrucha were told they would not agree to have any recommended that their teacher had tested positive and tests on vaccination, 21% said that they would and the them and two other teachers took place at 11am remaining 58% said that they would wait to see on the Sunday morning, followed by quarantine. It

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In the News was stated that there was a link between the positive tests of a teacher in Mojácar and in Garrucha. There will continue to be problems in schools but their management should be a lot easier now that all schools have a health monitor and established protocol, and in the two cases we mention above, the tests and results were very quick. On September 21st Fernando Simón, the Spanish pandemic expert, suggested that the anti-body test should be the one used where there were pupils in a class who needed testing. It is almost as reliable as the PCR tests and the result is available in 15 minutes. One problem is that parents, or a single parent of a young child in quarantine, cannot leave them at home on their own so if they normally work they can’t.

soon as a matter of urgency and the money will come from two EU funds. She stated that this September was the last year in which it could happen again. In the 2012 floods with rainfall of 200 litres per m2, the dry riverbed suddenly became deluged and vegetation caused a bottleneck that resulted in a tremendous amount of water being released. There was extensive damage to houses, cars and the deaths of four people. Every year since then, residents and holidaymakers fear that the same thing might happen again and on two occasions there have been warnings, partial flooding and an instruction that cars were moved to higher ground in Garrucha. In 2012, Queen Sofia came to Vera to see the damage and remarked that it was the third time she had come to our area after severe floods and she fervently hoped that it would be the last COVID-19 in Almería Province time. Last month we commented on an 8 million Unfortunately, as in the rest of Spain and in Andalucía euro project to make sure that in any other flooding there has been a rise in numbers of infections and the Cuevas desalination plant that was wrecked in deaths in our province. On Monday, September 21st, 2012, would not suffer the same fate. total deaths were 110 but 30% of these were elderly people from two residential homes in Almeria city and Vicar. Precautions to stop and contain the spread of the virus in these homes (and in Spain in general), is not working very well. In the three hospitals, on September 21st, there were 46 patients in general COVID-19 wards with 14 in intensive care, and numbers had reduced from the previous week. Since the epidemic began there have been 686 hospital admissions with 97 in intensive care. In 23 of the 103 municipalities in the province there has been no COVID-19 infected person, and the total of 7,500 people infected since the pandemic began is less Hugh Elliot, the UK Ambassador than 1% of the total population. It is some consolation that in our immediate area there are not a large The Diputación and Hugh Elliot number of cases and the main “hot spots” are In mid-September, the President and Tourist Almería city, El Ejido and Vicar. Councillor from the Almería Diputación (county council) had a conference call with Hugh Elliot, the Vera /Puerto Rey Flood Work UK ambassador in Madrid. It was stressed that it was Eight years after the disastrous floods in Vera Playa important that UK tourists should be allowed to and Puerto Rey on September 28th 2012, a come to Almería province as soon as possible, and government delegate from the Junta de Andalucía that the ‘Costa de Almería’ campaign to encourage visited the mayor of Vera and told him that plans UK tourists was still underway. Another subject was are underway to finally carry out extensive work on UK residents or those people who have a second the Rio Antas riverbed. Maribél Sánchez states that home in the province following Brexit. The diputación the tender for the work to be done will be put out representatives stated that they would work closely

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In the News with the ambassador to ensure that this very important sector of the population preserved all their rights and access to services. A final topic was the holding of regular talks with UK importers for the horticultural industry in the province. Hugh Elliot promised his assistance to maintain, and if possible im prove, this ver y im por tant industr y.

An Opera Per formance Abandoned The Teatro Real in Madrid is a famous opera house, and on the weekend of September 19th-20th they opened up for the first time since the start of the pandemic with a performance of “The masked ball” by Giuseppe Verdi. It quickly came to a halt after the overture when spectators in the top balcony area stood up and shouted because there were many rows of people sitting together without any social distancing. In the more expensive seats on the balcony below and on the floor of the opera house there were a lot of empty seats. A member of the management announced through a megaphone that the performance was cancelled and refunds of the ticket cost would be given. A spokesperson for the organisers stated that legally they could have 75% of the seats occupied, but owing to the layout of their seats this was not possible, so their own limit was 65%, and they had only sold 52% of the available tickets. A woman who claimed that there were 15 occupied seats in her row of the balcony area without any social distancing, complained that the percentage of seats occupied had no bearing on the case and the distinct lack of people in the more expensive seats couldn’t mean that they sold too many seats in the cheapest balcony area. After the performance was cancelled many people went to the ticket office to ask for an “Hoja de reclamación” (official complaint sheet) that ensures a complaint is investigated. This caused further problems as they soon ran out, and alternative forms had to be quickly printed off!

The Cost of Masks The Spanish Organisation of Consumers (OCU) has published information relating to the purchase of masks that was primarily aimed at pupils going back to school, but applies to everyone. Their conclusion was that re-useable masks were the most economical

and they should comply with UNE 0065 2020, and masks without this certification should be avoided. The correct masks give 90% protection and they recommended that a pupil used one in the morning and one in the afternoon if the end of school or college was followed by a bus journey. The cost is related to the number of times they can be washed and they stated that masks stocked by Consum that could be washed five times only cost one euro. Masks from Decathlon cost 5 euros 99 céntimos but they can be washed 70 times. In farmacias (chemists) there is a wider variation in cost and some are washable five times and cost 3 euros 50 céntimos, but ones that can be washed 135 times cost around 14 euros 50 céntimos. Masks that are not re-useable can work out more expensive considering that the recommendation is that they are discarded every four hours. The ones that should comply with UNE 0064 2020 can be purchased for about 45 céntimos at supermarkets or 50 céntimos at chemists. The long term cost over one month for the economic washable ones can be as little as three euros, but cost 27 euros for ones discarded every four hours. The OCU consider that masks should be available for pupils free of charge, at least for families with several children or in economic hardship. Their advice is that masks should be purchased in the appropriate size for the age and are available for children aged 3-5, 6-9 and 9-12. Children under the age of three should not be equipped with masks as there is a danger of choking. Their final warning is that it is not illegal to sell masks that do not comply with the certifications but their efficiency may be very low, so these ones should be avoided.

UME Contact Tracing We have previously commented on the unique ‘UME’ arm of the Spanish Military who are on standby for emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Soldiers from the base at Seville have been posted to two hospitals in Seville and Granada where they are carrying out telephone contact tracing to identify persons who may be infected following positive tests. Contact tracing only works if it done quickly and the aim is to reduce the contact trace time to a minimum. The tracing in two shifts is being done

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In the News from 8am to 10pm and it may be extended to Málaga. a ‘black panther’ was reported in the Almería town of Berja. Extensive searches, the installation of large Spanish Contract for COVID-19 Vaccine cages with bait, motion detector cameras and the The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health employment of a specialist animal tracker found Products has announced that the Spanish company nothing except one trapped fox. In 2016 the Seprona Biofabri in Galicia, owned by the parent company police confiscated a black panther that was being Zendal, has been given the contract to produce the kept in captivity in an industrial unit in Arboleas by vaccine being developed in the US by the Novavax an exotic animal dealer without any licence. company. The vaccines produced will be for use in the EU, and phase 2 of the trials is underway with Drivers and Opiates phase 3 intended to start in the last quarter of this The DGT (the Spanish traffic Authority) has issued year. The contract has been hailed as being very a warning that drivers can be affected when they important and shows great confidence that Spanish are taking pain relief opiate medication such as companies are competitive and can produce very morphine, codeine, tramadol, fentanyl, buprenorphine and methadone. They warn drivers large quantities of vaccines. that after starting to take the medication and then Another ‘Black Panther’ Sighting increasing the dose, the central nervous system is Two residents of the Ventas de Huelma village in affected, which has a similar effect to sedation, Southern Granada that has 600 inhabitants reported and reaction times will be affected. Alcohol can also in mid-September that on two days running they cause the effects to be worse, and all opiates can had seen a large black cat-type animal from their be addictive. The DGT point out that on all the car that they thought was a black panther. Officers information supplied with these drugs it is especially from the ‘Seprona’ branch of the Guardia Civil Police stressed that driving and operating machinery can who deal with the countryside, and the protection cause problems, and driving is not recommended of animals and birds, went to the scene and with in the first few days when these types of medications members of the local Civil Defence unit they are used. The traffic authority warns drivers that mounted a search. No sighting took place on foot, on no account should they self-medicate and these or from a helicopter, and plans were made for types of drugs and the dosage must be prescribed another helicopter equipped with a thermal image by a doctor. camera to carry out a search during the night, as this is the most likely time that a panther would The 10th Almería Western Film Festival move about. Another report of a sighting by an The festival this year is scheduled to take place from elderly woman proved false as it turned out to be October 8th-11th and their poster has a cowboy’s a sheet of black plastic blowing in the wind! The face wearing a mask. The organisers state that the police advised residents in the vicinity of the activities have been designed to fully comply with countryside where the sightings had taken place to COVID-19 regulations. avoid the area, and told various television crews who turned up that they should also take great care The 5G Network and not be foolish. A local bar reported an upturn The communication company Telefónica announced in trade. A spokesperson from the Seprona police on Tuesday, September 8th that they had switched stated that black panthers could only be kept in a on their 5G network. The commercial launch will zoo or other location after the issuing of a licence, probably not take place until November when it is and there were no such licences in a wide radius for hoped that the number of people with 5G phones places where a panther might have escaped. On will have increased. They stated that before the end September 18th a freelance photographer of the year it will be available in all the Spanish cities photographed the ‘panther’ and it was quite clear with a population of more than 50,000, and in most that it was a large black domestic-type cat. In 2013 municipalities where there are 30,000 people. It will

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In the News be available in 50% of municipalities with 20,000 inhabitants and a few places with 10,000. This is equivalent to 75% of the 47 million population of Spain. Vodafone pioneered the 5G service in Spain in June 2019 and it is operational in 21 cities, and Orange will launch their network in five large Spanish cities in October. A snag at present is that 5G will be available only on the 3.7GHz band which has a low penetration in buildings, and is not a “stand alone” 5G system. This will not be improved until the government has an auction for the 700MHz band that is expected in early 2021. All 5G compatible mobiles at present cost about 1,000 euros but the network offers greater bandwidth and much faster speeds. Apple has yet to introduce their 5G model.

IP address on November 10th after the Spanish court investigators had given them this date, but no-one had realised that the date in the information from the US was 10 / 11 so October 11th. IP addresses are dynamic so they can change each time a computer is used and the relevant IP address had been used by the family on November 10th but not on October 11th. Luckily, a lawyer acting for the family eventually obtained the original information sent from the US and spotted the date error. It had taken a month to get the son’s computer released which had affected the making of the film.

US Date Confusion The US has a unique system of writing down the date / month / year that can be very confusing. They put a date in the order of month / day / year so when the attacks on the World Trade Centre took place on September 11th they refer to this date as being 9/11. In other countries it would be 11/9. Spain refers to important dates using the day and the initial letter of the month, so September 11th is referred to as 11 S and Christmas day is 25 D. Recently, it was revealed that a family of four in Madrid are suing the Department of Justice for 27,000 euros after a terrible period of seven months. It all started when police and a court official turned up with a search warrant, took away computers, USB sticks and mobile phones and conducted an exhaustive search. This extended to their oldest son who lived elsewhere and was involved in the production of a film. They took away his computer (that was the only one with some of the completed filming) and his phone and searched his car. It emerged that the search was related to child pornography but the investigation was “under seal” by the court so no exact details were revealed. It turned out eventually that the US body the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, via the US embassy in Madrid, had alerted the Spanish Cybercrime police that when a particular IP address was being used in Spain three videos of child porn had been uploaded to Facebook. Telefónica and Microsoft pinpointed this family as having used this

Flu Jabs in October The Spanish Ministry of Health have announced that throughout Spain vaccinations against the flu will be available in the first fortnight of October, but at the time of going to press there was no more information. Usually there are about 90,000 doses available in the province but in other years the vaccination program has not started until midNovember. Bringing forward the date whilst the pandemic is still in force is seen as a good way of combating the flu earlier than normal and it is considered that health centres will have the capacity in October to carry out the vaccinations. There are common symptoms between having the flu and the COVID-19 virus, but having a severe cold and a throat inflammation are not regularly symptoms of the pandemic. In normal years, where the aim in particular is to stop elderly people getting the flu, only about 60% of pensioners have the vaccination. The Health Department state that they want a much larger number to have the flu vaccine this year as the danger is that hospital beds may be in short supply, depending on the evolution of the pandemic. The

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In the News other sectors of the population who should have the flu jabs are the chronically sick, people in care homes, pregnant mothers and people looking after vulnerable people, so care home staff, nurses and doctors. A major worry is that COVID-19 infections may flare up in November and December when people will be indoors far more than at present and may not have adequate ventilation to prevent the spread. In Australia the number of people with the flu dropped dramatically during March which is their high season for the flu. Health officials think that wearing masks to combat COVID-19 meant that the flu virus that is also airborne stopped the spread.

Andalucía scrapped their premium and normal cost number for contacting them and substituted a low cost number instead. The scrapping of these numbers will mean a change in consumer law, and FACUA the official consumer organisation has been campaigning for this to happen for a long time.

Scrapping 902 & 901 Numbers

Arms Sales in Spain

The Spanish Ministry for Consumer Affairs has announced that they plan to scrap the use of 902 and 901 prefix telephone numbers. The cost of ringing these numbers carries a premium charge that is considered to be abusive, and the EU declared numbers like these illegal in 2017. The 902 numbers are usually consumer department contact number and are used by many large companies. These companies have to have a normal rate contact number as well, but these standard tariff numbers are extremely difficult, or impossible to find. The government department CNMC that deals with mergers and unfair competition has previously fined Vodafone, Orange and Másmovil who they accused of promoting the use of these numbers with a rakeoff for themselves. An expected cost for ringing one of the 902 numbers from a Movistar landline for five minutes is 58 céntimos, and from a mobile 2 euros 80 céntimos. With 901 numbers the cost is less because they are normally numbers used for government or autonomous community public services, and the cost of a call is shared. Ringing from a Movistar landline for five minutes in this case will cost 28 céntimos and from a mobile 1 euro 80 céntimos. When these premium numbers are abolished, the cost for a consumer will be the same as the normal inter-province (or out of province) call that within a province may be free. Some large companies do not use these premium numbers, and ringing Telefónica on their consumer department 900 number is free. Not too long ago, the ‘Salud Responde’ health department of the Junta de

Spain has thriving sales of arms and military items, and in 2019 this amounted to 4 billion euros. Sales have gone up steadily since 2010 when sales were only 1.1 billion, and since 2013 they have never been less than 3 billion euros. 55% of sales are to EU and NATO countries, and some are a result of shared defence programs. Germany accounted for 1 billion euros in 2019 that was mostly for the purchase of six A400M military Airbus planes that are assembled in Seville. France accounted for 463 million euros and this included two A400Ms. Turkey is not an EU member but is part of the Atlantic Alliance and they bought items that totalled 307 million. 27% of all sales were to Asia with exports to South Korea of 588 million, and 342 million to Singapore. Australia spent 264 million and the UEA 179 million. 70% of total sales were aeronautics, 9% was electronic and computer equipment and 8% was for navy vessels. 7% of sales were of land vehicles, mortars, explosives, armaments and ammunition. ‘Tedae’ is an umbrella defence organisation that comprises the companies Airbus, Indri, Navantia, Iveco and Santa Bárbara which accounted for just less than 90% of total sales. Expectations for sales in 2020 are that there will be some reduction in numbers, and there are no deliveries of the A400M planes in 2020 although there are still orders in progress. The company Navantia has orders for five corvettes for Saudi Arabia that total 1.8 billion euros with deliveries starting in late 2021, and an order for two large troop-carrying amphibious boats is expected to be awarded before the end of this year.

Discount Train Tickets The Spanish rail company RENFE has discounts on the cost of train journeys of up to 57% until December 12th with 380,000 tickets on offer. Information is available from www.renfe.com/es/es or www.trenes.com/ renfe.

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In the News told them that she had been made to feel very embarrassed about her body. It soon went viral and the museum replied that they regretted what had happened and wished to apologise, and would consider revising their rules or interpretation. The student pointed out that the museum was full of paintings and sculptures with semi-nude or completely nude women with large breasts and perhaps they should all be covered up!

Worries of a Strong Euro

The euro currency is currently showing a strong growth against the dollar, and in mid-September the exchange rate was 1 euro / 1.2 dollars. The creation of the EU Restructure Fund has boosted the euro and the dollar is not currently seen as a good deposit for funds, along with an anticipated inflation rate in the US of 2%. The Central European Bank is watching the situation carefully and notes that this means that imports are cheaper and inflation in Spain is lower, but the cost of crude oil goes up with a weak dollar. Analysts think that it will almost certainly go up from 45 dollars a barrel to as much as 55 dollars, or perhaps a peak of 60 dollars, and this is a worry. On the other hand, a strong euro is good for European stock markets that will attract investors. In mid-September the euro to sterling rate was 1 euro / 0.926 pounds which has risen sharply since August 30th, and this May it was only 0.895. Conversely, 1 pound only buys 1.08 euros, about the same as in March when the rate was 1.07. The sterling / euro exchange rate peaked at 1.2 last December 18th and on February 18th this year. This is not good for UK tourists coming to Spain but they are staying More Work at Almería Station away for an entirely different reason. The disused former station in Almería city that was built in 1895 is considered to be of great cultural Too Much Cleavage A French student on a hot summer afternoon in heritage and architectural merit and was designed September, who was intending to visit the Orsay by Gustav Eiffel who also designed the ‘Cable Inglés’ museum in Paris, was denied entry at the point discharge pier alongside the station, and of course where she had to hand over her bag. Receiving no the Eiffel tower. The rail company Adif started a explanation and a flat refusal from two female staff restoration project in 2018 but a new repair project she found a security guard who told her that there had to be approved in 2019 when unseen damage were strict dress rules. A manager was summoned to parts of the metal structure was discovered. and he told her that her somewhat plunging neckline Further work is now underway to repair these defects infringed the one that banned anything that “was and carry out other remedial work using identical susceptible of affecting the public tranquillity”. She materials to the original decorative brickwork on the was told that if she put on a jacket she was carrying facades at a cost of 516,000 euros. The cost of the she would be admitted and once inside she could first phase was 1.7 million euros and when all the take the jacket off. She put her jacket on but inside work is completed it is anticipated that it will be she noticed several other women wearing halter top ceded to the city for cultural or other use. dresses and other revealing clothes as it was so hot outside. She decided the only difference was that they had smaller breasts and her problem was her cleavage. The student put a letter to the museum on Twitter with a photo of her in the dress complaining that she had been denied entry, and

Less Crime in Spain Figures for violent crime in Spain continue to fall and the statistics for murder or homicide show a distinct downward trend. The category of murder for statistical analysis is where a person intentionally

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to customers. The number of people in this category is not more than 300 in all of Spain. About 60% of all murders in Spain are family related, and in another news item we comment on the number of women (and sadly children) killed in domestic violence.

An Unusual Cargo Enormous lorries have been transporting wind turbine blades from the manufacturer Eblades Technology S.L. in Granada province to the port in Almería. They are being shipped to Germany for a wind farm and each blade is 65 metres long. The lorries were escorted by police vehicles who temporarily closed some sections of the roads along the way to enable the lorries to manoeuvre round obstacles. The second delivery of six blades took place at the end of August.

The Guitar Made in 1684 The Almería ‘Antonio de Torres’ guitar museum put on display last December a Spanish guitar made in 1684 by the guitar maker Thomas Durán from Seville. It was loaned to them by a private collector for the exhibition “Five centuries of the Spanish guitar”. This is the oldest guitar in Spain and the exhibition closed in mid-September. The private collector has decided to give it to the museum on permanent loan to be seen by guitar experts and the general public for the foreseeable future. The museum curator has explained that there are references to a Spanish guitar in Lisbon in the 16th century, and in Paris and Venice in the 17th century, and this guitar has been restored and authenticated by guitar experts in Paris. Very little is known regarding the guitar maker.

Four Frenchmen Charged with Rape In early September, two Spanish girls aged 15 and 16 went to a hospital and complained that they had been sexually assaulted by four young Frenchmen, who turned out to be aged from 20-25 years. The girls stated that they had been plied with drinks in a bar in the centre of Seville and were then invited to go to an apartment building where they were told there was a rooftop pool they could use. In the apartment they allege that they were given more drinks until they became inebriated and then sexually assaulted multiple times. An immediate investigation

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guilty by the High Court in Madrid of the assassination of five Spanish Jesuit priests in 1989. It was claimed that they had been behind threats against the military. He had been living in Boston since 2001 and a Spanish judge charged him and others with their murder in 2011 and issued an international arrest warrant. He was eventually extradited to Spain in 2017. The court ruled that he had given a direct order for the assassination along with the murder of a fellow priest from El Salvador, their cook and her daughter that took place at the El Salvador Central American University. He was convicted of “State terrorism” and sentenced to consecutive Vera Lions Donations prison terms of 26 years 8 months and one day for Representatives from the Vera Lions charity each of the murders of the Spanish priests, totalling organisation recently presented the mayor of Vera, 133 years four months and five days. José Carmelo Jorge Blanco, a total of 3,000 euros, three large gel dispensers, and FFP2 masks, to be Filmmaking in Almería used at the Convento de la Victoria centre and the Despite all the restrictions, filming in Almería province two tourist information points at Vera Playa. The took place in early September with very strict health association donated 1,500 euros towards the fight considerations. Part of the filming was carried out against COVID-19 and 1,500 euros for the Vera Food at the Almería castle, and the film in six episodes is Bank for needy families. The mayor presented the entitled “Jerusalem”. Each episode covers times in President of the association, Andrew Pearson, with history that affected Jerusalem over a period of a traditional pottery jug, a symbol of the municipality 3,000 years and famous people such as David, and a diploma. Other representatives from the council Solomon, Herod, Cleopatra, Saladino, Prince Faisal, and Vera Lions attended the ceremony. Lawrence of Arabia, David Ben Gurión, Gamel, Abdell Naser, Moshe Dayan and Robert Cargill. In early The 100yr Old Postcard September, at the Venice Film Festival, the famous A woman living in Michigan who was checking her filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar presented his English outside post box was amazed to find a postcard language film ‘The Human Voice’. In an interview he with her address that was franked October 29th stated that he had two more films that he was 1920. It was addressed to Roy McClean and had been working on, and one of 45 minutes duration was a sent by Flossie Burgess. On the front, beside the Spaghetti Western that he wanted to film at address, it had written on it a reference to the family Tabernas. He is no stranger to our area; in 1982 he of his cousins and she hoped that his grandfather first visited the province to make part of a film at and grandmother were well. On the back there were Agua Amarga and Mojácar, and he returned in 2002 coloured figures from Halloween with a greeting. A to make another one that had the backdrop of Cabo spokesperson from the US Postal Service declined de Gata. Pedro Almodóver has stated that he to speculate where the postcard had been for nearly understands completely why Sergio Leone chose 100 years but stated that if a postal item was found Tabernas to make his Western films as the area is with the correct stamp and it had been franked, it very inspirational and unique. had to be delivered to an address that still existed. The woman is hoping that it might be valuable. Domestic Violence On August 30th, with the arrest in Águilas of a man Finally Found “Guilty” from Morocco who had murdered his female partner, In September a former El Salvador colonel was found the number of women who had been killed in Spain

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25% Holiday Discount The Junta de Andalucía Tourist Department have announced that residents of Andalucía who are on a padrón (the official register of inhabitants in municipalities) can go on holiday within Andalucía and claim a discount of 25% off the cost. The holidays can be taken from October 1st to May 31st up to a maximum of three holidays, and a top limit on the 25% discount for each holiday is 300 euros. This

means that for a family of four who book a holiday that costs 1,200 euros they will get the full 300 euros discount. A condition is that the holiday has to be for three nights or more and booked through licenced travel agents who have been given the ‘Andalucía Seguro’ category, who will administer the scheme. The President of the Almería Association of Travel Agents (Asaval) stated that this was very good news for the tourist sector, and the ‘Andalucía Seguro’ category applied currently to almost all of their travel agents, and more were in the process of applying. This category also means that all the health requirements had been complied with where people could stay. This appears to apply at present to 101 apartments, 67 rural establishments and 270 hotels, with applications in the pipeline from other establishments. Nine million euros in discounts is being made available and more money may be provided depending how the scheme works out.

San Juan de los Terreros Castle Work to restore the castle at San Juan de los Terreros has been authorised by Pulpí council. The total cost is 387,000 euros, of which 270,000 has come from a grant from the government cultural department. The castle is on the catalogue of monuments of great cultural heritage and was constructed in 1764 as a lookout tower for coastal defence, part of a comprehensive plan by King Carlos III. In 2015, guided visits took place to see the virtual representation of the Pulpí geode, which was not then open to the general public. Continued ....

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he was a painter. A search of the vehicle revealed 27kg of packets of cannabis concealed amongst tins of paint and other material. Police enquiries revealed that the cannabis had originated in Granada and the man posing as a painter had made 40 trips between September 2019 and February in rented vans. In MĂĄlaga, police arrested persons who were responsible for acquiring the cannabis and allocating it to various people in Granada for onward distribution. A total of 13 people were arrested along with 40kg of cannabis, scales, packaging materials, a hydraulic press, three pistols, ammunition and 100,000 euros. A police spokesperson stated that the gang was perfectly organised and a painstaking investigation, involving co-ordinated actions by police from the three provinces, had revealed who the various people were and resulted in the arrests.

The average age of people becoming infected with COVID-19 continues to fall. In AlmerĂ­a province at the beginning of September, when there were 1.700 people infected in the previous 14 days, 1,020 (60%) were under the age of 44. 390 were aged 15-29, and 455 were aged between 30-40 with hardly any difference between men and women. Prior to the return to school, the worrying statistic was that 207 young people were infected below the age of 14 which was 50% of all cases in this age group since the pandemic started. There were 300 persons aged 15-19 who tested positive, and during September and October some of this age group will be in schools and colleges. 152 people who tested positive were aged 20-24. In the age group 70-74, there were 142 infected people that clearly shows that younger persons are the most affected at present. The problem with young people being infected, often Bankia & CaixaBank without serious symptoms, is that they may infect Last month we reported on the Central European Bank making regular checks to see if any bank in the friends and family members. EU was suffering stress, and we commented that Bankia is still 61.8% owned by the Spanish state after A Cannabis Ring Dismantled Last February, police stopped a rental van in Los 22.4 billion euros was pumped in to keep it afloat in Gallardos with a man dressed in clothes that indicated 2012. Plans to sell off another 25-30 % this year have

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In the News been abandoned because of the pandemic. Two years ago they fused with the BMN bank and new proposals are that they fuse with CaixaBank and become the largest bank in Spain. This will have to be approved by the Spanish Bank Restruction entity and the CEB, but the fusion is seen as a very good idea. The state ownership of the new bank will go down to 16% and this stake should be much easier to sell. CaixaBank have 4,500 branches and 36,000 employees whist Bankia have 2,200 branches and 16,000 employees. In the first quarter this year, prior to the pandemic, CaixaBank declared a profit of 205 million euros, well down on 2019 figures, and Bankia declared a net profit of 142 million, similarly down from 2019. The value in shares of Caixabnk has gone down by 37% this year but those of Bankia have gone down by 42%. As we pointed out last month, a fusion of two banks greatly reduces operating costs but there will almost certainly be a closure of some branches and a reduction in staff. An initial estimate is that the two banks will shut 1,500 branches and may lay off 3,000 workers, except in other cases long term employees have been offered early retirement. A figure of 200 surplus staff has been given for Almería province. On September 17th it was announced that the merger was taking place, the two directors of the banks would be joint CEOs, the headquarters would be in Valencia and the ownership would be 75% CaixaBank and 25% Bankia. The saving on operating costs is put at 770 million euros in 2023. The number of bank employees at the end of 2019 in the UK was 344,000 spread between 7,600 branches. This is a far greater number per branch than in many other countries, and the number in Spain was only 173,500 in 24,000 branches. In 2021 it is anticipated that 4,000 branches from various banks will shut.

Lionel Messi to Stay At Barcelona Following the 8-2 defeat of Barcelona by Bayern Munich in Portugal on August 14th their star player, Lionel Messi, officially announced that he wanted to leave the club and exercise a clause in his contract that said he was entitled to leave whenever he wanted to, without any severance payment. Protracted negotiations took place and it then became clear that this option had expired on June 10th which was

when the current season should have finished. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the season had not finished and the last phase had not started, and Messi considers that he has been a victim of unfair circumstances. He dismissed the idea of any court action which was recommended by his legal advisors who said that his leaving date without any penalisation should have automatically been extended to the actual ending of the season and not June 10th. He said he would never resort to this in fairness to the club as, "It is the club of my life, I have made my life here."His only option if he left before his contract expires on June 30th next year was to pay a severance fee of 700 million euros (624 million pounds sterling). He stated that no football club that would like to have him as a player could come up with this sort of money so he would have to stay. From January next year he is free to start negotiations for a transfer to another club. He is viciously critical of the club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is president until next March, and accuses him amongst other things of “covering up the holes as they go along”. It has been suggested that he will have to resign shortly to avoid any more confrontation now that Messi is staying with Barca. If he does not resign, elections for the President take place on March 20th21st. On September 15th Barcelona were playing Real Madrid and they lost 6 nil.

Discounts for Electric Vehicles The Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition unveiled the Plan Moves II on June 17th this year. With a budget of 100 million euros it gave purchasers of electric vehicles, up to a ceiling of 45,000 euros, a discount of 6,500 euros. Autonomous communities (in our case Andalucía) had until September 16th to implement the scheme, and the amount of money available depended on the population. Only 11 of the 17 communities had done this in early September, so 20% of the funds were not yet allocated. In Andalucía there was 18 million euros available and they only put the plan into place at the last minute, whilst in Murcia they had put it in place in June with 3.16 million available. ‘Faconauto’, the Spanish Association of Motor Dealers, complained that not introducing the scheme until the last minute denied potential purchasers the ability to take advantage of the

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a brother, and she was taken to hospital. In an effort to find her identity to notify any family members, police and social services made a search of her apartment and found documentation that revealed she was the woman who had gone missing in 1995. Police in León were able to trace family members who were notified of her discovery and they travelled to the hospital where Blanca aka Eva is recovering.

Historic Exports During the pandemic, the Junta de Andalucía Ministry of Agriculture has been organising many virtual meetings with agricultural growers and importers in other countries involving 1,700 companies. From January 1st to June 30th sales of agricultural products amounted to the historic figure of 6.53 billion euros. The blanket term of agricultural products includes frozen meat, veg, fruit, olive oil, flowers, plants and cereals. The provinces of Almería, Málaga and Granada had the most sales, and Almería was at the top of the list with 30% of all sales which came to just under two billion euros, up 6.6% on 2019. Countries with the most imported goods were Germany, France and the UK, followed by Italy and the Low Countries, but China accounted for 142 million sales along with Tunisia, Australia and Morocco, with the US accounting for 6% of imports to the value of 363 million euros. A spokesperson from the Junta de Andalucía stated that there was an enormous market in Africa and Asia that needed to be exploited, but current exports are double the national average in the rest of Spain.

Found After 25 Years In 1995, an Argentinian woman called Blanca Mabel Otera, aged 43, went missing from her house in León and there was never any trace of her or contact with family or friends. A body of a woman who had drowned was washed up on a beach in Santander in 2001 and was thought to be her, but DNA tests proved that it was not. In late August, at Siero in Asturias, police were contacted by neighbours who reported that an elderly woman called Eva had not been seen for several days. Police found that a key was in the lock from inside the apartment so they forced a window to get in. They found the woman lying on the floor unable to move and suffering from severe dehydration and disorientation. She was unable to tell the police who she was, although she mentioned

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Costa de Almería and Eurosport The tourist department of Almería city started making short spot videos during August promoting Almería in the ‘Costa de Almería’ campaign to be shown on Eurosport at the time of the Roland Garros tennis tournament in France from September 27th to October 11th. It is calculated that 153 million homes in 54 countries watch the tennis matches, and the former tennis champion Henri Leconte, who won the Roland Garros championship in 1988 and the Davis Cup in 1994, featured in all the videos. Henri was filmed at the Calar Alto observatory, the Tabernas desert, Cabo de Gata, the Pulpí geode, the Civil War tunnels in Almería city, and eating at restaurants serving typical food from this region, as well as taking part in snorkelling, kayaking, 4 x 4 tours and a tennis match at the Club de Tenis in Almería. He spent a week making all the videos and stated that he was extremely impressed with everything he had seen. Opposition councillors in Almería criticised the cost of the spot videos that amounted to 400,000 euros when people from many European countries could not come here, or didn’t want to. The Councillor for Tourism stated that because of the pandemic very large numbers of people, particularly in France, would watch the tournament on television this year, as no spectators could go there, and it was money well spent.

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eptember 13th was World Chocolate Day so chocoholics could indulge with a clear conscience, and 2020 is given as the 500th anniversary of cocoa beans being introduced into Spain. World Chocolate Day came into being in the 1990s in France in commemoration of the date of birth of the multi-talented Roald Dahl who, amongst other popular books, wrote ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in 1964, turned into the famous film in 1971 starring Gene Wilder and another in 2005 starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.

your appetite and reducing cravings by inhibiting insulin resistance. The production of endorphins after consuming dark chocolate also reduces the urge to indulge in comfort foods. Studies have shown that regular consumption of dark chocolate can help reduce the risk of diabetes through the preventing of insulin resistance, because the flavonoids help with lower blood sugar. People with Type 2 diabetes can even take small amounts of dark chocolate to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Chocoholics don’t need many excuses to eat chocolate but dark chocolate, ideally 70% solids, has very distinct health benefits. This percentage has a low fat content and is rich in antioxidants. As regards combatting heart disease, dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids, which are paramount in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, consequently reducing the risk. Eating chocolate also improves the functioning of the coronary artery and prevents blood clotting and the clogging up of arteries as a result of reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL), often referred to as “bad cholesterol”. The flavonoids stop LDL from oxidizing and they have high levels of stearic acid, which further increases the level of good cholesterol and lowers LDL.

If you need any more reasons to eat dark chocolate, the presence of tryptophan, a natural amino acid in chocolate is essential in the production of serotonin, which greatly improves your mood. Another chemical found in chocolate is phenethylamine, present in relatively smaller amounts. It is also naturally occurring and acts by producing endorphins, the feel-good molecules. Dark chocolate has also been associated with aphrodisiac-type desires for engaging in sexual Eating chocolate reduces the risk of strokes because activity. it thins the blood. It is widely accepted that individuals with a higher intake of flavonoids have a reduced There is a very large and well known chocolate risk of both fatal and non-fatal strokes, so regular factory at Villajoyosa near Alicante. ‘Chocolates Valor’ bites of dark chocolate are highly recommended. has been making chocolate for five generations since they opened up in 1881 and the production area is As regards our brain, chocolate contains epicatechin, 20,000m2. In 1998 they opened a chocolate museum a chemical found in cocoa. Eating reasonable amounts with free admission dedicated to their history, early of chocolate regularly reduces memory decline, machinery, the growing of cocoa plants and the especially in older people, thereby reducing the risk various processes. From Mondays to Fridays they of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because epicatechin have 10 Spanish language guided tours and four in slows down the process of amyloid plaques (the English lasting 25 minutes with a maximum of 20 protein which causes progressive memory loss), from people. The factory floor is clearly visible and their being formed in the brain. shop is open from 10am-8pm. They make dark chocolate products with 70% or 82% pure sugar free Somewhat amazingly, regularly consuming small chocolate and 70% and 100% soluble pure chocolate amounts of dark chocolate helps you cut down on to be mixed with milk, along with a wide range of weight by stabilising blood sugar, as well as controlling boxes of chocolates that are irresistible!

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So Now You Know... The First Search Engine In 1990 the first search engine was invented by Alan Emtage, a post graduate computer scientist from Barbados, and fellow graduate Bill Heelan, at McGill University. They called it ‘Archie’, an abbreviation of archive without the letter ‘V’. It was designed to provide an index of public ‘FTP’ (file transfer protocol) sites, the internet information repositories before the Web and home pages, for people at the university. By 1992 it was hailed as an enormous success as it had catalogued over 200 public sites, which was a revolutionary new concept. At its peak in 1995 a total of 30 Archie-type search engines had catalogued several million pages. The Printing Press The German Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press about 1440. His previous invention was a moulding technique that enabled him to produce large quantities of metal letters and symbols. His mechanised printing press transferred the ink made from linseed oils and soot directly from the typeface to paper extremely quickly. This led to the widespread dissemination of knowledge for the first time. By 1550 it is estimated that 20 million books had been printed in Western Europe. Printing copies of the bible enabled far more people to read it, and Martin Luther published his “95 Theses”, a document that sparked the Protestant Reformation. A Great White Shark Story In 2019, Japanese fisherman reported that a Great White Shark had been caught in a fishing net with a sea turtle blocking his throat, which had caused the shark to die. This followed a story going round the day before that a shark had been spotted that looked near death, with a turtle clamped in its jaws. If sea turtles sense danger they try to turn sideways which makes it difficult for a sea predator to grasp them. A marine scientist explained that sharks must swim to breathe with their mouths open so as to allow oxygen rich seawater into their gills, and anything that obstructed this one-way flow could lead to suffocation and death.

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The Largest Diamond On January 25th 1905 at the Premier Mine in Pretoria in South Africa, a 3,106-carat clear diamond that weighed 1.33lbs was discovered 18ft below the surface by Frederick Wells, the mine superintendent. He gave it to Sir Thomas Cullinan, the mine owner, and it became known as the “Cullinan” diamond. He sold it to the Transvaal government who presented it to King Edward VII as a birthday present, and Joseph Asscher, head of the Asscher Diamond Company in Amsterdam, was given the diamond to cut. He studied it for six months and on his second attempt it split exactly as planned, when he is reported to have promptly fainted! The Compass Ancient mariners navigated by the stars, but this method didn’t work during the day or on cloudy nights, so it was unsafe to voyage long distances from land. The Chinese invented the first compasses sometime between the 9th and 11th centuries and they used lodestone, a naturally-magnetised iron ore. They didn’t indicate all the points of the compass but showed the direction of south. With contact amongst mariners this technology was imported into Europe and then Arabian countries. Ships could now travel long distances from land which led to an increase in sea trade and greatly contributing to the age of discover y. Nails Before nails, wooden structures had to be fixed together with interlocking joints that took a long time to achieve rigidity. In the Ancient Roman period their craftsmen developed the ability to cast and shape metal with a blacksmith heating a thin iron rod and hammering it to provide a point and a head. Until the 1790s these hand-wrought nails were the norm until nail making machines replaced the hand process. After Henry Bessemer developed his process of mass-producing steel from iron, 10% of nails became made of a soft steel wire by 1886. This method of producing nails from steel catered for 90% of all nails by 1913.

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uring the COVID-19 pandemic there has been some downwards adjustment in the price of property and an 18% reduction in applications for mortgages. This doesn’t apply to the top end of the luxury market and the Spanish company Idealista has published details on their website showing where the most expensive areas in Spain are located. They list luxury addresses in various provinces.

cinema and a gym, on sale for 32 million euros. Another luxury house not too far away from Villa Cullinan has 3,200m2 of living space on a plot of 7,800m2 with 10 rooms, 13 bathrooms, an impressive main staircase, a panoramic lift, an indoor golf simulator, home cinema, disco and two apartments. There is a spa area with an indoor salt water pool, a sauna, hydro massage area and Turkish and Roman baths, for only 29 million euros.

The most expensive houses are located in Calle Mozart in Marbella in Málaga province and if you want to become an owner of even a semi-detached property the average asking price is 8.5 million euros. The Coto Zagaleta urbanisation in Benahavís, also in Málaga province, has the next most expensive houses on the Costa del Sol with an average asking price of only 6.7 million euros. The third most expensive place is in the Paseo de La Marquesa Viuda de Aldama in La Moraleja area north of Madrid where the average price is 6.3 million. The short address of Calle 7 in Marbella is next on this exclusive list with an average asking price of just 6 million euros, followed by two streets in Mallorca. You can choose whether to live in Calle Tàpies in Andratx or in Calle Cosconar in Palma with an average price of 5.8 million euros.

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For 23 million euros you can buy a totally refurbished 5,900m2 17th century manor house on 300 hectares of land (3 million m2) only 10 minutes from Palma de Majorca. The 80 bedrooms all have private bathrooms and 10 have a spa. A central courtyard gives access to staff and security Back in Madrid in the Paseo de los Lagos in the accommodation and the covered parking has room municipality of Pozuelo, you only have to come for 17 cars. up with an average price of 5.3 million euros and at Calle Camino del Sur in La Moraleja the average If this is still too much money an American-style price has dropped to 5 million. In Calvià in Mallorca property designed by Joaquín Torres, an acclaimed properties in Avenida Portals Vells change hands architect, is in Sierra Blanca in Marbella. It has around 4.8 million euros, and then we are back to 3,150m2 of living space on a plot of 6,400m2 with Málaga in Calle Rossini near Calle Mozart where 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a spa, high-tech gym the average asking price is only 4.5 million. and a luxury staff apartment. The large garage has space for 10 cars, and this is for sale at only If you don’t want to live alongside neighbours, 19.9 million euros. Next on the list is a very Idealista listed the most expensive property for distinctive villa at Hornachuelos in Córdoba. It is sale in Spain in September at Benahavís in Málaga. a rustic property in the country but there are 17 The spectacular Villa Cullinan on a plot of 13,800m2 en-suite bedrooms and three kitchens together has 3,100m2 of living area, 10 bedrooms and 14 with an 865m2 hunting lodge. It’s yours for 19.5 bathrooms, inside and outside pools, a home million euros.

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eople buying food and drink products often have no idea how to interpret the long list on the packaging to decide if a product is healthy or not. Looking at the calorie content is not too difficult but all the other designations are almost impossible to compare from one to another.

Products that are all untreated are exempt and these include fresh products such as meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, bread, coffee, tea, infusions, milk, eggs, and items with a solo untreated ingredient such as vinegar, honey, wine, beers, spirits, dried fruits, grains, pulses and oatmeal.

Because of this, a new scheme will come into force in Spain in April next year, known as the “traffic lights” designation called “Nutri-score”. This has been in existence since 2014 when it was first proposed by nutritionists from Sorbonne and Oxford Universities and was accepted as being valid by the UK Food Standards Agency. It has been used in France since 2017. A horizontal bar has the colours dark green, light green, orange, light red and dark red, with the corresponding letters A,B,C,D and E that gives an indication of the healthiness of the product. There is a white outline that is a race-track shape that is placed over the corresponding letter. The labels have to be placed on the front of the product known in English as FOPL (front of pack label). The use of these bars is voluntary for manufacturers or those companies that package products, but Alberto Garzón, the Spanish Minister for Consumer Affairs, states that in consultation with suppliers there has been a good acceptance that the scheme is viable and that consumers may not buy products that lack the coding. Legislation will be passed in the Spanish parliament to provide a legal framework, and the existing system of listing ingredients, additives and energy content will continue in force.

In processed items that include some of the above they will count as part of the positive score along with protein and fibre content. Ingredients such as saturated fat, calories, sugar, salt and sodium will be included in the negative score. Category A will include packed bread, gazpacho, tomato puree and some jams. Category B will include non-alcoholic drinks without added sugar and treated meats along with chicken, turkey, and some breakfast cereals without sugar. Category C applies to dark chocolate, tomates fritos, and breakfast cereals with sugar. Category D includes sauces such as ketchup, some types of biscuits, and canned tea containing sugar. Category E will include all pastries, sugared drinks, pizzas and Algorithms received a very bad press in the debacle some pre-cooked items. over the recent exam results in the UK, but algorithms will be used that are applied to 100 gr Nutritionists consider that when choosing items of the product, with ingredients considered positive in a supermarket the labels will give the consumer and negative. The scores are then added up and an immediate indication of whether one item is will go from minus 15 to 40 with minus 15 being healthier than another one, and they will go for the healthiest and 40 the unhealthiest. For solid products in the highest and medium categories food the top dark green category is from minus and not buy products with the worst rating. It is 15 to minus one, the lighter green 0 to 2, orange also considered that the system will help to 3 to 10, light red 11 to 18 and dark red 19 to 40. prevent child obesity which is a problem in Spain.

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igures from December 2019 for dogs or puppies that have been micro chipped, so they are on a register, showed that there were 12 million in Spain, more than the number of children under the age of fifteen. Spain is a nation of animal lovers and whilst some dogs come from rescue homes, there are a great number that are purchased from breeders or dealers via the internet, particularly puppies. There are reputable breeders that are properly licensed, but there are many people who lack any of the necessary paperwork. Buying online is fraught with difficulties ranging from fraud where no dogs or puppies that are advertised actually exist, or puppies that have been taken from their mother far too early, or those that have illnesses that require immediate attention from a vet and in some cases only live a few days. There are a host of advertisements on the internet with claims that puppies have not been taken from their mother too soon, they have been given a health check by a vet, have been micro-chipped and in the case of a claimed pedigree there is documentation. Unfortunately, sometimes, none of these claims are true and in some cases the puppies have been shipped from countries such as Rumania where they have been bred in terrible conditions with multiple litters. 55% of purchasers of puppies in Spain opt for a pure breed so there should be proper pedigree documentation, 19% go for a stated mixed breed and 16% buy mongrels. Prices greatly vary with pure breed puppies from 400-600 euros but from some breeders the price “starts” at 800-900 euros (the price depends on their pedigree). These high prices will usually be breeds such as Maltese Bichóns, French Bulldogs, Bull Terriers and West Highland White Terriers. The Spanish Consumer Organisation stresses that internet purchasers should ask to be sent a scan of all the paperwork prior to purchase, including a health certificate from an approved vet in Spain who has to have an official licence number, and if

it is a pure breed, the pedigree documentation. This is very good advice unless the documentation has been forged! When a puppy is delivered it will invariably come via a courier and the advice is that a check by a local vet is essential in case there are problems. The presence of a microchip and the number can also be established. In theory, if there are severe health problems, the breeder should take the puppy back and make a refund.

Recently, after a painstaking investigation, police arrested five people following a deluge of complaints. This started in Caceres when a woman made an official complaint that she had bought a Maltese Bichón puppy and had made the required purchase price via a bank transfer. No puppy had been received, the mobile number of the seller was blocked, and there were no replies to emails. The criminal gang was made up of people in Castellón, Alicante, Ciudad Real and in Almería province from Olula del Río. This person is an alleged fugitive from justice for other offences with a criminal record, and a judge ordered his immediate transfer to prison on remand. All the people were charged with fraud, misappropriation of money, using false identities and belonging to a criminal gang. Obtaining dogs from a local rescue centre ensures that they have had the necessary vaccinations and health checks and may have been micro-chipped. They may not be pedigree puppies, but there are dogs of all types and sizes that absolutely need “a forever home”.

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

Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.48).........................950 092602

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

AIR CONDITIONING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.35)...647 247494 / 950 092604

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AUCTIONS

Gnomo Feliz II ..........................................................950 462540 Auction Subasta (Los Carasoles) ..UK 7413190882 / 643 137106 La Colonial ……………….........................................….950 133918 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas El Real) ..............950 528565 Los Carasoles Harley’s ..................................................................642 637371

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

AWNINGS & BLINDS Curtains with Style (Interior blinds) ...950 069032 / 678 811125 Costasol S.L. (Lloyd Dean) (See cover)...........................667 652 888 Coverbox (Albox) …................................................…615 992007 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 PersiVera 2005 S.L. ..................................................627 978635 Screenmasters (See p.45) ...….…...........................677 152911 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.45) .....................................627 907207 Speedyfit ...................................................................600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

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

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

Mojácar Bar Luz ....................................................................654 866110 Beachcomber ..............................................................634 339216 Cafeteria Bellagio .......................................…………950 472342 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ……….657 560679 / 645 414793 Café Latino ...............................................................626 717323 Captain's Tapas Bar & Restaurant...............................617 477797

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vera Playa

Rincon del Zahorí ..................................630 314400 / 625 103672 Rose & Crown .........................................................634 796884 Rusty Nail ...............................................................662 153813 San Pedro Belgian Bar .............................................722 485340 Scotty's …...................................................................687 382540 Shea’s Restaurant & Bar (See p.7) ...........................950 478186 The Irish Rover ......................................................950 473135 The Lemon Lounge .............................................….950 472659 The Roof Garden .................................................674 113218 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 Twister .....................................................………………600 006032

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

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

541115 589909 649469 642856 478202 467682 372210

Villaricos Bar La Plaza Villaricos .........................................…950 El Galeon ……...................................................……671 El Gato ..............................................619 884792 / 628 Los Conteros .....................................950 618629 / 699 Lucky Bar Pizzeria ...........................................…….647

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Toldos Farrago (Screens)(Vera) ................................667 567564

Aku Aku (Mojácar) (See p.6) ..............950 478981 / 634 979360 Alma (Mojácar) …......................................................950 805928 Ankara Beach Terrace (Mojácar) ………........………..950 473042 Armony Beach Club (Vera Playa) …......……………..617 745021 Bocaina (Mojácar) (See p.11).....................................615 644682 Chiringuito Manacá (Mojácar) ............693 618671 / 600 045599 Costa Tranquila (San Juan de los Terreros)..............620 236798 El Cid (Mojácar) ...................................950 472063 / 696 056128 Hola Ola (Mojácar) ..................................................664 097279 Los Tarahis (Agua Amarga) .......................................950 138235 Lua Beach Club (Mojácar) …......................………… 950 472643 Mandala Beach Club (Mojácar) ................................950 473131 Maraú (Vera Playa) ………...........................…………671 580340 Maui (Mojácar) ……...................................................950 478722 Neptuno (Mojácar) (See p.29) ............….................616 005387 Playa Juana Beach Club ............................................690 984992 Sol y Arena (Mojácar) ..............................................950 478308 Tito’s (Mojácar) ..........................................................950 615030 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611

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

250699 095956 400331 435909

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

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BATHROOMS & SHOWERS ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Ana Rodríguez (Huércal-Overa) ..........950 939154 / 606 784598 Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) ……………………..950 109986 Complete Renovations ...........................644 389255 / 672 379960 BICYCLE SALES & HIRE Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Dorothy Baños (Albox)...................................................661 463842 Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 All Bike All Run Sport (Albox) ...................................647 836426 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ....................................950 132458 Bikespin (Huércal-Overa) ................. 950 927678 / 662 543056 Doltcini (Clothing) (Mojácar) ..............950 092600 / 658 028646 Lufran Bike Sport …………....................................….607 074753 Rock & Road (Garrucha) .............................850 992805 / 628 2633389 Rodeca Bike Zone ..................................................950 132525 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 460738

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

BOAT TRIPS Glass Bottom Boat (Villaricos port) ….......................662 604456 Mojácar Home Improvements ...................................950 473104 Orca Steve (Mojacar, Garrucha) ..............................634 352873 Partylevante (Puerto Deportivo Garrucha) ...............680 942141 Sunshine Charters (Garrucha) ....................................634 398074

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

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

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

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

BUILDING SERVICES ABS Steve Ennis ....................................................687 846016 Adam's Building Services .............................………..600 041820 Alan Barker ........................................950 099913 / 600 268176 AlmeriaBuilders.com ……......................659 685133 / 950 9305202

Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 MD Building Services ..........................628 414861 / 628 414862 PR Building Services ................................................662 422170 Paul Acreman (General Builder) ..............……………607 196779 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ....618 920126 / 968 485729 Arboleas Building ………........………........................634 306690 Sierra Construcción .................................................611 028716 Ben Foster Building Services .................................642 471236 Valoser Obras .............................................................642 016954 CES Builders (Paul) ................................................685 017178 BUTCHERS Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Juan’s Carniceria (Mojácar Playa) ........................950 478409 Christopher Knell Building Contractors .....................634 344450 Complete Renovations ........................644 389255 / 672 379960 CAKES TO ORDER Dan (Almanzora area) ................................................692 596681 Alison’s Homemade British Cakes .............................639 028517 David Croft (Urcal) ………....................................……661 148067 Occasion Cupcakes (Velez Rubio) ............................634 329403 David Pritchard Construcciones ........617 698418 / 662 046497 The Cake Boutique (Arboleas) ............................+44 7800 892244 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 CAMPSITES Elite Constructions .......................................................636 092632 Genco Construction ...................................................607 271869 Camping el Cantal (Mojacar) ................................... 950 478204 Have Tools - Will Travel ...........................................641 438931 Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Campsite Marion (Vera) .............................................607 316553

CAR HIRE Al Andalus Car Hire ...................................................664 269440

Idomia Project Management ....................................643 J B General Builder ................................................. 687 Mario the Handyman ................................................642 M13 ............................................................................657

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Auto Corner (Limousines) .....................950 069198 / 667 439671 Caracola (Mojácar) .............................950 473157 / 637 545814 Costa Coches (Mojácar) ........................950 459208 / 950 069272 Europcar .................................................................950 615101 Mo-Car (Mojácar) ................................950 478307 / 626 976973 Solvi Car (Mojácar) …………....................................950 478151 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095

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

994435 851135 920126 006032

CATTERY see Kennels CBD SPECIALISTS

CAR WASH & VALETING

Denis’s Car Wash (Mojácar Playa) ...............................643 198320 Jones’s Mobile Valeting ............................................661 571939 CBD Natural (Huércal Overa) ..............950 882237 / 661 373684

CHILDREN & BABY

CARD SHOPS

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

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

CHINESE & ASIAN RESTAURANTS Chino Peking (Garrucha) .............................................950 132948 Dragon Chino (Las Buganvillas) ..................................950 133226 Gran Muralla (Albox) ................................................950 120166 Gran Muralla (Turre) ……............................................950 618880 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Palacio Imperial Marina (Mojácar Playa) ….................950 472208 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Restaurante Asia - Maribo Kitchen ...........................950 110420 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) ……….................……950 615596 CHIROPODIST & PODIATRISTS Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295 Clinica Podológica (Garrucha) ..................................950 132768 CARPENTRY In-Step (Arboleas) ...................................................634 330067 Bédar Madera (Bédar) ................................................687 503181 Kim White (Vera Playa) ………...................................637 149659 Cutler’s Carpentry .................................................697 907708 CIVIL ENGINEERS Go2 Joinery & Services ...........................................674 963957 Mojacar Carpentry & Home Improvements ...............603 688622 Isabel Morales ........................................................617 749105 Simon the Woodworker .............................................667 989270 CLAIRVOYANCY / PSYCHIC Unicraft …..............................................................…692 176069 READINGS Wildwood Bespoke Joinery ......................................634 328574 Anna (Tarot) ……….........................................………670 897832 CARPET CLEANING Beverley Kearns .....................................................600 796684 Jones’s Mobile Valeting ............................................661 571939 Chrissie Cremore ....................................................634 349638 Psychic Karen (Turre) ….........................................663 477658

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Barbara Clarke ...........................................................637 469937 CLOTHING (Personalised) Sello Gráfico (Mojácar Playa) ..................................607 424452 Chrissie Cremore (Reiki)............................................634 349638 Rascals Designs ............................... 950 064665 / 686 582140 Donald Mackinnon (Hypnotherapist) ........................628 651022 Tikka Uniforms (Mojácar) ….......................................667 479903 Emotional Freedom Technique .................................642 829305 Eve Morgan .............................................................647 203652 CLEANING SERVICES Fred Smithers (Acupuncture) ...............950 930456 / 618 107351 Amba Cleaners ........................................................697 516955 Gill Ballard (Healer/Counsellor) ...............................663 336655 Chris .......................................................................627 565049 Heaven Scent Holistics ...........................................663 923733 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Hypnotherapy (Karen) .............................................663 477658 Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 Dr. Jane Thompson (Psychotherapy)...968 485729 / 618 920126 Crystal Clear ............................................................637 229464 Daisy Proaño Alcivar (Contract & private) ……...….663 538596 Dusters Cleaning Company .....................................683 547581 Idea (Mojácar) .. ......................................................605 162709 Jone’s Upholstery & Rug cleaning ….........…………661 571939 Limpiezas Cristina …..............................................…660 306695. Limpiezas Maxlim (Palomares) …..…...678 567783 / 629 680161 Steve’s Deep Cleaning .....................................0044 7821 435275 Upholstery & Leather Cleaning .................................636 193256 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634 328911

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

Karen Green (Holistic Therapist) .........615 163416 / 850 993150

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

CONSERVATORIES AA Window Doctor ......................…............................630 231644 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…..........................677 152911 SpeedyFit ........................................950 472357 / 600 006032

COUNSELLING / HEALING Acupuncture & Massage ...........................................637 120429 Anushree Krementz (Healing / Satsang) ...................672 721096

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Kate Roberts ...........................................................950 469540 Malcolm Forrest-Hazell (Counsellor/Psychotherapist) ...693 489725 Natural Health (Mojácar) ............UK 0783 4872273 / 658 638142 Shiatsu (Wendy) ....................................................671 851135 Sue Osman (Therapist) ……...............950 473021 / 600 847964 Susan Hales (Tarot) ............................................... 643 960118 VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ........................................ 643 102335 Dr. Wanda Broeshart ................................................610 243327

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

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

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

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

DIET PLANS & WEIGHT LOSS

CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS

Image (Helen) ........................950 930192 / 665178326 Cortinas Gredécor (Vera / Huércal-Overa) ..................950 391361 Issysweigh (Albox) ...................................................600 334318 Curtains with Style (See p.21) ......950 069032 / 678 811125 Pam (Turre) ..............................................................639 465631 VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ........................................ 643 102335 Vicki (Turre) .............................................................650 764623

DIGGER HIRE See Excavation DIVING See Scuba Diving DOCTORS & CLINICS (Private) Analysis Clinic (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 475282 Centro Médico Mojácar ...............................................950 475105

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

Clinica Medica Garrucha ……...........950 133157 / 617 404500 Dr. Maria Rose (Garrucha) ..........................................950 132803 Euroclinicas (Vera) ........................................................950 391300

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

121149 121318 009051 468295 615596

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

Anita (5 Bone Kennels) …………......................……662 344734 Berta Ayora (Turre) ..................................................637 395775 Brigbe’s Dog Grooming ...........................................630 557123 Centro Garras (Huércal-Overa) ............950 616820 / 617 456548 ChuchosChic (Mojácar) ........................950 168778 / 621 231369 Elite Dog Grooming (Albox) …….…...........................617 313587 Luis (Clinica Veterinaria Garrucha) ....950 132200 / 628 663616 Lulu’s (Albox) ...................................950 952940 / 600 046557 Pampered Pooches (All areas)..................................662 344734 Pelitos (Los Gallardos) ..............................................637 286176 Shampooch professional pet grooming ........................642 276442

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SoloPerros (Turre) ..................................................674 509382 Ulti-Mutt ......................................+44 7894747657 / 634 332578 EMI Electrical Installations .......................................673 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 Francisco Montoya (Mojácar) .........................……….687 N.E.Electrics (Arboleas).............................................634 Peace of Mind 24/7 ............................................... 637 Zlatan ................................................630 207864 / 682

502867 549247 466352 358777 974662 277576

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

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES CDB Natural (Huércal-Overa) ...................................950 882237 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) ......634 322475 / 633 629883 Voluta's Place (Mojácar Playa) …...............................699 975552

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

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

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

121318 009051 615596 202599

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

ELECTRICAL GOODS Centro Comercial Almanzora (Olula del Rio) .............950 442012 Centro Ferretería Lopez Mojácar ...........................950 473111 De Pablo S.L. (Vera) ..............................................950 390129 Electro Ahorro (Albox) .............................................950 121069 Electro Hogar Rodriguez S.L. (Garrucha)..................950 460832 Euronics .............. (Albox) 950 430702 (Garrucha) 950 460832

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

ENTERTAINERS Abbie Lou (Female vocalist) .......................................687 340544 Amy Amy Amy Tribute Band ....................................645 886919 Ashley Cathcart .......................................................693 486788 Blues Brothers ........................................................680 355376 Bob Management .......................................................666 310251 Brendan O'Dee (Singer/Guitarist) ..............................610 855964 Brian Dee ………........................................................647 897533 Carol George (Female Vocalist) ............................634 285009 Catchlove Music (Varied styles duo)…...................678 397536 DJ Digit-Al ...............................................................634 338014 Dominic Doolittle ......................................................634 353525 Driftwood …….............................................................687 672028 Dynamite International Rock Band ............................666 310251 Emma Wild ..............................................................642 276385 Flamenco Dancer (English speaking) ...............687480694 Francisco J. ‘Pasus’ ..........................950 397401 / 699 510966 Funky Nomad ..........................................................643 256459 Georges Femenias (vocalist/guitar) ……...…………….634 300356 Good stand in drummer ...........................................648 699733 GuitarMac ( Guitar/Vocals ) .....................................634 340476 Harmony Duo .........................................................687 340544 Jill Farmiloe (Female vocalist) .................................607 443908 Jim Mackie (Piano Man) ..........................................651 751629 JuJu Entertainment ............................950 950797 / 697 462746 Kay Frances (Vocalist) ........................950 069288 / 689 404244 Kayleigh Easton (vocals) ...................................... 642 581198 Kev Moore .............................................................600 762856 Kris Kelly (Female Vocalist) .................................. 634 374525

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Lady Ellen Sings .............................673 459331 / 677 475268 Loose Change ..............................................................671 754851 M & M's Rock & Roll Revue ...................................699 462859 M Soul & Motown (all music styles) ........................634 340409 Maurice Casanove ....................................................671 386947 Maximum Output Karaoke /Disco ............................697 317557 Mel J (Female Vocalist) ........................................664 111990 Melodee (Duo) ................................610 855964 / 664 111990 Melodeemusic (Backing Tracks & Recording Studio).....610 855 964 Menta & Canela Duo ..............................................645 886919 Northern Lights Karaoke …...............................……..697 500673 Phil and The Invisibles ..................... 950 475752 / 651 045120 Richard Hill ..............................................................670 243461 Roadrunner (duo) ......................... 628 122363 / 684 330431 Robin Lamble ..........................................................602 469425 Rocio Starry (Vocalist) .............................................645 886919 Roy Fox ..............................................................711 003476 Sabrina Lloyd ..........................................................661 055440 Sharna Knight (Vocalist & Entertainer) ....................0044 7340 638513 Sharon-Elizabeth Regan ........0044 7858 459637 / 666 673055 Shirin (bellydancer) .................................................607 805367 Short-Fuse Blues Band...............................................651 610189 Smartie Pants the Clown ............................................617 815221 Solo Simon ...............................................................667 989270 Spotlight Entertainment (Karaole, disco etc.) .............634 311652 Starry Jazz trio/quintet .............................................645 886919 Sue Moretta .............................................................672 148730 The Fat Lizard Band .....(English) 651 045120 (Esp) 617 464728 The Opium Buddhas ………………….687 033106 / 667 989270 Tom Lee ……............................................................671 754851 Tony Matthews (Quiz organiser) ..............................634 391414 Tony Justice ……….............................950 950797 / 637 159249 Trio Chaos ................................................................687 361440 Triple Trouble Blues Band ........................................671 754851

Calida Homes (Arboleas)......................950 430763 / 634 302801 Casa y Campo (Lubrin) (See p.17) .........................678 587007 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) ..........950 134434 / 649 777218 Citrus Homes ...........................................................638 849254 Cole's of Andalucia ...............................950 469592 / 659 265907 Complete Holiday Care .......................950 478612 / 610 808631 Cortijos Almería …………............……........................676 916088 D & D Property Care, Sales & Rentals .....643 335386 / 643 337063 Dream Homes Almería (Arboleas) ...............................697 875717 Españarural (Albox) ............................950 102505 / 654 359607 Euroxan (Vera) .........................................................699 067922 Fincas Vera Playa ..............................950 460670 / 639 314767 Find Me A Home .................................951 914195 / 636 266641 FW Properties ................................634 325152 / 634 352285 Grupo Platinum Estates (San Juan) .950 466122 / 666 687251 Holmes for Homes (Arboleas) ..........850 993099 / 664 012024 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447 Indal-futur S.L. (Mojácar) ……............950 615156 / 609 026526 Indalo Real Estate ...........................950 091137 / 616 760409 Indasol Mojácar S.L. .................................................950 472200 Inmobiliaria Almanzora ..................... 9501 20406 / 637 251238 InmoTerreros (San Juan) ...............950 096180 / 666 255765 K7 Mojácar ...............................................................950 478555

Linnitt Properties (Turre).............................................950 479054 ESTATE AGENTS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450 Mojácar Estates (See p.49)......................................950 478935 AlmeríaCasas ...........................................................950 387852 Almería Homes ................................0044 1273 929286 / 950 930 259 Almeria Property Finder (Albox) ................................950 431624 Almería Prop. Investments (Las Buganvillas).950 460874 / 666 260792 Angel Property (Palomares) .....................................950 618054 Antonio Martinez de la Casa (Energy certs)..............950 092094 Arboleas Property Shop .................…....................…958 003391 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914

Mojacarmar ......................................950 475891 / 636 903184 Multicasa Aguilas .................................................... 968 493009 Neinor Homes (Mojácar) ..........................................900 110022 New Horizon Villas (Zurgena) ..................................950 438221 New One Stop (Mojácar) ..........................................950 473040 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) (See back cover)950 475800 / 607 146352 Next Stop Almería (See p.3)..............950 617518 / 678 034651 Nicla Property Consultancy S.L. ............950 133508 / 628 585538 Okisur (Mojácar) .........................................................950 472010

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

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

914257 392922 841750 479185

Olive Property Sales (Bédar)(See cover) .950 469624 / 687 938466 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) (See p.52/53).....950 478915 Property Floor Plans ................................................619 672431 Real Almería Property (Mojácar) .......950 336 769 / 620 368194 Realtors MB Spain ..................................................678 347125

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

EXCURSIONS

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

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

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

FASHION Dandara (Garrucha) ................................................950 617013 Etcetera (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................950 532810 Garabatis (Children's) Mojácar Playa …..........………670 035630 Glad Rags (Albox) ……….........................................634 313071 H & R Men's Fashion (Albox) …................................692 682164 Liz Fashion Accessories (Garrucha) .627 970819 / 607 511179 Modern Times (Mojácar Playa) …..........…………….950 475207

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

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Oasis Fashions (Mojácar Playa) ................................950 473222 Javi Orta, personal trainer (Mojácar) .........................651 693681 Palme (Mojácar Playa) ............................................950 472813 Jova Sport Center (Mojácar Playa) ............................950 473137 Prins Vitali (Mojacar) ….............................................950 478690 Saga Boutique (Mojácar) .........................................950 475258 Sunflower (Mojácar) ...............0044 7596 063544 / 600 880525 Taylor’s Hats, Caps & Accessories (Mojácar) ..........950 475877

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

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

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

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

FIREPLACES

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

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

FITNESS & DANCE

FLORISTS

Hortiflor (Mojácar) ....................................................950 478985 Isamy Florist (Los Gallardos) ...................................670 215902 See also Activities-Clubs-Associations Alison .....................................................................666 273168 LIS Florist (Garrucha) ................................................950 460901 Ananda Yoga & Holistic Centre (Mojácar) ...............617 719913 Penny’s Florist (Mojacar) ..........................................645 351767 Aqua Aerobics - Marianne (Arboleas) .......................637 435864 Persa Floristas (Albox) …….......................................950 120211 Club Deportivo Puerto Rey ......................................950 460545 FLY SCREENS Debbie James (Personal training) (Mojácar) ...........687 619239 AA Window Doctor ..............……….........................…630 231644 Dorothy Rowntree, personal trainer (Mojácar)..........666 815838 Armadillo …..............................................................663 303350 Fitness For All (Bédar) ………..........…………………..647 593323 Bugs ...........................................................................600 049515 Gimnasio Formas (Turre) .............................................950 468065 Coastal Mosquitoes ...........................606 040462 / 610 000700 Gympower (Personal trainer) (Albox) ......................609 591606 Curtains with Style .........................950 069032 / 678 811125

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

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

Dave ........................................................................634 351275 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 SpeedyFit ..............................................950 472357 / 600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564 Tony Justice ...................................…..950 950797 / 637 159249 Funeraria Pérez (Mojácar) (See next page) .............950 478102 Mojácar Home Improvements .........................…….950 473104

FOOD SHOPS Catch of the Day UK Fishmonger ........ 634 301490 / 634 304288 Eurowise (Albox) ……………….............................…..950 439801 Gastronomía (Delicatessen) (Las Buganvillas) .......950 132048 La Venta de Alfaix Minimarket (Alfaix) ..........................950 469660 Las Buganvillas Minimarket ………........................…..635 036408 Manoli (Arboleas) …...................................................627 941654 Price Busters (Albox) .................................................950 951494 Sol Supermercado (Albox) ….......................................950 430043 Spar Supermarket (Huércal-Overa) ...........…………..950 135222 Spices n' Herbs in Spain (Albox)...............................689 482694 FUNERAL PLANS Super Corner (Turre)..........................950 468303 / 637 016107 The Corner Shop (Albox) ………………950 930539 / 680 776791 Avalon Europe S.L. ............................950 069012 / 634 321296 Golden Leaves Funeral Plans (Benitachell)............. 966 493082 Iberian Funeral Plans ...........................951 203994 / 965 993498

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

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

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

Abodes (Mojácar Playa) ...............................................697 778355 Continental Descanso (Antas) 950 459011 (Albox) ...950 633288

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El Rincón de Mueble ....(Vera)950 460867 (Antas) 950 Elleann’s Homestyle .................................................674 Embargos Bestiales (Antas El Real) ......................950 Fig Furnishings (Mojácar Playa) ...............................643 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarrón)....968 153907 / 678

459071 514999 105711 065179 083491

Agave …….................................................................617 826334 Antas Garden Centre (El Real) .............................610 243838 Cedar Landscapes …….............……....................…620 112193 Chris (Gardening) .................................................711 011254 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Indalocio Garden Furniture & BBQs .(See p.13)........850 993090 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 Jardin Natural ............................................................685 478187 L & M Landscapes .................................................670 409538 La French Touch ......................................................607 226269 Lady Muck Gardening .............................................697 317557 Luke's Landscapes and Gardens ............................641 684017 Madera Mania (Garden Supplies) ….........................667 562872 Mel Wood Landscapes ...................................0044 7973843706 Mobile Shredder & Mulch Garden Service .............687 024884 Nash Groundworks ..................................................722 546192

Homecentre (Albox) (See p.5)...........868 931872 / 671 715294 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ..................................950 132458 Ideas del Mueble (Antas) ...........................................950 452816 Indalocio Garden Furniture & BBQs (See p.13)..........850 993090 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 Koala Furniture (Antas).................................….........950 392307 La Lonja (Lorca) (See p.27) ........................................968 443322 Linea Nueva (Arboleas) ……………….620 237529 / 950 120630 Me & Mrs Jones (Mojácar) (See p.25).........................634 364795 Muebles Rodríguez (Los Llanos, Arboleas) …...........950 430778 Muebles La Simona (Garrucha) ...............................950 132443 Oak Furniture Spain .............................622 288750 / 681 095096 Sofa & Sofa (Las Buganvillas) ..........654 596247 / 654 596220 Potty Finca Services ..................……..950 163930 / 616 Unicraft (El Real, Antas) ............................................692 176069 Riegos y Conducciones (Antas, El Real) .................950 The Tidy Gardener .................... 0044 7957167633 / 634 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634

855294 459146 318369 328911

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

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

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

GLASS CURTAINS Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 GARDENS Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…...........................677 152911 24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 306269 SpeedyFit .......................................950 472357 / 600 006032

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Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

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

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

GOLF COURSES Cutting Edge (Hair & Beauty) (Albox) .........................950 633086 Dave Eccles (Mobile Hairdresser) ......950 525790 / 687 033106 Donna's (Albox)..................................950 930167 / 628 669456 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) ............................... 663 561521 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) Yasmin ......................656 646257 Elaine Mobile Hairdresser (Coast & Inland).................634 379424 Elegance (Turre) ......................................................634 308877 GOLF TUITION Etticut (Turre) .............................................................667 971960 Gareth Edwards (Cortijo Grande) …...........................950 479176 Farrow's Hair Design (Arboleas) .................................950 634346 Marcus (Mojácar) .....................................................610 526671 Forever Chic (Palomares) ........................................601 634193 Neil Evans (Desert Springs Golf Resort) ............... 638 531821 Valle del Este (Vera) ...............................................676 256923 Aguilon Golf (Pulpi) ......................................………..672 Cortijo Grande ..........................................................950 Desert Springs ........................................................637 Macenas Beach Golf ...................…....................…..950 Marina Golf ..............................................................950 Valle del Este ...........................................................950

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GRASS, ARTIFICIAL Grass 4 U .................................................................638 574145 Greenfingers Arboleas S.L. ..........……......……………629 947633 Inspired (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) .................... 950 147763 Nash Groundworks .....................................................722 546192 Tiger Turf ............................................950 431624 / 635 652745

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

HAIR, HEALTH & BEAUTY Affinity Beauty Treatments (Turre) ............................678 992093 Amazing Nails .........................................................641 640578 Anavi Estillistas (Palomares) .....................................670 094722 Angela Ellis - Holistic Therapist ...............................642 577637 Avon Co-ordinator (Jane) ……...................................670 722705 Avon Cosmetics (Arboleas) ………........................….691 987454 Avon Cosmetics (Bedar) ...........................................950 398980 Avon Cosmetics (Húercal Overa) …....647 092010 / 950 137208 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos) .............................687 960362 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos camping ) ..............950 469684 Avon Cosmetics (Turre & Vera) .................................643 102335 Avon (Total Entertainment, Albox) .............................950 121318 Avon (Total Entertainment, Arboleas) ........................678 009051 Beaches (Hair & Beauty) (Mojácar) (See p.15) ....950 473110 Beauty by Marilyn ....................................................950 398852 Beauty Center (Mojácar) (See p.37)..........................687 480694 Bonita Hair & Beauty Salon (Mojácar) ......................643 649453 CDB Natural (Skin care) (Huércal-Overa) ................950 882237 Carlos Barber Shop (Mojácar Playa)..........................610 575911 Centro Estética (Mojácar Playa) …..................………950 472680 Claire & Inma (Mojácar Playa) ...................................950 147630 Cloud 9 (Mojácar) .........................................................662 226086

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

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Miki Designe (Villaricos) ............................................635 867757 Ferretería Gonzalez (Mojácar) ……….........................666 471384 Naturalmente Mediterraneo (Skin care) (Garrucha) …655 299494 Ferretería López (Mojácar) ……..................................950 615026 Nicole Andreano (Las Buganvillas) ..........................675 622216 Ferretería Longo (Albox) ……....................................950 430064 Ferretería Soler (Garrucha) ……..................................950 460073

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

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

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

Pure Natural Deodorant ...........................................950 066163 R retreat (Cucador) ……...........…...............................626 144680 Room 97 (La Alfoquia) .............................................683 479261 Salon de Peluqueria y Estetica (Garrucha) ...............950 133162 Sarah Noble (mobile hairdresser) ...........................692 195500 Shiatsu Centro de Terapia (Huércal Overa) .............671 851135 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) ...........................950 449451 Stella’s Hair & Beauty (Las Buganvillas) ..................950 699973 Sunlight Spain (Herbal Products) ...............................684 212474 VaVa Yoga y Más (Vera) ........................................ 643 102335 Wacky Barber & Hairdresser (Mojácar) ....................667 961645 Expecting a Baby (Almanzora Valley) ....950 436581 / 666 375688 Sound Systems ..........................…............................630 231644

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

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HORSE RIDING Centro Hipico Valle del Almanzora .........................691 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ...............................................639 Media Legua Equestrian Centre (Vera) ..............……667 Wavelengths (Albox) .............................................…950 120309 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) .................................642 Sanctuary Limaria .....................................................628 HARDWARE OUTLETS Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028

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INSURANCE

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

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

HOUSE & PET SITTING

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

ASSSA Seguros (Vera) (See p.33) ..........……………950 392487 Asisa (Vera) ................................................................950 391950 Axa .....................................................950 478763 / 609 667333 BWI Bryan White Insurance (Mojácar) ......................950 472098

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

HOUSE CLEARANCE Almeria Castaño House Clearance .......611 028716 / 950 110404

Items For Sale Mojácar .......................694 439275 / 950 478753 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699

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

Catalana Occidente (Palomares) ..............................950 618054 Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Playa) .........................950 478307 Edward William (Marine Insurance) ……………….….952 476090 García & Trinidad (Albox) …….............950 120340 / 620 240563 Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 473192 Grupo Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Pueblo) 950 478061 / 653 806908 Ibex Insurance Services Ltd (Mojácar & Albox) ........950 120070 Liberty Seguros (Turre) ….................950 479568 / 620 179206 Liberty Seguros (See p.23) ......................................913 422549 Mapfre (Mojácar) ...950 478151 (Garrucha)................950 617376 Maxine Morgan Liberty Seguros (Las Buganvillas) ........669 074 996 Mojácar Insurance ...................................................634 323399 Sol y Mar (Albox) ……….....................950 064584 / 654 590258 Sol Insure ………..........................................………..950 472098

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

INTERNET CAFES see Cybercafes INTERNET TV

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

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

JEWELLERY

INTERNET PROVIDERS

Castellón (Bédar) .................. ....................................642 435909 Albox Online ..........................................................950 091111 Jewellery Paula (Albox) ...........................................960 430871 Connexions (Turre) ……..............................…………..950 479502 Joyería Pérez (Garrucha) ........................................950 460636 Next .............................................................................950 479369 La Luna (Garrucha) .................................................950 132543 Plusnet ................................................744 610389 / 850 992555 KENNELS, CATTERIES & PET GSF Communications ...............................................950 473102 SITTING Satcomms ..............................................951 406556 / 622 524335 Animal Hotel (Águilas) ..............................................639 722197 INTERPRETING/TRANSLATIONS Boarding Kennels Los Llanos de Rosa (cats & dogs) ..629 448073 1-2-1 Translations (Spanish, English, Norwegian)......662 390453 Country Kennel (Turre) .........................950 473011 / 627 564640 Alpha Interpreting and Translation .......950 133508 / 677 530690 Dog & Cat Sitter Service …………………..................676 389592 Andrés (Mojácar) ........................................................679 932632 Gail .....................................................693 769079 / 697 500673 Antonio García Russell (Mojácar) ..............................606 198958 Five Bone Hotel (Turre) ............................................630 234556

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

KEY CUTTING

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

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

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

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

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

Karting (Garrucha) ….........................................……950 460207 Lunar Cable Park (Cuevas del Almanzora) .................665 512873 Nautarium Sea Museum (Garrucha) ………........…..950 139554 Paintball Almanzor (nr. Arboleas) ..................………..619 559261 Paragliding ………................................635 243539 / 680 358549 Sol-Aero (Vera) ..................................609 685132 / 661 985358

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

LOCKSMITHS 24hr Locksmith (See previous page) ..950 472982 / 658 828560 Guzman Seguridad (Albox) ..................950 431497 / 617 272885 Locksmith (Dean) .....................................................666 949213

Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ........................950 473192 Gestoría Soria Bonilla (Mojácar) ................................950 478420 Kim Clark UK Benefit advice ……..….950 169729 / 663 297568 Mayor Consulting (Garrucha) .......................................950 615185 Mojácar Playa Asesores ……........………...……………950 472710 Pilar Pérez Gestión S.L. (Mojácar) ............................950 478863 Vera Advisors (Vera) .................................................950 390621 Phil the Pick 24hr (Arboleas) …................................697 MS Legal ..............................................950 479613 / 634 322827 LOGS FOR SALE Villalba Asesores (Albox) ..............................................950 431720 Antonio Diaz .............................................................689 LEISURE ACTIVITIES Colin & Carlos ....................................660 903158 / 630 Firewood Arboleas .................................................647 and TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 Las Norias Carden Centre (Los Gallardos) ..............670 Extreme Adventure Mojácar ......................................687 919840 Leña Ramos (Arboleas) ….........................................616 Indalo Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073 Lee (Arboleas) ...........................................................636

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Leñas Cazorla (Turre) ...............................................607 Levante Logs ............................................................670 Log-On-Tommy …........................................................619 Palm Deliveries (Albox) .....................950 122416 / 686 Phil (Arboleas) …........................................................634 Potty Finca Services ............................950 163930 / 616

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

MASSAGE Acupuncture & Massage ..........................................637 120429 Alternativa (Jessica Rippin) ......................................676 284170 Anushree (Cranio - Sacral -Therapy) ......................672 721096 Authentic Thai Massage (Jom) ..................................616 922612 Holistic Massage, Lorraine ................950 064484 / 687 569113 Lymphatic Drainage & Cranio Sacral-Therapy (Gabi) 633 011442

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

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Optica Mahis (Vera) ………...................................…..950 390777 NURSING see also Home Carers Angels Nursing Group ...............................................902 026468 Optica Orbera (Huércal Overa) ....................................950 135596 Optica Orbera (Albox) .....................................950430101 Optica Villazar (Mojácar Playa) …............................….950 472783

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

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

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

OPTICIANS Federopticos (Aguilas) ……........................................968 414468 Federopticas Diaz (Albox) ..........................................950 121122 Multiopticas Indalo (Garrucha) ...................................950 460665 Multiopticas Indalo (Mojacar) .....................................950 472285 Multiopticas Indalo (Campohermoso de Nijar) ............950 385082 Natural Optics (Garrucha) .........................................950 133921 Opticas Indalo (Garrucha) ..........................................950 133865 Opticas Indalo (Carboneras) .......................................950 130707 Opticas Indalo (San Isidro de Nijar) ...........................950 366200 Óptica Albox …………….......................................…..950 121991

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

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

PAINTING & DECORATING A.J. Painting & Decorating .......................................687 024884 Alan Barker ......................................950 099913 / 600 268176 Antonio Perez (Mojácar) ………........................…….691 240495 Borders Painting ………..........................................…687 661807 Cabrera Painting and Decoration Works ...................637 524709 Casanove Interiors ......................................................680 836166 C.I.S Services (Arboleas) ........................................634 621747 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 Darpa S.L. ..................................................................691 055726 Darren Hargreaves ...................................................626 855483 Grupo Brideca (shop) (Huércal-Overa) 950 471045 / 950 135881 IPB Painting ........................................661 184848 / 622 524335 JPM ...........................................................................627 090422 Jay the Painter ........................................................697 176787 Paul ...........................................................................649 186107

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Phil the Painter ……..............................................…671 The Fast Brush .........................................................950 True Colours .............................................................636 Vera Painting Services ............................................711

PATIO & POOL

227259 PHYSIOTHERAPY 472668 Caroline De Maeght (Villaricos) ................................650 134805 638670 Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) ......................................695 355381 004024 Clínica Fisioalbox (Albox) ..........................................629 402852 Clinica MOS Fisioterapia (Mojácar Playa) .................644 394335 ENCLOSURES

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

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

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

PIANO TUNER PET SHOPS & TRANSPORT La Tienda de Basilio Rubio (Albox) ...........................950 431592 Madera Mania (Los Gallardos) …..................……….667 562872 Mojácar Mascotas ......................................................679 411203 Pet Tag Engraving ...................................................711 006027 Tucano Mascotas (Vera) ............................................650 292670 Union Jack (Pet Transportation) ...........………………….902 109560 VetCare (Vera Playa) (See p.7)................................950 775102

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

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

Terry …...................................................................…697 229753

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

PIZZERIAS Antonella (Mojácar Playa) ................................……..950 450215 Bocapizza (Albox) ......................................................950 120506 Cafetería Levante (Mojácar) .....................................950 615224 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba (Mojácar Playa) ............645 414793 Centro Plaza (Palomares) …...............................…..950 618614 Chili (Turre) ................................................................950 468425 D'Angelo (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 478517 El Gaucho (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950 478846 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ......................950 472995 / 642 514738 Meson Felipe San Bernabé (Mojácar Playa) ..…….950 475966 Ilario Imperial (Mojácar Playa) ...............................….950 478098 La Góndola (Garrucha) ..............................................950 133928 La Muralla (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 472928 Little Italy II (Garrucha) …………...........………………950 133802 Lucky Pizzeria (Villaricos) ........................................670 073597 Pizzo (Villaricos) .....................................................655 797530 Osteria (Mojácar) ......................................................950 615151 Ottocento (Mojácar Playa) .........................................950 615100 Portofino (Mojácar) ....................................................950 472809 Mari Cruz (Turre) …..........................................…….950 479646 Provenzal (Mojácar Playa) ..........................................950 478308 Pulcinella (Mojácar Pueblo) ......................................950 478401 Rincon del Zahorí (Mojácar Pueblo) ..630 314400 / 661 604220 Quick (Garrucha) ......................................................950 132305 Sottocasa (Mojácar Playa) ........................................950 093075

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

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

Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Chris ........................................................................711 011254 Carlos (Saliente) Plumbing & Heating ..950 930900 / 620 742954 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Graham ....................................................................620 112193 Knowles ….........................................950 137197 / 606 807797 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Francisco Montoya (Mojacar) …............………………..687 466352 Smith Plumbing S.L. ..................................................950 468041

Almeria Pools .............................0044 7957167633 / 634 318369 Blue Diamond Pool Care ..............................697238933 Clean Pool Service (Arboleas) ...................................606 654389 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 D & J Pritchard Construcciones .........617 698418 / 662 046497 Heat My Pool ....................................950 528128 / 663 303350 IndalPool (Albox) …………...............................……..950 431859 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 Oasis Pool Cleaning Services ............634 332170 / 634 332178 Olive Tree Farm Pool Services ...............................643 463129 Piscinas Miguel (Maintenance) .............950 478652 / 607 480865 Pool Medics ……………...................................……….634 353525 Pools & Piscinas (Cleaning - Bédar) .........................637 915898 Procare Pools (Arboleas) ..........................................642 370681 Proyectados Pool Sureste ............................................630 810299 Salvador (Pool Maintenance) ......................................696 426523 Sundance Spas - Pool Maintenance S.L. ....................950 472845 Tanby Piscinas ............……….............950 468230 / 609 888549 Triton Pool Cleaning ...............................................634 326322 Tropicana Swimming Pool Construction 650 906114 / 689 404244 True Blue Pools & Spas ..............................................661 148998

POSTAL SERVICES

Can Connect (Albox) …….........................................950 121149 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Connexions (Turre) ..................................................950 479502 Forget-me-not (Las Buganvillas) ....................………..950 118043 Frankie’s Bar (Vera Playa) .........................................662 474861 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ................................................950 393835 Offex Spain ................................……..966 765950 / 661 386942 PODIATRISTS Pam’s Post (Albox) ............................................... 664 565479 See Chiropodists & Podiatrists Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635 722290 The Post Shop (Albox) ………..............950 064584 / 635 979829 POOL COVERS 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Coverbox (Albox) …….................................................615 992007 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Enclose My Pool ..................................606 040462 / 670 510097 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295 Hispavan pool covers ........................950 047033 / 687 845730 PRINTING & GRAPHIC DESIGN Real Covers (Mojácar) ........................950 478763 / 609 667333 AdverTees (Albox) ...................................................641 407147 WS Cover ...................................................................667 480363 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102

POOLS & POOL MAINTENANCE 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Aguafer Piscinas S.L. ................................................950 617064 Alloa Pool Care (Albox) ………….................…………..650 244018

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

162709 393835 322475 680110 262100 133492 424452

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE 24hr Casaserve .....................................950 466438 / 676 306269 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Arboleas Builders ………...............……950 930536 / 634 306690 Can I Help You (Vera) ………..................................691 662267 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 D & D Property Care & Rentals (See cover).643 335386 / 643 337063 Exclusive Holiday Villas ............................................950 092602

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Hire a Hubby …………........................950 436679 / 619 066022 IDP Services …………................................................608 238775 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 J & J Property Care ....…….................950 452106 / 617 657414 La Casa es Tuya .......................................................663 931471 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Mojacar Estates ..........................................................950 478935 Mojácar Homes & Villas ...........................................634 330652 Procare Property Service (Arboleas) .......................642 370681 Triton Property Maintenance ...................................634 326322 Xtreme Cleans Property Care ..................................634 328911 Zlatan ................................................630 207864 / 682 277576

Findmeahome ....................................951 914195 / 636 266641 Holiday Home Europe .........................950 120210 / 654 590258 Holiday Letting Service ........................950 472903 / 627 565049 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 Indalo Real Estate .............................950 091137 / 616 760409 Indasol Mojácar S.L. ..................……....................….950 472200 Inmoterreros ...................................................................950 096180 KW Resorts Holiday Rentals ......................0044 (0)1293 863320

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...................950 475199 / 629 673450 Almería Holiday Rentals ............................................638 701670 Almería Property Agency (Arboleas) …..850 993099 / 606 281865 Almeria Rentals ................................. 650 764623 / 648 523073 Apartamentos Torrelaguna (Las Buganvillas) .............950 132580 APT Lets (Valle del Este) ….................950 619227 / 626 578164 Blaumar (Huercal Overa) .....................950 135512 / 670 869533 La Casa es Tuya .......................................................663 931471 Blue Sea Villas (Mojácar) (See front cover).............….950 478643 Mojácar Estates ........................................................950 478935 Casa Benedict Rentals (Turre) …...………....…………616 189002 Casa Paz Holiday Lettings (Huercal-Overa) ...........693 935118 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Citrus Homes ...............................……......................638 849254 Clean Team Property Care & Rentals 850 993202/ 642 911850 Coastal Properties (Mojácar) ........................................950 475235 Complete Holiday Care ....………...........950 478612 / 610 808631 D & D Property Care & Rentals (See cover).643 335386 / 643 337063 E-Property Almería ...................................................677 146592 Exclusive Holiday Villas ..........................................950 092602 Mojácar Holiday Services .......................950 699947 / 634 972377 Mojácar Homes & Villas ...........................................634 330652 Mojácar Long Term Rentals …...............................…636 903184 Next Stop Almería ................................950 617518 / 678 034651 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) ............................950 478915 Real Almería Property (Mojácar) ............................634 316068 Rent Mojácar ............................................................950 615042 Sandy Goldfinch ........................+44 7767 301159 / 670 575897 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Spanish Property Choice (Mojacar) ..... 950 475823 / 634 351562

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Sunshine Villas............................………850 993202 / 694 440184 The Key ................................................................0044 7541 842710 Triton Property Services ..........................................634 326322 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827 Year Round Holiday Rentals .............950 619178 / 627 763052

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aguilas Carlos III ..................................................................968 411650 El Faro .....................................................................968 412883 El Guacamole (Mexican) ...........................................968 413491 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 Hotel El Paso ...........................................................968 447125 La Calica (Hotel Cala Real) .....................................968 414562 La Vía ........................................................................619 131152 Piccolo Mondo ............................................................968 411946

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

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

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

Arboleas Bar Limaria ..............................................................950 930047 Happy Garden .........................................................950 120851 Hostal Meson ………..........................950 430137 / 635 612738 Hotel Rural Azabache ............................................690 258813 Nueva Trinidad ....................................850 993250 / 634 369833

Bédar Items For Sale Mojácar ..................694 439275 / 950 478753 El Cortijo ............................................950 398108 / 689 702916 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas) .............................950 391412 El Paso ...................................................................678 868963 Moovit Transport & Storage ...............950 930316 / 642 586701 Miramar .....................................................................950 469308

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Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Badgers ...................................................................950 478525

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

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

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

Cucador La Vida

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

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

El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin)

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

Garrucha

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

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

339216 478800 809035 357654 891772 477797 472190

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

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

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

Los Carasoles

Harley’s ...................................................................642 637371 D’Angelo .....................................................................950 478517 Delfín Dorado......................................950 475212 / 645 220095 Los Gallardos Dolce Vita ................................................................950 478476 Apolo ……...................................................…………..600 495182 Don Pancho (Mexican) .................................................950 472543 Meson Verfran ...................................950 469393 / 637 810143 El Deseo .................................................................670 018035 Miraflores ..................................................................950 469519 El Gaucho ................................................................950 478846 Mojácar - see also Mojácar Pueblo El Lugar ...................................................................679 676405 Alcazaba ………......................................................657 560679 El Sitio ....................................................................950 615411 Al Punto (Brazilian) ...................................................950 475899 Enrico (Italian) ...................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Antonella (Italian) .............................................……..950 450215 Gastro Malabar .........................................................950 472970 BaoBab .....................................................................689 642923 Habana 1957 (Cuban) ................................................850 987214

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

Mojácar Pueblo Arlequíno ..........................................950 478037 / 649 337781 Calima (Moroccan) ..................................................608 807331 Casa Minguito ………...............................................950 478614 El Antler ……....................................................……600 540661 La Candela …...........................................................647 724367 Pulcinella (Italian) .....................................................950 478401 Restaurante Aires del Sur ..................606 061811 / 950 478014 Restaurante Calima ………………........................….663 286962 Restaurante Mamabel's ...............................................950 472448 Rincón de Embrujo …....................…………………….600 531270 Rincon del Zahorí .............................630 314400 / 661 604220 Imperial Playa (Italian) ..............................................950 475360 Kukis .........................................................................950 377076 La Cabaña ................................................................950 615179 La Cachimba (Moroccan) .........................................950 099179 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478841 La Cometa ...............................................................950 615209 La Estancia …….............................................………654 562396 La Gaviota ……………...............................................950 472177 La Paratá ...................................................................950 375590 Los Amigos ......................................…………………950 478489 Levante .....................................................................950 615224 Marama ..............................................660 696229 / 666 260852 Marcelo Entre Tapas .................................................950 031812 Martín Morales ..............................................................950 478812 Mediterráneo ............................................................950 309869 Meson de Loic y Cathy ...........................................950 478050 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ...................…………….950 475966 Meson Mémé …........…………………..674 141159 / 647 954405 Mandala Beach Club ................................................950 473131 Mohana .....................................................................950 472941 Mountains of the Moon (Indian) ........950 472002 / 637 914632

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

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

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

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

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San Juan de Los Terreros

Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096

La Geoda ..................................................................637 020159 RURAL TOURISM Mi Cortijo …………......................................................950 466323 Cortijo Pocico de la Nava (Mojácar) ...........................670 777752 Mondy Playa ........................................600 254314 / 622 807809 Finca Arboleda (Vera) ..............................................678 027656 Turre Mi Abuela Maria (Mojácar) ……..........................……659 198424 Casa Adelina ...............................................................950 479153 SATELLITE TV Chili .................................................608 802227 / 950 468425 Doner Kebab ............................................................603 527699 ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.35).....647 247494 / 950 092604 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Europa Digital ....................................950 133233 / 678 332815 GBTV (Albox and Mojácar) .......................................616 888058 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ...............................950 473102 SolAir (See p.31) ..............................950 472081 / 645 294064 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.43) ......950 398146 / 699 909737 Tweaks (Albox) .........................................................620 040331

SCREENED PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES Enclose My Pool ...............................606 040462 / 670 510097 Inside Out In Europe S.L. ....................................677 114576 Hostal Rural .............................................................950 478806 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 La Pará ……………………..................................…….637 545590 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…...........................677 152911 La Sorpresa ...............................................................950 099901 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.45)........................................627 907207 Orsoca ………………............................................…..602 554609 SCUBA DIVING Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz ……....................…..950 479646 Buceo Mojácar ........................................................950 472760 Valle del Este Golf

SECOND HAND

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

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

Vera Playa

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

Armony Beach Club .................................................617 745021 b2 Mohana (Argentinean) ........................................678 642856 El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 SECURITY & SAFES See Alarms Gateway to India (Indian) ...........................................950 923994 SEWING Lua Puerto Rey ........................................................950 478202 Alice .........................................................................620 876485 Maraú (Vera Playa) ……………...........................……671 580340 Taj Mahal (Indian) …............…………950 618691 / 671 231465 Alexis Shillinglaw .....................................................634 361874 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682 J.F.M. Modas Sedal (Turre) ..............950 468031 / 606 945502 Lola Alterations & Repairs (Mojácar Playa) .950 475994 / 637 963835 Villaricos Nicky (Mojacar) ..................................................... 667 479903 Don Tadeo ..................................................................950 467105 Solo Style ...............................................................626 319907 El Faro ..................................................649 766252 / 687 351764 Sew n Sew Susie (Albox area) ..........950 930643 / 633 683872 Gastrobar D’Alvaro ......................................................648 220383 The Sewing Room ....................................................607 375697 Los Conteros ....................................950 618629 / 699 010705 Playa Azul .............................................950 467075 / 609 386282

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

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

RUGS & CARPETS Homecentre (Albox) (See p.6)..........868 931872 / 671 715294 P & R Rugs (Los Llanos de Aroleas) .......................665 258680

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AVSA Lawyers (Aguilas) ..........................................968 446576 Babelia (Mojácar) ……..........…........635 577562 / 950 397114 C & P Solicitors (Mojácar) ….....…………950 460731 / 675 383 160 Cabrera Cervantes (Turre) ................950 099400 / 627 464545 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) .................................950 134434 Davies Solicitors (Mojácar) ........................................950 472775 EuroAbogados (Vera) .................................................950 617017 Javier Loustau (Mojácar) .........................................950 475086 José Francisco López Molina .............950 133607 / 635 189986 SHOE REPAIRS Keys Copy Centre (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 472982 Leticia Moreno-Torres Camy (Vera) ......950 391249 / 607 840182 Lopez & León Solicitors (Garrucha) ..950 888314 / 666 513917

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Desarascos Litesa ............................670 863791 / 609 Drainage Solutions …...........………….616 531283 / 670 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 Ginés Millán (All areas) ……….............(after 4pm) 607 Limaser (Vera) ……..................................................950 Sepserve (All areas) …..............................................675

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SIGNS (Shop & Vehicle)

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

SKIP HIRE Aridos Mojácar S.L. ..................................................650 Casa Conchillo (Albox) ......................950 430740 / 695 El Cano SL )Mojácar) ................................................950 Servacon .....................................................................950

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

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

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

SOLICITORS Alonso & Garrido (Albox) ...........................................950 121040 Alonso & Haro (Vera) ..............................................950 392208 AM & RG (Mojácar) ………….............950 478984 / 649 286437

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

Mar Abogados & Consultores (Mojácar) .................950 478911 Mario Redondo (Albox) ….................950 430222 / 626 389322 Miguel Angel Rojas Benitez .......................................950 615404 Pablo Suarez (Purchena) ..........................................610 014680 Mundi Abogados (Las Buganvillas) ........................950 460999

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

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

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

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

Ramírez Abogados (Vera) .......................................950 Ross Legal Services (Aguilas) .................................968 Ruiz Orozco (Vera) ..................................................950 Saugar Abogados (Mojácar) ......................................950

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SPAS IndalOcio (Arboleas) ................................................850 993090 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 Sundance Spas (Mojácar) .......................................950 472845 Orange (Vera) ...........................................................950 393538 Next .............................................................................950 479369 SPA SERVICING & CLEANING True Blue Pools & Spas ..........................................661 148998 Phone@ Mojacar …….............……....950 882222 / 607 885522 The Phone House (Albox) …………….950 121045 / 670 359698

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TILING & PATIO WORK See also Building Services 1 Stop Paving (Albox) ………................................…634 313939 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 A.J.B. Tiling Services ...............................................687 024884

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Arboleas Paving ……………...............................…….636 092632 Borders .....................................................................647 803030 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ......618 920126 / 686 377172 Steve Holman .......................................................... 697 678708 The Bathroom & Tiling Specialists ....................+44 7756081843 United Tile ................................................................667 702817

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

UPHOLSTERY

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

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

TRANSLATING - see Interpreters TRANSPORT - see Removals TRAVEL Autocares Rodriguez (Coaches) ...............................950 469061 Halcón Viajes (Vera) ................................................950 393472 Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.48).........................950 092602 Levante Travel (Garrucha) ...................950 132258 / 628 604752 Mojácar Tour (Mojácar Playa) (See cover)..........…..950 475757 Viajes Zafiro Tours (Aguilas) ....................................868 782663 Zafiro Tours (Albox) ………..................................……950 121021 Zafiro Tours (Mojácar) .................................................950 615343

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

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

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

VAN & MAN HIRE See also Removals & Storage Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ..........................600 225929 IDP Services ……........................................................608 238775 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 K.Morris (Vera) ............................0035 711004024 / 0044 7759692010 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ...................................950 930316 Way 2 Go (UK/Spain) ……UK 0044 208 0904292 / 965 794682

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

VEHICLE REPAIRS

Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….......................667 Auto Shine Body Repairs ………........607 324623 / 607 CostaCoches ...........................................................950 TV & AUDIO REPAIRS Ponce S.L. (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617181 Fran’s Garage ....................................664 571060 / 950 Seth Pittham (Zurgena).......................950 634477 / 666 826886 Go Car (Arboleas) ....................................................950

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Gómez Motor (Huércal-Overa) ..................................950 471250 VEHICLE REPAIRS (MOBILE) Mojácar Motor (Mojácar Playa) ……........................950 478335. Cool Air (Air Conditioning) ........................................673 195872 Reparbox (DIY) (Antas El Real) ...............................687 879744 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Taller Daydo (El Real) .........................950 459116 / 607 373298 Talleres Azor ..(Mojácar) 950 478519 ..............(Vera) 950 391400 Talleres Vizcaino (Mojácar) ........................................950 472104 The Car Surgery ...................................................666 272792 The Garage (Llanos de Arboleas) .......950 930922 / 616 453813

JFK Karz ................................................................643 790511 Veloc Tuning ECU Remapping Services ..................600 827517

VEHICLE SALES AA Car Sales (Mojácar) ...........................................950 459208 Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) …......................667 439671 AutoFex (Arboleas) ....................................................950 431861 Tyre King (El Real) ................................................950 459253 Automobiles Playcar SLU ...................950 459302 / 672 737663 CostaCoches (Antas, El Real).....................................950 459209 Mojácar Motors ...950 472056 ................(Workshop) 950 478335 Navarro Segura - Seat (Vera) (See p.47) .670 038580 / 950 393170 Nissan & Ford (Albox) …............................................950 430856 Pink House (La Concepción) ..............622 288750 / 681 095096 Pit Stop (Oria) ……………....................................…..950 124828 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Talleres Azor ...............(Mojácar) 950 478519 (Vera) 950 391400

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

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Centro Garras (Huércal-Overa) ........950 616820 / 617 456548 Clinica Nexo (Albox) .......950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 Clinica Huellas (Aguilas) ...968 447877 Emergencies 629 445327 CliniVet (Turre) …..........................…..950 069780 / 626 171999 Costa Indalo (Mojácar) ........................950 475213 / 605 495017 Egesta Centro Vetinario (Vélez Rubio) ..950 411208 / 608 438683 Europa (Mojácar) .................950472262 Emergencies: 629 099921 Javier .............(Garrucha) 950 132200 Emergencies: 619 236059 NEXO (Albox) …...............950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 Veravet (Vera Town) …............…............................…950 393307 VetCare (Vera Playa) (See p.7)................................950 775102 Veterinary Centre (Huércal-Overa) …........................950 616781

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

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

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

WATER TREATMENTS Healthy H2O ..............................................968 437270 / 666 302 987 Ortega Windows & Doors .......................................950 WEB SERVICES Plas-Tech Windows ...................................................600 MODS ........................................................................600 284975 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….….........................677 Mojácar Business ....................................................950 680110 Speedyfit ...........................................950 439228 / 600

WINDOW CLEANING

Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Don (Mojacar) .........................................................666 814913 Idea (Mojácar) ...................................................……..605 162709 J&A Window Cleaning Services ..........950 122452 / 689 548824 James .......................................................................678 988812 Lady Jane Window Cleaning (Arboleas) ...................634 255373 Mick ...........................................................................634 327075 Window Panes ..........................................................617 208231 Woody the Window Cleaner (Almanzora Valley) .......634 349665

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

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

ZOO & PARK

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

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

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

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

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

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Community News Mojácar Civil Protection Mojácar Council approved the update of rules for their Local Civil Protection Volunteers Association in a recent extraordinary plenary meeting, bringing them in line with the General Regulations for the Autonomous Community of Andalucía. The changes will bring uniformity to the scope of their functions and their corporate image, as well as to the general criteria laid out for equipment and training. Mojácar’s Civil Protection members, as those in other towns, dedicate their time to the welfare of others, functioning as a team. These groups of voluntary citizens perform protective tasks, collaborating with others to carry out functions involving risk prevention, assistance, and rehabilitation. Participation for members is free of charge and, any adult with the ability to carry out the required duties can join on applying to Mojácar Council and passing the basic training course. The training focuses on the highest efficiency levels, safety, and risk avoidance, followed by an on-going series of compulsory training. The full approval of these new Regulations overrules the previous ones, published in the July 2016 Almería Official Provincial Report, which the Andalucía municipalities, including Mojácar, have been working with until now.

PAWS / PATAS 2020 is proving to be one of the toughest years for the PAWS-PATAS animal shelter, and now a record number of abandoned animals are making it even tougher. The charity’s PR and fundraising coordinator Chrissie Cremore reported that adult dogs, puppies, cats and kittens have been left at the shelter gates in numbers that the volunteers haven’t seen the like of before. This comes at a time when the outbreak of Covid-19 and the closure of the PAWS-PATAS outlets havemeant a loss of some 20,000 euros in takings. The pandemic has also prevented the charity from organising events which has added more major loss financially and in terms of profile.

they behave as if they have lived within a family environment. Therefore, the virus appears to have also caused financial problems with keeping a pet. There have certainly been some sad stories, like the four puppies left in a bucket in the searing heat in a field 100 metres away from the shelter gates but which were luckily found and survived. On the positive side there have been a large number of adoptions among locals and the charity had recently been able to re-home and transport to Holland and the UK. However, Chrissie underlines the point “there is absolutely no room at the inn” and what the charity desperately requires are more animal foster homes. PAWS-PATAS will provide bedding, food and so on for anyone able to care for a cat or dog for a period of time until the charity can arrange “Forever Homes”, locally or overseas. The charity needs people who know how to look after a cat or dog and are willing to take on this responsibility seriously. But Chrissie makes it very clear that PAWS-PATAS greatly values “fosterers” and does not want to put them off helping, so they ensure that they take back the animal as soon as space permits or someone wishes to adopt. Anyone interested in helping should email dogs@paws-patas.org or cats@paws-patas.org. For further information regarding donating, or volunteering in our outlets in Mojácar, Turre or Las Buganvillas, ground work, DIY, collecting overseas volunteers from the airport or Vera coach station, fundraising, etc...please see their website: www.pawspatas.org. PAWS-PATAS would like to send a huge “thank you” to all their supporters because they cannot exist without YOU!

It’s possible that the health crisis could be a key factor behind the increase in animal dumping because some of the cats and dogs being abandoned are very friendly, and although they are not “chipped”

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

Almería Dumbo el Musical comes to the Maestro Padilla Auditorio in Almería city on October 25th at 5pm. Primarily intended for children, the performance is in Spanish. Tickets are 15 euros.

La Compañia Onbeat perform ‘El Origen de Hielo’ a tribute concert to ‘Frozen’ at Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, on October 25th at 12 noon. The company has received excellent reviews in Madrid. Tickets are 12 euros in advance or 15 euros at the door.

Luar na Lubre, the celebrated folk group come to Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, on October 10th at 9.30pm. They are performing their 19th album that portrays aspects of the pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago. Tickets are 20 euros in advance or 25 euros at the door.

Tickets for concerts in Almería (except Teatro Cervantes) available from the ticket office in the Teatro Apolo, 25 Rambla Obispo Orberá, Almería , tel: 950 230 922. Mon- Fri,

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What’s On Mon-Fri, 11am-1pm & 4pm-7pm, Saturday from 11am-2pm, or 1hr before performances, or from w w w. to d a s l a s e n t r a d a s . c o m

Aguilas The performance of the opera ‘Carmen’ on October 17th appears to be cancelled as it has disappeared from the list of events advertised. La Zapatera Prodigiosa is a flamenco ballet in memory of Frederico García Lorca that comes to the auditorio on December 12th. No ticket prices were shown at time of going to press. Aguilas tickets from Victoria Tr a v e l 9 6 8 410 9 2 9 & w w w. b a c a n t i x . c o m , M u s e o Arqueológico, www. auditorioaguilas.org or from 2hrs before performances at the box office.

Vera Gata Brass Band perform a jazz concert on Friday, November 27th at 8pm at Vera Auditorio. Tickets are 7 euros from www.giglon.com 10.30am-1.30pm & 6-8pm, or Sat, 11am-1pm. Tickets can be purchased from 2hrs before performances at the venue or from www.ticketmaster.es or call Ticketmaster: 902 1500 25. Main branches of ‘CaixaBank’ have machines which issue tickets; including Vera near the church square. Tickets for Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, from box office at Calle del Poeta Villaspesa,1. Open

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or 5 euros in advance from Convento de la Victoria. ‘Stompin around’ is a jazz concert by the Potato Head Jazz Band on Saturday, November 28th at 8pm at Vera Auditorio. Tickets are 7 euros from www.giglon.com or 5 euros in advance from Convento de la Victoria. ‘La música de las tres culturas de Al Andalus’ by the Aquitania company comes to the Vera Auditorio on Saturday, December 5th at 8pm. Tickets are 7 euros from www.giglon.com or 5 euros in advance from Convento de la Victoria. The Ballet Flamenco company of José Huertas from Valencia perform Don Quijote at Vera Auditorio on Saturday, November 7th at 9pm. Tickets are 12 euros from www.giglon.com or 10 euros in advance from Convento de la Victoria.

Ro q u e t a s d e M a r A concert in homage to Duke Ellington takes place at the Roquetas auditorio on October

17th at 9.30pm. There are over 100 performers including a choir from Roquetas and the Clasijazz Big Band. Tickets are 10 & 15 euros Roquetas de Mar Auditorio tickets are on sale at www.teatro auditorioroquetas.org or the ticket office open Tuesdays to Fridays from 11am-1pm & 6pm-8pm

Exhibitions Bechet is an exhibition of photographs by Francis G. Tamayo at Teatro Villa, Huércal-Overa until October 16th. Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays 9.30am1.30pm, and 5pm-8pm on Mondays to Thursdays. Various artists from Águilas have an exhibition of their work in the foyer of the auditorio from October 2nd- 31st, Tuesdays to Sundays from 6pm-9pm.

The 10th Almería Western Film Festival The festival this year is scheduled to take place from October 8th11th and the organisers state that the activities have been designed

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to fully comply with COVID-19 regulations. Once again, some activities apart from those in the centre of Tabernas will take place at Oasys-Mini Hollywood and Fort Bravo. For more information see www.almeriawesternfilmfestival.es

Miscellaneous MACS Mojácar Area Cancer Support have a fund-raising quiz night on October 6th at the Irish Rover, Mojácar Playa. The quiz master is Alan Sinder and teams are limited to six people. The quiz starts at 8pm with food being served from 6pm, and the cost is 13 euros including food and quiz entry to be booked directly with the Irish Rover tel: 950 473 135. Places will be limited to observe social distancing. PAWS-PATAS The next secondhand book sale at Scotties El Tropico will be on Tuesday, 13th October, 10.30am - 1pm. Donations of books accepted on the morning of the sale.

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

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

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

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Clubs, Societies & Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religious Groups & Churches Church of England (Anglican Churches) Mojacar: Eucharist, Sunday, 11am, at the church of San Pascual, Agua de Enmedio. Albox: Eucharist, 2nd & last Thurs in month, 11am. Evensong, second Sun in month, 6pm at Aljambra Chapel. Llanos del Peral, nr El Cucador: Eucharist or morning worship, Sundays, 11am. Church Wardens, Pam Carter 667947573 & Janetta Causton 661575606. Priest in Charge, Rev. Vincent Oram 603659139 See www.mojacarchurch.org Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses Tues 7:30pm & Sun 10.00am. Poligono Aljoroque - C/El Cajete 6, Antas. Contact: 652 293 269

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

Support Groups & Charities Parkinson's Disease Support Contact Joyce Boxall (Santa Maria de Nieva, Huércal-Overa), tel 677 688037 MACS Cancer Support Group General Enquiries call 634 328 334 10am to 4pm. 24/7 Careline: 634 656 555. Fully Spanish registered charity. Shops in Mojácar, Turre, Albox and Huercal-Overa open Mon-Fri, 10-2pm www.macscancersupport.com Email: macscancersuppor t@live.co.uk Stepping Stones Carers Support Group Turre Evangelical Hall, Thurs, 11am-2pm. Tel 950 472 822 or 677 683 385 www.steppingstonescarerssupport.com

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Music & Drama Groups

Yoga

Dance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Almería Golf League Contact Les on 950 619 273

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

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

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

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


Your Stars Make changes that will heighten your appeal. Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find yourself looking for a new one. Don't let individuals with wild schemes talk you into a financial deal that is not likely to be successful. You may find yourself in the limelight for the wrong reasons. Your luckiest events this month (Mar. 21- April 20) will occur on a Monday.

(Apr. 21- May 21)

Sign up for tours or courses that will enlighten you. This is a great day to start that new health regimen you've been talking about. Spend time with youngsters this month. You would be wise to socialise with as many people as possible. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Sign up for courses that will help you understand yourself better. Some time spent with that special someone should be your intent. Business and emotional partnerships will run smoothly. Relationships will become stronger. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

You need to get out if you want to meet potential partners. You will be full of energy and you need to find something constructive to do. Focus on what's important rather than spreading yourself too thin and accomplishing little. You may find yourself mixed up in a triangle of sorts. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

The knowledge you have will enhance your reputation. If you keep busy you won't feel the personal pressures you are going through. Now is the time to concentrate on building a strong financial future for your family. Opportunities to show your worth will enhance your reputation and bring possible advancement. Your luckiest (May 22 - June 21) events this month will occur on a Monday.

Stabilise your own position by locking up your savings. You need to interact with others if you want to expand your knowledge. For best results get out of the office and do your job en route. You will have to check your cash flow before you decide to indulge in hobbies or entertainment that may be beyond your budget. Your luckiest events (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) this month will occur on a Tuesday.

You can make progress professionally. Spend time by yourself to avoid any conflicts with family members. Put your plans into motion by presenting your intentions to those who should be able to give you financial support. It's a favourable time for real estate, investments, and moneymaking opportunities to be successful. (June 22 - July 22) Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

You're in need of love. Disputes on the home front may be hard to avoid. Unexpected visitors will be a welcome surprise. Do not get involved with individuals who are already committed to others. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.

(July 23 - Aug. 22)

(Aug. 23 - Sept. 23)

Be aware that minor accidents or injury may prevail if you are preoccupied. Get busy putting your place in order. You can make major accomplishments while on short trips. Your lover will be extremely sensitive and now will not be a good time to make changes that they won't like. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. You will have a greater involvement in groups; however, they may not be to your advantage. Think twice before you agree to take on any new projects. Short trips will prove to be more fruitful than you imagined. Channel your efforts into achieving your goals. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

(Jan. 21- Feb. 19)

Listen to the advice given by those with experience. Conflicts over joint finances are likely. You may want to plan physical activities that will help burn off some of their excess energy. You may as well work on projects that will allow you to make progress. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Emotional deception is evident. Those who have been too demanding should be put in their place or out to pasture. Enjoy some socializing this month. Cutbacks at work will be a cause for worry. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

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Jokes of the Month The Adoption

Basic Needs

A father says to his teenage son, “Sit down James, and stop tormenting the poor cat. I have something to tell you; you’re adopted”. James replies, “I knew it, this is why you are always telling me off! I insist on meeting my biological parents”. The father replies, “No, we are your biological parents but the people who are adopting you will be here in an hour!”

A man walks into a police station and tells the desk sergeant that he wants to report that his wife is missing. The desk sergeant asks for her name and when she went missing. The man replies, “She’s called Jean, and she went missing about a month ago”. The desk sergeant looks up and asks him why he has not reported her missing before, as the first 48 hours are critical for locating a missing person. The man replies, “People at work are beginning to notice that I keep turning up in the same clothes and I’m fed up with eating junk food.”

Getting Into Heaven A man died and got to the pearly gates. St. Peter said, “We’ve looked over your life and, to be quite honest, you haven’t ever done anything that is particularly good or bad. In all, what you have done is quite boring. So we need more information before we decide where to put you. Can you tell us anything really good to help us decide?” The man replied, “Well, I was driving along and I saw a poor tramp who was being harassed by a group of hairy bikers. I pulled over, opened the boot, and took out my baseball bat. I went up to the leader who was a really big guy with a ring on his lip. I tore the ring off and told him that if they didn’t leave the tramp alone they would have me to deal with!” St. Peter replied, “Well, this is really impressive, but we should have seen this in your records. When did it happen?” The man replied, “About five minutes ago!”

The Actor An actor had been out of work for years because he often forgot his lines. Then one day, he got a call from a director who said they wanted someone his size to take part in a play. He only had to say one line that was, “Hark! I hear the cannon roar”. The actor was quite worried but he kept repeating the line to himself. On the opening night he was waiting in the wings repeating his line. As he walked onto the stage he heard a very large ‘boom’. He turned round and said, “What the hell was that?”

Wives Three guys were in a pub and two of them started taking about how much control they had over their wives, but the third man said nothing. One of them turned to him and asked, “Well, what about you, you haven’t said anything. What control do you have over your wife?” The third guy replied, “I’ll tell you. Just the other night my wife came to me on her hands and knees.” “Wow”, said one of the other two, “Why was that?” The third man replied, “She was shouting, ‘Get out from under the bed and fight like a man!”

The Clothes My very attractive stepmother came into my room when my father was out and said, “Johnny, I want you to take all my clothes off, so start with my blouse”. When I did this she said, “Now take off my skirt”, so I did. She asked me to take off her tights, and then her bra and panties, so I did this as well. She then said, “I have told you before about wearing my clothes. Don’t do it again and get dressed!”

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...and next... Surgery A patient goes to see his doctor and tells him, “Doc.c.c.tor. My s.s.s. stuttering is a r.r.real p.p.problem. C.c.c.can you h.h.h.help me”. The doctor gave him a complete examination and tells him he knows what is wrong. “You’re pecker is extremely big and long so it is taking a lot of blood that is not getting to your brain, and the only answer is surgery to reduce the length by about 50%. The man consents to this, so the doctor gets out his scalpel and afterwards the man is sent home. About a month later he comes back to his doctor and says, “My speech is now fine, I don’t stutter at all, but my wife is not happy. Can the bit you amputated be sewn back on?” The doctor replied, “N.n.n.no, s.s.s.sorry”.

The Blondes

Homework

Three blondes walk into a police station and sy they’re looking for jobs as detectives. They meet with the police chief who says, "I'm going to show you a side mugshot of a man and you need to tell me something interesting about him.” He shows the picture to the first blonde and she says, "He's only got one eye". The police chief responds, "No, this is a side mug shot, so you will only see one eye." He shows the picture to the second blonde and she says, "He's only got one ear." The police chief again responds, "No, this is a side mug shot, so you will only see one ear." He shows the picture to the last blonde and she says "He wears contact lenses." Perplexed, the police chief looks through the file and sure enough, the man wore contact lenses. He says "That's oddly correct. How did you know that?"

Dad, can you help me with my maths homework? What can I help you with? I have to find the common denominator…What the heck, has noone found it yet? We were looking for that when I was in school!

The Lawyer A man is called down to the police station for questioning. “I’m not saying a word without my lawyer present,” he says. “You _are_ the lawyer,” the cop replies. “Yeah, so where’s my present?”

The blonde responds, "Well with one eye and one ear, he can't be wearing glasses."

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Vodka When I was a kid, I found a bottle of vodka someone had left at the treehouse at the playground. So I took it to the police station. The police told me not to worry. They would get to the bottom of it.


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The Almeria Focus – October 2020  

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

The Almeria Focus – October 2020  

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

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