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WHAT’s INSIDE Contents 4 NEWS 6 NEWS 8 NEWS 10 NEWS 12 NEWS IN SPANISH 13 NEWS IN SPANISH 18 GASP THEATRE GROUP 22 COMPUTER PAGE 24 CHRISTMAS PICTURES 25 CHRISTMAS PICTURES 27 BEWARE SCAM 29 GA BOWLS CLUB 32 SANDRAS COOKBOOK PAGE 33 MORE CHRISTMAS PICTURES 39 BRITISH LEGION 40 GA DARTS LEAGUE 40 TOURIST INFO 44 LOCAL FORUMS 46 FRIENDS OF GA 54 PETS IN SPAIN 56 MASA 57 MASA 58 GA VET 59 WHATS IN THE CLOT 60 PRIZE WORDSEARCH 61 SUDOKU 62 GA MAP 65 SANTA POLA MAP 66 BUS TIMES 67 BUS TIMES

Hello everyone. Firstly, what a winter we are having out here in Spain. The best since we moved here 9 years ago. We can hardly believe our 7th year of producing the magazine has arrived. We would like to thank all our advertisers for their continued support and to our readers thank you so much for all the lovely comments about the magazine we receive throughout the year. In this issue there are several places that you can celebrate St.Valentines night, so look out for their advertisments. Also looking at the information from the Tourist Office, Moors and Christians Parades have started again, always worth going to see, check out his information on page 40. Winner of the Los Belgas wordsearch was Frieda Smagge Have a good month Sandra and Barry Our little dog from the front cover has hidden herself away in the magazine, can you find her? Last month she was at the new sports hall.

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We at your Gran Alacant Advertiser continue to bring you all of the news, including that from our Gran Alacant Councillor, Loreto Cascales, as we have since May 2005. It is our perogative at the magazine, NOT to update this 2005 picture, as we all looked a great deal younger!!! Firstly a thank you to the Melody

Makers Choir who combined with the

Gran

Alacant

Theatre

group

to

provide Christmas Carols on Gran

Alacant during the Christmas period.

It was a bit short notice to get them

all together in time, but......next year!!!!!!!

The 18th/19th February sees the

Monte Mar Mixed Rinks Bowls event

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at Gran Alacant Bowls Club. You can

come along, have a drink, a snack or a meal and watch this yearly event.

An idea from one of our readers. What do the rest of you think???

We may have to make a small charge to cover the printing costs. Hi Barry and Sandra

I had an idea which would be of

garden rubbish disposal centre just

off the roundabout in Santa Pola

near the campsite on the road to Elche?

No, the only site in Santa Pola is by

the health centre.

The Half Marathon XXIII Santa Pola

on the 22nd February had record

some value to the community here

and you may like to consider.

I wonder if you could set up a small

space for people to advertise items

which they wish to dispense of, such as with the online Freecycle in the

U.K. Many people are here for just

part of the year, such as myself,

some don't have computers, so the Costa Forums are not always the solution.

I don't use it, though I

have joined and can't remember my password now!

There are all sorts

sand runners, 10% more than last

year.

Only

Madrid

has

higher

of items advertised on Freecycle,

entrants than the half marathon in

which would otherwise be dumped,

was proud to be a Counsellor for

can use it.

marathon in Spain, it is a recognition

even left over building materials,

and there is usually someone who There are no charity shops here

Santa Pola. Francisco Martin said he

Sports and have the best half of the club, volunteers and the

(that I know of) to take unwanted

public that supports them both.

obviously do end up in the waste

Still some money being spent on GA.

items to, so an awful lot of items stream, or dumped illegally.

This would be a really useful

scheme and would not take up too much room - I hope you can think about it.

In the meantime, wishing you all

the best for 2012.

Best regards, Rose

Another email to us:

Am I right in thinking that there is a

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attendance with nearly nine thou-

Shrubs have been planted around


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the play area between the school and the GA centre.

Some lovely pictures from Stefan

of the Christmas festivities at the GA Commercial Centre pictured on the right.

Santa

Pola

will

attend

the

International Tourism Fair of Madrid (FITUR)

on

the

18th

to

22nd

January, the biggest fair in Spain.

Brochures, leaflets and all info will

be presented, showing all that Santa

Pola and Gran Alacant have on offer to the tourist trade.

One event taking place is the

arrival of disabled athletes who will

be using our new Sports Hall to

practice for the London Olympics.

They will also be using the Life

Resort on Gran Alacant for their

living accommodation whilst here. One of the participants will be the

Norwegian Olympic Champion.

Could this be the beginning of yet

another prestigious sporting event

for the area.

Garden rubbish and dogs leaving

mess, is being targeted in the area.

the town hall, or face a fine. Various areas are being scrutinized and next

Those dumping garden rubbish on

month we may be able to give you

are being fined, if that is not possible

have been issued.

the pavements by the bins if seen

it may well be that if proved the community from where it came will

the amount and number of fines that

As you may or not know, Sunday

be fined instead. You have to cut up

shop opening is not normally allowed

THEN

BINS

authorities. We are noticing more of

THE PAVEMENTS. If it is too large to

Sundays, this has nothing to do with

Santa Pola recycling site.

new precedent being set by local

the garden waste, put it in bags, PLACE

IT

IN

THE

PROVIDED, NOT STREWN ACROSS put into bags it must be taken to the In one area alone this month, ten

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dog owners were stopped and had to

take the relevent dog paperwork to

in Spain, unless granted by the local our

shops

closed

recently

on

our local Town Hall. This could be a

shops.


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Within the next couple of months

you should see work begin on the new church. The location of which, is

marked on our map of Gran Alacant. We have had another email

concerning the ongoing problems in

Peurto Marino. Loreto has said she is

willing to speak to anyone from there

if they would like to make an

appointment with her.

The approval is imminent for the

start

of

the

work

along

avda

mediterraneo that we have talked

about in the past. The area will be

landscaped

plus

street

lighting,

PLEASE REMEMBER After our initial deliveries to

over 100 outlets, we do top up during the month at:-

“Euronics”,“Quicksave” and the “Phoenix Restaurant”. TO ALL OF OUR ADVERTISERS and CONTRIBUTERS Please send your copy to us by the 14th of every month

benches, trees etc. We have printed

a map below to show the location of this work.

Two Notices: At Los Belgas

Tuesdays from 09.30 till 12.00 the GA coffee lady's for their weekly chat

and Wednesdays we have the fatclub

(with lunch) 12.30 till 15.00 More news next month.

At our magazine we print many local pictures in our printed editions, and place even more on our website............ and there are still more that are not seen!! You can now, through our magazine, purchase a dvd which is full of these pictures.

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News in Spanish

vea los cuadros en las páginas británicas de las noticias Translations kindly supplied by Camila from O’Duills En primer lugar un agradecimiento al Coro Melodía que se juntó con el grupo de teatro de Gran Alacant y cantaron villancicos durante el periodo navideño. Todo se organizó en el último momento…el año que viene !!!!!!! El 18/19 de febrero tendremos el evento de Bolos en Pistas Mixtas del Club de Bolos de Monte Mar de Gran Alacant. Usted puede venir, tomar una copa, un aperitivo o una comida y disfrutar de este evento anual. Una idea de uno de nuestros lectores. ¿Qué piensan de esta idea? Puede que tengamos que hacer un pequeño cargo para cubrir los costes de impresión. Hola Barry y Sandra: Tuve una idea que podría ser de algún valor para esta comunidad y es posible que la queráis considerar. Me pregunto si podríais crear un pequeño espacio para que la gente anuncie los artículos que desean prescindir como, por ejemplo, en el Reino Unido la página web Freecycle. Muchos de nosotros estamos aquí sólo una parte del año, y no tenemos ordenadores, por lo que los Costa Forums no son siempre la solución. Yo no los uso y aunque ya me registré, no puedo recordar mi contraseña ahora. Hay todo tipo de artículos anunciados en Freecycle, tales como restos de materiales de construcción, que de otro modo serían tirados y por lo general

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siempre hay alguien que lo pueda utilizar. No hay tiendas de caridad aquí (que yo sepa) para dejar los artículos que no deseamos, así que generalmente acaban en la basura. Este sería un sistema muy útil y no ocuparía mucho espacio - Espero que lo consideren. Al mismo tiempo, deseándoles todo lo mejor para el año 2012. Saludos cordiales, Rose Otro correo electrónico: ¿Hay un contenedor para los desechos orgánicos (tales como restos del jardín y tierra) junto a la rotonda de Santa Pola, cerca del camping en el camino a Elche? No, el único lugar en Santa Pola es el centro de salud. La XXIII Media Maratón de Santa Pola del 22 de febrero tuvo un récord de asistencia con cerca de nueve mil corredores, un 10% más que el año pasado. Sólo Madrid tiene más participantes que la media maratón de Santa Pola. Francisco Martín dijo que estaba orgulloso de ser el Concejal de Deportes y tener la mejor media maratón de España, esto es un reconocimiento al club, los voluntarios y al público que apoya a ambos. Todavía se ve como están gastando un poco de dinero en GA. Han plantado arbustos y plantas en el parque que hay entre la escuela y el centro de la GA.


Entre estas páginas podéis ver algunas de las fotos que hizo Stefan de las fiestas navideñas en el Centro Comercial de GA. Santa Pola estará presente en la Feria Internacional de Turismo de Madrid (FITUR) del 18 al 22 de enero, la feria más grande de España. Se presentarán folletos, prospectos e información, mostrando todo lo que Santa Pola y Gran Alacant puede ofrecer a la industria del turismo. Uno de los eventos que va a tener lugar va a ser la llegada de los atletas con discapacidad, que usarán nuestro nuevo Polideportivo para prepararse para las Olimpiadas de Londres. También usarán el Life Resort como zona de alojamiento durante su estadía. Uno de los participantes será un Campeón Olímpico noruego. Quizá esto podría ser el principio de un nuevo evento deportivo de la zona. Los restos orgánicos de los jardines y las heces de los perros, están en el punto de mira de la zona. Aquellos que dejen basura en las aceras o al lado de los contenedores serán sancionados, también es posible que sancionen a las comunidades si se demuestra que son los responsables. Lo que se tiene que hacer es cortar la basura del jardín, ponerlo en bolsas y luego colocarlos en los contenedores. Si los restos son demasiado grandes para poner en bolsas, deben ser llevados al sitio de reciclaje de Santa Pola. Durante este último mes, en una zona han parado a diez propietarios de perros y se les ha solicitado entregar en el Ayuntamiento los papeles correspondientes de sus animales, bajo pena de multa. Distintas áreas están siendo analizadas y el próximo mes podremos informar sobre la cantidad y el número de multas que se han emitido.

Es posible que lo haya notado, los domingos la apertura de los comercios no se autoriza en España, a no ser que sea concedida por las autoridades locales. Estamos notando que más de nuestras tiendas están cerradas los domingos, esto no tiene nada que ver con nuestro Ayuntamiento. Esto podría ser un nuevo precedente que han establecido las tiendas locales. Dentro de los próximos meses, empezaremos a ver como empiezan a construir la nueva Iglesia. La ubicación de la cual, esta marcado en el mapa de Gran Alacant (al final de la revista). Hemos recibido otro correo electrónico sobre los problemas permanentes en la zona de Puerto Marino. Loreto ha dicho que está dispuesto a hablar con cualquiera de esa urbanización y le gustaría tener una cita con ellos. La aprobación es inminente para el inicio de los trabajos a lo largo de Avda. Mediterráneo que ya hemos hablado en el pasado. El área será ajardinada, además de alumbrado público, bancos, árboles, etc Hemos impreso un mapa debajo para mostrar la ubicación de estas obras. Dos anuncios: en Los Belgas Los martes de 09.30 a 12.00 el Club del café de GA para su chat semanal y los miércoles tenemos el fatclub (con almuerzo) 12.30 hasta las 15.00 Más noticias el mes que viene.

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The Window Through Which We Look ... A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman watched her neighbour hanging wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean,” she said. ”She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbour would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments. About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.” The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

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GASP - Theatre Group GASP Theatre Association are pleased to announce that they will be performing 2 plays in the Salon de Actos in the Santa Pola Life Resort, Gran Alacant on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May, 2012 at 7.30pm. 'Getting Along' is a comedy about 5 people who go on holiday to a gite in France with hilarious results. 'Sparrows' is a black comedy about the happenings between a business man on holiday in a small west country resort and the 3 rather bizarre characters he encounters there one morning. Tickets will be available from 1st April and will be priced at 5â‚Ź. We are still in need of help from any people who have a desire to be involved in theatre, either on stage, back stage or front of house. For further information contact David on 966 181 113 or email at gasptheatre@hotmail.co.uk

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A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names were. The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex. Her friend said, 'Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?' 'HELLLOOOOOOO......,' answered the blonde. 'They're watch dogs'

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CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR PICTURES supplied by our advertisers and Stefan our photographer

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SANTA

POLA

SANTA

POLA

SENT TO US FROM THE EDITOR OF “Mellow Magazine”

I have just had a telephone call from an 'Indian'. He claims to be calling me from 'Windows' because of errors messages being sent from my computer back to 'Windows'. Not everyone out there will realise that this is a MAJOR SCAM. They called my house and knew my name. I was told to go and turn on my computer. When I asked him what my IP address was he said it was 192.168.1.2 - this is an IP address used (commonly) to connect your router with your pc..... It is NOT your IP address that accesses the internet. And UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD YOU EVER - EVER CONNECT TO A PROGRAM CALLED TEAMVIEWER IF ASKED DURING ONE OF THESE CALLS......the program itself is great and is a way of connecting to your own computer if you are away from it - remote access. SO IMAGINE.......SOMEONE YOU DO NOT KNOW ASKS YOU TO DO THIS, WELL, GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION AND WHAM THEY HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR COMPUTER FROM WHEREVER THEY ARE IN THE WORLD......NEVER, EVER DO IT. For God's sake DO NOT give any details or do anything to your pc if you receive one of these calls. The safest option to is hang up the telephone....but be prepared...they are persistent and WILL keep trying. Following my calls I searched for similar on Google. The following link may be useful for you to read, so, if you have any doubts, copy and paste it, then read for yourself! http://money-watch.co.uk/7118/beware-of-the-windows-phone-scam

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El Rincón de Monte y Mar provide all types of meals from snacks, to tapas, menu del dia, to A la Carte.

(from Monday to Saturday) Salad 7 starters to choose from 7 mains to choose from sweet, coffee and one drink 9€ (VAT included)

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MONTEMAR BOWLS AND SOCIAL CLUB (Sponsored by Super Valu)

pictures below from our Christmas fun days. More pictures on page 33

above: The Novilleros Squad right: Ted Hyman and the runners up

Please visit our web site at www.montemarbowls.com for more info about our Bowls and Social Club. New members are always welcome.

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Electrical parts difficult to get? You can now order them from our RS Components catalogue

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A recipe from

Sandra’s Cookbook

which you can read online at:- www.sandrascookbook.com compiled by Sandra Bonathan

Bread Pudding

This is the really old fashioned stuff, usually only found in bakeries. A good way of using left over bread, this recipe is a quick version, made in a microwave. Still tastes the same, but more economical than putting the oven on for an hour or so!

Ingredients

• 8 oz stale white bread, broken into bits • ½ pt milk • 6 oz dried fruit • 2 oz marg • 2 oz sugar • 2 tsp mixed spice • 1 large egg (opt) • Ground nutmeg Method

• Put the bread into a large bowl • Add the milk • leave for 1/2 hr or so • mash up with a fork • add everything else except nutmeg • Pour into a greased 6 inch soufflé dish • Sprinkle with grated nutmeg

• Microwave at full power for about 11 -15 min, until just firm in centre, keep an eye on it, it goes from cooked to overcooked fast! • If liked, sprinkle with a little extra sugar after baking but while still warm. If anyone wants to bake it in the oven, 350F for hour and half to two hours! Yummy.

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More pictures from Gran Alacants Bowls Cub

on the next 4 pages Welcome to the area of Gran Alacant that includes the ComMercial Centre. As you leave the N332 to come on to Gran Alacant this area is on your right. Our advertisers in this area are:COCINARTE, EURONICS, HOMEFINDERS, LINEN MILLS, and on page 3 GRANNET see our GA map at the back of the magazine FOR EXACT LOCATIONS.

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180,000 euro


89,000 euro

80,000 euro

Call at either of our TWO offices on Gran Alacant For our location, see the GA map at the back of this magazine.

Easy to use web page updated daily in Spanish and English.

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Tel: John or Denise Hutt 966 198 902

Two blondes were going to Disneyland . They

were driving on the main

road when they saw the sign

that said Disneyland LEFT. They started crying and

turned around and went home.

A blonde was mowing the lawn in her garden and accidentally cut off the tail of her cat which was hiding in the grass. She rushed her cat, along with the British Legion-Gran tail, overRoyal to Tesco!

Alacant Branch BR 3606

The Gran Alacant Branch meets on the First Tuesday of the month at 19:30. Tesco is the largest re-tailer in the UK As we are between locations at this time please confirm with the contact info below. Should be "Not Just Desserts" for Feb.

Why Tesco??

New members always welcome, you do not need to be ex-forces to join us. The next Branch meetings will be 7th Feb & 6th Mar. Further details from - Brian Hunt 639 917 971 or email: secretarybr3606@gmail.com

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Gran Alacant Dart’s League Table 2011 - 2012 Simple Spanish Mortgages League Division 1

I have

been in many places, but I've never

Simple Spanish Mortgages League Division 2

been in

Cahoots.

Apparently,

you can't go alone.

You have to be in

Cahoots with someone.

Hi everybody,

In February, apart from the cold weather, there are special things to do like, once again, going to see the parade of Moors and Christians in Bocairente held on 2nd of February. Also fiestas held in Sax 1st to the 5th.

Also on the 6th will take place a rowing regatta between Santa Pola and Tabarca.

Another activity in February are Carnivals, all Towns along the Costa Blanca celebrate Carnivals, one of the best in the area is the one held in Torrevieja, there are several events starting on the 7th till 19th. However, if you really want to see something spectacular go to see one held in the village of Aguilas 26th February to the 11th of March, a bit further down from Cartagena. Lets talk now about the almond blossom the inland becomes certainly pretty, almost everybody knows Jalon valley or Guadalest valley but not too many people know my favourite, which in my opinion is the most beautiful in the all Costa Blanca “El valle de la Seta”. It could be beginning, middle or end of the month, but it lasts about ten days.

Bye bye friends.

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Dubai. The view from the skyscraper BurjKhalifa. The height of the building is 828 m (163 floors).

Less than a 10 minute drive along the coast Watch for Rubypop 2, arriving on Gran Alac EL ALTE

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Take the El Altet exit from the N332. Turn left at the first set of main lights. We are on the next roundabout.


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Take the El Altet exit from the N332. Turn right at the first set of main lights. We are then on the left.

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Take time to log on to these local Forums, to watch everyday discussions about Gran Alacant and the surrounding areas. Join in the general discussions, or just read and learn more about the area. There are direct links from these sites to our magazine website.

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Gran Alacant Social Blog And Gossip Site ….. it’s like ‘Facebook’ but a little different. Just register (free), your account is then immediately activated and you will be logged into ‘Gasbags’. Gasbags Social Network provides you with an instant ‘Community’. Members can edit their profile, post events, news and gossip, send and receive private messages, create photo galleries and groups, invite and share with friends and a lot, lot more. LOG ON TO www.gasbags.us


REGISTER YOUR PROPERTY FOR SALE WITH US...

WE HAVE CLIENTS WAITING TO BUY

Visit www.lamarinaforum.com for information, friendship and lots more - a social club in your home!

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FERAL (animals) FRIENDS OF GRAN ALACANT & nearby areas There are many Vet bills/animals in need. You can help by: Sponsor an animal for an amount per month or donate, Acc.no…….2077 0338 7011 01564000

LEFT:- "These are two blind kittens urgently need to be adopted or a foster home"

"Kittens, Cats, & Dogs needing adoption, fostering or sponsorship please"

FUND RAISING BOOT SALES – RASTROS EVERY 1st SUNDAY OF THE MONTH from October to June from 10am - 2pm at SUNSET BAR RESTAURANT Carabassi Bar Centre, Gran Alacant 3rd Thursday in the month at HUGGIN & MUNNIN bar (top GA, next to new Chinese shop). Weather permitting. From 10 to 14hrs. New (or as new) articles and items at very low prices Price for non-resalers: Books 0,50cts for + 2, hardbacks 1€.

English Home Made Cakes & Mermelades made by Susan of Arenales.

Come and Support the cause by grabbing a bargain Animals NEED our help constantly ! PLEASE NO ARTICLES ACCEPTED DAY OF STALL/SALE

We do not have a shelter. Our work is to trap ferals to sterelize them and help animals in other ways.

GRAND CHRISTMAS-THREE KING´S Prize Draw tickets at 1€ each

4 prizes to win. 1st .- 1 or 3 Day Trip sponsored in part, by Gandía Tours 2nd. - Dinner for 2 at Casanova´s, Sponsored by Alicante Holiday Villas 3rd. - 50€ Corte Inglés Credit Card 4th.- Christmas Hamper, Sponsored by Super Value Might have a 5th prize. This draw will have 500 blue back stamped tickets and will be sold by our volunteers & at Sponsor´s businesses & in Bars & Shops where you see our poster.

Foster Homes & Volunteers Needed. Food and material accepted (except Carrefour brand food). Info or contact feralfriends.ga@gmail.com 697 574 199 (except Sundays)

A man sees a sign outside a house - 'Talking Dog For Sale.' He rings the bell, the owner appears and tells him the dog can be viewed in the back garden. The man sees a very nice looking Labrador Retriever sitting there. "Do you really talk?" he asks the dog. "Yes," the Labrador replies. After recovering from the shock of hearing the dog talk, he man asks, "So, tell me your story." The Labrador looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the SAS. "In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one imagined that a dog would be eavesdropping. "I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at Heathrow to do some undercover security work, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded several medals. I got married, had a few puppies, and now I've just retired." The man is amazed. He goes back into the house and asks the owner how much he wants for the dog. "Ten quid," the owner says. "£10!!? But this dog is absolutely amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheaply?" "Because he's a lying little git. He's never been out of the garden."

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EATING, DRINKING AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE

CARABASI COMPLEX DURING FEBRUARY AT........................ Molly Malone, Ocean 11, Phoenix, Los Belgas, Yellow Submarine & Casanova.

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Molly MALONE

phone 966 695 830

Terryoke every Thurs Fri Sat during Feb zumba dancing every tuesday 12 til 1 Valentines Night Special ! â‚Ź 29 per couple 3 course meal with Jimmy Mac show and dancing 1st Course Melon and Parma ham or homemade veg soup 2nd course 8 oz prime sirloin with onions, mushrooms, chips and pepper sauce, Salmon dill sauce, seasonal veg potatoes, grattan 3rd course Strawberry pavlova with chocolate sauce or chocolate gateaux plus bottle house wine or cava per couple Booking recomended 1st MARCH Have a flutter on the Gee Gee's Race night with complimentry nibbles on the night 48


PHOENIX RESTAURANT BREAKFAST from 2.25€ - Freshly cooked, all English products

The in place to be........Tel: 966698364

DAY MENU

FULL EVENING MENU Revised Classic & Bistro menu plus NEW dishes for you to try.

Toasties, burgers, salads, jackets, omelettes, snacks, & sandwiches

DON´T MISS THE SUNDAY CARVERY - VERY POPULAR Bookings advisable (all year round) from 12.30pm - inc 6 fresh veg, plus roasties, mash, yorky & stuffing ONLY €6.90 Selection of starters and desserts available.

Example Starters Seafood Gratin Local seafood in a creamy sauce, gratinated, baked and served in a scallop shell. Example Main Course Pork Medallions Tender pork fillet in a creamy calvados sauce, served on a bed of grilled apple.

Explempa Entradas Concha del Mar

Concha rellena de mariscos en una salsa cremosa, gratinado al horno.

Explempa Platos Principales Medallones de Cerdo

Filete de cerdo en medallones, con salsa de sidra calvados, servido con manzana a la plancha, patatas hervidas y verduras frescas

Restaurant Winter hours Mon - Thurs 10.00 - 2.00pm & 5.00 - 10.00pm Fri - Sun 10.00am - 10.00pm TAKE AWAYS AVAILABLE.

PHOENIX BAR

Good Cheer and Good Beer, Always On Tap Here

*QUIZ NIGHT - Thursday plus

open the box cash prize. *Justin Sane comedian back on 17th Feb 9.30pm *Karaoke with No Fear Sunday night *All you sporting action shown on multi large screens. 49


Open Mon - Fri 5pm to Late Sat and Sun 1pm to Late

Karaoke t h g i n e Valentin 42” WIDESCREEN ON THE TERRACE FOR ALL SPORTS

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KRAZY KEVS KARAOKE EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED!


programme

FEBRUARY

for.....

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La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina

La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Mar

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Tel: 966 797 119 659 728 128

Tel: 966 797 119 or 659 728 128


rina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina

Modelo:

M2Casa: Jardin:

D2700 105.000€ Rosa 60.76m² 207m²

Situado hacia el sur, modelo Rosa, independiente con el

porche cerrado en aluminio,

terraza frontal, salon, cocina, galeria, 2 dormitorios,

2 baños. Situado en una zona tranquila. Trastero.

Ref:

Price:

Model:

M2house: Garden:

D2700 105.000€ Rosa 60.76m² 207m²

A south facing detached

model Rosa with a glazed

entrance porch, frontal sun

terrace, living room, kitchen,

utility room, 2 bedrooms,

2 bathrooms. Located in a

quiet area, this property also

offers extra storage facilities.

Ref:

Precio:

Modelo:

M2Casa: Jardin:

D2570 114.999€ Rosa 73.85m² 207m²

Jardines completamente con baldosas, muros externos altos para privacidad, terraza, salon con chimenea, comedor / despacho, cocina nueva, 2 dormitorios, baño, 2 trasteros, aparcamiento para el coche, porche cerrado con aluminio, vistas preciosas. En muy buen estado decorativo interna y externamente.

Ref:

Price:

Model:

M2house: Garden:

D2570 114.999€ Rosa 73.85m² 207m²

With fully tiled gardens and high walls for privacy, this property offers sun terrace, living room with feature fireplace, dining/study room, new kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 sheds, off-road parking, glazed entrance porch, beautiful views. Is in superb decorative order both internally & externally.

La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina

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Pets In Spain is a website dedicated to the re-homing of abandoned and unwanted animals on the Costa Blanca. Whether you are looking to adopt an animal, advertise an animal or if you simply want to know more about taking care of your pet in Spain, please take a look at our site. To view more animals for adoption go to: www.petsinspain.info If you would like to advertise an animal email: info@petsinspain.info Sascha is a 2 year old Golden Retirever. She would be very happy being either on her own or with other dogs, she has a very calm nature and loves to be by your side. She has a very low reading of Leishmaniosis and with just a tablet a day will live a long, healthy life. For more information call: 950 466 055

Molly was found on the streets of Murcia in terrible pain, a kind woman found her and rushed her to the emergency vet, it turned out she had 2 dead puppies inside her and if she hadn’t been operated on she would certainly have died. Molly is now neutered, she has leishmaniosis but is being treated for it and she is a very sweet, submissive dog who loves children. Call:: 630 881 560 Merci is a Husky cross. She is vaccinated, very friendly and calm. We think she has lived in a good home but despite our efforts and the fact she didn't have a micro-chip, we have no alternative but to look for new homes for her. Call: 659 274 573

Guapa was brought to us when someone found her wandering around on La Marina Urb. She is a 5 kilo Griffon Terrier cross, approx 3 years old, good with other dogs and a very friendly, loving dog. She would ideally suit someone who wants a companion as she doesn't like being left on her own. Guapa is vaccinated and spayed and she must have a secure garden. Call: 654 027 748

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MASA Builders

Next to the entrance of Gran Alacant and just a short walk away from the main commercial area, Grupo MASA is working to finish a great public green area which will be the eye catcher when you drive in our residential area and will be open for anyone to use it. Nearly 40.000 m2 area have been designed with pedestrian lanes, mature trees, exterior furniture and shadow groups to enjoy a piece of nature close to your homes.

Even during the crisis grupo MASA is making a great effort to complete the ample infra-structuren that Gran Alacant already enjoys. Over the last few months heavy machinery and the working crew have finished the main features of the park and now more trees and furniture will be installed to complete this new green area. Within a short time the Town Hall of Santa Pola will inform you about the opening of the park to the public.

Next to the Avenida de Noruega this week construction will start from an Ecological Villa Design, Grupo Masa has developed and that participates in the National Contest for Eco- housing from the Spanish Electricity Board Endesa. A first group of villas on ample plots will border the Avenue and will be finished during this year. The modern design and the demand of more and more people for Ecological and responsable construction will have the effect on building companies to follow the example of building villas with Solar energy for heating and many other

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features that reduce use of energy and appriciates natural conditions of our climate.

Due to the extension of our Scandinavian Network Grupo MASA selects commercial staff to work from our office at the Plaza Mayor in Gran Alacant. Knowledge of Swedish or Norwegian is required. For further information contact, sending your CV to info@grupomasa.com

text supplied by MASA pictures by us

N332 FLYOVER

PETROL STATION

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Tel: 966 698 569

LEISHMANIASIS VACCINE, AVAILABLE AT LAST!

When we started working 15 years ago, canine leishmaniasis was a very serious, practically mortal disease, and besides, much more common than nowadays. These last years, the disease has turned into a chronic process, which allows the infected dog, in most cases, to spend a normal life.The reasons for this are: -Early detection by routinary yearly tests. We recommend having the animal tested every winter, because the risk of “tested today, infected tomorrow” is minimal in winter, and of course, to test every “rescued” dog when we adopt it. -Using mosquito repellents ALL YEAR ROUND. Collars or spot-on are valid only if they contain permethrin (a chemical group of insecticides). -More efficient and easy to administer new medicines. -A deeper knowledge about the disease by Vets and owners. Now, after 30 years of researching, we are going to have a new tool for prevention: a vaccine against canine leishmaniasis. It’s a brand new product, which has been approved for Spain in January 2012, and it is supposed, if we believe the manufacturer, that reduces the odds of suffering the disease, when used together with mosquito repellents, about 89 %, and it doesn’t produce allergic reactions (only, in a very low number of cases a local reaction like a lump, that disappears by itself with no treatment). The dog must be older than 6 months, and has to be tested previously to make sure its blood is clear. The first year they need three inoculations, leaving at least 21 days in between. After that, a yearly booster is enough. The Vet will recommend in every case when is the best moment for starting the vaccination, because they have to be done in healthy animals, and at least 2 weeks after any other vaccination. Of course, since there is only one lab manufacturing the vaccine, we are talking about an expensive procedure, specially the first year, but, of course, it’s cheaper than treating the disease in an infected dog. Perhaps it is not the more logical option for those dogs that spend the whole summer at the UK, and for very old dogs. But we think it’s highly recommendable for puppies or young dogs, for providing them a long and healthy life. As everyone can imagine, we have no previous experience with this vaccine, so we will only learn about its real efficiency and innocuity within the following years, when we have a significant number of inoculated dogs. We shouldn’t forget dogs are natural reservoirs of this disease, which may also affect people seriously, so, when we protect our dogs, we are actually protecting ourselves.

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WHAT’S THAT? IN THE CLOT? by Mark Etheridge

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PR DSE W

OR

FILL IN THE COUPON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE, WITH THE SECRET NAMES HIDDEN IN THE WORDSEARCH, WHICH ARE NOT IN THE WORD LIST. CUT IT OUT & TAKE IT TO LOS BELGAS BEFORE THE 20TH OF THE MONTH. ON THE NIGHT OF THE 20TH THE DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE FOR 2 winners, each to receive a free menu del dia at Los Belgas.

WORDSEARCH

herbs in Spanish & English THE HIDDEN WORDS ENGLISH & SPANISH FOR THE LOS BELGAS PRIZE IS....

--------------------------------------------------MY NAME & Tel no.

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SUDOKU

Difficulty rating: easy

To solve the puzzle each 3 x 3 box, each row and each column must contain all the numbers 1 to 9.

While the rules of this logic puzzle may be simple, there are numerous strategies to help you solve Sudoku. For hints and information visit www.sudoku.org.uk

Difficulty rating: medium

DOODLE AREA

ANSWERS ON GRAN ALACANT MAP PAGE

Difficulty rating: hard

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A map to help you find places of interest, and the locaton of all of CARABASI BARS COMPLEX (DOWN THE HILL) CASANOVA PHOENIX, PHOENIX LOUNGE BAR OCEAN 11 MOLLY MALONE YELLOW SUBMARINE

ALLOTMENTS

SCHOOL

PROPOSED SITE OF THE NEW CHURCH

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PETANC AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

PLAZA MAYOR

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VET GA EXOTICS DARBYʼS CHIPPY EL RINCON & MONTE MAR TAVERNA

1

2

GA BOWLS CLUB

TOP-UP DELIVERY POINT Euronics

EURONICS ELECTRICAL

HOMEFINDERS /SOLEIL

DʼRICARDO

COCINARTE

BRICO

GRANNET BOTTOM FLOOR OF THE GA COMMERCIAL CENTRE

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PROPOSED SITE FOR A NEW HEALTH CENTRE,

BLUE AREAS SUCH AS “SPORTS CENTRE” & BROWN AREAS SUCH AS THE “SCHOOL” are reserved for Council amenities, and are NOT for housing

CHIROPODY & PHYSIOTHERAPY

SUDOKU SOLUTIONS HARD EASY

MEDIUM

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our advertisers on Gran Alacant. Get your business on our map. PARK

TOP-UP DELIVERY POINT Phoenix

NOT JUST DESSERTS PATAGONIA no.2 STEAK HOUSE

HUGGIN & MUNNIN

TOURIST INFORMATION

1 MAXCOOP SUPERMARKET 2 SUPERVALU SUPERMARKET 3 MERCADONA SUPERMARKET 4 MEDICAL CENTRE G.A. COUNCILLOR MUNICIPAL OFFICES LIBRARY 5 THURSDAY MARKET 6 POST OFFICE 7 SCHOOL

DENTIMAR

PETANC AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

6

4

GA farmacia present location green arrow, new location blue arrow

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HOMEFINDERS/SOLEIL G.A. SERVICES & SOL COMPUTERS FRICANDO

TOP-UP DELIVERY POINT Quicksave SPORTS CENTRE

RUBYPOP 2

SWING PATAGONIA no.6 STEAK HOUSE

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Aquagest 24hr............. ..........902 250 170 Aeropuerto..............................966 919 000 Ayuntamiento-Gran Alacant. ............966 697 749 Alicante Bus Station...............965 130 700 Alicante Train Station.............902 240 202 Bomberos (Fire).....................085 Biblioteca (Library)..................966 692 773 Butano gas..............................966 672 222 Guardia Civil............................062 Guardia Civil............................965 411 290 Iberdrola................................901 202 020

Library GA............................ 966 697 110 Local Police...........................092 Local Police...........................965 411 103 Medical Health Service........966 699 081 National Police......................091 Red Cross (Cruz Roja)........965 416 936 Red Cross emergencies.....112 Rubbish collection.................966 693 955 Suma......................................965 292 000 Taxi sited at ALDI...................96 541 11 11 Telefonica..............................1004

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Map to help you to find your way around Santa Pola. It also includes our advertisers

Local Police

Guardia Civil

CHAZ

Carlin Santa Pola's Casa de Cultura Theatre in Calle Elche

SANTA POLA FOOTBALL STADIUM

BAILE BUS OFFICE

1. McDonalds 2. Market and red cross bus stop 3. Main Elche street 4. Castillo 5. Town square 6. Tourist info Police station Town hall 7. Fishing port 8. Post Office

9. Tourist info 12. Salt Lake museum 13. Civic & Social Centre 15. Casa de Cultura 18 Santa Pola Marina. 19. Bailen 20. Aquarium

21. Suma Office 22. Public refuse tip 23. site for New swimming pool 24. Indoor market 27. Police station (Policia Local) 28. Model boating lake 29. Pola Max shopping centre

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Bus Timetables. Baile

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buses

MORE INFO AT:- www.autocaresbaile.es

SANTA POLA - AIRPORT MONDAY to FRIDAY

SANTA POLA - UNIVERSITY MONDAY to FRIDAY

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Train Stop, Masa Complex above SuperValu

FEBRUARY DAILY SPECIAL 3 KFC chicken fillets, served in a pitta bread, with coleslaw & sweet chilli sauce & salad

€4.00

Free delivery on orders over €10.00 Eat in or take away. Tel: 966 697 070 at the PLAZA MAYOR Complex Gran Alacant Above Super Valu

February opening hours Monday - Thursday 5pm-til 10pm Friday & Saturday 12.30-10.30pm CLOSED SUNDAYS

Gran Alacant Advertiser Feb 2012  

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