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Hello everyone LOts in the mag this month, with more pages and we have increased our print run again. We would like to congratulate Sergio and Liliana on their 10th anniversary of their veterinary practice. They are the vets who write the column in our magazine. Remember you can read every edition online with page turning software, click the arrows and turn the pages!!!! What a busy month May was for us, with Molly Malones holding the “Fabulous Cabelleros” Show with a percentage of proceeds going to Mabs Cancer Charity. The 1st Boot Sale held outside the Medical Centre. The first Jukebox Promotions holding their “Broadway and Hollywood” music show at the Life Resort and the Gran Alacant Santa Pola Theatre Association presenting 2 comedy plays also at the Life Resort. We were at all the events and can say what brilliant nights they were, also with the boot sale, it was very pleasing to see so many stalls there for the first one. Please support all future events held on Gran Alacant as they are provided for the enjoyment of us all. Another thing happening on Gran Alacant is the amount of work being carried out all around the place, how nice everywhere will look when the work is complete, we are very lucky with everything that is being done on Gran Alacant when you read in the newspapers about the neglect other urbanisations have to put up with. Our Los Belgas Wordsearch winner was Sue Miguels. Our front cover is of the beautiful “Bahuinia” tree at the GA Centre.

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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!!! Plenty of pictures in this edition, of events that took place within the last month. These pictures and more, can be seen on our website at www.granalacantadvertiser.com Workmen everywhere on GA at the moment, pavements being dug up

and re laid, the new market area buzzing, and of course the complete revamp of the Mediterraneo road. It is great to see that where all the new pavements are being laid, the workmen are also filling in with paving, all of the untidy areas, as pictured. The stepped pavement in front of the Chinese, Banks and Bars will only be changed on the lower level, so the business owners will still have space for tables and chairs. Another tidying up operation is taking place on the Town Hall land in front of the Clot. More activity.

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We have pictures in this issue from the MABS “Walk for Life” where money was raised for this Cancer cause. Jan Wright from MABS, sent us the following:“Thank goodness the weather changed for the better on Sunday morning, the sun shone and there was a slight breeze, just ideal for walking. Each year the numbers have grown and we were so pleased to see more than 40 people, men as well. It was a sea of Pink hats, skirts and balloons. A lot of people who were just walking by also took part or gave donations so we generated a lot of interest from the Spanish and English. Loreto our local Councillor organised the Police and Music for us and as always came down to support us. The Winners for the Best Pink outfit were Connie and Lisa who won Champagne and of course a Pink Geranium in a Pink Pot. We have raised 1,876 euros, plus, 903 euros has been raised by the Ladies Coffee Morning Group and the Monte Mar Bowls Club raised 100euros. Has anyone seen Beatrice and her family and the dog?! no we did find her she got lost in The Clot and took 2 hours to get out, we did phone her to check she was still alive and kicking as we cannot afford to lose any Translators!! Thank you to everyone who took


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part and raised so much money for us. We also had Daphne who is 80 and in a wheelchair who was escorted round by one of our Translators. Also a lot of people walked round twice. Thank you to Spanish Inks too who did all our printing for us� Another MABS fund raising event, this time at Molly Malones, where proprietors Terry, Linda, and staff provided the venue and a meal, which was followed by a wonderful show from Hat Trick Promotions who presented us with, Buddy Holly, Adele, Marc Bolan, Freddie Mercury, Cherry Kee, and the Beatles, all performed by the Three Caballeros.MABS tells us that they raised 249 euros on the Raffle and thank you so much for the 50 euros from the lady who was re united with her lost earring, (read the story further down in the news). The Caballeros generously donated 60euros to MABS and they would like to do another Show sometime in Gran Alacant. We thought they were excellent and very good entertainment On Saturday 5th May, at the GA Centre, was the third annual Bobbin Lace Making and Craft Exhibition of the Artesanas Gran Alacant. As usual they put on a beautiful display of both modern lace and items made by the group. Vivien Heywood showed her collection of antique baby bonnets and some traditional French coifs. Visitors enjoyed seeing such a variety of crafts and watched the lacemakers at work on their pillows. Once again the group would welcome anyone who is interested in learning, to make bobbin lace,

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smocking, crochet, knitting, or needle lace embroidery, lessons are free. It is a friendly and sociable group of ladies who love to share their crafts. They meet at the Ayuntamiento Room, which is upstairs in the Life Resort. Monday 4.30 to 7.30pm and Friday 4.30 to 7.30pm just come along for a chat and see what we are making or telephone Vivien (English) 966 695 223 or Maria (Spanish) 966 699 705. The two big projects at the new market site and the revamped Mediterraneo are now well under way, as is the laying of new pavements between the school and the Carabasi Complex. We wonder why they could not put this rubbish IN the bin. Too much

trouble!!!!!!!!!! (pictured above) An email to us Just wondered if you had enough space, in order to warn people and to be very aware... in Mercadonna car park our friend was just going in to do some shopping and 2 women who spoke Spanish, normal height short brown hair and grey outfits on, approached her with a clip board and on the paper it said For the Deaf, she


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tried to get rid of them but they were persistent so she got out her purse to give a euro, they thanked her and kissed her on both cheeks. When she came to pay for her shopping all her money had gone, unfortunately she had 500euros on her. She cannot believe they took it from literally under her nose. She was furious with herself, she is an older lady and she came to us in shock and she went down to the Santa Police to report it and she said they were very nice and very sympathetic and spoke English. In fact another friend who was there at the same time said he saw them and wondered what they were up to. So just to warn people and do report it. and now a nice story...... We received a telephone call at the magazine early one morning from a very fraught lady who had lost a very sentimental ear-ring. She had retraced her steps to no avail. She asked about printing a “missing” notice, but the next edition was 4 weeks away. We went onto one of the local forums and typed out an appeal for her. Lo and behold, a forum member answered saying that she had found an ear-ring, outside one of the banks in Gran Alacant. We put the two people together, they met up and handed the earring over to a very pleased lady, who wanted to give a reward to the finder, who refused, and then to us, who also refused. She asked us to donate 50 euro to a worthy cause, so that night were going to the local MABS fund raising event at Molly Malone, where we handed over the donation.

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This is one sentence of the finders email to us:“The lady was absolutely overjoyed to have her earring back as it had great sentimental value for her, her tears of joy made us feel so good for the rest of the day”. MASA were due to start planting at the Park that they are building, whilst our magazine was at the printers, so will hopefully by now look very inviting. An email to us mentioned the extra mozzie biting. Loreto phoned those in charge and by the time you read this, Loreto will have met with people concerned to get some extra spray in the Santa Pola effected areas. Unfortunately the other side of the fence in the Clot belongs to Elche, so Santa Pola can do nothing about that. Another email to us mentioned all of the dust from the new market site. Loreto was due to have a meeting about the market in the coming week and would bring up this issue and ask the builders if they could use water to keep the dust down, so as not to effect the residents nearby. Again we mentioned the lack of action from the fountain at the roundabout near the school. There is a problem with the fountain mechanism which is being sorted. 16th June at the GA Commercial centre sees another type of Tapas day, where you are welcome to go and try the various dishes. In the GA Council office where a large area has been vacated by the private doctors, has been taken


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over by the Town Hall to make more space in the building, by making this area available for, doctor emergencies, police desk, social worker problems, and room for the pediatrician. There will be an extra reception person there during the summer time. Pictures in this issue of the fabulous show at the Life Resort, presented by Jukebox Promotions. Mr Voice “Andy Jones” and Fiona McLean treated us to a thoroughly professional show. It is hoped that shows similar to this, from Jukebox Promotions, will be offered on a monthly basis.

neighbours which has been very positive, it is something very typical in foreign countries and little known here, but is a good option for reusing things you have at home and do not, so could benefit others¨ Incarnation Mendiola, Councillor of Commerce, expressed his "gratitude to ASVEGA because it creates a tourist attraction and shopping in our town, and in these times it is good that citizens can get extra income

Please support the shows if you want them to continue on Gran Alacant. The European Residents Neighborhood Association of Gran Alacant (ASVEGA) has implemented in collaboration with the departments of Commerce and Gran Alacant, the first table top sale of second-hand items for individuals, which was held on Sunday May 20th and will be held every third Sunday of the month next to the municipal office on

Avenida de Escandinavia, 10am to 13.30pm. This initiative was presented at a press conference by Loreto Cascales, Councillor of Gran Alacant, "it is a proposal from

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and others can benefit from these items. We invite all the neighbours not only in Gran Alacant, but also other people, to participate in this event. " By mid May there had been 28 people reserving a table top pitch for the Sunday second hand market we spoke about in the last edition. You can book pitches for the future markets by phoning:- 609 932 578. Entry is open to individuals registered in the municipality, so that personal items may be sold with the recommendation at reasonable prices. Only 3 euros to be paid to the association to cover expenses." more news next month


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Tenemos muchas fotos en esta edición de los eventos que tuvieron lugar el mes pasado. Se pueden ver estas fotos y más en nuestra web www.granalacantadvertiser.com

En todo GA podemos ver que se están haciendo obras, están ensanchando las aceras, preparando el nuevo mercadillo y remodelando la C/Mediterráneo. Además podemos ver cómo al ensanchar las aceras están pavimentando las zonas más dejadas, como pueden ver en las fotos.

En la C/Mediterráneo, dónde están los bancos, están rehaciendo la acera escalonada, sólo van a tocar la acera más próxima al tráfico, por lo tanto los negocios seguirán teniendo espacio para sus mesas y demás.

También están limpiando y arreglando el terreno del Ayto. que está enfrente del Clot. Tenemos fotos de la asociación MABS “Caminata de la Vida” donde se recaudó dinero para la lucha contra el cáncer. Jan Wright de MABS, nos ha enviado lo siguiente: Gracias a Dios que el tiempo cambió para mejor el domingo por la mañana, salió el sol y había una leve brisa, perfecto para nuestra caminata. ¡Cada año más y más gente se apunta a nuestra caminata! Este año fuimos más de 40 personas, hombres también. ¡Lo único que se veía era un mar de gorros, faldas y globos rosas! Generamos mucho interés por parte de ingleses y españoles,

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muchos de los que nos vieron pasar también se unieron a nosotros o hicieron donaciones. Loreto nuestra Concejal organizó la música y la policía y como siempre estuvo ahí presente para apoyarnos. Los ganadores del mejor disfraz rosa fueron Connie y Lisa quienes se llevaron una botella de cava y un geranio rosa en una maceta del mismo color. Recaudamos un total de 1.876€, además de 903€ que recaudaron las señoras del Coffee Morning Group y el Bowls Club de MonteMar recaudó 100€. ¿Alguien ha visto a Beatrice, a su familia y a su perro? ¡Nosotros la encontramos perdida en el Clot! Le costó más de dos horas salir de allí, la llamamos para asegurarnos de que estaba viva ya que no nos podemos permitir perder a ningún traductor de la asociación! Daphne que tiene 80 años y está en silla de ruedas también participó en la caminata, la ayudó una de nuestras traductoras. Gracias a todo aquel que participó y recaudó tanto dinero para nosotros. Muchos participantes hicieron dos vueltas. Gracias a Spanish Inks que nos ayudó con los costes de impresión.

Otro evento de MABS para recaudar dinero, esta vez en Molly Malones, donde los dueños Terry y Linda proveyeron el local y una cena, seguido de un show de Hat Trick Promotions, los Three Caballeros que nos dieron un espectáculo imitando a Buddy Holly, Adele, Marc Bolan, Freddy Mercury, Cherry Kee y los Beatles. MABS nos comenta que han recaudado 249€ del sorteo y otros 50€ de una donación. Los Three Caballeros


donaron 60€ a MABS y les encantaría hacer otro show en Gran Alacant. ¡Nos dieron un excelente espectáculo!

El sábado 5 de Mayo de el centro comercial de GA fue el III Bobbin Encaje y Exhibición de Artesanos de Gran Alacant. Como siempre desplegaron una preciosa exhibición de encaje moderno y otros artículos hechos en el grupo. Vivien Heywood enseñó su colección de antigüedades y otros artículos tradicionales. Los visitantes disfrutaron viendo la variedad de manualidades y vieron cómo las encajeras hacían las almohadas. Una vez más el grupo da la bienvenida a quienquiera que esté interesado en aprender este tipo de manualidades (crochet, tejer, adornos, bordar) las clases son gratuitas. Es un grupo sociable y amistoso de señoras a quienes les encanta compartir sus conocimientos. Se reúnen en el Ayuntamiento que está en el Life Resort. Los lunes de 4.30 a 7.30pm y viernes de 4.30 a 7.30pm. Para venir simplemente a echar un vistazo llamar a Vivien (Inglés) 966 695 223 or María (Español) 966 699 705.

Los tres proyectos de Gran Alacant ya están en marcha; el remodelado de la calle Mediterráneo, el emplazamiento del nuevo mercadillo y las nuevas aceras que van desde el colegio hasta el complejo Carabasi.

¡¡¡Nos preguntamos porqué será tan difícil tirar la basura DENTRO de los contenedores!!! (vean la foto entre las primeras páginas).

Un email: Me preguntaba si podríais publicar esto si os sobra un espacio. Me gustaría alertar a la gente de esta situación… a una amiga nuestra, en el parking de Mercadona se le acercaron dos mujeres (estatura normal, pelo castaño corto y ropa gris) con un portapapeles indicando que eran sordas, nuestra amiga intentó

deshacerse de ellas pero al ser tan insistentes decició darles algo de cambio, ellas se lo agradecieron y le dieron dos besos. Cuando fue a pagar en el Mercadona se dio cuenta de que le habían robado (desgraciadamente llevaba 500€ encima). No se lo podía creer que le hubieran robado en sus propias narices. Estaba furiosa consigo misma, ella es una señora mayor y estaba en shock así que la acompañamos a la comisaría de Santa Pola a hacer una denuncia. Es importante denunciar estos robos y que la gente sepa lo que está ocurriendo. Y ahora una historia bonita...

Hace unas semanas, recibimos una llamada de una señora disgustada porque había perdido un pendiente de gran valor sentimental. Había vuelto sobre sus pasos para ver si lo encontraba sin éxito. Nos pidió publicar un anuncio de “perdido” en la revista pero todavía faltaban 4 semanas para la siguiente edición. Entramos en uno de los forums locales y expusimos la situación, Lo un miembro del forum contestó diciendo que había encontrado un pendiente parecido al de la descripción en la entrada de uno de los bancos de Gran Alacant. Pusimos a Lo y a la señora en contacto y la señora se reencontró con el muy preciado pendiente. De lo agradecida que estaba quería darle 50€ a Lo, quien lo rechazó, luego quiso darnos el dinero a nosotros, también lo rechazamos, finalmente nos lo dio para donarlo a una buena causa. Decidimos donarlo a MABS la noche de la recaudación de fondos en Molly Malones. La señora que encontró el pendiente dijo “la señora estaba tan contenta de tener el pendiente de vuelta en su posesión debido al gran valor sentimental que poseía, sus lágrimas de felicidad nos hizo sentir muy bien el resto del día”.

Las noticias en español en la página siguiente.

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Mientras nosotros estábamos en la imprenta, MASA debería estar en plena faena ajardinando el nuevo parque, así que esperamos que tenga buena pinta. Nos llegó un email sobre la abundancia de mosquitos. Loreto está organizando la fumigación de las zonas afectadas. Desafortunadamente el otro lado de la valla del Clot pertenece a Elche, así que Santa Pola no puede hacer nada allí.

En otro email que recibimos mencionan el problema del polvo en la zona del nuevo mercadillo. Loreto tiene una reunión con los responsables de la construcción y les pedirá a los obreros usar más agua para bajar nivel de polvo, para evitar afectar a los residentes cercanos a la construcción.

Hemos vuelto a mencionar el problema de la fuente en la rotonda cercana al colegio. Hay un problema con el mecanismo de la fuente y lo están solucionando.

El 16 de junio en el Centro Comercial de GA será el día de la Tapa, pueden ir a probar la gran variedad de platos.

En el Ayuntamiento de Gran Alacant el médico privado se ha trasladado por lo tanto hay más espacio disponible en el edificio para emergencias, despacho policial, asistente social y más espacio para el pediatra. También habrá una persona más en recepción durante los meses de verano.

Hay fotos en esta edición del espectáculo fabuloso en el Life Resort presentado por Jukebox Promocions. Mr Voice “Andy Jones” y Fiona McLean nos deleitaron con una función muy profesional. Se espera que otros espectáculos similares de Jukebox Promotions, estén disponibles mensualmente. Por favor, hay que apoyar estos espectáculos si quieren que continúen en Gran Alacant.

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La Asociación de Vecinos Residentes Europeos en Gran Alacant (ASVEGA) ha implementados una colaboración con los departamentos de comercio de Gran Alacant. El primer mercadillo de segunda mano ha sido el domingo 20 de Mayo y seguirá el 3er domingo de cada mes, al lado de la oficina municipal de la Av. Escandinavia de 10am a 13.30pm. Esta iniciativa fue presentada en una conferencia de prensa por Loreto Cascales, Concejal de Gran Alacant, “es una proposición de los vecinos que ha sido muy positiva, es una cosa típica en otros países y no se conoce mucho en España, pero es una buena opción para reutilizar objetos y que pueden ser beneficiosos para otros”. Encarnación Mendiola, Concejal de comercio, expresó su gratitud hacia ASVEGA porque crea una atracción turística y comercial en nuestro pueblo, y estos momentos difíciles es bueno que los ciudadanos se puedan sacar un dinerillo y otros se puedan beneficiar de estos objetos. Ya a mediados de Mayo había unas 28 reservas para el mercadillo de domingo. Se puede reservar una mesa para el próximo mercadillo en el 609 932 578. La entrada está abierta a individuos registrados en el municipio así que los objetos personales pueden ser vendidos a precios razonables. Sólo sale 3€ para cubrir los gastos de la asociación. Más noticias el mes que viene.


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We are easy to find in El Altet. From Gran Alacant turn off the N332 signposted El Altet. Over the roundabout. Over the traffic lights and we are on the right, before the next roundabout.

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Times are changing at

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Businesses in the square have never benefited from their community fees that they all pay, so have got together themselves to revamp the square. They have in the past been affected by lighting issues, broken steps, broken tiles and a slow Deterioration of amenities. The businesses are pulling together to rectify all of these faults and to make it the most friendly square in Gran Alacant and invite you to an............

...OPEN DAY ...RE-LAUNCH... on June 9th to see the improvements. There will be entertainment during the evening.

7.30pm DJ Tony Hall’s disco 9pm A 5 piece live band 12 midnight Partying with the Tony Hall disco. The square will, on the night, and in the future have games, rides, pool tables etc so families can enjoy the child friendly square. It will also be wheelchair friendly with access ramps.

You will see from this advert the logos of the businesses that have contributed towards this improvement, to provide sport, drinks, bars, restaurants etc everything in one car free place. For location, see the GA map at the back of this magazine.

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Hi Barry & Sandra,

Is this just human nature or what!?

Do you like to walk on the promenade at Los Arenales or even ride your bike along there in the bike lane.? So the council go to the trouble of marking out a bike lane for the bikes so the walkers can walk safely along the promenade & the bikers can pedal along with out dodging the walkers ,wonderful. But have people noticed, I am sure they have, how some people walk on the cycle track & when they hear the sound of a bell turn & look daggers at the cyclist as if he or she had no right to be on the cycle lane! But it works the other way around too.As you walk along the promenade, thinking you are safe from the cyclists in their cycle lane, next thing a cycle zooms by at a rate of speed good enough to seriously injure someone. Why can't people stick to the rules?? It's so simple? I would be interested in peoples comments to help understand human nature a little more please. keep up the good work. regards Bill

The real Chas, of Chas & Dave is on a Four show tour, and two of the shows are in our area. Tuesday 19th June @ La Marina Sport Complex 966796389

Friday 22nd June @ The Club, Quesada 966717028

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Tel: John or Denise Hutt 966 198 902

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For Lyneli, go past Eroski to the McDonalds roundabout, straight over to next roundabout, go SANTA POLA straight on and we are on the right.

MARRIED WITH OUR MAGAZINE!!

Pam & David Walker with our magazine, in Bentota Sri Lanka, where they were on holiday to get married on the 2nd of May.

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The signals and emissions for the radio and TV channels are the strict and sole responsibility of the satellite provider SES ASTRA and the program providers of BBC and ITV PLC (Freesat) and BskyB, who reserve the right to change, add, remove or adjust the strength of the signal of the channels offered. These modifications are not the responsibility of Diginova, or the sellers, distributers or installers that collaborate with Diginova. The guarantee only covers factory defects for receivers and satellite equipment installed by Diginova is for 24 Months. The installation guarantee for defects is for 12 Months.

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TS0104 DETACHED VILLA WITH 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS (1 IS EN-SUITE). BEAUTIFUL GARDENS WITH 8M X 4M SWIMMING POOL AND LARGE GARAGE, SOLARIUM AND GREAT VIEWS. MUST BE SEEN. €260,000

TS0150 DETACHED VILLA ON 230sqm PLOT, WITH 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS (1 IS EN-SUITE), GREAT KITCHEN WITH UTILITY ROOM, LARGE LOUNGE/DINER, COVERED PATIO, SOLARIUM, AIRCON, COMMUNAL SWIMMING POOL €189,000

TS0155 GREAT VILLA ON 300sqm PLOT, 3 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS (2 EN-SUITE), LARGE LOUNGE/DINER, GOOD KITCHEN, AIR CONDITIONING. OUTSIDE, LARGE SOLARIUM WITH FAB VIEWS AND TERRACE AT THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE. GRILLS. €210,000

TS0233 HUGE REDUCTION. TOP FLOOR APARTMENT IN PUERTO MARINO. 2 BEDROOMS, 1 BATHROOM, LOUNGE DINER, KITCHEN. LARGE SOLARIUM WITH VIEWS TO ALICANTE. GRILLS AND CEILING FANS. €85,000

TS0290 WONDERFUL 2/3 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM TERRACED HOUSE WITH FANTASTIC UNDERBUILD, CURRENTLY USED AS 3rd BEDROOM AND GAMES ROOM, LOUNGE/DINING AREA, TERRACE TO THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE AND SOLARIUM. €125,000

TS0304 2 BEDROOMS, 1 BATHROOM, 1 EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM, LOUNGE/DINER WITH FRENCH DOORS OUT TO PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL, KITCHEN WITH UTILITY ROOM. THE PROPERTY HAS GREAT OPEN VIEWS, ACCESS TO COMMUNAL SWIMMING POOL. €179,000

TS0305 2 BEDROOMS, 1 BATHROOM, LOUNGE DINER, KITCHEN. LARGE SOLARIUM WITH OPEN VIEWS SURROUNDING AREA AND MOUNTAINS. PROPERTY HAS GRILLS, AIR CON AND PRIVATE PARKING. ACCESS TO LARGE COMMUNAL SWIMMING POOL. €89,000

TS0307 LOVELY 2/3 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM TERRACED HOUSE WITH GREAT UNDERBUILD. LOUNGE/DINING AREA, TERRACE TO THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE AND A PRIVATE SOLARIUM. IT OVERLOOKS THE COMMUNAL GARDENS/LARGE SWIMMING POOL. €115,000

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MONTEMAR BOWLS AND SOCIAL CLUB (Sponsored by Super Valu)

Kings Cup Division A South Wednesday 2nd May 2012. Monte Mar Lords played Quesada Lions on a lovely day, on a good green, against a very good team. Quesada won on both the Ladies and Men's singles, the pairs and the triples. Monte Mar Lords won the rinks game 17 to 14 well done to Rowena Good, John Caiger,Tony Finan and skip Colin Armitage. Shots for 54 Shots against 99 Points for 2 Points against 10 SABA Hurricane League Friday 4th May 2012. The Torros played home today against top of the league team Greenlands Glosters. Winning on three rinks and losing on three was not a bad result but losing on overall shots meant that we did not quite secure enough points to edge into the top of the league position. Well done to the winning teams skippered by Ted Hyman, John Corbet and Colin Armitage Shots for 93 Shots against 103 Points for 6 Points against 8 SABA Hurricane League Monday 7th May 2012. The Torros played at home today against the very strong La Marina Navigators. The Torros won on two rinks, drew on one rink and won on the overall shots. The result was a draw. Well done to those who won and drew, skippered by John Corbet, Tony Finan and John Caiger. Shots for 107 Shots against 105 Points for 7 Points against 7 Kings cup Wednesday 9th May Monte Mar Lords visited Greenlands Monarchs . It was a lovely days bowling for our trips team of Stan Routledge, Diane Ridley and skip Joe Ridley winning by 25 to 18. The rest of our team seemed to wilt in the Spanish sunshine. Well done Greenlands for a competitive and sporting game. Shots for 71 Shots against 103 Points for 2 Points against 10 It has been a quiet time since the last game and we are looking forward to resuming the fray at the end of May, but until then we continue with our roll-ups honing up our skills and generally keeping fit. Right is a picture of Mick Soars, Jim Ure and Terry Lemon three of our stalwarts enjoying the summer weather.

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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Our Broadband now upgraded to

SUPER-FAST 20 meg VDSL also We can now copy and print A3 documents as well as A4, A5 & A6

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This a special message to all you wonderful people in Gran Alacant. Our president and founder of M.A.B.S. Mrs Jacquelyn Phillips M.B.E.and the M.A.B.S. fundraising team are delighted to inform you that you have helped us to raise well over forty four thousand euros for the Gran Alacant area. All monies raised stays in Gran Alacant for the benefit of all who are fighting cancer. The support group coordinators Jan, tel 966697754 and Angie tel 616415239 are just a phone call away to help you with hospital transport, interpreters, nursing, patient sitting, wigs and prosthesis, equipment including crutches, zimmer frames, wheelchairs, commodes, hoists, toilet seat rests and certain medical supplies, plus general cancer information. We thank you all for supporting all our M.A.B.S. events in the past and hope you will continue to do so in the future. We are looking for bars and restaurants to host our events this year to help us reach a target of 100 thousand euros. We also will hire baby equipment like travel cots, high chairs, stair gates and car seat boosters. If any one has any of these item's and does not require them any more that we could add to our collection. tel Jean on 966698306. Thank you all so much, with out your support many cancer patients would not get the help they need as we rely on the money raised to assist them. JEAN REITERBUND CHIEF FUNDRAISER.

We are a trustworthy reliable company with 10 years experience working in Spain and can provide a high quality cleaning and key holding service for either short or long term contracts. Our aim is to ensure that you, your family and friends can relax and enjoy your time in Spain.

Welcome packs and transfers available on request. We can also offer a wide range of other services including interior/exterior painting, garden clearance and general maintenance. For further information including references and instant quotes please contact Claire on Tel 966695359 – Mobile 660339927 or email Newhorizonsinspain@hotmail.co.uk

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HERE & ON THE NEXT 5 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, FOR RIDERS (BIKE SHOP), EL PERRO NARANJA and on page 3 GRANNET


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OPEN FOR FOOD FROM 7-30AM UNTIL LATE BREAKFASTS NEW MUSIC EVERY NIGHT this month to FREE INTERNET GRAN ALACANT DARTS KARAOKE 2 BIG SCREENS FOR ALL OF THE SPORT -------------UP THE HILL IN THE QUICKSAVE BLOCK FOR EXACT LOCATION SEE GA MAP AT THE BACK OF THIS MAGAZINE

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Hello everybody June is the month for the celebration of one of the biggest fiestas in Spain “ Bonfires of St. John” there you can enjoy so many things, for example bullfighting from the 16th to 22nd, fiesta in the streets from the 20th to 24th, on the night of the 24th the burning of the beautiful cartoon monuments. After the burning of the monuments, on the next five days there will be held a fantastic international fireworks contest. Also all these municipalities that celebrate their main fiestas, Moors and Christians among them: Benjuzar ,Teulada-Moraira, Pego, Agost , Benissa. On the night of the 23rd, hundreds of fires will be lit on the beach to celebrate ancestral rituals and traditions, there will also be a fiesta on the Levante beach as usual. On the 3th of June in Santa Pola fishing harbour there will be a motor bikes meeting, 7th MOTOALMUERZO, thousands of motor bikes together celebrating a “almuerzo” meal. On the 10th of June there will be held the II Triathlon Cros Santa Pola, start at 10:00 with more than 1000 participants. On the 30th International Volleyball competition, in Gran Playa area. On the 23rd there will be a concert in honour of the Lady of Rosario, on the 24th, at 06:30 “La romeria” The “Cape Pilgrimage” to Our Lady of Rosario. The Lady is moved from town to her chapel situated in the Cape of Santa Pola, of course, you are welcome to come and join us. That’s all for June friends.

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Gran Alacant DARTS presentation night. sponsored by Simple Spanish Mortgages (photos supplied by Stefan)

Roberto-Mens singles winner

Debbie-Ladies singles runner up

Maggie--Ladies singles winner

Churchills-Div 2 cup runners up

El Toro-Div 2 cup winners

Bull-Div 1 cup runners up

Ocean's 11-Div 1 runners up

Bar Soiux-Div 1 winners

all ladies darts team

Royal British Legion Gran Alacant Branch BR

Held their Annual Dinner Dance at Molly Malones.

Entertainment was provided by Jimmy Mac The British Legion would like to thank all that supported the event and for the Donations of raffle prizes both Individual & Businesses. (pictures by Stefan)

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Richard-Mens singles runner up


Dave & Dave Pairs runners up

Chasers-Richard Kezler cup winners

Dick Turpins-Div 1 cup winners

Mike-most 180's

Mike-Quickest checkout 16 darts

Mike & Roberto Pairs winners

Websters-Vase trophy runners up

El Toro-Div 2 runners up

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Tom & Jade-Mixed pairs runners up

Mike & Jean-Mixed pairs winners

Agostino's-Vase trophy winners

Agostino's-Div 2 winners

Bull-Richard Kezler cup runners up

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Royal British Legion-Gran Alacant Branch BR 3606

The Gran Alacant Branch meets on the First Tuesday of the month at 16:45 Community Council Room in the Library (Behind Doctors).

New members always welcome, you do not need to be ex-forces to join us. Many Thanks

to all that supported our Dinner Dance and for the Donations of raffle prizes both Individual & Businesses. There will not be any meetings in July or August

and hopefully we will have a new meeting place in Sept (4th) Watch this space.

The next Branch meetings will be 5th June & Sept 4th.

Further details from - Robin 96 669 5423 or Brian 639 917 971. Email: secretarybr3606@gmail.com

A friend of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it he reckoned he could stop any time.....

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Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not happy.


Went around to a friend始s house today. His wife was sat there with their newborn baby. She asked if I始d like to wind it.... I thought that was a bit harsh so I gave it a dead leg instead.

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EATING, DRINKING AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE

CARABASI COMPLEX

Advertisers on pages 48 - 55 *Sandhills *Molly Malone *Phoenix Bar *Aquarius *Gourmet *Los Belgas *Phoenix Restaurant *Bar Ocean *Casanova *Hispania *Yellow Submarine

Coming to the Carabasi Complex a new venture, where you can rent  Scooters,  Bikes,  Electric Bikes,  Buggies,  Micro Cars (no car licence needed).  2nd hand bike equipment bought & sold PHOENIX RESTAURANT The in in place place to to be........Tel: be........Tel: 966698364 966698364 The

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ORIGINAL ITALIAN PIZZA’s the day f o u n e m e m ti Lunch 3 courses 9.50€ EVERY DAY U SPECIAL MEN onion bhaji any curry from our menu with rice or chips 1/2 san miguel or glass of wine 10€

EVERY THURSDAY bruschetta ribs with chips & salad 1/2 san miguel or glass of wine 12€

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British traditional Fish & Chips (and much more) Eat in or Takeaway “Quality, Price & Service is our Guarantee” Summer Agenda, June-September - phone: 966 699 601

SARAH’s Breakfast Kitchen

*All English produce. *Sky News *Wi-Fi *Air con *Outside fans *7 days a week

NEW FAST K A E R m B 9.30a from ns Childreast breakf1.00 from €

FULL BREAKFASTS ALL INCLUDE ONE DRINK+TOAST

FULL BREAKFAST MENU INCLUDING CHILDRENS & VEGETARIAN CHOICES

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Another first in Gran Alacant

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(back for its second season) Alfresco Burger Bar (Outside terrace).

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FOR ALL YOU NIGHT OWLS

Smell the onions between 11pm and 1.30am. 100% Irish beef burgers, large hotdogs. Only 2.95€

Our food can also be served to you NEXT DOOR at “Cork n Bottle” and “Oceans 11”, where you can watch all of the sport on their multi screen TV systems

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Friday THROUGH TO SUNDAY THE “TERRYOKE EXPERIENCE” MUSIC/KARAOKE/DANCING food served all day every day from 12 till late the jimmy mac show every friday from june Lennon and mc cartney show during june (see boards for dates) FULL NEW MENU AMERICAN-RANCH STYLE STEAKS, BURGERS, BBQ RIBS CAJUN STYLE CHICKEN & SALMON ... AND LOTS MORE! ALL MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS SHOWN ON GIANT SCREEN watch the european championships all matches on big screen WIFI ALSO AVAILABLE GROUPS AND PARTIES CATERED FOR SEE TERRY FOR DETAILS

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80'S DISCO MUSIC PARTY, EVERYONE WELCOME! WITH DJ'S FROM THE 80'S HERE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! DON'T MISS IT!

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PHOENIX BAR

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

NEW BAR MENU AVAILABLE UNTIL 11.30pm

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN JUNE

Don’t Forget Lady’s Day @ Ascot 21st June

June 16th Cabaret Night with Justin Sane June 23rd Guitar/ Vocalist Dirk Benson

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Celebrate Queens Jubilee on 4th & 5th June Dress up for Posh Nosh

BAR OPEN every Day & Night from 1pm Ask for our new bar menu

Lady’s coffee morning starts Tuesday 09.30 till 12.00 h. and the Fatclub on Wednesday 12.30 till 15.00

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A recipe from

Sandra’s Cookbook

which you can read online at:- www.sandrascookbook.com compiled by Sandra Bonathan (not Sandra from this magazine)

Potato Skins

Great as a snack or as a side dish at a BBQ, loaded skins are often really expensive in restaurants.

Use a good strong cheese (blue if you like) and a smoked bacon. Ingredients

4 large baked potatoes, sunflower or olive oil, Seasoning, Grated cheese, chopped bacon, cooked till crisp Method

Preheat oven to 220 c Cut potatoes in half and remove flesh Cut each shell into 2-3 pieces Brush with oil and season Place on baking tray and bake for 10 min, until crisping at edges Fill with cheese and bacon and return to oven until melted and golden. Serve piping hot and enjoy! Sandra's Cookbook Š 2010

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CCW electrical services Qualified electrician All electrical work undertaken Tel 617872405 contact Clive or Wendy

Still the best magazine advertising prices in the area. Still the same rates as when we launched 7 YEARS AGO.

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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 Tivvi is about 18 months and looks like a poodle cross. She is medium size, loves going for a ride in the car, good with other dogs and would love to get out of the kennels and into a home of her own. Call: 676 558 432 Klutz is a beautiful, loyal, 2 year old Leonberger x Mastiff who weighs 68 kilos, he is a very large breed so needs to be in a home with a lot of space, ideally a finca or country home with a lot of garden. He is a great guard dog but is a better family pet. Call: 655 027 676

Gypsy is 4 months old and weighs only 5 kilos. She is vaccinated and has her pet passport. She was abandoned with her sister and she is now ready to have a home of her own. Call: 659 274 573 Jake is a beautiful Braco Aleman and is approx 1 year old. We had a call to say he was being kept at the animal crematorium and arranged to go meet him and get him in a foster home. Apart from being slightly underweight he is in good health, is extremely friendly and good with other dogs. Call: 645 469 253

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TIMETABLE & ROUTE FOR THE GRAN ALACANT TOURIST TRAIN

A Day on Tabarca (advertisement)

One of the things quite often said about Gran Alacant is that there is nothing to do other than beach, bars and restaurants. I came across Dive Academy Santa Pola via google, rang them up and booked on a Snorkel Safari to Tabarca Marine reserve. Damon the owner lives in Gran Alacant and was happy to pick us up on route to the Dive Centre 10 minutes away in Santa Pola. We were teamed up with a mixed group of English and Dutch families and after putting on our wetsuits (mostly back to front) fins and masks (scuba divers frown on them being called flippers and goggles apparently) and headed off to the island on the taxi speedboat. After arriving on Tabarca, Jake our ‘divemaster’ gave us a quick brief on how to put the gear on correctly, safety procedures and marine life we were likely to see. The first site we visited was called the black skull a small rock island about 100 meters from shore. Initially the water is only 1 to 2 meters deep which was great for the kids to gain confidence and the wetsuits actually helped them float. As soon as your mask breaks the surface you can see literally thousands of fish much to the kids and big kids delight. Around the back of the black skull the water is a little bit deeper and the more adventurous amongst us were ‘duck diving’ to the octopus holes Jake expertly spotted. After a quick break we headed to another site and went in the limestone caves, I was a little apprehensive about this at first but the caves turned out to be breath taking and not at all claustrophobic. Again the marine life was spectacular and the water as clear as a swimming pool. We headed back on the boat about 2pm with a boat load of smiley, tired kids and adults alike. It was a great day rounded of nicely with a cold drink in Marina Miramar.

Dive Academy runs Snorkel Safaris on Tues, Thurs and Saturdays. Tel 965 414 510 or 648 463 310 www.diveacademy-santapola.com email: info@diveacademy-santapola.com

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pictures from our news story on MABS FUN RUN pics supplied by Stefan

pictures from our news story on the fabulous show by Jukebox Promotions

pictures from our news story on the LACE MAKING

pictures from our news story on MABS at Molly Malones

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Tel: 966 698 569

Next month will be the 10th anniversary of our practice. During this time we have seen lots of animals, mostly dogs and cats, but also some exotic pets, such as snakes, hamsters, Guinea pigs, Vietnamese miniature pigs, sugar gliders, parrots, budgies, canaries… even a GACELA with an infected foot, and a lost sheep which was found behind the practice, at the pine trees area (we managed to find her owner thanks to the ID tag she had at the ear). Some of them were ill, and some other ones came just for their vaccines, microchip, or grooming. We have had some difficult and strange cases that implied a real challenge for us, and ended happily… or not, because sometimes, making a right diagnosis is not a good new, specially when nothing can be done for helping the animal and the owner. We also have had some “bureaucratically speaking” difficult cases: legalizing pet passports without having enough documentation, finding the owner of a dog whose microchip was registered in an unknown database… Sometimes we have managed to find the owner of a dog which was lost for more than one year. There are some cases that are special for us, maybe because they are very uncommon, or maybe because it’s the first time. I remember my first emergency in my first job, several years before we opened our practice at Gran Alacant. I was substituting for 2 weeks the owners of a practice placed in a village at the Costa Blanca. Despite I had no previous experience, I was completely alone at the practice, so I was supposed to do everything there, including emergencies. They had a couple of frogs as pets, and I had to feed them twice a day with alive worms. Saturday evening I went to the practice to give the frogs their dinner, and then I realized there was an emergency waiting for me: a couple had brought their 4 years old 45 kg Rottweiler suffering severe convulsions. “No problem” I thought, “Just an insecticide poisoning”. This kind of insecticides has its own antidote, so the poisoning is relatively easy to treat, but in this case, there was no answer at all to the antidote. So I decided to call Sergio, who was working then in a hospital about 100 km away from me, and, after describing him the symptoms he suggested it was an strychnine poisoning, and that was the right diagnosis. The Rottweiler had eaten some tomatoes from the neighbor, who probably had sprayed them with the poison. The emergency lasted –non stop- from Saturday evening to Monday morning, because it takes about 30 hours to eliminate completely the strychnine, and during this time, the patient must be kept under barbiturate anaesthetic for stopping the convusions which other way would kill him. During this time I was kindly provided an omelette sandwich, a banana, a yoghourt, and a coke by the owners of the dog, and during the night they stayed with him just for letting me sleep for a few hours. It was probably the longest weekend of my life, unable to leave the practice, sleeping very little, and sharing my time with a massive Rottweiler. Fortunately he awoke Monday morning completely recovered after being nearly 48 hours under anaesthetic, and he went back home in an acceptable condition. I can’t remember the name of the owners or the exact date when everything happened, but I often remember “the biggest Rottweiler in the world”.

MY FIRST EMERGENCY

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WHAT’S THAT? IN THE CLOT? by

Mark Etheridge With luck and a following wind, by the time this article appears in print I will be back in Gran Alacant for the first time since the end of March. This is the best time of the year for me, with all the summer visitors in place; singing, displaying and breeding, and wearing their best summer finery! No, Iʼm not talking about human visitors, but those who have flown here under their own power rather than courtesy of Ryanair or Easyjet.

One of the birds I am looking forward to seeing again is the very elegant and smart Woodchat Shrike. Regular readers of this column (hi, Bill and Val!) may recall my article some time ago on its close cousin, the Southern Grey Shrike which is here all year round, but the Woodchat Shrike is a summer visitor from late March to October, spending the winter in Africa south of the Sahara desert. Usually there are at least three or four pairs in the Clot, and like the Grey they have the habit of sitting high up on a tree, telephone wires or fence posts where they can easily be seen. However, they are one of those bird species which have a built-in human radar detector, and wonʼt usually allow you to get too close before they fly off, so a pair of binoculars is essential to get a good view.

Although smaller than the Grey, the Woodchat Shrike feeds on much the same sort of prey – large insects and beetles, small lizards and birds – and has the same rather unsettling habit of impaling their prey on thorn bushes to provide a larder which can be consumed at leisure. This is the reason why all the birds in the Shrike family are also known as “Butcher Birds” to British birders; the Spanish call them Alcaudon comun, although in the Catalan dialect it is called “Capsigrany” which is another term for “idiot”!

The Woodchat Shrike is another highly-prized “twitch” for visiting British birders, they are not often seen in the UK apart from a handful of birds which are usually seen each year in May and June as they overshoot their breeding range during their northwards spring migration. They donʼt hang about for long, and quickly return to warmer climes.

My picture is of the handsome male bird, the female is slightly drabber, with less of that striking chestnut colour on the back of their head. Like the Southern Grey Shrike, it has that “Lone Ranger” mask around the eyes which give it a slightly sinister appearance, and it is one of the bandits of the bird world! See you next month.

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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

IN URGENT NEED OF ADOPTION, FOSTERING OR SPONSORSHIP !!! LEFT:two blind kittens, now 7 months old

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 Book prices for nonCome and Support the resalers 0,50 cts. for cause by grabbing a + 2, hardbacks & movies bargain 1€, music from 0,30cts 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

These cuties-lovable are from 4 to 10 weeks, 4 males and 3 females, all have good health. Adoption best if two bro-sis, but most Important to get even if only 1 good adoption. Please pass word always.

Adult male rescued in June is the last month of acute urgency, very our sales till October. gentle - needs a home as he can´t COME & SUPPORT stay in Vet Hospital US , PLEASE!!! any longer.

Foster Homes & Volunteers Needed. Food and material accepted (except Generic Markets brand food). For info contact feralfriends.ga@gmail.com 697 574 199 (except Sundays)

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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.

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

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

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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

SHOPS 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: medium

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: hard

DOODLE AREA

ANSWERS ON GRAN ALACANT MAP PAGE

Difficulty rating: very 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 RESTAURANT, PHOENIX BAR OCEAN 11 MOLLY MALONE YELLOW SUBMARINE HISPANIA, SANDHILLS AQUARIUS GOURMET

PLAZA MAYOR

VET GA EXOTICS DARBYʼS CHIPPY EL RINCON & MONTE MAR TAVERNA TIMES SQUARE SAFFRON HOLE IN THE WALL FAB RUMOURS

PROPOSED SITE OF THE NEW CHURCH

TOP-UP DELIVERY POINT Euronics

HOMEFINDERS /SOLEIL WINE SHOP FOR RIDERS

SCHOOL

SEZAVU

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PETANC AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

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2

GA BOWLS CLUB

EURONICS ELECTRICAL

ALLOTMENTS

COCINARTE

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GRANNET BOTTOM FLOOR OF THE GA COMMERCIAL CENTRE

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 VERY HARD MEDIUM

HARD

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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

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

DRAGON 2

PETANC AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

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4

TOP-UP DELIVERY POINT Quicksave SPORTS CENTRE

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INNUENDO

GA farmacia present location green arrow, new location blue arrow

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

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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Bus Timetables. Baile buses

MORE INFO AT:-

NEW TIMETABLE STARTS 23RD JUNE Santa Pola

Alicante

Saturdays

Sundays & Festivals

Alicante

Saturd

Sundays & Fe

Santa Pola to airport from Mondays to Friday

Santa Pola to University from Mondays to Fridays 14 Se

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www.autocaresbaile.es

SANTA POLA - AIRPORT MONDAY to FRIDAY

Santa Pola

SANTA POLA - UNIVERSITY MONDAY to FRIDAY

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ept to 16 June

THE GRAN ALACANT SHOPPING BUS which drops off and picks up, all around Gran Alacant :-

Mornings start at 09.30 from shopping centre, and every 30 minutes until 13.30 ending also at shopping centre. Afternoon: Shopping centre from 17.30 to 18.30 From Don Pueblo 18.50 and finish at shopping centre a 19.00

For the Gran Alacant tourist train time-table see page 59 71


Train Stop, Masa Complex above SuperValu

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

SPECIALS Homemade steak pie, chips & mushy peas €6 1/2 chicken, chips & mushy peas €6 Large cod, chips & mushy peas €6

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

JUNE opening hours Monday - Thursday 5pm - Late Friday & Saturday 12.30pm - Late Sunday 3pm - Late


Gran Alacant Advertiser June 2012