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Hello everyone, welcome to our October edition
Computers!?! After our problems last month with the magazine computer, we finally got back in action very late this month, again only giving us a short time to produce the whole of the new edition. It was decided to renew the imac rather than repair it. A machine was despatched from Northern Spain to Madrid, from there to Barcelona, from there to Alicante, from there to Elche, while we waited. Still all worth it now, with a new machine replacing our eighteen month old one. Our Town Hall have been busy bees during September, with a full programme of fiesta activities, followed by the World Windsurfing Championships, then being involved with the big Bowls Club event. Some of these things must take hours of organising. Have a good month, Sandra & Barry
PLEASE REMEMBER After our initial deliveries to over 100 outlets, we do top up during the month at:“The Winery”, “Euronics” and the “Phoenix Restaurant”. Please let us know by the 14th of every month if you would like any changes to your advert
JUST A NOTE: We do provide all of our advertisers with FREE design work and therefore ask that this work not be supplied and used by other publications.
WHAT’s INSIDE page number
4/5 news 6 G.A.S.P. 8 Santa Pola football 12/13Finance 24 Secret garden 28 Fiestas 48 Motoring 52/3 Windsurfing 54 Beauty page 55 emails 55 Congratulations 56/7 Lawyer 57 British legion 58/9 Bowls 57 Tourist Info 60 Vet 60/1 Local Plazas 62/3 What is in the Clot 63 Library 64 Wordsearch 65 Sudoku 66 K9 67 Bus times 68/9 Bus times 70 Alicante map 71 Santa Pola map 72 Gran Alacant map
Our little dog from the front cover has hidden herself away in the magazine, can you find her? Last month she was in the villa for sale advert on page 58.
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We deliver into:Gran Alacant on the 1st of every month and Santa Pola, La Marina, Guardamar, El Altet, Quesada, Los Montesinos & El Raso on the 2nd and 3rd of every month and top up on Gran Alacant the following week at:The Winery,The Phoenix and Euronics. The magazine is always uploaded onto our website on the evening before the 1st of every month.
For a free quote contact Barry or Sandra on Home phone: 966 699 167 (answerphone available) or Email: email@example.com or read the whole magazine on our website at www.granalacantadvertiser.com
We at your Gran Alacant Advertiser continue to bring you all of the news from the Gran Alacant Councillor, Loreto Cascales, as we have since May 2005. The issue of RUBBISH has reared its ugly head again. It has become a great concern to the Town Hall that so many people are being very irresponsible with the dumping of their rubbish. Weekly meetings take place with photographs being taken by the Council, the monthly meetings with the council, including the Mayor lead to discussions on what to do next. New rules are to be issued to all, letters to Commercial areas and Presidents of communities, asking everyone for collaboration on this issue and to take their rubbish to the bins, after 9pm. There is, already employed, a plain clothes policeman watching for and fining irresponsible dumping of waste and owners not clearing up after their dogs. The Council have tried dog litter bins in areas, but no one seems to use them, so fines have already been issued. Twenty eight refuse bins have now been repaired or replaced, so there is no excuse not to use them. 841 street lights so far, have had posters and flyers cleaned off from them in the Santa Pola, Gran Alacant areas and penalty signs put in their place.
The new train company has been
photo: May 2005
appointed and if all of the provisional paperwork goes through successfully the new operater will be: “Industrial de vehiculos Marsans. “The name we were given by the Town Hall” So watch out for the new train. The train has nothing to do with the Town Hall or Baile buses. It is a competely different private company. A very good idea has been put to us, which we discussed with Loreto. Could Baile buses next summer, when operating the bus that goes the same route as the train, be asked to circulate in a clockwise direction, ie , opposite way round to the train. We are always asked, “What about the golf course”. All hurdles have now been crossed, the only thing stopping the start of this major project is, the recession. This is not an excuse, but a real issue. Work on the new park will be started shortly, there are still discussions as to where the best place to put the disabled entrance. The transformation of the frontage to El Clot should have started in September.
As you will see from an email we published, the Town Hall wants to assure all, that when projects are carried out, they feel that nothing must effect the environment in a detremental way. If trees are removed from an area, they will always be located elsewhere. It is also good to see from the email, that people do have differing views, re the caterpillar pine trees. On October 18th the now annual Gran Alacant run will take place. The name of this event is â€œRace Abel Antonâ€? in honour of the Spanish Olympic gold medalist of the same name. We hope to have pictures next month of the Biatholon in Santa Pola on Sunday 27th September. Sorry we could not tell you last month about this event, as we were not told ourselves. This race consists of a 6km run, followed by a 20km bike run and back again to another 3km run. Quite a spectacle along the Santa Pola seafront. There is a fiesta weekend in
October from and including the 9th to the 12th, everywhere shut, again. We cannot leave this months news without mentioning the storm that hit Gran Alacant on Sunday 20th September. Hailstones, some say the size of golf course hit us. Our car like many others has been completely peppered with dents in all panels. Trees and shrubs were stripped of their leaves and much damage was done all round. This was the worst we have seen in the seven years that we have lived here on Gran Alacant. If any of our readers have any good pictures of the storm, please send them into us at the magazine so that we can publish them in a future edition. Its nice to see the new area of
petanca and a childrens playground, already being made use of on the road between the school and the GA Commercial Centre. In our bus timetables at the back of the magazine, we have also published the service between Santa Pola, Gran Alacant and the airport.
KEEPING YOU ABREAST ... Rehearsals are proceeding, despite a last-minute cast change, for GASP Theatre Group's November production of Alan Bennett's comedy "Habeas Corpus", a fiesta of farce, falsehoods, frolicking, and falsie-fondling! The play is scheduled for Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November at Santa Pola's Casa de Cultura, and tickets will be going on sale shortly at the bargain price of only 5 Euros each. Watch for posters!
Santa Pola Football Club
So far so good. - KEVIN RENDALL An excellent performance at home to Albatera in their opening match of the new season saw Santa Pola C.F. pick up their first three points following a 2-1 win in front of a decent sized crowd on a hot and cloudless first Sunday in September. Fifteen minutes into the campaign Paloma opened his and the teams account with a rising drive from the edge of the box. Mid-way through the second half American star Carlos Fernandez doubled the lead when first to the rebound from his older brotherʼs Marioʼs saved penalty kick. A twice taken Albatera free kick halved the deficit late on but by then Santa Pola were in cruise control. A week later a goal-less draw was the result away to a hard working but limited Thader side whose squad features three former ʻPola players. On the same day elsewhere in the region the Preferente Group 4 fixture between Alguena and Orihuela B was postponed due to heavy rain. Two games into 2009/10 and an unbeaten Santa Pola have collected four points and sit comfortably in mid table. During October Santa Pola host Aspe
and Altea at home either side of a short trip to Guardamar for whom local side Alone recently elected an all British Board of Directors. The Alone de Guardamar game on Sunday October the 11th, incidentally, will be the first time Santa Pola will be called upon to strut their stuff on an artificial pitch. In 2008/09 ʻPola lost the corresponding fixture by a single goal, a defeat which saw the departure of manager Anselmo Serrano. The month is completed with a Saturday tea-time kick off away to El Campello. Season tickets for the remaining Santa Pola home games are still on sale and attractively priced at €100, these can be purchased outside the ground on match days or by contacting Kevin on 650 594 112. Iʼll also be posting regular updates on the sports section of the Gran Alacant Plaza forum at HYPERLINK "http://www.granalacantplaza.eu" www.granalacantplaza.eu OCTOBER FIXTURES Santa Pola - Aspe 1130 04.10.2009. Alone de Guardamar - Santa Pola 1630 11.10.2009. Santa Pola - Altea 1130 18.10.2009. El Campello - Santa Pola 1800 24.10.2009. Top pic: Jose Fran Molina takes on the Albatera defender Bottom pic: Scorer Carlos Fernandez (15) congratulated by brother Mario (19).
La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina.
La Marina..La Marina..La Marina.
in La Marina
La Marina..La Marina..La Marina.
D2287 Situated within a short walk of the new commercial area enjoying panoramic views. Briefly offering 3 bedrooms, re-furbished bathroom, newly fitted kitchen, living room and glazed entrance porch. Being sold furnished. Price: 136.999 Euros
La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina.
D2292 Barclays Properties offer a beautifully extended villa briefly comprising a spacious living room, newly fitted independent kitchen, 3 bedrooms and re-furbished bathroom. Totally renovated. Situated on a spacious corner plot within a short walk of the commercial area, park & medical centre. Price: 130.000 Euros.
D2250 Needing some attention. Situated in a highly desirable location. Extended to now offer a two storey property with living room, newly fitted independent kitchen, utility room, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Solarium. Being sold furnished. Price: 149.000 Euros.
Where we are in the late Summer of 2009 When independent advice is sought from an organisation such as ours – one that is authorised by the relevant body, the client has confidence that the advisory practice is best placed to protect capital in tumultuous times. Over the last year so, we have been asked on numerous occasions where we see the financial markets heading . Earlier this year, I asked the question “How can we avoid bank deposit interest rates of 1% or less?” Who would have forecast such low rates on our bank deposits – and for so long? Since that article, the bank rate has remained stable – this should be good news for the economy generally, but very damaging for savers – especially the retired. Clients such as ours - those who set up a structured and diversified savings approach have now been rewarded by their confidence in those choices: Property has bottomed out, commodities are rising. The Stock Markets are steadily recovering from March 2009 lows – the Dow Jones (New York) Industrial Average index now standing at 9820 points, the FTSE (London) at 5172. Other markets following suit. The problem often found with structure is the urge we have to “bail out” in the event of falling markets, and the temptation to buy into a market at the top of it’s cycle. Our clients are encouraged to arrange a suitable diverse approach and stick with it in good times as well as poorer returns. Trying to “call the markets” for times to buy and sell is impossible for the experts, so what chance the “layman”. Let’s take another brief look at four important and crucial concerns and opportunities: Cash Deposits: With the prospect of very low inflation, or even deflation, it is little surprise that we are now seeing such unattractive interest rates on cash deposits. In this climate, talking to your bank will glean little meaningful information as they have a “vested interest” in keeping your business - it is crucial that independent advice is sought now. Exchange rates: For those on fixed income derived from GBP Sterling, we expect a modest recovery in the values vs the €uro……….however, the halcyon days of 1.40 plus seem a long way off – will they ever return on a consistent level? We doubt it! This means the retired and others solely dependent on GBP exchange rates being favourable need to allow for a future of lower €uro income - a sobering thought.
Equity markets, the key drivers of capitalist nations: Without being over-optimistic and unrealistic, careful “stock-picking” equity managers claim to see the green-shoots of a start to the recovery. They anticipate a difficult year with lower volatility and values rising in the last two quarters of 2009.
La Marina..La Marina..La Marina.
La Marina..La Marina..Marina..
The location of both of the above businesses can be seen on our map on page 10
A quote from the January 2009 article in this publication…….this prediction is coming to fruition. Property: We expect the distressed assets of the property market, who’s values dropped further than any of us could have imagined, to take longer to recover from the shocks of 2008/9. Private investors remain sceptical and shy of an illiquid and distressed asset class. Expect a tough 2009…………maybe the time to buy into property funds as they are so lowly valued? It is vital to ensure a diversified holding if protecting assets is to be achieved. For the best way to do this – and have the opportunity that adversity always brings, call or email Chris or his colleagues on one of the numbers below. Please don’t wait until it’s too late, seek independent financial advice now. I look forward to writing for you again shortly, best wishes Chris Turton.
Office: 966 795 714 (Local, La Marina) Mobile 616 531 095 (Chris Turton Direct)
These three businesses are all situated together. Homefinders and Gran Alacant Services are side by side above Destinations.
MUNICIPLE OFFICE, HEALTH CENTRE, LIBRARY
HOMEFINDERS, GA SERVICES, & DESTINATIONS
See Homefinders 2 page spread advert on pages 36/37
Airport chat up A guy is sitting in the bar in departures at a busy airport. A beautiful woman walks in and sits down at the table next to him. He decides because she's got a uniform on, she's probably an off-duty flight attendant. So he decides to have a go at picking her up by identifying the airline she flies for, thereby impressing her greatly. He leans across to her and says the Delta Airlines motto 'We love to fly and it shows'. The woman looks at him blankly. He sits back and thinks up another line. He leans forward again and delivers the Air France motto 'Winning the hearts of the world'. Again she just stares at him with a slightly puzzled look on her face. Undeterred , he tries again, this time saying the Malaysian Airlines motto 'Going beyond expectations'. The woman looks at him sternly and says 'What the hell do you want?' 'Ah!' he says, sitting back with a smile on his face. 'Ryanair'.
THEATRE IN SANTA POLA (marked on our map of Santa Pola)
7th Teatre en Valenciá - Maniátics 13th Cine Clasico - La Extraña Pareja 15th Festival - XXI Festival Asociación Amas de Casa 16th Conceierto - Intercambio Sociedades Musicales
17th Festival Benéfico - Monologos para Despistados II 20th Cine Clásico - Pijama para Dos 22nd Inauguración Exposición - Salmuera 27/28th Teatro - Los Árboles Mueren de Pie 30th Danza - Flamenco José Soriano 31st Concierto - Sociedad Unión Musical Dolores
What would happen if one of us dies in Spain Ask yourselves these questions:
1. Would you know who to call in the first place? 2. Would they know the Spanish system on funerals? 3. Would they be able to cope with local laws and regulations in Spain? 4. Normally funerals are held within 48hr´s. Would family have time to get here? 5. Would funds be readily available to cover all costs? 6. Could you cope with the above at the time of great stress?
Makes you think, doesnʼt it?
If you can not answer even one of these questions positively then one of your Priorities should be to contact SPN today for more information about fixed cost Funeral plans SPN plans start from €2350.00
For a no obligation home visit please contact our local representative
On: (0034) 618 342 556
Or our Head Office on: 952 595 691 or 952 491 788
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Sierra Mar Gran Alacant The next three pages show four businesses in the traffic free Sierra Mar square. The Patagonia Steak House is also in this square, their advert is elsewhere in this magazine.
Good food/pleasant atmosphere Friendly staff/varied menu Prime quality steaks/lamb/chicken/fish Homemade specialities all at reasonable prices. Mixed grill 10€ inc vat Menu of the Day 12€ 5.30pm / 7.30pm Large choice of UNDER 10€ main meal Phone:- 966 699 429 SEE MAP ABOVE FOR LOCATION
VOTED MOST POPULAR GA RESTAURANT BY THE GA PLAZA
Swimming Pool, Restaurant, Cafeteria and Bowling Green.
All in the one area, behind Super Valu. See map at the back of this magazine. Already established as one of the most popular restaurants in Gran Alacant, due to it’s excellent, varied, and reasonably priced menu. El Rincón de Monte y Mar will be offering a Special Menu throughout the year available between 6pm and 11-30pm. In the restaurant from Monday to Friday a Special lunch menu for only 8€. This consists of a mixed salad, starter, main course and a sweet. Plus coffee and a half bottle of wine, or an alternative drink, per person. In the evenings in the restaurant we have a Special Evening menu for only 10€. The same menu as above, plus an apertiser.
The cafeteria is open all day for breakfasts, tapas, snacks, baguettes, sandwiches etc, all at reasonable prices.
The swimming pool is open from 11am until 7pm for only 3€ per day. Adjacent to the pool is a drinks bar.
For bowling green information please ring 696 18 60 20
Restaurant summer terrace
There is music and dancing every Saturday night.
For enquiries or bookings please phone: 966 697 897 / 966 697 483
ANOTHER SECRET GARDEN In an earlier edition we showed you a secret garden on Gran Alacant. We now have a second garden. These are areas of waste land which residents have landscaped, themselves, to improve areas around their properties. What a wonderful way for people to get together and improve their lot. We went to the grand opening and took these photographs. The group photo shows many of those that have helped with the work. Others have contributed either with money, plants etc. We feel it best not to name names in case we miss anybody out. At least 3 of the businesses that advertise with us, gave a donation. They were, Homefinders, Legends and Dick Turpin. The area is for the use of home owners of the community and their friends.
at the PLAZA MAYOR Complex Gran Alacant Above Super Valu
N332 to Santa Pola to Alicante
DARBYʼS ARE HERE. ALSO SEEMAYOR MAP AT PLAZA SQUARE BACK OF THIS MAGAZINE
Daily Specials Small cod or haddock & chips Mushy peas or baked beans 1 slice of bread & butter Pickled onion
Large Cod or Haddock & Chips Fruit salad & ice cream served with a small beer
Glass of wine or canned drink €10
Franks Special 3rd / 4th October Chicken Maryland Southern fried breast of chicken Served with a pineapple & banana fritter
Battered peas & sweetcorn €5.50
Coming soon: Xmas stock. Place your oders for all your Xmas goodies ie. Turkey, hams, gammons, cakes sweets, crackers etc Opening times Monday - Thursday 4pm - 11pm Friday & Saturday 1.30pm - 11pm Sunday 4pm - 10.30pm
Eat inside, outside or take away
TEL: 966 697 070
DELIVERY ON ORDERS €10 or OVER 25
Law of Coffee: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
Tel: John or Denise Hutt 966 198 902 An elderly man in Queensland , Australia had owned a large property for several years. He had a dam in one of the lower paddocks where he had planted mango and avocado trees. The dam had been fixed up for swimming when it was built and he also had some picnic tables placed there in the shade of the fruit trees. One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the dam to look it over, as he hadn't been there for a while. He grabbed a ten litre bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the dam, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.
As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his dam. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, 'We're not coming out until you leave!' The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked, or make you get out of the dam naked.' Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the crocodile.'
Santa Pola Fiestas were as spectacular as ever. It is amazing the amount of time and effort spent by people organising these events. This year instead of showing pictures of the big parades, we thought it time to highlight one of the different events. Pictures show traditional dancing in the Castillo and firecrackers in the Glorieta square in Santa Pola. Pic below: Miguel Zaragozza Mayor of Santa Pola.
Two different businesses together in one area.
PELUQUERIA Y ESTETICA
Patagonia Steakhouse for your food, and Armonia the hairdresser & beautician. Patagonia Steak house also have a restaurant in the Sierra Mar section.
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URB. GRAN ALACANT
Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, pet
ʻFather, my dog is dead. Could ya' be saying' a Mass for the poor creature?'
Father Patrick replied, 'I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.'
Muldoon said, 'I'll go right away Father. Do ya think 5,000 euro is enough to donate to them for the service?'
Father Patrick exclaimed, 'Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn't ya tell me the dog was Catholic?
FICE, HEALTH CENTRE, LIBRARY
THESE 2 BUSINESSES
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
get A to B
NEED TO GET AROUND? Local Gran Alacant â‚Ź5 All other areas covered. Cheap, fast, efficient & reliable. Tel Paul: (0034) 676 316 319
Top quality paint work good prices Internal and external Tel Alan 966 699 453 or 606 596 723
Variation Law: If you change traffic lanes, the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
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Carabasi Bars Complex. On these seven pages
Nine businesses here, so, plenty of opportunity for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, evening meals, drinks, dancing, quizzes, karaoke, entertainment, live TV with all the sports etc. A New Name in this area for October. Aquarius relaces Joes Chips, with their advert on the next page. Two of the same owners, just a change of identity. Good luck to Angie & Mac
W Aquarius Opening October 2009 NETRADITIONAL FISH AND CHIP RESTAURANT BAR AND TAKEAWAY (formally JOE'S) at the Carabasi Commercial Centre. (up the central stairs turn left) Angie and Mac, as new sole owners would like to welcome you to the Aquarius restaurant, bar and takeaway. Having owned a catering company in the u.k , we bring twenty years joint experience with us to Gran Alacant. We now feel the time is right to take things to another level by reinventing ourselves and moving forward to new and improved quality dining, whilst always keeping the traditional methods of preparation and cooking as our strength. We feel the times are changing along with peoples tastes and expectations, so we shall endeavour to move with them by offering meat dishes, vegetarian selections, and new starter courses will also be introduced. We will stay with our already successful fish and chip side of the business; but will be improving our presentation, decor, comfort and other areas in general, to create what we feel will be a fresh and much needed upgrade to the premises . We will also be addressing pricing in line with today's stiff competition. After renegotiating with our suppliers we are pleased to announce reductions in price on most of your favourite meals / sweets and beverages. We hope to see you soon, both customers and friends old and new , we guarantee a warm and friendly welcome many thanks Angie and Mac Aquarius .
The family run Irish bar & restaurant, true Irish hospitality. HALLOWEEN’S SUPER SPECIAL NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT IN GRAN ALACANT The fabulous Jimmy Mac 9.30 - 11.30pm and the Terryoke Experience 11.30 - late...featuring Fabba, Jackson, Mercury, Village People, Blues Bros, Tina Turner & many more. ************************** We are not only the best in entertainment, we also strive to do our best in food, by giving you the “Best Value”. Menu Del Día - 4 courses only 8.50 euro (main course 5.50 euro) Snack baguettes + 1/2 Cruz only 3.00 euro - served until 6pm Snack sandwich + 1/2 Cruz only 2.50 euro - served until 6pm Table de Hote menu only 13.50 euro with free glass of wine per person or free bottle of house wine for two SPECIAL AUTUMN SUPER SAVER BOARD ONLY 6 EURO, see board inside
ENTERTAINMENT Monday nights...Terry and friends Weds & Sat nights... The Terryoke Experience Friday nights...Chill out and enjoy a good meal and listen to the best ´ 60¨`s 70`s and 80`s music Sunday nights...the Spectacular Jimmy Mac Show
IF WE CAN DO BETTER, WE WILL 41
Only 5 minutes from Gran Alacant.
Take the N332 towards Alicante. The first right signed El Altet takes you to a roundabout. Take the first exit. When you arrive at the first set of traffic lights turn left for Eurocars or right for La Confiteria.
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that they have purchased a vehicle that is totally worthless unless the outstanding monies are paid to the
DRIVING IN SPAIN/BUYING A USED CAR IN SPAIN Due to the current financial crisis, the Hacienda (Tax Office) are clamping down on unpaid taxes, and
embargos on all assets that is owned by the debtor. We at Legal Solutions are now finding that when we are carrying out Data Checks (informies) in the Trafico office, there is a large proportion of vehicles that have received an embargo from the Hacienda. If the vehicle has been embargoed then the change of ownership cannot take place. In the last
have seen several clients who have purchased vehicle
data check first, and
horrified to learn
Hacienda by the previous vehicle owner
stopped by the Guardia Civil the vehicle can be empounded and the occupants left to make their own way home. We at Legal Solutions strongly recommend that BEFORE you buy a used vehicle, either privately or from a car dealer, that you know the vehicles history and current situation, which is all recorded on the data check. Till next month from Legal Solutions, safe driving! Tom and Debbie Milligan
Gran Alacant Darts 2009-2010 Gran Alacant Dart's Division 1 Destinations X Bar Sioux A On Stage A Oceans 11 J.P's Chaser's A Yellow Submarine Bailey's Blue
Division 2 Destinations B Bar Sioux B On Stage B Dick Turpins Churchill's Chaser's B Hispania Submarine Bailey's Red
Winter Dart's League Sponsored by Thansa ( Masa Square ) Start's 12th Oct 2009 Anybody wishing to play please contact any of the above teams
Well I was bullied at school, called all kinds of different names. But one day I turned to my bullies and said - 'Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me', and it worked! From there on it was sticks and stones all the way.
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Santa Pola Town Hall are especially showing interest in bringing as many big sporting events as possible.
This event brought windsurfing from all over the world. Every sail you looked at, seemed to be from a diferent country. The event took place over 10 days and on the day we took these photos, there was a very bracing wind, making life a little difficult for the contestants. The mens winner of the World title was Steve Allen from Australia, with Ross Williams the best placed Brit at 6th place and Ivan Pastor Lafuente of Spain coming in 14th. The lady winner was Marta Havaty from Poland,
Hello and welcome to Octobers Beauty Tips
As I discussed in Augusts edition Massage is one of the many holistic and comple mentary therapies which are available. Today and over the next few months I will discuss other Complementary Therapies
Aromatherapy is compatible with massage as it uses some of the Swedish massage techniques I discussed before, to aid relaxation, improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, thus aiding in muscular tension. Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils for relaxation and improvement of emotional and physical wellbeing. An essential oil is an aromatic, volatile substance that is extracted from plants, it used various parts of the plant, the flowers, bark or leaves, some plants can produce more then one oil. These oils have tiny molecules and are easily absorbed into the skin. It is important to use good quality essential oils as there therapeutic benefits derive from there origin and chemical makeup. Cheap copies will not have the same benefits or effects. Essential oils should never be used it its neat form.
Essential oil has three effects on the body; Pharmacological Essential oils are chemical substances and so are humans. When essential oil is absorbed into our body, its chemicals enter the blood stream and are circulated around the body; they then interact with our own chemistry. Physiological the way our body works is known as its physiology. Essential oils have an effect on this as they interact with the chemical messages and impulses that our body uses to work. For example, an essential oil with sedative properties will send that message around the body creating a soothing relaxing ambiance helping to sooth nerves and relaxing the mind, body and spirit. Psychological not only are the oils absorbed into our skin we also inhale the oil through the noise and into the olfactory tract. Smell is closely linked to emotions. Thus aiding in our wellbeing. To be continued. By for now Dott
The salon will be closed from the 27th Oct until the 10th Nov. We are located on Avda Escandinava (up from the post office) at no 46 Altomar 1. The Telephone number is still the same 659419264.
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Dear Sandra and Barry
I am concerned about the views expressed in one of last month´s emails, about the pine trees. We think they are lovely trees and the best species for this area. They are the symbolic tree of Spain, the type of pine which grows here, the stone pine, does not gow too big, usually the most successful, greatly benefits the landscape and environment and is green all year round. The trees planted along Ave. Escandinavia have died because they were planted in rock and not watered in very dry conditions. But once established they survive all others. The 'lolipop´ or Robinia trees planted along the main hill of Ave. Mediterrana look ridiculous in this location and some of these are now dead also, and will need watering for years. The caterpillars only appear during Feb/March, surely it is possible for people to avoid them, and when walking dogs. Everyone where I am seems to understand and avoid them, including children, who look but don´t touch. And this year council parks staff came and cut off the offending ´sacks´ before they could be a risk. There could perhaps be signs displayed various places near the trees, warning people of the hazard. Also, I am asthmatic and have lived in close proximity to them each year over six years and never been affected.
Spanish people have lived with pine trees for centuries, benefitted from them and appreciated them, in rural and urban areas, where they have enhanced the landscape and given shade and shelter. Gran Alacant would certainly be a bleak place without them. Yours truly Rose and Bob
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No matter how many times we write about Wills there are still those that don´t or won´t listen.
Does anyone really know the consequences of dying without a Will in Spain? Well the answer to that is yes some do and sadly they have found out the hard way.
There is no point in beating about the bush on this subject. If you have any assets in Spain you should have a Will. If you die without assets in England and without a Will then the difficulties faced are unbelievable, if not impossible. One recent example is of a couple. She died in 2001, everyone thought Husband had inherited. He died in 2005. Difficulty. It turns out they weren´t married. The property was hers. She had an English Will excluding Spain. Solicitors in England tried to find family and failed. What money was available ran out. The beneficiaries cannot receive their inheritance in England because no one can find them. The assets in Spain being a
property and bank accounts are just standing there. The property in Spain is going to rack and ruin and remains empty, with no beneficiary.
For many they cannot face making a Will being unable to contemplate their own death. The making of a Will need not be morbid.
For others because they are not going to die yet they feel they do not need to spend the money to do so. Unfortunately, for some this prediction of life has been without foundation. The question should be can you afford not to make a Will?
Up and down the coast there are spouses, partners and children left to pick up a legal wrangle whilst suffering the grief of a loved one.
We know some don´t care what happens when they have gone, but if they do care about their loved ones then making a Will resolves the issue.
We have written dozens of articles on this subject and inheritance tax and yet there are still people not listening. Please don´t be one of them.
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If you want to discuss making a Will or Inheritance Tax Issues then please telephone Costa Blanca Lawyers on 902 882 177 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and don´t forget the FIRST CONSULTATION IS FREE
Royal British Legion-Gran Alacant Branch BR 3606
THE BRITISH LEGION NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
The Royal British Legion Gran Alacant meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Norwegian Club, Sierra Mar Urbanisation next to “Not Just Desserts”. The next meeting is scheduled for 6 October 2009 in the Norwegian Club and we hope to see you all there. Time 7.30pm prompt.
New members/visitors are welcome and you don't have to be ex-forces to join. For further information contact Branch Secretary Barbara Turnbull at email@example.com or Tel: 966699828. Branch Meeting 13 January 2009
Monte Mar Bowls and Social Club – Sponsored by Super Valu SABA Spitfire League Monte Mar Toreadors – 6 points - 100 shots San Miguel Moors – 8 points – 109 shots Our last game of the season was played recently, when the Toreadors hosted the San Miguel Moors. And shared the spoils with three wins each, with San Miguel edging the shots 109 to 100. Well done to the winning teams of Pauline Merry, Chris Merry and Harry Dobson (28-12); John Chapman, Bob Mallett and Terry Errington (18-13) and Marianne Forman, Bill Clifton and Len Counsell (24-13). Captain Chris Merry would like to thank Harry Dobson and Bob Mallett for their help, and also all of the players throughout the season. He would also like to thank all the players who offered their services when they thought he was struggling. An example of this help is shown in the
attached photograph, when good friend Ted Hyman used dubious shade methods to help Chris keep his cool! A modern day Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau perhaps?
Didn’t We Have a ‘Luverly Time’ When We Went to Cuenca!!
Into the great mountain hinterland of Spain ventured fifty-two brave souls from our club, shepherded by the lovely Margaret from the Costa Blanca’s Number One coach company, Coachtrips SL. Expertly driven by coach driver Antonio, we managed to arrive at our hotel in the
charming village of Canete, with our numbers still intact and on time, miracles do happen in Spain then! After an excellent lunch, Margaret gave us a guided tour around the charming village, amidst strange comments like, “It’s really Spanish isn’t it”. What did they expect several hundreds of kilometres into central Spain, the Old Kent Road! However, this is where discipline started to break down, and several of our number went AWOL. First it was Bill Young who did his impression of the Vanishing Man in the church square, having failed to persuade a local bar owner to open his place early. However the Scribe laid bets that on our return from our circular tour, we would find said ‘Youngy’ sat with his feet up outside a bar in the main village square, a prophesy that ultimately proved to be spot on. The next to ‘disappear’ was Chairman Mike Farrelly, who was last seen passing through a beaded curtain into what could only be described as a Spanish Speakeasy; the smoke billowing out and the belly dancer really giving the game away. Mike later appeared back at the hotel some hours later, protesting that it would have been rude not to have more than one drink as it was so cheap, believe that if you will. He could not, however, explain the presence of the belly dancer’s tassels hooked into his belt, and this will be discussed at the next committee meeting, and no doubt in his front room. It was really interesting that neither of their respective spouses appeared concerned in any way, and whilst not naming names at least one of them uttered, “Peace at Last”! More food followed, then more wine, dancing and then to bed. I have omitted to mention that we arrived at the start of Canete’s Fiesta, which began at midnight and blasted many of us all out of sleep until 6.00am, so it was heavy eyes
that we started Day Two. After visits to various places on interest, we stopped in a National Park for the biggest lunch anyone had ever seen, prepared in part by Rowena Good and Bill Young, who between them peeled a full sack of spuds as they didn’t want to walk to the waterfall. It was at this point that we showed our true colours, and entertained baffled Spanish onlookers to the weirdest fancy
dress dance ever seen North of the Equator. I have included a photograph of the redoubtable Roy Clayson, Vice Chairman Bill Clifton and Treasurer Sue Bounds acting quite strangely in scanty costumes, which they appeared to enjoy wearing. Further investigation needed on that one! Eventually they were all parted from their costumes and glasses, and we returned to the hotel to be faced by even more food, after which most of us gave up the ghost and retired hurt to bed. The final day was memorable in Cuenca itself, which with its hanging houses and numerous architectural facets, is a joy to behold. We arrived back in Gran Alacant, tired but grateful for a really smashing three days.
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Hi everybody More fiestas in October but as the temperature, the pace about fiestas is cooling down. Anyway you can still show your friends and relatives the parades in: Crevillent 1st to 4th, Rafal 1st to 7th, Planes 2nd, Callosa d’en Sarria 9th to 17th, Campello 12th to 15th and Calpe 21st to 24th. Remember these are just approximate dates! There are also local fiestas in Jalon 16th to 19th, Polop 2nd to 4th or pilgrimages like the well-known in Benejuzar “el Pilar” on the 12th and of course the activities en G ran Alacant like the race Abel Antón that will take place on the 18th of October. That’s all for now.
BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS IN DOGS AND CATS Same as humans, dogs, cats and other pets may also have blood transfusions, and the procedure is very similar to the human one. Blood transfusions are only performed when they are absolutely necessary for saving the life of the animal, but never for extending the life in case of a chronical, irreversible disease. The requirements for recommending a blood transfusion depend on the condition of the ill animal: -Degree and type of the anaemia and clinical signs. Sometimes blood tests indicate a serious condition, but clinical signs are very mild, or vice versa. -Prognosis of the disease. Anaemia caused by bone marrow destruction, or by the lasts stages of a renal failure, is not suitable for a blood transfusion, because the animal is never going to recover, and the transfusion will
only make him survive 2 or 3 days more. When the decision of performing a blood transfusion is been taken, it has to be done as soon as possible, within a few hours maximum, because sometimes the speed the blood disappears or gets destroyed is so high that waiting longer than 24 hours may kill the animal. Blood transfusion is not a treatment by itself, but a way for giving the animal (and the specific treatments, such as steroids, antibiotics, antiparasitic or surgical procedures, for the primary cause of the anaemia) some “extra time” for reacting properly. The other extremely important part of every blood transfusion is, of course, the donor, and here we find a very important difference between canine and feline blood transfusions: -Cats, same as people, have natural blood antibodies (A and B type, so, we can have 3 different combinations: A, B and AB), so giving a cat a transfusion from the wrong type will kill him. For this reason, every time a cat requires a
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transfusion, a crossed test between his blood and the donor’s one must be done if we don’t know their type of blood. This crossed test can be done in every practice without any special equipment. -Dogs don’t have natural blood antibodies: this means the first time a dog is having a transfusion, the blood may come from any other dog without any danger of rejection, even if they have different types of blood, so, in this case there is no need of crossed tests. The following 10 days, the dog may keep having transfusions from any other donor, but after this 10 days period, antibodies will appear, and the crossed test will be required for the rest of his life when needing further transfusions. The requirements of an ideal blood donor would be: -Large or giant breed (over 25-30 kg in dogs). -Calmed, not nervous, good patient, co-operant. -Neutered. -Young adult. -Perfect health, free of blood transmissible diseases (mosquito!!). The healthier the better, because in most cases
blood extraction must be performed under sedation. Normally is relatively easy to find a good donor from friends or neighbours, but is good to know that there is a “blood bank” service for dogs in Barcelona for Spain, but this option is much more expensive (and less quick) than finding a donor from your own neighbourhood. Some commercial tests for knowing the blood type of our dog are available, but this is not absolutely necessary in case of requiring a transfusion. The most important in this cases would be, same as in people, the generosity of the donor (or donor’s owner in this case), which may save the life of other animals without any risk, because the lost blood gets regenerated in a matter of hours. Liliana Aldeguer Cerdán col 793 English translation by Sergio Reina Esteban col 747 Do you want us to write about something specific you would like to know about your pet? E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org All your suggestions will be welcome.
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WHAT’S THAT IN THE CLOT? by Mark Etheridge So that’s the hot summer over then, most of the visitors have gone, and our corner of Spain resumes a more tranquil aspect. The roads are quieter to drive along, you can actually find somewhere to park your car in Los Arenales and mañana means “in a little while” rather than “sometime next month maybe, perhaps, Señor”.
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But if you venture into the Clot, you will find that the place is still heaving with birds, perhaps even more than were present in July and August. If you are observant, you will notice that one or two are different to those you may have seen in the summer. The idea of taking a winter holiday on the Costa Blanca seems quite modern, but many bird species have been doing this since long before Pontius was a Pilot. My two pictures show the male and female versions of the Black Redstart which appears in large numbers in our area, not only in the Clot but around the houses in Gran Alacant itself. These birds arrive during October from all over Europe, including a few from the scarce British population, and leave for their more Northerly breeding areas from March onwards. They spend the winter chasing each other over the GA rooftops and through the bushes in the Clot, and at the same time do us all a big favour by munching the larvae and adults of the ever-present mozzies and other pesky insects. The odd thing about Black Redstarts is their choice of breeding habitat; in
the UK, they are notorious for selecting rather desolate industrial sites such as dockyards, building sites, old ruins and most peculiar of all – nuclear power stations. You might expect to see a bird with at least two heads or a strange green glow about it, but no, it’s just a smart little bird which comes in two varieties; the very dapper male with
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his black and grey plumage, ending in a red tail, and the female and immature birds which are dull brownish-grey but again have the red tail. They have a funny little call which sounds like two stones being banged together and a quite scratchy song which is unlikely to win them a second round pass at the X-Factor auditions. The Spanish name is Colirrojo Tizòn, which rather dramatically might be translated as the Firebrand Redstart. If you’ve seen (and heard) one scolding a local cat, you’ll know why! See you next month.
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This summer has been the busiest ever for the K9 Club. More abandoned pets were rescued this August than in any previous year, with some that had to be rescued from a life threatening situation. The K9 Club is going through a very difficult period right now and currently they do not have foster homes
available for other abandoned pets that must be rescued. We are in desperate
need to home dogs so we can free up some of our foster homes and be able to rescue more from the streets.
â€œFoster Homes Urgently Neededâ€? Albert is a Border Collie cross. He was saved from being
put down on what was to be his final day. Albert is a very gentle and trusting dog that gets on well with all people
and animals. He is approx 3
years old and if you are a
lover of Border Collies it is
recommended that you visit him.
Molly is a 6 month old Doberman cross. She has a lovely
nature and is still very much a puppy who loves to run around and play. She is vaccinated, spayed,
house trained and has a pet passport. Suki is a beautiful Spanish sheepdog cross with a very
happy disposition and a great personality. She accepts and
provides love to everyone she meets. She is a medium size
dog, approx 1 years old and in good health. She is very good with other dogs and also good with children.
Tallulah is a very large 2 year old Mastiff cross. She was
also rescued the day she was due to be put to sleep with
her best friend Albert, the Border Collie cross. She is a
fantastic, friendly dog and is very loving and likes a cud-
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When on Gran Alacant let the bus take the strain.
Bus route THE BUS SERVICE ON THE ROUTE ABOVE, AROUND GRAN ALACANT, WILL BE RUNNING DURING OCTOBER. WE DO NOT HAVE THE TIMES.
BELOW IS THE SERVICE THAT RUNS TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT via SANTA POLA, ARENALES, EL ALTET.
WEEKDAYS SANTA POLA to ALICANTE
WEEKDAYS ALICANTE to SANTA POLA
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Below, and on the next page are maps of Alicante, and Santa Pola to help find your way around.
Aquagest 24hr............. 902 250 170 Aeropuerto.................. 969 919 000 Ayuntamiento-Gran Alacant. 966 692 276 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 Local Police................ 092 Local Police................ 966 696 035 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.......................... 900 103 104 Telefonica................... 1004
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Santa Pola's Casa de Cultura Theatre in Calle Elche
SANTA POLA FOOTBALL STADIUM
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 10.
12. Salt Lake museum 13. Civic & Social Centre 14. 15. Casa de Cultura 16. Lyneli hair
18 Santa Pola Marina. 19. Bailen 20. Aquarium 21. Suma Office 21. 22. Public refuse tip 23. site for New swimming pool 24. Indoor market 25.
27. New police station 28. Model boating lake 29. Pola Max shopping centre
THREE TOP-UP DELIVERY POINTS Phoenix Le Mar Euronics The Winery
GA BOWLS CLUB MONT y MAR COMPLEX
Vet GA Exotics Darby始s Chippy
NEW PETANC AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA
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EURONICS ELECTRICAL TOLDOS LA MARINA
CHIROPODY & PHYSIOTHERAPY
HOMEFINDERS/SOLEIL DESTINATIONS GA SERVICES
ARMONIA HAIR SALON EVANGELICAL CHURCH
AND ON TO LIGHTHOUSE
25 THE WINERY 27 MAXCOOP SUPERMARKET 28 SUPERVALU SUPERMKT 29 MERCADONA SUPERMARKET 30 MEDICAL CENTRE POLICE STATION G.A. COUNCILLOR MUNICIPAL OFFICES NEW LIBRARY 31 SPORTS CENTRE 32 THURSDAY MARKET 44 POST OFFICE 46 AMOROS 49 NEW SCHOOL 53 LEMAR ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES SHOP
PROPOSED SITE FOR A NEW HEALTH CENTRE, AND A SECOND SCHOOL
PATAGONIA no.6 STEAK HOUSE
DICK TURPIN NOT JUST DESSERTS LEGENDS PATAGONIA no.2 STEAK HOUSE CLAUDIA
SITE FOR NEW PARK
SPICY PARADISE & WINERY
22 CARABASI BAR COMPLEX (DOWN THE HILL) CASANOVA - SANDHILLS PHOENIX - OCEAN 11 PHOENIX NIGHTS O始DUILLS - LOS BELGAS YELLOW SUBMARINE HISPANIA - AQUARIUS
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