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Hello Everyone, Our front cover photograph was supplied by one of our readers, Richard Krawiec. If you would like to send us a photo to use please email it to us. Much news this month of all the projects starting on Gran Alacant. We have seen many of the plans, and will keep you in touch with all that is due to happen, in our future issues. Exciting times ahead as our urbanisation moves forward again with many more facilities for us all. Remember, if you have issues with anything on Gran Alacant, email us, and we will put them to the Councillor at our monthly meeting. Enjoy all of our local news. Have a good month enjoy the sunshine Barry and Sandra

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Chris Turton finance

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K9 dogs

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Beauty therapy page Legal Solutions

Whatʼs in the Clot

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El Clot landscaping

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GASP Theatre group

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GA football

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Phoenix Nights Opens Computer page

British Legion GA Bowls GA Darts Vet page Forums

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Tourist info

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Spanish lesson

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Inter club Emails

Wordsearch Sudoku

Phone numbers

G.A. Train timetable Map of Alicante

Map of Gran Alacant Map of Santa Pola Bus timetables

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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.

photo: May 2005

4 .5 million euro to be spent on Gran Alacant.

for different activities when the street market

As the magazine was being printed last month,

is not working.

we received a phone call and email from the

We have seen the plans for this area. Where

Town Hall, telling us this sum had been agreed.

the old market had 80 stalls, there will now be room for 300, which it is hoped will make it

They have received a subsidy from the

one of the biggest in the area. It will be

Valencian Government a total amount of

completely fenced in and and have the

6.284.145€ to be invested in Santa Pola through

installation of street lights, trees, landscaping,

different

has

toilets, loudspeakers and a demonstration

decided that a very high part of this amount of

area. This site will not only be used for the

money will be for Gran Alacant for projects

market, but will double up for many other

that will be developed in our area in the

events.

following two years.

This will cost 520.501,27 €.

projects.

The

Mayor

This means that Gran Alacant will have a total

2. Rejuvenating the area that is between the

amount of 1.636.501,22€ from the subsidy our

roundabout ofs the post office going to the

Town Hall has received from the Valencian

beach area, with 1,840sq m of new wider

Government. This amount of money together

pavements, lighting, trees etc., This will cost

with the amount of money from the subsidy we

229.189,25 €.

have already received from the Central Government makes the final total sum around

3. Cleaning up and fit out the Santa Pola Hill

4.5 million euros, for projects on Gran

and the environment.

Alacant.

This will cost 309.154,72 €.

The future projects to be carried out in Gran Alacant are:

4. The second phase of closing in and improvements to the Sports Hall Centre. This area of land is to be expanded to include

1. New situation for the street market of Gran

padel courts, 2 tennis courts, 5 a side football

Alacant. The council want to move it from Calle

pitch, basketball/netball, and an extensive

Canarias (that is a public street and

exercise area.

sometimes bothers the neighbourhood, to

This will cost 577.655,98 €.

public land where it will not bother anybody).

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The new street market of Gran Alacant will be

The laying of some new pavements is now

located close to the Sports Hall Centre area

under way. The stretch from the GA Centre to

and it will be constructed as a multiuse area

the school is now in the process of having a

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wider pavement constructed.

its first day.

The laying of another long stretch of paving is now

taking

place

between

the

GA

Centre and the Post Office roundabout,

You just cant win!!!! Some of the owners of the businesses at the Carabasi Bar Complex got together and paid for a new garden area to be

Again, we have seen the plans for the

planted which has made a very pleasant area,

landscaping alongside the clot. We have

............but...........children have been seen in

printed a map showing the area, on pages

this

52/53.

system.........If you see anyone vandalizing the

area

pulling

out

the

irrigation

garden, try to discreetly take a photo of them, Between the school and the GA Centre, the

and if you can email or contact us at the

grey building there, is to be a supermarket. On

magazine with it, we will inform the local

the opposite side of the road to this, there is

police and try to nip it in the bud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

another area now under construction. Here there will be three petanca courts, a childrens

The GA Train contract has been extended up to August to the company already running this service. This is until a final decision is made on who will get the contract for the next year. You will see that we have had an email (page 66) about the train prices so we contacted the Train Owner and the train companies reply was

playground, car parking and more trees and

that the train/tram of Gran Alacant is first and

benches.

foremost a TOURISTIC TRAIN - it's main uses are

Another big area for a makeover is the road

to show the all-year round, short and long

that runs from the post office roundabout,

term tourist (both Spanish and foreign) what

down to the beach. This is one of the oldest

Gran Alacant is all about, what Gran Alacant

areas on the urbanisation and is to have a

has to offer and how to enjoy all that is Gran

facelift. The pavements are to be widened,

Alacant.

1,840

square

metres

of

new

The train is not a public transport, it is a

pavement, with the addition of lighting and

touristic service covering most of Gran

trees.

Alacant.

The EL CLOT PATH TO LOS ARENALES that has

services such as hotels, ski-stations, markets,

been closed off is unfortunately under the

cafes in touristic spots price according to the

jurisdiction of the Elche Town Hall, so of

season (low, medium, high).

All touristic areas (geographical) and

course could we not really get a comment from

I hope the writer will continue to enjoy the

our Town Hall. Perhaps the only way to get

fun ride, with the friendliest drivers, the catchy

something done about it would be to get a

music and great atmosphere of lots of laughs

petition started and present it to the Elche

on the touristic train of Gran Alacant - and it

Town Hall.

is only! 1, 50 euros (in Santa Pola, Torrevieja, Benidorm, Caravaca de la Cruz, Santiago de

The conversational English Spanish classes

Compostela, Alicante, Sevilla... just to name a

which we announced to be held at the library,

few, a ride on a touristic train is between

started very well, encouraging 40 people on

10 - 25 euros a pop.

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Have you been to the wonderful Theatre “Casa de Cultura” in Santa Pola, in the main Elche Street. They will eventually try to put on an English speaking night, until then you can still enjoy the Spanish theatre We will publish the monthly programme for you in each of our summer issues.

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The location of both of the above businesses can be seen on our map on page 12 An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini, Italy, went to the local church for confession. When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, The man said: 'Father, during World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighborhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis So I hid her in my attic.' The priest replied: That was a wonderful thing you did, and you have no need to confess that.' 'There is more to tell, Father... She started to repay me with sexual favours. This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays.'

The priest said, 'That was many years ago and by doing what you did, you placed the two of you in great danger, but two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven.'

'Thank you, Father. That's a great load off my mind. I do have one more question.' 'And what is that?' asked the priest. 'Should I tell her the war is over?''

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MUNICIPLE OFFICE, HEALTH CENTRE, LIBRARY

POST OFFICE

THESE 3 BUSINESSES

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Your opportunity to rent a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, modern Town House for a golf holiday in Spain, at the prestigious.......

La torre Jack Niclaus, Polaris World Complex. To view the resort go to: www.polarisworld.com then go to Our resorts - La Torre To rent the house: phone (0034) 606 596 723

* Fifteen minutes from San Javier airport. * Car rental from the airport. * 2 more courses within a 10 minute drive. * Free courtesy bus to take you to each course. * Under 30 mins to the beaches of Mar Menor and Murcia City centre. Front of house.

The view from the lounge

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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 with a drink for 13€ inc vat 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

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Flannagans are in the Plaza Mayor Complex, which is a child friendy, car free area marked on the GA map in the back of this magazine

PHONE: or 669 659 139 or 686 431 654

FLANNAGANS KITCHEN open daily from 6th May 2pm till late Afternoon light bites which are Burgers, Toasted sandwiches, Jacket potatoes and Sandwiches with various fillings Homemade pizza with various toppings Soup of the day French bread pizza Cream teas Individual homemade cakes

chips or mash Coconut chicken curry Sharing platters Cheesy nachos BBQ chicken wings Spare ribs plus full menu Everything made and cooked on the premises, also available to take-away Sunday lunches, 3 courses €7.95

Evening menu starts at 5pm Stuffed chicken breast Homemade mince pie,

Tel: 686 431 654/618 216 988 for bookings

SKY SPORTS INCLUDING ALL LIVE FOOTBALL THURSDAY 8 PM EYES DOWN FRIDAY/SATURDAY TONY HALL DISCO & OTHER ACTS SUNDAY LUNCHES 3 COURSES 7-95€

HIRE SERVICE AVAILABLE Bikes, Golf clubs, Wheelchairs, Travel cots, Baby buggies etc etc

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Bailey’s is “down the hill” facing the new Gran Alacant School

540 euros

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You know it's a credit crunch when... • The cashpoint asks if you can spare any change. • There's a 'buy one, get one free' offer - on banks. • The Inland Revenue is offering a 25 per cent

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discount to anyone who can pay. • Gordon Brown has stopped chewing his nails and started sucking his thumb. • Your builder asks to be paid in Zimbabwean dollars rather than sterling. • Highgrove has been repossessed. • Victoria Beckham is shopping in Primark. TO ADVERTISE IN THE “GRAN ALACANT ADVERTISER” phone: 966 699 167

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The Discover Plan© Eat well, Feel full, Lose weight! Free registration until 16th April 2009 When you purchase a 5 or 10 week pass For further info contact Erika on 689186246 Or email Erika-ww@hotmail.es

QUALITY SECOND HAND Books, CD’s and DVD’s

Outside Baileys Bar every Friday 11-4pm We buy, sell, and part exchange. Come and have a look. We need your support to keep this going

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THESE 3 BUSINESSES +

THURSDAY MARKET

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POST OFFICE

ARMONIA

PELUQUERIA Y ESTETICA HAIRDRESSER & BEAUTICIAN DESDE – SINCE 1982 UNISEX UN NUEVO CONCEPTO EN PELUQUERIA A NEW CONCEPT OF HAIRDRESSING VEN, TE GUSTARA! COME & SEE YOU´LL LOVE IT! AVDA. ESCANDINAVIA 35, BLOQUE 7 LOCAL 10, URB. GRAN ALACANT

Come and look beautiful for Valentines! Ven y ponte guapa para San Valentín

AL LADO – ADJACENT TO PAN Y MAS ENFRENTE DE – IN FRONT OF QUICKSAVE

TEL: 966 695 681

Entertainment for JUNE

“JUST GET ON THE TRAIN” to bring you up the hill

Music Bar

Open Monday - Saturday 7pm till late

Mon-Tues-Thurs-Sunday -- to be confirmed Wednesdays & Fridays Karaoke with Terry

SATURDAY ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS DURING JUNE

6th Jimmy Mac 13th Shirelle (new to Gran Alacant) 20th Jimmy Mac 27th B.J. Bluesman (new to Gran Alacant)

June 16th Come to Davids Birthday Bash Free Buffet with Lucinda singing PLEASE SEE OUR BOARDS OUTSIDE BAR FOR UPDATES

Tel: 676 529 640 Av. Escandinavia Gran Alacant (Next to Quicksave) www.raffles-alicante.com FOR EXACT LOCATION SEE MAP AT BACK OF THIS MAGAZINE

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PATAGONIA STEAKHOUSE that advertise elsewhere in this magazine

FICE, HEALTH CENTRE, LIBRARY

SPORTS CENTRE

Cafe-Bar & Bistro Located behind Quicksave U T O P I A ’ S 1 s t T H EM E N I G H T “ITALIAN NIGHT”

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UTOPIA’S EVENING SET MENU ONLY €9.95

THIS PRICE INCLUDES A FREE GLASS OF WINE OR BEER AVAILABLE 7PM-10.30PM Telephone: Miranda on 609 963 936 or Michael on 680 396 140 TO ADVERTISE IN THE “GRAN ALACANT ADVERTISER” phone: 966 699 167

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For All Your Electrical Needs 24hr Emergency Call Out Upgrades Anything from extra lights & sockets to a full rewire All Time Served Registered Electricians. Tel, 96 569 8146 Mob, 679 008 226

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The next six pages show adverts from the

Carabasi Bars Complex. Plenty of opportunity for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and evening meals, drinks, and quizzes, karaoke, entertainment, live music etc. All of our advertisers in the Carabasi Area are on the following pages. On the lower level from left to right you have, O’Duills, Casanova, and Hispania. Upstairs from left to right are, Ocean 11, Joes, Sandhills, and on the far right by the slope, The Phoenix Nights Lounge Bar and the Phoenix restaurant. So take your pick and enjoy your time in this area.

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SUNDAY LUNCH 12-30/6pm 5 Courses only 11.50€ (including glass of wine) Main course only 7.00€

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Hello, This month we are going to look at our feet. Summer is here, our feet are more exposed and we tend to think about them at this time. Feet are an interesting part of the human anatomy, one of the most useful and unfortunately the most neglected parts of our body are our feet. We use them continuously, strain them walk for miles on them, they take the weight of our body and yet we forget to take care of their basic needs and comforts. There are so many elements of everyday living that are absolutely torturous for our feet. For example, our local bar and restaurant staff spend many hours standing on their feet. Feet are often taken for granted until they start to hurt and reject the burdon we place upon them. Lack of good care for feet result in many ailments, such as Bunions, Tinea Pedis, and Ingrowing toe nails. People with diabetes have an increased risk for infections. Therefore, it is important that our feet are well cared for. For all of us it is not just the summer

months, but all year round that we need to take care of them. A bunion is a harmless swelling of the joint of the big toe which is particularly common in middle-aged woman. It usually affects both feet. As the joint swells, the skin over it becomes hard, red and tender. The big toe usually becomes displaced, turning inwards towards the other toes. Infections such as Tinea Pedis commonly know as (Athlete’s Foot) this is a form of ringworm which affects the skin of the foot. The fungus invades between the toes and can spread to the soles and side of the feet. The first signs are itching, flaking, cracking and weeping of the skin between the toes. It is imperative that this is treated. The local pharmacy carry powder and creams to treat this, however, if it persists you must consult your GP Ingrowing toenails, the nails of the big toes, are the ones which are most commonly affected. Instead of moving along the nail bed in the nail groves, the sides of the nail cut into the nail wall causing skin damage. Inflammation, swelling and pus often occur; the condition has to be treated medically. The two most common causes are ill

Tel: John or Denise Hutt 966 198 902

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fitting shoes and cutting the nail down their side outside of straight across. How many of us think about giving them a beauty treatment? Unfortunately very few of us. If you have ever had a professional pedicure you know how amazing if feels to have your feet taken care of, how relaxing and nice it is to have them

pampered. So don’t just leave them give me a call. As always’ you can call into the salon or give me a call for any advice or information. Next month we will discuss Massage. See you then Dott

the salon will be closed on the 25th May re opening on Tue 2nd June sorry for any inconvenience

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INSURING A MOTOR VEHICLE IN SPAIN In Spain, as in most European countriesthere are three types of insurance for your vehicle. Third party (tercero solo), third party, fire and theft (tercero, contra incedios y robo), and fully comprehensive (todo riesgo). All insurance must include the minimum public liability. Many companies in Spain will not issue comprehensive insurance cover or even fire and theft for vehicles that are 10 years or more. It is possible to insure a foreign plated

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car here in Spain, but not with a Spanish Company. Most of the companies that insure foreign plated vehicles are based in Gibraltar. When you buy a Spanish car from a third party, they may offer to sell the insure to you as it is the vehicle that is insured and not the person. However, in the event of a claim being made to the insurance company they will only pay out to the named policy holder. Therefore, you could have paid an extra few hundred euros for someone elses insurance, paid a lot of money for the vehicle and then are unfortunately involved in an accident. There would be no guarantee of compensation. And as we all know, Insurance Companies will look for any reason not to pay a claim. If your insurance has expired,

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then under Spanish law you have one month to renew your policy. If you exceed the month's grace and are found driving with no insurance the fine would be 1600 euros and the loss of penalty points.

writing about what to do in the event of an accident. Until then SAFE DRIVING Tom and Debbie Milligan LEGAL SOLUTIONS

In the last several months there was a change in the law regarding Spanish Insurance cover. You are no longer required to carry the insurance policy in the vehicle, it is now sufficient to only have the receipt of payment from the bank. The Guardia Civil Trafico vehicles are all now equipped with a computerised system that identifies the registration number of Spanish registered vehicles and will automatically inform the Police as to whether the car has insurance cover. In next months issue we will be

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For Adoption We have been inundated with puppies thrown onto the streets recently and even rescued 10 in 1 day, so we are in urgent need of homing these animals as all our foster homes are full.

Rusty is a 1 year old sheepdog cross. He is very affectionate, playful, good with other dogs and loves children. He is very loyal and will make someone an excellent companion.

Ted and his brother Tom were found wandering around La Marina. He is 18 months old, in excellent health and has been vaccinated. He and his brother are currently in kennels and are in urgent need of a new homes.

Spiro is a 4 year old Terrier cross. He was thrown out by his owners because they have separated and neither one of them wanted him. He was sent to Cereco dog pound in Crevillente and was reclaimed from there.

Salam and Amber are in urgent need of new homes. They are both 3 years old, vaccinated, sterilised, microchipped and have pet passports.

For more information please call 654027748 or 654628884 Email: k9club@lamarina.info To view more animals for adoption please go to: www.petsinspain.info

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WHAT’S THAT IN THE CLOT? by Mark Etheridge The bird in this picture is the rare White-headed Duck at the Clot, and his story could easily be made into a film, with murder, intrigue, drama and a fair smattering of sex thrown in – why, even Hollywood would be interested as one of the protagonists is American. Cast your mind back to the last century, when during the second of the two disagreements between the UK and Germany, Britain was overrun with American troops with the consequence that a large number of British Ladies were either whisked back to the USA as GI brides, or left with the inevitable result of some late-night shenanagins. Around the same time, the eminent British naturalist and all-round duck fan Sir Peter Scott decided it would be nice if he introduced some foreign species to his wildfowl reserve at Slimbridge. One of the species he collected was an American one called the Ruddy Duck. Unfortunately, they took to the UK like a duck to water (as it were) and many of them escaped the confines of the reserve and a thriving UK population ensued. Being American, they liked to travel, and found that there was a nice corner of South-Western Europe where some of their distant relatives were living – the White-headed Duck. The female White-headed Ducks were obviously impressed (as were the British Ladies) by their American visitors, so much so that several hybrid ducks began to appear. The Spanish Authorities involved with conservation were outraged by this (as were the British Ladies mums) and demanded that the British Government do something about it. Thus began the hotly-disputed process of shooting the British-bred Ruddy Ducks so that they could not escape to Spain and ruin the purity of the White-headed Duck bloodline. The arguments still rage about all this, but at least the Spanish White-headed Duck seems to be safe for the moment, with an increasing population from the horrendous lows of the 1970’s when there were only 22 birds in the whole of Spain, to today’s estimate of 2,500. The Clot and El Hondo reserve are vitally important areas for the future of this species. The chap in my picture is a male – can you sense the misery in his attitude as he contemplates the fact that his missus might at this very moment be getting it on with an American visitor? Or perhaps he doesn’t like the Spanish name he has been given of Malvasía Cabeciblanca, which very roughly translates as grape-coloured whitehead. So when you next see one on the Clot, spare a little thought for him. See you next month.

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WELCOME to QUESADA

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Anne & Don who own and run the very popular Phoenix Bar Restaurant at the Carabasi Complex, opened up their new venture next door, Phoenix Nights Lounge Bar. Jimmy Mac provided the entertainment to a packed audience.

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MINI ROUNDABOUT

CARABASI BARS

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The Landscaping alongside El Clot

The whole of the dotted line will have open fencework, street lights, wider pavements, a cycle way, plants and shrubs. The area is NOT a park but is to be a natural area. The money is all in place and once the bureaucracy is completed, work will start.

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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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A Glasgow man walks into a bank in Glasgow and asks for the loan officer. He tells the loan officer that he is going to Australia on business for two weeks and needs to borrow £5,000. The bank officer tells him that the bank will need some form of security for the loan, so the Glasgow lad hands over the keys and documents of new Ferrari parked on the street in front of the bank. He produces the Log Book and everything checks out. The loan officer agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. The bank's Manager and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the rough looking Glaswegian for using a £120,000 Ferrari as collateral against a £5000 loan. An employee of the bank then drives the Ferrari into the bank's underground garage and parks it there. Two weeks later, the Glaswegian returns, repays the £5,000 and the interest, which comes to £15.41. The loan officer says, "Sir, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multi millionaire. What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow "£5,000" ? The Glaswegian replies: "Where else in Glasgow can I park my car for two weeks for only £15.41 and expect it to be there when I return'"

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Dave The Computerman. Welcome to the monthly computing column brought to you by David the Computerman (MCSE).

Computer Memory I often visit clients who complain of a slow computer, and I say to them that they require more memory. They then tell me that they have deleted lots of photos and documents in the mistaken belief that this will help. Documents and photos are kept on the Hard Disk, and are not kept in memory until they are required. So, what is memory, and how is it used? Your computer is made up of lots of individual parts (the hardware) and programmes (the software). When you turn on the computer, the motherboard has a simple programme on it called the BIOS which tells the processor/CPU/chip what is attached to it and how to interact with the hardware. You will often see the lights on the keyboard, mouse and CD/DVDs flash at start up. These devices are input devices and the chip now checks to see if there is indeed an input from any one of these devices. If not, the chip has to search for the operating system, which is often, but not always, on the hard disk. At this point Windows loads up and begins to transfer the programmes that you use into memory. Your desktop is loaded into memory and all the icons (shortcuts) on your desktop, and down by the clock are also loaded into memory. It is all these little shortcuts, and programmes, that load themselves at start up that fill the memory, thus leaving your system with less and less system memory to use. Programmes such as Firefox are held on the hard disk and when you click on the icon to open it the chip asks where Firefox is? The hard disk replies “on me,” the chip then asks for it to be sent to memory where the computer can easily use the

Gran Alacant Santa Pola,

Theatre Group

There's a new theatre group on the Costa, right here in Gran Alacant, and the name to watch out for is

GASP

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Gran Alacant Santa Pola Theatre Group.

I hope to be able to cast the play shortly, but can't yet say so definitely. So the only news is that we are aiming to do our first production in mid-late October, subject to availability of venue - watch this space. But we're still glad to welcome enquiries for new members, to act onstage or to help backstage - people can phone me on 966 695 043, or email at gasp.theatre@gmail.com, for more information. Regards Roger.

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programme as required. If you have too many programmes running, or one is hogging the memory, then the computer will slow to a crawl. Check to see if your anti-virus software is running a scan, as this can dramatically slow a computer down. This has very little to do with the size of the hard disk. (The hard disk must have at least 15% space free to allow it to defragment it). Windows XP needs at least 256Mb of memory (512Mb preferred), to run. Windows Vista needs 1Gb (1000Mb) to run but 2Gb is best. Thus a memory upgrade is the cheapest and easiest way of speeding up a computer. There are currently three types of memory in use today. SDRAM is the oldest and is now very difficult to get hold of. DDR memory is in computers over three years old, and DDR2 is in newer computers. DDR3 is out now, but is in short supply and is seriously expensive. All memory is speed rated and it is important to match the speed of memory to the requirements of your motherboard and chip. Memory prices have dropped dramatically over the past five years, but after one of the five memory manufacturers went bust at the start of the year, who knows how long this will last. I hope that you find the column useful and if you have any further questions, or need assistance please call me on 637 554 579 or contact me via email at gacomputerman@yahoo.es.

I am now an official installer/operator of TORRESAT TV with prices starting from 120 euros.

meets the 1st Tues of each month in the Norwegian Club, Sierra Mar Urbanisation at 7.30pm.

The Royal British Legion Gran Alacant

The Dinner and Dance last month was a great success at Destinations and 663 euros was raised for branch funds.

We would like to thank all the bars, businesses, retailers and shops who donated prizes for the Tombola stall. For further information contact Barbara Turnbull, Branch Secretary on 966699828 or email b_dmt1966@yahoo.co.uk

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FOUR PAGES OF GRAN ALACANT SPORT

Bowls, fo otball, darts

Monte Mar Bowls and Social Club – Sponsored by Super Valu

In the Ladies Singles, Pat Harman and Lynne Armitage both played very well, with Pat winning her first round game. The most successful results were achieved by Lynne and Pat in the Ladies Pairs, who won their first and second round games, progressing to the quarter finals when they lost to the final wood of the match. Excellent results by all, well done. Photograph shows our championship team at the opening ceremony.

Summer Sunset League sponsored by El Perpetuo Socorro Health Insurance The popular Sunset league for trips teams has started, and will he held every Tuesday evening during the summer. We have new sponsors this year, and the club are delighted to have extended their sponsorship arrangement with top health insurance company, El Perpetuo Socorro. Photograph shows our Chairman and Captain with Maria and Luis from our sponsors.

Other Club News Coaching School The coaching sessions, conducted by former Spanish National Team Manager Bill Young have started again on Sunday mornings, and existing and prospective new members are invited to contact Bill on 966796851, or E-mail to info@montemarbowls.com If you have never bowled before come along, you may surprise yourself.

Website Valencian Championships Congratulations to our small team of entrants into the Valencian Championships. In his first championships, Bill Clifton achieved a commendable result in his singles match in only losing by three shots to John Muldoon. Brian Harman won his first round singles game, unfortunately losing in the second round against a strong opponent playing at his own club. Colin Armitage won his first and second round singles games, but in the third round he lost by three shots, again to a home based player.

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If you haven’t visited our website, over ten thousand others have, and now it’s even better. Club Secretary Les Bounds has developed and has been looking after (or should I say administering) our website for a couple of years now, and has recently totally re-vamped it. The result is an easy to use site, containing all of the information about our friendly club. Try our website at www.montemarbowls.com, we will be pleased to host you.

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We have some great news regarding our football club first of all thanks to Claire we have secured the use of the training pitch with it’s fantastic facilities in Santa Pola on a weekly basis. SUMMER LEAGUE The club has been entered into a short summer league which will take place at the end of June.We would like to thank Loretto the local councilor for her efforts and also Claire and Richard our coach for their great efforts getting us into that league. LOCAL LEAGUE The team is also about to be entered into the full local league which starts in September if we can get the funds together to which we are well on the way, although I will go into this further at the end of this post. ASSOCIATION The club is about to become an association which will enable us to run our club with a little more ease and also enable us to start the local children’s team and we should find it a little easier to book pitches etc..we can only hope. CHILDRENS TEAM It has always been my dream since starting the club just a few short months ago to start a local kids team for the local kids ....so we as ex-pats could give something back to the local community. We all love so much the forming of the association with help from Santa Pola council that we are now well on the way. Anybody business, bar or restaurant interested in

sponsoring the kids team please contact the numbers at the bottom of this post FUND RAISING Thanks to the support given to us by Legends bar through their fund raising and sale of club shirts, the club has some funds but we need more to enter the full league which will cost 400 euros and take up much of what the club has sofar. If there is any bar or business out there who would wish to help by a fund raising event please contact the numbers below. Every little helps remember we have done all this from scratch. CLUB DINNER August the 16th will see the clubs first club dinner to be held at sunset bar Tracey who runs Sunset took the time to meet me last time a was out in Spain and offered to host the clubs first annual dinner so we could thank all those who helped set up the club and all those gallant players who stood up and were counted in our first game CONTACT NUMBERS It is amazing how far we have come in just a few short months and i must admit it is not an easy task .....even harder when your in England....but we have a coaching team and a fantastic organiser in Claire (BEANO) in place out there in Gran Alacant now and anybody who wants to help by joining the team,fund raising or in any way please contact them out there or me here in England... WE NEED YOU IT’S YOUR CLUB Training takes place every Tuesday at 8.30pm at the santa pola training pitch. THE NUMBERS ARE BELOW CLAIRE...HOME 966695359 CLAIRE... MOBILE 660339927 RICHARD COACH...MOBILE 676779273 LUTON MANAGER ENGLAND 07877647922

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GRAN ALACANT DARTS LEAGUE

We were sent some pictures of the Darts finals which took place at Destinations. The Darts league on Gran Alacant is very successful and if there are other bars out there that would like to join the league, they will be more than welcome. Just phone or email us at the magazine and we will put you in touch with the right people.

Thansa League Div 1 Winner's Destination (The same team has won this title for 4th year running ) George Destionation's Quickest Checkout 16 Dart's shared with Eddy(Chasers)John(Raffles)Wayne(Buddies)Steve/Justin (Shooters).

Roberto - Destinations Highest Checkout 156 Also Most 180's shared with Barry-Destinations

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Mixed Pair's Winners - Sophie & Barry ( Destination )

Sophie & Simon (Dad)

Left to Right Garcia-George-BarryRoberto-Simon

Back Left to Right George-Roberto-DebbieAndrew-Simon-Simon-Sophie Front Left to Right Garcia-Barry-Danielle

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Below are pictures of the celebrations. The top photo is of your hosts at Destinations Andrew & Debbie. See their advert elsewhere in this magazine.

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“NEW” DISEASES AND CLIMATE CHANGE We all have heard about climate change and the disasters it may produce within the following years if we can’t manage to moderate its effects and protect the environment in a more efficient way. We have been told about thaws, big droughts, deserts getting bigger and bigger, etc, but not as much about problems which are already affecting us, caused in one hand by climate change itself, but in the other hand by globalization of the communications. Those problems are related to transmission of some diseases

(mostly parasitic ones), and reactivation of some other diseases which were practically eradicated from the first world a few years ago. One good example would be the Leishmaniosis, the famous mosquito disease, a pathology which may also affect people (a very uncommon possibility, and non related at all with the fact of living close to ill dogs), and whose percentage of cases has been increased in some places of Spain from 6 to 9.5% in just a few years, and even taking into account the

One of the great benefits of recent years is Internet Forums. These Forums have given us easy access to information about the wide world and the activities of its inhabitants. WISDOM BY THE LOCALS FOR THE LOCALS

On a local level, residents of, and visitors to, the Gran Alacant area are already benefiting greatly from a newly founded local site - www.granalacantforum.es here local and national information is posted by local people for local people. The Forum's simple aim is: "To provide a friendly internet meeting place for residents of, and visitors to, Gran Alacant, in order to enrich our lives with words that inform, educate and entertain." Its motto is 'Rhetoric with Respect'. As you would expect, you and your opinions will be treated with respect. No one need be hesitant in writing something for members to read. Simply show respect and receive respect. Of course you don't need to write anything, maybe you'd prefer to be a reader and use

www.gaforum.es

as you would a daily newspaper. It is great for that too.

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prevention we provide nowadays to our pets is the most efficient we’ve ever had. Leishmaniosis and all the other “vectorial” diseases, that is, the ones whose transmission must be performed by a vector (normally flea, tick or mosquito), are increasing the number of cases according to life conditions of vectors: during coldest months (average temperature below 18ºC) a smaller number of cases are reported because vectors normally don’t survive low temperatures, but when temperatures rise over 18ºC mosquitoes become active and start carrying the disease from dog to dog. As you can imagine, not every mosquito species transmit every vectorial disease. Due to this, the distribution of vectorial diseases will vary depending on the weather conditions of every zone: the better conditions for the vector, the higher

number of cases. This is very important, for example, for importing/exporting dogs: taking to the UK an infected with Leishmaniosis dog WON’T spread the disease, because no Phlebotomus (the Mediterranean mosquito species which is the vector of this disease), no transmission. For these reasons, the best way to fight against vectorial diseases is controlling the vectors, which consists of using preventive antiparasitic treatments for stopping the spreading of these diseases. continued next month Liliana Aldeguer Cerdán col 793 English translation by Sergio Reina Esteban col 747 Do you want us to write aboutsomething specific you would like to know about your pet? E-mail us: vetexotics@msn.com All your suggestions will be welcome.

The “Gran Alacant Advertiser” is excessable on all of these sites, making our advertisers and all information, available to thousands of readers, in addition to our printed copies.

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for further information Hello to everybody please ring: 966 792 276 Welcome to the sunny hot days in the Costa Blanca. 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 20th to 28th, fiesta in the streets from the 20th to 25th, 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. Elda 1st to 6th , Benjuzar 11th to 14th , Teulada-Moraira 17th to 20t, Pego 24th to 27th, Agost 24th to 28th , Benissa 25th to 28th. 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 20th there will be a concert in honour of the Lady of Rosario, on the 21st, 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. Thatʼs all for June friends.

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Silver Jubilee of the

Inter Club

This week saw the twenty-fifth anniversary of Gran Alacantʼs Inter Club, one of the regionʼs oldest social gatherings for UK ex-pats, together with, and as the name suggests, friends of other nationalities. The full registered name of the club is the International Club of Arenales, but this full name is seldom used these days, especially as it is now based in Gran Alacant. On Thursday night, over seventy guests celebrated the longevity and continued success of this popular club, which continues to meet every Thursday evening at the Restaurant Marie Jose in Av. Noruega in Gran Alacant.

After an excellent meal, provided by Maria and Paco, there was a short ʻSilver Jubileeʼ quiz, and then guests danced into ʻtomorrowʼ to the sounds of yesteryear provided by popular duo Ameritz.

Guests of honour for the evening were the original president of the club, Jim Feary together with Jill his charming wife, who were presented with a gift from current President Bob Newby, and Jill, his wife. Jim entertained the guests with a speech that wandered down memory lane, reminding everyone that when the club was formed there was only one shop anywhere in the area, no transport facilities, only one or two restaurants and bars, and Gran Alacant was just a figment of someoneʼs

future fertile imagination.

However, there were many characters in the area, and Jim brought smiles from all with his accounts of their various exploits, some of which may be too risqué to print here!

Jim, who was President for the first twelve years of the Inter Clubʼs existence, outlined the way in which the club evolved, and giving great examples of where membership of the club not only provided a social outlet, but also a support system for those in need. Currently, and for many years past, the club has raised funds for a local charity, Cotolengo, which is run by nuns and helps both the severely physically and mentally less able. The club continues with weekly cash collections from members, donations from club funds, and collections of clothing and other items that can be sold or used.

Apart from the regular Thursday dinner-dances, dinner-quizzes etc., there is also a thriving painting group who meet weekly, and on the 28th May, a car rally is being held in the afternoon prior to the normal Thursday evening function.

Why not meet new friends by ringing one of the committee members, Bob, Francis or Jan on 966697439, 9666695052, 966697754 respectively; you wonʼt be sorry you did. The photo below shows the President. his lady and the guests of honour, the club's first President Jim Feary and his lady Jill

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emails...answers on our news pages

Hello, My neighbours and I were horrified to find the train had gone up from 1 Euro to 1.50. this is a 50% increase and all being pensioners not very happy! When the train first started it was so handy to hop on it instead of taking the bus now the bus is cheaper! It seems that the tourist is being catered for (especially where prices are concerned) after all this is a residential area and not a tourist resort, why anyone would want to come here for a holiday (unless visiting ) I cannot imagine, I certainly would not come here for a holiday! We have a few suggestions which maybe could be passed on via yourselves to the train management. A season ticket for say 3 or 6 months. Reduced rates for pensioners. Reduced rates for residents or people who own property here. One or two stops a 1 Euro and 1.50 for the full trip (mostly tourists take the full trip.) A book of tickets at a cheaper price which could be used as and when required. We miss our trips on the train and the friendly drivers but for the moment all we can do is wave as the train passes by! From Annie and her neighbours.

Hi Barry and Sandra, As an IT consultant can I firstly congratulate you on your website and your "web based page turning magazine" which is really quite groovy. I do enjoy being able to keep up to date with the news in Gran Alacant from rainy Ireland. My question is, is there any possibility of the council reopening the pathway that ran from the Carabassi Complex through the El Clot nature reserve to Los Arenales. I don't have a car in Spain and this was my short cut to both the beach and to Los Arenales itself. I know the original path was not a properly maintained route but it was always very busy. I had presumed they were awaiting funds to improve it, not abandon it. I'm sure the commercial units would also appreciate the reopening of the path as it would allow additional business to come from the new apartment complexes in Los Arenales. Cheers, Cormac

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www.spanishlanguagesite.com Preposition ´a´ You won’t be speaking Spanish for very long before you come across this preposition. You usually start with the meaning of ‘to’ when used with the verb ‘to go’, ‘ir’. It is handy in this respect because it means ‘to’ when saying ‘to go to a place’, and ‘to be going to do something’. Here are a couple of examples: 1) ‘Yesterday I went to the beach’ – ‘ayer fui a la playa’ 2) ‘Tomorrow I’m going to eat an omelette’ – ‘mañana voy a comer una tortilla’ It also means ‘to’ when introducing a named indirect object pronoun, as in ‘I gave the present to James’ – ‘di el regalo a Jaime’ There are other uses, though: 1) It is often used to connect a verb with a following infinitive: a. ‘Ha venido a hablar conmigo’ – ‘he has come to speak to me’ b. ‘Comencé a llorar’ – ‘I started to cry’ 2) It is used in expressions of time to mean ‘at’: a. ‘Salió a las 4’ – ‘he went out at 4 o’clock’ 3) It is often used to show how something is done: a. ‘Fueron a pie’ – ‘they went on foot’ b. ‘Lo hicieron a mano’ – ‘they did it by hand’ 4) It is used to introduce a direct object that is a person, but since this causes especial difficulty, I want to deal with this use of ‘a’ another time.

Remember this in our April edition:-

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FROM A BUILDER Sol builders will provide materials and labour for one person to have work done at their house or garden. Would you like to nominate a friend/neighbour or member of family who desperately needs a job done but cant due to the current financiial crisis. There will be no cap on the costs of the job, this will all be included and if a license is needed Solbuilders will provide this as well. The works can be walls built/tiling/ramps built/anything really and that includes painting or even fixing a leak in a swimming pool. So send your nominations to solbuildersga@hotmail.com or call 606818442 and remember local and legal and all work carried out will be guaranteed. The lady selected for work was Barbara, who does not want too much publicity. We do feel however, that Murphy at Sol Builders deserves all of the publicity possible for such an offer, the work will involve painting 2 bedrooms /filling in holes in walls/ fixing electric sockets which are broken and replacing a toilet Well done Murphy. You can find Sol Builders full page advert in this months edition of our Gran Alacant Advertiser.

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all English words beginning with “I & J” and their Spanish translation.

search for the English word and its Spanish counterpart

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SUDOKU ANSWERS ON NEXT PAGE

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 DOODLE AREA

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SLIGHT CHANGES TO OUR DELIVERIES With over 40 distribution points on Gran Alacant for our

we have decided to leave slightly fewer copies at each of these points, always of course, giving priority to those businesses that advertiser with us. So that after our initial delivery, if you are looking for a copy of your favourite magazine, you will only have to look at three designated points, rather than looking all over our 40 outlets on Gran Alacant. These points are at 3 different areas of our urbanisation, at:“The Winery ” “Euronics” or “The Phoenix” See our Gran Alacant map to find these outlets. If you would like to reserved a copy each month FOR FREE, email us at:laneinspain@hotmail.com

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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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Timetable for the GA Train Timetable may change due to demand, so if you want a

return trip, ask the driver.

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Below, and on the next two pages are maps of Alicante, Santa Pola and Gran Alacant, to help find your way around and to see the location of our adverisers

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THREE TOP-UP DELIVERY POINTS Phoenix Le Mar Electrical Winery

GA BOWLS CLUB

Vet GA Exotics Flannagans

PLAZA MAYOR

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EURONICS ELECTRICAL TOLDOS LA MARINA

BAILEYS BAR

GA farmacia

CHIROPODY & PHYSIOTHERAPY

HOMEFINDERS/SOLEIL DESTINATIONS GA SERVICES

NEW SCHOOL

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22 CARABASI BAR COMPLEX (DOWN THE HILL) CASANOVA - SANDHILLS PHOENIX - OCEAN 11 HISPANIA - PHOENIX NIGHTS OʼDUILLS - YELLOW SUBMARINE

PATAGONIA no.6 STEAK HOUSE

RAFFLES & COCINA ASIATICA UTOPIA

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LIFE RESORT

TOURIST INFORMATION

DICK TURPIN NOT JUST DESSERTS LEGENDS PATAGONIA no.2 STEAK HOUSE CLAUDIA

ARMONIA HAIR SALON

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

P U T YOU R B U S I N E S S . . . .O N T H E M A P. . . .

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. . . . P U T YO U R B U S I N E S S . . . .O N T H E M A P Map to help you to find your way around Santa Pola. It also includes our advertisers

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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

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The new summer time-table which starts on

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the 23rd June, will be in next months issue

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June 2009 Gran Alacant Advertiser  

The best local magazine for Gran Alacant and surrounding area.

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