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Hello everyone Firstly a big thank you to all of our advertisers and contributers for getting info to us early last month with our printer shutting down during August for summer holidays. Well, September has arrived with hopefully a little cooler weather. Children going back to school, alot of holidaymakers making their way home too. So Gran Alacant slowly getting quieter. At least we know there will still be lots of warm sunny days ahead of us. It was good to see the bars and resturants busy in the evenings during August, with the beaches very busy during the day. The Santa Pola Feista´s are held this month, itinerary for these are on the tourist information page, certainly well worth going to the many events that are held over those days. Don´t forget about the Table Top sales on the 3rd Sunday of each month held on the municipal car park near the Medical Centre. If you would like a stall and you are registered with the Town Hall you can contact people concerned on 609 932 578 to book a pitch Winners of the Los Belgas wordsearch were:Thomasen frida and Vercruyse Erick Have a good month Sandra & Barry

Our little dog from the front cover has hidden herself away in the magazine, can you find her? Last month she was with Lyn & Jean in America.

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We at your Gran Alacant Advertiser continue to bring you all of the news, including that from our Gran Alacant Councillor, Loreto Cascales, as we have since May 2005. It is our perogative at the magazine, NOT to update this 2005 picture, as we all looked a great deal younger!!! The first thing this month, is information supplied to us by the Gran Alacant Chemist. You may have read or heard many variations of the new changes to the farmacias and health system here in Spain. Rumours have been rife concerning the Farmacia on Gran Alacant.

Here are the facts from the Farmacia themselves:New presciptions for pensioners

My name is Jessica West and anyone who comes into the chemist in Gran Alacant will know me. I know there has been a lot of bad information in the local newspapers about the new prescriptions and that pensioners don´t have to pay but I’m here to clear it all up for you. Everyone has to pay 10% towards medication from the 1st July 2012. No one will pay more than 30 euros a month, that is the maximum. After 30 euros the prescriptions will start coming out with a price of 0.00 euros. Depending on if/how much tax you pay will determine on what ´group´ you are in. Let’s look at it this way, I have found this way easier to explain to my clients. Group A – up to 18,000 euros annually Group B – from 18,000 euros to

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100,000 annually Group A pay a max of 8 euros a month for prescriptions Group B pay a max of 18 euros a month for prescriptions Lets say you are in group A and you pay more than your max of 8 euros within 3-6 months the difference should be returned into your Spanish bank account. Money situation with the chemist

I know that everyone has heard about the situation that the Spanish chemists are in at the moment, but I don’t think anyone really understands how the system works. Each chemist buys in their own medication from the supplier, we cut out the bar codes and stick them to the prescriptions then we put them all in order (this can be a long process checking and re-checking) then they get sent off and within 1 ½ months we get reimbursed the money, however for the last 8 months the Valencian Government hasn’t had the money to pay back to the chemists, so some of the chemists are struggling. They owe us money from March to date (however this may have changed since I have written this) If the Valencian Government don’t or can’t pay the chemists anymore then they will not be able to afford to stay open and will be forced to close down temporarily. However they will give you notice if this were


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to happen. Just to warn everyone there still may be a few strikes coming your way because if the chemist get told they will be paid and the money isn’t paid on time or at all then there will be a strike that may last a few hours or maybe a few days. But please if you see your local chemist is closed it doesn’t mean that it has closed down.

Jess will keep our magazine informed every month of any new developments.

With the new pavements down the hill outside the Carabasi complex now completed, the workmen have now moved to an area outside Sezavu near the school, where more pavement construction is taking place. When this area is completed the workmen are then to go to various areas on the urbanisa-

tion to make junction pavements more wheelchair, pushchair friendly.

The new market area is looking rather “up market”. Not just an area flattened and then left, but more of a landscaping project. The project should be completed by the end of the summer.

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There is a mass, held every Saturday at the wonderful setting, behind the library.

The beaches of Santa Pola have passed with high marks its ninth external audit by the certifying AENOR of its Quality Management System according to UNE-EN ISO 9001:2008 and EN ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management, obtaining the third renewal of the certificate of Quality and Environmental Management. The report AENOR Audit highlights the efforts made by the Department of Beaches through the Local Development Agency on behalf of the services offered to users of the beaches of the town with numerous campaigns and actions as environmental campaigns. The activities carried out in raising


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awareness and training for both users and service concessionaires in courses HACCP and Food Handler. With regard to cleaning the beaches, the report highlights the performance of AENOR developed by local police services and cleaning of the beaches of Varadero, Gran Playa and Tamarit on the night of the San Juan bonfires, in which many users of these beaches congratulated the City for these actions. It also emphasizes that for the first time since the implementation of the management system and environmental quality on the beaches of Santa Pola, has gotten into the system the 12 kiosks and bars that are in the control of the public domain. In this regard from the Bureau of Infrastructure licenses have been processed to open all kiosks. As for the quality of bathing water, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Water made fortnightly analytics sand baths on our urban beaches and it is noteworthy that during the first week of July there had been excellent ratings, they were the highest rating that could be achieved, and as shown by the results that have been obtained during the past four summer seasons (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). For all other non-urban beaches (La Gola, the Pinet, Terrace of L'Arena beach in the Hermitage), Aquagest is the agency responsible for conducting the analysis carried out from March through September and obtain excellent results for non-urban beaches. In past issues we have mentioned that fines are being issued for garden rubbish that is being

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dumped by the bins. Fines of 750 euro have been issued to some of the culprits, so we have all been warned of the consequences. The softly softly approach has not worked, hence the fines. Tree/shrub and garden cuttings should be cut up into small pieces, put into a bag, and then placed in the bins. Or, if you have large amounts too big to cut up, it should be taken to the eco park on the Santa Pola industrial estate where they have the facilities to crunch up the waste so that it can be recycled.

Yobs have stoned and broken the system that operates the fountain on the roundabout at the bottom of the Maxcoop hill. The repair costs are now being discussed with the insurance company. What goes through the minds of these stupid people when they think it´s fun to spoil property. We have been informed by the GA train that their August times stay the same for September except that after 16th September they finish around 22.00hr. Although the train is Spanish

owned and Spanish run, they do have a website in English which has plenty of information, go to


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C/San Bartolomè de Tirajane, no.40 03195 Arenales del Sol. Tel: 96 691 12 13

Menu of the Day (every day of the year) weekday menu ............................................ 9 euros menu Saturday, Sunday and holidays ....... 12 euros.

Evening menu (night only) salad fry (fish) or grill (meat) bread and beverage......(8 euros per person minimum two people)....... ......................16 euros. Special menu .. salad especial starter rice with lobster food, drink and dessert ......(minimum two people).......... 15 euros.

Every day of the week, the menus will consist of 5 first courses (inc pasta, rice, and soup) and 5 main courses (meat or fish). Open every day of the year Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, do not open at night. WE ARE HERE

POLICE & POST OFFICE

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www.trengranalacant.com

A question from a reader:-

Dear Sir, When having your meeting with Loreto please could you ask her if there is any news on when and if the swimming pool in Santa Pola will be finished. Last time, a long time ago she said it was going to court, how did that go? Can you also thank her and anyone concerned very much for the great fiestas we had last month in Gran Alacant, it was very much appreciated and makes us think how very lucky we are to live in Gran Alacant. Thank you, Valerie Haynes We will speak with Loreto about the Santa Pola swimming pool at our next meeting.

INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY THE GA BOWLS CLUB

During the year the Monte Mar Bowling Club collects donations for charitable causes and this year is no exception. In June we held an evening where we gave out donations but one of our charities could not be there so we chose this birthday evening to present a donation to the Icnelia ONGD. This is a charity which raises money to support children in Nicaragua. The club donated 250€ and Antonio donated a similar amount. The donation was presented by the Club Chairman, Mike Farrelly and was accepted by José Miguel Zaragoza, president of Icnelia ONGD.

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Club Chairman, Mike Farrelly with José Miguel Zaragoza, Presidente de Icnelia ONGD September is the month when

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Photo supplied by the Town Hall photographer José Juan López Montemar Bowls and Social Club host their annual international bowls tournament, ‘The Santa Pola Mixed Rinks’. This event is staged with the assistance of the Santa Pola Council and is a firm favourite with bowlers from near and far. This year the event will be over four days, from September 18th to 21st and a total of 32 teams (128 players) have entered. Bowling will start at 9am in the group stages, the first three days, with Friday 21st being used for the semi-finals and final stages. All spectators are welcome so come along and enjoy the late summer sunshine, a drink in ‘La Taberna de Monte Mar’ and watch some good bowling The K9 book stall at Ocean Bar raised 100 euro on the 14th August, watch out for further K9 Book Stalls

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Puede que haya escuchado varia s versiones sobre los cambios en las farmacias y centros médicos de España. Hay abundantes rumores sobre la farmacia de Gran Alacant. Aquí Jessica nos explica exactamente que es lo que está pasando. Mi nombre es Jessica West y cualquiera que haya venido a la farmacia de Gran Alacant me conocerá. Sé que ha habido mucha mala información en los periódicos locales sobre las nuevas recetas y que los pensionistas no tienen que pagar… estoy aquí para aclararlo todo. Todos tienen que pagar el 10% para la medicación a partir del 1 de Julio 2012. Nadie pagará más de 30€ al mes, eso es el máximo. A partir del 30€ las recetas comenzará a salir a 0.00€ Dependiendo de la cantidad de impuestos que usted paga va a determinar en que “grupo” se encuentre. Se lo explico a mis clientes de esta forma: Grupo A – hasta 18.000€ anuales Grupo B – de 18.000€ a 100.000€ anuales El Grupo A paga un máximo de 8€ al mes por sus recetas. El Grupo B paga un máximo de 18€ al mes por sus recetas. Digamos que usted está en el Grupo A y paga más de sus 8€, dentro de 3 a 6 meses la diferencia se le devolverá a su cuenta bancaria. La situación económica de la farmacia: Se que todo el mundo sabe por lo que están pasando las farmacias españolas, pero no creo que todos entienden como funciona el sistema. Cada farmacia compra los medicamentos a los proveedores, nosotros cortamos los

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códigos de barras y los pegamos en las recetas, los ordenamos y los enviamos. Al mes y medio nos reembolsan el dinero. Durante los últimos 8 meses el Gobierno de Valencia no ha podido devolverle el dinero a las farmacias así que hay farmacias que lo están pasando mal. Nos deben dinero desde Marzo hasta la fecha. Si el Gobierno de Valencia no paga o no puede pagar a las farmacias, algunas farmacias tendrán que cerrar temporalmente. Si esto fuera a pasar se le informará. Nos gustaría avisar que habrán algunas huelgas porque si a las farmacias se les dice que van a pagar y no lo hacen a tiempo habrá una huelga que puede que dure unas horas o unos días. Si ve que su farmacia local está cerrada, será sólo de forma temporal.

Jessica nos mantendrá informados todos los meses. Las nuevas aceras cerca del Centro Comercial Carabasi están terminadas, ahora las obras se han movido a la esquina del bar Sezadú cerca del colegio, donde van a renovar las aceras. Cuando esto se complete van a recorrer Gran Alacant poniendo rampas en las esquinas que no las disponen.

El nuevo mercadillo está tomando más forma. Han allanado la zona y parece todo un proyecto paisajístico. Este proyecto estará acabado para el final del verano.

Todos los sábados hay una misa en un entorno maravilloso, detrás de la


biblioteca.

Las playas de Santa Pola han pasado con nota alta su novena auditoría certificada por AENOR en su Sistema de Gestión de Calidad de la UNE-EN ISO 9001:2008 y EN ISO 14001:2004 Gestión Medioambiental, obteniendo así la tercera renovación del certificado de calidad. En el parte de AENOR se resaltan los esfuerzos hechos por el Departamento de Playas a través de la Agencia Local de Desarrollo tales como los servicios que se ofrecen a los usuarios de las playas, con numerosas campañas y acciones medioambientales, además de las actividades desarrolladas para la sensibilización y capacitación de los usuarios. Con respecto a la limpieza de las playas, el informe destaca la ejecución de AENOR desarrollado por los servicios de la Policía Local en la limpieza de las playas de Varadero, Gran Playa y Tamarit en la noche de San Juan. El informe hace hincapié en que por primera vez desde la implementación del sistema de calidad medioambiental en las playas de Santa Pola, se han metido en el sistema los 12 quioscos y bares que están en el dominio público. En este respecto la Oficina de Infraestructura ha procesado las licencias para abrir todos los quioscos. Sobre la calidad de las aguas, el departamento de Agricultura y Pesca ha hecho análisis semanales en nuestras playas urbanas, cabe destacar que durante la primera semana de Julio los resultados han sido los mejores en comparación con las últimas cuatro temporadas de verano (2008,2009, 2010 y 2011). Para todas las playas no urbanas (La Gola, el Pinet, Terraza de L’Arena playa de Hermitage), Aquagest es la agencia responsable de realizar los análisis desde Marzo hasta Septiembre, obteniendo unos resultados excelentes.

En ediciones anteriores hemos mencionado que están multando a la gente que está depositando los restos orgánicos (de los jardines) fuera de los contenedores. La multa por esta acción es de 750€, ya han multado a varias personas, todos estamos avisados. Llevan años intentando evitar esto y parece que la única forma de hacer entender a la gente es multando. Los restos orgánicos deben ser cortados en trozos más pequeños, metidos en una bolsa de basura y depositados dentro de los contenedores. Si las cantidades son demasiado grandes para cortarlas, deben ser llevadas al eco parque en la zona industrial de Santa Pola donde tienen las instalaciones adecuadas para su reciclaje. Alguien ha roto el sistema que opera la fuente de la rotonda del colegio, al parecer a pedradas. Los costes de reparación están siendo debatidos con la compañía aseguradora. Es una pena que haya gente que le parece divertido destrozar... Nos han informado que el tren de Gran Alacant mantiene los horarios de Agosto en Septiembre, excepto que a partir del 16 de Septiembre el servicio acaba a las 22.00h. A pesar de que el tren es de una empresa española tienen una página web donde se encuentra toda la información en Inglés: www.trengranalacant.com Una pregunta de un lector:

Cuando se reúnan con Loreto, por favor pueden preguntarle si sabe cuando la piscina va a ser terminada en Santa Pola. La última vez, hace mucho tiempo ella dijo que iban a ir a juicio, ¿cómo salió eso?

Las noticias en español en la página siguiente.

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También si pudieran agradecer a Loreto y al equipo por las fabulosas fiestas que disfrutamos el mes pasado en Gran Alacant, estamos muy agradecidos y contentos de vivir en Gran Alacant. Gracias, Valerie Haynes

Nosotros hablaremos con Loreto sobre este tema de la piscina de Santa Pola en nuestrapróxima reunión. Septiembre es el mes cuando el Bowls y Social Club de Montemar tienen su torneo internacional, “el Torneo de Pistas Mixtas”. Este año el evento durará cuatro días, del 18 al 21 de Septiembre y

Hello everybody! This month from 31st August to 8th September fiestas in Santa Pola , activities for all tastes, chose the one you like most and enjoy it, Main events: FIESTAS in honour of our Lady "Virgen de Loreto" 31st August 22.30 h. – At the Castle-fortress. Official Opening Speeches 2012 1st September 10.30 h. Moors disembark on Levante beach opposite the Town Hall. Firing of arquebusses. 18.30 h. Public appearance of Festival Chairmen (Moors and Christians) heading for the harbour (Moors) and the castle (Christians). Moors’ envoy opposite the Castle. The Moors’ envoy accompanied by his escort, asks for the surrender of the Christians. Mock battle, with attack on the Castle. Surrender & occupation of the Castle by the Moors. Moors march starting at the harbour. 2nd September. 18.30 h. Gathering of Festival Chairmen (Moors & Christians) heading for the Castle (Moors) & the Palmeral Park (Christians). Mock battle, attack on the Castle. The Christians regroup in front of the castle and proceed

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participarán un total de 32 equipos, 128 jugadores. El torneo empezará a las 9am para las fases de grupos, los tres primeros días y el viernes 21 será el día de las semifinales y finales. Todos los espectadoresson bienvenidos a tomar algo en “La Taberna de Monte Mar” y disfrutar de una buena sesión de Bowling! En Oceans Bar estuvieron vendiendo libros de segunda mano para la organización K9 (rescate animal), consiguieron recaudar 100€. Más noticias el mes que viene.

to reconquer the castle from the Moors. Chirstians march. 3rd September 19.30 h. Procession with brass bands (Moors and Christians) from Muelle street to El Palmeral Park. 20.30 h. Main parade of Moors & Christians in festive dress. Itinerary: From Palmeral Park, Elche st, Glorieta square, muelle st up to the harbour. 6th September 20.30 h. COLOURFUL PARADE WITH FLOATS. Itinerary from Palmeral Park via Elche st, Glorieta square and Muelle st. 24.00 h. Firework Display, Location: Levante beach breakwater. 7th September 20.00 h. Floral offering to Our Lady the Virgen de Loreto in the Castle Chapel. 01.30 h. Colourful fireworks "Mascletá" firecrackers. Site: Next to the harbour. Organized Penya El Tró. With kind cooperation of : Santa Pola Town Hall 8th September 13.30 h. Fireworks, "Mascletá" Site: next to the Castle 20’00 h. Solemn procession of our patron saint the Virgin of Loreto. Start from: the Castle, Cruz st, C/ Colón st, Mercado st, C/ Mayor st, C/ Angel st, C/ Elche st and back to the Castle. 24.00h GRAND FIREWORKS DISPLAY. Site Levante Beach with Final Powerful Cannonade More villages that celebrate their festivities on the Costa Blanca are: Castalla, Villena, Mutxamel, Ibi, Altea. This is all for now


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

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There are coffee shops next to us when waiting for that short job to be carried out. For longer jobs we will pick your car up and deliver back to you, if in the Gran Alacant area.

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

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CRISIS PR

Full service – P ICES et Full service – D rol 100€ iesel 120€ (up to 2.5 litre) Limited period only

At our new Centre in Santa Pola, we can service and repair any make of vehicle, whether it is a motor bike or large Motorhome, and we offer the following: • Head Gaskets • Engine Re-conditioning • Timing Belts • Clutches • Brakes • Welding • Air Con re-gas • Exhausts and Batteries • Tyres • Up to date Diagnostic equipment • Pre ITV Inspections and ITV tests. The Centre is headed by Tom May, who is an experienced vehicle technician who has spent 20 years at Vauxhall and 4 years with Mercedes in the UK, before moving over to Spain. Tom has also recently spent 5 years with Mercedes in Alicante, before joining our team in Santa Pola. Customers can be assured they will receive a first class service from a first class garage, that does not charge main dealer prices. For a friendly chat or advice, please give us a ring on the numbers below.

C/Ferrers 90, Pol. Ind. Santa Ana, Guardamar - Tel 966107606 or 647162821 C/Marineros 41, Pol. Ind IN-2, Santa Pola - Tel 965078505 or 647162821 Open: Mon - Friday 9am - 6pm (no siesta) Sat - 10am - 2pm E mail: info@englishgarage.com Website: www.englishgarage.com

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RESTAURANT

DRAGON IS THE BEST!!! VISIT US!!! Av.Pais Valenciano, Nr.1, Gran Alacant. (near CAM Bank)

Serves pizza, pastas, fish, steaks, paella, chicken, persian plates. Open everyday, all year from 13:00 till 00:00

Tel: John or Denise Hutt 966 198 902

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

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GLORIETA SQUARE & CASTLE

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TS 295 WONDERFUL VILLA ON LARGE 635sqm PLOT. 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, LARGE LOUNGE WITH OPEN DINING ROOM, FULLY FITTED KITCHEN, SUN LOUNGE, AIR CONDITIONING UNITS, LARGE SOLARIUM AND TERRACE. OUTSIDE, THERE ARE MATURE GARDENS AND A LARGE 10M X 5M SWIMMING POOL WITH ROMAN STEPS. A PAVED DRIVEWAY LEADS TO THE DOUBLE GARAGE. PRICE €349,000

TS0273 LOVELY VILLA WITH 3 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, LOUNGE/DINING AREA, KITCHEN. SPACIOUS PLOT WITH A PRIVATE KIDNEY SHAPED SWIMMING POOL. PRIVATE PARKING, GARAGE, AIR CONDITIONING THROUGHOUT AND SECURITY GRILLS. PRICE REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE €250,000

TS150 THIS HOUSE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, 3 BEDROOMS (MAIN BEDROOM HAS BALCONY AND EN-SUITE BATHROOM), 2 BATHROOMS PLUS SEPARATE TOILET, GOOD SIZED LOUNGE/DINER, LARGE KITCHEN, UTILITY ROOM, LOVELY GARDENS, SOLARIUM, LOVELY VIEWS, COMMUNAL SWIMMING POOL. PRICE REDUCED TO €189,000

TS 308 LOVELY 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LOUNGES TERRACED HOUSE OVER 3 FLOORS. LOUNGE/DINING AREA, TERRACE TO THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE AND A PRIVATE ROOF SOLARIUM OVERLOOKING COMMUNAL GARDENS AND LARGE SWIMMING POOL. THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN GIVEN A COMPLETED MAKEOVER AND IS PERFECT CONDITION MUST BE VIEWED. FURNITURE IS BRAND NEW. PRICE 125,000€

TS 274 INCREDIBLE 6 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOM FINCA IN THE BEAUTIFUL AREA OF SANTOMERA. LARGE LOUNGE WITH OPEN LOG FIRE, SEPARATE DINING AREA, FULLY FITTED KITCHED. THIS WONDERFUL FINCA HAS TWO SELF CONTAINED APARTMENTS BOTH WITH LOUNGE, FULLY FITTED KITCHEN, SHOWER ROOM & BEDROOM. THERE IS ALSO A GYMNASIUM, MUSIC ROOM AND THERAPY ROOM WHICH COULD BE CONVERTED INTO ONE OR TWO MORE APARTMENTS. THIS FINCA MUST BE SEEN. PRICE 385,000€

TS 298 WONDERFUL 2 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS DUPLEX. OPEN LOUNGE/DINING AREA, GALERIA AND LARGE SOLARIUM. NICE FRONT. VERY SHORT WALK TO THE “CARABASI” BARS AND RESTAURANTS. COULD BE USED AS A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY. PRICE REDUCED TO 121,000€

TS 282 BEAUTIFUL VILLA ON THE FRONT LINE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LOVELY OPEN VIEWS. 3 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS (2 EN-SUITE), GOOD SIZED LOUNGE/DINER, FULLY FITTED KITCHEN, PRETTY GARDENS AROUND THE VILLA, STORAGE SPACE, PRIVATE PARKING, LOVELY PATIO AREA AND SUN LOUNGE, AIR CONDITIONING AND CENTRAL HEATING. PRICE REDUCED TO 229,000€

TS 307 LOVELY 2/3 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM TERRACED HOUSE WITH VERY LARGE UNDERBUILD. LOUNGE/DINING AREA, TERRACE TO THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE AND A PRIVATE ROOF SOLARIUM. LOVELY VIEWS FROM THE SOLARIUM OF THE COMMUNAL GARDENS AND LARGE SWIMMING POOL. SHORT WALK TO BARS AND RESTAURANTS. MUST BE SEEN. PRICE 115,000€

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UNDER THE WAVES

As many of our regular readers will know, during our previous 91 editions we have had many people sending us pictures, holding a copy of our magazine, whilst on their holidayʼs abroad. We have had pictures from all over the world. This month is no exception, except that this is from about 2 miles away, in the mediterranean off the Santa Pola coast.

Richard from Bluemoon Solutions who writes our monthly computer page, teamed up with Damon from the Santa Pola Dive Centre, who also advertises with us, to come up with this wonderful idea of diving with our magazine. “Personal Trainer Alicante” Rich Draper Personal Trainer / Entrenador Personal 619420005 Movil 961138039 / 966181173 Oficina

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MONTEMAR BOWLS AND SOCIAL CLUB (Sponsored by Super Valu) Kings Cup Division A Wednesday 25thJuly 2012 For our last Kings Cup game of the current season, the Montemar Lords visited Horadada and on a scorching hot day managed to come away with a win. We won all disciplines except the Men’s Singles and one lost that by just one shot. Overall we won four disciplines, lost one and got the extra two points for the shots.Our thanks to Alan and Babs, who both bowled very well, despite this being their first game after being out of action for some time. Well done to the pairs of Ethel & Tony Finan; the trips of John Caiger, Denise Ashberry and Dave Melville, and the rinks of Rowena Good, Joe Ridley, Harry Dobson and Diane Ridley who all won their games. Our thanks also go to all the players who have played for the Lords throughout the summer season Burger and Song Night 26th July 2012 This was to be held around the pool area but due to a threatening thunderstorm we set up shop in the Rincon Restaurant. The burgers were excellent and the entertainer John Zeller ( The man with the golden voice) regaled us with old and new favourites. The delight of the evening was Jenny Pagala with her rendering of Rod Stewart's “Sailing”. Internal Sunset League After 8 games, the four teams of Colin & Lynne Armitage and Harry Dobson; Babs & John Caiger and Jan Soars; Tony Finan, David Smy and Arthur Buxton; and Ted & Val Hyman and Jim Ure are all in with a chance of winning. The last game is on Monday 20th August following which the presentation will be made to the winners. On Tuesday 14th August the Bowls and Social Club hosted a special bowling event to celebrate the birthday of the Honorary President of the club, Don Antonio Martinez. 12 teams took part in two 7-end games. After a quick totalling up of the scores the team of Babs Caiger, Mick Soars and David Eades were declared as the winners. Runners-Up were Sue Bounds, Mike Farrelly and Alan Ashberry. The game was followed by a meal in the El Rincon Restaurant after which Antonio presented the prizes to the teams. Two of the players, Jan Soars and Pat Fielding also celebrated their birthdays The Winners with the Trophy and we all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in both English and Spanish. For any information about joining our club or fixture details please contact the club captain Colin Armitage. Tel: 966 619 010 Ext. 01066.

The Birthday Bowls

Game See the news pages (in English and Spanish) at the front of this magazine for more bowls news. Please visit our web site at www.montemarbowls.com for more info about our Bowls and Social Club. New members are always welcome.

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Our Broadband now upgraded to

SUPER-FAST 30 meg VDSL also We can now copy and print A3 documents as well as A4, A5 & A6

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WANTED for The Easy Horse care Rescue Centre

The Easy Horse care Rescue Centre in Rojales are looking for support in the way of donated goods furniture, brica Brac etc. Or just want to give to this worthwhile charity. It was founded in 2008 with the mission of rescuing mistreated horses, ponies and donkeys in the Alicante region of Spain, Books, clothes, furniture, bikes, bric a brac and large furniture items can be collected

If you go to the website at www.easyhorsecare.net you can see the work these people carry out for the welfare of horses in the area.

Please contact Vicky for collection or donation of goods. Tel: 636 062 000

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Modern Technology

I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law the other night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. 'This is the 21st century, old man,' he said. 'We don't waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.' I can tell you, that bloody fly never knew what hit it........

submitted by David Tutton

PLEASE REMEMBER After our initial deliveries to over 100 outlets, we do top up during the month at:-

“Euronics”,“Quicksave” and the “Phoenix Restaurant”.

TO ALL OF OUR ADVERTISERS and CONTRIBUTERS Please, please, send your copy to us by the 14th of every month

HERE & ON PAGES 36, 37 & 38 Welcome to the area of Gran Alacant that includes the ComMercial Centre. As you leave the N332 to come on to Gran Alacant this area is on your right. Our advertisers in this area are:COCINARTE, EURONICS, HOMEFINDERS, and on page 3 GRANNET

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

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A woman goes to the welfare office to register for child benefit. "How many children?" asks the welfare officer. "Ten" replies the Liverpool girl, "Ten?" says the welfare worker. "What are their names?" "Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan and Nathan" "Doesn't that get confusing?" "Naah..." says the Liverpool girl, "It's great because if they are out playing in the street, I just have to shout 'Nathan yer dinner's ready!' or 'Nathan go to bed now!' and they all do it.� "What if you want to speak to one individually?" says the curious welfare worker. "That's easy," says the Liverpool girl... "I just use their surnames"

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SUN AWNINGS WINTER POOL COVERS WINDOW SHUTTERS FOLDING DOORS MOSQUITO BLINDS GUTTERING INTERIOR BLINDS Te l : 9 6 5 7 0 8 6 7 5

mobile: 656 545 948/697 604 752 email: blinds4uspain@hotmail.com website: www.blinds4uspain.com

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

The DENTAL PRACTICE and CUTS R US are on the La Marina Urbanisation and Almarcha are in the La Marina village.

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Tel: 966 797 119 659 728 128

IN THE VILLAGE

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Royal British Legion-Gran Alacant Branch BR 3606

The Gran Alacant Branch will now meet on the First Tuesday of the month, 1900 to 2100 at Bar Sioux. New members always welcome, you do not need to be ex-forces to join us. The Royal British Legion spends ÂŁ1.25 Million each week on the Welfare of Serving amd Ex-Serving members of HM Armed forces, Partners and Dependents. Come along and support this very worthwhile cause and have some fun as well. There were not any meetings in July or August The next Branch meetings will be Sept 4th & Oct 2nd at Bar Sioux 1900 for 1915

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

Since the snow came all the wife has done is look through the window. If it gets any worse, I'll have to let her in.

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WHY ADVERTISE in magazines or newspapers

that waste

your advertising money by delivering copies miles and miles from your catchment area. they will not want to use your business and you will not want to travel to theirs KEEP IT LOCAL WITH YOUR

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Bill and his wife Blanche go to the Royal Norfolk Show every year, And every year Bill would say, " Blanche, I'd like to ride in that helicopter" Blanche always replied, “I know Bill, but that helicopter ride is twenty quid, And twenty quid is twenty quid! " One year Bill and Blanche went to the fair, and Bill said, “Blanche, I'm 75 years old. If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance " To this, Blanche replied, “Bill that helicopter ride is twenty quid, and twenty quid is twenty quid "The pilot overheard the couple and said, " Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny! But if you say one word its twenty quid. " Bill and Blanche agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy manoeuvres, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, But still not a word... When they landed, the pilot turned to Bill and said, “By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed! " Bill replied, " Well, to tell you the truth I almost said something when Blanche fell out, But you know, twenty quid is twenty quid! "

TEN PAGES OF BUSINESSES ALL SITUATED AT THE “CARABASI COMPLEX” (the bus and the GA train both stop outside this complex)

PHOENIX BAR

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

Premiership football shown live here

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SEPTEMBER 1st Singer/comedian and Elton John tribute Every Wednesday Play your cards right Open the box Singing and dancing

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QUALITY PRICE AND SERVICE OUR GUARANTEE

TRADITIONAL BRITISH DINING AT ITS BEST. Aquarius food can also be served to you at neighbouring bars “Cork n Bottle”, “Next Door”, & “Oceans”

Wi fi T.V. Views Printing Air Con

A rumour going around that Aquarius food is the BEST on the Costa. Well you canʼt stop people talking!!!

GOSSIP COLUMN

BULLETIN!!

As you know, we specialise in great Fish n Chips. But we now have something for everyone.

FUN!!!!!!!

childrens treasure chest

with toys, a selection of games, puzzles, and books. All childrens meals are

€3.50

!!NEW!! Summer Menu now being served. Dishes to suit all tastes. skewers, wraps, comboʼs, Set menus of 2 & 3 courses. Fish n chips, lasagne, curry, chicken, chilli, & much more

3 course set menus start at €7.50

NEW NEW TO MENU

HEADLINES

EVENING RESTAURANT from 5pm BREAKFASTS start at 9.30am

STOP PRESS!!!!!!!

9oz SIRLOIN STEAKS served with chips or jackets, garden peas, onion rings and salad...€11.95

May cod guide your path upstairs of course.

MAC’S ADVICE COLUMN

FOR TAKE AWAYS AND ENQUIRIES PHONE: 966 699 601

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NEW OFFICE AT CARABASI COMPLEX a subsiduary of Olimpo Construction & Reforms.

Ofreciendo nuestros servicios desde 2005, ahora con la apertura de nuestra oficina, queremos estar más cerca de ti en Avda. NORUEGA. 214, Local 25. CARABASI COMPLEX (junto al restaurante Tres besos) En nuestra pequeña exposición podrás encontrar Cocinas, Azulejos, Toldos, Piscinas, Iluminación LED, Aire Acondicionado, Balaustrada, Mosquiteras, Puertas, Energía Solar, Revestimientos de Fachadas, Pintura y MUCHO MAS .VEN A VISITARNOS. Mantenimientos: Piscinas, Aire Acondicionado, Filtro de Osmosis, Casas y Jardines.

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Julián: 660 65 18 27 & Javier: 651 518 693

Realizamos trabajos de: • Albañilería • Fontanería • Electricidad • Carpintería • Piscinas • Cocinas • Aire acondicionado • Calefacción • Jardinería • Energía Solar • Toldos • Pintura • Trabajos metálicos • Iluminación LED


JACUZZI from €2,000 Offering our services since 2005, now with the opening of our office, we want to be closer to you in Avda. NORUEGA 214, Local 25. CC CARABASI COMPLEX (next to the restaurant TRES BESOS) In our small exhibition you will find Kitchens, Tile, Blinds, Pools, LED Lighting, Air Conditioning, Balustrade, Mosquito nets, Gates, Solar Energy, Facade Cladding, Painting and MUCH MORE come visit. Maintenance: Pool, air conditioning, osmosis filter, houses and gardens. We carry out: • Masonry • Plumbing • Electricity • Carpentry • Pools • Kitchens • Air conditioning • Heating • Gardening • Solar Energy • Awnings • Painting • Metalworks • LED Lighting

Alex: 669 397 896

FOUNTAIN from €800

POOL PRICES which include, license, project, excavation, complete for:6 x 3 = €8,900 8 x 4 = €9,500 10 x 5 = €10,350

Julian, the partner on the construction side and below with Javier for electrical, plumbing air con, and solar.

most of the team.

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

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Xmas lunch menu now available

Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

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phone 966 695 830

September at

Molly's

Entertainment. Sunday nights Jam with "John Roberts the Piano man". Tuesday to Saturday "The Terryoke Experience" Sports. All the live action from premiership and all major sporting events shown on giant screen. Food. American ranch style menu. Big Prime Steaks, Big Burgers, Wraps, Salads, and Combo's Opening Times.

Monday to Friday open from 5pm. saturday, Sunday open from 2pm.

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phone: 966 698 963

EAT IN or TAKE AWAY Open from 1pm

icken Ribs - Roast Ch Sirloin steak Curries Authentic Indian Kebabs Fish & chips ble Lasagne ta e g e v r o l a n io Tradit Beef burgers wiches Baguettes - Sand

ORIGINAL ITALIAN PIZZA’s EVERY DAY U SPECIAL MEN onion bhaji any curry from our menu with rice or chips 1/2 san miguel or glass of wine 10€

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

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New Summer Specials

How come abbreviated is such a long word? Is it good if a vacuum cleaner really sucks? Lady’s coffee morning starts Tuesday 09.30 till 12.00 h. and the Fatclub on Wednesday 12.30 till 15.00

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A recipe from

Sandra’s Cookbook

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

Hot Dog Buns

These rolls are soft and light but don't fall to bits when you fill them!

The secret to these is in the shaping. Get a LARGE stainless steel scone cutter and squeeze it to make an oval shape. This can then be used to cut out buns of the same size, fat enough to take the hot dog and all the extras! Makes 12 large buns Ingredients

*1 tbsp vinegar *3 tbsp oil *1 tbsp sugar *1 tbsp salt *1 pint tepid water (568ml) *1 kg bread flour *2 tbsp instant yeast Topping *beaten egg *sesame or linseeds (optional) Method

1.Put the dough ingredients in the bowl of your mixer, with the bread flour and the yeast going in last. 2.Knead on speed 1 for 3 min and speed 2 for 3 min. The finished dough should be soft and fairly sticky. 3.Cover and allow to double in bulk. 4.Flour the counter top and turn out the dough. 5.Roll out to 1 cm thick and cut out shapes. 6.Pull slightly to lengthen if you want to (I didn't as mine were for chicken) and place on prepared baking sheets. 7.Allow to rise, (until about 1.5 times in bulk) brush with egg wash and sprinkle with seeds. 8.Spritz with water. 9.Bake at 220 c (not fan) for around 12 minutes until golden brown. 10.Cool on wire racks, covered with a damp cloth. (This makes the crust nice and soft)

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Last week my wife asked me, "How many women have you slept with?" I proudly replied, "Only you, Darling. With all the others I was awake."

REGISTER YOUR PROPERTY FOR SALE WITH US...

WE HAVE CLIENTS WAITING TO BUY

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Pets In Spain is a website dedicated to the re-homing of abandoned and unwanted animals on the Costa Blanca. Whether you are looking to adopt an animal, advertise an animal or if you simply want to know more about taking care of your pet in Spain, please take a look at our site. Poppy was To view more animals for adoption go to: found at www.petsinspain.info about one If you would like to advertise an animal day old with her 4 email: info@petsinspain.info

sisters, two have been homed but Poppy and her two sisters are still waiting. They are nearly 6 months old and are Greyhound. Call: 659 274 573

Cooper is 1 of 11 pups rescued from a storm drain along with their mother and father. Cooper is 6 weeks old and is a Podenco cross. Call: 660 832 360

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TIMETABLE & ROUTE FOR THE GRAN ALACANT TOURIST TRAIN

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

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

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A REVAMPED ROAD and POSSIBLY “A NEW SCHOOL ON THE WAY” The inauguration took place on August 17 th of the rejuvinated pathways and landscaping of the road “Mediterraneo”

The Vice-President, Pepe Císcar, of the Valencian Government was there to be part of the speeches, where he announced that many areas of Valencia had applied for new schools to be built, but due to the economy, they have had to prioritise and that Gran Alacant were at the moment 2nd on this list. He said that there may be good news about this in the near future.

The Mayor offered Sandra and Myself the opportunity of a photo with him and the Vice President. We were happy to oblige!!!!!!

Above: Mayor Miquel Zaragoza Right: Pepe Císcar. Vice President of the Valencian Government.

photo taken by Camila

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THE GRAN ALACANT SHOPPING BUS

which drops off and picks up, all around Gran Alacant :-

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

regular visitor to Gran Alacant Mavis Coulton with a copy of the Gran Alacant advertiser in Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada.

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Tel: 966 698 569

Liliana Aldeguer Cerdán 793 English translation by Sergio Reina Esteban col 747

NEW TREATMENTS

Last month we wrote about vaccinal side effects, and we concentrated mostly on Leishmaniasis vaccine. This vaccine has been probably one of the biggest innovations in Veterinary science in these last years. It looks like itʼs getting more and more difficult to innovate in this area, so the fact of launching a really new (and revolutionary) medicine, is becoming more and more uncommon. For example, most antibiotics which are introduced as completely new drugs, are just small biochemical modifications of pre-existing molecules, so every lab can be “proud of having its own antibiotic”. Something similar happens with antiinflammatories. Lately, there is a kind of “quest for taste”, for making oral medicines more tasty, which implies, of course, a better acceptance. One of the areas in which we can see real improvements based on really new molecules, are, no doubt, antiparasitic medicines (here I would like to say that Parasitology, parasitic diseases, and antiparasitic treatments, is probably the only area which is much more advanced in Vet science than in human Medicine). These last years we have seen the appearance of lots of new medicines more efficient, easier and more comfortable to give, longer lasting, and water-proof. For example, now we have a new tablet that kills fleas, larvae and eggs for one month, and itʼs really efficient (much more than classical spot-on insecticides), and free of side effects. Its disadvantages are: only for dogs, doesn`t cover ticks or mosquito, and, of course, the price. For this reason, we only use it when anything else has failed. Another good example would be a new antiparasitic collar that covers everything: fleas, ticks and mosquito… in dogs and cats!!! At last they found an antiticks- and-mosquito molecule which is not toxic for cats. The problem, once again, is the price, but in this case is not a very big problem, because the collar is expensive, but it lasts for 8 months, which is a very long time. We are using it in our dog, and, so far, we havenʼt seen any parasite on him. This collar is a very good alternative to spot-on insecticides for those animals which love swimming (you can take it off and put it back after the bath. Preventing mosquito bites in cats is important, because they are a important source of allergies in cats. By the way, the latest articles say catching Leishmaniosis is quite uncommon in cats, but not impossible. We must remark again that the best way to choose the ideal antiparasitic treatment for our animal considering the weight, if it lives indoors or outdoors, if it goes swimming very often, if it is sensitive or allergic, if we have one or more pets…, is asking the Vet. He will suggest the best option taking all those things into account (and, of course, the status of the economy of the owner). If we take a wrong decision, we might be wasting a lot of money. Which is new in some other medicines is the presentation: easy-to-break tablets for heart disease, spot-on on worming treatments, and even relaxing collars for dogs, which have a pheromone produced by lactating bitches. These collars start releasing the pheromone when they warm up by contacting the skin of the animal. A typical indication of this collar would be when moving to a new home, being put on kennels, a trip, etc. The same pheromone is also available as a diffuser (similar to home electric anti-mosquito devices). Another new treatment for relaxing distressed animals is a new pill which can be used for long periods of time (up to 2 months), and relaxes the dog without making it get sleepy, because itʼs not a drug. Itʼs a very useful medicine for preventing the panic caused by fireworks. Finally, lots of new (and efficient) medicinal shampoos are available now for treating allergic problems, sensitive or dry skin, etc.

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Thereʼs a Tiger on the loose in Spain! Donʼt panic, because this one wonʼt chew off your head – in fact, you will enjoy seeing it over the next few months when they are fairly common in our area, and you can get up close and personal with them, they are very easy to photograph as long as you donʼt make any sudden movements. Itʼs the Plain Tiger butterfly, known as the Mariposa Tigre in Spanish, and it appears in the Clot from September through to early December, although it can also be seen from May onwards in fewer numbers. We are fortunate that we are right in the centre of the restricted Spanish population, as it is normally confined by to the Eastern Costal area from Barcelona in the north down to Sevilla in the south. The species ranges from Mark Etheridge the Mediterranean coasts, through Africa and across to India and Southeast Asia, and is one of the worldʼs commonest butterflies. It is also one of the most distinctive Spanish butterflies due to its large size and colouration, and is related to the similar-looking American Monarch butterfly – hence its alternative name of African Monarch. They are partial migrants – some will fly down to North Africa for the winter, but it is known that others spend the whole of their lives here, and why not as Iʼm sure you will agree. Why Plain Tiger? It is closely related to the Common Tiger butterfly of India, which has the typical Tiger stripe pattern, but ours has a clearer orange upperwing as can be seen in my photos. The underside is slightly less colourful, but still very distinctive. The caterpillars of this species are multi striped white, yellow and black, and have 6 very distinctive, upwards pointing, black spines set in 3 pairs. You might think that being so brightly coloured would put this butterfly at a disadvantage with regard to predators, but like some other insects such as wasps, the vivid colours serve as a warning sign. As a caterpillar, it feeds on plants which give it an alkaloid which will cause vomiting in any predator that attacks it, and when it becomes a butterfly it flies slowly and leisurely at a low level, in a straight line thus giving a would-be predator plenty of time to recognize and avoid attacking it. It also has a tough leathery body to survive occasional attacks from inexperienced predators, and it will fake death and ooze a nauseating liquid to make it smell and taste terrible – thus it appears to have the ability to recover from attacks which would kill most other butterflies. Images of this beautifully bright butterfly have been found in an Egyptian tomb which was built 3,500 years ago, making it the first ever butterfly to be recorded in history.

WHAT’S THAT?

IN THE CLOT?

See you next month.

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FERAL (animals) FRIENDS OF GRAN ALACANT & nearby areas There are many Vet bills/animals in need. You can help by: Sponsor an animal for an amount per month or puntual donations.

IN URGENT NEED OF ADOPTION, FOSTERING OR SPONSORSHIP !!! LEFT:two blind kittens, now 1 year old

These cuties-lovable are from 8 to 12 weeks, 4 males and 3 females, all have good health. Adoption best if two bro-sis, but most Important to get even if only 1 good adoption. Please pass word always.

Adult male rescued in acute urgency, very gentle - would you give him a loving home as he can´t stay in Vet Hospital any longer.

Due to lack of funds we are only attending extreme urgencies, please donate!!!! Foster Homes & Volunteers Needed. Litter, food & material accepted (except Generic Markets brand food. Aldi is OK). For info contact feralfriends.ga@gmail.com 697 574 199 (except Sundays)

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

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

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

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

WORDSEARCH

Opposites

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

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

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SUDOKU

Difficulty rating: easy

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

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

DOODLE AREA

ANSWERS ON GRAN ALACANT MAP PAGE

Difficulty rating: hard

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A map to help you find places of interest, and the locaton of all of CARABASI BARS COMPLEX (DOWN THE HILL) *CASANOVA *PHOENIX RESTAURANT, *PHOENIX BAR *OCEAN 11 *MOLLY MALONE *YELLOW SUBMARINE *HISPANIA, *SANDHILLS *AQUARIUS *GOURMET *LOS BELGAS *SIMPLE SPANISH MORTGAGES *OLIMPO

PLAZA MAYOR

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

PROPOSED SITE OF THE NEW CHURCH

TOP-UP DELIVERY POINT Euronics

HOMEFINDERS /SOLEIL

SCHOOL

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PETANC AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

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GA BOWLS CLUB

EURONICS ELECTRICAL

ALLOTMENTS

F.C. RENT A CAR COCINARTE GRANNET BOTTOM FLOOR OF THE GA COMMERCIAL CENTRE

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PROPOSED SITE FOR A NEW HEALTH CENTRE,

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

CHIROPODY & PHYSIOTHERAPY

SUDOKU SOLUTIONS HARD EASY

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TOP-UP DELIVERY POINT Phoenix

NOT JUST DESSERTS PATAGONIA no.2 STEAK HOUSE

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

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DRAGON 2

PETANC AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

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TOP-UP DELIVERY POINT Quicksave SPORTS CENTRE

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PATAGONIA no.6 STEAK HOUSE

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

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

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

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Santa Pola

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MORE INFO AT:- www.autocaresbaile.es

NEW TIMETABLE from 1st September 2012 to 22nd June 2013

Bus Timetables. Baile buses


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Sundays and Holidays

Saturdays

Santa Pola to airport from Mondays to Fridays

Sundays and Holidays

Saturdays


TILING SPECIALIST (your choice of tiles for the garden or house).

UNDERBUILD CONVERSIONS (you choose what you want. 1, 2, 3 bedrooms or just 1 large room for your own home cinema).

All types of BUILDING WORK undertaken

Coral & Serena terrace extensions. Bring your terrace foreward gives more room

Auroras & Albas Terrace extensions

FROM SMALL TERRACES TO LARGE EXTENSIONS

All work guaranteed! Give SOL a call on 606 818 442 or E-mail solbuilders@hotmail.co.uk


Gran Alacant Advertiser Sept 2012