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Hello Everyone, Welcome to May’s edition. The cormorant on our front cover can often be seen on the rock in the sea near to the little church on the coast road into Santa Pola. This month, we welcome a new editorial from the Local Police and thank them for coming on board. On Tuesday 22nd of last month, MABS held their first Charity night of the year with a dinner/auction at the Phoenix restaurant. We hope to have details in our June edition. You can order for free, a personal copy of our magazine each month and pick it up from “The Winery”. Just send us your details. The number of people reading the magazine on our website each month, is breaking all records. Remember this service is free to all of our readers. Have a good month Barry & Sandra

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Angies beauty page

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Computer page

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NEW POLICE PAGE GA Train?

58/59 Darts awards 60

GA Library news

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Computer scam

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GA Entertainment Scene Vet page

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Tourist information

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Wordsearch

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Map of Alicante

69/70/71 15 euro ads 73 76 77

Sudoku

Map of Gran Alacant Map of Santa Pola

78/79 Bus timetables

Our little dog from the front cover has hidden herself away in the magazine, can you find her? Last month she was laying on a boat in Santa Pola marina.

For a free quote contact Barry or Sandra on Home phone: 966 699 167 (answerphone available) or Email: laneinspain@hotmail.com or read the whole magazine on our website at www.granalacantadvertiser.com

JUST A NOTE: We do provide all of our advertisers with FREE design work and therefore ask that this work not be supplied and used by other publications.

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GRAN ALACANT – GA0017 Duplex, 2 bed, 2 bath, large basement, solarium with sea views. Fully furnished, communal pool. 165,000€

GRAN ALACANT – GA0132 Brand new duplex, 2 bed, 2 baths, fully furnished inc white goods. Sea and mountain views, communal pool 145,000€

GRAN ALACANT – GA0047

Duplex, 2 bed, 2 bath, large basement, solarium with mountain views Overlooks communal pool. Furnished.

164,000€

GRAN ALACANT – GA0161 Top floor corner apt. Lovely views. 2 bed, 1 bath, big kitchen. Gated urbanisation. Communal pool. 129,000€

GRAN ALACANT – GA0162 Duplex, 3 bed, 3 bath, solarium with sea views, bbq, nice communal pool area. Furnished.

GRAN ALACANT – GA0163 Ground floor apartment, close to all local amenities, 2 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished.

GRAN ALACANT – GA0166

GRAN ALACANT – GA0168 Ground floor apartment, close to all local amenities, 2 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished.

169,000€

Duplex, 2 bed, 2 bath, extended lounge, fireplace, solarium with great views. Gated community, communal pool, furnished.

155,000€

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NE News which includes some from our meeting with the Gran Alacant Councillor Loreto Cascales

Main news this month is that the local police are joining our magazine, with a monthly column. We have asked them to pass on any information they would like us all to be made aware of, and hopefully even tell us of various people they may have caught, causing agro among us. We look forward to seeing how this column developes. Any patanque players out there? If so, good news for you. Three new patanque areas are to be provided at the Gran Alacant Sports Centre.

The new childrens play area in front of the Municipal Offices have been replaced with new equipment as the old ones were getting dangerous. The area eventually is to be expanded to give more play area. When the budget for GA has been ageed, the council will decide where and what size to build us various park areas. Within these parks will be

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more play areas included for the children. The idea of affordable houses that have been built in Santa Pola will not be coming to Gran Alacant. Various rumours about these type of properties being built on GA, are not true, at this point in time!. The new steet lights we mentioned in a previous issue are sighted at the bottom of the beach road coming down from The Winery, on the right, just before the the turning onto the coast road. Santa Pola can only put lighting that far due to the fact that Elche Council are responsible for the roads after the turning.

On page 60 in the magazine we mention the new activities planned at the GA library, which are to include some bus trips.

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Big money is being spent along the edge of El Clot, near the Carabasi Bars. There has always been a sewage problem there and a new pump and pipeline is being installed to push all of the nasties all the way along to the Santa Pola sewage plant.

During the month we met at the Town Hall with Lola the Councillor for Urbanisation, concerning various plots of land that some people were worried about. Next month (as space does not allow this month) we will again publish the land map of Gran Alacant and highlight the areas of concern. This month we will mark the areas on our map at the back of the magazine. Area A - yes, unfortunately, is to be more commercial units. We did express our concern that there seems to be too many commercials already on the urbanisation, and again, yes, these could be more bars, restaurants, but would need the ok from the Town Hall. Area B - the area in front of Dunbars, will not be for houses, but is reserved for any future Town Hall needs, ie medical centre etc etc. Area C - is not being reserved for houses. This is yet another area, reserved for the needs of the Town Hall.

Leaflets will be placed around GA about the serious shortage of water. We have lived here for 5 years and

water has never been such a problem as now. Also it is advisable not to drink tap water at the moment.

Other news to pass on is an example of the need AGAIN to sign on the padron. The only way the government will provide Santa Pola which includes Gran Alacant with a full transport service is if 50,000 people are signed on the local padron. At the moment there are 35,000, so please do sign on the padron, it costs nothing, just go to the Municipal Office. ....and news from Santa Pola

You may have noticed the massive reconstruction work in Santa Pola, where all of the pipework is being replaced, causing mayhem, but eventually to benefit us all. One of the main roundabouts, between McDonalds and the tourist office is to be made wider, to include an extra lane to help the flow of the traffic. When completed the area will be made to look very nice with another fountain. The exit from this roundabout in the direction of the school, is to be made one way, with new pavements and lined with more trees. A new fountain is also to be built on the roundabout nearer the sea in front of Mas y Mas supermarket.

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QUADS & BUGGIES

CLASSICS

SCOOTERS

1,600€

SUZUKI BANDIT 600cc

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APRILIA RS MILLE 1000cc

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YAMAHA R-6 600cc

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HOSUNG SUPERCAB 50cc

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YAMAHA FZR-750R 750cc

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YAMAHA ROADWIND 50cc

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SUSUKI GSX 1100R 1100cc

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APRILIA SONIC 50cc

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TRIUMPH LEGEND 900cc

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DERBI ATLANTIS 50cc

900€

BMW K-75 750cc

4,000€

APRILIA GULLIVER H2o 50cc

700€

KAWASAKI ZXR10 1000cc

1,200€

KYMCO DINK 50cc

600€

QUADS & BUGGIES

KAWASAKI GPZ 500cc

50cc

ROAD BIKES

B E L O W I S A SELECTION OF OUR SECOND HAND STOCK SUZUKI LTZ-R 400cc

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HAMMEL VX15 150cc

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YAMAHA RAPTOR 660cc

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VESPA TX-EL 200cc

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PEUGEOT ZENIT 50cc

600€

VESPA 75FL 75cc

900€

KYMCO DINK 50cc

600€

MALAGUTTI GRIZZLY 49cc

800€

SUZUKI BURMAN 250cc

2,100€

OSSA 150cc

3,500€

HONDA GOLDWIND 1000cc

7,000€

MOTO-GUZZI V50-III 500cc

2,000€

MONTESA COTA-247 250cc

400€

MONTESA COTA-49 49cc

600€

KAZUMA COUGART 250cc

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XILING BUGGY 150cc

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TRAIL BIKES

CPI CROSS 49cc MOTOR H20 1,200€ HYOSUNG XR 125cc FACTORY XR 50cc

CUSTOM BIKES YAMAHA SPECIAL 250cc MICRO -CARS

AIXAM 50cc

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PIAGGIO APE 50cc

2,000€

HONDA GO-KART 125cc

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Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes? TO ADVERTISE IN THE “GRAN ALACANT ADVERTISER” phone: 966 699 167

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The Winery is at the end of the road that holds the Thursday market (the end furthest from Maxcoop). The Winery is the venue that holds all of our excess Gran Alacant Advertiser magazines and where you can reserve your FREE copy of our magazine. The Winery location is on our Gran Alacant map at the back of this magazine.

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Join us again this year for our coach trips to Benidorm...Starting Wednesday 4th June. Benidorm Town Benidorm Market Benidorm Beach plus the theme parks of Aqualandia and Mundomar See info on our outlet boards around Gran Alacant

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

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

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*1 Pounds = 1.36 Euros.

An extended end of terrace property situated within close proximity of the main commercial area. The property briefly comprises living room, kitchen, re-furbished bathroom, two bedrooms and large rear closed courtyard. Price: 83.780€ (£*61.602) Ref: T1632

Situated within a 10 minute walk of La marinas golden beaches within the Spanish village of "La Marina", Barclays Properties offer the possibility to acquire a beautifully finished apartment with living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom and solarium. Price: 139.000€ (£*102.205) Ref: T1890

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Recently constructed we find this property finished to a high quality, offering living room, dining area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, solarium and communal pool. Price: £145.000

Ref: D1891

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Situated on 657 M2 of gravelled land offering a spacious build comprising living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and solarium. Price: 269.000€ (£*197.794) Ref: D1687

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

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

How to Tell the Sex of a Fly A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter 'What are you doing?' She asked. Hunting Flies' He responded. 'Oh. ! Killing any?' She asked. 'Yep, 3 males, 2 Females,' he replied. Intrigued, she asked. 'How can you tell them apart?' He responded, '3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone.

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

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

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A guy was sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him and whacked him on the head with a magazine. "What was that for?" he asked. "That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Laura Lou written on it," she replied. "Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Laura Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on," he explained. "Oh honey, I'm sorry," she said. "I should have known there was a good explanation." Three days later he was watching the TV when she walked up and hit him in the head again, this time with the iron bar, which knocked him out cold. When he came to, he asked, "What the hell was that for?" She replied, "Your horse called."

We apologise if you tried to phone Steve Garland Hairdresser last month, we inadvertantly put in the wrong phone number, so please ring him again. The “Almarcha” advert on the right hand page can be found in La Marina village. From Gran Alacant take the first La Marina exit. Follow the La Marina signs at the roundabout. Drive through the village and look for the Farmacia on your right. Turn right here. The company is on the right.

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La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina..La Marina TO ADVERTISE IN THE “GRAN ALACANT ADVERTISER” phone: 966 699 167

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BALLUSTRADES

UNDERBUILD CONVERSIONS

BASEMENT PARTITIONS

ELECTRICAL WORK

PLUMBING, KITCHENS, BATHROOMS

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PAINTING & DECORATING

POOLS, DRIVES, PATIO´S, WALLS

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Lounge Bar The first dedicated piano / Lounge Bar on Gran Alacant. Open every night with Live Entertainment on dates as listed below. Now showing SPORT on our 42” T.V. screen.. Opening hours Mon-Fri 7.30pm till late Sat & Sun 1pm till late

Entertainment for May

May 1st Chris Stuart Pianist May 2nd Disco May 3rd Andrea Marshall Female Vocalist May 6th Quiz Night May 7th Karaoke May 8th Chris Stuart Pianist May 9th Disco May 10th Steve Dale Male Vocalist/Entertainer May 13th Quiz Night May 14th Karaoke May 15th Chris Stuart Pianist May 16th Disco May 17th JJ Soulman Male Vocalist May 20th Quiz Night May 21st Karaoke May 22nd Chris Stuart Pianist May 23rd Disco May 24th Scandal Vocal Duo May 27th Quiz Night May 28th Karaoke May 29th Chris Stuart Pianist May 30th Disco May 31st Soul Trader Male Vocalist/Guitarist

Book now for Birthdays, Anniversaries, or Special Parties - We cater for all your requirements.

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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Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?

If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

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For take aways ring - 966 699 102

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We install and provide different TV systems for European channels in Spain.

Javier for more details on: Mobile: 660 631 380 Tel: 966 1075 48 Fax: 965 4117 93 E-mail: info@diginova.es TO ADVERTISE IN THE “GRAN ALACANT ADVERTISER” phone: 966 699 167

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"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?

When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

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We provide a high quality Cleaning and Key holding Service for either short term or long term contracts. We are a trustworthy and reliable English couple based in Gran Alacant with many years experience of working in Spain and can offer that “personal touch”. Our aim is to ensure that you and your family, friends and clients can relax and enjoy your time in Spain. We will endeavor to resolve any problems with your property, should they arise, in an efficient manner keeping in contact with you at all times during the process. Welcome packs are available on request and we can provide your guests with local information (including local fiestas), maps, restaurants, bars, markets and other places of interest. Plus Transfers. We offer a range of other services including all interior and exterior painting (grilles, fencing, gates and balustrades) Quality wall and floor tiling of bathrooms, kitchens, solarium and galleria. We ensure that your Property will remain secure in your absence and that only your guests have access to the property. For any further information or for references, please contact us at the following: Richard – 676779273 / 966695359 or Claire – 660339927 Email – Newhorizonsinspain@hotmail.co.uk

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celebrated its first year trading on 16th April with an Open Day for new and existing clients. It was an ideal opportunity for customers to relax and make new friends over a glass of wine, nibbles and Celebration Cake. The Day was a great success with a Prize Draw Raffle in aid of Elche Hospital Cancer Unit raising 125€. We were pleased to demonstrate the ʻNu Skinʼ Galvanic Spa, which is a revolutionary, non- invasive skin and hair treatment. Skin on the body, face hands and neck area can be transformed, stretch marks and cellulite can be reduced and hair thickened. TopTone is now pleased to offer Nu Skin treatments and products at the Salon. Please feel free to call us for a consultation or more information and 50% off your first treatment

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No one ever says, "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

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This month we welcome the Local Police to our magazine in what we hope will be a monthly column.

This column we feel, can help the police and ourselves within the community, to liase together for the benefit of us all.

Hopefully the police can relay to us, matters of concern to them, and likewise we can do the same. We do have a 24 hour police presence on Gran Alacant, but of course they cannot always be in the right place at the right time. IF YOU NEED THEM dial 112 where there is always a translator on hand. This number will then direct the Local Police to the problem. Perhaps it would always be a good idea, to have in your mobile phone, the numbers of translators available from our magazine adverts, who could then help you to speak with the police.This month the Police would like to pass on, security advise to help lower the amount of cars being stolen. SECURITY FOR YOU CAR If you park your car, try to do it in a place that is watched or at least on avenues or streets that are illuminated and with people walking around. If you decide to leave it in the street, just watch out for anyone looking suspicious.

over to your car as the thief could be armed, but, call the Police immediately. Try to install an alarm system to your car.

If you park your car during the evening, please try not to leave it too long, (especially if it is in a dark area). Do not pick up anybody from the street.

During night times drive through streets with alot of people about or well lit roads. When you drive through towns keep your doors locked. When you get out of your car, never leave the engine running.

If your car gets shunted from the rear make sure you switch off the engine and take out the key, so that when you get out to speak to the other driver, no-one could jump in your car and drive off.

Before leaving your car, be sure you lock your steering wheel and be sure also that you have closed all the windows and doors. Hide the audiocassette and do not forget to hide anything that anybody can see from the outside of the car in the boot.

If you go to the car and see somebody trying to break into it, on no account go

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Come and join us at

PLAZA MAYOR

behind Supervalu supermarket (see map at the back of this magazine) All recommended by your Gran Alacant Advertiser CAFE del SOL Come and try our POPULAR BIG BREAKFAST and our big bap rolls fresh from the English bakers. Breakfasts, Snacks, Lunches. Also 3 different home made soups & crusty bread. Open 9am - 4pm 7 days a week.

CHURCHILLS Bar - quizzes karaoke - all sports

DARBYS CHIPPY Traditional fish & chips, plus lots more, including an internet cafe. VET for all your pet needs

FLANNAGANS see our full page advertisement

FOR SALE freehold

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If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhoea does that mean that one out of five enjoys it?

What hair colour do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?

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In-growing toe nails are very painful, they can

cause the toe to become very red and swollen and painful to touch. In some cases a discharge of pus or watery blood can occur. It is usually the large toe which is affected, and is caused by a splinter of nail or the whole nail causing pressure into the skin. The main causes for an in-growing toe nail are :- Trauma to the nail, improper cutting of the toe nails, tight shoes, abnormal shape of the nail plate, abnormal thickness of the nail. By cutting the nail straight across and leaving it slightly longer, this will help in avoiding an in-growing toe nail. If the symptoms are really bad a Chiropodist or podiatrist will give you advice on treatment, as sometimes surgery is needed . Fungus at an early stage will appear on the nail in patches of yellow or white discoloration, at the later stage the nail will grow thick, deformed, discoloured and have a foul odour (musty smell ). It may also split and start to crumble. It is caused by a microscopic organism called DERMATOPHYTES, it grows in the nail bed, beneath the nail and lives off the Keratin (protein in the nail ). You will usually find the condition starts at the far end of the nail, and if left untreated will attack the nail root (matrix). Again usually found in the big toe, but can spread to the others. In Spain we are more susceptible to fungal infections, as they thrive on warm moist conditions, sweaty shoes and moist socks. Also a common association is Athletes foot, which is also a fungal infection, which usually appears between the toes and down the sides of the feet. It can become itchy and burning, and can spread to other parts of the body. You can catch this infection in bathrooms, showers, swimming pools and changing rooms. These conditions can usually be treated by lotions from the pharmacia, or the podiatrist

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Next month I will cover the other problems of feet. Hard skin, corns and bunions. Please visit me for a pedicure this month, as for the month of may they will be on offer for €15 Angie x

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phone: 608 64 11 21 to find us see map at back of this magazine

formerley Crazy Daisy - now your

UPSTAIRS & DOWNSTAIRS FAMILY RUN PUB

*Downstairs restaurant & Outside terrace *Quality home cooked Food & drink *Entertainment *2 flat screen TV’s for all the sport *ALL NEW decor *new menu & home of the big plate *new place *Darts * Quizzes Tuesday’s *Karaoke Wednesday’s & Friday’s *Eyes down Thursday’s *ALL LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (please ring for details or watch our boards)

Upstairs SNOOKER TABLE (call in or phone to book your time) Bookings only 2 POOL TABLES (weekly competitions for pool and snooker) TV’s VIDEO MACHINES and THE INTERNET

DOUBLE DEAL SUNDAY LUNCHES 2 courses per person, main meal + starter or sweet 1 course 5.90 per person, 2 course 8.95 per person (for 2 course menu a free bottle of wine per couple) FROM NOON TILL LATE - BOOKING ADVISABLE TO ADVERTISE IN THE “GRAN ALACANT ADVERTISER” phone: 966 699 167

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The Carabasi Bars Complex down the hill by the Nature Reserve

The bars have got together this year and are paying for an administrator to look after the bars area. There will, as last year, be a security guard on duty in the summer months and a person is being employed part time to keep the area clean & tidy, keep up with the paintwork and carry out general maintenance work. Hopefully seating is to be installed on the garden area under Samʼs Restaurant.

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The Phoenix

The in place to be....

A warm friendly welcome awaits you upstairs at the Carabasi Complex where our restaurant is your dining room. What an absolutely fantastic day we all had on our anniversary thanks to you all for making it special. The Mac is back, here on the 16th May along with a free buffet so come along and celebrate. For your entertainment Soul Trader will be performing here on the 1st June

Exclusive Bistro Evening Menu from 6.00pm plus all your homemade favourites, chicken curry, chilli, cod, lasagne, best beefburgers etc available all day everyday/evening. Best Sunday Roasts THE ORIGINAL & THE BEST

Early Bird Breakfast still only €2.25 Tea Time Specials still available Steak Nights still only €10.50

All our food is home-made and freshly cooked to order.

Tel 966 698 364 for reservations or information Open from 9.30am till late, last food orders 10.00pm TO ADVERTISE IN THE “GRAN ALACANT ADVERTISER” phone: 966 699 167

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NEW TO OUR EXTENSIVE MENUS “ABERDEEN ANGUS FILLET STEAK”

MENU FAVOURITES SUNSET CURRY GIANT COD CUTLETS OF LAMB ARGENTINIAN STEAK ROAST LAMB DINNER BEEF DINNER Take aways available on all meals

We will only use & serve the Best Produce - Guaranteed “NO CHEAP GIMMICS” “JUST GOOD WHOLESOME FOOD”

ENTERTAINMENT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY May 2nd - “ELVIS TRIBUTE”, withJimmy Mac May 9th - “TRIBUTE TO CHER” back by popular demand May 17th - “ANDY JONES”, also back by popular demand FOR FURTHER DATES, PHONE

OR CHECK OUR INFO BOARDS

VERY POPULAR book your table for dinner from our Main Menu or our Special Menu of the Day, then sit back and enjoy our Live Entertainment

EVERY SUNDAY OUR XTRA SPECIAL ROAST

beef, lamb, or steak pie 3 fresh veg, Yorkie, Roast & new pots + All the trimmings Roast beef & lamb available all week.

NEW COCKTAIL MENU WHISKY MENU SHOT MENU

TEL: 663 079 279

SKY SPORTS

THIS POPULAR BUSINESS IS FOR SALE for details ring numbers on the advert

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BREAKFASTS SPANISH or ENGLISH

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A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour.

Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you £800 to drop that towel."

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her £800 and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, "Who was that?" "It was Bob the next door neighbour," she replies.

"Great!" the husband says, "did he say anything about the £800 he owes me?"

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The Gran Alacant train might be

arriving soon? First pictures of the train that may be doing the rounds on GA. We were at the test run, where local dignitaries were aboard to help the local council decide whether to give the ok to this new private venture. The plan is for the train to have stop offs all around Gran Alacant. This would give a great deal more opportunity for all of us on GA to visit different areas, particuarly if we would like a drink, without driving. If the go ahead is given, there will be a timetable issued. We at the magazine will offer to include the route on our map of Gran Alacant.

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The husband had just finished reading a new book,

'YOU CAN BE THE MAN OF YOUR HOUSE"

He stormed into the kitchen and walked directly up to his wife. Pointing a finger in her face, he said sternly, "From now on, YOU need to know that I AM the MAN of this house. And my word is law! You will prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I'm finished eating my meal, you will serve me a sumptuous dessert afterwards. After that, you are going to run me my bath so I can relax. You will wash my back and towel me dry and bring me my robe. Then you will massage my feet and hands. Then after that's done, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?" His wife replied, "The funeral director would be my guess."

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HOUSE SWAP on Gran Alacant

The house is an aurora plus on Monte-y-Mar (606). It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a balcony, large basement and sun terrace. It is fully furnished and equipped, I have had security grilles fitted, and our communal pool is just down the bank and opened in summer 2007. We have sea views from our sun terrace. The garden at the front is fully tiled. There are three similar houses on the market in the area for around the 200,000 euros mark. I will exchange ours for a property in the UK worth £120,000 so at todayʼs average rate of 1.24 this gives a price for the house in Spain of 150,000 Euro which is exactly how much I paid for it when reserved in June 2004. This does not account for the costs of kitting the house out. This must look like a good deal and people may ask if I am mad. Since the birth of our second child we will not be using the place for a while so I would like to offer it as a swap for a house anywhere in the UK which I will rent out. Phone: 00447879456274 or 00441914311443 Email: hudson1973@ntlworld.com

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

Dave The Computerman.

Wireless Internet Security

As mentioned elsewhere in the magazine, people have been spotted using a laptop computer in a car, probably surfing the Internet via an unsecured wireless network. So, what is the risk to you? Firstly, of course, you are paying for the Internet and they are using your connection for free. But there can be hidden dangers. They could be downloading or uploading malicious or illegal files, and sadly they can be traced back to the address of your wireless router, thus if the police investigate this activity, the buck will stop at you. They could of course be doing nothing more than looking at their email, but they can see all the other computers on the wireless network, and if you are unlucky, they can see into your computer. All computers on a network need a workgroup name, and by default all Microsoft computers are given the workgroup name MSHome. To alter this, right-click My Computer, select properties, select the computer name tab and click on change. Now give your computer a new network name. Most importantly though, ensure your network connection is secured. To check this, right-click the single monitor icon down by the clock and select view wireless connections. A secured connection shows a padlock next to the name of the connection. There are various ways to secure a connection. You can encrypt any data passing on the network, and a network key is required to allow access to the system. By requiring a network key, you will prevent people from sitting outside and entering you system and using your connection for free. It is also possible to allow only certain computers to access the system, and this gives you another level of security. Never enter sensitive financial details on an unsecured network, because packet capture devices can listen to any transmissions and steal your sensitive data. The wireless connection at the library is unsecured and should not be used to send sensitive information from your laptop. Turn off the wireless adapter, both on the router and on your computer, if you are not using them. If your laptop has a wireless adapter, but you are not using it, switch it off. This prevents a forced connection into your computer, and extends the battery usage. Ensure a software firewall is activated. Windows XP and Vista both have one built in, and to check it is active, go to control panel and select the security center. Here you should ensure that the firewall is switched on. Keep your operating system up to date. Most patches issued by Microsoft patch holes that have been found in the security of your system, and by keeping your system up to date, you are stopping the bad guys entering via known holes. Wireless Internet security is possible with just a few simple checks of the system, and remember that a cable connection to your router is much quicker, and more secure. 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.

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A large crowd turned out at “Churchills” for the

Gran Alacant Darts League Finals, sponsored by Thansa. The two finals on the night, saw Steve in the blue shirt beat John in the orange shirt 4-1 over the five legs. The Ladies final was won by Jan who beat Debbie by 2 legs to 1 Prizes were then given out to all of the various catergories which we show in the pictures. This is the third season of the darts league which has seen a continual growth in players and teams. If you would like to join up for next year, please contact the man who spends most of his time, organising these leagues on 659 784 059.

Steve & John mens finalists

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A great array of trophies

Jan & Debbie ladies finalists

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Justin & Steve

Terry

Jon & Lorraine

Ken, Jon, Dave, John

“Flannagans A “Team

“Shooters” Team

“Dick Turpins “Team

“Churchills” & “Flannagans”

“Flannagans “ & “Bar Sioux”

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NEW ACTIVITIES AT THE GRAN ALACANT LIBRARY PROGRAMME OF MAY CHESS WORKSHOP FROM 5TH MAY MONDAYS AT 6:30 PM

The councilman of Gran Alacant Loreto Cascales, has announced the activities that will take place in the Library of Gran Alacant during the month of May. The plans are to help people of all ages and nationalities to participate in and, so to make it possible for everyone who wants to, to get together and socialise. There will be classes for memory andhealthful minds: to think about positives, handicrafts, and chess. In addition , courses in Spanish, basic and intermediate levels, local taxation, and presentations into associations,one of which will be Sclerosis, plus the internet. In addition, to all of these activities and more specifically for all the young people, a series of alternative activities have been designed for them, for example, there are construction factories, design of games and trips and excursions. The first of these were held on 11th April with ice skating and 13th April those interested could go for the day to the mountain range of the Cid (Petrer) In order to develop each of these initiatives the councilman of Great Alacant has counted on the support and collaboration of the councilmen of Youth, Daniel Cheek, and of Culture, Feli Dancer.

WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (FROM 12 TO 30 YEARs OLD) HOW TO DESIGN AND CREATE PUZZLE GAMES FROM 8TH MAY TO 5TH JUNE THURSDAYS AT 7:30 PM CRAFT WORKSHOP FROM 9TH MAY TO 27TH JUNE FRIDAYS FROM 10:00 TO 12:00 AM INSCRIPTION: 20€ PRESENTATION OF THE COLIBRI ASSOCIATION OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS 20TH MAY AT 6:30 PM BOOK CLUB 19TH MAY AT 7:30 PM BRAVE NEW WORLD by ALDOUS HUXLEY INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF GRAN ALACANT AV. ESCANDINAVIA, 31 03130 SANTA POLA TEL. 966697110

The side panel is the full programme for this month.

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As the summer approaches, for those of you who do not know, there is a small summer season town near the Carabasi beach that opens it's doors after a long winter hibernation. The town is called Los Arenales, and with sea views from almost every appartment, it's location makes it a perfect seaside town. Just across the road from 'Fawlty Towers' ( a hotel that never was) set back from the road with a kind of courtyard front is a little hub of bars to suit every taste. The bar I have chosen for this week's review is called The Meeting Point. Carlos, one of the new owners was keen to give me some information about his new venture and tells me that it was originally the first bar to open in Los Arenales, and Whispers in Gran Alacant tell me that it is the new fashionable bar for the 'in crowd'. Oh to be beautiful and popular (either would suit me). It is still early in the year, but for the summer months expect DJs and possibly Karaoke most nights from 4pm - 5am! The area is predominately Spanish, so make it a late one if you like the buzz of a crowd. Please try not to let the English reputation down by getting too drunk early on and clearing the place singing badly! Also make sure you have transport arrangements as the Police and Guardia are hot on the case during the summer months. THE VERDICT Entrance Fee: Free Bar Prices: 2€ for a good brand of

The

entertainment SCENE in and around

gran alacant beer (can't remember which one at that price. Remember what I said about singing badly). 1-10 Rating: 9 Return Visit: I'm waiting for a call from the 'in crowd' TASTYFOX PROMOTIONS.

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Dave our computerman has written in his article this month, explaining how this system works. .

ENGLISH & SPANISH SPOKEN

A lady on GA was very concerned about two lads sitting outside her neighbours house, in a car, using their computers. The concern was that they were going to rob theirs or their neighbours house? The lady stopped 2 policemen on GA and told them of her concerns. The police very discreetly pulled up by the car and questioned the boys, who were tapping into her neighbours internet and gaining access on their laptops. Once they had all departed, the police then made a return visit to the lady and explained the situation.

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OBESITY (II)

This item will continue next month

MY PET IS DEFINITIVELY OVERWEIGHT WHAT CAN I DO? Now that we know our dog is overweight and the Vet said there is no disease causing it, the most probable cause of the problem will be, undoubtedly, we are feeding the pet in the wrong way (excessive quantity of food, or maybe a too rich in calories one, even if the quantities are small). Another cause maybe, of course, that the pet is not taking enough exercise: the owner has not got enough time, the dog is too lazy or doesnʼt behave well outdoors (pulls too much, tries to escape or to attack other dogs or people), or maybe there is not a proper place available to let the dog run and play free. If this is the case, the dog will not be able to burn off all the calories we are providing him, even if they are not excessive. The problem is that every calorie not used will get deposited as fatty tissue, and then obesity and overweight will appear. According to our experience, the problem normally begins with an improper diet. In order to understand this, we are going to try to explain the main elementary behavioural patterns of the dog. Dogs, just like human beings are a social species: they like and enjoy being in the company of other individuals to live, work, play....and also to eat, but the problem is: behavioural rules are different in the two species, and sometimes we can commit

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mistakes if we try to compare their rules with our rules. For example, one of the most common mistakes is to consider the food as a present: we normally join our relatives or friends to have lunch or dinner, and we have some extras when we have a celebration: parties, birthdays etc.This is not the same in the case of dogs; they eat together because they are social, not for celebrating anything. Besides, they always eat more or less the same (as they would if they were wild animals). Giving our dog a special meal because itʼs Sunday or because he spent the full day alone at home will deceive him, and he will never know what he is expected to do, because those "presents" wonʼt be associated to a previous effort, that means, he wonʼt feel them as a reward for obeying or doing the right thing. Food must not be used as a bribe for making the dog do or stop something: that would be the typical case of the dog which sits or lies down only when shown a treat.If we are going to use the food as a part of the normal educational process, weʼd better ask the Vet to teach us how to do it, without making our dog put weight on or turn him into a capricious one. Anyway, if we are going to use food as a reward for the dog, we have to take into account: -Treats are a prize, not a bribe. -If the task is easy the treat has to be less tasty than the one we would give if the effort has been bigger. -When the dog has learned a new trick we have to stop giving the treat every time he does it, but every two or three times in order to keep the attention of the dog alert. Continues next month

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Hi everybody May full with fiestas, let’s start with my favourite, yes, ladies and gentlemen this month in the beautiful village of Biar is held my favourite fiesta in the Costa Blanca. There is a special day to go there the 10th of May. On that day they celebrate a Moors and Christians parade, later everybody goes to Lady Gracia’s Sanctuary, then all of a sudden, when the image comes out of the Sanctuary, music, fireworks and the lighting of hundreds of fires around the villages, have a look at the way the Lady of Gracia is taken down to the main church and to finish experience what happens inside the church. May be you follow my advise, you go and you do not like it, this is my favourite I really hope you like it. There are, of course, more parades, the programme is more or less as follows: Petrer 15th to 19th, Muro de Alcoy 10th to 13th , Salinas 25th to 29th,

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for further information please ring: 966 792 276 Also there is a specials events like the one held in Torrevieja 30th of April to 4th “Feria de Mayo” or in Monforte del Cid-Orito 17th another popular pilgrimage “Romería de San Pascual”. There will be people leaving from Diputación Square on the 11th at 2 a.m. they will be walking all night. Also “Las Cruces de Mayo” Cross of May, Crosses made with flowers in la Cruz Street in Santa Pola and the most beautiful ones are shown in the old quarter of Alicante “Barrio la Cruz” As a special event this year held in Santa Pola from 1st to 4th in the Fortress-Castle there will be held a medieval fair with dancing, music, typical products etc. Also on 1st of June there will be a gathering of motorbikes, thousands of them in the harbour. That’s all for May friends.

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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.

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go to

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The next few pages include maps of Alicante Santa Pola & Gran Alacant

We have coupled these pages with the bus timetables so that you can see where you will be picked up and where to find your way about from the bus stations.

Various places of interest are marked as well as important places you may need to find whilst purchasing your house out here.

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24 NANKIN CHINESE RESTAURANT 25 THE WINERY 27 MAXCOOP SUPERMARKET

TEMPORARY SCHOOL

SITE FOR NEW SCHOOL

22 CARABASI BAR COMPLEX (DOWN THE HILL) CASANOVA - SANDHILLS PHOENIX - JOES OCEAN 11 - HISPANIA CARABASI BAR SAMS - SHOOTERS SUNSET BAR - OʼDUILLS SILVER SPOON

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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 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. Nan Kin Chinese Rest 12. Salt Lake museum 13. Civic & Social Centre 14. Sharmila flowers

15. Casa de Cultura 16. Lyneli hair 18 Santa Pola Marina. 19. Bailen 20. Aquarium 21. Suma Office 22. Public refuse tip 23. site for New swimming pool 24. Indoor market 25. Mini Motoʼs

27. New police station 28. Model boating lake 29. Pola Max shopping centre

Paulis Jewellery

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