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Alice Returns To Wonderland ● Cougar Town The Grand National 2010 ● Lola’s Problemas

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WelcomeTo April A warm welcome fromThe Costa Directory

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CougarTown Courteney Cox Returns “Go Cougars!”

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TEAM-MARI Copa Femenina Local business women and their bikes

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The Grand National The world’s most prestigious horse race

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Tim Burton’s Looking Glass Johnny Depp in Wonderland

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more features 38

Gourmet & Entertainment Guide Eating out this April

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Agony Aunt Section Lola is back with her honest advice

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Horoscopes See what’s in store for you this month

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Useful Contacts Essential Numbers

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www.costadirectory.com Welcome to April’s edition ofThe Costa Directory - The Coast’s freshest free magazine Welcome to Aprils edition, finally it looks like the rain has left us, and the sun is returning ready for Easter. Hopefully you all remembered to put your clocks forward one hour at 1am on Sunday 28th March 2010. In this month’s edition we go through Tim Burton’s looking glass directly to Wonderland, and catch up with Johnny Depp. Courteney Cox is on top comedic form as recently divorced Jules in the new hit TV show Cougar Town arrives on our screens. Saturday 10th April sees the return of the world’s most prestigious horse race, The Grand National, be sure to check out our top tips on page 19. We mentioned last month about some major changes taking place to our website and business directory, we have been working around the clock and are nearly finished. Our NEW service will be live very soon. So if you would like to promote your business online for FREE? Be found on all major search engines? Keep watching this space and check out our website. If you want to promote your business, event, property for sale or rent then our new service is just for you and it’s FREE. Of course there will be some exciting extra features for any of our advertisers, so join the most talked about magazine on the coast, visit our website www.costadirectory.com or call Kyle on 654 385 544. Felices Pascuas! Happy Easter

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www.costadirectory.com With Channel 4 announcing that it has decided to relinquish its broadcast rights to longrunning TV series Friends. The channel has agreed a deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution to end its association with Friends in autumn 2011. So with no more re-runs of our American classic what do we have to look forward to when flicking through out channels? Our must watch choice this month moves away for Channel 4 and is New and exclusive to Living TV. Courteney Cox is on top comedic form as recently divorced Jules, a single mother in her 40’s, who finds herself back on the singles market faced with the honest truths about dating in a youth and beauty obsessed culture. Jules’ younger years revolved around being a wife and mother, now single, Jules is ready to embark on the second phase of her life alongside fellow divorcees and singletons – all eager to re-live their youth.

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She manages to play the role with enough innocence to be believable and enough strength to be able to pull off the obstacles put in her way. Most of all, she is not annoying, which was my issue with the original Disney cartoon. Of course, all the attention falls on Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter and I am pleased to say both he and Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen manage to rein in their performances in roles that could have become very overpowering very quickly. Depp takes the Hatter and makes him more human, his madness coming in waves and taking things a bit darker than previous incarnations. He skips from happy go lucky to a bit of a Scottish William Wallace warrior with ease, and delivers another slightly different role to his hardly-unimpressive filmography. As for The Red Queen, Bonham Carter plays the role as a spoilt brat, wanting everything to go her way, otherwise off with your head. Her sidekick The Knave of Hearts (Crispin Glover) stole the show for me villain-wise, and in some ways I feel he should have been an extension of her, rather than his own standalone character.


Anne Hathaway brings a saintly glow to her White Queen, angelic with a hint of something a bit more sinister (after all, she does come from the same gene pool as The Red Queen) but fawns around the set suitably well. Supporting roles are filled with a veritable who’s who of British vocal talent with Stephen Fry as The Cheshire Cat, Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit, Christopher Lee as The Jabberwocky and good old Barbara Windsor as The Dormouse. Personally, I warmed a lot to the casting of Matt Lucas in the dual roles of Tweedledee and Tweedledum. As well as being funny and happily stealing any scenes he appears in, Lucas manages to make the rather creepy characters become completely not creepy at all and, in fact, rather endearing. Alice In Wonderland sees Burton back on on his game. For his Alice is a fun, endearing and magical movie at its best, and one well worth seeking out. It’s not perfect, certainly, but Burton’s trip to Wonderland is a welcome one, indeed. Was there a time in your career where you felt like you were in Wonderland? Johnny Depp: “Yeah, the whole ride. My whole ride, the experience on the ride since day one has been pretty surreal in this business, and defies logic. I’m still completely shocked that I still get jobs and am still around. But, more than anything, it has been a kind of wonderland. I’ve been very lucky.” Of all the films you’ve done, which of your films is your children’s favorite? Johnny Depp: “My children’s favorite, and it’s funny because they’ve seen it but they have a difficult time watching it because it’s their dad and they make that connection, but Edward Scissorhands is, by far my kids’ favorite. They just connect with the character, and they see their dad feeling that isolation, that loneliness.

The Mad Hatter has a great happy dance in the film, and one of the earmarks of a really great happy dance is that it’s completely unique to the person. Is this part of your own personal repertoire? Johnny Depp: “No. The happy dance was something that Tim had a very curious vision for.” [Tim Burton: “It has to be the right circumstance, the right music and everything else.”] Johnny Depp: “Then I can Futterwack with the best of them. We had to treat that like a stunt.” [Tim Burton: “He likes to keep his Futterwacking private, like we all do.”] With no more Keira Knightley or Orlando Bloom in Pirates #4, will there be more Jack Sparrow? Johnny Depp: “Yeah, there is no Keira or Orlando in there. I don’t know. I don’t think we’d ever throw too much Jack Sparrow in there. There will be just a little bit of everybody.”

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Ground floor 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unfurnished apartment at San Pedro Beach. AC Hot/Cold, Sky Ready, Underground Parking, Direct access to swimming pool, Beach Side. €650 pcm REF: ECR005 SHORT TERM - Nueva Andalucia

Contemporary, Stylish, High Standard 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse in Puerto Banus. Rear & front garden, Surround Sound, Freeview, Plasma TV, A/C, Close to all Amenities. €850-1200 per week REF: ECR012 SHORT TERM - Majestic Hills, Casares

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Ground Floor Luxury Apartment Set in tropical gardens. Gated Community, AC Hot/Cold 2 Swimming pools €380-500 per week REF: ECR001

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Mucky Pups

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Cuts for mucky pups or just a wash to freshen your pet.

Call Joanne O’Neil 952 897 623 • 620 698 717 info@muckypups.eu www.muckypups.eu


Costa Floor Cleaning The specialist in Terracotta“cleaning and protection” Terrace and patio

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Cleaning A : 3,00 € m2 Machinal pad & brush cleaning Remove only top dirt and green

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Cleaning C : 5,00 € m2 - Cleaning B & Machinal Brush with hard wax

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www.costadirectory.com Nestling amidst mature gardens and tended lawns, El Paraiso Country Club has been part of the lives of local residents for many years. Owned and operated by Roy & Marion Lewendon, this popular venue is now set to take on a new direction. “We had been visiting the Country Club for nearly 20 years prior to taking over 2 years ago”, said Marion,“and naturally thought it best to keep things as they were. However, last year we realised that changes had to be made in order to ensure continued success in such competitive times”. To assist with this fresh start, they retained the services of well known restaurateur Garry Waite.The main focus, as always, will be to provide the highest standard of food and service possible, whilst still maintaining excellent value for money. “The restaurant has been trading for as long as I can remember,” said Garry.“Marion and Roy made great improvements when they took over, but the food remained in the 80’s and we all agreed it was time to bring it into the 2010’s!!” The first step in this direction was to open the original flame grill in the Restaurant and the mainstay of the new menu will be charcoal-grilled top quality meats.The A la Carte menu has been totally restyled to offer more modern, innovative dishes, many of which showcase the creative skills of new Head Chef Evan Owen. Front of house is now in the hands of seasoned professional Franck Chauveau. A charming, tri-lingual Frenchman who will be a familiar face to many of you who dine out regularly. With this enthusiastic team at the helm, I am delighted to report that the future of the El Paraiso Country Club seems back on track for success. It already had all the ingredients to make it a great venue but now it has a little something extra...what French Franck would probably describe as the ‘je ne sais quoi!’ The Bar is now open every night except Sunday and the Restaurant is open every evening Tuesday through to Saturday and Sunday lunchtime. Perfect for cosy, intimate dining with the introduction of a fabulous new A la Carte menu. THURSDAY: NEW,“Eat as much as you like - Steak Night Menu”for only €19.95 pp. Cooked as you like it on the new flame grill. SUNDAY: The Country Club has always been a great location for Sunday lunch and there is now a choice of five starters and five main courses - including two roasts with all the trimmings, plus mouth-watering homemade deserts or cheese. Only €19.95 for two courses & €23.95 for three. Please note; the fabulous Ricky Lavazza (Elvis, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams & more) kicks off the new Seasons entertainment on Easter Saturday - ONLY €30 pp, after which ‘easy listening’music will return alternate Fridays with a new“Friday Night is Music Night” with Dave Lee on 7th May. Make a date to visit El Paraiso Country Club again soon, you will not be disappointed... For full details go to: www.elparaisocountryclub.com or email at: marionlewendon@gmail.com Find us at Patio Alcornocal, El Paraiso - on the way to El Paraiso Golf & El Paraiso Hotel Tel: 952 88 37 99

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Paseo Maritimo 9. La Carihuela. Torremolinos

ST A F AK NLY E R B MO s FRO uro

Open from 9.00am - 10.00pm Breakfasts, Sandwiches, Baguettes, Omelettes, Jacket Potatoes

Full Menu and Children’s Meals also available Food and Drinks to Take Away

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CHEF’S DAILY SPECIALS Bottles Lager from 1€ House Lager 1.50€ Pint www.nigelandcherylsincarihuela.com Meet • Eat • Drink • Be Entertained


El Paraiso Country Club Bar & Restaurant now open.

• NEW every Thursday - “eat as much as you like” “Day or night, Flame Grilled Steak Night Menu e19.95. step into paradise at El Paraiso • NEW innovative A La Carte dishes. • NEW Sunday Lunch Menu, traditional roasts & more Country Club” Telephone 952 88 37 99

Patio Alcornocal, El Paraiso, towards Paraiso Golf.

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Casares

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Open Tuesday-Sunday 1pm - 4pm 7:30pm - 11pm

Example Menu Grilled seasonal vegetable platter Homemade liver pate Roasted Salmon with cappers and pinenuts Confit of duck in an apple sauce Entrecot Steak Cream Caramel Crepes

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Minimalistic decor, romantic lighting and friendly service make this a perfect place to enjoy a typical Spanish meal in a different atmosphere.

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BrubeckS Bar & Grill

Urb. El Pilar - next to Second Time Around and opposite The Crowne Plaza Hotel

• Large Sunny terrace • Good food served all day from midday • Live music (See boards for details) • Sunday carvery served from 1pm • Free WiFi • Sky Sports • We cater for private parties • Closed Mondays For information or reservations Call: 952 887 130

Sunday Carvery 1 Course € 7,95 2 Courses €10,95 3 Courses €13,95 Choice of turkey, beef, gammon ham & pork with stuffing, Yorkshire Pud, fresh vegetables & homemeade gravy.

Tuesday - Friday Daily Special Main Course € 5,00 2 Courses € 8,00 Available All Day

Taj Mahal

Indian Restaurant

Open everyday from 1pm - 3:30pm and 7pm - Late Monday 7pm - Late

952 890 651 / 606 705 728 Puerto de la Duquesa - Plaza de la Fuente Edif. Delfin No 9

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The Brasserie Excellent Dining • Contemporary Decor • Stunning Views

Enjoy 2 courses for only 25,50€ (inc half bottle wine)

Reservations 678 293 596

Open For Lunch & Dinner Tuesday - Sunday

Paseo Maritimo in Sabinillas

O'CO'allaghans Callaghans Sports Bar Sports Bar

Sisters Beach Bar Design your own Pasta, Salad or Sandwich Choice of delicious toppings

Take your lunch to the beach Take away - 617 105 738

Paseo Maritimo in Sabinillas

April Entertainment

Friday 16th April Murder Mystery Evening €30 per head (For every ticket sold donation to SAVE ADANA )

Saturday 17th April - The Fabulous Alicia €30 per head inc 3 course meal and entertainment

Quiz Night Every Tuesday From 8:30pm All Day Menu All Sports Events Live

Saturday 24th April Live Entertainment from Irish singer and pianist Alan Hamilton €30 per head

Open All Week - 9:30am till late

Orange Square, Sabinillas

664 442 629 or 690 284 075

www.armstrongs-restaurant.com bookings@armstrongs-restaurant.com

Located on the Manilva Road 4km from the Lidl roundabout, Sabinillas. 2km past the market feria ground.

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Cheers Bar Cocktail Lounge CASINO NIGHT

FRI 2nd APR - AN EVENING OF BLACKJACK & ROULETTE SPIN THE WHEEL AND TRY YOUR LUCK

QUIZ NIGHT

QUIZ NIGHT WITH CASH PRIZE - EVERY WEDNESDAY @ 9PM

CURRY NIGHT

ENJOY DELICIOUS CURRY EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT €3 PER PLATE, SUPPLIED BY NAOMI’S NIBBLES!!

3 CHEERS HAPPY HOUR

5-8PM THURSDAY - SUNDAY €1.50 PINT LAGER, €2.00 GLASS WINE, €2.50 SPIRIT & MIXER

A good time doesn’t have to be expensive! PLAZA DE LA FUENTE 1ST LEVEL, PUERTO DUQUESA Tel 634 706 582 Join us on Facebook Neale Osmond (Cheers Bar Duquesa)

OPEN: 7pm Tues - Wed, 5pm Thurs - Sun

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H2O Bar & Cafe

951 273 716 www.h2o-duquesa.com H2O Puerto de la Duquesa A modern cafe bar owned and run by an Irish family. The menu includes a wide range of food with a choice of traditional Irish, Spanish and English meals. All day breakfasts from €4.50 and a very generous large breakfast at just €7.00, including tea or coffee. Fresh baguettes, sandwiches and much more are also available. €3.50 and €2.00 coffee and cake deals for the sweet tooth. Happy hour 5-7, two for the price of one on a wide range of selected drinks. Live entertainment once a week with Eze on acoustic guitar and vocals. Showing all sport including the important matches and tournaments. www.h2o-duquesa.com

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Tell Lola, our resident Agony Aunt all your problems – she’s a nosey interfering old crow, and that’s why we love her! Prepare for a blunt and to the point answer!

of nan bread positioned between one’s rear and the saddle most effective - and when you get home - Voila! A warm snack!

Advice given on this page is not guaranteed to be accurate, and is not provided by a professional instead its given by our own clapped out, life experienced Queen Lola – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

My neighbour allows his dog to defecate all over my garden - the grass is often brown and all of my protestations fall on deaf ears. Please help me?

Dear lola, I have a problem after drinking red wine - when I wake in the morning my teeth are stained a ghastly shade of scarlet - is there a remedy for this?

Dear Lola,

My dahling - some home-made chocolate Brownies during this Santa Semana would be a good choice. Posted anonymously through the door with an Easter card - I’m sure the little pooch will be kept under control in the future. xx

Of course dear reader - just drink a bottle of white before going to bed - I find this cleans away all the stains! x

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CALLE MIJAS

Angel cakes - there are so many good Indian restaurants in the area - I find a large piece

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I ride a bike but lately in this damp weather I have become a little saddle sore - do you have a solution?

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Dear Lola,

Dear lola,

I have a teenage son who wants to be a fashion designer - yesterday I caught him trying to walk in a pair of oversized stiletto shoes - what can I do?

I am working as a Pole dancer - lately I have stiffened and find getting my legs into the air far more difficult - any advice?

Buy him a smaller pair of heels darling or the poor boy will never get the hang of it! x

My love, a very old well-known friend of mine, Victoria, from Benidorm, had a similar problem. To counter this she changed her act to include ping-pong balls and razor blades and has never looked back! Good luck - and take care!

Dear Lola, I am a keen golfer but lately my game has suffered - I am constantly ending up in the rough! My strokes are poor and I keep missing the hole! Have you any tips? Well my dahling - I can tell that you are a little under-par and I am happy to give you some private tuition. I have been told I have a wonderful stroke and never have a problem finding the hole..... and remember, a little bit of rough is not always a bad thing!

Dear Lola, I am traditional Spanish girl in every way - but I have slept with half of the village - is this a terrible thing? Be careful sweetheart - It sounds as though you have had Juan too many - you don’t want to get a reputation!

Dear Lola, I live on an urbanisation and am overlooked by many apartments. There is a gentleman who sunbathes nude across the way and when my husband is working I have taken to doing the same. There is a very noticeable attraction - it is so hard! Should I take it further? Or am I doing wrong? If it’s hard you must be doing something right! But - take care - I had a similar situation with a neighbour which escalated when he made a forced entry. Please note, a little window shopping is fine - but don’t let him handle the merchandise unless he pays first!

As always my advice is heartfelt and sincere, if you have a problem email me direct

lola@thecostadirectory.com If your problem can’t wait you can always pop down to Lola’s Show Bar for a drink and see if I am available. You can find my fabulous bar at Plaza Ginebra, Sabinillas, Manilva. Behind Banco Andalucia on N340 - KM 144.5

OPEN: Thur - Sun

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www.costadirectory.com Unlock your UK Pensions Would you like to access your pension early and enjoy the benefits now? If so... Then you should seek QROPS advice now!!

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QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) As a British ex-pat, living in Spain, you have been eligible to take your UK frozen Pension benefits early since April 2006. This means that you can receive a lump sum (tax free) and income now, which could help in these difficult financial times. Rules in Spain for ex-pats are different than they are in the UK, normal or selected retirement ages do not apply. Providing you are between the ages of 18 and 75 you can access your benefits early. Why not join the thousands of ex-pats world wide, who are enjoying their benefits early, and find out what this could mean to you?

For more information and a free, no obligation review of your benefits contact David on 678035992 or email yourclientreview@yahoo.co.uk Go to www.ourfinancialreview.com and complete the free assessment form QROPS seems to be a very misunderstood subject, where in fact it is quite simple. Many ex-pats are aware that this is available but are not familiar with how it works and who to contact. I have spoken to many people who have contacted their pension providers in the UK and have been told that they can do nothing until their selected retirement age. As far as you being resident in the UK that is correct, you may draw benefits from age 50; this is due to change to age 55 in April 2010. So, we all think that nothing can be done, wrong! Please read on. In April 2006 the British Government passed legislation saying “that any British person living outside the UK, or is intending to do so, is eligible to transfer their whole pension fund tax free via a QROPS”. As long as you are between the ages of 18 and 75, and subject to other criteria, you may draw full benefits prior to your selected retirement age. All pensions are designed to give you an income in retirement; it is as simple as that, however some pension funds of £25,000 for example, would not provide sufficient income for a family to live on. Because all fund sizes and benefits may be different, each client should be treated on an individual basis.

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It may be the case that to take benefits early would not be the correct solution, for example certain Government pensions with guaranteed annuity rates may be best left alone. Most QROPS providers will offer the same benefits as you would receive by leaving your pension where it is i.e. 25% tax free cash and an income for life that would be taxed. In my opinion, the only benefit of doing this would be to receive your benefits early and you would have to pay for the privilege. As there are in excess of 6,000 QROPS providers available, which one do you choose to maximise the benefits you receive? In summary, “anyone aged between 18 and 75 years of age who is living outside the UK and has a frozen personal or company pension in the UK is eligible to transfer their whole pension fund, tax free; via QROPS” (the state pension cannot be done). For further information contact David 678035992 or email yourclientreview@yahoo.co.uk or go to www.ourfinancialreview.com and complete the free assessment form.


Ovenkleen

The oven cleaning specialists OvenKleen is a family business providing a friendly and professional service to remove grease, grime and burnt on carbon from your oven that regular cleaning products can leave behind. We use only non-toxic, non-caustic, eco-friendly solutions in your home ensuring a safe, hygienic and odour free environment while we work to bring your oven back to near showroom condition. Leaving your oven safe to use as soon as we have finished. Ovens & Hobs • Extractors BBQ Racks • Commercial Appliances Agas & Rayburns • Ranges Microwaves BEFORE AFTER Trouble removing stubborn burnt on grease and carbon with your usual cleaning products ? Then call our friendly team of oven cleaning specialists on: 664878181 7 Days a Week - For a no obligation quote - ovenkleen.services@gmail.com

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THE BENEFITS OF TRANSFERRING YOUR PENSION BEFORE RETIREMENT As of April 2006 British ex pats have been eligible to transfer their whole pension fund via QROPS (QUALIFYING Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) tax free and receive better benefits. This has to be done before you draw your pension at your selected retirement age, if you are already in receipt of your pension you will not be eligible. Example a person of 50 years of age with a fund value of £100,000 Benefits that would be received under normal circumstances £25,000 tax free cash £218.75 per month minus tax £54.69 is equal to a net pension per month of £164.06 Benefits that could be taken if transferred via QROPS £25,000 tax free cash £75,000 invested and a tax free income taken of £500.00 per month With a QROPS pension not only do you save 25% in tax but you will never suffer the exchange rate trap again. The above is based upon a fund of £100,000, imagine what your pension would be if you have a fund value of £25,000 or £50,000? Very simply you would receive a ¼ or ½ of the figures above. Pensions in the UK are in turmoil and you as an individual must protect your income in retirement by transferring your benefits via QROPS. British Airways recently announced a £3.7 Billion deficit in their final salary pension scheme. Many final salary schemes have been axed; IBM, BA and many more no longer offer these benefits. To find out if you are eligible and for a free assessment contact David Kennedy on 678 035 992 or email: yourclientreview@yahoo.co.uk

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Dance • Sport • Meeting Place Ballroom - Latin Drop In Class From 5th April 7:30-9pm Let’s dance whenever you like Learn and meet people, have fun 1½ hours only €7 p/p

Latinos

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Special Dance Aerobics not for LAZY-BONES Thursday 8-9pm

Golf Pilates

Special exercise for the back (not just for golfers) PRIVATE HIRE AVAILABLE - PERFECT VENUE

656 358 137

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Sabinillas

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Hor oscope Capricorn

Dec 23rd - Jan 19th There is no need to embellish the truth — or anything else — this month. Just cut to the chase and let others know exactly what is going on, free of extra padding. They are sure to appreciate your clarity!

Aquarius

Jan 20th - Feb 19th People have come to expect creativity from you — in the days of this month, there’s no chance of failing them! Your great energy is just right for dreaming up wild new ideas that could come from no one else.

Pisces

Cancer

June 23rd - July 23rd Life’s little details are more rewarding than usual — if you can keep track of them all! Most likely, you need to take things rather slowly in order to absorb all the data flowing past in the month of April.

Leo

July 24th - Aug 23rd Your social energy needs an outlet — preferably a large one! A party would be perfect, so if anyone is up for celebrating the first day of spring (somewhat belatedly), go for it and have tons of fun!

Virgo

Feb 20th - Mar 20th Take greater care than usual when choosing your actions — they may have long-ranging consequences! That isn’t an excuse for inaction, though, as things are moving pretty quickly for you this month. Think ahead.

Aug 24th - Sep 23rd Sometimes difficult decisions require stone-cold judgment, and you’re ready to dish some out this month. It’s no fun telling others they’ve been cut loose or otherwise left alone, but you need to do just that.

Mar 21st - Apr 19th Brainstorming should go quite well for you this month — your mental energy is sparking new ideas every few minutes, and it’s a good idea for you to write down as many as you can. Get to work later.

Sep 24th - Oct 23rd There’s quite a bit going on this month — and you love it! Your good energy is just right for juggling several balls at once and impressing your audience quite a bit. You may acquire a new patron.

Aries

Taurus

Apr 21st - May 21st Try harder than usual to get your feelings across in this month — at least one close friend is totally clueless! You may need to bypass the usual channels in order to express yourself honestly, though.

Gemini

May 22nd - June 22nd New energy and new ideas are flowing through your workspace — or your home. You feel perfectly calm about it all, and might embrace the changes coming to you this month. Life is getting a lot more interesting!

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Libra

Scorpio

Oct 24th - Nov 22nd Your mental alarms go off quickly when you spot something weird going on this month — it may be something a friend says or a weird number in a work report, but your sharp senses help you figure it out.

Sagittarius

Nov 23rd - Dec 22nd You’re quite a bit chattier than usual — and you’re also just a wee bit lazier. That could mean you’ve got nothing but good times ahead, but if you’ve got important tasks, you need a little discipline.


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Essential Numbers National Police 091 Local Police 092 Denuncias 902 102 112 Guardia Civil 062 Ambulance 061 Fire 080 Helicopteros Sanitarios 952 81 18 18

Medical

Hospital Costa Del Sol 951 976 663 Hospital Xanit 902 106 096 Hospital Hospiten 952 760 60

Airport Info Malaga Information Arrivals T2 Arrivals T1 Departures Easyjet British Airways BMI Baby Iberia Monarch Aer Lingus

Britain

952 352 300

Ireland

952 475 108

France

952 226 590

USA

952 474 891

Sweden

952 604 383

Italy

952 306 150

Germany

952 363 591

Tourist Information Marbella

952 771 442

Malaga

952 213 445

Estepona

952 802 002

952 048 804 952 048 844 952 048 804 952 048 804 902 299 992 902 111 333 902 100 737 952 400 500 952 048 347 952 048 350

Gibraltar Information Monarch

Consulates

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BARS & RESTAURANTS DENTISTS Armstrongs.............................................. 41 CDS..........................................................4

PLASTERING Ian Baldwin........................................ 24

Brubecks.................................................. 40 Cheers...................................................... 42 Cocomo................................................... 56 El Paraiso................................................. 39 H2o Bar & Cafe .................................... 43 Lola’s Show Bar..................................... 2 Nigel & Cheryl......................................... 38 O’Callaghans.......................................... 41 Sisters Beach Bar................................ 41 Taj Mahal.................................................. 40 The Brasserie.......................................... 41 Venta Garcia........................................... 39

PLUMBING Mark Simpson................................... 22 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT EC Property Services...................... 30 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE EC Property Services...................... 30 Mark Simpson................................... 22 Direct Property Maintenance........ 32 PROPERTY RENTALS EC Property Services...................... 30 Estepona Villas................................. 55 PROPERTY SALES EC Property Services...................... 30 SATELLITE & TV Kings Club......................................... 5 DHS Sound & Vision....................... 23 Reece Electronics............................ 22 SCHOOLS The English School...........................17 SPAS Costa Spa.......................................... 15 SPRAY TANNING Fingertipz.............................................11 VEHICLE REPAIRS Chips Away........................................51 WATER COOLERS H20............................................... 32 WEB DESIGN Costa PC.....................................48

BEAUTY Biotherm................................................... 10 El Estudio................................................. 4 Hugo Boss.............................................. 12 Nails By Dyana....................................... 16 Fingertipz................................................. 11 CAKES Cup Cake................................................ 17 CARAVAN PARK Pizarra....................................................... 24 CARDS & GIFTS Christinas................................................. 9 Galeria 151............................................. 8 CHIROPODIST Mobile Foot Care................................... 16 CLOTHING ALTERATIONS Carine....................................................... 24

English Dental Surgery.........................16 DOG GROOMING Mucky Pups............................................ 32 DOMESTIC REPAIRS South Coast............................................16 DRAINS Pipetek......................................................25 ESTATE AGENTS EC Property Services........................... 30 Estepona Villas.......................................55 ENTERTAINMENT Lola’s Show Bar ................................... 2 FASHION Hugo Boss.............................................. 12 Playlife.......................................................37 FLOOR POLISH / CLEANING Marble Floor Polishing..........................22 Costa Floor Cleaning............................33 GOLD Soto Gold................................................20 GRAPHIC DESIGN Costa PC.................................................48 Hewitt & Hewitt...................................... 21 HOME CARE Sanyres.................................................... 12 JEWELLERY Chirine Ayoubi........................................17 MASSAGE Grant Foster............................................14 ONLINE AUCTION Bidb4ubuy.com...................................... 50 OVEN CLEANING

COLONIC IRRIGATION Nutri Cleanse.......................................... 10 COMPUTERS Costa PC......................................... 48 OvenKleen...............................................47 COSMETIC SURGERY PENSIONS Aria Medical Group............................... 13 Amass Spain...........................................46 CURTAINS & BEDDING David Kennedy....................................... 47 Curtain & Bedding Co.......................... 9 PERMANENT MAKE-UP DANCE SCHOOLS Perfect Permanent Make-Up.............. 11 Martina Merkel........................................ 49 PICTURE FRAMING Galeria 151............................................. 8

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EsteponaVillas Holiday villas in Andalucia, Spain

MARKETING: We actively promote our business and your property - that means more bookings for you! EXPERTISE: We specialise only in properties in the Estepona area. (Sotogrande to San Pedro) SERVICE: A reputable family company that cares - we offer a personal friendly service tailored to your requirements. OUR TEAM: We have a dedicated team of experienced personnel. EXPERIENCE: Established over 10 years with many satisfied clients.

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VILLAS WANTED FOR HOLIDAY RENTALS

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact Jemma Fishwick jemma@estepona-villas.com Office: 952 590 861 Mobile: 635 437 534 55 Estepona Villas is the trading name of Estepona Villas Ltd, Registered in the UK No. 5871947


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COCOMO continental bar & lounge

Benamara, near the Crowne Plaza Hotel

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