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A 75 Year Old Man Went To His Doctor A 75 year old man went to his doctor’s office to get a sperm count. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, "Take this jar home and bring me back a sample tomorrow." The next day the 75 year old man reappeared at the doctor’s office and gave him the jar, which was as clean and empty as on the previous day. The doctor asked, "What happened, didn’t I ask you to bring me back a sperm sample?" The man went on to explain, "Well doc, it’s like this - first I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, but nothing. Then she tried her left hand, still nothing. She even Have a seat Kermit. What I’m going to tell you might come as a big shock..... tried with her mouth, first with her teeth in, then with the teeth out, and still nothing. We even called up the lady next door and she tried with both hands and her mouth too, but nothing." The doctor was shocked! "You asked your neighbour?" The old man replied, "Yep, but no matter what we tried we couldn’t get the damned jar open”.



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A l l C h a n g e : With the new Matrix movie Reborn coming later this year we at Costa Link wondered if some of our favorite films would have been different if they had another actor playing the parts we all know and love (Will Smith as Neo for instance).....

Julia Roberts, She may have had 'Pretty Woman', but Julia Roberts could have cornered the romantic comedy market all by herself if she hadn't turned down the chance to star in 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'While You Were Sleeping'. While her loss would eventually be Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sandra Bullock's gain, it wasn't just romance films she was turning down – she also decided to pass on erotic thriller 'Basic Instinct'. The 1992 move made Sharon Stone a household name. Bruce Willis - Romantic weepie 'Ghost' could have been slightly different if Bruce Willis

had played the lead character. However, he wasn't sure about playing a ghost – much to Patrick Swayze's delight. Maybe realising his mistake, he would eventually play a member of the undead in the classic “The Sixth Sense”.

David Schwimmer, was offered the part of J in Men in Black, the younger of the two

lead agents. However, Schwimmer decided it wasn't for him, allowing Will Smith a chance to take not only the role but pretty much announce to the world that he was a genuine movie star.

Sir Sean Conner, the Scottish actor has made a few film

choice errors – most notably passing on the chance to be in two of the biggest blockbuster series in recent history. While you can't now imagine anyone else playing Gandalf other than Sir Ian McKellen, Connery was in fact the first actor to be offered the role. However, the thought of filming three films back-to-back didn't appeal to Connery, nor did the fact that he didn't understand the script. He also turned down the chance to play Morpheus in 'The Matrix' because he, yet again, couldn't get his head around the story. Fearing another blockbuster oversight he decided to make 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'. The result? A superhero film that was not only a huge flop, but promptly saw him retire from acting. Will Smith, Sir Sean Connery wasn't the only one to have been confused by 'The Matrix's script. Will Smith passed on the chance to play Neo – a role that became an iconic one for Keanu Reeves. Smith would later explain, “You know, 'The Matrix' is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn’t see it. I watched Keanu’s performance – and very rarely do I say this – but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up 'The Matrix'. At that point I wasn’t smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story, and don’t try and perform every moment.”

Tom Hanks was offered the lead roles in 'Field of Dreams' and 'Shawshank Redemption', but eventually passed on the projects. Both would have played up to Hank's everyman persona, but how different would 'Jerry Maguire' have been if Hanks had played the arrogant and unraveling sports agent? We'll never know, as Cameron Crowe had to turn to his second choice instead after Hanks said no. It ended up being arguably Tom Cruise's greatest role.


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Foaling Season... Y

es its that time of the year again, after breeding your mare with a suitable stallion of your choice, you have been waiting an agonising 11 months, for your new arrival to come. If you are present at the birth, of the foal, then you should be honored as mares tend to foal in the hours of darkness and in private, on a more serious note, if you are there at the birth then you should watch from a distance and remain very quiet, otherwise your mare may decide to stop her labour.


nce the foal arrives, your first step is to ensure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breathing, remove the birth sac from the head, if the foal is breathing then leave the delivery area and observe the mare and foal from a distance, however if the foal is not breathing , then try tickling its nostrils with some straw, if this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work then rub the foal vigorously with a towel, these procedures usually shock the foal slightly and initiate respiration. A normal healthy foal will lift his head within seconds of being born, and make creeping movements away from its mother, if the mare hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stood up yet, these movements will break the umbilical cord. You must never cut the cord yourself immediately after the birth, as the foal receives blood from the placenta during this time. Once the cord breaks the stump should be dipped with a mild iodine solution, the iodine dries up the stump and stops any bacteria entering the foals body via the stump, you should regularly examine the stump for several days after delivery to make sure it remains dry. Foals are usually standing and suckling within an hour of birth, some may need a little help to find the teats, but soon get the gist of things, this first suckling is very important, as this is when the foal gets its colostrums, this is full of antibodies and gives the foal a good start. This is only a basic guide there is no such thing as a text book birth, Usually the mare just gets on with things and nature takes its course, however if things seem to be taking a little longer than they should, or the mare shows signs of distress, then you should call your vet out, even if he arrives to find a healthy mare and foal, its always safer to be on the cautious side. If the delivery goes well which most do, then call your vet out as he will need to check the foal and give it a tetanus injection, also he will need to check the mare for any retained placenta. You must keep the entire placenta for your vet to examine when he comes. Once you know all is well, and mare and foal are fine, then you can breathe a sigh of relief, and enjoy your long awaited arrival.

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Economic & Currency News... Offshore Pensions and New UK Pension Law

In recent years QROPS, an offshore pension scheme offering those that transferred their UK pension overseas more flexibility, have become increasing popular and well advertised. There has been recent concern in some international publications over the miss-selling of QROPS, as offshore advisors do not need the same training and experience as UK based pension advisors. Key changes in UK legislation make comparison between retaining your pension in the UK or moving it overseas, more complicated. In April of this year, a major pension review in the UK will see greater flexibility for pension holders. There is no longer any requirement to purchase an annuity, which many viewed as a key reason to move their pension pot overseas. There is also much greater flexibility in the amount you can withdraw from a pension, up to 100% (subject to income tax), if you can prove you have an income of £20,000 elsewhere. QROPS still have features and benefits which an expatriate may want to consider. However, it is important to take into account both UK and Overseas pension laws, and to do a cost/benefit analysis of the two situations, with your financial advisor.

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The Spanish statistics office or INE ( has released it’s figures for property transfers in Spain in 2010. There where 1,837,931 transfers in 2010 which is down 0.4% when compared to 2009. The difference is negligble, and perhaps hints towards a bottoming out in the slump in property sales. The Bank of Spain has ordered many regional banks to get rid of repossesed property stock in 2011, which is likley to lead to a flood of discounted property on the market this year.

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Golf Tips And Tricks Fitness & Golf It is important to be fit when you play golf , running out of power as you step up onto the 16th tee could be the end of a game, or at the least put an end to the standard you had played to up to that point. Keeping your mind focused on the game is of maximum importance and as I am sure you will all agree as we become tired concentration is a problem, so how do we get fit for golf and should we work to build certain muscle areas with the idea that stronger will make the better player or should we build general strength and stamina, I think overall fitness is the right way to go, not forgetting that a 4 hour round of golf will mean the body requires refueling, so if you are one of the many golfers who heads for the tees with no food or drink in your bag that could be your problem. So do we run for the gym as the professional golfing world now is or are there other more subtle ways to improve stamina for the golf course, the swing itself uses a large amount of the bodies muscles as you play a shot and develops its power from the core of the body, so for an average amateur player general practice to work the swing muscles and walking to build up the strength in the lower body should be the answer Walking the golf course is how golf is meant to be played you don't have to carry your bag there are a great selection of trolleys , powered and manual that will mean the only thing you will be carrying around the course is the body weight you carry everywhere all the time

and if that is two much then perhaps the gym and the fitness specialist is where you should be going but otherwise use the game you have come to love , to improve your stamina, play and practice more using your feet for transportation as you play and you will feel the difference over those last few holes and notice it on your score card as your concentration improves. There are those of you who for medical reasons cannot walk the course and golf courses that are difficult to walk but when you don't have an excuse, the buggy is only for the lazy golfer and not for those who now see fitness as help towards a lower score. By Mark Sibley of Miraflores Golf Academy



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9-letter word - PARACHUTE Some other words of five letters or more containing the hub letter H: chart, cheap, cheat, chert, chute, earth, hater, heart, parch, patch, peach, perch, ratch, reach, retch, teach, theca, preach, chapeau,chapter, chateau, trachea.

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Logic Puzzle

Crossword Solution

Brain Teaser

Castle - solution You can put one foot-bridge over one corner (thus a triangle is created). Then from the middle of this foot-bridge lay another footbridge to the edge (corner) of the castle. You can make a few easy equations confirming that this is enough.


Trivia Quiz Answers 1) Oscar Wilde 2) Femur 3) The Duckworths 4) Tony McCoy won Sports Personality of the Year 5) Venezuela 6) Marmalade Skies 7) They are all cars made by Nissan 8) Rice 9) Chess 10) Good Intentions 11) Bread 12) 1965 13) Orlando 14) Wines 15) Cheese 16) Cher 17) Double Eagle 18) Iran 19) Pythagoras 20) Bees 21) Epistle 22) Litmus 23) 90024) A Pig


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A passerby watched two Irishmen in a park. One was digging holes and the other was immediately filling them in again. "Tell me," said the passerby, "What on earth are you doing?" "Well," said the digger,"Usually there are three of us. I dig, Paddy plants the tree and Mick fills in the hole. Today Paddy is off ill, but that doesn't mean Mick and I get the day off, does it?"

Simultaneously, the genie vanished. Only the gentle lapping of Guinness on the hull broke the stillness as the two men considered their circumstances. Michael looked disgustedly at Patrick whose wish had been granted. After a long, tension-filled moment, he spoke: "Nice going Patrick! Now we're going to have to pee in the boat."

Two Irishmen, Pat and Murphy, saw sign saying "Tree fellers" wanted. Murphy said to Pat, said, 'If only Seamus had been with us we'd have got that job.'

What do you call an Irish spider? Paddy long legs.

Happy St Patricks Day!

Lost at Sea Two Irishmen, Patrick & Michael, were adrift in a lifeboat following a dramatic escape from a burning freighter. While rummaging through the boat's provisions, Patrick stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping that a genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously. To the amazement of Patrick, a genie came forth. This particular genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three. Without giving much thought to the matter, Patrick blurted out, "Make the entire ocean into Guinness!" The genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the finest brew ever sampled by mortals.


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A look at what's in store for you during March.....



You are feeling empowered and productive this month, with energy to spare, dear Capricorn. Family and domestic conditions improve this month, as do finances, especially money and property shared with a partner or coming from outside sources other than your personal income. You begin March with a lot of little things to do errands, returning phone calls and emails, appointments, and paperwork. The 15-17 brings surprising but pleasant news. As the month advances, much pleasure is derived from family and home life, even if the pressures of work still call you!


Focus continues to be on finances, possessions, comfort, and practical matters this month, dear Aquarius. Pleasant financial surprises may be in store on the 15-17. March is a strong month for taking charge of your finances and for monetizing creative projects or hobbies. Studies, learning, communication, and transportation matters are moving forward after the 10th, when you will be feeling more mobile, cheerful in attitude, and communicative. After a few months of some confusion or lack of clarity in your love life, relationships begin to regain momentum.


March is an energizing month for you, dear Pisces. Others are paying special attention to you and the feedback is good! You are beginning to feel more confidence about money making abilities and your work, and this confidence will only increase in the next few months. You are getting into a more practical routine that helps you to feel grounded and enthusiastic about the future. New Moon energy from the 15-17 gives you a boost. You feel that you can easily shed the unproductive or unhealthy attitudes that have been weighing you down.


You are certainly regaining your confidence this month, dear Aries. While the changes may not be dramatic, they are definitely indicating that you are moving forward and coming out of your shell. You have been more introspective recently and you are building towards a rather exciting and action-packed spring and summer. Decisions are coming to you more clearly, plans are straightening out, and your romantic life is less confused. You know your position. Excellent days for good favor, partnering, and personal appeal are the 7-31, but especially the 7-8, 16-17, and 20-21.


Friendships are especially dear to you this month, dear Taurus. You are meeting new people and enjoying making contact. For some of you, your romantic life could involve some sacrifices from the 7th forward. Others are keeping your love life secret just for the time being and enjoying your privacy. Home life is becoming more and more straightforward. In the next few months you will be pouring a lot of energy into your home and family, seeing to it that any complicated or confusing matters at home are straightened out.


Your career is on the upswing in March, dear Gemini. The 7-8 and 15-17 are especially strong periods for material and professional success. Pleasantly surprising events are happening in your career mid-month. The 7-8 is also good for positive energy in love and partnership. In general, people in your life are becoming more accommodating from the 10th forward. March should be quite prosperous for you. A friendship is becoming clearer and less complicated. You are ironing out your differences. Wonderful conversations with friends and lovers this month help to lift your spirits.







Practical matters, including finances and career, are beginning to clear up for you this month, dear Cancer. You are putting confusing situations and insecurities about your earning power or career path behind you, particularly after the 10th. Some of you might even enjoy a promotion or other type of honor in your career. Others are appreciating your knowledge and breadth of vision. You are making beneficial connections and finding it easy to take problems in stride. Some of you are considering taking courses that will boost your professional appeal. After some months of introspection and perhaps hesitancy, dear Leo, you are regaining confidence. You are figuring out what it is you want, personal plans are beginning to move forward, and your decision-making ability is now back on track. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to find support from others, and for some of you to obtain or manage loans, particularly from the 14-16, when you are pleasantly surprised by the help you receive. The people in your life are generous with their time and energy, and their happiness ricochets back to you. Strong energy for love is with you this month, dear Virgo. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about reconciliation, fixing problems, enhancing a partnership, or attracting a new relationship, the cosmos are lending a helping hand. The 14-17 brings pleasant surprises in love. Complications in your intimate life or with shared finances begin to disappear this month, and you are beginning to see some real progress. While March is not the most energetic period of the year for you, many of you will be feeling revitalized through the support and generosity of others. You continue to work hard and get your practical affairs into order in March, dear Libra. Many of you are living up to your New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions and paying more attention to health and fitness routines. Changes are in the air for your personal relationships this month, and you will be thoroughly enjoying the increased clarity. After some months of not really knowing where you stand in a friendship or partnership, matters become clearer and the people in your life more straightforward. The 7-8 and 21-22 are stronger days for opportunities. Work and career matters are starting to move forward for you in March, dear Scorpio. After some months of delays, stalled plans, and perhaps lack of enthusiasm, you are starting to regain confidence, passion, and interest in your work. You can prepare yourself for a busy and active professional life in the next few months. For the first half of the month, however, you are able to take a break from the rigors of competition and pressure, finding more time for recreation. The 15-17 brings pleasurable surprises and attention your way. A very pleasing and heart-warming month is in store for you, dear Sagittarius. After months of confusing signals in the romance department, love becomes clearer and you are rebuilding your faith and confidence in people around you. From the 7th forward, in fact, your personal charisma skyrockets. Travel and educational plans are beginning to show movement forward. Some of you are meeting romantic interests from a different cultural background than yours. Home life is rewarding and supportive, especially since you are giving back and taking the time to make family feel special.


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