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I had to laugh at someone’s misfortune last month, well...I didn’t have to, I suppose. But I did, because it was one of those incidents. If it had happened on any other day, the people who were in attendance (and witnessing said incident) would have reacted very differently indeed; rather than how they did this time... One of my colleagues on the radio, A Girl Called Soo, is also a singer/entertainer. It was at one of these functions that things went a little hazy for Soo. You see Soo (being Soo) had finished her set, but had carried on singing well after her allotted time. And, Soo (being Soo) decided that it would be a good idea to climb

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onto the restaurant’s bar and belt out a few more notes.

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It should be noted that Soo isn’t the tallest person in the world. In fact, she still gets half fare on the bus (or that could be just the fact that she’s a granny). Anyway, as I was saying, she isn’t the tallest person in town, but she managed to get up on the bar, raise the microphone to her mouth in readiness of belting out

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Her cries for help went unheeded as revellers just looked, laughed and pointed with shouts of: “very good!”, “Love it!” and comments of a similar nature. Nobody seemed willing to help. Now, you see, there was a very good reason for that and - as I said right at the very start of this piece - events would have evolved very differently, if it had been any other day, any other party...than Halloween!

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Don’t worry, though. Soo was fine after a visit to accident and emergency (where ten stitches fixed the slot created by the fan blade) and was back on her radio show a few days later. Although I’m not sure whether it was as a result of the accident or not, but she did come into work dressed as Dick Emery the other day...

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He’s He’s got got an an ‘ology’ ‘ology’ by DAVE BULL

With a structure as outdated as sticking kids up chimneys we, in the civilized world, persevere with a system that just doesn’t work; unless you count keeping kids quiet. I am, of course, talking about education. Many of you (if you’re from the UK and of the right vintage) may well remember the British Telecom television adverts of the nineteen eighties featuring Maureen Lipman where she waxes lyrical over her grandson who has an ‘ology’ after passing his sociology exam, but who had failed all of the other subjects. This doesn’t affect our Gran, who goes on to support him stating that he is good at sociology, and that he likes it. Apart from encouraging us to keep in touch with relatives more, what that advert did was hit the nail on the head, as far as I’m concerned, when it comes to summing up education; kids do well at what they like doing. Maybe not the biggest revelation since George Michael announced he was gay; but one that seems obvious and yet nothing changes in the education system; and hasn’t for years. Outdated

haven’t found a use for it. I learnt the periodic table, how long it

The education system here (and I’m talking pretty much about

would take a car to drive to Mars and that girls are weird (that

the civilized world) dates back to authoritarian times when Vic-

last one wasn’t on the curriculum). None of it has been any use

torians thought children should be seen and not heard; a time

to me and, although I may be making light of the subject, I am

when reading, writing and maths were essential if you wanted

absolutely serious about the fact that we waste our kids’ time in

to get anywhere in life. OK - maybe kids don’t go up chimneys

school and have been doing so for years.

anymore - and they have the chance to speak in most homes,


more or less, whenever they want (or when they’ve finished the

Some people like working with their hands, some are artistic

slaughter of thousands on the X-Box playing Death on Duty or

and creative, while others like to work with figures or words - or

something). But those three ‘R’s’ (‘Writing, Arithmetic’ are ‘R’?)

maybe Bunsen burners. And so do kids. So why on earth do we

are still rammed into the mindset of youngsters and parents from

sap all that enthusiasm out of them the moment the walk into

the moment they can hold a pencil. And it’s wrong, very wrong.

that playground on their first day, then line them up for a ‘one

Education came about as a way to serve rapidly growing indus-

size fits all’ education? As the great Sir Ken Robinson says, kids

tries at the start of the industrial revolution. The idea was to

can be the most creative humans on the planet – and they are –

prepare children for jobs in those burgeoning industries with the

until they start school and have to toe the official (Victorian) line.

emphasis on arithmetic, languages and humanities; the same as

Before school, as toddlers, they will make a pet out of a shoe

it is today, 200 years later. Art and music play some role in edu-

box and a car from a washing basket, and love it...and then the

cation and are even considered more important than, say, drama

system kicks in and tells them that life isn’t like that and if you

and dance; which are classes that feature more on the ‘now and

really want to get anywhere put down the paintbrushes, pencils,

again’ Timetable, rather than a daily lesson as those subjects

writing tools, musical instruments, dance shoes (I could go on

at the top of the education hierarchy are. That is not to say

but I’m sure you get the gist) and start learning to be ‘intelligent’

maths and languages are not important - they are - but to some

because intelligence is measured in how many ‘A’s’ you get and

(many?) kids so are other subjects that are not popular with the

not on what your abilities are.

people in grey suits that make the rules.

Kids should be encouraged to follow and develop the dreams

When I look back at my schooling and at the subjects I enjoyed –

they have of being a professional sportsman, musician, artist - or

I did well in them. And then I look back at all those wasted ours

whatever. But instead they are waived away with shrug and a

doing things like religious studies, learning German and trying to

‘do you know how many people actually make it..?’ and that is

draw a cube (or something) on a technical drawing board. I’ve

wrong. So what if they don’t make it, they’ll spend their forma-

never used a logarithm in my life and have never had the use (so

tive years becoming better skilled and ‘intelligent’ in their speci-

far) to quote Shakespeare, nor explain to anyone why sulphur

ality whatever that may be. A footballer who doesn’t make the

burns quicker than salt. Algebra is about as useful to me as a pair

grade often ends up in a related business possibly in the media

of hair straighteners and, as for knowing what type soil Norwich

or as a fitness trainer or maybe something else loosely related

is built on and (and how many feet above sea level it is), I still

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his abilities – ones that he’s spent years developing. Why does he

that subject?

need to know the square root of a concentric circle?

Exams Just take at look at what there are now – school league tables!


Headmasters are scared to be different and slip down the league

It all comes down to our definition of ‘intelligence’ which, unfor-

table. Teachers are scared to not having enough passes in the

tunately, is still calculated solely academically (and pressure on

classes and kids are just scared to be wrong; because the pres-

schools to get a high percentage of their kids with decent exam

sure is on them to not make mistakes. That just destroys their

marks because that means the school is doing well). I say “No,

creativity. It is impossible to be creative without getting things

it isn’t” - It’s doing what it has to do, like most kids, to pass an

wrong. Whether that’s in the arts, in business , or in everyday life.

exam. It is not, in my opinion, doing the best by the kids that

Americans celebrate their compatriots who have gone bankrupt

are being ‘educated’ there. One example was when my son was

because they ‘gave it a go.’ In Britain if you have been bankrupt,

due to leave school in one year but had a real problem doing

people are made to feel that is something to be ashamed of. Fail-

maths – he just couldn’t. This led to meetings with the teacher

ure produces creativity and Richard Branson is the first to admit

who assumed, as many do, that he was just being difficult, but he

to many failures before getting other ideas working.

wasn’t. He really did struggle with the concept. When I asked the

The shame of it is, because of the system in place, if a child wants

maths teacher if he could remove a motorcycle engine on his own

to grow to be a scientist, a teacher, a mathematician and the like,

and replace it he said he couldn’t. I told him that my son could,

they will be encouraged every step of the way. But a child wanting

and had learnt to do it almost on his own - does that mean he is

to become a ballerina, a musician or make a life in one the sports,

not intelligent? Or was he just not very good at a particular sub-

will generally have their dream pushed into the background, at

ject - like the teacher wasn’t very good at mechanics? So anyway,

least, in favour of getting the ‘right’ qualifications.

because the system says he had to, he spent three, one and a

Before anyone says that kids don’t know what they want to do

half an hour lessons, per week learning and retaining absolutely

and, therefore, need to do the basics at school, I’d like to counter


that argument by saying that if they hadn’t had all their creativity

Just think back to how many kids you knew at school who were

sucked out of them during those formative years, in an effort to

not very good at anything academic - but could run like the wind

make them fit the system, they would (more than likely) have

on sports day or another who could fly

a damn good idea about what they

through the maths homework before

like and enjoy doing and therefore be

break but ‘forget’ the kit for sports. It’s

relatively skilled at it and how they see

what makes us interesting and human.

their future. Anyway, how many of you

We’re different and treating kids as a

are now doing the same job as you did

‘group’ rather than individuals, with

when you left school? Not many, I would

their own minds, is a mistake that has

wager. We change, we grow and we

been going on for years. We make them

develop; and we should allow children

follow those rules for a full twelve years

to do that in a place that is necessary,

of compulsory education – just imagine

but not by definition, restrictive to their

how good could they be at something


they enjoy doing if they had that many

And as Sir Ken states: To measure a

years of training at it.

child’s ‘intelligence’ by sitting them in a

I don’t blame the teachers either, well

sports hall under pressure and against

not all of them anyway, but many are happy to follow the ed-

the clock is about as fair as asking the overweight accountants

ucation system without questioning whether it actually works,

son to run 100 metres in the same time as the school champ.

when we all know from personal experience and people in certain

As Maureen so rightly encouraged her grandson all those years

classes who actually slowed the learning down for others, that it

ago; every kid has their ‘ology’ it’s just that they need to discover

just doesn’t.

it and, more importantly, be allowed to.

Kids are graded in school by age (and still by sex in some places)

Kids should grow naturally and be nurtured into doing what

and not on ability. So, cram 30 kids into a class of varying ability

really interests them – whatever that may be - and whether or

and teach them the same things - from day one. How can that

we, as parents, like it or not. We all know examples of people at

work when everyone has differing levels of abilities, let alone

our school with tremendous artistic ability or musical talent, or

interests? Why can’t it be that all those kids who are very good

someone who really liked doing sums, but what do they get to do?

at, say, art can be in the same class at the same time creating a

They get to do the thing that they are really good at and interest-

much more vibrant and productive atmosphere? The same with

ed in no more often than any other subject that must be studied

all subjects, Maths could have the geniuses of the younger years

and learnt in the classroom. That is exactly where this antiquated

working alongside older brain boxes and even sports could be

and out dated system is so badly in need of reform. It’s not all

spread across the ages with people with real ability being able to

about ‘R’s’ or getting ‘A’s’ it’s about freeing the minds of young

fit in with different age groups. It’s not as mad as it sounds and if

people to have the space and resources to become the very best

you think about it, it’s got to be a whole lot saner than forcing a

they can and fulfil their potential – whatever form it takes.

load of kids to learn a load of stuff that they will never, ever have

After all it is their life.

the need for. Can you imagine just how productive classrooms would be with all the kids in that class actually wanting to learn

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Sue Sharpe continues recounting her journey back to the UK in March 2013:

I always sleep well when I’m on a boat. Maybe it’s the

I’d totally forgotten about the coffee (in all the excitement) and

sea air or maybe the gentle, rocking motion of the vessel

found Phil - with a cup of coffee waiting for me - in the café/seat-

or maybe it’s the amount of gin I have consumed – or a

ing area at the front of the ship on deck 7, which has great views

combination of all three – I’m not sure. What I am sure

of the sea . El Cafe Du Festival, which is located here, was not in

about is that I always wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed – and in desperate need of coffee. I set off from our cabin to fetch two cups of our morning pick-me-up and expected the view out to sea to be (as is usual), well, sea – a whole lot of nothing except water as far as the eye can see. I was a little perturbed to see land, not just to port, but also to starboard. It transpired that we were cruising up past Cap Finistère – the edge of the Brittany

use on this voyage - probably because the ship wasn’t full as it was still low season – but La Belle Angele Self Service Restaurant was. As the name suggests, it provides meals throughout the day on a cafeteria style, self-service basis; everything from breakfast cereals to hot, three course meals. Hot drinks are available via a vending machine. If you want table service, Le Flora Restaurant to the rear of the ship, offers a great value buffet plus main course, cheeses and desserts, or a four course à la carte menu – it is advisable to make a reservation as it can get busy.

coast. Many of the crew were taking photos of the headland and of one village in particular – Crozon – their home

Le Grand Pavois, on deck 8, is the main lounge bar on the ship.

town. As I joined them in taking snap-shots, one crew

It also serves freshly ground coffee, which we prefer to that from

member told me that we had taken this route as it would

the vending machine, even though this does involve a very cau-

save fuel and ensure a smoother journey.

tious trip back down the stairs to the viewing area. After I had finished my coffee, I left Phil to read a book and went to see how


the canine passengers were getting on. It is not something that I

from my bag and nestled into my chair.

would contemplate doing with Alan, our greyhound, as he’s just too timid. We prefer to let him have his break from us in the local

I finished the book just as we were approaching Portsmouth

kennels. But for those who do like to take Fido with them, both

Harbour, some hours later. We went to our cabin and collected

the Pont Aven and Cap Finistère ferries that operate between the

our belongings – the crew like to make a start on cabin clean-

UK (Plymouth & Portsmouth) and Spain (Bilbao & Santander)

ing before docking – and made our way to the car deck. While

provide kennel facilities for those travelling with dogs. The Cap

we were waiting for the ship to complete its docking procedure

Finistère even has a number of pet friendly cabins available if you

we got talking to a delightful Spanish couple from Seville. They

book early enough. The kennels are located on deck 10 on the

were heading to Holyhead; the husband was due to start work

Pont Aven and there is an exercise area – they are not, however,

as a chef in a hotel where his wife would work as a waitress – we

permitted on the heli-deck or any internal part of the ship and

wished them all the luck in the world with their new adventure.

muzzles are now compulsory on all crossings.

Eventually the vehicles started to disembark, with the same

On my way back to deck 7, I stopped off in La Boutique - or as I

skilful, choreographed precision as during the embarkation, into a

like to call it, the duty free shop – on deck 8. It has a wide range

dark, rain sodden evening in Portsmouth. Thankfully the queues

of spirits, wines, tobacco, perfumes & cosmetics, leather goods,

at passport control/customs moved quite quickly and we were

confectionery, souvenirs, newspapers, cameras, sunglasses and

soon joining the A3 and heading towards Haslemere where our

jewellery. I cheekily used the sample of Miss Dior – my favourite

dear friends were waiting for us with home-cooked food and (of

scent that I can no longer justify the cost to buy – before buying

course) a very large gin & tonic!

some cigarettes at a price that is actually cheaper than in Spain (I pay €43 for 200 in my village – ship price €33 – worth remembering!)

Disclaimer: This article was originally posted on my blog: www. The content of my blog are the views and observations of the writer and may differ from those of

Eventually I returned, coffees balancing precariously in my

the reader. The writer of this blog is not a travel writer and does

hands, to our ‘pitch’ for the rest of the journey. One of the things

not pretend to be one. The writer takes no responsibility for your

that I like most about travelling by sea is the time that you get

lack of sense of humour.

to just sit and relax, read a book, watch the sea and watch the other passengers (!). The crossing to Portsmouth takes 24 hours

About the author - Sue Sharpe lives in the wilds of Extrema-

(slightly less to Plymouth) – plenty of time to get your nose

dura which – let’s face it - is probably the best place for her. She

stuck into a good novel. I noticed just how far technology has

(and her partner) grow their own food; keep chickens and other

advanced, as I glanced around the seating area; people with all

sorts of hippy stuff. She is occasionally allowed out in public to

manner of laptops and i-thingies. I did quietly laugh to myself as

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Things have changed a lot in a short

azine on Facebook for a number of years

space of time with regards to how modern

now and what it means for us is, along

businesses operate and work with others

with our editor’s account, we can reach

(network) to help promote and share

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business leads. It wasn’t that long ago

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ness group in Torrevieja, which as far as

preferences -such as music, location, in-

I know is still running, where every week

terests etc., it’s easy to see the poten-

the same people would sit down and have

tial to reach customers, or just anyone

a chat and then a cup of tea and then chat

that you wish to pass information on to,

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whether that’s individuals or groups and

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also cut down on time spent where they

looking at the same faces every week,

are just not earning anything.

spending half the day achieving it, at a

and expanding their business networks to create more opportunities to im-

thinking businesses save

prove business and boost the economy. As the cocktails and business chat flowed The Photo Lounge Espana added extra flashes to the evening as the businesses mixed and mingled in the photo booth to capture on camera the fun of the evening.

These days, the modern time by NOT going to meetings, (when I used to go I would literally write off the whole morning) which take up unprofita-

These days, the modern thinking businesses save time by NOT going to

ble time and expense in


travelling; just to see the

more traditional type of business



there are still plenty of – does not seem so appealing any more - from a business point of view at least. If it’s just a social exercise to get out and about

same faces each week. Nowadays, any-

and meet people, well that’s great – but

The Photo Lounge Espana as a new business here on the Costa’s certainly

thing such as a different location, themed

it doesn’t pay the bills and when a busi-

did what they promised to do and that is add a zing to any event bringing fun

days (music) or just an occasional meet

ness can reach thousands of people from

up work much better;

with fresh faces

its own area in a fraction of the time by

and different business types attending,

putting a decent advert or announcement

keeping more people interested for longer.

(these should be done as professionally

and photo flashes which captured the essence of the evening! That was making networking fun in a relaxed atmos-

as possible but we’ll cover that another However, along with the odd meeting with

day) on their wall on Facebook that surely



leaves a lot more time to socialise doesn’t

businesses are making the most of some

it? And reach even more people with

The general consensus is that the future is looking brighter and very positive here on the Costas. The event was such a success the next event

very useful tools that will cost them noth-

some smart thinking about what message

ing (except a little time each day) and will

you want or need to get across.

more people. I’m talking about Facebook

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Facebook, Twitter is more of a conversa-

larger and more varied attendance. This

tional tool covering breaking news, gossip

way the time spent on travelling and the

and interaction (at times) with celebrities

like is reduced but businesses still can

and sports stars. The idea (from a busi-

get together and actually talk face to face

ness point of view) is to build up a fol-

which is very important, of course. Rath-

lowing that will see your ‘Tweet’ each time

er than spending four mornings or after-

you send one. Unlike Facebook the amount


of people that follow you is not restricted

same people -whose businesses are well

(Facebook = 5,000), so with some good

known to all attending - doesn’t it make

(and well written) Tweets you can soon

more sense to spend time wisely, espe-

start building a following.

cially (as we said before) living in a place

a month in the company of the

Facebook to buy stuff. It can be used though to lead people to where you want them to be and to create more belief in your product or service, in Spanish ‘fidelizar al cliente’. Graham Hunt, Valencia Facebook is a brilliant tool, where can you access thousands of people in your area

like this?

within 10 minutes! The constant

to you. Some find it fun to send messages

Some superb business groups exist that

sleep allows the freedom to ac-

that their heroes may well see. Of course

combine all of these elements, and I know

it can work the other way round and

plenty of them who are benefitting from

24 hour marketing while you

Whether it’s for business or pleasure is up

you could end up ‘chatting’

meeting up with peo-

with someone, only to get

ple they have heard

blocked by them when they

about via the social

don’t agree with you (Alan

networks on the in-

Sugar v Me...) but it’s also

ternet. It works very

interesting to see what are

well for a lot of busi-

the current ‘hot topics’ or


what’s ‘Trending’ at any par-


ticular time of day. Also by

look at me across a

searching you can discover

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tively promote and alter strategy in an instant. But uniquely for free! Dave Rave, Torrevieja. Facebook for me is an amazing tool as it is a bit like Carlsberg, it reaches the Places other media just can’t reach.... There are buying sites and selling sites which makes it soooooooooooooo easy for me to source new Furniture, also having my own page enables

virtually any subject that has discussions

trying to be serious is not the ideal recipe

or information covering it.

for a business meeting now is it?

people to see inside the shop

Again, as with Facebook, it is important

If you’ve not tried the social networks,

Cathy Reynolds, San Miguel.

with Twitter to send out quality informa-

have a go and come and say hello! People

tion not just quantity and anyone who has

are a friendly bunch mostly!

been to a business group meeting will rewho doesn’t know when to stop talking –

Join over 8,000 others and follow us on

so it’s advisable not to do the same over

Twitter: @Allabroadmag & 20,000 others who follow @davejbull

I’m not saying that people shouldn’t get out and meet in a business environment, but these days more and more modern-thinking businesses combine the tools available - such as Twitter and Facebook - with a better quality get together. These

I have used Facebook for many years. I find it an excellent, fast way to get timely messages out

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1. If a man carried my burden he would break his back. I am not big but leave silver in my tracks. What am I? 2. When you stop and look, you can always see me. If you try to touch you cannot feel me. I cannot move, but as you near me, I will move away from you. What am I? 3. I have two arms, but fingers none. I have two feet, but cannot run. I carry well, but I have found I carry best with my feet OFF the ground. What am I? 4. I can be cracked, I can be made. I can be told, I can be played. What am I? 5. When I point up it’s bright, but when I point down it’s dark. What am I?

1.A snail. 2. I am the horizon. 3. A Wheelbarrow. 4. A Joke! 5. A Light Switch. SOLUTIONS:

It's a toughy!

1. Philip __ (US ambassador to UK 19972001) 6. Keen 10. Joseph Alois Ratzinger 14. Conscious 15. __skirt 16. Not up 17. We cautioned monk? 20. Even though 21. __-wheeler 22. __ precedent 24. Sticky stuff 25. Adjacent to, as land 28. Come again? 30. Just open 34. Streak 35. Rounds 36. Highly ornamented style 38. Preserved pup pen? 41. Breakfast order, maybe 42. It puts the ‘pop’ in pop 43. Had a bite 44. Like a smelly cigar 45. Burn slightly 46. Garden __ 47. Behave 49. Sea weed 51. Setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet 56. Man on the Main 60. Copperplate Isis? 62. __ Denisovich (Solzhenitsyn character) 63. Occupant of 13 down 64. Like some sheets 65. Play people 66. Told where to go 67. Choose


1. Dalai __ 2. Missing roll call? 3. Apply crudely 4. Part of E.M.H. 5. Lace again 6. “__ Blue”, Ethel Waters’ classic 7. Grape holder 8. __ Girls (Ray & Saliers) 9. San __ 10. Warsaw__ 11. Instrument once known as the ‘hautbois’ 12. Cute dog 13. First nudist colony? 18. Try 19. Dr. __ (Briish TV series) 23. Company name in many Roadrunner cartoons 25. Passion 26. Present day Myanmar, once 27. Let loose 29. Charley __ 30. King beater 31. He had a whale of a time 32. Severe 33. __ off (secured) 35. A close relative 36. Make amends 37. Eggs 39. They bugle 40. Lie in the tub 45. Walked briskly 46. Like some staircases 47. Wheel of Fortune purchase, perhaps 48. S.A. shrubs targeted by the DEA 50. Let slip 51. Kind of poem 52. A buck in Bulgaria 53. Evian and Eeds 54. __ She Lovely (Stevie Wonder hit) 55. Panache 57. Word on a Miller label 58. Pertaining to hearing 59. Monthly payment, perhaps

It's EASY!


1. Volume with a lot of volume 5. Up to snuff 10. Student’s org. 14. Designer Cassini 15. Followers of Muhammad ibn Ismail ad-Darazi 16. Kinks hit 17. Columbus caravel 18. Strauss material 19. Sign 20. Does this mean I’m ignorant or... 23. Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ project, for short 24. Relative of 17 across 25. No spring chicken 28. Marches 32. Tie a knot 35. What the ‘fat lady’ sings 37. Susan on “Coupling” 38. La Sorbonne, e.g. 40. ... that I don’t read this guy’s books or... 43. ___ voice (conscience) 44. Just a drop 45. Knows what’s up 46. Make lace 47. Takes in 50. __ Spiegel 51. Collection 52. Shaq’s shoe width 54. ...that I don’t buy this guy’s booze? 63. Sound of displeasure 64. Shocking 65. Having the resources 66. Eric of Monty Python fame 67. In reserve 68. Lawsuit 69. Word with swap or track 70. Leveled 71. Sherpa’s specialty


1. ‘Flakey’ tiger 2. Hodgepodge 3. Dish list 4. Euphemistic expletives 5. How to make glycerin explosive 6. Weight allowance 7. Type of rock 8. B __ Baby 9. Item oft lost in the couch 10. Onetime sprint record-holder, for short 11. Luigi’s capital city 12. Guiness 13. It has a turret 21. Takes too much LSD 22. More prudent 25. Smoking, e.g. 26. Place for spectacles 27. A well-known one is green 29. Ditch plants 30. Emcee’s concern 31. Capital of Senegal Copyright © dave fisher 32. It needs dressing 33. Lift up 34. Furnishings 36. Downed 39. Pigeon patter 41. Caper 42. Firmly inserted 48. Waco campus 49. Last word in “America the Beautiful” 51. Not a liability 53. Pass a bill 54. Notion 55. Make like Waldo 56. ___ of Man 57. Poet and feminist of the Americas (18951965), Lee 58. Calif. neighbor 59. Courteous 60. Girder 61. Ultimatum word 62. Vichyssoise ingredient




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All abroad december 2013  

Expat magazine in Spain

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