Nov 2012 issue number 16
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BIKES, BEES BOOKS & A BREKKY
The bike... Being inside a motorcycle helmet on a journey is often a lonely
The early bird...
place but one day last month - while I was riding in to Alicante
I also found myself in Murcia City last month (a day after the
- I had a guest, an unwelcome one, in a stripy jumper…and as
floods) and had a look around. Lovely place, and some strange
usual he had attitude. As the wasp casually sauntered across
people including the man who was riding a bicycle and whom
(about an inch from my nose) my visor I remained calm (ish)
I overtook twice…and I was walking. And the woman at the
and put the brakes on steadily (that´s as steadily as if I’d just
Hostal I stayed in who was very efficient with the early morn-
dropped an anchor of the back of the bike) and brought all
ing wake-up call (6.30am) – even reminding me which way
three of us to a halt at the side of the road. I´d like to take
the station was and what time the next one left - which would
this opportunity to apologise to the Alicante council highway
have been really admirable had she not got the wrong door – I
department for the 100ft black line recently added to the N332
was catching the afternoon bus. Still, up and about I took a
alongside the railway line and to the many distracted drivers
stroll to the lovely station and had an early morning coffee on
heading in (and out of Alicante) for what must have looked like
the platform, and finally appreciated the alarm call hiccup as
a bloke doing karate at the side of the road and whose oppo-
the station was a great way to start the day, and watch the
nent was a crash helmet…
city come to life. If you get the chance to go I’d recommend it and you can read more about my stay (and Murcia) inside this
I bought an eBook reader last month (like a Kindle…but not a Kindle) and I must say that the staff at Corte Ingles in Alicante were about as helpful as a prison guard whose just had his
Also inside this month:
night off cancelled and got the shift looking after Gary Glit-
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10 THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO LIVE (HAPPILY) IN
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Ingles website and 99.9% of those are in Spanish (if I’d been
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Oh yeah...and some great jokes! (I think...)
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automatically and bank internally.
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Following on from my to the man with the rubber previous onit,the stamp. Andarticle let’s face the tremendous changes in theamount laws of
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ning through the Spanish
Spanish Social Security
bureaucracy system not
System, in this article only brings (several) South
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clearly explained to us anyone with an income exactly has the should bewho getting their declaration in order (ifasright to sanitary you really want that ‘easy’ sistance, and in paralife) so we asked Alicante
graph 10 - b), it refers lawyers, Ignacio and Pedro
to those who are:
to once again step in and
*explain Not working just what the ‘Renta’ *is did not should make be state and who getting the pens out to fill in a pension or national form or two. health system contribuWho?
Everyone who has an
* Not receiving any
income while living here in
other type to ofmake benefit Spain needs a decfrom the Spanish Social laration whether it is from a salary or System from a pension Security another country. Now *in Citizens of the EU, before you start worrying,
EEA (European Eco-
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over 11.200 euros (and it has not been tax-deducted
Spain and are receiving your pension from abroad,
in Spain) - even though you only have one pension,
you might not have to pay depending on certain
you must to declare your income in Spain.
nomic Area) or Switzerland requirements.
The documents would beis reCompensation from a which road traffic accident also
*If registered as to residents the “Registro you have retired Spain and in stay in the country
quired are: exempt from the tax office but again – it’s worth
more than 183 days then you too must declare your de Extranjeros”
declaring it anyway. 1. Competed application form titled:
and not in the UK. Youthey will also benefit *income Able here to demonstrate that have an
“Solicitud de Reconocimiento del Derecho
from the special International Treaty between Spain
income of less than 100 000 euros per
Anyone receiving unemployment benefit (up to
15,000€ - who’s getting that much..?!) is also free
and the UK. There are still an awful lot of people liv-
a Ia Asistencia Sanitaria de Ia Seguridad from deductions.
ing in Spain but still declaring their incomes in the UK
Social” How? (available in the INSS offices)
*which are means not entitled tobe sanitary assistance that could missing out on saving a via any other lot of money just route because they don’t realiseinto that this they can do theirof declaration Those falling category “per “perhere and take advantage(persons of the fiscalwithout benefits such sonas sin recursos”
To make sure you don’t need to pay tax on your 2. Green residence card/certificate income, or indeed reduce your bill at the end of the fi-
3. Up-to-date padrón
nancial year, it’s highly recommended that you speak
4. Document/s reflecting the total annual to someone who is experienced in the Spanish tax
as inheritance tax for residents, or just paying less
income system – or you could end up paying more than you
taxes, for example.
need to! con 5. Document from the home state con-
means), are able to obtain sanitary assistance once they
have presented Obviously the Spanish government needs taxes and,
Pedro told me that there are often an array of options
firming that the applicant is not entitled to
for people to reduce their tax bill (or even pay nothing
the if yourequired are receiving an income you need to be legal.
Even if you know there will be nothing to pay – you’ll documental
6. or IDeye. card withPassport an experienced For example, someone who
get yourself in the system (which, trust me on this proof of their
has their parents living in the same house can have
one, only make life easier) so when the day comes
certain from their endbeen of year tax bill Once funds thesededucted documents have
that someone (we’ll call him ‘Johnny Foreigner’)
as can anyone who has perhaps had to adapt their
dies in Spain Johnny’s family will have a simple task
house for disabled access.
status in the INSS administration
office nearest to dealing with the fiscal (the Will etc.) matters than
at all) if their case is looked at professionally and
presented and checked by the Social
is Security official, the applicant will be is-
As ever, with any tax office, things are a little more
sued with a document which has to
their home. someone who has never gone into the system.
complicated than we’d like but by dealing with
the out local someone inbe thepresented know it oftenat works far health simpler
To keep it simple (remember it’s me writing this…)
(and less expensive) have someone knows centre to along with thewho up-to-date
here are some exceptions to the rule of ‘Having to
what they arepadrón doing look those important in after order to (very) obtain the
declare’ but remember also what I said earlier about
fiscal matters that can often become an expensive
there being no harm (only benefits) in getting into the
nightmare in the wrong hands – ours.
From my own experience, the fee charged to make
If you earn less than 22,000€ annually (from one em-
my declaration was less than Pedro managed to
ployer and are already having tax deducted) or (if you
sanitary viame this route, reduce my tax bill aftercover showing exactly what I
have incomes from several place) that none of those
could and couldn’t and therefore the cost of please claim contact:
exceed 1,500€ annually.
doing it properly Jill has cost me nothing…in fact I’ve
If you have received profits from shares or dividends
made a little on the deal, now…do I declare that…?
of less than 1,600€ per year (this even applies if you
If you have any questions or queries about the
have, for example, sold a car for a profit privately).
upcoming ‘Renta’ and whether indeed you should be
Salaries or incomes below 11,200€ (usually pen-
declaring your income – call either Pedro or Ignacio
sioners) are exempt but remember also that if you
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WHEN MOVING TO SPAIN 1 A new body clock.
If you really plan to join in with the Spanish then you’ll have to start considering that the time you are hearing ‘last orders’ in the UK is roughly the time of night that you’ll be just starting your Spanish evening. Things happen later here so when someone asks you to come along and see a live band perform, don’t plan on eating your dinner by 6.30 and getting out of the door by eight o’clock. No here in Spain things tend to be just warming up around midnight and into full swing by the early hours. So grab a siesta and then a fiesta!
A barometer. Probably, you’d have thought that you won’t be needing any of that stuff cluttering up the hallway of your new home in Spain just because it’s always sunny here. Bring it over and see how long it lasts because after about a month of looking at it and the little arrow always pointing to ‘sunny’ you’re going to think it’s broken anyway! What you will learn to appreciate in Spain is that when the Spanish talk about the weather it is a very short conversation indeed. It goes something like this, Brit: ‘hi, looks like rain towards the end of the week.’ Spaniard: ‘Sunny today, adios.’ All that matters in Spain is what the weather is like now, a short comment such as, ‘what a lovely day’, and that’ll do – so you’ll save on words too!
The kettle. Ok, this one may be a little controversial to Brits but you really are going to be spending a whole lot more time outdoors when you move to a new home in Spain. That’s the life, outside on the terrace, with friends or perhaps at a café bar supping the superb coffee on offer here – far more sociable don’t you think. Plus it’s cheap (around 1€ a cup) and…the added benefit of less tannin in your diet means you’re allowed to drink more wine! Ok I made that last bit up but there’s bound to be a report somewhere that back that claim, so just enjoy! But for that morning cuppa, again on the terrace, watching the sun come up to warm the day (yet again) a kettle is a must have.
The language. Ok, you don’t need to be hitting the ground running (although the way the budget flights are cutting back we may well be doing that soon as the plane lands…) but it is worth taking the time out to learn a few key phrases that’ll help you get along such as, ‘I’m looking for…’ and ‘where is the nearest hospital’ and of course ‘another round please’. But in all seriousness, you can survive with very little Spanish here but why not learn a little more and see how a whole new culture opens up for you?
A good barbecue. Agreed this probably isn’t on most peoples’ ‘Ten things you need while in Spain’ lists, but I’m the writer of this piece so I get to choose and a barbecue, in my humble opinion, is as important in Spain as having an oven. During the summer months many people tend to cook outside every evening and having a good barbecue on which to pile the meats (a local fish don’t forget) means you can have the neighbours and friends around whenever you want, not just on those special occasions that need planning.
The beach bag. We all have them. Any expat (or any nationality come to that) has one; ready prepared and available at a moment’s notice. Similar in importance (to expats) as the briefcase that Obama carries the nuclear codes in, the beach bag is at hand and can be grabbed and thrown into the boot of the car (along with the kids…although they go in the seating area normally) and the family can hit the beach without a moments preparation. Inside, sun creams, trunks, towels, water, toys, books and crisps (well that’s our beach bag anyway) mean that we are fully prepared every time the moment arrives to hit the beach.
A relaxed disposition. If the plumber turning up an hour late is annoying then you’re going to have to get used to some serious relaxing! It happens all the time here and as you watch another expat screaming and shouting down the phone as his face turns red, you’ll be the one not worrying whether the plumber turns up to fix that leaking shower today,
A fun guide for those thinking of coming here to enjoy THE LIFE!
tomorrow or even the day after. The fact that he’s coming at some point will be suffice.
A healthy appetite. They like to eat in Spain and ten courses for a meal can be common. A meal, every meal is an occasion in Spain and therefore needs time to be spent enjoying it (and time to consume the food mountains that will be brought to your table is essential too!). and by a ‘healthy’ appetite I mean just that as the Spanish diet is one of the healthiest in the world and at the same time one of the most delicious ion my opinion. Fresh-caught fish griddled in a little olive oil and salt is superb at any time of the day (or night). Eat well and eat healthy – in Spain you get to do both!
A folder. Sounds a bit dull I know but Spain is a country that likes its administration work – and they like to create a lot of it. but I included this because one of the best bits of advice I received when I came to Spain was to keep every bit of paperwork, and keep it where I could easily find it because you will need it, at some point some obscure piece of paper with an official stamp on it will be asked for and if you’ve got it all in one place it makes your expat experience very simple indeed.
A good pair of legs. Now you don’t have to have the pins of a supermodel nor those of Senor Beckham (for the fellas I mean) but if you really are to enjoy Spain – you need to get out and about, and that means a stroll along the prom, a morning/evening walk along a deserted beach or perhaps an amble into your local Spanish village to sample the food and wine. For most of the year an evening walk is possible every day and Spain offers plenty of options in ‘getting some fresh air’. What better way to enjoy the seaside, countryside or mountain sides or your local area – you get to meet more people, enjoy the last rays of the day and, of course, reward yourself with a glass or two of wine safe in the knowledge that you’re not driving.
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MURCIA Dave Bull discovers
I’m sitting at
Historic, modern & a great place to visit.
When I first found out that I was going
off with a warning not to do it again.
to be spending a weekend in Murcia I
Approaching from the north along the mo-
This was the first time I had pre-booked my
can´t say I was disappointed but the
torway from Elche Real Murcia´s football
accommodation (I normally prefer to get
thought of two days in and around Bir-
stadium, La Condomina, stands proudly
wherever I’m going and then find some-
mingham (while it´s raining) didn´t
above the city and I got to take a good look
where central) and I had a two kilometre
really appeal so imagine how pleased
at where I would be spending the next two
walk ahead of me to get to the Hostal Cam-
I was when the newspaper editor
days as the whole city was spread out be-
poy where a hot shower and a comfy bed
slapped me (twice) and pointed at a
low, back dropped by
the Cordillera Sur
awaited me. I got neither. My first impres-
map of Spain.
mountain range in the south. It was then
sion of the Hostal can´t be printed, nor the
that I realised that Murcia was a lot bigger
second and the woman behind the glass
than I’d thought and realised I’d be doing
window (who was annoyed at my inter-
The plan was that I had to spend at least
some serious walking over the next couple
ruption to some Chilean soap opera on the
one night in Spain’s seventh largest city
TV to her left) optimistically titled a recep-
and get there, look around and then get
We dropped down into the city and soon
tionist made Joey Barton look pleasant but
home without spending more than 30€!
after leaving the motorway we arrived at a
then what did I expect for twenty euros?
Whether my editor had been reading about
familiar place for me, the bus station. Al-
Still at least she showed me to my room
the loaves and
though I’d never been to Murcia bus station
(well, pointed) and I was away from her,
fishes the week
before they are the same all over Spain, in
and wouldn´t need to deal with her again
fact all over Europe I think. They have the
´till I left. Exhausted I threw my stuff down
no idea – but
same smells, similar people and the bus
and lay on the bed, and took in my sur-
this reeked of a
drivers just speak a different language but
roundings. I don´t know if my jaw was
could be swapped between countries and
open as I looked around but it probably
MojiP.M. (Post Moji
nobody would know the difference! Still
was because as I looked at the wash basin
tos…) still it was
we´d arrived and coffee was my first prior-
and taps at the end of my bed, the bright
a challenge and
ity- just as soon as I could get out of my
white lights, the TV screen above the bed
seat. Once Mr Haystack had finally gone
and the completely (floor to ceiling) tiled
I prised myself off of
the window - that
walls I realised that tomorrow morning I
for the first leg which would we see
I’d been rammed up against just an hour
would know (hopefully for the only time in
me travel to Elche (19km)bus station and
before - and headed off the bus and into
my life) what it would be like to wake up in
hopefully to find a bus with space on that
an operating room...
e Red Beard makes the bik I loaded up my ship-shape... motorbike bike
would take me the next 60km, to Murcia… and not to Birmingham (all we all clear on
Rather than hang around in my room, I headed out to explore the city. Now…you´d
Now…coach seats are not the biggest (or
think that after living in Spain for twelve
the most comfy – especially for 4.25€) in
years I’d have realised that by 2.30pm in
the world are they? And when you are sat
the afternoon on a Saturday – everywhere
next to someone who is possibly Giant Hay-
is shut. But I didn´t and so my exploring
stack and Hattie Jacques love child, there is
of Murcia began by sampling its fine café
not a lot of room at all. Still, I reasoned,
bars-and looking at “Opening Hours” signs
that it would only be for an hour- I could
on museums but planning to return later
put up with that but when he said that he
hoped I didn´t mind if he fell asleep and
Looking (from the outside) at many of
probably snored I replied, “no, so long as
Murcia´s museums and churches you soon
you don´t mind me holding a pillow (hard)
get the feel of how old this city is – about
over your face when you do?” I didn´t ac-
1200 years to be (sort of) precise. The city
tually say that…but I should have as he
was founded by the emir of Cordoba Abd
snored for precisely the next 57 minutes
ar-Rahman II in 825 AD and was then giv-
– giving me about 90 seconds at each end
en the name “Mursiya” and within a couple
of the journey for some peace. I reckon
of centuries it had become a wealthy place,
any considerate judge would have let me
famous for its ceramics which were export-
t a railway station... ed to Italian towns, building it´s riches in
pavement like a new born foal..?
was hit by a major earthquake in 1829 in
pottery as well as the silk and paper in-
Talking of funny walks I headed back – the
which an estimated 6,000 people died from
Rioja helping me choose an interesting,
the effects across the province with plague
Murcia became the capital of the province
and not necessarily straight, route - before
and cholera following soon after (that could
of Murcia in 1838 and, (created by central
heading up the stairs and getting a grunt
explain my accommodation…).
government in 1982) became the capital
from Joey Barton´s mum as I passed re-
I settled down for a lunchtime drink at
of the autonomous community (which in-
the Kennedy Bar, just behind Corte Ingles
cludes the city and the province) and these
and was interested to note that they had
days it has become known for its thriving
I had a restless night (I kept hearing some-
a cocktail tastefully (but historically accu-
one shout “clear!” and then they were put-
rate I guess) called “The Head Shot”. I had
ting jump leads on my chest) so having wo-
a cocktail of my own, well a shandy, and
ken up in a sweat – I dived in the shower
reflected on the two days in this old city.
I wandered the streets in the evening (Gran
to wake myself up. Ten minutes later- as I
It´d been fun (even the ER was growing
Via is great for shops ladies) and just off of
sat on the end of the bed still waiting for
on me – although the receptionist hadn´t
the main drag I found plenty of nice “Pla-
the hot water to come through the shower
softened up) and it was a place I’d come
zas” with lots of good restaurants to choose
head – there was a loud bang and then a
back to again. Nice bars and restaurants,
from – and most of them were full. Finally
gush of steaming water poured out of the
friendly people and lots to have a look at.
settling in “Plaza de las Flores” -which iron-
shower so I dived in. The wonder that is
But for now it was time to head back to the
ically didn´t have any flowers (although to
“Sod´s law” applied itself immediately as
bus station and my short (ish) journey back
be fair I’d earlier been to “Plaza del Dios
the said “gush” retuned to a trickle the mo-
along the motorway to Elche. No offence
(God)” and He wasn´t there either…) I or-
ment I got shampoo on my head so it was
Brummies…but I’m glad it wasn´t Birming-
dered a glass Rioja and settled down to
like trying to wash a car with a water-pistol.
The other problem was that they shower
Two observations stuck in my mind as I
cubicle was so narrow that my shoulders
So that was two bus trips totalling €8.50
emptied my (latest) glass and headed for
touched the sides and with it being round
and a night´s stay, in what was basically
“Casualty” – or my room as it was official-
– every time I turned, so did the whole cu-
a resuscitation room, for €20 which meant
ly listed at the hostal. The first was that
bicle, deep joy.
that I’d come in under budget for two days
young lads need to have it pointed out
Still, a city awaited (one with almost half a
and a night in one of Spain´s most historic
to them that wearing your jeans half way
million people living in it) so it was about
cities - a total cost of €29, next time they´ll
you’re your thighs does not make you look
time I went out and met a few of them.
send me to the Caymans…using Green
cool – but does in fact make other people
I crossed the “Puente Viejo” (Old Bridge)
look at you with something akin to sym-
and once again headed for the centre which
pathy and hysterics mixed together. And
was beginning to wake up slowly – well it
secondly, girls…? if you are to wear high
heels would it not be a bad idea to practice walking in them at home before wearing
them out on the town for (what appears to
I took a walk and looked at the Cathedral
be) the first time and stumbling along the
de Santa Maria which is impressive inside and out and the nearby Teatro Romea
the scene of many classic performances during the year – which is a tasteful building dating back two hundred years. In fact many of the modern city’s landmark churches and monuments date from the 18th century when the city (which had lost its prosperity of almost 800 hundred years previously) flourished again after benefiting greatly from a boom in the silk industry. However, this was to be followed by nearly a century of problems. In 1810, Murcia was Rio Segura a day after the floods
raided by Napoleonic troops and then it
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expat businesses that are If you´ve seen the last couple of issues of All Abroad you will have read the articles covering expats that are in business here in Spain – and just how well some of them are doing! In response to the negative British press (and media) who seem intent on portraying us expats as so skint that we´re now queuing up for bread and even watching daytime TV… So we decided we´d carry on high-lighting those businesses here in our region who are coping, expanding or just making the most out of the situation that has come to be called The Crisis - are you doing Ok in business out here? Let us know and we´ll print your story too!
You may have seen smiling Dave Furze driving around your
books all over the place I can feel confident in recommending
area, on the way back or too another job. You see Dave, who
you give them a try for your post – especially the UK.
runs DMF plumbing, is a proper (and that means with all the right qualifications) tradesman who has built his business
Sandra and Manoli came onto my radar a few months ago
up on good service and attention to detail and that philosophy
when I heard of their new project; a top quality beauty salon
has earned him a very respectful reputation down the years
in the heart of Elche. Now, obviously I don´t need their ser-
(and some long days I’m sure) which means he´s recom-
vices for myself but they offer those great vouchers which for
mended, a lot. An expat who ´loves the life´ Dave has not
me is like a ´Get out of Jail Free´ card when mum/ /sister/
only survived the crisis but flourished.
girlfriend´s (delete as appropriate) birthday comes around – so I took a look, and it’s an impressive place.
John and Maria at Easypost have (it could be said) had things
Dasha Beauty and Medical Clinic has bucked the trend
less than easy over the last couple of years but dodgy com-
for the current climate and opened its doors offering the lat-
petitors can appear anytime not just in a recession. However
est technology and highly trained staff, but at an affordable
they´ve come out of that episode stronger and are have con-
price – and they´re busy, very busy. This is another business
tinued to grow Easypost throughout that time. And now with
that´s meeting a demand and it shows.
the takeover of their biggest rival the pair are getting ready to be busier than ever and with the Christmas rush coming up they´ll have the perfect opportunity to show new customers just how efficient (and cost effective) using Easypost is. Good luck to them and having used Easypost to send my
What can I say about Karen and Norman who are two of the hardest working people I know (and two of the nicest but don´t tell them that…I’ll never hear the last off it) and have developed the Postroom in Benijofar into a bustling business that now offers so much more with the Printroom running as a separate business on the premises. I didn´t need to ask their business philosophy as its clear the moment you walk in the door; meet the customers with a smile and deliver on promises – and that´s exactly what they do and continued on page 17
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expat businesses that are continued from page 15
exactly why they are a daily hive of activity as customers and
as the place to go to get…well, pretty much most things that
locals converge on the Postroom.
are useful such as greeting cards, phone top-ups, stationery, local papers – the list goes on and on and I’ve not mentioned
Just inside the arches at Ciudad Quesada (on the left) sits the
the large selection of books yet! Despite the difficult times
Halfway House who have evolved their restaurant to meet
that we´re all experiencing the team at Cards and more have
the demands of the local (and visiting) population which has
helped the business flourish by taking care of customers’
seen them grow in popularity during the crisis and rather than
needs and forgive me for the cliché, but it works here, they
looking back – they have looked at the future and planned
go that extra mile (or kilometre) to help out the customer.
their business to be a pleasant option that most would consider using. Friendly staff and good home-cooked food are the
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´camino´ Veinte Ocho and I’d recommend you stop and
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find somewhere to park as this is one of the best places to eat
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George and the team at North and South bar (opposite
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this is another business that has grown in recent times and
their successful business – the personal touch. Add to that
now has a second Veinte Ocho just down the road which was
a fascinating array of rock memorabilia displayed inside and
opened due to the huge popularity of the place. Treat yourself
good homemade food and you have a winner anywhere on
(or the other half..?) and take a look at Veinte Ocho.
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56 and makes sure everyone is looked 7 4staff) ly (as 90the 66 all - 6does 0 2 2 1 7 0 m the business in the last few years’ 965 after. Having started I often take the 45 minute drive from my home coast g.co Teonl. the
lumbin mfphere´s another expat business going for it in Spain- and it´s
www.d up to La Romana because I love books and La Romana Books has one of the best (and biggest) range of new and
second hand books around. If you, like me, are partial to getting your feet up with a decent read then this bookshop will have plenty of choice for you. Latest releases too are available and they can order pretty much anything particular that you may have in mind but if it´s books you´re after…take a leaf out of mine and you won´t come home disappointed. Many readers (especially on the coast) will know Jason and the gang at Cards and more in La Marina who just seem to get busier and busier. The family run shop if locally known
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1. Three Palefaces were taken captive by a hostile Indian tribe. According to tribe’s custom they had to pass an intelligence test, or die. The chieftain showed 5 headbands 2 red and 3 white. The 3 men were blindfolded and positioned one after another, face to back. The chief put a headband on each of their heads, hid two remaining headbands, and removed their blindfolds. So the third man could see the headbands on the two men in front of him, the second man could see the headband on the first, and the first could not see any headbands at all. According to the rules any one of the three men could speak first and try to guess his headband color. And if he guessed correctly - they passed the test and could go free, if not they failed. It so happened that all 3 Palefaces were prominent logicians from a nearby academy. So after a few moments of silence, the first man in the line said: “My headband is ...”. What color was his head band? Why?
1 __runner 6 Dutch cheese 10 Young women coming out 14 Adores 15 Lima-November connector 16 Symbol 17 Double-reed instruments 18 Eager 19 Skid 20 Deign 22 Shopping event 23 Bete-__ 24 Hang around 26 Religious order 30 Jet __ 31 Shade tree 32 Farmer’s unit 33 Thing 35 Yugoslavian money 39 It can go off 41 Subjugate 43 Blue stuff for Elvis 44 Hamlet, e.g. 46 Over 47 Period 49 __ Headroom 50 Spats 51 Famous hunter 54 Chills and fever 56 Like some exams 57 Is possible to prove 63 Annul 64 Standard partner 65 Takes on 66 Not in favor 67 Singer Amos 68 Light bulbs in comic books 69 Neat-o 70 Certain infection 71 Affirmative reply
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1. Reindeer herder 5. Tag number 9. Lures 14. Swear 15. Cookie 16. Fort Knox unit 17. Lauren Bacall in “Key Largo” 18. Ready and willing, old style 19. Cheap cigar 20. Street fighter’s weapon 23. Follow 24. __ Poetica (Homer) 25. Lampoon 28. Keen on 30. Diner gal 33. Author Jong 34. Jazz singer Anita 35. Like molasses 36. ‘that’, ‘which’, or ‘who’ 39. Bladder content 40. Red and Black 41. Style of car 42. Curve 43. Throw rocks on ice 44. Lead-tin alloy 45. Moroccan topper 46. Gloomy 47. Plant system 54. Wolfgang __ (Nobel prize-winning physicist) 55. Follower of Mary 56. __ of March 57. Small and delicate 58. Fencer’s tool 59. Kind of tide 60. Clear a windshield 61. Parker who played Boone 62. Notorious Chicago mayor
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Answer 1. The first one (he did not see any head bands) thought this way: The last one is silent, which means, he does not know, ergo at least one of head bands he sees is white. The one in the middle is silent too even though he knows what I already mentioned. If I had a red head band, the second one would have known that he had a white head band. However, nobody says anything, so my head band is not red - my head band is white. SOLUTIONS:
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On the first Saturday of every
Santa Cecilia, November 22, Alfafara Fira de Santa Cecilia, November 22, Ibi
Christmas Carol Concert 15th December, stalls open at 2.30pm, Santa at 4pm, Entertainment and carols from 5pm. All proceeds raised will go to the Elche Children’s Home and Benijofar Social Fund.
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