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JAVEA Issue Nº 146


February 2012


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EDITORS DESK Well back to work, no rest for the wicked. Lovely time in the U.K. well for the first day anyway. Did lots of shopping then went to a friends house for a get together with my friends where I succeeded in falling down the stairs and breaking my clavicula ( collar bone ) ouch!!! Warrington Hospital is really not the place to be on a Friday night. At least I got to see everyone as they all came to have a laugh at my expense, funny how accidents bring out the sense of humour in people. That happened on the 27th Jan and I am really quite proud of the fact that I am able to type already. Maybe one day soon I will be able to lie down in

bed again and maybe even take a bath. Still can’t complain, 10 day;s ago I was in constant agony and on loads of painkillers, wheras now I am only in pain when I move the wrong way and I am finding lots of ways to get around certain difficulties i.e. putting my makeup on with my left hand, cooking microwave ready meals, dressing myself and much more. It’s surprising what you can do when you have to. Hopefully next month I will be almost back to normal. Hope you enjoy our Feb edition, and forgive the short editorial. Promise to do better next month. Don’t forget to send your Valentines cards!! T.T.F.N. Sue.

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Grapevine Mailbox Good morning to you Sue and Derek

Soler Blasco Museum in order to revive the cinema and spark the nostalgia in the imagination of public. For this reason, in addition to photographs, the association is seeking posters, tickets stubs or any type of memorobilia associated with this cinema, a place that for decades was at the centre of Javea's social life.

A widow and very good friend of mine has money locked away in CAM Bank bonds and like a lot of people cannot now get access to her money. Are you aware of any individuals in Javea who are affected and whether there is any advice for such a plight? I have looked on the internet and I know Indeed, even after closing there was a couple high- the cinema, this emblemlighted in Torrevieja. atic building, located in Thank you. Marie the Old Town, hosted endof-term dances, presentaAny information would be tions of the fiestas and gratefully received gala events for charities until the end of the 90s. Photographs wanted of social activity in the old Central Central Cinema The deadline for the submission of photographs in Javea El Generador Cultural pre- and memorobilia has been pares a memorabilia exhi- extended to Friday, 10th bition to revive this February and objects can be dropped off at either emblematic building the headquarters of The Association El Fundaci贸n Cirne (Avenida Generador Cultural , in de Alicante number 18, collaboration with the beside the Red Cross,) or Department of Culture in the Imprenta Botella Javea, is looking for pho- (Arquitecto Urteaga 14), tos or videos that help zre- as well as directly by live the many activities email at elgeneradorculwhich the former Central Cinema once hosted. The revival project entitled The Organization has clar"Coming Soon" wants to ified that all photographs collect enough memoro- will be scanned and bilia to put on a mono- returned immediately to graphic exhibition at the their owners.


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Part two – The Bee Gees The Bee Gees agreed with Stigwood to participate in the creation of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. It would be of the month the turning point of Compiled by Linda McGillycuddy their career. The cultural impact of both the film and the soundtrack was seismic. Three Bee Gees singles "How Deep Is Your Love", "Stayin' Alive", and "Night Fever" reached No. 1 in the United States and most countries around the world, launching the most popular period of the disco era. They also penned the song "If I Can't


Have You" which became a No. 1 hit for Yvonne Elliman,." The Gibb sound was inescapable. During an eight-month period beginning in the Christmas season of 1977, six songs written by the brothers held the No. 1 position on the US charts for 25 of 32 consecutive weeks—three of their own releases, two for brother Andy Gibb, and the Yvonne Elliman single. Fueled by the movie's success, the soundtrack broke multiple industry records, becoming the highest-selling album in recording history to that point. With more than 40 million copies sold, Saturday Night Fever is among music's top five best selling soundtrack albums. It is currently calculated as the 4th highest-selling album worldwide. In March 1978, the Bee Gees held the top 2 positions on the US Charts with "Night Fever" and "Stayin' Alive", the first time this had happened since The Beatles. Barry Gibb became the only songwriter to have four consecutive number one hits in the US breaking the John Lennon and Paul McCartney 1964 record. These songs were

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"Stayin' Alive", "Love Is Thicker than Water", "Night Fever", "If I Can't Have You". The song "Too Much Heaven" was donated by the brothers to charity. Up to 2007, this song has earned over $11 million for UNICEF. The Bee Gees' overwhelming success rose and fell with the disco bubble. By the end of 1979, disco was rapidly declining in popularity, and the backlash against disco put the Bee Gees' American career in a tailspin with Radio stations around America began promoting "Bee Gee Free Weekends". Robin and Barry Gibb released various solo albums in the 1980s but only with sporadic and moderate chart success. The brothers had continuing success behind the scenes, however, writing and producing for several artists. Songs written by the Gibbs, but largely better known through versions by other artists, include:  "Immortality" by Celine Dion  "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman  "Chain Reaction" by Diana Ross  "Guilty" and "Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand  "Heartbreaker" & "All the Love in the World" by Dionne Warwick  "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton  "Grease" by Frankie Valli Maurice, who had been the musical director of the Bee Gees during their final years as a group, died unexpectedly on 12 January 2003 at the age of 53 from a heart attack. On 20 November 2011 it was announced that Robin Gibb, at 61 years old, was diagnosed with liver cancer, a condition he became aware of several months earlier. However he is making a good recovery and is soon to release a classical concept album about the Titanic to mark the 100 year anniversary, and indeed he intends to perform at the London Premier on 10 April. At least 2,500 artists have recorded their songs. Their most popular composition is "How Deep Is Your Love", with 400 versions by other artists in existence. Among the artists who have covered their songs are Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Lulu, Elton John, Tom Jones, Nina Simone, Michael Bolton, Take That, and Destiny's Child. My personal favourite is Al Green singing ‘How can you mend a broken heart?’ but everyone will have their own from these exceptional songwriters who have contributed so much to music.

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Javea to be the starting point of the low-cost rally that will travel through Morocco The participants will take basic goods to the towns and villages of the desert The town of Javea will be the starting point in March of the spring edition of the Maroc Challenge, a rally that runs through African territory and which is specifically aimed at amateurs with limited resources and no backing from sponsors, but who want to live a great adventure. The rally also has a charitable aspect, as the participants will be taking basic goods and materials to the people of the desert as they travel through. The first edition of this low-cost rally was held last December, when it proved to be a great success in terms of participation. In its second edition, with a full two months to go before the closing of the registration period, there are already 27 team signed up.

According to the organiser of the race, Rui Cabaço, this low cost rally is an opportunity to experience the same sensations of rallies such as the Dakar or the Panafrica, but for very little money. Seven days along a route filled with dust and stones, camping outdoors and the arriving at the dream destination: the beach of Essaoira. The rally covers 2,000 kilometres across the desserts and mountains of Morocco, both on and off road. Participants are not required to have any previous experience, just a 4x2 or 4x4 vehicle registered before 1995. With an 80- kilometre-per-hour speed limit on the off-road tracks, the competition has more to do with resistance than with speed. According to Cabaço, the real challenge is reaching the finish line with an old SUV, Fiat Panda, Seat Marbella or Peugeot 205 (which was the winner of the winter race) that has undergone some minor modifications for the race. Charity support from the company Garvalín Cabaço also pointed out that the second pillar of the Maroc Challenge is its charity labour. In the December race, the organization itself was in charge of transporting clothes,

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school supplies, toys or medical supplies to the settlements and villages in the desert. Now, the Alicante-based children's shoe company, Garvalín, has joined forces with the organisation and will be sponsoring the transport of the humanitarian aide material, as well as donating 300 pairs of shoes for Moroccan children. The racer expressed his gratitude for the generosity of this sponsor, leaving the door open to further collaborations. As far as ties between the Maroc Challenge and Javea go, as well as being the place of residence of Cabaço and Juanjo Llidó, his co-driver and co-organiser, Javea is also the home town of the winners of the first edition of the Maroc Challenge, David Reynolds and Javier Gonzalez. For this reason, Javea, thanks to the collaboration of the Town Hall, was chosen to hold the first briefing session of the race. Consequently, most of the race participants in the rally, both from all over Spain and abroad, will meet up in Javea on 31st March, where they will pass the technical verifications. An enclosure will be set up for the participating teams and vehi-

cles to concentrate and the organisers will hand out the numbers and carry out the safety checks there. Following this, a motorcade will depart on route to Almeria, where they will embark for Morocco. The 'spring edition' of the Maroc Challenge, which takes place between the 31st of March and the 7th of April coinciding with the Easter holidays. The organization has decided to limit the teams to a maximum of 60 to keep the spirit of this first edition and avoid overcrowding. The route will be 90% different from the first rally. The project has the backing of the departments of Tourism and Sports, because as well as being a sporting event, the Maroc Challenge is expected to have a promotional impact for Javea. The heads of these departments, Antonio Miragall and Juan Luis Cardona, thanked the organisers for featuring Javea so prominently in this increasingly popular rally and encouraged the residents to to come out and witness the departure of the teams. Those interested in signing up, collaborating or obtaining further information, please visit the website:

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Newsletter from the Javea Computer Club What have we learnt this week? 1) Never forget that a woman scorned can be a dangerous thing, especially if she can drive. Just ask Chris Huhne. 2) In the UK..........everything is back to normal ....... a) The cricket team got trounced by Pakistan. b) The weather is awful. c) The roads haven’t been gritted. d) There’s probably a hosepipe ban on the way. e) Bankers earn huge salaries and Bonuses ff) The union** for London Underground staff are holding everyone to us a £1000 bonus not to have industrial action during the Olympics (that's **the sheeple for you !).

Burglary in Florida (you can't make up this stuff !!) When southern Florida resident Nathan Radlich's house was burgled recently, thieves ignored his wide screen plasma TV, his VCR, and even left his Rolex watch. What they did take, however, was a "generic white cardboard box filled with a grayish-white powder." (That's the way the police report described it.) A spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale police said, that "it looked similar to high grade cocaine and they'd probably thought they'd hit the big time." Later, Nathan stood in front of numerous TV cameras and pleaded with the burglars: "Please return the cremated remains of my sister, Gertrude. She died three years ago."

3) In Javea..... a) The best place to go on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday mornings is..........JCC b) We live in paradise, even if it does occasionally rain. c) We’d forgotten how cold it can get, even if it is sunny.

The next morning, the bulletriddled corpse of a local drug dealer known as Hoochie Pevens was found on Nathan's doorstep. The cardboard box was there too; about half of Gertrude's ashes remained.

So, if it’s still cold on MONDAY come to JCC, it’s heated(!) and enjoy one of the finest things in life.........chatting with your friends.

Taped to the box was this note which said: "Hoochie sold us the bogus blow, so we wasted Hoochie. Sorry we snorted your sister. No hard feelings. Have a nice day."


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Agenda 21 is a non-political process whereby inhabitants of a town can have a say in the long-term sustainable development of their community. Jávea has been part of this UN initiative since 2004, but as proceedings are mostly conducted in either Castellano and Valenciano, the authors decided that as more than half the population of Jávea consists of expatriates, it would be useful to set up a Wiki website to disseminate information in English. This column is a summary of recent events. For more information and up-to-date news, please visit; http//

Compiled by Chris Betterton-Jones and Tim Ladd Almost as many houses as people There are 210,000 new dwellings up for sale in the Comunidad Valenciana. In the Marina Alta there are more than 20,000 empty properties and an estimated 56,000 second homes. These vacant properties enhance the impression of ghost towns, notable among which are Gata Residencial with over 300 of its 700 houses empty and up for sale, and the Via Augusta between the Port and Arenal in Jávea. Records for Dénia and Xàbia show that there are almost the same number of houses as there are inhabitants on the Padrón.

teers for the various tasks which the NGO carries out in the municipality (environment, first aid, health etc.) Each key person will share their policies with the management team to ensure collective decisions are made. They also want to promote the youth section which has a group of volunteers who want to get involved, as well as the Environment section. Arenal refubishment delayed till after the summer

Due to delays in hiring the company to work on the Arenal promenade, Javea mayor, José Chulvi , has decided to propose to the Valencia Xàbia Port Expansion ditched ? Government that the start of work should be Valencia wants to re-organise existing harbour delayed until until after the summer. The tendering process has not yet been completed since a numIt seems that the proposal for enlarging the port of ber of companies have to justify their abnormally Javea has been torn up and now the Regional low bids. No deadlines have been met, and the Ministry of Infrastructure, Planning and the start date would be around April, meaning the job Environment is working on a project to reorganize would be unlikely to be finished before the sumthe current harbour. The demands of the Town mer season.The Arenal businesses have been Hall, and the Club Nautico (whose concession informed of the decision. expires in 2017) have been taken into account and Valencia is now looking at optimising the space in Bloc opposed to cuts in beach surveillance contract the Port harbour and improving use of the Canal de la Fontana and adjacent municipal land for Bloc Councillor, Pepa Chorro , claims that the 16% small boats cut in the new beach surveillance contract could be dangerous for swimmers. Under the new conRing Road Repairs start Monday February 6th tract life guards to carry out several functions, conWorks in three phases over 6 weeks trary to the recommendation of the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces which advises "one Repair work on the ring roads around the Old person, one function". e.g. the the beach lifeguard Town will begin Monday February 1st. As is the same person who would drive the ambuexplained previously, the company responsible for lance; and the person driving the boat is also the the original work is to replace cobbles which have lookout from the sea. Also the contract specfies lifted and waste-paper bins which have gone rusty. that the guards will help with other duties, such as These repairs fall under the original warranty and clearing seaweed from the beach, when times are therefore will not involve any expenditure to the slack, thus detracting from their main task. BLOC municipal coffers. Town Hall will take the opportu- has therefore asked the executive to reconsider nity to smooth the sharp kerbs which have caused the decision to cut 16% (€64,000) from the the damage to cars and which constitute a danger to budget for beaches pedestrians. These works have been commissioned to a local company at a cost of 0.70 Euros Diver caught poaching Sea Urchins per metre, with an estimated total cost of less than 2,000 Euros. The black sea urchins (known locally as erizos or bogamarins), are both a protected species and New Organisational structure for Xàbia Red Cross delicacy, and over recent years their populations have been decimated by over-fishing. A few days The Xàbia Red Cross, headed by José Luis ago a diver was caught at Les Rotes (Dénia) in a Domenech, has introduced a new organizational protected area of the Marine Reserve of Cabo de structure for the local management team in order San Antonio. He had 327 specimens of the creato change the way that it works. The new structure ture, some of which were very small. is designed to encourage teamwork through key For more information and up-to-date news, visit; management actors. Each person will address a http// and the workgroups' different area and assign its own team of volunmultilingual website:

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and will be one of only two delegates from Valencia sitting on this committee comprised of 25 members from different autonomous regions of Spain. The main purpose of the committee is to foster integrated, cohesive and sustainable urban development. These initiatives are in MAYOR OF JAVEA line with the Sustainable Development Strategy of the European Union. In the past the citizens of Jávea FEMP is an institution that is ‘very important for municipalities,’ as it must have frequently wondered why promotes agreements, grants and campaigns about which Jávea will neighbouring towns were progres- now be much better informed. sively improving, with projects such as municipal swimming pools, better infrastructure, and even new concert halls. Many of these improvements are needed in Jávea, but as a local government, we cannot just sit back and hope that someday the regional or central government will remember the needs of a town like Jávea. The only way, especially in these difficult financial times, is to One of the highlights of January for me personally, was the invitation have an active policy of seeking out by the Casa Mediterraneo organization to attend the seminar in Madrid investments, grants and subsidies ‘Changing Times in the Mediterranean - The Arab Spring and Israel’. from outside the town. This policy is Around 100 delegates discussed the ‘Arab Spring’ and its impact on central to the plans of Jávea Town Hall. With this objective in mind I Israel and the possible repercussions on the Arab/Israeli conflict. It have been making a great effort to raise the image and profile of was quite an emotional and exciting experience to sit together with Jávea, at both the regional and national level, emphasizing our role as Palestinians and Israelis, such as the former Interior Minister of the a significant contributor to the Costa Blanca’s quality tourism. Palestinian National Authority Soufian Abu Zaida and the Israeli Minister of Agriculture This has involved a considerable amount of travelling for me since the Orit Noked, discusssing beginning of the New Year. I believe that our efforts are making good peace in the Middle East. progress. Last month Jávea received the official visit of the Spanish In the evening the French Foreign Minister Don José Manuel Garcia Margallo (who also happens Embassy hosted a dinner to have a home in our town). The Minister has stated that Jávea ‘is the where I had the pleasure ideal place to hold high-level meetings.’ Let’s hope that this happens in of meeting the ambassathe future. dor Bruno Delaye and share a table with the During January, together with other members of the Town Council we Mayor of Benidorm and were actively promoting Jávea on our exhibition stand at FITUR in with Miguel Ángel Madrid, the key Fair for international tourism in Spain. Moratinos a former Spanish Foreign Minister, who also was the European Union’s Special Representative for the Middle East Peace process. The other guest at our table was Bernard Kouchner, the cofounder of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and until 2010 the French Foreign Minister. Both Mr. Moratinos and Mr. Kouchner were convinced that peace can be achieved. During the discussions the name of Jávea was raised as an example where 90 different nationalities live together in harmony.

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I am guessing that there comes a time in most people’s lives when you suddenly realise that you are not immortal. I have long been an advocate of the theory that age is more an attitude than a number. I well remember working for a sales manager in my twenties and thinking that he was close to retirement or at least into his fifties. He was actually five years older than me but led a small life with concepts and aspirations which had been handed to him and which he had accepted without question. So it was a bit of a shock when a few weeks ago life handed me a sharp reminder – “Here you go, Mate” it said “Think you’re superman do you – well have this.” Happily this proved to be no more than a sharp reminder with no long term impact. Nevertheless it is with some relief that I had a quick glance over my shoulder and afforded myself an appreciative smile that I have managed to acquire a broad and open mind and a lifetime of experiences that would be envied by many and scoffed at by some. This open approach has carried through to my very enjoyable activity on behalf of Bay Radio. These guys are untrammelled by convention and prefer to respond to listener’s opinions and demands rather than adhere to a specific formula. With this in mind we held our first Bay Radio Short Story competition with the hope that we would have sufficient interest to enable us to broadcast some entries during February. Well fortunately I had press-ganged a number of independent judges into the frame and so the deluge of entries was off-loaded to them. They spent days sifting through and reading each one and eventually managed to create a list of twelve which have now been recorded and as you read this they are being broadcast on Bay Radio to the largest English speaking radio audience in Spain. The successful authors are all delighted and despite the protestations of the judges I think that this innovation has proven successful and it is one we will repeat. My thanks to all involved and especially the Benitaxell Arts Centre who sponsored the project. Not forgetting Benny, Mike and Noelle who brought their time and expertise to the mammoth task of determining the winner.

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HAVING MOM OVER FOR DINNER You don't even have to be a mother to enjoy this one... Brian invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, Brian's mother couldn't help but notice how beautiful Brian's roommate, Jennifer, was. Brian's Mom had long been suspicious of a relationship between Brian and Jennifer, and this had only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Brian and Jennifer than met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, Brian volunteered, "I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Jennifer and I are just roommates." About a week later, Jennifer came to Brian saying, "Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the beautiful silver gravy ladle. You don't suppose she took it, do you?" Brian said, "Well, I doubt it, but I'll send her an e-mail just to be sure. So he sat down and wrote: _______________________________________________ Dear Mom, I'm not saying that you "did" take the gravy ladle from the house, I'm not saying that you "did not" take the gravy ladle. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner. Love, Brian _______________________________________________ Several days later, Brian received an email back from his mother that read: _______________________________________________ Dear Son, I'm not saying that you "do" sleep with Jennifer, I'm not saying that you "do not" sleep with Jennifer. But the fact remains that if Jennifer is sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now. Love, Mom LESSON OF THE DAY - NEVER LIE TO YOUR MOTHER

Always there Tony

Wise Words President Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!

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I would have to leave the car until the bill was paid, so I left the car, and took me two days to get back to him. When I picked it up the mirror had been removed for non-payment and he charged me 25 euros for each day that the car had been in the shop. I think the whole performance of this workshop is illegal and I am very frustrated about what has happened, What can I do?

Spanish born Oscar Anton Izquierdo has a degree in European and community law and a master in town planning and taxes. He lives and works in Jávea and speaks Castellano, Valenciano, French and English. Oscar is married to Mónica and is the proud dad of his little son Carlitos. Oscar has been a counsillor since 2007 and is presently the deputy mayor and responsible for managing Javea’s economy and international relations

Norman; Balcon al Mar. Hi Oscar wanted to thank you for the Asphalt in my urbanization and your management in the Town Hall. The reason for my query is a serious problem that I need your answer in Grapevine because it is possible that this can happen to other people. In the month of October I was driving down the road from Costa Nova when a mirror broke on my vehicle without hitting against anything or anyone. As the vehicle was under warranty I took it to the workshop in Denia and explained the situation. They made me sign some papers in Spanish and I left the car there. When I went to pick it up I was told that the repair was not included in the warranty and I had to pay 425 euros. Obviously I refused because the car is 9 months old and I said I would not pay for this repair and that if they wanted to claim they should do so through the Court. His reply was that

Dear Norman, I'm sorry about what you have told me. I know of many similar cases and I'm glad you have made this request because I think it can help many people. When you take your car to a workshop you must sign a work order, which specifies what they will do and the budget. Some shops do not charge when the the car is still in gurentee, the legal basis are the following articles: Article 15. Invoice and accommodation expenses"..... 2. Can only accrue living expenses when the budget made or repaired the vehicle, and made known to the user is actually not that user to the appropriate decision on the acceptance or rejection of the budget or the removal of the vehicle within three business days . In any case, such costs shall stay only when the vehicle is in local custody of the workshop and for days in excess of that period .... "Royal Decree 1457/1986 of 10 January, which regulates the industrial activity and the provision of services in the repair of motor vehicles, their equipment and components Article 1600. CIVIL CODE "He who has executed a work in movable property has the right to retain a pledge to be paid." In your case it is totally illegal is that they have removed the piece for which you took to for repair, you could even make a claim for criminal misappropriation and

theft. Prices at the Workshop should be posted in a conspicuous place and must state the price per day, if not you can file another complaint for these events. Also on the guarantee of the piece, you can file a claim against the manufacturer and do not want to spend money on the claim can do so through the office of the consumer. David from LAS LADERAS Dear Oscar I am a follower of your column and I'd like to just answer my question because I have little confidence in my tax adviser. Anyway, I was Director of Marketing at UK for over 25 years and now I'm retired in Spain, there is a company from Benissa who offered me to do a collaboration of business strategy and they would design a marketing plan. I was asked to pay a bill, as I did not know how to make them the invoice, I was sent an invoice with my name, NIE and address, she also paid the tax (VAT). I have been using this system for more than six months but I do not know the Tax consequences, my tax adviser says the same as the company says, that nothing will happen and it is al right, but I am not sure. What do I do? Dear David, when you give a service in Spain you must be under the condition of selfemployed person or

employed, in both cases you pay social security, in one case by the company and the other as it would be in your case as an independent (Self employ) , you pay. I see you're not doing this correctly, you should be registered as an autonomous and pay 250 euros every month on social security as autonomous as well as submit your VAT returns. The way you collect from this company will bring problems with Social Security and the tax office very soon as they will be should be stating what you pay and the system will check that you're not paying. I advise you if you want to continue with this work you should sign up as self employed.

Only questions submitted by Email will be answered. Oscar’s office number is for private consultations only. Mail:oscar

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JAVEA EXHIBITIONS Casa del Cable 50 years with La Marina Association Photo exhibit which reveals the history of this association from 1961 to the present day. Open until the 18th of February. Timetable: From 11:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 20:00, from Tuesday to Saturday. Ca Lambert Om plint el buit Exhibit by different artists from the Arts School: "Escola de Plàstica Experimental A. Vives" de Gata. Open until the 18th of February. Timetable: From 11:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 20:00, from Tuesday to Saturday. AVIMA Art Gallery Gallery Collection Painting exhibit of the gallery's artists. Timetable: From 11:00 to 13:00 from Monday to Friday and from 11:00 to 13:00 and 18:00 to 20:00 on Saturdays Al Marge Art Gallery 2nd Al Marge-La Marina Competition Following the success of the 1st edition, Al Marge launches this new summons with the excitement to support the creative artists in Marina Alta y Baja and provide them with a communication space for their works. Open until the 1st of March. Ca Lambert Art Exhibit by our students Painting exhibit by the students of the LAUDE, Lady Elizabeth School. Until the 18th of March.

EVENTS Tuesday 14th of february 19:00 h. Music Conservatory Audition Guitar Performed by the students of the Xàbia Professional Music Conservatory. Free Entrance. Wednesday 15th of february 20:00 h. Culture Centre Confe rence "Experiences and me thodologies for participative budgets" Citizen Information Workday

By Francisco José Francés García. Sociology Professor of the University of Alicante. Specialist in participative investigation and local management. Organized by: Citizen Particpation Department. Friday 17th of february 20:00 h. Culture Centre Book Presentation La Vall de Gallinera. Pe r camins de moriscos i mallorquins By Vicent Morera and Juanjo Ortola. 20:00 h. Public Library Book Presentation Ara puc alenar Book by Adriana Serlik. Presentation by Pepa Guardiola. Ssaturday 18th of february 16:30 h. "Miguel Buigues Andrés" Sports Centre Sports Autonomous Comm unity Che ss Ch ampionship Organized by: Club d'Escacs Xàbia (Xàbia Chess Club) Location: Dance Hall of "Palau Municipal d'Esports Xàbia". 17:00 h. Pl. de la Constitució (Constitution Square) Holiday Festivities Carnival Children's costume parade followed by children's show in the Plaza de la Constitución. 23:00 h. Pl. de la Constitució (Constitution Square) Holiday Festivities Carnival Costume Parade from the Plaza del Convento until the Plaza de la Constitución. Followed by a musical performance. Monday 20th of february 19:00 h. Music Conservatory Audition Wind and string instrume nt ensembles Performed by the students of the Xàbia Professional Music Conservatory. Free Entrance. Tuesday 21st of february 19:00 h. Music Conservatory Audition Clarinet Performed by the students of the Xàbia Professional Music Conservatory. Free Entrance. Thursday 23rd of february

19:00 h. Music Conservatory Audition Piano and guitar instrume nt ensem bles Performed by the students of the Xàbia Professional Music Conservatory. Free Entrance. 20:00 h. Culture Centre Workshop "Strengthe ning of the Imm unological System " By Juan Cayuela Rodriguez and Juan Francisco Martinez. friday 24th of february 18:00 h. Public Library Ch ildren Storytellers Pluja de contes The story of the youth who discovered what fear was. 20:00 h. Culture Centre Concert Harpsichord Concert By Paco Estevez. saturday 25th of february Saturday 25th of february 11:00 h. Yacht Club Sports 1st Spring-Summe r Cruise Sh ip Competition Organized by: Javea Yacht Club Competition solely for members of the Javea Yacht Club. 16:30 h. "Miguel Buigues Andrés" Sports Centre Sports Autonomous Comm unity Che ss Ch ampionship Organized by: Club d'Escacs Xàbia (Xàbia Chess Club) Location: Dance Hall of "Palau Municipal d'Esports Xàbia" Timetable: from 08:30 to 21:30. 17:00 h. Culture Centre Pe rformance Ch ildren's The atre Two sessions. The first at 17:00 and the second at 18:30. Sunday 26th of february 10:00 h. Pinosol Park Sports 3rd Mountain Race Organized by: Club d'Atletisme Llebeig Sponsor: Regidoria d'Esports Xàbia (Sports Council). Monday 27th of february 16:30 h. Music Conservatory Young Pe rforme rs Competition 1st Ph ase of the IntercentreYoung Pe rforme rs Competition Selection of candidates for the young performers of the Xàbia Professional Music Conservatory.

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WINE RACK with Tim Ladd Tim spent a working lifetime dependent on alcohol for his income within various parts of Allied Domecq plc, and now as a pensioner for ‘life support’ here in Spain.

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sions. So much so, that context and occasion have far more to do with inherited custom and ritual- especially nowadays. Commercial interest ensures that festive occasions are heavily promoted. We are actively encouraged to buy and behave in whatever manner as being a demonstration of each and every person’s commitment and participation in the occasion. Both participation and observation are equally important as the ritual itself. No matter whether that occasion be for family, friends or community, we all like to see things being done properly. Commercial interests are aided and abetted in this process by ‘professional’ commentators in the media. Most of us will have enjoyed to Royal Wedding last year in the UK, merely as

spectators from afar of the ritual performance Wasn’t it “ Done Well”! All of this is a rather long way to consideration of wine. Do we have to, or want to follow ritual? If so, then we should accept that our choice of wine has far more to do with context and ritual. Our own individual appreciation and enjoyment of the wine is of secondary importance. Hence ‘choosing the right wine for the occasion’ has far more to do with seeing ‘things being done properly’ than the intrinsic merits of the wine. None of this is meant to decry neither the process nor the choice of wines. We may end up paying rather more than usual. But if the taste of the wine seems to satisfy both one’s outlay and experience, then surely that is double satisfaction! What we really need to do is to get hold of the relevant textbook for ‘Behavioral Science’. I expect the supply may well oversubscribed by aspirant Advertising, Marketing ‘experts and Commentators. Personally I would almost certainly enjoy the chapter(s?) on wine and its history in ritual, and how to exploit this commercially. In these more financially troubling times I mentioned previously spending all of 95céntimos in Mercadonna on their Antigon red wine. Are there perhaps classical allusions in the name? For a classic ordinary evening at home, this was a drinkable wine for the occasion. So did it fit the occasion? It was pleasant enough, but totally forgettable, like so much else. Does that matter? NO ! Gift tag by Valerie McConachy exclusively distributed through Casa del Vino in Via Agusta

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The Cookery Page SAUCE MAGIC Sometimes a sauce can transform an ordinary piece of meat or fish into something quite luxurious. The hake (merluza) which I buy from Mercadonna´s frozen food cabinet, (skinned and boneless) is a good example. This recipe will feed four people.

Method Heat the oven to 180c. Butter a shallow dish, (a meat tin will do), the lay in the fillets without overlapping. Season well with salt and pepper. Pour the wine over the fish and put in the oven for 10 minutes. Lift the fish carefully onto a serving dish and keep it warm while you make the sauce. Pour the fish liquid into a saucepan and boil rapidly to reduce it by about Half. Meanwhile mix the egg yolks with the cornflour and the cream. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the egg mixture. Return the pan to the heat and warm through gently until thickened. Do not boil. Pour over the fish and serve immediately with rice or pasta, and vegetables of Your choice.

Ingredients 4 large fillets of hake (merluza) 300ml white wine 3 egg yolks 1tsp cornflour 225ml Nata Salt & pepper



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A British eduvation of the post-war period may have done many things but it certainly did not equip John Deacon for his arrival in Paris in 1964 as an EMI trainee. The splendours of French gastronomy came at him like a bolt of lightning. His subsequent EMI postings to Bruxelles, Beirut, Athens, Amsterdam & Dubai only made the journey the more fascinating. We hope that this experience will prove the basis for a helpful guide to readers exploring Jávea and the surrounding area. Many of his friends agree with him that muzak is one of the scourges of our time which means that the worst offenders do not feature in these listings. If it bothers you, always ask to have it turned down. Visit ... and bon appetit ! Parador end of Arenal promenade. Tel : 96 579.1600 / open daily.

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Restaurante LA RENDA : Jávea Port, right beside the Cinema Jayan. New restaurant beautifully appointed with some serious, adventurous and very creative cuisine we even found Sweetbreads on the menu. Menu del día €12.50. Muzak turned off on request. Tel: 96 579.3763 / E-mail: N.B. This restaurant offers a bargain pre-cinema menu del día from 18:45h (Mon-Thurs) at €14 which includes your cinema ticket ! To find out what film is on, go to : click English "English version". ... and THE VERY BEST OF JÁVEA - for all true Gastronauts MASENA: Go to the end of Cami Cabanes (behind Barclays) and immediately left onto the Benitachell (Golf Club) road. Beautifully appointed Belgian-run restaurant with a stylish air of Mexican decoration. Menu del dia €17 (but not Sundays). Consideration of their cuisine, atmosphere and attentive service leads us to suggest that this is now Jávea’s No.1 restauarnte. Must book. Tel : 96 579.3764 / f. Tues. Must book. Tel : 96 579.3764 Hotel EL RODAT : Superb restaurant of the Rodat Hotel (a Small Hotels of the World member!). Gastronomic menu c.€42. Just along the Cabo de la Nao road, right into the first entrance to Tosalet then up on the left. Tel : 96 647.0710 / f. Sun/Mon.

LA COCINA : leaving Jávea port towards the old town - last of row of shops before petrol station). Adventurous regional Spanish cuisine with a simple and attractive structrre of menu-building. Very well studied wine list. Tel: 96 579.5140 / (f. Monday) LE GOURMAND : (on the right hand end of Arenal beach before Scallops). We think this restaurant has taken the crown to become the best French gastronomic establishment at Arenal. Menu del día €15 with wine. Not to be missed. Best to book. Tel: 96 628.9686 / f. Wed (but winter opening is Fri/Sat/Sun - until Easter). SOFIA'S : Avda. del Pla 20, Jávea. Really delicious and excellently prepared food. The Menu-del-día is amongst the best (cost/quality) of anywhere we know & currently Euros 14.50 with a glass of wine - but available Thursday lunch only). High standard. Beautifully appointed. Easy parking. Tel: 96 646.2903 / Open 19:00 - 22:30h / f. Sun/Mon. LOS REMOS de la NÃO : Jávea, Arenal beach front (on big car park) : French owned and one of the best on the Arenal beach. Lies at the right hand end of the bay on the edge of the large car park overlooking the beach. Menu del día €16 (Sunday €20). Must book. Tel : 96 647.0776 / Open 7/7. LA CALIMA : Avda. de la Marina Española (pedestrianized seafront in port) - next to Piri-Piri and recently refurbished. Marvellous, imaginative and sometimes rewardingly experimental. Menu del día €11.95 (Mon-Sat) but Sun. €13. Tel : 96 579 4821 / open daily.


EL GAUCHO: (formerly Las Brisias on the Jesús Pobre road). Now, after some 20 years or so, this well appointed restaurant has reopened under its original IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN from €30 + per head name and as a steakhouse. It's under the management of Pizzeria Pepa (at Arenal). It has struck an immediate AMARRE 152 : literally "Mooring 152", at the head of the and positive note with many people and provides a yacht-mooring creek that goes inland from the Parador. worthwhile restaurant for the residents of Montgó. Menus del dia €18 & 20 (fish). Excellent for rice/fish dish- Tel: 96 646.1338 / es. Tel : 96 579.0629 / open daily.

LA BOHÈME : (Arenal beach front) : This restaurant (and Los Remos de la Nao) are amongst the best on the Arenal front. Fine tapas. Consistently good. Menu del dia €14.95.

ATALAYA: On the right side of Jávea's Arenal beach (above Scallops). This restaurant serves creative dishes of superb quality and many have asked why it has not featured here

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before. The reason has been some of the most offensive/loud muzak of any restaurant in the area (and even if turned down, they have, most ungraciously, turned it up again - three times on one visit). However recent reports suggest they may have begun to understand how clients have been offended by the noise for we are told that on recent visits there was none at all !! So we are pleased to acknowledge their culinary skills with the proviso that we hope that common sense has now prevailed here ! Tel: 96 628.9666 / f.? / Web: CHEZ ANGEL : Brasserie style. Excellent meat - absolutely the best Châteaubriand in the area. Wonderful Cous-cous. Serves copious vegetables. Menus del día €16 & €25. Close to Humpty Dumpty on right after Arenal traffic lights. Tel : 96 579.2723 / f. Tues. PIRI-PIRI : Excellent/imaginative (copious) 'tapas'. Widely praised and popular with residents. On the port's pedestrianised sea-front, leading from the bridge. Arrive early for lunch, but best to book. Excellent menu-del-día €10.80 (w/ends €13.60). Very professional - one of our favourites. Tel : 96 579.4745 / f. & Mon. LA PLAZA No.6 : (in the triangular "square" opp. Humpty Dumpty at Arenal). All year around successful and delightful German-owned establishment offering excellent international cuisine (and can include the excellent Wiener schnitzel !). A favourite with residents in tranquil surroundings. Menu del dia €11 (midday) & €19.00 (evenings). Kitchen open till 23:30h. Tel: 96 646 2314 /f. Mon. LA RUSTICA : Jávea - Cami Cabanes: Take road to right of Barclays, right at roundabout; it's along on the left after the first burmp. Excellent (Belgian/Italian influenced) cuisine; lovely situation/terrace (menus del dia €14 & €16). Tel : 96 577.0855 / f. & Mon. TOSCA : Arenal beach, on the bridge overlooking the creek and close to Jávea Parador. Creative cooking. Approx. Euros 35.00. Excellent menu del día 16.95 Euros. Tel : 96 579.3145 / f. Mon. midday

FAMILY RESTAURANTS / GOOD RELIABLE (€20 - 35) AUSTRIACO / CAFÉ Wien : Arenal beach front - wonderful breakfasts and the best bakery in Jávea. Superb bread/croissants from 0700h (another source of excellent bread is the Saladar supermarket). Tel : 96 647.1004 / open daily AZORIN : Jávea Port (in street behind Napoli). Superb fish/chicken & chips. Menu del dia €9. Kids love it. Tel : 96 579.4495 / f. Sat.

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right side, just after/opp. Sol-Mar offices. Good ambience/very popular Spanish 'family' restaurant. Good prices; great rice dishes & superb meat. Isn’t this the best Arroz negro you ever tasted ? Menu del dia €16. Tel : 96 579.3620 / open 7/7 MONTGÓ : 2-3kms along Jávea - Jesús Pobre road (on left, with large stone tablet outside). Amazing choice/value, quantity/quality & well presented. Best fish & chips of the region. Menu del dia €11.50. Tel : 96 579.5020 / f. Thur. LA PERLA de JÁVEA : Arenal beach front, right side. Menu del dia €14. Tel : 96 647 0772 / open daily. PIZZERIA PEPA : Jávea: Arenal beach front, nr. middle. Spanish; excellent value, swift service. Pizza takeaway. Very efficient, popular with good atmosphere; must book ! Menu del dia €16. The best quick-service "family" restaurant at the beach. Tel : 96 579.2572 / open daily. [ this management just reopened El Gaucho on the Jesús Pobre road ]. TAJ MAHAL : The "top rank" Indian restaurant at Arenal. Overlooking main Arenal car park. Lunch buffet €7.40. Tel : 96 647.1684 / open daily. WOK BUFFET : Jávea, at the Barclays roundabout. Very good. Eat all you like for Euros 9.95 (special price for kids under 7). Go early (12:30h for lunch) when the huge spread is at its best. Low on atmosphere but a great fill-up if you are hungry. Tel : 96 579.7016 / daily 12-24h. INCODNITO < Fish ‘n’ chips ! > : Arenal beach (on main car park). It is unsual for such an establishment to find its way onto this list but it has proved to be very reliable with both fish and chips of excellent quality. Tel : 96 577 0068 / f. Sunday THE TOP MENUS DEL DÍA [ between €14 - €19 : details in text ] So many restaurants are now producing menus del día of outstanding quality that we thought it best to recognise their achievement in listing them here. Le Gourmand Masena Piri-Piri La Plaza Los Remos La Rustica Sophia's Tosca

BACCHUS : Jávea on PinoSol-Cansalades road, after Pinosol hotel : Wonderful quality, Swiss owned. Cook your steak on stone. Menus del dia from €15 (W/ends €18). Must book. Tel : 96 647.3096 / f. Mon. GURKHA PALACE (Nepali-Indian) : Avda. Jaime 1, No 8, Jávea port square. Fine food with good ambience.. Take away service. Menus del día : €9.50 & €11.99. A la carte €20-30. Tel: 96 579.3331 / f. Tues. midday. LUNGO MARE : Arenal beach front : Magnificent, Italian restaurant; beware large portions (some can be shared !). Tel : 96 647.1196 / daily MEZQUIDA : Main road from Jávea towards Arenal, on

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This month, you will have the excuse of “Saint Valentine” to spoil the person you love. There is a say in French: “Il y a de la malchance à ne pas être aimé mais il y a du malheur à ne pas aimer”. The translation would be something like: “there is bad luck not to be loved but there is unhappiness not to love”. T h i n k about it!

Doris Courcelles

Can you help? The Javea Town Hall, in collaboration with the” Cirne Foundation”, is to embark on a cataloguing campaign of all the ancient and unique heritage trees in the municipality. The purpose is to catalogue the collection of local tree specimens, not only to protect them, but also to educate about this important part of the local heritage. One of the objectives of the project is to publish a comprehensive catalogue of the local tree specimens and prepare an educational exhibition specifically aimed at schoolchildren so that they may learn to appreciate and respect the local plant heritage. A special route or tour of this network of special trees may arise in the future and be offered to interested residents and tourists on specific dates, subject to agreements with the owners. The project calls for the cooperation from residents, since many of the specimens are within private property. In this regard, all those who believe they own one of these specimens, either due to the size or historical or cultural characteristics, are asked to report them. The Town Hall wishes to assure these landowners that owning a distinctive and unique tree would not necessarily create problems other than the prohibition of uprooting it. On the contrary, it would in fact create several advantages, including the possibility for council staff to assist with pruning, maintenance and pest control.

The inventory phase will last until after the summer and will be coordinated by both the Town Hall's Department of The old town will help you to find ideas thanks to a new Environment and Agriculture at 2 Avenida Amanecer, and the campaign. This campaign will offer opportunities alongside Cirne Foundation whose headquarters are located at 18 the usual culinary ones, including discounts in shopping and Avenida de Alicante. beauty treatments. Would you like to apply for an allotment? "Xàbia Histórica takes you along the paths of love" consists of My department of “Environment” will also give you the opporfour special routes to entice customers. These routes include tunity to get a “huerto urbano” . The plots (around 42 m2) will offers from restaurants and night spots which have prepared be situated on a municipal plot next to the “Arenal” college. special menus, cocktails and dance sessions for Friday 10th Priority will be given to retired people, people with some invaand Saturday 11th, as well as Valentine's Day itself on Tuesday lidity, and unemployed. The basis of the contract will be on the web soon but if you 14th February. don’t want to miss the opportunity, don’t hesitate to go to the New to this year's campaign are the “Beauty Rooms”, in which services department (Avenida Amanecer, 2) and give your more than ten beauty and hair salons in the Old Town will be name, NIE number, telephone and address. We will have 32 offering special treatments. There is also the "Opportunities allotments there but we are planning to install more in the “Pou Route" in which 30 establishments in the town will be offering del Moro “urbanization. discounts for those looking to buy the perfect gift for Valentine's Day. Both are linked to the fourth pillar of the com- One more thing before I leave you.... If you live in Cap Marti next to the calle Flor de Neu, please, mercial campaign: the "Romantic Getaway". be patient. We know that you have difficulties in reaching the Between Wednesday 1st February and Tuesday 14th February, waste containers at the exit of the street but we will be buildall the businesses taking part in the initiative will offer their ing a new “punt verd” on the main road soon. This.... as well as customers the opportunity to enter a draw for the romantic the new round-about at the cross cami cabanes/ carretera Cabo la Nao will make things a lot easier for you . weekend trip for two. The winner will be the ticket whose numbers match the last four digits of the winning ONCE coupon on I leave you with the people you LOVE Tuesday 14th February. The participating businesses will also be promoting this campaign on their individual social media Viva San Valentin networks.

Doris Courcelles, councillor for “services, environment and beaches” was born in Belgium and studied at a French university. She speaks Castellano, English, French, Dutch, and German and is still trying to improve her Valenciano. As a consequence, she knows many residents and societies of Spanish and other nationalities here in Jávea. She moved to Spain in 1978. She has a son aged 29 and can empathise with parents in a foreign country.

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Ground Crew With a Sense of Humour


After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Q: Where can women over the age of 50 find young, sexy men, who are interested in them? A: Try a bookstore under fiction

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement. S: Almost replaced left inside main tire. * P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft. * P: Something loose in cockpit S: Something tightened in cockpit * P: Dead bugs on windshield. S: Live bugs on back-order. * P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground. * P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. S: Evidence removed. * P: DME volume unbelievably loud. S: DME volume set to more believable level. * P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. S: That's what friction locks are for. * P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode. S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode. * P: Suspected crack in windshield. S: Suspect you're right. * P: Number 3 engine missing. S: Engine found on right wing after brief search * P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!) S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious. * P: Target radar hums. S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics. * P: Mouse in cockpit. S: Cat installed. * And the best one for last * P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer. S: Took hammer away from midget.

Q: Why should 50+ year old people use valet parking? A: Valets don't forget where they park your car.

Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause? A: Keep busy. If he's handy with tools, he can finish the Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of basement. When he's done he'll have a place to live. humor..... Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted Q How can a woman increase the heart rate of a 50+ by UPS pilots (marked with a "P") and the solutions year old husband? recorded by the maintenance engineers (marked with an A: Tell him you're pregnant. "S"). Q: How can you avoid spotting a wrinkle every time you By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has walk by a mirror? A: When you're in front of a mirror, take off your glasses. never, ever, had an accident.

Q: Is it common for 50+ year olds to have problems with short term memory storage? A: Storing memory is not a problem, retrieving it is a problem. Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly? A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon. Q: Where do 50+ year olds look for fashionable glasses? A: Their foreheads. Q: What is the most common remark made by 50+ year olds when they enter antique stores? A: 'I remember these.' REMEMBER: 'IF YOU DIE BROKE ...YOU TIMED IT JUST RIGHT!


New premises opposite Mas Y mas Cabo la Nao 163 (used to be Busy Bee)


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February 18th Carnivals “Baixada”: Jesús Nazareno procession from the Ermita del Calvario to the Iglesia of March 18th San Bartolomé. From April 6th Easter Artisan Craft Fair in the old town. to 9th April Fiestas in honour of Jesús Nazareno: bull-running in Pl. del Convent. Competition: From April 24th Crosses made with flowers on Mai 3rd. : “Pujada”, procession to bring Jésus until Mai 3rd Nazareno to the Ermita del Calvario. From 9th until Hogueras de San Juan: Plantà de la Foguera, fireworks, “Bous a la Placeta”, parade, 24th June music on the street, popular flower offering... From 27th until International Festival 29th of June July, first weekend

Pilgrimage in honor of the Virgen del Rocío

July 16th

Virgen del Carmen’s Festivities: Sailors and fishermen procession. Flower offering .

From 14th until “Moros y Cristianos” (Moors and Christians) in Duanes de la Mar: presentation, ver22th July benas, parades (21st and 22nd July)… 28th July

Living Chess in Puerto de Xàbia.

August 2nd

Festivity of the Virgen de los Ángeles in la Plana.

2nd weekend August From 25th August until 8th September September 9th

Fiestas in Portitxol. Virgen de Loreto’s festivities: “Bous a la Mar”, processions, parades, fireworks displays, verbenas... Pilgrimage to Ermita del Pòpul in honour to the Virgen del Loreto. Mass will be celebrated and afterwords candy and chocolate offered in the Ermita.

December 12th Santa Llúcia festivity . On 13th pilgrimage to ermita where a Mass will be celebratand 13th ed and chocolate dispensed to assistants. Christmas and To conmemorate Christmas, different activities will take place: craft markets, 3 Kings From 10th of Christmas concerts , Santa Claus visit, letters collection, and further activities for chilDecember to dren. Finallly on January 5th the great Three Kings parade will be performed . the 6th January MOST OF FIESTAS ABOVE MENTIONED WILL HAVE THEIR PROGRAMS DETAILED SEPARATELY CLOSE TO THEIR DATE OF CELEBRATION THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM IS NOT RESPONSABLE FOR ANY CHANGE ON THIS PROGRAM.

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Concerts Costa Blanca are proud to present another quality concert The Old City String Quartet (alumni from The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, USA) with Sergio de Los Cobos (piano) Haydn : Quartet, Op. 77 No.1 in G Major Schumann : Quartet No. 3 in A Major Antonin Dvorak : Quintet for piano and strings op.81 in A major. (Quinteto para piano y cuerdas op.81 en La mayor ) 1. Allegro, ma non tanto 2. Dumka: Andante con moto 3. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace 4. Finale: Allegro

Auditori Teulada-Moraira : Saturday February 25, 2012 at 19:00h Tickets : 12€ Out of 48 competing ensembles from across the USA and around the world, the Old City String Quartet won the coveted Grand Prize of the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Joel Link (violin), Bryan Lee (violin), Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (viola) and Camden Shaw (cello) are from The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition the quartet participated in a Winners’ Tour of the Midwestern United States last October, and performed several concerts in the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy in 2011. The Old City String Quartet has won the praise of some of the greatest chamber musicians of our time. Formed at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the ensemble draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri String Quartets, but brings a youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that is truly its own. Joseph Silverstein said of the group: "The Old City String Quartet is one of the finest string quartets I have ever heard. I expect to see the ensemble attain international acclaim." The ensemble's recording of the Mendelssohn and Debussy quartets, released in 2009 by the audiophile label Unipheye Music©, was awarded the Blue Moon award by the highly respected audiophile website The album's review by David

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Kan proclaimed that "the maturity in these interpretations is phenomenal and disproportionate to the age [of the group.]" Members of the Quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world's finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestra. Check out the website:

Sergio de los Cobos - pianist Internationally acclaimed soloist Sergio de los Cobos has appeared with many prestigious orchestras throughout the world such as the Houston Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Spanish RadioTelevision Orchestra, the Marchigiana Philharmonic of Italy and the Zürich Symphony Orchestra. A coveted invitation to perform at the Palais des Nations, the European Headquarters of the United Nations was the prelude of his first major recital in 1979 followed by a Paris debut in 1981, and his London premiere in 1987 at the South Bank Centre. In 1996 he performed in the Weill Recital Hall at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Sergio de los Cobos greatly enjoys performing and teaching in summer festivals, most notably the Aspen Music Festival, the Bergen International Music Festival, and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. At the Verbier Music Festival and Academy in Switzerland he also lent his leadership to the academy chamber music program for nine consecutive years, coaching talented young musicians, and mentoring them towards their many successes. Sergio de los Cobos received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University, where he also taught from 1992 to 1995 as the teaching assistant to Professor John Perry. He currently holds a teaching position in Geneva, Switzerland, and has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, the Aspen Music festival, the Verbier Festival and Academy, as well as the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy. Check out the website: Information: Willy Hardee 96 574 9023 Mary Heaviland 96 649 5441 Tickets Available from: • Box Office Auditori Teulada Moraira (Wed., Thurs. and Friday: 11:00 - 13:00 & 18:00 - 20:00) • Ayuntamiento de Teulada (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 09:30 - 14:00) • Espai La Senieta, Moraira (Tuesday and Friday 9:30 14:00) • SERVICAM: 965 117 117 ( Assistance with tickets will be offered by Willy Hardee and Mary Heaviland, who will be at the Espai La Senieta theatre from Friday 27th January and thereafter on Tuesdays and Fridays through until Tuesday 21st February from 10:00 12:00. One Euro per ticket will be donated to local charities – so please come and join us !

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Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference. Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press 'Ctrl Alt Delete' and start all over? AMEN, AMEN !! Why is it that our children can't read a Bible in school, but they can in prison? The hit ITV sitcom Benidorm is set to return to television screens in the UK at the end of January, and the new series is said to have the same drama that we have seen in previous seasons. The next season is going to show how a new hotel manager has come in and is planning to make the hotel that the series centres around into an altogether classier establishment. Many of the guests do not welcome this change which involves them being required to dress more smartly and the karaoke being banned. The guests plan to overthrow the new manager, who took over from the previous character played by Crissy Rock. The press has been told, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new manager thinks that the hotel is too tacky and she wants to make it a posher establishment. She is going to face a lot of trouble from the guests who want it to remain as it is.â&#x20AC;? The new manager is played by Sherrie Hewson who was previously been involved in Coronation Street as well as Loose Women. Don't forget to look out for a special guest appearance by the suave and debonair David Mills - don't blink or you'll miss it

12 Reasons to Smile Marriage changes passion. Suddenly you're in bed with a relative. I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with "Guess" on it So I said "Implants?" She hit me. How come we choose from just two people to run for President and over fifty for Miss America? A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Wow...that was fun!" I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose-fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place! When I was young we used to go "skinny dipping," now I just "chunky dunk."

Wouldn't you know it... Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FAT cells live forever. Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside? Bumper sticker of the year: "If you can read this, thank a teacher -and, since it's in English, Thank a Soldier"

A True Story from the Jacksonville FL Police Dept. A man goes to a party and has too much to drink. His friends plead with him to let them take him home. He says no he only lives a mile away. About five blocks from party, the police pull him over for weaving and ask him to get out of the car and walk the line. Just as he starts, the police radio blares out a notice of a robbery taking place in a house just a block away The police tell the man to stay put, they will be right back and they hop a fence and run down the street to the robbery. The guy waits and waits and finally decides to drive home. When he gets there, he tells his wife he is going to bed, and to tell anyone who might come looking for him that he has the flu and has been in bed all day. A few hours later the police knock on the door. They ask if Mr. Joe is there and his wife says yes. They ask to see him and she replies that he is in bed with the flu and has been there all day. The police have his driver's license. They ask to see his car and she asks why. They insist on seeing his car, so she takes them to the garage. She opens the door. There sitting in the garage is the police car, with all its lights still flashing. True story: Told by the driver at his first AA meeting.

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HOROSCOPE by The exciting influence of Uranus will still be felt intensely with this planet near the cusp of your Rising Sign. You'll have plenty of new influences and unexpected developments in your personal life, but career matters will be difficult and frustrating.


TAURUS You'll feel lucky and sat-

isfied with your life again this month. Jupiter near the cusp of your Rising Sign will help you expand your life and feel grateful for what you have.


LIBRE Life could still be

stressful due to Saturn moving in your Rising Sign, Pluto in square, and Uranus opposite. A lot of powerful energies are working at cross-purposes SCORPIO Jupiter in Taurus and

opposite your sign may bring a bit of tension with your partner, if you have one. Essentially, compromises will be necessary and you'll try to keep the peace.


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CANCER A Pisces New Moon on

February 21 will help to heighten your intuition and bring out empathy. You're a very sensitive, caring person, but this ability to nurture will extend even further Uranus near the cusp of Aries will energize you and bring a sense of anticipation and excitement. Pluto in Capricorn might bring extra responsibilities at the office.


month you'll be challenged to be compassionate and sensitive, especially with loved ones. Be helpful and kind and put others first. This could be a challenge if you have personal plans and objectives

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CAPRICORN Pluto in your

Rising Sign has brought much transformation over the past couple of years. You've been learning how to let go and accept change. AQUARIUS The Sun, Mercury,

and Neptune in your Rising Sign this month will ensure that you're confident, articulate, and visionary. This will be a good time to visualize what you want and put your ideas into action. PISCES Mars in Virgo, opposite

Mars is still in your Rising Sign, helping you stay focused and organized. You have a long to-do list, but because you will be highly efficient, you'll get a lot of things done.


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Virtually Jávea Where to start? Obviously printed media is extremely important - this article in the Grapevine for example . Over the next week you are likely to pick up a couple of weekly free papers and might also buy a paper or magazine. The types of printed material you read - which you keep and which you don’t - are important to every advertiser. Daily papers are extremely ephemeral, so tend to contain offers relevant only to that day or the next few. Weeklies are usually kept two weeks until the next-but-one arrives (a bit like a fallback, part of the ‘just in case I need it’ principle) but monthly magazines are often kept much longer than their four to eight-week slot, not least as they often contain information relevant for long periods. Each time a paper or magazine is read or re-read, passed on or shared, it is an extra opportunity for advertisers to hit the right note or simply to build reputation. However, printed media is not the only means by which business is promoted here. Numerous local social groups are active on Facebook for example: Jávea Connect, Denia Connect, Sell your Stuff Spain. Many restaurants, associations and clubs (and political parties) are accessible from Facebook too... plus Marina Alta Business Club has its own group for members and friends. Group pages act like mini-Blogs, but are less frightening as, managed inside Facebook, they are very, very easy to use and enjoy. There is also Facebook Advertising, along the side of the screen, using geographically topical advertising based on your own settings. In June 2010 Neilsons Online estimated that there were 29,093,984 Internet users in Spain representing 62.6% of the population. I suspect a lot of

them are along the Costas just looking at how many Jávea and Denia Facebook users there are! There are always new websites coming along, some take off quite quickly. As an example, barely a couple of weeks old, based in Jávea, already has a large following, much aided by no fees being charged for selling anything on it - from houses to children’s clothes both new and secondhand. As long as the community spirit behind it continues to allow it to be used free, it will, hopefully, continue to grow in popularity. Of course, there are lots of services based in Jávea that can be bought, paid for and used online; even UK TV services are available at €10 a month for a full range of UK (and US) channels The irony is that, with all this newage growth in Spain, it often needs printed advertising to draw attention to it, giving it reputational value and authenticity and showing that it is locally sourced and not run by someone faceless from several thousand miles away. We, for instance, are in the middle of launching a ‘one stop shop’ so that Club members can display and sell their services and goods directly to you online, but before takes off and its associated businesses benefit, I am conscious that it will need to be advertised in the papers to demonstrate that it really is local… Gaile Griffin Peers - - Marina Alta Business Club Branches, Javea & Denia, offer up to three business networking meetings a month.

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HelpDesk for Foreign Residents Portal del Clot offices, situated over the municipal underground car park .

FACT FILE: Number 7

The HelpDesk is located within the ODAC offices (Citizens´Assistance Office) at Avenida Amanecer 2. Attention by Elizabeth Collins from 09.00hrs – 13.30hrs Monday to Friday. The new Finance Department desk is proving popular and saving people from some extra journeys to the Calle Mayor office. This month I will concentrate on the discounts available to Pensioners. 1. CULTURE CARD FOR PENSIONERS (ask for - Tarjeta Cultura Tercera Edad) This card allows either free access or with significant discounts to: Cinemas, Theatres, Museums... within the Comunidad Valenciana. It may be requested by pensioners and retired people over the age of 55 The request may be made at the Town Hall Social Services Department (in Javea based in the Social Centre, Plaza Constitucion on 2nd floor) or directly at the Alicante Office of the Turism, Culture and Sport Registry. Documents required: Photocopy of SIP card 1 passport size photograph Resident certificate for the Comunidad Valenciana for foreigners and locals (green NIE form) 2. INTER TOWN TRANSPORT CARD (ask for – Tarjeta Transportes Interurbanos) Allows reduction in the price of tickets on public transport of Consorcio Valenciano de Transportes and Railways of the Generalitat Valenciana between different towns and cities. May be requested by pensioners and retired persons whose income does not exceed the Interprofessional minimum salary (700€) per month and who are resident in the Comunidad Valenciana. Documents must be presented at the Social Services Dept of Town Hall. In Javea this is based in Social Centre, Plaza de la Constitucion on 2nd floor. Alternatively at Special Centres for Assistance to the Elderly. Documents required: DNI (NIF or NIE) certificate Passport size photograph Pay slip, pension or negative declaration from the Social Security Photocopy of IRPF (Tax) declaration or certificate issued by Tax Authority stating non eligibility for payment of this tax. 3. JAVEA BUS PASS (ask for – Tarjeta Dorada) In order to obtain the Tarjeta Dorada for use on the buses within Javea: Pay the sum of 6.00€ into the bank account of Autocares Venturo SL. Ensure payment shows your name and “Tarjeta Dorada” Account – CAM bank

CAM – CCC: 2090-0022-65-0200153613

Obtain a receipt from the bank. Bring the receipt and a passport size photograph to the ODAC office (Avda Amanecer 2). You will also need a photocopy of your NIE number or passport You will need to be on the Padron in Javea If under 65 years of age – you will need a certificate showing your status as a pensioner There is a very simple form to complete in the office. Your bus pass will be obtained from the bus driver. Once a month or so has

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passed since the request was made, ask the driver if she/he has your bus pass. The pass is valid for 10 journeys per month and does not have an expiry date. 4. PROGRAMA DE VACACIONES DEL IMSERSO - IMSERSO HOLIDAYS This holiday programme is directed at those elderly persons who meet the following requirements: Have had their 65th birthday Are in receipt of a state retirement pension. For women, be in receipt of a widow´s pension and be 55 or over. Be a pensioner receiving invalidity or other pension or retirement payments and in all cases be 60 or over. The person requesting the holiday may be accompanied by their husband, wife or person with whom they live in a partnership. This person does not have to be in receipt of the state pension. Requests for places will begin during May 2012. If during the preceeding season you were assessed as eligible to travel on these holidays, it is not necessary to complete a new request, as Imerso will have been in touch with you to renew your details. If, on the other hand, you are applying to the Holiday Programme for the first time or are renewing your application after a period of non activity, you must make a formal request at the Social Services Office (in Javea in the Social Centre on Plaza de la Constitucion, second floor) 5. PUBLIC THERMAL TREATMENT PROGRAMME (ask for Termalismo Social) Pensioners who, according to a doctor´s prescription, require the treatments provided at Health Resorts and who meet the requirements stated, may request reduced prices in these establishments. Requirements: Be a pensioner within the state pension scheme for reasons of retirement or invalidity, and widows, widowers or other pensioners may only apply if over the age of 60. Must not be suffering from serious mental illness which might affect normal living in these establishments, nor suffer an infectious/contagious disease. Be able to look after themselves. Request period: For places during the months of February until August, both inclusive: - Must apply for inclusion on the Waiting List up until 16th May 2012 For places during the months of September to December, both inclusive: Must apply for inclusion on the Waiting List up until 30th October 2012 The person requesting a place may be accompanied by their husband or wife or person with whom they live in partnership, and this person does not have to be in receipt of a state pension. Application must be made at the Social Services Department (in Javea at the Social Centre, Plaza de la Constitucion, second floor). 6. BASURA DISCOUNT In order to obtain the annual discount on the Basura bill, a person must be either a pensioner over age of 65 or in receipt of a pension for other reason. The discount has to be requested once the current year´s Basura bill has been paid and will be applied in the following year. Application must be made at the ODAC office on Avenida Amanecer 2 (Citizen´s Attention Office above Clot parking area) Bring a photocopy of the paid Basura bill for the current year. The person applying for the discount must be the person shown on the bill statement. Only one discount will be allowed per name. (If you own 2 properties, you may only apply for one discount in your name). Should you pay by standing order and not be able to bring a copy of the paid bill, it is possible to obtain a copy at the ODAC office at the Area Economica Desk (ask for Justificante de Pago de Basura). IBI, Car Road Tax and AMJASA payments are not discounted for pensioners. Apparently Iberdrola offer some discount for pensioners – contact Iberdrola direct. Elizabeth Collins February 2012

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with Dr Christoph Semler

Dr. Christoph Semler qualified as a doctor at the University of Frankfurt and then specialised in General Practice in the UK. He is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, holds a Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a Diploma in Child Health Surveillance. He opened his private practice in Jávea in 2001. Dr Semler is fluent in English, Spanish and French and has a working knowledge of Dutch. Dear doctor, for a long time now my wife of 64 years of age has been suffering from restless legs at night. It was diagnosed by her GP back in the UK quite a number of years ago. When we moved here it got better initially but now it is back to what it was like in England. Her GP gave her different typs of medication, for a while we thought that magnesium dispersable tablets helped her, but they do not do so any longer. I can feel how she suffers with her legs at night, often she has got to get up and walk or sit in a lounge chair in the middle of the night. Occasionally she takes a sleeping tablet and then it is better, but she does not want to take them too often as she is concerned she might get hooked on them. Is there nothing we can do for her? Dear Albert, there might well be something we can do for her, in fact, I am quite certain. Restless leg syndrom (RLS) is a not unfrequent medical condition. Medical textbooks quote figures ranging from 4-8% of the population experiencing this unpleasent condition.

To properly make a diagnosis of RLS a number of symptoms must be there: the overwhelming urge to move your legs, the fact that it occurs at rest, most often at night and is quickly relieved by movements. It is not a tingling sensation or the famous pins and needles, it is a madding drive to just move you legs in any way: bend knees or ankles, get out of bed and walk about or even do elaborate gymnastics right in bed in the middle of the night. One does not really know where this illness comes from, where exactly in the body the fault lies. Almost certainly it is not a leg illness but a fault in the centre of the brain that deals with control of body motions and coordination. There is an interesting relation to the iron metabolism in that lack of iron is often found in RLS sufferes. One of the tests done on affecetd patients is to check their iron stores. Often replacing the iron can help improve symptoms. Unfortunately and paradoxically, an iron overload can also be found in people with RLS. So do not just buy iron supplements and give it a try, there ought to be a proper

blood analysis first. Putting even more iron in a body already overloaded with iron is really bad. At the same time as testing for iron stores other markers will be checked in the blood as well. Lack of certain vitamins, too much sugar in the blood, rheumatic illness, kidney illness or thyroid illness can also cause RLS. You mention that your wife finds respite from her restless legs when she takes a sleeping tablet. That is a common response in sufferes. It used to be, and often still is, one of the main treatment options for restless legs: sleeping tablets or certain tranquilizers help affected people find good restful sleep. Whether this happens through a genuine effect on the still unknown cause of the illness or just through shutting one up is unclear. But it works. For many patients the restless legs are not a daily –better nightly- occurence on a regular basis, rather they are affected in waves of bad nights and then are spared for others. Under therse circumstances it might well be helpful to take either a sleeping tablet or a weak tranquilizer and just ride it out. The drawback is that one can get accustomed to using either and then find it difficult to sleep without. Here a discussion with your doctor weighing up the pros and cons is most important. For a few years now one suspects that a certain subcentre of the brain is somehow involved in generating this terrible urge to move one´s legs in RLS sufferes. There also seems to be a connection to a well known neurological illness, namely Parkinson´s disesae. So clever doctors have tried

medication that works for Parkinson´s on RLS affected patients, and, horray, it did also work there. So nowadays in patients badly affected by RLS there exists a strong treatment options with a class of tablets called dopamin agonists. A fairly long list of different tablets has been drawn up, there will be one particular type for each individual patient. Here your wife would have to consult with her GP to find the most appropriate one for her. Talking about tablets, there are a number of different types of medication which can actually cause the symptoms of RLS. Amongst them a tablets for nausea or certain stomach problems (motilium is a well known one), a fair number of over the counter antihistaminics can also cause RLS as can different types of antidepressants, older and newer style ones. Your wife would not be taking one of these by any chance? So, let´s sum up: there are certain blood tests your wife should have, if these test are all normal, then I really am certain her doctor will find a tablet that will restore her good night´s sleep.

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DENIA Aldea Felina

Cat Protection League Aldea Felina Aldea felina is a charity registered in Spain to shelter, feed and re-home cats abandoned in the Denia area. Our helpers all work on a volunrary basis We have a variety of feline friends, old and young, waiting to be adopted. All adult cats are blood tested, wormed, vaccinated and sterilised and the kittens wormed and vaccinated. If you can give a loving home to any please call Lynda on 648100629. We also require short-term foster homes, teaching the young to interact with people or to bring an ill cat to full health. If you can help, please contact us on one of the numbers above. CAT OF THE MONTH


Wenda is a live wire who loves to play and be with people. She is full of energy and would ideally be suited to an active house with more pets. If you would like to adopt Wenda, or one of our other cats/kittens, please call Lynda on 648100629. For more information see our new website – We Need Your Help! We are always in need of people to help out at the centre. If you have a few spare hours one morning per week and would like to spend them caring for young kittens, or would be prepared to help cover for sickness and holidays at the centre please call Lynda. Donations Donations are most welcome as one-off gifts or regular payments. Lynda can provide you with the relevant information or see our new website Every little helps. We’d also like your bric-a-brac, books and unwanted gifts, to sell in our charity shop at Els Poblets, close to the (well signposted) veterinary clinic. Open Mon to Sat: 10-2





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Richard Pollock Consultant Electronic Engineer Two weeks ago I was contacted with regarding the expected performance of a 2 Metre Satellite Dish and it was a Javea address! These days it’s quite unusual to be asked to check out the performance of a 2Metre Sat Dish or for that matter a 1’8/1.9 as its seems generally accepted that a Satellite Dish should be at least a 2.4 Metres in size in the Javea area and that also it has to be ensured that it is a’Genuine Fringe Area’ type. Many people have been caught out by having a 2.4 metre type of poor specification or even worse, a copy of the real thing, not forgetting quality Satellite Dishes that in transport or installation have been damaged, leaving the Client with a ‘Distorted Satellite Dish Face, yes, it does happen, I have inspected several over the last twelve months!!! Geoff and I decided to visit as it seemed an interesting challenge. On arrival the owner explained that only three

months ago he had called in the original supplier as he was not receiving several T.V. stations, the main offender being BBC1 which disappeared before 11 a.m. In the morning! Not a very good starting point as we were then told the LNB had been changed and the Satellite Dish had been aligned for maximum performance, as mentioned all within three months!!! Our first check is a physical examination to see if there are any obvious damage to the Face Plate, in particular, to the surround rim, if we spot damage then it proves that somewhere along the way it has been the subject of poor handling at some point in its life, floor standing types can be given a good bending by a wheelbarrow etc been caught by a gardener! This Sat Dish looked O.K.

ings using our Promax Satfinder, after logging these readings we then checked the alignment paying particular attention the Signal to Noise (C/N) and Bit Error Rate(BER). Both were well below the expected results and were quite disappointing. It was then decided to replace the LNB, on removing the owners LNB we examined it in detail along with the owner, all three of us agreed that when compared with our replacement, in its 3 months of life it had suffered, I must say it gave every appearance of being much older ? We also had a quick look at the Coaxial feed cable and after examination advised the owner that at least two different makes of cable had been used and all were of poor quality, this would not help with the transfer of signals as they would offer significant losses to the received signal at the Satellite Receiver end of things and of course having several joints in the cable would also reduce the total performance.

At this point we fitted the new LNB and as each LNB has its own individual characteristics we again completed a full alignment and included We connected our Test adjusting the Focal Length Equipment and took severand Skew Angle, again al readings on our Promax these are very important. Prodig 5 Analyser and We were rewarded by a then confirmed these read-

massive increase in the resultant readings and we asked the owner if he could try its performance out over a twenty four hour period at the same time explaining that as in this area of Spain as the signal pattern can vary over a few Kilometres it would be difficult to predict the result, however we assured him it would be much better than before. Some 24 hours later the owner was contacted and was delighted with the results as now his BBC1 performance had increased from failing Mid Morning to still being operational at 11 P.M. Of course it will sometimes fall off before 11 P.M. and if the conditions are better last longer, our signals here in Eastern Spain are very weak and as we wait for a replacement Astra Satellite to be launched in the next two years, its going to be a nail biting time for all those involved in delivering good quality signals. For those requiring further information, please check out my Web Site. I will always try and answer your problems via e-mail, however with some of the more complex problems, without conducting a 'Field Test' which involves a home visit and of course conducting a series of test it is impossible to reach a conclusion. Richard Pollock B. Ed I. Eng FIEEIE Consultant Electronic Engineer Formerly Lecturer in RTVE at Bradford College Telephone 670 362 395 (Monday - Friday 10 AM to 6 PM) e-mails to Web Site at

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JPG Computer talk telephone: 644 46 41 49

Hi Everyone! Let’s continue exploring what comes in Microsoft’s new Operating System Package, Windows 8. On the last post we took a peek at some of the new layout specs, and today we’re about to go a bit deeper into the actual functioning of the software. When you install the software, you can choose to log on using an email address and a password or just with a standard user name & password as until now. If we choose the first option, your basic screen apps come with you. Your connected account is like a portable, personal PC that appears on any Windows 8based PC you’re using. This means that when you sign in with your connected email account to another PC running Windows 8, your apps and settings go with you, so it’s just like you’re using your own PC. You’ll also be signed in to all of the websites you were signed in to. You can continue your task from where you left it no matter where you are. These apps are downloadable from the new Windows Store and can work together, meaning that communicate between them, showing all your pictures from different places (websites included) in one place! Also they remain running on the background when your computer is on standby, meaning your apps don’t need time to catch up once you log on again. Windows 8 also will arrive with Internet Explorer 10 app, also designed to work

perfectly well on touch screens. They promise faster performance, increased security protection and higher hardware acceleration. Your sites are at the centre of the screen and the navigation bar appears only when you want it, so there’s more room for your sites. The touch keyboard is intelligently integrated into the browser and only appears when required. Still, there is also a classic Browser option for those who take a little longer to adapt to new formats. Earlier I mentioned the new Windows Store. This is an online store that will feature apps we might be familiar with and others designed specifically for this new Operating System. They assure it’ll be easy to find the apps we want, from exciting games, to productivity tools already known on Windows. These apps are grouped in familiar categories; frequently downloaded apps are highlighted and show how other users ratings for the ones they have purchased. Obviously, on most of these apps there will be a test version so you can try it before buying. Once you’ve decided, you can buy it online and install it on up to five Windows 8 PCs. Thinking of advanced users, they have increased the list of settings options, for example in the usage of multimonitor setups. Using multiple monitors is now totally flexible. New options allow you to display the Start screen with the mentioned apps on one monitor and the

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traditional desktop on the other, for example. Also you can display different desktop backgrounds on each monitor or stretch an image across both screens. There are also options to have duplicate or unique task bars on each monitor. Regarding the file management, the new Explorer should make file navigation and common file management tasks straight forward. The new ribbon will arrange the Explorer’s rich functionality, surfacing previously buried features and adding new commands like ISO mounting and single-window move or copy. This file explorer has recovered a previous favourite demanded by many users, due to its assistance: the Up button. And last, they have improved the copy experience so view and manage all file operations can be performed in one single place. Continuing with features that advanced users will enjoy, special mention for the new Task Manager has to be made. Operations are much easier now and we now have a single dashboard where to control the PC so we always know what’s going on with it. Tiles in different colours help finding items that are using the bulk of a resource, for example. Now it’s easier to efficiently keep track of what is happening in your system and in real time, giving detailed information on processes, applications, and history. All on one screen. And finishing for today,

Microsoft assures that basic maintenance tasks can now be completely automatic if we configure them that way, minimizing the stress produced when we are continuously prompted with a required reboot request after an update, for example. All for today! Log back on for more on the next issue!! Please find our contact details on our advert in this edition; in case you have any questions or queries, we can assure a quick and professional reply. If these queries are of general benefit, we will post the reply on further editions of the Grapevine so they can be for everybody’s benefit. Also, feel free to visit our new Facebook page, where we will try to keep you all posted on latest news about computers and the world around them. Also you’ll find a link to the Grapevine’s website where you’ll find the latest edition for online reading. Here is the link: ges/Valencia-Javea/JPGAsistencia/12151419787774 6 Back to work till the next post! Until then, keep clicking!! g r a p e v i n e @ j p g

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Local Club Directory The Marina Alta Business Club The club meets twice a week in the evenings. All nationalities welcome. Meetings conducted in English. Contact Gaile on 96 646 1913, email Javea International Magic Club For more information please call 627 046 897 or 96 579 4570. Royal Air Force Association. The North Costa Blanca Branch meets at Los Arcos Restaurante, Pedreguer (N332, west side) on the second Monday of each month at 12:00 to 13:00, followed by lunch. We have nearly 140 members, who enjoy friendship, help and support with RAFA; and we always look for new members who have, or have not, served in the RAF. For more information, visit or call 965743439 Toscamar Tennis Friends Join us for a friendly game of tennis on Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00 12.00 at Ciudad Toscamar, Javea. Just turn up or ring Christine on 96 649 3900 Costa Blanca Yachting Association The CBYA welcomes all boat owners; We meet every week, please our for details & location of the meeting website Costa Blanca Astronomical Society Meets on first Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m. in Montgó Visitors Centre in Dénia. For details and directions call Ed Morley on 96 574 4612 or e-mail Scottish Country Dancing Enquiries please call 96 645 6881. Stamp Collectors/Philatelists/Postcards Meeting - 2nd & 4th Monday of every month at Marples Bar, Avenida La Fontana , Arenal at 10.00. For more details please call Derek Guyett on 96 579 5499 or Dave Anderson on 96 647 6034 The Firs Nursery Mother & Toddler Group Every Monday from 14.00 - 15.30. Children aged from 18 months to school age. Call 96 647 2929 for more information. Backgammon Club We meet on Mondays at the Grand Cafe residential Toscamar at 20.00. For more information please call Steve on 96 647 1708 or 635 377 335. Javea Netball Club Playing Wednesdays, 20.00 - 21.30 at L'Ancora Playa Tennis club. contact Anita on 96 647 2169 or 660 782 165. Javea Al-Anon Support Group

The Al-Anon group for friends or relatives of alcoholics to share their experiences. No membership fee. Call 96 646 3689. Expatriate Ostomates of Spain EOS Contact Cynthia on 96 646 0063. MABS Cancer Support Group Jacqui 96 579 4083 or 686 305 006 Brenda 678 843 666 Valencia area Cynthia 652 835 063 Kirsten 646 865 308 Rian 619 876 062 Stress Busting Yoga Club in Javea Yoga for beginners. We meet Tuesday at a house on the Jesus Pobre Road. For more infomation call Maria Palomar on 96 646 0851. Art Clubs Art Clubs which are for Oils, Watercolurs, Pastels, Acrylic & now meet in Javea at ArtyFacts, Denia, Cumbre del Sol & Benimeli. Call Lesley Clark 96 579 4462 or email Wall Hangings and Rug Making Club We meet every other Tuesday in Javea from 09.30 - 12.00. Contact Amanda on 639 987 301 or email Art Centre Association - Javea Subjects available are: - Painting in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastel, Drawing, Mixed Media, Portraiture, Creative Textiles and Restoration of Porcelain. Join in at any time. Come and visit the Art Centre, we can fax, E-mail or post you info: and a map, or for more details phone:- Lorely Griffiths, Javea – 96 647 20 49. E-mail: Patchwork/Quilters Group meet Wednesday 10.00 - 13.00 at the Centre Public Formacio e Persones Adultos in Javea, Calle Ramon Llido, Javea. Contact Debbie on 96 579 0086 Javea Public Lending Library Borrow books in English from Javea Public Lending Library, FREE! The English section is open every Tuesday and Saturday morning between 10.00 - 12.00. The Javea Public Library, Calle Mayor 9, Javea Pueblo, the old town. Javea Public Lending Library: Contact Alma Dorndorf on 96 646 3262 or 636898162 Javea International Civic Society Enquiries to Jeni Jackson Phillips 96 579 0470, 619 270 493. Javea School of Bridge and Social Club Edifico 80, Avenida Tamarits. Tel 96 649 1539. Crochet & Soft Yarn Club

Meets fortnightly in a private house in Javea. Contact or phone 96 579 4462. Taoist Tai Chi Society of Javea New instrucors, new space. Beginners welcome anytime Monday and Wednesday 11.30 at Danza Ronda Sur (near paint shop in old town) Info Jean 649 161 290. Javea Bridge Club Avdna de Paris 2. or call Margaret on 96 579 3413. Javea Book Circle We meet on alternate Tuesdays at 19.30 for 19.45 at the Centro Social, behind the Centro de Salud Contact Eleanor Joy on 96 647 2876 UFO Discussion/Research Group We meet on the first Friday of every month at 10.00 for 10.30 start in the Social Services Centre Javea. contactPresident, Jeanine El

Khouri. 965795148 or Christine Newton 618111376. Group e.mail

The Javea Branch of the Royal British Legion meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. We meet at Scallops Restaurant on the Arenal in Javea..Our meeting start at 11.00am but most member and visitors start arriving from 10.30am onwards, everyone is welcome. You do not have to have been in the forces to be a member now, anyone can join. We have a very good Social Programme each year , with something going on most months. If you would like any information regarding our Branch please contact Roger(Chairman) on 96-5790123 We would like to see more members joining our Branch but, if you just want to come along and see what we do, then we would love to see you at any time” Javea Whist Club Javea Whist Club meets every Monday and Thursday (7.45 for 8 p.m.) at L’Ancora Playa at the Arenal to play progressive partner whist. All card players welcome particularly at the Thursday session when the numbers are lower. Women in business club Monthly Business Meetings open to all members and non members, but you must be a WOMEN THIRD MONDAY OF THE MONTH JAVEA - L'Ancora Tennis Club Time: from 2pm to 4pm Location: L'Ancora Tennis Club The Javea Players, Amateur Theatre in English, Contact Membership Secretary: 96 579 0379 email:

Apart from putting on several plays per year we also have social nights in our Studio and a monthly Cinema Club,we are situated behind Book World , a few doors away from Fuentes Restaurant in Thiviers, Javea. Costa Blanca Anglo Spanish Association We enjoy outings & meetings on spanish culture. New members and visitors welcome. Visit or ring Geoff on 965757847 for more information Peña Javeamigos The international supporter's club and now the primary source of information for CD Javea. For more details, see Benitachell Christian Fellowship Sun. 11am in the Arts Museum Tel David Newman 650738638 Ray Davies 96 649 4036 New Country Linedancers Line dancing classes every Thursday at the Grand Cafe, Toscamar. Beginners: 6.30 - 7.15pm Improvers 7.15 - 8.30pm Advanced 9.00 - 10.00pm For further information phone David on 96 647 0632 ARNAAP Association of Royal Navy, Army and Air Force Personnel. If you enjoy lunching in congenial company join us. It is not essential to be Ex-Service, just like minded. Call Susan on 966 404650, or Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir rehearse every Tuesday 7-9pm, at Bar Mediterraneo, Teulada. New members always welcome, no experience necessary. Come along and give us a try! Tel: Mike Evans 965744577 or go to our web site: Arsenal Costa Blanca Supporters Club, meet every match day at Cheers Bar, Javea Port under the archway. All club matches are shown live. If you live in or around Javea or are just visiting and would like to renew or start your support for the club, come along. All will be made welcome, young or old. Any further information, e-mail, Bob at Crib Club every Thurs 8pm at Bombers Bar in the Port If you would like your club to be included , please contact us at or tel: 96 579 2649 or call in to the Copishop in Javea Port

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EMERGENCY CHEMISTS 1 Consuelo Espinos Soliveres Plaza de la Iglesia, 11 (Old Town) 2 Farmacia Belchi-Cholbi Ronda de Calón, 4 (old Town) 3 Amparo Marsal Romany Avda. Rey Juan Carlos I, 33 (Port-Town) 4 Isabel Garcés Castells Servilla, Edificio Adumar I, (Port) 5 María Paz Uriol Batuecas Playa Arenal (Beach) 6 Juana María Ripoll Ripoll Ctra. Cabl la Nao, (Cala Blanca) 7 José Miguel Muñoz Moltó Anda. de Lepanto, 12, (Port) 8 Rosa Må Perez Ortuño Avda. del Pla, Cabo la Nao, 9 Almodovar Morell, Antonio Vte Plaza Joanot Martorell, 5 Local 3 10 Gol Esquer, Lydia (by Quicksave) Ctra. Cabo La Nao Pla 121 11 Lillo Garcia, Ana Maria Antonio Bañuls, Esq. Ramón Llidó 12 Salort Miralles, Vicente Ctra Del Cabo de la Nao, 165 13 Marin Lluch, Antonio Avda. Augusta, 30

Information provided by Må Salomé Martínez Pastor at the Av. Lepanto, 12, Farmacia.

Service 11.00am every Sunday with Rev. John Hansford at the Grand Café Toscamar, Cabo de la Nao Road, Javea. ( Next to Kieth & Lyn’s Supermarket ). Come and join a friendly and relaxed congregation for lively worship. Everybody’s welcome, all denominations, all nationalities.

Young Seekers Group and crèche available during the sermon. Tel: 965 795 847. and local Tourist Offices.

easy flatpax We bring IKEA to you! we make it so easy we shop for you we deliver to you we also assemble for you. 96 647 0770/647 790 340

PET AND HOUSE SITTER. English lady will look after your pets, plants and home during your absence. Tel Elisabeth 646 581 624.

LAST MONTH'S ANSWERS The entry with the most correct answers to last months quiz is Eric Johnson of Javea. The prize, a 12 Euro Book Token donated by Bookworld España can be collected from the CopiShop, Jávea Port. 1. Deadly Nightshade 2. Philadelphia 3. Vinegar 4. A butcher 5. The Zambezi 6. An antelope 7. Winston 8. A mushroom 9. Longleat 10. Fleur de Lys (Lily) 11. Partridges 12. Wink or blink 13. Salt 14. Antonio 15. Vehicle prices 16. Baldrick 17. 2 years 18. One square mile 19. The Pope 20. Lady Day

Telephones of Interest Emergencies Town Hall Local Police Guardia Civil Fire Service Red Cross Ambulance Health Centre Port Amjasa Water Post Office Electricity Disasters Taxi - Radio Town Port Alsa Buses Culture Centre OMIC Tourist Centre Port Arenal Museum Justice Dept. Rubbish Library Town Port Centro Socia Sports Hall Prop. Register Notary Creama Parking Abril

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APASA Kennel Talk

Asociacion Protectera de animales de San Antonio The APASA Javea dog refuge provides accommodation for over 200 abandoned and stray dogs . APASA is proud of its reputation of never putting a healthy dog to sleep. The APASA centre can be found behind the Tormos garden centre, off the Cami Cabanes in Cami de les Sorts. For further information, please ring Nicole: 96 646 3976 or Maggie: 96 574 4449.

APASA PROPOSED TRIP TO CIUDAD, TOLEDO AND CUENCA TO TAKE PLACE MAY 2nd. TO MAY 6th. 2012 On behalf of APASA Mandy and Sue are planning a trip to Cuidad Real, Toledo and Cuenca departing May 2nd returning May 6th 2012. We need to determine how many of our friends would be interested in coming along. It will be a 5day trip staying at Cuidad Rael for the first 2 nights and at Toledo for the last 2, we will be calling at Cuenca on the last day.

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KIRA crossbreed DOB 15.7.09 40cm Kira,s owner could no longer keep her and her friend as he now lives in a flat and the neighbours were complaining about them when they were playing! She is a very funny dog loves people and is very playful. ENRICO CROSSBREED dob 1.11.11. 57cm Enrico was brough to us by his owner who said he was too strong on the lead. This is typical of people who do not train their dogs and lack experience. This really is not a very sensible reason to bring a dog to the shelter. If you are looking for a young active and loving dog and can spare some time to train him Enrico could be the perfect dog for you. We are sure he would soon learn how to behave on the lead. DIEGO Crossbreed DOB 15.07.09 57cm Who said that only pure breed dogs can be beautiful? Diego must be one of the prettiest dog we have ever seen and we do not have a clue as to what breed he is! He is a kind and loving dog, still young and eager to learn new things. Just come to our shelter and have a look, we are sure you will fall in love with him as we did.

In Cuidad Real we will be staying at the Hotel Guadiana, which is a 4 star hotel with all the facilities and at Toledo we will be staying at the Hotel Mayoral which is a 3 star hotel in a central location, both hotels CHARM Labrador/Pointer cross. DOB will be half board. 15.12.09 45cm Charm must have just given birth when she was found at an Ciudad Real is the capital city of La Mancha, situated in the centre of English School in Javea. She had been the third largest province in Spain with the Natural Park of Tablas De there for a couple of days looking for Daimiel and Wineris Valdpenas. food. Nobody could find her puppies so Toledo a world heritage city was once the capital city of Spain. Toledo she was brought to APASA sadly without is a magical place, probably one of the most spectacular cities in the them. We also tried but without luck. Shortly after her arrival she world. The buildings and winding streets contained within the old city became ill with an infection which would certainly have killed her withwalls hold hundred of years of history and the River Tajo runs along- out medical treatment. She recovered very quickly and is now a side the city and adds to the charm and beauty. healthy, loving, funny dog who is only waiting for someone to make her We will visit Cuenca on our last day. With buildings dating back as far a happy dog. as the 15th century Cuenca’s old town has the UNESCO World Heritage designation. The city spreads out from the top of a promontory over- EVENTS looking the ruins of its Mooriah Castle, and the ancient Kunka Fortress. Meanwhile, below, the modern city grows on the Jucar plain. Almonds, honey and figs are included in all kinds of imaginative cookery and MARCH 13th LADIES DAY at the large back room of the Bar make up the dessert knows as ‘alaju’ (a cake made of honey figs and Mediterraneo, almonds). As for drink, wines with the La Mancha Denomination of Teulada. 11am - 4pm. Do come along and treat yourself for Mothers Origin and ‘resoli’ a liqueur made with coffee, sugar and orange peel, Day. Mini beauty treatments, makeup, jewellery, London Boutique fashare outstanding. ion, Home made goodies, Lingerie and lots more. Refreshments available The anticipated price will be €270 per person dependant upon the number of people on the trip there will be a supplement for a single room. all day in the bar. If you are interested in joining us please add your details to the APRIL 20TH Another Quiz. More details in April issue. attached sheet or contact Mandy on 639603880 or Sue on 965741668. MAY 18TH Auction at El Cid Benidoleig. Bar and refreshments If you have any suitable items which The people that came on our trip last year to Andorra will be happy to available all afternoon you are willing to donate please ring Maggie 96 5744449. know we have Gilberto the same super driver for this trip. There will be a €25 non-refundable deposit per person at time of booking 2nd JUNE ANNUAL BALL Salon de Canor Teulada. More details to follow.

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Animal Care with Fleur Conway Fleur, has worked as a vetinarary assistant for 20 years. Her work included surgery, anaesthesia, laboratory, emergencies, intensive care, consultations and X-ray. She is also a trained Dog groomer and studied canine/feline psychology, equine psychology, and currently studying Equine Therapeutic Massage and aromatherapy. Her alternative qualifications include, Bach Flower, Holistic therapies, Crystal Healing, Chakras, colour therapy, Kinesiology and mind control She currently lives with four dogs, five cats, one parrot, one hamster, two guinea pigs, five tortoises, one Iguana, chickens/cockerels, one goose, one sheep, two horses, two Vietnamese pigs and around 28 cockatiels.

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES FOR HORSE AND RIDER. Bach Flower remedies are 100% natural and help us and our horses find equilibrium within our emotional body. They are not a drug, they are not tranquilizers, they have the same natural vibration as our emotion in balance. Bach Flowers were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930’s. He worked as a doctor and surgeon in London, and by observing his patients, their characters, personality, their emotional state and how this affected illness, he began to investigate further. One thing led to another until he discovered and produced 38 Bach Flower remedies plus 1 emergency remedy. 38 remedies for 38 emotions….fear, depression, anger, worry, guilt, impatience, feeling overwhelmed, lack of self esteem…….these are only a few. 1 remedy= Rescue Remedy for emergency situations. This remedy is composed of 5 the 38 remedies. This remedy is specific for traumatic/shock emergency situations. So, how can these remedies help us as riders and our horses? Let’s start with us; Humans are emotional beings, and many emotions are suppressed, or out of balance due to life situations, upbringing, influences by other people etc etc. When our emotions are out of balance it affects our outlook on life, our relationship with other people, with our horse, our work and our perspective on situations, without mentioning how it affects our physical and mental body too. Let’s look at this concept with an example: For example; a woman “ Mary”, who has 2 children, must get them ready and take them school, then rush off to work, pick the kids up again, take them home, prepare them some tea, before she can go to see her horse and do some riding. She likes dressage. She is a person who likes to do things correctly, “how one is expected to do things”. When she gets to the stables, she is feeling tired and down, slightly annoyed that she always has to do so many things. She takes her horse, brushes, tacks him up, also in a rush, but trying to be as perfect as possible. She feels more annoyed because she forgot to take her tack home to clean. She takes her horse into the menagerie and starts to ride. The horse is frisky…he always is but this day even more so. He is a young horse and needs plenty of exercise. She gets annoyed at the horse because she does not want to be fighting with him…they must get on and practice dressage..They have a competition next week, there’s no time for fiddling about!! The horse is just being a horse, he’s happy to be out, he wants to work but he doesn’t understand what his rider wants of him: He feels her tense, sharp, jerky, changing aids constantly and she is even shouting at him. This goes on for half an hour until Mary decides enough is enough, she gets off her horse in a temper and puts him in his stable. She

goes home, but on her way home she starts feeling guilty; “my poor horse, he doesn’t understand, why did I shout at him, I shouldn’t get cross with him, I’m fed up with having so much to do, I can’t go on with this..It’s all too much “. Let’s look at Mary’ emotions: Firstly Mary is feeling overwhelmed with all the responsibilities she has, from her life situation and also from her own expectations. She is a person who likes to do things as “correctly “as possible, and if she doesn’t this makes her annoyed. When Mary takes her horse into the menagerie, she is impatient, and angry, and when she goes home in the car she starts to feel guilty, plus her feeling of being overwhelmed with responsibilities comes over her again. Mary’s main emotional imbalance is feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities and her need to do things “correctly “, which in turn lead her to other emotional imbalances like impatience , anger and guilt. Remedies that would help Mary: Elm, Rock Water, Impatiens, Pine How can Bach Flower remedies help our horses? Horses also are emotional beings. Many people don’t realize to what extent horses suffer due emotional issues and imbalances. Horses are herd animals. They need company of other horses, they need to touch other horses. Horses also would spend all day walking and munching away at food. They can walk miles in a day, just ambling around looking for food and water. They would play, roll, get wet if it rained, huddle up together and put their backs to the wind if it were windy. They would also learn rules, hierarchy and respect . All this is and so much more is taken away from horses as soon as we put them in stables and semi confinement. Some horses are luckier than others and have the possibility to live out 24/7 with a herd in a natural environment, but sadly for the majority they don’t even have contact with the horse in the stable next door!. Many horses develop behaviors like wind sucking, weaving, crib biting, aggressive behavior and many more behaviors that people would call ‘undesirable or bad behavior’…this is mainly due to emotional /psychological imbalance. What does the human do? Get angry with the horse, puts a collar on its neck, bars across the door, punishes the animal for its behavior, and more severe or hard training, but this does not solve the emotional issue, if anything it makes things worse. Horses pick up on their environment, on the people who are around them, the person who rides them. Not only do they have their own emotional issues, they also pick up on people’s emotions, and if we take the example above, Mary’s horse was put under stress while been ridden, without understanding what she wanted of him. This led him to be confused and depending on the horse’s character and sensitivity it could have led him into flight mode and fear. Horses are very sensitive, they are intelligent and have a memory. Many situations they have lived become a trauma imbedded in the psyche, and if left unattended to can become the reason of other behaviors or issues. Horses are animals, individuals, with their own personality. This must always be taken into account. What disturbs or affects one horse does not necessarily affect another. Horses have different genes, have different imprint, have been influenced dif- Fleur (Flor) Conway: ferently, they have been kept differently, Holistic Therapist Animals fed differently. We can’t assume that and Humans what is good and works with one horse Bach Flower Registered is automatically good and will work with Practitioner col. 3557 another. This is where a lot of emotional issues develop. ..when the horse is not Young Living Therapeutic seen as an individual and its individualgrade Essential Oils member/distribuitor 1184889 needs aren’t taken into account. Bach Flower remedies help these emoPhone: 615 941 191 tional inbalances, for example, fear, email: trauma, panic, lack of attention, compul- sive disorders, impatience…. Anyone who has animals, or is involved with them must be aware of how their (español) own emotional state affects these animals. Being aware, and acknowledging (english) this, helps us to have a deeper relationhttp://www.terapiasship with our animals based on mutual understanding, respect ,trust and of course love.

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by Teacher Writer Cathy Perez Pinto CATHY: Buenos días a todos. (Good morning everyone.) ¿Cómo estáís? (How are you all?) ¿Qué tal hacéis frente a este tiempo tan frío? (How are you coping with this very cold weather?) DEREK: Hemos tenido una ola de frío siberiana y me dicen que es la peor en 56 años. ¿Es verdad? (We have had a Siberian cold spell and I have been told that it is the worst for 56 years. Is this true?) CATHY: Sí, eso dicen. (Yes, that’s what they are saying.) Hace ahora 56 años de la histórica ola de frío de febrero 1956. (It’s now 56 years since the historic cold spell of February 1956.) Muchos consideraban entonces que fue de tal envergadura y duración que habría que retroceder a la pequeña edad glacial para encontrar un acontecimiento semejante. (At that time many people thought that it was so extensive and so long that you would have to go back to the minor ice age to find similar conditions.) Aquel mes de febrero quedó fuertemente marcado por dos intensísimas invasiones de aire polar continental, seguidas por una tercera algo menos intensa. (That month of February was deeply affected by two extremely intense attacks of continental polar air, followed by a third somewhat less intense.) ROSIE: ¿Afectó a toda España o sólo algunos sitios? (Did it affect the whole of Spain or just some places?) CATHY: En la mayor parte de la Península se registraron bajísimas temperaturas mínimas durante muchos días que, para un gran número de lugares, supusieron las mínimas

absolutas desde el inicio de las medidas termométricas. (Throughout most of the Peninsula extremely low minimum temperatures were recorded for a great many days which, for very many places, meant the lowest ever since temperatures first started to be recorded.) En muchos sitios se registraron temperaturas negativas en casi todos los días del mes, y en los más fríos, las temperaturas medias diarias resultaron negativas todos los días del mes. (In many places below zero temperatures were registered almost every day of the month and in the coldest places the average daily temperature was below zero every day of the month.) Las temperaturas medias mensuales fueron inferiores a las normales en toda España. (The average monthly temperatures were below normal throughout Spain.) Fue el mes de febrero más frío del periodo desde 1901 hasta 1956 y comparable únicamente por sus temperaturas bajas al mes de enero de 1914. (It was the coldest month of February during the period which went from 1901 to 1956 and was only comparable to the low temperatures in the month of January 1914.) JENNY: ¿Nos puedes proporcionar algunas estadísticas? (Can you provide us with some statistics? CATHY: Sí, como no.(Yes, of course.) La temperatura más baja registrada en España en todos los tiempos desde que hay mediciones fueron los 32 grados bajo cero en los Pirineos de Lérida el 2 de febrero del 1956, aunque es probable que en las alturas se alcanzaron los 50 grados bajo cero. (The lowest temperature ever recorded in Spain since measurements were started was 32 degrees below zero in the Pyrenees in

Lérida, although in the very highest part it probably reached 50 degrees below zero.) Algunas otras temperaturas mínimas registradas aquel mes fueron menos doce grados en San Sebastián y en Cuenca, menos ocho grados en Bilbao, Granada y Zaragoza, menos nueve en Madrid y menos siete en Valencia. (Some of the other minimum temperatures registered that month were twelve degrees below zero in San Sebastián and Cuenca, eight degrees below in Bilbao, Granada and Zaragoza, nine below in Madrid and seven below in Valencia.) En Alicante sólo bajó a 4,6 grados bajo cero. (In Alicante it only went down to 4.6 degrees below zero.) ROBERT: Supongo que esto no ocurrió solo en España. (I suppose this didn’t only happen in Spain.) CATHY: No, por supuesto que no. (No, of course not.) La invasión de aire frío afectó a toda Europa con temperaturas mínimas de 35º bajo cero en San Petersburgo, 32º bajo cero en Innsbruck, 25º bajo cero en Varsovia y Estocolmo y once grados bajo cero en Paris. (The attack of cold air affected the whole of Europe with minimum temperatures of 35º below zero in Saint Petersburg, 32º below zero in Innsbruck, 25º below zero in Warsaw and Stockholm and eleven degrees below zero in Paris.) VALERY: ¿Cuál ha sido el año más cálido en la historia de España? (Which has been the hottest year in the history of Spain?) CATHY: Os vais a sorprender. (You’re going to be surprised.) Fue el año 2011. (It was the year 2011.) El año 2006 había sido el más cálido hasta entonces. (The year 2006 had been the hottest until then.) Aunque prácticamente todo el año se desarrolló con mercurios por encima de las medias nacionales, las temperaturas más elevadas del año 2011 se registraron al final de la segunda

decena de agosto, alcanzándose el día 19 los valores extremos de 42,5º en Sevilla y Badajoz. (Although temperatures were above the national average practically throughout the whole year, the highest temperatures in 2011 were registered at the end of the second ten days in August, reaching the ultimate level of 42.5 in Seville and Badajoz.) En otoño también se produjeron récords insólitos como los 36,5 grados que se registraron en Jerez el 12 de octubre. (Autumn also produced unusual records like the 36.5 degrees recorded in Jerez on the 12th. of October.) JOHN: ¿Se están produciendo récords de temperaturas máximas difíciles de batir? (Are record maximum temperatures being produced which are going to be difficult to beat?) CATHY: Se está poniendo el listón muy alto pero, a la vista de lo que estamos viendo, es posible que continúen superándose. (Very high levels are being set but, according to what we are seeing, it is possible that they are going to continue exceeding themselves.) En 2011 los meses de abril y mayo produjeron temperaturas disparadas. (In 2011 April and May produced surprisingly high temperatures.) DON: ¿Y qué nos dices de la lluvia. (What can you tell us about the rainfall?) CATHY: En cuanto a las lluvias, el año 2011 resultó algo más seco de lo normal en el conjunto de España. (As far as the rainfall is concerned 2011 turned out to be drier than usual throughout Spain.) La precipitación media en España alcanzó los 555 mm que quedó en torno a un 7% por debajo del valor normal. (The average rainfall in Spain reached 555mm which ended up at about 7% below the usual amount.) Bueno; ya está para hoy. (Well; that’s it for today.) Hasta la próxima vez y abrigaos. (See you next time and wrap up.)

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