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A R O U N D October

T H E

2013

VA L L E Y Volume 1 Issue 7

CHAIRMANS REPORT By Anne Dibden Pp

Page Chairman's Report & September Meeting Notes & Call My Bluff

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Call My Bluff continued

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Recipe Antequera Trip

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La Vinuela Photo Club

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September Walk Whats on—

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Hello everyone Isn´t it good that Autumn is with us, we´ve lost the extreme heat although I don´t think it was that bad this year. Peter and I have just got back from a week near Tarragona where we had a very relaxing stay on the beach, I even got Peter to go everyday even though it must be about a year since we´ve been in this area. I think it was the golden sand and beautiful bay that made the difference. Still it´s good to be back home and we are looking forward to the up and coming events. I understand the trip to Antequera was a great success and we were sorry to have missed it but hopefully it will be repeated next year so don´t forget to go! Looking forward to the wine tasting evening and I´m sure the film will be enjoyed by everyone. Peter and I have already seen it twice and found it very amusing and the acting was fantastic. There are plenty of things already in the pipeline to keep your interest so don´t forget to check the website. Come to the meetings or come to the Friday market to have a chat. Just a reminder to everyone that we do need input from all the members and will need extra help on the committee. Unfortunately due to various circumstances we are now short of people on the committee so if you feel you could join us let us know. It´s not too onerous! See most of you on Monday.

Forthcoming Events

El-Valle Meeting 2nd September 2013. By Alan Impey Committee

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After a month's break the ElValle resumed normal service and 7.30pm Monday 2nd September saw in excess of 70 members turn up at the Camping Bar for the usual meeting plus entertainment in the form of the El-Valle version of that long ago panel game, "Call My Bluff " More of that later though from Alice. Anne (chairperson) opened the meeting at 7.30pm with another reminder that the year was slipping past and that it was really important for everyone to give some thought to the continuance of the El-Valle. Most of the elected officials were standing down at the end of the current year after having been in office a long time. Without replacements the El-Valle would cease to exist and this would be a shame as many many people have benefitted from the formation and membership of the ElValle. Brief mention was made by Anne re the social events before Jane took over to give a more detailed account of events past, present and future. It was now time for the Call My

Bluff event which is reported on by Alice. Following the panel game which proved a huge success Anne announced that the cash box would now be drawn but none of the five numbers drawn and corresponding keys managed to open the box and the prize rolls over to next month. All through the evening committee members had been working at the rear of the room selling tickets for events etc and we should thank them for their hard work and efforts. The next meeting of the ElValle is Monday 7th October 2013.

Bluffing It Out By Alice Venus September’s El Valle meeting featured a Call My Bluff evening when the entire assembled company divided into teams of four to pit our wits, have some fun and prove just how much we still don’t know.

Alan the Artful Dodger, Terry the Trickster and Martyn the Mendacious, each provided different explanations of obscure words read out by Peter, the master of ceremonies. All three excelled themselves in their attempts to convince, deceive and mislead us into believing unimaginably ridiculous meanings for words we’d never heard of. They succeeded. Among the more unusual words and their correct definitions were: Matrass – a glass flask with a round body and long neck used by chemists for distilling (bottle!) Ziff – An Australian slang word for a beard (face fur!) Mattamore - A subterranean chamber, often used as a storehouse or granary (junk room!)


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BLUFFING IT OUT Cont: Lobola – A South African custom by which a bridegroom’s family gives cattle or money to the bride’s family prior to the marriage (bribe!) After 18 questions the top scorers with 40 out of a possible 54 were the imaginatively named ‘Trevor’s Team’ starring Douglas, Jane, Jean and of course Trev himself, and ‘Cheveux’ – so called because female team members Janette and Viv spend far too much time discussing hair dos, according to partners Chris and Tim. There followed a tie break of two further questions, in which both teams came head to head again, so ringleader Peter declared a truce and awarded a bottle of wine to each. The game certainly fulfilled the goals of the original BBC show by being ‘entertaining, educational and informative’. It also helped most of us expand our vocabulary with words that will definitely help us make new friends and influence people….

RECIPE FOR KASHMIRI CHICKEN Serves 6

cinnamon & fry until onions are golden.

Ingredients 125 grms. Butter 10 Peppercorns

Add ginger, garlic, chilli powder, paprika & salt to taste & fry for 2 mins stirring, careful not to let the garlic burn.

10 Cardamom pods

Add the chicken pieces & fry until browned.

5 cm (2 inch) piece cinnamon stick

Gradually add yoghurt stirring constantly.

5 cm (2 inch) piece of fresh ginger

Cover & cook gently for about 30 mins. Or until the chicken is tender and cooked through

3 lge Onions finely sliced

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped 1 tsp chilli powder 2 tsp paprika Salt 1.5 kg (3lb) chicken pieces, skinned 250 gms natural yoghurt Handful of flaked almonds Method Melt butter in a deep lidded frying pan. Add onions, peppercorns, cardamom &

Serve with plain Basmati rice. Sprinkle with the almonds


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NOCHE DE LA LUNA, ANTEQUERA By Alan Impey I'm in love again!!. More about the title later!!!! Friday 20th September was the postponed date of the latest El-Valle social event which was a trip to Antequera to see both the historic town and experience a moonlight guided tour of the Alcazaba. All 30 participants were on time and our coach actually left "Romero's" a few minutes early for the drive to Antequera which in itself is very good with stunning scenery all the way. After an hour of travelling the coach deposited us in the centre of Antequera very close to the Tourist Information Centre which was the first port of call for most of us. We now had six hours of "free" time to explore Antequera and also take lunch so the next part of the report is my personal view as the group split and I was with a group of ten. Firstly was lunch and Terry had done some research into this and came up with Bodega Muralla which turned out to be an inspired choice!!! Everyone selected their personal choice from the menu on the premise that we would all "mix'n'match the choices. As often happens the amount of food that arrived at the table was enough to feed the "five thousand" let alone the ten of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thoughts turned to "what is the bill going to be like!!!" WE NEEDN'T HAVE WORRIED!!!!!!

The food was great although there was plenty left even after a collection for a dog named Ruby!!!!!!! As we finished eating the impromptu entertainment started and a Spanish worker from a nearby table began his form of Tango to vocal musical accompaniment from his workmates. He received applause from all present and was joined by our own New Zealand "belle" Annie for another dance. Right, time to explore!!!!!! Mike must

have thought he was still in New Zealand as he took us off in the wrong direction totally but eventually he (aided by Terry) found the "red" route and off we went. The architecture of the town with the numerous churches, convents, monasteries and civic buildings is amazing and you were never out of sight of an amazing buildng!!

Whilst having a refreshment stop a large group of people were walking towards us with 3 or 4 TV cameras on the group leader. It turned out it was the Spanish Channel 4 who had a feature that involved walking round the town selecting people to answer questions on history and if they were successful a prize of â‚Ź3,000 was offered. The contestant chosen near to us FAILED. We gradually made our way back to the meet point where our coach met us and took us up to the Alcazaba for the "main event"!!!!!! Our guides for the tour, 6 in all, were all dressed in traditional Moorish garb and the tour was based on the history of the Alcazaba but with a story relating to the siege of the Alcazaba. It was very interesting and under practically a full moon very atmospheric!! We were invited, if we wished, to don traditional dress as well and a few of us did. We toured the different areas of the Alcazaba with the role play continuing throughout.

After the tour we were served food and drink, of all varieties which were very good and our guides were all present to talk with us!!

I'm in love Again One of our guides, Olga, played the moon and as the photo's will show we obviously "hit it off" in my dreams!!!!

For regular readers of the reports you may recall a similar situation with Elveira from the San Miguel Brewery!!! Spoilt for choice now!!!!!! After we had eaten our fill it was time to depart and we were away on time 11'ish and a trip home to arrive back at midnight. The slumbers of those on the coach were disturbed when someone, we won’t mention our editors name, to avoid embarrassment, pressed the personal seat alarm instead of the light switch and was then unable to turn it off until the driver stopped and came back to assist!!!!! Once again thanks to all the committee, Jane, Terry, Sue Stewart and Elaine for their efforts. PLEASE NOTE, MORE PHOTOS CAN BEEN SEEN IN OUR GALLERY THE EDITOR.


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LAKE VINUELA PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB

By Doug Popplett

September’s challenge was an “open” category one, popular by members as there were forty three entries almost double the usual amount. Being an open one, photos of varying subjects were inevitable, the album can be viewed via this link:- http:// tinyurl.com/oaq6ye7

Málaga was the most likely local site to try and replicate her style, some of our efforts can be viewed via the following link:- http://tinyurl.com/plmn63k During the month, we also managed to squeeze in a field trip to Málaga in order to help photograph our current challenge of “In the Style of Vivian Maier“, a well renowned photographer whose genre was “street” images, especially in Chicago and New York.

We’re having problems with a permanent venue for our monthly meetings, our current home of Chiringuito Antonio’s changes tenants on a regular basis, the venue closing between tenants. Anyone wishing to join us should email the club (lakevinuelaphotoclub@gmail.com) prior to attending any meetings that take place on the first Thursday of the month at 10.30am.

El Valle Association September 2013 Walk By Peter Dibden Picture the scene: a sunny late summer evening in La Axarquia. An intrepid group of El Valle Members (about 30 I think) gather near the septic tank outlet from Hotel La Viñuela anticipating a pleasant stroll. At the appointed time (6PM ish) our esteemed La Presidenta (peace and blessings be upon her) delivers the usual “you're on your own” speech after which the group amble off along the disused railway track. Muchas gracias al Doctore Beechingo. The setting sun is glistening on the lake, much friendly chatter the only sound disturbing the idyllic scene (that is apart from the barking of the goat farmer's dogs up the road a bit) and all are having a good time.

After a while we come upon one of the highlights of the walk: the now redundant rubbish tip not far from La Estacion. Thankfully we skirt around the boundary fence and head off toward the the lakeside pathway which is a particularly tranquil place to take an evening stroll. Time is getting on and those volunteers who are dining postwalk at Restaurante Camping Presa La Viñuela are looking forward to their dinner, not to mention the possibility of a thirst quenching libation or two.

At the restaurant we are shown to our terrace table by the charming young lady henceforth ever to be known as “Señorita Don't-worry-behappy” who, in my opinion, treated

us right royally. It is another perfect setting and there followed what I can only describe as the conclusion to a most pleasant evening with good food, a drink or two, excellent company and, of course, the ever cheerful Señorita Don't-worry-be -happy. Thanks to all who turned up and to the staff at the restaurant. Let's do it all again soon. October Walk on the 10th , led by Christine & Peter Goreham. This will be a walk to Malaga from Rincon de la Victoria (3.5 to 4 hrs flatish walking) with a choice of bus or walk return. Start at the start of the Paseo in front of Rincon. Actual parking location to be advised. To be followed by a menu del dia in Malaga port area.


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WHAT’S ON—FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS ALL MEETINGS START PROMPTLY AT 7:30 pm MONDAY OCTOBER 7TH: THE PARATROOPERS, A Talk by Bob Jarrett + A TALK BY SATCO ABOUT THE PROBABLE EFFECTS OF THE NEW SATELITE FOR OUR TV MONDAY NOVEMBER 4th: MUSIC QUIZ By George Bain MONDAY DECEMBER 2ND: CHRISTMAS Mr & Mrs + Carols by El Valle Choir Followed by Mince Pies MONDAY JANUARY 13th (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE) : PICTORIAL COMPETITION By Sue Jones

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF MALAGA OCTOBER 3rd 11 am AT THE LIGHTHOUSE— MALAGA €12 INCLUDING MENU DEL DIA AT A PORTSIDE RESTAURANT. FULL WINE TASTING BY VINOMAR WITH CHEESE AT VINUELA SOCIAL ROOM: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9th 7 pm €5 Members

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More details to follow or by contacting any member of the Committee or visiting us at the Friday Market. SOLD OUT TAPAS WITH FREE FILM AT THE CHURCH ROOM BENEATH MAROMA ESTATE AGENTS. Nov 22nd 7PM FOR 7:30 FILM: QUARTET, with Judy Dench BYO Booze or use the bar next door Members €5 Non Members €7 Including Tapas CHRISTMAS MEAL AT VENTA LA VINA TUESDAY 10th DECEMBER 19:30 FOR 20:00 3 COURSE MEAL WITH MUSIC BY THE ZIMMERZ INCLUDES A BOTTLE OF WINE PER COUPLE MEMBERS €12:50 NON €17:50


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ASOCIACIÓN EL VALLE DEL EMBALSE COMMITTEE 2012-13 Chair: Anne Dibden - 605826358 Vice Chair & Head of Social : Jane Harris 633615154 Treasurer: Terry Frost 697569141 Secretary: Stewart Common 647076177 MEMBERS Linda Kemp: - 951167088 Elaine Edwards: - 647076177 Lyndsey Padley: - 628655801 Carol Jackson: - 635291532 Kim Rogerson: - 696126204 Judy Maycock:- 673847608 Editor: Susan Jones - 680407894 Almoner: Christine Goreham – 635361233 INFORMATION. NEWSLETTER EDITOR newslettereditor2012@gmail.com WEBSITE - www.el-valle-asociacion.com A representative of the committee is usually on duty between 11am – 12.30pm at Mis Tapas (“BILLY’S BAR”) during Friday Market - Chiringuito Antonio


October 2013