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Passing through THE Car Rally Baja Andalucia visits the Almanzora Valley on November 16 and 17 passing through Seron, Tijola, Lucar, Bacares, Bayarque and Purchena.

Castle video ROQUETAS DE MAR Town Hall has launched a promotional video to celebrate 10 years since the reconstruction of the Santa Ana Castle.

Singing star ALBA MARTIN is representing Almeria in the national Karaoke competition in Albacete, with 70 singers taking part.

On the podium EL EJIDO windsurfer Victor Fernandez finished third in the 2013 World Championships.

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A right royal visit

Relaxed holiday for heir to throne

THE Prince and Princess of Asturias accompanied by their daughters spent the long holiday weekend in Almeria Province. For their stay they chose a chalet in the coastal town of Agua Amarga in the Cabo de Gata. After having lunch at a restaurant in the Isleta de Moro, the family moved on to the town of Nijar early on Saturday afternoon. Without bodyguards, like typical tourists, the royal family passed through the streets of the town, stopping at typical stores selling rugs and ceramics and greeted all those who wanted to speak to them. News spread fast through the town of the unexpected royal visitors and it was the town’s residents who notified the mayor of their presence as crowds of people stopped to say hello. The mayor later thanked the royals for choosing his town to visit, calling it important for Nijar. The royal family later moved on to Mojacar, visiting the


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old town and dining at La Taberna restaurant, according to sources. On Sunday, the family stopped off in

Tabernas to visit Sir Ridley Scott on the set of the movie Exodus, before heading home to Madrid.

British man in paragliding accident A BRITISH man, aged 72, had to be rescued on Saturday afternoon after crashing while practising paragliding in an area of the Sierra Alhamilla.

The accident happened about five kilometres from the town of Pechina and very close to the sets made for the film Exodus. Several calls were made to

alert the 112 emergency services of the incident, one of them from the Guardia Civil and another from an off-duty firefighter. The paraglider was finally rescued by

a number of individuals who were in the area and managed to move him safely to an ambulance, which took him to Torrecardenas Hospital.


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Finance 21 - 26 HAPPY CHEF: Juan Manuel Sanchez with family and officials at the presentation.

TV chef strikes gold in Albox...

ALBOX TOWN HALL has awarded the winner of Spanish TV’s Masterchef, Juan Manuel Sanchez, the Gold Shield of Albox. The ceremony took place on Saturday during the town’s feria celebrations. Mayor Rogelio Mena said: “Juan Manuel is worthy of the distinction for representing the town’s entrepreneurship and humility. Albox has become the capital of Spain in the

cookery world and Juan has represented the character of our citizens with his humility, simplicity, friendliness and comradeship.” The mayor added: “He has become one of the main ambassadors for the town, a real star who will hopefully soon have a Michelin star.” The government team said: “The fact that Juan Manuel Sanchez has

always taken the name of Albox forward, together with his hard work entitles him, despite his youth, to the recognition of this town with an award such as the Gold Shield. Juan thanked the people of the town and his family for their continued support and said although he could not invite everyone to his table, every pinch of salt and spoonful of sugar will always be a part of Albox.

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NEWS New signing PULPI Cycling Team, Bicilocura Primaflor Espabrok Racing, have signed 11 times champion of Spain, Sandra Santanyes. She will join the team in January 2014. Job scheme THIRTY-FIVE unemployed people in Gador have been given contracts to work in the cleaning and maintenance department. The contracts are for 15 days and form part of a scheme arranged by the Junta de Andalucia’s regional government. In the swim VIATOR TOWN HALL has revealed plans for a new municipal swimming pool which will open next summer. The cost of the project is around €500,000. Star tours CHILDREN in the Torrecardenas Hospital received a visit from five characters from the Star Wars’ movie. Three Imperial Soldiers, an AT-ST pilot and Darth Vader from the group Legion 501 paid a visit to the children. Poster display LA CASA DEL CINE museum in Almeria City currently has on display the 54 entrants for this year’s ‘Almeria en Corto’ poster competition.The winning design was by Charles Bignon for his interpretation of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra.

A WALKING route following an ancient pilgrimage way has been publicised at a special event. The route goes from Almeria City all the way to Santiago de Compostela in the north of Spain. The day was aimed at mayors and councillors from the 15 municipalities through which the

path passes and also members of the rural development group of the Sierra Nevada of Almeria. The participants gathered at Plaza Vieja in Almeria City early yesterday morning to publicise the walk known as the Mozarabe de Santiago. They received an overview of the Camino de Santiago

in Almeria. They then moved to Cathedral Square, where the starting point of the route in Almeria has been established. The group travelled on foot through the city and made the rest of the journey by car. The Mozarabe route was used by Christians during the Arab rule.

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Quote of the Week

This is a first step towards re-establishing the normality which was shattered in 2004’

Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel GarciaMargallo, referring to a declaration regarding Gibraltar agreed by the UK and Spain which has been taken to the UN.




Shopping boost ALMERIA’S tourist board has promoted the Costa de Almeria in five shopping centres throughout Portugal.

Queen visit

Festival to celebrate ‘firewater’

HE 22nd edition of the Fiesta del Orujo will be held in Potes, Cantabria, from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday. This year, the ‘Orujero Mayor’, the patron of the festival, will be Cantabria-born actor Eduardo Noriega. Orujo is a strong liquor made in Northern Spain, obtained from the distillation of marc, the solid remains left after pressing the grapes. It is a transparent spirit with an alcohol content over 50 per cent (100 proof) and is also known as aguadente, or ‘firewater’. In Cantabria it is mainly made in the Liebana Valley where it has become an artisanal craft for some families who after making wine for themselves distil the pomace in a still. Young orujo is a colourless liquor, while aged orujo is amber. The aged variety is fermented and distilled the same way, but then poured into oak barrels to age for at least two years. Cantabria has been distilling orujo since the 14th century at least.



Take the road to Santiago

Cars damaged POLICE have arrested four youngsters aged 14 and 15 accused of damaging 12 vehicles in the district of Nueva Andalucia in Almeria City.

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The Fiesta del Orujo in Potes includes tastings and a contest wherein participants distil orujo in public with their own stills and judges award a prize for the besttasting batch. Many of the locals dress up in traditional costumes and there is also music, as well as stalls selling regional products, conferences and other activities. Thousands of people attend the festival and hotels are fully booked.

THE Symphonic Rhapsody of Queen, a tribute to the music of Queen, comes to Roquetas de Mar on November 23 and will feature the One World Symphonic Orchestra.

Work protest WORKERS at the Torrecardenas Hospital in Almeria City staged a protest against the alleged continuous bad treatment of workers by the Junta de Andalucia.

Keep fit HUERCAL DE ALMERIA Town Hall has installed keep fit apparatus in five parks throughout the area.

Enna Concert ALMERIA singer Enna presented her debut album ‘No soy como ayer’ at a concert at the Apolo Theatre in Almeria City at the weekend.

Fun run THE second City of Mojacar half marathon and 7km run takes place on Sunday, leaving from the Marina de la Torre urbanisation at 10am.

Winning ways

Young orujo is colourless

Number of the week


per cent of Spaniards under the age of 25 still live with their parents, according to the Spanish Youth Council. Only 22 per cent of the population under 30 have moved out, compared to 26 per cent in 2008. Most manage to leave by the age of 34.

Aged orujo is amber

UD ALMERIA got back to winning ways with two successive victories, the first away to Valencia 2-1 followed by a home win over Real Valladolid 1-0.

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Keep on running THE third Las Negras (Nijar) running festival took place last weekend with races on Saturday and Sunday.

All that jazz THE 24th International Jazz festival takes place at the Maestro Padilla theatre in Almeria City from November 12 to 24.

Wedding fair ROQUETAS DE MAR is hosting a wedding and communion fayre this Friday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm at the Palacio de exposiciones y Congresos.

Rock on MORE than 1,500 music fans attended the 29th Albox Rock Concert.

Sign here SINGER India Martinez, nominated in the Grammy Latino awards was in Almeria signing copies of her new album ‘Camino de la buena suerte’.

THE third edition of the Ruta de Tapa will be held in HuercalOvera from tomorrow (Friday) until November 17. This edition will involve a total of 22 establishments in which participants can try more than 40 different tapas. Mayor Domingo Fernandez and the area councillor, Monica Navarro, presented details of the event, which will include several new features. The first is that all participants who complete the tapas route will be entered into a draw to win a weekend trip to Mallorca on a half-board basis. Another innovation is the app that company Andriosfera has created for the route. It can be downloaded for Android via Google Play and Play Store. From there people can also vote for their favourite tapa and the bar with the best service.


Time for tapas in HuercalOvera This way it can be shared through social networks enabling people to find all the details of the participating establishments, including location and contact details, besides presenting the tapas.

Monica Navarro and Mayor Fernandez The mayor said: “Our cuisine is part of our tourism offer, and

Coffee morning success in Albox THE recent World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in Albox in aid of Macmillan UK raised €1,060. The money has now been handed to Macmillan

Cancer Support by hosts Angie and Phil who would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their help and support in making the day a big success.

of course influences the wealth of our town. “Therefore, we remain committed to improving this initiative, which has proved so popular among residents and visitors with a notable increase of activity in the bars and restaurants, with around 35,000 tapas being served at last year’s event.

Exodus film crew in rescue drama A TOTAL of 32 people working on the film Exodus were trapped in a ravine in Tabernas after a sudden rain and hail storm struck the area. The film crew were packing up for the day and collecting their

equipment when the heavens opened. The storm, although not quite of biblical proportions, was fierce enough to quickly fill the Rambla del Buho with water in the area close to Fort Bravo. According to sources

from the 112 emergency services, several calls were received from around 7pm, warning that seven vehicles were trapped. Guardia Civil agents and two fire engines were called to the scene to help rescue the

film crew. Reports indicated that all of them were safe and well and had experienced nothing more than a ‘fright’. The following day cars were still stuck in the mud in the middle of the rambla and recovery

trucks were needed to pull them out. However, just a few metres away, with a sunny day and good weather, the filming went on, with Christian Bale taking part, of an enormous battle involving hundreds of extras.


Almeria road movie opens to acclaim IN 1966, John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields Forever in Almeria, where he had arrived to shoot the film How I Won The War. A few hours’ drive away, a teacher who taught English in Cartagena decided to visit the film-set to try to fulfil his dream of meeting the man who wrote the songs that served as teaching material. David Trueba relives this story in the movie Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, a road movie shot in Almeria that has already received numerous accolades from critics, and opened this week in Spanish cinemas. The real-life experience of Javier Carrion, a teacher who is now over 90 years old, is told through Javier

Camara, an actor who was desribed as ‘perfect’ to play him. The teacher, accompanied by a young pregnant woman who escapes from a shelter, and a boy who runs away from home after refusing to cut his hair, are the three characters of the story, whose destiny is to meet John Lennon. Trueba emphasises the heroism of the three with conventional lives, claiming that everyday

stories are those that appeal and that, in his opinion, make a story into something interesting. “We need to vindicate ordinary people, because one day they will think that taking their children to school is not important,” he added. Camara said this is the best character of his acting life, despite starting shooting just three days after arriving from New York, leaving him very little time to rehearse.

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Berja forms ties with Scarborough THE Sierra de Gador Institute in Berja has again been selected as a ‘Comenius’ centre for the courses 2013-15.

As in the past, the school will collaborate with the Graham School in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in the UK. The project is just one of seven in Andalucia and is unique in its concept. The course is called Integrating Scenic Arts in Language Learning and is a multidisciplinary THE Vera group of the Spanish Association Against initiative with the goal of Cancer (AECC) has planned its second March Against making and distributing a Cancer for next Sunday, starting in Plaza Mayor. film in which the actors, After the success of the first edition last year, AECC producers, writers and Vera is once again hosting the event, which provides musicians will be fun and entertainment for a good cause, marching participating students against a disease which affects more and more from both institutes. people. Students will live with The highly active group said it always gets a lot of the families of their schoolfriends for at least support during their activities in the town, and will 10 days. The trips will be colouring the streets of the town pink for a few involve recordings and hours. the making and editing of Last year more than 200 people took part, and it the film. The film will be is thought that the figure could rise this year. shown in both schools, Funds raised will be donated to the group for and the money raised research and to provide advice and assistance to donated to the Save The anyone affected by cancer who may require help. Children charity.

Vera on the march against cancer


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A total of 531 fines handed out for driving offences MORE than 9,500 vehicles were checked by Guardia Civil officers in a recent road safety campaign by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) on secondary roads. The object of the campaign was to improve the awareness and behaviour

of motorists whilst driving on quieter roads which, although having less traffic, also present a greater danger. A total of 531 fines were handed out in the province, with speeding generating the most fines during the campaign.

People were also fined for overtaking in inappropriate places as well as the non-use of seat belts, which can often be the difference between life and death in a road accident. Other fines were issued to people

who had tested positive for drugs or alcohol. Offending motorists were also fined for using mobile phones or other gadgets in their vehicle including navigation systems whilst they were driving.

Questions over Gergal manhunt A MONTH has passed since a manhunt in Gergal after the murder of a woman, allegedly by her brother Juan Leon alias Cascapolos. The deputy minister in Almeria, Andres Garcia Lorca, has revealed the best kept secret. Juan Leon escaped from his mother’s house before the arrival of Guardia Civil agents who surrounded an empty house for 16 hours. Garcia Lorca was with the colonelin-chief of the Guardia Civil

in Almería, Francisco Jimenez, at a meeting with schools. When questioned about the incident by the Socialist Juan Carlos Perez Navas, the deputy clarified the events surrounding the escape of Juan Leon. “There isn’t any person who evades police encirclement. There are no magicians, simply a person who enters a home and while the neighbour alerts the Guardia Civil, does not see him coming out again,”

he explained. Jimenez, commented: “The cordon around the house was impossible to escape. The bottom line is that this man went out the same door he entered.” Juan Leon, 52, allegedly killed his sister and caused serious injury to two others on October 6. For three days he hid in the Sierra de los Filabres pursued by dozens of Guardia Civil agents by land and air before being arrested.


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Protest march in Macael MORE than 2,000 people demonstrated in Macael this week against unemployment.

They were demanding the signing of an agreement with marble companies and an

employment plan for the region to combat the dramatic unemployment figures in the area. The rally that left from the town hall passed through several streets of the town finishing outside the headquarters of the marble businesses. There

followed a minute’s silence for the marble workers who have lost their lives in recent months and for the miners of Leon killed in an accident a few days ago. In the ceremony held at the end of the event, the secretary of Almeria Fecoma-CCOO Antonio

Rosal, explained the reasons that led to this event, blaming marble businesses for bad practices that they are maintaining at the negotiating table, and the loss of worker’s rights that are unacceptable and would set back the rights

of workers more than 30 years . The Secretary of MCAUGT Andalucia, Joaquin Barrera said workers in the area are not willing to lose their rights, and, he said, the proof was the large attendance at the meeting.

Factory planned for Taberno THE cooperative Caprina de Almeria, formed by La Pastora de Taberno y Filabres de Uleila del Campo is planning a new factory in Taberno. The project proposes to build the first factory in Andalucia to provide dehydrated goat’s milk. Also included are the cooperative’s Uniproca, Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) and the French company, Kerr France. The idea is still in the early

stages with the aim of processing 60 million litres of goat’s milk per year, a volume that would allow the most competitive prices. An estimate of the costs involved range between €600,000 minimum and a maximum €3 million. Cajamar, Unicaja and Bankinter banks participated at the preparatory finance meeting. The facility is planned on a site in Santopetar, on 35,000 square

metres of land bought by La Pastora from Taberno Town Hall and has an electrical transformer, water and road access. It also has a 1,700 square metre warehouse already built that could be used for stables. Taberno Mayor, Antonio Martos, explained that “this is a project that excites us very much since it will create, in principle, eight direct jobs and even more indirect jobs.”


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Bus stops at market THE promotional bus being run by the government stopped at Fines market in order to hand out local produce to passers-by.

Fruit figures BETWEEN January and August of 2013, the 58 citrus fruit companies of Almeria exported 31 million kilos of oranges, mandarins and lemons.

School bus THE general directorate of traffic (DGT) is to carry out safety inspections on the province’s school buses.


Jewels stolen in burglary JEWELLERY to the value of more than €22,000 has been stolen in a smash and grab raid in Almeria City.

La Hermandad Sacramental del Prendimiento located in the the palace of the Puche de Plaza de Bendicho suffered a burglary in the

early hours of Monday morning. Two thieves gained access into the building, specifically the museum hall, while a third stood

guard at the front door. In a matter of minutes the thieves climbed up the facade of the building and forced the balcony doors with a crowbar. After breaking the glass of the table top cabinets located in the centre of the room, the thieves got away having to buy a ticket with the jewellery. It wasn’t until Monday and without time limit. The opposition parties, afternoon that Maria del who consider the Mar Marin, a member of measure is essentially a the Governing Board of the fund raiser, have Brotherhood, received a criticised the fact that message via Whatsapp, tourists will be most indicating that the main affected. Diego Garcia, front balcony doors of the of Union Mojaquera, house of the brotherhood highlighted that were open. Upon arrival she found someone who is playing golf, would ‘have to stop that the building had been mid-game to go get a burgled and discovered that the alarm, although ticket.’ In the same vein, installed in various rooms Manuel Zamora, of the of the building and PSOE, commented if a activated, did not go off. person has to pay to go Among the jewellery stolen shopping at the were three sets of jewels Commercial Centre they with ruby and platinum will probably go to insets with a value of more than €15,000. Garrucha.

Blue parking zone plan for Mojacar CRITICS have hit out at plans for a new blue zone pay parking plan for some streets in Mojacar. The council has approved an ordinance for the regulation and control of parking on several streets. This new regulation, which was passed with the votes of the PP, the abstention of Mojacar Positiva se Mueve and voted against by the other parties, has the objective to support the even distribution of parking among all users with the aim of improving traffic flow, claims the mayor.

COUNCIL: Approved plans for parking in the town. The mayor, Rosa Maria Cano, said during the meeting, the intention of the governing team is to apply the ordinance during high season between June and

September, mainly affecting the Marina de la Torre area. Residents will have to pay €30 to get a card that allows them to park in their street without


Welcome aboard ALMERIA actress Eva Almaya has joined the cast of Exodus. The actress has previously appeared in ‘Amar en tiempos revueltos’ and ‘Aguila Roja.’

English lessons EL EJIDO Council has set up English language lessons for unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 29.

New centre NISSAN has opened a new centre in Almeria City with a sales area of 1,285 square metres.

Roma success from Garrucha COACH of the recordbreaking Roma football team, Rudi Garcia, may be French, but he has roots deep in Garrucha. Roma this season became the first team to win all of their first 10 league games in the Italian Serie A. His father Jose Garcia, and his paternal grandparents were born in Garrucha, and his mother, who still lives there, is of Mojacar descent although, born in France. Rudi has an aunt, several cousins and some more distant family members in the Garrucha

area. As a child he spent the summer in the town where his family owned a house with a large courtyard that Rudi had converted into a football field. He was always encouraged by his father, Jose Garcia, who was a professional footballer in the French second division. An injury led Rudi to quit football as a player while still young. In season 2010/2011 he achieved the French double with Lille and now it is the turn of Roma to benefit from the hard working Garruchero.

Two more stars in city’s walk of fame THE walk of fame in Almeria City which currently has two stars dedicated to Eduardo Fajardo and Omar Sharif is set to

grow. Sir Ridley Scott and Christian Bale, director and star of Exodus will have their own stars outside the Cervantes Theatre.

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In concert IF you missed the Rose Singers Concert, they are singing again at Los Gallardos Camping tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm. The concert is in aid of The Royal British Legion (Mojacar).

Witches whip up storm A COVEN of witches, better known as the ladies from FACE (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) managed to conjure up a storm in more ways than one. They organised a quiz

night with a Halloween theme. The first spell they managed to contrive was an evening of thunder, very dramatic lightening and some very heavy rain. The second spell was that in conjunction with the Vera and District Lions Club and with the aid of more than 100 FACE supporters, they managed to raise over €850 which will go towards a fund that has been set up by the Vera and District Lions to buy nine-year-old Arboleas resident, Isabel Garcia Ramos, and who suffers from cerebral palsy, some


Nice shot PHOTOGRAPHER Clemente Jimenez has been selected to represent Spain in the World Photographic Cup.

Meadows found QUIZ NIGHT: With a Halloween theme. very important equipment. This equipment will enable Isabel to become mobile on her own, and will cost in the region of €8,000. The quiz night was held at the Bar Kubatin in

Arboleas, and in addition to the quiz, there was a fancy dress competition and a raffle. All the money raised on the night will go to the fund set up for Isabel.

A STUDY carried out by Posimed on the seabeds has identified 290 new hectares of Neptune Grass.

Nijar initiative THE Mayor of Nijar has presented an internet initiative called Nijar 48 Horas.


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Workshop to help educate charities A WORKSHOP for social workers, charities and community associations to learn about the problems British nationals face was held at the British Consulate. British Vice-Consul Rosslyn Crotty explained: “We are seeing

an increase in British citizens who are in desperate need of assistance following an illness or cash problems. “This is a growing concern. We want people to think about the future, speak to their families and

take steps to plan for the years ahead before it’s too late.” Difficulties facing British nationals include those who have received hospital treatment and are ready to be discharged but have no one to look after them,

people who desperately need residential care but are ineligible as they failed to register on the ‘padron’ municipal register and others who failed to register for social security cards and so are not covered by the Spanish NHS.

Fifty-five arrested in international anti car trafficking operation FIFTY-FIVE people have been arrested in Spain as part of an international operation against illicit car trafficking in the European Union. More than 3,000 Guardia Civil officers participated in the operation by increasing road tax controls at ports and vehicle checkpoints on the Spanish road network. Their presence at borders was also increased in order to detect and recover stolen cars. They co-operated with the French Gendarmerie and the Portuguese Republican Guard, and were co-ordinated by the European Police Office (Europol). More than 5,500 controls were carried out, with a total of 1,231 people and 4,301 vehicles identified.

VEHICLE CHECKPOINT: Controls increased during the operation. In Spain, the Guardia Civil recovered 56 stolen luxury cars and arrested 55 people of Moroccan, Spanish and Dutch nationalities.

The vehicles recovered were mainly from Spain, Italy, Belgium and Germany, and were being sold in Eastern Europe and Northern Africa.

There are also residents who find themselves homeless and have either lost their passports or allowed them to expire, and thus cannot get help from many support charities. The consulate and charity groups are warning British citizens who are resident in Spain that they must register on the padron at their local town halls in order to qualify for help from Social Services in the future. Anette Skou of the Foreigners Department in Mijas (Malaga) said: “In most cases where Social Services are powerless to help it is because the British nationals involved have not registered on the padron. We urge all British residents in Spain to register on the padron – you have nothing to lose.” The workshop was attended by the Royal British Legion, Red Cross, Age Concern, Age Care, Caritas, The Soroptomists, Lux Mundi and La Cala Diabetics Association, as well as social workers from across Malaga Province, all of whom come into contact with British residents on a daily basis.


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Family winners THE winners of the Father and Son Golf Tournament held at Valle del Este were David and George Mills (Scratch Champions) and Mark and Connor Jenkins (Handicap Champions).

Park up THE Alpujarra area of Almeria has set up service areas for caravans and tourers in the towns of Abla and Canjayar.

Movie magic GERMAN film ‘The Way To San Jose’ is currently being filmed in Tabernas and the Cabo de Gato natural park.



Motoring skills lacking in Spanish drivers SPANISH drivers fail in energy-efficient and safe driving, a study by international driving services and solutions provider MiX Telematics

PROFESSIONALS: 50 per cent fined or warned.

has revealed. The study, carried out among 800 professional drivers from the UK, France, Germany and Spain, suggests that both drivers

Mojacar RBL visits Roquetas MEMBERS of Mojacar Royal British Legion (RBL) travelled to Roquetas de Mar to join its branch for a Poppy Appeal lunch. It was held in the grounds of Playa Serena Golf Club, complete with a ballroom dancing exhibition. The highlight of the day was the singing provided by two members of the Roquetas branch with renditions of songs from various West End musicals. The next meeting of Mojacar RBL is today (Thursday) when the guest speaker will be Stuart Judd, who was a police dog trainer and handler. Meetings start at 11.30am at the Artisan Centre just below the pueblo. Anyone can join the RBL, so pay us a visit if interested. The remembrance service is on November


Mojacar and Roquetas RBL members. 10 at the San Pasqual Church in Mojacar at 10.45am followed by lunch at the Bella Vista at 1.30pm. Contact Jan Knight on or telephone 950 473 189 to book a place.

and their employers should work together to achieve a safer and more efficient driving standard. Fifty per cent of the motorists polled have received a formal warning or fine for their driving performance. These warnings came in the form of sanctions and placed Spain at the top of the list, followed by France and Germany. Ninety per cent of the 800 polled claimed that safe driving is very important in their job, with only 25 per cent of them receiving guidelines from their employers to improve their driving. Energy-efficient driving, however, seems to be less relevant as almost a quarter of those polled did not consider it important. When asked about how their driving style was monitored, only 10 per cent of motorists said they had monitoring devices in their car. Sixty-one per cent claimed their performance was controlled through ‘observation’, Spain being the country where this type of control is more usual.


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Stories making headlines in Europe

GERMAN PRESS Football bid

BRITISH PRESS Basking in reflected sun

Sheepish line-up


DURHAM police are organising an identity parade of sheep thought to have been rustled. Farmers are being invited to identify the three dozen animals to reclaim their property.

A Victorian firstclass train carriage used as a cricket pavilion for 50 years has returned to the tracks. Built in 1886, it has been restored to its former glory by the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust, which started the project in 1986.

NORWAY - The people of Rjukan are celebrating the installation of giant mirrors, which have finally brought winter sunshine to their town centre.

Pub bid

Fourth best destination

Callous thieves

SWEDEN - The country has been rated as the fourth best destination in the world in a new ranking by the Lonely Planet travel guide.

Nice doing business DENMARK - For the third time in a row, the World Bank has ranked Denmark as the easiest place in Europe to do business in their ‘Doing Business 2014’ index.

OAP shot NORWAY - A moose hunter in Norway accidentally shot a pensioner who was sitting on the toilet in a nearby holiday home. The moose was unscathed.

Oldest man SWEDEN - Sweden’s oldest man blew out the candles for the 108th time and attributes his long life to not smoking and eating healthy food.

Top place DENMARK Denmark has been revealed as the most popular holiday destination for Swedes in a survey by travel consulting company Resurs.

RESIDENTS have raised nearly £120,000 to save a 19th century pub in Northamptonshire. The Fox and Hounds in Charwelton will be reopened as a community-owned pub, they hope.

A CYCLIST who was lying in the road unconscious after a fall had his wallet, iPhone and cigarettes stolen by passers-by. The 28-year-old, who had fallen from his cycle on Nigel Road, Peckham in London, was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Heavy load FIREFIGHTERS had to be called in to haul an obese woman down the stairs of her South London home when she had a fit. The team used special equipment to get her over a bannister and downstairs to a waiting ambulance in Sutton.

World Cup cheer

THE German Football Association (DFB) will be bidding to host Euro 2024. Munich has already been put forward as a potential host city for the Europe-wide tournament in 2020.

Jobless rise Tough shout for firefighters.

MP ANDREW GRIFFITHS, who chairs the allparty parliamentary group on beer, wants pub licensing hours extended during next year’s football World Cup in Brazil. Some matches are due to kick off at 11pm UK time.

Chanters jailed SEVEN Charlton Athletic fans who chanted racist songs on a train, praising the killers of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, have been jailed for between six and 18 months.

RUSSIAN PRESS New job FORMER US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden will work for a major private website in Russia, where he was granted asylum after fleeing the United States.

All welcome PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin, seeking to defuse criticism over his treatment of Russia’s gay community, said everyone will be welcome in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Extra checks RUSSIA has reportedly been taking DNA samples from religiously conservative Muslim women as part of security measures for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

No permits A GROUP of MPs from the majority


United Russia party are suggesting a halt to issuing work permits to foreigners with a criminal record of any kind.

Special note THE Central Bank of Russia will print special-edition banknotes to celebrate the Sochi Olympics.

Boycott threat MANCHESTER CITY midfielder Yaya Toure has warned Russia they face a 2018 Russia World Cup boycott by black players unless more is done to combat racist abuse. WELCOMING: Putin wants to defuse criticism of treatment of gays.

GERMAN unemployment rose unexpectedly in October to its highest level since June 2011 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Don’t ‘Google’ THE union representing German journalists advised its members to stop using Google and Yahoo because of reported snooping by US and British intelligence.

Pay up GERMANY should pay the remaining €600 million of a development loan for Airbus’s A350 passenger plane now the aircraft maker has allocated work to the country, an executive has said.

Publicity stunt POLICE have investigated reports that climbers hacked off the tip of the summit of Germany’s highest mountain, but it seems it was all a publicity stunt.

No gender GERMANY is the first European country to allow babies born with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female.

Costs rise THE cost of buying a home or renting an apartment in major cities in Germany is rising sharply, the central bank has warned.


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Wife beater held A MAN was arrested in Palma for allegedly attacking his wife in the street following an argument motivated by jealousy. The woman reported that he frequently abused her.

News from our editions With six editions and read by more than half a million people, EWN is Spain’s largest free local English-language newspaper

NEWS DESK Easy terms JAVEA residents are now able to pay their local taxes in instalments. Up and till 2012, these were collected in the usual manner, with fines for late payment.

Eat up

Marihuana seized GUARDIA CIVIL seized 10 kilos of marihuana which were being grown on the communal patio of a home in Petra, and arrested a man.

THREE Alicante restaurants are providing free meals for the jobless two days a week. The idea came to David Galvañ, owner of El Chef, when he overheard a child ask his parents if there was anything for dinner that night.

Good news

Orange alert

UNEMPLOYMENT fell by 4,665 people in October in the Balearic Islands compared to the same month last year. This makes 12 months of falling unemployment rates.

LACK of rain has affected the region’s citrus fruit crop. Although abundant, oranges, satsumas and clementines are small and will fetch low prices, growers predicted.

Drunk driver A DRUNK DRIVER was arrested in Palma after his vehicle hit a parked car and then a tree before overturning in the road and losing one of its wheels.

Bottle attack A MAN, 22, was arrested in Inca for the alleged attempted manslaughter of another using a glass liqueur bottle with which he slashed the neck of the victim, aged 27.


Niche market AN administrative assistant in Salobreña is facing five years in prison for an alleged case of illegal niche selling at the town’s cemetery. He’s been accused of fraud, tax levy and document falsification.

Anti-drugs drive ALMUÑECAR Local Police have launched a campaign to fight against drug dealing in the town. A sniffer dog is helping to find drugs at the town’s bus station and in school and high-school areas.

Fruity theft FOUR people have been remanded in custody for allegedly stealing a total of 1,000 kilos of custard apples from two different areas in Motril.

Police assault A MAN has been sentenced to a year in prison after he assaulted two Local Police officers who were trying to stop a fight in the streets of Nerja.

Graffiti ghouls GRAFFITI vandals struck the old town of Salobreña during Halloween celebrations.

HACKER: Nazi and fascist material recovered during the arrest in Torrevieja.

Right-wing teen hacker arrested A TORREVIEJA teenager has been arrested for sending death threats to journalists. The right-wing 19-year-old was detained by police within 48 hours after an investigation was launched into cyber attacks. During the last two weeks, various digital media have been subjected to constant attacks that have crippled their websites, affected their normal operations and resulted in the loss of an estimated €100,000. Agents from the Technological Research Unit of the National Police in Alicante were alerted to the hacker and arrested him at his home in Torrevieja, where they seized two laptops, hard drives, Nazi flags and fascist material. Operating under the name of ‘Cyber Command Spanish Fascist Empire’ he sent emails to several media outlets making bomb threats and threatening to kill journalists. Reportedly self-taught, the hacker used a series of networks to carry out a ‘distributed denial of service’ attack (DDOS), by simultaneously hitting a website with multiple requests for information until the site was overloaded and no longer accessible.


Gender change A SCHOOL in Huelva has accepted the change of gender of a 13-year-old who will now be allowed to wear a girl’s uniform and use the girls’ toilets.

Genetic test A GENETIC test to be used for the first time at a private clinic in Malaga will be able to identify 180 genetic diseases and 900 mutations.

Olive crop OLIVE GROWERS in the Antequera area report that olive oil production for this season is expected to reach 70 million kilos, double the amount made last year.

Be my friend MARBELLA wants to become the fourth city in Spain to join the ‘Chinese Friendly International’ initiative to become a ‘Chinese Friendly City’.


Smart parking

Fire death

MALAGA will be the first city in Spain to install an ‘intelligent’ system for metered parking in February next year. It will show drivers where there are free spaces.

A 77-YEAR-OLD woman died in an apartment fire in Gandia. Her husband, aged 75, was affected by smoke inhalation but her granddaughter of 24 was unhurt.

Green fingers MORE than 2,400 marihuana plants were found growing inside a Montroi (Valencia) villa, one of the largest indoor plantations found in the Valencia Region, police said.


Buzz off! PEST CONTROL workers have been brought in to Torrevieja to rid the city of mosquitoes which are remaining throughout the year. The city spends €95,000 a year on eradicating the pest.

Bomb arrest A MAN threatened to kill his mother and her partner with a bomb at their home in Orihuela. Police arrested the 47-year-old, who suffers from schizophrenia, after he barricaded himself into the property.

Flood payout TOTANA Town Hall has been ordered to pay €16,100 in compensation to residents whose homes were flooded in the town.

No cash MORE than 170,000 unemployed people in Alicante are not receiving any financial help. Only one in three jobless in the province are getting benefits, according to the latest Labour Force Survey (LFS) for the third quarter of 2013.



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business & legal

Cash wanted to restructure debt

KITCHEN appliance manufacturer Fagor Electrodomesticos needs €170 million to put it on its feet. The San Sebastian company is a cooperative and most of its workers are also partners in the firm. It is currently in voluntary talks with its creditors and has debts that some sources place at €800 million.

The company is “viable,” managing director Sergio Treviño told a Diario Vasco interviewer. But Fagor needs €170 million, he said, and needs it soon to restructure its debt and prevent a domino effect that could cause its collapse. Fagor Electrodomesticos has 5,600 employees worldwide, of whom 2,000 work in the company’s five Spanish factories.

Spain’s mining sector in decline FIREDAMP, the miner’s enemy, recently took six lives in Leon. Deadly methane gas released with the coal is rapid, silent and odourless. In the past the death of a caged canary was the only warning of firedamp’s presence, but the wellequipped miners in the Emilio del Valle pit found 694 metres were still vulnerable. Firedamp and Spain’s geologically-complex mining areas make its coal uncompetitive. Large quantities of methane in many mines in Leon and Asturias require heavy investment in maintenance and safety measures. The mining sector’s decline began in the

1960s and accelerated in the 1980s. At that time, 51,127 men were employed in Spain’s pits. Now there are fewer than 5,000. Between 1990 and 2012 the industry required €24 billion of public money, but Brussels has decreed that by 2018 only mines able to survive without government funding may remain open. Jobs will be cut to 4,500 and uncertainty regarding the future prompted last year’s miners’ strike and march on Madrid. Until then, the government has promised the unions that Spanish coal will generate 7 per cent of the output of the country’s power-stations.


usiness extra

Short shift NISSAN took on another 308 people for a fourhour ‘mini-night’ shift at their Barcelona plant over the next three months. They will be producing the X83 Primastar van.

Built up CONSTRUCTION company Ferrovial earned €485 million net between January and September, 2 per cent more than the same period in 2012. Turnover increased by 4.9 per cent.

Outranked SPAIN fell eight positions in the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business’ rankings. It came 44th out of 189 countries.

A smoking hot offer TAX authority Hacienda will auction between 200 to 300 new Estancos. Although they also sell stamps, these are principally Spain’s tobacco shops, the only place where cigarettes can be bought over the counter. This is the first time since 2003 that offers have been invited. Bids will be graded according to

requirements based on location, the distance from other Estancos, floor space and distance from schools. Once all conditions are met, the only other consideration taken into account will be the amount offered. This is a far cry from the past when Estancos were inherited and remained a family business.


STAT OF WEEK MORE bicycles than cars were sold in Spain last year. Sales rose to 780,000 cycles, compared to the 699,589 new vehicles registered in 2012.


€170m Fagor plea


IN TROUBLE: Worker at a Fagor plant.


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LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 8.20 1.86 -1.00 -0.08 -14.00 -0.88 2.00 0.17 12.50 0.86 18.66 2.23 -12.50 -1.28 -1.00 -0.04 6.50 0.20 1.70 0.38 7.00 0.55 -1.80 -0.39 1.60 0.62 5.50 0.43 16.00 0.83 2.20 0.45 4.50 0.13 4.75 0.78

NET VOLUME 556.67 95.98 196.00 93.82 424.60 499.07 769.44 424.83 441.63 1,030.25 45.76 809.11 11,740.68 627.20 1,178.26 4,863.78 348.21 401.88



C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 448.55 Admiral Group PLC 1279.50 Aggreko PLC 1570.50 AMEC PLC 1174.50 Anglo American PLC 1472.75 Antofagasta PLC 855.75 ARM Holdings PLC 963.50 Associated British Foods PLC2249.50 AstraZeneca PLC 3299.00 Aviva PLC 449.50 Babcock Intrntnl Group 1273.00 BAE Systems PLC 454.00 Barclays PLC 257.95 BG Group PLC 1275.50 BHP Billiton PLC 1934.50 BP PLC 486.90 British Am Tobacco PLC 3440.00 British Land Co PLC 616.75


Units per €

United States $......................................................1.35086 Japan Yen ¥ ...........................................................133.316 Switzerland Francs................................................1.23189 Denmark Kroner ....................................................7.45856 Norway Kroner.......................................................8.03812



British Sky Broadcasting BT Group PLC Bunzl PLC Burberry Group PLC Capita PLC Carnival PLC Centrica PLC Coca-Cola HBC AG Compass Group PLC CRH PLC

941.25 378.15 1382.00 1533.00 989.25 2247.00 356.00 1776.00 904.25 1509.50

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G.





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PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 125.90 82.16 36.24 133.03 83.59 118.01 22.57 61.09 89.82 26.54 162.05 76.99 24.33 179.23 93.37 52.51 97.24 45.23 35.53 76.06 31.17 81.15 39.61 86.40 107.51 68.63 50.49 199.16

+0.05 +0.36 +0.04 +2.53 +0.23 -1.95 +0.005 -0.11 +0.20 +0.40 +1.19 -0.90 -0.145 +0.02 +0.76 +0.97 +0.72 +0.14 +0.12 +0.30 +0.485 +0.40 +0.04 +0.10 +1.26 +0.37 -0.02 +2.49

+0.04% +0.44% +0.11% +1.94% +0.28% -1.63% +0.02% -0.18% +0.22% +1.53% +0.74% -1.16% -0.59% +0.01% +0.82% +1.88% +0.75% +0.31% +0.34% +0.40% +1.58% +0.50% +0.10% +0.12% +1.19% +0.54% -0.04% +1.27%

1.7M 3.4M 41.5M 4.6M 5.9M 9.3M 33.3M 4.1M 19.0M 55.6M 2.7M 7.2M 28.3M 3.6M 6.8M 25.8M 5.1M 20.9M 40.3M 2.1M 28.0M 6.8M 12.4M 1.4M 2.5M 4.5M 11.5M 3.3M


-2.00 -0.55 4.00 5.50 3.50 16.00 1.10 -10.00 10.50 4.00


-0.21 -0.15 0.29 0.36 0.36 0.72 0.31 -0.56 1.18 0.27

NET VOLUME 274.71 2,452.93 77.19 119.21 196.50 52.70 2,378.62 11.77 559.06 122.51



$ 4.615 $ 17.76 $ 7.44 $ 59.07 $ 2.58 $ 33.41 $ 11.87 $ 28.73 $ 8.05 $ 12.991 $ 33.21

1.325 / +40.27% 4.45 / +33.43% 1.47 / +24.62% 8.764 / +17.42% 0.38 / +17.27% 4.885 / +17.13% 1.62 / +15.80% 3.70 / +14.78% 1.01 / +14.35% 1.616 / +14.21% 3.72 / +12.61%

$ 3.94 $ 3.03 $ 10 $ 23.61 $ 10.48 $ 8.36 $ 15.87 $ 8.345 $ 2.48 $ 9.37 $ 11.58

1.685 / -29.96% 0.69 / -18.55% 1.98 / -16.53% 4.12 / -14.86% 1.73 / -14.17% 1.26 / -13.10% 2.38 / -13.04% 1.175 / -12.34% 0.29 / -10.47% 1.06 / -10.16% 1.235 / -9.64%

Most Advanced Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. IRIDEX Corporation First Solar, Inc. ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Trimble Navigation Limited Federated National Holding Company H&E Equipment Services, Inc. VisionChina Media, Inc. United Online, Inc. Linn Co, LLC

Most Declined Body Central Corp. Hutchinson Technology Incorporated Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. Shenandoah Telecommunications Co Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. EveryWare Global, Inc. Oplink Communications, Inc. YRC Worldwide, Inc. Double Eagle Petroleum Company Endocyte, Inc. Inteliquent, Inc.

C O M PA N Y Croda International PLC Diageo PLC easyJet PLC Experian PLC Fresnillo PLC G4S PLC GKN PLC GlaxoSmithKline PLC Glencore Xstrata PLC Hammerson PLC Hargreaves Lansdown HSBC Holdings PLC IMI PLC Imperial Tobacco Gr PLC InterContinental Hotels International Cnsldtd Intertek Group PLC ITV PLC Johnson Matthey PLC Kingfisher PLC Land Securities Gr PLC Legal & General Gr PLC Lloyds Banking Gr PLC London Stock Exchange Marks & Spencer Group Meggitt PLC Melrose Industries PLC Mondi PLC National Grid PLC Next PLC Old Mutual PLC Pearson PLC Persimmon PLC Petrofac Ltd Prudential PLC Randgold Resources Ltd Reckitt Benckiser Group Reed Elsevier PLC Resolution Ltd REXAM PLC Rio Tinto PLC Rolls-Royce Holdings Royal Bank of Scotland . Royal Dutch Shell PLC RSA Insurance Group SABMiller PLC Sage Group (The) PLC Sainsbury (J) PLC Schroders PLC Severn Trent PLC Shire PLC Smith & Nephew PLC Smiths Group PLC Sports Direct Intrntnl SSE PLC Standard Chartered PLC Standard Life PLC Tate & Lyle PLC Tesco PLC Travis Perkins PLC TUI Travel PLC Tullow Oil PLC Unilever PLC United Utilities Group Vedanta Resources PLC Vodafone Group PLC Weir Group PLC Whitbread PLC William Hill PLC Wm Morrison Sprmrkts Wolseley PLC WPP PLC

PRICE(P) 2488.00 1994.00 1231.00 1253.00 981.50 252.65 367.35 1664.25 332.53 530.00 1170.00 704.35 1528.00 2314.00 1798.00 347.10 3311.00 191.85 3016.50 379.25 987.00 217.70 77.74 1639.50 495.55 494.80 318.50 1123.50 783.75 5520.00 202.25 1303.50 1277.50 1440.00 1283.50 4536.50 4809.50 873.25 359.60 524.25 3238.75 1135.50 334.60 2199.50 128.40 3247.25 337.40 394.80 2634.00 1853.50 2807.00 803.50 1442.00 697.50 1415.50 1515.50 352.20 785.00 363.43 1856.50 376.60 949.75 2523.50 696.00 1073.00 230.85 2093.00 3437.50 401.75 280.25 3297.00 1330.00

CHANGE 44.00 14.50 -65.30 6.00 23.50 -2.40 -2.40 14.50 0.30 2.50 1.00 17.10 10.00 9.00 -5.00 -6.80 -1.00 0.90 20.15 -0.40 11.00 1.40 0.01 8.00 0.60 -14.20 0.80 15.00 3.08 50.00 1.15 5.00 5.00 -2.00 -2.00 26.00 29.00 5.50 0.50 7.00 55.00 -7.00 -5.50 10.00 0.30 0.50 0.20 0.70 18.00 -7.36 29.00 -1.00 19.00 -2.50 2.90 10.00 1.02 -2.50 0.05 16.00 -3.50 5.75 17.00 -5.67 10.00 -1.65 -162.00 -9.00 2.60 -1.20 -13.00 4.00

% C H G. 1.80 0.73 -5.04 0.48 2.45 -0.94 -0.65 0.88 0.09 0.47 0.09 2.49 0.66 0.39 -0.28 -1.92 -0.03 0.47 0.67 -0.11 1.13 0.65 0.01 0.49 0.12 -2.79 0.25 1.35 0.39 0.91 0.57 0.39 0.39 -0.14 -0.16 0.58 0.61 0.63 0.14 1.35 1.73 -0.61 -1.62 0.46 0.23 0.02 0.06 0.18 0.69 -0.40 1.04 -0.12 1.34 -0.36 0.21 0.66 0.29 -0.32 0.01 0.87 -0.92 0.61 0.68 -0.81 0.94 -0.71 -7.18 -0.26 0.65 -0.43 -0.39 0.30

VOLUME 159.59 380.30 1,709.88 172.52 157.80 3,330.43 425.68 1,882.13 6,508.22 180.38 41.01 12,581.12 69.37 175.86 97.32 3,276.44 41.72 1,082.86 52.63 383.30 310.34 2,433.23 18,095.58 27.62 650.04 2,152.26 153.23 117.63 1,287.46 76.75 1,112.44 279.22 253.29 185.37 517.98 57.91 178.45 416.66 190.03 223.44 650.70 785.87 9,866.63 1,123.11 4,261.87 142.72 146.25 547.75 32.06 71.07 208.49 388.25 276.70 75.40 328.34 1,365.14 590.03 147.77 1,269.70 69.37 339.32 194.19 345.77 633.04 73.46 11,916.41 1,033.35 36.30 656.27 867.63 106.66 667.53


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Recovery in the UK gains momentum THE UK economy has been on a strengthening trend for the past few months thanks to improved economic data. The feel-good factor is contagious and is gathering pace across the entire spectrum of the economy. In yet another good report out in early October, optimism in the UK financial industry advanced to its strongest level in 17 years! This is extremely good news that will likely weigh on the Bank of England’s monetary policy direction in the form of forward guidance which focuses on keeping interest rates low for at least three years. The UK recovery has encouraged investors to speculate that the Bank of England will have to lift interest rates earlier than previously indicated. At the September meeting, Governor Mark Carney suggested that the

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unemployment rate will have to drop below 7 per cent before a rate increase is considered. An increasing number of investors are betting that the Bank of England will have to raise interest rates earlier if the economy keeps overheating and the move higher in the pound certainly reflects this view. The activity in the UK property market is also contributing to the recovery and it seems that the UK Government wants to keep momentum going and the good news flowing, especially as we move closer towards the general election. In a surprise announcement at

NICELY PLACED: The Pound against the Euro. the Tory party’s annual conference in Manchester at the end of September, Prime Minister David Cameron launched the second phase of the state-backed Help to Buy scheme, which was originally due at the beginning of January 2014. The scheme was brought forward to early October despite mounting criticism that the scheme, enabling buyers to

purchase a house with a deposit of just 5 per cent, could fuel a dangerous property bubble. In the Eurozone, confidence is also returning albeit at a much slower pace. The European Central Bank (ECB) stance is cautious and the central bankers do not seem in a rush to increase stimulus to support the recovery. ECB President Mario Draghi

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acknowledges that the recovery is under way but he never fails to state that risks to the downside persist, especially due to the ongoing shutdown in the US and also to a key confidence vote in Italy in early October. Silvio Berlusconi’s attempt to unseat Prime Minister Enrico Letta dramatically failed and this contributed to restore calm in the entire region. Italy’s political crisis has been threatening the stability of the region for the past few months and Letta’s victory removes a major risk for the single currency. Nonetheless, the coalition remains fragile and any sign of political instability in Italy could send jitters again through the entire region. Overall Sterling has been nicely placed in the last month to take advantage of wobbles in Europe and the US, especially with the backdrop of an improving economic outlook.


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Change of mood THE BFA-Bankia Group terminated their contractual relationship with Moody’s ratings agency. Any information or evaluation issued by the agency will henceforth be based on public information alone, the company said.

Prices down CONSUMER prices fell 0.1 per cent in October year on year, the first fall since October 2009. Biggest reductions were in food and non alcoholic drinks.

Sales up SALES figures from small shops rose 2.2 per cent in September year on year following 38 consecutive monthly falls.


Beware, the cost of lunch may be giving you financial indigestion… “THERE’S no such thing as a free lunch,” my father says, and boy is he right. In fact this simple little midday meal can cut a hefty chunk out of a person’s income. What may seem like a harmless, but necessary, midday munch can be responsible for big annual losses. So what can we do to still fill our bellies but reduce our spending? Well, drawing up and sticking to a budget is an essential way to see where your money goes and to save for the things you want to do and buy, but tracking every little thing can be daunting. And that’s one of the main reasons why many people give up on their budgets. So a good idea is to start small, and looking at saving at lunch is a good place to begin, because it’s

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surprising just how much money people fork out for this meal. In the US the average American spends €8 a day on lunch, which adds up to almost €2,000 a year. A typical Spanish lunch, along with the all-important afternoon coffee, is probably close to €8 a day too. In Rio de Janeiro the annual cost of lunch is close to €1,500, while splashing out for a steak and chips a couple of time a week in the UK will set diners back about €3,500 a year. By making your own

ADDS UP: Eating out costs thousands a year. lunch every day it’s possible to save about €5 a day, which is about €1,500 a

year of extra cash. And it doesn’t have to be a massive chore either

preparing a to-go lunch. When you’re making dinner make extra portions that can be put in the fridge in Tupperware boxes which are easy to just grab before leaving for work the next morning. A tasty sandwich takes no time to prepare in the morning, while a few nuts, bananas or dried fruits on your desk are good snacks to help keep hunger at bay, and more importantly keep you away from splashing out €8 on a menu del dia.

Can they divide their Community? Q. I am president of a Community of Property Owners, which has been functioning for the past 12 years. Our Community has 31 houses on one side of the road and 21 houses on the other side, as it was Phase One and Phase Two of the development. 1. Can we split into two Communities? 2. Does this require a unanimous vote? Our administrators say so, but we feel a majority vote should be sufficient. 3. Can we stay as one Community, but have different rules for each side of the road? 4. Smoking is a problem around the pool area. Some want it and a few don’t want it. However, it was agreed to accept it at the 2007 AGM. You and the B.C. (Costa Blanca)

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A. Yes, you can split into two Communities. And, yes, this requires a unanimous vote. Any change which involves modification of the original Statutes requires a unanimous vote, as set out in the Horizontal Law. It will be a long and complex process, requiring the legal dissolution of one Community and the creation of two new ones. Yes, you can remain as one Community, with some different regulations for each side of the road. If these rules do not involve changes in the original charter of the Community, a simple majority vote should suffice. If the Community has voted to accept smoking in the pool area, that is the rule. If someone wishes to change it, they can put forward a motion.

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Urgent talks needed for late night music bars WHY do I get the impression that the Spanish authorities want to close pubs and restaurants down? In Calahonda’s El Zoco commercial centre (Mijas Costa, Malaga), to comply with regulations, the landlords are being told ‘no music must be heard.’ A lot of tourists use this complex as their holiday destination, mainly because of its music and late bars. There is no soundproofing in these old buildings and to make them legal would cost too much money. These pubs and restaurants rely on the terrace space as they can’t squeeze everyone into a small area with music playing. As a small business, if they want to thrive and make a living, they must give what the customers want. The authorities should have a meeting with all late night business owners and come to a compromise to keep these bars and restaurants open. These bars need to open to accommodate the people that go down to the beach for the sun all day. Night-time is when they spend money and enjoy the night-life. Let us keep the Costa del Sol a holiday destination and not an old persons’ retirement resort GKS (By email)

Inappropriate DB of Palma wants people to ‘cover up’ when out and about (Letters 1476). I really do not understand why people think it appropriate to insist on others wearing clothes when it is warm enough for clothing not to be required. The naked human body is no more offensive than the body of a hippopotamus. In my view, the vast majority of people have accepted brainwashing by the people who have control of the major religions of Europe and the Americas to believe that they should be offended by the sight of naked bodies.

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I HAD to stop the car and take this picture. It was a stunning sunset taken near Coin (Malaga). By Lucinda Monk (by email) Think of the money that could be saved if the security controls at airports, banks, etc, could be done away with because people would have nowhere to hide guns, grenades and rocket launchers. And for me personally, I would not have to get dressed just to go to the shops for my daily bread. Written in the ‘nudist colony’ ghetto of Vera Playa. Mike Roberts, Vera Playa (Almeria)

A fine threat REGARDING your story about Alcoy Council threatening to fine people €750 for feeding stray cats (Costa Blanca North, Issue 1478). Perhaps a better way would be to fine owners for not neutering and spaying their cats instead of throwing them out when they become pregnant. One person’s opinion when asked about neutering her tom cat was: “Oh, but that would spoil him.” Enough said!! Sheila Broderick (By email)

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Ticking off IN regard to the letter from Anthony Jones that prostitution should be made legal in Spain (Letters Issue 1478). It has not been illegal since 1995, when it was decriminalised. There are, however, restrictions imposed by some municipalities on where they can operate. Pimping is illegal, but operating a brothel is legal, although the owner cannot directly benefit from the prostitutes’ earnings. I wish readers would do a little research before putting pen to paper. E G, Fuengirola (Malaga)

Justin Hunter’s letter calling for Sunday trading ( Letters 1476 ) drew a mixed response from readers...

Go home WHY does Justin Hunter want Sunday trading? These people who want to change the culture of the country they live in are annoying. I would assume they came to live here because of the way of life and the weather. If they don’t like it, go back to where they came from. GB, Albanchez (Almeria)

Quite right SUNDAY trading would be a huge boon to the community. In the summer many tourist area shops can open all week, and it is noticeable that most shops take advantage. They would not pay the extra staffing costs if it did not work. Your correspondent is quite right - it is time to open on a Sunday. P Wilson, Estepona (Malaga)



Heart-warming DOES Mr Hunter really want to see Spain’s family life and the peace we have, sent into oblivion? Isn’t it heart-warming to see several generations of families all together eating/walking/ enjoying life on the one day they can be together? Did we not leave the UK to escape rampant commercialism of our lives among other things? We do not need seven-day trading if we organise our lives accordingly. Companies will employ extra staff? Doubtful, existing staff will be forced to work extra hours as has happened in the UK. Yes, Spain should modernise and keep up with the times, but it must not destroy what is holy and rare in today’s world - family life, peace and tranquillity on one day a week. Beverley and Peter, Alhaurin (Malaga)

Face facts WHILE the debate over global warming heats up, it’s surprising that many experts ignore one of the main causes of environmental degradation: runaway world population. In 1900, the world population was 1.6 billion; in 1950, there were 2.5 billion; in the year 2000, 6.7 billion; and the projection for the year 2050 is that there will be almost 12 billion human beings. The life expectancy in most developed countries is already well into the 80s, and the rest of the world will achieve this in due course. A human being lives an average of three generations (75 years or more). With only two births per couple, when my wife and I die we’ll have left behind 12 more beings on the planet. It’s not arithmetic, but geometric. The Earth cannot sustain such growth, especially if we all aspire to a ‘First World’ lifestyle. Confronting this inconvenient truth entails difficult moral, ethical and sociological problems, but if we continue to ignore them the consequences for humanity will be unimaginable. Richard M McBride, Benidorm (Alicante)

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Action-adventure series about a billionaire vigilante who returns after five years being stranded on a hostile island to fight crime and injustice using a bow and arrows as his weapons of choice. •Stephen Amell •Katie Cassidy


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A weekly look and not entirely impartial reaction - to the Spanish political scene


PAIN’S President Mariano Rajoy would doubtless have preferred to pretend that the US does not monitor Spain’s communications. The Spanish right now are concerned about surviving on a day-to-day domestic basis. Few are going to waste precious energy over working themselves into an outraged lather about 90 million eavesdropped communications. They left that to the media, which embraced the NSA scandal as a change of flavour after the usual StrasbourgBarcenas-Crisis fodder. The government reluctantly responded by summoning the US ambassador for an explanation while quavering about “erosion of trust.” The NSA subsequently claimed that Spain and France carried out the original eavesdropping before passing the information to the US.


Media embrace NSA scandal Cassandra Nash

Rajoy must be relieved he did not do a Dilma Rousseff and cancel a Washington visit. Although, unlike his Brazilian counterpart, he has yet to receive an invitation and is unlikely to do anything to spoil his chances of getting one.

Danger money SIX coalminers died in Leon, overcome by methane as they worked 694 metres below ground. These were the last in the inevitably long line of deaths that occur wherever men have to hack out coal to earn a living. The devastating blow to the families of the men who died is also another debilitating blow to Spain’s struggling coal industry. Miners went on strike and marched on Madrid last year to protest at reductions in subsidies and their future is still uncertain. The Leon deaths are a further reminder that however much a miner is paid he earns it. Very often with his life.


Right side of the law RAJOY prudently stayed away from the Madrid protest against the Court of Human Rights ruling on the Parot Doctrine. The Strasbourg ruling forced the government to backtrack on plans to make ETA convicts serve longer than their original sentences, to the dismay of victim support associations. No minister was present at the demonstration organised by the most vociferous groups although most

PRUDENT: Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy. of the PP hierarchy attended. Used to turning out for anti-government demos in the Zapatero days, Esperanza Aguirre, Madrid Mayor Ana Botella, and others expected a warm welcome. To their surprise they got the bird, were booed and barracked. One of the associations, the AVT, called for the government to “reconsider” the Strasbourg decision. Rajoy knows there is nothing to reconsider because the government’s compliance is what living under rule of law means. Anything less reduces it to the same level as lawbreakers and terrorists.

Long-term terms THERE has never been a “life means life” sentence in Spain, although this is about to change. Some legal experts here have questioned whether this is wise or ethical as it eliminates the possibility of rehabilitation and prejudges its impossibility. Those used to the British system are happy enough to see it applied in some circumstances. How many people would feel easy at seeing Ian Brady on the street?


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No one is born a racist LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT

BLACK OR WHITE: How racism can be passed on.


O child is born a racist. It is the world of adults that instils the idea that some of us may be different, or in some way unacceptable to others. To a child born in this 21st century, particularly in the West, it is perfectly normal for them to be surrounded by children of all creeds and ethnic backgrounds. Watch any group of children in creches or playgrounds and you will observe them all playing happily together, with no hint of favouritism or antagonism towards each other. So when does the ugly face of racial intolerance begin to manifest itself? Of course, a great deal of it is passed directly from the parents. Racist parents, constantly demonstrating intolerance of others, will sooner or later instil it into their own offspring. But I think in many cases it starts earlier than that and in my opinion, it is the media that must accept a lot of the blame. I think many of the children’s charities should sit down and have a rethink as to how they use the media to circulate their appeal campaigns. Day after day we are inundated with emaciated children, covered in flies with




Deadly bananas A BRITISH family had to evacuate their home after discovering dozens of venomous Brazilian wandering spiders in a bunch of bananas they had bought from a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Jet-setting gator bulging eyes and inflated bellies. There are no watersheds to these appeals, so from a tender age little ones are constantly exposed to sights of the appalling living conditions and deprived suffering of children and babies. And 99 times out of 100 they are all black! Is it any wonder then that youngsters begin to observe each other differently? What makes it worse is that these children are, by the very state of their circumstances, also observed by these young minds to be inferior to those with full bellies, white parents and taps full of water. And how do the black tots react to this situation? Well to me it’s obvious. Firstly they must, after observing these images of deprived children, most of whom are the

same colour as themselves, begin to themselves feel in some way inferior. This must soon be taken over by any number of emotions. Jealousy, confusion, mistrust, anger and, above all, among both black and white, the previously unrealised fact that they are indeed not all the same. And there you have it. All the ingredients of future unrest and possible conflict. The birth of racism. What these charity groups can do about the situation, I have no idea. Perhaps the best plan of action would be a watershed to showing these images. At least it would prevent impressionable minds from becoming racists before they can speak. Keep the faith, Love Leapy

OFFICIALS were baffled when a small alligator was found underneath the escalator in Terminal 3 of Chicago O’Hare Airport.

Canine reward POLICE OFFICERS in Nottinghamshire, UK, who look after retired police dogs will be entitled to claim up to £500 (€591) a year to cover veterinary bills. The chief commissioner said the dogs deserve a pension.


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The curse of the Monte Rosa Damnation was to dog every nautical league of its last voyage Mike Walsh Mike Walsh. Based in Mediterranean Spain, is an international journalist, author and professional writer.


OT far from Costa shorelines lies the wreck of a once proud ocean liner. Was the MV Monte Rosa cursed by fate? The ship’s damnation was to dog every nautical league of its last voyage. Setting out from Japan in February 1954, its 1,276 passengers and crew had every reason to look forward to a pleasant voyage. Their ocean odyssey would be crowned by a homecoming to an England many had not seen for years. Passengers included military families of servicemen based in the Far East. Various were survivors of the Korean War. Among the wounded were veterans of the Battle of the Hook. Many were stretcher-carried up the gangways, The ‘Dukes’ from the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, outnumbered in battle by five to one, had taken honours but casualties, too. Sailing from Yokohama and Kure, the

ILL-FATED: MV Monte Rosa sank while being towed to Gibraltar. Monte Rosa’s passengers and crew were to endure the voyage from hell. Defects in the super liner’s propulsion system needed constant running repairs. The luckless liner spent more time wallowing helplessly in the Indian Ocean than sailing. The three-week anticipated passage to Port Said in Egypt took an excruciating eight weeks to accomplish. It must have brought great relief to all on board when Monte Rosa finally limped into Port Said. Now, only the Mediterranean lay between them and England.

Those aboard endured eight weeks of hell The liner had known far happier days. It had once cruised the sun-drenched Aegean, Ionian, Adriatic and other seas that make up the Mediterranean. However, that was before the 1939-1945 World War.

From 1930 to 1945, the 13,882-tonne liner had been one of Germany’s fleet of super liners. Built by Hamburg shipbuilders Bohm and Voss the Monte Rosa was one of five sister-ships. Under the Kraft Durche Freude (Strength through Joy) leisure scheme Monte Rosa was to later provide German workers and their families the opportunity to take cruises that were previously the preserve of the elite. During the war the liner was used as a troopship. Departing the Egyptian port, the ill-fated liner embarked on the last leg of its voyage. But, sailing off Algiers an engine room fire resulted in a cataclysmic explosion. Four crew members were killed. The rescue of the remaining 1,276 passengers and crew was successful, but the hulk, whilst being towed to Gibraltar, sank beneath the waves. The Monte Rosa, seized as a war prize in 1945 and renamed MV Empire Windrush, pioneered West Indian immigration to Britain. Other liners soon joined in the massive Caribbean exodus. However, the MV Monte Rosa aka MV Empire Windrush will forever be known for its part in changing the face of Britain forever.


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Myths, legends and rumours… Some sayings don’t stand up to closer examination Nora Johnson

Breaking Views A Costa del Sol resident for a number of years, Nora is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to


HE recent discovery of gold particles in the leaves of eucalyptus trees in Western Australia has completely overturned the old saying “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Which made me wonder which other sayings simply don’t stand up to closer examination… Murphy’s Law (“if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong and at the worst possible moment”) is also way off the mark. For instance, ripping off a shirt button or breaking a shoelace when in a rush is probably down to the extra stress you’re under when you know you’re late and need to get somewhere fast. Likewise: “Healthy as a horse.” Any horse owner will tell you that a horse is like an Italian sports car. If it can break down, it will. “Ne’er cast a clout till May be out.” In

NOT TRUE: Lightning never strikes in the same place.

other words, don’t break out the barbie until May’s safely behind you. Really? This year in the UK, it was more like July before it was anywhere near warm enough to mothball those winter woollies. “Lightning never strikes in the same place twice.” Rubbish! Lightning strikes repeatedly wherever the surface offers

points of conductivity - usually in those places where the conditions produce lots of thunderstorms. After all, that’s the sole purpose of lightning conductors: to make the inevitable strikes harmless by offering them a seductive sitting duck that’ll deal with the discharge safely. “Cracking your knuckles gives you

arthritis.” Most medical studies have found no link whatsoever between this annoying habit and arthritis. The cracking sound isn’t bones being mangled out of shape but the release of pockets of gas from between joints. That said, long periods of knuckle-cracking may contribute to lesser grip strength. So best pack it in, anyway. Basically, these sayings are all just metaphors that were never meant to be taken literally. And straight out of the “I saw you coming” school of coffee-table books! Finally, on a completely different note, many thanks to all of you who’ve purchased my novels, The De Clerambault Code, Soul Stealer and Retribution, which I wrote about here two weeks ago. And helping The De Clerambault Code, at the time of writing, reach the top 80 eBook thrillers on Amazon! Keep those great comments coming to my website and donations to Cudeca!

Nora Johnson’s thrillers Retribution, Soul Stealer, The De Clerambault Code ( available from Amazon and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.


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Before Midnight Eighteen years have passed since American Jesse and Frenchwoman Céline met on a transEuropean train and fell in love. Jesse wrote a novel based on the experience which became a US bestseller and led him to meet Céline again after an interval of almost a decade. The couple now lives in Paris, proud parents to two young girls. However, their lives are far from perfect.








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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Sometimes, you find it hard to do things just for the pure enjoyment of it. Realise that not everything has to have a purpose or a profit. Look round this week and seek out something that will please your senses and bring a smile to your lips.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) This being a family oriented month, much of it may be spent getting together with relatives and going over old times. Perhaps you are compiling a photo album for older members of the family or vice versa.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Contact with a less than ideal situation makes you realise just how lucky you are. It has been clear that the weeks are changeable and your situation at the moment far from settled.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) An exciting invitation may set tongues wagging and make a loved one jealous. You, meanwhile, are quite bemused by the whole thing. What comes out of this week is that you are of considerable value to others.

4-Star Quiz WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE (PART TWO) All the answers are people/events named in Billy Joel’s famous 1989 UK top 10 hit single. 1. What generic name was given to the campaign of mutuallytargeted television advertisements and marketing campaigns that started in the 1980s between soft drink manufacturers the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo? 2. What was the name of the 40year-old electrical engineer, who, on December 22, 1984, shot four young men who he said were threatening him on a New York City subway? He was charged with attempted murder but was acquitted of the charges, though convicted of carrying an unlicensed gun. 3. What was the name of the controversial Muslim minister who, in December 1963, made his infamous ‘the chickens have come home to roost’ statement about President Kennedy’s assassination, thus causing the Nation of Islam to censor him? 4. What was the name of the Vietnamese communist, who served as president of Vietnam from 1954 to 1969?

November 9: Florentino Fernandez is a Spanish comedian, actor and showman. Born in Guadalajara, Fernandez was signed up to work on TV with journalist Pepe Navarro when he was working as a security guard. Fernandez started impersonating celebrities and eventually ended up hosting his own TV shows. He has starred in films and theatre.


ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Being asked to take on a new and demanding task this week may see you wishing that you had been less visible.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) An urge to get moving must mean that the new year is round the corner. Certainly, you are questioning where you want to be in the months ahead. A house move or work placement may be on your mind.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) An interest in technology is not something new to you. What is great, though, is that the penny has suddenly dropped. This week sees you understanding more and wanting to know more.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Be aware that not everyone is willing to work as hard as you. When approached by someone wanting you to trust them, be sure of their motives. Do what you feel is right but remain firmly in control, especially financially. LEO (July 24 - August 23) Social demands are made, but try to shuffle them to the weekend. Be diplomatic or someone close could become irritated. Keep an eye on the small print because something fundamental may have changed in a long-standing arrangement.

Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3X3 box contains the digits 1-9. There’s no maths involved. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Be aware that leopards do not change their spots, they merely hide them. Those who demand your trust need a cool checking out and don't be afraid to say 'no' as and when necessary.


LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Career and home are in disharmony but a bit of compromise soon sorts things out. You don't like playing the 'bad guy', but honesty is also important to you.





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Across 7 Public show of respect when silver is found in house (6) 8 Key inside a boat on a lake (6) 9 An island of global importance (4) 10 With adjustment, the rope seat works (8) 11 Healing claimed in error (7) 13 Guide one through the story line (5) 15 Makes money and gives ear to directions (5) 17 Strange new form of gemstones (7) 20 Blame the salesman and the fish (8) 21 Part of old tree contains new pine (4) 22 Cleaner creating awful smell in area around London (6) 23 Figures about European countries (6) Down 1 Really enjoy eating a good salad plant (6) 2 Strain first Italian vehicle (4) 3 Thereʼs nothing to marvel about in a change of home (7) 4 Enthusiastic, as found in flea germs (5) 5 Intro to a comic turn (8)

Across 1 Leave off (6) 4 Small amount (6) 9 Become rusty (7) 10 Precise (5) 11 Anthropoid (3) 12 Disturb (8) 14 Elder (6) 15 Plays for time (6) 18 Vindictive (8) 20 Automobile (3) 23 Attentive (5) 24 Law officer (7) 25 Small, sharp instrument (6) 26 Type of hound (6)

6 Terrible ordeal in Texan city (6) 12 Rude Italian bloke lost head with worker (8) 14 Hot burnt residue is on hot pot (7) 16 A lion goes round very quietly in Syria (6)

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 19 represents B and 10 represents Q, so fill in B every time the figure 19 appears and Q every time the figure 10 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

18 Note about milk curdling substance (6) 19 Trained, grew round a stake (5) 21 Train track runs back to a fibber (4)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Babysat, 5 Cocoa, 8 Respite, 9 Exact, 10 Satin, 11 Forests, 12 Lessen, 14 Slacks, 17 Grown-up, 19 Trail, 22 Arras, 23 Rampant, 24 Dunes, 25 Sorbets. Down: 1 Burns, 2 Beset, 3 Science, 4 Tee off, 5 Cheer, 6 Classic, 7 Artists, 12 Laggard, 13 Sporran, 15 Latimer, 16 Sports, 18 Nests, 20 Adage, 21 Lotus. QUICK Across: 1 Discuss, 5 Sheds, 8 Cheddar, 9 Again, 10 Asset, 11 Chemise, 12 Desist, 14 Giggle, 17 Shallot, 19 Sofas, 22 After, 23 Tuition, 24 Tired, 25 Cleanse. Down: 1 Dacha, 2 Seems, 3 Updates, 4 Struck, 5 Spare, 6 Evading, 7 Sincere, 12 Distant, 13 Shatter, 15 Inspire, 16 Static, 18 Lurid, 20 Feign, 21 Since.


ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Abrir, 3 Falda, 5 Ill, 7 Calidad, 9 Dill, 10 Here, 13 Lechuga, 14 Más, 15 Sects, 16 Souls. Down: 1 Amigdalas, 2 Rice, 3 Fall, 4 Addresses, 6 Lilac, 8 Dream, 11 Gums, 12 Pais.


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English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English.

Across 1 Forks (cutlery) (9) 5 Hard shoulder (5) 7 Pala (para cavar) (5) 9 To draw lots for (7) 10 Year (12 months) (3) 11 Unhurt (5) 12 Onza (5) 14 Seguro (9) Down 1 Té (bebida) (3) 2 Peligroso (9) 3 Embalse (9) 4 Fear (terror) (5) 6 Trinchar (carne) (5) 8 Otra vez (5) 9 Espinillas (5) 13 That (3)

Hexagram The purpose of the Hexagram puzzle is to place the 19 six-letter words into the 19 cells. The letters at the edges of interlocking cells MUST BE THE SAME. The letters in the words must be written CLOCKWISE. The word in cell 10 (EXISTS) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues. ALMOND



















Unscramble the name of a famous footballer: SIGN UP GOAL ACE


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Unscramble the name of a Grammy winning American rock band (three words): FLOG ONE SINK

Down 1 Russian country house (5) 2 Operating physician (7) 3 Footwear (4) 5 Egg dish (8) 6 Not full or plentiful (5) 7 Correspondence (7) 8 Hard-wearing casual trousers (5) 13 Prophesy (8) 14 Keep up (7) 16 Deficient (7) 17 Speculate (5) 19 Enraged (5) 21 Shoulder firearm (5) 22 Surrender (4)



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Parents and children dressing alike? SOME high street fashion retailers appear to have come up with a new way to make money… selling matching outfits for parents and children. Do you think that nowadays children are often dressed in more adult clothing? Do you think this has an effect on their childhood?

THE idea of parents and children wearing matching outfits got a mixed reaction from our readers. Diana Feria, a mother who is about to open a shop in Arroyo de la Miel for second hand baby items said; “My husband and I share the belief that every person, be it adult or child has his or her own personality and linking them by dressing alike is not “logical.’ We’ve never dressed like our children or made them dress in the same way as us, because we each have our own identity to express. Even if we had twins we would never dress them alike.” Elise Clement said there is nothing wrong with matching outfits, however, she does

Diana Feria: Not ‘logical.’


believe high streets should be cautious with the designs and ensure they are suitable for children. “Too many kids are dressing too old and want to look older too quick.” The Rojales student, 14, said when she was younger she did want to dress like her mum wearing her high heels “but most little girls do, it’s just dress up. I wouldn’t want to dress like her now, we have different styles.” But Sharon Carter, a mother of two from London who is holidaying on the Costa Blanca, said: “I’ve never really noticed matching mother and child outfits in the stores, apart from maybe in the odd magazine with celebrities doing it. I can’t see it catching on and becoming the norm. Children’s fashion should not mimic adult styles.” Tony Michael and Bev: It’s ridiculous.

and Celeine Lonsdale who live in La Alfoquia, Tony is retired and Celeine is a nurse for Almeria Angels, said: “We are not keen on the idea of matching outfits. Kids should be brought up as kids. They shouldn’t be wearing adult type clothing. We think they should enjoy their childhood and not be dressed as adults.” Michael and Bev Thistleton, both retired, of Live in Albanchez, agreed: “Matching outfits are ridiculous. Children are dressed in adult clothing and are growing up too quick. It does have an effect, they want to grow up too soon and it can be dangerous for children.”

Tony and Celeine: Not keen on the idea.


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Whistleblower’s revelations reminiscent of the Cold War Laura Poitras_Praxis Films

Bruce Walbran HISTORICALLY SPEAKING Bruce - a former UK career linguist - has studied national history and culture for years. A Spanish resident for two decades, he lives in Alfaz del Pi near Benidorm.


E just won’t go away. Whistleblower Edward Snowden, via journalist Glenn Greenwald, has revealed details of yet more illegal surveillance carried out by the US on its allies, one of whom is Spain. An aggrieved Spanish Government summoned the American ambassador in Madrid to explain his country’s actions. One of the questions asked might have been why, in just one month (December 10, 2012 to January 8, 2013) 60 million communications in Spain were monitored and stored by the National Security Agency (NSA). Multiply that number globally, and billions upon billions of phone calls, emails, text messages and web searches were monitored and stored over the past decade.

But we mustn’t worry too much. The NSA and GCHQ, among other eavesdropping organisations, are collecting and storing this data for reasons of national and international security. They assure us they are doing it to keep us safe from that most ubiquitous of enemies: Islamic

EXPOSÉ: Edward Snowden told of yet more illegal surveillance by the US on its allies, one of whom is Spain. fundamentalist terrorism. It reminds me of the Cold War. Serving as a Russian linguist in the Intelligence Corps in West Germany during the mid-80s I was tasked with listening to Soviet communications, principally those of the Third Shock Army in East Germany. And listen I did. But I didn’t hear a great deal. There just wasn’t that much going on. The Russian armies in East Germany had been rusting away for well over a decade. Russia had no money to restore the Red Army to its former glory. The same applied to the nuclear side of things. But that didn’t fit with the narrative of the time. Through the Reagan and Thatcher years the threat of the Soviet menace was cranked up, even when Gorbachev began to push for ‘perestroika’ and ‘glasnost’. They were determined to get every last mile they could out of the Cold War to keep those tax dollars coming in and keep the Military Industrial Complex rolling

on, though they insisted it was done with the intention of keeping the free peoples of the world safe from Bolshevik aggression. Why would it be any different today? Are Obama and Cameron cut from a more righteous cloth than their predecessors? I think not. Just as happened through the Cold War, we are bombarded with threats, this time of terrorism, through governmental channels and through the complicit mainstream media. So we allow our governments more power, we spend more on defence and on surveillance, and we allow our liberties to be eroded. Only when a person of conscience comes along and blows the whistle do we realise how much our governments have abused their powers. Thanks to Snowden we now have a chance not only to give the American ambassador in Madrid an ear bashing, but also to return America, the most powerfully militarised surveillance state the world has ever known, to some form of sane behaviour. The UK, no doubt, will follow suit.


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FEEDING your hunger for information about your health… Lifestyle changes and heart disease Regular aerobic exercise improves heart health by aiding weight loss, lowering blood pressure, and improving insulin sensitivity (reducing the risk of diabetes). Diets low in saturated fat which include fish like salmon, lots of vegetables, nuts, seeds, and wholegrains may help lower cholesterol and support healthy bloodvessel function. Chocolate found to be good for diabetics In a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2008;51:2141–9) researchers found that cocoa can reverse some of the damage that diabetes does to blood vessels, and might possibly protect against heart disease. Plant chemicals called flavanols are found in cocoa as well as in fruits, vegetables and tea. Studies have found that flavanols help lower blood pressure, reduce blood stickiness (preventing clot formation), increase insulin sensitivity, and lower LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol. The study looked at cocoa’s effect on blood vessel

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Health Tip of the Week… dilation, a key indicator of vessel health. All the people who drank the highflavanol cocoa beverage in both parts of the study had significant improvements in blood vessel dilation without any sideeffects. The same effect was seen after 30 days, suggesting that cocoa’s effect didn’t wear off after repeated use. Cocoa actually reversed blood vessel damage after 30 days, so that measurements of blood vessel function were comparable to those of healthy people of the same age. Flavanol content varies among products and the way flavanols are metabolised may be influenced by other substances in the body, so results may vary. And since many chocolate products are high in sugar, fat and calories, chocolate lovers with diabetes should keep in mind that reducing or preventing overweight and obesity is an important part of managing diabetes and heart health. “The degree of reversal of blood vessel dysfunction was comparable to the

reported degree of improvement observed after using controlled exercise or drugs, including insulin,” said the study’s authors. “Assuming that improvement of blood vessel dysfunction is associated with better cardiovascular prognosis, the regular intake of flavanol-containing cocoa should produce similar effects.” Both studies cited this week demonstrate the effect of lifestyle on health!

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Babies remember music played whilst in womb SCIENTISTS believe that babies who were played music whilst still in the womb remembered the tune months after being born. Researchers at the University of Helskini (Finland) gave a CD to 12 pregnant women and asked them to play it five times a week during the last three months of pregnancy before destroying the CD after giving birth to ensure any memory of the songs came from pregnancy. The researchers found the babies could remember the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star up to four months after birth. They said: “These results show that babies are capable of learning at a

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European silly court is no joke BOTOND HORVATH / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Ulrica Marshall

Expat Strife Swedish-born Ulrica is a freelance journalist living in Mallorca with her family. Her debut novel $Expat Wives is available on Amazon and iBooks. To comment on any of the issues raised in Ulrica’s column, go to


UST when you thought the world of political correctness could not get any sillier, along comes that strange body, the European Court of Human Rights, and demands that convicted terrorists of ETA, the militant Basque separatist group, be released from prison. Now, I have little to do with either side of the Basque conundrum, but I would feel rather concerned if a convicted terrorist - many having killed were to set up home next door. It seems the hand of a reluctant Spanish government has been forced in the matter, which, as with many rulings by the European Court, appears based on technicalities rather than common sense. These busybodies in Strasbourg, France,

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: Rules on technicalities rather than common sense. evidently have little else to do to justify their time, so I thought one excellent suggestion would be for them to reach out and ‘adopt a terrorist.’ Surely these Eurocrats have plenty of room in their fine houses (probably paid for by the European taxpayer - that would be us, dear readers) to lend a comfy en suite room to one of ETA’s most assiduous members. They could bond over dinners, the busybody perhaps sharing

riveting details of red tape and bureaucracy, while the terrorist could hold court about how to make a home-made bomb to cause maximum damage. I wonder how quickly, at that point, the motion to release the prisoners would be rescinded..? But at least that way, the families of the victims would be spared the assassins’ gloating presence in their communities. And while ETA declared an end to

its campaign in 2011, few would surely sleep soundly with the knowledge of who was now skulking around the neighbourhood freely. One of those released, Ines del Rio, was shown in the media smiling as she left prison, where she spent 26 years for her role in 23 murders and terrorist attacks during the 1980s. Unsurprisingly, the decision was vehemently protested against by the public and government alike -

two sides of a coin that rarely agree. Just over a year for each kill doesn’t sound like any justice I would subscribe to, yet the European Court insisted that the releases be made and, in some cases, compensation paid. Now, I believe it is more probable for pigs to fly or hell to freeze over than for any President of the United States to release confirmed terrorists early or at all. Certainly not from a nation that is so paranoid about national security that it spies on the rest of the world - another source of outrage here in Spain, where it was recently revealed that the US National Security Agency had tapped some 60 million phone calls in just one month. I can’t tell you which is worse political correctness or ardent disregard and disrespect of other nations - but if I were a terrorist or criminal of any kind, there is no doubt that I would base myself in Europe, where I could wave the Human Rights flag at the first sign of trouble. Thus keeping those busy Eurocrats in jobs paid for by the European taxpayer.


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Chocolate doesn’t make people fat CHOCOLATE has gone from guilty pleasure to just a pleasure. A study carried out at the University of Granada has revealed that teenagers who eat more chocolate have less excess fat on their bodies. The research studied chocolate as a food traditionally linked to obesity, and measured the body fat index of 1,458 Spanish teenagers. The findings were surprising: those who eat more chocolate are the thinner. The researchers, however, didn’t seem to be so surprised as they stressed the antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties of the once-banned-from-diets food.

In fact, they claim what makes people fat in chocolate are the sugar and milk used to make it. The researchers added that cutting down on chocolate on a diet is pointless as, although it doesn’t make people lose weight, it doesn’t make them fat either.

ENJOY: While chocolate doesn’t make people lose weight, it doesn’t make them fat either.


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Calling all wine amateurs celebrate the European way THIS Sunday wine amateurs are called to celebrate the European Day of Wine Tourism. Organised by the European Network of Wine Cities (RECEVIN), this day aims at promoting wine tourism both at a national and international level. It also aims at promoting areas surrounding vineyards as economic assets, as it has done since it was first held five years ago. Countries joining the winefriendly network include France, Italy, Greece, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia. In Spain, cities like Aranda de Duero, Jerez de la Frontera, Tomelloso, Vilafranca del Penedes and Villarobledo are part of the association. These cities will offer numerous activities to commemorate the drink, including guided tours in vineyards and wineries as well as wine and tapas tastings. WINE TOURISM: Discover new places while enjoying a glass of wine.




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For the first time Spanish homemade mango jam hits the stores THE first home-made mango jam manufactured in Spain has been launched. The product can be found in gourmet shops, herbalists and fruit shops all over the country from €2.50. The jam is made with no added preservatives or artificial colours, and is 75 per cent mango flesh and 22 per cent sugar. The remaining 3 per cent is lemon juice, which serves as a natural preservative.

MANGO JAM: Made with no added preservatives. It can be stored up to three years, although it is recommended to consume

it in a period of a year to prevent it from losing its antioxidant properties. Malaga Mango Jam (Mmm) is the company behind this creation, which is made entirely with Osteen mango. This variety is grown in the Malaga region of the

Axarquia, where the company is based, one of Spain’s main subtropical fruit producers. The company expects to sell 20,000 jars of homemade mango jam per year at a price of €3.50 each. To meet this demand, they need at least 10,000 kilos of the subtropical fruit, they claimed. The Pharmacy College at the University of Granada is carrying out a study to determine the nutritional value of the jam. In the meantime, Mmm representatives claim the jam elevates the flavour of the mango, something which is very appealing to children, they added.

Cocoa couture FORGET the little black dress, the little chocolate dress is sure to win over the hearts and stomachs, of most women. Made entirely out of chocolate, Scottish designer Lauren Smith has unveiled her design for Salon du Chocolat’s fashion show in London (UK) as part of National

Chocolate Week after teaming up with Lindt. The strapless number complete with rippling skirt took two weeks to make, 24 hours to hand paint, weighs 50kg and was made with Lindt Excellence chocolate by award-winning food artist Paul Wayne Gregory.

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to end after fifteen years


TV has confirmed that long-running quiz Who Wants to be as Millionaire? is to draw to a close, to coincide with Chris Tarrant stepping down as host. “It has been a huge part of my life for 15 years and I’ve loved every minute of it, but it is time for me to move on,” Tarrant said in a statement. “It has been the most remarkable journey and I consider myself very fortunate to have been associated with Millionaire from its inception. ITV has been fantastic in its support from day one and to see its huge success has been thrilling.” The presenter added that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? had “touched a nerve” with the UK public when it launched in 1998. In recent years, the series has returned for a number of celebrity specials, with Sir

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STEPPING DOWN: Host Chris Tarrant after show’s huge success. Paul McCartney, George Michael, Sir Alex Ferguson and Simon Cowell all taking to the hot-seat. “But of course so much more rewarding for all of us has been, not just the celebrities or even the millionpound winners, but all of the

ordinary men and women whose lives have been changed - sometimes forever by being on the show,” Tarrant continued. Originally launched in the UK, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is the most internationally popular

television franchise of all time, having aired versions in more than 100 countries worldwide. Peaky Blinders will return for a second series in 2014, it has been announced. The BBC has confirmed that the period drama - which follows the lives of gang members who control the streets of 1920s post-war Birmingham - has been commissioned for a further six-part run. Those behind the BBC Two show have revealed that the forthcoming series will see the Shelby family expand their crime empire, while maintaining control over their Birmingham heartland. Gang leader Tommy (played by Cillian Murphy) also looks set to be undermined by sinister forces in his attempts to make the black market business legitimate, but his ascent into 1920s high society will be aided by his criminal credentials.

“We’ve been thrilled by the passionate responses Peaky Blinders has been getting from viewers all over the country,” explained executive producer Caryn Mandabach. Filming on the project is scheduled to begin early next year. If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything I have written about please call me on 678 332 815 or email I look forward to your comments and questions. Don’t forget to listen to my radio show every weekday from 10am on Spectrum Radio (90.8FM Coastal & 96.1FM Inland), now covering over 2000sq kms of Costa Almeria or listen online at for the latest news and views from the world of satellite television.


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Commotion at the corrida! Ric Polansky Ric Polansky moved to Mojacar in 1969 as a pioneer developer. He reads extensively and has travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.


N previouds issues I have recounted how wealthy Russian refugee Phil had hired me as a guide to see famous bullfighter El Cordobes in Sevilla. Poor Philip became greatly disturbed upon sight of the first toro being agitated. He wanted me to leave the corrida with him. If he’d asked me to fly across the ring it would have been an easier task. But, once sat in the front row with my new celebrity friends - I was sitting next to Hollywood actress Deborah Kerr and Kennedy’s former press secretary Pierre Salinger - I belonged. Only God or a

AFTERNOON DELIGHT: Tapas before the bullfight. high-jumping bull would make me move. The beer man was within shouting distance and I still had possession of $100 of premature expense money to lavish upon myself and my new companions. When Philip

stomped out, I blinked with feigned thoughtfulness and waved again for the beer guy. I had to concentrate on matters at hand - the corrida. “May I invite you to a cocktail or bottle of wine?” I enquired of my fellow royalty. After all,

money was no object. We became good friends that afternoon and Señora Kerr knew her bulls well. While my celestial happiness rolled on with the afternoon, a niggling worry whispered to me to not forget ‘poor Philip’.

I wondered what a man with $10,000 cash in his pocket would do in Sevilla if he couldn’t speak a word of Spanish? Well, of course, he’d just pace up and down and hate me. The rich suffer too, you know. When the corrida ended I bid farewell to my companions agreeing to meet them for lunch the next day. Just approaching the entrance gate I could see Philip’s forlorn face posed like a pillar in the middle of the gateway so as to not miss me. He was bursting to scream at me. But I wasn’t the tour guide for nothin’. “Philip, you didn’t miss a damn thing. The bulls wouldn’t charge and Cordobes didn’t feel like puttin’ on his show. What a bummer! We’d better head off to find a place to stay.” He was in my control again.

Next week, in the concluding part of the story, Ric finds he may have met his match...


90 years of the Poppy Appeal REMEMBRANCE services will be held this Sunday and on Monday by many of The Royal British Legion Branches across Spain.

Poppies and collection boxes have been distributed to many businesses in the area, and the legion spends £250,000 (around €290,000) each day to help armed forces personnel and their families. By making a donation for a poppy people are supporting those who have dedicated their lives to serving their country. For 90 years, the Poppy There will be some Factory in Richmond, carols included and Surrey (UK) has been the audience may be making poppies, crosses asked to join in. and wreaths for the royal The show is on family and The Royal Friday and Saturday British Legion’s annual November 22 and 23 Poppy Appeal. at 8pm, with a The factory also gives matinee on Sunday employment to many November 24 at 3pm. disabled people. Tickets are available from the For details on a usual outlets, or from service near you visit members of the www.britishlegion. choir.

Ringing in the Xmas season THE Voices of Almanzora are ringing in the Christmas season with a show at the Pedro Gilabert Theatre in Aborleas, at the end of November. The show will contain songs with a Christmas theme, jokes and sketches, and a ‘Potted Pantomime’.

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Time to plant winter garlic

Dick Handscombe

Gardening Corner By Spain’s best known expatriate gardening author living in Spain for 25 years.


S indicated in our book Growing Healthy Vegetables In Spain, November and December are popular months for planting overwintering garlic. The garlic plants that grow can be harvested at two stages of growth: As young stems when like large spring onions. Grown to maturity for harvesting bulbs for storing in the late spring. Since garlic needs little space, crops can be grown in large flowerpots on apartment terraces as well as in raised beds and the open garden. I planted in raised beds and

containers last week and they were up within five days. How to grow Garlic is best grown by sowing individual cloves or segments broken off from sizeable bulbs. Plant in a friable, well-draining soil which has been manured for preceding crops but not in recently manured soils. However, if you have a wood-burning stove or an autumn bonfire the ashes can be worked into the soil before planting or sprinkled around growing corms to top up the soil’s natural potash levels. If you have a heavy soil, mix in some sand to improve drainage and place a little sand under each clove when planted. It is wise to water garlic less than onions and if your vegetable plot is

watered by a traditional flooding from irrigation channels or is liable to flood after heavy autumn rains, it’s wise to sow garlic on the ridges between the flooded growing strips or specially prepared ridges in the normal growing areas. Raised beds are excellent for growing garlic as the soil conditions are right and cloves can be planted only eight to 10 centimetres apart, although double that will often yield larger bulbs. When planting, if the soil is well prepared, it is sufficient to push each corm down into the soil until the tip is covered with two or three centimetres of soil. If planted more shallowly they can rise out of the ground after rain or when the roots start to grow. Alternatively, dig narrow trenches or individual holes with a narrow trowel or stick. The only care during the growing season will be to ensure they don’t dry out, and weeding. By the way, garlic planted under or between rose bushes can help deter fungal attacks and

GROWING: Sow individual cloves.

aphids. Obtaining garlic bulbs Garlic bulbs are normally available at Agricultural Cooperatives in vegetable growing areas. However, it is more convenient in many areas to buy large bulbs at a local market, greengrocers or from gypsies selling them outside supermarkets. When you break up the bulbs it is worth separating out the large from the small cloves and planting them separately. The larger cloves being left in the ground until maturity for harvesting bulbs and the smaller segments grown for the young stems that are excellent in salads, casseroles and omelettes. Although garlic is a major crop in Spain you are unlikely to find more than two or three varieties. One with a white outer skin, one pinkish and the other with a purple tint. If you tour Spain it is possible to buy traditional white, pink and purple-skinned regional varieties at local markets but you may not be able to find out the names as bulbs have been passed down from generation to generation in the villages. Two named varieties we have come across are Morada and Rose de Lautrec. You might be interested in obtaining a collection of named varieties from different parts of Europe from The Garlic Farm

(IOW), www.thegarlicfarm., or telephone 0044 1983 865378. How much to plant As a minimum we suggest you plant 50 cloves and if you have the space 300 or more. The more you plant the more you will have for harvesting as young tierno stems during the winter. When to harvest Young stems are normally harvested when they are about half to three-quarters of a centimetre thick. Mature bulbs are normally harvested when the leaves start to die back. If bulbs produce flower stalks cut these to half their length before they bud. This can stimulate larger bulbs. Don’t worry if your harvested bulbs are smaller than the ones in the market. Indeed they may be packed with more taste. Storing Ensure you thoroughly dry the harvested bulbs in the sun before storing. They can be stored in net sacks, shallow trays or if you have the patience plait them for hanging up. Typical uses Young stems, ajos tiernos, for flavouring cooked dishes, chopped up in winter salads or steamed or fried and then mixed into omelettes. These have a mild taste more like spring onions

and chives than mature garlic bulbs. Cloves from mature bulbs can be used as follows: a. Chopped up by hand or in an electric herb chopper with tomato for spreading on bread for breakfast or to accompany tapas or soups. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stoned olives can also be added to the mix. b. In a wide variety of soups, casseroles or baked dishes. c. Stir fried or baked as a vegetable. d. A full large bulb in the centre of a traditional oven cooked arroz al horno is an essential ingredient and decoration. e. To give flavour to pickled olives. f. Pickled cloves in a salt/vinegar brine. These are eaten as a tapa in the same way as olives. The pickling removes the strong garlic taste. g. As an infusion for a winter detox and a flu and cold relief as described in our book Living Well From Our Garden – Mediterranean style. g. A decoction in water provides a useful insecticide and snail deterrent – see Section 5.7 Growing Healthy Vegetables In Spain, Section 6.7 Your garden In Spain and Section 5.7 Growing Healthy Fruit In Spain. Happy garlicking! ©Dick Handscombe November 2013


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Busy time for MACS IT has been a busy time for MACS volunteers. Ann’s accessories and El Pinar bar in Mojacar hosted a fashion show for the cancer support group. More than 60 guests attended the Macs Fashion Show with the El Pinar providing a special three course lunch with cava on arrival. Ann Webber and Kathy Walker worked tirelessly all afternoon dressing models and advising how to accessorise with Gillian Williamson, Thelma Danzelman, Suzy Carolyn Franklin and Lady Ellen. What a fabulous job the ladies did, not only giving their free time for the show, but modelling knitwear, scarves and trousers in over 25º C temperatures. A MACS spokesperson said: “As always the support from the public was amazing, €391 was raised on the raffle. Anne Webber donated €68, El Pinar bar donated €58, a meal for two and a bottle of wine for a raffle prize, and provided lunch for all the models. Elaine Kay Brown, founder and president of MACS and the

SPECIAL IDEA: The ‘Make a Cuppa’ was a very successful event. fundraising team would like to thank all that took part on the day.” Meanwhile at the monthly MACS fundraisers’ meeting in September, Fran Cook, a MACS shop volunteer and fundraiser suggested the ‘Make a Cuppa Special’ idea. The fundraisers discussed the possibilities and all agreed what a wonderful initiative, not realising at

the time just how successful it was going to be. It was agreed to run the events from October 1 to October 31. Elaine Kay Brown sent her thanks to all who took part in the ‘Make a Cuppa Special’ events which raised €3,476.99.

Long healing process David THE Dogman Listen to David on TRE every Saturday 10am to 11am Costa del Sol (Gibraltar/Sotogrande) 98.7fm (San Roque to Calahonda) 91.9fm (Calahonda to Motril) 88.9, Costa Calida 92.7fm Costa Blanca (Torrevieja to Elche) 105.1fm (Elche to Calpe) 88.2fm, (Calpe to Gandia & Ibiza) 104.6fm, (Denia to Valencia) 95.3fm Mallorca 103.9fm

LAST week I told how BB, my Rottweiler had become aggressive toward my daughter following his lifesaving operation for bloat. On the morning of my radio show when I went downstairs I heard BB talking to me. Many of you will understand that dogs do talk to us in many ways. His is a baby yap, one that cannot be ignored. I was delighted because I had not heard this since he had

HEALING: Time, patience and love will help with the healing process.

come home. I immediately went upstairs and informed Susan he was my old BB. After my radio show I decided to have a chat with Nazli from the Pointer Clinic, explaining I had a major problem with BB and also, in spite of eating greedily, he was losing weight. I asked her if the operation could be one of the causes. Nazli explained it can take six to eight months for

the wound from the operation to heal and after such an operation he will feel uncomfortable when lying in certain positions. That could certainly be the cause of him being grumpy and wary when we were going to touch where he was feeling extra tender. I have known Nazli about 20 years and trust her professionally. Now BB is having extra food (four meals a day) and we only

touch him when he comes to us and do not touch his body. We just tickle him under the chin. Nazli did emphasise that he is not out of the woods yet and time, patience and love will work with the healing process. Meanwhile my daughter Susan, who he had ‘gone for,’ will take him for short walks. I will update next month. For local radio log onto



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This year’s autumn exhibition at Madrid’s Prado Museum provides an insight into Spanish history, culture and art, covering the period between 1650 and 1680.

The king and Velazquez Velazquez had been influenced by Rubens and was acknowledged as one of the finest portrait painters of the baroque era, although never quite reaching the status of his contemporary, Rembrandt. During his visits to Italy, considered the Mecca for artists, his talent as a portrait artist was recognised by Pope Innocent X. When he returned to Madrid as official artist to the royal family, his relationship with the king gave him access to the palace, which was a rare privilege. The first part of the exhibition displays portraits of the pope and cardinals in Rome and includes two of King Felipe IV. A large section is devoted to the numerous portraits of the queen, Mariana of Austria, Maria Teresa, both her stepdaughter and cousin, and especially her




T was a defining moment in Felipe IV’s reign with political, military and financial crisis, and the culmination of Velazquez’s illustrious career as official artist to the royal family during the golden age of Spanish art. It also provides a comparison between his works and those of his assistants and successors, Juan Bautista Martinez del Mazo, his son-in-law, and Juan Carreno. Felipe IV had been going through a difficult period when he married Mariana of Austria in 1649. His first wife, Elizabeth of France, had died in 1644 and two years later he lost his 17-year-old son and heir, Baltasar Carlos, to smallpox. Two years after the marriage, La Infanta Margarita was born and in the same year Velazquez returned to Madrid from Rome. It was the start of an extraordinarily close relationship between the king and the artist.


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Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez daughter, La Infanta Margarita, wearing the traditional framed dresses in a variety of colours. His paintings of Felipe Prospero and La Infanta Margarita were considered to be among the finest portraits of children up to that time. Although his earlier portraits were classical with the subject against a dark background, he took advantage of using real locations in the palace and adding personal objects such as flower vases, pets and ornaments to give a greater sense of family life, space and depth to his works. This is evident in his masterpiece, Las Meninas, which is included as part of the exhibition even though it remains in its permanent place in the Prado.

Las Meninas A family portrait Despite its complexity it remains a family portrait including La Infanta Margarita, her maids of honour, dwarfs and pets as well as Velazquez himself and the king and queen, who are reflected in

the mirror. Velazquez is believed to have borrowed the idea of using mirrors in his works from the Arnolfini Marriage, Van Eyck’s masterpiece, in the National Gallery, London.

Some works never before seen in Spain Controversy has arisen over a ‘copy’ of Las Meninas, attributed to his son-in-law, which belongs to the William Bankes collection at Kingston Lacy in Dorset, UK, now part of the National Trust, believed to have been painted in 1660, the year of Velazquez’s death. It came to England during the early part of the 19th century. Art historian, Dr Matias Diaz, from the Spanish Royal Academy of Art, who has spent years researching the origin of the painting, said: “I consider this work to be a first, smaller draft of Las Meninas, painted by the master himself.” This is contested by the exhibition’s curator, Javier

La Infanta Margarita in blue dress by Diego Velazquez Portus, who argues: “A simple study of the Kingston Lacy work shows it lacks colour and detail and it is not an original.” A close inspection reveals differences. There is a mystery over the Cross of the Order of Santiago, an honour bestowed on Velazquez by the king in 1659 and who ordered it to be added to his tunic in the main painting after his death. In addition, the king and queen are clearly reflected in the mirror and he delicately holds the brush. In the Kingston Lacy painting the cross is not apparent, neither is the brush and the reflection in the mirror is unclear. There is also a likeness between this work and the family portrait of Martinez del Mazo, painted in 1665. This controversy is likely to remain unresolved.

The continuity of Velazquez’s style The final section covers the period following the deaths of Velazquez in 1660 and the king

in 1665. These are works by Mazo and Carreno, illustrating the continuity of Velazquez’s style. Margarita married her uncle Leopold of Austria to forge an alliance, which led to the transfer of several of these paintings to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The portraits of Queen Mariana, who became Regent, while her son Carlos was a child, depicts her in mourning, while the young king, Carlos II, appears in his full royal regalia. The exhibition, organised in conjunction with the AXA Foundation, displays 29 major works of which 15 belong to Velazquez. Many of the works, on loan from overseas museums and private collections, have never previously been on display in Spain.

The Prado Museum Paseo del Prado, Madrid


DRINKING WATER: Soon to arrive in Albox.

Water supply ALBOX TOWN HALL is setting the scene for the arrival of drinking water to households in the municipality and its future management. For years water in the town has periodically failed health tests, on several occasions being declared unfit for consumption. Last week the mayor, Rogelio Mena and the water company Gestagua signed a management contract to service the water supply, sewerage and purification of the town’s water. The mayor said: “We are not shouting from the roof-

tops until the water comes out of the taps in quantity and quality.” However, Mena said: “We cannot but rejoice to see our work to achieve that goal is paying off and are not wasting any time in doing so.”

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‘King Arthur’ of Mojacar ALL SAINTS this year saw the loss of one of Mojacar’s best and most unpretentious spirits - Arthur Cox has passed away. I had the privilege of writing about Arthur and his vital contribution to Mojacar’s social and business scene some years back. I entitled the story ‘King Arthur Rules.’ He did in his very quiet and

powerful manner. Back in those formative years no fiesta was official unless Arthur was in attendance. He stood at the proceedings, told a few stories, read some of his street poetry, and made us all laugh at the characters he portrayed. Yet, we both knew that we were laughing at none other than our foolish selves. He hailed from the East End of London before he arrived home to Mojacar to bless us with his songs and good humour. Everyone that knew him could tell more than

one story about the humble personage that bestowed so much nobility upon us. All who knew him will miss his cheerful greetings and chat. He was stoic, proud, and unbeatable just like those legendary good folk that fought Hitler to a standstill. I imagine he has brushed himself off and already found a new listening audience over a cuppa tea and a bit of pastry. “Here’s one about a gal from Kentucky,” he would initiate. “Careful now dad where you go with this one,” would admonish his daughter Wendy. But Arthur rolled on and somehow - we all ended up in Timbuktu. Rest in Peace kind King.

NEW SHOP: Now open in Buganvillas.

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THE third PAWS charity shop has opened in Buganvillas, Vera Playa. The animal charity, which takes in unwanted and stray animals, relies on volunteers and raising its own funding. Its new shop is on the parade at Las Buganvillas roundabout, Vera Playa. It will open from 10am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

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OVER the last 48 hours, Europe’s top clubs competed in the Champions League while tonight, Spurs, Swansea and Wigan play in the Europa League, with Jermain Defoe hoping to eclipse Martin Chivers’ tally of 22 European goals for Spurs. This weekend it’s ChelseaWBA, Liverpool-Fulham, Manchester United-Arsenal, Spurs-Newcastle and Sunderland-Manchester City in the Premiership; BurnleyBournemouth, LeicesterNottingham Forest and ReadingQPR in the Championship while 64 teams compete in the 1st round proper of the FA Cup. On Sunday, Jorge Lorenzo or Marc Marquez will win the 2013 MotoGP world title in Valencia. Marquez leads his fellow Spaniard by 13 points. And the World APT tennis championships are under way in London. FOOTBALL ROUND-UP * Last weekend Cardiff beat Swansea 1-0 in the historic firstever all-Welsh top-flight game... Arsenal (leaders by 5 points) beat Liverpool 2-0... Newcastle upset Chelsea 2-0... Manchester City, who axed ‘keeper Hart,

WGC-HSBC Champions: Dustin Johnson (USA) won golf’s Shanghai International; Ian Poulter was second, Graeme McDowell third.

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thrashed Norwich 7-0 - the biggest PL win this season and City’s best since 1968... Manchester United won 3-1 at Fulham... Hull edged nine-man Sunderland 1-0 (Cattermole and Dossena were red-carded, the latter for a leg-breaking tackle)... Stoke ‘keeper Begovic scored after 14 seconds v Southampton (1-1)... WBA beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and the Everton-Spurs and West Ham-Villa games ended goalless. * Burnley lead the Championship ahead of Leicester (3-0 victors at Watford) and QPR; Orient and Fleetwood top Leagues 1 and 2. * In La Liga, Barcelona (1-0 winners v Espanyol) lead Real Madrid (3-2 victors over Rayo Vallecano) by six points and Almeria beat Valladolid 1-0. * England and Scotland’s women won their latest World Cup qualifying games 4-0, beating Turkey and Poland respectively. * Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane should by now be Eire’s manager and assistant-manager; Alex McLeish or Chris Coleman could be Crystal Palace’s next boss and Craig Bellamy, Ryan Giggs and Tony Pulis all fancy the Welsh job, if Coleman leaves. * Manchester City’s Yaya Toure says black players WILL boycott the 2018 World Cup if hosts Russia can’t sort out racism. FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants teams/countries expelled, even docked points. And after racist chanting during their Champions League

game with Manchester City, CSKA Moscow’s ground will be partially closed for their next game v Bayern Munich. * The FLC quarter-final draw is Stoke-Manchester United, Leicester-Manchester City, Sunderland/SouthamptonChelsea and West Ham-Spurs. SPORT IN GENERAL * Sebastian Vettel easily won the Malaysian Grand Prix - his seventh successive F1 victory. And boss Ross Brawn will leave Mercedes in December. * In cycling’s World Cup, GB’s quintet of Dani King, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Jo Rowsell set a new world record by four seconds when winning gold in the women’s team pursuit. Trott also won the Omnium gold. * The first autumn Rugby Union international ended England 20 Australia 13. Joel Tomkins, switching from the League code, made his England debut. Meanwhile Tomkins’ brother Sam helped England wallop Ireland 42-0 in the RL World Cup. And Leinster, Exeter, Toulouse, Scarlets, Ulster and Perpignan top the six Heineken Cup pools while Saracens top the English Premiership. * Cricketers Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott hit centuries as England drew their first warm-up game down under. * Novak Djokovic beat David Ferrer in the Paris Masters and Serena Williams has won 11 titles and $10m (€7.7m) in prize money this year. * Tony McCoy, nearing 4,000 career winners, will also claim his 19th NH jockey’s title. * England’s middleweight champion Savannah Marshall won gold at Russia’s Combat Games Lorca, November 29 Stableford and Ukraine heavyweight at Aguilon and December 13 Vitali Klitschko is to run for Double Par Medal at Marina. his country’s 2015 For more information, call Presidency. 666 847 840 email * 83,000 fans saw San, or visit Francisco 49ers beat the website Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 in last month’s NFL game at Wembley.

Good scoring from Forum Golf players THE Forum Golf Society played an individual stableford competition, with 19 players taking part at Aguilon earlier this month. Wendy Greaves was the winner with a score of 38 points, followed by Phil Elam (38) in


second, Terry Moore (37) in third, Tony Morgan (35) in fourth, Ann Wilmott (34) in fifth and Fran Elam (34) in sixth place, whilst Mike Challinor took the Blue Tee competition with 32 points. The nearest the pin prizes

went to Dave Greaves, Phil Elam, Ann Lawrence and Richard Swaine, whilst Ian Postles claimed the Longest Drive. Forum’s upcoming fixtures are; November 9 and 10 UK v Spain Ryder Cup at Aguilon, November 15 Pairs Betterball Stableford at


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Aguilon AGM

THE Aguilon Golf Members held their annual AGM presentation whereby Derrick Stephenson won golfer of the year with an average score of 37 points in his best 10 rounds. Dave Simpson was named winner of the summer eclectic competition with a record of 62 points. The society also played an Individual Stableford competition this month, in which first place went to Jim Barclays (36), followed by Dave Simpson (33) in second and Glyn Ombler (33) in third place. Twos were scored by Dave Simpson, David Street, Norman Whibley, Caroline Willingham, Ian Jenner, Colm O’Keeffe and Glyn Ombler. The Aguilon Golf Members welcome guests and visitors to join them in playing on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Call 634 641 199.

The 19th Hole in Mojacar A TOTAL of 15 players took part in the 19th Hole Golf Society’s men’s single stableford competition at The Marina Golf Course in Mojacar. Alan Chippendale won the first place title with 34 points, followed by Terry Caddick (33) in second, and Nigel Greenwood (33) in third place. The nearest the pins went to Ian Postle and Dave Denyer. The 19th Hole Golf Society would like to thank members for their support. They arrange weekly games at various courses in the area, and play fortnightly at their home course of Aguilon. For more information or to join call 610 340 653 or email



Boxers golf day THE Boxers Golf Society held their Society Day at Alboran Golf Club last month, with more than 30 golfers taking part. Roy Bishop was the winner of Division 1 with 42 points, with Dave Frances (35) in second and Roy Lewis (35) in third place. Division 2 was won by Lee Smith (39), followed by Lee Hunter (39), with Richard Measures (31) in third. And the title for winner of Division 3 went to John Kinch (36), closely followed by Martin Allan (36) with Bruce Lamar (32) in third. The Nearest the Pins went to Mike Doyle, Tony Harwin and Dave France.

SOCIETY DAY: Held at Alboran. The Boxers Golf Society plays at Alto Real in Murcia on November 13. To take part call 950 064 493 or visit the website

Marina Phoenix Golf Society THE Marina Phoenix Golf Society held it’s Club Championship over two days. The competition adopted a strokeplay format with prizes for best gross and best handicap net, in each division. The outcome was a win for Brian Mayhew who scored the best gross in the Men’s Division and Jim Budd best handicap net. The Ladies’ Division winner was Isobel Jones with the best gross, and Margaret Budd best handicap net. The team’s Thursday competition was played in groups of four in the format of a best two to count. The day was organ-

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: Brian Mayhew, Margaret Budd, Isobel Jones and Jim Budd. ised by Liam and Roisin MacNamee on their anniversary. The winning team was Steve Entwhistle, Mike Breen, Steve Dimmock and Brian Mayhew (88), followed by Tony King,

Hylton Smith, Joachim Herbort and Jim Budd (87) in second, and Eddie Vaughan, Linda King, John Lally and Isobel Jones (86) third. The nearest the pin went to Jim Budd.

For more information or to join us for a €25 green fee call Jim on 950 162 727 / 600 353 670 or Rosalie 950 397 117/ 697 512 882.

A close finish for Cortijo Grande THE El Cortijo Grande Golf Club hosted two divisions for its Wednesday competition. The winner of the First Division was Frank Button with 32 points, followed by Martin Oliver (31) in second place. The winner of the Second Division was Patricia Holt (31) and second place went to Angel Gijon (31). The Club’s Saturday competition saw a close finish between the two divisions. Greg Ward (35) took the title for the First Division, with Mike Picken (35) in second place. Mary Higgins (35) won the Second Division, followed by Janet Kay (33). Greg Ward and John Park were the ball sweep winners. The El Cortijo Grande Golf Club would like to announce that they will be playing for their Green Jacket on November 12 and 13 at Alboran Golf, visitors and guests welcome.

Badgers Golf visit Playa Macenas THE Badgers Golf Society visited Playa Macenas to play their Wednesday competition. The top scorer on the day was Julian Butterworth with 39 points, Mike Daily with (38) in second and Lynn Sefton (37) in third.

Nearest the pins went to Kevin Riley, John Smith, Dave Wright and Les Corner. The society’s Saturday competition was a Texas Scramble, won by the team of Steve Casburn, Rick Bird, Jan Page and Mike Dailey with a nett

score of 48 points. Forthcoming fixtures include; Wednesday November 13 at Valle del Este, Wednesday November 20 at Macenas and Wednesday November 27 at Desert Springs. Badgers Golf Society also plays

every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Guests can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950 478 525 / 686 038 259. Fixtures can be found on

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