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Ex-mayor banned from public office By Jennifer Leighfield


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THE former mayor of Competa, Leovigildo Lopez, has been banned from holding public office for seven years for a crime against territorial planning. He has been found guilty of illegally granting a licence, and will also have to pay a fine of €10 per day for 12 months. Two councillors and the municipal architect have also been given the same sentence. Despite having a report from the Junta de Andalucia Housing and Territorial Planning Council which categorically stated that the licence for a house in the area known as Pago de El Cerro should not be granted, the mayor, architect and councillors permitted a woman to go ahead with the project in November 2004. In March 2005, the Junta de Andalucia issued a report against the construction of the building.


Housing tax frozen TORROX will have to delay the planned rise in housing tax which none of the opposition supported. Councillor Rocio Ariza said it is a decision which is not being taken lightly.

Tourist office VELEZ-MALAGA will have a new tourist office in Plaza de la Gloria, in a building which has undergone refurbishment at €5,600, and has a Nasrid arch dating back to the 13th century.

Costly accident COMPETA. Inset: Town’s former mayor, Leovigildo Lopez.

Jail sentence for theft of 10 custard apples A COURT in Motril has sentenced a man to six months in prison for stealing 10 ‘chirimoyas’ (custard apples) worth €15 from a farm. The man, from GualchosCastell de Ferro, broke into the property in the Pueblo Nuevo

area in May, having made a hole in the fence and, after taking the fruit, jumped over the fence to head to his car, where he was caught by the police. He will have to pay the owner of the farm €15 for the fruit, plus €20 for damages.

THE damage caused in July by a lorry which knocked down more than a kilometre of electrical supply cable for the Velez tram will cost €210,000 to repair, according to the local mayor.

Hit and run GUARDIA CIVIL have arrested a driver who allegedly knocked down a pedestrian on the A-7279 in Sierra de Yeguas and then fled the scene, leaving the victim seriously injured.



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TORROX Town Hall has suspended a Local Police officer who allegedly went to Barcelona to see a football match when he was supposed to have been on duty.

Barcelona with the local Malaga Football Supporters’ Club to watch a match between FC Barcelona and Malaga CF on January 16. The town hall opened an investigation and the events were considered proved. Therefore, he was found guilty of three serious misdemeanours, and suspended without pay for two months. However, the Andalucia-Malaga Local Police and Firemen’s Union has said that he Canoeing on the Rio Genil. had legally made use of time owed to him in compensation for official activities carried out in his free time. They claim that the MORE than 50 people took part in the ‘Active Tourism’ suspension is ‘illegal, weekend held last week, which included hiking and unjustified and canoeing. disproportionate’ and The hike covered the El Brosque route between has been issued simply Villanueva del Rosario and Archidona, and the canoeing on because the officer is the Rio Genil was held in Cuevas de San Marcos. The aim was to promote the area, which is considered a responsible for union perfect environment for such outdoor activities. activities within the police force.

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Spanish course SPANISH courses will be held at the Chaparil High School in Calle Antonio Ferrandis ‘Chanquete’ (near Mas supermarket) in Nerja, from October 5 at 5pm. Email

Helping hand RINCON DE LA VICTORIA is planning a second edition of the ‘Renta Basica Municipal’ programme which gives temporary work and a monthly payment of â‚Ź460 for six months to needy locals.

Drugs in pants A 27-YEAR-OLD Spaniard was caught with a kilo of cannabis resin at Dublin Airport. The man, who had arrived on a flight from Malaga, had hidden the drugs in his underwear.

Torrox market SEVEN unemployed farmers have been given the task of refurbishing the municipal market in the centre of Torrox.


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9 in 10 breathe polluted air ALMOST 41 million people in Spain breathe polluted air. This was revealed in a 63-page report released by Spanish environmentalist federation Ecologistas en Accion (EA), which shows 87 per cent of Spain’s 47 million people breathe air which exceeds World Health Organisation pollution limit recommendations. According to the report, if less stringent EU levels are applied, 37 per cent of the

Nano-medicine centre first THE first centre in Spain dedicated exclusively to nano-medicine has opened in the Parque Tecnologico de Andalucia in Malaga. It will research cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and other diseases.

Costa ‘10’ killer A MAN, 42, who confessed to stabbing two prostitutes to death on the Costa del Sol, has been remanded in custody. The murders occurred on August 10 and September 10, prompting media reports to dub him the ‘10 killer’.

Family help ONE in four people in Spain have given money to relatives to help them during the economic crisis, according to a study carried out by La Caixa.


population would fall below the recommended limit, i.e. 17.4 million people. Despite the seriousness of the findings, the results suggest slight improvements since 2008, ‘mainly due to the recession’. Each year 20,000 people die in Spain due to contaminated air, according to Paco Segura from EA. In January 2009, the European Commission started proceedings against Spain for failing to comply with air quality

legislation. One of the biggest contributors to air pollution in Spain is road traffic. Madrid and Barcelona are the two Spanish cities with the most contaminated air, according to the report. In February, Madrid hit the headlines as the council issued a smog warning to commuters, calling for them to take public transport to stop a spike in pollution levels. Nitrogen dioxide levels were recorded more than five times above EU safety limits.

Free student transport LEFT-WING political party Izquierda Unida in Velez Malaga has requested that transport for university students remain free and be put out for public tender. Mayor Francisco Delgado says the town hall can only pay 60 per cent of the cost.

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Toxic sweet A WARNING about the potential toxicity of a liquid sweet, Roller Crazy, made in China, has been issued by the Spanish Food Safety Agency after a girl suffered burns to her tongue.

In action: Gisela rules the waves. Below: Dressed to celebrate.

No insurance MORE than a third of passengers travel without travel insurance, risking huge medical bills if they have an accident or become ill abroad. PAGE 8

LUX MUNDI Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar is hosting a Special Feria Coffee Morning with tapas to celebrate ‘San Miguel’ the patron Saint of Velez-Malaga on Friday 11am-1pm. Tel. 952 543 334/952 540 432, email luxmundi@lux-mundi. org

Big savings RINCON DE LA VICTORIA Mayor Francisco Salado has said that more than €100,000 per year will be saved on salaries for councillors and elected members of staff.

Dear Barcelona SPAIN’S most expensive shop rents are in Barcelona. Retail rental premises in Portal de l’Angel in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona cost up to €3,120 per square metre per year. FINANCE PAGE 11

Bumper olives MORE than 22,000 olive farmers in Malaga province are expecting a bumper crop this year of at least 400 million kilos of olives, 15 per cent more than last year.

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OR 17-year-old Gisela Pulido, all her free time in life is spent kitesurfing. Holding seven Freestyle, one Wave, and several Second Discipline world titles, Gisela she has won more kiteboard world titles than anyone. And now the high school student is looking ahead to next month when she has been picked to captain Spain in the three-nation Red Bull

Battle of Trafalgar in Cadiz. This competition between leading kitesurfers from Spain, France and England is scheduled over six days, starting on Friday, October 7, and running until Wednesday, October 12. Nicknamed Gigi, Gisela lives in Tarifa with her parents, with the family

Mother and gran held for threats THE mother and grandmother of a six-year-old boy in Girona, Northeast Spain, have been arrested for threatening to kill his teacher and headmistress.

relocating from Barcelona where they previously lived so that she could spend more time training while also focusing on her schoolwork. But, despite being on top of the kitesurfing world, Gisela also has other dreams in life. “I

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would like to go to university to study journalism. I think I’ll be able to combine it with the sport,” she says. Gisela also one day hopes to be an Olympian. For a girl who has already crossed the Gibraltar Strait competing against the ferry from Tarifa to Tangiers, and rules the women’s kitesurfing world, nothing should be ruled out as not being highly likely.

MALAGA Transport Company EMT is testing new hybrid vehicles with a view to renewing its fleet. The vehicles are quieter, use less fuel and have lower gas emissions.

Electric cars MALAGA Train Station will be the first in Spain to have recharging points for electric vehicles, according to an announcement by Minister for Public Works, Jose Blanco.

5 held suspected of financing terrorists FIVE Algerians were arrested in the Basque Country and Navarra (Northern Spain) suspected of providing support to terrorist organisation al-Qaeda, the Interior Ministry said.




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€500k owed for school lunches SIX towns have complained that the Junta de Andalucia owes them €500,000 for the school meal services from last year. According to left-wing party Izquierda Unida’s Provincial Coordinator and Andalucian Deputy, Jose Antonio Castro, this could be considered against the law. He claims that as the agreements with the town halls which provide the service, that should be repaid by the Junta, should have been signed three months after the agreement was reached, but this has not happened. Almachar is owed €92,000 from last term and is already providing the service for this term. Mayor Jose Gamez explained that the town hall feels ‘strangled’ as they are paying school dining-room monitors and providers, leading to serious shortfalls in the municipal coffers, which could lead them to break the

Budget Stability Law. However, the mayor says: “It is better for the town hall to have problems than the providers.” Humilladero and Casares are in similar situations, and, in Humilladero, the produce is sourced locally, but failure to pay is causing problems to local businesses. The Junta owes the town €84,000. Apparently, the towns have been requesting a meeting with the manager of Infrastructures and Educational Services for the Junta de Andalucia, even if it’s only by phone, but they have had no response, which they consider ‘disgraceful’. Izquierda Unida plans to present a motion in Parliament to request that the Education Department pay the debt it has with the town halls and prevents traditional school lunches from disappearing in towns which are willing to offer them.

2nd jail to open in 2013 MALAGA’S second prison, in Archidona, will have 1,000 cells which are larger than normal, at 13 square feet. The prison, which will cost a total of €117m, will cover 350,000m2, with 1,008 residential cells, and energy efficient lighting. Government SubDelegate in Malaga Hilario Lopez Luna said it will have 17 small buildings and residential areas. Plus, the spaces between buildings will be covered, to allow safe passage in bad weather. The prison, on the road to Villanueva del Trabuco, should be completed by 2012 and open in 2013, as around 50 per cent of the project has already been completed.



Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Rabbits dig up graves THE discovery of human bones and teeth beside graves at Kinloss Abbey in Moray has been blamed on rabbits.

Old stuntman BRITAIN’S oldest stuntman, 64-year-old Rocky Taylor, from Cobham has broken a Guinness World Record by hurtling through a 19ft by 13ft sheet of breakaway glass in a car.

Miss Earth AMANDA QUINN won the Miss Earth Scotland title wearing a dress she made out of Tunnocks Caramel Wafer wrappers. Her prize includes a trip to Thailand where she will compete in Miss Earth global competition.

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THEME: Boats and Harbours.

Art exhibition in Torre del Mar AXARQUIA artist Brian Reifer’s latest exhibition opens tomorrow (Friday) in Artenova Café-Bar, Torre del Mar at 8pm. The exhibition ‘Boats and Harbours’ consists of some 15 figurative paintings in oil depicting coastal scenes of harbours and estuaries around the Costa del Sol and the UK. A resident of Velez Malaga for some 10 years, this is Brian’s fifth exhibition at Artenova situated at C/Dr. Gregorio Marañón, 10. The exhibition continues until Sunday, October 30. Opening times are weekdays 8pm–1am (Closed Mondays) and 10am–2pm on Thursday, Market Day. Saturday and Sunday, the hours are 3pm–1am.

CREATIVE art student Kerry Howley from Middlesex University spent 60 hours on each of the five necklaces she made from human hair.

Flying high A SPITFIRE shot down 71 years ago once again took to the skies in Duxford, Cambridge, after it was restored by a group of enthusiasts. The P9374 is now the world’s oldest surviving airworthy Mk1 Spitfire.

Spider shock A WOMAN opened a parcel she had ordered online to discover a Togo Starburst Baboon spider inside. It was taken to a zoo.

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CALLING ALL The Dehesa Baja estate in Granada is used as a hunting lodge.



FOR Granada disputes Duke LOOKING FREE CAR HIRE of Wellington’s estate By Jennifer Leighfield THE town of Illora, Granada, has begun procedures to reclaim a property belonging to the Duke of Wellington, which they say may have been acquired illegally. The 955-hectare Dehesa Baja property belongs to Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 95, the eighth and current Duke of Wellington and a close friend of the Queen. It is known locally as the ‘Gibraltar of Granada’. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall stayed at the estate during their visit to Spain in March. The town hall claims that the property was ‘occupied’ by the Duke of Wellington although it was not within a package of land in Granada granted by the Spanish Government to the first Duke of Wellington in 1813, in recognition for his role in


helping to prevent the French invasion during the War of Independence. Illora has threatened to claim back the land several times, and has now gone to a lawyer specialising in such matters. They base their claim on a book written in 1850 about Spain’s territories, which mentions that Dehesa Baja has been returned to Illora on at least three occasions. Between then and the farming reforms of the Second Republic in the 1930s, and the later changes carried out by the Junta de Andalucia in the 1980s, several local farmers attempted unsuccessfully to take over the land, which from 1486 to 1813 belonged to the Crown. The town hall claims that it should be able to reclaim the land and use it for production, instead of it being mainly used for hunting as it is now.

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SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

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Medical repatriation flights within Europe can cost more than €18,000.

1 in 3 travellers risk huge medical costs By John Jackson MORE than a third of passengers travel without travel insurance, risking huge medical bills if they have an accident or become ill abroad. This was revealed in a survey of 4,000 passengers by low-cost airline Ryanair, which also shows 82 per cent with insurance did not know if their policy offered ski, business travel or sports (golf) cover. Ninety per cent of those who travelled without insurance were unaware that medical repatriation flights within Europe could cost them more than €18,000, and substantially more from other parts of the world, should they become ill when abroad. British Embassy spokesperson, James Birkett told EWN: “Medical treatment abroad can be very expensive and to avoid being faced with large bills if taken ill or after having an accident, the Foreign Office is urging people to take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy before travelling to Spain and other foreign destinations. “The UK has mutual healthcare

ATM thieves arrested GUARDIA CIVIL arrested three people in Torrox charged with attempted robbery after they were caught tampering with cash machines at local banks. The detainees, aged between 36 and 57, were caught by the officers while acting suspiciously at a local bank, and attempted to flee when they found themselves surrounded. They had fitted a metal plate inside the slot where the money comes out, to which the money would stick if anyone withdrew cash from the machine. Clients normally believe the machine is faulty, but when they have left, the thieves take the money.

agreements with many countries, but these arrangements do not cover all expenses.” In 2010, around 12 million UK residents visited Spain, and the first six months of 2011 unrest in North African destinations produced a 25 per cent year-on-year increase, Foreign Office figures show. But experts warn not all travel insurance policies are the same. “It is important to know exactly what is and what is not covered by your travel insurance policy, so don’t select a policy simply on price,” David Deveson from Globelink Travel Insurance said. Retired Britons David, 80, and Gloria Smith, 69, paid the price of not having travel insurance during a visit to Spain earlier this month. The couple travelled to the Costa del Sol from London to attend the wedding of their granddaughter. “We didn’t think to get travel insurance because we thought it was just a short trip within Europe,” Gloria said. They were due to fly back to London two days after the wedding and just hours before they were due to depart for the airport, David collapsed in the hotel. He had suffered a heart attack. David was taken to the nearest clinic, which was a private one, where he was stabilised. “When the clinic found out we did not have insurance I had to leave a €2,000 deposit,” Gloria said. A few hours later, David was transferred to the state hospital in Malaga City. “But before leaving, the clinic asked for a further €4,000 deposit,” Gloria remarked. The clinic later returned €3,000, so the cost of him being there for a few hours was €3,000. “My husband was in a critical state, and we were very distressed as hardly anyone in the Spanish hospital spoke any English,” she said. Two weeks later, David was discharged from hospital and has since returned to London. “I feel so stupid for not taking out travel insurance,” Gloria admitted. “It has been an expensive and stressful lesson which we have learnt.”

SWEDEN – A police officer stopped for lunch at an Ikea branch in Stockholm only to discover a couple of hours later that she had left her gun in the toilet.

Children first DENMARK – Copenhagen’s 2012 budget prioritises children, bicycles and business growth.

New ideas NORWAY – More than two months after the July attacks, new anti-terrorism measures now include a ban on semi-automatic weapons, and more money for the Civil Defence.

Old skulls SWEDEN – Human skulls mounted on wooden stakes were uncovered from a Stone Age lake bed in Motala, Central Sweden in what is believed to be the first discovery of its kind anywhere in the world.

Rabies scare NORWAY – Two men and three women on Svalbard were inoculated against rabies after the fatal virus was found in two reindeer and a fox on the Arctic archipelago that they had been in contact with.

Bike safety SWEDEN – A Swedish firm has developed a discreet novel collar that works much like an airbag, which cyclists can use to avoid the risk of serious injury.

Art overhaul DENMARK – The government-appointed Council for the Arts has presented an idea to overhaul the halfcentury-old arts funding system.

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La Cala del Moral health centre remains closed The health centre, which cost €3m, was created to relieve the situation at the overcrowded centre in

Former home of Franco man hit TWO home-made explosives were detonated outside the former home of the last surviving member of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s regime. The blasts occurred at the childhood home of Senator Manuel Fraga, 88, in the Northwestern region of Galicia, a Spanish official said. No-one was injured in the explosions, and there was no claim of responsibility. The conservative

Senator Manuel Fraga. Popular Party is currently converting the property into a museum.


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THE Health Centre in La Cala del Moral has been finished since May 2010, but remains closed.


Rincon de la Victoria, as well as providing service for residents in Torre de Benagalbon, where another health centre is also planned. Residents in the area have complained about the delay, which has once again put the local Partido Popular Government at odds with the Junta de Andalucia, currently ruled by the socialist PSOE party. Each one blames the other for the delay, as the Junta claims they are waiting for the town hall to hand in paperwork to the Industry Delegation to get the electricity connected. Meanwhile, the local mayor, Francisco Salado, blamed the Junta and the former PSOE council for having ‘spent a year doing nothing about opening it’. He added: “It wasn’t until

we got into power that we began to sort out the situation, but I must ask the Health Delegation to stop asking us for ‘bits of paper’ all the time, because it was back in March that they asked the town hall to separate the meters for each floor.” Some €190,000 has been used to equip the health centre, which the mayor said he hopes will be open before the end of the year, as well as the other one in Torre de Benagalbon, which is currently being completed at a cost of €600,000. Left-wing Izquierda Unida spokesman, Pedro Fernandez Ibar, also demanded that the centre open immediately and pointed out that it should also have an emergency department.


Speeding driver GUARDIA CIVIL intercepted a Porsche Cayenne on the A-92 in Villanueva del Rosario, heading towards Malaga at 217kph in an area with a 120kph limit. The driver was a 20-year-old Frenchman.

False blackmail A MAN has been arrested in Malaga for telling his mother that he was being blackmailed and that his attackers would cut off his ear, in order to get money from her. He was caught when picking up the money after she told the police of the danger she believed he was in.

iPhone scam A 36-YEAR-OLD was arrested in Malaga for tricking 17 people by offering cheap iPhone 4 terminals on the internet. He requested between €50 and €400 and promised to send them by post but never did.

Port vandalism PORT authorities in Malaga have detected more cases of vandalism in the Palmeral de las Sorpresas complex opened in the port six months ago. Doors and lights have been smashed and benches painted on.

Thief caught NATIONAL POLICE in Malaga arrested a 33year-old man who allegedly stole from a taxi driver at knifepoint and held up a bakery, stealing a handbag. He has been remanded in prison.


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Stat of week Marketing Directors are the best paid executives of large companies in Spain, with an average annual salary (gross) of €123,724, according to

• THE Fairway Golf Hotel & Spa, located in Benlaup Casas Viejas, between villages Viejer de la Frontera and Medina Sidonia won categories ‘Spain’s Leading All Inclusive Resort’ and ‘Spain’s Leading Spa Resort’ 2011, in the World Travel Awards. This is the fourth time they have been awarded in Spain’s Leading Spa Resort since 2007. Hotel Barcelo Formentor in Mallorca was named Spain’s Leading Boutique Hotel for the second consecutive year. • SPAIN’S treasury sold €3.2 billion in two short-term debt auctions but was forced to pay higher interest rates.

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• SPANISH chain El Arbol has acquired 19 new supermarkets from Oascual Hermanos in Burgos, Northern Spain. Excluding this latest deal, El Arbol currently operates 467 supermarkets in Spain. • FOR the third year running, France was named first choice for Britons buying property abroad, with 39 per cent, according to the latest overseas property ‘hot spots’ report by mortgage specialist Conti. Spain was in second place with 31 per cent of all enquiries received, up 7 per cent against last year. Portugal was in third place with 12 per cent.


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Barcelona rings up the top shop rents in Spain By Business Editor Brendan Small SPAIN’S most expensive shop rents are in Barcelona. And top of the pile are retail rental premises in Portal de l’Angel in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona by Plaça Catalunya, with business people paying up to €3,120 per square metre per year This means that a 100-square-metre shop premises costs a staggering €312,000 per year or an even more amazing €855 per day including Sundays when businesses are normally closed. This was revealed in the 2011 survey of the world’s most expensive retail rental locations in 63 cities around the world by property consultants Cushman and Wakefield. The Spanish city has the 13th most expensive retail rents in the world ahead of prime locations in Moscow, Dublin, Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. New York’s famous Fifth Avenue - ranked the



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MOST EXPENSIVE: The much sought-after Portal de l’Angel in Barcelona. most expensive street in the world by Forbes in 2008 - has the highest price on the global rental list with €16,704 a year for a square metre. In second place is Causeway Bay in Hong Kong (€14,426/m2/year). But renting a retail space in Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris is the most expensive in Europe, ahead of London’s New Bond Street and Via Montenapoleone in Milan, in second and third place respectively.

Mobile services prices to fall SPAIN has the most expensive telecommunications services in the EU, according to a Eurostat report But prices in Spain are falling and will continue to drop as a result of increased competition from mobile virtual network operators, according to a study by consultants Neoris. The results of the study of the tariffs of seven major mobile service providers in Spain - Movistar, Vodafone, Orange, Yoigo, plus the virtuals Simyo, Pepephone and MASmovil - revealed the latter three were cheaper in 25 price bands.


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I READ your column every week and I hope you can help with my problem. I have held a Spanish mortgage since 2005. Half of the mortgage is with my daughter, who has never contributed and who has now returned to England and cannot pay. I am finding the payments increasingly difficult, so I asked the bank if I could pay interest only for a time. They say they need my daughter’s signature to do this and it would cost me €1,000 to amend the mortgage. I do not have the money to do this. Can I get her name off the mortgage? She never contributed towards the payments and now we are no longer in contact. Also, I would like to sell the property and buy something less expensive. Can you please give me some advice?’


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your daughter owns By David Searl half of your house if she has signed for half of the mortgage. Does she know that the bank can pursue her assets in the UK if mortgage payments are not made in Spain? 2. If your daughter owns half the house, you need her signature to sell it as well as to amend your present mortgage. Perhaps you should establish contact with her. 3. The figure of around €1,000 to modify your existing mortgage sounds about right. However, there is no way simply to remove your daughter from this existing mortgage without her agreement. 4. One possible way forward is to take out a completely new mortgage with another bank. In the new mortgage you could include a sufficient amount to pay for the cancellation of your existing mortgage as well as the opening fees and other charges. 5. It appears that you have income and are able to make small monthly payments. It also seems that you have paid on the existing mortgage for six years so you have a start. A new mortgage over a longer time period, even at a higher interest rate, might enable you to continue making your payments. 6. A mortgage offer from another bank can often make your present bank suddenly more helpful so my counsel is to visit a new bank immediately. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. or call 952 667 090.


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• RISING household fuel bills will net the Treasury a £200 million (€229m) windfall in extra VAT this year, new research from shows.



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• SMALL businesses and startups are still struggling to secure bank loans and overdrafts, says Bank of England.

1.9 per cent in the last seven weeks following a strong first half of the year with a 5.3 per cent rise.



• SALES growth for department store group House of Fraser fell by

• BRITAIN’S pharmaceutical trade body is calling on the

government to rethink its planned overhaul of how drugs are priced as the new system ‘doesn’t seem to do anything to encourage innovation’.

£££ • CUADRILLA RESOURCES claims to have found a gas field near Blackpool with 200 trillion cubic feet of ‘shale’ gas and could create 5,600 jobs.

Famine stalks Europe and looters wear suits FOR the first time since the Second World War, famine stalks Europe. It is a clear signal that the European Union (EU) has failed in its first objective: strength through unity. Many already claim the EU is no longer fit for purpose; found wanting at its first major crisis. Its largely unaccountable system of government, influenced by unelected shadowy figures, was useless when looters in suits hijacked the economies of the 27 member states. In fact, it collaborated in the bank burglary of each nation’s wealth through cyberloans and injurious rates of interest. On September 19, the Greek parliament, which accounts for only 2 per cent of the EU economy, submitted to rapacious demands imposed by the European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). If the EU makes worse rather than fixes the Greek economy, which is hardly the basket case it has been made out to be if one removes debt usury, what chance has it got of



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Paul Polke resolving Europe’s economy? This will be Greece’s sixth repayment using its credit card. In the streets of Greece, people used to relative prosperity, search through skips for scraps. Survival for many is precarious; millions look for ways of supplementing a declining income whilst handicapped by price increases. It is Weimar Germany all over again. Until recently, scavenging was confined to occasional gypsy, Roma

and Third World immigrants foraging for leftovers and cast-offs. Now, many searching through bins and skips are Greek nationals, says Giorgos Pouliopoulos. “I sometimes give food to people I know,” he says. “I don’t think we have seen the worst of this tragedy yet. Things are getting worse.” “There is real famine,” says Amat Eftehar. “I don’t mean famine where there is nothing to eat, like in Africa. I am, though, talking about a famine in which people cannot afford to eat meat once a month.” If famine stalks Europe, it is artificial, similar to the Ukrainian famine caused by Stalin exporting life-

giving wheat when the USSR needed to repay foreign loans. Again, it is the bankers screwing the nations’ coffers. Politicians are impotent; often collaborative. It is an artificial famine inasmuch as there are still pockets of prosperity in Europe. The EU’s 27 member states still discard 89 million tonnes of food each year. This represents 180 kilos of food for each of its 502 million citizens. Greece is being hung out to dry by the EU-ECBIMF troika. Greek newspaper o Ethnos warns its readers of ‘blood and tears’. It is what happens when the lunatics are running the asylum. Scared? You should be!

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Axarquía - Málaga East IT was only to be expected, really. Just three years after the unpopular tax was abolished, the government had no choice but to reinstate wealth tax as it searches for measures to increase revenue to reduce the public deficit and try to restore financial sustainability. The word ‘abolish’ is not strictly speaking correct. The tax was not actually abolished but rather the government established a tax credit of 100 per cent of the tax and eliminated the obligation to declare. We, therefore, always knew that it would be simple enough for the government to reinstate it at short notice and the threat has been hanging over Spain’s wealthier residents virtually since the tax was dropped from 1st January 2008. After weeks of speculation, on 15th September, the Spanish government announced that wealth tax would be reinstated to ‘reinforce budget stability’. The government approved the real-decree law the following day. It is a little bit of a turnabout for outgoing Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who had argued that it unfairly targeted middle-class savers and who until now had resisted bringing it back. The threshold has, however, been raised from previous


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levels, so that it now targets Spain’s wealthier taxpayers. It is also meant to be a temporary measure. So far it only covers the tax years 2011 and 2012 (therefore tax returns and payments due in 2012 and 2013 respectively). The personal exemption has significantly increased and will now be €700,000 per person (up from €108,182 in 2007). This exemption will now also apply to non-residents of Spain. Couples are assessed for wealth tax separately, and jointly held assets are treated as belonging to each individual on a 50:50 basis, so the threshold for a married couple can be up to €1.4 million. The main home exemption has also increased, this time from €150,253 to €300,000 (so €600,000 per couple if the property is in joint names). You are only entitled to one main home deduction.

There have been no changes to the tax rates, so they will remain the same as the previous ones, ranging from 0.2 per cent to 2.5 per cent, applicable to your net tax base of wealth owned on 31st December. Wealth tax can be varied by region to make it more favourable (not more penal) but I would not expect too many concessions in the current economy. If you are resident in Spain you are liable to wealth tax on your worldwide assets, net of liabilities. Non-residents are only liable on assets located in Spain but under the old regime they did not get any of the personal or main home deductions. The new law specifically allows non-residents to benefit from the personal allowance. However, you cannot get the main home exemption if you are not resident in Spain. If you are resident in the UK (for example) and own a holiday home in Spain, it will be liable to wealth tax if its value exceeds €700,000 (or €1.4m if owned jointly). The rates above this figure would start at 0.2 per cent. Non-residents who operate through a permanent establishment in Spain, or who

have a wealth tax liability in relation to their Spanish assets, are required to appoint an accredited tax representative resident in Spain to assist with their wealth tax obligations. Failure to do so will incur a €1,000 penalty, and will be increased if the offence is repeated. Liabilities in general reduce taxable wealth, but not where it is a loan used to buy an asset that is specifically exempt or covered by exemptions. So where a mortgage is for the purchase of the main home (the value of which is covered by the main home exemption), no deduction is available for that mortgage. For a non-resident, only Spanish liabilities are taken into account. It is estimated that 160,000 people will be caught by this reinstated wealth tax, which is expected to earn the government over €1.08 billion a year. In 2007 (the last year it was levied) it had brought in €2.1 billion. The money is needed to help close one of Europe’s largest budget deficits. Finance Minister Elena Salgado told a press conference: “The economic crisis makes it necessary to

reinstate this tax, that will allow us to tax the wealthiest so those who have more contribute more to help us out of the crisis.” Only time will tell, though, if the tax does turn out to be just temporary. We do not know what will happen once elections are out of the way, and much depends on how the economy performs over the next two years and if the governments succeed in bringing the budget deficit down to 3 per cent in 2013, a rather Herculean task. These are taxing times in Spain. An effective tax planning and wealth management strategy could help you legitimately limit the amount of tax you pay while aiming to protect your wealth. A financial manager specialising in these areas such as Blevins Franks can advise you on your specific requirements. Statements relating to taxation are based upon current taxation laws and practices which may be subject to change. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website




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• ONE of the world’s cheapest cars has been transformed into its most expensive after being encrusted in gold jewellery. The special version of the Tata Nano, unveiled in Mumbai, is covered in 22 carat gold, silver and assorted gemstones, raising the car’s price from the standard €1,500 to an estimated €3.3 million. • CREATED to purge Irish banks of their risky real estate loans, the National Asset Management Agency is selling helicopters and private jets as well as skyscrapers and five-star hotels to try and claw back the €31 billion it paid out for loans. • A CHINESE businessman has put down a deposit for a rare bottle of Dalmore whisky costing nearly $200,000 at a duty-free shop in Singapore’s Changi airport.

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Nervousness about European banks remains firmly in place DURING one of the busiest and chaotic trading days seen, there was almost a complete financial meltdown in equities, with my favourite safe haven investments including Gold suffering enormous losses. Europe’s banks face a capital hole of at least €200 billion if Greece forces them to slash the value of its debt and other troubled eurozone countries like Italy and Ireland follow suit. Fear that Europe needs to shore up its banks is gathering steam as talk of a possible Greek default gains pace. That in turn is increasing speculation that banks will have to write down debt from governments right across the region. A technically very bearish scenario. The International Monetary Fund reckons Europe’s banks could need to recapitalize to the tune of €200 billion and many bank analysts are far gloomier than the Fund. I estimate the recapitalisation at more like €500 billion. Credit Suisse calculates banks

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Can there be an holistic approach to cruelty? All this nonsense reminds me of the pre-Second World War advice to smack a child who wets the bed INCREASINGLY, the irascibility that came with my red hair is fading as the colour itself is silvering into embers of its former state; though surely with that has been Ron Williams caused by the sun rather than the passing years? A few things can still stir the old passions, though, including the concept that when a newborn child dies it will roast for all eternity in the furnace of hell if a man-in-a-dress doesn’t perform a magic trick. Another was the now discredited teaching that children should be left to Dogs are pack animals and seek comfort from their fellows. cry and fed only according to an inflexible timetable. advocated that when a to the same noises and wets the bed. Both are Surprisingly, that view dog is obviously distressed ‘When the dog shows no far more likely to increase was almost universally by loud noises like anxiety towards the noise the existing distress accepted, at least in the fireworks, you should not the intensity is raised considerably. Anglo Saxon world, just a rush to comfort it but slightly. The pattern is couple of generations ago. instead display a ‘cold repeated and repeated Most readers would attitude’ in case sympathy again and again readily accept that is taken as approval of the increasing the intensity children - just like adults - dog’s automatic response until the dog need comfort and security to pain and discomfort - demonstrates calmness and that we cannot be barking. and no anxiety. The dehumanised by a clock. ‘Tender loving care’ was process goes on until the Few in Spain have said to be undesirable. loudness is as loud as a probably ever acceded to Only when the dog firework and the dog does that ignore-the-child overcomes its fears and not react in fear’ and is concept and could that presumably when the presumably by then indeed have contributed bangs stop assaulting the nearing either deafness or to the reduced youth dog’s acute sense of insanity. criminality here? hearing, are you How would the lady like The concept that permitted to then comfort to forced to become children should be treated it. But, instead of patting accustomed to the strictly and live apparently it, the article advised that howling of mopeds by devoid of parental we could rather comfort repeated subjection in her affection came largely the dog by issuing a series lounge to their noise at from academics, of of brusque, one-word ever increasing levels? course, rather than training commands. Especially if we could parents. But, this week, I That sounds like Gulag improve her hearing to read an advertorial here in therapy to me. canine levels. Spain expressing a similar Dogs are, even more Readers were then diktat from one of those than humans, pack advised to bring the new breed of ‘holistic animals and seek comfort probably insensible dog advisers’. from their fellows. In my around by the application The author claimed to personal opinion, it is of such aromatherapic have previous experience unnatural in the extreme delights as Mimulus, Rock as a veterinary assistant to ostracise an animal Rose or Cherry Plum, or but is now running an from its pack (yourself) best of all, Buddhist animal care business and treat it in such an Reiki sessions for the dog and into all things inhuman manner. (not the owner) provided, holistic including crystal How can anyone of course your dog healing, chakras, colour advocate such treatment? speaks fluent Japanese; and aromatherapies, Even crueller, in my mine is still teaching me kinesiology and mind view, was her Spanish. control; yes, indeed her recommendation for All this nonsense advertisement listed ‘mind curing the problem. She reminds me of the precontrol’. went on to advise that the Second World War advice The good lady dog should be subjected to smack a child who


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Corruption can be the mother of bureaucracy

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FROM time to time, I note references in Letters to the Editor about some of the bureaucracy in Spain. I have been told that the mother of bureaucracy is often corruption! Recently, I have spent more than €300 in obtaining papers to prove that my wife and I are still legally married so that her shortly due to expire Spanish residencia can be renewed on the back of my own already approved papers as a European national. Though we produced documents fully certified from our marriage in Singapore in 2004, they demanded a freshly certified marriage certificate ‘to prove you have not since divorced’. They refused to accept that joint ownership of a property bought last year, Spanish tax payments by us both in the last five years plus a joint bank account actively used by us both as proof of our ‘togetherness’. I realise that some people may try to ‘cheat’ the system, but a little common sense should be allowed so that clearly above-the-board foreigners can live in Spain without having to get papers from halfway across the world… plus the added cost of then having them translated into Spanish, and the additional hiring of a Spanish lawyer to handle the case! N Sutton, Huercal Overa (Almeria)

No, no, no! I GET really annoyed over frequent cold-call phoning by company representatives trying to sell a variety of things, including internet services and insurances. Many people have told me there are plans to make cold calling by phone to private numbers in Spain illegal. If this is true, I trust it happens sooner rather than later. As it is, I receive numerous calls frequently after 5pm in the afternoon - and invariably from people who do not speak more than a few words of English, trying to get me to buy or subscribe to something. At times I wonder what part of ‘no’ the more persistent do not understand! N Childes, Los Boliches (Malaga)

Holiday plea THERE has just been a feria in Mijas, which saw many local businesses close for one day in surrounding locations in Mijas Costa. However, not only did I not see any reference to the feria ahead of the event in EWN but nor did I see a report saying that a

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Axarquía - Málaga East I have received letters, emails, etc, with many forms of this letter, the most recent supposedly from a British woman trapped in Libya with money to invest in a business. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Tracey Thompson, Torrevieja (Alicante)

Vera beaches

THIS was taken in the Molina gardens, near the water park in Torremolinos (Malaga). We go regularly as the gardens change with the seasons but are always beautiful; there is a small charge for entry but for local pensioners it is free. I have many other photos, but this is my favourite.


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local holiday was planned. You always point out - ahead of any national holidays - when they are due. Advising readers of local holidays would be an added bonus. MA, Name and address provided Editor’s note: EWN advises readers of all national Spanish holidays as part of its editorial service. With more than 100 local feria holidays throughout our circulation area - many of them very small village ones stretching from the Costa Blanca down to Gibraltar and across to Mallorca, it would be impossible to publish details of all of them, though we will in future attempt to inform readers of the main ones.

Those who do not agree with bullfights, bull running or even people throwing tomatoes at each other should remember they are guests. One week in the UK or even reading the British papers should remind many expatriates what kowtowing to immigrants has done to their nation. Last week in Mercadona, I heard a lady, with a strong regional accent, complaining that she could not find Bird’s custard powder. We live in Spain, for goodness sake... I had to rush home for a glass of vino blanco and a siesta. Sash Harvey, Albir (Alicante)

Business plea WHILE I agree that rogue traders are detrimental to legal shops (Costa Blanca South, Issue 1368), Spain should make operating a business easier. Having opened and tried unsuccessfully to close a business here I can attest to the difficulties, especially if your Spanish is limited and you are given incorrect advice. Tom Hilton, Torrevieja

Please remember Just amazing EVERYBODY has moved to Spain for their own reasons and they should respect the Spanish customs and way of life.

WHAT amazes me about the Nigerian letter scam (Costa del Sol, Issue 1368) is that people still fall for it.

I WOULD like to comment on the article about Vera beaches (Almeria Issue 1365). Whilst I agree the beaches require attention, I do not agree about the need for a promenade on Vera Playa. This area has an abundance of wildlife that inhabits the lagoon and grassed area, and is probably the only beach in this area with this type of natural surroundings. This would disappear if a promenade was to be built! I suggest that the Veraplayazul association walk the existing promenade outside the Zimbali Hotel one evening and try to avoid the cyclists, joggers, roller-skaters, prams and dogs’ mess that is in abundance there. I am sure people would prefer to walk on the natural beach path, free of concrete, less busy and enjoy nature as it was intended. Jim, Vera Playa (Almeria)

Feral cats I HAVE a point to add to Connie’s Pets Corner article on local feral cats (Issue 1368). Feral cats actually provide a service, much as they have since ancient history to man; they keep rat numbers down. When faced with the choice between feral cats and rats, I know which one I would choose. While feral cats that have not be neutered breed a lot, they do not usually live much more than three years and many of the kittens do not survive even that long. Kathryn Carter, Mijas Costa (Malaga)

Extra attraction WHILE I am not a golfer, I can see the attraction of buying on a golf course (Issue 1368). You are virtually guaranteed a green view with no chance of a building site sprouting up next to you in the future. There is often a clubhouse nearby which offers social activities, a restaurant, bar and other services. Janet Harrison, Benidorm (Alicante)

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Yet another stupid PC brigade decision LEAPY LEE

Carnival off

SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT number of points. Firstly, and most disturbingly, just who are these people, who appear free to dictate their wishes to a government elected by and answerable to those of us who put them into power? Secondly, we only have the word of this apology for a human as to what his treatment would be were he to be deported to his own country. And, thirdly, who gives a damn? This lump of garbage was part of a plot to cause misery, terror and pain to innocent people in his host country, while he was probably living off the benefits of their generosity. Who cares what happens to him? Who cares if they string him up by his proverbials the minute he steps off the plane? To me that would be justice well served, anyway.

A 40,000 CROWD made up entirely of women and children watched a Turkish league match after sports authorities took the decision to bar men ‘to remind supporters of the beauty and values of football’.

Actually, my second example of political correctness gone mad is even more alarming. It appears that the magazine Nursery World has put forward a number of guidelines aimed at children as young as two. I’ll list a few and you can make up your own mind. Witches, who have traditionally dressed in black since the Wizard of Oz, should now be dressed in different colours, i.e. with pink hats! Children should be given paper other than white to draw on.

Get rid of PC and justice will be served. Crayons should be in flesh coloured tones and teachers prepared to lie and answer ‘black or brown’ when asked as to their favourite colour. Well, I don’t know about you but I have NEVER come across a twoyear-old racist. It is not our innocent offsprings, it is this dangerous PC mob that create the divisions in our society.

Keep the faith Love Leapy

A DOG-EATING carnival in China was banned after public outrage at the way the dogs are slaughtered. It celebrates a victory during the Ming dynasty when dogs were killed so that they could not alert the enemy.


WOULDN’T it be wonderful if just one week would pass without some blood boiling, incomprehensible decision being taken by the PC or ‘uman rights brigade? What happened to all those promises (hah!) from our esteemed leaders to stamp out the often dangerous nonsense issuing from the obscure offices of a race of individuals who reside on a totally different planet from the rest of us? Safe to say this week has been no exception. Yet another toerag has escaped being thrown out of the country because it would breach his human rights. This hate-filled psychopath was jailed for aiding the failed July 21 bombers, who sought to repeat the carnage of July 7. He has now been released after serving just half of his sentence (don’t ask!). Apparently, although the British government is desperate to deport this object back to his native Ethiopia, they have been told they cannot do so because he could face ‘inhumane treatment or punishment’. This decision raises a

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Living dead A TOWN council in central Turkey has built a morgue with a warning system in case dead bodies come back to life. They have equipped it with refrigerators sensitive to movement inside.



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Yawning cools the brain CATCH IT EARLY. Prompt detection can improve survival rates.

Raising awareness of breast cancer OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is an annual international health campaign that aims to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. It is also an opportunity to remind women of the importance of early detection. One in eight women who live beyond age 70 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2010, nearly 1.5 million people were told they had breast cancer worldwide. Despite this high incident rate, in Western countries 89 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are still alive five years after their diagnosis thanks to detection and treatment, according to a study by doctors Max Parkin, Paola Pisani and J Ferlay in 2008. The incidence of breast cancer per 100,000 persons in Spain is approximately 67, almost half that of Denmark and the Netherlands, which have the most elevated incidence in Europe, according to an article by Martin Jimenez in Clinical and Translational Oncology. The UK and USA are also among the countries with the highest incidence of the disease. On the Costa del Sol, the annual Pink Ball put on by the Positively Pink Charity will take place on Thursday, October 6, at 7.30pm at the El Oceano Beach Hotel to raise money for breast cancer. Positively Pink, in conjunction with Medilink is offering a free gold standard screening programme to British women aged 18 plus who live on the Costa del Sol. They have already screened 250 women, there are 70 booked in and less than 30 places left, so book early to avoid disappointment. Call 952 835 776 for an appointment. An alternative therapy option to a mammography that some women choose is Medical Thermography. “Women concerned about their breast

health should get the right information and make an informed choice regarding mammography as a routine screening option,” said Janet van Dam from WellTherm in Malaga. “Dense breasts are extremely sensitive to high levels of radiation in a mammograph, which has resulted in an increase of younger women getting breast cancer in the past 10 years. Medical Thermography offers noninvasive, radiation-free first line breast screening.”

Risk factors Women are 100 times more likely to get breast cancer than men. • Age; two out of three women with breast cancer are older than age 55. • Women with a blood relative with the disease. • Being Caucasian; white women are more likely than black woman to get breast cancer, but mortality rates are higher with black women. Asian, Hispanic and Native-American women are the least likely to get the disease. • Having denser breast tissue. • Having started periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55. • Not having children or having them after age 30, while frequent pregnancies from a young age decreases the risk. • Not breast-feeding; by breast-feeding for two years the risk is greatly reduced. • Using birth control pills, although this risk seems to go back to normal over time once the pills are stopped. • Using hormone therapy after menopause. • Alcohol; one drink a day only gives a small risk, while two to five drinks a day nearly doubles the risk. • Overweight or obese, especially after menopause, or if weight gain took place during adulthood and if the weight is around the waist. • Lack of exercise; as little as one hour and 15 minutes to 2.5 hours of brisk walking per week can reduce the risk by 18 per cent, while 10 hours a week offers greater protection.

YAWNING can be good for one’s health as it cools down the brain, new research suggests. Eighty random pedestrians in the winter and 80 in the summer were asked to look at images of people yawning and then researchers from Princeton University recorded whether they yawned in response. Only half of the participants yawned in winter while a quarter yawned in summer. Yawning cools the brain via a heat exchange with cooler air drawn in during the process which means on a hot summer’s day yawning would be counter-productive.

Necklines plunge this fall THIS season’s plunging neckline trend is a deep cut V that ends somewhere between the breastbone and the naval. Gucci combined their autumn 2011 frocks with a plunging front and slit to the thigh cuts in sheer material. J Mendel had a more modest take with a vintage charm pairing plunging tops with ankle length bottoms. The best way to wear a plunge is without a bra. While some designers are paring this daring neckline with a rising hemline, it is probably best to combine it with a more modest bottom including a maxi skirt or wide leg trousers.

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My story Living with emetophobia By Caroline Dowdall, Mojacar EWN EXCLUSIVE For me, and probably for countless other female sufferers, the most profoundly traumatic effect was the impact my phobia had on me during pregnancy, which in its early stages is a period almost defined by nausea and vomiting. Then came the fear that my children might get bugs that would cause them to vomit. And, of course, they

Famous people with emetophobia

IVING with any kind of phobia must be, at best, inconvenient, and no doubt can become a living hell. It depends what you’re phobic about: if it’s something that’s easy to avoid, like heights, it’s not likely to cause too much difficulty. On the other hand, if the object of your phobia is something that is an inescapable part of everyday existence, it must make life difficult to bear. One well-known example is agoraphobia, a fear of being in places where there is a chance of having a panic attack. Less well-known, but apparently very common, is emetophobia, which is narrowly defined as a fear of vomiting, but usually includes the additional fear of seeing other people vomiting, and also extends to a general fear of feeling nauseous. Generally, the effect on the life of an emetophobe is that he or she lives a life dictated by a constant programme of trying to avoid becoming nauseous or being exposed to people who are.


Cameron Diaz did, leading to anxiety and compulsive preventative and curative behaviour. This has made me feel that I didn’t adequately perform

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my duties as a mother, despite being so evidently devoted to that role. Aside from my children, there were many other

strands of life that this phobia affected. For instance, I am still troubled by guilt that I didn’t adequately support friends who were ill

because of a fear of them vomiting in my presence. More trivially, there was fear of travel sickness, which was so bad I avoided travelling by plane for 30 years. I am now a grandmother to three beautiful children; I live in Southern Spain and my dearest wish is to be able to have them come and visit me for holidays. My story is a compelling account of life with a near-debilitating fear and how I managed to keep it a secret for 46 years. But, through my own shame and with the love and understanding of my third husband, I have almost managed to overcome it. I am fully aware now that I am not alone and through a lot of research I am astounded at how many emetophobes there are throughout the world.

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Iznate: Towering majestically over the vine-covered hills delicious wines and raisins, and every The Hidden August the Heart of village holds Andalucía a festival to By SALLY HARRISON celebrate A to Z of Axarquia villages this mainstay of the economy. As well as grapes there are local dishes to be Panoramic view over the municipal pool. sampled with music, dancing and lots of wine square metres of land and San Gregorio Vll and the flowing all night long. the houses literally cling Fuente de la Palsonada, Like many villages in the together in a tight cluster. which has a little shield and Axarquía, Iznate is full of Eight centuries of Islamic two spouts, part of the narrow, steep streets. It occupation have shaped town’s architectural actually covers only 7.5 the architecture. heritage. The second way Some of the streets have into the village is by taking steps and others are just the road up from Cajiz and very steep inclines which after the Iznate sign there seem almost impossible to is an entrance which takes ascend. Actually going up is you down past the not the hardest part, municipal swimming pool. providing you stop for The third way is up the breath occasionally. It’s steep, concrete track from WE invite all clubs, societies and charities based in going down again that’s the the riverbed. Axarquia to submit articles and scary part as it’s easy to You can drive quite easily photographs of their events slither and slide. along the dry riverbed from in the area for publication in Many houses have Benamocarra village, or the Euro Weekly News. beautiful patios with a beyond to Triana, Almachar Deadline is Monday noon for that Thursday’s plethora of colours spilling and Benamargosa. edition. Email to over the assorted terracotta For several years around editorial@euroweekly pots; there are balconies 1570, the village was writing filled with plants of every practically uninhabited with ‘Axarquia’ in the shade of green imaginable. the expulsion of the subject line. The women of the village ‘moriscos’ (Muslim converts Please remember all seem to have green- to Christianity) who left for to include the four fingers or perhaps it is Tunisia and North Africa. Ws: What, Where, something to do with the The new inhabitants When, and Why, as fact that they wipe the arrived from Antequera and well as captions for leaves with beer! Estepa but the economy photographs where There are three ways into was ruined with the people are depicted. the village; coming up from outbreak of a phylloxera Benamocarra there is an plague followed by the entrance by the village Andalusian Earthquake. garden complete with These days, Iznate is a sturdy gym equipment busy, thriving town full of a installed there to entice the good mixture of all villagers to exercise. nationalities rubbing along We don’t say Following on from here is nicely together. the long main square with If you go for a visit, be we are the town hall, bars and a sure to wear good walking number 1, our ‘mirador’ with fantastic shoes, take a bottle of views. A steep street leads water and don’t forget your customers do up to the church square, camera! See more: the Plaza de la Virgen de www.euroweeklynews. los Dolores, with the 16th com/villages century parish church of JUST a short drive up from the autovia and only a 10minute drive from the coast is the mountainous village of Iznate. It nestles into the hillside at 303 metres above sea level and has the most incredible views to the north, east and west, with the mountain ranges of Sierra Tejeda (La Maroma) Sierra Almijara and Sierra de Camarolos marking the horizon, towering majestically over the lower vine-covered hills. This area is famous for its scrumptious muscatel grapes from where come

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Surviving retirement on the Costa del Sol ‘Not Joined Up’ is a novel set in the little seaside town of Orilla del Mar, in the Eastern Costa del Sol. It tells of the interwoven lives of a mixed bunch of British ex-pats as they struggle with the many bewildering aspects of living in Spain. We meet Brian and Lynne who have taken over the El Marinero bar where the regulars are only too happy to initiate them into the lifestyle. Their customers include,

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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Some legal matters need your attention. That's not really what you want at this time of the year. A decision has to be made and it needs a fine balance. Asking others may just confuse matters, so only seek expert advice. At the end of the day, you will know what is both best and acceptable.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) A last-minute invitation turns out to be just the ticket in more ways than one. An invitation to join a holiday may be proffered. This is unusual, certainly, but keep an open mind. Your company is clearly well appreciated so why not make that a point of pride? Let's face it, who is best equipped to blow your trumpet?

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Someone you mistrust offers to add to your celebrations. Why not call a truce? We both know that little long term will come out of it, but who cares? Sometimes, it is better to share one good moment with someone than none at all.

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Born October 2, 1951, Sting is an English musician. When he was small, his ʻbest friendʼ was an old Spanish guitar with five rusty strings which had been left behind by an uncle who had emigrated to Canada. He worked as a bus conductor, a construction labourer, and a tax officer, while playing in bands in his free time.

it comes as no great surprise that admiration comes your way. What may surprise you, however, is the direction it comes from. Who would have thought that such a situation would arise? Strange things happen sometimes. Treat life with humour and kindness and you will not go far wrong.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) There is a wonderful enthusiasm about you at the moment. Seeing the reaction of others to you, it occurs that you should have taken this attitude before. Therefore, make a resolution to put more energy into everything


Asking too much of yourself is unrealistic. You need to pace yourself and make plans.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

that you do. The rewards are both social and financial. There is no great progress in love this week but patience is a virtue.

Being totally inspired this week, you could be tempted to let enthusiasm run away with you. It is a lovely feeling, like being a child again. Be sure to have fun, but do keep as much money in your pocket as possible. With many demands at the moment, restrict your exuberance on finances.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Something new which you started in recent weeks becomes more than a passing interest. Although it may be surprising to you, it is owing to a predictable situation. In opening your mind, you also seem to have opened your heart. Many people do that at this time of the year and so you are not alone. Trusting is sometimes difficult but it must happen sometime.


REST OF THE WEEK Alicante TODAY: CLEAR, MAX 26C, MIN 18C Fri -26 18 S Mon - 27 17 S Sat -26 18 S Tues - 27 17 S Sun - 26 17 S Wed - 27 18 S

Almeria TODAY: SUN, Fri - 26 19 S Sat - 24 18 S Sun - 24 18 S

TODAY: SUN Fri - 26 16 S Sat -25 16 S Sun - 25 16 S

TODAY: CLEAR, MAX 26C, MIN 18C Fri - 27 18 S Mon -27 17 S Sat -26 18 S Tues - 27 17 S Sun - 27 17 S Wed - 28 18 S

Madrid TODAY: SUN, MAX 29C, MIN 10C Fri - 27 10 S Mon - 27 11 S Sat -28 10 S Tues - 27 11 S Sun - 27 11 S Wed - 25 11 Sh

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21)


Murcia TODAY: SUN, MAX 27C, MIN 17C Fri - 27 16 S Mon - 27 16 S Sat -27 16 S Tues - 28 16 S Sun -27 16 S Wed - 28 15 S S Sun, C Cloud, Sn Snow,



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Cl Clear,


Sh Showers, Th Thunder

Funagram 1.Unscramble the name of a Major League Baseball team: INTRINSIC DANCE 2.Unscramble the name of a famous singing duo: OLD MAN SANG FUNKIER


Your outgoing attitude is spot on. Some may say you are a little crazy, the way you go for things. Each person has their own way and yours can be quite unique but that certainly does not make it wrong. People who make the world around us that little bit more colourful are gems. Let's hope that you will be more fully appreciated in this exciting week.


MAX 26C, MIN 19C Mon - 25 18 S Tues - 26 18 S Wed - 26 18 S

TODAY: SUN, MAX 27C, MIN 15C Fri - 27 15 F Mon - 27 15 S Sat -26 15 F Tues - 27 15 S Sun -27 15 S Wed - 27 15 S

A business partnership takes on a romantic tinge this week. It is possible that the other party sees this as more significant than you. To avoid problems later it would be best to let them do all the running.

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MAX 26C, MIN 19C Mon - 24 18 S Tues - 24 18 S Wed - 23 18 S


TODAY: SUN, Fri - 26 19 S Sat -26 19 S Sun - 25 18 S

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23)

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With everyone busy round you, the chance may be taken to show what you are capable of. Instead of watching someone make a pig's ear of a work project, offer to help. It's important, though, to let them think any bright ideas were theirs.

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There will be a certain amount of discussion regarding holiday plans. You know what you want but how do you persuade others? It's quite easy really. All you have to do is to get someone else to suggest a certain place.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23)


26 - 18

Alicante Murcia

27 - 17

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)

You are so sharp that there is a danger you will cut yourself! Seriously, though, try not to appear pompous over a certain matter. You may be right and you may be clever, but smarty pants are rarely popular. Some of that sharpness gets things going for you in the love department.

HOW TO PLAY 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.

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CRYPTIC Across 1 Arrests singer Stevie (5) 4 Arranged loans for the beauty parlour (5) 8 Retire mid-afternoon, unruly soldier (7) 9 Wounded in Stirling or Edinburgh (5) 10 Sounds like thereʼs plenty of paper for the church group (5) 11 Pilots travelling South must carry hand guns (7) 12 Stand in the middle of Bourbon city outskirts (6) 14 Fruit for disoriented nomads (6) 18 Sadly I belong to the worthless (7) 20 Cathyʼs new boat (5) 22 False statement admitted by an incomer (5) 23 Tramp on the dock, itʼs rougher (7) 24 Made off with a scarf (5) 25 False report from womenʼs lib election (5) Down 1 Becomes aware of a new section (7) 2 Madagascar goatherd carries a load (5) 3 Romeo, Romeo! I rest awkwardly without troublemaker (7) 4 Fights for leftovers (6) 5 African cityʼs exceptional goals (5) 6 Anxious, I left funny souvenir (7) 7 Fateful day with teams heading off (4)

13 Criminals appear in nightclub and itʼs mayhem (7) 15 Poor babyʼs malnourished inside (7) 16 Unspoilt old city in South African region (7) 17 Weak coffee blend is found here (6) 18 Islamic leader governed country (4) 19 Old groaner has nothing but lotto (5) 21 Scale the end of rheumatic arm or leg (5)

Across 1 Maybe (7) 5 Cut (5) 8 File (7) 9 Gains by labour (5) 10 Additional (5) 11 Hoping for (7) 12 Broken into pieces (6) 14 Hateful (6) 17 Hair cleansing agent (7) 19 Fourth month (5) 22 Expel (5) 23 Devalue (7) 24 Sweet yellow liquid (5) 25 Remainder (7)

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 9 represents M and 14 represents K, so fill in M every time the figure 9 appears and K every time the figure 14 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.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS: CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Stopgap, 5 Cried, 8 Entraps, 9 Remit,


10 Knows, 11 Lesotho, 12 Steady, 14 Preset, 17 Artisan, 19 Crepe, 22 Sober, 23 Tonsure, 24 Ahead, 25 Dessert.


Down: 1 Sleek, 2 Outdo,

Down 1 Chaplain (5) 2 Adjust again (5) 3 Stir violently (7) 4 Write illegibly (6) 5 Paces (5) 6 Dizziness (7) 7 Stands down (7) 12 Beg (7) 13 Stopping-place (7) 15 Underwear (7) 16 Agree (6) 18 Minor (5) 20 Swift (5) 21 Thrust (5)

3 Grassed, 4 Pestle, 5 Cures, 6 Inmates, 7 Detroit, 12 Swansea, 13 Eatable, 15 Recants,

H ex a g r a m 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 (CHASED) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.

16 United, 18 Shred, 20 Etude, 21 Exert.

QUICK - Across: 1 Boss, 3 Saucepan, 9 Servant, 10 Adept, 11 Badge, 12 Cornet, 14 Desire, 16 Scheme, 19 Native, 21 Needs, 24 Agile, 25 Explain, 26 Fearless, 27 Heal. Down: 1 Busybody, 5 Chair, 6 Precede,

1 Kissed, 2 Tested, 3 Absent, 4 Settee, 5 Beards, 6 Melted, 7 Stress, 8 Cereal, 9 Messes, 10 Earned, 11 Pieces, 12 Dreams, 13 Engine, 14 Sealed, 15 Reined, 16 Denied, 17 Sledge, 18, Ranges, 19 Eating

20 Ideal, 22 Evade, 23 Calf.

Quote NO NO U = §§ U

"Not everything that can be counted counts,

and not everything that

counts can be counted." Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity.

7-star quiz NAMESAKES 1. How many months of the year are named after real people? 2. Also known as a ‘double-magnum’, which over-large Champagne bottle, approximately equivalent to six normal-sized ones, is named after the first king of the northern kingdom of Israel who led Israel into sin? 3. Which Womble was named after the chief town of the Hebridean island of Mull? 4. What type of coffee is named after a brotherhood of monks, as it is said

that the drink’s froth resembles the monk’s white hood? 5. Named after its pilot’s mother, what was the name of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima? 6. Which famous food spread is named after a covered earthenware or metal cooking pot? 7. Which soft-nosed expanding bullet is named after an arsenal near Calcutta where it was first made?

1. TWO - July and August (Julius Caesar and Emperor Augustus), 2. JEROBOAM, 3. TOBERMORY, 4. CAPPUCCINO, 5. ENOLA GAY, 6. MARMITE, 7. DUM-DUM.

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13 Personal, 15 Stamina,


Adverb Brooms CHASED(10) Enters Fierce Floats Gentle Misses Months Netted Notice Parted Recent Solved Survey Taught Things Turned Yelled

2 Shred, 4 Attack, 7 Note, 8 Career,

Play on Words


Target: Average: 10 Good: 13 Very good: 19 Excellent: 25


bake, bane, bank, bare, bark, barn, beak, bean, bear, berk, bier, bike, bier, brae, bran, kern, verb, vibe, bairn, baker, barer, barre, biker, brain, brake, brave, break, briar, brier, brine, brink, banker, barker, barren, braver, RIVERBANK

How many English words of four letters or more can you make from the nine letters in our Nonagram puzzle? Each letter may be used only once (unless the letter appears twice). Each word MUST CONTAIN THE CENTRE LETTER (in this case Y) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.

Answers: Half baked; Lift out of order; To know you is to love you



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AKÍ Motril celebrates 5 years with 10% off all in store AKÍ, specialising in DIY, gardening and decorating and known for their customer service and qualified team of professionals, take one step further to offer their customers on the Tropical Coast the most competitive prices on the market. On October 5, customers will find 10 per cent off everything in the Motril store as they celebrate their fifth anniversary at this location. The store will also be offering a wider selection of quality products for all repair, remodelling and home improvement needs. In addition to offering a greater selection of products, the recently renovated store has grown, adding 650m2 to their facilities for a total of nearly 3,100m2 of sales area in order to better accommodate projects and promotional campaigns. Customers will now be able to see the store’s new collections and discover the latest trends in home décor. The new design of AKÍ’s Motril store provides a global vision of each of the 13 departments and a greater feeling of spaciousness. Shopping is easier

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MORE CHOICE: Store offers a wider selection of quality products. with new signage, perimeter photos and innovative new posters which facilitate communication, movement throughout the establishment and shopping convenience. This anniversary offers another important new feature: the AKÍ SinFin card, available free of charge. Valid for all 34 stores, it offers customers important advantages including exclusive discounts (10 per cent when signing up and 10 per cent for each 500 points accumulated, both applicable to whichever purchases the

customer chooses), special monthly offers for members and a product guarantee which allows articles to be returned without a receipt. Shopping is now quicker, easier and more convenient with personalised, attentive service specially adapted to customer needs. Customers can visit the new AKÍ Motril store with its wider range of products and services at Avenida Salobreña, s/n, in the Alcampo Shopping Centre located in Motril (Granada).





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• RBL Alcaucin: Telephone 696 391 224 or email alcaucinrblspainsouth@gmail .com • AVENIDA BOWLS in Nerja: Telephone 629 538 586. • ART GROUP meets at 1.30pm in the salon next to the swimming pool El Capistrano Village. • 41 CLUB meets first and third Thursday of month: or telephone 626 998 626. • LADIES MEETING at Bar Restaurante Eduardo in Villanueva del Trabuco/ Archidona area 11am–1pm second Thursday of every month. • LAKE VIÑUELA SOCIAL CLUB meet every Thursday from 12pm at Bar Atila in Puente don Manuel. Telephone 636 203 135. • AMIGAS DE CASA women’s group meets second Thursday of month 11am-1pm at Venta Talillas, Avda Antonico Rosa, s/n Vva del Trabuco.


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• CHURCH OF ENGLAND 11am. Holy Communion services held at 11am every Sunday in St George’s Church Malaga (in the English Cemetery) Also in Competa, Sanysol Residential Care Home, Torre del Mar and Villanueva de Tapia. Wedding blessings, baptisms and other services as arranged. or please call: 952 219 396. • HOLY COMMUNION 11am. Torre del Mar Services in English - St Barnabas IERE (Anglican). Holy Communion at 11am. Second and fourth Sundays. Morning Prayer first and third Sundays 6pm. Evensong first Sunday, all at Lux Mundi Centre, Calle Casa de la Vina, two minutes walk from the bus station.


• BRIDGE GROUP ‘Trumps’ in Maro: 952 522 362. • EXHIBITION ‘Boats and Harbours’ by Brian Reifer tomorrow (Friday September 30) until Sunday October 30 at Artenova Café in Torre Del Mar: • RBL BENAJARAFE Telephone 603 879 308; email benajaraferblspain • CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT for Animal Protection Society:

Churches Revelation 21:4 God is indeed living, therefore, you have a living guarantee. Be Encouraged - KB Tel: 952 030 461 (Priest) or 952 510 056 (Churchwarden). ALHAMA DE GRANADA – Services in English – St Barnabas IERE (Anglican). Holy Communion 11am first and third Sundays at Meson Diego, Plaza de la Constitucion. Tel: 958 359 388 (Priest) or 952 510 921 (Churchwarden).

Second Friday of month in Rincon de la Victoria and last Friday of month in Torre del Mar. Telephone 952 514 671. • LUX MUNDI in Torre del Mar COFFEE MORNING: Telephone 952 543 334. • NERJA HISTORY GROUP First Friday of month. Tel 952 538 526. • NERJA BRIDGE CLUB nerjahistorygroup@yahoo. com • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS English

meetings. Call 635 119 078.


• CUDECA QUIZ NIGHT in Torrox Costa: 952 967 013. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS English meetings in Nerja. Telephone 635 119 078. • AMERICAN CLUB Almuñecar to Torrox. www.americanclubcostadel or telephone 952 539 036.


Email Fax 952 440 887 Post Euro Weekly News, Calle Moscatel 10, P-62, Poligono Industrial Arroyo de la Miel, 29631 Benalmadena, Malaga.

• ANGLICAN CHURCH. 12pm. Anglican Church of Nerja, services are held in Iglesia de San Miquel (St Michael’s Church) Nerja each Sunday at 12pm. (except during May). Priest in charge: Rev Geoffrey Johnston. Church House: 952 521 339. Church Shop: 952 522 460 • TORRE DEL MAR EVANGELICAL CHURCH, Sunday Service in English 11.30am Picasso Room, Hotel Torremar. Telephone 952 532 825. • ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS In English: Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre in Torre del Mar. Winter 5pm; Summer 6pm. 952 543 334.


• MARKET in Villafranco held by Arch and Chain: 660 220 700.


• BRIDGE GROUP ‘Trumps’ in Maro: 952 522 362. • INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL CLUB in Benejarafe: 634 979 565. • AVENIDA BOWLS in Nerja: 629 538 586. • WHIST CLUB in Nerja: 952 523 194. • BRIDGE CLUB in Nerja: 952 525 425.

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• CAPISTRANO BRIDGE in Nerja: 699 170 931. • RBL MOLLINA meet second and fourth Tuesday of month: Secretary 952 034 038; Welfare 951 060 965; Membership 654 472 922; Social 653 013 932 or • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS in Nerja: 635 119 078. • INFORMAL MULTI LINGUAL GROUP in Nerja: First and third Tuesday of month. Telephone 952 525 217. • THE PHOENIX CLUB meet 12.30pm–2.30pm in the SuperSol restaurant in Torre del Mar.


• RBL Colmenar: 952 037 556. • RBL Trapiche Branch: 951 239 366 or 628 785 686. • MODERNJIVE DANCING (aka CEROC) in Torrox Costa: 635 717 211. • RBL Torre del Mar: 663 658 354. • BRIDGE CLUB in Nerja: 952 525 425. • LIONS CLUB in Nerja: First and third Wednesday of month. 693 706 900.


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• THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Torre del Mar. October activities: 6th trip to Gibraltar; 13th–17th cruise to Lisbon; 26th monthly lunch. Nov 4th is the Poppy Ball. Call Merryll on 663 658 354 or • PROBUS (business association) is holding a 60s night on Saturday October 1 at 7pm at Trapiche Restaurant on the road to Axarquia Aerodrome. Call Sue 952 513 853 to book.

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PERGOLA 5mx3m Never been erected. High quality solid timber. Fully treated brown. Ideal for Garden or Carport. €385 Will Deliver Free. 622 791 907 or for pictures & info email

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ENGLISH CARER. Can commit to young or elderly. Experienced with qualifications, through fostering and elderly. 634 355 907 or 952 932 280 / Sharon (87218)

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Locksmiths LOCKSMITH Emergency/Appointment. Doors opened without damage, locks changed, patio doors and windows secured, 24 hour honest, fast and reliable service. Call Paul 657 466 803 (94648)

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Coins & Stamps OLD coins, stamps, banknotes, medals, proof sets, maundy money etc always wanted. Petersham Coins and Stamps. Phone 951 778 720 or 687 676 574 (91667)


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Motoring AUTOMATIC Ford Focus 1.6, Trend 2004, air condition, power steering, silver, in great condition, arrives this week, be quick, 4,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 AUTOMATIC Jaguar X type, 3 litre, V6 sport, 4x4, 2002 model, black with red leather interior, alloy wheels, full service history, ABS, climate control, electric everything, sale due to bereavement, bargain 6,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (87168) AUTOMATIC/Cabrio Volkswagen Beetle 2007, only 20,000kms. One lady owner, silver with leather interior, top of the range, now 14,995€. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 NISSAN PRIMERA 1.6 Accento 2004 Sedan, only 75,000 kms. FSH. One private owner from new. Gold, climate control, 5 door, big boot. Only 4,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (87168) FORD KA 2001, only 60,000 kms. Air con, power steering, 2 owners from new, excellent condition, silver, only 2,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (87168)

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EWN 37 Axarquía - Málaga East (NEW SHAPE) Opel Astra 2007/2008 1.4 Envoy, 16 valve, 5 door, one owner only, 70,000kms/42,000 miles, FSH, CD player, climate control, was 7,500€, now 6,995€. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (87168) SL 55 AMG. Mercedes Benz 2002 500 BHP, Sat Nav, phone, parktronic, all AMG extras, full service history, a cherished driver’s car, unmarked, immaculate condition, was 35,000 euros, now reduced, must sell 29,995 euros. Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (87168) DIESEL FORD FOCUS 2007 C MAX 1.6 TDCI, one owner, only 60,000 kms. FSH. CD Player, climate and cruise control. Electric everything, silver/blue, great load carrier, luggage or golf clubs. 8,500 euros Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (87168) 4 x 4 DIESEL/AUTOMATIC Hyundai Sante Fe 2003 Model 2.7. Electric sunroof, silver with grey leather, alloys, 5 door, every man and his dog wants one, 5,995 euros Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 (87168) 4 x 4 DIESEL Suzuki Grand Vitara 2006, 1.9 DDI, JLX, 3 door only 44,000 kms. Silver with chrome and alloys, condition like new. One owner relocating forces sale. CD player, air con, electric everything, be quick, 10,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 RENAULT Kangoo 2002, 157,000km, Derv, 1.9TDCi, White 5 door, New MOT, VGC, Private seller, E/W, Pas, Call 652 430 383 Nerja area VAN FOR SALE. Ford Transit 2.5 TDC - 1090, Good condition, Malaga plate, Year 1997, Price 3,100€ Call: 666 386 227


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What’s your excuse? THERE are many good reasons to get your foreign (including the UK) cars reregistered in Spain if you either live here or the car spends longer than six months here each calendar year. Many think these rules apply to residency status only but they also apply to cars, too. The timeframe grows much smaller if you are a resident as you only have one month to reregister your foreign plated car and you will pay the standard registration taxes of in the process. Matriculation (registration) taxes range from zero up to 16 per cent of the car’s fiscal book value depending on the engine size, petrol or diesel, and its C02 reading at the ITV. Re-registering any car is a long and complicated process, and you have to pay the taxes to do it. The timeframe remains at a maximum of six months before you need to get the car onto Spanish plates and even if you are not a resident the car has to leave Spain after it’s been here six months. I call this the ‘six months in and six months out’ rule! So in effect, there is a Spanish Law for people and another Spanish Law for cars, too! You think you can’t win but you can, as there are many advantages in re-registering your car here, the main one has just 8 letters: L-E-G-A-L-I-T-Y!

How to make a website mobile-phone friendly CONTINUING on from last week’s article about the emerging mobile device market, here are a couple of things you can do to make sure your site is mobile friendly. If your business relies on the internet to generate revenue, then it is critical that you make adjustments to your website to accommodate mobile customers. A lot of people don’t realise that iPads and iPhones will not play Flash video without a special application that you need to download. This also applies to Flash based websites. If you have a lot of videos on your site that use Flash, you may want to post a


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Hyundai i40 The launch of the estate HYUNDAI recently held a ‘Family Day’ at its Marbella showroom, Hyundmar, to celebrate the launch of its new estate, the i40. Standard features of the i40 are, 16” alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, leather steering wheel with audio controls, electric heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators, electric front and rear windows and electric parking brake with automatic hold function. Touch-screen satellite navigation with rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and dual zone climate control are standard on the mid-point ‘Style’ range. The Premium models benefit further from the addition of leather

Wheels By James Yeadon upholstery, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and supervision instrument cluster with LCD colour display as standard, plus the option of the Lane Departure Warning and Smart Parking Assist, heated leather steering wheel and ventilated front seats. The i40 has a spacious 553-litre boot with the rear seats occupied and a totala occupied and a total of 1.719 litres with the rear seats folded down. The i40 is now available at a starting price of €25,590.

that are really unnecessary. There are a lot of things that can be done to make viewing your website an easier and more enjoyable experience for mobile users: just visit Google and search ‘creating a mobile friendly website’ or something similar and you’ll find a wealth of information on the topic that will help you identify things you may or may not want to change. Please keep your queries and questions coming in and I will try to answer as many as possible here in my weekly column.

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R Zaragoza 0 - 0 Málaga MALAGA CF’S next game is on Saturday when they entertain next-to-bottom Getafe at La Rosaleda, kick-off 10pm. Málaga missed the opportunity to go top of La Liga for the first time in the club’s history on Sunday night when they played out a disappointing 0-0 draw with Real Zaragoza in La Romareda. The 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao last week had lifted the Costa del Sol side into the European places, but they were unable to take advantage against a Zaragoza side that had conceded 11

goals in the first four games, the most in the division. It was Málaga that got off to the better start, keeping possession well and pinning the hosts back in their own half, and they had a great chance to go ahead after just six minutes. Ruud van Nistelrooy, yet to open his account with Los Blanquiazules, had a one-on-one with Roberto but saw the keeper pull off a fine double save. Winger Joaquín then saw his curling attempt from a corner headed off the line by ex-Celtic man Efrain Juarez. Julio Baptista curled a free-kick just wide for the visitors shortly afterwards but chances were at a premium for the remainder of the half, with the hosts finally finding their feet and gaining a foothold in the game as former Spurs


Málaga CF miss chance to top La Liga for first time in history By EWN Malaga CF Reporter Dave Redshaw

striker Helder Postiga lashed a long-range effort over the bar. The second half proved to be even more uninspiring, with Málaga sending on Rondón for the ineffectual Van Nistelrooy in an attempt to pierce the home defence, but Zaragoza could have gone ahead in the 62nd minute when Postiga sprang the offside trap only to see his ‘goal’ wrongly ruled out for offside. However, Málaga finished the game much the stronger - Santi Cazorla firing over and defender Martín

GAME TO FORGET: Malaga failed to take the advantage against Zaragoza. Demichelis’ header from a corner also too high - and they had a great opportunity to wrap up the points in the final minute. Substitute Seba Fernández, on for the injured Baptista, got on the end of Isco’s cross with the goal at his mercy but his downward header saw Roberto pull off the save.

In truth, a late winner was more than either side deserved in what was ultimately a game to forget, but the point Manuel Pellegrini’s men obtained meant Málaga are now sixth in the table with three wins and a draw from the first five games, the best start to a season since the 1971/72 campaign.

Malaga CF boss Pellegrini said: “We had two clear-cut chances that Roberto saved, and I’m not satisfied with a draw because we dominated the game. But I’m happy with the performance, if not so much with the result.” Dave Redshaw is the author of ‘Malaga Football Club – The Story.

Red for Torres, 100 for Persie, hat-trick for Messi, England and Ireland win


OOTBALL – Peter Crouch scored for his sixth different Premiership club as Stoke held leaders Manchester United to a 1-1 draw (‘Long legs’ is the sixth player to achieve this feat – I will list the other five next week) at the weekend... Fernando Torres was sent off for the first time ever after netting for Chelsea who beat Swansea 41... Manchester City saw off Swansea 3-0... Robin Van Persie grabbed his 100th ‘PL’ goal for Arsenal who defeated Bolton 30... Demba Ba hit a hat-trick as unbeaten Newcastle clipped Blackburn 3-1... Steven Gerrard returned to League action after six months as Liverpool checked Wolves 2-1... Spurs won 2-1 at Wigan (just)... it was Norwich 2

SPORTS SCENE By Tony Matthews

Fernando Torres.

Sunderland 1... And the QPRAston Villa and WBA-Fulham games ended level. There were important wins for West Ham, Derby, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest in the Championship, for in-form Hartlepool, Notts County, PNE, Sheffield Wednesday and leaders Charlton in League One and for AF Wimbledon, Gillingham and bottom club Plymouth in League Two, which is still headed by Morecambe. Meanwhile, Rangers, sensationally knocked out of the League Cup by Falkirk, hit back with a 4-0 win at Dunfermline to stay top of the SPL. And, here in Spain, Lionel Messi’s hat-trick helped Barcelona whip Atletico Madrid 5-0. Here we go again!

In the League Cup 4th round, it’s Aldershot-Manchester United, Arsenal-Bolton, BlackburnNewcastle, Cardiff-Burnley, Crystal Palace-Southampton, Everton-Chelsea, Stoke-Liverpool and Wolves-Manchester City. UGBY WORLD CUP – Ireland, by thumping Russia 62-12, qualified for the quarter-finals. They’ll be joined by England who walloped Romania 67-3 with hat-tricks from Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton, and Wales, for whom Stephen Jones won a record 101st cap in their emphatic 12try, 81-7 victory over Namibia. But Scotland, after losing 13-12 to Argentina, will be out if they don’t beat England on Saturday. All the big boys are through!


Axarquia 29 September - 5 October 2011 Issue 1369  

News in English from the Axarquia region.