20th November - 17th December 2017
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Inside this issue:-
Local Business News Your Local Entertainment Scene The Vega Baja Astronomy Group A View From the Top Book Review by Ivor Kindle Your Horoscopes Keith Nicol's Forthcoming Events Club & Charity News & Events Win 50â‚Ź 'Spot the Logo' Puzzles, Recipes and much more...
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Radio astronomy again Hello again, last month I outlined what a radio telescope does, and left you with a tantalising sentence about a few things including LGM 1. Back in 1967, radio astronomy wasn't new, but it was developing very quickly. New ways of working and new discoveries of what can be done were coming thick and fast. A young astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell was observing a particular region of sky when a new signal was found. She put the output of the telescope onto a loudspeaker and heard a rapid beeping noise. This sound was a very regular beep absolutely constant in every way and nothing like it had been heard before. It was named LGM 1, for Little Green Men 1, as a contender for a signal from extra-terrestrials. The name was given purely in fun, no one believed for a minute that aliens had set up a beacon, and we were hearing it, but the cause was unknown for some time. Over time, other similar signals were heard, and discovered to be from what we now call Pulsars, a stellar phenomenon I will cover in another article. Jodrell Bank is a name familiar to most British people, it's the site of the worlds first large steerable radio telescope. It was built in the 1950s by a brilliant and charismatic man, Sir Bernard Lovell. This telescope was built against a sceptical political background. It has been at the forefront of astronomy ever since. It became famous when the Russians put the first satellite, Sputnik into space by picking up the signals and making them public. A few years later it got the signals from a Russian moon probe, decoded them and published the first pictures from the moon before any other country saw them. To astronomers, these feats are just the public face of what the observatory can do, what matters most is that it put Britain at the leading edge of new discoveries and knowledge about the universe. The largest radio telescope in the world (until recently) featured in a James Bond film, it's at Arecibo in Puerto Rico and over 1000 feet in diameter. The dish is set into the ground so it can't be steered as such, but can see even further into space than anything else before it. Arecibo has spent much of its efforts into looking for Alien life, but found nothing yet. I'm running out of space for this month, so I'll continue with this theme next time with radio galaxies, and the latest discoveries.
Moon watch - 30th November
Our astronomy group puts on regular viewing evenings. Our next one will be a moon watch on the 30th of November. Come to Punta Prima just south of Torrevieja. We will be about 200 metres south of the Nautilus bar from 8pm until 9.30pm ish. Charles Oates. Vega Baja astronomy group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the group and meetings please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/vegabajaastronomy/.
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I cannot believe that we have lived here so many years and that it has taken us until very recently to visit the beautiful city of Valencia. Although it was unfortunate events that led us to go there it all turned out pretty good in the end. Our hotel was situated just a 15 minute walk from the old town, although a taxi ride proved easier when returning late at night, as we seemed to walk in circles, getting lost on the odd occasion.
We visited the Bioparc where it was lovely to see how well all the animals are treated and how green the area is …a must for anyone visiting the area. We then experienced the Oceanographic, the largest aquarium in Europe, and again this comes highly recommended. The science museum was next on the list which, unless you are into that sort of thing, I wouldn’t rush back to – this was far more for the benefit of my little angel as she is fascinated with that kind of thing. All in all, the weekend was packed with activities, with the added bonus of some fantastic restaurants and bars along the way. And to top it all off, I’ve recently had my claim of flights refund granted, happy days! It won’t be long now until we will see the Autumn / Winter issue of Focus on Professional Services publication on the streets as it is currently at the printers. Make sure you pick up your copy and keep it to hand – you never know when you may need one of the professional companies in the future - and there are some great bars and restaurants in there too. Congratulations to Gillian Westlake from Daya Nueva who won last month's 100€ competition after spotting the logo on page 16. See if you can spot the logo in this issue for a chance to win 50€, see alongside for details of how to enter. Good luck!
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Did you know? Events throughout the years during QF distribution week 20th - 27th November Did You Know? On 20th November 1917 - First successful tank use in a battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai, WWI. 1969 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal. Would You Believe? On 20th November 1984, McDonald's makes its 50 billionth hamburger. 21st November 1877 Thomas Edison announces his "talking machine" invention (phonograph), the 1st machine to play and record sound. 22nd November 1935 Flying boat "China Clipper" takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight. Would You Believe? On 22nd November 1955, RCA Records make its best investment paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley's contract. 1963 American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. 2005 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany. 23rd November 1869 In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving.
Page 5 2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country. 24th November 1639 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System. 1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species". Did You Know? On 24th November 1874, American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire. Would You Believe? On 24th November, 1966, 400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in New York City smog, smoggiest day in the city's history. 25th November 1867 Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel patents dynamite. 1983 World's greatest robbery; 26 million pounds (sterling) worth of gold, diamonds and cash stolen from Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England. Would You Believe? On 25th November 1971, American "Dan Cooper" hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never to be seen again. 26th November 1778 British explorer Captain James Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii). 1922 English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun's virtually intact tomb in Egypt. 27th November 1895 At the Swedishâ€“Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies.
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Costa Pacifica by Michael Walter Smith This month if I may with your endurance, give details of a weeks Mediterranean cruise I thoroughly enjoyed on "Costa Pacifica" departing from Valencia on Wednesday 4th October. Our first port of call was Cagliari, (Sardinia) Friday 6th, offering the option of a number of excursions or as I did, taking the free shuttle bus to the harbour entrance for a wander around town. Obviously one can stay on board if desired to take advantage of the ships facilities â€“ you must remember though that the shops on board are only permitted to open when at sea and on departure from ports visited, though other amenities are open including restaurants and bars. On Saturday 7th, we berthed in Civitavecchia, the port for Rome where there were again options for a number of shore excursions - including one to the Vatican museum, St. Peter's, the Coliseum and the Forum, or again as I did having had visited Rome previously, took advantage of the shuttle bus to port exit and commencement of shopping area. On Sunday 8th, we arrived at Savona, Italy. Here I took advantage of an organised tour of Monaco / Monte Carlo and can honestly state, it was one of the best excursions ever. A well stocked picnic bag was provided on leaving the ship at 8 am to board transport - there were several coaches for the tour but for English speaking passengers and French, we were allocated a vehicle with a courier escort, being proficient in both languages. All extremely well organised, we were soon comfortably seated for the 2 hour journey to the Principality of Monaco. The coach was expertly driven, firstly on a motorway through wooded mountain scenery, passing by villages deep in valleys or perched on mountain sides. Throughout, our courier was giving expert commentary, based on the regions and industries so even the journey was enjoyable. Arriving in Monaco our group was led through the Principality, about 10 minutes only, again accompanied with excellent commentary by the courier. This led past the church where Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier were married, on returning to the coach later we were able to enter and view their tombs, as well as previous Royal family going back many years. Outside opposite the church was a board with a picture of the wedding. From the church we proceeded to the square where Grimaldi Palace is prominent. The current Prince and family are resident, with armed guards on sentry duty. A further highlight of this tour was to be present at precisely 11.55 when there was a changing of the guard - spectacular hardly describes this, with drums and bugles accompanying the new guard marching from the barracks to the palace entrance, and the guards being relieved marching back across the square in likewise fashion. A wonderful sight. We were allowed about 30 minutes to admire the beauties of the square and palace including spectacular views from the ancient city over to the elite Monte Carlo. A small number of classy souvenir shops were available - looky looky persons not permitted in the Principality! Following the 10 minute return walk to our coach we were then driven into Monte Carlo including a section of the Formula 1 circuit. Alighting for 45 minutes, giving time to walk to the main Casino. Being Sunday this was closed but an adjacent gambling den was open - would not be allowed in to bet on the 5â‚Ź in my possession! Hotels and famous shops were seen - including many Ferraris and the like. The return journey included travelling on the coast road alongside the famous bays and beaches prior to re-joining the motorway heading back to Savona, arriving nicely in time for dinner on board. An excellent day trip with glorious weather, one of the best taken and having travelled a fair bit during my lifetime, this would match anything previous - and highly recommended for anyone given the opportunity. The following day, Monday the 9th, we arrived in Marseille and not an organised tour but travelled on a shuttle bus (a minimal charge this time) and, recommended by a couple also travelling on the bus, we took a land train that travelled along the sea front ,past pavement cafe's. An island could be seen just off shore immortalised by Alexandre Dumas in the 'Count of Monte Christo'. This 20 minute trip ended at a church (Notre Dame) on a hilltop with views over the city and sea. This transport runs approximately every 20 minutes with the return journey ending near the boarding point for the shuttle bus trip back to shipside. On Tuesday 10th, we berthed in Barcelona and although excursions were available I stayed on board where, to my pleasure there were many ship activities being performed nearby. On Wednesday 11th October we arrived at 8.30am to disembark and to join our coach for the return journey to Torrevieja, where my car was parked. In summary, an enjoyable weeks cruise on a relatively modern ship, enjoying all facilities on board with good food and excellent professional entertainment, performed in the theatre â€“ there were also a number of bars.
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It gives me great pleasure to highlight the local talent that we are blessed to have here on the South Costa Blanca. This month I'd like to feature a very talented vocalist / keyboard player. Kevin Round (a.k.a "Keyboard Kev") who hails from Birmingham, came to Villamartin, Spain initially in 1991. He was a key member of "Al Mathews Blues Experience", a 5 piece blues & soul band. The band consisted of Kev, an American and three Spanish musicians. After 2 enjoyable years, Kev returned to England. Kevin Round started playing at 13 years of age, with a basic organ his parents bought from Woolworths using Green Shield stamps (I think most of us are old enough to remember them). The following year, Kev bought a professional organ with money he had saved from his paper round.
In 1984, Kev began working in Jersey, backing Karl Denver. He has performed at countless venues over the years, including pubs, clubs, care homes and dementia centres. In 2007, the lure of the Spanish climate beckoned and Kevin returned to live in Spain. Within a short time he formed "Rockturno's" - a 4 piece rock covers band, along with two Bulgarian and a Finnish musician. Sadly, after 9 years, the band had run its course and broke up. This led him to returning to performing solo again, and he's currently appearing on the local circuit, in bars and restaurants around the Costa Blanca. At this moment in time, Kevin Round is developing a web site and recording a studio album of his own songs, using local musicians. One song already completed is called "Thanx". It's a beautiful number that I enjoyed listening to, and later discovered that itâ€™s a tribute to his parents. This song can be found on his website and downloaded from: kroundmusic.com. If you haven't already heard "Keyboard Kev", check out the local press for up and coming dates.
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What is the difference between major and minor building licences I know we have covered this topic before but I am constantly being asked about the difference so thought it would be good to revisit it. In Spain there are basically two types of building licences: - Licencia de Obra Menor (Minor Works Licence) is required for most home improvement projects, tiling, rendering, exterior fencing or boundary walls etc. These licences do not include any kind of structural work or activity such as reinforcing beams, knocking down load bearing walls, underpinning foundations etc. Minor licences are needed whenever the improvements do not result in an increase of space or rooms or do not change the internal distribution of the property. These licences are generally quite fast and cheap to obtain from the Town Hall and the owner doesn’t necessarily need to employ an architect to issue the licence. If you want Martinez de la Casa Architects to help you obtain a Minor Works Licence, the cost of our trouble free service is 280€ plus IVA (338.80€) Town Hall fees not included. - Licencia de Obra Mayor (Major Works Licence) is required for any project which extends or changes the use of the part of the property or its size, including extensions and additions of any kind, glazing in semi-opened spaces, roofing patios, changing internal distribution or whenever there is a structural work or activity, such as adding beams or reinforcing the structure, knocking down load bearing walls etc. Major Works Licence: 900 + IVA = 1089 € IVA Inc. Project Management not included (20% total investment). Town Hall fees not included. To issue these licences an architect must be employed and they usually take a long time for the Town Hall to issue. Retrospective Licence or Certificate of Antiquity The Architect certifies the date of construction which serves as proof of prescription of a possible planning infraction. In the case of having done an extension, alteration, structural work or pool without a license, the Antiquity Certificate is very useful to guard against possible sanctions and is highly recommended to avoid putting off potential buyers due to the existence of undeclared buildings in the Title Deeds. These certificates are also needed to upgrade the title deeds with any extension done. The price of a pool Antiquity Certificate or Retrospective Licence is 190€ +IVA and for extensions plus pool, or for the complete property, at 270€ +IVA. Only one certificate is needed to cover all the extensions & pool of the same property. The necessary requirements to obtain a Retrospective Licence for any extension or pools in Alicante area are as follows: - The extension or pool needs to be over 4 years old, before the 20th August of 2014 (minimum 7 years). - That the extension or pool hasn’t already received any fine. - Property has Title Deeds and Owner's NIE Only architects can issue Antiquity Certificates. Martinez de la Casa Architects guaranteed deadline to complete the retrospective licence is 10 working days, although we can provide it with a more urgent service under request. For all enquiries or to arrange an appointment please call 665 810 411 or visit www.martinezdelacasa.com to see an impressive list of over 200 testimonials.
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Win a Christmas Fayre Lunch for Two at the Oasis Benijófar - worth over 30€ For three years Stephen & Alex and the team at the Oasis Bar Bistro have built a reputation for providing excellent quality foods to suit all tastes combined with a superior level of service, resulting in their receiving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence two years in succession. With its lovely terrace overlooking the fountains and church in the heart of Benijófar the Oasis is a great place to enjoy a fantastic breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner. Or, just take in a drink and watch the world go by. Now that winter is upon us they have reviewed the menu and added some great favourites for those colder days. The breakfast menu now has a build your own option, and the 8-item traditional breakfast includes juice and tea or coffee for just 5€. Plus, there are two new Menu del Día options starting at just 7.95€ for three courses. Their ever popular Sunday Lunch is back with complimentary bread, alioli and olives and a half carafe of wine for just 11.95€pp for 3 courses. To celebrate their 3rd Anniversary they are offering one lucky winner the chance to dine for free. Just drop into the Oasis to sample the new menu or book a table then claim a free raffle ticket which could win you a Christmas Fayre Meal for two in December 2017. All menus include vegetarian and gluten free options as well. So, if you haven’t been to the Oasis in Benijófar recently why not pop along and see why one TripAdvisor reviewer called it “the best spot in Benijófar”. Oasis is open from 10am daily and closes at 8pm Sunday to Tuesday, with evening dining on Thursday through to Saturday evenings from 7pm.
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Putting the clocks back could help to prevent illnesses such as obesity or diabetes According to Doctor Gonzalo Pin, of Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia, it could also help reduce road and work accidents. The time change that happened on 29th October, means that we have gained an hour in the morning, which has various benefits for our health according to experts at Quirónsalud Torrevieja and Valencia, says Doctor Gonzalo Pin, the chief of Paediatrics and the Sleep Unit at Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia. Thanks to this new timetable, the sun will rise an hour earlier than before which is more in sync with people’s body clocks, helping us to have an easier and smoother start to the day, from a physiological point of view. It will also mean our eating and sleeping timetables are earlier, making it more likely for people to go to bed sooner and therefore sleep more hours. Eating earlier can help to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes, and sleeping for longer is likely to reduce the number of work and road accidents, since a lot of them are related to sleep deprivation. Because of the many advantages this timetable has, doctor Pin would advise sticking to it all year round, “we don’t just change our clocks, but our lifestyle, and in consequence, our health”. Advice for a refreshing sleep Doctor Esteban de Vicente, Neurophysiological specialist at the Sleep Unit in Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja, says that to have a refreshing sleep it is useful to follow a couple of simple strategies for good sleep routine. Here are some practical tips:
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QF Focus Magazine Ensure regular sleep habits: with a regular sleep timetable, we shouldn’t have a siesta for longer than 20 minutes, otherwise it will alter our rest at night and we will only wake up a maximum of 1 hour later in the morning, even after falling asleep later than normal. Correct breathing: with a simple exercise it is easy to achieve. You should lay on your back, in a comfortable position, close your eyes and relax your muscles, breath in calmly three times, and after, hold your breath. It is important to not hold nor force your breathing, and to repeat the cycle six to eight times. Appropriate diet: it is very important to eat a balanced diet, and to keep hydrated. You shouldn’t smoke close to bed time, and after midday your coffee, tea, chocolate and soft drink intake should decrease. Go to bed an hour and a half after a normal- sized evening meal, and at least two hours after if it was a large meal. Your meal in the evenings should be light, with not many fats or calories. It should contain vegetables (rich in tryptophan, an essential amino acid with specific effects on feed consumption, and which initiates serotonin and melatonin), proteins and dairy. Avoid sweet, sugary foods, and moderate your alcohol consumption. Your evening meal should be light, but you should not be hungry afterwards. Prepare your surroundings: your room should be at a temperature of about 20-22ºC. Use a firm mattress, with clean and breathable sheets, and avoid drafts of air while you are sleeping. If noise bothers you, use ear plugs.
Page 11 Finally, having a hot shower to help you to relax and prepare for sleep, and using comfortable cotton clothes, are also tips for us to wake up refreshed in the morning. About Quirónsalud Quirónsalud is the most important hospital group in Spain, and the third largest in Europe. It can be found in 13 autonomous communities in Spain, has state-of-the-art technology and offers over 6,200 beds in more than 100 healthcare centres, such as Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, Hospital Universitario Dexeus, Ruber, Centro Médico Teknon, Hospital La Luz, Policlínica de Guipúzcoa, Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia, etc., as well as a huge team of highly qualified professionals of international prestige. We promote teaching (seven of our centres are university hospitals) and medical and scientific research, we run the FJD [Spanish acronym, Jiménez Díaz Foundation] Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria [Healthcare Research Institute], the only private research centre licensed by the Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación [Ministry for Research, Development and Innovation]. Likewise, our healthcare service is organised in units and crosscutting networks that allow for the optimisation of accumulated experience at difference centres, and the clinical application of our research. Currently, Quirónsalud is developing many research projects across Spain, and many of its healthcare centres carry out cutting edge work in this field, as pioneers in different specialisations such as radiology, cardiology, endocrinology, gynaecology, neurology, oncology and sports medicine, among others.
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Bliss Hair & Beauty Salon, La Finca, Algorfa Christine and her team of professional hair stylists, trained beautician, nail technician and barber, offer everything you would expect from an established salon. With over 10 years in business this Award Winning Salon is always up to date with the latest trends and treatments using only top quality products from Matrix, Alphaparf, CND Shellac and Phibrows. Hairdressing is provided by Christine and Paige, with salon owner Christine being advanced in cutting and styling and also a Wella approved colour consultant. A full bridal package of hair, nails, beauty treatments and make up is available to make your special day complete. Microblading, semipermanent make up, lash extensions and threading are carried out by Jo and are just a few of the beauty treatments available, as well as Indian head massage and Hopi ear candles by Holly. Body massage and sports remedial massage are also some of the many specialties this salon has to offer. Emily is the in-house nail technician who specialises in Acrylic and Gel nails, CND Shellac and has a gift with nail art. And for the gents, Gareth offers British Barbering within the salon with traditional and modern hairstyles. Overall Bliss has a reputation for expert and professional treatments in a warm, welcoming and friendly salon. It is easy to see why after a first visit, so many customers turn into regular clients and have voted the salon and the staff to be Best Salon two years running. It really is a case of Bliss by name, Bliss by nature.
For a free consultation on hair, nails or beauty then pop into the salon and speak to one of the friendly staff or call 96 672 9436 or 616 579 139. See advert below for more details.
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On 19th October the bowls club celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a party for the members in The Club. The afternoon commenced with a Cava Reception welcome by the President, George Radmore. The Club Secretary, Deidre Leeming then welcomed the V.I.P. guests, who included Peter Scannialetto, the owner of the bowls club, Shirley Burbridge the first Secretary and the first Captain Bob Boby, who was accompanied by his wife Lucy, the first Social Secretary, along with Diane and Terry Lawton who were the inaugural members. Deidre then went on to give a short speech which outlined the history of the club. Entertainment was provided by the Management of The Club and later in the afternoon a celebration cake was presented by the Secretary and her husband Ken, which was beautifully iced with a replica of the club badge. The first Captain Bob and the present Captain Peta Rhodes were invited to cut the cake which was enjoyed by all of those present. Our league programme commenced on 11th October and before it started two of our teams, the Swallows in the first division and the Swans in the third division of the Southern League were challenging for the top spot. Our club championships are in full swing with some surprises coming to light. These will go on through the winter, with the semis and finals taking place in February and March 2018. Our Saturday morning â€˜Chicken Driveâ€™ is open to visitors. Players wishing to take part should report at 9.45am for a 10am start. For more information about our club please contact our membership secretary Joe Riley on 96 572 5787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. New bowlers are welcome and introductory coaching is available.
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New Owners for The Stone Horse, Benijófar Victor and Lorraine Peetoom are really excited to announce that they are the new owners of Restaurant "The Stone Horse" in Benijófar. The restaurant is tucked away just off the main road in Benijófar in the walkway between Prodent Dental Clinic and Vincent Real Estate. All being well, the plan is to open from the 5th of December. The restaurant will open on Tuesdays from 10am for coffee, homemade cake, lightbites and refreshments, after visiting the Benijófar market. Furthermore the restaurant will open for lunch, Tuesday to Friday from 12pm until 4.30pm. They will serve a regular changing 3 course menu included a drink for 8.95€. During the day you can also choose from their international tapas menu, or choose a tapas platter for 2 for only 20€. The Stone Horse will be open for dinner, Tuesday to Saturday from 6 pm, serving a regular changing 3 course menu for 13,95€. This includes a complimentary soup and fresh bread. You can also choose from an extensive a la carte menu. You can find more information on their Facebook page Restaurant The Stone Horse Benijófar. Restaurant The Stone Horse is also open for Christmas. Christmas Eve, a special 4 course menu will be served from 6pm for 22,95€ including a glass of cava and half a bottle of wine p.p. Christmas Day reception will be from 6.30pm with cava and canapés and a special 4 course choice menu will be served from 7.30pm for 32,95€ p.p. On Boxing Day, they present an extensive buffet from 2pm until 6pm for 18,95€ p.p. Reservation for these days is required. You will find the Christmas menu's on the facebook page: Restaurant The Stone Horse Benijófar or contact them on 694 498 072. Find The Stone Horse on Calle Federico Garcia Lorca 45, Benijòfar.
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Book Review by Ivor Kindle Book Title: Notes from a small Island Author: Bill Bryson Publisher: Transworld Who would have thought that an American from Des Moines Iowa could not only write so passionately about Britain but could also show, via his writing, just how much he loves Britain and its odd ball ways and mannerisms. The book is written as a travelogue tour around Britain as a final reminder to the author of the Britain he loves as he and his family plan to move back to the U.S.A. Humour and witty insights coupled with an informative dialogue help this book bring Britain to life. If you want some light informative reading this is the book for you. I have seen this book for sale on many of our local market book stalls and charity shops so it should not be too difficult to find.
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Fratelli's Italian Restaurant in BenjiĂłfar Plaza has been delighting diners with their superb traditional, regional Italian food since they opened in 2006, and is always a popular venue with residents and holidaymakers. An early bird special is available from 6pm to 7.30pm where you can select any pizza or pasta for just 9â‚Ź which includes a drink. There is also an Evening Set Menu which consists of 4 courses and a drink for only 16.50â‚Ź and is available Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 10.30pm. Alternatively you can select your mouthwatering meal from the extensive A La Carte menu where choices range from pizza or pasta dishes to steaks and fish dishes, all homemade and cooked fresh to order. Throughout December their Menu de la Noche will be adapted to include Roast Turkey with all the trimmings to get you in the festive spirit, but it is always best to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment. If you prefer to dine at home then take away is available with a 10% discount on orders. Large parties are always catered for making Fratelli's the ideal venue to hold your celebration. For more information call Pino or one of the friendly staff on 96 671 3645.
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STAR concert in aid of ASOKA On Saturday 16th December join our fabulous singers as they hold their 7th Annual Christmas Concert "STAR" in aid of the very deserving ASOKA ANIMAL RESCUE in Orihuela.
The concert starts at 7pm. It's full of wonderfully emotional moments as the rescue looks back over its year of rescuing and rehoming the abandoned animals of the area. Created by Nick Moore it’s full of Christmas classics and wonderful projections. It’s much, much more than a carol concert! Get your tickets on the door: 5€. La Lonja Concert Hall, Calle Aragón, Orihuela 03300. Any enquiries call 692 747 685. Cantabile Ladies Choir: The choir is well into rehearsals for the Christmas season, their first performance being carols at the Old Railway Station, Montebello, 6pm, Friday 1st December. Many carols will be different as well as traditional. They always welcome new members into this friendly, hard working ladies’ choir. Contact: email@example.com. Rehearsals on Fridays, 2.45pm to 5pm at La Siesta Church, Torrevieja. Stagestruck: The Company are still busy raising money via their 'Murder Mystery' nights. So far every performance has been a sellout with proceeds going to various local charities. A review night is planned for the 23rd November showcasing some of the talent contained within the group’s members, at Leaf’s Bar in Torrevieja. For more information about the group call Jenny: 608 129 983. Studio32: The winter show is the stage adaptation of the classic Irving Berlin film 'White Christmas' and will be performed from Wednesday 29th November to Saturday 2nd December at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio. Full details are on their website:- www.studiothirtytwo.org. Reserved seating tickets are now available, priced at 10€ each. Call Philip: 602 474 793 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A View From The Top
Welcome to my monthly column “A view from the top”. Hopefully you will find my rambling readable (maybe even enjoyable). You may agree or you may disagree with my views, I care not. These are my views long held and forged over a life time of work, travel and experience. Now that’s over let’s have a look at what is really winding me up. Off on my Travels.
Those of you who read my monthly diatribe will no doubt be aware of my recent brush with a very big dose of depressive thoughts and feelings. These thoughts were largely due to the seemingly non stop round of funerals that both myself and some of my close circle of friends have attended during the first six months or so of this year. I’m not a depressive person, or so I thought ...however it just gets a bit much when seemingly a friend or close other seems to depart this mortal coil on a near monthly basis. My solution was a bit of self doctoring ....what you need is a break ...quick consultation with the wife and before you can spell consultation she has me booked on a flight back to blighty… “Oh and while you are there (says she) you can deliver all these Christmas presents and save me the postage”. The day for the journey arrives and off we set to the airport. Now although I have flown many, many times flying still does not sit well with me. All that carting luggage about ...all that security ...all that taking you shoes off in public and all
that confiscation of Marmite and other delights that must make the life of an airport security person absolute heaven. Through security this time without a hitch ...er indoors had packed the bag so the error had been taken out of my hands. Coffee at Alicante before boarding ...no tostada or croissant as I was determined to break my fast on the plane. The plane arrived a good 30 minutes early so we were also boarded early. As I got onto the aircraft I mentioned to the young cabin crew member “you are early” “Strong tailwind” he replied, “due to storm Brian we got here (Gatwick to Alicante) in one hour and forty minutes”...he then said in a hushed tone “The pilot flew it (the plane) like he had nicked it”. A loud chuckle from me as I sauntered down the cabin and took my seat toward the rear of the plane. All ready for the off and the pilot comes on the tannoy and announces that because of the tailwind ...which is now a headwind, our journey time back to Gatwick will be in the region of two and a half hours. Now settled in my seat after the terror that is take off, I am eagerly awaiting the service trolley to make its way down the aisle, with stomach almost growling when the trolley arrives at my seat. “Anything we can get you from the trolley?” “Yes please,” I reply… “A coffee and a toasted cheese and ham sandwich”. “Sorry no sandwiches” is the reply. “Ok, an orange juice and a croissant would be nice.” “Maybe it would,” comes the reply “but we are out of those items as well”. Now, I always like to have red wine and cheese crisps for breakfast, so that is what I had!
Into Gatwick and onto the hell that is Network Rail in a storm. “A single to Southwick (Sussex)” I ask the ticket man... “Where is that?” he asks … “Sussex” say I. After a struggle he comes up with “32 pounds please” “That is not right?” I question… “it’s about half an hour away”, “Oh that Southwick!” Fourteen pounds later I am directed onto the wrong train by the platform attendant and I am enjoying the sights and sounds of Brighton station!
QF Focus Magazine After a brief exchange of words with the forces of law and order viz Network Rail ticket inspectors - I am safely encamped with my daughter in Southwick, at no extra cost I am pleased to say. One small victory for the common man (or woman). Several days later storm Brian has passed only soaking me the once, and I am again returning to the rail network this time as I journey from Southwick to Havant (Hampshire). I ask Geoff, the ticket man, for a single to Havant to which he replies “Not coming back?” “No” say I. “OK” says Geoff “awful place Havant”. So nice to know that Geoff, apart from selling train tickets, also passes an opinion on your choice of travel destination ...oh, I know his name is Geoff because he has a badge that says ‘Geoff’ on it. Alight at Havant and as quickly as possible leave the mainland to journey onto Hayling Island... across the road bridge and into a sort of land that time forgot. Myself and the family spent many happy years living on Hayling rearing the kids whilst I battled to London on a daily commute. Strangely at a job interview many years ago, the interviewer asked me where I lived. When I replied Hayling Island he said “Is that where the women all have beards?”...I let the comment pass on the sure certainty that I had the job ...being a trained interviewer I knew it was something you would never say to a failed applicant. Was I right? Of course I was. The week on Hayling was like many weeks on Hayling in the Autumn. Showery and misty with the occasional burst of sunlight. However, Hayling strangely is at its best when the weather is wild and windy. The sea breeze is always refreshing and the wildness of its seafront is a natural joy of nature. Of course coupled with the fact that several decent pubs selling several decent ales make weather watching from within a pub an almost unique Hayling experience. The Royal Oak on Langstone Harbour to name but one. Great week with a truly great mate and it’s time to fly home.
Page 19 Impossible of course not to have another run in with British/ Network/ Southern Rail or whatever they are actually called ...when something goes wrong it seems to me that they hide behind one of the aforementioned names to shift the blame. Anyway I board the 8.01 train… Havant to Gatwick airport… The train arrives late and proceeds to follow a strange looking leaf sweeping train up the track toward Gatwick ...now late trains and flight departure times are not timings that mix easily. Who on earth sent out a slow leaf sweeping train ahead of a train full of people going to an airport? You've guessed ...British/ Network/ Southern rail did... not only did they organise that gremlin, but by way of an encore the train to the airport had no apparent luggage space apart from the overhead rack that many people (me included) simply could not lift our baggage up and onto ...this in turn resulting in people asking “Could you move your bag?” so they could sit down. How bl**dy stupid - a train that stops at a massive airport like Gatwick does not have adequate capacity to accommodate both passengers and their luggage in comfort. All went well at the airport ...in fact I found the self baggage check-in to be faster and easier to use than I had expected. Off to Alicante and home...my revenge was to not buy anything on the return (Easyjet) flight ...although I was hungry ...that showed them ...they cannot mess with me! Rushed home and had a sandwich.... sunny ...warm and bright. I love this place.
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Recipes by Pushpa from the Spice Hut Curried duck 1 (5lb) large duck, cut into pieces 4 tbsp of oil 1 tspn madras curry powder 2 tspn of garlic paste 2 tspn ginger paste 6 cloves crushed 1 tspn black pepper, ground 1/4 pint of vinegar Salt as required 1 tspn sugar Small green pepper, finely chopped Small onion, finely chopped Little water Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan and fry onions until golden brown, add garlic and ginger paste and mix in for few seconds, then add curry powder, black pepper, vinegar, and salt, sugar and mix well. Add the duck pieces, cover all the pieces and leave to marinate in a cold place for 3 hours. Take out the duck, heat the marinade to a high heat, add more oil if required and then add the duck and brown it off. Add a little water and green pepper and let it simmer on a low heat for 1 hour or until it is cooked. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy
The Spice Hut Quesada. Tel. 96 673 1063 or visit www.spicehutspain.com.
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RayZ Sports Bar & Eatery in El Raso The perfect place to meet friends, unwind from work or just to relax! Matt, Jean, Ann and Tony welcome you to RayZ Bar Christmas Day lunch in El Raso. Under New Management we have some exciting things happening over the next few months, including some refurbishments so keep an eye on the website www.rayzbar.com and register for our newsletter to keep updated. See Rayz Bar advert below for more information.
Did you know - autumn facts Those who live closest to the equator never experience the season of autumn. Around the equator, the temperature remains consistently warm. Yellow, orange and variations thereof always reside in the pigmentation of tree leaves, but they are overpowered by the abundance of green from the chlorophyll in the leaves. Come autumn, when the sun weakens and days grow shorter, the amount of chlorophyll in leaves diminishes, allowing the other pigments in the leaves to show through.
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Language exchange between Spaniards and Foreign Residents
For the fifth year in a row, Rojales Town Hall is promoting a language exchange programme among Spaniards who are learning a foreign language and foreign residents who are learning the Spanish language and culture.
People interested can join this programme (no deadline) by filling in a form at the Municipal Centre of Ciudad Quesada or in Rojales Town Hall. The language exchange can be held at the Ciudad Quesada Cultural Centre. This language exchange consists in talking half of the time in Spanish and the other half in the chosen foreign language. This programme also wants to promote and help integration between foreign residents and Spanish locals. A further step for social integration.
Almoradi Scrabble Club News "TAPAS" was the menu of the afternoon for the Almoradi Scrabble Club players this month. Favourites (that is words that were played relating to Tapas) were "Salad", "Plate" and "Bar" . Duncan received a bottle of wine for his word "Plate" scoring 23 points. It was great to welcome four new players to the club with some high scoring words from Terry and Linda - players to watch! But it was Susan (sister of Christine and Marion) who had the highest scoring game of the afternoon with 399 points. The next gathering will be on Tuesday 28th November at Cafe Almoradi (opposite the Health Centre) starting at 3.30pm prompt. If you can solve the following anagram relating to Tapas, then we definitely invite you to join: SIICENU. For further information please contact Christine Watkins on 694 437 698.
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ARIES You are confident that a decision you made was the right one at the time so why are you doubting yourself now. Hindsight is not always right. You know that you would still make the same decision again so stick to it, you'll see it was right soon enough. TAURUS Try not to over indulge in things, especially on the run up to Christmas. You really do not need half of the stuff and neither does anyone else you are buying it for. Stop and think before pulling out your purse. GEMINI You are feeling good about life at the moment and everything seems to be falling into place for a good end to the year. Don't expect everyone to be feeling the same, be sensitive. CANCER Your social life is going to be moving up a notch on the build up to Christmas so make sure you are well rested or you will be suffering before you even get started. LEO You are being encouraged to go a bit further out of your comfort zone than you are happy with. Don't worry, they have got your back and are there to support you all the way. It will give you such a sense of achievement you will want to do it all over again. VIRGO You are finding it hard to concentrate even on the small things and just want to break away from all these pressures. Regroup, have a couple of days rest time, be pampered and things will be clearer.
LIBRA Stop the indecision, find out the facts and move forward with more commitment. Make sure everyone around you is pulling their weight and if not let them know how you feel about them making you all this extra work. SCORPIO You can't help yourself, you have been quiet for a long time and now it really needs to be said. That doesn't mean to say you have to be nasty with it, do it tactfully and they will understand. SAGITTARIUS You are in need of pampering and want to share the experience with someone close as they deserve it too. Feeling refreshed you will be ready to take on just about anything. CAPRICORN Someone wants to spoil you and although you would love to say yes and feel that you have deserved it, you know that it is just not worth the hassle you will face afterwards. Just knowing they want to makes you feel appreciated. AQUARIUS You are thinking more about family the closer it gets to Christmas. Don't spoil it for yourself and others, think about how you want to handle it and then do something rather than keep regretting. PISCES The plans are starting and everyone is pulling together for once. Don't worry if it all starts getting a bit frantic, it will come together in the end. If you lose a few and gain a few more then so be it, the outcome will be fantastic for all involved.
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QF Focus Magazine Una cita con el médico - An appointment at the doctors Last month we looked at the G to M of Spanish words that you might use at the Doctors, this month we move on to the N to R....... Hopefully you will never need to use any of these words but may be useful one day. There are 26 Spanish words (listed in blue). Remember words can go up, down, across, diagonally and even backwards and to make it harder, some letters will have been used more than once.
N O P Q R
NACIMIENTO - BIRTH NERVIOS - NERVES NEUMONÍA - PNEUMONIA NUTRICIÓN - NUTRITION OFTALMÓLOGO - OPTHALMOLOGIST OPERACIÓN - OPERATION ORINA - URINE PASTILLA - TABLET PEDIATRA - PEDIATRICIAN PESO - WEIGHT PICADURA - BITE PINZAS - TWEEZERS POMADA - OINTMENT PRESIÓN - PRESSURE PULMÓN - LUNG PULSO - PULSE PUNTOS - STITCHES PUS - PUS QUEMAR - BURN QUISTE - CYST RADIOGRAFÍA - X-RAY RECETA - PRESCRIPTION RESFRIADO - COLD/ CHILLS RESPIRACIÓN - BREATHING RESPIRAR - BREATHE RIÑONES - KIDNEYS
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Chulo is a grey gelding of approximately 12 years of age. He is an extremely gentle and loving horse around people, with a very kind nature. He can only be ridden lightly, and can become aggressive around other stallions which is why he lives happily with a group of females in our centre. Interested in giving Chulo a forever home? Call 652 021 980 or email email@example.com.
Jabba is a very friendly young male who loves his food. He is not used to children so would prefer a quieter home to live in. He is a real character and will talk to you quite happily when he gets used to you. If you are able to give Jabba a home, then please call 600 845 420. www.k9club.es.
Pets in Spain. Simba is a 2 year old Galgo, he is house trained, good with children and other dogs and very affectionate. Simba is chipped and weighs around 20kgs. Call: 645 469 253. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To view more animals for adoption go to www.petsinspain.com. Calling all charities - let us know about your forthcoming events and animals for adoption. See page 4 for contact details.
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Spot the difference -
See if you can spot all 10 differences
SUDOKU Here are two Sudoku puzzles of different skill levels for you to try. Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3 x 3 grid contains the digits 1 through to 9 with no repeats, which means that no number is repeated in any row, column or box. Answers to puzzles on page 30
Forthcoming Events By Keith Nicol While the sun stills shines, temperatures are dropping, the clocks have been set back an hour and Christmas is in the air. Football fans of CD Torrevieja have three home games to enjoy before Christmas at the Vicente Garcia Stadium, with the expected kick-off time being 5pm. On 26th November they play Calpe CF. Into December and they have two weeks at home in succession: the 10th against Villajoyosa CF and the 17th verses Elda Industrial CF. More information from the Torry Army website: www.torryarmy.net or clubdeportivotorrevieja.com. CD Montesinos are playing in Regional One this season and they also have three home games before Christmas. First up will be an interesting local derby on 19th November verses Torrevieja CF, then away on the 26th at CD Dolores; onto 3rd December at home to CD Cox and on the 17th against Racing San Miguel. During the winter the Rojales Craft Market, the monthly Craft Market at the Cuevas del Rodeo in Rojales, is open on the 1st Sunday of each month in the morning from 11am to 2pm. It’s is a fun place to visit if you are looking for a small gift, piece of art or decoration. Local artists put their work on display along with other craft works to browse and enjoy. Also on the 1st Sunday of each month is the Ace Cafe Classic Car event, on the street outside La Torre Hotel in Los Montesinos from 11am to 1pm. Torrevieja Christian Fellowship (TCF) is holding their Annual
QF Focus Magazine Christmas Fair at TCF, Avenida de la Cortes Valencianas, 68, 03183 on Saturday 25th November between 1pm and 3.30pm. Their Craft Club have made beautiful inexpensive gifts for Christmas, including jewellery, hand-made cards, knitted goods and embroidery. There will also be home baked items, toiletries and bric-a-brac stalls. Refreshments are available. Bring your family and friends. Crescendo International Choir is performing on Sunday 19th November at El Paraiso at 4pm. This is their own fund-raising concert and they look forward to serenading you and asking you to join in with their celebrations. The following week they are at The Hotel, Campoamor Golf Club on 25th November in aid of the Pink Ladies from 7pm. More information visit:www.crescendo-choir.com. They are also on the lookout for male voices. A new weekly Car Boot Sale has started up in Pilar de la Horadada, every Sunday, on the site of the existing popular market. It’s also boosted in popularity once a month with a display of classic and exotic cars and bikes. This monthly display takes place on 26th November and again on 17th December. You’ll discover BBQ, food and drinks, kids play area, market stalls, music show and plenty of surprises. Call 689 762 990 for more information. Another fun and unusual event for kids of all ages is the Torrellano Miniature Steam Train. It is run by the friends of the railways association and so is normally only open on Saturdays between 4pm and 8pm with Miniature Train Rides during February and March on the 2nd Sunday from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Every month the Friends of the Railways Association host a miniature train event at the railway museum in Torrellano. Donations of 1.50€ per visit are requested. The Christmas Concert given by the Costa’s leading chamber chorus IN HARMONY, conducted by Nigel Hopkins - will take place on Sunday 10th December at 7.30pm at La Zenia church, just off La Zenia roundabout. This year you get an extra bonus as the concert will include the Christmas music from Handel’s MESSIAH, and will include soloists Verity Hall, Mary Beer and Nigel Hopkins. With many new or different Christmas songs and carols, as well as plenty of audience participation in traditional carols, the programme will suit all tastes and give a true start to your Christmas festivities and celebrations. They also are proud to announce a new member, top professional singer Maria Lyn, who will entertain with her own brand of Christmas cheer. Tickets (€10) are available from La Ponderosa Gift Shop at La Zenia (next to Consum supermarket) but are limited - so book early to avoid possible disappointment. Staying with culture, on 3rd December at 7pm in the Auditorio Internacional De Torrevieja, Torrevieja Symphony Orchestra will perform JS Bach Aria (suite in D), A. Vivaldi 4 Seasons (Spring and Summer) and WA Mozart Sinfonia 41 (Jupiter) along with Soloist Stanislav Tchak. More info: orquestasinfonicadetorrevieja.com.
QF Focus Magazine Looking to do a bit of pre-December Christmas shopping, then Friday 25th November is the date to watch out for: that infamous Black Friday. According their their website: the best discounts of Black Friday are at Habaneras mall of Torrevieja and this year, you have the chance of winning a host of prizes with your purchases. Enjoy the best discounts during the whole weekend at all the shops at the Habaneras and participate in the great draw on CYBERMONDAY. During the weekend validate your purchases at the Customer Service point at Habaneras. For every 20€ validated, you will receive a coupon for the draw that will take place on Monday 27th November.
Ayuntamiento de Rojales If you are not registered, an important person is missing Rojales, as other municilapities in Alicante Province, is experiencing
Everyone who visits Habaneras during the weekend can enjoy a champagne and chocolate tasting session, as well as music, dancing and live spectacles. Additionally, there will be set a fantastic photocall- Magazine “Cheap and Chic”, where you can take a picture of that unforgettable moment during the Black Friday Shopping Day. From 23rd November to 3rd December (Thursday to Sunday) you can also enjoy one of Torrevieja’s most successful innovations the Tapas Route, which is run twice a year around the city centre. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon or evening, touring the centre of Torrevieja and discovering some of the hidden delights of the city. All participants can vote for their favourite Tapa, and in doing so, after you have collected 10 official stamps on the Tapas Route Card, be entered into a prize draw for a number of great prizes. A great event that many other local communities have also copied, and it is a success wherever it is held. Want to get fast and furious on your motorbike, then you may just have time for the Cartgena Circuit Track day, from 20th November - 22nd November. The team from Motocraft in Ireland provide a full track day. They are the first Irish company to offer a full specialist service facilitating riders who wish to take to the track in mainland Europe. More info: www.motorcraft.ie.
We try to ensure that all information on forthcoming events is correct. We advise you to check any information as there are sometimes last minute changes or cancellations which are out of our control.
The Association Of Retired Police Officers (known as ARPO). Retired police officers from any national or international force are very welcome to join our group. We meet every 2nd Wednesday at Sacko’s Bar, El Limonar at 10:30 We are a social and self help group and look forward to meeting new members and their partners. For information and forthcoming events, www.arpo.org.co.uk. Torrevieja Christian Fellowship is a lively English speaking church located at Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68,Torrevieja 03183. Residents and holiday makers are welcome to attend our services every Sunday at 10:30 with communion and “kids church”. Wednesday Fellowship meetings (Bible Study) starting at 18:00. For further information see our website www.tcf-spain.org or tel: 96 670 0391. Crime Watch Spain (Vecinos Colaborando) Reg. VG – 08261/2002 advise the community citizens about security matters and help them to report any incidents in their communities to the authorities to try to keep out any intruders. For more information please email: email@example.com. F.A.B. or Friends After Bereavement meet on a Saturday at the La Laguna hotel, Quesada at 13:45. We are a friendly group who meet up, chat, and spend days out together helping people to re-start their lives after the death of a partner. We are not in the least morbid, just a cheerful bunch who support each other through difficult times. Royal British Legion, Gran Alacant & La Marina Branch meets on the first Monday of the month at 18:00 at La Taberna - next to the Monte Mar Bowls Club & Restaurant, Plaza Mayor (Masa Square), Gran Alacant. New members are always welcome, and remember, You do NOT have to be Ex-Services to join us. Further details and/or directions from Robin 96 669 5423 or Brian 639 917 971. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We are Torrevieja Maritime Association and our aim is to “Stimulate and maintain interest in maritime activities in the Torrevieja area among people of all nationalities”. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Casa de Galicia in El Chaparral, Torrevieja and can be contacted at email@example.com or via our Facebook site, Torrevieja Maritime Association. The Royal Naval Association, Torrevieja Branch meet on the first Wednesday of every month at Bar/Restaurante El Paraiso near Carrefour, Torrevieja at 17:00 and remember you don’t have to have served in the Royal Navy to become a member. We look forward to seeing you soon! If you would like to join the ship mates or just find out more please phone Chairman Paul Edwards on 618 644 934, Vice Chairman Danny Kay on 96 671 6274 or Secretary Margaret Forshaw on 96 692 1996. Almoradi scrabble club. The club meets at Cafe Almoradi, Calle Major 91 on the last Tuesday of the month from 15:30. We really want to extend our membership. If you are interested please come and join us, or for more information call 694 437 698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Aircrew Association Costa Blanca. Former and serving aircrew of the UK or Allied Armed Forces are very welcome to join this convivial and friendly organisation, now in its 29th year. Details from the Secretary on: 96 640 4123. Bettas Torrevieja RFC new rugby club, based on traditional ethics, respect, training by the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Wednesdays and Sundays 20.30-22.00 contact Javi on 603 727 179 for more information. Catral’s writers / cultural group. If you like to write, talk or read about cultural issues you are coming to the right starting group every Wednesday in Catral, Vega Baja. Interested? Please email J. Rivero on email@example.com.
Calling all groups and charities Send your forthcoming events and information to firstname.lastname@example.org. See page 4 for deadlines
Answers to Sudoku & Spot the Difference
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6 Man Team Time Trials Murcia 2017 On Saturday 28th October 2017, six of us left the shop at 7am to travel to Ulea in Murcia to take part in our first ever Team Time Trial which is hosted annually by the La Purisima cycling club from Barriomar. We arrived in Ulea at 8am and proceeded to have the traditional coffee and tostada which helps to get the engine going first thing in the morning. We have never done a 6 man time trial before as none of us really enjoyed time trialling, after our light breakfast we proceeded to the start line which was just outside Ulea on an old camino road which ran parallel to the Murcia/ Albacete dual carriageway. We met the other teams and were told that we would be the fifth team to start, after preparing our bikes and having a 10 mile warm-up we were ready for the off. Harry Morrow our mechanic was so excited that he was on the computer most days studying the course, he could tell us how many manhole covers there were on route, how many culverts there were and how many potholes there were and I’m glad he had memorised the route. It was soon our turn to start and we went straight into a 3km climb of approx. 5-7% which was a pretty tough start and really got the heart pumping. We all did approx. 250-350 metres on the front before dropping off to the back and continued doing this all the way to the halfway point where Harry our navigator told us to take a right off the slip road, round the roundabout and back as we had covered exactly 11.2km as per the route. We turned around and went racing back towards the start line, the steep climb that we had in the beginning was now a magic downhill allowing us to hit speeds of up to 60km per hour. We finished in a good time and were delighted with our achievement. It wasn’t until all the teams were back that we were told that we had won with a couple of the teams misjudging the course and turning at the wrong point. We were absolutely delighted with this result for our first ever team time trial and are now looking forward to entering two teams next year. Our team all ride together every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and are all good friends, the team consisted of Gary Routledge, Steve Buckley, Paul Cameron, Harry Morrow, Dom TJ and Joe Laverick who is only 16 and is the English Junior Time Trials Champion. After the event we were invited back to a restaurant just outside Murcia for the prize giving and for a superb lunch Spanish style, needless to say a great day was had by all. Team “Cyclogical” meet every Tuesday and Thursday nights at 5.30pm and Sunday mornings at 8am and cover between 90 and 120kms at a moderate to fast pace so if you fancy a challenge come along and join us. Looking to improve your fitness, riding ability and speed and also have a new group of friends to train with then why not come along and give it a try or call Gary on 637 487 377.
Published on Nov 11, 2017