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Issue 5 Jan/Feb 2009


Traders Directory

Murcia – Cradle of Spanish Military Flying by Phillip Bruce - see page 10

and Index on page 23

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Dia y Noche

Sunday Carvery now available lunchtime & evening

Restaurant & Bar - La Manga Strip

See our Valentines ad on the back page


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Property management Long term rentals Holiday lets Key holding Property sales Off plan property sales Snagging reports

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With three offices in the region of Murcia offering a flexible and professional service for all your property needs Murcia Villas La Torre 968 137 372 699 568 062

Murcia Villas La Manga 968 137 372 619 415 561

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Fully qualified engineers

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all your favourite clothes, M&S, BHS, Wallis, Evans and many more In store is a huge selection of Lingerie with over 1,000 bra’s, so, ladies - come along, we are bound to have one for you!


We also have a great selection of swimwear one piece & two piece.


Check out our stock of cards for Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary, Christening and many more for all occasions. Sunglasses for the daytime - Glamstraps for those evenings out. OPEN

10am - 2pm Monday - Saturday Tel: 660 284 970 - or email:


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Happy New Year from Mar Menor Focus, the magazine for the Mar Menor coastal area, Welcome to our first edition for 2009 We thank our readers for their suggestions and contributions - with your help we can continue to make the magazine informative and interesting for everyone. Our website has everything in the magazine, and more! Every edition is archived, so you can always refer back - check it out on We now offer low cost banner advertising on our website, also budget webdesign & hosting. Distribution points include: Bars, Restaurants, Golf Clubs, Shops, Estate Agents, Tourist Offices, Post Rooms, Tabacs, Supermarkets and more, throughout the Mar Menor area, coastal and inland.

Advertising Rates Full page Colour €120 - Mono €70 Half page Colour €65 - Mono €40 Quarter page Colour €38 - Mono €25 Special Positions (full colour) Front Box or Banner, Back Page Inside Back / Inside Front page Phone or email for prices Tel: Bob on: 968 145 572 - email:

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We can use artwork provided by you, or design your advert using text & images approved by you. (there is a minimal standard origination charge of €10 for this service) Prepayments for 3, 6 & 12 months will qualify for 5%, 10% and 15% discounts respectively. All prices quoted are subject to IVA @ 16%. Our deadline for adverts, to ensure insertion in the next issue is the 20th of the month. Payment, in full, is required prior to the advertising deadline. Disclaimer: ‘Mar Menor Focus’ does not accept responsibility for the standard of goods or services given by it’s advertisers and does not endorse, unless stated otherwise, any company or individual published in the magazine, or any views or opinions expressed in any articles. ALL THE ADVERTISEMENTS designed by the Mar Menor Focus magazine for use in its publication remain the property of Mar Menor Focus and may NOT be reproduced in any other publication without our prior written consent Published by Robert McKinley, C/Himilce, Cartagena, Murcia 30385. X5128759N.


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Carrying out treatments including -

Semi Permanant Make Up Eyebrows, lip liners, & eye liners, wake up with perfect make-up, lasts up to 5 years Wrinkle Fillers Get rid of smoking lines & kiss thin lips goodbye Radiesse Dermal filler for deep laughter lines and facial contouring Skin Peels For younger looking skin and uneven pigmentation Spider Vein Removal on the Legs Treatment with sclerotherapy Localised Fat & Cellulite Reduction with mesotherapy

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Tel: Julie 697 363 469 Lou 638 300 656 Open Tues - Fri 10 - 4, Sat 10 - 2 Galerias el Flamenco, 26 Gran Via, Exit 40, La Manga del Mar Menor (behind Zocos)


Dr Helena Benson

is the director of the Advanced Beauty Clinic in London established in 1998. She is a member of the Dental, Facial and Aesthetic Association, Network-Lipolysis and International Institute for Anti-aging. Dr Benson is a regular guest on radio talk shows and she is the founder of the London School of Permanent Make-up.

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Anti-ageing Treatments We all know that the secret to beautiful skin starts with a healthy diet, regular exercise and a balanced lifestyle. However, the inevitable effects of ageing combined with the additional factors of sun exposure, smoking, poor diet and stress all eventually take their toll. With the accumulative affects of ever-faster life styles, less than ideal health and diet regimes, and the stresses and strains of every day life, deterioration in the condition of your skin cannot be entirely blamed on ageing. Facial rejuvenation without surgery may be the best alternative to invasive therapy. Treatments with wrinkle fillers can become part of your grooming routine, like going to the hairdresser or doing your nails. Line & wrinkle treatments have been used as cosmetic treatments since the late 1980's, revolutionising the cosmetic industry, due to its remarkable results combined with very few risks and no recovery time. Wrinkle Relaxing injections have been used to treat millions of patients worldwide and is the world's most popular Non Surgical treatment. For more information or to make your appointment, call now on 697 363 469 or 638 300 656


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Murcia Villas SL is the number 1 for Property Management, Sales and Lettings in the Costa Calida area of Spain. We are the only company in the Region to offer our clients a "one stop shop" for the purchase, management and letting of their property. An unrivalled, dedicated marketing team ensures that the maximum potential is achieved for each and every property managed by the Murcia Villas group. Our Management and maintenance teams are on hand to make sure that the process of property management and maintenance is seamless and painless and caters for our clients property needs.

learn. Our property maintenance team are on hand to help with maintenance issues and our bilingual staff can assist with matters that need fluent Spanish.

With three existing busy offices we are looking now to expand the business further to cope with the demands created by the new Golf Course Resorts which are completing and up and coming in our Region of Murcia.

Holiday lettings and long term rentals alike, we can assess the marketing situation and offer property owners an honest and realistic assessment of their anticipated rental income.

You don't need to speak Spanish to consider this franchise. We are looking for enthusiastic people who want a fantastic work/ life balance. You must be able to move to or to live in Spain to start the franchise and no previous experience is necessary.

Training and Support We provide a full 3 week training course. During this we will visit the other offices to see how their operation is run and at the end of the course we will leave you to run one of the offices for 2 days and deal with the day to day issues. Once you are established and confident in running the business and managing the properties and clients we will have a further 2 days course dedicated to marketing the properties. Until that point the marketing of your properties is done by Head Office until you are confident to take up the reins.

We will provide a full training package with lots of support. With weekly meetings and daily contact, you will have all the help you need to make your new lifestyle in Spain run smoothly and profitably. Our franchise will enable you to work from home or office in Spain and build up a profitable business at an early stage. If you are looking for a new and exciting business opportunity in the wonderful warm climate of Murcia with the added bonus of being recession proof, then we are here to help you. Investment includes everything you'll need to get going: training, marketing promotion and launch. Murcia Villas SL was established in 2002 to manage and let of properties purchased by UK clients in the region of Murcia. Our dedicated systems are easy to use and quick to

Our unique marketing and advertising strategy and experience in this area means that we can deliver the best results and financial returns to our property owners and provide our guests with excellent quality modern accommodation at very reasonable prices. We have developed strategies to provide the owner with more whilst the guest pays less, and all without compromising our commission in the middle.

Daily phone calls, emails and assistance are available from Head office and our bilingual staff. If you are looking for a business which is highly client focused, dealing with people and assisting them with all aspects of their property needs then this could be the opportunity for you. Please contact Hugh or Fiona James on 0034 630 877 887 or by email for a prospectus and further information

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Cocktail Corner Recipe courtesy of Q-bar,

La Manga Club, Tel: 968 175 317

Zombie This potent cocktail was probably invented by Don Beach of Hollywoods Don the Beachcomber restaurant, allegedly to revive the spirits of a regular who claimed he felt like the living dead! Ingredients z cracked ice cubes z 25ml white rum z 25ml white rum z 12.5 ml golden rum z 12.5ml apricot brandy z 50ml pineapple juice z 1/2 lime juice z 2 tspns caster sugar z kiwi fruit & pineapple wedge, z cocktail cherry z powdered sugar Method Put ice in cocktail shaker, add the rums, apricot brandy, lime juice, pineapple juice and sugar and shake to mix. Pour into a chilled old fashioned glass without straining. To decorate, spear the kiwi fruit, cherry and pineapple with a cocktail stick and place it across the top of the glass. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top and serve.

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Murcia – The Cradle of Spanish Military Flying

by Phillip Bruce

The Murcia region has a distinguished presence in the history of Spanish military flying. In fact, the region is described as the “cradle” of the Spanish Air Force. Flying started at the end of the 19th century with exhibitions by balloonists at the bull rings of the region and from then onwards may towns and other areas played a part in the history of Spanish aviation. The Spanish Air Force had a presence at Los Alcázares, on the shores of the inland sea, the Mar Menor, since 1915 when it operated flying boats. A major base developed at San Javier, nearby, and in 1943 this became the home of the Academy General of the Air, which still trains pilots, crew and other personnel.

Distinguished students include His Majesty King Juan Carlos, who studied from September 1958 to July 1959 and received his wings at the July 15, 1959, graduation ceremony. His Royal Highness Prince Felipe de Borbon, studied at the academy during the 1987/88 academic year and was commissioned as a Lieutenant on July 10, 1989. Alcantarilla, a little to the southwest of Murcia City, is known to generations of Spanish parachutists who have trained there at the Military

Parachute School, which dates back to 1947. This is still very active. The town of Totana is home to Number 13 A i r Reconnaissance Squadron. However, military aircraft have been seen in the skies at one time or another at many other places around Murcia. Cieza, Fuente Alamo, Lorca, El Palmar, La Aparecida and El Carmoli are amongst the places that have played a part in the history of military aviation. Against this background, the Spanish Air Force also has a great debt to the region of Murcia as home to Juan de La Cierva, one of the greatest figures in aeronautical engineering in the world. The design of the helicopter was based on his autogiro, developed during vacations in Verdolay. During 2006 the Spanish Air Force paid tribute to Murcia, and celebrated with an extensive programme of aeronautical activities under the title Murcia – Our Cradle.

Photos and article courtesy of Phillip Bruce find out more at

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Ardly Arrods Largest Buyers & Sellers of Quality Used Furniture. House Clearances & Removals Baby Hire: Cots, Safety Gates, Pushchairs, Car Seats Office space available, Secure storage space available Bob and Caron,

00 34 968 136 501 00 34 626 253 569 Ctra Cabo de Palos Km 1, El Algar La Manga, Cartagena, 30366

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Time to join any Spanish activity A primeros de enero es el momento cuando casi todas las actividades empiezan otra vez, como clases de baile, gimnasio, natación, etc Now it´s the time to start any Spanish activity such as dancing, gymnasium, swimming, yoga,etc, Imagine that you want to get fit, then you have to go to your local POLIDEPORTIVO.

Example of a useful dialogue to join any activity: You:

Hola buenos dias, quiero apuntarme al gimnasio = I´d like to join the gym.


Si, digame. ¿En que puedo ayudarle? = How can I help you?


¿Cuánto cuesta la matricula ? = How much is the registration fee?


Ahora en enero es gratuita = now in January registration is free.


¿Cuánto cuesta al mes ? = How much is it per month?


Son 60 Euros al mes = 60 Euros per month


¿Que tipo de clases ofrecéis? = What classes do you have?


Tenemos aeróbic, mantenimiento, musculación, yoga, pilates ect = we have aerobics, maintenance, muscle training etc

You: Recepcionista: You:

Me puedes dar un programa con todas las actividades y los horarios= Can I have your program with all the activities and the timetable? Aqui lo tiene= here it is. Muchas gracias. tengo que ver el programa y ya les llamaré. = Thank you. I will look at the program then I will call you.

Just choose any activity and you will be learning Spanish at the same time, in any activity you will be meeting Spanish people. OS DESEO UN PROSPERO AÑO NUEVO = I WISH YOU A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR. If one of your New Year resolutions for 2009 is to learn Spanish, please let me help you. I will start to work again on the 7th January 2009.

NEW ONE-TO-ONE IMMERSION COURSE AVAILABLE If you are interested please contact me on: phone : 968 546 859 / 678 936 110 or email me on:, website: Maria Linares Spanish teacher


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What arre yourr new yearr'ss ressolutionss? To get in shape and starrt taking carre off yourrselvess a little morre?? Well we thought we'd give you a little inspiration by asking 2 Mar Menor Focus readers to attend a day of fitness and pampering courtesy of the health & beauty experts. Here's how they got on:It's years since we've stepped foot in a gym or beauty salon, but we felt instantly relaxed with the lovely staff at Shape & Tone and Revive Health & Beauty in Los Alcazares.

First up was the hard work. After a full consultation with Paul & Charlotte the owners of Shape & Tone they explained that we were to complete a circuit on the toning tables, 6 power assisted tables each lasting 5 minutes. A full body work out in just half an hour, perfect. Each table tightens & tones different muscle groups, resulting in increased mobility, healthier body and the best bit - inch loss. It's not unusual to lose up to 10" after a course of 12. I particularly liked the tummy crunch table, 80 sit ups in 5 minutes and completely effortless. Next up were the power plates or 'Wobbler' each 10 minute session is equivalent to an hour gym session, burns around 250 calories, improves circulation, breaks down fat & cellulite and improves balance. My husband is a keen golfer and has found that he has increased his core muscles and added greater lower body stability which has improved his golf game, to his surprise & delight.

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Next up was the relaxation. Sarah the therapist recommended a Dermalogica facial. Tucked up on the couch I was treated to a fabulous treatment. As my skin was slightly dehydrated, I had a deep moisturising treatment using the amazing Caci Future - Tec system unique to the Mar Menor area, I was informed that Sarah is also a registered Caci nonsurgical face lifting therapist, something I'm definitely going to consider in the future. As my husband suffers terribly with sinus pain and trapped ear wax, he went for the Hopi ear candle treatment, a natural, painless way of syringing the ears combined with a Thai back & shoulder massage, which he described as "simply amazing". A great day, we felt fantastic and signed up for our Shape & Tone sessions there & then. Thanks to Mar Menor Focus for a great day‌

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La Manga - Santiago de la Ribera Ferry


winter timetable

La Manga

Tomas maestre

10.30 12.30 14.30 16.30

Santiago de la Ribera 11.30 13.30 15.30 17.30

Monday to Saturday

Local Markets Monday San Pedro del Pinatar Sucina Tuesday Los Belones La Union Pilar de la Horadada Los Alcazeres Mil Palmeras Wednesday Santiago de la Ribera San Javier

San Javier Autocine (car boot sale) Thursday Los Urrutias La palma Torre Pacheco (Balsicas) San Pedro del Pinatar (Lo Pagan) Friday El Algar Llano del Beal Pilar de la Horadada

Saturday Los Alcรกzeres (Los Narejos) Torre Pacheco (Dolores) San Javier Autocine (car boot) Sunday Cabo de Palos Los Nietos San Javier Autocine Torre Pacheco (Roldรกn)


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The aim of the sudoku puzzle is to insert numbers in the boxes so that: each row, column and 3x3 box contain one each of the digits 1 through 9.

Codebreaker A Codebreaker is a crossword puzzle with no clues! Instead, every letter of the alphabet has been replaced by a number, the same number representing the same letter throughout the puzzle. All you have to do is decide which letter is represented by which number! To start you off, we reveal the codes for two or three letters. When these letters have been entered throughout the puzzle, you should have enough information to start guessing words and discovering other letters.


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Dave and Clair wish all their customers a Happy New Year.

Small Breakfast €5.00 Big Breakfast €7.50 Served 11.00 to 1.00pm, Wednesday - Monday (except Sundays)

New Lunchtime & Evening Menus Menú del día Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 3 course served 1pm-3pm 5€ ********* TUESDAY Night is Bingo Bob open at 7.30 eyes down from 9.00pm WEDNESDAY Night 3 Course Menu, €7 plus Free Quiz for diners (€2 per person if not dining)

followed by Race Night on the big screen First prize of €50, plus Booby Prize THURSDAY Night - Steak & Ale Pie Famous FRIDAY Night Freshly battered Cod & Chip night Haddock can be pre ordered also available every lunch time €9.00 SATURDAY Daytime - half fresh roast chicken & chips €6 SUNDAY ROAST served 2pm - 8pm 2 course €10, 3 course €12, with free top ups on meat, veg etc plus free bottle of house wine with any two dining Child price €7 booking advisable Children & Vegetarian Menus available Football shown on our Large Screen TV

Open 11.00am - midnight, Tuesday 7.30 - midnight



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Feeding Cats & Dogs Cats and dogs have different feeding needs and habits, which are important to know, so as to give the very best to our pets. Your dog is in the order carnivora, although as it does eat other foods apart from meats it can be considered to be omnivorous, even though it digests animal proteins better than vegetable proteins. A cat is strictly carnivorous, theoretically only eating meat from the prey it hunts. That is why ‘processed’ or formulated commercial cat foods contain high levels of energy and protein. Cats are much more demanding than dogs when they choose their food and they can ‘fast’ for a long time if it is not to their liking. The sense of smell is fundamental in feeding: a dog sniffs, smells and then swallows its food. It is capable of distinguishing between sweet, salty, bitter or acid food. A dog, contrary to a cat, normally swallows its food without chewing it.

The smell of food is very important for a cat to be ‘attracted’ to it, for this reason the aroma of commercially produced cat food is as important as taste, texture and physical form. Cats drink the same amount of water, regardless of the food they eat or the season – they normally ‘ration’, or control, water consumption, whilst dogs drink a lot more. Cats are not normally so fond of sweet products as dogs, and those little treats, particularly those given to dogs, should only be given sparingly to prevent obesity in your pets. The majority of cats and dogs like the taste of milk, but even though it is a source of calcium, proteins and vitamins, it can cause diarrhoea due to the high lactose content. Finally, a cat’s sense of taste is only slightly developed, compared to man. Whilst man has 9,000 taste buds (and dog has 7,000) a cat has only 470 – that is why the smell of their food is more important than the taste.

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Gala Dinner Dance & Grand Prize Draw A Gala Dinner & Dance, and Grand Prize Draw, will be held on Saturday 14th February at the Hyatt Hotel in La Manga Club, and it is set to be a Valentines night to remember. This is a charitable event, hoping to raise 18,000€ to help pay for medical treatments for Richard Fleming Horner, of the Costa Calida Informer. Richards is well known, and liked by all those who know him. The gala dinner dance has been organised by Peter Clarke, of Legs and Co, Spain. Below is a list of what will happen on the night. Most will agree this should be a wonderful evening, and hopefully the proceeds can be used to hit the target. The tickets are for sale at 40€ each, which as you can see below, is a real bargain. For the Grand prize draw: 10,000 tickets have been printed, to sell at 1€ each. This alone will raise half the target if they are all sold. These are available from various outlets. O 7.00 pm guests arrive O 7.15 Legs & Co. fashion show organised by Zigi O 8.00 3 course dinner with a drink and live music O 9.00 Speech by celebrity (TBC) O 9.30 Auction by Maurice Boland from REM FM O 10.30 Disco This will not be a sad affair, but a really nice night with the emphasis being on Valentines day. The tables are to seat 10 people, and it is hoped that some companies or groups will book a table for 10. There is a strict capacity of 300 seats, so please get in touch asap to reserve your tickets. Companies who would like to donate prizes for the grand prize draw, items to be auctioned, or simply advertise their business on the night, should contact Peter Clarke at Legs & Co. either by email at or telephone on 660170355 Peter will also be happy to tell you the nearest outlet to buy tickets.

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A Chef’s Eye View Hi my name is Andy Taylor and I am Chef/Proprietor at Dia y Noche Restaurant, La Manga. Welcome to the first edition of Chefs Rant for 2009, and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy and of course prosporous New Year from myself and all here at Dia y Noche, we truly hope that your festive period was an enjoyable one and Santa bought you all you wished for.

We are going to kick off the New Year with some "credit crunching" recipes to try and make your money stretch just a little further in these rather worrying times and the first recipe this year is for a blinding Winter Fish Stew, perfect for those on a budget and whats more, its quick and easy to do. Ingredients: 700g/1½lb white fish fillets - whatever is available and looks good, a mixture of fish is fine 500g/1 lb 2oz mussels or clams 350g/12oz cleaned squid, cut into rings (optional, but an excellent addition) 4 shallots, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tbsp coriander seeds 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 x 400g/14oz tins chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato purée 1-2 tbsp sugar 3 tbsp Pernod or Noilly Prat 2 strips dried orange peel (fresh peel will not be as good. To make your own leave some strips of zest to dry on a wire rack for a few days then keep in an airtight jar) 1 chunky sprig of thyme 300ml/½ pint fish stock salt freshly ground black pepper rice or crusty bread, to serve Method: 1. Cut the fish fillets into pieces about 4cm/1.5in across. 2. Scrub the mussels clean, pull away any beards and rinse thoroughly in cold water. Throw away any that have broken shells. 3. Mussels that are gaping open should be tapped firmly on the work surface. If they close up they are fine, but if they remain open discard them. 4. If using clams, rinse thoroughly and discard any that do not close when tapped firmly. 5. Cook the shallots, garlic and coriander seeds gently in the oil until the shallots are tender and translucent. 6. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, sugar, Pernod or Noilly Prat, orange peel, thyme and a little

salt and freshly ground black pepper, simmer down until thick. 7. Stir in the fish stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for two minutes, taste and adjust seasoning. The stew base is now ready. 8. Shortly before you wish to eat, bring the base back to the boil. Add the mussels, cover and cook for about three minutes. 9. Then add the fish and the squid, cover again and simmer gently for a final 2-3 minutes until the mussels or clams have all opened (discard any that stay firmly shut). 10. Serve straight away in large bowls with rice or warm, crusty bread. There you go, quick, simple, wholesome and inexpensive, and as usual a little bit of light humour entitled "Why is fishing better than making love" z When you go fishing and you catch something, that's good. If you're making love and you catch something, that's bad. z Fish don't compare you to other fishermen, and don't want to know how many other fish you caught. z In fishing you lie about the one that got away. In loving you lie about the one you caught. z You can catch and release a fish, you don't have to lie, and promise to still be friends after you let it go. z You don't necessarily have to change your line to keep catching fish. z You can catch a fish on a 20-cent frozen squid. If you want to catch a woman you're talking dinner and a movie minimum. z Fish don't mind if you fall asleep in the middle of fishing. Ok, thats about all for this time folks, Take care till next time Andy

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AIR CONDITIONING Majestic Aircon S.L. AIR CONDITIONING Specialists. 968 137 835 Fax: 968 137 839 email: (page 2)

BARS & RESTAURANTS BAR APICOCO Playa Honda 968 563 958 (Pages 18/19) BAR EL SOL Plaza Cavanna La Manga Strip, 968 563 899 (page 7) BAR LA TAPA Galerias El Flamenco (behind Zoco) 626 937 084 BRAMBLES BAR Playa Honda 610 622 249 DIA y NOCHE Urb Nuevo Puerto Bello 11 968 146 400 (Page 31 & back page) FRESCO BISTRO / FRESCO LOUNGE Opp. Mercadona, Los Alcazeres JAN’S LOUNGE Los belones 968 137 256

Restaurante SAN REMO Plaza Bohemia, La Manga 968 140 813

BEAUTY & NAILS TRANQUILITY Galerias El Flamenco (behind Zoco) 697 363 469 (page 5) REVIVE Health & Beauty Los Alcazares 618 111 398 (page 15) SHAPE & TONE Los Alcazares 661 002 648 (page 15)

CAR DEALERS Specialist Vehicles (GB) Ltd 968 146 158 Confay Motors Ltd 968 539 070

CAR & VAN HIRE IBERCAR La Manga 607 900 655 (page 12)


PADDYWACKS IRISH BAR La Manga Strip 968 563 648

SUNNY PC Los Belones 968 569 191 (Page 8)

PEPE’S BAR Mar de Cristal (page 29)

CHRIS COMPUTER SERVICES 968 564 416 or 639 262 531 (page 9)

Restaurante EL SABINAR Los Belones 968 137 865 Restaurante JULIETTA Playa Honda 968 564 552 Restaurante MARC’O POLO Galerias El Flamenco (behind Zoco) 968 102 169 SINATRAS Tapas Bar Pto Thomas Maestre 616 110 678 (page 25) Q-BAR La Manga Club 968 175 317

DENTISTS Clinica Dental ALEMANA La Manga 968 175 300

GIFTS & HOBBIES JUDY’S GIFT SHOP, C/Mayor, Los Belones 968 569 235 (Page 11)


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INSURANCE David Mason Insurance Services Los Belones 968 137 719 / 659 226 112 (page 11) Richard Howard Insurance Services, Los Belones 968 13 72 59 (Page 9)

LAUNDRY SERVICES SUNNY’S LAUNDRY Galerias El Flamenco (behind Zoco) 686 750 190

LEGAL & FINANCIAL SERVICES IBERBRIT LEGAL, La Manga Strip 968 337 392 (inside back page)

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CD Property Management 968 563 598 (Page 17) OPI, Avenida de la Fuente, Los Belones 968 137 448 (inside back page) Resort La Manga Mar de Cristal, 968 545 204

PROPERTY SALES CD Property Sales 968 563 598 (Page 17) Murcia Villas S.L. C/Mayor, Los Belones 968 137 372 Mobile: 619 415 561 (page 2) VECOS, Rentals & Sales Galerias El Flamenco (behind Zoco) 968 140 957 EDEN International Independent Property Agents Los Carmenes, Gran Via Km 3 30380 La Manga, Murcia, Spain Tel: 0034 968 143 185 Fax: 968 143 755 email:

PROPERTY SERVICES Sunny’s Services Galerias El Flamenco (behind Zoco) 686 750 190

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RETAIL ARDLY ARRODS, Quality used furniture, El Algar - 968 136 501 (page 12) GUD AZ NEW, New & used furniture Galerias el Flamenco 697 545 693 DJ’S MINI MART Los Belones 617 029 321 (page 11) HONDAMAR Supermercado Playa Honda 968 56 43 68 (page 8) LEGS & CO, Galerias el Flamenco 660 79 25 13 (Page 3) MISSING LINKS (Cornish Pride) Los Belones (page 12) 620 562 973 / 650 267 650 THE CORNER SHOP English Supermarket Los Belones TRENDS Boutique, Cabo de Palos (page 8)

SECURITY e.g. ESSENTIAL SERVICES La Manga, 679 979 962 / 608 836 392 (page 11)

SIGNS & GRAPHICS PA & CHU La Manga, 617 468 090

SPANISH LESSONS MARIA LINARES Spanish Lessons 968 133 331 / 678 936 110 (page 12)

VETERINARY SERVICES CABO MANGA Ctra Cabo de Palos La Manga 968 146 364 (page 20)

WATER SPORTS Aqua Adicta 968 545 193 / 659 434 811 (page 30) Mar Menor Sea School 968 143 718 / 695 326 184 Workman International Marine School Puerto Tomas Maestre 968 142 423 / 654 771 708 (page 25)

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TIME FOR A BREAK The Big Puzzle 68 Grows sleepy 69 Prepare


Across 1 Kind of treat 6 "The Thief of Bagdad" star 10 "Death in Venice" author 14 Video game pioneer 15 Semiprecious gem 16 Busy as __ 17 Less covered 18 Stallone movie 19 Excellent review 20 Barber's work 21 Checked 23 Rick's love in "Casablanca" 25 Distance runners 26 Omnia __ amor 29 Plunder 31 Turned off 33 Big Apple law enforcers

37 Min. fraction 38 __ Moses 41 History chapter 42 Company hotshot 44 Was like 46 Helpful suggestions 49 Italian brandy 50 Display ostentatiously 53 Prison 54 Ferber novel 57 Ballroom dance 61 Cosmologist Sagan 62 Swing around 63 Private detective 64 Genuine 65 German-Polish border river 66 One for whom play means work 67 Transmitted

1 Light touches 2 Beehive State 3 "Gone With The Wind" plantation 4 Fissure 5 Mercenary 6 Oprah's "The Color Purple" role 7 Neat as __ 8 Lively party 9 Last month 10 Opera singer Horne 11 Die down 12 At no time 13 Has to have 22 Rein check 24 School reward 26 Arrangement holder 27 Holm oak 28 Pleasant 29 Two-time Czech president 30 Bookie's quote 32 Bakery product 34 Canine cry 35 Kind of school 36 Absurd art 39 Large prefix 40 Center of the Sikh faith 43 Wreath or garland for the head 45 Remainder 47 Sweet-as-apple-cider girl 48 Author Algren 50 Early Britons 51 Not __ in the world 52 Later showing 53 Taunts 55 Actor Ray 56 Prompted 58 N in N.B. 59 Virtuous 60 C & W showplace


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Cala Cortina in Cartagena On a sunny day in November we visited Cala Cortina in Cartagena. We'd seen the beach in the distance from the dive boat a few times and promised we'd take a day to visit. Being fairwater divers, November was a little too chilly for a trip under the sea, so it seemed a great opportunity to try out a new beach and perhaps a little lunch in the only restaurant. We're very glad we made the trip! When you get down to Cartagena head towards Santa Lucia, not the most salubrious bit of town, so keep going right through, past the working port keeping the sea to your right hand side, heading east. About 3 minutes later you'll come to the first of the three tunnels.

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board for the adventurous. And of course, you'll always find somebody fishing. Now to the restaurant, Mares Bravas. In high season reserve a table for lunch, unless of course you want to eat at 5 in the afternoon. Being hungry Brits we turned up looking for a table at 1.30 and had our pick of the sea views on the terrace. By 2pm it was heaving. It's open all year, but they close to give the staff a rest on Mondays. Give them a call - Restaurante Mares Bravas - 968 12 24 35 or have a look on their website (the music is very bad)

As soon as you see the tourist signs heralding Cala Cortina, slow right down and look for the car park on the right hand (sea) side. Do not follow the signs to the left and down to the car park at the bottom. Unless of course you enjoy doing 17 point turns or have an amphibian vessel!

The chef suggests arroz con bogavante (rice with lobster) y paella de marisco (seafood paella). We had prawns in garlic for starters followed by a different fish each - just for fun.

From the top car park you get a spectacular view of the natural harbour and cliffs. No doubt this is a lover's hangout after dark, with the views to the sea and the lack of other people to disturb you.

Everything was cooked to perfection and the service was attentive and relaxed.

A short 80 steps down (sorry, I didn't count them, there might be more!) brings you to the well-equipped beach. There are swings and a mini playground for the children, showers, parasols and a bar / restaurant (I'll come to that later!) It's a small beach and I guess it will be very busy in summer. A short stroll towards the east brings you to the joining beach, where I believe you can sunbathe naked - though I guess it's a bit too nippy in November.

One of our party doesn't eat seafood, so our trip to a "seafood" restaurant could have been disastrous, but no, they provided a perfectly cooked piece of pork. So we were all happy!

The sand is artificial and very well maintained. Just out to sea a few metres is a rock cluster which acts as a natural spring-

The price was excellent, under 100 euros for 4 people for Saturday lunch, including beer. After lunch and the obligatory paddle in the sea, we drove further along the coast to have a look at the industrial works at the Escombreras natural gas refinery - quite a sight!

Debbie Jenkins is co-author of "Going Native in Murcia" and author of "Buying Property in Murcia". Find out more at

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A MASSIVE THANK YOU FROM MABS MURCIA Christmas is a time for giving, and that is certainly what lots of local people did this year. Hampers overflowing with Christmas cheer, along with other festive goodies were raffled by the Novo Carthago Bar Los Urrutias, Brambles Bar Playa Honda, Fuego's Bar Los Urrutias and the Celt Bar in Los AlcĂĄzares who between them managed to raise a staggering â‚Ź1570 for the Cancer Support Group (MABS) Murcia. "Even with the economic downturn, people have been very generous in supporting us this year" remarked MABS volunteer, Lesley, who visited all the bars to thank them for their continuing help and support. MABS Group Co-ordinator, Lyn Baines,

said "We have lots of events to look forward to in the new year, including a Spring Dance at Las Claras in March, an auction and, of course, our second Race for Life, which we are confident will raise even more money this year as many bars and local businesses want to run in fancy dress and have a real FUN-RUN!. We really appreciate all the efforts made on our behalf which enable us to continue to help cancer patients and their families." MABS MURCIA is always looking for volunteers who could perhaps spare a few hours to help look after cancer patients, drive them to appointments etc., or just be there for a chat or a bit of help in the home. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit our website:


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This month I have chosen to write about two birds both classed as "Waders". The Avocet and Black-Winged Stilt are both common around the Mar Menor. Like other Waders they have very long legs in proportion to their bodies, this enables them to wade out into the water to feed. Avocets actually have much in common with Flamingos, though you wouldn't think so to look at them. Both Flamingos and Avocets are found in very saline water and feed off brine shrimp and tiny invertebrates which live in it. Both have hooked bills, designed to sweep through the water to catch food. Finally, both have very long legs and like to stand on only one to relax! As you can see from the picture they are very elegant birds, quite distinct in appearance from any other. They are often seen in large groups, though this is not always the case. Although you will be more likely to see them on the Salinas in San Pedro or Playa Paraiso, you may also see them on the Mar Menor. The second bird I am going to consider today is the Black-Winged Stilt. I have chosen this bird as it is found in similar situations to the Avocet and has similar colouring. The Black-winged Stilt has exceptionally long legs for its body size. It can wade out into quite deep water to feed. It then picks insects off the water surface with its long pointed bill. Although my RSPB bird book tells me both of these birds are only in this area during the summer, a resident, who has been keeping records for the past few years, informs me that they may be seen here all year round. The Salinas are great places to go bird watching. Unfortunately, the Salinas de Marchamalo (Playa Paraiso) are frequently allowed to dry out, this means there is less life in the water and therefore less birds come to feed. It takes a long time for the birds to return even when the water levels are back to normal. Lesley Singleton Aqua Adicta

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Dia y Noche Post Christmas Party Friday 16th Jan saw the Dia y Noche Post Christmas Party, an event laid on by Andy & Elaine to thank their customers for their support over the Xmas period, and what a night! doors were supposed to open at 8.30pm but the queue of people by 7.30 meant they had to open early, the evening got of to a flying start with the buffet, courtesy of Andy & Elaine, and what a feast, Paella, Chilli, Sweet & Sour, you name it, it was there and plenty of it!

Next it was on to the entertainment with live music and entertainment from none other than Mr. Andy Taylor (yes, the owner of Dia y Noche) who in another life was a professional entertainer, and succeeded in getting the crowd dancing and singing with his popular choice of music.

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After a 90 minute set they moved on to Karaoke, where those who wanted to had their own chance to be a superstar. The evening finally wound down about 2am with a popular round of sing-a-long songs enjoyed by all. The evening was such a sucess that Andy & Elaine have planned another one for 27th Feb, again offering complimentary buffet, live entertainment and karaoke. Tickets are limited, so to ensure your place call Andy or Elaine at Dia y Noche on 968 146 400 now.


Come and join us for a night of fun, games and entertainment with all proceeds going to Mabs Charity Choice of menu for only â‚Ź7 pp

Body Bingo (work it out for yourselves)

**â‚Ź2 of which goes straight to Mabs**

Prize raffle with a great selection of prizes

Curry & Rice, Chicken & Chips, Burger & Chips or Vegetable Pasta Bake TV Theme Quiz A special edition of "Beer or no Beer"

PLUS LOTS MORE Tickets are limited so call us now to reserve your place


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Warming Winter Gardening By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe Hopefully January brings a month of sunny if cold weather as a welcome change to all the rain we had in the autumn. Crisp sunny days are just what one needs to get into the garden to work off the Christmas excess kilos, progress the laying out of new gardens and prepare established gardens for the spring. Luckily the following ten jobs will keep us warm on the coldest of days. 1. Get on with the major winter cut back and clean up. What needs doing is explained in Chapter 6.9 of Your Garden in Spain. 2. Old olive, almond and citrus trees will need heavy remedial pruning, younger ones and all other fruit trees will require annual prunings to stimulate flowers and sizeable fruit this year. Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain details what needs doing. 3. Large flowering trees often need a major pruning every few years to ensure that they are not too large for the garden while ensuring that they still give sufficient shade in the summer. 4. If you don't already have one, prepare a raised bed or vegetable plot for sowing/planting up from March onwards. A Chapter of Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain compares ways of constructing raised beds.

5. Unless it's freezing, January is a good month to lay down terraces or paths whether with stone slabs or chippings laid over plastic sheeting. 6. Ponds and fountains add a special touch to Spanish gardens both by adding the relaxing and cooling sound of running water and for water/bog plants with exotic summer flowers that need no watering. Now is a good time to dig one out but make it twice as big as your first plan. We have enlarged both ours to ensure that the fish can still be seen when water lilies are fully leaved. 7. Hedges are due for a thorough trim as part of the winter cutback. 8. Compost heaps need turning and filling with shredded prunings and weeds from the winter cut back. Last years fully composted heap can now be worked into flower and vegetable beds and used for mulching shrubs and trees. 9. Major branches cut from trees need cutting, stacking and drying ready for burning next winter in the wood stove. 10. If you are an experienced builder, how about building a garden kitchen ready for the Easter Monday paella and summer barbecues. I suspect that's more than enough winter work for even the most enthusiastic gardener handyman! Happy gardening in 2009 from the results of your efforts. If you have a special topic you would like us to cover just send an email to: headed Mar Menor Focus Magazine.

Clodagh and Dick have now lived and gardened in Spain for twenty five years. They have collated much of their experience and ideas for your convenience in a trilogy of books titled Your Garden in Spain, Growing healthy Fruit in Spain and Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain. They are available from many bookshops and websites or by telephoning 952-485838 if you have no internet.

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S o l u t i o n s


Lost Pilot

There was a pilot flying a small single engine charter plane, with a couple of very important executives on board. He was coming into Seattle airport through thick fog with less than 10m visibility when his instruments went out. So he began circling around looking for a landmark. After an hour or so, he starts running pretty low on fuel and the passengers are getting very nervous. Finally, a small opening in the fog appears and he sees a tall building with one guy working alone on the fifth floor. The pilot banks the plane around, rolls down the window and shouts to the guy "Hey, where am I? To this, the solitary office worker replies "You're in a plane." The pilot rolls up the window, executes a 275 degree turn and proceeds to execute a perfect blind landing on the runway of the airport 5 miles away. Just as the plane stops, so does the engine as the fuel has run out. The passengers are amazed and one asks how he did it. "Simple" replies the pilot, "I asked the guy in that building a simple question. The answer he gave me was 100 percent correct, but absolutely useless, therefore that must be Microsoft's support office and from there the airport is just a while away."

One night, a police officer was staking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible violations of the driving under the influence laws. At closing time, he saw a fellow stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb, and try his keys on five different cars before he found his, then sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes. Everyone left the bar and drove off. Finally, he started his engine and began to pull away. The police officer was waiting for him. He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered the breathalyzer test. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be. The driver replied, "Tonight, I'm the Designated Decoy." ********** Steven Spielberg was busy discussing his new action adventure about famous classical composers. Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were in the room. "Who do you want to play?" Spielberg asked Bruce Willis. "I've always been a big fan of Chopin," said Bruce. "I'll play him." "And you, Sylvester?" asked Spielberg. "Mozart's the one for me!" said Sly. "And what about you?" Spielberg asked Arnold Schwarzenegger. "I'll be Bach," said Arnie.


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Useful Numbers to keep by the phone EMERGENCY NUMBER - 112 AMBULANCE - 061 GUARDIA CIVIL - 062 La Manga del Mar Menor 968 563 222 La Unión 968 560 011 San Javier 968 335 920 San Pedro del Pinatar 968 180 610 LOCAL POLICE - 092 Cabo de Palos 968 337 238 Cartagena 968 128 877 El Algar 968 135 695 La Manga del Mar Menor 968 337 300 La Unión 968 560 051 Los Alcázares 968 171 919 San Javier 968 570 880 San Pedro del Pinatar 968 188 092 NATIONAL POLICE – 091 Cartagena 968 320 722 FIRE BRIGADE - 112 Cartagena 968 128 880 Los Alcázares 968 171 782 MARITIME EMERGENCIES – 900 202 202 MEDICAL CENTRES Costa Calida 968 142 060 El Algar 968 135 510 La Manga del Mar Menor 968 142 125 Lo Pagan 968 184 728 Los Alcázares 968 575 800 Los Belones 968 137 476 Portman 968 548 064 San Javier 968 191 866 San Pedro del Pinatar 968 187 865 HOSPITALS Cartagena: Santa Maria del Rosell Naval Hospital Murcia: Virgen de la Arrixaca J.M. Morales Meseguer San Javier: Los Arcos

968 325 000 968 327 400 968 369 500 968 360 900 968 570 050

AIRPORTS ( Alicante 966 919 000 San Javier (Murcia) 968 172 000 BUS STATIONS Cartagena 968 505 656 Murcia 968 292 211 San Pedro del Pinatar 968 182 942 RAILWAYS FEVE 968 501 172 RENFE 902 240 202 UTILITY COMPANIES Telefonica 1004 Iberdrola (Electricity) 901 202 020 Aquagest (Cartagena) 968 122 600 Aquagest (San Javier) 968 572 112 LOCAL TRAFFIC OFFICE (Cartagena) 968 500 883 PROVINCIAL TRAFFIC OFFICE (Murcia) 968 256 211 ITV Cartagena 968 538 219 CORREOS (POST OFFICE) General Information 902 197 197 La Manga 968 564 981 965 216 022 BRITISH CONSULATE SUPPORT GROUPS MABS cancer support 968 432 525 email: HELP MMM 968 570 059 ANIMAL RESCUE Noah’s Arc 699 352 818 www.noahsarcmurcia APAH Rescue

630 422 563

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Iberbrit Legal Legal and Financial Services



z Conveyancing. z Integral Tax advice for Individuals and Companies. z Annual Tax returns for property owners. z Social Security advice. z Spanish Wills. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL:

Phone: +34 968 337 392 Fax: +34 968 563 224 email: -


z Preparation of the NIEIdentification number of foreigners. z Spanish Residency. z Financial advice “Mortgages” z Power of Attorney. Iberbrit Legal are located on La Manga Strip at: Gran Via s/n – Km 1.5, Edificio Monterrey – Iberbrit Legal office, PO BOX No. 163 – 30380 La Manga – Cartagena


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Edition 5 Mar Menor Focus Jan/Feb 2009  
Edition 5 Mar Menor Focus Jan/Feb 2009  

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