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Torrevieja's Natural History Museum

adding something new to the city's heritage Torrevieja has slowly been building up a variety of museums and exhibitions that highlight the city's heritage. The latest addition opened last month inside the old RENFE exhibition centre, which has now been turned into a permanent natural history museum. The museum features models depicting the heritage of Torrevieja and the sea, alongside an excellent collection of local shells and skeletons from whales, dolphins and turtles, amongst many other items. It's well worth a visit as some of the dioramas are excellent. A great place to take the kids for half an hour or more. Beside the Natural History Museum in the Plaza de la Estaci贸n, is a homage to one of the city's most famous sons, Ricardo Lafuente Aguado, Torrevieja's most prolific writer of Habaneras songs. His habanera, the aptly named 'Torrevieja' can be heard all around the world and he is also the author of Torrevieja's anthem. Inside you'll find a collection of objects related to the writer - recordings, paintings, photographs and general personal souvenirs of Lafuente. For many years, he used the museum as his 'office' and often held court here with other famous musicians, choirs and groups. Salt mining in Torrevieja dates back to the early days of Christianity. The Romans made full use of the facility and today Torrevieja is one of the most important centres for salt in Europe. Just across the road from the RENFE exhibitions is 'The Salt Interpretation Centre', which delves into the salt making industry of Torrevieja and the city's history through mainly, audio visual aids, video presentations and models. The Museum of the Sea and Salt houses an extensive display of archaeological relics, model boats, articles for fishing and navigation, handicrafts made from salt plus a superb collection of photographs. The museum is located just off Ramon Gallud and close to the Municipal Theatre at number 10 Calle Patricio Perez. A new home for the collection is being built at Eras de la Sal but the museum has another couple of exhibits outside of its walls too.

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The two most famous of these exhibits being the 'Delfin S-61' submarine, given by the Spanish Ministry of Defence to the town and the 'Pascual Flores' sailing ship, the last ship to be built on Torrevieja's beaches in 1917, which once was the star of the BBC series, The Onedin Line, which are part of a display beside the new Marina Salinas. The Delfin-S61 is the only exhibit of its kind in Spain, admission is free and you can visit 'down below' on a guided tour followed by a walk through of the Albatross III, a retired custom's boat.

Last but not least, is the Tomas Valc谩rcel Semana Santa Museum where you can see close up all of the Pasos used on the Easter processions, plus uniforms and general history about the processions. It's located on Calle Formentera, just behind Los Arcos restaurant. A new museum shall soon be built to house the collection close to the Bus Station in Town. The city also has a few more hidden gems, such as the Public Archives, with its collection of printing presses and old documents, the Belen Museum, which houses the Christmas Nativity scenes and the Salinas Interpretation Centre, in La Mata, plus a very small Wine Museum in the town centre. There are other museums and exhibition centres still in the planning stage but most certainly, if you are trying to think of something to do around town, don't miss your opportunity to discover more about Torrevieja and her heritage. All the museums have different opening and viewing hours but details can be found on the back pages of the new Spring Cultural program, which is available in the Tourist Offices and the Town Hall.


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Smoking Ban in Bars may now not start until 2011 Without even a collective cough or splutter it seems like the threat of a complete smoking ban in public places may have a stay of execution. Although the ‘P’ in PSOE does not stand for procrastination, as the summer break approaches, it seems that legislation with the amendments to the 2005, may not reach Congress before the holiday season kicks in! According to news in the Spanish Press, including La Razón, it’s possible that the Minister for Health, Trinidad Jiménez is considering putting off the zero tolerance smoking legislation until 2011, at least for Bars and Cafés. Deep down there may be other political reasons for this. Although the PP are supporting the new bill, there is a Spanish election coming up in the next 12-months and this legislation could possibly lead to a loss of smoker’s votes for the PSOE plus there is pressure from both the hostelry industry and the tobacco companies to put this change off for a long as possible, due to fears of profit and job loses.

However. La Razón has emphasized that Jiménez still wants to push through the bill to ban smoking in all public spaces, with the exception of Bars, who may be given another year before the legislation would cover their sector too. In terms of revenue, the hostelry sector fear that the increase in IVA on July 1st coupled with a smoking ban, will scupper any chance for a revival in their fortunes this summer. Meanwhile, the Government are possibly also looking at loses from taxes on tobacco sales and the extra 1% from IVA that they could take in over the holiday season. Unfortunately, better health through cutting down on passive smoking may be placed below revenue generation, as the PSOE look for any solution to raise revenue, and further taxes on the smoking industry, may seem to be a simple way of doing it! Local market research would also confirm that the majority of Spain’s smokers do not seem at all surprised that the legislation may not come into force this summer. It remains to be seen if Minister for Health, Trinidad Jiménez will make an announcement in the coming weeks, about this confusing and uncertain situation. Keith Nicol

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START YOUR BEAUTY REGIME NOW, READY FOR THE SUMMER With the arrival of some beautiful warm sunny days, we start to discard our Winter layers of clothes and dig into our Summer wardrobes. As we peel off the layers, we look at our sometimes neglected bodies, which have been hidden during the Winter months.

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After Winter has zapped all the moisture out of it, treat yourself to a deep cleansing facial that will leave you feeling relaxed and replenished. This is a great way to shed that winter skin off your face and get a healthy Summer glow back to your complexion. You can get a head start on looking good for the Summer months.

Over time the hair will become finer and grow back slower – leaving you more time for the beach. Remember there are plenty of other areas you can have waxed as well as your legs! The feet next – the best way to get your toes looking good is to have a professional pedicure. Enjoy a warm foot spa, get rid of any hard skin, have your toenails shaped and trimmed and your cuticles tidied. Then have one of this season’s new range of nail polishes applied or get “MINXED”. MINX is a nail armour that comes in fantastic metallic patterns and various

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Tone Up without the tears We’ve all heard the name Shape & Tone and have an idea of what it’s all about, But does it actually work? Last month we decided to find out for ourselves. If you’re not really a person who enjoys working out in gyms, like most of us, you’d probably like to be fitter, more healthy and have less of those ‘problem areas’. So you want the results...but without the blood, sweat and tears! If you’ve heard of toning tables, but never used them, here’s how we got on. For maximum results Paul & Charlotte, the owners, recommend an initial course of 12 sessions. First we filled out a simple health questionnaire, then were measured and weighed “so we can keep track of your inch loss in future weeks,” explained Paul. - “clients should see a considerable inch loss, especialy round the tummy and thighs.” Then we were ready to start on the tables! Paul talked us through each of the six toning tables and kept a close eye on us, as we hadn’t used them before. Each table works on a different part of your body, and I was surprised to find there was a bit of effort required! The arm and leg parts of the tables move, and you have to push and pull at the same time. The speed of the movements can be altered, and although it may seem odd, the slower the movement the harder it is to push and pull, and the harder you have to work! But saying that, it is still quite a relaxed way to exercise as you are l y i n g down and the movements are controlled for you by the machine, so it is very safe and comfortable. There is very little risk of overstressing joints or muscles. Once I’d been on all six tables, I could feel that I’d used muscles in areas that I hadn’t exercised

for a long time, but hadn’t thought the exercise was difficult or strenuous at any point. The action of the toning tables is designed to improve your circulation, reduce body fat and cellulite whilst building muscle tone, improve posture and body awareness, give greater mobility, flexibility and strengthen the back. Afterwards I felt quite limber and refreshed, and the day after I could feel areas where the machines had woken up infrequently used muscles, but it wasn’t sore and I wasn’t aching. Could this be the answer for shedding inches without shedding tears…? As my 12 sessions came to an end I was definitely feeling fitter and more mobile, but above all, to my surprise, I felt motivated to carry on. I had lost the promised inches, particularly from around the waist and also got rid of the aches and pains that had started to creep up on me. For anyone wishing to tone up and improve their fitness level I would definitely recommend you give it a try.

Toning Tables - the benefits * Lose excess inches * Increase joint mobility * Improve suppleness * Reduce fluid retention * Tone muscles After a session on the tables you should feel relaxed, healthy and experience a warm glow of well being. For more information or to book your own sessions, contact Shape & Tone on: 661 002 648 or call in at Avda Mariano Ballister 5, Los Alcazares, 30710 (next to Costa Linda and Cafe Fragata) We are offering a special introductory price of €13 per week for unlimited access to toning tables (terms apply).


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Plants for Apartments and Village Houses By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe, Practical gardeners & authors, living in Spain for twenty five years. The opportunity As discussed last month, apartments and village houses offer greater gardening opportunities than many people realise. Terraces, roof tops, balconies and windowsills can all be brightened up and made healthier living spaces by planting an assortment of plants in pots, window boxes, troughs and planting tables. There are many photographs in 'Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style' to show you what can be done in even the smallest spaces up to a large penthouse roof. The success factors The basic success factors are as follows. 1.Improve the microclimate of your planting areas by installing blinds to shade plants from the hottest suns. 2. Select flowering plants that do best in sunny, semi shaded and shaded areas. There are 120 recommended in the above book listed and illustrated for each type of growing conditions. It is very easy to lose unsuitable plants especially in the summer months. 3. Buy non porous containers and if possible ones with built in water reservoirs. It is amazing how many types of containers exist today. So many that we designed the container chapter in the book as an A to Z.

4. Mix a rich water retaining but good draining compost. 5. Neither over or under water frequently as these are the greatest causes of fungal and insect problems. 6. Use ecological insecticides and fungicides if necessary to ensure an unpolluted living space for yourselves and neighbours. 7. Use perfumed climbers on walls and trellises to provide natural aromatherapy and privacy. 8. If planting annuals make seasonal changes to keep the appearance of your property bright and cheerful for passers by as well as your family and visitors. 9. Whether a full time resident or only an occasional holiday maker there are plants suitable for every one. Hopefully this summer we will see more colourful apartment blocks and village houses. The photographs shown in the book are practical ideas achievable by anyone with no previous gardening experience in small spaces and not unachievable photographic filming sets. April to June is a good time to plant up before the hottest days arrive.

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2 Kind of harp played by the wind (7) 3 Constellation named after mythical Greek princess (9) 4 Boredom (5) 5 In credit (7) 6 End of the Earth's axis in Antartica (5,4) 7 Avaricious person (5) 8 French-built, short-range guided missile (6) 9 One who uses violence for political coercion (9) 10 Composer of 'Fingal's Cave' overture (11) 16 Sheer stockings (6) 17 Sap-sucking insect (5) 19 General killed at the Battle gymnasts? (8) of Little Bighorn (6) 23 Total loss of strength and 21 Group of usually volcanic vitality (10) islands (11) 24 Script of a film (10) 22 De Gaulle's birthplace (5) 27 See 15 25 Terminal conductor of elec29 Swiss mountain peak famed tricity (9) for its north face (5) 26 Jewish day of fasting (3,6) 30 Smash musical from a 28 Maze, home to the mythical Victor Hugo novel (3,10) Greek Minotaur (9) 34 Italian director of 'Last 31 Spanish red wine diluted Tango in Paris' (10) 36 Competent in mathematics with fruit juices etc. (7) 32 Short passage taken from a (8) 38 Hard reddish-brown wood book, etc. (7) 33 Texan city on Mexican bor(8) 39 Impulsive fire-starter (10) der (2,4) 40 US composer and lyricist of 35 Church vault used for burial (5) 'Begin the Beguine' (4,6) 37 Infectious disease affecting 41 Person with a special salivary glands (5) appreciation of beauty (8)


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INLAND FOCUS by Sue Walker

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is celebrated throughout Spain. Here in Jumilla Semana Santa, which is the oldest one in the region of Murcia, actually lasts for more than a week and is one of the highlights of the year. Make a note in your diaries to visit Jumilla next Easter as it will be their 600th Semana Santa, so it is sure to be even bigger, louder and more colourful than usual! Semana Santa starts on Viernes de Dolores (the Friday before Palm Sunday) and finishes on Easter Sunday and on most days there is at least one procession to watch. Both old and young Jumillanos take part, dressed in traditional costume, either helping to carry one of the countless religious statues, playing in one of the many bands or handing out sweets to the eagerly watching children. This year we spotted bands from Cádiz and Ciudad Real as well as from Jumilla and neighbouring areas. The main Caramelada is on Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday), where Spanish children scramble for the sweets that are thrown on the street, rather than over indulging themselves with chocolate Easter eggs. However this year we spotted Easter eggs in our local Aldi, so we suspect that some children had the best of both worlds! Wine always features in Jumilla´s Semana Santa, as well as during other fiestas, and this year there was a Miniferia del Vino where over 1000 visitors were able to taste wine from seventeen bodegas. Other activities included two Semana Santa concerts, exhibitions of photography, oil paintings and mantillas, plus the Tamboradas, one of which continued through-

out the night in the parking area outside the covered market. Friends of ours who live near there decided, not surprisingly, to visit us for the night rather than try to sleep with drums being banged enthusiastically outside their apartment! The other big event in Jumilla last month was the long-awaited official re-opening of the Castillo on 19th April after six years of restoration work inside the castle and improvements to its access, including the purchase of a minibus to take less energetic visitors to the castle. The Castillo will be open for visitors on Tuesday to Sunday mornings up until 15th July, plus cultural events such as concerts will be taking place there during the summer months. Musica entre Vinos seems to get better every year: last year - as well as having a tour of the bodega, listening to good live music, sampling lots of Jumilla wine and tasting local gastronomic delicacies – there were demonstrations by local artisans. This year is bound to be equally good, however I don’t have any details at the time of going to press, only the fact that it runs from 15 May to 18 July. More information will be available at: ica-entre-vinos-2010/. John and I will definitely be going along to enjoy the music and wine.

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BARS & RESTAURANTS BAR APICOCO Playa Honda 968 563 958 (Page 15) BAR EL SOL Plaza Cavanna La Manga Strip, 968 563 899 (back page) BRAMBLES BAR Playa Honda 610 622 249 (page 5) DOLLY’S BAR, Plaza Bohemia, La Manga 663 608 575 ELVIS’ DINER, Galerias El Flamenco (behind Zoco) 630 466 417 NOBBY’S CANTINA, Nuevo Puerto Bello La Manga, 968 564 551 (inside back page) PADDYWACKS IRISH BAR La Manga Strip 968 563 648 (page 13) PEPE’S BAR Mar de Cristal (page 23) SANREMO Restaurante, Plaza Bohemia 691 777 002 / 679 034 415

DENTISTS Clinica Dental ALEMANA La Manga 968 175 300

GARDEN CENTRES MARUJA Garden Centre/Nursery Cabo de Palos Tel 968563 905

HEALTH & BEAUTY SHAPE & TONE -Toning Tables, Power Plates, Chiropractor, Masseur, Beautician Los Alcazares 661 002 648 (page 16) INDULGE - Beauty and Nails, Los Alcazares 605 395 427 / 661 002 648

TRANQUILITY - Beauty, Body & Nail Salon Galerias El Flamenco, Km 4, La Manga Strip (behind Zocos) 638 300 656 (page 13)

INSURANCE ASSSA INSURANCE - Los Belones 968 153 396 (page 9) DAVID MASON Insurance Services (page 2) Los Belones, 968 137 719 / 659 226 112 LINEA DIRECTA CAR Insurance Tel: 902 123 161 RICHARD HOWARD Insurance Services, Los Belones 968 13 72 59 (Page 7)

LEGAL & FINANCIAL SERVICES IBERBRIT LEGAL, La Manga Strip 968 337 392 (page 16)

POOLS & SPAS SEA-KLEAR The original Pool & Spa water clarifier. Tel: 677 221 159 (inside back page)

PROPERTY SALES & SERVICES ACCOMMODATION Apartment El Pueblo Los Belones. 620 026 637 CD PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & SALES 968 563 598 RESORT CHOICE (Resort La Manga) Mar de Cristal, 968 545 204 (page 6) EDEN International, Property Agents Los Carmenes, Gran Via Km 3 La Manga, Tel: 0034 968 143 185 OLYMPIEZA, apartment cleaning C/La Loma, Torrevieja, 675 021 669 TOP CLASS MANAGEMENT SERVICES


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RETAIL DJ’S MINI MART Los Belones 617 029 321 HONDAMAR Supermercado Playa Honda 968 56 43 68 (page 10) THE FURNITURE STORE Poligono Ind. Los Alcazares. 968 582 546 MISSING LINKS (Cornish Pride) (page 13) Los Belones 620 562 973 / 650 267 650

SERVICES CAR MECHANIC All aspects of car mechanics call Kevin on: 649 076 344 (page 2) SUNNY’S LAVANDERIA Laundry services Galerias el Flamenco 689 339 095 (page 13) TAXIS OMEGA Cheap airport transfers in the Costa Cálida Tel: (0034) 605 87 13 31

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When to have your pet neutered Both dogs and cats can be neutered from just ten weeks old, z For male and female cats, five to six months old is the most usual time of neutering, since after this age they will become sexually mature and capable of reproducing. However they may still be neutered safely when they are older. z Bitches can be spayed before their first season, from around six months of age, although for some of the larger breeds it is recommended that they be allowed to have one season first. Bitches should be spayed between seasons, when the reproductive tract is dormant. It is better that bitches should be spayed before their third season, since after this time some health benefits are reduced. z For male dogs, the exact age that neutering is recommended varies slightly with the breed of dog, but most can be neutered from six to seven months of age, with larger breeds of dog generally being neutered at a slightly later age than smaller breeds. Your vet will be able to advise you of the best time to get your pet neutered, but don't leave it too late! Frequently asked questions Will my pet's personality change? No, but some unwanted behaviours may be reduced, such as roaming, mounting, fighting or urine spraying.

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TRANSLATION SERVICES INTERPRETER Available Spanish national (10 years in England) with fluent English. For hospitals, doctors, police, banks, solicitors, schools, ITV, etc. Translation of documents. Sympathetic and totally reliable. Cartagena and surrounding areas, Mar Menor, Fuente Alamo, Torre Pacheco. Other areas considered. From 15 euros hour. Tel: 968165565 Mob: 626690873 (ask for JOSÉ)

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What about the risks of surgery? Every surgical procedure carries a small degree of risk, but modern anaesthetic and surgical techniques are very safe. The risks, both short and long term, from not neutering your pet - from cancers, fighting, road accidents and unwanted pregnancies are greater than those associated with neutering. Isn't it painful? All surgical procedures involve a degree of discomfort, but neutering is carried out under a full general anaesthetic and animals are given drugs to control any discomfort afterwards. Most animals are up and about just a few hours after the surgery. Should I let my pet have one litter before having her neutered? No. This is a common fallacy - there is no good reason for letting your pet have one litter before she is spayed. Dogs and cats do not form a lifelong bond with their offspring like people do, and do not miss the experience. Can I still show my dog? Yes. Changes in the Kennel Club regulations mean that neutered pedigree dogs can be shown. Will my pet get fat after being neutered? No, your pet shouldn't get fat. Neutered animals may have slightly lower food requirements than those which are entire, and should be fed slightly less accordingly.

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A man was leaving a convenience store with his morning coffee when he noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby Cemetery.

My wife and I went to the state fair and one of the first exhibits we stopped at was the breeding bulls. We went up to the first pen and there was a sign attached that said,

A long black hearse was followed by a second long black hearse about 50 Feet behind the first one.


Behind the second hearse was a solitary man walking a dog on a leash. Behind him, a short distance back, were about 200 men walking single file.. The man couldn't stand the curiosity. He respectfully approached the man walking the dog and said, 'I am so sorry for your loss, and this may be a bad time to disturb you, but I've never seen a funeral like this. Whose funeral is it?'

My wife playfully nudged me in the ribs .....Smiled and said, 'He mated 50 times last year.' We walked to the second pen which had a sign attached that said, ''THIS BULL MATED 150 TIMES LAST YEAR' My wife gave me a healthy jab and said, 'WOW~~That's more than twice a week! ...........You could learn a lot from him.'

''What happened to her?'

We walked to the third pen and it had a sign attached that said, in capital letters,

The man replied, 'My dog attacked and killed her'


He inquired further, 'But who is in the second hearse?'

My wife was so excited that her elbow nearly broke my ribs, and said, 'That's once a day ..You could REALLY learn something from this one.'

'My wife's.



The man answered, 'My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the dog turned on her....' A poignant and thoughtful moment of silence passed between the two men.

I looked at her and said, 'Go over and ask him if it was with the same old cow.'

'Can I borrow the dog?'

My condition has been upgraded from critical to stable and I should eventually make a full recovery.

The man replied, 'Get in line.' *******


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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 TAXI Omega Airport tansfers 605 871 331 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

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Edition 19 Mar Menor Focus MAY 2010  

Free monthly magazine for the Mar Menor area, coastal and inland, providing useful local information, interesting content and advertising, f...