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No 11

Jan 09

The little mag that fits in your bag

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From the Eds...

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No your eyes are not deceiving you! Yes, The Sentinella has gone FULL GLOSS, just in time for the dawn of a New Year! We believe in Constant Improvement here at The Sentinella, so that’s what we deliver to our readers and advertisers. We hope you enjoy the new look and feel of the all gloss pages. The Sentinella Mojacar is preparing for a brilliant New Year, with the launch of a range of extra services for our readers and clients. For those who are housebound, hermits, or just plain lazy you don’t have to venture outside to pick up your fave little mag anymore. You can read each and every edition online by logging on to our website Then all you have to do is select which region’s mag you want to flick through by going to ‘choose your edition’ on the right of the screen and then clicking on ‘read the latest edition’. And this is our fave bit, the pages even open like the real life magazine!! The technology these days, eh?! Not only that but also you can email us on to register for your free monthly newsletter – a little extra for real fans of The Sentinella, as a thank you for being such sterling supporters during the last 11 months. It


Inside This Month:

Strange News..............Page 5 Useless Facts..............Page 6 Funny Thoughts..........Page 9 Spotlight.......................Page 10 Pizza Fun......................Page 12 Good Bad Ugly............Page 14 Funny Piccies..............Page 16 Marriage.......................Page 18 Restaurant Review......Page 31 New Year Quotes.........Page 36 What’s On....................Page 40 Star Signs....................Page 41 Jokes............................Page 43 CONTACT THE EDITORS

PHONE: 0034 610 976 284 or 0034 645 373 433 EMAIL: Deposito Legal MA-181-2008

No part of this publication, including pictures may be copied, used or reproduced without our prior written consent. The Sentinella accepts no responsibility for alterations to events listed, claims made by our advertisers or information provided by our contributors. So there!

The Sentinella is eternally dedicated to Colin Checkley, the founder and editor of The Sentinel Magazine. May he rest in peace. (Born: 1960 Died: 2004)


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will include new info, a direct link to the latest edition of the mag, a link to my personal blog, special offers, promotions, features, images and lots more. You’d be mad to miss it – so send your full name to to make sure you’re on our all important email list. The Sentinella magazine is also extending its list of services – we now print leaflets and business cards, plus design websites at very competitive rates. So make your company bigger and better in 2009 and get with the times by going online. You know it makes sense Rodney, or is that Dave?! ALSO....We are busy organising a Secret Event for the March / April period. This is going to be something really huge and we’re as excited as children, busy sorting out all the odds and ends. And it’s no good trying to find out what it is, because we simply can’t tell ...Not yet anyway! Catch one of us after a few drinks and it might just slip out the bag though ...!! Our readers and advertisers often comment on how The Sentinella makes them laugh. We girls at The Sentinella certainly believe in the feel good factor. What’s life all about if you can’t let your hair down and enjoy a slice of humour from time to time? Besides, laughing is good for you. Did you know that a good chuckle can kill off illness? It also makes you shine, and helps you look younger. So in 2009 make your New Year Resolution to indulge in The Sentinella or other funny pastimes for at least 30 minutes a day! Have a super shiny and fun-filled 2009. Chuckle Chuckle... :-)

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It’s that time of the year again - time to make your ew Year’s Resolutions!This can be quite enlightening, as you realise how little you may have achieved in the year gone by. A new year has dawned and with it a brand new chance. So fear not! With a bit of Sentinella special guidance the world is your oyster in 2009. We suggest that you start by thinking of five goals for each of these key areas of your life. 1. Personal – Perhaps you want to get a book published (like us!), get married/engaged, have a baby, do a parachute jump, join a gym, lose ten kilos, or speak Spanish fluently? 2. Business & Finance – You want to earn 100,000â‚Ź a year, become a millionaire, multiply your passive income streams, or clear all your debts? 3. Adventure & ‘Things’ – Maybe you crave a red convertible BMW, a 6-bedroom house in the campo, or simply a new toaster. Do you want to travel to Australia, go on a five star cruise, or take a weekend trip to Barcelona? What do you want to own, see and do in 2009? 4. Contribution – You want to donate regularly to charity, help elderly people with their housework, teach English in a school, or work in a charity shop? Make sure your goals cover all the areas above, then review them and from each category decide upon your most important goal. So you should end up with a list of your four most important goals for 2009. Alongside each goal write an Action Plan to attain that goal. What are the steps you need to take? What can you do right now? With your Action Plan complete, all you need to do is take the neccessary steps‌So what are you waiting for?!!! May all your dreams come true in 2009... xxxxxxxxxxx

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Strange News

Hair One Minute Gone The Next

A Chinese woman who had not cut her hair for ten years called police to report that it had been stolen. Xiao Hong, 30, of Siping, says someone cut off her 4ft plait as she walked out of a shopping mall. She said "People were squeezing together out the door, and when I stepped out I felt I lost something. I subconsciously touched my hair, but it was gone." In the past she had been offered the equivalent of £300 for her hair but had refused to sell it.

Pooping Obama is best-seller

Tiny plastic figures of Barack Obama and Gordon Brown relieving themselves in public have become online bestsellers. They are among a host of politicians, sports stars and celebrities to be given the dubious honour of being turned into a 'caganer'. Catalonians traditionally celebrate Christmas by placing a caganer, which translates as pooper, in a nativity scene. People find it fun to try to spot the tiny defecating figures which are supposed to bring prosperity and a good harvest.


Useless Facts

Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts The world population is increasing by 6 million people a month.

The phrase ‘rule of thumb’ is derived from old English law which stated that you can’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. The word “Samba” means to rub navels together. The sun is 330,330 times larger than the Earth.

A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.

Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second.

There are 18 different animal shapes in the Animal Crackers cookie zoo.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite number of times. Pinocchio is Italian for “pine eye.”

The Titantic was the first ship to use the SOS signal 6

Your left lung is smaller than your right to make way for your heart.

The sound you make when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

The oldest known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.

If you are right handed you will tend to chew your food on the right side. If you are left handed you will tend to chew your food on the left side.

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If you like an upbeat atmosphere and a good chinwag when you have your locks chopped then we suggest trying Wendee’s in Alfoquia. The salon, come shop, has been open for just over a year and it is located next door to All Bites. Owned and run by social queen, Wendee, the lovely lady offers hair styling, perms, colouring, cuts and in fact everything hair related! Even Gents can be pampered on the exclusive Gent’s Night – Wednesdays from 5.30-8pm. As for the Ladies, Wendee is offering 10 per cent off all colours and perms (which includes a cut and blow dry) throughout January only. So don’t miss out! Wendee has lived in Spain for six years, together with her two children – Jazmin, 17, and Joshua, 18. She previously

worked at a hair salon in Zurgena and then decided to work from home. “My friends all nagged me to open a new salon,” said Wendee. “I was totally inundated at home anyway and I couldn’t cope at the house so I opened Wendee’s.” Wendee has been hairdressing for 30 years and while living in Essex, UK, managed a company called Scissors. When asked what she likes most about her job, Wendee laughed and said: “The socialising aspect! All my friends call in for a cup of tea. It’s like the hub of the community here. Some people even plot for the whole day!” She has only recently added an accessories range to her salon, so now people can buy bags, shoes, T-shirts, hair items and jewellery. What’s even better is nothing is more than 10€!


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Now Open ALL DAY from 9.30am Kitchen now serving: Welcoming bar & relaxing lounge Hot/Cold Snacks area with real log fire All Day Breakfast 3.95€ All major sporting events Main Courses from 4.95€ screened on our Try our Sunday Roast for 5.50€ 3 large screen TVs Spicy Chicken Kebabs 4.95€ Pool, Darts & Backgammon Share a Party Platter with your Open till late friends from 9.95€ Avenida Mediterraneo 425, Mojacar Playa, Almeria Telf: 637546581 or 671275185

Random Jokes

If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can get going without pep pills, If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend, If you can conquer tension without 8

medical help, If you can relax without liquor, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs, ...Then You Are Probably The Family Dog! Police cordoned off Liverpool City Centre this morning when a suspicious object was discovered in a car. It later turned out to be a tax disc.

Was so depressed last night that I rang the Samaritans. Got through to a call centre in Pakistan . Told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could fly a plane......

Funny Thoughts

To advertise call 610 976 284 or email Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter since nobody listens.

I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.

I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it. When you go into court you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people that weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.

If you have your finger touching the rearview mirror that says - "objects in mirror are closer than they appear", how can that be possible?

Why is it so hard to remember how to spell MNEMONIC?


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(Next to Kitchen Cocina) If someone invented instant water, what would they mix it with? Why is it called a TV "set" when you only get one?

Why does your nose run and your feet smell?

Why does an alarm clock "go off" when it begins ringing? If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?

Why does "cleave" mean both split apart and stick together?

Why is it, whether you sit up or sit down, the result is the same?



Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts Every month we peek through the everfamed Biz’oscope to see what is going on in local businesses throughout the region. This month we spied the following.. There’s a new Indian Takeaway on Mojacar Playa. Located on the same stretch as We Fit. Worth popping in to sample some spice!

Irish lovers can be in there element upon entering Paddy’s Bar, in Buganvillas. Large and friendly bar ideal for socialising, drinking and passing the time of day. On the main road running through San Juan stands Mi Cortijo, an English-run

restaurant/bar offering a splendid service. What caught our eye most of all were the Thai and Indian nights for just 6€ - worth a car ride! See advert on page 21.

California Fitness, in Turre, has new owners! Make getting fit your New Year’s Resolution and join this convenient and comfortable gymnasium. Work it!

At last, a bargain shop has opened its doors in Albox! Instore contains all host of goods - from electronic to children’s toys and pushchairs, etc, at a bargain price. One-time products which once sold are gone for good Find it round the back of Mercadonna (see ad page 19)

Spotlight on .....Speed Dating

Single? Looking for love? Not sure where to start? Well, you lucky guys and gals, 2009 is here and the air is alive with the sound of possibility! Affinity Club is a brand new association for all those singles out there. Formed by people who want to meet people, Affinity Club will organise social events around dinners, sports, travel etc, and anyone can sign up on a monthly basis, and be part of a large social network. And who knows, you might just meet the love of your life! Affinity Club is the brainchild of Isabel Garcia. Fluent in three languages, Isabel was born in the local area, brought up in France, and now lives in Mojacar with her daughter, Loe. Isabel ran a similar social project in France and says, ‘I started Affinity Club because I love meeting new people and I like organising social events. Anyone who has an open mind, who loves having fun, who wants to meet more people, is welcome to join.’ Those not in a relationship will most benefit as Affinity Club is a chance to meet new people and maybe, just maybe, meet someone special, or failing that, meet a brand new bunch of friends. ‘Our main objective is to inform people you are not alone.’ The future for Affinity Club is to keep organising more and more social events, full of fun and laughter, and to combine as many people as possible in a shared experience. The first activity is a speed dating night! (I’ll be there!!!) Go along to the Neptuno Beach Bar on Mojacar Playa on 9th Jan at 9pm. Call Isabel for more information or check out her website They are expecting between 30-50 people. You can contact Isabel on 625 404 745 or 10

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Dating Around the World

Afghanistan Dating is rare in Afghanistan because most marriages are arranged by parents, and schools are separate for boys and girls. The opportunities to meet are rare. Girls have a 7pm curfew, while boys have an 11pm curfew.

Central and South America Dating is not allowed until the age of 15 here. When of age, most boys and girls date in large groups, going out together to weekend dance parties. When not dancing, teens gather at local clubs to eat and talk.

Europe Dating is usually a group event in Europe. In Finland, as many as 30 teens may attend a movie together. Slumber parties are common in Italy and Switzerland, where teens gather for parties at a home and sleep there when the party is over. 11

Australia Most teens go out in large groups and don't pair off until they are 18 or 19 years old in Australia. Girls often ask out boys and pay for the date, too. Couples often go to dinner parties, barbecues, or the beach.

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Pizza Fun

How to have more fun when ordering a pizza If using touch tone, press random numbers when ordering. Ask the person taking the order to stop doing that. Order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal.

Tell them to put the crust on top this time.

Do not name the toppings you want, but spell them out. Tell the order taker you’re depressed and get him/her to cheer you up.

Terminate the call with, “remember we never had this conversation.”

Change your accent every three seconds.

Ask if you get to keep the pizza box. When they say yes breathe a sigh of relief. Ask to see a menu.

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Ask what topping goes best with well-aged Chardonnay.

Ask for the guy who took your order last time.

When they repeat your order say: “Again with a little more OOMPH this time.”

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Paseo del Mediterraneo 227, Local 14, Mojacar Playa (in front of Mojacar Beach Hotel) Tel: 950 478 129

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The Gratitude Box!

Keidi and Hannah at The Sentinella would like to thank:

2008 for allowing us to meet all you lovely lot! Christmas for allowing us to spend time with our families The year ahead and the growth, education & expansion it will bring to our lives

The Good

Good Bad & Ugly

Processions – Some say these are spectacular and I suppose if you really weigh it all up, they are, although I have to admit to finding them a little Dullsville. However, that’s just because I’m more of a parade kind of chick. Give me colour, flamboyance and upbeat music over melancholy drum beats, dis mal costume and a weighty atmosphere any day. Semana Santa is the most popular procession of Spain when tears are shed as heavy statues of religious figures are hauled along streets followed by morbid bands and children holding candles. It tends to like to rain at this time of the year, which is typical. The Bad

Powercuts – Sudden and unwelcome darkness has always been a pet hate of mine, especially as it always arrives at the most awkward moments. Out come the candles and the torch (if I can find 14

them). After ten minutes of blindly rummaging in various drawers and cupboards, breaking valuable possessions in the process, finally I have my hands on the torch. It’s then that the lights decide to grace us with their presence once more. AAAARRRRGGGGHHH!! The Ugly

Ponginess (a self invented word) – Having an ultra sensitive sense of smell, the pongs that waft from bins in Spanish towns and cities do cause me some distress. I mean the ‘stomach churning’ kind of smells that make one feel a tad queasy and have you searching for the nearest loo (just in case). Parking – Come summer the ridiculous parking chore rears its ugly wart-ridden head once more. What hell! Smart cars are definitely the way forward, either that or MatchboxW! Next month we dish out the Qs & Rs

Movie Review

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Wednesdays 4 films 4 nights 4€ (except new releases) New Releases 2.50€ for two nights. NEW IN: Resident Evil Degeneration Just dd Water, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan XBox360 Wii Playstation 3 We now do Movistar Vodafone and Orange mobile phone credit top ups Open 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm MonSat & 5pm-9pm Sundays Guardia Vieja Complex, Mojacar Playa Tel: 950 475 003 After the twin disasters of Swept Away and Revolver, director Guy Ritchie wisely returns to Lock, Stock territory with RocknRolla, a multi-character thriller set in London's criminal underworld. Tom Wilkinson plays Lenny, an old school gangster who gets involved in a shady property deal with Abramovich-like Russian billionaire Uri (Karel Roden), only for Uri's priceless "lucky painting" to go missing while under Lenny's care. On top of that, small-time crook OneTwo (Gerard Butler) and his Wild Bunch of gambling buddies (Tom Hardy, Geoff Bell and Idris Elba) make things a whole lot worse for Lenny when Uri's slinky accountant Stella (Thandie

Newton) persuades them to help her steal the cash from the impending property deal. Meanwhile, Lenny's righthand man Archy (Mark Strong) mobilises the troops to find Uri's painting, unaware that it's been borrowed by Lenny's missing-presumed-dead junkie rock star stepson, Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell). This is a welcome return to form for Guy Ritchie that reminds you what all the fuss was about in the first place. His stylish direction (using freeze-frames, voice-over, captions and snappy editing) expertly juggles the different characters and storylines until everything begins to fall into place for the final act. The performances are excellent but the standout is Toby Kebbell, who steals the entire film with a terrific turn as Johnny, the RocknRolla of the title. It's also a testament to Ritchie's direction that he manages to get decent performances out of three of cinema's most irritating actors (Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy and Thandie Newton). Ritchie orchestrates some superb sequences and the script has several laugh-out-loud moments, particularly when Kebbell's on screen. Here's hoping he gets to make his intended sequel (optimistically announced by the end credits). RocknRolla is a return to form for Ritchie and an enjoyable, well made crime caper that should delight fans of Lock, Stock and Snatch. Recommended. By Robert Burns, Movieland, Mojacar Playa


What is a Grandparent? Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts

Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of there own. They like other people's.

A grandfather is a man & a grandmother is a lady! Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. They show us and talk to us about the colour of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on 'cracks.' They don't say, 'Hurry up.'

Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth and gums out. Grandparents don't have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like 'why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'

When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again. Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us.

They know we should have snacktime before bedtime and they say prayers with us every time and kiss us even when we've acted bad.

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Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts The great question... which I have not been able to answer... is, 'What does a woman want? Sigmund Freud

'There's a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It's called marriage.' James Holt McGavran

'Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.' Henny Youngman

Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming 1. Whenever you're wrong, admit it, 2. Whenever you're right, shut up. Nash

I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me. Anonymous

'I don't worry about terrorism. I was married for two years.' Sam Kinison

'I've had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me, and the second one didn't.' Patrick Murray

The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once... Anonymous

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What is Gem Island? Gem Island is new and exciting interactive entertainment and social networking portal on the Internet, using Web 3.0 Technology. This is going to be BIG, taking networking sites such as Facebook and My Space a few steps furtherW Members will be able to SEE each other in a 100 per cent VIRTUAL WORLD, where a HUGE ONLINE COMMUNITY can engage in Business, Social Networking and Entertainment.

What can I do on the Island? There are hundreds of opportunities on Gem Island! You can own a race horse and you and others can bet on it to win potentially huge prizes, start a Real Estate agent, become a singer or model, start a modelling agency and even trade on the stock markets. There is also Virtual Banking, Dating, Shopping in all the best malls and MUCH MORE.

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Casino City, with virtual banking and shops, where members can spend their winnings on the latest fashions and gadgets. Fantasy Sports will be a major part of the Islands attraction and Football, the Worlds greatest Sport, will be played in GEM Stadium and on mobile phones. Most excitingly there will be a Forum for Affiliates known as the Coliseum. Here members of the GEM Lifestyle network marketing program will have their own very sophisticated virtual office and the most modern conference rooms with seats from 10 – 10,000 people. GEM Lifestyle is the vision of serial entrepreneur Mark Campbell, with a glittering track record of wealth creation in the oil additive, telecoms and gaming sector. Mark Campbell has lead multiple teams of more than 600 employees, managed business divisions exceeding a 300 million euro revenue and with Jazztell was a part of a multi-billion NASDAQ flotation. Currently Mark Campbell is CIO at International Leisure Development plc. GRAND SCALA, Zaragoza, Spain, the largest leisure complex and tourist attraction in Europe. It is a 17 billion euro concept that will consist of 32 hotel-casinos, 5 major theme parks, a conference centre, several hotels, hundreds of retail shops, restaurants, a golf course, horse race track, opera, museums, and a residential development.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Here are some tips to help get you started when making yoursE 1. Be realistic: The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to never eat your favourite food again could be a bad choice. Strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now. 2. Plan ahead: Don't make your resolution on New Year's Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before December 31 arrives. 3. Outline your plan: Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have one more cigarette. This could include calling on a friend for help, practicing positive thinking and self-talk. 4. Make a "pro" and "con" list: It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve. 5. Talk about it: Don't keep your resolu 34

tion a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best case scenario is to find yourself a buddy who shares your New Year's resolution and motivate each other. 6. Reward yourself: This doesn't mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something that you enjoy that does not contradict your resolution. If you've been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, perhaps your reward could be going to a movie with a friend. 7. Track your progress: Keep track of each small success you make toward reaching your larger goal. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and small accomplishments will help keep you motivated. 8. Don't beat yourself up: Obsessing over the occasional slip won't help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take each day one at a time.

Restaurant Review

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Having exhausted most of the fine eateries from round our way, Hannah and I decided to venture to San Juan for our outing of the month. We had heard there was a fairly new English owned Bar/Restaurant there called Mi Cortijo and we found it conveniently located on the main road through the town. To enter the bar and restaurant there was a large terrace to walk through, with a pool table and TVs. “Bet this is popular in summer,” I remarked. The main dining area was a treat for the eyes. It had an intimately cosy feel to it, with an open fire, candlelit tables and warm décor. We felt comfortable and relaxed almost immediately. It helped that the owners, Gary and Brendan, were genuinely welcoming and friendly. After a little warm up convo we learnt that the bar had been open since October 1st. Gary is the chef and Brendan is bar attendant come waiter! It was a Friday night and lo and behold – Curry Night! And do you know at that moment, having spent all day braving biting winds, a damn good curry was just what the doctor ordered. We couldn’t believe the price – just 6€ for a two course Indian meal. First an Onion Bajhi arrived, which I have to say tasted (and looked) better than your average ‘Curry House’ attempt. Usually they come dripping with grease, but this

one was simply perfect, plus it was served with Gary’s secret sauce. Try guessing the ingredients! For the main course there were two choices – Chicken Korma or Jalfrezi and as my delicate mouth can’t take so much heat as Hannah’s I opted for the milder option – the Korma. Both choices were delicious in their individual ways and there was a huge mound of rice too, so finishing hungry simply wasn’t in the equation. And you guys know us Sentinella Girls by now – leaving a restaurant without dessert is like leaving England without a cold – a rare occurrence. So I scooped up the Treacle Pudding and Hannah had something brown and chocolaty. Other dishes on the menu include chilli con carne, lamb shanks, ribs, burgers, spaghetti meals, Belgian stew, salmon and swordfish. “The restaurant is popular with all nationalities,” revealed Gary. “We aren’t only popular with the expat community, but also the Spanish locals.” He continued: “Everything is made from scratch here. I love nothing more than making our customers happy.” Final verdict: Amazing value and quality. You’d be mad not to try this beauty out! See advert on Page 21



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Dear The Sentinella Readers!

As we move closer to the end of another year I wanted to thank you for all the e-mails and letters you have forwarded to me over the past year.

I must send a big thank you to whoever sent me the one about rat shit in the glue on envelopes, because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, I now have to wipe the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it all to a sick girl who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time. But that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates and Microsoft are sending me for participating in their special email programs. Or from the senior bank clerk in Nigeria who wants to split seven million dollars with me for pretending to be a long lost relative of a customer who died inestate. And I need no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me.

I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward emails to seven friends and make a wish within five minutes. I no longer drink Coca-Cola because it can remove toilet stains. 36

I no longer can buy petrol without taking a friend along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat when I'm filling up. I no longer go to shopping centres because someone will drug me with a food sample and rob me.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number and then I'll get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan.

I can't even pick up the five pounds I found dropped in the car park because it was probably put there by a crazed axe murderer waiting under my car.

A young girl’s account of life on the Costa del Sol

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Women’s Vocab

Guide to Women’s Vocab

We need = I want Do want you want = You’ll pay for this later We need to talk = I need to complain SureOGo head = I don’t want you to I’m not upset = of course I’m upset you moron I’m not emotional = And I’m not over reacting. I’ve got my period I want new curtains = and carpeting, and furniture and wallpaperW Do you love me = I’m going to ask for something really expensive How much do you love me = I did something today you’re really not going to like

You’re certainly attentive tonight = Is sex all you ever think about Is my bum fat? Tell me I’m beautiful You have to learn to communicate = Just agree with me Yes = No / No = No / Maybe = No I’m sorry = You’ll be sorry Nothing = Everything Everything = My PMS is acting up Do you like this recipe? It’s easy to fix so you’d better get used to it It’s your decision = The correct decision should be obvious by now I don’t want to talk about = Go away I’m still building up steam I’m not yelling = Yes I am yelling because I think this is important

Simple Jet

It is some time since I booked a budget airline flight online and it will certainly be the last. Budget airlines are now strict no-goers for me. In the future I am quite happily going to book myself on to scheduled flights with the big carriers, even if it does cost more. What a farceWI just want a ticket, no more, no less. I just want to get where I want to go without partaking in a Spanish Inquisition. “Simple jet?” More like “How difficult can we bloody make it for you jet?” In theory it should have been simple enough. All that was required was one ticket from London back to Spain. I had credit card in hand and I know my name and address off by heart, surely all I needed? I even knew exactly when and from where I wanted to travel. But no. Not happy with accepting my hard earned money to transport me in cattle like conditions

whilst trying to bribe me into buying scratchcards “for charity” and attempting to flog me slices of pizza made of playdough, they want to break my will to live too. The last time I booked a flight online, it took all of about 90 seconds. This time round the best part of about half an hour as I negotiated my way through a minefield of obscure questions. Will I have a bag? Would I like speedy boarding? Would I like to purchase travel insurance? How many pairs of skis would I be carrying? What was my promotional code? And would I like to pay for my carbon offsetting, so I could save the planet too! Well I never! What began as a forty quid cheapy had all of a sudden turned into double that, just for turning up! By Kelly, The Sentinella Costa Tropical

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New Year Quotes

Mark Twain New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.

Brooks Atkinson Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. Bill Vaughan Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.

holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year's Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you're married to.

James Agate New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. Eric Zorn Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.

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Network Update

The Sentinella is looking forward to the launch of its newest edition in Torrevieja, in the New Year, bringing the total number of The Sentinella magazines in Spain to a smashing six.

But fear not – there are still a number of great areas left in which to launch The Sentinella. We are still looking for the right people to launch the little mag in the Granada region, Benidorm, Murcia and Mazaron, Almeria east, including Roquetas del Mar and also Gibraltar and the Costa de la Luz. There are further opportunities up for

grabs in the UK, France, Dubai, Cyprus and Portugal. All have the potential to provide massive income, especially coupled with the other four income streams which are all included in our Business Opportunity package. So if you think you have what it takes and you wish to increase your bank account balance in 2009 then drop us a line on, call 610 976 284 or log on to our new-look website at Never run a mag before? Neither had our other networkers, but don’t worry as “we walk with you every step of the way.”


Amazing Animals

Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts This month we giddy up and saddle down to look at the Horse.

Horses belong to the equus family. Equus comes from the ancient Greek word meaning quickness.

Horses are mammals in the same family as zebras, mules and donkeys.

*Horses are more comfy when facing the rear of the trailer they are riding in. *Manhole covers were originally designed with raised surfaces to keep horses from slipping.

Silly Laws *In New York City, it is illegal to open or close an umbrella in the presence of a horse. *Blowing your nose around horses is a no-no in Waterville, Maine and Leahy, Washington. Saco, Missouri prohibits scary hats so you won't frighten horses, and Steadfield, Michigan bans riders from wearing masks and being unshaven.

An average life span for a horse is around 20 -25 years, though they can live for up to 30 years. The oldest recorded horse was "Old Billy," an English barge horse, who lived to be 62 years old.

*Horses don't have gall bladders. *Horses can see colour. *The teeth of a horse take up more space in the head than the brain. *Human hair and fingernails are made from the same protein as horse hooves. *Horses hooves grow about 1/4 inch per a month, taking almost a year to grow from coronet to ground. *The only mode of transportation on the Greek island of Hydra are horses and ponies. 42

Information Page

To advertise call 610 976 284 or email Emergency Numbers: Emergencies – Ambulance, Fire, Police (Multi-lingual) 112 Guardia Civil Hotline – 062 Health Emergency Hotline - 061 Local Police Hotline – 092 Fire Brigade: Albox – 950 120 128

Guardia Civil: Albox – 950 430 029 Carboneras – 950 454 082 Cuevas del Almanzora – 950 458 082 Garrucha/Mojacar – 950 617 079 Huercal-Overa – 950 471 112 Pulpi – 950 464 024 Turre – 950 468 222 Vera – 950 393 193

Hospitals: Hospital La Inmaculada Huercal-Overa – 950 029 000 Almeria Torrecardenas 950 016 000 Animal Rescue Centre: (Centre for wild animal/bird rescue) 670 944 594

Weekly Market Days Monday: Huercal-Overa, Antas, Berja Tuesday: Albox, Los Gallardos, Cuevas del Almanazora Wednesday: Mojacar, Bedar, Lubrin, Velez Blanco, Pulpi, Thursday: Cuevas del Almanazora, Carboneras, Sorbas Friday: Gurrucha, Turre, Zurgena Saturday: Aguilas, Vera, Arboleas, Velez Rubio Sunday: Villaricos, San Juan, Fines

ITV: Albox – 950 120 902 Vera – 950 391 726

Telefonica: Dial 1002 to report a fault on the line. For general enquiries dial 1004.

Tourist Information: Almeria – 950 280 748 Carboneras – 950 136 052 Cuevas del Almanzora – 950 548 707 Mojacar Pueblo – 950 615 025 Vera – 950 393 142 Railway Stations: Renfe – 902 240 202

Town Halls: Albox - 950 120 908 Antas - 950 619 015 Arboleas - 950 449 430 Cuevas del Almanzora - 950 456 488 Los Gallardos - 950 469 000 Garrucha - 950 460 058 Huercal-Overa - 950 134 900 Mojacar - 950 615 009 Turre - 950 479 011 Vera - 950 393 016 Airports: Almeria - 950 213700 Alicante - 966 919 000 San Javier, Murcia - 968 172 000 Airline Websites:


What’s On...

Please mention The Sentinella when replying to adverts Los Compañeros del Teatro, Next production – Pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, Lentisco Restaurant Taberno, Thu Jan 15th 4pm Fri Jan 16th 6pm, Sat Jan 17th 4pm. Sun Jan 18th 6pm. Tickets Adult 6€, Child 3€. For further details contact: 950 528 650.

AUAN, Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora Association campaigning for the legalisation of the many homes in the Almanzora valley built without the proper authority. Members meeting 3rd Saturday every month 11.00am La Parilla, Albox. Tel: 617118209.

Bar International Car Boot Sale – Saturday’s, Km 74.5 Baza-Huerca-Overa Road, from 9am.

Pamela’s Line Dancing Club Dance Classes which are Fun and a Social Event for the following: BEGINNERS/BEGINNERS/IMPROVERS/INTERM EDIATES Monday Evenings, Kimrick Function Room, Mojacar Playa 8pm until 10.30pm Tuesday Evenings, Lentisco Function Room, Taberno, 8pm until 10.30pm. Thursday Evenings, Miraflores Ballroom, Camping Los Gallardos, 7pm until 10.30pm. Evening Fee ~ 3 Euros ALL Proceeds are donated to M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support Group) Call Pamela on: 950-398076 Albox Scuba Diving Club The Traveller’s Inn Conference Room, Wednesday nights from 8pm. Meet new friends & buddies, talk & have fun, learn about Scuba Diving. Call Ged on 950 064 489 or 639 979 801

Fancy joining us for mountainbiking?? We start and finish in the Vera/Garrucha area. Thursday evenings about 25km. Sunday mornings about 50km. Beer (and tapas) afterwards !! Email or call 697 830 756.

Spain. Our aim is to generally enjoy ourselves and to help members with any classic car problems. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 3pm in our club house in Aguilas.

Charity Rastro/Flea Market, Saturday mornings at Mariela’s, Mojacar Playa. Tel 677 853 697 and speak to Karen or Diane.

Coffee Morning with the Mojacar Merry Maidens every Monday morning at Mariella`s Oasis (oppt View Spain. Ladies come and join us for an informal gathering of nothing but chit chat, 11 until 12.30. FREE (Coffee & Cake not included) but sold at the bar at a special price of 3.50 euro, if required. 4 x 4 Tours - If you have a 4x4 vehicle & think you would enjoy one Sunday each month touring the hills & valleys of our region, ring Mac on 950 436 521 for more information.

Line Dancing every Thursday, at Bar Rosaleda (opp Bar Internacional). Beginners 7.15pm (new class starts Oct 2nd. Improving & experienced, all are welcome. Ring Margaret on 950 436 521 for more information. New class starts Oct 2nd

Bridge Club, Puntazo Hotel, Mojacar Playa, 7pm Wednesdays. For more info. ring Les 950163524 or Janci 950615433.!

Classical Music, Sunday Feb 1st 20.30 concert by Peter Goodman. Piano & organ with Pauline Birchall, Tina Van de Klooster & Angel Lopez Soler. In the Convent Auditorium, near Church in Vera. Call 950 132 691.

Mosaic Making and Batik Workshops starting soon. Also anyone interested in joining a beginners watercolour/ acrylic afternoon session starting soon in Mojacar. Contact Annie 950472962 /637091934 or at Las Huertas Studio, Mojacar.

Amigos de los coches clásicos del levante We are a classic car club situated in the Almeria – Murcia region of Southern Have you got something on?! Then email us at before the 15th of the month for inclusion in the following month’s edition. It’s FREE of charge!!


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Star Signs by Mystic Mag

Mystic Mag starts all over again to tell you what’s new for January 09E Capricorn – The moon has moved in to your ‘good for nothing’ chart and it will remain that way for most of the year in fact. Hard cheese! Lucky sign – A ray of sun

Aquarius – You are planning a big move, but make sure you wait until the moment is right as otherwise disaster could loom. Lucky sign – Tick Tock Pisces – This year you want to get married, but first you must find a partner that can endure you throughout the years ahead. So get looking. Lucky sign – Speed dating?

Aries – Be careful of your money this month. It doesn’t grow on trees, so it’s no good pretending that it does. And in any case, all trees wither from time to time. Lucky sign – Fruits Taurus – If the pen has run out of ink then buy a new pen. It’s really not that difficult. Lucky sign – A new pen (lid and all)

Gemini – If you want to fix it then it must be broken. Don’t try and fix something that isn’t broken, as that won’t work in the law of all averages. Lucky sign – Glue

Cancer – Education is the key to success so why not check out what long distance learning courses are available to you as you fizzle your lifeless days away. Lucky sign – Learning something (anythingW)

Leo – Don’t get too excited too soon, as excitement is a very clever feeling, that doesn’t like to show its face too much. Best off to be less excited and feel the calm. Lucky sign – Yo man! Virgo – Everything that happens for you in January is really, totally meant to be. It will all just unravel, as if it was waiting all along for the right time to happen. Lucky sign – Cotton reel

Libra – Nobody likes being wrong, least of all you Librans. But unfortunately we all are from time to time and it’s your turn. Lucky sign – Wrong with a capital W Scorpio – The year bursts into action for you Scorpions and sets the scene for the whole of 2009. Lucky sign – Vroooooom

Sagittarius – I’m not picking up anything for you Sags this month. That either means that nothing much is going to happen at all, or it’s out of my radar. Lucky sign – Aliens


Puzzle Page

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1. Which sea is also called The Sea of Tiberius? 2. In which famous novel does Catherine Earnshaw appear? 3. What is deuterium oxide also known as? 4. In which year did General Gordon arrive in Khartoum? 5. What type of creature is a Junco? 6. In which country was artist Edvard Munch born? 7. Which chemical element has the symbol V? 8. How many pennies was the English silver coin a groat worth? 9. If you kvetch what do you do? 10. In biology if something is acauline what does it lack?

nearby railway track. What caused the death of Romeo and Juliet? 5. There are four girls, and four apples in a basket. Every girl takes an apple, Yet one apple remains in the basket. How is this possible? Quiz & Riddle answers on Page 47


Hey Diddle Riddle

1. Which triangle has a bigger area: 1. A triangle with sides measuring 300, 400, and 500. 2. A triangle with sides measuring 300, 400, and 700. 2. A man was going to buy a $5000 car, but he didn't pay a penny for the car, how is this possible? 3. What has roots as nobody sees Is taller than trees, Up, up it goes , And yet never grows? 4. Romeo and Juliet are found dead on the floor in a bedroom. When they were discovered, there were pieces of glass and some water on the floor. The only furniture in the room is a shelf and a bed. The house in is a remote location, away from everything except for the 46

Jokes :-)

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I parked in a disabled space today and a traffic warden shouted to me... 'Oi, what's your disability?' I said 'Tourettes! Now f**k off!'

A man says to his wife 'tell me something that will make me happy and sad at the same time'. His wife replies 'You've got a bigger knob than your brother' Did you hear about the look-a-like competition in China ? Everybody won. A Primary Teacher explains to her class

that she is a Liverpool fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they too are Liverpool fans. Everyone in the class raises their hand except one little girl. The teacher looks at the girl with surprise and says, 'Mary, why didn't you raise your hand?' 'Because I'm not a Liverpool fan,' she replied. The teacher, still shocked, asked, 'Well, if you are not a Liverpool fan, then who are you a fan of?' 'I am a Man Utd fan, and proud of it,' Mary replied. The teacher could not believe her ears. 'Mary, why, pray tell, are you a Man Utd fan?' 'Because my mum is a Man Utd fan, and my dad is a Man Utd fan, so I'm a Man Utd fan too!' 'Well,' said the teacher in an obviously annoyed tone, 'that is no reason for you to be a Man Utd fan. You don't have to be just like your parents all of the timeW What if your mum was a prostitute and your dad was a drug addict, what would you be then?' 'Then,' Mary smiled, 'I'd be a Liverpool fan.’ Get Quizical Answers 1. The Sea of Galillee 2. Wuthering Heights 3. Heavy water 4. 1884 5. Bird 6. Norway 7. Vanadium 8. 4 9. Incessantly complain 10. A stem Hey Diddle Riddle Answers 1. 300, 400 & 500.The other triangle can not exist! 2. He didnt pay a penny. He saved 5,000 dollars for the car! 3. A mountain 4. Fish. The rumble of the train knocked the tank off the shelf. 5. One girl took the basket. She took the last apple while it was in the basket.

Fresh from her shower, she stood in front of the mirror complaining to her husband that her breasts were too small. Instead of characteristically telling her, it's not so, he came up with a suggestion. If you want your breasts to grow, then every day take a piece of toilet paper and rub it between them for a few seconds'. Willing to try anything, she fetched a piece of toilet paper and stood in front of the mirror, rubbing it between her breasts. 'How long will this take?' she asked. They will grow larger over a period of years,' her husband replies. She stopped. 'Do you really think rubbing a piece of toilet paper between my breasts every day will make my breasts larger over the years?' Without missing a beat he says, 'Worked for your backside, didn't it?'


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Jack in Albox, English & Spanish lessons, tap dancing, musical theatre & much more. C/Viento 9, Albox. Tel: 652 580 695 or 607 598 457


Paula Puente, Mojácar, english and german speaking, advice and management on all kind of projects.Tel.: 610433001, email:


Bar Internacional, Ctra Nac 343 Baza-Huercal Overa km 74.5 Los Llanos Arboleas, 950 120 803, 653 884 517 Don Mojitos, Mojacar Playa, opp Lua Bar, call: 664 225 459 Los Limoneros, Cortijo Valley Grande, Turre, 950 468 132 Millionaire Bar, Las Marinas, Vera Playa, 950 617 467 or 637 255 978, Reflections, Paseo del Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa, Almeria, 618 133 439 Rumores, 36 Avda de Lepanto, Albox, 610 641 567


Shirin: Professional Bellydancer & Bellydancing Teacher gives classes in Club Deportivo Puerto Rey Tuesdays, 7-8pm, Cuevas Casa Figueras, 8.3010pm, Turre. Wednesdays 8.30-10pm , Palomares Escuela de Música y Danza Thursdays 8.30-10 pm. PRIVATE AND GROUP LESSONS. Call 607.80.53.67 ( )


Barry Welsh, fully qualified, over 20 years experience, kitchens, fitted wardrobes, windows & doors. 663 709 810 48


Girasol, Calle Malaga Albox, near Mercadona Supermarket, 639 089 170


Compleo Boulicoat SL, Vera. Computer repairs, advice, support, networks and solutions development. Tel: 950 393 689 or 661 575 543 Email:


Almeria Mini Diggers, 600 809 293, Lubrin Plant Hire, mini & micro diggers & dumpers. Ideal for narrow access. Other small plant available. Call Gavin on 950 592 922 or 664 327 898.


Try Diving, Ged or Trish, 950064489 or 639979801, local to Albox.


Suckling Electrical, Gary 663 660 409 or Sean 667 844 156


Danniells Fox SL, Second Floor, Local 89, Parque Commercial, Mojacar, Tel: 950 478 617


Funeral Plans - Lifestyle Insurance. Don’t get caught out by the Spanish system. Our funeral plans mean you are prepared for the worst. Offices in Turre and Albox. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Tel: 950 468 405


Bonita, 223 Paseo de Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa, 950 473 159

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Emporium, service that’s all about you, Mojacar Playa, 950 472 790,


Girasol Health Food Shop, Vitamins & supplements, organic, gluten-free & unusual products. Calle Malaga Albox, near Mercadona, 639 089 170 Nell’s Nail & Beauty, California Fitness, Turre, 950 618 882, 617 988 101 X-Tone - no sweat work-out, Level 2, Parque Commercial, Mojacar Playa, For free trial tel: 664 550 661


Lifestyle - Motor, home, business, travel, accident, health, community, pets. Claims assessing, pensions, inheritance tax, retirement advice, Turre office 34 Avda de Almeria 950468 405. Albox office Edf Malaga, Avda Lepanto 950 633 022. Lloyd & Whyte International The Overseas Insurance People, Providing Property, Health, Travel & more Authorised & Regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK. Local 85, Parque Comercial, Mojacar, 950 615 302, 661 858 787 and 950 120 192, 687 942 594,


Paws a While Pet Hotel, secure surroundings with ample space & shade. Call Dean: 696 562 662, Fines near Albox


 AM & RG Abogados-Solicitors, Angela Morales & Rodriguez-Girones. Conveyance, wills, insurance broker, taxes inc inheritance. Paseo del Mediterraneo 335, 1st floor, Mojacar. Tel/Fax: 950 478 984 Email: M.A.R. Consultores S.L. Maria Jose Arroyo Rodriguez, Parqe Comercial Local 73, Mojacar Playa, 950 478 911 Fax: 950 478 990, Mobile: 630 657 958


DB Auto Paramedics, Mobile breakdown, servicing, repairs, petrol/diesel mix-ups sorted on the spot. Call David on 678 487 689


Mister Screen, Tony, 637 159 249


Triangle Motorbikes, spares, parts, accessories, tyre fitting & repairs. Edf Atalaya, Arboleas. Tel: 950 44 95 65 or 663 153 834. Online store at


Music Teacher fully qualified (DIPLCM), piano and keyboard lessons available to all levels. Contact Don Good-Reynolds on 634 977 060


Almeria Angels, nursing & homecare services. Home visits & hospital visits, Tel: 665 017 950 email:


Osteopath & Physiotherapist, Centro de Fisioterapia Vera Salud, Ronda de la Buagnvillas 43, Ctra Garrucha-Villaricos, Vera Playa, 950 132 765, 607 479 379


Decor8, free estimates and expert advice. Call Mark: 677 221 926


Experience the thrill of flying, tandem paragliding flights. Call Trudy at Geckofly on: 635 243 539, Vouchers available


Pianist & Keyboard player, very experienced and versatile, available to play for all occasions - has own equipment. Jazz, classical, pop, standards. Contact Don Goodridge-Reynolds on 634 977 060. Also available for lessons


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Mojacar Plumbing, Donnelly, 699 909 773



One Stop Pool Shop, Poli Ind Nave 7, Arboleas, 950 431 760, Paul the Pool, all aspects of pool maintenance and repairs - covers supplied. Call: 697 323 333 or 678 000 506


Sparkles, Holiday change over cleaning, key holding, general maintenance & cleaning. Tel: 627 279 584,


Rent Mojacar, Paseo del Mediterraneo 23, Mojacar Playa, 950 615 042,


Sean Art - Hand Painted Signs made to your requirements. For shops, houses, bars & restaurants. Portfolio available. Call Sean: 619 380 244.


Pools, spas, linings & repair, Call 616 547 396 or email


Steve Holman, wall and floor ceramic tiling specialist. Not a Jack of all trades, just a master of one. Call: 679 663 343


Anna-Marie Bedford, all aspects of translating work carried out, hospital, town hall, etc, 697 32 33 33 Lifestyle Solutions, Trading from Lifestyle Insurance offices in Turre & Albox. NIE numbers, residences, car registrations, utilities, medical, notary, translations. Albox: 664 832 176 or Turre: 637 267 893, Your business here for just 5â‚Ź a month Call 610 976 284 to book your advert 50


Movieland, Guardia Vieja Complex, Mojacar Playa, 950 475 003


All sizes, installation available, Call 616 547 396, email

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Whilst we have chosen to live in Spain we can not unfortunately choose where we die – it is likely that you have car insurance, house insurance and health insurance all of which represent financial protection against an event which may never occur but you have probably not thought about protecting yourself from the one certainty in life – Death. Ask yourself the question what would happen if someone you know dies in Spain? Would you know who to call? Would they know the Spanish system on funerals? Would they be able to cope with local laws and regulations in Spain? Would family have time to get to Spain (within 48 hours)? Would funds be readily available to cover all costs? Could you cope at a time of great stress?

Through pre planning and pre paying you:

• Choose the type of service you want at your funeral. • Remove the decision making process from loved ones at a time of great stress. • Fix the price (through pre planning and pre paying) you fix the price at today‘s cost whenever life‘s final event may occur in the future

So providing “ Peace of Mind” from €2145

Visit SPN Funeral Plans’ website and find out more about the procedures on death in Spain, and how an SPN Funeral Plan can benefit you. Address: SPN Funeral Plans SL, Local 106 Calle Convento, 29120, Alhaurin el Grande, Málaga. Tel: 952 595 691 or 952 491 788 Fax: 952 490 690 Website Email

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