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YOUR SOUTH WEST MURCIA MAGAZINE DicIEMBRE/DECEMBER 2008

Cantabria & Castile-La Mancha Holiday Season Movie Releases Emma Watson Turkey with all the trimmings Cocktails and Mocktails Plus much more...

PROPERTIES • SPORT • DINING • HEALTH & BEAUTY • TRAVEL • LOCAL NEWS CLASSIFIEDS • SUDOKU • CROSSWORD • HOROSCOPES • PLUS MUCH MORE

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DECEMBER 2008

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EDITORIAL Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all our readers and advertisers alike., Publisher Per Jensen Sunshine Mediahouse Sunshine Magazine Apartado de Correos 1039 30850 El Paret贸n, Totana, Murcia Office Tel 968 429 113 Office Hours Mon, Tues, Thurs 9 am - 2 pm E-mail info@sunnynumbers.com Sunny Numbers E-mail info@sunnynumbers.com Advertising Manager Per Jensen 699 501 508

We are off on a well earned Christmas break for a few weeks - and will be back with our January issue, perhaps a few pounds heavier and ready for all those good intentions of the new year. We will be bringing you a detox special just incase you did over indulge or just want to start the new year on a healthy path. On a more somber note spare a thought this Christmas for any elderly neighbours living on their own and try and take the time to visit them to make sure they are ok. In this cold weather they may be finding things difficult. I am sure they will appreciate it. Feliz Navidad from everyone at Sunshine Magazine

Editor Wendy Darby Deadline for all advertisement and new copy is 28th of the month Translated by: I.K.G Language Services Layout & Graphic Design: amandajudsondesign.com No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher All rights reserved. 漏2008 Per Jensen / Sunshine Mediahouse 4 Sunshine Magazine

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CONTENTS

FEATURES 06

Cantabria and Castile-La Mancha

28 C.F. Kennellys

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Holiday Season Movie Releases

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Movie: The Tale of Despereaux

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Gastronomy Section

66 Emma Watson

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Horoscopes

RECIPES

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Horoscopo SP

18 Turkey with all the trimmings 20 Cocktails and Mocktails

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Sudoku

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Crossword

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Xmas Quiz

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For the Kids

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Samurai Sudoku

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Puzzle answers

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Classifieds

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Traders list

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Important No.s

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REGULARS

Meat and Fish Translations

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Autonomous Communities of Spain

Spain is divided in 17 parts called autonomous communities. We continue our series with a look at Cantabria and Castile-La Mancha

Cantabria

The tiny autonomous region of Cantabria in northern Spain is one of the Iberian Peninsula’s hidden jewels, largely overlooked by the mass market tourist industry. Most British holidaymakers arriving by ferry at the Cantabrian capital of Santander only catch a glimpse of this gorgeous region through the car window as they pass through en route to one of the costas. It’s true you can’t count on Cantabria if endless days of summer sun are your top priority as the weather here is as unpredictable as it is in the UK. The Cantabrian climate supports a breath-taking array of landscapes ranging from spectacular mountains bedecked with flowerfilled meadows to lush green valleys and dense forests which provide a safe haven for some of the country’s few remaining wild wolves and bears. Take time out to explore the many delights of

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Cantabria and you’ll soon see why the Spanish royals chose Santander as their summer retreat in the early part of the 20 th century. The region boasts some superb beaches which never suffer the over-crowding of Spain’s eastern and southern coastlines. Visit one of the highest mountains in Europe, the Picos de Europa, which soars at more than 7,500 feet at its rugged peak, and only a three-hour drive from Santander. Along the way there are numerous villages to visit, breathtaking gorges to see and tiny inns at which to dine. This area is one of the best places in Spain for hiking, climbing and various other outdoor pursuits. And for those more interested in history and culture, Cantabria is a treasure trove of medieval villages, ancient monuments, grandiose architectural gems and well-preserved prehistoric cave paintings. Lovers of nature, wildlife and adventure sports come from all four corners of the globe to spend a week or two in the Picos de Europa national park which includes the highest peaks in the Cantabrian mountains, interspersed with dramatic canyons and long, narrow gorges. The rivers abound with salmon and trout; wild cats, chamois and red deer roam the mountainsides while eagles and goshawks rule the skies. continued on page 8

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Torre del Friero, Picos de Europa

The park is home to two glacial lakes and some of Spain’s deepest caves. Near the enchanting ancient village of Potes you’ll find the 6 th century Sanctuary of St Toribio the reputed home of the largest remnant of the cross on which Jesus died. One of the region’s most precious assets is the Altamira Cave, to the west of Santander, where huge multi-coloured paintings dating back 15,000 years adorn the ceiling. Access to the cave is severely restricted these days but you can see a recreation of the paintings at the national museum in the nearby village of Santillana del Mar. The village is well worth a visit in its own right as it’s one of the best preserved medieval towns in Spain. The Cabarceno Nature Reserve, ten minutes drive from Santander, is one of Cantabria’s top visitor attractions with its safari park where endangered exotic creatures from five continents roam semi-wild. The park is home to more than 500 species including elephants, leopards, bears, lions and kangaroos.

Santander

Santander, the capital of Spain’s Cantabria region in northern Spain, is blessed with a physical beauty. The beautiful Spanish town

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provides a great base for touring the highest points of Europe. The city’s location, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, forced it to develop in a peculiarly elongated manner along the northern rim of the bay which opens out to the Cantabrian Sea. There are two distinct sections to the city - the busy commercial centre where you’ll find the majority of shops, historic buildings and tourist attractions, and the beach resort of El Sardinero which is home to the city’s classiest suburbs, the former royal palace and the casino. City lovers interested in history, architecture, culture or simply the discovery of what lies beyond the harbour of one of Spain’s major ports will not be disappointed in Santander. With many historical buildings in the city such as the Catedral, the Palacio de Pronillo and the Edificio del Banco de Espana as well as many galleries and museums, such as the Galeria El Cantil, the Museo Taurino and the Museo de Bellas Artes, even the most seasoned traveler will be spoilt for choice. Unfortunately, Santander is missing a very old portion of town. Due to a fire in 1941, the town lost much of its city center and with it an ancient heritage. continued on page 10

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Santander Ayuntamiento

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The Bay of Biscay, where Santander is situated, is undoubtedly one of the city’s most recognizable icons. Its calm water changes color depending on the wind, creating a kind of magical element. The bay takes visitors to the Barrio Pesquero a fisherman’s area lined with gritty taverns and earthy restaurants. Farther along is a street called the Paseo de Pereda, locale of Pereda Gardens, known as the “lungs of the city.” Reina Victoria - Santander’s main avenue and among the most beautiful maritime avenues in Spain, takes visitors to the Magdalena Peninsula, home to the English-style Magdalena Royal Palace. For the more adventurous, the best way to get an orientation of the city is to board one of the bay’s sightseeing motorboats and take a trip to the lighthouse of Cabo Mayor, located on high, steep cliffs. The bay also hosts The International Festival Hall of Santander, a modern, box-like building that has the capacity to drop a wall and open itself to the bay for performances held under the stars. Some of Spain’s most talked-about sites are on Santander’s doorstep. For instance, Bilbao, in the Basque region - take a day trip to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and sample the tapas called pintxos. Discover why King Alfonso XIII chose this part of the Cantabrian coast as his summer retreat in the early part of the 20th century. Many fine buildings sprung up to accommodate the needs of the aristocracy and court officials who followed the king and his queen, Victoria Eugenia, wherever they went including an impressive casino and the Gran Hotel. Or simply enjoy the many modern day tourist attractions which include two zoos, a planetarium, several good museums and a dynamic arts centre which hosts various cultural events throughout the year and is the venue for Santander’s major international festival in August.

Castilla-La Mancha

Castilla-La Mancha encompasses the vast plains of central Spain – a land of fairytale castles, wine and the famous windmills immortalised in Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote (the best selling book of all time after the bible). It’s the producer of Spain’s best cheese, Manchego, and it’s a region which boasts the world’s biggest vineyard. To date Castilla La Mancha has remained virtually untouched by tourism, attracting only a sprinkling of Don Quixote devotees and “cultural tourists” keen for a glimpse of the real Spain away from the crowded costas.

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Changes to Castilla La Mancha

But all that’s about to change with the announcement that this sleepy section of central Spain is to be the new home of a Las Vegas style gambling and leisure complex. It’s one of the most ambitious projects of its kind that Europe has ever seen and it has put the world spotlight firmly on a previously overlooked region which, until now, had only a 400-year-old novel as its major claim to fame. Construction work on the project was due to start towards the end of 2006 in the province of Ciudad Real, 190 kilometres south of Madrid. It will include a 50,000 square foot casino, a luxury hotel with 850 rooms, a 30,000 square foot spa centre, a shopping mall and a 3,000 seat theatre. Due for completion in 2008, the scheme is the brainchild of American entertainment giants Harrah’s who operate several luxurious gambling centres in Las Vegas including Caesar’s Palace which is probably the most prestigious casino resort in the world. So if you want a taste of that magical “Man from La Mancha” country where most foreign tourists fear to tread, you’d better get there fairly quickly! Two new motorways and a planned international airport are included in the project which looks set to propel Castilla-La Mancha into the ranks of Europe’s top entertainment centres. Meanwhile this autonomous region of Spain offers a number of rather less glitzy attractions for the first time visitor to explore. Don Quixote fans will want to see the huge windmills of Consuegra (the “giants” against which Cervantes’ hero went into battle) and Dulcinea’s House in the village of Toboso (Dulcinea was the object or Quixote’s platonic love). In the villager of Esquivias you can visit the well-preserved 16th century house where Cervantes is believed to have written part of his masterpiece. The region is littered with ancient castles, many of them dating back to the days of Moorish domination.

Toledo - The former capital of Spain and now the regional capital, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The place is a spell-binding concoction of grandiose medieval buildings, Moorish mosques, winding cobbled streets and ancient city walls. The city was the spiritual home of the famous Greek-born painter El Greco and the modest 16 th century house where he lived has now been turned into a museum of his work. Sunshine Magazine 11


Campo de Criptana

Cuenca

- This enchanting medieval city, declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO, is surrounded by landscapes of incredible beauty. Among the town’s most remarkable sights are the famous “Hanging Houses”, the Gothic cathedral and the Museum of Abstract Art. In its surroundings there are several fantastic natural preserves, among them Ciudad Encantada, the “enchanted city”, where erosion has created most bizarre forms.

Guadalajara

- Major attractions are the Mudejar style church Santa Maria la Mayor, the 15th century palace Duque del Infantado, the Moorish town-walls and bridge over Henares river, from 10th century. In the province of Guadalajara the medieval town Siguenza, with its great fortress and cathedral, is worth a visit.

production.It is surrounded by a fertile plain which produces a considerable quantity of the saffron produced in Spain today. Albacete formerly had an extensive trade in cutlery but nowadays is more famous for its daggers, which are held in high repute by Spaniards. They are formidable weapons, of coarse manufacture, but with richly ornamented handles; and they frequently bear proverbial inscriptions suitable to their murderous appearance..

Monument to Don Quijote

Ciudad Real

- This city is marked by the history of Don Quijote who is said to have fought against the windmills at the nearby Campo de Criptana. The nearby Lagunas de Ruidera, consisting of 17 lagoons, offer splendid landscapes. Albacete - A modern and functional city, located at the typical plains of La Mancha. It is known worldwide for its cuttlery and Saffron

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Turkey with all the trimmings Roast Turkey

Serves 10 For when only a turkey will do at Christmas, try this recipe. The ricotta/cream cheese keeps the turkey moist 115g / 402 ricotta or cream cheese 115g / 402 unsalted butter, softened 1 tbsp chives, snipped 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped 2 tsp tarragon, chopped 1 tsp chopped chervil, chopped 1/4 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 6.3kg / I4lb fresh turkey, room temperature 1/2 lemon 1/2 onion 3 garlic cloves 1 sprig thyme 1 sprig rosemary Extra butter, for greasing foil Combine the ricotta and butter with the herbs, salt and pepper. Gently ease the skin away from the flesh at both ends of the turkey by carefully inserting your fingers between the skin and the flesh. Push the butter mixture under the skin easing it over the whole bird - be careful not to puncture the skin. Put the lemon, onion, garlic and herbs in the cavity of the turkey. Lay a large sheet of turkey foil over a

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baking tray lengthways, leaving enough at each end to wrap over the turkey, lightly butter the foil. Repeat this exercise with another sheet, this time across the roasting tray. Lightly butter once again. Put the turkey breast side up in the centre of the foil. Wrap the turkey completely in foil. Put in a pre-heated 230ºC/450°F/gas 8 oven and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and cook for a further two hours. For the last 20-30 minutes, fold back the foil to allow the turkey to brown, baste occasionally using the juices from the pan. Make sure the ends of the drumsticks are still covered. Check with a meat thermometer to see if the turkey is cooked by pushing it through the thickest part of the thigh; if it registers 70°C/150°F, the turkey is cooked. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in a warm place for the juices to settle and to make carving easier. Tip away the fat from the roasting tray and use the meat juices that remain as the base for your gravy. Serve with all the trimmings.

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Perfect Roast Potatoes

Serves four-six 1.3kg / 3lb floury potatoes e.g. Kind Edwards (preferably all similar in size) Dripping, goose or duck fat, for basting About 2 heaped tbsp plain flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 tsp soft thyme leaves, optional A few whole unpeeled garlic cloves, optional Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Peel the potatoes and cut into large, even-sized pieces. Put them in a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, then drain and return to the pan for a minute or so to dry out. Pre-heat a large roasting tin with 1cm (1/2in) deep dripping, goose or duck fat for a few minutes, until just smoking. Put the flour in a small bowl, season generously and add soft thyme leaves, if using. Put the potatoes in a colander and toss them in a handful of the seasoned flour. You’ll need to do this quite vigorously so the edges start to break up slightly. Arrange the potatoes, flat-side down in the hot fat and baste the tops, adding the garlic cloves at this point for a different dimension, if liked. Position in the oven and cook for 20 minutes before turning the potatoes over. Cook for a further 20 minutes, then pour off the majority of the fat. Cook for a final 20 minutes until crispy around the edges and a lovely golden brown.

Cumberland Sauce

Makes 850ml / 1 1/2pt This traditional English sauce goes well with cold cuts of meat too. It can be made ahead which improves the taste 4 blood oranges or oranges 2 lemons 3 shallots, finely diced 450g / 1lb redcurrant jelly 90ml / 3fl oz port 90ml / 3fl oz red wine 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1/2 cinnamon stick 1/2 tsp ground ginger Salt and ground black pepper Peel the oranges and lemons with a potato peeler, cut the peel into juliennes. Blanch the peel and shallots in boiling water for five minutes, drain and set aside. Melt the redcurrant with the port and wine over a medium heat. Fold in the shallots, citrus rind, mustard, cinnamon and ground ginger and stir to combine. Cook over a medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Season to taste. Pour into sterilised jars and seal, this will keep for a few weeks.

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Glazed Parsnips, Carrots and Shallots

Serves six Glistening, glossy vegetables are a must on the Christmas table and these are so easy to do, it’s a synch 450g / 1lb parsnips, peeled and cut into 5cm / 2in batons 450g / 1lb carrots, peeled and cut into 5cm / 2in batons 6 shallots, peeled 1 tsp thyme, chopped 3 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp liquid honey 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar Salt and ground black pepper 2 tbsp parsley, chopped Pre-heat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF /gas 5. Put the parsnips, carrots, shallots and thyme in a bowl and toss with the olive oil. Put in a tray and pop in the oven, cook for 45 minutes, stirring from time to time. 15 minutes before the end of cooking, toss the vegetables with the honey and vinegar, season with salt and ground black pepper and return to the oven to finish cooking, turning from time to time. Just before serving, toss with the parsley.

Christmas Brussels

Serves eight-ten 675g / 1 1/2lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed 115g / 4oz unsalted butter 115g / 4oz smoked streaky bacon, cut into small batons 1 onion, finely chopped 1 tsp fennel seeds Crated rind of 1 organic orange 1 tsp soft thyme leaves 200g / 7oz ready cooked chestnuts, halved Salt and ground black pepper Cook the Brussels sprouts in boiling salted water for six minutes and drain. Heat the butter in a frying pan, add the bacon and cook over a medium heat until the bacon starts to turn colour. Add the onion, fennel seeds, orange rind and thyme and cook until the onions start to colour, about eight-ten minutes. Add the drained sprouts and chestnuts and fry until the sprouts start to turn golden and have a wonderful crusty exterior. Season to taste.

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Happy New Year! Celebrate in style with our delicious cocktails and mocktails. If you don’t want to fork out on Champagne, treat yourself to delicious Cava or, for an alcohol-free alternative, use something like Shloer instead.

Black Velvet

Beware, this is very alcoholic but a great cure for sea-sickness: 2 parts Champagne 2 parts Guinness Pour the ingredients into a Champagne flute at the same time and enjoy.

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Bellini

A delicious classic - try it with fresh peaches and not syrup for an extraspecial treat 2 peaches, stoned and cut in half Champagne, to top up Juice the peaches, pour into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne, stir.

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Orange Collins

Put the segments from 3 oranges into a large jug and gently pound with a rolling pin. Add 400ml gin, 100ml lemon juice, 100ml sugar syrup, then top up with soda water and ice.

Christmas Champagne Kir Royale

If Champagne doesn’t appeal, use white wine instead for a standard Kir 1 part blackberry syrup 4-6 parts Champagne, to taste Mix and stir, pour into a Champagne flute.

Pretty Woman

Remember when Richard Gere told Julia Roberts that strawberries bring out the taste of Champagne? This is taking it one step further... 4 strawberries, destalked Champagne, to top Juice three strawberries, pour into a Champagne flute, top with the Champagne and stir. Garnish with the remaining strawberry.

Spice Route

Caramelise a wedge of orange on both sides on a hot griddle pan. Pour 5ml sugar syrup and 2 dashes of orange bitters in a large tumbler. Add 2 ice cubes and stir with a cinnamon stick for 10 seconds. Add 25ml tequila, stir. Add 20ml Kaklua and stir. Squeeze the caramelised range into the drink and drop into the galss.

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Combine the Christmas favourites of cran-berries and Champagne for a festive treat ideal for Christmas morning or Boxing Day lunch 2 parts Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice 2 parts Champagne i strawberry or raspberry, to garnish Pour the liquids into a Champagne flute and garnish with the strawberry or raspberry.

Mocktails

Exotic Dancer

1ooml / 3 1/2fl oz pineapple juice Juice of one mango, juiced in a blender 1ooml / 3 1/2fl oz lychee juice Ideally, juice your own fruit for extra flavour and purity or buy ready-made if time is short. Not all juicers can juice mangos as they’re too fibrous so remove the flesh and destone, cut the flesh into chunks and blend with the other juices. Chill and serve.

Freshest of the Fresh

1/z cucumber Handful of mint Soda water, to top Juice the cucumber with the mint leaves, pour into a Martini glass and top with soda water.

Whatever you choose to drink this festive season, remember to do so responsibly and use a designated driver.

Tango in Paris

Serves two 2 lemons 30oml / 1/2 pt water 1-2 tsp sugar, to taste i can Tango, orange-flavoured Slices of orange Squeeze the lemons into the glass of water, add the sugar and stir. Pour into a jug with the Tango and slices of orange, mix and pour into tall glasses. For an extra lemony flavour, try lemon-flavoured pop instead.

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Meat and Fish Translations Do you know your Carne from your Pescado?

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English

Spanish

English

Spanish

Meat

Carne

Bull

Torro

Chicken

Pollo

Ham

Jamón

Turkey

Pavo

Goose

Oca

Fresh Pork Sausages

Salchichas

Quail

Pintada

Pheasant

Faisán

Spanish Sausage

Chorizo

Partridge

Perdiz

Black Pudding

Morcilla

Lamb

Cordero

Mutton

Carnero

Fish

Pescado

Beef

Ternera

Boar

Jabalí

Venison

Venado

Pork

Cerdo

Suckling Pig

Cochinillo

Rabbit

Conejo

Kid Oxon

Tuna

Atún

Swordfish

Emperador

Hake

Merluza

Mackerel

Caballa

Cod

Bacalao

Haddock

Eglefino

Whiting

Merlán

Cabrito

Sole

Lenguado

Buey

Bream

Dorada

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Spanish

Turbot

Rodaballo

Plaice

Solla

Trout

Trucha

Tench

Tenca

Monkfish

Rape

Skatefish

Raya

Sea Bass

Lubina

Lemon Sole

Limanda

Sardine

Sardina

Cuttlefish

Jibia

Squid

Calamari

Octopus

Pulpo

Oyster

Ostra

Clams

Almejas

Baby eels

Angulas

Mussell

Mejill贸n

Lobster

Langosta

Crab

Cangrejo

Prawns

Gambas

Large prawns Very small

Langostinos

prawns

Quisquillas

Cuts of meat Chicken cleaned Wings Chicken Breast Fillets Neck Brisket Leg of Lamb Shoulder Ribs Chops Pork Fillet Steak Fillet

Pollo limpio Alas Filetes de Pechuga Jarrette Pecho Pierna de cordero Paletilla Costillas Chuletas Solomillo de cerdo Solomillo de ternera

Meat for roasting Meat for frying Minced meat Cooked Fresh

Carne para asado Carne para fre铆r Carne picada Cocida Fresca

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Horoscopes - December Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Work is very rewarding this month yet you still manage to find ways to break the routine. You are very busy expanding your horizons, whether it’s through actual travel or “armchair travel”. At times, you may come across as opinionated, but it’s more likely enthusiasm for sharing your thoughts. Romance is to be found when you are enjoying non-routine activities.

Sharing, intimacy and finances all figure strongly for you. You are thinking strategically, making plans, and watching others around you more than you are participating. You stand to gain much from your observations! This month brings with it travel or educational opportunities, most likely involving a partner, who has been going through a lot of changes recently.

Balancing your needs with those of a significant other involves plenty of negotiating and back-and-forth before arriving at any conclusions this month. Times like these require a certain amount of tact and a need to let others take center stage for the time being. A loan or repayment is likely to make headlines for you towards the end of December. A personal project could bear fruit .

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

You simply can’t wait until the New Year to begin fulfilling your resolutions regarding health, fitness, and lifestyle changes. The time is now! You have more energy than usual for work, projects, and anything that involves reorganizing and restructuring. Taking care of details is what’s on your mind now.

December is an exciting and stimulating month and this is a decidedly romantic and creative period for you. You have special magnetic appeal, extra energy, and a real yen for excitement now. Creative Leos will be on a roll, producing more than ever, and publishing opportunities may be forthcoming. The last week of December features a job offer or opportunity, possibly a work-at-home endeavor.

A scurry of activity in and around the home or with family is in store for you this month. You are busy with preparations, repairs, and re-organizing—and enjoying every minute of it! It’s a fabulous time to get your “nest” in order and functioning smoothly. An exciting proposal or opportunity regarding love, recreation, and creativity comes your way.

Libra

Scorpio

An especially busy period is in store for you and it can get a little hectic, with many errands to run, more ideas than you can realistically implement, and plenty of contact with friends, siblings, and neighbours. It’s a time of networking, and you’re coming across very smoothly. The last week of the month (and year!) is revealing and perhaps intense for family matters.

In many ways, December is a “money month” for you and you enjoy extra energy and enthusiasm for increasing your income. It’s an excellent opportunity period for a bonus or raise that truly makes a difference in your life! December is a banner month for finances, communications, and learning.

Energy, verve, and confidence are with you this month as your life winds down. Until then, it’s hustle and bustle, and matters are definitely working in your favor. Don’t be surprised if romantic opportunities find you easily and when you least expect them. A love interest has your best interests at heart just now. Writers and artists are especially inspired during this period.

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces

Issues revolving around your family and the past capture much of your attention this month, While others are racing around you, you are enjoying a sense of peace. You begin a power period with tremendous energy and initiative as you embark on a journey of internal change and personal discovery.

December is ripe with opportunity for envisioning new projects and goals for your future. Friends, acquaintances, and groups will certainly keep you busy. Romance, however, is mostly quiet. It’s a mostly easy month, save for some impulsive energy mid-month, when overspending or speculation could be costly.

In most ways, December is a high profile month for you. You may be put “in charge” of a private matter. Secrets are revealed—and revealing. Intense energy comes from a friend in the last week of the month. It’s virtually impossible to escape professional attention this month as your work is recognized and rewarded and, you come across as especially competent.

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Kennellys Football Team Help support your local football team: Many people coming to Spain want to support a local football team and get involved in the local community. In the past we have had the choice of Mazarrón, Totana and Murcia teams but now that has changed as there is now a local football team on Camposol who are playing in a Spanish league. The Kennellys Bar on Camposol has an adult team made up of English players of varying abilities and with ages ranging from 16yrs to 52yrs!

times of the next match are posted on the internet every Wednesday http://www.totana. es/lfl2008.asp and also in the Kennelly´s Bar. The team are sponsored by the local business, Camposol Computers, who provided the football kits. The team already have a following of supporters who have recently braved the elements to cheer them on but the more the merrier so if you want to find out more details, contact Sean at Kennellys on 686 341 749

They are playing in the “LIGA DE FÚTBOL AFICIONADO “JUEGA LIMPIO” 2008-09” This is a league made up of 16 teams, all of whom are Spanish except for the Kennellys team. At the time of writing, they have played 10 games and have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 4. They are currently lying 10th in the league with the games being played on Saturday and Sunday at two locations - El Paretón and Cuidad Deportiva Espuña (signposted from the Aledo Bypass.) The details of the last match results and the

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Horoscopo - Diciembre Aries

Tauro

Géminis

El trabajo es muy gratificante este mes, aunque todavía encuentras formas de romper con la rutina. Estás muy ocupado ampliando tus posibilidades; tanto por viajes o viajes virtuales. Hay veces que podrías parecer testarudo, aunque lo más probable es que esto sea entusiasmo por difundir tus pensamientos. Encontrarás el amor cuando estés gozando de actividades fuera de lo habitual.

El compartir, la intimidad y las finanzas son los puntos fuertes para ti. Estás pensando estratégicamente, haciendo planes y observando a los que te rodean más de lo que estás colaborando tú mismo. Saldrás ganando con todas estas observaciones. Este mes te traerá un viaje o oportunidades de formación; y lo más seguro es que esto implicará a tu pareja, que últimamente ha estado experimentando muchos cambios. Caminos creativos se te abrirán este mes en el trabajo y tu credibilidad se eleva por las nubes.

Encontrar el equilibrio con la pareja sentimental, implica este mes mucho para acá para allá y negociación antes de llegar a cualquier acuerdo. Tiempos como estos requieren un cierto tacto y la necesidad de dejar protagonizar a otros este mes. Es muy probable que un préstamo o una devolución te llegue hacia finales de diciembre. Un proyecto personal podría dar fruto.

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Estás ansioso para que comience el año nuevo, para empezar a realizar tus propósitos en cuanto a salud, tu forma física y cambios en el estilo de vida. ¡Ahora es tu momento! Tienes más energía que lo habitual para el trabajo, proyectos y todo lo que supone el reorganizar y reestructurar. Lo que tienes en la mente ahora es ocuparte de los detalles.

Diciembre es un mes excitante y estimulador y esto es un periodo especialmente romántico y creativo para ti. Tienes una atracción magnética, más energía y un verdadero deseo en este momento para lo emocionante. Los Leos creativos estaréis en buena racha, rindiendo más que nunca, y oportunidades para publicar están próximas. En la última semana de diciembre destacará una oportunidad u oferta, posiblemente una iniciativa desde casa.

Un frenesí de actividad por la casa o con la familia te espera este mes. Estás ocupado con preparativos, reparos y la reorganización, ¡y además disfrutándolo! Es una época estupenda para poner orden en tu jaula para que todo opere como debería. Una emocionante propuesta u oportunidad acerca del amor, el recreo y la creatividad se te acerca.

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Una época bastante atareada te espera y puede que te complique un poco: muchos recados que hacer, muchas más ideas que realmente podrás realizar y mucho contacto con amigos, hermanos y vecinos. Es periodo de encontrar contactos y lo estás haciendo muy bien. La última semana del mes, y del año, será reveladora y puede que también intensa en cuanto a asuntos de familia.

Para ti, el mes de diciembre es un mes de dinero en muchas formas y te sientes con más energía y entusiasmo por haber aumentado tus ingresos. Es una muy buena época para una paga extraordinaria o sobrepaga que verdaderamente tendrá importancia en tu vida. Diciembre es un mes clave para las finanzas, la comunicación y el aprendizaje.

Energía, brío y confianza están contigo este mes mientras que tu vida se reduce en actividades. Hasta entonces hay mucho ajetreo y las cosas van a tu favor. No te sorprendas si una oportunidad romántica te encuentra fácilmente y cuando menos lo esperas. Un posible amor quiere lo mejor para ti en estos momentos. Destaca la iluminación de los escritores y artistas durante este periodo.

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Este mes estarás ocupado con temas de la familia y del pasado. Mientras otros se ajetrean por tu entorno, tú estás disfrutando de una cierta paz. Comienzas un periodo poderoso con tremenda energía e iniciativa, mientras emprendes un viaje de cambio interno y descubrimiento personal.

Diciembre está lleno de oportunidades para imaginar nuevos proyectos y objetivos para tu futuro. Amigos, conocidos y grupos te mantendrán ocupado. El amor, sin embargo, está bastante calladito. Es un mes bastante tranquilo, salvo por impulsividades energéticas a mitad de mes, dado que gastar más de la cuenta o la especulación te podría resultar caro.

En muchos modos, diciembre es para ti un mes bastante importante. Puede que te hagas cargo de un asunto privado. Se manifiestan secretos – que son reveladores. Una energía intensa te viene de un amigo en la última semana del año. Es casi imposible evitar la atención laboral este mes dado que tendrás reconocimiento y premios por tu trabajo y resaltarás como alguien bastante competente.

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CHRISTMAS CROSSWORD The Night Before Christmas

This puzzle is based on a classic piece of Christmas literature, “The Night Before Christmas.” In a lot of ways, this story helped define many of the modern Christmas traditions in North America. Use this puzzle to test your knowledge of this work by Clement Clarke Moore. Note: Clues in italics are not directly related to the poem.

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There are so many great new movies being released during the holiday season that it seemed appropriate to provide a list rather than featuring just one or two. So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Christmas Movies for 2008... 1. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON Cast: Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond, Elle Fanning, Elias Koteas, Jason Flemyng, and Josh Stewart. Release Date: December 25, 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is based on a 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a boy born with the body of a 70 year-old man, who is aging backwards.

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4. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathryn Hahn, Kathy Bates, and Michael Shannon. Release Date: December 26, 2008 Revolutionary Road is based on the book of the same name by Richard Yates about a young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggling to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. 5. THE SPIRIT Cast: Gabriel Macht, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, Jaime King, Sarah Paulson, Paz Vega, Eric Balfour, and Stana Katic. Release Date: December 25, 2008 The Spirit is based on the newspaper strip of the same name created by Will Eisner.

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6. VALKYRIE Cast: Tom Cruise, Manfred-Anton Algrang, David Bamber, Matthias Freihof, Stephen Fry, Christopher Karl Hemeyer, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Thomas Kretschmann, and Bill Nighy. Release Date: December 26, 2008 Valkyrie is the story based on the July 20 plot of German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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Who was the first British monarch to broadcast a Christmas message to the nation? Child star Jimmy Boyd sang which popular 1950´s Christmas song, which was initially banned by the Catholic church because it supposedly mixed sex and Christmas? On which date is Epiphany celebrated in the traditional western calendar? Who are the four ghosts in Charles Dickens´ A Christmas Carol? What liqueur goes into making a “snowball”cocktail? The Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway notably) tend to celebrate Christmas chiefly on which date? Christmas Crackers is cockney rhyming slang for which part of the male anatomy?

8. What is the popular name for little baked sausages wrapped in rashers of streaky bacon? 9. Which of the Wise Men is said to have brought the gift of gold for the baby Jesus? 10. Traditional in Germany at Christmas, what sort of food is Stollen? 11. According to the UK National Meteorological Office, what year (prior to 2007) was the last White Christmas in Britain? 12. How many gifts are given in total in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas? 13. In which body of water is Christmas Island? 14. In Victorian England what people were popularly called robins because of their red Uniforms? 15. Which token vegetable is often included in the ingredients of a Christmas pudding? What animal is Snowball is George Orwell´s book Animal Farm? 16. Yorkshireman William Strickland is believed to have brought the first what to Britain from North America in 1526? 17. The Christmas period of 1813-14 saw the last what in London? 18. Who banned Christmas in England between 1647 and 1660? 19. The words “Myrrh is mine, it´s bitter perfume breathes of life, of gathering gloom...” Come from which Christmas carol?

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What to do in the Winter? Why not join Dragontours on one of their day trips! All trips depart Puerto de Mazarrón, Bolunevo, Country Club / Camposol

Happy New Year to all our Customers ! Join Dragontours on their Sales Shopping Day - 15th January 2008 Shop ´til you drop at Nueva Condomina, Thader & Ikea - over 2km of shops 16€ per person Departs Puerto de Mazarron, Bolnuevo & Camposol Coach trips & short breaks 2009. Call into the Dragontours Camposol Office to pick up your free Car Hire from 2009 brochure for coach trips throughout Spain & Morocco. Whether you want to haggle in Fez, visit 20€ per day the monkeys in Gibraltar, explore the Andalucían White Villages, sample the sea food of Galicia or follow the Don Quixote route, there’s something for everyone. All trips depart Camposol. Ocean Village Cruises. Did you know that Dragontours are the Spanish agent for all Ocean Village cruises? See Kathy in the Camposol Office for more info & bookings.

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princess named Pea. Despereaux’s interaction with a human thoroughly outrages the mouse community and he is sent to the dungeon, which is filled with rats. He meets the jailer, Gregory, who offers to save him in exchange for being told a story. Meanwhile, a servant girl, Miggery Sow (“Mig” for short), sees Princess Pea riding by on horseback. This gives Mig hope. Mig has ended up at the palace after being traded into bondage by her father in exchange for a hen, a handful of cigars, and a blood red tablecloth. Mig is set to work in the castle dungeons, where she meets Roscuro. She tells him that her greatest wish is to become a princess. Roscuro manipulates Mig into kidnapping Princess Pea, so that she will remain in the dark forever. The rats capture Princess Pea, and in attempting to save her, Despereaux has his tail chopped off.

Emma Watson The Tale of Despereaux is an upcoming computeranimated film directed by Sam Fell and Rob Stevenhagen. Based on the 2003 fantasy book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, the movie is narrated by Sigourney Weaver and stars Matthew Broderick and Emma Watson. Slated for a December 19, 2008 release by Universal Studios, the film is rated G by the MPAA and was sent by Universal Pictures as a contender for the possibilty of being nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

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The eponymous hero of the story is Despereaux, a tiny, sickly mouse with massive ears. He is born with his eyes open and, unlike his fellow mice, he is fond of music and honey. As such, he is unpopular and shunned by many of those around him. His name means “despair.”

Determined to rescue his beloved princess, Despereaux goes to the Threadmaster, who gives him a spool of thread to lead him back into the dungeons. Despereaux saves the princess and Roscuro’s tail is cut off. Despereaux and Pea remain close friends.

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Matthew Broderick as Despereaux Tilling Emma Watson as Princess Pea Dustin Hoffman as Roscuro (Chiaroscuro) Tracey Ullman as Miggery “Mig” Sow Sigourney Weaver as The Narrator William H. Macy as Lester Kevin Kline as Andre Stanley Tucci as Boldo Robbie Coltrane as Gregory Ciarán Hinds as Botticelli Christopher Lloyd as Hovis Tony Hale as Furlough

Despereaux lives in desperate times. A rat named Chiaroscuro (“Roscuro” for short), entranced by the light of a match, explores the castle’s upstairs. While there, he accidentally falls into the queen’s soup tureen, startling her and causing her to have a fatal heart attack. The grief-stricken king outlaws soup, and orders all rats to return to the darkness. This angers Roscuro, who would like nothing more than to live above ground in the light; he vows revenge on the king and his castle. Despite the mouse community’s general mistrust of humans, Despereaux falls in love with a

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In Puerto de Mazarron, an attic apartment with a terrace of 45m2. It has 2 beds and 1 bath with a spiral stairway leading to the large sun terrace. There is a communal pool and terrace area, garage parking and a store. Superb sea views from the terrace. Price 204,750€ plus VAT

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In the centre of El Pareton, a lovely attached bungalow with spacious habitable underbuild. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and many extras such as telephone, satellite TV, flyscreens, H/C airconditioning etc. There is a small front patio and a large rear courtyard. Price 199,000 plus VAT

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In the countryside, 5 minutes drive to the centre of Totana, a very nice detached property on a fully fenced plot of 5000m2. It has 3 beds, 2 baths a conservatory and a large underbuild. The property has full central heating, TV, flyscreens etc. Price 315,000 plus VAT

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An attractive detached bungalow with garage, within walking distance to the shops in Las Palas. It has 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, a lovely open plan kitchen with high quality furnishings and a wood burner. One of the best features of this property is the beautiful garden. Price 219,000€ plus VAT

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Ideal situation for nature lovers, set at the foot of the Sierra Espuña Natural Park. The bustling market town of Totana is only 15 minutes drive and the beaches of Puerto de Mazarrón only 30 minutes drive. The airports of Murcia and Alicante are approximately 45 minutes and 60 minutes respectively. These beautiful detached villas are furnished to a high standard and consist of: Ref A5

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ACROSS 3. An evergreen to decorate 6. Used to make things beautiful 8. A drink 9. A very small person; a sprint 11. Fluffy white stuff 12. Left on a plate 13. Tree decoration 16. Presents 17. Foliage in a circle 20. Christmas “flower” 21. Santa’s bag of toys 22. Wax + wick + fire = light 24. Branches of these often used for decoration 25. Candy .... 26. Mail 27. Playthings 28. ..... Pole

DOWN 1. Gift 2. Red nose to the rescue 3. Thin glittering strips 4. Comet is one 5. Music you might hear 7. An Inuit snow house 10. ........ Lights 11. Hung by the chimney 14. Sparkle on a Christmas tree 15. Mr. Claus 18. A wreath or famous Judy 19. Hung for kisses 20. ..... Bear 21. Often has a carrot for a nose 22. Mrs. ..... 23. Usually pulled by a horse over snow or ice

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Hermione’s all grown up...Smart too! Emma Watson was born 15th April 1990, in Paris, France, daughter of Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, English lawyers. Emma has one French grandmother, and lived in Paris until the age of five, before she moved with her mother and younger brother, Alex, to Oxfordshire, England, following her parents’ divorce. From the age of six, Emma expressed a desire to become an actress. By 10, she had starred in school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince. She had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. “I had no idea of the scale of the film”, she said in a 2007 interview with Parade magazine; “[if I had] I would have been completely overwhelmed”. In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Of importance to the casting directors were the lead role of Harry Potter and the two supporting roles of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, Harry’s two friends. Casting agents found Emma through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Emma and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast, respectively, as Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Emma’s debut as Hermione came in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The film broke records for openingday sales and opening weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. Emma was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher’s Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress. A year later, Emma again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment of the series. Though the film received mixed reviews because of its pace and direction, critics were positive about the performances. The Los Angeles Times said Emma and her peers had matured between films, while The Times criticised director

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Chris Columbus for “under-employing” Emma’s hugely popular character. Emma received an Otto Award from the German magazine Die Welt for her performance. In 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released. Emma was appreciative of the more assertive role Hermione played, calling her character “charismatic” and “a fantastic role to play”. Although critics turned away from Radcliffe’s acting talent, labelling him wooden, Emma continued to be praised; The New York Times lauded her performance, saying “Luckily Mr. Radcliffe’s blandness is offset by Ms. Watson’s spiky impatience. Harry may show off his expanding wizardly skills ... but Hermione ... earns the loudest applause with a decidedly unmagical punch to Draco Malfoy’s deserving nose”. Although Prisoner of Azkaban remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film as of January 2008, Emma’s personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film. With Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), both Emma and the Harry Potter film series reached new milestones. The film set records for a Harry Potter opening weekend both in the US and UK. Critics praised the increasing maturity of Emma and her teenage co-stars; the New York Times called her performance “touchingly earnest”. For Emma, much of the humour of the film sprang from the tension among the three lead characters as they matured. She said, “I loved all the arguing ... I think it’s much more realistic that they would argue and that there would be problems.” Nominated for three awards for Goblet of Fire, she won a bronze Otto Award and later that year, became the youngest person to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue. 2006 found Emma playing Hermione in The Queen’s Handbag, a special mini-episode of Harry Potter in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday.

Shoes. I really loved it”. A BBC adaptation of Noel Streatfeild’s novel of the same name, the film stars Emma as aspiring actress Pauline Fossil, the eldest of three sisters around whom the story revolves. Director Sandra Goldbacher commented, “Emma was perfect for Pauline ... She has a piercing, delicate aura that makes you want to gaze and gaze at her”. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on Boxing Day in the United Kingdom, to an estimated audience of 5.2 million (22 percent of the viewing total). The film received generally poor critical reviews, and The Times described it as “progress with little emotional investment, or magic, or dramatic momentum”. However, the performances of its cast were generally praised; The Daily Telegraph wrote the film “was certainly well done, not least because it confirmed how good child actors are these days”. Emma stars in the animated film The Tale of Despereaux, released this month. She is the voice of the character Princess Pea in the film, a children’s comedy which also stars Matthew Broderick and Tracey Ullman. In June 2008, Watson signed a contract, reported to be worth £3 million, to advertise with Chanel, a prominent French fashion house. She will become the public face of Coco Mademoiselle, one of the label’s perfumes, replacing Keira Knightley. Despite rumours that she had refused the final two Harry Potter installments, Emma did sign for the sixth and seventh films in March 2007.

The fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was a financial success, setting a record worldwide, opening-weekend gross of $332.7 million. Emma won the inaugural National Movie Award for Best Female Performance. As the fame of the actress and the series continued, Emma and fellow Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint left imprints of their hands, feet, and wands in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood on 9 July 2007. Emma’s first non-Harry Potter role was in the 2007 TV film Ballet Shoes, as Pauline Fossil.She said of the project, “I was all set to go back to school after finishing Harry Potter but couldn’t resist Ballet

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She explained the decision was tough as filming would continue to dominate her life for three to four years, but in the end “the pluses outweighed the minuses”. Filming for Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince, the sixth film, began in late 2007. Although Radcliffe and Grint have confirmed their commitment to acting, Emma has expressed uncertainty about her future. Speaking to Newsweek in 2006, she said, “Daniel and Rupert seem so sure ... I love to perform, but there are so many other things I love doing.” Emma’s extended family has grown as her divorced parents both have children by new partners. Her father has identical twin girls, Nina and Lucy, and a four-year old son, Toby. Her mother’s partner has two sons (Emma’s stepbrothers). Emma’s full brother, Alexander, has appeared as an extra in two Harry Potter films, and her half-sisters were cast as the young Pauline Fossil in the BBC’s Ballet Shoes adaptation. After moving to Oxford with her mother and brother, Watson attended The Dragon School, an independent preparatory school, until June 2003 and then moved to Headington School, an independent school for girls, also in Oxford. While on film sets, Emma and her peers were tutored for up to five hours a day; despite the focus on filming she maintained high academic standards. In June 2006, Emma took GCSE examinations in 10 subjects, achieving eight A* and two A grades; she was a target of friendly ridicule on the Harry Potter set because of her straight-A exam results. The following year, she received four A grades in her AS levels (advanced level examinations) in English, Geography, Art, and History of Art. Emma’s work in the Harry Potter series has brought her more than £10 million, and she has acknowledged she will never have to work for money. However, she has declined to quit school to become a full-time actress, saying “People can’t understand why I don’t want to ... but school life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality”. She has been positive about working as a child actress, saying her parents and colleagues helped make her experience happy. Emma enjoys a close friendship with her fellow Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, describing them as a “unique support system” for the stresses of film work. Watson lists her interests as dancing, singing, field hockey, tennis, art, fly fishing, and donates to WTT (Wild Trout Trust). She describes herself as “a bit of a feminist”, and admires fellow actors Johnny Depp and Julia Roberts.

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PUZZLE ANSWERS

November’S SUDOKUS

November’S CROSSWORD

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SAMURAI SUDOKU Samurai sudoku puzzles consist of five overlapping sudoku grids. The standard sudoku rules apply to each 9 x 9 grid. Place digits from 1 to 9 in each empty cell. Every row, every column, and every 3 x 3 box should contain one of each digit. Samurai Sudoku puzzles have one unique solution which can be found with pure logic, no guessing required.

Good Luck Answers in next month’s issue of the Sunshine Magazine.

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Camposol Fitness Club Your own fully fitted gym + work programme etc. No Joining Fees Set up for the more mature person Phone 696 000 341

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Earn extra cash. Free under 500€. Over 500€ - 10€ FOR SALE MCC - detached Antocho suitable for the disabled, 2 Bedroom, fully furnished, 300 m2 Plot. Offer 139.000 euro Tel. 628519019 ROCK AND ROLL Coffin Dodgers Rock and Roll Club for rock “n” roll revellers. Call Tina now for tickets and information about the next dance. Tel: 646 182 084 denboy4567@hotmail.com FOR RENT 2 bed villa (Fiesta) with communal swimming pool available for HOLIDAY RENTALS. Located on Sector A, Camposol. Sleeps 6. Fully furnished with flyscreens, gas central heating and UK tv, dvd & video. Rooftop solarium with sun-loungers and patio furniture. Small garden. Close to shops and bars. 1 bed Victoria also available. Tel: 646 475 367 www.camposolrentals.com SPANISH LESSONS Native Spanish speaker offers classes for small groups and one to one´s. Conversation or structured learning - the choice is yours. Evening and afternoon classes. Call

Lorena Tel: 679 310 086 (Mazarrón) FOR SALE El Faro, Pto de Mazarron: Large 3-bedroom flat with stunning sea views. Small balconies both front and rear of the property. Allocated car parking. Swimming pool. Fully furnished complete with white goods and ready to let if required as an investment. €139,000 Tel: 968 199 325 or Mobile 680913840 FOR HIRE Baby equipment, inc travel cots, high chairs, car seats, booster seats & baby walkers. Free delivery to Camposol and MCC Tel: 646 475 367 www.camposolrentals.com FOR RENT 2 bed/2 bath detached villa, Camposol, Sector D. Fully furnished, TV, central heating & pool. Short or long term rental. Excellent rates. To view or more details call 968 131 843 or Mobile 692 400 914 CAKES MADE Celebration Iced Cakes, made to order for Birthdays, Anniversary, Weddings, Retirement.

Rich fruit or sponge, made with the finest ingredients, speciality novelty cakes. To place your order call 639 737 944 FOR SALE High Security English Locks for Wooden Doors. Boxed New. U.K. Police and Insurance Approved. 66 euros for 3 Could deliver. DAVID 618423025 Camposol. FOR RENT Detached villa on Camposol D available for long or short term rental. Fully furnished and has air conditioning. €375 per month Tel: 659 159 948 FLYING CLUB/GROUP Forming in the Costa Calida region. Looking for group members, pilots and enthusiasts for flying and social events. PPL revalidation possible. Contact: Hans Beckler Tel: 671 902 929 info@flightfantastic.biz SITUATION VACANT Experienced small appliance and white goods engineer required. Flexible hours. Would suit recently retired person. tel: 600 418 220

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DECEMBER 2008

TRADERS Dentista / Dentist p47 Clinica Dental Olivier

968 153 645

Inmobiliaria / Estate Agents p75 Inmobiliaria La Pinilla p59-61 Villas Solmar S.L.

968 157 510 968 484 366

Muebles / Furniture p54 Fulgencio p40-41 Z Beds

968 420 250 968 199 222

Restaurantes y Bars p17 Bar/Rest Marina p22 Club La Paspa p3 El Saladillo p16 La Fundicion p23 La Sal p17 Mira Sierras p16 Rest Coquus

968 332 117 619 464 435 968 138 211 616 371 868 628 269 060 968 658 204 968 636 104

Servicios / Services p22 A Taste Of England 968 594 757 p72 Alumen 968 594 209 p96 Aquabel p72 Aranixa Torres 968 595 844 p72 Atmosfera Sport 968 155 982 p37 Avance 968 424 819 p32 Baby Equipment Hire 646 475 367 p68 Bahiademazarr贸n 635 025 558 p51 Bahia Sur Fitness 968 595 812 p70 Bolnuevo Cars 968 150 979 p27 Camposol Business Centre 968 199 674 p72 Camposol Fitness 696 000 341 p74 Calida Technical Services 968 131 950 p14 Boat/Car Storage 676 152 500 p14 Chicas 968 423 060 p43 Clean and Clear Pools 669 286 215 p69 CM Construction 659 159 948 p9 Cool Solutions 600 418 220 p23 Dola Papeleria 968 590 592 p44 Dragontours 902 194 766 p13 Eco Solutions 659 232 507 p29 Ecno-Heat 690 790 162 p73 El Arrui 868 920 049 p49 Eriks Metalwork 676 152 500 p55 Esparza Marble & Granite 968 484 177 p51 Flatpaxia 902 881 121 p74 IKG Language Ser. 968 503 183 78 Sunshine Magazine

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Inside-Out 659 232 507 Isais Joyeria 968 591 832 Imetalia 968 422 151 Jardineria Alcayna 680 374 230 Kohn Pool Service 968 138 638 La Gardenia 968 154 204 La Maison Belge 968 594 479 La Via Electrodomesticos 968 592 065 La Voz 968 592 459 Linea Directa 902 123 967 Locomurcia 671 682 579 Maid谩s Hjemmeservice 619 198 213 Max Confort 968 960 141 MB G贸mez-Abogados 649 818 363 Mona Lisa Spas 647 979 795 MSC Insurance 968 429 129 PMS 649 353 478 Printadec 630 313 542 Proymetal 968 424 751 Puerto Aluminio 606 462 988 Puerto Ba帽o 968 595 145 Rotulos Canovas 968 427 385 Sanle 968 591 913 Steve Darby Heating & Plumbing 669 977 986 Toldos del Puerto 968 154 351 Toldos La Marina 665 762 530 Upper 968 484 329 Versinagua 619 710 047 Vitro Alhama 671 644 809

Vehiculos / Vehicles p53 BSS p31 Cristalauto p73 Ford Fuente Alamo

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Veterinaria / Vets p52 Centro Veterinario Mister Perro 868 948 419 p47 Veterinary Clinic Puerto 968 153 931 www.sunnynumbers.com


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