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Mojacar’s only stand alone 'On Line Magazine’

A Greener Alternative

Edition 10 April to May 2009

COMMENT Dear Viewers Thank you all for the letters that you have submitted. It is always great to hear from you and we very much appreciate your views. It is April already, the months seem to come and go so quickly, I am sure you agree. What's happened since the last edition? Well the pound has continually battled with the euro and it stands a little over 1.05, what does this mean, quite simply everything is a third more!

Your views

paper we see animals falling Dear Editor I am now a regular reader of foul to the newspaper your on lime magazine and I industry. look forward to each edition. We like your magazine as it is You have some great articles environmentally friendly so but I particularly look forward imaging how we felt the other to the cooking section that is day when we saw this in the local paper the Almeria written by Sharon. Messenger: I have tried many of the recipes and they are great. Well done and keep up the great work. Mrs A Stevens

Dear Sir For your readers of this From what I can gather it magazine, Mojacar has had a has been a tough winter in very difficult winter, lack of Mojacar with a lot of the people the pound against the bars and restaurants euro and a general lack of closing early or not opening enthusiasm in the area. at all. Hopefully now as we get into the warmer climes and the airports start to swell the much needed holidaymaker will return and inject some lifeblood back into the village. We will continue to do our bit and publish alternate months. If you have something that you would like included please do not hesitate in contacting us.

HOW TO GET IN TOUCH It’s all about YOU... So get in touch with your views, suggestions, pictures and videos. To share your views by EM AIL and LETTER: email

about us and other stuff!

You will find the resort slightly different than previous years, prices will be the same but things will cost considerably more. The typical €11 meal will now equate to about £10 which is becoming comparable with the UK. Don't get me wrong I love Mojacar but memories of cheap meals, cheep beer and cheap fun are likely to have gone forever..........! Mr B, Mojacar Dear Ed My wife and I are keen conservationists and do what we can so save energy and indeed the planet.

that everything must make a profit. Yours sincerely Ronald S. Matheson Dear Editor I recently wrote to my local authority asking if we could have a roadside mirror put up to improve safety at a dangerous junction and the

reply was that this was, "not part of the Ministry's road furniture". Roadside mirrors are prolific in Spain and are excellent for improving visibility. I'm Dear Editor: surprised they are not used I lived in Carboneras in Spain here. What do your readers from 1982 to 1994, and at think? that time there was just one Richard Statham main post office On a return visit I discovered that now Dear Editor there are 2 plus at least four in This year I have driven to shops, shopping centres etc. France and Spain three I wonder why the Spanish times, in March, June and postal service which October and in that time fuel presumably has the same prices have hardly changed. problems as the British one, Just two weeks ago I bought can expand whilst in Scotland diesel in Spain for less than it seems on the point of €1 a litre - which at an closing altogether. In Spain exchange of £1 to €1.45, is there has always been 69.5p a litre. A fill up of 10 competition from the tobacco gallons would cost UK shops which deal in postal drivers £11.20 more than services their Spanish counterparts. It says it all really, indeed both photos do. What a waste of resource! Mr D Jacobs, Mojacar

We are also realists and accept that anything today will not necessarily impact our lives but more likely our This is the measure of 10 I think maybe the idea of years of Gordon Brown's tax children's. Or write to the Editor at 18 public service is still alive Kingfisher Drive, Hemel hikes. the British Hempstead, Hertfordshire, With rainforests and trees here, where Peter Hurst England being destroyed to make government seems to think Page 2

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Please Note... We have taken great care in producing this edition of M ojacar M agazine to avoid errors. All advertisements are taken in good faith from the advertisers and, are to the best of our knowledge accurate. However, we are unable to inspect properties to confirm the accuracy of the descriptions supplied. The words and contents of all advertisements in this magazine are the responsibility of the advertisers and no warranty is given by the publishers of M ojacar M agazine as to their accuracy. The publishers cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in advertisements. In addition, details of prices, facilities and equipment may be liable to change and should be confirmed with the advertiser at the time of booking. Readers intending to buy property advertised for sale are advised to take the appropriate independent legal advice before entering onto any commitment.

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Hello and welcome to the 10th edition of Mojacar Magazine. It seems ages since we brought you edition 9 and in

For many of us we will be lucky enough to return to Mojacar. Indeed I am sure as we launch, the aircraft are starting to swell in numbers, shops are becoming fuller and fatter. and restaurants are having their final lick of paint as they anticipate the foreign walking wallet.

We hope that you enjoy issue 10 and fact we have to admit it has been an remember the magazine can be tailored extra week than normal. at any time to meet the needs of the reader.. so remember your views are This is simply down to the fact that we always particularly welcome. will now be launching the first week of every other month. Until the launch of edition 11 that will be available on Sunday 7th of June we wish As always this edition is packed with you well and look forward to seeing you useful information and articles supplied back real soon. by our readers as well as some key people in Mojacar. Times are tough at the moment and Blighty is in the middle of this recession thingey that seems to be effecting everyone including myself. Saying that however most of us budget in some way so we don't miss that important break that we all crave at least once a year.


Page 2 Your Views Page 5 Special Places by Melanie Page 6 Finance News Page 11 Bytes and Pieces Page 12 Insuring your Home Page13 Summer Health and Fitness Page 18 Gardening in Spain Page 20 A Postcard Review

Page 24 Personal Profile - Karen Polansky Page 26 Lional and Constance Page 29 Freetime Page 31 Recipies with Sharon Page 35 Restaurant Review Page 36 Photo Gallery Page 38 Competition Page 55 Min and Motors

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A Hidden Paradise: Costa de Almeria In a country like Spain, where tourism has been consolidated over decades, it is not easy to find places on the coast that still retain their virgin and unspoiled appearance of centuries ago. However, this is certainly the case of the Costa de Almeria, the easternmost province of Andalusia and probably the least known in the region.

Eastern Almeria

The coast in the north of the province, which stretches from the border with Murcia to the Cabo de Gato-Nijar national park, offers an attractive contrast of wide sandy beaches with steep cliffs concealing coves that often require the imagination to reach. It has four blue flag beaches: on in Vera (Las Manas-Bolagas), on in Garrucha and another two in Carboneras (El Ancon and Las Barquicos). The village of Vera is famous all over Europs for its marvellous unspoiled beaches that are a

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nudist's paradise, whereas Garrucha has maintained its fishing village atmosphere with a multitude of restaurants specialising in all kinds of fish and seafood. However, Mojacar , a charming village perched on the top of a mountain, is without doubt the tourism capital of eastern Almeria. Over the last twenty or so years the village has gradually spread out towards the sea with a proliferation of developments, hotels and golf Continued courses.

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Almeria-Cabo de Gatar-Nijar

El Monsul beach in San Jose

The area from Aguamarga to San Jose is the most unexplored part of the province. Its traditional isolation has prevented the urban development of the villages here and thus they have kept their particular appeal unaffected by outside influences. And, this is precisely their charm. In the Cabo de Gatar-Nijar national park, a Biosphere Reserve, there are perfect beaches that are ideal for snorkelling and can be enjoyed almost in private e.g. Cala de Polacra, Playa de los Genoveses, Monsul or Cala de la Media Luna. The beach of Monsul was in fact used as a location for the Harrison Ford film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" Another highly recommended place is the Arrecife de las Sirenas (Sirens' Reef).

The effect of the waves creates curious rock formations such as this one on Mojacars beaches

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If we continue towards the South we arrive at the provincial capital of Almeria where you can relax on six Blue Flag Beaches: Cabo de Gata Sur, Retamar, San0Miguel-Las Conchas and Zapillo, as well as Aguamarga and San Jose, which belong to Nijar

Beaches Western Almeria The western coast of Almeria is undoubtedly the most developed from the tourism point of view, having a less complicated landscape that facilitates services and transport links. Nine of its beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag: La Romanilla, Urbamnizacion Roquetas del Mar, San Miguel-Poniente, Balerma and LavanteAlmerimar in El Ejido and finally San Nicolas-Levante and Polente in Adra. Villages such as Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar, Almerimar, El Ejido os Adra also offer excellent beaches to enjoy the sun and the Mediterranean Sea as well as modern marinas that attract a significant amount of residential tourism. Despite the level of development in this area there are still unspoilt beaches and natural areas to be found, such as Punta Etinas-Sabinar and Las Albuferas nature reserve in Adra, the Arrecife Barrera de Posidonia (Posidonia Sea Grass Reef) in Roquetas de Mar or the Guardias Viejas salt flats.

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A special place: "Treasure Island" in Spring by Melanie of Almeria Art, and Portrait Artist at Hotel Valle del Este, Vera in Spain amongst the caves at the waters edge? The beach is deserted, save for a walker and a French couple lounging outside their camper van but, all around, is the richness of the natural world . . the yellow of the flowering broom, the velvet blue of the small-petalled Gentian, and varying shades of green (before the summer sun scorches it dry) - a painter's paradise. Have an undisturbed nap, collect a few pebbles, take some pics or make a sketch. Then wind your way back to Mojacar, towards the contentious Maecenas Hotel (under construction) and the new golf resort taking shape to your left, and perhaps stop a while at the small chiringuito frequented by the displaced campers from further up the playa, on the off-chance of meeting a drunken old sailor named Billy Bones with the secrets to the treasures of Mojacar.

What would Orson Welles have made of a bevy of naked 'naturistas' skinny-dipping by the light of the silvery moon while he tried to keep a fearsome presence as the one-legged ship's cook Long John Silver in the 1970's film classic of Robert Luis Stevenson's Treasure Island? Playa El Sombrerico, on the south side of Mojacar, was famous for a while as "Treasure Island" beach. Now, it languishes, almost detached from the modern world - a retreat for the intrepid. Visit on a spring day when the sun shines, the warm wind ruffles your hair and the short, ten minute drive from the Hotel Indalo takes you by dirt track through some of the wild scrubland between Mojacar and Carboneras to the south. Down to Maecenas, up to the scaffold-clad torre (undergoing refurbishment), round some bends, down the other side; more twists and turns until finally, there in front of you is "Treasure Island" cove - with its grassy knoll leading you down to the grey, mostly sandy beach below. Park up and enjoy a warm glass of Rioja and a ripe Blue Auvergne that you bought ten minutes earlier at Thomas's, or travel on a half mile or so to the second, smaller and more sheltered beach where you can lie in the sun - undisturbed (clothed, or not). As the sea roars in the wind, is it possible to imagine peg-legged Long John Silver menacing his crew to mutiny Page 6

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negatively hit by the general demise around the world and there are several that I would With bank interest rates at an all time low, and some like to focus on in this article. investment markets back to where they were many years ago, where do you put your money today for a solid income …. and 1) Traded Life Policy Funds with little risk to your capital? For risk is THE key issue today; the whole ‘Credit Crunch’ fallout has been a consequence of a more cautious view towards investment risk going forward; whether that is a bank looking at what it is prepared to lend against a potentially shaky property market, or an investor looking at stocks and shares. The whole world has a different view as to exactly what is acceptable risk today as opposed to just 18 months or so ago! So, where can ordinary folk put their money now knowing that i) it will return an acceptable rate but, perhaps more importantly, ii) where they know that their funds are not going to be at any risk? Surprisingly for some, there are still safe havens to be found that meet both criteria. Not all asset classes have been

These are 2nd hand policy sales with a known end minimum value. The ‘minimum’ element is the important bit as it is this that determines the removal of investment risk as well as offering a known return. For example, if you buy a product at say 90 cents with a guaranteed value of 100 cents in a year’s time, that translates into a return on outlay of 11%. It’s that simple really! Traded Life policies are products where the eventual maturity value is calculable as a minimum with a potential for a greater upside; never the reverse (i.e. an under performance). The minimal value is guaranteed. And such product funds are still performing steadily today returning from 7% to 9% for the last 12 months of trading (as they have done for years)… despite the mayhem around them! 2) Commercial Rental Income Funds There will always be a market for certain type of accommodation in the UK (and elsewhere for that matter) and Commercial Rental Income Funds exploit the potential well. Their income steams emanate from ground rents and accommodation rentals to industries where the demand simply cannot fall. For example, can you imagine any real scenario where students will not need cheap halls of residence or flats/bed sits close to their place of study? Or nurses and junior doctors, on call at all hours of night or day, needing to be close to their place of work. When such funds are only lightly leveraged (borrowing levels), if at all, and with such solid income streams, is it therefore surprising then that returns of 9% per annum are still being produced today and that that return has neither gone above or, importantly, below that figure since launch many years ago! Both Traded Policies and Commercial Rental Income Funds are as close to ‘recession proof’ investments as can be found, especially bearing in mind that the supposedly ‘safe’ products of yesterday have been proven to be anything but! Mark Mountney, the proprietor of Rose Financial Planning, is a specialist mortgage brokerage and Independent Financial Advisor. He is a fully qualified mortgage and financial adviser in the UK with some 10 years experience in managing his own firm. Mark was also a founder of The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries, the trade association for mortgage advisors in the UK with 28,000 members. See or call 0034 677 874 948.

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La Buena Artesania a Company Profile La Buena Artesanía was started in 1997 out of the necessity of people looking for quality products, a huge choice of designs and personalized customer service. As a result of this, the first shop opened in Garrucha (Almeria), where you could find an enormous selection of rustic-style furniture, coquetries, decoration items… and much more. Because of the high quality of our items, the variety and the great value for money, the service we offer, in five years we had broken records in home decoration. That’s the reason we decided expand our establishment in 2002, opening a new shop in Mojacar, where a large exhibition of rustic ambiences will provide you plenty of Nowadays our product range varies from furniture, lightning, ideas to make your home as comfortable as possible. mattresses, decorations, ceilings, stairs, wall panelling, doors and much more… A lot of our products are hand made and you will find carved furniture using always different type of carpenters´ tools. Work can be ordered based on your specific requirements. La Buena Artesania is an Aladdin;s Cave of unique items where skilled craftsman have worked on a wide range artistic baggage, using their knowledge in style and history, to produce unique and exciting items. La Buena Artesanía is used to work with customers who ask for different decorative elements just as carved rose, flowers, pinnacles, crosspieces, spirals and any other craftsman motif. We invite you to come and have a look in our showroom in Mojacar (behind KIA-motors, on the beach, close to Rio Abajo) or get an impression of our products in our web page La Buena Artesanía , Camino del Palmeral nº 3 04638 Mojacar (Almeria), TEL 950 475508, FAX 950 133109

News and Views for the friends and residents of Mojácar. Non-commercial site includes Local News, Rambeau's Blog, The Weeniewatch and other wonders. The Entertainer Online also has some 80 useful links about Spain. Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

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Boxers Golf Raising.


a unique item of golfing memorabilia, sighed Boxers Golf Fund ofSociety

This shirt has been signed by 15 of the top European tour golfers at the very last Volvo masters tournament at Every year the captain of the Boxers Golf Society elects a Valderrama in Oct/Nov 2008, which will makes this shirt a local charity to raise funds for throughout the year, but collector's item. mainly during its captain’s day golf competition and The tournament professionals who have added their signatures presentation dinner. to help our charity are: Simon Dyson, Robert Karlsson, John Bickerton, Soren Hansen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Anthony Wall, David Lynn, Graham Storm, Darren Clarke, Ross Fisher, Gonzalo FdezCastano, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose. The signed shirt is mounted in a glass framed. And for any golfer interested in memorabilia this will be a worthy addition to their collection. The society is selling raffle tickets at €5.0 in order to raise funds for the captains charity and the draw will be held at the spring ball on the 16th may this year. Tickets are selling well and if any readers would like to buy a ticket, they can contact any society committee member (details on the web site, in the forums section, Boxers golf society). Alternatively we meet every Saturdays at Last years charity was the the "why not" bar in Albox on Saturdays between 10:00 and 'Salvemos el Palacio del 11:00. Almanzora' and the above picture shows a cheque Tickets will also be on sale in the near future at various outlets for 1,341 euros being in Albox and Arboleas. Further details will be announced in the presented to Lázaro López Boxers Golf Society match reports. Cazorla. The aim of this charity is to raise the public profile of the current state of the Palace and to raise funds for its restoration. The Palace of Almanzora was built by the first Marquess of Almanzora in 1872 on the site of an old Moorish fortress.

In the 1940s it was divided up and sold in parts to three different owners. In 1982 it was declared a building of architectural and historical interest and in 1995 it was included by the ‘Junta de Andalucia’ in its list of buildings that should be brought into public ownership as a means of protecting part of the region’s cultural heritage. At present, a charitable foundation is being formed. There are four organisations in the set up: The friends of the Palace (Salvemos el Palacio del Almanzora), the Ayuntamiento de Cantoria, PRODER (a rural development organisation) and the equivalent of the local chamber of commerce. It is hoped that the legalisation process will be completed sometime in October. Lorraine and David Cundy currently involved in raising funds for the Palace Lorraine and David can be contacted on 950 064 484. This year the captain’s charity will be the children’s orphanage in Vera. With the fund raising being structured around the sale

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Bytes & Pieces Is your PC really Protected?

The last few weeks have seen headlines like these from around the world. We all RELY on our computers even those of us who "only check our emails from time to time" it's that time to time On the Internet that can cost dearly if you get a worm or something nasty from the world wide web.

How do these things spread?

follow the same procedure until all the updates have been collected. Be careful to check that all updates have been installed correctly. If they do not install. consult a professional. If you can't open Internet Explorer you are probably already infected. Install windows defender, it is a basic spyware and malware tool FREE from Microsoft. Another great tool is Spybot but again make sure you only

Just recently I have seen many popups that tell you your computer has problems or that you have a virus, click here to solve the problem. "That click download from the company website (as there are many is the one". Emails that contain attachments they fakes out there. look like they may be for you. with stories of Update your virus protection If your subscription is out of undelivered parcels. free flight tickets or family photos 'That date either buy a new subscription or uninstall the out of click is the one. MSN messages from your friends that say for date virus protection and add a FREE one like AVG but a number of reasons click here and "that is the click. There is again make sure you only download from the company website. If you think you are already infected with virus or a theme here if you are not sure DON'T CLICK. malware give a professional a call and hopefully all can be There are fake virus websites, fake sites that look like they are rescued. genuine until you enter your credit card details and even Fake popups that when you click download Trojans to infect your hard drive. But the fastest way to attract a worm or virus is to not UPDATE your windows software, these new threats rely on millions of computers that are never updated. Once downloaded they open your computer to identity theft and the Possibility of losing your valuable data. not just your accounts or family photos but you surfing history to find out passwords and other interesting surfing patterns (Do you shop online?)

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Insuring your home in Spain... Many people expect home insurance and the cover provided to be the same in Spain as back home. However, as you’ve undoubtedly discovered with many other aspects of life, there are many differences. Access to a wide range of products written in a language you can understand is vital if you are to arrange a policy suited to your particular requirements.

Even if you have a translation from the insurance company, there is often a clause which states this cannot be relied upon in the event of a claim. Instead, the documentation in the native language will be referred to. If you hold an insurance policy written in a language you understand well, or at the very least bought from a company that will provide a “Summary of Cover” in English, you are in a better position to be certain of exactly what you are covered for and essentially, what you Like all things in life, there is a logical explanation for how are paying for. your insurance premium is calculated. Including certain aspects of cover will increase your premium, whilst Lloyd & Whyte International Ltd are insurance brokers, which means they can offer a wide selection of policies leaving areas out will lead to a cheaper policy. When it comes to insurance, the adage “you get what you pay for” from various providers. This differs from insurance agents who can only advise on products from one or maybe two and “the devil is in the detail” are certainly true. insurance providers. Furthermore, we’re authorised and Spain is an earthquake zone, with numerous earthquakes regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK, occurring every month. Although these are normally small which means our customers receive a service they know and largely unnoticeable, there is still a constant threat of they can rely on, and we understand the unique damage to your property. It is therefore shocking that a requirements and common difficulties associated with number of insurers don’t include cover for earthquake being an expatriate living in Spain. As experts in a whole damage and if they do will usually impose a large excess. host of insurance products, ranging from home, motor and The most worrying aspect of this is that many expatriates health to travel, marine and commercial, we are confident that we can find the right policy for you. are unaware of this until it is too late. When arranging your policy, it certainly helps to choose For more information, call either our Mojacar team on 950 one that is written in a language you can understand. 615 302 or our Albox team on 950 120 192. Alternatively, visit our website at or discuss your needs in person at your local office. Lloyd & Whyte International Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK.

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Get set for Summer with our A-Z guide to

Give yourself a boost with our fun A-Z Guide to looking good and feeling great! is for Anaemia Keep your iron levels healthy by eating lots of fruit and vegetables

is for Bites and Stings Keep some histamine handy as well as a topical painkiller to reduce the irritation and swelling

is for Calcium Keep your bones strong and healthy with plenty of low fat dairy products

is for Diet Keep your self in trim and ready for that bikini by sticking to a healthy balanced diet

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is for Eyes Protect your eyes in bright sunlight by wearing sunglasses with built in sun protection

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is for holiday health is for Fresh Fruit

If you're travelling long-haul check well in advance whether you need vaccinations

Ditch the chocolate and grab some naturally sweet summer fruit for a healthy, seasonal snack.

is for grow your own whether you have a huge allotment or a tiny garden, growing your own veg is one of the healthiest ways to get your five a day

is for juice squeeze your own fresh fruit juice and steer clear of fizzy drinks

is for ice cream Great fun for an occasional treat, but go easy on the 99s to avoid piling on the pounds.

is for Fresh lips is for kiwi

Protect your lips in the sun with a lip balm with a high SPF

Rich in vitamin C and dietry fibre, kiwi looks and tastes fantastic in fruit salads

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is for nails Healthy eating will keep your nails strong and healthy in the sun.

is for migrane More than just a headache, migranes are suffered by around one in eight people in the uk.

is for pollen The summer months are the peak times for hayfeever sufferers. Keep an eye on the pollen count so you can plan ahead

is for oats Nutritious and full of fibre, oats are thought to be helpful in reducing cholesterol

is for relax Give yourself a boost by taking time out to enjoy the summer is for qigong Like other gentle martial arts, qigong (pronounced sun. 'chigong' ia an ancient Chinese system of movement and breathing excercises designed to calm and strengthen the body and improve flexibility.

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is for ultraviolet

is for salad Make the most of seasonal is for travel vegetables in the summer sickness months and show off your culinary skills with some light and If you suffer from travel sickness, healthy salads ginger and peppermint may help calm your stomach

UV rays are the part of sunlight that can damage your skin. Cover up and slap on the sun cream to avoid burning.

is for vitamin D Our body makes vitamin D from exposure to sunlight and it can also be found in some foods such as oily fish. Deficiencies include bone disorders such as rickets.

is for water In hot water it is important to keep hydrated, so always carry a bottle of water with you when you are out and about.

is for Xtreme sports Why not try something different this summer? Try rock climbing or abseiling, learn to skateboard or even put on a wetsuit and learn to surf in the sun.

is for yoga Get on the beach and try some energising yoga stretches.

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is for Zinc Found in wholemeal bread, beans and peas, zinc is vital for maintaining a healthy immune system. Continued Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

The Misunderstanding of Manchego In the world food game, getting a 'name' for a product is a gold-mine. I'm not talking about regular brands', like CocaCola or Danone, whose perceived superiority is supported by million-pound advertising campaigns and class-leading branding and marketing. I'm talking about the subtler, subconscious dominance of geographical 'world brands', like wines from Champagne or La Rioja or cheeses like Feta or Manchego. Mostly, these brands arise from a recognised historical tendency for specific areas to excel at the production of a specific product, be it wine, cheese, rice or biscuits. Slowly, the area becomes synonymous with the product, like La Rioja for Spanish red wines. Recently, in the commercial era, is has become the norm for producing areas to try to cement their competitive advantage and exclude newcomers to the market by establishing various types of quality standards, producers' associations and marks of guarantee of origin - in Spanish food production the Denominaci贸n de Origen' (DO) applied to hundreds of different products, from wine to artichokes, from beans to turron.

amongst Spain's best cheeses. But it's not the only, or necessarily even the best variety that Spain produces. It's just one, specific type of cheese among hundreds, if not thousands of other varieties that are worthy of your taste buds' attention. In fact, in most of the roundups and cheese contests I've seen, Manchego's don't dominate, or even win. And the Spanish don't actually eat that much of it. Many of the Spaniards I know tasted Manchego for the first time in England. Furthermore, the supermarket shelves in Spain don't heave with Manchego's, in fact it's quite the opposite. What makes Manchego cheese special? Primarily, it is produced from 100% ewes milk from a particular breed indigenous to La Mancha (an area in central Spain, south of Madrid). To meet the DO requirements, producers must adhere to strict quality guidelines and minimum curation times, and obviously, the cheese can only be produced in La Mancha. Under current guidelines, both pasteurised and unpasteurised milk is acceptable. The best resulting Manchegos are exquisite - a long curation gives a hard, crumbly texture and a intense, almost spicy taste, typical of a ewes milk cheese.

But wherever you look in Spain, you're never far away from a prize winning sheep's milk cheese. Some of the best come from Extremadura, Zaragoza and Leon and are comparable to the greatest Manchego's in taste, texture and quality. They are available in every conceivable curation - from soft and fresh to solid and pungent and are often far more reasonably priced. Then there are mixed milk varieties - the definitive Spanish cheese. Available as a mixture of cows, sheeps and goats milk, and in varying proportions, the semi-cured mixed cheese is perhaps the Spanish equivalent of our own cheddar and is the nation's top cheese for every day consumption. Go to any supermarket and well over half the cheese section is devoted to the 'semicurados'. But the style is far from average, especially to UK palettes. The mixture of three different milks produces a cheese with a very distinctive taste that can't be found in any other type of cheese and is rare outside Spain. Finally, So let's start by dispelling some myths. Don't get me wrong, the Spanish regions produce a vast array of speciality cheeses like Manchego cheese is excellent. Some Manchego's may be the powerful blue cheeses of Valdeon and Cabrales, the almost The DO is mostly positive for the consumer, encouraging good standards in production and protecting against falsely labelled products. However, the efforts of DO's, producers associations and local export consortiums to promote their brand can have an overall negative effect on consumer psyche, compounding the idea that only one type of product is worth buying and limiting the perceived choice. In the UK, where Spanish food is only just starting to make a name for itself, consumers tastes stray little from the well-known classics - wine is from La Rioja, cheese is Manchego, everything else is chorizo. But times, tastes and production methods change and what may have been the best (or only) product 200, 100, 50 or 25 years ago, may no longer be. It's time to start ignoring the historical bias and branding and start looking for real quality.

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WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD SPANISH GARDEN? BY CLODAGH AND DICK HANDSCOMBE garden rather than the main but little used feature of the garden 365 days a year. 4. Collections of plants appropriate to the emergent microclimate of the garden site. For many new gardens it will be wise to limit your choice of plants until fences, trees and hedges give protection from prevailing hot and cold winds and the hottest and coldest temperatures. Although hundreds of plants enjoy the average temperatures of Spain many do not like the extremes. Clodagh and Dick Handscombe are practical gardeners who have gardened in Spain for twenty five years. They have written a number of books to share their ideas and experiences with you. The titles of their latest trilogy are titled ‘Your Garden in Spain- From planning to planting and maintenance’, ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ and ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’.

5. A variety of colour schemes painted with the many hues and textures of green foliage as well as the subtle or blazing colours of the flowers. For instance ‘cold beds’ planted up with plants that have white and mauve flowers and blue grey foliages or ‘hot beds’ planted with plants that have masses of the most vivid of red, orange and yellow flowers. Many other possibilities for what we term ‘painting with plants’ are described in a chapter of our book ‘Your garden in Spain’.

The Spanish climate and the planned lifestyles of many who purchase properties in Spain lend themselves to an holistic or total approach to garden design and development. An approach that goes much deeper than merely laying down a large terrace some convenient paths and going out and planting a few eye catching plants that took your fancy at the local nursery.

6. Perfume throughout the year as one passes through the entrance gate and around the garden. Favourites include jasmines, roses, honey suckles, galan de noche, san diego, frangipani, mock orange, citrus trees, freesias, lilies, passion flowers, sweet peas, geraniums, and naturally culinary and medicinal herbs.

7. The traditional restful and at times inspiring sound of dripping water from a fountain or the running water of a Recognise that a good garden will take a number of years waterfall into or between ponds. These days a wide range of to achieve and aim to gradually incorporate many if not all mini features enable the magic of water to be achieved on of the following things upstairs terraces as well as within the garden. 1. Ample summer shade and sheltered winter sun spots to allow both people and plants to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle for 8. The tasteful selection and placement of ornaments and most of the year. Where possible provide for this with trees groups of pots. Some of the later left empty and others or high hedges. But also make full use of the natural planted up. Looking at the statues and ornaments stocked shadows around the house, develop the shady arched by many garden centres along the costas there are a wide terrace as an extension of the garden into the house rather range of tastes! Inland stockist's are often more conservative than wise versa. and supplement with plant covered and traditional as their main clients are Spanish. gazebos and pergolas, and large umbrellas. 2. An attractive and interesting network of terraces and paths. Terraces of different sizes for different activities such as cooking and entertaining, secluded siestas, sunning after a dip in the pool or a quiet winters read. Pathways that lead one from one attractive part of the garden to another opening up both internal and external vistas en route. Curving rather than straight paths and the use of a variety of surfaces can add to the magic of a new garden even before the first plants are planted.

9. The use of plants with interesting architectural shapes. Carefully sited groups of palm trees, codylines, cacti and aloes, or green or purple leaved aconiums can be as effective as a bank of flowering shrubs. 10. The construction or availability of a range of cooking facilities that might range from a barbecue or paella dish and gas ring to a traditional brick oven, Spanish style outside kitchen or solar cooker.

11. The growing of a variety of herbs for use in cooking as 3. A number of interesting and contrasting mini gardens, well as their natural aromatherapeutic effects. Herbs can be patios or corners. The pool area treated as just one mini


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My Post Card Review of 2008! by Ric Polansky Ric Polansky one of 'New Mojacars' founders is a very travelled man. In his article this month he sends us a postcard snapshop of his travels in 2008 Here are some postcards I should have sent from Spain, Mexico and the southwest of America. I have always wanted to fulfil a teenage dream of visiting all the major Toro fairs & follow the “circuit.” I wanted to compare the various “publics” passion and drama that goes with the theatre of “Los Toros” the bulls, (bullfighting: is a vulgar translation for something it most definitely isn’t) !

Foreigners always “excite” interest when they show up at one of “their” fiestas.

Then, a side trip to fantasy land: Las Vegas (you can read Then I popped over to enigmatic Mexico, which I am about it on my website: discovering was the crossroads of the America’s many thousands of years before the archaeologists wish to admit. Puerta Vallarta is the place in Mexico washed away four years ago by a hurricane. It has rebuilt itself with lots of fun alien muses on the beach to amuse the many American’s moving there from the states. PV became famous years ago when John Houston’s Night of the Iguana was filmed there and Richard Burton and Liz Taylor had a steamy romance. And another quick journey to my summer home in scenic “Chain O lakes” Waupaca, Wisconsin. A place I am yet to visit during the summer as I am at the corridas here. But, if you haven’t had the chance to see da Pack play, you haven’t seen professional football until you’ve been to Lambeau field.

Aliens abounded Including one called Paco who had just pieced together his guitar with 27 reels of scotch tape and sang love songs to my Margarita glass.

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Loveland, Colorado is home to a brother and sister and I adore it. The people are down right- mid western and open hearted. Plenty of parks and major sculpture fairs throughout the year.

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Dancing in the sunlight the bronzed figurines become totally playful and image conscious. Lonesome roads in Arizona & New Mexico: Keep a destination in mind but jump off on side roads & go for an adventure. Let the hawk’s shadow be your guide to nowhere. Sometimes you’ve got to look carefully. These rock paintings (petroglyphs) are a celebration by America’s first people-- drawing for all to see their hopes and dreams

such startling brilliance and glare: the wonderment of nature painted for the passing explorer to witness and never be able to quite describe to anyone else. Thank God for cameras!

on the canyon walls to please their gods and commemorate their deeds. What the Indians did by living with nature the modern cowboy has wrought in iron. Jerez’s horse fair is as good as it gets. With all the sherry Madrid’s premier producing bodegas in town it’s a working man’s drinking fair. fair, San Isidro is The tents that line the long promenades are open to the curtly interrupted by public (unlike Sevilla) so that you can pop in and chat with a bull that is not at the natives who are most gracious at inviting “strangers in”. all pleased with the proceedings … so he jumps into crowd. Look carefully and find the most frightened man, he’s the mayor. The one laughing uproariously is obviously from another political party. It’s the faces of all the spectators that I really liked. Spain’s greatest torero ready’s himself for the shadowy Bryce Canyon, Utah showing off all it’s colours and charge of his enemy. Jose Tomas delighted crowds Continued demeanour. Hoo-doo’s never seen before (by me) with Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

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wherever he went. Tickets were impossible to obtain unless masses and surrounded by the matador’s most intimate you could shell out 500 Euros for his 30 minutes. Yup! It was friends I could ask sincere questions: how he they felt about worth it! possibly facing death in front of a drunken and boisterous crowd in a third class arena. We ate, drank and laughed together. I even photographed them training. The year wended from pueblo to grand metropolis fuelled by sherry and the anticipation of the corrida’s catharsis: cleansing the sins of life while viewing the ballet of death.

Zion National park, Utah, created during the last major recession still delights the heart and soul with it’s natural beauty. Extremadura, Spain, sanctuary to the extremes. A digital photographic montage of a doe drinking in a pure mountain stream while her companion stands alert guard.

Then, the unheard of! My friend Pepin Liria announced he was giving it up. Quitting. Desired no longer to be the idol of the masses. He wanted to now dedicate his time to his daughters and wife. He was to wear the suit of lights JUST one more time. th

He did so by filling Spain’s 4 largest plaza right up to the flags. Pepin, the man of steel faced 6 bulls on his own. One after the other he Nevertheless, it was a demonstrated his bravery and remarkable year. Not absolute courage. only in the many fairs I An honest torero, no frills or attended in first class fake passes. plazas (big bulls, sharp horns, serious torero) When he was physically so but in the response and worn down following the sixth conviviality of those who bull that he could barely lift his head to the resounding shared it with me. acclamations, he bought one more toro for the crowd and his I played golf and had lunches with some of Spain’s most loyal fans. famous matadors. Jose Maria Manzanares He strolled over to the toriles (where the bull enters) and watches the great Enrique dropped to his knees, crossed himself and waited. He was Ponce sign my photos while going to do the dangerous “porta gayola” which is the most Fernando Domecq the bull difficult pass…not knowing which horn the bull favor's breeder forks a steak. OR if the toro possibly has bad eyesight. There is no margin for error!

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He cut a tail. That might not mean much to you, but it is the maximum award. Yet, no higher adulation could have been gifted him more than his fellow matadors (El Fandi, Spain’s top torero four out of the last five years and El Espartaco Spain’s highest ranked torero for eight consecutive years in the 80’s) carry the MAESTRO around on their shoulders.

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But, for Pepin his special moment was when he lifted his daughter to the crowd and walked away crying. A fit ending from a very honest torero.

What the coming year holds for us is a lot of uncertainty and some troubles. I hope these “memories” will have allowed you to escape and float into a different dimension. You can always read more and view more photos at: …. Travel and Stories ……… Toros and Matadors and finally …… What I used to think I did for a living!

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Personal Profile.... Karen Polansky 2 Score in the Twinkling of an Eye!

chickens, crab apples, pears, strawberry patch, raspberry bushes, asparagus growing along side the drive, and a corn field. It was paradise on earth. Mojacar, being my next paradise, had too many strays suffering in those early years. So in 1989, a band of like-minded individuals established the beginnings of what was to become P.A.W.S. (People´s Animal Welfare Society) or PATAS as it is known in Spanish. So in the line of priorities after family and business came my commitment to PAWS and it´s way of life. It is a path and passion that I think is making a difference and change in our corner of enchantment.

These changes and others have been enormous and far reaching in Mojacar. In 1971, we heard a wild and crazy rumour that there was going to be a golf course in the Macenas Rambla! Today, there are 4 courses in our area. So steadily through the years, dreams, rumours, and the remotest possibilities became reality. But we still enjoy the original charm and lure of Mojacar. No number of villas, hotels, traffic, and businesses can take away the variety of Mediterranean blue seascapes, purple to peach sunsets over Sierra Cabrera, or sparkling day and night skies. If you look, it is still In this months Personal Profile we have the there.

pleasure of featuring PAWS founder and The 40 years have brought great depth of Chairwoman Karen Polansky Although 40 years in Mojacar may sound like an eternity, it has passed in the blink of an eye. Leaving the states to escape race riots and anti war demonstrations, my husband, Ric, baby son, Joby, and I arrived in Mojacar (Almeria), September 1969 to a rugged but delicate desert, foreign but friendly people, barren, undeveloped landscapes but full of promise and future. The original idea of staying a short while for adventure and travel turned into a lifetime. Two more sons, Luke and Micah, were born here and raised. A thriving business was established. And we found ourselves acting out a pretty good life. There was no shortage of hard work and heartache but these were offset by the secure, sunny, solid setting. And suddenly it is 2009, 40 years later. For me, life before Mojacar in rural Wisconsin, U.S.A., always seemed to have the animal world in the back and fore ground...horses, dogs, cats, and on and on it went. My grandpa had a small farm with all the above plus dairy cows, sheep, pigs, Page 24

understanding to our family and friends through the blending of languages and culture. This evolution has made communication paramount between all the nationalities. We have loved living and working side by side. But to me, the greatest phenomenon has been technology. An airmail letter used to take 11 days to get to the states and 11 days back again. Now we e mail everyday starting in Anchorage, Alaska, where my brother lives, a "reply" from my mother in the north woods of Wisconsin, and ending here in Mojacar. Mobile phones and Skype have given Telefonica a run. But it is so good to feel connected.

So this leads me to invite the reader to look at two websites related to my story. and will put into another perspective the few words written above. Contact us if there might be any business to be done in Mojacar OR an interest in supporting the animal charity, PAWS. Or just have a look and imagine the bridge of time and place happening in Mojacar. Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

Give us a Sign by Lenox Napier How often we worry about communicating. In Britain there are many different accents and slang, which help to breed a sense of belonging to a community as well as presenting a challenge to anyone outside it. Which is why the young need to re-invent themselves every generation.

Oddly, you begin to pick it up rather fast – or, at least, your own version of it, even as you wonder exactly who here has the handicap! Of course, they would write things down for us and were great fun besides.

Then those living in eastern Almería have something even odder – it’s called ‘English’…

Blimey, that must have been a riot!

Being energetic young kids, they drank and smoked like In Spain, there’s plenty of slang, but spoken Spanish is pretty troopers and stayed up late with my son and his friends on much easy to understand wherever you come from, with the the Playstation. With fingers like that, said the kids, it’s no gypsy accent and the Cadiz accent being perhaps the wonder they keep winning… hardest to grasp, although, apart from the dropped constantans and a few bits of jargon, they are intelligible On one occasion during their short visit, three of us: a enough. The gypsies talk of their special language, 'Caló', Spaniard, my son and I, together with the three of them, went but no one appears to know more than a few words of it. out for a boozy dinner – hands and fingers flying – in a pork Rather like me saying something remembered from my Latin and chips place on the beach, the other tables staring and wondering who we were, you must try the Licór de Pacharán classes. and so on; and we followed this with a trip to our friend’s house where we drank a bottle of whisky, never stopped Yup, in Latin they call that table ‘mensa’. talking for a second, smoked ourselves blue and generally To make things comfortably more complicated, Spain has partied until dawn. Yet, all the while, you could have heard a some regional languages that are been encouraged – or so pin drop. it seems to me – so as to bring the local politicians into the centre of power. We all know that the Catalonians have The neighbours didn’t bang on the walls, we didn’t shout and ‘Catalán’, the Valencians have ‘Valenciano’ (which is the bellow as we left round about sun up and the loudest sound same as Catalán, but don’t say I told you), the Galicians have would have been my stomach churning. ‘Galego’ and the Basques have something that has nothing in common with any other language: it’s called in Spanish They went off to Madrid on the six o’clock bus to go to some ‘Euskera’, while in the Basque country, it’s called important international congress of signing as delegates. Several hundred of them let loose in Madrid. ‘euskaldunak’.

It seems a pity that everyone living on the Iberian peninsular, Portuguese and Gibraltarians included, couldn’t all speak one language, but there you go. In a generation, few people in Barcelona will speak more than broken Spanish, and fewer still of the Galicians will be able to make themselves understood when they take a shopping trip to Madrid. And as for the Basques… The other day, three young cousins of my wife arrived to stay. You know how it is; a quick email and they’re on your doorstep the following morning. They were backpacking around Europe for a month before completing their studies in a university in Washington DC. They spoke, of course, American. Actually, they didn’t, because they were deaf. They signed in American: although they dropped their vowels, invented meanings, used their own slang and were otherwise difficult or impossible to make head or tail of. They signed too dam’ fast and they never stopped. Don’t talk with your hands full, I wanted to tell them at the dinner table. Here, try some of this… Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

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A Short Story by Nick Dunstan needed at the top of the opposite shelf. Now all he needed to do was somehow get up to the top, so he got hold of some plastic buckets and tried to climb higher. All of a sudden the shelf stacking tipped forward into the adjacent aisle and all hell broke out. The shelf contents tipped over various To be honest Lionel and Con were not in the best of moods. customers and curses were heard all round the shop. Every time they read their English newspaper it was full of PC cock ups and elf and safety stories that even the criminally This time Lionel was fully aware of the consequences and insane could not make up. On top of this they had to pay a hotfooted it down the aisle and round the corner where he massive premium to buy the blooming thing and it was printed bumped into a very large lady. Unfortunately she knocked him in Spain to boot. Con always moans it does not include any into the plastic pool full of cold water that had been set up to supplements or the free DVD. She also says that if he did not demonstrate the underwater coloured lighting. Lionel coughed and spluttered as he got to his feet. He stood on one of the take a paper there would not be anything to have a moan at. lamps and there was a loud popping sound, then he stood on However, what tipped the scales was the reduced monthly another two lights, which actually exploded, and a huge blue pension and the derisory interest rates back in the UK. At the flash lit up the store. How poor Lionel was not electrocuted end of the day their overall takings were over 30% down and nobody knows. drastic action was called for. Now he was wet, startled and in a bloody hurry to make the Luckily, they saw an advert outside one of their local exit, but the place was in total darkness and everyone was ferreteria’s in Mojacar and that same afternoon Lionel screaming and shouting. It was only by sure luck that he somehow found the exit and daylight once more chanced his arm and went in.


As is the now custom in Britain a health warning has to be Now was the time to buzz off home and forget about getting a given to those of a nervous disposition. If, unfortunately you job here. All much too dangerous for a start are that said person please do not read on. Actually he was a bit miffed when he read about the incident in the local paper and thought the description of himself a tad Lionel opens the shop door and enters. This was the first unjust. Con had also read the article, but somehow never mistake as he was wearing his wrong glasses and failed to linked him to this maniac in the shop. see the stack of white paint tins forming a huge display. Well, they all toppled over and one five litre can happened to land on the handle of the nearby wheel barrow containing pots of Now it is time for them to nip down to the Strip and bag a flowers. The unsuspecting folk in the checkout queue were decent Menu del Dia. Let’s hope Lionel takes the correct suddenly covered in a mixture of flowers and foul smelling glasses and renews the hearing aid batteries. compost. Needless to say Lionel missed the commotion and wandered deeper into the shop avoiding the harsh remarks Lionel is the sort of chap who always considers anything that goes wrong is never his fault. Well in the next addition we will people were making about him. all learn how he got on at the hospital in Almeria. I think it has After putting on the correct glasses he managed to find the re opened by now, possibly. Manager’s office and they started to chat about the job Tio Nico advertised. Once again fate plays a poor card as Lionel's hearing aid battery has already run down. On asking Lionel what experience he has had in shops, he says he prefers lamb ones, but tends to nearly always eat pork. As to peoples skills he says he did not kill anyone in the Army as far as he knew. Finally the Manger said he could start on a trial basis, only to be told by Lionel that his solicitor actually got him off last year on a technicality. This was the case in Garrucha market where he was trying on a pair of trousers and another gentlemen was doing the very same thing. It seems they both ended up with one leg in the said trousers and the local police arrested them both. Before anyone writes in to this magazine they were a blue pair. At this point the Manager said he would phone Lionel next week after showing him to the door. Lionel then went off in search of some DIY materials and spied exactly what he Page 26

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RBL Members Visit the Stingrays at Roquetas Del Mar Aquarium

Indalo Players Raise â‚Ź500 for the charity PAWS

Here you can see Members of The Mojacar Branch of The At the AGM of the Indalo Players, the President, Peter Royal British Legion visiting the Roquetas Del Mar Marriot presenting a cheque for 500â‚Ź to Janet Franklin of Aquarium where they were invited to partake in touching the PAWS. Stingrays. Lunch at the Roquetas Golf Club was enjoyed with If you would like your club featured in Mojacar members from the Mar RBL Branch and a late Magazine please email us the details at afternoon 'flutter' on Horse Racing was next on the Agenda after which it was back to Mojacar.

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The Alpujarras and Puerto de la Ragua

By: John Woodhead,

A really great day out in the province of Almeria is to go to the Sierra Nevada mountain range to a pass called Puerto de la Ragua which is 2km high. You will also take in some of the sights in the Alpujarras on the way. It is worth spending a full day on this trip stopping off at various places.

Avenue of trees on the road to Berja

Take the E15 motorway heading towards Malaga. Go past the 409 turn off for El Ejido & Almerimar. Then go past the first turn off to Berja and keep going quite a few kilometres until you reach the second turn off to Berja. Take this turn off and head inland up into the hills. The views start here. Just follow the road towards Berja and you will see some lovely views up a valley and an approach into Berja with an avenue of trees. Go through the centre of

town to have a look at a typical old small Spanish town centre with a daily food market. Now head towards Darrícal, then towards Alcolea and next Laujar de Andarax. Stop of at Laujar and have a look at the winery, the tourist centre and the very nice town centre with a number of small bars. From Laujar head up into the mountains towards Paterna del Río and Bayárcal then up to Puerto de la Ragua itself. Take in the fantastic views on the way. If you need a break there is a small hotel on a bend well up into the hills. They do very good tapas as well as full meals in the restaurant and bar area.

Laujar de Andarax winter this is above the snow line so you will see people on sledges etc. On the way down the other side you suddenly see a beautiful small castle perched on top of a hill. When you eventually get down to low ground again you drive past the castle and there is a small hotel with a mock frontage made to look like the castle. Apparently they do a very nice menu del dia. After this you are on the way home. Link up with the A-92 motorway between Granada and Almeria and drive towards Almeria. This road eventually links up with the E15 where you can head back home.

You will spend a long time in the car driving on a wide variety of roads varying from motorways to small tracks up and down the mountain. However, if you take your time and stop off At the top, you reach Puerto de la Ragua where there is a frequently during the trip you will have a wonderful day out. barbecue and picnic area as well as a chalet style bar. In the

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What’s on, Eating out


And more... W elcome to Freetime our new look leisure section. This new section is designed to

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Club Taurino de Mojácar The ‘Club Taurino de Mojácar’ was formed in August 2007 when we discovered that several of our friends had a similar interest in the glamorous world of ‘Bullfighting’ or, as called by our Spanish hosts, the ”feria nacional”. Having said that, many of our members would never consider actually going to a corrida but are interested to know more, so the club tries to provide information in a very social and convivial atmosphere. 30 attended the inaugural meeting, including matador Jose Olivencia, and now our membership is nearly 90. We regularly have about 40 friends to our meetings although some of our members do not live here full time but join us when they can. At the request of members, we now meet weekly. We have no membership fees but at venues where we incur a cost, we make a charge, normally 4 or 5 Euros per person, to cover this and the use of projector equipment when we show films. We have taken groups of members on guided tours of the Plaza de Toros (Bullring) in Vera; to stay in Seville for the Feria de abril and various Corridas (bullfights), locally. In May 2009, we plan a 6 day Holiday in Jerez/Cadiz and Ronda, for the Feria del Caballos. We also find that our club fulfills a social function in that, although we live in beautiful surroundings, life can be a little lonely and dare I say it boring. The Club is helping to fill this need and is proud of the number of new friendships and acquaintances that have already formed. We are also very aware that times are hard, with the appalling exchange rate and rapidly Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

rising prices it can be difficult to make ends meet. This being the case the Club is for its members, with no need to raise funds to support other institutions or bodies, which means that all our functions are at COST price and therefore able to appeal to a wide spectrum of the community.

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Welcome to our circle, we hope you find our invitation interesting and as enjoyable as we do.

Our venues We are very fortunate to have the use of two venues to hold our club and social events.

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The prime location is La Mata Hotel Club, Mojácar Playa. This is a private luxury club/hotel, not open to the general public but due to the generosity of the proprietors we are able to use it for our various events. As well as the beautiful grounds the Club boasts a delightful traditional Spanish lounge/ bar with a blazing log fire when the need arises. The outside grounds consist of a bowling green , tennis courts and a superb swimming pool. La Mata is usually used on alternate Thursdays and the Club will endeavour to advise members as to the exact location by email or web site. Failing this, a phone call on a Wednesday evening to 950 475 261 will give full details, timings and event details for the following day.

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It's Fun, Fun, Fun at the Sinaloa Bar and Restaurant in Garrucha A a great time out visit Sinaloa Bar and restaurant in For Garrucha. The other venue for informal club 'get together's is the Judging by the supplied photo's you are guaranteed a great Cerveceria Asuntxu which is situated on Paseo time and great food! Mediterraneo Mojacar Playa. This is a traditional Spanish bar but with the novel feature that several tables have a multi outlet beer engine from which you draw your own pint which is metered so you can settle up when you leave. The Tapas here are excellent and very reasonably priced. A half ration easily covers two.

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Easy Cook About Sharon

I was born in Watford, Hertfordshire. I attended Westfield School for Girls where I took a keen interest in Domestic Science. My interest in food has expanded and I like to cook different and interesting foods. I enjoy hosting dinner parties where my culinary skills are put to the test.

A Choice of Courses.. Salmon with Clams

Chickpea and Spinach broth

"A great fish dish full of flavour"

"A nutritious and filling main course"

Prawns in white wine

Agua De Valencia cocktail

"Anything with prawns Ian loves"

"the perfect accompaniment"

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Freetime Salmon with Clams

Prawns in White Wine

For 4 people

Serves 4 people

4 x 175g salmon fillets 4 table spoons olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 wineglasses of white wine 3 tablespoons of lemon juice 500g clams 300ml of fish stock 1 tablespoons of chopped parsley salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil 25g butter 700g large prawns - peeled but with the tail on 70g serrano ham chopped into small cubes (chopped bacon can be used if you can't get serrano ham) 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 75ml white wine chopped fresh parsley to garnish

Preparation: Scrub the clams and throw out any damaged ones. Hint: Soak them in cold, salty water which may make them open and get rid of any grains of sand that are inside them. For the fish stock you can either make your own or buy some. If you are going to make your own do this by boiling up some fish bits with an onion cut into 4, a carrot cut into 4, a stick of celery chopped big, a leek cut into 4, 1 litre of water and 150ml of white wine. Boil this for about 30 minutes then strain it through a fine sieve. Heat the oil in a large frying pan that has a lid and fry the onion and garlic for about 2 or 3 minutes. Then put the salmon in the pan and fry for 2 minutes on each side. Add the fish stock, wine, lemon juice and chopped parsley and bring this to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook for about 15 minutes. Add the clams and put the lid on the pan (this creates the heat which will help the clams to open) and cook for about another 5 minutes or until the clams open. You could serve this with boiled potatoes and vegetables or alternatively with crusty bread and a side salad.

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For the sauce 25g butter flour or corn flour 175ml milk 175ml fish stock 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard black pepper salt

Preparation First make a white sauce using the butter, milk, fish stock and mustard. I do this by putting the milk in a pan and adding the butter, fish stock, Dijon mustard and black pepper. I heat this gently and then add the cornflour to thicken the sauce and bring this to the boil. You should make this sauce a little thicker than you want the end result to be as you will be adding a little more liquid to it later. I then reduce the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes. Check the seasoning and salt if necessary. If you prefer you can make the white sauce in the more traditional way of making a roux and then adding the milk, fish stock and mustard. Now put the butter and olive oil into a frying pan and heat until very hot. Keep the heat high and add the prawns, Serrano ham (or bacon) and the chopped parsley and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the white wine, bring to the boil and cook for another 2 minutes. Add all of this to the sauce, stir well and heat through. I choose to serve this on boiled rice but you could just as easily serve it with crusty bread.

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COOKING WITH SHARON Potaje de Garbanzos Chickpea and Spinach Broth For 6 to 8 people ½kg of dried chickpeas ½kg of spinach 125g salt cod 1 large onion chopped finely 2 medium sized tomatoes peeled 3 cloves of garlic 1 laurel leaf parsley 3 soup spoons of olive oil 1 soup spoon of flour 1 teaspoon of paprika salt pepper water

Freetime Agua de Valencia Recipe For 3-4 people For approximately 1 litre/1¾ pints - 1 bottle of Cava – Spanish champagne - Orange Juice – freshly squeezed if possible but a carton works almost as well - Cointreau - Ice For a relaxing evening with friends why not try this wonderful drink! As the name suggests Agua de Valencia comes from the Valencia region. Apparently the history of the drink can be traced back to

Preperation Cover the chickpeas in warm water and soak them overnight. Drain the chickpeas and put them in a large pan with 2 1/2 or 3 litres of hot water, 2 cloves of garlic that have been peeled but not chopped, the laurel leaf and the salt cod. Do not soak the salt cod in advance as this provides the salt for the dish. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for about 2 hours. Wash the spinach thoroughly and peel and chop the tomatoes. Once the chickpeas have been boiling for 2 hours add the spinach and the tomatoes and cook for another 30 minutes.

Café Madrid in Valencia in the late 1950s. It seems that a group of Basques who frequented the bar used to order "Agua de Bilbao". The owner, Constante Gil, suggested one evening that they try his home made cocktail, "Agua de Valencia", which he made up for them. Today it is a very popular drink on the Valencia bar circuit. The drink can be quite lethal so take it easy with the Cointreau and add plenty of orange juice. Some bars may add vodka or gin rather than Cointreau. We first made this drink when we were going for dinner with a few friends and family in Mojacar, many of whom didn't actually know each other. Everybody met in our apartment beforehand and we made Agua de Valencia as an ice breaker. Needless to say it did the trick and we were all good friends within a very short time.

In a small frying pan add the 3 soup spoons of olive oil and fry the onions for about 5 or 10 minutes until they go transparent. Add 1 clove of crushed garlic, about a teaspoon of parsley, the paprika and the flour. Mix this well and continue to fry over a low heat for about 5 minutes taking care not to burn the mix. Add this to the saucepan, check that it doesn't need any more salt and add some pepper. Cook for a further 30 minutes.

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Freetime CLINT EASTWOOD has hinted that Gran Torino might be his last film as an actor. He will be 79 this year and there are fewer and fewer scripts that attract his interest. If this is his swansong then it couldn't be a better one. Gran Torino is a powerful melodrama that cannily reconciles the vigilante ethos of Eastwood's most iconic roles with his more recent reflections on the folly of violence and the evil that men do. Eastwood seems to be enjoying himself enormously as Walt Kowalski, a man who combines the worst qualities of Dirty Harry and Alf Garnett. A retired car plant worker and Korean war veteran, he has long ago concluded that his country and his neighbourhood have gone to hell.

Films & Books As some of you may know I’ve read and reviewed Rhys Wilcox’s three previous works which have all been part of the Blood Lust series (Blood Lust, Blood Lust 2: The Carrion and Blood Lust 3: Revelations). It would be fair to say that these three novels are not what you would call mainstream but rather sit in the cult category; you will either love them or hate them. With Aftermath Rhys Wilcox has made a departure from the full on blood and gore of this series (although there is still plenty for the fan) and delves more into human nature and how we treat not only those around us but also the planet we live on; all in a darkly satirical way that is his trademark.

I’m not going to give too much of the plot away as it would really spoil an excellent tale that needs to unfold first hand to the reader. In a nutshell Aftermath is a story split into three parts; the main element is a courtroom drama while the other two are told in flashback as the proceedings unfold. The first of these has Luke Robinson saving the world while the second replays the Gran Torino sounds predictable and a little maudlin, but events leading to the reason Luke is on trial, namely Eastwood has some surprises in store as the film's jocularity murder. gives way to a much darker story. His worst fears are confirmed when his Korean-American neighbour Thao (Bee Vang) attempts to steal his beloved 1972 Ford Gran Torino. Thao has been bullied into his crime by a local gang. The boy's punishment is community service in the company of grumpy old Walt, but that is enough to start a friendship that will transform both their lives.

Eastwood's politically incorrect curmudgeon helps to keep the sentimentality at bay, and the film is both immensely entertaining and quietly touching as it addresses issues that Hollywood tends to avoid, like all-American racism, the indignities of old age and the nature of true heroism. An absolute must if you have ever been a Clint Eastwood fan.

One of the main problems for any courtroom story is that it relies heavily on the dialogue between the parties. I’m happy to report that not only does Aftermath deal with this with aplomb it manages to succeed on all other levels as well. The dialogue in the courtroom is extremely clever and at times exceedingly funny, while the interlaced stories are as different as chalk and cheese; one is almost slapstick comedy as Luke struggles for survival (the sex shop scene is hilarious) whereas the murder offers a much darker social commentary. This all may sound a bit odd but it all comes together brilliantly. If I had to compare I would say it is the illegitimate child of The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wilt, High Society and A Few Good Men. An excellent novel that is seeing the author’s writing talent going from strength to strength.

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Freetime Bar Stop,Turre

By Paul Matthews,

RESTAURANT REVIEW The credit crunch meals include burger and chips for 3 Euros or various pies and chips for the same price. Bar Stop offers many choices including a good Ploughman’s lunch for 4 Euros and drinks at reasonable prices.

Well the credit crunch has The 5 euro menu is fairly extensive and more traditional with well and truly hit the med, meat and two veg as the main offering, as well as chilli and very little building work going rice and the usual café style meals offered to the Brits. on and people returning to My wife had steak and ale pie with chips and I had the UK in droves. I decided to look around for a café bar that cheeseburger and chips, two coffees and one fanta, cost 9 was catering for the hardest hit people and low and behold I Euros. Not bad for the price, and in these times where we found one in Turre. are all watching the cents I can recommend Bar Stop for a good basic lunchtime meal. The food was good and served hot.

Bar Stop has been in Turre for at least 5 years but has seen various proprietors over the years. The café is on the main street in Turre towards the top end of the Town. From Bar Stop prices will suit the family who have struggled to Mojacar follow the road towards the pueblo and continue on save for a holiday this year and those who are looking budget meals throughout their stay in the Mojacar area. to Turre, Bar Stop is on the right hand side of the road. Until next time


It’s a clean café bar with a fairly extensive choice of food albeit basic. Breakfasts can be purchased for as little as 2.50 Euros, which will get you, egg on toast or beans on toast. The full monty, belly-busting breakfast is 5 Euros.

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The Mojacar Photo Gallery gives you the chance to add your favourite photograph, to have yours included email us at This months photographs were kindly supplied by readers from our forum and some of our competition entries.

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If you have a club or society that you wish to advertise in Mojacar Magazine please email us details and we will add it Free of Charge Email details to: Oasis Christian fellowship Non-denominational services, 11.30am, Sundays. Victorias studios, Multicentro, Mojacar Playa. Contact 950 615 033 or 950 477 063

Religious Groups

The Evangelical Church, Turre ( Calle Ramon y Cajal (Opp.Superturre). English speaking, Sunday 11.00am for praise and worship with Sunday School. Parents and toddlers, Fridays 10.00am during school terms. Tel 950 092091

Iglesia Evangelica C/Hermanos Machado, 9 Ceuvas. Anglican Chaplaincy Spanish, translated into English. C of E morning servic 11am, Sundays 6.30pm. Contact Carmela Sunday, San Pascal Church, Agua 950 132 792 de Enmedio, Mojacar (4km after Hotel Indalo). Icar: Canon Hugh Kingdom Hall, Jehovah’s Broad. Contact: 950 478 432 or Witnesses Wed/Fri 7.30pm and Sun 11.00am. visit C/Olivia, 15 Vera (Opposite Lidl). Contact 677 857 920 Aquaviva, Albox English speaking Christian fellowship, Residencia Escolar, next to Urgencias, off Taberno FORUM GOLF SOCIETY Road. Sundays 11am. Contact: May 1st Marina Almeria 950 122 934

Roman Catholic Mojacar Village. Mass - Sundays and fiestas 12.30. Tues/Thurs/Sat 7pm. Priest 950 475 017

Church Services Opposite garden centre, Garrucha/ra roundabout. English services Sundays 11am.

Upcoming Events

Health/Sports & Activities Mojacar Indalo Hash House Harriers - a family running group. HHH is a worldwide X country running club with over 2000 groups around the world. Meeting every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month, For more information contact Steve 950 466 239 / 666 027 742 /

League Match home to Cortijo Grande May 8th Valle del Este Individual Stableford €33

Help Groups A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous Mojacar area. Meetings Tues & Fri 6.00pm. Contact 617 878 207

Animal Rescue PAWS-Patas Animal welfare. Shop in arcade by Santander bank, Mojacar Playa. Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat, 10.30-1.30pm. For info or help contact 678 490 216 or 678 490 235

Clubs and Societies in Mojacar and the Surrounding Area Acclevante (Classic Car Club) .........................629 529 656 / 968 419 256 Albox Computer Club ..................................................................950 064 311

ALBOX SCUBA DIVING CLUB -Meet every Wednesday at 8pm at the Travellers Inn in the conference room.

Alcoholics Anonymous ................................................................617 878 207 Almanzora Group of Friends (Albox) .........................................627 800 350

INDALO Lawn Bowling CLUB Los Gallardos. Visitors are always welcome. Contact Dorene 950 472 227

Almanzora Valley Gardening Club ............................................950 634 488 Almeria Link Solus Friendship Club ...............950 478 899 / 950 617 558

WALK & WEIGH , Puerto Lumbreras . Interested in losing a few pounds? Join us on Tuesdays at 10.30. For Further information call 968 436 458 or 619 453 283

APSA Animal Welfare (Almanzora Area) ..................................600 219 420 Bettis Gardening Club .................................................................950 398 162 Boxers Golf Society (Albox) .........................................................666 847 840 Club Taurino de Mojacar ...................................950 475 261 / 630 740 520

New fitness class - The Sunburn Arms - Piedra Ararilla Nr Partaloa. Thursdays at 3.00pm. Fully qualified Instructor. Beginners upwards. Bring own mat or towel. From Albox, 1km past ITV station, turn right then 1km on left Call 950 064 084

Cortijo Grande Golf Club .............................................................950 475 509 Dames in Turre ...................................................950 478 633 / 950 468 010

Mojacar Angling Club (MAC) Meet every wed for coarse fishing, sea fishing by boat by arrangement and organised beach fishing meetings are to be arranged in front of the Beachcomber Bar. Further information call John at the Beachcomber Beach Bar 950 473 099

Elderberries Lunch Club .............................................................950 477 063 Forum Golf Society .......................................................................666 847 840

Amigos de los coches clasicos del levante, classic car club. The club meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. in our club house in Aguilas. More information, tel 629 529 656, 968 419 256 email: FORUM GOLF SOCIETY plays organised friendly events every 2 weeks at local courses. Contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 /, or see ALBOX COMPUTER CLUB will still be holding their weekly meetings each Friday 4pm - 6.30pm at Kats Kitchen, Albox. Everyone welcome to come along see our web site

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The Devine Life Society ..............................................................950 469 122 Duplicate Bridge Club (Mojacar) ...............................................950 615 433

Indalo Bowling Club .....................................................................950 472 227 Indalo Players Theatre Group ...........................950 133 655 / 666 133 217 Marina Golf Members Club .............................627 / 353 281 / 666 119 765 Mojacar Angling Club (M.A.C) .....................................................950 473 099 Mojacar Area Cancer Support Group MACS ............................607 598 470 Mojacar Taekwon-do Club ................................950 069 030 / 670 381 839 Mojacar Indalo Hash House Harriers ...........950 466 239 / 666 027 742 P.A.W.S. Animal Welfare (Coast) .....................678 490 208 / 678 490 235 Mojacar Walking Group ...............................................................950 397 601 Royal British Legion (Albox) .............................950 064 078 / 950 064 811 Royal British Legion (Mojacar) .........................950 473 025 / 950 472 042 Table Tennis Club (Garrucha) ...................................................950 472 567

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WHAT’S ON Markets and Craft Fairs Monday

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Car Boot Sales Saturday Arboleas - Albox Road, behind Bar International First Saturday of the month at Kimrick, Mojacar Playa 12 until 4 Telephone: 950 475 198 for details Second Saturday of the month at Camping Los Gallardos Telephone 679 970 399 for details

Los Gallardos Wednesday Bedar El Ejido Lubrin Mojacar Pulpi Velez Blanco Thursday

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Sunday Flea and Art Market, Artisan Centre in Mojacar Village Nijar, Artisan Craft Fair the first Sunday of every month

Courses Ballet and Tap Dancing Daily classes in Ballet and tap for children, adults and teachers in Vera and Los Gallardos. Teacher and examiner, Royal Academy of Dance, Anita Watson. For further details telephone 950 45 36 81 Chinese Kickboxing At California Fitness, Mojacar Playa. For information and times please call Sarah on 662 370 829 Craft and Arts Workshops Card making, Kirigami, Art Classes and much more. Every Wednesday Watercolour Workshop, 11.00-13.00. Suitable for all levels €8. Every Thursday Oils/Acrylic workshop, 11.00-13.00 Suitable for all levels €8. For more information contact Adrian Tissington, Avda Lepanto 16, Albox, 600 817 352 or email Simple Art C/Malaga, Albox. Telephone Debbie 662 443 095 Dance and Drama Academy Julie Bruce Dance/Drama Academy classes for children and adults. Children's classes in Ballet, Tap, Dance, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Street dance and Musical Theatre. For Ladies there is ballets and disco keep fit. Classes are held at Club Le Mata on Mojacar Playa. Telephone 950 462 215 or 697 861 071 for additional information.


Ceroc is an easy to learn, fun mix, of modern jive and latin.It’s great exercise and no previous dance experience is required.


It is a partner dance so it’s preferable (but not essential) to visit Ceroc venues with a friend/partner. However, people are rotated so you get a chance to dance with each other and make new friends as well.

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Dance Nights are every Tuesday at Kimrick Bar & Restaurant, so if you fancy doing something a bit different, want to meet new people, have fun and get plenty of exercise as well, why not go along and give it a go. For further information call Tracey on 687 251799.

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PRINTER - HP, "ALL IN ONE" printer,scanner,copier HP PSC3255 with software & instructions good condition 50€ ono La Alfoquia Tel 950 437 585 COMPAQ LAPTOPS from 180€ with xp pro also some good spec towers, samsung 17" lcd monitors now in stock 100€ call Colin on 950 453 622 or 627 717986 TELESCOPE computerised telescope 14x262/5x c/w 5 different lenses tripod carry case new €100, Tel: 950137136 mob: 645538865 FIRE - DIMPLEX ELECTRIC FIRE brand new never used, chrome with white pebble or coal effect still boxed, Tel 686768442 Oria, €100 FREESAT DIGITAL BOX, Goodmans Freesat box GFSAT100SD, New still in box not used 60€ La Alfoquia Tel 950 437 585 SKY DIGITAL BOX, Amstrad Sky

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645538865 TV - Flat screen television 32 in 18 months old, Make LG €225 Ring 950528867 FANS – 2 large freestanding fans €10 each, 1 table top €5 Tel: 686679265 ELECTRIC OIL FILLED Radiator €20. Catalytic Mobile Gas Heater €30 (can supply gas bottle and valve if required). N-reg 1.9 RHD Citroen Xantia €300. Tel: 677038829. ELECTRIC LOG EFFECT for fire place. Can be seen working. 21ins x 10ins x 8ins. €50. Sold as seen. Contact 950 064 011. 4 LARGE OIL FILLED radiators €30 each call 950 137 136 SKY SATELLITE SYSTEM - Full size dish Plus Box 275 euros Tel 627564741 COMPLETE NURSERY FURNITURE in Salisbury Pine bought from Argos, Cot/Bed, Chest of Drawers and Wardrobe, including mattress and Winnie the pooh bedding. 300 Euro´s ono. Karen 637 546 973 or skype 0044 161 408 7041 BED - Double bed, mattress and Material base. Hardly used. V.G.C. 100 euro ono. Phone 950 163 710 or 651 778 846 TABLE AND CHAIRS – 90cm wooden table and chairs €150. In excellent condition. Selling due to downsizing David 680602443 / 950171410 roquetas de mar SOFA BED – dark red double sofa bed and armchair 2yrs old €150 (€900 new) In excellent condition. Selling due to downsizing David 680602443 / 950171410 roquetas de mar BED - double bed with slated base mattress metal headboard duvet, duvet cover pillowcases sheets pillows blanket mosquito net €120, Tel: 950137136 mob: 645538865 BEDROOM FURNITURE - brand new 2 door wardrobe 5 draw chest bedside cabinet in light ash still boxed €120, Tel: 950137136 mob: 645538865 WELSH DRESSER ANTIQUE pine 3 draws and 3 doors 150 €, Tel: 950137136 mob: 645538865 BEDSIDE CABINETS – 2 matching 1 draw bedside cabinets €25, 1 1 draw bedside cabinet €10 Tel; 686679265 BOOKCASE - €25 tel; 686679265

CHEST OF DRAWS - €20 tel: 686679265 SOFAS 5 SEATER corner unit. Black & beige 270 x 270cm. As new 400€. 663 660 439 COFFEE TABLE, greywhite, with glass tabletop and magazine shelf, as new. 84x48 cm, height 39 cm, 30 €. Phone 617 58 84 24 / Veramar 4 PS2 GAMES 4 € each, ninetendo pocket gameboy 10 €, nintendo game boy carry case €5, game boy camera 3 €, game boy games x11 €3 each, dreamcast games console 20 €, dreamcast steering wheel 10 €, dreamcast keyboard 5 €, dreamcast controllers x2 5 € each, dreamcast games x20 3 € each, Tel: 950137136 mob: 645538865 (75) POND PUMP brand new boxed, water reaches 4 mtrs €50 (€100 new) Selling due to downsizing David 680602443 / 950171410 roquetas de mar

Bakeries Claires Bakery ..........618 864 507 Dolce .......................950 475 178 The Pasty Shack....... 627 564 741

Bed & Breakfast Aljambra ...................950 064 332 Casa Amnarilla ..........950 459 671 Casa Los Arcos .........950 473 165 Casa Maria ................950 398 216 Roberts Nest .............687 233 795 The Retreat ...............619 348 261 Travellers Inn .............950 523 762

Bookshops Bookworms................950 473 086 Celebrations...............950 475 366 Mar Y Sol...................950 475 174 Mojacar Learning Ctre .950 615 489 One Off Cards.............627 046 789

Builders Ace Construction........950 634 432 Aridos Mojacar S.L.....950 393 003 Andalucian .................950453 493 Ben Parfitt .................950 069 419 Cantoria Cstrn............950 064 368 Dry Lining...................950 618 767 Garden Slns...............950 468 145 Grandy Building ........ 950 458 887 John Blackmore .........950 449 068

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BUILDING SERVICES Extension Specialists

All types of roofing and repairs, patios, reforms, tiling, block paving and more... Building in Spain for 8 years

For a Professional Product call Peter on 950 132 793 or 687 814 358

Car Hire Auriga ......................968 414 582 Smarty Paints ...........660 125 457 Caracola ...................950 473 157 Crown Rent a Car ......950 478 976 Mo-Car ....................950 478 307 Mojacar ...................950 478 832

Phone For Special Rates

Wide Range of Vehicles

Cars Delivered to Almeria & Alicante Airports Vehiculos Entregados a los Aeropuertos

Diesels & Automatics Available Avda de Alme ria, 17 Bajo 04639 TURRE (Almeria) Tel 950 468 004 From UK 00 34 950 468 003 E-mail

Almericar ..................950 234 966 Rucar .......................950 333 104 Tropicar ....................950 334 400 Andacar ...................950 468 003

Cleaning Services CJ’s Upholstery Cleaning Sofas, Rugs, Carpets Mattresses, Car Valeting, Floor Polishing

Mobile: 627 635 519 Also Entertainment with CJ’s Mobile DJ, Karaoke, Casino Nights

Guardian Angels Property Management Service is owned and run by Derrick and Carol Towlson and family who now live full time in San Juan de los Terreros and offer a comprehensive property management service tailored to suit your requirements TEL:950 466 396 or 950 466 239 or mobile 600 470 778 and 663 641 044

Computer & IT Caracola ...................950 473 157 Crown Rent a Car ......950 478 976 Mo-Car ....................950 478 307 Mojacar ...................950 478 832 Solvi Car ...................950 478 151

Amazing Long Term Rental Deals

A1 Services...............950 472 528 Ashby Property Svs....950 439 174 Clean Sweep..............950 398 820 D&D Cleaners ...........666 814 913 DcGc Options............950 472 837 Squeaky Clean ...........28 760 783

Fresco Services Vera




Our aim is to provide you, the customer with excellent value for money and a professional service Call: 950 133 968

Ciber Max.................649 516 903 Compleo Personal IT Centre.......................950 393 689 CYG..........................950 133 908 Digitek Mojacar...........950 472 191 DMM Web Design.......697 317 665 Enigma Design (Web Design) ....+44 1442 409348 Info Venus 2000 .........950 475 712 Mi PC........................950 633 015 Neosystems...............950 121 035 Premier Tech ...........950 064 2156

Enigma Design and Marketing Limited We offer a full Web Design Service and FREE advice. Hosting, HTML, Metatags, and more call +44 1442 409348

For a free consultation

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Electro Torres ............950 472 898 Mark Cooke ...............637 974 662 Mick Groom ..............667 039 805 Movieland...................950 475 003 Suckling Elect ...........661 642 993 Real Entertainment.....950 449 635 The Word................. .950 479 438 Wayne Powell............607 150 095 Total Entertainment.....950 615 596 Knowles & Abt ...........650 137 208

DVD & Video Rental




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P as eo del M editerráneo

04800 Albox

04634 Turre

04638 Mojácar




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MOVIELAND Most Areas Covered

Video / DVD Club LOWER PRICES LOYALTY SCHEME New releases €2.50 for 2 nights Open 11am-2pm &5pm - 9pm, Mon-Sat 5pm - 9pm Sundays Guardia Vieja Complex, Mojacar Playa Tel: 950 475 003


Williams Electrical Based in Turre Established Since 1998 & Fully Legal All Electrical work undertaken, AntiSurge Protection, A/C Supply& Installation,

Re-Wire, Ceiling Fans, Bathroom Heaters

Currency Exchange Currencies Direct ........950 478 914 Money Corp ...............692 413 814

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Money Exg ................950 324 243 Clinical Dental............950 478 534 Nadal Perez ..............950 479 444 Global Currency .........950 133 697 Valero Martinez..........950 132 047

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English Food Beer Emporium.........950 472 622 Mr UK .....................950 475 850 UK Shopping.............950 473 224


Coastal Properties Mojacar

38 Multi Central Playa Brendan O Dee.......... 950 069 264 04638 Mojacar Spain Captain Sunshine .........950618034 Clive Sarstedt .............950 398 825 Tel: 0034 950 475 235 Keith Night .................950 069 248 email: Mattis DJ ...................950 391 660 Molles Munecas..........950 133 806 Tom Lee ....................950 462 059 New Life ....................667 044 173 Holiday Rental

Estate Agents Coastal Properties...... 950 47 5235 1st Choice .................950 472 002 Gatehouse Intern.........950 473 176 Remax / Keyfinder.......950 473 074 Price Brown...............950 478 915 Prime Properties Local .................................950 475289 Veritas Homes...........950 472 430 Why not advertise your business on Mojacar Magazine email is on for details...

Management Property Management Property Maintenance Management of Long Term Rentals Property Management Refurbishment & Construction

Kevinspain.................950 064 464 Mojacar Estates..........950478 935

Professionally Qualified Estate Agents Over 20 years of service, Integrity & Sound Advice Excellent Range of New & Resale Apartments, Townhouses, Villas & Exclusive Developments. Holiday Rentals & Property Management Open Mon - Fri, 10am - 1.30 &4.30 - 7pm, Sat, 10am - 1pm

Telephone: 950 478 915

Re/Max Monarch 2 Avenida del Mediterraneo 465 Mojacar 04638 Almeria Tel/Fax: 0034 950 473 074 Mobs: 0034 610 614 561 0034 605 256 568

Mojacar Homes..........950 478 834


New One Stop ...........950 473 040 Polansky & Associates .................................950 478 915

Mojacar Quad Treks...678 006 460 4 X 4 Tours ...............950 292 092

Financial Services Email: Website:

Office Tel/Fax: 0034 950460873 Mobile: 0034 600227460

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Anglo Spanish Finance ...686 257 481 Avalon Europe .................966 799 070 Blevins Franks .................965 705 502 Danniells Fox ....................950 478 617 Mortgage Solutions ........950 472 032 CIMM ................................950 398 078 Offshore Investments .....950 064 695 VFS Europe ...................... 950 478 617

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- TONE Mortgages Financial Services Tax and Accountancy Tel: 950 478 617 Fax: 950 475 029 Local 89, Parque Comercial, 04638 Mojacar, Almeria Specialist Mortgage Brokers, Regulated Independent Financial Advisors and Tax Accountancy Servive Providers in Spain



The No Sweat workout, call us now for your FREE trial

Open Mon - Fri, 8am to 5pm Saturday, 9am - 1pm Level 2, Parque Comercial, Mojacar Tel: 664 550 661 (Wheelchair & lift access available)

Florists & Gdn Ctrs

Iron Art Group (Vera) established for 20 years on the Costas

MOJACAR PLAYA Next to Viva & Harrys Bar Tel.: 950 475 403 Mob.: 687 245 485 email Floresteri ..................950 344 169 Veveros Hortiflor ........950 478 985 Floresteria Lucia.........................950 479 496 La Glorieta ................950 391 927

Fly Screens

Garden/patio furniture at wholesale prices. Gates, rejas, railings, gazebos, all your ironwork made to any size, design, colour etc and all powdercoated. El Real Industrial Estate, Antas Mon-Fr 10am-5pm Sat 10am-1pm

Tel 637 259 033

Funeral Services Funeraria Perez.........950 478 102 Funeraria Soriano.......950 410 413

For a FREE listing email us with your details at

The Only Way is up

Mister Screen............637 159 249 We Fit.......................950 475 419

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Furniture Shops

The Emporium............950 472 790

Hire Shops


El Pinar SOLID OAK FURNITURE A Very Large Selection At Reasonable Prices Los Carasoles, Zurgena (on the main road to Albox) Tel: 950 104 272 Also at Viator

Garden Services

Mojacar Hire ..............950 475 003

Mojacar Landscap2.....627 864 092 Albi Servico................950 478 708 Eden Landscapes.......950 634 463 Viveros Hortiflor...........950 478 985 Floristeria Lucia..........950 479 496

Horse Riding

Cristaliria.. ................950 475 376

Golf Courses Desert Springs ..........950 467 411 Marina Golf ...............950 133 235 Cortijo Grande ...........950 479 176 Valle De Est Golf.......676 256 923

Golf Equipment The Full Swing ..........950 459 009 The Complete Golfer....950 472 376 Marcus Tuition ...........610 526 671 Gareth Edwards .........950 479 176 Tuition Valle De Est ....676 256 923

Hardware Stores

Berbel Oller ..............950 121 123 Taller Daydo .............950 459 116 Central Motors...........950 959 489

International Hair.........950 475 452

English Pine .............950 475 419 Penthouse Studio.......950 475 915 Furniture Mart ...........950 393 244 Wacky Barber ...........667 961 645 Homes and Beyond....950 132 458 Weight Watcher..........666 224 501 Linen Store................950 475 419 Mac Night .................950 468 263 Stock X Change.........950 475 937

Glass and Windows

Hire Shop ..................687 845 993

Opticians Multi Opticas ............950 472 285

The 5 Bone Hotel, Turre Optica Villazer...........950 472 783 Tel: 630 234 556 Optica Mahis ............950 390 777



Can Can ....................950 472 396 John Morgan...............666 157 942 Enreque Arias ...........950 472 974

Painter/Decorator Parque Commercial Mojacar Legs and Co based in Mojacar Playa, in the Costa Almeria, Spain are now able to provide all your UK High St Branded Lingerie, Swim wear and clothing here in Spain

Lessons & Trekking Livery & Loan All Ages & Abilities Welcome Excellent Rates BHS Qualified Partaloa Near Albox

Associated Painters....677 046 624 Peter Dowling.............647 587 846

Contact Erica 678 838 547

Desert Riders..............950 066 084 Didi Arias ..................950 468 911 Sanctuary Limaria.......628 239 696 Cortijo Grande ...........950 479 176 24 Hour .....................666 949 213 Valle De Est Golf........676 256 923 Larry .........................667 244 022


Insurance Agents Mobility Services

Abbeygate Insurance..965 745 097 Mobility Matters.........950 615 432 Ferreteria Gonzalez......950 390 855 Knight Insurance.........950 121 943 Lloyd & White.............950 478 598 Ferreteria Longo ..........950 430 064 Mojacar Insurance.......950 615 037 Ferreteria Lopez...........950 615 026 Rose Financial ..........950 478 617 Ferreteria Mojacar........950 473 111

Mortgage Services

Kennels & Catteries

Health and Beauty

Motor Mechanic

Country Kennel ...........950 473 011 Five Bone Hotel ..........930 234 556 Creative Nail Bar........950 475 403 K9 .............................950 168 015 Albox Service Ctre......950 431 600

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I am an independent, local handyman who can do a variety of jobs, in all of which I take great pride. I am a professional painter and decorator. I am reliable and carry out a professional job to the highest of standards. Wall Tiling and Carpentry

Interior & Exterior General Property Maintenance

Painting And Decorating

Please call for a friendly service and a FREE no obligation Mobile: 6475 878 46

Apdo de corres 323

Coastal Properties.......950 475 235 Complete Holiday Care ..................................950 478 612 Clinica Veterinaria......950 472 252 Elite Property Srv .........697 532323 Centro Veterinaria.......950 475 213 Espagna Homes .........950 466 044 Holiday Homes ...........950 120 210 Mojacar Estates .........950 478 935 Mojacar Holiday Service ..................................950 478 832

Pets and Vets

Mojacar Long Term Rentals Plumbers Derek Smith................950 468 041 Knowles and Abbot......950 137 197 Mojacar Plumbing........607 356 520

Pool/Spa Sol Y Agua ................638 574 145 Pedro Suarez .............950 478 786 Real Covers ...............950 478 763

We have properties that you can rent in and around Mojacar for Winter, Summer and all year round!

Coastal Properties Mojacar 38 Multi Central Playa 04638 Mojacar Spain Tel: 0034 950 475 235 email:

Holiday Rental Management Property Management Property Maintenance Management of Long Term Rentals Property Management Refurbishment & Construction

We have a selection of apartments and villas to rent in the beautiful seaside resort of Mojacar. Ranging from 1 bed roomed apartments to 7 bedroom villa’s with private swimming pools we can arrange any kind of accommodation for you

Simply email us at The Property Shop ................................950 475 241 Real Services ...........950 475 779 Coastal Properties.......950 475 235 Rent Mojacar.............950 615 042 Complete Holiday Care RLT Properties ..........950 615 042 .................................950 478 612 Susanas Properties....649 759 053

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and let us know what you are looking for, we will do the rest

Taking a different view in rentals Telephone +34 950 473 183 Avenida del MediterrĂĄneo, 363 - 04638 Mojacar - Almeria - Spain

Peter Dowling

This is a lovely apartment Situated in Turre. A Typical Spanish village, only 5 min by car to the Resort and Beaches of Mojacar and the fishing port of Garrucha. Our apartment is newly built and provides everything you should need, Air-con/Heating, Sky TV (BBC1, 2 and 3 plus ITV 1,2,3 plus Channel 4), stereo, DVD, microwave, washing machine, fridge, iron, etc. Two Bedrooms, 1 dbl, 1 Twin, nicely furnished lounge/dining area. Mountain views from balcony on Lounge and double bedroom. Sprb restaurants and bars within walking distance.No

children under 10 or pets.


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Linnitt Properties Management and Services, S.L.L Mesa.........................950 472 948


Old Tavern.................950 478 958

22 Restaurant ............950 473 058

* Property Sales and Rentals * Property Maintenance and Cleaning Services * Insurances * Building Services

Asador Ayerbe............950 472 951 Almeria, no 78 (Turre) Tel: 0034 9504 79054

Bengal Palace ...........950 615 181

Bistro Breton.............950 478 008 Bar Esencia.............. 666 710 124 Beachcomber.............950 473 099

Casa Egea ................950 472 190 Café Sol.....................662 258 822

Apartment and beautiful sea view, Swimming pool and garden

Cowboy Cocina9.......9500 472 924 Gala’s ...................... 669 813 418 Harrys Café Bar..........950 478 439 Kimrick .....................950 475 198 La Cabana..................950 615 179

These newly built and furnished apartments which are just a 5 minute walk from the beach, bars and restaurants. Our apartments all have 2 bedrooms sleeping up to 4/5, bathroom, kitchen and lounge diner with large balconies overlooking the 3 swimming pools 3 toddler pools landscaped gardens, tennis court, fantastic sea views. The kitchen is fully equipped. All apartments have a TV, dvd player, radio/cd player ,SKY tv and safes.

A well appointed, privately owned, modern 2 bedroom apartment within walking distance of unspoilt sandy beaches with superb swimming pool. With 2 bedrooms, a double with queen size bed, and a triple with single and double beds, newly furnished and air conditioned it accommodates 5 in comfort. Full bathroom, kitchen and living room with satellite TV and UK channels, the garage parking is on the same level as the apartment, and there are lifts to all floors. Contact Lynn on +44(0)1609 748468 or



Lua............................950 472 224 Lykes........................950 478 736

The Palacio................950 472 208 Ramo Del Limon.........950 472 659 Res Algeria................950 615 064 Restaurant Sur...........950 615 437 Rusty Nail Bar............950 472 786 Pizuela.....................950 615 524 Sitio Bar....................687 265 518 Smugglers.................687 489 145 Solo .........................950 475 389 Sotovoce ...................950 475 739 Tabern Pacifica...........950 634 533 Tlk of The Town..........678 661 850 The Irish Rover...........950 472 664 Café Lala .................950 473 128 El Palacio..................950 472 846

Mediteranio................950 472 268

We have a selection of apartments and villas to rent in the beautiful seaside resort of Mojacar. Ranging from 1 bed roomed apartments to 7 bedroom villa’s with private swimming pools we can arrange any kind of accommodation for you

Simply email us at and let us know what you are

looking for, we will do the rest

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Fast Foods, Cooked by ba Qualified Chef at affordable prices Open 7 days from 12pm to very late eat in or takeaway Find us next to Price Brown on the beach Choose from our delicious varied menu, check for daily specials!



Choose from our tasty range of burgers served with chips and a choice of side order. Mojacar Southern Fried Pizza Burger Greek Burger Cowboy Burger Minty Lamb Burger

Succulent Kebabs Chicken Tandoori Vegi kebab Falafel & Salad

INDIAN & THAI CURRY All served with basmati rice or chips


Cod Gougons Roe & Chips Pukka Pies & Chips

PIZZAS Try our Kebab Pizza

All served with a drink & ice cream, just 5 euros!

Telephone orders

647 820 991

B ar E sencial Live Music see the board

CR Comida Rapida CR

“the only real pub in town” Table Football All sports showing Coming soon... The largest selection of Vodka in Mojacar Open all week until late, except Mondays Parties Catered for Cal 667 805 880 email

Downstairs on the seafront below Crown Rent a Car Menu of the Day & Night Choice of 7 starters Main Courses

es Cours able Avail rately se p a



3 Course Multi Choice

Vegetable stir fry with Pineapple & Sweet Chilli Sauce with Rice or Chips Southern Fried Chicken Breast & Coleslaw with Chips or Salad Pork Steak with Peas & Chips or Mash or New Potatoes & Gravy (Yorkshire Pudding - extra 1€) Liver & Bacon, Mash or Chips, Fried Onions & Gravy (Mushy Peas, Peas or Baked Beans - extra 1€) 3 x Sausages (or battered) Chips or Mash, Baked Beans or Peas & Gravy Freshly Battered Fish & Chips (Mushy Peas or Baked Beans - extra 1€) Chef’s Salad of the Day (Vegetarian or not so)

In addition to this w e also hav e a full menu including Chicken

Choice Curry, Mixed Grill, Steaks, Wraps, Sandw iches, Burgers, Of 6 Desserts Breakfasts, Salads, Jacket Potatoes & so much more! 3 Course Sunday Lunch - Only 12.00€

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SUNDAY’s Roast Served All Day 2 Course: €11 3 Course €13.50 Vegetarian Menu

618 539 500 / 950 472 308

Open 7 until late Closed on Tuesdays

Mojacar Playa, Next to Mojacar Homes Tel:950 472 944 There are some great bars and restaurants in Mojacar all which offer great value for money and a wide variety of food. There are times though when you want to ‘Grab and Go’. Here at Super Polo we offer a fantastic alternative. We have a wide range of pre prepared meals that offer great value for money and tongue tingling tastes. On offer we have for example: Spaghetti, Lasagna, Fish Salad, Tuna Salad, Roast Lamb, Roast Chicken, a wide variety of Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Paella, Curry’s,and a delectable choice of puddings. We also offer a variety of tasty set meals.

BAR ISABEL Typical Spanish Mediterranean Menu Menu del Dia

Sea Views

All you need in most cases is to microwave or oven cook. In addition to this we offer vouchers that enable you to earn great gifts.

Super Pollo

Mojacar Playa Tel: 950 475 941

Excellent Choice, Excellent Value & Excellent Taste

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Indian Cuisine

Now Open Sundays 6pm -12, 7 days a week Booking Recommended Call: 950 120 606 Take Away Available

Auto Refinishing

Crash Repairs

Over 20 years' experience

Panel Beating Spraying Welding Re-Sprays

For a FREE quotation call Jim on 650 617 595 or 950 478 934

Vehicle Sales

06 Renault Megan Scenic 1.9 Dci, a/c, cd, low km’s........................18,999€ 05 Ford Galaxy Tdi, 130bhp, metallic blue, cd, a/c............................16,999€ 04 Hyudai Santa Fe in blue, a/c, 4 x 4................................................14’999€ 06 Peugeot 307 sw 1.6Hdi Est, black, a/c, cd...................................13,999€ 07 Peugeot 207, in silver, a/c, cd, low km’s.......................................12’999€ 05 Citroen C4 1.6 Vtr automatic, Cd, a/c, metallic blue...................12’999€ 04 Saab 9-5, 2.0 Turbo, a/c, cd, leather, met. merlot..........................9,999€ 03 Nissan Primera 2.2Di Visia, hatchback, cd, silver........................9,999€ 04 Renault Laguna 1.9 Dci Express, a/c, cd,......................................9,999€ 03 Ford Focus Estate Tddi 1.8, a/c, Metallic Silver...........................8,999€ 03 Citroen C3 1.4 Hdi, a/c, cd, white...................................................8,999€ 03 Citroen C5 2.0sx Hdi Est, cd, a/c, metallic silver..........................8,999€ 04 Seat Ibiza1.9 Sdi Stella, a/c, metallic silver...................................8,999€ 07 Ford Ka 1.4, a/c, cd, low km’s, metallic grey..................................8,999€ 03 Ford Focus 1.8 Tdci Estate, a/c, red..............................................8,999€ 98 Chrysler Voyager 2.4 LX, automatic, metallic grey.......................7,999€ 03 Ford Focus Est 1.8 Tddi, air con in blue........................................7,999€ 05 Fiat Punto Activa, a/c, cd, metallic silver, low km’s........................7,999€ 03 Opel Astra 1.7Dti Est. a/c, cd, white...............................................7,999€ 01 Opel Vectra 2.0 Tdi Elegance Est, a/c, cd.....................................6,999€

Our stock list is constantly changing.

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Solicitors Alonso & Haro ...........950 392 208 Angelas Morale...........950 478 984 Casas Almeria ...........950 134 434 Davies Solicitor...........950 472 775 Ruiz Orozco ..............950 390 282 Saugar Aboga........... 950 615 038

Call us for an up to date list and ask us about our bargain basement!

Vehicle Repairs

ARC Roofing .............950 618 767 Jim ...........................950 069 041 Albox Service .............950 431 600 Central Motors ...........950 393 776 Crash Repairs ............950 478 934 Mojacar Motors ..........950 478 335 Cuevase.....................950 523 740 Talleres Azor .............950 478 519 Dmatch .....................950 472 947 Enti Sat ....................950 064 609 Europa Sat ................950 133 233 J & A Multi Serv .........667 292 227 Clutches JW Air Sat ................950 475 845 Diagnostics Brakes Tyres Skystars ...................687 042 335 Solo Sat ....................699 909 737 Tel Air .......................950 393 116

Satellite TV

Albox Service Centre Repairs Servicing



SolyAgua ..................950 139 573

Solar Energy Alternia .....................950 475 876 D Match ...................950 472 947 Teletek .....................950 459 007

Albox Centre ............950 431 600 Almeria Engines........950 069 213 Autocorner ...............950 069 198 Coastal Cars ............950 459 136 Mojacar Motors......... 950 472 056 Nissan .....................950 430 856 Premier Autos ...........666 160 692 Taller Daydo .............950 459 116 Talleres A..................950 478 519

Workshop Tel: 950 431 600 Mob: 662 093 051 Matriculations/Transfers: 620 474 919

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Astrid .......................950 472 252 Costa Indalo .............950 475 213 Egestra Centro .........950 411 208 Europa .....................950 132 200 Veravet ....................667 304 876

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CLINICA VETERINARIA MOJACAR Astrid Schroder, Veterinary Surgeon Paseo Del Mediterraneo, 313 Tel: 950 472 252 / 629 099 920 Emergencies: 629 099 920

Please make an appointment


Water Treatment Casa Rusticas ...........950 469 620 Piscinas Octopu ........950 121 927 SolyaAgua ................950 139 573 Pele Tek ...................950 459 007 Water Solutions .........950 615 200



HOUSE TRAINED MALE in his 50's needs work of some description just to get me out of the house!! Please I will consider anything. Even cleaning! As I do most of this at home anyway as my wife is out to work. Mojacar /Turre areas. I have refs. Please call 625 245 771.

MALE LOOKING FOR GARDENING and maintenance work Antas and Albox area. Tel 663375342

MALE 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE AS CHEF, looking for work, would do bar work, willing to try anything else. Please call QUALIFIED CHEF looking Mike on 677830074 for work in the Antas , Albox area 20 years experience good all rounder. Tel 663375342


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The Perfect Job....? Perhaps We are looking for some sales people to sell both Simply Mojacar and Mojacar Magazine. You will need to be self motivated and have a desire to succeed. There are no set hours, no set targets just an opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people in a relaxing holiday atmosphere. You will need a vision though and that vision will be to promote and market our portfolio of ground breaking products to people in Mojacar. If you are interested and have the time on your hands why not drop us a line and tell us a bit more about yourself. The pay? We offer a great commission structure and an opportunity to work with some very dedicated people. Page 54

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The Renault Megane Convertible Spring has come back with a vengeance in my neck of the woods. March is supposed to come in like a lion & out like a lamb but we seem to have had the reverse here in sunny Northamptonshire. The month has started with over a week of clear blue skies and no wind. Temperatures have felt like a summers day with youngsters lazing around on grassy meadows, people taking time out on their allotments to get their affairs in order for the upcoming rush of the growing season and every type of animal has been calling out for this seasons mates. I have been dusting off the cobwebs of my motorbike and paying up another years insurance so I can take in new country roads and new areas I haven’t yet explored. There has been a rush in holiday bookings for the seaside as we all look longingly to the near future and the two weeks mid year break we will all spend months saving for but will be over in a blink of an eye.

The all round vision was excellent with the roof up and this is a rarity with convertibles. What springs to mind is the useless vision of the new MX5 that when the roof is up you may as well be driving a Transit for the same all round vision.

I smirked at the engine size of this motor. Why go to the trouble of making a sporty car and then putting a 1600cc lump in it???? I was to eat my thoughts on this as the car was responsive and nippy all the way through the six speed gearbox. The handling was not as tight as I would have liked but I am sure this must have been softened so the hairdressers and girls who would be attracted to this motor would have an easier time applying their make-up whilst driving along. Now I pulled over and took the top off... This was now a great fun little car that gave me the all important experience of driving at speed with the wind blowing around my face. And it was just blowing around and not trying to pull my head off of my shoulders even at speed. I can see why people go for them as the sensation of the So what could be worthy of this late to be written article? open road really comes into play with all of the sights sounds What could I jump into and test drive without losing much and smells of the countryside I was driving through feeling as time in this rarest of warm springs? if they were inside the car with me. It had to incorporate a bit of fun...ok alot of fun, handle well So would I buy one??? and still let the earliest of our warm light shine upon me. I opted for the Renault Megane Convertible. Don’t get me wrong this was a great laugh for a couple of hours on a warm and sunny spring afternoon. The car I was told we had to first have a drive around with the roof sounds great and all round it wasn’t too bad but...... up. Why I wanted to know as the whole point was to keep I would rather get my bike out of the garage and I would not the sun on my face but I soon realised a point was soon pay the £20,000 price tag even for a six speed box! proven that the roof was not your usual convertible rubbish. Save your money and grab an MX5. They are smaller more The glass topped roof seemed air tight. There was no fun to drive and even though you will still look like a girl rushing of air coming through hidden gaps and the road driving one you wouldn’t feel quite so ripped off. noise was at a minimum. It was warm inside and the heater was exceptional. Why would I try the heater you may ask but convertibles can be an icebox in the winter but this seemed more than capable to keep up. Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

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The weather...Aaah...the weather, you can usually add at least 10°C to whatever you've got in England; winter barely lasts for three months; for six months, it's an occasion if a cloud is spotted in the clear blue sky; then there's the summer nights (excuse me if this sounds like something from 'Grease'!), 30ºC...watching the stars in a pair of shorts and sandals...G&T by your hand...towel nearby to mop it up when you spill it all over yourself... Suffice to say that in the UK, I took at least two painkillers every day, ten months of the year, to enable myself to continue working; in the two years since I moved here permanently, I have taken about half-a-dozen, usually after a particularly strenuous days work on my house...It's a good life.. . As far as access is concerned, we are 1 hour from Almeria airport, 2 hours from Alicante & Murcia airports, 40 minutes from the beaches of Mojacar and Garrucha, 50 minutes from 'Cabo de Gata' national park and 1 hour 45 minutes away from the beautiful city & skiing of Granada.

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Price: 360.000 €

Price: 149.950 €

An outstanding property situated centrally in the picturesque Spanish village of Bedar.The property consists of 5 large bedrooms four of which are en-suite, the master bedroom is 51 sqms (the size of an apartment) and has an en-suite and leads onto a terrace with glorious views of the mountains, sea and coastline, There are two huge lounges on both floors, fully fitted kitchen/diner with white goods, huge storage room, carport, three terraces with great panoramic views.There is also the chance to buy additional land adjacent to the property if required.

Wonderful townhouse on Valle del Este Golf course. 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen with all the white goods, lounge-diner, roof terrace, private terrace, garden and private parking, Communal garden and swimming pool. This spacious property is pre-installed for air conditioning and benefits from satellite tv. It is set in a wonderful location on the golf course. Priced to sell

Price: 146.500 €

Price: 265.000 €

Well presented Villa set elevated on a private plot of 615 sqms in the ever popular Los Higerales.The property has two double bedrooms, 2 bath rooms, one of which is en-suite, fully fitted kitchen with white goods, good size L-shaped lounge-diner with fireplace and French doors to a large outside terrace with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.There is plenty of space for a pool, garage etc, and the property also benefits from Air-conditioning, ADSL, Sat T.V and fly screens.

Beautiful restored large Cortijo of 188 m2 on a 15.000 m2 plot with a lot more possibilities. Outbuildings for conversion, would be the golden opportunity for a B&B 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully fitted Spanish kitchen, lounge with fireplace, dining room, terrace and splash pool. This property is located in the mountains of CARBONERAS with mountain and sea views to die for. Only 10 min. away from the lovely beach of Carboneras and all amenities. At this price the property must be seen It represents a real bargain

Price: 199.950 €

Price: 490.000 €

Second reduction for early sale. This lovely detached villa has three double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen with all the white goods, good size lounge-diner with fireplace, terrace, roof terrace, carport, mature garden and swimming pool, all within a 900sqm plot with stunning views of the country side.

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Just on the market a detached luxury villa designed in co operation with the areas leading architect and built just 5 years ago by a top local builder. The villa is located in a prominent position in the desirable and sought after village of El Pinar. With exceptional views, the property consists of private master suite with two further bedrooms in a guest wing, private pool and detached garage. The property is centrally heated and has aircon.

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Veritas: f rom the Latin 'v erus' - true principle of belief . Truthf ulness. The reality

Ref. 1264 Price €119,750

Ref. 1011 From: €127,900

Puerto Marina, Mojácar Playa 1 bed / 1 bath Penthouse Apartment Immaculate condition Fully furnished Incredible sea views Very large sea facing terrace Private lockup garage Communal swimming pools Unbeatable asking price

Vera Playa 2 bed / 2 bath Apartments and Townhouses Brand new – Fully furnished 2 minutes drive to the beach Private covered parking space Close to supermarket and international school Indoor and outdoor swimming pools Communal gardens

Ref. 1119 Price: €170,000

Ref. 1258 Price: €175,000

Altos del Cantal - Mojácar Playa 2 bed / 2 east facing Townhouse Private underground Lockup garage Great Sea views from solarium Private Garden Air Conditioned Communal Swimming Pool and Gardens Walking distance to sea and amenities

Cortijo Grande Golf Resort 2 bed / 2 bath Townhouse Uninterrupted views of the golf course Dining room with open fire 95 Mts² built on 2 floors 10 minutes drive to the coast On golf course Lovely views of the Idyllic Sierra Cabrera

Ref: 1262 Price €160,000 Los Atalayones – Mojácar Playa 2 bed / 1 bath Apartment East facing with great sea views Allocated parking space 2 minutes walk to sea and promenade Communal swimming pools and tennis court. An absolute bargain An early viewing is recommended

Ref. 1255 Price: €209,000 Residencial Samay - Mojácar Playa 3 bed / 2 bath Townhouse Open plan kitchen Large east facing terrace Private drive – Private garden 147 mts² Plot Communal pools and tennis court 2 minutes walk to the beach and amenities

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Apartment For Sale in Mojacar Ref no: MEAP26807

Apartment For Sale in Turre - Ref no: MEAP20507

3rd floor apartment of 101m² well situated in a front

Large top floor apartment situated on the main street

line urbanization in Mojacar Beach, close to local amenities. The property is comprised of 3 bedrooms, bathroom, cloakroom, a spacious lounge-diner, modern fitted kitchen, utility room and a wide covered terrace. Furnished. Communal Pool.

in Turre. Comprising: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, loungediner, newly fitted kitchen with all the white goods and terrace. Communal roof terrace. Sold furnished. Small community of only 4 apartments. Views towards the mountains.

Ref: mh08 Mojacar Playa - Marina Golf II 2 Bedrooms Sleeps 4 Communal Pool, Disabled Access , Entry Phone Long Let Considered, Near Beach On Golf Course, Satellite, Terrace/Balcony, TV, Underground Parking Washing Machine round floor apartment overlooking the golf course of Marina de la Torre. The property comprises: 2 bedrooms, 1 complete bathroom, 1 shower room, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and two terraces. Underground parking space. Communal swimming pool and

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Ref: mh05 Mojacar Playa, Miramar de Marina Golf 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 4 Air-Conditioned Communal Pool , Dishwasher, Near Beach, Near Golf, Satellite Sea Views Solarium, Terrace/Balcony TV, Underground Parking Washing Machine A brand new top floor apartment, with 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms (one en-suite), fully fitted kitchen, inc washing machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer & microwave. Lounge, terrace overlooking swimming pool, spiral staircase to roof top solar

mh18 Mojacar Playa 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms Sleeps 4

mh23 Mojacar playa 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms Sleeps 4

Communal Pool, Entry Phone, Long Let Considered, Near Beach Near Golf, Satellite, Sea Views Terrace/Balcony, TV Washing Machine A 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in a new complex with UK satellite TVwith lovely views from the terrace. Community pool and parking. only 10 minutes drive to Marina de la Torre golf course, another 3 courses within approx 20 minutes drive. Short walk to beach, supermarket, bars and restaurants

Air-Conditioned, Communal Pool, Dishwasher , ong Let Considered, Near Beach, Near Golf Satellite Sea Views, Solarium Terrace/Balcony , TV Underground Parking, Washing Mcne Top floor apartment overlooking golf course and with panoramic sea views.The property comprises: 2bedrooms, a complete bathroom, utility room, lounge with TV & video, fully fitted kitchen, terrace and sun terrace on the top. Air con and central heating. Communal pool. 

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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Accommodation for 8

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Accommodation for 4

Air-Conditioned Communal Pool Garage Garden HiFi / Radio Near Beach Near Golf Sea View s Terrace/Balcony TV Underground Parking Washing Machine Beautiful first floor apartment offering 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms,fully fitted kitchen, large lounge/ diner leading directly to the very large terrace w ith superb sea view s. Communal pool w ith lush gardens. only 50 m to the beach and close to all amenities, the property boasts air conditioning and private underground parking

2 Beds 1 Bathroom

2 Beds 2 Bathrooms

Air-Conditioned Communal Pool HiFi / Radio Near Beach Near Golf Satellite Smokers Terrace/Balcony TV Washing Machine

Communal Pool Dishwasher HiFi / Radio Near Beach Near Golf Satellite Sea View Smokers Terrace/Balcony TV Washing Machine

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Air-Conditioned, BBQ, Dishw asher, Garden, HiFi / Radio Near Beach Near Golf Private Pool Sea View s Solarium Terrace/Balcony TV Washing Machine Very Spacious Traditional Detached Villa situated close to all amenities accommodating 8 people, the property has 3 double bedrooms w ith air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, 1 full bathroom, circular lounge w ith direct access to private terraces of large pool and garden area, access to large roof terrace, also there is a self contained 1 bedroom apartment w ith full bathroom and air conditioning

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2 Beds 2 Bathroom

Air-Conditioned Communal Pool

Air-Conditioned Communal Pool

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APR09 – Detached Villa – 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Swimming Pool, Covered Terrace, Satellite TV, Air Conditioning, Long Term Rental €650 per month plus bills, No Pets, No Smoking

APR22 – Apartment – 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Communal Swimming Pool, Secure Underground Parking, Close to Beach, €350 per month plus bills, No Pets, No Smoking, No Children

APR12 – Detached Villa – 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Swimming Pool, Satellite TV, Air Conditioning, Long Term Rental €800 plus bills, Holiday Rental €450 per week, No Pets, No Smoking

APR14 – Detached Villa – 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Cloakroom, Swimming Pool, Satellite TV, Long Term Rental €750 plus bills, No Smoking, No Pets

APR27 – Villa – 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Communal Swimming Pool, Roof Terrace, Close to Beach and Amenities, €350 per week, No Pets, No Smoking.

2 Beds 1 Bathroom

2 Beds 1 Bathroom

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Communal Pool HiFi / Radio Near Beach Near Golf Smokers Terrace/Balcony TV Washing Machine

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APR01 – Apartment – 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Roof Terrace, Communal Swimming Pool, Desert Springs, €400 per week, No Smoking, No Pets, No Children Under 12

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Two Bedroom Apartment San Juan de Los Terreros Furnished • Sat TV •Garage Parking 2 Bedrooms & 1 Bathroom 400 euros pcm + bills

Valle del Este - Vera Furnished Apartment or Duplex •2 & 3 Beds • Air-con/ Heating • Pool• Sat TV• Garden •Communal Pool • Secure Parking

Two Bedroom Apartment Vera Town Furnished •Sat TV • Air-con/Heating •Garage Parking • Pool 2 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms 420 euros pcm + bills

Detached Park Home Oria Furnished •Air-con/ Heating • Sat TV • Large Enclosed Plot • 2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom 285 euros pcm + bills

Two Bedroom Apartment Turre Furnished •Ground Floor • Sat TV • 2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom

Garrucha Penthouse Apartment Furnished •2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • Garage Parking • Lift 400 euros pcm + bills

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A village house in the Oria area K1640 Village House•Semi-detached•Renovated Land area - 83 m²•Floor area - 166 m² 4 bedrooms One bathroom Total Rooms - 7 rooms Water: Mains Electricity: Mains Telephone: Possible Internet: Possible Unfurnished. Four bedroomed house in small hamlet. 300 euros per month plus bills. For sale and Rent.

A village house in the La Cinta area K1475 Village House•Terraced•Renovated Floor area - 110 m² 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Water: Mains Electricity: Mains Telephone: Possible Internet: Possible A newly renovated, fully furnished village house in the snoozing hamlet of Los Terreros.

Apartment in the Almanzora area K1532 Apartment•Renovated Floor area - 85 m² 3 bedrooms One bathroom Water: Mains Electricity: Mains Telephone: Possible Internet: Possible A first floor apartment with three double bed rooms and a huge lounge. Fitted kitchen with walk-in pantry. Fully furnished including Sky TV. There's even central heating, and if that isn't enough it's inclusive of bills!

A villa in the Oria area K1328 Villa•Detached Land area - 120 m²•Floor area - 1,000 m² 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Total Rooms - 6 rooms Water: Mains Electricity: Mains Telephone: Possible Internet: Possible 3 year old villa. 1 bedroom plus 2 bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms, family bathroom, open plan lounge kitchen diner, utility and toilet.

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Casa Pastor Reference KIS-1396 An apartment in the Albanchez area Apartment•Detached•Sweep and Move in One bedroom One bathroom Total Rooms 3 rooms Water: Mains Electricity: Mains Telephone: Possible Internet: Possible This Property Would Suit Couple with a 4x4 .One bedroomed property. Built to a high standard. Annexe at the side of the owners property. Very quiet area . Close to the village of Almanzora. €319 per month

A villa in the Oria area K1329 Villa•Detached Land area - 1,000 m²•Floor area - 120 m² 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Total Rooms - 8 rooms Water: Mains Electricity: Mains Telephone: Possible Internet: Possible 3 year old villa walking distance from Oria, 3 bedrooms, 1 family bathroom, 1 ensuite, lounge kitchen diner, utility, roof terrace.

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Apartment in Mojacar 350-600 € A fantastic holiday home, in a prime location on Mojacar beach. 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Everything you need for a holiday in the sun. Less than a minutes walk from the golden sandy beaches and reataurants.

Apartment in Alfoquia 375 € PCM 2 bed, 2 bath apartment with a communal pool, in Alfoquia. A lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in Alfoquia. Will make a beautiful, comfortable home. Fully furnished.

Apartment in Mojacar 350-600 € This is a brand new apartment in what is considered to be one of the most exclusive resorts on the Med, set among lush palm trees, while so close to the beach. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Duplex in Valle De Este 475 € PCM A superb duplex for long term rent on the elite Valle De Este Golf and Leisure Complex! 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. A superb duplex for long term rent on the elite Valle De Este Golf and Leisure Complex! 2 Bedrm2 Bathroom,and white goods.

Villa in Mojacar 1600 € PCM A truly special villa, oozing with luxury, in one of Mojacars most sought after areas. Relax in the soft tub/jacuzzi with a glass of sangria while soaking in the panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. Private pool. A fantastic villa in the perfect location.

Apartment in Vera Playa 575 € PCM A real piece of quality living in Vera Playa on the Al Andaluz Hill complex. 2 Bed 2 Bath A real piece of quality in Vera Playa! 2 Bed 2 Bath apartment in the exclusive urbanisation of Al Andaluz Hill.

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Today, Spain is an constitutional monarchy consisting of a parliament with two legislative chambers and a hereditary monarch. A council of Ministers is presided by the President of Government for the executive branch, whereas the legislative branch consists of a Congress of Deputies. The President of Government post is equivalent to the post of a Prime Minister in other countries.

Spain is bound by the Meditarranean Sea on the south and the east. It shares it borders with the Bay of Biscay on the north and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It's terrestrial borders are shared with Morocco, Gibraltar, Andorra, Portugal and France. Spain is the largest of all the sovereign states making up the Iberian Peninsula.

The Congress of Deputies consists of three hundred and fifty members, all of them elected by popular voting. They serve a four year term. The Senate in the legislative branch is consists of two hundred and fifty seats. Two hundred and eight seats are elected by popular vote, whereas the other fifty one are elected by the regional legislatures. They serve a four year term.

The Iberians, Basques and the Celts were the original inhabitants of Spain. It became a part of the Roman Empire in 206 B.C. It was later ruled by Visigothic rulers, Muslims, the Franks and the Christians.

Spain is the eighth largest economy in the world. The purchasing power parity as of 2006 is estimated to be more than one thousand billion dollars. The real growth rate as of 2005 is estimated to be about three percent. The purchasing power parity per capita is about twenty six thousand dollars.

In the 1600s, Spain ruled the entire Iberian Peninsula, a number of Caribbean Islands, most of central America, South America and parts of North America. The Spanish Empire, as it was known then, also included Austria, parts of France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Spain is the country nearest to Africa. Spain has contributed a lot to world history and culture. In ancient times, the Pheonicans traded with spain for minerals. When Spain was ruled by Islam, it was famous for its learning. Cordoba in Spain became the global centre for studying literature, philosophy, medicine and science. Eusaska, the language spoken by the Basque population, is one of the oldest living languages in the world. The Basque people live in the Pyrenees in North Central Spain. Spain has been instrumental also in the discovering of places and other important landmarks in the extension of the globe. Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer was the first to complete a circumnavigation of the globe. He was financed by Spain. Christopher Columbus was financed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who then ruled Castille and Aragon in Spain for his journey to America. Spanish Explorers also have claimed a number of countries in the early sixteenth century. Francisco Pizarro invaded Peru, while Pedro de Mendonza colonized Argentina and Hernan Cortes annexed Mexico. The Spanish have contributed a lot towards literature as we know it today. Ernest Hemingway wrote the famous novel 'For Whom The Bells Toll' about the Spanish Civil War. 'Don Quixote', which is considered by some to be the first modern novel, was written by the Spanish Miguel de Cervantes. The oldest known Spanish poem is about the Eil Cid, an eleventh century hero from Castille.

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BURGER KING INTRODUCES LEFTHANDED WHOPPER® More than 32 Million Americans Could Benefit Burger King Corporation today announced the launch of the new Left-Handed WHOPPER®, which will become available nationwide tomorrow. America's most preferred premium hamburger will feature the trademark build of lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup and 4-ounce flame broiled hamburger patty, but the newly designed sandwich has been re-engineered to fit more comfortably in the left hand, thereby reducing condiment "spills" for left-handed hamburger lovers. It is estimated that more than 1.4 million left-handed customers visit U.S. Burger King® restaurants each day.

The new left-handed sandwich will have all condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger. The exact method of rotation is a closely held proprietary secret, and Burger King officials would not allowed it to be viewed by members of the press. "We have always been proud of the fact that we offered 1,024 ways to order our flagship WHOPPER® sandwich. Now we are offering 1,025 ways. It's the ultimate 'HAVE IT YOUR WAY'® for our left-handed customers," said Jim Watkins, senior vice president for marketing for Burger King Corporation. It is estimated that approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population (or 32.5 million people) is left-handed, making this consumer group one of the largest--and one of the most over-looked--minority segments in the country. Page 70

The new left handed WHOPPER® will be launched in a fullpage ad in USA TODAY on Thursday. Initially, the LeftHanded WHOPPER® will only be available in the U.S., however, the company is considering plans to roll it out to other countries with large left-handed populations. Industry analyst, Myron Katz, expressed doubt about Burger King's latest offering. "The new left-handed WHOPPER® will probably be a dismal failure like last year's left-handed straws." Jim Watkins countered his claim by explaining that "the lefthanded straw campaign failed because it was 'too successful.' It's a well know fact that lefties tend to hoard lefthanded items. When word got out on the streets, we were literally swamped with lefties at all of our locations. It was impossible to re-tool the straw factories quickly enough to meet the demand for left-handed straws, so we cancelled the campaign and used the resources to fund this year's Mr. Potato Head® promotion."


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Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

Sport in Focus (Closing Date 13th June)

Forum Golf Society On Friday March 27th Forum Golf Society played a medal competition at the challenging Valle del Este course, and some good performances saw 3 players all scoring net 69s, with the day's winner being Bill Gibb on countback from Malcolm Simm & Malcolm Fenwick, second & third respectively. Fourth place went to Jason Peel, who carded a gross (& therefore net) 73 playing off scratch, one better than fifthplaced Keith Bailey who had a net 74 (gross slightly more!)

July 3rd

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Individual Stableford €28 (Closing Date 27th June) Alboran

Team Irish Fourball €35 (Closing Date 11th July) Marina

Pairs Betterball Strokeplay €28 (Closing Date 25th July)

Nearest the pin prizes were claimed by Jim Bridge, Tom Haywood, Marie Vickers & Jason Peel, John Bridgen was nearest the pin in 2 on the tricky eighteenth and John Farley Booking/ payment for events can be done at any event, eagled the Par 5 tenth to win the nearest the pin in 3. or between 10.30 & 11.30am on any of the closing dates Best gross of the day was Jason Peel's 73, ahead of listed above at Rumores Café Bar / Restaurant in Avenida Lepanto, Albox, opposite Octopus Piscina Malcolm Simm (76) & Bill Gibb (79). For further information on Forum Golf Society come and see us at Rumores Cafe Bar in Albox between 10.30 & 11.30 on the Saturday morning prior to any of the above events, or contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 or Alternatively, have a look at our website,

For further information on the Forum Golf Society come and see us between 10.30 & 11.30 on the Saturday morning before any of the above events at Rumores Cafe Bar in Albox, or contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 or Alternatively, have a look at our new website,

Upcoming events are: April 17th Marina Almeria League Match away to Marina April 10th Marina Team Orange Ball €28 (Closing Date 4th April) (Marina Members €3) April 24th Marina Pairs Combined Joker Stableford €28 (Closing Date 18th April) (Marina Members €3) May 1stMarina

Almeria League Match home to Cortijo Grande

May 8th Valle del Este Individual Stableford €33 (Closing Date 2nd May) May 22nd Marina Flag Competition €28 (Closing Date 16th May) Aguilon

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Team Traffic Light Scramble €38 (Closing Date 30th May) Marina Double Par Medal €28

Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

Mojácar Area Cancer Support Confused? Worried? Afraid? MACS is an informal, friendly group of cancer patients and survivors in the Mojácar area, providing support to each other and to others needing help or advice. We have pooled our own experience and can offer: Help with interpreting/translation Advice on the Spanish medical system Moral and emotional support for both patients and carers MACS is a registered charity working with similar organizations elsewhere in Spain. We can help lighten the load. You can contact us at:

General enquiries 607 598 470 10 am – 4 pm

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Sport in Focus News from Cabrera Lawn Bowls Club March 2009 Our AGM was held on 14 February, when a new captain John Sephton and a new vice captain - Doreen Hall were elected. The Basil Withers Open Mixed Pairs competition was held on 12/13 March when 44 pairs competed over two sunny days. The final was held between Viv & Ken Sykes (Almeria LBC) and Jan Dando & Mick Johnson (Indalo BC). Jan & Mick won the competition. On this page you will find a selection of winners and runner ups.

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Mojacar Magazine April to May 2009

Mojacar Magazine Edition 10 April-May 2009  

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