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H ottest day in history? As yet unconfirmed Torrevieja reading would set new record. Weather experts from the Torrevieja-based Proyecto Mastral described Monday’s temperatures in the Vega Baja area as ‘infernal’. Extraordinary highs reaching 44ºC in Orihuela city and over 40ºC in coastal areas were the result of a

mass of very hot air and westerly winds, they said. The dangers posed by such heat led state meteorological agency Aemet to activate a red alert. According to Proyecto Mastral, the highest temperature in the Vega Baja was in Orihuela city with 44.6ºC, and the mercury exceeded 42ºC in general

The Red Cross looking after homeless people in Alicante during Monday’s heatwave

across the inland parts of the area. On the cost the levels were lower but still above 40ºC in practically all municipalities. In the case of Torrevieja, the maximum temperature recorded by the Proyecto Mastral’s weather stations was 40.8ºC in Los Balcones, although they are verifying and validating one reading of 41.5ºC from Torrevigía secondary school, which could be the highest recorded in the municipality since records began in 1927. “The previous record was 41ºC and was, curiously, also recorded on July 12, but in the year 1961,” they said. “Whether this new record is confirmed or not, Torrevieja certainly experienced one of the hottest days in its history.” Even shortly before midnight it was still 32ºC in Torrevieja, making it difficult to sleep without a good fan or air conditioning. After this episode of extreme heat, on Tuesday there was an equally extraordinary drop in the temperatures, of between 10 and 15ºC compared to the day before. This was provoked by easterly winds coming in and the mass of very hot air moving away.

A lfaz film festival c om es to a c lose The closing ceremony for the 33rd Alfaz film festival was held last Sunday evening with a concert by the Sociedad Musical La Lira. La Lira musical society performed in the main square of Alfaz del Pi, interpreting an array of works from film history under the direction of David Fernández. The president of the

musical society, Miguel Juan Baldó and the councillor for culture, Manuel Casado expressed their gratitude to the public, who they said had once again demonstrated their interest in art and culture throughout the festival, and in this case for music and cinema with La Lira's concert now forming a traditional part of the film festival.


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Net closes on cocaine dealer A man suspected of being a mid-scale dealer of cocaine in Alicante province has been caught with over four kilos of the drug in his car in Elche, reported the National Police. The investigation into the 40-year-old Spaniard confirmed their suspicions after carrying out discreet surveillance and following him, according to a spokesman for the force. He would travel to Valencia in vehicles which had been adapted so that the drugs could be hidden inside them. The suspect was driving


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along one of the access roads to Elche when officers moved to intercept him, but he accelerated suddenly to try and get away until they were able to immobilise his car completely. An exhaustive search of his vehicle found a secret compartment inside the footrest, which contained four packages with a total of 4.2 kilos of white powder inside. Testing verified that the substance was cocaine and the suspect was arrested and handed over to a court in Elche, which ordered him to be held in jail on remand.


Street fair celebrates anniversary By Irena Bodnarec Last week, La Nucía held a three-day open air street fair to commemorate the town’s 316th anniversary (1705-2021). Around 40 artisan stalls were dotted around the streets surrounding the church square and town hall, with a selection of ceramics, leather goods, handmade soaps, glass wear, jewellery, bakery and other artisan crafts. Open from 18.00 until midnight, temperature checks were taken of each visitor and masks were required to be worn. Demonstrations of pottery, blacksmithing, wood carving, jewellery making etc. were also performed to enthralled spectators, in addition to some children’s activities.

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A turtle that was trapped in a homemade buoy used for illegal fishing has been rescued by the Guardia Civil. It was spotted about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Alicante by a Río Miño maritime service vessel which was patrolling to enforce the national ban on fishing for Bluefin tuna from recreational boats, explained a spokesman for the force. Officers noticed a collection of plastic bottles tied together with yellow cord and recognised it as a type of marker often used in illegal methods of fishing. As they approached, they were ‘surprised and saddened’ to see a turtle with its front right fin caught in the cord, so carefully brought it aboard in order to release it. They contacted the Valencia

university marine zoology unit, who identified the species as a loggerhead turtle, which is internationally classified as vulnerable and protected against trade by the CITES convention. Rubbish and fishing paraphernalia in the sea represent the greatest threat to these turtles and they often become trapped and suffer injuries that

can be serious or even make them drown. In cases like this, the protocol is not to remove whatever has entangled the animal, but to call for help (112), keep it hydrated and bring it to port, where specialists will take it to a recovery centre to release, evaluate and treat it as required, the spokesman added.

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activities. He noted that they have to comply with the requirements and make certain commitments, but the process is free and all the relevant information is on the website

‘Stinky summer’ river threat calls for drastic action The lack of action by the water supply and rivers authority means Denia and Els Poblets town councils have had to fund ‘pong-prevention’ works themselves. Local taxpayers will once again fork out for undamming the River Girona where it runs into the sea on the border of both towns, so it does not become clogged up with dead sea plants and cause a stench all summer. Seaweed and Posidonia Oceanica, or Neptune Grass, flows into the river constantly and cannot get out, then rots in the water, stopping the flow, and causing foul smells. Residents and holidayhome owners on urban-

isations either side of the Girona river delta have long complained they have to spend all summer with their windows shut because of the stink of the stagnant water, which also attracts flies and mosquitoes. Clearing the river and stopping the backflow falls within the remit of the Júcar Hydrographic Confederation (CHJ), the regional water supply authority, but a recent meeting with a representative held by Dénia's and Els Poblets' mayors Vicent Grimalt and Carolina Vives did not bring promises of a solution. Along with the CHJ, the government’s coast authority joined the meeting as the

delta also falls within its jurisdiction. But Costas would not agree to take any action, and the CHJ is only prepared to scoop the seaweed out of the river and leave it on the banks. To avoid yet another stinky summer, Sra Vives and Sr Grimalt agreed to pay for large boulders to filter out sea waste at the river mouth, narrow enough that only water could get through, and to arrange disposal of the dead plants dumped on the banks. It is not up to local councils to fund or manage this, they stressed, but they 'cannot see any other way to solve the issue'.



New tourism app for Guardamar Guardamar del Segura town hall has launched a new tourism app for mobile devices, which offers all the necessary information to organise and plan a trip to the municipality. Users will have access in the palm of their hand to all the principal attractions, such as heritage, beaches, nature, walking routes, the cultural agenda, etc. It also includes information about accommodation, res-

taurants, shops and businesses offering activities. The package represents a ‘significant leap’ in added value for tourists, and was developed as part of a drive to improve digitalisation since the municipality joined the Valencia region’s network of intelligent tourist destinations (Red DTI-CV). The app is available now on Google Play and Play Store by searching for ‘Turismo en Guardamar’.

Brit suspected of ‘sextorting’ a minor National Police in Alicante have arrested a 67-year-old British man who allegedly drugged a 15-year-old girl then had sex with her and threatened to share a video of the encounter unless she did it again. The suspect is accused of sexual abuse, sexual extortion (known as ‘sextortion’), corruption of minors and a public health offence for the drugs, explained a

spokesman for the force. Read more in Friday's





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Building beach boundaries By Jack Troughton The boundary between the beach and the coastal road running along the front of Jávea is being clearly defined with the erection of a low 1.5km long wooden fence. The ‘corral’ beach reinforces the ban on parking on Primer Montañar – the protected stretch of coastline between Jávea port and the Arenal – and comes a year after the road was made one-way from the port to the sandy beach area. The town hall is spending €15,000 on the ‘visually integrated’ structure. Work began this week and the council say it is low enough for beach goers to step over – or use the strategic gaps at zebra crossings and the entrances to facilities such as beach bars. It said it reinforces the safety of pedestrians and runners from cars crossing the new pedestrianised path – the former north bound carriageway - to park. However, while the move also protects views across Jávea bay through the ab-

sence of vehicles, it is not universally popular with all residents. The loss of parking places on the frontline means increased pressure on the residential streets running parallel with the front – and drivers ignoring traffic directions and zebra crossings in a bid to find a coveted parking space.

ity and to look towards collaborating together in future cultural activities. Anyone wishing to make their artistic and musical

Pistol prank panic A man has been accused of an alleged public security offence for pointing a pistol at people, which later turned out to be a replica, while driving around Cartagena city centre, reported the local police. Several people reported they had been scared when he pointed the gun at them, and he even pretended to shoot it as he drove past the National Police station.

The man was accompanied in the vehicle by a woman aged 26 and a child of 12. Officers managed to intercept his car near the Plaza de Risueño and said they used ‘necessary force’ to restrain the suspect. The pistol was on the floor and turned out to be gas powered but looked very much like a real firearm.

Daughter defends mum against dad

Relleu wants you The Relleu council wants to make contact with all the musicians and artists registered in the municipality, to know more about their activ-


work known to the council have to send an email with their CV and a brief description of the work they do to

A man in Elda has been jailed on remand for allegedly attempting to kill his wife until he was stopped by their 12-yearold daughter, who stabbed him. The wife, 45 and originally from Brazil, also suffered bruising and a blow to the head, apparently a metal cash box, during the incident at an apartment at about 02.00 on July 5, National Police sources told state news agency EFE. It took place in front of both their daughters, who tried to get their father away from their

mother when he was throttling her on the floor. The younger girl allegedly took a kitchen knife and stabbed him in the back and the police were called by neighbours who heard the screaming. She and her husband, 61, were both hospitalised with him under arrest, while the daughter, 12, cannot be charged as she is under 14, the age of criminal responsibility, and was admitted to a protection centre for minors.

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the contractor and the beneficiary. • Covered contingencies. • Redemption conditions. • Duration, amount and form of benefits: income or capital. • Form of premium contributions: periodic or in a single payment. When you receive a request for information, the above documentation must be submitted to the Tax Agency translated into Spanish by a sworn translator and bearing The

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charge and only needs you to give your name, address, contact details and ID number. Joining will also mean you can take advantage of other, similar promotions. Then, take your receipts for a minimum of €60 – which can include those from the on-site Carrefour hypermarket – to the customer information desk opposite the check-out aisles. Artist Eva Cabrera is the latest in a string of national talents, born or living locally, to design masks and other freebies given away at El Portal.

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A supermarket in Los Montesinos was evacuated when the transformer of an apartment block caught fire on Wednesday, reported the provincial fire service. It happened at the corner of Calles Manuel de Falla and Santa Eulalia and they received the call at 11.04. The fire principally affected the supermarket, and produced so much smoke that it could be seen from a great distance and the occupants were forced to leave to avoid possible intoxication or injury. Fire fighter came from the Torrevieja station and had extinguished the blaze


Salt lake park and ride

Free mask by local artist at Ondara shopping centre A limited-edition face mask designed by a well-known local artist is being given away free at Ondara shopping centre. According to the firm which runs El Portal de la Marina, Lar España Real Estate Socimi, purchases on the same day totalling €60 will be eligible for a free, multi-coloured reusable mask decorated with cartoon dogs in sunglasses. To get your hands on one of the 200 available, you need to become a member of the shopping centre's Club de los Disfrutones, which is free of


by 13.25 without anyone being injured.

A free tourist train service is now running to the Salinas de San Pedro and La Llana and Torre Derribada beaches, in order to reduce the number of vehicles accessing the regional park. It has been set up by Murcia regional government and runs every half an hour from the dissuasory car park between 11.00 and 14.00, and 16.00 and 20.00 every day until August 29, with stops at Curva de la Culebra, La Torre Derribada and La Llana. The regional environment councillor Antonio Luengo said his department has invested €16,500 in the service. “In recent years there has been very high pressure in the summer from visitors entering in their private vehicles, which despite the areas set up for parking has resulted in some parking in areas where it is not permitted, where there is

natural vegetation, pedestrian paths or the entrance points for pathways and trails,” he explained. The extra traffic ‘makes visitors enjoy the park less because they cannot find parking spaces, there are traffic jams and it generates a lot of noise in this natural setting’. Sr Luengo, who attended the inauguration on Friday with San Pedro mayoress Visitación Martínez, added

that the dissuasory car park – near the entrance to the regional park at the end of Calle Ánade – is also free. “Visitors can leave their vehicle there without driving around in circles, getting stuck in traffic and wasting time,” he said. “They can get on a free and open tourist train that will take them to the beaches, and during the short journey time they can look at the landscape of the salt lakes.”

Covid restrictions return The Valencia government’s requests to limit gatherings of people to 10, and reintroduce a curfew in the municipalities worst affected by Covid-19, has been authorised by the Regional Supreme Court (TSJCV). The restriction on gatherings applies across the whole Valencia region and includes enclosed and open air public and private spaces, including homes, unless the people live together or come from no more than two households.

The curfew, between 01.00 and 06.00, affects 32 municipalities, but only San Vicente del Raspeig in Alicante province. Both measures apply for 14 days from and including Tuesday. The regional government also toughened the law against drinking in public spaces in order to tackle spiralling Covid-19 infections amongst youths, as it announced it would last week. A decree approved on Fri-

day reclassifies so-called ‘botellón’ outdoor parties as serious misconduct, which is punishable with fines of €60030,000. It also prohibits the retail sale of alcohol by shops or supermarkets for consumption off the premises after 20.00. These measures now apply across the whole Valencia region. Full report in Friday’s

PLAN IMPULSA - FAMILIAS INDIVIDUAL AID TO HELP COVER THE COSTS OF THE MAIN RESIDENCE FOR THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED AND PENSIONERS WITH LIMITED ECONOMIC RESOURCES IN CALP Who is it aimed at? To people who pay the IBI of their habitual residence in Calp, either as property owners or tenants, and who meet the following requirements: a) Over 65 years of age or who will reach that age during this year 2021. b) Under 65 years old who are pensioners of the Social Security during the year 2021. c) Situation of long-term unemployment during the year 2021.

How much do they amount to? 75% of the amount paid with a limit of 400 euros per beneficiary. Increase of 10% in the following cases: a) Persons or with members of the household unit with a disability equal to or greater than 33%. b) Victims of gender violence. c) Single-parent families.

How and when to apply for them? At the muncipal citizen‘s advice offices (Oficinas Municipales de Atención al Ciudadano ‘OAC’) between 3 and 31 July 2021. FOR MORE INFORMATION: WWW.CALP.ES





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Paw patrol

Park pamphlets published Leaflets about biodiversity in El Hondo natural park have been published by Crevillente town hall, in collaboration with the workers and management of the wetland. They contain images and information about the history, natural evolution, flora and fauna, an aerial view, and an upto-date map with the new bird observatories and places of interest.

There are also four routes through the park, with different durations and difficulty levels, as well as all the access points. The leaflets, of which 10,000 have been printed, are available in English, as well as Spanish, Valencian and French, from the park information centre and the tourism office on Calle Blasco Ibáñez.

Environment councillor Estefanía Salinas Peral said this needed to be done because they had no information to provide to interested people. Tourism councillor Josep Candela said it is important to educate people about El Hondo because it is ‘the gateway for visits from many tourists to our municipality’, and ‘an attractive resource and an opportunity to make us known elsewhere’.

Local police in Crevillente have been learning to deal with cases of animal abuse, reported the town hall. The municipal departments for public security and animal welfare arranged for the Sergio Serna police training school to put on the course for 30 officers on July 2. It was taught by Pedro Moratalla, of Castellón local police, which covered types of abuse, including activities such as cock fighting, and the law regarding ownership and care of pets. Councillor for animal welfare, Ana Vanesa Mas

said the course had gone well and would deepen officers’ knowledge of how to intervene and protocols to follow for animal-related incidents. Councillor for security Josep Candela said there was great demand for this subject, both from society and the police too. Further courses are planned, including one about getting justice for free to be given by the Elche professional college of lawyers, and another about the excessive noise produced by certain businesses.

Non-payment threatens APROSDECO's 'vital' support A day centre for the mentally disabled says it is under threat of closure due to the regional government’s non-payment, leaving it owed more than €650,000. The APROSDECO occupational clinic in La Xara attends to 91 people a day with varying levels of cognitive disability, from 12 towns and villages across the Marina Alta, and employs 35 professionals – none of whom got their wages in June. “And this situation will continue until the regional government's ministry of equality and

inclusive policy settles its debts and starts making regular, on-time payments,” says a spokesperson from APROSDECO. “This is a vital service for the Marina Alta, since no other such resources are available for those we attend to.” APROSDECO in La Xara has 'provided an uninterrupted service' throughout the pandemic, even continuing its support as far as possible during lockdown, 'helping families through critical moments and times of great vulnerability'

and the 'devastating impact' the Covid-19 crisis had on them, says the centre. “Our professional attention helped minimise this impact and ease the situation for the families involved,” APROSDECO says. “But the regional government has not offered any clear, concrete information about when it will pay us, nor how much, merely telling us they are 'working through the procedure'. “Apparently, this is because our contract has expired and

we're in a legal limbo until the current tender process is resolved, but this is completely incorrect: In the past fiveand-a-half years, APROSDECO has had contracts lasting just a year on two occasions and we've never been owed this much for so long.” The association APROSDECO was founded by a group of families to meet their own support needs in 1974, and has grown beyond the wildest expectations of those who set it up 47 years ago. As well as the occupational

therapy centre and the day centre, the group has wardenassisted 'halfway houses', one with seven women and one with six men living in them, plus a leisure club and an industrial laundry service which provides employment to their charges. It was planning on setting up a third and 'very necessary' warden-assisted house 'as a solution to the lack of residential home places in the Marina Alta', but the massive debt the regional government owes means this project has had to be shelved.

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Change for Amata craft fair in Benidorm's Villaitana Amata's weekly craft fair in Hotel Villaitana has changed from Saturday to Wednesday. As of last week (July 7) the weekly arts and crafts fair held in the resort Meliá Villaitana in Benidorm is now on Wednesday evenings. To visit the fair you don't have to be a guest of the hotel, everybody is very

welcome! Every Wednesday evening between 10 and 20 artisans set up their stalls in the central square of this holiday resort, which is built like a typical Mediterranean village. The stalls will change from one week to the next and you will have a wide choice, for example: pottery and paintings, wood carvings and turned wood, wooden

Calpe ladies lunch A big thank you to all my ladies that came to our U3A J.U.G.S. lunch. We had a wonderful afternoon also a big thank you to Costa Restaurant and staff. The food and service was very good. Please ladies contact me as soon as possible if you still want the August lunch. Call me on 639 432 947 (Anita) or email tinka.tinkabel@yahoo. . Calpe U3A are offering free membership to all NEW

members in 2021. Please contact Calpe U3A's Jan Juxton by email at membership@ For groups information contact Pam Packey by email at groupscoordinator@u3acalpe. org Visit our Facebook page or see for further information. Have a great summer and we are looking forward to a more normal programme in September.

and soft toys, jewellery in silver, glass or leather, hand made shoes and sandals and even crocheted designer clothes. The fair is organised by craft association Amata, so you know that the artisans only sell their own work, nothing from a factory and no imported goods. You can visit the fair every Wednesday

evening from 19.00 till after midnight. Meliá Villaitana is located on Avenida Alcalde Eduardo Zaplana (near Terra Mítica) and there is ample free parking. For more information call Amata on 639 979 678. Find photos of the fair via the website: Melia-Villaitana-2021-mayo.html

Golf club supports ADIS By Barry Wright Las Colinas Golf and Country Club, and the GMP foundation for people with Down's syndrome or acquired brain injury, are collaborating to support people from vulnerable families in the Vega Baja area. The Alimentos por la Inclusión (food for inclusion) project is an initiative to benefit the Vega Baja association for people with functional diversity (ADIS). It will enable a total of 26 families who have a member with intellectual disabilities and are in a situation of vulnerability to acquire fresh food, hygiene and pharmacy products until the end of the year.

The project, which is being promoted by the golf club and developed by the foundation, has the primary objective of helping families of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who have limited economic resources to alleviate the effects of the crisis caused by Covid-19. ADIS’s process to select beneficiaries assessed criteria such as family income, the type of family, the number of persons making up the family unit, the employment situation of dependents, and the number of dependents in order to determine those which were in

the most urgent situations. The association’s president, Lourdes Pérez explained that Alimentos por la Inclusión provides for ADIS families in a situation of particular vulnerability with an economic boost to reduce the effects of this health crisis. “Families with a member who has disabilities were already experiencing economic, work and social inequality which, with the pandemic, has multiplied,” she said. “This financial aid in the form of a wallet card (a form of debit card) will gradually help them to get their lives together.”

Roger croons a tune or two By Jack Troughton Jávea Players’ own Roger Brown plans to share his love of the smooth sounds of the best crooners with audiences at his one-man show ‘Bing to Bublé’. He does not try and impersonate the greats of the last 90 years but does an excellent job of recreating their classic numbers. And being a showman, Roger also brings little snippets of information about the stars to mix with the music from the likes of Sinatra, Matt Munro, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Lionel Richie and Rod Stewart. The Casa de Cultura in Jávea hosts Bing to Bublé from today Wednesday July 14 to Friday

16. Tickets at €10 are still available online. Nearby Bar Imperial is offering a special aftershow meal at about 20.30 for €14 – book directly by email to Go to for tickets, information – and the menu.





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English Language Volunteering with Estación Inglesa

OK Band perform for Jalón Valley Help By Peter Sockett A beautiful sunny evening last Wednesday, July 7, saw a full house of some 130 attend Jalón Valley Help’s second bring-your-own picnic event at los Arcos in Pedreguer. Whilst we all enjoyed our picnics, with drinks served by the excellent Los Arcos bar staff, the OK band had to face up to the hot setting sun. But this did not prevent the group putting on an excellent performance of pop and rock music, extending from the time of my youth in the 1960s through to the present day. The band made their way through a variety of songs, concluding with Chasing Cars, one of my more modern favourites. But they weren’t allowed to stop there and in response to our chants of “More” they gave us an extensive encore. The JVH raffle concluded the evening with prizes awarded and Elaine Horton, JVH president, thanked the OK Band for giving their time

freely to enable JVH to raise in excess of €1,750. On behalf of us all Elaine thanked Paqui, for letting JVH use Los Arcos gardens free of charge, and to her bar staff for their vigilant service. Finally, Elaine asked for able-bodied men who can spare a day a week or a day a month to help JVH with medical deliveries and collecting donated furniture to call the charity or visit their shops or the Ánimo Centre to volunteer their services. Help Jalón Valley Help to help those in need in our community. Future events: Sunday, July 25 Night Market at Jalón Rastro starting at 19.00 with stalls and entertainment Friday, August 6 ‘An Evening with the Songbird’ at Pepe’s restaurant in Alcalalí. For more information about JVH and their events to raise money to support their endeavours on our behalf, please check their website

Estación Inglesa is a programme that brings together a group of Spanish adults with a group of volunteer native English speakers for a week in 4-star hotels in different venues around Spain. Most Spanish learners of English have a fairly good level of grammar but have rarely used English to communicate with native speakers, and are very shy when they have to speak English. The programme aims to empower them to break the language barrier by living among native English speaking volunteers in a relaxed and fun environment for a week. Volunteer native English speakers simply take part in the different activities and speak English with the Spanish participants. They also have meals in mixed tables (2 native English speakers + 2 Spaniards). In exchange for their hard work Volunteer English speakers get free 4star accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The programme is a fun and very rewarding experience and volunteers gain many insights into Spanish culture and way of life and hopefully make some good friends!

Safety measures To keep our programmes safe from Covid, we make sure everyone taken part is either fully vaccinated or provides a recent negative Covid test. We pay and organise tests for volunteers. Who are the Spanish participants? Most Spanish participants are professionals who need to use English in their jobs. They usually have a good grasp of English grammar but need to improve their conversational skills. Profiles are varied but we usually have engineers, doctors, mid-managers, teachers, and occasionally we do get famous Spanish actors and actresses! Who is Estación Inglesa for? We are looking for outgoing people who like to share their life experience with others and who like to talk. The role of volunteers is not to act as English teachers, but simply to talk to Spanish participants and take part in the activities. You will get to meet lots of interesting people and gain fascinating insights into Spanish culture, even if you don’t speak a word of Spanish! What is the venue like? This summer our courses will take place in the Mon-

fragüe National Park, in Extremadura. This is a beautiful area full of oak trees, rivers, mountains and the biggest vulture reserve in Europe. Participants are accommodated in a 4star hotel perfectly integrated in its natural surroundings. The hotel grounds include several terraces with magnificent views of the park, a large lawn and an outdoor swimming pool. During the programme we will visit Trujillo, consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Volunteers are accommodated in single rooms, full board. We also offer a free transport service from Atocha train station in Madrid. What do you have to do to become a volunteer? Have a look at our web to understand what Estación Inglesa is all about. You can also see pictures of the villages and hotels where the programmes take place. You can apply directly to take part in a programme by clicking on the apply menu or, if you have any questions, just get in touch with us via email and we will give you all the information you need:

English-speaking volunteers required Are you a native English speaker? How would you like to spend a week, full-board in 4* hotels in beautiful villages in Spain, totally FREE? All you have to do is sign up & agree to speak to selected Spanish adults helping them improve their English For more information please visit:


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Marines' fond farewell to Bill By Mike Peters

Branch president Phil Prince presenting Bill with a commemorative plaque.

The Costa Blanca branch of the Royal Marines said a fond farwell to a longstanding stalwart member, William Colquhoun Nixon, known to all as Bill, who is moving back to the UK. Bill joined the Royal Marines in 1955 and, after 12 months of training, joined 42 Commando as part of the 3 Commando Brigade. His first posting was

via Malta and he ended up at the Suez landings. It was his first introduction to ‘active service’. Bill went on to complete 25 years of service in the Royal Marines. Serving in other active commando units he qualified as a physical training instructor (PTI) and rose to the rank of colour sergeant, where he was appointed as the first welfare officer.

When Bill retired from the corp he worked as a manager for the local council, working with disadvantaged children before finally retiring to Spain. Because of a change in his family circumstances, he has decided to return to the UK, living in the Poole area, which he knows so well. The branch would like to wish Bill a fond farewell and all the very best for the future.

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On Monday, July 5, some 12 members enjoyed the cool evening breeze coming off the sea as they took a gentle stroll along Benidorm's Poniente promenade. They met at the old police station by the stone marker indicating the distance along the Camino a Santiago which could be a walk for another time when the weather is not so hot! A little further along the beach was the Taiwanese sculpture entitled 'El amor del cisne' (Swan's love), which previously was outside Benidorm town hall but now graces the promenade and was the perfect spot for a group photograph. The sculptures have an extended stay in Benidorm until September, so if you haven't already seen them, take a stroll around the old town end of Avenida Mediterráneo. You won't be disappointed. Poniente beach was certainly busy with no shortage of bathers despite the Covid restrictions affecting visitors. There was a stop to get an ice cream or a cold drink before continuing on to the port, where the group disbanded,

some going for a meal and others returning slowly to the police station. It was a lovely cool evening after the searing heat of the last few days and perfect for meeting up with friends old and new. If you would like to know more about U3A Marina Baixa please visit their website, their Facebook page or contact their Secretary, Kathleen Bailey: 96 584 5803 or mobile 615 745 366. Their next meeting is on Monday, July 26 at 11.00 at the Casa de Cultura, Alfaz del Pi.




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The Working party Blues Band in Albir Live and kicking, the band are ready to deliver a rocking set, as varied as it comes. Sit back and enjoy songs from Bowie, Talking Heads, Queen, Dylan and REM, amongst many others. Rock, blues and rock'n'roll, all coming your way, cour-

tesy of Alan (piano), Terry (drums), Helen (bass) and Mike (guitar). The venue is the Irish Tavern, Albir on Wednesday, July 21, kickoff at 21.00.. The The Irish Tavern is located on Camí Vell d'Altea 20, Albir (lAlfaz del Pi)

Come cat sailing Sailing takes many forms, from sedate cruising to fun-filled dinghy sailing, but for many people, the most exhilarating form of the sport is to sail a small catamaran, particularly the popular Hobie cat. When the wind is right and the sails are filled, these catamarans literally fly and you could easily end up hiked out on a trapeze as you race across the sea, providing a counter-balance to the sails. There is nothing more exciting, trust me. With the Costa Blanca

Yacht Club, members can now join us in sailing these catamarans. We meet every Friday at 3 pm during the summer at Las Antipodas Watersports, Los Bassetes, Benissa Costa for a fun-filled afternoon with experienced skippers to show you the ropes. See for our low-cost membership plans and for details of all of our activities (which incidentally also include dinghy sailing, cruising and numerous social events).

Rock Against Cancer at the Emerald Isle By Barry Wright The Emerald Isle bar and restaurant in La Florida urbanisation, Orihuela Costa, is hosting a Rock Against Cancer festival and ‘mega charity fun day’ on Friday, July 16.

The organisers say the event will feature ‘many talented acts’ from 15.00 onwards, including Aces High, Dream Girls, Flashback, Alex Tipping, Nikki G, Leroy Morales, Stevie Spit, Lucinda O’Connell, Bella Luna, Natural Mystic, Funky Blinders, and Carla Stone.

There will also be a mega raffle and auction and The Emerald Isle (pictured above) will be offering food and drink throughout the day. Booking is essential by telephoning 96 532 71 38 or via the Facebook page – The Emerald Isle La Florida.

place at the end of a service by Bishop Pedro Olmedo in front of the NAC church in Denia. The photograph shows Willi Keller, board member of the Humanistas foundation,

handing over the key for the vehicle to Candy Wright, president of the charitable organisation. They are accompanied by the bishop and other representatives of the NAC.

Van for Help DAMA The Swiss foundation Humanitas, set up by the New Apostolic Church (NAC), donated money for an urgently needed van to the charitable organisation HELP of Denia and Marina Alta. The van has already been used many times during the pandemic to care for families in need and the sick but unfortunately, also due to the pandemic, the donation could only be officially presented now. The official handover took


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Healthy breakfasts for children By Prudence Wade, PA From quick morning meals to overnight options, there are plenty of healthy ways to start your day. A new report suggests almost all cereals marketed at children still contain high or medium levels of sugar. As part of the Food Foundation’s Broken Plate report, Action on Sugar and Action on Salt looked at 126 breakfast cereals with childfriendly images such as bright colours or cartoons. It found 92% contained high or medium amounts of sugar – an increase from 91% last year – with almost half (43%) containing chocolate. Nutritionist Dr Kawther Hashem, campaign lead at Action on Sugar, said: “The use of child-friendly packaging just makes it hard for parents to make a healthier choice, when companies should be making it easier. “Whilst we are expecting



would be one option, or a slice of toast with baked beans,” suggests ThorntonWood. For school age kids, she says “ideally wholegrain toast would be good”.

to see restrictions on online and television advertising for foods high in fat, salt, and sugar, this does not yet apply to the packaging that may appeal to children, which is a huge concern. “For too long, less healthy food has been in the spotlight which is not only unethical but also scandalous. Food businesses should only have child-friendly packaging on their healthier foods and

drinks to give them a starring role in children’s diets.” Paediatric dietitian Clare Thornton-Wood ( says breakfast is important: “Every opportunity that children get to eat is obviously improving their nutrition, and we know that eating a healthy breakfast supports them to be able to concentrate well at school.” Potential drawbacks to eating a sugary breakfast, she says, include how it could impact children’s teeth. And she adds: “It doesn’t tend to fill them up – particularly if you have really sugary, processed breakfast cereal, it tends to be digested quickly and the child will potentially be hungry again.” So what does ThorntonWood recommend children have for a healthy breakfast? Cheap and cheerful breakfasts when money is tight… “A slice of toast with egg

Fast and easy for busy school mornings… Thornton-Wood’s top tip for hectic mornings is: “Yoghurt with some fruit, and maybe some muesli or nuts in the yoghurt.” This is because it’s packed full of the good stuff: “It’s giving you calcium, it’s giving you protein from the yoghurt,” she explains. “The nuts have got lots of those nutrients in – fibre and vitamins and minerals, and then fruit is going to contribute to your five a day.” Breakfasts you can prep the night before… “Overnight oats is a good one,” the dietitian says. “You can involve children in making those and you can do all sorts of different combinations. You can have berries, you can have apple” – you can pimp it out to your preferences. Breakfasts kids can make on their own… Thornton-Wood suggests families shouldn’t completely shun cereals. “Breakfast cereal with some fruit and yoghurt or milk is still a good choice, it’s just thinking about what kind of breakfast cereal you’re choosing,” she

says – recommending you opt for ones with low sugar, less refined and more wholegrain ingredients. “One interesting thing about breakfast cereal is it can play a useful part in children’s diets, because a lot of them are fortified with vitamins and minerals,” she adds. Weekend family brunch when you have a bit more time… “Something like a breakfast you do all in one tray – say you put mushrooms, tomatoes, lean bacon, eggs, maybe some mini potatoes and you put a little bit of oil in and bake that in the oven, that’s quite a good one,” Thornton-Wood suggests. “Or you could make some pancakes and fill those with fruit. I’d serve them with yoghurt and banana or berries, and you could boost the fibre a little bit by adding in some wholewheat flour, or maybe putting some seeds in.”

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Colorectal cancer Colorectal cancer is the term used to cancers of the colon and rectum and is often referred to as bowel cancer. It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. Each year in the UK 25,500 people are diagnosed with colon cancer and 14,000 develop cancer of the rectum. Most of these are in people over the age of 50. So who gets colorectal cancer? You may be at increased risk if you: ■ are over 50 ( 80% of cases occur in the over 60’s) ■ have a family history of colorectal cancer ■ have inflammatory bowel disease

we can control, such as lifestyle factors e.g. eating less red meat, exercising and quitting tobacco.

■ are a smoker ■ eat red meat more than twice a week ■ take little exercise ■ are overweight ■ over indulge in alcohol ■ consume a low quantity of fruit and vegetables Some of the above risk factors are beyond our control, for example, a family history of colorectal cancer. However there is much that

What are the symptoms of colorectal cancer? There may be a variety of reasons for these symptoms and the causes may not be serious but you should always see your doctor to check out the following: ■ any change in bowel habits such as diarrhoea or constipation lasting more than six weeks ■ blood in stools. Either fresh red blood or stools that appear dark or black ■ abdominal pain or rectal pain ( pain in the back passage) ■ a sensation of not being able to completely empty the bowels ■ unexplained weight loss

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screening age but have concerns see your doctor to have a chat and decide if you should be tested early. If you are unable to access screening or testing within the state health system and you are concerned, these tests are also available privately.

If there is a tumour in the bowel that is causing a blockage or bleeding, symptoms may also include: ■ fatigue ■ shortness of breath ■ abdominal pain ■ bloating ■ vomiting ■ constipation It is also very important to participate in screening programmes just as you would for detecting/preventing cervical or prostate cancers. There are simple tests available that look for traces of blood in the faeces. These


are advisable for the over 50s. If you have a higher risk of colorectal cancer such as having a family history of the disease, speak to your doctor to find out what type of screening you need and at what age you need to begin. If you are under the normal


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Dr. Vicente Mera, internal specialist at Clinica Britannia answers your questions Skin cancer and why a biopsy is so important Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells which is most often the result of overexposure to the sun and harmful ultraviolet rays although well-covered areas of the body, like your palms or genital area, also can be affected. All pigmentations either dark or light are subject to skin cancer. Anyone is susceptible to suffer with skin cancer, but those who have a higher risk include individuals who have a heavy exposure to UV rays, lighter skin, family history of skin cancer, prevalent moles, severe sunburns in the past or a weakened immune system. A skin biopsy can be easily performed to diagnose any

suspicious growths. The biopsy is performed by removing cells or skin samples from the surface of your body. The sample taken from a skin biopsy is examined to provide information about your medical condition. A doctor uses this to help diagnose or rule out certain skin conditions and diseases. A skin biopsy may also be necessary to diagnose or to help treat skin conditions and diseases, including: ■ Dermatitis, psoriasis, and other inflammatory skin conditions. ■ Skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma ■ Skin infections.

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Advice on looking after acne-prone skin By Katie Wright, PA Dermatologist and YouTube sensation Sandra Lee (aka Dr Pimple Popper) reveals her five ultimate acne dos and don’ts Of all the hundreds of millions of videos on YouTube, it’s hard to think of many more divisive than those uploaded by Dr Pimple Popper.

Dr Sandra Lee aka Dr Pimple Popper For the channel’s 7.1 million subscribers, watching pus ooze from a cyst or a lumpy lipoma burst through the skin is a thrill. For others it’s a nausea-inducing nightmare. “It makes people happy,” says Dr Sandra Lee, the LAbased dermatologist behind the wildly successful channel, of her fans, who call themselves ‘popaholics’. “It’s like riding a rollercoaster for some

people or watching a scary movie. Or it’s like a fairy tale – there’s always a happy ending, you know what I mean?” The charismatic American, you may be surprised to learn, isn’t actually a devoted popaholic herself. “I say that I’m a born again popaholic because I get it, but I’m not somebody who feels that desire…now it’s more, ‘I’m going to remove this because I know this is going to be amazing and all these people will love it’.” Lee’s true passion is “democratising dermatology” and educating her viewers (she also fronts the Dr Pimple Popper TV series on TLC). Using her expertise, she has also now developed a skincare range aimed at tackling conditions including acne, eczema, and keratosis pilaris where small bumps appear on the skin. To mark the launch of SLMD Skincare in the UK, Dr Pimple Popper shares her top five rules for acne-prone skin. 1. Don’t pop your pimples “That’s the number one question I get asked: ‘Is it OK to pop a pimple?’ Obviously, like any other dermatologist, I’m going to say don’t pop your pimples because of the risk of infection and scarring. “But I do feel like it’s my responsibility to explain to people when is technically the best opportunity to pop a pimple while minimising

the risk, because I know a lot of us are going to do it anyway. “If you have a pimple that’s under the skin, when you can feel it more than you can see it, I think a lot of us know that is not the time to squeeze any kind of pimple because it only makes it more angry and worse. “It’s really when it’s the most superficial on the surface, when it’s that ‘whitehead’ – technically it’s a pustule – that is the ideal time, because you’re going to traumatise the skin the least.” 2. Do use salicylic acid to prevent spots “Salicylic acid is a fantastic ingredient that works in a preventative way. It’s a chemical peel acid that crystallises to a small enough size that actually it can settle within our pores and it helps to clean them out. It helps to get rid of the dirt and the debris, the oil, dead skin cells. “That’s really the primary thing you want to do with acne, you want to try to keep your

Illustration of acne formation pores as clear as possible. When that build-up happens is when the bacteria gets involved, and then you get that red bump.” 3. Do change your face mask every day “Maskne is a big problem everywhere. We’re all wearing face masks and it’s like you have this sort of microclimate in there, you’re just breathing into the space. The humidity and the moisture that builds up there can help to clog your pores, especially if we’re wearing make-up. “The best thing to do is try to take breaks from your mask. I tell people to change your mask like you change your underwear – which should be probably daily. “Try to keep them clean. If you can wash them, have a steady rotation. Like you would have an underwear drawer, now you should have a little mask drawer!” 4. Don’t forget about lifestyle causes “I don’t think some people consider the fact that there’s a lot to do with lifestyle. If you wear tight pants, for example, you can get acne breakouts, because it pulls on hairs on

your body and then that can cause an ingrown hair, which causes a breakout. “Or a violinist who has a chin strap or somebody that’s always leaning against their hand, you’re increasing the oil and buildup in the pores. So those are things to think about too.” 5. Do remember it’s not your fault “Acne is part of life. It happens in your teenage years, primarily because the hormones are going crazy and that changes the oil production on our skin. And a lot of it has to do with hereditary factors, like your parents being more oily or more prone to breakouts. “So you know, it’s not your fault. The good thing is it doesn’t threaten anyone’s life, really, directly. But it does definitely threaten our mental health our emotions, and our feelings of self-confidence. “In a way, you could argue it’s not important to treat these sorts of things, but it is really important because – and we see this as dermatologists – we see how this affects people through their life.”


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Mistakes new puppy owners really need to avoid By Claire Spreadbury, PA Many people have bought a puppy during the pandemic. And it’s easy to see why – they’re great company, give us purpose and we’ve had a lot more time on our hands to look after one. Getting caught up in the excitement of having a furry new family member is understandable, but it’s important to remember puppies really need to be looked after. It’s a bit like having a baby… They demand a lot of attention, knowledge and research. Here vet Luke Gamble lists four mistakes new dog owners need to avoid… 1. Putting off a visit to the vet “A trip to the vet is one of the first things you should do with your new puppy. Your vet will be able to talk you through any questions you may have and get your puppy vaccinated, so they can be free to

explore the outside world. “Your vet will also be able to advise on the best parasite protection for your puppy too. Did you know puppies are normally born with roundworm and need frequent treatment in their first few weeks of life? Your vet will be able to recommend a preventative product that covers all the parasites they will encounter, as they start to explore the world.”

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2. Missing out on socialisation “Socialisation is key when it comes to puppy care, and unfortunately with the pandemic, many puppies have missed out on the usual interactions they would have. “After your puppy has had the correct vaccinations, it’s time for them to try out as many new things as they can. Whether that’s meeting new friends in the park, attending puppy training classes or just learning the sounds of moving traffic – they are all vital to a puppy’s development. “I will say, though, that this has to be done on your puppy’s terms. Follow their cues and ensure they aren’t becoming overwhelmed in the situation. Short, regular, positive interactions are the way forward!” 3. Dehydration in hot weather “As we are now beginning to

adjust to the warmer weather, our puppies need a helping hand to ensure they are kept cool and comfortable throughout. “I have a few methods that I always use with my own dogs; these include placing down cold, damp towels for them to lie on; filling a hot water bottle with cold water, wrapping it in a towel and placing it in their favourite sleeping spot, and making sure I encourage them to move into the shade and avoid direct sunlight, especially in the middle of the day. “I also get out the sprinklers and paddling pool, and let them go wild! Many pups love running through the jets of sprinklers, making this tip great for keeping

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PHARA entered into the shelter because her owner is unwell. She needs a home quickly to continue the good work that she has received in helping her adapt to a home environment. Phara is just two years old, healthy and already sterilised. Please contact shelter by email at or call 654 616 043.

PIRAÑA, female, Shelter since 30.06.2015 Podenco, DOB 01.01.2015 – 57 cm When she came to the shelter, she was very much afraid of everybody and everything plus, we had to cure her health problems as well. She is now much better and trusts us. On the other hand, she has started to play with other dogs. She walks well on the lead Please call Terence on 966 463 976 for more details

K9 Club RITCHY is a recent arrival at the shelter. He is a gorgeous, chunky French bulldog. six years old and very cuddly. Still being assessed with other dogs and cats. If you are interested to meet Ritchy please pm or call the shelter on 711 075 305 or email

them cool and keeping their playful mind occupied!” 4. Delaying purchasing insurance “I believe, like microchipping your pet, that insurance is an important part of responsible pet ownership. I recommend all owners take out pet insurance to help pay for the costs of unexpected vet treatment. There is nothing worse than receiving a huge vet bill unexpectedly. “It’s important to do your research first, before choosing your insurance provider, as they all offer slightly different things – choose one that’s right for you and your puppy.” Please note in Spain it is a legal requirement to have puppies microchipped by the age of three months.


MUFFIN (l) and ZIGGY (r) are two adorable male kittens born early May. Wormed and vet checked, now ready to go to homes of their own. They love playing all day, and are used to being handled. Contact PEPA on 650 304 746 or email

Gorgeous KIMBRA is 15 months old, house-trained and very active so will need an active family who can give her both the mental and physical exercise she needs. She is a sweet girl who is great with children and other dogs but she chases cats! Kimbra is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and has a passport. If you are interested in adopting this lovely girl, then please contact us on 657 689 567 or email

APAD LANA is a sweet, noble Podenco. Her owner left her at the shelter without even blinking an eye. First Lana was unhappy in the unfamiliar environment but got used to her life in the shelter thanks to a new dog friend. But this found a new home and Lana was left alone. Since then, poor Lana has been sad and just lies with withdrawn in her basket looking at you with these sad beautiful eyes. This is unusual because normally, Lana is an outgoing and friendly dog who always greets all people. Lana is house trained and will certainly adapt quickly to the lifestyle of her new family. Contact: 966 427 678, email or see




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Edible garden weeds that are great for your health By Lisa Salmon, PA A pharmacist and a dietitian tell Lisa Salmon which healthboosting weeds should end up on your plate or in your mug rather than on the compost heap. Weeds are defined as wild, unwanted and unvalued – but while there’s no disputing their wildness, many people would definitely want them if they understood their true value. Many of the rapidly-growing green ‘pests’ actually boast a wealth of health benefits if consumed, because they contain useful bioactive compounds like polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, proteins and fibre. “Today’s weeds were our ancestors’ medicine cabinet,” explains Tea Advisory Panel dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton. “From teas to soups and garnishes, they have a role in our diets – but take care to identify edible weeds properly, as some plants such as hemlock, deadly nightshade and foxgloves contain powerful toxins which can cause illness, and even kill.” Here, Ruxton and pharmacist Roy Lamb, co-founder of

Chamomile flowerseeds Nasslor Healthdrinks which makes Emunity Nettle drinks, highlight eight weeds that could be added to your superfood cupboard instead of your compost bin… 1. Nettle This stinging scourge of bare flesh has been used over the centuries to make cloth, fish-

ing nets, and even World War I German army uniforms when there was a shortage of cotton, says Lamb . Benefits Nettles contain essential amino acid levels comparable to chicken, and similar amounts of omega-3 to those found in spinach, says Lamb. Per serving, up to 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, 50% of calcium, 20% of fibre and 12% of iron, can be provided by nettles, he explains. Ruxton says: “A study of postmenopausal women found a preparation made from nettles reduced hot flashes and increased quality of life . Always pick them in the spring when they’re most nutritious, and discard the woody parts.” How to use it There are several ways to prepare nettles for consumption, advises Lamb. To render the sting harmless, drop them in a pot of boiling salted water for a few minutes, or they can be dried using a dehydrator, or soaked in water for a few days. After this, they can be converted into

nettle pesto or soup, or as an infusion in tea. 2. Chamomile In many areas, chamomile is considered a noxious weed to be eliminated says Lamb, who also points out it’s one of the most popular ingredients in herbal teas. Benefits This common flower has long been championed as a way to ensure a good night’s sleep, but its fan-base is larger than just old wives, stresses Lamb. Scientific evidence suggests chamomile has a range of health benefits, as its flowers contain chemicals



shown to be moderate antioxidants and antimicrobials. Additionally, studies indicate potent anti-inflammatory action and some cholesterol-lowering activities, he points out. Ruxton adds: “Just one daily serving of chamomile tea improves sleep quality and control of blood sugar levels, according to a scientific review. Steeping the teabag for 15 minutes ensures optimal levels of the bioactive properties, including polyphenols and prebiotics.” How to use it Chamomile flowers can be washed, dried and used on their own, or as a blend, in herbal teas. For desserts, such as panna cotta, Chamomile also makes an attractive and healthy garnish, although Lamb warns it can cause allergic reactions, so take care, especially if you’re allergic to flowers like daisies. 3. Elderflower Clumps of distinctive tall white elderflowers can be found throughout the countryside. Benefits Studies suggest elder is a rich source of bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols, which can be anti-pyretic (fever-reducing), diuretic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, says Lamb. How to use it Elderflower cordial dates back to Roman times, and many people make their own elderflower ‘champagne’. Lamb points out that dried elderflowers contain a lot less goodness than fresh. 4. Broadleaf plantain This isn’t the green banana relative found in African and East Asian cuisine, it’s a completely different plant commonly found across Europe, explains Lamb. Benefits Since the Norman Conquest, broadleaf plantain has been associated with health benefits, with recent




Nettles studies backing up beliefs that it’s useful for enhancing the immune system, reducing the size of tumours, and protecting the gut, Lamb says. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, antiinfective, antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral and antioxidant, and is high in calcium and vitamins A, C, and K, and can also be used to heal the skin when applied locally, he says. Ruxton adds: “A placebocontrolled study revealed that an extract of broadleaf plantain boosted an anti-obesity chemical in the blood called leptin. This backs up evidence that polyphenol-rich plants, such as tea and cocoa, can help support weight loss.” How to use it Lamb says both leaves and

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the seeds of broadleaf plantain can be eaten raw, cooked in stews, or simply baked on their own. 5. Common purslane Hardy, with an ability to spread rapidly, common purslane is found in gardens and public spaces. Benefits Lamb says this weed’s succulent leaves are an excellent source of nutrients and antioxidants. It’s rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium, and it contains four different types of omega-3 fatty acid, which is useful for controlling cholesterol. Common purslane has some of the highest amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and gammalinolenic acid (LNA) of any green leafy vegetable, he says. How to use it Once washed, the leaves of purslane can be eaten raw in a salad, or blended with basil and pine nuts into a healthy pesto. 6. Sheep’s sorrel This perennial small flowering plant is commonly found growing in gardens. Benefits As a good source of vitamins C and E, sheep’s sorrel can contribute to a healthy immune system and glowing skin, says Lamb. It’s also a good source of antioxidants, he says. How to use it Sheep’s sorrel is best picked in summer or early autumn. It has a tart, lemony flavour and can be added to salads or stir-fries. However, Lamb says that because of its high levels of potassium oxalate, it should only be eaten in small amounts. 7.Lambsquarters/white goosefoot This fast-growing weed is commonly found in gardens and the countryside. Benefits Raw lambsquarters has the highest amount of folate of any commonly found weed,

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says Lamb. It’s also rich in carotenoids, which can be converted into vitamin A to promote growth, immune function, and eye health. Lambsquarters also contains more than 10% of the recommended intake of iron and magnesium, as well as vitamins B6 (when steamed) and K, says Lamb. How to use it Lambsquarters can be eaten raw in salads, but if it’s steamed or sautéed you’ll extract maximum vitamin goodness, explains Lamb, who says it can be used as a spinach replacement in recipes. It needs washing thoroughly to get rid of the white powdery bloom.

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Lambsquarter 8. Dandelion Dandelions are everywhere in spring and summer, but as well as being an important nectar source for pollinators, they have many benefits for humans. Benefits Recent research has shown dandelion can reduce cholesterol, blood glucose levels, and inflammation, says Lamb. As a mild diuretic, it can also help with urinary tract infections or thrush. Ruxton adds: “The diuretic properties of dandelion tea are much more than old wi-

ves’ tales. A clinical trial found a dandelion extract increased urine loss by an extra 200ml on average, so dandelion could be effective for bloating during the late menstrual cycle or postmenopause. Dandelion tea is also used to promote digestion.” How to use it All of the dandelion plant can be used in recipes, from petal-infused wine or honey to simply eating dandelion roots whole.

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