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FREE Issue No.14 December 2011


Properties Granada ADVICE & INFO CENTRE

Community services & events for BAZA and district Avenida Jose Salinas, BAZA. Next to Zurich Insurance. vista_baza@hotmail.com BECKY: Advisor & Translator 633 202 899 VAL: Advice & Information 630 120 103 CAROL: Help Desk & Estate Agent 673 768 828

Open: 9.30 - 3pm, Mon to Fri & 10 - 2pm Sat.

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English food Coffee Shop Freezer food & lounge Area Homemade cakes Art & Crafts Jewellery Greeting cards 



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General office services \Contact - Becky 633 202 899 Translating Residencias UK Driving licence to Spanish Utility issues Doctor & Hospital visits Written work Wills & funeral plans Mail point Letters & Parcels Metriculation of cars. 



















WHATS ON IN DECEMBER! 22nd December Mince Pies and Mulled Wine and more... lets start our christmas here!

See our amazing portfolio of properties online www.properties-granada.com propertiesgranada@hotmail.com

Carol: 673 768 828 or Becky: 633 202 899 93,000 â‚Ź House set in a small hamlet with amazing views of Castril. Front garden with patio and wonderful views, entrance hall, lounge, ground floor toilet, second hall/study, large kitchen/diner to owners design, large utility room and larder, 3 dbl beds, master bed has dressing room and en suite, bedroom 3 needs cosmetic work only, shower/ toilet top floor

95,000 â‚Ź VENTA DEL PERAL Cortijo in quiet hamlet. This is a lovely reformed property. Lounge/Diner (30ft), shower/toilet room on ground floor, fitted kitchen, conservatory (30ft), utility room & boiler room, 3 double beds with fitted wardrobes, master bed has en suite & air con, bathroom, study. Central heating, double glazed. Totally walled front garden with car port. This is a bargain property - Starting price was 275,000 now a real bargain at 95,000 euros!


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Photographers Steve Homer - food & drink photography steve@sabordealmeria.com

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www.mojacar.thesentinella.com Mo Sweet, inland sales. Tel: 677 695 087 inland.sentinella@gmail.com

Jo Wright, coastal sales. Tel: 600 062 601 mojacar.sentinella@gmail.com

Chantal, Creed Photography - Cabrera Slot Car Club photography Also photography by:

Cover painting Happy Christmas from the ex-pats! Darren Goddard

Cartoonists All artwork in this magazine is available for sale from the artists - contact them via The Sentinella. Kev Moore and Darren Goddard

The Sentinella is eternally dedicated to Colin Checkley, the founder and editor of The Sentinel magazine. May he rest in peace. Born; 1960 Died; 2004 Deposito Legal MA-181-2008 No part of this publication, including pictures may be copied, used or reproduced without our prior written consent. The Sentinella accepts no responsibility for alterations to events listed, claims made by our advertisers or information provided by our contributors.


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We’ll be back in March! The Sentinella Mojacar edition will not be published in January or February, but we will be back in March with a bumper edition, packed full of useful information and articles, things to do and most of all fun! Throughout January and February you will be able to find us EVERY FRIDAY from 10.00 - 14.00 at TURRE MARKET (at El Retiro Gallery) AND EVERY SATURDAY from 10.00 - 14.00 at the new market in ARBOLEAS on the road to Albox. If you’re passing, please come and say hello - we’re going to use this time to get to know you better

and find out what you’d like to see more of in our little mag. We’ll also have the latest ‘what’s on information’ and all the latest offers from our advertisers. Thank you so much to all our readers, contributors, advertisers and supporters over the last year. To all the artists who have supplied our front covers, all the photographers who’ve helped to brighten our pages. Happy Christmas, Solstice and New Year from all of us at The Sentinella and we look forward to supporting and working with our community over the next year!

Art History in Spain Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! All the fun of the fair! The circus is coming to town. And what’s this? It’s the bearded lady! ‘Magdelena Ventura’ (1631) was painted upon the instruction of the Duke of Alcalá, Viceroy of Naples. The compliant painter, Spanish Baroque master Jusepe de Ribera (1591 - 1652), produced for his patron a reality painting, a kind of documentary record, to satisfy the guv’nor’s mawkish curiosity. Apparently, the woman was from Abruzzi in the

Kingdom of Naples. She was married and the mother of several children, yet with a wholly male face, black beard and hirsute chest. Shipmates, you never thought Spanish art could be such fun did you? I like the way hubby lurks in the background, vainly attempting to bring sanity to the ridiculous. Ribera put his reputation on the line by painting from life: this tended to be frowned upon by the art intelligentsia of the time. There was, however, a demand for such pictures to serve as record: evidential proof of a peculitarity. Nowadays, with photography, freaks of nature can be recorded with ease any-old-day-of-the-week. Take, for instance, the career of American photographer Diane Arbus (1923 - 1971) which really took off after she crept up the stairs to a neighbour’s apartment and discovered a bloke with hypertrichosis. His excessive hair growth triggered a rapacious sexual turn-on in Diane. From then on, Arbus specialised in snapping freaks of all kinds, and consequently enjoyed a wonderful sex life. Was Ribera turned-on in similar fashion? Dear chap, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. You staggered off to the bodegón trying to forget the horror of it didn’t you?

Opening times: Monday closed Tuesday to Friday 10.30 - 13.30 & 17.30 - 19.30 Saturday & Sunday 11.00 - 14.00 Contact Lesley Johnson on 950 472 972 Centro de Arte - behind the water fountains at the bottom of Mojacar Pueblo

For shipmates of a prurient disposition, this painting awaits your gaze at Hospital de Tavera, Toeldo. TTFN Quirkily yours, Sir Percival Trodnip RN RTD


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Turre

WITH JEREMY AND EVIE, call: 653 714 767 Friday 11am - 1pm in Turre, at Cabrera Bowling club. WITH DEE, call 663 341 904. Mondays 10:30 -12:30 La Parilla, Albox, beginners and improvers. Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:30 Bar International, all levels.


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If you’re in Baza... Call into VISTA (see location on advert, inside front cover). Fab ideas for Christmas gifts; giftboxs for sale of home made jams and chutneys also Avon, jewelery, mobile phones, e-books, ipods, christmas cards, christmas puddings, mince pies, brandy custard, rum custard, tins of Roses, quality street, celebrations and so much more!

Join VISTA for mulled wine and mince pies on 22nd December from 7pm. Also other drinks and small buffet. 672 203 457 Excellent selection of gifts!

Where is Father Christmas? He’s at the Fundraiser in Turre! On 17th December, for the third year running, he will be in his grotto from 10am. ALL CHILDREN ARE INVITED and ALL children attending will have a FREE christmas present. Christmas bottle stoppers!

Deadlines for UK post: Standard parcels: 1st class - Mon 12th, 2nd class - Tues 13th 1st class recorded - Fri 16th Special delivery - Tues 20th

Watch out for THE FUNDRAISER CHRISTMAS BELLES, 4 beautiful young ladies, who will be visiting Bars and Restaurants to collect money for Vera Orphanage. They will be with Santa and two elves! All volunteer workers at the Fund Raiser are unpaid.

Second charity shop for Turre! MACS (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) have opened a Charity Shop in Turre high street!


Private buyer pays cash for all Fabulous hand made glass to collect, from coasters (left) and lamp shades (below), as well as candle holders, plates, ornaments and jewellery visit B comme B in Mojacar Pueblo for some very special gift ideas.

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Jazz Funk Soul The SOS Show with DJ Deano. Back in 2012 Sat eve 6-9pm 'Soul on Saturday' 98.8 inland 89.6 on the coast valleradio.eu (info@valleradio.eu)

This month I feature the group Change... 'the music they made remained true to the origins of dance music, namely R&B'. Their fusion of soulful rhythm & blues & the harder-edged Eurodisco was exactly what the people on the dance floor wanted. Yours in music Deano I would also like to wish a very Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year to all my followers, readers of The Sentinella magazine & listeners on valleradio.eu. I would also like to give a special mention to my dad, Stan... he is recovering from a stroke in hospital, he is a regular listener of Valleradio & loves The Sentinella magazine... hurry up & get well soon Dad, we love you & are thinking of you!! In 1980 dance music was in a state of upheaval. Disco was experiencing a serious backlash in America. Everyone from the Beach Boys to Ethel Merman had made a disco record. Mainstay disco artists were abandoning the genre. Chic was leaning toward R&B while Donna Summer's music became more rock-oriented. (Ever tried dancing to "The Wanderer"?) Clubland was searching for a new musical tempo.They wanted a sound they could call their own again. The answer came in Change...A group who seamlessly picked up the disco mirror ball where Chic dropped it-right in the middle of the neon-lit dance floor. Like many

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other artists who were influenced by Chic, Change was "classy disco"... lots of strings, smooth vocals, a slappy bass, a band clad in fashionable designer clothing. Yet Change's music had a harder edge than other R&B /disco hits such as Kool & The Gang's "Celebration". Their Eurodisco influence is what set them apart from the rest. So, who was Change? Change was a group of studio musicians from Italy & session vocalists from the United States led by Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi. Petrus, a native of Guadeloupe, French West Indies, met Malavasi in 1975 while he was studying at the Conservatory of Bologna. Their aim... to be the Italian Gamble & Huff. In New York, Disco Capital of the World, they met up with Luther Vandross. An accomplished session & background singer,vocal arranger, and songwriter, Vandross had sung backgound on David Bowie's Young Americans album and tour & cowrote the song "Fascination". He also provided the soulful, smokey vocal to the Eruopean smash "Hot Butterfly" by Gregg Diamond's studio group Bionic Boogie... The rest as they say is history...

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EVERY THURSDAY Live music at MO’S MUSIC BAR, Alfoquia EVERY OTHER SUNDAY 14.30 Live music at THE ROADHOUSE, Tabernas. See advert for listings. EVERY SUNDAY at 3.30pm. Clive Sarstedt at La Parata restaurant. EVERY SUNDAY 17.00 Carlene 'Queenbrit' Graham at Mar Salada, Mojacar Playa.

Friday 2nd December Darren Anthony at La Fuente Restaurante, Bedar Friday 2nd 20.00 Maurice Casanove at Pipa’s Bar, Parque Commercial, Mojacar playa. Free Buffet in the interval. Wednesday 7th. Cabaret night with Pat Martin. Music and comedy plus a tribute to songs from the 80's at Beachcombe, Mojacar Playa. Friday 9th - Dean and Martin, Acoustic rock and beyond at Zambra, Turre Friday 9th. 20.00h Theatre, "Mulva y los chicos" at the Multipurpose Centre, Mojacar Pueblo. Entrance: 3 € Adult rating. Saturday 10th a Jam feat Pulse & other friends at BAR LA MONTANA, BEDAR.

Saturday 10th Darren Anthony at Christmas Fair at the Kimrick, Mojacar Playa (from 12 noon) singing a selection of Christmas songs Tuesday 13th. 11.00. Alstray's Cat section of Paws book and dvd sale and Craft/Xmas sale including 'Jan's Fur Fairies' at Beachcomber, Mojacar Playa. Wednesday 14th. Hits Of The Blitz at Beachcombers, Mojacar playa. Friday 16th - Jam session at Zambra, Turre Friday 16th 20.00. Theatre "Hendaya, cuando Adolfo encontró a Paco" at the Multipurpose Centre, Mojacar Pueblo. Entrance: 3 € Adult rating. Sunday 18th 14.00. Tony Justice at BAR LA MONTANA, Bedar. Wednesday 21st (Swing and Rat Pack) at Beachcombers, Mojacar Playa. Thursday 22nd Darren Anthony at Los Miraflores Restaurant, Los Gallardos Camping 22nd December - Charity Raffle Draw with Live Music and a Free Buffet. Pipa's Bar, Parque Commercial, Mojacar Playa. Friday 23rd Los Gringos at Zambra, Turre Monday 26th Darren Anthony at Las Pastores Restaurant, Cabrera

ROSE SINGERS CELEBRATION OF CAROLS 15TH December at 7.30pm CAMPING LOS GALLARDOS Tickets 8 • to include refreshments SUPPORTING ‘ASADIS’ A CHARITY FOR THE CHILDREN IN LOS GALLARDOS Further information: Lyn 667 275 614 THE TICKET OUTLETS: GILL’S, MOJACAR PLAYA, FORGET-ME-NOT, BUGANVILLAS, TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT, TURRE, PLUS OF COURSE ALL CHOIR MEMBERS AND AT THE VENUE ITSELF.

Friday 30th Jam session at Zambra, Turre Friday 6th Jan. Maria as 'Dusty Springfield' at Beachcombers, Mojacar Playa. 14th January - Murder Mystery Night. Come and find out who the murderer is with us. 20€ per ticket with meal included. Pipa’s Bar, Parque Commercial, Mojacar Playa. Saturday 14th January. A hilarious comedy, 'Last Panto In Town'. at Beachcombers, Mojacar Playa. Wednesday 25th January. Abba Angels, Celine Dion & Debbie Harry tributes at Beachcomber, Mojacar playa. Friday 27th January. Man Of Many Voices. impressions of showbiz personalities at Beachcomber, Mojacar Playa. Wednesday 8th February. Lennon and Harrison's Tribute to the Beatles at Beachcomber, Mojacar Playa. Tuesday 14th February. Valentines night. Three tributes to: Cliff Richard, Hank Marvin and British 1960's rock and roll at Beachcomber, Mojacar Playa. Wednesday 22nd February. Angie's amazing portrayals of Karen Carpenter & Blondie at Beachcomber, Mojacar Playa.

“The Luvvies Christmas Cracker” – a miscellany of Christmas themed sketches, poetry and an hilarious pantomime at “Shady Pines” retirement home. When the real cast don’t turn up (but their costumes do!), the “wrinklies” decide not to waste the chance to dress up, and put on the panto themselves! Teatro Museo Pedro Gilabert in Arboleas. Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of December (doors open 7:00 pm), matinee Sunday 11th (doors open 3:00 pm). Tickets can be bought in advance at popular outlets around the area, and you can also pay on the door. Tickets •7.50, 16 and under are free with an adult.

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There are a couple of great cameos for the film buffs out there - Lucinda Jenney plays the same role that she did at the casino in Rain Man and the foul-mouthed band at the wedding are the same band that appeared in Old School and Starsky and Hutch. One of the stars Bradley Cooper, said at a screening in Toronto “the people in Las Vegas never even noticed a movie was being filmed." He said that he had bloody tiger scratches on his neck, Justin Bartha was scarlet red, and nobody noticed,

Carlene ‘QueenBrit’ Graham A fabulous Sunday afternoon is at Mar salada, opposite the Parque Commercial on Mojácar Playa. Chill, jig or full out dance to the cool and funky sounds of Carlene ´QueenBrit´ Graham and Errol Ross. Carlene is a seasoned performer, having travelled around the world with numerous international bands such as; Spiritualized, Bugz In The Attic and The Reel People. She has also provided backing vocals for some of the world’s top recording artists including; Madonna, Shakira, Dionne Warwick, Placebo, Spiritualized, Jocelyn Brown, Alison Moyet, Mick Hucknall & Rosa López... the list goes on. As well as a host of events including singing glamour model Jordan down the isle for her wedding to Peter Andre. Carlene has recently recorded her self penned & composed debut album under the supervision of Errol Ross (who received his Gold & Silver discs for producing ´The Selector´- one of Ska Music´s biggest contributions to date). See her website http://queenbrit.com


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or even stopped to double-take. Square Eyes just loves that town.

Desert Stars Movies on the Move

If you want to see Hangover then you are in for a treat as Movies on the Move are showing both the Hangover I and the sequel on 19th December at the Roadhouse Tabernas. See details below.

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Dec 5th The latest Pirates of the Carribean ON STRANGER TIDES Dec 12th FAST AND FURIOUS 5 Dec 19th HANGOVER 1 AND 2 All movies are subject to members choice on the night

No movies on Dec 26th or Jan 2nd, Starting again on Jan 9th with true movie called ROGUE TRADER Doors open from 7.30pm, bar open, meals aavailab vailab le vailable booked in ad vance - contact Sandra advance at The Roadhouse on 950 066 007 Main feature commences at 9pm

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Book review The Quickie by James Patterson That James Patterson spent his formative years in Madison Avenue will come as no surprise to the initiated. Patterson’s novels always rattle along at a scintillating pace with chapters, never more than a few pages long, encapsulating the action succinctly, much in the same way as any good ad man would want their commercials to do. This is not to diminish the power of the story telling involved as each short chapter packs a punch and The Quickie is no exception. The Quickie follows NYPD detective Lauren Stillwell who, when the gilt has worn off the gingerbread of her marriage, spies her husband entering a hotel with a mysterious blonde and is intent to enter into a one-night stand with a flirtatious co-worker in retribution. Things do not go to plan and within a matter of hours Lauren’s begins to life unravels as she is forced to act with the same duplicity that the men in her life have. The twists and turns do not let up until the last. If you are not familiar with Patterson’s oeuvre this is an excellent introduction. It may not be high art and Patterson’s prose may have been criticized by the great and the good (Stephen King among them) but if you want an entertaining, high paced thriller then look no further. Ask at The Book Box for James Patterson!

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Writes of passage For women who want to grow wiser as they grow older - a new series of weekly workshops. To help you make sense of the past using writing, talking, sharing and laughter and to bring you to an understanding and acceptance of your life’s experiences. You will be sharing with other likeminded women in a safe, accepting environment. If you have ever wondered why certain things have happened to you, why relationships have failed, or what it is all about then these workshops will help you to come to terms with and even celebrate your more difficult times, for it is through our mistakes and pains that we learn and grow. Your facilitator, Kate Roberts is creative and innovative. She is an experienced and qualified therapist, teacher, award winning poet and writer. She worked for many years as a coordinator of women’s courses in penal establishments and also taught in colleges. As an experienced psychotherapist she also worked in colleges of further education and local hospital trusts as staff counsellor and in private practice. Kate is an Honours graduate and holds several post-graduate qualifications including counselling and psychotherapy and was also an Accredited Member of the BACP until she retired from full-time practice. The sessions will be on a weekly basis beginning in December/January. Each session will run for two and a half hours, dates and times to be arranged. For further details or to register an interest please phone: 950 469 540 or email: ask-kat@terra.es


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Gertrude the expat tractor Her story began in 1965. They built her a stage like a giant bandstand where she circled in her lowest gear, steering wheel fixed without the need for a driver, overlooking the plowing match where the giant Suffolk Punch horses where still doing what they had done for hundreds of years. She was the vanguard of a new age. Polished to a gleaming shine she was the star of the show. How proud the farmer was with his new acquisition that did the work of two horses at half the cost. For twenty years she watched as newer, bigger tractors began to replace her, until she spent more time idle, in the corner of the yard with a sense of redundancy, but a new life was about descend upon her. One rather eccentric English gentleman was looking for an old workhorse, for that was what she was. She had no idea what was happening when reconditioned, rewired, taxed and insured and driven, with her huge trailer, plough shares, and all her bits and bobs to a low loader to begin her journey to Murcia in the south of Spain.

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Once again she was the star when the eccentric English gentleman and a bunch of hippy looking folk partied on her all the way by road to Tabernas. Guitars, singing and much laughter, as much wine spilled as drunk on a two week journey to a new kind of farm. Now at the age of forty six, looking a little worse for wear, she still starts on the button, carries trailer loads of sand from the suppliers, shovels heaps of gravel from the rambla and is ready to plough whenever the time is right. Hauls caravans, cars and vans that get stuck when the occasional big rains come. She says a big thank you to Andrew who showed to silly buggers who think they own her, where to put the hydraulic oil, so that she can still be the star of the show when called out on an emergency. Laurence Burton

The Trials and Tribulations of a Flying Saucer Builder

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Available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com or through the publishers website, http://sbpra.com/LaurenceBurton Aliens Ponder What Has Become of Planet Earth When the Atlantians evacuated Earth 26,000 years ago to escape cataclysmic events on the planet, they always planned to return. Now they are back to study the next evolution of human beings. They are shocked at the bitter conflicts and the pollution, and cannot understand poverty in a world of abundance. GanaLozMiha is the scout for the Atlantians space nomads, sent to discover how this state of affairs came about. He is then tricked into incarnation inside a human being in a coma, Scott Bradley FitzLiam. In FitzLiam’s body, the Spaceman settles on Earth, marries, and has two children. When the marriage breaks up, he nearly dies, which triggers the Earthman out of his coma. With two

Harmony, A Mandala for Christmas. One of many illustrations by Laurence Burton inside the book.

minds inside one head, The Astral Twins at first battle for domination, but they eventually become allies. When the two finally separate, their lives continue in a way neither could have imagined. The Astral Twins will keep you guessing.


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For the love of horses episode 6 Mid to late 60’s I was invited to appear at a show - could I ride a horse into the building, through the seated audience, dismount at the stage and sing a song. I agreed that I could do this – all things are possible! On the evening in question I rode the horse into the hall, dismounted at centre stage, passing control of the horse to a waiting groom, grabbed my guitar and sang “The Cattle Call” (a yodelling number by Slim Whitman). During the performance the horse also performed on his spot – I hoped that no-one had noticed but the sniggers from the audience suggested otherwise!!! After finishing my performance amidst cheers and claps I left the stage, mounted the horse and trotted back through the crowd.

Following my exit a new comedian came on stage and commented to the audience “just shows what the horse thought of that act” and he brought the house down. The comedian was Felix Bowness, later to become the jockey on Hi-Di-Hi, and he remained a good friend. When I returned to the UK from wherever I had been working Felix would have arranged for me to attend after-show parties for TV shows on which he was appearing as warmup comedian. Steve Eagles

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It’s a club with a 38 metre track for racing Scalextric! The club has moved to Cabrera from Arboleas (previously the Al Arbuli Slot Car Club) as it’s track has grown from 50 foot to 120 foot over the past few years and suitable venue’s have been hard to find.

They now have a superb new venue, thanks to Jose Luis Jerez, in Sierra Cabrera above Turre under the El Xacar townhouses, next to the tennis courts. They are a friendly club and would like to meet new members young (12 to 16yrs with supervision) and old to come and have fun on their purpose built track. The professional track has greater lane spacing to also allow 1/24th cars to race. The track is made of MDF wood allowing much faster racing than plastic track, their fastest lap time is under 4 seconds! The club are Racing 1/32nd Scalextric Ninco NSR Scaleauto etc. and 1/24th BRM and Scaleauto cars and also more specialised faster racing machines!

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Meetings are currently on Thursday evenings from 16.00 - 17.00 but this could change or an additional meeting added. When visiting, you can ask for directions at the Los Pastores Restaurante in Cabrera. More information is available on the website www.cabreraslotclub.com or phone 950 091 130, 950 523 639 or 671 947 880.

I have spent many happy months cycle touring, the longest of which was the TransAm in 2009 followed immediately by the West Coast from Seattle to Acapulco in Mexico. Being on the road for such a long time necessitates being able to charge the devices that we seem incapable of living our lives without; mobile phones, MP3 players and the like. I tried a number of eco-friendly and lightweight methods of re-charging these devices, most of which I found to be inadequate. Who would have thought that solar panels would not get enough charge after a day in the desert of the Baja California to charge an MP3!! I returned to England to do some local touring. It was the first time I had used the HY-Mini Wind Turbine and I can honestly say it is the best device I have found. It is lightweight and unobtrusive and more importantly IT WORKS!! Pete - Broken Halo Cycle Team


American Football – Super Bowl XLVI 4th February 2012 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis The climax of the season comes to Indianapolis for the first time and the The Sentinella’s NFL sofa sage Smashee Upee, a handy Safety in his time, gives us the low-down of the leading contenders and a dark horse to win the BIG ONE. With the regular season more than 2/3rd complete the Super Bowl picture is starting to shape up. The Favourites - Green Bay Packers – NFC Current Super Bowl Champions and undefeated so far this season at 11-0 with 5 regular season games to go. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers widely touted as playing better than any quarterback that has ever played the game (stats back this up). The Packers are likely to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs (which will be a huge advantage given it will be winter time in the frozen North). Difficult to see anyone else winning at this stage of the season with

very low odds at around 2/1. However, favourites at this stage of the season have only won 2 of the last 10 Super Bowls. On track for the perfect season (winning every game) which has only ever be done before by the Miami Dolphins. Leading Contenders - New Orleans Saints - NFC 2010 Super Bowl Champions who will likely finish second place in the NFC (potentially 12-4) and therefore have a by-week in the first round of the playoffs. High powered offence that is not firing on all cylinders this season but if it does click into gear will be impossible to stop and the only team that look to have the ability to beat the Packers. With the Super Bowl being played in a dome this will play to there advantage should they make it to the big show in Indianapolis. Currently showing at 12/1, wider thinking has this team at 8/1 so if better odds can be secured this could be a worthwhile punt at this stage of the season Dark Horses - Oakland Raiders - AFC40:1 Having been rubbish for years, suddenly the Oakland Raiders are winning games and sitting atop the AFC West Division with a reasonably easy run of games that should see them with the division and enter the playoff race. With newly installed Quarterback Carson Palmer and Running Back Darren McFadden steamrolling defences, along with the indifferent form of the main AFC challengers (Patriots, Ravens and Steelers whom all have poor odds) the Raiders could make a run all the way to the Super Bowl in February and then who knows what can happen. You can currently back them at 40/1 – fancy a punt?

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Cricket – England play a three test series against Pakistan in Dubai and Qatar. First test 17th January 2012; Second Test 25th January 2012; Third Test 3rd February 2012. A series of one day matches and 20-20 matches start 13th February 2012. Football – With so many players from Africa now plying their trade in the Premiership it will be interesting to see how the African Cup of Nations (21st January - 12th February 2012) affects the outcome of the season as leading teams lose some of their leading lights. From a domestic perspective the Carling Cup Final is held on 26th February 2012.


Rugby Union - 6 Nations Tournament

Snooker – UK Snooker Championship

4th February - 17th March 2012

3rd December – 11th December, York

Next year’s tournament is sure to be eagerly awaited following the fall-out from the World Cup. There have been comings and goings at the England camp and we wait to see how the new management pick up the squad after such a disappointing autumn in New Zealand on and off the pitch. Will the French build on their remarkable appearance in the final? The Welsh were the certainly the outstanding Northern Hemisphere team in the antipodes. Can they carry this form through to the 6 Nations? Can the Scottish compete? Italy improve year on year and let’s not forget the Irish; always tough competitors.

The UK Snooker Championship returns to York after a five year absence and the first round sets up a mouth watering battle between Steve Davis, who any snooker fan will recognise as the first superstar of the modern game, against the enigmatic Ronnie O’Sullivan, for many people, the greatest player ever to grace the baize. O’Sullivan claims he has underachieved in his career and Davis, now no longer able to compete on the basis of his world rankings had to beat Andrew Higginson currently ranked 18 to clinch his place. Hendry is another ex-World Champion that has needed to qualify after falling out of the top 16 for the first time since 1988. That is the old guard but what of the young turks? Chief among them and moving up the ranks is Judd Trump. Runner-up in the World Snooker Championships earlier this year, Trump will certainly want to captilise on his good form.

Cycling – Vuelta a Andalusia Ruta Ciclista del Sol 19th February – 23rd February 2012 At the time of going to press we are still awaiting the full details of the stages for next year’s race but CEO Joaquin Cuevas is currently in talks with local councils and determined to maintain the great tradition of the race and ensure that the very best riders enter. We can but hope that the race passes through our region but nonetheless the Dutch Rabobank team will be in Carboneras again next year and ride through Turre and Mojacar regularly on their training sessions. Look out for rising star Lars Boom winner of the Golden Jersey in the Tour of Britain in September.

On the Nose On the Nose returns for a full review of the Cheltenham Festival 13th March 16th March in the next edition, but in the meantime just some headlines. Those who thought his star was on the wane must surely have been surprised by Kuato’s outstanding win at Haydock in November. Coming in at 6/1, were you on it? Another that many may have ruled out, Carruthers battled on to win the Hennessey at Newbury. Owned by the Oaksey Partnership, Lord Oaksey himself had backed Carruthers to win a Gold Cup at huge odds when he was just a foal. He was of course thinking in terms of Cheltenham, but this win gave him, and his friends and family an £85000 consolation prize. There’s great racing ahead of us, not least the King George VI on Boxing Day at Kempton so whatever you back – good luck!

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Audi A6 Avant

www.cap.co.uk First Driving Impressions – Audi A6 Avant, UK Press Launch, Cheltenham. The new A6 Avant is the 7th Generation Estate from Audi in the E-Sector. The first was introduced in 1968, with the first car being called Avant arriving in 1977. This size of estate from Audi has always had a huge amount of success, with over 52,000 being sold in the UK between 2005 and 2010. The new car is 70kg lighter than the outgoing car and with 26% of the body now made from aluminium means it weighs 15% less than the equivalent all-steel car. These weight savings have contributed towards better fuel consumption and lower C02 emissions. Driving this load-lugger is no different to the A6 saloon, as its driving characteristics felt exactly the same; it is solid, safe and handles so well. We drove the 2.0litre TDI around Gloucestershire on a variety of roads, ranging from small country roads, villages and on the Motorway, and wherever you drove the car, it felt perfectly at home, what a lovely car to drive. There is a choice of four engines: 3.0 TFSI 300ps quattro, 2.0 TDI 177ps with either 6-speed manual or 8-speed Multitronic, 3.0 TDI 204ps with 8-speed Multitronic and a 3.0 TDI 245ps quattro with 7-speed S-tronic. By far the largest selling engine will be the 2.0 TDI that will account for 75% of sales. Early in 2012 a new diesel engine will be introduced to the A6 range: 3.0 V6 TDI 313ps bi-turbo that will go from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph.

New Ford for 2012 Renault and Ford are working on a new small car for women which should be far less susceptible to theft. They are mixing the Renault Clio and the Ford Taurus,calling it the "Clitaurus." The average male thief won't be able to find it, let alone operate the damn thing.

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There will be two trim levels: SE and S line, with prices starting from £32,100 OTR with leather trim being standard on every model. The rear seats are easy to fold down: simply pull a small lever, and down they go to an almost flat position, when it has a carrying capacity of 1,680 litres. The quattro four-wheel drive system is available on some models, and this greatly benefits the car in all weather, especially in wet and slippery conditions.

So true... It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast car slow. Abner Perney, American racing (autocross) journalist. If I had all the money I'd spent on cars ... I'd spend it all on cars. Scott Fisher, Basket ball player. Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. Mac McCleary, author.


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Cancún, Mexico Imagine sitting on a sun lounger sipping a piña colada in the shadow of a palm tree shaded from the bright sunshine of the Caribbean, whilst the warm turquoise sea gently laps onto beaches of fine white sand and tropical birds flit about in the nearby lush jungle. Imagine then that you are relaxing on the beautiful coast of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula in Cancún.

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Just a few decades ago Cancún was nothing more that just a small fishing village by a lagoon in this largely forgotten corner of Mexico. That was before the Government recognised the growing importance of tourism and in the 1960s set about identifying areas for development. Mexico’s urban myths have it that the Minister for the Interior sat with a map of the country in front of him and scientifically worked out the best place for a new resort on a series of meteorological algorithms rather than the existence of any infrastructure. As a consequence major civil engineering projects were required to bring water, electricity, transport and well, just about everything to this isolated

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area. The result of these immensely challenging projects is an international resort of some renowned. The World Tourism Organisation awarded the “Best of the Best” gong for “excellence and good governance” in 2007 and many of the hotels and spas have themselves received commendations from industry bodies. Once you have relaxed for a few days and fancy exploring then the downtown area of Cancún, a little way from the resort area will give you a full flavour of the sights, sounds and smells of the hustle and bustle of a true Mexican city. There is plenty water sports available and the scuba diving is particularly good. Nearby Mayan ruins at Tulum are certainly worth a visit as they perch upon a cliff top overlooking the Carribean Sea and are said to be the first known Mayan ruins. Call in to see Luisa at Ferri Tours for some amazing deals on fabulous winter holidays to Cancún!


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Risky business No matter how small your investment, paying for building work is a risk - have you got the correct paperwork? Is the work guaranteed? Is your contractor insured or even legal? Will there be any aftersales care, what is the comeback if there Transformation from a dead space to a are any problems later on? covered porch area and an extra room. Already with a reputation for ticking all those boxes is Jardin Rural, a fully insured and legal English owned SL company, with an impressive portfolio spanning the last 8 years. They employ only fully qualified tradesmen and whether or not you want a full project new build, or just someone to help you get a wall straight, no job is too small; if it’s just labour you’re looking for, Jardin Rural can supply you with expert, reliable assistance. Jardin Rural can help you from start to finish and beyond; from the planning stages through to complete paperwork and final construction of any project. Have a look on their website and read some testimonials. www.jardinrural.com

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The Sentinella Business Club with Richard H Business Opportunities Go Begging - Daily!

in the good old fashioned way? No.

There isn’t a single day going by right now when I don’t hear the words “The area is very ‘tranquillo’ – there are no customers here now!” But every day without fail, businesses fail to exploit the huge opportunities staring them right in the face. Building businesses takes time and more, so, effort.

For every enquiry or every successful customer you receive you are more often than not, especially if you are a restaurant or bar, just allowing a golden business opportunity to walk straight out of your door, without a second thought.

Many have turned to social media as the be all and end all and only marketing initiative they have, but few know what to do with it, or know one end of a profile page from a business page. Still many businesses don’t have computers or the owners don’t use them to promote their businesses. They don’t understand the need. For example, a hairdressing salon or a retail fashion shop, or a retail furniture shop – they don’t readily use computers in handling customers do they? No, but look at it this way – how are you going to easily reach thousands of potential customers if you don’t use a computer? Will you write to them

Enter: ‘Direct Marketing’! Ever heard of it? Emails. You cannot send an email which promotes your business if you don’t have that person’s email address and personal agreement to contact them. If they have walked into your restaurant or bar purchased a drink or a meal then you have a captive audience. If you have just had an enquiry to cut their hair, you have an excuse to say you’ll contact them by email. Are you getting my drift? In the summer of 2010 one local restaurant was turning over 450 covers (people not tapas) per day! Some of those people were tourists and some were more local. Think about the equation: 450 covers x 7 days per week x 6 weeks in the height of the summer = 18,900 people. Let’s take 50% of that figure as many could be families, couples or regulars – that could still be as much as 9,450 new email addresses in your marketing database. How many people do you have in your database at the moment? When it then comes to tougher times, such as the winter, then ‘Bingo!’ you now have people to contact to actively promote your ‘Winter special offers.’ If you don’t own a computer then use an internet café, get some lessons under your belt, and when you can afford your own machine, go for it! There is plenty of free software available on the internet that would allow you to retain a marketing database.


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by Stephen Amore

Paddy McCoy, an elderly Irish farmer, received a letter from the Department for Work & Pensions stating that they suspected he was not paying his employees the statutory minimum wage and they would send an inspector to interview them.

Using predictive text on a mobile throws up some interesting options that more often than not could confuse if used unwittingly.

On the appointed day, the inspector turned up. "Tell me about your staff," he asked Paddy.

Have you put the cats out could become have you put the bats out?

"Well," said Paddy, "there's the farm hand, I pay him £240 a week, and he has a free cottage.

I will leave it to the imagination for ‘have you fed the ducks?’ – oh er missus!?!

Then there's the housekeeper. She gets £190 a week, along with free board and lodging.

Some options are strangely similar so typing the word bake could also say cake. Lips becomes kiss, sort becomes post. Manic could be mania, golf becomes hole and very rudely we not only have bum and cum but also anal and cock. Probably best to double check a text before pressing send in future.

There's also the half-wit. He works a 16 hour day, does 90% of the work, earns about £25 a week along with a bottle of whisky and, as a special treat, occasionally gets to sleep with my wife." "That's disgraceful" said the inspector, "I need to interview the half-wit." "That'll be me then," said Paddy.

I need you home for example could become I need you gone.

Staying with new technology gone are the days when all that was needed was the 4 digit pin to use ATMs. Now with the internet all sorts of things need passwords especially when buying goods online. A recent report names the worst passwords to use and here are a few examples. If they are familiar then change them immediately. 1. password 2. 123456 3. 12345678 4. qwerty 5. abc123 6. monkey 8. letmein 9. trustno1 10. dragon 12. 111111 13. iloveyou 14. master 15. sunshine 18. passwOrd 19. shadow 22. superman 25. football

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Making a will As property owner in Spain it is very wise to make a Will in Spain. Here are some reasons to consider. When a person dies without having made a Will, the law decides how his/her property will be divided. When you have assets in another country, the International Laws give instructions of who the legal heirs are in this case. In practice this often leads to legal “loops”. The best way to avoid problems with Notaries and the authorities is to make a Will. Another very important, practical reason to make a Will in Spain is to avoid nerve racking, time consuming and expensive procedures that your heirs will have to endure when there is no Will, or only a document drafted in the U.K. You must think of the official translation of all the documents involved, the acceptance of these documents and sometimes the Notary will even ask you for proof to decide which Laws are applicable to you.

he/she will draft a bilingual document following your instructions and according to the legal standards. The Will shall be signed at the Notary’s office, the original stays in his custody, and you can take a copy. You can change your Will at any time, but you’ll have to do this with the Notary. Apart from a revision due to changing circumstances, it is wise to reread and reconsider your Will from time to time. Rianne Smulders

Nov & Dec in the UK by Florence Hill, age 14

When you decide to make Will, the best advice is to find a lawyer that speaks your language,

I love the months coming up to Christmas. Shopping for presents, wearing scarfs, gloves and big fluffy hats with pom poms. Everyone is in a good mood apart from the people stuck in bed cause the cold has caught up with them. EVERYONE in the uk has turned the retro style into grandpa jumpers and cardigans, chino’s, lots and lots of chino’s, and flicky, fringy hair. This style keeps you really warm through the winter months so go to your grandparent’s house and just ask if they’ve got any old jumpers or wool and get knitting. I really like this style and hope it will catch on all around Europe so spread the word. As for music Jessie J is my favourite at the moment. I went to see her play live in concert for my birthday and she was AMAZING. Her most famous songs ‘price tag’ and ‘who you are’ are a really worth a listen as she knows what she’s singing about and the lyrics actually mean something. She really inspires me to go and do more gigs with my bands and I hope you like her too!!


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mean, the clue's in the title isn't it? So why oh why did they start subjecting us to it in October? I mean, we hadn't even got halloween and bonfire night out of the way, and they were already jingling our bells and roasting our frickin' chestnuts. Well, I've had enough. no more. I'm not having it. It's gonna be a cruel yule for me. If I see so much as a hint of tinsel in a shop they can sling their festive hook. I don't want mince pies and if I see anything that features marzipan as a flavouring, topping, hell, if I even see a photograph of some marzipan....(censored) I don't want to trundle down the aisle of the local hypermarket, trolley akimbo, picking selection boxes out of my teeth two months before I absolutely have to. Christ, as this economy driven pre- Christmas dawns, you can't even buy a simple pack of 5 razor blades without paying extra for some foam, aftershave, pre-shave and a frickin' manbag to put them that you'll never use except to collect mould from behind the waste pipe in the cupboard under the sink along with the free washmitt you got last year with the Old Spice. And you can't seperate the crap out so you can just get the blades, oh, no, because it's encased in a bubble pack that appears to be made out of the same material as the viewing port of a bathysphere that belongs in the Marina trench and is just as impervious. No wonder Santa's got a beard! In my local supermarket, they do the most amazing Ice-cream cornets - caramel flavour, scrumptious and incredibly cheap - they're lovely...but come October, that particular frozen delight is suddenly denied me. The freezer remains resolutely empty...but the lorry is quite capable of delivering load upon load of Spanish Christmas sweets. They look great - lots of glitzy colourful wrappers, but within, there lurks disappointment, and marzipan.

Horrid dark chocolate and unidentified... stuff...urgh. Now, what I want to know is, who decides the time for ice-cream is over and the time for yuletide garbage begins? I want my icecream, I want it in September I want it in October - hell, Santa I want it in my Christmas stocking, because by the time you squeeze down my chimney I'll have gone without them for three whole months, and no, an advent calendar with 24 stupid doors and 24 corresponding microscopically small slivers of chocolate is not a substitute. So look, can we put Christmas on hold for a bit? Like maybe til Easter? 2020? I mean, the baby Jesus didn't get his gold, frankenstein and myhrr in September did he? That's why they were called the wise men - they knew what day Christmas fell on!

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Global Warning from Soy Hogan Forgive me if I seem to be writing this in a bit of a rush, but I have just found out that due to global warning the end of the world is a lot nearer than we all thought.

suggest that if you were thinking of having a party on New Year´s Eve you should bring it forward to Boxing Day; you can´t be too careful.

It may not be NIGH but it´s a lot NIGHER than previously estimated which is Quite NIGH enough thank you very much.

If it happens even sooner than that, i.e. before this edition of The Sentinella is published then all organic life forms will be obliterated, you won´t be reading this and I won´t get the credit for it. So if you are reading this then at least you know you are alive. FOR NOW.

I don´t want to be a party pooper or spoil your Christmas mood, but as a well known on the ball communicator I feel I ought to keep you informed about this sort of thing. It is not certain whether or not the WHOLE World will actually end before Christmas, but even so I would

Soy Hogan PS: May I take this opportunity to wish you all a Mery Christmas and a Happy New Year


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Pia Retirement Homes & Assisted Living If you still don’t know where El Molino is, come and visit

The Sentinella stand (every Friday at Turre market from 10 - 2, see page 3) and we’ll show you! The office is open and they’d be pleased to show you around or just give you information on the services provided in this area for mobility needs and support. Pia Assisted Living has been established over 20 years; ever since British born Pia Grosscurth began helping the elderly and infirm in this area, live their lives to the full by providing them with practical support. Assisted Living means help in your own home. Whether you need regular daily assistance or occasional help, Pia Retirement Homes can arrange it for you and also provide you with 24/7 emergency care line.

Pia Retirement Homes uses one of the largest Tele-Assistance service providers in Spain, Televida who have been in business for more than 16 years and have more than 92,000 clients.

Are you thinking about a Pia Retirement home but you still have property to sell or perhaps you’re not sure you want to invest in another property?

The company has been awarded UNE-EN 150 9001: 2008, certification, UNE 1588401: 2007 and other quality business awards.

Pia Retirement homes can help you with relocation, selling or refinancing your existing property as well as advice on your move.

With Televida and Pia Retirement Homes network of carers you can feel confident that the level of service you receive will give you peace of mind and security.

And they are now able to offer excellent rental and purchase plans. Telephone them for a chat or call into El Molino next time your passing - they’re open Monday - Friday 10am to 1pm.

It’s fun getting older...

Active Retirement Homes Ideally situated in the heart of Turre

1& 2 bedroom apartments - fully independent homes with the added benefits of a residents’ lounge, a roof garden where you will be able to play boules, outdoor chess and relax under covered terrace areas and mature trees with 360o views of the village, Sierra Cabrera and Mojacar, plus the added convenience of the Medical Centre opposite.

After being married for 40 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said “Forty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 23-yearold girl. Now ... I have a £500,000.00 home, a £35,000.00 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 63-year-old woman... It seems to me that you're not holding up your side of things.”" She told me to go out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV. Aren't older women great? They really know how to solve an old guy's problems. ******** Three pensioners, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one fine March day. One remarked to the other, "Windy, isn't it?"

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"No," the second man replied, "it's Thursday." And the third man chimed in, "So am I. Let's have a beer."


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Mister Screen by Tony Justice

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’ve said it before I know, but Spring and Autumn really are my favourite months in Spain. Having spent July, August and September in the UK (apart from the whistle stop week at the beginning of September), I returned early October full of enthusiasm for gardening without having to dodge the relentless sun cooking the back of my neck every time I bent over the roses. I said I was tempted to create a wildlife pond in the autumn, although it was wavering a bit, mainly due to the thought of all that digging. But thanks to that nice reader who took the time to tell me about their experiment with an old bath which they had turned into a mini pond, I decided to go ahead. So the pond is happening. There was already a natural hollow in the ground where I wanted to site it. So I thought it would be easier than starting from level ground. Well that’s what I thought before I started digging. It’s still bloody hard work. It might have been easier if I’d started before I left in July, but after 3 months of doing nothing apart from armchair gardening and shopping in the UK, my muscles seem to have become rather less than useless. Onwards and upwards – or should I say down. I can’t stop now I’ve managed to get half way there. I’ve got myself into a routine which means I do as much as I can before my back gives out, then I stand up and carry on with some of the more normal gardening jobs. If it’s a success I’ll take photos for the next edition. If not you’ll never hear about it again! I don’t know how the rest of the region has fared but this year has been really good for me with a huge crop of olives waiting to be picked. When I first arrived my trees were in various stages of maturity but none had been looked after. I was quite excited the first time I managed to pick just a small bucket full of olives. Each year, with a combination of pruning and watering, the crop has increased steadily. Come early December and this years will be ready for the press down at the local co-operative. Time to be nice to friends and relatives, who will be offered various incentives to help with picking them! The Lady Gardener

number of you know me as an entertainer, something that I have been doing for the last thirty years both here and in the UK. I have lived and worked in this beautiful part of Spain now for nearly seven years. After over five years in the business of manufacturing and fitting mosquito blinds a few things have changed not least my attitude toward the advice I give when giving a quote. When I first started I believed that if you wanted total protection from insects you had to ensure that every window and door have a net fitted. That opinion, with experience, has changed. There are a number of factors that determine how best to protect yourself; frequency of use, type of window and door and most importantly budget. My priority is ensuring the customer gets the best protection available for his or her budget. I believe I now have the very best quality available. Because I am in the entertainment business as well it means that I have a much higher profile than most in this industry and believe me the last thing I need is an unhappy customer turning up at one of my gigs! I supply and fit pull down screens, sliding screens, plisse (pleated) screens and last but not least, Puerta Lateral screens for doors. Netted enclosures with fixed or removable netting. Most importantly, because the quality is the best available I will guarantee against product failure. I also repair, service and re-net old screens at a fraction of the cost of replacement.

Mister Screen 950 950 797 or 637 159 249 TONYJUSTICE@LIVE.COM Mosquito Screens Glass & screen enclosure Security grills Service and repairs to Plissada blinds

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Ouch! How many of us remember dreading going to the loo when at the grand parents’ house all those years ago? The reason for that fear just one word IZAL! Thankfully the product will no longer scrape at our nether regions as the manufacturer recently stopped production. For aficionados the experience can easily be recreated by visiting any café or bar and reaching for the paper napkin dispenser and voila! IZAL in fact absorbed more moisture than a café napkin ever will yet they are a staple part of Spanish life. Similar to the awful paper table cloths which are replaced every time a new customer sits down to eat. Never recycled they just end up in landfill along with the IZAL substitute napkins. In the name of research I wandered the interweb and found whole websites with comments from people extolling or bemoaning the existence of this wonder product.

IZAL was patented in 1893 as a germicidal disinfectant made as a by product from the coal industry. It was marketed as a catch all wonder cure and supposedly prevented cholera, chicken pox, malaria, typhoid and whooping cough. It also allegedly stopped baldness. The product was added to hard non absorbent paper and used by discerning bottoms throughout the 20th Century. I remember seeing the paper squares carefully threaded onto a piece of string in the outside toilets that were still common in houses in the early 1970s. Luckily we now have Andrex and that adorable puppy. stephen@findmeahome.es www.facebook.com/stephen.amore

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Findmeahome have offered character rural homes since 2007 with the main criteria being 'would we love living here?' Buyers can be confident in knowing they will only be taken to properties that closely match their requirements and budget.  Owners are assured that we do our best to market your property to best effect with both local and international advertising.  Come and grab a bargain if you are buying and if you are selling a quality sensibly priced home then please contact us.  

Cortijo Almendro Between Lubrin and Albanchez FMAH17

35,000€ €



3 storey terraced farmhouse  140m2 build  3000m2 of flat farmland  Patio to front of house  Easy modernisation project  2nd floor will provide an awesome master bedroom suite and roof terrace  two bars within 10 mins by car  Character features  Tarmac access

A very cheap structurally sound house that will provide a delightful country home when modernised, a bargain at only 35,000€

Casa del Arte 2

Cantoria Village FMAH 431 

Beautifully reformed village house  2/3 bedrooms  Large kitchen/diner  Lounge with log burner  Cave room as an unusual second reception room  Split level terrace  Neighbour will sell piece of land to provide off street parking  3rd bedroom or office upstairs  High quality family bathroom

69,000€ €

Great value high quality village house with patio garden and superb cave room - only 69,000 €

Casa del Arte Cantoria FMAH380 

Established bed and breakfast  5 letting bedrooms and owners accomodation  Contemporary spacious (240m2) reformed property  Guest lounge and bar  Plenty of terraces and patios  Edge of Cantoria, good access  Local clientelle  Lovely views from upstairs  Great business prospect

149,000€ €

An excellent value business property ideal for anyone wanting to run a rural tourism business - only 149,000€

Property rentals

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FOOD BANK IN TURRE The Evangelical Church in Turre, under the ever-watchful eye of David Hay, have a regular Food Bank every Friday, for those in need, between 12.00 noon and 1.00 o’clock. For those who wish to contribute please contact David on tel: 670 594 914 or call in to Mana de Cielo (the patisserie sandwiched between La Peseta and Crème de la Crème, delicatessen) in the complex opposite Parque Comercial. For those who wish to take advantage of the opportunity to have some food especially for Christmas, please visit the Evangelical Church in Turre during the hours of 12.00 to 13.00. For those who can’t get to Turre, David will make arrangements for food to be collected on the Playa from his patisserie shop.

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

LA MONTAÑA Restaurant & Bar live music food drinks 



El Campico, 4km from Bedar on the Lubrin road in a great setting in the hills above Bedar Telf: 670 589 788 or 950 398 856 email: barlamontana@hotmail.com NOW ON TRIPADVISOR.COM

MOJACAR PLAYA 950 473 246 or 617 477 797

Open from noon to 7pm. Closed Mondays. captains tapas bar and restaurant

Superb selection of freshly made tapas using local ingredients served all day

Special offer: Chicken breast in garlic & herbs plus chips & salad or 6 tapas incl. a bottle of wine or jug of beer 15€ for 2 people Special steak menu: incl. bottle of wine or jug of beer Entrecote steak for 2 people 25€ Fillet steak for 2 people 30€ Pork fillet for 2 people 20€ Also daily specials!

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’d heard rumours about the ‘Sizzlers’ at La Dulce Casa in Palomares, and they were all true. We went for lunch and had a 6oz steak, a chicken tikka, a salad with coleslaw and some new potatoes. We made our choice based on photogenic qualities, but there was so much to choose from - perfectly cooked to order by Leslie, it all tasted as good as it looks. The desert goes without saying... Other options we didn’t try were Swordfish, mango & lime chicken, Gammon, crispy fried beef, stuffed jalapenos, beer battered fish, garlic & corriander naan, garlic rice...the list goes on. La Dulce Casa is a place to lunch when you want something especially good to eat at an excellent price; a place to impress people!

(AKA The Scottish Bar)

La Dulce Casa PALOMARES

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950 467 768

Café Bistro

PRE-CHRISTMAS MENU UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE! 3 courses for just 16€! Pre-booking essential. Office parties catered for. SIZZLERS!! Meat, fish or chicken served on sizzling hot platters!! SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY FROM 12 - 4PM, selection of 15 - 20 dishes, all 1€ each!


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Focus on food Budget wisely and use your local street market. At a time when the economy is tough it pays to budget and spend wisely on your groceries. Even the smallest differences in cost soon mount up. This month we take a look at the street market a little more closely. Wednesday is market day in Mojacar. Whilst the food section is only small in size, this street market, like Turre and Garrucha, has an excellent array of high quality produce on offer at incredibly reasonable prices, better than those at the supermarkets, regardless of what offers the supermarkets may have on at the time. For example, why would I want to pay 1.55 Euros per kilo for plum tomatoes at a supermarket when plum tomatoes are 75 cents per kilo at the market? Of course, in some supermarkets you get tomatoes at as little as 1.15 per kilo – similar tomatoes at the street market are presently 50 cents per kilo. And I’m told by some

Bar Restaurante

El Pinar

Stay warm in front of an open fire

Every Thursday Winter Warmer Pie Fest! 2 courses, served 1pm - 3.30pm 7.50€ 3 course Roast in our refurbished dining area - 12€! New Years Day Spectacular hangover brunch! Served from 11am. Phone for details & reservations.

locals that you can still haggle on prices to get the traders down further! The other great advantage I find with the street markets is the ability to buy as much or as little as you wish without having to be forced into buying a pre-prepared ‘pack’ of five or six of something. If I only want three onions then I’ll only buy three onions and not be forced into buying a pre-packed net of 6 or 8 onions. During this week’s visit I bumped into a local restaurateur who told me he can save 200 euros per week on his vegetable costs by using the local market. The difficulty for many restaurateurs is that they need a factura for their accounts and street market traders don’t always cater for this – but it is worth asking, some will be obliging and will provide a monthly account.

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Every Sunday

Closed Mondays

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Los Gallardos - Bedar Rd. El Pinar sign posted to the left

Servicio y Calidad

ESPECIALIDADES Frutas Verduras Hortalizas Carne Charcuteria Pollos Asados

Christmas orders now being taken for the best selection of meats including Turkey, Duck, beef, stuffed and rolled meats also swede, brussel sprouts and parsnips at special prices!

Av. Lepanto. Esquina c/Malaga, ALBOX

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In the kitchen with Ma Christmas is coming and, with it, time to indulge ourselves a little! This month I am giving you recipes for a few Christmas treats: Nan’s Candy (something my mother used to save coupons for so she could make it during the war), Coffee Cream Liqueur, Easy Chocolate Fudge, Peppermint Creams, and Luxury Mince Pies (using basic ingredients) For all the recipes, please visit our website, www.mojacar.thesentinella.com But here for your delight...

Easy Chocolate Fudge INGREDIENTS 70 g butter  300 g caster sugar  125 ml evaporated milk 225 g marshmallows  200 g milk chocolate broken into pieces  200 g plain chocolate broken into pieces

 

METHOD 1. Line a tin 20 cms square with greaseproof paper 2. Put butter, sugar and milk in a pan over a low heat 3. When the sugar has dissolved add the marshmallows 4. Turn up the heat and boil rapidly for 5 minutes 5. Take pan off the heat and add the chocolate – leave for one minute then stir until everything is melted together 6. Pour in the prepared tin and leave to set for at least 2 hours 7. When set, cut into 25 pieces

Coffee Cream Liqueur INGREDIENTS 2 tins of evaporated milk  1 tin of condensed milk  ½ bottle of cheap whisky  2 heaped tablespoons of coffee granules dissolved in a little hot water  250 ml cream 

METHOD Mix all the ingredients together well and store in bottles in the fridge. To serve: pour over ice. Can also be poured over ice cream for a delicious and easy dessert!

€ Served daily CHRISTMAS LUNCHES 9.99€ through to December 24th, 3 courses. Booking essential

Mushroom, garlic & sherry soup served with fresh crusty bread & butter Prawn & Smoked Salmon Cocktail Chicken Liver Pate wtih Cumberland sauce ***** Roast Turkey and all the trimmings Salmon en Croute with a Lemon Butter Sauce Vegetarian Nut Roast with Cranberry Sauce ***** Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce or Ice Cream Old English Sherry Trifle Baileys Cheesecake with pouring cream ***** Mince pie, Coffee & Petit Fours brandy butter & Crackers hot punch - € 2.50

HOMEMADE YULE LOGS, CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS, MINCE PIES AND CHRISTMAS CAKES AVAILABLE IN THE CAFE OR ORDER BY 10TH DECEMBER FOR CHRISTMAS

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For most people the festive season is a time to relax and unwind and to enjoy spending time with family and friends, and rightly so! Unfortunately, along with all this time spent visiting and relaxing the temptation always arises to over indulge and to put the year’s hard work of choosing the healthier option at the back of your mind. With some subtle changes, however, it is possible to still enjoy all the festivities and ease the blow when reconsidering New Year’s resolutions.

Top Tips Lots of vegetables – you might even get all five servings of your daily veg with your Christmas dinner if you tuck in to Brussels sprouts, parsnips, red cabbage, peas, carrots and other favourites. Fresh food. Christmas dinner may well consist of plenty of veg, and it's usually fresh veg – which makes a welcome change if you normally exist on ready meals.

Healthy snacks. As long as you take care not to eat too many of the high-calorie, high-fat snacks such as mince pies and chocolate Brazils, there are plenty of healthier options including satsumas, dates, figs, walnuts, chestnuts, raw veggies and lowfat dips. Healthy spices. The traditional Christmas spices – including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger – don't just make food taste delicious, they may help boost your health too. Post-meal walk. A festive stroll after lunch on Christmas and Boxing day, is a great way to start walking off all the calories you've eaten.

Home of the Wacky Races

Seafood Restaurant and bar

Villaricos 693 743 791 Good food served all day

“Enjoy the very best seafood in the heart of Garrucha”

Quiz night Tuesdays from 9pm

OPEN 11am to 3pm Christmas Day!

Open Tues - Sat 10.30am - late, Sun 9am - til late

Luis & Sara

El Suave BAR - RESTAURANT

€ Menu del Dia 8.50€ € Mac Luis: burger, chips & drink 5.00€ Paseo Maritimo, 99, Garrucha

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N340a to Sorbas, KM 497 Just before Sorbas. Large carpark

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Christmas food swaps If denying yourself food and drink treats at Christmas is going to make you miserable, here's some news that might cheer you up. It's easier than you might think to make some Christmas treats healthier – here's how: Swap champagne for Buck's Fizz: adding orange juice not only makes the bubbly go further, the added vitamin C is good for you too. Swap Stilton for goat's cheese: If you can't pass on the cheese board, select your slices carefully. For instance, a 30g serving of Stilton has 4g more fat than the same size serving of goat's cheese. Swap chocolate truffles for chocolate liqueurs: Everyone loves a chocolate or two at Christmas, but chocs with liqueur centres have around half the number of calories of a chocolate truffle. Just don't have too many. Swap Bailey's for Tia Maria: Cream liqueurs are notoriously high in fat (see High-fat festive foods, below). So have a non-cream liqueur instead, such as Tia Maria or Cointreau.

Swap chocolate Brazils for nuts in shells: Not only will you save on the chocolate that comes with chocolate Brazils, but having to fiddle with the nutcracker means you may eat fewer nuts (or, at least, eat them more slowly). Swap cheese straws for breadsticks: If savoury party nibbles are your weakness, eating one large breadstick instead of two cheese straws will save you around 75 calories and 6g fat. Pam, Slimming the extra easy way.

Slimming the extra easy way. Call Pam 639 465 631 WEDNESDAY 10.30 La Parra, Turre FITNESS MONDAY 8.30pm - Aerobics TUESDAY/THURSDAY 9.30am - Aerobics, 10.45am - Pilates, 8.30pm - Aerobics FRIDAY 9.15am - Aerobics

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Crystals of Spain

I get depressed at this time of year. So many expectations in December - all needs paying for and nothing but debt and gloom to look forward to in the new year. MJ

A new series from John Copeland, The Crystal Man of Almeria. An A-Z of the Crystals of Spain. Barite

You are not alone in this situation. Many families feel unnecessary pressures when it comes to buying Christmas presents, often getting themselves into debt in the process. This leads to depression which often continues into January or longer. I would suggest a method I use myself, which is to make a list of essential people you feel you have to buy presents for, then allocate an amount to spend on each. The hard part is to stick to the allocation, but it becomes easier with practice. This way you avoid the depression often associated with debt, giving you a better start when it comes to the new beginnings of January. You say you ‘know what is going to happen.’ The key here is to break the cycle. Recognition of behaviour patterns empowers you to make small changes that will greatly affect the outcome. You will be glad you made them. Have a Happy Christmas and a good New Year. Marco. Always look forward - there are no regrets in that direction.

Barite is a barium sulphate crystal and can be found in Cartagena, Murcia. One variety appears as a large cluster of red-brown crystals. The redbrown colour is probably due to limonite inclusions. The crystals are thin, bladed, and translucent. Barite helps to release emotional, fear-based patterns that are no longer serving you, thus cleaning your energy fields of negative, discordant energy. It can help with brain function and balance, supporting your memory and allowing you to retain information. It can aid with degenerative issues concerning the brain.

Crystal Man of Almeria Swarovski Crystals, Natural Crystals, Assorted Jewellery Call John: 617 699 624

Counselling / Psychotherapy FORRESTLEE COUNSELLING & MEDIATION SERVICES offer Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. Reasonable rates. For all your psychological needs call 693 489 725 / 950 956 151 (Turre)

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Special Christmas Angel Workshop with Barbara Clarke at Luz de Luna Retreat What a brilliant opportunity to get in touch with and work with the Angels and their wisdom. Helping us to calm the pre-Christmas rush. Let the Angels bring their joy, fun and freedom to this day. Tuesday 13 December 2011, 10.00am – 4.00pm Cost: €15 / bring your own lunch Please email Barbara for further details: barbaramoonlight@gmail.com Tel: 637469937


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ew at Styles hair and beauty salon in Turre, is the Crazy Fit Massage Machine. Spend just 10 minutes a session and let the machine vibrate your muscles into shape with little effort on your part. Holding a series of different positions, the machine oscillates and triggers a rapid reflexive contraction of your muscles between 25 and 50 times per second. This movement causes your muscles to burn large amounts of energy, helping you to tone up, slim down and increase your circulation.

shoulders and arms

thighs stomach & abs

calves

inner legs

gluteals

Professional Osmo Hair products in stock

Michelle will be using the machine herself over the next few months, so we’ll report next March on her results. In the meantime, try it for yourself, ideal if you need to shape up but have difficulties € per with intensive strength workouts. Just 3€ € and session, or book 12 sessions for just 30€ €. 24 sessions for 48€

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What shape are you? The beginning of a new series looking at different body shapes and how to look fab! PEAR SHAPE Show off your shoulders and slim top half with strappy tops, but get a good bra, padded if a couple of sizes bigger would give you more confidence. Show off your hips by wearing a belt round your waist and jackets/tops finish above the hip line. Shoulder pads are great just to bring your slim shoulders out a little more inline with your hips.

Little black dress The LBD was introduced in 1926 by Coco Chanel; American Vogue called it the ‘Ford’ – an instant hit, widely available though only in black. The design was intended to fit every woman and not to show stains, to be simply yet sexy. It is now an essential part of every womans wardrobe. “When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.” Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. So finally, here is our very own pear shaped Jo, before and after, ready to turn heads this Christmas in a little black dress that ticks all the boxes above. The dress and jewellery are from Donna’s Boutique (find her at Turre market outside Diego’s on Fridays and at Arboleas New Market on Saturdays). Hair and makeup by Julie at Styles in Turre.

Pampered

Bookings available Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm Saturday 9.30am - 3.00pm

Calle Mayor 35, Palomares 950 618 129 or 662 573 939

Menu del Noche

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€ Menu del Dia only 35€ Starter Lash Tint Brow Shape Detox Underarm Wax

Main Pedicure Back Massage Reflexology Spray Fake Tan

Dessert Lash Perm File Polish Foot Massage Mini Facial

VIBRATION PLATE € for 10 sessions! Just 25€

Menu del dia PLUS Cut & blow dry

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Red knicker time of year!

Sexy undies are all well and good, but if you’re wearing a figure hugging dress, don’t be afraid to get out those support undies - you can buy them quite cheaply from the ‘mas barato’ shops and they really do work to pull in your tummy and support your thighs!

Did you know? 44% of women don't know what body shape they are. 1 in 3 women buy clothes they never wear. * 99% of women claim they have bought clothes which don't suit their figure. * research conducted by the IPC Media Origin Panel

There is a very sensible reason for the Spanish tradition of wearing red undies to celebrate new year. The colour red was banned from clothing during the mad years when red was associated with blood and devil worship. So of course the people rebelled because red is also a symbol of life - and they wore their red where it couldn’t be seen! Today the tradition is to wear red undies to bring good luck for the rest of the year, but be careful - you mustn’t buy them for yourself, you must be given them!!

LONDON FASHIONS Fashions for that special occasion weddings, parties, cruises; we have it all. ARY JANU NTH, Smart, casual wear at affordable prices MO SALE TOCK Handbags and accessories. ALL S ED D INCLU

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Ladies clothing sizes from 10 - 24

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Tel: 659 185 039 Calle Duque de Alhumada No 54-local 2, ALBOX

Location: Two shops down from OLÉ supermarket

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ABANDONED DOGS AND CATS are a huge problem in Spain. If you’re living here for any length of time then you will probably already have been approached to take on a stray (permanent or foster home), and if not yet then it’s only a matter of time. There are many local charities caring for and trying to home animals. Contact any of the animal organizations below to see how you can help - even if it’s just a bit of dog walking! PAWS www.paws-patas.org Tel: 678 490 217 pawsenquireies@gmail.com or any of our kittens or cats, please contact Diane on 950 617 643 or Ruth on 637 817 982. TYG: A lovely natured dog, Tyg really enjoys canine company and gets along with just about every dog he meets. He is active, playful and loves to go on walks. He prefers female humans as he can be a shy and submissive around men. Would do well in a home where there are other dogs for company and a large garden where he can run and play. In the house he is quiet and mostly retires to his bed.

New shop for PAWS PAWS opens a new shop this month. A 10-year lease on the premises, free of charge, has been gifted by Mojácar town council in recognition of PAWS work to rid the town of stray and abandoned dogs and of neutering the colonies of feral cats. The new shop will be used to showcase the kind of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that the society puts together for Paws Fashion Shows. It will also stock PAWS’ own merchandise. Open Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.30-13.30. The shop has always been PAWS’ main generator of funds needed to run the shelter at Los Gallardos. Last year it brought in nearly •80.000.

FREE PET FOOD FOR PAWS When you buy your pet food from Jabali in Mojacar, ask for a PAWS LOYALTY CARD

PET SUPPLIES BULK BUY FOOD FOR ALL YOUR PETS AT LOW PRICES! Avda de Andalucía (rd from Mojacar Pueblo to the Playa) behind the rug shop. Good parking. 677167559

The PAWS shop has been operating on Mocácar Playa for the past ten years, in the arcade next to the Juana Torres tobacco shop near the Parador. The new premises are in the old Multicentro, across the road from the Parque Comercial. Both shops will operate for a transitional period.

Dog rescue organisations PUPPY RESCUE are based in the Almanzora valley. If you can offer a dog a permanent or foster home, contact Diane on 664 768 958 or email info@puppyrescueinspain.org APSA has many lovely dogs just waiting for good homes. 663 762 642 www.apsa.org.es THE FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS OF LOS FILABRES thefriendslosfilabres@gmail.com 661 291 642

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If you are tempted to push the boat out this month, especially over the Christmas period, then you should do so – just remember that if you feel like taking anyone to task you should sugar the truth. You can be brutally blunt at times, and not everyone is as strong as you are. CAPRICORN (December 23 – January 20) Last month had its moments, but you triumphed! Well done, now give yourself a little reward. It will do no harm at all if you throw caution to the winds, especially in mid-December. You are like the goat that is your sign, when you jump you very seldom fall! AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19) You will have an opportunity to sparkle this month, but you will have to search for that opportunity. It will be connected to the season, and will need a lot of personal input. Some may doubt you, but stick to your guns. In the end you will be praised for your efforts.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 21) December is the month of the Long Night and Cold Moon. And the Moon, just like you, has a very defined character. You will not be depressed by the long, dark nights, but someone you know will be. They will seek your advice – give it, but look at their situation from their perspective. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Above all, you seek harmony. This is a difficult time of year for harmony, there are so many pressures from all sides. Step aside from the hurly-burly for a moment, try to take a detached view of life. Once you understand what is really going on you will feel relaxed, calm and secure. LEO (July 23 – August 23) Whether you admit it or not, you enjoy the centre stage, and this month will give you an opportunity to be centre stage! Life is a stage, according to Shakespeare, and your stage may well be the home, and the audience your loved ones. Give them a stellar performance, they will love you for it! VIRGO (August 22 – Sept 23)

PISCES (February 20 – March 20) Yours is a very imaginative sign – the downside to that is that you can get quite het up over nothing at all! You will suffer a disturbed sleep pattern at some point during this month – anticipate this by learning calming techniques, like Yoga, or by taking up a physical challenge, like Zumba, or Rock and Roll, perhaps? ARIES (March 21 – April 19) Yours is a Fire sign, and you are on a roll this month - yet some days you feel quite sluggish! On those days pull yourself together and give yourself a good talking-to, perversely it is on one of your not so energetic days that your star will shine the brightest. TAURUS (April 20 – May 21) Don’t put it off! Whatever it is, do it now! You are perfectly well able to take care of yourself and budget your time, but with Christmas looming the list of jobs is endless. Leave it too long, and time will overtake you, and you will be thought of as incompetent.

Make time this month for yourself. If you feel like curling up in a corner with a book or a puzzle, then do it! Let others do the running around, why should you be at everyone else’s beck and call? Don’t be pushed into something that you are not really happy about. LIBRA (September 24 – October 23) Now is the time to start putting your foot down and demanding some respect. Not that you are not respected, but you are in danger of being taken for granted. You may be a willing horse, but don’t let people assume that you are a dumb donkey! Stand up for yourself! SCORPIO (Oct 24 – Nov 22) Life is not always fair, and sometimes you just have to shrug your shoulders and walk away from a situation. It is hard, and the passing of time does not make it any easier. Do not let a disagreement, no matter how trivial, endure over the night of midwinter.


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ANSWERS: Christmas lights are purple not yellow; The star on the tree is yellow not red; Marcie has eye through her glasses; Linus's hat is all green; Charlie has blue trousers; Stars in the sky; no snow flakes falling on the ground; Lucy's coat is green not yellow; Franklin has no mouth.


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Make all the words fit into this crossword. Each word is only used once.

Christmas Maze Help the Christmas stocking reach the fireplace!

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Albox Almanzora Group of Friends Information centre and library, Tues, Thurs, Sat 10am-1.30pm. 3 C/ Barcelona, Albox (near Mercadona). MOVED to Avenido Lepanto, adjacent to Rumores, close to Mercadona. Extensive English Library, DVD’s and Talking Books.Trips and social events. Contact 634 343 147. www.almanzoragof.org Quiz 1st & 3rd Tues of month, 8pm for 8.30pm, Bar Rumores, Albox. 18th - 21st October 2011 Valencia. 3 nights B & B - Coach travel to and from the Valle del Almanzora to Valencia and return via Guadalest. 190€ per person sharing a twin/double room - Single supplement: 80€ per person. APSA (Animal Protection Society Albox) Charity shops open Monday to Saturday 10:00-14:00. At C/ Ancha 10, Albox and C/ Vulcano, Tijola (opposite the local police station) Tel: 663 762 642 www.apsa.org.es

Monthly Quiz at Bar Le Panto, Albox on the first Monday of each month. First question at 8.30pm. Details 950 06 45 34 Keep Fit Class run by Albox RBL at Sophia’s Gym, Arboleas each Monday at 11.30. Female instructor. Details Sandra Evans 950 064 334

Arboleas F.A.C.E (Fundraising in Arboleas Caring for Everyone) A Spanish registered charity, raising money for local worthwhile charities including MACS (Mojacar Area Cancer Support). info@face-charity.com www.face-charity.com Line Dance Class every Monday afternoon. 14:30 16:30 at Bar Rumores in Albox. The Almanzora Valley Gardening Club Meet on the first Friday of every month (not January) starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Pedro Gilabert Museum, Arboleas.

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Royal British Legion Baza Next meeting on 27th Sept at the Abadi Hotel Baza 11-00am. See ‘What’s on’ for events. Call 677 765 733

Computer Club Beginners - 13:30 Fridays, Bar Rumores in Albox, lasting 60-90 mins. Regular Club 10:00 Fridays (same venue) for 2-3 hrs. Call David 950 064 311. www.alboxcc.com alboxcc@gmail.com

El Pinar Walking Group www.elpinarbedar.eu bowlingstortuga@yahoo.co.uk

Freemasons in Albox - contact secretary for details - 950 439 242 Puppy Rescue Quiz night – Raffle and Bingo Every 3rd Monday of the month. Raising funds for abandoned Dogs and Puppies. BAR LEPANTO 8pm start. €2.50 p/p. Max 6 to a team. For more information tel: 950 591 893 Rambling Group Meet at Dia Car Park Wednesdays fortnightly. Contact Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18 for details. The Grapevine walkers and talkers Walk every Thursday at 1pm from the Grapevine Bodega in the square at Piedra Amerilla just outside Partaloa. Royal British Legion Albox Monthly meeting on the third Thursday and coffee mornings on the first Thursday at 11:00 hrs La Parrilla Restaurant. Contact Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18

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Huercal Overa Dames in Huercal Overa The ladies social group meets at The Tennis Club, Huercal Overa every third Wednesday of the month from 10.30 - 12.30. Contact Pam. Tel: 677 273 736.

Los Gallardos Betty’s Garden Club Meets at 11.30 for 12 noon every second Monday of the month at Miraflores Restaurant, Los Gallardos Camping Site. Tel: Chris Champion: 950 398 021

Mojácar AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Mojácar Area Meetings, Tuesday & Friday, 6 pm, at the Artisan Centre, Mojácar Fuente. Contact 629 108 272 or email mike@aaspain.org


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Bridge Club Meets every Wednesday, 7pm at Valle del Este Hotel, Mojácar Playa. Contact Les 950 437 100

Albox Community Church (Aguaviva) Meet Sundays in the Christian Centre at 11am (near health centre) Saliente Road. Call 950 064 402, www.ftk-spain.net Santa Cruz Christian Fellowship Meet at Aljambra CHapel (near Albox) on Sundays at 11am. Worship, teaching, fellowship and support. Tel: 950 064 053, 950 064 604 or 950 064 129. www.santacruzalbox.com The Living Water Church A lively Evangelical church. Sunday morning services 11:00 at the Hotel Virgin del Mar, Mojacar Playa. Contact Pastor David Hamilton Tel: 950 618 814 Turre Evangelical Church Main service on Sunday 11:00-12:00. Avenida de Almeria, Turre. Tel: 617 914 156 Anglican Chaplaincy Church of England. Priest Canon Hugh Broad 950 478 432, Church Wardens Alan Smith 950 478 066, John Salmons 950 472 112 or visit www.mojacarchurch.org Mojacar: Eucharist every Sunday at 11:00 in the church of St. Pascual, Aqua de Enmedio, 4kms past the Hotel Indalo towards Carboneras. Albox: Eucharist last Thursday in month at 11:00 in the Community Hall Aljambra. Evensong second Sunday in month at 18:00 in the Community Hall Aljambra. Puerto Lumbreras Christian Fellowship English speaking Church. Services twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the Spanish church in Puerto Lumbreras. Call 619 453 283

Community Library Open Mon, Wed & Fri 11:00 13:00, at the Multi-use centre. 12€ per household, 10€ Seniors. Non-profit organisation. Dames In Spain Meet every 3rd Monday of the month at The Kimrick, Mojácar at 11:00 am. New and old members most welcome. Contact: Gail Creasey Chairman on 950 472 225 or Iris Hamilton Secretary on 950 475 863. Royal British Legion Mojácar Meet each 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 11.30 am at the multi-use building aka Artisan Centre next door to the British Library. Dedicated welfare telephone 664 042 197. Enquiries call 950 473 025 The Divine Life Society Almeria Branch at the Lotus Yoga Centre in Mojácar. An evening of Meditation and a talk the first Friday of each month at 7.30pm. Spiritual Cinema the third Friday of each month at 7.30pm. Meditation and Yoga classes for information call Sharon 950 469 122 or email omsharon50@gmail.com

Vera Almeria Link Friendship Group Support and friendship for single people in Spain. Meet Wednesdays at 8.30pm at Vera Hotel. All welcome. Info from Johnny 950 478 899 or Heather 667 243 561. Lions Club We meet at the Vera Hotel, Vera on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. More details from veralions@mail.com Or call Roy Stevens 660 887 723, Keith Linnitt 667 252 644 or John and Sandie Tinkham 950 439 324

Zurgena Royal British Legion Zurgena & district Monthly meeting on the first Thursday at Bar Latinos, La Alfoquia at 11am. Crib on the 2nd & 4th Thursday at 7pm. Coffee mornings on 3rd Wednesday at 11am. Quiz night last Friday of month at 8pm.

All areas Elderberries Lunch Club For the elderly, lonely or handicapped. Contact Margaret: 950 477 063 or Marianne: 950 472 349

Car boot sales / rastros For weekly village markets, see page 63 Every night: Artisan market, Vera Playa Saturday 9am: Bar International, Arboleas/Albox Road Saturday 9am: Mojácar Playa, opposite Red Cross Saturday 8am: Harley Dee's Bar, Carboneras 2nd Saturday of month: Los Gallardos Campsite. Sunday 9am: Artisan Centre, Mojácar Village. Tuesday 6pm: Los Macelinos, Taberno Road from Albox Alternate Wednesdays: from 14/12: Diegos in Turre

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Cleaning & Maintenance CARRIEON CLEANING Any odd jobs: Domestic & commercial cleaning, Pre-rental cleans & changeovers, Gardening, Dog walking, Ironing, Painting & decorating. Call 696 517 478 carrieon63@yahoo.co.uk or carrieon.ct@gmail.com

HUSBAND WIFE TEAM Cleaning, Decorating, DIY, Gardening, Pet/Horse sitting, Assisted Care, Keyholding, CRB Police checked UK, References available. Call Diane 634 351 991 for professional service.

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CARL TAYLOR Computer repairs, updates & maintenance. Baza area. Good rates. Also Linux installs and advice on Linux. Tel: 634 289 167 email: cavemancarl11@gmail.com

UKFASHIONINSPAIN.COM Wholesalers, manufacturers & designers of premier British fashion labels. Tel: 966 191 560 or Mob: 676 059 997 email: info@ukfashioninspain.com

Health BALANCE FOR HEALTH - Turre 635 290 846 or 635 290 848 CRYSTAL MAN - Albox & Mojácar Healing crystals. John 617 699 624

Horse Riding ALL THINGS EQUESTRIAN (CASTILLEJAR) Saddles, Tack, New and second-hand Spanish, Western and English, Disciplines Saddle and Tack repairs undertaken 677 153 989 e-mail todacab@ymail.com RANCHO LUZ DEL SOL - Partaloa nr Albox Horse riding and Quad bikes. 678 838 547

Holiday Rentals "ANDALUCIAN LAKE DISTRICT" Family run guest house in cave country, renown for its good food. Special offer - half board 30€ per person. www.cuevapedro.co.uk Call 958 737 230 APARTAMENTOS TORRES - Mojácar Holiday apartments to rent 950 479 124

COMPUTER SERVICES & REPAIRS I come to you! PC repairs. Virus recovery. Networks. Internet access. Wireless. Upgrades & training. Call Dani 678 490 639 daniinturre@gmail.com INFORDATOX - Centro Comercial Longo, Albox Computer services. 950 633 223 PC DOCTOR - Computer repairs and tuition 666 849 609

Fashion SIMPLY THE BEST - Albox Ladies London fashions. 659 185 039

Home assistance PIA - Assisted Living. 24/7 helpline and qualified healthcare assistance in your own home. Call 950 468 176. See main advertisement.

Legal & translation TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING SERVICES. Legal, certificates, medical, utilities, licensing, publishing, audiovisual. All official documents translated and certified. Excellent rates. M Luque. Maria1789@hotmail.com 678 331 497


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RIANNE SMULDERS Abogada English, Spanish, Dutch and German. Legal help and advice. 950 122 742 / 600 274 514 info@smuldersabogados.es

Photography PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER for events, gigs, weddings, communions, property, commercial and tuition. Call Dean on 633 773 563 or visit www.20seven.co.uk

Retirement homes PIA - Retirement Homes. Quality apartments in TURRE with help on hand 24 hours a day. Call 950 468 176. See main advertisement.

Travel FERRI TOURS - Mojácar 950 472 333

CLASSIFIEDS Printwear & Embroidery RASCALS DESIGNS Embroidery and vinyl printing. Polo or t-shirts for business or pleasure. Call Elsa at 958 065 202 or mbl. 686 582 140. www.rascalsdesigns.com

Property FIND ME A HOME - 968 006 171 or 636 266 641 NEW ONE STOP - Mojácar 950 473 040 SPANISH HIDEAWAYS - Arboleas 958 003 391 or 676 604 008

Restaurants & Bars BAR RESTAURANTE EL PINAR - El Pinar 950 469 036

FOR SALE Washing Machine. Top loader. Good condition. 30min eco cycle. 85euros ono. 950 528 940 or 678 073 700 ROOM AVAILABLE for enterprising business venture. In the heart of a lively community in La Alfoquia. Kitchen also available. Internet/WIFI. All enquiries call 950 449 635. FORD TRANSIT rhdlwb breaking for spares or complete €10 enquiries tel:953729143/662528608

BAR MONTANA - Bedar/Lubrin 670 589 788 BELLAVISTA - Mojácar Playa 950 478 800 CAPTAINS TAPAS BAR AND RESTAURANT - Mojácar Playa 950 473 246 or 617 477 797 EL SUAVE, Sorbas Large Spanish restaurant/bar with terrace and excellent parking. 950 364 718

WANTED! Small gas fridge. 626 271 585 WANTED! Scooter up to 125cc in excellent condition! Call 600 062 601

ESCÁNEZ - Garrucha Seafood 950 460 278 HUMBUGS - Arboleas 958 003 391 MAMABELS HOTEL & RESTAURANT - Mojácar Pueblo 950 472 448 MO’S MUSIC BAR - La Alfoquia Live music. 950 449 635 TABERNA CHRISTINA - Villaricos 693 743 791 TEATRO MUSIC BAR - Mojácar Playa 950 472 820 THE ROAD HOUSE - Tabernas Live music. 950 066 007 THE UNION BAR - La Alfoquia 950 473 135 TORRE BAHIA - Mojácar Playa 950 478 651

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52 tradesmen Airconditioning & Satelite CD AIR CONDITIONING SERVICES Units supplied & installed, servicing & repairs, free estimates & advice. Office: 662 414 043 mobile: 617 410 534. E-mail: info@cdelectricalservices.com www.cdelectricalservices.com SOLOSAT airconditioning specialist offering ten years experience of installing & servicing all airconditioning & satelite equipment. Call for latest prices. Nick 699 909 737 or 950 528 334

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ALAN & SONS For all your painting & building requirements. 35 yrs experience. Fully legal. References if required. Call Alan 600 268 176 or 950 450 347 D PRITCHARD CONSTRUCCIONES For free quotation on all building, reform & maintenance work. 35 years experience. Specialists in construction of quality pools. Call 617 698 418 JARDIN RURAL SL. Specialists in construction. See main advertisement. www.jardinrural.com Tel: 607 472 802

CD ALARM SERVICES Wired or wireless alarms supplied and installed, telephone alerts, no monthly charge. Servicing & repairs, security lighting & cameras. Office: 662 414 043 mobile: 617 410 534. E-mail: info@cdelectricalservices.com www.cdelectricalservices.com

P MORGAN BUILDING & ROOFING SERVICES Fully Legal - All Work guaranteed. ExtensionsBedrooms, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Garages. Roofing - Patios,Block Paving. Project Management. Tel 950 132 793 Mob: 687814358 email: pmorganbuilding@gmail.com

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SOL SHADERS No 1 suppliers & installer for top quality, low price products. Legal company. Also replacement windows & doors PVC aluminium & wood. Call 627 907 207 or 634 319 882. email: solshaders@live.co.uk

CD ELECTRICAL SERVICES Upgrades, rewires, boletins, water heaters, security lighting, emergency call out. No job too small, free estimates & advice. Office: 662 414 043 mobile: 617 410 534. E-mail: info@cdelectricalservices.com www.cdelectricalservices.com

WE FIT windows, doors & enclosures, mosquito screens, household blinds & awnings. Established in Mojácar for 10 years. Call Alan 660 052 051 www.wefit-spain.com

Building Services ALMERIABUILDERS.COM A fully legal company established in 2001. We do all types of building and construction throughout Almeria. All our work is guaranteed. 659 685 133. ALAN MARKS English bricklayer, tiler for over 20 yrs. Mini Digger & driver, recommendations available; ring for a free quote on 635 264 751 or Kaz 635 264 766.

KNOWLES & ABBOTT Number ONE for electrics and plumbing. Rewires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

Garden services LANDSCAPE & GARDENING MAINTENANCE Call your ‘green fingered friends’ to transform your garden. No job too small or too big. Call now for a free estimate. Colin 678 202 039 or Dave 634 348 208 ERIC Tree surgery and firewood. Call 950 469 389 or 650 389 337 elaynepointon@hotmail.com


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Heating H M HEATING (see main advert in Home & Garden) Pool Heating and Solar Tel: +34 652 970 608 Email: info@hmheating.es Web: www.hmheating.es

tradesmen 53 Tinted glass PRO SUN SOLUTIONS Profesional window tinting for cars, homes and businesses. Protects against UV, reflects solar heat, retains winter warmth, protects interior from fading, ITV approved. Call 679 695 999. www.prosunsolutions.com

Locksmiths Timber suppliers KEYS COPY CENTRE 24 hour emergency service. 607 800 900 Remote control keys copied or repaired! MOJACAR PLAYA (opposite the Parque Comercial, behind Unicaja and Cajamar.) Good parking. 950 472 982 or 607 800 900 or 658 828 560 (English) LOCK STOCK & BARREL locksmith and carpentry services. Locked out, locks changed/upgraded, free security survey, 24hr emergency service. TEL: 608 673 086 lockstockandbarrel44@gmail.com

WOOD 2 GO Velez Rubio. For all your timber needs. Construction & joinery timbers for interior/exterior.Trade & public. Tel: (office) 950 614 050, (Paul) 661 147 689, (Graham) 606 156 151 Email sales@wood2go.eu

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Painting & Decorating PAINTING INSIDE & OUT All quality products. Free quotes. References available on request. Tel: 620 112 193 or 630 493 817

Run your own magazine in an area and country to suit!

STEVE TREE Experienced painter and decorator, no job too small or too big. Call 677 046 624

Plumbing BLOCKED DRAINS R US CCTV Surveys & inspections, Turbine Root Cutting, Blocked Drains & Pipes, All areas covered, Tel: 950 091 109, 648 768 587

Property Maintainance SPECIALIST in Roller shutters / Persianas, repairs and all types of replacement glass. Call Stephen on 610 924 160

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Couriers (Europe wide) EPS DIRECT - UK-Spain-UK Well established Courier/Removal/Storage services & UK shopping (Argos, Asda etc.) Call 950120805/ 673773537 / (0044) 7865665619 or e-mail sales@epsdirectonline.com www.epsdirectonline.com

Mechanics AUTOTEC MOBILE REPAIR SERVICE Turre based but cover all local areas. Servicing and repairs plus ITV for all types of vehicles. Call John 628 781 435.

TYRE KING See main advert in Motoring. Antas Industrial Estate 950 459 253

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AIRPORT PARKING Almeria , Murcia, Alicante. Long term contracts and daily rates. Tel. 639.081.067. Email. info@aaparking.es For more information please see our website www.AAparking.es

Removals DE LIMA’S S.L. Professional removals. Packaging service. Local, national & international. Containerised storage. Call Marc 647 006 183. Mojácar Playa enquiries@delimas.biz www.delimas.biz ENGLISH MOVE Single items to a complete house move. Storage facilities available in Spain & UK. Call Tony: (Sp mob) 699 819 213, (UK mobile)(00 44) 797 692 8053 or (UK office - W Midlands based) (00 44) 121 355 0005 email: tonystephenson311@hotmail.com

Taxis Juan TURRE - 670 479 386

Vans´n´More S.L. Sea & Airport shuttles, Regional trips, nat./int. removals. Circular and residential mobility solutions. Competative prices, call or email for quote. info@vans-n-more.com or Tel: 633 336 010

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Emergency Numbers: Ambulance, Fire, Police (Multi-lingual)

112 Local Police: Albox Carboneras Cuevas del Amlanzora Garrucha Huercal-Overa Mojacar Pulpi Vera

950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950

121 136 548 460 470 472 465 390

080 136 700 002 585 000 049 010

950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950

120 454 458 617 471 464 468 393

908 082 082 079 112 024 222 193

Local Guardia Civil: Albox Carboneras Cuevas del Almanzora Garrucha/Mojacar Huercal-Overa Pulpi Turre Vera Hospitals: Almeria Torrrecardenas Huercal-Overa Hospital La Inmaculada

950 029 000

Electricity: Endesa Enquiries Breakdown

902 509 509 902 516 516

Gas:

Leaks Information

950 016 000

901 121 212 901 100 100

Water: Breakdown

902 355 575

Railway Stations: Renfe

902 240 202

Airports: Almeria Alicante San Javier, Murcia

950 213 700 966 919 000 968 172 000

Bus: Alsina Graells (National) 950 238 197 for timetables see www.alsa.es Autocares Baraza (Local) 950 390 053

Guardia Civil Hotline Health Hotline Local Police Hotline Coast Guard

062 061 092 900 202 202

For timetables see www.autocaresbaraza.com/horarios.php Linebus (International) 902 335 533 www.linebus.es Tourist Information: Almeria Carbonares Cuevas del Almanzora Mojacar Pueblo Vera

950 950 950 950 950

280 136 548 615 393

748 052 707 025 142

Telefonica: Report a fault General enquiries

1002 1004

ITV: Albox Vera

950 120 902 950 391 726

Town Halls: Albox Antas Arboleas Cuevas del Almanzora Los Gallardos Garrucha Huercal-Overa Mojacar Turre Vera

950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950

120 619 449 456 469 460 134 615 479 393

908 015 430 488 000 058 900 009 011 016

Weekly Market Days Monday Tuesday Wednesday: Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday:

Huercal-Overa, Antas, Berja Albox, Los Gallardos, Cuevas del Almanazora Mojacar, Bedar, Lubrin, Velez Blanco, Pulpi Cuevas del Almanazora, Carboneras, Sorbas Gurrucha, Turre, Zurgena Aguilas, Vera, Arboleas, Velez Rubio Villaricos, San Juan, Fines


Active retirement homes Ideally situated in the heart of Turre 1& 2 bedroom apartments - fully independent homes with the added benefits of a residents’ lounge, a roof garden where you will be able to play boules, outdoor chess and relax under covered terrace areas and mature trees with 360o views of the village, Sierra Cabrera and Mojacar, plus the added convenience of the Medical Centre opposite.

All the apartments come with: BUY OR RENT! Now with 4 apartments reserved we are able to offer rental and purchase plans.

10 year build guarantee Fully fitted kitchens with all white goods Air conditioning Residents lounge 24/7 care line installed Lift to all floors 











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