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From the editors

Contents “some people say little girls should be seen and not heard ...” With the death of Poly Styrene last month the punk movement lost another icon, another talent sadly dying too young. It seems strange that so many of the generation that wanted to usurp the old rock ‘n’ roll vanguard have been out lived by the same old rockers that they were rallying against. In recent years we have lost Joe Strummer from the Clash, Ari Up from the Slits, Malcolm McClaren the chief impresario, to name but a few. The spirit of punk, the anti-establishment doit-yourself culture of pick up a guitar and form

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Cover painting White horses by Wendy Gretton

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

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From the editors....continued a band spawned a whole generation of groups. It doesn’t matter that you only know three chords just get up and do it. I was just one of those inspired to do so and we really didn’t know more than three chords!! From the moment I first saw X-Ray Spex on TOTP performing Germ Free Adolescents I was hooked. Poly Styrene, with braces on her teeth, military helmet and day-glo outfits was not like any other female singers of the time. A true individual, she defied stereotypes of femininity and pin-up pop stars with songs full of images of the brain-dead consumerist society of Britain in the 1970s, challenging its grey conventionality. Poly stayed committed to her original punk values to the end stating, “Punk attitude lives on because of the spirit of its fearlessness to try to change things for the better.”

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much dinero to have a great time in the sun.If you’re looking to trim up for the beach then get in touch with Pam from Slimming World who holds sessions through the week, including some fun fitness classes, both in Mojacar and Turre (639 465 631). A new rastro will be a bonus for residents and tourists starting every Wednesday at Malibu beach bar on Mojacar Playa - stalls are just 5€, contact Julie on 634 323 108. Many thanks to all our contributors this month - and especially to William White who sent in an excellent thought provoking short story which I was reluctant to publish because the ending was so sad it made me cry :-( Bill said he’d have a go at changing it to make it ‘hollywood happy’ :-) but in the meantime here is a short poem he wrote, likening himself to a vehicle. Have a think about it, if you were a car what would you be? Please do send in short stories or poems and don’t be put off by my need for happy endings - I just want this mag to be fun fun fun!

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R.I.P. Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan ElliottSaid) b. 03/07/57 - d. 25/04/11 Welcome to May! There is plenty going on this month - theatre, music, dance...not to mention outdoor leisure - see our leisure section for ideas! In addition it’s fiesta time (yes, in Spain Fiesta time is all year round, but over the next few months it’s party party party!). Venture up to the Cabrera for their fiesta next month and see the previous page if Jazz music is your thing. You don’t need Please mention

In ’63 was I fit then, no rattles or noises to hear But since then the years have taken their toll and now I’m a little bit worn The transmission is noisy, my prop shaft is slack and some teeth on my gears have all gone But I’m still willing to give it a bash though a lot of my power is lacking I’m sure the hills were never this steep; ‘cause my wheels keep sideways tracking. Now I stand in the yard and not used much as the replacement has taken my place With his V8 engine he’s bigger than me and can go at a helluva pace He’s got gizmos and widgets to help him on hills and shows off whenever he can His engine is smooth and starts with whisper but I need to be cranked up by hand.

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entertainment Art history in Spain

Shipmates, let’s have the temerity to tap in to Tàpies. Antoni Tàpies, born 1923, is undoubtedly one of the most significant artists to emerge from Spain since WW11; Spain’s answer to American Expressionism across the pond. For your delectation, here is ‘Terra i Pintura’ of 1956. Not the kind of art which the Franco regime was likely to encourage, yet Tàpies seemed to escape official censure. It’s said that Tàpies developed a predilection for artists’ materials from Winsor and Newton. However, as all Brits know, since the firm holds a royal warrant, just about the only painter able to afford it’s products is curmudgeon Charles, Prince and ****artist. So it came to pass that Tàpies decided on materials Spain has plenty of: sand and earth mixed with oil paint, glue, etc. This became his medium of choice, and in so doing, on his own, he created a whole new art movement: Double Bubble-ism. How come? Well Tàpies’ art became dual purpose. His heavily impasted work can be viewed as objet d’art or used as cheese or nutmeg grater. The most expensive item of kitchenalia ever likely to grace the walls of mess and gallery. Readers, on this very page, in addition to the usual faux pas, we have, this month, the deliberate mistake. Can you spot it? Answers to our eximious editors, written on the backside of a betting slip, obtainable from La Union Bar, Alfoquía. What’s that? Is there a prize? Shipmates, would I let you down? ‘Course there is! Everyone submitting the correct answer will be entitled to kiss an old sea dog’s whiskers. Stand in line, ladies first! TTFN, Quirkily yours Sir Percival Trodnip RN Rtd.

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urre resident Wendy Gretton has only been painting for about three years but in that short space of time has become an accomplished painter and garned a loyal group of supporters which is growing all the time. By her own admission Wendy was never top of the class at school but after a visit to South Africa and a journey along the garden route the natural world became her source of inspiration. Wendy paints in acrylics but also adds other medium to canvasses to add further texture, for example glass paint. You can see a selection of Wendy’s art on the walls of Mesa in Mojacar Playa commercial centre. You can contact Wendy via email: wendygretton@hotmail.com

Painting for charity This picture of “Pickle” Was donated by Bianca Hewson to raise much needed funds for P.A.W.S. The painting raised 52,00€ and was won by Mrs Willis of Mojacar. Bianca is back at the El Retiro gallery on 23rd December 2011.

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worrying about where his next haggis is coming from … The other delight is from the lovely Kate who has asked me to keep her ID a secret and not to say anything about her place of residence in El Saltador. So my sweet sugar dumplings grab yourself a comfy chair, point it carefully at El Sol, set out the vino, two glasses if things are on the up, and enjoy this month’s offering that is … Taylors Inbox

taylorsinbox.sentinella@gmail.com Andy : Garrucha A Glasgow man who’s out of his brains on whisky is walking down Argyle Street in the town when he spots a guy tinkering with the engine of his car!'What's up Jimmy?' he asks 'Piston broke,' he replies 'Aye, tell me aboot it pal ... tell me aboot it!! Kate : El Saltador (shsss … don’t tell anyone) Ben Franklin once very wisely said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there are bacteria. In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 litre of water each day, at the end of a year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) – bacteria found in faeces, in other words, we will have consumed 1 kilo of poop. However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or any other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a careful purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting. So … to sum up: Water = Poop, Wine = Health. Therefore, it's better to drink alcohol and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of

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entertainment & leisure Square Eyes

Last month, Square Eyes was chatting about one of the movie industries favourite and most enduring vehicles with a good friend and regular attendee to The Sentinella Golden Ticket matinees, the Road Movie. Thus enthused and with no time to waste Square Eyes set to rummaging through the archives in search of some of the greatest of the genre. Where to start? The road is long and with so many to choose from, to say nothing of some back seat driving from “She Who Must be Obeyed” here are just a few to whet your colloid appetites. This will certainly be a subject that we revisit again and again. 5) Faster, Pussy Cat Kill! Kill! (1965) Square Eyes has managed to sneak this one in without “She Who Must be Obeyed” noticing, which is also the only way that this film is ever watched in Casa SE. Russ Meyer’s magnum opus is a tale of three buxom strippers taking off into the desert on a murder spree. Meyer himself said that a film has everything when it has speed (Faster), sex (Pussy Cat) and violence (Kill! Kill!). This movie didn’t receive a certificate in the UK until 1980.

character “represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom” was Cage’s own. Sailor and his girlfriend Lula (Laura Dern) are chased from North Carolina to California by various hitmen hired by Lula’s mother and along the way they encounter all of the madness and weird characters you would expect from a David Lynch movie. The screenplay is full of wonderful dialogue; “This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.” 3) Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

4) Wild at Heart (1990)

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Another road trip to California, this time starting out in Albuquerque. Seven year old Olive has the chance to challenge for the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, so the whole dysfunctional family load up their yellow VW camper van and head off; housewife Sheryl, her gay brother who has just tried to commit suicide after rejection by his lover who is also his greatest professional rival; her husband desperately trying to sell self help programs despite his own short comings; her son, a follower of Nietzche who has taken a vow of silence and heroin addicted grandpa. This is a fabulously funny film – if you haven’t seen it alrleady, you must!!

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entertainment & leisure Square Eyes 2) Thelma and Louise (1991) Thelma and Louise escape the drudgery of their respective lives in Louise’s 1966 convertible Thunderbird to take a fishing vacation at a friend’s rural cabin. En route they stop off at a roadhouse for a drink and when Louise is nearly raped Thelma shots the assailant. The ensuing chase ends as the T-bird is driven off a cliff into the Grand Canyon in one of cinema’s most iconic moments. Susan Sarandon (Louise) says that she added the kiss at the end of the movie without Ridley Scott, the director, knowing, only telling co-star Geena Davis (Thelma) she was going to do it. 1) Easy Rider (1969) The quintessential road movie that marked a dramatic shift of power from the studios to an upcoming generation of avant-garde, auteur directors and the start of the “New Hollywood.” Peter Fonda and Denis Hopper star as two bikers on the way to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans financed by a drugs deal. The film is about the counter culture of the 1960s and the rise and fall of the hippie movement. The soundtrack says it all.

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leisure Book review The Angel’s Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The prequel to last months book is another gothic masterpiece from Zafrón – The prequel to “The Shadow of the Wind” became the fastest selling book in Spanish publishing history!

David Martin is born into poverty, abandoned by his mother he is raised by an illiterate and abusive father. From an early age David finds solace and companionship in books and strikes an enduring friendship with bookseller Sempere Snr. It is from the old man that he receives a copy of Great Expectations, a book that is to set the tone of David’s life and whose themes resonate throughout Zafrón’s book. With the assistance of his patron Pedro Vidal, David gets his first break as a writer at The Voice of Industry newspaper and goes on to write a series of penny dreadful under a pseudonym, but is unfulfilled. An enigmatic invitation from the mysterious Andreas Corelli results in hallucinatory, sexual encounter with the heroine from his own work. From then on in nothing is quite what it seems. David is contracted by the Parisian publisher to write a text that will form a new religion and soon his life is surrounded by death and mystery. This contract is more a faustian pact than a

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Walking in the mountains For walkers wanting to reach the magic height of 3,000m the Sierra Nevada range is a paradise. With over twenty 3,000m+ peaks from east to west the range has a lot to offer. Most visited are those peaks at the western end of the range. In easy reach of either Granada or Capileirra this group of summits include Valetta, Pico de los Machos, Alcazaba and above them all Mulhacen which at 3,482m is the highest point in mainland Spain. Whilst an ascent is possible in a day by far the best way to experience these peaks is by staying overnight in the Poqueira Mountain Refuge. This manned refuge sits at 2,500m on the southern slopes of Mulhacen and is popular with mountaineers aiming for the higher peaks. Over summer the summits can all be reached using non technical routes and are a great achievement for any reasonably fit walker. Martin Riley, The Life of Riley

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leisure Fun at the Ranch had their faces painted by Lianne Bamford and Courtney Castles donated a bouncy castle. They all had a fantastic full day and really enjoyed themselves. In fact so much so,that they are returning in September for a further day out. Many thanks go to everyone that helped out in any way to make it such a special day for the children. Mo Sweet

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ondering what to do for the kids’ birthdays? Thinking of getting a few mates together for some fun? Extreme adventure is easily found on the road from Los Gallardos to Mojacar. They have EVERYTHING for an amazing day or several days out! Mani is well known in the Turre area and speaks good English. His adventure park is every kids’ dream whatever age you are!! Parties for children can be tailor-made to suit all ages including any selection of activities from pony rides to paintballing to human table football and a childrens park complete with bouncy castle. Puppet shows are a special favorite, with over 80 puppets and a huge range of fairy tales and funny stories. A show can be personalized especially for your child. The park is fully insured and all equipment is provided. Just book and turn up for hours of fun! Party packages for children include party food and start at just 10.50€ per child. For the grown ups there is a beautiful bar and terrace.

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G ol f i n g at M a r in a G ol f Avda. Del Mar 4, Marina de la Torre, Mojacar. Tel: 950 133 235 Email: reservas@marinagolf.com

Established in 2000 and designed by Ramon Espinsa, this 18 hole course offers many challenges to the experienced and beginner alike. The front nine are flat with a sea breeze, the back nine located on a hill. Facilities include bar/restaurant, driving range, golf buggies for hire, shop and tutors available.

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Forum Golf Society www.forumgolfsociety.webs.com On Friday 29th April Forum Golf Society members played a Team Coloured Ball competition at Marina, with the double husband & wife team of Adrian & Ann Lawrence and Bob & Sandra Vincent emerging triumphant with a score of 135 points, four better than second placed Mike Doyle, George Gibson & Dave Lloyd. Malcolm Fenwick, John Farley, Fran Elam & Keith Ryder were third with 123 points, while fourth place went to Lee Coxon, Peter Easthope & Geoff Hebb (117 points) The eagerly awaited Plas - Tech challenge at Aguilon on May 5th is up next for Forum, with a field of more than 70 players set to contest a prize fund worth in excess of €2500! This event is followed by: 13th May Double Par Medal at Marina 27th May Stableford at Playa Serena

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sport On the nose

Countdown to The Derby – Part 1 Well as the flat season gets underway and we look forward to the greatest race in the calendar, The Derby, it would seem to be all about the impressive Frankel. Henry Cecil’s unbeaten colt started the season with a 4l victory in the Greenham Stakes, a dominant win in the 2000 Guineas and seems to be everyone’s favourite for the Derby. Whether he can get the extra half mile we will have to wait and see but as Cecil says, the horse himself will tell us. He is entered into the Dante Stakes at York run over 1m 2f which will be the next step. Of the other challengers, another leading light of Cecil’s stable, World Domination, is currently second favourite for The Derby and lived up to his name in his maiden victory at Newbury. He certainly has the pedigree to do well being the son of Oaks winner Reams of Verse, but perhaps lacks the experience to really shine at Epsom. The Lingfield Trial, considered to be the best Derby trial as the course has similar undulations to Epsom, will provide punters with some clues.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Carlton House is up against Frankel in the Dante, a race Stoute favours for his Derby contenders and was certainly imposing in his 9l maiden victory at Newbury in October. A foot infection earlier this year put him back but the stable reports that he is now working well. Godolphin’s winner of the Sandown Classic Trial, Genius Beast, is another that looks set for the Dante. Godolphin’s fortunes have wained in recent year’s but have started the season well enough. The 33/1 shot for The Derby may yet provide punters with a nice each-way opportunity. Key Derby Trials: Dee Stakes – Chester 1m 2f – 6th May 2011 Lingfield Derby Trial – Lingfield 1m 3f – 7th May 2011 Dante Stakes – York 1m 2f – 12th May 2011 Next month we continue the Countdown to The Derby by reviewing the Derby Trials and look at Irish trainer, Aidan O’Brian’s chances to secure his third Derby winner.

Ascot’s Free Racing – In times when racing seems to be continual in turmoil with numbers of race goers decreasing it was wonderful to see the success of Ascot’s “Free Racing” experiment repeated again this year. 27th April saw a bumper crowd of 26,595 turning up, an increase of 6,000 from last year and the event looks set to repeated again next year.

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motoring Martin Ward tell us what’s very very new... The new ‘Baby’ Range Rover is a car that will turn heads wherever it goes. We were privileged and honoured to drive some pre-production models around Land Rovers private test track, part of which is an ex-airfield so has a long straight where the top speed is unlimited. Other parts of the track simulated rough, potholed roads, and then there is the off-road section.

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The Evoque was as solid as a rock and drove more like a sports car, than an SUV. The Evoque is powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel that produces either 150ps or 190ps and a 2.0-litre petrol that has either 190ps or a staggering 240ps and goes from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds. We drove over some fairly harsh, pot-holed roads, and the Evoque coped extremely well, and despite these cars being hand-built preproduction cars, there was not a squeak or rattle from anywhere in the car. The interior is exquisite and oozes luxury and quality. The craftsmanship in the wood and leather is superb. Prices start from £27,995 for a 2WD Pure fivedoor, and go up to £38,995 for a 240ps Petrol Dynamic 5-door. Production of the Evoque starts in July, with first deliveries due in September.

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travel Ronda

This month, The Sentinella’s travel expert Margaret Surie takes us round Ronda. Ferri Tours have a superb 3 day trip to Ronda on the 13th May and 17th June, then again in September. If you have The Sentinella from February Maggie did a tour round Cordoba; ask Louisa at Ferri Tours about their trip to Cordoba on the 15th May which includes a tour of the ‘patios’. Ronda is built on an isolated ridge of the Sierranía de Ronda, split in half by a river gorge 130 metres deep. This is spanned by three bridges, the lowest one being of Arab origin, then the Puente Viejo, dating from the 17C, and finally the Puente Nuevo, a mere 200 years old. A town of Roman origin, it was conquered first of all by the Sueves, followed by the Byzantines, and then the Arabs in 711. wingers were tossed into the gorge of El Tajo. Then the Nationalists took the town and revenged themselves by tossing the leftwingers over. More bandits took to the sierras to hide from Franco’s Civil Guard, famously Pablo Pérez Hidalgo, who hid for 27 years until he was betrayed, arrested and promptly pardoned. Puente Nuevo

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n 1485 it was reconquered by the Christian Monarchs after they tricked the Governor into taking all his army to fight in Malaga. In 1501 a rebellion against the enforced baptism of the inhabitants was harshly repressed, resulting in the remaining Moors leaving for North Africa. This depopulation caused serious problems and it was not until the 18C that expansion began again with the prosperity created by agriculture and cattle. It became famous for its bandits after the Napoleonic invasion in the 19C and suffered again during the Civil War as it was loyal to the Republic and many priests and rightPlease mention

The dramatic Puente Nuevo was completed in 1792 thanks to help from the Maestranza, a chivalrous brotherhood formed in 1573 to encourage manly arts among a decadent nobility, who were anxious to improve access to the new bullring. The nobles used the ring for equestrian training and practiced the art of fighting bulls from horseback, but the Romero family established Ronda as a cradle of the modern corrida, which is contested on

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Ronda foot. Francisco Romero invented the killing sword and cape, and his grandson Pedro perfected the skills of the sober classic Ronda style. Pedro is widely considered to be the father of modern bullfighting, and killed 5,600 bulls during his 30 year career and is regarded as one of the greatest matadors of all time. A Bullfight Museum is housed under the plaza’s terraced seating. We start our tour of Ronda in the Mercadillo quarter. The Plaza del Toro (bullring) is here, near to the Puente Nuevo, and the Oficina de Tourismo in Plaza de España, where maps are available. On crossing over the bridge to the Barrio de la Ciudad, we will take a circuit of the main sites. Turn left and you will find, at no. 17, an 18C mansion built on the foundations of a Moorish palace. The house is not open to the public, but the Mina is - a remarkable underground stairway of 365 steps descending to the river. These steps were cut by Christian slaves in the fourteenth century to guarantee water supplies in times of siege. Every bucket was carried up by hand! Just beyond this house to the left is a steep street leading downwards to the two old town bridges and

the Baños Árabes, 13C remarkable structures that were fed by river water. Walking back up we come to the Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra with its bizarre images of biblical scenes and South American Indians embellishing its 18C façade. At the centre of a picturesque square stands the cathedral church of Santa María la Mayor, originally the Arab town’s Friday mosque. Continuing down this street, walk under an arch and turn right. Opposite is the most important of Ronda’s palaces, the Palacio de Mondragón on the plaza of the same name. Probably the palace of the Moorish kings it was altered when Fernando and Isabel lodged here when visiting Ronda. Inside, three of the original patios preserve original stuccowork and mosaics. From the garden there’s a fine view over the Tajo Gorge and the valley.

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living in Spain Municipal elections: 22nd May

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suppose there is a natural reticence in getting involved in local politics – or even going as far as voting. We’ve all either heard, or indeed volunteered, the various excuses of ‘it not being our place’ or ‘we don’t know the candidates’, either of which are really rather an admission of ignorance and a lack of enthusiasm for one’s community. Go and meet your neighbours! Find what you like and identify what you don’t. It’s now your community and it’s worth making the best of it. To the comical line about how the natives are restless, as the fireworks are exploding, the megaphones are honking and the crowds are cheering, I would answer that we are not in some South Sea island uneasily wearing grass skirts. We are not colonials – these are our towns: our future. There are different issues that incite different people. Those unfortunate enough to live in an ‘illegal house’ (there are literally thousands of families in this position in the Almanzora Valley) would be wise, if they could, to vote for a party which offers solutions, rather than creates and exacerbates the problem. Other people want more sports facilities or perhaps residences for the elderly; they might want more discothèques and less police presence,

or maybe the very opposite. It’s all about politics (and in my examples here, age and inclination). There are the two main parties in Spanish politics, the PSOE – mostly responsible for the ‘illegal houses’ problem; and the PP, which favours and champions ‘land grab’. One is nominally socialist, the other, in theory, conservative. We shouldn’t bring our own national ideologies and try and staple them onto Spanish politics: and certainly not in municipal elections. Indeed, in local politics, it’s all about local personalities and local issues. Our mainstream party candidates for example are aware of the local issues and, despite pressure from ‘head office’ in far-off Seville or even farther-off Madrid, will seek to provide local solutions. At least, so one might hope. In reality, small town politics is often about local personalities, families and opportunity. We call it ‘clan politics’. We can ignore all of this and we will in turn be ignored. Whether that is a good thing is another story. Otherwise, it is better to participate, join in and integrate. Sooner or later the parties must open their gates to fresh ideas and finally face the loss of their baleful family influence. The community becomes the stronger and this in turn creates wealth and jobs. Property prices would even rise with the demand from buyers and potential settlers – because who wouldn’t want to live in a harmonious and well-treated town? Lenox

Life in the Campo by Maggie Hutton, illustrated by Barry Surie Available from Amazon A true account of a middle-aged couple’s attempts at becoming Spanish peasants, living in the foothills of the Almijara mountains. Their experiences (which many expats are sure to relate to) include the frustration of the language barrier and the lengthy process of trying to obtain

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their title deeds. Then there are problems to overcome such as too little water for the trees on their land, to too much water during some torrential floods. But one thing is apparent throughout these trying times for Maggie and George - and that’s the kindly gestures of the local Andalusian people.

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living in Spain Speaking Spanish

This month, Alpha Translation and Interpreting begin a series of basic but useful Spanish lessons including a joke each month for you to practice and repeat!

Joke - chiste o broma

Street market (Mercadillo) vocabulary:

- Papá, papá, ¿es verdad que los papás saben más que los niños? - Claro hijo, es verdad. - Oye papá, ¿quién fue el inventor de la imprenta? - El inventor de la imprenta fue Gutemberg. - Y entonces, ¿por qué no la inventó el papá de Gutemberg?

How to order fruit and vegetables: - Daddy, daddy, is it true that fathers are more intelligent than their children? - Yes son, that’s true. - Tell me dad, who invented the printing press? - The inventor of the press was Gutemberg - Why didn’t his dad invent it then?

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Me pone / Me da un kilo de manzanas? Can I have/Can you give me 1kg of apples? To the question: Quiere algo más? Would you like anything else? The answer would be: No, gracias, es todo. No, that’s all, thanks. Sí, me pone también medio kilo de champiñones (not un medio) Yes, could I also have half a kilo of mushrooms? When buying clothes or shoes you will need the word talla / size. Tiene una talla más / menos? Do you have a bigger / smaller size? Lo tiene en otro color? Do you have it in another colour? Cuánto es? /Cuánto cuesta? How much is it?

Native Spanish speaker, graduated in the UK Interpreting: - Doctor / Hospital - Notary / Solicitor - Townhall / School - Tax / Social Security - NIE / Residencia - Guardia Civil / Police

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living in Spain NIE, Residencia, registration, padrón and more...

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When you come to live in Spain, you’ll soon find out that you need certain documents in order to stay here or do business. The different documents and procedures can be confusing when you’re new in Spain. All citizens of the European Union have the right to enter, leave, travel, live and work in Spain.

offices that handle the registration certificates. You need to go there and make the application in person, only in exceptional cases this can be done by power of attorney. It is also possible to apply for a number through the consulate in your home country.

When you stay for less than 3 months, you only need your valid passport. When you stay longer than 3 months you need to register with the authorities and apply for a Cerificado de Registro (Registration Certificate). This will be supplied by the Oficina de Extranjeros of the province where you are staying. In every province there’s a slightly different procedure for making appointments, documents you’ll have to hand in etc. More details can be found on my website www.smuldersabogados.es. You will receive a certificate, printed on green paper, as a proof of your (compulsory) registration.

Empadronamiento or to register on the padrón means to be inscribed in the municipality in Spain where you live. It is important to register, then you will count as a citizen in the place where you reside. The amenities and budgets of a town (doctors, hospitals, municipal services etc) are based on the number of habitants. You register at the town hall, showing a contract or escritura of the place you bought, or a rental contract. Rianne Smulders

Residencia, or a residency card, does not exist anymore since April 2007. EU citizens do not need, and cannot obtain residencia in Spain. An N.I.E. number, is a personal registration number that foreigners need when they get involved in Spanish tax issues. The first time most people are confronted with this, is when they want to purchase property in Spain. An N.I.E. number can be obtained at the same

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living in Spain Línea Directa WITH LÍNEA DIRECTA, THE BEST TRAVEL ASSISTANCE FOR EXPATS

Línea Directa, market leader in the direct sale of car, motorbike and home insurance, offers all its foreign customers residing in Spain a wide range of exclusive services in English. Of special note among these is Travel Assistance, an exceptionally high-quality cover attending to and resolving all types of problems arising from road incidents occurring in Spain, the rest of Europe and countries covered by the Green Card. After years of experience focusing on Expatriate customers in Spain, Línea Directa has been able to identify the most common types of incident experienced by their customers when they take their car and are a certain distance from their home, and is able to respond to such incidents offering safety, peace of mind and trust. Examples of these incidents are: •

If customers lose the keys to their vehicle either within or outside Spain, Línea Directa will help them to find duplicate keys so that they can continue their journey without any further problems.

In the case of a breakdown or accident, if customers are unable to take appropriate action, Línea Directa will send them the spare parts they require (up to a weight of 50kg in the case of a battery, for example) to repair the vehicle wherever it might be so that they do not have to leave it in a repair garage with all the inconvenience which this could entail.

As a result, Línea Directa has once again shown its commitment to personalising its Expatriate service with extremely high levels of quality and efficiency, via its call centre, which offers a 24-hour service every day of the year. If you wish to find out more, call 902 123 161 now.

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CABRERA FIESTA 5 JUNIO 2011 Tortilla Competition, Copla & Flamenco Competition, Childrens Painting Competition, Paint balling, Camel Rides, Bouncy Castle, Archery, Stalls, Postres, Hog Roast, Bars & Tapas and an evening of Musical Entertainment and Dancing

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living in Spain Cabrera Fiesta , 4th June 2011

If you’ve never been ‘up the mountain’ to Cabrera, make their fiesta your reason to do so and you’ll be so pleased you did. The scenery is spectacular and the village is welcoming visitors with open arms. This year the theme is the Moors and Christians; all ages will be catered for, from primary to pensionistas. After the opening ceremony, including a procession with a band and horses, enjoy Cabrera! Wander around the stalls, listen to some music, or for the more adventurous have a go at paintballing or pretend you are back in the days of the Moors and Christians and have a camel ride! During the afternoon there will be a Flamenco and Copla Competition also a painting competition with entries from the students of the school in Turre. In the courtyard at Los Pastores you can sample the delicious postres,

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and see who wins the tortilla competition. Bars selling various beverages and food, plus a Hog Roast will cater for a variety of appetites. On the main stage besides the competitions there will be professional flamenco dancers, bands, and Ian ‘DJ International’ will make sure everyone enjoys themselves with his own style of M.C. and D.J. techniques. The organizers of this years fiesta would like to show everyone how beautiful Cabrera is, and who knows if you enter a competition or buy a raffle ticket you may go home with a prize and some very happy memories!

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living in Spain 12 years in the desert...part 2 You might have noticed how the Bs and Vs in Spanish cross over with the English. So it is not too difficult to see that Tabernas means in English, tavern or town of taverns, and even today this little town of taverns has no less than fifteen places to stand at bar and imbibe. Being the host of Western movie making for the last fifty years is recent history. The castle on the hill is the symbol of the town and tells of a history both ancient and modern. It is worth the climb to discover a fourteenth century edifice that was created by the Moors and later became the residence of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, during the conquest of Granada, the launching of Columbus and the great Amada that took the forests of Andalucia. The outer facing of the castle is now a monstrosity of concrete crenulations, a fantasy for a movie. It looks good from a distance, but built to last, so perhaps we shouldn’t judge it as a mockery for it had its part to play, perhaps there is more to come, in the history of it all. When Mojacar was just a seaside town and Almeria nothing but a port, Tabernas was a key town and once a seat of power, for they were the guardians of the Oro Verde valley, green gold the olive oil. What now takes us forty minutes drive, for many years untold, a journey of at least one day, by foot and donkey cart, a well considered trade for the best olive oil in the world. Long before the movies came along Tabernas had a very ancient history of playing host, the taverns in a garden of flowers and fruit and veg. long before the innovation of the plastic shed. Laurence Burton

Andy de Ronda walks from Rome to Ronda via Almeria! Suffering from epilepsy and in remision from cerebral cancer, Andy de Ronda is hoping to raise 50,000â‚Ź to begin a foundation to help families in Spain with sick children and who are facing financial hardship.

Walking began: April 10th.

You can read more about Andy’s quest on his website, www.romaronda.info where he is keeping a daily blog on the home page. You can also follow his route, which brings him into Almeria province on 25th May.

Route follows the coast line through Italy, France and Spain.

Andy de Ronda needs support and nightly accommodation - he has a bed for the night in Turre on the 26th, but please contact him directly (or via The Sentinella) if you can provide a bed in Aguilas, Tabernas, Almeria, Adra or Motril. Please mention

Duration: 45 days. Due to reach Ronda: June 4th Total distance more than 2,600 km.

Entering Almeria on May 25th, planned as follows: 25/05 Aguilas (72km) 26/05 Turre (44km) 27/05 Tavernas (53km) 28/05 Almeria (30km) 29/05 Adra (54km) 30/05 Motril (55km) 31/05 Nerja (42km)

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ay is my favourite month in Andalusia. Winter and its frosts and cold winds are a distant memory. All around I see healthy looking shrubs and plants that only a few months ago looked shrivelled and dead. I’m feeding my roses and pot plants every week now with special rose and plant feed available freely from garden centres here. This will support them as they put on new growth and continue supporting them throughout the summer months.

second year and will soon be ready for cutting.

If like me, you enjoy cooking, then now is a great time to think of establishing a herb garden near the house. You don’t even need a garden! Just a patio or verandah which will take some pots. As with all plants, herbs come in perennial, annual or biennial form. A really hardy perennial available freely here is Rosemary (Romero). It looks lovely too with its small purple flowers, as does lavender (lavendula). Both are happy in the ground or containers. They also don’t mind a bit of neglect. In addition both are said to ward off flies and mosquitos, their oil, along with geranium and lemon oil being found in many insect repellants.

After years of living in the land of “plastico” The members of the Almanzora Valley Gardening Club eventually got to investigate the methods used for intense salad cultivation, on a fascinating visit to the Clisol greenhouses near El Ejido.

So why not give it a go - experiment. And if you get a glut don’t just allow them to go to seed - keep cutting. They will benefit and grow stronger. If you don’t need them now chop and freeze in ice cube trays for later. The Lady Gardener

Club go undercover...

Insects and bumble bees are used in lieu of chemicals, plants are grown in coir and rock wool, water is recycled and their weather station is linked to a computer that operates irrigation, shade and air flow. The Almanzora Valley Gardening Club meet on the first Friday of every month (with the exception of January). starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Pedro Gilabert Museum, Arboleas.

Green fingers Coriander (cilentro) is easily grown from seed. I sowed some in April in a pot and it’s doing well now. My favourite, Basil (Basilica) is a bit temperamental but I’ve found that with perseverance and cossetting it will reward you with one of the most aromatic of all herbs well I think so! The list of useful herbs you can grow easily is endless. I’ve had marjoram, thyme, parsley and mint thriving throughout the winter, oh and the chives I planted from seed last year are now strengthening in their

Betty`s Gardening Club, held it`s third Annual Competition Day on 11th April, with over 100 individual entries. The winners of the various categories were Lesley Kendal, Margaret Prattchet, Lyn West, Carol Bannister, Ross Butcher, Cindy Townsend, Doreen Ernst, J. Greenman, Carol Glasper, and Beryl Lewis. The members meet every second Monday in the month at Miraflores Restaurant, Los Gallardos Camping Site, 11:30 for 12:00. The aim is the exchange of information on gardening in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Next meeting is on 9th. May.

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home & garden Get Green!

RECYCLING

Bill’s recycled garden features

WASTED FOOD • Long life food: A third of the food we buy in Spain ends up being thrown away so keeping your fridge, freezer and cupboard stocked with long shelf life basics means you'll always have ingredients at hand to make the most of fresh food. • Reusing leftovers: Wasted food is a waste of money and, when sent to landfill, a major contributor to climate change because it breaks down to produce methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. If we stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, for example by reusing leftovers rather than throwing them away, it would have the same impact on carbon emissions as taking one in five cars off our roads.

HOME COMPOSTING • Mix it up: By composting at home you can save as much carbon as your kettle produces annually. The key to good compost is to get a good mix of wet and sappy materials with dry and fibrous ones. This will ensure your bin has all the moisture and air it needs to compost successfully. • Keep a kitchen compost caddy: Over 30% of an average household bin can be composted at home, from vegetable peelings and teabags, to egg boxes and shredded paper. Using a container or kitchen caddy to collect your compostable waste from the house will save you having to make a trip to the compost bin every day.

Watergreen Siphon Pump Re-use waste water from your home. Put one end in your bath or sink, the other end out the window, connect to a hose, squeeze the pump and let gravity siphon your waste water onto your garden. Winner of the Waterwise Marque by Waterwise, the leading authority on water efficiency.

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Instead of filling up bins with palm leaves, or trying to compost them (takes forever!), here are a few ideas for using them as shade or windbreaks. The first picture shows a shady corner of the garden, made by nailing the prunings from a Phoenix palm onto a wooden frame, which makes an ideal place for a morning coffee or lunchtime beer. The second picture shows a windbreak for my vegetable garden made from Washingtonia palm leaves (fan palm), which makes a good sheltered spot for tender veg. Again these were nailed onto a wooden frame. There are also other uses, I have used the Phoenix palm leaves to cover the roof of my car port, which works very successfully. The best time to use these leaves is soon after pruning, whilst they are still green & flexible, but be VERY careful, as the spikes near the base are needle sharp and I always manage to stab myself somewhere with one! Bill Higgins

Keeping your wife healthy! A woman called her husband during the day and asked him to buy some organic vegetables for that night’s dinner on his way home. The husband arrived at the supermarket and began to search all over for organic vegetables before finally asking an assistant where they were. The assistant didn’t know what he was talking about, so the husband said: “These vegetables are for my wife. Have they been sprayed with poisonous chemicals?” To which the assistant replied, “No, sir, you will have to do that yourself.”

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find myself checking out external walls, drive ways and terraces to see if the paving, tiling or brickwork is real. It’s mostly impossible to tell - I’ve even seen stone walls that are fake but had me completely fooled. Quicker to lay, cheaper to build, longer lasting and weed free; have a look at the range of designs and colours offered by

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Andalucianconcoprint for stamped and senciled concrete. This company can add affordable finishing touches to your home and garden including your swimmingpool (see advert below). Visit their website or their stall at Bar International market to see the exciting range of products and talk to a rep.

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home & garden What is Style? Asian Style If you would like a simpler, more relaxed life and need an interior that promotes serenity then this is the style for you! Think peace and order, keeping your surroundings simple and uncluttered. Largely influenced by Chinese and Japanese culture Asian style does all of these things. Chinese design is graphic and opulent whilst Japanese interior design is much more restrained and elegant. Chinese style is a more elaborate decoration using richer, bold jewel like colours, ruby, gold, sapphire plus ebony for painted panels and furniture. An instant Oriental feel can be introduced by using a lacquered wooden screen. Japanese themed interior design is much less ornate, ideal if your home is contemporary and minimalist. Colours are soft and unassuming such as parchment, creams, off white. For furniture and floors bamboo and wood or cork with rugs in natural materials. Blue and white porcelain looks Oriental and stylish on a plain sofa table. Cane furniture looks wonderful, either for dining chairs or occasional seating. Cushions in red, gold in oriental designs can look stunning. Bamboo roll up blinds add some privacy on otherwise plain windows. Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Custom Cabinets, Doors & Windows Pergolas, Decking & Patio Tiling Extensions & Building Alterations Plastering, Painting & Decorating

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food & drink Party fun with Madam B. DeMange The pompus ol’ git is away for a few days so I’ve filed his review for another time and am nicking his spot myself. Never mind posh nosh, me and my mate Trudi Valentine are party girls so while he was away we went out on the town. Lainey and Eric have the ultimate party pad in Alfaiq, which is open to all. Make friends with them on facebook and look for the next event. I LOVE this place - I want to hold a wedding there, it’d be amazing...not rushing my lil’ ones but I do like a good knees up. Wonderful gardens link up with arbours and arches and a huge bar area. Lainey only opens for special occasions to raise cash for charities. On St George’s day the beneficiary was PAWS and the 366€ raised will buy a lot of pet food (Lainie buys in bulk from Jabalí whose advertisement you can see on the animals in need page). There was entertainment from some of Turre’s best vocalists, including Billy and Gail (Northern

Lights) and the amazing Kayleigh. Finally a stripteese from Mojacar’s favourite holiday rep in her St George bikini. Every one was happy and lovely. I’ve made some smashing new pals. I mean it, have a look for Lainey Pointon-harvey on facebook, see when the next party is going to be and then put it in your diary....I’ll see you there! xx

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Villaricos 693 743 791

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

(AKA The Scottish Bar)

La Dulce Casa PALOMARES

(nr the pharmacy)

Café Bistro

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SIZZLERS!! Meat, fish or chicken served on sizzling hot platters!! SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY FROM 12 - 4PM, selection of 15 - 20 dishes, all 1€ each! SUNDAY ROASTS 7.50€! To advertise call 690 166 858 or email mojacar@thesentinella.com


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food & drink Help! We have a vegetarian coming to dinner!

For those of us who are committed meat and fish eaters, it can be a bit daunting to prepare a completely vegetarian meal that everyone will enjoy. Here is something that will fit the bill and not take all day to prepare – the Crème Catalane can be made the day before and finished off just before serving. Here are the recipes for the starter and dessert, but for the main you will need to visit www.mojacar.sentinella.com

Starter: Asparagus and almonds in filo Main: Spring Vegetable Pasta Dessert: Crème Catalane Asparagus and almonds in filo INGREDIENTS 140g butter  1 onion finely chopped  12 spears of asparagus trimmed  110g toasted  flaked almonds  6 tablespoons cream  110g grated cheddar  ground black pepper  6 sheets of filo pastry  green salad leaves to serve 

METHOD 1. Turn on oven 200oC 2. Blanche asparagus and drain well 3. Fry onion in 1/3 of the butter until soft but not browned – remove from heat and stir in almonds, cream and cheese. Season with pepper 4. Melt remaining butter - use some to

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coat an ovenproof dish Brush a sheet of the filo with butter – lay two spears of asparagus onto sheet and cover with the cream and cheese mixture Loosely roll up the filo pastry folding in the ends like a spring roll – brushing the pastry with the melted butter as you go Place in the ovenproof dish – roll up the remaining asparagus in the same way Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until crisp and golden Serve with green salad leaves

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Crème Catalane INGREDIENTS 8 egg yolks 60cl liquid crème fraiche  80b caster sugar  zest of 1 large lemon  1 stick of cinnamon  extra sugar for caramelising on top  

MOJÁCAR PLAYA Tel: 950 473 135

METHOD 1. Turn on oven 100oC 2. Beat egg yolks and sugar together until pale and fluffy 3. Gently heat the crème fraiche and zest of lemon together with the cinnamon stick – do not let it boil 4. Remove from heat and leave to infuse for 5 minutes, then remove the cinnamon stick 5. Add the crème mix to the eggs and sugar 6. Divide into 6 crème brulee dishes. 7. Put dishes into a big baking tray and pour in enough hot water to come ½ way up the side of the dishes. 8. Bake for 1 hour 15 mins 9. Cool and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is okay) 10. Before serving – sprinkle extra sugar on top of each dish and caramelise with a kitchen blow torch. If you don’t have a kitchen blow torch, heat grill to very high and use to caramelise sugar. Serve.

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COMING SOON... A Cause for PAWS Mojácar’s got Talent 2011 For all budding singers, dancers, comedians etc. 5€ to enter money goes to PAWS charity Get your entry forms now from The Irish Rover, Spectrum Radio and other bars in your area 1st prize 200€ 2nd prize 100€ 3rd prize 50€

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food & drink Life behind the jump Mary Pickford 1 ½ msr white rum, 1 teaspoon maraschino 1 ½ msr pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon grenadine Shake and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice, add cherry on a stick and short straw. Mary Pickford – April 8th 1892 – May 29th 1979

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ednesday night and María is in the joint. She glides in every now and again. Tongues hang out like yards of red hall carpet as she passes, yet she always remains carefree, languidly taking up her position at the counter, elegance incarnate. It never ceases to amaze me the depth and breadth of this girl’s interests. The subject of tonight’s discourse, Spanish films stars of old, names little known to most; Rosita Diaz Gimeno, Antonita Colome, and Sara Montiel. “I just love those movies” she tells me between sips of chilled Cava. “Well, I’ve got something for you to try, something I picked up when I was at the Hotel Sevilla.” “I’m not sure. I’m not used to drinking spirits you know” she confesses. “Nonsense, you’ll

love it and it’s named after an old favourite of my pa’s, Mary Pickford” I fix one up for her. “This is good!” Another follows another and conversation flows with the prospect of a late night dalliance after I’ve finished never far from my mind. Another and then another. María is getting a taste for these. “Hey Pedro get me another beer will yer?” Seamus has been sinking them all night and is the last one in the bar, except for María that is. Damn the barrels gone. Barrel changed I turn my attention back to María. She’s gone but her handbag is still on the end of the bar. Despondently I go over to it only to see that no she is still here, slumped on the floor, grin fixed, eyes glazed. TAXI!!

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Seafood bonanza If you’re looking for the best seafood restaurants then Garrucha is the place to go. It’s not far, just a few kilometers along the sea front from Mojacar (regular buses go between the two towns), then straight along the paseo del Maritimo (plenty of parking down by the port). This is where the fish are brought in so there is no waiting for the restaurants, just fresh fish and seafood - speciality are the locally caught large red prawns. For the very best, visit Escanez - see advertisement below.

Once there were two prawns... one called Sebastian and one called Christian. They were happy prawns, playing with their happy prawn friends. One day Sebastian decided he was bored, so he went to see Cod. "Cod, I'm bored," said Sebastian. "Please turn me into a great big shark!" So Cod waved his magic fin and turned Sebastian into a shark. Sebastian swam off and had a few fun weeks scaring all his little friends. But eventually they worked out that this particular shark wasn’t going to eat them, so they started to ignore him. Sebastian got angry and started eating them. At last, there was only Christian left, and Sebastian wanted to play with him. He went to Christian's rock and said, "Christian, come out and play with me!" "No, you're a big shark and you'll eat me!" "No, I won't, please come and play with me." "No, you're a great big shark, you'll eat me!" So Sebastian swam off to see Cod. "Cod, I'm bored! All my friends are dead, and Christian won't play with me. Please turn me back into a prawn again." Cod said "OK, I think you've learned your lesson," waved his magic fin and Sebastian was a prawn again. He swam off to see Christian. "Come out and play with me," he called. "No, you're a shark, you're going to eat me!" "No, it's OK! I've spoken to Cod, I'm a prawn again Christian!"

Seafood Restaurant and bar “Enjoy the very best seafood in the heart of Garrucha”

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health & beauty Bites and stings by Almeria Angels

Bites. Insects that may bite include: midges • gnats • mosquitoes • flies • fleas • bedbugs • ticks • mites. Most insect bites cause itching and swelling that usually clear up within several hours. If you were bitten by a tick, you need to remove it.

Stings Many insects sting as a defence mechanism by injecting venom into the skin, stinging insects include: bees • wasps • hornets. Insect stings usually cause a swollen, red, raised mark known as a weal. The affected area will often be painful and itchy, usually lasting for a few days. After stinging someone, bees leave behind their sting and a venomous sac which should be removed immediately by scraping it out with something that has a hard edge, such as a bank card. Insect stings can be painful but most are harmless and only affect the area around the

sting. Approximately three people in 100 can have an immediate and more widespread allergic reaction to being stung, known as anaphylactic shock. Treatment and medication Small, local reactions can be treated by: washing the bite with soap and water • placing a cold compress to reduce swelling • not scratching because this can increase the chance of a secondary infection • using a spray or cream containing local anaesthetic, antihistamine or mild hydrocortisone (1%) on the affected area to prevent itching and inflammation • If you are in pain or the wound is swollen, you can take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Emergency treatment If you experience swelling or itching anywhere else on your body after being stung or, if you are wheezing or having difficulty swallowing, you will require emergency medical treatment. Call 112 immediately to request an ambulance.

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Hot sun coming soon...

Opening up in Styles

Be careful - be very careful! Sharon Brady from The Beauty Spot tells us why...

When Styles opened their doors for the first time it was obvious that Michelle has done a superb job on the salon, it’s bright, fresh and inviting. So much so that the tables outside soon filled up and we sat in the sun sipping wine and watching a steady flow of beautifully coiffured clients booking their next appointments and browsing the jewellery and fashion brought in for the opening day. I was very interested in some of the other beauty treatments on offer - I’d like to have tip top feet for my flip flops this summer so I’m going to book an appointment with Jodie for some fabulous gel nails!

Too much sun exposure can cause, sunburn, wrinkles, freckles, skin texture change, dialated blood vessels and skin cancer. Protect yourself, don’t take any chances! 1. Stay out of the sun when it’s at it’s hottest, between 10 am and 4pm. 2. Always use sunscreen lotions or those with sun protection factor(spf) 15 or higher. 3.Cover up. Hats, sunglasses, sun visors, protective clothing will provide a barrier. 4. Reapply. Sun cream must be reapplied to when your out for longer or when you swim or sweat. 5. Fake dont bake! Go to your local beauty salon and get a fake tan!

Michelle is well known in the Turre/Mojacar area, with 20 years experience and now with Jodie and Julie (previously from Etticut), her new salon is sure to be a winner. Watch this space for new therapy treatments coming soon.

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Come and browse through our range of handbags, scarves and jewellery - great for gifts...or to treat yourself! Open Tues, Weds & Fri: 10 - 4 Thurs: 11 - 7 (late night by apt) Sat: 10 - 2 Tel: 950 472 460 or 600 223 664 Find us near Mojácar Estates, along from the Irish Rover, Mojácar Playa

Find us on the high street in TURRE (opposite Chili Restaurant)

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health & beauty Water is live, it’s a fact!

Many of you will have seen Dr Maseru Emoto’s recent email asking for us to pray for the contaminated water around Fukushima. Emoto believes that the vibrational energy of our thoughts, words, ideas and music affect the molecular structure of water. The very same water that comprises over 80% of a mature human body and which covers the same amount of our planet. Hopefully our collective thoughts will have helped in some way. Check out “Masaru Emoto” on utube to see the magic of molecules of water. And if you want to hear the sounds of water too have a look at Cymantics on utube!

Healing crystals Apart from being attractive, crystals are said to vibrate in tune with the person holding or wearing them, and each has different qualities of healing and power generation. One of the crystals linked to April and May (Taurus) is Emerald. Emerald is a stone of inspiration and infinite patience. Known as the ‘stone of successful love’, it brings domestic bliss and loyalty. It enhances unity, unconditional love, and partnership – and promotes friendship. It is extremely beneficial to mutual understanding within a group of people, stimulating cooperation.

The Hidden Messages in Water by Dr Maseru Emoto: New York Times best seller.

Help to keep your water live • Remember to be aware of what you collect your ‘live’ water in at the fuente. Recycled soft plastic bottles from the supermarket contain Pthalates (that’s what makes the plastic pliable) and are detrimental to our health once opened and exposed to the air. Instead go for solid plastic canisters, glass or ceramic containers. • Microwaving water kills the molecules. So if you are heating it best to do it in a pan or kettle! Vitality, energy, life force … Gratitude! Fiona Davies, Balance for Health

Emerald aids recovery after infectious illnesses and has a detoxifying affect on the liver. It alleviates rheumatism and diabetes. John Copeland, Crystal Man

Crystal Man of Almeria Swarovski Crystals, Natural Crystals, Assorted Jewellery Call John: 617 699 624 Sat: Albox Car Boot Sun: Mojacar Pueblo

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Future Events with Balance for Health call for details Crystal Workshop: two day event at end May Emm-Tech: learn 12 Emmett Technique moves for muscle release and pain relief - mid-September

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popped air bubbles trapped in my muscles, gently dispersing. All I can say is that at the end of the treatment I was totally relaxed my back and shoulders felt loose and I was ready to step out into the street with a clear mind, free from anxiety and stress. That is until I got back home and the kids were tearing lumps out each other – oh well at least I had a few hours of tranquillity.

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alking into Pampered with a nagging ache from an old cycle injury (dislocated shoulder and fractured humerus), I leave unreconstructed man on Mars at the door. Warmly greeted by Denise, she talks me through the treatment, a hot stone massage, and I can already feel the knots in my neck and back tingling with anticipation of becoming untangled. I am led through to the treatment room which is bathed in relaxing low light. Left to de-robe and recline on the massage table I was nearly asleep when Denise entered to begin. This is already having the desired effect. Work started on my neck, shoulders and cranium before the massage begins on my back. It is impossible for me to say what exactly Denise did but experienced hands massaged my back, straightening out the twisted and knotted muscles and the hot volcanic stones

Pampered Calle Mayor 35, Palomares

As a Delta Air Lines jet was flying over Arizona on a clear day, the co-pilot was providing his passengers with a running commentary about landmarks over the PA system. "Coming up on the right, you can see the Meteor Crater, which is a major tourist attraction in northern Arizona. It was formed when a lump of nickel and iron, roughly 150 feet in diameter and weighing 300,000 tons struck the earth at about 40,000 miles an hour, scattering white-hot debris for miles in every direction. The hole measures nearly a mile across and is 570 feet deep." From the cabin, a blonde passenger was heard to exclaim, "Wow! It just missed the highway!" ******** I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb...and I also know that I'm not blonde. Dolly Parton

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health & beauty Problem page

Do you have issues with family conflicts, relationship problems, bereavement, alcohol or substance issues? Problems with teenagers, or issues with your neighbour? Maybe you just want to share your experiences, whether good or bad. You are invited to write to 'Marco' (marco.sentinella@gmail.com), a qualified professional, with lots of life experence, who will give sound and practical advice to enable you to work on resolving your issues and may also be of help to other readers. Hi Marco, I have a teenage step-daughter who is constantly rude and ojectionable to both myself, my partner and her older brother, no matter what we do. Swearing at us, slamming doors, breaking things and generally disrupting the family home as much as possible. She just seems to live for the computer, Facebook, Tuenti and other social networking sites. We have tried everything from reasoning with her to punishing her by taking away computer access and nothing works. We are at our wits end because we are completely stressed out and don't know where to turn. Can you offer some advice and guidance? JK Dear JK, Many parents out there will empathise with your situation. All teenagers try to test the boundaries as part of finding their own identity. I would suggest a family conference. Each person will be given un-interrupted time to relate how the unacceptable behaviour is affecting them. Try not to be accusatory and refrain from personal attacks as far as possible. Your step-daughter should be given adequate time to respond to the comments put forward and then must begin taking responsibility for her own actions. The boundaries will have to be mutually agreed, with sanctions for noncompliance. A written agreement would be ideal, signed by all and copy given to each member. I do believe there is 'Social Networking Addiction', where everyones' virtual world appears better than your own. Remember: You can be anything you want to be on Facebook, it is not necessarily reality.

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health & beauty It’s the hay fever season

Unfortunately a large percentage of the population suffer this time of year. A lot of people seem to only develop an allergy after they move here. There are a few things that you can do to help yourself through this difficult time. Keep windows and doors closed so the pollen can’t get in. Splash your face regularly throughout the day to wash the pollen away. Use large close fitting sun glasses and a small amount of Vaseline under your nostrils. Local honey (unrefined) also helps to desensitize you to the offending pollen. It needs to be local to where you live and also you need to take it daily and probably for at least a year before you will notice a difference. We’re lucky in this area to still have local bee keepers who generally have plenty of their beautiful honey for sale. Nettle tea is a natural antihistamine so have at least a cup a day but preferably three. Nettle is a source of quercetin which is a

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flavonoid that inhibits the release of histamine. Capsules are also available. Quercetin can also be found in artichokes, apples, lettuce, onions, peppers, tea, tomatoes, red wine, citrus fruits and cherries so include these in your diet as much as possible. Bee pollen is a good preventative surprisingly enough but as with honey you will need to take it for quite some time. It’s nice stirred into warm milk. Selenium is an anti-inflammatory and a lot of us are deficient in this mineral as it is sadly lacking in the soil due to modern farming methods. However, if you eat plenty of root vegetables you are at least in with a chance of ingesting this important mineral if not then you could always use a supplement. Selenium can also be found in brazil nuts and kidneys. Taking a good B vitamin complex can also be beneficial for their ability to protect the nerves. Claire Barrett, Girasol

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Horoscope by Madam Rohaizi TAURUS (April 20 – May 21) Your romantic side is to the fore this month. May is a beautiful month, and you love beauty and style. This would be a good month to indulge someone dear to you. Buy a present, or organise an occasion - they will love it, and because they love it, you will love it, too! GEMINI (May 22 – June 21) Intelligent and spontaneous, you reach decisions quickly, and act upon them immediately. This is excellent, if the decision is the right one! Be careful this month, you will feel tempted towards extravagance. Try to avoid unnecessary expenses, but don’t over-react, you don’t need to act like a Scrooge! CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Life may not be perfect, but there is a lot of it that is very good. Now is the time to appreciate the good, both in family and friends. Smile, and the whole world smiles with you, but it needs you to smile first. Try it, you will find one of your grouches just melts away! LEO (July 23 – August 23) Your sign shows you as a leader, and once you get going, your enthusiasm can carry you away. This is a good month to share a project with a friend or two, especially a new friend or two. Teamwork will bring rewards that will be felt for a long time to come, but remember, teamwork is the key! VIRGO (August 22 – September 23) You do like a place for everything, and everything in its place! Something is niggling at you, because it won’t fit just as you think it should. Relax, not every I has to be dotted and every T crossed, leave it alone and the solution will come to you, not today, not tomorrow, but eventually. LIBRA (September 24 – October 23) Sometimes it seems that you take on so much that you become a Jack of all Trades and a Master of none! Take time to heed the words of someone close, they will have seen your strengths, and will give you all the support you need, if you will only let them.

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22) The sun is shining, the birds are singing, it is time for you to slow down and smell the roses! Make this the month when you look around, take stock and realise that you can’t have it all. Let someone else into the limelight with you, they are your friend, not your competitor. SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 22) For you the glass is usually half full. What depresses you the most is when people dismiss your good humour as flippancy. An opportunity will arise this month for you to turn a situation around simply by tactfully proving that a sensible and serious person is inside that happy-go-lucky exterior. CAPRICORN (December 23 – January 20) Conscientious is your middle name, and you don’t know the meaning of the word ‘quit’. But have you noticed how much easier things become when you accept a little help? Take advantage of offers from friends and family this month, your popularity rating is sky-high at the moment. AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19) Thinking outside the box is your strong point – explaining the ins and outs can be a lot more difficult! If you get the feeling that nobody is listening or understanding your point of view, don’t lose your temper. This is going to be a month when you will need to be diplomatic and understanding. PISCES (February 20 – March 20) It is one thing to win the war, but quite another to win the peace. Remember the rocky times of the last few months, and remember those who were there for you when you needed them. Let them know how much they meant to you then, and go out of your way to repay their kindness now. ARIES (March 21 – April 19) If you want to do it, then do it! Yours is the sign of courage and adventure. However, count the cost before you act. It is not necessarily the cost to yourself that might be too high, but the cost to those near to you might be unacceptable. Be prepared to rethink and compromise.

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Amazing animals Wouldn't it be amazing if an animal exists that can be camouflaged against any background? Well, may I present to you the amazing and wonderful chameleon, without doubt the cutest of all reptiles! Every bit of this animal is amazing, starting with it’s tongue which is longer than it’s body! It can extend it from it’s mouth as quick as lightning as soon as it sees a tasty insect. The tip of it’s tongue is a ball of sticky muscle, which sticks to the prey and rapidly flicks it back into the chameleon’s mouth! Yum! The next amazing thing are it’s eyes. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. If you watch them, their eyes are always rolling around in every direction as they like to know what is going on at all times! Then there is the tail; just like monkeys, they use their tails to help them move around in trees and bushes - they rarely like to walk on the ground.

embarrassed, or white if we are scared! The best bit about this months amazing animal is that you can see chameleons in the wild, here in Spain! Just a little further down the coast towards Malaga there are serveral small areas where the common chameleon lives. The pictures below were taken in my old garden, I’ve included them all so you can see what a variety of trees and bushes they like - anywhere they can sit around and pick off insects. Unlike other reptiles they move quite slowly and will stay completely still if they think they are being watched, which means once you’ve spotted a chameleon if you’re very quiet it’s easy to take nice photographs! Can you spot the chameleon in all of the photos?

Finally, the camouflage, a most unique gift! Depending on the species of chameleon, they can turn pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown and yellow! They can change colour in under 20 seconds in response to light exposure and temperature, as well as to express their mood. The same way, for example, that we go red when

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animals in need Can you help?

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. It’s easy to think you don’t have time or don’t need the responsibility or don’t have room or no garden, but seriously consider it; once you commit you won’t look back, and your new dog or cat will become part of your family. There are many local charities caring for and trying to home animals. The people involved in these organizations generally can’t say no and end up taking in every stray, so please help! Contact any of the animal organizations below to see how you can help - even if it’s just a bit of dog walking! THE DOG HOUSE FOUNDATION, Huercal Overa Tel.626 766 073 thedoghse@hotmail.com www.thedoghouse-huercal-overa.webs.com APSA has many lovely dogs just waiting for good homes. Please call 663 762 642 www.apsa.org.es PAWS www.paws-patas.org Tel: 678 490 217 pawsenquireies@gmail.com ROLY came into our care last year with his 3 siblings, they were frightened kits at the time, but have grown in both size and confidence. A placid boy, Roly has the temperament of an older cat, preferring to sit quietly and enjoy strokes. Neutered, fully vaccinated and micro-chiped - for further information, please contact Diane on 950 617 643.

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

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ANIMALES ARBOLEAS: Facebook – helpinganimalsarboleas@gmail.com Tel: 649 333 226 PUPPY RESCUE are based in the Almanzora valley. If you can offer a dog a permanent or foster home please contact Diane on 664 768 958 or email. info@ puppyrescueinspain.org THE FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS OF LOS FILABRES (LOS AMIGOS DE LOS ANIMALES DE LOS FILABRES) CONTACT LIZA on 661 291 642 OR EMAIL thefriendslosfilabres@gmail.com A real sweetie, little Rascal was rescued near Turre as a tiny, malnourished puppy. Thanks to her rescuer’s dedication she is now a lively, lovely small bundle of fun. About 6mths old, soft haired honey brown with a cute white-tipped tail,she is vaccinated, microchiped & pet passported & is due to be neutered soon. Ok with other dogs but gets over-excited with cats. Nearly run over at night near El Puntal, 1mth old Toby was sitting at the side of the road in the dark all alone. With lots of tlc, Toby is now a darling 5mth old brindle coloured, smooth haired puppy. Fully vaccinated, microchiped, neutered & pet passported this charming chappie will be a small dog.

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What’s on Please get in touch with your clubs and events! All listings are correct at the time of going to press. If there are any ommissions or corrections please get in contact with The Sentinella so we can get it right. Rambling Group Meet at Dia Car Park 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.

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

Coach trip to Murcia shopping Centre. Monday 9th May Tickets from the APSA shops in Albox and Tijola. 11€ per person, rising to 12€ in May. Picking up in Tijola at 8.30am then Purchena and Albox. 663 762 642

Art classes with Jeremy and Evie every Tuesday 1.30am - 3.30pm at Bar Rumores, Albox. Call: 653 714 767

Art Classes with Dee Mondays 10:30 12:30 La Parilla, Albox, beginners and improvers. Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:30 Bar International, all levels. Call 663 341 904.

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 Puppy Rescue

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 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 in January) starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Pedro Gilabert Museum, Arboleas.

Baza Royal British Legion Baza Next meeting Tues 26th April 11am at Hotel Abadi, Baza. Call 677 765 733 for more info.

Quiz night – Raffle and Bingo Every 3rd El Pinar Monday of the month. Raising funds for El Pinar Walking Group abandoned Dogs and Puppies. BAR LEPANTO www.elpinarbedar.eu 8pm start. €2.50 p/p. Max 6 to a team. For bowlingstortuga@yahoo.co.uk more information tel: 950 591 893 To advertise call 690 166 858 or email mojacar@thesentinella.com


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

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, Mojacar at 11:00 am. New and old members most welcome. For further information please contact: Gail Creasey Chairman on 950 472 225 or Iris Hamilton Secretary on 950 475863.

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

Turre Art classes with Jeremy and Evie every Friday 11am - 1pm at Bar La Pará, Turre. Tel for more information: 653 714 767

Vera Almeria Link Friendship Group

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

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Bar International, Arboleas/Almox Road Saturday 9am: Mojacar Playa, opposite Red Cross Saturday 8am: Harley Dee's Bar, Carboneras 2nd Saturday of the month: Los Gallardos Campsite. Sunday 9am: Artisan Centre, Mojacar Village. Tuesday 6pm: Los Macelinos, Taberno Road from Albox Wednesday 9am: Malibu beach bar, Mojacar Playa.

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Tradesmen Airconditioning & Satelite 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

AWNINGS & BLINDS 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 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. 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

BUILDING SERVICES 12 years experience working in Spain. All work undertaken. Free estimates. Call Vince, 634 340 106

HANDY MAN Painting inside and out. Rendering and light building work. Gardening & clearance. Small plumbing jobs. Mojacar to Albox and surrounding areas. No job too small. Call Jim 677 557 190

GENERAL BUILDING & REFORMS English and Spanish spoken. Call Ovidio 677 175 713 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 HARVEST Mojácar. Bringing your home to life! Interior / exterior paintwork. All brickwork / plastering & gardens. Just call Sean 634 346 087. Email: seangrew@hotmail.co.uk 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 VISION DESIGN Specialists in all aspects of carpentry and building. See main advert in Home & Garden for more information. Call Darren Lee 950 459 523 - 600 985 583 www.visiondesignandbuild-spain.com

Drainage DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS Emergency Blockage Removal. CCTV Camera Surveys. Electronic Location of Pozo Negro´s. High Pressure Jetting. Mini Digger Hire. Call Andrew Venn 616 531 283 or Nigel Marshall - 670 088 866

Electricians BUILDING SOLUTIONS Extensions/Garages/ Patio’s/Terracing. Swimming Pools. Full Cortijo Reforms. Steelwork - Gates/Reja’s/ Carports. Domestic Plumbing. Central Heating. Call Andrew Venn - 616 531 283 or Nigel Marshall - 670 088 899

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

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KEYS COPY CENTRE - CENTRO COPIADO DE LLAVES CERRAJERO LOCKSMITH 607 800 900 Spanish 658 828 560 English

NEW! REPAIRS TO GARAGE REMOTE CONTROLS AND CAR KEYS WITH CHIPS

KEYS COPIED REMOTE CONTROLS COPIED LOCKS FITTED MASTER LOCKS AND KEYS KNIVES & SCISSORS SHARPENED

COPIA DE LLAVES COPIA DE MANDOS DE DISTANCIA INSTALACION DE CERRADURAS AFILADO DE CUCHILLOS Y TIJERAS

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Multicentro Playa, local 45 - Mojacar Playa - 950 472 982

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Tradesmen Garden services ERIC Tree surgery and firewood. Call 950 469 389 or 650 389 337 elaynepointon@hotmail.com

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

Locksmiths 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 KEYS COPY CENTRE (See main advert on previous page) Mojácar Playa. 24 hr locksmith. 658 828 560

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

PAINTING INSIDE & OUT All quality products. Free quotes. References available on request. Tel: 620 112 193 or 630 493 817 EURO PAINTERS SPAIN Special offer! 1000€ including IVA for 2/3 bed villa including repairs and up to 10 rejas! Call:677 557 190 europaintersspain@gmail.com

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

Swimming pools ANDALUCIAN CONCOPRINT (See main advert in Home and Garden) Swimmingpool construction, mosaics and stamped concrete specialists. 628 408 197

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

Timber suppliers WOOD 2 GO Velez Rubio. For all your timber needs. Construction & joinery timbers for interior/exterior.Trade & public. Tel: (office) 950 614 050, (Paul) 661 157 689, (Graham) 606 156 151 Email sales@wood2go.eu

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

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Beauty ETTICUT - Turre. 667 971 960 HOLISTIC THERAPIST - Buganvillas. Katherine Hazell. 950 132 342 PAMPERED - Palomares. 950 618 129

Leisure activities RANCHO LUZ DEL SOL - Partaloa nr Albox Horse riding and Quad bikes. 678 838 547 AMIGOS BOWLING - Arboleas 950 120 269 www.amigosbowlingcentre.com

STYLES - Turre. 644 496 198 THE BEAUTY SPOT - Mojácar Playa. 950 472 460 or 600 223 664

Communications / Computers CONNEXIONS - Turre Computers, internet, phones, mail boxes. 950 479 502 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 PD WIZZARD - Computer Games sales@pdwizardgaming.es

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

EXTREME ADVENTURE - Turre Out door adventure park. 687 919 840 extremeadvmojacar@hotmail.com

Legal & translation ALPHA TRANSLATION SERVICE Translation, interpreting & Spanish lessons. 950 133 508 www.alpha-spain.com “DR DONNA” FREE medical & general advice. Help with all utility problems etc. BAR STOP, TURRE daily from 4pm. RIANNE SMULDERS Abogada English, Spanish, Dutch and German. Legal help and advice. 950 122 742 / 600 274 514 info@smuldersabogados.es VICTORIA INSURANCE SERVICES - Mojácar Tel: +34 950 475 241 Tel: +34 664 826 524 Email: victoriainsuranceservices@gmail.com www.thepropertyshopmojacar.com

Property APARTAMENTOS TORRES - Mojácar Holiday apartments to rent 682 202 345

Health ALMERIA ANGELS - All areas Emergency support systems plus nursing and care. 902 026 468

NEW ONE STOP - Mojácar 950 473 040

BALANCE FOR HEALTH - Turre 635 290 846 or 635 290 848

REAL SERVICES - Mojácar 950 475 779 or 649 304 441

CRYSTAL MAN - Albox & Mojácar Healing crystals. John 617 699 624

SPANISH HIDEAWAYS - Arboleas 958 003 391 or 676 604 008

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Business Directory Restaurants & Bars 102 TAPAS - Palomares 615 157 905 BAR STOP- Turre 950 479 593 ESCÁNEZ - Garrucha Seafood 950 460 278 LA DULCE CASA - Palomares 950 467 768 LA ESQUINA DE JULIO - Mojácar Playa 687 108 363 L’INCANTO - Mojácar Playa 950 472 224 MIS AMIGOS - Partaloa 626 893 799 or 657 445 396 MO’S MUSIC BAR - La Alfoquia Live music. 950 449 635 OASIS - Palomares 677 731 184 or 677 002 821 OTTOCENTO - Mojácar Playa 950 615 100 TABERNA CHRISTINA - Villaricos 693 743 791 THE IRISH ROVER - Mojácar Playa 950 473 135 THE ROAD HOUSE - Tabernas Live music. 950 066 007 THE UNION BAR - La Alfoquia 950 473 135

Spanish Lessons ALPHA TRANSLATION SERVICE 950 133 508 www.alpha-spain.com GIRASOL - Albox 639 089 170

CLASSIFIEDS WANTED! Small gas fridge. 626 271 585 WANTED! Scooter up to 125cc in excellent condition! Call 600 062 601 FOR SALE! 5.5 K.W 4 stroke petrol generator like new. 400 Euros O.N.O. Can deliver free in Mojacar to Almeria area. Phone Laurence on 950 066 163 or 681 346 444 FOR SALE! Double Bed. Excellent Condition. Modern, clean, aluminium double bed with pine legs, including clean matress. 99.00€ Tel: Terri 675285589 HAIRDRESSERS - CHAIR FOR RENT within a busy Almunecar town centre salon. Also small private treatment room available for hourly or flexible rental terms, would suit therapist, chiropodist, beautician, masseuse or nail technician. Call 958882106 / 627616544 FOR SALE! This seasons local olive oil for sale. 15 Euros for a 5 litre bottle. Phone 950 52 38 54 or 610 92 59 32 FOR SALE! Toyota Paseao, 1.5 ST. Spanish plates but rhd. ITV till June 2011. Great condition and cracking runner with no faults. CD player, elec windows/mirrors. 950€ Tel: 634 323 108

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Travel FERRI TOURS - Mojácar 950 472 333 THE LIFE OF RILEY Walking holidays and trips in the Sierra Nevada 696 354 824

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COURIERS EUROPE Fully legal company. Your goods fully insured anywhere in Europe. Competative rates. Sprinter/transit vans. Tel: 0044 7593218257. skype: couriers-europe Email: courierseurope@gmail.com 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

SANTI’S MOTORBIKE & CAR REPAIRS English and Spanish spoken. Competative rates. TURRE and surrounding areas. Call: 696 327 400

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

RALF MOTORS See main advert in Motoring. Antas Industrial Estate 950 393 776

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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.

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 Please mention

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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

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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

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