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Mojacar edition Issue No. 10 August 2011


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The Smooth Music Mix The Breakfast Show with Alan Sweet The Midday Music Mix with Mark Deakin The 70s afternoon treat The Smooth Music Mix

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Sundays 12-12 The Smooth music Mix 12-12 The Barb-b-que Mix

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

Centro del Arte, Mojacar Pueblo Exhibition from 3rd - 30th September Paintings and sculptures from Anne Kampschulte, Rafael Ebrero & Safi Contact information page 26

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Ullo! Ullo! Ullo! What’s goin’ on ‘ere then? This time, for our consideration I present ‘Sad Inheritance’ of 1899, a large, late Impressionist canvas by Valencian, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863 1923). Ostensibly, this is social comment on the plight of disadvantaged children some of whom being ricketsridden, the result of urban deprivation. At the end of the 19th Century and into the 20th certain painters seem voyeuristically and perversely obsessed with the depiction of the young bathing nude. Moreover, the male gender was overwhelmingly preferred: young boys, a motif favoured in England by Edward Stott, Henry Scott Tuke and many more. Spaniard Sorolla painted the subject often, but in contrast to this picture, most were happy scenes - boys at the seaside play in the sea sand and sun. Does this genre evince a dangerious predilection? Did the perpetrators escape censure? Did contemporary society care? Are we currently oversensitive to such matters? Just a few questions for you shipmates! So exactly what is going on in Sorolla’s painting? Do we see a devoted, caring priest ministering as an angel to his flock? Is our attention merely being drawn to social ills? Or is this Satan in a black cloak with evil intent? Constructed with restricted sombre palette, this is not a happy picture. Bad vibes emanate from that black garb, a turbulent menacing sea, and storm clouds on the high horizon. One thing is certain: this painting, by its very ambivalence, commands our attention. It poses questions and compels and opinion of the viewer. That’s what makes it great art. Message in a painting, Message in a painting. Sending out an SOS, Sending out an SOS. Apologies to Sting and the Police. TTFN, Quirkily yours, Sir Percival Trodnip RN RTD


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PAWS AID The PAWS AID Concert, at Mojácar’s Artisan Centre on Saturday 24th September, is gearing up to be an epic event. Lasting seven hours, with nine live bands, six dance acts and a variety of video screenings, it is set to be PAWS biggest ever fundraising event. With music ranging from solo acoustic to full-bore rock, the event will be in two separate sessions with separate tickets - 5€ for each session, on sale from the end of August. Both sessions will be broadcast live by Bay Radio (91.5/95.5 FM). The genial Master of Ceremonies on stage (in English and Spanish) will be José Luis Cano, who needs no introduction to Mojácar audiences! Bands peforming will include Los Gringos, Los Mezcaleros, Pedro Flemingo and Hysteria. The Dance acts will perform during band change-

overs, and include Zumba, Belly Dancing and Alistair Machin, winner of the recent local contest in “Spain’s Got Talent.” “It is essentially a PAWS fundraiser,” said PAWS spokesman Mike Dornan, “but we hope it will stand as a full-blown, multi-cultural event in itself. We have Spanish, English, American, Belgian and German musicians taking part.” Mojácar Town Hall has thrown its support fully behind the event. There will be food stalls and a bar operating throughout, so nobody needs to go hungry or thirsty. Parking has been provided next to the petrol station on the hill, and buses will be on hand to bring people to the centre at the beginning of each session, and deliver them back at the end. Full details at www.paws-patas.org or from pawsenquiries@gmail.com

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Jazz Funk Soul To coincide with The7th Annual Hitsville Northern Soul Weekender on September 15th - 18th I thought it would be appropriate to include this month a real northern soul hero...Jesse Davis!!! Yours in music DJ Deano

Davis has toured throughout the U.S ...Palm Springs, Miami, Hollywood, San Francisco, Washington DC to name but a few! Several of his 45's were indeed much respected/sought after by fanatical collectors all over the world especially his Era records 45 "Gonna Hang On In There", his "There's Room For Me" on Revere and to a lesser extent due to it still being an elusive piece his,"So Full Of Love" on Jaboth records...which incidentally was his own record label. Jesse started his professional career touring with The Fabulous Tones as the featured singer. After a year he decided to strike out on his own, first becoming well known in Palm Springs during the 'Hollywood Playground' days in the 1970's. The

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Revere label record,"There's Room For Me", was produced by a "friend" of his Dr Michael Dean, who himself was at that time a popular performing hypnotist! The Jaboth track,"So Full Of Love" did not recieve a lot of turntable action due to it's rarity, then it is very reminiscent of a more well known track by Tommy Mosely called "For Her Love", which isn't surprising as Rene Hall was the co-writer/ producer on both tracks...& indeed Tommy also recorded for Era. He still has the original demo record of "Gonna Hang On In There Baby" with it's handwritten credits... He has stated it will be passed on to his grandchildren!! Jesse is still recording today, albeit on the jazz tip, there have been many attempts to persuade him to come on over to the UK and perform his Northern Soul tracks... now that would be something not to be missed wouldn’t you say! The SOS Show with DJ Deano 98.8 inland 89.6 on the coast valleradio.eu (info@valleradio.eu) Every Sat eve 6-9pm 'Soul on Saturday'

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Sunday evening 14th Aug saw the long awaited "OH WHAT A NIGHT" comedy and musical extravaganza evening at the El Pinar bar and restaurant and oh what a night it was. A full house saw a wonderful evening of entertainment, beginning with the stupendous Sax sounds of Dave Sharp,followed by the last performance of Mr Steve (Rod Stewart) Fisher before his departure to the UK, Steve you will be missed and all the best for the future, thanks for all your wonderful evenings in the past. Justin Sane continued the evening with his fabulous comedy routine, which had all the guests crying with laughter and ended with Mr Romance himself Brian Dee who had everybody dancing their hearts out.

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By the pool - the support was fantastic, a huge turnout!

This wonderful evening raised a grand total of 1020 euros which will handed over to the Vera Children's Home in the very near future. The main fund raisers for this great evening was the father and son team of Steve and Arron Tree who worked tirelessly to achieve this wonderful sum of money. Finally many thanks to the residents of La Alfoquía and Arboleas and El Pinar who attended this evening and special thanks to Colin, Alan and Simon of the Restaurant El Pinar who gave their services free of charge.

Steve Tree with Steve (Rod Stewart) Fisher photos ©bluwater web design, courtesy of The Advertiser

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Listings provided by Whats-on Every Thursday Live music at MO’S MUSIC BAR, Alfoquia Every Friday 21.00: Stan Roberts Quintet Playing at the Lua, Puerto Rey; light easy listening standards including latin and popular spanish music. Saturday 10th BAR MONTANA El Campico Tony Justice will be singing at Matt and Carols 1st Aniversary Party 25 euros for Cava & Canapes on arrival and a gourmet 4 course dinner Reservations Tel 670 589 788 Saturday 10th 19.30: Darren Antony sings songs from Michael Buble - Neil Diamond - Elton John - and many more. El Naranjo Bar & Restaurant, Los Gallardos Sunday 11th 14.30: Los Gringos, THE ROAD HOUSE, TABERNAS

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Sunday 11th 14.00: Hysteria, El Konejo, Carboneras Sunday 11th 14.00: Lady Ellen, Bar El Pinar Thursday 15th Tikar Hotel Garucha Garden Dinner Dance Thursday/Friday/Saturday/ Sunday 15/16/17/18th HITSVILLE 7th Annual Soul Weekender - see main ad for details page 6 Friday/Saturday/Sunday 16/17/ 18th The Luvvies Theatre Group presents Hotel California. See ad below for full details. Saturday 17th 13.00: Fashion Show and auction at Hotel Valle de Este. PAWS charity event. Tickets 15• including 2 course meal. call 627 819 512 Wednesday 21st 21.00: John Lennon Tribute Show at the Beachcomber Mojacar Playa.

Saturday 24th Paws Charity event Mojacar pueblo (Artisan centre) Saturday 24th Nothing like The Original, Blue Parrot Hotel Street, Vera Playa Friday 30th 20.30: Los Gringos at Cactus Bar Vera Playa. Friday 30th Postively Pink: Autumn Gala Night at Miraflores, Los Gallardos. Saturday October 1st - BAZA Poppy Appeal fund raising annual Go Kart Grand Prix at Baza Karting Centre ( raceing starts 700pm ) phone 677 765 733 Wednesday 3rd October Buddy Holly Tribute, Beachcomber, Mojacar Saturday 15th October 22.00: Atila - Heavy rock, at THE ROAD HOUSE, TABERNAS

To list your event here send full details to listings@whats-on.es Whats-on.es also on Bay Radio at 13.00 every Friday

Rescheduled from May, due to local elections, The Luvvies are pleased to announce their forthcoming production “Hotel California”. Based on well-known playwright Neil Simon’s works, Hotel California follows four separate stories of guests at the swanky Beverly Hills Hotel. California Suite will be presented in the Teatro Pedro Gilabert, Arboleas Friday September 16th – Doors open 7pm Saturday September 17th – Doors open 7pm Sunday September 18th – Doors open 2.30pm Ticket price 7.50€ (Children 15 years and under free with an adult). Ticket outlets: Essentials, Arboleas; Sophias, A r b o l e a s ; Deborah’s Cards, Arboleas; Colin the Card, Longo’s Centre; 1-Stop Pool Shop, Longo’s Centre; Girasol, Albox; Rumores, Albox; Spar Supermercado, Huercal Overa. In case of problems obtaining tickets, please email or call info@theluvvies.com 697 384 513


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Sent through by Gill Nickson

WHAT IT IS TO BE A WOMAN

PONDERISMS

1· Taxis stop for us.

1· I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

2· No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival The Speedo

2· Life is sexually transmitted.

3· We don't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves.

3· Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

4· If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

4· Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. 5· Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?

5· We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear. 6· We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there. 7· We can talk to people of the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.

6· All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

8· If we marry someone 20 years younger, we're aware that we look like an idiot.

7· How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

9· There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems.

8· Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out'?

10· We'll never regret piercing our ears.

9· If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests? 10· Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup? 11· Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster? 12· Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

11· We can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes. 12· We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence, because they aren't listening anyway.

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Square eyes The 16th September sees the Mexican fiesta El Grito celebrating their independence from Spain. In our more wistful moments, “She Who Must Be Obeyed” and I plan to run away from Casa SE, leave the kids to it and escape to Mexico. Our own little war of independence. Not only is it her love of beans and her dislike of badges (“We don’t need no stinking badges” – answers on a postcard!) but the wonderful sleepy hamlets on Pacific coast that “She Who Must Be Obeyed” is enamoured with. As for yours truly the Mexican movie scene has undergone a real revival and produced some absolute pearlers in recent years. More than enough to keep Square Eyes safely occupied in the hammock in front of the goggle box. Our friends at Desert Stars Movies on the Move are showing just such a film – Like Water For Chocolate – at La Montana in Bedar on 16th September. This is a wonderful love story set against the background of the Mexican Revolution, a story of family traditions and a vision of what life was like in Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century. It’s about passion and sex. And it’s about food.

Tita is in love with Pedro but Pedro must marry her sister Rosaura so Tita marries John who knows she doesn’t love him. Square Eyes is not one for spoiling but the scene when Gertrudis (another sister) takes a shower after eating Tita’s petal soup is fabulous. She is so consumed with red-hot passion from the soup she literally burns down their out-side shower, then, as she runs naked across the plains is scooped up by a soldier on horseback and rides off with him If you haven’t seen this film yet – you really must.

Nuevo Cine Mexicano Under a greater influence of European film makers, Mexican directors have looked to produce films with more personal expression - auteur. Square Eyes ‘must see’ movies include: Amores Perros, d. Alejandro González Iñárritu (2000)

Y tu mamá también, d. Alfonso Cuarón (2001)

That darn lightbulb! Desert Stars Movies on the Move 9th Sept: 800 Bullets at the El Pilar bar (Nr Lubrin) 16th Sept: Lik e W a t er Lik e Choc ola Like Wa Like Chocola olatt e at the Bar Montana (Bedar/Lubrin) For mor e details c ontact Laur enc e on 681 346 444 more contact Laurenc ence motm1@hotmail. com motm1@hotmail.c

How many film directors does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but he wants to do it thirtytwo times and when he’s done, everyone says that his last light bulb was much better. How many editors does it take to change a light bulb? If we change the light bulb, we ll have to change everything. How many actors does it take to screw in a light bulb? 100: One to do it and ninety-nine to say “I could’ve done that.” How many Stuntmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? Five. One to screw it in and four to tell him how bitchin he looked doing it.


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Labyrinth by Kate Mosse Set in medieval and contemporary France, Labyrinth is the tale of two women separated by centuries but joined by a common destiny. Alice Tanner is on a working holiday at an archaeological dig in the Pyrenees near Carcassonne in France. Drawn away from the rest of the excavation she comes across a cave, within which are two crumbling skeletons, a stone ring and a small leather bag. The walls are daubed with strange writings and the pattern of a labyrinth. The police are called and Dr. Tanner soon realizes that she has discovered something that should have remained hidden. Her friend disappears, a police officer is killed and she is shadowed as she travels around France looking for answers, what is the significance of the Labyrinth? Eight hundred years earlier, at the time of the Fourth Crusade, launched to stamp out the heretical Cathars in Southern France, Alaïs must safe guard a secret, already centuries old, passed to her by her father. Betrayed by her husband and hunted by her sister amongst the wreckage

Clever Clogs! A mother passing by her son's bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up. Then, she saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, 'Mum' with the worst premonition; she opened the envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands. Dear, Mum. It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I've been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercing's, tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am. But it's not only the passion, Mum. She's pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood

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JAY & JOHN - 662 585 098 of the Midi, Alaïs must make sure the secret of the Holy Grail is kept. This is a real Girl’s Own Story, where the women, good and bad, do not sit passively by. A rip roaring grail quest played out against beautifully descriptive prose of Kate Mosse. (No not that one, this Mrs Mosse is the co-founder of the Orange Prize for fiction and named European Woman of Achievement for her contribution to the arts). The author herself lives part of time in France and her love of the countryside shines through as well as her obvious passion for religion and history. This book was recommended by John from THE BOOK BOX, where you can pick up a copy (see advert for details) for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it!! Don't worry Mum, I'm 15, and I know how to take care of myself. Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren. Love from Trevor P..S. Mum, none of the above is true. I'm over at Jason's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report that's on my desk. Call when it is safe for me to come home.


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For the love of horses episode 3 I was asked to put together a pageant for Fenwicks of Bond Street. The event covered a full week. During the week I was employed to serenade customers in Fenwicks moving from floor to floor with my guitar. It was there that I met Chief Wolf Robe-Hunt from the Acoma Tribe who was a licensed silversmith in America and who was at Fenwicks to demonstrate the art of making war bonnets. The week’s activities commenced with a gigantic

parade, in which all major London stores entered floats, including my covered wagon and various cowboys and Indians on horseback in full regalia. As the parade commenced the cowboy driving the wagon cracked his whip, with a big “yee ha”, the horse stood bolt upright on its hind legs in the shafts, upsetting the other horses and a stampede looked likely. I raced up on my horse, was able to grab the bit of the wagon horse, pull it back down to the ground and eventually calmed the situation to allow the parade to continue, which it did without further incident. The parade continued through London to a dais where a right Royal revelation took place – read more next month. Visit www.myspace.com/steve_eagles Steve now runs All things equestrian with his wife from their home in Castillejar.

Quad biking at the ranch Sunset ride and bbq in September (superb value) - quads or horses - follow Rancho Luz Del Sol on facebook

Having never been on a quad bike before, Jay expertly talked me through how to get going. He then took me on a fantastic trail down the rambla just outside Partaloa. It never ceases to amaze me how the rock formations can look so different depending on the time of day and the angle your looking from. Beautiful! Really good fun and highly recommended. Pete Kember.

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The Cambridgeshire Handicap on 24th September at Newmarket is the first half of the “Autumn Double” with the second half, The Cesarewitch Handicap, being run a fortnight later on 8th October.

Of the last 12 winners, nine were lightly raced, 7 out of the 12 had won a class 2 handicap and 9 had won a race worth £9k or more. None were rated higher than 102 and horses below 94 have not finished in the frame.

The Cambridgeshire is run over a straight distance of 1m1f on the Rowley mile and is open to 3yo+ thoroughbreds. There’s plenty for punters to work through before the final declaration, as 158 horses go forward for this historic race. So what pointers can the trends give us?

The data shows that there is no huge advantage over the draw but horses coming from stalls 11 – 20 do have a slight advantage.

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Over the last 12 years 3 and 4 year olds have held sway, however the last two outings have seen older horses score - Credit Swap 5yo (2010) and Supaseus 6yo (2009).

Well if all of these statistics has not made anything clearer, maybe there is one sure bet taken on by this year’s sponsors Bet Fred. Fred Done has generously put up a £100,000 bonus for any stable completing the Autumn Double this year. £50,00 goes to the winning trainer and the other £50,00 to be split amongst the stable staff. However the last yard to do this was Sam Darling’s in 1925 who saddled Masked Marvel in the Cambridgeshire and scored with Forseti in the Cesarewitch. Whatever you back – good luck.

As sad it has been to see Howard Johnson decide to retire from racing after being handed a 4 year ban from the BHA his case raises serious questions over what constitutes “cruelty” in the sport. Johnson had tremendous success since owner and friend Graham Wylie joined him in 2002, particularly at Cheltenham with the three time World Hurdle Champion Inglis Drever. What’s your opinion? Join us on Face Book and let us know Sentinella Mojácar

Beach cricket Beach cricket is back on the 9th October! The tournament will be held on Mojácar Playa by Fantasia. The competition will be between 10 teams of 6 players (you may have more than 6 members in the team The new badge but only 6 will be on the for the Turre field...beach). There will be Cricket Team two groups of 5 teams with the top two teams of each group qualifying for the semi-finals. Entry fee is 40€ per team, Contact Sam 623 132 487 or Dave 950 617 606 for more details of how to enter, the rules, scoring and draw. The winners will receive the coveted Mojácar Beach Cricket Trophy.

Forum Golf Society 16/09 Society Championship First Round at Playa Macenas 30/09 Society Championship final round at Marina 11/10 Pairs Betterball strokeplay at Hacienda de Alamo Contact Phil Elam on philjelam@yahoo.co.uk 666 847 840, or see www.forumgolfsociety.webs.com

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Vuelta a España 2011

The Vuelta continues until 11th September, unfortunately Briton Bradley Wiggins chances of securing ‘la Roja’ are fading as he looses out in the 15th stage to Spaniard, Juan Jose Cobo. Tom from Almeria Fotographia captured the drama of the race as it passed through out region on the 4th stage. Contact Almeria Fotographia at www.almeria-fotografia.com to see more amazing photographs of the event.

Rugby Union World Cup The Rugby Union World Cup runs from 9th September until 23rd October in New Zealand. It gives perennial chokers, The All Blacks a chance to win on home turf. Despite winning the inaugural competition in 1987 which they jointly hosted with Australia, they have never managed to add to that tally blaming everything from food poisoning to refereeing conspiracies. Their defeat to the Wallabies in the Tri-Nations will have only added to the pressure for the most rugby obsessed country in the world and only home nation status would seem to justify their short price. Next month we review the competition to date and how the Home Nations have faired as they challenge for the biggest prize in World Rugby. If you agree that the Kiwis’ price is too short whose price looks attractive to you …

2011 World Cup Tournament Outright New Zealand

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France

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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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udi describe the Q3 as a Compact SUV in the Premium sector, though there are not many other cars in this area of the market. The BMW X1 is probably its closest competitor at the moment, but the forthcoming Range Rover Evoque will certainly be there as well. The interior is larger than you would imagine, with all five seats very comfortable, and plenty of leg and headroom for all occupants. The luggage area is very useable, and if the customer takes the standard package, with no spare wheel, the boot is very deep. Engines available at launch in November will be the 2.0 TDI 177ps quattro S tronic, 2.0T FSI 170ps quattro manual, the 2.0T FSI quattro S tronic, and the most popular 2.0 TDI 140ps front wheel drive manual. We drove a selection of cars in Switzerland and the most impressive was in fact the 2.0TDI 140ps FWD. It was so quiet and refined, with hardly any noise in the cabin. It had more than enough power and was a delight to drive in all road conditions, whether it was around town, in the small villages, on the motorway or up in the hills. It is small enough to be nimble and agile, yet on the open road felt large enough so you did not feel intimidated or unsafe. The engineers have been able to save weight by using more aluminum, such as on the bonnet and tailgate, which helps reduce C02 and improves fuel consumption.

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first time on the S tronic gearbox the ‘Free-wheel function’. If the driver has selected ‘Efficiency’ mode in the optional Audi drive select system, the clutch disengages when coasting, regardless of which gear is currently engaged. This allows the Q3 to free-wheel, or coast, which reduces fuel consumption. The Q3 is built at the Martorell plant, near Barcelona, and is of course up to Audi’s usual very high standards. Audi have invested 250million euros here in Spain and created more than 1,200 jobs.

What does Martin drive? “I passed my test in 1970 and never owned a car – I was a car salesman after leaving college and got a company demo car – and I’ve just used test cars ever since. I get 2 or 3 a week...just for testing, oh and going to Morrison’s, and to and from the airport – constantly.” If you did own your own car, what would it be? “Audi TT 2.0 TDI quattro Cabriolet in white with red leather. It's economical, a soft top in the summer, and 4WD in the winter. And...you can't give people lifts as it's a 2 seater :-)”


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ontinuing our cruising adventures, Ferri Tours have cruises throughout October and November, embarking from Malaga; stopping in the Algarve, Lisbon and Tangiers. 4 nights and 5 days from less than 300 euros!! The ship is the Empress and the cruise line is Pullmantur.

Tangiers. Photo from the Telegraph

Once through the straits of Gibraltar, the cruise heads to the popular port of Portimãu, in between Faro and Lagos. There’s plenty to do during your shore leave in Portimãu, from trips to the caves or dolphin watching or just a spot of shopping. From here the cruise continues to Lisbon and if music is your thing that then check out some of the fado (the Portuguese “flamenco”) clubs in the Lapa district near the port. Next stop Tangiers.

which contained more thieves, black marketeers, spies, thugs, phonies beachcombers, dubious expatriates, degenerates, operators, bandits, bums, tramps, characters, politicians,, and charlatans than any place I´ve ever visited," wrote Robert Ruark in 1950.

Tangier (Tanger)

"Spectacula view," raved Tenesee Williams, "Every possible discomfort."

The City is blessed with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, big beaches, an ancient Medina, French style cuisine, and nice houses. A large European population was established in the 19th Century, but it was between the 1920´s to the 1960´s during it´s years as an International Port, that it gained it´s reputation as an anything goes playground for the decadent, the artistic, and the generally knocked out. It still echoes with tales of Marlene Deitrich and Errol Flynn, Joe Orton and Oscar Wilde, Barbara Hutton and Truman Capote, Gertrude Stein, Abe Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. "In Tangiers," wrote Kerouac, "Everything is possible - and everything that isn´t possible is possible." And he only went there for his hoilidays! "Sodom was a Church picnic and Gomorrah a convention of girl scouts compared with Tangier,

Samuel Pepys made it sound pretty sexy too: "A nest of papacy where Irish Troops and Roman bastards could disport themselves unchecked." So I finish with a question: What are you waiting for? Hogan

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guilas is one of the most important towns in our area for serious sightseers because of it’s incredible history, much of which remains today. The town marks the coastal border between Murcia and Andalucia - it’s been one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean, due to the routes to Lorca and Baza that were created in the 19th century. The castle of San Juan de Aguilas (St John of the Eagles), built in 1579, dominates the town. Although it is now in ruins, the climb up is well worth it to take in the amazing panoramic views. At this point, you may like to reflect on the meaning of Aguilas, eagles, perhaps an indication of the importance given to this town throughout many civilizations. Aguilas and surrounding areas are among the most instensely mineralized regions of Europe. Mining has been economically important to the region; archeologists claim as far back as the pre-Roman period. The first documented mines however, date from 1587, and by the middle of the 19th century

Welcome to Spain Regular weekly excursions with Thomas Cook, Thomas Cook act only as an agent on behalf of the excursion provider. Coaches leave from 4 points along Mojacar Playa. For more information and to book your seats call Jo on 600 062 601

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Mini Hollywood (Full day)

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Coastline & Castles (1/2 day)

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The Aguilas Carnival occurs two weeks before lent and is in Spains top 10 carnavals! It lasts for 2 weeks, involves all 4000 or more people participating in the parades and entertainment; it was declared of National Tourist Interest in 1997. Perhaps most importantly of all is Aguilas market every Saturday. It is the biggest and best market in the area, and Thomas Cook arange a coach trips every week which allows time to explore the town as well as the many delights of the market!

We’re casting for a new series of Channel 4’s popular ‘Four in a Bed’, celebrating great Bed and Breakfasts and small hotels. Whether it be their five glowing stars or the quirky and unusual approach that the owners deem their unique selling point. Each week, four places will compete against one another to be crowned that week’s best B&B or small hotel…and the judges of the competition will be the owners themselves. Anyone who is interested should email us at fourinabed@studiolambert.com.

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Olive Oil factory Tabernas

Hornillo Pier was built at the end of the 19th century by the British South Eastern Railway Company, to load ships with iron ore. It’s an ingenious piece of engineering, constructed from iron and concrete; you can visit the pier although it is no longer in use. Today the main economy of Aguilas is tourism.

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there were over 200 shafts, producing silver and iron deposits which were shipped from Aguilas harbor. By the end of the 1960's the last mines in Aguilas were closed.

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His cup runneth over..... Let me put my cards on the table so you know where I stand. I've always had a problem with organized religion. I believe it is a tool to control the predominantly easily-led masses, and perhaps in less enlightened times you could argue its efficacy. But nowadays? Catholicism is a bloated self-righteous colossus, bestriding the globe and commanding the unquestioning loyalty of millions of followers. It lives by an outdated doctrine, and often tries to bury the corruption within. But more importantly it is run from a sovereign state, The Vatican, whose coffers overflow. If there is a God, does he not turn his face in repugnance at the bloated cash cow this world religion has become? We, as the great unwashed, could perhaps turn the other cheek in any other era, but we are in the middle of financial and economic meltdown as country after country seems to be going to the wall. So

into Madrid flies The Pope, the figurehead of this huge, wealthy religion, the bill for his entourage and trip footed by the embattled and fragile economy of Spain. Yes, that's right, for the privilege of kissing his ring, this country will further plunge itself into debt. Well, he can kiss mine. Small wonder that demonstrations by the Spanish people are taking place to protest, quite reasonably in my opinion, that he delve deep into his own substantial pockets and foot his own travel expenses. If you feel you can't afford it mate, stop at home, there's a church in every town, we can say 'hi' there.

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Línea Directa Aseguradora is the market leader in the sale of insurance for foreign residents in Spain. Since 1998 it has offered its customer services in English and German, which include handling claims, selling policies or road assistance, among many others. Francisco Valencia, Corporate Governance Director, introduces us to a new service: fine management.

Francisco Valencia: “For Línea Directa, Expatriates form an essential part of our strategy” Línea Directa was the first Spanish insurer to offer its services in English and German. Why this commitment to Expatriates? For Línea Directa, Expatriates form an essential part of our strategy. Since we set up Línea Directa, in 1995, we have forged close links to them, due to the fact that our company model was imported directly from England, and as a result offering services specifically designed for them was something quite natural. We currently have a portfolio of over 1.85 million policyholders, 64,000 of whom are foreign customers. One of the latest services offered to Expatriates is fine management. What does it consist of and what advantages does it have? Our service offers the foreign customer advice on traffic fines in his or her own language, including notification of the official bulletins, a benefit specifically designed for Expatriates. In Spain, when the person receiving the fine is not at home, he or she is considered to have been notified of the fine after it has been published in the Official Bulletin of the province where he or she resides, thereby reducing or even eliminating any chance of defence for someone who spends many months of the year abroad. What does this service cover and what other benefits does it include? Apart from the benefit that it can be used by any driver over 26 years of age, the cover also includes a payment of 500 euros to finance a road safety re-education course if the driven licence has been withdrawn. Once again Línea Directa shows its commitment to its foreign customers residing in Spain, offering them the best services and cover at the best price. You can find out more about all the benefits available at www.lineadirecta.com or by calling 902 123 104.


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hese are difficult times: many UK buyers bought a property before the crisis started and the exchange rates were in their favour. And what will happen if you don’t pay your monthly payments anymore? Going into denial is a big mistake because it drags out the process, which drives up the final cost to you. The longer the process takes, the more expensive it will be for you. And be warned, the penalty interest rate you pay is much higher, potentially over 20%. The best thing to do is talk to the bank before you miss out a payment and serious problems will start. You will find most banks co-operative in finding a solution with you, because they’re not interested in expensive and long repossession procedures either. In the worst case the bank will repossess your property, through court procedures, and eventually the house will be sold in an auction. But if the auction does not generate enough money

to pay for the outstanding plus all legal costs and interests, the bank will go against any other properties you still own, as well as your income. Leaving everything behind and walking away to the UK is not an option as Spanish lenders can and will pursue outstanding mortgage-related debts against assets in the UK. Banks will sometimes agree to take ownership of a property in return for writing off the mortgage debt under a procedure, established under Spanish law, called “Dación en pago”. This option will normally only be available if there is a decent margin of equity in the underlying property which will allow the bank to sell it on without losing money. Rianne Smulders

Albert Einstein said... Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.


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F.A.Q. Do have Snakes? Yes. Do you have Scorpions? Yes. Poisonous Spiders? Yes. Wild Boars. Yes. Now in fact a snake will look at you to see if it can stretch its jaws over your head and shoulders, if you are too big to eat, it is not interested in you, and is probably more scared of you, than you it. Scorpions will do their best to scuttle away as they really don’t like to be trodden on, which many humans seem to enjoy doing. However if you do accidentally step on one and it still alive enough, it will probably stab you. Painful, but not much more than a double bee string. Spiders? I guess they are some poisonous ones, but somehow I have managed to avoid being bitten. In fact with the five festivals that we had in the early days, not one of our three

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thousand visitors ever reported a sting or bite that caused any real problems. Once some years back, whilst hiking in the hills I saw the rump of rapidly disappearing wild boar, quite exciting really. When temperatures hit the upper forties it is really the unseen beasties that can do you harm, and most of them reside in the fridge. Another good place to get you down is the private swimming pools inhabited by those most infectious beasts called Kids! It is funny though, that one of scariest things in the desert no one seems to ask about. The most frighteningly huge and awesome thing which seems to disturb a lot of folk is the sound of silence, to us who live here it is of course our golden wonder. Most of the fears and phobias of living in the desert are merely in the minds of man. But there is of course no better place on Earth to face your fears. Laurence Burton

by Florence Hill, age 13

This month in the U.K has started off in a very bad way; Amy Winehouse’s death, riots all over the country which have left buildings burnt to a crisp and shops smashed and robbed, and then to top it all, rainy days, like EVERY day. But that’s just England for you. The radio and magazines have been full of tributes to Amy Winehouse; she had an amazing talent and thousands of fans. The album ‘Back to Black’ was moved into the top 10 best selling albums! The papers have been full of photos of rioters

running in every direction as flames lit up the streets of Tottenham, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham. Hundreds of people have been braking into shops and just taking as much as they can carry and running. But we’ve had some good things happen too, like the latest Harry Potter film coming out in the cinemas!! It’s the best one yet and I hear that it might not be the last one! I even heard that Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy wants to start a new career as a rapper!


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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 In 1983 my parents took an early retirement and moved to the South of Spain to live in the Campo. 28 years later my own family has moved to America, one of my brothers lives in London and my sister has moved to Hong Kong. We are all concerned about my aging parents who would now find it heartbraking to move away from their beloved Spain but should be having support and emergency care possibilities. My father has cateracs and oesteoperosis and my mother suffers from arthritis related problems, so you can understand my concern. I picked up a copy of The Sentinella during a recent visit and thought you might be a good person to ask for advice. Amanda Dear Amanda, As families become fragmented it is a natural concern for the family when parents become older. One of the greater concerns is when relatives are living in the campo far from medical services and the ability to be able to access them

easily, especially when the main car driver becomes unable to drive. There are now excellent Assisted Living organisations available in Spain and have been for many years. You will find some who advertise their services in The Sentinella. Some offer 'Assisted Living' in the home, others offer an apartment within a complex with Assisted Living. You may wish to make contact and explore what the various organisations are offering; then perhaps take your relative along to see how this works in practice. Your parents would then be able to make an informed decision for themselves and be able to continue living an independent life in their beloved Spain, giving their family peace of mind. As always, doing as much research as possible beforehand will pay dividends when the time comes to need the services. Your feedback would be appreciated by the readers, whom I am sure would benefit from your experience. Marco forrestleecounsellingservices@yahoo.co.uk

Retirement - a double edged sword It goes without saying that retirement is a double edged sword - the expectation of an easier life without the pressure of work vs the expectation of growing old with less income and deteriorating health. There have been some thought provoking emails doing the rounds suggesting the answer is to move permenantly onto a cruise liner or into luxury hotels where the eventual cost is far less than nursing homes and the support/care/facilities are superior. This notion is backed up with statistics from UK newspapers:

Thought for the month: The maths is simple: care for the elderly in the UK is at least £100 per day! Why wait until you are unable to make your own decisions about your golden years and where you should spend them. Think about your budget and how you can ensure you’ll be safe and secure for the rest of your life with the best quality of life you can possibly afford.

About retirement

The cost of a year’s stay in a nursing home is now comparable with the cost of a luxury cabin for a year on the Queen Elizabeth liner. The Telegraph, 07 June 2010

When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch. R.C. Sherriff (1896 – 1975) an English writer

A quarter of people aged over 65 can expect a bill of more than £50,000 per year. One in 10 pays more than £100,000. BBC News, 02 July 2011

When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income. Chi Chi Rodriguez (born 1935) is a Puerto Rican professional golfer.


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What makes a perfect care worker? www.guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 March 2010 Learning disability charity MacIntyre has come up with a profile after working with specialist recruitment consultancy Kenexa. The profile was based on the results of a rapid personality questionnaire (RPQ). The perfect care worker is an introvert, not overly pushy, who takes a low-profile approach in the workplace; a person with a genuine concern for others who is warm and friendly. The “natural” is a confident decision-maker who can take responsibility but will ask for help and support, and who prefers to work in a structured environment with clear rules and guidelines. Meet Pia, a low key, modest individual who will no doubt hate this publicity but understands the need for elderly people to have confidence in the person or organisation they are depending on. Pia has spent more than 20 years in Almeria, helping people in difficulty with bureaucracy and health care systems as well as many other issues. She moved here from Ibiza, along with her 4

children, to live near her father in order to support him and keep her family together. Her career as a ‘care/support worker’ began with a chance visit to an elderly couple who were experiencing health issues that meant their children wanted their mother to move to the north of Spain to be cared for in a ‘home’. The father had always been supported by his wife and told his children they might as well shoot him if they were going to leave him on his own. Pia arranged for a family from Chile to move in with the couple who remained with them for the rest of their lives. This support of the couple, led to Pia being asked by others for help and has continued to sort out the problems of both the elderly and the young, here in Almería, ever since. She has described her developing business as ‘peace work’ but now the needs of an aging generation have forced her to establish a structured company for the peace of mind of both parents and children.

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Kiss me An 80 year old man loved to go fishing. He was sitting in his boat one day when he heard a voice say, "Pick me up." He looked around and couldn't see any one. He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say again, "Pick me up." He looked in the water and there, floating on the surface, was a frog. The man said, "Are you talking to me?" The frog said, "Yes, I'm talking to you. Pick me up. Then, kiss me and I'll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. I'll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous because you will have me as your bride." The man looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked it up carefully, and placed it in his breast pocket. Then the frog said, "What, are you nuts? Didn't you hear what I said? I said kiss me and I will be your beautiful bride." He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said, "No thanks, at my age I'd rather have a talking frog."

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950 479 124 682 202 345 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments 150 m from Mojacar Playa

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This beautiful one Bedroom apartment sleeps four, it is situated in the picturesque La Parata Mountain only five minutes from Mojรกcar Playa. There are 2 Restaurants and a bar within a two minute walk. Available from the first week in September for long or short term rental. Rent negotiable depending on the length of rental term.

For further inf ormati on please contact informati ormation Julie on 950 950 797 or 697 462 746

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

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Part 3 brings the history of Mojacar up to date. See the above link for the full article. The crash of two American nuclear armed planes over nearby Palomares in January 1966 brought Manuel Fraga Irribarne, the then tourist minister, to Mojácar, where Jacinto persuaded him to build a Parador hotel and to dub the (by this time painted) town with the ‘White City of the Year’ prize for 1966. A never heard of before or since award. Today, Mojácar has around 8,000 full time inhabitants, with perhaps another 15,000 summer visitors. The village remains attractive, with narrow ‘Moorish’ streets, stunning views and cubist architecture: while the beach has expanded into the main business of the community, and stretches as a solid line of hotels and apartment blocks from Garrucha to well past the Hotel Indalo, with new projects being built at Macenas. Some basic infrastructure is now going in, like a ring-road behind the beach urbanisations (well, one day) and some parking for the village. Desultory talk of a theatre (the old one was demolished in the ‘seventies), and a cinema (ditto) may bring culture back to the town. Meanwhile, a football stadium, a public sports centre and swimming pool have been completed. While poor politics (and indifference in civic affairs from the foreigners) has complicated Mojácar’s appeal, the beach, weather, location and social life remain attractive. English is the most spoken language of Mojácar today, followed by ‘mojáquero’ (an impenetrable form of Spanish). The local school is about 50% foreign. Finding work as a foreigner is hard, much beyond house-cleaning and bar work, although many set up their own businesses. It’s best to live here on income from abroad. There are many ex-pat clubs, theatre groups and associations here, and making friends is easy. There is not much intercultural strife, and the warm weather and easy going lifestyle soon soothe away any anxieties. Lenox

672 153 290

C. Enmedio, Mojácar Village Open: 17:00 until the early hours Closed Wednesdays

Informal friendly bar. Local prices. Varied specials board. Good food at great price 950 472 448 C/Embajadores, Mojácar

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EL ANTLER RESTAURANT Sharon, Stuart & Craig Original owners of El Antler for past 26 years welcome you to our restaurant

Sign posted as you reach the top of the pueblo

Fresh home-made food at good prices

International cuisine: Mediterranean with exotic touch & classic Spanish dishes

Open Mon - Sat 7.30pm Tel: 600 540 661 C. Enmedio, Mojácar Village


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Gardening in Almería Not much to report this month other than I am still away in the UK dodging the extremes of our Andalusian summer but that now I'm starting to get withdrawal symptons for my garden. I'm really lucky in that I don't have to worry about whether or not my garden will survive. My good friend Alan conscientiously waters it every three days in exchange for somewhere peaceful to while away a couple of hours on his beloved Suduko. He did have something strange to relate the other day. Apparently a couple of my plants in the top garden appeared to have been shrinking, but not dying. Mystery solved when 3 rabbits were seen to be enjoying a good old munch. Alan's watering expertise doesn't stretch to plant recognition so I'm surmising the rabbits were making short work of the luscious new rosemary bushes I planted last year. Now I wonder - if you marinade rabbit in rosemary, how much tastier would it be if you fed it! Maybe a bit like feeding snails on parsley. Unfortunately I'm too chicken hearted to shoot them so I'll never know. If anything, I'll probably grow a few extra lettuce for them when I return.

I did it back in the UK and was amazed how quickly it became populated with frogs and newts and other assorted wildlife. I'm researching the pros and cons but at the moment the only possible drawback I can see is the possibility of attracting mosquitoes. I think as long as I can keep the water aerated I shouldn't have too much trouble and as far as possible I'll keep it topped up with conserved rainwater, So that's my project for the autumn and winter. Can't wait to get back and get started - after all I'll have to have somewhere the rabbits can enjoy a drink after their two course lunch on rosemary and lettuce! The Lady Gardener

My beautiful pond

Always looking on the positive side, one of the nice things about being away is the anticipation of the changes. How rampant will the passion flower be; will the ivy that I planted 4 months ago be established now and will the tomato plants still be producing? Another bonus to being away from the garden is the opportunity to sit back and plan for the future. Difficult to do when in the thick of weeding, feeding, digging and hoeing! For some time now I've been thinking about putting in a wildlife pond.

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In response to our Lady Gardener wanting a wildlife pond...this is the pond in my old garden here in Andalucia. Ok, it doesn’t look great when you can see the bath, but I didn’t bury it deep enough...in any case, the plants soon over took and covered the sides... We kept the mozzies away with newts and frogs (placing small logs for easy access) who simply ate the larvae. We put the pond in next to an avocado, and planted a banana, a cheese plant, numerous different grasses and bamboos, lillies and had a type of creeping morning glory that spread over the ground. It was a lush wild life haven, but did get overgrown quite quickly.


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Shine on... STOP PRESS! September 2010: Angeles Duran, from Galicia claims ownership of the sun and hopes to charge users.

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year on and Duran has still not worked out how she is going to charge the world’s population for usage but when she does the profits will be allocated between the Spanish Government (50% plus and additional 20% to the national pension fund), alleviating world poverty (20%) and her own “Rainy Day” fund (10%). Presumably she is also still working out how she can avoid law suites for sun burn, skin cancer, forest fires, droughts, and so on … How did she manage to do it in the first place? Duran found a loophole in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty which strictly forbids any government from

owning a celestial resource but does not forbid an individual from doing so. Next stop her local public notary which issued a certificate stating 'owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometers'. Duran was inspired by learning that Dennis Hope, an American entrepreneur, had purchased the moon and has been selling lunar real estate, as well as land on Mars and Venus. Hope has been running his Lunar Embassy Commission since the 1980s and claims to have sold in excess of 2.5 million 1 acre plots to date. Word has it that he allocates the plots by closing his eyes and pointing to a map of the moon. Before Duran works out how she is going to charge us all, why not get in contact with Malcolm at HM Heating for some ideas about harnessing the power of the sun for your electrical needs.

Tel: +34 652 970 608 Email: info@hmheating.es Web: www.hmheating.es

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Hell’s bells Town Halls across Spain are calling for this plant to be destroyed on a massive scale. It is the stramonium plant, also known by many other names including Hell’s bells. It grows wild in warm climates, along roadsides and wastelands, especially liking ripe rubbish areas. This last month two teenagers died at a rave after eating the toxic plant, which is a member of the nightshade family. The effects are hallucinogenic, and the risk of overdose is high, often resulting in hospitalization or death intoxication produces an inability to differentiate reality from fantasy, and intolerance to light which can last for days. In America the plant is called Jamestown weed, because it was accidently given to British soldiers during a rebelion in 1676 in Jamestown, Virginia, who then spent 11 days appearing to have gone insane before recovering and remembering nothing about it.


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ne thing is for sure, it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, there is always one subject on people’s mind in some shape or form, and that is food! And, that’s very much the case when it comes to organizing Spain’s biggest food festival, Sabor de Almeria – Festival Internacional de Gastronomia right here in our own backyard, Mojácar. Provisional dates have been set for 18th May through to 3rd June for a whole 16 day food extravaganza. So what’s the idea behind the project? “Everyone can see that Mojácar is struggling. Local businesses moan that there isn’t enough trade and there aren’t enough tourists, and yet no-one has truly addressed the real issue of bringing independent tourists and new immigration to the area. The business association has failed to address the issue and not one business has ever attended nor been represented at the Fitur Exhibition in Madrid, Spain’s biggest tourism exhibition and conference, so I have decided to take action.” Says Steve

The NEW Kimrick

So much more than a restaurant Poolside dining at excellent prices NEW Meal Deals

Call in and pick up a menu! Regular LIVE entertainment Enjoy a swim in our private pool

Homer owner of the Sabor de Almeria festival and ‘Comida de Almeria’ online food magazine. We also learnt that this is only one of four major projects that Steve has up his sleeve to re-kindle tourism and new immigration in the area, but of course his decision to undertake the other three projects will be determined by the local support he has for organizing the food festival rather than merely by its success in 2012. To date, Steve has the support of 18 Almeria and international chefs, has identified 34 venues and has ear-marked 105 events and growing! Right now discussions and negotiations are ongoing with some of the UK’s biggest TV Celebrity Chefs and Steve is embarking on bringing Spanish TV chefs to the event too. If you’d like to make a difference to Mojácar, and wish to get involved in organizing the food festival then email Steve via the www.sabordealmeria.com website or telephone him on +34 666 291 984.

R E S TAU R A N T FRESH, FABULOUS FOOD & FANTASTIC VIEWS SINCE 2003

LUNCH: Monday to Friday 12 - 3.30pm DINNER: Monday to Saturday from 7pm Next to Pueblo Indalo, Mojácar Playa

Tel: 950 475 198

to reserve your table www.thenewkimrick.com The NEW Kimrick Bar & Restaurante

RESERVATIONS: 950 473 058 We welcome children, vegetarians, diabetics, gluten free diets and allergies Parque Comerical, 2nd floor, Mojácar (above the main square with the bank)

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Both in search of a decent pint of beer, over a drink one week-end, Ian and Iwona hatched a plan to start their own brewery. So it was back to England they went to attend a brewing course and there met someone willing sell them the equipment. Thus began the story of the Saxon Brewery, now in their third year and 24000l later starting to become a regular feature in your favourite locals in the area. The main beer brewed is a 4.6% ale but they have also produced a porter, a red and a mild and are ready to turn their hands to anything. Hops sourced from the UK are Fugles, Styrian Goldings, Casade, Sovereign whilst the malts come from Barcelona and are Marris Otter, Crystal, Wheat, Chocolate and Caramalt. Surprisingly Ian told us that there are more and more micro-breweries springing up in Spain spreading down down the coast from Barcelona. Long may it continue. NOW AVAILABLE AT THE ROADHOUSE, TABERNAS

Saxon Ale 4.6% Appearance: light caramel colour; clear with small bubbles Aroma: nice floral, hoppy aroma First sip: the initial light bitterness gives way to a well orchestrated balance between the hops and malt Mouth feel: A medium bodied beer with a refreshing mouth feel Finish: a good palate cleansing clean finish Overall: an excellent, very drinkable beer

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Saxon brewery in Velez Rubio

Desert Stars Movies on the Move, showing ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ at Bar Montana see Sqare Eyes for details.

CAPTAINS TAPAS BAR & RESTAURANT Superb selection of freshly made tapas using local ingredients served all day Special offer: Chicken breast in garlic & herbs plus chips & salad or 6 tapas incl. a bottle of wine or jug of beer 15€ for 2 people Special steak menu steak: incl. bottle of wine or jug of beer Entrecote steak for 2 people 22€ Fillet steak for 2 people 30€ A La Carte: Evenings 7pm - 11pm MOJACAR PLAYA 950 473 246 or 617 477 797

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The best seafood

For the freshest and finest selection of seafood, go to Bar Restaurante Escánez on Garrucha sea front. Photographs by Steve Homer of Sabor de Almeria.

Food news

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

Paseo Maritimo, 99, Garrucha

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Sabor de Almeria the people behind the new and exciting international food and drinks festival to be held in Mojacar in May and June 2012, are also launching two new food initiatives this month. Firstly, they have successfully negotiated an agreement with www.cookingvacations.com in the USA to bring people from all over the world to participate in Luxury Gastronomy Tours in America Province, in an effort to encourage greater tourism to the area. The Tours based out of Almeria City also include hands-on cooking lessons, and visits to bodegas, food producers and Michelin star restaurants, as well as gastro-tapas tours. The luxury tours are only available via Cooking Vacations in the USA. For those people living more locally Sabor de Almeria is conducting new and exciting GastroTapas Tours of Almeria City from September through to April to keep expats occupied during the winter months. We hear too that there are plans to extend this initiative to other gastronomy activities for locals shortly.


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Here is an interesting menu for 4 – it is easy to prepare (much of it in advance of the guests arriving) Also, it is not too expensive but special enough for a dinner party. For all the recipes, please visit our website, www.mojacar.thesentinella.com For a starter, use the last of the summer’s melons. Serve this as you like it, with Parma ham or with pieces of crystalised ginger and a sprinkling of ground ginger or you could serve it as we do in France. Simply cut a small melon (we use Charentaise) in half across the middle, remove all the pips and fill the cavity with Pineau des Charente. This last ingredient may not be available in your area but you can substitute it for a pale sweet sherry. Chilled, it is delicious. Follow this with: Rabbit with leeks in a mustard sauce, Small roast potatoes, Broccoli and pea mash, French beans with garlic and tomato Broiche bread and butter pudding

Rabbit with leeks in a mustard sauce INGREDIENTS  3 or 4 leeks, washed and chopped  2 tabs olive oil  1 rabbit cut into pieces  1 teas mustard powder for each piece of rabbit  2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed  ¼ chicken stock cube dissolved in 1 tab hot water  1 tab washed chopped rosemary  250 ml white wine  1 tabs grain mustard  2 heaped tabs crème fraiche  black pepper to taste

METHOD 1. Sweat the leeks in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil – 5 mins 2. Rub each piece of rabbit with mustard powder and a sprinkling of black pepper 3. Quickly brown the rabbit pieces in the remaining olive oil 4. Add garlic, dissolved stock cube, chopped rosemary and the wine to the leeks 5. Place the rabbit on top of the leek mixture and cover with foil (this can left until you are ready to cook it) 6. Bake rabbit in a hot oven 180oc for about 30 mins. 7. Mix the grain mustard with the crème fraiche and spread over the rabbit just before serving

Humbugs

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A taste of home... Coffee cake, Bakewell tart, chocolate cake, coffee and walnut cake, scones & cream teas, Vicoria sponge with butter cream and jam, lemon meringue pie, Danish pastries, chocolate eclairs ALSO pasties, sausage rolls, quiches...

Everything freshly made, on the premises, daily by the team at Humbugs Cafeteria and Bakery!

Indulge yourself...

Luis & Sara

El Suave BAR - RESTAURANT

€ Menu del Dia 8.50€ € Mac Luis: burger, chips & drink 5.00€ N340a to Sorbas, KM 497 Just before Sorbas. Large carpark

950 364 718 SORBAS

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Wacky Races coming soon... "...and now here they are! The most daredevil group of daffy drivers to ever whirl their wheels in the WACKY RACES. Competing for the title of worlds wackiest racer...”

Photos from the 2009 event, courtesy of www.nextstopalmeria.com, property management and rental services

On Saturday 22nd October 2011 the Taberna Cristina will be hosting The Annual Whacky Races. This will start at 12.00 mid day going on till around 4.00pm.

better if you take part! If you’d like to enter a cart you have a good few weeks to make it! Contact Martyn or Irene at Taberna Cristina for registration and more information. 693 743 791.

This annual fundraising event transforms the village of Villaricos into a racetrack, where teams of up to four members drive and push their homemade go-carts. It’s a superb day out, and even

This year the event will be supporting the charities of Asprodalba in Vera, PAWS, and also a donation will be given to Villaricos village towards the cost of the Easter flowers. Come along to enjoy a fun day and to help raise money for these well deserving charities.

ALL DAY BREAKFAST!! Freshly cooked to order BEST value in the area! Home of the Wacky Races

Villaricos 693 743 791 Good food served all day Quiz night Tuesdays from 9pm

2 bacon, 2 sausage, 1 egg, 2 toast, tomatoes, beans, tea or coffee

only 4.50€! Small breakfast

only 3€!

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Ceveceria y Terraza Over 40 freshly made tapas daily

The best tapas in the area English and German spoken

Pa l o m a r e s

Open 9am - 1.30am

Tel: 615 157 905

7 days a week

One liners Our ice-cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself. I went to a seafood disco last week ... and pulled a muscle. My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.


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I heard about Hopi ear candleing over a year ago, from a highly respected doctor who regularly had the treatment herself. I had been moaning about the need to have my ears syringed on account of my temporary deafness in one or both of my ears after showers and sometimes waking up in the morning with hours passing until they cleared. The doctor told me it would help with this and also many other problems; headaches, catarrh, sore throats, hay fever and many other face, neck and ear problems, including stress! I booked an appointment with Katherine Hazel. I lay down on a bed (on my side) and she gently placed a candle in my ear with a small plate fitting around it to catch any ash. As the candle burnt down it released the vapours of the ingredients (beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St Johns Wort, chamomile, beta-carotene and organically grown flax) and I felt as though the inside of my ear was being massaged. The idea is that the candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface. At the end of the treatment, there

was residue left behind with what was left of the candle wax, and for a day or two afterwards I was able to easily remove any wax that was brought to the surface during and after the treatment. The experience was relaxing and in addition to the actual ear canal clearing I felt tension in my neck had eased. I can highly recommend the experience and will certainly follow up with regular treatments.

The candle creates a mild suction which lets the vapours gently massage the eardrum and auditory canal. Once the candle is placed in the ear it forms a seal which enables wax and other impurities to be drawn out of the ear. www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast 24 January 2007

Why not put the spring back into your step and spoil yourself to a relaxing treatment?

Reflexology Lava shell massage Swedish massage Indian head massage Hopi ear candling Reiki Aromatherapy 











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Doing it now! “OK, I’ll get round to it” – how many times have we said that? I know I have. How many times have we heard other people say it? And what does it really mean? One translation might be simply “not now, later”; another could be, “ ..if it doesn’t happen now, then I might not have to do it ..”; another may be “not enough money/ time/energy right now – I’ll do it another time”. The reality is that the more we do this, put things off, the more it becomes the norm. How much better would it be, and how much better would we feel in ourselves, if we acted positively straight away? All that effort involved in pushing things to the back of the mind, then trying later to remember what they were – all of that would fall away. It would free up time to do those things that you want to do. So, a suggestion. Listen to what you are being asked to do, recognise how much time and effort it would take to put it off – and do it now instead! Then check in with yourself – feel good? Great,

job done! Time to spend on doing something for yourself now. Paul Davies, Balance for Health

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

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horoscope by Madam Rohaizi 41 VIRGO (August 22 – Sept 23)

Keep your hands to yourself this month! By that I mean do not put your hand up and volunteer for everything, let someone else do their share. I know you like things done properly, but just for once let someone else have a go. Sit back and let others get on with it.

PISCES (February 20 – March 20) Yes, you can do it! You know you have the ability, but because someone once wrote you off you have lost confidence. You are always on a roller coaster of emotion, but look at it this way – whatever goes down must come up! Now, come along, up you get! ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23) How is it that you always seem to be able to get the important things done yet still find time to relax? Because you are Libra! Take no notice if someone implies that you are not pulling your weight. It is only because they are a bit jealous. Be tolerant, but be tactful!

You have a strong competitive streak, which stands you in good stead most of the time. Be careful this month that someone you love doesn’t misconstrue your strivings for the best for selfishness. You are an achiever, but sometimes you may achieve more by seeming to fail. TAURUS (April 20 – May 21)

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22) You are a powerhouse, driven by your energy to achieve – what? It doesn’t matter if you didn’t get quite the result you expected last month. Be open with someone near to you, and take advice offered in friendship. Many roads lead to Rome, but maybe you are on the wrong one? SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 22) Seeing the bigger picture is your speciality, and you are very good at it. However, sometimes you miss the little details that make that picture special. Don’t try something new this month, but go back to a recent success, review it, add a few details and share it with a loved one. CAPRICORN (December 23 – January 20) Things have not been 100% rosy for a bit. But above all else you are a fighter, determined to achieve that which you desire – eventually. Ease off a bit this month, don’t burn yourself out. Things are due to get easier for you from the rising of the Harvest moon. AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19) Do you see yourself as decisive and determined or do you see yourself as bossy and bull-headed? Somebody close thinks the latter! Now don’t go off in a huff, sit down and think, and come back with a good, sound, sensibly reasoned idea to redeem yourself in their eyes.

A place for everything, and everything in its place could be your watchword. August, when the order of Life was temporarily disrupted by scorching heat and the need to chill, was a challenge, a monthlong aberration in the order of things. Don’t fret, it is September, and order will be restored! . GEMINI (May 22 – June 21) Everyone knows that you can multi-task, stop trying to prove it! Make a resolution this month to stick to one pursuit, but to do it well. Choose carefully, it needs to be something deep enough to satisfy you, and who knows, you may find a whole world you never knew existed! CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Admit it – you can be a bit quick to fire up! This month you will feel compelled to take up the cudgels, probably on behalf of someone you care about. Try the soft word first, there is a danger that you could become entrenched in battle simply because neither of you can see a way to back down. LEO (July 23 – August 23) If you were a country, Leo, you would be hot, sunny Spain! Your forthright personality makes people look to you as a natural leader, and quite rightly so! But you can be so kind, and a kindness that you didn’t even realise that you had done will be rewarded this month.


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ANSWERS: Some leaves on the tree are a different colour. Lady Rosemary’s coat is solid green. Lady Rosemary has no mouth. Lady Rosemary has no flower in her hat. Sage the owl has no eye. Bayleaf the gardener has a different colour hat band. Sir Basil has no eye glass. Sage has a few pink coloured feathers.


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Buy your pet food from Jabali and

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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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PUPPY RESCUE are based in the Almanzora valley. If you can offer a dog a permanent or foster home, contact Diane on 664 768 958 or email info@puppyrescueinspain.org NANCY, 10 kilos, 9 months old, now fully grown, needs a home, she loves people and other dogs, loves to play and run, would make a good family pet. HATTIE cannot go to Holland as she has Leish. Lovely, friendly loyal young female, 3 years old, loves to go for walks and is quite good on the lead, she gets on well with other dogs. Treatment only 1€ per week paid for by Puppy Rescue THE DOG HOUSE FOUNDATION, Huercal Overa Tel: 950958102 Mobile: 626766073 thedoghse@hotmail.com www.thedoghouse-huercal-overa.webs.com BLACKIE & MISSY both shar peis. One is a bear coat boy who is nearly 4yrs old and the other is a brush coat female aged 3yrs 6 months. Both are neutered and fully up to date with all inoculations. They are both good temperaments and are excellent on and off the lead. Very laid back quiet dogs who rarely bark. THE FRIENDS OF THE ANIMALS OF LOS FILABRES thefriendslosfilabres@gmail.com 661 291 642

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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

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.

Quiz 1st & 3rd Tues of month, 8pm for 8.30pm, Bar Rumores, Albox.

The Almanzora Valley Gardening Club Meet on the first Friday of every month (not January) starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Pedro Gilabert Museum, Arboleas.

18th - 21st October 2011 Valencia. 3 nights B & B - Coach travel to and from the Valle del Almanzora to Valencia and return via Guadalest. 190€ per person sharing a twin/double room - Single supplement: 80€ per person. APSA (Animal Protection Society Albox) Charity shops open Monday to Saturday 10:00-14:00. At C/ Ancha 10, Albox and C/ Vulcano, Tijola (opposite the local police station) Tel: 663 762 642 www.apsa.org.es 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 Freemasons in Albox - contact secretary for details - 950 439 242 Puppy Rescue Quiz night – Raffle and Bingo Every 3rd Monday of the month. Raising funds for abandoned Dogs and Puppies. BAR LEPANTO 8pm start. €2.50 p/p. Max 6 to a team. For more information tel: 950 591 893 Rambling Group Meet at Dia Car Park Wednesdays fortnightly. Contact Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18 for details. The Grapevine walkers and talkers Walk every Thursday at 1pm from the Grapevine Bodega in the square at Piedra Amerilla just outside Partaloa. Royal British Legion Albox Monthly meeting on the third Thursday and coffee mornings on the first Thursday at 11:00 hrs La Parrilla Restaurant. Contact Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18 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

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

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

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

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

Mojácar AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Mojácar Area Meetings, Tuesday & Friday, 6 pm, at the Artisan Centre, Mojácar Fuente. Contact 629 108 272 or email mike@aaspain.org 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, Mojácar at 11:00 am. New and old members most welcome. Contact: Gail Creasey Chairman on 950 472 225 or Iris Hamilton Secretary on 950 475 863.


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

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

VERA LIONS CLUB Q. What are the new Vera Lions Club objectives? A. To establish a strong Lions Club that is continuously looking after the needs of those less fortunate than our selves in the local community. Lions put the FUN into Fundraising, we all get involved in different events, doing things that we would ordinarily have done. The great reward is contributing to the local community and improving the quality of life for those around us that need help. We have just sent a van load of clothing, bedding, toys etc to Lorca. Lions Clubs are the largest service organisation in the world - Lion Clubs are all about people. We put the 'FUN' in fundraising. WE need members WE need YOU! Come and join us - Make a difference! See our contact details in the Vera listings above.

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Church services Albox Community Church (Aguaviva) Meet Sundays in the Christian Centre at 11am (near health centre) Saliente Road. Call 950 064 402, www.ftk-spain.net Santa Cruz Christian Fellowship Meet at Aljambra CHapel (near Albox) on Sundays at 11am. Worship, teaching, fellowship and support. Tel: 950 064 053, 950 064 604 or 950 064 129. www.santacruzalbox.com The Living Water Church A lively Evangelical church. Sunday morning services 11:00 at the Hotel Virgin del Mar, Mojacar Playa. Contact Pastor David Hamilton Tel: 950 618 814 Turre Evangelical Church Main service on Sunday 11:00-12:00. Avenida de Almeria, Turre. Tel: 617 914 156 Anglican Chaplaincy Church of England. Priest Canon Hugh Broad 950 478 432, Church Wardens Alan Smith 950 478 066, John Salmons 950 472 112 or visit www.mojacarchurch.org Mojacar: Eucharist every Sunday at 11:00 in the church of St. Pascual, Aqua de Enmedio, 4kms past the Hotel Indalo towards Carboneras. Albox: Eucharist last Thursday in month at 11:00 in the Community Hall Aljambra. Evensong second Sunday in month at 18:00 in the Community Hall Aljambra. Puerto Lumbreras Christian Fellowship English speaking Church. Services twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the Spanish church in Puerto Lumbreras. Call 619453283

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

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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 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 - 670 088 966 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

tradesmen 49 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 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

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 - 670 088 966

Electricians 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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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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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

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uality Paint Jobs Exterior and interior Call for free quote No job too small ALSO AVAILABLE

Airconditioning and Enclosures at SUPERB prices. Call us!

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

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

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

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) 661 147 689, (Graham) 606 156 151 Email sales@wood2go.eu


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HOLISTIC THERAPIST - Buganvillas. Katherine Hazell. 950 132 342 PAMPERED - Palomares. 950 618 129

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

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

Books BOB’S BARGAIN BOOKS Paperback books, bought and sold for an amazing 20 c - 75 c max. Large quantities can be collected. 9am - 6pm 7 days a week. 627 339 887 & 662 448 238. bobsbooks@live.co.uk Also at the Albox car boot next to Andalucian Con Co Print.

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

Communications / Computers CONNEXIONS - Turre Computers, internet, phones, mail boxes. 950 479 502

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

Holiday Rentals "ANDALUCIAN LAKE DISTRICT" Family run guest house in cave country, renown for its good food. Special offer - half board 30€ per person. www.cuevapedro.co.uk Call 958 737 230 APARTAMENTOS TORRES - Mojácar Holiday apartments to rent 682 202 345

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

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

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

Legal & translation TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING SERVICES. Legal, certificates, medical, utilities, licensing, publishing, audiovisual. All official documents translated and certified. Excellent rates. M Luque. Maria1789@hotmail.com 678 331 497 RIANNE SMULDERS Abogada English, Spanish, Dutch and German. Legal help and advice. 950 122 742 / 600 274 514 info@smuldersabogados.es

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

950 479 124 682 202 345 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments 150 m from Mojacar Playa

Property NEW ONE STOP - Mojácar 950 473 040 SPANISH HIDEAWAYS - Arboleas 958 003 391 or 676 604 008

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BAR MONTANA - Bedar/Lubrin 670 589 788 CAPTAINS TAPAS BAR AND RESTAURANT - Mojácar Playa 950 473 246 or 617 477 797 EL ANTLER RESTAURANTE - Mojácar Pueblo 600 540 661

FORD TRANSIT rhdlwb breaking for spares or complete €10 enquiries tel:953729143/662528608

EL SUAVE, Sorbas Large Spanish restaurant/bar with terrace and excellent parking. 950 364 718 ESCÁNEZ - Garrucha Seafood 950 460 278

WANTED! Small gas fridge. 626 271 585

JACKIES BAR - Mojácar Pueblo 672 153 290 MAMABELS HOTEL & RESTAURANT - Mojácar Pueblo 950 472 448 MO’S MUSIC BAR - La Alfoquia Live music. 950 449 635 RESTAURANT 22 - Parque comercial, Mojácar 950 473 058 TABERNA CHRISTINA - Villaricos 693 743 791 THE IRISH ROVER - Mojácar Playa Live entertainment 950 473 135 THE NEW KIMERICK - Mojácar Playa Pool and live entertainment 950 475 198 THE ROAD HOUSE - Tabernas Live music. 950 066 007

WANTED! Scooter up to 125cc in excellent condition! Call 600 062 601 FOR SALE! 5.5 K.W 4 stroke petrol generator like new. 300 Euros O.N.O. Can deliver free in Mojacar to Almeria area. Phone Laurence on 950 066 163 or 681 346 444 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

THE UNION BAR - La Alfoquia 950 473 135

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

Travel FERRI TOURS - Mojácar 950 472 333

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All items under 100,00€ listed for FREE (max. 25 words). Items over 100,00€ just 5€ for 25 words. No trade - strictly private sales only.

To advertise call 690 166 858 or email mojacar@thesentinella.com


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

Mechanics

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

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

ADVERTISE YOURSELF HERE

FOR JUST 50€ for a WHOLE YEAR!

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

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

Taxis Juan TURRE - 670 479 386

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

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up to 25 words 50€ for 1 year (payable in advance) or 5€ month min 3 months

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

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

950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950

121 136 548 460 470 472 465 390

080 136 700 002 585 000 049 010

950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950

120 454 458 617 471 464 468 393

908 082 082 079 112 024 222 193

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

950 029 000

Electricity: Endesa Enquiries Breakdown

902 509 509 902 516 516

Gas:

Leaks Information

950 016 000

901 121 212 901 100 100

Water: Breakdown

902 355 575

Railway Stations: Renfe

902 240 202

Airports: Almeria Alicante San Javier, Murcia

950 213 700 966 919 000 968 172 000

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

Guardia Civil Hotline Health Hotline Local Police Hotline Coast Guard

062 061 092 900 202 202

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

950 950 950 950 950

280 136 548 615 393

748 052 707 025 142

Telefonica: Report a fault General enquiries

1002 1004

ITV: Albox Vera

950 120 902 950 391 726

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

950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950

120 619 449 456 469 460 134 615 479 393

908 015 430 488 000 058 900 009 011 016

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

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


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

All the apartments come with: Fully fitted kitchens with all white goods Secure car parking and entrance system Air conditioning Telephone, Sky and WiFi Lift to all floors House manager 24/7 care line installed

 











Tel:

950 468 176 or 617 877 741

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