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From the editors

Contents

Discombobulation Day: The fat sparrow eyed the fallen crumbs eagerly, the cat more concerned with hoicking the crust from my plate than battle with his genetic foe. I, for my part, practise a 1000 yard stare, legs stretched out. When you truly feel the blue of the sky, when it really invades you like the blue is touching your skin, is that when you are home? A shadow is cast over me. “There you are. What are you doing?” “I’m just, you know …” “No I don’t come on!!” Night: I eye the room through the crack in the door. She is bent over my desk, brow furrowed. As though sensing my presence at the doorway behind her, she abruptly straightens and spins round. “What’s this?” She picks up a sheet of paper from the

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

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From the editors continued... pile. “You are not Jack Torrance!! There are no ghosts here!! Now can I have some copy please?” She strides away back through the door, the draught causing pages to flutter one by one to the floor. One by one floating down. As they do so the words lift themselves from the paper, disentangle themselves from the laidlines before settling back down and ink resaturates paper. All work … I pour myself another drink.

Pete Welcome to our March magazine. As usual there is plenty going on; new additions include a horoscope and the prospect of a problem page. Please write in and tell our counsellor about your troubles, you have no idea how many other people will have similar worries that you could help with just by writing in with yours. Out and about in February was a little limited on account of the flu - who hasn’t had it yet? Must be the change in the weather (not complaining)...but we did manage to get up to Mo’s in La Alfoquia for Valentines, a superb night - I would recommend booking up for his St Patricks day event (see food and drink section); excellent music, food, ambience and value for money. We also made one of Neal and Mags ‘concert’ evenings at the Turre Pasty Shack - they have a large screen where they show live music concerts every Thursday from 7.30pm. At the end of March they are showing Bob Marley live at the Rainbow and Kev Moore will be playing his bass...not to be missed. The Valentine’s art competition at El Retiro Gallery in Turre was a resounding success, with over 30 entries the little gallery just off the market square was a Please mention

room full of love; and what joy to see so many artists and creative people joining in! Thank you to Margaret from Vera Playa who told us to check out Lidls for our soured cream. We have no product watch this month, it seems there isn’t anything else at the moment we can’t find, although we’ve still not been able to get Galiano for Cecil’s Harvey Wall Bangers. Many thanks to Grizelda for allowing us to use her fab cartoons in the last two editions. You can see many more on her website www.grizelda.net. Finally, a joke sent in from Clare Wentworth that should raise a smile from any parents whose children are still at school: A wise schoolteacher sent this note to all parents on the first day of school: "If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home." That’s all for now, have a good March!

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Visual Arts El Retiro del Sacerdote, Turre

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The St. Valentine’s competition winners, all chosen by their fellow competitors were:

Anish Kapoor, perhaps the most famous of the new British sculpture scene, celebrates his birthday on March 12th. A firm Sentinella favourite it is difficult to show the sheer scale of his extraordinary work in print, but here goes:

First prize went to Miki who won a Valentine’s meal for two at Mesa Second prize to Jerry Davis

Paul Klee A line is a dot that went for a walk.

Third to Eileen Ward

Prize for International entry to Sarah Bleasdale

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Calendar of artists for March / Apr March 4th ALAN CARTWRIGHT (photography) March 11th KEV MOORE (cartoonist for The Sentinella) March 18th EILEEN WARD (painter) March 25th BEDAR ART GROUP (painters) April 1st BIANCA HEWSON (painter) April 8th TONY CARTER (painter) April 15th PAT JOHNSON (painter) Art gallery (C/Lorito) is open every Friday (Market day in Turre) from 10:00 – 14:00.

Quality artists materials email: info@artshop-spain.com tel: 653 714 767 Our website will be online shortly. In the meantime for all quality artists materials please contact us with your requirements. We are the exclusive distributors in Spain of Chroma Atelier Interactive Acrylics. Art classes at Bar Rumores in Albox and also starting in Turre on Wednesdays. If you are interested please contact us to book a place.

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entertainment & leisure A modern way of humanitarian help...

3 months ago Emmanuel Baliyanga, contacted me from Cameroon, asking about the possibility of using one of my Obama portraits for a book cover. While discussing the details, Emmanuel gradually opened up, telling me that he was born in Rwanda and later escaped the genocide. He also mentioned being an artist, having studied art and art history since his childhood. Intrigued, I asked him if he had some of his works on the net. He answered “In Africa we haven’t the necessary tools to exhibit on the net!” Well, if there is one thing I know about the net it is that it knows no borders, that something like “Africa” does not really exist, at least not as a third world continent. In the meanwhile we artists have free access to many online galleries allowing us to exhibit and sell our work, no matter where we reside. The only thing needed being an internet connection and digital photos of our paintings. I was amazed to see how fast Emmanuel understood what I meant. I offered to guide him through the net, helping him to set up his galleries, and even a blog. The only remaining problem left was the paintings themselves: after personal tragedy and the general impossibility to sell art in Africa, he had stopped painting 6 years ago. All artworks from before were lost, of course. Well, he didn’t lose much time. Soon I received via email some new paintings and I opened his online Please mention

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galleries. Two weeks later we created a blog for him, “Painting Africa”. To understand his courage and strength of character, here is his story in short – a story which would be worth an entire book… later perhaps if I can persuade him! Emmanuel was born in 1973 in the north of Rwanda. He was admitted to an elite art school run by Belgian monks at a very young age. There he learnt everything about drawing, painting and sculpture. He obtained his diploma of arts 6 years later with honours. In 1994, as the Genocide began, he was one of a family of 9 children. Unlike all the other members of his family who perished, he escaped and fled to Zaire. In 1995, to escape the tough life and epidemics of the refugee camps, he and other refugees tried

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entertainment & leisure ...The art of survival to escape to the French Congo, but were pushed back to Zaire under a rain of stones. Back in Zaire, a Nuns charity organization helped them to reach Cameroon, where he now lives. It was April 1996.

Receiving prize for AIDS awareness

Newly arrived in Cameroon, he entered a drawing competition for AIDS awareness. He won first prize, and used the prize money to put himself through the Art University in YaoundĂŠ, for 3 years, until he had no money left. He then started to paint postcards, but was soon not able to sell enough of them to survive. Totally discouraged, he decided to abandon art and work in book design, occasional work which barely enables him to survive. Today he says: “Thanks to the encounter with Miki, I rediscovered my joy of paintingâ€?. I am immensely glad to have met Emmanuel. It is one of the most enriching and humbling experiences of my life. He is gradually rebuilding a body of work, which we

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exhibit in his online galleries, complemented by blog entries. Although the story itself is so interesting, the main aim of this article is to present the world with an alternative form of humanitarian help: guiding artists from third world countries through the net and helping them to showcase their art. This method has the huge advantage of giving these people a new self-image and making them the tool of their own future. And last but not least, this is a wonderful way to work towards cultural world enrichment, making visible art works from artistically unknown countries. What most amazes Emmanuel is to see people from all around the world looking at his work everyday and contacting him. Besides, 2 months after the opening of his galleries, a miracle occurred: he sold his first 2 prints online, one to somebody from Tobago, Trinidad and the other one to Connecticut /USA. Perhaps you can imagine how he feels! Please, if you have a moment, have a look at his work and leave a comment, this would make him so happy. And perhaps you would like to purchase some print or greeting card too, helping him to realize the dream of his life: to go back and live in his native country Rwanda! Miki

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Website: www.emmanuel-baliyanga.artistwebsites.com Blog: http://paintingafrica.wordpress.com/

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entertainment & leisure Art history in Spain

Greetings shipmates! Inundated is my postbag with requests to discuss certain artists, particularly one Joan Miró. Well, well! So this month it’s the turn of Miguel Barceló (b.1957). Fellow art aficionados! Are we all paid-up members of the Dead Painters Society? Nar ‘course not! At 54, Barceló’s not a ripe ol’ fart, he’s a gifted leading Spanish contemporary; versatile, skilled in painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. In 2004 an exhibition of his watercolours at the Louvre made him the youngest artist ever to feature there. However, his forte is the site-specific extravaganza installation. In 2007 he completed a vast ceramic tableau of cracked mud, dead fish and human crania (luvly!) the subject being the miracle of the loaves and fishes by which Christ fed the multitude. This 300 sq. metre mural entirely covers the walls of one of the chapels at the Seu, Palma, Majorca. The Cathedral now has a mysterious cave crammed with skulls and monsters. Pop over to Palma with the yacht for a dekko. Even more spectacular, costing the Spanish government 15m€ plus, is an enormous ceiling in Chamber XX of the UN’s Palace of Nations in Geneva. The work, in a domed area covering 1500 sq metres, is a massive sculptural installation of multi-coloured stalactites fabricated with 100 tons of aluminium and paint. It purports to simulate the sensation of the earth melting into the sky. I’m tempted to imagine a selection of our current duplicitous politicians assembled in Chamber XX. The whole damned lot comes crashing down thus creating the most amazing piece of performance art ever. Long may you prosper Barceló! In mode schadenfreude. TTFN, quirkily yours, Sir Percival Trodnip RN RTD.

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entertainment & leisure On this day in history oston, Massachusetts. In the early hours of 18th March 1990, the most lucrative art heist in history took place. Lucrative because the haul, worth well over $500 million, has never been recovered and the thieves never caught. To this day the picture frames hang empty in the gallery and despite hundreds of interviews, thousands of leads and a $5 million reward put up by the gallery, the case remains unsolved.

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Amongst the stolen treasures were five paintings by Degar and ‘The Concert’, one of only 34 known paintings by the Dutch master Vermeer. Even the former district

Attorney of Boston, Donald Stern, is prepared to put his hand up and say that the investigation has, so far proved to be a failure. At 1:24am two men dressed as Police Officer’s walked up to the side entrance of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in downtown Boston. They simply knocked on the door, over-powered the guards and spent the next 80 minutes casually removing the paintings. No shot was fired, and nothing more than a half-nelson and a pair of hand-cuffs were used. That is, according to William P. Youngworth, a shady antiques dealer, who says he knows who stole the paintings and where they were being stashed.

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Youngworth had made contact with a journalist from the Boston Globe, Tom Mashberg, and after a late night drive to a warehouse, reputedly showed him Rembrandt’s “Storm on the Sea of Galilee” another snatched in the robbery. Youngworth also gave him some flakes of paint from the painting which later turned out not to be from Remrandt. When the District Attorney demanded a return of one of the paintings as evidence a battle of wills began between the FBI and Youngworth. Youngworth maintains that he could have secured the recovery of the paintings but that now this will probably need a passport and a phrasebook.

Two less then... “Rembrandt painted 700 pictures. Of these, 3,000 are still in existence.” Wilhelm Bode Art Historian

“I inherited a painting and a violin which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivarius was a terrible painter.” Tommy Cooper

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entertainment & leisure Timeca for change rniva l theatre etc. When it came to putting his clock forward for summertime, Salvidor put it too far forward and it fell off the mantlepiece. The future is something which everyone reaches at a rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, who ever he is. C.S.Lewis

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entertainment & leisure Taylors inbox It’s been fun this past month chatting to a few people who know me about the page, and I have a feeling that although you´ve not organised yourselves to send me anything as yet the flood gates are soon about to open, so in the meanwhile I´ll keep the ball rolling with more stuff from my rather bizarre collection. Like one I received from a pal called Graeme for example who, as a Foreman on an Oil Rig in the North Sea has not much else to do but fire off a multitude of madcap items that in most cases tickle my fancy.

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“2 women talking … I hear your husband’s in hospital … that’s right, it’s his knee … what’s wrong with it then … I found his secretary on it.” So much of what we do on our computers is like work, with mails piling up, especially those ones you´ll reply to ´in a minute´ and invariably never do, and live to regret the decision. You can’t keep a good joke down they tell me, so let’s be having you my lovelies. Peter Taylor

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Notice in a farmer's field: THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD, FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES. In an office: AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD Spotted in a safari park: ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR taylorsinbox.sentinella@gmail.com

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Well as we go to press, over the pond at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood they are hoovering the red carpet, Anne Hathaway plucks her eyebrows and James Franco checks his right arm is secure. Here in Almeria “She Who Must Be Obeyed” readies herself and sews on another sequin. So with the tension mounting Square Eyes rummaged through stacks of movies to pluck out some classics from days gone by. The first box that Square Eyes happened across was one marked the 1970s. Not a bad place to start and so here are three movies to win the Best Picture Award from that decade. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

The adaptation of Ken Kesey’s excellent novel is just as good and Jack Nicholson is brilliant in the lead role of antiauthoritarian McMurphy finally succumbing treatment that will 24th March 7.30pm

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subdue him for ever. Kesey himself wanted Gene Hackman to play the lead and left the production after only two weeks, unhappy that the narration in the film was not by the Chief Bromden character as it was in the book. This didn’t stop the screenplay from winning a gong and the movie won all five of the major awards, a feat not repeated until Silence of the Lambs in 1991. Annie Hall 1977 - For Square Eyes, the archetypical Woody Allen movie and a turning point in his career. Allen plays neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer who falls in love with Annie Hall, a singer and photographer played by Diane Keaton – as in life, as in film. There are some wonderful pieces of film making in this movie and Allen’s character regularly breaks the fourth wall, talking directly to the camera. The film won a total of four Oscars. The French Connection 1971 - Based on a true story of drug smuggling, this is as gritty as it gets. Gene Hackman, tough, brutish NY Cop “Popeye” Doyle contrasted with Fenando Rey’s suave, debonair kingpin Alain Charnier. One from the tough streets of Brooklyn where the real cost of drugs is counted, the other counting the cash. If nothing else this film has the best celluloid car chases ever and one that has been often imitated. The dialogue is excellent, and even though the actors admit to picking up the street talk the police advisors gave them – this didn’t stop

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John Barry OBE Composer 3/11/33 - 30/01/11 The brilliant five time accademy award winner will sadly be missed.

Desert Stars Movie Club Tuesday 15th February saw the inaugural meeting of the Desert Stars Movie Club, a club created by Laurence Burton. Not only has he appeared in movies shot in Almeria but also actively supports lowbudget film makers, helping them with anything from prop making to acting, ensuring that they can make the most of their budgets. On the first night a short made by students from Goldsmith’s college entitled “So What Do You Do On Your Week Off?” was shown followed by “Like Water for Chocolate” a Mexican film. A typical evening at the club will be: 5pm – 7pm (discounted) Club dinners at The Roadhouse 7.30pm Forum for new film makers Live music interlude 9pm Main Feature Every other Tuesday at The Roadhouse, Tabernas

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entertainment & leisure RIP Gary Moore mastery of the guitar throughout a myriad of genres makes him almost impossible to define, whether it be as a 16 year-old prodigy with Skid Row, his massively important contributions in three separate stints with Thin Lizzy, his jazz-rock wizardry with Colosseum II, or his beautifully crafted solo work. He was one of the few rock guitarists to successfully combine speed, skill and raw power. His use of unusually thick gauge strings, which he proceeded to bend like any other with his muscular fingers added previously unheard tone to his emotive playing.

Gary Moore by Miki.

Spain, and Estapona in particular, played reluctant host to one of Rock music's great tragedies in February. In the early hours of Sunday 6th, Gary Moore left us, found dead of an apparent heart attack by his girlfriend at the beginning of a short holiday. At 58, he was far too young, particularly as he had never fallen into the trap that his great friend and compatriot Phil Lynott did. Moore was a huge guitarist, one of the Top Ten in the world in my opinion, and I don't say that lightly. A top ten that would include Paul Kossoff, Brian May, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. Though in recent years, Moore was known for his close association with the blues, his M U S I C

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When I was a young lad Sunday afternoons were oft spent supping ale at the pub listening to the local bluesmen doing their thing. So it took me right back going to see Los Gringos at the Roadhouse one Sunday in January who got the whole place rockin’. As well as all of the old blues and rock classics, Muddy, Floyd, Queen, Quo, y’know, they mix it up with some great Spanish rock. Los Gringos are Danny, guitar and vocals (English), Deni bass and vocals (German) and Venancio on drums (Spanish) and you can check them out at: www.myspace.com/musicalosgringos

Folk music TRAVELLING ACOUSTIC has developed considerably since it first met last Summer, meeting every fortnight at various venues from Sorbas, Lubrin and Arboleas to the Playas of Mojacar and Vera. We are not a club as there is no membership, committee or fee but we do meet in the manner of Folk and Jazz Clubs in that while there is a core of musicians who come along

when able, other musicians are always welcome to come along and play. The music is always acoustic, enabling us to enjoy the natural harmonies of instruments and voices. On a typical evening the music will be largely traditional and modern folk both British and American. Occasionally we have jazz, blues and music from other lands. Next meeting is at Restaurant ‘El Mar La Mar’ in Villaricos on 3 March at 8.00pm.

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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey “This book is not for the faint hearted” – The Sentinella. Waking up at the back of an aeroplane with a badly damaged face, not knowing how or why he is there James regains some kind of consciousness. Covered in vomit and blood he is helped off the plane and into the arms of his waiting parents who whisk him off to Hazelden clinic in Minnesota. So begins, James Frey’s rehabilitation and road to eventual sobriety. He is checked into a clinic patched up physically and then begins his battle with his mental demons repeating his mantra “I am an Alcoholic and I am a drug Addict and I am a Criminal” Hazelden uses the AA 12 step programme which Frey himself rejects, refusing to believe in a higher being. Instead he gains solace and understanding from the ancient teachings of “Tao Teh Ching” and recovers, along the way helping friends he has made in the clinic. The positive message of redemption comes through despite the repetitive and often bleak prose as he describes the inner tribulations of an addict. At the end we are all the same, we all have vices and we all need each other.

Groucho “Outside of a dog a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read” “From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.” Groucho Marx

The book catapulted Frey into national and international fame and garnered many champions along the way, not least Oprah Winfrey who included it in her “Book Club” and celebrity abusers such as Lyndsey Lohan. Equally the book has caused a lot controversy in the publishing world. Not because of it’s graphic and often coarse language, a stock tool of the American literary scene these days, but because of allegation that that the story is just not true. So much so that it has led the publishers to issue a disclaimer against it’s classification of the book as non-fiction. The Smoking Gun website has been the main protagonist in disclaiming many of Frey’s outlandish stories: www.thesmokinggun.com Whilst the book is worth reading as a tale of modern-day redemption, it is also worth investigation as an insight into the minds of publishers, for as The Smoking Gun puts it “if "A Million Little Pieces" was fictional, just some overheated stories of woe, heartache, and debauchery cooked up by a wannabe author, it probably would not get published.” Thank you to Corrine Andrews for recommending this months book. Last months book, ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ was won by Ruth Surie from Turre. If you want a chance to win the Sentinella’s copy of A Million Little Pieces, simply email us with a suggestion of a book for review.

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Local football round up Support your local team – There’s plenty of goals to be had in the Regional Preferente and with the season coming to ahead nicely, get out there and show your support.

The Sentinella have been following CDV Albox, who travelled to Las Marinas and secured a vital away win against fellow strugglers last time out. Having lost at home in the preceding fixture after a rest week, perhaps now a corner has been turned. They are still in the bottom three and with some tough games ahead but there is reason for some cheer. Meanwhile at the top Huércal start to draw clear after some great results starting with an 8-1 thrashing of Las Marinas, a draw the following week against Roquetas B and two further wins including a 3-0 win at home against championship rivals Viator. Please mention

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The Boat Race - 26th March 2011, 17:00 GMT A quarter of million people, give or take a few thousand, gather on the banks of the Thames every year to watch this gruelling race between the eights from Oxford and Cambridge. It is 4 miles 347 yds in 17 minutes or so of lung-bursting, muscleburning effort after months of training. The event has always been part of the sporting calendar but over the last fifteen years has grown in popularity along with the rest of the sport. This is no small part due to the success of the UK Olympic rowing team and these days the crews from both universities are packed with Olympic stars from around the world. There is no weight restriction in this race. The heavier the crew, the heavier the boat by also the more punch it packs. The current tally stands at: Cambridge 80 wins to Oxford’s 75. Winning the toss is important (an 1829 gold sovereign) as the winning president chooses

which side of the river to start. From the Middlesex station you have the advantage of the first half bend and the last half bend, whilst from the Surrey Station there is an advantage of the full bend in the middle. The race has also provided radio listeners with one of the most famous sports commentaries when in 1949 John Snagge of the BBC exclaimed "I can't see who's in the lead but it's either Oxford or Cambridge”

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The Six Nations championship Well as we go to print at the midway stage of the competition, we have a timely break so that we can all draw a breath and review the good, the bad and the ugly from what we’ve seen over the last few weeks. Everyone seems to be talking of a Gland Slam decider between England and France at Twickenham, but whatever the outcome of that match, things are never so straight forward in this competition so we take a look on how all competitors fair.

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The English back-line have been impressive with the continued upward curve of Toby Flood and close support play being key to the winger Chris Ashton success. The number of penalties conceded will have to be kept in check but after thumping Italy at home and winning in Cardiff, England’s are looking good.

The French were brilliant against the Scots but Ireland could have so easily upset “le panier de pommes”. France have missed the most tackles in tournament so far (28) and conceded lax penalties so will bad discipline prove the down fall of the French? Breaking a winless 8 test match run against the Scots was just the tonic that the Welsh needed. The Welsh certainly took the chances handed to them at Murrayfield and will have to continue to do so if they are to succeed against the French. In between that there is the little matter of Italy in Rome and Ireland in Cardiff. The mercurial winger, and RBS 6 Nations player of the year in 2010, Tommy Bowe is back which can only be good news for the Irish. They gave away too much of the game against the French giving away too many penalties and were run close by Italy. There’s still belief in the squad that the Triple Crown is there for the taking. The Scots so resilient against the French, may have failed to deceive yet again. Unable to capitalise on a two man advantage at home to Wales they were disappointing. Andy Robinson’s tenure may be close to the end if the Scots don’t perform in their remaining games. So unlucky against the Irish, Italy will want to bounce back from the trouncing by England. They host France for the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy which they have yet to win and only an optimist would see success this year. But before that they face Wales and always seem to reserve their best performances for the Welsh. The back-line will have to become more decisive when in possession. To advertise call 690 166 858 or email mojacar@thesentinella.com


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The first Cheltenham Festival took place in 1902 and since then has grown in stature and importance. There are 27 high quality races run over the 4 days with the highlights being the Gold Cup, with Kuato Star trying to be champion again. However, his chances took an unexpected nose-dive last month when he fell in the King George steeplechase as an odds on favourite to win. Will he bounce back or will he be beaten by a younger horse? Only time will tell. Also the Champion Hurdle with the Irish trying hard to beat their old enemy the English trained horses. Millions of pounds will be wagered over the 4 days and with the Irish arriving in force this will be one meeting that any

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On the nose Cheltenham Festival Well things are heating up for the festival as the declaration has been made for the feature races. Over the last couple of months we have previewed the feature races on Day One, The Champion Hurdle and Day Two, The Queen Mother’s Chase. Here we take a quick look at World Hurdle on Day Three and of course one of the highlights of the NH calendar; The Gold Cup. The World Hurdle brings together the very best staying hurdlers from around the world. The race used to be a favourite of the Irish but there has been no winner from the Emerald Isle for 15 years and in recent years there has been a strong challenge from across the channel. Five out of the last nine horses to win were bred in France and the class act Baracouda won twice here in 2002 and 2003. This year the French look to Grand Crus to provide a strong challenge and on paper this year’s contest would seem to be between him and the Nicholls trained, Big

Bucks. The latter is bidding to become only the second horse to win the contest three times (Inglis Drever being the only other) and the first to win it in consecutive years. So to the Gold Cup which, as ever, sees the cream of NH chasers coming together. The roll-call of yesteryear’s winners is a rollcall of some of the greatest chasers of all time; Golden Miller, Arkle, Dersert Orchid and Best Mate to name a few. Three former winners go to the post this year; Imperial Commander, Denman and of course Kauto, whose star is perhaps waning as age catches up with him. There have been no winners over the age of 10 since 1969. Experience of the track is always a plus in this race as 11 of the last 13 winners had been previously placed at the Festival. Whatever you back at the Festival - good luck! Read ‘On the nose’ from January and February for more previews of the Festival at www.mojacar@thesentinella.com

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motoring Martin Ward tells us whats new on the road...

First Driving Impressions – Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, Coupe and Cabriolet, UK Press launch, Bournemouth. I never thought I would say these words, but I have driven a Porsche that actually looks good value. There I’ve said it. I have never really understood the Porsche range, all the different models, all a bit confusing, the vast range of options that can add an average of £8,000 to the car. In the past, Porsche drivers have developed a reputation for more money than sense, and you either look at a Porsche driver with envy or loathing, but you would never let one out at a road junction or in a car park. The new 911 Carrera GTS is a combination of the rest of the 911 range, but takes all the best bits, and offers them at a very reasonable price. The GTS is not much more than the Carrera S, but has a load more standard specification and has 23hp more taking it to 408hp. The 3.8-litre 6-cylinder engine in the GTS has a top speed of 190mph, where permitted, and even in Germany, on the Autobahns, this must be quite a terrifying speed. The 0-62mph is a staggering 4.4 seconds and the C02 emission figures are, as expected a very high 240g/km, and has a combined fuel consumption figure of 27.4mpg. Also standard is Porsche Active Suspension Management which is an electronic active damping system which really does iron out the bumps and makes the car feel so safe and solid. The brakes have four-pistons, so even from some of the very high speeds it is capable of, it will stop in the shortest of distance. We drove both the Coupe and Cabriolet around Bournemouth and Poole. The roads around Bournemouth are not the best to test this sort of car, as most of the dualcarriageways are restricted to 50mph, but I did find just how docile it is in town centres and at low speeds, and how easy it is to drive, a true everyday car. The interior of the 911 is best described as functional, there are no clever gadgets, just a simple dash, where everything is in the right Please mention

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and in the air... First impressions - Emirates A380 I went last week to Seoul via Dubai on an Emirates A380, Business Class there, and upgraded First Class for the return journey. The time from Manchester to Dubai is around six-and-a-half-hours and Dubai to Seoul around ten-hours. The distance is about 8,000 miles each way, but on the upper deck of the A380 time really does fly. I ventured downstairs to Economy where there are 427 seats with a configuration of 34-3 and nine toilets. The space didn’t look too bad, and much more space than most airlines Economy Class. There are stairs at the front and rear of the aircraft, but the front ones are the most impressive with wood panelling, chrome strips on the stairs and ambient lighting, they were more akin to a Cruise ship than an aeroplane. Back upstairs there are 76 Business Class seats at the rear of the plane with a 1-21 configuration with each seat having aisle access. They are all individual areas and no two seats are joined together. The ‘Pods’ are all selfcontained with a mini-bar, touch-screen 17-inch widescreen TV with over 1,200 channels of On-Demand entertainment with over 200 movies, 100 TV channels and 100 Video Games. The TV also displays up-to-the-minute information about the progress of the flight and you can see views from cameras on the front, tail and underside of the aircraft. There is also a plug to charge laptops or phones. The seat folds flat electrically to create a full size bed, with pillows and blankets readily available, and very comfortable they are too. Up front in First Class the area for each passenger is larger and each ‘Suite’ has electrically operated doors, if you want peace

and quiet and complete privacy. The seats are even larger and with multi-mode massage system; there is a work desk, wardrobe and vanity mirror all in the Suite. There is a unique advanced mood lighting system with a light on the dressing table, if there is an enjoyable way of flying long-haul, then this is the way to do it.

At the rear of the A380 upstairs is a Horseshoe Shaped Bar, with two setters each side of it. The bar is fully stocked with a wide variety of drinks, and tea and coffee can be ordered. There are snacks and freshly made sandwiches arrive on the bar frequently. This is a really nice place to socialise and meet fellow passengers and does make the hours pass by very quickly. But by far the best thing about the A380 are the two Spa’s at the front of First Class, right next to the stairs. These Spa’s are immaculately decorated, with wood panelling, under floor heating and a shower, yes a shower. I had one and it was so refreshing and a wonderful experience, a shower at 39,000 feet, simply brilliant. Emirates currently have a fleet of 15 A380 with another 90 on order. The average price of one of these 517 seaters is US$400million, which does seem a bit of a bargain. You could buy around 18,000 Ford Focus’s for the same money. If you put all these Focus’s end to end they would stretch nearly 45miles. Martin Ward

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Fashion setter Trudi Valentine gets excited about designer labels in the aftermath of the London Fashion Week. Meow...Febrary has been THE month for this years new fashions, with both the London and New York fashion weeks; all the top designers present and the most glam models strutting the catwalks. Of course during these difficult times of recession it’s not essential to completely change your wardrobe, and to add a designer lable or two is all that is really needed to impress. So this month I went out on the prowl looking for designer labels locally at the usual affordable prices (lol) and I didn’t

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health & beauty Blonde on blonde A blonde arrives at the Pearly Gates and is told by St Peter, 'Heaven is suffering from an overload of godly souls and we have been forced to put up an entrance exam for new arrivals' 'That's cool' said the Blonde, 'What does the entrance exam consist of?'

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'Yes, Andy,' said the Blonde. This totally floored St Peter, and he paced this way and that, deliberating the answer. Finally, he could not stand the suspense any longer, and turning to the blonde, asked 'How in God's name did you arrive at THAT answer?'

'Just three questions' said St Peter.

'Easy' said the Blonde, 'Andy sat, Andy watched, Andy waited til his billy boiled.'

'Which are?' asked the Blonde.

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'The first,' said St Peter, 'is, which two days of the week start with the letter 'T'? The second is, how many seconds are there in a year? The third is, what was the name of the swagman in Waltzing Matilda? Go away and think about those questions and when I call upon you, I shall expect you to have those answers for me.' So the Blonde went away and gave those three questions some considerable thought. The following morning, St Peter called upon the Blonde. 'Well then,' said St Peter, 'Which two days of the week start with the letter T?' The Blonde said, 'Today and Tomorrow.' St Peter pondered this answer for some time, and decided that indeed the answer can be applied to the question. 'Well then, could I have your answer to the second of the three questions?' St Peter went on, 'how many seconds in a year?' The Blonde replied, 'Twelve!' 'Only twelve?' exclaimed St Peter, 'How did you arrive at that figure?' 'Easy,' said the Blonde, 'there's the second of January, the second of February, right through to the second of December, giving a total of twelve seconds.' St Peter looked at the Blonde and shook his head, 'I'll allow the answer to stand, but you need to get the third and final question absolutely correct to be allowed into Heaven. Now, can you tell me the answer to the name of the swagman in Waltzing Matilda?' The blonde replied: 'It's Andy.' 'Andy??'

Healing crystals Apart from being attractive, crystals are said to vibrate in tune with the person holding / wearing them, and each has different qualities of healing and power generation. One of the crystals linked to February and March (Pisces) is Moonstone. Moonstone is a “stone of new beginnings�. As its name suggests, it is strongly connected to the moon and to the intuition. It encourages lucid dreaming, especially at the time of the full moon. Moonstone has traditionally been used to enhance psychic abilities and to develop clairvoyance. Physically, it affects the female reproductive cycle and alleviates menstrual-related disease. It soothes emotional instability and stress. It is helpful in cases of shock and can be used to calm hyperactive children. John Copeland, The Crystal Man

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health & beauty Eau de Vivre!

Water – the source of life! Did you know that the average body is approximately 2/3 water! A few facts about water: your brain is 90% water; blood consists of 83%, muscle about 75%, water carries nutrients and oxygen into the cells; helps organs to absorb them better, aids metabolism (and weight loss!), it protects and moisturises joints, detoxifies your body, regulates body temperature … and so often we take it for granted – or forget to drink it! A natural medicine!

Most of us are dehydrated – so if you are feeling sluggish, suffer headaches, skin dryness, irregular blood pressure, kidney problems & more … it’s likely you are not drinking enough water. Drinking at least 6 – 8 glasses a day can have tremendous benefits including: digestion and constipation improved, healthier skin, more energy as toxins are flushed out … leaving you feeling healthier, lighter and more focussed. Prefer a nice cuppa? … Sorry – no substitute for good ol’ H2O! Tea, coffee and a number of herbal teas contain caffeine which is dehydrating! Oops … so is alcohol! So, next time you are in your favourite bar or coffee shop – try a pint of … Eau de Vivre! Fiona Davies, Balance for Health

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health & beauty First aid and home safety. FOR NICKI’S FULL ARTICLE, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.mojacar.thesentinella.com You should always have a first aid kit handy (in Spain it is law to carry one in your car). Consider making your own or supplementing a bought kit so that it takes into account the ages and specific requirements of family members. Keep the box in an easy to reach place but out of reach of small children,and inform other members of the household where this is. Your first aid shopping list  One sturdy container instruments  Small pair of sharp stainless steel scissors.  Large pair of scissors, for cutting bandages.  One pair of tweezers for removing dirt, thorns and other foreign objects.  A few sterile 5ml syringes (can be bought separately at most farmacias) for giving medication to children.  A thermometer.  A couple of large safety pins.  Two pairs of surgical gloves.

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health & beauty First aid and home safety continued...

Some people are more susceptible to being bitten than others and I’m sure you’ve been told that you must have “sweet blood”. Well there are ways that you can help yourself. By now you should be taking Vitamin B1 which is believed to make you smell yeasty to the mozzies (not to your family and friends though) You could also try brewer’s yeast or a vitamin B complex to cover any other eventualities. All of these have other benefits so it’s worth giving them a go. If you do have a lot of bites take Vitamin C with bioflavonoids (Quercetin) This acts as an antihistamine which should at least reduce the inflammation caused by a bite or sting. If you have a lot of inflammation you can take 1,000mg every hour but be careful as you could end up with diarrhea. This helps with the detoxification process, expelling the venom from the blood. Drink plenty of water

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as well to keep the toxins diluted. Nettle tea is also a natural anti histamine so always have this in the cupboard, especially if you are a hay fever sufferer as well. It will help relieve some of the itching. Don’t wear bright colours, this attracts the insects. You may be “sweet” to the insects if you wear perfume, body moisturizers, scents, hair products. So to counteract this try mixing a small amount of citronella oil or tea tree oil into an unfragranced lotion or carrier oil. They are both natural repellants. If you do get bitten, dap on some tea tree oil or lavender oil. This will reduce the itching and swelling. Claire Barrett, Girasol

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living in Spain Snippets from

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Life in the Campo, continued from last month

The year - 1986. Maggie and George have bought a new build on a plot of land near Competa and met their Spanish neighbours. Easter holidays again, and our land showed an exciting display of wild orchids and 30 different species of wild flowers, in great drifts of colour on every tidied bank. (I counted and identified every one.) By the house were scarlet geraniums and huge bushes of marguerites. The almonds had not been grafted and Pepe was not impressed by our glowing terraces. “Water is coming to this valley, and you could grow 40, 50 or 60 avocado trees here.” he announced, and proceeded to pace every terrace: a small figure, shoulders bent permanently from carrying boxes of grapes, almonds or olives, his straw hat pulled well down and rope sandals on his feet. “ Yes, at least 60 trees here” he pronounced. Pepe’s wife Dolores climbed up the hill to introduce herself and bring a plateful of freshly cooked doughnuts. She kissed me on both cheeks, her fresh face smelling of perfume, her jet-black hair beautifully groomed, and spoke so fast that we couldn’t understand a word. Requests to speak more slowly only induced smiles and laughter, and indeed over the years that

Life in the Campo

we were to be friends she never once managed to slow down her rapid Spanish. We were invited back to their finca for a glass of Pepe’s wine. Two lads of eight and ten came to shake hands with us and Dolores and the boys drank hot goats milk while Pepe supplied us with glasses of his sweet dark wine. We learned that at this time of the year the family only slept here at weekends and holidays, but from July when the finca had to be whitewashed, the almonds collected and husked, the grapes harvested and dried, and their olives picked, they remained in the campo sometimes until after Christmas. We returned to England for a couple of months, and when we returned in August Pepe had accidentally managed to set fire to the whole of our land - all was a blackened ruin! Fortunately friends had been staying earlier and had weeded the terrace in front of the house, which had undoubtedly saved it. “ I managed to save this pine tree, I put the flames out with my bare hands,” Pepe said, as if he’d done us a great favour, then produced a box full of his raisins as compensation.

by Maggie Hutton, illustrated by Barry Surie Available from Amazon Previously published as a series of magazine stories, now the whole collection is available as a book.

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living in Spain A new Indalo for Mojácar

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The Indalo is a straight-backed figure with open legs and extended arms holding a halfcircle over his head. A totem that started out as a protective agent to keep any bad luck away. Perhaps the half-circle is a rainbow or some kind of umbrella that keeps off the tempest, the thunder and the odd lightningbolt. The Indalo has been connected with Mojácar since the dawn of time and is more properly called ‘el pequeño hombrecillo mojaquero’ or ‘the little Mojácar man’. A crude painting over a door or perhaps some stones artfully laid in the ground to create the figure, people used it as decoration and for good luck. It is true that there is a poor copy of the figurine scorched on the wall in an underground grotto together with other cave-man daubs in the mountain village of Vélez Blanco, but our noble totem is clearly older – perhaps a rendition of a visitor – an early tourist perhaps – from another land. By the 1960’s, re-christened as ‘Indalo’ by a group of Almerian artists based in and inspired by the singular beauty of our pueblo, the figure was easily recognisable across Europe, both Please mention

as light gold jewellery and as a heavier cast iron decoration, as the Mojácar Man. We had one of the latter type bolted to the grill on our car and another one stood on the chimney of the house – sorting out any bad-tempered demon that dared to come close. In around 1988, the mayor of Mojácar allowed an advertising agency in Almería to exploit the Indalo for various ends, and a new and somehow more modern version, by now a hump-backed totem twisted by a withered leg – the sort of thing that the Spanish artist Miró would no doubt approve of – soon appeared as the image for the entire province. Mojácar was rewarded with a brand new logo by the agency, a sort of mountain squiggle with a sun above it. Most original in a country like Spain. It didn't last any longer than the next 'moción de censura' when the mayor and his pals were ousted in a 'palace revolution'. So we returned to the Indalo, unwillingly sharing it with the other 102 municipalities in the province, together with the region's tourist board. But now, a new version has arrived to complement our medieval town with its narrow streets and stark white houses clustered on a steep Moorish hill under the clean blue sky. The entrance to our town has been dignified with a new roundabout crowned with a fresh interpretation of our good-luck totem. A one-legged figure in a permanent state of semi-tumescence. But, ignore that. Look at its head. This one makes me think of visitors from the stars. Perhaps that’s what an Indalo really is, a space-suited figure from the Planet Clunk.

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living in Spain If you are thinking about renting out your property...

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Renting out your property in Spain can be attractive from a financial point of view, or if you don’t want to leave the house unattended. Here are a few issues for you to consider very carefully before offering your house on the rental market.

Also a check on their behaviour isn’t a bad idea. When somebody starts illegal activities from your house, you can be in big trouble.

Consult a lawyer to draft a contract. With a Spanish property the Spanish law is applicable and therefore the contract should be drafted in Spanish.

If you rent the property out for a longer period, let your tenant pay the water and electricity bills by direct debit straight out of their own bank account.

You can make a contract for any period you want, but remember that when the contract is due for renewal, you must still give notice to your tenant at least 15 days before, or it will automatically be prolonged.

If you rent through an estate agency, make sure you have a written agreement about their responsibilties. It is a good idea to have a contact person local to your property who can keep an eye on the situation. Another option is to employ somebody you trust as a handyman or gardener, who can maintain the property and at the same time have a look around.

Screen your tenants-to-be, by asking them for their income and/or salary slips. Throwing out your insolvent tenant is easier said then done.

Make an inventory of all items in the house, and/or take photos of every room and every corner. Add this inventory to the contract.

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living in Spain Palomares

Listed under Palomares on a recently browsed web site of our region, there was a note stating that there was no history of news for the town. If only that were the case many may think!! With talk of the atomic bomb incident back in our headlines yet again, the continued story would cast a shadow over many a neighbourhood, but not so Palomares. This is a lovely peaceful town full of engaging and cheerful people and

certainly a thriving community. In fact the perfect place to visit if you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, sit back and relax. It has everything you need in terms of shops and a fine selection of café’s including, La Dolce Casa where you’ll receive the finest Scottish hospitality. Word has it that Poli Diaz was born in Palomares … but that is a whole other story.

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living in spain Quickie interview

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Eleven years ago Steve came to Spain and fell in love with the place. Despite running his own haulage company, Steve sold up and moved to Turre. The Sentinella caught up with Steve one Friday evening after another busy week at Bay Radio. Born and bred in Bath, when his father got a job as a Prison Officer at HMP Cornhill, Steve and his family moved to Shepton Mallet in the Mendips. Amongst other things, the town is famous for the Glastonbury festival and it wasn’t long before Steve was helping out at the Evis farm during the event. In Spain, Steve moved to Urcal and initially worked in Real Estate, but when the market collapsed, he was looking for a new direction. Hearing an advert on the radio he joined the team at Choice FM. It was there that 6 six years ago Steve fell in love again, this time with his partner, Kathryn. Steve Fear may have been better known in the area for his Friday night Rock Show but he also took care of the production side of the things, teaching himself all of the technical aspect of running a radio station. Now, with the recent changes, Steve is the Area Sales Manager for Bay Radio and in charge of local erections he tells us!! 1. Who most inspires you? (With a smile) Me - seriously, if i can’t do it I’ll learn about it and do it. 2. Any new/exciting news to share? Bay radio getting bigger. 3. What was the last film you saw in a cinema? ET. 4. What did you have for breakfast? Nothing. 5. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Lady Gaga’s new album, ‘Born This Way’. 6. What characteristics in other people do you most despise? Big mouths, show offs and materialisic people. 7. What characteristics in other people do you most admire? Generosity, friendly and fun people. 8. If you could go anywhere on holiday, where would you go? The Far East somewhere like China.

9. Favorite sport to watch? Rugby 10. Morning person or night owl? Night Owl. 11. What did you want to be when you were little? Bigger. 12. What are the different jobs you held? Mechanic, lorry driver, builder, estate agent, radio presenter. 13. Favorite day of the week? All the same, I love every day! 14. Favorite restaurant? La Capilla, the old Monastery in Turre. 15. Favorite flower? Fuschias, I used to grow them. 16. Diamonds or Pearls? Pearls. 17. Normal bed-time? 1am 18. What is your favorite colour? Blue 19. How many tattoos do you have? 2 on my arms. 20. What is your favourite joke? Can’t say, it’s too rude for this mag.

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food & drink Gastronomic adventures

Fellow epicures, with Cecil B. DeMange Please allow your humble author to on which we fed.” divulge a secret, for there exists within It may of course my very bosom a hankering, a penchant been the speed for a food that some may consider not with which these worthy of a cultured and delicate palate plates disappeared such as mine. Nevertheless it is one but no matter, I sit back and listen to whose indubitable excellence I will waves lapping against the shore. This defend, by Jupiter, until thunderbolts same sea that lapped against the side of may cast asunder all naysayers. It is true the galley that first brought Ascanius to that there are those who have doubts the shores of his destiny. For this is a about the probity of my intention or path that I now urge, nay beseech you to indeed the endeavour in which we are undertake, dear readers, to savour the embroiled but no fear it is to Campania delicacies brought from the shadow of we travel and the gulf of Naples. We Vesuvius to the shadows of the Cabrera. alight not at the Port’Alba in that most elegant of cities, but rather to Portofino on the shore of the Levante. A path well trodden is a path much favored and none so than by my consort, Portofino for as with the ingestion of any Avenida Mediterráneo 245, Mojácar sustenance devoured by hand, Mrs DeMange is most delighted to sate her Tel: 950 47 28 09 rapacious appetite. Indeed through www.pizzeriaportofino.es ravenous chomping I am sure I discerned talk of Virgil “Ecce - we devour the plates

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food & drink Life behind the jump

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Black Velvet Fill glass to half way with Guiness and top up gently with champagne

‘Her eyes they shone like the diamonds, You'd think she was queen of the land, And her hair hung over her shoulder, Tied up with a black velvet band.’ And that was how I first saw her. It was St. Patrick’s night and everyone in the bar was guzzling down the black stuff. The floor was awash with the spills of Guinness and the latest chorus of Danny Boy was echoing out. She stepped through the fug, red hair blazing, green eyes sparkling and skin as pale as alabaster. “What you’ll have?” “I’ll have a Black Velvet, a pint mind and don’t go skimping on the bubbles!” All night she sank pints, keeping up with best of them. Impressive. In fine voice too until last orders were called. “Well I guess I‘ll just have another … for the road. My name’s Colleen by the way” “Mine’s Pedro – encantado!!” She drew in closer, green eyes gleaming conspiratorially. “There’s just one M U S I C

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problem. I’ve no money, but if you’re prepared to take this” She passed me a gold rolex. It was in good shape and I was always late. At that moment there was a ruckus at the end of the bar. A thick dutch voice raised. “Where is she? Where is that little …. She’s taken my watch!!” I look back to see the last of her coat-tails leaving the bar whilst through the other door the Guardia appear. And that was the last I ever saw of Colleen Malone.

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food & drink In the kitchen with Ma

Shrove Tuesday is 8th March this year and the day when, traditionally, we all eat pancakes. I have included them in, what I call, a store cupboard meal. Now that you all know where to get tinned salmon, here is a meal using it. Salmon Fishcakes are truly the best! They are very easy to make and very quick to prepare. As part of the meal I have included Spinach Soup. This, too, is very easy to make and uses frozen leaf spinach (something I always keep in the freezer along with peas and ice cream). Menu for March – serves 4: Cream of Spinach Soup ~ Salmon Fishcakes ~ Medley of red pepper, red onions and tomatoes ~ Pancakes For all the recipes above visit our website: www.mojacar.thesentinella.com

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1.Put onions, spinach, stock cubes into pan with the water and bring to the boil 2.Turn down and simmer for 10 minutes. 3.Liquidise and add crème fraiche, if using, and add sufficient milk to thin soup down to the consistency required. 4.Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. Re-heat and serve with a swirl of cream (Optional)



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food & drink In the kitchen with Ma

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Salmon Fishcakes INGREDIENTS 350g of peeled sliced potatoes  1 x 200g tin of salmon  handful of fresh parsley (washed and finely chopped) or 2 teasp dried  breadcrumbs (made by liquidising some stale bread (useful to keep some in the freezer) a little flour  1 egg beaten  little oil for frying 

METHOD 1.Cook potatoes (do not add salt) until soft. Drain and shake them dry over a low heat. Mash them well. 2.Break up salmon – discarding any bones but reserving the liquid 3.Add fish to the potatoes plus as much of the reserved liquid as necessary to make a dryish mix. 4.Mix in the parsley. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. 5.Using your hands, make the mixture into 8 fishcakes – leave for about ½ hour in the fridge. 6.Carefully, coat the fishcakes first in flour, then dip them in the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs. 7.Heat oil in a pan and fry the fishcakes until they are golden brown on both sides and heated through. Serve with a medley of red peppers, red onions and tomatoes (see web page) and a mix of frozen peas and tinned sweetcorn heated together – this can be done in the microwave.

Pancakes Traditionally, pancakes are made with plain flour and need to be whisked to incorporate air as the raising agent and left to stand. I use SR flour which means less whisking and no standing time.

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200G SR flour  Pinch of salt  2 large eggs (beaten)  200ml milk mixed with 200ml water  2 tablespoons oil plus a little extra to coat the pan

1.Mix flour and salt in a bowl – make a well in the middle and add the beaten egg 2.Beat well with a wooden spoon 3.Add the milk and water mix a little at a time, beating well between each addition. 4.Add the oil and whisk to make sure that there are no lumps 5.Heat a medium non-stick pan and add a very small amount of oil 6.When the pan is hot, turn heat down to medium and add 2 tablespoons of the batter. 7.Immediately swirl pan around so that the base is coated with the batter 8.The pancake should only take about ½ a minute to cook on each side 9.Turn onto a warm plate and cover with a clean cloth while you cook the remainder – makes about 12





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home & garden Get Green!

RECYCLING Continuing from last month, the list of things we can re-cycle continues... Cooking oil This should not be poured down the sink as it can block pipes, can’t be filtered and so enters the eco-system and sits on the top of water preventing oxygenation. Ask at your Ayuntamiento if there is a collection point near you where oil is generally recycled into biodiesel; (if you collect old cooking oil please contact The Sentinella so we can list you in our re-cycling section) alternatively you will need to put oil into a plastic bottle and put it out with your normal rubbish. Glasses Take to opticians, hospitals and NGO’s; these are sent away to Third world countries. Wood One of the best ways of preventing widespread tree felling is by recycling wood, crushing it so that it can subsequently be converted into chipboard. A sector which handles over 950,000 tonnes of waste and generates over a thousand direct jobs in Spain every year. As well as creating chipboard, other uses for recycled wood include the manufacture of ‘plastic wood’ which is often used to make garden furniture, and pellets to feed biomass boilers, which have become more widely

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home & garden Gardening in Andalucia

After a few weeks in the UK over Christmas and January, I arrived back in Spain at the beginning of February after a particularly hard winter, to a sight of death and destruction in my garden (it’s quite high and exposed to the icy winds and frosts). I’d been forewarned by a neighbour so I was prepared a bit, but oh boy! did it look shocking. All the succulents were dead. The Siempre Verde (which was green and glossy when I left in December) was brown and shrivelled, Geraniums non existent. Even the Hottentot Fig* which is such a hardy brute, was grey and crispy. Out came the trusty secateurs and loppers and as I write I’m steadily working my way round my garden. As I cut away at the brown bits I was already beginning to see signs of hope. Underneath the crispy layer of dead vegetation green shoots were already starting to push up.

so it would be a mistake to cut back too hard, whereas others such as the succulents will never come back on dead stems. I can’t advise you to go chopping down everything that appears to be dead. Talk to friends and neighbours who may have similar plants and more experience. Observe what your Spanish neighbours do too. It’s probably best to delay pruning until all danger of frost has passed if you are unsure how hard to cut. Of course you may be lucky and live nearer the coast where I see that plants haven’t suffered nearly as much as those further inland. But enough of all that depressing talk. If you haven’t already done so, I hope that like me, you’ll be busy planting up cuttings and sewing seeds ready for the late spring and summer. I’ve just finished sewing Cape Daisy* seeds and hopefully I’ll be rewarded with lots of colour in the spring, which is just around the corner!

It’s a fine line to walk knowing when to cut back and how much. Some plants will regenerate on the woody stems with the new buds pushing through as the dead leaves fall

*Hottentot fig – Carpobrotus Edulis (Spanish: Hierba del Cuchillo, Higo del Mar)

PLANT OF THE MONTH: IRIS GERMANICA (Bearded Iris) Spanish: Lirio This plant is such a star. When I first arrived in Spain six years ago I found a couple of very congested clumps of this very hardy plant on the land. It had been neglected for years but was still putting on a brave show. This is

a good mainstay in the garden and needs very little care apart from pulling off the dead leaves intermittently. As time goes by it will become large and overcrowded and the way to propogate is to dig up the clump, pull apart the rhizomes, (the long bulby looking bit) pull off the dead bits and plant up in smaller fans separately. Plant the rhizomes just below the soil surface. It is fully drought tolerant and will cope with temperatures down to -15 deg! Comes in lots of different colours too. A good one to swap with friends and neighbours.

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What is style? Last month we covered four defined styles. This month we take a closer look at how Contemporary Design influences interiors. The dictionary defines contemporary as being "of the same time" but there is a wider definition in design terms, we can pick up many threads for instance "Minimalism" in reality decluttered interiors pared down and where every element is scrutinized aesthetically, a kind of "new age shaker".

The Barcelona chair, designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1929.

Contemporary Style also gives us many options, for instance using modern design classics like the Mies Van der Rohe chair or the Charles Eames chair, or the Le Corbusier lounger, which are not only comfortable and functional, but make a bold statement and provide a visual focus. Colour choice is always the defining element in any interior, "Contemporary style requires greater input with use of colour and texture, and a lighter touch, combined with a subtle juxtaposition of art, furniture and accessories, and with a quirky element added into the mix, you can create an extraordinary interior full of individuality and personality. Jeremy Fox-Rayner

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Property of the month Casa Amarilla Dos 75,000 ₏ Village House, partially reformed 700 m² land. 5 bedrooms, one bathroom, fully fitted kitchen, mains water, mains electricity, private swimming pool

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travel Barcelona

Barcelona’s historical centre is easy to explore by bus. There are hop-on hop-off buses with three different routes: the red route, the blue route and the green route. In Plaça Catalunya, the city's historical centre, are vendors selling books of tickets and earphones to keep. This month, The Sentinella’s travel expert, Margaret Surie takes a ride on the RED bus!

The green bus takes us to the Port which was renovated and tidied up for the Barcelona Olympic games and is a pleasant place to enjoy a snack and a drink.

The blue bus takes us up Montjuic where most of the 1992 Olympic Games were played.

The RED bus tour with Margaret: Gaudi was born in 1852, and his architectural designs are unique. His work was influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures and organic-like forms. He adorned many of his buildings with coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns. The combination of original design, interesting shaped stonework, and vibrant colours in Gaudi’s work give the viewer a truly breathtaking visual experience. The Sagrada Familia is a giant temple that has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be completed for many years yet. Gaudi played an active role in directing the construction of this until his death in 1926. Please mention

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Barcelona Park Guell was commissioned as a park for the local aristocracy and contains amazing stone structures such as this walkway supported by twisting rock pillars that seem to be growing out of the ground like tree trunks. Casa Batlló was dreamed up for the textile manufacturer Josep Battló. The stairwell which leads to various apartments was designed to let light in to the inner rooms.

There are many other beautiful buildings in Barcelona: The Palau de la Música Catalana was built to be the concert hall of the Orfeó Catalá (Catalan Choir). In 1997 this was added as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In order to visit this, one has to book in advance. And La rambla, a pedestrian street with caged birds for sale, flowers, and of course, living statues.

Take a trip to Barcelona Ferri Tours have some great offers on coach trips to Barcelona in March. For more information contact Luisa Alonso at Ferri Tours, who speaks excellent English.

Paseo Mediterraneo 411 Mojacar Tel: 950 472 333 E-mail: mojacar@ferritours.com English spoken

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Horoscope by Madam Rohaizi PISCES (February 19 – March 20) This, your birth month, marks the end of one year’s cycle, and the commencement of another. You are never short of dreams and schemes, and you should use this new beginning to act upon them. Pick one that you can share with a loved one. Results could be unexpected, but pleasant! ARIES (March 21 – April 19) Your sign is the first of the new zodiac year – very appropriate, for you love to lead. Opportunities may offer themselves, but don’t be hasty – the first offer is not necessarily the best! Take a moment to think about the flipside of every situation. I’m not saying don’t go for it, just go for it with your eyes open. TAURUS (April 21 – May 21) You have been feeling that circumstances have been pushing you along a road that is not of your own choosing, and this has made you uneasy. You like to choose your own path in life, but just for now you can afford to relax. Action will be called for, but not just at the moment. GEMINI (May 22 – June 21) Quick-witted but sometimes contradictory, you are the social butterfly of the Zodiac! Put your communication skills to good use this month, there is somebody out there who will need your knowledge and your ability to organise to help them sort out their problems! CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Step back and take a long, hard look at your life. Find the one little weak spot that has been niggling at you over the last few months. With your strength of character you will rectify this, but why do it the hard way? Confide in someone you trust, and be prepared to take their advice on board.

VIRGO (August 22 – September 23) Your tidy mind is going to come into its own this month, especially in matters that need a long-term plan, or radical overhaul. Be bold, try something new – if you aren’t quite happy with the result, regroup and try something else! Be a New You! LIBRA (September 24 – October 23) You are the Peacemaker of the Zodiac, and this winter there were times when you felt tested. Those who love you most can also be your greatest critics, so take a deep breath, and remember that words sometimes come out in a way that was not intended. Be considerate but firm – insist on giving yourself some Me time. SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22) To you integrity is vital, and you shy away from those who appear shallow or untrustworthy. Go with your gut feeling, especially in matters of finance, too good to be true might be just that! But don’t act impulsively if you are in a new romantic relationship this month. Give it time. SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 22) You are the free spirit of the Zodiac. You live in the present, and enjoy the spontaneous Now! Fine, but maybe you should rein yourself in a little this month, or the sums may not add up later in the year. And remember, quality, especially in friends, is more important than quantity. CAPRICORN (December 23 – January 20) Your deep stores of resolve have been called upon a few times over the past months. But yours is a tough and resilient sign, and you will triumph. However, you are not out of the wood yet, so hang on in there! AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)

LEO (July 23 – August 21) With the Spring sun warming your back you will feel ever readier to take on Life with a capital L. But don’t break into a gallop yet, hasty decisions could cost you money! Satisfy yourself with keeping all major projects to the planning stage for the moment.

You say it like it is, in your eyes anyway! Life, however, is not black and white, but many hued and very three dimensional. Don’t be too quick to reject a statement as wrong, end of story, go back and examine it more fully. Is it worth losing a friend over a few ill-chosen words?

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kids page Amazing animals A shock in the shallows!

What amazing animals fish are. Colourful, interesting and so many different types! I love many fish, such as the clown fish, or the dolphin. One of my favourites is the electric eel, and despite their eel-like appearance, they are actually classified as fish! They are more like the carp and the cat fish. Let me give you some amazing facts about these fish: The size of an electric eel is 6 ft! That's about as tall as a full grown man! They can also weigh up to 20 kilos, thats 20 bags of sugar! Where do they get their name from? Well,

electric eels can generate an enormous electrical charge to stun prey and scare away animals who hunt them. They store the electricity in their tails, (which take up 4/5 of their body) up to about 200,000 electric discs piled in vertical or horizontal rows! These crazy fish have bad eyesight, and sometimes use a far more high tec way of navigating their way around...they can emit a low-level charge, which they use like radar! This helps them especially when they are swimming through muddy waters. Their diet consists of fish, amphibians (such as small frogs), small birds and mammals. This makes them carnivores, even though they have no teeth. That’s why they use their electricity to kill their pray. A fully grown eel can produce up to 600 volts of electricity which is 5 times more than you get from a wall socket - this is enough to injure or even kill a human. being!

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animals in need Can you help?

The Dog House Foundation in Huercal Overa Tel.626 766 073 thedoghse@hotmail.com www.thedoghouse-huercal-overa.webs.com FECHIN is of mixed breed, approx. 5 yrs old and spayed, abandoned with others, she is very friendly, loves other dogs, gentle and loving. Would make a great family pet. WILLIAM is a beautiful mastiff cross. Young boy.

APSA has many lovely dogs just waiting for good homes. Please call 663 762 642 www.apsa.org.es

Puppy Rescue are based in the Almanzora valley of Almeria. If you can offer a dog a permanent or foster home please contact Diane on 664 768 958 or email. Info@ puppyrescueinspain.org Hattie has the very early stages of Leish. She is a lovely dog, friendly loyal young female just 3 years old, loves to go for walks, gets on well with other dogs. Hattie needs a permanent or long term foster home. Her treatment will only cost around 1 euro a week, which may not be long term. Leish is not catching so there is no risk to other pets. Loving homes wanted for LEO & LENNY. Lovely puppies, dumped together recently outside Tabernas. Leo is a smooth haired, white Labrador & Lenny is a brown/black/grey smooth haired brindle terrier type; both are about 4/5mths old & have had their first vaccinations. Please call Pat on 950 066 131 or 661 024 287.

CHESTER a small, lovely dog, 7kgs. Came in with sister when their family returned to the UK. Very obedient, clean and loving, neutered. CHAQUITA 6kgs, little round bundle of love. Will sit on your lap all day. Neutered, clean, devotion is her second name. About 2 years old.

PAWS www.paws-patas.org Tel: 678 490 217 email: pawsenquireies@gmail.com BRANDI and LUNA are siblings – abandoned by three successive owners returning to England. Both cats are fully vaccinated, blood tested, spayed and have pet passports. Brandi is loving and easy-going, adores being cuddled and stroked. Luna is playful and affectionate, small but with a big heart and equally easy to have around. Both cats like to play outside all day. For the cats, call Diane on 950 617 643, Ruth Please mention

BONO is a big, hulky teen nearly a year old. Mastiff cross, energetic and playful; probably shouldn't go to a home with small children. Enjoys training and is keen to earn rewards. Also enjoys just lying in the sun so doesn't require full time entertaining. He doesn't get on well with all dogs and might be best homed with a large female or in a home where he's the only dog. 637 817 982 or Tracy 649 237 582

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What’s on

STOP PRES S PRESS CHARITY EVENT in aid of

HOGAR SAN AGUSTIN CHILDREN’S HOME at

RANCHO LUZ DEL SOL on

SATURDAY 10th APRIL Including BBQ, Riding and Quad Biking. For more information contact 634 601 602 or 676 190 813

Car boot sales Saturday 9am:

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

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APSA shop lingerie Monday 14th March - Frillies new lingerie with Lesley 10 - 2pm The shop is in Calle Ancha, just up the road from bank Santander opposite San Francisco Square. The lingerie sale will include special bargains for the day, come and find yourselves a bargain and help the animal charity too!! There is a private fitting service and changing rooms.

F.A.C.E. Causes A Ripple! Five Members of the F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) Committee travelled down to Los Gallardos recently in order to present representative of M.A.C.S. (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) Dave Brown with a €1,200 Ripple Mattress. A Ripple Mattress is used to assist people who are bed ridden, to alleviate them from suffering bed sores and other skin problems. F.A.C.E. Would like to thank all its supporters for making this donation possible, and would particularly like to thank Keith Lazell of Easy Care Mobility who assisted in the purchase of the Ripple Mattress and also organised its delivery. For Further information please contact Adele Wrigglesworth telephone 667 255 094

Dean & Leanne Albox Carboot sale

Almeria 2011 official holidays Thursday April 21st (Maundy Thursday) Friday April 22nd (Good Friday) Monday May 2nd Monday August 15th (Assumption de la Virgen) Wednesday October 12th (National Day) November 1st (All Saints) Tuesday December 6th (Immaculate Conception) Monday December 26th

Dave Brown of M.A.C.S. being presented with the Ripple Mattress by F.A.C.E President Adele Wrigglesworth, accompanied by members of the F.A.C.E Committee, Pauline Marshall, Carrie Green, Maureen Gorman and Nancy Brewder.

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Please get in touch with your clubs and events! All listings are correct at the time of going to press. If there are any ommissions or corrections please get in entinella so we can get it right. contact with The S Sentinella Computer Club Albox Almanzora Group of Friends Information centre and library, Tues, Thurs, Sat 10am-1.30pm. 3 C/Barcelona, Albox (near Mercadona). MOVING ON MARCH 1ST to Avenido Lepanto, adjacent to Rumores and just down the road from Mercadona. Extensive English Library, DVD’s and Talking Books.Trips and other social events. Contact 634 343 147. www.almanzoragof.org Quiz 1st & 3rd Tues of month, 8pm for 8.30pm, Bar Rumores, Albox. Trip to Cartagena Friday 25th March Price €20 including Coach travel, Harbour cruise and entrance to 4 museums. Leaving Albox (Dia) at 8:00am and Arboleas (Maloans) at 8:15am - Leaving Cartagena at 6:00pm to return home.

Beginners sessions - 13:30 on Fridays at Bar Rumores in Albox, lasting 60-90 mins. Regular Club sessions 10:00 on Fridays (same venue) for 2-3 hours. Regular Club sessions will include a talk, discussion, question & Answer sessions and hands-on help (hands-on help for full members only). For more info www.alboxcc.com alboxcc@gmail.com or call David on 950 064 311.

Puppy Rescue Quiz night – Raffle and Bingo Every 3rd Monday of the month. to raise funds for our abandoned Dogs and Puppies. BAR LEPANTO 8pm start. €2.50 euros per person. Max 6 persons to a team. For more information tel: 950 591 893

Rambling Group

Trip to Córdoba - "Fiesta Los Patios" 11th 13th May Staying at the 3* Hotel Averroes (15 minutes walk from La Mezquita) for 2 Nights on half board (inc Wine/water) €145 pp in double room (single supplement €38.50)

Meet at Dia Car Park Wednesdays fortnightly. Contact Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18 for details and programme. See page 30 for article.

Booking required before 1st of April (€50 Deposit)

RBL Albox holds its monthly meeting on the third Thursday monthly and coffee mornings on the first Thursday monthly at La Parrilla Restaurant. Meetings start at 11:00 hrs. Contact Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18

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

Art classes with Jeremy and Evie every Thursday 11.30am - 1.30pm at Bar Rumores, Albox. Classes in Turre on Wednesdays. Tel for more information: 653 714 767

Art Classes with Dee every Monday 10:30 -12:30 La Parilla, Albox, beginners and improvers. Every Wednesday 10:30 – 12:30 Bar International, all levels. Call Dee on 663 341 904 for details. Please mention

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Monthly Quiz run by Albox RBL 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

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

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What’s on Arboleas F.A.C.E (Fundraising in Arboleas Caring for Everyone) A Spanish registered charity, raising money for local worthwhile charities including MACS (Mojacar Area Cancer Support). info@face-charity.com www.face-charity.com Line Dance Class every Monday Afternoon. 14:30 - 16:30 at Bar Rumores in Albox.

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

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

Royal British Legion Mojácar Meet each 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 11.30 am at the multi-use building aka Artisan Centre next door to the British Library. You don’t have to have served in the armed forces to become a Member but if you have served you do become a Beneficiary which entitles you to apply for welfare assistance.Dedicated welfare telephone 664 042 197. General enquiries call 950 473 025

Photographic exhibition Jayne Raine. 8th April, Centro de Arte, Castle, Mojacar Pueblo.

Turre

Luz de Luna Retreat 5 & 6 Mar ch March Angelic Light Transmision with Victor Lu, Dorrren Virtue Facilitator.

19 Mar ch March

Dames In Spain

NPA (Non Personal Awareness) with Joel Young

Meet every 3rd Monday of the month at The Kimrick, Mojacar at 11:00 am. New and old members most welcome. For further information please contact: Gail Creasey Chairman on 950 472 225 or Iris Hamilton Secretary on 950 475863.

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Dames In Spain & Dames of Turre

Vera

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT guest speaker - dames singers - monologue on

TUESDAY 8TH MARCH 11am at

Centro de Usos Multiples Mojacar Ticket 5,00€ incl. buffet and cava, available from Gail Creasey 950 472 225 or Iris Hamilton 950 475 863 All ladies welcome

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635 290 846 635 290 848

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 950478899 or Heather 667243561.

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

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8th, 9th & 10th April at Museo Pedro Gilabert, Arboleas 16th & 17th April at the New Kimrick Hotel, Mojacar

Curtain up 7.30pm Tickets 10€ Available from: CRA Library - Cantoria Girasol, Almanzora Group of Friends and One Stop Pools (Longos) - Albox Essentials - Arboleas Shandmade at Bar International Saturday Car Boot Sale The New Kimrick Hotel and Gills English Bed Linen - Mojacar For more details ring 950 439 406 - 650 817 517

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The ROSE SINGERS “SING WITH THE SPIRIT” CELEBRATING EASTER And A “REGULAR ROYAL” EVENT Songs by Gershwin, Kern, Rogers & Hammerstein,Gilbert & Sullivan, Rutter, Thiman and many more. Sacred, Secular, Jazz, Opera something for all. SAT. 30th APRIL at THE KIMRICK SUN. 1st MAY at CAMPING LOS GALLARDOS (WITH DISABLED ACCESS) Each Evening 7.30pm Tickets 10 euros Available from: Gills, Mojacar Playa, Forget-me-not, Las Buganvillas, Total Entertainment, Turre, Both Venues, and Choir Members

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Tradesmen Airconditioning & Satelite SOLOSAT airconditioning specialist offering ten years experience of installing & servicing all airconditioning & satelite equipment. Call for latest prices. Nick 699 909 737 or 950 528 334

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.

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. SANTI’S MOTORBIKE & CAR REPAIRS English and Spanish spoken. Competative rates. TURRE and surrounding areas. 678 203 143

Painting & Decorating

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.

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

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

Plumbing

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

BLOCKED DRAINS R US CCTV Surveys & inspections, Turbine Root Cutting, Blocked Drains & Pipes, All areas covered, Tel: 950 091 109, 648 768 587 PLUMBING & GENERAL REFORMS MOJÁCAR 20 yrs experience in Spain. Andy 697 302 039

Locksmiths

Property Maintainance

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

SPECIALIST in Roller shutters / Persianas, repairs and all types of replacement glass. Call Stephen on 620 924 160

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Timber suppliers

€ For just 50€ for a WHOLE YEAR!

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

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Building Services SEE TRADESMAN PAGE (PAGE 59)

Gardening STEVE - Arboleas market Plant sales and Seedbed Rolls!

Beauty SHARON BRINGLOE - Mojácar. All beauty treatments. 687 389 925

Communications Services

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

CONNEXIONS - Turre Computer sales & repairs. Mobile phones & SIM cards. Internet broadband. Internet modems. Mail box service. 950 479 502

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

LOCUTORIO - Turre Internet, photocopying & fax, public telephones, mobile phone credit. C/Juan Carlos 1, Turre

GIRASOL - Albox Health Food Shop. Also Keep Fit, Structural Fitness, Karate, Children’s Gymnastics, Callenetics, Movement for Toddlers. 639 089 170

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

Couriers Horse Riding & Quad bikes

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Entertainers CLARE STONER Classically trained vocalist and entertainer. All music tastes catered for. Available for any function. 635 038 566 CHRIS TOWNSEND For all your KARAOKE, quiz, bingo, race and pokernight needs. 664 540 957

Estate Agents SPANISH HIDEAWAYS - Arboleas 958 003 391 or 676 604 008 NEW ONE STOP - Mojácar 950 473 040 APARTAMENTOS TORRES - Mojácar Holiday apartments to rent 682 202 345 Please mention

RANCHO LUZ DEL SOL - Partaloa nr Albox Lessons & rides, livery & loan, weekend pony clubs. 678 838 547

Legal & translation DR DONNA - Turre Medical interpreter extraordinaire. Can be found in Piano Bar, Bar Stop, Diegos or Chilli from 12pm onwards, or you can call on 678 203 143 RIANNE SMULDERS Abogada English, Spanish, Dutch and German. Legal help and advice. 950 122 742 / 600 274 514 info@smuldersabogados.es VICTORIA INSURANCE SERVICES - Mojácar Tel: +34 950 475 241 Tel: +34 664 826 524 Email: victoriainsuranceservices@gmail.com www.thepropertyshopmojacar.com

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Business Directory Restaurants & Bars

Spanish Lessons

BAR STOP- Turre Live music. 950 479 593

ELC- Mojácar 950 615 489

BISTRO ROJO - Albox Meditterranean cuisine 634 376 674

GIRASOL - Albox 639 089 170

GALA’S BAR & RESTAURANT - Mojácar Regular entertainment. 950 472 308 / 618 539 500 LA DULCE CASA - Palomares 950 467 768

Travel Agents FERRI TOURS - Mojácar 950 472 333

THE PASTY SHACK - Turre Traditional English fare. 678 304 395 THE PIANO BAR - Turre Regular entertainment. 610 005 373 MO’S MUSIC BAR - La Alfoquia Live music. 950 449 635 OTTOCENTO - Mojácar 950 615 100 STONEYS SPORTS BAR - Turre 671 896 391 TABERNA CHRISTINA - Villaricos 693 743 791 THE BLUE LAGOON - Mojácar 600 829 518 THE IRISH ROVER - Mojácar 950 473 135 THE ROAD HOUSE - Tabernas Live music. 950 066 007

Van Hire SEE PAGE 62

CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE! Toyota Paseao, 1.5 ST. Spanish plates but rhd. ITV till June 2011. Great condition and cracking runner with no faults. CD player, elec windows/mirrors. 950€ Tel: 634 323 108 FOR SALE! Baby equipement. Camping cot 15€. Clip on table chair 15€. Bicycle seat 10€new. Baby bath 5€. For sale seperately or together for 40€. 950 066 131 or 661 024 287

THE UNION BAR - La Alfoquia 950 473 135

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

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information Taxi’s, couriers & van hire Vans for Hire

Couriers (Europe wide) COURIERS EUROPE Fully legal company. Your goods fully insured anywhere in Europe. Competative rates. Sprinter/transit vans. Tel: 0044 7593218257. skype: couriers-europe Email: courierseurope@gmail.com EPS DIRECT - UK-Spain-UK Well established Courier/Removal/Storage services & UK shopping (Argos, Asda etc.) Call 950120805/ 673773537 / (0044) 7865665619 or e-mail sales@epsdirectonline.com www.epsdirectonline.com

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

Taxis

Juan TURRE - 670 479 386

ADVERTISE YOURSELF HERE 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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information Useful phone numbers 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 Electricity: Endesa Enquiries Breakdown Gas:

Leaks Information

950 016 000 950 029 000 902 509 509 902 516 516 901 121 212 901 100 100

Water: Breakdown

902 355 575

Railway Stations: Renfe

902 240 202

Airports: Almeria Alicante San Javier, Murcia

950 213 700 966 919 000 968 172 000

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

Guardia Civil Hotline Health Hotline Local Police Hotline Coast Guard

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062 061 092 900 202 202

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

950 950 950 950 950

280 136 548 615 393

748 052 707 025 142

Telefonica: Report a fault General enquiries

1002 1004

ITV: Albox Vera

950 120 902 950 391 726

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

950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950 950

120 619 449 456 469 460 134 615 479 393

908 015 430 488 000 058 900 009 011 016

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

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

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