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Microsoft Confirm Torrevieja For New Centre for Health Innovation Francisco Camps Travelled To Washington To Sign The Deal Last Friday Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, met with the Valencia President, Francisco Camps in Washington last Friday, as the decision has finally been confirmed that Torrevieja will host the new Microsoft Centre for Health Innovation. The town was chosen because of its good communications to the El Altet and San Javier

airports, and also because the local hospital is already using the latest Microsoft programs. Speaking to EFE, Camps voiced his satisfaction for the agreement reached which showed he said the commitment of the Valencia region to research and development. There is no final number yet placed on the size of the

Fake Earthquake Hits Santomera Murcia

An emergency exercise saw the participation of more than 500 people 500 people on Thursday took part in an earthquake disaster simulation based in Santomera, Murcia. The exercise, the largest ever of its type in Spain, saw rockfalls and also faced a breakdown in communications after the 5,5 degree quake. A new satellite communications system was therefore tested. The exercise was concentrated from 8am on Thursday in the area close to the Santomera reservoir, and Emergency Director, Luis

Gestoso, told the press that the day served also to show the population how they should act in such an emergency. He noted that a large number of the 16,000 residents of the town had taken part in the day’s proceedings. 500 firemen and other rescue workers, health workers, local police and Civil Guard all participated, along with members of Civil Protection and the Military Emergency unit who set up a tent hospital. M e a nw hil e, an amateur geologist issued a warning that the Valencia Region will be subjected to seismic activity on

Wednesday 24th February. According to the report the geologist, Mr. Day says he bases his warning on “indications he has been getting in the local area” including “increased levels of sulphur dioxide” as well as a “hole in his garden that is emitting sulphur dioxide and runs six miles deep, reaching the fault line that crosses Spain from East to West”. It wouldn’t be the first time an earthquake strikes in the region. In January 2005, a 4.7 earthquake struck and in 1829 there was a 6.9 earthquake in Torrevieja that left 400 dead, while in 1884 on Christmas Day a 6.7 earthquake left over 1,000 dead in Granada. In 1755 Lisbon, Portugal saw a tsunami that wiped out downtown Lisbon and affected Cadiz and Sevilla.

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Foreign Tourist Numbers Up For January 2010 Reductions on January 2009 were seen only in the Valencia region and on the Baleares

All the other regions of Spain have broken the tendency of 18 months of falls by registering increases last month, according to the data from the Survey of Tourist Movements, FRONTUR. The total number of foreign tourist arrivals across Spain in January was up 1.1% this year compared to last

at 2.5 million. In terms of nationalities there French market was up 5.5%, the Italian was up 19.1%, the Belgian up 5.9% and the Swiss up 16.5%. The largest number of foreign tourists come from the UK and January this year saw a fall of 8.1% compared to last year, but that reduction is the first

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Guardia Civil moved into the Sunday Market area of Guadamar to serve Judicial papers to the land owner, to allow work to commence on another section of dual carriage way along the N332. Although parts of the Dual Carriageway are open & connect Pilar de la Horadada to the roundabout at the infamous Nancy’s nightclub, progress has been slow. The Sunday Market area was noted as a reason for the hold up on completion, however much of the road building, especially just south of Guadamar, still looks far from finished! During the summer it’s estimated that over 40,000 vehicles use this busy and dangerous section of the N332. On the Orihuela Costa, problems crossing the road have accounted for a number of deaths.Sections of the N332 have been temporarily opened to ease the traffic flow but more frustration was in evidence last week when road-lining operations were in process and parts of

the road again closed. Signs were not erected anywhere ahead of the road-works to inform drivers, which in the case of those travelling North from Punta Prima and wishing to turn towards the Hospital or the Motorway, meant a diversion to the next junction of over three kilometres, just to make a left turn! While the section from Pilar de la Horadada to Punta Prima is all but complete, the area through Torrevieja has yet to be started! A spokesperson from Torrevieja’s Council said that land had been seeded to the National Government for these road improvements but that they had not heard anything regarding start dates on the project! In the meantime, the N332 from La Mata to Guadamar

remains as one lane in each direction with concern about the lack of a turnoff from the slip road going north from Torrevieja, for the La Mata Health centre. There still has not been an announcement as to what, when and if there are future plans for the N332 to become a two-lane highway from Guadamar past La Marina, the Salt Flats and Santa Pola towards Alicante Airport! Whilst the area around the Lemon Tree Road still looks months away from completion, it now seems as if the opening of this section of the N332 as a dual carriageway, before summer 2010, will drastically cut down traffic delays, which can only be a good thing for everyone.

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Zapatero Visits Gordon Brown In Downing Street The Spanish Prime Minister chose London to give his opinion on the financial markets & called in Málaga for a pact with the Partido Popular

Zapatero met with Gordon Brown in Number Ten for what will probably be the last time, give the General Election in the U.K. in May.

Facebook has raised the minimum age to join its social networking site from 13 to 14 according to information released today by the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD).

Speaking at a rally in Málaga on Sunday, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Socailist Party in Andalucía, Zapatero called for Mariano Rajoy to join him in a cross-party pact to help get Spain out of recession. He said Rajoy would not be helping Spain by saying ‘no’ to the invitation.

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The Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, speaking in London on Friday, attacked the markets for creating problems for Governments. Reminding the markets that it was the Governments who came to the aid of the financial sector, Zapatero said it was a paradox that now it was the markets putting some Governments in difficulty. He said that to get out of recession he would not be following the

recipes of the international markets, which were ‘so demanding, examine us and create difficulties’. He said that of course he would be reducing the deficit, but when the recovery is active and not thinking only of the short-term profit of some funds. Zapatero’s message was somewhat different than that of consolidation given a week again in London by his

Zapatero called on the Partido Popular not to ‘generate a lack of confidence’. He said that it was ‘sincerely immoral’ to put the financial solidity and the solvency of the public accounts in doubt. ‘I don’t ask Rajoy to help the Government, but his country’, said Zapatero adding that ‘union brings strength’.

AENA Confident Of Normal Service At Spanish Airports Over Easter Talks on the controllers new working conditions restart next week

AENA the Spanish Airports Authority has said it expects normal flight services over Spain at Easter.

AENA Chairman, Juan Lema, said that he expected a holiday season without problems, and hoped that the air traffic controllers would only use the legal methods at their

disposal to protest against the new legal decree which is to change their working conditions and reduce wages by some 40%.

Air traffic controllers union USCA has said they will be working normally over Easter, and the new law gives the power to sanction any behaviour

Facebook Spain Raises Minimum Age

which interrupts normal services, with the power even to sack people concerned. Meanwhile talks on the new wage round restart next week, with AENA contracting a private firm of lawyers, Cusán, to represent them.

Today’s decision brings Facebook in line with Spanish legislation, which dictates that information of the kind exchanged on Facebook cannot be shared by children under the age of 14 and is a response to a personal request from the AEPD’s director, Artemi Rallo. The AEPD has declared its satisfaction with the new measure, saying that it was “a significant step by a multinational Internet company to come in line with national requirements, like those here in Spain, to guarantee personal privacy”. Spain is the only country where Facebook has increased its minimum age for people to join its social network. The AEPD has had a number of meetings with those in charge of the various social networking sites, and in last July’s meeting with the board of Facebook in Spain, Artemi Rallo asked for the minimum age to be raised and also asked for measures to be implemented to limit access to under-14s. The director of the AEPD has now convened another meeting with the directors of Facebook to discuss outstanding demands and in particular, privacy issues, which the network’s recent updates provoked amongst users.

Catholic Church Cashes In On Tax Returns The Catholic Church received 252,682,547 Euros via tax returns in 2009, thanks to people making tax-deductable donations to the institution by ticking the appropriate box on their forms. According to data supplied by the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE) at a press conference today, the number of taxpayers making donations to the Catholic Church increased by 237,143 last year, and by 711,975 over the last two years.

20 and 25%) so “we can estimate that last spring in the region of nine million people made donations to the Catholic Church”.

The CEE spokesperson, Juan Antonio Martínez Camino, pointed out that a substantial proportion of tax returns are done on a joint basis (between

The proportion of tax returns on which there was a donation to the Catholic Church in the last tax year was 34.31%, a similar percentage to

The more than 252 million euros donated during the last tax year equates to an increase of 11 million euros compared with the previous year.

previous years according to Fernando Jiménez, the CEE’s vice-secretary for Economic Affairs. Camino used the press conference to thank all those who had made a contribution towards the Catholic Church on their latest tax return, but added that the church still depended on other forms of collaboration for its survival, saying that the weekly collections and subscriptions “remain absolutely indispensable”.

Car Owners To Be Vigilant Against Theft The judiciary is not keeping up the demands on it in the city

None of last 150 arrests in Alicante province for car theft has been sent to prison because of the laxity of the courts and the overcrowding seen in the prisons. Those who have no previous record are released also ahead of any court case, and now Alicante is reporting since January a wave of thefts of and from cars parked in the garages of the

city, especially in the Albufereta and Nuevo San Blas area. Long delays in the courts are not helping matters either and that a new penal court has been promised in the city for the past ten years. It says police have a unit in operation to detain car thieves, but this does not cover the thefts from cars parked in community garages.

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Padron Confirms Ageing Population!

The influx of the foreign retired population is partly the cause

The latest demographic information on the province of Alicante has revealed an everolder population in 25% of municipalities. The data relates to the Padron of 1st January by the National Statistics Institute. Under 14 year olds make up less than 10% of the population in 37 municipalities of

the province, most of which are inland mountainous areas. Also of note are the municipalities where many people, often foreigners, have chosen to retire. The case in point here is San Fulgencio where only 1,025 of the 12,030 population is aged under 15.




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The British man was murdered in Javea on June 11 2006 Two British men have admitted killing another, but have told the court in Alicante that they did so in ‘legitimate defence’. Two of the four accused of the murder of Colyn Roy Nobes on June 11 2006 in Jávea admitted their role in court last Wednesday. One of the accused, who lived in Germany at the time, sent her friends to a house she owned in Jávea to see if her exhusband was living there illegally. Events ended up with her allegedly calling for her exhusband to be killed by the two, who repeatedly hit him with a large stick and then dumped the body amongst rubble in Ondara under a bridge of the AP-7; the body was found 17 days later.


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in the case, three Britons, Lindsay George F., Adrian Stuart M, and his wife Bridget Elizabeth S. for whom the prosecutor has called for three to 18 year sentences for murder and conspiracy to murder, and a fourth person, the German woman and ex-wife of the victim Gabriela Andrea Q.Z.

self defence as he had attacked them with ‘one or two knives’.

Those charges remained in place last Thursday night after the second day of the case with the 18 years for Adrian Stuart M and Lindsay George F. consider the main accused, and despite them claiming self defence in court.

The woman Bridget Elizabeth S .now faced 12 years for conspiracy but Thursday saw the alternative charge of covering up the killing being added. The exlover of the victim Gabriela Andrea Q.Z faces the charge of covering up the crime.

Adrian Stuart M. claimed some amnesia over what had occurred, but Lindsay agreed with him saying that they had killed the man in

The first day of the case on Wednesday took more than six hours as witnesses were heard with the opinions of forensic experts. The proceedings in court were slowed down by the need for translators.

Reports indicate that despite the two days in court, the motive for the crime remains unclear.

El Algar Mosque Imam Arrested

The Guardia Civil have arrested the Imam of the mosque at El Algar in Cartagena, in connection with allegations of sexual abuse of children from the Islamic community. The arrest was confirmed by the Government Delegate for the Region, Rafael González Tovar.

who says she was a victim.

The 48 year old Imam was arrested at an undisclosed location in Murcia and will appear in court after first giving a statement to the Guardia Civil Youngsters Group which has been investigating the case for the past week. Reporting restrictions have been imposed by the court in Cartagena. The man has been giving religion and Koran classes since is arrival at the mosque 15 months ago.

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Cameron Calls For Inquiry Into No10 Bullying Claims

Conservative leader David Cameron has called for an inquiry into allegations of bullying in Downing Street. He said he was sure Number 10 and the civil service would want to “get to the bottom” of the “serious matters”. The comments follow claims about Gordon Brown’s temper and, separately, by a bullying charity about No 10’s culture. The Lib Dems said allegations should be “cleared up” but Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said they were unfounded and part of a “political operation”. The row began with a story in the Observer -

based on a book by journalist Andrew Rawnsley - saying Mr Brown had grabbed staff by the lapels, shoved them aside and shouted at them. The National Bullying Helpline’s Chief Executive, Christine Pratt, contacted the BBC to say a flat denial sent out the wrong message and she would expect Downing Street to follow “due process”.

She said a small number of people who had worked at No 10 had contacted

the charity, but insisted they had “absolutely not” accused Mr Brown personally of bullying.

Prime Minister To Face Iraq Inquiry

Prime Minister Gordon Brown will appear before the Iraq war inquiry on Friday 5 March, it has been announced. Tickets for the central London hearing will by allocated by public ballot. I n t e r n a t i o n a l Development Secretary Douglas Alexander will give evidence on the same day, with Foreign Secretary David Miliband appearing on 8 March. In an interview last week, the prime minister said his appearance would be a chance to show “everything I did was both thoughtthrough and justified”. The BBC News Channel’s chief political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg said the PM’s evidence would draw considerable interest, not least because

of claims by former defence secretary Geoff Hoon that Mr Brown chancellor at the time had been a key figure in the decisions that led to the 2003 Iraq war. Mr Brown is also likely to be asked about claims made to the inquiry by Sir Kevin Tebbit, former top civil servant at the Ministry of Defence, that as chancellor, he “guillotined” military spending six months after the invasion. Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot originally said the prime minister would not give evidence until after the general election - expected in May. However,


pressure from opposition parties, Mr Brown agreed to appear earlier, with Downing Street saying he had “nothing to hide”. In an interview with the left-leaning Tribune magazine last week, he said he did not want the public to think there were “unanswered questions” ahead of an election. “I also want my opportunity to explain what I tried to do.” Former prime minister Tony Blair gave evidence to the inquiry in January. He said he had “no regrets” about removing Saddam Hussein from power and insisted the Iraq war had made the world a safer place.

Massive Backlog Prompts European Rights Court Reforms

The Council of Europe has announced plans to streamline procedures at the European Court of Human Rights to help deal with a backlog of 120,000 cases Ministers from the Council’s 47 member states agreed the measures at a meeting in the Swiss city of Interlaken.

success. It was created originally as a court of last resort for Europeans who felt their fundamental rights had been infringed at home.

They provide for one judge to decide on a case’s admissibility, and for cases similar to those previously brought to be heard by a panel of three judges.

The Strasbourg-based court has ruled on a variety of cases, from the right of homosexuals to serve in the British army, to crucifixes in Italian classrooms.

Russia, the origin of 27,000 pending cases, initially resisted the reforms. All members of the Council of Europe have had to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into their national laws, accepting that the court’s rulings are final and must be obeyed. The European Court of Human Rights has in a way been a victim of its own

But it now has a backlog of some 120,000 cases - if it continues to work at its present pace, it would take 46 years to clear them, our correspondent says. At the end of the two-day conference in Interlaken, ministers agreed that “additional measures are indispensible and urgently required”.

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Heathrow Third Runway Plans Face Legal Challenge

Environmental groups, local councils and residents opposed to a third runway at Heathrow have begun a legal challenge to the government’s plans.

Lawyers for the coalition have taken their fight to the High Court to argue the consultation process was flawed.

had “consulted on one set of proposals” - which the transport secretary then “chose to ignore” - “and decided on another”. He said: “If this airport runs at full capacity... it will produce an extra 23 and a half [million] tonnes a year of CO2 - that’s as much as the 54 least polluting countries produce every year, and that’s just one airport.”

on west London. He said Heathrow provided 72,000 jobs, and most people favoured expansion because their livelihoods depended on it: “So many people’s jobs are dependant on that airport remaining a premier hub airport that they do actually support it. We have to make it more environmentally friendly because, frankly, people are not going to stop flying.”

The coalition includes six local authorities and campaign groups Greenpeace and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). They will argue over three days against the expansion on the grounds of climate change and what they say is a lack of public transport for the development.

Should the project go ahead, it would mean the disappearance of the village of Sipson, in Hillingdon.

The Conservatives are against a third runway and shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said it had been “only a matter of time” before the “flawed” decision was challenged in the courts.

Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot said the government’s decision was “fundamentally flawed”. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the government

But Lord Soley, campaign director of pro-runway group Future Heathrow, and a former Labour MP, said scrapping the plans would have a “catastrophic” impact

The government gave the go-ahead for a third runway and sixth terminal for the London airport a year ago. The Department for Transport (DfT) said it stood by its decision and would defend it “robustly” in court.

Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said the government had given the go-ahead despite 90% of people who responded to the consultation having been opposed to expansion.

Eurostar Investigates After Train Breaks Down Investigations are continuing into the latest Eurostar breakdown which left more than 740 passengers waiting to be rescued from a train in Kent.

The company said a “major technical problem” had caused the Paris to London service to stop with its lights off just south of Ashford last Sunday night.

Eurostar said the problem was not connected to the incident in December when several trains broke down. Then, a total of 2,500 passengers were stuck in the Channel Tunnel for up to five-and-a-half hours while a further 100,000 were stranded over the weekend before Christmas because of the delays after heavy snow in northern France caused the trains to lose power. The train involved in Sunday night’s incident had originally been due to leave Gare du Nord at 2043 CET and arrive at St Pancras at 2159 GMT but was delayed by about an hour after an unattended

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It ground to a halt in Kent at about 2245 GMT, but the train brought in to replace it did not arrive at London’s St Pancras station until 0235 GMT on Monday. Passengers carrying luggage had to clamber down ladders on to the tracks and then back up on to the rescue train that arrived alongside. Many



temperatures on board the stranded train, with toilets not working and staff struggling to find emergency lighting. Eurostar has apologised for the incident and offered passengers a cash refund as well as a free return ticket in compensation. Spokesman Bram Smets said the broken-down train had been taken out of service and the company was doing everything it could to find the exact cause of the problem.

EU Condemns Forged Passport Use In Dubai Mabhouh Murder

European Union foreign ministers have “strongly condemned” the use of forged European passports in the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. The statement made no direct reference to Israel, whose secret services are widely accused of having carried out last month’s killing in Dubai. The ministers met in Brussels ahead of a meeting between them and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Mr Lieberman has reiterated: “There is no proof Israel is involved in this affair, and if somebody had presented any proof,

aside from press stories, we would have reacted,” Mr Lieberman said in a statement from his office. But since there are no concrete elements, there is no need to react.” His comments followed the EU statement: “The killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai raises issues which are profoundly disturbing. We strongly condemn the use of fraudulent EU member states’ passports and credit cards acquired

through the theft of EU citizens’ identities.” French President Nicolas Sarkozy also “unreservedly condemned” the assassination during a press conference with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, news agency AFP said. Mr Mabhouh was killed in Dubai by a team who had entered the country on assumed identities belonging to British, Irish, French and German citizens.

“As matters are currently subject to legal proceedings, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

Baby P Doctor ‘Too Ill To Defend Herself’

A doctor accused of failing to detect the abuse Baby Peter was suffering is too ill to defend herself against the charge - and the risk she may attempt suicide is “very real”, according to a medical report. Consultant paediatrician Dr Sabah al-Zayyat came in for heavy criticism following the youngster’s death at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend and their lodger in 2007.

Passengers had to wait more than an hour for a replacement train to arrive.

A DfT spokesman said: “The department stands fully behind the decisions on Heathrow announced last year and will be defending them robustly in court.

She had been due to appear before the GMC accused of knowing Peter was on the child protection register but failing to thoroughly examine him. However, the council was told by lawyers she had been taken ill and was too unwell to defend herself - and even to instruct solicitors on her behalf. GMC counsel Rebecca Poulet QC quoted a medical report that said: “The pressure on (Dr Al-Zayyat) has been such that her mental health has broken down completely, and the possibility of suicide is a very real one.” GMC panel chairman Ralph Bergmann adjourned the hearing until Wednesday to

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Dr Zayyat is accused of not investigating the explanation for Peter’s injuries and not recording whether or not she believed he could be a victim of child abuse. It is also alleged she failed to diagnose that Peter had suffered physical abuse, possible neglect and emotional abuse, and did not arrange for him to be admitted to hospital. She saw the boy known initially as Baby P, but since named as Peter Connelly - just days before his death at a clinic at St Ann’s Hospital in Tottenham in August 2007. However, she decided not to check him over properly because he was “miserable and cranky”, and failed to spot that he had serious injuries, probably including a broken back and fractured ribs. The 17-month-old died two days later in a bloody

cot, having suffered 50 injuries despite receiving 60 visits from social workers, doctors and police over the final eight months of his life. Dr al-Zayyat released a statement through the Medical Protection Society saying she had been “deeply affected” by the death: “In my 28 years as a paediatrician I have been devoted to the care of children and have always tried to do my best for them,” she said. I have been and remain deeply affected by the shocking and tragic circumstances of Baby Peter’s death.”

Dr al-Zayyat qualified in Pakistan and worked in Saudi Arabia before coming to Britain in 2004. She had her contract with Great Ormond Street Hospital terminated after details of the case came to light - and was suspended from practising medicine by the GMC.

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PAUL JONES & FIONA HENDLEY VISIT TORREVIEJA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SATURDAY 6TH MARCH 2010 AT 7pm Company and starred in West End musicals and TV. Together they have recorded several CD’s celebrating the work of composers past and present and their gospel album “Personal” expresses their love of their Heavenly Father and for each other. Paul and Fiona will share their stories on their backgrounds and how they became Christians, as well as their life together. Paul Jones and his wife of fifteen years, Fiona Hendley, will be visiting Torrevieja Christian Fellowship (TCF) located on the Avenida de las Valencianas 68 (opposite Maxi Dia on the Old Alicante Road) in Torrevieja on Saturday, 6th March 2010 at 7.00 pm. Paul Jones is more widely known as the awardwinning lead singer of Manfred Mann whose hits included “Do Wah Diddy” and “Pretty Flamingo”. Fiona Hendley, his wife, is an accomplished actress and singer. She has appeared with the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare

Roy Davies, Pastor of TCF, said: “We are all delighted to welcome such talented musical individuals to our church. We hope the evening with Paul and Fiona will enable Christian and non-Christian families and friends to attend to hear the gospel presented in a clear and relevant way. Everyone is welcome!” This promises to be a lively, musical and entertaining evening. Tickets are only 3 euros and may be purchased from TCF church or at the door on the night. For further information call 966 760 282 or 617 660 209.


Starting on Wednesday 14th April, a concert series entitled “Music in Quiet Places” will take place in the parish church. As the title suggests, the calm and peaceful surroundings of the church will suit many listeners and performers alike. On Wednesday 3rd March at 5pm there will be a USPG Lent Course in conjunction with

our church at La Manga. This will be for five consecutive weeks leading up to Holy Week, led by Lay Reader Irene King. All denominations are invited for discussions and fellowship. More details from Revd. Christopher Scargill on 966 925 205 or our Congregational Warden Mrs Jill Dorsett on 966 762 715.

Ecumenical Progress on the Orihuela Costa

Last September, the bishop, D. Rafael Palmero, of Orihuela-Alicante Diocesis, visited the Orihuela Costa for the blessing of the foundation stone of the new Ecumenical Temple and Parish church.

JOST began on the site, Calle Talco in Villapiedra, this January and in February had set up the first “working certification”. Most of the excavations work for the basis, foundations, of the new ecumenical temple are almost complete and it is expected that by July this year the structure will be finished. The second and final stage of the construction is expected in 2011, and we hope to have it completed in 2012. In this ecumenical temple all Christian confessions will be able to hold their

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The organisers of the association Grupo de Amigos de la Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado” - are extending an invitation to everybody to join them. Membership is 5€ a month; 2.50€ for the EuroMillions Lottery and 2.50€ is given to the church ecumenical temple fund. Application forms are available in the three chapels of the parish (La Zenia, Cabo Roig or Campoamor) and any Sundays after the 11am Mass in La Zenia Chapel. Contact Luis (Spanish) and Antonia (English) for details concerning the Group or email (Spanish) amigosparroquiacristoresucitado@ or (English) theresa.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a Ruby Murray as much as the next person, and after a few beers, what could be better, than a visit to an Indian restaurant. But hold on, this is beyond the pale, well, pink anyway! Mayor of Orihuela, Monica Lorente, has been very busy recently, beautifying the N332 as it passes through Cabo Roig. There is a pyramid on the glorieta, which I’m sure author Dan Brown would be only too keen to probe for mystique signs. There is red and black tarmac, artificial grass, stainless steel lamp standards (no bulbs in, but the poles are there!), along with the planting of hundreds of flowering (eventually) shrubs, all linked by a rickety bridge, painted in a rather nice shade of blue. Shock, horror, as if overnight, a giant pink tongue suddenly appears, to greet the traffic, circumnavigating the Mayor’s glorieta, and it’s Monica’s pavement steps as well! I’m sure we all wish the new Indian restaurant well, but for all our sakes, pull your tougue in, and return the pavement to it’s natural state, otherwise, Monica will NOT be happy! By Robert Walford-Barnes

THE HELP ASSOCIATION OF VEGA BAJA We are currently looking to extend our rota of volunteers who assist in running our Torrevieja office. The office is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 1.30pm and the main tasks involved will include dealing with queries and giving help and advice, either in person or on the telephone.

The HELP Association Vega Baja helps people of all ages, with all sorts of problems. We operate a 24 hour help line (965 704 282) and our aim is to assist in practical ways at times of crisis, or when police or medical services are involved. So if you think you can help by giving us just one morning a week, or if you would like to understand more fully exactly what we are asking of you, please contact Richard in the San Miguel office on 966 723 733.

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- in aid of EHCRC The Rocajuna bar on the Orihuela Costa is hosting a fundraising evening in aid of Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre on March 3rd. It promises to be a great night with music from the brilliant Luke Wilder, singing everything from rat pack to chart, plus hugely entertaining glam rock band The Faith. The night will be compered by DJ Dan the Man. Tickets are just 10€, which includes a buffet.

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LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... GONDOLIERS COME TO GUARDAMAR This year’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society show, in aid of the charity Caritas Es, is the very popular comic operetta ‘The Gondoliers’. Two just-married Venetian gondoliers are informed by the Grand Inquisitor that one of them has just become the King of Barataria, but only their foster mother, presently at large, knows which one. As Barataria needs a king to put down unrest in the country, they travel there to reign jointly, leaving their wives behind in Venice until the old lady can be interviewed. It turns out that the king was wed in infancy to the daughter of the Spanish Duke of Plaza-Toro, and so it seems he is an unintentional bigamist. To add to the problems, the beautiful daughter is in love with a common servant! When the young Duke’s daughter and the two Venetian wives all show up wanting to know

which of them is queen, complications arise. No worries, the true identity of the king is revealed, and all is combed out spectacularly well by the end. The Stage Director, Trevor King, and the Musical Director, Cyril Willoughby have worked hard to ensure this will be a remarkable show full of colour, dance and music. The show takes place at Casa de Cultura, Guardamar on 24th, 25th and 26th March. Tickets for this wonderful show cost 10 Euros and are available

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UPDATE - The Lions Club of Bahia de Mazarron Thank you to all who donated to our Haiti Appeal...we have already sent 1000€ with more to follow. As most of you will know we have been very active in collecting funds to help the Haiti people recover from the enormous earthquake. This Lions club is of course a small one at the moment but it is part of a huge organisation called Lions International which is present in most countries in the world and has in excess of one million members. Unfortunately two members of the Haiti Lions Club were killed along with members of their families during the initial shock wave. Lions International is working with Lions of Haiti as well as neighbouring countries to assess the urgent needs and also to develop a long term reconstruction program. Lions from around the world are also assisting. Lions in Sweden are sending large tents to provide housing for the homeless, as they did for the China earthquake.. Lions from Canada were visiting when the earthquake struck and they are now active in providing a clean water system for the neighbourhood. Lions International will be helping in the area for many years to come as is normal in

such circumstances. Lastly if you haven’t already done so, please consider making a donation to help the people of this country recover their lives. Thank you once again. Now for the local news… In the run up to Christmas and the New Year we made donations to two local organisations; 500€ was given to Caritas to buy Christmas presents for the less fortunate in our area. We also ran our Operation Kilo just prior to Christmas in which we asked for and received nonperishable foodstuffs to help again the less fortunate. We collected on two Saturdays and we were overwhelmed by the response, so much so we were able to provide 83 large carrier bags of much needed food. This was distributed by Caritas at St Jose Church in Puerto de Mazarron. Very many thanks to all who gave and also to Consum supermarket at Camposol and also Lidl in Puerto de Mazarron for their support. We have also supported a community run society who help with Downs Syndrome and mentally challenged children. The money will

REVIEW... REVIEW... REVIEW... REVIEW... THE FARNDALE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMENS GUILD, DRAMATIC SOCIETY - MURDER MYSTERY PRESENTED BY DRAMATIC LICENCE VIRGEN DEL CARMEN THEATRE, TORREVIEJA. - 5th/6th FEBRUARY The cast of Dramatic Licence can be proudly linked to likes of Les Dawson and Tommy Cooper! These two much missed comedians, along with “The company”, that walked the boards last week in Torrevieja, share the same performing skill. With Les, it was to play badly, when his playing skills were remarkable, Tommy, Well, you have to be good to be in the “Magic Circle”, and Dramatic Licence, to give an hilarious performance, when everything that could go wrong in an amateur dramatics show, did, but, as previous productions have proved, are accomplished performers. The “Country Seat” of Lady Doreen Bishop, played by Carol Acton, was a scene of mayhem. Skilfully stepping over the odd dead body and fainted lady, the company chased each other through windows and doors. Staircases were ascended and descended continually.

enable more of the needed materials to be bought for their use. We were pleased that the Mayor and councillors were there to receive our donation and were encouraging to our efforts. Lastly we are running numerous events in the very near future on Saturday 20 February 2010. We are having a fun race night at Kennelys Sector B Commercial Centre Camposol - come and have fun! THANK YOU FOR READING THIS ...if after reading this you may consider becoming a member please contact us. We are outside Bali Hai on Camposol Sector B commercial centre most Saturdays and we will be pleased to see you; or call Lion Andrew 968 597 554.

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Inspector O´Reilly, (Tony Holden) was soon on the case, but detection was not helped, by the Inspector becoming a little too keen on Lady Bishops daughter, Daphne, played by Suzanne Stokes. Car crashes, a bomb (which failed to go off, of course), guns and a strangulation, all played their part in this very funny play. A name check perhaps to Marion Parmenter, who was seldom off stage. Marion, (Felicity), as Pawn the butler, and Colonel King. Pawn had everyones interests at heart, but of course, ending up as confused as ever! Congratulations to Director Colin Bird, who´s hard work had paid off with this show. A performance that Sir Brian Rix, King of Farce, I´m sure would have raised a glass, from his seat in the stalls, and said “Well done company”. Review by Robert Walford-Barnes

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eNJOY REE f aLCOHOL wINE! ‘Alcohol-free’ fad finds niche in wine market Despite the consternation that it causes amongst certain sectors of the population, the fashion for ‘light’ or ‘0.0%’products has finally found a way into the wine market with the launch of a new ‘low-calorie’ alcohol-free wine, finding a previously unexploited niche in this lucrative market. The new wine was launched at the Bizkai-Vinos wine show, held at the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao and David Núñez, sales rep for the Matarromera Group, commented that people’s surprise at an alcohol-free wine is “no different from their reaction to alcohol-free beer 20 years ago”. Matarromera has vineyards supplying the Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Toro brands. Núñez explained that the wine is “deconstructed” to separate the aromas, the alcohol and everything else, only

to be put back together again without the alcohol in a process he described as “non-aggressive” and “natural”. He admitted that there was as yet little public demand for the product, but remained optimistic because “90% of the client calls we get are asking about the non-alcoholic wine and where it’s available in their area” adding that “it’s the bar and restaurant owners who have to believe in it”.

Can Abbey road be saved?

Sir Paul McCartney hopes the famous Abbey Road Studios can be saved, after reports that it has been put up for sale by owner EMI. Selling the studios, best known for being the place where the Beatles recorded their albums, could raise £30m for the debt-stricken record company. Sir Paul stated that some people associated with the studio may be “mounting some bid to save it”. However, EMI and its private equity owner Terra Firma have declined to comment. It is not known if any sale would see the site continue as a record studio or be converted for another use.

The target audience for the advertisers is predominantly “young and female” although Núñez added that there was “a great deal of interest in countries where alcohol is banned”.

“There are a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time who were talking about mounting some bid to save it,” said Sir Paul. “I sympathise with them. I hope they can do something, it’d be great.”

Núñez described the wine as “jovial” and “fresh” and underlined the huge difference in calorie count compared with normal wine - only 4 kilocalories per 100g compared with usual 200 kilocalories.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spokesman has also revealed that the composer is “very interested” in buying Abbey Road Studios: “Andrew Lloyd Webber is very interested in buying Abbey Road Studios. He first recorded there in 1967 with Tim Rice. He thinks it is vital that the studios are saved for the future of the music

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Día de Andalucia, a r are but significant civil r ather than religious day, is celebr ated throughout the Andalucian region. The day honours Blas Infante, the founding father of the ‘Estatuto de Autonomia de Andalucia’, which roughly tr anslates as the ‘statute of the autonomous region of Andalucia’. So, what do people do on Día de Andalucía? The answer is bound to be found in the heart of your nearest town or city where municipal bands are generally called out to play the regional hymn (el Himno de Andalucia) and speeches are made on behalf of regional traditions and politics. The day is regarded as a fiesta holiday often falling during the February half term known as Semana Blanca (White Week). Schools however do not let this important day pass without mention and celebrate the week before. At this time Andalucia’s green and white flag can be seen all around the region, with municipal bands parading, playing ‘el Himno de Andalucia’ (the Andalucia Hymn) with towns and villages providing samples of typical local there you have it - another reason to celebrate!

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Dutch Painters At The Prado This exhibition brings together a sizeable group of the most important Dutch paintings in the Prado Museum’s collection. Presented in conjunction with the publication of the first catalogue of this collection - which is largely unknown to the wider public - the works on show cover all the genres typically found in Dutch art: marine views, winter landscapes, genre scenes, still lifes and portraits.

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~ Bullas, Murcia ~ Wine museum illustrating the historical implications, culture and socioeconomic effects of the wine industry. Located in one of the few traditional wineries that have survived in perfect condition, with its brick vaults and jars partly buried in the ground along its halls. An English audio guide is available. At Avda. de Murcia, Bullas, Murcia.

The exhibition also offers the rare chance to see a group of the large landscapes with hermits’ retreats and other bucolic scenes commissioned in Rome by Philip IV for the decoration of the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid. Painted by Herman van Swanevelt and Jan Both, they are considered to be among the earliest examples of modern landscape.

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Blas Infante : The Father of Andalucia Born in Casares, Malaga in 1885, Blas Infante attended school in Malaga and Cordoba, and went on to obtain a law degree from the University of Granada where he also studied philosophy. In 1909, he returned to Casares where he worked as an assistant to his father who was employed as Secretary to the Municipal Courts. It was in 1913, during the celebration of an International Congress in Ronda, that Blas Infante presented his famous speech that started with the words “The moment has come for the privileged to die…” Proclaiming Andalucia as the most fertile land in Spain, he continued to write articles promoting his cause for the magazine ‘Betica, and presented a speech at the Ateneo in Seville on ‘The Andalucian Ideal’, subsequently writing a book of the same name. In 1916, the first Centro Andaluz was established in Seville, which is today located on O’Donnell street, where the Blas Infante foundation can also be found.

In 1918, the Assembly of Andalucian Provinces was held in Ronda, this was Andalucia’s first ever assembly. The official Green - White - Green equal horizontal bands of the Andalucian flag was unveiled. Variations of it were frequently used and documented from Al Andaluz and the Moorish times. Green being the colour of the Omeya dynasty representing the consensus of the people. The white was frequenty used in Eurpean Heraldry represents peace or parliament. The emblem of Hércules was inspired by Cadiz, Andalucia’s oldest city and is called “Las Insignias de Andalucía”. The hymn of Andalucia was also published. In 1918-19, Blas Infante was elected Diputado (Council Representative) for the district of Gaucin-Casares-Estepona. In 1919 he also married Angustias Garcia Pradas and eventually fathered three daughters and a son. The newlyweds moved to Seville, where Infante founded the Abante Library. In 1931 he created the Liberal Junta of Andalucia in Seville. It was in 1936, after the February elections, that the Andalucian campaign intensified in favour of the Autonomy Statute. Blas Infante was proclaimed President of the new Assembly and the following week in Cadiz, the Diputacion was celebrated with a meeting where all villages of the province were represented. The Andalucian flag was subsequently raised at the Town Hall of Cadiz, Seville. Unsurprisingly, Blas Infante’s ideals and achievements fell foul of the fascists under General Franco, and he was imprisoned during the Civil War. On the 2nd August 1936 he was arrested in his house in Cora del Rio by various members of the Filange in the early morning of the 11 August, along with two others, he was taken to the side of the Seville - Carmona road where he was shot dead. As he fell to the ground, he shouted out his famous last words: “Long live free Andalucia!” A monument at ‘KM4’ of the marks the location and a commemorative service takes place here every year on Andalucian Day.

Nestling between the mountain ranges of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Espuña, and the Sierra de Carrascoy, is the City of Alhama de Murcia. Reme Pagan, who can normally be found sitting behind the desk in the Tourist Office, of the Council House, in La Union, has donned her “Tourist Guide” hat, and is looking forward to showing visitors, both English speaking and Spanish, around the hidden gems, of the Alhama de Murcia. Reme will take you back in time, wandering through the narrow streets, to explore the heritage of the Alhama, it’s many fountains and monuments.

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Spanish Without Tears Time - PART 1 Although tiempo is a general word given in the dictionary, there are various definitions for the English word ‘time’ …


Biogr aphy of a Revolutionary

1. The time / la hora

The tours take place on the third Saturday of each month. The meeting point is the Tourist Office in Alhama. For English speakers, the tour will start at 10am and takes 90 minutes. For Spanish visitors, the tour will start at 12 noon, again for 90 minutes. To book yourself on one of Reme’s fascinating tours, please telephone the Tourist Office, located in the Plaza de la Registration, Alhama de Murcia on 968 633 512. There is limited availability, so give the Tourist Office a ring, as soon as possible. Article by Robert Walford-Barnes

¿A qué hora se abre? What time does it open? Es la hora de comer

It´s lunchtime

2. Occurrences / veces

¿Cuántas veces por semana nadas? How many times a week do you swim? La ultima/próxima vez

The last/next time

Esta vez This time

3. Points in time / fechas – momentos - puntos En aquellas/os fechas/tiempos En aquel entonces

In those times

Back then

Hasta entonces Up to then A este punto/momento At this point (in time)


4. Times (multiplication) / por 2 por 3 es 6 2 times 3 is 6 2 por 1 2 for 1 (in the market)

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A weight loss expert is urging people to get to grips with their love handles and make a pledge to reduce their curves, even if their loved one loves them! Sue Partridge, who runs Weight Watcher meetings in Albox and Huercal Overa, says she agrees with new research that says being happy in love can lead to frustration at the scales: “Weight Watchers commissioned a study which reveals that women are more likely to pile on the pounds when they’re in a relationship, than when they’re not. Researchers spoke to over 3,000 women and their responses showed that during the course of a relationship a woman’s weight can fluctuate by as much as two stone” Sue Partridge says that emotional eating or the inability to control food cravings appears to be the cause of weight gain, with 64% of women admitting that their emotions regularly dictate their eating habits. “The Weight Watchers New Discover Plan tackles comfort eating head on by helping you to make informed, healthier food choices and teaching you how to control cravings, feel full and break your emotional eating bad habits. I’ve seen people come to my meeting to slim down ready to get married and I’ve seen them return a year later when the pounds have crept back on. Once they’re back in meetings the support they get soon sees them back to wedding dress size!” The Weight Watchers study revealed women actually go through 5 stages of weight loss and gain, during a relationship where they can gain over 3 stone and lose 2 stone. Read on to see what stage you’re at…

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Life Optimisation - Part 1

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Search engines also look for tags and pictures illustrating your website. In life, finding inspiring pictures and captions to illustrate your ideal life and visualising yourself living this perfect life will add energy to the process. Stick the pictures and captions on a board or in a book and look at them often. They should excite you and spark your imagination to find ways to achieve them. Search engines also look for tags and pictures illustrating your website. In life, finding inspiring pictures and captions to illustrate your ideal life and visualising yourself living this perfect life will add energy to the process. Stick the pictures and captions on a board or in a book and look at them often. They should excite you and spark your imagination to find ways to achieve them. These days each page of a website is considered a site in its own right and requires the same attention as the home page. Life is the same. You need to give equal attention to each aspect in order to be happy and successful. So work, relationships, finance, health and happiness are of equal importance and require attention. Ensure that your core values are present in each area. Optimise every aspect to get the best possible results. Build on the most successful areas of your life and work to improve the rest.

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There is no single known cause of asthma, but there are several factors that may contribute to the condition.

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some food or drink & sometimes used as a food preservative. Food and drink high in sulphites include beer, wine, shrimp and many processed or ‘pre-cooked’ meals. Weather conditions, such as cold air, may trigger asthma. If you or someone else is having a severe asthma attack, and you or they are unable to breathe, you should dial 112 immediately to request emergency medical treatment Treating Asthma There is no cure for are a number of

Asthma Triggers The symptoms of asthma can be triggered by a number of external factors such as: Infections of the airways and chest these infections are mainly caused by viruses. Fungi, bacteria and parasites may also be responsible for causing respiratory infections in some people.

asthma, but there treatments that can normally manage the c o n d i t i o n . Treatment is

based on two important goals:

Allergens - such as pollen, dust mites and animal fur or feathers can trigger asthma.

1. Relief of symptoms. 2. Preventing future from developing.

Airborne irritants, such as cigarette smoke, chemical fumes and atmospheric pollution may also trigger asthma.


Successful prevention can be achieved through a combination of medicines, lifestyle advice and identifying and then avoiding potential asthma triggers.

Medicines - such as painkillers known as nonsteroid antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), e.g. aspirin and ibuprofen. Also betablockers, which are used in the treatment of high blood pressure, can trigger symptoms of asthma.

Be In Control Take time to find out about your asthma. Use a peak flow meter to monitor whether your asthma is getting better or

Emotional factors - such as stress or laughing.


Foods containing sulphites - sulphites are naturally occurring substances found in

Visit your doctor at least once a year for a check-up and to discuss treatment options.

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Spinach - Spinach is rich in CoQ10, without which your brain will degenerate faster and you’ll find it difficult to perform at optimum level. It’s also high in folate, which can help protect you against strokes, too.


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found in eggs maintains the flexibility and integrity of brain cell membranes, without which many fat-based nutrients and waste products cannot pass in and out of the cells. It’s is also a key component of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that carries messages to and from nerves and muscles. That’s one shell of a brain booster.

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Cod - A US Department of Agriculture study demonstrated that a selenium rich diet had profound mood boosting effect. The men in the study reported feeling more clear headed, elated, confident and energetic. The extra selenium seemed to lift the men's moods even though they had no signs of selenium deficiency. So boost your selenium intake by regularly eating cod, which is an excellent source of this nutrient.

Marmite - Love it or hate it but Marmite is packed full of the essential brain boosting B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B12 and Folic Acid) that are vital for brain function in their different ways. So if you are a Marmite lover then spread it on your toast in the morning and if you’re not add it to soups and stews to mask the flavour.

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demonstrated that epicatechin, a flavonol found in grapes increases blood flow in the brain and enhances memory. Hopefully further research is being done to see if this is the case with other by products of the vine.

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Natural Yoghurt - Yoghurt contains the amino acid tyrosine, needed for the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline. Studies by the US military indicate that tyrosine becomes depleted when we are under stress and that supplementing your intake can improve alertness and memory. So, eat natural yoghurt every day.

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Chard - All fats in the body are highly susceptible to damage from free radicals and the brain is more vulnerable than most. Recent research suggests an increased intake of vitamin E helps preserve brain function and protect against neuronal (nerve-cell) degeneration. In essence, a healthy intake of vitamin E can prevent or slow the rate of cognitive decline as the brain ages. Chard is an excellent source of Vitamin E.

Tamari - Tamari is soy sauce but not the usual Chinese type. Like many good things, it’s made in Japan and is a great source of vitamin B3 (niacin), which according to a study published in Psychopharmacology, plays a key role the healthy functioning of the enzymes that neutralize brain toxins. In the study a moderate daily dose of B3 improved short-term memory by up to 40%. Tamari is now available in most supermarkets and health food stores.

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Sage - In 1597 the herbalist John Gerard wrote that sage was "singularly good for the head and quickeneth the nerves and memory." And he wasn’t wrong. New research by Newcastle University has proved the herb can indeed improve memory. Participants who took the sage performed significantly better in a word recall test than those who did not. Add to risottos and pasta dishes.

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Spain Business Brief - 22 February 2010

The Government has said that it considers the start of protests today by the trade unions in Spain against possible changes in the retirement age and pensions system as ‘normal’. A series of demonstrations, 57 in total, have been planned across the country from today until March 6, but the Minister for Employment and Immigration, Celestino Corbacho, has said he is convinced that there will be consensus found in the Toledo Pact talks on pensions in the future. The Minister appeared in Congress this afternoon to explain his proposals, and claimed that the crisis is no longer of the financial sector, but has moved to neighbourhoods and families. Meanwhile union demonstrations are planned for tomorrow in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Meanwhile the number two in the Ministry for the Economy, Secretary of State, José Manuel Campa, has said that the creation of jobs at the end of the year will be ‘gentle’. He said that there is no hidden bad news in the Spanish economy, but investors needed to know the peculiarities of the crisis here. The number of foreign tourists visits to Spain rose in January, compared to a year ago, for the first time in 18 months. Frontur says that 2.54 million came, up 1.1% on January 2009, although the number of British was still down by 8%. 13 flights to Barajas Airport in Madrid have been cancelled by Lufthansa today. 800 flights will be lost today in total by the company as pilots start four days of strike action. Meanwhile there are allegations of irregularities in the way contracts have been awarded by AENA, the Spanish Airports Authority dating back to 2006. A top civil servant complained of ‘manipulation’ of tenders in 2007 worth some 130 million €.

Losses of the British Airport Authority have tripled to reach 779 million for 2009. The company, which is part of the Spanish Ferrovial group were hit by the sale of Gatwick airport, despite increased income. New data shows that women have to work for two months more than men to earn the same amount. Today is Salary Equality Day and in Spain the average wage for female workers is now 16,245 €. That’s to say 73.7% of the average male wage which is 22,051 €. The Prisa media group has reached the principle of an agreement with the banks on the restructuring of its debt. The owner of El País has extended its current bridging loans with seven banks to May 2013 under the deal. Prisa profits last year fell by 40%. The SOS foodstuffs company was suspended on the stock market in Spain today and the National Council for Market Values does not know when it will return to trade. The company is currently immersed in a debt-restructuring plan which includes selling off parts of the business including its operations in rice. Movistar has been fined 43,500 € by the Catalan Consumer Agency for misleading advertising. The company was found guilty in 2007 of ‘insufficient information or information lacking in clarity’.

And finally... The Codorníu Catalan cava company has moved into loss with numbers for last year 2.9 million in the red. It seems there is less reason to celebrate these days, and similar lower consumption has been seen across the wine sector as a whole!

Supreme Court Orders Annulment Of Abusive Credit Card & Loan Clauses The decision overturns a ruling made five years ago in the Madrid Provincial Court. The Spanish Supreme Court has ordered the annulment of several clauses in the contracts for credit cards, loans and mortgages, taken by clients of the Santander, BBVA, Bankinter and Caja Madrid banks, considering that they are ‘abusive’, disproportionate’ or ‘confusing’. In particular the Court cannot accept a clause which exempts the banks of all responsibility in the case of the theft of the card, and they described clauses which stop the owners of mortgaged property generating an income from it as ‘abusive’. The Civil Hall of the Supreme Court has therefore agreed in part with the complaint placed by the OCU, Organisation of Consumers and Users, after the Madrid Provincial Court declared such causes in 2005 to be valid.

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online score. St u d e nts play at home, or at school, against o t h e r students around t h e world in live games of mental arithmetic. Each game lasts for 60 seconds and students can play up to 500 games, earning points for each correct answer.

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Consumer Spending On The Up

Consumer spending increased slightly in the last quarter of 2009, the first rise the country has seen in two years. Spending increased by 0.3% in the fourth quarter of last year, compared with the third, whilst the GDP for the same period continued to drop, albeit only slightly, with a fall of 0.1%. According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE) consumer spending has not risen in Spain since the final quarter of 2007, so this small rise adds to overall improvement in the different components of the country’s GDP. Nevertheless, the overall figures for the economy saw a 3.6% drop compared with last year, the biggest fall in four decades. Employment figures are the most alarming, with a 6.1% increase in unemployment, equating to 1.25 million fewer full-time jobs compared with the previous year. Despite the small rise in consumer spending at the end of last year, the overall figures for 2009 showed a 3.5% drop in spending compared with 2008, whilst wages also fell 2.7%, slightly less than previously. As a result of the government’s incentive scheme (Plan 2000E), new car registrations bucked the general downward trend, rising by almost 30% in the last quarter of 2009. Spending in other areas like food, consumer goods and services, continued to fall, although not as sharply as before. The drop in public spending also slowed down significantly, going from a 4.1% drop in the third quarter to a 0.8% drop in the fourth.

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The idea behind budgeting is simply to give you a better idea of where your money goes, so you can plan ahead. Write down everything you spend over a month, from bills to coffees. With the figures in front of you, you can make informed choices about where to cut back. Always check your bank statements to keep track of what money is going out. Where you can, pay monthly - it's easier to budget and spreads the cost.

Frugal Tips Around The Home • I nstead of using expensive cream cleaners use a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda on a damp cloth - it works just as well. •V  inegar is great for cleaning surfaces such as glass that you want to be smear free - if you have an old spray bottle fill it with half vinegar and half water for a great window and mirror cleaner. •S  witch off all your appliances at the wall before going to bed at night. Many electrical items continue to use electricity even while their off if connected to an outlet. •U  sing your oven or microwave as a clock uses up a huge amount of energy and if you think about it, isn't really necessary. A battery powered wall clock uses much less power. •S  witch off the oven, hotplates and iron a few minutes before you need to stop using them - they will stay hot for a long time. Heating devices use more power that anything else. • I f you are by the kettle when it reaches the boil switch it off by hand - the automatic cut off will leave it boiling and burning up watts for longer. Also, only boil the quantity of water you need as this will take less time and energy. •W  hen using your oven, try to fill it! If you really need it on for only one thing pile the bottom up with baking sheets, cake tins etc - this will make it into a much smaller space to heat meaning that it will heat up quicker. • I nstead of shoe polish, use the inside of a banana skin to scrub up your shoes.

Tips For Savings On Your Car •A  n estimated 50% of car tyres on the road are under-inflated so keep your tyres pumped up as soft tyres waste fuel and wear out quicker. •R  oof racks and carriers should be removed when they are not being used to reduce drag and weight which will lessen the fuel consumption. •D  riving in the highest gear possible without labouring the engine is a fuel-efficient way of driving. Travelling at 37mph in third gear uses 25% more fuel than at the same speed in fifth gear. •T  he use of air conditioning increases fuel consumption by 10% so open up the windows and let the fresh air in. •E  very time you stop then start again in a traffic queue, the engine uses more fuel. Keep an eye on the traffic ahead and slow down early by gently lifting your foot off the accelerator while keeping the car in gear. This way, the traffic may have started moving again by the time you approach the vehicle in front, so you can then change gear and be on your way.


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UK Jobless Data Worse Than Expected Market Commentary 17th February 2010 UK Jobless claims were up 23,500 against the expectation of a fall of 10,000 so not good feedback for the employment sector. This data for January was disappointing but not wholly unexpected and simply reinforces the fact that the employment sector remains very sluggish. Although we may have officially exited the recession in the UK on paper the reality is that they still have a long a painful road ahead. The official unemployment rate remains at 7.8%. In addition to the employment data we also had the minutes from the February interest rate meeting for the UK. The BoE minutes came in 9-0 as expected to keep interest rates and Quantative Easing on hold. Although all members voted to leave the size of the asset purchase programme unchangedit was noted that some members felt the arguments for a further increase were “finely balanced”. This underlies the uncertainty within the Monetary Policy Committee on the future impact of the £200 billion already introduced and therefore the MPC will not close the door on further QE if required. Sterling is likely to remain subdued as the BoE feel that inflation will fall further in 2010

and further expansion of QE is a weapon that they will use again if necessary. So to Greece and yesterday it was agreed to give the government time to co-ordinate their future policy on their budget. However there was a clear tone of anger from the EU for the shocking handling of their finances to date and they have until the end of March to come up with some answers. The EU also stripped Greece of its voting rights at next months meeting in an attempt to demonstrate their anger towards Greece. So although no firm agenda or plan in place the markets have started to feel more comfortable or possibly bored with the affairs in Greece and investors once again started to dip their toes in again. The USD and the JPY weakened in line with a tentative return to risk. GBP/USD pushed back through 1.57 and tested 1.58 in early trading and EUR/USD pushed through 1.37. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email

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UK and Spain technically out of recession but growth in the economy is still very negligible. In fact, fresh data released only this week confirmed fears that the eurozone economy stagnated in the last quarter of 2009. This week (11/02) an emergency summit of EU leaders and finance ministers has taken place to discuss the woes in the market caused by worries over the Greek economy and the country’s huge budget deficit. EU leader’s response to the Greek debt crisis failed to impress financial markets. In fact most analysts concluded that the united response was lukewarm to say the least as it has not addressed the underlying problem. The consensus is that it has done very little to calm those fears. The eurozone leaders decline to rescue Greece from sovereign default, if it needed be, paved the way for speculators to round on the euro taking it to a nine month low against the dollar at 1.3606 on the morning after the summit. Also, the buck does not stop in Greece as a handful of debt-ridden eurozone countries are facing financial difficulties, albeit not as severe as the Greece. Analysts have termed these are the PIGS or PIIGS as there is a 5th country that has shown vulnerability in their economy. Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain and Italy all have huge budget deficits and a slack economy. What does the above mean for the property market here in Spain? Well, this is a very interesting question and despite the market fever, a fall in the single currency is not a bad thing at all as the euro is seen by most analysts as overvalued anyway and any loss in value that the euro experiences will help to boost exports from the eurozone. From a British point of view: for some time now an undervalued sterling or overvalued euro (whichever way you want to look at it) coupled with the slowdown in the UK economy as a whole has stopped some British buyers from coming out of their comfort zone and investing in Spain. On the other hand, the same factors have allowed British owners of properties in Spain to sell their investment or holiday homes at very attractive prices without losing too much in their target currency i.e. less euros can now buy more sterling and so on. Is this now set to change with the euro being perceived as overvalued? In my opinion, the sterling will not gain many inroads against the euro, at least not this year, as the British economy is not in good shape either (in fact it is in a terrible state!), and in a year of election, there is simply too much uncertainty in the UK economy to warranty a rally from investors / speculators to back the sterling. Also the Bank of England is not set to imminently raise the Bank of England base rate from the historically low of 0.5%.

With property prices in Spain at all time low, the choice for those with capital or access to finance has now become even clearer. Buy now and take advantage of very low property prices in Spain. Bricks and mortar is not just a safe investment but also an investment that you and your family and friends can take pleasure from. Historically, properties always outperform other type of investments in the long term. The fact that one can buy now cheaply only makes the argument to buy now even stronger. This penthouse apartment on Puerto Marina, Mojacar Playa is a great example of a bargain property where the vendor has decided to slash the asking price for this 1-bed / 1-bath property with stunning sea views and put it on the market for a very competitive price of 90,000 Euros. More details on our website www.veritashomes. under ref. 1264.

The example above highlights only one property but we have many others on our books that are being offered for sale at a massive discount. This of course is the reason why here at Veritas Homes we are being so successfully in shifting properties around. If you have a quality property that you wish to sell at a realistic price in today’s market then please get in touch with us. As I have been saying all along the reason for the increase in property sales is a culmination of several factors including of course price. Our message to both sellers and buyers remains unchanged: The outlook is good, the climate is great and at Veritas Homes we want to help you buy or sell in Spain and to give you something to smile about. So, when the temptation is to wallow in doom and gloom, to moan about the weather or the economy and the weak sterling, or anything else that is upsetting you; remember that you, only you, can make it happen.

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Partaloa • Detached luxury villa on raised 550m plot • 3 double bedrooms, 2 complete baths (1 en-suite) • Large covered pool 9.5 x 4,5 + sun bathing area • complete fully equipped kitchen with white goods • Sold fully furnished & full A/C (hot & cold) • Fantastic mountain views 360 degrees all around • Large lounge / diner with marble fireplace • Fully legal 100% with all documents inspected. • Reduced from 210.000€ saving of almost 45.000€

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Mojacar • Luxury 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Apartment • Sun terrace 39m with fantastic sea view • Sold fully furnished & equipped • Private locked garage of 18m • kitchen fully fitted with white goods • Air-con (hot & cold) all property • Beautiful 2 communal pools & garden • Price before reduction 199.000€

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Mojacar • Beautiful Moorish style linked bungalow • 2 double bedrooms, 1 modern bathroom • Good size Lounge with open fireplace • Back garden & front sunny terrace • Large roof solarium with sea views • Sold furnished, with fully fitted kitchen

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Tabernas • Detached country property set on 10,000m plot • 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (207m built) • Fully-fitted kitchen with all white goods • Large size private 10X5.5 swimming pool • Good size lounge-diner with generous space • Large size terrace with mountain views • Great location close to all amenities. • Mains water connected & solar panel Electric.

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PRICE NOW 59,950€ ►Plot of land 2,000m2, with a mobile home and small build, ►Set in the most magnificent rural environment in Turre ►Electricity is within 100m of the property, mains water. ►Excellent access via a tarmac road, 5 minutes from Mojacar, ►Totally fenced and gated all around ►The property comes with full title deeds and land registry. ►This property offers the most fantastic opportunity for those buyers looking for an idyllic peaceful location with good access

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Antas • Impressive detached 5 beds former water mill, • The property has 330m built, set on 5,500m plot • Fully-fitted kitchen with all white goods • Large size private 11 X 5 swimming pool • Good size lounge-diner with generous space • Large size terrace with sea & mountain views • Great location outskirt of Antas village • Mains water, electric is connected & close to amenities

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Zurgena • Lovely Town house in the centre of village • Built on 2 floors, with 6 bedrooms, • Includes computer room, 2 bathrooms • Large size wine cellar, lounge/ dining • complete good size fitted kitchen, • There is a small back sunny garden • partly furnished, but in need of new roof • Reduced from 161,000€ before

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Antas • Detached 3/4 bed property with country views • entrance hall, good size lounge + log burner, • Spacious kitchen and open courtyard garden. • Large terrace to the front with space for a pool. • Double garage could be extra living space. • minutes from the attractive town of Antas • Reduced for a quick Sale from 160.000€

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• Large Townhouse in immaculate condition • south east facing, with nice sea views • 2 double bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms • Private large roof terrace with wow views • lounge/diner with open working fire place • Extra large communal swimming pool • Air-con Hot & cold, various terraces

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• Ultra modern 180m built town houses • 3 double bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms • Terraces with open mountain views • Fully fitted kitchen, fully A/C (hot & cold) • Nice communal pool and garden area • Private secure locked garage • Few minutes to the beach and amenities.


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Container candles are very simple and inexpensive to make. They also add beauty and romance to any home or occasion. These candles leave the maker with lots of room for being creative.


Container candles are a beautiful way to accent your home, especially the bathroom.

You will need a double boiler for the wax please note that wax should never be heated directly in a pot; instead always heat wax indirectly with a double boiler.

To make your container candles look the best, choose glassware that is sturdy and has a simple design. You can purchase this glassware for a very low price or recycle used candle jars - try to find glassware with lids if available.

These can be bought or improvise with a container within a large saucepan of water. You’ll also need quality wax, dye, and fragrances if you desire to use it. It is best to get wicks with tabs for making this type of candle.

Clean all the glass prior to using them to prevent dust or other particles from building up inside. If you have a dishwasher a quick rinse cycle will do the trick.

For container candles, you can use either paraffin wax or bees wax. Melt the wax in the double boiler to a temperature of about 110F/44C degrees. Once it has reached that temperature, add your colour and scent.

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Whether inside lanterns, or on sconces and chandeliers, candles cast a beautiful atmospheric glow. We celebrate their enduring appeal with a guide to making you very own for your home.

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You will need to obtain a few supplies in addition to your glassware before you can start the process of making container candles.

Leaving that extra space will allow room for the candle to burn and not drip outside the container. You will need to let your container

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Gently place a wick with tab into each candle container. You will need to keep an eye on them as you will need to make sure the wick stays centred as the wax hardens.


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Once the candles completely cool, cut the wick to ½ of the top of the candle.

Get yourself a grid notebook and a pencil, and draw out a sketch or diagram. Don’t worry, you don’t need to learn computer-aided design and check it for proper scale, just draw it out to the best of your ability. At this point this will be used simply as a visual aid.

A great way to make working with the wicks easier is to take a ball point pen apart. Place the shell of the pen around the wick and use it to guide the wick into place. As the wax hardens the wick tab will stay firmly in place.

Doing this will also ensure that you to consider certain obstacles that may need to be addressed before moving forward…and avoid tears and frustration further down the line!

You can add creativity to your container candles by decorating the jars with paints or gluing on coloured sequences. Glitter makes a great design tool as well. For a simple yet attractive design, consider gluing a pretty coloured ribbon around the top of the container. Create candles for special occasions and fun themes such as Easter or Halloween…the possibilities are endless! For a great family craft, consider allowing your children to decorate the jars while you take care of working with the hot wax. Candles add beauty and wonderful smells to your home, but caution should always be used when burning them.Due to their design, container candles burn down to almost nothing, ensuring you get the most use out of each

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The Significance of St. David Dewi Sant – St. David - was born towards the end of the fifth century, less than a hundred years after the last Roman legions had marched out of Wales. Educated in Ceredigion, where he 'learned the alphabet, the psalms, the lessons for the whole year, the Masses and the Synaxis', he founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosin (The Vale of Roses) on the western headland of Sir Benfro, at the spot where St. David's Cathedral stands today. The spot may well have been the site of a very early religious community, for it is also associated with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who may have been born in Wales and is said to have spent time at Glyn Rhosyn before embarking again (this time voluntarily) for Ireland from Porth Mawr nearby.

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The Spanish countryside is a constant source of joy to me. There is so much variety and so many interesting things to see that each time I walk out of my front gate something new catches my attention. For instance, there is a stretch of path behind our house that has been washed clear of dust and debris by the rain, revealing the bedrock. Within the space of 6 strides the colours run through from white to deep plum red, with all the shades of gold and amber, russet and honey, a glinting silver-grey, Wicked Witches or sparkling quartz, and even green mixed in marbled layers Fairytale Princesses? underfoot. If the colours are spectacular, then what about the shapes; no two hills are the same, each has an individual personality, individual rocky lumps and bumps. They fold and mould into each other, each having a unique relationship with its neighbours, a relationship which changes as the sun follows its daily route from dawn to dusk. All this delights me afresh every day. But at the moment the zenith of my delight is the humble almond tree. From autumn to Christmas and a bit beyond it sits silent, stripped of its harvest, bare of leaves. Its gnarled shape and black grainy bark gives it a wrinkled, aged appearance, the branches twist and contort as though damned to eternal suffering. It is the wicked witch, condemned to stand forever as a memento to wrongdoing. Then, for an all too brief period, it transforms into a fairytale princess, sweet and innocent, awaiting the kiss of the spring sun. The blossoms dance on capricious branches, pure and unsullied, spreading their subtle scent for all to enjoy, their virginal beauty a demure invitation to believe in all that is good in this world. The almond tree is the perfect allegory, representing the harsh trials of winter giving way to the promises of spring.

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The BBC Trust has been urged to block the corporation’s plans to launch phone apps for its news and sport content. The Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) said that the corporation would “damage the nascent market” for apps. The group said that it would also raise the issues with the the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and MPs on the Media Select Committee.

The BBC has said it plans to launch its first news app on the iPhone in April, followed by one for its sport content. It is also planning to develop more apps for its popular on-demand video iPlayer.

“Not for the first time, the BBC is preparing to muscle into a nascent market and trample over the aspirations of commercial news providers,” said David Newell, director of the NPA. He said that the market for iPhone news apps was “a unique and narrow commercial space” that would be “distorted” by the BBC apps. “This is not, as the BBC argues, an extension of its existing online service, but an intrusion into a very tightly defined, separate market.” Several newspapers already offer iPhone apps, including the Independent and the Daily Telegraph - which are free - and the Guardian - which costs £2.39.

Microsoft offers web browser choice to IE users

Millions of European Internet Explorer (IE) users will have the option to choose an alternative browser from 1 March, Microsoft has announced.

It follows a legal agreement between Microsoft and Europe’s Competition Commission in December 2009. Microsoft committed to letting Windows PC users across Europe install the web browser of their choice, rather than having Microsoft IE as a default. Figures suggest that over half the world’s internet users have IE. Testing for the update is already underway in the UK, Belgium and France. The software update choice will arrive automatically for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 customers, according to a blog post by Dave Heiner, Microsoft’s vice president and deputy general counsel.

The blog also contains screen grabs of the message as it will appear. “Users who get the choice screen will be free to choose any browser or stick with the browser they have, as they prefer,” wrote Mr Heiner. Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera are the alternative browsers that people will be offered. “Millions of people who have never really thought about which browser to use will now be forced to make a choice,” said BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones on his blog. “That presents Microsoft’s rivals with a unique marketing opportunity.” Mozilla Foundation chair Mitchell Baker described the news as “an important milestone towards helping people take control of their online lives.”

ISS crew in third spacewalk

Astronauts have completed their third and final spacewalk of the current shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

American Robert Behnken and UKborn Nicholas Patrick finished a fivehour 48-minute outing to put finishing touches to the Tranquility Node. Among other tasks, they prepared the module’s new observation deck, or “cupola”, for its first opening. Tranquility represents the last major component in the building of the ISS. Besides a good deal more space, Tranquility will provide ISS astronauts with an unprecedented view of the Earth and of approaching vehicles that the station has lacked until now. The seven-windowed cupola includes a central window of nearly 80cm diameter - the largest ever sent into space. The Tranquility Node houses a range of life-support systems, an exercise machine, a toilet and a pair of workstations for manoeuvring robotic equipment outside the station. The node was first installed on Friday and the first two spacewalks were undertaken on Saturday and Sunday. During those operations, Tranquility’s cooling and electrical systems were connected.

The ISS’s robotic arm was used to relocate the cupola from the “far side” of the space station, where it had been placed for launch, to the Earthfacing side.

Last Tuesday night’s spacewalk finished off the commissioning of Tranquility, removing heater cables that are no longer needed, connecting a secondary cooling system and installing six handrails outside the node for the benefit of future spacewalks. The cupola’s thermal blanket was taken off in two pieces and stowed, and the “locks” that held its shutters in place against the forces of launch were removed. With the shutters free to move, the astronauts were able to open them and look through the cupola. The first photograph taken through the windows and sent to Earth showed the Sahara desert. Space shuttle Endeavour will undock from the ISS on Friday and is expected to land back in Florida on Sunday. Four more shuttle missions will be undertaken over the next seven months to deliver further equipment to the ISS, after which the venerable shuttle fleet will be retired.



A mouse that eats ferns like a dinosaur!

The European woodmouse has a unique taste for ferns, a food once eaten by long-extinct dinosaurs, say scientists.

The mouse regularly devours the spores of the endemic European fern Culcita macrocarpa, the only small mammal known to do so. It is rare for modern vertebrates to eat ferns, due to the toxic chemical defences often contained within them. But these ancient plants were a favourite of huge sauropod dinosaurs that used to eat them in bulk. In the past, ferns are thought to have played an important role in the diet of dinosaurs, particularly huge sauropods such as Diplodocus, the longest dinosaur known from a complete skeleton. Nowadays, invertebrates such as insects and gastropods consume ferns to some extent, but few vertebrate species are known to consume ferns regularly. However, an international team of researchers led by Ms Marisa Arosa of the University of Coimbra in Portugal became suspicious when they noticed bite marks on fertile leaves of the rare fern C. macrocarpa, the only endemic member of a family of ferns called Dicksoniaceae in Europe. They set out to find out which culprit was consuming the ferns, growing in Galicia,

northwest Spain. Ms Arosa had previously studied how the Azores bullfinch feeds on the spores of four fern species. The bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina) and short-tailed bat (Mystaina tuberculata) are the only two vertebrates previously known to feed on fern spores. The researchers studied a set of fern plants, noting how their leaves and spores were removed, and then placed cotton under the plants to collect the droppings of any animal feeding on them. Analysis of the droppings revealed them to have been left by the European w o o d m o u s e (Apodemus sylvaticus), and that they contained the fern spores. Foraging by the mice was greatest where most ferns grew. Most spores has been digested, but it may be that the mouse helps disperse them, aiding the plant’s reproduction. The mice were picky about which parts of the fern they consumed, eating only the fertile parts of the plant. And they only ate the plant’s spores between December and February. But fern spores are rich in calories, lipids and proteins, providing a vital source of energy to woodmice in winter, the researchers say.

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The BBC has revealed the judging panel for its Andrew Lloyd Webber talent show Over The Rainbow. Singer Charlotte Church, EastEnders star John Partridge and actress Sheila Hancock will join Webber in the search for a Dorothy to star in a new West End production. Over The Rainbow, which will be hosted by Graham Norton, is expected to air next month on BBC One. “Each member of the panel brings something new and exciting which will take Over The Rainbow even further than the previous shows,” said Webber. within our judges, and I know they’re going to be talent “We have a fantastic wealth of e and opinions in our search for Dorothy.” expertis valuable ly bringing some incredib my first love - it’s where Soap star Partridge said: “Musical theatre has been always been I can’t wait to work with panel. the joining I began my career - so I’m hugely excited to be offer’. to has country the Andrew again and see what talent a personal “hero”. “My Church described Webber as an “icon” in the music industry and so it feels like I’ve come , career started with ‘Pie Jesu’, which was of course written by Andrew full circle,” she said. I’m so looking forward Hancock added: “I’ve had such an interesting and varied career and talent.” new fantastic some out seek to Andrew and panel to working with the judges who can match of team a find to hard is “It added: Hunt Jay er controll One BBC of musical theatre but I Andrew Lloyd Webber in terms of enthusiasm, knowledge and a love show.” the to asset huge a be to going are think we have got them here - they Belfast, Manchester Cardiff, , Glasgow in place taken already have me Auditions for the program and London

Kylie: ‘I Couldn’t Do Dannii X Factor Job’ Kylie Minogue has said that she is not capable of replacing her sister Dannii on The X Factor. It has long been rumoured that Dannii could leave the show, with speculation heightened since the panellist announced that she is pregnant with her first child. Kylie commented: “I think my sister does it so well and I certainly could not fill her shoes properly. She’s just really good at it.” Dannii was helped by Kylie in the judges’ homes round of last year’s X Factor. Of her sister’s pregnancy, Kylie added: “It’s wonderful, it’s amazing . It’s just so thrilling for the whole family. I’ll be an aunty for the third time, actually.”

Coleen Nolan has described footballer Ashley Cole as a “pathetic little husband”. The pop singer and Dancing On Ice star criticised the England left-bac k following reports that he has been sending X-rated pictures of himself to various women. Speaking about Cheryl Cole’s relationship with the sports star, Nolan said that she felt sympathy for the pop singer’s mother Joan at the moment. “One minute she must have been seething with rage at her no-good son-inlaw’s latest shenanigans and the next she must have been bursting with pride at her daughter’s incredible Brits performance. Apparently, after stories emerged of Ashley’s latest antics Joan screamed at him ‘enough is enough’. It must have taken all her self control to stop herself jumping on the first train to London and battering that smug smile off his face.” “But Joan has the sense to know that she can’t do that - not yet. Not unless Cheryl herself decides to call time on marriage to her pathetic little husband.” Nolan added: “I’m sure Joan is a canny woman who will be giving Cheryl the time to work out what she really wants to do next, and promising her backing whatever the outcome. Even if deep down what Joan would really like to do is take her son-in-law’s overused mobile phone and ram it where the sun don’t shine.”

l Come Out’ Peter Andre: ‘Split Truthhis Wil split from Katie Price will eventually

Peter Andre has predicted that the full story behind become public knowledge. dump Price last May. The popstar has never given any explicit reason for his decision to Daily Star, Andre remarked: the with w intervie new a in However, speaking about the break-up “When you see the whole story you’ll realise why I lost all [my] confidence. And I do think it will come out eventually, just not from me.” Discussing the success he has enjoyed since the split, he commented: “My fans have been out of this world. I just don’t see the hype. I wouldn’t even notice it unless someone physically came up and said it to me. “I think I have always been self-doubting. I guess it can be a sign of weakness but you don’t get cocky in this business being like that. “I’m not arrogant and the nicest feeling in the world for me is someone saying, ‘He’s a nice bloke’. That and someone saying you’re a good dad.” Andre has previously promised not to reveal “incredible stuff” about his marriage to Price and recently said that his new book will not focus on their break-up.

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It’s very sad to see boarded-up retail premises up and down the Costa. The lack of courtesy and service in a few of the surviving establishments is appalling, and yet some of those who seemed to do everything right in terms of customer service and quality, have had to call it a day.

There have always been cases where rudeness was tolerated, and sometimes even embraced, particularly in pubs. I have previously written about the mad landlord of Penryn, who at the least provocation, would punch a customer and throw him out. And yet the bar was always full, with a good percentage of the drinkers sporting fat lips and black eyes. Another landlord in Cornwall had a hatred of Londoners, but nobody seemed to know why. An acquaintance of mine had a friend visit from London and took him out for a steak dinner at the establishment in question. Because of his obvious London accent, he was warned not to engage the landlord in conversation, and was told why. After they had eaten, the publican asked if everything had been to their satisfaction, at which point the Londoner – being your typical cocky cockney – asked why it was he disliked people from the Smoke. The place went deathly quiet. The landlord - a large man - rested his arms on the table, and nose to nose with the Londoner hissed, “Do you see this”, pointing to his bald head. “Well your lot were evacuated here during the war and brought their head lice with them. I had to have my hair shaved off, and it never grew back...that’s why I hate you b***ers!” Yet another mine-host had a particular aversion to anyone he termed “La-di-da”. He had one of those pie warmers on the counter – the ones with a slowly revolving rack inside, and when a customer hailed him: “ I say my man, are those pasties hot?” the reply came back, “They ought to be mush, they’ve been in there three weeks!” It was the, “my man” that did it! It’s not only publicans who sometimes appear to be in the wrong job. A vicar I once knew had a particular liking for Harveys Bristol Cream and would organise sherry parties at the drop of a hat. Problem was, he would drink too much of the stuff, and being a keen boxing fan, would

invariably end up challenging one of his reluctant guests to a bout on the lawn. Being over six feet and eighteen stone, he always came out on top, with yet another parishioner leaving with a bloodied nose. I shan’t mention his name because there was a son who it appears followed his dad into the church and was also useful with his fists, and I would like to avoid a knuckle sandwich being delivered unto me!

Getting back to landlords, we had one in a neighbouring village in Suffolk who had become infamous with a Basil Faulty type reputation. People would come from miles around to eat and drink at his establishment nonetheless. We took some friends one evening, and having perused the menu, one asked what the steak was like. Having just served the next table, the landlord pirouetted away from us, whipped the plate away from under the diner’s nose and plonked it down on our table. “Like that” he growled, and returned the plate to the customer who was still sitting with knife and fork poised mid-air. Real characters can get away with it! By Colin Bird Share your customer service – or rather lack of – moments with Colin by emailing:


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1. Using a pastry cutter, cut a shape out of the centre of the bread. 2. Fry the bread in oil, both sides until browned, remove from the oil, drain and place into the oven to keep warm 3. A  dd the beef stock, port and brandy to a pan and Ingredients bring to the boil. 4 fillet steaks, trimmed 4. Mix the corn flour with water as per packet instructions. 4 slices of white bread 5. Add the corn flour to the beef stock mix and reduce to a simmer. 150g pate – cut into equal measures 6. Continue to stir until the sauce has thickened and set aside to rest – check seasoning – add salt and ½ pint beef stock black pepper to taste. a large glug of port and brandy 7. Cook steaks to your liking. 8. To serve - Place the bread crouton in the centre of 2 tspns cornflour for thickening the plate, place the fillet steak on top of the crouton, the pate on top of the steak, and drizzle the sauce oil, salt and pepper for cooking and over the dish. Serve and Enjoy! seasoning.

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The Restaurant A chance to experience fine dining in idyllic surroundings over looking Valle Del Este Golf Course. Owners Mike and Shelagh opened Fairways Restaurant in 2006 and were joined by their Matre De, Jose Angel, a month later. Fresh flowers, candlelight, linen napkins and a vast selection of wine make this restaurant a step above the rest. A place to enjoy exquisite cuisine with a varied menu to suit all tastes. For starter choose from Goujons of Sole, tomato and pesto tart and their divine mussels, amongst others. Their main courses vary from the celebrated Tornedos Rossini (see above), to Duck Breast with a Morello Cherry Sauce and their SlowRoasted Leg of Lamb. And to finish that perfect meal a White Chocolate Cheesecake or their renowned Red Fruit Tower which tickled the taste buds of their Valentines diners this year. These are just a small selection of the dishes available – not forgetting the All Day Sunday Roast – 2 course for just 12€!

On their outside terrace over looking the golf course, live SKY Sports are shown alongside a varied snack menu from Chicken & Bacon Salad to the Famous Fairways Club Sandwich. Whether it’s a lavish dinner, to spoil that someone special, or a place to sit and relax in the sunshine, Fairways Restaurant is the perfect venue for all occasions.

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FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... Monday - Stuffed Peppers METHOD Heat the oil in a large pan and brown the lamb mince in batches - don’t add too much at once or it will steam rather than brown. Put the meat into a colander set over a bowl to drain away excess fat. Tip away all but 1tbsp fat from the meat pan and fry the onion for 10min until softened. Stir in the tomatoes, stock and harissa. Return lamb to the pan, bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30min.

Preheat the oven to 220ºC (200ºC fan) mark 7. Fill each pepper half with lamb, crumble the feta over and arrange in a roasting tin. Drizzle with half the extra virgin olive oil and cover with foil. Cook for 20-30 mins until the peppers are tender but still holding their shape. Remove the foil for the last 5 mins to brown the cheese. Drizzle with the remaining oil and sprinkle with coriander to serve.

Ingr edients 1tbsp olive oil 350g (12oz) lamb mince 1 medium onion, chopped 227g tin chopped tomatoes 100ml (31⁄2fl oz) hot lamb stock 1½tsp harissa paste 4 large peppers, halved & deseeded 100g (3½oz) feta 1½tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1tbsp freshly chopped coriander

Tuesday - Chicken Burgers METHOD

Ingr edients 25g (1oz) butter 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely chopped 400g (14oz) mushrooms, finely chopped 50ml (2fl oz) white wine 1 thyme sprig, leaves removed 200g (7oz) cooked chicken, finely chopped 50g (2oz) fresh white breadcrumbs 1 large egg, beaten Large handful curly parsley, roughly chopped ½tbsp wholegrain mustard 1tbsp olive oil 4 burger buns, split in half and toasted A few lettuce leaves to serve Pickle to serve

Melt the butter in a pan and gently fry the shallot and bacon for 2-3min. Turn up the heat and add the mushrooms. Cook for 3-5min until tender. Add wine and thyme and bubble until liquid has evaporated. Cool. Put the chicken into a bowl with the mushroom mixture, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley and mustard. Mix well. Form into four burgers, squeezing each one together well to help it stick. Chill for 30min. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sizzle the burgers for 5min, turning once. Serve in the buns with lettuce leaves, topped with a little chutney.

Wednesday - Salmon & Leek Tart METHOD Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan) mark 5. Put in a baking sheet to heat up. Melt butter in a pan and gently fry leek for 20min until softened. Cool slightly. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin. Line a 20.5cm (8in), 3cm (11⁄4in) deep round flan tin with the pastry and prick the base with a fork. Line with baking parchment, fill with baking beans and bake blind for 10-12min. Remove

baking beans and paper, then cook pastry for 5-8min until base feels sandy to the touch. Turn oven down to 150°C (130°C fan) mark 2. Flake salmon into bite-sized pieces. Spread the mustard over base, followed by the cooled leek and salmon. Beat together the cream and egg and season well. Pour into the pastry case, sprinkle with chives and bake for 20-30min until just set. Serve hot or at room temperature with a green salad.

Ingr edients 25g (1oz) butter 1 small leek, finely sliced Flour to dust 250g (9oz) shortcrust pastry 100g (31⁄2oz) hot smoked salmon 1tsp wholegrain mustard 150ml (5fl oz) double cream 1 medium egg 1⁄2tbsp chopped chives

thursday- Spiced Chicken Traybake Ingr edients

METHOD Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) mark 6. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Cook cauliflower and swede for 3-5min until almost tender. Drain. Use a pestle and mortar to pound the spices together. Season well, then stir in the oil and three-quarters of the oregano.

Put chicken, onion and cooked veg into a large roasting tin. Drizzle spice mix over, making sure chicken is well coated. Add stock and cook for 3540min until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Serve with plain steamed rice and remaining oregano.

250g (9oz) cauliflower, cut into florets 200g (7oz) swede, cut into 2cm (3⁄4in) cubes 1tsp each cumin seeds, chilli flakes and curry powder 1⁄2tsp turmeric 3tbsp vegetable oil 2tbsp fresh oregano leaves 8 chicken legs 1 large red onion, cut into 10 wedges 100ml (31⁄2fl oz) hot chicken stock

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Add the wine and bubble the mixture until reduced. Gradually add the stock, stirring well after each addition and adding another ladleful only when the previous one has been absorbed. After 15min, add the peas and continue cooking until the rice is tender but still has a bite to it - about 20 min.


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Dear Sol Times THE MISSING LINK. I’m sure, along with Mayor Pedro Hernandez Mateo, we are all keeping our fingers crossed, that Microsoft decide to set up their Centre of Investigations into Healthcare Systems, here in Torrevieja. As Mayor Pedro led the visitors around the hospital, it was explained that “We are between two major airports, less than a mile from the main coastal highway, and of course the port; so the city has a great chance. They seemed very keen.” How much keener I wonder would our visitors from afar would have felt, if Mayor Pedro have added “And of course, a rail connection to Orihuela, to join up with the new, soon to be established, high speed rail system,

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Neighbourhood Watch Group - Rojales Open to anyone living in the 0317 0 Rojales Postal Area, our next mee ting is Monday 1st March at 11am, in the auditorium of the Cultural Centre in Ciudad Quesada (follow the signs from the Municipal Centre). The meeting is open to all who are interested in promoting a safe and crime-free environment. We are not vigilantes and do not operate stree t patrols. We are only extra eyes for the police and the good of our neighbours and the community. If you would like any more information about our group, plea se look at our website www.rojales or contact the Secretary, Helen Tudor on 966 717 582

linking Spain’s major capitol cities.”? It wasn’t that long ago, that the tracks and signalling were dismantled. Some of the track bed is still there. I’m sure our cyclist friends wouldn’t mind sharing some of their lakeside path with a locomotive or three! It wouldn’t cost a fortune to reinstate the line, I’m sure Brussels would be prepared to cover most of the cost. A tramline very similar to system in use around Alicante, would be ideal. Hey! We could even run steam trains on a Sunday, once a month. Anyone got a grease-cap, size 8, and a couple of flags, red and green would be good! Regards Robert Walford-Barnes

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A warm welcome from the Torre Foundation This Sunday’s Divine service (28th February) will start as usual at 11.00am and our Medium is Ann Harrison - Healing will be at 12.45pm as usual after the service - the Medium on Sunday 7th March will be Pete Spillett We are postponing the start of our next Healer Training course for the moment and details can be found on our website Our Open Circle is on Monday’s at 4.15 to 5.45pm and will be taken by David Darnbrough The cost is 5€ per session The Closed Circle taken by Pat Forster is by invitation only Beginner’s Level Spanish classes are on Tuesday’s at 11am-12pm with Jane Godden – 5€. All are welcome to this exciting class. ‘Gently Fit with Carol’ exercise classes are on Wednesday’s at 10.30am and each weekly session will cost 5€ Commencing on Wednesday 24th March, between 1pm-3pm, will be a 6 week INTRODUCTION TO TAROT course. The cost will be 7.50€ per session On the first Saturday of each month - starting 6th March - Coffee Morning between 10am-12pm. For 2€ you will get coffee/tea and a cake. Tarot readings will be available by our own David Darnbrough at a cost of: MINI Reading (approx 20 Min’s) 10€ or FULL reading (approx 45 Min’s) 25€ and can be booked at any Sunday divine service with a 50% deposit Also every Saturday and starting on 20th March from 12/30 – 2.00pm will be YOGA classes for all with Shanti. The cost will be 6€ per session. EVENINGS OF CLAIRVOYANCE - Discover the invisible world of Spirit Saturday 10th April: Pat Forster Saturday 8th May: David Darnbrough Entrance fee 5€ payable at the door

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Two goalkeepers wanted for local Engl ish 7 a side football teams, this is non-serious, just a bunc h of good blokes who play injur y-free football on astro turf once a week, so keeping fit and having a laugh as well. Must be aged between 25-45, and living within 30 minutes drive from Torrevieja. For more details, just call Doug on 628 789 335.

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Granite various sizes, one piece broken but still usable - was a fireplace but can be used for other projects. Cream coloured. 25 € the lot. Pinar de Campoverde. Tel: 966762639 New stainless steel inset sink 420 x 780 with new roco mixer tap 30€ also similar 3 months old perfect condition 20€ both right hand drainer. Camposol area Tel. 676028725 Market stalls one small 250€ & one large walk in 299€ Tel 616573991 (ref:116) 12ft Trampoline for sale new 75€ Tel 616 573 991 (ref:116) Condensing Tumble Dryer 50€ Los Montesinos Tel: 634 025 814 (ref:116) Monitor HW191D Hanns-G 19” widescreen monitor, DVI and VGA input. Up to 1440 x 900 screen resolution, 8ms response time and 75 Hz flicker rate. Built in loudspeakers. VGA monitor cable included 85€. Tel 968 199 956 or 687 488 095 (Ref116) Wii Games Super Smash Bros Brawl 30€, Resident Evil 4 25€, Topspin 20€, Trauma Center 20€, House of the dead Overkill, collectors edition includes gun 45€. All games nearly new condition, boxed and with a manual. Tel 968 199 956 or 687 488 095 (Ref 116) XBOX 360 Games Halo 3 (Spanish Edition) 15€ Jericho (UK edition) 15€ Tel 968 199 956 or 687 488 095 (Ref 116) Girls Mountain Bike 24 Inch wheel, never ridden.50€ Tel: 968 199 956 or 687 488 095 (Ref:116) Sky box nearly new €60 630 279 810 Childs Bike 14in Boy or Girl age 35 From Decathlon. Colour Red Lke New €40 Tel: 968 448 163 John Grisham 10 paperbacks Excellent condition €13. Tel 968 448 163 Round Terrasse table and chair set.

Foldable 60cm 100% acacia wood 2 chairs with seat and back cushions €40 (2 sets available) Tel 968 448 163 Gas Hob, Electric Oven & Extractor can be seen working 40€ the lot. Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar de la Horadada)(ref:116) Palson Hair Straightners new in box 20€ Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar de la Horadada) (ref:116) Reebok trainers UK size 5 white leather blue stripe with LED lights brand new 20€ Tel: 687763165 (Pilar de la Horadada) (ref:116) U.K. made 600kg trailer fully galvanised in excellent condition extendable height full sized tyres with covers + spare, secure lockable top lid, ideal for car boot or D.I.Y. Price 295€ Tel 660 503 375 Sky box for sale nearly new €120 630 279 810 Mazarron Large Mexican chimenea / bbq unwanted present new €90 630 279 810 Mazarron Filing cabinet, black with small draw fits under desk €20 o.n.o Wooden book case ebony colour 130cm L 28cm W 78cm H € 30 ono 630 279 810 Mazarron Job lot boot sale items €40 ono 630 279 810 Mazarron Dining Room Table Brown/beige marble, 140x90, very heavy and 6 brown iron chairs with pads 95 euros. Blue / terracotta chair that converts to single bed 60 euros. Tel 619 869 273 Mazarron area Pool Cover, 8 x 4 with external Roman steps, elastic loops to fasten down. 150€ ono Tel 968 199 956 or 663 523 168


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email sales@ soltimes .com for sale Outdoor lantern pair white wall lights 10€ Tel:660 347 436 (ref: 227) Green rose Arch 7€ Tel: 660 347 436 (ref: 227) Snooker/Pool Table 6x3 inc accessories 50€ Tel:660 347 436 (ref: 227 Portable Calor Gas Fire Unit – 40€ Tel: 699 408 785 (ref:227) 26" JVC TV on an integrated stand. Excellent condition. Full working order. 85euros. Tel: 697 506 087 or 697 610 032 (ref: 227) Fogarty 4-Seasons Hollowfibre Single Bed Duvets Two brand new and unused, 25€ the pair. 660 717 854 (ref:227) Sew Land Overlocker machine believed never used, boxed with instructions. Belonged to mother. €45 ovno. Telephone Paul on 630 150 715 (Mojacar area). (ref:227) Full set of rh golf clubs. Custom made in UK by PGA pro. Tournament bag, stand, trolley, many extras including a spare carry bag and a few beginner's clubs. Back injury forces sale. 180€. (Arboleas) 620 271 345 (ref:227) Golf Club Driver Mac Gregor V Foil Eyo-o-matic 9 degree graphite shaft Cost £200 Bargain 35€ Tel: 950 439 214 (ref: 227) Golf Clubs left handed full set inc bag. Bargain 35€ Tel:610 054 549 (ref:227) Marks and Spencer’s Ladies navy overcoat, size 14, as new 40€. Tel 628 597 464 (ref:227) Marks and Spencer’s Mans navy overcoat, size 42, never worn. Paid £175. Would accept 90€. Tel 628 597 464 (ref:227) Single water ski Job Ultra “65” as new 50€ (ref:227) Tel 659555323 Inflatable Towable Vertigo SH8000 Made by Sevylor can be used laying down/sitting/kneeling As new 75/€ Tel 659 555 323 (ref:227) Metal detector Micronta deluxe very low frequency with waterproof search coil as new Tel 659 555 323 (ref: 227) Satellite Systems Sky Contract complete package arranged Tel Mark Smith 629 992 223 Banjo Encore, with an American head in


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very good condition 140€ Tel: Mendoza 966 760 072 (ref:227) Ivor Williams Trailer Tyres x 6 for sale 195/50R13C104/ 101N 25€ each Tel 600 760 057 (ref:227) Sky dish with LNB 160€ Tel 600 760 057 (ref:227) Sky Knome walkabout sky radio 60€ Tel 600 760 057 (ref:227) Wet Suit, mans, complete with boots & gloves Bargain 100€ Tel 600 760 057 (ref:227) TV 14" SEG for sale, unused 20€ Tel: 950 467611 or 678 567814 (ref:226) Bike, Girls, Pink 24 inch wheels with gears. Excellent condition. Tel Ruth: 671 715 294 or 950 591 930.(ref:226) Sky Digiboxes, 2 For Sale. Pace DS430N with remote and yellow house viewing card, Only 75€ Pace Sky+ HD Box and remote, only 120€ Both Excellent. Tel 676 899 730 (ref:226) Acoustic guitar. Yamaha LL6T hand crafted. As new hardly used. Superb sound. complete with custom hard case. Cost 499€ will sell for 295€. Tel Paul: 650 460 781. (ref:226) BBQ Grill, Table top electric 20€ Tel: 660 347 436 (ref: 226) Enamel Bath 25€ Tel: 660 347 436 (ref: 226) Shower tray, white ceramic 70x70 20€ Tel: 660 347 436 (ref: 226) Double Bed, Ikea Malm (Beech) Complete W/ matching side units & headboard. As New €75 Tel: 690 758 933. (ref226) Mountain bike, girls as , only used 3 times. suit 8 – 12 year old inc helmet 75€ ono Tel 950 064 404 or 627 296 204 ( ref 226) Gas water heater for outside wall 20€ ono Tel 950 064 404 or 627 296 204 ( ref 226) Pool Pump and Filter all inc 150€ ono Tel: 644 569 693( ref 226) Ex military trailer 3/4 Tonne 100€ ono Tel: 644 569 693 ( ref 226) Bar top hand pumps.Traditional. Good working order or collectors item 20€ each ono Tel: 644 569 693( ref 226) Bar Beer coolers x3 with connections 200€ can split ono Tel 644 569 693 ( ref 226) Baby Pram & car seat, red / grey pram with detachable car seat, good condition,

suitable for newborn onwards. 40eur ono Tel 634 839 275 ( ref 226) Baby Walker with detachable musical toy, orange/red, good condition, can be a walker or a baby rocker. 15€ ono Tel 634 839 275 ( ref 226) Baby Changing Station (fold up), good condition, with mat, storage space 20€ ono Tel: 634 839 275 (ref 226) L a m i n a t e flooring. Mahogany colour. Over 60 sqmtrs. Will split good condition, only 1.50€ per sq mtrs including quality underlay. Cover a large area for a small outlay. Tel 950 459 481 (ref:226) Lounge storage cabinet. Solid rustic pine. Base unit 2mtrs wide with 2 cupboards and 4 drawers. Can e-mail photo. 95€. Tel. 950 459 481 (ref:226) Full set of Left handed golf clubs, Calaway 1, 3, 5 woods. Taylor Made bubble shafted irons 3 wedge, complete with stand up bag and putter. Start a new hobby with a great set of clubs. 150€ Tel: 950 970 434 or 697 275 751 Small computer desk with chair €35, circular kitchen table and 4 chairs as new Tel: 634 025 5814 Los Montesinos Pram Loola red / black. 18 months old. Frame and stroller (suitable 3 months on), newborn travel seat fits to frame, rain cover, red / cream cozy toes snuggle, red matching bag and thermal holder. Only sell as a set, 300€ ono (collect only). Call 690 366 070 Double rejas with locks and keys, height 2460 x 1730 with decorative collars. Also upvc double doors with frame 2220 x 1550 complete with locks and keys. Each door consists of 6 glass panels. Buyer to collect. 300€ ono. Tel: 637 061 482 or 634 621 747

restaurant for sale Bar Lease For Sale, Majorca. In busy tourist area of Santa Ponsa, Majorca. Fully equipped, large restaurant & terrace, turn key operation, full restaurant & drinks license. Would also suit bar or cafe operation 10 lease, low rent, seasonal turnover in excess of 220,000€. Would consider part exchange. Price negotiable. For all

info and photos www. restaurantforsale email: rafters38@hotmail. com Tel: 679 017 931

wanted Table Tennis Table, Full sized Outdoor, Contact Tel: 950 634 431 (ref:229) Computer XP Windows Pentuim 4 with tft screen brand new key board –mouse, anti virus 180€ Tel: Dave 647 011 084 (ref 229) Air hockey table 8x4 with 4 handles. All electric air blower ,on legs. 65€ Tel: Dave 647 011 084 (ref 229) Dehumidifier in good working order. Tel: 950 124 835 Table Tennis Table Must be Outdoor type. Tel: Peter at 651 345 701” (ref: 224) AUAM Any car boot item wanted large or small. Will collect Tel John 670 563 760 (ref:228) Plain White Tiles 25cm x 40cm with a slight wave mark on Los Gallardos area approx. 20 required Call Peter 647 586 935 Running machine / tread mill required. Tel: 696 792 747 AA Auctions want all of your unwanted items! Call: 600 007 175 or 950 064 576 World War 2 and onwards, military Memorabilia, cash paid. Tel: 950 469 540

SERVICES accountancy SR Accountancy offers Completion of Non-Resident Tax returns, Renewals of Residencia, European Health Cards and Registering of E121 etc. For more information, call 685 248 999 or email sharon@

air conditioning

Solar & wind power Best equipment C&G qualified 15 years experience, electrical work and pool heating. Call Phil. Tel: 636 261 240 www.

auctioNS At Location Auctions, Antas El real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 24th Feb. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon/ Tues and all day Wed. House clerances speciality. Tel: 667 698 795

blindS Internal & External Blinds. Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote on 627 907 207

boats XT 2.85 kayak with double paddle. As new hardly used. Very strong polyethlyene. Similar in decathlon € 499. Sell for € 250. Tel. 950 466396.


life & health, public liability, pleasure boat, quads, jetski & more. B e s p o k e Tel: 950 121 943 c u r t a i n s , alterations, repairs, ironworks gazebo covers & mosquito nets. Real Steel for all Tel: 649 503 875 quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and ELECTRICAL chain link fencing. Call: or 689 524 024 Andrew Morrison P&D Metals All All electrical work aspects of metal undertaken. Boletin work undertaken. available. Tel: 627 Specialists in 250 204 O r n a m e n t a l Gates, Rejas. for hire Tel: 638 707 406 Everything for The Metalworks the visiting baby. -Grills, railings, gates Car seats, high of all types, security/ chairs, stair gates, sliding/roller, rejas, cots etc. Tel 950 436 concertina doors etc. 581 or 666 375 688 Made to measure. e x p e c t i n g b a b y @ Tel: Keith Wood on 600 438 436 The Baby Hire locksmith Centre Professional Baby Equipment the Pick Hire. FREE delivery Phil 24 & collection. Tel: Locksmith 649 332 134 hours. Locked Out? Email enquiries@ Locks fitted/upgraded thebabyhirecentre. house safes. Arboleas com Website: www. & surrounding area. thebabyhirecentre. Special weekend com rates. Tel: 697 243 181



Ross & Regan We cover all aspects of work from total reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors design & build Call for a free no obligation quote 671843155 / 646234222

Alternative Power Supplies – supplying generators for all electrical needs. Autostart generators for solar systems. Also supplying solar systems from 11,750€ fitted. Tel: 606 619 095 or 618 236 957



C a r a v a n s Wanted: Caravans, boats, trailers, delivered to and from the UK. American Trailers moved and resited. Tel: 600 760 057 (0044) 7851 752 242

Fully ELAINE qualified, awardwinning mobile English unisex hairdresser, Albox & surrounding areas, Call today for your appointment! 618 427 103

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Boot Sale at El Rancho every Wednesday, pitch only 2€, lots of stalls and bargains, for more information call Julie 646 675 297

Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 950 121 918

carpentry W i l d w o o d Bespoke Joinery – High quality made to measure carpentry & joinery. Reliable & professional service at a competitive price. Avoid disappointment, call James on: 950 067 011 or 685 955 768 jame s@w ild wo o d. es

MD AirConditioning & Refrigeration S.L. Sales, service, installation, fully certified & legal. craft & hobby Tel: 950 432 110 or 607 364 917 md_ aircon@mobileemail. Elaine’s Wools, quality UK wool & accessories. 667 273 889 Alternative Energy Call: elaineswools@ g m a i l . c o m Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating MINI digger services. If it involves water, we can help! Mini Digger and www.carlossaliente. Driver Hire. Tel: 610 com Tel: 950 121 918 345 725

HORSE RIDING Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

HOuse painter House painted outside villa to include minor repairs plus 10 rejas. Quality product. Ref available. 648 898 719 or 677 577 190 europaintersspain@

insurance K n i g h t s Insurance. Motor, house & contents,


Abandoned dogs looking for good homes. All vaccinated & health checked. Call: 619 306 870 Animal Hotel – Aquilas, every Saturday afternoon, dog training courses. Twice weekly obedience classes, Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197 Puppy Rescue if you would like to help in any way, phone us on: 950 431 435 or 667 623 254. www. puppyrescueinspain. com

plumbing Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 950 121 918 A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & Plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080

Satellite systems

A1 Sky Television Systems

Logs from 90€ delivered. Call Log- Satellite TV installations, on-Tommy 619 070 alignment of dishes etc. 839 All areas covered.

logs for sale Full load of olive 160€, Full load of eucalyptus 160€, or half loads 100€

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Sky Digi Box, PACE with blue sky card BBC1, 2, 3, 4, ITV1, 2, 3. Ch4 & 5. 79€ Can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 or 657 Tel: 660 903 158 478 771. Skystars – satellite nstallations, personal irelocation & alignment Amy offers relaxing of dishes, all areas massage, in private covered. Tel: Paul 687 discreet luxury villa 042 335. Ref 11386 in Albox. App only. Tel: 672 730 818 storage Sunday Night is Singles Night at Caravan & boat Bistro Bonita in Cerro storage & sales, Antas Gordo. Call Chris for Tel: 661 508 776 more details 650 599 Swimming pools 739 bistrobonita1@ Elegant lady Tropicana Pools (30) fulfils your Construction & erotic wishes on her Repairs. Tel: 661 508 private finca near 776 Albox. Enjoy my different services tarot daily by appointment. Phone: 669 101 316 Do you want to Attractive Couple know what the future offers exclusive erotic- holds for you? Call service for women, Healing with Harmony men, couples. Phone for a private reading, 629 483 618 www. or book a Psychic c o u p l e 4 s e x . c o m night at your home, Pretty Woman, bar hairdressing sensual and tender, or beauty salon spoils you daily Tel 662 932 954 discreet in her private tiling home. Tel: 676 565 128 Male Masseur – Men ONLY Relaxing Floor & Wall Tiling & affordable. Specialist Not a Tel: 676 902 388 jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman: 697 pets 678 708 Spaniel, Lovely black & white tuition male, neutered & innoculated. Free Singing Lessons to good home. Lyn Ferris L.R.A.M. Tel: 649 333 226 Weekly or Fortnightly


Call Lynn on 950 430 820 to suit. Garrucha Area. Tel 950 460 511 / 667 275 614 email: lynlasmarinas@ (ref:224)

vehicles cars for sale Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GL hatchback. UK "M" Reg. s/r, t/ b, e/w, £299 ovno. (Arboleas) 620 271 345 (ref:227) Ford Escort/ Orion Estate 1800 petrol, new catalytic converter, full year ITV & Tax. 1,200€ Tel: 606 656 976 Renault Clio 1.2 silver, 2001, low miles, ITV Nov, AC, 6CD, EW, EM, C/L, clean & reliable Tel: 617 708 435 Collectors Car, Toyota Supra, English plate, 1993, 3L, twin turbo. Good mechanically, needs paint job. 3,500€ ono. Tel: 634 319 917 Ford KA, 2000, ITV, Spanish, A/C, A/W, PIS 1200€ ono Tel: 678 367 046 Renault Laguna one lady owner very reliable ITV Nov 2011 Spainish Reg. RHD only 90,000 miles Bargain 1,000€ Tel 649 057 515(ref:224) VW Polo 1995 1.4, ITV 11 months, new clutch, new catalyst. 1000€ ono Tel: 610 926 833 Opel Astra 1.6GL 1995, petrol, LHD, A/ C, PAS, ITV Oct 2010, 115,000km. Relaible car. Only 2,000€. Tel: 697705421

bike for sale Hammel 125cc Cruiser bike Low kms Excellent condition 800€ Tel; 697 506 087 (ref:225) Swift 460 twin wheel 2 berth caravan. Shower, cooker, fridge, plenty of storage space, very clean, spare wheel. 950€. Tel: Dave 647 011 084 (ref 229)

digger for sale Komatso, 3 ton, Track Digger and a Bobeat Mini Shovel. (engine wont start!) Offers. Tel: 629 688 153

car body repairs AS Auto Shine Body repairs Panel beating, Paint spraying & more. Call Mark on 607 324 623

mechanical services Mikes Mobile Mechanics. All types of service, repair and ITV testing. Fully qualified and legal with over 35 years experience. Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 or 636 824 974


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Over a quarter of a million new cars bought using Plan 2000E As of February 1st, 2010, the plan for direct purchase of vehicles, launched by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade Plan 2000E, recorded 268,793 sales since May 2009. The Government is very pleased with the results and said that Plan 2000E has had a dynamic effect on a number of fronts, which after months of declines has contributed significantly to both vehicle sales plus a reduction on emissions due to newer cars being ‘cleaner’ than those of yesteryear. Latest figures show that 45.8 percent of buyers have purchased new cars emitting less than 120 gr. CO2/km, while 26 percent have emissions below 150 g / km CO2. Other advantages have also been noted from the point of view of safety, as 51.2 percent scrapped vehicles were more than 15 years old. 92.3 percent of vehicles purchased were new and 7.6 percent used, of which 59.5 per cent were less than 2 years old. And the good news for those interested in purchasing a new car is that for 2010 the Plan will continue under the same conditions as in 2009, except for some technical improvements, with the government setting aside a budget of 100 million euros to boost sales and manufacturing in the automotive industry. Thus a new car buyer will still receive a 2,000 euros savings; 500 euros from the Ministry of Industry, 1,000 euros per vehicle manufacturer and 500 euros from the CCAA by members of the system, towards a purchase. All good news if you are in the market to purchase a new vehicle. However, the plan has not been seen in such a positive light by many used car dealers who deal in cars more than a few years old or outside the technicalities of the scheme. For a variety of reasons, second hand or pre-owned cars command premium prices in Spain. Especially in the luxury and

sports car marketplace, it’s often cheaper to purchase from Germany, Belgium or the UK and even after transport, importation and transfers have been paid, one can still make savings over buying in Spain. This was also the case before Plan 2000E existed but one result of this new initiative is that over a quarter of a million older, and often will kept cars, have been scrapped by the Spanish government, never to return to the roads again due to the laws regarding scrapped cars in Spain! The result is that those looking for a bargain car, a run-a-round, an occasional car to use while here for a few months per year, are having a difficult time finding anything of interest, at a reasonable price. Look for a similar car from the UK or Spain that’s a few years old and the difference in value is quickly apparent. The other result has been that many established local used car dealers in the area have now closed their doors, unable to purchase cars from private sellers or auctions at a reasonable price, to put on their Lots. Look around the once thriving car lots on the N332 and the casualties are plentiful. If you are in a position to purchase a new or nearly new car and you own something worth less than 2,000 euros that you wish to be rid off, you still have an opportunity to do so. On the other hand, if you are looking for a great bargain in the second-hand marketplace, your work is certainly cut out for you, with many drivers still tempted to run a foreign plated car, possibly without a current MOT or equivalent, while seeking that elusive bargain. Drive safely.

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This hard-earned point at lowly Castellon extended Cartagena’s unbeaten run to 6 matches. They had to come from behind, conceding in the 21st min when a teasing left wing cross was powerfully headed into the net by Ulloa. Three minutes later, the home side had doubled their lead. Although keeper Ruben managed to punch away a threatening cross, it landed perfectly for Mallecon to head home at the 1st bounce. From a corner, full back Txiki connected perfectly, hammering home a loose ball which reduced the deficit just before the break. The second half was fairly even, but it was that man De Lucas who salvaged a point for Los Albinegros, when his 10 yard angled shot rifled past a helpless Castellon keeper into the net on 77 mins. Castellon had 2 glorious chances to regain the lead, but the visitors hung on for grim death. FC Cartagena: Ruben, Exposito, Txiki, Cygan, Clavero, Hector (Moreno), Longas (Balboa), De Lucas, Falcon, Lafuente (Tato), Toche On Sun 28th February, KO 1200 (midday), third place Cartagena play Spanish giants Real Betis at Cartagonova Stadium. Seville based Betis are expected to bring a large following for this div 2a match, which is predicted to be a sell out, so advance ticket purchase is advised. Check out details on FC Cartagena using websites and www.

We started in overcast cool conditions followed by a short period of rain enough to get brollies and jackets out, then the clouds moved off to leave us in warm sunshine and finally a stiff breeze got up bringing the temperature back down again to finish the round. A bit like 4 seasons in one day really. What a game it was, one I think the majority of the members want to forget, only 3 members broke into the 30´s and one of those was just 30 points. We had 2 categories on the day and the average score for Cat 1 was a lowly 25.9 and Cat2 only 25.2, not very good really! There was one outstanding score on the day and that was Barry Beale who scored 39 points off 14 handicap which won him Cat 1. Paul Matthews was 2nd with 30 points and in Cat2 the winner was John Hillier with 33 points whilst 2nd place was decided on count back with 29 points Geoff Green beat Frank Broadhurst. There were 4 nearest the pin prizes played for and Richard Wale won hole 2 whilst Barry Butterworth (President) won the shortest hole No.4 but missed his putt for a two to take the 2´s money as well. Noone managed to hit the green on the 16th but hole 18 was a nearest in two and this went to Paul Matthews. The 2´s pot will be carried over until our next game which will be at Lo Romero on the 1st March. Our overall assessment of the day was, an easy course made difficult

by conditions both of the weather and underfoot. La Tercia is not a course to play in the damp. The greens were fast and true but that’s all I’m going to say about the course. Our next game at Lo Romero will also be the last game to qualify for the societies Golfer of the Year competition which is currently being led by Yours Truly and Geoff Green both with 143 points.

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maggots end RODS and REELS This weeks match was the 9th round of the Winter Championship. A series of 11 matches with the best 8 to count. The match was held on the aptley named 8 foot drain. Due to the fact that although it is only 6 meters wide the depth is anywhere between 8 – 10 feet. Picture below. It does seem strange fishing the top 3 sections of your pole to hand and catching fish. The drain fished well on the day with only a couple of dry nets. Big fish are scattered throughout the stretch, with Stu

Taylor weighing in 6+ kilo´s with 2 fish. One being 4.300 kilo´s in old money 91/2 lbs. Top rods on the day 1st Terry ‘Swing ‘Em’ Screen fishing the pole using maggot with 7.980 kilos. 2nd Lenny ‘Ex-cultural Attaché’ Bolton same method with 7.00kilos. 3rd Bill ‘The Master’ Reade same method with 6.62 kilos. Accumulative points to date: 1st Paul Baxter with 58 points 2nd Dave Hoare with 59 points 3rd Bill Reade with 69 points. 2 matches to go and still anybody´s trophy. TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE

mazarron football club Mazarrón Pay for Indiscipline Mazarrón CF 1, Jumilla 3,. The match started disastrously; in the first minute, Ramos took a free kick on the right that he placed in a perfect position for the rangy Sergio to head in almost unchallenged. The next 25 mins or so were nearly all Jumilla’s, with Ramos providing good chances for Meca, which he headed wide and Merino which he tried to place across the keeper but that went wide as well. From the resulting open play, Mazarrón old-boy Mara shot for the corner but Gines again saved well. Just after the half hour, Mazarrón scored a superb equalizer. A free kick centre field, 28m from goal was tapped square by Alcon and Fernando hit an unstoppable shot to right of Emilio. Merino brought another good save from Gines with

a low header shortly afterwards and Alcon had a shot deflected wide at the other end before half time. As the whistle went, three Mazarrón players were booked for things said to the referee. The home side started the second half with lots of energy and no little passion. A looping header by Andres was saved under the bar by Jumilla’s Emilio and then Alcon nearly converted a good cross by Fernando but Emilio again saved by the post. Jumilla then brought on Elias and he made an instant impact, nearly converting a diagonal cross with his first touch. Mounir had been pushing the boundaries with some frantic play and he committed a particularly rash tackle on Mara on the edge of the area. He was booked for arguing (for a second time) but not sent off. Carrillo joined in and he was sent off for a second yellow. Carlos headed Elias’ free kick wide. Despite being a man down, Mazarrón played as if they believed that they could win and perhaps should have done with 4mins left. Gines made a long clearance to Fernando and his one-two with Boudia left him bearing down on goal with just Emilio to beat but his shot hit the side net. As the game went into added time, Elias broke down the left, chased by very tired defenders and Gonzalo hit his cross past Gines into the far corner. Julian was then sent off for a second booking, again back chatting the referee and right at the end, after 3 added minutes, Elias again left tired defender in his wake and found Carlos on the right. With no defenders about at all, he passed to Gonzalo, who looked to be well off side, for a tap in goal that left Mazarrón players and fans alike distraught. Mazarrón will be without some of their most experienced players for

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Nine members decided not to turn up, some no doubt put off by the weather but we did manage to start with eighteen members and guests. The course as you would expect of the Hacienda was in first class winter condition with the greens running very fast. On some downhill putts the ball only needed a touch to get it rolling twenty feet or so. The winners of the secret pair’s competition were Jim Booth and Howard Lee with a combined score of 58 points. The best individual score was Jim Booth with 33 points followed by Martin Heppell on 30 points. The nearest the pin on the 5th wasn’t won and Jim Booth won the longest drive on the 11th. Jim Booth almost having a clean sweep, well done to them all. The society had taken advantage of a great deal on the green fee and I am sure we will return later in the year. Forthcoming Golf days:Friday March 19th 10.00am L a Tercia Friday April 16th 10.30am Aguilon Friday May 14th 10.00am La Serena Members wanting to play should let John have their names at least one week in advance when the draw will be made. After that date a place can’t be guaranteed. Members guests are welcome to play for a small fee of 5 Euros and

WHAT AN ATROCIOUS WEEK!! I don’t think I’ve seen so much rain in Spain since I came to live here. Obviously it played havoc with the game of bowls and both Saba League games between QBC Pearls and Horadada Falcons and QBC Swifts and San Miguel Asteroids had to be cancelled. The game between QCB and SM was started but had to be cancelled after 2 ends being played. WINTER LEAGUE - Quesada played away at Emerald Isle and did not bode well for Quesada. 53 shots for and 69 shots against, which makes the end result 2 pts for QBC and 8 pts for EI. We took part in 2 BERLEEN games and won one and lost one. 28 shots for and 32 shots against. SOUTHERN LEAGUE - Quesada Swallows v Horadada Royales and Quesada Swifts v Mazarron. These two games were also cancelled and will have to be re-arranged, giving all the clubs a big headache, as it is very difficult to find spare dates in an already busy schedule. This will of course also affect life in the club i.e. club championships etc. It is to be hoped that the weather will be kinder to us over the weekend and we can at least move on there. In case you need more information

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should also reserve their place one week in advance. With the society quickly growing in numbers an open meeting for all members will be held at the Bar La Manchica on Wednesday 10th March. The meeting will start at 11.00am prompt. On the agenda will be a discussion on the optimum size of the society. Competitions and prizes. Courses and green fees. Handicaps. If any member wishes to add an item to the agenda please let John know after the 6th March. If any member can’t attend but wishes to make their apologies or make a comment then let John know by email before the date of the meeting. Members, it’s your society so please try to attend and have your say on how it is run. Contact John on 968 159 344 or Report by Keith Buttery

eurogolf society PRESS REPORT 18 FEBRUARY 2010 An excellent day’s golf today for our February Monthly Stableford, with some brilliant scores, a Hole in One, & an accident on the way to golf! A good turn out of 98 players and with the CSA of 0, obviously everyone is improving!! First of all we are pleased to report Trevor Butterworth is fine after his car was in collision with a coach on the bend by the l8th tee on is way to the Club – Maurice looked a bit lonely today! Many congratulations to Bob Shorley who not only won the Monthly Stableford with a great score of 44, he also achieved his first Hole in One of the difficult 15th hole (our Treasurer looking a

bit glum!) – definitely his day today (the Handicap Secretary rubbing his hands in glee!) Results today: (All on countback) GOLD DIVISION: 1st Nico Baken 38pts; 2nd Pino Perito 38pts; 3rd Brendan Foran 38pts. SILVER DIVISION: 1st Mik Harris 37pts; 2nd Ian C Pegg 37pts; 3rd Ken Brett 35pts. BRONZE DIVISION: 1st Bob Shorley 44pts; 2nd Gordon White 35pts; 3rd Jenny Cheetham 35pts. BEST FRONT 9: Robin Richards 21pts BEST BACK 9: Orlando Ferrol 22pts. BEST PAR 3s: Bob Shorley 12pts BEST PAR 5s: Peter Butterworth 11pts. BEST GUEST: John Chapman 33pts. NEAREST THE PINS: 5th John Chapman, 11th Ian R. Pegg, 15th Bob Shorley (Hole in One), 17th Terry Sayers. Football Sweep Draw: Ian Turner, Ken Enever, Dennis Cole. Captain’s Bunker: 8€ Hopefully next Thursday will be smooth sailing – our Captain will be back, our Match Secretary’s computer will be fixed and the sun will be shining! For more information on Eurogolf go to

Torrevieja football club THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY FOR TORRY Crevillente 1-1 Torrevieja Torry made the trip up the Ap-7 knowing that they would need to do better than last week, when they lost at Catarroja, if they were to come away with any points from a Crevillente side 3 points, and four

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places, above them in the table. Torrevieja’s away form this year has been poor with just two wins in twelve outings, although a creditable draw with league leaders Torrellano on the opening day of the season gave the fans hope for the season ahead However, there seems to be a bit more to this side since Tommy Taylor and his staff stepped in and another solid performance at Crevillente will do their confidence the world of good and can only help in the transition of Torry. As it turned out Torrevieja played some good football, keeping the ball on the ground and making the home side work for it and on 39 minutes the pressure told as a foul on Torres led to a good free kick into the box and a header from Aitor put Torry ahead which was no more than they deserved. But on 41 mins Corcoles was sent off when the linesman indicated an incident to the referee and from then on Torry had to defend their lead. However, Crevillente equalized early in the second half to grab a point but for Torry it was a case of what might have been if Corcoles had stayed on the pitch. Next week they play host to Novelda who have shown some good form of late, and a recent run of seven wins from eight games saw them pull themselves out of a possible end of season relegation fight and into the places just below the play offs. Another tough one for Torry but if they are to progress they will need to beat teams such as Novelda to make sure that they are safe at the end of the season at not involved in a battle at the wrong end of the league. Report By: Andres Hermida

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