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A dramatically designed building from the Japanese architect, Toyo Ito, remains partially built in Torrevieja, with construction halted because of possible infractions of the Coastal Law. The building, el Parque de la Relajación, is planned to be a spa and is located next to the Lagunas de Torrevieja y la Mata nature park. Three buildings are planned but only one has actually been constructed, completed

in 2006, but paralysed since then. Reports indicate that the coastal authority ordered the immediate halt to construction in 2004 & the local Town Hall took no immediate action. The situation has now been highlighted in an exhibition by architect, Nathalie Gidrón, in an Alicante pub, which shows ‘the ruinous state of the current building’ built in the shape of a snail from wood and then covered in copper, although

the copper has since vanished and the wood below is now warped from damp. Gidrón considers the building ‘one of the jewels of 21st century architecture. The Torrevieja Town Hall modified the plans after the order to halt construction was received, and have denied that the project has been abandoned. Other political groups are calling for the land to be returned to its natural state.

Engine Fire Causes Emergency Landing At Alicante Airport

AN aeroplane carrying 106 passengers – including two babies – had to make an emergency landing last night in Alicante’s El Altet airport when its engine caught fire.

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The Boeing 738 had only just taken off when it was forced to land again at 20.54hrs.

Guardia Civil officers and first aid staff rushed to the scene, but they were not needed to intervene.

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The causes of the engine catching fire are not known at this stage.

The second the plane reached terra firma, practically every single passenger rang friends and family members on their mobiles to reassure them.

Funding Secured For Appreciating Murcian Views! new funding secures creation of vantage points across murcian region

Local Government departments are to finance the creation of a network of vantage points in the municipality of Murcia with the aim of revealing and promoting the natural values which the ‘huerta’ and the Murcian capital offer. A number of elevated view-points will be constructed which will

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43% Cut In Tourism Spending The Regional Government wants more support from Madrid on tourism

The regional Valencia government has cut spending on tourism by 43% over the past two years, while at the same time calling for more support from central Government.

Meanwhile the PP spokesperson in the Valencia parliament, Rafael Blasco, has said that they are presenting several new initiatives insisting central government considers tourism a priority. Among their demands is a 4% rate for IVA/VAT on tourism based activities.

Spaniards Mark Easter With AllNight Processions W h i l e processions are held in other Spanish cities to mark the day when Roman Catholics believe Jesus Christ was put to death by crucifixion 2,000 years ago, the ones held in Seville are among the biggest and most solemn.

Tens of thousands of people on Friday attended Easter processions where wooden sculptures of religious scenes are carried through the streets accompanied by hooded penitents. The six processions, organised by religious brotherhoods and broadcast live on television across the country, began just after midnight and lasted until 2 pm (1200 GMT) with the southern Spanish city’s metro system kept open all night to help move the crowds. They follow a designated route from the floats’ home churches to Seville’s main cathedral in the historic centre of Spain’s fourth largest city. 36-year-old Carlos Garcia who has taken part in the processions as a penitent since he was six commented: “There is a sensation that you are being transported to another moment in history, it is unique, this is something that has been done for six or seven centuries and continues almost unchanged. It is not about religion, it is pure tradition,” he told AFP. The floats, known as pasos, depict Jesus bearing the cross or the Virgin Mary showing grief for the torture and killing of her son. Many of the life-sized wooden figures date back centuries and are considered masterpieces. They are sometimes surrounded by candles or adorned with gold or silver for the processions. “I see them as precious artistic expressions,” said Agripina Saldana, whose husband Manuel was one of the “costaleros” who carried a float depicting Jesus through the streets of Seville.

The figure which raises the most passion each year is that of La Macarena, considered to be Seville’s most most popular image of the Virgin Mary. Its appearance causes many in the crowd to weep, applaud or perform “saetas”, flmaneco verses sung at Holy Week processions. Others throw petals from carnations or roses on the float from the balconies of their apartments as the float passes by. Manuel Saldana, 38, said “costaleros” work out all year to be fit enough to carry the floats. The one he carried through the streets with 47 others weighed 2,500 kilos (5,500 pounds). Saldana said a mixture of “devotion” and “a feeling you can’t explain” have led him to by a “costalero” for the past eight years. His 71-year-old mother Maria said she feels “great emotion” during the procession, especially since her son is a “Costalero”. “I think it is because of the faith that I have in Christ and in the La Macarena. We see each other and we are moved, we hug everyone,” she said. Manolo Bernardo, 36, who has marched as a penitent in the Good Friday processions for the past 24 years, said he was “beat” each time after marching for hours. “Every year when I would reach the Cathedral I would say to myself: ‘It’s over, I am not doing this again’ and you think ‘why do I need to beat myself up this way?’. But then there is something that makes you decide to do it again, that gives you the desire to participate,” he said.

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Imperial Eagle Gets MoD Protection In Spain

An agreement between the Ministry and the Junta de Andaulcía is designed to protect three threatened species

The Spanish Ministry of Defence is to use military land in Andalucía for the protection of three threatened species, the Imperial Eagle, the Northern Bald Ibis, and the Common Chameleon.

Reports indicate that the Consell is now two years behind paying the grants to tourist municipalities, taking its information from the annual accounts for 2008 from the Valencia Tourism Agency. The paper says if the tendency continues, more than 30 of the 71 million € budgeted for this season could be lost.

The body of a diver who has been missing since Thursday has been found in the Cueva de Agua in Cartagena, Murcia.


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The agreement has been signed with the Regional Government Environment Department, and is hoped will result in the survival of the Imperial Eagle, of which there are now just 250 pairs in Spain, 60 of them in Andalucía. None have been seen in Cádiz province for decades. Under the plan 3,500 hectares of military land at Cría Caballar de Jerez will be used, with feeding and drinking posts installed for the birds, nesting boxes will be created where they will hopefully breed away from other threats. Minister for Defence, Carme Chacón, said the measures being taken were considered to triple the chances of survival of the species. The Ibis was reintroduced to Andalucía in 2004, and is now nesting again after 500 years. The Chameleon will be cared for on land belonging to the Rota Naval Base in Cádiz among other areas.

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A bottle of gas will cost 5.75% more today than it did yesterday, whilst mains gas sees a price increase of 4.1%. The most commonly used gas bottle, the 12.5kg one, will now cost from 11.68€, according to information published by the Ministry for Industry, Tourism and Commerce By order of the ministry, the maximum price liquefied gas can be sold at in bottles of between 8kg and 20kg is 80.589 cents per kg, which works out to 10.07€ for a 12.5kg bottle, plus VAT at 16%, bringing the total price to 11.68€. The government reviews gas prices on

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The Los Angeles Times says the measure is being considered in response to the level of illegal downloads here



Smokers Cost Spanish Health Service 5.5 billion Euro A Year

It has been revealed that the taxes collected from smokers do not cover their cost to the health service Smokers are costing the Spanish Health Service more than 5.5 billion € a year. Juan Ruiz Manzano, President of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery, said on Monday that the costs attributed to smokers in 2008 were 14.7 billion, while the income from taxes on tobacco in the same year reached only 9.26 billion. In 2008 the Government paid 6.87 billion to treat only the five main illnesses associated with smoking, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, lung cancer, and heart and brain illnesses. The estimated cost of smoking to Spanish businesses was 7.84 billion € - 76% of which comes from a loss of productivity, while 20% is down to additional cleaning costs and decoration, and the rest in absenteeism. The Government continues to insist that all the studies on the economic impact of new laws to ban smoking in all closed public places, show that there will be no negative consequences for the hostelry sector.

Spanish Rescuers Search For Missing Crew From Capsized Freighter Spanish rescue services scoured the seas off north-western Spain for two crewmen who are missing and feared drowned after the freighter they were on sank in bad weather. Hollywood is reported to be considering withdrawing DVD’s from sale in Spain because of the high number of pirated copies of films which are being downloaded here.

between 2006 and 2009, the number of films downloaded in Spain went from 132 million a year to 350 million, while over the same period DVD sales fell by 30%.

The Los Angeles Times reports that digital piracy is part of the Spanish culture to such an extent that the country is set to become the second in the world where DVD sales are no longer profitable. The first country was South Korea where piracy was so common that the studios decided to stop selling DVD’s there.

The President of Sony Pictures, Michael Lynton, is among those to say he is one step away from considering the entertainment business is no longer viable here.

The paper also notes that downloading films from the internet is not considered a crime in Spain, provided that it is not done for lucrative means. There were 12,000 video hire stores in Spain in 2003, at the end of 2008 only some 3,000 remained open. Media Control GfK estimates that

For the Spanish Government, the Minister for Culture, Algeles GonzálezSinde, is supporting articles in the new Sustainable Economy Law which would make it easier to shut down the web sites which link to the unauthorized downloads. She recognizes that the culture is here is part of the problem, and also say part of the blame lies with the Internet Service Providers who she said subtlety sell broadband connections with the right to download films

Two Arrested After Fights Break Out At Former Mosque

Two men were arrested after fights broke out between police and tourists who broke a ban on Muslim prayers at a cathedral in Spain which was once a major mosque, the local bishop’s office said. The trouble broke out on Wednesday when six members of a group of 118 Muslim tourists who were visiting the cathedral in the southwestern city of Cordoba knelt to pray and were promptly ordered to stop by security guards. As they refused to stop praying, they were “invited to continue with their visit or leave the cathedral” after they refused to stop praying, the Cordoba’s bishop’s office said in a statement. The security guards then called in police, who were attacked by the visiting Muslim tourists, it added. Two policemen were injured and two of the Muslim tourists were detained. “They provoked in an organised fashion a deplorable episode of violence,” the statement said, adding “this was a one time incident that does not represent the genuine Muslim identity as there are many

who display attitudes of respect and dialogue with the Catholic Church.” “We deplore the damage done to the image of our city and to the peaceful coexistence of visitors and citizens. We hope and desire that this type of incident will not repeat itself in the future,” it added. The bishop’s office did not give the nationality of the two men who were arrested but news radio Cadena Ser said they were Austrian. Police found a knife on one of the arrested men, it added citing anonymous local police sources. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez Gonzalez recently reiterated that a ban on Muslim prayers at the former mosque which turned into a Christian cathedral in the 13th century must remain in place despite calls by local Muslims for the rule to be loosened.

Spanish and Portuguese maritime services rescued 22 of the 24 crew on the freighter the “Kea”, most of them Filipinos, late last Monday and early Tuesday.

from the coast complicated the rescue effort. Nineteen of the crew were from the Philippines, two were Croatians and the others were from Russia, Ghana and Latvia. It was not immediately clear which of them had been rescued.

The 147-metre (485-foot) Barbadosregistered vessel sank last Tuesday afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean about 160 nautical miles off Cape Vilano, in the north-western region of Galicia, the Spanish rescue services said in a statement.

The Kea was en route to Santa Marta in Colombia from St Petersburg in Russia. It was carrying a cargo of ammonium nitrate, but there was no danger of environmental pollution as the substance is very soluble, the statement said.

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The signing of a merger agreement between British Airways and Iberia, initially planned for the first quarter, has been delayed for “technical issues”. A BA spokesman told the newspaper that the delay was due to “technical issues that need to be resolved,” without giving further details while an Iberia spokesman said the postponement “does not put the merger at risk.”

planned merger and both companies were “still working on the deal.”

Iberia could not be immediately contacted for further details.

The two airlines signed a preliminary deal last November after more than a year of negotiations but Iberia said at the time it would back out of the agreement if BA’s giant pension deficit problem


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Former Spanish Cabinet Minister Charged With Embezzlement

Former Spanish Environment Minister, Jaume Matas, has been charged with embezzlement, a judicial official stated, deepening a scandal that has tainted the main opposition Popular Party. enrichment, including the purchase of real estate, and the illegal financing of the conservative Popular Party. Matas has denied the allegations against him. He is one of around 30 people who have been charged in the affair.

Under the terms of the preliminary agreement, BA will hold 55 percent of the new company and Iberia 45 percent

Toddlers Given Tranquilisers

A daycare worker has been charged after six toddlers fell ill after being given sedatives. The children, aged from just a few months to two years old, were taken to hospital earlier this month after showing signs of drowsiness at the nursery in the north-western port of Vigo. Four of the children spent several days in hospital but all six have recovered and are in good health.

benzodiazepines, often prescribed to manage anxiety, panic and sleep disorders, the newspaper reported citing investigators.

The cause of the children’s drowsiness was at first a mystery, with a chemical or gas leak cited as possible reasons. But urine samples taken from the children detected traces of

The judge who is leading the investigation into the case will question the other staff members of the nursery next week after the four-day Easter break.

An employee of the nursery has been charged with acts endangering public health, it added.

The former minister announced Monday that he was “temporarily” suspending his party membership. Bail for Matas, who served as Environment Minister between 2000 and 2003 under then Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, was set at three million euros (four million dollars), the highest amount demanded by a Spanish court in a decade. The court in the Mediterranean island of Majorca charged the 53year-old with 11 other crimes, including false

documentation and money laundering. The charges relate mainly to the construction of the Palma Arena sports in Majorca between 2003 and 2007 when Matas headed the regional government of the Balearic Islands. The facility suffered a cost overrun of 41 million euros. Prosecutors accuse Matas of using part of the money for his personal

PP leader Mariano Rajoy, who is struggling to boost his lead in opinion polls over Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s Socialists, urged Matas to “prove his innocence, if he can”. The PP has been rocked since early last year by a scandal involving a number of its members in the Valencia and Madrid regions in which bribes were allegedly paid for public contracts.

Bulger Killer Venables ‘Faces Year In Jail’

James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables could stay in jail for up to a year - even if he is not convicted of any alleged new offences, it has been claimed

Officials at the Parole Board began work yesterday on reviewing whether Jon Venables, the killer of James Bulger, should remain in prison.

The Ministry of Justice said that the proceedings at the Parole Board are separate from the ongoing police investigation into Venables’s alleged crime.

Venables, now 27, was returned to custody last month for breaking the terms of his release on life licence after being found in possession of child porn.

Venables and his co-accused, Robert Thompson, were jailed in 1993 for the murder of James Bulger. They abducted the two-year-old boy from the Strand shopping centre in Bootle on Merseyside and then killed him.

The Ministry of Justice referred Venables’s case to the Parole Board, which will decide whether he should remain in prison or be released again on life licence. A statement from the board said: “The Parole Board will now start the process of reviewing this case in the normal way. We are not able to set a timescale on the review but will confirm when it has been concluded”.

His battered body was found by children playing on a freight railway line more than two miles from the shopping centre and 200 yards from Walton Lane police station in Liverpool. Both boys, who were 10 at the time of the killing, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court to be detained at Her Majesty’s

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Was VAT On Haiti Record Cut From Aid Budget?

No 10 has denied that thousands of pounds will be lost from aid budgets after Gordon Brown pledged tax would be waived on a Haiti charity record. The Independent reported that the Treasury would send the Department for International Development (DfID) a bill for the lost revenue. But a Downing Street statement insisted: “The story is wrong.” It said DfID will reimburse the cost of the VAT, but would receive extra Treasury funding to cover this. The statement added: “There will therefore be no impact at all on other areas of DfID’s work or budget.” ‘Everybody Hurts’, recorded to help Haiti’s earthquake victims, sold more than 453,000 copies in its first week to go straight to number one in February. The REM cover organised by Simon Cowell - featured a host of stars and proceeds were split between the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and The Sun’s Helping Haiti campaign.

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1207€ PCN say ‘THANKS’ to TKO and EL CORAZON HOTEL and all our Volunteers and Friends who continue to support us On Saturday with sunshine all day The Paul Cunningham Nurses FUN DAY at El Corazon Hotel was FAB-U-LOUS over 400 people turned up to support the charity and TKO radio provided the all day music and commentary. Dennis Christian was DJ for the whole day from 11am. right through to late afternoon. There was back up available but we can only assume Dennis was enjoying himself so much he took hold of the whole day. You can hear Dennis from 11Am until 2pm on TKO Radio every day. Tune in to TKO on 91.9, 87.7 and 87.5 now broadcasting from Gran Alacant to Cartegena! There was fun for all the family with sumo wrestling, ten pin bowling with professional instruction, a punch bag, mini golf and many exciting stalls with jewellery and perfumes. Saphia who has her Beauty Salon at El Corazon was there offering a whole rage of beauty treatments at very special prices, Bliss Hairdressers from La Finca were there to style your hair and give advice along with Thelma who was providing reflexology and Reeiki. Louise Ryde a local artist gave her time to talk to people about all kinds of painting, Katja Symons was doing crystal readings and talking about Bach remedies, we had Funky Bra Straps all the way from Javea. The famous Medium Kenny Corris was there all day for private readings. The children had lots of things to do, there were special mini golf clubs for them as well as a bouncy castle, inflatable slide and a children’s corner with face painting, cake decorating, egg decorating, a colouring competition and Laurence who came in the afternoon to do table magic for everyone. Very special thanks to the army of helpers from our Charity Shop in Quesada and the volunteers from our Office in La Marina and to the people who have become ‘eventing’ volunteers and great friends of the charity. Many thanks to all of the exhibitors who came to this event to help make it a very successful day and of course not forgetting our team of nurses and carers many of whom where there on the day to take blood pressure and sugar levels. All in all a great day! Please do ‘look out’ and ‘listen up’ as PCN & TKO are already making plans for the next PCN FUN DAY at EL CORAZON HOTEL Raffle prizes not claimed are tickets: 166-170 and 66-70 please call Susan on 629 869 959 to arrange to collect your prize. El Corazon Hotel is in Pueblo Lucero / Quesada call 966 713 957 for directions and for special free mini golf tickets call 629 869 959 There was a FREE ENTRY DRAW with prizes from El Corazon Hotel – Dinner for Two, Casa La Pedrera – Quadbiking for Two and Saphia’s Beauty Treatments – Upper Body Massage. These winners will be displayed at El Corazon Hotel and The Paul Cunningham Nurses Charity Shop and Casa La Pedrera from Friday 2nd April.

COACHTRIPS S.L. GO PURPLE FOR PCN FANTASTIC DINNER AND SHOW IN ALICANTE THURSDAY 15th APRIL Coachtrips S.L. are supporting the “Paul Cunningham Nurses” charity for 2010. During the year David and Dynamo Maggie owners of Coachtrips S.L. will run special events to raise money for this charity, please help them to help Paul Cunningham Nurses. The next Paul Cunningham Nurses event is a fantastic dinner and show in Alicante on Thursday 15 April. Alicante at night with its attractive marina and impressive Santa Barbara castle is well worth a visit anyway. Add a great night of entertainment with Divos and Divas featured in a highly professional show including dinner. Tributes feature artistes like Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, Pavarotti, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Meatloaf, Katherine Jenkins, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond. Come and sing along with your favourites. 35€. On their February special to Benidorm, 1200€ was raised. Other lower key activities are providing smaller amounts on a week by week basis. Where an event is aimed at raising funds for this charity, David will ‘colour it purple’ and put the words “PAUL CUNNINGHAM” beside the named event. David said: “This worthy charity provides real support and help to sufferers of terminal illness and the families of the sufferers.” For tickets and any other information please call 966 785 910.


At the end of March, the board of the Federation of Age Concern Espana voted unanimously in favour of an Age Concern Organisation for this area. We are now able to seek charity status and then we will be able start working. A huge thanks you to all the volunteers who have been patiently waiting in the “wings” and we should be able to get together once the Charity status is in place.

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In the meantime we held our first dance on Saturday 27th March in Tallante Church Hall and the generosity of everyone was fabulous, so a heartfelt thanks to all concerned, including The Dog Bowl English shop In Fuente and El Bar Tallante for selling the tickets.

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Special thanks to Pam Lucas and Sheila Hall and their respective husbands for all their support especially their hard work doing food and decorating the Hall. Also Lisa and Russell for their great food and lastly the very willing

The very entertaining Lenny Mitchell had us all rocking the night away, and gave a very generous donation; donations were also received from Helen and John Brunt, Eileen and Trevor Smith, and Jessica and Dennis. All this raised an amazing €600.00 profit. We also raised a whopping €168.00 from the raffle which was only possible with the which included the much sought after makeover donated by Glen Woods, the fruit basket from Sheila and Dave, 2 toiletry baskets by Pam and George, Alcohol from Arthur and Sheelagh, El Bar, Ian and Dot, Jo and Paul and finally the beautiful Skin cream from Jane’s Salon Bolnuevo. Watch the press for more information

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Welcome to Life with Linda, I am Linda Sage BA Ed(Hons), Dip REBT, Dip CSCT in my present life I own and run Quesada Wellbeing Centre having moved to the Costa Blanca four and a half years ago, prior to that in the UK in my prior life I was a Forensic Psychologist, mixing and mingling on a daily basis with the most infamous members of our society. Much of my day was spent behind bars, or on our gridlocked motorways.


Last year’s Race for Life Mazarron, held on Camposol, attracted over 70 runners/walkers. The event raised a grand total of 2838.74€ for AECC (Contra Cancer) Murcia. A cheque for this amount was presented to the Vice President of AECC Murcia on Friday 26 March. The organising team of Marion Hosking, Colin Thackwell, Bill Shepherd and his wife Fran, would like to thank all those who took part and of course all our sponsors without whose generosity the event could not have taken place.

I am now joining the team at Sol Times to share my view point on life in general, but if there are any burning questions you have please send them to the Editor of the Sol Times - Claire and I will try to offer some assistance ( During the past few years, my life has gone through things that any Soap would be proud to have as a script, so over the weeks to come I will be sharing my experiences and insights with you. You know, sometimes life just gets too serious...too busy...and too complicated. We don’t mean for it to happen, but we wake up one morning to discover the fun has slipped away. A few years ago a health study determined there are 3 main reasons people can’t cope in life: 1. They live in the past. 2. They have a low self-esteem. 3.

They can’t laugh at themselves.

In fact, the study indicated that we need approximately 12 laughs a day to stay healthy! I heard a story not long ago about a guy who sent flowers to his friend who was opening a

La Marina Ladies Group ‘Go Dutch’ n e w restaurant. When he arrived at the grand opening, he looked for his flowers. Well, when he found them, he saw that he had sent a white wreath that said, “May you rest in peace.” He panicked, of course, and called the florist who said, “Bob, I’m not worried about you because as we speak, there’s a guy being buried who got a dozen roses that said, “Good luck in your new location!”

The ladies of La Marina have come up tops again, after a generous donation of 400euros was handed over to support the Paul Cunningham Nurses. A Dutch Auction was held between the ladies themselves, their Christmas raffle and personal donations have made up the latest donation to support us. It feels like going to see a group of friends each time we visit the ladies and once again we were made to feel very welcome. Anne Muff the Paul Cunningham Nursing Manager gave a talk and updated the ladies on how we are progressing. Karen Mountfield who looks after our office in La Marina, thanked the ladies for their continued support and talked to them about the exciting forthcoming Dinner and Dance to be held on the 2st May at The Marjal Camping Site. In the photograph from left to right, Toni Wigglesworth-Secretary, Karen Mountfield - PCN, Elizabeth Ashe-Brown - President, Jean White – Committee Member and Anne Muff - PCN.

Ah throws us spanners in the works when we least expect it! And sometimes, just to stay sane, we need to sit back and laugh! You never know, it just might help you feel that much better - ..what have you got to lose???? Until next time, Linda

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LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... VIVACE TO SING PUCCINI AT LA SIESTA On Friday 16th April at 7.30 pm, Vivace Classical Choir, conducted by Tom Pargeter, will be singing in the La Siesta Urbanisation Church on the north side of Torrevieja, to raise funds for the maintenance of the church building.

Mass is mainly sung by the choir, but there are also important parts for tenor and baritone soloists, and the tenor soloist will be coming to Torrevieja from the UK specifically to sing with the choir.

The concert will feature a rare performance of the Messa di Gloria by Puccini, a composer best known for tuneful and dramatic operas such as Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Boheme.

Vivace have also been invited to sing this music in Orihuela Cathedral and will also be singing in San Miguel de Salinas. Tickets for the concert at La Siesta, at €6, can be bought in advance from Douglas Brown (Tel. 659616356) and Andrew Duckworth (Tel. 619621261), or, subject to availability, on the door on the night.

Written by Puccini when he was only 18, this setting of the Mass contains memorable tunes which look forward to the glorious melodies found in his operas. The

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On Easter Saturday Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre received an emergency call for help after a pony was found abandoned to die on waste ground in Benijofar. Spotted by a group of children, the pony was in a shocking state - half bald and covered in mud and faeces. Volunteers from the Centre rushed to the scene with an officer from Benijofar police. When they arrived they found the pony lying on a pathway. Said Sue Weeding from EHCRC, “It looked as though she had simply lain down to die. She could not have survived much longer. If it had not been for the children who found her and the fast action of Benijofar police and council calling us, we would have been dealing with a dead pony.” The pony had obviously suffered long-term neglect before being abandoned. Her hooves

had not been cut and so had grown upward, deforming her feet, legs and shoulders. She is likely to have suffered permanent damage. But, says Sue, “She is quite a young pony and very determined so we have every hope that we can nurse her back to a reasonable state of health and allow her to live in comfort at the Centre. We’ve called her Cookie because she’s a tough little cookie.”

Caring for Cookie is not going to be cheap. She will need a great deal of veterinary care on top of the usual costs for feeding and caring for a pony. As the EHCRC receives no official funding, relying totally on donations from members of the public, Sue is appealing for help to look after Cookie. Says Sue, “We urgently need sponsors for Cookie so that we can give her the best chance. She has obviously suffered a great deal in her life and she now deserves to be

Friends Unlimited HELP Association of Vega Baja Meetings are held on Thursdays at ‘The Club’, Calle Toledo adjacent to Quesada Bowls Club, from 2pm – 4pm. If you would like to join us at our meetings or at any of our fund raising events or would like more information about the social group Friends Unlimited please call Pat Perrin the coordinator on 966 719 862.

happy and well cared for. It is always amazing at the Centre when we can nurse an animal that has suffered so much back to health and happiness, and being a sponsor really makes you part of this process.”

For details on how you can sponsor Cookie, visit the EHCRC website at www., or talk to Sue on 652021980. You can visit Cookie at EHCRC on the open days, Wednesdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. See the website for directions or call Sue. Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is a Spanish registered Charity working to improve the lives of abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses and donkeys in the Alicante region of Spain. Charity no. G54405618

Do you go to a Spanish class? Do you put into practise what you learn by speaking Spanish outside class time? Probably not, particularly on urbanizations such as Camposol where there is less opportunity to do so. I think there are sufficient people learning Spanish, who would welcome an opportunity to speak the language with other “students” on a regular weekly/fortnightly basis. If there is sufficient interest there could be different level groups, and you would decide which level is appropriate for you This would not be a class - and there would be no fees/charges - it would simply be a meeting place to enhance our ability to speak Spanish. If this appeals to you please come along to an initial meeting at Mariano’s outside terrace (Sector A , Camposol) on Thursday 8th April at 4.30pm If you would like to assist me, or have any suggestions, please contact me on 968 131 500 or email

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Organised by ‘Garden Organic’ to raise funds to help educate and inspire people about organic gardening, farming and food for a sustainable future for ourselves, our children, our environment and our planet, during ‘Welly Week’ everyone is invited to host a welly walk or wear their wellies to work and celebrate all that’s good about organics! Whilst I’m not sure that this will be possible for us here in Spain – it’s a bit warm for wellies - but we can certainly do our bit, in fact you may be already! So what are the benefits of eating organic? People who choose to go organic may do so for many reasons: because they think it tastes better, they believe that it’s safer, more nutritious, better for the environment or better for animal welfare. Or perhaps simply because it’s more ‘natural’. But is organic food actually better for you? Interestingly, current scientific evidence does not show that organic food is any safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. But, of course, scientific evidence is dynamic (dare I say ‘organic’!) and therefore we must be open to new evidence. So, suppose, for example, you wanted to find out if organic food

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Madrid’s oldest railway station celebrates 130 years The Estación de Delicias was used for the filming of Dr. Zhivago in 1965

Tuesday 30th March 2010 marked the 130th birthday of the railway station in Madrid. The oldest railway building in now home to the Railway Museum, but its platforms are famous for the many films shot there, including Doctor Zhivago in 1965.

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An estimated six million people in Spain suffer from hayfever An estimated six million people in Spain suffer from hayfever, and they are in for a ‘critical’ time if it does not rain, and one in four suffers some form of seasonal allergy. The director of Alergies Department of the Teknon Clinic in Barcelona, Dr Josep María Torres, explained to El Mundo that when it rains the pollen is washed from the air.

It closed its platforms to trains back in 1969, when on June 30th all the locals turned out to see the last train depart, and it was not until 1984 that the Railway Museum brought life back to the building. Inaugurated in 1880 by King Alfonso XII, it was the departure point for those travelling from the Spanish capital to Lisbon. It’s two years old than the other great Madrid station, Atocha, as 12 years older than Prínciple Pio. Later it because used greatly for freight transport.

He said sever sufferers should be vaccinated, and also advised sufferers to wear sunglasses on windy days. Another trick is to put some Vaseline in the nose, to capture all the pollen possible.

It’s iron structure was designed by three Spanish engineers, headed by the architect, Emile Cachelievre, was partially built in the French workshops at Estación in Paris.

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Curiously nobody is sure why it is called ‘Estacion de Delicias’, except many say the local area was said to be known by the same name. The two Iberian lynx cubs born to ‘Camarina’ at La Olivilla breeding sanctuary in Sierra Morena, brings the total of lynx cubs born this breeding season to four. ‘Camarina’, daughter of ‘Saliega’ and ‘Garfio’, has given birth to two cubs after being mated with ‘Cuco’, a four-year-old male captured in the Sierra Morena in 2007 in order to be introduced into the lynx breeding programme in face of the species’ high risk of extinction. According to a press release from the breeding centre, the birth was trouble free despite the mother’s inexperience and she is caring for her two healthy cubs normally. The only other live births in captivity registered this breeding season have also been in the La Olivilla breeding centre, when ‘Dama’ a female born in captivity in 2007, gave birth to two cubs on March 13th, after being mated with ‘Candiles’. It had initially been hoped that up to 27 females would give birth in the breeding centres in La Olivilla (Sierra Morena), El Acebuche (Doñana), Silves (Portugal) and Jerez Zoo this season, but breeders now only expect eight births, yielding about ten cubs, because of the negative impact of the harsh winter and the chronic kidney disease affecting Spain’s captive lynxes.

This year record pollen levels are expected because of the abundant plant growth over the very wet winter. Each plant is capable of producing thousands of grains of pollen. Residents of Extremadura, Madrid, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, inland Andalucía and the Levante are expected to see the highest counts this year at over 3,000 grains of pollen per cubic metre of air. Those who live in the city cannot escape either; indeed city pollen has a larger concentration of allergens. Also those who live on higher floors suffer more as cold air currents lift up the pollen. The introduction of plants from other countries has changed the traditional dates for hay fever sufferers in Spain. Climate change too is having an effect, making those to suffer from allergies susceptible at almost any time of the year.

For more information, go to the webpage of the Spanish Society for Clinical Allergy and Immunology which has the pollen count from practically all the regions of Spain, and can be found at

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You will probably know el garaje – this is the place you keep your car. Colloquially, it is also called la cochera – literally, the car container! owever, there are two other places referred to as ‘garages’ in English but not in Spanish: ‘el taller’ (el talYER), which is a workshop, somewhere to take your car for ‘una revision’ (service), and a ‘gasolinera’, which is where you fill up with petrol. Whether you have diesel (gasOLeo) or petrol (gasolina), they are both known as combustibles (fuel). If the price of combustible doesn’t ‘ubir por los nubes’ (go through the roof .. or clouds in the Spanish case),


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Every so often, we see, hear or taste something that miraculously whisks us back to our childhood days. Days that for most of my generation, I believe, were happier and better times.

April Showers So surprise, surprise when I tell you that in our house, one thing we always had plenty of, was biscuits. At their height, H&P were producing 500 different types of biscuit, and I remember with great affection such goodies as: Suncake - a shortcake biscuit, round not oblong, which you would scoff hamster-like, by nibbling around the outside working inwards, making an unsightly mess in the process. Banana Cream looked like the present day Custard Cream, but with a banana flavour, and a banana shape cut-out in the biscuit so that you could see the filling, and was put there for the people with no sense of taste. Iced Party Biscuit - My favourite; a rectangular biscuit, coated on one side with one of four different flavoured icings. Coffee was the yummiest, but then so were the other three. Sadly all of these delicacies are now deceased, and have gone to meet the Great Cookie Maker in the sky along with H & P’s themselves. Today’s feeble offerings come nowhere near to matching them for scrumptaceousness and originality. And those tins! Some of them were nothing short of masterpieces, and I reckon just about every household in the country had several of them stashed away. They were just too good to throw away, and came in very useful for storing anything from dog biscuits, to old photos, to cigarette cards. I thought I would check to see if there are serious collectors of these tins out there, and of course there are . . . just take a look at Ebay! I have problems finding room for stamp albums, so it beats me where you would keep a couple of hundred biscuit tins?

A ‘Wagon Wheel’ for instance, which brings back distant memories of calling into the local sweet shop on my way home from school for this iconic treat. And they were not called Wagon Wheels for no reason . . . they were huge! You could eat one and get chocolate on your ears. And by the way, after extensive research that took me to the four corners of Scunthorpe, I can state, categorically, that it’s a fact that todays equivalent may just about taste the same, but is definitely far smaller than the original! And I wonder if anyone can remember Cadbury’s Lucky Numbers? Individually foil wrapped chocolates that you bought by the quarter pound – each with a specific number printed on it, which signified the centre; No6 Orange Cream, No28 Nougat, No60 Praline Cracknel (whatever that was) and so on. I don’t know why the numbers seemed to make them taste better, but they did, and there has been nothing like them since. And a plague on the chocco-snobs and nutritionists, who tell us that the only good chocolates are the ones with a high cocoa content. Cadbury’s is unique, and in spite of Kraft, is still the best tasting chocolate in the world! I come from a biscuit family who come from a biscuit town. My Mother worked at the Huntley & Palmers factory in Reading – then, the biggest biscuit manufacturer in the world – and my Father made the tins at Huntley Bourne & Stevens. They both used to come home from work cream crackered Q. “What do you collect then?” A. “Biscuit tins!” . . . that’s a joke! They walk among us! Even Reading FC were known as The Biscuit Men By Colin Bird in those days, whose height of fame was when the pools panel awarded them a home win in 1971. But …share your childhood biscuit memories with I digress… Colin by emailing

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Have you ever wondered where some phrases that we use in every day conversation originate? For example, the term April Showers you may believe to be just a way of describing the weather usually expected in the month of April, but it actually has origins much farther back than you probably imagined. The full phrase is actually ‘April Showers brings forth May flowers” and can mean that something good may happen as a result of unpleasant events. The proverb has been traced back to about 1557 from an author called Thomas Tusser who wrote “Sweet April showers, Do spring May flowers”. So what about: Pass The Buck Pass responsibility on to someone else Origin: Look up buck in the dictionary and you’ll find a couple of dozen assorted nouns, verbs and adjectives. The most common use of the word these days is as the slang term for the American dollar. That’s not the buck meant here though. Look a little further down the list and you’ll find ‘buck - an article used in a game of poker’, and that’s the buck that’s passed. Poker became very popular in America during the second half of the 19th century. Players were highly suspicious of cheating or any form of bias and there’s considerable folklore depicting gunslingers in shoot-outs based on accusations of dirty dealing. In order to avoid unfairness the deal changed hands during sessions. The person who was next in line to deal would be given a marker. This was often a knife, and knives often had handles made of buck’s horn - hence the marker becoming known as a buck. When the dealer’s turn was done he ‘passed the buck’. Silver dollars were later used as markers and this is probably the origin of the use of buck as a slang term for dollar. Diamond In The Rough Someone who is basically good hearted but lacking social graces and respect for the law Origin: The phrase is clearly a metaphor for the original unpolished state of diamond gemstones, especially those that have the potential to become

high quality jewels. It is more commonly expressed in the form ‘rough diamond’. The first recorded use in print is in John Fletcher’s A Wife for a Month, 1624: “She is very honest, and will be as hard to cut as a rough diamond.” Batten Down The HatcheS Prepare for trouble! Origin: Climate change is providing plenty of opportunity to reinforce our property against bad weather. The securing of property, especially the covering with protective sheeting, is called ‘battening down’. That’s not how the phrase originated, although it’s not far away in terms of meaning. It has a nautical origin and ‘battening down’ was done on ships when bad weather was expected. Belt & Braces Careful - not taking any chances Origin: Belts and braces are meant to hold trousers up, so using both ‘belt and braces’ is a double insurance against having them fall down. The figurative use, as a general term for cautiousness, was coined around the mid-20th century. Goody Two-Shoes Someone who is virtuous in a coy, smug or sentimental manner Origin: This phrase derives from the title of the nursery tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, which was published in 1765. Oliver Goldsmith is the name most commonly associated with it, although the evidence that claim is largely circumstantial and is based on the fact it is considered to be in Goldsmith’s style and that he had previously undertaken the ‘ghost-writing’ of somewhat similar stories for cash rather than as a named author. ‘Anonymous’ is probably the wisest choice when naming an author of this book!

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would lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks, with a stronger effect being seen for stroke.” This is, in fact, what the study found. Those who ate more chocolate cut their risk of heart attacks by around a quarter, and of stroke by nearly half, compared with those who ate the least.

Well, don’t worry as latest research suggests that Easter eggs and other chocolate can be good for you, as long as you eat only small amounts! The study of over 19,000 people found those who ate half a bar a week had lower blood pressure; they also had a 39% lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Heart campaigners warned that too much chocolate is damaging because it has a lot of calories and saturated fat. The study looked at the chocolate consumption of middle-aged men and women over eight years and compared the health of those who ate the most and least chocolate. The difference between these two groups was just 6 grams a day, equivalent to one small square of chocolate a day. The lead author, Dr Brian Buijsse, from the German Institute of Human Nutrition said: “Our hypothesis was that because chocolate appears to have a pronounced effect on blood pressure, therefore chocolate consumption

But Dr Buijsse warned that it was important people ensured that eating chocolate did not increase their overall intake of calories or reduce their consumption of healthy foods. “Small amounts of chocolate may help to prevent heart disease, but only if it replaces other energy-dense food, such as snacks, in order to keep body weight stable,” he said. The researchers believe that flavanols in cocoa may be the reason why chocolate seems to be good for people’s blood pressure and heart health. And since there is more cocoa in dark chocolate, dark chocolate may have a greater effect. However, heart campaigners were quick to indicate that chocolate is still bad for you if you eat too much. Victoria Taylor, Senior Heart Health Dietician, at the British Heart Foundation said: “This sounds like a dream for chocolate lovers and just in time for Easter too, but it’s important to read the small print with this study. The amounts consumed on average by even the highest consumers was about one square of chocolate a day or half a small chocolate Easter egg in a week, so the benefits were associated with a fairly small amount of chocolate.”

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I have written before about the importance of trying out a goal or aspect of it to ensure it is right for you. It is a strategy that serves two purposes. Firstly, having experienced the goal (by test driving the car, viewing the house or whatever it is) your visualisation will be stronger as you will know how it really feels and exactly how it looks. Secondly, should it transpire that it is not for you (car not comfortable, house not as you expected) you have the opportunity to change your mind and make new choices before committing fully to the goal.

In order set and achieve goals that will truly enhance your life you really need to know yourself well. There is a line in a song that says, “I’ve been to paradise, but I’ve never been to me.” I think that this is the case for many of us who never manage to connect with ourselves and find out what we truly like and want. Most of us never really learn about who we are, what we really think and what would truly make us happy. Taking off the ‘rose-coloured spectacles’ and seeing the true impact that any goal may, ultimately, have on you and your life, is an empowering experience. It is an opportunity to be really honest with yourself and find out whether it is what you want or what other people expect you to want. You may find that there is another, more authentic way for you to achieve the happiness you desire. The goal may, in fact, not be the answer. But only complete honesty and self knowledge will reveal this. So take some time out to explore yourself and discover who you really are and what you really need. Sue Courtney is a Personal Success Coach and Stylist. For more information please see her website at or email her at

Have you stopped to think about what empathy is? The word to describe the emotion that we know as empathy originated in the 1880s, when a German psychologist called Theodore Lipps labelled it ‘einfuhlung’ translated, it means ‘in feeling’; simply appreciating another’s feelings. A trained observer can literally sample a client’s emotions to understand what they are feeling. Empathy is concerned with a much higher order of human understanding, that of engaged detachment. We “borrow” another’s feelings to observe, feel and understand them. By being a participant-observer, we come to understand how the other person feels through sharing. An empathetic observer enters into the equation and then removes themselves. Empathy is used by skilled clinicians to enhance communication and delivery of care. To an extent they place themselves in that person’s place, to gain a sense of what they feel, and gain a level of understanding. They can then detach themselves, make an objective appraisal and provide treatment; it’s a much more active process. Whereas a sympathetic person, to a degree, also samples the feelings through imaginative identification with the situation but

this as seen through media advertising campaigns such as the NSPCC who does some brilliant ads depicting children who are ‘apparently’ abused to persuade people to donate money to stop the children’s’ suffering. The clever thing about these advertisements is that they play on the emotions - to persuade people to donate to their cause. The Heart foundation and cancer research charities also do some good ones, showing apparently healthy people gradually becoming ill. The exploited emotions may involve sympathy, guilt (how many people are we aware of that are in a similar plight?) anger, a degree of empathy, fear. For me this brings forward a host of ethical issues particularly where child models have been used - What emotional ill treatment have the child models suffered in the gaining of the photographs? If they are happy and balanced children how have they been encouraged to adopt the particular poses? What have they been told? Do they know what the photographer is trying to achieve, and why?

Empathy absorbs them as their own, so it’s passive.

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...It’s hardly penitence when it comes to the economy of Holy Week in Spain. The processions in Sevilla for example are estimated to bring 160 million € to the city, and that amount does not include the added value to the city in tourism promotion. Hotels and bars and restaurants are as full as the streets throughout the entire week. The cost to each brotherhood in preparing their throne for procession has been put at an average 73,000 €. That cost is met by donations and a grant which comes from a central Brotherhoods’ Council. Florists say that a brotherhood will spend between 2,200 and 4,000 € a year on flowers to decorate the ‘palo’ which on average needs at least 130 dozen. The maintenance of the carvings and statues is an industry in itself which in Sevilla sees a yearly spend of more than 5.2 million €, and then there is the cost of all the tunics. Much of the sewing is done by families or on the black market, but still more than 600,000 € can be declared each year. Some tourists may be upset to learn that the person who sings a Saeta, the mournful lament to the Virgin during the procession, may have been paid to do so. Prices in Sevilla range between 700 and 1,000 €. ...Gas prices increase in Spain by as much as 4.15% today, while the price of a gas ‘bombona’ goes up 5.65%. The TUR T2 gas tariff applies to the homes which consume between 5,000 and 50,000 KWh per year, where a fixed per client charge of 7.84 € per month is levied, in addition to a variable which today goes up by 4.4 cents per KWh. The T1 tariff for smaller consumers is now 3.9 € a month plus a 3.6% increase on the consumption. The 12.5 kilo Butane bombona now costs 11.68 €. ...Iberia and British Airways have once again postponed the signing of their merger deal, with this time it being BA claiming technical reasons for the problem, the same reason given a week ago by Iberia. Observers think that BA is concentrating on its ongoing cabin crew strikes, and has forced the merger delay as a consequence. It means the companies have failed to meet the March 31 deadline they had set, hoping for each firm to hold shareholders meetings in the first week of April. A BA spokesperson told Reuters that the agreement would be signed ‘at the right time’.

European regulators have agreed a plan to reduce the cost of using mobile phones and laptops abroad and have fired the first shot in a new battle against mobile phone companies over the length of time it takes to switch providers.

Viviane Reding, the European Union telecoms commissioner, has been fighting to bring down roaming costs since 2007 despite fierce opposition from mobile phone operators that argue that prices have declined below the capped rates due to competition, not regulation. The price of speaking on a phone while overseas was reduced by regulators last summer and the new agreement will see the price of texting while abroad as well as using a laptop to connect to the internet overseas slashed. The cost of sending a text abroad will be capped at 11 cents, about 10p, from July equating to a fifth of the current average rate. The cost of downloading a megabyte of information over the internet will be capped at one euro (about 92p) falling to 50 cents by 2011. The EU also agreed further cuts to the cost of making and receiving a call when overseas. Mobile phone companies had braced themselves for cuts of this magnitude and argued that data and text roaming only contributes a small portion of overall roaming revenue. However with roaming revenue already under increasing pressure as cash-strapped mobile phone customers cancel international holidays, further regulation of tariffs added to the industry’s frustration. Yet Ms Reding is set to wage a new battle against the mobile industry by arguing that all customers should be able to switch telecoms provider, whether mobile or fixed, within one day. It takes

around two days to switch mobile phone companies in the UK and longer for fixed-line customers due to technical reasons. Additionally, the cost of connecting to a mobile phone from another network or a landline, known as mobile termination rates, has been set in Britain until 2011 and Ofcom had launched a review to examine how they should be set after that period. The regulator unveiled plans to cut the rate from around 4.3p a minute to 0.5p a minute by March 2015. “As rates fall and operators adapt, consumers will benefit from cheaper calls and competition in both the UK fixed telecoms and mobile markets,” Ofcom said. Ofcom also confirmed that, subject to the outcome of a further short consultation, consumers will be able to transfer their existing mobile phone number to a new provider in just one working day rather than the current two days. In addition, the Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) that consumers need to

switch provider a n d keep their number will in future be issued immediately or within a maximum of two hours by text message. The topic of termination charges gained prominence in Britain after smallest operator 3 and fixed-line telecom group BT led a campaign to get the rate either cut or dropped entirely. However the proposal is likely to disappoint the larger operators, including Telefonica’s O2, Vodafone and the new merged entity from T-Mobile and Orange A smaller operator tends to pay more in mobile termination rates because its users are likely to spend more time on other networks than its own. However 3 had been given slightly lower rates to let it build out its own network. Ofcom had looked at six options, ranging from maintaining the current pricing to more radical alternatives, such as the customer’s own network being responsible for all costs of making and receiving phone calls. The European Commission had urged the British telecoms regulator to impose appropriate price control.

AVOIDING DIFFICULT TENANTS Q: I am thinking about renting my property but I am concerned at some stories I have heard. Tenants who refuse to pay their rent or will not leave on expiry of their tenancy; others who destroy or steal furniture. Surely there is a way I can protect myself from these risks?

...Air Europa has started to charge 50€ or 60€ for any second suitcase checked in on its flights. The new tariff came into effect on bookings from today, and there are reduced prices for residents of the Canaries and Baleares.

It is advisable to get the best possible protection. This would be to require a bank guarantee to ensure indemnification relating to damage, non-payment of rents or services. Alternatively one can request several months advance rental.

...The Spanish manufacturing sector has seen growth for the first time since November 2007. The PMI market index has been under 50% for more than two years, but is now back to 51.8% in the numbers for March. This ties up with an 8.9% increase in electricity demand across the country in March, compared to the same month last year. The month saw a new record for renewable energy generation in Spain with renewable, mostly wind, making up 45% of the total demand.

With this in mind it is advisable to request references from previous arrangements and reasonable to ask for a bank reference, pay slips or evidence of income. This will help towards adding credibility. It would be wise to be suspicious of any refusal to meet such a sensible request. Remember, the tenant is reassured to know that you take your duties responsibly too.

...The Government is proposing lower social security payments for companies where there are no accidents in the workplace. The reduction will be between 5% and 10% depending on the degree of accident prevention introduced and will be funded by the fines imposed on those breaking the safety legislation.

And finally... ...13,300 passengers were affected by the recent 24 hour stoppage in RENFE Spanish railways long distance and AVE routes. Most of those affected caught another train. Union CGT says that 70% followed the strike call, RENFE say the number was 2%.

However, in the present economic climate acquiring a bank guarantee is problematic and advance payment of rent creates a barrier that potential tenants don’t feel obliged to assume. The reality is that we are in a market with an excess of rentable properties so one runs the risk of tenants favouring those whose screening is less onerous.

It is important to acquire a rental contract that protects the landlord. Much of our work is taken up solving problems caused when tenants abuse loopholes in off the peg contracts; a clear case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. There is no such thing as one size fits all contracts. Avail yourself of a tenancy agreement tailored to your needs. Arbitration is best when there is need to resolve tenancy disagreements. It is advisable to establish a clause in the rental contract stating that the resolution of conflicts arising from the execution and interpretation of the contract is put to arbitration of a named institution. These arbitration institutions offer their services for less than 60€ and are well placed to resolve such conflicts by committing to dictate resolution (Laudo Arbitral) within a period of 30 days. Once you get the laudo there would still be need for court resolution but it will assist enormously in resolving the dispute. In all cases we advise landlords to avoid action such as cutting electrical and water supplies; or changing the locks since such actions are considered crimes of coercion being sanctioned by the Criminal Law Although it is difficult to obtain total protection the risks can be much reduced by a little self discipline when imposing conditions of tenancy. Supported by a bespoke tenancy contract, with an option to refer disputes through an arbitration service, will provide peace of mind to both landlord and tenant.

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Sleep is rejuvenation, a human necessity along with air, water and food. It’s more than a simple break from daily routine or a passive retreat; a good night’s sleep leaves you feeling refreshed, alert and ready to tackle the day’s tasks. When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel lethargic, stressed, confused and irritable. Lack of sleep affects not only your energy level but also your mental and social functioning. It is more difficult to concentrate, you lose patience quickly, which stresses relationships and affects your ability to work at full efficiency We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, but what exactly is going on while we sleep? Sleep has phases, and a surprising amount is going on while we are apparently giving the duvet the full benefit of our attention. It breaks down into five different stages: Wakefulness: Happens every night between 3 and 10 times. This is normal, and not usually remembered, but is a vital part of our body’s defence mechanism, and keeps us aware on a subconscious level of what’s going on around us. Stage One: During stage one, we sleep lightly and drift in and out of sleep. Our muscles begin to slow down and our eyes move very slowly. We are easily wakened in this stage. Stage Two: Our muscles relax and our brain waves slow down, though occasionally we may have bursts of brain activity. About half of our sleep time is spent in this stage. Stages Three & Four: Deep sleep sets in. Our brain waves become large and slow. Our breathing becomes rhythmic, and our muscles remain relaxed. At this point our bodies begin releasing reparative hormones. Stages One to Four are referred to as non-rapid eye movement, or NREM.

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Throughout the night, we continuously move from one stage or type of sleep to another in cycles that can last from 70 to 90 minutes each. Early REM periods are very short, however, usually 5 to 10 minutes long, increasing in length as the night progresses. Many of us experience problems sleeping now that the days are getting longer and the sunlight in the morning stronger. It’s all to do with our body’s biological clock and circadian rhythms. The circadian rhythm is the twenty-four-hour cycle of light/dark, wakefulness/sleep to which most human physiologic processes are set. At regular intervals each day, the body tends to become hungry, tired, active, listless, energized. Body temperature, heart-beat, blood pressure, hormone levels, and urine flow rise and fall in this relatively predictable, rhythmic pattern - a pattern initiated and governed by exposure to sunlight and darkness. NEXT ISSUE: TIPS TO ENSURE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP • S ituated just outside San Javier Airport (Murcia) with the latest state of the art security system, CCTV and manned 7 days per week • Immediate transfer to Airport, NO WAITING, dropping you right outside departures for your convenience. On your return your car will be outside arrivals receiving a complimentary external clean • Unlimited free transfers • Completely legal and insured



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This April, celebrate ‘Welly Week’; an initiative that considers the benefits of going ‘organic’. Organised by ‘Garden Organic’ to raise funds to help educate and inspire people about organic gardening, farming and food for a sustainable future for ourselves, our children, our environment and our planet, during ‘Welly Week’ everyone is invited to host a welly walk or wear their wellies to work and celebrate all that’s good about organics! Whilst I’m not sure that this will be possible for us here in Spain – it’s a bit warm for wellies - but we can certainly do our bit, in fact you may be already! So what are the benefits of eating organic? People who choose to go organic may do so for many reasons: because they think it tastes better, they believe that it’s safer, more nutritious, better for the environment or better for animal welfare. Or perhaps simply because it’s more ‘natural’. But is organic food actually better for you? Interestingly, current scientific evidence does not show that organic food is any safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. But, of course, scientific evidence is dynamic (dare I say ‘organic’!) and therefore we must be open to new evidence. So, suppose, for example, you wanted to find out if organic food

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possible to produce conventionally grown fruit and vegetables with minimal residues, in fact, residues are not detected in about 70% of produce sampled by the Pesticides R e s i d u e Committee. Going organic needs to happen; we have a duty to future generations to work towards more sustainable ways of producing our food. The Green Revolution has brought us plentiful and affordable food, but at an environmental cost. In the future we must develop ways of producing food that people can afford to buy in ways that gives nature more of a chance.

use natura l mate rials Building up healthy soil is the single most materials in your garden, rather than mannatural Use . only Use garden organic an in important thing to do chemicals and products, which can your time, energy and resources to improve the made or manufactured on the environment as a whole. effect ntal have a detrime soil so that plants don’t run short of moisture or fast. and nutrients, allowing them to grow strong mix plants up! Healthy plants and crops will more easily be Grow a wide range of different my In . attacks disease plants all mixed and pest off shrug able to together so that if any pest or dise ase does get garden, I add well-rotted manure and compost to established, it has less chance of spreading to nearby the surface of the soil as a mulch each spring so plants of a similar type. that the ground is regularly improved.

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While blinds do an excellent job of blocking out unwanted light, they are also great at providing privacy. In the hot summer months blocking out sunlight also means blocking some of the heat. Venetian blinds are by far the most popular types of blinds, although there are several other types on the market. Varieties of Window Blinds With so many different types of blinds available, here’s a quick guide to find the best one for you; it’s easiest to distinguish them by their construction and the types of materials that they use.

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These are what most people think of when they hear the word blind.These blinds are constructed with slats, most often made from metal or plastic. When bamboo or wooden slats are used they are called either bamboo or wooden blinds instead of Venetian blinds. The widths of the slats can vary, but they are most commonly about 50mm. Wider slats look better on larger windows. There are a couple of variants to the Venetian blind which have become very popular – mini blinds and vertical blinds. Mini Blinds ~ The slats of these blinds are never more than 19mm. They get their name from their very narrow slats. Vertical Blinds ~ The slats of these blinds hang vertically instead of horizontally, as their name implies. The slats of these blinds are often constructed from stiffened fabric.

Solid Blinds These blind open and close by pushing and pulling. These types of blinds have a solid piece of material instead of slats.

Holland Blinds These are blinds constructed using woven wood. They open and close by being rolled up using the attached strings. These are great at controlling sunlight and thus very popular in tropical locations. They provide a tropical ambience wherever they are used.

Pleated Blinds These blinds are constructed using pleated fabrics. They can be pulled up to open and usually contain a recess at the top to hold the material.

Honeycomb Blinds Due to their unique construction, honeycomb

blinds are known for their superior performance. Honeycomb blinds are also referred to as cellular shades and are made with two panels of pleated fabric shades have become one the most popular window treatments. The two panels of fabric form air pockets, or cells, which are honeycomb shaped, thus giving these blinds their name. When raised the honeycombs collapse and expand when the blind it is released. Because the honeycombs or cells form a vacuum and trap air, they provide energy efficient insulation and sound absorption. Due to their unique construction, honeycomb blinds are known for their superior performance. With their soft textured fabrics, however, they bring a sense of luxury to any room. Honeycomb blinds come in single, double, and triple honeycomb design as well as a variety of pleat sizes and colored fabrics to offer anyone a customized look. Depending on the thickness of the fabric will determine the degree of light control within the room.

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Fitted Kitchens at Recession-Proof Prices Although not everyone will have the available funds to splash out on a new fitted kitchen, those who are planning to spruce up their existing kitchens with entirely new designs and fittings are advised to shop around. Unfortunately, a new kitchen design can set the average homeowner back around £7,500 – excluding new appliances and depending on the size and shape of the kitchen. However, whilst this price will be considered acceptable by some people, many others would expect more value for money in this challenging post-recession age (admittedly, the UK economy is not quite out of the woods just yet). In fact, it is more than possible nowadays to purchase fitted kitchens for £5,000 or less. Furthermore, before splashing out on the lavish £10,000 option provided by your local home improvement retailer, it is worth contacting a reliable and professional builder or carpenter for a quote on a custom-built solution. Indeed, many experienced woodworkers will be able to provide excellent rates for replacing worktops, fittings and doors, although remember that basic kitchen appliances such as fully integrated ovens and fridge freezers must also be factored into the overall cost and purchased separately. Nevertheless, inexpensive fitted kitchens from popular high street retailers can be found with a little effort. Ikea’s stylish Applad Kitchen with Faktum frame costs just over

£1,100 for just about everything except the kitchen sink… and taps, appliances, lighting, knobs and handles. The Applad’s effective use of draw and cabinet space makes it attractive for many customers. At the other end of the price scale, the Driftwood Kitchen from Kitchens Direct ( is arguably just as aesthetically pleasing as Ikea’s Applad but, at just under £5,000, it offers a more complete design comprising modern styled slab doors, high quality cabinets, twin steel sided drawer boxes, laminate faced worktops, end gables, accessories and an attractive platinum plinth.

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Make the right choice for you!

Over the years, working in Spain for a large and varied client base I have come across a few common misconceptions about air conditioning units and their cost effectiveness as cooling and heating appliances.

I have worked in the AC and refrigeration industry for 23 years and I hope that the following information provides you with some guidance in the purchase of your airconditioning/heat-pump units. The most important choice you will have to make before your purchase is are the units going to be your primary source of heating as well as cooling? This winter has been longer and colder than normal and many have paid the price in the form of high electricity bills or gas bottle/wood consumption. Now due to the new tariff imposed upon high KW consumption on each household it has become imperative for many that the correct choice is made before any purchase of AC or indeed any electrical item is purchased. Heatpump technology - incorporated within the vast majority of the AC units sold here, has evolved to become one of the most energy efficient forms of cooling/heating that you could use. I recently visited a client who required a routine maintenance carried out on his air-con units when the subject of high electricity bills came up. My client (2 people) who lived in a 3 bed villa had just recently paid over 300€ for his electricity bill for the last 2 months. After questioning it came to light that he had been using an oil filled electrical 2.5kw radiator to heat the bedroom and in the lounge the same again but also in conjunction with the log fire. I asked the question “Why did you not use your air-con heat-pumps to heat the rooms?” and the reply was “My friend said they cost to much to use!” With this, I conducted a simple experiment and attached an amp clamp meter to the oilfilled radiator power lead and switched it on;

a reading of 12amps was shown. The same meter was attached to the power lead of the bedroom ac unit and a reading of only 3.2 amps was taken. Not only did the AC unit consume nearly 3/4 less power then the oil-filled radiator but, as it was a forced-air system and did not rely on convection currents, it heated the bedroom to its required temperature after 15 mins running. The radiator would have been running for possibly 2hrs or more to heat the room to the same temperature. The above highlights to me just how costly not having the correct information can prove to be as the AC unit fitted was a standard heat-pump. Within the AC market there are available inverter air con/heat-pumps that can save you up to 30% on your running costs over a standard air-con/ heat-pump. Imagine the savings that can be made on electricity bills. To prove the point, I live with my wife and 3 young children in a four bed villa in the campo. We have the washing machine, tumble drier (when raining) and cooker in constant use every day; our only form of heating is the inverter air conditioning/heat-pump systems that we have installed and our electricity bill from October to March was 612.98€. We do not use logs or gas bottles for heating and I am quite happy to show anyone my bills from Endesa as proof - I only wish my phone bill was as cheap!!! Energy efficiency does not, initially, come cheap but the extra costs are soon recouped within a short period of time. A good, professionally-installed system should last for 10 years in a normal domestic environment. I would always recommend that whoever you use to install your AC/heating systems that you always ask and discuss the ‘pros and cons’ of the different systems available and not just plump for the cheapest option - it may cost you more in the long run!

April 1957, Good Housekeeping

Back in 1957 DIY was relatively new. Here’s how Good Housekeeping magazine (launched back in the 1920s) recommended that its readers approach the DIY concept...

Each year, in the spring, housewives turn their thoughts to decorating and renovating their homes. More and more we are urged to ‘do it ourselves’, and this trend is supported by manufacturers who make a wide range of paints and papers which are easy to apply and many tools to help the amateur. In fact, there is so much for the unskilled and semi-skilled that it is not easy to choose materials and tools correctly. We give here some helpful pointers for wise buying. The following is a selection of equipment which the home handyman will want. Steps: These are essential for practically all home decorating. Obviously they must be safe, steady and tall enough to enable you to reach the highest point on your walls.

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Buckets: Plastic buckets are light and easy to handle. Sponges: Cellulose sponges are made in many different sizes. They are hard wearing and very absorbent. Gloves: Rubber or plastic gloves will protect your hands. Lined plastic gloves are very strong and a good choice for the tougher jobs involving the use of steel wool, etc. Rubber gloves are more pliable; the gauntlet shape gives added protection when reaching up to do high work. If you are one of those people who can’t bear to work in gloves, use a good barrier cream. Don’t forget to supply your self amply with rags and dust sheets. A table is necessary if you are papering.

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Turn On The Style With Tiles



How can I create a comfortable reading nook in my bedroom? Create a cosy reading area with a chair and an ottoman. Choose an ottoman with built-in storage for books. Have these pieces upholstered in leather or a soft chenille fabric, both of which are durable and comfortable. Place a small round table next to the chair to hold glasses or magazines. To save space, purchase a standing pharmacy lamp to provide light for reading. Place the lamp directly behind the table. …are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

…the one great thing about living in Spain is the choice of tiles available for every room! Tiles – in ceramic, slate, natural stone and a variety of other materials – have become an increasingly popular covering for floors and walls not least because they are hygienic and easy to clean. This means that they can be incorporated as an element of kitchen design, or bathroom design, for example, where they are less likely to harbour allergens than some other floor or wall coverings. Not only that, but tiles are available in a wide range of colours and finishes and so can add a touch of elegance to any room. Ceramic tiles, for example, are no longer restricted to neutral white, cream or grey, as was once the case and are available in brighter, warmer colours in a choice of unglazed, glazed, mosaic and porcelain finishes. Glazing –the application of liquid glaze to the surface of a tile by high pressure spraying or direct pouring – followed by firing in a kiln at a temperature above 1,000°C, creates a hard, water resistant surface.

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Mosaic tiles, although essentially manufactured in the same way, are made from pigmented clay, so that the colour extends throughout the tile, making them more resistant to wear and tear. Mosaic tiles are often sold mounted on paper, rather than loose, and although the intricacies of the production process do make them more expensive than some other type of tile, they are, nevertheless, water resistant and highly durable.

Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile, but the use of porcelain clays means that they have a much lower water absorption rate – typically less than 5% – than other ceramic tiles, and, when glazed, are much more durable and hard-wearing. Porcelain tiles can be used to reproduce the look of natural stone at a fraction of the cost.

Whatever you choose will add a touch of style to your home!

A very good morning for Sterling this morning as the pound hits a one month high against the euro to 1.1268 and it is also up to 1.5150 against the USD. The reason for the move higher has been attributed to the upward revision in 2009 Q4 GDP to 0.4% from 0.3%. However I feel there is a certain amount of profit taking after the dumping of sterling in the last few weeks- the Financial Times highlighted that hedge funds were shorting sterling and we are now probably seeing profit taking from this leading to a squeeze higher.

despite paying slightly above expectations. The gains seen in the Euro since Friday’s EC Summit agreement appear overdone now and with Eurozone economic recovery looking still very much 2-speed, the downside for the currency does look more attractive.

The gains in Sterling comes despite the fact that consumer confidence for the UK in March fell by one point to -15 after two consecutive months of improvement. The dip in confidence has been blamed on intense media focus on the state of the UK’s finances and the increasing likelihood of a minority government. Sterling will also have edged higher against the euro following data showing that Eurozone unemployment hit 10% in February- the highest since data started! More doom and gloom for the euro which is struggling to get above 1.35 and could face more downside pressure.

An important comment was made by one of the MPC’s BoE members, Dale, on Monday evening. He said that inf lation has responded less to the current slack in the UK economy than the Bank of England models suggest it should. This morning’s news that the UK’s 4th qtr final GDP figure has been revised higher, to +0.4% from +0.3% will only add weight to the argument for a sooner rather than later withdrawal of liquidity and a tightening in official rates. The much stronger than expected increase in the Nationwide housing price survey supports a return to growth. Sterling positive, especially versus the softer looking Euro. Sterling will also have been boosted slightly as the latest opinion poll from the Daily Express shows an extension of the Conservatives lead and to win in a narrow majority.

On Tuesday the Greeks attempted to take advantage of the perceived improvement in the fiscal position by tapping the debt market for a 7-year issue, managing to sell sufficient to satisfy their April requirement but only achieving a 1.2 times cover ratio

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Flies hate it! Little bunches, hanging in windows or left on top of tall furniture, work well. Replace when the lavender smells of nothing but twigs. It seems to me that “true” lavender is much more effective that lavendula (the “cheaper” stuff, which has squatter, slightly pinker blossoms) - but this could be mere horticultural snobbery!

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QUESTION: Please can we have a list of jobs we should be doing now – it’s always a help to be reminded! ANSWER: Yes, of course. In my book, this is a month of two halves with a list of different tasks in each! The first half is still good for new planting and the earlier in the month the better. This will ensure that roots get a good hold before the sun is too baking hot and they don’t dry out as fast now. It’s advisable to make sure anything you buy in a pot is soaked well before putting in a prepared hole in the ground or even in another pot, then water well in; if ‘dry’ planted it will struggle to absorb moisture later. In most areas now, danger of frost should have passed and you can safely remove any dead bits on shrubs such as roses etc. which have been attacked over the winter months. To check if it is dead first rub a thumbnail down the bark - if it is still green underneath it is still alive; if not, prune just below the first green bit you find and it should soon start to sprout again. As your plants begin to come to life again

after the winter sleep they will be hungry so make sure you give them a good feed to set them on their way. I find it is better to water a day in advance if I am using liquid feed as it absorbs better and immediately after if I am using dry pellets. The second half of the month is ideal for checking equipment and stock. It is better to ensure that all is in perfect order before you need it and to replace anything which has seen better days rather than be held back from a task later. Check ‘use-by’ dates on feeds, weedkillers etC. Is the wheelbarrow wheel fully inflated? Are all the garden tools clean? Do the secateurs sharpening?




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Dangers To Pets In Spain



With summer just around the corner, it’s time to ensure your pet’s are protected! The caterpillars have a bitter sweet taste and smell, dogs/cats do try to eat them. The results are almost certainly fatal ! as few as 3/4 will kill a medium sized dog and one can kill a cat ! Prevention: Stay away from areas with the pine trees and the obvious line the make when on the move. Seek professional help before attempting to remove nests and do not try to brush a procession away as you will spread the irritation producing hairs and raise the risk of poisoning. The reaction to the poison also causes necrosis of the tongue, by the time you notice the problem it is usually too late for veterinary help other than easing the suffering. BEST ADVICE IS STAY AWAY DO NOT TOUCH OR TRY TO REMOVE WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.


Tapeworms can affect humans, children in particular crawling around in areas where dogs roam. Always use a poop scoop and dispose of safely. Ensure your pet has regular monthly worming treatment.


Also known as Mediterranean Disease or Sandfly Disease is transmitted by sandflies. There are two main forms, Visceral (Kala-Azar) which affects various internal organs and Cutaneous which is apparent in the skin. The name sandfly is misleading they are not on the beach, they are found around gardens houses and woodlands. This disease is carried from dog to dog by sandflies. The sandfly is active during the warm season, April/May till Sept/Oct they disappear in winter. It comes out late afternoon, highest activity period 2am till 4 am Dogs with mild symptoms can be treated successfully as well, but dogs with serious anemia or serious alteration of liver / kidney function very often cannot be treated successfully. Prevention: It is very difficult to prevent leishmaniosis 100%, because sand flies are so very tiny they can even penetrate mosquito netting, but there are 3 key points to help avoid risk of infection. Dogs should be kept inside at night to reduce exposure to sand fly bites. Provide your dog with a special anti-sand fly collar which is proven to be more effective than other insecticides. Start in March with the collar application and maintain it until the end of November (ask your vet for the correct collar). A yearly blood test to make sure your dog has not contracted this disease.

Ehrlchiosis (or Tick Disease)

The female tick of the Rhipicephalus can be a carrier of this disease, a bacteria in her saliva. Incubation period varies, the bacteria reaches certain white blood cells and can infect the whole body. Prevention: Check your pet after every walk – or, with cats, when they decide to come home - removing safely ( get vets advice on how too) also where there is a bit tick problem, protect your dog with a special repellent, anti tick collar or liquid again ask your vet for advice.

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In the early stages antibiotic for 10/14 days. Dogs with weak defense system the symptoms can be so violent that they need intensive care, blood transfusions; if not detected in time a dog may die.

Filariosis (Or Heartworm Disease)

It is caused by a parasite which breeds inside the arterial vessels of the host, transmission is by mosquito bites. A lot of mosquitos species are carriers of the infectious stage of the heartworm. Heartworm is also a summer disease, main season April until October and again its the female that is the transmitter. Prevention: There are several topical or oral treatments which are applied monthly April to October - ask your vet. In advance cases, problems may lead to heart failure and sudden death.

Processionary Caterpillars

They are called this because they form processions as they move to soft ground to pupate. Their nests are found in pine trees and can kill the trees. they move in the months October to March/April. For dogs cats and children the best advice is STAY AWAY.


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success on Uma Thurman’s disastrous Motherhood opening has been saved by DVD. weekend, The DVD has sold 6,000 copies following the film’s UK opening Weekly. ment ntertain in which only 12 people saw it, reportsE The format was given a rushed release after the film’s disappointing debut last month. The film made £88 on its first weekend. Motherhood stars Thurman as a mother- of-two preparing for her 6-year-old’s birthday. The film - which cost its makers £3.1 million - made £58,10 0 at the American box office when it opened in October last year.

Davies: ‘I Wish There Were Less Soaps’

QI star Alan Davies has admitted that he wishes there were less soaps and more sitcoms on television. The comedian claimed that it is a “terrible climate” for writers of original TV programmes, arguing that commissioners are scared of taking risks with dramas and comedies. “It’s really hard to get stuff on television these days. Every idea I’ve had in the last year has been rejected. Sometimes without even having a meeting,” he told DS. “I spend months writing scripts. I wanted to do a chatshow - no. I wanted to do a sitcom – no. I wanted to do a documentary – no. You just keep going back. That’s why I ended up writing a book. It’s better than writing things which just end up in the drawer.” He continued: “My experience is the same as many writers, there is less and less room for original writing. There are returning dramas and there are reality shows. There used to be sitcoms, things like Minder and Porridge, but they don’t make them anymore. “No-one will take a chance or a risk. Everyone is in fear of their lives. Commissioners careers are riding on every decision - it’s crazy. You can’t make good things without the chance to fail. It’s a terrible climate.” However, Davies confessed that it is “pointless” complaining about the commissioning process, saying that there are too “few slots”. “I wish there were more slots. I wish there were less soaps and more sitcoms,” he added.

Katie Price ‘Urged To See Therapist’

Katie Price’s family and friends have reportedly told her to seek professional help. The model married cage fighter Alex Reid in Februar y but theDaily Star claims that she is still struggling to cope with her divorce from Peter Andre. Price is allegedly finding it particularly difficult to deal with recent rumour s that Andre has started dating Kerry Katona. Meanwhile, Reid has reportedly suggested that the couple have marriag e counselling. “Alex is beside himself,” a source claimed. “Kate won’t stop going on about Kerry and Peter. Kate is convinced that Kerry was after Pete straight after the jungle [on I’m A Celebrit y... Get Me Out Of Here!] and now she is saying, ‘See, I was right, I am always right’. “Alex wants to go to marriage counselling but [Price’s brother] Danny and [her mother] Amy want Kate to seek professional help.” However, another insider denied the rumours and said: “Kate is fine. She and Alex are having a great time together and enjoying married life.”

Doctor Who Admits ‘Romantic’ Nature Matt Smith has revealed that he is a “romantic”. Speaking recently, the Doctor Who newcomer explained that he is unsure how his newfound fame will affect his love life. “I haven’t had to cross that bridge yet because I am not as publicly recognisable as I will be in a few months so I don’t know exactly what it will be like,” he said. “I hope I will be able to sort the wheat from the chaff if you meet someone at Tesco or whatever. And you never know - I met my first girlfriend at Tesco walking down the meat aisle with my dad.” Smith added: “A loving relationship is important and rewarding, and I am a romantic.”


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2. In a large mixing bowl, gently combine the mint, capers and black pepper with just enough extravirgin oil to make it look like a rough sauce. 3. A  rrange the asparagus on the toast and drizzle over the sauce. Squeeze on the lemon juice and sprinkle the mint leaves on top, then scatter with crumbled feta.

Tip: This is a great starter or light lunch, served warm or cold. Roasting asparagus really intensifies its flavour and brings out the sweeter notes. In fact, roasting asparagus is a good way of using it even when it is looking a little sorry for itself. Roasting removes moisture, so the spears will shrink a little. Allow 6 spears per person. You don’t have to stick to feta for this recipe, try with cottage cheese, ricotta, young goat’s cheese or mozzarella.

Hybrid tomato brings bumper crop!

A hybrid tomato plant that gives a bumper crop of sweeter tomatoes has been created by scientists, by cross-breeding from two parent plants.

The hybrid produces about 60 per cent more tomatoes than the average tomato plant, and the sugar content of the fruit is also higher than normal, the scientists said. It carries a mutation in a single gene that controls the timing of flower formation.

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The discovery could be applied to other valuable food crops such as potatoes, peppers and aubergines, the geneticists hope. The crop-boosting mutation is seen as a potentially valuable tool to increase global food production in the coming decades. The scientists discovered the critical role of the florigen gene, which promotes flowering, by crossbreeding a collection of 5,000 tomato plants that had been deliberately mutated, each in a different gene. The researchers found that plants carrying one normal and one mutated florigen gene showed remarkable “hybrid vigour”, with a significant boost in yield and sweetness. Zach Lippman of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory in New York, who was part of the research team, said the hybrid had just the right balance of the florigen protein to account for the extraordinary 60 per cent boost in tomato production. “It’s the Goldilocks concept. What we find

is that to maximise yield, you can’t have too much or too little florigen. A mutation in one copy of the gene results in the exact dose of florigen required to cause heterosis [hybrid vigour],” Dr Lippman said.

“Mutant crops are usually thrown away because of the notion that mutations would have negative effects on growth. Our results indicate that breeding with hybrid mutations could prove to be a powerful new way to increase yields, not only in tomato, but all crops,” Dr Lippman added. “It is possible that farmers could achieve the same high yields as commercial hybrids by using this one gene, and would be able to grow fewer plants. “Alternatively, farmers could achieve even greater yields than is currently possible, and have higher sugar content – which is a second major component of tomato yield. “We are hoping to test the concept of “mutant hybrids” in other crops to see if yield can be manipulated in a similar way as we have shown in tomatoes. Crops that immediately come to mind are corn, rice, and soybean, among others,” he said. “It’s hard to say now whether our discovery will impact food production and food security, but I think the point to be made is that there is untapped raw genetic material that could be exploited to achieve higher yields, not only in tomatoes, but in other crops.”

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Delia Smith causes rhubarb shortage

Waitrose has had to import German rhubarb treated with an agent called gibberellic acid because an advert by Delia Smith caused British supplies to run out Much of Britain’s rhubarb is grown in a small area of West Yorkshire between Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds known as the ‘Rhubarb Triangle’.

The supermarket chain has come in for criticism for the timing of the advertisement so early in the year, with British rhubarb growers saying it left them without a hope of meeting such large demand.

Early in the year growers ‘force’ it by growing the plant in heated sheds, but there is limited capacity.

In her new campaign for Waitrose, which she fronts alongside Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal, she suggests customers try her newly-concocted rhubarb and ginger brûlée.

Janet Oldroyd, of the Yorkshire Rhubarb Growers’ Association, said this season’s crop had been delayed by cold weather.

She wrote of the recipe on the supermarket’s website: “Rhubarb is just coming into season and at its very best. I have to say that after 40 years of devising crumbles, tarts, trifles and other uses for rhubarb, this season’s offering has narrowly - but positively claimed the top spot.”

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That caused a particularly marked example of the ‘Delia effect’, with Waitrose selling enough of the plant for 61,000 desserts in four days alone, or the same quantity as it usually sells in 12 weeks. British growers said they simply could not meet the spike in demand.

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BY TELEPHONE: 647 379 795 or 618 530 767 BY EMAIL: Payment: visa & Cheques made payable to roc publishing s.l excellent condition, no Punch ball on spring scratches. 60€ Pinar stand 25€ Tel: 966 774 de Campoverde. Tel: 966 762 639 (ref:120) Black glass and 847 (ref:123) chrome corner TV Roof Box with Granite for sale, Unit, 3 tiers, 60cmW, bars 50€ Tel 676 694 various sizes, one 41cmD, 51cmH, 929 (ref:123) piece broken but excellent condition, no still usable - was a Bar Electric scratches. 50€. Pinar 3 fireplace but can be fire. 8€ Tel 676 de Campoverde. Tel: used for other projects. 966 762 639 (ref:124) 694 929 (ref:123) Cream coloured. Small Oil Filled Granite for sale, Radiator. 15€ Tel 25€ the lot. Pinar de Tel: various sizes, one 676 694 929 (ref:123) Campoverde. 966 762 639 (ref:120) piece broken but still Juicer. usable - was a fireplace Fruit Single Beds x2. but can be used for (chrome) 10€ono Tel with New Mattresses, other projects. Cream 676 694 929 (ref:123) Headboard Complete coloured. 15€ the lot. Garden Rake 3€ Tel Bed. 60€ Tel: 966 731 Pinar de Campoverde. 676 694 929 (ref:123) 209 (ref:120) Tel: 966 762 639 Electric Christmas 3 Seater Bed (ref:124) Wall Decorations. Settee 60€ Tel: 966 White kitchen Suitable for walls of 731 209 (ref:120) doors with silver Villa. Brought from 2 fitted Armchair All 5€ knobs, will fit fit a England. covers 10€ Tel: 966 Rebecca Excellent each ono Tel 676 731 209 (ref:120) Condition 150€ Tel: 694 929 (ref:123) VHS Tapes 50cents 634 325 508 (ref:124) Avent Express each. DVDs 1€ & 2€ Steam 14 ft Boat Trailer Philips, each. Tel: 966 731 very good condition baby sterlisier with 209 (ref:120) offers Tel 634 325 508 bottles Used for one year only, 99e new, (ref:124) wanted ideal for grandparents 28” colour TV silver, with visiting children. tele-text, stereo sound, 30e (collect only). Tel: remote 80euro Tel: 966 690 366 070 (ref:123) Scrap Gold 716 646 (ref:124) Avent Isis IQ Cash paid for all DVD/video player Electronic Breast gold jewellery or 2-in 1 silver remote Pump - complete exchange for new good condition 65euro with 2 unused parts. The Treasure Chest: Tel: 966 716 646 Used for 9 months (ref:124) 966 718 100 / only. 150€ new. 966 765 374 TDT Spanish Complete with carry digital receiver case for travel ease remote 6 months use and battery pack too. Spa / Hot Tub or only boxed 25euro Tel: 45€ (collect only). Tel: Jacuzzi, working or 966 716 646 (ref:124) 690 366 070 (ref:123) not. Tel: 650 722 905 Instant Cash Paid. Sky box €55. Tel: All glass display Gold and Jewellery 652 073 581 or email cabinet with back Bought and Sold. light Blonde wood Valuations, repairs and trim 60€ Tel: 968 (ref124) retail.Nikolas Michael, 818 (ref:123) Sky plus box €65 595 London Jewellers & We buy quality Tel: 652 073 581 or Pawnbrokers @ No17 furniture email cawoodsh@live. used Calle Los Arcos Ciudad and white goods to (ref124) Quesada Rojales furnish our own rental Sky HD box €125 apartments. 965 720 03170 Telephone 634 043 060 Tel: 652 073 581 or 817 or 966 723 437 email cawoodsh@live. 3 seater and 2 (ref124) air conditioning seater settees, blue Sony MDS JE780 and yellow chequed Mini Disc Player design, good condition, and Recorder With Buyer collects 100€. remote control and (Camposol) TEL digital connection 635885062 cable, phono (RCA) drinks socket inputs and Portable Air-con technician car outputs, Colour silver. bar, needs little att on sales. Fuente Alamo. wheels, 36€, books and Ideal for home use or singer, entertainer. Mini VHS videos 50c and Tel: 626 796 149 discs available. Good 1€, bed settee, double, condition, 2 years old. vgc 60€, 2 beds, 2 80€ ono Tel 965 725 new mattresses, 2 573 (Quesada) (ref:123) headboards 60€, 4 Phillips 28” Wide drawer deep freeze Screen TV with 60€ Tel: 966 731 209 glass stand Complete evenings (Quesada)

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Springer spaniel puppies

beautiful markings pedigree parents from €325

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YAMAHA 5HP 2 Stroke Outboard Engine Never Used 450€ Tel: 663 125 979 building

A1 Excavate & Build

All Digging, Rubbish removal & build work Tel. 628 505 733

with remote control, 2 Scart sockets, video and audio inputs etc. Good condition, little used only 90€ ono. Tel 965 725 573 (Quesada) (ref:123) Tower PC. Pentium processor, Windows XP, In working order only 45€.Tel 965 725 573 (Quesada) (ref:123) Double Patio Door with winding shutters 250€ Tel: 966 774 847 (ref:123) 2 Pendant ceiling lights with 3 bulbs each, black leaf pattern 25€ each Tel: 966 774

Dune Buggy 2 seater Great off road fun. No offers 350€. Tel 968 438 478

14ft boat trailer ( R e m o r q u e s Mecanorem) for sale phone Tel: 634 325 508. (ref:120) Fagor Electric Oven white in good working order 25€ Tel:687 763 165 (Pilar de la Horadada) (ref:120) Black glass and chrome corner TV Unit, 3 tiers, 60cmW, 41cmD, 51cmH,


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mobility M o b i l i t y E q u i p m e n t Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 www. freedommobilityspai


La Murada (CV870) 13,000sqm land with new 2 bed wooden cabin. Mountain views. Ideal to build large house of 250sqm


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Regular runs to and from Spain – UK – France – Ireland Full and part loads Collections and deliveries within Spain Phone for best service & price Tel: (0034) 689 886 042 or 628 856 554 E: W:

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Collection and 3. Ch4 & 5. 79€ Can delivery service available. All garage deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 services and diagnostics. All work guaranteed

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Lords Removal & Storage

Nash Warren Insurance House, car, travel & health cover Tel: 968 156 583


UK & European Movers with over 20 years experience. Monthly trips to UK. Pet Travel Available. Very competitive prices. Camposol / Murcia area

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7.5 Ton

Lorry to & from the UK once a week

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House for Sale La Murada (CV870) Semi detached, partly reformed house, single storey, new kitchen, 2 bathrooms additional 8 rooms. Swimming pool, 3000sqm & mountain views 159,000€ Tel: 649 280 204 or 619 114 692

personal Torrevieja Vivian from South America. 19 years, very beautiful and sexy, very long black hair, green eyes, slim body, for all your fantasies, give and receive. French without..Contact Monique for your appointment Tel: 654 447 687 Torrevieja. Private in our villa, Monique, Carla and Vivian 3 naughty women for all your fantasies. March Offer: Oriental Erotic Massage, Body to body, horny 3 trio, 4 hands, 2 couple hot lips and 1 great.... 20€ discount or free whirlpool & Champagne! 50m2 erotiv basement & 25m2 indoor spa. 635 687 396 09:00 - 21:00 video and pictures:

Vehicles Range Rover for breaking all parts available Tel 968438478 (ref:115)


DEAD OR ALIVE English or Spanish vehicles with or without Ken sherwood MOT or Tax. Good quality Spanish vehicles also wanted. Mechanic Sky Digi Box, PACE Garage in La Pinilla with blue sky card Tel Pat: 667 711 380 or 968 559 188 10 mins Camposol BBC1, 2, 3, 4, ITV1, 2,

(2 bathrooms) apartments in the center of San Miguel de Salinas, video entry, marble entrance, lift to all floors, underfloor heating, roof top pool, next to supermarkets, stunning view from 385€ per month. Tel: 965 720 817 or 616 493 487 (module in a box)

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Serenity Sailing electro-os s.l. R.Y.A. Training centre damp proofing R.Y.A. sailing tuition; English / Spanish competent crew to 15 years in Spain yacht master. Also Tel: 958 656 560 ICC, VHF, own boat tuition on sail and or 619 666 363 power. If you have a or Email: yacht or power-boat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard 0034 638 056 224 / 0044 776 697 5874 / enquires@ fishing serenit ysailing.c om www.serenitysailing. Deep sea fishing com satellites call Tony on: 646 754 124 www.calidafishing. Rainbow Satellites DINGHY com 3.8 metre Honda inflatable for all your TV needs dinghy 20hp. Honda clients all over outboard, easily crosses garage service with the Murcia Region. Mar Menor with 4 people. includes electric pump, Contact Matt or assorted life jackets and Alan 686 358 475 or inflatable towing ring. English 2,200€ ONO

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Tel: 633 504 211 English / Spanish Cars Vans, Motorbikes, motor-homes & caravans. Immediate cash settlement. Tel: 630 455 336

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Stylist and junior stylist or junior beautician required for vibrant salon in the Mazarron area. English speaking - German and Spanish an advantage. Must be enthusiastic and be keen to continue further development. No time wasters. Full contract and priveleges for the right person. Loyalty and professionalism expected.

Tel: 611 611 858 water leaks

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Are you returning to the UK and need to sell your car URGENTLY? I am looking for a good reliable car. left hand drive, Spanish plate. Long ITV. preferably with service history. Keen price, no dealers. Tel: 607 373 401

Safe Hands Property management Rentals, Key holding, Cleaning Reliable high standard service with low costs Tel: 660 618 977

Detecting water leaks without destruction, exact to the Centimeter, with the newest Equipment (Detectors + Cameras). We locate + repair every Water Leak inside / outside of buildings / pools and underground.

Balsicas Sierra Golf

New 2 bed house with garden & parking 300 p/m + bills Tel: 650 722 905

La Murada (CV870)

Fully reformed, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, large 2 storey house, suit 1 or 2 families. New 100sqm 1st floor extension with wooden beams and flooring. 2000sqm plot, mountain views, parking, beautiful gardens and swimming pool.

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1 & 2 bed properties in large Finca with private pool. From 200€ p/m + bills Tel: 968 437 010 661 275 109


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email sales@ soltimes .com for sale Probably the best stocked English Health Food Shop in Spain! Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre (inside HSH – next to DIA) Huge range of international Fine Foods including Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japaenese, Moroccan etc. The best selection bar none. H.S.H., Turre (on main road next to DIA). Organic herb & vegetable growing kits and organic fertilisers and pest control now in stock. HSH, Turre, White emulsion paint at Bargain Prices! Berger 5 litre 14.99€, Dulux Heritage 5 litre 16.99€, Crown 5 litre 18.99€, Dulux 6 litre 19.99€ ! HSH, Turre. Huge range of Bedlinen in stock. Pillows from only 4.50€ ! HSH. Turre. Probably the largest variety of English foods in Almeria! Our 4,000 sqft store is packed with thousands of items you cant find elsewhere. HSH, Turre. Tel: 950 479 487. Open MonFri 9.30 – 8pm (no siesta), Sat 10am – 6pm (no siesta). Boat Accessories: Two seater Ringo, brand new, cost 200€, sell 70€, 2 seater banana 90€, loads of other boat stuff Tel: 687 226 419 (ref:232) Boat Accessories: VHF radio 70€, Mariner 25 litre fuel tank 40€, 2 pairs combo skiis 40€ each, various new lifejackets 15€ each. 687 226 419. (ref:232) Mexican Pine 3 Door Wardrobe For Sale, 2 Draws Underneath Only Used For 2 Weeks New House Forces Sale, Email lyndabmack@yahoo. com for photos or call 638546440 it is in Turre Collection only.(ref:233) Log effect gas fire including flue inserts H650cm x W80cm x D45cm 1800€ when new Now 250€ Tel 600 094772 (ref235) Mobile Air conditioner/ Dehumidifier 60€ Tel: 950 132 450 (ref:234) Mobile Air conditioner Hot/cold 60€ Tel 950 132 450 (ref:234) Washer/dryer combo Low voltage (ideal for solar system) as new used 5 times only 120€ Tel:600 760 057 (ref:234) Mans Wet Suit inc boots gloves 100€ Tel: 600 760 057 (ref:234) 6x Ifor Williams Trailer tyres 195/ R13 25€ each Tel: 600 760 057 (ref:234)


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Windows White UPVC x3 130 wide x 122 deep open inwards 150€ for the 3, or will split. Tel 659 089 658 or 950 390 964 Job lot of ladies cosmetics, lip stick, lip / eye liner, eye shadow nail polish etc over 100 items (suit car booter) 50 € Tel 659 089 658 or 950 390 964 Sony FD Trinitron Wide Colour TV. Model KV 28LS36S with matching glass fronted video cabinet. Can deliver. €70. Mob: 699244779 Konica Minolta Dimage Digital Camera complete with installation cds, cables and additional 128mb card. €50 Mob: 699 244 779 2 x Goodrich P205/70 R 15 tyres 30€ each Tel: 950 46 95 40 (Los Gallardos) 2 x Bridgestone 215/60 R 15 TYRE 30€ each Tel: 950 46 95 40 (Los Gallardos) Easylift Scooter rack, fits on tow bar in seconds, ideal for Motor Home, cost new 450€, VGC, Accept 230€ Tel 610 505 547 Body Sculpture Air Rower, only used a couple of times, cost new 290€ bargain at 130€ Tel 610 505 547 Drum kit ideal starter kit 120€ Tel 670 514 731 Single bed with 2 foam mattresses 10€ (space needed) Tel 629 967 771 Motor Cycle 125cc Hammel Cruiser 2300km Excellent condition Jacket + helmet included owner returning to UK550€ o.n.o. Tel 697506087 Wet suit (O’Neill) med/large as new 60€, Shoes as new size 9, Life vest (windwood) M/L as new, Race Windsurf Board Mistral F2004 inc Matbase + fin L 8’5” x 39’.4” Tel 679549562 Washing Machine ‘New Pol’ 5.5kg S1290R washing machine (Spanish) good condition and in working order spin speed 1200 rpm 45€ o.v.n.o Tel: 634 305 565. (ref:232) Genuine Toyota roof bars to fit a Rav 4. 30€ Tel 950 477 205 or 664 327 898 E l e c t r o l u x integrated oven. Green. Excellent condition as new. 50€. Tel 950 477 205 or 664 327 898 Various Beauty Salon equipment, for sale, including massage bed, wax pot etc. Details phone: 662 094 372 Washing Machine brand new Techwood spin 110€ buyer to collect (Partaloa). Tel 652294146 (ref:233)

L-Shaped Desk 70€ Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:232) Filing Cabinet 40€ Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:232) Bookcase - 30€ Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:232) Rover 218 parts for sale Headlights, rear lamp, alternator, door mirrors, front indicator, jack, wheel trims & 4 almost new tyres. 250€ the lot or will sell separately. Tel: 950163489 (ref:232) Cot for sale in excellent condition used for 3 weeks only, teak in colour, first to see will buy only 60€. Tel 950163809 or 669177421. (ref:232) Coffee table, large, pine wood, with 4 glass segments which also tilt up to a higher level for dining, 50e call 676135462 (ref:231) Sumoto 1.5 C.V. single phase well pump only done 12 months work complete with 100 metres of cable and Guardsman safety unit. Bargain at 225€. Tel 662463337 (ref:231)

restaurant for sale

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


car boots

Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. accountancy Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of SR Accountancy stalls and bargains, offers Completion of for more information Non-Resident Tax call Julie 646 675 297 returns, Renewals of Residencia, carpentry European Health Cards and Registering W i l d w o o d of E121 etc. For Bespoke Joinery more information, – High quality made call 685 248 999 to measure carpentry or email sharon@ & joinery. Reliable & professional service at competitive prices. air conditioning Avoiddisappointment, call James on: 950 067 MD Air-Conditioning 011 or 685 955 768 & Refrigeration jame s@w ild wo o d. S.L. Sales, service, es installation, fully certified & legal. Tel: craft & hobby 950 432 110 or 607 364 917 md_aircon@ Elaine’s Wools, mobileemail.vodafone. quality UK wool & es accessories. Also near Alternative Energy available Mazarron. Call: 667 273 889 elaineswools Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! DRESSMAKING www.carlossaliente. Bespoke curtains, com Tel: 950 121 918 alterations, repairs, Solar & wind power gazebo covers & Best equipment C&G mosquito nets. Tel: qualified 15 years 649 503 875 experience, electrical work and pool MINI digger heating. Call Phil. Tel: 636 261 240 www. Mini Digger and Driver Hire. Tel: 610 345 725

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

At Location Auctions, Antas El real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 7th April. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon/ Tues and all day Wed. House clerances speciality. Tel: 667 698 795



We buy quality used furniture and white goods to furnish our own rental apartments. Tel: 965 720 817 or 966 723 437 Dog Cages or crates all sizes needed Tel 950163489 Old roof tiles wanted approx, 1,000 Tel 618 244 765. (ref 229) Old roof beams wanted approx 5mts long Tel 618 244 765 (ref 229) Table Tennis Table, Full sized Outdoor, Contact Tel: 950 634 431 (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) Running machine / tread mill required. Tel: 696 792 747

boats, trailers, delivered to and from the UK. American Trailers moved and resited. Tel: 600 760 057 (0044) 7851 752 242


ELECTRICAL Andrew Morrison All electrical work undertaken. Boletin available. Tel: 627 250 204 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

Internal & for hire External Blinds. Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no The Baby Hire obligation quote on Centre Professional Baby Equipment Hire. 627 907 207 FREE delivery & collection. Tel: 649 332 boats 134 Email enquiries@ XT 2.85 kayak with thebabyhirecentre. double paddle. As com Website: www. new hardly used. Very thebabyhirecentre. strong polyethlyene. com for Similar in decathlon Everything € 499. Sell for € 250. the visiting baby. Car seats, high Tel. 950 466396. chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel 950 436 builders 581 or 666 375 688 Ross Regan We e x p e c t i n g b a b y @ cover all aspects of work from total haIRDRESSING reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors Fully design & build Call for ELAINE awarda free no obligation qualified, mobile quote 671843155 / winning English unisex 646234222 hairdresser, Albox surrounding carAVANS & areas, Call today for appointment! C a r a v a n s your Wanted: Caravans, 618 427 103




Hard Working Man, looking for work, labouring, gardening, driving, anything considered. Call Stephen on: 655 772 127

logs for sale


Tel: 660 903 158

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 08 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing and electrics. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel 950 137 197 or 606 807 797

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

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

HOsting English family wanted near the coast for 2 hours every Saturday & Sunday to take 2 Spanish children (16 yrs & 13 yrs) to experience English life each weekend. Call Carolina 671 625 098

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, life & health, public liability, pleasure boat, quads, jetski & more. Tel: 950 121 943

ironworks Real Steel for all quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and chain link fencing. Call: 689 524 024 P&D Metals All aspects of metal work undertaken. Specialists in Ornamental Gates, Rejas. Tel: 638 707 406 The Metalworks -Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Made to measure. Tel: Keith Wood on 600 438 436

locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

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

personal Attractive couple (m42/f29) offers exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. Also house and hotel visits possible. Tel: 629 483 618 Sensual, tender woman (30) with sexy curved body spoils you daily on her private, descreet finca near Albox. Enjoy the different services in luxury rooms, in the Jacuzzi or outdoor at the pool. Tel: 669 101 316 Sexy German beauty, busty and shaved, enjoys to please you with arousing massages and more. Affordable rates. Call 676 565 128 Sunday Night is Singles Night at Bistro Bonita in Cerro Gordo. Call Chris for more details 650 599 739 bistrobonita1@ Elegant lady (30) fulfils your erotic wishes on her private finca near Albox. Enjoy my different services daily by appointment. Phone: 669 101 316 Attractive Couple offers exclusive eroticservice for women, men, couples. Phone 629 483 618 www. Pretty Woman, sensual and tender, spoils you daily discreet in her private home. Tel: 676 565 128 Male Masseur – Men ONLY Relaxing & affordable. Tel: 676 902 388

pets P a l o m i n o Kennels – exclusive boarding kennels / cattery. Warm, friendly secure countryside environment. Call 619 306 870 or 950 067 057 www. 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. c o m

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Call Lynn on 950 430 820 new tyres, 183km. Excellent condition, drives well. €6500 Tel 950 477 205 or 664 327 898 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

Clean & Clear Complete Pool maintenance. Weekly pool clean including all chemicals, only 65€ car wanted per month. (equivalent to only 15 per week). Renault Laguna Call: 689 200 671 Wanted from 1996 Satellite systems to 1999 years. ITV failure for body and parts, engine not A1 Sky necessary. Phone Television 610 006 432


trailer for sale Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Ifor Williams flat All areas covered. Tel Dave: 628 607 778 bed 14’6’long 6’6’wide 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 657 478 771. Skystars – satellite installations, relocation & alignment of dishes, all areas covered. Tel: Paul 687 042 335. Ref 11386

stonemason Restoration/ Rebuild of Historic Buildings, Fincas, Cortijos, Stone Carvings, Design, New Build, Walling, Paving. 20 years experience. Tel: 652 294 131

storage Caravan & boat storage & sales, Antas Tel: 661 508 776

Swimming pools Tropicana Pools Construction & Repairs. Tel: 661 508 776

tiling Floor & Wall Tiling Specialist Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman: 697 678 708

vehicles cars for sale Ford Fiesta 1.8 Diesel ITV, Tax, White. 1,200€. Tel: 606 656 976 Mitsubushi L200 2.5 diesel, 1999, LHD 4 seater pick up, full ITV. Towbar,

drop sides and ramps will take 4x4 or mini digger 5 new tyres V.G.C. 1995€ Tel: 600 760 057

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 For vehicle sales, servicing and repairs, full diagnostic service. Call Ralf Motors Levante 950 393 776 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

sits vacant Waitress required for new coffee shop at The Pink House in Lac Concepcion. Experience not essential. Call 950 617 281 for an appointment. Chef - Qualified Professional References essential. Tel: 950 449 163 or 667 273 936


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Renault-Nissan In Deal With Spain’s Acciona For Electric Cars

Part Worn Tyres FROM 20€ New Tyres from 30€

Automakers Renault and Nissan signed a deal with Spanish energy and infrastructure group Acciona on Tuesday to market electric cars in the country, the three companies announced.

Tracking from only 15€ Fixed Price Servicing

Under the agreement signed in Madrid, Acciona will set up a network of recharging points and associated services for the vehicles.

...Includes fitting, balancing & IVA

• Petrol up to 2L – 85€ • Diesel up to 2L –

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Renault, France’s number two automaker, is to begin selling four types of electric vehicles from 2011.


The announcement came the same day as Spain’s Socialist government said it plans to invest 590 million euros (794 million dollars) over two years in the development of an electric vehicle in the country. Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian presented a report on the issue at a cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega.

Nissan, Japan’s third-largest carmaker and which is 44 percent owned by Renault, plans to introduce its first electric model in Europe in late 2010 or early 2011.

“The plan envisages a wide range of measures to help the demand, to support investment and the development of the industrial sector and set up the necessary infrastructure to recharge the vehicles,” de la Vega said.

The three companies did not provide financial details of the agreement, which the head of Renault Spain, Jean-Pierre Laurent, said were

The Spanish government hopes to see 250,000 electric or hybrid vehicles in the country by 2014.

Cosworth Impreza Details

Subaru teams up with Cosworth to take on the Evo FQ-400 with 395bhp version on the Impreza STI Subaru has revealed stunning performance figures for the forthcoming Cosworth edition of the STi – in the same week as unveiling an enhanced version of the WRX at the New York Motor Show. The Cosworth fettled STi CS400 will go on sale in June, boasting 395bhp and a 062mph sprint of only 3.7 seconds, making it the fastest Impreza ever produced. Initially limited to 75 cars, the Impreza Cossie will have huge 355mm AP Racing discs

in the front and a bespoke aerodynamic bodykit. It’s likely to undercut the £49,999 Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-400. Meanwhile, the revised WRX debuted at New York, featuring a host of handling improvements. Front and rear tracks are 35mm wider, giving the WRX a lower, more aggressive stance. New firmer rear suspension bushes and fatter, 235/45R17 tyres boost grip, but power will remain unchanged.


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eurogolf society Thursday 1st April 90 members and guests played in the April Monthly medal and Birthday Cup today. The course was in excellent condition and the weather was perfect for golf, which resulted in some outstanding scores. Congratulations to all our winners. Thanks must go once again to our sponsors: La Vuelta, Sands Bistro, Fratellis, Pinada Blinds, Tournesol and Supervalu. Results as follows: (all results on countback) Winner of the monthly medal and Birthday Cup: Nigel Wood GOLD DIVISION: 1st Nigel Wood, 66; 2nd Sam Curtis, 69; 3rd Mike Box, 69; 4th Bernie Newnes 70 SILVER DIVISION: 1st Alan Kentesber, 72; 2nd Ian C Pegg, 73; 3rd Mannie Niessen, 73;4th Jill Young, 73 Best Gross: Nigel Wood 74 Best Guest: Will York 76 net Nearest the pins: 3rd Robin

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Top scorer Toche thought he has substitute Marquez shot horribly VICTOR PENALTY SECURES Richards, 5th Gary Foskett, 11th added to his tally on 17 mins, but wide of the target. THREE POINTS Nigel Wood, 12th Bruce Gordon, his close range effort was rightly 15th Clive Baker, 17th Dennis FC Cartagena line-up: Ruben, UD LAS PALMAS - 0 disallowed for offside. Midway Txiki, Mariano, Herrero, Signorino, Choi. FC CARTAGENA - 1 through the half, superb defensive Lafuente (Clavero), Balboa, Falcon Best front 9: David Stewart 34 By Steve Hibberd play prevented the home side (Gonzales), Best back 9: Ian Turner 32 Exposito, Victor Ex-Valladolid striker Victor taking the lead, when with Ruben (Hector), Toche Best Par 5’s: Sam Curtis 17 - Best Fernandez, made it 10 league off his line, Herrero was on hand par 3’s Cindi Green 10 Forthcoming Fixture goals for the season, when he to block a goal bound shot. On Winners of the football draw: When Cartagena won 4-1 at coolly converted a second half 41 mins, Ruben breathed a sigh Dennis Choi, Tony Stanley and of relief when a powerful 20 yard Real Murcia last November, they penalty, ultimately earning his Franco Gentilli side a precious win in the Canary drive by Leon, just squeezed the announced to Spanish football The Captain’s bunker had a that their promotion aspirations wrong side of the post. Islands. record amount this week of 28€!. An off the ball foul on Mariano, were for real. On Sunday 11 April Having lost their last 2 league The Captain wished Billy and resulted in Victor sending the ko 12pm (midday), at Cartagonova matches, it was important that Ann Dunn all the best on their keeper the wrong way from the Stadium, part 2 of this epic local Cartagena got their promotion return to the UK. He also welcomed drive back on track inside the Gran resultant penalty on 47 mins. Leon Murcian derby takes place. A sell back to Spain members who had Canaria Stadium against mid table was proving to be a real handful out crowd of almost 15,000 baying wintered in warmer climes-Paula Las Palmas. This win maintained for Cartagena, finely illustrated fans, will be cheering on their and Graham Fearn and Irene and 3rd slot in div 2a, but with so many when his long range free kick once team - an occasion not for the faint David Stewart.He commented that clubs breathing down their neck, a again just missed the target. Near hearted!! our medal round today was much For further info on FC Cartagena, good run of victories is essential if the end of the match, Las Palmas swifter than usual, keep it up! La Liga is to become more than just should have levelled the scores, visit or For more infor mation but faced with only Ruben to beat, a dream. go to www. eurogolfquesada. SABA LEAGUE A - A brilliant morning, with a very good win of 20-8. Well played this last series of league games. albeit quite foggy to start with. We are by everyone we had better than average One last thing - Friday night saw us all experiencing most peculiar weather opposition including several players from at the club for our presentation evening. conditions! Quesada Pearls were at the spanish squad. We all collected our medals etc., made home to meet San Miguel Comets, quite 88 shots for and 98 shots against; 4 points HONORARY MEMBERS of John Meadows formidable opponents, who are hoping to QBC and 10 points to San Miguel. and Terry Heath. Neither of them are in to come either second or third place at good health but we all wish them a good SABA LEAGUE B Quesada Diamonds the end of the league. Consequently there recovery (sunnier weather may perk them were some very close games. Particularly played away to San Luis Vulcans. They also up). We all had an excellent meal, a few had a tough game, only winning on one outstanding was the positive result drinks and most of all we danced the on rink 5, played by Phil Bevan, Pearl rink. Anne Paget, Pauline Orange, Terry night away after the presentation. DON’T Houghton and Tina Brinton. the score was Thomas excelled themselves and won 22 FORGET NEXT WEDNESDAY 7th of April, 2 -10 down on the 9th end for the Pearls, - 16. Again well done everyone! 94 shots 10.00 for 10.30 am will be the ANNUAL but teeth were gritted and slowly but for and 128 shots against. 2 points to the GENERAL MEETING. It would be terrific surely we gained shots back, winning 19 Diamonds and 12 pts to the Vulcans. if all our members would be present. Any A thank you all the captains who tried to questions can go to our secretary Glynis - 17. The other winning rink was played by Nick Birch, Nigel Baigent, Rob Pinfold keep us all on the straight and narrow on on 965724885

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LOCAL sport news... LOCAL sport news... LOCAL sport news... maggots end RODS and REELS The match this week was the last in the Winter Championship. This has been a series of 11 matches with the best 8 to count. The river was flowing through nicely, and the day was nice and warm, however, for me I had a nightmare. In the first 3 hours I caught 5 terrapins with an estimated weight of 15 kilos. If it had been a terrapin only match I The only good thing of the day would have walked it!!!!! for me was (only just) winning the Then to add insult to injury at winter championship. around 3 o clock with 30 minutes Overall points with the 3 worst to go, I started to catch some fish. I matches results taken off hooked into a good fish which took 1st Dave Hoare with 32 points me to the reeds and on pulling my pole it parted company in the 6th 2nd Paul Baxter with 33 points section. Pete Kerr next to me quickly 3rd Bill Reade with 45 points. cast his feeder rod over the sections Again this week the club has been slowly moving to the far bank. This down to the flooded areas where was to no avail, so very kindly, Pete there are fish stuck in the drying out drove me round to the other side of fields and have rescued another 50 the river and I managed to cut the odd. This brings the overall amount line to free the pole. Again another to around 250 off. kind angler Derek Swann, stopped The picture is of the renovated fishing and came up, cast his feeder Sweetwater as can be seen the banks over the pole and managed to bring are at an angle of circa 45degrees it to safety. That was 3.30pm and and when the workers have finished my match was over. Everybody else then maybe some swims can be cut had a nice day! Top anglers on the in. day ANGLERS TOGETHER 1st Bill ‘The Master’ Reade fishing the pole using maggot with 10.98 kilo´s.


The Friday Campoverde meetings will now be held at Mary’s Bar/ 2nd Paul ‘Poco Loco’ Baxter fishing Restaurant. The next meeting will the pole using maggot with 7.96 be held on Friday 9th April at 12pm. kilo´s. The Puerto de Mazarron meetings 3rd Mick ‘The Arsenal’ Hill fishing remain at Los Galayos Bar/ the pole using corn with 5.26 Restaraunt on the paseo adjacent to the beach. Next meeting will be kilo´s.

held on Saturday 10th April at 12pm Work is still continuing on the Rio Segura at Murcia but is still fishable and fishing well. Embalse de Pedrera the water level has risen dramatically and is over the road at the broken bridge and still rising. At present the road by the bridge is some 8 -10 feet under water. Sweetwater the final dredging has taken place and the works personnel have cleared the surrounding road of all the silt that was deposited there. However there are still workmen there. The banks are now angled and swims need cutting in!!!!!!. Anglers Together continues to grow as a club with many friendships formed over the past 3 years. Many members fish together regularly and say they are pleased that they have taken up a sport that they once followed in their youth. We have the occasional organized outings but the main aim is to introduce members to find fishing companions and to assist in finding the fishing venues. The joining fee is 10€ for new members and 5€ for renewing members. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, then either come along to one of the meetings or contact Dave. (Alan is away on his annual trek to Oz). anglerstogether@ or telephone Dave Hoare on 968199279. TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE


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Vistabella Golf Presents El Juglar Mudo Golf Tournament

Wednesday 28th April - Shotgun Start at 8:30am & 2:30pm Format: Scramble Pairs Stableford Prizes for First, Second & Third Pair, Nearest the Pin & Longest Drive Tournament Fee: 15€ for Members, 25€ Non-members Register by 2pm on Monday 26th April - Limited to 112 Players Members - Call 966 107 846 Non-Members - Call Alex on 966 763 771 or Bob on 968 186 983

el raso golf society La Marquesa - Friday 2nd April. A turn out of 38 members and guests were started off on the 1st by the non playing Captain & Pete Farrell. Today was the inaugural annual event of the Presidents Putter, kindly donated by the Society’s President Bill Martin. The weather was forecast to be a good day and it was, so that was the first hurdle cleared without any problems. The first four ball set out and asked for the nearest the pin markers, however, no one would own up to having them. The Captain returned home to find them still in his bag from the last outing Ooops !! sorry guy’s.

chips. Thanks Chris and staff. The usual fines procession occurred with yet more admissions from players wanting to pay money, we admire their honesty!! Or was it a case of if I don’t own up it will cost me more??? Scores Results 1st Simon Winson 37 pts (Winner of President’s Putter) 2nd Bill Martin 36 pts (Back 9 - 18 pts) 3rd Dave Pretty 36 pts (Back 9 - 17 pts) 4th Peggy Hamilton 35 pts Best guest: Sue Lowe 36 pts

Gnome Award: Ray ‘Always Before the start many members Smiling’ Pethard 3rd and counting were heard saying that some good Nearest the pins: 5th John Harvey, scores will be carded today due 11th John Holland, 15th Simon Tony Lowe to ideal golfing conditions. That Winson, 17th turned out to be the case. With Pictured are the winners. two points separating 1st from 4th Next outing is on the 30th April at place, however poor old Ray was a Altorreal. Details of price and tee few more !!! points behind claiming times will be published on the web his 3rd Gnome. Watch out Paul. page All in all we had a good day out (Login : elraso and returned to the Club house Password : Claptons) (Clapton’s bar) for Sausage and

Los Alcazares Golf Day Easter Sunday 4th April saw the Winner: Jim O’Neill, 34 points first ever LOS ALCAZARES golf day. Second: Malcolm Sutton, 32 Roda Golf Course was the venue points and all players found the course to Third: Jim McCarton, 31 points be in excellent condition, however a stiff breeze ensured that scoring Best Lady: Sue Horsfield, 22 points – Back nine count was not easy. Breakfast and post golf Longest Drive - Phil Hulme refreshments were provided by Jim NP 7th Hole - Steve Bennalick & Tracey O’Neill at the Celt Bar in NP 13th Hole - Phil Hulme Los Alcazares – A big thank you to them both for making all players (Photograph – Steve Bennalick; Jim McCarton; Phil Hulme; Sue most welcome Horsfield; Jim O’Neill; Malcolm Green fees and buggies were Sutton) arranged by Costa Calida Golf Tours, who are able to offer If you are interested in playing on discounted green fees on many of the next event ( provisionally 08 or your favourite courses, www.ccgt. 09 May), please contact Andy Walsh on 650 718 172 or e mail andy@ for more details RESULTS


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