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The Spanish Senate on Wednesday gave the green light for a modification of local tax laws which will allow Benidorm to be considered as a tourist municipality. The Partido Popular proposal was presented by Agustín Almodóbar from Benidorm who had 127 votes in support thanks to the CiU and some senators from the Mixed Group. There were 120 votes against the idea from the PSOE, PNV and others, while the Canary island group abstained.

To be considered as a tourist municipality a town has to have more than 20,000 population, and the number of second residence or tourist homes has to be greater than that of main residence. There are currently 21 localities in Spain with the tourist distinction which allows for greater flexibility in shop opening hours and other areas. Benidorm has been calculated to represent 4% of the total tourism of Spain

Demolitions Halted In El Cabanyal The Constutional Court has admitted an appeal from Central Government for debate

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday admitted for discussion, the appeal from Central Government against the demolitions being carried out on the orders of the Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberà, of the historic neighbourhood of El

Cabanyal in the city. There has been recent clashed with police as bulldozers have been sent into to bring down buildings in the bohemian district. It means that the new PEPRI, Special Protection Plan approved by the

Valencia City Hall is now put on hold. The plan was to knock down as many as 1,600 homes. Central Government claims that the plan breaks the Spanish Constitution, and now the court will decide if it does or not.

Couple Murdered During Robbery The town OF NOVELDA is reported to be very uspset at the news The bodies of a businessman who worked in the Marble industry, Francisco Beresaluza Galbis, and his German wife, Susanne Brensing Hall, have been found in their villa in Novelda, Alicante.

Reports from sources close to the investigation indicate that both bodies showed ‘several wounds’ some of them stab wounds and others from a blunt or other object.

The villa is located in the area known as La Serreta, and the police are reported to be working on the assumption that the couple were the victims of a violent robbery.

Both bodies have been taken to the Anatomic Forensic Science Institute in Alicante. As yet no arrests have been made in the case.

Police Find Cocaine Hidden In Bananas

Spanish police announced the seizure of 1.4 tonnes of cocaine discovered hidden in cases of bananas shipped to Spain from Ecuador The drugs were found in packs of the fruit delivered to two shops -- 710 kilos (1,570 pounds) in a shop in Alicante, southeast Spain, and another 715 kilos at a shop in Seville, southern Spain, according to a police statement. Since April, Spanish

authorities have been closely following shipments of bananas from the South American country in an attempt to intercept drug traffickers. The surveillance is part of an ongoing operation started in February, said police, who have failed to make any arrests following the discovery. Spain is Europe’s main port of entry for cocaine coming from Latin America and traffickers are using increasingly inventive ways of smuggling the drug. On Tuesday, police in Spain arrested seven drug traffickers who had concealed 814 kilos of cocaine in a truck camouflaged to look as a contender in the Paris-Dakar overland rally.



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Although there is reported to be plenty of passenger capacity on the ferries, the Royal Navy ship, HMS Albion, is on the way to Spain to get solders back to Britain after their tour of Afghanistan, and may well take other travellers, and another two ships, HMS Ark Royal and HMS Ocean, are crossing the English Channel. Royal Navy LPD, Landing Platform Dock ship, ‘HMS Albion’ will collect 500 soldiers from the port in Santander, who are on their way home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The soldiers are from the Third Regiment of Fusiliers, and will be transferred to Santander in two convoys in the early hours of Tuesday by coach from Zaragoza airport, which remains open to traffic, being outside of the range of the Icelandic volcanic dust. The ship is expected to set sail at around 9am on Tuesday and will also be carrying some 200 stranded tourists. The deal between Zapatero and Brown was announced by the British Prime Minister after a meeting of the COBRA task force in London on Monday. Brown said the two men were remaining in contact to evaluate the development of the crisis.

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ministry spokesman described as “very important”, was continuing Wednesday afternoon. The Spanish newspaper El Pais said on its Internet site the arrests were linked to an investigation into a Spanish lawyer, Joseba Agudo Mancisidor, in southwestern France last October who is suspected of having worked as a messenger for ETA. It said the police operation was also the result of information found in documents seized during the arrest of ETA’s political leader, Javier Lopez Pena, in France in May 2008. ETA, banned as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States, is blamed for 829 deaths in its 41-year campaign for independence for the Basque region of northern Spain and southwestern France.

Postal Workers Threaten General Strike Almost 5,000 postal workers took to the streets of Madrid on 14th April to protest at the planned privatisation of the nation’s postal service

P o s t a l workers have threatened to call a g e n e r a l strike in June if the Ministry of Public works refuses to come to the negiotating table. The CCOO, C s i - F , Sindicato Libre and CGT - trade u n i o n s representing 75% of all postal workers - accused the minstry of cutting their budgets by 43% and attempting to reduce the 67,000 workforce by 3,000 in a unilateral decision. They are also demanding that the government introduce a ‘Postal Law’ which would consolidate the existing post offices into a public company capable of competing with private enterprise ahead of the planned privatisation of the service at the

beginning of 2011. The postal service is the oldest and biggest p u b l i c company in Spain, but it has debts of 150 million e u r o s and union l e a d e r s believe that in its current s t a t e , without the immediate implementation of an emergency action plan, will not be on an equal footing with private companies in a competitive market. Another protest has been organised in Valencia on April 29th, to coincide with the European Postal Conference taking place in the city at the time and which ministers from all 27 EU countries will attend. Should negotiations fail, the general strike is planned for June 10th

Spanish Senate Calls For Obligatory Drug Tests At Traffic Controls Currently drugs tests at control points are voluntary

The Senate on Wednesday approved a motion from the Partido Popular calling on the Government to legislate to ensure that routine traffic controls can contain a drugs test in addition to the current one for alcohol. They want the levels of both legal and illegal drugs taken via a saliva test when this is technologically possible. Current tests are, with 0.5g of saliva from below the tongue, able to detect 23 types of legal and illegal drugs, including cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines and others. Under current legislation such tests are

voluntary, but as many as 70% of them turn out to be positive. 17.5% of drivers currently killed on the roads in Spain are found to have consumed drugs. PP Senator, Jesús Aguirre, commented that ‘we think it is necessary to implement new information campaigns which show the risks derived from driving under the influence of drugs’. Meanwhile a new study has shown that 19% of Spanish drivers have been on the point of having an accident because of bad road signs. 40% of drivers think that road signs need to be improved.



Spain’s Embattled Judge Appears Before Supreme Court

Spain’s high-profile judge Baltasar Garzon appeared before the Supreme Court Thursday in a suspected bribery case involving payments he allegedly received for seminars in the United States.

Garzon, best known for his campaigns against former Latin American dictators under Spain’s principle of “universal jurisdiction”, was indicted in a separate investigation last week into a probe he launched into Franco-era abuses. The 54-year-old judge could be suspended from the bench for up to 20 years if he is tried and convicted in that case, which was based on a complaint by far-right groups. The Supreme Court Thursday questioned Garzon over accusations of bribery and perverting the course of justice in connection with his shelving of a tax fraud case against the head of Spain’s Santander bank, Emilio Botin, and other directors. Months earlier, the complaint alleged, he received some 300,000 dollars from Santander, which had sponsored a series of seminars he gave in New York in 2005-2006. Garzon “denied having received any amount” from Santander, his lawyer, Enrique Molina, told journalists after the hearing, which lasted more than four hours. Supreme Court judge Luciano Varela last week indicted

Garzon for abuse of power for opening an investigation in 2008 into the disappearance of tens of thousands of people during the 1936-39 civil war and the Francisco Franco’s subsequent right-wing dictatorship, which last until his death in 1975. Varela argued that Garzon had “consciously ignored” a 1977 amnesty law with the launch of the probe. Garzon’s lawyer on Saturday filed an appeal against the decision, which has been blasted by human rights groups such as Amnesty International. As part of the investigation into a divisive period of Spanish history the judge ordered the opening of mass graves thought to hold the remains of victims of Franco’s forces. Garzon dropped his probe within months of launching it after state prosecutors and conservative politicians questioned his jurisdiction.

He is also under investigation in a third case, involving alleged bias in the ordering of wiretaps against suspects in a corruption scandal involving members of Spain’s conservative

UK Election Drives Down Consumer Confidence Consumer confidence suffered its biggest monthly fall in March since the start of the recession amid uncertainty over the General Election, according to a new survey.

This was the largest drop since July 2008 and meant all the gains seen since December 2009 were wiped out. Nationwide blamed the fall on uncertainty about the economic outlook due to the May 6 election, where there is the prospect of a hung parliament in which no party has overall control. The Conservatives hold only a narrow lead over the Labour Party, according to the polls. Nationwide economist Martin Gahbauer said: “With an election looming,

“And recent concerns about the state of the economy and employment prospects could still be playing on the minds of consumers.” The firm said the fall in confidence was more pronounced than a similar decline before the last election in 2005. This was probably due to the weaker state of the economy this year as well as the fact that the election result is less certain. The gauge of consumers’ sentiment about the economic situation slid from 28 to 24, while expectations for the economy and personal finances over the coming

months tumbled from 116 to 105. Also, worries about unemployment have been rising, despite a fall in the jobless total. But consumers’ willingness to spend money on household goods increased after three months of declines. It pointed out that official figures showed a strong rebound in February retail sales from January’s snowrelated weak figures, and indicators suggest that growth continued into March. The Nationwide survey was conducted between February 15 and March 21 and was based on responses from 1,000 people

Tobacco ‘Price-Fixers’ Hit With £225m Fines The Office of Fair Trading has fined two tobacco manufacturers and ten retailers £225m for “unlawful practices” over pricing

The fine - the largest total ever imposed by the consumer watchdog - came after Imperial Tobacco and Gallaher struck price-matching deals on the cost of cigarettes, cigars and rolling tobacco. Under the agreements, retailers including Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury’s linked the prices charged for tobacco products to those of rivals. Imperial Tobacco landed the largest

fine, but said it was considering an appeal against its £112m penalty. Gallaher was fined £50m, while Asda and Co-op were by far the hardest-hit retailers, each having to pay more than £14m. Sainsbury’s received immunity from fines because it alerted the OFT to the infringements, which occurred between 2001 and 2003.

He also indicted Osama bin Laden in 2003 for the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and looked into the deaths of Spaniards in Argentina during the military regime of 1976-83.

A proposal aimed at bridging the split between whaling nations and their opponents will almost certainly come to governments for decision this year Some anti-whaling countries see such a “peace package” as the only way to constrain whale hunting. But others are likely to hold out for a complete end to the practice.

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Garzon was thrust into the international limelight in 1998 with his attempt to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from Britain.

Whaling Peace Plan To Go Forward In 2010

A small group of countries including the three active hunting nations - Iceland, Japan and Norway - and opponents such as New Zealand, Australia and Germany has been holding talks in Washington DC this week, exploring a possible compromise on quotas and other issues.

The Nationwide Building Society said out of a maximum 169 its index of consumer sentiment fell by nine points to 72 last month, from a two-year high of 81 set in February.

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package is very likely to be finalised and lodged with the International Whaling Commission (IWC) by next Thursday - the deadline, under IWC rules, if it is to be debated at the June IWC meeting. As yet, the package contains no agreed quotas; the chairman, Chilean diplomat Cristian Maquieira, is to insert suggested numbers over the next few days. Sources close to the talks say Japan appears prepared to contemplate scaling back its annual Antarctic hunt to a size that anti-whaling nations

might find acceptable. In return, it would expect to gain catch quotas in the North Pacific waters close to its shores, which would benefit coastal communities where whaling is still practiced. Although commercial whaling was banned in 1982, Japan hunts under regulations permitting whaling for scientific research, while Iceland and Norway lodged formal objections to the moratorium and so mount openly commercial operations.

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Friends Or Just, You Know, Friends? Friendship is a great thing. I’ll go further than that; friendship is the best thing in life . . . apart from an Aston Martin DB9; ten million quid in the bank and a night out with Joanna Lumley. But you know what I mean. And let me stop you before you say it . . . yes of course, by definition, your better other half should be, and in my case is, best friend Number One. I’m not a Bible scholar, but somewhere in there, someone said, “Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends”. And that got me pondering, would I do that, or would I take the other option and leg it fast? But before I could answer this, it got me thinking even more about just what friends actually are, and how many of those other people that we routinely term as friends, are really just close acquaintances. It seems to me that there is no word in the English language that defines the group of people you share a few drinks or a meal with, or even a weekend away once in a while. Those not-quite-bosom-friends, but a-bit-morethan-just-acquaintances people. I have occasionally met up with old friends from my hell-raising twenties days, or even school, and it has immediately become obvious that we no longer share anything in common. I only have to hear the words mortgage; kids or holiday in Thailand, and my brain starts to devise plausible excuses so that I can drink up and leave before it’s my round. ‘Keep in touch’ they say as I

make for the bar exit. ‘Yeah right’ I think; around the same time as man colonises the outer rim of the galaxy. It’s not their fault, and it’s certainly not mine, but life does that to you. We take paths that we would never have contemplated years earlier and that mould us into alien beings. So how do you define friendship? Well, you can’t. Back when the Swinging Sixties were just about to merge with the new sequinned studded Seventies, I would spend just about every weekend, with the same group of friends. Friday night, Boars Head and Tudor Tavern for a pint or five and some sing-a-long folk music. On Saturday it would be the George Hotel, or The Mitre for Prawn Cocktails, T-bone Steaks and Black Forest Gateaux, all washed down with a bottle or two of Blue Nun. Then on to The Thingamajig Club for a night of debauchery! Holidays, parties, football games - we were inseparable! Then, for various reasons we went our separate ways; the usual culprits - love, work, and for a couple of us, the opportunity to live and work abroad. But something strange happened in those intervening years, and although some of those guys remain close to each other, it’s as if I have grown two heads – both looking like Gordon Brown – because with only one exception, I have become a stranger to them. Barring the odd Christmas card, it’s as if those halcyon days never happened. To my certain knowledge, I have never groped any of their wives; stolen their money or developed leprosy. It just happened. Conversely, we travelled to California last year for a long-awaited reunion with friends from our Bermuda days and we were unanimous in stating that it was as if the last 35 years had never happened. We all slotted comfortably into each others company once again and simply carried on where we had left off . . . the unspoken loyalty and affection that we had for each other is as real now as it was then. So how do you know who your real life-long friends are? You just do, that’s all!

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reader response... Hola Colin Bird wrote in the 7th April edition about “Wagon Wheels”, I totally agree with him, they were much larger in the original version back in the 1950s. One of those and a bottle of “Tizer” - heaven! I am actually writing to you about Caleys (or possibly Caley’s) Chocolate Bars which I also remember from the 1950s. These bars wrapped in foil with a wrap around cover were made up of 8 pieces in each block, each piece being a different flavour, coffee, strawberry etc. Caleys had a media advert which showed a small boy registering his delight of each square by a different facial expression. To my knowledge that advert was modelled by Michael Colin Wilcox, who I sat next to for a while when we both started our secondary education at Surbiton County Grammar School in September 1954. It was a fleeting friendship as he was not there for long, I believe that his father may have been in the Diplomatic Service and I wonder where Michael is now. I have tried searching on the internet for details of that advertising campaign, but so far no luck. If anyone has any memories of it, I would be pleased to hear. Regards Tony Botten



‘A ROUND TUIT’ Press release April 2010

Have you ever thought about some of the phrases we use, without even thinking about them? One that keeps popping into my mind is when I get ‘around to it’. How many of us say this? For example a job needs doing, a crack needs filling, we all know about those and the house needs painting. I’ll do it when I get ‘around to it ‘ we say. Is this ‘a round tuit’ a spherical object without a name, or perhaps a gold medallion or even some sort of trophy? Are we waiting for this amazing ‘thing’ to materialize before we actually get going with the job? Are you one of those people who say I could or might volunteer to help MABS Mazarron, the Cancer Support Charity, when I get ‘around to it’? Well, giving your time, which is precious to us all as a volunteer, means you have got ‘A ROUND TUIT’. This special accolade is not visible to the naked eye, but gives you a personal reward knowing you are helping to support this worthwhile registered charity and the work it undertakes. MABS Mazarron needs volunteer drivers, to take patients to and from hospital appointments, shop assistants to help in their shop located in Totana. On Monday the 12th April a group of Thoughtful people led by their current president David Wardell, his wife Shirley and members of The Country Club presented MABS, Mazarrón with the generous gift of 500 Euros. Every Social Event they have, has a raffle to help MABS, Mazarrón, whether a Barbeque, St Valentine’s Dance, St Patrick’s Night and many others at each of their Friendly Social Gatherings. They continue to get ‘A ROUND TUIT’ THANK YOU WONDERFUL FRIENDS FOR YOUR CONTINUAL

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der the hammer in Las Vegas as par t of a sale of items related to the movie icon. The x-ray was made at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in 1954 and was later used by a doctor to teach his stu dents. It is estimated by Julien’s Auctions to sell for bet ween £500 and £800 at Planet Ho llywood Resor t and Casino in Las Vegas in June. Another highlight of the sale is an unopened bottle of Ma rilyn-owned Chanel No 5 per fume. Monro e was asked in 1953

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As with most saints, myth and legend surrounds St George, of how a Roman soldier came to be regarded as the essence of England. He is most famously known as the brave slayer of the dragon and saviour of the maiden but, although this story exists in a number of different medieval texts and art, it appears to have no historical basis.

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There is very little information about the life St George, but it is known that he was not English; thought to have been an early Christian martyr from the area of modern day Turkey who was executed in Palestine in the third century, legends about his valorous deeds as a soldier-saint began in the 6th century and by the 12th century the famous story about his rescuing a king’s daughter and slaying a dragon had become widespread - some experts think the tale is based on the Greek myth of Perseus rescuing Andromeda from a sea monster.

England by Crusaders, Christian knights returning from religious wars in the Middle East. He was alleged to have appeared to the Knights dressed in white robes decorated with a red cross during the 11th century siege of Antioch. He became the official patron saint of England in 1425 after Henry V’s victory at the Battle of Agincourt - the Red Cross of St George is England’s national flag and it also forms part of Britain’s Union Jack. The English, however, are not the only people to stake a claim in St George; in the Middle East, Christians invoke his powers to help exorcise demons and in many countries St George is associated with fertility and his day marks the very beginning of summer. In Lithuania he is revered as the guardian of animals and in parts of Spain, St George’s day is celebrated with feasts and gift giving

St. George journeyed for many months by land and sea until he came to Libya. Here he met a poor hermit who told him that St George was popularised in everyone in that land was in great distress, for a dragon had long ravaged the country. headed by a beautiful girl dressed in pure Arabian silk. “Every day,” said the old man, “he demands the sacrifice The Princess Sabra was being led by her attendants to the of a beautiful maiden and now all the young girls have been place of death. The knight spurred his horse and overtook the killed. The King’s daughter alone remains, and unless we can ladies. He comforted them with brave words and persuaded the find a knight who can slay the dragon she will be sacrificed princess to return to the palace. Then he entered the valley. tomorrow. The king of Egypt will give his daughter in marriage As soon as the dragon saw him it rushed from its cave, roaring to the champion who overcomes this terrible monster.” with a sound louder than thunder. Its head was immense and When St. George heard this story, he was determined to try its tail fifty feet long. But St. George was not afraid. He struck and save the princess, so he rested that night in the hermit’s the monster with his spear, hoping he would wound it. hut, and at daybreak set out to the valley where the dragon The dragon’s scales were so hard that the spear broke into a lived. When he drew near he saw a little procession of women, thousand pieces. and St. George fell from his horse. Fortunately

- in Barcelona, it is traditional to give a book as a token of St. George’s Day. In Russia and the Ukraine the day is celebrated by Spring Festivals and Picnics to celebrate the end of winter. The celebration of St George’s Day is currently fairly low key in England and much more celebrated elsewhere. However, the Society and its members are clearly succeeding in their constant efforts to revive St. George’s Day as the day on which to celebrate being English, and are calling upon the government to declare 23rd April as a national holiday. Many legends in many cultures exist about St. George, but they all have a common theme; he must have been an outstanding character in his lifetime, for his reputation to have survived for almost 1,700 years!

he rolled under an enchanted orange tree against which poison could not prevail, so that the venomous dragon was unable to hurt him. Within a few minutes he had recovered his strength and was able to fight again. He smote the beast with his sword but the dragon poured poison on him and his armour split in two. Once more he refreshed himself from the orange tree and then, with his sword in his hand, he rushed at the dragon and pierced it under the wing where there were no scales, so that it fell dead at his feet.

National Gallery to reveal fakes The National Gallery is dusting off some of its most embarrassing acquisitions for a new exhibition looking at fake artworks.

and Mars was bought along with the more expensive An Allegory, which was thought to be a companion piece. Only later was the latter discovered to be a pastiche painted by a follower in the style of Botticelli. The paintings will be displayed alongside one another at the exhibition. Also on show will be a portrait acquired by the National Gallery in 1990 which was believed to be by Holbein. But microscopic paint analysis revealed Portrait of Alexander Mornauer (about 146488) was altered to resemble a work by the German master. Close Examination will display works of art that have been quietly removed from view after research showed they were not what they were thought to be. They include works supposedly by Sandro Botticelli and Hans Holbein which were mistakenly thought to be genuine. More than 40 works of art will go on display at the gallery in June. The exhibition is billed as a celebration of “the remarkable collaboration of scientists, conservators and art historians” at the central London gallery.

Conservators were able to safely remove these additions to return the painting to its original state. One room in the exhibition looks at work by great artists that were rediscovered through a combination of scientific analysis, conservation, and art historical research. Raphael’s original painting of The Madonna of the Pinks, whose whereabouts was unknown until 1991, will also be on display.

Spread across six rooms, the works represent some of the biggest challenges faced by gallery experts.

During a visit to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, Dr Nicholas Penny - now director of the National Gallery - spotted the painting and decided it warranted closer examination. Infrared reflectograms confirmed the work as a genuine Raphael.

In June 1874, the gallery paid more for a fake than a real Botticelli when two pieces were purchased at the same time. Venus

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Alternative First-Aid Kit - Part 2 As we rush to embrace all things pure, natural, organic, eco-friendly and generally untainted by the modern world, why leave out the first-aid kit? Everyday afflictions such as knocks, burns, colds, sickness, indigestion and verrucas can all be eased with natural remedies. They work. And it doesn’t involve boiling up evil-smelling herbs...

Ginger With its hot, pungent, spicy flavour, it’s not surprising that ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used traditionally to warm cold hands and feet and colds. It also works on sickness, including travel sickness (NASA’s astronauts took it into space as a treatment), and morning sickness. It also loosens phlegm with a cold.

For bumps and bruises, the alpine plant arnica (Arnica montana, to give it its botanical name) has a long history of using for bruising. You can use the leaves but unless you’ve got a herb garden, you’ll probably find a cream more convenient. Rub on gently where you, or your child, have had a knock, bump or fall. It eases pain by reducing inflammation and speeds up healing by increasing blood flow to the area. Don’t apply it to broken skin.

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Eyewateringly pungent, this unguent contains camphor, menthol, cajuput oil, clove oil and cinnamon oil. It hails from Singapore originally and, according to the label on the exotic-looking jar, can be used for ‘the symptomatic relief of muscular aches & pains, sprains, insect bites, itch and lumbago’. It smells like Vicks and can be used in the same way, by rubbing on the chest to ease a stuffy nose. Use sparingly when pregnant, and don’t use for children under two years.

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new combinations – florals with stripes, sequins with denim for shopping trips or clashing bright colours together. Be bold and creative, nobody will see if it looks awful and you might find a few new looks that will give you an instant update without having to spend a single euro. Check that everything is the right length. Now is the time to have dresses and skirts shortened to just below the knee (or shorter if you are brave) and have trousers made the correct length for the shoes with which they will be worn. You shouldn’t be able to see the heels of the shoes (unless you are wearing skinny or cropped trousers). If you can see any heel or the back of the shoe then they are too short and should be donated to someone for whom they are the perfect length. Get the detail right from the start, this season, and you will be surprised at how much better you will look and how much more confident you will feel.

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A Mind, Body & Spirit Event Valle deL Este Golf Spa & Beach Hotel, Vera

Urbanización Valle del Este Autovía E-15 Salida 529, 04620 VERA Almería


Thursday 22nd april at 10am ... are welcome to the first Mind Body Spirit Event. Held at the fabulous Valle Del Este Golf Spa Hotel at Vera, Almeria. This is an ideal opportunity for you to experience a whole range of healthy and uplifting treatments, and workshops under one roof! Unique to the area, this event will provide you with everything from yoga to crystal healing, trade stands with aromatherapy crystals, vitamins and health foods.

Interested in Golf?

Why not try out the fantastic driving range or putting green?

Feel free to have a look around the Spa facilities and Gym. Thinking of joining the spa or even just treating

yourself to a Spa Day? Prices start from as little as 20€ per day and if you book on the day of this fabulous event you’ll get 10% discount too! The restaurant will be open serving a range of superb food and drink; alternatively, lounge around in the coffee bar overlooking the spectacular golf greens! Remember to come in casual clothing if you wish to join in one of the free demonstrations or talks taking place throughout the day or just while away a little time with a drink overlooking the Olympic-sized swimming pool. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Come along and have fun !!! try one of our free demonstrations 10am - 11am Tara Bright ~ Pilates 12pm - 1pm Stephen Burton ~ Tai Ji 2.30pm - 3.30pm Sharon Ohanlon ~ Pilates 4pm - 5pm Sharon Fisher ~ Yoga

Guest Speakers 10.30am - 11am David Millner ~ Life Coaching 11.30am - 12pm

Linda Gibson ~ Botox / Restylane and semi permanent make up

tomorrow Thursday

2210am nd april - 7pm Doors open 9.45

1.00pm - 1.30pm Sharon Bringloe C.I.B.T.A.C ~ Microdermabrasion 1.30pm - 2pm Diana Dudãs M.i.c.h.t. m.f.h.t. ~ Hand Reflexology 2.30pm - 3pm Shoena Wheeler Lic.Ac ~ Acupuncture 3.30pm - 4pm Tara Bright ~ Tara’s Retreat Courses 4.30pm - 5pm Tina Clarke ~ Past Life Regression 5.30pm - 6pm Sharon Gunraj ~ Colonic Hydrotherapy

Therapists and exhibition stands Pilates Paradise with Tara at Tara’s Retreat

Tai Chi Demonstration with Stephen Burton

Mosaic Art with Dan Rust

Tarot Readings with Rosa McCombe

Personal Training & Various Massage with Becks Tarot Card Reading & Mediumship with Barbara Clarke Threading & Mycrodermabrasion with Sharon Bringloe C.I.B.T.A.C A range of bed linen and curtains from Hazel at the English Rose stand

Diana Dudãs Alkemi Holistic Centre Almeria Therapist Support Group ATSG A one stop health check from Almeria Angels Yoga with Sharon Fisher from Lotus Centre Vera Donna Booth Silver Jewellery Colonic Hydrotherapy with Sharon Gunraj

Past Life Regression with Tina Clarke

Botox with Linda Gibson

Life Coaching & Massage with David Millner

ElectroLotus Acupuncture Shoena Wheeler Lic. Ac

10% OFF entrance to spa! Vouchers available on the day Booking Essential

Pilates with Body Control Pilates Cert Teacher Sharon Ohanlon Star Gems Jewellery from Ruth Reily Crystals from John Copeland. Supplier of Swarovaski Crystals, natural crystals and therapeutic magnetic jewellery Vitamins & Oils from Girasol Health Food Shop & Community Centre Albox Silver jewellery and gift ideas with Julie Leyshon

Win a bottle of champagne and free therapies in our Charity Draw. Proceeds to Vera Orphanage

Golf Spa & Beach Hotel, Urbanización Valle del Este Autovía E-15 Salida 529, 04620 VERA Almería Tel. 950 548 600 Becks on 671 433 896 or email:


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tRUST Trust is an emotion that originates from learning in early childhood that a person who we have close emotional ties will do what is expected from them. Although it’s a basic emotion it has a number of components; such as ability and willingness to trust, reliability, and vulnerability. For example in the generation that I was brought up in my family was fairly typical – and my parents had quite stereotypical roles - my Mum kept a comfortable clean home and created and cooked food and provided/ warmth and comfort for all of us and my Dad provided the resources to acquire them and the home with, for example he worked to earn the money and grew the vegetables and fruit that my mother cooked. The family unit grew and accepted the behaviours around them, everyone had their role and in time they learned to expect this to happen, the children were expected to perform tasks that co u ld

be reasonably expected according to their age and ability and their set of skills and the family stability was developed over a period of time, and usually the unit worked harmoniously, this is how trust is learned. The behaviour pattern becomes predictable, anticipated and expected; if something happened to upset this norm the result is stress. If you grow up to trust those around you to do as they are intended, the result is the development of balanced individuals who are positive and productive and look for predictable behaviour in others. They are more likely to trust those around them and develop an optimistic outlook and are more likely to be successful at whatever they choose to do. Trust is an integral part of social influence. It is much easier to manipulate those who are trusting, so it is in the interest of those in positions of power to encourage their subjects to perform predictably to those around them and to trust others without asking too many questions. It is this that many politicians and confidence tricksters play upon

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Treating Eczema...

Although there is no simple cure for atopic eczema, the symptoms during an eczema flare can usually be eased using a variety of treatments. Children with atopic eczema normally find that their symptoms naturally improve with time. Self-care There are a number of selfcare treatments that you can use at home to help manage your or your child’s eczema symptoms

detergents that you think may affect the skin. Diet If you or your child have atopic eczema, you should not make any significant dietary changes without first consulting your doctor. Some foods, such as milk, eggs and nuts, have been shown to trigger eczema symptoms..

Avoid scratching Scratching will further aggravate the skin; if you scratch your skin, the risk of your eczema becoming infected with bacteria will be increased. However, there may be times when you or your child will not be able to help scratching your eczema. Keeping nails short will help to minimise any damage to the skin. If your baby has atopic eczema, anti-scratch mittens will help prevent them scratching their skin. Avoid trigger factors Your doctor will work with you to try to establish what factors or foods trigger your or your child’s eczema flares. If you are able to establish which factors trigger flares, you can try to avoid contact with them. For example, if some man-made materials irritate your skin, avoid wearing synthetic fibres and stick to natural materials, such as cotton. Or, if heat aggravates your eczema, keep the rooms in your home cool. Also, avoid using any soaps or

C o mpleme n tary therapies Some people choose to use complementary therapies to treat atopic eczema, such as aromatherapy (using essential oils for a therapeutic effect). Emollients Emollients are substances that help to soften and smooth your skin in order to keep it supple and moist. They are one of the most important forms of treatment for atopic eczema. As atopic eczema can cause your skin to become dry and cracked, it is important to keep it moisturised to prevent it from becoming further irritated. Prescribed medications These include antihistamines. NEXT WEEK: Complications of Atopic Eczema



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Virgin London Marathon

In 1979, hours after having run the New York Marathon, the former Olympic champion Chris Brasher wrote an article for The Observer which began: “To believe this story you must believe that the human race be one joyous family, working together, laughing together, achieving the impossible. Last Sunday, in one of the most trouble-stricken cities in the world, 11,532 men and women from 40 countries in the world...laughed, cheered and suffered during the greatest folk festival the world has seen.” Enchanted with the sight of people coming together for such an occasion, he concluded questioning “..whether London could stage such a festival?” Within months the London Marathon was born!

Brasher made many trips to America to study the race organisation and finance of big city marathons such as those held in New York and Boston. Once he had secured a contract with Gillette of £50,000, he was able to establish the organisation’s charitable status. He was clear in his aims for the marathon, which he not only hoped would echo the scenes he had witnessed in New York, but also put Britain firmly on the map as a country capable of organising major events.

His vision was realised on 29th March 1981, with the inaugural London Marathon proving an instant success. More than 20,000 people applied to run: 7,747 were accepted and 6,255 crossed the finish line on Constitution Hill as cheering crowds lined the route. Since this time the event has continued to grow in size, stature and popularity with a capacity 46,500 accepted entrants each year. In all, a total of 711,260 have completed the race since its inception with 34,497 runners crossing the line in 2008.


three miles, turns west and passes the Cutty Sark in Greenwich after six to seven miles. It crosses the River Thames at Tower Bridge and then loops around the east end of London, past Canary Wharf in Docklands, before heading west again along the Highway and the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace. The first London Marathon, held on 29 March 1981, finished on Constitution Hill between Green Park and Buckingham Palace. From 1982 until 1993 the race finished on Westminster Bridge with the Houses of Parliament in the background. But in 1994 repair work to the bridge meant the finish line was moved to The Mall where it has been ever since. Apart from the finish, the London Marathon course hasn’t changed much in its 29 year history. In 2005 it was altered slightly at 22 miles to avoid the cobbled area near the Tower of London, and that year the route around the Isle of Dogs between 14 and 21 miles was switched f r o m a clockwise to an anticlock wise direction.

Doing It For Charity!

As a fundraising event, there is no race in the world that comes close to the London Marathon. An iconic image of the event is the thousands of runners traipsing the streets to raise money for charity, many in fancy dress, hoping to stand out as a rhino, football mascot, giant tree, or escaped convict. More than three quarters of competitors now run for a good cause and a third of all entry places are offered by charitable organisations.

2010 Virgin London Marathon - 25th April. live coverage 8.30am on BBC Two.

The London Marathon course is flat and fast. It starts in Blackheath, heads east through Charlton and Woolwich for

e t a d p U s s e in s u B h is n Spa ...The Spanish Minister for Tax and the Economy, Elena Salgado, claimed that the economy had now stabilised, and that growth was on its way. She told the papers that clearing the deficit was vital for recovery, and what was needed now was not to fight the crisis, but to make the most of the recovery. She said that the regional administrations were already well aware of the need to reduce the deficit. Salgado claimed that Spain could afford the help promised to Greece as part of the EU recovery plan, ‘more than other countries’. Spain is set to loan 3.6 billion. She admitted that Spain could become the subject of a speculative attack by investors, but denied that there was any conspiracy against the country, describing it more as a lack of understanding.

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Regarding unemployment she considered that what was needed was not to make sackings cheaper for employers, rather to offer incentives to take on more staff, and she said that the reform of the law controlling caja savings banks would be passed after the summer, making mergers and a restructuring of the banking sector easier. The Minister did admit that the budgets for forthcoming years would be ‘complicated’, but denied that there were any plans for more tax increases on the horizon. Her plans to increase IVA/VAT from July 1 meanwhile continue to be attacked by the Partido Popular opposition. Party leader Mariano Rajoy has now joined an initiative in protest at the increase started by Esperanza Aguirre, the PP head of the Madrid regional government. Speaking at a rally in Leganés, Madrid, the PP leader called for a ‘civic rebellion’ against the tax increase, while Aguirre described the government’s economic policy as ‘disastrous’. ...Under what is being called a new rationalisation plan, the Prime Minister is reported to be reducing the number of top level officials by 20%, and completely removing some bodies and public entities. Sources say the cuts will be made in two stages, this month and in May but the 14 ministries and three deputy Prime Ministers will remain in place. The measures will affect Secretaries of State, General Secretaries and General Directors with at least one being lost per ministry. There are currently 409 top level members in the administration with an annual wage bill of 82m €. ...A battle for internet banking clients is heating up with ibanesto offering 4% for new clients who move their money to the bank. Observers say the promotion is centred on ING. There are no permanency of other clauses, simply Ibanesto, the bank led by Ana Patricia Botín, wants to rob funds from its rivals. ...A study from Ernest and Young has said that Spain will not be able to reduce its deficit to less than 3% until 2015. The study says the problem is unemployment which will continue to rise next year and the Spanish economy will remain in recession this year. The study forecasts only weak growth in the Eurozone until 2012. ...Eurozone inflation has risen to 1.4% the same annual rate announced yesterday in Spain, as transport, alcohol and tobacco all cost more. ...The first phase of the Government’s emergency 426€ monthly payment to the unemployed ends today, having helped more than half a million people over the past six months at a cost of close to 700 million €. The plan has since been extended for new claimants for another six months to October, at an additional cost of 517 million. The payment goes to those unemployed who have used up their normal entitlement if they decide to attend training courses.

And finally... ...As you might expect, airline shares have led the losers on the Spanish stock market today. Iberia is trading over 1% down




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Greece Passes Go & Collects €1.6billion Market Commentary 14th April 2010 The Greeks smashed their Bond issue sale yesterday and sold €1.6billion in one their most important Treasury bill auctions. The combination of six and twelve month loans surpassed expected demand by €360million. The attractive rates offered at nearly 4.9% gained much interest from short term traders and caused a short rally on the Euro against Sterling and the Dollar.

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However, as the afternoon progressed, the markets returned to an unconvinced attitude as concerns crept in on Greece’s overall long term debt issue. Back to UK and we had a brief Sterling rally yesterday as the ONS stated that Britain’s goods trade gap dropped to £6.179bn in February, an unexpected improvement of close to £1bn. Exports leapt by 9.5% in the same period, the largest rise since Jan ’03. Also, reports of house price rise outnumbered reports of house price decline according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. However, it must be noted the Pound has still given up almost all its gains

during the past 24 trading hours with the election’s ubiquitous presence over the currency. In other market news today we have major figures out in the US with Retail Sales expected to show 1% growth month on month against a 0.3% growth last month. Always considered a significant figure by the markets, as consumer spending equates to approximately 66% of the US’s overall economic activity. In addition, we have CPI inflation data out, which is expected to be a monthly increase of 0.1% adding to the overall 2.4% annual figure. The Fed will have keen eyes of these figures to obtain a clear indication of any future fiscal policies despite recently saying any interest rate rise is a long way off. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email

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Spring is here, the property market is recovering, and Mojácar and the entire coast is expected to get busy again! By André dos Santos

The clocks have gone forward, the weather has improved, the beach bars have all opened and the entire coast is expected to get busy again. As for the property market, during Easter we have experienced a surge in property enquiries, viewings and actual transactions. The message for both vendors and buyers is that properties are DEFINITELY changing hands and as far as we are concerned the outlook really is not as gloomy as some have feared. If you own a property and decide to sell it for whatever reason, come and talk to us. Your best chance of achieving your goal is to listen to professional advice. Your property must be put on the market at an asking price that is attractive enough to generate interest. Properties do not normally get bought until the prospective purchases have actually visited the property, etc. and it is impossible for an Estate Agent to convince a buyer to visit a particular property when similar properties are being offered for sale at a much reduced price. The key to success in today’s property market is price. The obvious benefit to get one’s property seen and sold as quickly as possible is that both vendors and purchasers alike can move onto their next project, whatever that may be! The reality on the ground is that those in the position to purchase are expecting a lot for their cash. Really there is no point in putting your property on the market unless it is being offered for sale as genuine good value for money – law of supply and demand. The strategy of those vendors willing to listen to advice and be realistic about their asking price is paying off. With the current financial crisis it is very easy to get downhearted and depressed. However, this downward cycle on the economy will eventually end and therefore what is the point of moaning about it? Instead one should be more positive and do their best to get the best of whatever situation one

is faced with. After all within every crisis there are also opportunities and I believe that both sellers and buyers can jointly benefit from the current downturn in the property market. Those selling will know that the proceeds from their sale, although probably less than they originally thought, will stretch further be it by buying foreign currency, by buying another property, etc. Obviously, those buying will have the satisfaction that they are buying something at an exceptionally good price.

start flocking again to the Spanish Costas and will start thinking about a 2nd home in the sun again. At Veritas Homes we are already getting more enquiries and viewings and therefore we have a real need for more well priced properties of all types and areas but more so in Mojácar Playa. Our message to both sellers and buyers remains unchanged: The outlook is good, the climate is great and at Veritas Homes we want to help you buy or sell in Spain and to give you something to smile about. So, when the temptation is to wallow in doom and gloom, to moan about the weather or the economy, or anything else that is upsetting you; remember that you, only you, can make it happen.

The example (LEFT) REF:1467 is a very good example of a vendor meaning business. We have been instructed to market their 5 bed/3 bath southfacing apartment with 3 massive terraces and lock-up garage in San Juan de Los Terreros at a Those wanting to discuss about any of the issues very reasonable price of 175,000 Euros or nearest raised in this article please pop into the Veritas offer. Opportunities such as this do not come along Homes office on the square just before the Hotel everyday and we expect this apartment to sell to Puntazo and Rohha Lifestyle and next door to Viva the first client to view the property. So, if you are Restaurant or e-mail André at andre@veritashomes. looking for a 5 bed apartment within 5 minutes walk to the sea, make it a priority and call Paseo del Mediterráneo, 261, Estrella del Cantal-5-A-1, us to arrange a viewing appointment! 04638, Mojácar I am in no doubt that as soon as the Tel: 950 472 430/950 475 193/610 053 563/677 542 960 general election is out of the way, be it Phone UK: +44 (0) 151 544 0268 / +44 (0) 208 180 32 40 a straight Tory or Labour victory or a hung parliament, English buyers will


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By using window treatments, such as full length curtains, it should be relatively easy to set a mood of relaxation while maintaining an informal atmosphere within your dining room. When opened with coloured rope or classy beaded tiebacks, full length curtains add a certain sense of grace and style to a room.

With bay windows, a look of sophistication and elegance is usually achieved through the use of Jacquard or Damask curtains. These fabrics offer a medium weight, along with the range of colours and patterns available, make them a top choice. With either of these fabrics, curtains are available with deep headings as they produce some very beautiful pleats and subtle folds. There are also curtains designed specifically for bay windows, such as eyelet curtains and these are very economical, while providing a very trendy look. The drape and fall of the curtain is also important to the look of window dressings and through the use of different curtain tracks or poles, several styles can be achieved. Bay window poles are made to fit the size and shape of the windows and they are best used with light or medium weight curtains. For heavier curtains, traditional curtain tracks are better, thus allowing curtains to be drawn or opened with little effort. For rooms featuring dark furniture, long curtains in darker colours work best. They tend to provide a sense of warmth on cold evenings and create a cosy atmosphere in traditional style homes. You can fit them with a pellmet and tiebacks that match very refined and classical. If going for a gracious look while trying

to enhance pale dining room furniture, use cream coloured curtains with boldly contrasted edge of faux suede and within the pelmet. For small dining rooms, pastel coloured ready-made curtains offer a look of sophistication, but are at the same time very affordable. To bring a feeling of freshness and friendliness into a dining room, the choice could easily be either modern or traditional style floral curtains. Curtains featuring pale background colours with flowers or blooms look very lavish in larger bay windows. There are so many gorgeous floral designs around at the moment too! Neutral tones are perfect for contemporary interior design styles, especially when in fabrics such as corded or faux suede fabrics. These types of fabrics and tones coordinate very well with modern styled furniture and compliment less formal lifestyles very well. Faux suede is very soft to touch, and the curtains hung on pleated headings, or alternatively they can be used with curtain rings and poles and finished with beaded tiebacks for a very smart look. Also don’t forget lining. Adding lining to curtains will help them hang better, and it provides heat insulations while reducing the risk of fading too.

IT’S ALL ABOUT tEXTURE... Just as you think about colour and pattern, also consider how you can mix textures in your home. All surfaces have texture be they matt or shiny, coarse or fine, rough or smooth. If you are thinking of working with just one colour group it is particularly important to introduce different textures. Neutrals are very popular at the moment as they are so easy to live with and coordinate with other colours so well, but they can be rather dull unless different surface finishes are introduced.

Fabrics Look at the texture of fabrics you are going to use as well as their appeal in terms of colour or pattern. A luscious silk, a thick velvet, a flimsy voile, a chunky woollen knit, a coarse linen, a shiny chintz – the list is endless when it comes to choice.

TIP: Try to mix and match by obtaining swatches of all your fabrics prior to purchase and team them together to make sure you like the overall effect. You may also want to introduce some interesting trimmings, no matter how small, to provide that finishing touch. If you stick to just one type of fabric, you will miss out on the individuality that comes with using different textures.



a Room with a view a Modernised Villa on Camposol

157 Square metres

€274,995 Another world properties are pleased to be able to offer this outstanding modernised 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom Cibeles style villa situated on a private plot of 670m2 on the final phase of Camposol. The villa is in immaculate condition throughout, offering many additional features including glazed front terrace, separate one bedroom apartment and a lovely 10 x 5 swimming pool. On entering the villa you enter the glazed front terrace which overlooks the pool area. In the spacious lounge you have telephone connection, free view television (plus Spanish tv) and air conditioning. The are three bedrooms on the lower level of this

excellent property which are all double in size, with the master bedroom having fitted wardrobes, air conditioning and also en-suite bathroom. The two other bedrooms also have fitted wardrobes with air conditioning. The fully fitted kitchen which is blue in colour has an electric oven, a five ring gas hob, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher. The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and is equipped with air conditioning. On the upper level to this property you have a separate apartment comprising of a large lounge, bathroom, double bedroom and kitchen with air conditioning and a fantastic solarium with in roof storage space. In

addition a BBQ plus large seating area. The gardens are well established with palms, fruit trees and shrubs. Various seating areas are around the plot with both shaded and un-shaded areas. There is also amazing bbq feature to the side of the pool area. Additional benefits to this property include being fully central heated/air conditioning throughout and also fully fly screened. PART EXCHANGE WILL BE CONSIDERED - DOWNGRADE TO A 2 BED VILLA WITH OR WITHOUT POOL ON CAMPOSOL, WITH CASH DIFFERENCE FOR THE CIBELES. CONTACT ANOTHER WORLD PROPERTIES FOR MORE INFORMATION

C/L Juan de La Cierva 5, Mazarron 30870, Murcia

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Tel: 968 592 679

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C/L Juan de La Cierva 5, Mazarron 30870, Murcia, Spain

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Camposol €159,950

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Camposol REDUCED €220,000

Detached 120 m2 villa with private 10 x 5m pool on 600 m2, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, en-suite to master, glazed front terrace, extended reer terrace and roof solarium, lounge with feature log burner, kitchen with electrical appliances, off road parking, cellar. Ref 1125

Extended Fortuna De Lux villa offered fully furnished with upstairs self contained apartment, underbuild with workshop & storage, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, open plan living, dining and kitchen area, white goods, large covered glazed terrace, brick build BBQ, 350m2 plot. Ref 1212

Finca on 7000m2 plot, 4 beds, 2 baths, master with ensuite, fitted kitchen, 2 living rooms, open fireplace, 10x5m private pool with bar, brick built BBQ /summer house, patio, solarium with views of the surrounding countryside, must be viewed to be appreciated. Ref 1206

Neptuno Ruby situated on 1st phase, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, en-suite to master, spacious living room with marble feature fireplace, open plan dinning and fitted kitchen, situated on 1000m2 plot, mature garden with 8 x 4 private pool, garage and solarium. Ref 1184

Camposol REDUCED €239,995

Country Club €140,000

Camposol REDUCED €138,000

Los Canovas €99,000

Detached, 3 dble beds, 2 baths, en-suite to master, lounge, seperate dining - area, kitchen, white goods, roof solarium, large under build as self contained apartment, 10x5m pool, off road parking, air-conditioning, central heating, distant sea views. Ref 735

Detached, 2 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, front line Capricho on 435m2 plot overlooking the surrounding valley, fully fitted kitchen, living area with feature fireplace and french windows leading to terrace, rear utility area, private car port, turret room and solarium. Ref 1035

Detached villa, 2 double beds, 2 baths, en-suite to master, central heating, lounge, feature fireplace, seperate dining area, fitted kitchen & appliances, terrace-sun room, roof solarium, cellar with workshop area, 8 x 4 swimming pool, off road parking including car in sale. Sold furnished. Ref 1168

Spanish attached house in quiet village, 100m2 living area in need of improvement, 4 double bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, feature fireplace, dining-kitchen with duel hob of gas and electric, utility room, solarium, garage adjacentduel hob of gas and electric, Ref 1181

Camposol Villa €225,000




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choose furniture with a relaxed feel, such as a wooden farmhouse-style table, white-painted dining chairs and a cream painted wood dresser. Make the room feel warm and welcoming with accessories and cushion covers that have a home-made feel to them. Choose baskets for a country feel and place them on top of the dresser for extr a stor age. Bowls and plates in sugared-almond shades, and vintage-style cake stands are essential to this country look. Spotty cer amics also help bring a modern twist to this classic style.



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gardening...gardening... gardening...gardening... gardening...gardening... …and the flowers are blooming! Well, at least they are for Julie Peel of Cabrera.

Spring Is Here At Last… Originally from Yorkshire and an award winning designer working in the London flower industry for the last several years Julie decided two years ago she’d had enough of the hectic city life and yearned for a more rural relaxed life with guaranteed sunshine all year round!. Her inspiration was pricked by the landlady of the Limoneros in Cortijo Grande, after she also was having trouble finding artificial flowers for the restaurant, where Julie is now displaying some her of flower designs. “Since I arrived I’ve found it hard to get

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Lots of dogs and some cats chew on plants. Most of the time, there’s no ill effect. But some plants — such as elephant ear and yew — can be extremely toxic to pets.


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Other plants that are much less poisonous create toxicity issues only when large quantities are eaten. With all of these plants, the effect depends on the variety of plant and the size and weight of the animal and the amount consumed. Effects can range from mild oral irritation to poisoning. If you have a young puppy who nibbles at everything, you’ll want to either get rid of a problematic plant or make sure that pet and plant don’t come in contact!

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Depending on the size of the animal, these plants are among those that can create toxicity issues if large quantities are eaten:

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e t a l o c o h c s i y Wh ? s g o d o t l u f m r ha The ingredient in chocolate that is harmful to dogs is called theobromine. It belongs to the same class of compounds that caffeine does. It has been used by the medical community as a heart stimulant and a vasodilator (widens the blood vessels) for humans. Theobromine is metabolized quickly by humans but very slowly by dogs and cats. Research has shown it can stay in a dog’s bloodstream for a much as 30 hours. Because of this, they are prone to theobromine poisoning should they eat it. Symptoms of theobromine poisoning are increased urination, vomiting, nausea, restlessness, loss of appetite, and

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Dame Vera Lynn has spoken out in praise of Britain’s Got Talent star Chloe Hickinbottom, claiming that the youngster has “great potential”. 10-year-old Hickinbottom was seen wowing the judges with her own rendition of Lynn’s hit ‘White Cliffs Of Dover’ in Saturday night’s auditions episode. Lynn confirmed that she was watching the programme from her home in East Sussex at the weekend and enjoyed Hickinbottom’s performance. The 93-year-old explained: “It’s great that a young girl wants to sing my songs. She sounded very mature, she had a good presence, and she looks good. More importantly than all of that, she sings in tune. She has got absolutely great potential.” sly expressed fears that Hickinbottom was “far too young” to previou had

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and relaunch the TV career of Chris Evans while putting The One Show’s reputation at risk. “He has built up an audience from nothing to more than 6 million, five nights a week and really knows his audience. Chris Evans is taking over, as he did with Wogan on Radio 2, a ready-made following.” The source added: “Adrian has absolutely nothing against Chris Evans but feels he should be launching his own show rather than gatecrashing someone else’s show which is already successful. “Adrian feels it is better to leave now while The One Show is at the top rather than hang around to see what happens. He’s excited by the opportunities at ITV. They desperately want him as their big new star and that says something about their foresight.”

Patrick Stewart “Stunned” To Be Knighted

Patrick Stewart has revealed that he was “stunned” when he learned he was being awarded a knighthood for “services to drama”. The 69-year-old actor admitted that he did not immediately discover the message as he left the nondescript manila envelope in which it arrived in a bag full of other unopened letters until he decided to sort through his post. Stewart commented: “I was stunned. I recall wandering around this brown hotel room in North Nottingham not knowing what to do next. The letter specifically said it was confidential so I couldn’t tell anyone, but what I wanted to do was to rush on set and say, ‘You will never believe it!’”

Heart’ Elton: ‘Adoption Refusal Broke My adopt two Ukrainian

Sir Elton John has revealed that being deemed unsuitable to wanted to adopt children broke his heart. The singer and his partner David Furnish ber. Septem last tour ge orphana an on met they that s brother two young A government minister said at the time that Sir Elton would be denied adoption rights as he was “not traditionally married” and too old. According to sources, the 62year-old explained to The Oprah Winfrey Show: “There were too many laws that said we couldn’t do it in the Ukraine and it broke our hearts because we fell in love with these kids. Life is all about learning, trying to change what you are. I think a child would possibly be the icing on the cake but, so far, no.”


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Selection of novels (75), Tom Clancy, Craig Thomas, Ian Rankin, Josephine Cox, Marcia Willett plus others. €0.50 each.. Tel 966713297. 3 Bar Electric fire 8€ Tel 676 694 929 (Ref:126) Small Oil filled Radiator 15€ Tel:676 694 929(Ref:126) Fruit Juicer Chrome 10€ Tel 676694 929 (Ref:126) Electric Christmas Wall Decoration. Suitable for walls of Villa Brought from England all 5€each Tel 676 694 929(ref;126) Unusual antique ‘Edwardian era’ mahogany dining table, converts from circular to oval shape as required. 299€ ono. Tel. 676241 696, Totana, Murcia (ref;126) 4 antique chairs, upholstered in pretty pale green floral fabric with arched, wheat-sheaf shaped backs 200€ ono. Tel. 676 241 696, Totana, Murcia (ref;126) Stag quality mahogany bureau with brass knob handles. 2 large drawers, 3 small drawers and drop down writing desk. 39” x 30” x 17”. (1m x 75cm x 43cm) 100€ ono. Tel: 676 241 696, Totana, Murcia (ref;126) Stag quality English style dresser in mahogany wood. Brass knob/ring type handles. Sideboard base with removable shelf top. Combined = 2 cupboards, 2 drawers 2 shelves and totals 67” x 32” x 18” (170cm x 80cm x 45cm). 200€ ono Tel: 676 241 696, Totana, Murcia (ref;126) FreeSat satellite receiver for English channels, brand new, 80€. Tel 626 658 778 (ref:126) Cement mixer electric good condition home use cost 320euro bargain quesada 165€ Tel: 966716646 Headboard wooden lovely inset arch and fretwork double or kingsize must see 75€ Tel:966716646 Bedside cabinet 3 draws solid wood exellent condition must see quesada 40€ Tel:966716646 White, marble effect, resin, sturdy garden table and four white, high backed chairs for sale. An unwanted gift costing 200€. Will accept 120 Euros or nearest offer, in perfect condition. Camposol Mazarron. Tel: 618 896 381 Quick chef Tu p p e r w a r e processor alternative to electric 7€ Mazarron Tel 629 917 851. Electric juicer/ processor 20€ MazarronTel629917851.

Bread Maker 25€. Mazarron Tel 629 917 851 Sharp portable colour tv. 3 systems, secam-L, secamB/G and pal. Bought in France, receives all analogue Spanish programmes, TDT box needed for digital. Remote control. Complete operating instruction booklet. 25€. Camposol, Mazarron Tel 968 199 242 or mobile 655 095 242 (ref:125) Cement Mixer. Electric cement mixer Wiskehrs make. Bought from Cines Navarro(B&Q) for 330€. Mk-130 model. 130 litre capacity. Excellent condition . Only 125€ Tel 968 199 243 or mobile 655 095 242 (ref:125) Pine armchair, blue and yellow check material 20€ Tel:635 885 062 Camposol (ref:125) Wet Suit (O’Neill) Med/ Large as new. 50€ Tel: 679 549 562 Camposol (ref:125) Windsurf Shoes Size 9 as new 10€ Tel: 679 549 562 Camposol (ref:125) Life Vest (Windwood) Med/Large as new 20€ Tel: 679 549 562 Camposol (ref:125) Electric Christmas Wall Decorations, 3 bar electric fire, small oil filled radiator, fruit juicer and roof box with bars Tel 676 694 929 (ref 125) 28” colour tv silver, tele-text, stereo, good picture remote.quesada area 75€ Tel 966 716 646 Windsurf Board with fin and mast base 8ft 5inc long 39 inches wide 100€ Tel: 679 549 562 Camposol (ref:125) 2 Single Beds with mattresses (as new) plus Headboards 70€o. n.o Tel 65041 8887 Camposol (ref125) 2 single bed duvets plus matching covers and pillow cases with 2 fitted sheets 50€ Tel 65041 8887 Camposol (ref125) 2 matching bed covers plus cushions 10€ Tel 65041 8887 Camposol (ref125) FreeSat satellite receiver for English channels, brand new, 80€. Tel 626 658 778 (ref125) Black glass and chrome corner TV Unit, 3 tiers, 60cmW, 41cmD, 51cmH, excellent condition, no scratches. 50€. Pinar de Campoverde. Tel: 966 762 639 (ref:124) Granite for sale, various sizes, one piece broken but still usable - was a fireplace but can be used for other projects. Cream coloured. 15€ the lot. Pinar de Campoverde. Tel: 966 762 639 (ref:124) White kitchen doors with silver knobs, will fit fit a Rebecca Excellent Condition 150€ Tel: 634 325 508 (ref:124)

14 ft Boat Trailer very good condition offers Tel 634 325 508 (ref:124) 28” colour TV silver, tele-text, stereo sound, remote 80euro Tel: 966 716 646 (ref:124) DVD/video player 2in 1 silver remote good condition 65euro Tel: 966 716 646 (ref:124)

Springer spaniel puppies

2 males, beautiful markings, lovely pedigree parents

excellent family pet

from €250 TDT Spanish digital receiver remote 6 Mazarron: 699 203 136 months use only boxed 25euro Tel: 966 716 646 boats (ref:124) Sky box €55. Tel: 652 073 581 or email cawoodsh@ (ref124) Sky plus box €65 Tel: 652 073 581 or email (ref124)

Serenity Sailing R.Y.A. Training centre R.Y.A. sailing tuition; competent crew to yacht master. Also ICC, VHF, own boat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or power-boat get Sky HD box €125 Tel: qualified and certified. 652 073 581 or email Contact Richard 0034 638 056 224 / 0044 776 697 5874 / enquires@ (ref124) www. s e r e n i t y s a i l i n g .c o m


Wanted Scrap Gold Cash paid for all gold jewellery or exchange for new

The Treasure Chest: 966 718 100 / 966 765 374 We buy quality used furniture and white goods to furnish our own rental apartments. Tel: 965 720 817 or 966 723 437 Spa / Hot Tub or Jacuzzi, working or not. Tel: 650 722 905 Instant Cash Paid. Gold and Jewellery Bought and Sold. Valuations, repairs and retail. Quesada Gold Centre @ No17 Calle Los Arcos Ciudad Quesada Rojales 03170 Tel 634 043 060 www.

air conditioning


Air-con technician car sales. Fuente Alamo.

Tel: 626 796 149




3.8 metre Honda inflatable dinghy 20hp. Honda outboard, easily crosses Mar Menor with 4 people. includes electric pump, assorted life jackets and inflatable towing ring.

2,200€ ONO

Tel: 663 125 979 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

Advertise in Sol Classifieds Telephone: 950 430 820


M o b i l i t y 38 Years Experience E q u i p m e n t For all your carpentry Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Mobility needs: Kitchens, Doors, Bathrooms, 968 153 620www. Bedrooms & much freedommobilityspai more ! For a no-obligation quote call: Philip: 680 443 219 pets

Carpenter / Joiner



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:

van hire

damp proofing damp proofing English / Spanish 15 years in Spain

or Email:

Vehicles wanted


satellites Deep sea fishing WANTED call Tony on: 646 DEAD OR ALIVE 754 124 www. Rainbow Satellites English or Spanish c a l i d a f i s h i n g . c o m for all your TV needs vehicles with or without MOT or Tax. Good with clients all over garage service the Murcia Region. quality Spanish vehicles also wanted. Contact Matt or Tel Pat: 667 711 380 Alan 686 358 475 or or 968 559 188

Ken sherwood English Mechanic

Sky Digi Box, PACE with blue sky Garage in La Pinilla 10 mins Camposol card BBC1, 2, 3, 4, Collection and ITV1, 2, 3. Ch4 & delivery service available. All garage 5. 79€ Can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 services and diagnostics. All work guaranteed

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

Jewellery QUESADA GOLD CENTRE We buy Gold & Jewellery at International Market Prices

No 17 Calle Los Arcos, Ciudad Quesada, Rojales Tel: 634 043 060

Wanted Cars for Cash la zenia Cars n332 La Zenia


Tel: 633 504 211

Lords Removal & Storage

sits vacant

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

Hairdresser wanted. Part time Los Alcazares Salon. Tel:666 249 523 or 968 574 904

(0034) 608 061 872

Advertise Lorry in Sol to & from the UK Classifieds once a week Telephone: Call: 680 742 011 0044 7970 722 744 0044 1443 670 031 950 430 820 7.5 Ton

pROPERTY section Luxury 2 and 3 bedrooms

(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

Cherribar Park Homes

Camping La Hierbabuena Los Lobos

Special Offer

Car, Caravan, 2 people, Electric, more than 28 days... 7€ per day Park Homes from 29,000€ Tel: 629 688 153 / 950 396 908

Land for Sale

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


Tel: 649 280 204 or 619 114 692

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

Tel: 968 595 641 or 619 500 555


mobile homes

Direct from the UK at the right price

situations vacant


We have two chauffeur driven stretch limousines for up to eight people and a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit for up to four people.

Phone Brent 669637999 Gary 648460097 Johnny 688803348

Tel: 958 656 560 or 619 666 363

679 646 859


free delivery within 50km of Los Montesinos

electro-os s.l.

for sale

(min 10 euros per transaction on cheques or Visa)


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

Long Let

La Pinilla

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

La Murada (CV870) Bar / Restaurant

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.

Was 399,950€

NOW 299,950€

Tel: 649 280 204 or 619 114 692

for Sale

BEACH Location Mazarron Area 10 year Traspaso Tel: 676 899 757 Advertise here in the Classifieds Tel: 950 430 820

We want you!! Enthusiastic and committed sales people wanted to work on commission only basis, must have own transport, if you can close a deal and have a desire to work for an established company call 965 720 817 or 616 493 487

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

television systems w w w. MRSKYTV. COM

We cover the whole of Spain

New White Preactivated Sky Card €99free delivery Sky HD Box

€249.99(10 left) SKY + €174

Office 965 070 458 24hrs 618 585 051

water leaks

Tec-Fonta Tel: 671 092 424 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.


Wanted We buy, sell and remove mobile homes &twin units

Having problems with the campsite? Struggling with the rent? Don’t risk losing your home.We can remove and store your home for you. Transport to France or UK arranged Tel: 616 250 727 E: We can help !

email sales@ soltimes .com for sale “Safety 1st” portable high chair/booster seat, 9.99€.ex cond Tel:650 250 585 Disney princess “ride along car” 0-3 yrs with musical princesses and piano ex cond. 9.99€Tel:650 250 585 New washing machine. White Ignis 150€. New Dish washer, white Ignis-full setting 150€ Heavy Duty Builders Cement Mixer 150€. Call:697 678 708 20 Coin operated react machines. Test your reaction speed.20€ each or 200€ the lot. Tel:644 569 693 Ladies mastercraft mono ski. good condition. 25€ Tel:644 569 693 Fly High wakeboard pole and board rack. good condition. 120€ Tel: 644 569 693 Motorcycle helmet. Brand new Shark RSX full face helmet. Silver colour. Size small (55). Never used or worn. 5 year manufacturer warranty.150€ Mojacar. Tel: 654 170 748. (ref:235) Full Newbery youth sized cricket equipment set Inc batting gloves and pads. Series 1 size: harrow Gm batting helmet & inner batting gloves bat cover county kit bag. Slazenger cricket ball & thigh guard 170€ Tel: 666 168 281 Mojacar Large green plastic garden shed 6ft x 4ft x 2ft €200 Tel: Joe: 660 239 051 Genuine lambs wool rug €100 tel: Joe:660 239 051 Ladies bike with basket €80 Tel:Joe: 660 239 051 Fast set pool,size, 15ft x 36ins,complete with filter, pump ladder, cover, maintenance kit etc, still in unopened box.95€ ono.Tel: 626 899 898 / 608 071 058 Steel Tool Box 12 5 c m x 6 0 c m x 9 0 c m 50€ Tel 626 750 559 Wheel & Tyre 195x780 20€ Tel 626 750 559 3x Mercedes Minibus seats & seat belts 100€ Tel 626 750 559 Aluminium Loft ladder 20€ Tel 626 750 559 3 sliding shower doors complete with base and frame each door 60cm wide x 180cm high. 60€ ONO. Telephone Terry on 628 819124 Freezer Sliding glass top thermostatic controlled freezer 1500 x600 nearly new 200€ Tel 663036208. 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,


SOL CLASSIFIEDS Any item for sale UNDER 300€ is FREE to advertise here

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. Mercedes duo ece (transponder, isofix) child’s car seat was £300.will take 70€ excellant cond.Tel:650 250 585 Huge range of Bedlinen in stock. Pillows from only 4.50€ ! HSH. Turre. Probably the largest variety of English goods in Almeria! Our 4,000 sqft store is packed with thousands of items you cant find elsewhere. HSH, Turre. Tel: 950 479 487. Open Mon-Fri 9.30 – 8pm (no siesta), Sat 10am – 6pm (no siesta). Solid pine bunk beds with 6ft x 3ft mattresses in good condition. Can be used as 2 separate single beds. Come apart for easy transportation. Only 60€ (Local delivery possible) Tel : 634 455 628 (San Juan de Los Terreros) (ref:235) 24” Toshiba TV excellent condition complete with manual and remote 50€ ono. Tel 663 440 259 (ref:235) Telephone Stool with table in yew and green fabric seat. 25€ ono. Tel: 663 440 259 (ref:235) Sewing Machine make Stella rsp Air Electronic in cabinet, many extras, excellent condition 99€ o.n.o. Telephone 663 440 259 (ref:235) Motorcycle helmet Brand new Shark RSX full face helmet. Silver colour. Size small (55). Never used or worn. 5 year manufacturer warranty. Mojacar. 654 170 748. (ref:235) Small music centre. 2 speakers. (one each side of unit) There is a CD / radio / cassette player/recorder Disc compatible. Brand New unwanted gift. 34€ Baza. 647 266 344 (ref:235) Brand New Car Battery suitable for 4x4 or large vehicle. Magneti Marelli 12V, ETS 92ND, 92AH, 720A (EN) Still in original packaging, never been used Cost 115€. Will sell for 85€ Tel: Chris 617 528 737 (ref:235) Travel cot as new 40€ Tel 676 572 791 (Chirivel area) (ref:235) Technics electric piano sx-px664 249€ Tel:696 932 763 (ref:235) Office Bookcase 40€ Tel:696 932 763 (ref:235) Mattress 130cm wide x 178cm long x 10cm

deep never used still in wrapping. Offers invited. Buyer collect. Tel: 950 453 161 (ref:235) L-Shaped office desk 40€ Tel:696 932 763 (ref:235) 80w BP Solar panels new in box 280€ Tel 619 744 516 (ref:236) Deep cycle Batteries for solar power 60€ Tel:619 744 516 (ref:236) 50w Solar panels new in box 160€ Tel:619 744 5165 (ref:236) Diving: Wet suit medium size, and fins (flippers) / boots size 7 - only worn once. Offers accepted. Tel: 664 291 793 Mexican Pine 3 Door Wardrobe For Sale, 2 Draws Underneath Only Used For 2 Weeks New House Forces Sale, Email lyndabmack@ 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) 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: Tel: 679 017 931

wanted Small to medium touring caravan sensibly priced Tel:699 729 826 Small neat 4 seater hot tub. Must be in good working order & mint condition. Sensibly priced cash customer Call Roger Tel 950 970 434 (ref:236) Dog Cages or crates all sizes needed Tel 950163489 All types of solar equipment bought & sold Tel: 619 744 516(ref235) We buy quality used furniture and white goods to furnish our

own rental apartments. Tel: 965 720 817 or 966 723 437 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) AA Auctions want all of your unwanted items! Call: 600 007 175 or 950 064 576 World War 2 and onwards, military Memorabilia, cash paid. Tel: 950 469 540

SERVICES accountancy

6€,8€,10€! Pillowcases from 1.99€, Pillows from 4.50€, High quality duvet covers-single 14.99€, Double 19.99€, King 24.99€. 500gsm: towels hand 5€, bath 10€, sheet 16€ Choice of 10 colours in stock now. Duvets, Curtains, Mattress Protectors, Cushions, etc, etc. We have the best variety at the best prices! Tel 950 479 487.

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


XT 2.85 kayak with double paddle. As new hardly used. Very strong polyethlyene. Similar in decathlon € 499. Sell for € 250. Tel. 950 466 396.

builders Ross Regan We cover all aspects of work from total reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors design & build Call for a free no obligation quote 671 843 155 / 646 234 222

SR Accountancy offers Completion of Non-Resident Tax returns, Renewals of Residencia, European Health Cards and Registering of E121 etc. For more information, car boots call 685 248 999 or email sharon@ Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. air conditioning Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of MD Air- stalls and bargains, Conditioning & for more information Refrigeration S.L. Sales, call Julie 646 675 297 service, installation, fully certified & legal. carpentry Tel: 950 432 110 or 607 364 917 md_ W i l d w o o d aircon@mobileemail. Bespoke Joinery v o d a f o n e . e s – High quality made to measure carpentry Alternative Energy & joinery. Reliable & service Complete solar professional system good quality at competitive prices. enough for lights & TV Avoid disappointment, etc 1,700€ Tel 619 744 call James on: 950 067 011 or 685 955 516 (ref235) Complete solar 768 james@wildwood. system top quality es enough for full house craft & hobby 5,500€ Tel: 619 744 516 (ref:235) Wools Carlos (Saliente) Elaine’s plumbing & heating quality UK wool & Also services. If it involves accessories. water, we can help! available at Camposol, w w w.c ar lossaliente. Mazarron & Huercal com Tel: 950 121 918 Overa. Call: 667 273 Solar & wind 889 elaineswools@ power Best equipment g m a i l . c o m C&G qualified 15 years experience, chiropodist electrical work and pool heating. Call Phil. Howard Flanders Tel: 636 261 240 www. MSSCh MACLh. Profesional treatment for all foot and nail auctioNS care.Tel:950 064 672 Mob:663 488 348 At Location Auctions, Antas El real Ind. Est. Every 2 DRESSMAKING weeks. Next auction Bespoke curtains, Wed 21st April. Starts alterations, repairs, 5pm. Viewing Mon/Tues covers and all day Wed. House gazebo & mosquito nets. clerances speciality. Tel: 649 503 875 Tel: 667 698 795

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

for hire The Baby Hire Centre Professional Baby Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection. Tel: 649 332 134 Email enquiries@ thebabyhirecentre. com Website: www. Everything for the visiting baby. Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@


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 Lock, Stock and Barrel, Fully qualified locksmith. Change any lock, upgrade, breakin or lockout. 24 hour service. No call out charge. Tel Dave: 608 673 086 Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181


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

Hard Working Tel: 660 903 158 Man, looking for work, labouring, gardening, driving, anything personal considered. Call Stephen on: 655 772 127 Attractive couple (m42/f29) offers exclusive erotic services health/beauty for women, men and FM Fragrances qual- couples. Also house ity fragrances at afford- and hotel visits possible. able prices.To find a dis- Tel: 629 483 618 tender tributor in your area call Sensual, Karen on 627 635 514 woman (30) with sexy curved body spoils you daily on her heating private, descreet finca Carlos (Saliente) near Albox. Enjoy the plumbing & heating different services in services. If it involves luxury rooms, in the water, we can help! Jacuzzi or outdoor at the w w w.c ar lossaliente. pool. Tel: 669 101 316 German com Tel: 950 121 918 Sexy beauty, busty and HORSE RIDING shaved, enjoys to please you with massages Rancho Luz Del arousing Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. and more. Affordable One to one or group rates. Call 676 565 128 lessons, latest EN Sunday Night is standard hats provided. Singles Night at Bistro Escorted hacking and Bonita in Cerro Gordo. treks. Qualified BHS Call Chris for more Instructor. Call Erika details 650 599 739 bistrobonita1@hotmail. Drew on 678 838 547 com HOuse painter Elegant lady (30) fulfils your erotic House painted wishes on her private outside villa to include finca near Albox. Enjoy minor repairs plus 10 my different services rejas. Quality product. daily by appointment. Ref available. 648 898 Phone: 669 101 316 719 or 677 577 190 Attractive Couple europaintersspain@ offers exclusive eroticservice for women, men, couples. Phone 629 483 618 www. insurance Woman, Knights Insurance. Pretty Motor, house & sensual and tender, contents, life & health, spoils you daily discreet public liability, pleasure in her private home. boat, quads, jetski & Tel: 676 565 128 Masseur more. Tel: 950 121 943 Male – Men ONLY Relaxing affordable. ironworks & Tel: 676 902 388 Real Steel for all pets quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and Cattery chain link fencing. Call: KareClif – short or long-term 689 524 024 MINI digger P&D Metals All stays – call Clive on 677 bedding aspects of metal work 791 165 or visit www. H.S.H Turre Mini Digger and undertaken. Specialists k a r e c l i f c a t t e r y.c o m bedlinen specialists. Driver Hire. Tel: 610 345 in Ornamental Gates, Palomino Kennels Rejas. Tel: 638 707 406 – exclusive boarding Fitted percale sheets 725

kennels / cattery. Warm, friendly secure countryside environment. Call 619 306 870 or 950 067 051 www.palominokennels. com Animal Hotel – Aquilas, every Saturday afternoon, dog training courses. Twice weekly obedience classes, Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197 Abandoned dogs looking for good homes. All vaccinated & health checked. Call: 619 306 870 Puppy Rescue if you would like to help in any way, phone us on: 950 431 435 or 667 623 254. www. puppyrescueinspain. com


Call Lynn on 950 430 820 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


C.A.T. Services Translations (written & verbal) at very reasonpost service able prices, confidential and reliable call 627 C.A.T. Services 635 514 Postal pick-up and Parcel safe in La Alfoquia – call Karen on 627 635 514



cars for sale

Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! w w w.c ar lossaliente. com Tel: 950 121 918 A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & Plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing and electrics. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel 950 137 197 or 606 807 797

Honda Civic, New ITV, 750€ Tel: 610 675 253 Ford Fiesta 1.8 Diesel ITV, Tax, White. 1,000€. Tel: 606 656 976 Mitsubushi L200 2.5 diesel, 1999, LHD 4 seater pick up, full ITV. Towbar, 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. 950€ Tel: 606 656 976

pools Start your summer season with a complete sand change 95€ inc sand up to 5 sacks Tel 950 104 345 / 637 582 696 Clean & Clear Complete Pool maintenance. Weekly pool clean including all chemicals, only 65€ per month. (equivalent to only 15 per week). Call: 689 200 671

car wanted Renault Laguna Wanted from 1996 to 1999 years. ITV failure for body and parts, engine not necessary. Phone 610 006 432

Satellite systems

trailer for sale

A1 Sky Television Systems

Ifor Williams flat bed 14’6’long 6’6’wide drop sides and ramps will take 4x4 or mini digger 5 new tyres V.G.C. 1995€ Tel: 600 760 057

Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. All areas covered. Tel Dave: 628 607 778 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.

stonemason Restoration/ Rebuild of Historic Buildings, Fincas, Cortijos, Stone Carvings, Design, New Build, Walling, Paving.

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


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London black cab’s baby brother Chinese firm Geely to create a new range of smaller black cabs

It isn’t just Volvo that Geely is reshaping. Here is its interpretation of the black cab’s bulging baby brother! After more than 60 years on its own, the London taxi is to spawn a new range – with the wraps set to come off this radical concept, designed to sit below the TX4, at the Beijing Motor Show. The TXN is the first fruit of a link-up between UK cab maker LTI and Chinese car giant Geely, which is poised to take a majority share in LTI’s parent firm. The heavily retro design – which takes cues from the Mini and even the 1948 Morris Oxford – is to be displayed under Geely’s anglophile Englon brand. Inside, the driver sits within a separate plastic cab, allowing the occasional front passenger seat to fold up for extra luggage space. With the seat folded, there is room for three passengers on the rear bench. The TXN is designed to compete in taxi markets around the world, but not the UK.

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Q7 downsizes for greater efficiency Giant SUV gains S4’s supercharged V6 as part of 2011 model year updates

The Q7 is a giant amongst SUVs. But its new engine line-up embraces the downsizing trend. For the 2011 model year, the 276bhp 3.6-litre V6 and 345bhp 4.2-litre V8 engines have been replaced by two versions of Audi’s supercharged six-pot unit which debuted in the S4. The lower powered version offers less power than before, at 268bhp, but 40Nm torque. This powers the Q7 from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds 0.6-seconds faster than before - and gives it a top speed of 140mph. The more powerful version that takes over from the 4.2-litre engine delivers 328bhp and 440Nm of torque. This allows the Q7 to reach 62mph from rest 0.5 seconds more quickly than the V8 at 6.9 seconds, and to continue to a top

speed of 152mph. Both versions return the same fuel economy figure of 26.4mpg and 249g/km of CO2, representing a mpg improvement of 12 per cent over the old V6 and 16 per cent over the V8, and a 40g/km and 55g/km step up respectively. Also available is an all-new 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine which features start-stop technology. The unit returns 38.2mpg making it 19 per cent more fuel efficient than the previous unit. The engine also powers the Q7 from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds – 0.6-seconds faster than before. All models benefit from the new eight-speed auto gearbox which debuted in the new A8. Prices range from £40,135 to £54,055 and the newcomer is available to order now.

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had 2 cast iron penalty appeals, for fouls on Victor and Toche, turned down

Having also won at Cartagonova Stadium back in November, the men from Catalonia completed a Two absolutely brilliant long-range free kicks by Campano, midway through the second half, put thoroughly deserved double over a shell shocked a sizable dent in the promotion aspirations of FC Cartagena side. This defeat leaves Los Albinegros in 3rd place in div 2a on 54 points, 5 points behind leaders Cartagena. Had it not been for a world-class performance by Real Sociadad and a point behind 2nd place Levante. man of the match keeper Ruben, Cartagena would FC Cartagena line up: Ruben, Exposito, Txiki, have suffered a proper mauling. Surprisingly, it was Signorino, Mariano, Falcon (Vigil), De Lucas (Tato), the visitors who took the lead on 64 mins, Lafuente Lafuente (Balboa), Victor, Toche converting a Victor cross at the far post. The lead lasted Next up for Cartagena is a mouth watering encounter for only 2 mins, before Campano took centre stage, scoring twice in 4 mins. When Navarro added a 3rd against table topping Real Sociadad. This match for the home side on 84 mins, there looked no coming takes place at Cartagonova Stadium on Sun 25 Apr, back for Cartagena, but with only 4 mins of normal time with a 12pm (midday) ko. For up to date info on FC remaining, Exposito slammed home a cracking free Cartagena, visit or www. kick, to set up a nail biting finish. Inbetween, Cartagena By Steve Hibberd


League Championship Cup Series 3 Results Played 16th April, El Plantio This was the third and final round of the League Championship Cup. The matches are random drawn and the top two Stableford Points scoring teams will compete in a Final as part of the Inter Society Day at Roda Golf 21st May. There will also be a 3rd place play off for the next two highest scoring teams. Minnows, TORRE Golf Society who are currently at the bottom of the “C” Division were pitted against the rest of the teams in the VBPGL and a lot thought they were there making up the numbers. But not TORRE Golf Society the eight man team (sorry one lady and seven men) only went and scored the most points than any of the other teams in the event. Averaging just over 34 points per players they scored 253 points to go into the final at Roda Golf Resort on May 21st against last week’s top scorers Terra Mitica who scored just one point less. There were only two ladies playing on the day and both of them showed their respective teams how valuable they are both scoring 34 points. Top scorer on the day was Terry Lewis of Rocajuna Golf Society with 38 points, out of the 40 players only

11 scored in excess of 30 points. The top scorers include Peter Thomson (Club 25) Tony Chandler (Torre G S) 35, Margaret Morgan (Club 25), Jan Boultree & Peter Quinn (Torre G S) 34 and Ged Henley (TOFFS G.S.) 33 The results of the day are: CLUB 25 GS 236 points TOFFS GS 205 points ROCAJUNA GS 223 points Los CABALLEROS GS 219 points TORRE GS 253 points The Final at Roda will be between Torre Golf Society and Terra Mitica Golf Society and the third place will be between old local Torrevieja rivals Eurogolf Golf Society and Las Ramblas Golf Society. The Vega Baja Premier Golf League Gala Presentation Dinner Dance is at La Perdiz Restaurante, near San Javier on June 5th. See updated VBPGL fixtures, tables, and news on throughout the season. For more information on the VBPGL contact The Secretary Ivie Davies 669 211 410 or golf.davies@



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Déjà vu, All Over Again!

RODS and REELS Firstly many thanks to RTN for sponsoring this series as it grows from year to year. This week’s match was the last in the “Clash of the Titans” between the teams for the Roundtownnews Challenge Cup. The venue as before, was the Rio Segura at the Eden Canal stretch. Both teams managed full teams, however we had 3 dry nets but still managed on the day to have equal points with our opponents. Due to our 2 point deficit we lost by the narrowest of margins. Jim Rouse in my team fished a blinder in managing not only to win his section but the overall match. This, he achieved in the last hour, and by catching his best fish on the whistle. 1st Jim ‘The Chairman’ Rouse fishing the pole using maggot with 6.500 kilos 2nd Paul ‘Poco Loco’ Baxter fishing the pole using corn with 5.340 kilos 3rd Ian ‘Irish Wizard’ Dalzell fishing the pole using bread with 4.580 kilos A team 1st team Section 1-6 14 7 Section 7-12 4 14 Section 13-18 7 13 Section 19-24 15 6 Overall points 40 40 Accumulative Points 147 149 Congratulations to Paul Baxter and his team for nudging victory, however, there is always next year. Pete Hampshire now has full permission to have his replacement hip joint, as the series is finished, and he will have a year to recover for the next series. The picture shows the majority of the two teams relaxing in the sunshine, as always, at a bar enjoying the day.

ANGLERS TOGETHER IMPORTANT NEW MESSAGE: The Friday Campoverde meetings will now be held at Mary’s Bar/

Mazarrón CF 0, Cartagena B 1, 18.04.10.

Restaurant. The next meeting will be held on Friday 7th May at 12pm. The Puerto de Mazarron meetings remain at Los Galayos Bar/ Restaraunt on the paseo adjacent to the beach. Next meeting will be held on Saturday 8th May at 12pm. Subs will be due at these meetings for the forth coming year. Work is still continuing on the Rio Segura at Murcia but is still fishable and fishing well. Embalse de Pedrera the water level seems to have steadied, in saying that, water is still being poured in, but with an equal amount being taken out. 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. Thejoiningfeeis10€fornewmembers 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 ). a nglerstoget her @gonuts4f ree. com or telephone Dave Hoare on 968199279. TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE

EUROGOLF SOCIETY PRESS REPORT 15TH APRIL 2010 The weather was kind to us today, the forecast was for rain, but it turned out to be a very pleasant day & the course in good condition. 88 players for the April Monthly Stableford and Easter Cup. Congratulations to all our winners today, and a special mention to Sandra Pickard, who won the Best Guest Prize and also to Jim Ingram who won a nearest the pin prize, both these prizes well deserved. Our overall winner today of the Monthly Stableford and Easter Cup was Peter Butterworth. Results (all results decided on countback) Gold Division: 1st Peter Butterworth 37pts, 2nd Bill Martin 37pts, 3rd Doug Spiring 34pts. Silver Division: 1st Margaret Richings 37pts, Lynnie Harris 35pts, Jill Pegg 34pts. Bronze Division: 1st Irene Stewart 37pts, 2nd Dennis Cole

With only three games left, it looks extremely unlikely that Mazarrón will be able to retain their place in the Tercera League, although there is a glimmer of hope in that the bottom team and also the team directly above them, albeit with a five point advantage, both have to come to play at the Estadio Municipal. This game followed the pattern of so many others, with the home team clinging on for a point only to be denied in the very last minute.

had the lion’s share. After 15mins, Fernando came close to creating something for Ruben, turning both Samuel and Toto inside out twice, before Sena pounced on his square ball to clear. From the keeper’s long ball out, Sanchez was able to cross for Rodrigues, but his header was just over the corner of the post and bar. Nico then broke down the left but Rodrigues was wide with his shot when in a great position. With 10mins to go before halftime, Fernando nearly broke the deadlock again. As he cut in from the right and his powerful shot was blocked by Sena and rebounded to Boudia who was unable to control it. However, Fernando pounced again, but again his shot was blocked, this time by Vidari in front of his keeper. 2mins later, a Fernando free kick found Julian on the left. He was able to square for Ruben to shoot, but Sena made the save.

To be fair, the team from La Union was clearly superior on the day, playing some of the best flowing football that we have seen in Mazarrón all season. The game was also very well officiated by Snr. Martinez Martinez, and it is not very often I have been able to say that. The first half saw some lively Mazarrón had two early chances exchanges, and Mazarrón had in the second half, but Alcon and some chances, although the visitors Julian both shot wide, before

Cartagena took control. As the game wore on, they had the opportunity to bring on three more than adequate substitutes whereas Mazarrón only had young lads, and in the last fifteen minutes the difference was easy to see. As the game entered the very last minute, Carrillo managed to get across as Sanchez and Nico broke down the right, and his clearance went for a throw in. With nobody near him and wide of the goal, Manolo was adjudged to have handled the ball from the throw and he was sent off. Vidari converted the kick, sending Raul the wrong way, and that was it again. Bottom placed Cuarto Distrito are the visitors this coming weekend. Mazarrón: Raul, Andres, Juan, Manolo, Carrillo, Julio, Ruben, Alcon, Julian, Fernando, Boudia (Dani),. MMoM: Fernando Roger,

quesada bowls club A week where not a lot was happening at the club most of the week was taken up with the CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONSHIPS taking place at the Monte Mar Bowling club. Although Quesada sported 3 disciplines, only the team of Diane Riley, Violet Campbell, Joe Riley and George Radmore fought through and won the finals - having said that they looked to be a very strong team throughout the week. CONGRATULATIONS to all four of them from everyone at our club. On Sunday we played the Federation League at Greenland - a very enjoyable game but unfortunately yet again the outcome did not match our efforts; we won on one rink, but lost on 2 rinks, with 3 shots difference. SABA HARRIER LEAGUE was played against San Miguel Crusaders on their home ground. A very hard game was fought for the first spring league and well done to the winning team of P.Lockley, A.Paget, T.Thomas who won 17-12, and also to A.Thomas, J.Monks, J.Bowness, drawing 15 shots all. Hard luck to the other teams, who played well, but didn’t get a result. Total shots for 78 and 114 against. 3 pts for and 11 pts against.

On Saturday we had a touring team of Visually Impaired players from the UK. A most amazing time was spent with them, their play was excellent and time spent afterwards was very rewarding, and new friends made. Ruth Birch one of our members went into hospital for a hip replacement. She has had the operation, but obviously still very much in pain, but otherwise everything seems well. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her soon on the green. Best wishes and love from everyone. Just a reminder about the Fun Day, arranged for the 25th April by our Social Comittee, don’t forget to come and enjoy yourself. And now an appeal to all our members - the committee has arranged a big spring clean-up campaign of the green and viewing areas on Saturday 24th April. They would like to ask members to arrive with their own gloves and bucket, to speed proceedings up. And most of all we need a lot of volunteers!! If you have more questions please ring our secretary Glynis on 965 724 885

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36pts, 3rd George Henderson 32pts. Nearest the Pins: 5th Jim Ingram, 11th Dave Nicholls, 15th Jill Pegg, 17th Sue Gillett & Mike Box. Best Front 9: Graham Cheetham 18pts Best Back 9: Dave Nicholls 22pts Best Par 3’s: Rachel Leckey 11pts Best Par 5’s: David Gray 12pts Best Guest: Sandra Pickard 28pts CSA today: +2 Captain’s Bunker 15€ Football Draw: Rachel Leckey, Anthea Baker, & Janet Tocker. It was the first time anyone could remember two people won a nearest the pin…. exactly the same distance away! We have a new Technical Assistant for our presentations, Angel, who sat next to the

Captain holding the microphone lead together and joining in the celebrations!! Good news from John Langford, who is out of hospital and now home on the road to recovery. Bad news from Nigel Wood, sore back and Anthea Baker, sore arm, both absent from golf today, get well soon. Bookings still being taken for the April Dinner/Dance, details on the Board and website. Finally, our annual charity auction will be held on Thursday 10th June after the Texas Scramble, so please look in your cupboards and bring in anything you think will raise a few euros for our Charity AECC, please give any items to Morag Turner or Sue Gillett.


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