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El Cabanyal Hits The UK Headlines

the district of Valencia is under threat of demolition

The Guardian British newspaper has recommended that its readers visit the El Cabanyal district of Valencia City, before it is demolished.

The city’s P.P. Mayor, Rita Barberá has been trying to demolish the houses in the bohemian district which was the old fishermen’s area, despite fierce opposition from Madrid and the Ministry for Culture.

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Rajoy Apologises For Comments Regarding Supreme Court & Francisco Camps The Partido Popular leader said that he would not expressions which could be misinterpreted again in the future

of a lack of respect for the judiciary, describing his own words as ‘unfortunate’, and saying he would not use expressions which could be misinterpreted again in the future. It came after the PP Founding President, Manuel Fraga, had criticised Rajoy for his ‘clearly improvised’ comments.

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Spain Exits Recession

The Bank of Spain says that GDP grew by 0.1% in the first quarter Spain moved out of recession in the first quarter of the year, according to the Bank of Spain. The Bank says the GDP rose by 0.1% over the first three months of the year, bringing to an end three quarters of recession. The annual rate remained in recession by 1.3%. The Bank notes an improvement in domestic spending in the last two quarters.

This exit from recession was forecast by some experts, but has come a quarter earlier than expectations in Brussels, but the same experts fear that the country will fall back into recession in the third quarter when the IVA/VAT rises come into effect, with the general rate moving from 16% to 18%. Spain official entered recession in the last quarter of 2008, after having recorded two consecutive quarters with negative numbers.

Three Young Children Left Home Alone In Torrevieja Firemen broke into the flat after being called by neighbours

Firemen in Torrevieja last April 28 found three young children abandoned in a flat in the town. They were called by a concerned neighbour who saw the children climbing on the balcony above the street. Once they entered the flat the firemen

said the children were in ‘lamentable hygienic conditions’. The Guardia Civil have now arrested the 30 year old mother and charged her with abandonment. Custody of her children has been provisionally removed from her, and the youngsters are now in care.

Litter Bug’s Bank Account Embargoed A 34 year old Murcia man, Daniel Hidalgo, has won a case against Murcia City Hall, after his bank account was embargoed when he dropped a tetra-brick chocolate drink on the ground Daniel commented that he does not remember whether he threw the container to the ground, or if it just fell from his hands, but as it happened he was stopped by two policemen who said ‘You are a swine’, and fined him 30€. This was back in 2002 and he said that he told the police that because he had been insulted by them he

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‘Services City’ Proposed Next To Alicante Airport The idea is to take advantage of the higher passenger numbers forecast to be using the airport

Elche City Hall has proposed what it is describing as a ‘services city’ to be built alongside the Alicante airport at El Altet. The town planning department has said that a revision of the General Urban Plan is needed, and the project would take advantage of the forecast 20 million annual passengers who will pass through the airport after its expansion.

Elche town planning councillor, Alejandro Pérez, met with several neighbourhood groups on Tuesday to talk about the future strategy for the area. He said that the final objective was to generate economic activity and employment, and to reserve land for that new economic activity which would be based on leisure and services, and not traditional industry.

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An internal memo on Guardia Civil savings has been leaked to the press

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Top of the list is to carry out fewer breathalyser tests, as a way of saving petrol, limiting the tests to drivers who show signs of being drunk, and being more selective with other drivers. The documents also calls for fewer patrols in 4X4, car, or on motorbike, and says that

SMS text messages should be used instead of mobile phone calls when possible. Driving with the windows closed is another suggestion, along with switching off the engine at short stops. Reducing the air conditioning temperature and using lower wattage light bulbs is also recommended.

Airports in the South West of the country and the Canaries have been closed

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Benidorm is playing host, as part of the events to mark the Spanish EU Presidency, to a summit on international crime. Chiefs from Interpol, Europol and Sirene are all in the town to discuss organised crime and how best to coordinate the response against it. The meeting had 160

police chiefs from 40 countries in attendance, as well as those from the EU there were invited guests from the United States, India, Mexico, Turkey and Colombia. The Spanish Judicial Police Commissioner, Juan Antonio González, told the press that under the current world

order, there are ‘new risks and threats which can collectively or individually affect the citizens of all countries’, going on to name terrorism, and drug and people trafficking. The outcome of their discussions will be published shortly.

Spain Faces Human Rights Criticism From UN Formal recommendations will be made on Friday after the regular examination on human rights.

Spain was criticised last Wednesday in the United Nations as the country had its review of its record on human rights, and a request was made that the crimes under Franco now be investigated. It came as part of regular examinations that countries now undergo in the chamber every four years. That call, which was supported by several countries in the chamber, will be of interest to National Court judge, Baltasar Garzón, who is facing charges of perversion of the course of justice in the Supreme Court for starting such an investigation. Colombia and Mexico praised the Historical Memory Law and called for its implementation to be continued, calls supported by Argentina and Peru among others. The Spanish presentation was made by the Secretary of State for Constitutional

Affairs, José Luis de Francisco, who underlined the Government’s promotion of human rights, saying it was one of the main areas of policy. However there was further criticism of Spain from several non-governmental organisations, such as the International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, regarding not only the Franco crimes, but also over the treatment of immigrants here. More happily, Spain was praised during the session for the progress made in social policy, and in the area of sexual equality. Formal United Nations recommendations will be made for Spain at the end of the week. Meanwhile, in the Baltasar Garzón case, rows over the charges against him - Garzón who is accused of perversion of the class lesson of justice - continues The Prosecutors’ Office called on the Supreme Court magistrate, Luciano Varela, not to recuse himself following the appeal against him. Garzón had claimed that the Varela should stand aside, considering that he had favoured the groups who had brought the case against him, by correcting the written presentations from the Falange and Manos Limpias. The Prosecutors’ Office considers that Garzón’s claim lacks ‘any foundation or justification’. They say Garzón has not indicated where Varela’s alleged lack of impartiality comes from, and considers it is in the judge’s remit to correct the submissions made to him. Currently judge Varela has kept the Falange charges against Garzón out of the proceedings, but those of Manos Limpias remain in place.


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Zapatero & Rajoy Meet For First Time In 18 Months The two men reached agreement to reform the financial sector and the caja savings banks in three months

In their first meeting for 18 months, the Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and the leader of the Partido Popular opposition, Mariano Rajoy, spent 140 minutes talking alone on the economic crisis, without any other assessors or Ministers present.

The meeting in the Moncloa came ahead of the Eurozone leaders who are meeting on Friday, with the expectation of approving the joint EU/IMF rescue plan for Greece.

There were smiles and pleasantness before the photographers before the meeting, and after the two men took it in turns to speak, first the PP leader, and then the Prime Minister. The call for unity from King Juan Carlos, repeated for a third time, would have been in the minds of both the leaders. An agreement was announced by Mariano Rajoy to make the restructuring of the financial sector more agile. He said the two men have agreed to reform the ‘Ley de Cajas’ within in the next three months, and the same three month date for the reform of the financial sector as a whole was given. That is key, given that the FROB restructuring fund which is still in force expires on June 30. Reports later indicated that under the agreement a third of savings banks will have to merge before July.

There is concern that the when the depreciation in the value of the real estate assets held by the caja savings banks in Spain is calculated, many of them will find themselves in difficulties, hence plans for there to be a series of mergers in the sector. Rajoy also told the press that he had told the Prime Minister that he would not support anything which was bad for Spain, and that he had not asked for any further meetings to discuss other matters. He said the three priorities should be a reduction in pubic spending and the deficit, restructuring of the financial system, and reform of the labour market. The Prime Minister said after the meeting that it had been ‘useful and positive’, and Zapatero claimed that the undertaking to reduce the deficit to 3% in 2013 would be met.

Brussels has meanwhile repeated that the rumours which spooked the Spanish stock market yesterday, about a rescue package for Spain were false. The European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Olli Rehn, commented that he did not understand how the rumours reached even some of the respectable communications media in Europe.

Industrial output rose by 5.4 percent in March on a 12-month basis after declining by 1.9 percent in February, the national statistics institute INE said in a statement.

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Brussels says that there will be positive numbers for the second quarter, but the increase in IVA/ VAT which comes in on July 1 will cause a return to negative GDP in the third quarter.

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Output of durable goods declined by 2.6 percent while production of nondurable goods jumped 10.1 percent and production of semi-finished goods rose by 8.2 percent. During the first quarter industrial production was up 0.3 percent over the same time last year. Industrial production plunged by 15.8 percent during all of 2009 over the previous year. French bank BNB Paribas said the rise in industrial production in March

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“If these positive results are confirmed in the coming months, Spain could emerge from the recession during the first half of 2010,” it added in a research note. The Spanish economy fell into its worst recession in decades at the end of 2008 as the global credit crunch hastened a correction that was already underway in its key property sector, pushing unemployment above 20 percent. Last week Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the Spanish economy, which contracted by 3.6 percent last year, probably returned to growth during the first quarter.

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Spanish industrial production rose in March for the first time since April 2008, official data showed on Wednesday, in a sign that Europe’s fifth largest economy may have started to emerge from recession

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The website community Trip Advisor has named its top 25 cities in Spain, and prizes have been awarded today, Tuesday, for the best destinations in Europe and the World, as the ‘Travellers Choices Destinations.

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Córdoba’s Courtyard Festival On ‘Google’ In May, every year, Cordoba shows off its colourful floral displays, stone mosaics and water features, but this year, even more people are going to have the pleasure of witnessing this unique festival as it is being featured on the Google home page, which receives millions of hits every day. The “Doodle”, as Google’s modified home-page logo is known, started back in 1999 when Google bosses used a

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Brussels has also improved the forecast for growth for Spain, expecting growth over this year of just 0.1%. It splits the forecasts for each quarter as follows:-

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Also of note from the survey, Barcelona is considered the 6th best city in the world for a night out, and Palma de Mallorca, Salou, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Maspalomas are named as best family destinations. Sitges and Fuerteventura are named for the beaches, and San Sebastián for its gastronomy.

Antonio Banderas Working On New Film With Pedro Almodóvar It’s 21 years since the two worked together. The new film is called ‘La Piel que habito’

Andalucia’s first ever face transplant patient, was allowed to go home after spending over 3 months in hospital In a press conference at the Virgen del Rocio hospital in Seville, Raphael thanked the donor’s family and the medical team who had performed the groundbreaking operation and encouraged more people to become donors. The 30-hour operation, the second of its kind in Spain and the ninth in the whole world, took place in January. Doctor Tomás Gómez Cía, the head of the Plastic Surgery & Burns Unit at the hospital underlined the difficulty of Rafael’s operation, saying that it was “very complex” and “hugely difficult” because such an intense preparation of the recipient was

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Málaga actor, Antonio Banderas, has said that he is working again with Pedro Almodóvar. It’s 21 years since the two worked together, when Banderas shared billing with Victoria Abril in ‘Atamé’. Banderas, who first found fame thanks to Almodóvar and the film ‘Women On The Edge Of A Nervous Breakdown’, commented that the new film would be as hard

and provocative as those made in Almodóvar’s early years. He said he had the sensation that it was not 21 years since the two had worked together, that it felt like yesterday, and now things felt exactly the same. The Málaga actor was the special guest at the first edition of the San Petersburg Film Festival last weekend.


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Strikes Possible As BA Cabin Crew Reject Offer

British Airways cabin crew have “overwhelmingly rejected an offer” aimed at ending a long-running row over pay and conditions, Unite has said. The union said, with turnout of 71%, thousands had voted and there had been an 81% majority against the proposals offered by the airline. Unite had “strongly recommended” its members reject the offer, raising the possibility of more strikes.

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offer that addresses all the concerns raised during 14 months of talks. “We urge Unite to put an end to this unnecessary dispute and focus on the best interests of its members. There can be nothing positive to be gained from further strikes.” Cabin crew strikes in March led to widespread disruption for passengers, which the airline said cost it £45m. Further disruption to flights caused by ash from the Icelandic volcano in April cost it an additional £180m. Unite will have to give a week’s notice of any new

planned strikes. Cabin crew representatives are set to meet Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley, Unite’s joint general secretaries, to plan their next move. The two men said: “BA management should take note of their own employees’ strong rejection of their offer and immediately address the outstanding concerns. “They should make no mistake that Unite is fully committed to supporting our members in furthering this dispute if no resolution is found.” British Airways defended the offer and said: “The majority of our crew came to work during the previous strikes and demonstrated their firm commitment to our customers, despite their union’s callous disregard for the travelling public. “Unlike other businesses and airlines, we have avoided compulsory redundancies. Cabin crew face no pay cut or reduction in terms and conditions - and remain the best rewarded in the UK airline industry.”

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Oil Slick Hits Chandeleur Islands Off Louisiana

Oil from a massive slick in the Gulf of Mexico has started washing ashore on an island chain off the coast of Louisiana, US officials have confirmed Pelicans and other birds covered in oil have been found on the uninhabited Chandeleur islands, which are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. A federal maritime agency said there was “oiling all over” the islands. Workers have lowered a giant funnel over the leaking oil well at the bottom of the sea to harvest the spill. Remotecontrolled submarines are being used to lower the 90tonne containment device in an operation expected to take two days. Oil has been leaking unstopped for the past 18 days from the well, 50 miles (80km) off Louisiana, since an explosion destroyed the Deepwater Horizon rig, operated by Transocean and leased by BP, last month. The US Coast Guard confirmed for the first time oil had made its way

past protective booms and was washing up on land. Freemason Island, the southernmost of the “back islands” of the Chandeleur chain, was the first to be hit by a sheen of oil, although there was no evidence yet of medium or heavy crude. Heavier concentrations of crude remain further offshore, and the Coast Guard said weather forecasts suggested it would stay there until the weekend. A spokesman for BP said emergency teams had been sent to Freemason Island, a favourite fishing spot for recreational anglers some 30 miles (50km) off Louisiana’s coast, to deploy inflatable booms to protect its prime marshland. An official from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has confirmed that oil was coming ashore all across

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LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... Paul Cunnigham Nurses - Event For May

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Avid listeners were enthralled by songs from Les Miserables, Chicago, Evita, My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Phantom of the Opera, to name but a few! If you would like to come to a rehearsal of this popular Ladies Harmony chorus, the girls meet each Weds morning from 10am to 1pm at the Hotel Cabo Cevera, La Mata. Call Kristoff for details or visit the website for forthcoming events www.velvetones.org Look out for more details of the next charity event 31 May 2010 at Spencers, Campo de Golf, for the Paul Cunningham Nurses. PHOTO BY KRISTOFF

Friday 21st May - ‘Something Red’ May Ball PCN’s Fabulous May Ball, please contact Karen ASAP if you would like tickets, they are selling fast and time is running out! Tuesday 25th May - Fashion Show at Jackie’s Hair Centre The Filton Centre, Los Balcones Tickets ONLY 1€, Fashion Show and Rod Stewart Tribute act Female Models needed! If you would like to be a model for the night contact Susan Reader on 966 713 503 or 629 869 959 For details of these or any of our events, please contact Susan Reader or check our website www.paulcunninghamnurses.com

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LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... TORREVIEJA U3A: A MUSICAL JOURNEY

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At the meeting of Torrevieja University of the Third Age (U3A) members were taken on a “Musical Journey” by guest speaker Nigel Hopkins, celebrated musician, conductor, composer, singer, vocal coach and raconteur. With 50 years of involvement in music Nigel’s story set off at a sparkling pace as he recounted his musical experiences and triumphs which began when as a 10 year old child, rejected by his school choir, he joined the choir of the second largest Parish Church in England, All Saints, Leamington Spa where he sang for pocket money pennies. An athletic boy, at 15 years of age Nigel claimed the record for the Warwickshire half mile race. In the same year and with the nickname of “leather lungs” he represented his local area as a young tenor performing in a 1000 voice choir at the Royal Albert Hall. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was in attendance and spoke to Nigel afterwards. By the age of 20 accolades for his singing prowess were being showered on him and opportunities to sing in the U.S.A and Europe followed. Eight years later he successfully auditioned for the Welsh National Opera. This resulted in him being offered the principal tenors role, a remarkable achievement as up to this point Nigel had received no professional singing lessons. He turned them down!! Instead he focused on tutoring children’s choirs and touring with them. Many of his protégés are now singing lead roles in musicals in London’s West End theatres. Fatherly pride was evident as Nigel extolled the musical achievements of his son Mathew, now Director of Music at Nottingham Trent University. Mathew and his fellow musicians will be performing in Torrevieja during 2011. U3A members were kept riveted by the pace and breadth of Nigel’s musical journey which was interspersed with reference to the highly regarded operatic roles he has sung, memorising them in just a few hours. Members further enjoyed some magical moments listening to Nigel’s beautiful tenor voice recorded when a young man. All too soon the journey came to an end with Nigel proudly speaking of his new choirs now established here in Spain, “In Harmony” and “Melody Makers International” who will be performing at Orihuela Costa Resort in June. Nigel is to create a new children’s choir in the Torrevieja area, to be called Cantamos. And so the journey continues. Torrevieja U3A meets monthly throughout the year. Our next meeting is on Thursday 27th May at Los Arcos restaurant commencing at 10.30 a.m. Guest speakers will be representatives from the British Consulate in Alicante. For further details visit www.u3atorrevieja.com or telephone 965 329 122.

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On 1st May Coro Pilar excelled in a concert in the packed church of La Iglesia de la Claridad, Los Alcázares. Some of the audience were so enthralled with the performance that they went for a repeat concert the following evening in Pilar de la Horadada which was held in another packed church, La Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Pilar!! Being an international choir, songs are sung in many different languages. For this weekend of concerts the songs were in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Latin and Swedish. The choir was lead by it’s musical director, Zinovy Harvat with Nataliya Khomyak as accompanist on keyboard. The choir sang four numbers including ‘Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude’ (Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring) played by Nataliya on keyboard with a harpsichord setting, accompanied by Nazariy Harvat, the 14 year old son of the Musical Director on flute. With his flute, and accompanied by Nataliya, the young and talented Nazariy Harvat excelled with Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nacht Music’ giving an extremely polished performance which overwhelmed his audience. Six ladies then sang in three parts,the moving Swedish summer hymn ‘En Vänlig grönkas Rika Dräkt’ International opera singer Victor Bucharev sang an hauntingly beautiful arangement

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the Caspase-12 gene, and were thus extremely resistant to infection. The human Caspase-12 gene was implanted into a group of male and female mice, but only the males became more prone to infection.

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The researchers concluded that oestrogen produced by the female mice blocked the expression of the human Caspase-12 gene. They were also able to locate the precise place where oestrogen binds to the gene in order to block its activity. Since the experiments were conducted using a human gene, the researchers are confident their work is applicable to humans. Lead researcher Dr Maya Saleh said: “These results demonstrate that women have a more powerful inflammatory response than men.”

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LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... Sporting Achievements At Mar Azul International School We are pleased to report that Mar Azul under 12s (Alevines) managed a fantastic result against a strong and capable Kings College team in a competitive game played on the Kings College pitch near to Roldan in Murcia. On a hot afternoon the Mar Azul team got into their stride quickly and almost went ahead after five minutes when Ashley Bell-Jones’ strike was saved on the line by the Kings College goal keeper.

nil – nil at half time. Mar Azul started the second half strongly and got an early break when TJ Treagust side footed into the bottom right hand corner of the Kings College net. Shortly afterwards it was two – nil. Some great work down the right hand side by James Brown led to a cross which was duly converted by the lively TJ Treagust. Kings then came back strongly putting the Mar Azul defence under a lot of pressure. James Wilson-Pestell was being given a lot to do in the Mar Azul goal and eventually a powerful drive to the top right hand corner of the goal put Kings back in the game at two – one. Mar Azul were now defending desperately. Cortni Serwotka putting in

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Streaming eyes, itchy nose, tickly throat? Yes, it’s hayfever season and, if you’re suffering, it may interest you to know that you’re in the company of Melinda Messenger, Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, Jennifer Lopez and weatherman Michael Fish.

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Jewellery is one of the best ways to stay current with today’s fashion trends. To get the most ‘bang’ for your buck, you need to know that it’s important that you know what the top trends and styles are going to be so you can choose right pieces that will update your style. You can wear chandelier earrings this year. They bring with them an instantly feminine and glamorous look to any outfit that you wear them with. You can also wear them by pairing them with simple jeans, heels, and a T-Shirt. Turquoise jewellery as earrings, pendants, necklaces, rings and bracelets are the season’s hottest trends.

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The Miracle of Green Tea “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.” Ancient Chinese Proverb University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of oesophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.

To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful - cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol levels, cariovascular disease/infection and impaired immune function

What makes green tea so special? The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant; besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis

(the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke. Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the “French Paradox.” For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers. Why don’t other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed; green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.

HELEN AND AND KATIE´S KATIE´S WEIGHT WEIGHT LOSS LOSS JOURNEYS JOURNEYS TO TO SUCCESS SUCCESS HELEN In order to lose weight in the past I have: eliminated certain foods from my diet cut out alcohol - eaten lots of the same foods daily -felt constantly hungry or suffered strong cravings resulting in: rapid weight loss until normal eating is resumed, then followed by rapid increased weight gain. Let me introduce you to Helen (47) and Katie (16), both members of WeightWatchers. Helen attends her meeting in Cabo Roig and lost 5 stone, becoming a Lifetime Gold Member last year. She can now enjoy attending her meetings for free! Katie joined her meeting in Los Alcazares in January of this year and has already lost OVER 3 stone, and has achieved 5 gold stars and 5% and 10% awards for her weight loss to date! Both Helen and Katie joined WeightWatchers for similar reasons – they could both equate with the above cycle of weight loss in the past, were unhappy with being overweight, felt constantly tired and lacking in energy. Helen shyed away from the camera or going clothes shopping until she was inspired by a friend, already a member of WeightWatchers. Katie desperately wanted to feel more comfortable, regain her self-esteem and be able to wear fashionable clothes befitting a 16 year old. As their Leader, it was rewarding to hear their answers to the following questions:

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healthy and Katie is enjoying being more and more active as the weeks go by. “Can you tell me in your own words why WeightWatchers works for you?” Helen said that THE Discover Plan is easy to follow, that you aren´t deprived of anything you like as long as you stay within your Daily Points Allowance which gives you the flexibility to use your points on what you want. There are great tools to help you monitor and record your progress, huge support from the group meeting and continued motivation from our Leader who is always there with great ideas and handy hints and tips Katie said it works for her because she can eat what she likes – its shown her that she can eat 3 meals a day and never feel hungry in between. She also likes the fact that she can save points or earn extra points through activity, for a special meal or occasion, so ‘doesn´t go without’. Its sensible and healthy and you don´t get bored eating the same thing all the time like with ´fad diets´. “Helen, what helps you to maintain your weight loss and do you feel confident that its something you can continue to do?” I still attend my meeting every week, although I know I don´t have to, which helps keep me focused. I enjoy the sharing part of the meeting, helping and giving support and you can always learn something new from the weekly topic. I feel confident that I will continue to maintain my goal weight because its a lifestyle change, not a diet. It allows you to have what you like, by altering portion sizes, which means that you don´t suffer any cravings from deprivation. I´ve learnt new habits which I feel sure will stay with me for life, from planning ahead to shopping more wisely and cooking more healthily. I´ve also found activities which I enjoy doing so I know I will keep them up. Start your FINAL weightloss journey with WeightWatchers. For details of meetings in your area call Jane Kerr on 678 327 549.

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the people have spoken - what did they say? For the first time during an election, I had no work to get up for the next day, and as I have long given up on the concept of ‘beauty sleep’, I decided that I would spend the entire night watching the results as they filtered in.

I had intended to switch from channel to channel, but from early on it seemed obvious to me that the ITV presentation was going to be the one to watch. The technology was impressive; the animated caricatures of the three main protagonists hilarious, and the high tech results-board awesome. The correspondents were ready in their locations up and down the country; Julie Etchingham was in the studio with her re-styled hair and Alistair Stewart, fresh from his role as anchorman in the first televised debate, was champing at the bit...ooh, I was getting excited! The first line up of political ‘experts’ to air their views under the stewardship of Alistair, were Eric Pickles, Neil Kinnock and Paddy Ashdown. If pomposity was helium, the studio would have been at 10,000 feet! At one point we saw – and I can hardly bear to mention the name – Alistair Campbell being interviewed by Mary Nightingale. My first impression was...’lucky swine’, but the answers to all of Mary’s questions, as in every other interview throughout the night, was just a rewind of all the other interviews that had been conducted in the weeks leading up to the election. It occurred to me as the night progressed - and not for the first time - that politicians are very narrow-minded creatures indeed. I mean, it’s obvious that they are going to defend their corners vigorously, but as the results came in and the trends were being established, they could still not bring

themselves to be open and truthful, or simply acknowledge what was happening before their eyes and the eyes of the nation. Old Pompous Paddy, God bless him, had an explanation for everything, and started each of his lectures – because that’s what they amounted to – with the words, ‘Now look here . . .’ And that champion of the working classes, Neil Kinnock grinned at his own brilliance so much I thought that his head would fall off. But then if my missus and I had made a fortune from being EU commissioners, I guess I would be grinning too! Time after time, as correspondents interviewed politicians of all persuasions throughout Britain, the same old claptrap poured forth in gallons - like champagne at a Beckhams barbecue. They don’t seem to have the intelligence to recognise that in denying the glaringly obvious, they simply show themselves up to be the prize twerps that they obviously are. The people had voted; nothing was to be gained by painting a better picture than was emerging, but no, they just could not bring themselves to show a bit of unaccustomed humility and - hush my silly mouth - honesty. It became increasingly obvious that the exit polls had been eerily accurate, and at 7.30am I decided there was no point in sticking with it to the bitter end, and hit the sack. Besides, the wine bottles were empty and the pork pie demolished. As I write, the Tories and Lib Dems are locked in negotiations while the dour Scotsman sits tight at no. 10, in the hope that his overtures of PR will not fall on deaf Lib Dem ears. To say that the result shows that the great British public favour a coalition government is patent rubbish. People voted for who they believed would do a better job pure and simple. But since that is now what we are saddled with, the politicians should see this as a real chance to make history; seize the opportunity with both hands, and go forward positively for the good of the nation. Don’t hold your breath.

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San Isidro is the patron saint of Madrid and the public holiday which coincides with this festival takes place between 12th & 16th May. The San Isidro festival in Madrid is the most important bullfighting festival in the world, but there are also other celebrations including fairs, concerts, dances and the romeria, a kind of pilgrimage, to the Ermita de San Isidro - an early 18th Century chapel, where the faithful take of the miraculous water. Legend has it that the saint was an impoverished farm worker who, along with his wife Santa Maria de la Cabeza, became famous for giving food to the poor. During a drought he broke the earth with a scythe, and a spring of water gushed out, which gave sufficient water to supply all of Madrid. The pious couple, who first made their appearance in the Middle Ages, also became associated with various miraculous works which led to their joint beatification. During the festival is the best time to see Madrid, with communal singsongs, street vendors selling the

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Pause For Thought... There really are some dates we just shouldn’t ever forget aren’t there? I mean, if I forgot our Wedding Anniversary or my wife’s Birthday, I’d be in big trouble! Other dates too, like Christmas Day, or for some, St George’s Day, or even for our American Cousins, July 4th may have very special significance. So why should I suggest that Thursday 13th May should be a date right up there with all the others, to be celebrated by those of us who consider ourselves Christian? What’s so special about that date then, other than the fact that it’s the day after the publication date for this edition of the Sol Times? Well this year, May 13th, being just 40 days after Easter, is Ascension Day, and as such is actually one of the most important dates in the Christian Calendar. For the Bible tells us that just 40 days after rising from the grave, Jesus was taken into heaven, in full view of his followers, whose lives as a result were changed beyond all recognition. And to be honest, if I as a Christian actually believe this, then it should have a pretty dramatic effect on me too. For Thursday May 13th, Ascension Day, reminds me that not only did Christ overcome death by returning to life that Easter Day after having been crucified and buried, but that he also returned to his Father to prepare for us, to in due time join him there. Through his ascension Jesus confirms that death is not the end; that there is eternal purpose to our lives here on Earth, and that when this period of our existence comes to an end, then we can look forward to an eternity far more fantastic than anything we could ever dream of. No wonder then that I earlier suggested that this day is one of the most important dates in the Christian Calendar! Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican

Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida ~ djburr@avired.com There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship. For further information about the Anglican Church, the service of Communion held in Albox on the last Thursday of each month and of forthcoming events go to www.mojacarchurch.org

traditional wafers, or barquillos known as pan de angel (angel’s bread), churros dipped in chocolate, and music playing everywhere.

gear, especially if you can demonstrate it from the top of a beribboned and prancing, but perfectly controlled horse!

Numerous corridas take place as part of the celebrations – but securing tickets for Las Ventas arena, however, is not easy. The heart of the festival is music, which is performed in locations throughout the city. The best places for live acts are Las Vistillas, the park next to the Palacio Real, and Plaza Mayor where there’s a concert of some sort every night.

Chulos and chulapas are similar to that of London’s pearly kings and queens, and probably date from around the same time. The white neckerchiefs, black-and-white check jackets, waistcoats and caps for the men, and the clinging, frilly dresses and headscarves for the women create a folksy, vibrant image. Those wearing these costumes will dance to the chotis, a slow, polka-like rhythm, generally played on a barrel piano. The lady will dance in courtly fashion around the man, who rotates arrogantly on the spot, only shuffling his feet to face his partner. It is a very theatrical, emotive dance.

Rock concerts are held at the Casa de Campo, the big stretch of parkland to the west of the city. If you are a fan of Jazz then go to the Colegio San Juan Evangelista. Many Madrid natives will dress in their traditional folk costumes. There are two kinds of costume: the majos and majas, and the chulos and chulapas. The former is the popular dress as seen in paintings by Goya, with the men dressed like bandoleros, and the women with high combs and lace shawls. This is the ultimate parade

San Isidro stands for fun; the official festival - which first started in 1947 – runs for a week from the second week in May, but events spill over for much longer. A full program is available from Spanish tourist board offices in the city four or five days before the festival begins!


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A MOMENT OF INSPIRATION... “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman An Act of God...

Jewellery makes an outfit and by making your own jewellery you can create bespoke pieces that are totally personal to you. One of the simplest ways to get started is to start with beads. Most beginners can learn to do the basics of beaded jewellery making relatively quickly and the materials and tools necessary are easily accessible to everyone. Remember, jewellery is made to be a form of body decoration, so always ensure what you make can be worn, i.e. a necklace which is heavy or unbalanced may break and heavy earrings will be uncomfortable. All you need to start with are a few basic materials and tools.

Beads There are a huge variety of beads available. Here is an overview of the different types available: Bugles - small glass tubes Cloisonné and enamel - finely detailed beads, gorgeous colours Decorated glass - huge range of designs and colours; the majority are hand-made using traditional methods Fillers - inexpensive small beads, used as a filler between expensive beads to enhance them

Polyester beading thread - this is the most frequently used and is usually available in 0.06mm & 0.04mm. Where possible use the thicker one as it is stronger. Nylon-coated wire (also known as Tiger Tail) - stronger and stiffer than beading thread, used for heavy or sharp edged beads Leather thonging - narrow length of leather available in a variety of colours. Tip: When threading leather thonging, cut the end diagonally to help it thread through the beads more easily, checking first that the beads have large enough holes to take the thonging. If you don’t want to spend on specialist beading thread, initially polyester sewing thread, used double, is an acceptable alternative to get you started. If you decide to invest in beading thread, it’s available in many colours, but you only really need white to start with, as in a beaded necklace or bracelet you don’t see the thread at all in the finished piece.

Findings

Man-made beads - the largest bead group, mainly plastic and synthetic materials, from imitation precious stones to heart shapes

This is the name given to all the components and fixings necessary to complete jewellery. The most commonly used are:

Metal - large group of beads ranging from tiny to huge, gold to brass

Clasps - the piece used to fasten a necklace/bracelet. The most frequently used types are bolt rings, tigger clasps and barrel clasps.

Natural sources - such as shells, seeds and wood Pearls - both real and imitation are very popular in many colours Porcelain and ceramics - varieties include beautiful hand-painted porcelain to clay beads Rocailles - tiny glass beads Semi-precious stones - subtle colours, some are expensive. An alternative to buying new beads is to try charity shops or car-boot, or your own old jewellery box for some old or unique beads to give a new lease of life to.

Beading thread You will need to use a thread that suits the beads you choose. The types to choose from are:

Jump rings - a metal ring used with bolt and tigger fastenings providing the fastening point for the other side of the necklace. Callottes - used to attach the clasp to the necklace and provide a neat and strong finish by covering any knots or loose ends. Crimps - these are squeezed closed with pliers over thronging ends to secure them. Crimp beads - tiny ring like beads, closed with pliers to secure thread ends. Headpins - a length of hard wire with a head like a pin, used for making hanging drops, especially in earring making. Use pliers to create a loop for threading.

Superglue - this is used to stiffen the end of beading thread so that it can thread easily through beads without using a needle. The holes in some tiny beads can be too small for even a very fine needle. If you don’t have superglue, dip the thread end in clear nail varnish instead.

Basic tools As you progress with jewellery making you can start to buy purpose-made equipment, but to get you started all you will need is: Small household pliers - for opening and closing jump rings & crimps and for making loops. Sharp scissors Fine sewing needle - for threading the beading thread through the beads Shallow dish - to keep all your chosen beads and findings together Beading tray - these have measured grooves running around them so that you can easily measure, design and lay out your beads in order of threading and make any alterations before you begin threading. If you don’t initially want to spend on a beading tray, a piece of card folded into an upturned W shape to place your beads in threading order will work just as well.

Books: ‘All About Beads: Over 100 Jewellery Designs to Make and Wear’ by Barbara Case ‘The Encyclopedia of Beading Techniques’ by Sara Withers ‘100 Beaded Jewellery Designs’ by Stephanie Burnham ‘Basic Jewellery Making: All the Skills & Tools You Need to Get Started’ by Sandy Allison

Websites: There are many websites selling jewellery-making supplies so it is definitely worth having a search around for the best prices. Try: www.bijouxbeads.co.uk www.beadworks.co.uk www.the-beadshop.co.uk www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk www.beadsdirect.co.uk

Funny, how insurance companies (and presumably banks) believe in God when it comes to not paying out for a disaster. Think of how many thousands were/are affected by the ‘fallout’ of the Icelandic volcano, were they all compensated? Or will the insurance companies try to wriggle out of it by blaming a god they don’t really believe in? We had friends staying in Mojacar who were forced (poor things!) to add another ten days onto their week long holiday. Yes, I know worse things happen. They were relatively lucky since they were offered another flight at no extra cost. Another couple we know were forced to stay in the UK and miss a wonderful 60th birthday celebration as their flights were cancelled indefinitely. They, too, were lucky it seems, since they were offered a refund. But I’ve heard that others were not so fortunate and the phrase, An Act of God was used. Plenty of people found themselves stranded at airports all over the world with little or no help or assistance from the usually ubiquitous authorities. It was no one’s fault, you see. No one to blame except God, it seems. So, if He wasn’t handing out blankets and hot drinks, finding somewhere more comfy than plastic seats in a noisy airport lounge then ‘they’ certainly weren’t about to. Maybe they were afraid that if they got involved they would be accepting responsibility for the plight of these poor stranded travellers? And ‘responsibility’ usually means footing the bill! But, sad and inconvenient as these things are it makes me think how frighteningly easy it would be for us to rapidly slide into universal chaos if the machines broke down. Visions of apocalypse spring to mind when our usual routines and safe systems fail us. We have become so interdependent. Not just person to person, company to company but we all depend on a global cohesion that works as long as the glue is in place. It wouldn’t take long for supermarkets in the UK to run out of produce from Spain and other countries. It would soon be goodbye to mangoes and pineapples. Not to mention the immense amount of technological and other goods from China, India and so on. Our civilization depends upon a vast communications network. Words are part of this commerce, whether written or spoken. Our language is part of our wealth and we depend upon the distribution of facts and opinions through the media and through business and political negotiations. If you seek inspiration for your writing then write a fictitious ‘eye-witness’ account of the volcano, or an imagined disaster scenario maybe, or its aftermath. Perhaps you’d prefer to write a historical account of how your life has been affected by this disaster? Acts of God are also gifts if we make proper use of them and learn something. Be creative and you will discover endless possibilities in what might otherwise be daunting happenings. For more inspirational ideas why not join The Write Thing in Los Gallardos? Kate 950 469 540 or askkat@terra. es

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‘Snoopy’ tried to break into prison! Police have arrested a man who was trying to break into prison to spring an inmate while dressed as Snoopy. Jail workers were stunned when confronted by the Peanuts character waving a gun. When the comic-strip beagle and an accomplice failed to break down a staff door, they pelted prison officers’ cars with concrete missiles. A prison service source said: “It’s not every day you see a giant cartoon dog going on the rampage after trying to break into a prison. “They weren’t exactly inconspicuous - but it was taken seriously because they appeared to have a gun. They caused a real commotion and it was only later they were found to be armed with a water pistol.” The duo were arrested and it then emerged they had targeted the wrong jail - the family member they wanted to free was imprisoned elsewhere.

rld smiles with you, “Smile and the whole wo alone” cry and you cry Smile! Did you ever have a stranger come up to you and say that? Well, I did. I was waiting in line at the bank the other day (which is not unusual), and someone said that to me. She also added, “Things can’t be that bad, can they?” I wasn’t feeling bad about anything – just thinking something through. I guess I must have had a serious expression on my face. I don’t think anyone can go around smiling all the time, but I’ve discovered that smiling can do quite a lot for you. First, it makes you more attractive. People are more drawn to others who smile, and smiling can be contagious. It also uses quite a few muscles in the face and makes you look younger. I’m all for that! Who needs a face lift when they can smile instead? Last weekend I was out with a friend in Quesada and looking around a busy bar, I was amazed to see the amount of serious faces throughout, I commented my thoughts to my friend, who then looked round for herself, she had not noticed. Perhaps that is part of the reason why, we get so wrapped up in our own thoughts and lives, that we forget about how we look on the outside, or how others perceive us to be. The music was loud and a few people were dancing, conversations seemed stunted (hard to talk over the music), even though several people were adorned with glowing and flashing tiaras and glasses people seemed subdued. Perhaps they were like me in the

bank, just thinking about their own things in life! That one comment from a stranger had made me more aware of how people are around me. When you’re stressed, you can look tired or worn down, life at times can take its toll. Your face can give a lot away about how you are feeling, but they say that “eyes are windows to your soul” there is nothing more attractive than bright, sparkling, happy eyes, whoever looks into them feels their warmth. There again, smiling not only makes you look better, but the simple act of smiling can actually help relieve stress and lower your blood pressure. It can also boost your immune system to work better, probably because you are more relaxed. This in turn helps your body release good things like endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin, all of which make you feel better and raise your spirits. Smiling can even help you be more successful. When you smile, you appear confident, and it’s only natural that people react to that. Is it not much nicer to be served in a shop, bar (not that I go in many!!!), or restaurant by a happy, bubbly, helpful person rather than somebody with a mobile stuck to their ear, or filing their nails, or chewing gum? (ooops the Victor Mildrew is coming out in me now). A quick smile can help boost your energy, your looks, and your confidence there are so many reasons to smile. Why not do a smile “check” throughout the day? It will help keep your mood and energy up, where they belong. So, say “cheese”!

Linda Sage BA Ed(Hons) Dip REBT, Dip CSCT. Quesada Wellbeing Centre www.quesadawellbeingcentre.com Tel: 966 716 919

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Snoopy and his un-costumed sidekick tried to get into HMP Isle of Wight’s Albany site, while the relative was in the complex’s Camp Hill jail.

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Go Through The ‘Man Drawer’ Own up to having a drawer you chuck random things into and sort it out. Throw out what you don’t need, then think about where things could more logically live. For example, would spare buttons be better in a small emergency sewing kit together with needles and thread? Drawer organisers are great for rounding up similar objects by compartment. The same principle works for bigger clutter magnets, such as wardrobes. Divide – into more sections – and rule!

Make Recycling Easier A small box for batteries alongside your paper and bottle containers will mean you won’t be guilty of putting them in with the general rubbish. Don’t forget that used or out of date medicines should be safely dealt with, too. Keep them aside in a container locked safely in a cabinet, then take them to the chemist’s for disposal.

Improve Your Storage There are really clever buys out there so you can keep the clutter under control in a purposebuilt solution instead of rummaging around in the bottom of a box. Think, too, about the spaces you could put into service as storage. Could you put shelving above a door? Swap a coffee table for storage ottomans? What about using the space under the sofa for small items on a large tray? Can you build box seating with storage below a window?

Clear Constructively Have an eBay day to sell the things that have been superseded by what you received for Christmas. Take pics and get auctioning. Alternatively, help out charity shops with your unwanted goods. Don’t just think of the usual: bikes, computers, sewing machines and spectacles are among the more unusual items that can do good elsewhere in the world.

Do Some DIY Do the chores that’ll improve home life and you might save some money on expensive repairs in the long run. To make sure it all gets done in a day, check that you’ve got all you need for each job beforehand, so you aren’t delayed by an unscheduled trip to the DIY store.

Revamp Cleverly Revamp your rooms without buying anything new. Try a standard lamp from the living room in your bedroom, a throw from a bedroom neatly folded from the top of the sofa down across the seat cushion, or cushions from the sofa dressing the guest bed – small changes can make a big difference. Your pictures, too, can take on a whole new lease of life if you hang them in a group that’ll really make an impact. A similar picture theme, or frame colour will make the display cohere.

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...spanish business brief... ...Spanish Minister for Tax and the Economy, Elena Salgado, has confirmed the new news that faster attempts to control the state deficit in Spain will have to be shared between the State and the autonomous regions. The extra savings demanded by the EU for this year and next will fundamentally been met by spending cuts. Speaking on TVE television, Salgado failed to say where the cuts would fall and also failed to rule out more tax increases in addition to the IVA/VAT increase on July 1. She advised people to watch the Prime Minister’s statement to Congress on the matter, 12th May. ...Meanwhile Brussels has called on both France and Italy to take a closer look at making their budgets healthier. ...The International Monetary Fund has said that the ongoing talks on the wage round in Spain are having perverse effects in the pymes

small businesses. The IMF Chief Economist, Oliver Blanchard said this was because it is the large companies which determine wage levels in the sectors. He said the labour market in Spain was working badly, and there were evident symptoms of that such as high unemployment and low productivity, below the average of the Eurozone. ...A delegation from the IMF is to visit Spain this week, to evaluate economic policy here. ...The Bank of Spain has centred all Spain’s problems on unemployment. Governor, Miguel Angel Fernández Ordóñez, said that labour reform was the most urgent priority for the country, along with fiscal consolidation. He also said that was important for the country to meet the deficit reductions undertaken with the EU, and that anything which got the deficit down sooner would be ‘enormously positive’ although it would imply a greater sacrifice.

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Hung Parliament Confirmed In UK Market Commentary 7th May 2010 A hung parliament has been confirmed to the detriment of the pound. We are now waiting to see if a majority coalition can be formed with the most likely scenario being a Conservative/Lib-Dem majority. Conservative leader David Cameron said it was “clear that the Labour government has lost its mandate to govern this country”. Gordon Brown may also initiate coalition talks with the Lib Dems, who, Nick Clegg admitted, had a “disappointing night”. For the financial markets and the pound the UK needs is quick deal to be struck between the parties. The longer the indecision the more the pound will suffer. We are in no mans land at the moment and the markets do not like uncertainty- this is leading to a sell off in the pound. The pound should bounce if a majority coalition is formed, however horse-trading will only heap more pressure on the pound. The financial markets and credit rating agencies will want to see action on the UK fiscal policy as a matter of priority regardless of the new government... procrastination and disagreement will lead us towards the path of a sovereign downgrade.

In other market news the euro has risen this morning after Japanese Finance Minister Naoto Kan said that the G-7 plans to hold a conference call today to discuss the Greek debt crisis, after global stocks fell dramatically yesterday. The comments sent the euro rising against the dollar after it hit a 14 month low yesterday. The G-7 has not intervened in the currency market since a coordinated effort to buy the euro in 2000. The US sell off, triggered by Europe’s debt crisis, was sparked by signs that the Greek situation is spreading. The yields in Spanish and Greek debt rose to the highest level since the Euros inauguration. In a flashback to 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled almost 1000 points during the US afternoon session. The SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a joint statement after US markets closed that they will inspect ‘unusual trading’ or a bad case of “fat finger” that contributed to this fall. 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 almeria@currenciesdirect.com

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Outdoor Living - Water Features From a tiny, musical fountain to an inground pond, a water feature transforms any garden into a serene retreat.

Water nourishes the body and soothes the soul. It’s no wonder that more and more gardeners are incorporating beautiful water features into their landscapes, ranging from small decorative fountains to impressive in-ground ponds.

Location

The location of your pond should be based on how you plan to use your water feature as a vista through a living room window or a tranquil setting for outdoor dining and entertaining. Avoid placing a pond beneath or close to trees that will drop their leaves or needles, adding additional maintenance to your pond. Consider slope, soil, sun, shade, wind and utility lines when planning the location of your water feature. Slope: Place the pond on a flat area above the lowest spot on the site to avoid overflow by rainwater, causing muddy waters and possibly washing away plants and fish. Soil: Clay soil, although difficult to excavate, holds its shape, and flexible liners will conform to whatever configuration you dig out. Create a series of internal ledges that will provide bases for large boulders to gradually incline upward to the pond margins and for marginal plants to be placed, in pots, in the pond. Sun, shade and wind: Position your pond where plants will get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Wind can speed up evaporation and damage plants and shrubs. Erect windscreens in windy spots.

Water Garden Greenery Plants can make or break the function of an ecosystem. Plants provide valuable biological filtration by removing nitrogen, ammonia, nitrates and other nutrients from the water that algae would otherwise feed on. Sixty to 70 per cent of the water surface should be covered with foliage to reduce the water temperature and combat algae growth, which is caused by too much sunlight. Additionally, use hardy trapdoor or melantho scavenger snails to feed on algae and green scum. But beauty and filtration are not the only qualities plants add to your water garden. Submerged and marginal plants provide food, shade and protection for fish and other wildlife that live in and around your pond. Some blooming plants even attract beneficial birds, insects, butterflies and others to your watery paradise. Floating-leaved plants, such as water lilies, shade water surfaces and absorb dissolved nutrients that contribute to algae proliferation. Submerged plants: Sometimes referred to as oxygenators, these aquatic plants grow totally submerged underwater. They liberate oxygen that clears water, prevents growth of algae and allows fish to breathe. They include parrot feather, foxtail and water violet. Floating-leaved plants: Floaters drift on the water surface providing shade to lower water temperature and protection for fish. They absorb dissolved nutrients that encourage growth of algae, and their roots receive and protect fish eggs. They include water lily, freefloating fairy moss and water hyacinth. Marginal plants: Marginals are shallow water or bog plants that sit on ledges built along the edge of the pond. Their chief function is

decorative, but they also provide necessary shade. They include winter hardy arrowhead, yellow water iris and cattail, as well as tropical, nonhardy taro, canna and papyrus.

Pool Resources Pumps and filters: A pond filter/pump system is the single most important element of any pond. Not only does it function as a water clarifier, but it is also the heart of the fish’s health. Always install a system slightly larger than needed to allow for fish growth. Liners: The liner is one of the most expensive and important items you will purchase. Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber 45mil is fish-safe and what most professionals recommend. Other options are polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Before installing the liner make sure to eliminate all small stones and sticks. All liners require the installation of an underlay, a cushion of material between the liner and the soil that helps prevent punctures and tears. The minimum depth of the pond should be 45 centimetres (17ß inches) for most areas. Allow 15 to 30 centimetres (six to 12 inches) for deep shelves for plants. Use the following formula to determine the size of the liner: Length of liner = Length of pond plus 2 x depth plus 2 feet Width of liner = Width of pond plus 2 x depth plus 2 feet Deterring pond predators: Edge your pond with rocks or flagstones, arranging them to hang out over the water 15 to 20 centimetres (six to eight inches). Place rocks high enough from the water surface so that predators can’t scoop out fish. Another solution is to place predator netting over the pond, or motionsensor sprinklers to spray the predator when it approaches.

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Standing water is the perfect breeding ground for harmful mosquitoes, which begin laying their eggs in early spring. To ensure a mosquito-free yard this summer, change standing water in birdbaths, urns and ponds frequently or use a pump to keep water moving. Plants such as cattails and bulrushes will attract dragonflies and other mosquitoeating insects. Adding pond fish will not only help to support the natural ecosystem and reduce pond maintenance, but they’ll also help keep your water free of mosquito eggs and larvae. According to some studies, a single “mosquito fish” can eat up to 168 mosquitos in an eighthour period. Koi and goldfish are also a good choice because they easily tolerate fluctuations in water temperature and poor environments.

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Bamboo The idea of growing bamboo sparks intrigue and fear in gardeners. We’ve all heard about bamboo running amuck, making their term ‘invasive’ seem tame. But we’ve also seen a lot of garden magazines exhibiting gorgeous golden, striped and even black rustling graceful, plants, we know, would look wonderful in our own gardens. Is it worth the risk?

It sets the latest gardening trends, features the newest and most desirable gardening products and creates an explosion of colours and scents. Cutting-edge garden design and thousands of perfect blooms; top growers and world class designers; scents and sights and shopping galore. Chelsea will be crammed with leading lights, big name designers and the spectacle you’d expect at the world’s greatest gardening event. Don’t miss out on the gardening event of the year! Tickets available from:www.theticketfactory.com

Growing Alliums - Ornamental Onions There are hundreds of alliums, including the onions and garlic we eat. The ornamental varieties often have leaves similar to onions, as well as the onion’s round ball shaped flower heads. However there are many varieties with star-like clusters of flowers and others, like A. Cernuum, the ‘Nodding Onion’, with hanging pendants of blossoms. Alliums do not repeat bloom. Flower heads can be left on the plant to dry. The dried seed heads look attractive in the garden and can be cut for arrangements. Keep foliage watered after flowering, to feed the plant.

Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height between 3 - 5 years. Some species grow up to 2 feet per day. After harvesting, bamboo does not require replanting, it has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself, making it one of the most renewable resources known.

Planting Requirements Bamboo requires little care and attention, thriving and spreading profusely through it’s root system. It is strongly recommended that gardeners create a barrier two to three feet deep around the planting area to contain the spread of the roots to areas beyond where the plants are desired. Bamboo requires a fertile moisture retentive soil that doesn’t get waterlogged. It will grow well in most soils including clay. If planting in free draining soil water well in the summer. Plant bamboo in full sun to part shade away from strong winds. Bamboo also make great pot plants for the patio and inside the home

Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) ~ A beautiful tall arching bamboo with polished ebony-black mature canes and dark green leaves. The slender, elegant, canes, which are dark green for the first two to three years, look perfect in a contemporary, minimalist garden. To prevent the plant from colonising adjacent plantings restrict the roots using a rigid, non-perishable barrier.

Narihira Bamboo (Semiarundinaria yashadake Kimmei) ~ Golden, glossy canes with a green stripe above the branch bud contrasting with dark green leaves. In cold winters young canes will turn a stunning red if exposed to bright sunshine. This tall bamboo’s upright habit makes it perfect for screening areas of the garden and growing as a bamboo hedge. Its fabulous multi-coloured canes also make it a striking and unusual feature plant.

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Collecting Seeds

Every year many of our garden plants set masses of ripe seed. Saving some of these offers an easy method of propagation and an ideal way of raising large numbers of plants, absolutely free.

Nature will ensure that plants self-sow in order to perpetuate the species, but much more reliable results can be gained by collecting and sowing them yourself. You have control over where plants grow and, above all, it’s free. Annuals are some of the best and most popular plants to grow from home-saved seed, but bulbs, perennials and even some shrubs and trees can be equally rewarding. Be prepared for some variation in seedlings, especially if collecting from F1 hybrids which are special varieties bred by the seed companies for uniformity and vigour; the seedlings produced by these plants are unlikely to have the same properties as the parent plant. On the plus side, the different characteristics may be good ones and it makes the whole process more exciting! When to sow

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Some seeds, such as those recommended in the next section, are very straightforward and simply require storing until they’re ready for sowing, either into pots under cover, or directly outside. Others, however, may need specific preparation before they’ll germinate, such as exposure to certain temperatures, soaking, or breaking the seedcoat. Sowing into trays of seed compost in autumn and placing outside with some shelter such as in a coldframe will cover most germination options. Bring the trays inside in spring to a temperature of between 15° and 25° which should encourage germination. How to collect seed Choose a dry, windless day. Select a healthy, pest- and disease-free plant, whose seedpods look as if they’re about to split. Cut off the entire seedhead.

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Like many others in this world I am not a huge fan of all things creepy crawly, well, that’s quite the understatement in all honesty! I detest anything that is too small to see clearly, crawls, buzzes, flies around in all directions, and quite frankly is where it’s not suppose to be! And that is generally anywhere near me.

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Anthony Hopkins is closing in on the villain role in Arabian Nights. The Oscar-winner will play Pharotu, a sorcerer who killed Sinbad’s mermaid love and is hungry for more magical powers. Liam Hemsworth, whose brother Chris will appear in Thor with Hopkins, will lead the cast as a young commander who teams up with Sinbad, Aladdin and his genie to free Queen Scheherazade and her kingdom from evil. Chuck Russell (The Mask) is on board to direct the 3D Nights from a script by Barry P. Ambrose. Shooting is expected to start at the end of the summer.

Does Price Still Love Andre?

Katie Price still considers Peter Andre to be “the love of her life”, a friend of the model has reportedly claimed. Price, who split from Andre last year after nearly four years of marriag e, is due to renew her wedding vows to new husband Alex Reid next week. But sources report that the 31-year-old has distanced herself from the ceremony because it doesn’t compare to her fairytale ceremony with Andre. A friend said: “Katie obviously has feelings for Alex, but in her eyes he will never compare to Peter, who she calls the love of her life. She rushed into the Vegas wedding and she and Alex both felt it would be nice to renew their vows in a traditional church service. “But the nearer they get to the date the less interested Katie become s. She just keeps going on about when she married Pete and how it was the ‘perfect day’. For her it was a real-life fairytale and exactly how she’d always imagined her big day. She even keeps the magazines and pores over them when Alex is out.” Another friend described her behaviour towards Andre as “fairly worryin g”. “She is clearly not over him, but she needs to realise that he has moved on and she has to as well,” the insider said.

Vorderman: ‘I’ve Always Lived With Mum’ Carol Vorderman has revealed that she has always lived with her mother. The former Countdown presenter was speaking at the She Inspiring Women Awards and said the 81year-old always makes her laugh. Vorderman said, “My mum and I have a very special relationship because we’ve lived together all my life. She makes me laugh, she’s 82 next month and we laugh and laugh about stupid little things. “There have been little periods of about a year here or there, like when I went to university for instance when we didn’t. But we just love each other’s company and get along.”

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Cycle Routes With Cyclogical

Quesada to.Guardamar Marina along the River Segura. Leave Quesada and follow the road to Benijofar. Turn right at the traffic lights and head for Rojales. Once in the centre of Rojales pick up the River Segura and follow it all the way to Guardamar, stopping on route to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. When you arrive at the bridge in Guardamar cross it and keep left heading back for the river and cycle on the wide pavement until you come to the barriers at the Marina. Pass around them and in front of you is a lovely spanish Tapas bar, Restaurant Nautica, ” which is open all day. After a refreshing break, you can cycle around the marina and along the ‘sea front to the town, then double back through the woods to the marina and retrace your route back to Rojales, If you feel you have gone far enough just retrace your way back, this time on the opposite side of the river if you want too, crossing over the first bridge that you come to, following the track all the way back to Rojales town centre, then follow the road back to Quesada via Benijofar.

...and remember... Gary & Lynn are available at ‘Cyclogical’ Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 5.30pm and 10am-2pm on Saturdays, to assist and advise you on the right size, shape and type of cycle to suit you and for all of your cycling needs, including route maps!

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Mike Tyson: ‘I’m Totally Broke!’

Mike Tyson has admitted that he’s “totally broke” after excessive spending at the height of his boxing career. The former heavyweight champion stated that despite struggling to make ends meet, & living paycheck to paycheck, he is absolutely content living with his third wife Lakiha Spicer & their 16-month-old daughter, Milan.

Tyson said: “I’m totally destitut e and broke. But I have an awesom e life, I have an awesom e wife who cares about me. I’m totally broke. I had a lot of fun. “[Goin g broke] just happen ed. I’m very gratefu l. I don’t deserve to have the wife that I have; I don’t deserve the kids that I have, but I do, and I’m very gratefu l.”

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Broad beans - also called fava beans, particularly in the US – are beautiful eaten raw or cooked. Fresh broad beans only have a short natural season and are, therefore often sold frozen or canned. They’re sweet and delicious with a smooth creamy texture. Fresh beans are more popular than the dried variety, which tend to be quite floury. Young thin beans are eaten pods and all, but larger, older broad beans need to have the tough pods removed. After boiling or steaming them (for about five minutes), peel away the thin, pale sheath covering the bean. Dried broad beans don’t hold their shape very well, so they’re often used to make spreads or purées. They’re also good for flavouring meat stews or lamb dishes. Egyptian ‘ful medames’ is a dish of cooked broad beans (a dried variety called ‘ful’) flavoured with garlic and lemon.

Broad Bean Dip Ingredients 300g/10½oz broad beans 150g/6oz cream salt and fresh ground pepper pinch sugar 1 tsp garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 150ml/¼ pint extra virgin olive oil

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Use a vegetable mouli to mash the broad beans - this will mash the bean flesh but leave the skins behind. OR peel the broad beans before pureeing in a food processor. Add some cream, salt, pepper and a hint of sugar. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, olive oil and pepper to the broad bean purée. Garnish with spring onions, chilli powder, ground cumin and olive oil.

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INGREDIENTS Sea salt and pepper ¼ teaspoon ground cumin Juice and zest of 1 lime 1.5 tsp finely grated fresh ginger root 1 tbsp chopped coriander 2 tbsp olive oil + more to drizzle 1 pink grapefruit 150g drained cooked lobster meat 1/4 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced finely 1 apple, cored & diced finely 1 avocado, peeled, pitted & diced finely 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion + 1 tsp 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds, to top Watercress or Mâche leaves, to serve

METHOD Have six appetizer plates ready. In a small bowl, combine a pinch of sea salt, pepper, the cumin, the zest and juice of 1 lime, ginger, coriander and olive oil, and whisk to emulsify. With a sharp serrated knife, peel the skin and pith from the grapefruit. Cut the fruit into segments, discarding the membrane. Dice finely and set side. Dice the lobster meat finely. In a large bowl, gently toss the lobster meat, cucumber, apple, grapefruit, avocado and 2 tablespoons of red onion. Drizzle with

the dressing and toss again. Place the ring mould on top of one plate. Pack 1/6 of the fish preparation into the mould and remove the ring. Repeat with the other five plates. Top with chopped red onion and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and decorate with watercress or Mâche leaves. Serve immediately.

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What is Mascarpone? It’s a thick, creamy, soft Italian cheese unfortunately with a high fat content (40%). It can be used in savoury and sweet dishes and it’s great for stirring through savoury sauces to thicken and add a distinct rich flavour. Serve it with fresh fruit, use it in cheesecakes, as a cake filling, or as a topping for desserts. Mascarpone is an essential ingredient in the Italian coffee trifle tiramisu. It can be flavoured with various ingredients such as lemon or lime juice and zest, crushed nuts or dried fruits to add taste and texture.

INGREDIENTS 4 courgettes Salt & pepper to taste 2 tbsp olive oil 1 shallot finely chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 carrot, grated ¾ lb minced meat ½ cup ricotta cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tbsp fresh parsley Extra olive oil for sprinkling ¼ cup water, for the pan

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Set the oven at 350 degrees. Have on hand a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. With a teaspoon, scoop out the flesh of the courgettes. Chop it coarsely. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the flesh to a bowl (use the remaining flesh in a vegetable stew or soup recipe). Sprinkle the hollowed courgettes with salt and pepper and turn them open side down on a cutting board. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the celery and carrot, and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Add the courgette flesh and cook for 3 minutes more. Turn up the heat and add the minced meat. Cook, stirring often, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Remove the skillet from the heat. Let it cool slightly. Stir in the ricotta, egg, and parsley. Fill the hollowed shells with the stuffing mixture. Set the filled shells in the baking dish. Sprinkle with olive oil and add the water to the dish. Bake the courgettes for 35 to 40 minutes or until the shells are tender when pierced with a skewer.

INGREDIENTS For the biscuit base 75g digestive biscuits, crushed 75g gingernut biscuits, crushed

75g butter, melted For the filling 400-600g white chocolate, broken into pieces 65g butter 1/2 vanilla pod

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For the biscuit base: combine the biscuits and butter and press onto the base of a 23cm springform tin. For the filling: place the chocolate, butter and vanilla pod in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering (not boiling) water until melted. Allow to cool slightly. In another bowl mix together the cream cheese, sugar and whipping cream to a smooth consistency. Remove the vanilla pod from the melted chocolate mixture and stir into the cream mixture. Gently stir in the raspberries, being careful not to release the juice. Spoon the mixture on top of the biscuit base and place in the fridge to set for 8-24 hours. To serve: remove from the tin and place on a serving plate. Decorate with a few whole raspberries and crushed raspberries as well as a sprinkling of pistachio nuts

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Mazarrón Relegated! Cieza 3, Mazarrón CF 0

What a difference two seasons and an economic meltdown can make. Two years ago, Mazarrón were playing at the likes of Cartagena and Granada, but then their sponsor went into liquidation and everything went wrong from there. Whilst Cartagena has a great chance of gaining promotion to La Liga, Mazarrón are relegated to the fifth tier of Spanish football, called the Preferente. The maths was simple. If local rivals Bala Azul from Puerto were to win their match against relegated Lumbreras, Mazarrón had to win to stay above them. In the event, things were settled very soon. Bala Azul kicked off 5mins early and within a minute, they were a goal to the good, scoring from 5 metres inside their own half, whilst at Cieza, Mazarrón conceded a somewhat dubious goal when Josevi appeared to be offside after only 6mins of play. 10mins later the situation was beyond rectification when Alex beat a hesitant Gines to a back pass and calmly slotted home. Mazarrón made a decent fist of things in the second half, especially as all the recognized strikers were either suspended or injured, but with 8mins left, Josevi scored his second to make it 3-0 and the fate of Mazarrón was sealed by the 2-0 win for Bala Azul, Lumbreras failing to make one decent chance throughout the whole game. There is still an outside possibility that things could change. The club is still awaiting the result of an appeal over a reversal of the 3-0 defeat of Cartagena in April, when Mazarrón fielded Mounir, after being told by the Federation that it was alright to do so, when in fact, he should have been suspended. It would take very brave officials to give the club back the 3 deducted points though, this late in the day, so it looks like football in the Preferente next season. Mazarrón: Ginés, Cuanca, Carrillo, Mounir, Manolo, Julio César, Andés, Poyatos (Delfín), (Dito), Dani, Raúl y Juan. MMoM: Cuenca Roger, www.mccmurcia.com 9th May

your events...your announcements... MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MURCIA/MAR MENOR

EVENTS FOR MAY 2010 Sunday 16 May – 4 pm - Rick and the Ramblers – American Folk and Country Band, Café Golf, San Javier. Lunch available from 1pm – 4pm. Call 969 566 448 to book a table or just turn up at 4pm! Friday 21 May & Friday 18 June - 11:00 – 1 pm Share & Care Group, Centro Civico, Roda Village. If you’re affected by cancer and want to talk to someone, we meet every third Friday of the month. An informal Group for those affected by cancer. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Oneto-one counselling available. Call 693 795 247 Monday 31 May – Ladies’ Day, Paddywacks, KM2 La Manga del Mar Menor, 12 pm - 5pm Free Entry. For further details and appointments with the medium contact Tracey on 671 138 963 ***** MAKE TIME TO HELP OTHERS ***** Do you want to make a difference? Got some time to spare? Become a MABS volunteer Call 693 275 779 now For further details, please call 693 824 511 info@mabsmurcia.com www.mabsmurcia.com Charity No 7261 NIF: G53448866

Wednesday 12th May

A Night to Remember at La Pedrera Restaurant and Bar with Paul Cunningham Nurses with Darren as Quizmaster! Everyone gets into teams, Del Boy, Rodney, Marlene, Uncle Albert etc. Tickets JUST €3! Email sueinthesun@terra.es or text 629 869 959 or call Darren 625 272 256

Jenkins BrianMusic , 60’s Music &

Country all in one night! Tribute to Elvis ~ Thursday 13th May , Campoverde Marys Restaurante call 966 For more information bjsmusic.co.uk 763 511 or visit www. CORRECTION NOTICE - LOCAL NEWS Please note that the telephone number for Janine of Successful Slimming should have read 966 261 359. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Los Montesinos Netball Club are looking for new players

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We play netball for fun and all ages and abilities are welcome EVERY TUESDAY 7-8:30PM. We also play competitively against other teams in Spain and from the UK throughout the season for those that want to take their netball to another level. If you haven’t played netball since school, having the children or moving to Spain then now is the time to restart. Come along to Los Montesinos on a Tuesday and see for yourself. For further details contact Tracey on 679 539 995

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your events...your announcements...your events... Cathy Carson, TAABS and Friends

invite you to an evening of entertainment at the New Asturias, Punta Prima to help raise funds for the Afghan Heroes. Friday 14 May Tickets: 5 Euros For further information contact Cathy Carson on 666 180 118

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NCE NIGHT BIG BAND DAGTETPLUS’. With ‘SWIN WEDNESDAY 19th MAY ~ 9PM TO 11:30PM

AT THE HOTEL SPA COSTA NAREJOS, LOS ALCAZARES TICKETS 5€ Available from the Hotel by calling 968 583 980, or Shape & Tone, Alcazares. There will also be a raffle - with the proceeds for Help Murcia Mar Menor Cancer Support Group

For tickets or more information call 968 432 630

Last Sunday was another successful Fun Day and Street Party at the La Luna Bar, Las Chismosas along with the Bikers Swap meet, Iron Boyzz had custom built Bikes on display. With the food and drink flowing amazing local band ‘The Monos’ performed for the crowd getting the party atmosphere well under way. After the success of winning last year Ironboyzz owner Rune Skullenid will be back again at the annual event the 7th Murcia Hot Rally in Lo Pagan, San Pedro Del Pinatar, which is held on 28th -30th May, launching his latest custom built Bike ‘Pro Street Chopper’. For more information contact www.ironboyzz.com or www.lalunabar. com programme details for the Hot Rally contact www.murciachapter. net

Auction In Aid of Afghan Heroes

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY IAN! LOVE FROM JAN AND ALL THE GANG AT LOVE SHACK, LAS CHISMOSAS THE HELP ASSOCIATION OF VEGA BAJA VACANCY - SOCIAL SECRETARY (Voluntary Position) We are seeking a volunteer to take on the duties of Social Secretary. Ideally this individual will be creative, enthusiastic, well organised, and have good communication skills. The main duties will be to organise events and develop regular social activities throughout the year. They must be able to work with other members, submit accounts for each event and provide a regular social report for the committee. If you think you have the right qualities to fulfil this role or wish to find out more details, please contact Richard in the San Miguel office on 966 723 733. The office is open Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.30. The HELP Association Vega Baja helps people of all ages, with all sorts of problems. We operate a 24 hour help line (965 704 282) and our aim is to assist in practical ways at times of crisis, or when police or medical services are involved.

An auction was held in The New Odd Couple in Calle Niagra, Playa Flamenca on Saturday 1st May in aid of The Afghan Heroes - our boys and girls fighting over there to keep us safe. The auction was hosted by Nick Hawkins of Excite Radio - a good night was had by all with many auction lots donated by The New Odd Couple, Los Dolces Butchers, Alvibe, The Witchery, Crystals, The Hideaway, Man Scuba Diving, Vegetable Garden and many more. Many of the lots bought were re-donated too and we would like to thank all our customers and donors for their generosity. The auction raised 334€; the sale of wrist bands and key fobs raised another l00€ and the total is still growing.

The Spiritualist Church of Quesada Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30am. A Tuesday evening of Mediumship at 7.30pm and every Thursday there is an opportunity to develop your skills at the Open Circle at 7.30pm. Spiritual Healing Is available Sunday and Tuesday. A warm welcome awaits you. Contact Wendy 965 323 028


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for sale Oil filled radiator 1000W 20€ Tel 966 714 134 (Benijofar) (ref128) Oil filled radiator 2500W 25€ Tel 966 714 134 (Benijofar) (ref128) B i s s e l l Powerwash Pro Heat carpet shampooer 50€ Tel 966 714 134 (Benijofar) (ref128) Electric Massage cushion 3 programs , as new 45€ Tel 966 7141 34 (Benijofar) (ref128) Pink Disney Princess Scooter nearly new 3-5 yrs old cost 354 will accept 15€ Mazarron Tel 629 917 851. (ref127)

Blue Sky Video Player, VHS with remote and scart, can see working. 270 tapes Bargain 125€ Tel: 966 731 209 Quesada (ref:127) Drinks Cabinet for inside or Outside, on wheels, white, folding bar table 50€ Tel: 966 731 209 Quesada (ref:127) 2 Single Beds new with mattress and headboards 50€ Tel: 966 731 209 Quesada (ref:127) 3 Seater Sofa Bed, Double 60€ Tel: 966 731 209 Quesada (ref:127)

4 man quick silver dingy with kiel hull, oars and pump, will take up to 25hp engine. 299€ Tel: 622 344 771 (ref127) 15hp mercury 2 Kettler (german) stroke outboard. make Childrens 299€ Tel: 622 344 Trike Bike in blue/ 771 (ref127) yellow/red colour tomos 2 suit girl or boy 2- 4.8 stroke air cooled 5yrs with optional parent handle cost outboard 299€ Tel: 95€will accept 35€ 622 344 771 (ref127) Mazarron Tel 629 5hp Honda 4 917 851. (ref127) stroke outboard Suite 3 seater 299€ Tel: 622 344 and a 2 seater 771 (ref127) excellent condition in cream / teracota colour with extra set of covers and back pads. Mazarron Tel 629 917 851. (ref127) Free to collector Broken Washer seal gone around door is quite old, not worth me repairing if any one wants for parts. Mazarron Tel 629 917 851. (ref127)

Teka Electric Oven white fan assisted 20€. Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar de la Horadada) (ref127) Sofa Bed yellow patterned fabric 45€. Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar de la Horadada) (ref127) Reebok trainers UK size 5 white leather navy stripe with LED lights brand new 20€. Tel: 687763165 (Pilar de la Horadada) (ref127)

Full length patio door size curtains, fully lined cost 80€ each will accept 20€ per pair. Mazarron Tel 629 917 851.

Childrens white bed guard 10€ Mazarron Tel 629 917 851 Electric heated clothers airer 10€. Mazarron Tel 629 917 851 Black glass and chrome corner TV Unit, 3 tiers, 60cmW, 41cmD, 51cmH, excellent condition, no scratches. 40 euros. Pinar de Campoverde. Tel: 966 762 639 Granite for sale, various sizes, one piece broken but still usable - was a fireplace but can be used for other projects. Cream coloured. 15 euros the lot. Pinar de Campoverde. Tel: 966 762 639

Bar stools x 2, brand new, black and chrome, gas lift 80€ for both. Tel: 966 719 908 or 680 386 514 Quesada. (ref127) Garden swing canopy for sale Rocker/recliner armchair, beige pole snapped in the dralon, good condition high winds hence 75€ ono Tel 966 719 25€ canopy and as new. 908 or 680 386 514 covers Quesada. (ref127) green stripped. Los

Montesinos Alicante. Tel: 680 122 760. 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 676 694 929 (Ref:126) E l e c t r i c 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 m a h o g a n y 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: 966 716 646 H ea d b oa r d wooden lovely inset arch and fretwork

double or kingsize must see 75€ Tel:966 716 646 Bedside cabinet 3 draws solid wood exellent condition must see quesada 40€ Tel:966 716 646 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. Campasol Mazarron Tel: 618 896 381 3 Pairs of cream 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/ p r o c e s s o r 20€ Mazarron Tel 629 917 851.

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International Designer Day / Fishing boat Perfume Company requires on trailer 4.4 metres people with experience virgo 40 hp Suzuki in teaching, training and organisational roles. engine, 5hp Suzuki stand by engine, Must be prepared to learn new business principles. electric start, fully Success driven, No selling serviced. Mazzaron required. Tel:966 774 583 Area 3,500 euros Tel 968 971 782 or mobile 680 913 840 carpenter 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.

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38 Years Experience For all your carpentry needs: Kitchens, Doors, Bathrooms, Bedrooms & much more ! For a no-obligation quote call: Philip: 680 443 219

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

pets Deep sea fishing call Tony on: 646 Free to good 754 124 www. home beautiful calidafishing.com home reared kittens 3 FISHING TRIPS available mar menor Boat / Fishing area ready in 3 weeks trips. Rods & Toilet tel 667 066 490 on board email: Springer davendonc@aol.com spaniel Tel:693 251 562 INSURANCE

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Spanish Interior & Exterior Ana Decorating Female, Playa Legal & Registered Flamenco Nr Contractor. A Professional Carrefour, 35 years, & Reliable Service Camposol & attractive, classy Costa Calida area. Free competitve quotes lady. Private house, parking. Offers all Tel: Mick 968 163 336 or 646 324 669 erotic services & massage. Call 600 A 340 683 fishing

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Nash Warren excellent family pet Insurance House, from €250 car, travel & health Mazarron: 699 203 136 cover Tel: 968 156 583

Jewellery www.quesadogoldcentre.com

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

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

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We cover the whole of Spain

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pets continued...

water leaks

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Tec-Fonta

over 12years experience in dog grooming

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All breeds and sizes welcome Call Anna for appointment

619 277 654

Villamartin area

Large Selection Of Quality Bikes Starting from 12 € per day 4 & 6 Seater Bikes • Repairs & Servicing

EDUARDO’S PETS Call Eduardo for appointment

Tel: 663 726 474

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

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Sky Digi Box, PACE with blue sky card BBC1, 2, 3, 4, ITV1, 2, 3. Ch4 & 5. 79€ Can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205

van hire

Lorry to & from the UK once a week

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ABBOTTS

REMOVALS & TRANSPORT

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: sales@abbottsremovals.com W: www.abbottsremovals.com

satellites R a i n b o w Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or rainbowsats@terra.es

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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 Wanted Urgently to furnish our own Freezers, rental apartments. Fridges, Washing Tel: 965 720 817 Machines, all or 966 723 437 Spa / Hot Tub or white goods. Tel: Jacuzzi, working or 628 923 294 or not. Tel: 650 722 905 Instant Cash 965 999 054 Vehicles wanted Paid. Gold and Jewellery Bought Sold. Valuations, WANTED WANTED and repairs and retail. Base Player / Singer DEAD OR ALIVE Quesada Gold Keyboard Player/Singer English or Spanish Centre @ No17 vehicles with or without Calle Los Arcos Playing 60’s-Presant Day Music & General MOT or Tax. Good Ciudad Quesada quality Spanish vehicles Rojales 03170 Tel Covers. Working Band also wanted. with Gigs Waiting. 634 043 060 www. Tel Pat: 667 711 380 quesadagoldcentre. Tel: 661 350 963 or 968 559 188 com or 965 701 525

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GOLD WANTED English jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold jewellery and coins

Best prices paid Spanish / English Anything considered

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT To book an appointment Call Peter

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Enthusiastic and committed sales people Hairdresser Females & Couples wanted. Part time wanted to work on commission only basis, must have own transport, if you can close a deal Los Alcazares Salon. 18-65 required for and have a desire to work for an established Tel:666 249 523 or adult internet photo company call 965 720 817 or 616 493 487 968 574 904

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We are looking for young, enthusiastic, bubbly people to join our expanding telesales team. Experience preferred but not essential as full training is given. Office in Torrevieja with free parking. Monday to Friday 10am til 6pm 15,000€ per year. Full contract.

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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: info@casas-moviles.es We can help !

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Costa Calida

Monday Barrio Peral, San Pedro del Pinatar, Paza Luis Molina. Tuesday Molinos Marfagones, Los Belones, Los Alcazares, Parque de las Penas, La Union, Pilar de la Horadada, Mil Palmeras. Wednesday Santiago de la Ribera. Thursday La Aljorra, Los Dolores, La Palma, San Javier, Fernandez Tudela, Los Urrutias. Friday El Algar, Llano del Beal, Pozo Estrecho, Urb Mediterraneo, Pilar de la Horadada. Saturday Los Narejos, Urb. Europa, Mazarron, Plaza de Abastos, Playa Flamenca, Campoverde, Autocine Craft Market San Javier. Sunday El Bohio, Cabo de Palos, Mar Menor, Los Nietos, Puerto Mazarron

Costa Blanca

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The fact Files

Monster colossal squid is slow not fearsome predator!

The world’s largest invertebrate is not a fast and voracious predator as previously thought, say scientists. The colossal squid, a creature once linked to maritime myth and feared as a sea monster, is really a slow drifting animal that ambushes unwitting prey. That conclusion was reached by studying the physiology and feeding habits of other deep sea species and scaling up to the colossal squid’s huge size. Rarely seen, the elusive ocean giant is thought to reach up to 15m long. The colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is thought to roam in the deep waters of the Southern Ocean. Rarely seen alive or dead, little is known about its way of life. Estimates vary, but it is thought to measure 15m in length with a large dome-shaped mantle. It also has long tentacles and arms containing swivelling hooks used to grapple and maul prey. A recent specimen studied had eyes approximately 27cm (11in) across, believed to be the largest animal eye yet discovered. Its large size and predatory nature fuelled the ancient myth of the underwater “kraken” seamonster and modern speculation that the colossal squid must be aggressive and fast, attributes that allow it to prey on fish and even give sperm whales a hard time. Yet as the creature is seldom encountered let alone studied, there are no direct measurements of the colossal squid’s behaviour. So instead, the team used a set of routine metabolic rates for other deep-sea squid species and extrapolated the data to match the colossal squid’s size. They also factored into their calculations the cold temperature of the Southern Ocean the squid inhabits. “The understanding of the mode of life of the colossal squid is a significant event in the ongoing investigation of enigmatic large animals of the ocean,” says Dr Rui Rosa from the University of Lisbon in Portugal, who undertook the study with Dr Brad Seibel from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, US.

Researchers ‘unprecedented’ tornado study

An international team of researchers is embarking on what has been described as the most ambitious tornado study in history. An array of instruments will be deployed across the US Great Plains, where violent twisters are more common than anywhere else on the planet. It is hoped that the data gathered will improve tornado warnings and forecasts. More than 100 scientists will be involved in the study, which will continue until the middle of June. “Tornadoes rank among the most destructive weather events on Earth,” said Dr David Dowell, one of the project’s principal investigators and a scientist for the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). “It is imperative that we learn more about how they develop and why some are so powerful.” The study, Vortex2, will use a range of enhanced mobile radars and other weather-sensing equipment in order to build up a comprehensive picture of the zones where tornadoes develop. Researchers say that rapidly changing contrasts in wind and temperatures in an area just a few miles across can spawn a tornado in a matter of minutes. But, they added, only a small percentage of “supercell storms” generate twisters, and standard observing networks and radars struggle to pick up the atmospheric conditions that lead to the formation of a tornado.

Facebook fixes embarrassing security flaw

Facebook has rushed to fix a security flaw that allowed users to eavesdrop on the live chats of their friends and see their pending friend requests. The exploit used the site’s privacy features - intended to protect a user - to expose the personal information. With just a few clicks users could spy on their friends’ personal chat messages and see who had requested to join their network. Facebook temporarily removed the chat facility while it fixed the flaw. The exploit - originally reported by the blog TechCrunch - worked via an option in privacy settings that allows people to preview their profiles as it would appear to their friends. But it was never intended to show others what their friends were actually doing. “For a limited period of time, a bug permitted some users’ chat messages and pending friend requests to be made visible to their friends by manipulating the ‘preview my profile’ feature of Facebook privacy settings,” Facebook said in a statement. “When we received reports of the problem, our engineers promptly diagnosed it and temporarily disabled the chat function. We also pushed out a fix to take care of the visible friend requests which is now complete,” it added. The chat function will be turned back on “shortly” it said. “For any organisation, whether you are a social networking site or not, privacy breaches are worrying,” said Candid Wueest, security expert at Symantec. “Unfortunately, this isn’t the first privacy breach of its kind to plague a social networking site - other high-profile sites have also been affected with similar problems.” He praised Facebook’s quick response to the issue. “Facebook has acted quickly in fixing the alleged flaw, whereas some social networking sites have been known to take days to fix issues reported,” he said

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Volcanic ash for sale!

Entrepreneurs in Iceland are cashing in on crisis by selling jars of volcanic ash for £75 on the internet. The grey ash - from volcano Eyjafjallajokull - is being sold in 160 gramme portions in sealed glass containers as souvenirs of the disaster. One seller, Sofus Gustavsson, says he is giving all his profits to help the clean-up campaign in Iceland which is trying to shift tonnes of volcanic ash. “I got the idea from a friend who lives abroad who asked me to send him some ash in an envelope,” he said. “I thought there must be thousands of people out there who want to remember what happened.” Meanwhile, bookies have slashed the odds on a second Icelandic volcano erupting this year following a flood of bets on active volcano Katla. Geologists have growing concerns about an imminent eruption. In the past 1,000 years, all three known eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull have triggered a subsequent eruption of Katla. A Paddy Power spokesman said: “For all our sakes I hope these punters have got it wrong. Katla is the Big Daddy of Iceland’s active volcanoes and should it blow it would more than likely spell disaster for the airline industry along with misery for millions of air travellers.”

e l a T y A Hair

Somebody asked me the other day, if I could sum up the 60’s and 70’s in one word, what would it be. There was no hesitation on my part, and although I had never thought this through in advance, I said ‘Hair!’.

Look, when the 60’s thing kicked off, it was pretty much ‘The Beatles’ who started the ball rolling and it was those distinctive ‘mop Share your hairstyles tops’ that had everybody through the years with Colin – talking and my generation copying - the Scousers send us your photos, if you da had set the standard! re, to They were long-haired layabouts as far as our editor@soltimes.com parents were concerned, but they changed their minds shortly after when the Stones appeared on the scene. If the Fab Four epitomised their belief that the whole country had gone to the dogs, then the sight of Michael Jagger and crew had them reaching for the whisky bottles and Valium. A whole succession of groups immediately followed, each trying to outdo the others in the fashion, performance and haircut departments. There was a group called The Pretty Things – which they most definitely were not – and the vocalist had hair that would have been the envy of a Crufts champion Afghan Hound. I remember being very put out by the whole hair thing. There was I with a blond, very curly barnet and there was no way – apart from growing it long – that I could emulate my cool pop star heroes with those distinctive fashionable heads, no matter how hard I tried. But my day would come. As a young boy, I had had to endure the whole, “Ooh, hasn’t your Colin got lovely curly hair, it’s so wasted on a boy”, routine. It was all I could do to stop myself from being sick on their shoes, and once I recall, I actually was. Just to accentuate the whole thing, the rock musical HAIR hit the West End; hair was groovy, hair was where it was at man, hair was . . . well, hairy! Facial hair too, became the thing in the sixties and once again it was those four Liverpool lads that started the trend. When they went off and did their Maharishi/Peace & Love thing and released the Sergeant Pepper album; Zapata-style moustaches became de rigueur. We all had them, even some of the women. Come to think about it, most of the women in our neighbourhood! Towards the tale end of the decade via the fashion conscious Mod-era, Cat Stevens hit the scene, and here was the man I most wanted to be. The amazing talent, the full beard and, once again, the out of sight hair. I hated that good-looking Greek! Then before we knew it, the multi-coloured, full-on seventies were upon us. And if we thought that the 60’s could never be emulated or surpassed in terms of sheer flamboyance, the likes of Bowie, Roxy Music and Marc Bolan proved us wrong. We mimicked our idols with our platform shoes, psychedelic shirts and satin loons, and the still long, trademark hair do’s. Mott the Hoople sang about us – we were the Young Dudes! Today, even though my body takes five hour lunch breaks and I cannot remember where I put my underpants (oh, I’ve got them on!) and occasionally I hear the voices telling me to do strange things, I am pleased to report that my hair is intact and the envy of my contemporaries. Two of us recently located a follically-impaired buddy from my 70’s days through the magic of Facebook and he commented that he was delighted to have re-connected with us even though in his words, ‘You both spent the seventies looking like a yaks backside’. A compliment indeed!

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BMW Release Limited Edition Mille Miglia Z4 To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the firm’s famous victory at the historic Italian race, BMW has created a special Z4 roadster. Grazie mille, BMW! To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the firm’s famous win at the Mille Miglia road race, it’s created a limited-edition version of the Z4 roadster. Called the Z4 sDrive 35is Mille Miglia, it’s been launched in Italy to coincide with this year’s recreation of the classic-themed event, which took place last weekend. To keep the drop-top exclusive, only 99 left-hand-drive cars will be up for grabs. The Mille Miglia edition is powered by the same 335bhp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straightsix as is found in the standard model. It comes equipped with an M Sports aerodynamics pack, new 10-spoke dark chrome 19-inch alloys and silver ‘Polaris’ matte paint. Other visual modifications include bright red ‘Mille Miglia’ badging which adorns the wings and the bootlid, and the trademark BMW kidney grilles have been blacked out for a more purposeful looking front-end Inside, the sports seats are finished in quilted black Alcantara and leather and contrasting red stitching. The car also gets an M Sport steering wheel, unique floor mats, ‘more Mille Miglia’ badges and special decorative trim. The victory remains one of BMW’s finest: its classic 328 Kamm Coupé took first, third, fifth and sixth places at the 1940 northern Italian race. But this is not the first time BMW’s revisited its glorious win: in 2006, it recreated the car in a modern Z4-based concept recently shown at the annual Villa d’Este concours.

n o e c a f r u o Get y n o i t i d e l a i c e p s Fiat 500

It’s been 31 months since the launch of Fiat’s iconic supermini, and to celebrate reaching the half-million mark, the Italian manufacturer is producing a special showcar, called Fiat 500 Thousandth. The one-off model will be covered with 1500 photos, each image displaying the faces of Fiat 500 customers, celebrities and fans.

Golf GTI ‘adidas’ Edition

Fiat has already begun taking bookings for a place on the car, log on to www.fiat500.com to view a plan view of the Fiat 500 and submit your application and photograph. Seventy per cent of the places are reserved for Fiat 500 owners. Entrants can also attach a short text describing their relationship with the car, or a link either to a personal video on YouTube or to their personal Facebook page. The showcar will be ready three weeks after the booking stage is concluded and will feature in forthcoming events and international motor shows.

VW teams up with sports brand to create hot special edition The Golf is earning its stripes... All three of them! VW has released details and a single image of a sporty Golf GTI special edition - called the ‘adidas edition’. Born out of collaboration between VW and the German sportswear brand, the car is set to debut next week at the Worthersee Tour tuning show in Germany. Following in the tyre-tracks of other unusual models, such as the Pirelli Edition of the last-generation GTI, the adidas Edition is mechanically identical to the standard car. That means the 207bhp 2.0-litre TSI engine is carried over - along with the performance figures of 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds and top speed of 155mph. Additional features include unique 18-inch alloys, specially-designed sports seats and LED rear lights - a feature soon to be introduced as standard on all Golf GTIs; adidas branding on the seats, door sills and B-Pillars also help to mark the car out. And that isn’t the only treat VW has in store for fans at Worthersee - another Golf GTI-based Excessive Edition is also scheduled to debut. Although no pictures have been released yet, VW has confirmed that it will wear wide-boy wheel extensions, bigger sills and sit on a wider track. Upgraded brakes, revised suspension and a new lightweight exhaust as well as 19-inch wheels and semi-slick tyres should ensure a hardcore driving experience- although the 207bhp engine is untouched. Our sources have revealed that only 4,410 examples of the adidas edition will be made, going on sale in June, and there’s no word on whether the ‘Excessive’ will enter production.

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New vans to get 75mph speed limiter EU voices plans that it is looking to introduce a max-speed limiter on all new vans

Car drivers fear they could next in-line for European-imposed speed limiters following an EU proposal to electronically cut the speed of new vans to 75mph and cut the CO2 emissions levels of all vans to a car-like 135g/km by 2020. While many drivers would welcome the end to fast-lane harassment by high-powered Mercedes Sprinters, motorist groups have taken fright at what they perceive to be ‘the thin end of the wedge’ of future in-vehicle speed restrictions. “We might get assurances that it’ll only be about vans, but we wouldn’t trust them not to extend to it to every type of motor transport, including cars and motorcycles,” said a spokesman for the Association of British Drivers. Many UK companies including British Gas and the Royal Mail already limit van speeds to

cut fuel bills, reduce accidents and limit the PR damage of having liveried vans overtaking at dangerous speeds. With fleet managers keeping a close eye on the behaviour of drivers during work hours, limiting the speed of company cars could be the next step. “The commercial driver is under greater pressure than ever to stay within the law as managers contend with tougher corporate manslaughter legislation,” says Paul Watters of the AA. Predictably, van drivers are not keen on limiters, believing them to be dangerous. Posting on the Businesscar website, van driver Russ said: “Just picked up my first restricted Renault Trafic today. As you sit there at 68mph, because there is no control or throttle adjustment needed, it is far easier to start to lose attention.”

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sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... Quesada Bowls Club Spitfire League Quesada Blenheims battling against Emerald Isles Victors on home ground. Some very close games were played on a wonderful, but cold morning. T.Brinton, D.Donovan, J.Brinton 1616; N.Lamberton, V. & D.Sales 1514; J.Parkes,J. Bromley,P.Houghton 13-27; C.Skinner, D. Leeming, J.Muldoon 19-18; R.Pinfold, S.Elton, B.Houghton 14-19; M.Lamberton,P. Parkes, J.Northend 19-15. The FRIENDLY game was played by D. & C.Waterson, P.Mackenzie and unfortunately did not manage a win. 96 shots for and 107 shots against; 7 points to both sides. Well done !!

Harrier League Quesada Lancasters played against Greenlands. An excellent mornings bowling with some rinks very close towards the end, but we held on & managed a 9 point against 5 points victory. J.Williams, V.Campbell, T.Paget 16-17; P.Lockley, A.Paget, T.Thomas 19-9; M.Gray, A.Flitman, M.Harris 15-19; A.Thomas, M.Humphries, J>Bowness 20-15; M.Lockley,L. Maffey, T.Jakeman 17-17; M.Bowness, D,Washbourne, G.Williams 26-14. 113 shots for and 91 shots against; match points 9 for and 5 against. Wednesday saw our first match of

the ‘Kings Cup’. Our first match took us to San Luis. Unfortunately we only managed to beat San Luis only on 2 rinks, and had to be content with 4 pts against 8 pts for SL. So we shall have to do better next week. As I hav’nt got a long report today I am forwarding a photo of our ‘rink’ Champion of Champions , which I did’nt have at the time of their win; needless to say that we are all very proud of them - George Radmore, Violet Campbell, Diane and Joe Riley. Glynis Chapman is still available on 965 724 885 if you have any questions about our club.

Club 25 La Serena Golf

with Peter Thompson Sunday 2nd May, eight thirty in the morning, and twenty-six valiant souls arrive at El Valle Golf Course to face the pain of a monthly stableford competition. This was the third federated comp. Club 25 have played this month at El Valle, but at least we did not have to record the embarrassing double figures of the previous weeks’ medal round. As far as I can recall (looking through rather bleary eyes) the weather was cloudy and the temperature was just about perfect. Dave Morgan’s four-ball was the first to commence battle, with his mother Olive leading the next group. She was playing with two guests from Sweden. One of our founder members, the one and only Geoff Willett, had flown back from the UK, and was heading the next four-ball, which ultimately led to the

remainder of the field being held up. Next was a group including my wife Jill, who has been getting on my nerves lately, as she seems to beat me every time we set foot on a golf course. The next group included new member Mike Pearce. Then it was my turn, playing with two young, bendy, single figure golfers and a very un-bendy Dave Williams. Bringing up the rear was a three ball hoping to join the club over the next few weeks. As the day went on and the Willett group got slower and slower, the sun started to break through and with it, the temperatures started to rise. Luckily the marshalls were on hand with plenty of water. At this point, I have to mention the quality of golf being played by my partners – not you Dave, but the bendy boys. Textbook swings and a well hit ball that seemed to go on forever. They had a longest drive competition between themselves on the

18th and were 30yds in front of my pathetic efforts!! At the end of the day there were some good and some bad scores carded. Third place went to Dave Morgan with 35pts, who beat his mother on count-back. Second place went to new member Ronnie Roser with 36pts The winner was.....................ME!!!!! with 40pts. At last I’ve beaten the wife! No-one managed to get a two, so the monies for that honour carry over ‘till next week. Since Club 25 separated to two different locations, the numbers have swollen at El Valle, and we have now taken on several new members. Let’s hope this trend keeps going. Special thanks to our sponsor “Play It Again Golfballs”

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PRESS REPORT 6TH MAY 2010

Today was our monthly medal and Founder’s Cup. 79 players took part. The course was in excellent condition, the sun shone and the cold wind of previous days had gone. There were some very good scores returned. Congratulations to all our winners. Congratulations too, to Stan Boyles who had a hole in one on the 11th hole. RESULTS AS FOLLOWS: Gold category: 1st M.Harris 69 (winner of the May Medal and Founders Cup) 2nd S.Boyles 70, 3rd I.C. Pegg 71 Silver category: 1st K.Brett, 72, 2nd G.White,72 3rd C.Hobden 73 Nearest the pins 3rd T.Walker, 5th C.Baker, 11th S.Boyles 12th G.Britten, 15th J.Weston, 17th N.Wood. Best Gross score: N.Wood 79 Best front 9 D.King 34

Best back 9 M.Niessen 32 Best par 5’s J.Holland 17 Best par 3’s D.Spiring 9

Football draw 1 J.Ingram, 2. I. Turner 3. G. Bourne The CSA was 0. The Captain’s bunker raised 9 euros for AECC. Many thanks to our sponsors today: La Vuelta, Sands Bistro, Fratellis, Pinada Blinds, Tournesol, and Sierra Golf. The Captain welcomed 4 new members to the Society: Gordon Bourne, John Davies, Alan Wright and Paul Manning. He reminded members that next Thursday, 13th would be Captain’s Day and advised everyone to arrive at least half an hour before their tee time in order to enjoy a bacon baguette in the club house. He wished Linnie Harris a very Happy Birthday, everyone joining in with the usual song.

TorreHoradada Golf

Based at The Snug Bar in Torre De La Horadada our April game was at the excellent Roda Golf Course. A fine day was ordered and delivered and our group of Athlete’s raced around the course, in buggies. We played a Hidden Partners Stableford format which spiced up the proceeding when it came to pairing the players up afterwards. Highest individual score of the day was 34 pts shot by Albert Thrupp, Keith Powell and Tim Newstead. Tim won on count back with 19pts on the back 9. The Hidden Partners results

1st Terry Collins/Albert Thrupp 62pts; 2nd Tim Newstead/Roland Marlow 57pts; 3rd Keith Powell/Roy Hookway 56pts; 4th Roy Wheatley/ Mick Murphy 47pts. Martin Annibal won the “Pink Ball” awarded to the lowest score of the day. Prize giving was done back at The Snug Bar along with one of Barbara’s excellent buffets. Our next game will be at La Serena Golf (€33 green fee) on 28th May. For more information contact Terry Collins at The Snug Bar Torre De La Horadada 667323041 or email torrehoradadagolf@gmail.com

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Altorreal Individual Stableford Monday 3rd May The greens were good to begin with and the fairways were fine, but, as has happened at Altorreal in the past the rough was left so long that if you did find your ball within inches of the fairway you needed great strength to get it out and any distance due to the deep grass. As one of our players described it as like Velcro, clinging to your ball. The front nine went extremely well for one of our players; Dave Archer who failed to score on the first hole (this being his first visit to Altorreal) went on to score 24 points on the next 8 holes. Unfortunately Dave was last out and just after the turn the weather began to deteriorate. It wasn’t until he reached the 12th that the world came to an end. The skies went black, thunder and lightning very close by and then the hailstones and rain began making play impossible. Having sheltered for about 10 minutes the rain was so heavy it was decided to call it a day and everyone made their way back to the clubhouse. It did appear to me that the lightning was quite dangerous and I was amazed the course was not closed, but as usual in Spain they didn’t expect it to last long. On this occasion though it was the best part of an hour, or so I’m told by a couple of our members who stayed, dried out and went back to play the

back 9 in glorious sunshine. The competition was declared a result on 9 holes with the two nearest the pin prizes counting. The majority of the players were rather wet and made for home straight away. You didn’t need to look far for the overall winner in Cat1 as Dave Archer not only scored 24 pts but he won both of the nearest the pin prizes as well. Cat 2 was won by guess who? none other than Barry Butterworth in the winners position for the 3rd time running with 17 pts. The committee made the decision that as the players didn’t complete 18 holes then there would be no handicap adjustments for this game. (Dave Archer you are the luckiest golfer I know, I’m sure you were on your way to a 40+ score and a 2 shot cut) San Javier’s next game is on Monday 24th May at Roda and is a yellow ball Competition. Payday for this game is at the Campsite San Javier on Saturday 22nd between 11 and 12. N.B. Captains Dinner is on Saturday 15th May at La Perdiz Restaurant. Contact Mick Hardy if you wish to go. For more details about our Society go to www. sanjaviergolfsociety.co.uk Report by Bob Gallard.

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the lions share of the 1st half, it was the home side who came closest to scoring when FC CARTAGENA - 2 Toche saw his firm header CD NUMANCIA - 1 rattle the cross bar. Keeper BY STEVE HIBBERD Ruben was awesome, saving A carnival atmosphere of many certain goals as the half 14,500 fans packed inside finished Cartagonova Stadium to goalless. witness Cartagena record a Numancia took the lead well deserved victory over 7th on 53 mins, when a header place Numancia. across goal was met by the Free t-shirts were distributed head of Nano, giving Ruben to all Cartagena fans - a nice no chance. Sub Lafuente touch - as a thank you for all pulled back the ball from the their loyal support. With Real dead ball line, giving Toche Sociadad only drawing, the the opportunity to slam the gap at the top is now down to ball home for the equaliser only 3 points - Cartagena lying after 74 mins. With only 7 joint 2nd with Levante (top 3 mins remaining, Victor (also are automatically promoted). on as a 2nd half sub) squared Although Numancia had the ball to Toche, who once

again clinically finished with aplomb. This brace, pushed Cartagena’s top goal scorer up to 20 (17 league, 3 cup) goals for the season, and also earned his team a much needed 3 points in their quest for promotion and the right to play Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia etc. FC Cartagena line up : Ruben, Txiki, Cygan, Herrero (Gonzales), Signorino, De Lucas, Longas (Lafuente), Tato (Victor), Toche, Mariano, Falcon Forthcoming Fixture: Next up for Cartagena, on Sat 15 May ko 6pm, is a trip to relegation threatened Salamanca for another div 2a clash.


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maggots end RODS and REELS This week’s match was the fourth in the Summer Championship series. The match was held on the Rio Segura at Murcia. The river didn’t fish to it’s potential on the day, due to a strong downstream wind, making fishing with pole, very difficult. In saying that, all anglers caught. If you remember I lost my top 2 section here a fortnight ago and I did want to retrieve it. Stuart from the club, brought on the day a pair of chest waders, so that after the match I thought I could wade out and with a rake try to retrieve the missing top section. Firstly the waders were a size 8, I take a 9 and after somehow managing to get them on with my toes near my ankles, decided to enter the river. The pole section is some 13 meters out and after getting out about 6-7 meters and finding myself slowly getting deeper in the silt, common sense prevailed and I managed just to get back out. Don´t try this at home. Anyway, the positive from this is do not fish with any heavy weights either float or feeder on the bottom as it will always sink

into the silt very quickly. The silt must be 9 inches + thick. Top rods on the day 1st Harold ‘H’ Clarke fishing the pole using corn with 22.300 kilo´s. 2nd Lenny ‘Ex-Cultural Attaché’ Bolton fishing the pole using bread with 21.56 kilo´s. 3rd Dave ‘Yours Truly’ Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 13.84 kilo´s. ANGLERS TOGETHER IMPORTANT NEW MESSAGE IMPORTANT NEW MESSAGE: IMPORTANT NEW MESSAGE: The Friday Campoverde meetings will now be held at Mary’s Bar/Restaurant. The next meeting will be held on Friday 4th June 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 5th June 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 appears to be still rising as there is more going in and very little 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. The joining fee is 10€ for new members and 5€ for renewing members. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, then either come along to one of the meetings or contact Dave. It has now been confirmed that Alan is in the UK and will be leaving for Spain week commencing 10/5/2010 so he will be at the next meetings. anglerstogether@gonuts4free. com or telephone Dave Hoare on 968 199 279. TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

VEGA BAJA PREMIER GOLF LEAGUE

La Finca Golf – 7th May 2010 Wolfpack’s top scorer was Ray Clayton with coming in with 38 points matching the 36 points, and the contribution form the other highest score of the day. TOFFS had some “C” Division ROCAJUNA CROWNED “C” DIVISION members may have won other matches but high scorers too, with Mike Young 37 points in this high scoring dual the Champions were and evergreen Ged Henly 35 points. Tony CHAMPIONS Chandler of Torre scored 35 points. This was the re-arranged fixture, from just that much better on the day. All the remains is one match at El Valle The other matches had no effect on the top February because of……. You’ve guess it, bad weather and the League have had a lot positions but they were just as competitive, between Lunes and Torre again a re-arranged match, again the bottom two teams and to of it this season. The first and second place they may not have been as high scoring. congratulate Rocajuna for their success teams were playing each other, in yet another Los Caberlleros were on their own ‘turf’ and commiseration to Geof Hollingswoth’s twist of how close and competitive the League has become. Rocajuna G S 2½ (270 points) vs. Wolfpack G S 1½ (257 points) There were just six points Lunes G S 1 (216 points) vs. Los Cabelleros G S 3 (239 points) separating leaders Wolfpack TOFFS G S 3 (252 points vs. Torre G S 1 (195 points) Golf Society from Rocajuna Golf The 3 bonus points went to Rocajuna G S., Los Cabelleros G S and TOFFS G S Society and with a maximum of fifteen points up for grabs it was anybody’s guess, who would walk away from and that showed with 239 points and a solid Wolfpack The Gala Dinner Dance where the Trophies La Finca Golf as champions. Both sides had 36 from Dave Moore, the highest from both secured 12 bonus points over the season but teams, Lunes highes was a 35 from Arthur will be presented is on June 5th at La Perdiz, San Javier a night not to be missed. Wolfpack had only lost twice, so they could Williams. The last match out between TOFFS and be considered favourites, but it was to be out You will also be able to see updated going Captain Tony Poole’s swan song as Torre, were also the bottom two sides, Vega Baja Premier Golf League fixtures, Rocajuna ably lead by Denis McCormack, another quirky thing from the League. Torre tables, and news on the website www. last month were the highest scoring team in vegabajapremiergolfleague.com throughout came out on top. Only one member of the Rocajuna team the Champions Trophy at El Plantio, but with the season failed to reach that magic 30 points against one player short, thanks to the Iceland Ash, so For more information on the Vega Baja two of the Wolfpack side. Top scorers for they were under the cosh before the first ball Premier Golf League, contact, The Secretary Rocajuna were Roy Ramberg 38 points, Denis was hit off the first tee. - Ivie Davies 669 211 410 or golf.davies@ But Torre’s John Garnett was not fazed telefonica.net McCormack and Michail Bansfirld 36 points.

El Raso, May outing. Venue Altorreal Friday 30th April. We played our May monthly Stableford a week early as our normal first Friday of the month was not available due to our chosen course Altorreal hosting a tournament on that day. A turn out of 50 members and guests set out on a glorious day with a little breeze but plenty of sunshine. We took great advantage of the cheap deal currently offered by Altorreal. Some members decided to push the boat out a little further and start the day with a hearty Full English breakfast. How did it affect your score David?? The course was in excellent condition and fortunately for us the green keepers decided to cut the rough a little shorter. Having played the course 3 weeks previous and lost several balls in the rough I like many others decided to ensure a good supply of balls were carried in our golf bags. Yet again due to the good weather conditions good scores were anticipated and sure enough we were not let down. Today’s

El Raso Golf society winner chalked up an incredible 47points, YES 47 POINTS. Well done John Stones (check out his new handicap!!).

Dean Parlour 38 pts

All in all we had a good day out and during the drive back to base (Claptons Bar) all talk was on how that putt was missed and how good that chip was and how bad the driving was.

Nearest the pins: 5th - PIP, 8th - G e o r g e Henderson, 10th - Mike Box,

Many thanks must go again to Alan and Phyllis Venables whom could only just be seen behind a pile of Euros, doing a sterling job collecting Green Fees. Thanks must also go to a few other committee members who did their bit for the day. A big thank you to Chris and his staff at Claptons for serving up the usual fine helping of good food. Scores Results.... 1st

John Stones

47 pts

2nd

Alan Venables

36 pts

3rd

George Henderson

35 pts

4th

Mike Box

33 pts

Best Front 9 Gordon Bourne 18 pts; Best Back 9 Jan Shorley 17pts, Best Guest

Gnome Award. Ray Pethard 4th and still counting

17th - Dave Pretty (2 inches from an ace) Next outing is on the 11th June at La Marquesa members and guests are all welcome. Details of price, tee times and booking are available on the web page www.societygolfing.co.uk login : elraso password : claptons

Saturday, 8th May, 2010 Busy Times. Thankfully at last, at least for the most part, the weather has improved and the bowlers can play with the sun on their backs after what seems like a lifetime of cold winds, dull clouds and rain. Perhaps just as well since Mazarron Bowls Club finds itself busily active with participation in the SABA Harrier league frequently with two matches per week, a continuing programme of domestic Triples League now entering the final exciting stages of the current series, Club open rollups on Thursdays which continue to be ever popular, and friendly matches, special events and casual bowling. Since the last report there have been four matches in the SABA Harrier League – v San Miguel Crusaders at Home - Mazarron won 3½ games to 2½ (111-104). v El Rancho at Home - Mazarron drew 3 games to 3 (91106). v Lemon Tree Dambusters Away - Mazarron won 5½ games to ½ (141-67). v Lemon Tree Lincolns Away - Mazarron won 5 games to 1 (11884). San Miguel and El Rancho, both highly placed in the league table, came to Mazarron’s home base at Hacienda del Alamo perhaps entitled to expect to dominate the respective matches and left surprised at the young Club’s fortitude and resilience. Indeed in the match against El Rancho had it been that Graham Lewis/Keith Salter/Pat Toppin just kept their nerve over the last three ends in a very tight game which they lost finally by 15-21 then Mazarron

could have won that match too instead of having to settle for a draw. It was especially encouraging over the mini series that for the first time Mazarron emerged victors in successive matches away from home at opponents’ venues. Undoubted star in these matches was emerging new skip Pat Toppin, firstly with Graham Lewis/Ken Alton and then Mike Chambers/ Mandy Wright, who won her game in each match. It has to be remarked however that Jim Tarrant, with Nick Ford and John Sparrow, looked unusually happy with his win in the Dambusters match by 40 shots to 2! Well done all round and here’s to happy hunting ahead! In the domestic Triples League the lead changes with each week’s round of matches. At the last count “MGB” Mike Chambers/Brian Wright/Barbara Benton wriggled to top spot by overcoming former league leaders “Titches Mob” Graham Lewis/Gordon Campbell/ Jo Wright 13-12 in a very tense match. “Jambos” Brian Robertson/ Nick Ford/Alan Benton sit lurking ominously in second place but with a game in hand over the leaders. The Secretary on 968 131 619 is always pleased to welcome enquiries from interested parties. Information is also readily available on the Club’s website www. mazarronbowlsclub.webs.com.

Vistabella Golf 2 Ball Texas Scramble Tuesday 28th April

a couple of other competitions during the day those being the Longest Drive which was won by Another great competition on Malcolm Naylor & Nearest the an excellent day with another Pin by Mike McDonald. excellent turnout which again There was a card draw after the proves that get the price right game in the restaurant and a big and the help of the staff at the thank you goes to Pablo & his staff golf courses and the golfers will and the restaurant for putting up support you. Pairs from all over the the prizes and the excellent food costas played this the third round of this competition to gain a place in the final later this year. There was only one small complaint from the players regarding the state of the greens and that was , that despite hollow tining taking place some fifteen days ago the weather had been so cold that the greens had not been able to recover sufficiently by the time of the tournament. The rest of the course was in super condition and a testament to Pablo Riestra and his team. On the day there were some great .The next round of this value for results with the pairing of Alan money tournament is to be played and Allyson Masters winning at La Serena on Wednesday 19th after this being the first time they May 2010 where once again the had played there. In 2nd place price will be 25€ and there will be were B. Toner & M Taylor ,3rd prizes and a buffet included. place went to Nick Campbell & To enter this competition contact his good lady Donna and in the final qualification place were N Alex McLennan on 966763771 or Stewart & C Pedersen . There were email cleughmill@hotmail.com


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Renault Kangoo VAN 2005 FSH, White, PAS, ABS, A/C €6,950

honda accord

2000, 2.01 vtec, 98,000kms, blue €6,950

renault megane

2002, 1.4 coupe, a/c €5,250

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