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Anti-Drugs Operation Alicante’s Landfill Exceeds Expectations Alicante, Elche, Benidorm & Villajoyosa

La Brigada Provincial Judicial Police has concluded an anti-drug operation in three phases, dismantling a cocaine trafficking ring with the arrest of 24 people in Alicante, Elche, Benidorm and Villajoyosa and the seizure of nearly a kilo and a half of cocaine, 23,000 euros in cash, a pistol and more than eight kilos of chemicals to prepare the drug. The first phase of the operation took place in March in Alicante and Elche, where three Colombians were arrested, and the second phase was completed in Benidorm with 17 more arrests and the intervention of a gun, more than half a kilo of cocaine and more than 14,000 euros


The third phase was carried out in Benidorm when a car used by the traffickers was seized and eight kilos of illegal substance was found. Four people in Villajoyosa and Alicante were also arrested, and two from Benidorm, where half a kilo of cocaine was found in a safe, 8,210 €, electronic equipment and accounting records of drug trafficking.

Mineral Water Pollution Investigation Continues There has been an investigation into an incident where 3 men needed medical attention for poisoning related to mineral water.

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The annual landfill capacity is estimated at 150,000 tons of waste per year, with a processing capacity of 250,000 tons per year. Last year’s accumulation was 322,782 tons, which corresponds to an increase equivalent to a doubling of the number of inhabitants in the catchment area.

The increase, however, is explained by the intake of waste from other areas, according to concejal de Atención Urbana, Andrés Llorens. He stated that as Alicante was one of the few cities to have available plant, ‘we should be able to lend a hand.’ However, for local residents and passers-by the smells are a daily factor, despite factors such as wind dispersal. These smells are exacerbated by gusty winds, especially at the times when the garbage is unloaded. Despite being aware of the distress that the location of this plant causes for the nearest residents and their employees, Inusa, who are responsible for waste treatment, remarked that the ‘smells fall within the normal range.’ They stressed that measures to curb the smells were increasing, but maintained that to reduce the smells to zero was impossible. The situation in Elche is not too different. There the plant closes at noon, when the wind and heat are the greatest. This improvement is also in part due to the containers in which the waste is deposited, and which leave less of it open to the elements, thus attracting fewer birds. The burial of waste and off-site shipment of perishable goods destined for

composting have minimised the impact on an area that treats more than 10,000 tons of garbage per month.

or minimisation of impact, but we are suffering inconvenience, and things as basic as sleep at night are impossible.’

However, Residents of El Rebolledo are not so happy with this statement, insisting that the situation is ‘unsustainable.’ ‘We live with this smell and need to finish it for once and for all,’ said Ramon, a local resident, who with other residents took part in a demonstration last March. ‘I do not understand treatments

Presidente de la Diputación, José Joaquín Ripio, pointed out that Urbaser, (the firm responsible) was not dedicated to the treatment of organic material for composting, and so such materials were sent to other plants. We have protocols to cover each different situation, he added, as a final word on the matter

Spanish Public Sector On Strike Against Austerity Plan

Spanish public sector workers have held a day-long strike in protest against an average 5% cut in pay that comes into effect this month.

The cuts are part of a government austerity package aimed at reducing the country’s budget deficit, swollen by almost two years of recession. Earlier, several thousand protesters gathered at Madrid’s finance ministry blowing horns and chanting slogans. Heavy rain hampered an evening rally through the city’s streets. Spanish unions said 75-80% of public sector workers had joined the day-long strike. The labour ministry, however, put the figure at 16% “We are very angry because this is not only an attack to our rights and to our

salaries - there is an attack to the welfare,” protester Elisia Deoran commented. “It’s an attack on all the public services.” Spain has suffered one of the toughest recessions in the EU, and has its highest unemployment rate. It recently had its credit rating downgraded, amid fears it could follow Greece into a debt crisis. More than 2.5 million Spaniards work in the public sector, and the strikes were reported to be affecting hospitals and schools, fire stations and local government. Emergency responders were providing minimum services. With a budget deficit currently running over 11%, the government is under pressure

from the EU to slash spending.

In May, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced a 5% cut in public sector pay, starting this month. Salaries will be frozen in 2011, pensions will no longer be adjusted for inflation and tax breaks for new parents will be dropped. There were also big cuts in public investment and development aid. Some pensions were frozen. The cuts are part of a 15bn euro (£12bn; $18bn) package of austerity measures also meant to reassure the financial markets that Spain will meet its debts.

Police Vigilance To Doctors Involved In This Summer Humanitarian Projects Increase Over 2,700 Local Police officers and 12,300 members of Between 10 and 15 doctors and nurses from Alicante General Hospital are involved in humanitarian projects each year.

They volunteer to spend part of their holidays taking medicine to countries that lack the most basic resources or which have been struck by a natural disaster. Doctors and nurses of the General Hospital of Alicante have put together their experiences at the International Donor Conference II. They explained that their surgical teams go to countries with few resources, where they train others in surgery and health issues, and undertake work with orphanages. They have been contributing this help for over 20 years, and are motivated by the need to help those less fortunate. They bear the cost of travel themselves, and feel that it is an enlightening experience for all in the medical profession. It is a humbling experience to see people so grateful for treatment, and so uncomplaining despite having none of the advantages that are present in our own Health System.

the Guardia Civil will patrol the main tourist hotspots in Spain this summer

Part of the government’s Summer Plan 2010 includes extra measures taken against domestic violence, given that this time of year sees couples spending more time in each others’ pockets. It also includes extra vigilance of the Strait of Gibraltar to prevent would-be migrants from North Africa from sailing into Spain’s southernmost ports.

Airports and railway stations will also see more police presence, and forest fire prevention teams will be set up all over the country. Roads and beaches will also be patrolled in a bid to cut accidents



Guardia Civil Officer Arrested With Armed Gang A guardia civil officer is among the nine people arrested today for their alleged involvement in a number of violent armed robberies in the Alicante and Murcia areas.

Sources within the Guardia Civil said that the gang’s preferred targets were high-flying businessmen, who were usually kept hostage overnight to provoke fear, but avoid police involvement. The gang members threatened violence and used firearms to intimidate their victims, stealing large sums of money from them by forcing them to hand over credit cards and pin numbers or by stealing their luxury cars and returning them the next day “at a price”. In one case, in Murcia, a businessman was kept tied to a chair until his wife brought 3,000€ in cash and promised to pay a further 20,000€ the following day. The gang members, eight men and a woman are of Spanish and Romanian nationality and

aged between 21 and 50. Six have been charged with aggravated burglary, kidnap, actual bodily harm and holding someone against their will. The seventh member of the gang has also been charged with revealing secrets, given that he is a member of the country’s law enforcement agencies - a Guardia Civil officer based in Murcia. The remaining two members of the gang have been charged with receiving stolen goods, having been found in possession of a mobile ‘phone stolen from one of their victims. Police have also recovered luxury vehicles, with their number plates changed, mobile ‘phones, electronic devices, guns, jewellery and cash.

One Child Dies & Another Critical Due To Falling Gatepost

A ten-year-old boy has lost his life and his brother, eight, is in a critical condition in hospital after a post fell on them whilst they were playing.

Witnesses say they saw three children playing near a chain barrier supported by two pillars next to a villa on an urbanisation in the outskirts of Torrent yesterday morning. The post that fell was said to be loose after

having been knocked by a lorry a few days previously. After the third child, who was uninjured, raised the alarm, the eight-year-old boy was rushed to La Fe hospital where he is in a serious condition with injuries to the chest and knees. His older brother was killed instantly in the accident.

Spain Admits Economic Recovery Will Be Slow

Top Billionaires Launch Health Program For Poor

The world’s top billionaires, Bill Gates and Carlos Slim, will team up with the government of Spain in a 150-million dollar health initiative for poor people in Central America and Mexico Funds for the “2015 MesoAmerican Health Initiative” will be shared equally by the three contributors and will go over the next five years to improve maternal health, nutrition, vaccination, anti-dengue and anti-malaria campaigns in the region. The initiative was announced here Monday by Gates, Slim, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Spain’s Princess Cristina. The health initiative will be put to work in Belize, Costa Rica, El

Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. Gates said it was the first time his US-based Bill & Melinda Foundation has teamed up with Mexico’s Carlos Slim Institute, but probably not the last. Telecom mogul Slim, 50, topped Forbes magazine’s world’s richest list this year with a 53.5 billion

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Spain’s finance minister admitted that the country’s economic recovery would be slow due to the government’s austerity drive. significant increase in employment in 2010. Financial restructuring and the approval of the proposed labour market reforms would first be necessary to establish the foundations for a potential return to growth, Salgado said. “We know that initially it will be slow but the recovery will gain momentum from next year,” she said. The cabinet is to approve the labour market reforms, aimed at curbing an unemployment rate that has soared to more than 20 percent, the second highest in the European Union after Latvia. The International Monetary Fund recently said Spain’s labour market was too rigid and the system needed to be reformed urgently. The Spanish economy entered recession at the end of 2008 as the global financial crisis accelerated a collapse of its once-booming property sector. It only emerged with tepid 0.1 percent growth in the first quarter this year.

“The austerity measures and spending cuts will have an effect on growth,” Elena Salgado said, adding that it was unlikely there would be a

The board of directors at Bancaja has announced that it will join the merger of Caja Madrid with five smaller savings banks, to create Spain’s largest savings bank The merged entity was to have total assets of about 340 billion euros. The chairman of Caja Madrid, Rodrigo Rato, a former head of the International Monetary Fund, is expected to chair the new entity, which will allow the participating banks to retain their brands and legal structures. Caja Madrid is currently Spain’s second-largest savings bank, after La Caixa, while Valenciabased Bancaja ranks fourth. Spanish savings banks have speeded up merger plans in order to be able to get financial

Parliament last month passed by just one vote the government’s 15-billion-euro (18-billiondollar) austerity package, which includes cuts to public workers’ salaries.

Bancaja Joins Caja Madrid Merger

support from the bank restructuring fund FROB. About a half of the country’s 45 savings banks are carrying out or discussing mergers. Meanwhile, Banco Sabadell and Banco Guipuzcoano are negotiating what could become the first merger among middle-level banks during the current banking restructuration process. There has been no official confirmation from either bank. International analysts have urged Spain to restructure its banking sector as part of attempts to revive its sluggish economy.


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Barcelona Plans Islamic Veil Ban

Barcelona plans to be the first large city in Spain to ban the use of the full-face Islamic veil in public buildings, its mayor announced Monday

Hundreds Protest In Spain Over Gaza Blockade Several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to condemn Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip

At the head of the march were nine fake coffins symbolising the victims of the Israeli assault on a Gaza aid flotilla on May 31 that killed nine Turkish activists.

The demonstrators called for an “intifada of flotillas” toward Gaza and a “boycott” of Israel. The protest coincided with a visit to Madrid

on Saturday by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, who met with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. After the talks, Zapatero, whose country holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, called for a “strong, joint EU position” on Gaza and Israel’s blockade.

Spanish Savings Banks Race To Complete Merger

Spain’s regional savings banks are racing to consolidate ahead of a 30th June deadline to tap a government rescue fund, but analysts warn that the outcome of such “cold mergers” is less than certain

Sport Jordi Hereu said he will sign a decree which will apply in all public spaces such as the city hall and municipal covered markets and creches. “It should not be possible that someone enters into a place without being identified,” the Socialist mayor said. He said the measure is not aimed at “any particular religious group” and would also apply to people wearing crash helmets and balaclavas. Two other towns in the northeastern region of Catalonia, Lerida and El Venrell, have recently imposed bans on the use of the Islamic veil in public buildings. Two more, Tarragona and Gerona, are considering similar measures, as is Coin in the southern region of Andalucia. Spain’s conservative opposition Popular Party has said it plans to present a proposal in Catalonia’s regional parliament to ban the

full-face veil in public places throughout the region. Authorities in 11 mosques in Catalonia have vowed to challenge the bans in Spain’s Constitutional Court. Immigration from Muslim countries has grown dramatically in Spain since the 1990s, with Catalonia in particular being home to a large community of Pakistani origin. There are now about one million Muslims among Spain’s population of 47 million. Last month, lawmakers in Belgium approved a draft law to ban the wearing of the Muslim full-face veil in public places, including streets -- creating a controversial first for Europe, although it is still subject to a senate vote. Debate is raging in France as well, where the cabinet has approved a draft law to ban the Muslim full-face veil from public spaces, opening the way for the text to go before parliament in July.

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Under a “cold merger” each bank keeps its own brand, workforces, balance sheets and branch networks but they combine some central functions such as the monitoring of liquidity under a single management. Formally known as a merger by System for Institutional Protection (SIP), it contrasts with a full-scale merger involving the takeover of weaker lenders by their stronger peers. But Marc Chandler of US investment bank Brown Brothers Harriman said he had his doubts. “It is not clear at this juncture, whether this will really lead to the kind of restructuring needed that leads to true consolidation or whether it is just superficial or cosmetic change,” he said. The “cold merger” model has been endorsed by the Bank of

Spain and has proven popular with the regional politicians that control Spain’s 45 savings banks. These banks have been saddled with bad loans following the collapse of the property market at the end of 2008. Caja Madrid, Spain’s second-biggest savings bank by assets, and Bancaja, the country’s third-biggest, are discussing a tie-up under this model with five other smaller lenders. If successful it would

create the country’s biggest savings bank, surpassing Barcelona-based La Caixa. Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo has already agreed to a similar tie-up with three smaller savings banks, as have Caja Navarra, Caja Canarias and Caja de burgos. “The system of ‘cold fusions’ are an unknown. We will see how this will end up,” said Juan Carlos Martinez-Lazaro, an economics professor at the IE Business School. Analysts say the model leads to fewer savings than a full-scale merger as it does not lead to as many staff cuts or the closure of branches. Another problem is that both full-scale mergers - such as the one planned between La Caixa and Caixa Girona in the rich northeastern region of Catalonia - and the “cold mergers” have been among lenders in the same region.

Beatles Memorabilia Fetches Thousands

ROCK fans and record collectors descended en masse on yesterday’s International Music Fair in Madrid, where they were able to find 12” and 7” vinyls for prices ranging from three euros to 2,000 euros. The star attractions were original vinyls by The Beatles, together with a lock of John Lennon’s hair which was auctioned off for a cool 5,000 euros. Fans who paid exorbitant sums for Beatles memorabilia knew they were making a sound investment – a drum-lid signed by Ringo Starr, bought by its previous owner for 1,000 euros, would ‘immediately treble in value’ when the artist eventually passed on, the seller explained. A vinyl of their hit Let it be was bought for the ‘bargain’ price of 200 euros, and sold for considerably more.

And a pipe that Lennon used to use to smoke marijuana, sold by his first wife, Cynthia, also fetched thousands of euros. Among other legendary bands and artists from yesteryear whose records and memorabilia were seen at the fair were The Police, Bob Dylan, Serrat, and Elvis. Cassettes and CDs of music from later on – from the 1970s to the present day – were on display and on sale, including sound tracks, remixes and compilations. This is the first international record fair to be held in Madrid, and its roaring success means it is likely to continue every year.



Spain To Reopen Access To Prehistoric Cave Paintings Spain’s Altamira cave, which contains some of the world’s most important prehistoric paintings, will reopen to the public at the end of the year for the first time since 2002

A panel of experts will determine how many people can enter the cave located some 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of the northern city of Santander without damaging the paintings, Culture Minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde told reporters. The cave, dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of prehistoric art”, is covered with paintings of bulls, bisons, boar and other animals etched in red, yellow and black that are estimared to be at least 14,000 years old. Miguel Angel Revilla, head of the government of the northern region of Cantabria, said he hoped US President Barack Obama would be the first person to visit the cave when it reopens to the public. “I have already written the invitation letter, and in English,” he said.

The cave was first closed to the public in 1977 because the paintings were being damaged by the carbon dioxide from the breath of large numbers of visitors. It was reopened in 1982 but with restrictions on the number of people who could visit it and remained open until September 2002. Over the past eight years people have been able to visit a replica of the cave located nearby in the northern town of Santillana del Mar which has drawn 2.5 million visitors since it opened. The cave, which was discovered in the late 19th century, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

Bond Girl Weds In Spain Spain & Portugal Need More Cuts & Reforms

British actress Gemma Arterton, currently appearing on cinema screens in “Prince of Persia”, married businessman Stefano Catelli last Sunday in Zuheros (Córdoba)

Spain & Portugal, favourites on markets to tap the eurozone’s new emergency loan fund, need to make fresh cuts and reforms to fix their economies, leading eurozone figures said last Monday.

“More needs to be done and I can only encourage both countries to pursue structural reforms for instance in labour market and banking reforms,” said the EU’s commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, Olli Rehn.

The chair of the group of finance ministers for the euro countries, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, also said it was “clear (that) further consolidation is needed beyond 2011 with further structural reforms.”

Property Market Continues Positive Trend The number of property sale & purchase agreements increased by 117,911 in the first quarter of 2010, a 7.04% increase on the same period in 2009.

Compared with the last quarter in 2009, property sales increased by 16.28%, making it the busiest month in terms of sale & purchase agreements for over a year and a half. The first quarter of 2010 saw used property sales increase by 16.9%, slightly higher than that of new-build property, which went up by 15.6%, compared with the previous quarter.

Agreement Reached For High Speed Rail Links

24-year-old Arterton, a former “Bond girl” (Quantum of Solace) and star of other box office hits like “RocknRolla” and “Clash of the Titans”, and her partner decided to keep the location of their marriage a secret, even from their guests, apart from giving them the clue that it was “up in the mountains in the south of Spain”. “People” magazine reports that she was wearing an ivory coloured dress , was carrying a bunch of white roses and that the ceremony was performed in the open air. Catelli, the 37-year-old bridegroom, is a salesman with a fashion company. He asked Arterton for her hand in marriage in England last summer at a music festival. The actress’ agent has made no official comment about the wedding. Some time ago, Arterton herself told “InStyle” magazine what her dream wedding gown would look like: “There’s a beautiful scene in Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, in which Juliet comes out of her bedroom, wrapped in her bed sheet, after spending the night with her lover. She looks beautiful; my wedding dress will be something similar”.

Spain, Portugal and France have agreed to coordinate the development of their high-speed rail networks at a meeting of European Union transport ministers in Zaragoza in northeastern Spain. The declaration of intent signed by the transport ministers of the three nations also called for the creation of a joint cross-border passenger company, the French transport ministry said in a statement. The company would be made up of national railway operators and it would be modeled after Thalys, the high-speed passenger operation jointly offered by Belgian, French, Dutch and German railways, it added.

A high-speed rail link between Lisbon and Madrid is in the works as well as one linking Aveiro on Portugal’s Atlantic coast to Salamanca in central Spain. Another high-speed railway will link Madrid with Irun on the border with France from where it can link up with the French network. The high-speed railway linking the Spanish capital to Zaragoza is to be extended to Figueres near the French border

from where it also can link up to the French TGV network. French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau told AFP that the austerity measures adopted by the three countries would not affect the advancement of the planned high-speed railways in the three nations. France will have a TGV service to Figueres by the end of the year even if it will not operate at high-speed across the entire route, he added.


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‘Time’ For Spanish Photo Festival To Open

Spain’s biggest international photography festival, PHotoEspana, opened in Madrid with works by 379 artists from 42 countries dedicated to the theme of “time”

The 13th edition of the event, runs until July 25 and includes works by Hungarian-born artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy as well as American photographers Harold Edgerton and Helen Levitt. Madrid’s ICO Foundation will host the first anthology of works by Levitt since her death last year aged 96. Images taken in New York during the deindustrialisation in the 1970s by Levitt and other photographers such as Zoe Leonard and Gordon Matta-Clark are the focus of an exhibit at the Reina Sofia museum. The Casa America will feature a retrospective of works by Adriana Lestido, a key figure in contemporary Argentinean photography, from her 30-year career. The event will also include an exhibit of photographs by French-Argentine photographer Daniel Mordzinski of French and Latin American writers such as Patrick Modiano and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez. “These are daring photos but that are respectful of the writers, a humble tribute to the wonderful world of literature,” said Mordzinski who is known for his photographs published in top-selling daily Spanish newspaper El Pais. Most of the exhibits will be staged in the Spanish capital but a handful will be held in Cuenca on central Spain and in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

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Abu Dhabi To Build ‘World’s Largest’ Solar Plant

French oil firm Total and Spain’s Abengoa Solar will partner with Abu Dhabi’s alternative energy company Masdar to build “the world’s largest” concentrated solar power plant The state-owned firm said it has selected a “consortium of Total and Abengoa Solar as a partner to own, build and operate Shams 1, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant and the first of its kind in the Middle East.” “We are moving on the right path to make Abu Dhabi the main source and the international capital of renewable energy and sustainable development,” Masdar CEO Sultan al-Jaber told a news conference in the oil-rich emirate. The plant “will offset 170 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.” Construction of the plant, which will cover an area of 2.5 square kilometres (1 square mile) and have a 100


megawatt capacity, will begin in the third quarter of 2010 and be completed in approximately two years, Masdar said. “We expect the cost of this project to be around 600 million dollars (504.2 million euros),” project manager Mohammed al-Zaabi said. Masdar will hold a 60 percent stake in the project, while Total and Abengoa Solar will each have 20 percent. “Shams (Arabic for sun) is the first major step for Abu Dhabi to achieve its seven percent target” for renewable energy use by 2020, Zaabi said. “It will be followed by the next projects, Shams Two and Three.” Power demand in Abu Dhabi peaks

during the day due to air conditioner use, Zaabi said, making solar power ideal, as sunlight is strongest at the same time. “This is the first time in the United Arab Emirates where we can provide significant (power) capacity that does not rely on fossil fuel,” said Nicholas Carter, head of the Abu Dhabi Regulation and Supervision Bureau, which regulates the water and electricity sectors. Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants use mirrors to heat liquid -- a type of oil, in the case of Shams 1 - to then heat water to run a steam generator and produce electricity, Zaabi said.



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Abengoa Solar CEO Santiago Seage said that, compared to other types of solar power plants, “the main advantage of CSP is the fact that it is less intermittent.” “You have a solar field ... but you also have a boiler where you use natural gas to create the steam if the solar resource is not enough,” he said. Abengoa Solar has already constructed four CSP plants in Spain, and is building others in Spain, north Africa and the United States, Seage said. The plant will be located in Madinat Zayed, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) southwest of Abu Dhabi.

Mrs Clegg Lands Top Job With Spanish Firm

The appointment of Miriam González Durantez as an independent adviser to Acciona, the world’s largest provider of wind farms, a company with substantial interests in the UK, has raised a few eyebrows The company, one of the biggest in Spain, with annual revenues of over five billion pounds, specialises in energy, construction and services, and was recently awarded a contract to run Britain’s first desalination plant on the site of the Thames Barrier and is currently building four wind farms in the UK. González, a high-flying

lawyer and mother of three, met with Sir Gus O’Donnell, head of the civil service, and the Standards and Ethics board at the Cabinet Office, where Mr Clegg is based, to clear all her work within days of his appointment. According to press sources, Mr Clegg’s wife, whose appointment will be confirmed at Acciona’s next shareholder general

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Ricky Gervais Speaks Out Against Bull Fighting British actor and comedian, Ricky Gervais, well known in Spain for his series “The Office”, has recorded a video supporting the legal iniciative launched by the people’s pressure group “Prou!”, demanding an end to bull fighting in Catalunya. His protest video, posted on YouTube, has already received 22,000 hits. Gervais, who had already made his feelings clear in public in December last year and had come out in open support of the animal defence organisation “Prou!” (Enough!), has taken the additional step of issuing a press release. With the collaboration of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Gervais

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Windscreen Water Infection Risk Health & Safety Laws To Be Reviewed Windscreen wiper water may be the cause of 20% of cases of Legionnaires’ The UK government is promising to check the “growth of compensation Disease in England and Wales, the Health Protection Agency says.

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Lord Young, who served as a cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher and will lead the study, said many rules were “absolute nonsense”.

the compensation culture over the last decade”. One school had taught pupils how to put on make-up but told them their adult supervisor could not use wipes to remove it because this contravened the rules, he added. Lord Young said the system had to be “proportionate and not bureaucratic”. He added: “I hope my review will reintroduce an element of common sense and focus the regulation where it is most needed.” Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The rise of the compensation culture over the last 10 years is a real concern, as is the way health and safety rules are sometimes

Restaurants had banned toothpicks on safety grounds and contestants in a pancake race had been told to walk, not run, because of rain, he added. But unions have warned against attacks on rules that protect staff at work.

Stagnant, warm water is a breeding ground for the Legionella bacterium, which when inhaled causes pneumonia. Yet adding screenwash kills the bacteria and could save lives, the Agency advised. The finding came after researchers spotted that professional drivers are five times more likely to be infected. Legionnaires’ disease is fairly rare. Most cases are sporadic and a source of the infection is not found. The number of cases vary from year to year, but in 2009 there were 345 in England and Wales - although some infections were caught overseas. It mainly affects the over 50s and is generally more common in men. Early symptoms feel similar to flu with muscle aches, tiredness, headaches, dry cough and fever. It is fatal in around 10-15% of patients.

To work out why people who spend a long time driving were at higher risk of infection, the research team in the southwest branch of the HPA carried out a questionnaire of people infected. They found that those most at risk were those who drove or travelled in a van, those who drove through industrial areas, and those who spent a lot of time in the car or who often had the car window open. In all they found that the biggest risk was associated with not adding screenwash to windscreen wiper water, the European Journal of Epidemiology reports. In a pilot study carried out by the HPA, traces of Legionella were found in one in five cars that did not have screenwash, but in no cars that did. Dr Isabel Oliver, regional director of the HPA South West, said more research was needed

but people may want to check they have screenwash in their cars as they usually contain agents which would stop the growth of bacteria.

Lord Young’s review is expected to report its findings over the summer. The peer, who was trade and industry secretary in the 1980s, will investigate concerns over the “application and perception” of health and safety legislation and the “rise of

applied. “We need a sensible new approach that makes clear these laws are intended to protect people, not overwhelm businesses with red tape. I look forward to receiving Lord Young’s recommendations on how we can best achieve that.” Mr Cameron said the UK had become “saturated” by health and safety laws. In recent years children had been told to wear goggles to play conkers and trainee hairdressers had been banned from using scissors, he added. But Labour said the comments were a “caricature” based on “myth and exaggeration”.

“It does not spread from person to person but is present in water environments and is breathed in when it gets into the air in fine particles or mist.” Professor Hugh Pennington, an expert in bacteriology, said the advice to add screenwash was very sound - especially as it would also lead to a cleaner windscreen.

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Every morning, about 8:15am the driver of the bus of the Line 11H parks at the stop at Plaza de los Luceros Square, in front of Banco Santander, and leaves his vehicle, possibly for his breakfast break. However, the other day there was a truck unloading supports for the Fiesta lights parked in this space. So the bus driver parked in the next available space – the middle lane of the three lane carriageway. He engaged his hazard lights, and left, as usual. When he returned, the truck had finished up and gone, leaving his bus standing alone in the middle of the road. Despite the fact that there was very little impact on the traffic situation, a lady took the driver to task. The driver responded by telling her loudly to mind her own business. A bystander who witnessed the exchange has written a complaint to the bus company!

If your pet has a white coat, or areas of sparse hair, use sunblock to stop your pet burning. You can get special sunblock for animals, or unscented human sunblocks should be OK to use, but avoid those containing zinc or salicylates. Check with your vet if in doubt. Just like dogs and cats, small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits are especially vulnerable to heatstroke and being overheated. Make sure your animal has shade, water and does not exert himself too much. Signs of heatstroke include collapse, panting, and dribbling. If you see your animal suffering from heatstroke, wet his coat, place in a cool draught and contact a vet immediately. Water should be available to your pet at all times. Don’t forget your dog needs fresh water if you’re at the beach – drinking seawater (salt water) is likely to make dogs ill.

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In June 2009, MABS celebrated their tenth anniversary with a party; that party proved to be such a success that people asked them to have a regular, annual event and ‘Party in the Park’ was born. This year’s party beat everyone’s expectations, with in excess of 350 participants, raising over 1100 € for MABS Murcia/Mar Menor.

On this bright, sunny day, partygoers arrived early at Restaurante El Torreón to settle in for an afternoon and evening of superb entertainment, which was provided by The Jersey Boys, Showaddywaddy, Club Sevillana Dancers, Freddie Mercury tribute and Smooth Grooves, who all gave their time free of charge to help raise funds for the Murcia/Mar Menor branch. Silvio also entertained them in the evening with his songs and guitar playing. “What a superb afternoon; this is proving to be such a popular event and people are already asking about next year’s party!” commented Lyn Baines, Group Coordinator for MABS Murcia/Mar Menor. “We were very lucky with the weather, despite the forecasts, and it was great to see so many people here enjoying themselves and raising money for us at the same time. It was also lovely to see some of the people whom we have helped over the past three years – they are the ones that this fundraising is all about. I can’t tell you how grateful we are to all the people who support our events and help to raise money for us – without them, we could not continue with our work in this area.” said Lyn. “I would also like to say a huge thank you to Pam Prince and Trudi LeonMartin who headed up the team who helped to put the event together, all the MABS volunteers and the local businesses and individuals who so generously donated raffle prizes.” Next year’s party is bound to be a sell-out, so check the MABS website and local press for news. MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit our website: (Photos: Robin Bayliss)


Wimbledon 2010 21 june - 4 july 2010

A number of familiar faces will be returning for the 124th Wimbledon Championships, with Rafael Nadal, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters among those coming back to Wimbledon after a two or more years away from The Championships. However, it is an extr a special guest who will be the most notable visitor to this year’s Championships: after 33 year s since the Queen last took her place in the Royal Box on the Centre Court, Her M ajest y will be visiting Wimbledon on 24th June. These days the Queen - like all Centre Court visitors throughout the fortnight - can rest assured that the day’s viewing cannot be ruined by rain. Twelve months ago the roof was operational for the first time, which naturally prompted the British weather to become uncharacteristically sweet-natured. So few people have seen the roof in action (either in last year’s Centre Court Celebration or the solitary day when the roof was closed last year), that one year on it remains a novelty, with the very sight of the structure still a startling feat of engineering. Elsewhere, other innovations are rising from familiar old sites, with the construction of the new Court 3 taking place where the famous old Court 2 - the socalled “graveyard of champions” - used to be. The new court will be ready for next year. One other change of note has taken place. The splendid statue of Fred Perry, having been necessarily shunted this way and that throughout the works taking place under the Long Term Plan, has finally found its permanent home. Fred is to be found at the north-east corner of the Centre Court, opposite the Museum, and very splendid he is.



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Elsewhere, Andy Roddick, who came so close to beating Federer in last year’s final, will be dangerous on Wimbledon’s grass courts, while British no.1 Andy Murray will be looking to become the first British men’s champion since Perry in 1936.

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The total prize money for the event will be £13,725,000, an increase of £1.175 million on 2009. Tim Phillips, Chairman of the All England Club and Wimbledon Championships said: “Wimbledon exists in a highly competitive global marketplace and it is the world’s best players who create and drive the interest. It is important that we offer a level of prize money which is both appropriate to the prestige of the event and which gives the players full and fair reward.” Wimbledon continues to contribute towards the pre- and post-Championships grass court tournaments that form an integral part of the grass court circuit. Wimbledon2010 is all set to present another gala tennis event with Roger Federer and R afael Nadal set to renew their battle on the gr ass court. Wimbledon 2010 tennis tour nament will start at the All England club on June 21 and tennis lovers across the world will be looking towards Federer to get his French Open revenge.


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This Week In History 16 June 1976: Soweto protest turns violent Violence spreads through South African townships in clashes between police and demonstrators 16 June 1963: Soviets launch first woman into space Valentina Tereshkova, a former textile worker from the Soviet Union becomes the first woman in space. 17 JUNE 1961: Russian dancer in freedom dash Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev breaks free from security guards at Paris airport and asks for asylum in France. 17 JUNE 1974: IRA bombs parliament A bomb explodes at the Houses of Parliament, causing extensive damage and injuring 11 people. 18 JUNE 1965: Drink-drive limit to be introduced The government announces it will introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers with penalties for those caught above it 19 JUNE 1970: Shock election win for Heath Edward Heath becomes the new British prime minister after a surprise victory for the Conservatives in the general election. 19 JUNE 1975: Missing earl guilty of murder An inquest jury decides Lord Lucan murdered the 29year-old nanny of his three young children. 1978: Botham bowls into cricket history Cricketing star Ian Botham becomes the first man in the history of the game to score a century and take eight wickets in one innings of a Test match.

20 JUNE 1984: O-Levels to be replaced by GCSEs The biggest exam shake-up for over 10 years is announced with O-Level and CSE exams to be replaced by a new exam. 20 JUNE 1995: Shell makes dramatic U-turn Oil giant Shell caves in to international pressure and abandons plans to dump the Brent Spar oil rig at sea. 21 JUNE 1968: Egg board ‘should be scrapped’ The Egg Marketing Board should be scrapped and an independent authority established in its place

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Mainland Spain has distinct climatic zones: The Atlantic climate of the northern coast, where the average temperature is 9C in winter and 18C in summer is also the wettest part of the peninsula. The annual rainfall here is between 800-1500mm, particularly in autumn and winter. Summers are cooler and wetter than in the rest of Spain, but still plenty of sunshine! The Continental Mediterranean climate of the interior central plateau, or meseta, has temperatures -15C in winter; -20C occurs regularly, while summer temperatures average at 24C. The annual rainfall is under 400mm. with heavy snowfalls in winter. There is a Castilian expression: “nueve meses de invierno y tres meses de infierno” translates as ‘nine months of winter and three months of hell!’. The predominant Mediterranean climate - the eastern and southern coast and much of the Guadalquivir Valley – has average temperatures of 11C in winter and 23C in summer, with an annual rainfall between 250 mm and 600 mm. The official record of the lowest temperature in Spain is at Estany Gento in Lerida with -32C in 1956, though on peaks in the Aragonese Pyrenees it can easily fall to -40C. On peaks above 2,500m in the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa, Sistema Central & Ibérico and Sierra Nevada it snows between 90 and 120 days a year. In fact the Sierra Nevada hopes for snow from October to June, though it only hangs on in the highest and shadiest spots. Snow does, however, remain all the year round in the glaciers of the Pyrenees. Unsurprisingly the valleys of the Sistema Ibérica have the highest numbers of frosts, with Calamocha and Molina de Aragón having an average of 120 frosts per year. On the other hand, Ecija, known as the ‘sartén or frying pan of Andalucia’, has the highest temperatures, at around 47ºC. Due to the curvature of the earth, and their respective

positions upon it, there is a significant difference in sunlight received at Bilbao in the north, which receives 1,525 sunlight hours, down to the Costa de La Luz in the south, where Huelva and Cadiz receive around 3000 hours. Taking this statistic a little further, there is a rule of thumb which gives a decrease in average temperature of 0.65C for every 100m in altitude ascended. This means that there is a difference of some 22C between the freezing peaks of Mulhacen - the ceiling of the Sierra Nevada at 3,478m - and the semi-tropical Granada coast just 40km away. Thus, much of the Mediterranean coast averages around 15C – which is close to the world average – while the temperature above 2500m is below freezing. Temperature ranges of up to 30C occur in Belichte in Zaragoza and Ordesa in Huesca, caused by altitude difference. Annual rainfall varies hugely by as much as 20% from one year to the next, even as much as 40% in the Mar Menor in Murcia. The average rainfall in Spain as a whole ranges from 300mm to 650mm, with Almeria the most arid region in Europe. The Cabo de Gata, Europe’s only semi-desert, receives barely 125-150mm of rain a year. Whether in the plain or not, rainfall tends to be concentrated in just a few days, and within this sometimes within a few hours. The absolute record for one episode is a remarkable 878mm in Xàvia in 1957, while 119mm fell in one hour on 1 July 2003 in the village of Manuel in Valencia. So, to summarise: for a suntan, stick toAndalucia. If you favour winter woollies, go north to the Pyrenees. And, if you want to try out your pacamac and wellies, then come back to Andalucia. Why? Because one of the wettest villages in Spain is right here in Andalucia. Grazalema in the Sierra de Grazalema has an average of 2,153 mm of rain a year, caused when the warm, humid winds blow in from the Atlantic and cool and condense as they pass over the Sierra’s limestone peaks.

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“T hose Magnificent Men (and Ladies) In T heir Flying Machines... Should aeronautics be your forte, then the beach at Santiago de la Ribera was to place to be this weekend, when the San Javier Air Show, 25th Anniversary of La Patrulla A’guila took to the air. The expression “Hanging in the air” came to mind as the Canadair “Apagafuegos”-Firefighting aeroplane, came rumbling across the bay at about 30 M.P.H. (Old money), and no more than, what looked like, 20 foot above the sea! Equipped to carry large amounts of water to the forest regions of Canada, it looked a little dated, and I could imagine the pilot wearing a leather flying jacket, silk scarf, and chewing a fat cigar, but I bet it does it’s job. The Spanish Air Force Skydiving Acrobatic team, then dropped in, to pay their respects, to the thousands of spectators, now relaxing on the beaches, and strolling the promenades. The Spanish Acrobatic Helicopter Team then took to the air. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a helicopter perform a “Loop the loop”! This display was followed by an F-18 Hornet, of the Spanish Airforce. Windows in apartments from La Ribera to San Pedro shook, as this monster, twisted, turned and looped across the bay,awesome! The Italian Air Force Tricolour Arrows performed

complicated manoeuvres at high speed across the bay, trailing coloured smoke across water. It was soon time for the stars of the show, “La Patrulla A’guila” - The Eagle Patrol of the Spanish Air Force, to come screaming out of a cloudless sky. The intricated and complex

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Summer Solstice begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21st and with it the strange ceremony that occurs each year on the remote Salisbury Plain.

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Travelling out of Amesbury Wiltshire in a westward direction, you suddenly breast a rise in the road, and there below you nestled in the fork of the A303 and the A344 stands the awesome stone circle of Stonehenge. It’s a sight that always inspires and humbles, but what I always wanted to know was . . . what the hell is a Henge? I’ve read a lot of theories regarding the origin and usage of Stonehenge, but they all sounded highly unlikely and based on myth and legend rather than stone cold fact. But I have just concluded extensive research into the subject, and I have come up with some startling findings. It seems that ‘Henge’ is a suffix that has it’s origins far back in the mists of time when man first began to sell his excess produce, and simply means ‘Place of trade’ or to put it simply, ‘Shop’! My research has led me to the conclusion therefore that in fact Stonehenge was the first big ‘Stack Em High’, ‘Sell

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The demise of the Druid brother’s empire began when an even bigger Henge was built by the Pagan twins at nearby Avebury. This massive stone circle is so large, that today a whole village nestles inside it. The Pagans introduced a hovel delivery service, and a number of other inventive sales schemes, notably the “Buy From Us Or We’ll Send The Boys Round And Slaughter Your Family” plan. The competition was intense, but then suddenly both sites were abandoned, and history does not record exactly why. Some say swine plague, others that the bottom fell out of the slave market. It is also possible some scholars say, that the Romans destroyed the henges in their conquest of Britain . . . not for any military reason but because the wine was rubbish, and there was no garlic or olives on the deli counters. But it seems that the true reason will forever remain a mystery.

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Women ’s Health will be the theme for Homeopathy Awareness Week for summer 2010, as The Homeopathy Societ y joins forces with natur al healthcare specialist N elsons, to promote homeopathy around the country.

What is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, suitable for everyone, young and old. Homeopathy focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long lasting benefits. - Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own healing powers to bring health and well being. - Patients are treated as individuals, not as a collection of disease labels. - Homeopathy treats all your symptoms - mental, emotional and physical. - Homeopathic remedies are gentle, subtle and powerful. Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient. It works on the principle of “like cures like” - that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to cure those same symptoms in illness. For example, one remedy which might be used in a person suffering from insomnia is coffea, a remedy made from coffee. Scientifically it can not yet be explained precisely how homeopathy works, but new theories in quantum physics are going some way towards shedding light on the process. What we do know is that a carefully selected homeopathic remedy acts as a trigger to the body’s healing processes.

What happens when you see a homeopath? At the first consultation your homeopath will usually spend at least an hour, sometimes longer, asking detailed questions about your current health, medical history, and lifestyle. Some of the questions may seem strange, but the important thing to remember with homeopathy is that it treats the individual in a holistic way, and so your homeopath is looking to understand how you experience your symptoms and how they effect your life, so that s/he can match you with the most appropriate medicine. Subsequent consultations will involve you discussing the changes that have occurred with your homeopath, so that s/he can understand how you have responded to the prescription and what the next step of your treatment will be.

Homeopathy has been widely used throughout the world for more than 200 years. In 2000, the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science & Technology cited homeopathy as one of the five Group One therapies, having “an individual diagnostic approach” along with osteopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and acupuncture. Homeopathy can be safely used alongside conventional medicines and will not interfere with the action of medicines prescribed by your doctor. Because homeopathic medicines (often referred to as remedies) are non-toxic, there are few if any side effects and they are safe even for pregnant women and babies.

What can homeopathy help? Homeopathy treats the person rather than the named “disease” so potentially it can help patients with a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic. Illnesses commonly seen by homeopaths in the clinic include recurrent infections (such as colds, tonsillitis, cystitis), skin conditions, menstrual and menopausal problems, chronic fatigue, migraine, and stress related symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia.

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People with longterm chronic illness are most likely to use CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) most commonly seeking treatment for musculoskeletal problems, stress relief, anxiety and depression.

In April 2007, Mintel published research on complementary medicines which showed that public interest in the UK was growing. Over-the-counter homeopathic treatments, such as arnica cream, had seen a 24 per cent growth over a five year period from 2002-2007.

Celebrities such as Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Twiggy, Caprice, Susan Hampshire, Tina Turner, Louise Jameson, Gaby Roslin, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Nadia Sawalha, Jennifer Aniston, Jade Jagger, Roger Daltry, Annabel Croft and Meera Syal, as well as The Queen and Prince Charles, are all users of homeopathy.

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football myths DISPELLED Experts in biomechanics, physics, nutrition and psychology shed light on some of the great game’s riddles and rumours.

Faking a fall

How can you tell when a player is diving? One telltale is the ‘archer’s bow’, says British psychologist Paul Morris. This is when a player falls with both arms in the air, with open palms, chest thrust out and legs bent at the knee, like a sprung archery bow. “This occurs in many dives but biomechanically it does not occur in a natural fall,” says Morris. “Instead, instinctively the arms go down in an attempt to cushion the fall or out to the side for balance.”

Now it’s official

Those who say football is the world’s most exciting game can take comfort in statistics. Footy beat four other major sports (American football, ice hockey, baseball and basketball) for ‘upset frequency’ when the underdog won, according to data crunchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Mexico, whose 2006 study pored over top club results dating back to 1888. American football was the most predictable. Its upset frequency was a whopping 25% less than that of football!

Highs and lows

High altitude countries are known for the advantage they have when playing at home, when low altitude opponents struggle in the thin air. Less well known: they retain an edge when playing away. A 2007 paper in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) looked at a century of results among international matches in 10 South American countries. In the case of two teams from the same altitude, the probability of the home side winning was 53 percent. This rose to 82 percent for an altitude difference of +3,695 metres (12,008 feet), as when high-altitude Bolivia were at home to sea-level Brazil. But it fell to 21 percent when the altitude difference was -3,696 metres (12,008 feet), such as when Brazil played at home to Bolivia.

No net gains

Three common beliefs about patterns in goal scoring are false, according to football statisticians gathered at a workshop at Germany’s University of Mannheim in 2006. 1) There is no evidence that players who scored in a previous match are any likelier to score in their next game; 2) a goal scored just before half time has no greater impact on the outcome of the game than a goal scored earlier in the first half; and 3) teams that have just scored are not especially more vulnerable to conceding a goal than at other times.

How it’s spun

Remember Roberto Carlos scoring ‘the Impossible Goal’, a swerving spot kick against France in 1997? How did he do it? Some say it’s because Carlos is Brazilian. Physicists, though, point to a combination of the Magnus force and Bernoulli’s principle. Just after a kick, a spinning ball moves forward at relatively high velocity, and the air flows irregularly over it. When the ball slows – specifically, when it is between 29-37 kilometres (18-23 miles) per hour – the airflow becomes smooth or ‘laminar’, which instantly boosts the air’s braking effect, sometimes by as much as 150%. This drastically slows the forward movement of the ball and enhances a curving movement derived from the ball’s spin. So Carlos’ goal initially dipped to the right of the defensive wall and then suddenly swerved into the net, leaving the French dumbfounded

Home and hormones

Stoppage time

Unhealthy men should beware when watching a penalty shoot-out. Hospital admissions for cardiac arrests in England and Wales rose by 25% when England lost to Argentina on penalties on 30 June 1998 and on the following two days after their World Cup tie. In the 1996 European Championships, the death rate in the Netherlands from heart attack or stroke went up by around 50% on the day when Holland were knocked out by France on penalties. In both cases, the sharp increases were only seen among men, not women.

Could biology explain home advantage? British researchers Sandy Wolfson and Nick Neave took levels of testerone from players before a home game, an away game and at a training session. Levels were much higher before a home game. The male hormone is linked with dominance, confidence and aggression, which implies the lads psyched up to defend their territory.

Seeing red

Football clubs with red team strips are more successful than rivals with other colours, according to a 2008 analysis of post-World War II English league data by experts from the universities of Durham and Plymouth. Teams wearing red (such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal) won more often, while teams wearing yellow or orange fared worst. The theory: there’s a psychological boost from wearing red, a colour which is often associated in nature with male aggression and display.

Digital future

Punters looking for a tip on this year’s World Cup winners might be advised to take a close look at players’ hands. John Manning from Britain’s University of Liverpool suggests there is a link between the lengths of a footballer’s fingers and his ability as a player. Looking at British players, Manning found that the footballing elite had longer ring fingers compared to their index fingers. Manning’s theory is early exposure to testosterone in the womb is a key to heart formation and spatial judgement and finger length, which is why digits can be a telltale sign, but not a prediction, of prowess.

Ale’s out

Those who contend that drinking beer or other alcoholic beverages helps postmatch recovery are addled, say medical researchers. In a New Zealand study published in January in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, volunteers carried out strenuous exercise, which was followed by a meal. Some drank orange juice, while the other drank OJ and vodka, the equivalent to around eight standard alcoholic drinks. The guinea pigs were measured a day and a half, and then two days and a half, after exercise. The alcohol group had 15-20 percent less muscular force than the non-alcohol group, and also reported more soreness. ‘Even moderate amounts of alcohol’ are out.



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Lighten Up! Outdoor lighting can lengthen the day and dramatically extend the potential of our outdoor living spaces. The first step, as with any project, is to plan. How do you want to use this space after dark, and what lighting will you need? Lighting can be summarized in four categories:

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STROKE... Check face: Keep the casualty comfortable. Ask them to smile. If they’ve had a stroke, they may only be able to smile on one side, the other side of the face may droop. Check arms: Ask the casualty to raise their arms. If they’ve had a stroke, they may only be able to lift one arm. Check speech: Ask some questions. Can they speak and/or understand what you are saying? Call for emergency help: saying you suspect a stroke: Reassure the casualty and monitor and record their vital signs, level of response, breathing and pulse, until help arrives. CAUTION: Do NOT give the casualty anything to eat or drink; they will probably find it difficult to swallow. If they lose consciousness, open the airway and check breathing.

BURNS & SCALDS... Cool burn: Make the casualty comfortable by helping them to sit or lie down. Flood the injury with cold water; cool for at least ten minutes or until pain is relieved. Call for emergency help: depending upon the severity ensure you seek emergency advice and explain that what caused the burn and the size and depth. Remove any constrictions: While you are cooling the burn, carefully remove any clothing or jewellery from the area before it starts to swell. Do not remove anything that is sticking to the burn. Cover burn: Cover the burn with clingfilm placed lengthways over the injury, or use a

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SHOCK... Initial signs of shock are a rapid pulse, pale, cold clammy skin and sweating. As shock develops, this turns to rapid shallow breathing, a weak pulse, grey skin, dizziness and nausea. Treat any possible causes of shock, such as severe bleeding.

Help the casualty to lie down, on a rug or blanket if there is one. Raise and support their legs above the level of their heart to improve blood supply to the vital organs. Keeping their head low may also prevent them from losing consciousness. Stop them from making any unnecessary movements. Loosen tight clothing at the neck, chest and waist. Keep them warm by covering the body with coats or blankets. Call Emergency Service and monitor and record vital signs - level of response, breathing and pulse - while waiting for help.

CHOKING ADULT... Encourage casualty to cough. Give up to five back blows - if the casualty cannot speak, cough or breathe, bend them forward. Give up to five sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Check the mouth. Give up to five abdominal thrusts - stand behind the casualty, put both arms around them and put one fist between the navel and the bottom of the breastbone. Grasp your fist with your other hand, and pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times. Recheck the mouth. Repeat steps two and three


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CPR FOR AN ADULT... Position hands on chest - place one hand on the centre of the casualty’s chest. Place the heel of your other hand on top of the first and interlock your fingers, keeping fingers over their ribs. Give 30 chest compressions - lean directly over the casualty’s chest and press down vertically about 2in. Release the pressure but do not remove your hands. Give 30 compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. Check that the airway is open - tilt the casualty’s head with one hand and lift their chin with two fingers of your other hand to ensure the airway is open. Begin rescue breaths - pinch the casualty’s nose to close the nostrils and allow their mouth to fall open. Take a breath and seal your lips over their mouth. Blow steadily into their mouth until their chest rises - this should take about one second. Watch chest fall - maintaining head tilt and chin lift, take your mouth away from the casualty’s. Look along the chest and watch it fall. Repeat to give two rescue breaths. Repeat 30 chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths. Continue until they start to breathe normally. If you are unwilling or unable to give rescue breaths, you can give chest compressions alone. Techniques taken from First Aid Manual, 9th Edition (DK, £12.99), written and authorised by the UK’s leading first-aid providers, St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s Ambulance Association and British Red Cross.


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gardening...gardening... gardening... gardening...gardening... gardening... ANSWER:

Yes, sadly it does! Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been happening for a number of years and the problem isn’t getting any better. The most worrying thing is that scientists working on the project do not really understand why it is happening and until they do we will not be able to eradicate it.

n e d r a G Frankie’s e been QUESTION: I hav declining

es are hearing that be o apply ls a t a h t s e o D in UK. here in Spain?

As many crops worldwide rely on pollination by bees in order to reproduce, it is a cause of very great concern. In the US a staggering 36% of hives have already been lost to the disease. In the UK, the losses have increased by 15% over the past two years alone and the knock-on affect is the decline in the butterfly and insect population. This will eventually mean fewer birds which feed on the insects.

Last year, up here in my mountains, I only saw a couple of Bee-eaters as there were very few bees; fortunately this year there appear to be more bees and I have seen a few more of these beautiful coloured birds.

So far the countries affected, apart from the USA, UK and Spain, are Canada, Italy, Greece, Portugal, France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland and there have been recent reports from both Germany and as far a field as Taiwan. It’s spreading… We can all do our small bit to try and stop the decline by planting things in our gardens which produce the nectar

that bees love. This morning my honeysuckle in flower was buzzing with hungry bees but as soon as the afternoon wind came up they left. This reminded me that bees do not like to be blown around when trying to land and prefer their flowers to be sited in sun rather than shade. Can’t say as I blame them, either! One of the favourites which will do well here is Lavender and has the bonus of needing very little attention apart from a haircut with the shears in early spring. The Ice Plant (or Sedum) we all had in our gardens back in UK also grow happily here along with good old Buddleia and Hebe. There is a nursery on the main road up to Baza which sells both of these. I’ve already mentioned Honeysuckle; Jasmine is another climber the bees are attracted to but which mozzies hate, according to my Spanish neighbour - another reason to plant one in your garden. When my citrus were in flower earlier in the spring my garden hummed and I now have lots of small Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons and Kumquats as a result. How sad to think that if a cure for this dreadful disease is not found soon we may not have these fruits. Already in the USA many hundreds of hives are transported to citrus growing areas and rented out to worried farmers in order to try and ensure a good crop. Try and protect bees from sprays and chemicals, especially the non-organic ones. If you feel you must use a spray try and use a product which doesn’t harm bees and spray insecticide in the evening when bees have all returned to their hives. To lose our bee population altogether would be a Worldwide disaster, leading to mass starvation, so please everyone, let’s get planting now!

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Kick off your flip-flops & relax with a great book this summer! The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison - A cat and mouse game begins between a serial killer and a young boy...

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

Sacred Hearts is a novel about power, creativity and passion – both of the body and of the soul. Hidden history brought alive by a wonderful storyteller...

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby uses this intriguing canvas to explore why it is we so often let the early promise of relationships, ambition and indeed life evaporate.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

From the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, this is both a richly visceral epic & a riveting family story.

The Rapture by Liz Jensen

The Rapture is an electrifying psychological thriller that explores the dark extremes of mankind’s self-destruction in a world on the brinK.

Brixton Beach By Roma Tearne

Opening dramatically with the horrors of the 2005 London bombings, this is the profoundly moving story of a country on the brink of civil war and a child’s struggle to come to terms with loss.

The Way Home by George Pelecanos

Summoning every bit of maturity and every lesson he’s learned the hard way, Chris leaves what he found where he found it and tells his job partner to forget it, too. Knowing trouble when he sees it - and walking the other way - is a habit Chris is still learning.

The Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick

There is a silver lining, however, in the form of tragically widowed, physically fit and clinically depressed Tiffany, who offers to act as a go-between for Pat and his wife, if Pat will just agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition . . .

Summer Reading Essentials...

NO MORE POPCORN! Pilar De La Horadada’s much loved cinema has closed. Senor “Fran”, the gentleman whose idea it was so many years ago, to set up and run a picture house in Pilar, has finally allowed the arc lamp in the projector room to cool for the very last time. It had become increasingly difficult to obtain English films that would attract enough “Bums On Seats” to pay for their hire. Fran was also having to travel great distances to collect and return suitable films, on the occasions these could be obtained. Working as a teacher, full time, didn’t help matters. This was more that just a picture house to the many thousands of ticket buyers, over the years it doubled as a social club, coffee bar, information exchange office, and served the best “Popping Corn” on the Costa Blanca. Yes, the rain poured in, and the ceiling looked a little like it might collapse at any moment, but it was comfortable, friendly and fun, and will be greatly missed. Thanks Fran! By Robert W. Barnes


having one waste not.... residence galvanised dustbin sitting in

One of the curses of the modern age, and a growing crisis of monumental propor tions, is the problem of w a s t e from packaging and its safe and suitable disposal.

It is only in fairly recent times that ugly and intrusive waste disposal units have sprung up all over the UK and indeed here in Spain, from street corners to supermarket car parks; you can even find them in once picturesque country lanes. Then in Britain we have those God-awful wheely bins that have been inflicted on every household in the land. Blue for paper; green for garden waste; black for general household waste or whatever the colour codes are. I remember as a boy, each

the garden, which rarely got filled to capacity, except perhaps at Christmas time. And in our particular neighbourhood, we were provided with a ‘pig bin’ where uncooked vegetable scraps would be placed, and collected every week by the local farmer. Even with a capacity of no more than 20 litres, there was always room to spare. With parents who had experienced the hardships and shortages of wartime Britain, food waste was simply not acceptable, and this was instilled in the baby-boomer generation of the late forties and fifties. Unfortunately this concept has become diluted to the point of non-existence with the current generation. Today with household waste disposal a massive business as well as a social problem, draconian measures have been implemented in some areas making it an offence


to dispose of items in the wrongly designated bin, or over filling to even a ridiculously small extent. Simply not being able to close the lid fully can, at the very least, give the council or its contractor, the right to refuse collection. Because of a problem not of the publics making, ordinary decent law abiding citizens are being criminalised for infringements of these ridiculous laws.

And yet from where I am sitting, this is a situation that could be solved simply, and at a stroke. The often double and triple packaged food products are excessive, unnecessary and wasteful, and if laws were passed banning these excesses, the mountains of discarded, plastic, and paper based products would be slashed dramatically. It’s the manufacturers who should be brought to account and made to clean up their act and the responsibility for the problem taken off the shoulders

of the consumer and placed firmly where it belongs. But as with so many of the problems that we face today, the necessary will to do this by the government of the day is simply not there, even though the overall advantages are obvious. We may have become attuned to buying our food in attractive and eye-catching containers, but if all food products were sold in the same plain, basic packaging, the onus on the manufacturer would be to produce food to the highest standard. Freshness, taste and quality would then be the main criteria to purchase, and with the costs of packaging slashed, this could be passed on as an added bonus to the shopper. The circus that is the Football World Cup, is now in full swing, with fans from the 32 competing countries having converged on South Africa and falling over themselves to support the event

with their hard earned cash. The theory is that it will bring a financial bonanza to South Africa and it’s people. But with FIFA on course to earn in excess of 3 billion dollars in World Cup licencing revenue, and ruthlessly suing unlicenced traders and local entrepreneurs who dare to step out of line, I doubt very much if the average South African will see much of this windfall. There is a lot that is wrong with the beautiful game, but it is not at club level that changes need to be made first, but at the very top and with the fat cats at FIFA itself. Meanwhile, the new guidelines to referees regarding swearing by players, are long overdue and in my opinion should be standard procedure in our own domestic game. But expecting Rooney not to swear at officials is like asking a cow to quack.



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STANDARD CROSSWORD CLUES down 1. Novice (8) 2. Do away with (9) 3. Regret (3) 4. Happens simultaneously (9) 5. Bizarre (9) 6. Ire (5) 8. Gathered a crop (9) 9. More recent (5) 12. Guess (8) 16. Tree (3)







5 Way for Stewart to catch one (4) 6 Transgression of lacking barrier (5) 7 More certain without tear to give up (9) 12 Shift equipment at middle of farm for bird (10) 13 Charms sit awkwardly at birth celebration? (9) 15 Call ringer? (9) DOWN 17 Diane shortly to sign journals (7) 1 Frame rough sea in middle of felt (5) 2 Young people showing support for golfer at new ranges 18 Heads of Japan and India move a gun’s province of China (7) (9) 3 The thought of what’s seen in The Mirror? (10) 20 Prepared set (5) 4 Charged a Chinese leader 100 US Dollars, including final 22 Gets rid of small buildings? (5) fee (7) 23 Greek character left eastern animal (4)


Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

ACROSS 2. Avid (5) 4. Customers (9) 6. Legal excuse (5) 7. Moral (7) 10. Wizard (8) 11. Frantic (8) 13. Steering devices (7) 14. Mistake (5) 15. Numerical indicator (9) 17. Cache (5)

ACROSS 1 Go into public transport without right to amuse (9) 5 Lots of things that float? (5) 8 She will almost initially forget ledge (5) 9 Ruined or ancient vessel (9) 10Guidance for the one coming first’s joint (10) 11 First hospital before this place (4) 13 Made system of belief without a prudent ending (7) 14 Turn around in empty garage, first daughter made a noise like a pig (7) 16 Some stores ponder reply (7) 18 Performer starts to join underground groups, getting less exposure regionally (7) 19 Waves at slave, we hear (4) 21 Average, with a good start, sharp adjustment needed to parts of text (10) 24Ascertaining the dimensions of geraniums, perhaps (9) 25Part of the Maglev, or “ghost-train”, coming back to small wood (5) 26 Where pigs live with the French fashion (5) 27Rows, bringing one in for a skinhead’s first animals (9)



entertainment news...

nion’ nce Of Spice Reu Mel C: ‘No Cha k tour, comebac a for regroup will claims that the Spice Girls

Melanie Chisholm has dismissed because they are too busy. a second time, with It was reported last month that the group were planning to reform for them. join to refusing Victoria Beckham reportedly of a reunion . “There’s no chance of that happening,” Chisholm said on the possibility we have no plans to “Don’t believe what you’ve read elsewhere, because I’m telling [you that] couldn’t find the we so too tour again. We all have our own projects going on and have families time even if we wanted to.” after their 1998 hit. The band are currently working on a musical called Viva Forever, named

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Lily Allen: ‘I Want To Fade Into Oblivion’

Lily Allen hopes to vanish from the limelight now that she has retired from making music. The ‘Not Fair’ singer told Closer that she hoped her decision in Februar y to move into the fashion industry would allow her a greater amount of privacy and anonymity. She said: “I hope in a year’s time I’m not gonna be asked to awards and I won’t be nominated because I haven’t put anything out there. And hopefully I can fade into oblivion.” Allen also revealed that her desire to have children within the next year with boyfriend Sam Cooper played a big part in choosing to give up her pop career and slip into obscurity. She added: “Because people have stopped buying music, the only way to make money is on tour and I’m just not willing to do that with babies around.” Despite previous suggestions that she was regretting her retirement, Allen stated that she is content with having a normal life. “’I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” she said. “Suddenly I have a sense of who I am. Having Sam around gives me confidence and makes me feel I’ve got him to lean on, whereas before I felt really lonely.”

18th June


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Mojacar Playa

80’s Schools out disco

Happy ay d h t r i b an frankies bar, vera kristi the event of the summer! DJ Silhouette in conjunction withSol Times Newspaper Group mode

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Bar Stop Turre

Cave Bar Mojacar Playa


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Call Claire on 677 993 717 for more information


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Bar Restaurant

on as e s a t s u j t Summer’s no d! in m f o e t a t s .. .it’s a


Shea formally of Neptuno’s

Summer drinking requires a different approach, too. Lighter, fresher drinks take over from serious, highly pedigreed wines and spirits. Not only are they more refreshing, they’re also a better match for fuss-free summer cooking.

World Cup FREE Zone

Menu del dia 10€ for 3 courses

new a la carte coming soon

A perfectly chilled glass of white wine refreshes the parts that red wine can’t at this time of year. Certain styles work better as summer drinks than others, though. Below is a selection of grape varieties and wine regions to look out for, and some recommendations for pairing with summery foods.

For Reservations please call

950 478 186

Bar la Union


...this wine from Galicia in northwest Spain has become deservedly popular recently. Its lemony, floral character makes it a great summer quaffer. It’s also great with a range of seafood, from oysters to Galician-style grilled octopus.

FRIDAY IS Fish & Chips (Cod or Haddock) from 5€ 1pm - 9pm plus live entertainment 9pm

evening entertainment IN JUNE 17th - Ladies Ascot

Day Tomorrow

Flutters Available Design your own hat + 1€ buffet

18th - Chris Keen “70’s, 80’s music” (starts 8pm) 25th - Tony Justice “Rat Pack tribute” (starts 8pm) July 2nd - Baz “Rock” July 10th - Stevie Fisher (5€ entrance fee)

Live WORLD CUP football


Sunday Lunch underrated grape variety with flavours of green apple and citrus. It’s made in styles from bone-dry to very sweet, but look out for dry or offdry styles from Germany, Austria and Australia’s Clare Valley. They make great aperitifs and are a great match with Thai and Vietnamese cooking.

All Day 12-7pm from €6.50 inc free glass of wine pp Beef/ Lamb/Chicken/Pork

Pie ‘n’ Pint

menu del dia only 8€ (3 Courses)

Sauvignon Blanc


...has forthright aromas of gooseberry, grass and green herbs. Wines from France (such as Sancerre), New Zealand and South Africa are among the best samples. Makes a great match with summery salads, asparagus and goat’s cheese, as well as fish dishes.

Every Mon 2.30pm 100€ JACKPOT

3.50€ Avda Andalucia 41, La Alfoquia - Zurgena

England & Spain matches on 6ft x 4ft screen

Tel: 950 634 533


free wifi

password protected

under new management

PROPRIETOR: Terry Jackson • CHEF: Julia Golding • MAITRE ‘D: Janine Maloney

Menu del dia 10€

Approx 300 metres

The Stunning New Look Restaurant

red cross



under new management

Kimrick correos farmacia

sunday lunch

3 courses


Probably the biggest screen in Mojacar



Menu del noche 12€

mojacar playa

Telephone: 950 475 198

2.4m2 with full surround sound Showing all matches

designated bar, Fully air-conditioned and extractor fan

5€ entry

includes pint or a glass of wine & homemade ‘pie n’ peas’ at half time

jugs san miguel 7€

Pre order your half time drinks to avoid the queue!

Kitchen Open: Wednesday to Monday 12pm - 4pm & 7pm - 11pm Closed on Tuesdays


Happy Fathers Day 20th June

tO Grandad Love from Darcey Anna xx

Dad, with all our love Pauline, Cathy, Michael, Jacki and all your grandchildren. Thank you you’re the best Grandad!

Happy Father’s Day Daddy I love you to the stars and back Felicity xxx

Happy Father’s Day dad Thanks for everything Love you lots Jodie xxxxx

Happy Fathers Day to the best Dad and Grandad in the world. All our love Emma, Ben, Nick and Fliss xxxxxxxx

Happy Fathers day to the best dad in the world! Lots of love Justin, Joanna and Claire xxxx

Happy Fathers day DADDY Lots of love Dani xxx

Happy Fathers Day Dad, All our love Rosemary and Greg xxxxxxxxx

Jack Brennan To the best Dad in the world. Love you, always in my heart Chrissie xxxxxxx

Happy Father’s Day “Taxi-Dad”. Thanks for everything you do. Love you! Claire & Danny xx

Happy Father’s Day We Love You Thanks for being such a great Dad & Grandad Joanna, Charlotte & Sophie xxxxxxxxxx

To the best dad Happy Fathers Day Love from Soph Ab & Jody xxx

To the best daddy in the world Lots of love Daisy Leigh

To the best daddy Love you loads from Jake & Milli xxx

thank you Daddy .... for choosing me out of all my brothers and sisters! xx Fiji xx

To Dad, Happy Fathers Day …you are a legend! Love you very much, Melanie



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World Cup

Entertainment Guide



Address Thursday Friday El Alamilo

the new roundabout Puerto de Mazarron Royal Tel: 968 595 864

Saralara’s stalones


bistro cafe-bar

Amarillo Pizza Bar

every day menu del dia snacks & A la Carte

Nr to El Arbol supermarket, Open Tuesdays puerto de to sundays til mazarron late Tel: 634 176 550


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

saturday 19th friday 18th Sunday roasts abbacadabra england v 1pm - 3.30pm live algeria closed at 6pm & fish fridays (tickets only)

monday 21st spain v honduras

daily menu specials

Friday 18th Live on big tv england v algeria

bar snacks available everyday

Sunny Front Terrace & Daily specials


Open from 11am on tuesdays BBC, SKY, ITV, ESPN, Show sports, etc everyday

wed 23rd slovenia v england

every wed bingo wed 23rd slovenia v england Quiz Night 8pm

gran via 61 fuente alamo tel: 968 596 306

world cup special scampi / sausages in basket 4.45€ everyday

Come on England!!! Following by Karaoke & disco from 10pm

All world cup matches available

father’s day special menu from 19.30h onwards

Large Projector and 2x plasma screens. Showing all games

camposol a Tel: 672 568 678

big screen tv terrace with tv. good food

free nibbles during all world cup games

big screen tv terrace with tv. good food

good food & great prices every day

good food & great prices every day

big screen tv Big screen tv, terrace terrace with tv. with tv. crib night 8pm good food

Paseo Puerto de Mazarron Tel: 628 754 490

big 50 inch tv screen

fully air conditioned bistro bar

german cognac liquors & champagne

every day fresh breads, pastries & cakes

Open from 10am during world cup

19 different german & belgium beers

fri 18th thurs 17th sat 19th german v serbia argentina v Bolnuevo live world cup 1.15pm s. korea 1.10pm Tel: 638 241 820 matches england v france v mexico algeria 7.30pm 8pm

sun 20th italy v new zealand 4pm brazil v ivory coast 8.30pm

Age Concern NEEDS YOu!

We aim to help solve problems for any English speaker aged over 50. To this end we are holding a Volunteers Recruiting Meeting on Tuesday 15th June at 2pm at Trevi’s bar on Camposol ‘B’ Age Concern Costa Calida is on its way!!!!

Yes it has taken time to get to this stage but now it’s the exciting bit where we can get involved to support our community. There are many ways you can help: We will need volunteers to man our advice and information line. We will need people willing to act as a friend to people in need, perhaps you could do their shopping, walk their dog, pick up their post, or visit them in WE WANT TO HEAR hospital. A friendly voice can make all the difference to someone alone, ill, housebound, or lonely. FROM YOU!!! We will need people willing to assist our fund raising officer at events to raise money to carry out this important work. email your local So if you would like to become involved in this very worth while charity right here in our community or would like more information- we look forward to events to seeing you at our Volunteers Recruitment Meeting. Otherwise you can contact EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM Ann Lambert on 634 316 213 Cañadas del Romero Mazarron

Every Tuesday Ballroom and Latin American styles to suit individual abilities and interests At the Centro Polivalente from 16:00-17:00 For further information contact Louise Tel: 655 421 120

fully air conditioned


specialising in german home-made food

wed 23rd tues 22nd mon 21st slovenia v mexico v uruguay portugal england 4pm 4pm france v s. v n. korea v algeria 4pm 1.30pm chilli v africa 4pm nigeria usa ghana v germany v s.korea 8.30pm switzerland 8.30pm greece v 4pm spain v australia v serbia honduras 8.30pm argentina 8.30pm 8.30pm




your events...your announcements... your events...your announcements... Saturday 19th

Los Alcazares Golf Day

at The New Royal, Puerto De Mazarron. Back by popular demand ABBA tribute band

Golf & World Cup – the perfect combination! Friday 18th June 2010 sees the 2nd Los Alcazares Golf Day, this event will be held at RODA Golf and Beach Resort. This will be a stableford event open to male and female golfers of all handicaps.



Ex-Armed Forces members, from all services, including the Merchant Navy are needed to form a new branch of a fairly new Association in Murcia Sur. This Association is a hands-on charity and needs active members for fundraising and other work. The AFVA works closely with “Holidays for heroes” and the principle aim of the branch is to assist wounded soldiers by offering holidays in Murcia. There are currently several properties being used on La Torre Golf Resort and over 6000 soldiers and their families have had a holiday there. I want to extend this to other locations and to be able to provide wheelchair accessible transport. There is a lot to be done and currently there are only two of us. The aims of the branch will undoubtedly shift and there are bound to be Ex Servicemen here in Spain who also need help. I need your help to get this branch off the ground and if you feel you have the energy to start your own local branch, that would be outstanding! Initial contact should be made to Mel Beasley by email to:

Tickets ONLY Call 968 595 864



Hosted by TERRY ON THURSDAY 24™ JUNE 7:30pm until midnight at the NOVO CARTHAGO RESTAURANTE Los Urrutias 10€ including a 2-Course Meal & Raffle TICKETS: Joan Mitchell on Tel: 968 181 943 & at the Restaurant on Tel: 968 134 777

The itinerary for the day will be as follows: 1.15 – 1.30 pm – Meet at Roda Golf Course Club House 2.00 pm – 1st tee off at Roda Golf and Beach Resort 18 Holes - Buggies are INCLUDED On conclusion of golf, your meal will be served at The Celt Bar Los Alcazares 7.30 pm – Prize giving presentation 8.30pm – Watch the England Vs Algeria game LIVE in The Celt Bar ! Cost of this event is just € 45 per person Places are limited to a maximum of 24, so please confirm your entry now! Call 650 718 172 Or E mail – Please also remember that you can book all your discounted green fees throughout The Costa Calida and Southern Costa Blanca with COSTA CALIDA GOLF TOURS –

OPEN: 10am till Late - Late Licence (3.30am) if needed

june 2010


Ven w Ne e h T

All you need in one place:

∙ Bowling ∙ Snooker ∙ Darts ∙ Pool Table ∙ Short Mat Bowling ∙ Social Dancing ∙ Quiz Nights ∙ Comedy & Entertainment Nights

summers here wednesday’s the new saturday

live music every wednesday from 23rd june


Thursday 17TH Weight Watchers: 10am HELP Vega Baja - Chucks in-house quiz : 2pm - 4pm Line Dancing Intermediate: 5pm - 6.30pm Quiz with Bingo Twist: 8.30pm friDAY 18th Dolly Mixture Ladies Club Get Together: 2.30pm - 5pm SATURDAY 19th Shawaddywaddy legend plus DJ Helen, 2 course meal and show 10€: 8pm Show only 3€: 9pm SUNDAY 20th Karaoke with Vibe FM DJ Richie Sparks: 9pm MONDAY 21st Line Dancing Intermediate: 10.30am - 12pm Short Mat Bowling: 3€pp everyone welcome 7.30pm TUESDAY 22nd Auction starts 1pm Goods in 11am Dance Class - Salsa, Argentine Tango & Social Dancing: 8pm - 10pm wednesday 23rd Line Dancing Beginners: 5pm - 6.30pm, Pool League: 9pm Live Music every Wednesday Thursday 24TH Weight Watchers: 10am HELP Vega Baja - Summer Special Party - Abba Elite including snacks 5€ 2pm -4pm Line Dancing Intermediate: 5pm - 6.30pm Quiz with Bingo Twist: 8.30pm friDAY 25th Quesada Bowls Social Club Race Night with Pig Roast 5€ to members or 6€ non members, includes 2 baps of succulent hot roast pork. First race starts 7pm limited places available SATURDAY 26th Line dancing social. Come alon and enjoy a 2 course lunch and dance the afternoon away 12.30pm - 4.30pm Maria O’hara Showgirl plus Tony Lincoln and DJ Helen 2 course meal and show 10€ 8pm. Show only 3€ 9pm SUNDAY 27th Karaoke with Vibe FM DJ Richie Sparks: 9pm MONDAY 28th Line Dancing Intermediate: 10.30am - 12pm Short Mat Bowling: 3€pp everyone welcome 7.30pm TUESDAY 29th Auction starts 1pm Goods in 11am Dance Class - Salsa, Argentine Tango & Social Dancing: 8pm - 10pm wednesday 3oth Line Dancing Beginners: 5pm - 6.30pm, Pool League: 9pm Live Music every Wednesday

FOOD SERVED ALL DAY ∙ PRIVATE FUNCTIONS CATERED FOR For more information call 966 717 028 Calle El Pino esq. Calle Abedul, Ciudad Quesada

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Costa Blanca Sales: 966 265 023

/ 693 775 347 Email:

Costa Calida Sales: 950 430 820 Email: or

Payment: visa & Cheques made payable to roc publishing s.l (min 10 euros per transaction on cheques or Visa)

for sale

Alba DVD player, bag Complete with 2 sets de la Ribera (ref:130) deep Mazarron area full working order 10€ of oars & hand pump 50€ 32 inch colour TV, Camposol Tel: 968

FreeSat satellite Camposol Tel: 628 o.n.o Tel: 657 102 153 Not flat screen, Ecron 970 667 (ref:130) boxes of Santiago de la Ribera from Carrafour, Full 2x receiver for English 783 054 (ref:131) channels, brand new, Sky Box €45, Sky (ref:131) working order with videos, wide variety 80€. Tel 626 658 778 Plus €65 Sky HD Swimming Pool remote 50€o.n.o Tel of films easy 60+ E d e s a €165, all recording Pump in good working 657 102 153, Santiago videos take the 30€ vitroceramica Camposol, Tel: 628 electric cooker requires subscription order, complete unit de la Ribera (ref:130) wood 783 054 (ref:130) and matching 199€ ono Tallante area Solid stainless steel with 4Tel: 652 Tel: 644 569 693 or 666 chopping block/ Russel Hobs ring ceramic hob & fan card. table 33ins high by ceramic hair 073 581. (ref:131) 129 388 (ref:131) assisted oven 180€ Tel: 20in wide as new 25€; S e c o n d h a n d straightners 5euro, 687763165 (Pilar de la Water Pump in good Bedroom furniture, 1800w hair dryer 5€ p a p e r b a c k s .12 0 Horadada) working order - cost new 3-seater settee second-hand books, double mirrored Camposol Tel: 628

burgundy fabric 30€ wide variety of authors Tel: 687763165 (Pilar 3 0 € . T o r r e v i e j a de la Horadada) area.Tel:9 6 6 REEBOK trainers 722 010 (ref:131) UK size 5 white Pine upright leather navy stripe with armchair (Masa) in LED lights brand new good condition, blue 20€ Tel: 687763165 and check material (Pilar de la Horadada) Sky digibox Pace 20€ Tel: 635 885 DS430N with white sky 062 Camposol Augusta card. Best decoder for Wilson brass Costa Blanca, 2 years double putter old 150€ Also heavy headed duty ‘L’ shaped wall dish bought in USA 15€ support 55 x 55cms x Tel: 635 885 062 70mm, 20€ Call Don 965 Camposol (ref:131) 486696 or 616 594 680 Bag of assorted 65 glass bricks

golf tees 3€ 19X19X8cm 1euro Tel: 635 885 062 each Tel 650759834 Camposol (ref:131) Camposol Mazarron Mountain

bike, 39 new golf balls,

suit young girl. Front suspension, never been ridden. Very good condition 45€. Tel 968 199 956 or 663523168 Mini Dirt Bike, 110cc, suit ages 6+, runs OK, but needs timing sorting hence price of 200€. Tel 968 199 956 or 663523168 X-Box games, Jericho & Halo 3, 15€ each or 25€ for both, boxed and in good condition. Tel 968 199 956 or 663523168 Blue round longue

corner chaise sofa

225x260cm approx. Good condition. Very comfortable. 150€ Camposol. Tel:630 808 273. 3 gas


€15, small computer desk €5, white dining table and 4 chairs €60, Tel: 618342447

MASA, 3 x Pine Curtain Rails

topflight, Wilson pro, Spalding, Inesis 39€ or will seperate. Tel: 635 885 062 Camposol (ref:131) Satellite


1.35m with LNB and Sky Digibox (Pace) 175€ Tel: 664 757 094 Mazarron. (ref:131) M a s s a g e Mattress 3ft x 6ft

Lambs Wool, with 2 remotes 1 English 1 Spanish. Will massage all different areas of the body, only used 3 times. 10 year Guarantee. selling for medical reasons. Paid 500€ will accept 150€ Tel: 968 575 803 or Mob: 626 255 540. Los Alcazares (ref:131) Sky digibox. Pace (the best for this area) Immaculate condition, Includes all leads etc 40 € Mazarron. Tel: 630 366 321 or 646 789 595 (ref:131) Mandolin, Unused. Including tutor book, spare strings and pics. 75€. Mazarron. Tel: 630 366 321 or 646 789 595 (ref:131)

lengths 2 @ 1M 60, 1 @ 1M 30, €8 each or €20 for all 3. MASA, 2 x single bed covers blue/ yellow patterned with matching cushions, €6 each or €10 for the pair. Camposol Tel: 968 199 726 or 608 057 486 Electric Cement Aluminium made Mixer DIY/ Home bongo lovely sound use. 100€ ono Tel: 657 20€ Camposol Tel: 102 153 Santiago de la 628 783 054 (ref:131) Ribera (ref:131) Scalextric good working order 15€ Pool Table 1.54 mt Camposol Tel: 628 x 0.73mt 2 x cue and full 783 054 (ref:131) set of pool balls. With Krups coffee detachable legs 40€ ono machine, fully Tel: 657 102 153 Santigo functional 20€ de la Ribera (ref:131) Camposol Tel: 628 2 Man Inflatable 783 054 (ref:131) Canoe Comes in carry

over 200€ accept 99€ door wardrobe with ono Tallante area Tel: 3 drawers, chest of 644 569 693 or 666 129 6drawers, bedside 388 (ref:131) cabinet, as new, light HUMAX Foxsat wood with wicker HD (High D e f i n i t i o n ) effect 150€; TV/music S a t e l l i t e cabinet 10€ Tel 617 Receiver (for Freesat 869 875 (ref:130) channels) As New – Hydraulic single brilliant picture quality but bed with security side should have HD ready bars, money pull bar, TV with satellite aerial head and foot boards, for optimum results. 65€ Electric wheelchair, (Current internet cost white shower chair new in UK approx £150) on wheels with feet (Quesada) Tel: 966 717 rests all in excellent condition offers 303 (ref:131) taken Tel: 617 869 Honda Rotavator 875 (ref:130) 4 stroke ,model FG200,hardly done any 2 Roca white work, 250€ Tel: 958 063 sinks with mixer taps and pedestals, 060 (ref:131) STIHL 18” 30€ each complete unit, 2 white Roca CHAINSAW, 2 WCs and cisterns stroke, good condition, 30€ each Tel: 617 German quality, model 869 875 (ref:130) 029, 295€ Tel: 958 063 6 solid wood, 060 (ref:131) colour, Extension legs chestnut wheelchair-friendly for bed or chair. 10 interior doors with inches high threaded. 6 fixtures 100€ each Tel: pairs 4 euros a pair will 617 869 875 (ref:130) separate. Tel: 618423025 2 Hairdressers (ref:131) sinks units with Catering meat slicer as new cost black chairs, offers considered. Tel: 617 650€ sell for 250€. Girls’ 869 875 (ref:130) clothes 18 months to 4 years. Various T Shirts 2 Japanese Room short and long sleeves Dividers 5ft 7ins tall good condition good with 3 panels 40€ the makes Next etc. also pair; 1 Bosch cooker includes denim pine extractor fan stainless and some cotton shorts. steel 50€ Tel: 617 Price 30€. A pair of navy 869 875 (ref:130) cement girls’ sandals closed in Large mixer 85€, Small leather not worn. 10€ 95x160x60 Playa Flameca area trailer telephone 966 773 115 deep, new tyres Professional MAN’S BIKE 18 x 85€, Gear – Good condition paint sprayer, hardly – 65€ to good home! used,cost over 500€ (Quesada) Tel: 966 717 ,100€, Adult mountain bike ,hardly used 60€, 303 (ref:131) Nathan teak Foldable wheelchair, coffee table as new 95€. Tel: 690 circular with glass centre 385 308 Catral area 40€ Exercise bike (ref:130)


Red tamborine 5€

Camposol Tel: 628 783 054 (ref:130) Stainless steel inset sink with

roco mixer tap 780 x 430 cost 120€ 3 months old 20€. Camposol area Tel: 676 028 725 (ref:130)

2 thurmo kull cool boxes with ice

blocks 790 x 340 x 390 cost 90€ each will take 45€ each Camposol area Tel: 676 028725 (ref:130) 2




Open 4.35m galvanised trailer 40hp Mercury Electric Stark. Sun canopy latest fish finder. Many Extras. As new, must be seen.


A1 Excavate & Build

All Digging, Rubbish removal & build work Tel. 628 505 733 carpenter Carpenter / Joiner

damp proofing

damp proofing English / Spanish be 15 years in Spain seen working 150€ Tel: 966 731 209 Quesada (ref:130)

Tel: 958 656 560 or 619 666 363

Badminton set 4

or Email:

Electric Water Heater Edesa 75

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


C/Valcarcel 29, Santiago de la Ribera, Nr San Javier airport. Tel: 690 738 820 or 634 332 370

Builders - General


For all aspects of building and landscaping, QUESADA GOLD CENTRE bricklaying, extensions, We buy Gold & Jewellery at patios, renovations, International Market block paving and Prices balustrades No 17 Calle Los Arcos, Ciudad Quesada, Rojales Tel: 634 043 060

Tel John 685 998 131 BUSINESS FOR SALE

mobility M o b i l i t y Business For Sale E q u i p m e n t Serendipity Crafts Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Mobility And Gifts, Albox, ALMERIA Established 4 Years, Genuine Reason 968 153 620 www. For Sale. Serious Enquiries Only Please. f r e e d o m m o b i li t y s p a i Price reduced for quick sale - Owners moving to new zealand -


Ken sherwood English Mechanic

Garage in La Pinilla 10 mins Camposol Collection and delivery service available. All garage services and diagnostics. All work guaranteed

679 646 859

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litre electric water heater, Model TREat the Corazon Hotel 75N, 230 volt – 1.2 Rojales. Ballroom, Kw. This was fitted Latin, Sequence, every 966 265 along with oil and gas options for heating Wednesday 8 - 9.30pm 693 775 the water so has Call: 619 637 749 for info never been in normal use, good as new. pets 65€ Tel: 968 429 054 or 636 665 958 Tyre Mitchelin El Paraton. (ref:130) over 12years experience 175x70r x13 as in dog grooming NEW 29€ (on air conditioning All breeds and Renault Megane sizes welcome steel rim) Pinar de COL-AIR Call Anna for appointment Campoverde Tel 648 619 277 654 MOTOR 052 670 (ref:130) Villamartin area

“Basic Mag” used twice 50€ Oil radiators choice of 2 1000w & 2500w 20€ & 25€ Reclining swivel chair black, as new 50€ Carpet cleaner Bex Bissell 40€ Tel 644399885 Benijofar S Brand new fiber MECHANIC glass shaped fish Costa Blanca Air-con technician car Plastic Garden pond for garden sales. Fuente Alamo. Bench, 10€ ono Tel. about 5 foot long 657 102 153 Santiago by4 foot wide 2 foot Tel: 626 796 149

Large selection of quality bikes starting from 12 € p/day. 4 & 6 seater bikes. Repairs & servicing.


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bats net & shuttles 25€ Tel: 966 731 209 Quesada (ref:130)

Deep sea fishing call Tony on: 646 754 124 www.


Tel: 966 731 209 electro-os s.l. Quesada (ref:130) 300+ V.H.S. Player can


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with mattresses & 38 Years Experience headboards 40€ For all your carpentry needs: Kitchens, each Tel: 966 731 209 Doors, Bathrooms, Quesada (ref:130) Bedrooms & much more ! 1 Sofa bed double For a no-obligation 60€ Tel: 966 731 209 quote call: Philip: 680 443 219 Quesada (ref:130) 1 bar & Cocktail Unit on wheels 50€

bike for hire

Day / Fishing boat Interior & Exterior Decorating on trailer 4.4 metres Legal & Registered virgo 40 hp Suzuki A Professional engine, 5hp Suzuki Contractor. & Reliable Service stand by engine, Camposol & electric start, fully Costa Calida area. serviced. Mazzaron Free competitve quotes Area 3,500 euros Tel: Mick 968 163 336 or 646 324 669 Tel 968 971 782 or mobile 680 913 840

Very cheap boating. Sports powerboat 5m, comes with 90hp engine and all 783 054 (ref:130) equipment, can 2x2 seater cream be seen working. . sofas good condition Excellent condition needs a wipe only 5000€ or £4400 call 638 056 224.

over 90€ the pair, Camposol Tel: 628 783 054 (ref:130)



Tidy paws

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Tel: 663 726 474

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


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

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT To book an appointment Call Peter

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

wanted cars for cash

Wanted removals Lords Removal & Storage

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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672 862 179

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

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Ken Sherwood

British Car Mechanic


Workshop based in La Pinilla Only ten minutes from Camposol Car valeting from only 25€ (pre booking only) Small Bodywork Repairs Undertaken New I.C.E. Computer Diagnostic & Fault Finding Servicing from only 75€ Local Delivery & Collection If Possible Pre ITV Checks Available And we can even take your car for its ITV test too!


Air Conditioning Repairs & Re-gassing From only 40€

Phone Keith 637 090 665

TEL: 679 646 859

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Apple shows off redesigned iPhone Apple has unveiled a redesign of its

popular iPhone handset. The revamped gadget has a stainless steel case, two cameras, improved display and is 24% thinner than the most recent version. Apple boss Steve Jobs said the redesign was the “biggest leap” it had taken since the launch of the first iPhone. But analysts said the phone’s popularity could be dented by Apple’s strict control over what owners can do with their gadget. The gadget was revealed during the keynote speech at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The device will go on sale on 24 June. The US price for the 32GB model is $299 (£206) and $199 (£137) for the 16GB model. Apple said prices might be affected by contract conditions. Some of the impact of the announcement was lessened because technology blog Gizmodo had published details of a prototype of the phone after one was left in a bar by an Apple employee. Acknowledging the leak, Mr Jobs said: “Some of you have already seen this.” The new handset includes many features that critics had said were lacking from previous versions. It now includes two cameras - one on the front and one on the back - and allows people to video-chat, although only when it is connected to wi-fi. It also supports high-definition video. Other extras added to the phone include a gyroscope which, when coupled with the existing accelerometer and compass, gives it six-axis motion sensing. This allows people to control games and apps by waving the handset. “These phones are getting more and more intelligent about the world around them,” said Mr Jobs.

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RODS and REELS This week was for some anglers a double match week, with the knockout series and the summer championship. The 2nd round of the knockout was held on the Rio Segura at the Eden canal stretch. The river is still fishing well, for not only the small fish but also for some of the resident animals. This was proved by Bill Reade who lost 3rd spot by only 20 gramms. However, he hooked and lost 9 big fish, “Oh the joys of match fishing”. 1st Lenny ‘Ex-Cultural Attaché’ Bolton fishing the pole using maggot with 8.620 kilos 2nd Pete ‘The Peg’ Hampshire fishing the pole using maggot and corn with 6.920 kilos 3rd Paul ‘Poco Loco’ Baxter fishing the pole using maggot with 5.320 kilo´s The 7th round of the summer championship was held on the Embalse de Ojos. The venue again failed to really produce on the day with only one good weight. After fishing the venue on Monday and having a pretty good day it was expected to fish quite well. Alas that was not to be, with several anglers not weighing in and the majority only catching one fish each. Jim Rouse started off in spectacular fashion, as he was setting up his feeder rod he managed to lose his tip section into the lake “never to be seen again”. That with one fish in 6 ½ hours didn´t make a good day out or a “happy camper”. Top rods on the day 1st Lenny ‘Ex-Cultural Attaché’


Bolton fishing the pole using paste with 18.100 kilos

2nd Bill ‘The Master’ Reade fishing the feeder using corn and pellet with 7.78 kilos 3rd Harold ‘H’ Clarke fishing the pole using pellet and corn with 6.600 kilos A point of clarification from last week the anglers who were caught by the police without insurance were not members of any angling club. However, it does show that by joining one of the local clubs then you will be aware of all the local rules and laws. See picture of the Jacaranda trees that are the backdrop of the scenery when fishing at Murcia. ANGLERS TOGETHER Anglers Together continues to grow with firm friendships being formed since the group started 4 years ago. Many members fish together regularly and say they are happy to have taken up a sport to replace golf and the like which have become so expensive. We have the occasional organised outing but the main aim is to introduce members to find fishing companions and to assist in finding the venues. It costs 10€ to join for the first year and 5€ per annum for each year after. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, then either come along to one of the meetings or

contact Alan below. Email: anglerstogether@ or tel Alan Roscoe 968 570 876. Meetings are generally held on the first Friday and Saturday of each month depending on other public holidays and local fiestas. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meetings will be held on Friday 2nd July at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar in Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 3rd July 12o’clock at Los Galayos Bar, opposite beach front, at Puerto de Mazarron. General: Fishing seems to have improved at all venues with some big catches on the River Segura, to name one. There is an outbreak of fish disease on the Murcia town stretch of the Segura and we would seriously recommend that all nets are disinfected or dried thoroughly in the sun for a couple of days to alleviate the spread of disease to other waters. TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE


Vistabella Golf - 8th June A full house to-day saw our members enjoying a great days golf back at Vistabella, its still a shame that one gets involved in an overlap situation when you get back to the 1st/12th tees. Conditions were perfect though it was a little warm but once again the bunkers caught many people out and of course the greens took more than just a couple of putts for many people. However, scores for our Stableford competition were very close at the end of the day with the winners, shown in the attached photo and supporting our F.C. Torrevieja

banner in 1st place John Dunkley 37 points 2nd Dunstan Taylor 35 points 3rd Paul Looseley 33 points Closely followed by Keith Mann, Hugh Stewart, Bert Langley, Trevor Hodgson and David Winder all on 32 points. Nearest the pins were Tommy Boyle on hole 2 and Steve Healey on hole 6. Our membership is still growing and if you are interested not only in our golf operations but would also like

SABA HARRIER LEAGUE Quesada Lancasters away to San Miguel Crusaders - It is nice to report that the Lancasters had the upper hand this week and managed to collect 121 shots against the Crusaders 79; which means 12 points for and 2 points against. Well done !! I.Jones,R.Ford, T.Jakeman 19-11; S. Jakeman, S.Birch, G.Williams 25-7; P.Lockley, A.Paget, S.Gray 21-16; M.Gray, D.Washbourne, G.Carnell 21-13; M.Smith, J.Dunning, J.Eustace 19-15. SABA SPITFIRE LEAGUE Quesada Blenheims played at home against La Marina Pilots A lovely cool morning must have been just what the Blenheims needed to get the upper hand in this mornings game. G.Chapman, J.Bromley, P.Houghton 21-16; R.Pinfold, N.Baigent, B.Houghton 15-14; P.Bradbury, J,Northend, J.Muldoon 31-5; N.Lamberton, V.& D.Sale 33-6; P.Mackenzie, M.Lamberton, J,Brinton 16-15. A total of 129 shots for and 81 against; 12 match points for and 2 against. Well done everyone including the friendly game. FEDERATION REPORT - Quesada Lions King Cup squad at home to El Rancho and finding ourselves in second place in the league, we were hoping to consolidate our position. However, the team from El Rancho won the match after a hard fight - 8 pts to EL and 4 pts to QBC. Ladies singles - D.Leeming took on M.Furness, currently in the Spanish Development Squad. Maggie got off to a storming start and by the 11 th end was in front 19-9. Deidre found her form soon after and brought the score levelto 19. The final end proved a challenge to both ladies, but Maggie just managed to win 2119. Mens singles P. Chapman (Chip) took on A.Barton and some very fine bowling ensued. Wih the game finely balanced and Chip struggling with a re-current leg injury, Alan took the game 21-

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The Pair Tina and Joe Brinton were in the lead going into the 11 th end, when the duo of J.Brown and R.Lee took 8 shots over the next 6 ends. Although the Brintons managerd to pick up 4 shots over the last 2 ends, unfortunately lost the game by 1 shots. The Triple of P. & B.Houghton, D.Sale looked to be cruising to an easy victory, but suddenly the El Rancho trio found their form. The game became very tight, however QBC picked up 4 shots & won the game 21-18. Rinks - M.Smith, D.Donovan, V.Sale, J.Muldoon had a very tight game and according to skip John, Margaret and Dave had an outstanding game, thus bringing home a win 17-14. COMMUNITY CUP - players taking part were D. & V.Sale, D.Leeming, P.Chapman, J. Muldoon. Drawn against Bonalba at Greenlands, we won the singles, triples and fours convincingly, only losing the pairs by one shot on the first day. the following day at La Marina we played San Miguel - this proved to be a tough opposition. Chip and John took on Spanish Internationals S. & R. Marks. Although playing a good game, in the end they had to concede defeat. Triples -again had a tough game against the valencian triples champions, losing by 4 shots only. Going into the afternoon session 14 shots adrift and a place in the final at stake, Chip played against Spanish International D.Mills, and with some incredibloe bowling took the game 21-17. The Fours battled against San Miguel four R. & S. Marks, A.McNeil & S. Denholm. In the event the fours won their game, but missed the final place by 5 shots. 965 724 885 is our secretary’s phone number in case you want more information about our pending race night and pork roast


to continue the support of our football team then please call David Winder on 626 774 157 We were grateful for the cloud cover on a or email him at davidwinder. very hot day as we tackled the splendid El



rising from his head he picked up his ball and stormed off to the next tee. His playing partners followed at a safe distance. The winners were: Gold Category First Carl Peden with 34 points Second Colin Ranson with 30 points

The strategically placed bunkers and planted areas make this course a real challenge and the stories after the match were full of tales of woe and what might have been if only the ball had cleared the problems. However if you were straight off the tee the course can be handled as proved by John Henderson who is known for being right down the middle with most of his shots.

Third Gail Coultate with 9 points

It was also good to see our best player Carl Peden, who plays off a handicap of six, back in the winner’s enclosure.

Second Margaret O’Brien with 33 points

There was no shot of the day to report but a badly repaired pitch mark caught out Brian Coultate who hit a good shot onto a par 3 and found his ball lying in the depression. His first putt only moved about an inch. His next 3 putts did not find the hole and with steam

Silver Category First John Henderson with 37 points Second Roger Eaglestone with 35 points Third Andy Ayres with 31 points Bronze Category First Ken Dale with 33 points Third Steve Cosgrove with 31 points Nearest the pins Hole 6 Padraig O’Brien Hole 9 Mike Cutts Hole twelve Margaret O’Brien Hole 15 Geoff Dowsett



sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... EUROGOLF THURSDAY 10TH JUNE 2010

Another excellent day at La Marquesa for our Charity Texas Scramble, lunch followed by the Auction in aid of AEEC. We were delighted that Alan James was able to join us for the golf, and Jackie came later to enjoy lunch and the Auction. An early start, 7.45am at the Club, and again, thanks to Rosario and staff for opening up early, and again, providing us with a delicious lunch. The course is looking at it’s very best and this was reflected in the excellent scores which were achieved by many teams. Congratulations to all the prize winners and in particular the winning Committee team of Malcolm Foskett, Dave Nicholls, Jenny Cheetham & George Henderson.

MAZARRON BOWLS CLUB Charity Fun Day: Thirty players participated in a “Charity Fun Day”, sponsored by BANKINTER, on Sunday 6th June 2010, at there “home” green on Hacienda del Alamo. The day was arranged with the intention of raising funds for the “cancer support” group MABS. In attendance from BANKINTER were two of their key Regional Directors, supported by Mr Paul Summerfield,

It was a very “warm” day, and, the food and refreshments, courtesy of a number of hard working ladies, came as a well needed respite after the “heat” of the tournament. Great care being taken to stop the sandwiches “curling at the corners” and keeping the wine at serving temperature!! After a hard fought tournament the results were as follows :

Senior Executive, Overseas Clients. MABS were represented by Mr Bert Cardnell, and, the Senior Club representative was Mr Brian Tokely, President. The players were organised into 10 “triples teams” each being given the name of a world cup team, each team playing a total of 15 ends. After each set of 5 ends the winning teams would move on to the next rink. This set the scene for a very competitive, but, “fun” competition with everybody having a few “laughs” and some shedding a few “tears” when they did not perform, perhaps, as well as they could have done. Apart from the “players” the event was also supported by visitors who cheered their favourite teams through the tournament.

1st place - Italy (Keith Salter, Jo Williams, Gordon Campbell) 2nd place - France (Brian Wright, Sheila Robertson, Johnny Sparrow) 3rd place – USA (John Wright, Nina McKenzie, Jackie Forster) We hope this is not an omen for the real World Cup!!! All prizes, which were various pieces of electronic equipment were supplied by BANKINTER. After the tournament Mr. Brian Tokely advised MABS that the event had raised a sum of 212 Euros which would be presented to them at the next Welcome meeting at the beginning of July. He also took the opportunity to thank BANKINTER, for this, their first sponsored event, and, hopefully not their last. He gave a big thank you to all who were involved.


1st M. Foskett, D. Nicholls, J. Cheetham, G. Henderson 60.3 2nd D. Curtis, A. Wright, K. Brett, C. Parker 60.7 3rd I. Turner, B. Newnes, G. Ashworth, F. Gentili 61.5 4th R. Leckey, G. Henley, A. Baker, B. Fantom 61.9 Nearest the Pins: 5th D. Spiring, 11th P. Venables, 15th I. Stewart 17th A. Wright Captain’s Bunker: 23€ Football Draw: J. Cheetham, A. Duff, G. Gordon (well done ladies!) In his presentation The Captain welcomed Alan & Jackie James, and hoped they had enjoyed their day with Eurogolf. The Captain then declared the Auction open, and the bidding was fast and furious for the various and interesting items that everyone had very generously donated. Well done Hazel for doing such a great job keeping track of all

the bids and he thanked all the ladies who had worked so hard to make the auction such a success, especially all the lovely jams, pickles & cakes, and it was with much pleasure he presented Alan and Jackie with a cheque for 1,300€ and a further cheque for 127.00€ from the recent coin collection. Very well done everyone!!! Many congratulations to Bernie Newnes who has qualified for the Final of the Cortes Inglés and plays at Sotogrande on Saturday 19th June…good luck Bernie. Watch out the residents of Las Ramblas, Bruce went home with a very large telescope he had got in the auction..!! and finally we are a bit worried about Gordy White who went home with six handbags!!


Gala Presentation Dinner 5th June

Restaurante La Perdiz, Poza Aledo, near San Javier. The Vega Baga Premeir Golf League held its Gala Dinner Dance for the fourth year in succession at the Restaurante La Perdiz, Poza Aledo, near San Javier. So it was now that League teams got together to applaud the Champions and have a thoroughly good time, when the players and their partners could let their hair down, and the competitive spirit of the League could be put to one side until next season. This night rounded off the season with the presentation of the trophies to the victors. During the course of the season a record is kept of every player’s Stableford points score and the individual player with the best average points score from the maximum number of games. The winner would receive the prestigious trophy The Gold Club of the Year Award along with a replica trophy In the 2008/09 season winner was Paul Rooney of Katie Reilly Golf Society with a total points score of 239 averaging over the seven games, 34.1 points, ironically this was exactly the same score and average, as last year’s winner also from Katie Reilly Golf Society. This past season there were only five games and Paul Rooney proved his consistency scoring 163 points to average 32.60 points, Gavin Riddall also a Katie Reilly team member matched his performance, so they share the trophy.

Division championship, was just the start for them, and how right he was, with John Sell collecting the “B” Division champions trophy holding off Las Ramblas Golf Society by a mere five points. Rocajuna Golf Society won the “C” Division from Wolfpack Golf Society and Denis McCormack took the honours as Captain. All the recipients of the spoils made a point to thank Secretary, Ivie Davies and Treasurer, Ron Nicholson for all their hard work in organising the League so professionally and for organising such an excellent evening. Secretary Ivie Davies announced that the 2010-2011 would be even more competitive as the League is going to revert to two Divisions, so there will be more games to play. Thanks should go to the Secretaries, Captains and players for making the Vega Baja Premier Golf League the most successful and competitive golf League in Spain, if not Europe. Well the 2009/2010 season has ended and its seasonal break for the summer, the new season will start again in September with The Garay Cup at Las Colinas de Campoamor, looking to take the Trophy for a record breaking 5th successive year. So to all you golfers have a great summer and enjoy this great game of Golf.

This team consistency had made Katie Reilly Golf Society such a strong side, in three years they have provided four Golden Club of the Year winner. However, spare a thought for Eurogolf’s Bill Martin - he missed just one game and yet still managed a very creditable 35.25 points average. It again proves, if proof was really needed, that the scoring system and the handicapping of the League uses are as fair and accurate as it can be, when the best players are still not averaging Par.


Peter Deaves Katie Reilly’s Captain and now President accepted the “A” Division Trophy finishing a clear 10 points from second place San Miguel Golf Society. He will also be Captain the VBPGL Garay Cup Team in September.


Last season Mar Menor Golf Society’s Captain Derek Jefferies, assured everybody, the winning the “C”

“A” DIVISION CHAMPIONS: Katie Reilly Golf Society RUNNERS UP: San Miguel Golf Society “B” DIVISION CHAMPIONS: Mar Menor Golf Society RUNNERS UP: Las Ramblas Golf Society CHAMPIONS: Rocajuna Golf Society RUNNERS UP: Wolfpack Golf Society GOLDEN CLUB OF THE YEAR Paul Rooney and Gavin Riddall – Katie Reilly Golf Society


FOOTBALL GOSSIP Barcelona are set to offer Liverpool £70m for star striker Fernando Torres but face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City. Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wants to quit Anfield and join ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s club in Spain. But new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is also keen on Gerrard and the Catalan club are lining up a £40m offer for the England captain. Manchester City are edging closer to the signing of Valencia’s Spain winger Pablo Hernandez. However, a deal to sign Valencia midfielder David Silva is proving more difficult to clinch. Manchester United are set to launch a £25m bid for Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as a potential replacement for centre-back Nemanja Vidic, who has been linked to Manchester City. Chelsea are on the verge of landing Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun in a £6.5m four-year deal. The Blues will pay the 30year-old Israeli £60,000 a week, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Juventus leading the chase for the man he will replace at Stamford Bridge, England midfielder Joe Cole. The departure of Yossi Benayoun to Chelsea is expected to be followed by forward Ryan Babel, winger Albert Riera, defender Philipp Degen and keeper Diego Cavalieri leaving Liverpool this summer.

AND FINALLY... England have been forced to rewash their match-day kit for Friday’s World Cup game against Algeria after a sewage pipe at the squad’s base in Royal Bafokeng leaked over it. Sports manufacturers adidas have claimed that altitude rather than design is affecting the much-criticised new Jabulani World Cup ball.

World Cup: Organisers Will Not Ban Vuvuzelas

World Cup organisers say they will not ban vuvuzelas from stadiums in South Africa, despite numerous complaints.

The sound of the plastic horn has been likened to the drone of a thousand bees or a herd of stampeding elephants. Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo says the noise affects player concentration, while some fans watching on television claim they cannot hear the commentary. But a World Cup spokesman insisted vuvuzelas are “ingrained in the history of South Africa” and will remain. Rich Mkhondo also said vuvuzelas had worldwide appeal. “Let us not make this a South Africa instrument alone,” he said. “A vuvuzela is now an international instrument. People buy them and stuff them in their suitcase to go home. “Only a minority are against vuvuzelas. You either love them or hate. We in South Africa love them.” England defender Jamie Carragher said the noise did not bother him when he came on as a half-time substitute during the 1-1 draw with the United States and he said he had already bought two to take home to his children in Liverpool. When I came on I didn’t notice it too much. I think you notice it more when you are watching on TV,” he said. “But my kids have been on the phone and asked for two so I’ll have to take two home for them. I’ve got two in my bag already.

GB Boxers Win Three Silvers At European Championships

Great Britain had to settle for three silver medals at the European Championships in Moscow but Belfast’s Paddy Barnes won gold for Ireland.

“Anyone who watches me play at Anfield will know that I am louder than the vuvuzelas!” Fifa president Sepp Blatter also weighed into the debate and believes vuvuzelas are part and parcel of football in South Africa. “I have always said that Africa has a different r h y t h m , a different sound,” he commented on social networking site Twitter. “I don’t see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?” A recent survey found that the sound emitted by a vuvuzela was the equivalent to 127 decibels - louder than a drum’s 122 decibels or a referee’s whistle at 121.8 decibels. Portugal star Ronaldo is the latest World Cup star to voice unease about the instrument.

“It is difficult for anyone on the pitch to concentrate,” said the Real Madrid forward. “A lot of players don’t like them but they are going to have to get used to them.” France captain Patrice Evra blamed the noise generated by the vuvuzelas for his side’s poor showing in their opening group game against Uruguay, which finished goalless. He added: “We can’t sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6am. “We can’t hear one another out on the pitch because of them.”

Lewis Hamilton Wins Canadian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton led Jenson Button to a McLaren one-two in a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix after a race-long five-car battle in Montreal

Flyweight Khalid Yafai was beaten 4-1 by Russian Misha Aloyan despite being the aggressor throughout. Featherweight Iain Weaver was beaten 7-2 by German Denis Makarov, while lightweight Tom Stalker lost 8-4 to experienced Russian Albert Selimov. Light-flyweight Barnes beat Azerbaijan’s Elvin Mamishzade 4-1. His team-mate Darren O’Neill was beaten 16-7 by Arten Chebotarev of Russia in the middleweight final. Despite the disappointing ending, it was still GB’s best showing at the tournament since 1961, with the team finishing with three silver and two bronze medals (for bantamweights Gamal Yafai and Andew Selby). Barnes’ gold, meanwhile, was his country’s first since Paul Griffin in 1991 and Ireland finished second in the medals table behind hosts Russia, with one gold, one silver and three bronze. British head coach Robert McCracken refused to be too downhearted about his team’s final day but was clearly aggrieved by judging that appeared to leave Yafai, in particular, shortchanged. McCracken said: “Khalid was clearly the better boxer and I thought Iain could have had better luck too. But the fact is we have come away from the toughest of tournaments with five medals. “When the disappointment of today is over we’ll look back at a great tournament which has proved Great Britain belongs alongside the likes of Russia and Cuba as one of the strongest nations in boxing. “And the success of some of the young fighters out here - in particular Iain and Gamal - sends out a fantastic message to our development boxers that with work and application they can also make it right to the top.”

Hamilton was pushed all the way in Montreal on Sunday, with the Red Bull of Mark Webber and Ferrari of Fernando Alonso fighting hard against the 2008 world champion. Hamilton, victorious in Turkey a fortnight ago, led home McLaren team-mate Jenson Button in a British one-two at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished third, ahead of Red Bull pair Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in fourth and fifth respectively. Starting from pole position, Hamilton held top spot on three separate occasions before finally taking it for good on lap 50 and going on to clinch his second success in three attempts at the Montreal track. It became of case of tyre management and who could make their sets of Bridgestone softs and hards last the longest

as degradation proved to be far higher than anybody anticipated. It was enthralling stuff, providing one of the most dramatic races of the year as the lead constantly changed hands, and with no clear idea as to who would emerge the winner until the closing stages. The 25-year-old Brit says that there is now no margin for error with so many drivers in contention for the race win at any given grand prix. “What a challenge, the challenge of the year,” Hamilton said of the race in Canada. “In past years there have been different demands, such as in 2007 when traction control made things a little easier. “Back then there were also only three drivers to compete against, but now there are a good, strong six or seven. It is phenomenal how competitive it

is this year, and you have to be at your best at all times, and I love that. Before you had to be good. You could be good and get away with it, but now you have to be at your best to be ahead of these guys.” Hamilton has been involved in two nail-biting world title fights during his Formula One career. But he thinks that he has been pushed to another level during the current campaign. He added: “I think this season is bringing the best out of me, it has been all year. I’ve always faced a tough challenge. “I’ve had great races, just not always the best results, but I’m happy to have had two wins now. Jenson’s also had two, and there should be many more. The team have also had three onetwos, which is phenomenal. It is something they’ve not had for a long time.”


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