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Hotels To Pay Guests 200€ If Spain Loses World Cup

A Benidorm hotel chain has announced it will offer its guests 200 euros each if Spain does not win the World Cup.

Magic Costa Blanca says anyone who books a stay in one of its establishments will be entitled to the pay-out if ‘La Roja’ – or ‘The Reds’ – fail to take home the coveted trophy from South Africa.

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The qualifying hotels are Magic Cristal Park, Magic Fenicia and Magic Villa, all in Benidorm. Company vice-president, Javier García, says football fans in Spain are ‘very pleased’ with the team’s performance up to now, since ‘they have returned the confidence’ in Spain which has been largely diluted internationally as a result of the recession.

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Dénia is celebrating its patron festivities in honour of the Santísima Sangre, from the 3rd-11th of July 2010, with the famous Bous a la Mar, declared a Festivity of National Tourism Interest What started out as an anecdote has ended up becoming one of the events that identifies Dénia: los Bous a la Mar, or bulls in the sea. Both would-be amateur bullfighters and young bulls cannot stop themselves from falling into the sea from the harbour wall of Denia. Los Bous a la Mar, or bulls in the sea, is one of the highlights of the festivities of la Santísima Sangre.

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Churros Sell Like Hot Cakes In Egypt! An Egyptian chef has opened a chain selling one of Spain’s most traditional, most fattening and most delectable junk foods – churros and chocolate.

Churros, which are similar to deep-fried doughnuts, but in long ‘loops’ rather than rings, and are traditionally eaten dipped in a cup of hot, melted choclate, have gone down a treat in Lebanon, the UAE and Turkey.

The chain in Cairo also offers tapas, and different types of hot drinking chocolate including with ice-cream, mint or walnuts; the ‘Madrid Mocha’, with coffee, and the ‘Barcelona’, with peanut butter.

When chef and business entrepreneur Sherif Halim visited Spain in 2006, he became hooked on churros and chocolate, and has since set up churrerías in Cairo where Latin music is played and the décor is ‘typically Spanish’.

And churros can be ordered with milk or white chocolate sauce, or with Argentinean-style caramel sauce.

He has since spread to Dubai and to various parts of Turkey and Lebanon, and hopes to branch out into the UK.

Viajes Marsans Customers & Creditors Have A Month To Apply For Their Money Customerand creditors of troubled travel agency Viajes Marsans have just one month to claim any monies owing to them.

The firm’s affairs have been handed over to administrators nominated by the Mercantile Court Number 12 in Madrid to supervise the company’s insolvency. Viajes Marsans went into receivership on June 25 when judge Ana María Gallego accepted applications presented by around 21 companies which were creditors of the travel agency. Marsans’ financial difficulties took a turn for the worse in December when a British court ordered its airline Air Comet to close owing to its massive debts. In March Marsans’ insurance company Seguros Mercurio went under. The court administrators handling creditor applications have set up an office on the C/ Fernando el Católico, 61, in Madrid, for those owed money by Viajes Marsans to present their correspondence. They are also accepting creditors’ applications by email.

But Halim says churros are not entirely an alien concept to the Egyptians, since they bear some resemblance to a popular local dessert known as balah elsham, made with water, sugar, eggs and flour, although without being dipped in chocolate.

Barcelona Mulling Tax On Tourists Barcelona is considering imposing a tax on tourists of one euro (1.25 dollars) per day to cover a cut in state subsidies aimed at promoting the city, tourism authorities said

“We are looking into this possibility,” which could be included in our next strategic plan for the city, a spokesman for Barcelona tourism authority said. Some 6.5 million tourists visited the capital of Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia last year, one of the most popular destinations for visitors

to Spain, according to the tourism authorities. If the plan goes ahead, it would be the first Spanish city to impose a daily tax on tourists. The Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia said “100 percent” of the funds would be used to promote city.

Tourists Face £250 Bikini Fines At Spanish Holiday Resort British tourists face fines of nearly £250 for failing to cover up their bikinis or bare chests on the streets of a popular Spanish seaside resort.

Spanish families taking an Easter break by the sea with businesses reliant on tourism to survive. The bikini ban signals a growing unease in Spain against those sunburnt northern European tourists who offend the local population by walking in the streets, dining in restaurants and even doing their shopping in little more than beachwear. “It is not normal to go the market with your packet on show or round the tourist sites in a thong.” said Alberto del Hierro, councillor for Tourism in Salou.

The resort of Salou on the Costa Daurada, south of Barcelona, has become the first place in Spain to ban shirtless and bikini-clad tourists in a bid to clean up its reputation, which has been badly damaged after becoming a haven for drunken British students. In a set of new by-laws passed by the town council those who flout the ban could be fined between €100 (£81) and €300 (£245). Those caught drinking alcohol on the streets or having sex on the beach could also be prosecuted and beachwear will be banned from all but beachfront bars and restaurants. “We want to ensure that Salou has a good image,” said the mayor, Pere Granados, explaining the move. Earlier this year locals

complained about the drunken behaviour of British students who flocked to the resort for the Easter holidays. More than 5,000 British students aged between 18 and 23 crowded into the town 70 miles south of Barcelona to attend “Saloufest” an annual party organised by university sports clubs. Residents complained of “streets running with vomit” after scantily clad students spent their nights binge drinking and indulging in “anti-social behaviour”. Paramedics treated at least a dozen tourists for alcohol induced illnesses and several arrests were made, including one student accused of raping another. The event caused an “antiBritish backlash” that pitted

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The government of Spain, a world leader in the renewable energy, said it has reached agreements with producers to slash subsidies for wind and solar power.

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measures that will ensure future stability for both sectors,” the statement said. It said the measures will “not compromise the profitability of existing facilities and will “benefit consumers.” Spain’s socialist government last month announced a freeze in electricity prices, suspending a 4.0-percent hike scheduled for July, in order to help households and businesses cope better with the country’s economic crisis. Spain, along with Germany and Denmark, is among the three biggest producers of wind power in the European Union through companies such Iberdrola Renovables and Gamesa.

Migrating Sheep Cause Stir In Segovia

A flock of over 2,200 migrating merino sheep brought the centre of Segovia to a standstill on 5th July, having travelled all the way from their home in La Serena (Extremadura), which they left on June 13th. With half a dozen shepherds and a number of volunteers to guide them, the flock arrived in Segovia from Ávila at midday, and traversed the provincial capital via the ancient drovers’ road, passing beneath the arches of the city’s famous aqueduct. The arrival of the sheep caused quite a stir in amongst tourists and locals alike, many of whom took photos or video footage of the unusual sight. Under the watchful eye of the shepherds and their sheep dogs, the flock rested for half an hour under the arches of the aqueduct, before continuing their traditional migration that will end in the town of Tolbaños de Arriba in the province of Burgos, having passed through six provinces on their 600km, 35 day migration along three different protected drovers’ roads. The sheep will then spend the next 90 days in Tolbaños de Arriba, a montainous town with abundant pastures nestling on the border with both Soria and La Rioja. The return journey to La Serena (where the D.O. cheese is made from the sheep’s milk) is scheduled for the end of September, and the flock will be diverted through the centre of Madrid as part of the XVII Migration Fiesta celebrations. The technical director of the D.O. La Serena Cheese factory, Antero Manuel Murillo, explained that the idea behind the initiative is to “help bring back the ancient tradition of seasonal migration of livestock” and to “highlight the importance of indigenous breeds like the merino sheep”.


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Spain’s Highest Court To Hear Challenge To Abortion Law

Spain’s highest court has agreed to hear a challenge from the conservative opposition party over the government’s new more liberal abortion law, just days before it is to take effect. The legislation, also strongly opposed by the Roman Catholic Church, was approved by parliament on February 24 and is due to take effect on Monday. It allows abortion on demand up to the 14th week of pregnancy and up to 22 weeks if there is a risk to the mother’s health or if the foetus has serious problems. It is in line with most of the country’s European Union partners. But on June 1, the conservative opposition Popular Party called on the Constitutional Court to strike down the new law, charging it violates article 15 of the constitution which recognises that “everyone has the right to life”. The court on Wednesday gave the

government and the parliament three days to present their cases in favour of the law. Equality Minister Bibiana Aido said Wednesday she had “no doubt” that the new law was “completely constitutional” and would take effect on schedule next week. Last year around 115,000 abortions were carried out in Spain, the vast majority on the grounds that the woman’s mental health was at risk, according to the health ministry. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Madrid in October to condemn the government’s liberalisation of the abortion laws in the overwhelmingly

Catholic country. The initial draft of the new law allowed girls as young as 16 to terminate pregnancies without their parents’ knowledge. But the bill was watered down, and the amended text approved by parliament obliges minors aged 16 or 17 to inform their families of a decision to abort, except if they face “a clear risk of family violence, threats, pressure or mistreatment”. The previous law introduced in 1985 only allowed abortion in cases of rape, foetal malformation and when a pregnant woman’s mental or physical health is deemed to be at risk if the pregnancy goes to term.

Spain Hopes for Economic Recovery By Cutting Government Spending

The Spanish labour minister – Celestino Corbacho said that Spain’s economic recovery is going to be achieved by focusing on cutting down on government spending. This way, the massive deficit can be overcome rather quickly. Report by Debbie Parker (www.spanish news.es) “If we cut pensions, salaries and withdraw all modes of public investment then it is evidently going to affect the economy, but in Spain’s case, at least the country will not slide down to recession” – said Corbacho. Currently Europe is shifting focus towards cutting deficits from stimulating growth patterns. Spain is serving as a weak region towards a generalized recovery. “In the near future, Spain’s luck is going to go hand in hand with the rest of the European countries” – said Corbacho. The Spanish economy just recovered from a 1.5 year recession and it is being feared that the spending cuts policy will thrust the economy back to where it was before. Presently, Spain has a 20% unemployment rate that is no

doubt the highest in the Euro zone. The country is going to start on the net creation of jobs as early as the beginning of year 2011, while the economy slowly picks up a pace. In related news, an overhaul of the Spanish labor laws was decreed by the government, to stimulate employment prospects for youth and to make it easy for firms to cut down on worker hours during tough times. Though Corbacho doesn’t expect any head spinning changes. He said that the necessary amendments will be passing through the parliament by September 2010. The new reforms offer incentives to companies for hiring people who have been unemployed for a long time, and fall under or above 30-year age.

Penélope Cruz Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actress Penélope Cruz and singer Bebe are to have their own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame next year.

The two Spaniards are amongst the 30 artists selected by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to be immortalised on the famous Los Angeles boulevard. They will be join on the world’s most famous sidewalk by Oprah Winfrey,

the lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.Am and the ‘Muppets’ characters. Other stars of stage and screen who have been selected to have their own star are Ed Harris, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sissy Spacek, Donald Sutherland, Danny

DeVito, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Ed O’Neill, Reese Witherspoon and the directors Ridley Scott and Kenny Ortega. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has not yet announced the date for the laying of the stars.

Peter Gabriel On Tour In Madrid & Barcelona

Genesis’ founder Peter Gabriel has announced two concert dates in Spain this year

Spain and Britain In Military Row Over Use Of Airspace

Spain has refused to allow British air force jets to use its airspace near Gibraltar for military exercises, a spokesman for British forces in the territory said this week. The decision comes amid increasing tensions between Spanish and British security forces in the waters off the disputed British possession on the tip of southern Spain.

The six Tornado aircraft are from 111 Squadron based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland. They arrived in Gibraltar on Monday for what was billed as a two-week exercise.

The spokesman said six British Tornado F3 aircraft on Wednesday began a second day of training in Exercise Southern Flame, flying out of Gibraltar.

In recent months British and Spanish naval and police boats have engaged in a series of cat and mouse games in the waters off Gibraltar, which lies at the strategic western entrance to the Mediterranean.

The southern half of the Alboran training zone in the western Mediterranean is controlled by Morocco and the northern half by Spain. But while Rabat gave permission for the planes to use the Moroccan airspace Spain has denied them access to its sector. “We originally applied to the Spanish, who control the airspace in the northern half of the Mediterranean training area and, simultaneously, to the Moroccans who control the southern half,” the spokesman said. “The Moroccans gave us authority to use the southern half on the dates in question whilst the Spanish refused our request.” But he said “the exercise has been very successful” while using only the Moroccan sector.

In one recent incident, a British Royal Navy patrol boat cautioned a Spanish police boat to leave British territorial waters. It then escorted the Spanish boat out of the waters claimed by Britain. Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht but has retained a constitutional claim should Britain renounce sovereignty. Gibraltar has long fuelled tensions between Spain and Britain, with Madrid arguing the 6.5-square-kilometre (2.6square-mile) territory that is home to roughly 30,000 people should be returned to Spanish sovereignty. But its people overwhelmingly rejected an Anglo-Spanish proposal for cosovereignty in a referendum in 2002.

International Drugs Ring Smashed Police in Spain confirmed they had smashed an international drugs network and seized a big quantity of synthetic drugs including ecstasy, in an operation described as the biggest in 20 years.

Around 140 kilos of drugs were found and 20 people arrested including two Spaniards, two French

nationals, a Moldavian and two people from Latin America. The smashing of the network would have ramifications in France, Moldavia, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, a Spanish Civil Guard statement said. The seizure also included a quantity of amphetamine sulphate or speed.

His New blood tour will take him to Madrid on September 22 and to Barcelona on the following night. Gabriel started his world tour in March, coinciding with the release of his latest album, Scratch my back, on which he is accompanied by an orchestra. The album includes covers of songs by David Bowie, Lou Reed, Radiohead and Neil Young and takes much of its influences from these and similar artists. Gabriel will also include some of his classic tracks from his earlier career, which kicked off in 1967.

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BP Oil Spill Costs Pass $3bn Mark

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has so far cost BP a total of $3.12bn (£2bn), the company has said. The total includes the cost of containing the spill and cleaning up the oil, and the cost of drilling relief wells. It also includes the $147m paid out in compensation to some of those affected by the spill. But BP again warned that the total cost of the spill is likely to be much higher. The cost is already significantly higher than the $2.65bn cost reported a week ago.

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Last week investment bank JP Morgan Cazenove suggested oil giant Exxon Mobil as a possible buyer, while Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has also been mentioned.

BP said two relief wells being drilled to stop the leak are still on course for completion by August. Shares in BP rose 0.8% at the beginning of trading in London. They remain at less than half their value before the disaster, however. Investors remain uncertain over the eventual financial impact of the oil disaster, with estimates from analysts putting the final bill in the tens of billions. Meanwhile the collapse in the share price has lead to speculation that BP may become

But media reports in the United Arab Emirates also indicate that Middle Eastern investors are considering buying stakes in BP. The National newspaper, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, cited “informed sources” saying that “BP knows there is potential support from the Middle East”.

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Sir Terry Wogan Hits Out At BBC Star Salaries Sir Terry Wogan has said highly-paid BBC stars could afford to take a 15% pay cut.

The Radio 2 presenter told The Mail’s Sunday Live magazine that “the good old days have passed”. “Frankly, salaries were far too high. They could stand to take a 10 to 15% cut. If the public sector is taking that, I see no reason why everybody shouldn’t,” he said. His remarks come ahead of publication of the BBC’s annual report this Monday. Wogan, 71, said that stars should not believe they were in a “privileged position” just because they worked in television: “You have to be responsible. The audience would be unhappy if they thought you were being overpaid. Look how the public reacted to, say, Jonathan Ross.” “If they’re going to start cutting working people’s wages, you can’t say you’re in a privileged position because you work in television.” The publication of the BBC’s report follows comments on Sunday from the corporation’s director general, Mark Thompson, who warned that revealing the salaries of its top stars would be “damaging and destructive”. But he did say he supported BBC Trust plans to publish stars’ earnings in pay bands without revealing individual salaries.

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Future Road Pricing ‘Inevitable’

Charging motorists for each mile they travel is “inevitable” if future traffic gridlock is to be avoided, the RAC Foundation charity has suggested.

A “pay-as-you-go” system could be the answer to congestion, according to its director Prof Stephen Glaister.

UK Economy Continues To Grow, Says BCC The UK economy continued to grow in the second quarter of this year, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce

The organisation, which collected data from 5,600 businesses across the country, predicted growth for the three months to the end of June of between 0.6% and 0.7%. However, serious concerns over sustained recovery remained, it warned. It found that the service sector presented the biggest worry. The BCC’s members reported sluggish growth in retail and services, which account for around three quarters of the country’s gross domestic product. Another, more tangible problem was the rising cost of raw materials, cited by 80% of its manufacturing members as putting pressure on prices.

Population rises and economic recovery, causing traffic to grow 33% by 2025, combined with road spending cuts will necessitate wholesale reform, he says. The government says it has no plans to charge drivers on existing roads. However, a spokesman said it may consider charging on new routes, using the M6 toll road in the Midlands as an example. The RAC Foundation launched its report alongside the results of an Ipsos MORI survey suggesting that 58% of drivers agreed that a per-mile, pay-as-you-go system would make them think about how much they drive. According to Prof Glaister, to gain public support a system of charging motorists per mile would have to be backed by: - A cut in fuel duty and abolition of vehicle tax - Roads run at “arm’s length” from the government, perhaps by a privatised utility - A guaranteed sum of revenue put aside to pay for the work and a regulator to ensure it was done efficiently -More reliable journey times and compensation for delays

fuel and feel short-changed by the amount spent on the road network. But these proposals address such issues.” Local road pricing schemes already exist in the UK. Congestion charging was introduced in Durham in 2002 and in London the following year, while other areas have considered similar schemes. However, the previous Labour government’s drive to encourage such schemes was effectively abandoned after people in Greater Manchester voted four to one against its introduction.

Prof Glaister said: “Some form of ‘pay-as-you-go’ system is inevitable because of the benefits it will deliver for motorists and the country, and the lack of a credible alternative.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We have no plans to introduce a charging programme for existing roads, which are publicly owned and have already been paid for by the taxpayer.

“Our poll shows that most people are instinctively opposed to road charging when they think it is an extra tax. But when the details are explained and they realise the benefits then the opposition falls away dramatically.

“To tackle congestion in financially constrained times we will ensure we are making the most of our existing roads.

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Set against that, manufacturing export sales rose to their highest level in almost four years, largely thanks to what the BCC called a “more competitive exchange rate”. Employment also rose within the manufacturing sector. David Frost, the director general of the BCC, said: “With very austere times ahead, no one should kid themselves into thinking that the UK’s economic recovery is totally secure.” The survey comes two days before the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, which is responsible for setting interest rates, is due to give its latest decision on what they should be.

Third Of Children ‘Scared’ By Adult Drinking

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PALS at the Camposol Fiesta PALS ( Protection and Life Saving) took the advantage of the Camposol Fiesta to present to the 112 service in Mazarron equipment to the value of 7,700€ This equipment comprises 7 Trauma packs with oxygen bottles, resuscitation pimps, pulsometers , blood sugar indications, pressure indicators and a host of other emergency items to include bandages, splints and enough to deal with accidents .on the spot´. In addition 10 back packs for the 112 with the same excepting the oxygen bottles. Ken payne President of PALS made the presentation to the ‘112’ and to the people of Mazarron. He also announced that a hospital catastrophe tent to the value of 18,000€ was on order this brings the value of equipment donated by PALS in their 10 year existence to 16,0000€ The picture, courtesy of Mark Stocks, shows the Councilors of Mazarron at the moment of presentation.

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Many in the Costa Blanca/Calida region have seen Irene Martinez who has been publicly performing her dance routines with the Raquel Peña Flamenco Dance Company since she was just five-years old.

This highly talented youngster is now just nine-years old. On Sunday June 27 she was awarded 1st place in her division; the 9 to 11 year old contestants. In addition to this honour the judges gave her a special prize for the most talented dancer and another for receiving the over all highest points at the Mazarron Festival de Baile co-ordinated by Murcia Dance College at the Camposol Fiesta. Her tutor, Raquel Peña, says she is delighted but not surprised at her pupil’s success and feels sure that she has a promising future. Irene’s performances can be enjoyed at The Asturias Restaurante, Punta Prima where she performs each Tuesday evening with the outstanding Raquel Peña Flamenco Dance Company. For more information call 630 689 431.

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Campoverde says a final farewell July 6th saw funeral of to local the the late Revd. John Littlewood place in minister take the church in

El Pinar de Campoverde, conducted by Revd. Chris Scargill. A local resident and minister, John died after a heart attack on July 2nd after long treatment in Torrevieja hospital. John’s last parish in the UK before he retired was at Christ Church, Highbury. During this time he went on a project to the Sinai Dessert, to work with the Bedouin tribes. After retirement he returned to York to be greeted with open arms by younger as well as older members of the community. He already had a holiday home in Spain

and moved out permanently in May 2006, continuing to officiate as a priest with permission of the Bishop under the Diocese in Europe. As well as walking, he loved music – especially Mozart – and enjoyed inviting friends round for musical evenings. He like to read, his favourite books being on travel, biography and theology. He was particularly influenced by the religious books of CS Lewis, and enjoyed debate and conversation – one of his friends said of him: “Whenever you spoke to him, you never got a dull reply”. John leaves behind his partner Don, many Godchildren, some seventeen members of his family, together with a huge number of friends throughout the world.


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Super Sunday for Sevillanas Club Flamenco Dancers

At the Mazarron Festival de Baile, co-ordinated by Murcia Dance College at the Camposol Fiestas held Sunday June 27, over fifty talented dancers competed at various levels. In the Adult Division the Sevillanas Club captured 1st and 2nd places. The awards are significant recognition for this popular amateur flamenco dance company.

Teacher and artistic director, Raquel Peña says she is delighted and proud of her troupe; especially in view of the fact that it has been performing for little over a year. Twelve members competed in two different dances; an Alegrias and a special choreographic Sevillanas. The dancers are non-Spanish making the award particularly praiseworthy. Wendy, Janet, Adele, Jackie, Ann, Linda, Val and Joan are British. Rainer is Austrian; Tina and Sergio are Swiss whilst Valda is from Latvia. Over fifty performers and enthusiastic followers from the Costa Blanca/Calida areas joined the dancers on an especially charted coach for the trip to Mazarron and able to join in the celebrations of the winners achievements. The Sevillanas Club Flamenco dancers are able to perform at registered charity-related events. Information is available from 630 689 431.

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Assets and Liabilities Recently I have been learning about financial assets and liabilities. I began to think that, actually, much of life can be looked at in the same way. If your life isn’t currently quite as you would like it to be you may need to look at your asset to liability ratio.

In his book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” Robert Kiyosaki, uses the following definition. “An asset is something that puts money in my pocket. A liability is something that takes money out of my pocket.” He maintains that the primary cause of financial struggle is simply not knowing the difference between an asset and a liability. What if the same could be said of life in general? Considering the terms ‘asset’ and ‘liability in a broader perspective it may be possible to define them as: “An asset is something or someone that enhances your life, brings love and joy and happiness or makes life work more effortlessly. A liability is something or someone that diminishes your life, brings pain, anguish and unhappiness and makes your life harder.” So what can you do? I would suggest taking a sheet or two of paper and listing all your assets – both in yourself and in your environment – and feel sincerely grateful for each and every one of them. List the qualities that people admire in you and that you admire in yourself, list all the positives in your job, home and family. Next, take a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle. On the left hand side list all the liabilities currently in your life. Then, on the right hand side, note the way you would like them to be. There will always be a mix of assets and liabilities in our lives. The trick is to ensure that the asset column grows and is always bigger than the liability column. To work then – out with the liabilities and in with the assets!

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How To Wear The Maxi Dress The maxi dress has been around for a few seasons now, but it doesn’t seem to be losing any of its appeal or popularity - maybe this is because it is so easy and so forgiving to wear.

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If you are taller with a larger frame look for a maxi dress which has a more fitted bodice rather than one that is gathered under the bust as this will give you a more defined profile rather than yards of material billowing out around your middle. For those with a few extra pounds around the waistline look for A-line styles (rather than gathered) which flare out from under the bust and which will flatter the waist and hips. Bandeau style maxi dresses are fantastic for hot summer days and they look very elegant as they accentuate the shoulders and neck.

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If you are petite look for smaller prints such as flower or Indian designs which won’t swamp you. Smaller girls can still pull off the block stripe designs as well though. If you are choosing a maxi dress for evening wear, look for a single coloured dress which will look stylish and which can be dressed up with jewellery.

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Pause For Thought... Attached to our garage we have a room variously used as storeroom, games-room, and when family visit in the summer, Granny Flat. The other day however, when in preparation for the impending family holidays I tried to enter, the handle to the outside door, never I confess its best feature, came off in my hand, the main shaft having rusted through. Big problem, as the remnants of the shaft still inside the door couldn’t be extracted from the outside and blocked any hope of using a screwdriver or other implement to release the catch. The door therefore was firmly shut and could only be opened from the inside! Fortunately, as it happens, this room can also be accessed from the garage, so I was able to gain entry and open the offending door from within and am now tasked with removing and replacing the damaged parts. But the incident, trivial though it may have been, necessarily reminded me of Holman Hunt’s famous picture, ‘The Light of the World’, which shows Jesus knocking at a door with no handle on the outside. That door, like the one that caused me trouble, could only be opened by someone within. So in the Bible Jesus says, “Here I am, standing at the door, knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with them.” And as in the picture, so in our lives it is only we ourselves who can open the door to God – He never forces himself on us.

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What is it that they build into the doorways of shoe shops that have this instant magnetic effect on my wife? We may be browsing shop windows, perhaps taking a pleasant stroll, or on our way to meet some friends. And even if we are already running late, it’s as if my wife’s underwear is lined with iron filings, and there is a whacking great magnet strategically placed just inside the entrance, because she is invariably pulled violently through the portals of the zapateria! It’s a bit like the old Martini adverts: “Any time, Any place, Any where”! I know I am not alone in this, all my friends tell me that it’s the same with their other halves. They would take their lives in their hands and cross a six-lane highway in the middle of Cairo if that’s what it took to get to the shoe shop. You rarely see one close down; and if they do it’s because they have either banned women, or the owners have cashed in and gone swanning off to early retirement. I bet if you looked at all the millionaires living in The Seychelles, you would find that most of them are ex-shoe shop owners. I have never had the courage to actually count the number of pairs of shoes/boots/sandals/flip flops/ slippers/snow shoes/wellies that my wife has accumulated, but I am confident that it would probably provide the entire population of West Sussex with footwear for a year. And it’s the same with handbags. They gaze like children at Christmastime through the windows of bag shops; their eyes glaze over and as if in a trance, they are compelled to enter. Actually it’s all quite clever, because the purchase of either of these products is a handy

The Final Dilemma Hardly a page is turned without our learning about yet another scientific breakthrough that will repair our ravaged bodies or prolong our lives. Advances in genetic science are particularly rampant, which is already throwing up some terrible dilemmas. It is believed that scientists already know how to extend our lives by decades. Telomerase is a naturally forming enzyme in the body that could prevent cells dying and so lead to extended, healthier life spans. A team of scientists at the Spanish National Cancer Centre in Madrid tested their theory on mice. They discovered that those genetically engineered to produce 10 times the normal levels of telomerase lived 50 percent longer than normal. Maria Blasco, who led the research, told the New Scientist magazine the enzyme was capable of turning ‘a normal, mortal cell into an immortal cell’. She added that she was optimistic that a similar approach may eventually lead to extended human life spans. It will present an almost insurmountable political and moral impasse against which debates over abortion and euthanasia will be insignificant. Who will control this new science and most problematic of all who will decide who gets to be immortal? Will there be affirmative action quotas? Will it apply for example to millions of starving Africans? What happens if say China gives free rein whilst others do not? There are insufficient natural resources to sustain those millions. It couldn’t happen? Stalin starved millions so that the economy could be boosted by the export of the grain needed to feed them. Reducing populations at the expense of others (ethnic cleansing) has been going on for centuries. Social engineers will soon be caught between a rock and a hard place. There will be national passions aroused as the faceless unelected decide who are to be preserved and who will be given over so nature may take its course? For some there will be no escaping the Grim Reaper. But will the educated, the powerful, the influential, be able to buy their way to the top of the queue when the jabs are being rationed? Will a lottery be the answer or perhaps life on earth privileges extended to those who opt to die so that others may live? Imagine the consequences if political scientists consider some ethnic groups more worthy than are others? It is a dilemma so problematic that the discovery may well have already been made and the pros and cons already being hammered out behind closed doors. Would they tell you?

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It’s In The Bag! justification to purchase the other. “Oh look at those red court shoes, just what I have been looking for to go with that red handbag I bought last week.” Ah yes I think, but you bought that handbag to go with the red sandals you bought the week before that. But I say nothing. It really cracks me up when the subject comes up in conversation with friends, and the missus always tells them that I have as many shoes as she does. “The bottom of his wardrobe is full of shoes”, she informs them. “I bet if you counted the shoes in his wardrobe, and the shoes in my wardrobe, he would have more”. I don’t doubt that – it’s almost certainly true. But what she doesn’t tell them is that all the available space under all of the beds, in all of the bedrooms, is filled up with ladies shoes. That there is shoebox after shoebox stacked on shelves in the garage – there has even been a hint that perhaps the car should sit out on the drive, to make more room. And we have purchased special pine shoe storage units that are sitting next to me here in my office as I write.

It wouldn’t surprise me to find a pair or two in the refrigerator . . . she’ll be asking me to move my beer out next! With shoes and handbags, we have the equivalent of the entire cow population of Switzerland. And that’s another thing . . . How do we know that they are leather as claimed? I mean, all of us have had shoes or gloves or a wallet waved under our noses at some point in the past and told that this is leather, and thus anything from then on with the same whiff must be the real McCoy. But go on – how many of you have actually sniffed a cow? No me neither, and although I have been pretty close, the pong that I got was definitely not what was always described to me as leather. I don’t intend trying it anytime soon either – I am sure that it would be an arrestable offence. Can you imagine being caught red-handed sniffing Daisy and being hauled in front of a judge? Your life would be over - 6 months community service and put on the cattle sniffing register as a convicted pervert. No I’ll take their word for it.

By Colin Bird

He’s Behind You…

To my horror I recently discovered that an old pantomime ‘baddie’ from my younger years had tracked me down and was living in close proximity to my new Spanish haven…. Its true, well almost. I was pleasantly surprised in fact to read an article by Colin Bird in the Sol Times a few weeks ago. The piece in reference was accompanied by a photograph which is why I instantly recognised him as the (please correct me if I am wrong) writer, producer and moreover the star of all those Wickhambrook pantomimes that my sister and I looked forward to so hungrily.

His name alone conjures up a snap shot image from one of those special winter evenings; His evilness stood against the creepy green back light, dry ice swirled around his feet, his bespoke purple gown and turban encrusted with rubies and plumes and a pre-teenage girls monthly allowance of eyeliner and glitter applied to his face. The only thing that deflated the rising fear was the intermitting prompt from the loyal prompt lady in the corner and the tuck shop splendour during the half time interval. As if there wasn’t enough sparkle to the evening Colin’s ‘misunderstood’ trench man would then cherry pick a lucky girl or boy from the audience before the second half and after a very shy interview they would lob down handfuls of pic’n’mix to the adoring crowd. During the last few years of pantomime attendance by big grown up sister, Kerry, moved to the area and joined the cast which just heightened the excitement. I remember as soon as the programmes were dished out frantically flicking through them in the half light until I found the page with her profile on so I could show my friends my ‘famous’ big sister. And I believe the legacy continues as my niece, Grace, is now involved with the production. In closing this magical memoir I would like to say on behalf of my sister and myself a big thank you to Colin Bird et al for all those rambunctious January evenings throughout my junior years.

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Poetry Corner PRESSING THINGS Is that the time? Oh dearie me, must pop home, get Fred´s tea. Nice to meet you, Mrs McHugh, please excuse me, things to do. Pressing Things, ´Portant Things. Oh there´s the number forty bus, got to catch it, got to rush. Speak to you soon, Mrs McHugh, You know how it is, things to do. Pressing Things, ´Portant Things. Oh God, the school bell, on my way, Johnny gets out at three today. Sorry ´bout that, Mrs McHugh, such a lot of things to do. Pressing Things, ´Portant Things. Saw Mrs McHugh, she didn´t look well, don´t think she´s looking after herself. Only had time for a word or two, you know how it is when you´ve things to do. Pressing Things, ´Portant Things.

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When asking Ex-pats why they have moved to Spain, the majority will answer that it is because of the good weather, the laid-back life style, and the folklore. Hm! Never heard because of the food, though the Mediterranean diet is hailed as super healthy! That might be true, but I have to say that the traditional, Murcian diet is so full of saturated fat, that my heart clogs up with cholesterol just with the thought of it. So, back to weather, life style, and folklore! Weather is still okay, though a bit fluctuating. Life style is still laid back, though still too much for our liking. Folklore? How much do we know about that, and do we participate in it? In a couple of months, we will have the Cartagineses y Moros in Cartagena – an age old tradition dating back to the early 90s??? No, no! Not year 90! Nor 1090! Early 1990! It is too clinical to be an ancient tradition. No, age-old festival traditions are like i.e. San Fermin in Pamplona in Northern Spain, which started this week. Spanish traditions are to torture animals. Have you still moved here for the folklore?? San Fermin is about chasing scared stiff bulls trough the streets of Pamplona over a surface smeared in brown soap, so they slip better. Like in Soria, where the entertainment is to tie burning torches to the horns of a cow and harass it into frenzy, while pulling its tail. Or like in Manganeses de la Polvorosa, where they throw a goat out from the church tower – okay, they have now changed the live goat for an artificial one – but the original tradition is still to kill the animal in a horrendous way. Great entertainment, but still surpassed by the Spanish tradition of all traditions, The Bull Fight! That by the way is not folklore, but an art form. The art of bleeding a

tortured and confused animal to death, while the artist - the toreador - prances around the ring, protected by aids, ready to kill for him. I am not alone – lots of Spanish denounce this “art-form” but of course others defend it. ¡Adios Alemania – otra vez! At time of writing this ad appears within every block of adverts on Spanish tele. Sometimes more than once! When you read this, we will know whether Spain is in finals of the World Cup in football, but at this point we know that they are in the semi-finals. For the first time! I am crossing my fingers that they will win and go the whole way through to win the Cup. ¡A por ellos! David Villa is the hero – having scored nearly all the goals for Spain in the competition - Mira maravilla! -, prompting a German newspaper’s headline: Auf Villasehn! While the Spanish are united behind their sports heroes – Spanish motor bikers are leading in three categories and Nadal has won the Wimbledon – it seems that they are more at logger-head when it comes to their nationality. We all know about the Pais Basquean Nationalists’ “struggle” for freedom – shooting innocent people in the back of the head, and taking equally innocent people hostage, when they are not bombing at random. The Cataluñan nationalists have decided to go down another road. They started with referendums, but the population was not interested – there was a huge “yes” from approx. 20% of the voters. Then they managed to pass a new Estatut through the autonomous parliament, but that has been pulled apart by the Spanish Supreme Court. Which part of “NO” is it these nationalists do not understand?

Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on lbtmarshall@yahoo.com. DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

Suspect Threw £200,000 From Car A Russian official suspected of accepting bribes threw more than £200,000 out of his car window during a police chase in Moscow.

Fisheries Agency official Boris Simonov frantically flung 10 million roubles (£212,000) into the wind after he crashed his Cadillac, local media reported. The state-run First Channel television showed scores of large-denomination rouble notes being collected by police beside a thoroughfare in southcentral Moscow. The TV programme showed two suspects handcuffed and lying on the road beside the smashed-up Cadillac. The crash happened as they were being chased

by Federal Security Service agents on a busy Moscow highway. Mr Simonov and his boss, Roman Postnikov, are accused of having taken bribes from businessmen involved in selling fishing permits at reservoirs on the outskirts of Moscow. The arrested officials worked for the Federal Fisheries Agency and it is alleged the businessmen used bribes to obtain an illegally back-dated contract. Both fishery officials will be jailed for two months pending further investigation, the committee said.

Runaway Tortoise’s Great Escape

A runaway tortoise has been found by her worried owners after nearly two years - a mile-and-a-half from home.

Now is the season of mozzies and visitors and I wonder which are the most irritating?

That was just a joke, wasn’t it? Well, like all jokes there’s a germ of truth in there. Much as we love our visitors from Old Blighted there comes a point when we begin to count the hours till they depart. Next time you’re at the airport take a close look at those excited faces waiting at Arrivals bright with anticipation, straining to catch a glimpse of their awaited guests and the joy and happiness as they greet and hug each other. Then take yourself off to Departures and see those same people (well, they might as well be!) waving their goodbyes. Is that a look of sadness on the faces of the ones left behind? Or, is it...could it possibly be... a look of relief faintly disguised with regret at parting? Be honest. Are you not glad to get your life back again when the last day of the holiday comes along? And, what do you do with them all when they’re here? Okay, okay, I know. You pour them drinks, feed them and give them your best sun beds to lounge on – after all, you’re too busy to lie around sunbathing. But that’s just the grown-ups; what about the Tiny Terrors, those delightful, cherubic, excited and pretty little darlings you couldn’t wait to see? What do you do with them when they’re bored and restless? Try giving them a notebook and pen and tell them to keep a diary of their hols. With any luck they will relish the task while you relax and recover your worn-out wits for half an hour or so. And don’t forget – keep a journal yourself too, a great way of venting your feelings!

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Lottie the tortoise disappeared just two days after she had been given to schoolgirl Maddie Tibble as a ninth birthday present. The enterprising reptile escaped out of the back garden and into adjoining school playing fields. Maddie, of Grays, Essex, was naturally very upset but eventually accepted she would never see her tortoise again. But, 22 months later, Lottie was found plodding down a road on the far side of the playing fields - just one-and-a-half miles from home. Despite having to fend for herself and having to endure one of the hardest winters in decades, she survived in fine health. Lottie was handed in to the local vets who was able to return the pet to her astonished owner because she had been fitted with a microchip. “I just didn’t believe it was her,”said Maddie, 10. “I was really shocked I just thought it must be another tortoise, but I am so pleased to have her back.” Her mother Beth Tibble, 44, added: “We are so pleased to have Lottie back and in good health. Maddie was so upset. We did get a new tortoise but we gave it away because it was just not the same.”

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Three weeks! Three weeks she´d been dead, or so the Advertiser said. I mean to say, how could that be? God, I hope that never happens to me. Poor old, lonely old, Mrs McHugh, still mustn´t dwell got things to do. Pressing Things, ´Portant Things. Such Pressing Things, such ´Portant Things.

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Online Holiday Scams Are Growing A growing number of scams are targeting holidaymakers who book their trips on the internet, prompting a safety campaign.

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Positive News From Europe Market Commentary 1st July 2010 Some positive news from Europe yesterday as the European Central Bank reported that there was a much lower demand than expected for its 3 month liquidity programme. Eurozone banks took advantage of €442 bln in 12months loans that expire today. A small step in the right direction as the news suggests that interbank lending is taking place between European banks and that the ECB will not be relied on as heavily to meet the short term funding needs of banks. The news gave a welcome boost to the Euro which has rallied against Sterling and the Dollar and we are now trading at GBPEUR down at 1.2130 and EURUSD at 1.2290. The single currency found further support this morning as Spain successfully sold €3.5 bn of 5 year bonds at auction achieving the target for the sale despite the a down beat message from Moody’s rating agency yesterday. The Iberian state is being closely monitored by the Moody’s, Spains AAA credit raking is under review due to declining growth prospects and challenges in meeting their budget deficit targets. The agency went on to say they have concerns over the impact of increasing funding in the medium term, “If at the conclusion of the review, Spain’s ratings are lowered, it would most likely be by one, or at most two notches”. It was a disappointing night in Asia as

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FC Torrevieja Report

3rd July 2010: I am pleased to report that the clubs debts have been reduced from 50,000€ to 29,000€ this has been due to some hard work by the directors with the help of the Torry Army and volunteers it is a figure that was unimaginable only two weeks ago and we thank all concerned who have given of there time freely so as to ensure that the club has a greater chance of achievement for the coming season all players wages from last season were paid on the 29th June apart from one who has been in dispute since early in the season.

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The club has also had confirmed 39,000€ in further sponsorship which will be assigned towards the players wages for this year so that we will never go cap in hand to the council for further funds I do believe that the council has reached exhaustion point in having to bail out the club again.

We have been asked about the new fans supporters club but we have to advise you that as yet we have not received any approach from them and as to how they intend to support the club and as all Peñas (supporters Clubs) have to be vetted by the club and have to be legalized and we understand that they are not, and therefore we cannot recognize them. All peña’s need permission from the club to use the clubs badge but to do so they must be registered and obtain permission as yet they have done neither so they must desist from doing so. There are only two registered Peña’s that can carry the clubs badge, that’s the Torry Army & the Frente Salineros who both contribute to the club & are registered legally and both have permission to use the clubs emblem which is the only asset the club has.

The remaining debts outstanding will be repaid before the end of next season we have already reduced certain debts, the coach company has only 50% of the debt remaining only 2,000€ is now outstanding. Talking about the coming season the club is now actively signing players and three so far have put pen to paper with further negotiations taking place at present by our manager Mario Barrera it is a blend of successful youth together with a small number of experienced campaigners, we are also interested in a small number of existing players so long as the price is economical. The players signed so far are Raul Agullo Reina (Agullo) an attacking central Midfielder who comes to us from Torrellano and is 19 years of age. Pablo Martinez Canovas has also joined us also from Torrellano he is a left winger and reputed to be one of the fastest he is 28 years of age. Our third signing is Raul Gordo Rodriguez (Rulo) a tough but imaginable midfielder who scored 13 goals last season he is 22 years of age and comes to us from Athletico Calatayud; previous clubs are Elche & Crevillente. We are in negotiations for mouth watering friendlies with top clubs 2nd Div Elche, 2nd Division Cartagena, and 2nd B division Orihuela, we are working on having 5 home games so that we can increase the coffers into the club and two

The football club would also like to thank the Torry Army for there continued support for the club and that again that they have offered to supply the club with the football kit for the season and from the club to all there volunteers a big thank you for all your hard work and endeavors in all that they do for the club. I would also like to thank the Frente Salineros for there support also

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out, fruit and vegetable peelings from the kitchen - even eggshells! Next, sprinkle in some soil. Cover the bin with an old piece of carpet or a doormat to keep the heat in and leave it alone until you have some more waste to put inside. After three or four months remove the cover and help your child to dig the compost over. Leave it to rot down further. When the bottom of the compost is brown and crumbly, it is ready. They can dig it into the garden - your plants will be really pleased!

Tips and advice... This is a joint project for adults and children together. You will need to provide the physical manpower for a lot of it, but the children will often provide

the motivation to keep filling up the bin. When preparing a meal, why not ask your children to help you sort out which pieces they can put in their compost bin? Vegetable and fruit peelings are great. Don't put in cooked food though as it may attract rodents!

Gramp’s Veg Garden …tips from the compost heap! Hello there! High summer is here, so where am I? IN BED......no not a seed bed but a sick bed suffering from a nasty little chest infection. The plants can’t be forgotten so ‘her indoors’ has had to help out with a bit of watering. Hopefully I shall be back on my feet by this time next week, ‘her indoors’ has been dosing me with home-made soup. She’s known in the family as the “Old Soup Dragon” (remember The Clangers?) Seems to work ‘cause I’m feeling better...not sure if it’s her cooking or my veg in the soup! Anyway, back to business

JULY… Hoeing is important especially between the rows of salad veg, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes etc. Now that the plants are mature you can stop the extra feed, but they will still need watering twice a day AT GROUND LEVEL. Keep a regular check for snails, there are even more than usual this year. Black polythene strips laid between the rows can help to conserve the water, but don’t let it touch the plants. Clear out all spent crops also weeds before manuring ground for next season. Bin or burn. You can sow French beans and Swiss

chard in well prepared soil but keep it damp at all times. On a personal note - I find that my garden gets a lot of sun and can bake really hard so carrot seeds are better sown later, around September

GOLDEN RULES TO REMEMBER Don’t let your plants dry out Wear your hat but don’t stay too long in the sun. Drink lots of water - not my favourite tipple but very necessary this time of year.Happy Gardening!

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CONTAINER GARDENING Hanging baskets are an ideal way to bring some colour to even the smallest of gardens. Flowering annuals are best suited for hanging baskets, such as nasturtiums and lobelia as these species will cascade down over the sides. However if baskets are to be displayed all year round small evergreen shrubs or herbs like heathers or thyme could be used to maintain some greenery even during the winter. It’s common to use a wire basket with a lining material to help retain the soil and water, although you can just use closed container basket which won’t need lining. Importantly if you do use a liner ensure that it doesn’t comprise of moss which has been harvested from the wild. Using peat free compost, fill your hanging basket leaving a couple inches between the surface of the compost and the top of the basket. Once planted hang out your baskets but don’t forget to water them. Hanging baskets can dry out quickly, even on quite wet days, so water them well, until water runs freely from the basket, ideally during the evening when the temperatures are cooler, allowing the plants to soak up all the water they need.

environmental news

Whales and humans linked by ‘helpful grandmothers’ Scientists have discovered an evolutionary reason why humans and whales both have grandmothers

As post-menopausal females age, the researchers say, they become increasingly interested and helpful in rearing their “grandchildren”. This could help explain why female great apes and toothed whales (cetaceans) have lifespans that extend long beyond their reproductive years. The “grandmother hypothesis” was first proposed in the 1950s. It stated that menopause, which stops a female’s fertility well before the end of her lifespan, may have evolved to benefit a social group, because grandmothers went on to play such an important a role in caring for offspring that were already born. Dr Michael Cant, from the University of Exeter in the UK, was one of the authors of this paper.

Summer Gardening

He explained that he and his colleague, Rufus Johnstone, looked at how humans and whales balanced “the costs and benefits of breeding with the costs and benefits of switching off breeding”.

Summer is here at last and your efforts are now being rewarded. So, take it easy and just enjoy the scenery. You don’t want to be digging or doing manual hard labour summer gardening when it’s hot and humid, get out the table, find those chairs in the shed, poor yourself a beer or mix yourself a pink gin and just relax.

Dr Johnstone, who is an evolutionary biologist based at the University of Cambridge, stated: “It’s easy to forget about the cetaceans, but since they’re the only other mammal apart from us [where females] have a comparable post-reproductive lifespan, it’s important to study them in this context.”

Whilst you are relaxing, you may wish to plan ahead for the next year (yes it is not too soon). Before you know it, those bedding plants for next spring will start to appear and you not even decided where it will all happen.

Previous studies have suggested that female chimpanzees and gorillas also go through menopause, but the conclusions are controversial.

Also, summer gardening time is an opportunity to check out your garden tools and get them in shape for the work to come. Or perhaps it’s time to consider treating yourself to something to make those tasks a little easier.

The two scientists developed a mathematical model to study “kinship dynamics” in killer whales (orcas), shortfinned pilot whales and humans.

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There is an array of different loppers on the market today for summer gardening, but each is designed for a specific task. A tough woody thick stem will require a heavy duty geared anvil lopper. These are really too heavy to handle those smaller thin fleshy stems which should be tackled with a lightweight bypass scissor action cutting blade. By-pass loppers give a clean cut and avoid the crushing of stems. However, sometimes you just simply need to get some leaverage into your summer gardening to cut through those thicker branches. A geared action mechanism in a heavy duty lopper is ideal. The better the quality of steel, the longer the sharp edge will keep, so the more expensive the lopper, usually the better quality tempered and hardened higher carbon quality steel you get. The Sorby & Hutton loppers are more expensive, but you get what you pay for .. they are excellent.

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This revealed that, as post-menopausal females aged, they developed closer ties to infants. This showed, the scientists said, an “underlying similarity” between whales and great apes that might otherwise have been masked by the big differences in their social structures.

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“Our analysis can help explain why, of all long-lived social mammals, it is specifically among great apes and toothed whales that menopause and post-reproductive helping have evolved,” the researchers wrote in the paper. Eric Ward, a scientist from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, has carried out research into how post-reproductive females influence whale populations. He commented: “The model the authors propose is certainly interesting, and may explain the evolution of menopause in orcas.”

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DOWN 1. Based on traditional stories (8) 2. Lubricated (5) 3. Happening without warning (6) 4. Alterations (7) 5. Stately (5) 6. Japanese form of wrestling (4) 8. Leg joint (5) 12. Enlightened (8) 14. Violent windstorm (7) 16. An earth pigment (5) 17. Cure (6) 19. Additional (5) 20. Periodic repeated series of events (5) 21. Elaborate song for solo voice (4)

1 T he necessary tools for first election - resign without soft soldiers (9) 2 Making tiara with elm fabric (8) 3 Debates about African leader working on board (7) 4 Servant to medics is not right (8)

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5 T his may come after recording half of those at university with one Oscar (6) 6 Fish corner (5) 9 Volunteers with football team’s vehicle (4) 14 Profane creeds sadly consumed (9) 16 Set off, making a mistake - losing river when directing (8) 18 New NUS board is likely to collapse! (8) 19 Because boxer’s feeling guilty... (7) 21 ...fasten a tag around bottom of foot - no good before church (6) 23 Starts to realise international students easily get up (4) 24 Values animals holding key (5)

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ACROSS 1. Large oval fruit (5) 3. Units of time (7) 7. Fished commercially (7) 9. Several music tracks issued together (5) 10. Irritated (5) 11. Birds of prey (6) 13. A business that serves other businesses (6) 15. Published (6) 18. Save from loss or danger (6) 20. Having three dimensions (5) 22. The relative magnitudes of two quantities (5) 23. Passage selected from a larger work (7) 24. School for special training (7) 25. Flowed back (5)

7 Uniform of some quality (5) 8 Giving an account of what’s seen in paper? (9) 10Where you might see films in English, held by a compere turning back (6) 11 Bit by bit, a head of department enters street weirdly without hesitation (8) 12 Aspiration of a doctor - to put it with charged particle (8) 13 Spoils turning instrument (4) 15 Layabout in minister’s house - no Mass to examine carefully (7) 17 N  early agree to capture American defendant (7) 20 Graduate’s first ever floor (4) 22 Sweets over-emphasised (8) 25 Single-celled organisms play The Queen in ‘Brideshead’, I note (8) 26 Looks, say, for floor-connectors? (6) 27 Went down dead, not a view without bad ending inside (9) 28 Prize sheet of metal (5)


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Katie Price ‘Fears A Second Divorce’

Katie Price has reportedly told her friends that her marriage to Alex Reid may end in divorce. The glamour model married Reid earlier this year in Las Vegas months after her split from former husband Peter Andre. The couple had a second blessing last weekend. A source commented: “Friends are concerned that this marriage will only last for the honeymoon period - another year, tops. Jordan says that she doesn’t think Alex is ‘The One’. “She’s said that she’s afraid this could be another marriage that ends in divorce. The cracks are showing - she’s having a go at Alex, just like she did with Peter Andre in the final 18 months.” They added: “She was convinced recently that she was pregnant, but it was a false alarm. Feeling insecure and worried, she said it’s worked out well that she hasn’t fallen pregnant - she believes it’s happened for a reason. “Their relationship is very disjointed. Some pals reckon she’ll be thinking of Pete when she weds again. Alex also said she doesn’t like him being out of her sight and is always asking him if he fancies other women. “But she has a self-destruct button. She says that if she’s not happy, she’d rather get divorce again and be on her own. Alex worries about how much she really loves him. He tells he loves her, but he has to ask her - she’d never say it back.”

Cheryl Cole has been forced to pull out of The X Factor indefinitely after she collapsed from exhaustion this weekend, it has been revealed. The 27-year-old fainted during a photoshoot for her new album on Saturday and was diagnosed with severe exhaustion. Later tests apparently revealed that the ‘3 Words’ singer was also suffering from stomach bug gastroenteritis. Her manager is said to have told X Factor producers that she will be absent from filming until further notice. A friend said: “She should never have gone to [the photoshoot]. She insisted she was fine, even though she clearly wasn’t. Her skin was pale and her lips had no colour. “She told the photographer she’d be all right if she got her makeup on. But once she was under the lights it was clear she wasn’t well. She was really sweating and the make-up staff had a job on their hands. “Eventually she just keeled over. It was horrible. She was only out for a few seconds but it was enough to give everyone, including Cheryl, a massive scare. The friend added that Cole’s unrelenting work schedule was to blame for the singer’s ill health.

Dahl Cookery Show Axed After One Series

Model Sophie Dahl’s cookery show The Delicious Miss Dahl has been axed after one series. According to the Daily Star, one BBC source described the series as a “disaster from beginning to end” and a ratings flop. Meanwhile, The Sun has claimed that Dahl’s food show rival Nigella Lawson, 50, will return for a 13-part series on the BBC this autumn. Dahl was heavily criticised by TV critics for being a “Nigella Lawson tribute act”, while food journalist Giles Coren described the programme as “a crock of bogus mendacious s***e”.

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A few close friends, a balmy summer’s day, deliciously fresh food make the most of the weekend with an alfresco feast

Forward planning is the key to stress-free outdoor entertaining. It means you can look forward to relaxing with friends and family on a warm summer’s afternoon or evening, instead of getting hot and bothered as you rush around doing everything at the last minute. These recipes can be mostly prepared in advance, with just a little extra cooking before guests arrive. The savoury dishes can be served hot or at room temperature; just make sure that nothing is left out in the sun or uncovered for any length of time.

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Delicious and fast meals are easy to create with this seriously useful collection of recipes. Made using something we all have lurking at the back of the cupboard - a tin of tomatoes - these are recipes that are destined to become firm favourites.

Prawn Saganaki Ingredients

500g (1lb 2oz) spaghetti 2tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 20 raw prawns, peeled and deveined, with tails intact 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes 125ml (4fl oz) fish stock 5tbsp dry white wine (optional) ½tsp sugar 150g (5oz) feta cheese, crumbled 1-2tbsp fresh oregano leaves

Method Cook the spaghetti in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 10-12min, or according to the instructions on the packet, until al dente. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan over a medium heat and cook the onion for a few minutes until soft and golden. Add the garlic and prawns, and stir-fry for 2min until the prawns turn pink. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. Add the tomatoes to the pan with the stock, wine (if using), and sugar, then season to taste. Bring to the boil, stirring, then lower the heat and simmer for 5min, stirring occasionally. Drain the spaghetti well and return to the pan. Add the tomato sauce and prawns, and toss well over a medium heat for 1-2min. Serve straight away, topped with the feta and oregano

Method Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and cook the onion until soft and golden. Stir in the curry paste and garlic, and cook for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the squash and aubergine, and stir to coat with the onion and paste, then gradually pour in the stock or water and add the tomatoes. Stir in the tomato purée and season to taste. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15-20min, until the squash and aubergine are tender. Stir in the chickpeas and simmer for 10min until piping hot. Season to taste before serving in warmed bowls with coriander, rice and poppadums.

Homemade Ketchup & Burgers For the ketchup: 2tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes 1tbsp each brown sugar and vinegar

For the burgers: 3tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 500g (1lb 2oz) minced lamb or beef 1 small courgette, grated 25g (1oz) fresh breadcrumbs 1 egg, lightly beaten 1tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped

Squash & Aubergine curry

Ingredients

2tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 4 heaped tbsp curry paste 2 garlic cloves, crushed About 900g (2lb) squash, peeled if necessary, deseeded and cubed 1 large aubergine, cubed 500ml (17fl oz) hot vegetable stock or water 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes 2tbsp tomato purée 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed

To serve:  oriander sprigs, boiled basmati rice C Poppadums

Method To make the ketchup, heat the oil in a heavybased saucepan over a medium heat and stirfry the garlic for 1min. Tip in the tomatoes and add the sugar and vinegar. Season to taste. Bring to the boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes until reduced and thick, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool, then chill in the fridge until ready to use. To make the burgers, heat 2tbsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the onion until soft and golden. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool. Add the mince, courgette, breadcrumbs, egg, rosemary and seasoning; mix with your hands. Shape into six flat patties, then firm up in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Heat the remaining 1tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium to high heat and cook the burgers for 3-4min on each side until cooked through. Serve on toasted buns with cheese and lettuce, topped with a large dollop of ketchup.

Avoid serving savoury foods straight from the fridge, however, as chilling tends to dampen the flavours. If you want an easy life, ask your fishmonger to prepare the fish for you the day before. Make the sorbet and freeze, then make the gazpacho and chill in the fridge overnight. The quinoa can also be cooked and chilled. Then, a few hours before serving, simply make the sauce for the fish and prepare the fruit salad.

Quinoa and coriander chicken with grilled courgette INGREDIENTS

275g (9 3/4oz) organic quinoa 230g (8oz) organic mini chicken fillets 1tsp freshly crushed coriander seeds 2 long courgettes, thinly sliced 4tbsp pure rice bran oil 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 4 cloves garlic finely chopped 2cm (3/4in) fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thinly, then chopped 1 large bunch spring onions, thinly sliced Herbs or mini leaves to scatter over, to serve

METHOD Soak the quinoa in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes, strain through a fine sieve and rinse. Put in a pan with 850ml (1½pt) of salted boiling water, and simmer without the lid for 10 minutes, until the seeds just begin to pop to show a little of the germ. Place the lid on the pan, turn off the heat and leave until any remaining water has been absorbed. Tip onto a plate and leave to cool. Cut the chicken into 2cm (3/4in) lengths and toss with the coriander seeds and a little sea salt and pepper. Set the grill to high and line a baking tray with tinfoil. Toss the courgettes with 1 tablespoon of the oil and grind over some pepper. Grill 15cm (6in) from the heat for 8 minutes, until lightly charred golden, and turn over and cook for another three minutes. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok. Add the chicken and fry on all sides for 5 minutes, transfer to a bowl and wipe out the wok. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add the chilli, garlic and ginger. Stir-fry for a few minutes, then add the spring onions and the quinoa. Stir to mix, add the chicken and fold through with the grilled courgettes. Scatter over a mixture of herbs or mini leaves of your choice.

mackerel with sauce vierge INGREDIENTS

2 large or 4 small mackerel, gutted and heads removed 200g (7oz) tomatoes, cut into quarters and deseeded 6tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 4 tinned anchovies, chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped, then crushed to a cream with a pinch of salt 2tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 2tbsp chopped basil leaves 4tsp capers, drained wedges of lemon, to serve

METHOD Slit the belly of the mackerel right to the tail end and place it on a board, belly down. Press down on the backbone with the heel of your hand to loosen the bone and all the long bones that radiate from the backbone. When it is loose, turn the fish over and remove the bone with your fingers. Using scissors, snip the bone out at the tail, leaving the tail fin intact. Make 3 small slashes in the flesh. if the fish are large, cut in half lengthwise leaving a bit of the tail fin on each fish. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper onto the flesh side and pour over a spoonful of olive oil. lay them on a foillined baking tray, skin side up, and add a tiny bit of seasoning and oil. Heat the grill to high and cook the fish for 4-5 minutes on the skin side only, until just cooked. To make the sauce vierge, cut the tomatoes into quarters, remove the seeds and cut the flesh into small dice. Put the oil in a pan with the anchovies and garlic, and warm gently. Stir until the anchovies have melted into the oil. Add the tomatoes to the pan along with the chopped herbs and some pepper. Warm them through and spoon over the fish. Scatter with the capers and add a few lemon wedges and extra herb leaves to serve.


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FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK...FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... Cucumber gazpacho INGREDIENTS

2 large cucumber 4 sticks of green celery with leaves, chopped handful of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped handful of dill, chopped 100g (3½oz) green grapes 2 stubby green chillies, deseeded and chopped 250ml (9fl oz) natural full-fat yoghurt 2 thick slices of white bread, with hard crusts removed 3tbsp sherry vinegar 100ml (3½fl oz) extravirgin spanish olive oil FOR THE CHILLI MIGAS 200g (7oz) dry, two-day-old bread, crusts removed 100ml (3½fl oz) extravirgin spanish olive oil 3 garlic cloves, bruised using the back of a heavy knife Coarse sea salt & ½tsp crushed dried chilli TO SERVE: Basil or red chilli oil to drizzle or just use spanish olive oil

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METHOD Slice a 6cm (2½in) chunk from one of the cucumbers and leave to one side. Peel, deseed and roughly chop the rest and place in a food processor. Pile in the remaining ingredients, except the oil, and pulse to a puree. Add the oil and pulse again until very smooth. Transfer to a jug and chill for a minimum of 2 hours. To make the migas, break the bread into medium-sized pieces. Then you need to flavour the oil: heat the oil in a frying pan, add the garlic cloves and fry until golden, then remove with a slotted spoon and discard. Add the bread pieces to the flavoured oil and stir-fry until evenly golden. Season with sea salt and stir in the chilli and leave to cool. When ready to serve, partly peel the remaining section of the cucumber, then deseed and chop it into small cubes. Spoon some soup into the bowls and scatter with the chilli migas and chopped cucumber. Drizzle with oil and serve.

Watermelon, raspberries, pomegranate and lychees with lime sorbet and syrup INGREDIENTS

275g (9 3/4oz) caster sugar, plus 2tbsp for the syrup 300ml (10fl oz) cold water Grated zest of 2 limes 300ml (10fl oz) lime juice from about 8 large limes 400g (14fl oz) fresh lychees or loquats, pitted 225g (8oz) raspberries Half a small watermelon, skinned, deseeded and cubed 1 pomegranate, seeds scooped out

METHOD Place the caster sugar and the water in a small saucepan with the lime zest and heat gently to just dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and pour in the lime juice. Strain into a jug, then pour 8 tablespoons of the liquid back into the pan with the extra 2 tablespoons of caster sugar. Pour the bulk of the syrup mixture into a container and place in the freezer. After two hours, stir the mixture, then return to the freezer. After four hours, churn in a food processor or in an ice-cream maker for 30 minutes, following the instructions for your machine. Whichever method you use, place in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours. Meanwhile, put the reserved Curry House & Take-Away syrup in the pan on the heat Bring this advert and receive a small beer, wine or soft drink and simmer until it reduces a little to a slightly thicker syrup, without it colouring. Pour into a serving dish and Chef cover. Chicken special Handi When ready to serve, take the sorbet from the freezer Dish includes rice and put in the fridge for about 7€ naan or chips 10 minutes to soften enough to scoop. Put all the fruit into the syrup Lots of offers available every day in the serving dish and mix. 1 popadom per person and Raita salad free with your meal Serve in pretty bowls with a scoop of sorbet on the top.

Jamie’s Open 7 days 6pm till late

6€

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Tel 651 721 227 Local 86, Centro Commercial Playa Flamenca Find us on the lower level across from the Temple Bar, Behind Karim Kebab

Marinades are a great way to impart great flavour to meat, fish, vegetables and cheese. It helps to tenderise meat, making it more succulent and stopping it from drying out, especially if you’re barbecuing or grilling. As well acting as a flavouring tool and a method of keeping in moisture, a marinade can also become the cooking or braising liquid. Boeuf bourguignon and that other French classic, Coq au vin, both use a wine marinade that becomes the stock for the cooking.

m a r i n a d e r ec i p i e s hot chilli Ingredients: 2 chopped, deseeded fresh red chillies, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 60ml/2fl oz white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp caster sugar, 2 tbsp sunflower oil, 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

Spicy Citrus

honey & mustard

Ideal for Chicken or Pork Ingredients: 1 lemon, juice and zest, 2 limes, juice and zest, 1 tbsp clear honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint

Ingredients

Containing the flavour… Use plastic, glass or ceramic containers for marinating; metal can react with the acids and spoil the flavour. Shallow vessels are best because they allow the marinade to cover more surface area. If the food is not completely covered or submerged in the marinade, turn the food every half-hour to ensure even marinating.

Maximising flavour… It may help to prick meat with a knife or fork to encourage flavours to be absorbed beyond the surface. Crushing ingredients such as garlic to release the juices (instead of simply cutting it) can add a more intense flavour, as can crushing whole black peppercorns. The zest of citrus fruits such as lemon or lime contains fragrant essential oils that can also impart a delicate yet rich aroma to chicken or fish.

Getting the timing right… As the action of the marinade actually softens the foods by breaking down the

structure and fibres, it is important not to over-marinate food as it can become mushy or fall apart. Follow the timings recommended in recipes or use the

2 tbsp grain or French mustard 2 tbsp clear honey the juice and zest 1 lemon

following guidelines for the best results:

• Red meats such as beef or lamb - four to six hours

• Game

meats such as venison - four to six hours or longer

• Pork - two to four hours • Poultry such as chicken or turkey - two to four hours

• Duck

hours

or game birds - four to eight

• W hole

fish such as trout or sea bass one to two hours

• Fish steaks / fillet pieces such as tuna or salmon - half an hour to one hour

• Vegetables - half an hour to one hour

Rubbing it in… Rubs differ from marinades in that they are made up of only dry ingredients usually a combination of herbs, spices, salt and sugar. Meat, poultry or fish benefit from this type of marinating where the rub is sprinkled onto the food and left to chill in a refrigerator. Rubs are also useful for curing raw fish such as salmon. Although they’re called rubs, you should just pat the rub onto the food rather than rubbing it in, especially with meat.


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LIFE WITH LINDA... How does the song go... Summer’s here, the time is right for dancing in the streets...

...mmm and here we are hot sunny weather, very light evenings to enjoy our gardens and BBQs with friends and neighbours and then there is the Fiesta season upon us once again. Nights when we really need the windows open, there will be drumming until 6am or is it 8?, the boom boom of the music in the distance that you can’t quite hear but the bass on the loudspeakers lets you know that it is there. Then the merry revelers staggering along our streets at stupid O’clock in the morning, using our gardens as giant dustbins for their bottles and cans and even worse our walls and gate posts for a lot worse......well all that liquid alcohol has to go somewhere!!!!! When did I become this Grumpy Old Women??? I can remember when...... oh how I remember cringing when I heard my Grandmother saying that, but yes I can remember very well many a night of Fiestas in several parts of Spain, one of my very first in Salou for San Juan (very big in Catalunia) there were two hotel managers in sister hotels trying to out do the other one, so they both had fireworks all around the pool area for midnight, during the evening there was music, BBQ, dancing, flowing sangria then the special effects. So strong were one set of fireworks they completely blew out all the windows around the bar area of the pool...oooops!!! I can even remember driving with a mate 10 hrs to go from Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava to Panticosa a fantastic tiny village in the very beautiful Valle de Tena in Huesca (the roads then were not like they are now, especially in the Pyrenees mountains) on a Friday night after work, no where to sleep except the car, not that we were expecting to sleep very much!! dancing, singing and yes OK drinking until the early hours of the Sunday morning, then driving back to be at work at 8am on the Monday morning, not only did we do it one weekend but the next one as well!!! My friend Sheenagh and I knew Panticosa as we were both working for Thomson Holidays and had been there ski ing, it was in fact where I met my husband to be.... that is another story for another day!!! The Fiestas have a lot to answer for!! When I was living in Zaragoza...a married woman by then, the fiestas of the Pilar in September are huge, she is the Patron Saint of the Guardia Civil and the very beautiful, enormous Basilica of La Pilar in Zaragoza is world famous, this whole city comes to a standstill, the streets are just like a sea of people, music, laughter, singing and dancing are everywhere. So these kids think that they have a monopoly on partying ha!!! little do they know.....Maybe this Grumpy Old Woman is just itching to get out there and boogie......... By Linda Sage BA Ed (Hons) Dip REBT Dip CSCT Quesada Weightloss Wellbeing Centre Tel 966 716 919 www.weightlosswellbeing.net

Brian Jenkins

Tribute to Country Music, 60’s Music & ht! nig e Elvis ~ all in on y Ma h Thursday 13t verde Marys Restaurante, Campo 763 511 or 966 call For more information uk .co. visit www.bjsmusic

your events...your announcements.. Velvetones Splash into Summer Yes the Velvetones are starting their summer break after their July Pool parties in place of Wednesday rehearsals. They have had a busy six months but will resume rehearsals on September 8th 2010, at The Cabo Cervera Hotel, La Mata, Torrevieja from 10am to 1pm. Any ladies interested in joining or just listening, please come along, you will be most welcome. We would like to wish every one who has supported us a very happy summer. and to all the publications for running our photos and write ups, we are most grateful. You can always visit our website thevelvetones.org or ring Kristoff on 966 714 973

THE SPIRITUALIST AWARENESS SOCIETY OF QUESADA Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We are closed for the summer until 5th September, 2010, when Lesley Pickering will be our Medium. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965 323 028 www.spiritualistchurchquesada.com

Q4 Close Harmony Quartet and Texas Ted Country and Western singer are holding their first ever musical evening on Friday 30th July, at the Los Arcos Bar and Restaurant, Torrevieja. The evening is in aid of the AECC Charity and the fun starts at 8-00pm, Raymond Jay will finish off the evening with his 60`s disco music if you have any energy left. Tickets are only 5 Euros and available from the Los Arcos Restaurant on 965 710 289 or from Ray on 966 712 987

rOJALES PANTO GROUP Are you what we are looking for?

Rojales Pantomime Group needs to increase it’s flock!

If you would like to give it a try come and join us in our latest production “Red Riding Hood” which will be staged at El Capitol Theatre in Rojales. December 3rd 4th & 5th. Most wanted... cast for the chorus line back stage crew experience not essential so if you are interested please contact Bridget 96 671 7977 Tina 966 797 683 or email bazbov@yahoo.co.uk

Se nd yo ur an no un ce m en ts to ‘ed ito r@so lti m es .c om ’ ! & we ’ll pr in t th em FREE OF CH ARGE

Los Montesinos Netball Club are looking for new players

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

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your events...your announcements... your events...your announcements...

jazz moves to tuesdays!

El Pescadito put on two sessions of Flamenco a week Mondays and Thursdays, so the Jazz moves to TUESDAYS - starting on Tuesday 6th July and then on through July and August and possibly the first two weeks of September. Nice to see some of our loyal fans back from the UK last week; we are now playing outside as no-one wants to sit inside, so we hope to see all of you (plus family and friends and neighbours!) in the coming weeks.

Christine and Roger Eames

ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION

59. Chairman Costa Blanca Branch 13 Meets 3rd Noel Cork 966723451. :30 at the 14 Tuesday each month at t, Ciudad de las Carteros Bar/Restauran the CV941 just Communicaciones, off outside San Miguel. For detailed info visit: om www.rafacostablanca.c

Children’s football at Cabo Roig and Mil Palmeras every Sunday,

Orihuela Costa Hotel, La Zenia This Saturday the Orihuela Costa Hotel, La Zenia, is the venue for this spectacular show. Tickets are on sale for 15€ and available from the Hotel: promoters All Star Management on 659 114 194 and the sponsors of the show GT Autos, Los Dolses Tel. 610 050 099. ABBAcadabra formed in 2002 and are the original 4 piece LIVE ABBA tribute band in Spain and are the most successful tribute act on the Costa’s.

Children aged 4 to 14 years of age wecome.

They are all experienced singers, musicians and dancers with all vocals, keyboards and guitar performed live and each individual has had a successful career in the music industry.

Cost €3. Tel: 678 955 501

Playa Flamenca, near Saturday Market and Judges Chambers from 13:00-16:00. If you have any items you wish to Easy Horse donate to the sales contact Carol and Ron. Tel: 965 319 929 or 688 238 879.

...has a calendar of music events planned for the summer. Music nights take place in the relaxed atmosphere of the centre’s garden, where you can listen to live music, enjoy food from the BBQ and drinks from the bar. All proceeds to help the rescue centre continue its work. See www. easyhorsecare.net for directions or call Sue on 652 021 980

ABBAcadabra & Rod Stewart Saturday 10 July & sATURDAY 21 August

After 8 years together, they still work hard to ensure every part of their show is guaranteed to take you on a nostalgic trip back to the 70’s. Never complacent, they still adopt fresh ideas to ensure their act remains The No. 1 ABBA tribute show.

Tuesday and Thursday.

Auctions in aid of AECC are held every Thursday at Buddies Bar

Care Rescue Centre

ALL STAR MANAGEMENT PRESENTS

As image is as important as sound they only perform as a 4 piece band in full costume, therefore you will never see an individual member of the act performing ABBA songs outside the band. Andy McBride performs one of the best Rod Stewart tribute acts on Costa Blanca. Having appeared throughout the Costa Blanca now for many years, his tribute to Rod Stewart is outstanding with the distinctive gusty vocals and styles of the great man himself. Audiences enjoy all time favourite hits such as ‘Sailing’, ‘Maggie May’; ‘You’re in my Heart ‘and countless more. From Rock’n Roll to ballads Andy’s experience and vocal ability makes this tribute to Rod Stewart a must to see. Not to be missed a show full of memorable hits, glitzy costumes and fabulous dance routines with two professional tribute acts of the highest calibre.

For more information contact 659 114 194 Sponsored by GT Autos, Los Dolses, The One Stop Car Centre. Tel. 610 050 099

all star management presents

mama mia waterloo

The no. 1 ABBA tribute show

& the fantastic Andy McBride

as rod stewart

Sat 10th July & Sat 21st Aug orihuela costa hotel, la zenia

sailing www.sunshineradio.fm

sponsored by

show starts 8.30pm

maggie may

Tickets: 15€

Tickets available from Orihuela Costa Hotel or contact ticket hotline 659 114 194


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for sale Incubator with automatic egg turner. Manual included cost over 400€ new now only 150€ Tel 629 917 846 Twin axle trailer with ramps and winch 3m x 2m 4 years old all Spanish paperwork,excellent condition,hardly used

1,150€ ono Tel 630 923 871

Childs Car Safety Seat - Jane Matrix Full Reclining System , Light Blue / Grey 85€ Camposol Area Tel: 628 356 829 (Ref:136) 5 Arm Pine Ceiling Light Fitting Complete With Shades 25€ Camposol Area Tel: 628 356 829 (Ref:136) Remorques 14ft Boat Trailer Very Good Condition Offers. Tel: 634 325 508 (Ref:136) Deep Freezer 65€, Electric Scales 300€, Walk In Fridge Offers. Tel: 966 719 845 (Ref:136) Bargain Sale. Philips C.T.V 28” Plus Glass Door Cabinet. Chest Freezer 36”X 24” X32”. Computer Stand Plus Leather Chair. Pool Table/ Table Tennis Table With Cues, Balls And Net. Plus Many Other Things. Tel: 679 117 728. (Ref:136) 2 Large Chest 100€ Freezers Each. Tel: 659 231 013 (Ref:136) E d e s a Vitroceramic Electric Cooker Stainless Steel With 4-Ring Ceramic Hob & Fan Assisted Oven 180€ Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar De La Horadada) (Ref:136) 3-Seater Settee Burgundy Fabric 30€ Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar De La Horadada) (Ref:136) Reebok Trainers Uk Size 5 White Leather Navy Stripe With Led Lights Brand New 20€ Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar De La Horadada) (Ref:136) Tv 20 Inch Phillips Good Working Order.Euros 25 Ono. Quesada Tel 966 712951 (Ref:136) Plasma Flat Screen Tv ,42 Inch ,2x Hdmi ,2x Scart

,Beautiful Picture ,Remote, With Stand, 299€ Only, Tel: 667 275 740 (Ref:136) Blu-Ray / Dvd Player With Remote Control In Box: 70 Euro ,Lcd 22inch Dvd Combi Flatscreen Tv Full Hd For Only 140€ Tel: 689 813 520 (Ref:136) 5o Golf Balls Mixed Makes Good Condition 25euro Quesada Area 966716646 (Ref:136) Callaway Big Bertha 11” Loft Callaway Head Cover Grafite Shaft + 50 Golf Balls Lots Of Tees Ect 45euro Quesada Area 966716646 (Ref:136) Cowley Level Leather Case + 2mtr Alloy Staff With Orange Tee + Tripod Ideal Footings Rafts Concrete 60euro Quesada Area 966 716 646 (Ref:136) H ea d b oa r d Wooden Medium Oak Colour Inset Arch And Nice Fretwork Double Or Kingsize 70€ Quesada Area 966 716 646 (Ref137) Bedside Cabinet Medium Oak Colour 3 Draws Solid Wood Good Condition 40€ Quesada Area 966 716 646 (Ref137) Ladies Bicycle Used Only A Few Times Since New 25€ Daewoo Compact Vacuum Cleaner 1400w As New 20€ Workmate Bench Unused Still In Box 10€ Sharp 14” Colour Tv Black Remote & Instructions Vg Working Order 20€ Pine Lamp Standard 8€ Tel: 619 952 576 Camposol Sky Box €40, Skyplus Box €65, Sky Hd Box €155, Recording Requires A Valid Matching Card. Tel 652 073 581 Honda Legend 1991 Auto 3.2 V6, Uk Reg, Mot To 21/04/2011, Runs Perfectly, €299. Tel 652 073 581 Sony Dvd Recorder With Instructions And Remote €55 Tel 652 073 581 Brand New Leather 3 Seater Sofa 200eu, Ovno, 1brand New Leather Easy Chair 150eu, 1 Pool Pump & Filter 150eu, Fuente Alamo Area. Contact 626 192 781 Edesa Ceramic Model Hob, Vet132s, 4 Burners, Inc 1 Double, Touch Controls

And Child Lock, 60x52cms. 50 Euros. Phone 968199052 (Camposol). Unusual Antique ‘Edwardian Era’ Mahogany Dining Table, Converts From Circular To Oval Shape As Required. 299€ Ono. Tel. 630 941 377, Totana, Murcia 4 Antique Chairs, Upholstered In Pretty Pale Green Floral Fabric With Arched, Wheat-Sheaf Shaped Backs 200€ Ono. Tel. 630 941 377, Totana, Murcia Two Single Beds Only Used A Few Times, Good Condition. 40 Euros Tel 635 885 062 Camposol Industrial Making Machine Table Top Ice Making Machine, Makes 15kg/24 Hrs. 120 €. Tel 968 429 054 Or 636 665 958. El Pareton S t a i n l e s s Kitchen Sink With Mixer Tap, Single Bowl 35 Euro. Edesa 50 Litre Electric Water Heater, Little Used 25 Euro. 25 Oak Wood Kitchen Cupboard Doors Out Of A Neptuno Villa 125 Euro. Tel 634 331 664 Camposol 20 Osram 11 watt Low Energy Bulbs (Equivalent To 60watt ) Spanish Fittings, 30€ Camposol Area Tel: 628 356 829 (Ref:136) Car roof box 30€, 2 TVs 20€ each, treadmill 60€, electric buggy 150€. Tel: 618 342 447 (ref:135) Dog Car Seat product of Òutward Bound 31x24x19deep. Fully secure fixing, as new; Paid over £80 would take 40€ Playa Flamenca Tel: 673 006 348 (ref:135) Wicker dog basket as new 51x33 20€ Playa Flamenca Tel: 673 006 348 (ref:135) Table Fans x 2. 46dia. 20€ ea. or 35€ pair. Playa Flamenca 673006348 (ref:135) RETURNING TO UK? Central light fittings x 2. Five arms, antique brass, very attractive. 50€ each or both for 80€ 2x table/ceiling light fittings -falling ´crystals` 10€ each or 15€ the pair. Playa Flamenca Tel: 673 006 348 (ref:135) Set of ladies golf clubs complete with bag & trolley 50€ Camposol area

Tel 628 356 829 (ref:135) Outside sink / draining board “ Roca “ complete with chrome mixer taps. Sink 30cm x 30cm Drainer 30cm x 20cm Overall measurements - 39 w x 60 l x 35 h 35€ Camposol area Tel 628 356 829 (ref:135) 1 x Silver Belcher choker chain, chunky, handmade, 99.5% pure silver 44cms long. €200.00 ono. Tele. 966 719 908. Mobile 680 386 514. Quesada Area. 1 x Rocker / Recliner armchair. Beige dralon.€75.00 ono. Tele 966 719 908. Mobile 680 386 514 Quesada Area. Triple extending a l u m i n i u m ladder, almost new, 50 Euros. Buyer to collect from El Pareton area. Tel 634 321 101 Brand new still in box, includes solar panel, six volt battery and pump with adjustable fountain height and LED lights, has one, two, or four hour daily setting. Ideal for small water feature or pond where mains electric unavailable, Price new in UK £75 will accept 50 euro. Phone 609 806 177 camposol. Ladies Mountain Bike - as new -used only once. 75Euros ovno. Phone; 968163030 (Cuesta Blanca area) Gazebo 3M x 4M, metal pole frame, canvas roof and sides. Never used. 60€ ono. 628232936 El Pareton. Gas Fridge Freezer 299€ Tel: 966 181 229 Pine dining room table and 4 chairs €40,Tel: 618 342 447 Coffee tables €5 each, Tel: 618 342 447 TV cabinet €10, Tel 618 342 447 Mini Discs, 26 discs plus portable clear plastic filing case (telescopic) only 35€ Tel 965 725 573 30” TV Vieta LCD flat screen TV by McPerson includes wall mounting bracket and stand, needs external power pack, only 40€ Tel 965 725 573 2 x Jacuzzi Baths as new white 200€ each Tel: 968 309 741 Glass display wall unit 45€, Small dressing table 2 drawers 25€

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Samsung microwave quartz grill 45€. Ferguson midi hi fi system cassette recorder, record turn table, radio 40€ Tel 965 328 537 Chest deep freezer 65€ Quesada area Tel: 966 719 845 2 x Coship Digital Cable TV Ex Receivers Tel Micro Issue with remote handsets €10 each (Quesada) Tel: 966 717 303 Petrol lawn mower 18 months old . only used 4 hours a week cost new 158€ going for only 60€ Tel: 966 799 136 ask for Gerry (los Balcones) Concrete mixer electric good condition home use only cost 320€ good value 165€ quesada area 966 716 646 H ea d b oa r d wooden medium oak colour inset arch and nice fretwork double or kingsize 70€ Quesada area 966 716 646 Bedside cabinet medium oak colour 3 draws solid wood good condition 40€ quesada area 966 716 646 Mobility Scooter 4 wheel hardly used as new 300€ Tel 670 633 316 Play Famenca area Sky digibox Pace DS430N with white sky card. Best decoder for Costa Blanca, 2 years old 150€ Also heavy duty ‘L’ shaped wall dish support 55 x 55cms x 70mm, 20€ Call Don 965 486 696 or 616 594 680 FreeSat satellite receiver for English channels, brand new, 80€. Tel 626 658 778 E d e s a vitroceramica electric cooker stainless steel with 4ring ceramic hob & fan assisted oven 180€ Tel: 687763165 (Pilar de la Horadada) 3-seater settee burgundy fabric 30€ Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar de la Horadada) REEBOK trainers UK size 5 white leather navy stripe with LED lights brand new 20€ Tel: 687 763 165 (Pilar de la Horadada) Sky digibox Pace DS430N with white sky card. Best decoder for Costa Blanca, 2 years old 150€ Also heavy duty ‘L’ shaped wall dish support 55 x 55cms x 70mm, 20€

Call Don 965 486 696 or 616 594 680 65 glass bricks 19 X 19 X 8cm 1€ each Tel 650 759 834 Camposol Mazarron Mountain bike, suit young girl. Front suspension, never been ridden. Very good condition 45€. Tel 968 199 956 or 663 523 168 Mini Dirt Bike, 110cc, suit ages 6+, runs OK, but needs timing sorting hence price of 200€. Tel 968 199 956 or 663 523 168 X-Box games, Jericho & Halo 3, 15€ each or 25€ for both, boxed and in good condition. Tel 968 199 956 or 663 523 168 Blue corner round chaise longue sofa 225 x 260cm approx. Good condition. Very comfortable. 150€ Camposol. Tel: 630 808 273 3 gas heaters €15, small computer desk €5, white dining table and 4 chairs €60, Tel: 618 342 447 Aluminium made bongo lovely sound 20€ Camposol Tel: 628 783 054 (ref:131) Scalextric good working order 15€ Camposol Tel: 628 783 054 (ref:131)

Decorating Legal & Registered Contractor. A Professional & Reliable Service Camposol & Costa Calida area. Free competitve quotes Tel: Mick 968 163 336 or 646 324 669

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

tO ADVERTISE CALL 966 265 023 INSURANCE

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

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

BUSINESS FOR SALE

Business For Sale

Nash Warren Serendipity Crafts Insurance House, car, travel & health And Gifts, Albox, ALMERIA Established 4 Years, Genuine Reason cover Tel: 968 156 583 For Sale. Serious Enquiries Only Please.

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

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

mobility

M o b i l i t y Equipment Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Day / Fishing boat Mobility 968 153 620 on trailer 4.4 metres www.freedommobilit virgo 40 hp Suzuki yspain.com engine, 5hp Suzuki stand by engine, Mechanics electric start, fully serviced. Mazzaron Ken sherwood Area 3,500 euros English Tel 968 971 782 or Mechanic mobile 680 913 840

boats

Very cheap boating. Sports powerboat 5m, comes with 90hp engine and all equipment, can be seen working. . Excellent condition only 5000€ or £4400 call 638 056 224.

bike for hire

Interior & Exterior Decorating

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

679 646 859

pets

damp proofing electro-os s.l. damp proofing English / Spanish 15 years in Spain

Tel: 958 656 560 or 619 666 363 or Email:

info@electro-os.com www.electro-os.com

tO ADVERTISE CALL 966 265 023

Price reduced for quick sale

- Owners moving to new zealand -

Tel: 617 588 417 or 950 431 502

serendipityal@hotmail.com

limousines

NOT JUST FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS!!!

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

Tel: 968 969 648 or 619 315 933

info@calidalimousines.com www.calidalimousines.com

pets

Rubio Kennels & Cattery

Give your pet a vacation. Let us care for them in our air conditioned luxury kennels with large secure and individual outside run. We offer the personal touch. Large families,long stay and pets with special needs always welcome. Vaccinations a must Miniature poodles for sale, ring for a chat or visit anytime

Tel: 629 917 846

www.canichegigante.com

pool cleaning / tiling Tony the tile diver Padi Qualified Saving you money Refit tiles & Maintenance No Need to Drain Your Pool

Free estimate no job too small

One off pool cleans only 8€

Call me on 646 438 694


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REMOVALS

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LOW COSTA MOVES UK and Spain

We shift most things Anthony Foster Local moves and deliveries

616 820 232 OFFICE: 966 188 649 MOBILE:

tony-foster@live.co.uk

spanish registrations

Spanish Registrations Don’t take a risk Don’t float the law Re-register your UK car

For an experianced professional and prompt service Telephone Sandra France

Day: 664 496 801 Eve: 965 321 353

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water leaks

Tec-Fonta Tel: 671 092 424 www.tecfonta.com

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.

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wanted

Singer Wanted wanted Velez Rubio based Rock & Blues Band Require Male singer Exp preferred but not essential Interested? Phone for Audition Steve on 690 735 390 Ray on 678 586 893

dead english or spanish cars All paperwork done. Turn you scrap car into cash! Tel Paul:

We buy quality used furniture and white goods to furnish our own rental apartments. 672 862 179 Tel: 965 720 817 Wanted or 966 723 437 Scrap Gold We buy, sell Spa / Hot Tub or Cash paid for all and part Jacuzzi, working gold jewellery or exchange exchange for new or not. Tel: 650 722 gold. TOP 905 The Treasure Chest: 966 718 100 / Instant Cash PRICES PAID. est. 7yrs. 966 765 374 Paid. Gold Bryant & Son, and Jewellery Respected British Bought and tO ADVERTISE Jewellers. Sold. Valuations, Tel: 678 444 812 in the sol repairs and retail. or 965 326 477 classifieds Quesada Gold Centre @ No17 section Wanted Calle Los Arcos please send Cars Ciudad Quesada for Cash an email to: Rojales 03170 Tel 634 043 060 sales@ la zenia Cars www.quesadagold n332 La Zenia soltimes.com centre.com Tel: 633 504 211

Gold

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

(0034) 608 061 872

ABBOTTS

REMOVALS & TRANSPORT

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

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

tO ADVERTISE in classifieds, CALL

966 265 023 DINGHY

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Shuttle schedule slips into 2011

bIRD’S EYE VIEW

Cowell for PM?

What I like about Simon Cowell, is that he really doesn’t give a stuff about what anyone else likes, dislikes or even thinks. He has his own ideas on things, especially within the music world where he reigns supreme, and time and again, he is proved to be right on the button.

Google enters travel market with flight data purchase

Search engine giant Google has entered the travel market after acquiring flight information firm ITA Software. ITA provides software that organises fares, flight and journey times that are used by airlines, travel agents and flight comparison sites such as Orbitz. Google said it may well expand the scope, enabling users to search directly for flight destinations. Google paid $700m in cash for the US-based company, founded in 1996 by a team of MIT computer scientists. “What we’re going to do is build new flight search tools that focus on end users,” said Google chief executive Eric Schmidt. However, he said that the firm would not be selling airline tickets to consumers and that it would honour “all existing agreements that ITA has with its partners”. Those partners include some of Google’s direct competitors - such as Microsoft’s own flight comparison website, Bing Travel. Other firms which had been bidding for ITA included Travelport, Expedia and Kayak, many of which are also dependent on ITA for their flight data. A spokesman for Kayak commented that, for now, they were not concerned: “In the short term, it’s not an issue, because Google said it’s honouring existing agreements,” he said. However, there are fears within the travel industry that Google could have an excessive influence. Google says the acquisition is “pro-competitive” and “proconsumer” but said regulators were likely to examine the deal. “I would expect that it would be a significant review,” said Mr Schmidt. The Independent’s travel editor, Simon Calder, stated that the biggest loser may be the old legacy booking systems, should Google expand ITA’s remit. “If anything, the airline industry used a system that you could describe as the forerunner to the internet,” said Mr Calder. “The aviation industry used GDS - the Global Distribution System - for decades, because there were computers in travel agents, airports and airlines across the globe. “Now it consolidates around Amadeus, Sabre, Galileo and World Span and these still have legacy aspects. For example, if you book a flight from London to Mexico City via Dallas, you will still have to pay $3 for each segment. “If Google can do something to rival that, it would be very interesting and exciting. “But, as with all things to do with Google, the issue of market domination comes up,” he added.

British people, and his own indomitable spirit, pulled the country through those long dark days. Each of us I believe, has our day in the sun if we recognise the opportunity and grasp it with both hands. Moreover I believe that as individuals we have the potential to make a real difference, and even change the world. All we need are leaders made of the right stuff, and if my observations are correct, then just imagine what we could achieve together! ....I am not what you would call religious, at least not according to the accepted criteria, but it has always puzzled and fascinated me why atheists and – a rose by any other name - humanists are such an aggressive bunch. Whenever there is a televised debate involving religion of whatever persuasion, it’s the “non believers” who seem to adopt a superior stance, and take pleasure in sneering at those who happen to have a belief in a supernatural creator. All member organisations of the International Humanist and Ethical Union are required to accept that, “Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives”. There is more of course, but right away the one thing that strikes me is that the opening statement: “Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance”, is in itself dictatorial and the very antithesis of democracy. Rather than live and let live, atheists tend to pour scorn on those with heart-felt beliefs and whether they are right or wrong, they appear to me to be generally speaking, angry people. Personally I have no time for organised religion, but that does not detract from my own beliefs, and the firmly held conviction that everyone has the right to their own views, as long as it does no harm to others. I have a theory about these angry God haters, and that is that deep down, something inside them tells them that they are missing out. Views on the meaning of life should not be based on what we can see, hear, touch or can explain away, but what we feel when we look into our inner selves.

detractors – some of Of course he has his whom cannot stomach his forthright manner and others who simply envy his enormous success. But - and this is the point – he pushes on regardless, doing and saying what he believes to be the right things. The final space shuttle flight will now take place in 2011, Nasa has confirmed. The Endeavour orbiter is targeting a 26 February lift-off for a mission that will deliver a particle physics experiment to the space station. The agency had hoped to get Endeavour away before the end of this year but the programme is running late because critical payloads are not ready. The penultimate launch, of Discovery, has also been bumped from September to 1 November. Discovery, which carries the designation STS-133, is waiting for an upgrade to be carried out on the Italian-built logistics module known as Leonardo. The module, which is used as a packing box for supplies in the orbiter’s payload bay, would normally return to Earth with every shuttle mission, but for Discovery’s flight it will be left on station to provide extra storage space. This requires Leonardo to be fitted with extra shielding to protect it from small meteoritic impacts, and this work cannot now be finished in time to make the September launch window. The physics experiment to be carried up by Endeavour (STS-134) is also delayed. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which will search for evidence of dark matter, is still in Europe where a last-minute change is being made to a key component. Nasa still has to decide if it wants to fly out the launch-on-need shuttle which will be prepared as a rescue ship for Endeavour’s last flight. Should Endeavour’s crew find their ship is so badly damaged after launch that they cannot return to Earth, the rescue shuttle would be sent up to bring the astronauts down. The Atlantis orbiter is being prepared for the role, and the US space agency has not excluded the possibility that it could simply fly out this standby shuttle anyway to take additional spares and supplies to the station. The slip in the shuttle schedule is not unexpected. Historical flight rates suggested that Nasa would do well to complete the Endeavour mission by January. US President Barack Obama had put additional monies in the Federal Year 2011 budget request to cover such delays.

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How nice it would be then to have a Prime Minister who portrayed the same characteristics, and looked beyond the limitations imposed by well meaning but unimaginative conventions and who kicked into touch those restrictions placed upon us by outside influences. A leader who cast self-interest aside, and without exception put the best interests of the country and it’s people first. And wouldn’t it be nice to see politicians apply the good old fashioned principal of common sense to their deliberations. Academic achievement is all very well, but when applied by the right person, common sense can be as effective as a hot knife through butter. Is David Cameron such a man? I don’t know, but given that we have locked ourselves into a situation where our sovereign rights have been sacrificed on the altar of a Federal European Superstate, and to a lesser extent on our subservience to our American cousins, it would seem highly unlikely. I once wrote here about needing a leader like Churchill, and I received an instant rebuttal from one reader who pointed out that apart from the war years, Winston had been a far from successful leader. But that’s the whole point. Winston Churchill was a man for his time. As a war leader he was supreme, and his absolute determination and self belief in the character and invincibility of the

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R8 Spyder 4.2 V8 Audi adds a V8 option for drop-top R8 Spyder The R8 Spyder now has two fewer cylinders! The German firm has slotted its 4.2-litre V8 unit into the stunning drop-top. The 424bhp unit joins the 518bhp V10, completing the two-strong Spyder range. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but many buyers are expected to opt for the six-speed R Tronic automated manual. Quattro four-wheel drive remains standard. Despite its lower cylinder count, performance remains seriously impressive. Regardless of transmission, the 0-62mph sprint takes just 4.8sec and top speed is 185mph. With R Tronic, fuel consumption is 20.3mpg, falling to 19mpg with the manual box.

Finding Peace of Mind in Spain

Aside from the engine change, the same high level of standard kit, aluminium spaceframe body and retractable folding cloth roof. The UK on sale date and price are still to be confirmed.

Living in another country can often be daunting – especially when you don’t understand the language and can come up against unexpected pitfalls and obstacles. However, there is one company that is there to soften the blow should the unexpected actually happen. Breaking down in your vehicle, having your house broken into or even being involved in an accident – these are all incidents that unfortunately can occur in any country. However, Liberty Seguros, a globally-trusted brand and one of Spain’s top ten insurers, is not only available to carry the burden, but ensures that its clients’ futures evolve without undue concern where possible. Part of the Liberty Mutual Group of Companies and the 5th largest property and casualty insurer in the US, Liberty Seguros is the first choice for over 120,000 expatriates living in the country on a temporary or permanent basis. The reason behind this lies in the fact that aside from having a portfolio of exceptionally competitive products for home, car, business, commercial, leisure and life insurance, it also offers all documentation in English, has an exceptional claims department and provides an un-paralleled one-on-one service. As Iván Ortego, Expatriates Business Manager for International Clients, explains: “Peace of mind is attained in two ways; firstly by one’s own safety and secondly – and perhaps more specifically for the expat – by creating a feeling of comfort and ease just like being at home.” “With Liberty Seguros this is what we strive to achieve for all our customers – insurance products that are of the highest quality for the protection of unforeseen circumstances, a personalised treatment of customers through our brokers, and simple communication in a language that the international client can understand.” Liberty Seguros has an extensive network of multilingual brokers that can be found in all major villages, towns and cities throughout the highly-populated expat areas on the peninsula and islands. Its brokers are highly knowledgeable and offer a personalised, face-to-face chat to discuss customer’s individual insurance needs in a relaxing environment. Not only is this service available in English – and in some brokerage offices, in German and other Scandinavian languages as well – but all documentation is supplied in English too.

Bugatti’s land speed record

Veyron Super Sports sets 268mph production car Guinness World Record It’s official! The Bugatti Veyron is once again the fastest production car in the world. Bugatti’s official test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel completed two top speed runs at VW’s Ehra-Lessien test track, recording an average time of 268mph. The car used for the run is the new Super Sports special edition of the Veyron which makes its public debut at the Pebble Beach Concours next month. Taking the already potent standard coupe as a base, the firm’s engineers have increased the size of the four turbos and intercoolers. This has upped power to 1,183bhp and 1,500Nm of torque. New, motorsport-inspired dampers have also been fitted. Road cars will be limited to ‘just’ 258mph, and the first five Super Sports cars, which have already been sold, will get the same exposed black carbon fibre and orange paint scheme as the record breaking Veyron. All Super Sports cars feature different bodywork to improve aerodynamics. Made using a new carbon fibre weave to reduce weight, the body now features an elongated cover for the engine which incorporates huge ducts to scoop air into the engine. The front bumper also gains revised intakes. So far, Bugatti has sold 260 Veyrons, 35 drop top Grand Sports and five Super Sports models, taking the firm to 300 cars. Bugatti originally planned to sell 300 cars by 2012, but this looks set to be extended due to the car’s popularity, despite its £1-million-plus price tag.

SEAT’s Shakira special edition

Ibiza gets extra kit inspired by Colombian pop sensation

With quality, competitively priced products and a service in a language that expats understands, it is little wonder that Liberty Seguros is one of the first ports of call for those living in Spain. But if you have yet to take out a policy or have not yet looked into how Liberty Seguros can give you solutions for your protection and peace of mind, why not visit www.libertyseguros. es/expatriates/en. Here you will find the name and location of your nearest broker and can view its portfolio of products that has been designed with you, the expat, especially in mind.

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It’s the SEAT that’s full of “good stuff”. Taking its name from Shakira’s single of the same name, and inspired by her SEAT-sponsored European tour, the Ibiza Good Stuff is based on the Ibiza 1.4 SE. Available in either SC 3-door or 5-door bodystyles, the supermini gets the firm’s dash-top-mounted TomTom satnav system & comes with a SEAT-branded iPod Nano, cradle and charger. Climate control, 16-inch alloys and tinted rear windows are also included. Powered by SEAT’s 1.4-litre petrol unit, the Ibiza costs £12,300 for the SC and £12,710 for the five-door and is on sale now.

Range Rover creator passes away at the age of 85

Charles Spencer ‘Spen’ King, a renowned British engineer most famous for being the father of the Range Rover, has died. He passed away last weekend as a result of injuries he sustained in a collision between his bicycle and a van a fortnight earlier.

King’s idea, “to combine the comfort and on-road ability of a Rover saloon with the off-road ability of a Land Rover,” was his most famous. The 1970 Range Rover was the result, and has gone on to become one of the most iconic off-roaders on sale today. But the Range Rover was just one of his contributions to the UK’s motoring history. He began his career at Rolls Royce, but

soon moved across to Rover. At the time, his uncles, Spencer and Maurice Wilks, were running Rover. They’d also jointly founded Land Rover in 1948.

Before the Range Rover project, King led the team which created the Rover 2000, Triumph Stag, Triumph TR6 and Triumph TR7. He also had a big influence on the Metro after the Range Rover launched. In his later career, he pioneered Rover’s ECV (energy conservation vehicle) concepts which used technology like lightweight materials, efficient aerodynamics and specially-developed engines – all things manufacturers are striving to adopt today. He retired in 1985.


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Volvo V60 revealed Estate version of stylish S60 breaks cover

Meet Volvo’s entry to the space race. This is the new V60, the estate version of the new S60, which Volvo proudly states is its most dynamic model ever. Volvo argues that the larger V70 is the true load lugger in its range. So, at 430-litres, the V60’s boot is smaller than the 460- and 490-litre load spaces offered by the rival BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant. Instead, the V60 has been designed with style in mind. There’s a rising shoulderline and falling window line to give the car an almost coupe-like appearance in profile. The relatively short rear overhang and sloping rear windscreen add to the sporty looks, although these factors combine to reduce the boot space. Practicality hasn’t been completely bypassed. The rear seat has a useful 40/20/40-split, and the front passenger seat can be folded completely flat. The V60’s engine range features the units from the firm’s recently revised engine line-up. This will include five petrols, ranging from 1.6 litres to the 3.0-litre straight six. There are three diesels to choose from – the D5-badged 2.4-litre five-cylinder unit, and D3 2.0-litre. These will be joined by a DRIVe 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine around 12 months after the car goes on sale. The same safety kit is carried over from the saloon car range, including Pedestrian Detection and City Safety. Expect the V60 to make its public debut at the Paris motor show on 30 September, before going on sale in the UK in late 2010.

New MX-5 special editions Mazda MX-5 Miyako adds a host of styling tweaks and improved steering response

Is it time for tests for older drivers? British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has called for regular competence tests for drivers over the age of 70 British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has called for regular competence tests for drivers over the age of 70.

As part of 20th anniversary celebrations of the Mazda MX-5, the Japanese firm have released two summer-themed special editions. Known as the MX-5 Miyako, the newcomer takes its name from the idyllic Japanese holiday island of Miyako-jima and is available as a 1.8-litre soft-top model and a more powerful 2.0-litre roadster with a folding hard-top. Prices start at £18.385

for the former and £20,885 for the latter.

front suspension strut brace.

Inside, the new model benefits from a host of upgrades, including ‘Medici’ premium perforated black leather trim with red stitching, special badging, floor mats and automatic air-con.

The 1.8i 124bhp soft-top accelerates to 62mph in 9.9 seconds, while the 2.0-litre Miyako roadster coupe with its 157bhp engine is two seconds quicker. Combined mpg and CO2 emissions figures stand at 40.4/38.2mpg and 167/177g/km, respectively.

Meanwhile, fog-lamps, 17-inch alloys and metallic paint differentiate the Miyako from a standard MX-5. Steering response has been improved by the addition of a

The new model goes on sale from July 1st, but only 500 examples of each will be coming to the UK.

Camaro ARRIVES IN UK

V8-powered retro muscle car confirmed for sale with full Chevrolet warranty.

The Camaro’s set to muscle in to the UK. Chevrolet has used the first ever Moving Motor Show at Goodwood, to announce that the V8-powered retro coupe will go on sale in May 2011, due to be followed by the drop-top version later in the year.

Only available in top-level SS trim, all cars will feature a 426bhp 6.2-litre V8 which allows the car to sprint from 060mph in 4.9 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155mph. For the time being, all cars will be lefthand drive only, with the firm planning to sell 100 cars per year. The price is yet to be finalised as it is dependent on the exchange rate, but its thought that the car will be priced to rival the Nissan 370Z, which starts at £28,345. It will also be sold with a full manufacturers’ warranty.

The call comes as the RAC’s annual report on motoring shows that a majority of drivers believe there should be compulsory medical checks and driving evaluations for motorists over the age of 70. Sir Stirling said: “As an 80-year-old driver, I can clearly relate to the topic of elderly motorists and I support the idea of tests for the older generation. So many things have changed since we first started driving: road layouts have been altered and the density of traffic has risen enormously, especially in the cities. “The statistics show that although as a group we are less likely to be involved in an accident, we are more likely to be the cause of an accident, whether we are caught up in it or not – a sign that our reaction times are not what they once used to be3. We do not need to give this generation a full driving test again, however, perhaps just a simple competence test every 3 to 5 years from the age of 70, to make sure we are still capable.” The RAC’s report also shows that 86 per cent of drivers over the age of 70 have had no additional training or assessment since passing their test and that 84 per cent of older drivers would support refresher driving courses. A spokesman for the RAC said: “Motorists of all ages clearly believe in the value of refresher courses to improve old skills and learn new ones.”

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sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... Eurogolf Society ~ End of Season Report

England V Spain

Friday 2nd July 2010

Men’s Amateur Charity football Match

At the AGM held today, and in accordance with the Constitution, the Committee for the 2010/11 season is as follows:

17th July 2010

President – Clive Baker, Captain – Malcolm Foskett, Vice Captain – Bill Martin, Treasurer – George Henderson, Handicap Secretary – Alan Venables, Match Secretary – Ian R. Pegg, Secretary – Sue Gillett, Entertainment Secretary – Mike Pickard & Toffs Organiser – Mike Young. We wish the incoming Committee a very successful season. The Captain also presented a cheque to Jackie & Alan James of AECC for 821€ which was raised by The Captain’s Bunker – many thanks to all those who contributed! On Friday 25th June we held our end of season Presentation Dinner/Dance. It was a very enjoyable evening which had a Tropical theme, colourful shirts, and dresses and one Rastafarian and a couple of pirates!! During the evening the Annual Trophies were presented to the following: Millennium Masters – Liz Menzies

Last years event turned out to be an excellent family night out and was enjoyed by all. Over 300 people turned up to support this excellent charity event. An amazing 1100 Euros was raised for the Paul Cunningham Nurses. The Match will be taking place at Estadio Ikomar which is situated on the CV 925 in Pilar de la Horadada behind the Cepsa petrol station heading towards Pinar de Campoverde. Eclectic Trophies – Bill Martin (Men) and Sue Gillett (Ladies)

The standard of football is quite high as each team is selected through the top players from both local English and Spanish Men’s 7 A-Side leagues. Both teams will be in full international Kits.

Ladies Stableford Eclectic (sponsored by Pinada Blinds) Lynnie Harris Laura’s Trophy (Ladies lowest agg. (last 4 medals) - Debbie Weedon Nick’s Trophy (Men’s lowest agg. last 4 medals) – Bill Martin Pegasus Trophy (most improved man) – Bob Shorley

Non Winners Cup – Ernie Hindmarch

Invicta Trophy (most improved lady) – Rachel Leckey

Chuck Martinez Memorial Trophy – Rachel Leckey

Mixed Pairs Greensomes – Ian C. & Jill Pegg

Presidents Putter – Tony Stead

Ladies Pairs – Jill Pegg & Liz Menzies

Easter Cup – Peter Butterworth

Club Pairs – Dave Curtis & Bill Martin

Birthday Trophy – Nigel Wood

Senior Singles – Stan Low

Founders Cup – Mik Harris.

Ladies Strokeplay – Lynnie Harris

RODS and REELS

Admission is 5 Euros – Under 16s are free.

Men’s Strokeplay – David Gray Club singles Matchplay – Mike Box. Many congratulations to all the above winners. In conclusion, we wish all our members and guests a very relaxing summer and look forward to the start of the season on Thursday 2nd September 2010.

Junior told us” organizing this event gives me a great sense of pleasure because football is my passion and combining this with being able to raise money and awareness for such a worth while cause is fantastic. Please come down and cheer us on, Maybe we can make up for the poor performance of the English squad in this years world cup”

Photograph 1: Captain presenting cheque for 821€ to Alan and Jackie James AECC; Photograph 2: Trophy Winners at Presentation Dinner Dance.

Pre match and half time entertainment will be supplied by local dance group from Quesada Dance Extreme along with the children from Junior Strikers Football School who will be the taking part in a penalty shoot out competition.

Maggots end

Again this week was a two match week for some members of the club. The first match was the final of the knockout series. It was held as with the heats, on the Eden Canal stretch of the Rio Segura. The day was warm with little wind, and the river fished fair better in the early number pegs, with the first 3 anglers coming from there. Again, I had a good day, although I didn´t win. I never lost any gear or caught a terrapin. Top rod ( again for a second year ) as follows

the pole using sweetcorn with 4.200 kilo´s. Accumulative points after 3 matches 1st Paul Baxter with 7 points 2nd Ian Dalzell with 9 points 3rd Dave Hoare with 13 points

After the Pedrera filled up, this is the remaining view of Pete The Peg´s holiday home and he had no flood insurance.

This Event is the idea of Junior who runs Junior Strikers Football School here on the Costa Blanca. Junior’s aim is to continue to do as many charity football events as he can in order to raise substantial amounts of money for The Paul Cunningham Nurses who carry out vital work within our local community. Due to last years event and his continued hard work with childrens football Junior was voted for the community spirit award in last years Pride of Spain Awards and made it to the final three in his category.

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meetings or contact Alan below: email: anglerstogether@gonuts4free.com 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), come along to a meeting to see what we’re about.

1st Pete ( The Peg ) Hampshire fishing the pole using corn with 11.240 kilo´s. 2nd Lenny ( Ex Cultural Attache ) Bolton fishing the pole using maggot and corn with 9.780 kilo´s. 3rd Rob ( Lenny´s Mate ) Harrop fishing the pole using maggot and corn with 4.180 kilo´s. The second match was the 3rd in the Summer League 6 matches with the best 5 results to count. The match was held on the Embalse de Ojos, a noted hard venue to fish. The venue did not let us down with 7 anglers blanking on the day.!!!!!!! For some reason the big fish decided not to feed, so to get points a few of us went for bleak. These are small bleak and for a 6 hour session if you can get 5 kilo´s that is not bad.!!!! Dave The Sweetie man was heard to say after the match that jelly baby heads of any flavour would never be taken to that venue again????. We believe he eat them all during the match as they were of no other use. Top anglers on a grim day 1st Terry ( Swing E´m ) Screen fishing the whip for bleak using maggot and barbel on the feeder using corn. 2nd Ian ( Irish Wizard ) Dalzell fishing the whip for bleak using maggot with 4.360 kilo´s. 3rd Paul ( Poco Loco ) Baxter fishing

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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 organized 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

NOTE: There is no meeting in August. The next meetings will be held on Friday 10th September at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar in Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 11th September at 12 o’clock at Los Galayos Bar, opposite beach front, at Puerto de Mazarron. Warning: Anglers fishing a couple of weeks ago at Argos were all checked for their licences and insurance so don’t take chances and make sure you have all relevant documents to hand.

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‘Incredible’ Rafael Nadal can win US Open

Jorge Lorenzo wins Catalunya MotoGP as rivals struggle

Jorge Lorenzo extended his World Championship lead as he won his third consecutive race from pole position at the Catalunya MotoGP in Barcelona

Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal is definitely capable of winning the US Open this year, John McEnroe says. “Nadal wants to win the US Open so badly, it’d be hard not to pick him at this time even though he’s never won it,” McEnroe told the ATP’s website. “The guy’s just an animal, he’s mentally and physically incredible and he can definitely do it.” The world number one has won the three other Grand Slam events but has never reached the final of Flushing Meadows. McEnroe, who won the US Open four times in his playing career, said he expected Nadal to take some time off before the New York tournament starts at the end of August. The Spaniard sealed his second Wimbledon title on Sunday, beating 12th seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets. He has won the French Open five times and the Australian once; the US Open is the only Grand Slam to elude him. Last year, Nadal lost in the US Open semi-final to eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro; in 2008 he also lost in the semi-final to Andy Murray. On his way to this year’s Wimbledon title, Nadal overpowered Murray in the semi-final. McEnroe said Murray played well and just needs to continue on the same path.

“I thought it was a little soon for Murray at Wimbledon because he hasn’t been playing with much confidence for a lot of this year, but he likes the hard courts a lot better so he’ll be playing well at the US Open,” stated McEnroe. “If he sticks with it and perseveres I think at some point he’ll get some luck and be able to pull a Grand Slam out of the bag. He just has to keep strong mentally and realise that his time will come.” McEnroe also had words of encouragement for Roger Federer, who suffered a surprise quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon and has now dropped to number three in the world rankings. “Federer’s done so amazingly well that anything but a win is almost considered a bad tournament,” he added. “But he’s won the Australian Open and been in two other quarters at majors this year, and almost any other player would love that.”

Dani Pedrosa edged out Casey Stoner for second place after both did well to recover from errors which saw them lose ground and fall back down the field. Andrea Dovizioso was another who made a costly mistake, crashing out from second when he was chasing Lorenzo. The Spaniard now leads compatriot Pedrosa by 52 points in the standings. Pedrosa got a flying start but totally misjudged the first corner, running wide and dropping back to 10th, allowing Lorenzo, Dovizioso and Stoner to dispute the lead. Lorenzo passed Dovizioso at the start of lap four and the pair broke clear of the field, leaving a fascinating battle for third. Stoner repeated Pedrosa’s mistake, dropping back after misjudging the first corner, but like the Spaniard battled his way through the field to get back into contention for third. When Dovizioso crashed out, that battle became for second place, with Pedrosa keeping his cool to hold off the Australian. Afterwards, a clearly delighted Lorenzo told BBC Sport his third straight win had been “a dream”. “Andrea was very fast and I was struggling to open up a little gap but he crashed and I profited from that,” he said. “It is a dream for me to win here.” Pedrosa admitted he had been shaken by his mistake at the start of the race. “When I went to take the brake, there was no brake and I was really afraid,” he added. “I pumped and pumped and finally got the brake, but I was out, so I took it slow and tried to recover “I couldn’t do Lorenzo’s rhythm today, so second is not so bad.” Like Pedrosa, Stoner was happy to have salvaged a decent finish when it looked like he had scuppered his chances with a costly error. “It was a near-impossible task to overtake here and I was already struggling with my braking points for this race,” he said. “At the end we had the pace but there was just no way I could get past Dani. He wasn’t making mistakes so hats off to him.”

McEnroe said Federer would probably not be able to dominate the game in the way he has in recent years, he has “enough talent and enough pride” to figure out a way of winning more Grand Slam tournaments.

McLaren’s Hamilton and Button set for British GP duel

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton say they will battle it out for victory at Sunday’s British Grand Prix but will keep their emotions in check.

The McLaren pair are first and second in the championship and former world champion Damon Hill has warned their friendly rivalry could “boil over”. Button said: “We both know that we are fighting for the championship and we’d love to win our home grand prix.” But Hamilton insisted the pair will not “do anything silly” chasing victory. The McLaren drivers arrive at Silverstone with two race victories apiece this season and with only six points separating them at the top of the drivers’ standings. “We have respect for each other but we are here to fight against each other to become the best - and we will,” insisted

reigning world champion Button. On Monday Hill, the 1996 world champion, warned that the “close and fascinating battle” between the two Britons could lead to problems on the track. Any growing tension could jeopardise both their and the team’s title hopes in a hotly contested season, but Hamilton said the pair are professional enough to take the long-term view. “The important thing to remember is that the championship isn’t going to be won this weekend,” stated 2008 champion Hamilton. “The emotions are high and it’s a special grand prix for us but it won’t be necessary to do anything silly on the last lap as there’s a long, long way to go. “It’s always very, very interesting to hear past world champions talk about present world champions. “It’s just interesting to see how it plays out; whether they know what they are talking about or not. We’ll find out later in the year I guess.” The friendly rivalry between Hamilton and Button was tested on the track at the Turkish Grand Prix when Button passed Hamilton for the lead just after Red Bull team-mates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel had disastrously taken each other out. Hamilton managed to re-pass Button to clinch his first win of the season but was initially confused about why the team had

allowed Button to overtake him when Hamilton had been told to save fuel. The pair commented on the matter before going on to the podium to celebrate their one-two for the team, a result they repeated in Canada before finishing second and third last time out in Valencia. Button, who succeeded Hamilton as world champion in 2009, said they will continue to compete against each other while striving to maintain the harmony within the team. “We fight hard, as we did in Turkey but we didn’t touch,” added Button. “We’re both very competitive and want to win but, as we keep saying, first of all you have to work together. “We have done a great job so far of pushing each other really hard, not just on the circuit but off it too, with developing the car and the set-up. “There’s a good relationship and I’m sure it will continue but if you’re both quick you will be racing wheel to wheel.”


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