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Foreign Tourists Boost Spain’s Economy

Foreign tourists spent an average of 90€ a day last month, claims the Ministry of Industry & Commerce. They say visitors to Spain from abroad in July shelled out around 6.334 million euros in total – or 911 euros per holidaymaker – which represents a 3.7 per cent rise on June’s figures.

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In fact, July was the third consecutive month that tourist spending increased.

Those who parted with the most money were from the UK, spending 5,637 million euros – a rise of 8.8 per cent on last year – followed by the Germans, the French, and the Scandinavians.

So far this year, tourists have spent 1.4 per cent more than they did in 2009, with a national average of 906 euros each,

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Holidaymakers were most flash with their cash in Catalunya and the Canary Islands, followed by the Balearics and Andalucía.

Hotels and package holidays are on the rise, whilst there was a decline in DIY travel such as rented self-catering apartments. Despite been a nation that is still struggling overall to emerge from the recession for the last two years, Spain still ranks in the top three tourist’s destinations in the world. It seems that we Brit’s will never be able to wander far from the lure of sun kissed coasts of the islands and mainland Spain. This is something that the statistics always show. With the gradual improvements does seem that the Spanish economy is on the mend, most of which is down to its reliable intake of tourism.

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Spanish police have arrested a Moroccan man suspected of recruiting Islamic extremists over the Internet and raising funds for terror groups, the interior ministry stated

Faical Errai, 26, was detained on Friday in the town of Poble Nou de Benitatxell, near the eastern coastal city of Alicante, it said in a statement. He is suspected of running a website aimed at the “indoctrination and recruitment of supporters with the ultimate aim of encouraging the most extremist and violent interpretation of jihad.” He is also alleged to have helped raise money for terror groups and helped send

Islamic extremists to conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Chechnya. After his arrest, police searched three houses and seized computers. In its investigation leading to the arrest, Spain’s Civil Guard paramilitary police force received cooperation from the police forces of Belgium, the United States, France, Jordan and Morocco, the ministry said.

Homes Evacuated In Callosa d’en Sarrià As Flames Wipe Out Forest Firefighters from all over the province of Alicante have been working since 17.05hrs last night on attempting to bring a forest fire under control in Callosa d’en Sarrià (near Benidorm).

The flames have already wiped out seven hectares of pine forest in the Tosao de Molla area. Four helicopters and six hydroplanes were brought to the scene, but they have both now gone back to base. A number of homes were evacuated as a precaution. The fire brigade says the inferno is now mostly under control, but will take much longer before it is fully extinguished.

Man trapped in car for 18 hours calling for help A driver has been rescued today after spending more than 18 hours trapped in his car after veering off the road. According to the fire brigade, who were called out at around 11.00hrs by the occupants of another car who saw the man trapped in his vehicle, the driver fell five metres down a grass bank at around 17.00hrs last night. This meant he was out of sight to other road-users on the stretch between the two

towns of Vilafamés and Costur (Castellón). It took him all night and most of the morning before anyone heard him shouting for help. He was eventually lifted out by firefighters from Oropesa before being taken by ambulance to Castellón General Hospital. The driver remains in observation whilst tests are conducted to ascertain the extent of his injuries.

Britons arrested in Ibiza ‘drugs’ raid Around 20 people - most of them British - have been arrested in Ibiza following a large-scale drugs raid by Spanish and UK police agencies. The joint operation was carried out by Spanish National Guard and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was aware of the arrests and was offering consular assistance. Last September 25 Britons were charged with drug offences after similar raids in Ibiza. A Soca spokesman confirmed the joint operation, which began on Friday night, but was unable to comment further.

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Mass Grave From Spain’s Civil War Discovered A mass grave dating from Spain’s 1936-39 civil war which contains the bodies of 60 to 80 fighters shot by the forces of Francisco Franco has been discovered

The remains of around 20 people have already been removed from the 30-metre long grave in the town of Villafranca Montes de Oca, about 50 kilometres from the city of Burgos, an AFP photographer at the scene reported. Volunteers are conducting excavation work at the site at the request of the descendants of those who disappeared during the civil war. The Association for the Recovery of Historic Memory, which works to help Spaniards locate the graves of loved ones who went missing during the civil war, estimates that 114,000 people were killed and buried in mass

graves during the conflict, which pitted Franco’s right-wing forces against an elected left-wing government. While Franco’s regime honoured its own dead, it left its opponents buried in hundreds of unmarked graves across the country.

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Spain’s crusading judge Baltasar Garzon opened a probe into the Franco-era disappearances in 2008, one year after the current socialist government passed a law condemning the

But Garzon was suspended from his post and is due to go on trial for abuse of power for opening the probe despite a parliament-approved amnesty to all involved in such crimes in 1977.

Spain’s Iberia Returns To Profit

Spanish airline Iberia, which is merging with British Airways (BA), returned to profit in the second quarter of 2010, posting gains of 31m euros This contrasts with the 73m-euro loss suffered in the same period of 2009. The airline said it had reined in costs by 5.9% in the first half of 2010. It said this had been achieved via “lower spending on fuel, the good results of seat supply cuts, and cost-containment measures”. “The recovery in income was due largely to stronger demand in international markets, and especially in business traffic, but also to heightened sales efforts by the company,” Iberia said. However, the domestic market remained in the doldrums, leading to negative results.” Stephen Furlong from Davy Stockbrokers said: “The company is managing capacity well. South America remains the fundamental growth driver and with improved yields and a healthy revenue

stream, particularly on long-haul.” Profits were hit by the discharge of volcanic ash in Iceland that grounded planes across Europe earlier this year. Even though not all of Spain was affected by the ash cloud - flights from New York to Madrid were still active for example - the partial paralysis was enough to have an impact, causing losses of 20m euros, the airline said.

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Married gay soldier sues Army after being struck off

The first-ever gay soldier to get married has taken legal action against the Army for having ousted him on the grounds of his sexuality. Alberto Linero Marchena said he suffered two years of abuses, threats and propositions whilst in the forces. He called a press conference this week after learning that the Army is due to publish his expulsion in the official forces journal. Linero was signed off work by a psychiatrist in November 2009 and has not been back to work since. In 2006, Linero and his partner Alberto Sánchez Fernández, also a soldier at the base in Morón de la Frontera (Sevilla), got married in the city hall in a ceremony organised by the Army itself – the first-ever gay wedding in the Spanish armed forces.

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Spain Responsible For World’s Highest Number Of Email Viruses Spain has the highest number of ‘infected’ emails sent in the world, a chilling report from MessageLabs Intelligence reveals.

Some 64.1 per cent of junk mail received by surfers in Spain contains what is known as ‘malware’, a term that covers a multitude of sins including spyware, Trojans, and viruses.

The global ratio of emails containing dangerous programmes is said to be one in every 327.6, or 0.3% of all electronicallytransmitted communications. And the same report reveals that dangerous spam messages has increased by 95 per cent in Spain alone since last year. But Spain is not the only culprit – the UK is responsible for 4.5 per cent of the world’s spam, a figure that has doubled since April this year, making it the fourth-biggest culprit after the USA, India and Brazil. Among the top ten countries are Spain, Germany, France and Italy.

Spanish Police Arrest British Murder Suspect

Police in Spain’s southern Costa del Sol have arrested one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, who is suspected of a drive-by shooting, after a four-year manhunt. Police identified the 61-year-old suspect only by his initials J.W.T. but the British press named him as James Tomkins. He was arrested on Wednesday outside his home in the jet-set resort of Marbella. “After noticing the police, he tried to

escape by jumping over a fence at the rear of the property” but was finally caught, a police statement said. He is the subject of a European arrest warrant over a drive-by shooting murder in Britain in 2006. Tomkins was on a list posted by British crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers

Earthquake shakes Chiclana An earthquake rocked Chiclana de la Frontera (Cádiz) last Thursday morning at around 10.30hrs. According to the Institute of Seismology, the first of two quakes, in the south-west of the town, measured 3.3 on the Richter Scale. This was followed by another tremor at 3.4 on the Richter Scale, to the north-east of the town and nearly two kilometres away from the epicentre of the first quake. It

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of wanted British criminals suspected to be hiding out in Spain. British media have long dubbed the resorts that dot the Costa del Sol on Spain’s southern coast the “Costa del Crime” because of the number of fugitives known to have taken up residency there.

Minute’s Silence Before Tomatina For Terrorism Victims

The world’s biggest tomato fight – the famous Tomatina - took place in Buñol on 25th August Every year in August, thousands of people travel to the town to hurl literally tonnes of ripe tomatoes at each other in an internationally-renowned fiesta that started in the 19th century when two boys began to hurl vegetables at people at Buñol market. But before the siren announced that the first tomato could be thrown, a minute’s silence was observed in homage to the two Guardia Civil officers who lost their lives in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan yesterday. Mayor of Buñol Fernando Giraldós offered his condolences to all those affected by the blast. The minute’s silence was also observed by MP for the Valencia region, Ricardo Peralta, and socialist MEP Andrés Perelló.

Dog Finds Missing Girl

A 20-year-old girl was rescued by a dog after falling down a well in Redován (Alicante) today. She is said to be in a stable condition in the Vega Baja district hospital in Orihuela, where she is under observation in accident and emergency. After falling some four metres into the hole and shouting for help, to no avail, she remained inside the well for several days. Nobody reported her disappearance to the police. She was discovered by a man walking his dog, the fire brigade reveal. They say the man was alerted by his dog’s constant barking at the edge of the well, and went to investigate. She suffered severe bruising to her torso, according to emergency services, but further tests are being carried out to check for internal injuries.


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Spanish Paid al-Qaeda Terrorists 5.6m To Free Hostages

The Spanish government paid al-Qaeda terrorists £5.6 million to free two Spanish aid workers in North Africa after a nine-month kidnapping ordeal, according to reports Albert Vilalta, 35 and Roque Pascual, 50 were reunited with their families in Barcelona, early on Tuesday after being freed from the desert camp in Mali, where they had been held captive for 268 days. The Spanish government has declined to comment on reports that they paid out nearly seven million euros to secure the release of three workers who were seized last November when travelling across Mauritania in a convoy, distributing aid for the NGO Barcelona Solidarity Action. One of the hostages, Alicia Gamez, 39, was freed in March following an initial payment of 3.8 million euros (£3.1 million), of which more than half

was siphoned off by intermediaries. A report in El Mundo said further payments totalling three million euros (2.5m POUNDS) were paid in April and May. But it was not until the release of a Mali national jailed in Mauritania for masterminding the kidnap that the remaining two hostages were freed. The al-Qa’eda affiliate had demanded his return as a condition for the release of the remaining two aid workers. A statement by al-Qa’eda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) said the hostages “were set free in return for responding to some of our demands”. The statement, sent in an audio clip

to Spanish media, said it should be a lesson to France, which mounted a failed military attempt last month to free a French hostage held by the same group. That raid, mounted with Mauritanian forces, left six militants dead. In retaliation, AQMI later executed the hostage, ailing 78-year-old aid worker Michel Germaneau. “This is a lesson the French politicians should comprehend very well in the future,” the statement said. “It was possible to deal rationally with the Mujahedeen. It was possible to avoid the aggravation, irritation and anger that led to the killing of their national.”

US Sends Condolences After Spain Troop Deaths In Afghanistan

The United States offered “deepest condolences” to the families of two Spanish paramilitary killed in a shootout in Afghanistan being investigated as a terror attack. The two police officers were killed along with a Spanish interpreter by an Afghan policeman at a training session at a small NATO base in northwestern Afghanistan. The Afghan man was shot dead by security forces. “The United States extends its deepest condolences to the families of the two Guardia Civil officers who tragically lost their lives in Afghanistan,” said Mike Hammer, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council. “We greatly appreciate Spain’s contributions in support of NATO’s ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission in Afghanistan, particularly the critical training that the Guardia Civil is performing with distinction to prepare the Afghan forces to take responsibility for their own security,” he added. Spain’s Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba announced the deaths earlier Wednesday, calling the attack an act of terrorism. “In a class, one of the students apparently opened fire on the two Civil Guard policemen and the interpreter, who was also Spanish, and

killed all three,” he told a local radio station. “The security forces in turn repulsed the attack, fired on the assailant and killed him.” “The cause of the shooting incident is still unclear,” NATO’s ISAF said in a statement. Citing “reports,” it said an Afghan police officer had fired at his trainers before he was killed in return fire. The Taliban posted an Internet message claiming the Afghan police officer had a “special connection” to their group, the SITE monitoring service said. SITE quoted a statement posted on the Taliban website, from spokesman Zabihullah, saying the officer “always said that he will take revenge against the occupying soldiers after he had seen with his own eyes the injustices and the conduct of the occupiers towards the innocent residents.” Spain has some 1,270 troop in Afghanistan, predominantly deployed in the west of the country.

‘Drunk’ Briton Rescued After 24 Hours Adrift

A British tourist was rescued after 24 hours adrift at sea following the apparently drunken man’s failed attempt to sail in a stolen dinghy from Minorca to Majorca to see a friend The tourist, who has not been named, drifted on the waves without food and water for a day after allegedly stealing the inflatable Zodiac outside a restaurant in the port of Ciutadella, in the west of the island, on Friday. Josep Anglada, a local fisherman, spotted him eight miles out to sea the following day - sunbathing in a pair of shorts with a makeshift sail made out of an oar and a piece of cloth. He demanded to be left alone and said in broken Spanish that he was heading to Majorca, another 35 miles away, to visit a friend, the fisherman said. Nonetheless, the fisherman raised the alarm, and coast guards rescued the castaway Briton. Authorities said on Monday that changing winds could have sent the amateur sailor the wrong way. “He was lucky he was spotted when he was,” said a spokesman for the rescue service. “The winds were changing and, without food and water, he could have come to a very sticky end. “The direction he was heading when we

picked him up, he’d have missed Majorca and ended up somewhere on the Spanish mainland near to Barcelona. “But, of course, the winds change constantly and, more likely than not, he’d have drifted aimlessly around the Mediterranean.” The Zodiac boat had been reported missing at lunchtime on Thursday, when its Spanish owners left it moored outside the marine club in Ciutadella while they had lunch. Mr Anglada said: “I spotted it at 11.30am the following day so he’d been at sea for virtually a day. “There’s no doubt he’d put himself in a very dangerous situation.” A worker at the marine club in Ciutadella, who asked not to be named, said: “We’ve heard the man had a few too many drinks in the port at lunchtime, saw the mountains of Majorca across the water with the clear skies, and decided to take someone else’s boat to get him there. “He apparently rowed out of the port. The Zodiac has a small engine but we’re not sure if he didn’t know how to start it or simply ran out of petrol.

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FRIENDS UNLIMITED, the social arm of Help Vega Baja, resume meetings at The Club, adjacent to Quesada Bowls Club, on Thursday 9th September from 2pm to 4pm. Where the well-known local international club dance group under the tutelage of Raquel Peña will open our new season and entertain us with their Sevillanas dances. Programme for September, all meetings are at The Club from 2pm unless stated: Thursday 9 - Sevillanas Club Dance with Raquel Peña Thursday 16 - Preventative Care, the benefits of Health checks by Amicia Davis Thursday 23 - Herbs: Origins and their folklore by Margot Gay Thursday 30 - COACH TRIP and CARRIAGE MUSEUM VISIT - 25 Euros Lunch and entry to Museum included and must be booked and paid in advance. For more information visit the Help website on www. helpvegabaja.com or ring Friends Unlimited Coordinator Pat Perrin on 966 719 862, or either of the Help offices Monday to Fridays 10:00 to 13:30. San Miguel 966 723 733 and Torrevieja 965 704 282

New International Children’s Choir formed on the Costa The formation of a Children’s Choir has been announced by international singer, conductor and vocal tutor, Nigel Hopkins. It will be known as ‘Cantemos!’ (Let’s Sing!) and will be open to children between the ages of 8 and 16 years. Nigel’s musical pedigree is well-known in Spain. For some years he has run an international choral workshop in Torrevieja, and this resulted last year in the formation of two choirs, Melody Makers International and In Harmony, both of which have proved to be of the highest calibre. Nigel conducted a famous Children’s Choir in the UK for 26 years, during which time they made several recordings, and toured Europe on six different occasions including Spain (including Barcelona Cathedral and Montserrat Monastery) in 2000. The choir will meet each Saturday morning in term time at the OK GYM in Costa Shopping in Los Dolses, above the SupaValu Supermarket. Rehearsals will be from 10.30am – 1pm, and full training will be given to members by Nigel Hopkins. Music will generally be sung in English, although other languages (particularly Spanish) will be included as the choir progresses. It must be stressed that the choir is open to ALL nationalities, and that they will strive to attain the highest standard possible.

There will be a huge variety of music performed, which will include arrangements of modern and popular music to suit the taste of both the young performers and their audiences. Recently, a sell-out concert of ‘An Evening with Rodgers & Hammerstein’ was given by Melody Makers International at the Orihuela Costa Resort. During this concert Nigel introduced 14 pupils from the El Limonar International School in Villamartin who he had specially trained for that performance. They delighted the appreciative audience and received an enthusiastic standing ovation.

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QUESADA LADIES CLUB The Quesada Ladies Club will commence their 2010/2011 programme on Tuesday 7th September 2010 at a new venue

In Memorium VANESSA PLATT 4.12.1970 - 17.8.2010

They have moved to the Coopers Arms, Dona Pepa, Quesada. This is a much larger venue and a warm welcome is extended to all regular Members and any new Members wishing to join.

Peacefully, at Torrevieja Hospital, on 17th August 2010, VANESSA, much-loved wife of Mark, loving mum of Rebecca and Tom and grandmother to Jayden.

Meetings are held weekly (Tuesday afternon) meeting at 2.00pm for a 2.30pm start, and are interspersed with Trips Out, Dining Out, Cultural Visits, Quizes, Guest Speakers etc.,

Mark would like to thank all friends and family for their kind messages and words of sympathy and support received, Father Roger Harrison for a lovely service and to all who attended the The Chapel of Rest, Torrevieja.

Further details and Membership details can be obtained from Club President, Wendy Vickers, on 966 717 449

A special thank you to all friends at Las Mismosas Cafeteria and Bar for food and refreshments afterwards.

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UK Economy ‘To Pick Up In Near Term’

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has upgraded its forecast for the UK’s short term economic prospects, but said interest rates must be kept low to aid recovery.

And it warned the pace of growth may slow sharply when the impact of “tough” government measures kick in. The business group expects gross domestic product (GDP) to grow by 1.7% this year and by 2.2% in 2011. This compares with earlier predictions of 1.3% and 2.1%. Figures on Friday suggested UK GDP grew 1.2% in the second quarter of 2010. This figure, from the Office for National Statistics, was greater than initially thought and was boosted by a strong performance by the construction sector. It represented the fastest rate of quarterly expansion recorded since the first three months of 2001, but most economists do not expect this level of growth to continue. Later this year the government spending review will outline some of the cutbacks it intends to make as it tries to reduce the budget deficit. The BCC predicted that “the coalition’s austerity programme and worsening

global background are likely to dampen Britain’s mediumterm prospects”, saying economic growth would slow to 1.8% in 2012. “If successful, the forceful deficit-cutting strategy announced in the emergency budget would put the UK on a path of sustainable and affordable recovery, and could help create a leaner and fitter economy,” said BCC chief economist David Kern. But speaking to the BBC, the former chancellor Alistair Darling warned that being too aggressive with spending cuts also risked derailing the recovery. “The argument today is do you go so far so fast [in cutting spending] that you end up derailing the recovery, ending up with less growth and not cutting the deficit by as much as you want?” he said. Mr Darling again defended his handling of the recession and his warning, in the summer of 2008, that the UK faced the worst recession for 60 years.

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Housing Group Gives Four-Year Negative Equity Warning

Homeowners who bought at the peak of the market face four more years of negative equity, a housing group said

The National Housing Federation (NHF) said the average buyer paid £216,800 for a home in 2007. They may now have to wait until 2014 before prices recover enough to make their homes worth more than they paid. Meanwhile, figures from the Bank of England show that the number of mortgages approved for home buyers was barely changed in July at 48,722. The figures reinforce data from lenders and surveys which suggest that prices have reached a plateau after the revival that started in the spring of 2009. The Bank’s figures show that in July, the number of mortgage approvals was just 160 higher than in June and only slightly higher than the average recorded in the previous six months. With lenders continuing to ration severely their loans to house buyers, net mortgage lending rose by only £86m in July, one of the lowest monthly increases on record.

According to the NHF, house prices will dip again next year by 3%, before steadily climbing thereafter. The federation expects prices to be 22% higher by 2015 than they were in 2009, bringing the average price of a house to £226,900.

Gareth Williams: ‘Backroom Boy’ Spy Was Really A High-Flier

The MI6 worker found dead last week was at the cutting edge of espionage technology.

The Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham is Britain’s last great secret. Now it is in the focus of intense speculation among its stunned staff; the same question continues to be asked: who murdered Gareth Williams – and why? Despite his widow’s-peak haircut and geeky smile, he worked at the cutting edge of computer technology. His mathematical brain made him a vital tool in the fight against terrorism and cyber warfare. Yet the security services are anxious to play down his role, so as not to alarm the world over his importance to anyone involved in his murder. A further sign of Williams’s importance was that he had been assigned to live

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In response to the increasing popularity of the Andalusian Flamenco dance form Raquel Peña’s Sevillanas Club are introducing a series of lessons offering opportunity for enthusiasts to live their dream. The new beginners’ classes are to be held at The Asturias near Torrevieja starting 15th September 1.30 – 2.30pm for beginners: Classes will also be formed for intermediate and advanced levels and conducted in Spanish and English.

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Soon we can all be Spiderman! Scientists say people could soon be able to stick to buildings like Spiderman by wearing special gloves and shoes.

Researchers at Stanford University, California, have created a new textile inspired by the feet of gecko lizards. It has been tested successfully on a small ‘robotic’ gecko, called Stickybot, which can walk up panes of glass. Engineers now want to scale up the design for humans as part of a project that has been codenamed Z-Man. Geckos’ ability to defy gravity is due to microscopic hairs on their toes, increasing the surface area, which creates a one-way adhesive. A sticky bond is created with each step but that bond can be broken by movement in the other direction. Professor Mark Cutkosky, the lead designer, said the new rubber-like material is covered with thousands of tiny polymer fibres. “Unless you use suction cups, which are kind of slow and inefficient, the other solution out there is to use dry adhesion, which is the technique the gecko uses,” he said.

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“Other adhesives are like walking around with chewing gum on your feet: You have to press it into the surface and then you have to work to pull it off. But with directional adhesion, it’s almost like you can sort of hook and unhook yourself from the surface.”

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It amazes me how often the word ‘sorry’ features in our daily vocabulary. Whether it’s politicians or other public figures apologising for their actions, or perhaps more frequently, inactions; stars of screen, sport or stage apologising for the damage caused to families and friends by their affairs; or a previously unknown woman apologising for putting a cat in a wheely-bin, the television news these days seems full of apologies. But I often wonder how genuinely sorry the folk who so glibly make these pronouncements really are. For how often they, and we, make a quick apology and then carry on regardless, often repeating the misdemeanour for which the apology was made. And how often it seems, as in the aforementioned case of Mary Bale, that the apology resulted solely from having been found out. These past few weeks, with our twin 7-year-old grandsons staying, we’ve had innumerable examples. Apologies for balls being kicked into the veranda and knocking crockery off the table; apologies for pushing each other over; apologies for bad table-manners, for disobedience, for the occasional tantrum, for answering back and for a whole host of other fairly minor transgressions. Wonderful that they’ve been taught to apologise, but the words frequently seemed fairly meaningless as they carried on as though nothing had happened, often repeating the apology with a wicked giggle as, for example after the ball ricocheted off my head whilst sitting at the table. But just occasionally, as when over-boisterous behaviour caused actual, albeit very minor injury, the apology was absolutely genuine and heartfelt, resulting in a dramatic change in behaviour and real concern for his brother’s well-being. And this sort of apology is what the Bible calls ‘repentance’, not just being sorry, but actually trying to do something about it and change our way of life. And this repenting, which includes genuine, heartfelt remorse and a determination to try to change, rather than merely being sorry for the myriad wrong things we all regularly do, say and think, is the essential prerequisite to receiving God’s forgiveness Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida email: djburr@avired.com

uncil builds bridg es for mice Co Council bosses in South will be kept safe from traffic council could be spending Wales have been slammed for spending £190,000 on building bridges - for dormice. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council put up three highwire walkways so the rodents could cross a bypass safely. The mice will be protected from nearby predators and

on the Church Village bypass, which opens next month after a 20 year wait. The three bridges will help them move between habitats either side of the newly-built £90m stretch of road between Pontypridd and Talbot Green. Local resident Nichola Thomas, 34, said: “There are more pressing issues that the

money on. I find it absurd that they have spent such an obscene amount of cash on this bridge.” But Byron Bowden, 27, said “I think it’s great that the council are protecting the local wildlife - its something we are proud of here and something authorities are usually dismissive about.”

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Travel crime is widespread but there are ways of avoiding your trip being ruined. Holidaymakers are vulnerable as documentation and valuables are on view and highly mobile. Air passengers are particularly exposed as the environment is confusing and there are numerous distractions. Their guard is down, which is made worse by a false sense of security. It is on flight security but petty crime is mostly off the radar.

COPS AND ROBBERS... The first line of defence is awareness of the threat and defences you set up. Carry documents and credit cards separately with photocopies placed elsewhere. They should be in button down pockets fronting clothing; not in a briefcase or handbag. If travelling with company act as a crime-stoppers unit. It will teach awareness and introduce an element of fun and interest to your journey.

USE HANDCUFFS... If sat at a table or chair put the furniture’s leg through the handle of valuables or ‘handcuff’ it to you by using a small thong for instance. If you use the bathroom take it with you or leave it with a partner. Never abandon it on the floor or turn your back to it. Otherwise clasp your possessions to your chest or on your lap: All it takes is a split second for an opportunist thief to lift your bag and disappear into the throng. When fleeing he will often pass your bag to an accomplice who you won’t recognise if looking for him. Thieves look for those with a criminally relaxed attitude to their possessions. They are watching your luggage: Are you?

LUGGAGE TAGS... Don’t put your address details in the luggage tag. These can be torn off and replaced as someone else’s ‘proof of ownership’. If your bag is stolen it also tells the thief your home is empty. Use your works address. Hide address details inside your luggage for identification if establishing ownership. It couldn’t happen to you? From Europe’s 24 busiest airports 3,800 laptops alone disappear every week.

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Last week the wonderful news reached us that the last two of the three volunteer aid workers, two men and a woman, who were taken hostage nearly 9 months ago by Al Qaeda in Mauritania, had been released. The first of the trio to be released a couple of months ago, was the woman. One of the reasons, why she was being released first, was because she allegedly had converted to Islam. I would have converted to anything, if it would get me out of an ordeal like that. The whole of Spain was naturally excited and happy over the release. Zapatero described the process as complicated and delicate – and the price was 7.6 million. France also pays for her nationals to be released from the grip of Talibans. Profitable little business Al Qaeda has created – millions in income, with the only outgoings to provide food enough for their hostages to survive. Al Qaeda calls the Western World “soft-bellied”. Mmmmmmmm, I kind of understand why. We ourselves are financing their dirty war against us. The meteorologists have during the week put out heatalerts for The Murcia Region, going through all the colours of the rainbow. The media have called it the hottest summer in 30 years. I disagree! I remember that we in June 2004 stood watching our thermometer reaching its highest reading, 50ºC, wondering whether it would explode. Now, that is what I call heat! Around 13 years ago our eldest daughter lost her purse. Luckily it only contained €45 in cash, but it did have documents of importance to her. Against all odds, we decided to ask in The Guardia Civil police station the following day, and to our surprise someone had handed in her purse, with everything intact – incl. the cash. A couple of years later I committed a stupidity that I think a lot of us have tried. When loading my purchases from the local garden centre, I put my purse on the roof of the car, and forgot everything about it. When I discovered what had happened, I back-tracked to the garden centre, but did not find my purse. Same afternoon a gentleman phoned me to tell me that he had found my purse and wanted to return it to me. He did, with documents and cash untouched. In the many years I have lived here, I have noticed a change. I do not think neither me nor my daughter would have been as lucky, had it been today we lost our purses. I base my perception on increasingly more headlines in the local press like 16 year old arrested for stealing €700 (Punte Tocinos), Speaker system stolen from Cristo de la Salud Church (Los Dolores), Robbery of €6,800 from vending machines (Sucesos), and A man and a woman arrested for attempted robbery of a house (Murcia). I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have to tell you that if you have aspirations of beating a World Record from 1998 it is too late. Last Friday in Cieza, in a scorching 41.98ºC, an obviously very fit elite sportsman beat the other over 200 contestants, and broke the more than 10 year old record by an amazing 10 cm. You have to admire dedicated sportsmen, no matter which sport they choose to compete in. This popular spectator-sport was The spitting of an olive stone and the winner, a Guardia Civil policeperson, spit the stone 21.42 metres. Hey, I am not kidding. What began as a bit of fun, has developed into an important competition and an integral part of the local fiesta in Cieza.

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.

O ne Ma ns . M a s t e rp i e c e . . I am looking for a good picture framer. After four years in Spain we still have a drawer full of paintings, sketches and prints collected over years that we keep promising ourselves to stick on the walls of our Los Dolses palace. We started with good intentions - as you do - and at great expense had the first batch framed in our first year. Semi comatose from the several hundred Euros bill, I have been staggering around for the last three years mumbling incoherently, trying to pluck up the courage to take the others to be framed. And not wanting to make the trek back to the shop in Orihuela, we have been asking friends and acquaintances if they know of anyone in the immediate area. Being still relative newcomers in a strange land, we always go on recommendation for whatever service we require, whether it be an electrician or abogado, or indeed picture framer. But so far no luck. It seems that there are very few framers about . . . well there are, but I mean reasonably priced ones who come recommended. It’s not just the cost you understand – the ones that we have had done are large paintings, so required equally large frames. And they are beautifully done, so no real complaints. No this isn’t a rant about the cost of framing, more a fishing expedition to see if anyone can recommend from experience somebody good and reliable . . . and not saving up for a 50 foot Sunseeker! Anyway, I seem to be going to Madrid to get to Torrevieja here, because what I wanted to have a gloat about, was a piece on TV recently about how easy it is to fool the so-called experts in the art world. It did my heart good to see that some tweed suited art snob with a Brian Sewell accent has, not for the first time, been left with egg on his face because the ‘masterpiece’ that he had purchased, turned out to be a clever copy. And I differentiate between connoisseur and snob here. There are people in every facet of the arts who pontificate endlessly and sneer at the choices of us ordinary punters. Many of the pictures that we personally own were painted by a late friend from days gone by, and are therefore special to us. Admittedly he made his living as an artist, but having sold most of his work to American tourists over many years, his work is by no means

hard to find and you wont find any examples in a Sotheby’s auction. But they are colourful and evocative and have special meaning to us. And big. So they are great in covering cracks. I also have one that my Dad painted many years ago. It is of Dunster village in Somerset that he copied from a Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin – I bet Rembrandt never did that - but it’s special to me. Another is a humorous pencil drawing of several dogs peeing up a wall human style. Don’t ask me why, but having bought a set of three of Cornish village scenes, this was an obligatory addition and it came as a job lot. Nevertheless I will have it framed and I know it’s not an original idea, but I will stick it on the wall in the downstairs khazi, and if people don’t like it, they can look away . . . On second thoughts, they had better not, the walls are freshly painted. The point is, although the framing will cost far more than our collection is worth, each piece evokes a special memory or was acquired simply because we liked it. Or came in a job lot! Back in the late 60’s I was introduced to the artist Terry Durham. I was looking at a particular example of his work, which in those days was loosely termed as abstract art. He could see that I was searching for words in an attempt to not show my complete ignorance of the subject, and asked me if I liked it. I said truthfully and without hesitation that I did, even though I could not say what the painting depicted. “You don’t need to say any more than that”, he told me. “If you enjoy it, then I am satisfied”. And he then went on to explain to me what had inspired the painting. And that’s it in a nutshell. Whether it be art, music or literature - if it gives you enjoyment then mission accomplished. And if it floats your boat to have three flying ducks and the Green Lady on your wall; a bookcase full of Jeffrey Archer novels and a Paul Potts album playing, then go for it.

By Colin Bird

A Chinese man is struggling to piece together thousands of rotted banknotes his late father buried for safe-keeping.

World’s most expensive jigsaw

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The cash - believed to be worth around £20,000 had been stashed in the garden of the family home in Jiekeng, eastern China, by Ban Jing’s father during the 1980s. But he didn’t tell anyone about the stash until he revealed its location to his son on his deathbed. “I ran out there and dug it up but it had been shredded by a mouse for a nest, it was damp and mouldy - a real mess,” said devastated Ban, 52. Now he’s struck a deal with a local bank which has agreed to try to stick the remaining pieces together and exchange it for new money if he opens an account with them. “So far we’ve invested seven hours and recovered around 2,000 notes but there is much more work to do,” said a bank spokesman.

Psychic And Patriotic! Paul Backs Engl and Bid

His psychic powers made him a global star during World Cup 2010 but now Paul the octopus has thrown his support behind England’s bid to host the 2018 tournament. It was thought his predicting days were behind him but the eight-legged oracle has come out of retirement to help his homeland. Paul was hatched at the Sea Life Centre in Weymouth but has recently been living in Oberhausen, Germany. It was there that he correctly predicted the outcome of eight consecutive World Cup matches, dooming Germany’s hopes when he plumped for Spain in the semi-final and then also in the final.

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Sea Life Centre manager Nicola Hamilton said. “We have had a number of football approaches from around the world but Paul was only ever going to choose his homeland.” Paul joins other celebrities including David Beckham, Prince William and Lewis Hamilton who are all helping with the 2018 campaign.

But his patriotism was put to the test this week and the cephalopod has made his country proud by picking the England 2018 box.

John Barnes, fellow England 2018 Ambassador, said: “Paul the Octopus is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in football so news of him becoming an official England 2018 Ambassador is tremendous for the Back the Bid campaign.”

“Paul has spent the last two years of his life in Germany, but he is definitely a proud Englishman and is therefore delighted to put his support behind England 2018,” Weymouth

Following his rise to fame this summer, Paul has been approached about book and merchandising deals and is also set to appear in a film.


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IN and around spain...

Gibraltar

Covering only 6.843square kilometres (2.642sq miles), and having a 1.2km (0.75mile) land border with Spain - the shoreline is only 12km (7.5miles) long it is one of the most densely populated territories in the world, with reclaimed land making up about one tenth of the territory’s total area. The Rock itself rises iconically 426 metres (1,396ft) above the Straits of Gibraltar. Its limestone bulk is honeycombed by many tunnelled roads. Many are closed to the public, but try to see the Great Siege Tunnels, arguably the most impressive defence system devised by humans. Most of its upper area is a Nature Reserve, and home to around 230 Barbary Macaques, the famous ‘apes’, the only wild monkeys in Europe. Confusingly, the Gibraltar currency is both ‘Pound Sterling’ and the ‘Gibraltar Pound’. Government of Gibraltar notes bear the words “Pounds sterling” and are legal tender in Gibraltar, but not in the United Kingdom. Notes issued by the Bank of England are legal tender everywhere and are in circulation alongside the local note issues. The Euro is unofficially accepted in Gibraltar, though not by Post Offices or all Payphones.

Originally it was known as Mons Calpe, one of the Pillars of Hercules, then by the Arabic name Jabal Tariq, meaning “mountain of Tariq”, but nowadays it is known to us as Gibraltar or The Rock.

Please note that 100 Euro or greater notes will not be changed due to the possibility of fraud. Here is a very, very short summary of must-sees: Alameda Botanical Gardens, aim for “The Dell”, with its fountains, ponds, and waterfalls. The Casino where you can game the night away after admiring the sunset over the Bay of Gibraltar and Africa from the elegant restaurant. City Gates and Fortifications which the Moors built around the entire inner city, later strengthened by the Spanish and the British. The Convent, formerly a convent of Franciscan Friars, now the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar. It is said that the Convent is haunted by the Grey Lady - a Franciscan Nun who was caught trying to elope with her sweetheart. Whilst there see the adjacent King’s Chapel, and the Changing of the Guard which takes place daily outside the Convent. The Cradle of History monument in the shape of the Rock, depicts a potted history of the Peninsular. Go to The Information Centre at the Frontier to find out all about the keys… The John Mackintosh Hall has the largest flag ever made from LEGO bricks – all 393,857 of them! The Lighthouse, with the preserved lighthouse keepers cottage. Nelson’s Anchorage. It goes without saying that you must visit this. The town centre has two cathedrals, four synagogues, a Hindu temple and a mosque. The Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, A light is kept burning in a tower above the chapel - a forerunner to the present day lighthouse. Parson’s Lodge a former ammunition stores, living quarters and gun emplacements. Trafalgar Cemetry where the casualties from the Battle of Trafalgar are buried. The Tower of Homage in the Moorish Castle dominates the hill side and landward approach to Gibraltar. St Michael’s Cave was prepared as an emergency hospital in World War 2. The Cathedral Cave is an auditorium for concerts, ballet, drama and presentations. The Water Catchments, amazing feat of engineering. And after all this, go shopping – for the most cosmopolitan variety of goods at the most competitive tax reduced prices in Western Europe!

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Global Markets Are In The Doldrums Market Commentary 27th August 2010 Global markets are in the doldrums and with decreased trading volumes and a lack of positive data there has been little to prevent a downward path this week. The Dow is down 2.23% on the week and just over 6% on the month, slipping below the critical 10,000 level (closing yesterday at 9,985). S&P and Nasdaq have followed suit heading into the end of the month 6.7% and 6% down on the month. In the UK the FTSE clawed back from the 6 week low of 5070 seen on Wednesday but is still 3.50% down on the month. In Asia, the Nikkei and Hang Seng haven’t bucked the global trend also down 5.5% and 2% on the month.

highest level since last October. German CPI data is also due out this morning and if it follows the positive trend we may seen the reading come out ahead of expectations however seasonal trends suggest August CPI readings are usually low.

Yesterday the Labor Department in the States reported a reduction in new U.S claims for unemployment benefits. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 473,000, below market expectations for a drop to 490,000. However this figure did little to support the dollar as firstly the claimant’s number still remains high and there is still a real concern about the recovery of the States after the horrendous week it has had. Many economists also look at the four week average price of initial claims which is viewed as a better gauge of employment trends; this figure was up slightly by 3,250 from 486,750.

Today should be an interesting day with GDP readings from the UK and US. UK GDP Q2 2nd release is expected to be unchanged at 1.1% and US GDP Q2 2nd release is expected to be revised down slightly to 1.3%. The recent flow of disappointing data from the States has fuelled fears of a double dip recession. Gold has edged higher this week to current levels of 1236 per ounce (Gold has surged this month as investors seek safe havens and is up 4.80% on the month).

Despite the onslaught of poor data Germany continues to shine as German consumer morale increased for the third month running, hitting its

Euro Zone money supply growth held steady in July as loans to the private sector steepened. The Conference Board’s leading economic index for the Eurozone (which is used to identify turning points in the business cycle of the Euro Zone) rose by 1% to 112.5 in July. The European Central bank reported loans to the private sector grew at an annual rate of 0.9% up from 0.5% rise in June.

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Shop worker wins millionaire’s £1.4m mansion A £1.4 million mansion raffled off by its owner for charity because his money made him miserable has been won by a health food shop worker. Organisers say the winner - a 49-year old woman from southern Germany - won the luxury Alpine villa in Telfs, Austria, after buying a single 99€ ticket. Austrian businessman Karl Rabeder decided to give his his entire £3million fortune to charity when he realised his life of luxury had never made him happy. Mr Rabeder, 48 - who now lives in a bedsit - said: “She was speechless when I called her to tell her she’d won. She just couldn’t believe it.” The lucky woman, who did not want to be named, said: “My husband called me

and said I had to come home straight away. Of course your first thought is, what’s happened? He cried and said it’s nothing bad, you’ve won a house. I am speechless. I am struggling with my emotions because you never think that something great like this will happen to you.” Mr Rabeder says he was delighted about her reaction: “I’m sure I wont miss it because I’m not leaving the mountains... it’s just too beautiful,” he said. The tycoon has set up a series of charity projects to fund causes in Third World countries where people can use small amounts of cash to start businesses or improve their lives.

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LA MARQUESA The current golf course was opened in March 1989 under the name GOLF CLUB DE QUESADA, due to its location in the urbanization Ciudad Quesada , created by D. Justo Quesada Samper. The name was changed in 1994 to La Marquesa Golf, and in its 20 year history the course has seen some major structural and design changes and it is currently ranked among the top courses in the province. There is a plethora of bars, restaurants and shops in La Marquesa, offering a wide variety of food and services in a lovely setting. Ronald’s Restaurante, situated on Plaza Neptune, is open everyday except Tuesday and offers an extensive range of international cuisine. Why not try the special 3 course Weekly Menu at just 14.95 Euros. For bookings telephone: 966 715 176. Quick Save Supermarket offer you an incredible range of services. Not only do they stock all your favourite English foods and a good range of greeting cards, but while you are in the store you can also top up your mobile phone, post a letter, print out your boarding pass or renew your passport. Having trouble with your computer? No problem – Quick Save now have an in store computer engineer. Telephone: 663 540 153 or 671 425 143. Shenanigans Irish Bar is the place to be for sports fans. All live sports events are shown, including Gaelic games. Fancy a night out? Thursday, Friday and Saturday are live entertainment nights at Shenanigans and why not try one of their freshly made cocktails while you enjoy the show? Telephone: 659 665 804 or 630 172 978 for more details. Enjoy a taste of India with Mister Singh. They offer a great value Menu del dia at just 5.95 Euros for 3 courses and a superb Menu del Noche at just 10.95 Euros for 4 courses plus a free bottle wine per couple. Their large restaurant upstairs is absolutely perfect for private parties and they also provide an outside catering. Telephone: 965 724 856 Overlooking La Marquesa Golf Club, La Perla Roja is one of the newest and most stylish of the many restaurants


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UESA GOLF in the Quesada area. It sets out to meet the demanding standards of the local residents, and the mixture of British, Irish, Dutch, Spanish, Scandanavian and German diners who have enjoyed its cuisine have already made it one of the most popular restaurants in the area. The restaurant is currently offering a special, set evening menu for 14.75 Euros per. person, which includes a free bottle of wine per. couple. Telephone:966 712 467 Love Karaoke? The Olde 9th is holding a karaoke night on Thursday at 9m and Paul Heart will be hosting the karaoke on Saturday 4 September from 9pm until 12 midnight. Friday 3rd September The Olde 9th are holding a Charity BBQ starting at 7.30pm in aid of Help Vega Baja, entrance fee 5 Euros with entertainment provided by Pat Martin. All live Football Games shown. Telephone: 966 714 772 Feeling peckish? Bull Flanagans are offering a great deal with their Early Bird Menu - 2 people can eat for the price of one between 6pm and 8pm. Enjoy a game of Bingo every Wednesday afternoon at 4pm, or how about Curry and Quiz on Thursday or a Mateys karaoke evening on Friday. Don’t forget – TKO’s Denis Christian entertains on Saturday. If you are a sports fan you can watch all live sports at Bull Flanagans.Telephone: 966 713 278 Chateau Blanc looks over the 18th hole on La Marquesa Golf Course. Breakfasts start from 2.95 which includes tea (in a pot) or regular coffee. They have a varied sandwich and freshly baked baguette menu, as well as the usual favourites - chunky chips in a basket, toasties, jacket potatoes, burgers and salads. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 3pm. 30 plus (formerly ‘Charlie Jax’)is definitely the place to be. With entertainments ranging from Old School Disco to Ladies Nights and most things in between, you can literally dance the night away as 30 plus opens until 5am at weekends. For more details telephone: 966 712 615/692 761 726/664 271 952

Live Music Old School Disco Bachelor Parties Theme Nights Cocktails

Singles Nights Talent Shows Ladies Nights Live Sports Darts

Music from 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and so much more...

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Mon - Fri - Early Bird Menu 2 for 1 - 10€ Wednesday - Bingo 4pm Thursday - Curry and Quiz Friday - Matey’s Karaoke Saturday - TKO’s Denis Christian

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Set Evening Menu 14.75€ per person Free bottle of wine per couple Calle Zeus, 03170 Rojales ~ 966 712 467 market ROJALES

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Bar and Restaurant Every Thursday Karaoke ~ 9pm Friday 3rd September ~Charity BBQ at 7.30 Entertainment with Pat Martin in aid of Help Vega Baja Saturday 4th September Karaoke with Paul Heart 9pm-12pm

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Room With A View Immaculate 2 bed 2 bath cottage

Was €184,995 Now €169,995

Beautiful detached 3 bed 2 bath villa

REDUCED!

, 9 95 Only 89offers Serious red! e consid

Detached 3 bed 2 bath Villa on the La Herrada Urbanisation near Los Montesinos. The property has a 350m2 plot and would be ideal for either permanent living or as luxury holiday home. The property has been recently reduced and is now the best value villa on the site. Ideally situated between Alicante and Murcia Airports, the area also boasts numerous fantastic Golf Courses. REF: QRE086

This wonderful property has been lovingly renovated to a very high standard and has fabulous views of the local countryside. This 2 bed 2 bath cottage benefits from modern central heating throughout, full loft insulation, air conditioning but still retains its traditional Spanish feel. It has a large living and dining area with feature fireplace and beamed ceiling, and a separate fully fitted kitchen and utility room. There are two bedrooms one with ensuite facilities and a main bathroom. REF 064.

Quesada Real Estate Avda. de las Naciones, Local Comercial 1A, Nº 30 Ciudad Quesada (Rojales)

Tel: 966 719 689

Eva Veronika

Spanish Property bureau PURCHASE OF THE WEEK - RARE BARGAIN! Rojales buy-to-let or holiday home, 2 bed / 1 bath apartment Furnished, Large front terrace, 2 double patio doors to the terrace Rear storage patio Separate kitchen & utility room, Large lounge/diner Shutters/grills/intercom Perfect town location Guide price 59,950€ eager for offers for very quick sale Ref:CA2554 EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY! Ciudad Quesada 2 bed / 1 bath top floor apartment, Air con & furnished, Amazing views – you must see. Extended lounge to the enclosed balcony. Off-road parking Massive communal pool Grills / Shutters / communal solarium Guide price 63,000€ OFFERS ACCEPTED Ref:PS0111 SPB RECOMMENDS Los Montesinos 2 bed / 2 bath apartment Underbuild storage Enclosed conservatory with reflective glass Off-road parking 74,950€ OFFERS PLEASE Ref:AJ2445 See our website for all photos and details

Rural Property Special. Many more can be found on our websites and viewings are highly recommended. Spanish Property Bureau S.L. Nº 28, Avda. de las Naciones, Ciudad Quesada, Rojales, Tel: 0034 966 712 581 Mob: 0034 699 715 788 www.spanishproperty bureau.com

Royal Campoamor Golf. Bargain priced 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom penthouse apartment. Sold fully furnished and equipped. Wonderful sea views. Ref 330029 Priced to sell at 79k€

Property ref. 1154 – Location: Guardmar – Price: 94,999€ Third floor apartment with superb views, with 2 bedrooms, bathroom and glass curtains to large terrace, sold furnished with air conditioning + underground parking and community pool.

villa martin Just on, a wonderful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom San Jose quad house. Sold furnished and equipped. Alarmed. Large communal pool. Ref 330185. Priced at 105k€

Property ref. 1149 – Location: Dona Pepa – Price: 99,999€ Fortuna town house on a lovely conjunto within easy reach of amenities, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and terraces to the front and rear of the property.

villa martin A bargain priced 2 bedroom, 1st floor apartment. Use of 9 community swimming pools. Furnished and equipped. Ref 176man Priced at 55k€ ALGORFA A two bedroom, one bathroom ground floor apartment located in the area of Algorfa. Gated complex with large pool and tennis court. Front and back garden. Furnished and equipped. Ref 330148. Priced at 57k€ Playa Flamenca A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse over three floors, located in the area of Playa Flamenca. 20 minutes walk to beach. Furnished and equipped.Ref 329093. Priced at 99k€ info@dolphin propertiesspain.com

Tel: 687 047 319

170 Lomas del Golf Villa Martin, Alicante www.dolphin propertiesspain.com

Property ref. 1145 – Location: Los Montesinos – Price: 109,000€ Quad style property, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with spacious solarium including Jacuzzi and many other extras such as aircon, alarm system, mosquito nets and community pool nearby. Property ref. 1141 – Location: La Finca – Price: 144,950€ Beautiful town house with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, overlooking 2 stunning pools and furnished to a high standard with air conditioning and a large solarium. Property ref. 737 – Location: Benimar I – Price: 320,000€ A stunning 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home on two levels, with aircon and under floor heating, set on a 500m2 plot with private pool, tiled terraces and mature garden

The Property Shop Avda Naciones 1A Local 26, Ciudad Quesada, Rojales Tel: 966 718 836 Fax: 901 707 147

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BARGAIN VILLA!! 2 bed 1 bath detached villa, close to golf and amenities, Communal Pool. Quesada. ONLY 125,000€ REF: QRE136 BARGAIN ! Ground Floor, 2 bed 1 bath, Air Con, sold fully furnished, close to Rojales town centre. Comm pool. Must be Sold!! 49,950€ REF: QRE126 REDUCED! 3 bed 2 bath Quad, Air Con, Alarm, solarium. Entre Naranjos Area. ONLY 86,000€ REF: QRE084 COUNTRY PROPERTY Dolores. 2200m2 plot with pool. 3 bed 3 bath. Central heating and Air con. GOOD PRICE ONLY 199,000€ Ref QRE115 BARGAIN DETACHED VILLA 2 bed 1 bath plus an annex with 1 bed 1 bath. Comm pool. Quesada Area. Must be viewed 180,000€ Ref QRE135

Quesada Real Estate

Avda. de las Naciones, Local Comercial 1A, Nº 30 Ciudad Quesada (Rojales)

Tel: 966 719 689

Ricote Stunning farmhouse 200m2 living area, 9000m2 plot. Guest house, garage, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, kitchen, large porch. €150.000 Fortuna Mountain Farmhouse 6700m2 plot, 100m2 living area,3 bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, kitchen, needs decorating only €55.000 Pinoso Lovingly semidetached hamlet house. 120m2 living area, 300m2 plot in front. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,lounge, diner, kitchen, courtyard. € 84.000 San Pedro Pinatar 2 self contained houses: 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 lounges, dining room, 250 m2 living area on 500 m2, big pool, garage. €225.000

Eva Veronika

M: 669 621 173 www.spain-fincas.com info@spain-fincas.com

Land with 2 detached villas

Built upto and including roofs. Fully legal. Land 3000m2 - all papers. Fully legal villas with Escrituras. Each villa is 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom size 125m3 approx, plus space for a pool with exceptional uninterupted views overlooking orange and lemon groves. Only 10 minutes to nearest town with all amenities. 40 minutes to coast. Ideal for builder to finish internals. Bargain

price 150,000€ in total. Private sale, must be viewed to appreciated this golden opportunity.

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for rent for rent Luxury 2&3 bedroom apartments 2 Bedroom apartments in San Miguel Salinas, under floor near Villamartin (Torrevieja) 280€ PCM heating, lift, roof-top swimming pool from 385€ also holiday lets available Tel: 965 720 817 Tel: 965 720 817 or 616 493 487 or 616 493 487

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3 bed 2 bath semi detached duplex,sea views, stunning communal pool, loads of private outside terrace on all 3 sides, walk to beach Calarreona summer Bargain 140,000€

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3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, terraced house, 89,500€

Lola style house 3 bedrooms, dona pepa area, 110,000€

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LIFE WITH LINDA...

Some Say Romance is Dead...

In these days of crisis, and with the word recession on many lips, tightening the belt and reassessing the budget, along with the daily demands of a home, kids work; the spouse or significant other gets put way, way down the list of priorities. The days of sitting gazing into each others eyes and sitting quietly are a luxury that usually gets buried under the washing and ironing!!!!!

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Daily life takes its toll on relationships and it is important to take time to nurture and grow, especially in times of “crisis”, as you need the foundations to be strong to weather the storms. Putting a little time aside for you is not a luxury, and here we are in the month of September, kids going back to school, weather cooling a little, Cupid could be knocking on the door ready with his bow and arrows to help spark off a little romance, and fun. Ok it may be argued that Cupid is old hat, but making a day a little never been a mistake. You do not have to spend a fortune, or go the earth, but good investment is always rewarded.

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Looking at restaurants and their promotions, planning a night for you is a pleasure in itself. Maybe a surprise evening, somewhere you have wanted to go but never got around to. Looking at new types of cuisine, will give you both a break from the daily routine and open up a relaxing time; that so many people over time lose between them.

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Cupid’s little arrow caught you once, remember the glow and warmth, times shared, and places visited. Many romantic memories also include food, as a meal and conversation often open the door to a deeper insight to your partner. Also, food heightens senses, the smells, tastes and textures all help to relax the body and bring a feeling of wellbeing. Add to this a comfortable atmosphere and maybe a singer or music to round off the evening, and then you have the ingredients of a very powerful cocktail. Of course Valentine’s Day is supposedly the most romantic day of the year, but it does not have to be on the 14th February, it can be every, or any day of the year. So you have a good excuse for making this the first of many nights to remember. If anybody has Gerard Butler’s phone number I am free for dinner ANY night!!!! by Linda Sage www.lindasage.com

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Yes, it is most certainly OK to buy them here and they are not expensive. I have two growing up here in my mountains, one planted in the ground and the other, which I brought over with me from UK, in a large tub. Originally from Australia, Callistemons are an ideal example of how, on occasions, plants which adapt to very hot and dry conditions often have strange flowers. With their clusters of long and colourful stamens at the tip of, and all around, a stem, they form a cylinder between 2 and 4 inches long. As the flower fades the stem elongates beyond it and you get new leaves growing from that point onwards. Most odd! The ‘brushes’ are red, tipped with yellow, and are produced all over the plant, often twice a year. The name Callistemon comes from the Greek - Kallos, meaning beauty and Stemon, meaning stem. They are fairly easy to grow but dislike strong midday sun in summer and have a tendency to wilt badly if subjected to it. They do, however, like a lot of light. Water them freely in spring and summer, sparingly in winter; giving a liquid feed from mid-summer to early autumn. Propagation is by taking heel cuttings in summer.

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Callistemons require very little pruning, really only to tidy them up after flowering and to prevent crowding of shoots; anything more drastic and it will inhibit flowering for next year. My Bottle Brush in the pot is nearly 3ft tall and wide. I am anticipating the one I planted in the ground to grow much larger in time. Both are in positions sheltered as much as

possible from winter frost and winds and they don’t seem to mind the cold too much. Keep an eye open for scale insects and use a spray to eliminate; if leaves show signs of yellowing it is generally due to lack of feed. I can strongly recommend these shrubs in any garden for their easy care and unusual flowers.

Gardening Tips… If you’re moving a pot, bend your knees and keep the pot close to your body as you lift it. If something is really heavy, use a wheelbarrow!

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Th e Histo ry o f G a rdening Th e h isto ry o f g a rden i ng exten ds across at least 4,000 yea rs o f h uma n civi lizati o n Egyptian tomb paintings of the 1500s BC are some of the earliest physical evidence of ornamental horticulture and landscape design; they depict lotus ponds surrounded by symmetrical rows of acacias and palms. Another ancient gardening tradition is of Persia: Darius the Great was said to have had a “paradise garden” and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were renowned as a Wonder of the World. Persian gardens were also organized symmetrically, along a centre line known as an axis. Persian influences extended to post-Alexander’s Greece: around 350 BC there were gardens at the Academy of Athens, and Theophrastus, who wrote on botany, was supposed to have inherited a garden from Aristotle. Epicurus also had a garden where he walked and taught, and bequeathed it to Hermarchus of Mytilene. Alciphron also mentions private gardens. The most influential ancient gardens in the western world were the Ptolemy’s gardens at Alexandria and the gardening tradition brought to Rome by Lucullus. Wall paintings in Pompeii attest to elaborate development later. The wealthiest Romans built extensive villa gardens with water features, topiary and cultivated roses and shaded arcades. Archeological evidence survives at sites such as Hadrian’s Villa. Byzantium and Moorish Spain kept garden traditions alive after the 4th century AD and the fall of Rome. By this time a separate gardening tradition had arisen in China, which was transmitted to Japan, where it developed into aristocratic miniature landscapes centered on ponds and separately into the severe Zen gardens of temples. In Europe, gardening revived in Languedoc and the Ile-de-France in the 13th century, and in the Italian villa gardens of the early Renaissance. French parterres developed at the end of the 16th century and reached high development under Andre le Notre. English landscape gardens opened a new perspective in the 18th century.

The 19th century saw a welter of historical revivals and Romantic cottage-inspired gardening. In England, William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll were strong proponents of the wild garden and the perennial garden respectively. Andrew Jackson Downing and Frederick Law Olmsted adapted European styles for North America, especially influencing public parks, campuses and suburban landscapes. Olmsted’s influence extended well into the 20th century. The 20th century also saw the influence of modernism in the garden: from Thomas Church’s kidney-shaped swimming pool to the bold colours and forms of Roberto Burle-Marx. A strong environmental consciousness is driving new considerations in gardening today. Why not think about implementing some historical elements to celebrate those 4000 years of horticulture…

Statues

Classical statues have dominated the history of garden sculpture. Copies of famous statues have always been used, because few can afford originals and it would be sacrilege to place marble statues out of doors. Garden centres have given reproduction of classical statues a bad name, by selling poor copies in an inferior material: concrete. Very much better statues are made from pure marble, bound with resin instead of cement. They take the most intricate detail and the statue sparkles with life. A marble statue can shine against a dark background.

Water Featu res

From the classical look to ultra modern, the introduction of a Water Feature can transform the look of any garden. Free Standing Features can be used as a focal point within your garden. Alternatively the very popular Pebble Pool Features can be set into the ground or if space is very limited try a Wall Mounted Features. For those without mains power in the garden, there is a huge range of Solar Powered Water Features available too

A rbo u rs

Arbors can add a certain decadence to your garden or courtyard. Create a place you can enjoy in a hidden part of your garden for maximum serenity. Think of Sunday morning brunch with friends under the arbour surrounded by flowers…heavenly! With such a range of products and prices, the best thing to look for is durability.

send us your gardening ideas...or if you have a question email editor@soltimes.com & we’ll ask fr ankie, sol times’ gardening expert

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COFFEE BREAK CRYPTIC CROSSWORD CLUES ACROSS

STANDARD CROSSWORD CLUES down 1. Try (7) 2. Supernatural creature (5) 3. Floorshow (7) 4. Mentally quick and resourceful (6) 5. Go forward (7) 6. Stories (5) 8. Pertinent (3) 12. Gourmet (7) 14. Disorderly (7) 15. Everlasting (7) 16. Unit of time (6) 17. Perspicuous (5) 18. Employ (3) 20. Start (5)

mantle (9) 16 Some coming up, coming outside, into strange

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feelings (8)

1 Her famous new building (9) 2 Records of American city? (8) 3 Equip vase to hold fish? On the contrary! (7) 4 Move towards a very quiet little creature (8) 5 That woman comes into Women’s Institute’s desires (6) 6 Rents the first organs (5) 9 Turning up mad shock (4)

18 Where you might walk with Father - forcible? Not he! (8) 19 Embroiled with fish in empty tankard (7) 21 Sell abroad some Rolex - Portugese (6) 23 Speak of the Force, say (4) 24 Pair the French brought up audibly (5)

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STANDARD SUDOKU

HARD SUDOKU

SUDOKU PUZZLE

SOLUTIONS

14 Well-mannered chap giving information on broken

SUDOKU PUZZLE ...Very Hard!

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

ACROSS 1. Garret (5) 4. Communicative interaction (7) 7. Hassle (7) 8. Smithy’s block (5) 9. Tooth (5) 10. Reaches out (7) 11. Pact (6) 13. Stategy (6) 17. Time off (7) 19. Stroll (5) 21. Rough (5) 22. Eight-sided polygon (7) 23. Imagined (7) 24. Watercourse (5)

7 Vessel - old English vessel (5) 8 Stunned is spurred, perhaps (9) 10 Number of a horse (6) 11 Royal Navy throne transported from Newcastle, perhaps (8) 12 Mixes since Mob collapsed (8) 13 Besides Alex is love (4) 15 Gets away from garment in English ship (7) 17 Moved quickly, without joint being transported (7) 20 Limbo toy (4) 22 Exercise in movement? (8) 25 Making a mistake with spin - force outside edge (8) 26 Allow devil to come inside mollusc (6) 27 Yield split, being more certain without (9) 28 Creep in three directions before a King (5)


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he T n O e r e H s nclude o C r u o T l a i Spec a! Costa Blanc Ricky Valance shot to fame with his recording of “Tell Laura I love her” which hit the No 1 spot in the UK charts on September 29th 1960. This great recording hit the charts and stayed there for sixteen weeks. Following this, Ricky recorded a number of songs that hit the top 50 charts of the time and has been recording ever since. Over the last fifty years, Ricky has had huge success in many Countries around the world and in particular, with his Country music in the USA including appearing on the US Country show “Nashville Now” in front of 70 million viewers and getting into the top 30 air play charts in Nashville in 2002 with the album track “Mother loves another man”. Ricky was also the first Welshman to have a Number one recording in the UK.

is quickly in action with the final gigs of his 50th anniversary in music Costa Blanca tour with Jukebox Legends.

that the costs can be kept as low as possible as well and the events are also raising funds for PUMA22.

There has been a great deal of interest in Ricky from the media, TV and venues in the UK for his special celebration year and he has featured on a number of programmes and in magazines. Now, his return to Spain will enable ex pats to see his fantastic new show as this special year in his life comes towards it’s end.

The shows will be three hours long and feature Ricky who will be supported by Jukebox Legends and the Elvis 2000 show. This whole event will be solid live music from the 60s and 70s at a simply amazing value for money ticket cost!

At the beginning of the year, Ricky had a sell out tour of the Costa Blanca region with four gigs that were a huge success and tickets were snapped up very quickly. Over the summer Ricky has been in the UK to complete a tour there and once again, he has successfully filled venues and thrilled audiences over there. In September, Ricky returns to Spain and

Jukebox Legends has arranged a six gig tour for this end of year celebration. As always, Ricky is very aware of the current economic climate and has insisted that ticket prices for these events are kept very low so that people can come along and see him without hurting their pockets. Along with Jukebox Legends, he has carefully chosen the venues so

Tickets for all performances are just 6 Euros each (except The Rendezvous which is 8 Euros and includes a FREE Buffet). Tickets are available now at each venue or by calling 695135134. Tickets may be available on the day of performances if available but this will depend on demand so it is highly recommended to book in advance.

Sunday 26th September at 8-30pm The Rendez vous, Campoamor Monday 27th September at 8-30 pm Casa Nicolas Restaurant, Altos del Limonar (nr Carrefour) Sunday 17th October at 8-30pm Los Arcos, Torrevieja Friday 22nd October at 8-30pm Rocajuna, Punta Prima Wednesday 27th October at 8-30 pm The Club, Quesada Sunday 31st October at 8-30pm The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja

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“get on yer bike!” With Cyclogical

Monthly cycling tips, advice and routes... Regular care & Maintenance of your cycle

By Gary and Lynn “Cyclogical” in Que sad a

Once you have chosen the right bike or you have owned your bike for some time you must ensure that you look after it.

Your bike should be regularly serviced at least once per year, twice if used regularly and cycling a lot of miles. During a service the brakes and gears are all checked and adjusted also the bottom bracket and headset is checked tightened and greased, tires checked and inflated, all nuts and bolts checked and tightened and all moving parts lubricated. We also make any recommendations ie: bald tires, damaged cables, poor gears etc. You should also wash your own bike periodically to remove dirt, grime and believe it or not sweat as it’s the sweat that starts the rust on your bike, once it has dried naturally spray the bike all over with a good lubricant (like GT85 or TF2 both have PTFE or Teflon protection) this will help to pro-long the life of your bike. If you are going away and leaving your bike here for any length of time you should if possible hang it up or turn it upside down so as to stop any dead spots (lumps/bumps) forming on your tires and also let out half of the pressure remembering to inflate them on your return. So no excuses “ Get On Your Bike” and enjoy your life!

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Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.30 - 17.30 Saturday 10.00 - 14.00

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We now supply a 1.45m offset dish. It comes as a complete kit for a one off paymemt of only 399€ installed. it has been personally tested by ourselves and we guarantee you will be completely satisfied with this product.

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~ Route 5 ~ Quesada To Algorfa and back via La Finca Distance: 20kms ~ Time: Allow 3 Hours

Leave Quesada and follow the road to Benijofar, turn right at the traffic lights and head for Rojales on your left hand side you will see a BP Petrol station, turn up the road at the side of the garage and follow that road to the river approx 200 metres. Once you see the river turn left and follow it all the way past some beautiful scenery including a working water wheel/ small dam and many picnic/walk areas all places you would never see in a car, pass under the AP7 and keep going till you come to a tarred road and a sign post saying Algorfa turn left here and follow the road to the traffic lights. Turn right at the lights then cycle for about 200 metres then turn left which will take you to the beautiful town square where you are spoiled for choice where to eat and drink.

Once you are rested go straight across the square and cycle uphill till you come to the Towns Municipal Swimming Pool turn right passed the pool and once at the bottom of the road

turn left where you will see a newly made cycle path in red at the right hand side of the road follow this path right up and into La Finca where once again you can stop for a well deserved drink at one of the many restaurants before your long down hill cycle to Montebello passed a castle looking house in the middle of orange groves (rumoured to be Mick Hucknell’s from Simply Red) where you turn right at the roundabout at the bottom of the hill and cycle to the next roundabout which is the one at Soco Market turn left at it and onto the big roundabout coming off at the turn off for Lo Crispin, approx 50 metres on your left is a cycle track follow it all the way back to the main roundabout outside Quesada, cross the roundabout and then hit the second roundabout and that’s you back at the Arches and the main street where once again you can choose from a great selection of places to stop for a last drink before heading home. Well done!

Remember Gary and Lynn are available at “Cyclogical “ in Quesada , Monday to Friday from 9.30am till 5.30pm and from 10.00am till 2.00pm on a Saturday to assist and advise you on all your cycling requirements including route maps. Next Month : What you should carry with you at all times and how to fix a puncture...

...A TASTE OF SPAIN ...A TASTE OF SPAIN... Zarangollo Murciano Ingredients... 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 yellow onions, finely chopped 2lbs courgette, peeled and diced Salt & freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp fresh or dried oregano 6 eggs (optional) Zarangollo, a simple dish, which combines the ubiquitous courgette of Murcia with onions, is a favorite of Murcian cooks, who prepare it both with and without eggs. When courgette flowers, which are less commonly at hand and expensive, are in the market, they are usually stuffed and fried.

METHOD... In a large sauté pan, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in another sauté pan over medium heat. Add the courgettes and cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes, or until they have softened and released their juices. Remove from the heat and drain off any liquid released during cooking. Transfer the courgettes to the pan with the onions. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, add the oregano, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. If desired, break the eggs onto the vegetables and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the whites are set. Remove from the heat and serve hot or at room temperature.


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The Health Benefits of Acai Berries There has been a great deal of information regarding the weight-loss potential of Acai berries recently, so we thought we’d investigate it further… As a rich source of anthocyanins and other phenolics and phyto-nutrients, Acai berries are amongst the most nutritious foods of the Amazon. Rich in B vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids, Acai also contains oleic acid (omega9), a beneficial fatty acid. Potassium-rich Acai also contains copper and unusually high levels of manganese; only a small portion supplies far more than the body needs of this ultra-trace mineral.

What is currently known about the Acai berry fruit is backed by substantial scientific research into the fruits ‘healing’ properties… Acai Phytonutrients Anthocyanins are compounds that have potent antioxidant activity, allowing for the neutralisation of potentially harmful free radicals.

The French Paradox The French are known to consume large amounts of coffee, nicotine, sugar, white flour, cheese and saturated fats, yet they have a very low rate of heart disease compared to neighbouring countries like the UK and Denmark. The red wine grape, due to its anthocyanins is what is believed to be responsible for the very low incidence of heart disease. While red wine has good quantities of anthocyanins, the Acai berry has been shown to contain many times the anthocyanins levels of red wine. By neutralizing these free radicals, anthocyanins from the Acai berry may actually serve to maintain the healthy function of numerous systems and organs. It also includes the same compounds found in green tea. It is therefore likely that the synergistic effects of these compounds, as present in Acai fruit, are responsible for its potent antioxidant activities.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

The Technical Bit…The ORAC Scale

PLEASE CONSULT YOUR GP IF YOU ARE TAKING ANY OTHER MEDICATION BEFORE TAKING ANY NEW SUPPLEMENTS.

Supplying yourself with quality “anti-aging” anti-oxidants, along with a healthy diet, is your first and best line of defence against metabolic diseases such as cancer and heart disease as well as preventing the onset of premature ageing

The Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) test measures the total antioxidant activity of a biological sample. It’s a test developed by scientists to measure the antioxidant speed and power of foods and supplements. The ORAC scale is used in human, agricultural, food and pharmaceutical products, as well as food ingredients and is quickly becoming the accepted standard for comparing antioxidant potential in foods and supplements.

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Special 3 for 2 pizzas Monday Live music every Friday and Saturday from 8pm

Open 6 days a week 11am – 12pm

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Acai Antioxidant Benefits For the average Western person to cope with all the reactive oxygen and free radicals they will encounter on a daily basis, foods and beverages totalling an ORAC value of at least 2000 units per day are needed. It’s been estimated that 80%-90% of the world’s population fails to consume even half of this level. Acai is reputed to be extremely high on the ORAC scale and provides levels multiple times that of many anthocyanin-rich fruits and vegetables, such as cherries, cranberries and mulberries. As the population ages, 80% of older people in Western countries will develop at least one chronic metabolic disease. High-ORAC foods may slow aging and prevent metabolic disease from occurring

Should you rush out and buy Acai berries? Many so-called wonder products out there are not worth purchasing as far as health benefits are concerned; you may as well eat a few dozen red grapes or perhaps black currants, or blackberries each day as pay for an exorbitantly priced bottle of Acai juice drink which will have little or no effect on your health. Some manufacturers have been able to maintain the integrity of the original Acai fruit by providing freeze dried powder concentrate. Freeze drying means the manufacturing process does not interfere with the good properties nor does it involve destructive pasteurisation and preservatives to be added for liquid “health” formulas to ensure they keep for long periods. Remember though that not all dried antioxidant formulas are created equal. Check your ORAC units; the recommended level is 2000 to 3000 ORAC units per day.


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2010 Tour of Spain

A Charity Summer BBQ

La Marina - La Escuera Wednesday at 3.30pm Quesada - Howard’s Gym Saturday - at 11.45am PROFESSIONAL TUITION FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS IN BALLET, TAP, JAZZ, DISCO FREESTYLE ETC THE ONLY BATON TWIRLING/MAJORETTE CLASS ON THE COSTA

NOW ENROLLING FOR NEW TERM

FOR INFO CALL SUSAN: 619 690 469 WWW.TOTALLY-DANCE.COM

...will pass through Rojales Spain on Friday 3rd September

with entertainment by Pat Martin with music of the 50`s to present and a special 80`s tribute, is being held on Friday 3rd September from 7:30, at The Olde 9th, near La Marquesa Golf, Quesada. Tickets are 5€ and can be purchased on the night, during the course of the evening a raffle will be held with proceeds going to Help Vega Baja.”

The seventh stage of the Tour of Spain 2010 Rojales will go through next Friday, September 3 following an agreement reached between the city and the organization of the test. Rojales will have a special role during this day they will also host one of the two “intermediate sprint” of this seventh stage of the Tour of Spain 2010. It is expected that the first riders arrive at Rojales on Benijófar 14.00 from the direction of the Avenue of the Valencian Parliament, which will host the first of two intermediate sprints of the day; runners will then be directed to the iconic bridge Carlos III to the Avenida de la Vega Baja, in the direction of Formentera. To mark the 65th edition of the Vuelta, the squad will compete for various municipalities in the district of Vega Baja; Orihuela town welcomes the arrival of this stage as a tribute to the memory of the great poet Alicante, Miguel Hernandez.

Do you have some time on your hands? Vacancy for a volunteer District Secretary

O’NEILLS “Cheap as Chips”

CAR & BIKE HIRE 7 Seater Available Free local Delivery & Collection Call Sharon on

966 774 780/672 595 278

The District North of The Royal British Legion. Must have good organisational skills, maintain correspondence and library of documents. Work closely with the Chairman and Vice Chairman in the running of the District. Maintain data and deal with enquiries from

Branches and Members. CONTACT: Comms.rbl.dns@gmail.com or 618 929 911

NOTICE

There have been problems with the website for Debbies breast cancer awareness walk which is on October 10th in Rojales in aid of the AECC. So for anyone who registered after July 22nd could they please re-enter onwww. breastcancerwalkspain.com or call into the cards and gift shop, Quesada for entry and sponsor forms or call Debbie on 966 719 847

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your events...your announcements... your events...your announcements... Learn To Dance The Waltz, Quickstep, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Argentine Tango & more …guaranteed!

La Bamba’s Ballroom /Latin/Sequence/Social Dance At Los Arcos Restaurant Every Saturday 7pm–10pm Tuesday 8pm–10.30pm [not 2nd Tuesday Of Month] Beginners Class - Monday 10.30am–12.30pm Plus Lessons At Bienvenido Chinese Restaurant At La Zenia Roundabout Beginners, Wednesday 7.30pm–9.30pm Improvers, Thursday 11.30am–1.30pm Intermediates, Fridays 11am-1pm For More Information contact Andrea & Brian on 616 478 157

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM LOTS OF LOVE SABRINA XXX

Fitzers & Campbells Golf Society

THE SPIRITUALIST AWARENESS SOCIETY OF QUESADA

Meets at Sociedad Compas 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m. A Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m., and every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Lesley Pickering will be taking the Divine Service on Sunday, 5th September. There will be an Evening of Mediumship with Morag Bullock on Tuesday, 7th September followed by a Divine Service with Pat Forster on Sunday, 12th September Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965 323 028

The Rojales Panto Group ...will be starti

ng rehearsals Sept. 1s t at The Cultural Centre Quesad a for their annual pantomime which this year is Red Riding Hood and will be stage d at ‘El Capitol’ Theatre in Rojales, De c. 3rd, 4th & 5th We currently seek any volunteers who would be willing to he lp backstage. If you fancy being a scene sh ifter, helping out with carpentry or pain ting scenery, then why not contact Bridget on 966717977 or email Bridgetspanto@hotmail .co.uk www.rojalespantoesp ana.webnode.com

Se nd yo ur an no un ce m en ts to ‘ed ito r@so lti m es . co m ’ & we ’ll pr in t th em FR EE OF CHAR GE!

Next Event: Tuesday 14th September Mar Menor Golf 1st tee is 09.10 ~ Cost 43€ per person (incl. Buggy and prizes) Presentation at Fitzers Bar in Los Alcazares in the evening Places are limited to a maximum of 20 Please contact Ciaran DADA CALLE CANALEJAS,3, PILAR DE LA HORA Byrne to book on 696 096 03190 ALICANTE, SPAIN. 023 or email: b.ciaran@ IE MARTENS SUNDAY SERVICE 11am ~ PASTOR EDD yahoo.ie Tel: 966 769 300/650 509 606 All green fees arranged BE BLESSED. ALL WELCOME ~ COME AND JOIN US AND by Costa Calida Golf Tours REG NUM. 2009-SG/A – www.ccgt.co.uk

PILAR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH

SPACE FOR A LITTLE ONE? KENNY (left) Born in February this year, after his mother was taken in by APAH when she was thrown from a car, three days before giving birth to five puppies, Kenny is a small, lively and very friendly little dog. A perfect companion for someone who doesn’t want a big dog. To arrange to meet APAH’s dogs, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850 aurea (right)

is a long-haired Persian mix female with unusual colouring and beautiful blue eyes. She loves to be stroked and brushed and has a lovely affectionate personality. Anyone willing to offer Aurea a loving home will have that love returned many times over. To arrange to meet APAH’s cats, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563

La Bamba’s Dance School CHARITY AUTUMN DINNER DANCE at LOS ARCOS RESTAURANT Tuesday 5th October 2010 - 7pm for

7.30pm with charity raffle in aid of Age Concern

Dress optional - but if you have it - dres

Great food with drink included – 20€

s up

per person

For information contact Andrea Murphy 616 478 157

NVQ Qualified PRE-SCHOOL 9am – 1pm €10 per day or €125 per month CRECHE 1hr €5 / 3hrs €8 BIRTHDAY PARTIES FROM €7.50 PER CHILD

Last Saturday of every month (from 7pm to 11pm) We’ll look after and entertain your children while you enjoy a meal or just a well earned break Calle Los Arcos no.7, Turn left before the Arches, Cuidad Quesada

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Lobo del mar To include all fixtures & fittings. Selling due to ill health. Beach location, Bolnuevo, Mazarron 35,000€

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boats Day / Fishing boat on trailer 4.4 metres virgo 40 hp Suzuki engine, 5hp Suzuki stand by engine, electric start, fully serviced. Mazzaron Area 3,500 euros Tel 968 971 782 or mobile 680 913 840

sailing R.Y.A T r a i n i n g centre. R.Y.A sailing tuition; competent crew to yacht master. Also ICC,VHF own boat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or power boat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard 0034 638056224 / 0044 7766975874. enquirers@ serenitysailing. com www. serenitysailing. com (TP 343)

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Tidy paws over 12years experience in dog grooming

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

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One off pool cleans only 8€

window, upholstery & terrace cleaning

removals

LOW COSTA MOVES UK and Spain

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wanted

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

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satellite TV

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Recycle mobile phones for cash at the gold centre quesada supporting Paul Cunningham Nurses Tel: 966717813 or 697193941

GOLD WANTED

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wanted cars for cash Best prices paid Spanish / English Anything considered

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Gold

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motoring section cars for sale

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car parts CarPartsinSpain.com Affordable car parts in Spain to your door also suppliers of inexpensive tyres www.carsinspain.com

limosines services

New White Preactivated Sky Card €99free delivery Sky HD Box We book your Pet on your flight

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Instant Cash Gold and Paid. Jewellery Bought and Wanted Sold. Valuations, repairs and retail. Quesada Scrap Gold Cash paid for all Gold Centre @ No17 gold jewellery or Calle Los Arcos Ciudad exchange for new Quesada Rojales The Treasure Chest: 03170 Tel 634 043 060 966 718 100 / w w w . q u e s 966 765 374 adagoldcentre.com

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The Tho mas Coo k Chil dre n’s Cha rity aim s to mak e dre ams com e tru e for sick and disa dva nta ged chil dre n. The new ly esta blis hed cha rity wor ks wit h a var iety of app eals , rais ing fun ds thr oug h emp loy ee fun dra isin g and cus tom er don atio ns and is set to rais e an out sta ndin g £1 mill ion in 2010 .

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items for sale FOR SALE Sofa Bed

2 metre wide opens to 135 x 190 complete with mattress new & unused white leather red fabric 458€ (was 1250)

Tel:966 111 866 5 arm pine light fitting with cream shades 15€ Camposol area Tel: 699 339 831 (ref 144) 3 arm black wrought iron light fitting / cream shades 15€ Camposol area Tel: 699 339 831 (ref 144) Osram low energy bulbs 11w (60w ) 10 for 10€ Camposol area Tel: 699 339 831 (ref 144) Boys WWE championship belt – 7€ ono, 39 WWE wrestling figures including John Cena, Ray Mysterio 50€ ono will sell seperately. Gamecube and 2 controllers & 3 games including mario karts 25€ ono. Tel: 966 716 887 Quesada area

Swimming pool steps. Stainless steel. Unused. Fitting instructions etc incuded. 50€. Please phone 628609961 Velez Rubio area W i r e l e s s Microphone K a m 1 9 3 2 W i r e l e s s Microphone Set includes wireless microphone, h e a d s e t microphone and tie microphone receiver and all the leads. As new still in original packaging Just 115€ Telephone Ray on 966 712 987 2 x sofas 3 + 2 Very good condition Gold / Yellow material with fully removable zipped covers 300€ Tel 968 199 124

Petrol driven rotavator, needs new petrol pipe hence 299.99€ Tel: 626 19 27 81, Fuente Alamo Hot Electric water Heater. 50€ Dishwasher 50€ One light box sign - large 200€ Tel: 659 231 013

Large oven, keep warm over, cold display, Tel: 659 231 013 Electric bike, 200 euro, 966 715 039 Benijofar large Parasol banana type dark green not used. Unwanted gift. 65€. Camposol area. Tel 679 123 506 or 968 131 762 Windsurfer for sale. Includes board, fin, batterns, mast, aqua shoes and 2 sails Torrevieja area 125€ ono. Tel 600 Computer desk 088 082 or television trolley in solid pine. Width Cars for Sale 70cm Depth 40cm Height 78cm 40€ Astra 1.6 1988 Tel: 966 180 190 RHD €350,00 ono. Reliable, or 660 717 004. good runner, Television MOT end Oct, (hardly used) 36cm spares or repair. screen ideal for Sold as seen. bedroom or kitchen Tel:6 0 674 4 823 35€ Tel: 966 180 ( C e n t r a l 190 or 660 717 004 Torrevieja )

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Y T HARI C ’S HILDREN C OOK C T HOMAS 10 0 2 IN MILLION 1 £ RAISE O T SE T

All funds are split between projects both here in the UK as well as projects overseas ensuring the Charity has an impact on all areas of the world the business touches on. Funds will be raised by Thomas Cook’s employees along with customer donations placed at time of booking and unwanted foreign currency collected onboard Thomas Cook Airlines and in retail stores.

For 2010, fifty per cent of its funds will go towards working with charity partners and specific NHS projects which were selected against key criteria. This years charity partners include, Happy Days – a national children’s charity dedicated to providing holidays, days out for disadvantaged young people with special need and Chicks – a charity who aim to provide as many children from a variety of backgrounds a life enhancing experience of a free respite break away in the countryside. The remaining fifty per cent will be divided between UK appeals received from staff or customers and then applications for funding for activities that support the charities aim in Thomas Cook’s overseas resorts.

Current UK projects funded include:

Current overseas projects include:

Skating for Schools, Peterborough: Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has donated £22.5K to Skating For Schools project in Peterborough which will provide over 3000 primary school children the opportunity to learn to ice-skate. First launched in 2007, Skating For Schools offers children from selected primary schools in the greater Peterborough area the opportunity to participate in ice-skating activities whilst receiving expert tuition by local professionals.

Kindergarten, Cancun, Mexico: The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity made a donation of £17,000 to build a new classroom, toilets and exterior play area at a school in a deprived area of Cancun. The project was put forward by Thomas Cook’s Gateway Manager Mexico, John Hollingsworth, who was heavily involved with the project. The Kindergarten opened in March 2010.

Lifelites – Flights of Fantasy Project: The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has pledged £32,000 to Lifelite’s Flights of Fantasy project. Lifelites is a charitable organisation that provides a whole range of technology to children’s hospices throughout the UK. Flights of Fantasy will enable terminally ill children to experience ‘virtual travel’ through flight stimulator software and high spec graphics allowing a child who may not be able to travel on a plane the experience of flying one themselves! The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity will fund 10 hospices with virtual travel packages for the next year.

Kusadassi Handicapped Association, Turkey: Thomas Cook Children’s Charity donated £6,000 to fund the air conditioning system for a new build school that educates children and adults with disabilities with the Kusadassi region. El Shaddai Street Children, Goa, India: Thomas Cook Children’s Charity donated £4,500 to El Shaddai, an organization that opens homes and shelters for abandoned street children in and around Goa. The funds covered the costs of the patient care and recreation equipment for a new Cottage Hospital that is being built in Goa that treat children suffering from terminal diseases.

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Ken Sherwood

British Car Mechanic

Email: kentrike@hotmail.com

Workshop based in La Pinilla Only ten minutes from Camposol Car valeting from only 25€ (pre booking only) Small Bodywork Repairs Undertaken New I.C.E. Computer Diagnostic & Fault Finding Servicing from only 75€

Electric A-Class set for Paris

Local Delivery & Collection If Possible Pre ITV Checks Available And we can even take your car for its ITV test too! Air Conditioning Repairs & Re-gassing From only 40€ All Your Paperwork Needs Seen To Including change of ownership

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e it r o e t e m e Doubl r u a s o in d d e s u a strike ‘c extinction’ The dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago by at least two meteorite impacts, rather than a single strike, a new study suggests Previously, s c i e n t i s t s h a d identified a huge impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico as the event that spelled doom for the dinosaurs.

first, suggesting another later impact event.

Now evidence for a second impact in Ukraine has been uncovered. This raises the possibility that the Earth may have been bombarded by a whole shower of meteorites.

This shows that the Boltysh and Chicxulub impacts did not happen at exactly the same time. They struck several thousand years apart, the length of time between the two “fern spikes”.

The new findings are published in the journal Geology by a team lead by Professor David Jolley of Aberdeen University.

Professor Kelley continued: “It is quite possible that in the future we will find evidence for more impact events.”

When first proposed in 1980, the idea that a meteorite impact had killed the dinosaurs proved hugely controversial. Later, the discovery of the Chicxulub Crater in the Gulf of Mexico, US, was hailed as “the smoking gun” that confirmed the theory.

Rather than being wiped out by a single hit, the researchers think that dinosaurs may have fallen victim to a meteorite shower raining down over thousands of years.

The discovery of a second impact crater suggests that the dinosaurs were driven to extinction by a “double whammy” rather than a single strike.

Professor Monica Grady, a meteorite expert at the Open University who was not involved in the current study, said: “One possibility might be the collison of Near Earth Objects.”

The Boltysh Crater in Ukraine was first reported in 2002. However, until now it was uncertain exactly how the timing of this event related to the Chicxulub impact. In the current study, scientists examined the “pollen and spores” of fossil plants in the layers of mud that infilled the crater. They found that immediately after the impact, ferns quickly colonised the devastated landscape.

Professor Simon Kelley of the Open University, who was co-author on the study, said: “We interpret this second layer as the aftermath of the Chicxulub impact.”

What might have caused this bombardment is highly uncertain.

Recently, Nasa launched a program dubbed “Spaceguard”. It aims to monitor such Near Earth Objects as an early warning system of possible future collisons.

Ferns have an amazing ability to bounce back after catastrophe. Layers full of fern spores - dubbed “fern spikes” - are considered to be a good “markers” of past impact events. However, there was an unexpected discovery in store for the scientists. They located a second “fern spike” in a layer one metre above the

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A survey for the Times by YouGov in early August, showed that support for the Lib Dems has plunged since the election and the subsequent formation of a coalition government with the Conservatives. A poll showed in fact, that their support had halved from 24% to 12%. Similarly Nick Cleggs personal satisfaction rating fell from 72% to just 8%. One political commentator described public support for the Lib Dems to be in free fall. During the same period, Conservative support rose significantly, as did Labours. There are growing rumblings within the party, and Mr Clegg will be severely tested to control his increasingly rebellious backbenchers, many of whom blame the party’s association with the Tories for it’s diminishing support. Meanwhile figures released show that Britains population has reached 61 million for the first time, and the UK is now second only to Malta as the most crowded country in Europe. The net increase in population last year, taking into account the number of Brits leaving, was 196,000, the equivalent of a city the size of Portsmouth - and that’s in one year. This leaves the population on course to hit the mindblowing figure of 70 million by 2027, and still rising. That darling of the Lib Dems, Vince Cable, told the Indian government on a recent visit that “It’s no great secret that in my department and me personally, we want to see an open economy and as liberal an immigration policy as it’s possible to have”. With his pronouncements endorsed and supported by Clegg and other Lib Dem MP’s I would like to suggest that the reason for the party’s growing unpopularity is the same reason that they did not secure the number of votes in the election that they were expecting. It has nothing to do with their association with the Tory party, but their unbelievably arrogant view on immigration. Arrogant because it flies in the face of public opinion and the very real fears of the majority of British citizens, who increasingly feel disenfranchised and strangers in their own land. With many of those arriving being showered with benefits and freebies for which they have contributed nothing, and all bankrolled

by the hard working British public, is it any wonder that there is a growing hostility to these policies. We came to Spain knowing that we had to pay our way from day one and were under no illusion that we would be able to fall on the mercy of the state if we fell on hard times, so why is this permitted in our country? The next two decades will be make or break for Britain, with more and more of the indigenous population opting for a better life elsewhere, public services will become increasingly stretched, and the already crumbling health service will implode. Less and less working people will have to shore up these institutions until the inevitable happens. This is not quantum physics just simple maths. When the hell are our half-wit politicians going to wake up? ********************************************************* Just imagine; you are a 25-year-old soldier sent to Afghanistan, and in the service of your country fighting the Taliban, you lose a leg and have to be resuscitated twice on the helicopter taking you to the field hospital. Eventually you are sent back home where you begin to rebuild your shattered life. You apply, quite reasonably, to the authorities for a disabled parking badge but you are turned down three times on the basis that your are young and so could get better. Just digest that for a moment . . . you have lost a leg, but you are young and could get better. You are forced to park in disabled bays because on some days the stump is so swollen that you are unable to fit your prosthetic leg and have to use a wheelchair. As a result you accumulate £800 in ‘illegal parking’ fines, and bailiffs arrive at your home demanding payment. Nottinghamshire County Council service director Paul McKay is currently carrying out a review. Now here is what should happen. Lance Corporal Johno Lee – the soldier in question – should be presented with his blue badge pretty damn quick. This should be delivered by hand by Mr McKay with an abject apology and with the media present. The person or persons responsible for the original denial of a disabled badge should be named and shamed and receive official warnings from their employers. People like this are not fit to lick the boots of the members of our armed forces.

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Ferrari investigates 458 Italia fires

Italian firm to address several incidents of 458 catching fire.

Ferrari is launching an investigation into the causes of a small number of vehicle fires involving its new 458 Italia. The move comes as pictures of three separate 458 fires have circulated on the internet. One 458 Italia in Paris, one in California and one in China have succumbed to fires which are now being investigated local Ferrari outlets with assistance from the firm’s base in Maranello. A further car was destroyed, amongst many others, in a warehouse fire at Heathrow airport. A spokesman for the firm said, “Ferrari takes any incident involving one of our vehicles very seriously. The company is currently investigating the particular incidents in which vehicles have apparently been involved in a vehicle fire, and it is currently treating these as separate incidents. Until these investigations are complete, Ferrari is unable to provide any further comment.”

Audi S1 spied at the ‘ring

Audi’s new baby gets the hot hatch treatment, pointing the way towards a range-topping S1. Audi’s new baby gets the hot hatch treatment, pointing the way towards a range-topping S1 The new MINI-rivalling A1 hasn’t even hit UK roads yet, but Audi is already working on a barnstorming S1 to go head-to-head with the Cooper S. These spy shots show an A1 test mule fitted with the S line bodykit which, with the exception of a few minor cosmetic tweaks, provides a good idea of how the hot hatch will shape up. The test car’s wheels, with their extreme low-profile tyres, will make way for 18-inch twin five-spoke alloys unique to the S1. And to further mark out the newcomer from lesser models, it will get chrome door mirrors, a gloss black diffuser and S1 badges. Inside, a racy makeover brings bolstered sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a mixture of leather and Alcantara trim as standard. Under the bonnet is a tuned version of the 1.4-litre supercharged and turbocharged

petrol engine already available in the A1. This is the same unit as used in the SEAT Ibiza Cupra, VW Polo GTI and Skoda Fabia vRS – but in the hot Audi, power is set to rise from 178bhp to nearer 200bhp. That will guarantee impressive straight-line performance, with 0-62mph completed in less than seven seconds and a top speed in excess of 140mph. Only one gearbox option will be offered – a sevenspeed DSG with steering wheel paddles as standard. In a first for Audi’s S range, the hatch will be available in front-wheel drive only. Instead of fitting quattro 4WD, the company is relying on an electronic system to improve cornering and grip by braking an inside wheel when the car starts to veer off course. It will also ride 15mm lower to the ground than the standard A1, on sports suspension. The S1 will debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show, and is set to go on sale soon after, priced from just under £20,000.

Chevrolet Orlando unveiled

7 seater MPV set to debut at Paris Motor Show It’s been a two-year wait, but Chevrolet has finally revealed the production version of its Orlando MPV. The concept car impressed at the Paris show in 2008, and the finished version of its seven-seater people carrier retains the striking looks. Designed to blend the chunky looks of a crossover with a traditional MPV, the Orlando features a low, swept roofline, flared wheelarches and the traditional Chevrolet split front grille. On the inside, the Orlando gets a flexible sevenseat layout where the second and third rows of seats are mounted higher than those in the front for a better view for rear-seat passengers. Designed with a family in mind, the Orlando interior also features a host of cubby holes and storage areas, plus Chevrolet claims it has one of the biggest

Crossover finally ready for debut at LA Auto Show in mid-November You wait for a new Saab to come along and then two come along at once! Hot on the heels of the new 9-5, the new 9-4X crossover will make its debut at the LA Auto Show which runs from November 19th to 28th. The launch was confirmed on the LA show’s Twitter page.

change to impose the Swedish brand’s unique stamp on the design both inside and out. Much of the design is taken from the 9-4X Bio Power concept which debuted in 2008, including the interior which owes much to the latest 9-5.

The 9-4X will become the second car to be launched under Saab’s new owners Spyker and is of key importance to the brand’s renaissance, particularly in the US where demand for crossovers remains high.

Saab dealers will be clamouring to get their hands on the new crossover when it goes on sale in the US next spring. In the US, the car will be offered with the same GM-sourced 2.8litre V6 turbo engine that powers the Vauxhall Insignia VXR coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Despite being launched by Spyker, the 9-4X is heavily linked to the firm’s GM parentage. The 9-4X uses the same mixture of Theta and Epsilon 2 platforms as the recently launched Cadillac SRX, and will be built at the same factory in Mexico. However, Saab’s design team has had the

However, Saab is yet to strike a deal with GM about the supply of diesel engines for the 9-4X, which could seriously hamper its popularity when the crossover arrives in the UK later in 2011.

boots of any MPV. The Orlando is based on the underpinnings of the Chevrolet Cruze, and will launch with three engine choices – a 139bhp 1.8-litre petrol and low and high power 2.0-litre diesels which produce 129bhp and 161bhp respectively. Set to go on sale in the UK early in 2011, buyers will have the choice of four Orlando trim levels, but all cars will be generously equipped with electronic stability control, six air-bags, air conditioning and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors fitted to all cars. The Orlando is just one of four cars that Chevrolet will show off at Paris, and starts an aggressive expansion programme for the firm which will see seven new cars launched in the European market in the next 15 months.

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Citroen DS4 first official pictures Meet the Citroen that’s riding high! These are the first pictures of the firm’s new DS4 hatch, which delivers on the style promised by the DS High Rider concept seen at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Following the DS3, which is based on the C3 supermini, the DS4 features a more extravagantly designed exterior than the C4 which underpins it. The newcomer measures 4.27 metres long, 1.81 metres wide and 1.53 metres high, making it shorter, wider and 10cm taller than the regular C4 and a little bigger than the MINI Countryman. At the front, the hatchback wears the latest Citroen family face, that debuted on the C5. The extra chrome on the two-bar grille and the pair of boomerang-shaped daytime running lights add class, while at the side, generously flared wheelarches house 19-inch alloys, although smaller rims are available. The coupé-like roof line and upswept shoulder line taper towards the rear, where the handle for each of the small back doors is hidden. On the tail, the DS4 features a scalloped bumper with neatly integrated exhaust pipe exits. The interior boasts higher-class materials than in the regular C4 hatch. Liberal use of chrome for the dials, leather on the dash and doors, plus aluminium for the pedals demonstrates the firm’s attention to getting the luxury details right. Buyers will be given the choice of five leather combinations. Top-specification cars feature hide trim designed to mimic expensive watch bracelets linked together. Meanwhile, every variant gets a panoramic windscreen which extends backwards into the roof line and helps bathe the cabin in light. Also available is a high-end stereo system and front seats with a massage function. All cars come with a unique selection of four exotically named tones for the various warning sounds: Classic, Crystal Symphony, Jungle Fantasy and Urban Rythmik. Despite the DS4’s style and luxury, practicality is still high on the agenda. The passenger door pockets have been enlarged, and a cooled centre console storage bin is standard fit. At 370 litres, the boot is larger than that of a Volkswagen Golf, too. Safety kit includes blind-spot monitoring and a speed limiter, fitted in accordance with the Safety Assist section of Euro NCAP crash tests. Under the bonnet, the DS4 features a line-up of five engines. Diesel buyers can choose from a 110bhp 1.6-litre unit with e-HDi stop/start tech and regenerative braking, and a 160bhp 2.0-litre. There are three petrol choices, too: a 120bhp 1.6 VTi, and a pair of turbocharged 1.6-litre units with 155bhp or, in the range-topping car, 200bhp. The DS4 debuts at October’s Paris Motor Show, before going on sale in the UK in early 2011.

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To be played at Sierra Golf Balsicas ~ 8.30am Saturday 23rd October 2010. The competition is to be a Pairs Texas Scramble over 18 holes. 25% combined REFG or recognised Society Handicaps. The cost of this tournament will be 20 Euros per person. Monies made from this tournament will go to Aidemar a

TorreHoradada Golf

Based at The Snug Bar in Torre De La Horadada our August game was at the excellent Roda Golf Course. Forty degree temperatures did nothing to melt our athlete’s enthusiasm to play and none of us felt the need to put the air-con on in the buggies!

There were some good scores in with standard scratch at 31pts. One of our players however scored 20pts. His reason for this was that he had been stung by a JELLY FISH through his shorts, in a delicate area, the day before! This has to go down as one of the all time “poor play excuses”. Decorum prevents me from naming him but he won the PINK BALL PRIZE for the lowest score of the day, read on... We played a Hidden Partners Stableford format which spiced up the proceedings when it came to pairing the players up afterwards. One card was “n/r’d” as the airport beckoned. Highest individual score of the day and winning the TorreHoradada Golf Trophy was 36 pts shot by Charlie Jacobs (on the right in the photo) The Hidden Partners results 1st Terry Collins/Eric Wilson 69pts (left in the photo)

2nd Tim Marlow 68pts

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3rd Pat Packham/Charlie Jacobs 66pts 4th Albert Stevenson 63pts

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5th Alex Newstead/Gerry Morgan 58pts 6th Tony Lewis/Gerry Morgan (wild card) 55pts 7th Marcos Walsh/Keith Powell 54pts 8th Martin Annibal/Ian Hamilton 43pts. Martin Annibal won the “Pink Ball” awarded to the lowest score of the day (back right in the photo) Nearest The Pins 7th Charlie Jacobs 11th Keith Powell 13th Marcos Walsh ...each winning a bottle of wine. Prize giving was done back at The Snug Bar along with one of Barbara’s excellent buffets. Our next game will be at Vistabella Golf (35 Euro green fee including a buggy) on 24th September. For more information contact Terry Collins at The Snug Bar Torre De La Horadada 667323041 or email torrehoradadagolf@gmail.com

Quesada Bowling Club

Not an awful lot to report on this week, as we seem to have only the PREMIER TWENTY running at the moment. In stifling weather we did battle against La Marina at home and away. Our squad playing away consisted of Our singles player Fred Willshire found no answer to the might of his opponent this week losing 5-21. Our pair Gail Watson and Pearl Houghton were always in charge and played well winning 21 -12. The trips Phil Lockley, Brian Houghton and John Northend had an excellent game winning 24-14. And then there were the rinks - throughout a really well fought game both sides were never more than 3 shots adrift. At the last end the Quesada four looked as if they had done enough to secure a win, when the opposition’s skip Shirley Haddaway came in with the winning shot. 14-15. 64 shots for and 72 shots against. Our squad at home were -

Singles - Derek Sale against Dave Hadaway - a very close game, leaving Derek down 2 shots - 19 - 21 Pairs - Norma Lamberton and Nigel Baigent, as usual they had a good game winning 26-14

Trips - Jim Maher, Chip Chapman and Joe Riley had an excellent game and won 34-15 Rinks - Mike Lamberton, Diane Riley, Veronica Sale and Deidre Leeming also played well and won 21-16. Total shots for Quesada were 164 and for La Marina 138, thus giving Quesada 12 points and La Marina 6. One more game to be played next week. Nothing to say at this stage other than don’t forget our next social event on the 11 th September, which is the LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS. If you need more info ring our secretary Glynis on 965 724 885

RODS & REELS PLEASE NOTE: The A.G.M. will be held on Sunday the 26th of September at 10.00am at Cagney´s bar, La Marina. Subscriptions must also be paid prior to the A.G.M. At present there are no vacancies for membership, if you are interested and wish to be registered on the waiting list, then please apply to Sue Swann on 966729293. Working parties will be required early October as nature is reclaiming it´s own. Venues and dates to be notified nearer the time. Next week is the start of the new season for 2010/2011 and it is very intense. It starts with the Winter championship, but inter mingled with this is the Gary Smith Challenge Cup, The Coast Rider Challenge Cup and the Roundtown News Challenge Cup. All the above cups are a series of 4 matches with 6 anglers

local Spanish school for special needs children in San Javier. There will be a Memorial Trophy and prizes for 1st and 2nd places and for other competitions on the day. The competition is sponsored by Ray and Trish Smith who were Darren’s parents. Darren was a Spinabifida sufferer and died at the age of 19. It is hoped that

this will become an annual trophy competition giving support to a very worthwhile charity.

per team. Also for the season are Presidents Trophy, Summer Championship, Summer League and the Knockout Competition. There are only 2 open matches for next season. So as from next week it is full on all year.

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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 for instance, which has 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 Euro to join for the first year and 5 Euro per annum for each year after. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, then either come along to one of the meetings or contact

Entries can be made via email to Bob.Gallard@gmail.com or by calling Sierra Golf on 693 521 442 Entries Close Wednesday 20th October 2010.

Meetings are held generally on the second Friday and Saturday of each month depending on other public holidays and local fiestas. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meetings will be held on Friday 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 are being checked by the Police for their licences and insurance so don’t take chances and make sure you have all relevant documents to hand. TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

FC CARTAGENA

OPENING DAY MASSACRE

XEREZ CD - 1 FC CARTAGENA - 4 BY STEVE HIBBERD Not only did Cartagena open their div 2a account with an emphatic victory over newly relegated Xerez (Jerez), but for large periods of the 2nd half they completely ran the show. Manager JIM elected to start with only 2 of his new signings, midfielders Botelho and Moral, although 2 more were to enter the fray as 2nd half substitutes - striker Goiria and Frenchman Julien Fernandes (joining only last week from div 2b side Montaneros). Starting the brighter of the 2 sides, Los Albinegros took the lead after only 7 mins, when Toche coolly side footed home a pin point cross by fellow striker Victor. Keeper Alejandro Rebello produced a vital save on 13 mins, pushing a powerful Xerez free kick to safety. The reprieve lasted for all of 4 mins, before a suicidal back pass by Botelho was pounced on by Bermejo, who made light work of rounding Rebello before slotting the ball home. Shortly afterwards, Xerez almost scored again, but a great long range effort just missed the target. But it was the visitors who almost nicked a 2nd goal just

before the interval, when a great effort by Toche forced an equally good save. An exquisite piece of one two play, resulted in an assist by Longas to Lafuente, being lashing home for a 2nd Cartagena goal on 51 mins. Having been responsible for gifting Xerez with the equaliser, Brazillian Botelho made amends on 56 mins, when his fine individual run was finished off in style with a nonchalant side foot flick into the back of the net. You could be excused for thinking that being 3-1 up away from home, Cartagena would shut up shop and settle for the 3 points on offer, but you would be so wrong. Just after the hour mark, Toche came close to adding another, but his shot went just wide. Botelho was becoming a real handful for the Xerez defence, but when he was brought down just outside the box, Victor’s free kick came to nothing. First Lafuente, then Victor, saw good efforts well saved, but the last word fell to last seasons top goal scorer. A delightful through ball by Longas found Toche, who ran fully 25 yards before planting the ball wide of a helpless keeper, for his 2nd and Cartagena’s 4th goal of the match.

FC Cartagena line-up Rebollo, Exposito, Txiki, Cygan, Botelho, Mariano, Longas (Julien), Moral (Clavero), Toche, Victor (Goiria), Lafuente Forthcoming Fixtures Cartagena now have the luxury of 3 home matches, at Cartagonova Stadium, in a row. First up is a Spanish FA cup match against Rayo Vallecano on Weds 1 Sep, ko 9.30pm. Then on Sat 4 Sep, ko 6pm, it’s back to league action when Elche are the visitors. Finally, the following weekend (details yet to be confirmed) Barcelona ‘B’ ride into town.


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SHEFFIELD UNITED FC (SPAIN)

LOOKING FOR NEW PLAYERS

With pre-season training for the new 2010/11 Spanish football season on the horizon, Sheffield United FC (Spain) are actively looking for new players to supplement their current squads. With football available to youngsters of all abilities from 6 to 16-years, now is a good time to join this highly successful football programme. Training twice weekly at Torrevieja´s wonderful Sports City, every child on the programme receives exactly the same training package as the players back at Sheffield United´s UK academy. The coaching is obviously tailored where necessary to take into account the standard of the child and the team, but several of the teams are receiving the exact same training methods. To account for the range of abilities, this will see only 3 SUFC (Spain) teams entered into the Spanish Football federation leagues – Cadetes (born 95 & 96), Infantiles (born 97 & 98) and reigning league champions Alevines (born 99 & 00). To supplement these teams, there will be further teams entered into the local Vega Baja (“B” team) league – an Alevin “B” and a Benjamin (born 01 & 02) team. There will also be an extension to the popular Prebenjamin (born 03 & 04) section where players must master the basics of football before moving into competitive football. So all in all, 2010/11 promises to be another good season for the Blades who continue to work with a host of local Spanish as well as English league sides. Pre-season training starts in earnest for all the youngsters on Thu 2 Sep 10, with newcomers hoping to play for one of the league teams being put through a 2-week trial prior to being accepted onto the programme. Aside from needing to reach a certain level of technical ability before being accepted, they must also be the right kind of player for the programme. Whilst squads for all 3 Federation league teams are close to completion, there are still limited spaces available for any new player wishing to join. As well as offering a high level of coaching and league football, SUFC (Spain) teams will once again be playing in some of the very best football tournaments next season, so competition for places is understandable very strong. That being said, Programme Director, Robbie Burns is always on the lookout for better players and is always happy to give any aspiring youngster the chance to play for the Blades. So, if you fancy the chance of improving as a footballer and would like to play with some of the very best multi-national players, why not contact Robbie for more information. All areas of coaching are delivered in both English and Spanish, so you even get the chance to brush up on your language skills... For more information, contact Robbie Burns on 692 507 439, email him at robbie.burns@sufcspain.com or visit the website at www.sufcspain.com. There´s never been a better time to join the Blades!!!

Dani Pedrosa Seals Indianapolis MotoGP Victory

Spain’s Dani Pedrosa sealed his third win of the season with an impressive victory in the Indianapolis MotoGP. Pedrosa, who fell while leading at the Brickyard 12 months ago, started fifth but had moved up to second by lap four.

In changing conditions, the McLaren driver controlled the race from the start after passing Mark Webber off the line to register his 14th GP win.

“It almost feels like this is my first win. It’s just phenomenal!”

He finished 3.575 seconds clear of Spies, who earned his best-ever finish, with championship leader Jorge Lorenzo third and Valentino Rossi fourth.

The result brought him level with former world champions Emerson Fittipaldi, Sir Jack Brabham and Graham Hill, who each had 14 wins during their careers, in only his fourth season as an F1 driver.

It was Lorenzo’s worst result of the season, but he still leads the standings by 68 points from Pedrosa, with seven rounds to go. The next race on the calendar is next Sunday in San Marino.

Pedrosa said: “It was an especially tough one because of the heat.

Earlier, Toni Elias of Spain claimed his third consecutive Moto2 victory in a race that was reduced to just 17 laps following an eight-rider crash on the opening lap.

“I didn’t make the perfect start but I was quite quick through the first few tight corners and stayed close to the leaders.

Spain’s Nicolas Terol took advantage of pole-sitter Marc Marquez’s crash on the eighth of 23 laps to take the lead and win the 125cc race.

“When I was out in front it was quite hard to stay focused and at the end of the race I was really tired but I’m very happy because last year I crashed when I could have won and now I have made up for it.”

Marquez, who went into the race with a 15-point lead over fellow Spainard Pol Espargaro in the championship standings, got back on his Derbi in 14th place and finished in 10th place.

World champion Rossi finished fourth, despite crashing in morning practice, and remains fifth overall, one place ahead of Spies.

However, the day’s racing was overshadowed by the death of 13-year-old Peter Lenz after he crashed and was run over by another motorcycle during the warmup for the first race of the day - a US Grand Prix Racers Union event ahead of the MotoGP events.

Pedrosa’s other wins this season have come in Italy and Germany.

Lewis Hamilton hailed his victory in an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix at Spa as one of the best performances of his Formula 1 career.

“I’m ecstatic, a race like that can be a lottery, and I’m so happy to come out on top,” said 25-year-old Hamilton.

He then got ahead of pole-sitter and home favourite Ben Spies on lap eight before gradually extending his lead.

“I shouldn’t be disappointed with third place but at the same time I’m not happy with my race,” Lorenzo said. “I didn’t ride as well as I could have and I didn’t get a good start.”

Lewis Hamilton Rates Spa Win Among Best Of Career

But he needed one piece of good fortune as rain fell during lap 35 and he ran wide at Turn Eight, coming within inches of the barrier before recovering the car from the gravel. The 2008 world champion said: “I was losing temperature on the tyres and I locked my wheel and went wide, but I was able to get away with it and stay ahead of these guys.

in one piece, keeping a small gap between me and Mark [Webber] and bagging those points.” The victory gave him a three-point lead in the drivers’ standings with six races to go this season, while defending world champion Jenson Button, who was forced to retire following a collision with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on lap 16, trailed his McLaren team-mate by 35 points. Button said the accident was a “massive blow” to his chances of keeping his title. Meanwhile, Webber insisted he was happy with second in his Red Bull after a disastrous start which saw him lose six places before Turn One. “I got a big ‘bog’ on the formation lap and we made a small adjustment on the clutch, but it got worse at the start. “Second is fantastic. It’s very easy to come away with nothing following a small mistake.”

“The team did a remarkable job, we’re constantly pushing, we’re not as fast as some of these guys, but it’s great that we maximise what we have.

Hamilton, meanwhile, was praised by McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, who saw his other driver, reigning champion Jenson Button, have to retire after a collision with Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel on lap 16.

“At the end I was hoping the safety car would stay out a bit longer! Then it was about nursing the car home and bringing it back

“There’s no doubt about it: today we saw a truly fantastic race and an utterly brilliant victory,” said Whitmarsh.


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