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Two Arrested In Robbery Case La Guardia Civil has arrested two people suspected of robbery with violence from 18 farms in the Campo de Cartagena. The suspects were surprised whilst removing irrigation systems from farms in remote locations. The arrest is related to the ‘Crime Prevention Plan in the Campo de Cartagena’, which aims to detect and eradicate crime against property in this area. The Civil Guard has begun investigations specifically to combat agricultural theft, and has installed discrete monitoring devices to assist in identification of criminals. The thieves were concentrating their activities on isolated farms, where there was little chance of disturbance. After conducting the thefts the goods were offered for sale at well below their market value. After a thorough analysis of information obtained, the Guardia Civil believe that the same people are responsible for 18 robberies committed on farms in different localities of the Campo de Cartagena: El Algar, La Aparecida, La Unión, Cartagena, Los Beatos, La Puebla, Torre Pacheco, Pozo Aledo y San Javier. The suspects are identified as: SF, Moroccan, 35 years old, and living in Torre Pacheco. YZ, Moroccan, 22 years old and living in San Javier. One detainee has a history of committing similar crimes before.

Insect Threatens Red Eucalyptus

The Department of Parks and Gardens is working on eliminating a new pest, recently discovered by technicians, which affects the red eucalyptus gardens. popular in the forestry business, has several advantages over traditional spraying methods. These are: The speed with which the tree assimilates the insecticide. The length of time the insecticide remains active, which is 12 months or more.

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This pest is a small insect called the Australian red eucalyptus psyllid (Glycaspis brimblecombei). It arrived in Spain in 2008, and was first seen in some Western Andalucian provinces before arriving in the Levant.

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Because it is absorbed into the tree’s sap the whole tree is treated, not simply the areas that have been sprayed. The insect bites the leaves and sucks the sap, producing partial or total defoliation of the tree, which causes weakness, and, if the attack is severe, the death of the tree. Another effect is the production of honeydew by the insect, which makes the surface around the infected tree sticky. This is especially unpleasant on sidewalks, which can become dangerously slippery. The chemical used is a commercial pesticide whose active ingredient is abamectin, a substance that acts primarily through ingestion by the insects. 99 trees have been treated: 12 in el Jardín del Malecón and surrounding areas, 4 en el Jardín and Plaza de la Seda, 16 in el Jardín del Salitre, 28 in el Jardín Chino, one in el Palacio de Justicia, two in el Jardín de los Viudes and 36 in el Cuartel de Artillería.

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CCTV To Be Installed In Taxis The director general of Transport and Ports, Carmen Sandoval, said that the Ministry of Public Works and Planning has received a total of 110 requests for taxi drivers in the region for the installation of new surveillance systems funded the regional government. CarmenSandovalconfirmed that this will ‘be funded one hundred percent of the requests made’. She added that ‘this is the first year that the regional government aid is granted to professionals who have shown great interest in these grants, which are aimed to provide maximum security for taxi drivers in the region in their

daily work.’

The general director explained that of the total of 144 applications received, 110 were for the installation of surveillance cameras, 27 for computers for the acquisition of GPS satellite positioning, 3 for the installation of security screens inside vehicles and 4 for the purchase of taxis adapted for people with reduced mobility. The greatest number of requests have been made by taxi drivers in the municipality of Murcia and its parishes, although there have been requests from Águilas and Molina de Segura.

Sustainable Rural Development Programme Authorised The Governing Council has authorised the Ministry of Presidency and Government to sign a protocol with the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs to implement the first program of Sustainable Rural Development in the Region of Murcia, in accordance with Rural Law. The protocol will establish the rural areas of the Murcia region

in which they must act and on which it must develop a series of area plans, as a planning tool for the implementation of measures and actions referred to generically in the Program for Sustainable Rural Development. All actions must pursue respect for the environment and the rational and sustainable use of natural resources.

Increased New Places At ‘IMAS’ The Ministry of Social Policy, Women and Immigration, through the Instituto Murciano Social Action (IMAS), has made available 262 new places in Centres for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Thes are in Abanilla, Caravaca de la Cruz, Cieza, Cotillas Towers, Lorca and Molina de Segura, and have been implemented at a cost of 3,096,396 Euros.

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Murcias’ Concert Schedule Released

The general director of the Promotion of Culture, Francisco Jimenez, today announced the scheduling of concerts by the Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Murcia (OSRM) for the 2010/2011 season. The season will be dedicated to the great masters classical music like Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn and Tchaikovsky.

The season starts on October 7 with a concert conducted by the Bulgarian conductor, Vladimir Kiradjiev. In November Mozart features, while in January the Berlin Philharmonic will be playing Schumann. La Asociación Española de Orquestas Sinfónicas will also feature in January, while

February will resound to the music of Rodolfo Halffter, Saint-Saën and Brahms as well as works by Beethoven, Haydn and Tchaikovski. March is given over to Brahms and Haydn, but Mendelssohn fans will have to wait until April. The season concludes with a concert on May 14 which will feature violinist Miguel PérezEspejo from Murcia, who will play Mozart’s ‘Don Juan’ in a program that will also include works by Anton Dvorak. The individual tickets will go on sale a week before each concert at the Auditorium box office and Victor Villegas Congress Centre as well as through the Internet, www. auditoriomurcia.org.

It’s Been A Summer Of Speeding!

Many motorists may have been illegally fined for speeding in Spain this summer, according to the Association of European Motorists (AEA). They claim that not only the Traffic Department (DGT), but also the regional traffic authorities in Cataluña and Galicia as well as several town halls have imposed sanctions which in many cases were triple the legal level. The AEA estimates that the problem has affected

probably as many as 100,000 motorists, who have wrongfully had fines or points deducted from their licenses. This problem has arisen from the authorities incorrectly applying new legal margins of error on radar speedchecking equipment. These came into effect last May, and specified that fixed radar cameras should have a maximum four per cent margin of error, with mobile units having an allowance of seven per cent.

Local Crafts Showcased At Fair

The Minister of Universities and Research Company, Salvador Marín, the Mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jodar, the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Lorca, Eusebio Abellán, and the director of the show, Gregorio Gonzalez, inaugurated the XXVII Crafts Fair in the Region of Murcia (Feramur). It features a total of 94 artisans from the region, 14 from the provinces and eight from other countries. This showcase of regional crafts will take place between 23 and 26 September in an exhibition space of 8,000 square metres in the Santa Quiteria Fairgrounds, Lorca. 130 stalls will offer visitors the opportunity to admire, buy and taste the artisan’s products, while enjoying live demonstrations. There will be stalls for beauty products, fabrics, a large selection of cribs, or Belenes, tailored garments, perfumes, as well as a hall dedicated to foods made with honey or meat marinated in a traditional style. There will also be a children’s play area. In addition to the wide range of crafts, the fair includes a wide range of live demonstrations, including the potters from the Association of Friends of Clay, a mosaic workshop, the work of Antonio Alarcos in esparto, and lace work by the Association of Friends of Bolillo. The Craft Fair is open on Thursday 23 September at 12:00 until 14:30 pm, then in the afternoons from 16:30 to 22:00 hours. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours will be from 11:00 to 14:30 and 16:30 to 22:00. The entrance fee is 3 Euros. The Feramur is part of the outreach work of craftsmanship from the Ministry of Universities and Research Company, through the Department of Trade and Crafts, in collaboration with the municipality of Lorca, Cajamurcia and the Chamber of Commerce of Lorca.

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Police officer injures man in petrol-station shoot-out A plain-clothes policeman injured a man this morning during a shoot-out at a petrol station just outside Madrid. The Guardia Civil officer opened fire at the service station in Villaviciosa de Odón (Madrid) on the M-50 at around 02.00hrs on Sunday. It is not known why the officer fired his gun, but initial theories suggest it was due to either a panic attack or a ‘psychiatric incident’ rather than in the line of duty.

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The National Audience prohibited a demonstration by Batasuna allies Eusko Alkartasuna, saying it “did not differ substantially” from the earlier protest and was designed merely to circumvent Thursday’s ruling. On Thursday, the court had banned a march planned for Saturday by the Adierazi EH group, also Batasuna sympathisers, saying that it aimed to “support the strategy and justify the actions of the terrorist group ETA.” The regional Basque government said on Saturday it would take “preventative and necessary measures” against the protest and police were expected to turn out in force at the location.

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Spain’s High Court Bans Second ETA Demonstration

Spain’s highest court blocked a demonstration planned Saturday in the Basque city of Bilbao in support of ETA’s banned political wing Batasuna, two days after forbidding a similar protest The demonstration intended to defend the Basque country’s “freedom of expression,” referring to a 2003 decision to outlaw Batasuna for its links to the armed Basque separatists ETA. Last Sunday, ETA announced a halt to “armed offensive actions” via a video recording, but did not say if the ceasefire was definitive. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Tuesday rejected the ceasefire, urging ETA to “give up weapons forever” while Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba has said the government will not “change an iota” of its hardline policy against the outfit. Spanish authorities have always considered Batasuna as an integral part of ETA, despite the group recently appearing to distance itself from the guerrillas. Batasuna has urged Batasuna to end violence and formed an alliance with the legal, nonviolent Eusko Alkartasuna.

South African lawyer Brian Currin, a Batasuna advisor and former Northern Ireland peace negotiator, on Saturday called the ban on the protest an error because the party was putting “unprecedented” pressure on ETA to renounce violence. In an interview with El Pais newspaper on Saturday, Currin also said that ETA’s vague ceasefire was not enough, although it was “an important step forward.” Inigo Urkullu, president of the nationalist Basque party PNV, which ruled the region for 30 years before losing power to the Socialists in 2009, also criticised the ban on Saturday’s demonstration, calling it a step backwards and a provocation. ETA, listed a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States, is accused of killing 829 people in a 40-year campaign of bomb and gun attacks to demand independence for the northern Basque region.

Paramount To Open First Theme Park In Europe In Spain Paramount Pictures have said it has reached a deal to open its first theme park in Europe in Spain, the world’s third most visited country, which will create thousands of jobs

In a statement, Paramount Licensing said it “will not be an investor in the project but will licence intellectual property from its vast library of films and provide conceptual master planning and design for the project.”

San Martin de la Vega located just south of Madrid which opened in 2002.

The park will be located in the southeastern region of Murcia on the Mediterranean coast at a yet-to-be disclosed date, it added.

Spain’s unemployment rate hit 20.09 percent in the second quarter, the highest level in the 16nation eurozone and its highest reading since 1997 as the collapse of a property bubble continued to take its toll.

“More details about the project will be announced in the next few months,” the statement said. Paramount Pictures is a unit of US-based media conglomerate Viacom Inc. Rival US media conglomerate Time Warner runs a theme park, Warner Bros Park, in the town of

Spanish media reported that Paramount’s planned theme park will create some 20,000 jobs and will attract nearly three million tourists each year.

Spain received 52.2 million visitors last year, making it the thrid most visited country in the world after France in the United States, according to data from the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).


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Spain overhauls labour market, as unions plan general strike Spain’s parliament gave final approval for a sweeping overhaul of the labour market designed to slash soaring unemployment and revive the economy, despite union plans for a general strike.

The new law - which will make it easier and cheaper for employers to fire workers - was slammed by unions as backward step immediately after its approval by the lower house of parliament. The International Monetary Fund has said the labour market reforms are “absolutely crucial” if Spain is to cut its jobless rate and rein in the deficit. Spain’s unemployment rate has soared to more than 20 percent, the highest in the 16-nation eurozone, following the collapse of the building sector at the end of 2008. The rise in joblessness has jacked up government spending on unemployment benefits, pushing Spain’s public deficit to 11.2 percent of gross domestic product last year, the third-highest in the eurozone after Greece and Ireland. The Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero passed a 15-billion-euro (19-billion-dollar) austerity plan in May aimed at shoring up Spain’s public finances amid investor concerns it could follow Greece into a financial crisis. The plan is on top of a 50-billion-euro package of spending cuts announced in January designed to progressively slash the public deficit to the eurozone limit of three percent of gross domestic product by 2013. The Spanish cabinet unilaterally passed its own version of the labour reforms in June after three-way talks with unions and employers collapsed after nearly two years. The lower house of parliament gave preliminary approval the same month and the final version that has been passed includes some amendments introduced by the Senate. Several thousand representatives of the country’s two main unions attended a rally outside Madrid Thursday to prepare for a general strike on September 29 to protest the law. “Now more than ever a general strike makes sense,” the head of the CCOO union, Ignacio Fernandez Toxo Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, told the rally. His counterpart at the UGT, Candido Mendez, told the rally the strike would “defend what the country needs” in the face of reforms that are “a step backward on rights and in terms of employment.” The government staunchly defended the measures Thursday. Unemployment “continues to be the main economic challenge” facing the country and the new measures will “generate employment and stability,” said Minister of Public Works and Transport Jose Blanco. They are “positive for all workers, for those that have jobs as well as those who are trying to find them,” he told an economic forum in Madrid. Many economists blame the high jobless rate on the cost of firing workers in Spain, which makes employers reluctant to hire permanent staff and encourages the use of temporary contracts that have few benefits and rights. Workers on full contracts are entitled to severance pay of as much as 45 days per year worked, one of the highest levels in Europe. Under the government reform this would be reduced to 33 days for some contracts. The plan also includes the creation of a governmentsponsored fund for each worker that could be used by firms to pay a portion of an employee’s severance in case of a dismissal. Spain plunged into its worst recession in decades at the end of 2008 following the collapse of a decade-long property boom and only returned to tepid growth this year.

Spain Condemns Koran Burning As ‘Insult’ To Muslims

The Spanish government have condemned a US clergyman’s plan to burn copies of the Koran to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks as being “an insult” to Muslims. “We must avoid that this date, in which we remember the victims and serves as a stimulus to continue to fight terrorism with determination, be used by those who spread division and confrontation to offend the feelings and the deepest convictions of millions of people,” a foreign ministry statement said. “The government of Spain adds its voice to those who condemn the plan, which is an outrage against those who practice the Islamic religion and that is also a provocation to those who defend freedom

Madrid celebrates Fashion’s Night Out More than 200 shops in Madrid’s Salamanca district, Las Salesas and Fuencarral stayed open until midnight last Thursday as part of ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ organised by Vogue

The event took place, simultaneously, in 16 cities around the world, including New York, Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, Berlin, New Delhi, Athens and Taipei, and aimed to promote the fashion industry and make buying the latest styles fun. Designers, fashion editors, advertisers, models and celebrities were among the more than 300 specially chosen guests, who were able to enjoy the events planned by each and every participating shop. Vogue magazine brought its production department to the city’s streets, with stylists, models and photographers all in action. There will also be an exhibition of the 100 most iconic covers from between 1917 and 1965. There was also fashion shows, photo sessions and DJ sessions.

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of religion and beliefs and fight against intolerance and discrimination,” it added. “The Spanish government is confident that the various expressions of condemnation that this initiative has elicited among religious leaders of all faiths, politicians and social movements, will discourage its promoters from carrying it out.” US officials have led international calls for pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, to abandon his plan to burn copies of the Koran.

Spain’s PM Says ‘No Need’ For More Austerity Measures

Spain’s prime minister said Friday the government did not plan any new austerity measures in order to slash the massive public deficit as the economic situation “has improved.” “We do not plan any additional cuts,” Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said in a radio interview. Zapatero’s socialist government in May passed a 15-billion-euro (19-billion-dollar) austerity plan aimed at shoring up Spain’s public finances amid investor concerns it could follow Greece into a financial crisis. That was on top of a 50-billion-euro package of spending cuts announced in January

designed to progressively slash the public deficit to the eurozone limit of three percent of gross domestic product by 2013. Asked by Cadena Ser radio whether any new measures were planned, he replied: “There will not be any need.” “The (economic) situation has improved” since earlier this year, he said.


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Dando: Following In The Footsteps Of Nancy Wake world Suzanne Gymnast Suzanne Dando led a team of women in training for a 50-mile trek across the Pyrenees following the route of the Second World War resistance fighter Nancy Wake news in brief 1 dead, 53 homes destroyed in California fire

Fire crews flooded the ruins of burning homes with water early Friday after a massive explosion apparently triggered by a broken gas line sent flames roaring through a neighbourhood near San Francisco, destroying more than 50 houses. There was one confirmed death and reports of several others.

Sport Obama to take GOP to task on economy, tax cuts Striving to gain the upper hand on a crucial political issue, President Barack Obama is faulting Republicans for refusing to help him turn around the sluggish economy or support some proposed new tax breaks for businesses that the GOP has backed in the past.

UN resolution paves the way for SerbiaKosovo talks The UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo. The resolution opens the way for direct talks between the two sides - the first since Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.

Nokia appoints Microsoft executive as new head Finland’s Nokia has appointed Microsoft business manager Stephen Elop as its new chief executive. Mr Elop - the first non-Finn to head Nokia - will replace OlliPekka Kallasvuo, a lifelong employee who had been chief executive since 2006. The appointment may mark a sea-change in strategy at the top of the Finnish mobile phone giant.

Belgium church abuse detailed by Adriaenssens report Harrowing details of some 300 cases of alleged sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Belgium have been released by a Church investigator. Peter Adriaenssens said cases of abuse, mostly involving minors, had been found in nearly every diocese, and 13 alleged victims had committed suicide. Two-thirds of victims were boys, most of them aged below 15, but 100 girls also suffered assaults, he said.No evidence of a systematic Church cover-up was found, he added.

The former Olympian is heading a group of eight women who hope to raise £100,000 for the Royal British Legion by retracing the footsteps of the spy when she fled the Gestapo in 1943.

Wake, who worked for the French Resistance and Britain’s secretive Special Operations Executive, escaped on foot from France into Spain along Le Chemin de la Liberte. Dando’s team includes Royal Navy medic Kate Nesbitt, one of only two women to receive the Military Cross, Jo Salter, the RAF’s first female fast jet fighter pilot, and Moira Cameron, the first female Beefeater. The athlete, who captained the British gymnastics team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, was preparing the group yesterday by marching up Primrose Hill in north London. The Sky Sports presenter said she was inspired to undertake the challenge after reading how Wake and 33,000 civilians and Allied servicemen used the mountainous route to reach freedom.

“To walk Le Chemin de la Liberte is to experience, in a very personal way, at least some of the dangers and hardships faced by those men and women who used this high mountain escape route during the war,” she said.

The four-day trek leaves Saint-Girons on September 16 and the runners will shelter in some of the original shepherds’ huts used by escapees during the war. The team also includes Olympic yachtswoman Lt Cdr Penny Clark and Atlantic rower Sally Kettle. Known by the Germans as the “white mouse”, New Zealand-born Wake, 98, was one of the most highly decorated women of the war, and topped the Gestapo’s mostwanted list. After making it back to Britain in 1943, she joined SOE and was parachuted back into France where she coordinated resistance activity prior to the Normandy invasion, including strangling an SS sentry with her bare hands.

Remains of ‘hunchback’ dinosaur discovered in Spain A ‘hunchback’ dinosaur that roamed the Earth 130 million years ago has been unearthed in Spain

British father and son drown at Spanish beach

A British holidaymaker has drowned in a failed attempt to save his elderly father who was sucked under the water in powerful waves at a Spanish beach outcrops, is usually popular with snorkellers but strong winds and pounding waves made it too dangerous to swim on Tuesday.

The meat eater was almost 20ft long, about 6ft tall and weighed around four-and-a-half tons. It has been dubbed “the hunchback hunter of Las Hoyas” where it was found near the city of Cuenca in western Spain.

Cecelio Fajardo, head of the local Civil Protection rescue team, said: “We were called just after 4pm saying a swimmer was in trouble and some others were in the water trying to rescue him.

The previously unknown creature which has been officially named Concavenator corcovatus is one of the most complete dinosaur fossils yet dug up in Europe. Professor Francisco Ortega said the “exquisitely preserved” skeleton represents a new species of carcharodontosaurid – a member of the predatory theropods that included T Rex. They were previously believed to be only confined to south of the equator so the discovery described in Nature provides insights into the early evolution of theropods. Prof Ortega, of the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, said C corcovatus has “two unusual features” – the pointed humplike structure on its back and a series of small bumps on the forearms. This unique ‘hunchback’ has never previously been described in dinosaurs whereas the bumps are similar to ‘quill knobs’ found in many modern birds where wing feathers are anchored to the bone with ligaments. As well as its peculiar spine C corcovatus could help shed light on the origin of feathers on theropods from which today’s birds descended. Scales do not have follicles so it is believed the structures on the arms were pieces of skin similar to birds’ feathers. Prof Ortega said: “Carcharodontosaurs were the largest predatory dinosaurs, and their early evolutionary history seems to be more intricate than was previously thought. “Here we describe an almost complete and exquisitely preserved skeleton of a medium-sized theropod from the Lower Cretaceous series.” He added: “Concavenator shows the combination of scale and non-scale skin appendages exhibited in present-day poultry was already present in large theropod dinosaurs 130 million years ago.” The researchers also suggest the dinosaur could help to identify some fragmentary theropod remains from the European Lower Cretaceous – a geologic period stretching from 146 to 100 million years ago.

Jonathan Wells, 45, dived into the sea to help his father Robert Wells, 75, after he was swept from the shore while swimming at the small cove on the Costa del Sol. But the pair were both dragged under the water and drowned in strong currents near the seaside town of Almunecar, in the southern province of Granada, Andalusia. Two Spanish beachgoers leapt in after them but were unable to rescue the pair as they were beaten back by the high seas at around 4pm on Tuesday. One of the men was washed onto rocks while the other was forced to seek refuge on a floating platform until rescue workers managed to reach him. Police and paramedics rushed to the scene but both the Britons were already dead by the time a Civil Protection boat brought them ashore. The men, from Cobham, Surrey, had been on holiday at the popular tourist destination and were staying with friends in a nearby villa. Jesus

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yesterday told how he tried to save the two men but was forced back by the waves.

“We sent out a launch which had great difficulty reaching the two men because the sea was so violent.

The Spaniard said: “I was with my girlfriend on the beach when it happened. The older man went in first and he was drowning, then the younger man went in to try to save him but he couldn’t get out either.

“By the time we got to them they were already dead and were only able to bring the bodies back to the beach.”

“I got in to try to save them but the old man was already in real trouble, he wasn’t even calling for help by then.

A spokesman for the Civil Guard police, who are investigating the deaths, said: “Two British men, a father and son, drowned in exceptionally strong seas at El Tesorilla beach.

“I did my best but gave up when it became impossible. Another man got in to try to help but he could do nothing either and ended up swimming to a floating platform because he was in danger himself.” Some beachgoers complained that lifeguards had failed to display red flags on the beach warning swimmers not to enter the water. However, Spanish police insisted yesterday that the flags had been flying at El Tesorilla beach, which is just 80 yards long and 50 yards wide. The spot, which is protected on both sides by rocky

An autopsy will be carried out to confirm the causes of death.

“The father was swimming while his son was waiting on the beach. The older man got into trouble and started shouting for help. “His son swam out to try to save him but neither of them was able to reach the shore. “Red flags were flying at the beach instructing people not to enter the water.” The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the family had been informed of the men’s deaths and that the British embassy in Madrid was providing consular assistance.


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Mortgage Lending ‘Remains Tight’ Lending on home loans continues to be squeezed despite a slight rise in new mortgage lending in July, lenders say

The number of mortgages advanced to house buyers increased to 56,000 in July, up 7% on the previous month, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said. This was also 6% up on the same month a year ago. But the group said that although there had been a seasonal uplift, the market remained “very weak” with loan criteria having

tightened. “Lending criteria remain tight, underpinned by caution on the part of both borrowers and lenders in the light of continuing economic uncertainty,” said CML economist Paul Samter. First time buyers are still struggling to raise the necessary money to take out a mortgage. They had to put down an average deposit of 24%

in July, a position that has changed little since the start of 2009. The proportion of new mortgages taken by firsttime buyers fell to just 34% of all loans granted to home buyers. That was down from 38% in June and the smallest percentage since the middle of 2007, just before the onset of the credit crunch and the international banking crisis.

Botox industry register launched A government-backed register for providers of injectable cosmetic treatments such as botox and dermal fillers has been launched Those who meet the standards set down for the Independent Heathcare Advisory Services’ voluntary register, will receive a quality assurance mark. The IHAS hopes people will be steered away from “botox parties” or treatments offered in inappropriate locations. But cosmetic surgeons say such self regulation will not stop bad practice. The introduction of the register comes amid a boom in demand for botox and dermal fillers. According to the IHAS, there are currently about 5,000 providers of injectables in the UK, carrying out about 200,000 treatments each year. Other estimates suggest far higher numbers of people in the UK are seeking out these treatments. But there are growing concerns over people receiving treatments in inappropriate settings.

“We’ve heard stories of botox parties and people going to even garden sheds [to have treatment], “ IHAS director Sally Taber said. “It’s just amazing that the general public think that they can have an injection into their face in a nail bar, a garden shed or at a botox party, because you are dealing with a prescription medicine. “They can cause permanent damage. The patient will be reminded all their lives that they’ve gone to an inappropriate practitioner who wasn’t appropriately qualified,” she warns. The new register of injectable cosmetic providers represents an attempt by the injectables industry to regulate itself. It will be funded by the treatment providers who must pay registration and annual fees to join.

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Mandela ‘Blasted Blair Over Invasion Of Iraq’ Nelson Mandela felt so betrayed by Tony Blair’s decision to join the invasion of Iraq that he made a furious phone call to a UK minister to protest

Labour MP Peter Hain, whose biography of the exSouth African president is published on Monday, said Mr Mandela was “breathing fire” down the line. The former Welsh Secretary said Mr Mandela felt Mr Blair’s good work was “blown out of the water” by the war. Mr Hain said the criticisms were made formally, not in a private capacity. He said: “He rang me up when I was a cabinet minister in 2003, after the invasion. “He said: ‘A big mistake, Peter, a very big mistake. It is wrong. Why is Tony doing this after all his support for Africa? This will cause huge damage internationally’. “I had never heard Nelson Mandela so angry and frustrated. “He clearly felt very, very strongly that the decision that the prime minister had taken - and that I as a member of the Cabinet had been party to - was fundamentally wrong and he told me it would destroy all the good things that Tony Blair and we, as a government, had done in progressive policy terms across the world. “He was always full of praise for the way our government had trebled the overseas aid and development budget for Africa; he just felt that all of this had been completely blown out of the water by the Iraq invasion. “I know Nelson Mandela quite well. He was virtually breathing fire down the phone on this and feeling a sense of betrayal. It was quite striking.” Mr Hain said he told Mr Mandela that he respected his feelings but that the prime minister “acted out of conviction”. “I think I said we would simply have to judge it historically whether it was the right decision. But he was adamant that we could not wait for history.” Mr Hain grew up in South Africa, where his anti-Apartheid campaigner parents knew Mandela - whom he now describes as “a friend and a hero”.

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The European Commission has raised its forecast for growth in the EU this year, after “particularly strong” growth in the second quarter The commission now expects growth in 2010 of 1.8% in the EU, up from an earlier estimate of 1%, and of 1.7% in the 16member eurozone, up from 0.9%. But it added the recovery remained fragile and said development in member states was “uneven”. It is projecting inflation of 1.8% in the EU, and of 1.4% in the eurozone. “While activity is still expected to moderate in the second half of the year, the outlook is for a slightly improved quarterly profile compared to the spring forecast, due to the spill-over of some momentum from the second quarter,” the commission said. The commission’s statistics agency Eurostat based its forecast on updated projections for seven of Europe’s largest economies

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If you watch a group of horses grazing patiently in a field one animal is much the same as the rest and they all seem to be oblivious to the people leaning over the gate and more concerned with the flies buzzing around their nostrils. However, give each one a name, dress them up in leather, place a jockey onboard, race the horses around a track, provide hospitality tents and what is created is a very profitable business. In the betting ring fortunes are won and lost, successful horses are given star status and dominate the headlines in the back pages of the newspapers. Unlike domestic animals and because of their character horses appear to be aloof and even a gentle pat on the head is shrugged away with a gesture of annoyance, but people with a close association tend to disagree. Jenny Pitman, a trainer, had a deep understanding with race horses and they in turn responded in a remarkable way. When Jennie’s mother died, feeling rather low and depressed Jennie sat on a seat in the stable. Her horses formed a circle around her and stood with bowed heads; when she returned to the stables, they followed her in a silent single line. On race days, like Cheltenham, millions of pounds change hands and hefty bets are accepted with just a brief nod of the head. Punters travel from all over the world to watch certain horses defend their title - around sixty thousand a day pack the course and money is handled like confetti at a wedding. Should a horse fall and stay down during a race, a tarpaulin will cover the scene, silence descends within the stands and if the horse has to be put down, a low moan reechoes around the course. Reading a while ago about a famous horse in the paper

brought to mind a certain incident that took place nearly forty years ago. I happened to be driving back along a country lane in an old banger when something happened to catch my eye. I stopped the car and saw an old man lying in the ditch – he seemed to be in a bad state. I somehow managed to get him into the safety of the car and at the same time remove the bottle of cider from his grip, found out where he lived and took him home. He pulled out a wad of banknotes and offered to repay me and although I could have done with the money I refused. He started to cry and said that he felt ashamed but recently he had lost his wife and had turned to drink. He said that he had previously been head groom for a number of trainers and mentioned one particular person named Donald McCain. He then told me to put all the money I had on a horse called ‘Red Rum’ to win the Grand National the following month. Remembering his tip I followed his advice and ‘Red Rum’ won at fourteen to one and went on to win the next two Grand Nationals and became probably the most famous racehorse in history! When the stable ran into financial difficulties, ‘Red Rum’ kept the place afloat long after retirement by being in great demand for various events around the country. When he had to be put down, all of the stable hands gathered together and wept. The world would be a poorer place without these wild, wonderful creatures. Domestic animals can be almost human in their behaviour and, sad to say, are sometimes demeaned by their over zealous owners who pamper and overdress them for show and personal satisfaction. Generally speaking I feel that they would prefer to be left alone and we should be content just to watch and admire them in their own habitat.

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That’s Why Afghan Heroes Goes to Iceland! Scores of people flocked to Iceland in La Marina on Friday and Saturday to support Afghan Heroes in their 1st Anniversary celebrations.

Businesses from around the region had donated very generous prizes for the Mega Raffle held by Expats 4 Afghan Heroes at the store. Among the prizes were Gold, Emerald and Diamond earring worth €165, which were donated by Quesada Gold Centre, 2 tickets to Benidorm Palace, donated by Benidorm Palace and 50 Euros worth of beauty treatment, donated by Beautiful You. Iceland La Marina Store Manager Graham also kindly donated a €50 Iceland shopping voucher. Other business including El Matador, Picasso Restaurant, News 4 U, Cuts r Us and Bar Washington also donated very generous prizes. Jackie Lawson, who runs Expats 4 Afghan Heroes would like to thank everyone who came on the 2 days and bought raffle tickets, wristbands and T-shirts, and of course Iceland La Marina for allowing us to hold the event. She would also like to thank her volunteers, Jimbo, Maureen, Billie and Vicki. “Without so many kind people who are willing to give their time to help, I would not be able to carry on raising money for Afghan Heroes. The situation is not getting better in Afghanistan, and I know that because my husband has worked there for 3 years now. Our guys and girl deserve every cent that we can raise for them” The final total raised for Afghan Heroes by the Mega Raffle came to a staggering €1486.27! Jackie has many more celebrations planned for this month and tickets are available to buy now for all the events below.

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Frequently it transpires that neither party are completely happy, but a lack of communication means that they soldier on believing it is for the greater good and happiness of all concerned. Sometimes it is – but equally, sometimes it isn’t. There is a line, spoken by Danny at the end of ‘Grease’ which sums this up. He tells his friends that they can’t play follow the leader all their lives. At some point you have to be true to yourself. You then free others to do the same. It can feel very uncomfortable to be the one who makes the first move – you can have no idea how those you care about will react. Some will be supportive, some will feel threatened – but you will have given them all the gift of the opportunity to explore their own happiness and make decisions for themselves about what is right for them. Nobody will need to feel that they are stuck. Some will grasp the chance to move their life in the direction of their dreams, others won’t. That is their choice – and you will have given them the opportunity to make that choice.


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Life with Linda... Choices

As time passes our waist seems to thicken and our hair thins, nails are not so strong and teeth are more often in the glass by the bed then they are chomping into a thick juicy steak. By the time we think about what nutrition or a lack of it has done to our lives, we are at an age we maybe thinking “what the hell, it has not killed me yet”. There again if you are struggling to get your breath when walking up stairs or a hill, if you feel lethargic in the morning, or have problems sleeping, have a dry mouth, headaches, flaky skin just to name a few then your body could well be trying to tell you, that you are lacking vitamins, minerals and/or salts in your daily diet. If we listen to our bodies they are very good at telling us what they need and when they need it. We get lazy, or eat very often on impulse instead of need. How many of us have had that cake, biscuit or extra drink because we were with friends? Over a time these add up lay inside of us in the form of body fat. Please don’t get me wrong as we all need body fat but up to 24% of our entire body which is almost a quarter of our being, that is the suspension for our organs, or we would be joggling about inside every time we moved. It also protects us internally from the cold and the heat. It gives us a

...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES better looking shape and supports our circulation and immune system. Most people when they are trying to “diet” or “eat healthily” find going out for a meal a huge challenge, eating three courses whereas at home it would only be one, the extra glass or two of wine, which in the house is much easier to say “no” to. As we have paid for Menu of the Day/Night we must eat it all!!! This is a myth and an easy cop out, it is all about being in control of your choices. Every restaurant will have better choices for you, don’t be afraid to ask. Missing one course will save you from that extra hour in the gym, or the guilty (and bloated) feeling afterwards. Getting to and maintaining a suitable weight and body fat level we cannot stop eating and all the while we feel it is a chore or hard work then it will be, weight management is probably more about mental attitude than anything else, when our head is in gear (so to speak) it is easy, when it is not we find all the excuses under the sun why we cannot stick to any plan. Choices are your ally, use them well and see the results in any area of life. Don’t be afraid to eat out or try new dishes these are all part of life. Life is not going to stop because you are on a diet (or yet another one in many of our cases!) enjoy the choices you are making and see how much more you enjoy eating more healthily and then when your results start showing you can enjoy the compliments as well. For more information on Battling the Bulge you can also follow me on http://lindasage.blogspot. com By Linda Sage BA Ed (Hons) Dip REBT, Dip CSCT

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Pause For Thought... I’m beginning to think I must be joining the ranks of the ‘Grumpy old men’ as more and more I find myself complaining at the state of modern society! How pushy and impolite so many people seem these days. How often folk act as though the World owes them a living, grabbing what they can with little or no expression of gratitude, and complaining volubly when hand-outs diminish. And yet if I’m honest I have to admit that I’ve little to shout about, for I’m not much better myself. . How quick I can be to call someone to complain, yet how slow to call with thanks. And as I look around, I have so much to be thankful for:- my health; a lovely home in a beautiful part of the World; a caring family; some wonderful friends; a plentiful supply of a rich diversity of food; a moderately fair and democratic society and freedom to come and go as I please. Yet how often I complain that this or that isn’t available, of financial constraints, of taxation or the incredibly complex legal and planning problems of this Country, and how rarely I pause to show gratitude for what I have. And so I find it helpful at this time of year, that Churches traditionally celebrate harvest, encouraging us to ‘count our blessings’ with true gratitude, and as Christians to recognise that, as the well-known harvest hymn puts it “All good things around us are sent from heaven above, so thank the Lord, Oh thank the Lord for all His love.” So we Anglicans will be holding traditional Harvest Thanksgivings at 11:00 in Albox on Thursday 30th September and in Mojacar on Sunday 3rd October, and I’m quite sure other denominations will at some stage be doing likewise, but I’d like to suggest that, whether we share the Christian faith or not, we could all do well to use this Harvest time to pause, to count our many blessings, and recognise with gratitude how blessed indeed we all are. Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida email: djburr@avired.com There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship. For further information about the Anglican Church, the service of Communion held in Albox on the last Thursday of each month and of forthcoming events go to www.mojacarchurch.org

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No cause for alarm, but the ‘ouse is on fire . . .

I wish I were what people could refer to as an eccentric. I would even settle for, “I dunno, that Colin – he’s a character isn’t he”, being said about me. Mind you, I reckon I am half way there, because the prerequisite of becoming a character is to be a miserable old git, or in more recent parlance, a grumpy old man, and these are traits that I am frequently accused of possessing. On our recent trip back to the mother country, we happened to drive past a house on the outskirts of our village that was once occupied by one of life’s great characters and a very interesting man to boot. He was a retired colonel of The Brigade of Guards, known to all his friends and fellow ex-officers as Seamus; not because that was his name, but because of his Irish antecedents. He was an aristocrat through and through, but treated everyone he came into contact with in exactly the same uncondescending way - be they politician or street cleaner. His language when telling one of his famous stories to the boys, was barrack room vernacular at it’s bawdy best, with more f*****s flying around than in the entire German air force. But then when engaging ladies in conversation or delighting them with stories of a more romantic nature, he was the epitome of charm and courteousness. Kissing hands or tipping his hat were as natural to him as eating peas off a knife is to me. I first came into contact with him when I was engaged in transporting some

blue clay dredgings from a nearby lake to the Colonels’ trout pond that lay to the rear of his house. Blue clay is the ideal natural material to line new or old ponds in order to stop seepage you see, and as his was losing water at an increasing rate, this was the perfect solution. He could often be seen in the early evening casting a fly from well back on his lawn, onto the pond that was no bigger than half a dozen snooker tables. There was no short cut method or mechanical means to execute the work and it was a crude affair of lobbing great gobs of wet clay at the side and bottom of the temporarily drained pond, until the exposed surfaces were completely covered. It was at the height of summer, and therefore hot and tiring work – but strangely satisfying. I mean, who doesn’t like to get completely messed up with muddy water and smelly gunge? Alright nobody, but perhaps I’m just strange that way. Enter Seamus – a man of unexpectedly slight stature, sporting a clipped military style moustache and dressed in his gardening clothes of pressed combat fatigues and clogs. With his hand extended in introduction, and without turning a hair, he grabbed my clay-caked hand enthusiastically and very soon began relating the first of what was to be a plethora of stories spread over that summer. His mother he informed us, was of genteel birth and as with all such ladies of good breeding at the turn of the century, further education was frowned upon, the emphasis was to

marry well and acquire a husband from the aristocracy or upper classes. But being something of a rebel, she had persuaded her parents otherwise, and she attended a finishing school for young gels somewhere in the English countryside – an establishment that was to all intents and purposes, a stately home of some magnificence. There was a blue-blooded principal of formidable appearance and character, and an old retainer of advanced years who ‘did’ for the young ladies at meal times. One evening over dinner-time dessert, the old butler shuffled in, in his usual unhurried way and bending down painfully to engage the principals ear, said: “Begging pardon Ma’am, no need for alarm but there ‘as been a occurrence in the kitchen and the ‘ouse is on fire”. There was a sharp intake of breath from the young ladies and I suspect a hint of nervous flatulence, but no noticeable reaction from the head of the table, where ramrod straight, she informed them that they should all finish their meal with due decorum. Satisfied that nothing – no not even a raging inferno which part of the house had now become – would interrupt their set routine, they were eventually led to the safety of the gardens in an orderly and dignified manner to watch the house burn to the ground. It was an illustration of the once famous and now sadly defunct, British stiff upper lip.

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Sting in the tail for pest controller

Extra support for melons

A pest controller has vowed to carry on with his job - despite discovering he’s allergic to wasps and that one sting could kill him. Martin Buckle shrugged it off as part of the job when he was stung while removing a wasp nest. However, not long after leaving Newmarket, bound for his Pakenham home, he realised his arm had swollen and he was covered in an ‘awful rash’. Feeling progressively more ill, he realised he would have to drive straight to West Suffolk Hospital instead. “I really didn’t feel too good when I got there and within 30 seconds of going into A&E I was slumped on the desk,” he said. “I was told I was going into anaphylactic shock and put on an oxygen mask and rushed off for treatment as I was feeling faint.” But within a couple of hours of receiving treatment, Mr Buckle, who has been stung by wasps before, was almost back to normal. “I felt right as rain, apart from some swelling,” he said. “It’s crazy - one minute you’re struggling to breathe and the next you’re fine again.” He has now bought double-layered suits, gloves and equipment which will enable him to carry on with his business, the Suffolk Pest Control Company. “I carry an epi-pen now, but the suits and gloves mean I’m more likely to get stung at a weekend than at work,” he added.

Fruity farmer Rowie Meers is proudly showing off her melons after using bras to grow the fruit on her farm. Meers, 45, asked customers at Purton House Organics to donate their unwanted underwear to support the melons after discovering they were hanging too low to flourish. She now uses over 40 bras to hoist the fruit from the ceilings of her farm in Swindon, Wilts, and claims the bigger the bust the better, reports Rex Features. Rowie said: “We had such a fantastic crop of melons and I was struggling too stop them swinging to low. We needed something to suspend them. “My eureka moment came when I thought something needed to be done then looked down at my B cup - I realised the answer was under my nose. “I thought let’s use bras because they suspend my melons very well so let’s use them for this. “My customers have been sending in their bras to help me out. A size D cup seems to be the best for them.”

Schoolgirl with magnetic hands

A Serbian schoolgirl has amazed medics with her astonishing magnetic hands.

Now experts at nearby Nis University have urged scientists to investigate, reports CEN.

Ten-year-old Jelena Momcilov has been picking up cutlery, coins and even metal furniture by just touching them at her family home in Zeljusa, since she first discovered her powers five years ago.

“I’d say this is a kind of unknown bio-magnetism. More experts would need to join me and research what this is all about,” said department head Pavle Premovic

Red-faced goalie’s penalty gaffe

A goalkeeper suffered the embarrassment of conceding a goal from a penalty as he celebrated saving it. Khalid Askri turned his back on the still spinning ball after his ‘save’, patting his chest and kissing his badge. So he did not see the ball roll over the line in the penalty shoot out between his team Far Rabat and rivals Maghreb Fes in Morocco’s Coupe du Trone. But the Maghreb Fes penalty taker saw it and began gesturing frantically at the referee to award the goal. The match official agreed the goal should stand and duly awarded it to the disbelief of the red-faced Far Rabat keeper. The unfortunate error, which helped send Fes through to the quarter-finals, has since become an internet hit on YouTube. One fan said: “Khalid Askri thought he was a hero, but he’s just a zero. It was the craziest penalty in football history.”

oh, by the way.... Some people really take a burning love for nature to whole new heights. Those people are called pyromaniacs. Psychiatry explains this as a “conditions”, where the sufferer has an uncontrollable impulse and desire for setting things on fire. When they exercise their “uncontrollable impulses” e.g. in nature, the law calls it a criminal act! One of these sufferers/ criminals has been at work between Moratalla and Calasparra, making the inhabitants of Calasparra celebrate their fiesta with one eye on the activities and the other on Sierra del Molino. Two fires were started within less than 10 kilometres from each other. First fire near Moratalla was reported Tuesday 7 pm but was quickly under control. The second, 1.5 kilometres from Calasparra, was soon upgraded to “Level 2” and required extra forces to be called in to combat the fire. 61 long hours it took, before 600 firemen, forest rangers, Civil Guards, Emergency Military personnel, and security staff managed to stop the fire. 900 hectares were devoured by the fire – an ecological catastrophe of enormous proportions, the result of which will take nature a very, very long time to recuperate from. I sincerely hope they catch the culprit(s), lock him/her/ them up, and throw away the key. I remember years ago, on a visit to Andalusia, somebody said to me, when I told him we live in Murcia, that The Murcia Region is known as “Spain’s Fruit & Vegetable Garden”. Artichokes, melon, lemons etc. have now been joined by a new crop – marihuana. Guardia Civil have discovered three “fields” and distribution places of marihuana in Mazarrón, Cieza and Murcia (El Real). I have always known that agriculture was a family business involving the whole family, inclusive the children. It is though concerning to read that among the seven arrested and four others under suspicion are 3 minors. SMS (Servicio Murciano de Salud), Murcia’s public health care department, is in economic crisis with a negative result for 2009 of 841 million euros. The services owe 659 million euros to their providers. Something of course has to be done, and SMS is planning a 2.5 million savings on the budget for 2010. For the foreigners, living in the region, who have no access to Spanish public health care, the initiative by Hospital San José might be of interest. To make the users of the system aware of the costs incurred by SMS for their operations, the hospital plans to give them an informative invoice. Some examples: keyhole operation on knee – 1,225€, knee prosthesis – 5,745€, mastectomy – 1,050€, varicose veins – 691€, hysterectomy – 1,487€. If you do not have your SMS card, those invoices will not just be informative! Oh, and information I have from somebody, who has tried it: treatment of a simple cut with a couple of stitches and subsequent removal of the same in the emergency room – 200€. Still think you are saving money by not taking out a private health insurance? And for the record: I am currently under treatment in the public system, and simply cannot complain about the treatment I am receiving. The Spanish socialist party has forced a law through the Spanish Parliament making it cheaper for companies to sack their employees. They can now just refer to “actual or forecasted” losses, or “persistent decrease in income” to kick out their employees with a 20 day compensation. I must be getting old! I seem to remember that Zapatero promised never to touch the rights of the workers. And, are the Socialists not the workers’ party?

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.

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Setting The Style… Think delicate florals and a gorgeous mix of jade green and pomegranate red. A colour palette of soft gold and off-white is the place to start if you’re not keen on bold colours, then you can add in accents of copper and black to bring drama and depth to the scheme. Oriental style wouldn’t be complete without a touch of Chinoiserie, so use it on the walls or simply accessorise with it

DEFINITION Chinoiserie: the use of Chinese motifs in European painting, architecture, and the decorative arts. Chinoiserie became fashionable in European courts in the 17th century, achieved widespread popularity in the 18th century, waned somewhat in competition with other Asian influences in the 19th century, and underwent a revival in 20thcentury interior design. In the Baroque and Rococo periods, Chinese motifs became prominent in many of the decorative arts, such as furniture, metalwork, pottery, and textiles. In painting, Chinoiserie appears in details in the works of the French artists François Boucher and Antoine Watteau. In architecture it found expression in “Chinese” suites in royal palaces throughout northern Europe.

Developing the look… Smooth bamboo: A hint of bamboo emphasises the Eastern theme Smart upholstery: Invest in an armchair or even a sofa in velvet - it will add sheen and sophistication to your scheme Delicate china: Introduce classic Chinoiserie motifs on china Dark, glossy furniture: If lacquer is too pricey, go for dark ebony wood Amber tints: The subtlest hint of colour looks so much more interesting than plain glass Pale gold: Add in champagne and burnished tones for subtle highlights Luxe finishes: Pile on the shimmer with beaten metals and glossy embossed ceramics


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women in business... My name is Sandra O’Neill and my company is called White Villas in Spain

I started off in business following in my father’s footsteps and eventually had 3 very successful businesses in the u.k, which I sold and moved to Spain, 8 years ago, due to ill health. I thought I would come and enjoy the sun and a relaxing way of life, but found after a short time I got restless and needed to do something. So following the mis-treatment I received from the agent I bought my house from, I decided to launch my own real estate company. I studied for 2 years for my estate agents diploma and with a lot of time and effort I passed the course and received my diploma which I have now proudly displayed on my office wall. I started selling inland properties and this quickly expanded to include the coast. The company has gone from strength to strength and now has two offices one in Catral and one in Rojales. We list the very best of country, inland and coastal properties. For more information please contact White Villas in Spain via Email alexandra@ whitevillasinspain.com Facebook: sandrao’neill Tel Office 966 712 730 Mobile 630 434 189 www.whitevillasinspain.com

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A Smile never goes out of style

Since my first day next to the dental chair I have spent my time with constant training, adaptation of new treatments and technologies as my career coincides with the most rapid improvements in the dental profession. But I have learned something more important as well: to think with my patient’s head. To appreciate the concerns, fears and aims from their point of view. Approaching my patients in this way helps me to serve them with what they really want. Their smiling face after finishing a treatment is what makes me totally happy. I opened my new practice in Urbanisation Eagle’s Nest in May 2010. Here with my colleagues we provide dental happiness, the state of mind of being confident when smiling, after having a state-of-the-art dental treatment. So let’s make each other happy!

Karen Phillips went into the beauty industry at the grand age of 17 back in 1976, doing her training at The Delia Collins School of Beauty Therapy in Knightsbridge London.

Having worked in London for 3 years she opened the first Karen Phillips Beauty Clinic in Droitwich Worcs in 1980 which became the biggest and most successful salon in the area. Sadly in 2005 her back gave in and suffering with 2 prolapsed discs and in severe pain had to give up work and have major surgery with 6 months recuperation. This is when she decided a warmer climate and a slower pace of life would be the answer. She arrived in Spain in 2006 and after 3 ½ years and 3 house moves finally settled in Quesada in November last year. By chance she came across a salon that had closed down back in the summer, Palms Toning Salon of Pueblo Bravo, and immediately fell in love with the premises and could see the potential they had.Within a week she had bought the premises and after a few minor adjustments opened on March 8th 2010.Karen Phillips Beauty Clinic is a very spacious and luxurious Salon offering a full range of Beauty Treatments along with the Shapemaster Powertone Toning Tables and Crazy Fit Vibration Plate. Working alongside Karen Phillips is Karen White, a well known Nail Technician and Beauty Therapist in the Quesada area, and Val McIntyre, an Aromatherapist and Beauty Therapist. All the Therapists at Karen Phillips Beauty Clinic are highly qualified and offer top quality Beauty treatments at affordable prices in the most luxurious and relaxing surroundings.

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EVA VERONICA - Your Country Property Advisor EVA VERONIKA offers country properties along the Costa Blanca and Costa Cálida since 1996. Whether you are looking for a derelict finca, plot, country retreat, luxury finca, together with EVA VERONIKA you will find your dream home. Her 30 years life in Spain, her deep knowledge about country property market, her professional and individual customer care, made her the preferred country property advisor. Her clients are satisfied and more importantly good friends. AlthoughEVA VERONIKA left offices, she is actively promoting her listed properties on her website www.spain-fincas.com and advertising in national and international internet portals and newspapers with very successful response. EVA VERONIKA thanks her clients and friends for their confidence and for being beside her also in difficult times. She is there for you with the same enthusiasm and love as always. For questions or viewings please call: 669 621 173 or 966 180 004 EVA VERONIKA Your Country Property Advisor Mobile Eva: 669 621 173 Mobile Robert: 600 745 003info@spain-fincas.info

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Carry On Cowboy! leather, suede, wool tweeds, denim, blankets, woven rugs and fur – fake of course! Soft chenille and patterned tapestry fabrics are also popular for upholstered pieces and for furniture throws. Older – or aged - is often better in a Western style interior with vintage cracked leather ottomans, weathered farm implements and old Indian blankets.

shades, or simple curtain panels.

When it comes to accessories, since this style is so visually textured, go for large accessories rather than collections of tiny objects. Incorporate stylised pottery, antique skis, big baskets of pine cones, and similar items. Be aware of the use of contrast when arranging accessories as mixing textures, sizes and colour is very effective when arranging these items. Iron and metal pieces fit well into this theme too. Utilise iron hardware e.g. cabinet knobs, pulls, hinges as well as, iron lamp bases and fire screens.

Bedrooms can have a cosy masculine feel; use a mix of Native American motifs, denim, chambray, and rough woollen blankets, or choose from any of the other Western motifs for a truly personal space.

Vintage accessories add an "it's always been here" look. See if you can find an old radio, rusted metal pails, saddlebags, spurs, toboggans, books, skis, snowshoes, or other worn items. On your walls, artwork should feature Western styled motifs and might be oil paintings, drawings, vintage photos, sepia toned illustrations, antique Western postcards or book illustrations, whilst your dining room should be stocked with sturdy stoneware, pottery accents, twig placemats, and accessories that might use Indian, mountain, cowboy, or fishing motifs.

Creativity can let loose when it comes to Western accessories. Look for horseshoe sconces, vintage fishing creels, twig framed mirrors, dried flowers, and large baskets. Cut old jeans, quilts, or leather pieces into squares to make one-of-a-kind pillows. Colourful cotton bandanas can be used as table napkins, as pillow covers, curtain tiebacks, and valances. Floors are generally hardwood. Wide plank flooring and recycled floor boards will add another layer of authenticity; rugs can be low pile or flat woven styles, or might be real or fake fur animal skins.

Whether you call it Western, rustic, cowboy, cabin, or mountain style, this is a look that is as timeless as the American West itself! As we head into Autumn here in Spain, add a touch of ‘yee-haw’ to your boudoir! An abundance of natural materials is key to decorating in a Western style. Rock, wood, metal, and leather are the main ingredients, with wool, bark and beadwork playing an important secondary role. Western style furniture is often large scale, made of wood, and without any fussy detail. Colour schemes in a Western room centre on honey-coloured wood, grey rock and black metals. Accent colours are often brick red, terracotta, forest green or navy, though cream, grey and other tones might be used to coordinate with a Western styled fabric, rug, or wall hanging. Western motifs can include any of the following: cowboys, cattle, deer, bear, moose, fishing, mountains, pine trees, leaves, oaks, pine cones, acorns, horses, lakes, rivers, fishing, riding, hunting, wildflowers, grasses, and so on. Fabrics in a Western room are tough, textured and tactile; think

The fireplace and mantle are essential to this theme. Dress it with functional iron fireplace tools, a decorative metalwork screen, and simple mantle accessories such as hurricane candle shades, a display of pinecones, or a rugged cast bronze sculpture of a cowboy on a horse. Lighting should be functional and substantial; many lamps and fixtures are made of wood or metal and feature designs and motifs that are Western in mood and will certainly add the final touches to creating a warm interior. Window treatments should be simple and not overpowering. Whenever possible, leave windows uncluttered to showcase a wonderful view; otherwise look for wooden shutters or blinds, flat roman

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Room With A View pinoso Ref: E-1857

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New Build of 120m2 floor area in a plot of 10,000 m2 - Key ready now 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dining room with open fire place, fitted kitchen, covered terrace. Electricity connected, water deposit (mains water). High wooden beams ceilind, double glazing, mosquito screens, stunning wide views, Pinoso 8 minutes drive, Alicante airport 40 minutes, beaches 45 minutes approx.

Traditional detatched mountain farmhouse of 100m2 on 6,700 m2 plot with stunning views, only 10 minutes from the centre of Fortuna. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, lounge with log burner. Very good access, wooden beamed ceiling, water, electricity. Needs decorating. Great mountain retreat for incredible little money

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Beautiful detatched bungalow of 120m2 living area on 2,000 m2 plot. Only 10 minutes drive from the motorway A-7 and the centre of Fortuna and the hot springs. Lovely green area, walking distance to bars/ restaurants, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), 35m2 lounge diner with 8,000 log burner, fitted kitchen, priced for quick sale €13 10 x 5 pool, work shed, fruit trees, neighbours whole year. A country home to relax the whole year.

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Beautifully re-furbished hamlet townhouse, only 5 minutes drive to Pinoso. 120m2 living area, 300 Ref: E-1856 m2 plot in front, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), lounge with open fireplace, dining room, lovely kitchen, cosy courtyard, open country views, wooden beamed ceiling, a lot of antique and traditional detail, water, electricity. To move-in! A spacious STUNNING price €84,000 and cozy character home.

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Eva Veronika 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

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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. 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. 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

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

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Spanish Property bureau 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€ 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€ 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

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REDUCED PRICE VILLA!! 3 bed 2 bath detached villa, excellent condition, fully furnished, Communal Pool. Quesada. FROM 180,000€ TO 165,000€ REF: QRE135 BARGAIN ! 2 bed 1 bath Detached Villa, solarium with fabulous views, close to La Marquesa Golf Course. Community pool. Comes with FREE CAR! 119,995€. REF: QRE025 BARGAIN! 2 bed 1 bath Top floor apartment, near to Quesada town centre, solarium with views, needs reform. ONLY 44,950€. REF: QRE137. BARGAIN EUROMARINA LOLA. Mar Azul near to Quesada. 3 bed 2 bath. Community pool. GOOD PRICE ONLY 114,000€. Ref QRE144. EXCELLENT CONDITION! 2 bed 1 bath top floor Buenavista Apartment with fab views. Must be viewed 80,000€. REF QRE147

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Check-Mate!

Why not paint a checkerboard on your tabletop so you can use it to play chess or draughts?

You will need • Pencil • Masking tape • Ruler • Medium paintbrush • Two shades of rust-proof paint, e.g. white & blue 1. F irst, give the table two base coats of paint. Make sure you choose paint that will resist the elements. Allow paint to dry thoroughly, otherwise the masking tape used in step 2 will buckle and the stencil will bleed. 2. Next, work out the size of your board – you’ll need eight rows of eight squares (four in each colour). Use masking tape to mark out the perimeter of the board, then measure and mark out the lines for the grid on the edge of the tape. 3. Run a line of tape horizontally between the first two marks at the top of the square, ensuring the top of the tape sits on the marks. Run another length of tape between the next

two marks, but align the bottom of the tape with the marks. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the square. 4. Turn  table clockwise; repeat step 3, ensuring you create even squares. 5. Paint alternate rows of squares. Allow to dry before painting squares in between; this will create perfectly aligned corners. Two coats of paint are needed. Then, run four lengths of tape parallel to the tape marking the perimeter of the board, leaving a gap of 5mm between them. Fill in the gap with paint to create the border. 6. When paint is thoroughly dry, peel back the tape on the grid.

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Global Markets Are In The Doldrums Market Commentary 13th September 2010 Global banking stocks are on the rise today as regulators announced details of the Basel III accord, raising the minimum core Tier 1 capital level from 2 to 4.5 per cent with a subsequent 2.5 per cent require as a buffer against future shocks, which is to act in a counter cyclical manner in the sense that Banks will set aside the money when the going is good. Large British banks already meet the capital benchmarks comfortably, RBS, Lloyds Barclays and HSBC all have core Tier one ratios of around 9-10%, but the announcement will spark a fresh round of capital raising in the worldwide banking sector. Today Deutsche Bank announced it will tap shareholders for cash to pay for it’s acquisition of retail bank Deutsche Postbank and to bolster its own capital position, expect this to be the first of many over the next few months. The announcement has signalled risk-on (at least for today) and Sterling is gaining against the safe haven currencies of the Dollar and Yen. The gain in the Pound today look likely to be short lived, with the Chancellors controversial budget cuts sparking union discontent and threats of co-ordinated strike action across the country. George Osborne detailed further reductions in the

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welfare budget, amounting to £4 Billion, but he gave no details on where the axe may fall (this is on top of the £11 Billion of cuts announced in the emergency budget in June). The strikes would see disruption to the economy on a scale not seen for many decades and will be heavily Sterling negative – this will be on top of the effect on the Pound of a reduction in growth levels when spending cuts begin to take effect. Better than expected jobless claims figures aided a rise in the Dollar on Friday, but as mentioned above, the Basel announcement has lifted risk sentiment and the Greenback has given back most the gains. The Yen Dollar pair continues to trade close to a 15 year high as Japanese authorities keep up the intervention rhetoric without actually doing anything of substance. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information . Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email almeria@currenciesdirect.com

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gardening...gardening... gardening... gardening...gardening... gardening... It’s almond picking time again folks!! So here’s some interesting facts to keep you motivated in all this heat Almond Facts Native of Syria and Palestine and interestingly brought by Spanish explorers to California, Spain is second to California as the world producer and almonds are used in almost every product here from food to cosmetics. Almonds are related to the peach family and are in fact often grown grafted to peach. If you’re not lucky enough to already have some established on your plot, then it’s well worth planting some for the nuts in August and fantastic blossoms in January/ February. Almond are ideal for this desert region as they need very little water.

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A Year In The Life: Following the winter dormant period, early spring weather coaxes the first blossoms from their buds. Farmers hope for frost-free, mild temperatures and minimal rain during this period. Once the blossom has fallen, the fuzzy grey/green fruit starts to form and continue to gradually harden and mature. In July the hulls begin to split open gradually, exposing the shell and allowing kernels to dry ready for harvesting in late August/September.

Uses: The nuts are high in protein, containing only the healthy mono-unsaturated fat, as well as vitamin E and magnesium, and are even said to lower cholesterol. We know almonds as main ingredient for marzipan; the Spanish use it for the sweet Turrón. The oil can be used in cooking; almond oil is also used as a carrier for aromatherapy massage oil. The furry hulls are used for animal feed. The wood is an ideal fire wood, and the shells can be used to light fires.

Planting Tips: You need to plant at least two varieties of almond tree together as they are not self-pollinating. Take advice from your gardener or garden centre. Plant in deep well drained, fertile soil. You will have fruit after only 3 years and the tree can live for up to 50 years. Prune after fruiting to maximise production; don’t over water but extra watering around fruit time increases size of nuts. Feed once a year. Can suffer from aphids so watch out and treat accordingly. A late frost during blossoming can effect production, even killing trees in severe cases. ARTICLE PROVIDED BY Andrew & Jenny Baird

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Yuk…Bugs!!!

Bugs in the garden – a thought distasteful to every gardener, conjuring up visions of beautiful flowers destroyed by silent enemies. Yet many insects in our gardens are beneficial, doing more good than harm.

Nature has its own checks and balances; indiscriminate chemical warfare puts an end not only to plant enemies but also to butterflies, honey-bees and other benign creatures such as ladybirds, lacewings and praying mantis – if you want to increase your stock of preying mantis, look out for their nests when out walking; brown and crinkled rather like a walnut, they are likely to be found on trees. Chemicals also banish wild birds which are forced to find food elsewhere. Garden pests are more likely to attack any plant that is under stress and not totally happy with its environment; minimise risk by growing plants that do particularly well in your specific garden conditions.

When Vigilance Isn’t Enough!

Keen as many gardeners are to preserve the environment, sometimes all out warfare is needed. “Pokon”, “Tumblebug”, “Croneton” and “Lizetan” are amongst good reliable chemical products and are widely available in Spain – they will successfully kill all foliar insects – but unfortunately – as is the case of war – sometimes innocent civilians will be casualties too.

Dealing with Flies and Mosquitoes Some garden pests can trouble the gardener more than the garden. If flies and mosquitoes are a nuisance, take the first step by dealing with possible breeding grounds; if your house is covered with creepers, strip the walls bare – this will usually result in an immediate decrease in the local fly population.

Non-Toxic Remedies Some insects such as mites – eight legged tiny insects that look like red, yellow or green specks, and harm plants by sucking the sap – flourish in the dust that gathers on garden plants in hot weather. Water the whole plant with a ‘rose’ on the hose-pipe as well as giving water to the roots. Greenfly can be controlled in the same way. Follow up with a spray of soap solution to kill any that have not been washed away. Diluted washing-up-liquid is ideal as it is a pure soap solution and apply using a hand-spray.

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, such as old, uncovered wells or still pools. The larvae must have oxygen, so if you can reach the source of the trouble, float paraffin or other light oil over the surface and the larvae will perish.

Plants that Deter Flies In Spain the elderberry bush or the herb, basil, are often grown around doors or windows to help keep flies at bay.

Manual Control Catch and destroy snails and caterpillars by hand, or plant marigolds which are said to deter them. Also, watch over your garden carefully, and catch the infestation before it has time to spread. If blight appears on part of an orange tree, for example, amputate and burn the branch – much can be achieved by vigilance.

White jasmine with its sweet scent also has the reputation of deterring the flying insect population as does the attractive ‘Lady of the Night’ (Cestrum nocturnum). It releases a delightful perfume after dark when some of the most troublesome mosquitoes are on the wing. The eau de cologne mint, Mentha x piperita citrata, is another aromatic plant with a reputation for driving the flies away.

UK hunt for stately snail begins

A hunt has been started for a rare, tiny snail that has taken up residence at two English stately homes. The snail species usually lives in old buildings in the Mediterranean. But the National Trust believes it hitched a ride to their properties more than 100 years ago upon imported Italian and Greek stone and rockwork. Following this discovery, the National Trust is now conducting a nationwide hunt to see where else in the country the snail may be living. So far, the snail has only been discovered at Brownsea Island, Dorset and Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. At around 13mm long, the snail has a pink-grey spindle-shaped shell. Though it does not have a common name, its scientific name is Papillifera bidens. The snail is believed to have colonised

Brownsea Island upon rock imported from Greece in the 1880s.

The population living at Cliveden was shipped to the UK in 1896 when a brick and marble balustrade was imported from the gardens of the Villa Borghese in Rome. Since their arrival, the population of snails at each site has grown, and the snails have spread; but only by a distance of a few metres. However, their existence in the UK went unnoticed by naturalists until very recently. “Given that the UK has always had the best naturalists in the world it’s remarkable that these two colonies have taken so long to come to light, even though they’re in our own backyard,” says Matthew Oates, National Trust Nature Conservation Adviser. The National Trust is now conducting

a search of all its properties to see if the snail has colonised anywhere else in the UK. “The Victorians and Edwardians loved importing statues, rock and brickwork from the Mediterranean,” says Mr Oates. “The shipping over of this ‘bling’ in large quantities suggests that we could find new species, such as this lovely little snail, in surprising places.”

First they spent £10m constructing a super highway through the picture postcard village of Trebesing. Then they scrapped the road after strong protests from local residents, and blew another £17m on a new one in a tunnel under the village, reports CEN. The original motorway has been designated arable land and now local farmers, who graze their cattle there, have contacted Guinness World Records to record the road as the world’s most expensive farmland.

“Who knows where else this small but beautifully shaped snail could be found lurking?” says Mr Oates.

Hotelier Siggi Neuschitzer, who started the campaign to close the road, said: “It was a long battle but it was worth it.

“With items from gardens of grand houses ending up in reclamation yards it’s possible that the snail could be fairly widespread.”

“There was once a motorway here but now that it’s gone the village is once again an oasis of peace and calm.

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The organisation is also asking the public to look out for the species, and report its location if found by uploading photographs to a Flickr site. They will then be verified by experts.

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COFFEE BREAK CRYPTIC CROSSWORD CLUES ACROSS

STANDARD CROSSWORD CLUES 1. Subject (5) down 2. Frozen water (3) 3. Dog houses (7) 4. Smooth fabric (6) 5. Letting contract (5) 6. Flat (9) 7. Senior (7) 11. Target (9) 13. Fruit (7) 15. Stuck (7) 16. Hot fragments from a fire (6) 18. Declare invalid (5) 20. Supple (5) 23. Self (3)

CRYPTIC

CROSSWORD

STANDARD SUDOKU

HARD SUDOKU

SUDOKU PUZZLE

SOLUTIONS

6 Strange blob in drink - ship shows lack of stability (10) 7 I, Cecil, could create a hanging frozen spear (6) 8 Girl’s name which is evenly distributed? (6) 10 Group of humans - Pope created the French (7,6) 14 Large room for prophet with slight change inside, making religious exclamation (10) 17 Japanese food made from airy kite? (8) DOWN 1 Reduce the price of first modern vessel, being depressed 18 Iron in ethanol initially, so drink! (8) 21 Uproar caused by rhyming words? (6) (4,4) 2 Chinese leader, a politician, nearly gains crooked drive (8) 22 A tense time to come (6) 3 An animal outside an American state produces agate (4) 23 Shape of first question in a sure production (6) 5 I cut fisherman off gambling devices (5,8) 27 Betray what a shop might do? (4)

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 Across 1. Prank (5) 4. Small community (7) 8. Everlasting (7) 9. Accolade (5) 10. Wear away (5) 12. Voter (7) 13. Alter or regulate (6) 14. Refuge (6) 17. Repossess (7) 19. Travel lodge (5) 21. Mound of stones used as a marker (5) 22. Sincere (7) 24. Latticework (7) 25. Herd or flock of animals (5)

1 A short distance for Michael and Ronald, we hear (6) 4 Colour of the wife, almost deformed! (3-5) 9 Drink - my game (5) 10 Fruit of business leader with row that shows the vertical (5,4) 11 Some fade - always trade! (4) 12 The kind type? (4) 13 Liberal leader, with Oliver, is sweet on a stick (5) 15 A bird - like a dog - might (7) 16 Spots a Chinese leader at the north-east (4) 19 I will be unwell (4) 20 Returning part of landlord’s set, so hide female innkeeper, perhaps (7) 24 Starts to use Shanghai’s underground after lunch - it’s common! (5) 25 Dynasty of first queen in middle-age (4) 26 One not telling the truth about lithium and a redhead? (4) 28 Clothes for girl that’s into music? (4,5) 29 Tests former partner - a heartless mistress (5) 30 Members of religious group are somehow heartbroken after losing oak (8) 31 One with white skin might get no bail (6)


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entertainment news... Lost Sean Connery TV Footage Found In US Lost TV footage of actors including Sir Sean Connery, Leonard Rossiter and Dame Maggie Smith has been found in the US. The tapes, which date from between 1957 to 1969, were found by an American researcher in the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The 65 recordings have now been given to the British Film Institute (BFI). “This is by far the largest and most significant collection of programmes we have found,” said BFI curator, Steve Bryant. The tapes originally belonged to Public Broadcasting Service WNET New York, which broadcast them after they had been shown in the UK on BBC or ITV. Selected highlights from the collection will

be shown at the BFI’s annual Missing, Believed Wiped festival in London on 7 November. The Missing, Believed Wiped campaign, which aims to recover lost treasures of British television, has been running for 17 years. Most of the programmes from the latest find are adaptations of literary works, including those by Shakespeare, Chekov and Ibsen. The tapes include footage of Jane Asher in a version of Romeo and Juliet, Sir Sean and Dorothy Tutin in Colombe, Sir Derek Jacobi, Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie in Much Ado About Nothing, and Leonard Rossiter and John Le Mesurier in Dr Knock. The BFI celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

t Weeks George Michael Jailed ForhisEigh car while under the influence

George Michael has been jailed for eight weeks for crashing of cannabis. The ‘Freedom’ singer was arrested in July after smashing his Range Rover into a shop in Hampstead, north London. Michael will serve four weeks in prison, BBC News reports. The rest of his eight-week sentence will be spent under the supervision of the probation service. He was also banned from driving for five years and given a £1,250 fine at the hearing at Highbur y Corner Magistrates Court in London. Last month, Michael, 47, pleaded guilty at the same court to possessing marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs and was given a six-month interim driving ban. Michael claimed to have checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic after the incident and admitted that his “pride” has prevented him from seeking help earlier.

Windsor: ‘I Waited To Watch Enders Exit’

Barbara Windsor has revealed that she was at home with her husband when she watched her final EastEnders episode for the first time. Last Friday, viewers saw the actress’s iconic character Peggy Mitchell bow out of Albert Square after deciding that her departure would be in the best interests of her troubled son Phil. Speaking on This Morning, Windsor admitted that her partner Scott Mitchell found Peggy’s final scenes emotional to watch as they enjoyed the episode together. The 73-year-old explained: “[EastEnders] had a special showing, but I didn’t want to see it like that - I wanted to see it in the right order. So me and Scott were sitting there with a cup of tea, and he went to pieces, absolutely! “But I held on. I haven’t grieved for it yet. You know why? Because I was still on screen - so I thought, ‘Oh, I’m part of it!’” Windsor also recalled how she kept her decision to leave the BBC soap quiet after sharing the news with her bosses, who were forced to change their plans for the ‘Who killed Archie?’ reveal. The actress said: “They didn’t want me to tell anybody, so I kept it a secret. That was because it was all changing backstage, and we were getting a new executive producer. Also, I’ve only just found out that I was going to be the killer of Archie, so I messed the whole storyline up!”

Lily Allen: ‘I Feel Like An Elephant’

Lily Allen has revealed that she is concerned she will not be able to lose her baby fat after she gives birth to her first child. The singer admitted to Grazia that most of the time she “feels like an elephant”. She said: “I still think I’m fat. Right now I’m worrying about how I’m going to lose weight after the pregnancy. “I feel like an elephant, but I do get the occasional sexy pregnant day where I think I look great.” The 25-year-old also added that she wants to marry boyfriend Sam Cooper in the future but is currently concentrating on her pregnancy and fashion store Lucy in Disguise. Allen explained: “The idea was to get Lucy up and running and then get pregnant but it all happened at once.”

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THE MUSIC DANCE & SPORTS COMMUNITY BAR

LEMON TREE ROAD ON THE CV895, CAMPO DE GUARDAMAR

WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER MONDAYS

11am BELLY DANCING FOR FUN AND FITNESS WITH NORMA ONLY €2, ALL PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO THE BUTTERFLY CHILDREN’S FUND 3PM SPANISH CONVERSATION WITH LYNDA BRETTLE TEL 647356945 www.langexdolores.com 6pm-9pm BAND PRACTICE AND JAM WITH “SHORT FUSE” TEL: NORMAN FOR BAND BOOKINGS 9pm DARTS AND POOL PRACTICE NIGHT. BLUES ‘N’ CHILL OUT TUNES IN THE MAIN BAR

TUESDAYS

SPECIAL EVENTS

SATURDAY 6TH NOVEMBER “VARIETY SHOW TIME” CHARITY NIGHT IN AID OF THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION. ONLY €5 INCLUDES CHICKEN ‘N’ CHIPS SUPPER. TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE BAR

11pm HEALTH AND DIET SUPPORT CLUB PLUS FREE ZAMBASIZE FUN WORKOUT €4. JUST COME ALONG ON THE DAY 2pm LEARN TO PAINT WITH DIANA DAVIS TEL 966734775 / 616309341 FOR MORE DETAILS 7.30pm BEG/IMP MODERN JIVE CLASS (CEROC) WITH PASO A PASO NO PARTNER REQUIRED FOR THIS EASY FUN DANCE. JUST COME ALONG ON THE NIGHT.€5 FOR BOTH CLASSES 9pm DANCE JUNCTION DISCO

WEDNESDAYS

11pm LINE DANCING WITH GERRY AND SALLY Tel 600362044 FOR MORE INFORMATION 3pm CASTILLA AMIGOS COMPANIONS CLUB FOR SINGLES FOR MORE DETAILS TEL ANN 666747398 7pm ARGENTINE TANGO (commences 29th Sept) LEARN THE BASIC STEPS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL DANCE WITH TAMARA AND MAURICE, SORRY YOU WILL NEED A DANCE PARTNER FOR THIS CLASS (no class 13th Sept & 3rd Oct) 8.30pm WEST COAST SWING (commences 22nd Sept) NEW BEGINNERS CLASS WITH TOP UK CHOREOGRAPHER ROB FOWLER (NO PARTNER REQUIRED) TEL 966262656 8.30pm QUESADA WINTER POOL LEAGUE IN THE GAMES ROOM COMMENCES 22ND SEPT WITH THE CASTILLA BAR AT HOME FOR THE FIRST MATCH OF THE SEASON.

THURSDAYS

7.30pm BEG/INT MODERN JIVE (CEROC) WITH PASO A PASO NO PARTNER REQUIRED FOR THIS EASY FUN DANCE. JUST COME ALONG ON THE NIGHT. €5 FOR BOTH CLASSES 9pm DANCE JUNCTION DISCO FOR ALL TO LISTEN OR DANCE TO (free entry)

FRIDAYS

9pm FAMILY KARAOKE DISCO WITH MAXINE PLUS BE THE COMPERE FOR THE NIGHT (drinks supplied) SUNDAYS 7.15pm ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS MODERN JIVE CLASS WITH PASO A PASO NO PARTNER REQUIRED FOR THIS FUN EASY DANCE. NEVER DANCED, THREE LEFT FEET NO PROBLEM, JUST COME ALONG. 8.3Opm THE RETURN OF THE POPULAR JIVE JUNCTION DISCO PLAYING 50s, 60s, 70s AND OF COURSE ALL OF YOUR DANCE FAVOURITES Drainpipes, Bobby socks and Petticoats welcome. The night for all jive dancers. FREE ENTRY

WEEKEND FOOTBALL

SATURDAYS OPEN FROM 11AM SHOWING PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL SUNDAY AFTERNOON OPENING TIMES MAY VARY ACCORDING TO FIRST FOOTBALL KICK OFF TIME. OTHERWISE WE OPEN AT 7PM ON SUNDAY EVENINGS ~ BAR SNACKS AND LIGHT MEALS ALWAYS AVAILABLE ~ FREE WI-FI BOOK EXCHANGE UPSTAIRS ADULTS ONLY TERRACE NOW OPEN ALL MAIN FOOTBALL GAMES SHOWN. FREE ROOM HIRE FOR AGM’S AND CLUBS. DARTS POOL CRIB AND CARDS IN THE GAMES ROOM REGULAR SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE TRAINING SEMINARS WITH KEITH. SAVE MONEY-SWIM SAFE. TEL 966189206 / 693004810 TO BOOK YOURSELF ON THE NEXT COURSE. SATURDAY EVENINGS CLOSED FROM 8.30PM FOR PRIVATE PARTY NIGHTS FREE VENUE HIRE PLUS FREE DISCO / KARAOKE WHEN YOU REQUIRE A BUFFET (starts from €3 pp) Min 25 people. To avoid disappointment book your party early. A small deposit secures your night.

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Heinz: Cream of Tomato soup th celebrates 100 birthday

Today it’s considered a simple store cupboard staple. But when Heinz first brought out its Cream of Tomato Soup, it was considered rather grand. And as the soup marks its centenary, devotees are determined to make sure it retains those upmarket roots. To celebrate its longevity, Fortnum & Mason, where the soup was first sold, has created a four-course meal based on the dish. It begins with Bigbury Bay oysters with a Bloody Marystyle soup sauce, followed by soup dressed with pesto, creme fraiche and spicy sun-dried tomato salsa. Next is rose veal and basil meatballs with a soup sauce and fresh penne pasta. This is followed by fruit cake made with soup, pecan nuts and sultanas, served with vanilla cream. Heinz says its recipe is secret - and reliant on ‘specially selected tomatoes’. And it seems it’s as popular as ever. Almost 95million cans are sold each year. The centenary will be marked with the release of a vintage label, pictured, based on the original packaging. A spokesman said: ‘The fact that it is still as popular today as it was 100 years ago is a testament to the staying power of one of the UK’s best-loved food brands. This birthday is both a celebration of the last

century and a look ahead to the future. ‘We hope that 100 years from now people still feel that when it comes to comfort food, it has to be Heinz.’ Heinz Salad Cream hasn’t been around quite as long - it reached shops in 1914 - but that doesn’t make it any less of a traditional favourite. However, times have changed, and so, it seems, could the taste of your salads and sandwiches. Heinz is bringing salad cream up to date with a lemon and black pepper limited-edition version, which, it says, is the perfect accompaniment to fish or chicken. Whether the nation will welcome this version remains to be seen. When the firm threatened to scrap the sauce in 1999, saying most of us preferred mayonnaise, a campaign led by the Daily Mail forced a rethink. Roy Hattersley, former Labour deputy leader, even likened the threat as indicative of a loss of a British way of life

GATEWAY TO INDIA

INDIAN RESTAURANT AND TAKEAWAY CAFE - BAR ANNOUNCE THEIR ‘6th anniversary PARTY Sunday 10th October ~ 7pm ONWARDS FOR ONLY 25€ (CHILDREN 15€) COME & ENJOY OUR MENU CHOICE OF ANY STARTER, ANY MAIN COURSE INCLUDING RICE OR NAN BREAD & UNLIMITED DRINKS (WINE, DRAFT BEER & SOFT DRINKS) LIVE ENTERTAINMENT WITH PUNJABI BHANGRA, DJ PARTY & FLAMENCO DANCING LIMITED NUMBER OF TABLES AVAILABLE SO EARLY BOOKING IS RECOMMENDED TO AVOID DISAPOINTMENT !

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FOOD & DRINK...FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK...

Spanish Vegetable Recipes

Cardoons, swiss chard, aubergine, courgette, asparagus, and other vegetables, whether cooked alone or as part of a more elaborate presentation, are typically served as a first course in Spain, rather than as an accompaniment to a main course (a main-course accompaniment is usually roasted or fried potatoes, potato purée, or white rice). Since some of these vegetables dishes, such as the mixedvegetable menestra de verduras from Navarra, require a lengthy preparation - often far longer than grilled meats or fish - it’s fitting that they receive special attention at the table. However, many of these first courses could indeed make wonderful accompaniments for lots of family meals. For example, in Spain, the classic La Mancha stew, a simple blend of tomatoes and peppers, is often served with fried or scrambled eggs as a first course for lunch or dinner, but it would go well with grilled fish or meat as a side dish, too.

And the versatility of these dishes, despite their prescribed place on the Spanish menu, does not end there. Most of these first courses can be served as main courses by simply increasing the portion size.

Escalivada: Catalonians eat this dish as a first course or as an accompaniment to meats. The special characteristic of these roasted vegetables is their smoky flavor, since orthodoxy demands roasting them over embers (the Catalan word escalivar means ‘to roast over ashes or embers’). I have prepared them in the oven with good results. Zarangollo, a simple dish, which combines the ubiquitous zucchini of Murcia with onions, is a favorite of Murcian cooks, who prepare it both with and without eggs.

Menestra de verduras: Menestra is one of the irreplaceable dishes of Navarra cuisine. Menestra can be served as a side dish to fish or meat, or as a main course in its own.

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Raisins and Pine Nuts In Catalonia, this is an everyday first course, with spinach sometimes standing in for the Swiss chard. Cooks in the Balearic Islands combine these same ingredients to make the filling for cocarrois, their traditional vegetable turnovers. The Spanish ham can be left out, since the original recipe is strictly vegetarian, but it gives the dish greater complexity.

Ingredients... 2 cups water 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 pounds Swiss chard, stems removed & leaves coarsely chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 1 slice spanish ham, finely diced 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup raisins, soaked in hot water to cover 1 hour to soften and drained

METHOD... In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the salt and the Swiss chard, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain the chard in a colander, pressing on it firmly with the back of a spoon to remove any excess liquid. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the spanish ham, and sauté, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes to color lightly. Add the pine nuts, stir well, and then add the Swiss chard and the raisins, again mixing well. Cook briefly, stirring, until all the ingredients are heated through. Serve immediately, or remove from heat, set aside, and reheat later just before serving.

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Local Author Martin James who’s first published Novel “Safe As” is now available via www. authorhouse.co.uk He held his launch night at the So Bar in Benimar on September 13th - and what a great evening it was! Martin James began his writing career penning a letter to his mother to try and gain some answers to his questions regarding the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother’s brother. He said, “I wasn’t going to satisfy my own desires and gain the answers I needed to move on in my life, it was then that I decided to try create my own therapy and in writing I’m able to express my feelings and release my anger towards this person,” The Novel is completely of fictional content except the child molestation content, it doesn’t focus on the act itself yet shows the effects that this has had upon the character, and how that has had an effect upon his life. Martin cleverly created a similar family to his own and shows throughout the story plot how his own issues affect his family as a whole. It has generated some very positive views of being a real page turner, and “I couldn’t put it down,” Martin added that he intends to create a forum through his own website www. martinjames.org in order to help others travelling the darkest of dark roads. He said, “Email me and I will respond, I want to help anyone if I can, talking is the best way through the pain.”


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O’NEILLS

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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

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7 Seater Available Free local Delivery & Collection

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Vacancy for a volunteer District Secretary

The Rojales Panto Group

...will be starting rehearsals Sept. 1st at The Cultural Centre Quesada for their annual pantomime which this year is Red Riding Hood and will be staged at ‘El Capitol’ Theatre in Rojales, Dec. 3rd, 4th & 5th We currently seek any volunteers who would be willing to help backstage. If you fancy being a scene shifter, helping out with carpentry or painting scenery, then why not contact Bridget on 966 717 977 or email Bridgetspanto@hotmail.co.uk www.rojalespantoespana.webnode.com

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 There have been problems with after the service. Deanna Sparks will be taking the website for Debbies breast the Divine Service on Sunday, 19th September. cancer awareness walk which is aid in les Roja in 10th on October There will be an Evening of Mediumship on who ne anyo for So C. AEC of the Tuesday, 21st September followed by a Divine registered after July 22nd could Service with Jackie Lewis on Sunday, 26th they please re-enter onwww. September. Everybody welcome. Contact breastcancerwalkspain.com or , shop gift and s card call into the Wendy on 965 323 028 Quesada for entry and sponsor www.spiritualistchurchquesada.com Debbie on

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forms or call 966 719 847

It’s On The Way... Tell Your Friends

Castillo de Conesa

Castillo de Conesa

“The castle just outside San Miguel” are proud to present Spanish Steps Sevillanas Dancers performing Sunday 25th September. Traditional Spanish dancing in costume! They will perform from 1.30 until 3pm. To reserve your seats or book your table for lunch contact Marjorie on 687 138 526. Full lunch or baguettes, sandwiches, omelettes etc available. Danae - Latin Rhythms every Wednesday from 8pm Nikki G live every Friday from 8pm LUIS MUNOZ Spanish singer Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 8pm

Visit our beautiful Meson de Lago Restaurant. Open Every Day from 11am until late CAR BOOT SALE: Every Saturday With live music and over 150 stalls - not just a market, a lovely day out! Every Wednesday and Saturday enjoy our special

Market Day Menu del Dia

Enjoy lunch or a coffee watching the birds, by the lake while the children play in our large play area Open every day from 11am - midnight - Carretera de Rebate, 1 San Miguel de Salinas

Telephone: 966 443 234 / 619 425 797 www.castillodeconesa.com

La Bamba’s Dance School are holding a CHARITY AUTUMN DINNER DANCE at LOS ARCOS RESTAURANT 7pm for 7.30pm, Avenida Balaeres 34, Torrevieja on the Tuesday 19th October 2010, with charity raffle in aid of Age Concern. Dress optional - but if you have it - dress up. This is a really good meal with drink included - price 20 Euros per person. For information contact Andrea Murphy 616 478 157


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your events...your announcements... your events...your announcements... La Campana Tapas Bar & Restaurant ~ Los Montesinos ~ Along with Bar Juanjo y Charlys

Fundraiser For AECC 25th September 2010 from 7.30pm ~ With full backing from the town hall, live British and Spanish

music outside actually on the church square between our two bars until 1am! Raffle – Prizes Donated By Local Businesses - tickets are on sale from in both bars and winners will be drawn on the night Full menu available - a tapa and a beer/wine for 1.80 Euro

For more information email Traci Burnett at 646 327 089

V E LV E TO N ES

la die s ha rmon y ch or us, re sum e rehe arsal s each Weds, comm en cin g 8 Sept, at Th e Hotel Ca bo Cerv er a, La Mata , To rr evi eja . 10am – 1pm sin gers or so cial me mb ers always wecome. Call Kr istoff 966 714 973 or vis it ww w.v elv eto ne s.o rg

An Evening of Clairvoyance

David Darnbrough come through again with a lovely evening at Los Arcos Restaurant on the 26th August, David received many messages, including one for our own Nursing Manager, Ann, who had a quite unexpected but lovely message from her father, it brought tears to her eyes, as it did to all the lucky people that evening who got messages from their loved ones. A big thanks to all that attended, this very special evening raised €359.90 in aid of Paul Cunningham Nurses. Many thanks to Angelique and her staff, and a special thank you for David Darnbrough, for making the night so special.

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new members would be welcome as performers, technicians, musicians or just social members for further information

Send your announcements to ‘editor@soltimes.com’ & we’ll print them FREE OF CHARGE!

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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

PILAR CHRISTIAN URCH COMMUNITY CHHORA DADA

‘Help those in need’ for our fourlegged friends recently opened in Sophia Wellness Centre, La Regia, Cabo Roig. Second Hand furniture urgently needed as well as anything else you can spare. For further information or for collections, call: Thomas - 634 336 450 Laura - 634 361 808

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

CALLE CANALEJAS,3, PILAR DE LA 03190 ALICANTE, SPAIN. IE MARTENS SUNDAY SERVICE 11am ~ PASTOR EDD

Tel: 966 769 300/650 509 606 BE BLESSED. ALL WELCOME ~ COME AND JOIN US AND REG NUM. 2009-SG/A

Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre

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

Summer Time Table Roman Catholic

Charity Shop

Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado La Zenia: Monday to Friday 10:00 Saturday 19:30 Sunday 11:00, 19:30 Cabo Roig: Monday to Friday 20:00 Saturday 20:00 Sunday 10:00 Campoamor: Monday to Friday 20:00 Saturday 20:00, 21:00 Sunday 09:00, 11:00, 20:00, 21:00 Punta Prima: Monday to Friday 20:00 Saturday 20:00 Sunday 10:00, 20:00 Confessions: Before each mass. Parish Office: Monday 11:00 – 13:00 Telephone: 807 499 067 Parish Priest: Don Joaquin Carlos Carlos

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

BIRTHDAY PARTIES FROM p 2 hour stay & lay for 1 child €7.50 PER CHILD wit h this

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air conditioning

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ELECTRICIAN Air Conditioning & Pool Heating

24 hr Call Out - Domestic - Commercial

Class A Air conditioning from 450€ Re-Gas, Service Commercial & Domestic 652 229 211 966 181 919

Contact Steve Office: 965 992 894 Mobile: 661 555 008

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bikes & scooters

sanluiselectrical@yahoo.co.uk ELECTRICITY, PLUMBING, AIR CON Installation, maintenance & repairs in Torrevieja and surrounding areas. No call out fee. Tel: 622 381 979 (English)

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

hire centres

business for sale Business opportunity To Rent small offices available to rent short or long term, internet connection. On high street in Central San Miguel de Salinas 50€ per week Tel: 965 720 817 or 616 493 487

Established Property Management Company

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in the Costa Calida region whose professional services include: rentals, re-sales, small works, keyholding etc. For more details please contact:

648 45 40 97

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HIRE CENTRE Nursery equipment

Mobility Air-con units Wheelchairs DIY & Building equipment

TEL: 966 786 225 home security

ERIKS ERIKS

All types of metal work and home security

• Rejas • Garden Gates • Mobile welding service available. Established 10 years Murcia Region. RUSTY REJAS? Let us: • sandblast • re-paint • powdercoat • galvanise them for you!

Stan: 636 050 008 all.metal.works@hotmail.com

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House prices edge up 0.2% in ‘largely static’ market Halifax says house prices rose slightly in August and should end the year at the same level seen 12 months previously double dip, with one economist warning that prices could fall by as much as 25% between the start of this year and the end of 2012. But other commentators said the recent dip in house prices was not unhealthy as the recovery in the housing market had got ahead of improvements in the wider economy. Martin Ellis, Halifax’s housing economist,

House prices edged ahead by 0.2% during August as activity in the market remained subdued, figures showed today.

The group said activity in the market had been “largely static” since the start of 2010, enabling house price inflation to cool after prices were pushed up last year by a shortage of supply.

started it. The figures contrast with statistics reported by Nationwide last week, which showed that house prices had fallen by 0.9% during August, following a drop of 0.5% in July. Recent data from the Bank of England also showed that only 48,722 mortgages were approved for house purchases during July, a level economists consider to be consistent with house price falls.

It added that it expected house prices to end the year at around the same level at which they

The gloomy figures caused some commentators to predict the housing market was heading for a

The latest increase follows one of 0.7% in July and reverses most of the falls seen during the previous three months, leaving house prices at a similar level to the end of last year, the Halifax said.

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said: “The market is broadly stable with house price inflation having cooled since last year when supply shortages helped to push up prices. The improved economy, strengthening labour market and low interest rates are all supporting housing demand. We expect UK house prices will remain static overall in 2010.” But others are less optimistic,

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pointing out that the lack of mortgage finance is limiting the number of buyers able to enter the market. Many potential buyers have also adopted a “wait and see approach” due to concerns about the state of the economy, job security and the impact of future tax rises. Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist for analysts IHS Global Insight, said: “On balance, while we believe that a sharp correction in house prices is unlikely, we do expect them to soften by around 3% over the final months of 2010. Furthermore, it is hard at this stage to be optimistic about house prices in 2011 as the fiscal squeeze will increasingly kick in, which will hit people’s pockets and lead to serious job losses in the public sector. “Consequently, a further drop of around 5% in house prices looks highly possible in 2011, and the drop could well be steeper still. Much will depend on mortgage availability and the number of houses coming on to the market, as well as how well the economy holds up. Therefore, we suspect that house prices will be some 10% lower by the end of 2011.” Halifax said annual house price inflation had fallen slightly to 4.6% during the three months to the end of August – the third consecutive month during which it has declined. The average home now costs £167,953, 9% above the low reached in April last year, but 16% below the August 2007 peak.

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offering a level of performance worthy of a V6 diesel but with CO2 emissions reduced by around 30 per cent.

The numbers are in for Peugeot’s 508! We’ve already had the opportunity to check out the sleek replacement for both the 407 and 607 when official images were released back in July, but it’s not until now that we’ve known what’s going on under the skin.

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Halley’s comet ‘was spotted by the ancient Greeks’ a celestial event seen by the ancient Greeks may be the earliest sighting of Halley’s comet, new evidence suggests

According to ancient writers, a large meteorite smacked into northern Greece between 466BC and 467BC. The writers also described a comet in the sky at the time the meteorite fell to Earth, but this detail has received little attention, say the researchers. Comet Halley would have been visible for about 80 days in 466BC, researchers write in the Journal of Cosmology. New Scientist magazine reports that, until now, the earliest probable sighting of the comet was an orbit in 240BC, an event recorded by Chinese astronomers. If the new findings are confirmed, the researchers will have pushed back the date of the first observation of Comet Halley by 226 years. The latest idea is based on accounts by ancient authors and concerns a meteorite that is said to have landed in the Hellespont region of northern Greece in 466-467BC. The space rock fell during daylight hours and was about the size of “a wagon load”, according to ancient sources. The object, described as having a “burnt colour”, became a tourist attraction for more than 500 years. In his work Meteorology, Aristotle wrote about the event about a century after it occurred. He said that around the same time the meteorite fell, “a comet was visible in the west”. Astronomer Eric Hintz and philosopher Daniel Graham, both of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, reconstructed the likely path of Halley’s comet, to see whether it agreed with the ancient observations. They calculated that Halley’s comet could have

been visible for about 80 days between early June and late August in 466BC - depending on atmospheric conditions and the darkness of the sky. “It’s tough going back that far in time. It’s not like an eclipse, which is really predictable,” co-author Eric Hintz, from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, told BBC News. “But we feel fairly good about this. If the [sighting] in 240BC is accepted, this has a fairly solid possibility.” He added: “If accepted, this would be three orbits earlier [than the Chinese sighting].” The reconstruction of the comet’s path agrees with the ancient reports, which say the comet was visible for about 75 days. The researchers point out that while the Chinese and Babylonians kept meticulous records of heavenly phenomena for centuries, the ancient Greeks did not. Nevertheless, the Greek accounts do provide important information, say Graham and Hintz, such as the comet’s period of visibility from Earth.

Smart meters had been considered as one component in an infrastructure to help use energy more effectively, and cut bills and emissions. Research by a University of Oxford scientist found that the devices alone were unlikely to lead to an overall reduction in the demand for energy. The findings appear in the journal Building Research and Information. “A lot of us are using gas and electricity without realising we are using it,” explained author Sarah Darby from the university’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI). “If you had a wood fire and went away for the weekend, then the fire would go out. However,

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******************************* Peter Haine, the artificially tanned former Welsh Secretary in the Labour administration, has told the media that on Blair’s decision to send British troops into Iraq in support of the American invasion, Nelson Mandela telephoned a cabinet minister to ‘breath fire down the line’. Mandela is for many people, the epitome of everybody’s cuddly, colourful-woolly wearing granddad; an army of devotees has sprung up around the world worshipping the man as if he were the Second Coming. And I have even felt pangs of guilt in the past for not being able to understand this extreme adulation and therefore not able to join in. What the hell was wrong with me? But I simply cannot see what, in practical terms, has been achieved in the world at large because of him. Yes he speaks of peace and harmony, and a casual observer would say that South Africa is a better place by far because of his historic Presidency, but that is belied by the fact that when you talk to South Africans, an increasing number of them fear for the future of their country. The image of ‘The Rainbow Nation’ is an appealing one, but it is far removed from the simmering discontent and culture of violence and ignorance that exists away from the tourist traps. The clincher for me, and what raises serious questions about this man above all else, is the subject of Zimbabwe. Here is a festering sore and a disgraceful blot on the African continent. Right on South Africa’s’ doorstep, this could have been a cause celebre that should have been right up Mandelas’ street. Robert Mugabe is by anyone’s definition, a monster. He has been responsible for genocide and murder amongst his own people. He has tortured and imprisoned without proper trial all who opposed him in his ruthless ambitions to retain absolute power, and he has dispossessed the white African farmers who were historically responsible for Rhodesia’s past reputation as the breadbasket of Africa. Zimbabwe today is a bankrupt wasteland; it’s people starving and with a hopelessness spawned from the knowledge that no one in the world thought their plight worthy of intervention. Not even their African brothers. What better way for Nelson Mandela to have established his humanitarian credentials once and for all with the doubters like me.

The Pope is due to hit the UK shores to a mixed reaction from British Catholics and, it is reported, that there are strongly divided opinions about his Papacy, and indeed Pope Benedict the man. Not a Catholic myself, and indeed as someone who has strong reservations about organised religion generally, I do not possess the knowledge or the interest to express an opinion one way or the other on his pronouncements or his character. Except to say this. Christianity is based on the teachings and example of one man – a carpenter’s son - who walked the shores of Galilee 2000 years ago. His example was one of simplicity, humility and without the advantages of wealth and power, his voice has nevertheless resonated down the ages. But when I look at the Christian church and the Catholic Church in particular, I see the antithesis of what he portrayed, with the wealth, splendour and luxury that is on show. In St Peters Basilica in the Vatican we have an architectural masterpiece. There are priceless relics and works of art that leave the viewer breathless; it is a magnificent edifice and a glowing example of mans ingenuity. Catholics believe that each Pope is a direct descendent of St Peter himself - which seems to me to be genealogical nonsense – and at each new Papal appointment, they talk about the Pontiff ascending the throne of St Peter. Throne? St Peter himself was merely Christ’s and therefore God’s emissary on earth and as such was the messenger. Perhaps I am being too simplistic. Many will say that by my own admission I speak from ignorance of the Catholic faith, but sometimes standing back and quietly observing can give a greater insight into a subject than a lifetime of obedient acceptance. There is a one small single syllable word difference between Being Christian and Being A Christian – but there is a world of difference in essence. Learning by example not by rote is always the best and purest way to instil an idea. All right minded people strive to reach the same summit of enlightenment. Whatever path we take in order to get there is unimportant.

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Asked whether it was possible that the meteorite fall and the pass by Halley’s Comet could be linked, Dr Hintz was doubtful. “it would be really neat if they were connected - if it was a piece of Halley’s that fell. My feeling is that it was just a really cool coincidence,” said Dr Hintz. The researchers say that there remains the possibility that other ancient sightings of comets could be uncovered from Chinese and Babylonian records.

Smart meters ‘may not cut energy use’

Installing smart meters may not result in households saving energy, a study has suggested.

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if you leave the central heating or electrical appliances on when you go away, you may be none the wiser.” It is why, Dr Darby added, the “feedback effect” (which tells people how much energy was used over a period of time, or how much energy a particular activity/appliance consumed) in energy demand reduction was so important. “Helping people who wanted to save energy use the information they could get from their metering and bills was an important part of that feedback,” she told BBC News. “Using the old-style meter means that you have got to be fairly diligent to do that - even if you do check it every day or month, it does not give you a breakdown of how you are using the gas or

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Audi shows off V8 R8 Spyder German firm adds 4.2-litre V8 to drop-top Spyder line-up

MINI unveils Scooter concept for Paris show In another shock move for the brand, MINI will debut a two-wheeled electric concept at Paris

Meet the two-wheeled future of MINI! Following hot on the heels of the Countryman and the Moke comes this - a plug-in electric scooter concept that will premiere at the Paris Motor Show, and go head-to-head with a similar concept produced by rivals Smart. Called the MINI E Scooter Concept, the bike features scaled down versions of all the classic MINI design cues, including the large iconic speedometer, oval wing mirrors and squared off rear lights. The use of chrome and other material is also designed to make the scooter instantly recognisable as a part of the MINI family.

Here’s news that’ll be music to the ears of Audi fans. The firm’s howling 4.2-litre V8 has now joined the 5.2-litre V10 in the R8 Spyder line-up. The newcomer is on sale now, with the first customer deliveries being made in January. To prepare the V8 for its new life in the Spyder, the unit has been given a recuperation system which saves fuel when braking, allowing the engine to pass the stricter Euro V emissions standards. However, Audi’s engineers have also added an extra 10bhp, taking power up to 424bhp and 430Nm. Performance is understandably brisk – when fitted with the R Tronic gearbox, the V8 will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, 0.7 seconds slower than the V10 model, and top speed is 8mph down, at 186mph. That said, fuel economy improves from 20.3mpg to 20.9mpg. The R8 Spyder gets the same spec at the V8 Coupe, but adds the drop-top, which retracts in just 19 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph; plus metallic paint, electric heated seats and Bluetooth. Buyers will have the choice of six-speed manual or R Tronic automated manual gearboxes. The manual costs £95,545 and auto £100,855, including the new 20 per cent VAT rate which kicks in from January.

The grey and luminous green colour scheme is borrowed from the MINI E electric car, and so is the drivetrain: a single electric motor is integrated into the rear wheel, and power comes from a compact lithium-ion battery stored under the seat. The battery can be charged from any standard A/C power outlet, via a retractable cable at the back of the scooter. There will be two different interpretations of the Scooter concept at the show, and expect more details and official photos to emerge in the build-up to the Paris show, but if it receives a positive reaction than there is a strong possibility that it could make production, and become the smallest MINI yet!

Three-door Astra set to steal show Vauxhall reveals GTC ahead of Paris debut, previews sizzling flagship VXR three-door

The Astra is sporting a new look! This is the GTC Paris – a thinly-disguised concept set to debut at next month’s Paris Motor Show. And it gives us our first look at how the rakish new three-door Vauxhall will shape up. It’s been styled to preview the high-octane VXR version – but strip away the twin tailpipes and the enormous 21inch forged wheels, and you’re looking at the productionspec Astra three-door. All that’s missing is a tax disc and number plate! The flowing shape takes its lead from the elegant five-door Astra and handsome Insignia, and aims to put the much more conservative VW Golf and Ford Focus in the shade. Slim, eagle-eye headlights are topped off by LED ‘eyebrows’ which dominate the front end. A sharp centre line runs the length of the bonnet, leading to a low grille. Curving ‘blades’ in the door panels create a dynamic profile, as do the sharp creases running from the door handles to the tail-light clusters. These features work together to give the GTC a honed, narrow look at the front and a purposeful, broad-shouldered stance at the rear. At 4.46 metres long, the stylish concept offers space for five people, yet still maintains compact and sporty proportions. Under the skin, the GTC Paris features a four-cylinder

2.0-litre turbocharged engine, with direct injection. This is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, and incorporates stop/start. The layout is a hint to the powertrain of the next Astra VXR – the unit is likely to deliver in excess of 300bhp as Vauxhall chases arch-rival Ford’s Focus RS. Lesser variants will get the same range of engines as the five-door – that means 1.4-litre turbo and naturally aspirated 1.6 petrols will be joined by a 2.0-litre diesel, as well as a super-efficient 1.7-litre ecoFLEX oil-burner. The firebreathing VXR won’t be the only performance version to be offered, though. A 210bhp 1.6-litre turbo SRi is designed to take on the VW Golf GTI. Under the skin, the GTC has a revised chassis and widened track, which provide more clues to the VXR’s spec. An electronic limited-slip differential features, as does Vauxhall’s FlexRide adaptive damping system. The latter alters the throttle, steering and suspension responses to suit drivers’ tastes. To cope with the huge power output, and prevent torque steer, the flagship is expected to use the HyPerStrut front

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Production version of hybrid hatchback delivers 96g/km and 68.9mpg Lexus’ new hybrid is one clean machine. Thanks to the firm’s latest hybrid technology, the CT200H, which goes on sale in the UK in October, will return combined consumption figures of 96g/km and 68.9mpg. The figure is yet to be officially confirmed, but if the firm’s figures stack up, that will mean that the newcomer is exempt from road tax, and be eligible for 10 per cent benefit in kind company car tax. The CT200h features an all-new platform and has been designed to offer a sporty drive, with the heavy hybrid mechanicals mounted as low to the ground as possible. As the hybrid features a petrol engine, the baby Lexus also benefits from nearzero levels of NOx and particulate emissions that are a significant drawback to diesel-powered cars.


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World No.1 enters history books with Flushing Meadows triumph Rafael Nadal completed the career Grand Slam by beating Novak Djokovic in the 2010 US Open final.

and Roger Federer as the only men to win the four biggest prizes in tennis.

Nadal won a thrilling contest 64 5-7 6-4 6-2 at Flushing Meadows to become only the seventh man in history to win all four major titles.

He said: “(Winning the US Open) is more than I dreamt, just to arrive to the final was amazing and to have the trophy in my hands in a few seconds with my heart beating is going to be unbelievable.”

The world number one overcame the distraction of a near two-hour rain delay and losing his first set of the tournament, to seal victory after three hours and 43 minutes.

Of his opponent, Nadal added: “First thing, I would like to congratulate Novak and all his team for a great tournament, you’re a great player and you’re going to win this trophy very soon, I’m sure of that.

Djokovic, who had beaten Roger Federer in an exhausting five-set semifinal on Saturday, expelled any doubts about his fighting qualities with a courageous performance, fending off an astonishing 20 break points during the course of the match.

“I want to congratulate you for a great attitude after losing a grand slam final, that’s a great example for the kids.”

But the pressure eventually told as Nadal ran away with the last two sets - clinching victory when Djokovic hit a forehand wide - before collapsing on Arthur Ashe Stadium as the enormity of his achievement sank in. Nadal, who at 24 is the youngest player in the Open Era to complete the grand slam collection, had already won the Australian Open, as well as five French Open titles and two Wimbledon crowns. And by adding the title in New York, the Spaniard joined Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi

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In turn Djokovic said: “It’s a great honour to be here. “I would like first to congratulate Rafa and his team for an amazing tournament. “Right now he is the best player in the world and he absolutely deserves this title, well done.” Rain had pushed the men’s final from Sunday to Monday for the third consecutive year and the world number one had looked set for an easy night when he broke Djokovic in the first game of the match, after which the Serb looked to be having problems with an injury to his left leg. But Djokovic withstood Nadal’s early assault and fought back to break and level the match at 2-2. Nadal converted his sixth break point opportunity to secure his second break and with his serve beginning to fire he refused to give his opponent another look-in as he served out comfortably for the lead. No sooner had Nadal got the first set in the

bag then some unfamiliar frailties began to set in, and it was no surprise when Djokovic seized on a pair of errors to break for a 3-1 lead before holding. But, serving at 4-2 it was Djokovic who faltered, a netted volley giving Nadal his first of three break-back points, the Spaniard taking his third chance with a big backhand winner down the line. Recovering some of his first set form, Nadal won three games in succession to level at 4-4 as heavy clouds began to gather overhead. When the rain did come at 30-30 on the Djokovic serve it will have come as a relief to the Serb. After a delay of an hour and 50 minutes the players reappeared and started where they had left off with some stunning tennis and it was Djokovic who took the set after breaking Nadal at 6-5. Both players were attacking the ball with fearsome force and Nadal was clearly on a roll, holding to love for 3-1. The errors started mounting for Djokovic and Nadal’s formidable forehand, rock solid sliced backhand and ability to cover every inch of the court guided him to the set. The match was already three hours old but there was no let-up at the start of the fourth set. The Spaniard had three break points for 4-1 and when Djokovic netted it appeared to be all but over. Nadal went 5-1 up and while Djokovic held, it was merely delaying the inevitable and when the Serb fired wide it wrapped up a stunning victory for the Spaniard who fell to the floor.

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PRESS REPORT THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2010 Despite only a small field of 60 players, due to temporary greens, most people enjoyed playing American Greensomes today, well….OK some people enjoyed it more than others….as we know the temporary greens are a bit of a lottery, but hey, the sun was shining and the company was good!!! It was a special day for birthday boy Graham Cheetham, 76 years young today, and especially nice to see John and Connie Parker who popped in for a drink and a chat. It was a fiercely competitive game today with two pairs coming in with the same score of 50pts, Chris Stanley and Tony Hall, playing as a guest today, were more consistent with front and back 9 scores of 25pts, winning on countback from Ken Brett and Sue Gillett who had 29pts front 9, and collapsed a bit on the back 9 with 21pts. Many congratulations to Chris and Tony.

Full results as follows: 1st Chris Stanley & Tony Hall : 50pts countback 2nd Ken Brett & Sue Gillett: 50pts 3rd Dave King & Anne Duff: 48pts countback Nearest the Pins: 5th Mike Gillett: 11th Vince Tocker 15th David Gelsthorpe: Rachel Leckey Captain’s Bunker: 1 euro Football Draw: Sue Gillett & Bruce Leckey A reminder that our September Dinner Dance is being held on Friday 24th September, menu and table lists are on the Board and further details from Liz Menzies, Entertainment secretary 96 678 6959, also menu on the website… www.eurogolf-quesada.co.uk Photograph shows Ken Brett and Sue Gillett (2nd place) with The Captain (unfortunately the winner were not available for a photograph)

Quesada Golf Society

On Wednesday 8th September we played our first game of the month at Lo Romero, the course itself was in beautiful condition, and the staff were very helpful. Again we had a good turnout with 26 members playing, and the weather was as is expected at this time of year, hot and sunny, but thankfully there was a good breeze blowing, which kept everybody a bit cooler, which was just as well as half of the players were walking. The thing that we noticed though, was that no matter which hole we played, the wind was always against you, we think that somebody up there was having a bit of fun on the day!! The format of play was Stableford, with the Society Individual Championships, Semi Finals also taking place. My trusty informants were about, but the snippets received were a bit sparse, but here we go with the few. Les Catt on hole 2, on his approach shot to the green, decided to try a “dambuster” shot, and his ball skipped across the water and then up the bank,

across the green and finished up about 6ft from the hole (he was heard to say that it wasn’t luck, it was played for)!! Myself Bill ‘Benidorm’ Bailey, on hole 13, Par 3, hit my ball of the tee, which was heading for the water, whereupon it hit the rocks at the edge and bounced up in to the air and onto the green, (I cant print the comments that came my way, but I still say that I should have won the NTP “Terry”)!! And last but not least, my trusty mate John ‘Joan’ Dunnion, on hole 18, did his now usual trick, and did not reach the ladies tee with his tee shot, but to his credit this time, still managed to get onto the green in 3 shots, well done “John” (there is a rumour going around that the committee are thinking of getting him a pink top, and alllowing to play from the ladies tee permanently, seeing as he seems to spend so much time there), now I am in trouble “oops”. At the end of the days play, we all headed back to Quesada Country Club for the usual well

earned pint or two, and the presentations, which are as follows: 1st Keith Price 36pts, 2nd Roy(Gabby)Kavanagh 35pts on c/b, 3rd Tony White 35pts on c/b. NTP Par 3s, hole 5 Alan Briggs, hole 7 Dave(Stumpy)Smith, hole 12 Terry(Lucky)Williams, hole 15 Doug Geen. NTP 2 shots Par 4, hole 9 Mike Brown. NTP 3 shots Par 5, hole 17 Mike Brown. Accummulative score Par 5s, Keith Price. THE ROY TROPHY, Barry Trodd. Individual Championships-Semi Finals, Victor Dew beat Dave Smith 5 & 4, Darryll Wright v Les Catt match drawn. The next 2 games on the calendar are: Wednesday 22nd September, Vistabella, first tee 9.18am. Wednesday 6th October, Alenda, first tee 10.00am. Don’t forget ladies and gentlemen, the next monthly meeting is on Tuesday 14th September, 10.30am at Quesdad Country Club, as usual please be there early for coffees etc. Bill(Benidorm)Bailey.

Tuesday 07th September We had 24 players on a glorious day at Lo Romero, all players had buggies and they were certainly needed as the temperature reached 33 in the early afternoon. The course was in excellent condition and the greens were superb in fact they were lightening quick and a real good test. Thanks to Mick the Grip ( www. mickthegrip.com) who sponsored 6

nearest the pins, and to Costa Calida Golf Tours (www.ccgt.co.uk) who arranged a great deal on the green fees and buggies

4th: Ian Finch - 33 points 5th: Andy Walsh - 31 points Longest Drive: Keith Morrison - Hole 10 Nearest Pin Mick Collis - Hole 1 (2 shots) Alan McDonald - Hole 5 (1 shot) Shaun Askwith - Hole 6 (3 shots) Gwyn Davies - Hole 15 (1 shot) Shaun Askwith - Hole 17 (3 shots) Glen Askwith - Hole 18 (2 shots)

RESULTS from San Cayetano Golf Day Results as follows – Best overall Golfer: Pat McLaughlin - 40 points Best Lady Golfer: Brenda Sanders - 26 points Runner up: Glen Askwith - 38 points 3rd: Shaun Askwith - 34 points

Mazarrón beaten convincingly

Montecasillas FC 4, Mazarrón FC 1, 12.09.10 Mazarrón were well beaten in this match, by a side that was much more stable in defence and much sharper in attack. The thinness of the visitors squad was also illustrated as the home side were able to use all five substitutes permitted in this league whereas Mazarrón had nobody available to replace Boudia when he was injured near the end of the game. In the first real action of the match, Montecasillas scored. Juan and Fernando in the visitors defence were not able to control the ball on the edge of the penalty area and Javi Cano nipped in to take it to the right before shooting low into the corner. As Mazarrón then attacked for a while they gained two free kicks in quick succession about 23ms out. From the first, Andres drew a good save from Fenol low by his right hand post and then the keeper did even better to save from Julian. The game

meandered somewhat after that, before bursting into life just before half time. Rollon made a great break from mid-field and Rivera was in plenty of space on the right but despite looking right along the defensive line, he ran off side. Chico then broke free only for Fenol to save at his feet, before two corners in quick succession. The first by Julian was headed goal-wards by Juan, but was cleared away, and this was the only corner that they managed to clear the first defender out of a total of five. The second half started the same way as the second. Mazarrón appeared to be in no danger when Paco latched onto a loose balled and stabbed it in off the far post. The difference in the two sides was then illustrated perfectly. A Mazarrón throw on the left bounced along the edge of the area and Rivera, on his own, shot tamely into the hands of Fenol. A minute later at the other end, Edu was in a similar position but

he walloped the ball past Peru to make it 3-0. Mazarrón didn’t score their consolation goal until 6mins from the end of the game. Javi fought hard for the ball to the right of the post and despite drawing three defenders and the keeper, he got in a cross that Rivera blasted home from fully half a meter into the empty net. The cushion was restored 2mins later when substitute Alfredo’s shot from just outside the area comfortably beat Peru. In the last action Rollon got his marching orders for a second yellow card when his frustration boiled over after being brought down in the penalty area. On this showing, Mazarrón will have to be much sharper in front of both goals if they are to get near to the top of even this league. Mazarrón: Peru, Alex, Andres, Fernando (Diego) Juan, Javi, Chico (Eloy), Julian (Mohame), Boudia, Rollon, Rivera. MMoM: Rollon Roger, mccmurcia.com

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Monday was the start of the competition for the ‘ TERRY & DI TROPHY ‘. The trophy was donated by Terry and Diane Lawton, and is played for annually by the club members. No results as yet as it will be played over the next 3 weeks mondays and tuesdays.

Murcia Match/ Play League Presentation & Ryder Cup Challenge

team received the Challenge Trophy & their medals.

Roda Golf was the Venue for this the Champions of the match/play Leagues Challenge which took the form of a Ryder Cup singles match against the rest of the league. On a sunny day on a golf course that together with a fantastic staff has become one of our favourite venues.

The Runners-up in the league also deserve praise after two years where they struggled to come to terms with the format Sucina GS received the runners up trophy &their Medals. The best individual pair with the most points scored were John Osborne & C Fitzpatrick of Diamantes GS.

The match was very tight and as the players came in there was never anything in it But if anyone thought it was a friendly end of the season game would soon change their minds if they had heard the comment of (Alan Macdonald ( Diamantes ) to his opponent Nic Campbell (rest of League )who he had narrowly beaten (That’s for Glencoe )

The Texas Scramble Pairs competition held at the beginning of the season was won by Paul Mathews & Mick Hardy. We then came to the highlight of the season the crowning of champions Diamantes Golf Society with captain Noel Stewart lost for words if you can belive that(photo shows team with trophy & medals.

The result after a long day was a drawn match the captains shook hands and decided that the only answer was to toss a coin & the winner was the Rest of the League & their Captain captain Mick Hardy who at the presentation dinner afterwards received together with his

We then sat down to enjoy a fantastic meal in the best of company. A big thanks from me & all who took part to the staff of Roda & the restaurant . looking forward to the new season which starts on the 11th of October @ Roda Alex McLennan (secretary)

FRIENDSHIP CUP between Quesada Bowling Club and Benitachell Bowling Club. It seems we have played this ever since Quesada Bowling Club was established. So wednesday morning the squad from Benitachell arrived by bus and hopefully had a very good day with our members, we enjoyed meeting new members. After a competitive game on a lovely morning we retreated to the Club and had an excellent lunch, a few bevvies and

a good raffle, which I think was reasonably divided between the 2 club’s members. Needless to say we would like to thank all the members and Marina and her staff for all the good work done. D.Lawton, G.Chapman, P.Parkes, N.Baigent 20-20 L.Armstrong, J.Maher, J.Brinton, T.Paget 17-21

M.Smith, A.Paget, J.Riley, N.Birch 18-12 P.Lockley, R.Ford, V.Sale, D.Sale 15-18 A.Hopley,R,Birch, B.Armstrong, D.Leeming 23-14 J.Parkes, M.Lamberton, J.Martin, T.Thomas 30-14 T.Brinton, Di Liley, C.Chapman, G. Phillips 25-13 148 shots for and 112 shots against We are all loking forward to the

MAGGOTS END

RODS and REELS: This weeks competition was an open match the first one of the two this year. The venue was Rio Segura Eden Canal stretch. Top anglers on the day 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using maggot and corn with 10.380 kilo´s; 2nd Lenny (Ex-cultural Attachee) Bolton same method with 8.080 kilo´s; 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson same method with 6.640 kilo´s. My travelling companion Clive has outdone me this week. After me losing some pole tops last season Clive surpassed this with by losing the top 4 sections of his pole. After getting snagged on the far bank he managed to get to the other side and dressed only in his jockeys, slid into the river with all

thoughts of getting his pole. However after about 2 steps into the silt, the thought that this silt is many feet deep, he had to give in and watch his pole section slide into the murky depths. Also, if the silt didn´t get him the snakes would. They are plentiful again this year. PLEASE NOTE: The A.G.M. will be held on Sunday 26th 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. ANGLERS TOGETHER: Anglers Together

return match which will take place at Benitachell in October. That only leaves me with a reminder to those people who would like to do some social bowling either as beginners or indeed more experienced bowlers. Tony Paget will be there on wednesdays at 1.30 for 2.00 pm with the Riojateers and saturdays at 1.30 for 2.00 pm when you would play for the bubbly.

Tomorrow we are all off to the ‘Night at the Prom’ at the Castilla Bar. And don’t forget next month we will be playing Crazy Golf and Ten Pin Bowling at the Corazon Hotel. Our secretary is still at your beck and call, should you need more information about bowls etc. 965 724 885 continues to grow with firm friendships being formed since the group started 4 years ago. It costs 10 Euros to join for the first year and 5 Euros per annum for each year after. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, then either come along to one of the meetings or contact Alan: anglerstogether@gonuts4free. com. 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

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