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Spanish Has To Pay More For Short-term Funds local news... Spain’s borrowing costs rose at an auction of 12- and 18-month bills on Tuesday as investors sought a bigger return for their money amid lingering concerns over eurozone debt levels.

Spain’s treasury said it raised 5.28 billion euros (6.9 billion dollars) in 12-month bonds at an average yield -- or return -- of 1.908 percent, up from 1.836 percent at the previous auction on August 17. It sold another 1.76 billion euros in 18month bonds at 2.146 percent, up from 2.078 percent in the last auction. The total amount of 7.04 billion euros raised was slightly more than planned but it was also the first time that yields on Spanish bond issues have risen since June. Spain has been struggling this year to assure markets it will avoid the fate of Greece and is

in control of slashing its public deficit which reached 11.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009. Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s government earlier this year implemented the sharpest spending cuts since Spain returned to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. The cuts aim to bring the public deficit down to 6.0 percent of GDP in 2011 and to the eurozone limit of three percent by 2013, with measures including cuts to civil servants’ wages, a sales tax increase and a freeze on pensions. Spain comfortably sold four billion euros

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of long-term debt last Thursday, at sharply lower rates than in the past, suggesting at the time that there was growing investor faith in the country’s deficit cutting programme. It sold 1.28 billion euros in 31-year bonds at an average yield of 5.077 percent, down from 5.908 percent at the last such sale on June 17. It also raised 2.72 billion euros of 10-year bonds at an average yield of 4.144 percent, down from 4.83 percent at a previous auction on July 6. Tuesday’s auction, however, coincided with similar sales in Ireland and Greece, both heavily indebted and seen at risk as fears over the eurozone’s public finances increased in the past few days.

Saving The Paprika Pepper Crop The Ministry of Agriculture and Water has managed to solve the pest and disease problems for paprika pepper crop in the Region through the program ‘Clean Agriculture.’ This has been achieved by the release over recent years of more than 30 million beneficial insects, at a cost of over 800,000 Euros.

The Director General of Operations and Training Modernisation of Agricultural Lidón Ángel García noted that ‘land under cultivation had fallen a few years ago significantly due to, among other things, the plant health problem caused by the succession of different viruses, including most notably the tomato spotted wilt virus transmitted by thrips Frankiniella occidentalis.’ The high degrees of infection undermined the quality of the fruit and therefore the market value of the crop. In 2005 the Ministry took action to improve the situation. This included, among other actions, the release of the predator Orius laevigatus, which feeds on thrips populations. Experiments to control Ostrinia caterpillars, such as mass trapping, mating disruption and biological insecticides were also used. Lidón Garcia was pleased to report that success ‘far exceeded initial expectations, achieving in a short time a significant improvement, up to a doubling in productivity in pepper plantations. The yield per hectare has increased from 1,000 to 2,000 kilos on average, in some cases yields have reached 3,500 kilos. The number of plants affected by tomato spotted wilt virus has gone down from 60% to 2% in the last campaign, the best figure for two decades.’

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This year, the Ministry has released more than six million insects in the total area of the region, at an approximate cost of 120,000 euros. Lidón Garcia concluded that ‘the success of ‘Clean Agriculture’ is the salvation of the traditional market for paprika peppers, thus maintaining a large number of jobs and ensuring a better quality product compared with those imported from African countries.’


The Ministry of Public Works and Planning, through the Highways Agency will carry out the renovation of the metal bridge over the river Segura in Archena, which will now be wide enough for two-way traffic. The Director of Roads, Jose Guijarro, said that ‘with an investment of 2.5 billion euros, this will provide drivers with greater comfort and fluency as well as preserving one of the most iconic infrastructures of the area.’ The project also includes construction of a new footbridge. The new construction will be a total of 13 metres wide, allowing for two traffic lanes and two sidewalks of three metres. There will be access to the river on both sides. The sidewalks of the bridge will be of wood and galvanised steel, and on the outer edges will be provided with guardrails and lighting. The current steel decking will be moved, to allow greater pedestrian access. Specifically, four batteries will be built to support the three panels of the present bridge, and the bridge pavement will be made with wooden board and galvanized steel. The present bridge is seventy years old.

Calasparra The Minister of Justice and Public Safety, Manuel Campos, has officially declared that the fire broke out on 7 September in the Sierra del Molino between Calasparra and Cieza is ‘extinct’thanks to the great performance, efficiency and speed of integrated teams in the Infomur plan. Campos reported that the fire has affected fewer acres than was originally feared, due to the swift action of the fire teams and favourable weather conditions. Instead of the 3,500 acres originally in danger, only about 600 hectares were affected. The Minister of Justice and Public Safety wanted to extend its congratulations to the staff team of the Infomur plan, from forest firefighters to members of the Emergency Military Unit (UME).

Murcia The Governing Council has approved an agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, the towns of Aguilas, Cartagena, Mazarrón and San Pedro del Pinatar and the Federation of Fishermen’s Associations with the objective of removing solid waste from the sea resulting from the capture of fish in the nets of the trawler fleet during the course of its business. The Ministry of Agriculture and Water has granted the Federation of Fishermen’s Guilds Murciana 90,000 euros, to address the problems encountered with the packaging of fish, and the storage of associated waste. The Municipalities have stressed the need for the necessary infrastructure for the collection and transfer of waste material for the trawler fleet. This form of cooperation between the Community, coastal municipalities and the Federation of Fishermen’s associations began in 1996, making the Region of Murcia the first community that requested a project of this kind in Spain. This collaboration provides significant benefits for fishery resources, not only through more and better monitoring of catches sold at auction, but also through the promotion of environmental awareness in the industry. The agreement ensures that the Federation regularly provides data on fish catches at auction in order to facilitate the control and monitoring of the status of fisheries resources. This will assist the regional government to meet Community requirements and adopt appropriate management measures.

San Pedro del Pinatar The Civil Guard over the past few months has been investigating a racketeering gang who have been buying and selling jewellery. They have arrested and charged five people as alleged perpetrators of fraud. All are members of a gypsy clan. After conducting a house search in San Pedro del Pinatar they recovered a sizeable amount of jewellery, including rings, bracelets, bangles, watches, chains and pendants. Initial police investigations carried out focussed on a group of Roma people residing in Malaga. This group, although based in Malaga, operated as far afield as Murcia and Cadiz. The Modus Operandi of this group began with the acquisition of pieces of jewellery, which were altered to be pawned or sold with a substantial increase in market value. Acting as a couple, they employed distraction techniques, so that when the buyers checked subsequently, they found that the pieces purchased were of much inferior quality.

Four of the five persons detained had previous convictions for similar offences.


Climate Change Could Bring Extreme Weather To Med The Mediterranean coast could be one of the areas most affected by climate change, with a rise in greenhouse gases bringing even heavier rain and “substantial changes” in the water cycle, resulting in rainy years being followed by drought years.

The alternating of wet and dry years could end up causing problems in managing water resources, according to the president of the national weather agency (Aemet) Ricardo García Herrera, who added that the situation could be avoide if there were a “substantial reduction” in these types of gases, which are the cause of the increasing occurrence of “severe weather phenomena”. García Herrera made his announcement on the opening day of the European Conference on Weather Satellites (Eumetsat) being held in Córdoba, which has brought together over 40 weather and satellite experts from over 40 countries around the world. Although the climate change theory has not been accepted 100% by the scientific community,

García Herrera pointed out that the changes being experienced at the moment have not been recorded in the past and as such was “irrefutable evidence” of a change in the world’s climate. One of Eumetsat’s aims is to improve weather forecasting and is planning to launch the first Meteostat third-generation or MTG satellite in 2018, which will record sea levels and detect bolts of lightning that hit the sea, something that has not been possible before. The MTG satellite, in which three billion euros is being invested, will also be able to provide “vertical profiles” for temperature and humidity, helping scientists better predict the evolution of major storms.

Alicante Rail Link Awarded The contract has been awarded for the rail link on the San Isidro subsection-Orihuela (Alicante) from Monforte del Cid (Alicante) to Murcia, part of the High Speed Line Madrid-Castilla La Mancha-Comunidad Valenciana-Region of Murcia.

The contract, which is worth 3,701,836 Euros including VAT, is to provide technical assistance and supervision of the works on the platform and track. This subsection of track is 9.6 km, and is run entirely by the province of Alicante, and in particular, by the municipalities of San Isidro, Granja de Rocamora, Cox, Callosa de Segura, Redován and Orihuela.

The works will take place over a projected time scale of 38 months.

Interpretation Cente At Aguilas The Government Delegation for the Region of Murcia has published the tender for the construction of the Interpretation Centre at Águilas. The new Centro de Interpretación del Mar y Ecoescuela de Pesca is part of the Águilas Tourism Competitiveness Plan entitled ‘Sea and Fisheries’. The new centre will cover an area of 600 square metres and will include a large aquarium. It will also have a real fishing boat open to the public, a collection of types of nets and fishing knots, fishing tools and implements, models of fishing systems, as well as many other marine-related objects which to date have been displayed in the Archaeological Museum. The goal is to create a new tourist product, based on the traditional fishing and the local fishing culture, exploiting the uniqueness of the town and diversifying and complementing the run of the mill sun and beach tourism trade.

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The Director of Roads, Jose Guijarro, said that the Community, through the Ministry of Public Works and Planning, over the next few weeks will start a total of 11 road safety projects in different areas of the Region, among which the Campo de Cartagena, where there will be five projects including the construction of seven

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Spain Wants Ex-Rwandan Army Chief Extradited For Genocide

Spain will ask that South Africa extradite former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who is wanted on charges of genocide and for the murder of four Spaniards in Rwanda in the 1990s, the justice ministry said.

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Spain’s National Court in 2008 charged Nyamwasa with genocide and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the lead-up to and during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which 800,000 people were killed. It also charged him with the murder in Rwanda of a Spanish missionary in 1994 and three Spanish aid workers three years later. “He took part in systematic and planned attacks against the civilian population, in forced disappearances and crimes against international law, and also organised and carried out terrorist attacks,” a ministry statement said.

The justice ministry’s proposal that Spain request Nyamwasa’s extradition was

approved at a weekly cabinet meeting on Friday, it added. Nyamwasa fled to South Africa in February after abandoning his post as Rwanda’s envoy to India. Four months later he was shot in the stomach outside his home in an upmarket Johannesburg suburb. His wife Rosette has said she believes Rwandan President Paul Kagame was behind the attack which she has described as a politically motivated assassination attempt. The Rwandan government has accused Nyamwasa, and former army colonel Patrick Karegeya, of masterminding grenade attacks earlier this year in the run-up to the country’s presidential elections in August.

Spanish unions call strike over unpaid wages

Unions representing coal miners in Spain Thursday called a strike to demand unpaid wages and government aid, as protests over the state of the industry escalated.

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Six union representatives also shut themselves in a room of a government building in Madrid overnight after talks with Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian broke down, and said they will remain until their demands are met. “The responses of the industry ministry did not satisfy us and we have decided to call a general strike in the coal sector for September 22, 23, 29 and 30,” the unions said in a statement. The government “has given us no guarantee on the payment of the salaries,” it said. MinersfromSpanishcompanies Victorino Alonso and Viloria have stepped up protests over the past two weeks to demand unpaid wages for July and August and government aid to the coal industry. Around 50 miners have since September 2 refused to leave a coal mine 500 metres (1,650 feet) underground near

Guardo in the northern Palencia province. Hundreds have also blocked highways and roads in northern Spain, while thousands of miners and their supporters have staged protest marches. Four miners also launched a hunger strike on Monday. Up until February, government subsidies helped guarantee coal purchases in Spain. But Madrid ended the subsidies in the wake of objections from the European Commission. Deprived of government aid, Spanish coal has been more expensive and therefore found less buyers, which the mining companies blame for their failure to pay the salaries. Theminers’strikeonSeptember 29 will coincide with a general strike in Spain to protest tough labour reforms introduced by the government to slash the soaring unemployment rate.

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Boats carrying 152 African migrants caught entering Spain Spanish coastguard vessels intercepted eight boats packed with 152 African migrants as they tried to enter Spain overnight, local officials said last Friday.

The maritime rescue service picked up 37 would be immigrants from sub-Saharan African late Thursday in a small boat spotted off the coast of Motril in southern Spain, the regional government of Granada said. All 37 were in good health, it added. A separate operation picked up another seven boats carrying 115 Algerian migrants off the coast of the southeastern region of Murcia, the regional government said. One man on board was taken to hospital due to health problems he developed while on the attempted crossing to Spain, it said in a

statement. Spain is a key entry point for illegal immigration from Africa, but officials here fear many of the thousands of Africans who attempt the perilous journey by boat to Spanish soil die each year of thirst, hunger or exposure. They have no way however, of knowing the exact numbers. The mass arrivals of boats carrying migrants has become rarer in recent years thanks to repatriation agreements Madrid has signed with the African countries that are a major source of migrants. The country has also worked with other European nations to boost maritime surveillance.

Protesters Urge Debate On Bullfighting Ban One hundred protesters gathered Sunday in front of Madrid’s Las Ventas arena, demanding the Spanish regional government to debate a ban on banning bullfighting.

Stripped down to their underwear and with their bodies painted red and black, protesters lay on the ground in front of the arena, and formed the image of a slaughtered bull. They urged the regional parliament to open up debate on banning the centuries-old tradition, just as the Catalonian government did on July 28, and presented a petition with 51,600 signatures supporting the ban. A minimum of 50,000 signatures is required in order for the regional parliament to examine the popular legislative initiative (ILP) which calls for an end to bullfighting. “The ILP is the best expression of democracy because these are the citizens who are

proposing changes in the legislation,” said Maria Esteban, president of the group “Torture is not culture”, which organised the demonstration. She said preventing such views from being expressed in parliament would be an “arrogant and cowardly act.” The launch in March of the campaign to collect signatures was followed by a large demonstration on March 28, where thousands of animal rights activists urged an end to bullfighting. The same month, Madrid’s right-leaning regional government said it intended to list bullfighting as a cultural heritage, in order to protect it. The ban in Catalonia is effective from 2012.

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Spain’s Royal Family Cut Budget For First Time In History

The Spanish Royal family is to cut its budget for the first time in history as part of nationwide austerity measures that will see it become the cheapest royal household in Europe.

The King and Queen will be tightening their belts alongside the rest of nation as Spain struggles to reduce a bloated budget deficit and emerge from nearly two years of recession. The Zarzuela Palace has announced that the household budget for 2011 would be significantly reduced from this year but the exact figures would not be unveiled until later this month when it will be presented to

parliament for approval. Reports suggested the budget could be slashed by up to 9 per cent reducing funds available to the King by as much as €800,000 (£669,000), making him the least expensive Royal in Europe. This year the budget was frozen at the 2009 level of €8.9 million (£7.43), a figure well below that of Britain’s Royal family cost the taxpayer

Penelope Cruz Pregnant With Her First Child

Spanish film stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are expecting their first child after marrying this summer in the Bahamas After months of speculation, a spokesperson for Cruz confirmed that the 36-year-old Oscar-winning actress was over four months pregnant.

a total of £38.2 million last financial year. A comparative study of expenditure by Europe’s constitutional monarchies puts the Windsors at the top of the list, followed by the Dutch monarchy on £33.1 million, the Norwegian on £23.4 million and the Belgian on £11.5 million. With the proposed cuts Spain’s royal family would have a budget of £6.8 million less than even the Luxembourg monarchy who last year spent £7.2 million. Spain’s Royal Household has already scaled down with a series of economies. Its 140 members of staff joined the rest of the nation’s civil servants in having their salaries cut by five per cent in June as part of a government austerity plan that also froze pensions. This August King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia shortened their annual holiday at their summer palace on the island of Majorca, spent less time sailing on the royal yacht Fortuna, and entertained fewer guests. Last year Queen Sofia shocked royal watchers when she chose to fly with budget airline RyanAir to visit her brother Constantine, the former King of Greece, after he had heart surgery in London. The flight from the northern Spanish city of Santander to London Stansted cost only £13. But parliamentary rules in Spain mean that

“Spain is one of the least transparent of all the monarchies when it comes to spending,” explained Herman Matthijs, professor at Belgium’s VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussels), who carried out an exhaustive study of the expenditures of Europe’s royal households. “The annual budget given to the King Juan Carlos is for him to spend and distribute to the members of his family as he sees fit. State visits, royal protection and the upkeep of royal palaces all come from budgets hidden within other departments,” he said. “I can’t see that it will cause the Spanish King too much hardship to survive on a little bit less but it will send a positive message to the people of Spain that he is making sacrifices along with everyone else.”


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UK Troops Leave Helmand’s Sangin British forces in Afghanistan have handed over responsibility for security in Sangin to US forces, marking the end of their four-year mission in the area

The 1,000 Royal Marines and other personnel serving there are being redeployed to central Helmand province. The UK has suffered its heaviest losses in Sangin. Of the 337 UK deaths since 2001, a third have happened there. Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said UK troops should be “proud of their achievements”. He said Sangin was “one of the most challenging areas of Afghanistan”. “The level of sacrifice has been high and we should never forget the many brave troops who have lost their lives in the pursuit of success in an international mission rooted firmly in our own national security in the UK,” he said.


British troops will redeploy to central Helmand, where they will continue to lead the fight against the insurgency and assist in building a stable and secure Afghanistan, he added. UK forces have been in the area since 2006, and 106 UK personnel have been killed, 36 this year alone. The MoD announced in July that British troops were to be replaced by US forces. Control was formally handed over from UK forces to the US Marine Corps at 0630 BST. The BBC’s Ian Pannell in Kabul said there would be a physical handover, with the union jack lowered and the US flag raised, but little would change on a practical level. He said some members of the 1,000-strong 40 Commando Battle Group had already left, and the handover would be staggered over the coming weeks. Describing it as a “totemic” moment for the UK, he said Sangin was the most dangerous district in Helmand - if not the whole of Afghanistan. On a recent visit to the area, he witnessed a long battle in which a number of US soldiers, Afghan soldiers and civilians sustained injuries. “Although progress has been made, the area remains very difficult. It is a key battleground for insurgents and coalition

forces. “The truth is, the Americans will now have to try and finish the job that Britain started,” he added. MoD spokesman Maj Gen Gordon Messenger, a former commander of the UK Helmand task force, said it was “absolutely not” a pullout . While progress had been slower in Sangin than in other parts of Helmand, he admitted, British efforts had not been worthless. “It’s a hugely important point that the Afghan flag flies in the district centre of Sangin, and that the people of Sangin and the surrounding area recognise that and see the benefits of it,” he said.

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“By taking the fight to the Taliban in the areas they hold most dear, that has certainly had a positive effect elsewhere in Helmand and southern Afghanistan. “We are seeing real and positive progress in areas that only a year or so ago were in a very different state,” he added. The commanding officer of 40 Commando group, Lt Col Paul James, said the handover was a “poignant moment” tinged with sadness, but the overwhelming emotion was one of pride. “I think we’ve achieved

Lt Col Clay Tipton, from the US Marine Corps, said UK and US troops had been working together in Sangin for the past couple of months, and their job now was to “continue the success”. “As 40 Commando moves on we will continue to enable the security, partnered with Afghan military and police, as well as enabling governance here,” he said. The BBC’s Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says Sangin is a town of about 20,000 people and the area is a vital supply route for the Taliban, with men, money and drugs passing through it. He said British patrol bases were already being shut down and the Royal Marines who served there are frustrated at having to leave a place they fought so hard for. “As the British mission in Sangin ends, questions remain whether there were ever enough resources to complete the job,” he said. “Even so, the American force will cover the same amount of ground, with a similar number of troops.” There are about 9,500 UK troops in Afghanistan, with the majority deployed in the south of the country.

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Public Sector Pay: The Numbers Baby P Clinic Doctor To Sue NHS More than 9,000 public sector employees are earning a higher wage than the prime minister, who has previously questioned pay levels in top jobs.

New research conducted for BBC Panorama found that there were more than 38,000 public employees earning above £100,000 and 1,000 people on more than £200,000. David Cameron took a 5% pay cut when he took office and earns £142,500. Details from 2,400 public bodies puts the number of high earners far above previous estimates. The salary details come as the government warns that public spending needs to be drastically curbed. The government has already revealed that pay for the top 5% of earners in the public sector has risen by 51% in the past 10 years. Unison general secretary Dave Prentis described the report as “just another attack on the public sector”. He said: “There will be many more in the private sector who earn much more than this. However, the majority of public sector workers will never get anywhere near these salaries. “For example, two thirds of local government workers earn less than £21,000-a-year and are facing a three-year pay freeze. “There should not be such a gap between those at the top and those at the bottom. The pay freeze will only make it worse.” The prime minister and his cabinet took the 5% pay cut when they formed the government at a time of record deficits and a sluggish economy. In collaboration with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Panorama requested pay details from most of the UK’s publicly funded organisations, including

local authorities, schools, universities, the BBC, the NHS and the government agencies known as quangos. Across the UK, the NHS has the highest number of high earners, with more than 26,000 people on more than £100,000. Of those, nearly 6,500 earn more than Mr Cameron. The top NHS earner is a GP on at least £475,000 and seven out of the top 10 in the NHS are GPs. The database, compiled from both public records and freedom of information requests, excludes some major publicly owned corporations, including Royal Mail, Network Rail and Channel 4 because they operate largely as commercial concerns. The BBC’s salaries were included because the BBC is funded by the £145.50 licence fee paid by UK households. There are 331 managers at the BBC earning more than £100,000. Lucy Adams, the head of BBC People, said the corporation needs to compete with the private sector for top talent in the media and entertainment industries. She said the BBC is dealing with the issue of executive pay. She added that Director General Mark Thompson - who for the year 2009/10 received a total remuneration of £838,000 including base pay of £668,000 and £7,000 in benefits in addition to a £163,000 pension payment - and other senior managers at the BBC had taken pay cuts: “We have given up, all the executives have given up two months’ pay. We have had a pay freeze for the next four years.”

A doctor who raised concerns about the clinic where Baby P was seen days before his death is suing the NHS, claiming she was forced out of her job.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Kim Holt is seeking £100,000 from her employer Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh). She was signed off with stress months after filing a complaint in 2006 and claims she has been prevented from returning to her original post. She claims Baby P’s life could have been saved if changes had been made. Solicitors Leigh Day & Co said Dr Holt had filed a personal injury claim against the central London children’s hospital. She was employed by Gosh, which supplied doctors to Haringey PCT in north London. Staff at a clinic at St Ann’s Hospital, where she was based, failed to identify that Baby P had a broken back when they saw him two days before he died in August 2007. Dr Holt had previously made a formal complaint about staff shortages and a “chaotic” appointments system at the clinic. A Gosh spokesman said there was “some foundation” to these claims and an action plan was drawn up to address them. After making the complaint her workload increased as consultant posts were cut and she was signed off with stress in February 2007. She now works in a different area of the Trust and, she claims, has not been allowed back to her original post.

Dr Holt has continued to receive her consultant’s salary of between £75,000 and £100,000. A statement from the hospital confirmed the trust had received a solicitors letter but said it would not discuss “possible future litigation”. It said following the issues raised by Dr Holt an external independent investigation by NHS London concluded that her concerns were taken seriously. It also found that she was not targeted for raising those concerns. The statement added that, following the report’s recommendations, it had been working to facilitate workplace mediation between Dr Holt and colleagues in Haringey. Baby Peter was seen 60 times by social workers, doctors and police over the eight months before his death. His mother Tracey Connelly, her partner Steven Barker and lodger Jason Owen were jailed for causing or allowing the toddler’s death.

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The Greenfingers Gardening group on Sector ‘C’ have been busy raising money over the summer for the many projects they are planning for the winter months.

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The latest event they had was a Street Party held on Sunday 12 September which was attended by approximately 150 residents and was held by the sectors Petanca Pitch at the top of Calle Alcaudete. There was a barbecue manned by Colin and Bill who cooked over 150 burgers and 100 sausages and a bar well stocked with beer, wine and soft drinks manned by Martin, Peter and David were kept very busy until the small hours with a steady stream of residents buying drinks. There was a disco and lighting supplied by residents Kim and Richie and Bernard Holland the chairman of Greenfingers erected some lighting as well as candles on the tables so the lack of street lighting was overcome. Everyone had a really good time and the event which started at 7pm went on until well after midnight and singing was heard several streets away as residents made their way home. The event raised a total of 403.43 Euros which will go towards the good work the group are doing around the sector. The next event planned for the club is a Table Top Sale on Sector ‘B’ Square on 24 September at 10am. If anyone has anything that can be sold at the sale please contact Bernard Holland who will arrange to either collect or let you know where you can drop off the items. Another event in October for the club will be a 60’s & 70’s Theme Night with Martin Ross on Friday 22 October at the Golf Club everybody is welcome. If you would like tickets or more information please contact Bernard Holland on 626513842, e-mail spainvilarosa@ or visit the website or the groups new website being created by one of our residents Dave Smith which is still being worked on but is looking great and will soon take over from the Google site. Volunteers are still urgently required by the group who have already started doing some work on the sector by pruning the trees on the main duel carriageway by the Masa house as it is becoming dangerous when crossing the carriageway with not being able to see. There are still lots of projects to be completed and of course maintenance work to be done as well as new projects coming along so if you feel you could spare a couple of hours a week please contact Bernard Holland above.

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Great Uncle Bulgaria, that well-known Womble from Wimbledon, would have been well please, the other Saturday, when over 40 volunteers, pulled on gardening gloves, accepted the offered plastic sack, and prepared to attack, not this time, the famous London common, but the many footpaths, that cross the San Pedro Salinas. Now in it’s 18th., year, Clean Up The World, held in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme, mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually, making it one of the largest community based environmental campaigns in the world. Your scribe, having been asked to “Volunteer”, was introduced to his platoon leader, one of 3 for this attack on rubbish. Following a short slide show, on what to pick up, and what not to pick up!, unless you were one of the “Chosen” few, who had been trusted with the “Acme” stick with the 6 inch nail, it was on with the camouflage paint, and away. Our patrol had been given the footpath, either side of the road to the port, and then to strike out along the elevated section, across the sands, to the sea. By the time we had reached the half way section, Second Lieutenant 007 Wigglesworth, had slipped

into the lake on two occasions, reaching for plastic bottles! Worth a mention in dispatches I’d of thought! Plastic sacks now emptied into the council wheelie bin, it was off along the raised footpath, with the promise of a paddle in the sea, on completion, to urge us on. It was soon, very obvious, that a gentle walk along the boards, was not in the master plan of Field Marshal Sergio, our group leader. “Over the sides gentlemen if you please”. So over the top, and into the sand, it was, for yours truly and a still, very soggy 007. By the time the sound of surf could be heard, our second sacks were again full. It was a tired band of San Pedro “Wombles” that eventually made it’s way back to base at the Salinas Centre, for a debrief. “Officer” Sergio, thanked all the volunteers for their hard work, and presented each with a certificate, to remember the day, along with a beer and a sandwich. That’s nice!

The Womble motto in the 1970’s was “Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish”, a truism good for 2010 I reckon.

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reason why we moved here. Do you miss anything from the UK? Tesco! Do you think you would ever return to the UK? Never say never although I am quiet happy here in Spain. What do you enjoy most about your work? The satisfaction of up to a 95% success rate in helping people improve their health. You must get a lot of referrals, when you cure someone


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The Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía Lions Have More Fun...

Recently, at the Restaurante Venta Romero (on the MU602 near Cuevas de Reyllo), the Lions held another of their regular Social Evenings for Lions and Friends. Over thirty people attended and nearly 180 Euros was raised towards the running of the club The September Social Event for Lions and Friends will be at Don Ricardo’s restaurant in Puerto de Mazarrón and that for October will be at the new Bistro Bulgaria in Camposol. In November we shall be doing something a bit different. On Bonfire Night, 5 November, we will be having a BBQ, Bonfire and Fireworks Display in the garden of a member who lives near El Paretón. But in December we shall revert to a more normal format with a Christmas Dinner at a restaurant in Puerto just a few days before Christmas. If you would like to know more about the Lions why not come to one of these social gatherings as a Friend of the Lions? You will have a fun night out, often in a local restaurant, and meet others who live in the area. To find out more phone Alan, our Social Director on 608 43 75 90 or send an e-mail to

Happiness in a Box...

Throughout October and November Lions will be running, once again, their “Happiness in a Box” project. The aim of this is to give a box of Christmas Goodies to several hundred needy local children in this Region of Spain. The boxes will be appropriate to boys or girls in four different age ranges (3-5, 6-7, 8-11 and 12- 14 years) and will contain a selection of educational and personal items, toys and treats. The Lions will be happy to receive donations of boxes that have already been made up, gifts to put into boxes, or cash with which to buy gifts. They will be at their usual location on the Commercial Centre of Camposol ’B’ where they also sell tickets to events, every Saturday between 11am to 1 pm. If you would like to donate a box or gift then to obtain more information on what is suitable, please pick up a slip from the Lions at the collection point or phone the Project Coordinator, Christine, on 968 972 009 or 628 802 027. The Lions wish to foster integration between the English and Spanish communities and this is an initiative that will, hopefully, assist in that. If you would like to know more about other Lions Charity Events please phone Paula on 636 74 69 59 or send an e-mail to

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Recently there has been much debate on TV and in the press regarding the abuse of children by Catholic priests. Having been brought up and educated by nuns and been involved with the Catholic Church for eighty-six years I can only say that in all that period of time I have never witnessed or heard within my community any wrongdoing. I attended Saint Cuthbert’s Catholic school in Co Durham until the age of fourteen, served on the altar from the age of nine and sang in the choir for a period of seventy years, the last fifty at Mount Carmel RC Church, Redditch about thirty minutes drive from Birmingham. We were taught the three ‘R’s’ with the emphasis on learning good English, sound maths and the love of music. Personally I have a lot to thank my English and music teacher for she instilled into me the beauty of words and the wonder of music. Miss Senior the lady referred to was rather plain and stocky and she had a beady eye and a sharp tongue, so we played her up quite a lot. Baton held rigid she led the mixed choir and

Education I must admit we were rather good. ‘Who is Silvia, What is she? That all our swains commend her, Holy fair and wise was she, The havens such grace did lend her’ WE SANG OUR VERSION: ‘Who is Senior? What is She? In garters and suspenders, What a load of rogues are we, Although she tries to mend us!’ Yet as pupils we were far from perfect and if necessary took the punishment of the cane for granted. At the tender age of eleven I remember I ploughed through the snow chest high in order to serve at the seven am morning mass. The nuns trooped into the sacristy one-by-one, patted me on the head and said god bless you John. Before going onto the alter I received a sharp tap on the back of my head from the priest for wasting two matches to light two candles. One was never allowed to become complacent! Sister Ligouri, my teacher, was both a nun and a talented actress; I remember one example of her teaching method! We were rehearsing a roman play after school hours in honour of the Arch Bishop forthcoming visit. I played the lead role of Cyprianus the magician. In one part of the script I was obliged to say ‘I love you’ to a young pretty girl that I happened to have a crush on. While uttering the lines I fell about laughing and was then joined by the rest of the class. This happened three times at which point Sister Ligouri

removed the girl and sat on her seat facing me, ‘now repeat the line’ she said flicking the cane. Every time I laughed she gave me a sharp flick, until I got it right. On leaving school at aged fourteen one was destined to work down the local coal mine, only the lucky children who passed the ‘eleven-plus’ went to the Grammar school. We knew that the nuns cared for us and they worked hard for us so our future would be more than below ground. From my year most boys avoided the coal mine, and the sound education both mental and spiritual has lasted a lifetime. Some of the lads became top officers during the war and others were successful in business. My best friend eventually became chief constable of Durham. I worked my way up in a foundry, ending my fifty plus years there as a manager. I have six children and fourteen grandchildren, not bad when the only advice we were given regarding the opposite sex, on the final day of leaving school at the tender age of fourteen was ‘beware the woman with the harsh laugh’. I have played many roles in amateur theatre, I have also written five books,

two of them have been published and I continue to write articles for a newspaper. All thanks to the education I have received in a small catholic village in County Crooke over eighty years ago. I can only say that during my lifetime I have never witnessed any wrong doing in the RC school system or from the priests in our area. For those who have damaged the church, in my humble estimation, they were evil men who wormed they’re way into priesthood in order to take advantage of the situation. Unfortunately some Bishops have been seen to be rather naive, hoping that cold baths and repentance were enough. Today good men all the way up to the pope himself are today being targeted for past mistakes made. When this article is published the Holy Father will have come to Britain on his four day visit. Poor old Birmingham has always been pushed aside in favour of London. Now the eyes of the world will be focused on this area. For hundreds of years hence people from all over the planet will make a pilgrimage to Birmingham, to pay homage to the beatification of St John Henry Newman. Only good can come out of the pope’s visit and I am sure we will have made him most welcome.


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If there is one kind of person that I find hateful in this world, it’s a bully. Bullying in our schools back home seems to have reached epidemic proportions if you believe what you see in the media, but I wonder if it’s any different now than it was in my day or as I suspect, is simply not swept under the carpet these days, and has become something of a cause celebre. My particular nemesis was a kid called Norton. Never knew what his first name was, and definitely did not ask – just Norton. He was an ugly git, with fingers like courgettes, a nose like a baked potato and cauliflower ears. He was a greengrocers on legs, though of course I never told him any of this. He would actively seek me out in the playground with his apprentice bully alongside, and do his best to make my life a misery. Did a good job of it too. He was two years older than me and in the lowest grade - his IQ was such, that it barely broke into single figures. Thankfully I was shot of him long before I left school and I now take comfort in letting my imagination run riot, and picture him taking his three meals a day through a drinking straw, and drooling down his shirt front. There are many reasons why bullies pick on specific people. It could be their physical characteristics, or the way that they talk or dress, but invariably more than any of these, it’s because they are not likely to fight back. Unfortunately for me, it was all of the aforementioned! Bullies share one common trait of course, and that’s the fact that they are all cowards. I wish I knew then what I know now, so that I could have risked having six bells knocked out of me by taking one good swing at him. On reflection it would have been well worth the risk of several days eating hospital food. On the other hand, I just might have got lucky and changed my stars right there, and even established some school cred in the process. But that didn’t occur to me then and like all victims I either put up with it, or opted for the other alternative of legging it . . . I could

produce smoke when I needed to. I have only recently, and quite by accident, come across a fellow pupil from my secondary school days who was himself a bully – not physical bullying, but by way of taunts and humiliation which as we all know now, can be every bit as damaging. When I reminded him of this, he was genuinely surprised and even incredulous that he had been guilty of these activities. And that’s the problem. Unless you have been a victim and experienced the misery that this kind of bullying can inflict, you go through life completely oblivious to the fact that you may have caused lasting and irreparable damage – or at the very least some wholly unpleasant memories. It wasn’t done in my day to go complaining to those in authority – to add ‘grass’ as another reason to get chinned, in the Bullies Bumper Duffing Up Manual, was unthinkable. Bullying was not restricted between fellow pupils either. There was one form master who took such a dislike, he openly sneered in distaste every time he had dealings with me . . . even when calling the morning register. He once wrote on an end of term report, “This boy lacks personality”, a seemingly innocuous statement, but to an insecure 13-year-old – and I cannot explain why - it was devastating. Illogically, I felt deeply ashamed when I took the report home and reluctantly presented it to my parents, and even now I cringe with the memory of that perceived shame. The positive side of having been a victim of Norton and his ilk, was that I came through those days all the stronger for it, and if truth be told, even slightly intolerant of situations where patience and tolerance would be desirable. So Tony Lever - 1959 Class1X form master - Ashmead Secondary Modern School . . . I hope that if you are still walking this earth, then you somehow get to read this. And by the way – you were a rubbish teacher and your double-breasted blazer and club tie made you look a prat!


Giving thought to sexual exploitation one thinks of unfortunates on roundabouts and brothels. In a better society they would be offered less degrading vocations than rutting to transfer their debauchery to hapless clients. Such girls are only the tip of the exploitation iceberg. Throughout the Costas retired single men of comfortable means acquire brides who originate in Eastern Europe. Hopefully for most it is a mutually agreeable arrangement. The woman gains her freedom from the land of lost opportunity; she nets a man who keeps her in comfort and security. He in return gets her companionship. It is a pragmatic win-win situation but hardly the stuff of Romeo and Juliet. There are also men who exploit vulnerable women to a point in which they are destined for a life as an indentured slave. Such men will click their fingers at their wifelet as medieval caliphs once did. I know of one such woman whose naivety was taken advantage of. A beautiful and talented woman her own country offered little chance to reach fulfilment. Having secured a job in England, albeit a menial one, she chanced upon the kind of man known as a bounder. Coming from a more trusting environment she was no match for his guile and duplicity. Many years her senior her suitor claimed to be wealthy but all he had was a modest villa in Spain. Nevertheless on offer was an enhanced lifestyle and security in exchange for being a mutually affectionate housekeeper. They married. Snared she became his chattel and as controlled as any family pet. Either housebound or tethered on short shopping trips he even chose her clothes to tart her up. It was the sort of life service girls endured in 18th century England. She was rescued and found happiness but one can only hope that contentment is denied to those who see vulnerable women as possessions to be used as they see fit. ©



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A ram smashed through the glass patio door of a Lancashire couple’s home and ran wild, causing thousands of pounds of damage. It butted the oven door, knocked over a flat screen television, smashed up furniture and ruined rugs, carpets and tiles. It had escaped from a nearby field and a farmer gave chase but was unable to stop the ram. It is believed the animal, worked up because of breeding season, charged at the patio door after seeing its own reflection in the glass. Paula Smith and her husband Ed thought their home, in Tockholes, had been raided by burglars when they returned from a walk. Mrs Smith, 53, who runs a livery, said: “We had only gone out for a bit of fresh air after cleaning the house as we had guests arriving from Australia for my daughter’s wedding. “It couldn’t have happened at a worse time and

it’s as if it was deliberate. The whole house stank because of the muck it left behind and I’ve had to throw out the rug in the living room. The carpets have to be replaced, because we can’t get the stains out, half of the range cooker we can’t use because the door’s wrecked and the hob doesn’t work. The patio door can’t be replaced for another month.” Farmer Frank Cleary said: “The ram was with his mate in a field when he must have got spooked. He ran off down a ginnel and I went after with my stick and got him at the back of one of the houses. “Then he saw his own reflection and, thinking it was another ram, started charging through the doors and into the kitchen. “I followed him in where he also saw his reflection in the oven door and the television, but I eventually managed to get him out. The ram is OK. There wasn’t a scratch on him.”


A 62-year-old grandmother is selling her £200,000 house so she can travel the world on her Harley Davidson motorbike. Sue O’Grady plans to blow every last penny she owns on the road trip of all time. As she laughed off her family’s fears, she said: “They think I’m absolutely crazy - but you only live once, and I’m going to make the best of it while I’ve got the chance.” The former hairdresser, from Sprotbrough, Doncaster, has no qualms about selling her six bedroomed semi, where’s she’s lived for the last 20 years, to pay for the marathon trip. She said: “I love my home, I’ve lived there a long time and it’s everything I ever wanted, but I probably love my Harley a lot more on balance, so the house has got to go. “I can travel a long way and see a lot of the world with the proceeds from the sale, and if I can stretch the money o u t

and make it last for eight or 10 years then so much the better.” The pensioner, who is divorced with two grown-up sons and a four-yearold grandson, has clocked up over 100,000 miles on her bike, travelling all over Britain and Western Europe with fellow enthusiasts from the Harley Davidson Owners Group. Mrs O’Grady intends to hit the road once her house has been sold, and has already sought advice from fellow Harley owners in America, South Africa and the Middle East to plan her route. She added: “I’ve travelled an awful lot of miles over the last few years, but I’m itching to see the rest of the world now. “I’ve virtually done all of Europe already, apart from Russia, but there’s the whole of America to explore, and Africa and the Middle East and Australia to look at as well.”

CARRIER PIGEON BEATS BROADBAND A carrier pigeon won a race with a rural broadband connection to see which could send a video between two counties the fastest. Rory the pigeon carried the five minute video loaded onto a computer memory card from Beverley in East Yorkshire to Wrangle in Lincolnshire. At the same time as Rory took off, a computer in Beverley started uploading the same video onto the internet.

The pigeon took about 80 minutes to make the journey - and landed while the computer was still uploading the video. Campaigners organised the race to highlight rural broadband problems. Michelle Brumfield said: “The issue is so widespread some areas are being called ‘notspots’ - as in the opposite of hotspots.”


Fifa is investigating allegations that a fake Togo team played a match against Bahrain earlier this month. Bahrain won the friendly match 3-0, but said they were surprised by how bad the Togolese team were. Togo later said it had never sent its national team to play in the game, at Bahrain’s national stadium in Riffa. The match was supposed to be part of Bahrain’s preparations for the West Asian Football Championships. The Bahrain Football Association said it had been arranged under all the usual official procedures, and through an agent they had known for several years. “Everything seemed to be in order until after the game, when we began to hear that some people are wondering about these players and this Togo team,” a BFA spokesman told the Gulf Daily News. Togo’s sport minister, Christophe Tchao, stated that nobody in Togo had “ever been informed of such a game”. “We will conduct investigations to uncover all those involved in this case,” he said. Bahrain’s head coach, Josef Hickersberger, said the match had been a wasted opportunity for his team. “They were not fit enough to play 90 minutes - the match was very boring,” he said.

Two issues have been filling the local Spanish press during the past week: The name and architecture of a discotheque in Äguilas and Paramount’s plans for a theme park in The Murcia Region. 22 years ago a new discotheque opened in Äguilas. The architect had created a building much like a Muslim mosque and the owners named it “Mecca”. Over the years many people enjoyed a good night out in the discotheque. The business changed owners a couple of times; but the building, decoration, and name were kept the same. Then one day a Muslim Senegalese on the dole was offered a job in the discotheque. He rejected the job on the ground that the name and whole set-up was an offence to his religion. And all Hell broke loose! Radical Islamists condemned the discotheque and started threatening the owners, who decided to change the name by means of a competition on their website. The result of the competition is a name change to “La Isla”. The architecture will be amended to reflect the new name, e.g. the minaret will be changed to a lighthouse – all at a cost of 100,000€. I doubt that the choice of architecture and name 22 years ago was meant to offend. On the other hand, I know deeply religious Christians, who would be very offended if you opened a bar or a discotheque in a replica of a church and called it Gethsemane or something similar. In the current climate it is probably very wise of the owners to have changed the name. However, how come that there has been no problem for so long, and then suddenly it has become such a huge issue - to the extent of threats. Back in February the regional minister for culture and tourism, Pedro Cruz, announced to the press that Paramount was planning to open a theme park in the region. The press was informed that Murcia’s president, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, had been visiting Saudi Arabia to discuss the plans. Everybody, not least the local press, was exited and a lengthy discussion of the site for the planned theme park followed. When the Murcia press had nearly “decided” the site for the mammoth project, Paramount seemingly got tired of the interest from the press for more information about a theme park in a wee corner of Europe, and issued a press release, in which they flatly denied any such plans. Then suddenly last week it was announced that the region is prepared to pay 1.7 million euros to reach an agreement with Paramount Pictures on the project, creating 40,000 jobs, bringing 2 – 3 million tourists to the region, and an income of 800 – 1,600 million euros per year. The site for the park is to be determined within the next couple of weeks. Two possibilities are on the table: Next to the motorway Cartagena/Murcia (close to the new Corvera Airport) and the land at Condado de Alhama, previously owned by Polaris. We are all holding our breath – hopefully this is not another wild goose chase. The region could use the project, which together with Corvera Airport hopefully will bring prosperity to the region. The Big Party has begun. Last Friday the Cartagineses y Romanos started in Cartagena. “The historical fiesta”, as a local Spanish newspaper called it. Well, it does relive the events around 2,000 years ago, when Cartagena was founded, but the festival started in the early 1990s. And with the party, the rain has begun as well. Have you noticed that it always rains during the Cartagineses y Romanos? It has been suggested to move the fiesta to August, but it was met with resistance as nobody fancied the thought of rain in August.

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

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“Life is Yoga. Life is a process of regaining that oneness, that connection, that inner relationship that lost link with the divine source of your being” H.H. Swami Sivananda Maharaj Yoga is an ancient method which originated in India a few thousand years ago, yet is practiced by millions of people all over the world today. A question might arise why then is yoga so popular today. Mainly as people who practice yoga feel healthier, more balanced and less stressed or as some one once said ‘With Yoga, you can chill out, shape up, all at the same time’. Yoga has many benefits - physiological, mental and spiritual. Yoga can mean a lot of things to different people. For some people it is a wonderful physical fitness program, incorporating the yoga postures which exert a profound influence upon the internal vital organs of the body, the nervous system, the glandular system and the spine. For others learning to breath correctly is of vital importance

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Luz del Sol new properties s.l Rebecca - Camposol Golf CPS957 Semi-detached corner location. 2 Bedrooms Family bathroom Sun lounge Electric radiators Jacuzzi. This Rebecca style villa is in first class condition, and includes many extras. Close to the golf course with mountain views. Ready to move into and just Reduced 75.000€ Neptuno Deluxe- Camposol Golf CPS1159 Detached Villa 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 10x5 pool Large 600+m2 plot Mature gardens Situated in a sought after area on Camposol golf close to the golf course and all amenities. This villa is in excellent condition throughout and offers family size accommodation. With terracing leading to mature gardens and overlooking the kidney style pool. Ready to move into and priced to sell 225.000€ La Azohia - Pto. Mazarrón CPS1220 A luxury development on the front line of the beach. A rare opportunity to purchase a 2 bedroom apartments with stunning sea and mountain views. Built to an exceptionally high standard by one of the most respected local builders of over 20years. We have only 8 ground and 5 top floor apartments available... Top floor apartments benefit from stairs off the large open Terrace leading to a private roof top solarium with stunning views. Ground floor apartments have large private terraces. All apartments come with fully fitted kitchens, built in wardrobes, pre-installation of air conditioning and security entry systems. Open plan living accommodation. Private underground parking & Store available. FROM:159.000€ Tel: 968 199 068 luzdelsol.camposol The UK’s leading overseas homes website


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Paseo del Mediterraneo 131, Mojacar Playa 04638, Almeria

mojacar playa REF: 057 reduced: €135.000


• An extremely attractive Penthouse • Stunning views of the sea & mountains • Large lounge/diner & fully fitted kitchen • 2 double bedrooms, 1 luxury bathroom • Large terrace 20m with panoramic views • Private secure parking & store room • Large swimming pool, fully furnished

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PRICE start €120.000

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price €145.000

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price now €174.950

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mojacar playa

• Brand new 2 beds / 2 baths townhouse • Good size lounge & dining room • Large private roof terrace with sea views • Double glazed windows with security grills • Very good size kitchen will be fitted • Walking distance to the main square • Unbeatable value for money in Mojacar Village

• Brand new 2 & 3 beds, 1 & 2 baths bungalows • Detached & semi-detached, only 6 left for sale • Located 100m from a beautiful beach, • Fitted kitchen, fully fitted wardrobes, • 200/300m plot, all have private garden • Sea views from good private roof terraces, • Walking distance to bars/restaurants

• Large 3 bedrooms, 2 baths apartment • Private solarium with open sea view, • Front line Property with front terrace • Complete kitchen with white goods • Extra spacious living / dining room • Private underground parking included • Beautiful communal pool & garden • Reduced from originally 210.000€

• Almost finished detached villa on 1,500m plot

PRICE €130,000

Ref: 192


• 4 extremely attractive detached villas • Lovely open mountains views • The properties have all legal documents • Large lounge/diner & dual aspect terrace • 3 beds & a fully fitted kitchen & utility room • Private roof terrace with panoramic views • 2 bathrooms, private swimming pool • Remote gated drive way, various terraces

PRICE €89.000

Ref: 054

bargain €145.000

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• Luxury detached villa of 202m2built set in 1.200m2 • 4 double bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms,

• 2 complete bathrooms, lounge-diner, kitchen

• Private pool ornamental and fruit trees

• 35m roof terrace with good sea views

• Only 500m to the sea front and all amenities,

• Private parking, and large communal pool

• Many patios, sunroof, with sea and mountain views

• Will make a perfect full time home.

• Reduced for quick sale from 500,000€

PRICE €139.950

price NOW €295.000


price €239.950

Ref: 147

• Lovingly restored 4 / 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, • 210m2 built country house in a tranquil setting. • Located on a 16,000 m2 plot in semi-rural position • Can be characterized by elegance throughout. • Lounge with original fireplace, separate dining room • Full under-floor heating. Roof & walls fully insulated • Massive terraces • Well, and also connected to the mains water

Ref: 429

• Detached large villa of 160m on 1,000m plot • 3 double bedrooms & 2 bathrooms • Fully-fitted kitchen with white goods • Good size lounge-diner with sea views • Large size terrace & Roof terrace • Few hundred meters to the beach • Garage + Private parking for various cars. • Fantastic views from every part of the villa

price now €139.000

el calon • Front line large Duplex of 112m • South east facing, sea views • 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Private front & rear terrace • Small front garden & top floor terrace • Good size lounge/diner with fire place • Generous size equipped kitchen • Large secure underground garage

PRICE €399.000

Ref: 146


nr lubrin

mojacar beach

• Sold furnished, with fully fitted kitchen

Ref: 235

• 2 double bedrooms with built in wardrobes

• Beautiful Moorish style linked bungalow

• Large roof solarium with sea views

PRICE €350.000

• Newly built above average Duplex


• Back garden & front sunny terrace

Ref: 328

mojacar playa

• Detached villa sets on 2,800m plot • 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Good size lounge & dining room • With large private pool and nice garden • Private large garage & work shop • Fully A/C hot & cold & open fireplace • Will make a very beautiful home • 100% legal comply with decreto 218

• Good size Lounge with open fireplace

• Space for a large pool, garage & drive way



• 2 double bedrooms, 1 modern bathroom

• Located in a cul-de-sac with fantastic sea view

• 3 Country properties of 320M built on flat 3.000M plot • Total 8 double beds & 3 baths • 3 independent kitchens • Space for a large pool 10x5 • Fantastic views over orange groves • Full title deeds for houses & land • 3 minutes drive to Antas town • Mains water & electric connected

• Beautiful new large apartment of 90m • 2 double bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms • Good size Terrace over looking pool • Communal large pool and garden • Fitted kitchen and wash room • Walking to amenities & 5 minutes to beach • Fitted wardrobe and Lift in the complex • PRICE NOW:…….…89.000€

Ref: 431

• Possible to extend double the current size


vera pueblo

reduced now €127,950

PRICE €125.000

• 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, kitchens

Ref: 268

• Enormous farmhouse measuring 210 m2 • Guest house measuring 80 m2 • 5,230 m2 flat plot with spectacular 360 view • It boasts 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • 2 x Lounge /diner, fitted kitchen, • Landscaped pool with beach features • Private drive way, totally fenced & gated • Various terraces with open mountain views.

price now €120.000

Ref: 101

mojacar beach • Sunny ground floor Apartment close to beach • 2 double bedrooms, 1 complete bathroom • Good size Terrace, fully fitted kitchen • Communal large pool and garden • Easy parking next to the property, • comes furnished and equipped • 1 minute walk to all amenities • Price before reduction was 150.000€



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Using wholesalers can be a costeffective way of reaching a large number of customers quickly, and will save you time as you do not need to approach retailers individually. It is a particularly effective way of selling low-value items to retailers, and in some cases direct to the public, or business customers who prefer to deal with larger suppliers. Supplying and chasing payment from a wholesaler is easier than dealing with many different customers. However, your profit margin will be reduced as both the wholesaler and the retailer will need to add their own markups. Choose a wholesaler with the right customers. The better the wholesaler’s relationships with customers, the more you’re likely to sell. Also, a wholesaler with a national presence could help your business develop, although you may want to restrict sales to outlets that suit your image. Choose a wholesaler that values your product.

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Brits less concerned about mortgage availability

Access to mortgages is no longer perceived as large a barrier to homeownership as it did in March, according to new research.

There has been a seven percentage point decline in the number of consumers that perceive access to finance as a barrier to homeownership, according to a Building Societies Association (BSA) survey. However, consumer confidence levels in the housing market continue to fall. The September 2010 BSA Property Tracker Survey indicated that a quarter of Brits do not believe it is a good time to buy in the current market. Lack of job security and fears over the future of house prices are among prospective

homebuyers’ main concerns, the survey indicates. Commenting on the findings, BSA head of mortgage policy Paul Broadhead said: “It is clear that concerns about future falls in property prices are having a significant impact on consumer confidence. “Job security remains a barrier to house purchase and is likely to remain so until there is greater confidence in the strength of the economy.” Recent figures from Communities and Local Government indicated that house prices increased by 8.4 per cent in the 12 months to July.

US Steps Up Pressure On China Over Exchange Rate Market Commentary 17th September 2010 Over the past 10 years, the deliberate undervaluation of the Yuan by Chinese authorities has always been the elephant in the room in FX markets. The Chinese economic juggernaut has been powered by exports of manufactured goods to the west made cheap by very low input costs. Quite rightly, China has been labelled the workshop of the world, and 8% average growth over the past thirty years has turned the underdeveloped middle kingdom to an economic powerhouse & the second largest economy in the world, behind the US. America has long known China would overtake them eventually as the largest economy in the world, but they feel the Yuan undervaluation is giving the Chinese an unfair advantage. The cheap currency encourages Chinese exports and promotes outsourcing of jobs from the US to China, which in a time of sluggish economic growth and stubbornly high unemployment in the US, automatically makes it political hot potato. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s comments yesterday that the US would use “all the tools we have” to reverse the bloated trade deficit with China, including WTO rules on fair trade, should come as no surprise

in content, only in strength, given the usual soft tone used in diplomatic circles. His comments come on the back of direct Japanese intervention earlier in the week aimed a curbing the strength on the Yen, and raises the prospect of a triangular trade dispute between the three largest economies in the world. Sterling was, quite frankly, all over the place yesterday. Disappointing retail sales figures pushed the pound quickly lower in early trading, but as seems to be the way just now, we shook the negative news off quickly and resumed the march towards 1.57 against the USD. Improvements in risk sentiment has aided Sterling’s move, as has improving economic data in Europe and the successful Spanish bond auction yesterday. The Euro has been driven higher against the Dollar, lifting Sterling versus the USD as well and we now trade over 1.31 in EURUSD and 1.57 in GBPUSD.

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A villa in the Arboleas area Land area - 455 m² Build Size - 85 m² Water: Mains Electricity: Mains Price reduced for quick sale!!! A well-designed 2 bedroom villa (build 85m2) on a plot of 455m2 in a popular area situated close to Arboleas and all amenities.The property comprises: • Front entrance in to spacious lounge/diner • Open fireplace • A/C • Mosquito screens • Fully fitted kitchen with radiator including white goods • Family bathroom with shower over the bath & vanity unit • Bedroom 1 – Double bedroom with pre-installation for air conditioning • Bedroom 2 Master bedroom with built in wardrobes, radiator, A/C and en-suite shower room with walk in shower. • 6 x 4 Swimming Pool with cover • Built in bar • Telephone and internet • Fully walled & gated gardens with balastrads • Rear private garden walled & gated

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Build Size - 106 m2 Water: Mains Electricity: Mains The property consists of: • Large entrance porch • Front entrance door leads into entrance hall with doors off to: Bed 1 and 2 with A/C and built in wardrobes • Family bathroom, bath with shower • Bed 3 - master bedroom with en-suite shower room • Built in wardrobes • A/C • French doors which lead onto the garden • Large lounge with A/C • Large pellet fire • French doors to garden • Archway from the lounge leads to the fully fitted kitchen with granite work tops • All white goods • 7 seater luxury Spa • 8m x 4m pool • Large patio area • Side of house: Casita which has been converted into a lounge / bedroom with en-suite shower room, also a small kitchen and shower room.

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For the last few weeks I have been roused from my morning slumber by the low-pitched rumble of John Deere.

and perches perilously in the canopy, poised to saw off any nut-bearing branches which have had the temerity to grow above our reach.

To be more exact, I have been roused from my morning slumber by Pete saying ‘Get up! The tractor’s gone past!’

We are no longer novices at this ritual, we are fullyqualified ‘Almond Bashers’. But our education in matters agricultural hasn’t stopped there - this year we have graduated to Carob Bashers and Fig Pickers!

As daylight creeps gingerly over the land José loads up his trusty green John Deere tractor, climbs aboard and proceeds majestically over the campo at a stately 3 mph. His wife, Matilde, proceeds on foot, a little slower but with equal majesty, and accompanied by a motley following of cats and dogs. We follow a few minutes later with more speed but a lot less majesty. Our destination is the almond groves, and our mission is to persuade the almonds (with the aid of a big stick) off the tree and on to the nets spread on the ground, then from the nets into the sacks, from where the sacks get loaded onto the John Deere, ready for their stately journey back to the Cortijo. The four of us work away harmoniously, whacking and gathering. Matilde claims the lower branches, we attack the higher ones, while José, armed with a lethally sharp saw and no regard whatsoever for Health and Safety, climbs up the tree

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Almond bashing gives you a crick in the neck and twigs down your cleavage, plus the obvious hazard of hard nuts on your head. Carob bashing is less twiggy, but otherwise much the same, except that the carobs are larger, and consequently much heavier. We make an ill-matched foursome, physically. We can easily see over the tops of obstacles, and are the first to know when is has started to rain, but to describe José and Matilde as spring lambs would be more than a little inaccurate; they are built for endurance and for not having to duck should they need to go under a low bridge. Like the John Deere, they engage low gear, and just keep on going. They may be older, shorter and broader than I am, but they can work the socks off me, especially when it comes to figs. You can’t whack figs, they have to be harvested from off the ground - I am far too tall for figs!

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STREET Luge Street luge is an extreme gravitypowered activity that involves riding a street luge board - sometimes referred to as a sled) down a paved road or course. Street luge is also known as land luge or road luge and like skateboarding, is often done for sport and for recreation. Street luge was born in Southern California as downhill skateboarders found they could reach faster speeds by lying down on their skateboards. This early form of the sport is now referred to as "classic style" or "butt boarding". In 1975 the first professional race was held at Signal Hill, California and hosted by the U.S. Skateboard Association. The race winner was based on top speed. The boards used in this race varied from basic skateboards to complex skate cars in which the rider was completely enclosed by plastic or fibreglass. The sport was not commonly referred to as ‘street luge’ at this time; the term ‘luge’ was used to describe some participants riding position; most contestants were standing up however, due to a loophole in the rules, riders could choose their own board position. By 1978, repeated injuries to both riders and spectators halted the races at Signal Hill. Several riders from the Signal Hill races kept the sport alive by continuing to hold races in Southern California. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, both underground and professional races continued to be held in Southern California and race organisers started implementing many more equipment, safety and race regulations. Meanwhile in the early 1990s some Austrian skateboarders started sitting down on their skateboards on the way back from teaching skiing in the Alps. This activity lead to a classic style ‘street luge’ race in Austria, riding wooden boards closer to large skateboards than

the usual street luge, which is heavier, longer, has larger wheels and more trucks than a skateboard or classic luge. There is now a healthy street luge riding and racing presence in many European countries. In the mid 1990s, the TV programme ‘X Games’ showcased street luge to the world and the sport was originally sanctioned. After a media splurge through the late 90's and early 00's, extreme sports like street luge have taken a lower profile and while no longer a sport in either the X Games or other such events, street luge is a burgeoning sport in numerous countries with competitions around the globe with approx. 1,200+ active street luge riders in the world. Equipment, Safety & Racing Street lugers ride modified skateboards in the supine position. The design of these boards is based on the rules set forth from different governing bodies. Consistent design elements include: 1. T  he use of lean activated steering skateboard style trucks 2. T  he prohibited use of mechanical brakes 3. Front and rear padding 4. L  ength, width and weight restrictions - details depend on sanctioning body 5. The prohibited use of parts that enclose the rider’s body or hinder braking Current street luge boards are made from many materials including steel, aluminium, wood, and carbon fibre–. The majority of the street luge boards in the world are custom made although commercial models are now available. Actual board designs can vary as the construction rules are very open and allow for numerous design considerations.

Street luge is not for the faint-hearted; start on a small slope before you head to more mountainous areas!



Riders participating in sanctioned racing events are required to wear safety equipment including: 1. H  ard shell helmet with chin strap and face shield or goggles 2. Leather or Kevlar racing suit 3. Leather or Kevlar gloves 4. Sturdy Shoes Race courses are usually held on mountain roads or city streets. Courses can range in length from 0.5 to 3 miles (1 to 5 km) and vary in layout (number and severity of turns). Racing can take the following formats: 1. S  ingle elimination with 2, 4, or 6 racers at a time 2. D  ouble elimination with 2, 4, or 6 racers at a time 3. Timed trials 4. N  o elimination points system (points for each finishing position in several heats) 5. M  ass runs, with up to 20 racers at a time (positions are decided by the order they cross the finish line)


Union Street By Pat Barker

This was Barker’s first novel published in 1982. Her better-known book is “The Ghost Road” (1995) which was awarded the Booker prize. Union Street is divided into seven mini-sagas involving seven females from working class backgrounds who live in and around Union Street. They are all tortured souls and the content is meant to shock. Take, for instance, Kelly Brown the youngest of the seven. She is eleven years of age, still a child. At the start, she is highly spirited although disadvantaged socially and economically. Her encounter with a mystery man destroys her spirit and her childhood. Her life is ruined. The book is extremely readable but female biased. Most of the men come out “badly.” They are products of a tough, working-class macho environment where the norms seem to be wife-beating, heavy drinking and unemployment. Their lives are shaped mercilessly and their women and children burdened. Very few find happiness. Barker shows some diversity in what happens to these women: rape, teenager pregnancies, back-street abortions, shot-gun weddings and death. Bleak prospects but still very relevant today. All seven females are connected in some way; the story resembles a “tragic” soap. We suffer Muriel’s despair and grief over her traumatic loss. There are few moments of tenderness but love is mainly depicted as something crude, snatched lustful encounters in doorways: “ { The women } on their backs for any bugger what fancied a poke…” and the consequences-unwanted pregnancies. Brenda a 16 year old is persuaded to abort her child, fathered by a 15 year old who doesn’t want the responsibility. Then there’s Alice who is not capable of looking after herself and is forced into going to the “Workhouse” as she calls it. She chooses to end her life with dignity rather than be subjected to humiliation. Paradoxically, there is a sense of tranquillity created at the end of this saga. Try it. If nothing, it will make you feel privileged and grateful to have more control over your lives and an aspiration to meeting Mr Right, marrying for love. As a child, a friend of mine had an abortion when she was 12 and I had difficulty in understanding what had happened. I was still a child, very protected by my parents from the adult world of sex and pregnancies. Two more of my friends had babies at 15. Both left school, one had her child adopted, the other kept it-mum brought it up. They both returned to school but didn’t stay very long. Something tragic had happened in their lives and they could not start again. Life would never be the same. These messages came through clearly to me. I feel privileged to have had a “normal”, happy childhood. Union Street reinforces this thought.

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EL GALLEGO The Best Food From The North West Galicia

Specialising in traditional fish, seafood and steak dishes All Highest Quality Produce

Best location on Mojacar Playa with amazing cuisine...

New To Albox

New Exciting Dishes On Our... Sunlight Menu - 10€ Moonlight Menu - 12€

Sunday Roast (2 courses) 10.95€, (3 courses) 13€ Full ‘A’ La Carte, Pizza + Pasta menu Takeaway service available, (Pizzas + Pasta) Chiringuito Fantasia Open Lunchtimes Until Mid-September with Snack Menu Enjoy a Relaxing Drink or Cocktail by the Sea From 4-7pm Christmas Menus for December Now Available also Christmas Day Lunch Christmas Party Nights Available With Music ~ Saturday evenings in December Bookings being taken for New Years Eve Dinner Dance Tel: 950 475 127 or 667 701 424 Closed Mondays. Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua)

Spanish Menu

Fine Dining Tel: 615 717 978 or 950 120 590




Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-12 midnight (Closed Sunday)



Bar Restaurant

LA PARATA Shea, formally of Neptuno’s presents Sunday Lunch 2 course ~ 10.95€ 3 course ~ 13.50€

Extensive range of wine available

Menu del dia 10€ for 3 courses

Nightly Specials - see our boards For Reservations please call

950 478 186

Regency Snooker Centre esents pr

Shola Kaye as Diana Ross Soul & & JD Luis with Motown, Blues one night only

r from 8pm

Thursday 30th Septembe

worldwide t entertainmenar ound

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Snooker Centre includes: 7 Full size snooker tables 3 English pool tables

1 American pool table

Membership: 30€ per year Tables only 6€ per hour Membership available to over 18s only 12 - 18 years permitted with adult member supervision Membership limited and selling fast!

Shooters Bar & Entertainment Centre Just like an old English pub Serving draught real ale and Stella on tap. Featuring an 84” HD Screen with full SKY HD Sports package, ESPN & Racing channels

Tel: 968 006 149 Open: Mon-Thurs 12.30-Midnight / Fri-Sun 12.30-Late Find us on the Albox to Arboleas Road - next to Chinese Restaurant


Amigos Renault Garage Bowling


we are here


Chapa y Pintura Martinez



Charter Supermarket

La Alfoquia




Inspirational Chicken! Looking for gastronomic inspiration? Fed up of trying to find new recipes for chicken? If the answer to both these questions is YES, then check out these ideas for a quick & easy supper for all of the family!

•M  ake a meal out of a simple salad by choosing a staple carbohydrate as a base (such as new potatoes, rice or your favourite pasta). Fry a few chicken slices, chuck in a few of your favourite summer vegetables - sweet cherry tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, olives and spinach work equally well in warm or cold salads - and that’s dinner on the table in 15-20 minutes.


olive oil, for cooking large knob of butter 6 tomatoes, halved

1-2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced coarse sea salt handful of fresh basil leaves 4 wedges of lemon

Place the chicken breasts between cling film sheets and lightly bat, until about 0.5-1cm thick. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Dust in flour to coat thoroughly, tapping away any excess. Mix together the breadcrumbs and parmesan. Then dip the flattened chicken breasts (escalopes) in the beaten egg, followed by the Parmesan breadcrumbs. Heat some olive oil with the butter in a large frying pan. Once sizzling, add the crumbed escalopes and cook for three to four minutes on each side until crispy and golden. For the soft basil tomatoes, preheat the grill

• I ngredients such as saffron, turmeric, preserved lemon or holy basil will lift your chicken suppers far beyond the mundane.

and put the tomato halves on a baking tray, topping each with a slice of garlic. Season with a good twist of fresh black pepper and a sprinkling of sea salt. Drizzle with olive oil and grill until just overdone, their softness providing the escalopes with a sauce to dip into. Tear the basil leaves and scatter them over the tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve on a warm plate with the basil tomatoes and wedge of lemon.

Pesto Chicken & Potato Salad

Ingredients 500g/1lb2oz new potatoes, unpeeled 350g/12oz skinned, cooked chicken (about 3 breasts), cut into chunks 100g/3½oz baby spinach leaves 2 tbsp pesto ~ 1 small lemon, juice only 3 tbsp olive oil

Method Drop the potatoes into a pan of boiling salted water and boil for 15 minutes. Drain, then return them to the pan and roughly crush with a fork. Tip the chunks of chicken into the pan and scatter in the spinach leaves. Mix gently, using a large spoon or your hands. Tip the pesto, lemon juice and olive oil into the pan, season to taste and toss to coat everything in the dressing.


v i va !

saturday 25th september

Good quality home-cooked food, prepared with care, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere at great prices Sunny south-facing terrace and great sea views! We don’t serve fast food, but we do serve great food as fast as we can! Open 7 days a week 10am till late

Tel : 637 270 594


cava reception ~ party bags bookings now being taken Come & enjoy the celebration

mondays & tuesdays

magnificent 7 - 7 courses only 12.95 € or challenge yourself to up to 25 courses again All for... only 12.95 €

Famous 5 - 5 course selection.. only 9.95 €

Wednesday college times

Amazing 5€ menu Served from 6pm

Telephone : 950 120 606

to Baza

Citroen garage

We are here

under new management NEW

The Kimrick 

Private Functions, Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries etc

Free entry to Swimming Pool & Terrace serving snacks & main meals Pool-side snack menus Non-smoking restaurant Air - conditioning Free wifi (Password Protected)

menu del dia 12€ menu del Noche 14€ Sunday Lunch from 9€ ceroc dancing every Tuesday night with PAUL & TRACEY from 8pm

Newly opened on Mojacar Playa in the square next to Indigo Gym

Exciting New Breakfast, Lunch & Evening Menu’s


celebratE their 3rd anniversary

• I f you’re after something completely different, find out how to cook chicken ‘en papillote’ (in a sealed parchment paper envelope). This creates a dramatic effect as the steam let off by the cooking food puffs up the parchment. When the food is brought to the table a quick slit of the paper reveals the food - and it all takes just 23-30 minutes to cook.

Dinner Dance

special 3 course menu inc 1/2 bottle of house wine pp with Arribba Arriba Saturday 16th October & every 2nd Saturday in month thereafter


kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

Ingredients 4 chicken breasts, skinless salt and pepper flour, for dusting 75g/3oz fresh white breadcrumbs 50g/2oz finely grated Parmesan cheese 2 free-range eggs, beaten


BP Garage

Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Basil Tomatoes

•M  arinate chicken pieces in olive oil, honey and mustard, or perhaps a combination of balsamic, Dijon mustard, garlic and fresh herbs. Just ten minutes or so is enough to impart a delicious flavour, before threading your chicken slices onto water-soaked bamboo sticks and giving it a quick grilling.

pool, pool bar & terraces open every day until end of sept

Tel: 950 475 198

Kitchen open: WED to SAT 7PM TO 10PM

mojacar playa

Sundays: 12 noon until 6pm - closed all day Mondays & Tuesdays except for private functions and pre - booked events


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NOTICEBOARD cHURCH SERVICES ST NICHOLAS CHURCH Services held every Sunday at 10.30am at Calle Andalucia 9, Camposol. For info call Len Eaton on 968 138 952 MASS IN ENGLISH Celebrated at the Catholic Chapel of Pastrana. For details of masses and confessions, call 968 424 386 ask for Fr Peter Escribano or Fr Octavio Carpena ST TERESA’S CHURCH Located in Los Lomas, La Manga Club. Services on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 6pm. Church warden Barbara Westbury-Jones 968 147 083 or

LA SIESTA EVANGELICAL CHURCH Services held in the Church of La Siesta Urbanization, Torrevieja, on the 2nd & 4th and where applicable 5th Sunday of each month. Services start at 11.15am and there is a Sunday School. For further information contact Fiona Cook 966 700 131 or Daniel Reyes 968 508 028 OLIVE BRANCH CHURCH Meet Camposol B at the ICA centre at 10-30am every Sunday - everyone welcome. For more information call Pastor Ralph Locke or Margaret on 968 199 622 or 618 720 181 TORREVIEJA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Sunday at 9.30am (Comm Serv) and at 11.30am (Comm Service & Sunday School) Wednesday 6pm (Bible Study Service) Phone 966 703 391 WELLSPRING VICTORY CHURCH Meeting 11am Sundays in Bolnuevo. Part of worldwide Victory Churches International. Contact Andrew on 620 599 270 or Duncan on 607 382 033 www. THE SPIRITUAL AWARENESS SOCIETY OF QUESADA Sunday Morning & Tuesday Evening Services. Call Wendy 965 323 028 or Mandy 699 691 236

clubs & assocIATIONS 1st CAMPOSOL RAINBOWS, BROWNIES & GUIDES All girls welcome, ages 5-14 living in and around Camposol. Call Carol Marley 646731652 or Amanda Gorvel 608 174 485 or e-mail Amanda@ WELCOME GROUP MAZARRON For further information contact 620105 179 between 11am – 7pm Mon-Sat. THE SUNSHINE GROUP – A group for the young at heart with physical or learning difficulties. Meeting every Thursday evening at Villamartin. For further details, call Karen on 965 327 730 or Lenny on 966 797 574 LABOUR INTERNATIONAL For further information contact Alan Dunton 966 925 059 or Sid Williamson 965 714 145 S.A.T. (Sociedad Protectora para Animales de Torrevieja) For more information contact www. HELP MURCIA MAR MENOR Call 968 570 059 or 616 546 378

AGLOW INTERNATIONAL More info contact Margaret on 968 199 622 or 690 089 109

• Unlimited free transfers • Completely legal & insured

ALCOHOLICS ANOYNMOUS Fuente Alamo, Thursdays 7.30pm at Fuente Alamo. Contact 646 290 420 for details.

• Immediate transfer to Airport, NO WAITING, dropping you right outside departures for your convenience. On your return your car will be outside arrivals receiving a complimentary external clean • Situated just outside San Javier Airport (Murcia) with the latest state of the art security system, CCTV and manned 7 days per week Plane Parking sl 1 week 35€

Pl an e Pa rk in g sl 2 weeks 50 €

Pl an e Pa rk ing sl 3 weeks 55€

Pl an e Pa rk ing sl 12 mo nths 300 €

We have over 10,000 sqm of secure parking

ALCOHOLICA ANONYMOUS Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos (behind the chemist) Please contact 968 545 181 or 676 696 185 for more details. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Mazarron area, Call 646 290 420 for contact details and location.

THE ART GROUP Further information is available from Chris on 676 267 946 MAZARRON BAHIA LIONS For more information call Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082 BUDDHISM IN CARTAGENA Contact Laura Sanchez on 636 002 034 after 7pm COUNTRY BOWLS Call Colin Sear on 968 199 533 or Dave Rogers on 968 371 019 SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT for every woman who has suffered abuse of any kind. Call Conchita for further details on 696 895 147 DIGITAL CAMERA CAFÉ If you would like to know more, please call Trevor Maston on 968 574 877 or David Lees on 968 170 870. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (MABS) CANCER SUPPORT LINE 620 422 410 For any other information or queries please ring GENERAL ENQUIRIES 620 582 418 P.A.L.S. (Protection & Life Saving) Call Ken Payne 626 460 465. Pat Firth 968 537 094. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, TORREVIEJA BRANCH For further information regarding the Branch, please contact the Chairman, Mrs Gill Burden, 966 723 888 or visit web site Royal British Legion, Orihuela Costa & District Branch For further information please contact Chairman, Anne Hadley-Faulkner on 966 764 230 or for enquiries regarding Welfare services contact Colin Middleton on 065 327 791 or visit our website MANCHESTER CITY F.C. OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS CLUB (1949) Spanish Branch President: Bert Trautmann, OBE. More info from Rob Hudson (Sec) 608 511 437 email: ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION Torrevieja Branch For further information regarding any aspect of the RNA please contact the secretary, Rod Millington on 966 764 292 or check out our new webpage for information YOGA MAR MENOR From yoga for the Recuperating to Advancing with Yoga. Anyone can practice yoga. Tel: 652 667 883.

MUsiC & ENTERTAINMENT CORO PILAR International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays at 7pm. If you are interested in joining this active group contact John on 966 763 446 CLOUD NINE DRAMA: Amateur Dramatic group in Mula and mazarron areas raising money for charities. Contact Pat Hunt on 968 153 887 or DANCERCISE at Las Claras Municipal Centre, Los Narejos, Los Alcazares. Keep fit to great disco music! Tel: 666 179 774 Denelle Dance Club Social Dancing Night Every Tuesday, incl. Ballroom, Latin-American & popular Sequence dances, in fully air-conditioned ‘The Club Quesada’ from 8pm-10.15pm. Tuition from 3rd September at Casa Ventura. Tel Lyn on 635584431. Lyn & Chris perform Ballroom & Latin Dance Shows Every Sunday Evening through August, Orhuela Costa Resort La Zenia. - FREE ENTRY! KTS LINEDANCERS Have fun line dancing! Classes held in the Cosat Blanca and the Mar Menor areas. For details contact Kathy on 968 545 028 or 655 014 429

WEIGHTWATCHERS Lose weight the healthy way, supported by a global, experienced brand. Telephone Annette on 637 970 138

Latin line dance classes & tap class for Beginners For details phone Annette 968 163 640 or 649 647 467

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL CLUB, TORREVIEJA Call George 966 784 376 or Tony 966 775 029

M&M DANCE CLUBS at Olympia Restaurant, Mil Palmeras, Pilar de la Horadada. Selection of Ballroom, Latin American & Social Sequence. For more information please contact Michael on 610 981 795 or 965 350 762

RUBBER BRIDGE PLAYERS (Los Alcazares) Call 968 170 986 or 661 138 336 YOGA IN THE RIBERA Experienced English tutor. Contact Barbara on 968 572 315 CAMPOSOL BRIDGE CLUB Information from Barry 609 925 497 or Norma 650 418 887

SPANGLES Call for more information Anthea 968 334 527 or Lyn 968 432 525 www.aqua-adicta.

For inclusion or amendments, please email


What’s On

your events, announcements & letters happy 65th birthday pop Best Wishes from the Usual Suspects!

MABS Race for Life.............. Los Alcázares ~ Sunday 14 November ...this popular event gets bigger every year, attracting runners from as far afield as Madrid. Whether you’re running in memory of someone lost to cancer, celebrating because you’ve beaten it, or just want to help raise money for MABS Murcia/Mar Menor, start training for it now. Entry and sponsorship forms will be available from 1 September at the following outlets: Centro Las Claras (Los Narejos), The Arches (Urb El Oasis), Legs & Co (opposite K2), Shape & Tone (Av Mariano Ballester), New Salsa Bar, (Urb El Oasis), The Post Room (Av Rio Nalón), Time Out (San Javier) or you can register online: or phone: 689 897 866 for full details. The race starts at the Club Nautico and ends at the Playa Los Narejos, just 3 kms away. You don’t have to be a serious runner - everyone is welcome! It’s a fun day for everyone and fancy dress is actively encouraged too.

super having you with us for the summer holiday leah Good luck for your post graduate journalism course at Brighton and Hove College. Love you always, god bless, Mammo and Daddo xxxxx


Archie & Linda Sladen

Society Yoga Europa...................

would like to announce that it will be continuing all summer at the Los Narejos CISSMU building in Los Alcazares. Tuesdays 6pm ~ Thursdays 11am 90 minute classes Bring a mat or big towel Drop in or telephone 652 667 883

We meet at Cats Bar Sector A Camposol Urbanization, Mazarron on Tuesdays from 8pm onwards except on the second Tuesday of the month when we meet at Los Galayos restaurant, on the Paseo de Rihuete in Puerto de Mazarron at the same time. The aim of Friends & Buddies is to make available company and friendship for those persons who, for whatever reason, find themselves living on their own. We get together to plan functions, meals, outings, game nights, BBQ’s ten pin bowling, treasure hunts and we go as a group to dances organized by other groups. So, if you are on your own and fancy some good company then come along and check us out. There is no age limit; males and females are both welcome. There is no need to be lonely – come along and give us a go – see you at our next meeting. Contact: Ann Lambert on 968163758 or 628 153 329

MAKE TIME TO HELP OTHERS Do you want to make a difference? Got some time to spare? Become a MABS volunteer Call 693 275 779 now For further details, please call 693 824 511 or Email: or visit our website

loved having you with us adam, steph and gorgeous rohan

‘La CANTINA’ Cuevas de Reyllo

NOW UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP! Look out for our new menu & list of forthcoming events in next weeks issue! Chris & Ian look forward to seeing you soon...

Cuevas De Reyllo, Fuente Alamo

Tel: 968 151 159

Friends & Buddies................

MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP....................................


SENSOL GOLF CLUB Camposol Urb. off RM3 Tuesday 5th October Back by popular demand from the UK - The Fantastic ‘DIANA ROSS’ Tribute



STEWART’ Tribute

by Steve Fisher Tickets 10€

Tel Kim: 699 203 136

The Market Tavern

Classic British food at its best, with a great family atmosphere!

Monday to Saturday

Enjoy Our Famous Cod, Chips & Peas From Only 7€

Thursday Is Curry Night! 3 Courses Only 10€

Saturday is Steak Night!

christmas menu available & bookings now being taken Open Mon - Sat 10am - 2.30pm, 6.30 pm till late Sundays 10am - 4pm Tel: Tracey or Carlos 968 154 588/615 198 616

Port of Mazarron near medical centre opp taxi rank

Can’t wait until the next time. love always, god bless, mam and dad

Original Indian Casual Dining Cocktail Bar & Regular Entertainment


Love and Best Wishes for your Golden Wedding Anniversary (17th Sept) John and Julie XXXX


email your local events to EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM

Monday to Friday - Full English Breakfast Thursdays - Karaoke Night From 8.30pm Sundays - Traditional 3 Course lunch Every Day - Happy Hour Menu 6 - 8pm Free bottle of Wine with takeaways over 20€ ‘Private Function Room With X Factor Stage Available For Hire, Ideal For Parties, Weddings Anniversaries etc. Home Delivery Service Available

Open 7 days a week 10.30am - Midnight

Camposol Sector B Tel: 968 972 344


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Classifieds drainage

air conditioning

UNBLOCK - A - ROD SL Air Conditioning & Pool Heating

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

Drainage Services Toilets - Sinks - Baths - Showers Drains Cleaned & Repaired Celebrating 7 years as the NO.1 English Drainage Company




Tel: 966 720 109 Mob: 618 356 270

bikes & scooters


CLIPPERS Experienced Mobile Dog Groomer Based in Quesada Collection Service Available To Pamper Your dog Ring Sue on

Advertise in Classifieds

ELECTRICIAN 24 hr Call Out - Domestic - Commercial Contact Steve Office: 965 992 894 Mobile: 661 555 008

Electric Bikes

Brand New Construction! Tel: Michaels

Advertise in Classifieds blancasales@

679 117 788

Telephone: 966 265 023 ELECTRICITY, PLUMBING, AIR CON Installation, maintenance & repairs in Torrevieja and surrounding areas. No call out fee. Tel: 622 381 979 (English)

HIRE CENTRE Nursery equipment

Business opportunity

Established Property Management Company

for sale

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

boats Serenity sailing R.Y.A Training centre. R.Y.A sailing tuition; competent crew to yacht master. Also ICC,VHF own boat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or power boat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard 0034 638056224 / 0044 7766975874. www. (TP 343)


Mobility Air-con units Wheelchairs DIY & Building equipment

TEL: 966 786 225 home security


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

Workshop on Camposol A, 10, Calle Barcelona,30875 Mazarrón home improvements

Frameless glass create more living space,no unsightly frames. reasonable prices.for a free estimate tel:646111825

window, upholstery & terrace cleaning

for a Free quote, call today 658 318 438


10% discount with this ad

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

hire centres

business for sale 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



QUESADA Mobilit y GOLD CENTRE E q u i p m e n t We buy Gold & Jewellery at International Market Prices

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

Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 www. freedommobility


966 265 023

sits vac continued


We require distributors and advertising sales agents for established magazine good rates paid for both

experienced qualified Spanish tiler available, bathroom alterations, marble, mosaics and ceramics please call-spanish 630220157 english 664747993

687 268 217 or Tel: 965 720 817 or 616 493 487 693 769 156


established 2001

to advertise Call Jean


blancasales@ Telephone: 966 265 023

0044 7533 285 918



STEWART PLUMBING *Bathroom refits *Water Heaters *Boilers *Shower Cabinets Fitted *Whirlpool Baths *Guttering * Drains *Kitchens *Property Maintenance free estimates

Tel: 676 725 712


231/2 HOUR CALL OUT removals Lords Removal & Storage

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

(0034) 608 061 872

SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals

Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884

satellite TV Rainbow Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or

sits vac

New marketing agency

are recruiting highly motivated and intelligent people for market research. You must be between 23 and 55 hard working and be able to work flexible hours. Please call 968 566 174 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday for an interview

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

wanted wanted

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

672 862 179

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


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


To book an appointment Call Peter

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

Call Gianci 644 535 189

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

Call Tim 662 211 993


We buy, sell and part exchange gold. TOP PRICES PAID. est. 7yrs. Bryant & Son, Respected British Jewellers. Tel: 678 444 812 or 965 326 477

motoring section cars for sale

FOR SALE Ford Focus


1.8 TDci. in Classifieds 2004 blancasales@ Black. 3 Door ITV July 2012 Telephone: 91,000 Kms


966 265 023

Tel:626 513 842 limosines services

Are you a closer?

I need hungry, motivated sales people ready to start immediately. Excellent product, with guaranteed clients supplied every day. Brilliant earnings! Is your background timeshare, car sales, insurance or double glazing? Then I need you.

Turn your unwanted goods into cash now! Tel: 966 265 023

FOR SALE Ford Focus 1.8 TDI, 2004 ITV July 2012 mileage 90,000


Please contact

626 513 842

car parts Affordable car parts in Spain to your door also suppliers of inexpensive tyres 692

930 326



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

Tel: 968 969 648 or 619 315 933

Ken sherwood English Mechanic

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

679 646 859

SOFA BED cost new 950€


395€ Call for details

966 111 866 Table tennis for sale in mazarron. 1yr old, four bats and some balls. good condition 140€. tel: 620 640 487 Mistral windsurf board with foot strapsideal for learner 70€ tel 679 549 562 Gents cycle 25€ phone 679 549 562 Cement mixer – 95€ playa flamenca area tel: 965 329 011 P o r t a b l e television with remote for sale, € 25. tel: 655 423 171 Shop to rent next to cheers bar.villa martin 400€ p.c.m tel:616493487 or 965720 817 135 Satellite Dish ,complete with large pole and bracket ,also lnb, only 50 euros, tel.9 6 815 3 675 Puerto de Mazarron area Solar Powered Pond and water feature pump kit with battery, led lights, adjustable timer, 1.2mts lift of water. new in box, uk price £70 will accept 50€. at camposol tel: 609 806 177. 39 wwe wrestling figures good condition – 50€. will sell separately tel: 966 716 887 quesada area.

Te l ev i s i o n (hardly used) 36cm screen ideal for bedroom or kitchen 35€ Tel: 966 180 190 or 660 717 004 W W E championship belt for child 5€ tel: 966 716 887 quesada area

Gas cooker €50, pine table €20, spanish beds with mattressessingle €30, double €60, gas heaters (no bottle) €15, coffee tables €10, matching armchair and stool €60, storeage containers 7m3 €65, aircon system (ex shop) €225 tel: 965 994 832 Sky Digi Box, PACE with white sky card BBC1,2,3,4, ITV1,2,3 Ch4 & 5. 120€ Can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 or 667 478 771. Game cube and 2 controllers with 3 games including mario karts very good condition 25€ tel: 966 716 887


quesada area 6ft x 3ft pool, snooker, billiard table. solid mahogany 650€ ono. buyer collects. tel: 630 342 408 (c146) Table trolly, solid pine, suitable as computer desk or television and accessories 29€ tel: 966 180 190 or 660 717 004. benimar, rojales. Television with remote, ideal bedroom or kitchen use, little used. 25€ tel: 966 180 190 or 660 717 004. benimar, rojales.

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Our breathing mechanism is automatic and based on past habits with many of us developing bad breathing habits which can result in an overall reduction in health. Altering your breathing instantly alters your physical ‘state’. Sitting quietly and allowing your breathing to become calmer and slower can produce a calmer state within a few minutes. Being able to alter your breathing - to temporarily move from ‘automatic’ to ‘manual’ control - puts you in the driving seat of your own emotions. The Sigh Breath is a way of interrupting the buildup of physical stress and tension rather than a breathing technique to do over and over again. Initially one or two sigh breaths every half hour or so may be appropriate. Then aim to reduce the need to do it except for very tense periods.

Mentally think or say to yourself ‘STOP’; now breathe in through your nose, slowly and evenly. Pause for just a second and let the air out slowly through your nose - this inhale is a moderate (rather than very deep) in-breath. The outbreath is the key to the method; be sure to prolong - to l-e-n-g-t-h-e-n - your exhale. As you let the air out, let go! Relax your muscles - release as much tension as you can. Pay particular attention to the muscles in your face & jaw, shoulders and abdomen. Pay attention to the natural pause that occurs at the end of the exhale; make no attempt to breathe in - this will happen naturally after a second or two. Simply enjoy this moment of stillness between breathing cycles. As the in-breath begins direct your attention outside yourself to what is happening in the outside world - `See clearly’ and `Hear clearly’. Silently pay attention to what you can see and hear, without listing or naming them. Belly Breath Exercises will increase energy and decrease tension. Lie flat on your back & place your hands, palm down, on your stomach at the base of the rib cage with your middle fingers barely touching each other, and take a slow deep breath - the lungs go that far down and what fills them deeper is the pushing down of the diaphragm. The diaphragm creates a suction which draws air into the lungs; air is then expelled when the diaphragm pushes up. Lay the palms of your hands on your stomach just below the rib cage. As the diaphragm pushes down, the stomach will slightly expand, causing the fingertips to separate somewhat - this movement indicates full use of the lungs, resulting in a truly deep breath rather than the “puffed chest” breath experienced by many as the greatest lung capacity. Chest breathing fills the middle and upper parts of the lungs. Belly breathing is the most efficient method. Infants and small children use only this method until the chest matures. The yoga breath or roll breathing combines belly and chest breathing.

Complete Breath Exercises Sit up straight and exhale. Inhale and, at the same time, relax the belly muscles. Feel as though the belly is filling with air. After filling the belly, keep inhaling. Fill up the middle of your chest. Feel your chest and rib cage expand. Hold the breath in for a moment, then begin to exhale as slowly as possible. As the air is slowly let out, relax your chest and rib cage. Begin to pull your belly in to force out the remaining breath. Close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing....relax your face and mind, let everything go...practice for only about 5 minutes. CAUTION! Never do panting or shallow breathing except while seated as you increase the risk of hyperventilation. As long as you are seated, hyperventilation will not be a problem because, even if a brief blackout should occur, the body’s automatic breathing apparatus will immediately take over. Remember, poor breathing robs energy and negatively affects mental alertness, even resulting in a 20% reduction in oxygen blood levels. If you take a few moments every day and ‘exercise’ your breathing you will find yourself with increased energy, feel more relaxed and ready to face the day ahead!



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Fake website ‘takes Heavens above seconds’ to set up satellite visibility predictions Setting up a copycat website to sell fake goods only takes a few seconds, according to a computer expert

Some websites are so sophisticated they add counterfeit security certificates to fool shoppers, said David Holman, of First Cyber Security. He issued the warning as the Trading Standards Institute said many items ordered online have failed to arrive. There has been a four-fold rise in the number of fake goods seized at UK borders in the last 10 years. More than 3.7 million counterfeit goods were seized last year. Mr Holman said that it was “extremely simple” for people to clone a legitimate website in order to sell fake products, but there were different levels of sophistication to trick internet users. Other fraudsters have used links to “bargains” sent via social networking sites, internet forums and in e-mails, which also prove to be fake or are used to fish for people’s banking details. The number of complaints about counterfeit goods to helpline Consumer Direct have risen sharply in recent times. There were 1,958 complaints in the 2008-09 financial year, rising to 2,801 the following year. Andy Foster, of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), said that many consumers were unwilling

participants in the black market, with some unaware that they were ordering fake goods online rather than the real thing. A small sample of 800 people visiting the TSI website found that 28% of those asked had suffered problems shopping online. A half of those said the items had not been delivered and 19% said the goods were fake. By definition, people visiting the site were more likely to be aware of these issues or to be looking for advice. In one case, Chris Allan, from Fife, became suspicious after buying a pair of hair straighteners, which were delivered in a tatty box. The 46-year-old said she checked the product’s hologram code number on the official supplier’s website and found them to be fake. Mr Holman, who said that millions of pounds were lost in unpaid tax on fake goods, urged people to follow a checklist including: • Choosing shopping websites carefully • Thinking about the price, where it is bought from and the packaging • Ensuring the site is secure by looking for a website address

starting with https • Keeping a copy of the order and details of the website “Do not get taken in by a professional-looking website or seemingly irresistible bargains,” said Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox. “Fake goods can pose a serious risk to health and safety. Poor quality electrical goods can cause fires and electrocution. Just this month a teenager was badly burnt after buying seemingly genuine hair straighteners.”

Cost effective? Many people buying fakes will think they have secured a bargain, but this could cost them in the end, according to Phil Buckle, director general of the Electrical Safety Council. “We understand that cost, particularly in these financially difficult times, is a major concern,” he said. “However, there is a risk that comes with buying electrical goods online, as their origins and reliability are not always guaranteed. We certainly are not saying do not shop via the web. But it is well worth taking basic precautionary steps to make sure you do not get caught out.”


it’s the same old story...

It was on the cards wasn’t it . . . you could have put money on it. The fact that if we had a change of government at the last election, and the Conservatives were involved, then some left wing mouth–on-legs would be screaming ‘class war’, and calling for all sorts of dire measures against the administration – from mass strikes to motorway blockades. If it had not been the drastic measures that are proposed to combat the present national - and let’s not forget, worldwide – financial crisis, it would have been some other excuse to call the unions to arms. Enter Bob Crow – firebrand leader of the RMT. It’s baffling to me that the proposed painful public spending cuts, seem to have come as a complete surprise to Crow and others like him, who rattle on about it as if the financial disaster that has beset our country over the last couple of years, went by unnoticed, and that the Tories policy for handling this crisis if elected to office, had been up to now a closely guarded secret. But of course that isn’t the case at all. Them ‘n Us, Workers v Toffs, whatever the issue it’s the same old outmoded story.

The embarrassingly but aptly named Ed Balls has of course added his bulk to the argument, and has been hammering home the notion that coalition spending cuts are unnecessary, and will push Britain into the oft mentioned double-dip recession. History may prove him right, but watch my lips Eddy -the people of our country heard the arguments, weighed them up carefully and opted to reject them for the alternative. It may not have been clear cut, with the result that we have a coalition of two unlikely bed fellows, nevertheless they have been installed as the government of the day and that’s the way the mop flops. Live with it. If any of these people, whether sulking Labour politicians or self important union leaders, were passionate about seeing our country and it’s people emerge from these dark days and prosper again; the last thing they would be advocating is strikes, strikes and yet more strikes.

Let’s face it, there is a singular agenda here, and that’s to bring down the present government at whatever cost to the country!


George Michael, has been jailed for eight weeks for crashing his Range Rover into a shop whilst high on cannabis. Good. At last a judge has had the courage and common sense to see that this arrogant individual is oblivious to cautions, fines and lectures, and will go on re-offending until someone is seriously hurt or even killed because of his obsessive pursuit of self gratification. The only obvious course of action therefore was to bang him up in the hope that he will realise at last that his status as an international superstar has not elevated him to a position that puts him beyond the law, and the tenets of decency that apply to the rest of society. He is a man of considerable talent and has made a fortune as a universally acclaimed artist. But genius comes with it’s own responsibilities. I had always admired the man and enjoyed his music, until the day in 1998 when I saw his smirking face outside the courtroom in Los Angeles. In spite of a $810 fine and 80 hours community service, it became obvious that here was a man who found no shame or any sense of wrongdoing in soliciting for grubby sex in a public toilet, making it clear to everyone who would listen that it was the law, not him, that was in the wrong. I sincerely hope that the stay in prison will pull him up with a start, and that in future it will be his musical talent that once again holds centre stage.


I would guess that very few people born after the end of WW2 realise just how close our country came to defeat at the hands of the Nazis in the summer of 1940. But we heard from some of the surviving airmen at the recent 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, that the RAF was virtually on it’s knees and the country was at one point “About a week away” from defeat in the air. Our country has changed dramatically in the intervening years, not always for the better. But it’s good to know that the same determination and spirit burns as bright as ever within our armed services.



The table shows night time passes of the satellites over your location during the next 2 weeks. Max. Elevation is how high the ISS will get above your horizon (90° overhead). To see the spacecraft, at a given time look in the direction indicated by ‘Appearing’. You should see a bright, slowly moving “star”. The ‘Disappearing’ entries indicate where the satellite will be when it vanishes from sight. Sometimes an appearance or disappearance occurs well up in the sky when the spacecraft emerges into sunlight or slips into Earth’s shadow, respectively. Listed times should be accurate to within a few minutes.


This is a measure of the brightness of a celestial object. The lower the value, the brighter the object, so magnitude -4 is brighter than magnitude 0, which is in turn brighter than magnitude +4. The system was started by the ancient Greeks, who divided the stars into one of six magnitude groups with stars of the first magnitude being the first ones to be visible after sunset. In modern times, the scale has been extended in both directions and more strictly defined.

Examples of magnitude values: Sun -26.7 Full Moon -12.7 Venus (at brightest) -4.4 International Space Station -2 Sirius (brightest star) -1.44 Limit of human eye +6 to +7 Limit of 10x50 binoculars +9 Pluto +14 Limit of Hubble Space Telescope +30


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e r o m s e s a e l e r Aston One-77 details

One-77 will have world’s most powerful naturally aspirated road car engine

It’s official! Aston Martin has announced that another milestone has been reached in creating its new £1.2 million One-77 hypercar. As part of the engineering sign-off process, the car’s engine has been certified as developing 750bhp and 750Nm, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated road car engine in the world today. The 7.3-litre V12 unit is being built with input from legendary engine-builders Cosworth, which also provides engines for F1 teams Lotus, Virgin, Williams and HRT. The car is now in the latter stages of the sign-off process, which has included hot and cold extreme weather testing, as well as many

BMW 6-Series official pictures Luxury coupé uncovered before Paris debut, angular lines replaced by a sleek shape.

Sleek, sporty and oozing style – that’s the promise of BMW’s new 6-Series, revealed here before its official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show next week. The newcomer displays classic coupé proportions, with its long bonnet, short front overhang and lowslung silhouette. Smooth lines mimic the design cues first seen on the latest 5-Series and 7-Series. A shark-like nose features glass inserts at the top of the grille bars for a modern look, while the distinctive headlights are, for the first time, entirely LED, producing a dazzling white light and reducing energy use. Adaptive light technology also means they swivel according to the steering angle and speed of the car, while the daytime running lights are in BMW’s familiar

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ring design. At the rear, twin trapezoid exhaust tips create an aggressive look, while LED light strips inside the rear clusters ensure the 6 even has a distinctive appearance at night. Unique 20-inch alloy wheels, each milled from a solid piece of aluminium, finish off the handsome exterior design. The elegant new 2+2 cabin has a fulllength glass roof to flood the interior with light, and a tilted centre console to put the emphasis on the driver. Two individual leather-lined rear seats have enough room to accommodate a pair of adults. There’s a wealth of technology, too. Taking pride of place is a huge 26cm flatscreen displaying the audio, climate and sat-nav menus. A head-up display and digital panel, in place of traditional dials, show a range of information, while a Bang & Olufsen stereo with 16 speakers, including one that rises from

punishing laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife undertaken from the firm’s technical base located just outside the circuit. Aston boss Dr. Ulrich Bez said, “The One-77 is approaching a production reality and of course, there is considerable excitement in the project. Now the next steps are all about details and refinement to complete the composition. I know the final car will demonstrate what the Aston Martin team is capable of.” Deliveries of the One-77 are expected to commence in early 2011. Aston claims that around half of the cars have been sold, with the remaining cars accounted for by reliable and strong expressions of interest

the top of the dash, delivers superb sound quality. The engine range is likely to match the current line-up, with straight-six and V8 petrol offerings. But since the diesel 635d accounted for around 70 per cent of sales, a new range-topping 306bhp 640d is expected to scoop up the majority of buyers. Still officially a concept, the BMW Concept 6-Series Coupé, to use its full name, could receive some minor tweaks before it arrives in showrooms. But essentially this is the car that will make production. Despite the coupé breaking cover, it will be the convertible that arrives first in March. The hard-top follows in September.

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Styling tweaks give Volvo’s 5Series fighter sportier looks Volvo has added an extra dose of sportiness to its new S60 and V60 ranges. The R Design packages for both cars will debut at the Paris Motor Show, and feature cosmetic upgrades which add a little extra visual drama. The Swedish firm claims that around 10 per cent of buyers will opt for the R Design models. The packages include gloss black grilles, deeper bumpers, Audi-style matt silver wing mirror caps, five-spoke 18-inch wheels and a revised treatment for the exhausts. On the inside, R Design features include sports seats, a sportier steering wheel, sports pedals and a special mat set. Mechanical changes are limited to a strut brace for the front suspension and monotube damping for the rear one, 15 mm shorter, stiffer springs, firmer bushings and a new Corner Traction Control system. Volvo has made a distinct effort to promote the sporting credentials of the new S60, aiming it more squarely at the familiar German opposition of the BMW 5-Series. And while the R Design trim additions don’t add any extra performance, the firm is likely to offer a fire-breathing S60 R, as previewed by the T6 built by tuner Heico Sportiv, later in the car’s life cycle.



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PREMIER TWENTY LEAGUE - Last Friday evening, Marina, owner of the CLUB, together with our club captain, presented this trophy to Sabrina Marks, who accepted it on behalf of her club - San Miguel. Runners-up were Emerald Isle Bowling club. Congratulations to everyone.

had financial help from our social club and again from the owner of the club, towards this objective. We are indebted to both parties and are very grateful. We also had a terrific evening on Saturday ‘Night at the Proms’ arranged by our Social Committee. Thank you to all concerned.

Many thanks also to Marina for providing such an excellent buffet, which we all enjoyed.

One of our long standing members Mike Lamberton achieved the good age of 80 years today. Congratulations to him from all the members of the club. He was to have had a party at home but due to the unsettled weather conditions proceedings were transferred to ‘the club’. An excellent buffet was provided by Pauline and Anne and justice was done to it by all guests. Thank you to them both and Marina for putting up with us all.

TERRY & DI TROPHY - Quarter finals, semi-finals and finals are being played next Monday and Tuesday. We now have the new time table for the winter season, club knock out competitions, handicap competition, various tournaments and friendlies are all in place after the SPANISH NATIONALS have been played. For that reason the green will be closed from 25 September to 8 October 2010. We now have some new pergolas at the top and side of the green, which give some lovely shade. Dave Donovan and Chip Chapman - in particular - have worked very hard physically, whilst we also have

And for new or just social bowlers the times have changed back to 1.30 for 2.00pm and that is on every Wednesday and Saturday, except when the green is close on the above dates. 965 724 885 is the telephone number for our secretary should you have any questions.

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MAGGOTS END RODS and REELS: This weeks competition was another open match, the second of the two this year. The venue was Rio Segura Eden Canal stretch. The river again, was just flowing, but low. Top rods on the day 1st Stan (The Man) Roberts fishing the pole using corn with 9.92 kilo´s. 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare same method with 8.24 kilo´s. 3rd Tony (The Flowerman) Price fishing bread flake with 8.24 kilo´s. Disaster of the day must go to Mick Hill who at about halfway through the match went in headfirst followed by his box. Apparently the front legs gave way and in he went. Both trays from his box came out and although he managed to find one, the other with some of his

gear appeared on the missing list. Mick not deterred by the snakes and rats, has decided armed with a rake and other implements to go back the next day in an attempt to find his gear. If you see a poor soul floundering in the Segura, fear not it is only Mick searching for his gear. 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 966 729 293. Working parties will be required early October as nature is reclaiming it´s own. Venues and dates to be notified nearer the time. 2 weeks ago a member of the club was fishing at the Argos, when the Soprona turned up to check licences and

insurance, no problem for our member. However, the 4 Eastern Europeans that were fishing there with the normal 4 rods per, tried to do a runner as the police arrived. The police had this covered and all 4 anglers when checked had no licence or insurance. Their rods were confiscated and they were given a ticket ( presumably a fine ). All their fish were returned to the lake. Just a note to let you all know that there is justice afterall. ANGLERS TOGETHER The next meetings will be held on Friday 8th October at 12pm at Mary’s Bar in Pinar del Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 9th October at 12pm at Los Galayos Bar, opposite beach front, at Puerto de Mazarron. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE


PRESS REPORT - 16TH SEPTEMBER Another good days golf at La Marquesa today for the September Stableford and Non Winners Cup, with 77 players taking part, and everyone enjoying being back on the proper greens this week after the temporary greens of last week. Congratulation to our overall winner, Brian Heard, and all the other prize winners. Results: (all decided on countback) Winner of Monthly Stableford & Non Winners Cup - Brian Heard Gold Division: 1st Paula Fearn 38pts, 2nd Graham Fearn 38pts, 3rd Malcolm Foskett 36pts Silver Division: 1st Ken Brett 36pts, 2nd Jill Young 35pts, 3rd Gordon Bourne 35pts Bronze Division: 1st Brian Heard 39pts, 2nd Jan Shorley 38pts, 3rd Sandy Holland 35pts Best Front 9: Will York 19pts Best Back 9: Ian Turner 20pts

Best Par 3’s: Alan Venables 11pts Best Par 5’s: Graham Cheetham 12pts Nearest the Pins: 5th Lew Joss, 11th Terry Sayers, 15th Jamie Adamson, 17th Rudi Muller Best Guest: John Fairhurst 33ptds (countback) CSA today: 0; Captain’s Bunker: 13 Euros; Football Draw: Tony Hitt, Alex Relph & Dave Curtis Many thanks to our sponsor today: SUPER VALU Annual Subscriptions are due by the end of September, and the lists for the Annual Competitions are on the Board – let’s have lots of entries this season! Finally a word of caution to all our players – two ladies have been hit by golf balls this week,

Cindi on Tuesday and Jenny today, please everyone remember, golf can be a dangerous game, be aware all the time of where you stand in relation to the player hitting the ball and you men, can you try and hit the ball a bit straighter!! Photograph shows a few of the winners today, Brian Heard was not available for a photograph.




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This top of the table div 2a match was very much one for the purists. Six goals, end to end action, skillful interchange by both sides and sensible application of the laws by excellent match officials (the games ONLY booking arrived on the hour mark), were some of the many reasons to be cheerful at Cartagonova Stadium last Saturday. Watched by a goodly crowd of 9,100 expectant fans, Cartagena recorded their first home win of the season, following 2 disappointing defeats inside a week. The home side went close to scoring after only 2 mins, a last ditch tackle prevented Toche finishing off a well worked move. Four mins later, a teasing cross by Keko just eluded Toche’s outstretched leg underneath the crossbar. On 18 mins, Moral challenged Barca keeper Olazabal (unfairly in my opinion), leaving debutant centre back Cala the simple task of side footing the ball into an empty net. At the other end, Rebollo saved well from a powerful drive by Muniesa. Back came Cartagena, Moral being denied a certain goal by another superb defensive tackle. Probably the goal of the match arrived on 27 mins, courtesy of a Toche special, converting a brilliant individual effort by the outstanding Arsenal loanee Botelho. Straight from kick off, Barca should have reduced the arrears, but Sergi was guilty of chipping wide of an open goal. Rebollo again came to the home sides rescue on 39 mins, when he acrobatically tipped a goal bound effort onto the post and behind. From the resultant corner, Montoya headed inches past the post. Different half, same story, only this time Cartagena scored with their first attack. This time it was Toche who was provider, his accurate cross driven firmly through a sea of legs by the

impressive Moral. Ex Cartagena legend Carmona (his stoppage time winner 2 seasons ago at Alcoyano, secured promotion to div 2a), was having an off day, and along with another old boy Armando, was substituted midway through the 2nd half, as Barca desperately searched for new ideas. But it was Cartagena who scored the games next goal, Moral converting a fine assist by Keko on 65 mins. Barca got their consolation goal with 6 mins of the game remaining - a low cross by Nolito slotted home by Riverola. Man of the match Botelho provided sub Victor with goal no 5, inside the 4th min of stoppage time, rounding off a superb display by Cartagena over a youthful Barca side who had previously won their opening 2 league matches. FC Cartagena Line up: Rebollo, Txiki, Mariano (Julien), Botelho, Toche, Longas, Lafuente, Cala, Moral (Munoz), Keko (Victor), Pablo

TOP QUALITY AT HIGH ALTITUDE CD NUMANCIA DE SORIA - 2 FC CARTAGENA - 0 Played inside the small Los Paritos stadium, deep within the mountainous region just north of Madrid, this highly entertaining match served as a fine advert for div 2a football. Billed as a top v bottom of the table clash, basement side Numancia suddenly found form, totally belittling their win less start to the season. Chances created were evenly spread, but the quality of the 2 goals scored were of the highest quality. Manager JIM elected to start with the team that had emphatically beaten Barca ‘B’ the week before.

The visitors left the blocks fastest. Toni Moral had a good shout for a penalty after 7 mins, when he appeared to be tripped inside the box (or was that my rose coloured spectacles playing tricks again!!). Next it was Toche, who brought a good save at the near post out of

Numancia’s keeper Lafuente. From the resultant corner, Botelho headed agonisingly wide of an unguarded goal. Numancia’s first real chance arrived on 27 mins, when a powerful 30 yard free kick by Dimas edged just over the bar. It required a smart save by keeper Rebollo, diving at the feet of the marauding Cedric, to deny the tricky African a certain goal. Toche should have done better on 33 mins, but his snatch shot in line with the penalty spot, missed the target with the goal at his mercy. A well worked move involving Barkero and Ibra, culminated in the latter shooting just wide of the far post, leaving the men from Murcia province, plenty to ponder during half time refreshments.

from the very next assault, Barkero fired home a powerful drive from all of 25 yards to put the game out of Cartagena’s reach. FC CARTAGENA LINE UP: REBOLLO, BOTELHO, PABLO, CALA, TXIKI, LONGAS, MARIANO (GOIRIA), KEKO (MUNOZ), MORAL, LAFUENTE (VICTOR), TOCHE Roll up, roll up. Next week, not only are Cartagena at home at Cartagonova stadium, but it’s also the penultimate day of the Romans and Carthagians festival - complete with marches, fireworks and the obligatory funfair, all set within walking distance of the stadium. So, make a note of Sat 25 Sep, when Cordoba are the visitors for another important div 2a fixture, which has a 6pm ko time.

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Dimitar Berbatov completed a hat-trick six minutes from time to deny Liverpool after a Steven Gerrard double had hauled the visitors back from 2-0 down. “From thinking to myself ‘it’s going to be 10’, we ended up level at 2-2,” said Ferguson after the Old Trafford clash. “It was a travesty of a scoreline then but a great result at the end.” Liverpool levelled within 11 minutes of falling two goals behind but Ferguson felt the visitors were lucky to get a foothold back in the game. “Liverpool didn’t offer anything and depended on decisions from the linesman to get back in the game,” he added. “Edwin van der Sar had no saves to make, Paul Scholes controlled the midfield and we looked dangerous up front, with Dimitar and Nani - I couldn’t see us losing the game.” And while Ferguson was fulsome in his praise of Berbatov, who became the first player to score a hat-trick for United against Liverpool in 64 years, he did concede that United had their own moment of good fortune when the Bulgarian scored with an overhead kick via the underside of the bar to make it 2-0. “It was unexpected, a surprise attempt. Not many of those go in the net but fortunately it did this time,” stated Ferguson. “There was a lot of criticism of Berbatov last season from the media - it happens when we buy someone for a lot of money, that’s the way of the world. “But this season he has started off in the right fashion. He was good in pre-season and on tour and has carried it on. There has never been any doubt about the quality of the man.” Berbatov, who has now scored seven goals this season, enthused: “It was probably my best day in a United shirt. “I am happy. I am going home with a smile on my face but I am nothing special. I am going home to play with my kids.”

Casey Stoner held off Dani Pedrosa to win his first race of the season at the Aragon MotoGP, but championship leader Jorge Lorenzo had to settle for fourth. The Australian Ducati rider got away smoothly from pole but was challenged strongly by Spaniard Pedrosa (Honda). However, Stoner put in a series of fast laps to win by more than five seconds from home favourite Pedrosa, with Nicky Hayden (Ducati) taking third place. It was the first time this season that Lorenzo had not finished on the podium. Lorenzo, who was caught on the last lap by Hayden, leads Pedrosa by 56 points in the overall standings with five races to go. Former world champion Stoner’s win was his first since last season’s Malaysian GP and was enough to move him from fifth to third in the overall classification. MotoGP paid its respects to Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa, who was killed when he was hit by two trailing bikes in San Marino two weeks ago, having fallen off his bike. All riders across each racing category wore a patch featuring Tomizawa’s No. 48, which was retired from Moto2 racing in honour of the Japanese rider. Stoner, who was notching up Ducati’s maiden MotoGP victory of the season, said: “It’s been too long between wins, that’s for sure. “We started out pretty well this weekend, and we got on with the track. We progressed and got better. I was a little bit nervous this morning, but I’m really happy to bring it home. It was unexpected for

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Stoner holds off Pedrosa for Aragon moto GP win us.” Pedrosa said: “Ducati were very strong, with both riders on the podium. I tried everything, I didn’t start well but I recovered. “But I was too far from Casey. We did many laps at the same pace but couldn’t get him on corners. He did good.” Six-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi of Italy, who is struggling with a shoulder injury, came in sixth, more than 27 seconds off the pace, and sits fourth in the standings on 140 points. Earlier, Andrea Iannone of the Speed Up team won the Moto2 race. The Italian finished ahead of Spain’s Julian Simon (Suter) and Hungarian Gabor Talmacsi (Speed Up) for his third win of the season. Championship leader Toni Elias finished fourth to retain his place atop the overall standings on 224 points, 76 ahead of Simon. Great Britain’s Scott Redding, racing

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despite his injury in the crash which ended Tomizawa’s life, finished eighth. Spaniard Pol Espargaro, riding a Derbi, won the 125cc race, finishing ahead of compatriot Nicolas Terol and Briton Bradley Smith, both on Aprilias. The championship was blown wide open after pre-race leader Marc Marquez crashed out on the first lap, taken down by Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher on turn one. Terol’s second place saw him move to the top of the overall standings on 208 points, with Espargaro second on 202 while Marquez drops to third and remains on 197.

Sol Times Newspaper issue 146 Costa Calida Edition  

Sol Times Newspaper issue 146 Costa Calida Edition

Sol Times Newspaper issue 146 Costa Calida Edition  

Sol Times Newspaper issue 146 Costa Calida Edition