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Easyjet Passenger Fined For Violent Behaviour

A passenger on an Easyjet flight from Glasgow to Alicante has been fined £2,000 for violent behaviour.


A violent passenger who caused mayhem on an Easyjet flight from Glasgow to Alicante has been fined £2,000. Colin Coats, 40, from Glasgow, was convicted of assaulting a cabin crew member and threatening passengers on the plane in September 2009. Paisley Sheriff Court heard how he told one woman he would burn her house down and kill her children. Coats was told that he would have been jailed if the incident had happened while the plane was in the air. The court heard how Coats had been moved to the rear of the plane after an earlier incident in which a fellow passenger was punched on the face. When he learned that police had been summoned to

board the aircraft on its arrival at Alicante in Spain, he told steward George Barron that he would kill him if police boarded the plane. When officers entered the cabin, Coats kicked the steward, began clawing at his face and neck and striking him on the back. Passengers who had previously been advised to stay seated until Coats could be dealt with, were desperate to get off the aircraft when they saw what had happened. Spanish police had to pin him horizontally at the back of the cabin to try to force him to calm down. Seconds later he turned his attention to a female passenger seated nearby, swore at her and said he would burn her house

down. He asked if she had children then said he would burn them too. The court also heard how Coats said to one passenger that he would throw acid in their face. Coats had denied conducting himself in a disorderly manner, uttering threats of violence and committing a breach of the peace by placing others in a state of fear and alarm, and assaulting Mr Barron. He claimed he had no recollection of the flight and produced a friend who claimed in court that Coats’s drink may have been spiked with Acid (powerful hallucinogenic drug LSD) earlier that day in Glasgow. Sheriff Neil Douglas rejected this and imposed fines on Coats totalling £2,000.

Murcia offers Support For Ageing Population Senior citizens, and more specifically the dependent elderly are given special attention by the City of Murcia. The Ministry of Social Policy, Women and Immigration – Murciano, in cooperation with the Institute of Social Action is funding 80 day places at a cost of 700 Euros per place in Barriomar, Beniaján and Cabeza de Torres. The Day Centres offer basic care and attention, thus allowing families freedom to obtain work without compromising the care of their dependent elderly relatives. The centres offer basic services such as care

assistance with daily living and transportation. These include social and rehabilitation care, welfare and personal development, counselling, occupational therapy and functional rehabilitation alongside programs to improve self-management skills, hygiene habits, as well as cultural, leisure and recreational activities.

Additional programmes to preserve mental ability and memory, and the creation of environmental conditions conducive to the relief of symptoms in dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are also on offer.


Cartagena Hospital Launches New Outpatient Plans

Approximately 100 patients attended a meeting at the new Outpatient Department of the Hospital de Santa Lucía of Cartagena, which is opening departments for Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, Haematology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nutrition and Pulmonary Problems, among many others. It is expected that the Hospital will be fully operational by the end of the year, and patients will be seen for their specialist appointments at this Hospital from this month onwards. During this month more than 50 staff will begin work. These include physicians, administration aides, orderlies and nurses, workers in various areas of management and administration, computer supplies and storage, as well as maintenance, cleaning and laundry. A new line of buses will allow

More Arrests As ‘Operation West’ Continues

Agents of the National Police working on Operation West, which was conducted late last year in El Ejido, have raided the building of the Institution’s President, Jose Joaquin Ripoll, who has been arrested and taken into custody.

access to the new hospital, connecting the Hospital of Santa Lucia with Plaza de Bastarreche. The service will run every 15 minutes between 7:30 am from Bastarreche, with the last service being at 15:30. Users of the Hospital line service will travel free if they transfer from any other municipal line, because the transfer between municipal lines is free if taken within the same hour. Outpatients and visitors arriving by car can park in the new car park opposite the Hospital.

There is also a temporary park adjacent to the Main Entrance. During the early days of the opening of this new Hospital there is a Customer Care desk in the foyer, with assistants to accompany patients to their destination. Vending machines for snacks and drinks have been installed, and there is a cafeteria on the mezzanine. Queries can be answered on the Telephone Help Line, number 900 12 12 12.

Childhood Vaccines Yes, But Not At A Cost! This was the verdict of a parents opinion poll conducted over five countries.

The operation focuses on anti-corruption contracts, specifically in relation to waste treatment for the district of Vega Baja. Along with President of the Diputación Provincial de Alicante, two businessmen, Angél Fenoll and Enrique Ortiz, were also arrested. Angél Fenol was arrested in Pamplona while he attended the festival of San Fermin, while Enrique Ortiz is already charged in connection with the Valencia Gürtel case.

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The results show that Spanish mothers are more resistant than those in other countries to the idea of paying for vaccines.

The Infrastructure Councilman of Orihuela, Manuel Abadia and various municipal offices have also been arrested at the same time as another group of agents, who were in the building that houses the Provincial Alicante.

According to the journal Vaccine, which published the study, 20.9% of Spanish mothers surveyed have had some concern about the safety of vaccines, compared with just 8.1% in Switzerland and 4.1% in Norway.

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A spokesperson explained ‘We compared the sources that parents use to obtain their information about vaccines. Then we asked them to evaluate which they felt to be the most reliable, their opinion about the role that vaccination plays, the safety of vaccines in their countries, and the diseases they consider to be most dangerous.’

12 people have been arrested in Orihuela and Torrevieja as a British drug trafficking gang has been broken up by the Spanish Guardia Civil. The group are alleged to have operated along the Alicante coast and on the Balearics, and were trafficking in designer drugs and marihuana. Eight men and four women of the gang are British. Codenamed ‘Operación Zumo’, six properties have been searched, three in Orihuela and three in Torrevieja, and police have impounded a vehicle which was carrying 53,000 ecstasy pills, destination Ibiza. In total, precision scales, five vehicles and a boat have been impounded, and a wellhidden marihuana plantation in Crevillente, Alicante, has been uncovered. The Guardia Civil and National Police say investigations started last May when it was thought that a group of people from Liverpool but based in Alicante province, could be trafficking along the Levante coast.

6,611 surveys were carried out in Spain, the United Kingdom, Poland, Norway and Sweden between May 2008 and December 2009. 913 were face-to-face interviews with Spanish mothers of children aged from birth to 3 years of age.

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The results show that Spain is the country where mothers have least concerns when it comes to vaccinating their children (11.9%). The Spanish were also seen to be most pleased with the vaccination services offered (90.8%). When asked whether they would continue vaccinating their children in the future, the agreement rate was high in all countries (more than 90%), except in the United Kingdom (80.9%). This is due to the fact that in Britain people have been concerned by the publicity regarding the MMR vaccine – measles, mumps, rubella – for more than 10 years, causing some rejection of this vaccine. In all the countries there is agreement that healthcare professionals are the most trustworthy when it comes to sources of information about vaccines. ‘The government and national public health institutes also showed up as important and reliable sources of information in Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom’, says the spokesperson. ‘In Spain and Poland the media, family and friends were given as the second most commonly used and trustworthy information source.’ A research group is currently carrying out a research line called ‘vaccine acceptability’, which is about the beliefs, attitudes and opinions of various social groups in relation to vaccines as a whole as well as certain specific ones, such as those for HPV, Swine Flu, Pneumococcal Meningitis and Rotavirus.

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‘This is Spain Exhibitions’ with Christmas in mind! The next event of the very successful ‘This is Spain Exhibitions’ will be held on the Costa Blanca / Costa Calida border at the prestigious four star ‘Hotel Thalasia’ in San Pedro del Pinatar. The exhibition will run from the 19th – 21st November 2010, an excellent time for the Christmas market for businesses and the public alike.


The venue is a modern, luxury hotel with easy access from both the N332 and the AP7 motorways and only 20 minutes from Torrevieja. The exhibition hall is very large, beautifully appointed and has a separate access, with a wheelchair ramp. It is fully air-conditioned. Exhibitors will benefit from the fact that the layout means that every stand can be visited in comfort, everything is on one level and traffic flow will be easily maintained.

As you would expect in a four star hotel, there are restaurants and there will be specific bar and snack bar areas for the exhibition weekend in addition to comfortable seating where visitors can relax. To reach the hotel, take the Lo Pagan coast road from the roundabout with the boat on the N332. The hotel is on the right hand side. There is ample parking. For more information about the venue, take a look at Exhibition organiser, Christine Roche, is very excited about the upcoming exhibition. “It is a fantastic venue which will allow businesses on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida to showcase their products and services to a wide audience.” The event will be heavily promoted within all the local international media, including newspapers, magazines, television and radio. Leaflets will be distributed between Gran Alacant and Los Alcazares, including the Polaris World golf resorts. Having learnt a lot over the years, Christine now limits the number of each type of business that can exhibit at the shows. This means that visitors have a wide range of products and services to see, and that companies can promote their products without being overwhelmed by competition. • Unlimited free transfers • Completely legal & insured • 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€

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For exhibitors and visitors alike, there will be a free crèche available within the hotel for young children over the age of two. With the exhibition being held so close to Christmas, it will be an ideal opportunity for businesses to promote their Christmas products and gift vouchers. Anyone thinking of surprising their loved one with a kitten, bow in hair, for Christmas will be able to obtain one free of charge from a cat charity! Bookings are now being taken, with businesses such as financial services, heating systems, satellite television, glass curtains, health and beauty, accessories and costume jewellery, home and garden, schools, pool products and much more already signed up. Charities such as the Costa Blanca Samaritans and the Butterfly Children will also be represented. There will be an extensive programme of entertainment provided by Elite Entertainment and TKO Radio, as a main sponsor, will also be providing music over the three days. As always there will be a grand raffle included in the 1 euro entry ticket.

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Faced with dim prospects at home, Spanish builders go abroad

Spanish builders are looking abroad for work to shield themselves from the collapse of a decadelong property boom that has left hundreds of thousands of unsold homes across the country. In perhaps the most high-profile case, Sacyr, one of Spain’s top groups, is leading a massive expansion of the Panama Canal that will double its capacity and accommodate a new generation of super-size container ships. Nearly 2,000 people are working on the project, one of the world’s largest and most lucrative, a number that will swell to 7,000 when construction is at its peak, a Sacyr spokeswoman said. It is the largest project for Sacyr outside of Spain since the company was founded more than two decades ago, she added. Sacyr’s consortium won the threebillion-dollar (2.15-billion-euro) contract last year, beating two other bids, including one led by ACS, Spain’s largest construction firm. Sacyr’s revenues from overseas activities rose to 4.62 billion euros last year from 4.28 billion euros and are expected to rise further this year. Mauro Guillen, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania who wrote a book about the rise of Spanish multinationals, said the groups began moving abroad, as well as into other areas like waste management, in anticipation of the property market cooking down at the end of 2007. “They realised that construction

is a cyclical business and that they needed to diversify,” Guillen told AFP. In the second quarter, the order books of Spain’s six largest builders -- ACS, Acciona, FCC, Ferrovial, Sacyr and OHL -- were almost evenly split between projects at home and abroad, totalling 26.9 billion euros against 25.9 billion euros, the El Pais daily reported last month. That contrasts with the situation during the last quarter of 2007 when the six firms had overseas projects worth 13.9 billion euros, less than half of the 33.3 billion euros in projects in the pipeline in Spain. The growing importance of the foreign market was highlighted last month when ACS launched a 2.76billion-euro all-share takeover bid for German rival Hochtief just as Germany’s economy is rebounding.

massive boom in Spain in the decade through 2007 as the cheap credit that came with the arrival of the euro single currency fueled a building frenzy and an unprecedented economic upturn. But the global credit crunch at the end of 2008 hastened a correction, plunging Spain into its worst recession in decades.

Spanish builders have cast a wide net.

The International Monetary Fund estimates there are some 700,000 unsold housing units which will take two to three years for the market to digest.

FCC has signed contracts this year to build a highway in Slovakia, a railroad in Algeria and a media broadcast centre for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, among others.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s socialist government initially responded to the economic downturn by pouring billions of euros into infrastructure projects.

Last month, a consortium led by Acciona won a 1.1-billion-euro contract to build, maintain and operate a traffic tunnel in Brisbane, its first contract in Australia.

But as the economic downturn dragged on and a budget surplus was transformed into the third-biggest eurozone deficit after Greece and Ireland last year, it suspended dozens of road and rail projects.

The construction sector enjoyed a

Seat to lay off thousands of staff members until spring 2011

Spanish motor giant Seat has announced that around 7,500 members of staff will be laid off until the production of the new Audi Q3 starts in the spring. They say some 700 job contracts will be suspended ‘on rotating shifts’, although the manufacturer has reduced the number of working days lost since it produced its previous redundancy notice earlier this year. This is the fifth time Seat – the Spanish affiliate of Volkswagen - has been forced to lay off staff until a future date or cut working hours to reduce production costs.

Seven dead on the roads on first day of holiday weekend With Saturday and Tuesday being national fiestas, many people have taken Monday off work and gone away for a few days. As always, this results in tailbacks and gridlocks on major roads throughout the

country. Sources from the ministry of transport say three fatal accidents – in which three people died – were recorded between midday and midnight on Friday. And by 20.00hrs on Saturday,

another four had been killed and five seriously injured. Most of the accidents, and the worst of the traffic, was on the motorways leading out of Madrid as residents in the capital headed coastwards to celebrate the bank holiday. Debt Recovery - Enforcing Judgments Personal Injury - Medical Negligence Divorce - Wills - Breach of Contract Discrimination - Expropriation of Property Taxing Issues - Conveyancing

Spain Calls For Release Of Nobel Peace Prize Winner The Spanish government has added its voice to the international call for the release from prison of Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace prize.

Now builders face bleak prospects at home. “The decline in construction activity in Spain will be permanent although I can’t say that is necessarily bad. The problem now is how to manage it,” OECD secretary general Angel Gurria said last week during a visit to Madrid.

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As president of the EU, Spain had already called for the release of Liu Xiaobo and other political prisoners during EU-China talks on Human Rights in Madrid on June 29th. Via a press release from vice-president María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Spain has congratulated Liu Xiaobo on winning the Nobel Peace prize. Many other countries have shown their support for the Nobel committee’s decision to award this year’s peace prize to Liu Xiaobo, and several, including the United States, France and Great Britain, have demanded his release from prison. 54-year-old Liu Xiaobo has spent almost three years behind bars, after being sentenced to eleven years for “subversive behaviour against the state” for helping to draw up the now famous “Letter 08”, a manifesto demanding democratic change in China.


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EASY HORSE CARE RESCUE UPDATE Horse Rescue Getting Desperate


Of the five latest rescue horses, one has an horrific head injury and another had an injury to its eye that was so severe that vet, Dorothea Dudli von Dewitz, will probably have to remove the eye. The other three horses are severely malnourished, with one in foal. The horse with the head injury was found by the side of the CV19. It was clearly in a dreadful state and the EHCRC rescue team feared it would have to be destroyed immediately.

An urgent call from Almoradi police led to the rescue of five horses at the weekend by Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre (EHCRC), Rojales. With the two recent rescues of Samson and Delilah, the charity has taken on seven new horses in less than two weeks, and founder Sue Weeding says the situation is getting desperate. One of the new horses was found loose close to a main road and police feared it would cause a traffic accident. The other four were tethered on rough ground without food or water. Said Sue, “The police called us, and of course we had to respond to help these horses, but our resources are stretched to the limit. The problem is huge as there are so many horses out there owned by people who cannot afford to look after them, and the situation is getting worse with the deteriorating economic climate. More and more of these horses are being abandoned or kept without proper care.”

it was uncertain if it could make the journey. X-rays later revealed the horse has a fracture running from its jaw to its ear to its eye. There is a large hole above its eye. At this stage it is not known if the horse has suffered any permanent brain damage, or if it can be saved, but the centre will give it the best chance. As EHCRC is fast running out of space, it is urgently seeking people who can temporarily foster horses, or take them on long-term loan where suitable. And, as ever, without any official funding, the centre needs help from the public to continue its work.

To learn more about the work of EHCRC visit www.easyhorsecare. net or visit the centre on one of its open days, held every Sunday and Wednesday 13.00 – 16.00. To contact the centre call Sue on 652 021 980 or email It appeared brain damaged and staggered unsteadily with its head to one side as it panicked and tried to run away. But, with its balance too impaired to flee, the horse fell and EHCRC volunteers were able to attend to it. The vet was called to the scene and it was decided to try to get the horse back to the centre, even though


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Our offices in San Miguel de Salinas and Torrevieja provide a wide range of information and advice to members of the public for free. Typical enquiries include questions on residencia, health care, cars, licensing regulations, bereavement, wills and burglaries. If the answer to a problem is not known immediately, every effort is made to obtain the appropriate information. Both offices are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm. In addition we also operate a 24 hour Emergency Help Line so if you need urgent help outside of office hours, please telephone 965 704 282 and this will give you the phone number for the volunteer on duty. We run a Diabetic support group once a month, where help and information is available for anyone who is recently diagnosed, as well as those who have learned to live with Diabetes. On a Monday afternoon between 2.00 pm and 5.30 pm our Friendship Centre at Playa Flamenca is open and is a popular meeting place for people who tend to be housebound or isolated. Many of our visitors form new friendships as a result of attending. Our hospital visiting teams visit both the Vega Baja and the Torrevieja hospitals three times a week. Books and talking tapes from our library are loaned to patients free of charge. We have a wide range of orthopaedic equipment for hire from our San Miguel de Salinas office. This service is available to both residents and visitors alike. Friends Unlimited is the social arm of Help Vega Baja and they meet on a Thursday afternoon at The Club in Quesada between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. They hold a variety of different events including coach trips, guest speakers, demonstrations, discussions and charity events. Come along and meet new friends of all ages. For further information on any of the above please contact our offices in San Miguel on 966 723 733, Torrevieja on 965 704 282 or visit our website


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FREE TO ENTER COMPETITION If you enjoy the pleasure of painting, come and join us to celebrate Picasso’s birthday! There is a free to enter competition - what year was Picasso born and in which town? Just email your answer to the organiser Martin Robinson before Wednesday 20th October at martin@martin-enterprises. eu for a chance to win 2 free art classes, a starter art set or dinner for two at Hotel El Corazon. At Hotel El Corazon on Monday 25th October there will be an exhibition auction; there will be viewing all day and the auction with a professional auctioneer will start at 7.30p.m. There will be a complete range of paintings for sale at auction with a wide range of expected prices. This is an auction for everyone and we would expect some lucky people to go home with an original painting for as little as €20! For those of you who have always wanted

to paint but so far have not tried, we will have some seasoned artists on hand to give demonstrations and advice, so whether you want to take part or just take a look, do come along and be wowed by your local talent. There will also be a FREE TO ENTER competition for all children up to the age of 12 – these paintings will be displayed on a flat surface and must have the name, age and registration number clearly on the front of the painting, no bigger than A4 size. The winner in each age section will receive a certificate and a prize. Please email text or call Susan Reader 629 869 959 for a registration number and further details.

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Pay Gap Progress ‘Grinding To A Halt’ Petraeus Orders Probe Gender Attempts to close the pay gap between men and women appears to be “grinding to a halt”, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said. Into Failed UK Aid Worker Rescue The US commander in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus, has ordered an investigation into the death of a British aid worker held hostage.

Linda Norgrove’s death on Friday as US forces tried to rescue her was initially blamed on her Afghan captors. But Prime Minister David Cameron said she may have been accidentally killed by a US grenade. US military sources said surveillance of the operation from overhead and on the ground was conflicting. The joint US-UK investigation into the failed rescue attempt will be led by US Maj Gen Joseph Votel, the chief of staff of the US Special Operations Command, the sources told the BBC’s Washington correspondent, Adam Brookes. The investigators will look at surveillance footage of the operation taken by helicopters or pilotless drone aircraft as well as footage from cameras mounted on the helmets of the soldiers on the ground, the sources said. The different angles reveal “conflicting evidence” as to whether Ms Norgrove was killed by a US grenade, an Afghan suicide vest, or both, they said. The investigators will also interview the US soldiers who took part in the operation and possibly attempt to return to the site, in a remote and mountainous area of north-eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan. The military sources also identified those holding her as Kumar Taliban. Six of them were killed, none were

detained and none escaped, they said. Sources also said there had been no casualties among the Special Forces team that tried to save Ms Norgrove. t had been thought that she was killed by her abductors just as US forces reached the compound in which she was being held. But Mr Cameron said Gen Petraeus had telephoned him on Monday morning to say she could have died as a result of a grenade detonated by the taskforce during the assault. Ms Norgrove, 36, from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, was employed by US aid group DAI. She was seized in the Dewagal valley in the Kunar province on 26 September. Three local staff were kidnapped with her when the two cars they were travelling in were ambushed. The staff were released unharmed last week. The BBC’s Bilal Sarwary in Kabul said the Dewagal valley, in eastern Kunar province, where she was held, is known for its difficult terrain. It is mountainous and densely forested. The valley is extremely remote. The investigation is expected to take several days and the findings released to the public after Ms Norgrove’s family has been informed.

Its wide-ranging 700-page report said women on average earned 16% less than men, widening to 27% for women aged 40. It also found schoolgirls of all ethnic backgrounds outperformed boys, with Chinese girls the top group at 16.

Commission chairman Trevor Phillips said today’s Britain was more tolerant but inequality threatened to divide it. The study entitled How fair is Britain? draws on a range of data and surveys and is the first in a series of reports to be produced for Parliament every three years. It describes today’s Britain as more tolerant of diversity and much less tolerant of discrimination against women, different races and sexual orientation than in past years.

It said there was less opposition today to working for an ethnic minority boss or to inter-ethnic marriages, while stereotypical views of women and men’s roles in the family and society had moved on. However, the report highlighted concern that racial and religious prejudice were increasing. It said the British public were broadly

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These lovely people raised 273 Euros for Age Concern by doing what they love - PLAYING RUMMI-KUB. They meet every Tuesday at The Age Concern Centre on Calle Paganini, La Siesta. 1.30pm - 4.00pm. Why not join them for a game, cup of tea and biscuits all for One Euro. Beginners very welcome - for more information please telephone:- 966 786 887 The Annual Garden Fete held recently at Doug and Val Knott’s villa on Quesada,was once again a great success, enjoyed by all. Thanks to the generosity of the 100 people who attended, the massive sum of nearly 1,400 Euros was raised for the Charity. A huge thank you to the organisers and all concerned. The Charity Shop in Los Montesinos will be celebrating its first year of trading on the 19th October 2010, there will be drinks and nibbles in the shop on that morning. The Raquel Pena Dancers are appearing at the Teatro Capital Rojales on Sunday 7th November 2010 at 5.30pm. Tickets 10 Euros. Information is available from the Charities Pre-Paid Funeral Plans walk-in Centre on La Siesta.

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Details available by telephoning 630 689 431. A free coach is leaving from the Centre on La Siesta. Details available from the Centre on 966 786 887. Age Concern will be participating at the forthcoming ‘This Is Spain Exhibition’ 19/21st November 2010 at the Hotel Thalassia,San Pedro Del Pinatar. 27th November 2010, will be the date for the Christmas Fayre at the La Siesta Centre, Calle Paganini. This is a popular event and the the usual Stalls will be available.

Finally, a Pre-Xmas Dinner Dance is being held on Wednesday 15th December 2010 at the Coopers Arms, Dona Pepa, Quesada. Tickets are 12.50 Euros each and will be available shortly on a first come-first served basis, with entertainment by the one and only Jon Summer, sure to be a great night.

The famous Raquel Peña Flamenco Dance Company, by popular demand, is set to make a conquering return to the Capital Theatre in Rojales on Sunday November 7th. The last show in May was completely sold out with some disappointed fans being turned away. The internationally r e n o w n e d choreographer and dancer says the November event will be an opportunity to showcase two of her most talented performers; Jesus Quiles and award winning Pride of Spain contender Irene Martinez, who will perform with the celebrated Flamenco troupe.

ANDALUCIAN BLOOD Jesus Quiles comes from Jaen in Andalucia but has lived in Costa Blanca for the past five years. As a youngster the now 25-year old performer’s aspirations were put on hold for, like Billy Elliot whose dancing ability charmed the world, Jesus found it tough to be accepted as a male dancer. The breakthrough came when he came to study under Raquel Peña. It was a difficult period because the youngster’s talents were self-taught and promise could flower only by expert tuition. It was a case of starting from the beginning. Raquel says; “The results have been spectacular. Jesus now has the ability and opportunity to be a great star; it is a wonderful way for him to meet a seemingly inexhaustible demand for the dance form’s growing global popularity.

PRIDE OF SPAIN Performing with Jesus at the Capital Theatre will be Irene Martinez. This Year’s Pride of Spain Young Achiever Award winner, The 10-year old dancing prodigy; publicly performing since she was just 4-years old, is predicted to become one of the Costa Blanca’s most talked about up and coming stars. She has been taught exclusively by her tutor Raquel Peña, herself an international star, who says: “Irene is one of the most talented youngsters I have ever taught. Being chosen as the only child gifted enough to perform with one of Spain’s most enduring Flamenco troupe is in itself a great honour. Only the most talented of youngsters reach the grade required.” Raquel forecasts a brilliant future for the emerging Flamenco celebrity. The dances performed by Jesus Quiles and Irene Martinez will be premièred at the Rojales event on Sunday, 5.30pm on November 7. Tickets are priced at 10 Euros and will include a donation to Age Concern. Call 630 689 431 for ticket information.

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October brings celebrations to Aragon; its towns and cities are crowded with people enjoying a broad range of activities, filling the streets with fun, colour and entertainment. Of particular significance is 12th October, when Zaragoza becomes a place of celebration and homage for the Virgin of Pilar, the patron saint of the region of Aragon. Centuries of history, faith and devotion surround the Virgin of Pilar, and serve as the foundation for the festivities practiced in modern times. Today, an abundance of music, dance, theatre, parades, flowers and ambiance make the Fiesta del Pilar a fine example of the spirit of Spanish history and culture, as well as an internationally recognized event. The “pilar”, or pillar, a symbol of the fortitude of the Catholic Church, and the unity between heaven and earth, is the base for these elaborate and beautiful celebrations. Perhaps the most important and widely recognised element of these weekend long celebrations is the offering of flowers to the Virgin in the Plaza del Pilar. With gladiolus, orchids, roses, lilies, and just about every kind of flower imaginable, people create a trail of brilliant colours and fragrance as they carry their offerings to the Virgin. In addition to the offering of flowers to the Virgin, other parades, various kinds of music, Spanish theatre, and traditional dance fill the streets of Zaragoza. The Fiestas del Pilar also offer music concerts of all kinds, including folk, jazz, hard rock, pop rock of the region, reggae, ska, in addition to singer songwriters, and classical music, there will be something for everyone. Of course, we must not forget to mention the presence of the “toro” during the Fiestas del Pilar; he must make his appearance here like he does in almost all Spanish celebrations, with bullfights


Let´s Chat in Spanish! Topic of the Week

Planes para el fin de semana ~ Plans for the weekend Clara: Hola, Raúl. ¿Qué planes tienes para este fin de semana largo? Raúl: No lo sé. Mi amigo Javier quiere visitar a su prima en Cádiz. Ella es artista y tiene tres entradas al museo para ver una exhibición especial. Clara: ¿Sí? ¿Cuánto cuesta la entrada? ¿Puedo yo asistir también? Raúl: Sí, claro. La entrada no es muy cara pero no sabemos cómo vamos a llegar. Prefiero conducir en coche. El autobús cuesta menos que el coche pero si vamos por autobús estaremos a pie en la ciudad. El precio del hotel también es muy caro. Clara: Tienes razón. ¿Por qué no conducimos todos juntos y compartimos los gastos. Tengo un cuñado en Cádiz y creo que podemos dormir en su casa. Raúl: Qué buena idea, Clara. ¿Cuándo quieres regresar en Almeria? Sabes que tengo que trabajar temprano el martes. Clara: Bueno, yo prefiero volver por la mañana el lunes. El tráfico siempre está mal por la tarde y no quiero estar en un atasco de tráfico. ¿Qué te parece? Raúl: Bien, bien. Primero, tengo que hablar con Javier. Te llamo por teléfono más tarde. and other spectacles which make him a prominent symbol in Spanish culture. Just like other fiestas that take place throughout Spain, the Fiesta del Pilar would not be complete without the presence of a multitude of “peñas”, or groups of friends and family that gather together to help animate the crowds and put them in the spirit of celebration. These groups often wear similar colours and special scarves to identify themselves, and help to energise people in the streets and organise events. Generally the “peñas” are open to visitors and strangers, and offer a tapa or a glass of wine or beer to those who pass by! History, religion, and architecture combine to make Zaragoza one of Spain’s true jewels, and the Fiesta del Pilar is Zaragoza’s moment to shine each year. Visiting the city during this time, you will find a city rich in culture, spirit, and beauty. Don’t forget your flowers or your sense of adventure!

Bobby’s Bar Busts The Barometer!

Fantastic support for Paul Cunningham Nurses from Quesada Bar

May to September might have a familiar ring as it was a comedy series back in the 80’s but for Bobby’s Bar in Quesada May to September was 180 x 10!!! Regular darts players Tony, Keith, Brian R, Johnno, Dave, Anna, Dennis, OJ and Vee were led by Brian W and along with the generosity of the owners of Bobby’s Bar Lynne and Craig and their fabulous bar staff Libbie and Sharon who are absolutely great at selling the weekly raffle tickets plus lots of holidaymakers who have also joined in, together they have raised over 1,800 Euros for Paul Cunningham Nurses, to be exact the final figure is a fantastic 1880.84 Euros! Bobby’s Bar is a relatively small bar in Quesada but one with a big heart and very generous patrons. The money was raised to support Paul Cunningham Nurses and was presented to Susan Reader from PCN on Thursday 30 September which was the final fun darts night at Bobby’s Bar for 2010. The barometer on the wall showed the running total and had to be extended as they raised almost twice their initial target of 1000 Euros! Bobby’s Bar is well worth a visit and can be found is next to Sunseekers Properties and opposite Quesada Town Hall and Recreational Area. Brian W who is no stranger to fundraising himself in the U.K. was the organiser of Thursday night darts at Bobby’s Bar, Shanghai, Leave It, Halve It and finally Blind Killer were the games played through the months and after trophies were presented to Dave the winner with 598 points and runner up Johnno with 546 (Brian himself was no slouch at 538 closely followed by Keith with 536) Bobby’s Bar provided a splendid complimentary buffet for everyone and this was prepared and beautifully presented by Lesley who is one of the chefs providing the extensive menu on offer. Now serious darts start from October through to May and although they have enjoyed the fun and games organised by Brian the players are looking forward to some serious dart playing in the coming months. Susan from Paul Cunningham Nurses who went along and was able to meet most of the players on the final night said: “This is an amazing amount of money raised by a small group of people and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved!”

Clara: Bueno. Hasta luego. Nos vemos pronto.

Spanish ¿Cuánto cuesta la entrada? Prefiero conducir en coche. Estaremos a pie en la ciudad. Compartimos los gastos. Un atasco de tráfico.

English How much is the admission ticket? I prefer to drive by car. We will be on foot in the city. We can share the expenses. A traffic jam.

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The Royal British Legion recently held a Welfare Roadshow in Alicante. During the meeting Eddie Hefferman MBE – Overseas Trustee for the Legion, presented the Knox Shield Award to the Principal District Recruiting Officer Peggy Wyatt. This is the third time District North of Spain area has received this award. It is presented each year to the (small) County or District that has shown the highest recruiting figures. Peggy reported she was delighted to have received the Award on behalf of all the Branches in the District. She said “All our Branches work exceedingly hard not only to recruit more members, but to raise awareness of the Legion in general, its welfare activities and also raising funds for the Poppy Appeal. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Legion here in Spain is asked to go to our District Website”. Branches are now preparing not only for their individual Remembrance Services in November, but the annual Poppy Appeal. The District raised an amazing 101,000€ last year and it is hoped that with the continuing support of members of the public and businesses within the District, this figure will be increased this year. The District Website is with links to a number of Branches who have details of their events on their own websites. Further information can be obtained by emailing

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Not only a talented vocalist but an accomplished flautist, Lucinda’s career began whilst studying for a HNC in popular music production in Nottingham. Her careear has seen many top tv spots,including performing on ‘BBC Song For Christmas’ and later after competing against thousands she appeared on the ´Royal Gala For Prince Charles’ performing alongside stars such as Robbie Williams and Geri Halliwell. Lucinda’s next television appearance came in the year 2000 in which she sang on Granada televisions ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ performing as Natalie Imbruglia. In 2001 she became a hopeful to be the nations next ‘Pop Idol’, as she reached the final 50 performing alongside Will Young and Gareth Gates beating over 70,000 hopefuls in the popular ITV series. As the anniversary of 911 approached Lucinda was approached by the FSNBF and asked to represent them as the official ‘Fighters Sweetheart’ this enormous honour had Lucinda representing the fire fighters in Saint Paul’s Cathedral and singing live on all major news channels on Fire Fighters Day Of Remembrance. After moving to Spain, Lucinda soon became a popular name on the circuit headlining fiestas and it was there that she met 60’s star

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On the average Spanish street, there are more than enough obstacles to trip the unaware able-bodied person, let alone, the wheelchair user, and people with restricted vision, yet here in San Pedro, “Access For All”, part of ADAPT, the Association of English Speakers in San Pedro del Pinatar, bought a load more “Trip and squeeze” points, to Lo Pagán on October 3, and the Plaza de la Consitución, on Monday October 4th. Thanks to the generosity of the San Pedro Town Council, a portable obstacle track was hired, and erected on Explanada in Lo Pagán, and in San Pedro. Members of the public, took to wheelchairs, and along with a “Minder”, made their way around the circuit. There were a number of spills and derailments, as was to be expected. Visitors to the course were able to find what it was like to have no eyesight, by taking to the circuit blindfold, and with nothing more than a white stick, to experience the many hazards of the course. Sheila Merrett, who first thought up these “Awareness Days”, has been a wheelchair user, for more years that she cares to remember, explained that some of the problems met on a daily basis, are high kerbs, narrow pavements, with street furniture, poles and A-boards. Steps at entrances, heavy doors, stairs with no lifts or ramps, no dropped kerbs at crossings, lack of parking for disabled drivers, and the problem with able drivers parking in disabled spaces. “Access for All” will be presenting a plaque to local business that they consider have made the most effort to improve access. A company in San Pedro del Pinatar, has been declared the winner of the first plaque, but your reporter has been sworn to secrecy! For more information on “Access for All” and ADAPT, check out their splendid web site on; www. Robert W Barnes



Sportsman Bar Fun 4 Afghan Heroes

It was all fun and games at The Sportsman Bar in Quesada on Saturday 2nd October. Yolande and Ron who run the bar teamed up with Jackie Lawson who runs Expats 4 Afghan Heroes to raise money for Afghan Heroes. With a BBQ, auction, pool and darts competition, entertainers as well as an Afghan Heroes merchandise stall, there was plenty to keep the large crowd happy from 2pm to midnight. The afternoon kicked off with the popular Andy McBride with his Rod Stewart tribute songs. Nick Barker, who is a talented vocal/guitarist got the house rocking and was joined for an impromptu duo by Jackie and her inflatable guitar, which got the crowded bar into the

party spirit. Next came cheeky Tony Lincoln, a local entertainer, who hosted the auction. All the lots had been donated from far and wide. The afternoon session was concluded with Q4 barber shop quartet singing a range of songs including Queen a cappela. Magician and children’s entertainer Graeme Mykal was kept busy making balloon animals for the young and old alike! As afternoon gave way to evening it was time for the race night to start. The day’s festivities were concluded with a huge raffle being drawn. All of the numerous prizes had been donated by customers and local businesses. The day netted Afghan Heroes 1033 Euros, which brings the amount raised by Jackie Lawson of Expats 4 Afghan Heroes to over 30,000 Euros since last September. Jackie, who recently won

The Pride of Spain Award, would like to thank Yolande, Ron, the bar staff, all the entertainers, the lady who donated hand made cards and everyone who attended for making it such a success. “As with every event, we all worked really hard to make this happen, but with so many of our troops sustaining life changing injuries, it is the least we can do to help them” Jackie commented. “All Afghan Heroes fundraisers are volunteers, which means that all the money raised by us goes to achieving or goals of getting more after care for our troops and giving the injured quality of life.” Jackie who has worked non-stop since Afghan Heroes set up in September 2009 will be taking a well earned holiday in October with her husband Ian, who works in Afghanistan. He has just returned on leave after spending the past 5 months working for NATO.

Upcoming events Saturday 30th October

8pm – J.D’s Bar, Lo Pagan (opposite the windmill), San Pedro Halloween 4 Afghan Heroes – Fancy Dress optional / food available Starring Cathy Carson, TAABS and The Iceni Dancers Tickets 5 Euros available from J.D’s Bar Tel 968 178 126 or Cathy on 965 706 222

Wednesday 3rd November

at 8.30pm at The Club, Quesada Four 4 Afghan Heroes. Hosted by Tony Lincoln, and the singing talents of Marie Evans, and vocal/guitarists Charles Coles (Coles Country) and Nick Barker. Tickets 5 Euros, with all ticket and raffle proceeds to Afghan Heroes To buy your tickets please collect at The Club, Quesada or call 966 717 028 or call Jackie on 697 501 992 To register your fundraising event, donate raffle prizes, offer your services as a volunteer or any ticket enquiries please call Jackie on 697501992 or go to www. or join the facebook group Expats 4 Afghan Heroes.

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Pause For Thought... The letter from a reader of the Sol Times, which I quoted a couple of weeks ago, certainly got me thinking. For in questioning the veracity of my belief in life after death, the writer suggested that I was deluding myself. Again, I concede that this may indeed seem a perfectly valid argument, articulating views that may well shared by many others. So am I and other Christians like me merely deluding ourselves? And if we are, and the belief we have in God and of life beyond the grave were all a delusion, then what are the consequences? Well it seems to me that if indeed it were true that my faith is merely a delusion, then the worst consequence I face is that I live my life as selflessly as possible, believing, in my delusion that I’m answerable to a higher authority and will ultimately face my end in peace, confident, albeit in my delusion, that having been made acceptable to God by the sacrificial death of Christ Jesus, then my being will continue in another realm, where I will be reunited with those I love who have gone before. And when I breathe my last I will, if indeed I am wrong and there is no afterlife, pass into nothingness without even having to suffer the indignity of discovering the error of my life’s delusion. But, if in fact it is not we Christians who are mistaken, but those without faith, who are simply deluding themselves as they deny the existence of God or of His judgement when this life ends, then what are the consequences for them? Are they not almost too terrible to contemplate? The discovery at the end of life here on Earth, if indeed it is they who are mistaken, of the enormity of the error on which their lives have been based must be truly unthinkable, as they find themselves in the presence of the person whose existence they have so strenuously denied, having to give account of their life’s work.

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The Dying Art of Eccentricity by colin bird

We were talking about pub names the other day and swapping tales of some of the more unusual ones. Pubs like The Jack of Both Sides; Noughts and Crosses; Merry Maidens, The Strugglers and Jolly Taxpayer . . . as if there was such a thing.

little beggars. Mine never grew back and I’ve been bald since I was five and that’s why I hate you b*****ds! Now unless you want to wear that pint pot as a hat, you’d better sling your hook.” Dan was a big chap, and there was a distinct whiff of burning leather as they rushed for the door.

And then we laughed at some of the characters that we have encountered in the past – particularly in those rustic out of the way country inns.

Yet another Cornish landlord at The Ferryboat Inn, had a particular dislike of anyone with an upper class accent, so when a customer came in one day and displayed his Hooray Henry credentials, there was bound to be trouble. Referring to the rotating hot plate that kept pies warm, the customer asked, “Excuse me my man, but are those pasties warm?” Straight back came the reply, “They bloody well ought to be, thems been in there for five weeks.”

It’s a sad fact that once these old characters pass on, there are no replacements to occupy their barstools. We Brits seem to have lost the art of eccentricity and are rapidly becoming boringly normal. There is a pub in Reading called The World Turned Upside Down, or ‘The Upsidown’ to its regulars. Many years ago we were enjoying a quiet drink, when an Encyclopaedia Britannica’ salesman came in for some refreshment. Being a typical salesman and not wanting to miss an opportunity he started his sales patter on the landlord, who listened impassively to the whole spiel. There was a brief silence at the end, then the landlord looking him straight in the eye said, “What do I need bloody encyclopaedias for - my wife knows everything”. I have written before about the mad landlord of Penryn who regularly knocked six bells out of his customers for the slightest transgression, and yet night after night the bar would be filled with patrons many of them sporting black eyes and fat lips. Dan, another Cornish publican who was mine host at an establishment called The Three Pilchards, had a dislike bordering on hatred for anybody coming from London. But no one knew why. Then one night, a group of cockneys came in and after ordering drinks, one of their number hailed the landlord. “Oi mate, we’ve bin told that you ‘ate Londoners – why’s that then?” You could see Dan mulling over the pleasurable thought of perhaps impaling this bloke on one of the beer pulls, but he steadied himself, drew his face close and whispered. “You see this booy” pointing to his hairless cannonball-like head. “When your lot got evacuated here during the war, they brought their little mates with ‘em which they very kindly passed on to us kids. So we all had to have our heads shaved to get rid of the

We were lucky in our village in Suffolk to have had a pub with a name that was unique in Britain. It was called The Cloak, and in keeping with its uniqueness it had its fair share of unique characters. One such would always be found on his stool at one end of the bar, cradling a pint of the local Greene King brew. He would occasionally mumble to himself, but he never engaged in conversation with any of the other patrons even when they offered to buy him another pint, which happened fairly frequently. But then out of the blue he would offer anyone near to him an observation or a piece of arbitrary advice, and always finish by winking and tapping the side of his nose knowingly. Things like – “Igorance of the law is noo excuse”, or “The vicars woife is really a fella” and one of his favourites, “Never blow off in a wet soot”, at which he would chuckle at his own joke before returning to his pint. Sadly The Cloak and its collection of interesting patrons are no more. And as sad as their demise and countless others like them is, I count myself lucky to have encountered some of them on my travels down the years. For my part I shall endeavour to do my best to keep the tradition alive and continue my efforts in becoming an eccentric grumpy old git in my Autumn years, keeping vigil in some country pub or other and swapping entertaining stories for pints of dark ale.

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A lonely piglet is driving her new owners barking mad after convincing herself she is a dog. Four-month-old Coco was given to the St Francis Animal Welfare Shelter in Fair Oak, Hampshire, by a family who could no longer care for her. Since then the pint-sized piglet has become best friends with German Shepherd Jay. So much so that the youngster is apparently convinced she is a dog even going for walks on a lead, fetching sticks and guarding the other pooches. Centre manager Sueltan Day said: “It is funny to see her and the other dogs together. I genuinely think she believes she is a dog as she copies what they do.


A London theatre is to stage a show which involves the audience changing into their nightwear and sleeping over. Lullaby, produced by the Duckie theatre company, will transform the Barbican’s Pit theatre into a bedroom complete with en suite bathroom cubicles. Storytelling and cradle song will be followed by a night’s sleep and a breakfast the next morning. The show is due to take place for a month from next June. Producer Simon Casson said the show would be “reassuring and very, very cosy”. “Every time I go to the theatre I fall asleep, so I thought why don’t we embrace that idea and make a show that deliberately sends people to sleep?” he added. The production is dubbed “a moonlit soporific serenade followed by seven hours of slow-wave sleep rounded-off by breakfast to send you on your way”. Single, double and triple beds will be installed in the theatre.

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“One of our dogs, a German Shepherd called Jay, has taken her under her paw so to say and protects her when they run around together in the field. “She is a fantastic pig and good fun. She loves running around and playing with the other dogs. It is bizarre but amazing.” Coco is from the Kune Kune breed which often enjoys the company of other animals, but it is rare for them to imitate canines. Amazed Sueltan said: “This is the first time I have heard of something like this. Coco and the German Shepherd Jay are best friends. “It is like a little and large partnership going on. They are brilliant together and Jay acts like her mother. The do everything together - eat, sleep and play. It is amazing and it would be hard to split the two up.”


A purple potato said to be healthier than the standard variety is going on sale in UK supermarkets. The Purple Majesty has a distinctive deep colour and contains up to 10 times the level of antioxidant, anthocyanins, compared with white potatoes. Despite its appearance, the potato now being grown by Perthshire producer Albert Bartlett after two years of trials, is not genetically modified. It was developed at Colorado State University from a traditional variety, reports the BBC. An initial crop of 400 tonnes goes on sale in Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland and the south-east of England this week, with a larger yield expected next year. Albert Bartlett has been working with Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and the Scottish Crop Research Institute to determine what health benefits there could be from eating the potato. Dr Catherine Tsang, who took part in research, said: “Our research specifically looked at Purple Majesty potatoes which, unlike white potatoes, contain a natural pigment called anthocyanins. “It’s this pigment that gives the potato the purple appearance, but more importantly, it possesses antioxidant properties, which are maintained even after cooking.” She added: “We’re all aware of the stories about red wine having a more positive effect on the heart than white wine, due to their higher levels of antioxidant.” Some studies suggest antioxidants could have a positive effect on blood vessels and reducing blood pressure - although other studies found little evidence of this conclusion.

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I am an avid fan of “The Dog Whisperer”. The programme is on the Spanish television channel “La Cuatro” every Saturday and Sunday morning, during which I have a very obvious, though invisible, “Do not disturb” sign all over my face. I learn – of course - about dog behaviour and psychology, which I – also of course – then practice on my dogs, who gracefully allow me to succeed in my endeavours. However, sometimes Cesar Millán also touches the subject of American society’s treatment of abandoned dogs and dog-shelters. This problem is equally relevant here in Spain. In the programme last week-end Cesar went with an Animal Control Inspector in Los Angeles. The LA authorities started a programme some years ago to get the packs of roaming dogs off the streets. They started by systematically rounding up all loose dogs and in two years the problem had diminished to a level, where daily patrolling of inspectors keeps the problem at bay. Their programme includes heavy fines and prison for irresponsible dog owners, as well as general education. I wish we could make the Spanish authorities see the sense of spending a bit of money on a similar programme. Unfortunately, in today’s Spanish society only women get a slice of public funds – here in Murcia public funds have been frozen with the exception for the department of equality, which has been allocated an increase of 10%. Friday the new Hospital Santa Lucia opened its doors for the first patients. It is to begin with only external consultations that have opened. The patients seem to be very satisfied and happy with the new hospital. New equipment, new furniture – everything new –, and lots of parking space should make any user of the hospital feel good, and of course to be met by a hostess to explain any doubts you might have and help you to find the correct consultation, will undoubtedly add to the feeling of comfort. I will, like the first users, reserve judgement until the hospital has been opened for a while and the novelty has worn off – and the hostesses gone. The abundance of parking space for the first users might soon prove to be too little for all the visitors, and users, when the hospital is fully opened. With the Cartaginesis’ inability of taking care of their city, we will probably soon be met with broken toilet doors and general misuse of the public areas, and graffiti on the walls both inside and outside. Are you familiar with one of Spain’s most important 20th Century painters, Ramón Gaya? I had not heard about him until I read page after page about him in the newspaper in connection with the celebration of the 100th year after his birth. Gaya was born 10th October 1910 in one of the ‘huertas’ that surrounds Murcia Capital. At a very young age, he started to show interest in painting, and left school to dedicate himself to the art of painting. I am in general not a lover of 20th Century artists, but I like Ramón Gaya’s paintings. If you want to see for yourself, you have plenty of possibilities in Museo Ramón Gaya in Murcia. They have an exhibition of his early work (1910-1931) 14th October to 9th January. There are some people, you simply have to admire. I read an interview with Sofia de Habsburg, Princess of Windisch-Graetz, who lost her 18 year old son in a traffic accident. She said: “When the doctor asked me: ‘Would you donate your son’s organs?’, I answered: ‘Of course’. She said to me: ‘How of course. It is not that simple’. I said ‘Yes it is. If we and my son can give something to somebody who needs it, it is fantastic’. Today, we are happy that somewhere in the World there is a person, who can see with our son’s eyes, and another, in whose chest beats Alexi’s heart”.

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A Scottish estate made famous by Sir Paul McCartney’s song Mull of Kintyre is up for sale at almost £3 million. The 7,360-acre Carskiey Estate forms the Mull of Kintyre, which Kintyre resident McCartney sang about with his band of the time Wings in the 1977 hit song. Now the estate, which includes the Edwardian Carskiey House and nine miles of coastline, has been put on the market by estate agents Strutt & Parker at offers over £2.95 million, according to a report in Scotland on Sunday. McCartney once said of the lyrics: ‘’I certainly loved Scotland enough, so I came up with a song about where we were living; an area called Mull of Kintyre. It was a love song really, about how I enjoyed being there and imagining I was travelling away and wanting to get back there.’’ The Carskey Estate, as it was originally called, was the former seat of the MacNeills of Carskey from the early 16th century until it was bought and upgraded in the early 1900s. Overlooking Carskey Bay, the nine-bedroom house, which has been described as a ‘’wonder of Edwardian design’’, has been relatively untouched since it was first

built except for being rewired in 1989. Among the features of note is the Edwardian equivalent of a spa, a hydropathic bathroom with a ‘’ship’s deck’’ floor and shower hoses for fresh and salt water, although it no longer works. The sale also includes nine estate houses and cottages in varying states of repair and a farming business. The estate has nine miles of coastline and sandy beaches including the crescent-shaped Carskey Bay. Described as a residential, agricultural, sporting and amenity estate it is home to a wide variety of bird life and animals with red and roe deer, wild goats, grouse and eagles all populating the estate which rises from the sea to a peak of 1,400ft. Andrew Smith, a partner at Strutt & Parker, said: ‘’Carskiey is a magical place where you can truly get away from the stress and strains of everyday life and enjoy the stunning scenery that the Mull of Kintyre offers.’’

Pound Rises Above $1.60 for First Time Since February as BOE Holds Rates Market Commentary 8th October 2010 The pound rose against the dollar to its highest level in eight months after the Bank of England left interest rates at a record low yesterday and refrained from increasing its bond-buying program to stimulate the economy. Sterling also rebounded from near its weakest level since May against the Euro. The BOE held the main rate at 0.5 percent, in line with the forecasts of most market analysts. The pound climbed as much as 0.8 percent after the decision, breaking above $1.6 for the first time since Feb. Sterling also strengthened to 1.1447, after earlier depreciating to 1.1361, the weakest level since May. The European Central Bank has also left its main interest rate unchanged at the record low of 1 per cent for the 17th consecutive month as it attempts to keep the eurozone on a recovery path.

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The decision, taken at a meeting in Frankfurt on Thursday of the ECB’s 22-strong governing council, was expected but came at a crucial moment for the euro’s monetary guardian. With the US and UK central banks mulling further “quantitative easing” steps to boost economic growth, the ECB’s more optimistic stance has pushed the euro sharply higher. “It is more important than ever that exchange rates reflect economic fundamentals and excessive volatility of such rates is best avoided”, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said yesterday. The ECB and European governments have shown little sign of action to cap recent gains for the euro, in contrast to policies in Japan, China and the United States which have led to warnings of a ‘currency war’ of competitive devaluations. The euro is trading at an eight-month high against the U.S. dollar and has gained nine percent since the ECB’s last meeting in September. It is up almost 18 percent from a four-year low hit in June. Low interest rates in Europe and Japan and

expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve is about to embark on another round of money printing that could weaken the dollar have pushed currencies to the top of the agenda for the gathering of finance chiefs from the G7 group of rich nations. “We will have an occasion to exchange views on that (currencies) with in particular the authorities, the central bank governors and the ministers of finance, of the major floating currencies in Washington,” Trichet said. Earlier on Thursday, Germany provided further evidence that its economic recovery remains firmly on track, reporting an unexpectedly-sharp 1.7 per cent rise in industrial production in August, compared with the previous month. Earlier this week, the German economics ministry had reported an even-stronger 3.4 per cent rise in industrial orders in August. The ECB’s main interest rate is not expected to rise until well into 2011. But the ECB could announce in December that from next year it will return to a system of auctioning liquidity it provides to the financial system – instead of matching banks’ demands in full. That would mark a step back to its pre-crisis operational system. The strength of the eurozone’s economic recovery is not the only factor the ECB will have to consider. Some weaker eurozone banks – especially in the “peripheral” countries – remain “addicted” to ECB liquidity. Mr. Trichet has urged national authorities to take action to strengthen such banks, but the ECB is also considering whether there are steps it could take itself to wean off the most dependent banks. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information . Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email



Portobello Ladies Fundraise 4 Afghan Heroes

The Ladies Group at the Portobello Bar in Campoverde have been hard at work for the past 3 months raising money for the award winning charity Afghan Heroes. Between the 22 of them they have organised raffles at every meeting and have also donated all the prizes for the tombolas that they have held. Their 3 months of fund raising was concluded with a very successful Charity Race Night. Pat Saunders and the other hardworking ladies recently presented the cheque for €1687 to Jackie Lawson, who is the Regional Coordinator for Afghan Heroes in Spain and who runs Expats 4 Afghan Heroes. Jackie who won The Pride of Spain Award as Fundraiser of the Year told us that she was

astonished that these ladies had worked so hard on their own and was very proud of them for raising so much money. “The Portobello Ladies Group have done a fantastic job to raise this amount of money with no help from anyone else. Our troops need all the help that they can get, and I wish there were more people like them around”, Jackie remarked. The Portobello Ladies Group will be taking a well earned rest now, but Jackie would love to hear from any other groups that would like to emulate their good work. Support and advice is available by calling Jackie on 697501992 or go to www. expats4afghanheroes .com or join the Facebook group Expats 4 Afghan Heroes

Spanish Classes with Jane Cronin Once again as part of the Popular University, which is run by San Pedro town hall, Jane Cronin will be holding Spanish classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting on Tuesday 19th October.

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Britain ‘cannot afford another housing boom’ Grant Shapps said the country was in need of long-term stability in the housing market, and warned that another sharp rise in prices would result in “a lost generation of home buyers”.

He also attacked the previous Labour government for overseeing a ten-year surge in the cost of homes. Mr Shapps told Channel 4 News: “If you allow a housing boom as they [Labour] did between 1997 and 2007 to get out of control, this is the kind of mess you end up in. “It is in everyone’s interest to have stable house prices for a long time, because the

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“Although the Halifax index showed a large drop in September, the less volatile threemonth on three-month measure showed a drop of 0.9pc, the same as in the Nationwide index. This compares with three-month on three-month declines of more than 5pc in the deepest phase of the 2008 downturn in both indices. As such, the current declines are still on the modest side. None the less, market conditions have clearly loosened as more sellers have marketed their properties and buyer demand has remained weak. This may exert additional downward pressure on house prices in coming months. At this stage there is limited evidence of widespread distressed selling. Without more of this, price declines of the magnitude in 2008 are unlikely.” PAUL DIGGLE, PROPERTY ECONOMIST, CAPITAL ECONOMICS “The hefty drop in the Halifax measure of house prices adds weight to the view that house price weakness is far from over. To our minds, weak housing-market activity indicators mean that further falls in house prices are likely. There is no doubt that this will reduce the amount of equity in people’s homes, making it even harder to remortgage.” MARTIN HALIFAX




“Last year, a shortage of properties for sale contributed to an imbalance between supply and demand, a key factor in pushing up house prices. More recently, more properties have come on to the market and reduced this imbalance. Plus, renewed uncertainty about the economy and jobs has caused consumer confidence to falter, dampening demand for home purchases. The factors have been exerting downward pressure on prices. “In addition, volatility of the month-on-month measure has increased due to low transaction

levels across the market; to get the best view of the underlying trend we should look to the quarterly figure – which shows a 0.9pc decrease. “It is far too early to suggest that this is the beginning of sustained falls. House prices in the third quarter of 2010 were 0.9pc lower than in the second quarter of 2010. The rate of decline is slower than 2008, when it was consistently in excess of minus 5pc and minus 6pc throughout the second half of the year.’’ HOWARD ARCHER, CHIEF UK AND EUROPEAN ECONOMIST, GLOBAL INSIGHT “While a drop in house prices always seemed probable in September, after Halifax had reported price rises in August and July that conflicted with other surveys, a plunge of 3.6pc month-on-month was off everybody’s radar. “It is important to put the data into perspective. The Halifax data highlights how volatile housing market data can be on a month-to-month basis and from survey to survey. The 3.6pc plunge reported by the Halifax is partly a correction to the rises reported in August and July, which conflicted with other data and surveys.’’ PHILIP SHAW, SECURITIES



“It is difficult to know how literally to take the Halifax number – it implies that the housing market has fallen off a cliff. Taking September’s figure on its own implies that house prices are now 0.7pc below those a year ago. By contrast, the Nationwide estimates house prices are 3pc above 12 months ago. “If it is right, one hopes that lower prices will help to attract first-time buyers. This would help to stimulate not just housing activity, but spending in the economy. “The housing market is very nervous right now, but we will get further clues from the RICS survey this week. Don’t forget that the market recovered abruptly in spring last year.” SIMON RUBINSOHN, CHIEF ECONOMIST, ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS “We expect prices to slip a little further over the coming months, but believe the risk of large house price falls is relatively limited. Key RICS lead indicators measuring the gap between demand and supply suggest the gap is beginning to narrow, which points to a more stable picture for early 2011.”



Put Put The The ‘Big ‘Big Light’ Light’ On On Want to light up your home to best effect? Want to find out how to transform a dark room with the right lighting, create a flattering light in your bathroom and make a cosy ambience in your living room? Although it’s often treated as an afterthought, good lighting can make or break your home. We may spend hours poring over paint charts, but it’s actually the light that shows off a space to its best advantage.

of an old cortijo, bear in mind your lighting needs and incorporate them into the build design. For most of us, we’ll have to work with fixtures that are already there, yet it’s perfectly possible to get lighting that works for you. Go around your house with a notepad a n d pen; in each room, and ask yourself... > What do I use this space for? Think about all its possible uses - your lounge might have to double up as a study, the children might need to do their homework, you might knit or sew or use part of the room as a studio. Do you tend to eat in the kitchen or on your lap in front of the television?

You might not realise you’ve got bad lighting but you’ll recognise the symptoms: headaches and sore eyes, frustration in the kitchen at not being able to see what you’re doing and arguments in the bedroom over whose turn it is to get up to switch out the light. G o o d lighting will make your home feel spacious, clean and welcoming. The key is to create a flexible scheme that takes you right through the day and all the different uses of a room. At the flick of a switch, you should be able to transform it from a bright, vibrant living space to the setting for a romantic dinner for two!

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Here in Spain we have natural light in abundance due to the number of hours of sunlight we receive per year, but you need to assess the quality of the light which depends on the aspect of the room. >N  orth facing: cold and harsh rather than direct sunlight. Artists choose north-facing studios because the light gives truer colour rendition. > East facing: bright first thing in the morning followed by long shadows and no sun later in the day. Use artificial lighting to control glare and maximise the available natural light in north- and east-facing rooms. > South facing: warm light all day, although it changes throughout the day and year. The midday sun is usually so bright it flattens everything out. Choose south-facing rooms for the kitchen, main living areas and other rooms you spend a lot of time in. > West facing: sunlight at the hottest part of the day, which can cause glare. In the late afternoon, you’ll get long shadows and softer light.

> What’s on display in each room? Do you have a specific picture or plant you want to make a feature of? Note it all down, because this will determine your accent lighting. >W  ho uses this room? A 60 year old uses 15 times more light for reading than a ten year old. > At what times of day will people be in this room? > Where does the natural light come in? Now – here’s the technical bit - take a piece of graph paper and draw a plan of your room to help you work out the best places to put your lights making sure you indicate immoveable fixtures, such as fireplaces, alcoves, doors and windows. Next, think about which way people are likely to be facing - towards the television, at a desk or towards the window if they like reading in a particular chair. Mark where the existing sockets are; in many houses there aren’t enough, which can result in dangerously overloaded plugs. Mark out where you’ll place large pieces of furniture, such as sofas and beds. Think about practicalities such as how you’re going to change the bulb. What if you live in a room with extra-high ceilings or in a loft-style apartment and the spotlights are 20ft high in the air?


A Lighting Plan

Although you’re treating each room as an individual space, you should also take the overall feel of your home into account. Use light to link rooms together.

In an ideal world, you’d start with a completely clean slate and no existing cabling or sockets to restrict you – so if you are having a new villa built or carrying out a full renovation

Also, don’t make your plan too complicated; you can use a single light for several purposes by angling the beam in different directions.

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K ing & Country Show Tour Huge demand is growing for yet another venue to be added to the King & Country show tour that currently has only one more show to completion! Organisers Jukebox Legends have had huge ticket demand for the final show at Casa Nicolas in Torrevieja on Sunday 24th October. “All of the five shows completed so far have been sell outs” says Peter Day of Jukebox Legends. “Now, with ticket demand high for the Casa Nicolas show, we are being asked if we could add another event to this tour, maybe in early November. We are currently looking at the possibility but have to check a few things out first” says Peter. Meanwhile, plans are in place to bring back the King and Country tour in February 2011. Tickets for Casa Nicolas at Altos del Limonar are restricted so PLEASE get yours now to avoid disappointment. They are available at Casa Nicolas or you can call 966789368. There is also a great pre-show meal available so call for more details. All tickets must be collected and paid for before the event. The three hour show at Casa Nicolas starts at 830pm and has no fewer than five performers. Peter Day, Fiona McLean and Elvis 2000 from Jukebox Legends, a great Garth Brooks tribute and Red Strokes Country Rock. They provide a unique mix of Country & Western, Country rock and Elvis Country classics and the show is a must for all that like to just listen or line dancers. “We are so pleased that this tour has been so popular as it’s a great opportunity to fund raise for PUMA 22 and to help people understand what they do and how important it is that all ex pats are aware of them! say’s Peter. “We hope that Casa Nicolas is rewarding for them as they deserve all the help they can get”.

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Royal Campoamor Golf. Bargain priced 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom penthouse apartment. Sold fully furnished and equipped. Wonderful sea views. Ref 330029 Priced to sell at 79k€ villa martin Just on, a wonderful 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom San Jose quad house. Sold furnished and equipped. Alarmed. Large communal pool. Ref 330185. Priced at 105k€ villa martin A bargain priced 2 bedroom, 1st floor apartment. Use of 9 community swimming pools. Furnished and equipped. Ref 176man Priced at 55k€ ALGORFA A two bedroom, one bathroom ground floor apartment located in the area of Algorfa. Gated complex with large pool and tennis court. Front and back garden. Furnished and equipped. Ref 330148. Priced at 57k€ Playa Flamenca A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse over three floors, located in the area of Playa Flamenca. 20 minutes walk to beach. Furnished and equipped.Ref 329093. Priced at 99k€ info@dolphin

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The Camposol Sector ‘C’ group held a Table Top sale at the square at Sector ‘B’ shops in front of the CRA hut and did a very brisk trade throughout the morning. All the clothes and bric a brac was donated by the residents of Sector ‘C’ and the volunteers were amazed at how much was there. The group of volunteers worked in shifts in the heat of the morning and then unfortunately the Police came at 12 noon and asked if we had a licence to sell the goods and even with protests saying it was used goods and for charity they insisted that we pack up and close down in 20 minutes. The clothes that were left over were donated to Noah’s Arc to help the abandoned and sick animals in the area and the bric a brac was kept for the group to do a sale in one of the resident’s gardens. We still managed to raise 368€ which is fantastic so thanks to everyone who donated, bought or helped the money will really help boost the funds for the group.

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The volunteers have now started working on the sector after their summer break and have already pruned all the trees on the central reservation making it much safer for drivers to see when crossing the reservation and are now removing the base and laying plastic and large gravel. At the bottom of the perimeter road from the corner of C-7 leading up to the Masa house and then both sides of the sides of the road will be cleared very shortly with a JCB ready for membrane, gravel and plants. The next project after these will be clearing adjacent to the junction going to the roundabout C-4 also down to C-7. The group is desperately short of volunteers to go out and complete these projects and there were only 5 people out on Monday which is a shame with so much good work having been done for it to fall away now. There are bacon sandwiches provided for all volunteers so if that is not an incentive I don’t know what is.!! If you feel you could help or know someone who can

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The group organiser Bernard Holland would like to start a Residents Clean Up Campaign so are asking all Sector ‘C’ residents to take responsibility for clearing their road of weeds including trees and bushes that overhang the pavement. There is a back pack weed sprayer and weed killer available to use to spray your road, perhaps a few residents in your street could get together and spend a morning using the sprayer. Sector ’C’ is starting to look really good now but we desperately need more volunteers so please come and help and make your sector the nicest place to be on Camposol.

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, tickets are only 5€, beer 2 for 1 and reduced price bottles of wine. 60’s & 70’s Dress Optional prize for best dressed male & female Tickets 5€ & children free also there is a CHRISTMAS PARTY AT TREVI’S on Friday 17 December at 8pm tickets only 15€ includes a prize draw for a Xmas Hamper, Cold Buffet and entertainment with BERNIE MAC everybody is welcome and if you would like tickets or more information please contact Bernard Holland on 626 513 842, e-mail spainvilarosa@ or visit the website

Good morning my name is Linda & l am an alcoholic.....oops wrong meeting!!!! These things happen when I am trying to be in 3 places at the same time, or rushing from here to there, this seems normal for my life and probably for a lot of others. Giving our word to do something or be somewhere is what we build our relationships and businesses on, others build their lives around our agreed verbal contracts and when we get so busy things get missed, forgotten or delayed. Making a concentrated effort to make the time for friends, family and ourselves is important. I did say that in a particular order, because some people are very lucky and have a perfect family, but some of us need the support of our friends to cope with our family!! Friendship is a very precious gift that often gets taken for granted, investing time into friendship is never a waste, and it has a boomerang effect the more you can give the more you get back. Learning to trust and giving away the best of us to others is a natural progression through life, knock backs and hurts along the way, often make it harder to want to try to do it again, but it is the only thing that makes life worthwhile. When we pass on there are very few things that we leave behind, possessions, photos and memories for others. The possessions may be treasured or maybe not, the photos maybe kept or discarded, but the memories stay with us for the rest of our lives and bring a lot of comfort, knowing that person chose to share that time with us. Friendship has many other names like, love, kindness, tenderness, understanding, support, encouragement, but no matter what name you give it, our lives are enhanced every day by having people around us that are willing to give, so making time to give back is the most important task of each and every day. This past week has brought some news that has made this article especially relevant, two very unexpected deaths of very lively, social men. Not related in anyway, but in their own ways help others everyday of their lives. Tony along with his wife Chris were some of the first people I met when I moved to Quesada five years ago, their support, help and friendship helped me establish my life here. Vibrant, outgoing and always happy, his passing has left many people clinging onto their memories of times together. Ted was also well known locally, with Joyce his wife and the girls. A bright smile and warm hello was always his greeting. He enjoyed life and made others feel special. Taking a lesson from both Tony and Ted, donl take life, friends and time for granted. Envy, greed, disputes and grudges should fade into oblivion when you realize how fragile life can be and how easily it can all end. My thoughts and wishes are with both Chris and Joyce and their families at this time. But don’t wait to learn a lesson like this from somebody close to you, make the effort today to ensure all your family and friends know that you are thinking of them and how much they mean to you.

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that most of the summer visitors have gone home; the bad news is that you must now give your veg plot the undivided attention it needs to get it ready for the autumn planting. Dig to a spades depth, weed and remove stones. If you are lucky enough to own/borrow/hire a rotovator this will save you a lot of the hard work, but you still need to remove all the weeds by hand, especially bindweed. If there is a lot of this spray with ‘clinic’ at double strength. Rake down to a fine tilth for seeds or firm down lightly if you intend to plant plugs. Clean out all the corners of your plot, this is where the snails and pests lurk. Plants such as raspberries, and woody herbs (bay, sage, rosemary) need a bit of watering, still remembering to this at night or early morning. If you have trees near your veg plot, buy a bag of “sulfato de hierro” Clear the trunk of snails and sprinkle the iron sulphate around the base of each one, this will stop more snails from climbing up the trunk; but keep it away from the base of the tree.

october... Give the ground a dressing of ABONO UNIVERSAL a couple of days before planting. Seeds to sow now are carrots, cauli, broad beans( soak for 12 hours first) cabbage, leeks, endive, peas, tomatoes, and silver beet. Plugs (small plants) in the market now are cauli, broccoli, romanescu, cabbage, lettuce, leeks, and tomatoes. These will give you quicker results. Also available are plugs of flat leaf parsley, a couple will give you an ample supply. Don’t forget that the midday sun is still quite hot,so do the planting in the morning or after 5pm taking a short break every half hour or so (I keep an old chair in the veg plot and take a bottle of water with me)

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QUESTION: I planted far too many tomato plants this year as they were cheap and now have a glut of them. Apart from making chutney what can I do with the ripe ones? Even the neighbours are turning them down now! ANSWER: Why not try and sun-dry them? In the sort of sunshine we get here it’s really easy to do! Slice tomatoes in half, even the small cherry ones. Place them on an old sheet placed on top of some sort of screen, skin side down and spreading them out so’s they don’t touch. Sprinkle lightly with salt which will dry them out quicker but is optional if you don’t like salt. Cover the whole lot with an old, clean net curtain or horticultural fleece if you have it, to keep off any insects or birds, and making sure it doesn’t touch the fruit, using a cage. I use the sort of folding net things you buy from the ‘todo’ shops to keep flies off food. Raise the whole lot up on bricks to allow the air to circulate underneath and place in hot sun. They should dry in a couple of days but on cool nights bring inside so they don’t become moist again and undo the process; obviously if it rains you will need

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I get a lot of pleasure out of our garden. I enjoy pottering about, pouncing on the weeds, and congratulating the plants which have shown courage and tenacity in the face of adversity and have managed to force their roots down into the ancient bedrock and extract some form of nourishment from it. I gently encourage the more diffident plants – they are allowed 2 years grace, and if they haven’t made some kind of effort by then, I shout at them and threaten them with The Bin. It seems to work, they generally respond by either dying immediately, a kind of horticultural hari-kiri, or they set to and grow. But it is a question of trial and error. Garden Centres in Spain seem to pride themselves on keeping their customers in total ignorance of any sort of information about their plants – even the price is often a State secret. So the tiny green shoot in the tiny plastic pot may well end up as a thumping great tree. Or not, who knows? So my joy knew no bounds when I saw the answer to all my gardening problems on the front page of my neighbour’s English newspaper. No longer would there be any guesswork, I would have an expert permanently on hand to guide my every move, inform my every action. And not just any old expert, but the great Alan Titchmarsh himself! The paper promised a 24/7 Titchmarsh presence in my garden! I couldn’t believe my luck, and all for only £25! My mind raced ahead – would he require feeding and a bed for the night, or would he remain outside all the time, just needing a bit of mulching and a gentle watering every other day? Eagerly I grabbed the newspaper, hungry for details of how this amazing offer could be obtained. There it was, in black, red and white, blazoned across the header of the front page – Grow your own Alan Titchmarsh seeds, worth £25, free with a copy of – Oh no, offer only available in the UK. Now is that fair, I ask you? I thought that the whole idea of the EU was that Europe would have no borders – so why is Alan Titchmarsh restricted to the UK? I can get Aunty Bessie and Mr Kipling, so why can’t I get a Titchmarsh? I’m going to take this up with Brussels, I’m going to take it right up to the top sprout. I demand my Titchmarsh! EU? Pshaw! I should have been warned. £25 is way too cheap for a Titchmarsh. It’s all a great big con – shame on them for misleading the innocent!

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Poet Seamus Heaney has been named winner of the Forward Prize, which comes with a cheque for £10,000. The Nobel Prize winner scooped the trophy for Human Chain, which he has described as his most personally revealing collection of poems. The Northern Irish writer had been nominated for the prize three times before, but this was his first win. Judge and author Ruth Padel described Heaney’s volume as “painful, honest, and delicately weighted”. It was written a year after the poet suffered a stroke and the central poem, Miracle, was directly inspired by his illness. Recalling the people who had to carry him up and down stairs when he was too weak to carry his own weight, he draws on the biblical imagery of the men who carried a paralysed man to Jesus to be healed. “I realised the guys that are hardly mentioned are central... without them no miracle would have happened,” Heaney told BBC Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra last month. Over the course of his career, Heaney has also won the Nobel Prize for Literature and the TS Eliot Prize, and has been made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

His previous nominations at the Forward Prize came in 1996, for The Spirit Level, and in 2006, for District and Circle. He has also been shortlisted twice in the best single poem category. The ceremony also recognised poets in two further categories - the £5,000 Felix Dennis Prize for best first collection, and £1,000 for best single

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poem. The former went to Hilary Menos for Berg, which includes poems about icebergs floating down the Thames and aliens wading in the Hudson River. Julia Copus took the single poem award for An Easy Passage, which was praised for its “unsettling strangeness, the shifts of perspective and confident line”. The winners were presented with their awards during a ceremony in London’s Somerset House. “This was an astonishingly strong year for poetry,” said Ms Padel. “The judges enjoyed deliberating each of the categories [but] the decision was not easy.” Padel was joined by four fellow judges - poet and columnist Hugo Williams, performance poet Dreadlockalien, journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark, and actress and director Fiona Shaw.

‘A Night to Remember’ Director Dies British director Roy Ward Baker, whose 1958 film A Night to Remember memorably recreated the sinking of the Titanic, has died in London at the age of 93. Born in 1916, he began as a teaboy at Gainsborough Studios before going on to work as an assistant director on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes. After World War II he went to Hollywood where he directed Marilyn Monroe in the 1952 thriller Don’t Bother to Knock. Back in the UK he made several Hammer horrors and episodes of The Saint. The Avengers, The Persuaders and Jason King were among other classic TV shows on which he worked. According to his son Nicholas, Baker died

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Having retired in 1992, his most recent appearance was as an interviewee on the BBC Two documentary series British Film Forever in 2007. Quatermass and the Pit, Scars of Dracula and The Vampire Lovers were among the titles he made for horror studio Hammer. He also directed Bette Davis in 1968 movie The Anniversary and Hayley Mills in 1981 mini-series The Flame Trees of Thika. But his defining work was A Night to Remember. Prior to James Cameron’s Oscar-winning Titanic, the film was considered the definitive big-screen depiction of the 1912 disaster.

‘Attic Sale’ At Chatsworth House Raises Nearly £6.5m A three-day “attic sale” at one of England’s most famous stately homes has raised almost £6.5m.

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The auction had initially been expected to raise about £2.5m.

Many of the items came from Devonshire House in Piccadilly, which was demolished in the 1920s, though some came from barns, servants’ quarters and bedrooms, but not from the “core” of Chatsworth.

Among the other lots sold on Thursday were a ruby and diamond bow-shaped brooch, with the words “L’amour en fait le lien” (“love binds together”), which sold for £8,500 - more than 100 times the pre-sale estimate. An American “silverball mania” pinball machine, valued at about £400, went for £1,875. The Duke of Devonshire said: “There has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for these wonderful items, and it’s great to know that wherever they may end up they have now been given a new lease of life. “The funds raised have exceeded our expectations and will allow us to accelerate a number of projects at Chatsworth and our other estates, including improvements to buildings, new visitor experiences and green initiatives.” Sotheby’s described the sale as an “auctioneer’s dream”.


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STANDARD CROSSWORD CLUES down 1. Tycoon (7) 2. Dissonance (5) 3. Perceptiveness (7) 4. Wanderers (6) 5. Aspect (5) 6. Vegetable (7) 7. Austere (5) 13. Discomfort (7) 15. Mocks (7) 16. Pull out (7) 17. Stopped (6) 18. Accumulate (5) 19. Dock (5) 21. Bird of prey (5)

1 Sid comes up to men, reportedly with camouflage (8) 2 Not similar to some flipping active kiln - unusual? (6) 3 Groups of musicians in charts rose extraordinarily (10) 4 Employed top student editor after university (4) 5 Separate drug that’s hard to endure (6) 6 United Nations - simple and restless! (6)








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ACROSS 1. Large house (7) 5. Pieces of information (5) 8. Profits (5) 9. Gruesome (7) 10. Retaliated (7) 11. Form of transport (5) 12. Hostility (6) 14. Stick (6) 18. Permit (5) 20. SIncere (7) 22. Creatures (7) 23. Doctrine (5) 24. Ledge (5) 25. Sweet (7)

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“get on yer bike!” With Cyclogical Monthly cycling tips and advice...

What to carr y witha you and how to fix puncture !

bike alternatively it can all be carried in a day sack on your back. FIXING A PUNCTURE. Not all of us can fix a puncture however it’s a relatively simple task. First of all ensure that you are in the top gear (smallest cog ) release the brake, undo wheel either by loosening the nuts or the quick release. Take off dust cap and deflate any remaining air, use tire levers and remove tire on one side only , pull out the inner tube. Remove the tire completely and check for any sign of damage or protruding objects , nails thorns etc. and remove them. Replace the tube with a new one if you have one or if not locate the hole by blowing up the tube , once located mark it and let most of the air out, apply glue solution, apply patch onto the glue and allow to dry for a few minutes then put in a small amount of air. After checking the wheel and rim are okay put one side of the tyre onto the rim, then insert nn Ly d the tube valve first an ry Ga By a ad (slightly inflated ) until es Qu in ” “Cyclo gic al it is sitting completely inside the tire , now put Now that you have chosen your cycle and had it modified to suit your requirements you should the other side of the tire on now consider carrying the following bits and using the tire levers, inflate pieces with you in case of any emergencies ie: tire completely and refit to The dreaded puncture etc. We have had numerous your cycle. Spin the wheel people in the shop in the last few weeks with to ensure that it is sitting true and after replacing the punctures ( mostly caused by thorns ) Now brakes check that they are that the weather is slightly cooler more and working. Carry on with your more people are venturing further and further cycling. Well done .


Calle Los Arcos 17, Quesada, 03170

Cycle Sales, Repairs, Hires, Clothing. For more information call Gary or Lynn on: 637 487 377 Email: full service all bikes 15€

*Mountain Bikes *City Bikes *Childs Bikes *Child seats *Tag-A-Longs *Touring Bikes

*Ladies Bikes Bikes *Kids Bikes *Kids Trailers available for (Seats 2) hire *Tandems *BMX Bikes

Plus a great selection of spares & accessories

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


afield. The following is just a recommendation. 1. Small wedge shape or under seat bag / pouch. 2. Puncture repair kit / Tire levers. 3. Spare inner tube and small pump. 4. 15mm spanner or similar for removing wheels. 5. Water bottle / Strong hi tensile steel pad lock & chain.

All of the above can easily be stored very neatly on your

So no excuses “ Get On Your Bike” .During October Gary will be available every Thursday evening from 6pm till 7pm carrying out workshops on wheel removal and puncture repairs

INSTANT CASH !!! A ‘Lucky Dip’ Prize Draw with every completed transaction





STILL THE BEST PRICES EVER FOR ANTIQUE & MODERN GOLD JEWELLERY !!! We buy any quantity of gold, in coins & broken or damaged gold jewellery Special prices for gold pocket and wrist watches If you can’t come to us, we will come to you Probably the only English owned, police qpproved Gold roadshow in Costa Blanca

GOLD CENTRE QUESADA Calle Los Arcos 17, Above Howards Gym

Tel: 966 717 813 - 634 043 060

Our Altea Gold Centre is Now Open (main N332 Altea/Albir next to Mercedes Dealer) Tel:965 845 901 - 697 193 941


We buy silver candlesticks, silver trays, teapots, cutlery, medals and coins for our buyers in America.

We also buy Mobile Phones for recycling & in conjunction with Paul Cunnungham Nurses charity


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New Flavours

What’s for dinner? Same old, same old? Pasta with a tomato and herb sauce; lamb roasted with two veg and mint sauce; fish fried with a butter sauce… It’s all tasty if the ingredients are right, but does it still set your soul alight? So why not try some new flavours with your favourite ingredients…


(Formally Buddy’s) Commercial Benimar 2 Come and join us for our Autumn & Winter programme starting October. Great food ~ Great atmosphere

Offers every week:

Monday – Drinks promotion 5pm to close Tuesday - Quiz night & Early Bird menu Wednesday – Hot & Spicy night menu Thursday – Pie & Pint night Friday – Steak night from only 6€ Saturday – Regular entertainment Sunday – Sunday Roast from 6.95€ OPEN: Mon – Wed 5pm till late Thurs – Sunday 11am till Late

Call 965 724 012 - for reservations

The subtle heat and spice of paprika is a pea-shooter next to the big guns that harissa brings to the party. Chillies are in a frightening abundance, tempered with the sweetness of piquillo peppers, the fragrance of caraway and cumin and then bolstered again by paprika. Harissa is genuinely a relish to relish. It works well with roasted or chargrilled lamb, but it is well suited to seafood such as crabmeat, prawns and squid. Harissa can be bought in jars, but there is a tremendous satisfaction to be gained from blending your own hot sauce, as deadly or as delicate as you like it to be. Harissa keeps well in the fridge, but be sure to cover it with a little olive oil to keep it from being exposed to the air. Ingredients 250g/9oz long, fresh red chillies sea salt 3 heaped tsp caraway seeds, ground 3 heaped tsp cumin seeds, ground 1 tsp black cumin seeds, ground (optional) 4 cloves garlic 100g/3½oz piquillo peppers, or roasted and peeled red bell pepper 2 tsp tomato purée

2 tsp red wine vinegar 4 tbsp olive oil 2 level tsp smoked paprika Method Remove the tops of the chillies, then slice in half lengthways. Lay each chilli on a chopping board, cut-side up, and gently scrape away the seeds with a teaspoon and discard. Blend the chillies in a food processor with a pinch of salt, half of each of the spice seeds and the garlic cloves until smooth. Add the peppers, the rest of the spice seeds, the tomato purée and vinegar, and blend again until very smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Now add the olive oil. Sprinkle the paprika on top of the oil and stir in. Taste and season, if necessary, with more salt to balance out the vinegar. As many an Oriental or South East Asian dish has shown, fish and seafood have a natural affinity with chilli and you can treat harissa as a Middle Eastern twist on this approach, whether in the squid and prawn recipe below or as an alternative to the chilli pastes applied in innumerable stir fries, soups and grilled dishes.

New Flavour For Fish Fish as an ingredient can be perceived as too fragile and delicate to face adventure, best cooked simply and served with a little butter and a squeeze of lemon juice, but the meatier fish have hardier temperaments that can handle brasher flavours and still come out on top. Pomegranate molasses offers an unusual sweet and sour experience for fish. Whether as a marinade or as a dressing (or both), this enigmatic ingredient has a rich plummy taste that seems to accentuate the fleshy texture and body of a strong white fish such as swordfish, king fish or tuna. The flavour of pomegranate molasses can also bring a rich gaminess to fish suiting a simple accompaniment of potatoes and a strong green such as purple sprouting broccoli.

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“The castle just outside San Miguel” are proud to present

Pomegranate Molasses Recipe Ingredients 4 cups pomegranate juice 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice


In a large, uncovered saucepan, heat pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice on medium high until the sugar has dissolved and the juice simmers. Reduce heat just enough to maintain a simmer. Simmer for about an hour, or until the juice has a syrupy consistency, and has reduced to 1 to 1 1/4 cups. Pour out into a jar. Let cool. Store chilled in the refrigerator.



Monday: 5€ Meal Deal 1pm - 9pm Tuesday: Bingo Night 9pm - 11pm Wednesday: Auction Day 1pm - 4pm Thursday: Quiz Night 9pm - 11pm Friday: Line Dancing 11.30am - 1pm ~ FREE Wi-Fi From 9th Oct: KARAOKE Every Saturday 9pm-12pm SUNDAY ROAST Early Bird Breakfast Every Day 10am - 1pm Happy Hour Every Day 4pm - 7pm

For one week only - No market on Saturday 23rd October The market will be held on Sunday 24th

Due to popular demand extra tickets now available for the Gala Dinner Dance Friday 15th October

Urb Montebello, Algorfa Tel: 965 724 870


Saturday 16TH October 2pm-4pm


Wednesday 20th October 1pm-3pm


Clairvoyent, Tarot and Palm readings Chrystals on sale and much, much, Thursday 21st October

HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE DINNER DANCE Sunday 31st October phone for details 687 138 526

Visit our beautiful Meson de Lago Restaurant. Open Every Day from 11am until late

BOOT SALE MARKET: Every Saturday 8.30 to 1pm With live music and over 150 stalls - not just a market, a lovely day out! Every Wednesday and Saturday enjoy our special

Market Day Menu del Dia

Enjoy lunch watching the birds, by the lake while the children play in our large play area Carretera de Rebate, 1 San Miguel de Salinas

Telephone: 966 443 234 619 425 797 687 138 526



Meat Salad Buffet & Various Sauces 10€ MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE


3 courses 9.90€ Beautiful Terrace on the beach Front Open 6 Day a Week Closed Tuesday Kitchen open 11am to 21.00pm

Avda Desiderio Rodriguez Behind Dial Prix

Tel 654 127 022

If you want your pomegranate molasses to be sweeter, add more sugar to taste, while you are cooking it.

Paprika Paprika comes in a surprising variety of flavours. Hungarian or Spanish, hot or sweet, smoked or unsmoked, each of these clay-red powders brings a distinct flavour to the dishes they are added to. The Portuguese and Spanish regularly use paprika as an ingredient in fish stews, it is used in tagines and chermoulas in Morocco, and chorizo sausages would be nothing without it. Experiment with the different varieties in your recipes that call for paprika, using the smoked variety to bring a smoky richness, or the hot paprika to really attack the tastebuds and catch the imagination of the mouth.


A New Collection Of

Elizabeth David’s Recipes Elizabeth David introduced post-war Britain to a bright new world of Mediterranean food using ingredients that have now become an essential part of our diet. To mark the 60th anniversary of her first book, a new collection of her recipes has been published with photographs by David Loftus, including tributes from some of today’s leading chefs.

Born Elizabeth Gwynne, she was of mixed English, Scottish, Dutch and Irish ancestry and came from a rather grand background, growing up in the 17th-century Sussex manor house, Wootton Manor. Her parents were Rupert Gwynne, Conservative MP for Eastbourne, and the Hon. Stella Ridley, daughter of Matthew White Ridley, 1st Viscount Ridley. They had three other daughters, Priscilla, Diana and Felicité. Her uncle, Roland Gwynne, later became Mayor of Eastbourne. She studied at the Sorbonne, living with a French family for two years, which led to her love of France and of food. At the age of 19, she was given her first cookery book, The Gentle Art of Cookery by Hilda Leyel, who wrote of her love with the food of the East. “If I had been given a standard Mrs Beeton instead of Mrs Leyel’s wonderful recipes,” she said, “I would probably never have learned to cook.” Gwynne had an adventurous early life, leaving home to become an actress. She left England in 1939, when she was twenty-five, and bought a boat with her married lover Charles Gibson-Cowan intending to travel around the Mediterranean. The onset of World War II interrupted this plan, and they had to flee the German occupation of France. They left Antibes for Corsica and then on to Italy where the boat was impounded; they arrived on the day Italy declared war on Britain. Eventually deported to Greece, living on the Greek island of Syros for a period, Gwynne learned about Greek food and spent time with high bohemians such as the writers Lawrence Durrell and Norman Douglas. When the Germans invaded Greece they fled to Crete where they were rescued by the British and evacuated to Egypt, where she lived firstly in Alexandria and later in Cairo. There Gwynne started work for the Ministry of Information, split from Gibson-Cowan, and eventually took on a marriage of convenience, more or

less as her aunt, Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, had done. This gave her a measure of respectability but LieutenantColonel Tony David was a man whom she did not ultimately respect, and their relationship ended soon after an eight month posting in India. On her return to London in 1946, David began to write articles on cooking, and in 1949 the publisher John Lehmann offered her a £100 advance for Mediterranean Food, the start of her writing career. David spent eight months researching Italian food in Venice, Tuscany and Capri. This resulted in Italian Food in 1954, with illustrations by Renato Guttuso, which was famously described by Evelyn Waugh in The Sunday Times as one of the two books which had given him the most pleasure that year. Many of the ingredients were unavailable in Britain when the books were first published, as shortages and rationing continued for many years after the end of the war, and David had to suggest looking for olive oil in pharmacies where it was sold for treating earache. Within a decade, ingredients such as aubergines, saffron and pasta began to appear more widely in shops, thanks in no small part to David’s books. David gained fame, respect and high status and advised many chefs and companies. In November 1965, she opened her own shop devoted to cookery in Pimlico, London. She wrote articles for Vogue magazine, one of the first in the genre of food-travel. ‘At Elizabeth David’s Table’ is available from October 14. (Pub: Michael Joseph)


Chill The Red & Don’t Slurp In Restaurants A bluffer’s guide to wine myths

When it comes to wine, most of us can barely tell red from rosé. But if you’re one of the 16% of people who splash out on an expensive bottle simply to save yourself embarrassment, here’s our bluffer’s guide to wine myths: ONLY WHITE WINE SHOULD BE CHILLED Everyone knows red wine should be served at room temperature, but few people realise how much warmer our homes have become. Even the most full-bodied of reds are at their best between 16C and 18C, so stick your bottle in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving. FISH HATES RED WINE! In From Russia With Love, 007’s suspicions are aroused when his dining companion orders a chianti with his grilled sole. ‘Red wine with fish - well, that should have told me something!’ he quips later. But Bond was wrong: more delicate reds go brilliantly with meaty, full-flavoured fish. THE HOUSE WINE IS FOR CHEAPSKATES Good restaurant owners know their house wine represents their business, and will select it carefully. A quarter of us choose the second cheapest wine on the list, hoping to appear more knowledgeable - and don’t unscrupulous restaurants know it! If in doubt, ask the wine waiter for a recommendation. SNIFF CAREFULLY: IT MIGHT BE CORKED OK, it’s possible, but these days, cork taint is rare. In good restaurants, the sommelier should have checked the bottle before pouring it for your approval. The pong - mouldy, musty and damp - is unmistakable, so if you are unlucky enough to get a bad bottle, don’t be afraid to complain. WINE BUFFS ALWAYS SLURP THEIR WINE The best way to taste wine is to take a big gulp and then suck some air in your mouth. But that’s not on in a restaurant. Leave the showing off for your own home.



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What’s On

your events, announcements & letters


SATURDAY 16TH OF OCTOBER 2010 - POSTPONED FROM LAST WEEK. The carnival parade due to take place on Saturday 9th October in San Fulgencio was postponed due to heavy rain. It will now take place this Saturday 16th October. The twenty one different floats will be a great spectacle as they parade through the streets starting at 9pm. For the first time ever a group from the urbanisations will participate in the carnival and join in the hilarious revelry which will feature strange and funny floats and people in fancy dress doing strange and funny things! Watch out for the K9 Club and PAWS animal welfare volunteers doing their dance routine! The parade enters the village near to the Town Hall and parades around the streets of San Fulgencio. For a full program of the fiesta events visit

It’s On The Way... Tell Your Friends


Following a successful run of Musical Mayhem their 2010 Variety show, the Rascals celebrated with a lunch at Casa Nicolas last month. As this was a special occasion, breaking the 100,000 Euro barrier in donations to charity, founder members were invited as guests of honour. A good time was had by all. Back to work now with rehearsals in full swing for the Xmas Show. If you want to start your Christmas season off with a bit of fun reserve your tickets with Sue on 96 678 4874. Tickets are 5 Euros each all of which will go to children’s charities. The two performances will be at the Virgen del Carmen, Torrevieja on Thursday 9th December at 19.00hrs and Wednesday 15th December at the Cardinal Belluga, San Fulgencio at 19.00 hrs. Book early to avoid disappointment.

O’NEILLS “Cheap as Chips”

NVQ Qualified PRE-SCHOOL 9am – 1pm €10 per day or €125 per month


CRECHE 1hr €5 / 3hrs €8 2

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


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

7 Seater Available Free local Delivery & Collection Call Sharon on

966 774 780/672 595 278

Charity Shop Opened..............

in Sophia Wellness Centre, La Regia, Cabo Roig. Our aim is to help registered charities, who are doing brilliant work in helping our four-legged friends who through no fault of their own, find themselves abandoned, starving and unloved mostly at the cruel hands of their owners. These unfortunate animals have no voice and rely totally on us. With your help we can give them hope - the greatest gift in life. Donations urgently needed before opening date. So that chair never sat on, lamp never turned on, garment never recently worn - anything to help us be their voice - we would be most grateful of. We are fully aware that humans suffer too - stricken by the cruel hands of fate to horrendous illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Cancer to name just two. In an ideal world we would help every charity and we will try, with your help. Further info - Phone Laura: 634 361 808 or Thomas: 634 336 450 Items can be collected. Thank you in anticipation of your kindness.

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What’s On

your events, & letters THE SPIRITUALIST AWARENESS SOCIETY OF QUESADA................. Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m. A Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m., and every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Morag Bullock will be taking the Divine Service on Sunday, 17th October. There will be an Evening of Mediumship with Judith Seaman, an International Medium from England-Entry 3€ on Tuesday, 19th October followed by a Divine Service (Harvest Festival) with Judith Seaman on Sunday, 24th October. Please bring donations of dog food which will be given to a local sanctuary. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028.

RASCALS AT PLAY......... Following a successful run of Musical Mayhem their 2010 Variety show, the Rascals celebrated with a lunch at Casa Nicolas last month. As this was a special occasion, breaking the 100,000 Euro barrier in donations to charity, founder members were invited as guests of honour. A good time was had by all. Back to work now with rehearsals in full swing for the Xmas Show. If you want to start your Christmas season off with a bit of fun reserve your tickets with Sue on 96 678 4874. Tickets are 5 Euros each all of which will go to children’s charities. The two performances will be at the Virgen del Carmen, Torrevieja on Thursday 9th December at 19.00hrs and Wednesday 15th December at the Cardinal Belluga, San Fulgencio at 19.00 hrs. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Attention Campoverde Art lovers and Race goers! The village of Campoverde has an incredible amount of talent, from choirs and music to dance and drama; now it’s the turn of its very talented artists to show what they can do. The local group of Leisure Painters is holding its Annual Art Exhibition with over 100 exhibits for all to see. It will take place from 10am on 4th, 5th and 6th and also just the morning of Sunday 7th November at the Rusty Nail Bar, - thanks to bar-owner JIMMY. Admission is free and there will be refreshments from the bar, but any donations will be gladly accepted on behalf of the AECC. More info from organiser Pat Weaver on 966 762 266. Not to be outdone, the local Anglican Church will be attracting punters to a Fun Race Night and a fish and chip supper on Friday 29th October at the Olive Branch on the High Street at 7.30pm. A good evening’s entertainment is guaranteed for all! More info and tickets from the Olive Branch 966 763 628 or from Jill 966 762 715.

Denelle Dance Club..

holds Ballroom & Latin American classes for Beginners & Intermediates at:La Marina International Campsite Sala Anima 2 every Monday 8:00 – 10:00 Casa Ventura, San Luis every Thursday The Club, Quesada every Tuesday 8:00 – 8:30 Argentine Tango for Beginners 8:00 - 8:30 Intermediate Argentine Tango 9:00- 10:00 Social Dancing including popular sequence dances For more info contact Lyn on 635584431 or email lynatdenelledance@ We also raise money for charity with our formation teams and are always looking for new members no matter what your standard. Learn to dance with the professionals (member of the UKA professional teachers of dancing) on the Costa Blanca in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. New courses commencing every 6 weeks

AECC TORREVIEJA FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2010 Calle La Calera, 2 Tel: 965 716679

16th October Auction in aid of AECC at Poco Loco Bar, Citrus Centre, Playa Flamenca. Bring items for auction from 10.00 a.m. Auction starts 2.00 p.m. Entertainment afterwards. Contact Sheila on 966 189369 or 634 138989 for more information. 19th October Cancer Screening Registration at La Marina at the Tourist Office opposite Supervalu, 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Prostate Cancer screening for men, mammogram and smear test for women, to detect cancer at an early stage. NIE number and payment (€60 for women, €45 for men) of half the actual cost required. 7th November Ad-Hoc Theatre Group presents ‘Allo ‘Allo at the Casa de Cultura, Guardamar in aid of AECC. Curtain up 7.30 p.m. Tickets €8 available from The Post Room, Benijofar; The Card Place, Benimar; Razorsedge, San Luis; Kennedy’s Supermarket, Los Montesinos; The Pantry, San Luis or can be reserved from Auctions are held at: BUDDIE’S BAR, Playa Flamenca (near Saturday Market and Judges Chambers) Thursday; EMERALD ISLE, Playa Flamenca, Friday. Both at 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you have any items to donate for auction contact Carol and Ron 965 319 929 Mobile 688 238 879. Sale of summer clothes now on at the AECC charity shop. Good quality items available, all at €1 each! AECC are looking for someone to produce high-quality posters for use in fund-raising events. The designs are either printed as posters or sent to local newspapers and journals in the form of advertisements. The work should not be overly demanding for the right person, but occasionally a design may need to be produced within a very short timescale. The candidate must also have their own computer to create the work. AECC are also looking for people able to organise concerts or other fundraising events in aid of AECC. Even in times of recession AECC still provides services such as early detection of cancer and hospital visiting for those undergoing treatment, so fundraising is vital in these times. Please call AECC on 965 716679 or Jackie on 966 722358 if you can help in any way. AECC are always in need of items suitable for use as tombola prizes. Please do not throw away any unwanted pesetas, if you can help with any of the above please let us know. Visit the AECC English-Language Website for further information about all aspects of AECC in the Torrevieja area:





















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Classifieds air conditioning ALL SEASONS I Fully fitted by R City & Guilds C O Trained Installation team N Fully Legal & Insured S.L. company Prices from as little as 349€ supplied and fitted Free no obligation survey and quotation AUTHORISED INSTALLER FOR SIMULSAT TV Call John on 608279075

ballroom dancing INSPIRATIONS old time dancing now at Casa Ventura,Sundays 8-10pm,tuition given, everyone welcome. Tel: 966 785 415

bikes & scooters

business for sale


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


Busy Hair Nail & Beauty Salon Torrevieja area (Near to Torrevieja Hospital)

Situated in residential area with well established clients of 3 years providing all year round trade and income - Family commitments forces sale Low reasonable price - for more details contact:

Tel: 608 149 061 or 672 544 455

business opportunities GET RID OF YOUR ACHES AND HELP CHILDREN IN NEED AT THE SAME TIME................

curious? Leave details here

Electric Bikes

Brand New Construction! Tel: Michaels

679 117 788

boats 3 mt Boat trailer Very good Condition 250€ Tel:634 325 508 / 634 325 509 12 ft Tinker traveler foldable sailing boat for sale 600€. Tel:634 325 508 / 634 325 509

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 638 056 224/00447766 975 874 www. (TP 343)

boarding kennels 4 Your Dogs

The Friendly Kennel 4 Your Dogs



Tel: 966 190 674 Mob: 670 469 544 GOOD RATES, genuine dog lovers Secure and Clean Premises Last few christmas bookings available.Grooming office

opening soon ANIMAL ANGELS / joycparker

call: 678 558 413 966 873 542 for appointment BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

Shop to rent next to Cheers Bar Villa Martin 400€ pcm Tel: 616 493 487 or 965 720 817

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

930 326

20 Pringle vending machines


with sites, €14,900. 10 cold drink vending machines with sites €39,900


Excellent investment with only one day per week to service, cash income, work from home, no overhead. Your own business not a franchise. Tel: 965 326 442 or 659 696 455

Catering Equipment For Sale Hot cupboard/ plate warmer 200€, hot plate 150€, hight lights 2m 200€, bainmarie inc inserts 200€, potato pealer & chipper 500€, chafing dishes 30€, sandwich toaster / grill double 200€

call 619500555

cleaning A1SPECIALISTCLEANING.Carpets,upholstery,15 years experience.Tel 965 058 177/ 697 511 071

Veterinary approved, pet sitters, boarding cattery. Los Montesinos area

Tel: 966 721 622 676 717 162 Advertise in Classifieds Telephone: 966 265 023

window, upholstery & terrace cleaning

10% discount with this ad

for a Free quote, call today 658 318 438

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

home improvement

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

entertainers Singer / Guitarist country / blues seeks work,musician not karaoke, Charlie Tel: 691 622 804 can travel

fishing Deep sea fishing call Tony on: 646 754 124


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Smart announces new ForFour

New Nissan Micra-based five-door car for US market announced for 2012 launch

The Smart ForFour is back, but not as you know it! Smart announced today that it is developing a small five-door car in the US market which will launch within the next 15 months. The car is the first product of the new alliance between Smart’s parent company Daimler and Renault-Nissan. The move will see the new ForFour developed from the versatile new Vplatform that underpins the new Micra. Changes from the Nissan model will be minor as the car is intended to be a stopgap until the all-new ForFour arrives in 2014. “We are faced with continuing customer demand for a smart car with more seating capacity,” explained

Roger Penske, Chairman of the Penske Automotive Group which sells Smarts in the US. “Sales and service of the five-seater will be carried out exclusively by our approximately 75 smart dealerships in the United States. Together with Nissan, we will bring to market a fully equipped small car for our customers and dealers in the USA. It will fit in well with the smart brand.” The timing of the new car works well for Smart. Thanks to the arrival of the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Jazz (badged as a Fit in The States), interest in small hatchbacks has never been higher in the US.

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Free Climbing is the purest form of climbing because you rely solely on the use of your own skills to ascend a rock face. Equipment can be used, but only strictly for safety reasons (i.e. to offer protection during a fall). There are different types of free climbing, such as: Bouldering is perhaps the purest forms of climbing where you stay relatively close to the ground and don’t use ropes or other protection to climb. Bouldering can be practiced on indoor walls, along the bottom of a route, but perhaps best when performed on a proper Boulder (which are usually under 12 foot). A portable crash mat (i.e. a bouldering mat) is often used to protect fallers and you should stay within a height where is safe to fall from without injury. Bouldering is great fun, requires little in the way of equipment, can be a very good introduction to the sport of trad climbing, (traditional climbing) and provides an ideal way to practice technique and to build strength. Trad climbing is seriously scary, physically exhausting and extremely challenging, so I suppose that’s why it continues to be one of the most popular forms of climbing. Trad climbing puts you in direct contact with the mountain or crag. Climbing gear is used for protection purposes only (not to aid climbing) and is designed to be inserted and removed in such as manner as to not mar the rock face in any way. Obviously if one of the prime objectives is leaving the rock face in the same condition as when nature created it - the fixing of a permanent bolt is not an option. You will quickly learn the art of placing gear (or protection) and if you get it wrong, you won’t last long! Ice climbing is inherently riskier than many other forms of climbing due to the unpredictable nature of the ice structures. Ice climbers must accept risks of avalanches, falling ice, and that the ice may be too soft to provide secure protection for the ice screws, ice hooks and pound-ins. Climbing frozen waterfalls in sub-zero temperatures with the use of a couple of ice axes and some crampons may not be everybody’s idea of a fun day out,



but it is good and dangerous! you what you can actually do with the foothold you’re standing Before rushing out to your nearest vertical face, perhaps on. Will it allow a drop knee to be performed on it or will you Indoor climbing would be a good place to start. Indoor climbing peel off while trying to achieve it??? walls provide a safe, comfortable climbing environment, which Look at the foothold before you use it. Don’t scrape around can be used year round by beginners through to advanced trying to find it without looking. Examine it, look for the sweet climbers. spot and then deliberately place your foot there. Sensitive shoes Indoor ‘competition climbing’ is also becoming more popular come into play here. Focus on the feel of the foothold and as climbers go head to head and compete in a variety of you’ll see that you can actually feel the perfect spot to stand on. Once you’ve found it don’t scratch around. Your shoes will different disciplines such as bouldering or speed climbing. be grateful, as will your technique and learning curve. Then put You will need proper shoes. If you are unsure about the some pressure on it. If you don’t step on a foothold it probably technical details of what gear is best, then go to a shop where won’t hold (especially if its polished) and you’ll just skid. You’ll the assistant is a climber, or has good knowledge of the sport. be surprised at how much difference a little pressure can make. What you’re looking for when choosing shoes is a comfortable Don’t be afraid of stepping. That’s what you’re supposed to do. fit and sensitivity. Don’t go for those stiff edging shoes, go for Imagine it’s a normal step that’s been washed in too hot water soft comfy sensitive shoes that’ll allow you to feel the features and that has shrunk! you’re stepping on. Size them comfortably because if they Follow gravity. If your body tends to hurt they’ll prevent you from using proper ‘fall’ into a certain direction, place a foot technique comfortably. This is an extreme right there. Don’t mind if there’s a good sport, you need to be able to concentrate foothold, a bad one or even none, just on climbing, not sore toes. place your foot there. - Move your hip Also try to keep your shoes as clean as actively over your feet. The hip is the possible. Wipe them with a wet cloth and centre of gravity. Placing it consciously air dry them, maybe even brush them with over one foot relieves both your other a soft wirebrush to get the oxidized rubber foot and your hands for the next move. off and reveal the sticky stuff. Place your toe tips only. Beginners often Next step is learning to trust your shoes. place too much of their feet, or worst, This is a long process, but slowly you’ll their instep flat to the wall. This turns out begin to realize how small a feature you your leg and blocks the hip joint. ‘Tips only’ need to securely step on. gives your hip a broader moving range to Once you get the feel, confidence and allocate your gravity centre as needed. strength, then you can get those stiff Look at your feet! Which is not quite the edging shoes with super sticky rubber, and same as the famous ‘Don’t look down’ be able to and use them in the way that that your family/loved ones will tell you. they’re intended. Watch them until placed properly. Easy You’ll also need hand, leg and foot said, but often you’ll find yourself looking strength. Go to the gym, select exercises elsewhere while doing the last couple that isolate the muscles that you need to of inches to the foothold. It takes some strengthen – I suggest using a Hangboard time and attention to get used to it but for arm and finger strength, and a Campus it’s worth it. board for leg strength, (it’s like a ladder built up a wall). Another important aspect is flexibility. The more flexible you are the better efficiency you can achieve. Make a really ~ Motorised Sliding Gates good stretching routine part of your everyday life, don’t do ~ Garden Gates and Railings it just on climbing days. ~ Chain Link Fencing Ready to go? ~ Garage Doors Up / Over Faced with your chosen climb, you need to start looking. I and Motorised can’t stress this enough. Look for footholds before climbing and while climbing. When you stand under a route and look for holds, look to where you can place your feet as well. Of ~ Fire Escape Rejas now course you can’t see every little foothold from the ground, but available to match existing those that you can see will designs from 200€ come in handy and if you manage to remember them asting they may get you through a Shot Blwder tight spot. Also remember that & Po you can use most handholds now o C ating as footholds once you move le availabmore past them. r Call foai The feeling for the foothold et ls d is very important. It’ll allow you to learn to use the footholds in the best possible way and tell

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Ford announces Focus Sport Special edition run-out model signals beginning of end of current Focus.

It’s the end of an era. And to mark the end of the current Focus’ life, Ford has announced a special edition Focus Sport. The newcomer is based on the five-door hatch, and features a choice of 108bhp 1.6-litre diesel or 99bhp 1.6-litre petrol engines. Standard kit is generous, including sat-nav, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, parking sensors and auto lights and wipers. Buyers will have the choice of six colours, and all cars get the same seat fabric as the range-topping Titanium models and 16-inch ST-style alloys. Prices for the new model are £16,545 for the 1.6-litre petrol and £17,845 for the 1.6-litre TDCi, making it £700 more than a Zetec model, albeit with extra equipment totalling £1,500 included. The Focus Sport will continue to be built at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany until autumn next year. Production of the new third generation Focus begins at the same factory in January

Xpat Direct Insurance, Your best quote beaten Xpat Direct Insurance has been set-up to, ‘BEAT your best quote’. This too, is the slogan they are using in their latest marketing campaign. The Company is offering all types of insurance including car (Spanish, UK and some other European number plates), motorcycle, home, travel, pet, marine, business, commercial, life and medical insurance as well as funeral plans. Xpat Direct really will go the extra mile working on behalf of expats, to find the best deal for their clients and to take away all the hard work of sourcing ones best quote! Xpat Direct will search through their comprehensive, well-established and trusted list of top insurers (some of whom have extra special arrangements with Xpat Direct), to come up with the best type of insurance for their clients’ specific requirements and provide the most competitive price. The service doesn’t stop there either. Once happy with the price, clients can be assured that they will be looked after in the event of claims or other matters, should the unexpected happen. You could say, a total service from the very first telephone call. Xpat Direct remain independent and impartial because unlike other direct selling insurance companies, they’re not biased towards any particular insurer and by operating a direct telephone service, as opposed to a face to face operation they can pass the savings onto their clients. Clients can, therefore, rest assured that whatever type of insurance they’re looking for, Xpat Direct will offer expert advice at all times. With friendly, English speaking operators, who fully understand your language, your lifestyle and requirements, one can rely on Xpat Direct for their excellent advice and personal service … no more speaking to automated machines or endlessly searching the web. For the cost of a local phone call, you could be insuring your vehicle with immediate cover and an annual green card or, covering your home and its contents plus all other insurances from one company – Xpat Direct. One call to Xpat Direct on 902 11 99 99 can do it all, and should the lines be busy, all you need do is leave your name and number and they’ll phone you back - no more holding on the end of the telephone (costing you precious time and money) waiting for a quote. Xpat Direct offer no gimmicks or corny sales pitches. It’s simple, straightforward insurance provided in English both on the phone and in the documents you receive. No old bull, just insurance of all types from one call to 902 11 99 99. Whatever your insurance needs, Xpat Direct can take the hard slog out of finding the best insurance for your specific needs. Call 902 11 99 99 for nostress insurance and don’t forget the offer: ‘Your best quote beaten’!

New Beetle spied almost undisguised VW’s new Beetle caught testing ahead of its debut next year. The Beetle is back! These are the first pictures of the all-new Beetle which VW is readying for next year. The newcomer will debut at the LA Show in November, go on sale here in the Spring and share its platform with the new Jetta. The Beetle and Jetta will be built in the same VW plant in Mexico. VW will attempt to broaden the appeal of the Beetle this time around, by giving it a more masculine look. Slightly longer and lower than the current model, like the Beetle Ragster concept shown at Detroit five years ago, the new car will feature a more angular roof, which also liberates more rearseat space. The mule pictured here features the front

Electric Meriva to go on test Meet the electrifying new Meriva! A trio of electrified versions of the junior MPV have been built by Opel, and the cars are about to begin testing in Germany. The move is part of the MeRegioMobil project which is being financed by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology. The aim of the scheme is to improve the infrastructure and integration of electric cars. The German region of Baden-Württemberg is aiming to pioneer the widespread introduction of electric car charging points as more and more electric cars come to market. The three Merivas will be used to increase public awareness of electric cars. Opel will use the scheme to improve its quick charging system, which allows the car to be recharged by either a household socket or a 400-volt quick charger. The Meriva also has a bi-directional charging feature which means its batteries can used to power the owner’s house when the car is not being used. The firm will also seek to improve the electric

Meriva’s powertrain. Currently, this is a 60kW (80bhp) electric motor with torque ouput of 215 Nm. Thanks to the battery’s total energy of 16 kilowatt hours, a range of 40 miles and a top speed of 81mph are possible. Opel’s engineering boss said, “These demonstration vehicles will be used to study the practicality, user friendliness, and acceptance of electric vehicles among consumers. With our demonstration, we are making an important contribution to the definition of European standards for energy infrastructure, electricity saving technology and data communication.” The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and energy group EnBW, will use the three Merivas and all will produce data on how the cars perform. Opel will add this to its global electric car projects, including that collected from the fleet of electric Chevrolet Cruze EVs in Korea, to improve its new generation of electric cars.

and rear end of the current car, but expect a slightly edgier treatment for the lights and bumpers when the new car arrives next year. A cabriolet version will be offered in 2012. Under the bonnet, the Beetle is being engineered for downsized engines in Europe, including 105bhp 1.2-litre, a 160bhp 1.4litre and 210bhp 2.0-litre petrols and new 105bhp 1.6-litre and 140bhp 2.0-litre TDIs. In the US, the 170bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine continues. A hybrid version may also happen, using the drivetrain which debuted in the Jetta NCC concept at this year’s Detroit show which mated a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a 27bhp electric motor.

German trials of three electric Opel Merivas, with clever bi-directional charging, begin.


Prices for VW’s new Phaeton announced

VW has put a price on its facelifted Phaeton. The luxury saloon goes on sale this week, with prices starting at £46,195 for the 237bhp 3.0-litre TDI, rising to £78,685 for the long wheelbase 6.0-litre W12-powered model. The diesel model is only available in standard wheelbase form, while the W12 model can be had in standard or long forms, with the latter getting an extra 120mm in the wheelbase to liberate extra room for rear-seat passengers. To mark the new Phaeton out, it features new bi-xenon headlights, a new front and rear bumpers and LED taillights. On the inside, the new saloon gets new trim finishes and the option of sat-nav with builtin Google Maps and a 1,000watt Dynaudio 12-speaker stereo.

Facelifted luxury saloon goes on sale this week, priced from £46,195.

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AwardaTrophy, have been established in the UK for many years and have recently opened a store in Spain which is situated near Shannons Bar in the commercial centre in El Limonar., have an incredible selection of trophies.

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Monday 11th October saw the latest Costa Calida Golf Day

We had 20 players of all differing standards playing a Texas Scramble at La Tercia. Many thanks to Rafa and all his team at La Tercia for making us all very welcome, the greens were in fantastic condition and even the heavy overnight rain had little effect on the fairways which played really well The discounted green fees were provided by Costa Calida Golf Tours (, and as usual they managed to secure a really good deal for all the players ! Some really good scoring considering the wind got up in the morning


Gary Richardson ; Keith Morrison ; Jim O’Neill ; Jonathan Bate – 62.30 net (back nine count) Runners up Ritchie Heaton ; Jack Flower ; Mark McCluskey ; Yvonne Morrison – 62.30 net 3rd: Ciaran Byrne ; Barry Geoghean ; Ron Massey ; Andy Walsh – 62.70 Well played to everyone, and a reminder that the next event is at La Serena on Friday 29th October – this will be a singles stableford event. Anyone wishing to join us for this, please contact Andy Walsh on 650 718 172 or e mail


Friday 8th, saw us at the last of our preferred courses, Roda. Our first visit to this PGA course and was it a good one, weather was just perfect, course in great condition, water in the cool box, great greens though a little slow and we even had buggies all lined up on tap when everyone arrived in the car park, well done Mick and for the rest of your help on the day. What more could you ask for.

How was this for dedication, we had 2 members that did not arrive in Spain till 03.30 in the morning but managed to be on the tee at 10.00 all bright and breezy, Well done Patricia and Jim, glad you enjoyed the day, but come a bit earlier next time! No great stories to tell to day other than it would appear that following the problems at our last game this time Tommy got his Sat.Nav working and obviously cleaned his windows Because he came in fist, overall. Our Stableford competition resulted

in prizes going to

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BY STEVE HIBBERD Although Cartagena controlled this match for long periods from start to finish, creating numerous chances along the way, it took a wonder goal deep into stoppage time by substitute Munoz to earn a share of the spoils. For the 4th consecutive week, Los Albinegros should have beaten a side from the lower reaches of div 2a, but poor finishing has denied them a win that their endeavour so richly deserved. The old adage, ‘GOALS WIN MATCHES’, should be prominently etched inside the home dressing room by manager JIM, who already this season is looking decidedly more baldy than previously, as he continues to tear his hair out at his players inability to finish off the numerous golden opportunities created. With bad boys Mariano and Herrero missing through suspension, Cygan made a welcome return along with Cala to shore up the defence. Leading scorer Toche stumbled at the vital moment, fluffing his close range shot which was comfortably saved by visiting keeper Ruben after only 4 mins. Constant early pressure paid off, when a well taken in swinging corner was met by the head of Botelho, resulting in a deserved goal after 7 mins. Midway through the half, Longas floated a teasing cross towards the head of Toche, but Ruben was alert to the danger and confidently punched the ball to safety. Moments later, Ruben again came to his teams

rescue when he bravely dived at the feet of Toche who was through on goal. One way traffic continued, this time Lafuente providing the assist, only for a surprisingly sluggish Toche just failing to connect, with an open goal at his mercy. Just before the interval, a dangerous Gimnastic move was cut short by a linesman’s flag for offside.

Ex-Atletico Madrid man Keko was becoming a real thorn in the side of Gimnastic. Early into the half, a mesmerising run resulted in him firing high over the bar. Previously a virtual spectator, Casilla produced a fine reflex save from a rare Gimnastic foray. Toche was inches wide of opening his account, before the visitors shocked the crowd with an equaliser on 57 mins. A long range free kick that was pumped high into a packed penalty area, fell invitingly to unmarked Rodri, who gratefully powered home his header into the back of the net. Back came Cartagena, Botelho laying on a peach of a ball to Toche, only for the normally deadly striker to miss the target from 5 yards. Shortly afterwards Moral saw his long range effort inch wide of the post, before disaster struck after 75 mins! Gimnastic substitute Berry-Powel clearly fouled Botelho in his quest to win the ball, but unbelievably ref Juan Munera allowed play to continue. Berry-Powel took the ball in his stride, before unleashing a curling shot which beat Casilla before creeping just inside the far post to give the visitors a totally undeserved goal. No question about it, the ref was well placed and should have awarded a


Quesada Bowls Club

Again not an awful lot to report on - we’ve supported our rinks team in the Nationals (Chip Chapman, Dave Donovan, Derek Sale, John Muldoon) who just lost in the semi-final to the La Marina team. Some very good bowling occurred, well done chaps! Our bowling season starts off next week and we are all looking forward to it. The only other news is from the Social Committee, who would like you all to know of our next social event - THE WACKY RACES - Car Treasure Hunt. It takes place on Saturday 13th November and starts off at The Club at 9.45 am with a bacon or sausage bap + hot drink,

Muleno CF 1, Mazarrón FC 1

before ‘ starters orders ‘ at approx 10.30am. Don’t worry if you don’t get all the clues. Help is on hand to ensure you find the final destination, where we will have Menu del Dia + Wine or soft drink. Price is 16 Euros for members and 17 Euros for non-members. Guests are welcomed; in fact I would say the more the merrier. I hope that Ann & Tony Paget had lots of fun-loving bowlers on Saturday afternoon and just to let you know social bowls will also be played on Wednesday afternoons. 965 724 885 gets you our secretary Glynis, if you need answers to your questions.

Mazarrón squander chances

09.10.10: This was another game that Mazarrón should have won comfortably, and they would have done if they had been just a bit more clinical in front of goal, and a little more careful when taking up advanced positions. The expected signing of a new striker this week will hopefully solve some problems. Moha, playing wide on the right, had his best game so far and regularly beat Ferez, but his finishing was not up to much. In the 8th minute, having done all the hard work, his tame attempt on goal was easily saved by Corarro. There was little else to get excited about in the opening stages until Muleno scored after 16mins. Juantxo’s shot was

misplaced and rebounded to him off a defender, but he went down under a clumsy tackle by Diego to gain a penalty. Debutante Jose saved the first shot, but Mazarrón defenders had encroached into the area, and Adrian made no mistake the second time. As half time approached and rain started to pour down, Mazarrón came to life. Moha had a shot deflected into the arms of the keeper, and then Boudia saw his flicked attempt go just wide after good work by Moha and Rollon. Boudia then had the ball in the net as a Chico free kick was headed on to him by Rollon but he was off side. Juan Antonio then missed an open goal after he scuffed his shot when unmarked from Rollon’s cross. Mazarrón started the second half as

they had finished the first. Moha tested Corarro first and then Chico threaded a ball through the Boudia who shot home, only to be given off side again. In a rare break out, Muleno came close as Canadas beat Andres but saw his shot from a tight angle skid along the cross bar and back into play. It was half way through the second half before Mazarrón were at last rewarded. A Muleno corner was cleared to Rollon and his cross field pass found Boudia. He twisted and turned and then shot, but it was saved by the keeper and cleared out to Chico. He returned the ball to Boudia who shot in from a tight angle into the far corner of the goal. They went close again a few minutes later when Juan Antonio shook off three defenders and passed to Boudia.

He went down trying to round the keeper and Moha fired the loose ball wide. Right at the end, Boudia went down in a fifty fifty challenge in mid field. Whilst on the ground he foolishly lashed out at a Muleno player who went over to speak to him and received a straight red card. If this improvement continues, the team should soon start to climb the table. The match this weekend is at home to Cuarto District of Jumilla. Mazarrón: Jose, Alex, Andres, Diego, Juan, Poyatos(Javi), Chico, Moha, Juan Antonio(Solano), Boudia, Rollon. MMoM: Juan Roger,

free kick for a foul on Botelho, and having spoken to fellow Cartagena fan, flu victim Fred Veasey, this was clearly evident on channel 7RM tv video evidence (don’t ever complain to me about English referees!!). This injustice goaded Cartagena fans and players into revenge - in terms of an equalising goal. Toche again shot wide from close range, before a scare at the other end saw Cruz do the same. With 5 mins of stoppage time having been indicated by the 4th official, it appeared that another home defeat was inevitable - wrong!! In the previous 6 games, substitute Munoz had featured for only 22 mins, but it took only another 13 mins of this match for him to become an overnight hero. Receiving the ball from a defencive clearance some 30 yards from goal, he produced an venomous, yet accurate, shot that sped past a shell shocked keeper into the back of the net. What a goal, with justice being seen to be done. FC Cartagena line-up: Casilla, Txiki, Cygan, Cala, Botelho, Julien (Munoz), Longas, Keko (Goiria), Lafuente (Victor), Moral, Toche Next week it’s a long journey to the north of Spain for the submarine men. On Sat 16 Oct ko 6pm, lowly Huesca host Cartagena in their tiny El Alcoraz stadium. This match is being shown on Murcian digital channel 7RM. For further info on Cartagena, visit or www. PRESS REPORT: 7TH OCTOBER 2010 84 players took part in the competition today, the Waltz & the team who outshone everyone today and won the ‘Glitterball’ (metaphorically speaking!) were: John Davies, Alan Venables & Jill Pegg & ghost with a great score of 88. Congratulations to them and all the other prize winners (all results on countback): 1st: John Davies, Alan Venables, Jill Pegg & ghost – 88pts; 2nd: Tony Stanley, Dave King, Eamonn Devine & Peter Sanderson – 87pts; 3rd: Mike Young, Gordon White, Barbara Dinnage & Beverley Fairhurst – 87pts Nearest the Pins: 5th Lew Joss, 11th Tom Hull, 15th John Dinnage, 17th Stan Low. Captains Bunker: 28 Euro Football Draw: Marilyn Eckersall, John Davies & Bill Martin. The details for the October Dinner/ Dance are now up on the Board, theme HALLOWEEN, dress BLACK & WHITE, MASKS, OR ANYTHING SCARY!!! (well I guess some of us needn’t dress up at all!) We have 9 new members: Marilyn Eckersall, John and Beverley Fairhurst, Joe Ogden, Jean Hepehi, Alan & Irene Bridges, Marilyn Mell & Helen Delany – let’s make them all feel very welcome to our Society. Finally, once again SLOW PLAY is a continuing problem; please do your bit to speed up play - mark your cards on the next tee whilst others are teeing off & play your shot, providing it is safe to do so, even if it’s not your turn. Finally,we wish Alan (Robbo) Robson all the best for his hip operation on Monday, and also Roderick Duff who is undergoing medical treatment at the moment, and Jenny Cheetham who is still suffering from a very sore leg after being hit by a golf ball, we wish you all a speedy recovery and hope you will be back playing golf very soon. Caption: Winner of the Waltz - Alan Venables with Mike Young, Gordon White, Barbara Dinnage & Beverley Fairhurst . 3rd placed team.



3rd October: If there was ever a one sided game when the result was a travesty, this was it. Mazarrón dominated the first half with Chico and Poyato running the mid field and with Juan and Diego solid at the back. From the first of numerous corners Mazarrón’s main striker, Boudia turned and hit the ball only to see a last minute interception on the line and this set the trend for the first half. Wave after wave of Mazarrón attacks failed at the vital moment, with Ceuti happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. The nearest Mazarrón came to scoring was from a Rollon strike, which the defender Deco sliced wide of his own goal by inches. I have no record of any attack by Ceuti in the first half such was the domination by the home side. The second half saw the introduction of Mazarrón’s new striker, Ba, replacing the misfiring Boudia. Ba is obviously a talent to watch once he gains match fitness. On 52 mins. Moreno’s shot just cleared the bar with the keeper stranded, and then the officials turned the game. On 56 minute the ref gave a very soft free kick just outside Mazarrón’s box, the ball was fired into the crowded area where Pablo Gomez headed past a stranded Peru in the goal. Undeterred Mazarrón flooded forward attacking again and again,

to counter this Ceuti took to every opportunity to time waste, diving, falling down as though shot kicking the ball away and the ref fell for it every time.

On 80 minute Ceuti were awarded a penalty won once again by Pablo doing his dying swan act, but Jose Hector blazed the ball over the bar. In the 87 min. Ceuti were awarded a corner from which Santi somehow managed to fire it along the ground through a mass of 18 players and score directly. This just rubbed salt into the wounds, as it was only the second chance that they had all day and to make matters worst Pablo contrived to get Peru, Mazarrón’s keeper sent off. The number 9 pushed the keeper following a clearance and the keeper retaliating, but the ref, of course, only saw the infringement by the Mazarrón player. Final score: Mazarrón 0 Ceuti 2 The officials at this game were a disgrace and at a cost of 400 Euros per game are draining the lifeblood out of small clubs at this level. It was also interesting to note how the Ceuti players surrounded the officials at the end congratulating them! Mazarrón travel to Mula next weekend where it’s hoped the score will reflect the game. Report by Steve Spencer


Quesada Golf Society

On Wednesday 6th October, we played our first RODS and REELS game of the month at Alenda. With 27 members This weeks competition was the first of the 3 team events we have in attendance, the format for the days play was for this season. This team event was the Gary Smith Challenge cup a Stableford,for the Cajamurcia Summer Cup, with one series of 4 matches with 3 teams of 6 anglers per team. The venue semi final rematch in the Club Singles competition was the Rio Segura at Murcia and although the water level is still low, being played. At the end of the day we all made our way back and there was a match the day before, the venue still fished well. The team event is decided on points, with 3 sections of 6 anglers. The to Quesada Country Club for our well-earned pints winner of each section gets 6 points and so on down to one point. and the presentations. Once again we would like to say a big thank you to Charlie and Linda for the In the event of a dry net then no points. splendid buffet that was laid on for us, which was Section winners on the day well appreciated by all. Section 1-6 winner Dave Hoare with 18.32 kilo´s; Section 7-12 The results of the days play are as follows: winner Doug Hornblow with 28.49 kilo´s; Section 13-18 winner Lenny 1st Darryll ‘Monkey’ Wright 35 pts; 2nd Victor Dew Bolton with 21.04 kilo´s. 33 pts on c/b; 3rd David McSweeney 33 pts on c/b. Points for Section 1-6 Nearest the pins, Par 3s, hole 3 David Mc Sweeney, Dave´s team 11 points; Paul´s team 6 points; Terry´s team 4 points hole 5 Roy ‘Gabby’ Kavanagh, hole 13 Margaret Issacs, Section 7-12 hole 16 John ‘Freedrop’ King. Nearest the pin in 2 Dave´s team 4 points; Paul´s team 11 points; Terry´s team 6 points shots, Par 4, hole 10 David McSweeney. Section 13-18 THE ROY TROPHY: Pam Martin Semi-final Individual Championship Match – Darryll Dave´s team 5 points; Paul´s team 11 points; Terry´s team 5 points ‘Monkey’ Wright beat Les Catt 4 & 3. Total points after first match Report by Bill ‘Benidorm’ Bailey Paul´s team 28 points Dave´s team 20 points Terry´s team 15 points. At present there are no vacancies for membership, if you are interested and wish to be registered on the waiting list, then please apply to Sue Swann on 966729293. ANGLERS TOGETHER Anglers Together was formed to introduce and TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2010 encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. It costs 10 euros for the first year and 5 euros for subsequent annual renewals. The next meetings will be held on Friday 12th PAUL WATTERS November at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar in Pinar del Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on TEL:663 427 170 Saturday 13th November at 12 o’clock at Los Galayos Bar, opposite beach front, at Puerto de Mazarron. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. Or CHECK MY WEBSITE On For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE NEW GLASGOW RANGERS WEBSITE




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