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A Guardia Civil officer, Jose Francisco MT, is on trial accused of being the middle-man in an organised crime organisation that targeted businessmen in the Orihuela Costa area. His is accused of conspiracy, robbery with violence, intimidation, illegal detention, kidnapping, theft of motor vehicles and concealment, and of conspiracy with a violent gang of thieves. It is claimed he was in collaboration with Romanian gypsies, though he was personally involved in some robberies. His involvement came to light following a burglary last March that was similar in modus operandi to several other crimes. The crime took place in Urbanization Campoamor. The owner of the property was beaten and held at gunpoint for nearly nine hours. During this time one of the burglars commented unwisely that they ‘used to hold up drug traffickers, but with the crisis we have had to focus on entrepreneurs.’ The gang made off with various items including the owners brand new Jaguar, which they attempted to ransom from him the following day for 10,000€. The officer’s involvement was discovered when it was found that he had looked up the victim’s details before and after the event using the Armed Forces Database. It was also found that he used the database to gather information on potential victims, to track the progress of investigations and to protect gang members. A laptop belonging to one the victims was found in his possession.

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In 2011, the projected investment programme of €9 million will cover 30 new projects in and around La Nucia. Proposed are a new Eco Park, an Old Peoples Home, an Extension to the Administration annex at Bello Horizonte, a Toy Library, a Day Care Centre, three new Clubs in the Sports Pavilion, a BMX and trials area, a Water Treatment Plant, an Environmental Education Centre and a Social Centre at Tossal. There will be 10 tennis courts with changing rooms, an extension to the sports facilities at the Poli Deportivo consisting of two football fields and an indoor soccer field, three gardens, located at Buenavista, Bello Horizonte and Pinar de Garaita , five new playgrounds at Foia Compania, Plaça Planets, Plaça Musicians, Puerta de Hierro and Panorama, and other smaller projects. Of the 20,000 square metre footprint, 4,000 square metres will be given over to recycling containers in appropriate areas. The remaining 16,000 square metres will be a leisure park for sports and recreation, with zip ropes, bridges, climbing nets and other features. It will have areas for the disabled, a barbecue area, public toilets and a reception and bar.

New Public Transport Route Will Improve Access To Airports The Mayor of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernandez Mateo, has given a very welcome announcement that the Department of Infrastructure and Transport of the Valencia Regional Government has at long last taken a step towards the installation of a new regular public transport passenger route between Torrevieja and Alicante Airport. As yet the plans are in the blueprint stage, but it is thought that the preferred choice would be a rail or electric tram link. This service would run 365 days a year with 12 return trips daily. Part of the route would use the A-7 motorway, due to traffic density and lower speed limits on the alternative coastal N332 route. However, due to the high cost this has been set aside for the moment while other

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The advantages to this scheme is that Orihuela and Torrevieja Local Authorities could split the costs involved, and also that tourists arriving in Costa Blanca South will be distributed more evenly between the two authorities. Another option would be to reinstate the former train line between Torrevieja and Albatera to connect with the Alicante-Murcia line at Callosa. In this case the existing Plaza de la Estacion could be used, and the existing Green Route could be extended to run alongside the new track. To complete this low-cost

Mayor Hernandez Mateo is pushing for a speedy resolution. He emphasised the benefits that such a service would provide for the Torrevieja tourist trade. He said that of Torrevieja’s population of more than 100,000 people, more than 50% were foreigners, and of that proportion 60% were Europeans who had retired to the area. Providing a linked passenger service between Torrevieja and Alicante airport would improve the area in the public perception with a high quality service, high standards of comfort, safety and accessibility, and improved marketability.

The Paseo in Puerto De Mazarron has seen a lot of disruption in the last few months due to re- construction. This week, work is once again continuing along the length of the beach front promenade after a Christmas Break. Work is being carried out in stages, with the central section, closes to the beach being presently fenced along its length, seeing many of the cafes and bars along in this section presently closed (some due to the time of years) some until the works are nearer completion. But, Café Bar Falco Bistro is still open daily offering popular choices on their menu, drinks and coffees. This section also now has Arc lamps placed on the palm trees which mean they are open till late. Sadly, some parts still remain

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2,500 people are being recruited by the Spanish airports authority, AENA for trials of the new 600 million euro terminal at Alicante’s El Altet airport. There will be 14 trials due to start in February, which will serve as a dry run to test the new terminal’s facilities. AENA wants the ‘passengers’, who must be over 18 years of age, to be similar to the type of person who will actually use the terminal. Each trial will involve approximately 180 ‘passengers’ who will go through arrivals, check in, security, and other areas of the terminal. After each trial the ‘passengers’ will complete an extensive questionnaire. AENA have said that there is a pay incentive for applicants. Those who wish to apply should go to the AENA website at www.aena. es and link through to figurants. Alternatively information can be obtained from Crezca at www. crezca.es, who is the company responsible for recruitment. All information on these pages is in Spanish and English.

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clean up of Palomares is a ‘race against time’ Francisco Castejon, State Representative and Andalucían ‘Ecologists in Action’ representative Igor Parra, warned that ‘every day that passes sees more active airborn radioactivity in Palomares.’

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The Local Police in Elche have commenced a drive against illegal taxi services. They are focussing their attention on the Airport at Alicante, where ‘pirate’ taxi drivers operate taking passengers to and from the airport to destinations all over the area. In most cases the drivers are people of nonSpanish origin. In one recent case the Guardia observed the same car, with a foreign driver, taking passengers to and from the airport, and receiving money in exchange. The resulting fine for being in breach of taxi regulations was €3,000, which it is hoped will act as a deterrent to others who see tourists as an easy target.

He described the situation as a ‘race against time’, and urged the Government of Spain to put pressure on the United States to resolve the situation once and for all. The main problem facing Palomares is the decomposition of plutonium contained within the four bombs dropped on the area by the United States 45 years ago. He claims that the contaminant has degraded to americium, which has allowed it to escape as an airborn spray. Castejon suggested that ‘presently the dosage is not very high, so not dangerous, but that in the future it could affect organs such as kidneys, liver and lungs.’ Possibly the situation could be aggravated in time by the volatility of americium, which is characterised as a gamma emitter. A study by CIEMAT allows for an initial cleansing of 50,000 m3 of material, with a final quantity reaching 6,000 m3, at a cost of around 25 million euros. Castejón questioned who would be responsible for paying that amount as well as what should be done with the waste after the two year duration of the decontamination. He pointed out that Spain ‘has neither the will nor the facilities to collect an element which has an estimated life of 27,000 years’. In any case, Ecologists in Action rejects any idea of storing the waste in the Palomares area. EVERYDAY 7 – 10 PM Castejon and Parra referred to the alleged ministerial meeting (FREE DELIVERY FOR ORDERS OVER 20€) held in Moncloa on 14 December, in which the Government had ‘changed attitude’ and decided to ...OR 9.95€ MENU The Guardia Civil has arrested three people suspected of crimes CHOICE OF 6.95€ MENU ‘press for action’ after ‘45 years of damage and theft in Mazarrón. They were caught red-handed ANY SOUP OR STARTER OF INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING without lifting a finger.’ robbing a quarry. The Officers saw two people carrying tools used WEEK, ANY CHICKEN OR LAMB ANY CHICKEN MAIN DISH 300 medical and in the business of quarrying, and noted that damage had been MAIN DISH, RICE OR NAAN, epidemiological studies are caused to the quarry installations and machinery. RICE AND NAAN DESSERT OR COFFEE performed annually in the The Officers immediately arrested these two men. Suspecting GLASS OF WINE, SMALL CIEMAT, and have yielded GLASS OF WINE, SMALL BEER that more people were involved in this crime they conducted ring BEER OR SOFT DRINK negative results, apart from surveillance of the quarry. Moments later a third person arrived OR SOFT DRINK 90 cases of suspected driving a van, and was also immediately arrested. contamination where the FIND US ON CAMPOSOL SECTOR A, MAZARRON Considerable damage was caused to the quarry and its environmentalists have no machinery, both during the robberies and during the arrest of the TEL: 968 199 226 or MOBILE: 627 830 929 conclusive data. suspects, two of whom have previous convictions.

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British government intervenes to help expats caught in Spanish property scams The UK government is currently dealing with more than a dozen different action groups made up of disenchanted expats who have lost hundreds of millions in property scams throughout Spain

The situation is so severe that the government recently appointed a special overseas property advisor to help deal with it and to better understand the problems of those involved. As a result, contentious issues such as illegal properties which do not have correct permits, cases where off-plan developments have not been built as specified and the length of time and cost involved in resolving property disputes were recently raised by the British ambassador to Spain with the Andalucian regional government and the Minister for Public Works and Housing. A spokesman for the British Embassy in Spain said: “The UK government has no authority to interfere in any matters relating to Spanish domestic legislation, whether national, regional or local. “However, we continue to express concern at the impact these problems are having on the lives of some of our citizens and Spain’s reputation abroad, and we have raised property issues with ministers in Spain and regional governments on numerous occasions. “We understand the regional government is currently working with town halls in affected municipalities to draw up inventories of illegal properties and to seek solutions. “We believe that the regularisation of these properties will come through updates and modifications to local town development plans.” One of the cases being studied by the special overseas advisor is that put forward by the Abusos Urbanisticos Lliber - NO! (AULN) action group, made up of expats who bought 298 family homes in the upmarket, inland village of Lliber on the Costa Blanca more than ten years ago. The area has been blighted as a consequence

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of the arrangements made between former town hall officials and builders to build with building licences granted by the town hall but without authority from regional government. Wholesale construction continued from 19992004, by which time an estimated £60 million was handed over to developers by unsuspecting expat families and retired couples. One of the victims, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “In 2004 the local environment agency, the college of architects and the guardia civil decided the homes were illegally built so building stopped. “I took early retirement and with my wife, through an agency in Cheltenham, bought a three bedroom, three bathroom villa with swimming pool and views over the hills but we have no mains water, no electricity and we can’t sell because it is illegally built. We are in limbo. The embassy has been great with advice but their hands are tied. The Spanish just don’t want to know. It is a dirty, dirty business.” Thanks to the action group and its members’ persistence, 2.4 million euros were recovered last year when police arrested the town hall architect and found the money in a private Andorran bank account. A further 18 people are currently awaiting trial for corruption and fraud relating to the illegal building of homes in Lliber including the ex-mayor José Mas Avellá, British builder Trevor Bourne and agent Miguel Muntaner who had accumulated 100,000 sq of land in the Marina Alta as well as 16 houses and seven cars. Only this week the Telegraph reported on the 300 Britons who lost an estimated £34 million after

paying deposits on off-the-plan apartments in a proposed development called Estepona Beach and Country Club, 20 miles from Marbella. In some cases, the prospective owners - many of whom were from Northern Ireland - put down an £85,000 deposit. However, the land still belonged to its original owner and the complex was never built. As the overseas advisor continues to do her best to advise distraught expats and direct them to competent authorities and organisations which may be of assistance, the question has to be asked: why have scams been so prevalent in Spain? Charles Svoboda, vice president of the Valencian action group Abusos Urbanisticos - No (AUN), who has been advising distraught British expats year after year, tole Telegraph Expat that it is simply because: “The laws are too lax and full of loopholes that tend to favour the scammers. “There have been too many unscrupulous promoters, developers, estate agents, lawyers, notaries, town halls, etc involved in the process, whose main aim has been to make as much money as fast as possible. “Their attitude has no concern about the lack of morality, let alone legality or corruption in all this. The sentiment that buyers are suckers who don’t understand anything here and can’t see past the beaches and bars when they buy is widespread. “Some expats are naive enough to believe that things should work here as they do in the UK or northern Europe, when that is a pipe dream. “And finally, the courts are slow and there are very few other recourses or ways to put things right here.”

world news Mysterious Bird Deaths Hit Sweden

Dozens of dead birds have been found lying in a residential street in Sweden. Police in the town of Falkoeping have told Swedish media that between 50 and 100 jackdaws had died. Some are said to have been hit by cars but others have no visible injuries. Parallels have been drawn with the mysterious death of about 3,000 red-winged blackbirds in the US state of Arkansas on New Year’s Eve. Veterinary officials told Swedish radio that the case in Falkoeping was rare although they said there could be a number of reasons such as “disease or poisoning”.

Passengers Thwart Turkish Jet Hijack Attempt Passengers on a Turkish Airlines jet have overpowered a man who tried to hijack their flight from Norway to Istanbul, security sources say. Turkish media reported that the man put on a mask and tried to force his way into the cockpit, saying he had a bomb. He is said to have demanded that the plane return to Oslo, before being subdued by passengers. The man was arrested when the plane landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. No-one was hurt. Turkish media said the suspect was a Turkish citizen from a Kurdish village in the south-eastern region of Anatolia.

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The move includes airports and London railway terminals, although there is no suggestion of any intelligence of an imminent attack. UK Press reports indicate that a letter to aviation chiefs stated there are indications al-Qaeda “may be considering an attack”. The threat to the UK overall remains where it has been for the past year at the second-highest level, “severe”. Security officials say the upgraded threat level for major UK transport hubs is precautionary. The overall national threat level at severe means a terrorist attack is highly likely. Officials say if there was any intelligence of an imminent threat or a plot under way the threat level would be raised to its highest level, “critical”. Beneath this are a series of threat levels for specific sectors of the national infrastructure which are not normally made public. The letter says there are indications al-Qaeda “may be considering an attack against a UK airport or aviation sector target” and it describes the reports as “credible”. It goes on to say the “economic, political and psychological significance of the UK aviation sector, coupled with the large crowds present within some of its major assets, would enable a successful attack to fulfil al-Qaeda’s objectives”. It emphasises that no changes to security will be made and the planned method of attack is unclear. There have been concerns in recent months over the possibility of Mumbai-style gun attacks in Europe and the intelligence that led to the sectorspecific change is believed to cover Europe as a whole. In practice, the move means more police are likely to be visible at airports and railway stations from Friday. A security correspondent for the BBC, Gordon Corera, said: “Officials are stressing that there

is no intelligence of an imminent attack. This is more precautionary than anything else. If there was some kind of intelligence of a plot under way, or that there was a threat to these locations tomorrow, then the threat level would go up to the highest level which is ‘critical’. That’s not happening. “These sector threat levels do change quite often. Normally the changes happen out of the public eye and officials don’t comment on them. “But what we can expect to see is a greater police presence, particularly at airports and large railway stations.” A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The threat level to the UK is at severe, which means that an attack is highly likely, and has been since January 2010. “We will police accordingly and use a range of covert and overt tactics which remain under constant review.” The Home Office said there was a “continuing need for everyone to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police”. A spokesman for airports operator BAA said: “Security at our airports remains at a high level and we remain vigilant at all times.”


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Fake goods can be bad for your health

Buying fake goods might be very tempting, especially in a recession, but police are warning that many of these goods, for example cosmetics, toys and sunglasses, can also be very dangerous. Fake perfumes can often cause allergies and skin irritation, and fake sunglasses are known for having lenses that offer little or no real protection from the sun’s damaging rays. Children’s toys should always carry the EC trading standards stamp. If they do not, they could be dangerous, especially to very young children. Fake telephones that appear identical to the latest top models would appear to offer no obvious risks, but there are suggestions that they could interfere with other systems or lose information altogether. Some fakes are easier to spot than others. Fake perfumes, however well the scent has been imitated, fade after practically no time at all. Polo shirts have the famous ‘crocodile’ logo embroidered onto the actual fabric, not an appliqué sewn on like the real deal. But other

fakes often have even the manufacturers stumped and the police have to be called in to use specialist ultraviolet equipment to detect the real from the fake. Fake clothing is one thing, but fake parts for vehicles are another kettle of fish altogether. 16 tonnes of fake vehicle parts that had been produced without any type of quality control were confiscated by the police in November - parts that could have made it into aeroplanes, trains, buses and cars. Most fake goods are confiscated before they reach the market place and police confiscated 30% less last year than in 2009, but the market value of the confiscated goods had increased by 13% to a massive 438 million euros, with the leathergoods industry being the worst hit, followed by the watch and jewellery trade.

Spanish judge to probe Iraq refugee camp killings

Smoking Law Brings 700 Complaints In Two Days JUST two days after the new anti-smoking law came into force, consumer group FACUA has received 700 complaints from people failing to comply.

Many bar and restaurant owners say they have had to ask customers to stop smoking, but in most cases they say they lit up out of habit and apologetically stubbed their cigarettes out. The majority of the complaints relate to hospitals and health centres which have failed to remove ashtrays from outside their doors. FACUA says its first complaint was about a bar in Sevilla which did not have a remote control for its cigarette vending machine preventing under-18s from

making purchases. Other cases in the past 48 hours have included a hospital patient who threatened a nurse when she tried to stop him smoking, and a rôtisserie in Marbella which has publicly stated it will not comply with the new law. El Asador Guadalmina has hung up a sign in its window telling customers that they can still smoke inside if they wish. The owners say the new law is a ‘smokescreen’, but have already had visits from the police after customers were seen lighting up inside.

Spanish government points to economic upturn Spain finally got some good news on its battered economy as the government announced it had beaten its deficit-cutting target for 2010 and the number of unemployed had fallen for the first time in five months in an interview with Onda Cero radio. He said he was convinced that Spain’s semi-autonomous regions, which have racked up large deficits, would comply with their goals for the year ahead.

A Spanish judge will probe a raid by Iraqi police and soldiers on a camp for Iranian refugees in July 2009 that killed 11 people, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said this week.

To reduce the deficit, Zapatero’s Socialist government has pushed through unpopular austerity measures, despite stagnant growth and high unemployment.

A Spanish National Court ruling in favour of an investigation into the events at Camp Ashraf, near the Iraqi border with Iran, became effective Tuesday after a five-day waiting period for possible appeals, said a lawyer for victims’ relatives. In December 2009 National Court judge Fernando Andreu agreed to consider the complaint under a legal doctrine known as “universal jurisdiction” which allows human rights crimes to be tried outside the country they allegedly took place.

Church’s Rejection Of Gay & One-Parent Families Is ‘Misogynistic’ The Catholic Church does not tolerate unconventional family types because it is ‘run by misogynists’, claims a spokeswoman for the PSOE. Elena Valenciano says the institution’s problem with accepting single parents, divorced couples and gay marriage is largely because it is ‘male-dominated’ and ‘sexist’. “They simply do not understand the way women’s role in society has evolved,” Valenciano states. She says the nuclear family – which the Catholic Church believes is the only correct way of life – is ‘based upon being stuck to a value system’ in which ‘women are subservient to men’, something which is ‘largely no longer the case’. “Women’s emancipation has led to a radical change in the model of family relations, and the Church hierarchy does not understand this, because it is misogynist,” the socialist spokeswoman declares.

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Addressing a deep concern on nervous markets, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero predicted the government would also meet this year’s deficit goal. Investors are demanding ever higher interest rates for buying Spanish debt because of concerns about the size of Spain’s annual deficits and the country’s heavy exposure to bond markets.

The measures include higher sales taxes and an average cut to public workers’ wages of five percent. Last month parliament narrowly approved the government’s austerity measures for 2011 which cut expenditure for this year by 7.9 percent to 122 billion euros (170 billion dollars).

The big fear is that if debt market rates go too high, Spain could be forced to seek an international rescue -- a crisis with global implications that would dwarf the Irish and Greek bailouts.

The government has repeatedly stressed that its accumulated public debt is below the European Union limit of 60 percent of annual output, or gross domestic product. It rose to 57.7 percent of GDP at the end of September from 53.2 percent at the end of 2009.

Seeking to calm those fears, Zapatero’s Socialist government has promised to lower the public deficit from 11.1 percent of output in 2009 to 9.3 percent in 2010, and 6.0 percent in 2011.

The Spanish economy, the EU’s fifth biggest, slumped into recession during the second half of 2008 as the global financial meltdown compounded the collapse of the once-booming construction sector.

It has vowed further to reduce the deficit to below the 3.0-percent European Union limit by 2013.

It emerged with tepid growth of just 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010 and 0.2 percent in the second but then stalled with zero growth in the third.

“Of course we will meet the deficit target of 6.0 percent in 2011, just as we set the goal of reducing the deficit in 2010 to 9.3 percent and today I can say that we are going to be somewhat better than the objective we set,” the prime minister said

first time for five months in December. There were 4.1 million people registered as jobless last month, down 10,221 or 0.25 percent from November, the biggest decline for the month of December since 2000, it said in a statement. But compared with the total 12 months ago the figure was still up 4.50 percent. “December is is normally a weak month, if unemployment lowered in December it is a good jobless figure,” Zapatero told Onda Cero radio. Raj Badiani, an analyst with IHS Global Insight, said the figure was better than expected but may have been due to “seasonal factors” and predicted the overall jobless rate would begin to edge back up again. “Our main concern is that employment creation is likely to be negligible in the first half of 2011, as the austerity measures begin to cull public-sector jobs, with private-sector employment failing to pick up the slack,” he said in a research note. The National Statistics Institute is to publish the fourth quarter unemployment rate on January 28. Last year the government introduced hotly contested labour market reforms that cut the country’s high cost of firing workers and gave companies more flexibility to reduce working hours and staff levels in economic downturns -changes that Zapatero argued would boost job creation.

The crisis has sent the unemployment rate soaring to almost 20 percent, the highest in the European Union.

The prime minister said Tuesday the fourth quarter would record positive growth which would pick up steam in 2011 but he warned that job creation this year would be “far from what we need and desire. It will be slow and progressive.”

The labour ministry said on Tuesday the number of people unemployed fell for the

The government forecasts an economic expansion of 1.3 percent in 2011.


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China to buy 6.0 bn euros of Spanish debt

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has said Beijing is willing to buy about six billion euros’ worth of Spanish public debt, Spanish PRESS reportS INDICATED, citing government sources. Li told Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero during a meeting in Madrid last Wednesday that China “was willing to buy as much Spanish debt as its Greek and Portuguese debt holdings combined, that is some six billion euros ($7.9 billion),” it said.

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Whilst the figure could not be confirm with Li, China’s Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng said that any transaction would be determined according to the date and size of any public debt issue. In an article in El Pais last Monday, one day ahead of his arrival in Madrid for a three-day official visit, Li said China was confident Spain would recover from its economic crisis and would continue to buy Spanish government bonds, without specifying a figure. “We have confidence in the Spanish financial market, which has been translated into the acquisition of its public debt, something we will continue to do in the future,” he said. Spain was the first stop of Li’s three-nation tour of Europe that will also include Germany and Britain. Li, who is considered next in line to replace Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, will visit Germany between January 6-9 and Britain between January 9-12. Zaparero’s Socialist government has slashed spending and raised taxes to rein in a ballooning public deficit and ease market fears that Spain will need an EU bailout like the ones granted Ireland and Greece last year. It has vowed to lower the public deficit from 11.1 percent of economic output in 2009 to an EU limit of 3.0 percent by 2013.

US oil spill: ‘Bad management’ led to BP disaster

Absent Baroness Ashton Leaves Britain Without A Voice

Baroness Ashton has failed to fully attend two thirds of European Commission meetings over the past year, leaving Britain without a voice in the most important forum for EU law making, according to research by The Daily Telegraph Lady Ashton, Europe’s foreign minister, is also commission vice-president and Britain’s only full representative on the EU’s executive. On Wednesday, she again missed an entire Brussels meeting, her 17th since January, 2010, because of a trip to the Middle East. Officials and diplomats have questioned her commitment to the job, which has a salary of more than £230,000 a year, and especially her reluctance to be away from her London-based family at weekends. David Heathcoat-Amory, a former Tory minister for Europe, said the attendance record was proof that Lady Ashton was not the right person for a senior political role. “She is not up to the job and everyone knows it,” he said. “I opposed the creation of an EU foreign minister but I at least thought we would get someone who would bother to turn up.” Lady Ashton has also been absent from 40 per cent of 42 meetings of the commission “college” in the past year, gatherings at which the EU’s 27 commissioners – one for each member state – take critical legislative decisions on issues such as European regulation of the City of London. In an additional 26 per cent of meetings, Lady Ashton left proceedings early, although, her aides insist that, in most cases she was there for the “meat” of the agenda. Her attendance record is the worst of the EU’s 27 commissioners. Her record, described by one senior Italian politician as “amazingly” poor, has led to renewed criticism of her suitability for the senior post and her reluctance to move to Brussels fulltime combined with an unwillingness to travel or work abroad at weekends. Mario Mauro, an Italian centre-Right MEP and a close political ally of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s prime minister, said it was becoming increasingly clear that the Labour peer, appointed by Gordon Brown, was not suitable for the high-profile job. “When she was appointed I was not against her - I supported her, with no prejudgment,” he said. “I am amazed at this record.

There is increasing disquiet among Conservatives over the Labour government’s decision to take the EU’s foreign affairs post and Lady Ashton’s record. “Our interests would have been far better served had we taken one of the economic portfolios. Important decisions are taken around the commission table and the UK needs someone fighting its corner all the time,” said Ashley Fox, the Tory MEP for the South-West. Her absences have also been blamed on the Lisbon Treaty, which gave her jobs both as the EU’s High Representative for foreign affairs and Britain’s European commissioner. “She cannot be in two places at once,” said her spokesman. A source close to Lady Ashton said she had asked to be allowed to follow commission meetings by video conferencing, but was refused on the ground that other commissioners might follow her example of poor attendance. Hugo Brady, senior research fellow at the Centre European Reform, said the commission needed to change its rules to allow Lady Ashton to send a deputy to meetings. “If it doesn’t work it will reflect badly on the commission as well,” he said.

Backlash Against Perks For EU Officials

The companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill made decisions to cut costs and save time that contributed to the disaster, a US panel has concluded

In a chapter of its final report, to be published next week, the presidential commission said the failures were “systemic” and likely to recur. BP did not have adequate controls in place to ensure safety, it found. The April blast aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and caused one of the worst oil spills in history. The Macondo well, about a mile under the sea’s surface, eventually leaked millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, damaging hundreds of miles of coastline before it was capped in July. BP said in a statement that the report, like its own investigation, had found the accident was the result of multiple causes, involving multiple companies. But, it said, the company was working with regulators “to ensure the lessons learned from Macondo lead to improvements in operations and contractor services in

It means she does not understand the importance of her role.”

A backlash against generous European Union pay and perks is growing after it emerged that 2,000 Brussels officials, earning from £104,000 to £185,000 a year, were entitled to three months time off work on full pay last year

deepwater drilling”. Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon rig, said that “the procedures being conducted in the final hours were crafted and directed by BP engineers and approved in advance by federal regulators”. Halliburton also said it acted at the direction of BP and was “fully indemnified” by the oil giant. The new report criticises BP, which owned the Macondo well, Transocean and Halliburton, which managed the well-sealing operation, and blames inadequate government oversight and regulation. Specific risks the report identifies include: • A flawed design for the

cement used to seal the bottom of the well • A test of that seal identified problems but was “incorrectly judged a success” • The workers’ failure to recognise the first signs of the impending blow-out “Whether purposeful or not, many of the decisions that BP, Halliburton, and Transocean made that increased the risk of the Macondo blow-out clearly saved those companies significant time (and money),” the presidential panel wrote. “BP did not have adequate controls in place to ensure that key decisions in the months leading up to the blow-out were safe or sound from an engineering perspective.”

Fury over soaring EU spending and a 3.7 per cent pay rise for Eurocrats last year, the best paid politicians in the Western world, has spread to pro-European federalist countries such as Germany as painful national austerity measures hit voters. Despite being paid six figure salaries, 1,962 of EU’s most senior civil servants have been allowed to join a “flexitime” scheme, originally meant for lower paid secretarial staff, that gives an extra 24 days off work every year for those that put in an extra 45 minutes a day in the office. The perk comes on top of annual holidays of 24 days as well as seven days off for public holidays, and in 2010, 11 “non-working” days out of the office when the Brussels institutions are closed in summer and at Christmas. The allowances mean that last year many EU staff were entitle to 66 days or 13 weeks or a quarter of the year off work. Inge Grassler, the German Christian Democrat MEP who uncovered the time off perk, has urged that the “flexitime” is tightened up to exclude senior EU officials, whose working hours are not measured by the clock. “This information must mean the death of the myth of the hard-working Commission official,” she said. “I have no sympathy for time off in leadership roles. Those who earn six figures must sometimes be willing to work more than 37.5 hours – as is customary in industry.” Stephen Booth, of the Open Europe pressure group, said: “If the top ranks of the EU’s civil service can take this much time off it raises interesting questions about how much work

they’re actually doing.” The Commission has defended the time off scheme as a model for all employers. “Flexitime is not holidays,” said a Commission spokesman. “All responsible employers should have such schemes. Many motivated officials work long hours and deserve to be compensated for it.” Syed Kamall, a Conservative MEP for London, suggested that, as EU officials are only at work for three quarters of the year, then staffing numbers and costs for the Brussels institutions could be cut dramatically. “If EU officials worked the same long hours under the same conditions as public sector workers in the UK, we might need far fewer of them, and perhaps we could cut the EU’s budget,” he said. At an EU summit last month, David Cameron won support from Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy for a British campaign to freeze future Brussels budgets. The Prime Minister’s success in wooing the German Chancellor and French President, usually the most ardent EU supporters, reflects deepening anger across Europe at austerityproof Brussels institutions at a time of painful national cuts. On Tuesday, Bavaria’s Christian Democrats, key allies of Chancellor Merkel, declared that a “radical overhaul” of EU pay and privileges was long overdue. Markus Ferber, a senior German MEP, said: “The privileges of EU officials must be abolished as quickly as possible.”


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MAKING “TRACKS” TO ORIHUELA

to the regional government, to have Torrevieja included in the development of the rail network across Spain. The arrival of the A.V.E. high speed track towards Valencia is a good reason to think, and hope, that this crucial link, may at last be restored.

A little belated, but nonetheless sincere, Happy New Year from all of us here at the Calida Country CMC! We meet on a fortnightly basis on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 8.00pm until midnight. It’s not a ‘members only’ club and all are invited to come along. The fortnightly entertainment consists of a mix of Live Entertainment, Country Music Disco, all styles of dancing – western partner, country rock, line dancing plus possible dancing tuition for those who want to learn, request spots, etc – and even Country Music Karaoke.

Readers who are interested in railways in general, and the Torrevieja branch line in particular, will find a number of excellent photographs of the line in it’s heyday, and in it’s last days, at the Bar La Estasio’n, C/Urbano. There is a Porter’s hat to try on, and on the wall, the original, majestic station clock from Torrevieja.

The Social Club in La Molata, Los Muñoces – near Cañadas de Alhama is located just off the RM2/MU 603, around 10km from Camposol. Boasting a large dance floor, it’s also a licensed premises with drinks at Spanish prices and our hosts, Antonio & Cheryl, maintain a superb kitchen. The ‘fish and chips’ are to die for! Advance bookings for meals can be made to Cheryl on 619 003 022 The club is designed as a non-profit making organisation but, having said that, we charge a small entrance fee of €5.00 per couple (or €3 per single) together with a raffle held on each club night to pay for the Live Artists and club running costs. Net profits from any income are to be donated, via the Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía, to the joint Lions/PALS C.A.F.E. appeal What with the fabulous CHRISTINE appearing on Fri 21 January, the wonderfully talented PROSPECTORS CM duo on 18 February, a coach visit to Camping Marjal’s 3rd Annual CM and Linedancing Festival in Guardamar, and the return appearance of CACTUS JACK on 18 March we’re kicking 2011 off in true western style Our programme for the next few months is...

Titfield Thunderbolt? Well perhaps not, but there is a chance that Torrevieja city, may again, at long last, get it’s rail connection back, to the main line, close to Orihuela city. The track, along with chairs, sleepers and ballast, was removed in 1964. The permanent way was transferred into a very pleasant walk and cycle way,

running along the salt lakes. A section of the original line took it through what is now a modern industrial estate. Along one section of roadway, within this factory estate, can still be seen, a rusting relic of time long ago, telling the road user to “Beware of Trains”.

I commented some time ago, that if this line was ever reinstated, what a splendid idea it would be, to run steam trains on bank holidays! Now, where do we find a Fat Controller?

The PP, PSOE and LV political parties, have come together, to table a notion

Photograph shows the locomotive crew and station staff, at Torrevieja, just before closure

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RED STROKES

It was a big night for a small charity in Sucina on Thursday, 6th Jan with €250.59 being raised in a raffle for HELP Murcia Mar Menor. Of equal cause to rejoice was that two new volunteers were also recruited. SONNY KING, a singer of great renown in the UK provided the entertainment FREE in support of HELP Murcia Mar Menor.

Put a note in your diary now!! We’d love to see you there!! For further details and/or coach tickets for the Guardamar CM Festival Contact… Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082

His popularity and talent proved a great pull with the crowd spilling over to the outside pavement. Happily the temperature was about 12 degrees. Even though the bar was packed tight, such was the mood generated by SONNY’S groovy music, that women were dancing in the very limited space at their tables. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Sonny hopes to return in July if his UK touring schedule permits. We look forward to it. Gerry Sherry - Tel 968 371 091

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how to teach your dogs tricks

Your dog is probably brighter than you think. Assistancedog charities teach their dogs over 100 commands and used advanced methods that allow dogs to solve, sometimes complex, problems. For example, if a disabled owner blacks out in the bath, their trained dog will jump in, pull out the plug and keep their owners head out of the water until the danger passes – truly amazing! Even if your dog likes to laze around, they will still love an opportunity to exercise their brain. You can easily trach your dog to do things that help you but are not demeaning. Historically, we used dogs to help hunt for food, so why not use their natural instincts in ways more appropriate for their modern life they share with us?

These days, dog trainers use reward-based method rather then the ‘Barbara Woodhouse’ philosophy of shouting and pulling violently on choke chains. If food is their strongest trigger - remember that a dogs sense of smell is a million times better than ours – a little of something tasty can go a long way! Amongst the top three treats that dog trainers swear by are crispy bacon, chicken skin and cheese, but use only small pieces because if the dog has to chew they may forget why they were being rewarded! Be generous at first – this will get your dog’s attention – giving treats freely if your dog ‘nearly’ does what you want; then as they start getting better, reward them accordingly, only giving rewards for excellence. When your dog is reliably doing what you want them to, start varying the frequency and type of reward so that they keep trying their best. You’ll probably find that random rewards work much better. If you’re dog is not of the usual ‘food-

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obsessed’ type, then think about other things that make your dog happy like playing fetch, curling up next to you on the sofa or even just a little praise and a stroke may suffice!

t If your dog already knows how to heel on your left, teach them to heel on your right or to walk right behind you. These may be useful in crowds, narrow corridors, etc.,

The trick to teaching tricks is to look at some of t h e things your dog does naturally, t h e n build on

t Teach your dog to lift up each of their feet on command (‘right-front’ etc. - this is useful when you clip his nails, or need to wash or wipe them, etc. t Are you tired of collecting all of your dog’s toys; tennis balls, squeaky toys, etc. then teach your dog to do it themselves! They can learn to pick up all of their toys and put them into a box on command. t If you live alone and sometimes fall asleep again after turning off the alarm clock in your sleep, you can teach your dog to start licking and poking you at the sound of your alarm clock. t Everybody’s heard of the classic trick where a dog fetches slippers or a newspaper, but what about letting your dog ‘answer the phone’ (lift up the receiver for you), put an empty beer bottle back in the box, or carry some other things on command? – it’s possible to teach a dog to identify a very large number of objects by names.

it. Remember that the tricks are mainly meant to give your dog some meaningful activity so don’t bore your dog with tricks, only do them as long as you both are having fun, and when they have mastered one thing, think of something new instead of just repeating the old routines.

t “Give a kiss” or “hug” - your dog gives you (or somebody else!) a wet kiss or puts his paws on your shoulder t “Sit up” or “dance” are quite common tricks – when a dog gets up on their hind legs - but you can also teach them to respond to a more unusual command, for example, ask your dog “What does a CIRCUS-DOG do??” to make him dance for you! Some of them may require lots of time to learn - don’t worry, that’s exactly why they are so useful! In order to master the trick your dog needs to concentrate very much and use their brain! Progress in small steps if needed, and don’t forget to reward your dog when he makes progress!

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Norway’s 200,000 reindeer are being fitted with reflectors to protect them from being run over. So far about 2,000 of the animals have been fitted with reflective yellow collars or small antler tags. The aim is to reduce the number of car crashes that kill around 500 of the animals each year. “It really works,” said Kristian Oevernes, the leader of the project at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. “This is the first time it (reindeer marking) has

happened on this scale.” A test drive on a snowmobile showed that marked reindeer were far more visible in the dark than others. About 200,000 reindeer live in Norway, mostly owned by Sami indigenous people who raise them for meat, skins and antlers. Sami herders had tried small experiments to attach reflective tape to the animals but the glue failed in the cold. Finnish herders had also tried a reflective spray, but it reduced the fur’s ability to keep out the chill.

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So, a New Year, a New slogan, a new logo and a host of great events for 2011

It’s not too late to report on our Christmas dinner dance. The 12th December saw a great time being had by all at the event held at the Costa Costa Hotel in Mazarron The guests dressed in their best and enjoyed the C.A.S Band and Christine. Everyone being pleased to dance the evening away after another superb meal. Many thanks to all those who donated prizes for the huge raffle.

Pinito de Oro, Aledo. Champagne reception, a great menu befitting the ambience, with wine, beer, and a copa after all included. Offer includes return transport from several different areas, subject to demand, enabling everyone in your party to enjoy the event without having to drive into the mountains. However this is a hotel and therefore discounted rooms will be available for those wishing to stay if on independent travel.

Moving on to the first event of 2011, the Annual Sponsored swim. We were just so lucky with the weather, after several days of cloud and rain the sun came out and several hundred people basked in the sunshine and enjoyed the refreshments made available by the committee for the swimmers and the Bahia hotel for the refreshments of the onlookers.

We feel that for this, the Event of the year that smart dress is important and although we would love to see the gents in black tie, to make sure no one misses out due to the small holiday allowance baggage weight, we would be happy to see you maybe in a lounge suit or smart jacket, shirt and tie. The ladies of course can enjoy the event to the full and get out their finest!

18 people braved the seas, saying that, they were brave enough to sign up whilst the weather was far from warm and we would like to thank them all for swimming on the day. The final amount raised will be announced later, some swimmers are still collecting cash from their sponsors. Many thanks also to Les Drydon who stepped in to take over Peter Lilley’s sponsorship. Unfortunately Peter who was expected to gain the most sponsorship had a heart attack in the UK and is now in London awaiting a bypass operation – our thoughts are with him and Shirley and we look forward to seeing him at next years swim. Very many thanks to all those who sponsored and helped – the soup kitchen was grand and there were many compliments!

The cost of this grand evening is 47.50 Euros per head. Bookings are now being taken and Group Tables can be arranged at the time of placing your booking. A deposit of 20e per head ensures your place

Jumping ahead, to the P.A.L.S. Summer special, TUESDAY 7th JUNE – as we promised – new venue –new entertainment (three new acts) - at the smart and romantic Hotel

There will be space allocated for those amongst us that may be solo at the moment, possibly a romance could occur, so please do not be shy about attending this event on your own. Just mention when booking so that we can allocate a good seat for you For further information and to book this event

please ring Ken on 626 460465 or Barbara on 968 598847. We at PALS are all very excited about this very special evening and have number of firm bookings.so do not hesitate to book and reserve your place. Back to the Future . Our first event will be the Race night at 8pm 20th January. Come and have a flutter, it may still be winter, but things will get hot at Trevi Bar on Campsol B, Campsol, Mazarron Informal evening bring your friends. Only 2e entrance.

18th February sees a trip to Torrievieja Market, lunch at Los Arcos, shopping afterwards. Coaches will pick up from various locations Great day out for 25e 16th March CAFÉ event – something different to enjoy – A Tinkers Ball – to be held at the popular venue, The Sensol Golf music by the popular Backwater and X Factor finalist Dominic – 5e per head There may be some out there that have not heard about our Super Cruise but there are a few places left available due to cancellations. 7 night Med cruise – 26th March – 2nd April Coaches to and from Mazarron to pick up the ship at Barcelona.. Please call Ken on 626 460 465 20th April and a return to the mountain village of Bedar again the Miramar Restaurant,last year voted the best lunch PALS did.

There will be a short visit to Mojacar before lunch. Coaches in the usual pick up areas. Tickets at 25 Euros. Not to be missed OK, we may be organising a lot of new events this year, but we just had to include the BBQ on the beach, always a popular event. 1st May Food and drinks supplied – cost of 13e Children welcome Boules contest. To end our first 6 months events, we will be having the Picnic in the Park, a good family event, on the 21st June Sangria, wine, beer and soft drinks, live music plus the coach for a total of 17e per head. First pick up at the Puerto 5pm.

A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND ENJOYABLE 2011 from all the Committee Members at P.A.L.S and remember, tickets and information about all our events is available each week outside Trevi Bar Camposol B, on Saturday mornings between 11.00am and 1.30pm. and at Saralaras in the Port on a Wednesday afternoon 1 till 3pm New committee members and helpers always welcome, we meet once a month at the Business Centre. Next meeting 10th January, at 11am. Tickets and information are available from Maureen 968 986 019, Ken on 626 460465 Diane 968 594 503 or you can e mail Val on coopervalie47@yahoo.com. Don’t forget PALS DO IT4U the money raised has saved many a life, and will continue to do so with your support.

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FAMILY’S ZOO ADVENTURE MAKES BIG SCREEN Melody Makers International are producing their 3rd major concert in 12 months at the Orihuela Costa Resort, La Zenia on Saturday 29th January. This concert is entitles ‘An Evening of Music from the Movies’ - a title which is self-explanatory. As well as the 60 strong adult mixed choir, there will be just the second performance of the newly created Cantemos! Children’s Choir who performed for the first time in December in La Zenia church to standing ovations. The programme will include very well-known music from the movies, including music from such films as Gone With the Wind, Dr Zhivago, Ghost, A Star Is Born, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, From Russia With Love, Deer Hunter, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and many many more. The concert will be accompanied by a professional band, with two members flying in especially from the UK to play. The drummer Robin Payne, who is one, of the best in the UK, will join Matthew Hopkins, son of conductor Nigel, and a top keyboard specialist, together with local players who include pianist Sue Trick.

A family who bought a rundown zoo in Devon has become the unlikely inspiration for a Hollywood movie. The film, starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, tells the story of Ben Mee’s family who bought the zoo despite having no experience of animals and only limited funds. Mr Mee, 45, a former newspaper DIY columnist, his brother Duncan, 47, and their mother Amelia, 76, purchased the Dartmoor Zoological Park in August 2006 for £1.1m. “Our first offer was rejected because we had no experience and no real money to invest but nearly a year later I saw that the zoo was still up for sale and this time the animals would have to be shot if a buyer wasn’t found,” he said.

wolves, three brown bears, two pumas, a lynx, four Asian short-clawed otters, two flamingoes, a flock of owls, a Brazilian tapir called Ronnie, vervet monkeys, several emus, a herd of deer, a llama, various reptiles, boa constrictors and a tarantula spider. After a major refurbishment project, detailed in Mr Mee’s subsequent book ‘We Bought a Zoo’, the family re-opened the zoo for business in July 2007. However, just months before the grand re-opening tragedy struck when Katherine Mee died from a re-occurrence of an aggressive, fastgrowing brain tumour. Mr Mee said: “Towards the end, I would take her in the wheelchair to see the tigers. You could tell she was still moved by the wonder of them.”

the concert is suitable for the whole family, and commences at 20.00hrs. Tickets, at just 10 euros, are available from the Orihuela Costa Resort reception, or by telephoning their box office on 966 760 800. The last two concerts were absolute dell-outs, so it is

After finally buying the zoo, Mr Mee, his wife Katherine and their children Milo, six, and Ella, four, moved into the decaying mansion that occupies the park.

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His book became a best-seller in the US and 20th Century Fox bought the film rights. The movie, directed by Cameron Crowe, is expected to be released at the end of 2011.

Police officers are being sent to a John Lewis department store - to learn how to be polite to the public.

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The Showgroup Torrevieja are very proud to have presented a cheque for 1300 euro to the charity DEBRA (Butterfly Children) at there recent production of ‘Almost A Panto’, which was a resounding success. The audience, who loved it, gave a standing ovation, and at one point even joined the cast on the stage for Y.M.C.A. Based on a rehearsal for Cinderella, the audience saw everything from song and dance walm up’s, to costume fittings, tantrums and even interuptions from the ‘tea lady’, who pushed her trolley in front of the audience while the cast on stage ignored the singing and dashed off for a cuppa. From off-stage the stage manager could be heard making and altering his props. The cast enjoyed, and had a lot of fun during there actual rehearsals, and this came over on the night, when everyone on and off stage enjoyed the evening of fun filled laughter. Showgroup Torrevieja were also pleased to HGV Class1 Drivers for work in UK accept names of several Health Care / Nurses for work throughout Europe of the audience who wish Bricklayers, Welders, Plasterers, Roofers & to join this happy, friendly Carpenters needed for work in Belgium. group and anyone else is Industrial Pipe Fitters wanted in Holland & very welcome to join us. Germany. Knowledge of design and planning is a bonus. Accommodation supplied, short and long term For details please ring placements available on all of the above positions Jenny on 966 181 951 Please call 0044 7878 599 209 or email: - we hope to see you kmlservices@hotmail.co.uk with a CV there!

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The move, in Manchester, comes after a survey revealed some officers answered mobiles while talking to people or had inappropriate ring tones. Superintendent Nadeem Butt from Greater Manchester Police came up with the idea to ask the store for help because its staff are so polite. He said: “We all know they are fantastic at customer service - anyone who has shopped there will tell you that. I rang them up and said: ‘Can we come down and have a look at what you do?’ “The main thing is that John Lewis treats

They will be trained to be more professional and considerate when dealing with victims of crime and witnesses. They are being taught to spend more time listening to people, to keep victims updated on the progress of inquiries and to tell people exactly what happens after a crime is reported.

T COFFEE SPILL SPARKS HIJACK ALER A US pilot sparked a hijacking alert after spilling his coffee on the controls, issuing a distress signal and forcing the plane to divert. The United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Canada, reports the Daily Telegraph. The flight landed safely in Toronto after the coffee spill caused distress signals to go out, including code 7500, which means hijacking or unlawful interference.

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Officers from Supt Butt’s force will receive their politeness training from the John Lewis store in Cheadle, Greater Manchester.

A report on Transport Canada’s website said the pilot “had inadvertently squawked a 7500 code after spilling coffee on the aircraft’s radio equipment, which interfered with the communications equipment”. “The flight crew had advised that

they had communication problems and subsequently reported that they had some navigation problems as well and from there the pilot in the command diverted the flight onto Toronto,” said Maryse Durette, a Transport Canada spokeswoman. United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said: “It was a beverage. During light turbulence one of the crew members beverages spilt which then caused issues with the aeroplanes communications equipment.” Mr Johnson said the crew was in contact with air traffic control throughout. He said that the pilot elected to divert the flight rather than cross the Atlantic Ocean while experiencing a communications problem. The Boeing 777 was carrying 241 passengers and 14 crew members. They were flown back to Chicago on another plane and put up in hotel rooms overnight before catching a later flight to Frankfurt


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Elvis.... The King

of Rock’n’Roll at 76

Simply put, Elvis Presley was the first real rock & roll star. A white Southerner singing blues laced with country, and country laced with gospel, he brought together American music from both sides of the colour line and performed it with a natural hip-swivelling sexuality that made him a teen idol and a role model for generations of cool rebels. Repeatedly dismissed as vulgar, incompetent, and a bad influence, the force of his music and his image was no mere merchandising feat; Presley signalled to mainstream culture that it was time to let go. As a recording artist, Presley’s accomplishments are unparalleled. He is believed to have sold over 1 billion records worldwide, about 40 percent of those outside the U.S. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) awarded Presley the largest number of gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certifications of any artist in history; as of early 2001, 131. His chart performance, as tracked by Billboard, is also unmatched, with 149 charting pop singles: 114 Top 40, 40 Top 10, and 18 #1s. This month, Elvis would have celebrated his 76th birthday and his image and influence remain undiminished. While certainly other artists preceded him and he by no means “invented” rock & roll, he is indisputably its king!

John Lennon’s first car up for auction

The first car bought by John Lennon after he passed his driving test is being offered for sale at auction next month The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe was bought by the Beatle in 1965 and is expected to sell for between 120,000 euros (£99,987) and 170,000 euros (£141,000). Lennon’s biographer, Philip Norman, described how car dealers descended on the singer’s home when the news emerged that he had passed his test and offered him a ‘’gleaming smorgasbord’’ of luxury cars. But it was the Ferrari that caught his eye, with Lennon paying £2,000 for the car, It was soon jOHN lENNON, DURING FILMING ‘hOW i wON tHE wAR’ IN aLMERIA, 1969 joined by his trademark Rolls-Royce, complete with psychedelic paintwork, and a Mini. online bidder who wished to remain anonymous. The car will be sold by auction house Bonhams at The suit had been expected to fetch as much as a sale in Paris on February 5. $120,000 (£76,800). Owner Kathy Braswell told Last week the white two-piece suit worn by the Connecticut Post the holiday auction was their Lennon on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road biggest event of the year. The suit was custom made for Lennon by French designer Ted Lapidus. album sold for more than £29,000 at auction. The suit and other Beatles memorabilia were sold for $46,000 (29,400) on Saturday at the Braswell Galleries’ annual New Year’s Day auction to an

Hank Gioiella of Darien paid $5,500 (£3,500) for a rusted green 1972 Chrysler station wagon Lennon and Yoko Ono owned.

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Totally Dance

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AGE CONCERN UPDATES

Susan and all the girls from Totally Dance would like to say a massive “Thank You” to Toni and Kelvin at Howards Gym and all the members and friends who purchased tickets for the Christmas Raffle. The raffle was run on behalf of the Totally Dance School whose classes are held in the gym, to help raise funds for their trip to Disneyland Paris to take part in an International Dance Competition. The raffle, which was drawn on 17th December at ‘Let’s Eat’ in Benimar during Howards Gyms Christmas party, raised a massive €380!!

The Charity ended the year and welcomed in the New Year, with two pieces of good news, Firstly The ‘P.A.L.S.’ Social Club in Washington Square, La Siesta presented the Charity with a 1,000 euro cheque, for which we are extremely grateful. Secondly, Coachtrips SL, popularly known as David’s Coaches, have chosen Age Concern Espana, as their chosen charity for 2011, which is a great compliment to us all at Age Concern. During the year, on most of their coachtrips all over Spain, passengers will be offered the opportunity to purchase a one euro draw ticket, which could win them a Mediterranean Cruise for two, at the end of September 2011. A fabulous prize for one euro. The draw will take place in early August to give the lucky winners plenty of time to organise their cruise.

Special thanks go to Toni & Kelvin Howard, Lisa Gordon (Zumba Instructor) and ‘Lets Eat’ for donating some of the raffle prizes. The lucky winners are:

Another event taking place onSunday, 6th February 2011 isa trip to Viva Espana, just north of Benidorm, where you can enjoy a full four course meal plus a real family Dancing Show following the meal. More details from Coachtrips SL. Telephone 966 789 502.

GHOSTS ARRIVE IN GUARDAMAR No it’s not a sighting of spooks, or someone seeing things after drinking too much. It is this year’s GASS (Gilbert and Sullivan Society) show, RUDDIGORE or The Witch’s Curse. The story of has the usual mix of villain, virtuous heroine and dashing hero (the Baronet) assisted by his faithful retainer. The curse on the first Baronet, some twenty generations ago was that the Baron must do a crime every day, else die in agony. So the current Baronet tries to cope with the curse, the ghosts of his ancestors and to win his love’s hand all at the same time. The Stage Director, Trevor King, the Show Director

John Gardiner, assisted by Gwyneth Farrer and the Musical Director, Cyril Willoughby have all worked hard since last September to ensure this will be a remarkable show full of not just music and song, but a full production with scenery, costumes and acting performances. The show takes place at Casa de Cultura, Guardamar on 9th, 10th and 11th March so put these dates in your diaries as you will not want to miss this show. Tickets will be available next month for this wonderful show costing 10 Euros Wed. and Thurs. or 12 Euros Friday from: The Card Shop, Ciudad Quesada, Casa De Cultura, Guardamar, by telephone 966198396 or Email dfarrer1@terra.es

The two Age Concern shops in Torrevieja and Los Montesinos are now open as normal, and the walk-in centre on Calle Paganini Urb. La Siesta is open Monday/Friday from 10.00am to 2.00pm. daily. Finally the Pre-Xmas Dinner Dance held at the Coopers Arms, Quesada was once again a great success, enjoyed by all who attended. The lovely Food Hamper sponsored by The Quesada Branch Of The Banco De Valencia was won by Mrs Brenda Hickin. On behalf on Age Concern, may we wish you a Happy and Prosperous 2011, and thank you for all your support and help in 2010.

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The first meeting of 2011 for this fun loving group was held on Wednesday 5th January @ San Remo Restaurant in Catral. Gines and his staff looked after our 25 ladies very well, the tables were dressed beautifully with spring flowers and the whole place sparkled. The food and service matched the ambience – what more could a ladies group ask. There was also a group from La Marina Walking Club eating at the next table that were intrigued by some of our antics and added to our fundraising!! A total of €217.37 was raised for our charity Paul Cunningham Nurses, a very pleasing result, all thanks to our members’ donations and generosity. For details of this group who meet on the first Wednesday of the month please call Janine on 966 261 359, Maddie on 966 078 646 or ladieswholunchespana@ gmail.com

alleged to be mistreating the seized from a laboratory after the courts animal. ruled experimentation being carried out In December 2010, FIPARM on them was cruel. With no other centre of its kind in the region, launched the all of these animals would Brigada Azul have been destroyed South to help act without Roal. in cases of animal mistreatment in As part of its education the Alicante area campaign, FIPARM held south of Elche. more than 100 talks in This is currently schools and colleges in a limited, 2010 to teach children Dog seized by the Brigada Azul voluntar y and young people the service, but if importance of animal Last year was a busy year for the resources permit will protection and care. Alicante based animal protection grow in 2011. FIPARM president, Raúl service The Brigada Azul, with its officers In addition to running Merida, stressed that responding to an incredible 1723 call the Brigada Azul, the successes of the outs in 2010. Dog seized by the Brigada Azul FIPARM opened a new year were only made The service, run by the charitable animal sanctuary, Roal, possible thanks to the foundation Fundación Internacional para in 2010 to provide foundation’s many la Protección de los Animales (FIPARM), emergency care for exotic animals. Roal supporters. rescued more than 100 abandoned has more than 100 animals in residence, Said Raúl Merida, “We are proud of animals, including dogs, cats, horses including lions, a tiger, lynx and monkeys all we have achieved this year, but and exotic animals, there is so much more still to do. and dealt with 963 Like all charitable foundations cases of cruelty, we rely heavily on donations, so mistreatment and our work can only continue and neglect. develop thanks to the generosity The Brigada Azul of members of the public. We are worked closely very grateful to all our volunteers with the Guardia and supporters and would like Civil’s Seprona unit to thank them for everything they (responsible for have done to help us help animals animals, nature and in 2010.” the environment), To find out more about the work making an average of FIPARM or the Brigada Azul and of five denucias a learn how you can help email: working day – around b l u e b r i g a d e @ 1200 over the year. fundacionraulmerida.es Animal Ninety percent of mistreatment can be reported via these resulted in Raúl Merida with Max the tiger at Roal. Max was to be destroyed when the email or in emergencies on 648 animal centre where he was kept closed and no new home could be found. action being taken Roal has been able to offer an emergency home while looking for a good, 498 668. against the person new permanent home.


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james blunt With one of the most recognisable male voices currently to be heard, James Blunt, , is best known by his number one hit "You're Beautiful" which brought him fame in 2005.

performing on many different instruments himself.

Along with vocals, James Blunt plays a wide variety of instruments including the piano, guitar, organ, marimba and mellotron, and his music style is a mix of pop, folk and acoustic rock. Born James Hillier Blount on 22nd February 1974 in a military hospital in Tidworth, Wiltshire, his early childhood was spent living in England, Cyprus, and Germany, where his father, a Colonel in the British Army Air Corps and military helicopter pilot, was posted. The Blount family has a long history of military service, dating back to the 10th century, so it was no surprise that James ended up at Harrow School on an army bursary. With an army-sponsored place at Bristol University, he studied aerospace manufacturing engineering, and later sociology, attaining a BSc in Sociology in 1996; the remainder of his education would take place at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. With a four year commitment due to his ‘army-sponsorship’ Blunt was commissioned as an officer in the Life Guards regiment, in the Household Cavalry, where he achieved the rank of Captain. Serving in Kosovo in 1999 – with his guitar strapped to his tank to entertain his fellow men - he was assigned to reconnaissance of the Macedonia-Kosovo border, ahead of the front lines directing forces and targeting Serb positions for the NATO bombing campaign. His was the first squadron to enter Priština, and he was the first British officer into the Kosovan capital; the unit was assigned to secure the Priština airport in advance of the 30,000-strong peacekeeping force, but the Russian army had already taken control of it and as the first officer on the scene, Blunt shared the difficult task of handling the potentially violent international incident.

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assignments included captaincy of the Household Cavalry Alpine ski team, with Blunt becoming champion skier of the entire Royal Armoured Corps; a tour of duty with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London - he stood guard at the coffin of the Queen Mother during the days of her lying in State and was part of the funeral procession on 9th April 2002. When he left the Army in 2002 a determined Blunt was keen to pursue his music career but many recording label executives disliked Blunt's "posh" voice. Custard Record’s Linda Perry heard Blunt perform live at the South by Southwest Music Festival and within a few days, he had signed a recording contract; one month later he was in Los Angeles working with producer Tom Rothrock who had produced Badly Drawn Boy. Blunt recorded ‘Back to Bedlam’ using session musicians and

His debut single in the UK, "High" peaked below the Top 100, but was chosen for a Vodafone commercial in Italy. Support slots for Elton John and Katie Melua in 2004 and 2005 followed and his second single, "Wisemen" reached No 42; but it was to be with his third single "You're Beautiful" that Blunt would achieve success, holding the No 1 position for six weeks and becoming one of the biggest hits of 2005. ‘Back to Bedlam’ subsequently sold 11 million copies worldwide, and he embarked on the "Back to Bedlam World Tour", covering cities in Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, as well as three separate headline tours in North America. His sensitivity of vocals and songwriting, is carried through to the accompanying videos; using symbolism and dark imagery to added effect, the video for "You're Beautiful", alludes to suicide whilst in "Goodbye My Lover", he is the outsider in a love triangle, imagining the couple together. His second album, ‘All the Lost Souls’, was released in September 2007, and sold 650,000 copies in its first week, with many of the songs written at his home in Ibiza in the winter of 2006–2007. James Blunt’s third studio album titled “Some Kind of Trouble”, was released on 8 November 2010. The albums first single “Stay The Night” was released on 27 October 2010 and charted in the UK top 40 at number 37.


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January in Spain

San Antón

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A number of fiestas occur across Spain in January - on January 16, the eve of St Antony’s Day, everyone dresses up in costume to watch the big firework display in all of the large towns and cities. January 17th sees processions pass through the streets to mark St Antony’s day itself, then on January 19, there are bonfires and dancing for the Eve of St Sebastian and medieval processions the next day - Ibiza on January 21 is famous for its fiesta offering live music and fireworks!

Saint Anthony the Great (c. 251–356) was an Egyptian Christian saint and the prominent leader among the Desert Fathers, Christian monks in the 3rd and 4th centuries. Anthony lived in Alexandria, Egypt for much of his notable career. He is celebrated in many churches across North Africa and The Levant on Feast Day, January 17 and the Month of Tobi 22, (January 30) in the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Coptic Catholic Church, which are historically associated with Saint Anthony. The biography of Anthonys’ Life by Pope Athanasius of Alexandria helped to spread the concept of monasticism, particularly in the Western Europe through Latin translations. Most of what is known about the life of St Anthony is in the Latin vita (Life of Antony) by Athanasius, circulated in Latin and records that Anthony was born near Herakleopolis Magna in Lower Egypt in 251 to wealthy landowner parents. When he was about eighteen years old, his parents died and left him with the care of his unmarried sister. In 285, he decided to follow the words of Jesus who had said: “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Matthew 19:21). Taking these words quite literally, Anthony gave away some of the family estate to his neighbours, sold the remaining property and donated the funds raised to the poor, placed his sister in a convent, and himself became the disciple of a local hermit. Anthony is notable for being one of the first ascetics - those having adopted a life characterised by abstinence from worldly pleasures - to attempt living in the desert, completely cut off from civilization. His isolated ifestyle was remarkably harsher than his predecessors, heading out into the alkaline desert region called the Nitra (Wadi El Natrun today), about 95 km west of Alexandria, some of the most rugged terrain of the Western Desert. Here he remained for some thirteen years. According to Athanasius, the devil fought St Anthony by afflicting him with boredom, laziness, and the phantoms of women, which he overcame by the power of prayer. After that, he moved to a tomb, where he resided and closed the door on himself, depending on some local villagers who brought him food. When the devil perceived his ascetic life and his intense worship, he was envious and beat him mercilessly, leaving him unconscious. When his friends from the local village came to visit him and found him in this condition, they carried him to a church. After he recovered, he made a second effort and went back to the desert, further out than before and there he lived strictly enclosed in an old abandoned Roman fort for some twenty years. According to the writing of Athanasius, the devil again resumed his rage against Saint Anthony, only this time the phantoms were in the form of wild beasts, wolves, lions, snakes and scorpions. They appeared as if they were about to attack him or cut him into pieces. But the Saint would laugh at them scornfully and say,

“If any of you have any authority over me, only one would have been sufficient to fight me.” At his saying this, they disappeared as though in smoke, and God gave him the victory over the devil. While in the fort he only communicated with the outside world by a crevice through which food would be passed and he would say a few words. Saint Anthony would prepare a quantity of bread that would sustain him for six months. He did not allow anyone to enter his cell: whoever came to him, stood outside and listened to his advice. Then one day he emerged from the fort with the help of villagers to break down the door. By this time most had expected him to have wasted away, or gone insane in his solitary confinement, but he emerged healthy, serene, and enlightened. Everyone was amazed that he had been through these trials and emerged spiritually rejuvenated. He was hailed as a hero and from this time forth the legend of Anthony began to spread and grow. When Saint Anthony felt that the day of his departure had approached, he commanded his disciples to give his staff to Saint Macarius, and to give one sheepskin cloak to Saint Athanasius and the other sheepskin cloak to Saint Serapion, his disciple. He further instructed his disciples to bury his body in an unmarked, secret grave, lest his body become an object of veneration. He stretched himself on the ground and gave up his spirit – it is said that Anthony lived for 105 years. Many pictorial artists, from Hieronymus Bosch to Salvador Dalí, have depicted these incidents from the life of Anthony; in prose, the tale was retold and embellished by Gustave Flaubert.

Celebrations Across Spain On the eve and actual day of this Saint (17th January), there are foguerons (bonfires) in many parts of Mallorca, with the additional participation of demons. Bonfires and illuminations are also lit in various parts of the country, especially in Andalusia, Castile-La Mancha, the Community of Valencia and Aragón. There are traditional mounted processions in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, which are called dels tres tombs (3-rounders). In Arquillos (Jaén) the main character is the pelotero (he runs like a ball after people), who is symbolic of Satan the Tempter and chases the locals with a rope-soled sandal.

In Castellar de Santiago (Ciudad Real) bread loaves and rolls are blessed and cockerels auctioned off, whilst Manlleu (Barcelona) sees the performing of the seventeenth century Ball del Ciri (Candle Dance) in the evening of St Anthony’s Day. Mas de las Matas (Teruel) is the scene of a procession involving blessed loaves and a masquerade in which local life is sent up, and in Trigueros (Huelva) legs of ham, bread, money and other objects are thrown at the Saint as he is paraded through the streets. In Villanueva de Alcolea and Lucena del Cid, both in the province of Castellón, riders on saddled horses jump over bonfires. On the night of the 16th in Navalvillar de Pela (Badajoz), the Encamisada takes place. This involves the participation of a great number of horses painstakingly adorned, which follow a circuit drawn out in the town, littered with bonfires, for more than two hours whilst the riders pile endless praise on the names of St Fulgencio, St Anthony and the Baby Jesus. In certain towns of the territory such as Forcall (Castellón) and Mirambel (Teruel) a Santantona (play about St Anthony) is performed, in which the temptations the Saint had to overcome in the desert are represented, culminating in the spectacular burning of a pine-branch hut.

Views From A Balcony In Spain By Chris Marshall

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When we first bought our property in Spain there were no Chinese restaurants in the marina. The nearest one as I recall was about 15km up the coast and the yachties used to go to great lengths to organise a night out “at the Chinese”. As we were living between the UK and Spain at the time a lack of a Chinese restaurant wasn’t really an issue to us, in fact it added to the charm that “all things Spanish” held for us at the time. I should probably state at this point that at the same time there were no Indian restaurants, and no Pizza restaurants either, in fact at the time there wasn’t even a British Pub! Eleven years later we have at least three, sometimes four, Chinese restaurants, 3 restaurants selling Pizza, two pubs doing what I would call “British Food”, although there are a number of others run by British people with a more ‘international’ style menu. We also have a couple of Chinese Shops (that have replaced the

original 1.000pts shops which became 1€ shops before disappearing) and a couple of familiar Chinese faces selling DVD’s on the streets. We still don’t have a Indian restaurant. Why this interest in the Chinese all of a sudden? Last year the new Spanish Economy Minister, Elena Salgado, shortly after her appointment said that it was her intention to develop relationships with China. At the time the numbers were something like China exported 17€ billion of good to Spain, while Spain exported 4€ billion of goods to China. I commented on this to a friend “up the coast” shortly afterwards as we walked past the third Chinese Corner Store of the night, and he blew a gasket! Apparently

these stores are going to be the death of Spain. The government, as fas as he knew, have given these stores all kinds of concessions and tax breaks, so in effect they are taking on properties at rents that the Spanish, or English, or anyone else for that matter, can’t get. As a result they are undercutting everybody, will capture the market, and once all the other shops have closed down will stick up their prices and make loads of money. He had a point, and was certainly passionate about it. So much so that I thought it prudent to pop back on my own later to pick up the 1€ charity tins that we use for www.alstrays.com! Now before you start on me. I have nothing at all against the Chinese. Well personally I think

their food is terrible over here, but that is a personal view. I used to love a good Chinese back in the UK but struggle to find one that I enjoy here, and as for all the Wok Buffets…now they are going to do damage to the Spanish economy, well at least to the health of Spain! But I digress! The reason for this column today is that all over the news in Spain at the moment is the new romance between Spain and China. Seriously guys “get a room” please: China has committed to keep on buying Spain’s short term debt and has signed trade deals involving banking, energy, transport and telecommunications which are valued between 3.7€ billion and 5.7€ billion depending on which article you read. They have even said that they see Spain as their ‘special friend’ in Europe ....... maybe Spain should have asked the UK what it was like to be a ‘special friend’ of a superpower! This without doubt is good, and necessary, for the short term health of the Spanish economy, and indeed Europe’s but as my mate would warn: it won’t be long before Chicken Fried Rice overtakes Paella as the national rice dish of Spain!

Chris Marshall is a professional blogger and freelance broadcaster and writer who lives in Almerimar, Spain with his wife Sands, four cats, two Harley Davidson’s and more often than not a bottle of red to hand! His weekly column in The Sol Times is sponsored by Bay Connect (www.bay-connect. com): Fast Broadband, Cheap Calls and FREE Online TV. You can hear him daily on www.bayr adio.fm and read him monthly in the Daily Telegr aph.


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An evening of wine and tapas with Dramatic Licence

The popular drama group Dramatic Licence enjoyed an extremely successful year in 2010, with more than 1500 people attending their two major productions in May and November. In keeping with their policy of supplying good comedy in these very hard times, they succeeded brilliantly in lifting the gloom and depression for a short time at least, with their productions of ‘The Odd Couple’ and ‘When The Cat’s Away’. The feed back from their enthusiastic and loyal audiences was complimentary and enthusiastic and the play reading committee is currently in the process of selecting a suitable piece for the May production.

The group is keen to add new members to their ranks in order to increase the number of shows staged each year, and to perhaps undertake more ambitious projects involving bigger casts. With this in mind they are hosting a social evening at D’Antonios Restaurante in Benimar on Tuesday the 18th of January. All interest parties are invited to come along to meet Dramatic Licence and enjoy a chat about joining the ‘Luvvies’ over a glass or two. Whilst actors and would-be actors are urgently needed, there are many other behind the scenes tasks that are equally important in staging a major production. So whether you have had experience or not, be it set building; props acquisition; costumes or just making the tea, then please go along and meet them. You will receive a very warm welcome.

For further details please call Albert Stokes on 966 716 623

ESAMD raise over 2000€ for RBL 2010 Poppy Appeal

The Ex-Servicemen’s Association of Mazarrón District (ESAMD) raised the grand sum of 2510.00€ for the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) 2010 Poppy Appeal. The money was raised during the official collecting period with restaurants and bars throughout the area selling poppies. Special mention must go to the Trevi Bar/ Restaurant who raised over 300.00€. The photograph shows members of ESAMD with the presentation cheque. L to R: Mags Downes, Secretary, Gerry Downes, Chairman, Ian Wilson, founder member of ESAMD and Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator, Ann Lambert, Welfare Secretary, Bill Roberts, Deputy Membership and Les Dryden, Deputy Chairman. Our grateful thanks and best wishes to all those who collected and donated so freely.

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Life with Linda new year new thoughts

Happy New Year wishes still ringing in your ears, the results of the Christmas treats on the waist and hips along with the New Year´s Resolutions to be fitter, healther and lose weight. on your mind. Is this going to be The Year, is this The One, well the only person that can make that decision is you. You can find support, there is loads of information out there, loads of offers, but the key is yourself. What you really want to achieve and even more important your personal WHY, you need to have a reason to change (whatever change you are making). It does not have to matter to anyone else, but it does to you. We all have birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Easter, holidays, visitors, these are not reasons not to achieve your goal they are excuses that we use as escape routes. If your WHY is strong enough then you will not devalue yourself for others. Make time for you, there is no magic wand to losing weight, changing shape or feeling healthier, but it is not as complicated as many think. You do not have to pay out thousands on fad diets and you do not have to make other meals for your family, unless you want to be healthy and they don´t. Exercise does not have to be running a marathon, even if you have arthritis and major illnesses, laying in bed or sitting in a chair you can exercise. Pop some music on and dance, don´t worry about the neighbours. When the adverts come on the telly do some stretches, small changes done on a regular basis will have profound long term effects. Diving head long into any change with no real reason, you will last as long as your will power and then you will go through the guilt and blame game again. I was there for many years, each time I made a promise to myself this year will be different, this will be my year, I would struggle through January (especially as it is my birthday in the middle of the month), by February my

Bad or Black days are overtaking my good days, by the time March came I was usually heavier than my starting weight in January, feel bad about myself and yet another failure to notch up. So, why we do that to ourselves? Maybe we are trying to please others, instead of pleasing ourselves, how different would we be if we only did the things we liked, loved, enjoyed and chose to, if you think this is impossible……think again; we have free will, we have choice. What we don´t like doing is accepting responsibilities for the outcomes of our choices, we still like to blame things, people, jobs, Government anything that gets us out of a rut. Unfortunately the truth is until we accept that responsibility, then we will give in, find excuses and let our goals drift away. No matter what our age, or what we want to achieve, it is never too late or too early to start to take the reigns of our lives. Sometimes this is where we need the help and guidance, whether it is weight, self confidence, alcohol, drugs, gambling, public speaking , guilt or anger, these are all symptoms of emotional unhappiness. Go on be honest with yourself, why do you stop yourself doing the things that make you happy. Then just do them, give yourself permission and don´t expect perfection, after all you are human! Then see how much easier it is to achieve your goals. If you have any particular issues that you would like to discuss with me, I am available through my website www.lindasagementoring.com

CALLING ALL BAR OWNERS AND DARTS TEAM CAPTAINS As part of the resounding success of the BGE, now celebrating 5 years since commencing in Feb 2006, this February is going to be packed with events, Fun Days, Open Day’s and Challenges, not to mention FREEBIES, from Mini Golf to Toning Tables sessions…… but first we need local bars to enter the sporty BGE Regional Darts Competition, with a money voucher for the Grand Winner at the Final being held at the Green Baize Pool and Snooker Hall in Quesada on Friday 25th February from 7pm. To get to the final we need YOUR BAR, Darts Team or just your regulars who are up for supporting a good cause. The one euro entry fee will be donated to the Paul Cunningham Nurses. Hold your own qualifying game and send your best 2 players into the final, For rules, regulations and registration contact Linda on 966 716 919 registering your bar by 31st January 2011, heats to be completed by 20th February. We’ll give you’re your bar publicity at our press conference, and within the local medias, you get a great fun night, and the PCN charity benefits, so what are you waiting for? Start the New Year in one by calling Linda on 966 716 919 It could be your Bar in the Final where the BGE will Crown the winner.

Member BGE and Toastmasters International By Linda Sage BA Ed(Hons), Dip REBT, Dip CST www.lindasaqementoring.com Tel: 966 716 919

Euro Remains Under Pressure Market Commentary 7th January 2011 The Euro being under pressure seems to be a consistent theme in the markets this week, with the big move being seen against the USD. So far, three factors are driving the Euro/Dollar lower towards the 1.3000 level. To begin with, it wasn’t all about a weak Euro; the Dollar itself has maintained its current bull run with the $ index rising from 79.13 at the start of the year to just above 81 this morning, which is itself a high since the end of November. Expectation of the US economy continuing to recovery at a goodly pace, and the emergent treatment of the Dollar as a growth currency, has convinced traders that being long of the greenback is the way forward. However the persistent negative news coming from the Eurozone, linked to a feeling that policy makers in Europe are a little short on ideas for getting out of the current mess, that is really keeping the Euro under pressure. An EU proposal that European Banks’ senior bondholders should suffer losses on a failure before taxpayer are involved in any bail-out was ‘blamed’ for the initial push lower but news from Portugal of an offering of longer term bonds next week (after the 6-month bill sale on Wednesday) that accelerated the move. This means that over the next fortnight Italy, Spain, Greece and now Portugal will all go to the markets to try and raise funds - it is no surprise that traders are nervous. Political turmoil in Belgium is adding to the unease over the Eurozone’s future and having Hungary at the helm of the good ship Europe for the coming 6-months is not designed to add much confidence. Analysts are looking for Euro/Dollar to push towards 1.2840 ahead of the US data but with the spot rate now sitting below its 200

day moving average (1.3080) further moves lower might need to be more hard-fought. Today the focus will be on the US employment data later today but given recent amendments to the estimates of the report, since Wednesday’s ADP numbers, any volatility will likely occur prior to the release rather than post-publication. More important today will be the content of Bernanke’s testimony to congress. Dollar bulls will want reassurance from the Federal Reserve Chairman that they are not wrong to believe that the US economy is on upward path, with continued growth unlikely to be interrupted by any new Central Bank measures on monetary policy. Earlier we will see the next batch of economic data from Germany, again expected to show a buoyant economy in the Fatherland, and again in stark contrast the situation in the vast majority of Eurozone states. Nothing due from the UK today which is just as well considering how the severe winter weather has adversely affected recent PMI data. So far, the market has accepted that the downbeat numbers are as a result of the weather rather than a downturn in economic performance and look for the blip to be reversed next month. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email almeria@currenciesdirect.com

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Welcome to Quesada

This hidden gem is easy to find if you know how and this busy commercial centr

Follow Avenida de las Naciones through the Town centre, passing the Town Hall on the left hand side. Carry o left. Within a couple of hundred metres you will see the comm

PTONS BAR A L C Tel: 966 717 231 open 7 days a week 10.30am - 12.30pm

January Special

Small breakfast 2.00€ Full English 3.00€ Sunday Roast 1pm - 5pm 10€ 3 courses Monday Night Fun Quiz plus play your cards right 9.30pm Top Prize Sunday Roast for two Weekend Live entertainment All Sports shown on 5 screens

Claptons Bar Claptons Bar is open 7 days a week from 10.30am until 12.30am and during January you can enjoy a stunning breakfast for just 2€ or go big with a full English breakfast for only 3€. You really must try the traditional Sunday Roast, which is served every Sunday between 1pm to 5pm and is fantastic value at €10 for 3 courses. Why not join the Monday evening Fun Quiz and Play You Cards Right, starting at 9.30pm with a top prize of a Sunday Roast for 2 people. Come along and enjoy live entertainment at the weekend or pop in to watch your favourite sporting event on one of Claptons 5 screens. You are always sure of a warm welcome at Claptons.

Lords Bistro Mark, Jo and Emma welcome you to Lords Bistro, a family run business located in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Blanca, Spain. Whether you are looking for a relaxed drink in an ambient, comfortable setting or a quality fine dining experience, this tastefully furnished restaurant and well stocked bar, together with friendly staff will not disappoint you.

Specialising in: Menu Del Dia Menu De La Noche Sunday Lunch Come and join us and judge for yourself SPECIAL MENUS: BURN’S NIGHT - 25TH JAN VALENTINES NIGHT - 14TH FEB BOOKING ADVISABLE 612 835 431 All live sky sports games shown in bar Open Tues - Sun 12pm - late www.lords-bistro.com

LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANING

DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL SPECIALIST CLEANERS Located behind Clapton’s bar, Quesada

The ‘One Stop Cleaning Shop’

Laundry – Carpets – Rugs – Upholstery – Villa Cleans

SPECIAL OFFERS

Duvets cleaned – any size 10€ Any 5 garments cleaned for 10€

Bar meals are available in the day, together with a children’s menu.

There are also special themed evenings throughout the year such as Burns Night on the 25 January and Valentines Night on the 14 February. Be sure to check our web site News page at www.lordsbistro.com regularly for up and coming events. Lords Bistro Las Naciones 57, Ciudad Quesada, telephone: 672 835 431

Marco Polo is truly a ‘one stop cleaning shop’. Whether you are looking to have your favourite suit dry cleaned, your carpets and rugs spruced up or your 3 piece suite cleaned – Marco Polo can do it all – they will even clean your oven for you. Gary, Karen and Steff offer a full laundry and dry cleaning service to both domestic and commercial clients, including hotels, bars and restaurants and now offer a specialised villa cleaning service as well. Marco Polo have some great special offers at the moment, including any size duvet cleaned for just 10 and any 5 garments cleaned for just 10€.So remember – if it needs cleaning, then the experienced team at Marco Polo’s can help. Marco Polo is located behind Claptons Bar and can be contacted on telephone: 966 718 199

‘Arry Ramsdens

Frying Squad

Permanent Special Offer PUKKA PIE AND CHIPS 5.00€

(cheapest in Spain) Savaloy and chips 3.50€ Steak, Chips and onion rings 7.50€ Take away Cod, Haddock, fish cakes etc

Come along and try the best in town Avda. de Las Naciones Ciudad Quesada (nr Claptons Bar)

Gary, Karen and Anne offer you a warm welcome to Arry Ramsdens. Since taking over the fish and chip shop the ‘frying squad’ have introduced many new items to the already extensive menu, including special batters. Take advantage of their Permanent Special Offer of Pukka Pie and chips at just 5€ - this is probably the cheapest price in Spain. Other great value dishes include Savaloy and chips at just 3.50€, Steak, Chips and onion rings at an amazing 7.50€ and don’t forget the traditional favourites such as Cod, Haddock, fish cakes etc. Come along to Arry Ramsdens and try the best in town

Quesada Arches

Tel: 966 718 199

WE ALSO OFFER A FULL LAUNDRY SERVICE FOR ALL HOTELS, BARS AND RESTAURANTS AT VERY COMPETITIVE PRICES

Lords bar stocks a well kept German beer called Veltins, together with Spitfire beer and Stowford Press cider on tap. Also served are traditional Sangria and a range of fine white, rose and red wines in the cellar to cater for most tastes.

The restaurant is open throughout the day and evening and offers special fixed price Menu del Dia and Menu del Noche which change regularly and of course the traditional Sunday Lunch.


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a’s best kept secret...

re with its great mix of shops, business, bars and restaurants is well worth a visit.

on and instead of following the right hand bend, signposted ‘The Laguna Hotel and Dona Pepa, carry on to the mercial centre on the left hand side. This is what you will find… Salon Quesda Elin and Roger of Salon Quesada offer a top quality hairdressing service. Despite rising costs on everything from shampoos to IVA, the salon has held prices and Elin and Roger believe that they can now offer the best prices in Quesada. The salon caters for Spanish, English and Norwegian clients and they guarantee that you will not be disappointed. For an appointment call ROGER on 695 099 803 or ELIN on 687161587 Salon Quesada is open Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

The Bread Basket, bakery and coffee shop can be found on Avda. Las Naciones,

Salon Quesada Open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm / Sat 10am - 1pm

ELIN AND ROGER Offer Quality hairdressing at the best prices in Quesada They cater for Spanish, English and Norwegian clients For an appointment call ROGER on 695 099 803 ELIN on 687161 587 Call now you wont be disappointed

Ciudad Quesdada. They offer simply ‘the best of British bread buns and cakes’. You will be delighted by the range of products on offer, ranging from freshly baked bread, white and granary rolls, baguettes and croissants to a fantastic selection of cakes and buns, including eccles cakes, bakewell tarts, and egg custards, all baked by British bakers . Enjoy a cup of our freshly ground, 100% coffee. Look out for our special Cup cakes for St Valentines Day, and Irish soda bread (yeast free). Looking for something for lunch? The Bread Basket has a mouth watering choice of hot pies, filled rolls and baguettes which you can eat in or take away. WIFI is also available on the terrace. You can also find the Bread Basket on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ BreadBasketinQuesada.Telephone: 966 716 865

Simply Computers has one goal and that is to be the ‘best computer sales and repair centre in Quesada’. In order to achieve this goal they are a Microsoft partners and also hold a number of Microsoft qualifications. Simply Computers also has the only ‘CompTia’, qualified hardware technician, servicing computer systems within Quesada. Simply Computers believe that honest work at an honest

price is the way forward and they stand by every job they do until the client are completely satisfied. The company also understands that your computer is your lifeline to the world and it can be a very important part of your business, therefore they aim to have all systems fixed and return to the customer as quickly as possible. ‘We don’t believe in letting systems sit around, it’s here to be fixed so

fix it’, is the company viewpoint. Simply Computers are situated at Avda. Las Naciones Local 6, (behind Claptons Bar), Quesada Tel. 966 719 083 Email. info@simplycomputers.es, www.simplycomputers.es

we are here Town Hall

Avenida de las Naciones

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To the Hotel La Laguna & Dona Pepa

Computers & Laptop Sales and Repairs Virus Removal, ADSL, PC Maintenance Home Networking Avda. Las Naciones, Ciudad Quesdada

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New build country house, living area 125 m2, plot size 10.000 m2. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large lounge with open fireplace, spacious kitchen, utility room, terrace. 5 min. walk to tiny village and 10 min. drive to Pinoso. 40 min. to airports Alicante and Murcia.

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Is Britain’s slide down the economic league table inevitable? A PwC report today warns the UK faces the next four decades in the slow lane of the global economy in India.

“Rapid growth in consumer markets in the major emerging economies, associated with a fast-growing middle class, will provide great new opportunities for western companies that can establish themselves in these markets,” Hawksworth says. “If the UK is not to be playing in the slow lane of history for the next 40 years, then it needs to find a way to break into these fast-growing emerging markets on a much larger scale than achieved so far.

Britain’s over-reliance on European and North American markets will mean gradual decline between now and 2050, warns PwC. Britain was warned last week that it will spend the next four decades in the slow lane of the global economy unless its businessmen can break into the fast-growing markets of Asia and Latin America. The consultancy group PwC says the UK is paying a price for its overreliance on customers in Europe and North America and will gradually slide down the international economic league table between now and 2050. David Cameron and Gordon Brown have each led high-profile trade missions to Asia in recent years in an attempt to emulate the success Germany has had in breaking into the markets of the leading emerging economies, stressing the importance of UK companies taking advantage of the fall in the value of the pound to seize the opportunities provided by rapid industrialisation and increasing consumer spending power in China and India in particular. But John Hawksworth, PwC’s chief economist, says there is little evidence that policymakers have been successful, even though the leading emerging economies have bounced back quickly from the deep downturn caused by the collapse of western banks in the financial crisis of 2008 and are currently growing three or four times as fast as the US, Japan or the leading eurozone nations. The latest forecasts from the International Monetary Fund suggest that China will grow by 10.5% this year, India by 9.7%, Brazil by 7.5% and Russia by 4.0% – yet the four economies combined account for 7% of UK exports, the same as for crisis-ridden Ireland. Moreover, the PwC report predicts that the shift in economic power from west to east will accelerate, with growth rates in the UK and other developed economies lagging far behind those of the leading developing nations. It says the UK will grow by 2.3% a year between now and 2050, compared with 5.9% a year in China and 8.1% a year

“As far as the destination of UK exports goes, there hasn’t been much of a change in the last 10 years even though there has been a big shift in the global economy. UK growth was based on property speculation and financial speculation, and now that those bubbles have burst, the question is what our areas of competitive advantage are going to be. It is going to be quite a challenge and it is not going to happen overnight. There has been a shift in government thinking towards the need for a more positive industrial strategy, but that is a complete reversal of the way we have been going for the past 30 years.” Britain suffered its longest and deepest recession of the post-second world war era in 2008 and 2009, but is still ranked as the world’s sixth biggest economy after the US, Japan, China, Germany and France when market exchange rates are used to make the comparison. By 2050, according to PwC, the UK will have slipped to ninth after being overtaken by India, Brazil, Russia and Mexico but overtaking France. Using an alternative measure, which takes account of different price levels across countries, the UK would drop from its current position of seventh to tenth, behind Indonesia. Using either yardstick, China will be the biggest economy in the world by mid-century, PwC says. The report adds, however, that other emerging economies are also growing fast and that by 2020 the E7 (China, India, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey) will be bigger than the current G7 (US, Japan, Germany,

France, the UK, Italy and Canada) if account were taken of different price levels across countries. At market exchange rates, it would take the E7 a further 20 years to surpass the G7. “The UK, in common with other large European economies, is projected to see its share of world GDP fall gradually over the next 40 years,” the study says, noting that the changing world order posed both challenges and opportunities for businesses in the UK and other developed nations. “If increased trade and investment between the UK and the E7 economies can be achieved, the UK economy and consumers can benefit from the high growth of the emerging economies and might do somewhat better than our projections suggest, although the UK will still not be able to grow as quickly as the emerging economies themselves.” Countries like China and India will develop hi-tech companies of their own over the coming decades, but there will be scope for western firms to exploit the growth of populations with more money to spend. Pharmaceuticals, financial services and education are potential growth sectors for Britain. The renewed dominance of China and India represents a return to the state of the world economy before the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and 19th centuries caused a shift in economic power to western Europe and the US, the report says. “This temporary shift in power is now going into reverse.”

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goodness I followed my own advice and planted some cauli, broccoli, and cabbage before I was ill. They have come on nicely although I’ve not been able to do much in the garden for the last month. Now is the time to take a good look at your veg garden and see if there are any improvements that you can make, such as:- windbreaks, a better watering system, clearing weeds and debris. For you new veg gardeners out there, the advice I give is all from personal experience over the last 50 years. I haven’t written any books yet, only this column. When I first moved to the Vega Baja area six years ago I thought that growing veg would be similar to that in England but a bit warmer. I soon found that it was a totally different kettle of fish!! I’ve had my successes and also some failures so I am trying to pass on a few of the things I’ve learnt

Insects are pollinators of about 80% of all plant species in Europe, including most fruit, many vegetables and some biofuel crops. Imagine our diet without pollinators. Prices of what we now consider ordinary food - a punnet of strawberries, beans, a pot of plum jam - will rocket. Take bumblebees alone and look at what they pollinate - oilseed rape, field beans, sunflowers, runner beans, raspberries, strawberries, apples and currants. Gone will be the era when most of us could think of having one, let alone five pieces of fruit a day. How we can help? Gardeners can help reverse this trend. Reasons for the decline in pollinators are partly new diseases (in the case of the honeybee), but more importantly, increasingly sparse foraging for these insects. With the widespread destruction of flowery habitats and changes in land management - for example - from clovers to chemical fertilisers, there’s less insect food around. As is often quoted, it is estimated that in Britain between 1932 and 1984, we lost 90% of our unimproved, flower-rich, lowland grassland, key areas for any foraging insect. The countryside in 2011 may look lush, but there’s precious little for pollinator insects to feed on. Gardens can’t provide all the answers - many

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to honeybees, but also attracts many other insects, including bumblebees and butterflies. Lavender: attract a wide range of insects and, compared with borage, relatively more bumblebees to honeybees, as well as lots of butterflies and hoverflies Wallflowers: Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ blooms for most of the year - as it is unable to set seed and so keeps on flowering, and is very attractive to butterflies.

Self-seeders are the opportunists of the plant world. They may be uninvited guests to the garden party, but often they make the difference between a monotonous gathering and an unforgettable carnival. about 90cm high.

Down to business…. At this time of the year, make sure that you are warm enough, especially across your back, as the wind can be a menace. Dig all empty ground in your plot, cleaning out stones and deep-rooted weeds (if the soil is too wet, give it chance to dry out a bit) Rake in a handful of general fertilizer to every square meter of ground. Broad beans can be planted now, 4cms deep and 8cms apart in staggered rows. Peas in rows 3cms deep, putting in the peasticks now or you could damage the root system later. Potatoes, best in this area are called ‘spunta’, your local farm shop (pienso) should have them at approx 1euro for 1 kilo Cabbage, cauli, leeks; best bought as plugs from the plant stall in your local market Lettuce in plugs but they need cover to protect from possible frost. Garlic is easy to grow, buy a large bulb from the veg stall in the market and use the largest outer cloves…plant just below the soil. Mark each row with a plastic label on a stick, covered by a jam jar

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species have specialised habitat requirements - but for honeybees and many other bees and pollinators, they can be a huge help. Growing pollinator-friendly plants in our patches can make a difference. Some cultivated garden plants have limited wildlife value. Years of selection for showy blooms can result in flowers losing their attraction to pollinators, but there are plenty of traditional cottage garden plants that are tiptop as far as these insects are concerned. Having insect-friendly plants in gardens is a win-win. Many of the best plants for insects are also great to look at, easy to grow and flower for a long time.

Eryngium giganteum

All but the tidiest of gardeners experience the joy of finding new plants that have sown themselves. And although we may intervene, there’s no need to initiate. No soil preparation is involved, no cultivation necessary. Self-seeders are pragmatists. Produce enough seed, chuck it about and some plants are bound to come up. Stepping in to cull or move seedlings when there are too many competing for the same resources may be necessary, but apart from that, all we need to do is wait and see.

Alchemilla mollis Perennial lady’s mantle has furry, round leaves and produces lime-green flowers. It grows to around 45cm high.

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Also known as Miss Willmott’s ghost, this herbaceous perennial likes to bask in full sun. It reaches 1.5m high.

Meconopsis cambrica Happy in woodland conditions, the yellow- or orange-flowered Welsh poppies are annuals that don’t mind shade, making them perfect to weave under trees and taller shrubs.

Geranium pratense A cottage garden favourite, the meadow cranesbill is a perennial that flowers in June and grows well in an open spot. Taller stems can grow to 90cm high.

Forget-me-nots Forget-me-nots will pop up everywhere to create a frothy blue cloud, but are easy to pull out if you have too many.

Stipa tenuissima Leave Stipa tenuissima to its own devices for abundant feathery panicles in summer.

Verbena bonariensis Verbena sprinkles seed liberally in autumn, and produces airy stems from midsummer that won’t crowd or smother other plants.

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The third round of the FA Cup threw up it’s usual ooh’s and ahh’s and gor’ blimey’s of surprises, with the likes of Sunderland and Newcastle being put to the sword by the Lilliputians of the minor leagues, and the brewers of Burton Albion sending Middlesborough back home with a flea in their ear. Not a good day for the North East. My own team – Reading – also duly obliged and saw off Premiership opposition by defeating West Brom . . . let’s hear it for the Royals! Please yourselves. Actually with the emergence of all these football supporters clubs springing up on the Costa’s, I am embarking on an ambitious campaign to double the Reading FC exiles membership. I am optimistic and look forward to having a beer with another like-minded bloke in the near future! At last the mountain of Christmas tins of biscuits, boxes of chocolates and mince pies have been dispatched, and it’s good to get back to some semblance of normality on the food front. I don’t care what you say, but a good old nosh of English bangers and mash goes down a treat after the excesses of the festive season. I even did myself a plate of Spam,*home fries and baked beans when I realised that the remnants of the seemingly never ending turkey went the way of all flesh, and made it’s own way to the bin waving a white flag. (*Posh chips) But - and here’s the rub – I know beyond all doubt that very soon now I will be frantically searching for an overlooked packet of shortbread biscuits or a half eaten box of after dinner mints, because the craving that invariably follows a fortnight of gluttony, will rear it’s bloated head. Soon now I will be exploring the darkest recesses of the kitchen cupboards looking for an escapee chocolate finger or a lone Aero Ball, like some sugar junkie looking for his fix. I have even been known to plunder the fridge for the surplus mince pies that my wife makes for those ’future special occasions’, and in my eagerness,

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eat them still frozen. This craving will take me through to about October, when I will be able to enjoy a brief respite from colinbadbird@hotmail.com my addiction before starting the whole crazy process again. ************************************************ You will have noticed that the term ‘Global Warming’ is being used less and less. With the sort of weather that Britain and the Eastern United States have experienced over the last few weeks, it’s no wonder. With temperatures as low as minus 20C in some parts of the UK, continuing to blame it on global warming sounds as if the anoraked geeks of the green brigade are having a laugh. No the new required terminology is ‘Climate Change’. This sounds much more apt, and it allows the environmental thought police to keep up the charade of conning us into believing that it is all our fault. Moreover they infer that nothing short of a complete change to hot air balloon flight and the banning of flatulent cattle will be enough to change our fate. We are all doomed they tell us, unless we change our ways. Well I’m no scientist, but I know a man who is, and he tells me that with man’s contribution to climate change at less than 4%, not only will our feeble efforts have no noticeable effect on the worlds weather patterns, but these natural changes will happen anyway. How does he know this? Because history tells us that what is happening today is nothing new, and with the aid of core drillings taken in the Antarctic, scientists have categorically proven that major global weather changes have occurred on a regular basis over thousands of years without mans involvement. But hey ho, the most effective way to control the masses is through fear, and with fear our political masters will receive only the most limp wristed of arguments when we are called upon to pay our ever increasing number of green taxes. ************************************************* I was very sad indeed to hear of the passing of Pete Postlethwaite, one of our most accomplished and best loved actors. Certainly not one of the glamour set, he was however universally respected – in Hollywood as well as in Britain – and he was, I am told, a modest and unassuming man. Steven Spielberg once referred to him as “The greatest actor in the world”, to which Postlethwaite responded, “I’m sure what Spielberg actually said was, ‘The thing about Pete is that he thinks he’s the best actor in the world.’” Clearly with even greater things to come, his early death is a great tragedy and he will be sorely missed.

The The Silver Silver Lining Lining Resolution Resolution Like it or not, 2011 has arrived, and likely to stay for the next 11+ months. By now those of us who have made New Year Resolutions are either doggedly persevering, proud as Punch because we’re over the first half of the month and still on target, or else thinking up rock-solid reasons why we had to give up for the greater good of humanity. A word of comfort to the latter group – according to an ‘expert’ on the telly, will-power has got very little to do with succeeding. According to him, it is all down to planning. Oh, that it were so easy! Each year I resolve to make a resolution, but most years I run out of enthusiasm between the resolve and the resolution. So in this manner I continue to be the same old Me from one year to the next, with only the addition of a few more wrinkles on the face

and creaks in the joints. But this year I have seen the light. On the day of my hair appointment I was feeling less than sparkly. I’d braved Mercadona, and now all I wanted to do was go home. I drooped in to the hairdressers like an incoming bank of Atlantic drizzle, slopped pathetically up to Jo, and told her my tale of woe, aware that the pitiful plea of ‘not feeling well, want to go home’ was not a very convincing reason for her to voluntarily disrupt her carefully planned day. Did she shake her head and suck in her breath? No, she gave me a smile so sunny that I felt my Vitamin C level rise immediately, and said ‘You go home, and pop in again when you feel better. Look at it this way, if I don’t do your hair today, then I will have more time to spend on my other ladies.’

As I tottered home I realised the full effect of Jo’s reaction. She had turned a lost appointment for her into a kindness to me, and an extra pampering for her other waiting clients, who seemed more than pleased with the arrangement. She had taken hold of my dark cloud and found not one, but several silver linings. She had looked for, and found, the upside. It’s really a variation on ‘There’s always a downside’. After all, every downside has to have an upside, it simply needs looking for. So my resolution for this year is to resolutely reject the Dark Side, to search for the Silver Lining, and find the Upside.

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Mastering a foreign language is not easy – believe me, I swapped from Danish to English as my first language around 20 years ago. I did speak English – sort of – when I met my husband and started to work with British people. 15 years ago I started working with Spanish people, forcing me to speak, write and read Spanish. Though I think I do pretty well, I do not truly master the language because language is not just words and grammar; it is mentality, history, and national inheritance as well. That is why, I have always said that translating in to a language has to be done by someone who really masters the language – i.e. you might be Spanish with a long education as an interpreter, but you should stick to translating from the foreign language to Spanish, and not the other way around. We have all come across the funny translations on a menu card, but hey hoe, we get the drift of the dish in question. Another thing is a professional translating company demanding payment for translation of marketing material to English. However it is inexcusable if their customer, who has paid handsomely, publish the material when they have natural English speaking staff available to proof-read. For a couple of years I have watched exactly that. An insurance company is publishing a magazine in both Spanish and English, a magazine that is riddled with English translations from horrendous to, at the best, just bad. Opening their latest magazine, I have to give them 10 out of 10 for a totally incomprehensible headline: Inside This You The Future. It was an article about stem cells, so I will leave it to the reader to have some fun, trying to find out what they meant. I cannot resist giving you another one from the magazine: “The reason why work hard every day, is to achieve wellbeing for our policyholders” – Mm! Good idea! Maybe they should do that and then add a little “we” in between “why” and “work”. My favourite Spanish ladies magazine, Mujer Hoy, which is a free magazine with the Saturday issue of our local newspaper La Verdad, gave me – under the headline: 2 Kg Bacteria - this information that I cannot live without: “The human intestines are host to 10 million bacteria, divided into 1,000 different classes, a total of about two kilos micro-organisms (more than the weight of the lungs or the liver). And, according to recent studies these bacteria in the intestinal flora are able to influence aspects like behaviour and memory”. I believe that! I am normally very sedentary, but I remember how erratically and fast I was running, knees down, last time I had gastroenteritis. I loved the headline: The only thing Zapatero can decide is his own retirement. Though it made me think of something else, the article was about the fact that Zapatero is not the one who decides whether or not he will be PSOE’s candidate for Moncloa (The residence of the President of the Spanish Government) at the elections in 2012. Ex-president Felipe Gonzáles made that clear at a press conference in Malaga, pointing out that this decision is up to the party. What I was thinking, when I read the headline, was that that w***** (please pardon my language) is not capable of making any political decisions with that harem of young, inexperienced female ministers holding him hostage in a World of “Political Correctness” á la The Emperor’s New Clothes. The race for gangas (bargains) and chollos (bargains) started last Friday. Ladies, get your skates on, sharpen your manicured nails, and get out there to claim those amazingly low priced items that you have lived happily without for years. The sales this year promises discount of up to 50-70%. Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on lbtmarshall@yahoo.com DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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

George Bernard Shaw

QUESTION: how much does the world’s largest gold bar weigh? 6 Rages about part of the engine (5) 9 Finest bighead set off (4) 14 Psychiatrist in middle-age is getting smaller! (9) 16 Some had read “Full Throttle” - it’s terrible (8) 18 Giving our genes new order (8) 19 Regular 12 attendant? (7) 21 No Princess on the outskirts of former PM’s country (6) 23 Mulder’s first eye-opening alien encounter (4) 24 Car, or it’s test to start off with (5)

HARD SUDOKU

Down 1 Powerful vehicle for animal that sleeps? (9) 2T  ries to put politician in a sort of t-test (8) 3S  lob (my son) returns signs (7) 4 Fight a battle (8) 5 Dealt with commercial in the red? Not he! (6)

STANDARD SUDOKU

Down 1. Make a mistake (3) 2. Elect (4) 3. Nimble (5) 4. Water bird (4) 5. Snakelike fish (3) 7. Store of arms and

equipment (7) 8. Building (7) 9. Ascend (5) 10. Sound (5) 13. Sports area (5) 14. Cap (5) 16. Possessed (3) 17. Cloth border (3) 21. Heading (5) 24. Particle (4) 25. Prevaricator (4) 28. Simian (3) 29. Weep (3)

It weighs 250 kg

24. Be unwell (3) 26. Feline (3) 27. Fretwork (7) 30. Geographical region (5) 31. Used as an abrasive (5)

CRYPTIC crossword

CROSSWORD

SOLUTIONS

Across 1. Circumvent (5) 6. Villain (5) 7. Section of a legal document (7) 9. Automobile (3) 11. Moose (3) 12. Hit lightly (3) 15. Succulent (4) 17. Charter (4) 18. Paragon (5) 19. Postpone (5) 20. Psyche (4) 22. Excavation (4) 23. Constrictor (3)

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Across 7 No time to tease southern relatives (5) 8 Resist change, enshrouding middlemen after my secrets (9) 10 B  oy wears most of vest, breaking what it doesn’t have (6) 11 D  runk doubles without first reaching for large stones (8) 12 Health facility tips up in headless group of fish (8) 13 Follow up small idols (4) 15 Coastal disease is disastrous (7) 17 Protracted your old following - the French at first no good (7) 20 First lady provided oriental existence (4) 22 Idealistic man in round opening of the ear (8) 25 Prison food? (8) 26 Reportedly, you smell a brilliant discovery (6) 27 Desire completely, if all goes well (9) 28 Poet puts vessel in empty vehicle (5)

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Womack Breaks Silence Over Rumoursshe is heading ‘Endersissed rumours that

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entertainment news... Sean Bean ‘Doesn’t Mind Being Typecast’ Sean Bean has claimed that he does not mind being typecast in fantasy

roles. Speaking to reporters at the TCA press tour, he admitted that there are some similarities between his Lord of the Rings character Boromir and his new role as Ned Stark in HBO drama Game of Thrones. “It’s a good thing to be typecast, isn’t it?” he suggested. “I happen to enjoy playing the kind of roles with riding horses, swinging swords, having fights, wearing wigs and growing beards. I do have [an] affinity to that kind of role.” However, he claimed that any similarities between the two franchis es were superficial, adding that Game of Thrones takes place “in a very different world”. “The Lord of the Rings was three films, and they thoroughly research ed it, and it was very well replicated on screen,” he said. “[Game of Thrones] goes on much, much further and much longer, and there’s many more twists and turns.” Game of Thrones, based on author George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, premieres on HBO on April 17.

Katie Price ‘Keeping Reid Hanging On’

Katie Price is reportedly keeping Alex Reid in the dark over her plans for their marriage. The Daily Star claims that Price, who last week admitted that her marriag e to Reid was in crisis, has held talks with lawyers about divorcing her husband of 12 months. “Kate is being quite clever and is keeping Alex hanging on while she works out what to do,” a friend of the 32-year-old told the paper. “That means he has stayed in the house and she knows exactly what he’s up to. “She has been holding him to ransom as he tries to patch things up.” They added: “Kate has told pals that Alex can never do a kiss-and -tell because she knows all the dirty secrets from his past.”

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Piers Morgan Confirms First-Week Guests

Piers Morgan has announced the guests who will feature on the forthcoming first week of his new CNN show. It was previously confirmed that the former British tabloid editor’s first episode of Piers Morgan Tonight will feature legenda ry chatshow host Oprah Winfrey. Having filmed the episode last week, Winfrey describ ed it as “one of the toughest interviews I’ve had in 20 years”. Throughout his first week, Morgan - who takes over the slot from Larry King next Monday - will be joined by talkshow host Howard Stern, former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, actor George Clooney and British comedi an Ricky Gervais. His official website also revealed that upcoming interviews will also feature Rod Stewart, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Donald and Melania Trump among others.

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Global spam e-mail levels suddenly fall

The amount of junk e-mail being sent across the globe has seen a dramatic fall in recent months. The volume of spam has dropped steadily since August, but the Christmas period saw a precipitous decline. One security firm detected around 200 billion spam messages being sent each day in August, but just 50 billion in December. While the reasons for the decline are not fully understood, spam watchers warn the lull may not last. Around the Christmas holidays, three of the largest spam producers curtailed their activity, Paul Wood, a senior analyst at Symantec Hosted Services told BBC News. “But it’s hard to say why,” he added. The vast majority of spam is sent by networks

of infected computers known as botnets.

One of these botnets, known as Rustock, was at its peak responsible for between 47% to 48% of all spam sent globally, said Mr Wood. In December, Rustock was responsible for just 0.5% of global spam, he said. At the same time, two other prominent spamming botnets, Lethic and Xarvester, also went quiet. There have been huge drops in spam levels before, said Mr Wood. “Usually they have been associated with the botnets being disrupted. As far as we can tell Rustock is still intact,” he added. That means those controlling Rustock could have continued churning out masses of spam, but for whatever reason, have chosen not to.

Is Email Dying? By Warwick Turner

Advanced Business Solutions SL, Costa Computers, Torrevieja Most of us have noticed that, over the past few years, email has become less and less reliable. We have been hearing about how the Internet was going to crumble under the weight of spam, viruses, spyware, and other assorted junk. Fortunately, it has, as yet survived! If anything, it is now faster than ever for more and more people around the world. Hardware improvements and infrastructure investments have made it more robust. But somewhere along the way, something bad started to happen with email. After a mere thirty-eight years since the first email was sent, it is estimated that over 90% of daily email is spam. Extremely sophisticated anti-spam systems have evolved over the years. Dedicated antispam servers, generating huge blacklists of bad IPs, and smart filters learning over time to become effective spam blockers, have been set up. One would think by now the problem of spam might have been solved. As an IT company, we deal with a lot of email and have noticed the alarming growth in the development of techniques used by spammers. Our customers are increasingly asking for solutions. The basic problem: Person “A” does not get the email that person “B” sent. It’s not in their spam folder, it’s not in their deleted items; the email just never arrived. But person “C”, in the middle, is able to receive email from both people, but no matter how many emails are sent, no matter what the subject line of email content, person “A” and person “B” just cannot communicate. No error messages are generated, no bounces come back and the email is sent into a black hole never to emerge. Somewhere there is a “helpful” anti-spam server or software program that devours the email leaving no trace. Poor person “B”, the person who believes their email was received, is blissfully unaware that person “A” never even received it! As much as we love the concept of an open and free Internet, email is in bad shape. Some say email is being marginalised and replaced by other forms of online communication. My sixteen year old daughter feels that email is for us “old fogeys” and, like many of her generation, much prefers other social media

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like Facebook, Twitter and texting. Enterprise will continue to depend on email long after it makes sense, which is what enterprise tends to do. But dependence on email will wane for the same reason all things hi-tech seem to fall into disfavour. Something new always comes along to expose the inefficiencies of how we currently do things. Spam might do more to kill email than an inherently better replacement, but one thing is true: If short messages are ultimately the death of email it will only be because texts and Tweets have exposed just how unnecessarily verbose we tend to be. However, we were discussing email and what could be done to improve the system upon which many of us have grown to rely. Anyone can run an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server. But there is no central authorisation or control, and thus we have billions upon billions of spam messages sent every year. Email is in danger of dying, and no one seems to be willing to step up and fix it. Of course there have been proposals like the Sender ID Framework, designed to make things better, but ultimately none of them go anywhere because the repercussions would be so far-reaching. Some of the loudest voices are likely system administrators who run their own small SMTP servers and would rather not have any one company control the flow of email, and they probably would not want to have to pay a fee to run an email server. I do sympathise, but things need to change – how email is sent needs to change. All the smart filtering in the world cannot fix the horrible mess that email has become today. The only solution I can see is to allow only authorised, known, registered, and paid for mail servers to send email. Registering your SMTP server should be easy, fast, and not expensive – anyone running an SMTP server should be willing to pay, perhaps 20 euro a year to send email, and this would put an end to the millions of compromised botnet computers out there sending spam without the knowledge of their owners.

Email is dying – who is going to rescue it?

The Torrevieja Stroke Support Group wishes everyone a Happy and HEALTHY New Year. Let 2011 be a year when health and the prevention of illness is a priority: be proactive, start now to take the few simple steps to ensure good health; putting off or taking good health for granted is not necessarily wise. Many health problems arise silently and unknown, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol (atheroma), diabetes, uneven heart beat (atrial fibrillation), and weight gain. All these conditions can contribute to stroke and heart problems, particularly as we age. Although there is now more awareness of and treatment for these conditions, still we often neglect to take the simple steps to have regular checks to control or eliminate these potentially dangerous symptoms. Checks and blood tests are not time consuming or expensive, but failure to seek early detection, even when there are no obvious symptoms, can result in serious conditions with consequent misery and upset later on. Studies have shown that around 34 percent of men and 30 percent of women with high blood pressure are not being treated. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent stroke and heart attack and other problems. There are many easy points of access to the tests and checks such as those listed below from your local general practitioner, clinic, and some farmacias:

Blood Pressure Blood pressure is measured with two readings, firstly when the heart beats (systolic pressure) and secondly when the heart relaxes between beats (diastolic pressure). The optimal blood pressure is less than 130 (systolic) and 85 (diastolic) mmHg. If, on multiple readings, the systolic blood pressure is between 130-139, or the diastolic blood pressure is between 85 and 89, this is called pre-hypertension. High blood pressure (hypertension) are figures over these levels. High blood pressure puts a strain on blood vessels all over the body, including vital arteries to the brain, and the heart has to work much harder to keep the blood circulation going.

Cholesterol Cholesterol plays an important role in a healthy body, for example, it helps us digest dietary fats, make hormones and build cell walls. However, too much is not good for us. It is estimated that two-thirds of all men and women in the UK have cholesterol higher than recommended levels. Extra cholesterol may be stored in your arteries and cause them to narrow over time due to deposits or patches on the blood vessel walls called atheroma. Patches of atheroma are like small fatty lumps, which develop on the linings of arteries, narrowing them (atherosclerosis). Large deposits can block an artery and the blood cannot flow through; if it affects an artery to the brain, a stroke can happen.

Diabetes Diabetes is a condition which occurs when the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body is not processing it properly. Glucose comes from the digestion of starchy and sugary foods and also from the liver, which produces glucose. The hormone insulin is produced by the pancreas which enables glucose to be broken down and used

as fuel. Insulin controls the levels of glucose in the blood. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 usually – but not always – begins in childhood or adolescence (15%) they do not produce insulin. Type 2 develops gradually in adulthood and those with this condition do not produce enough or the insulin produced does not work effectively (85%). Diabetes is not simply a problem of glucose, in the long term uncontrolled high levels of glucose in the blood stream can lead to other health problems, including serious problems with nerves, eyes, kidneys and hardening and narrowing of the artery walls leading to stroke or heart disease (atherosclerosis).

Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, a rapid heartbeat or a quivering or the upper chambers of the heart. Atrial fibrillation is due to a malfunction of the heart´s electrical system. This condition has often been considered a minor health problem, but it can be quite risky and even potentially life threatening causing a blood clot and stroke. This condition can be managed by medication or electrical cardioversion or through anticoagulation with medication such as Warfarin (Sintrom in Spain).

Diet and Exercise In the last few years a great deal of research has been carried out into links between diet, exercise and health. Studies have shown that the best way to stay fit and healthy is to eat a diet high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based foods like beans and lentils, but low in fat, sugar and salt. “Good fats” (unsaturated) found in fish, nuts and seeds are rich in beneficial nutrients: Omega 3 and 6 found in oily fish like tuna, mackerel, herrings, salmon and sardines not only reduce the risk of atherosclerosis but are also linked to improved cholesterol levels in the body. A Mediterranean style diet, high in unsaturated fat from olive oil and fish and low in saturated fat is beneficial. Saturated fats and trans fats “bad fats” are mainly found in animal products like red meat, hard cheese and foods like sausages and meat pies, or in oils that have been hydrogenated – processed to turn liquid oils into semi-hard foods like cakes, biscuits, pastries and snacks. Both saturated and trans fats contribute to the development of atherosclerosis and an increased risk of stroke. Moderate exercise (slightly out of breath) for a total of 30 minutes per day on at least 5 days a week can improve your health and help control blood pressure. It is also believed to arouse a sense of relaxation and mental health wellbeing. Points to aim for in 2011 to improve wellbeing: 1. Have a regular medical examination at least once a year. 2. Be more physically active. 3. Lose weight if overweight. 4. Stop smoking if you smoke. 5. Eat a healthy balanced diet. 6. Try to keep blood glucose levels well controlled. 7. Try to control your blood fats. 8. Take some time to relax. So at the same time as enjoying life here in Spain remember to take a little time to have a medical scrutiny thus ensuring the continuity of health and happiness in 2011.

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Salt-crusted Mini Baked Potatoes with Cold Chive Hollandaise Starter INGREDIENTS - Serves 5 10 small red potatoes olive oil ½ tbsp salt flakes 3 egg yolks 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoons white wine vinegar 6oz butter seasoning (1oz) chives, snipped You will need a large solid baking sheet. METHOD First of all, make the hollandaise by placing the egg yolks in a small bowl and season them. Then place them in a food processor or blender and blend them thoroughly for about 1 minute. After that, heat the lemon juice and vinegar in a small saucepan until the mixture starts to bubble and simmer. Switch the processor or blender on again and pour the hot liquid on to the egg yolks in a slow, steady stream. After that, switch the processor or blender off Now, using the same saucepan, melt the butter over a gentle heat, being very careful not to let it brown. When the butter is foaming, switch the processor or blender on once more and pour in the butter in a thin, slow, steady trickle; the slower you add it the better. (If it helps you to INGREDIENTS Serves 6 250g scallops (with corals if possible) 800g monkfish fillet, cut into 3cm (1¼in) pieces 250g frozen cooked mussels 250g frozen large, raw tiger prawns 450mldry vermouth 1 bay leaf For the sauce: 25g butter 15g flour 2 rounded tablespoons crème fraîche 1 heaped tablespoon fine capers in vinegar, drained, or salted capers, well rinsed 8 cornichons, drained and roughly chopped 1 heaped tablespoon chopped dill a good pinch of cayenne pepper seasoning For the pastry: 375g ready-made butter puff pastry 20gfreshly grated Parmesan, plus 2 tablespoons to sprinkle 1 egg, beaten You will need a round pie dish 20.5cm (8in) in diameter at the base, 26cm (10½in) at the top and 3.5cm (1¼in) deep. METHOD To start, if the scallops are large slice each one in half. Then pour the vermouth into a medium-sized saucepan and add the bay leaf. Bring it up to the boil, add the scallops and, when it comes back to a simmer, time it for exactly 1 minute before removing them with a draining spoon to a colander over a bowl. Next add the monkfish – in two batches – following the same procedure (back to a simmer, but this time cook each batch for 2 minutes). Next poach the frozen mussels (same as above, but remove them just as they come to a simmer) and finally

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the frozen prawns, only this time poach them until they turn pink and opaque. Then add the drained juices from the poached fish to the poaching liquid in the pan and bring it up to the boil, then reduce by two-thirds, which will take about 10 minutes. Then pour the poaching liquid into a jug, you need about 150ml (5fl oz). Next make the sauce, do this by melting the butter in a small saucepan, stir in the flour, then gradually add the poaching liquid bit by bit, stirring continuously with a mini whisk. Cook on a gentle heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the sauce has cooked, add the crème fraîche, capers, cornichons, and dill then season and add some cayenne pepper. Once the sauce and fish are completely cold, mix them together in a bowl and pile into the pie dish. Next roll the pastry to an oblong 20 x 30cm (8 x 12in), then use a pastry brush to dampen the surface with a little water and sprinkle evenly with the 20g (¾oz) of Parmesan. Then fold the pastry over and roll it out to 35cm (14in) square. Now cut two 2cm (¾in) strips from two of the edges of the pastry square. Dampen the rim of the dish with water, press the strips of pastry on to the rim and dampen them. Press the rest of the pastry loosely over that to form a lid and, using a sharp knife, trim any excess pastry off. Then press the edges firmly together and flute them all round. Make a steam hole in the centre with a skewer and roll any pastry trimmings together and cut them into leaves or little fish to decorate the top. Cover and chill for at least an hour, but it will be fine until the following day. When you are ready to cook the pie, preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7, then brush the pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan. Place the pie on a baking tray and cook on the centre shelf of the oven for 25 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/gas mark 4 and cook for a further 20 minutes. Leave to stand for about 5 minutes before serving. INGREDIENTS SERVES 8 2 eggs plus 1 yolk 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract 500g plain flour 2 x 7g sachets easy-bake dried yeast 100g caster sugar Salt 200ml warm milk 200g soft butter 140g mixed dried fruit 100g mixed candied peel Milk, for brushing 1-2 tbsp flaked almonds METHOD Beat the eggs and yolk with the vanilla. In a large bowl, mix the flour, yeast, sugar and ½ tsp salt. Add warm milk and egg mixture, then beat to a very soft, sticky dough with a wooden spoon. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place until dough has doubled

use a jug rather than pouring it from the saucepan, warm a jug with boiling water, discard the boiling water and pour the butter mixture into that first.) When all the butter has been incorporated, wipe around the sides of the processor bowl or blender with a spatula to incorporate all the sauce, then give the sauce one more quick burst and you should end up with a lovely smooth, thick, buttery sauce. Then pour it into a bowl and stir in two-thirds of the snipped chives. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave in the fridge until the sauce is cold and set. Next, scrub the potatoes thoroughly and dry them with a tea towel, then leave them aside for the skins to dry completely (if you get ready-scrubbed potatoes, just wipe them with damp kitchen paper). Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. When the skins are nice and dry, prick them with a fork, then moisten your hands with oil and rub the potatoes to oil them all over. Put the tablespoon of salt flakes in a bowl and swirl each potato in the salt to coat it lightly. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until crisp and tender. Then when you’re ready to serve, cut a cross in the top of each potato and gently squeeze up from the base to open out the cut slightly (use a towel to protect your hands). Quickly top each one with a spoonful of the chive hollandaise, then sprinkle with the reserved chives.

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in size. Drop large muffin wraps into ten clean, 200g size cans, or line them carefully with baking parchment so the paper comes well above the cans to make a collar (or use a muffin tray). Blend the butter, fruit and peel into the risen dough, preferably with your hands. Cut into ten equal pieces and drop a piece into each prepared can. Cover again and leave until they are very well risen. Heat oven to 190c/170c fan/gas 5. Gently brush the panettone with milk, scatter over the almonds and bake for 2530 minutes until golden. Eat within three days, or freeze for up to six weeks.

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Cat

Janey is APAH’s official ‘meeter and greeter’. Born in May 2008, she has lived all her life at APAH. She is a very inquisitive cat who loves to be at the center of everything. She loves to play and gets on very well with all the other cats. To arrange to meet Janey or any other APAH cat, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563

Dog

Bandit is a four month old Dalmation X. He is a very friendly, happy puppy, who deserves a loving home. To arrange to meet Bandit or any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.


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your announcements, events & letters Successful Slimming Quesada ................................

cleur

We meet every Tuesday at 10am at The Sportsman, near Canales supermarket.

ve Happy Birthday from all your friends at Sol Times xxx

Happy Birthday to Yoooouuuuu! Lots of love your Grarrr xx

Society Yoga Europa yoga classes 7pm Wedenesdays at Associacion Vecinos in Torre La Mata, Telephone 652 667 883

OLD TIME DANCING class with sLOT’s

Pilar Sol Club, Lo Monte Hotel, N332 Pilar de la Horadada. 7.30pm9.30pm: No previous dancing experience required - all levels welcome. Tel 609 939 369

Successful Slimming La Marina ..............................

We meet every Thursday at 11am at The Hillside Bar,Caelle Bilbao. A healthy eating food plan with very good results. No joining fee, no charge for missed weeks,only 5 euros a week. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553

BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s..................................

NEW VENUE: The Wok Royal, Benijofar. NEW BEGINNERS CLASS: starting Monday 17th January 2011, 7.30pm–8.30pm plus SOCIAL DANCE: 8.30pm10.30pm. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157

chrissie Happy Birthday!! from all the team at Sol Times xxx

Phil Kendall

A Happy 60th Birthday

Hope You Have A Great Day

Love & Best Wishes From All Your Family In The UK - Bern, Pat, Matt, Jade, Kim, Joe, Kath, Ted, Tom, Dee xxxxxxxx Also A Special Hello To Cheeky Phil, Happy Birthday Love & Hugs Alissia xxxxxxxx

Happy Birthday Joshua. Love and Kisses from Aunty Fran, Uncle Robbie, Claire, Danny & Sandy Xxxxxx

Costa Blanca Business Group ....................................

Costa Blanca Business Group has a totally new and different approach to networking, with no formal meetings, no breakfasts or lunches and no set times. As well as networking in a relaxed social setting, the group is non profit making and will be raising money for local charities. Monthly get togethers will be held in various venues, where you can pop in for a quick drink or make a night of it. Meet ups will be on the first Friday of every month and will be open to members, and guests of members only. This gives members and guests the opportunity to meet other people in business. The first meeting will be on Friday 4th February, details will be available on the website. The website is already No 1 on Google for “ business group costa blanca “ and we are attracting new members and lots of interest. www.costablancabusinessgroup.com

THE SPIRITUALIST AWARENESS SOCIETY OF BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE QUESADA ................................ DANCING with LA BAMBA’s ... Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Los Arcos Restaurant, Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. NEW BEGINNERS CLASS [starts 10th January 2011] Monday 10.30am – 12.30pm. SOCIAL DANCE Saturday 7.30pm – 10pm. Tuesday: IMPROVERS LESSON [starts 18th January 2011], 7.30m–8.30pm plus SOCIAL DANCE 8.30pm – 10.30pm: Also at the Bienvenido Chinese Restaurant at La Zenia roundabout. NEW BEGINNERS CLASS [starts 12th January 2011]: Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Intermediates Friday 11am – 1pm. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157

The International Holanda Dancing Night......

Saturday 22th January will be the next International Holanda Dancing Night, the first of this year. The place is again the wonderful restaurant of Camping Marjal at Guardamar. The evening will begin at 7.30pm– entrance is free and there is a bufffet available for 7.50€ pp. The dance music for the International Holanda Dancing Night will start at 8.30pm with wonderful dancing music by our DJ Älegria. He has a very large selection of international dance music, but also Spanish and South-American music. Free parking & drinks at normal prices, we hope to meet you and all your friends, who love dancing and music. For more information, go to: www.hollandeventsinspain.com

CASTILLA AMIGOS ..................

A friendship group for single people. Please come and join us at the CASTILLA BAR, on the Lemon Tree Road, Near Guardamar. Every Wednesday from 3.00 pm - Enquires to ANN 965 070 247/666 747 398 or BERNIE 966 702 157

Old Time Dancing

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, 16th January. There will be an Evening of Mediumship with Sammy Fitzsimmons on Tuesday, 18th January followed by a Divine Service with Deanna Sparks on Sunday, 23rd January. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965 323 028. www.spiritualistchurchquesada.com

San Fulgencio Ayuntamiento & LMSFRA......

(La Marina San Fulgencio Residence Association) will be hosting a Charity Dance in aid of The Butterfly Children Charity at the Centro Social, La Marina Urb on Saturday 29th January starting at 8:30pm with entertainment from All That Jazz. Tickets are on sale now at The Butterfly Children´s Charity shops in La Marina and Pueblo Bravo, please bring your own refreshments.

Jane’s Salon Bolnuevo All your Hair, Beauty & Health Treatments

New Year, New Career! Are you already in the industry & want to learn more, or are you a complete beginner? Beauty & Holistic courses from €150 Individual Diplomas or full beauty therapy certificate available with UK trained tutor at your own salon or ours. All areas covered up and down the coast

Tel: 611 611 858

Inspirations Old Time Dancing now at Casa Ventura Sunday 8-10pm, tuition Given everyone Welcome

Tel: 966 785 415

Happy 2nd Birthday to Joshua Crosby With all our love, Mummy, Dad-Dads, Booboo and the Dubemeister! xxxxxx

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Legal Airport Transfers Taxis / Minibuses / Coaches 0034 610 611 619 www.costablancatransfers.com

awnings

boats

12 ft Tinker traveler foldable sailing boat for sale 600€. Tel:634 325 508 / 634 325 509 Retractable Awnings B OA T ING LICENSES ARE Toldo Plano NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT (Glorieta) IN SPAIN Serenity Balcony Blinds Sailing RYA Training Centre, Vertical Blinds Competent Crew Window Blinds to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. OwnNew Covers boat tuition on Swimming Pool sail and power. If you have a yacht Covers or powerboat Repairs get qualified certified. 150 Colours and Richard To Choose Contact +34 638056224 From / enquiries@ serenitysailing. com / www. erenitysailing. 676 583 246 scom

AWNINGS DIRECT

Tel: Mick

Free standing awning (toldo) for sale 8m x 4.3m in cloth with retractable roof windows (plastic) on all four side and a door opening, ideal for pool cover, patio or bar restaurant, reform of paseo forces sale only 3 years old 3000€ ono Tel: 619 500 555

building EXTERIOR, iNTERIOR rEFORMS In Torrevieja & surrounding areas. No call out fee Tel: 622 381 979 Tel: 658 632 056 www.hacerman.webs.

com

B B C

BETTER BUILDING COMPANY

Extensions - Terraces Tiling - patios - Roofing Brickwork - Plastering Ballustrades - Gates - Grills ALL WORK FULLY GUARANTEED

630 703 316 - 681 317 093

email:betterbuilding@hotmail.com

Business opportunuties 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

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

chimney sweep HOME FROM HOME Professional chimney sweep Tel: 660 478 881

CALL THE SOL TIMES NOW AND REACH THOUSANDS OF NEW CUSTOMERS blancasales@soltimes.com Tel: 966 265 023

car hire

Daily Rental

Car hire from Manchester and Liverpool Airport Meet & Greet service

Tel: 0044 (0) 1625 430 550 www.autos4you.co.uk cleaning A1 SPECIALIST CLEANING. Carpets,upholstery, 15 years experience.Tel 965 058 177/ 697 511 071 marc1961@hotmail.co.uk www. a1specialistcleaning.com

counselling services Liz Steward counselling services, supporting you in a safe and confidential environment in Quesada. All areas of counselling can be provided, including work with depression, anger and addictions with cognitive behavioural therapy.liziesteward@hotmail.com, www.lizie.counsellor.es Tel: 633 161 555

electrical

fishing

Electricity, Plumbing, Air - con In Torrevieja & surrounding areas. No call out fee Tel: 622 381 979 Tel: 658 632 056 www.hacerman.webs.

Deep sea fishing call Tony on: 6 4 675 4124w w w. calidafishing.com

com

hEALTH & beauty Hypno – Psycho T h e r a p y . E m o t i o n a l problems, smoking, weight, Mrs Judith Douglas B.Sc. Hon, |Dip App S.Sc ,D.Hp , MNCH Rcg , NCP Tel: 966 190 629 / 605 676 990

financial services Secured loans, capital raising, cash advances whilst you sell your property, equity release. Tel: 902 585 569/ 652 986 088

By EMAIL: blancasales @soltimes.com By PERSON: exchange house, calle los arcos 7, 03170, cuidad quesada

home improvement

glass curtains create more living space,no unsightly frames.reasonable prices.for a free estimate tel: 646 111 825

INSURANCE

Costa calida area justine 693 775 337 paulette 950 430 820

LOGS Roof covered logs. Dry firewood the whole year. buy logs for winter now. logs sized for your fireplace. prompt delivery. good rates. www. lenasparra.c om informacion@ lenaparra.com tel: 696 320 315 or 962 246 486 M o b i l i t y Equipment Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 www. f re e domm o bilit y spain.com

jewellery

music

mobility

Drummer

seeks

QUESADA band Contact Ray: GOLD CENTRE 966 712 987 We buy Gold & Jewellery at International Market Prices

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

Legal Vehicle re-registration specialists.

Transfer of car ownership, change/renewal of driving licence. NIE, Residencia, non residents taxation, complete house buying/ selling service. P & P SERVICES Registered Spanish Company Tel: Janet (0034) 659 732 962 Sabine (0034) 679 685 422 Office (0034) 968 594 119 e-mail p-pservices@ hotmail.com

FOR SALES Pool tables, Snooker tables, Table tennis tables, Darts & Tel: 666 933 726 www. spainpool.com Pair of right hand drive sealed headlights for citreon picasso 2002 €70 Tel: 966 712 951 Two travel cots, still boxed as new. One blue one red. 20€ each with two sets of bedding. Tel: 966 764 531

Nintendo dsi 5 months old in box with charger €80 Tel: 968 438 478 Tan Rigger Boots fOR CLASSIFIED Size 13 Brand new ADVERTISING Never worn €20 CALL SOL TIMES Tel: 968 438 478 Pine corner unit 966 265 023 as new €150 can be seen in B&Q Tel: 968972403 Beige recliner chair €70 Tel: 968972403 Satelite dish 1.35 advertise in this size with twin lob €150 box for only Tel: 968972403 W h i r l p o o l FREE HOME DEMONSTRATION Tu m b l e d r i e r CALL 966 265 023 Condensing type 6kg load excellent TO ADVERTISE www.welovecigs.com condition little HERE used as new 100€ drainage Peter 622 799 257 Los montesinos 3 rointe electric radiators, two Drainage Services 700 w, one 500 w. Toilets - Sinks - Baths - Showers - Drains Cleaned & Repaired 24 hours controls, very efficient. All together € 500,--, CCTV normal €700,-hour JETTING each. Tel. 966 715 EMERGENCY 039 Benijofar SERVICE PEST CONTROL VANS LADIES TRAINERS NEW Tel: 966 720 109 / Mob: 618 356 270 BOXED Darla Craze White/ info@unblockarod.com Silver, UK size need a plumber or electrician? 4 (small fitting reason for sale) THEN YOU CAN RELY ON THE €20, Camposol, SOL TIMES TO FIND THE SERVICE tel: 659 009 506.

ELECTRIC CIGARETTES

CALL 666 933 726

9€

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Costa blanca areas christine 966 718 979 jean 966 265 023

FOR SALES

Need Insurance? Instant cover from a British insurer. Contact Beneficial Insurance and save money on Motor UK & Spanish, Home & Contents, Pet & Travel on 961 129 215 or info@ b e n e f i c i a l s p a i n. com

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airport transfers

to place your advertisment....

Furniture

Furniture first

Self service salad est buffet cart €300 Tel 2006 636 638 560 sl Large Glass top ROJALES SPECIALIST OF PRE - OWNED freezer €100 Tel FURNITURE AND ASSESSORIES AT 636 638 560 SENSIBLE PRICES LOYALTY DISCOUNTS - FREE LOCAL Coffee machine DELIVERY SERVICE €300 Tel 636 638 WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE 560 QUALITY FURNITURE Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 Wine chillers x 2 C/Pablo Neruda 2, Local 5, Rojales €40 each Tel 636 PLEASE CALL JAMIE ON: 638 560 966 713 075 OR 680 545 923 Gas chargrill €150 www.inandaroundtorrevieja.com Tel 636 638 560 hire centres Food display chiller €300 Tel 636 638 560 Fridge Freezer €60 Tel 636 638 560 6 kg tumble dryer Nursery equipment €40 Tel 636 638 Mobility 560 Wheelchairs Calor Gas fire with bottle €40 Tel 636 DIY & Building equipment 638 560 Chain saws Oak dining table and 6 chairs €50 Tel 636 638 560 Tall solid book hEATING case €40 Tel 636 638 560 Various well established plants in pots €5 to €10 each Tel 636 638 560

HIRE CENTRE

TEL: 966 786 225

personals Sexy Couple or separate, offers pleasure for couples, women, men, girl-girl, relaxed, discreet. personals Our new apartment at Algorfa or yours. Jasmine/ Sebastian Tel: 663 478 337 Gay – Bi Erotic massage, discreet with happy end, Torrevieja / Punta Prima Tel: 696 319 950 eroticmasaje@ hotmail.com Elegant Slim Sexy Lady available, home / house visits. Mazarron – Torrevieja Tel: 693 357 526 The Swingers Club on the Costa Blanca. www. puer to - d - amore. info Tel: 966 725 373 / 650 706 725 Gorgeous English Blonde 45 years, gives discreet massage, 1 hour or overnight stay. 15 minutes Alicante airport. Tel: Karen 662 049 021 Spanish lady Playa Flamenca near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy We are currently looking for females lady, private house, between ages of 21 and 99. Make 50% parking. Offers all of web income on your page. Email: erotic services, webmaster@the xxxwifes.co.uk massage, sexy lingerie, economical Tel: 0034 697 810 298 or prices from 40€. 0044 7860 527 963 Full discretion. Tel: Ana 680 735 412

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personals MODELS FOR NEW XXX WEBSITE We are currently looking for females between ages of 21 and 99. Make 50% of web income on your page. Email: webmaster@the xxxwifes.co.uk

Tel: 0034 697 810 298 or 0044 7860 527 963

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pets

property

recruitment

Swinging Party 1st Saturday Every Month Nr Santa Pola 676 133 507

Fully equipped small Fish Tank with everything you need to start your aquarium including food. The dimensions of the Fish Tank are 44cm wide. 40 1/2 cm tall. Bow at the front, at deepest point 16 1/2 cm and at ends 13 cm. It has a faulty light hence €20. Accessories €5 Tel: 676 519 118

Telesales wanted

NEW NEW in Cabo Roig, 10 mins torrevieja, p a s s i o n a t e European 29, complete, open minded, special attention to couples, alone or authentic lesbianism with mature woman. Tel:617 709 701

plumbing

Realengo huge house + garage/ workshop, needs redecoration but liveable,pool + cover, outbuildings, gas c/heating. Offers 200K invited, 240m2 registered house + 170m2 registered garage Tel: 670 469 544 Quesada 2 houses in ! HUGE HOUSE heated pool, 900m2 plot, fabulous views lots extra. Massive reduction to 399k€ Tel: 670 469 544

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

Tel: 676 725 712

email: stewartplumbing3@aol.com

231/2 HOUR CALL OUT property

removals D&E

TRANSPORT UK - SPAIN - UK

Couriers & Removers

Specialists in Pet Transportation Contact Dave on 966 788 820 Mobile 693 979 902 UK: 0044 754 620 0009

Dolores 10,000m2 Plot, 5 Bed Finca + Garage in need of decoration and DIY projects to turn into a very nice Finca, most of land is ploughed but area around house is fenced off and secure. 15 min walk or 3 inute drive into Spanish town with all facilities. Telephone, electric and water. Reduced by 40k€ to 199,999€ to sell this year rather than next so call me now. 670 469 544 Mobile Park Homes on camping Pueblo in San Javier from €15,000 also bungalows for rent. Tel: Carol 968 192 425 Mob:626 055 622. Email:haydn47@hotmail.com. www. mobilehomesmarmenorspain.com

for rent

Torrevieja ,Carla from Venezuela, super sexy/ little curvy, long black hair, big breast, black eyes, with lots of south American temperaments. for all your fantasies. Oral without, give/receive. HAPPY HOUR 13.00-14.00 discount 20 € 609 418 948. ask Monique for inf. and pictures ashley - new in monique’s team. english mixed race south american, very sexy!!! 29 years, 5ft 9, 32f bust, size 10, long brown hair, big brown eyes and lovely long legs. near “hospital de torrevieja” - call me direct 634-336-712 www.adultwork.com/ashley_escort DOUBLE DUTCH ; Patty Dutch Girl 36 years. 5. 6 feet tall, slim, XXXL breasted, long blond hair, SPECIALIST in Greek. phone 669 638 845 & Monique Dutch Girl 38 years. 5.9 feet tall, slim body, long red/Braun hair, SPECIALIST in teasing. We are open minded and have lots of experience, we perform all kind off fantasies there isn’t much we have not have heard about, so what are you waiting for! NEAR HOSPITAL DE TORREVIEJA phone 609 418 948.

photography

piano tuning Piano Tuning & Repairing by expert. Piano man Tel: 665 786 226 pianoman@pianoman.es

Luxury 2&3 bedroom apartments in San Miguel Salinas, under floor heating, lift, roof-top swimming pool from 385€ also holiday lets available Tel: 965 720 817 or 616 493 487

Local Magazine based in Torrevieja are looking for

Telesales Staff

15,000 euros + Bonus

No experience necessary as training given but a big personality is definitely a bonus!

Experienced Team Leader 18,000 euros + Bonus Office hours Mon-Fri, 10am til 6pm Contract given Office in Torrevieja with free parking. Contact Michelle on 965 716 784 / 680 168 742 or email your CV to villagepost@live.co.uk

WANTED

WIGS

Wanted

Salon Margarethas, 23 years in Torrevieja Hair/wig specialist for medical illness and hair loss problems. We offer different hair replacements, top fillers, hair prostheses, toupees & wigs. Natural & artificial hair & much more. Also fashion/festival accessories. TV/TS are welcome to our service. Call Margaretha on 966 921 846 or call in salon in Torrevieja

Scrap Gold Cash paid for all gold jewellery or exchange for new

The Treasure Chest: 966 718 100 / 966 765 374

Motoring WRIGHT REMOVALS SPAIN - UK - SPAIN

from £80 per m3

Part or full load, internal moves, based in Formentera behind the British indoor market

starts here

body panels

van hire

966 794 720 - 680 932 513

Bumpers, wings and mirrors. All body panels for all cars supplied. LHD headlights. Tel:966 875 497 Mob: 618 Lords Removal 592 396 & Storage

info@wrightremovals.com

SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals

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

VILLA FOR SALE

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

(0034) 608 061 872

satellite TV Sky digi box, PACE with white sky card bbc1,2,3,4, itv1,2,3 ch4 & 5. 120€ can deliver. tel: 667 235 205 or 667 478 771.

WANTED

GOLD WANTED

3 bed 2 bath villa, 152m2 build 650m plot Private pool Aircon/heating Utility room Storage La Fiesta 2, Ciudad Quesada 349,950€ Tel:672 943 591

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

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT

To book an appointment Call Peter

664 890 990

bodywork specialists

RAPID REPAIRS

BODYWORK & PAINT SPECIALISTS

• APPROVED INSURANCE REPAIRERS • LOCAL PICK UP & DELIVERY SERVICE • COURTESY CAR AVAILABLE • ALL WORK GUARANTEED Ken Brooks 645 162 808 email:rapidrepairs2668@yahoo.co.uk Behind the Zoco Sunday market

Vehicles wanted wanted

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

cars for cash

Instant Cash Paid.

Best prices paid

Gold and Jewellery

Bought and Sold. Valuations, repairs and retail. Quesada Gold Centre @ No17 Calle Los Arcos Ciudad Quesada Rojales 03170

Tel 634 043 060

www.ques adagoldcentre.com

Spanish / English Anything considered Call Tim 662 211 993

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MOTORING SECTION cars / bikes for sale Suzuki Cobra 600 bandit special.

Showroom condition, low mileage, new battery, rear tyre, plugs & exhaust system. Fully serviced. Stored for past 5 years. UK plates. Courier rear box and many extras.

Ford Mondeo 1.8 petrol estate car 1998, green, Spanish registered, RHD, new ITV, Low mileage

From January 2011 year Specialist Vehicles can be found at thier superb new premises in San Javier.

Situated near to the airport, the new showroom is close to Salida 784 off the N332 just north of the airport exit.

1750€ o.n.o.

868 000 242 / 697 545 912

For details on any of the more than 40 vehicles in stock, or information on part exchange, specialist procurement service or to sell your car for cash contact Specialist Vehicles on 968 146 158 or 618 628 511 or visit their web site at www.specialistvehicles.eu

850€

Tel: 966 189 426 619 321 251 Kia Sorento EX Opel Astra - Luxury 4x4 Turbo diesel 1.7 2.52005 CRDi 99,000 kms, 1997, 5 door, 3 owners Full service history A/C (Climate), Roof rails Spanish, 5 spoke alloys PAS, ABS, Cd player maroon, ITV Detatchable tow-pack until March, Parking sensors good runner

1200€ ono

Tel: 966 189 426 619 321 251

Triumph Rocket 3 2005

The Ultimare Cruiser 2300cc 3 cylinder, UK bike now registered on Spanish plates, 9,000 miles, lots of extras including sports exhaust, screen, clocks etc.

7,500€ ono For more information call Geoff

622838621 Peugeot 206 2006 - 5 door hatch 1.4 HDi Xline 85,000 kms 2 owners Full service history A/C PAS, ABS, Cd player E. windows/mirrors Remote locking Rear head restraints Metallic dark grey Reduced from €6,950!

€6,450

Tel: 600 726 221 / 965 687 976 www.fwreurocars.com

Side steps Metallic grey Reduced from €11,450!

€10,950

Tel: 600 726 221 965 687 976

www.fwreurocars.com

Peugeot 207cc Feb 2009 - Cabriolet 1.6 THP Sport 150bhp! 1 owner Manufacturers warranty! A/C (Climate) Multi-spoke alloys PAS, ABS, CD Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors Remote locking Stunning condition! Light metallic blue

Specialist Vehicles have moved ….

Peugeot expands 3008 crossover line-up Peugeot boosts 3008 line-up with new SR and ENVY special editions

Prepare to go green with ENVY! Peugeot has added two new special editions to its 3008 crossover line up. Joining the existing range of Active, Sport and Exclusive, are new SR and ENVY models. The 3008 SR is based on the Sport model but includes satellite navigation, Bluetooth, Grip Control (a system which brakes the inside wheel for more controlled handling) and 16-inch alloy wheels with winter tyres to give better grip in slippery conditions. It is available with Peugeot’s latest 112bhp HDi diesel engine and either a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed electronically controlled manual gearbox. Aimed mainly at fleet customers, the

3008 SR has CO2 emissions of between 129 and 135 g/km. The 3008 SR manual starts at £20,645, while the automated manual costs from £21,195. Also joining the range is the 3008 ENVY Special Edition, which is based on the Sport model but adds tinted rear windows, an exterior styling pack which adds aluminium detailing, a head-up display and a panoramic roof. The ENVY model can be had with the 112bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine and manual gearbox, or 120bhp 1.6-litre petrol. The diesel costs from £20,495, and the petrol starts at £18,895.

VW’s Passat for the US

German firm unveils US market Passat model

€13,950

Tel: 600 726 221 965 687 976 www.fwreurocars.com

sell your cars and bikes fast in the sol times call 966 265 023

It’s a Passat – but not as we know it! This is the German firm’s new range-topping family car, which made its debut at the Detroit Motor Show and has been designed specifically for the US market. Manufactured at VW’s new facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, it is seen as a key part of a plan to dramatically boost the company’s sales in America. Measuring 4.87m, the US Passat is around 10cm longer than its European counterpart, along with being slightly wider. Under the skin, it gets a multi-link rear suspension layout – which is similar to the European car and unlike the US Jetta, which uses a simpler arrangement – while all the body panels are new and the interior gets different materials and switches. Buyers will get the choice of three engines: a 168bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol, a 276bhp 3.6-litre six-cylinder unit and a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel. None of VW’s European small capacity TSI engines will be

offered. Relative to the UK model, the US Passat will certainly be more affordable, though, thanks to the economic advantages of its manufacture within the US. Around 150,000 Passats can be produced at the new Chattanooga plant every year – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. VW’s US boss, Jonathan Browning wants to further expand the line-up with a large SUV to sit between the Tiguan and the range-topping Touareg. This model will offer a cheaper alternative to the Touareg but with the option of seven seats. It may even reach Europe. Along with the Passat, it’s crucial to VW’s plan to reach an ambitious sales target of 800,000 models in 2018, up from 256,830 sales last year. As for smaller models, Browning said that “the Polo is clearly a possibility for the future” following in the footsteps of the Ford Fiesta. However, the UP! city car will not come to the US at all and Browning is not interested in

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maggots end................... RODS and REELS: This week’s competition was the 3rd in the Gary Smith challenge cup. These team matches consist of 4 rounds and is contested by 2 teams of 6 anglers a team. The venue for this round was the Eden canal, but due to the colder weather of late, it did not fish very well and there were several blanks. Top rods on the day: 1st Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the pole using bread with 7.74 kilo´s; 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using corn with 5.26 kilo´s; 3rd Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen fishing the pole using bread and maggot with

4.08 kilo´s. Team match section results. Section 1-6 Clive Cleghorn with 1.40 kilo´s Section 7-12 Bill Reade with 7.74 kilo´s. Dave´s team Section 1-6 - 11, Section 7-12 11: Total - 22 (Total to date - 70) Abbey Angling Section 1-6 - 4, Section 7-12 - 9: Total 13 (Total to date: 39) ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN: The last Match of the year was a friendly match to help get rid of the cob webs, and was fished at Nancy’s. The temperature was way down and the wood on

send your sports reports to : editor@soltimes.com the bridges was white with frost when we first arrived. The water was very cold and bites were at a premium: 1st Bill (The Master) Reade with 6.600kg; 2nd John (Silverback) Marsh with 5.040kg; 3rd Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen with 4.060kg - All on swim feeder maggot and corn The 9th round of the Winter League was fished on the 8ft Drain on the 4th January 2011, with still a lot of water in the drain up to 9ft in places. Most anglers caught fish but they were hard to come by. The Master keeping up his recent winning form with another win: 1st Bill (The Master) Reade with 7.160kg;2nd Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen with 6.360kg; 3rd Mark (Ken’s Mate) Harrington

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with 3.520kg - All fishing pole with maggot and corn Remember 2011 Membership is now due. Details available Terry Screen on 965 328 368 ANGLERS TOGETHER: Anglers Together was formed to introduce and 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. The next meeting at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) will be held on Friday 14th January at 12pm. There is a NEW VENUE for the Puerto de Mazarron meeting starting in January 2011. On Saturday January 15th at 12pm the meeting will be held at

The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the seafront between Isla Plana and the Port. Refreshments and lunch are available at each location. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: anglerstogether@gonuts4free. com TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE

Angling News with Beachcomber John....... ‘Captain Brian Cuba’ is back in Mojacar and keen to get out fishing and so he will look forward to some phone calls from his mates. ‘Captain Pete Pugwash’, sorry he’s still ‘Chippy Pete’ at the moment because he hasn’t yet bought ‘Edmund’ the boat. Anyway he took Edmund out for half a day’s fishing: myself and ‘Pueblo Neville’ joined him. I caught a 7lb meagre or corvina and a beautiful moray eel. See photo of me and my Corvina or Meagre. All of us lost big fish with hooks and rigs bitten off and others just jumped off the hooks. The best fish was lost by Pete who while reeling in a fish when about 30 foot off the bottom got hit and the reel screamed as his line was dragged back down to the bottom. A classic big conger bite and tactic and when Pete finally had to put the pressure on, the line broke and he brought up only one hook, a 5.0 with only the pandora dead bait’s lips hanging on it. I think the conger pulled the pandora off the big hook but got foul hooked by a smaller hook on the feathered trace below. Pete and I went out again a few days later. I caught at least 30 fish and Pete and Kevin would have matched it, no big fish were landed and the best one was a 2lb comber caught by me. Last minute update: ‘Chippy Pete’ landed a 30lb plus conger and lost a much bigger one! ‘Spanish Alex’ fished a beach mark some miles south of Mojacar and caught himself a personal record, a 12lbs sea bass, it’s some fish and I’ve seen the photo which I am awaiting a copy of.

Alex has just about given up his usual Macenas haunt as he says concrete and builders dust etc blown into the sea by the winds has ruined the area’s seabed and fishing. ‘London Bill’ agrees but says he’s still catching a few fish there, mainly small sea bass to 2lbs. The next Beachcomber (Mojacar Playa) fishing meeting will be on Tuesday 25th January, 7pm til 9pm. Stick it in your diary! The next meeting of the Syedpur fishing club based in Albox (Sea and coarse) will take place at 4pm at the Syedpur Restaurant, Albox, on Wednesday January 12th, then every two weeks. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John

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FRIDAY 7TH JANUARY 2011 AT LA MARQUESA GOLF CLUB After some recent cold spells it was nice to have a warmer day with occasional sunshine for the 21 players and which reflected the scores on the day. The photo shows the happy winners with one exception (see guy

San Javier Golf Society.................... Roda Golf is the venue for San Javier’s first game of the new year and a Three Ball Texas Scramble the format with the course looking a lot better than it was on our last visit. The weather was more like a day in September than the first week in January! One of our members is a well-known entertainer called Smithy for one of his tee shots tried his own version of ‘Fly me to the Moon’; just remember Ian, that Roda is very near to Murcia Airport. Now to the results in first place the team of

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holding the Gnome). Best Guest: ALEC RELPH 25 Points Best Lady DEBBIE WEEDON 39 Points NEAREST THE PINS: 5th Hole BEV FAIHURST, 11th Hole GORDON BOURNE (Great Socks Gordon), 15th Hole BILL MARTIN, 17th Hole JOHN FAIRHURST. The winner of the GNOME for the Lowest Score (with not a happy face and somebody mentioned a similarity to the GNOME!) was WILL YORK. Should also mention this guy is a good golfer! Could be your turn next! NOW FOR THE MAIN PRIZES 3RD PLACE - DEBBIE WEEDON on Count back 39 Points. 2ND PLACE - DAVID GRAY also 39 Points. 1ST AND OVERALL WINNER CHRIS GRIDLEY WITH A MAGNIFICENT 41 Points. See Website and Noticeboard for NEXT COMPETITION: Report by Secretary

Winners of Gold and Silver Division - Bill Martin & Janet Tocker and Patsy!!

Captain with Winner of January Medal Janet Tocker and 2nd Silver Division Cindi Green.

the sun came out, it actually got quite hot, we even had a couple of gentlemen wearing shorts today - how lucky we are to be here rather than cold, freezing UK!! , Congratulations to Janet Tocker for winning her first Monthly Medal for 10 years…., and well done to all the other prize winners. Results as follows: (All results on countback): Gold Division: 1st Bill Martin 71; 2nd David Gray 74; 3rd Terry Sayers 74 Silver Division: 1st Janet Tocker 66; 2nd Cindi Green 73; 3rd George Henderson 74 Nearest the Pins: 5th n/a, 11th Gordon White, 12th (2nd shot) Bill Martin, 15th Bill

Martin , 17th John Davis. Best Gross Score: Bill Martin 78; Best Par 5s: Sam Curtis 21; Best Par 3s: David Gray 13; Captain’s Bunker:17euros; CSA today + 2 Football draw: Chris Stanley, John Davies, Pino Perito. Thanks again to our sponsors – Sierra Golf, Le Tournesol, Sands Bistro, Corazon Hotel and Super Valu. Our January Dinner/Dance on 28th January will be a celebration of Burns Night complete with Haggis, Neeps ‘an Tatties…. Please check the notice board for details. Finally, my playing partner thought he had a very good score today when checking his card on finishing – net 69…except he had forgotten to put in his score for the l8th hole!!!!


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fc cartagena.............................................. FCTorreGolf..................... LOS ALBINEGROS IN SEVENTH HEAVEN ~ FC CARTAGENA - 1 UD SALAMANCA - 0 Not since mid November have Cartagena tasted defeat in div 2a, whilst this solid victory over mid table Salamanca takes their unbeaten run of matches to an impressive 7 (5 wins, 2 draws). Following on from last weeks draw at Girona, manager JIM recalled linchpins Mariano and Botelho, to form part of what is possibly his first choice team. Salamanca meanwhile, included ex Cartagena favourite Hector Yuste, who played a major part in the promotion winning match at Alcoyano 2 seasons ago. Shouts for a penalty, when Victor appeared to be bundled off the ball after 4 mins, fell on deaf ears as Cartagena started the game brightly. Following a somewhat tranquil period in proceedings, in which neither keeper were tested, Casilla pulled off a magnificent double save, which proved to be Salamanca’s only chance of the 1st half on 20 mins. Once again, another period of inactivity was in evidence, before that man Toche rudely awoke the cast from their slumbers! It was Lafuente who provided the all important low cross to the far post, for the long legs of Toche to stretch to their limit and stroke home the ball into an empty net, giving his team the lead after 33 mins. The remainder of the half was pretty uneventful, apart from

bookings for Lafuente and Herrero, the latter who became engaged in a tasty running battle with an opponent, who also went into the book. During the half time interval, it suddenly dawned on me that the much awaited smoking ban had evidently not stretched to inside sports stadiums, but it was so nice to nip into the supporters club for a quick coffee without coughing my guts up!! Within 2 mins of the restart Victor had the ball in the net, but his effort was disallowed for offside. Shouts for a penalty echoed throughout Cartagonova stadium, this time for handball, but once again ref Lopez decided against awarding the home side a spot kick on 10 mins. Around this time the game stepped up a gear, as chances for both sides came thick and fast. A lovely one two between Botelho (his cheeky back heal totally bamboozled the Salamanca defence) and Toche, resulted in keeper Ribas pulling off 2 brilliant point blank saves. From the very next attack, a goal bound header by Toche was athletically tipped onto the bar by Ribas. Next, it was Casilla’s turn to show off his skills, when he in turn saved well from a Eduardo header, as Salamanca produced a fine counter attack on the hour mark. Salamanca were now on the ascendancy, and could

easily have scored when an inviting pass across the face of the goal just lacked a finishing touch. On 72 mins Juanjo headed just over, in what was Salamanca’s last attack on goal. With 13 mins remaining, Botelho almost doubled Cartagena’s advantage, but his curling shot smacked against the base of the far post before being cleared. Apart from a further 3 bookings (Keko for handball and 2 visitors), there were no further incidents, in what had been a thoroughly enjoyable game of football. FC Cartagena line-up: Casilla, Cygan, Clavero, Mariano, Herrero, Botelho, Toche (Goiria), Longas, Lafuente (Keko), Cala, Victor (Munoz) Forthcoming Fixture: Up next for Cartagena is a trip to fellow play off contenders, Rayo Vallacano. Channel 7RM will be showing the game live on Sat 15 Jan, ko 6pm. For further info on FC Cartagena, visit www.nosoloefese.es or www. futbolclubcartagena.com. A group of ex-pats have formed an FC Cartagena supporters club (pena), and meet up at bar El Fraile in Los Nietos. They attend all home matches, and intend to travel to some away fixtures including Elche and Granada. For further information contact Colin Clarke on 968133420 or visit www.elfraile.co.uk. BY STEVE HIBBERD

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El Plantio - 4th January, 2011 For the first trip out in 2011 we returned to our home course to complete our Christmas outing cancelled due to severe weather on the 21st.December. How the weather can change so much in just a couple of weeks, it was warm sunny and though the course was wet underfoot was in great condition, and ground staff were out in full force pruning anything that was growing out of control. Have to say El Plantio spend a lot of time seeing that our golfers see everything in tip top condition when looking around everywhere. However it has to be said the palm tree branches cut and laying on the ground did cause a few problems with finding the odd golf ball that was allowed to go off course, and there were a few! As our Christmas outing we had prizes on the day amounting to more than 200 Euros so everything to play for in our Stableford competition, and because of this many winners. It was also good to see the new FCTorreGolf, Blue Polo Shirt, being worn by El President and Secretario. Our day was split into 2 catagories with a 1st and 2nd in each and here we had Category 1. Winner Mike Freeman 2nd. Alan Darby. Category 2. Winner John Williams 2nd. Peter Cowd. Nearest the Pin Hole 7 Peter Alexander, Hole 9 Terry Sangwine, Hole 14 FCTorreGolf(no winner) Hole 18 Mike Freeman

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Chevrolet Aveo (2008) 1.4 16v 70ps LS Petrol..............€8,495 Ford Fiesta (2007) 1.4 TDCi Ambiente Diesel................€7,995 Ford Focus Estate (2005) 1.6 TDCi Diesel....................€7,995 Suzuki Ignis (2006) 1.3 DDIS Diesel..............................€7,695 Citroen C3 (2006) 1.1 Furio Petrol.................................€6,495 Kia Rio (2005) 1.5 LS Petrol..........................................€6,295 MercedesA-ClassAuto(2000)1.7CDieleganceDiesel.....€5,995 Peugeot 307 Auto (2002) 2.0i Petrol................................€5,995 Ford Focus Estate (2002) 1.8 TDDi Trend Diesel..........€5,695 Hyundai Getz (2005) 1.2 Petrol.......................................€5,695 Peugeot 206 (2003) 2.0 GTi Petrol..................................€5,695 Renault ScenicAuto (2000) 1.6 Petrol...........................€4,995 Opel Corsa (2003) 1.0 Petrol.........................................€4,995 VW Golf (RHD) (2004) 1.6 Match Petrol........................€4,995 Ford Focus Estate (2001) 1.8 TDDi Trend Diesel.........€4,995 Renault Clio (2003) 1.2 16v Elise Petrol........................€4,795 Chrysler Neon Auto (1999) 2.0 LX Petrol..................€3,495

saving

Finally, Overall resulted in

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€5,995

Plonker of the day (1st.time played for) Eric Thornborough, sorry Eric but you did receive a book entitled 501 Excuses for a Bad Golf Shot! Wonder if you had any more?

Landrover Freelander

RHD (2002) 1.8 16v Serengeti SE Petrol

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transit westfalia motor home 2005, 2L TDCi 114,000kms €23,950

honda civic type r, 2.0, vtr, 6-speed box 9600kms, black €21,950

hyundai santa fe

2008, 2.2 crdI AUTO 128,000 dark silver €19,950

VOLKSWAGON ToUaREG

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2003, 5 ltr, V10 TVI, Dark green, 120,000km €18,950

seat leon 1.9 tdi

ford fiesta

opel astra

2007, 1.7cdti, station wagon 81,000km €9,950

1.4 TDCi Trend silver, 41,000km 5 doors, A/C

smart forTWO passion

KIA CARNIVAL

€8,950

2004, 2.9TD 7 Seater 81,000km

52 MHD 2009, 20,053kms, white €8,950

€8,950

We’re on the move

Come and see us in our brand new, all indoor, location – just off the AP7,at the airport turn off. Our La Manga office remains open temporarily. See website for more details.

1.9dci grandtour 97,000kms alloys, cruise €10,950

Hyundai Sonata

2006 2.0 CRDi Auto 55,000 kms €10,950

citroen c3

Pluriel auto 2008 1.6i automatic 15,000km, blue €9,950

2006, 1.4 hdi 112,000kms €7,950

skoda fabia estate 2006,1.4tdI, 148,000kms €6,950

seat leon

2002, 1.9TDi, 85,000KMS silver €6,950

2008, 1 owner 89,000kms, €11,950

renault laguna

PEUGEOT 1007

CHRYSLER VOYAGER 2.8 LX CRDi, AUTO, FSH, 1 OWNER …...................................................................................... €17,950 • me  rcedes e220 elegance 2.2, cdi automatic, 116,000kms, 2003.........................................................€16,950 • MERCEDES A170 2005, 1.7 auto, FSH,45,000k……€10,950 • hyundai tucson 2l crdi, 88,000kms, 2005.......€10,950 •r  enault gran espace, 2004, 58,000km rhd..... €8,950 •r  enault Laguna estate, 21 dynamic, 57,000mls rhd .................................................................................. €6,950 • suzuki gran vitara 2.0 td, 1999, automatic....€6,950 • OPEL CORSA 1.2, 2004 TWIN PORT, AUTO, 90,000KM ..............................................................................................€6,950 • HONDA ACCORD 2000, 2.01 VTEC 98,000kms, Blue....... ..............................................................................................€6,950 •c  hevrolet tacuma, 2L auto, 34,000mLs rhd...€8,950 • CITROEN PICASSO RHD, 1.6 petrol, 110,000mls, 2004 …...................................................................................…. €5,950 •K  ia sportage, 2001, 4x4, 2l diesel ..................... €5,450 • RENAULT MEGAN 2002, 1.4 COUPE, A/C, REDUCED TO ......................................................................................€4.450 • fIAT STILO Estate, RHD, 1.6 petrol, 74,000 miles .. €4,750 • CITROEN XSARA 2001, 2L HDi.....................................€3,450 • YAMAHA BRUIN QUAD BIKE ……………..................€3,250 • VW Golf, 1.8, 1996, 190,000kms…………................€2,950 • Mitsubishi Charisma 2000, a/c ............................ €2,950 • Pe  ugeot 308, 5dr. hatch, 2008,30,000km, 1 owner …POA • Daelim Daystar motorcycle 125cc, 2006, ....€1,495 • 2 wheel trailer 3m x 1.5m, 2006 .............................€750

~ RHD / LHD Taken in Part Exchange ~ RHD / LHD Vehicles purchased for cash ~ Full procurement service

Nissan Almera 1.5DCi Acenta 2005 75,800 kms €6,750 opel AGILA

1.2, twinport, A/C, silver, 13,000km €6,450

Renault Kangoo VAN 2005 FSH, White, PAS, ABS, A/C €5,950

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