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A more detailed breakdown shows that the places with the highest numbers of EU registered voters are: Alcalali 436. Alfaz del Pi 2,516. Altea 1,662. Benissa 2,162. Benitachell 1,323. Finestrat 1,032. Calpe 4,323. Javea 4,153. La Nucia 3,238. Orihuela 4,538. San Fulgencio 3,212. Santa Pola 1,741. Teulada 3,772. Torrevieja 6,361. These are the areas where the ‘foreign’ vote will carry the most weight. It will be interesting to see in due course whether the non-Spanish voters have made use of the opportunity to register not only their vote, but their opinions via the ballot box.

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Spanish air controllers sued for 50 million euros Passengers hit by a 24-hour wildcat strike by Spanish air traffic controllers announced this week they had sued for 50 million euros in damages

An association of 5,000 passengers said it had filed suit in a Madrid court against controllers who called in sick en masse December 3, disrupting travel for more than 200,000 people on a holiday weekend. Spain’s government forced the controllers to return to work the following day by declaring a state of alert, putting the military in command and threatening jail for those who refused. It was the first state of alert in Spain since the 1975 death of dictator General Francisco


Franco. “In the civil action, we are requesting the opening of a civil suit to claim 10,000 euros in moral damages and financial losses for each person,” the association said in a statement. “The closure of airspace affected thousands of people who were hostage to the situation in national and international planes and airports, causing major losses to the tourism sector and damaging the image of Spain,” it said. According to the association’s

legal counsel, Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo, thousands more people were expected to join the action. Spanish prosecutors are already investigating air traffic controllers for possible sedition charges for abandoning their posts. If the controllers were found guilty and unable to pay the claimed damages, the claimants ‘ association said Spain’s airport authority AENA should be held accountable.

Spain asks court to ban new Basque party

Spain’s government has asked the Supreme Court to outlaw a new Basque pro-independence party called Sortu, arguing it is an extension of the banned political wing of the armed separatist group ETA. Sortu was launched by people close to Batasuna, ETA’s outlawed political wing, on February 7 as a new party that rejects violence and is committed to fighting for independence through purely political means. It wants to take part in municipal elections in the Basque region in May. Batasuna has been ruled illegal since 2003 because of its links to ETA, whose bloody campaign of bombings and shootings for a Basque homeland independent of Spain has been blamed for 829 deaths in more than four decades. Spain’s central government has voiced doubts over the legality of Sortu, and said it would be up to the courts to make a decision. The government believes Sortu is “an extension of Batasuna”, Joaquin de Fuentes Bardaji, a senior justice

department lawyer, told reporters after filing the request with the Supreme Court asking that the party be banned. In the request to have Sortu banned, government lawyers argue based on police reports that the party’s rejection of violence “is cosmetic, rhetorical, not real.” The Supreme Court now has 20 days to decide if Sortu is legal or not. ETA on January 10 declared a “permanent and general ceasefire” to be verified by the international community. But Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero rejected the declaration, saying he wanted nothing less than ETA’s dissolution, and the authorities have vowed to hunt down ETA members. Spanish police arrested four suspected ETA bombers on Tuesday and seized about 200 kilogrammes (396 pounds) of explosives as part of the operation in the harshest blow against the group since it declared its latest ceasefire. Debt Recovery - Enforcing Judgments Personal Injury - Medical Negligence Divorce - Wills - Breach of Contract Discrimination - Expropriation of Property Taxing Issues - Conveyancing

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Paramount Theme Park BEginS to take shape A team of technicians from the Hollywood company arrived last week bringing with them the first drafts for the new theme park. Report by Biggy Marshall

It is going to be grand, bigger than Terra Mítica near Benidorm and similar to Disney Paris. And that is exactly the intentions of the developer, Proyectos Emblemáticos. Their ambition is to outdo any competition, nationals as well as internationals, and to start construction, or at least lay the first stone, at the end of the year. They have chosen a spacious spot in the Alhama de Murcia municipality, with plenty of possibilities for extensions. The complex will cover 207 acres or 109 hectares, equivalent to 109 football pitches, in total, sectioned off in 36.5 ha for the actual theme park, 8.8 ha destined for an aqua park, four plots of between 4.8 and 8.8 ha for hotels, and two plots of more than 45 ha for parking. The principal attractions will be in the centre of the complex. According to sources quoted in La Verdad: ‘There will be nothing like it neither in Europe nor in the World. We are talking a new

generation of parks and its success will spread as it will be offering thing that others do not have. It will be a very different park. A unique attraction!’ Four hotels will surround the theme park with a capacity between them of nearly two million guests per year. Considering the high summer temperatures in the region, the developer finds that an aqua park is essential and will present an important commercial potential. In the outer periphery there will be plenty of parking with two big parking lots, to the North 8.0 ha while the Southern one will cover 38.4 ha, with a daily capacity of 6,000 cars. These are the first details that have reached the public about the new theme park, though they are not definitive. The final master plan is expected to be presented 25th of March, coinciding with a visit to the region by Michael Bartok, Executive Vice President of Paramount.

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The Tourist Board is emphasizing the importance of the development of Paramount Theme Park and the expectations of the number of visitors - report by biggy marshall. Jesús Pacheco, President of the Tourist Board, relayed last week to the President of The Autonomous Murcia Region the satisfaction of the regional business world of the progress of the Paramount project as well as the construction of the new international airport. Ramón Luis Valcárcel received the members of the board to discuss the situation of the tourist sector and invited the board members to accompany him on his next visit to the airport to see the progress themselves. The restaurateurs took the opportunity to vent their preoccupation over the effects that the new anti-tobacco law has had on the restaurant business. They told Valcárcel that next month they will present a survey of the losses they have suffered. The regional Minister for Culture and Tourism,

Pedro Alberto Cruz, indicated that the tourism sector on the other hand is the sector that has contributed most to the improvement during the crisis. Due to Cruz the registered number of tourists visiting the region in January rose by 6.34%, compared to the same month last year. The total increase for the same period in the whole of Spain was 3.67%. Pedro Alberto Cruz further said that the figures, which tourist activity in The Murcia Region has been producing, has confirmed the expectation and are encouraging for the sector. They emphasize that the tourism industry is adding considerably to the regional economy and the efforts to overcome the severe economic crisis we currently experience.

Puppy murdered at Orihuela’s new Animal ‘Protection Centre

A DENUNCIA has been made against the Centre for the Protection of Animals in San Bartolomé, Orihuela, after a puppy was allegedly murdered by staff.

This horrific act took place on Friday 21st January, witnessed by a Spanish lady and her husband who went to enquire about a dog they found earlier in the month. At around 13.00 on 21st January, they witnessed a woman in a Seat Ibiza arrive at the centre. She threw a black and white puppy out of the car about 100m from the entrance. The puppy ran after the car but returned, scared and shaken. It approached the car of the Spanish woman and her husband. They spoke to a man at the centre who said he was the cleaner. He was then instructed by phone not to take the animal in and to tell the couple that officials would be available on Monday. He left the couple outside but they slipped the puppy through the gate before waiting out of sight to be sure the puppy was safe. A man came out of the main

building wearing a uniform and gloves, bent down towards the animal and walked away again but without the dog. The couple moved closer and saw that the dog was dying in a pool of blood. Following this, a woman came out of the centre and when asked by the couple what had happened to the puppy she just shrugged her shoulders before picking up the dead puppy up by the ear and placed it in a plastic bag. The centre was built with 1,350,000€ from FEIL, the Local Investment State Fund, yet has not been officially inaugurated, working in a clandestine & risqué manner, alarmingly understaffed, without an opening license, and without minimum sanitation and hygiene levels. A full investigation by the Ayuntamiento is currently underway.


Spanish housing ‘amnesty’ given cautious welcome Thousands of British expatriates whose Spanish holiday homes were declared to have been illegally built are set to benefit from a new government ‘amnesty’ a report featured in The Daily Telegraph states.

The homes are among vast numbers of properties in southern Spain that faced the prospect of compulsory demolition after local officials ruled that they had been built with inadequate planning permission. In many cases, construction had been approved by corrupt town hall politicians but later ruled illegal by regional planning chiefs. Now, in a major boost for British owners, many of whom had invested life savings in the properties, the Andalucian regional government has declared that more than 11,000 of them in the Axarquia region near Malaga may be legalised. “Finally, we think we’re hitting the home straight,” said Philip Smalley, president of residents’ group Save Our Homes in Axarquia. “At the moment it is just words, but our understanding is that finally the council in Andalucia will pass an amendment to legalise these houses. It is absolutely a step in the right direction.” Josefina Cruz, the head of the department for public works and housing in the Andalusian regional government, met with mayors from 14 municipalities in the Axarquia region on Friday to explain the decree, which will normalise 11,025 houses in their area. Many British owners claim to have bought the homes in good faith, only to become embroiled in lengthy and expensive court battles and planning rows. Ms Cruz said the move would permit the “recognition of the houses”, and would be enacted within three to six months. Crucially, the amendment will state that the properties can have access to infrastructure and basic services - at present, many illegallybuilt homes have been denied permission to even connected to mains electricity, water systems or sanitation facilities. Campaigners say this is seen as a step towards fully legalising the property. Ms Cruz described the announcement as a “a recognition of a reality which is there, and responding to it, but with conditions. What we are doing is recognising the existence of 11,025 homes which can start a process of regularisation.” The latest announcement would seem to be another initiative to restore confidence in the troubled Spanish property market, which has been badly hit by the global

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The program of events for the del Día de los Derechos de la Mujer will be prolonged until 22nd March. The Mayor of San Javier, Pepa García, Councillor for Equality, María Angeles Chumillas, President of the Association of Amas de Casa de San Javier, Francisca La Torre and the President of the Federation of Housewives of Murcia, Juana Perez, inaugurated the program of activities to be held in San Javier until 22 March to mark the Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace. Workshops, conference presentations, competitions and tributes to outstanding women in the municipality are included in the program, which is organised by the Department of Equality and the Association of Amas de Casa de San Javier, in collaboration with other Council departments such as Parks and Gardens, Social Services, the April Women’s Association and the Fundación Secretariado Gitano. On Thursday 3 March, the Associación de Amas de Casa, which has been in existence for 26 years, celebrated the traditional Day of Coexistence with a lunch in a tent in Almansa Park

economic downturn and the problems in the Eurozone. Earlier this month, Beatriz Corredor, the Spanish secretary of state for housing, told The Sunday Telegraph that the Spanish government was keen to woo British buyers back to the Spanish property market. She said that new legislation was being put in place to reassure potential purchasers their homes were built legally, and prevent a repeat of the illegal building fiasco which has blighted much of Spain’s coastal provinces. According to government figures, 100,000 homes built around the coast during the last decade face unresolved planning problems, The amnesty in Axarquia’s will put the vast majority of the area’s illegally-built homes on the road to legalisation, although a remaining 859 properties deemed to have been illegally built on specially-protected land may still be demolished. Mrs Cruz said: “We will act forcefully so that the occurrence of illegally-built houses in Axarquia is contained, because we have to protect the countryside and the touristic value of the region.” However, some embattled home owners fear that the new decree does not go far enough, and remain deeply sceptical about the initiative. “We’ve heard all of these promises before,” said Maura Hillen, president of a resident’s association in Albox, 130 miles south of Alicante. She has spent recent years campaigning for Britons who, like her, have been given demolition orders. “The devil really is in the detail, and they haven’t published any documentation on this so far. They are very good at making promises, and very bad at living up to them.”

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Barclays to close 100 branches British bank Barclays will close more than 100 branches and lay off 700 staff in Spain to cut costs and stem losses, the financial daily Expansion said Tuesday. The cuts, amounting to 17 percent of the staff and almost 20 percent of the branch network, would be announced this week as part of a global plan to reduce costs and open up new markets, it said. Barclays officials in London and Madrid declined to comment. The decision coincided with the arrival one month ago of a new head of Barclays’ retail banking business in Spain, Jaime


Echegoyen, who was formerly the chief executive of Bankinter, it said. Barclays wanted to re-focus its business in Spain on medium- and high-earning customers. The 2008 collapse of the Spanish property bubble hit Barclays bank hard, leaving it exposed to bad loans. It was forced to make provisions of 900 million pounds (1.062 billion euros) last year, it said. Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond had described the group’s losses in Spain in 2010 as being unacceptable, the paper said.

Spain’s deputy PM hospitalised in intensive care

Spain’s deputy prime minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, is in intensive care in hospital suffering from a fever caused by a urinary tract infection, an official said Tuesday. Rubalcaba, 59, had gone to Madrid’s Gregorio Maranon hospital Sunday suffering from a high fever, which he believed was caused by a cold, said a government spokeswoman. “He was hospitalised due to a persistent fever caused by a urinary tract infection after a prostate biopsy carried out several days earlier,” the spokeswoman said. He was transferred to intensive care on Monday but by Tuesday, he was “doing better,” she said. Rubalcaba, who is also the interior minister, is one of the most powerful men in government and is considered a likely successor to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The biopsy had ruled out prostate cancer, an interior ministry statement said.

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At the Queen Sofia Arts Palace in Valencia, more than 3000 people attended the official unveiling of the 61 Partido Popular mayoral candidates of municipalities with inhabitants of more than 20,000 with the newly nominated PP presidential candidate and current President of Valencia, Francisco Camps, on hand to introduce them. Mónica Lorente, who is also the PP President for Orihuela, is the current Orihuela Mayor and has said that she will continue to work hard for the residents of Orihuela, if its citizens decide to elect her at the ballot boxes during the forthcoming municipal elections on Sunday 22nd May. Ms Lorente said that she was delighted to be given the candidacy and said that the Partido Popular in Orihuela was more united than ever. The Mayor went to Valencia with members of her existing government team, members of the local

party executive and other PP representatives from all over the municipality. At the official photo call for all the candidates, it was quite apt that Ms Lorente was given the word ´Future´ to hold up to the cameras, saying that she uses this word and the hope that it signifies as her motto. Monica Lorente will continue working with the same force and certainty that she always had done and looks forward to an electoral programme which will include working with all the different areas of the municipality. She said: “We will prove to all the citizens of Orihuela, its hamlets, the coast and districts, that the Partido Popular realises their needs, can fulfil our promises for the future and provide a better quality of life.” Report provided by Louise Clarke, Ayuntamiento de Orihuela.

Focus Groups Provide Positive Feedback

The Town Hall in Orihuela Costa has recently held two focus groups for residents of the coast. More than twenty members of the public volunteered to take part in the discussion groups which were organised by the Coastal Town Hall Press Officer, Louise Clarke. The aim of the groups was to speak to coastal residents to

find out what they think of the coast and its facilities and in the majority, the feedback was very positive. There were obviously some areas of concern for the residents and they will be addressed in due course. All the findings as a result of the focus groups will be collated and put into a report for the Councillor for the Coast, Jose Antonio

Aniorte and the Orihuela Mayor, Monica Lorente, and will also be made available to the local media and the members of the discussion groups should they require it. The business focus group which was planned has been postponed until later in the year. Report provided by Louise Clarke, Ayuntamiento de Orihuela.

Water Transfer Must Go Ahead

The President of the Valencia Generalitat, Francisco Camps, has said that the planned water transfer from the Ebro River to the Alicante province must go ahead. The PP President was in the city to attend the International Technical Conference on Water and Employment, which was held at the IFA centre, next to Alicante Airport. Orihuela Mayor, Monica Lorente, and her government team attended the conference on Saturday along with other Mayors and Councillors from the Vega Baja; an area which will see a huge and positive transformation when the water pipeline does eventually arrive. More than 2000 people were at the conference on Saturday to hear the key note speakers, some of whom were representing farming and water conservation associations. The project to transfer water from the river Ebro in the north of the country to the drier southern provinces was initiated seven years ago and Camps, who last week was officially named as the PP Presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections, commented that finishing the project is a priority for the Valencia Community. “This is the biggest and most serious situation facing us today,” said the President of the Farmer’s Union, “and the reason that the people of this region don’t have this essential water supply is purely political.” He added: “Solidarity is what is called for. We must all work together and fight to get this project completed.” Two million people in the region rely on water to make a living and Princeton University Lecturer,

Dr Ignacio Rodriguez, explained why it is essential that the work on the water transfer project is concluded. According to his study, Water, Prosperity and the Environment, there has been a rapid decrease in water table levels over the last decade and he estimates that there is currently a loss of six metres a year in Spain. “This is a water crisis, it is as simple as that,” commented Dr Rodriguez. “The economic health of this region is reliant on water and what we have is a situation that is not sustainable.” During his speech, the Doctor compared the Valencia region to the Colorado Valley in the United States of America, where the government spent $2500 million installing 280 miles of water pipe work for the southern half of California. “Farmers in the area are now well supplied with water and as a result, their farms and products are flourishing.” Like California, Spain has 70% of water supply in the north whilst 75% of the water demand is in the south. “It is essential,” concluded the Doctor, “that the River Ebro water transfer project is completed. At the moment, desalination plants only provide 1% of the water we need and the cost to the environment is enormous in comparison to water transfer. The FDR and Hoover dams in the US are inspirational and certainly achievable here in Spain. The employment generated by such a project would be immense. More farmers, more produce and more businesses equal a better economy and ultimately better lives for everyone.”

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The number of Spaniards out of work rose for a second consecutive month in February, official data showed this week, adding to government problems in cutting spending and restoring the public finances There were nearly 4.3 million people registered as unemployed last month in Spain, which has the highest jobless rate in the industrialised world, a rise of 68,260 people or 1.6 percent from January, the labour ministry said. Compared with 12 months ago, the figure was up 4.0 percent or 168,638. The rise in the number of those unemployed and claiming benefit adds to the squeeze on public sector finances just

as the government is trying to stamp out fears that Spain will need an Irish-style EUbacked bailout. Figures Tuesday showed Spain had a 2010 public deficit of 9.24 percent of economic output, just below its target of 9.3 percent as spending cuts by the central government offset the missed targets of about half of the country’s 17 regional administrations. Spain has vowed to drive its public deficit down below the European Union limit of 3.0 percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2013. “The latest unemployment data were very disappointing, providing further evidence that negative sentiment in the household economy is going to Spain raised 3.8 billion euros ($5.2 billion), just below its target linger during 2011,” of 4.0 billion euros on Thursday but had to pay higher rates of said Raj Badiani, an returns to investors to secure the fresh funds. economist at IHS Concerns that eurozone debt troubles could spread to Spain Global Insight in pushed bond rates sharply higher last year, adding to the costs London. of servicing the country’s sovereign debt, and although they “Firms continue have steadied since, concerns remain. to exercise a very The government has strengthened bank balance sheets, cut cautious approach spending and pursued economic reforms to allay market fears to hiring as a that Spain may be forced to seek a rescue by the European result of the weak Union and IMF like Greece and Ireland last year. domestic demand conditions and tight The Treasury said it sold 2.65 billion euros in five-year bonds profit margins,” he on Thursday at an average yield of 4.389 percent, up from 4.045 added. percent in the last comparable auction February 3, 2011. The government It also sold 1.15 billion euros in three-year bonds at an average does not provide a yield -- the rate of return earned by buyers of the bonds -- of jobless rate but the 3.592 percent, up from 3.254 percent in the last such auction national statistics in February. institute, which Demand for the five-year paper was 2.2 times the amount sold uses a different and three times for the shorter-dated bills. calculation method The Treasury had hoped to raise between 3.0 and 4.0 billion from the labour euros. ministry, said in

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January that it stood at 20.33 percent at the end of 2010. That is the highest level in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and topped the government target of 19.4 percent for the year. Spain’s booming construction industry drew millions of unskilled immigrant workers and generated high levels of economic growth in the decade to 2008. But the collapse of the property bubble, compounded by the global financial crisis, left many people out of work, especially immigrants and youths. Secretary of state for employment, Mari Luz Rodriguez, called Wednesday’s unemployment figure “a bad number” but she stressed that the rise in joblessness was smaller then those posted in February of 2010 and 2009. In October, the government raised its forecast for the jobless rate for 2011 to 19.3 percent from a previous estimate of 18.9 percent due to the effects of spending cuts aimed at reining in the public deficit. It predicts the jobless rate will dip to 17.5 percent in 2012 and 16.2 percent in 2013. The Spanish economy, the European Union’s fifth biggest, shrank 0.1 percent in 2010, after contracting 3.7 percent in 2009, making it one of only three eurozone countries along with Greece and Ireland to have shrunk last year. The government predicts it will expand by 1.3 percent this year but the International Monetary Fund sees growth of just 0.6 percent. Last year, the government introduced a hotly contested labour market reforms which 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 it argued would boost job creation.


Zapatero offers help to Tunisia as Libyan border crisis escalates The Spanish prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, today lent his support to the new regime in Tunisia and promised the Tunisian authorities 300 million euros worth of credit over the next years to help the country in its transition towards democracy Zapatero also recognised the severity of the situation on the border between Tunisia and Libya and offered to send boats and planes to ease the refugee crisis that the country faces. Some 70,000 people have fled Libya since the unrest began two weeks ago. About 14,000 people flooded across the border on Monday alone, many of them Egyptian migrant workers. In the no-man’s land between the Libyan and Tunisian border posts, desperate arrivals are being crushed against barriers controlling access to the Tunisian passport control and customs area after leaving the Libyan border post 50m away. International relief officials admit their efforts have been far outpaced by developments on the ground. “The needs are much much greater than what is being provided,” said Firas Kayal, spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR. “The situation is significantly increasing. The numbers keep flowing. There has to be a massive international effort to ease the situation. Governments have to take

action, right now.” The UNHCR has helped the Tunisian army set up a transit camp, that was initially intended to shelter 10,000 people, a fraction of those now stranded in Tunisia trying to get home. The massive influx is putting a huge strain on Tunisia, as it goes through its own tumultuous changes. Thousands of jobless young men have been trying to flee to Europe by taking boats to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the closest point reachable by illegal smuggling boats. Meanwhile, the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, shows no sign of stepping down and has today openly criticised the imposition of sanctions on him and his associates. “The UN Security Council is not supposed to hand down resolutions on the grounds of media reports from outside Libya. How can the United Nations and Security Council base their resolutions on false reports?” he asks. He has also warned that “thousands of Libyans would be killed” in the event of foreign military intervention in Libya.


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Backlash over Spain’s energy saving Spain’s government faced a backlash from its two wealthiest regions over plans to implement energy saving measures amid soaring oil prices brought on by unrest in the Middle East

Madrid and Catalonia have both refused to cut rail fares on commuter trains in their regions arguing that the costs would be “unbearable” at a time when they are battling to reduce burgeoning debt. The socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero last Friday announced emergency energy saving measures that include lowering the national speed limit, reducing rail fares and cutting street lighting by 50 per cent. The government pledged to lower the price of commuter and short-distance rail tickets by five per cent in a bid to encourage drivers to leave their cars at home and take public transport as fuel prices rocket to above 100 dollars a barrel for the first time in two years. But the fare reduction, which is meant to be effective from March 7, looked in jeopardy in both the capital and Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona, after the regional governments controlling those cities argued they should not be made to foot the bill. The Catalan government led by the centre right CiU party expressed fury that the measures were announced without consultation from the central government. “They invite you to a coffee; you drink it, and they tell you you have to pay for it,” said Francesc Homs, the spokesman for the Catalan government. Catalonia, traditionally the wealthiest region in Spain after Madrid, is struggling to control spiraling debt. Last year its debt rose by 24.2 per cent to 29.5


billion euros (£25 billion) as of end of June 2010. Meanwhile, the conservative Popular Party run Madrid regional government said the measure would be ineffective as it would only cover four per cent of public transport trips yet would cost regional authorities around 45 million euros (£38m). “It’s strange to be asked to cut fares when the cost of transport is actually rising,” said José Ignacio EcheverrÃa, regional transport minister. The government has been forced to backtrack on its pledge to reduce street lighting by half after highway watchdogs argued it could lead to an increase in road traffic accidents. Rather than switching off lit areas or reducing the hours of illumination the government said it would consider a move to replace street lamps with energy saving lightbulbs.

Thirty five years after the death of dictator Francisco Franco, Spain is still battling for his family to return assets to the nation, STATES A REPORT PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY TELEGRAPH.

The question of what to do with the family of a dictator after the fall of the regime is still a sore point in Spain, where Gen Franco’s heirs enjoy privileges and wealth despite the nation’s transition to democracy on his death in 1975. Authorities in Galicia have for several years been battling to vacate the Franco family from the Pazo de Meiras, a vast country palace, “donated” to Gen Franco at the end of the 1936-39 Civil War. On the dictator’s death in November 1975, the property, which dates from the late 19th century, passed to his heirs and is still used as a country retreat by his daughter and grandchildren. But the regional government is determined to have it recognised as a place of “historical and cultural value”

and opened to the public. The family has refused and the matter is now being dealt with in the courts. The row sparked a national debate over whether the descendants of Franco, who is said to have been responsible for the deaths of 300,000 people during the civil war and ensuing dictatorship, should be allowed to continue enjoying the spoils of his regime. The family assets are estimated at somewhere between £244 million and £406 million but there are no official records. There are regular calls for the Francos to return other properties “given” to the dictator including a 2,000-square-metre palace outside Madrid and the 18thcentury palace of Cornilde in Corunna.

The heirs of Franco have in the meantime been profiting from construction projects on land once confiscated by the fascist dictator. After the death of Franco, the transitional government judged it better to encourage forgiveness than to stir antagonism that could engulf the fledgling democracy. As a result a tacit “pact of silence” was introduced to avoid recriminations over want went on before. It was only in 2007 in an initiative led by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Socialist prime minister and grandson of a republican executed by Franco’s soldiers, that the state cut funding for the Franco Foundation run by Carmen Franco Polo, 83 yearold daughter of the dictator.

Government freezes Gaddafi’s assets in Málaga

ECB signals that eurozone economy has recovered Market Commentary 4th March 2011 The European Central Bank (ECB) gave a crystal clear signal yesterday that it has already made the decision to raise interest rates in the near future. The European Central bank said in its introductory statement to its press conference that “strong vigilance is contain upside risks to price stability”. On Thursday the ECB decided to keep rates at 1% at this month’s meeting. Speaking at a press conference, Jean-Claude Trichet, president at the ECB stressed that no decisions had yet been made. “We are never precommitted. The decision will be taken at the next meeting by the governing council,” he said. But analysts said it was a clear signal that a rate rise next month was likely. Trichet, said a rate hike next month is “possible”. The ECB decision to keep rates on hold for March is the 22nd-consecutive month they have been kept at record low of 1%. Mr Trichet said a rate increase next month would not necessarily be the first of a series of hikes. Nonetheless, given the momentum in the economy and the fact that headline inflation is likely to rise further, there must be a strong possibility that an April hike will be followed by at least one further move. For now, analysts have pencilled in another hike in July. But with growth likely to slow and inflation concerns ease later this year, don’t expect rates to rise as far as the markets are currently anticipating. Overall, while the ECB’s desire to tighten policy ahead of other

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central banks partly reflects the relative strength of the euro-zone economy, its actions could deal a further blow to the region’s weaker economies and hence add to the risks surrounding the future of the single currency union. In the longer run, the ECB’s stance could therefore increase the downside risks for the euro. This indecision could very well explain the trading pattern of the Euro since the conference; a leap up in value on the statement release and then nothing. There was no reaction in the US, nothing in Asia and no follow through on the European opening this morning. The proximity to this afternoon’s US employment data might go some way to explaining traders caginess to push the Euro any higher. It looks far more likely that they are unconvinced that it is the correct way forward, preferring to side with the policy being adopted by the US and UK of ensuring economic recovery before trying to suppress inflation. This morning’s release of the Halifax UK house price survey has caused Sterling to slip a tad with the headline number marginally worse than expected and a weak outlook for prices over the rest of the year.

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The Spanish government has blocked Libyan leader, Muamar el Gaddafi’s, building project in Benahavís (Málaga), where he owns land and had planned to build about 2,000 homes, a golf course and a conference centre. The Government took the decision, to comply with the sanctions imposed by the UN and EU on Libya last weekend, which includes the freezing of bank accounts and assets in the name of Colonel Gaddafi and members of his family. Gaddafi’s land lies in the town of Benahavís, between Marbella, Estepona and Ronda. The embargo on the land prevents Gaddafi and his family from “using the property for financial gain”. The Libyan leader and his family are thought to have other property on the Costa del Sol, and their assets are being analysed by the

Government and the Junta de Andalucía. Gaddafi’s finances in Spain are also being looked into, and any bank accounts in his name will be frozen immediately in line with the international sanctions. The European Commission will today approve the sanction ruling made by Brussels on Monday, which also includes a ban on issuing visas for Gaddafi and 25 other people, preventing them from entering EU countries, and an arms embargo. These sanctions were issued after Gaddafi ordered an armed military repression of demonstrators demanding his resignation after 42 years in power. The Libyan leader was in Málaga on a private visit in December 2007.

Qatar promises to invest 3 billion euros in Spanish companies

Spain’s prime minster, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has had a successful first official visit to Qatar, where he discussed investments in Spanish companies with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani. Almost 300 million euros is expected to be invested in Spanish savings banks and the Qatari prime minister said the move would be to “invest in these companies and capitalise them”. “We have confidence in

emir will visit Spain on a state visit in April. “This will be an important step forward for the Spanish economy and will consolidate c o n f i d e n c e ,” Zapatero said.

the Spanish economy; the government has taken many positive steps,” Sheikh Thani told reporters on Monday. Sheikh Thani is also the head of the Qatar Investment Authority, the Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund. Qatar’s

Zapatero said the two sides had also agreed on more investment by Qatar in the communications and energy sectors. Last week, Qatar said it was open to buying stakes in part state-owned British lenders RBS and Lloyds Banking Group.


New Eastern European ‘benefit tourism’ fears after safeguards scrapped

Workers from former Eastern Bloc nations will become eligible to claim hundreds of pounds in jobseeker’s allowance, council tax help and housing benefits. Migrants will be able to receive the benefits because restrictions on eligibility – introduced through a scheme introduced by the European Union seven years ago - are due to be abolished in May. Under EU law all restrictions on citizens of new member states must end after a seven-year “transitional” period. Ministers conceded last night they are powerless to prevent the changes because Britain needed to maintain “our national and international obligations”. The three benefits combined could be worth up to £250 a week, per person, The Times reported. The disclosures will lead to concerns that a fresh wave of migrants will embark on “benefit tourism” placing an even greater strain on public finances. Officials at the Department of Work and Pensions have pledged to be vigilant against fraud and promised to crack down on abusers. Under the changes, nationals from the eight states will be able to access the three benefits as long as they can prove they have worked in Britain, sought more work and intend to live here. It also means that tough rules introduced by other EU countries will also be scrapped. At the time the EU expanded only Britain, the Irish Republic and Sweden opened up their jobs market. It means that countries such as Germany and Austria will be opening their doors to workers for the first time from May. The scheme was introduced by Labour ministers in 2004 amid concerns that migrants from poor nations would arrive in Britain en masse. After it was introduced following eight former Soviet bloc states

Tens of thousands of Eastern European migrants will be able to claim increased benefits in Britain within weeks because the government is being forced to scrap safeguards on receiving handouts.

joining the EU it led to “the largest single wave of foreign inmovement ever experienced by the UK”, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Migrants were barred from receiving jobseeker’s allowance, housing and council tax benefit unless they had worked here continuously for twelve months. But very few qualified mainly due to their work was seasonal. Official figures show that since 2005 hundreds of thousands of migrants have registered to work, reaching a peak of 224,195 in 2006. That number fell after that but rose at the end of last year as Britain emerged from recession. Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, said the Coalition would impose “transition controls2 on all new EU member states in future. “We’re in the process of delivering major reform to bring immigration down to tens of thousands with the introduction of a new limit on economic migrants from outside the EU,” he said. A DWP spokesman added: “We have to remain in line with our national and international obligations. “However, it is absolutely necessary to protect the taxpayer and the benefit system from possible abuse. This is our No 1 priority.”


EU to scrap controversial fishing restrictions

Under the EU Common Fisheries Policy, fishing fleets are governed by catch limits and cannot land any “by-catch”, fish they have netted accidentally or which are over their allocated quota. The so-called “discard” is thrown back, dead, into the sea. Maria Damanaki, the Greek fishing commissioner, on Tuesday pledged to end this practice after a growing campaign against it.

”This is unacceptable. We have to abandon discarding.” Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall, the television celebrity chef, has campaigned on the issue with over 650,000 people signing a petition supporting a ban. British trials have begun on new rules in the North Sea cod fishery involving 23 English and Scottish vessels.

John Galliano to stand trial Disgraced fashion designer John Galliano, will face trial over an incident at a Paris café during which he allegedly hurled anti-Semitic and racist abuse at Géraldine Bloch, 35, and her companion Philippe Virgiti, 41. The Paris Prosecutors Office has issued a statement saying it has decided to put John Galliano on trial following a police investigation. The proceedings could take place in the second quarter of this year, and Galliano could face up to six months in prison, and up to €22,500 in fines, if convicted. Galliano, who was fired from his role as creative director of Christian Dior over the allegations, issued a personal statement on 2nd March, completely denying the claims made against him, renouncing anti-Semitism and racism, and apologising unreservedly for any offence his behaviour has caused. It is believed Galliano has now left France and he is reported to be attending a rehabilitation facility, most likely The Meadows in Arizona. Christian Dior intend to go ahead with their autumn/ winter 2011 show this Friday at Paris Fashion Week, but whether Galliano will show his eponymous line on Sunday is unconfirmed.

Euro MP allowances piscimar pool sl boosted again Euro MPs have awarded themselves a 1,500-euro (£1,278; $2,083) increase in their monthly office allowance.

The decision adds 13.2m euros to the European Parliament’s 2011 budget. The extra cash will enable MEPs to hire more, or better qualified, assistants, a parliament statement said. Last year the 27 EU member states’ governments limited the total EU budget rise for 2011 to 2.9% - not the 6% that MEPs wanted. MEPs’ pre-tax monthly salary is set at 7,956.87 euros. MEPs also received a 1,500euro increase in their office allowance last year. They

defended the budget rise by arguing that the Lisbon Treaty - which greatly boosted the parliament’s powers - had increased their workload. On top of their salary, the latest increase will raise MEPs’ monthly 4,299-euro office allowance to 5,799 euros. Their official trips to Brussels and Strasbourg are refunded, and they get a separate annual travel allowance of 4,243 euros. In addition, MEPs get a flat-rate allowance of 304 euros for each day of attendance at official

parliament meetings, to cover accommodation and meals. It is paid only if they sign the attendance register. The office allowance increase was adopted by the parliament’s budgetary control committee on Thursday. The largest MEP groupings - the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and centreleft Socialists and Democrats (S&D) - backed the increase. It was opposed by the liberals (ALDE), left-wingers and the Greens.

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Oil price rises as Libya tensions grow Oil prices rose more than a dollar as fighting in Libya intensified

Brent crude climbed as high as $116.20 a barrel, up over 1%, amid fears that the crisis could spread from North Africa to oilrich countries in the Gulf. A Libyan warplane dropped bombs just beyond the walls of a military base held by rebels in the eastern town of Ajdabiyah but did not hit it, Reuters reported. The latest rise in oil prices comes as Chris Huhne, the UK’s climate and energy secretary, warned of a 1970s-style oil shock. He said if the oil price doubles from $80 a barrel last year to $160 a barrel this year, this could wipe £45bn off the value of the British economy in the next two years. “This is not just far-off speculation: it is a threat

here and now,” he said. The crisis has disrupted oil production in Libya, which usually pumps 1.6m barrels of crude a day. Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s chief economist, repeated his warning that the surge in oil prices could derail the global economic recovery. “The age of cheap oil is over, though policy action could bring lower international prices than would otherwise be the case,” he said at a conference in Berlin this week. If prices held at current levels, Europe’s oil costs would be higher than in 2008, a record year for prices, he warned. “Europe is the weakest link in

the chain of economic recovery ... In Europe, 75% of the gas prices are linked to oil prices. In a few months gas prices are going to increase,” said Birol. The IEA is considering tapping its strategic oil reserves, he reiterated in an interview with the Financial Times Deutschland. “We are monitoring the situation from hour to hour very closely and are in close contact with governments,” Birol said. “We can bring 2 million barrels onto the market every day and that for two years without a pause. At the moment, Saudi Arabia is making up for the shortfall caused by the Libyan crisis by stepping up its own production.


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What a fantastic night was had by all at the club on 18 February, when we were superbly entertained by the amazing ‘Prospectors’ duo all the way from Benidorm! The dance floor was full all night and we were also treated to some fantastic fiddle & mandolin solo’s – all in that special ‘country style’. They’re back next January!! The club meets 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. 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. Our programme for the next few months starts with, all the way from England, a special return appearance of the fabulous CACTUS JACK, and continues with Costa Calida’s answer to Garth Brooks, the amazing RED STROKES! On 20 May we look forward to the welcome return of a legend. The British Country Music Award winning PHIL BRADY and, taking us into the summer, from the Beagles duo – and in true ‘Country Mode – we’ve managed to secure a night’s entertainment by the ever popular MARTY ROSS. In outline, our programme for the next few months is... Fri 04 Mar

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Not a secret beach, but it’s out of the way, and unless the traveller around the headframes and adits of La Union and Portman, knows both where it is and more importantly, where to turn off to reach the little bay, it can remain unvisited by many. This small bay, just off the MU 320 is reached by a rough track that follows El Gorguel dry river bed. If the motorist braves both passing over, and then under, an arched bridge, which, for as long as I have known it, looks as if if will collapse at any time, he or she, will be rewarded at the end of the narrow, twisting track, by the sight of waves, crashing onto a beach of jet black “Lunar” sand. Under the shelter of the cliffs, cluster a number of summer fisherman’s houses, built from the flotsam and jetsam that the Mediterranean now and again, throws onto the beach, an idyllic location. Sadly, or there again, excitingly, dependent upon your point of view, the Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena are looking to invest 1,100 millions of euro, to build a container port in this little bay. The port would stretch between the Cola del Caballo and the Punta Escucha, totally destroying the Playa del Gorguel. A twin track rain tunnel would be blasted out of the Punta Escucha headland, to enable freight trains to connect with the main line at Cartagena. The port would look to employ some 3,000 employees. In the first year of operation, two million tonnes of freight would be moved through the port, with some 3,500 million tonnes by year two. Portman Bay, just around the headland, is not happy. The large cost of moving all the polluted mine waste, that was dumped into their waters, during the mining days, along with a promised new sandy beach, would all seem a little wasted, when the view from both deckchair and moored cabin cruiser, would be container ships, plying backwards and forwards, into the adjoining bay. Ecologist’s are concerned about the wild life and delicate plant life that thrives so well on these uninhabited headlands. So, is it sensible to offer work to 3,000 people in this corner of Spain? Of course it is! Is it sensible to protect and preserve the beautiful coastline, along this this and other sections of the Mediterraneo? Of course it is! It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of readers - I would not like to call the shot on this one! The photograph gives an idea as to how the port would encroach along this coastline.

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for made to measure clothing in your style and remember that our friendly staff are always here to help you. Hellen – Your Style – Your Size TJ’s is run by Essex boy, John Richardson, ably abetted by his “always up for a laugh” beautiful assistant, Maria. John swears that his full English breakfasts are “the best on the Costa Blanca!” at 3.00 and 5.00€ including tea or coffee respectively that’s some boast. The fun and cooking starts on a Monday with their, Homemade pie night between 6 and 10pm. Choose from steak and kidney, minced beef and onion or cottage pies all for 9.50€ per. person. Alternatively, you can go for a three course homemade pie meal for 12.95€ per person. A man of many talents you’ll find John calling the bingo numbers to a full house on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons at 3pm. Thursday night between 6 and 10pm is steak night and you can choose between an 8oz. Rib eye, rump or sirloin for 10.95€ per person.If you really feel like going for it then why try T.J’s famous fillet or T-bones for 14.95€ per person - then try for a dessert! John and his friendly staff also pride themselves on their “no half measures here!” Sunday lunches at 10.50€ per person John and his staff dare you to try their “up for a laugh, no half measure meals” as soon as possible…

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Swingtet-Plus start their ‘Big Band Dance Nights’ once again on Thursday 7th April 9pm - 11.30pm at the Hotel Costa Narejos in Los Alcazares.

This is the first of the season and not to be missed. The next will be on Thursday 19th; May and there are already 2 other dates confirmed in September and October.

Keith Monk, Arthur Buck, Geoff Hull - rhythm. This is a band with a different sound - played by these very, very experienced musicians with a great vocalist.

The band, formed and led by Gil Monks has been providing this very popular type of live, musical entertainment for the past 4 years. Previously ‘Swingtet’ - with 4 musicians - now evolved into ‘Swingtet -Plus’ with the ‘plus’ being 5 more musicians and very popular vocalist, Mr. Ron Rodgers.

So come and enjoy a truly entertaining evening of music to listen to and to dance to as well - in comfortable surroundings, with a great atmosphere.

On the 7th April, those people who love not only to listen, but to dance - will be entertained by Gil on alto sax, John Butson, Inge Sunde, Andy Briant- brass. With Gil are Mike Hutchins and Bob Johnson- reeds.

There will be a raffle with the proceeds presented on the night, to a representative of the Help Murcia Mar Menor Cancer support Group. Tickets 6 euros each- are available from the Hotel Costa Narejos - 968 - 583 -980 (or further details Tel; 968 - 432 - 630)

Cyclogical: Ladies Cycling Group Launched

Lynn from Cyclogical started her Ladies cycling group on Wednesday which was a great success , apart from someone’s chain coming off and someone getting a puncture they had a great time for their first outing. They cycled from Cyclogical, Quesada down to Benijofar then along the Rio Segura from Rojales to the marina at Guardamar where they stopped for a coffee before returning along the same route. All of the Ladies enjoyed the company and being able to cycle with others which will hopefully give everyone more confidence to get out and cycle more. Lynn plans to go out every Wednesday at 2pm but will only be taking a group of 10 on each trip so if you want to join this group or put your name on the waiting list call Lynn on 637 487 377




Come to the Spring Party Fair on Sunday 10th April Enjoy another fantastic happy day at Cumbre del Sol

Art, Wine, Music, Food, Wellness & one of the best English and Spanish outdoor markets around. Open from 10am to 6pm Exciting updates to our Community Event • DJ ‘Mikey B’ has confirmed that he will be providing the music all afternoon. There will be other live music acts in the morning, just waiting for confirmation. We also have about four spaces outside the gallery which will be under cover for artists interested in showing ‘live art’. • A wine bar will be set up in the main gallery room. • It has been suggested to do something a bit more fun, like fancy dress, or a best spring bonnet contest. Please get in touch if you can think of an idea to draw more visitors; something to add to the publicity and help us all have a happy and profitable day. Working on the press releases now so that we get into as many papers as possible, and hopefully this time the German papers as well. • The A3 Posters and mini A6 flyers are in the design stage and should be ready soon. If we get the posters up a lot sooner it will help with the visitor numbers. If anyone would like some flyers please let me know. • We are taking bookings for stands, and in light of February you will need to pay in advance to secure your place. We are limiting the number of stands to 30 on a first come basis. Please email me to reserve your slot and preference. This time we will be doing a numbered floor plan and I can send you a copy to choose your space after you have booked your stand. • If you are able to, please help by donating a raffle prize to make our visitors happy. • The Pepe La Sal supermarket and Sol Bar cafe will be open all day. • When the poster is completed I will forward on to the tour operator to find out if they are able to send us some more coaches. Galeria Art and Soul - Community & Art Events C/C Adelfas, Urb. Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell 03726, Alicante, Spain Tel: 636 929 326 email:


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Could apples hold the secret of longer life? health Fruit found to prevent age-related deterioration An apple a day could keep the undertaker away. Scientists have linked the fruit with a longer life – at least in flies! Fruit flies, which share many genes with humans despite their tiny size, were either fed normally or had an apple extract added. Those fed normally lived an average of 50 days – five days fewer than those whose food was supplemented with apple, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports. Not only did the flies given the apple extract live ten per cent longer, they also found it easier to walk, climb and move about as they aged. The apple extract also cut levels of various biochemicals found in older fruit flies and linked to age-related deterioration. The researchers, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, believe that the antioxidants in the extract mopped up free radicals – dangerous chemicals blamed for a host of ills, including ageing. A spokesman for

the American Chemical Society said: ‘The results, obtained with fruit flies – standins for humans in hundreds of research projects each year – bolster similar findings on apple antioxidants in other animal tests.’ In another study, researchers who quizzed thousands of women about their diets found that those who regularly ate apples were 20 per cent less likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes. The apple’s genetic code has recently been cracked, paving the way for crunchier, juicier and healthier fruits. Researchers are already using the information to grow redfleshed apples bursting with antioxidants credited with keeping eyes and joints healthy and warding off heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Apples that suppress appetite could also be in the pipeline, with the first ‘extra-healthy’ apples on supermarket shelves within just four to five years. The decoding of the apple’s DNA by a team of almost 100 scientists from five countries has also shed new light on its roots. The research suggests that around 65million years ago, the time when a comet is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs, the plant that would eventually give rise to the apple tree underwent a massive and rapid genetic change, in which many of its genes were duplicated. The extra genes allowed the apple to adapt to tougher conditions and sent it along a different evolutionary path from peaches, strawberries and other related fruit.

Ibuprofen ‘cuts Parkinson’s disease risk’ People who take ibuprofen on a regular basis have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, research suggests.

The drug is commonly used to ease aches and pains but US research, in Neurology journal, found it had an added benefit. In studies of more than 135,000 men and women regular users of ibuprofen were 40% less likely to develop Parkinson’s. However, experts say it is too early to say whether the benefits of taking the drug outweigh the risk of side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding. Scientists have suspected for some time that anti-inflammatory drugs might help buffer against the disease but it was unclear which ones in the family of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs conferred a benefit. This most recent study suggests it is

ibuprofen alone that has an effect. But like all NSAIDs, ibuprofen can cause worrying side effects, like an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. A recent study also linked ibuprofen taken daily for some years to a small increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The findings relate to non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs like ibuprofen prescribed long-term to treat painful conditions such as arthritis. For this reason experts say more work is needed to determine whether the benefits of taking the drug more often would outweigh any risks. If it did, it could offer a new way of managing this incurable neurological condition. Lead researcher Professor Alberto Ascherio,

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of the Harvard School of Public Health, said: “There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, so the possibility that ibuprofen, an existing and relatively non-toxic drug, could help protect against the disease is captivating.” In his study, funded by the Michael J Fox Foundation, men and women who used ibuprofen two or more times a week reduced their risk of Parkinson’s disease by more than a third compared with those who regularly used aspirin, acetaminophen, or other NSAIDs. Dr Kieran Breen, director of Research and Development at Parkinson’s UK, said it was difficult to know exactly what effect ibuprofen might be having on the death of nerve cells in the brain, and how it

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might affect whether somebody will get Parkinson’s. But based on the findings of this latest study, he said there would seem to be an interesting link. He said: “We know changes in the brain in the death of nerve Parkinson’s, particularly of the condition.

that inflammatory may be involved cells which cause in the early stages

“We are currently funding research into this area ourselves at the University of Oxford.” As to why ibuprofen alone might have the desired effect, the US researchers say it could be down to the fact that this drug has a specific role in blocking a biological pathway of cell damage and death.


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Established in 2002, Legends continues to set the trend in Playa Flamenca, with a combination of good service, great food, competitively priced drinks and all set in an ambient atmosphere! Being the original Party Bar, Legends serves until late and provide free entertainment 7 nights a week! Legends cater for small or large parties and any occasion or celebrations! Legends ´The Home Of Football´ is a lively venue for those ´sporty´ fans, with all Premiership, F.A Cup & European Games! Everyone is given a warm welcome with families especially catered for!

Spud Murphys ‘More Than Fish & Chips’! Since opening in 2002, Spud Murphys has become well known for their fish and chips. Open from 10am, serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals and offering plenty of healthy options. All their food is cooked to order, even for takeaway, and all their homemade products including coleslaw, potato salad and the famous curry sauce and homemade chips are prepared fresh on a daily basis. Fresh sandwiches are made exactly to your request with Kerrygold butter, for that extra special taste. To book your table call 659 377416 Monday to Saturday.

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The Celtic Drop has been providing our discerning customers with the very best in live entertainment & sports coverage for the past 8 years. As the only official Guinness bar in the Flamenca Beach complex, we pride ourselves on our pint of the black stuff!!, as well as our vast array of beers & spirits expertly served by our staff. The Celtic Drop provides live music 7 nights a week from 5 piece Rock ‘n’ blues band ¨Fire & water¨, 4 piece ¨Cutloose¨, Renowned multi- instrumentalist Dougie Munro to Davy Jones´ special brand of Cabaroke at weekends. A visit to Flamenca Beach is not complete without popping into The Celtic Drop. Don’t forget that we are also showing all live coverage of 6 nations rugby on our big screen & multi plasmas. For more information call 647 037 123

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Tel: 965 321 701 www. Mainland Spain has distinct climatic zones: The Atlantic climate of the northern coast, where the average temperature is 9C in winter and 18C in summer is also the wettest part of the peninsula. The annual rainfall here is between 800-1500mm, particularly in autumn and winter. Summers are cooler and wetter than in the rest of Spain, but still plenty of sunshine! The Continental Mediterranean climate of the interior central plateau, or meseta, has temperatures -15C in winter; -20C occurs regularly, while summer temperatures average at 24C. The annual rainfall is under 400mm. with heavy snowfalls in winter. There is a Castilian expression: “nueve meses de invierno y tres meses de infierno” translates as ‘nine months of winter and three months of hell!’. The predominant Mediterranean climate - the eastern and southern coast and much of the Guadalquivir Valley – has average temperatures of 11C in winter and 23C in summer, with an annual rainfall between 250 mm and 600 mm. The official record of the lowest temperature in Spain is at Estany Gento in Lerida with -32C in 1956, though on peaks in the Aragonese Pyrenees it can easily fall to -40C. On peaks above 2,500m in the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa, Sistema Central & Ibérico and Sierra Nevada it snows between 90 and 120 days a year. In fact the Sierra Nevada hopes for snow from October to June, though it only hangs on in the highest and shadiest spots. Snow does, however, remain all the year round in the glaciers of the Pyrenees. Unsurprisingly the valleys of the Sistema Ibérica have the highest numbers of frosts, with Calamocha and Molina de Aragón having an average of 120 frosts per year. On the other hand, Ecija, known as the ‘sartén or frying pan of Andalucia’, has the highest temperatures, at around 47ºC. Due to the curvature of the earth, and their respective positions upon it, there is a significant difference in


sunlight received at Bilbao in the north, which receives 1,525 sunlight hours, down to the Costa de La Luz in the south, where Huelva and Cadiz receive around 3000 hours. Taking this statistic a little further, there is a rule of thumb which gives a decrease in average temperature of 0.65C for every 100m in altitude ascended. This means that there is a difference of some 22C between the freezing peaks of Mulhacen - the ceiling of the Sierra Nevada at 3,478m - and the semi-tropical Granada coast just 40km away. Thus, much of the Mediterranean coast averages around 15C – which is close to the world average – while the temperature above 2500m is below freezing. Temperature ranges of up to 30C occur in Belichte in Zaragoza and Ordesa in Huesca, caused by altitude difference. Annual rainfall varies hugely by as much as 20% from one year to the next, even as much as 40% in the Mar Menor in Murcia. The average rainfall in Spain as a whole ranges from 300mm to 650mm, with Almeria the most arid region in Europe. The Cabo de Gata, Europe’s only semi-desert, receives barely 125-150mm of rain a year. Whether in the plain or not, rainfall tends to be concentrated in just a few days, and within this sometimes within a few hours. The absolute record for one episode is a remarkable 878mm in Xàvia in 1957, while 119mm fell in one hour on 1 July 2003 in the village of Manuel in Valencia. So, to summarise: for a suntan, stick toAndalucia. If you favour winter woollies, go north to the Pyrenees. And, if you want to try out your pacamac and wellies, then come back to Andalucia. Why? Because one of the wettest villages in Spain is right here in Andalucia. Grazalema in the Sierra de Grazalema has an average of 2,153 mm of rain a year, caused when the warm, humid winds blow in from the Atlantic and cool and condense as they pass over the Sierra’s limestone peaks.

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‘Tractor beam’ is possible with lasers, say scientists A laser can act as a “tractor beam”, drawing small objects back toward the laser’s source, scientists have said.

It is known that light can provide a “push”, for example in solar sails that propel spacecraft on a “wind of light”. Now, in a paper on the Arxiv server, researchers from Hong Kong and China have calculated the conditions required to create a laserbased “pull”. Rather than a science fiction-style weapon, however, the approach would only work over small distances. The effect is different from that employed in “optical tweezers” approaches, in which tiny objects can be trapped in the focus of a laser beam and moved around; this new force, the authors propose, would be one continuous pull toward the source. And it relies on directly impinging on an object, making it distinct from an approach demonstrated in 2010 by Australian researchers whose trapping worked by heating air around a trapped particle. The trick is not to use a standard laser beam, but rather one known as a Bessel beam, that has a precise pattern of peaks and troughs in its intensity. Seen straight-on, a Bessel beam would look like the ripples surrounding a pebble dropped in a pond. If such a Bessel beam were to encounter an object not head-on but at a glancing angle, the backward force can be stimulated. As the atoms or molecules of the target absorb and re-radiate the incoming light, the fraction re-radiated forward along the beam direction can interfere and give the object a “push” back toward the source. The idea appears to be qualitatively similar to one proposed in 2009 by Washington State University physicist Philip Marston that uses sound waves to achieve a similar result. “Light can indeed pull a particle,” the authors wrote, “...and this may open up new avenues for optical micromanipulation, of which typical examples include transporting a particle backward over a long distance and particle sorting.” Ortwin Hess at Imperial College London called the work - which has not yet been peer-reviewed - as “fascinating”, saying that it “takes a radical idea forward”.

Boom in Mills & Boon electronic book sales

The guilty pleasure that is Mills and Boon romances is driving sales of electronic ebooks as they allow customers to avoid the “embarrassment factor” of being seen reading and buying them! The British publisher said electronic sales of the bodice-rippers have more than doubled over the last year and have now overtaken actual paper book sales. While the company refuses to reveal the total number of downloads sold, official figures show it must be more than the 3.3 million paperbacks purchased in 2010. Amazon, the online retailer, added that the Mills & Boon title “The Temp and the Tycoon” was one of their most downloaded romance novels to date. The sales have been such a success that Sony has designed a rose-pink version of its reader, complete with M&B logo, for those proud to be seen reading the novels. Mills and Boon, which boasts it sells a book every four seconds, put the boom down to their early adoption of the new technology but industry commentators believe it is more to do with avoiding embarrassment. It is the same reason why Mills and Boon’s more racy cousins, erotic fiction, is seeing a rise in sales in electronic form. Philip Stone, charts editor at the Bookseller magazine, said: “Mills & Boon are probably the publisher feeling the biggest benefit from e-books. “They were the first out of the traps to take advantage of e-books no doubt because

they realised that one of the reasons people did not buy their books was that small embarrassment factor. “That is completely eradicated with an ereader.” Mr Stone said that the switch to electronic devices was probably why sales of Mills and Boon physical paperbacks had dropped in 2010 by six per cent to 3.3 million. At the same time, electronic sales of erotic fiction rocketed while actual paperback sales fell by 30 per cent. A spokesman for M&B, which was founded by Gerald Rudgrove Mills and Charles Boon in Covent Garden 1908, played down any embarrassment its readers experienced. “We were just the first UK publisher to take advantage of e-books.” Amazon, which is also seeing sales of e-books on the Kindle booming, put the growth down partly to romance novels. A spokesman said: “We have seen

significant demand for romance novels since we opened the Kindle Store last year. “In fact, it was the fourth best selling genre of book during 2010. “Bestselling romance titles include a number from British publishers such as Mills & Boon whose ‘The Temp and the Tycoon’ is one of the most downloaded Romance novels to date.”



The Coast Turns Green for St Patrick´s Day

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22nd March: Registration for Cancer Screening at La Marina. 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at La Marina Tourist Office opposite Supervalu Supermarket. Subsidised screening for prostate, breast and cervical cancers. Auctions are held at: ROCAJUNA, Punta Prima, Monday; MONTY’S BAR, Algorfa, Wednesday; BUDDIE’S BAR, Playa Flamenca (near Saturday Market and Judges Chambers) Thursday; EMERALD ISLE, Playa Flamenca, Friday. All at 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you have any items to donate for auction contact Carol and Ron 965 319 929 Mobile 688 238 879. In support of AECC. Charity Market at Vialli´s Restaurant Via Park 1, Playa Flamenca on the last Monday of the Month, starts at 10.00 a.m (stallholders 9.00 a.m.) 5€ per table. Restaurant is open during the market time. Phone 966 189375 or 636 766268 to reserve a table. In support of AECC. ------------------------------------------------------AECC are looking for people able to organise concerts or other fundraising events in order to continue its life-saving subsidised cancer screening. AECC offers this service to Men and Women to detect cancer in its early stages and fund-raising is an essential part of this process. It is also vitally important to remember your own cancer screening, so please call AECC on 965 716 679 or Jackie on 966 722 358 if you can help in any way or to arrange appointments. Visit the AECC English-Language Website for further information about all aspects of AECC in the Torrevieja area:


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Our Torrevieja office is currently open on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10.00 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. We are now seeking new volunteers to enable us to re-open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The main tasks involved will include dealing with queries and giving help and advice, either in person or on the telephone. The HELP Association Vega Baja helps people of all ages, with all sorts of problems. We operate a 24 hour help line (965 704 282) and our aim is to assist in practical ways at times of crisis, or when police or medical services are involved. So if you think you can help by giving us just one morning a week, or if you would like to understand more fully exactly what we are asking of you, please contact Richard in the San Miguel office on 966 723 733. The office is open Monday to Friday 10.00 – 13.30.

As well as the annual and traditional St Patrick´s Day Fiesta in Playa Flamenca, which is organised by the Orihuela Costa Town Hall and will take place on 16th, 17th and 18th March by the Lidl Supermarket, a massive parade and party is planned for the actual day of St Patrick in Cabo Roig. The event will take place along the strip on Thursday 17th March and everyone is welcome. Organisers say that the Cabo Roig strip will turn into a sea of green for the day, with all the bars and restaurants offering all things Irish. There will be food, drink, traditional Irish music, dance and hospitality as well as face painting and bouncy castles for the kids. The parade promises to be a spectacular and colourful event with several local and Irish dignitaries attending, including popular Sligo Councillor, Gerry Lundy. The parade will be led by an Irish Pipe Band, a cavalcade of vintage cars, ex Irish Army members will be represented, a pageant of beauty queens, a horse drawn carriage and much, much more. The local bars and restaurants will be well represented in the parade along with coastal residents from neighbouring urbanisations and it is hoped that it will become the largest St Patrick´s Day parade on the Costa Blanca. There will also be competitions, prizes and giveaways. The parade will be marshalled by Paddy Keogh, starts at 16:30 from the Marina Sol Apartment Block in Aguamarina and will go along the strip before coming back along Calle Mar. There promises to be something for all the family on the Orihuela Coast this St Patrick´s Day so make sure that you get down to Orihuela Costa and whatever nationality you are, become Irish for the day!


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SUNDAY MARCH 27th 8.30pm The Tribute Concerts continue, the original version featured only music from the libraries of Glenn Miller & Frank Sinatra and they are of course still an important part of the programme, but now music from other Big Band’s and Singers is included. This is so that each programme has some new music for both the band and our singer Ron Rogers. We have been overwhelmed by the support for this kind of music, each of the previous concerts have been sold out before the day of the performance, obviously the audience enjoy listening to “live” music with “not a backing disc in sight”! One of the most important sections of a Big Band is the rhythm section and we are fortunate to have drummer Keith Meyer, bass player Geoff Hull and pianist Enrique Simon in our band. All have

a lot of experience, Keith still does professional work in London from time to time and Geoff has played with many famous bands in the UK. Ron and I are extremely proud of the band and we feel our success is a tribute to the dedication and musicianship of our band members. We are constantly enlarging the library of music that we play, this has two benefits, it gives a more varied programme for our audience and it retains the interest of the musicians involved. The Asturias Restaurant (965 326 369) is situated on the N332 at Punta Prima, it serves food and drink at all of our shows and they sell tickets for our concerts. Tickets are also available from Cards and Things in Quesada (690 371 419) Don Mather (966 717 039) and Ron Rogers (966 720 455)

An Evening with

Dramatic Licence

Popular local drama group, Dramatic Licence will shortly be in action once again, but this time with a difference. The production will be in the form of two one-act plays to be staged as a Theatre Supper Evening at D’Antonios Restaurant in Rojales (opposite the BP petrol station) on the evenings of Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of March. The plays to be performed are ‘A Dog’s Life’ by Pam Valentine and ‘Bridal Terrorism’ by Bill Rosenfield, with a tapas type buffet supper served in the interval. Tickets are 8 Euros inclusive and are available from the following outlets: Cards & More, La Marina; The Card Shop, Quesada; The Card Place, Benimar; The Card Place, Punta Prima & The Post Box, Dona Pepa. They can also be reserved online at or by telephoning 616 089 943. Please note that drinks are not included. This will be the first time that the group have used this format, but it is hoped that more such evenings can be scheduled for the future. In the meantime the casting is complete for the major June production of ‘Murdered to Death’ by Peter Gordon and directed by Colin Bird, with rehearsals commencing in April. Full details will be published at a later date.

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“COACH TO THE SNOW” Our March 2011 lunch was held at La Finca Restaurant in Hondon de las Nieves, which translates to Hondon in the snow! David from Coachtrips SL provided us with his normal excellent service. We invited ‘The Playboys’ to join us on this occasion or as described by David as “carriers of the plastic”. En route we visited d’Aljub shopping centre in Elche for coffee and a few purchases! Having worked up an appetite we then travelled inland to the restaurant. Marc Bloemhoff and his staff provided us with a very tasty three course lunch with Dutch flavours, accompanied by very palatable wines and coffee to finish. The delighted lucky winner of ‘The Bread maker’ kindly donated by Maureen Harris was Maralyn White, now we are all awaiting an invitation to breakfast or tea with fresh bread! The amount raised to date this month is 196€ but shush, there is a promise of more to come! For details of this very successful group please contact: Janine Williams: 966 261 359 Maddie Pinfold: 966 078 646

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JOIN THE WOMEN OF FIRE AS THEY CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN´S DAY International Womens Day is celebrated annually on the 8th of March and was born in the socialist movement in the early1900` s, a time of huge growth and turbulence in the industrialized world . It has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatrical performances, fashion parades and more. The 2011 celebration was especially significant as it saw the 100th anniversary of the event, first celebrated in Copenhagen in 1911. In honour of this event, the Women Of Fire networking lunch this month on Friday the 25th of March at Let´s Eat restaurant in Benimar will be dedicated to International Women´s Day. There will be a very special quiz and raffle with fabulous prizes, as well as the usual speakers and fine dining, and the opportunity to network either professionally or socially. It will be Women Of Fire´s third lunch since their spectacular launch in January, since when they have gone from strength to strength building membership and providing a platform


on: 12th & 13th March 2 days of Country Style Fun in the Sun at Camping Marjal N332, Guardamar del Segura (behind Nancy´s Niteclub) Artists appearing: Dave Sheriff, Cole´s Country, Country Kittens, Red Strokes, Cactus Jack, Jo Sutherland and a Buddy Holly Tribute. Los Pistoleros Westerners will be performing the ‘American Trilogy’ and a western re-enactment with a cancan. Fun fast draw competition (over 18s), Stand up Bingo (Cash Prize), Tombola, Line Dancing, Calamity Jane Western and other Stalls and much more

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for women to showcase their products and services, exchange ideas and inspiration, or simply enjoy a great lunch in great company. You do not have to be a member to attend a lunch, nor in business, all ladies are welcome. Women Of Fire is a non-profit-making business networking group exclusively for women. It aims to provide a platform for women either working in Spain or running their own business to support and expand their client bases and social network system. They meet for lunch on the last Friday of every month at different venues across the Costas. For further information visit or contact Photo- Co-founders of Women Of FireLeft to right. Christine Quinlan of Body Harmony, Carolyn Shedden, Vicki Riley El principe Centre.


The Calpe and Benissa Lions Club Charter Dinner, will be held on March 11th, at the delightful Villa Marisol Restaurant in Calpe, and one of the highlights on the night will be the prize raffle, which raises additional money for local charities such as CARITAS and EMAUS. This year, the first prize will be a dinner and cabaret show for 4 people at the fantastic and world famous Benidorm Palace. The second prize is a week’s accommodation in a luxury apartment in Port D’Andratx on the beautiful island of Majorca as well as a 50€ travel voucher from Gandia Travel. So two fabulous prizes, sure to make the raffle on the evening a roaring success! This first prize is the result of the joint efforts of Benidorm Palace itself along with Knight Insurance Brokers (KIBSA) and Spanish Insurance Solutions (S.I.S). KIBSA provides many thousands of expatriates in Spain with insurance cover for car, home, health, travel, marine, life, leisure and pet insurance. KIBSA through Spanish Insurance Solutions S.L. also offer a range of policies underwritten at Lloyd’s of London, including their wide range of motor products from the Amlin Syndicate 2001, one of the largest Insurers in the market. All Lions Club activities are geared to raising money for local charities wherever they may be, and they are very active all over Spain. As John Knight, Chairman of KIBSA commented, “we are always very proud to help local charities especially the Lions who are dedicated to raising money consistently year after year. My team and I wish them every success on the night and hope that this year’s event beats all records on monies raised” For further information please contact: LIONS: Hugh Stewart on 96 583 4852 or or for insurance related products call Knight Insurance Brokers on 902 28 28 20.

The village of Campoverde reached another milestone in its history this week with a unique opportunity for everyone to celebrate the renewal of their marriage vows. The service, led by the Revd George Talbot, was the inspiration of Pat and Geoff Weaver to mark their 42nd wedding anniversary. The Campoverde church was packed to the last pew with couples seeking to renew their marriage pledges together, and the organisers were told that this was the first time that so many partnerships had been blessed in one service. During the ceremony the participants were asked by the minister to turn to each other, hold hands and declare their continuing commitment to their marriage vows. During the service the congregation sang heartily enduring love songs – “Love is in the Air”, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and “The Way You Look Tonight”,

and listened to a recording of “I Am Your Woman”, as well as singing the hymn “Make me a Channel of your Peace”. Pat Weaver, who had also decorated the church with flowers and provided a small bouquet of flowers to each lady attending, gave a short talk on the difficulties of staying together into ever-increasing old age, with some words of advice. The songs were accompanied by the chapel’s organist Christine Eames. This was also a notable occasion, as it marked the last service in Campoverde to be conducted by the Revd George Talbot, who is returning to the UK after nine years in Spain. The Campoverde church, which holds weekly Sunday evening services, will provide the venue for the next “Music in Quiet Places” free concert on Thursday 17th March at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

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Life with Linda Using stubbornness to your advantage

Has anyone ever called you stubborn? Would you describe yourself that way? If so, you may be in luck when it comes to making positive changes. Some people find themselves in trouble a lot because of a personality characteristic that they call stubbornness. You’ve heard of will power. Well, stubbornness is a kind of “won’t power.” It causes you to dig in and refuse to budge, and sometimes it drives other people crazy. But, as Roger and McWilliams point out in their book, Life 101, “Just as fear is also excitement, stubbornness is also determination. It’s simply a matter of shifting the focus from ‘won’t power’ back to ‘will power.’ Rather than, ‘I won’t get fat,’ change it to ‘I will keep a healthy, slim body.’ Rather than, ‘I won’t be around people who don’t support my efforts,’ say ‘I will seek out people who help me do what I want to do in life.’ It’s just a matter of finding the positive opposite and focusing on that, rather than aligning yourself with a negative. Stubbornness, if you use it to advantage, will stand you in good stead when it comes to achieving your goals and living out your values.” Imagine yourself stubbornly refusing to accept anything but the best in life. Imagine yourself stubbornly holding on to your program of selfimprovement and personal growth no matter what. You see what I mean. If you shift your energy from stubbornness to determination, you’ll be doing yourself a big favor.

The great news is this works in all areas of your life, this “trait” has been known to run through out my family, my grandmother was widowed at the age of 32 with 5 children, in those days there were no Benefits, so she had to work hard. My mum had a terrible accident when she was 16 in a paper bag factory her hand got caught in a machine and only through the “stubboness” of her mum refusing to have her hand amputated did she keep it and although


never fully recovered the use of it, my mum managed to work, knit, sew all her life. I was taught from an early age to stick at things, see them through, so when there have been times in my own life when I have needed to stick my own heels in and dig down deep inside for that determination, it has always been there. Just this last weekend, I volunteered in a moment of madness to participate in the 15km walk for charity around Torrmendo lake, although I train regularly walking distances is not in my usual programme. Sunday came, thankfully not raining, got to the starting point and off we go a nice group of us. No sooner had we started but found the ground beneath us was far from solid!!! This is the first walk I have done with diving boots, the soil was wet and heavy mud. On we went, up slight hills, sliping and squelching along, but the views were amazing and the people I met along the way were friendly and the time seemed to pass easily. By the half way mark I was beginning to feel the full on my muscles, but my stubbon streak set in, there is no way I am asking to get a lift back!!!! So on we went, finally the home stretch was in sight, I stepped up the pace and finished with flying colours, but a gentleman I had been walking with for a lot of the walk had decided to sprint the last uphill part, my won’t power came into play there, I will walk it!

On Tuesday 22nd, February 2011 a Rock ‘n’ Roll night was held at the La Marina Sports & Social Centre in aid of the Emaus Childrens Orphanage in Elche. The evening was the brainchild of the Golf Society President, Mr Bill McGrandle and his wife Joyce. The idea was as a result of the Golf Society donating Euros 200.00 to the children at Christmas. Instead of being asked for toys, books or even computer games, the Orphanage staff asked for socks and underwear! Realising the difficult situation that faced these children, Bill & Joyce got to work to raise much needed funds. The evening was a wonderful success. After

a piping hot meal, everyone settled down to enjoy the music and dancing. The fantastic entertainment was supplied by Kye Jaymes, a fairly new act in the area but one who will quickly make a name for himself. Kye very kindly donated his fee to help swell the total raised. A brilliant night was had by all, society members, guests and members of the public who had responded to the posters displayed at various locations round the urbanisation. The sum of Euros 446.80 was raised which will shortly be spent on further necessities for the children.

After we had finished I found out that this gentleman was 73 years old, now that is what I really call “will” power. It shows no matter how old you are and whatever it is you want to achieve get your “will”power into gear and full speed ahead......

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Puma22 and Help at home are excited and pleased with the fantastic fund raising efforts by Jukebox Legends in February. Their King & Country and Ricky Valance tours have raised 625 Euros for the organisation over the month which is a great boost as PUMA22 help set up the new Help at Home project in the region.

Norah Bond from Puma22 said “we are so excited and want to thank Peter & Fiona of Jukebox Legends for helping us raise much needed funds to the project and other needs that we are helping ex pats with. The February shows, many that I attended myself, were simply amazing and the professional way they are presented makes such a difference from some of the entertainment seen locally. Jukebox Legends fund raising tour to help us in March is the fabulous Double Elvis show and it starts at the beginning of the month and takes in eight shows. I saw this show last year and it’s great so all you Elvis fans must make sure you don’t miss it this time around. I know this will make you “All shook up” and it will certainly be good for PUMA22 and all ex pats if we can see the tour a success as Jukebox Legends will be raising money for us again with the fantastic “will the key turn” competition (someone could win 50 Euros at every show)!” Norah and her colleagues will be attending a number of the Double Elvis shows during March and information about PUMA22 will

be at all shows. “I recommend everyone who loves 60s and 70s music gets to see this show, especially Elvis fans as you get TWO for the price of ONE” say’s Norah! Darren Price will feature the 60s Elvis and Peters Elvis 2000 show (known locally as “the best Elvis sound around”) will feature the 70s “Vegas” years. Fiona McLean will also feature songs from Connie Francis, Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline in a full three hour show that will buzz from start to finish! An absolute MUST for Elvis fans so book early as tickets could be limited at some venues,

Details of the shows are: Tuesday 1st March - Olympia, Mil Palmeras Wednesday 2nd March - The Club, Quesada Thursday 3rd March - Casa Ventura, San Luis Sunday 6th March - Rocajuna, Punta Prima Monday 7th March - Casa Nicolas, Altos del Limonar Wednesday 9th March - The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja Thursday 10th March - Los Arcos, Torrevieja Friday 11th March - La Marina Sport Complex, San Fulgencio All shows start at 8-30pm and tickets for the shows are just 7-50 Euros each. Preshow meals are available from most venues by separate booking and tickets are at the venues NOW!! Alternatively, you can call the ticket advice line on 695 135 134 or email




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The excitement is building as The Company Women Awards Ceremony gets closer….. the finalists have been notified, so it’s congratulations and well done to our finalists in the following categories: Business Excellence: Gina Marks - Sol Productions TV, Karen Love - Post Room Benijofar, Louise Bradley - Lyndyloo wedding specialists and boutique and Elle Blagden Williams - Perfect 10. Customer Focus: Debbie Mackelsoton - The Electrical Store, Tracy Allen - Sophia Wellness Centre, Shirley Adams - Lloyds bank International. With the Top Banana to be announced on the night……

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Not forgetting thanks to our judges for their time and professional approach to the interviews and scoring. Aoife Leddy - The Coastrider, Tatjana Radalovic - Alicante Entrepreneurs, Graham Shelton - Spanish Number Plates, Andy Stevenson - FX Foreign Exchange. And of course to all the press and media, who continue to support Company Women. We will be welcoming Janet Grout our gorgeous presenter for the evening, Janet has been a professional all her life leading very high flying positions in the UK before she came to Spain to relax a little more, she also has vast experience in public speaking and very kindly offered her services for the evening. We’ll be entertained by the fabulous Andy Jones from Phoenix Promotions with his powerful voice, you will be spell bound. He sings his favourites from Ronan Keating to Pavarotti, Andy is also a party animal so will up the tempo for dancing after the ceremonies. See more on Andy at Everything is in place and ready to go, if you have not reserved a table please email or for a booking form, or visit the website and print it off from the awards page. The menu can also be viewed here to be chosen on the night and includes free drinks and a cava reception. We are looking forward to celebrating a night to remember on Friday March 11th all are welcome to come and celebrate with us and our finalists who deserve to be recognised for their achievements in a very difficult economic climate! http://

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Today’s more minimalist gardens, with limited plant species and lots of paving, gravel and grasses, do not attract so many insects. Lots of different types of nectar build the bees’ immune systems, and without the diversity of food, colonies can become weak and vulnerable to fungal and viral diseases.

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The colour of the flowers is also an important factor, with nectar-rich varieties tending to be in the blue, pink and purple colour range, with yellow added, too. Paler flowers are important for the night-feeders, so choose violets, mauves, whites and blues for most of my new plants, with plenty of highly scented flowers such as Trachelospermum jasminoides, Nicotiana sylvestris and sweet peas. Chose a mixture of all types of plants – shrubs, perennials, bulbs, grasses and annuals – to pad out what’s already there, so there’s a good mix of heights all through the garden. Different insects like different habitats, so you need a wide variation. Bees love tall, airy things and tend to stick in that middle layer, so plant alliums, Angelica gigas, Cephalaria gigantea and tall single dahlias such as ‘Bishop of Auckland’, ‘Classic Rosamunda’ and ‘Twinings After Eight’ for them. However, hoverflies like to stick closer to the ground and prefer to feed on plants like the annual cerinthe, shorter single-flowered dahlia such as ‘Roxy’, and ground-hugging hardy geraniums. Butterflies like large open flowers that give them a secure landing pad, so echinaceas, rudbeckias, cosmos and sunflowers such as Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, are ideal for them and bees.

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There’s new evidence from Dr Simon Potts, principal research fellow at the Centre for Food Security at Reading University, that insects – like us – need a varied diet. The traditional cottage garden was perfect for insects, with a huge number of different plants all crammed in, offering varied nectar sources as well as shelter and habitat.

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Succession in flowering is also key – aim to have nectar-rich plants in the garden every month from March to October, when insects are most active. It’s worth skewing flowering times in favour of late summer and early autumn, when there is less in the wild for insects and arable crops such as oil seed rape have been harvested. Late-winter flowers are a life-saver for insects woken up prematurely by unusually warm days, so crocus and a daphne or winter-flowering viburnum are good things to plant. In Paul Hervey-Brookes’s nectar-rich garden at Chelsea last year he showed good combinations for succession, with hardy geraniums planted with veronicas. The geraniums flower early in the summer, but then go over and can look quite untidy. As the geraniums finish, the veronica pushes out all its foliage and covers the geranium as it dies.

A drop to drink Don’t forget that insects need water. Steve Head from the Wildlife Gardening Forum states, “Bees use several litres of water a day on a hot day to keep their hive cool and it takes 40,000 trips by a bee to get a litre of water. So put out a container which is very shallow at the edges and you’ll do the pollinators a huge service,” he says.


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I’m finding it difficult to sleep at nights of late. I recently read yet another article about that Mayan prediction, you know, the one about the world coming to an abrupt end on December 21st 2012, and it’s getting too damned close for comfort. Scientists agree that the Mayans advanced level of knowledge in astronomy was, umm, well, astronomical, and having taken years to painstakingly carve out their thoughts in stone with their mallets and chisels, it would seem a good idea to take them seriously. Except – and here’s the conundrum – that they never realised the practical use of the wheel. I mean, can you believe anyone who predicts the end of the world, but who didn’t even have the nouse to develop wheel based transport? They were a strange lot the Mayans. It would appear that as a body, they simply upped and left their great cities one Wednesday morning. A note was left on the door of a stepped pyramid saying ‘Gone to Lunch’, and they simply never came back, and although there are traces of them still in Central America and Wolverhampton, to all intents and purposes their great civilisation disappeared. And it was obviously on foot, because rumour has it that a

massive fleet of wagons was found intact in the temple car park, propped up on bricks just waiting for someone to stop star gazing and invent something circular to go in each corner. But it’s not only what the Mayans prophesied that worries me, because apparently ancient smart arses from other extinct civilisations have made the same prediction of impending doom. The same civilisations in fact who wrote about a great deluge that covered the earth in pre-historic times, eerily similar to our own Biblical account of The Flood and Noah Marine Ltd. So clearly something is going on here that we should know about. If it is a fact that there was some sort of great and very damp upheaval millennia ago – and it is generally accepted that there was – then what’s to say that it won’t happen again. But from where, and what will trigger this catastrophe? Today’s astronomers have the means to spot the approach of an asteroid or comet well in advance. We have powerful radio telescopes constantly trained on the heavens, we have Hubble and we have Patrick Moore. So the possibility of some celestial Brazilian striker ghosting in on the blind


My body has not been keeping its side of the bargain recently, and I am not best pleased with it. For these past many years I have fed it, watered it and clothed it. I have been patient with its many inadequacies, like its inability to run faster than a speeding bullet or leap tall buildings. I very seldom grumble at its insistence on 8 hours of sleep every night, even though I regard so much sleep as a waste of time and a sheer self indulgence. I am more than tolerant with its less than goddess-like appearance, in fact I even buy it all sorts of cunningly designed clothes to disguise its faults, not to mention the quantities of creams and coloured potions in the form of make-up that I have to apply regularly to the pieces that stick out beyond the covering grace of jeans and jumpers. Due to the unsatisfactory state of my relationship with my body at the moment I

side and scoring a cosmic screamer is highly unlikely and even if there were, apart from shouting rude words at it and waving a stick, there is very little we could do to stop it in its tracks with our present level of technology, whatever Hollywood and Bruce Willis say. The really worrying part is the exactness of the date given by our pals the Mayans. What sort of worldwide disaster could occur that instantly? The scientific world has been perplexed for years over the discovery of the near perfect remains of numerous mammoth carcasses preserved in the Siberian permafrost, and as a result quite a lot has been learned about the last ice age, and it is chilling. Remains of other species have also been discovered, and get this: they were species that could not have lived in the harsh conditions that prevail in that region today. To add to the mystery, herbs and grasses found in the mouths and stomachs of some of these animals are only found in temperate regions. Conclusion: Instant climate change. Result: Birds Eye frozen mammoth. It is obvious then, that something happened that brought a major change to the Earth’s climate in the blink of an eye – or more to the

have been giving a lot of thought to how bodies could be improved to prevent future generations encountering the same sad state. I believe that the next evolutionary step should be built in technology. I would be only too pleased to have a Cut and Paste facility installed – think how much time and diesel the world and I would save, going from place to place electronically! Or perhaps I could e-mail myself to Mercadona, returning via the Reply button with the shopping as an attachment. This would also save me the embarrassment of constantly forgetting to take my recently purchased 60 cent bag with me! But my favourite at the moment would be a Clipboard facility. I could then put myself on the clipboard, ready to rejoin the human race when I felt like it, thus sidestepping all the unpleasant bits of life, such as housework! Until this update becomes available I did wonder if I could go through the Complaints

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By Chris Marshall SLOW DOWN, SWITCH OFF 110kph? Zapatero has stated several times that it is a temporary measure, but not many seem to believe him. Alonso, Spain’s two-time Formula One world champion, has been widely reported as slating the decision saying that it will be “difficult to stay awake” when driving at 110 kph, which is 68 mph by the way, just 2 mph below the speed limit in the UK! Of course if this was the UK the ‘political correctness’ brigade would be slamming Alonso for such a statement, and after all it is a pretty dumb thing to have said, but here in Spain he is being

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Procedure, register my dissatisfaction officially, and obtain replacement parts. Then I realised that: I had no receipt to prove purchase, and no matter how diligently I searched, I was unlikely to find one. Plus I had no guarantee, and I had the sneaking feeling that, even if I had one, it would be out of date by now. In any case, would it be internationally recognised? Would an English guarantee be valid in Spain? This guarantee could prove to be the ultimate sticking point. I am sure geeks and scientists in the future will be able to genetically implant technology in any and all who request it, but who is going to assume responsibility for the guarantee, should a fault arise? Answers please...

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I have been trying to figure out why so many people have a problem with a reduction in the speed limit from 120 kph to 110 kph to be imposed on March 7th in response to the escalating costs of petrol due to the events in Libya. Sure it may be a little inconvenient for some, but to be honest my first reaction when I read about was: makes sense, can’t do any harm, and good on the government for being proactive. Let’s face it, I suspect the vast majority of complainants are unlikely to have adhered to the 120 kph in the first place! I just can’t see how someone would have ‘stuck’ to 120kph but not

point, in the middle of lunch, and the only event that could have brought all this about was the changing of the planet’s polarity. It doesn’t help to learn that this has happened at regular intervals throughout time, and should the melting of the ice caps continue at their present rate, there is a very real danger of a large chunk of Antarctica breaking away and drifting north, causing the Earth to literally tip over and create a similar cataclysm. The resultant tidal waves; earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would devastate the planet on an unimaginable scale, wiping out all but small isolated pockets of life. No more Eastenders, KFC or Katie Price, so it’s not all bad news. Just imagine the puzzlement on the faces of scientists in some post apocalyptic future world, when they find the remains of a Big Mac and medium fries in the stomach of a petrified cross dresser from Romford. Bearing in mind that small pockets of humans could survive the calamity, I know where I will be on 21st December 2012. Felixstowe. Nothing ever happens there.

applauded as you can imagine. Of course not everyone is going to ‘suffer’ as EcoCd Signalling, an Alicante-based company founded by three unemployed people in 2009 that specialises in road signs, has already received a vast number of orders for the new 110Km/hr speed limit signs. The main success of the EcoCd company has been the creation and marketing of a type of magnetic laminated large disc that fits precisely over the speed limit signs, and is far easier to use than a 110 sign with adhesive. In addition, these magnetic signs can resist winds of up to 160Km/hr, support extreme

temperatures, and once removed the original sign remains clean. What a clever idea! On the other hand three energy saving measures just seemed daft to me: alternating which days you could drive into cities by number plate (evens one day, odds the next) simply can’t have been thought through, not least because of the cost of policing it, and the suggestion to turn off a percentage of the street lights was just insane: a sure fire way to see an increase in both crime and traffic accidents I suggest. On this one at least common sense has prevailed and the street lights are now to be exchanged for low consumption ones, when they get them in stock that is, although this is going to cost 4€ million give or take!



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Last week I was presented with a list to sign against the new anti-tobacco law. Needless to say I signed the list! Much has been said and written about the new law – pros as well as cons. Before you read on, let it be known that from the very beginning I was against the new law, but 100% in favour of the previous law. Well, before the current anti-tobacco law came into force, we had to rely on non-smokers’ claims that they did not have the same freedom of choice as us smokers, using the argument that the majority of the bars and restaurants had chosen to allow smoking. This argument led us all to believe that making all establishments non-smoking areas, there would be an influx of costumers, who previously could – or would - not frequent the bars and restaurants. Though the professionals of the restaurant business claimed the new law would be detrimental to their business, the lack of solid proof of either claim left it impossible to determine the impact the new law would have. We are now in mid-March, and have lived with the new law for 2 ½ months. During these months, the news has been filled with restaurateurs’ complaints about lack of customers. During this relatively short time we have unfortunately also seen many bars and restaurants closing. With the region’s above average unemployment rate, this represents a very serious problem. Not to blame the non-smokers, but where the Hell are you? You were supposed to fill the establishments in the absence of the smokers. Together with those of the smokers, who are willing to go outside to smoke, you were supposed to be the backbone of keeping the restaurant business afloat. I do not think one could find a better argument to support my opinion than my observations, when my husband and I went for a drink and a tapa in Cartagena the other day. We chose at random a tapa bar close to where we had been shopping. We were about 20 minutes ahead of the midday rush, so all bars were more-or-less empty leaving us with an absolute freedom of choice. The chosen bar had tables inside and tables outside under cover – all tables sporting ashtrays (and the waitress smoking while cleaning the tables), though it was covered on three sides (the law says that smoking is only allowed when only two sides as covered). Anyway, we sat down – and discovered that the food was delicious and, when the time for payment arrived, also discovered that the prices were very reasonable. Having enjoyed our tapa and drink, finishing with a cup of coffee, other customers started to arrive. Soon five of the six tables outside were occupied, while only one table inside had a customer. Four people arrived, looking for a table, but the remaining table was only big enough for two persons. The waitress offered them a table inside, but the party declined the offer. One does not need to be Einstein to figure out, why they wanted to sit ‘outside’. They must have been smokers. The restaurant lost four customers whom they could have accommodated, had smoking been allowed inside. Okay, supposedly another restaurant further on, with an empty table for four, got the business. But what about the next party of four on the look-out for a table for smokers? Did they find a table? Or did they go home with an empty belly and left the bar with an empty till? But hey-hoe! The great news is that we will die as very healthy paupers, if we continue down this lane! 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 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.

And the third suggestion? We all rush out to buy new tyres to improve our fuel consumption. On the subject of ‘madness’ I see that the European Court of Justice has ruled that insurers should not treat gender as a risk factor when assessing premiums. What this means, for example, is that a 17 year old boy and a 17 year old girl must be treated the same when it comes to the cost of insuring their car. Now the phrase ‘boy racer’ wasn’t just conjured up out of thin air, it comes from the statistical evidence that proves that young males are more likely to smash their cars up. This is something I know about, as many moons ago I worked for an insurance company and sat through far too many meetings with Actuaries

(the people who in effect weigh up the risk based on tons of statistical stuff) as we set the premiums. Now I am the first to accuse the insurance companies of double standards in many ways: they after all are in the risk business yet over the years they have seemed to try and capture the least risk customers and avoid the high risk, and that seems wrong to me but imposing blanket rules like this just seems wrong to me. Yet more good headlines for the tourist industry here in Spain, as reports say that Spain remains the number one destination in Europe, and that the British are still heading the league table of nations taking their holidays in 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 ( You can hear him daily on and read him monthly in the Daily Telegraph.

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Ricky Valance and Jukebox Legends charity tour for Help at Home and PUMA22

Having successfully appeared on two Costa Blanca tours with Jukebox Legends in 2010, Ricky is back with the very popular Jukebox Legends & Elvis 2000 show for a mini tour of six venues in the region and all have ticket only options at the AMAZING price of just 8 Euros. “Once again, we are trying to give great value for money to the audience and keep in mind that times are tough out there when it comes to spending money on going out” say’s Ricky! Peter Day, of Jukebox Legends say’s “We are sure that these shows will be a huge hit with people as even though money is tight for so many, Ricky’s popularity hasn’t dropped and With these shows at such amazing ticket prices, you simply can’t get anything better”. The tour is spread over three months and has a new mix of music from Ricky that will emphasise much of his more later recordings. After 50 years in music, his more recent recordings are of great interest to audiences all over the world. This tour gives people a great opportunity to hear some of those songs as well as the old favourites of course” Peter urges people to book very early as tickets will be limited at some venues. Jukebox Legends will be supporting Ricky on the tour. They have become a firm favourite with crowds in the region and portray top quality sounds from the 60s and 70s including “the best Elvis sound around” - Elvis 2000. Peter Day and Fiona McLean, two exceptional soloists have made Jukebox Legends into a unique act that compliments Ricky every time! The shows are at:

The Rendezvous, Campoamor on Sunday 27th March at 8.30pm Tickets for this show are 10 Euros (this includes a fantastic FREE buffet)

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A group of Torrevieja U3A members recently visited the E.D.A.R Water Treatment Plant, accompanied by Graham Knight, Director of the O.A.R.I. Situated between the cemetery and the salt lake yet hardly visible from the N332, this vast facility is one of the largest and most modern water treatment plant in the Valencian region. The entire process on site is computer controlled as are the many pumping stations around the town. Any problems can be identified immediately and teams sent out to resolve the matter. The tour began in the main administration block with a welcome by the senior manager at the plant. This was followed by a power point presentation which clearly demonstrated the usage versus capacity of the plant which is such a vital part of the infrastructure of Torrevieja and surrounding areas. The bar charts and graphs clearly demonstrated the peaks of usage in the summer tourist boom periods and significantly, the reduction in demand during the crisis period. Ariel photographs, maps and drawings were shown of the vast network of pipes beneath the town, connecting the many pumping stations to the treatment plant. Since the plant opened in 1983 there has been a continual programme of investment at the facility. The tour continued outside, firstly visiting the enclosed area where the waste water and materials arrives from all areas of the town via the pipes into a vast enclosed area of tanks. This waste, which contains large amounts of plastic materials, even footballs and in the past fire extinguishers and sadly, dead animals, has to be removed along with huge amounts of grease. As the water moves through the various cleaning

stages biologists monitor the levels of bacteria present in the process as the good bacteria is needed in the filtration process. Eventually after numerous further processes including oxygenisation, finally the water is filtered through sand, a process not used in most water treatment plants in Spain. It is deemed necessary in Torrevieja as the cleaned water is piped back to key areas around the town for watering parks and gardens. The water is also used to clean the streets and as the main water supply to the La Mata Natural Park for the fire hydrants there. At the conclusion of the two hour visit U3A Chairman Bob Hill was invited to inspect flasks of water, one before treatment and one after treatment. The difference looked remarkable. However, never was the phrase “not a drop passed his lips” more true. We wonder why!! For further information visit

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It was the height of sophistication...or a byword for tackiness. Blue Nun was the world’s top-selling wine between the 1950s and 1980s, but became the butt of jokes and fell out of fashion. It was the wine of choice for the appalling, cheesy, TV chat show host Alan Partridge. However, it survived all the putdowns and even won the approval of style icon Victoria Beckham, who might be assumed to prefer Cristal champagne. After a number of reinventions, the original version of the semi-sweet German creation in the blue bottle with a nun on the label is being relaunched as an ‘unpretentious’ and ‘contemporary’ wine. The taste has been devised to suit British women aged 25-45, although German owner Langguth plans to sell it worldwide. The move is part of a wider effort to build a new interest in German wine, which has suffered a disastrous slump since Blue Nun and Black Tower were

the height of sophistication. Blue Nun introduced millions of Britons to the intimidating world of wine. Billed as a wine that could be drunk throughout a meal, it solved the dinner party problem of not knowing what to serve with a particular food. Surprisingly, the brand can trace its roots back to 1921, while it became the biggest selling wine in the world between the 1950s and 1980s. Originally a Liebfraumilch and later a blended wine, it has become less sweet over the years. The new version, in the shops next month, uses the Rivaner grape, a cross between Riesling and Gutedel. Wines are generally light with a flowery bouquet and less acidity than Riesling. The taste of the latest version has been devised particularly to suit

British women, however the plan is to sell it around the world. Blue Nun is owned by the German company Langguth, whose winemaker, Heinz Blümling, worked with British importer, Bottle Green, to develop the new taste and image. A spokesman for the firm said: ‘In addition to the Original being recrafted, the brand will also re-launch with a range of German varietal wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir. ‘As well as improved wines, the

packaging has been given a major overhaul. The iconic Nun remains but is set within a bold, contemporary restylisation.’ Last year, the company produced a sparkling version of the drink that contains flakes of 22-carat gold, designed to ‘highlight its natural effervescence’. Blue Nun Gold Edition was positioned as ‘the perfect wine for celebrations and special occasions’ and ‘For life’s golden moments’. The existing Blue Nun range is selling

more than 31,000 bottles every week in the UK, which is up by 14per cent in a year. The company hopes the new version, which will go into shops in March, will see the figure take-off. A spokesman said: ‘The Blue Nun brand has a strong heritage and holds a fascination for many consumers. We plan to tap into this latent affection and take the brand forward without alienating the existing fans of the brand.’

a stark double warning: Food and fuel bills to rocket A catastrophic 1970s-style oil price spike is on the cards while the price of supermarket basics continues to soar

Vince Cable said the twin threat puts the economic recovery at risk and piles pressure on struggling households. Meanwhile, new figures released reveal that fuel duty is the UK’s most unpopular tax, with research suggesting that one in five people say they would like to see it abolished. The figures, published on professional advice website, revealed that as petrol prices soar, fuel duty was the tax most Britons wanted George Osborne to slash in this year’s budget. Commenting on the rising fuel and food costs, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “We now have the prospect of a fully-fledged energy and commodity price shock squeezing real wages and pushing up inflation.” Chris Huhne, his Lib Dem colleague and Energy Secretary, said the political turmoil in the Arab world could send oil prices skywards. Higher fuel costs hit food producers, pushing up the prices paid by consumers. That would add to inflationary pressure and increase the prospect of interest rate rises. Economists also fear that food price hikes will reduce economic activity and squeeze household spending as families desperately cut back elsewhere. A UN report revealed that rises in bread, pasta, breakfast cereal, dairy and meat prices are on the horizon – irrespective of future oil price hikes. The commodity price of key foods rose again in February, making it the eighth successive month of increases, according to the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO). It pointed out that the export prices of wheat, corn and rice are up by a staggering 70 per cent in one year. British bakers expect a standard loaf to cost 10p to 15p more within weeks. Higher grain prices also lead to more expensive meat and dairy products in the shops because of their heavy use in animal feed. Gary Sharkey

of Hovis said: “Bakers cannot possibly absorb the latest round of increases. Flour costs have risen yet again, and there have been big increases in energy costs, a major factor in baking, plus significant rises in oil prices affecting daily distribution costs.” Global commodity prices are running at their highest level since 2008, when food riots rocked many poor states. The FAO’s David Hallam said: ‘Unexpected oil price spikes could further exacerbate an already precarious situation in food markets. This adds even more uncertainty concerning the price outlook just as plantings for crops in some of the major growing regions are about to start.’ In a speech to City businessmen and bankers last night, Mr Cable said Britain was still facing a ‘difficult’ recovery. ‘There is no Delia Smith cookery book providing a simple recipe for producing growth, let alone in the abnormal post-crisis environment which we inhabit,’ he added.




Moncayo (International) (international) Market does it again One of Staffordshire’s best kept secrets !

Anyone who is from Staffordshire will almost certainly have tasted a Staffordshire oatcake. This product can either be eaten as a savoury meal or can be used as a type of pancake for desert. Rumour has it that the recipe was bought back from India by the soldiers of the Staffordshire regiment long long ago. The recipe has since become a closely guarded secret by the people who make them and you could expect to pay thousands for a business just to get the best recipe. Stoke on Trent people turn out in there hundreds on Sunday mornings to buy them fresh of the hotplate. They are a traditional Stoke on Trent breakfast, first melt cheese on them under the grill or microwave then add any combination of cooked bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes or beans, roll them up, add the sauce of your choice and tuck in.

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The Spiritualist sewing craft class........ Church, Quesada............. Sewing craft classes. Learn quiltin, cross stitch Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of ediumship 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. Deanna Sparks will take the Divine Service on Sunday, 13th March. There will be an Evening of Mediumship with Pat Forster on Tuesday, 15th March followed by a Divine Service with Lesley Pickering on Sunday, 20th March. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965 323 028. www.

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Calle Pilar de Horadada 5, Torrevieja Evangelical non-denominational Sunday services 11:00am and 6:30pm Children’s Church 11:00am House groups in Torrevieja, Los Balcones, San Javier Ladies meeting Wednesdays 11:00am. Pastor, Rafael Restrepo All nationalities welcome 966 799 273 / 660 127 276

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Los Arcos Restaurant, Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. NEW BEGINNERS CLASS Monday 10.30am – 12.30pm: SOCIAL DANCE Saturday 7.30pm – 10pm: Tuesday: IMPROVERS LESSON 7.30m–8.30pm plus SOCIAL DANCE 8.30pm – 10.30pm.Wok Royal, Benijofar [966 714 820]. NEW BEGINNERS CLASS: Monday 7.30pm–8.30pm; ARGENTINE TANGO CLASS: 8.30pm–9pm; plus SOCIAL DANCE: 9pm10.30pm. Bienvenido Chinese Restaurant at La Zenia roundabout. NEW BEGINNERS CLASS Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157

Denelle Dance Club........

Ballroom & Latin Tuition 8:00 - 9:00 and Social 9:00 - 10:15 every Monday at the Club, Quesada. Argentine Tango Tuition 8:00 - 9:00 and Social Dancing 9:00 - 10:15 every Tuesday at the Club, Quesada. Every Thursday at The Big Wok (old asturias N332 next to go cart track) Ballroom & Latin Tuition 8:00 - 9:00 and social dancing 9:00 - 10:15. New courses starting every 6 weeks. Singles welcome. Private tuition available by appointment. For further info contact Lyn on 63558441 or email

Dance Classes For Children ...........................

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Freestyle, Baton Twirling Etc Howards Gym, Quesada Ok Gym, Villa Martin La Escuera, La Marina For More Info Call Susan On 619 690 469

and knitting, come along and exchange ideas and have a coffee. No charge but donations gratefully received. Meeting at the International Christian Assembly, Calle Pilar de Horadada 5, Torrevieja. For more details call Mumtaz Brown on 966 708 199

MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

NEVER DANCED-3 LEFT FEET-NO PARTNERNO PROBLEM. Now only at the Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. Sundays 7.30pm absolute beginners. Tuesdays 4.30pm Adams workshop especially for imp/int. Thursdays 7.30pm beg/imp. Sundays and Thursday 9pm FREE social dancing. with JIVE JUNCTION DISCO. All welcome. Tel 670 711 408 / 966 189 346

AECC TORREVIEJA EVENTS (965 716 679)...........................

Auctions are held at: BUDDIE’S BAR, Playa Flamenca (near Saturday Market and Judges Chambers) Thursday; EMERALD ISLE, Playa Flamenca, Friday. Both at 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you have any items to donate for auction contact Carol and Ron 965 319 929 Mobile 688 238 879 Sale of summer clothes now on at the AECC charity shop. Good quality items available, all at €1 each! AECC are looking for someone to produce highquality posters for use in fund-raising events. The designs are either printed as posters or sent to local newspapers and journals in the form of advertisements. The work should not be overly demanding for the right person, but occasionally a design may need to be produced within a very short timescale. The candidate must also have their own computer to create the work. AECC are also looking for people able to organise concerts or other fundraising events in order to continue its life-saving subsidised cancer screening. AECC offers this service to Men and Women to detect cancer in its early stages and fund-raising is an essential part of this process. It is also vitally important to remember your own cancer screening, so please call AECC on 965 716 679 or Jackie on 966 722 358 if you can help in any way or to arrange appointments.





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Wednesday 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

Thursday Successful Slimming La Marina 11am at The Hillside Bar, Caelle Bilbao. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553 Old time Dancing class with SLOTS. Pilar Sol Club, Lo Monte Hotel, N332 Pilar del la Horadada. 7.30pm - 9.30pm No previous dancing experience required. Tel: 609 939 369 MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. 7.30pm Adams workshop especially for beg/ imp. 9pm FREE social dancing with JIVE JUNCTION DISCO.

Friday Coro Pilar based in El Pinar de Campoverde, near Pilar de la Horadada rehearse on Fridays at 7pm Tel 966 763 446 MABS Ticket Sales 11am to 1 pm, tel 639 665 370 Outside the Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 1st and 4th Friday of the month

Saturday Elvis and Tina Tribute Saturday 19th Feb plus Nick Gold, 2 course meal and show 8pm, 10€ show only 9pm - €3. The Club, Calle El Pino esq. Calle Abedul Ciudad Quesada 966 717 028.

Sunday International Christian Assembly Calle Pilar de Horadada 5, Torrevieja Evangelical nondenominational Sunday services 11:00am MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. 7.30pm absolute beginners. 9pm FREE social dancing with JIVE JUNCTION DISCO. Sevillanas Club. All about Flamenco and Sevillana meet the last Sunday of every month at Asturias Restaurant - 965 328 044

Monday BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. The Wok Royal, Benijofar. BEGINNERS CLASS: 7.30pm–8.30pm plus SOCIAL DANCE: 8.30pm-10.30pm. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157

Tuesday Successful Slimming Quesada 10am at The Sportsman, near Canales Supermarket ART GROUP Cultural Centre, Calle Pino Quesada at 10am Call 966 716 018/966 719 776 Denelle Dance Club Argentine Tango Tuition 8:00 - 9:00, Social Dancing 9:00 - 10:15 every Tuesday at the Club, Quesada. Contact Lyn on 63558441 MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. 4.30pm Adams workshop especially for imp/int.

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Community News MANCHESTER CITY F.C. SUPPORTERS DRAMATIC LICENCE Presents AN EVENING WITH........................................... CLUB .............................................. A Double Bill of Two One Act Plays With a Buffet Supper A Dog’s Life By Pam Valentine Bridal Terrorism By Bill Rosenfield At D’Antonios Restaurant, Rojales (Opposite BP Petrol Station) Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd March 7.30 for 8.00pm Tickets 8 euros. Can be purchased from Cards & More, La Marina; The Card Shop, Quesada; The Card Place, Benimar; The Card Place, Punta Prima & The Post Box, Dona Pepa. They can also be reserved online at Or by telephoning 616 089 943 Booking is essential due to the limited amount of seating Price of ticket includes Buffet Supper. Drinks are not included.


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. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE 966 849 057

(1949). Costa Blanca Branch. Honorary President, Bert Trautmann, OBE. We meet for all City matches at the Breeze Bar, cc Benimar in Benijofar and hold regular social events. If you support the only football team to come from Manchester, we’d love it, just love it, if you joined us. More details from Jackie (Sec) 966 194 925 or Steve & Lynne (Soc. Sec’s) 966 721 965 Next event is at the Hotel Corazon, Pueblo Bravo, Rojales on Friday 25 March at 7 pm. Website: id/costablanca

San Fulgencio Quesada, Ayuntamiento & Rojales Chess Club....................... LMSFRA ............................... meeting Tuesdays afternoons at 2.30pm, in the Sportsman Bar, Ave Costa Azul (near Canales supermarket) Ring 659 370 200 for more info or directions

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A FREE concert is planned by the International Christian Assembly in Torrevieja ................................

in May featuring Amy Roberts, an Irish woman who has devoted the last 20 years of her life to entertaining others with Christian music. The concert will be held at the Virgen Del Carmen hall on May 13 starting at 7pm, and there will be a retiring collection to raise funds for the Torrevieja church which has recently moved into much larger premises in Calle Urbano Arregui in the west of the town. Amy will be joined in her concert by two local choirs, the TCF (Torrevieja Christian Fellowship) Singers, and the La Siesta Evangelical Church Choir. Amy Roberts has thrilled audiences in several countries as a talented singer. In her earlier years she started drinking heavily - so much so that her life was almost ruined by alcohol. However, at a Holy Week service in 1990 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, her life was turned around and she committed herself to God by her singing talents. Since then she has used her voice to tell others of her being saved from ruin by excessive drinking. Seats will be limited at this free concert, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

(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 19th March starting at 8:30pm with entertainment from Plan B. Tickets are on sale now at The Butterfly Children Charity shop in La Marina, please bring your own refreshments.

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Are we nearly there yet? Ford’s TALKING car can tell you the answer to age-old question

A system that promises to be the world’s most advanced in-car voice communication will arrive in Britain next year. It has echoes of KIT, the car made famous by David Hasselhof’s 1980s TV series. And far from being confined to exclusive, top-of-therange models, it will be available in one of the country’s biggest-selling cars, the Ford Focus. Makers of the system - called Sync - claim drivers will be able to use it to ask such age-old questions as ‘Where’s the nearest petrol station?’, ‘Can I go to the toilet?’ - or even that constant refrain of generations of children, ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ In all, Ford says its voice-operated technology will be able to master 10,000 commands in 19 languages, allowing motorists to control audio, telephone and satnav systems as well as accessing information about the surrounding area. But while the company claims it will be able to cope

with Geordie and other regional accents, critics are asking whether the sheer range of different ways in which we speak will defeat it - or whether the extra distraction of trying to master it will lead to more accidents. A version of Sync with 100 words has been available in the U.S. for three years and is fitted to three million Fords. Users can choose from a range of options - some have claimed the female voice sounds like ‘a robotic Cher’. The new, advanced version was announced at a technology show in Germany and will be available on the next generation of Ford Focus next year at a price of around £350. While some luxury cars, such as BMW and MercedesBenz, have basic voice command systems already, Ford’s claims Sync - developed in partnership with Microsoft - is far more sophisticated than anything currently available. With ever-growing connections between Internet and satnav technology providing a mass of information about a driver’s current location and nearby services, proponents say a voice-controlled system is the safest and least-distracting solution to accessing it. For example, when the car is low on petrol, it will be able to tell the driver where the nearest petrol station is, and it can also give directions to local toilets or restaurants. It can also control the music system, understanding voice instructions to choose a new track on the built-in MP3 player - Ford claims that doing so manually can distract a driver for 25 seconds, or half-a-mile on a motorway. The satnav system will also be able to cope with being given the entire address verbally, rather than having each line inputted manually, while the car can be instructed to change the interior temperature or read out an incoming text message. If the motorist fails to give a command when prompted, the voice in the car gives an electronic sigh and responds: ‘Asking “What can I say?” will always bring up a menu of choices.’ In the event of an accident, the system can identify exactly where in Britain or Europe it

has happened and automatically call a local emergency number in the local language.

Jason Johnson, Ford’s product development engineer, said: ‘Sync’s unique connection between the driver’s devices and the vehicle means that the user’s voice can control both the car and the device. Plus, Sync is being developed specifically for European customers with the ability to understand multiple languages and accents.’ However Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said he was ‘disturbed’ that drivers were being encouraged to use mobile phones behind the wheel. ‘Drivers also need to be aware that making or receiving phone calls or texting, even if they are not using a handheld phone, still affects their driving and they could still be prosecuted for not being in proper control of the vehicle,’ he added.

It’s unlikely to be the most entertaining conversation you’ve ever had. But talking to your car - and having it answer straight back could soon become as commonplace as pressing a button or consulting a map.

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Bleakley Admits Lampard Accent Struggle

Christine Bleakley has revealed that Frank Lampard struggles to understand the Northern Irish accent when he visits her family. The Daybreak presenter admitted that the Chelsea footballer’s shyness is worsened by the situation. “We speak so fast in Ireland and when Frank comes over for the weekend I can see him looking at me and trying to catch up,” she told the Daily Star. “I have to let him know what’s being talked about. He’s so shy anyway and he gets even more shy when that’s happening. “He tries to do the accent, but it’s more Scottish than Irish. And to be fair I can’t do an Essex or an East End accent.” Bleakley also claimed that she is a “Stepford wife at heart”, adding: “I love hoovering - and I have a thing about the fridge being tidy. It’s a bit OCD but Frank doesn’t complain - he verges on it himself.”

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Willoughby Praises ‘DOI’ Hamilton

Holly Willoughby and Hayley Tamaddon have praised Dancing On Ice’s Laura Hamilton for her performances on the ice. Host Willoughby and former champion Tamaddon described the children ’s TV presenter’s recent routines as “amazing”. Hamilton topped the judges’ scorebo ard last night, picking up 28.5 points, the highest of the series so far, for her routine with Colin Ratushniak. “I think you find yourself drawn to watching Laura,” said Willough by. “She gives such a great performances and great facial expressions. She is so good. You just can’t stop watching Laura.” Tamaddon added: “She gave the performance of her life last night and you literally just watch her. She was absolutely amazing. Not only can you see the energy in her face. She put in so many lifts and hard tricks. You never look at her and think she’ll falter. She always looks stable on her feet.” Dancing On Ice continues next Sunday on ITV1

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BBC soap EastEnders yesterday filme his daughter Abi. pair end up to be broadcast next month - the The Sun reports that - in scenes wedding. a’s Tany a lorry on the way to his ex-wife trapped in Max’s car after he hits rged last eme first day dent on Tanya’s happy News that Max would suffer an acci . now l unti own unkn t in store had been month, but exact details of the stun a trip to ire requ and h cras the in suffer injuries It is thought that Max and Abi both exchanges her to hear the news shortly after she hospital. Tanya is then expected pting her to flee from the church. vows with fiancé Greg Jessop - prom ’s current to spark the conclusion to the soap The accident has also been tipped es to her com ning was reported that Ronnie Bran baby swap stor yline. Yesterday, it late son her to birth the incident, as she gave senses while visiting Max following nt. tme trea brother-in-law receives James at the hospital where her decision to rtedly realises the enormit y of her repo nie Ron ital, While at the hosp to Kat being es a dramatic confession, leading steal Kat Moon’s baby and later mak reunited with her son.

Entwistle ‘To Be Shakespearean Actress’

Coronation Street star Vicky ­ Entwistle has reportedly told friends that she will take elocution lessons to find theatre work. The actress, who announced last year that she is leaving the soap after 14 years of playing Janice Battersby, apparently wants to become a Shakespearean actress and star in period dramas both on stage and TV. A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Vicky was being ­absolutely serious when she told ­ people about her intentions for life after the Street. She was adamant that she would love to do Shakespeare or period ­ characters but she also realised that would mean having to tone her voice down and lose the accent she has. “Other people have done it, so why shouldn’t she? There were a few ­ eyebrows raised when people started discussing what she had been saying but that is ­ because her accent is so distinctive and everybody associates Vicky with that broad twang.” Entwistle filmed her final scenes for the soap last week. A guest at her leaving party said: “We were a bit shocked to hear she fancied doing Shakesp eare. Vicky is a bubbly, outgoing woman and it was just hard to imagine her all serious.”

letter to the editor Dea r Editor n Residents at the d of the Department of Europea From Maria Asu nción Prieto, Hea Diputación de Alicante h my Department forthcom ing benefit concert, whic I wou ld like to tell you about the 2nd April at the rday Satu On ). al British Legion (RBL is orga nising alongside the Roy 0 and 19:0 0) to 12:0 (at held be will s , two concert Prov incial Aud itorium in Alicante of this association. celebrate the 90th Ann iversary nisation of this actively collaborating in the orga The Diputación de Alicante is ide the United outs held first event of its kind to be importa nt event, which is the orm ing at the perf irs cho e larg l artists and many Kingdom . There will internationa the concerts of h Eac ers. orm perf sh nish and Briti event and they will include Spa to enjoy a able 1300 people, all of whom will be will have a capacit y for more than nised by orga r eve out dou bt, one of biggest events uniq ue event, which will be, with . the prov incial groups of the RBL de in the prov ince, I of Europea n residents that resi unt amo Considering the large ess and hope that aborate so that this event is a succ hope that the Tow n Halls will coll dents, in particular rmation amongst the foreign resi they help by spreading this info n Halls to display . I have asked all the loca l Tow the British, of thei r mun icipality al buildings as icip mun all re that they are placed in posters about the event and ensu for the event is ets tick of e pric The superma rkets. well as loca l bars, restaura nts and ormance (but tickets e and €15 for the evening perf €12 for the matinée performanc for this are nea rly sold out) al British Legion, event will go directly to the Roy All the money raised from the fit association -pro non This they do here in Spain. to fina nce the importa nt work that have served who ens citiz sh Briti to emotional support faci litates econom ic, social and Spain. The tickets thei r relatives, who now live in in the British Armed Forces and ts2011@gmail. cke 966 860 735 or by email to: rblti can be bought by telephoning . ban k transfer or cred it card com . Pay ment can be made via sh and Spa nish this event is to integrate the Briti of One of the primary targets essentia l work and ive ress imp the to jointly celebrate cultures, to share trad itions and e information please during last the 90 yea rs. For mor carried out by this association Federico Grove 4, pea n Residents situated in Avenue contact the Department of Euro teseuropeos@ den resi il: 91, fax: 965 98.0 4.12 or ema Alicante. Or telephone: 965 10 73 Warmest rega rds Mª Asu nción Prieto

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Skoda’s shock coupé revealed

Skoda will launch a stunning three-door dubbed the ‘Joyster’ - the new car sits on the VW Golf platform, with Scirocco engines under the bonnet From Yeti to sporty, Skoda is expanding again! We’ve unearthed plans for the firm to produce a three-door Scirocco-rivalling coupé called the Joyster. The Golf-based newcomer will provide a low-cost alternative to Volkswagen’s sporty coupé, and could be coming sooner than you think. An insider confirmed the Joyster name, along with an expected launch towards the end of this year, and our images reveal how the new car could look. Many of the design cues are from the original Joyster concept (right), which debuted at 2006’s Paris Motor Show – although this car was supermini-sized. These touches include blacked-out A-pillars, giving the illusion of a large, wraparound windscreen. The Joyster’s sporty profile is reminiscent of its Scirocco cousin, and the rising waistline and sharply angled C-pillars complete a stylish design. At the rear, bold tail-lights run the width of the bootlid. Skoda’s design has evolved since the concept debuted, and the new car will get an updated family face to allow it to fit

into the range. That means the headlamps are now more shapely and a set of LED daytime running lights has been incorporated into the grille. Expect the engine line-up to mimic the Scirocco’s – so it will include 1.4-litre petrol turbos in 121bhp and 158bhp guises. The diesel range will consist of 2.0-litre TDIs putting out 138bhp and 168bhp. Gearbox options will be either a six-speed manual or a seven-ratio DSG. A vRS model, similar to the car seen here, could follow in 2012, powered by a 2.0-litre petrol turbo. This is likely to deliver around 210bhp, and be able to cover 0-62mph in six seconds and go on to 155mph. When it hits the road later this year, the Joyster will cost around £16,000 – undercutting the Scirocco by £3,000.

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Ford and Ferrari settle F150 naming dispute

The Formula 1 season hasn’t yet begun, but Ferrari has already won its first battle, to use the name 150 on for its new F1 challenger.

When it was first launched, Ferrari announced the car’s name as F150, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. However, Ford took exception to this, and launched legal proceedings, claiming that the new F1 racer’s name could impact on the reputation of its F-150 pick-up truck in the US. Ferrari then changed its car’s name to 150th Italia, and has now settled on Ferrari 150° Italia, where ° is the Italian symbol for ‘th’. In response, Ford has dropped its legal challenge. In response to events, Ferrari released a

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EUROGOLF SOCIETY PRESS REPORT..................... LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY........ 3rd March 2011: A delayed start to our March Monthly Medal due to frost, it was quite cold, but we didn’t see a lot of ‘frost’….maybe La Marquesa were being extra cautious!! I did say in my report for last Thursday that Spring had arrived, I think I was a bit premature but hopefully next week will be warmer! Eventually 65 players set off after the delay, and enjoyed a good, competitive game of golf. Congratulations to all our winners, especially the winner of the Monthly Medal and Birthday Cup – JILL YOUNG. Winner March Monthly Medal and Birthday Cup – Jill Young All results on countback: Gold Category: 1st John Fairhurst 72, 2nd Roger Richings 73, 3rd Malcolm Foskett 73. Silver Category: 1st Jill Young 69, 2nd Alf Butterworth 70, 3rd David Gelsthorpe 71. Best Gross Score: Malcolm Foskett 84 - CSA today = 0 Nearest the Pins: 5th Bill Martin,

11th Gill Britten, 12th (2nd shot) Ian Turner, 15th Stan Low, 17th Edgar Hille (donated El Corazon voucher for Captain’s Day) Best Front 9: Mannie Niessen 33.5; Best Back 9: Mike Young 33; Best Par 5s: Mike Young 21; Best Par 3s: Brendan Foran 13; Football Draw: Bev Evans, Lew Joss & Rachel Leckey; Captain’s Bunker raised: 17€ Many thanks as always to our sponsors today – Sands Bistro, El Tournasol, Super Valu, Sierra Golf & El Corazon. The lists are up on the Board for the March Dinner/Dance, and hopefully we will get lots of support for this very enjoyable evening. Also the latest La Marquesa Local Rules are now on the website for your information. Finally, well done to our Match Secretary Mary Sanderson who was also acting Treasurer & Handicap Secretary yesterday! Caption: Jill Young - Winner March Monthly Medal & Birthday Cup

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BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD NASTIC TARRAGONA - 2 FC CARTAGENA - 0 BY STEVE HIBBERD This substandard performance by an unorganised Cartagena side, adds to an unwanted catalogue of away day blues, which come the seasons end, could scupper any div 2a play off aspirations they might have held. To make matters worse, super striker Toche limped off midway through the 2nd half with another injury, plus captain Mariano picked up his 10th booking of the season and will now sit out the next match. Lowly Tarragona looked the more hungry of the 2 sides, although both were guilty of producing an exceptionally high number of wayward passes. The 6,000 fans inside Nou Estadi were treated to the opening goal on 25 mins, which up to then had never looked like happening. Once again, it was a poor clearance from defence which set up the chance for Mairata, who gratefully slammed home a loose ball past a wrong footed

Casilla from 10 yards. It could have got worse 9 mins later, but a firm appeal for a penalty resulting from a reckless challenge by Clavero, was not upheld. Casilla came to his teams rescue moments later, pushing away a fierce 20 yard drive. Cartagenas’ first real chance arrived on 41 mins, Clavero forcing an important save from his accurate close range effort. This seemed to wake his team mates from their slumber, for leading up to the break, an ok Victor effort signalled fresh urgency, which beforehand had been sadly lacking. Los Albinegros started the 2nd half in the same vein, Moral seeing his long range drive well saved. An off the ball incident on 53 mins, should have produced a penalty to the visitors, but a blatant barge/push/shove on Toche was presumably not seen (or maybe it was more convenient to ignore it - a bit like a certain Mr Rooney’s thuggish elbow in the face, which as we all know was never a sending off offence!!!). This proved to be Toche’s last piece of the action before being subbed by Goiria,

MAGGOTS END............................ RODS and REELS The match this week was the penultimate round of the winter championship. The venue being the Rio Segura in Murcia. Although the day wasn´t too bad, sitting in the shade with a north easterly wind blowing, made it feel exceptionally cold. The river is starting to fish a bit better with a lot of lost big fish. As can be seen from the results the weights are moving up. However, there was still 5 dry nets! Top anglers on the day: 1st Pete (The Peg) Hampshire fishing the feeder using corn and maggot with 15.36 kilo´s 2nd Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using maggot with 12.56 kilo´s 3rd Stan (The Man) Roberts fishing the feeder using maggot with 10.76 kilo´s. Good to see Pete the Peg back to winning ways. PLEASE NOTE: There is a vacancy within the club if anyone is interested in joining please contact Sue Swann on 966 729 293. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN: This week’s 6th round match on 1st March 2011 of the Abbey Angling Cup was fished on the river Segura´s Eden

Stretch. Yet another cold day with temperatures down to minus and when we arrived at our pegs, there was a slight ground frost, the water was low and clear with algae breaking away from the bottom. There is a lot of reeds etc left in the water by the mechanical bank clearer and rain is needed for a good flow of water to flush the rubbish out. Fish were again hard to find with only four anglers managing to catch anything. The same peg as last week produced the winner. 1st on the day Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 6.860kg fishing the pole and using pellet. 2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 2.840kg fishing the pole and using pellet. 3rd John (Silverback) Marsh with 2.110kg fishing the pole and using maggot. All details are available from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368. 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

Wednesday morning 2 March, 36 members and guests set off down the AP7 for a 10am start at the new course designed by Jack Nicholas, Saurines de la Torres. The course has a ‘linksy’, desert feel to it with large areas of ‘dunes’ and 6 hectares of water to negotiate. The format was an AM AM and the wind was blowing when the 9 teams set off, which made the fast, undulating greens even faster and made scoring difficult, as usual some teams managed the conditions well and came in with good scores. The staff made us very welcome, it was just a shame that there were few facilities. 1st Brian Coultate, Danny McErlean, Dave Keating and Tony French 81 points 2nd Sue Smith, Brian Rendall, Carl Peden and Paul Flanaghan 79

who came on the pitch, then on 93 mins came off again - that, ladies and gentlemen, just about sums up his contribution!! Goal number 2 on 70 mins was a cracker! From fully 30 yards, Moran hit a lovely swerving shot, which looped over the head of Casilla, before nestling in the back of the net. First Botelho, then Victor had decent efforts from free kicks comfortably saved, as the visitors finished the stronger of the 2 sides, but overall Nastic thoroughly deserved their victory, leaving Cartagena manager JIM to arrange a back to basics team talk with his woefully under performing squad. FC Cartagena line-up Casilla, Txiki, Cala (Rodri), Cygan, Clavero (Jose), Longas, Mariano, Botelho, Moral, Victor, Toche (Goiria) Forthcoming Fixture Next up for Cartagena is a home match against northern Spain side Huesca. This div 2a match takes place at Cartagonova Stadium on Sat 12 Mar, ko 6pm. Regular updates on FC Cartagena can be found by visiting or www.

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points 3rd Colin Ranson, Tom Paton, Dave Surtees and Bob Metcalf. 79 points Nearest the Pins: Malcolm Morrision 6th, Brian Coultate 10th, Paul Fredrick 14th and Carl Peden 18th The 2s pot was won by Gail Coultate, Tom Paton and Meirion Roberts winning 12 Euros each. Our next competition is at Alicante on the 16th March so please get your names down as there is a free breakfast included for anyone interested and a quiz at Alex Bistro in the evening. If you wish to join us go to https://sites. or for further information our email is

San Fulgencio CF..................... C.F. Group Caliche 2 San Fulgencio C.F. 2 Sponsored by Bright start by the Saints, the first scoring chance fell to Marco Lemos but his shot from fifteen metres sailed over the bar. After twenty minutes Caliche started to get into the game and were pressurising their opponents goal but the Saints defence cleared up the threats. Good work down the left by Fernando saw his cross into the Caliche box turned goal bound by Marco but the keeper saved. The Saints took the lead on the half hour when new boy Giacomo Gutierrez took the ball past three opponents, a perfect cross into the box was headed in by Marco. 0-1. Caliche were gifted the equalizer not long after when an under hit pass from Cameron Scammell was snapped up by an incoming forward and driven passed keeper Alex Teare this was much against the run of play, up until then Alex making a return to the club

had not had much to do. Half Time 1-1. Caliche started the second half very lively and had the best of the chances. In the sixtieth minute Giacomo was fouled inside the penalty area, Marco converted the spot kick to put the Saints 2- 1 up. The Saints dominated from then on but during a rare Caliche attack the ball crossed into the Saints penalty area and was turned into his own goal by Samuel. 2-2. In the dying minutes the Saints had a number of chances to score but it wasn’t to be and at the final whistle the points were shared, Caliche must be thinking that all their birthdays and Christmases had come at once. Next Sunday the Saints host Montesinos All Sports kick-off 12:00hrs. See web site for more details Barry Wallis


ALTORREAL 18th February 2011 A big thank you to Altorreal for their hospitality & assistance on the day. The course was in immaculate condition green fairways and rolling true greens. 36 players set out and enjoyed some challenging golf. Two doubles matches took place, congratulations to Phil Pettican & Ian Faulkner and Willie (winner again!!)Buchanan & Mike Wyatt for progressing through to the Semi-Finals, who incidentally play each other in the semi’s. Unfortunately Spanish John could not claim the bones!!!! SORRY JAKE. The winners on the day are as follows Overall winner Willie (winner again!!) Buchanan 36 pts Gold 1st Place David Gray 35 pts Gold 2nd Place Andy (Steady) Trefry 32 pts Silver 1st Place Dave Mace 32 pts Silver 2nd Place Phyllis Venables 30 pts Best Guest John Holland 25 pts Most Potential Teresa Hatt 8 pts Nearest the pins: 5th David Gray; 8th Merv Williams; 10th Graham Butterworth; 17th Tony Stead The Society is always looking for new members. Anyone wishing to join us can do so by registering on the webpage or alternately contact a committee member (details on the webpage) The Society’s next outing is on the 18th March @ Roda Golf course. Anyone interested in playing can register at : Login : claptons Password : guitar



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Thader Rojales 0 Orihuela Costa F.C 5 Sponsored by Morgans Bar & Amber Pools. This week saw Costa take on Federation side Thader in an arranged friendly which saw Six new signings make their debuts and also regular keeper Jordan Marshall come out onto pitch and see Kristjan Gudmundsson play his first game in goal. Taking this into consideration it was Thader who started well but with Jack O’Brien captain and Jordan Clayton adding some experience to the team Costa started to put some passes together and on 4 mins Clayton saw his effort smash the woodwork. Three minutes later Callum Gildeaa also saw his strike fly just over the crossbar. Costa got the opening goal when new boy Joey Simpson latched onto a great cross from Clayton to score his first goal on 13 mins for his new team. It remained 1 - 0 at halftime, but it was Costa who carried on from their first half display and with new signings Patrick Sullivan & Cesar Augusto in

defence winning every challenge that came their way, Costa were in no mood to conceed. After some good work in midfield from Coner James & Jordan Marshall Costa got a third goal from Clayton who was terrorising Thader all afternoon when he struck home the ball on 36 mins. It was Marshall who provided the perfect pass for Clayton to get his second on 41 mins to take Costa 4 - 0 up. Paul Lapham up front and Scott Brunton in midfield provided the energy and trickery to keep Thader on the back foot and on 45 mins when Gudmundsson from goal rolled the ball out to Augusto saw the defender go from box to box passing three Thader players and confidently strike home for his first goal for Costa to round of a great display and give his side a 5 -0 win. For more info on Orihuela Costa F.C. who are based at Playa Flamenca contact George Marshall on :679 77 44 88 or visit www. Photo: team before the game.

ORIHUELA RFC............................ GREAT EXPERIENCED WEEKEND FOR ORIHUELA RFC: Orihuela RFC seniors went down to play Murcia in a friendly at the weekend and gained some valuable experience by playing against a higher level team. Orihuela gave some of the new players and juveniles some game time experience as well as the old man of the team who surprisingly played the vast majority of the game, yours truely. The game started off free flowing by both teams with a lot of open rugby. Both defences held firm until the end of the first quarter when Murcia made the first break through of the game with the first try. They then got penalised in front of the post for going off the feet, which Pedro converted the penalty. This happened again shortly afterwards giving Pedro his second penalty conversion, but just before half time Murcia scored a second try to go in at half time 10-6 up. The second half started off pretty much the same as the first one, but with Murcia being able to bring on fresh legs at will, proved the turning point of the game, as holes began to appear in the Orihuela’s defence. Orihuela still tried to play open rugby and made some excellent breaks and were unlucky not to score a couple of tries of their own. In the end in a well refereed game Murcia eventually ran out winners 276, scoring another three tries. The game was played in

the true spirit of the sport, which was great to see and be part off. The next game for the seniors will be on 26 March at home, for more details keep an eye on the local press. If you want to know any more details of what rugby is about in the area, and for your rugby gear club shirts etc, you can always come and see me at the Moncayo Market most Tuesdays and Saturdays or call me on the number below. The club trains on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the Miguel Hernandez University, the seniors 20.00 to 22.00, while the juniors from 18.15 to 20.00. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age you are or your skill level. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning, the president Álvaro on 630 313 298 or myself, Garry on 692 767 242. For the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun!


England turn to Eoin Morgan after ‘devastated’ Kevin Pietersen heads home from World Cup with hernia problem England batsman Kevin Pietersen said he was ‘absolutely devastated’ to be returning home from the World Cup after finally succumbing to a hernia problem. The ECB confirmed Pietersen would fly back the UK in the next 24 hours due to the injury which was first discovered during the recent one-day series in Australia. The International Cricket Council have approved England’s request to replace Pietersen with Eoin Morgan in their World Cup squad. Morgan was originally named in England’s World Cup squad but missed out after suffering a broken finger in the build-up to the tournament. Morgan has responded well to treatment, however, and even if he is not deemed fit enough to face Bangladesh later this week, he would be a key addition to the squad for the knockout stage should England qualify. News that Pietersen’s World Cup was over emerged this morning while the England squad were en route from India to Bangladesh for their next match on Friday. It had already been confirmed that Pietersen would undergo hernia surgery after the World Cup, but he appeared laboured in the field during Sunday’s six-run win against South Africa. England’s management have now acted to avoid further aggravation of the problem that has also ruled

Pietersen out of the Indian Premier League, which he was due to contest with the Deccan Chargers. Pietersen, who will be out for aroundsixweekswhenheundergoes the surgery, said on his Twitter page: ‘Confirming the BREAKING NEWS ... I fly home tonight. Out of the WC & IPL.. Absolutely devastated! ‘Sad to leave India.. Love the people & the hospitality!’ It had been hoped England’s medical staff would be able to nurse Pietersen through the remainder of the World Cup. Speaking on Saturday, Pietersen said: ‘I’m obviously extremely disappointed to have picked up this hernia injury. ‘It will no doubt impact my preparation but careful management should see me still play a significant role in the team’s campaign.’ But Pietersen complained of soreness after bowling eight overs in the victory against South Africa,

while his performance with the bat in Chennai gleaned just two runs. England team director Andy Flower believes the team are already moving on despite the hernia problem sustained by Pietersen. Flower acknowledged however that England were losing a major player. ‘He’s a world class player,’ Flower told Sky Sports News. ‘I thought he was forming an interesting opening partnership with Andrew Strauss. In three of the four games they’ve played together they have looked good up front and they put on significant partnerships that have kicked off good batting performances.’ England coach Flower insisted that the ability to call on a player of Morgan’s quality in place of Pietersen means the team can move forward. ‘We’re moving on now and Eoin Morgan is an exciting cricketer. It’s going to be good to have him back.’

LA MARINA GOLF SOCIETY...................................... Alicante GC, March 3rd, 2011 The March Cup competition was held at Alicante G.C., a popular venue with our members due to the good condition of the course and its good value for money. However, I must remark on the many unrepaired pitch marks on the greens which had been left by earlier players. It only takes a few seconds to repair your own and one other so why do these people not consider the damage that they do. Anyway, the day started a little cold but sunny but, as the day progressed, it became obvious that someone was going to get wet. Very wet. The sky darkened and a little thunder rolled in the distance. I think it no co-incidence that there were no 5 and half hour rounds! There was one member however, who seemed to think that summer had come and that they were on the beach as they were spied paddling in the water on the 2nd hole....the one with the waterfall on the left! Goodness, how cold must that have been! Fortunately the rain held off until most members were safely in the club house where prize giving was held. At this point I must modestly point out that I had had a really successful day and was hoping that I might be in with

a shout. I was overjoyed to announced the winner and be presented with the Cup alongside all the other winners. It just proves the point that anyone can win! A quick ‘ get well’ to Alan West who has recently had surgery. We hope it isn’t too long until we see him back on the course. Results Gold Division: Dave Smirnowsky - 31 points Silver Division: Barry Gribble - 30 points Bronze Division & Overall winner: Carol Marriner - 32 points Nearest the pin winners: Hole 3

– Pete Wootton, Hole 6 – Aidan Byrne; Hole 12 – Jimmy Scott Hole 17 – Aidan Byrne; Our next Social event is the ever popular Bingo Quiz night to be held at the La marina Sports & Socal Centre at 7.30p.m. On March 22nd, 2011. We look forward to seeing as many members and guests as possible. Our next competition is on Thursday March 17th, 2011 at Alenda GC, first tee time 10.00a.m. Anyone wishing to play, purchase tickets, join the Society or obtain further information, please contact Bill McGrandle on 679 007756


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