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The Consejo de Caja Mediterráneo (CAM Bank) confirmed the acquisition of Bank Base. The Board of Directors of Caja Mediterráneo, met in Alicante, and confirmed the acquisition of the entire share capital of Bank Base by CAM, once the integration contract with Cajastur, Caja Caja Extremadura and Cantabria, signed last July 27, 2010, had been dissolved. It also unanimously approved the name change to Bank Base CAM Bank, with headquarters in Alicante. CAM Council approved the settlement agreement signed on Wednesday, 6 April by the Board of Directors of the Bank Base for the orderly liquidation and good faith of the integration process with Cajastur CAM, Caja Caja Extremadura and Cantabria, the agreement that the Bank remains CAM Base and the contract of integration and the agreement of development of the SIP agreement, signed at the time by the four Banks, remains without let. Caja Mediterráneo has presented a plan of strengthening their resources to the Bank of Spain, and procedures provided in the process of bank restructuring and recapitalisation of the Bank of Spain for the viable entities. As agreed with the Board a request to the Bank Restructuring Fund (FROB) for coverage of 2.800 million euros would be enough to meet the principal requirements in accordance with current regulations and to overcome the stress tests to be carried out on Spanish financial institutions.
RYANAIR TAKES BELLIGERANT STANCE AGAINST ALICANTE AIRPORT Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary has once more taken a belligerent stance towards AENA Alicante’s El Altet terminal.
He has threatened to reduce Alicante services by up to 80% from October this year unless AENA Alicante reverses its decision to force the airline to use airbridges at the new El Altet terminal. He contends that the airline has operated without airbridges for five years, and AENA’s decision amounts to an ‘abuse of its monopoly.’ He pointed out that an agreement in place with
A series of sacred concerts by Coral Carthagonova took place earlier this month, under their Director, Luis Egio Vallejo. The Polyphonic Choir Carthagonova performed in churches works of the sixteenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. On Saturday 16 April they will be at the Casino de Cartagena at 20 hours. Following the custom of several decades, the Carthagonova Polyphonic Choir will close the Easter celebrations with an interpretation of the Miserere, which will be sung on April 21 at the door of the Church of Santa Maria, to accompany the Procession of Silence.
AENA since 2007 allowed Ryanair passengers to walk on and off their aircraft at El Altet. Should he fulfill his threat the traffic of 4 million passengers would be reduced to less than 1.5 million per year, which could put 2,500 jobs at risk. He concluded with ‘We assured Spain’s Transport Ministry that if AENA Alicante reverses this foolish decision
to force Ryanair to pay €2m p.a. for airbridges (which aren’t necessary), then these deep cuts in routes, traffic and jobs can be reversed.’ Of course if flights from Alicante are reduced, it would mean a reduction in revenue for Ryanair as well, as fewer passengers would be paying for the controversial on-line boarding passes.
increase in unemployment for Murcia
The number of registered unemployed in the region of Murcia stands at 137,495. Figures for the previous month for the Region of Murcia were up by 756, representing an increase of 0.55%, a new record for the number of unemployed registered at employment offices. Unemployment is growing in all sectors, principally in the group without previous employment (23.16%), the service sector (11.09%) and agriculture (7.56%). In annual terms, the Region of Murcia recorded 6740 more unemployed for the month of March 2010, representing a growth of 5.15%. Female unemployment rose most, (11.23%) in contrast to the decline in male unemployment
(-0.06%). La Unión Sindical Obrera - USO - the Region of Murcia considers that the data provided by the Public Employment Service shows that ‘the bubble continues to break’ recording dramatic unemployment in Spain and Murcia. USO said that of the almost 4,400,000 unemployed 35% have no financial cover. They demanded solutions, not statements. The data accumulated for the Region of Murcia in the first 3 months of the year is highly negative, a total of 8,570 unemployed more than the figure in 2010, which means that every day the unemployment figure increases by 96, which represents a figure of 4 per hour.
COSTA BLANCA WRITERS FORM PRESSURE GROUP
Authors from the Costa Blanca have formed a pressure group known as Costa Blanca Writers in a bid to publicise the work of local writers. They maintain that mainstream publishers only print and market books by or about famous people while unknown authors have little chance of having their work accepted and publicised, particularly if the author is an expat. Costa Blanca Writers are hoping for the backing of English readers in the region, and are inaugurating the Group at a reception at the La Seu University building in Benissa at 6pm on 14th April. There will be brief talks by some of the founder members about what inspires them to write, the sort of work they produce and what their future plans might be. Entry is free and there will be refreshments. Mike Hillier, an author, explained: “We feel we are isolated from our main markets in the UK and North America.
We are not able do the usual things that writers in Britain can do – like arranging book signings in local bookshops, giving readings of our books to clubs or utilizing the advantages of being a ‘local author’. Nevertheless, we appreciate that there is a significant number of English readers in this area and we hope we can gain their support in the first instance.’ Agnes Hall, one of the founders of the group, added: ‘We wish to point out that we have not set ourselves up to help people write or to get published. We only cooperate in trying to market our books.’ Membership of the Costa Blanca Writers is open to any writers working in the English language who have published or self-published a complete work which is available to sell to the public. For more information about the group or to contact the collective, visit www. costablancawriters.com
Right to Vote
April 14th is the cut off deadline for registering to ensure that ex-pats are able to vote. Those who emigrated before 1996 no longer have an automatic right to vote – meaning that they have no influence in Spanish general elections, despite their length of stay. Those wishing to register in time for the referendum, and for further information should go to www. aboutmyvote.co.uk or www.dontleaveyourvoteathome.com
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MEPs denounce the painful refrain of urban abuses in Spain
A petition about urban planning abuse in Spain submitted to the EU Petitions Committee by the AUAN is to be heard on Thursday, the 14th April in Brussels AUAN President, Maura Hillen has been invited to speak to the committee to put forward the case of innocent homeowners who, having bought their property in good faith, are now faced with the loss of their home without hope of compensation or who live without electricity and water or who face having to pay their developers debts. “These abuses contravene to the EU Treaty and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and these laws must be respected and complied with by Spain “, argues Mrs Hillen. Labour MEP Michael Cashman has been a longtime supporter of victims of Spanish property laws and will be welcoming the petitioners at the European Parliament. “I have literally received thousands of letters and emails from people, across Europe, who are affected by the many property-related problems in differing parts of Spain . This week we will once again shed the light on these scandals and support the courageous victims who have brilliantly organised themselves against never-ending abuses”, said the
West Midlands MEP. Helen Prior, whose home was demolished in 2008 by the regional government of Andalucia, will also address the committee in support of this petition. Helen and Len Prior currently live in their converted garage whilst fighting for compensation through the courts. As it is the case for thousands of others, the Spanish court system has not produced any results for the petitioners. “We, in the European Parliament, from all the different parties, have been calling for years for solutions to these scandalous problems ranging from a moratorium on new urbanisations and demolitions to infringement cases from the European Commission. However, nothing can be done without the cooperation of the Spanish national and regional governments. It is high time for the victims to be compensated and we will keep up the pressure until they are”, said the Labour Spokesperson for the Petitions Committee.
Photo deterrent cigarette packets launched in Spain Cigarette packets displaying graphic images of the health implications of smoking, like lung damage, tumours and rotting teeth, have just gone on sale in Spain. By May 26th, every brand of cigarettes will have to conform to this new regulation, although the old-style packs will be allowed to be sold for up to a year more. Marlboro, Lucky Strike and Black Devil have already updated their packaging, although tobbaconists agree that the new deterrent images have not yet had a negative effect on sales. One tobacconist in Madrid decided to stock covers for the packets for those clients “who want to cover up such unpleasant photos” but added that “nobody wants to buy them because they don’t care what’s on the
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Portugal asks for bail-out which Fundraiser at Mazarrón FC could cost Britain £4.4 billion Portugal HAS BECOME the third European Union country after Greece and Ireland to formally request an emergency bail–out which could cost Britain £4.4 billion
The country’s caretaker prime minister José Sócrates said the measure had been taken after the stricken nation had run out of options. Economists last night put the UK’s involvement in a Portuguese bail–out at up to a potential £4.4billion. After months of resisting having to apply for a bail– out from the EU and the International Monetary Fund, Portugal’s cost of borrowing has reached unsustainable levels. Addressing the nation last night Mr Sócrates, said: “I have always said that asking for aid would be the final way to go, but we have reached the moment.” It is understood that the rescue fund could be as high as £70 billion, or €80 billion. Sources close to the Treasury said last night that Britain would take part in any Portugal–related discussions involving the EU’s 27 member states. However, the type of bail–out is yet to be discussed and therefore the extent of the UK’s exposure was impossible to gauge, the sources said. It is understood that a bilateral loan from the UK to Portugal has not been requested and that the Treasury does not foresee any circumstances under which such a request would arise. European shares rose on Thursday, led by banking stocks. However, traders were wary ahead of an expected interest
rate rise in the eurozone later today and there were worries that the bailout may not signal the end of Europe’s sovereign crisis. José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, said last night that Portugal’s request for help would be dealt with as quickly as possible. He assured Mr Sócrates that Portugal’s request would be “processed in the swiftest possible manner, according to the rules applicable”. He also said he had “confidence in Portugal’s capacity to overcome the present difficulties”. The Portuguese government had previously said that the country did not need outside help and was able to finance its own debt. Observers were last night wondering whether contagion from Portugal would spread to other eurozone countries such as Spain, whose economy is significantly larger than that of Portugal, Ireland and Greece combined. Portugal had earlier promised to pay investors high rates of return to take up government bonds due to be repaid in six and 12 months, its second bond auction in less than a week. The new economic crisis confronting Europe comes weeks after an EU summit to confirm a new permanent 700 billion euro bail-out facility for
eurozone countries in trouble. The UK will not be liable for any contributions from that fund, but is included in the current temporary 440 billion euro bail-out fund which was set up to help Greece and which runs until mid-2013. The temporary fund has already been used to bail out Ireland, and now Portugal is expected to come calling to prop up its economy and shore up the shaky credibility of the euro. That would oblige the UK to contribute under the terms of the temporary rescue scheme signed up to by then Chancellor Alastair Darling, and which was fiercely opposed at the time by George Osborne, who took his job after the election. Now Mr Osborne may have to preside over the extension to Portugal of the UK commitment, albeit in the form of financial guarantees rather than actual cash. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said the UK should refuse to contribute to any bail-out. Mr Farage said: ‘’The full tragic reality of the euro is now being seen. Bailing out Portugal is utterly pointless, it only traps them into a system into which they are totally unsuited. Britain should not contribute a single penny to their bail-out.’’
On Tuesday, 19th April, Mazarrón FC will play hosts to a team of British ex-pats going under the name of Sierra Espuna and organized by the management of the Mariposa Hotel in the Sierra Espuna. Gates will open at 1900 and the admission price is only 5€. There will also be a raffle. The match will kick off at 2000 and will be followed by a free paella for players and spectators to enjoy together. This is the second such contest following on from a match earlier in the season and the Sierra Espuna team will be looking to avenge the defeat they suffered on that occasion. It should be a great night so try to be there if you can to help raise funds to maintain a team in Mazarrón.
Greenpeace stages antinuclear spectacle in Spain
A month after the nuclear accident in Fukushima in Japan, Greenpeace marked the accident on Monday by projecting spectacular antinuclear images and messages on Spanish reactors. In huge luminous letters, it projected “Never Again Fukushima” and “Nuclear Danger” on the sides of Spain’s six nuclear power plants as well as an image of the head from Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” transformed into a nuclear symbol. The environmental organisation said it wanted “to draw attention to the
dangerous functioning” of the plants. It noted that Spanish nuclear power plants have an average age of 29 years and are “suffering serious safety problems.” The oldest of these, at Garona in the north of the country, has been operational since 1971 and has “major corrosion problems on several parts of its core,” Greenpeace Spain said in a statement. A Spanish environmental umbrella group, Ecologists in Action, has described Garona as the “twin” of Fukushima. Spain’s government said last
month it would review security measures at all its nuclear power plants in the wake of the disaster in Japan. Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed during general elections in 2004 and 2008 to gradually phase out nuclear power when the lifespan of the country’s six nuclear plants expired. But he has since softened his stance, and in July 2009 the government said it would extend the operating licence for the Garona plant for another two years until July 2013.
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Governor of Bank of Spain pushes for deeper labour market reform
The governor of the Bank of Spain, Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, believes it is now “essential” to keep up with the ambitious pace of reforms so as not to lose market confidence. In a speech to the XVIII Finance Conference organised by Deloitte and AVC, Fernández Ordóñez stressed in particular the importance of labour market reforms to move away from the current rigid system that makes job creation difficult. He warned that 2011 was going to be a difficult year for everyone, and for the banking sector particularly. The governor praised the new solvency rules for banks and savings banks and added that international investors’ perception of Spain’s banks had changed and urged the banks to seek foreign investment as soon as possible. He also maintained that the Bank of Spain would keep obliging banks to provision against bad debts. With regard to the situation in neighbouring Portugal having a negative effect upon the Spanish economy, Fernández Ordóñez said he foresaw few problems.
Spanish police bust cockfighting ring
Spanish police said Tuesday they had smashed a ring which staged illegal cockfights with a weekend raid at a remote farm of a national level competition that resulted in the arrest of 134 people. Police suspect the ring, made up of members of the same family, routinely staged cockfighting competitions at their farm near the town of Sangonera la Seca in the eastern province of Murcia where people placed bets on the results. “In many cases the animals died in the fights since they would strap spurs or knives to the animal’s legs which would produce mortal wounds,” police said in a statement. “The biggest bets were placed on the weekend when people would come from all over.” Police seized 600 fighting roosters, as well as drugs given to the animals to make them more aggressive and knives that were strapped to their legs during the cockfights, several guns and 74,000 euros in cash as part of the operation. The authorities said most of the detained during Sunday’s raid were members of the public who were at the farm for “a national level competition which drew a large number of fans.” The detained include nationals from Colombia and Ecuador as well as Spain. They face charges of animal abuse, crimes against nature and illegal possession of a firearm. Supporters say cockfights are a competitive sport that is based on the natural behaviour of roosters. But opponents, led by animal rights activists, denounce it as cruel and brutal.
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Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will not stand for re-election Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced he will not stand for re-election.
With the highest unemployment in the euro zone, Mr Zapatero said he would not seek a third term in 2012 elections his Socialist party is expected to lose. Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, the popular deputy prime minister, and Carme Chacon, defence minister, are seen as possible successors to revive the ruling Socialists, who trail the centreright opposition Popular Party by up to 15 points in opinion polls. “I will not be a candidate in the next general elections,” Mr Zapatero told the Socialist’s Federal Committee meeting. The announcement was widely expected and there had been intense speculation it would come this weekend. Mr Zapatero, in office since 2004, saw his popularity plunge as he imposed spending cuts and economic reforms to keep Spain from spiralling into a fiscal crisis and following Greece and Ireland into a European Union bail-out. The euro zone’s fourth largest economy came under attack in bond markets after a real estate bubble burst in 2008, causing a recession and 20 per cent unemployment. Spain’s recovery has lagged behind the rest of Europe. The Popular Party has pledged to deepen spending cuts and trim what it says is more fat from public administration if it comes into power next year. Polls show the PP winning general elections if they were held now, even though PP leader Mariano Rajoy is not much more popular than Mr Zapatero. The PP also is expected to do well in local and regional elections on May 22. The Socialists hope that Mr Zapatero’s announcement to step aside will help the party regain some credibility so they can recover some votes in those May elections. Mr Zapatero’s decision triggers primaries for a new party leader, a process which will be up to the Federal Committee to decide, Mr Zapatero said. But these primaries will not take place before local and regional polls in May, he said. The succession issue could shift focus away from the government’s commitment to push ahead with much needed reforms to stabilise public finances and ensure Spain meets its Days ahead of Justin Bieber’s concert in Madrid tonight there were hundreds of fans camped outside the Palacio de los Deportes, all of them hoping for the chance to get up close to their idol when the doors open this evening. “We are the first, the very first in the queue”, said Milagros Martín from San Fernando de Henares (Madrid), who, together with her teenage daughter, Leire, and a group of ten more people, have been camped outside the stadium since Saturday March 26th, equipped with mats, sleeping bags, blankets and torches. “The nights have been pretty
scary, because to start with we were on our own”, said Gema López, another one of the mums in the queue, although she said the massive effort “financially and everything” was worth it to see her daughters happy. “I really want to meet him, I’d do anything to meet him”, confessed Leire Pérez, adding that “First Dance” is her favourite song by the American star. Sleeping bags, mats and security guards, trying to organise the multitude of girls and their mothers, surround a group of teenagers from Seville who have been outside the Palacio de los Deportes
deficit targets, an economist said. “I don’t think Zapatero’s announcement will spark confidence. A period of uncertainty and doubt has now opened up with the succession issue, which has a political cost,” said Santiago Carbo, Economy Professor at the University of Granada. Mr Rubalcaba, 59, is one of Spain’s most popular politicians and is seen as a front-runner for primaries. At this time his only serious rival is 40-year-old Mrs Chacon, who would fit as a younger face to remodel the party. since last Friday, and who have become firm friends with the “madrileñas” alongside them. “We got to know them in the queue, everyone’s friends with everyone”, the girls smiled, although they couldn’t explain what it was that made Justin Bieber so special. “He’s just the best, we can’t explain it”, they concluded, adding that they had learned a lot of English thanks to Bieber’s lyrics: “Much more than in our English lessons at school”, they revealed, smiling. Justin Bieber will perform at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid and at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.
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Foreign investment in Spanish housing on the up
Foreign investment in Spanish property went up 2.9% in 2010 despite the increase in VAT from July onwards, to 3.757 million euros, after falling 31.5% the previous year. Foreign investment in property in Spain had fallen steadily since 2003, when it reached 7.072 million euros, to 6.650 million in 2004, 5.495 million in 2005 and, finally, 4.716 million in 2006. However, this trend was reversed in 2007, with 5.341 million euros being invested in housing by foreigners, a 13.3% increase on 2006. In 2009, the building crisis discouraged such investment, which then fell by 31.5% to 3.651 million, but 2010 saw a turnaround. Despite the recent upturn in foreign investment
Police arrest man who escaped by fax
Spanish police say they have arrested a man who twice escaped from custody by having his wife send fake faxes ordering his release. Fifty-seven-year-old Jose Carlos Serna was taken into custody at his home in San Lorenzo del Escorial, a suburb north of Madrid, on Friday, while hiding in a hollowed-out sofa, police said. In December, he was in a cell at Arganda del Rey courthouse awaiting trial when officers got a fax purportedly from a regional court. It was followed by a phone call purportedly from a court official, corroborating the release order. Spanish officers tried to verify the order, but their calls went unanswered. When a second call was received confirming Serna’s release, he was freed to a waiting taxi. Police said Serna used the same trick to escape from Valdemoro jail in October.
in the Spanish market, the Minister for Public Works, José Blanco, has a “road show” planned for this month to further encourage foreign demand, focussing particularly on coastal property, which is where more than 50% of the current unsold “stock” can be found. His first stop will be London, followed by a tour of central European countries. during the “road show” Blanco will present iniciatives to guarantee the legal security of foreign investors in Spanish property.
Spanish town launches ‘canine CSI’ to trace culprits who fail to scoop dog’s mess A Spanish town has set up a canine DNA database to track down culprits who allow their dogs to mess on the streets and in parks without clearing it up.
The town council of Hernani, near San Sebastian in northern Spain, approved the introduction of a bylaw last week that will force pet owners to register their pet’s
Failure to deal with bullies costs school 40,000 euros
A school in Alcorcón, Madrid - the ‘Congregación Hermanas del Amor de Dios’ -was today ordered to pay the parents of a child who was bullied there by five primary school classmates 40,000 euros in compensation. The sentence reflects the judge’s opinion that the child was “continually and repeatedly bullied” during the time he was at the school (between second and fourth grade of primary), and there was “no evidence whatsoever” that the school directors had spoken to the bullies’ parents about the threats and assaults. The judge described their inaction as “very serious” and criticised the fact that the school took so little notice of the incidents, that they found out about the legal action via one of the bullies’ parents. The school has announced its intention to appeal to the provincial court, claiming that there was no negligence on the part
of the staff at the centre and that they did everything within their power to stop the bullying. However, the court heard recordings of conversations between the victim’s mother and the school directors, in which the continual attacks on the child were “recognised” by both the school psychologist the head teacher. In their defence, the school said the child’s parents had reported the problems for the first time in December 2009, without giving specific details about the attacks or names of the bullies, and also rejected the school’s offer to change the child to another class. The threats and assaults suffered by the child ended up causing chronic “posttraumatic stress syndrome” - “the invisible wounds from bullying”. The child was removed from the school in February 2010 and the civil suit was lodged in July of the same year.
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Thousands protest job insecurity in Spain
Thousands of youths took to the streets of Madrid last Thursday to protest against high unemployment, job insecurity and government spending cuts, responding to an initiative launched on the Internet. “We will not shut up, we will no resign ourselves,” and “Enough!” were among some of the signs on display as the mostly young protesters made their way though the streets of the Spanish capital during the evening rush hour. Organised on Facebook, where the group dubbed “Youth Without a Future” has over 7,000 followers, organisers said they were inspired by the youth uprisings in north Africa and similar protests in other European nations. “We want to recover our capacity to be the motor of change, fighting a nation of precarity, unemployment and the privatisation of our education,” the group said in its manifesto which was handed out at the protest. “Italy, France, Greece and Iceland taught us that mobilisation is indispensible. The Arab world has shown us that victory is possible.” Many of the participants said their lives were on
hold because a lack of stable jobs even for the most qualified graduates means they have little alternative but to live with their parents. Manuela Astacio, 24, said she has not been able to find work since 2007 despite having two years of work experience as a journalist with Spanish news agency EFE and being fluent in English. “I am not sure if this will change things but at least we will be heard,” she said as she held up a sign that described her struggle to find work. Spain’s unemployment rate for those under 25 stood at 43.5 percent in February, more than twice the average for the country and the highest youth unemployment rate in the 27-nation European Union. “Almost half of Spain’s youths are unemployed,” said Ivan Alonso, who has not been able to find a job to help support himself while he pursues his university studies in Madrid. “I have been unemployed for three years. The government is starting to reduce scholarships and without a scholarship or a job it will be impossible to continue studying,” he added as he handed out fliers at the protest.
David & Samantha Cameron holiday in Granada
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his wife, Samantha, have spent the second day of their private visit to Granada touring the province, taking in the town of Güéjar Sierra. The couple spent the morning strolling around the Plaza Mayor and traditional Calle Carrera in this small town, with its fewer than 3,000 inhabitants, located on the northwestern slope of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. The couple, who are
staying in a three-star hotel in Granada’s Realejo, spent yesterday walking round the city centre and the Albaicin, where they enjoyed the views of the Alhambra this historic district offers, and some typical Andalusian cuisine. Cameron and his wife, who arrived late on Wednesday, plan to stay in Granada until Saturday morning, officials said. The hospitality sector appears convinced that the
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Los Evolucionistas de Murcia ponen una fiesta fantástica de finca. Instigado por Anne Eduardo y Martin Ruston con connivencia de Michael Schablow, ellos arreglaron para presumir su fincas, Rajá de Cortijo y Finca Los Lobos, cerca de Morata, en la ayuda de MABS Mazarron y Preocupación de Edad. Alrededor de 140 personas vio los jardines y disfrutó de refrescos ligeros, césped de esparto que teje, los establos tradicionales de música folklórica y planta y semilla. La ayuda fue proporcionada por entre otros, John y Rhian Blakey, Richard y Barrio de Elina, Ann Busch, Jean Lawley, Val Walter, Quemaduras de Fran, Ann Walmsley y Brenda Harvey. La suma muy ordenada de 500€ fue compartido entre MABS Mazarron y Preocupación de Edad en una segunda visita en el tiempo glorioso al Rajá de Cortijo cuando talones fueron presentados. Para más información en los Evolucionistas de Murcia va a www.bolnuevo.com, el clic en Noticias Sociales. Contacte Ann Lambert en 634 316 213 para detalles de Preocupación de Edad y contactos de MABS Mazarron son Teléfono de la esperanza 620 422 410 y Preguntas Generales 620 582 418 o van a www. mabsmazarron.com.
Costa Calida continues to grow. We are always looking for volunteers especially for the committee and fundraising. The events diary is filling up. 23rd April is St Georges day last night of the Proms. Only a few tickets Left at €10.00 7th May is our Summer Fayre at Lagarto Verde in Puerto de Mazarron 11-3. Free entry. Book your Stall now. Early June (date to be announced) will be our 60’s and 70’s night. Watch this space. 25th June as part of the Camposol Fiesta we are holding a Glamous Granmother competion supported by Glitz Bitz and the Beauty Academy. Application forms now available. 16th September is our Anniversary dance. Further details available soon. Coming soon will be our days at the Socail centre on Camposol B. We have every Wednesday when we will be available for advice and information or just a chat in the mornings and social activities in the afternoon. Our contact numberes are: Lifeline(Welfare) 634 325 408 Advice and Information 634 310 216 Fundraising 634310215 Or visit us every Friday from 11-1 outside Trevi Bar Camposol B or on the Paseo Puerto de Mazarron along from the undergroung car park.
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Free introductory golf lessons will be available on the driving range from 1200hrs – 1330hrs for anyone who wishes to come along and support the event. MABS Cancer Support Group is run entirely by volunteers from all walks of life, some of whom have been touched by cancer. The Murcia/Mar Menor branch was borne out of a growing need in July 2007 and has helped many cancer patients and their families since. All golfers who come along and support this event will be helping MABS to continue their tireless efforts. For more information visit the website: http://www.nicklausgolftrail.es and to register your entry contact 968 032 379 or email reservasngt@ nicklausgolftrail.es MABS Murcia /Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com
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Spain will not follow ailing neighbor Portugal in seeking a European bailout, Spain’s Economy Minister said on Thursday, hoping Lisbon’s move will draw a line under Europe’s debt crisis.
Caretaker Prime Minister Jose Socrates announced late on Wednesday that Portugal was asking for financing from the European Union, the third euro zone member to do so after Greece and Ireland last year. He argued the economic risks had now become too great to go it alone after borrowing rates soared. The much-anticipated bailout could turn market attention back to Spain and its weakened public finances, ahead of a Treasury auction of three-year bonds at 10:40 a.m. (0840 GMT) on Thursday. “The market continues to give Madrid the benefit of any doubt at the moment, but the auction performance will be scrutinized for any hints of waning investor interest on this front,” Lloyds analysts wrote in a daily note. The risk premium on Spanish 10-year bonds compared with the German benchmark narrowed slightly on Thursday morning, to 179 basis points. Whether they fall further is likely to depend on investors keeping faith with Madrid’s drive to cut its deficit aggressively and revive an almost-stagnant economy struggling with high unemployment. A three-year bond similar to the one to be auctioned on Thursday was trading at a yield of 3.34 percent ahead of the auction, lower than earlier this week, indicating Spain’s borrowing costs could fall at the auction.
Elena Salgado told national radio station SER. Spain had about 25 billion euros ($34 billion) in foreign direct investment in Portugal in 2009, the last year of available figures, and Spanish banks have $98.3 billion in total exposure to the country next door, holding around a third of its foreign-owned debt. Analysts say Spain is shielded as long as a rescue package comes through for Lisbon, but some 8.5 percent of Spain’s exports are sent to its western neighbor, meaning that the budget austerity that will accompany a bailout are likely to have a knock-on effect. “Portugal’s bailout request puts the likes of Spain under the spotlight, but we are of the opinion that Spain will not follow due to its improving fiscal situation and recovering economy, while also passing key structural reforms in the labor market and pensions,” Credit Agricole analysts said in a note to clients.
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economy can grow as much as the government expects. Official forecasts for growth in 2012 and 2013 were cut to 2.3 percent and 2.4 percent respectively, pointing to the likely impact of higher interest rates and oil prices. But Salgado argued that a widely-expected quarter point interest rate rise by the European Central Bank on Thursday would not endanger an economy already dealing with harsh public spending cutbacks and labor market reforms. “The impact of a small rise in rates is very slow. Mortgages (in Spain) are only revised once a year and so the transmission (of a rate rise) is not immediate,” she said. Spanish banks are seen as among the most vulnerable in Europe to a series of ECB rate hikes. Although one round of higher rates will not cause problems, further hikes will squeeze profit at banks and push already-stretched borrowers into arrears, analysts said.
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Average Spanish salary remains one of lowest in EU The average salary in Spain remains one of the lowest in the European Union at 22,000 euros per year compared to 35,000 euros across EU member countries, an average which is only lower in Greece, Portugal and Poland, according to human resources firm Michael Page. Despite low wages, the company says prospects in Spain are “quite” optimistic given that the average salary increase in 2010 stood at 2.8%, while the European average was 1.9%. Another feature of the Spanish labour market is the reduction in the number of jobs on offer, 40% lower than that
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Scientists claim to have solved the mystery of how stress contributes to memory loss in old age. Researchers at Edinburgh University have shown how two receptors in older brains react to the stress hormone cortisol, which has been linked to memory loss in the elderly. The study found that one receptor was activated by low levels of cortisol, which helped memory. However, once levels of the hormone were too high they spilled over on to a second receptor, activating brain processes which contribute to memory impairment. When the receptor linked to poor memory was blocked, the memory recall problem was reversed. The experiment based on older mice navigating a maze, was published in the
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Dm I remember way, way back when C Gm I said I never wanna see your face again C Gm Cause you were loving, yes you were someone else C Gm And I knew, yes I knew I couldn’t control myself Dm And now they bring you back into my life again C Gm And so I put on face just like your friends C Gm But I think you know, oh yes you know what’s going on C Gm Cause the feelings in me, oh yes in me are burning strong. (Chorus) Dm C Gm But I will never be your stepping stone, Dm C Gm Take it all or leave me alone, Dm C Gm I will never be your stepping stone, Dm C Gm I’m standing upright on my own. Verse 2 You still call me up from time to time And it would be so hard for me not to cross the line The words of love lye on my lips just like a curse And I knew, oh yes I knew they’d only make it worse And now you have the nerve to play along Just like the maestro beats in your song You got your kicks; you get your kicks from playing me And the less you give the more I want, so foolishly. Chorus x 3 But I will never be your stepping stone, Take it all or leave me alone, I will never be your stepping stone, I’m standing upright on my own.
MUSIC LESSONS local bands and was invited to appear on Wawffactor, a Welsh television show similar to Pop Idol on S4C. She was expected to win, but came second! During her time at University in Chester, she built up a following in Alexander’s (a local jazz and blues club) performing with guitarist David Burton from the band ‘The Invisible Wires’ and recorded a three-song-EP in Welsh in 2004 and also appeared on two tracks on the album ‘See You in the Morning’ by Mint Royale while working as a waitress. Owen Powell of Catatonia and Richard Parfitt of 60ft Dolls introduced Duffy in August 2004 to music manager and part-owner of Rough Trade Records, Jeanette Lee who then moved Duffy to Crouch End in London. It was Lee who orchestrated a meeting between Duffy and Suede’s ex-guitar player Bernard Butler and after Butler had given Duffy a soul music “education” by downloading tracks on to her iPod that she could listen to while around London or travelling back to Wales - including Al Green, Scott Walker, Phil Spector and Burt Bacharach - the pair then co-wrote with her and helped create a new retro sound. Duffy - now contracted to A&M Records - with Butler, his musical partner David McAlmont, and a number of other musicians, have formed the backbone of Duffy’s band for her debut album ‘Rockferry’, released in March 2008. After releasing the single ‘Mercy’ - which went straight to number one on download sales on 17 February 2008 - Duffy is the first Welsh female to achieve a number one pop single in the past 25 years, and the only female from the Llŷn Peninsula to ever top the UK music singles charts! Duffy won the 2008 Song of the Year MOJO Award for ‘Mercy’. She was also nominated for Album of the Year and Breakthrough Act. The three nominations were the largest amount of nominations for any one act. By the end of May, Rockferry had sold more than 700,000 copies in the United Kingdom alone and as of 9th June the album was at the number 2 position and had been on the charts for 14 weeks. In 2010 Duffy completed recording of her second album Endlessly that was released on 29 November and made her acting debut in the film Patagonia. In February 2011 it was announced that Duffy would take an extended hiatus from music before beginning work on her third album.
S tep p ing S tone Raised in Nefyn on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, with her twin sister, Katy, and older sister Kelly, Aimee Anne Duffy’s parents divorced when she was 10, and she moved to Pembrokeshire with her mother and sisters. She dropped her first name at the age of 19, calling herself Duffy both professionally and personally. Duffy’s early interest in singing was apparently inspired by her father John Duffy’s videotape of the 1960s television rock show Ready Steady Go! She started singing at age 6 and even at that age carried around a notebook in which she scribbled lyrics. She was dropped from her school choir because her voice was “too big; I didn’t fit in!”. After finishing her GCSEs , Duffy began singing in various
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Oscar was found by Erika Drew of Rancho Luz Del Sol and Sharon Wade of Acaballo on the 11th September last year.
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He was in a disgusting state, unable to stand, having worn through his skin to the bone in attempts to right himself. He had become the make weight in a dispute between the owner and land owner in Sorbas, both English!! After a monumental effort by the two women assisted by Jose - the amazing vet (equidovet) of Almerimar - they got Oscar up, supported by straps. He remained in Sorbas for a week until strong enough to be transported to Rancho Luz Del Sol in Partaloa. After a month of intensive treatment and monitoring by Jose, and several huge efforts by the staff at the ranch and some of the lads from nearby urbanisation “Retamar” to get him back on his feet, he was able to be freed from his restraints and stand once again on his own four hooves!! He has gone from strength to strength since doubling his weight from 200 kilos to 400 kilos in just over one month.
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The Grapevine of Piedra Amerilla Walkers & Talkers group held a charity walk on the 10th April in aid of MACS (Mojacar Area Cancer Support). A total of 36 humans and 5 dogs paid to walk a circular route of about 8km in La Hoya, covering roads, tracks, ramblas and even a small stream. The weather was beautiful and the group enjoyed a brief pit-stop at bar Los Pedreros before completing the walk and returning to The Grapevine. A raffle was held in The Grapevine in aid of the charity with a large number of prizes donated for the event. There were also cakes for sale made by Sue Taylor and Diane Gill. Everyone enjoyed the welcome liquid refreshments available. The whole event was well organised by Sue Taylor and Michael Gill who both gave a considerable amount of their time in planning and executing the day’s events. A huge thank you goes to everyone who took part and to Issy and Helen for opening The Grapevine on their day off – and we raised 406.55 Euros for the MACS charity!
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responsible ...Spanish Property Matters rentals Once again a mixed bag of property related headlines this month across Spain with reports that foreign investment in Spanish property went up 2.9% in 2010 despite the increase in VAT from July onwards, to 3.757€ million, after falling 31.5% in 2009. Another report I read claimed that relocation to Spain was becoming more and more popular, although this was primarily a shift in an existing market caused by the ongoing issues in the Middle East i.e. people that had already decided to move abroad were switching to Spain as their destination, rather than more people opting to relocate. The Balearics are leading the Spanish property recovery it seems, as they are with the increased tourist trade this year, reporting an 18% increase in sales in 2010, with even better figures being reported for 2011. It would be wrong to single out one factor for this growth, but the significantly reduced property prices and exceptional bargains that are being reported, along with the increased number of flights being announced must be a huge contributor. But the headlines that caught my attention the most related to the rental market here in Spain as more and more second property owners unable to use their properties as much as they had planned are turning to an already over saturated rental market to try and recover some costs, and hopefully avoid having to sell their cherished place in the sun. Probably not great timing then that a major tax break has just been removed as until recently those letting holiday accommodation have been allowed to offset the cost of repairs, furniture and fittings against capital gains tax when they sold up and, more importantly, used losses they incurred on that home’s “business” to lower their annual income tax bill. This has now changed and the rules apply to holiday lets in the UK and anywhere in Europe – defined as the European Economic Area. For those that are considering renting there are other factors to take into account as well. If you are going to compete in what was always a pretty tough market I suggest you avoid the temptations to furnish the property on the cheap, as with more and more choices people are going to balance value and quality, and what may have been
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WHAT IS MMA? Mixed martial arts (MMA), popularly known as cage fighting or ultimate fighting is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of other combat sports, to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and while on the ground. Such competitions allow fighters of different backgrounds to compete. The roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to various mixed style contests that took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s. The combat sport of Vale Tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United states by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Professional MMA events had also been held in Japan by Shooto starting back in 1989. In due course the more dangerous Vale Tudo style bouts of the early UFCs were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA seen today. Originally promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors were pitted against one another with minimal Come along and try rules. Later promoters adopted many additional rules aimed at increasing something New ! safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the Adult Kick Boxing Classes sport. Men & Women The name mixed martial arts was coined by Rick Blume, president 14 years & Up and CEO of Battlecade, in 1995. Following these changes, the sport has Junior Classes Every Monday seen increased popularity with pay per view reach rivalling boxing and 6 years & Up 6.30 – 8 pm professional wrestling Every Wednesday KICKBOXING CLASS: Kickboxing class is for men and women of all levels. It runs 6.30 – 8pm every Monday night from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Bali Hi pub at the Comercial (Only 4€ per Child) Centre of Camposol B in Mazarron. Come along to have fun, get fitter, more flexible and stronger in a class environment or 1 on 1. Learn how to attack and Held at - BALI HI RESTAURANT CAMPOSOL COMMERCIAL SECTOR B defend your self. For more information please call 666 201 379
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THE WINE HORSES OF CARAVACA On May 2nd, Dragontours will have a coach trip from the Mazarrón area to Caravaca de la Cruz, so all who wish to know and enjoy this yearly festival can come along and participate. The history of the festival is lost in time, perhaps legend? Perhaps myth? Most probably a mixture. At the end of the 13th century, the citadel in Caravaca was defended by the Knights of the Templar, especially defending the piece of the “True Cross”, Caravaca’s most precious relic. Stories tell of a siege by the Moors, and of the people in the castle suffering from an epidemic. Some knights managed to pass the siege lines and eventually found not water, but wine, which was carried back to the town in animal skins on the back of swift horses. The piece of the Cross was bathed in this wine, then the wine given to the people, curing them from an epidemic which threatened to kill them all. The special celebration today involves not only the horses and their magnificent embroidered mantles, the final race to the castle, but also flower offerings at convents, blessing in wine of the piece of the “true cross”, parades of the Moor and Christian troops and their king and queen. No matter where you are today in Caravaca, 2nd May LOS CABALLOS DEL VINO 21€p.p there is something going on. 13th May SHOP FOR THE SUMMER 16€p.p Depar ture 10th June PIRATE’S ISLAND BOAT TRIP 32€p.p from the Port of Mazarron 9 am, 15th June BENIDORM MARKET DAY 21€p.p then Bolnuevo, (Also EVERY Wed from 6th July - 7th September) C a m p o s o l , and other ALL TRIPS DEPART : urbanizations on CAMPOSOL, BOLNUEVO, request. Price only PUERTO DE MAZARRON, 21€ per person. COUNTRY CLUB, CAMPINGS
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Hakuna Matata literally means “no worries” and that is exactly how we want you to feel when you stay here. Surrounded by local melon plantations, Hakuna Matata is the perfect place to unwind, relax, and remind yourself that taking it easy is a worthwhile pursuit. This “diamond in the rough” of a building was as a typical late 19th century barn in the village of La Manchica. Nowadays, we are proud to call it Hakuna Matata, a beautiful country guest house where “no worries” reigns! At Hakuna Matata, we have 4 rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. 3 doubles and 1 single. Additionally we have a separate 2-bedroom apartment, ideal for families. There is bar and restaurant where you can recharge your batteries, or simply reflect on a day without worries. There is an outside terrace with relaxing views to the hills of inland Cartagena and when it gets too hot, a dip in our pool will be just the thing We’re only 25 minutes from the coast. The famous port of Mazarron, with its beautiful beach has something for everyone. If you fancy a little more hustle and bustle, the town of Cartagena is less than an hour. For golf enthusisats, we have 2 courses within half an hour. And if you fancy a bit more, then kayaking, sailing and scuba diving are all close at hand. Of course, many people simply want to enjoy strolling in our beautiful countryside.
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www.tuxedolimousines.es ‘The Espuna Adventure’ specialise in activities days but also full blown activity holidays here in this ‘undiscovered’ area of southern Spain. Our activities include, Quad Biking, 4 x 4 Tours, Walking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Paracending, Golf, Climbing, Wine tours, Music Evenings and Special events, there is something to suit everyone. Our hotel on The Sierra Espuña is in the Murcia region of southern Spain and is in the villages of Gebas close to El Berro. We offer multi activity breaks for small groups, choose from many activities to mix and match your stay, you tell us what you want to do as a group and we do our best to organise it for you. We are offering a quad biking /Kayaking tour through our Kayak club, this is how it works....... We tow the kayaks to the lake on the Barancos de Gebas using a 4x4,We then quad bike to the lake and spend time swimming and kayaking on this beautiful stunning blue We offer a three day walking tour of the stunningly lagoon and then quad bike back to La Mariposa for a 4 course lunch. (or evening scenic Sierra Espuna for walking groups. meal if afternoon session). We offer gentle guided quad bike tours on a Murcia regional nature reserve/park “The Sierra Espuna” and THE BADLANDS (Barrancos de Gebas), this is a fabulous activity for beginners and experienced “Quaders” of all ages (although legal requirements do exist for the young unless you opt for a totally off road tour!). Our unique tours take you on tracks and trails (and quiet roads) that would be difficult to walk or drive by car so gives you the opportunity to see parts of the Espuña that you would not normally see, through forests, along canals and with stunning views of a blue lagoon lake which will leave your jaw on the floor! No previous experience is necessary as all of our quads are very easy to handle as they are all automatic and “simple”...We will provide you with full guidance and tuition.
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Spanish Banks Face Difficult Year, Warns Bank Chief Three years into Spain’s economic crisis, the worst could still be to come for the country’s ailing banks as they grapple with falling profits and rising bad debt, the central bank chief warned. “2011 will be another year of adjustment, and for the banking sector, it will be one of the worst,” Bank of Spain Governor Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez said at a conference. Mr. Fernández Ordóñez said bank revenue will be under pressure from weak demand for credit and rising financing costs, while banks will be forced to continue writing off large volumes of souring assets. Also, the country’s unlisted savings banks, known as cajas, must complete a government-driven overhaul that will see most of them convert into listed banks and reduce their number by nearly one third. The restructuring has entered a critical phase, with the cajas being forced to raise over €14 billion ($19.9 billion) in new capital to meet new minimum solvency requirements. Asked about the likely fate of Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo, Mr. Fernández Ordóñez declined to comment on concrete solutions for its problems. The bank’s merger with three other peers broke down last week after the discovery of greater-than-expected capital needs at the Alicante-based CAM. “The important thing to know is that, in any result, CAM will have a 10%” core capital ratio, he said. Mr. Fernández Ordóñez noted that government efforts to revamp the financial industry and the economy in general have drawn praise from international investors, who now see Spain as less risky than other ailing countries like Greece, Ireland and Portugal. Moody’s Investors Service Tuesday cut Portugal’s long-term government-bond rating even closer to junk grade, adding the country will likely be forced to request a bailout after it holds national elections
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I find that presents, either the birthday or Christmas variety, are always a problem where my husband is concerned. He is completely unreasonable - he insists, with vehemence, that he ‘doesn’t want anything.’ If I point out that I wasn’t going to get him ‘anything’ but that I would like him to be a bit more specific he will retort that he wants ‘nothing.’ Again, this is an unreasonable request! I know him, and if I were to give him an empty box he would point out that 1: I have given him a box, which is something, and 2: the box is full of air, which again is something. 3: he asked for nothing, and instead he got something. But at last I have found something that he truly wants – he wants a clock! This revelation came about when he asked ‘How soon before you’re ready?’ as we were preparing to leave the house and go shopping. ‘Not long.’ I replied. For some reason he seemed unable to understand this perfectly straightforward response. I know exactly how long not long is, so when he enquired ‘How long is not long?’ I answered with ‘Not quite as long as it was before you asked how long not long was.’ My answer was not only reasonable but also accurate, but he seemed to have difficulty grasping the logic of not long becoming less long the more times its length is questioned.
viewpoint ‘Must get myself a clock.’ He muttered. Our house is plentifully provided with clocks, plus he has enough watches to kit out an octopus, so why should he need another one? He enlarged on his theme. ‘I need a clock that shows just a minute – soon – not long, - in a tick –just coming – nearly ready – won’t be long – not very long – when I’ve finished this – when I’ve got my bag - in a jif.’ I was staggered. How could he fail to understand any or all of the above? Has he unknowingly been subjected to a comprehension by-pass? Or is this apparent gap in his understanding of the time continuum a man thing? I fancy it is the latter - However, I am on the lookout for a suitably inscribed clock. And should I find one, I will buy myself the companion clock, the one that gives a five minute advance warning of ‘How soon before you’re ready?’ Anyone know where I can get one?
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THE BURNING QUESTION.............
It’s April already, and the moment that I have been waiting for with trepidation is almost upon me... My scary birthday! And not just any old scary birthday either; in a few days I shall be arriving at that point in my life which signifies that I will be . . . well, umm . . . another year older. You see, I can’t even bring myself to utter that mystical number, so you will just have to use your imagination. I haven’t decided yet what I am going to do – although I have definitely ruled out suicide – but in all probability I will go down the masochistic route and invite all my closest friends for a boozy bash here at the house. Masochistic because I know full well that I will have to endure the usual stuff about having one foot in the grave and moving up the queue in God’s waiting room blahdi boring blah, but I guess it goes with the territory. Well-meaning people try to reassure me by telling me such things as “wisdom comes with age”, but looking at some of my acquaintances, it’s apparent that more often than not, age arrives alone. I even found myself digging out the funeral plan that I
took out several years ago. I wanted to make absolutely sure that the small print had nothing to say about it being invalid if the recipient (me) dropped dead from a surfeit of sarcastic remarks or simply from over indulging on sausage casserole at his own birthday party. I needn’t have worried – it’s all quite straight forward really: die on Monday, toast on Wednesday and on the mantelpiece by the weekend. Paid in full! But it raises another problem, because how do you decide where to have your ashes scattered – if at all. Sitting in an urn in the front room is a bit macabre, and not a little boring, so it needs to be something a lot more adventurous like chucking them out of a hot air balloon at ten thousand feet, or getting Lewis Hamilton to release them from his McLaren at 200kph in Abu Dhabi. But then I thought, do I really want to be cremated – I mean, it sounds painful, and to end up looking like the contents of an overflowing ash tray is not a lot to show for a lifetime of experiences. But if that’s the way it has to be, I reckon the Indian way
is best: stick me on top of a wooden frame on the banks of the Holy River Thames, and light a fire underneath. A few fireworks to add a bit of spectacle; baked taters in the embers, then bung what’s left on a little raft with a lantern and float me off down to the open sea. Sounds good, but you know full well that it won’t be long before the whole thing gets waterlogged and sinks to the bottom just beyond Teddington. And besides, there’s Health and Safety to contend with. But then there’s the alternative – burial – which is not particularly appealing either. I even get claustrophobic in the desert and anyway I have read a lot of Edgar Alan Poe, and suddenly waking up and finding myself in something more cramped than a Ryanair seat with not so much as a cool Guinness, is not my idea of fun. Of course these days, if you have a bit of brass to blow, cryogenics appears to be worth a look. Technically it’s possible – they tell us – that a body can be frozen indefinitely in the hope that in some future world where medical
Views From A Balcony In Spain
By Chris Marshall
Paramount To The Rescue Last week I wrote about the Tourism Debate which has resurfaced along the Costa Almería, fueled in no small part by the local elections that are taking place on the 22nd May. As I mentioned the PP ‘meet and greet’ here in Almerimar last week I should mention the PSOE meeting that is taking place on Wednesday 13th April at 8pm at the Cafe Milenio. Whereas the PP focussed on Tourism and the Environment I am told that the PSOE will be focussing on the issues facing Residents. I suspect they will be the same issues but we will have to wait
and see. So party political broadcast over what is the subject for this weeks column? Err ........ Tourism again I am afraid. They say a week is a long time in politics, well they should see how long it can be for an expat. I had a friend staying with me a couple of weekends ago ..... brilliant time, felt like a week, and as it was their first trip to Almerimar we tried to cram as much in as possible (for which you can read: went to as many bars and restaurants as we could). My friend loved the
place, but don’t take my word for it as they kindly left a little video of their thoughts on our site which you can see at www.almerimarlife.com/i-lovealmerimar-because-gauntys-views. In brief they loved the place because of how Spanish it was: going out to eat at 11.30pm, kids still up playing, the quality of the food, but the quality of the English Bars also impressed, and were the venue of many a debate about tourism, or more specifically the future of tourism along the Costa Almería. My friend was particularly impressed with the balance and mix
science has made enormous strides, it can be taken out and defrosted in the microwave or whatever it is they use, and restored to full vigour. Findus have been doing it for years. But, nah you are right, I don’t believe it either. I mean what if they get lax about paying their electricity bills. Have you ever come back off holiday to find that your freezer has broken down, and if you have, do you remember the state of the meat compartment? It doesn’t bear thinking about. The idea that really appeals to me is to get smuggled into a snuff factory, and sift me in with the product; the idea of getting up so many peoples noses has a certain poetic ring to it. But that’s not practical and anyway, do people still use snuff? Perhaps if I find myself a coke pusher . . . but no, let’s not go there. So all in all it looks as if the hot option is best and I’ll just have to give a lot more thought about where I would like to be distributed. I asked my wife what she thought and she told me to get stuffed. Now that’s something I hadn’t considered!
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email@example.com between English and Spanish bars and restaurants, and once I explained the concept of Residential Tourism, immediately saw the potential of the place. On a similar subject I had lunch with a friend from Mojacar recently and one subject dominated the conversation, the Paramount Theme Park up the coast near Murcia, which apparently is going to be Mojacar’s saviour. I have now been told this by so many people I am tempted to believe it, but the problem is I just don’t see it that way I am afraid! If the Theme Park is anything like the
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oh, by the way....
I am a nosy bugger! I like to “know things”, so when I stumbled over a wee booklet about the history of our municipality, my curiosity was aroused. I expected to find a bit about our nearest village, but not about the micro spot, where we live. We live in the middle of nowhere – up in the mountains in a teeny hamlet of Spanish holiday homes. We are the only ones, who actually live here all the time. There is no tarmac on the road, we have no street light, and the only sound “pollution” is birdsong. As you can imagine; very basic with only the barest necessities like Internet, telephone, freezer, dishwasher etc.! Always thought we were, if not the first, then among the first ones to live here. But will you believe it! Already in the 5th Century there were people living here. They, on the other hand, had everything needed in those days – plenty of water, firewood, wood, stone… and the iron mines. Needless to say that with times this unstable economy made the inhabitants move to the surrounding villages and towns, leaving the hamlets deserted by mid-20th Century. Yeah, it took them a long time to move, but you know the Spanish; mañana o pasada mañana! – and before you know it centuries have passed! The only ones that now live here during the season are the herds of goats. They are very friendly neighbours, though their road manners are a bit dubious. On the other hand, they do have first right as our road is a “Vía Pecuaria” (Livestock road). Easter and local elections are approaching. Newspapers and television are full of articles about the preparations for both. During mass in the church Virgen del Primer Dolor en su Salve Grande, the chaplain gave advice so Easter can be celebrated in a proper manner and become a success. The religious brotherhoods (cofradias) are preparing by purifying themselves inside, prompted by the chaplain to acquire a simple and humble attitude like the Virgin during Lent, and increase their involvement in the Church. The politicians? Well there has been no mass for them so they are preparing for their great moment by increasing their votes by registering phantom inhabitants in the municipalities (normally by empadronar family members with addresses in abandoned buildings), and either denouncing each other for violation of the election laws or breaking the laws themselves. Hu! Politicians! When they are not patting the heads of small children, they are stealing their lollipops. Will a politician as a member of a cofradia represent a conflict? Will a politician have to be schizophrenic to become a member of a cofradia? Which of these two events will end up being “celebrated in a proper manner and become a success”? Per tradition Spanish children are given two surnames and they keep them till the moment they die; first surname is the father’s first surname, second surname is the mother’s first surname. That is why, if you want to look somebody up in the telephone directory, you will search by their first surname. So, a Spanish man and woman, with the same surname, will be siblings and not husband and wife. This is also why, when you deal with authorities here in Spain, they only want to know your parents’ given names. In line with the socialist government’s desire to change everything, just for the sake of changing it, there is now a new law on its way, giving parents the possibility of choosing whose first surname is to be a new born baby’s first surname. And now the fight has begun! What if the parents cannot agree on whose first surname is to be the child’s first? There have been suggestions of solving this by giving the surnames in alphabetic order, but that would mean a slow extinction of surnames like Zapatero, Rajoy or Rubalcaba, and an increased number of Aznars and Botellas. Well, there is nothing like a good fight to spice up life – but, is this new law really necessary? The current system worked perfectly for centuries, though of course extremely boring as it represents tradition and clear rules. Haven’t anybody explained to them the difference between “devalue” and “develop”? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Disney ones (and they have said they will be bigger and better than Euro Disney in Paris) then from the moment you book to the time you get home they are going to want every Euro you spend to be on them, or their partners: special deals, on site restaurants, bars and cafe’s and if you should escape you have the beaches of Mazarron, Saint Javier and Mar Menor, or the cities of Murcia, Caratgena, Lorca or Alicante all significantly closer than Mojacar. Even if people fly into Almería they will want to drive straight to Theme Park, and why would they base themselves in Mojacar adding a three hour return trip each day to their
holiday? And I say IF as with Murcia Airport rumoured to be building an underground rail link to the Theme Park, that surely will be the airport of choice. Toursim is without doubt going to play a significant part in the short, medium and long term of Costa Almería, and I was particularly taken with the recent meeting of the Ciudadanos Europeos in Mojacar who made their views on tourism very clear: “We consider that the tourists are very welcome to share our town – not the other way around.”
Chris Marshall runs a expat blog about life in Spain (www.almerimarlife.com) and is a regular contributor to a number of publications and r adio stations in Spain, as well as writing a monthly column for the Daily Telegr aph Expat site and is a Daily Telegr aph guest blogger. He lives in Almerimar with his wife Sands, four cats, two Harley’s and more often than not a glass of red. His column in the Sol Times is sponsored by Centr al Contr acts (www. centr alcontr acts.com) a leading car leasing company supplying cars and vans to business users and private individuals.
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How do you eat yours?
Chip shop owner serves up Creme Eggs...deep fried!
WORKING TOGETHER A Cadbur y’s creme egg is part of the run-up to Easter for many of us. But not, perhaps the way chip shop owner Martyn Bilby sells them. For Mr Bilby has come up with the idea of putting the eggs in his deep fat fryer. And despite the 350 calories - and possibly the unappetising appearance of the fried treat customers of all ages have been buying them, he said yesterday. The self-styled Heston Blumenthal of deep-fat frying came up with the idea after selling deepfried mince pies at Christmas. ‘I will try anything,’ he said yesterday. ‘Quite a few people have tried them already. ‘The idea is to eat it quickly while the batter is still hot, and before the chocolate inside begins to melt. ‘If you let them go cold it can get a bit soggy in the middle. I’m not saying they are healthy, but it is something for a treat. ‘There are a lot of foods where if you eat too much of them it is bad for you, but I see these as just a treat for Easter.’ Mr Bilby, from Donaster, South Yorkshire, plans to donate all the proceeds from his latest invention to charity. ‘People turn their noses up at first,’ he said. ‘But once they try them they eat their words and agree that they are really tasty. ‘It is effectively putting something like a doughnut shell around the egg.’ But perhaps unsurprisingly, some local people
are not persuaded by the thought of a deepfat fried creme egg – even if the proceeds are going to charity. David Goodwin, 64, a tax inspector said: ‘I wouldn’t have one given to me - and certainly wouldn’t pay for one. ‘It doesn’t appeal at all. I’m not into unusual food, though I did once try tripe. I didn’t like that either.’ There are, however, always students. One of them, Karl Smallwood, 20, said: ‘I once tried a deep fried Mars bar and some deep fried pizza. And I have to say it was strangely satisfying.’ Another, Alex Bennell, 20, said: ‘It doesn’t sound ideal when you have a pending obesity pandemic but, hey, why not?’ Claire Lawson, 20, also a student, said: ‘I try to eat healthily but can’t always afford it. ‘So if someone offered me a free deep fried creme egg I’d go for it. I don’t know whether I could eat two though.’ While filled eggs were first manufactured by the Cadbury Brothers in 1923, the Creme Egg in its current form was introduced in 1971. The egg consists of a thick milk chocolate shell housing a white and yellow fondant filling made from egg, thick white cream, sugars and other additives. Creme Eggs are the best-selling confectionery item between New Year’s Day and Easter in the UK with annual sales in excess of 200 million items and a brand value of approximately £45 million. The eggs are manufactured at the Bournville factory in Birmingham at the rate of 1.5 million per day.
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Ingredients 125g ball mozzarella , torn into small pieces 50g strong cheddar , grated 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard 4 skinless boneless chicken breast fillets 8 smoked streaky bacon rashers
Method Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the cheeses and mustard together. Cut a slit into the side of each chicken breast, then stuff with the mustard mixture. Wrap each stuffed chicken breast with 2 bacon rashers - not too tightly, but enough to hold the chicken together. Season, place
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Tip the couscous into a bowl, pour the boiling stock over and mix well with a fork. Cover with a plate and leave for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, tip all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, stir in the chickpeas and follow with half the dressing. Mix well and pile on to a large serving dish. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the courgette slices over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until dark golden brown. Lift out on to kitchen paper. Now put the tomatoes cut-side down into the pan, and cook for another couple of minutes until tinged brown on the underside. Top the couscous with the courgettes and then the tomatoes. If the pan is dry, pour in a little more oil and heat it up, then add the halloumi strips and fry for 2-3 minutes, turning them over from time to time, until crisp and sizzled brown. Pile on top of the tomatoes, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Serve as soon as possible.
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Lemon Pudding dessert
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Ingredients 100g caster sugar 100g softened butter 100g self-raising flour 2 eggs zest 1 lemon 1 tsp vanilla essence 4 tbsp lemon curd crème fraîche or ice cream, to serve
Method Mix the sugar, butter, flour, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla together until creamy, then spoon into a medium microwave-proof baking dish. Microwave on High for 3 mins, turning halfway
through cooking, until risen and set all the way through. Leave to stand for 1 min. Meanwhile, heat the lemon curd for 30 secs in the microwave and stir until smooth. Pour all over the top of the pudding and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche or scoops of ice cream. Cheat’s chocolate sponge: Beat 25g cocoa powder into the sponge mix instead of the lemon zest. If you have any chocolate in the cupboard, chop 25g chocolate roughly and stir through. Microwave as before. Meanwhile, put 4 tbsp readymade chocolate sauce into a bowl. Heat through, then pour over the pudding. Serve with ice cream or double cream.
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Most of us have heard the term Rioja yet do not know what it genuinely means. When I first came to Spain I thought it merely meant “red wine”.
Denominación de Origen(D.O.)or designation of origin is a system for labeling and identifying higher quality Spanish wine and foods. These classifications started to help clarify where a product genuinely originated and to maintain a level of quality. If you are familiar with the French appellation system, you will find them to be similar. In Spain this system started in Rioja in 1926 and has since been applied to olive oils, jamon serrano, honey and a dozen other consumables as well. The most basic requisite is that the merchandise genuinely comes from where it is labeled. However, to actually be accredited with a DO, it must follow specific attributes that contain or use characteristics unique to that region. With wine the characteristic may be the use of native grapes as with the tempranillo of Rioja or with the solera-aging process in Jerez. the characteristic may be a distinctive production technique
seems to confuse instead of help the casual wine lover. To date there are 66 denominación de origen (DO) areas in Spain with two specially classified denominación de origen calificada (DOCa) and 10 more in another subcategory denominación de origen de pago(DO de Pago). Enough to make any grape nut nuttier.
With this column I hope to introduce some of these different wine denominación de origen regions in Spain and help clarify some of characteristics that make these fantastic wines and areas worth searching for. Look for our next edition where we will start in the north of Spain and try to explain what a Rioja genuinely means.
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- Back & Bones 4 Good - Pilates suitable for all, especially those with back problems and / or Osteoporosis sufferers at Tara’s Retreat 10am - Home-made Pie Day & Dessert 9.50€ Market Tavern - Menu Del Dia From Only 5€ - Bali Hi - Camposol B - Linedance class, Asturias rte, Punta Prima, Beginner / Improver, 7pm-8.30pm followed by social dancing & free quiz till 10pm Tel 965 319 769 - Fun Quiz Night from 8pm at Saralara’s
A Village Fete Comes to Los Alcázares
In its second year, the Legs & Co Village Fete brought an eclectic mix of old England and España to the Rio Nalón with Morris Dancers, Flamenco for All, and The Crazy Ladies tap dancing troupe, providing some great entertainment. Kathy and Ron provided music throughout the day. C&M Entertainment set up their bouncy castle, free of charge, and donated their takings towards the day’s fundraising for MABS, while Susie Long helped to entertain the children with some bright and creative face-painting. There was a colouring competition, with three winners: the Under 5 years category was won by Mia, 6-9 years by Miguel, 10-12 years by Charlie, and the over 12 category was won by Shannon. AngloINFO provided a car filled with balloons for people
to guess the total number – this was won by Linda Pirah who was presented with a voucher for a Meal for Two at the Novo Carthago restaurant in Los Urrutias. This was truly a team effort, with local businesses joining in the cheerful spirit of the day. Raffle prizes were donated by Something Special, Becky’s Tea Room, SOS Boutique,
Legs & Co., Hombre, D&G Leisure, Big Ben’s restaurant and Infinity Hair Salon (who also kindly provided the electricity). The Sand bar lent tables and donated 40 Euros from their day’s profit. Zigi and her ladies gave a lively and entertaining Fashion
Friday - BJ Karaoke, Tels Bar Camposol A Tel: 660 514 748 - Fish’n’Chip Friday at Market Tavern - Coro Pilar International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays 7pm. Tel John 966 763 446 - Alcoholica Anonymous Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos Contact 968 545 181 / 676 696 185 - Bali Hi – Camposol B - Fish N Chips from only 5€
Saturday Show to the crowds out enjoying the sunshine. As always with Zigi’s great organisation and the help of the ladies from her Dancersize Class, they put on a fabulous display of Legs & Co ladies’ wear. The total raised for MABS Murcia/Mar Menor was 469 Euros and MABS is extremely grateful to Peter and Donna Clarke for their continuing support of the charity and for providing a great community atmosphere at this annual event. MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit our website: www. mabsmurcia.com
British Ex-Pats receive Award from Spanish Charity president of ASPADEM, as this year’s donation from ESAMD. The brief ceremony took place at the school’s hydrotherapy-pool. The photographs below show members of ESAMD with Juan, his daughter Mikaela and Gisele Acarreta, ASPADEM’s translator.
The Ex-Servicemen’s Association of Mazarrón District (ESAMD) was awarded the honour of ‘Association of the Year’ for 2010 by ASPADEM, the parents of disabled children who attend a special school in Mazarrón. It was awarded for supporting the charity continuously over the last five years. The award and certificate were presented after a cheque for 300.00 Euros had been handed over to Juan Zamora, the
- Solo Latino Dance with Annette. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30am – 12.30pm - Quiz Night. Tel’s Bar, Camposol A, 9pm - Curry Day: Poppadom, Curry & Dessert 10€ Market Tavern - Cuevas De Reyllo Casa Cultura: 4.30-6pm: Street Theatre Dance Senior Group - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida,Intermediates 1.00 - 3.00 Tel 965 319 769 - Fun night at Le Bistro with Eddies ‘B’ from 8pm - Sues Fitness Class 10am Trevi Bar, Camposol B - Dance Fitness Class with Annette 6pm - 7pm Bali Hi, Camposol B
- Steak Night at Market Tavern - Choice of Sirloin or Rump, 3 Sauces & Dessert - 14€ - Trevies Camposol Sector B 11.30-1.30pm : Campsol Urban Dance Crew (Dance & Drama) - Table Top Sale - March 19th at Saralara’s from 11am - Bob Bling Bling indoor market 11am - 4pm Pto de mazarron
Sunday - Sunday Roast with all the trimmings at Meson Las Torres - Booking Essential - Car Boot Sale.El Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo 9am- 2pm - 4 Course Sunday Roast. Hotel Mariposa, Gebas - 3 Course Lunch. Don Ricardo’s, Puerto de Mazarron - Karaoke & Disco with Bernie Mac. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, From 7pm - Sunday Roasts at Market Tavern from 7.50€ - Olive Branch Church, Camposol B at the ICA centre at 10:30am - Call 968 199 622 / 618 720 181 - Bali Hi – Camposol B – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & Traditional Sunday Roast From 12.30 p.m – 3.30 p.m - Linedance social, dancing to requests for all levels of dancer, the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Asturias rte Punta Prima, 8pm-11pm Tel 965 319 769 - Sunday lunch from 1.30p.m, 3 course inc Home made Dessert 10€ at Le Bistro
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- Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Quiz. Tel’s Bar, Camposol A, 9pm - Daily Breakfast Specials at Market Tavern - Sensol Hotel Dance Studio, Campsol Sector C 3-3.45pm : Mini Movers age group 3-4 yrs; 4-5pm : Theatre Dance for adults; 5-6pm : High Energy ZoombaDanze age 14+ 6-7pm : Street Dance age 10+ - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Beginner / improver 1.30-4pm Tel 965 319 769 - Dance Fitness Class with Annette 11-12 Bali Hi, Camposol B NB: Information correct at time of printing, BUT please check with the relevant venues that events are taking place
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Wednesday Quiz Nights with Costa Cálida Radio DJ Ian Adams at Hacienda Clubhouse, Hacienda del Álamo, Fuente Álamo. Start 8 p.m. Fee €1 per person. Teams of max. 4. ‘Platos combinados’ available at a price of €6.
15th April is local banking holidays in both
MABS Main Event Programme 2011.............................. Saturday, 16 April: Legs & Co Village Fete, Car Park above Mercadona. 11am. Cost: Free Thursday, 21 April: Indian Meal and Kareoke, Maharajah’s Palace. Sold Out Saturday, 16 April: Comedy Night and Buffet. Bali Hi. 8pm. Cost: 10€ Saturday, 28 May: MABS Summer Fayre, Lara’s Bar, Camposol A, Make reservation for stalls Saturday, 25 June: Camposol Fiesta, Commercial Centre, Sector B Saturday, 30 July: Barn Dance with Caller John Hayes, Lara’s Bar, Camposol A. 8pm. Cost: 5€
Saturday, 20 Aug: Caribbean Night with Barrington, Lara’s Bar, Camposol A. 8pm. Cost: 5€ Sunday, 23 Oct: Race For Life, Commercial Centre B, Sponsorship forms coming
8th to 23rd July. Festival ‘La Mar de Músicas, Special
Saturday, 26 Nov: MABS Christmas Fayre, Mariano’s, Sector A, Make reservation for stalls
Italy’. Various venues in Cartagena. Tickets www.lamardemusicas. com or at the box-office at the Nuevo Teatro Circo.
Tuesday, 6 Dec:
PALS October mini cruise
Also, outside the Trevi Bar 11am to 1pm, 2nd and 4th Friday of the month
Departure 17th October from Mazarrón/sailing from Malaga. Arrival 21st October in Malaga. Visiting Algarve, Lisbon, and Tangiers. Prices: €410/ person double interior cabin -€465/person double exterior cabin – Single supplement €153 – Optional cancellation insurance €39. For further information please contact Pat or Ken (Saturday morning), Di (Wednesday afternoon) or visit www. pals.sm4.biz - President Ken Payne 626 460 465, Treasurer Pat Firth 628 879 284
MABS Christmas Party, Trevi Bar, Sector B. Buffet
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Saturday 16th April, from 12 a.m., Mercadona Shopping Centre top level. Come and have fun and help us to raise money for MABS, Jovenes en Camposol & Mamas (Mazarrón animal medi-aid). Free entrance. Contact Peter at Leg & Co for more information – 660 170 355
“SPRING FAYRE” from 3pm to 6pm at the Las Claras Cultural Centre, Los Alcazares on Saturday 16th April. There will be many stalls to visit PLEASE COME ALONG AND SUPPORT US
Kings & Queens theme day with disco, Karaoke & DJ
The fabulous Christine King will be performing at the Clubhouse, Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort. Special buffet dinner dance for Easter only 15€ per person. Dancing only, from 9.00 pm onwards, 5€ per person.
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Royal wedding party Friday 29th April
Easter weekend 23rd April
Tickets www.lamardemusicas.com or at the box-office at the Nuevo Teatro Circo.
A campaign has been launched to bring home awareness of bad parking practice to motorists in the town and port area of Mazarrón. They are being leafleted with notices quoting ‘You have parked badly! Next time, do it better! Thanks for your collaboration.’
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Eurozone interest rates raised to 1.25% by ECB Market Commentary ~ 7th April 2011 Eurozone interest rates have been raised to 1.25% from the record low of 1% by the European Central Bank (ECB) today. Interest rates had been held at 1% for just under two years following the financial crisis and global recession. ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet said that the rate rise was in response to the risk of accelerating inflation, and added that rates were still very low. He called the decision a “balancing act”, amid concern the move worsens debt problems for Portugal and others. “The hike is unwelcome for peripheral countries, but arguably the core member states were in need of this move already some time ago,” said Mr Trichet in a nod to the differing economic fortunes of the eurozone members.” Germany has enjoyed a strong rebound in growth, led by an export boom. In contrast, the economies of Greece, the Republic of Ireland, Portugal and arguably Spain remain trapped by large debts, high unemployment, weak consumer spending and uncompetitiveness. Mr Trichet confirmed that the ECB had “encouraged the Portuguese authorities to ask for support” when questioned about its role in Portugal’s decision to request a bail-out. On Wednesday, Portugal’s prime minister said he would ask for financial assistance from the European Union. The ECB is the first of the world’s major central banks to start raising rates after the global recession and is an indication that it is now more concerned about inflation than slow growth. The governor remained cryptic
about the likelihood of further rate rises. Widely expected it may have been, but the European Central Bank’s interest rate move will take some sort of place in the history books. The ECB has become the first of the world’s leading four central banks to start raising rates in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the onset of economic recovery. It’s hard to see counterparts in Japan or the US following suit in a hurry. The Bank of England may take a similar path, but when is anyone’s guess. The Bank held rates at the historic low of 0.5% yet again today. Portugal follows Greece and the Irish Republic in seeking a bail-out. However, Spain was quick to say it would not be following these countries in seeking assistance. Analysts have expressed concerns about Spain as it has EU’s highest unemployment rate and is struggling to deal with a banking crisis and the collapse of its property boom. But Spain’s Economy Minister Elena Salgado said that financial markets were perfectly capable of distinguishing between the situations in Portugal and Spain. In an interview on the national radio station SER, she said that the risk of contagion was “absolutely ruled out”, and added it was clear that Spain’s economy was much more competitive than Portugal’s. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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READING IN SPANISH?
OK, you’re still my friend and want to learn more about how to adopt to this new environment and the difficulties of living in a place so foreign from Blighty. Remember, I’ve suggested you learn the lingo, fraternize and travel. Now, I’m gonna get crazy and suggest a “step too far” a mere leap over the canyon—learning to read Spanish!
It will take a while so, let’s get serious…find a topic you like and have a gander from time to time. I might suggest poetry, and particularly the lyrical verses of one Granadino, Frederico Garcia Lorca. Oh, wanna play Macho, then it’s sports section, so, read the sports pages, have a glimpse at their newspapers, work on learning what the “headlines” are saying and the rest will fall into order. You’ll be surprised how soon “new words” will creep into your vocabulary and even learn surprising information. It´s a sad fact, but the normal newspapers like ABC or EL PAIS, are truly impossible to believe as so much written is passed off as factual journalism when it is truly personal opinions. And, if you can read, you’ll become instantaneously depressed, knowing you are being lied to in a paper that you have paid to purchase. The national news sheets have often been criticized as such, that if you take out ALL the political content and outright biased reporting, scandals and sports—it could be printed on one single sheet of paper! Let´s not lose our way, truly there is so much to read in the literature sector that is amongst the world´s greatest contributions. Even more so if you read them in their original tongue; authors like, Cervantes, Miguel de Unomuno, and especially the poets.
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When no-one is around, and I’m far away from Mojacar it is fun to visit the famous libraries of Madrid or Sevilla and read some of the conquistadors original works in their own vernacular and script. Oh, and yes, it should really surprise you when I suggest that the best writers today in Spain for creative expression on a daily basis are those that knock off the bull fight commentaries concerning the toros and matadors in the major ferias of Spain. Now, that’s a class job but takes me where I don´t want to go, into deep seeded cultural events that I won´t attempt to qualify here. Let’s not go there today; that´s years away in the learning process. Lastly, I need to remind you that the sports tabloid MARCA has more subscriptions than all the other daily papers added together!
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Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www.mojacar-sales.com). His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: www.bayradio.fm. You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ric-polansky.com and www.torosbravos.es, his life long passion!
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Petrol prices set to rise again
Petrol prices are set to rise another 0.45% to reach a new all-time high as demand for oil continues to outstrip supplies. Unleaded fuel prices are around their highest in almost two-and-ahalf years and further price spikes are to be expected. Political tensions and conflict in the Middle East and north Africa have been the main driving force in the latest rise in international oil prices to above $100 a barrel.
The fast-growing emerging market economies, like China, have also led to an increase in oil consumption, whilst there has been a slump in oil supply. According to Thomas Helbling, an adviser to the International Monetary Fund's Research Department, "there is a risk that the tensions between demand and supply trends could intensify again and prices could rise rapidly". The IMF has warned that if tensions
between demand and supply factors intensified it could force price spikes as high as those seen in 2008 when oil prices hit record levels of $148 a barrel. "The increases in the trend component of oil prices suggest that the global oil market has entered a period of increased scarcity," the IMF said in initial chapters of its World Economic Outlook report, which will be released in full later this week.
Tesco begins selling used cars
There’s a new name in the used car business: Tesco. The first supermarket to enter the world of cars, the grocery giant is promising shoppers a choice from up to 3000 cars every week. But you won’t be able to see the car or drive it before you buy. Tesco’s showroom is online only, at www. tescocars.com And haggling is strictly out. The price you see is the price you pay. There are two options available to customers: ‘Buy It Now’, which allows immediate purchase, or ‘Pre-order’, which reserves the car while it is being returned to the vendor. This latter option commands a £99 handling fee, refundable should the client opt out of a purchase. Each buyer is appointed a personal sales adviser to help with the sales process. Once a deal has been completed, cars can be picked up from a handover centre, or alternatively a home delivery to any UK
address can be arranged for a fixed price of £149. Tesco is promising the cars will be one-owner cars with full service history. All will be between six months and three years old and come with a clean bill of health from the RAC and HPI, along with a one-month RAC Platinum warranty. There’s a seven-day no quibble money-back guarantee if you are not happy. According to Sir Trevor Chinn, chairman of Tesco Cars, the supermarket’s move into used cars comes after it analysed what people hated most about buying a used car, so “we can offer a positive new experience for car buyers.” Tesco’s cars will mainly be bought in from lease companies. The firm is promising a range including family-sized MPVs, city cars and executive saloons. Each car comes with 2000 Clubcard points, but one thing Tesco Cars doesn’t offer: buy one, get one free…
New Audi A3 sketches
Audi has now revealed sketches of the production saloon and three-door hatchback variants. The styling is characterised by Audi’s new face, previously seen on the new A6. That means a set of new angular headlights and a hexagonal grille as well as a pair of large air intakes mounted either side of the front bumper. A bold crease runs the length of the side of the car, along with deeply carved flanks. Audi has also released a sketch of the A3’s new interior which gets an A1-inspired makeover and benefits from Audi’s all-new MMI system. Where the A8 and A7 use a standalone trackpad on which drivers can ‘write’ in sat-nav destinations and telephone
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EL RASO GOLF SOCIETY.............. LA MARINA GOLF SOCIETY...................................... El Plantio G.C. March 31st, 2011 The promise of good weather brought a great turnout of members for this, our last competition of the month, an individual Stableford competition. It was nice to see so many of the faces that had been missing over the last few weeks. We also enjoyed the company of one member who was celebrating his 28th Wedding Anniversary on the course whilst his long suffering wife celebrated at home...alone!
On a warm sunny day the society with 36 players taking part left for an away day at ALTO REAL GC. The course was in excellent condition and it was apparent that their was to be shortly a professional competition. However the rough had long grass and was difficult to play from. Normally the rough is cut to a specific height for professionals and was probably due to be cut. So it was more of a challenge for all. So NOW here are the results together with a photograph of the winners (with a couple of absentees). NEAREST THE PINS: 5th Hole John Holland. 8th Hole Paul Manning. 10th Hole Malcolm Foskett. 17th Hole Dave Smith. BEST PAR 3´s LADIES: Bev
Fairhurst 10 Pts. BEST PAR FIVES MEN: Chris Gridley 8 Pts. BEST FRONT NINE: Bob Shorley 19 Pts. BEST BACK NINE: Bill Petican 14 Pts. BEST GUEST: Malcolm Foskett 33 Pts. AND THE GOOD TURNOUT ENABLED US TO HAVE ADDITIONAL PRIZES FOR THE LOWEST AND HIGHEST SCORES. PRIZE A GNOME FOR LOWEST SCORES: 1. Member: Debbie Weedon 18 Pts. 2. Guest: Gloria Manning 22 Pts. Now for the 4 best Scores: 4th PLACE Tony Stead 32 Pts. 3rd PLACE Marilyn Eckersall 36 Pts. 2nd PLACE Mike Box 38 Pts. And finally with a super round of golf DAVID GRAY was in first Place with 41 Pts
RODS and REELS This weeks match was the final round of the Roundtown news challenge cup. The venue again this week, was the Rio Segura at Murcia. Although the river is still carrying extra water, it is fishing well. Whether you are fishing the feeder in the flow or the pole in the slack water by the reeds, there are plenty of fish to catch, as can be seen by the results. Also, a variety of baits will produce !!!!!. Although the weather has now changed for the better, be prepared if fishing Murcia, that come midday the wind will get up and your gear needs to be anchored down. It is also better not to park your car on the pathway as we have been told that the police have booked some anglers. Even the Spanish park their cars at the top of the alley, if that is not a clue??. Top rods on the day 1st Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the pole using maggot with 31.38 kilo´s. 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using corn with 22.84 kilo´s. 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using pellet with 20.78 kilo´s.
had to make up a 14 kilo deficit, from the last match. A good team effort. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN This week’s final match of the Abbey Angling Cup on the 5th April 2011 was fished at Beniarres Reservoir which is 142 kilometres away on the otherside of the city of Alcoy. There is a new by-pass under construction and the stretch that avoids the city centre is now open, making travelling quicker and easier not having to negotiate through the city which was previously a nightmare to drive through. On arrival at the lake the temperature was down to only 7 degrees, it was 15 degrees when we left home, to our surprise the water level was down a good 10 to 12 feet from our last visit which allowed us to fish on the original match stretch. The wind as usual got up around mid-day as it always does there, making it hardwork fishing with the pole. The winner on the day was Stan (The Man) Roberts with 36.020kg fishing the pole and corn 2nd Paul (The Fryer) Baxter with 34.480kg on pole and paste 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade with 19.100kg on the feeder and corn Bill Reade is also the winner of the Abbey Angling Cup with a total of 66points (Well done!) 2nd was Stan Roberts with 55points Next week sees the start of the Spring Series Cup with hopefully the better weather to look forward to. These and all other details are available from the Match Secretary
Despite the benign conditions, scoring seemed to be harder than was anticipated. Bill England resorted to two assists on the 6th and
Well done to Rods and Reels who
Jimmy Scott - 29 points
Nearest the pin winners Hole 7 – Alan Slack Hole 9 – Norman Pickett Hole 14 – David Smialowsky Hole 18 – Bill Lloyd Our next competition is on Friday April 15th, 2011 at Altorreal GC. A coach is being provided and will leave at 9.a.m. Sharp. There is a meal on return at our 19th hole, La Marina Sports Complex.. Anyone wishing to play, join the Society or obtain further information, please contact Bill McGrandle on 679 007756 Carol Marriner
orihuela costa fc............................................... Orihuela Costa F.C. 17 Club Deportivo Orihuela 1 Infantils: Sponsored by: Morgans Bar & Amber Pools. This week saw Costa take advantage of hosting their local rivals due to no Cup game this week , and a chance to improve on dissapointing performances of the week before. It didnt take Costa long to strike the first of many due to Costa camping in their opponents half and on 2 mins Patrick bass toe poke the ball into the net after some surperb passing and movement off the ball from the whole team. Jordan Clayton & Adam
Rods and Reels with 107.27 kilo´s Abbey Anglers with 89.16 kilo´s. Accumulative weights Rods and Reels with 164.39 kilo´s Abbey Anglers with 160.82 kilo´s.
14th holes where he made full use of his buggy, his tee shots bouncing off favourably on both occasions to land on the fairway! A double helping of ‘Member’s bounce’. The course is still looking a little ‘scruffy’ although this is the result of much hard work by the greenkeepers and gardeners and I’m sure we will soon start to see the benefit. A ‘Thank You’ to all the staff who helped make the day a success. Results Gold Division Norman Pickett - 33 points Silver Division Terry Skelton - 29 points Bronze Division
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 the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meeting at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) will be held on Friday 13th of May at 12 o’clock. There is a NEW VENUE for the Puerto de Mazarron meeting starting in January 2011. On Saturday 14th of May at 12 o’clock the meeting will be held at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the sea-front between Isla Plana and the Port. Refreshments and lunch are available at each location. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: anglerstogether@gonuts4free. com TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE
Walker were dominating in the center of midfield and with full backs Luke Deegan & Cesar Augusto pushing up to the half way line the ball always remained in their oppenents half. Jordan Clayton got Costa’s 2nd on 15 mins after more outstanding passing from the Costa players. James Cronshaw netted on 22 mins and Jack O’Brien also on 25 mins to take a 4 - 0 lead. The Deportivo players found it really tough to put 2 passes together before Costa players took the ball away from them time & time again and before the break Patrick bass added two more goals on 30 mins & 31 mins to take the score to 6 - 0 at half time. Due to the heat Costa continually rotated the team by using subs who all came on and sloted in without weaking the side. Glen Lawton was unlucky with several powerfull strikes which their keeper did well to save. Patrick Sullivan look very comfatable in defence & continually won the ball for Costa and on 39 mins & 41 mins Patrick Bass got his 4th & 5th goals of the day and
he was constantly terrorising the visitors with his closing down and causing mistakes. Throughout the match Costa passed the ball around making life hard for their visitors and on 46 mins Adam Walker struck a sweet goal after great build up play. Jordan Clayton added another on 65 mins and 4 minutes later on 69 mins James Cronshaw got his second. Clayton got his Hatrick on 71 mins to round of a great move down the left. On 74 mins to 84 mins it was the Luke Deegan show who slotted in hatrick inside 10 minutes. To the credit of the Deportivo side they kept going and never gave up right up to the final whistle but on 90 mins Cesar Augusto & 91 mins Jamie Cockroft added more misery taking the score to 17 - 0 . In the dying seconds though Costa were caught napping and Deportivo got a deserved goal from a corner. Next Saturday see Costa travel to Benejofar in the Cup. For more info & training times contact Club Secretary George Marshall on :679 77 44 88 or visit www.orihuelacostafc.com
EUROGOLF.................................. At last the weather decided to shed off its winter overcoat and spring is in the air. Although now a week or two overdue, 72 players turned out to play the rain delayed March Monthly Stableford Competition. The change in the weather has seen a distinct improvement in the scores returned and as a result, the CSA was a reassuring zero. It’s worth mentioning that the course is in great condition at the moment, with plenty of grass on the well trimmed fairways (for those of us who manage to hit them) and not too much to deal with if you don’t. All I have to do now is convince them to cut down all those troublesome trees. Todays Results were: Winner of the Gold Division and also the March Monthly Stableford: Lew Joss with 41 points; 2nd: John Holland - 35points 3rd:Bob Buckeridge 34 points Silver Division:1st: Ian C Pegg - 37
points 2nd:Tom Walker - 37 points; 3rd Mike Gillett 36 points Bronze Division: 1st: Alan Robson - 39 points; 2nd:Orlando Ferrol - 36 points; 3rd: Morag Turner - 35 points Nearest The Pins: 5th, Dave Nicholls. 11th, Rudi Muller. 15th,Bob Shorely. 17th, Colin Hobden. 12th, (2nd shot) Ian C Pegg (with a little help from the flagstaff, commiserations to Debbie Weedon). Best Scores. Front 9: Gill Britten, 20. Back 9: Bill Fantom, 20. Par 3s: Jenny Cheetham 11. Par 5s: Lew Joss 11. Winners in the football draw were 1st, Lew Joss (yes, he must have trodden in something), 2nd Alan Venables, 3rd Alan Robson (who probably stood in the same stuff as Lew). Our thanks go to sponsors Manolo’s Restaurant for the 11th NTP and Supavalu for the 12th NTP. Alan Venables, Handicap Secretary
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Quesada GOLF SOCIETY......................................... FC CARTAGENA NEED URGENT REJUVENATION............................
Vistabella Golf Course Wed 6th April 2011 This was a day of good and bad, the good was our lowest handicapper David McSweeney won the first prize, the bad was the constant wind that never seemed to be helping on any hole, not to worry everyone enjoyed the day, the course is looking a lot better now with the dormant grass beginning to grow and becoming greener. With a early tee off at 0930hrs and the format of the day was a Medford, 9 holes Medal play and the other 9 holes played with stapleford points, some of our higher handicappers struggled on the 9 hole medal, with some scores recorded as a 10 and 11 strokes, never mind we all have to start somewhere, I can promise you it will get better. After the game we all returned to the Quesada Country Club for the prize giving and once again a great
hot and cold Buffet laid on by our hosts Charlie and Lyn, many thanks from all members and guests. Results of the day. 1st David McSweeney with 19 Points, 2nd with 23 Points on c/b was Tony White, 3rd on c/b with 23 Points was Les Catt. Nearest the Pins, hole 2 was Alan Thorpe, hole 6 was Dave Bartram, hole15 was Darryll Wright, Nearest the Pin in 2 shot on par 4 hole 8 was Duggie Blair, Nearest the Pin in 3 shots on par 5 hole 10 was Vic Galyer, The Roy Trophy was won by Barry Trodd. Reminders for Members The dinner night on the 20th April at the Q.C.C.with live music, names of members and guests to our Social Secretary Roy Kavanagh ASP, the details and menus for the night are on the website under social events, it promises to be another
great night. The next 2 games are at Mar Menor on the 20th April, this will be Texas Scamble, then on the 4th May we are at La Peraleja this will be the Spring Cup(single stapleford). The next members meeting is at Q.C.C. ON THE 26th April 1030hrs start. On the 18th May we have our away day at Aguilon Golf Course,we still have places on the coach so names to members secretary Darryll Wright ASP, plus remember guests are very welcome,the format that day is a team of 4 players playing a Bogey +2 Competition. We are as always looking for new members, so if interested in joining our friendly golf society, give our membership secretary Les Pancott a ring on 966716723, you will not be disappointed. Reporter Brian (The Smiler)
FC CARTAGENA - 1 RECREATIVO HUELVA - 3 BY STEVE HIBBERD This home league defeat against a physical Huelva side, sees Cartagena drop out of the play off slots, and for the second week running, fell desperately short of the imagination and determination required from a side with promotion aspirations. Recreativo, wearing a kit of gaudy shocking pink, took the game by the scruff of the neck, going 2 goals up inside 20 mins. Asen scored the first on 14 mins, then 3 mins later Vazquez added a second, leaving Cartagena with a mountain to climb. Although Cala scored a fine headed goal just before the interval to reduce the arrears, it was Recreativo, through Villar on 54 mins, who scored the decisive goal. All 4 goals were from
set pieces. Late on, following a foul on keeper Casilla, Botelho head butted an opponent. Up to then, the visitors had picked up 8 yellow cards to the home sides 1, but this unsavoury act resulted in both players being dismissed. Cartagena, who now lay in 8th place in div 2a on 48 points, must quickly rediscover their form and start picking up much needed points. Next Sat 16 Apr, ko 6pm, they visit top of the table Real Betis. Although there in spirit, I was physically over 10 thousand miles away in Malaysia, having earlier watched top super league side Selangor (Tony Cottee, ex West Ham and Everton, appeared for them in the 80/90s) lose at home to Terrangganu, inside the magnificent 90,000 all seater Shah Alam Stadium.
Quesada Bowls Club............. ...with Cathy Skinner Saba Harrier League Friday 8th April Quesada Lancasters were at home to La Marina the game was played in great spirit on a Lovely sunny afternoon unfortunately Quesada lost on 4 rinks and drew on 1 Congratulations to the winning rink of L. Armstrong V. Campbell and J. Bowness . Quesada 83 shots La Marina 99 final score Quesada 3 points La Marina 11 Saba Spitfire League Quesada Blenhiems Were at home on Friday morning to San Luis the game ended 3 rinks each
with the overall going to Quesada Congratulations to the 3 winning rinks of J. Haigh J. Prokopowyck and P. Houghton V. Sale D. Lemming and D. Sale . D Lawton J. Brinton and B. Pain Quesada 108 shots San Luis 96 shots final score Quesada 8 points San Luis 6 points. For members and none members interested in a fun day of bowling Quesada have the Riojateers on a Wednesday 1.30pm for 2pm and the Bubbly on a Saturday at the same time. For none members no equipment is required as this can be hired from the club all will be made most welcome.
TRAINING WEEKEND FOR ORIHUELA RFC............ San Fulgencio C.F....................
This last weekend due to another friendly match been cancelled the club had a training session, which was a little warm. It was a very good one with
a good turn out considering the nice weather and most people would prefer to be on the beach. Hopefully the club will be able to get some match practice in this weekend, we will just have to wait and see. One bit of good news for the club is that we have a touring team from Scotland coming over, Irvine RFC, kick off at 20.30 on Friday 6 May. Fingers crossed it all goes ahead. The team are also playing down in San Javier on the Saturday. Training sessions are as normal this coming week, but are cancelled the week after for Easter, and then back to normal. The club are still looking for anyone who is interested in buying the signed London Irish shirt with all of the proceeds going to the Butterfly Children, sensible offers only please. 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 and great friendly atmosphere at the club.
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CD Cox 4 San Fulgencio C.F. 3 San Fulgencio visited CD Cox who are currently the clear league leaders having won their previous 17 matches but this impressive record held no fear for San Fulgencio who are a match for any team in this league where playing football is concerned. San Fulgencio dominated the first half with some excellent accurate passing football and could quite easily have gone in at the interval by 4 clear goals but had to settle for a 2 goal advantage due to some cruel luck up front and some frantic defending by the home team who looked shell-shocked by the constant wave of San Fulgencio attacks. The second half however brought about a total change of tactics and focus for the home team CD Cox who at every opportunity intimidated the referee which soon brought about its unfair reward with 2 very dubious penalty decisions and a clear offside goal which was allowed to stand giving the home team a 3 goals to 2 advantage much against the run of play. San Fulgencio responded well and again took the game to the home side and pushed forward with some excellent passing and with about 10 minutes to play were awarded a penalty for a blatant foul in the box which prevented a goal scoring opportunity. This was when the home team overdone their bully-boy tactics and numerous CD Cox players objected to the penalty decision and pushed the referee around the penalty area faster than a revolving door and certainly much quicker than they were able to pass the football. The referee was assaulted more than once and unable to gain control so quickly left the field of play for the safety of the dressing room and perhaps a change of underwear and
await the protection from the local police. With the referee gone some CD Cox players started to fight with the San Fulgencio team but soon realised not only could they play good football they were also very proficient in self defence and these attacks soon died out and common sense at last prevailed. After more than 20 minutes the referee felt safe enough to venture out again as the police had arrived and shamefully restarted the game without issuing any red or yellow cards to the CD Cox players who had caused the problems and delay. The penalty was coolly taken by Marco Lemos and he scored with consummate ease making the score level at 3 each but the referee once again was hassled by a very upset goalkeeper who protested vehemently for many minutes that the goal should be disallowed and was pointing out problems with the goal net and other issues but eventually after other players calmed the keeper down the referee was left alone to go back to the centre circle and re-start the game. This game had now sank to an all time low and the inevitable soon happened when the San Fulgencio defence pushed up leaving 2 CD Cox players alongside the goalkeeper and when the ball was launched into the area and subsequently bundled into the net unsurprisingly the goal was allowed to stand .Although distraught and disappointed having lost the game by 4 goals to 3 the San Fulgencio protests to the referee were minimal as they all knew the pressure he was under and the courage it took for him to continue so they reluctantly accepted the situation with their dignity in tact and the knowledge they were the better team in all respects. KEITH STOBBART
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