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The Prince and Princess of Asturias attended the official funeral for the victims which took place last Friday; two days of mourning were also declared. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has promised that no expense will be spared to help rebuild the town following the earthquakes. Lorca’s mayor said Thursday that of around 550 buildings inspected so far by engineers and architects, more than half are uninhabitable. Insurance companies are beginning to make their first estimates of the financial cost of the earthquake suffered in the town of Lorca in the south east of Spain. The city of around 90,000 inhabitants was hit by two earthquakes of 4.4 and 5.1 on the Richter scale last Wednesday evening. The quakes killed a total of nine people and 41 others were still in hospital as a result of their injuries Friday. Meanwhile structural damage to buildings in the town meant that 5,000 people had to spend Thursday night sleeping in the encampments erected by the Spanish Military, who were directed to Lorca on Wednesday to carry out the rescue mission. Zapatero toured the quake-ravaged city of Lorca last Friday for a firsthand look at widespread damage that forced an estimated 3,000 people to spend another night sleeping in tents in makeshift camps. At one point Zapatero stopped to watch as crews tore away loose chunks of concrete from the tops of buildings and let them crash to the ground, raising clouds of dust. “It is my conviction that we are going to meet this test,” he told reporters later. “The earthquake was hard and strong. But this country is stronger. Its desire for solidarity and reconstruction are stronger.” The Spanish Cabinet was to approve aid for people who lost their homes or businesses at a meeting last Friday. Cars streamed out of the city throughout Thursday as people fled in fear of more aftershocks from the 4.4 and 5.2 magnitude quakes that hit on Wednesday at a very shallow depth just outside Lorca. Seismologists say these factors help explain why only moderate-level quakes caused so much damage. Meanwhile, baby Alba, who was born at Lorca’s Rafael Mendez hospital, moments after the worst tremor was felt became a symbol of hope for the town. Pictures of the newborn were broadcast on Spanish media Friday as her 28 year-old mother revealed the confusion of emotions she felt since her daughter’s arrival. “I feel so happy when I look at my baby but guilty that at the same moment she came into the world others were taken from it,” Mayte Alcazar told a local radio station, her voice cracking with emotion. The first-time mother was in the final stages of labour when the second and more powerful earthquake struck just before seven on Wednesday evening. The delivery room shook violently and above her head a crack ruptured the ceiling. Doctors decided to perform an emergency cesarean to quicken the birth as around them the hospital was evacuated for fear of collapse and Alba arrived safely shortly after. “One day I’ll tell her the circumstances of her arrival,” her mother added.

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An Office for Community Psychological Care for the victims of the earthquakes in Lorca has been implemented. The Consejería de Justicia y Seguridad Ciudadana, through the Dirección General de Seguridad Ciudadana y Emergencias, has set up this Centre in the Recinto Ferial de Santa Quiteria, next to the emergency camp that has been set up for the homeless. Psychologists throughout the Region of Murcia are collaborating in this task, which is to help people who do not want to return to their homes for fear of reliving the past traumatic experience and who suffer anxiety attacks. Already psychologists have attended to over 300 people. At first, their attention was focused on the families of those killed in the earthquake, but subsequently has been extended to all victims in need.


traveller encouraged to use trains The European Union is introducing far-reaching proposals to encourage travelers, especially European travelers, to use the railways, especially short trips. Their aim is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport by 60% over the next 40 years. Spain is in the vanguard of this movement, having introduced the high speed rail service from Madrid to Barcelona, which has reduced the number of short haul


Two Benidorm men have been arrested for theft from the Calpe municipal warehouse in Rafoll. They have been charged with stealing more than one hundred manhole covers and gratings. The Council estimates that each manhole cover is worth 60€, netting the thieves a tidy 6,000€ in total. Their downfall was trying to take too many at once – they were spotted by police who noticed their severely overloaded vehicle struggling under its illegal load, and stopped them to find out what they were carrying.

Lorca schools reopen but pupils stay away

Lorca’s 23 schools and colleges reopened for the first time since Wednesday’s earthquakes but with very few students, and their teachers, especially those in infant and primary have put their books aside and are acting more as psychologists than teachers. At the Pérez Hita school in the district of La Viña, the area most damaged

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The Commercial Court in Elche has ruled to uphold a decision in favour of the airport authority AENA in the dispute with Ryanair. The row is about AENA’s insistence that Ryanair must utilise airbridges for boarding and disembarking passengers at the new El Altet airport. Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary pointed out that installing the airbridges would cost Ryanair 2 million euros, and he was unwilling to undertake this outlay, when he felt that they were unnecessary. He backed his feeling up with a threat to withdraw Ryanair from Alicante altogether, which would result in job losses all round. However, AENA refused to be bullied, and the matter went to court, which upheld AENA’s requirement for airbridges, claiming that they promote safety, efficiency and economy at the new terminal. The Court ruling was not completely onesided. They acknowledged AENA’s authority, but stated that the company is in breach of regulations by refusing Ryanair’s reasonable request to use the existing walk-on/walk off boarding procedures. Through their Head of Communications Stephen McNamara, Ryanair said ‘The court ruling that AENA has breached its dominant position and competition rules will, we hope, lead to AENA working cooperatively with Ryanair in the future, instead of imposing unnecessary facilities and unlawful costs as they have done since 24th March.’

Lorca Earthquake Disaster Benefit Concert in Puerto de Mazarrón

LET’S HELP THOSE PEOPLE, OUR NEIGHBOURS, IN THEIR DESPAIR! At an unbelievable short notice, the Expat community in Mazarrón and surrounding area has joined together to arrange a benefit concert in aid of Lorca after the devastating earthquake the town suffered in the afternoon of 11th May. The initiative came Thursday evening from president for PALS (Protection and Life Saving), Ken Payne, calling on his vast number of contacts in the area, asking everybody to use their “talent and drive to achieve this”, “a really great event for a truly worthwhile cause”. Early on board was the local radio station’s Steve Tucker, Costa Cálida International Radio and councillor Jackie Galvez. Already Friday, courtesy of Mazarrón’s mayor, Francisco Blaya, the venue was booked, sound system arranged through Camposol Fiesta Committee, and tickets and posters produced and distributed. Saturday the mayor offered to provide table and chairs for the event, but due to restricted space, the organizers decided that it was more feasible that those attending bring their own chairs. The support from the mayor’s office in the Town Hall has been firm, providing stage, permit a bar in situ, and having Cruz Roja standing by during the event. Masses of performers have agreed to appear with all types of music, with rock and blues being predominant. Several other organisations, groups and individuals have been on hand to help and assist in arranging the event, making their expertise and resources available in the name of solidarity; unfortunately too many to mention each of them. Amazing what can be achieved! It will be a great event in the spirit of solidarity and aid, so join in. However, big attendance is anticipated, so the organisers advise the public is to arrive early.

DETAILS Venue: Sports Pavilion, Playasol 1, Puerto de Mazarrón (from the roundabout at Lidls, up the hill having Barclays Bank on your right hand, past the old cinema, turn left at the traffic lights – the pavilion is next to the school). Lots of parking! Time: Saturday 21st May. Doors open 2:30 pm, with concert starting 3pm. End 10pm (residential area) Programme: By virtue has to be a surprise, as many of the artists have other bookings throughout the day. But the event will be a wall-to-wall, continuous musical scene. Others: Huge raffle, auction, bar... Price: 5 Euros/ticket, available from various outlets and at the entrance. Note! PALS have over the past 10 years supplied 160,000 Euros worth of life saving equipment to the emergency services and hospitals, incl. a catastrophe tent (18,500 Euros) to the 112-service in Mazarrón last year, and were due to present 8 beds for it last week. However, no official hand-over took place, as both tent and beds are in use in Lorca. PALS, in cooperation with the radio station, are acting as coordinator of the benefit concert, but this is a community effort so they would like to thank everybody involved for their input.



tenerife Killer detained indefinitely The killer who beheaded the British woman Jennifer Mills-Westley in a Tenerife supermarket has been detained indefinitely in a secret hearing.

Deyan Valentinov Deyanov, 28, was taken before a legal team on the Spanish island at around 1am on Sunday and taken to a psychiatric unit. Spanish sources said he was unlikely to face another hearing for at least four years. British expatriate locals who lived near where the homeless Bulgarian slept rough said he had become increasingly aggressive in recent weeks and had split up with his girlfriend recently. One man, who gave his name as Mike, said Deyanov had been shouting abuse at passers-by until four in the morning and had even flicked lighted cigarettes at female holidaymakers. “Everyone had started to avoid him,” he said. Dancer Sarah Tomlins, 25, an English woman who works in the neighbouring resort Playa de las Americas, said: “This guy was at the Veronicas nightclub strip two days ago at about 2am. “When I was working there everyone thought he was on drugs because he was behaving really odd. “My boss told him to go away because he was pestering me and a few of the other girls. “The police drove past and he started abusing them so they turned their car around and pulled over by Bobby’s Bar. “The officers got hold of him and roughed him up with their sticks before letting him go. Mrs Mills-Westley was stabbed up to 14 times before being beheaded in the horrific attack on Friday. The retired 60-year-old from Norwich had earlier tried to avoid her tormentor by taking refuge in an office doorway. She alerted a security guard

in the social security office that she had been subjected to “threatening behaviour” from an unwashed vagrant. Deyanov was well known in the popular holiday resort for his unpredictable and sometimes violent behaviour. Mrs Mills-Westley waited for him to move on, and alerted a security guard in the social security office where she sheltered that she had been subjected to “threatening behaviour”. It is unclear whether the Briton, a 60-year-old retired road safety officer from Norwich, was aware of the man’s dangerous reputation. At about 10.15 on Friday morning Mrs Mills-Westley left the office doorway and walked to a Chinese-run discount store next door. Tragically, she there encountered Deyanov again and he attacked her, with grisly consequences. Mrs Mills-Westley, who divided her time between Tenerife, Norfolk and France, was hacked to death by the Bulgarian, who reportedly claimed to be “a prophet of God” as he carried out the frenzied attack. Relatives of Mrs Mills-Westley, a grandmother of five, arrived on the island on Saturday as details of the gruesome attack emerged. Deyanov had left a psychiatric unit where he was reportedly being treated for paranoid schizophrenia in February. He was known among locals for his aggressive begging and outbursts of violence and had been picked up several times by police. At the Port Royale complex of apartments where Mrs MillsWestley had been a resident

for at least 10 years, neighbours expressed shock and concern at the way the case of the dangerous assailant had been handled by the Spanish authorities. In Los Cristianos, at the southern tip of the Canary Islands, eyewitnesses described the scene of the crime as “something out of a horror movie”. Colin Kirby, a British expatriate working at the Tenerife Magazine said: “I thought someone had fainted and walked on, then I heard screaming and looked behind and saw a scruffy, unkempt man in his mid 20s holding a head by the hair. “It had blood on it and I thought at first it was a sick joke stunt. The man was muttering and shouting and more people started screaming as I quickened my pace.” Another witness told how he saw the man drop a bloodstained woman’s head on the pavement after coming out of the shop. “I saw this man running out with something bloody in his hands,” the witness said. “It was a head. He had it in his hands. It was like a horror movie. The security guards chased him and overpowered him.” Authorities said they were not aware of any reason why Mrs Mills-Westley had apparently been targeted. Manuel Reveron, a local councillor, said: “Apparently this gentleman without any motive or any reason, although for this there is no reasoning, entered the shop and then cut this woman’s neck and took the head in his hand outside up to the sidewalk.”

Azerbaijan Wins Eurovision ...Spain comes last but two!

AZERBAIJAN was hailed the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with duo Ell/Nikki netting 221 points for their ‘Running scared’. They achieved a comfortable lead over second-placed Italy, whose Raffaele Gualazzi – the first Italian act at the Eurovision since 1998 - received 189 votes and was closely followed by Sweden’s Eric Saade with 185 points. Spain’s Lucía Pérez, with her Que me quiten lo bailao, fulfilled all predictions and came a disappointing 23rd out of 25, although the singer said she did not care as she had ‘had a great time’ and ‘taken away lots of memories’. Wearing a pink mini-dress by Galicia-based designers Sara Lage and Maru Calderón, the youngster – who is also from the north-western region – threw heart and soul into her song,

surrounded by two dancers and three backing vocalists, with a backdrop of palm-trees. The two favourites to win – the UK’s Blue, with their I can, and France’s Amaury Vassili with his opera revival track Sognu – came 11th and 15th respectively. Other entries which were predicted to come in the top ten included Ireland’s Jedward, Hungary’s Kati Wolf, Russia’s Alexei Vorobjov and Estonia’s Getter Jaani, all of which came near the bottom of the list. The Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 will take place in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, the home country of winners Ell and Nikki.

Country-wide protest over jobless figures

Thousands of people in almost every provincial capital in Spain took to the streets on Monday to protest over the government’s handling of the recession which has left jobless figures at a record five million and home repossessions at an all-time high. The biggest protest took place in the centre of Madrid at 18.00hrs, starting from the Plaza de Cibeles and running to the central Puerta del Sol square. At the front, a group carried a banner proclaiming, ‘we are not just merchandise in the hands of politicians and bank managers’, whilst members of the pressure group Juventud sin futuro (‘young people with no future’) wore bright-yellow T-shirts bearing

their slogan: ‘No home, no job, no pension, no fear’. They set up the country-wide march via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, via groups with names such as No les votes (‘don’t vote for them’). According to protestors interviewed, they say they are fed up with being unable to participate in their own future beyond ‘sticking a piece of paper in a ballotbox every four years’, and of suffering extreme hardship whilst politicians guilty of ‘corruption and favouritism’ earned huge salaries and were guaranteed fat retirement pensions.


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‘pals’ provide assistance to lorca’s earthquake victims Sport

The Catastrophe Tent as supplied last year by PALS (Protection and Life Saving) to the 112 Service in Mazarron at a cost of 18000Euros was brought into use in the recent Lorca Earthquake disaster when the hospital Raphael Mendez had to be evacuated due to severe structural damage. A representative for Mazarron Council expressed gratitude that the equipment was available and that PALS in their ongoing dedication to providing life saving and protection had been able through public participation to supply this essential emergency hospital tent. PALS president, Ken Payne expressed sorry on behalf of the charity for those whose families have lost loved ones, suffered injury, or have had their homes destroyed in this huge human disaster but were encouraged that this equipment provided by PALS and others including that in the ambulances and emergency vehicles has been put to such immediate usage. He said ‘ we hoped that such an event would never happen but are aware that tragedy is all around and that if the public recognise this and that organisations for humanity need support to provide the extra help needed in the times of succour ‘ PALS have an ongoing programme of providing Life Saving and Health equipment to the various organisations and services in and around Mazarron . Enquiries to Ken Payne 626 460 465 or

Santa Pola Sharks Rugby Academy was set up by Antonio Nawaqavou, Tony, an ex Fijian international rugby player, who played most of his rugby in New Zealand, from the good old days of rugby and is looking at bringing it back. He has already set up academies in the USA, Fiji, New Zealand, which are run by Pat Lam and Wayne Shelford, and one in Spain just south of Madrid. The idea of it is to help local clubs from Alicante down to Murcia etc along the N332 to develop their players and clubs respectively. At the moment the Santa Pola Rugby Academy, SPRA, is looking for under 23 and under 26 players to play in an invitational tournament in Valencia on 21 May 2011, plus other pre-arranged matches. There are already a group of players from Novelda plus others already committed to the game. So for further information about the Santa Pola Rugby Academy, SPR, and its other various arms, as well as tournaments contact Tony on 671 980 258 or santapolasharks@

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‘HELP’ helps the people of Lorca HELP Murcia Mar Menor have donated serveral boxes of good quality clothing to the people of Lorca, who have lost so much in the earhtquake that struck the town last week. They have also given much needed children’s toys and clothing. Joan and Bernard delivered the boxes to Castelar College in San Pedro del Pinatar after an appeal by ADAPT who use the College for several of their functions.

700,000 Doses Of Steroids & Illegal Medicines Seized

Police have busted what is thought to be the biggest international medicine trafficking ring, seizing 700,000 doses of anabolic steroids, growth hormones and other illegal medicines, and arresting 26 people, inlcuding the manager of a cycling club. Amongst the drugs seized in the 19 separate property searches carried out today were hundreds of thousands of well-known brands of tablets for erectile dysfunction, more than 10,000 ampoules of growth hormones, anabolic steroids

and other doping substances, with a street value of some 3.5 million euros. The trafficking ring, with outlets in Alicante, Málaga and Madrid, used suppliers in China, India and Turkey, with intermediaries and storage facilities in the UK, Germany and Hungary so as not to arouse suspicion. The police operation also discovered a laboratory in a lock-up in Elche (Aicante), where a growth hormone bought in bulk from China was manufactured and packaged to be sold on the internet.

One of those arrested is the manager of a cycling club in the Comunidad de Madrid, who was caught allegedly taking delivery of a substantial quantity of EPO, a glycoprotein hormone that controls erythropoiesis, or red blood cell production. The operation began back in July last year when police picked up on a company in the Comunidad Valenciana that was importing and selling large quantities of illegal medicines and transferring large sums of money to Chinese banks.



Air passengers’ lunch European banks details to be stored in face tough new stress tests terrorism plan The details of millions of British airline passengers will be stored for up to five years under EU plans to tackle terrorism

Information including names, addresses, credit card details and travel partners will be collated. The database will store what a passenger ate, where they sat and whether they were flying on to another destination. The same data could be handed over to any other EU country in which the plane lands. That would include British tourists on package tours to Spain or travellers going to parts of Eastern Europe. The proposal will be enforced despite the Tories coming to power on a promise to row back the surveillance state. The new policy, once approved, means immigration and police authorities will be handed a variety of additional data including a passenger’s phone number and how they paid for their ticket, such as credit card details and billing addresses. The information can also be shared with other countries if it helps solve or prevent

a crime or terrorist attack. But critics attacked the Government for signing up to a diktat that could see details of Britons handed around Europe without proper parliamentary scrutiny. Damian Green, the immigration minister, told the Commons yesterday that Britain would opt in to the EU directive on passenger name records. Bill Cash, the Tory chairman of the Commons European scrutiny committee, said: “There is certain concern about opting in on the hoof because these important negotiations are still going on. We will keep them closely under scrutiny.” Britain currently collects the data on a passenger’s passport, such as name, date of birth, country of birth and gender. Under the new EU wide power, airlines will be forced to hand over all the other information they collect — at least 19 extra

pieces of data. It will be stored for up to five years. Details will be made anonymous after 30 days but approved individuals can read the information for crime or security purposes. The draft directive initially applied to flights in and out of Europe. Britain wants the power to apply to flights within Europe as well and has proposed an amendment as part of its deal to opt in. Mr Green said: “Opting in to this directive is good for our safety, good for our security and good for our citizens.” Stephen Booth, research director of Open Europe, said: ‘Despite their tough rhetoric in opposition, Conservative ministers have handed over crime and justice powers to Brussels at an alarming rate.” Labour’s Emma Reynolds said the Government was right to opt in at the start of negotiations so that it could be at the “forefront” of the discussions.

Funeral of Seve Ballesteros takes place in his home village of Pedrena

An escort of children dressed in navy blue and each carrying a three-iron provided one of many touching moments at the funeral of Seve Ballesteros. It was with a rusty three-iron that Ballesteros first became hooked on golf at the age of seven, hitting stones on the beach near his home in Pedrena. A photograph of Ballesteros that day, fist-pumping in sheer jubilation after his closing birdie putt, was placed alongside the urn containing his ashes for the

service at the church of San Pedro de Pedrena on 11 May. The urn had been brought to the church by a procession led by a piper, then his three children Baldomero, Miguel and Carmen, his older brothers Manuel, Vicente and Baldomero – all of whom became golf professionals as well – and then a congregation containing players, caddies, administrators and even royalty with Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe. The five-time major winner

Ballesteros, who died on Saturday at the age of 54 after a three-year battle with a brain tumour, was Ryder Cup captain in 1997 and six more captains – Bernard Gallacher, Sam Torrance, Ian Woosnam, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and incumbent Jose Maria Olazabal – were present. Ballesteros’ final wish was for the funeral to take place in a familiar setting, open to everyone, in his home village and he said he wanted to be treated

“like any other neighbour” during the ceremony. With the 400-capacity church packed three big screens were provided so that others could follow the ceremony from outside. Parish priests from Pedrena, Santander and Suances conducted the service and afterwards the ashes were taken back to his house and placed next to the magnolia tree he had chosen as his final resting place.

Europe’s largest banks will undertake a new round of stress tests next year that will be tougher than any they have yet faced, according to a senior official with the European Commission.

Martin Merlin, the Commission’s head of financial services policy, admitted banks could be forced to raise more new capital as a result. Mr Merlin said the tests would be “even tougher” than those conducted this year, the results of which are due to be published next month. Speaking to an audience of senior executives in the financial services industry at an Economist conference in London, Mr Martin said the Commission expected to take a “regulatory pause” within two years. “I hope that by 2013 we will have in place completely new regulation for the sector,” he said. Next month, the Londonbased European Banking Authority (EBA) will unveil the results of the most recent stress tests, which could lead to several lenders being forced to raise capital through the public markets or new state bail-outs if they are unable to obtain funding privately. Lastyear,theEBA’spredecessor organisation, the Committee of European Banking Supervisors, conducted the first round of Europe-wide stress tests that were widely derided as not being testing enough. In March Lord Turner, chairman

of the Financial Services Authority, made a thinly veiled criticism of the European stress tests, describing them as a “useful exercise” but declining to say whether he thought most European banks could pass the UK’s tougher tests. All the UK’s major banks are expected to pass the latest stress tests, having raised several billions of pounds in new capital since the financial crisis to ensure they have stronger loss buffers in place against the event of any future market problems. Sir Win Bischoff, chairman of Lloyds Banking Group, speaking at yesterday’s event said that the “incompetence” and “greed” of management teams were the main reasons many banks had failed during the crisis. Last week, Lloyds became the first of the UK’s major banks to drop its appeal against a court ruling on the bank’s misselling of payment protection insurance and put aside £3.2bn to meet the cost. Sir Win said the decision was “absolutely the right thing to do”, but that it would take years to compensate customers and Lloyds would still be dealing with claims in 2013.

Drug-smuggling racket between Spain & UK uncovered Nine people have been arrested in Barcelona and a tenth in Ibiza in connection with a major drug-smuggling racket between Spain and the UK. Police say the gang regularly transported huge quantities of cocaine to Great Britain in HGV lorries subcontracted by the front company which was behind the illicit organisation. The ringleader is said to have invested the proceeds of sales of cocaine in the UK in property in Spain to let out as high-class tourist

accommodation. His second-in-command is said to have lived a luxury lifestyle, driving top-of-therange vehicles and owning several properties which were rented out. The front company was involved in legal exports from Spain to London and the Home Counties, meaning they could hide the drugs among their merchandise. Police confiscated around 60,000 pounds sterling, 72,000 euros, 35 kilos of cocaine and various firearms.


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MABS Murcia Benefits from Country Bowls Club Memorium Fund

Country Bowls Club members have been busy fundraising over the past year and Club President, David Chaplin and club member, Lin Watkins, recently handed over a cheque for 680 Euros to MABS Murcia/Mar Menor. They set up their 2010/2011 Memoriam Fund, in memory of three members of the Club who had passed away: Ruth Fernandez, Val Parry and David Tanner. “We’re extremely grateful to the members of the Country Bowls Club for such a generous donation.” commented Janet Bell, Fundraising Coordinator for MABS Murcia/Mar Menor. “It’s a lovely tribute to their past members, and will go a long way to help those affected by cancer in the Murcia region.”

The money was raised by holding various functions throughout the year, including a Memorial Trophy Day at the Country Bowls Bowling Club in the Valle del Sol on Easter Sunday, which was arranged by Lin and Charlie Watkins. Members made a donation to take part in a bowling competition, with lollipops being awarded as prizes during the game for the closest bowl to the jack, on the sound of a whistle. A raffle was also held, with the top prize being donated by the Thalasia Hotel and Spa Centre in Lo Pagan, for a day in their spa and luxury heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The winner decided to auction the prize and Club Secretary, Sheila Cammack was the

top bidder, raising even more money for the fund. The day also included an Easter Bonnet parade, with prizes for the best man’s and best woman’s hats, and a further 40 Euros was raised with a ‘Spider Bowls’ competition; this is where a jack is placed in the middle of the green and the bowlers stand around the edge, trying to bowl nearest the jack. The champagne prize was won by Sheila Cammack. 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:

Orihuela’s Earthquake Plan

Following this week’s devastating earthquake in Lorca, the Orihuela Town Hall has issued details of its own emergency plan should a similar seismic event occur within the municipality. The Emergency Coordinator at the Town Hall, Jesus Rodriguez, said: “Orihuela, lies on a fault line that runs straight through the southeast of Spain and that is the same fault line that has led to the recent earthquake in Lorca. This is one of the most active faults lines in Spain and is known as the Lorca-Alhama and Totana fault line. It is located on the southern boundary of the Eurasian Plate and is very close to the boundary of collision between the Eurasian and African plates.” This places Orihuela right on the fault line and within a major seismic activity zone. The Department of Safety and Emergencies at Orihuela Town Hall has devised the ‘Municipal Spatial Plan’ which includes the planning and coordination of intervention for any emergency that may arise in the municipality. This plan will be acted upon in an emergency as well as any specific action plans to address each individual emergency. Jesus continued: “The territorial plan is the blueprint, which defines all risk situations that could happen in our town, floods, fires, accidents of dangerous goods and seismic incidents and as we have said we are in a seismic zone.” With the activation of this plan, CECOPAL (the Local Government Operations Coordination Centre) is immediately launched. This involves the governing body and the coordination of all emergency services in the municipality. It is under the chairmanship of the Mayor and has a large team which includes councillors and emergency service chiefs who are in control of the teams that are providing ground relief efforts for those who are affected as well as those providing shelter, supplies, health and psychological care, search and rescue, debris removal etc and of course, the supply of essential and important information to the public. In addition to this plan, there is a special municipal shelters plan, which is attached to all individual plans, whatever type of risk they are. These are supplied by a third party and include improvised shelters and camps as well as the provision of supplies and health and psychological care for the displaced. With the recent publication of the Special Autonomy Plan, which has special emphasis on seismic incidents, the Town Hall’s Security and Emergencies Department has commenced work on drafting a specific plan of municipal action against seismic risks. Jesus concluded: “Orihuela Town Hall has an emergency department and a group of specialist Civil Protection officers who are trained in the effects of earthquakes and they are well prepared for any emergency that may arise throughout the municipality.”

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Saturday. Folsom, the founder of a support group for military families, Wounded Warriors Family Support, decided to see if Smoke could be brought to the United States to serve as a therapy animal. Getting Smoke back proved more difficult than Folsom realized. At first, the sheik demanded $30,000 for the famous donkey, a demand that was later dropped. Then, there was the bureaucracy of getting Smoke nearly 7,000 miles around the world: blood tests, health certifications and forms from customs, agriculture and airline officials. To cut through the red tape, Folsom got help from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International, which has a project that transports dogs and cats from Iraq to the United States. The group, however, had never attempted airlifting a donkey, which is more complicated because equines can’t be transported on traditional commercial aircraft and must go by cargo plane. The donkey’s journey has provided laughter — and head scratching — along the way. “People just couldn’t believe we were going to these great lengths to help a donkey because donkeys in that part of the world are so low down on the totem pole,” said the society’s Terri Crisp, who negotiated the donkey’s passage from Iraq to the United States. “Donkeys are not viewed as a companion animal. They’re viewed as a work animal.” As frustrating as the journey sometimes was for those involved, including a weeklong delay getting Smoke in to Turkey and another three weeks to get out, the donkey found friends and supporters along the way, Crisp said. They included

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We are nearing the end of another eventful season in the history of Mazarron Football Club, another season in which Los Amigos de Mazarron FC supporters club has played a prominent and vital role. Financial problems over the last few years meant the Football Club had to reform and rebuild at the end of last season and under new Club President Jose Rodriguez, the football club has reverted to fielding mainly Mazarron and other locally based players. This policy, although it is sure to be fruitful in the long term, meant that the early stages of the season saw the team, with only three survivors from the previous season, struggling to knit together as a cohesive unit. Mazarron was in the relegation places and goals were especially difficult to come by. However, following the acquisition of strikers Jose Ruben and Robert midway through the season, things began to improve. A run of eight games without defeat in the New Year, saw the club move out of the danger area into a relatively comfortable position. A number of the Club’s youth team players received valuable experience during the season and if the majority of players can be persuaded to stay for the 2011-12 season, it is hoped that a push for promotion would not be beyond the realms of possibility. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC provided much needed financial assistance to the Football Club during the season, helping to pay for the players’ kit and training kit, for coach travel for the players on the two longest journeys of the season and on more than one occasion to assist in the payment of wages to the players. It is fair to say that without the support of

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Residents of La Zenia Try Out New Fitness Equipment

Calle Rocio in La Zenia has had a bit of a face lift. As well as the green areas being cleared and spruced up, the Orihuela Town Hall has also installed a new infant park and a fitness park which is designed for elderly residents of the area, to keep fit and healthy. Earlier this week members from the German Speakers Association, who live near to Calle Rocio in La Zenia, tested out the new equipment and thoroughly enjoyed their workout in the spring sunshine. The equipment is designed to work on resistance and will benefit all major parts of the body, with specific emphasis on the legs and arms.

Chorale‘s Resounding Success

The Iglesia in Pilar de la Horadada echoed once again last Sunday to the magnificent sound of “Chorale”, directed by Christine Eames, in a concert of sacred music. The 14piece mixed chamber choir sang Ave Maria by Spain’s most famous composer Victoria as a tribute to the Virgin Mary, and later another Ave Maria, coupled with Glory be to God, by Rachmaninov. Renaissance composers were represented by William Byrd, Richard Farrant, Thomas Tallis, John Bennet and Orlando Gibbons. Solo items came in the middle of the evening from Patricia Flint with Francesco Durante’s ‘Vergin tutt’amor’, and from Jo van Bentham, who sang ‘And God created great whales’ , from Haydn’s Creation. The second half of the programme brought us up to the present time, starting with Bruckner’s ‘Locus Iste’ followed by Lloyd Webber’s ‘Pie Jesu’, featuring a wonderful duet by Jennifer Morton and Helen Baines. Two more soloists from within the choir, Eva Olsson and June Phillips, entertained the English and Spanish audience with ‘The Lord is my shepherd’, written by successful British composer Howard Goodall for the television series “The Vicar of Dibley”. Another British composer Sir John Tavener came next; the demanding choral work ‘Song for Athene’ followed the same Russian Orthodox tradition as Rachmaninov, and was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. Chorale showed their mastery of 8-part singing involved in this work. Completing the programme was an impromptu encore – a shortened version of the Hallelujah Chorus, much to the delight of the responsive audience. The choir was directed and accompanied throughout by Christine Eames.

‘This is Spain Exhibitions’ Showcase for Local Businesses 27, 28, 29 May - Hotel La Zenia

Not long now to the Spring event of This Is Spain Exhibitions on the Costa Blanca South. This will be held at the Hotel La Zenia, Orihuela Costa. The hotel is situated off the La Zenia roundabout, on the beach front, with easy access from the AP7, exit 763, and the N332. The event will take place over the weekend of 27th, 28th and 29th of May, between the hours of 10am and 6pm. There is ample car parking within the area. Excite your taste buds sampling typical Spanish food and wine with Santana’s Restaurant. The ladies can have a free makeup consultation and try Nuskin treatments. There will be allergy and food intolerance testing and you can have your blood pressure checked. Handbags and accessories aplenty will be available and the gentlemen can even have their hair cut for 6 euros! In the hotel bar, on the ground floor, snacks will be available form 4-50 euros, including a drink. A buffet lunch is also available in the restaurant. All the entertainment will take place in the bar area during Saturday and Sunday. This will include Raquel Pena’s dancers, Kingsbury Academy of Dance, a fashion show on Sunday afternoon and numerous local singing artists For children there will be a bouncy castle foam pit and face painting and everyone is free to use the large hotel pool. As well as all the stands that you would expect to find at one of our exhibitions such as insurance, awnings, television systems, schools and

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Junior Strikers hosted an International friendly match at their home pitch in Playa Flamenca against an Infantil Norwegian girl’s team.

The girl’s team Ridabu who are from Hamar in Norway are currently over here in Spain on tour. They are enjoying a five day training camp at the La Manga Club.

Charity Walk On Sunday 29th May 2011 5.30pm at la plaza constitution, benijofar is going to be a busy place. Emma and Dave the owners of Oasis cafe bar, have organised a 10km charity walk in aid of Clic sargent (cancer and leukaemia in children) The walk starts at Oasis and goes to Formentera, Rojales and back to Benijofar. Emma said, “ We have recently found out that our niece Emily has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and at such a young age. Her attitude has been unbelievable and the support

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The Junior Strikers squad was made up from Benjamin’s (8-9 Years) and Alevins (10-11 years). No current Junior Strikers team has ever played 11 A-side before so it was always going to be interesting to see how the children would adapt to having more time and space to play in. Coach Junior told us” I was so proud of every player, they all gave 100 percent in a game against bigger opposition and in an 11 A-side match which none of them have ever experienced before”. Junior Strikers won the game 72. The Blues Alevin Striker Brad Fox was in inspirational form as he scored five great goals out of the seven.

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Junior Strikers scoring was completed by Jordan Turner and Sheldon Green. The two coaches of Ridabu commented” We did not expect children of that age to produce such a high level of football. It was a joy to watch and play against Junior Strikers. We will be back next year”. The Norwegian coaches have also given Junior Strikers an open invitation to Norway to play against various local teams at the towns main football pitch in Hamar the Briskeby stadium. This game was organised by one of the Junior Strikers sponsors, Wern from Kulsveen s.l. Wern who is also from Norway runs a successful Real Estate company here on the Costa Blanca in Quesada Told us” It was such a great day, I would like to thank Junior for making this match happen. Everybody really enjoyed themselves and the coaches from Ridabu were really impressed by what they saw”. For more information about Junior Strikers Football Academy please visit;




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Look Good Feel Great A spoonful of sugar can Always feeling cold? help beat You are destined to live a long life They take a hot water bottle to bed in summer and are ridiculed for wearing their coat indoors. But those who constantly feel cold may have the last laugh, with a study linking low body temperature to a long life. Scientists suspect that the hormonal changes that conserve energy and heat – by slowing down metabolism – also extend life. The U.S. research could pave the way for a pill to increase lifespan. It builds on decades of studies linking extreme diets in animals with extra months and years of life. For example, cutting a mouse’s calories by 30 per cent can lead to it living 50 per cent longer than usual. Scientists are trying to work out what it is about near starvation that extends life, in the hope of creating a pill that mimics the process without drastic changes to diet. The latest study, from Washington University, St Louis, looked at how cutting calories affects core body temperature – an internal measure that is on average 37c (98.6f) and usually higher than skin temperature. Scientists gave thermometer ‘pills’, which record core body temperature when swallowed, to 24 people in their mid-50s who had cut their calorie intake by at least 25 per cent for up to 15 years. They also gave them to people of the same age who ate normally and a group of longdistance runners. Those on calorie restriction diets were found to have the

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bugs Antibiotics made more effective by glucose

It seems a spoonful of sugar can do more than help the medicine go down – it can also help make it work. Sugar can improve the effectiveness of antibiotics against infections, according to researchers. They found that glucose and fructose – types of sugar found in plants – make bugs that cause chronic and recurrent infections more vulnerable to drugs. Such infections often occur when bacteria ‘shut down’, making antibiotics ineffective against them. Over time, the bugs, known as ‘persisters’, return to life, causing patients to relapse. The scientists, from Boston

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As part of the Lions “Strides for Diabetes” campaign, The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club had a Spring draw for a box of goodies in the Quesada Fish and Chip Shop. The draw was made on Thursday 11th May and the lucky winner was Dave Sands, proprietor of the Green Baize Snooker Hall which is directly next door to Quesada Fish and Chips. Dave was delighted and surprised to win the box, and was presented with it by Lion Treasurer Janette Bennett. The Lions thank Tony and all his staff for their continued support. The sum of 99.00 euros was raised which will be added to funds raised from a recent race night at Lo Marabu Restaurant, a tombola at Iceland La Marina and the sponsored walk at La Mata natural park on 14th May.

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Animal charity Amigo Mio has taken over the running of the Orihuela animal centre in San Bartolomé. The centre, which remains the property of Orihuela town hall, will be part-funded by Orihuela council with Amigo Mio, a not-for-profit charity, raising further money to provide a better level of care for the animals.

The centre has been mired in controversy since its completion. It is hoped that now the centre can make a new start and become the high quality refuge for abandoned animals that it was originally intended to be. The facility at San Bartolomé will complement the work of the other animal charities in the Orihuela area, providing extra space, high levels of care and a re-homing programme. Said centre manager Virtudes Sanchis, “Our first priority is to improve conditions at the centre and provide the best possible care for the animals that sadly end up here. However, we are very aware that in the longer term much more needs to be done to address the problem of why so many animals are abandoned. We hope that we can work closely with Orihuela council and other local animal charities to improve animal welfare in the area. This can only be achieved by everyone working together.”

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Amigo Mio is keen that members of the public have wide access to the centre, to encourage both greater levels of adoption and involvement. Once the centre is fully operational it will be open to the public every day. In the meantime, the centre is holding an open day on Thursday 19th from 10am for people to see the facilities and learn more about Amigo Mio. Virtudes added, “Many animal centres face problems due to lack of understanding by the public and other charities of the work they do and the challenges they face. This is often because the centres are not open enough, do not communicate well and do not invite involvement from all interested parties. We hope that we can be open and transparent at the Orihuela centre and welcome positive help and input from other groups and members of the public in order to provide the best possible care for the animals.” As Amigo Mio is a completely non-profit making charity, it is looking for volunteers to help with activities such as dog walking and socialisation, feral cat sterilisation programmes and fundraising. Anyone interested in helping can call 648 498 668, email info@centroproteccionanimalesorihuela. com or come along to the open day. The centre is just off the CV911 between San Bartolomé and Callosa de Segura. Directions can be found at

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Whenever disaster occurs and the needs of people affected by the disaster need addressing Lions Clubs throughout the world are first to respond. Torrevieja Costa Lions have in recent years offered support via Lions Clubs International to the people of Haiti, New Zealand, Pakistan and more recently Japan, in the knowledge that every single euro donated goes directly to the Lions in the respective areas of the World and all the funds are directed to try to rebuild the lives and infrastructure in these areas. With the recent earthquake much closer to home in the Historic Spanish town of Lorca the Torrevieja Costa Lions responded immediately by pledging 1,000.00 euros from their Emergencies Fund with more to follow from fund raising events. In the coming weeks and months Lions will be assisting the people of Lorca to return to some form of normality, and everyone can help by offering donations and by supporting the Lions you can help the Lions to help others in their hour of need. Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so immediately by making a pledge online by visiting and submit an e mail, with your contact details, alternatively you can call Lions Diane and Steve Walsh on 966 714 458 to offer your support. The people of the Costa Blanca have the opportunity to “make a difference” please help your Local Lions help the people of Lorca.

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Rascals new show Rags to Riches is a variety of song, dance & comedy. The first half concentrates on the poorer side of life whilst the second half shows a more affluent society. Come and enjoy and entertaining evening out. Performances are on :Saturday 28th May 19.00 hrs at the School of Music & Culture Los Montesinos All tickets sales to be donated to ADISMON Wednesday 29th June 1900 hrs at the Guardamar Casa del Cultura All ticket sales to be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association Wednesday 6th July 20.00hrs at the Virgen del Carmen, Torevieja All ticket sales to Age Concern To reserve tickets priced at only 6 Euros ring Sue on 96 678 4874 or 693042771 In September Rascals will be rehearsing another Variety show to be performed in the latter part of the year. For further information look on www.therascals. info or ring Jill on 96 672 7282


As Bill Gates buys Skype for £5bn...Is it just hype, or does it mean the end of phone bills? When transatlantic telephone calls first became available in the Twenties, a three-minute call from London to New York cost close to £10 — almost a month’s wages for the average working man. Today, the same call can be made for nothing. You can stay on the line for a week if you like. And not only will the sound quality be as good as if the other party was sitting right next to you, but you will be able to see across the ocean as well, in full-colour video — for no cost beyond a penny or two in electricity. Such endless, free global communication has become possible because of Skype, the oddly-named computer service which software giant Microsoft bought this week for more

than £5billion. Launched in 2003, this free and simple-to-use computer programme turns any broadband-connected computer into a phone for both speech and video calls to hundreds of millions of other Skype users. It works because even basic broadband internet connections can carry a vast amount of information (‘data’) and a Skype call (technically known as VOIP — Voice Over Internet Protocol) piggy-backs on broadband. You must download Skype (free, of course) from to the computer. You then choose a Skype name for yourself — your name or nickname, or a number if you prefer — and you’re a Skype user. Not a penny need change hands.

And you’re ready to go — simply type in a normal phone number or another Skype user’s name and the computer will dial for you. The microphones on your computer should pick up your voice, and the person you’re chatting to can be heard through its speakers. And there is no catch whatsoever; no secret charges; no intrusive advertising; no nasty surprise when you pay your monthly broadband bill. You can even dial normal phones and mobiles worldwide from Skype — not for free, but for a tiny charge compared with normal phone charges. I pay just under £50 a year for unlimited calls from my laptop to any UK number, from anywhere in the world. There are now other versions of Skype, like Apple’s high definition

FaceTime. But, just as the Hoover brand name is synonymous with vacuuming, Skype-ing has become the catch-all word for VOIP calling. The only complaint anyone has about Skype is that the calls sometimes ‘drop out’ — jargon for being cut off — and you need to interrupt a conversation to redial. But since you’re paying nothing, you can hardly demand your money back. Skype is how canny people save vast amounts of money and get a better service than phones provide. Relatives in distant countries, students travelling on gap years, parents on business trips reading bedtime stories to their children thousands of miles away . . . everyone is doing it. Some believe Microsoft is planning for a future in which consumers use a vast range of services on mobile phones or lightweight tablet computers and that Skype’s video-calls will be an important part of that. But it is also probable that Bill Gates’s company plans to make Skype a free bolt-on to their Windows operating system to tempt back the millions of people who have defected in recent years to Apple computers. If that happens, Skype might become unavailable on Apple computers. But you could imagine such a move being the subject of a legal battle in the litigation-loving U.S. Many fear Microsoft’s corporate mentality will ruin Skype, and that in an attempt to make it pay, Gates’s men will destroy the simplicity which has made it so popular. Either that or they will plaster the beautifully clean and simple site with advertisements. There’s another possibility, too. Image is all in the internet world, and Skype has a cool, untainted image. It could be that the human calculators at Microsoft have worked out that £5billion is a small price to pay for the global public to love you — and to think of your brand every time they dial up a loved one. Article courtesy of Jonathan Margolis


Boy wears skirt to school A brave 12-year-old boy wore a skirt to school in protest against ‘discriminatory’ rules which ban boys from wearing shorts. Chris Whitehead wore a girls’ kneelength skirt to classes at Impington Village College, near Cambridge. He is protesting against a school uniform policy which bans boys from wearing shorts during the summer months. He also addressed 1,368 pupils at morning assembly wearing the black skirt, which boys are permitted to wear due to a loophole in the policy. Chris believes that forcing boys to wear long trousers during the sizzling summer months affects concentration and their ability to learn. He said: “In the summer girl students are allowed to wear skirts but boys are not allowed to wear shorts. ‘We think that this discriminates against boys.” Chris’s mum Liz Whitehead, 50, said: “I am delighted that Chris is taking action on what he believes in, which the school actually encourages, so he is only doing what he is taught. “I am really proud he is brave enough to wear a skirt to school for what he believes in and back him all the way.” Headteacher Robert Campbell said the ban on shorts was imposed following consultation with students, teachers and parents in 2009. He said: “Our uniform policy had a significant consultation and ours is typical of most schools in Cambridgeshire and the consensus was we were going to go for that. “Ultimately the boys can wear a skirt to school because it doesn’t say they can’t in the uniform policy and we would be discriminating against them if we did not allow it.”


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Eurozone’s economic growth accelerates The economy of the 17 countries that use the euro grew by 0.8% in the first three months of 2011, up from 0.3% in the previous quarter.

Germany was largely responsible for the betterthan-expected figure, reporting growth of 1.5% in the period. There was a surprisingly strong 0.8% growth rate from debt-laden Greece. France grew 1%, Italy and Spain grew 0.1% and 0.3% respectively and Portugal slid into recession after contracting for the second quarter in a row. Growth there declined by 0.7%, following a 0.6% contraction in the final quarter of 2010. “This is almost certainly as good as it gets for the eurozone and growth seems likely to moderate over the coming months in face of significant headwinds,” said Howard Archer at IHS Global Insight. Greece’s positive showing in the quarterly figures was a surprise, although compared with the same quarter of the previous year, the economy has contracted by 4.8%. Platon Monokroussos at EFG Eurobanka said the figures were, “a huge positive surprise, a reading that is significantly above market expectations”. He attributed the growth in the quarter to a recovery in exports. Ken Wattret at BNP Paribas said: “Big picture-wise, once again the theme is divergence between the core and periphery and the core countries account for the vast majority of euro area output. “The periphery are getting the worst of both worlds. The core countries like Germany are doing really well and that’s keeping the euro strong, and it’s making the ECB [European Central Bank] more inclined to tighten policy.” He added that what the countries on the periphery really needed was low interest rates and a weaker euro. Portugal’s downturn is expected to get worse as a result of the austerity measures agreed as part of its bail-out by the EU and the IMF.

Italy’s growth figure was worse than expected, with the 0.1% rate the same as it was for the last three months of 2010. Last month, the Italian government cut its growth forecast for the whole of 2011 from 1.3% to 1.1%. The rise in Spain’s latest quarterly growth rate to 0.3% from 0.2% in the previous quarter is more encouraging as the country tries to avoid a third consecutive year of contracting GDP. It is struggling to deal with an unemployment rate of 21.29%, which is the highest in the industrialised world, as it attempts to recover from the financial crisis and a property slump. Figures earlier in the week showed that German exports and imports had both risen to their highest monthly level since records began in 1950. Germany’s GDP figures from Destatis showed that domestic demand had been one of the strongest drivers of growth. The country’s growth figures were “fantastic”, according to Christian Schulz at Berenberg Bank. “Consumption will become more and more the engine of growth in the future, since unemployment is dropping starkly,” he said. “France also expanded robustly. The eurozone core remains the anchor for the entire currency union.” France’s growth rate was its fastest since the second quarter of 2006. France’s economy minister Christine Lagarde said she was now “very confident that the (government) forecast of 2% growth for 2011 can be met”. She added that the manufacturing sector had been a particularly strong driver of growth in France. For comparison, UK GDP grew by 0.5% in the first three months of 2011.





Buffs carried out a triple Raising and Exultation on Saturday 7th May and Sunday 8th May 2011. At the Raising and Exultation of Bro. Jim Joyner, Bro. Billy Clynes and Bro. Dave Tonge to the Knight Order of Merit appertaining to the “Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes” R.A.O.B. Susan Reader from Paul Cunningham Nurses was presented with a Cheque for 1,500euro. In the line-up is the installing officer the Grand President Bro. Ray Routledge R.O.H. of the order for the Grand Council included in the line up are fifteen Brothers and Dignitaries from England that came over to Spain especially for this occasion, to support the three Brothers Jim Joyner, Bro Billy Clynes and Bro Dave Tonge, also in support were Brothers from two Spanish Lodges the Phillip Scott Lodge No.10671. G.L.E. and the Costa Blanca Lodge No.10570 The Brothers of the Patience Lodge No.2177 would like to thank all the Brethren from all sections and Banners for their assistance and support at this most special occasion. City secretary, Bro. Derek Rogers R.O.H. P.G.P. Patience Lodge No.2177. Tel:- 965 08 00 47

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Our May meeting was held in Algorfa at the AlQuibla Restaurant, a typical Spanish establishment. By the time everybody had enjoyed the copious amounts of fresh bread with salad and ali oli as well as a starter with a glass of wine or two! Then to be followed by a main course as well as a dessert, it is no wonder that lunch took three hours – which is normal! The objectives of this relatively new group are to raise funds for Paul Cunningham Nurses as well as promoting friendship among the membership. This months contribution to the fund was an astounding €188, thanks to everybody fro their very generous support. The group always meets on the first Wednesday of the month in a variety of different restaurants at 2.00pm For information please contact: Janine Williams on 677 165 462 or Maddie Pinfold on 966 078 646

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Ramsey Lewis, Chicago, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eric Burdon & The Animals and John Pizzarelli & the ClaytonHamilton Jazz Orchestra will perform at the San Javier Jazz Festival 2011. The 14th edition of the San Javier Jazz Festival, which will be held from June 25th to July 30th, will be dedicated to the memory of Gary Moore and Solomon Burke, and will include some of the best musicians in the current jazz and blues scene. The return of legendary pianist Ramsey Lewis, this time with his Electric Band and with a Jazz-Funk project, a genre which he invented. Jazz Rock supergroup Chicago’s first concert in Spain; the return of Eric Burdon & The Animals, and two of the world’s most prestigious big bands, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with special guest John Pizzarelli are some of the highlights of this year’s program. Other jazz greats like Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, Californian guitarist Lee Ritenour, and guitarist John Scofield will clear the way for other young musicians who are already world renown like Japanese pianist Hiromi with her new trio, Danish pianist Niels Lan Doky, or the new star of the accordion Ludovic Beier. Among the many European performers in this edition of the festival there will also be Spanish jazz musicians, like the pianist from Cadiz Sergio Monroy, the guitarist from Mallorca Biel Ballester and his trio who will perform with Romanian violinist Costel Nitescu, Catalonian pianist Albert Boverand

his trio with the Detroit singer Carla Cook, and the also Catalonian pianist Jaume Vilaseca and his quartet with Indian sitarist Ravi Chary. Other important names are the fantastic jazz vocalist Rene Marie;the great lady of the bossa nova Leny Andrade, or the French group Pink Turtle. Blues and rock will also be featured, as expected in an edition dedicated to Gary Moore, therefore, in addition to the already mentioned performances by Chicago and Eric Burdon, there will be performances by Elvin Bishop, Lucky Peterson, Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes and veteran British singer Chris Farlowe with the Norman Beacker Band, without forgetting to mention San Francisco bluesman Joe Louis Walker. All in all, an edition with concerts to satisfy the most diverse palates, and which will stay true to the festival’s policy of maintaining popular prices for tickets and season passes so everyone can have easy access to the temple of jazz and blues that is the Parque


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‘Queen Of Shops’ To Review High Street The UK Government wants leading retail consultant Ms Portas to advise on how to tackle the problem of vacant stores, preventing “clone towns” and increasing the number of small and independent retailers. As part of her review, she will visit a number of town centres across England and report back with her findings by the autumn. Ms Portas, who has previously tried to turn around the fortunes of ailing retailers in BBC TV show Mary Queen Of Shops, said: “With town centre vacancy rates doubling over the last two years the need to take action to save our high streets has never been starker. “I am calling on businesses, local authorities and shoppers to contribute their ideas on how we can halt this decline in its tracks and create town centres that we can all be proud of.” Prime Minister David Cameron said he was confident Portas’ “straight-talking, no-nonsense approach” would

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help bring the bustle back to Britain’s high streets. He added: “The high street should be at the very heart of every community, bringing people together, providing essential services and creating jobs and investment. “So it is vital that we do all that we can to ensure they thrive.” News of the review comes after economic think-tank Ernst & Young Item Club said the consumer spending outlook appeared bleak. A report by the group said household incomes had fallen to their lowest level since 1977. As a result, it predicted high street retailers face nearly a decade of pain as the squeeze on family finances tightens.


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Spanish Government Approves New Bill Against Black Economy................. The Council of Ministers approved last week a new bill aimed at eradicating a black economy that accounts for up to 20 percent of the country’s GDP. The bill is part of the Stability and National Reforms Program that the Government must submit to the European Commission before the end of this month. Many small and medium-sized companies have workers whom they pay fully or partially under the counter to skirt tax and social security obligations. The new bill gives companies a period of between two and three months to voluntarily put their workers fully on the books without suffering

any related penalties. After that period, heavier sanctions will be imposed and workplace inspections increased. Employers will receive penalties, which may be multiplied by 1.6 to 5 times, if they do not comply with these rules. The bill aims to boost state coffers as Spain struggles to emerge from nearly two years of recession with a bloated deficit and a European Union-high unemployment rate of 20 percent. They are also expected to approve the Stability and National Reforms Program which includes Spain’s commitments within the European economic strategy for the next decade.

Spanish Government Launches Property Roadshow................................................ The Spanish Government, led by development minister, Jose Blanco, and housing secretary Beatriz Corredor, last week kicked off an international holiday home roadshow, in an effort to woo buyers back to its flagging property market. The tour will be doing the European rounds, starting in the UK, attempting to bolster the image of the Spanish property market and attract foreign investors. UK investors currently represent more than one-third of foreign investors in Spanish Property. The tour will then move on to the Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden and Russia. Spain’s property market is working to overcome the scandal when thousands of buyers were sold homes by developers that they later discovered they had no legal right to. Various actions groups are now petitioning for the recovery of deposits paid by buyers to Spanish banks which are refusing to return their money. Blanco, however, says these cases represent less than 1% of holiday homes purchased and that the Government is looking to compensate these buyers on a case-by-case basis. There are currently around 680,000 empty holiday homes in Spain thanks to the huge overdevelopment of new-build homes during the property boom – and around 400,000 of these are

concentrated in the country’s coastal regions. Prior to the tour Jose Blanco said he felt this was an “ideal time” for buyers to invest in Spanish property and also said that “the Spanish real estate sector is beginning to see a reduction in residential housing stock and a consequent price alignment”. “The Road Show will highlight the strengths of our economy, transparency and legal certainty of our planning legislation. It is a good time to carry out this pioneering initiative because the markets that have the potential to invest in second homes are recovering and we must revive the holiday housing market to speed up the digestion of stock“. Beatriz Corredor, housing secretary, said: “Our country now has a wide range of real estate at more accessible prices than a few years ago.” Spain still represents one of the most popular holiday home destinations for UK buyers, despite negative press regarding Spain’s property market, and current hot spots include areas around the big cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Valencia. The appeal of the Balearics and the Canary Islands is also increasing, especially around the more exclusive resorts.




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Specsavers, the UK’s “most trusted” opticians, are advising Costa Blanca residents over the age of 60 to have an eye test at least once a year. Older eyes are susceptible to diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, which can be detected during an eye test. Early diagnosis can help prevent further damage in many cases. To encourage residents to have an eye exam, Specsavers Opticas stores in Calpe, Jávea and Torrevieja are offering their signature, UK standard eye test free with every glasses purchase until 21st May, 2011. Optician Colin Evans of Specsavers Opticas in Torrevieja explains “Some people wait until their vision becomes impaired before having an eye test. This can be risky because some eye diseases have few noticeable symptoms until they reach an advanced stage.” Store director Mike Stone of Specsavers Opticas in Calpe and Jávea adds: “Our advice to those over 60 is – Make an annual eye test a part of your normal healthcare routine.” Common problems for the over 60s Cataracts - The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated. Early on, the condition may cause near-sightedness and the reduction in perception of blue colours. Glaucoma - A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field often occurs gradually and slowly, and may be recognised by the sufferer only when at an advanced stage. This loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential. Macular degeneration - In older people, the macula – the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision – thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion, or even loss, of central vision. The sufferer may also have trouble discerning colours. Peripheral vision remains unaffected, but central vision loss is serious, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital. Specsavers was voted Britain’s “most trusted” brand of opticians for the tenth year in a row by the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey 2011. For Specsavers Opticas store locations, visit

Life with Linda... “focus on the positive”

Positive thinking is certainly a powerful thing, but positive expression is equally important. Many people, especially marriage partners and parents of small children, seem to believe that the best way to get somebody to change for the better is to consistently point out to them what they are doing wrong. These authority figures criticize, day in and day out. Eventually the people they are talking to become frustrated and often start to feel angry, because they see that nothing they say or do has any positive effect, and sometimes things even get worse. Has this ever happened to you? If so, there’s a principle of cognitive psychology that I teach in my seminars you’ll want to know about. It’s simply this: We move toward and become like what we think about. And we automatically behave in ways that match the image we have of our capabilities and ourselves. When you focus on what is going wrong, you tend to experience more of the problem. And when you focus on the solution, you move toward it, as surely as day follows night. So instead of telling folks what they are doing wrong, why not tell them what they are doing right? Instead of telling them what the problem is, why not tell them what the solution looks like and how it will benefit them personally? And while you’re at it, why not tell them how much you enjoy and appreciate the thoughtful or bright or funny things they say and do. Remember the behavior that you focus on and praise tends to be repeated. I used to cringe when I was walking round the supermarkets in the UK, you don´t here it so much here, there again

there are not as many children here as there!! But I would hear parent after parent telling their child “if I have told you once, I have told you a thousand times”, so it seems neither the child nor the parent got the picture!!! How many times were they going to say the same thing one thousand and one, one thousand one hundred and one, one million????’ Einstein´s theory on insanity is to repeatedly do the same thing, in the same same and expect a different outcome.....sound familiar? If a pattern of behaviour or a way of life is not working for you, why keep at it? If something does not make you happy, why keep trying it? If the person you are with is not who you want to be with, why stay? I can hear all the moans and groans, but there are circumstances. Then that is a choice you are making, if you do not want to end something or change something then you don´t need to keep telling people or yourself about it. A change of attitude and approach is needed though. Keeping a positive attitude in these times when people are in “crisis” or “life is not the way it was”, is paramount, life is never going to be as it was, time moves on and changes are inevitable. If the whole world was in crisis then nobody would be making any money, and we know that is not the case. Adapt, apply and learn, you are never too old, or too late. People are living longer and better lives now than just a generation or two ago. Is it worth it if you are sad and miserable, if you are living in the past or waiting for somebody else to make you happy. Gratitude, attitude and open mindedness will be the tools of the generations to come, but there is no good reason why not to start now!!!! How many times have I got to tell you??????

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AGE CONCERN NEWS............. SATURDAY 4th & SUNDAY 5th June 11am - 6pm

A festival for the Community by the Community!! A weekend, summer festival, held in the beautiful gardens of the Grand Design House, Casa La Pedrera, with the stunning backdrop of the ´Blue Lake¨´we invite you to come and celebrate the wealth of talent and diverstiy we have here on the Costa Blanca. Supporting our three local charities, The Lions Club, Paul Cunningham Nurses & Animal Aid there is something of interest for everyone. Arts: There will be an art & photography exhibitions from local artists, live displays and demonstrations. Music: Local bands & musicians compared by your favourite D.J.´s from TKO & spanish dancing directed by Raquel Pena. Crafts: Beautiful hand made objects and long forgotten crafts will be on display. Lace Making, patchwork, cross stitch to name a few. Exhibtions from the Dolls House Museum in Santa Pola, The Torreveija Model Boat Club and Model Aeroplanes from Mayor Hobbies will keep young and old transfixed and there will also be an opportunity to sponsor our Brave Mascot Teddy´Bear to jump off our 4metre Diving Board. This money will be go towards local Down Syndrome Swimmer, Adam Stewart to compete in future European competions. Come and enjoy the festive atmosphere if you need any further info please go to or contact Jenni on 660 816 620

The Charity are pleased to announce that Pam Horabin has been co-opted to the role of Vice-President. Pam will also continue as Fun Raising Committee Chairman. Last Friday evening, a meal and race-night was held in the restaurant Catorce, Benijofar, for Age Concern volunteers and friends (see photo). Enthusiastic betting, especially on some very slow horses, was held between courses, resulting in a total of 510 Euros being raised for the Charity. Grateful thanks to all the staff at Catorce and the race organisers for a truly enjoyable evening. One of the most popular events, the Age Concern Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 11th June 2011, commencing at 11.00am at the charities walk-in-centre C/Paganini,Urb La Siesta. The Charity would be pleased to receive tombola prizes, decent bric-a-brac, or donations for the raffle etc., all gratefully accepted. Please telephone 966 786 887. (possible collections can be arranged.) The Rascals are having a concert on Wednesday evening 6th July 2011 at the Virgin Del Carmen Theatre, commencing at 8.00pm. Tickets are 6 euros each. Proceeds to Age Concern. Itis hoped to arrange transport from the Centre at La Siesta. For more details contact the Centre on 966 786 887

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Over the years, however, the wild flower Helianthemum nummularium has been cultivated and hybridized to form many new cultivars with single, semi-double and double flowers ranging from white, yellow, pink to red & are widely grown as ornamental plants. These plants have open flowers that are very attractive to bees. These easily become cross pollinated creating more hybrids and therefore it is not uncommon to find chance seedlings that can develop into newly named cultivars. Popular in rockeries, edges of borders and containers as they grow easily in poor soil and are profusely covered by flowers at the time of blossom.

Another member of the Cistacaeae family that I mentioned last week was the Grey-Leaf Cistus/ Cistus albidus) very common in the campo with its showy mauve and pink flowers. It is another spectacular medicinal rich Mediterranean flower with a long history in herbal medicine and the perfume industry. During this time of the year their unmistakable paper-like petals only last one day, fall from the shrub & surround the base with a lovely floral confetti. The leaves of Grey Leaved Cistus are strong tasting and may be used in the preparation of herbal tea. In times of great antiquity, the resin from the Cistus LABDANUM was much prized. It was scraped and collected from the fur of goats and sheep that grazed on the Cistus shrubs by the enterprising shepherd’s. They then sold the resin to coastal traders. The false beards worn by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt were actually the labdanum soaked hair of these goats! Later long poles with leather or cloth strips were used to sweep the shrubs and collect the resin which was later extracted. Medicinally labdanum preparations have been traditionally used to treat colds, coughs, menstrual problems and rheumatism. However all those using herbs such as these today would fall foul of a new European law, THMPD directive which which came into effect as recently as May 2011. I find quite ironic that many herbs of this nature that have been used for centuries to cure all sorts of ailments, can no longer be used or at the very least, their use severely restricted. More on this new law next week, but until then, happy walking Jenni

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GARDEN CLUB of VEGA BAJA…May meeting As usual there were about 100 members of the club at the meeting, this time to listen to Barbara Etheridge talk about growing irises. She and her husband Geoff came to Spain about 8 yrs ago and bought an older property near Albatera. It took several years to renovate the house then they looked at the garden……mainly olive trees with a few other fruit trees in sandy dry soil. First job was to order a lorry load of horse manure then decide what to grow. Their favourite in England had been fuchsias, but these do not like the high temperatures. A visit to the iris gardens near Benissa gave them an idea and they chose “bearded irises” to start as these can be grown in full sun. Looking into the history of irises, Barbara discovered that they are named after the Greek goddess Iris who came to earth on a rainbow (the Spanish word for rainbow is iris).To the Egyptians, it was a symbol of power and majesty, carvings have been found on tombs and temples but the oldest is on a fresco at Knossos in Crete. The Romans dedicated the flower to Juno and Christians associated it with the Virgin Mary. Barbara then went on to give a demonstration of how to split the bulbs or rhizomes. She and Geoff had brought along a selection of potted irises from their garden which were snapped up quickly by the eager club members. The second part of the afternoon was the rose competition with the first prizes going to Mary

Priddle for the best floribunda, Gloria Hoskins for the best hybrid tea, and Jenny Brunning for the rose with the best perfume. On Tues May 17th there is a club outing to a Mediterranean garden and a cactus garden. The next meeting at Los Rosales on the Lemon Tree Road is on Mon June 6th from 2-4 pm. There will be a speaker and a photo comp of “Your Garden” so get snapping and bring your photos along, Enquiries to Val on 966 716 527

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I really hate it when you wish someone good luck, and back comes the smug answer; “You make your own luck in life”. Sure you can be really organised, smart and ambitious, and all these things will help, but I maintain that there are some people who are just born lucky and have an invisible horseshoe carved into their forehead, or seem to have access to the Philosophers Stone and capable of turning base metal into gold. You know the ones. Whatever they do in life, they always seem to land on their feet, or as my old Dad used to say, “ If they fell down the toilet, they would come out with a bunch of roses and a box of Black Magic”. Not very subtle my Dad. Then conversely there are those of us who always drop the bread, butter side down. The ones who suddenly realise that the ITV on their car is overdue, and even though they have never been pulled over by the Guardia in all their years in Spain, they get stopped on their way to the test centre. There is good luck and bad luck - of course there is! Why some have far more than their fair share of either however, is a mystery. It’s the same with poise, or to put it another way, no poise. I have friends who are so butterfingered, that you would never dream of getting out the best crystal if they come round for drinks. You just know that at

some point in the proceedings something will get spilt, dropped or knocked over. It’s as inevitable as seeing Jordan’s chest splashed across the front pages at least twice a week. But like luck, there are things that happen around these people that they apparently have no contact with or influence over. They just have to be present for situations to occur. Ray, a friend from my younger days, was one of those people. For some inexplicable reason, he only had to go near young ladies for them to suddenly screech in dismay as a run appeared in their tights. It was a regular phenomenon, happening time and time again. He was responsible for more ladders than George Wimpey. One night travelling home in a heavy storm in his Ford Anglia, both wipers, as if by mutual consent, shot off into the night, leaving two little metal spikes eeek eeeking back and forth across the bottom of his windscreen. He was a poltergeist in human form, with things, falling over and going bump in the night whenever he was around. If he were to be given a new Airbus A380 for Christmas, he would break it by Boxing Day! A one-time girlfriend was also a train-crash on legs, and would do silly things like cleaning out her shower cubicle fully dressed, then turning it on to sluice down,


I like my world to be in harmony, without stress and raised voices. I don’t want to give the impression that I like my world to be boring and monochrome – there is a wealth of difference between harmony, which allows for a decent measure of excitement, and stress and discord, which doesn’t. My world has been affected by the recent rain – not that I am complaining about the rain, coming as I do from a country where a week without rain is almost unheard of, even in the height of summer. I like rain - Spanish rain, that is. It is such an unusual phenomenon that I get quite excited when it rains. I feel compelled to drop everything and watch it, I don’t know what I expect, but you never know, one day it might rain actual cats and dogs! But it is the consequences of the rain that have jolted my world into disharmony. Everything in our garden is growing at record speed, including those plants which I would rather didn’t grow at all, namely weeds. I have a broad-minded approach to weeds. In fairness many of them are very pretty, some of them are even quite spectacular, and I feel would be better described as ‘wild flowers.’ I set a piece of our garden aside for these little



forgetting to exit first. We were enjoying the ride along on Bermuda’s South Shore one day, on my shiny Honda. Penny was wearing chunky, platform soled shoes, when my bike came to a dead stop, unlike myself who continued on in the general direction of Europe. She had managed to stick one of her heels into the back wheel, which was suddenly transformed into one of the more obscure letters of the Greek alphabet. You occasionally find an individual who is the strange combination of the two things: they are constantly falling over their own feet, but possess some mystical rabbit’s foot of powerful luck. We had one at school. He was very bright, but always injuring himself in PE and games; a geek supreme and a fully paid up anorak . . . he would take girls behind the bike sheds and help them with their maths! But then later in life he became incredibly successful, and almost literally everything he touched turned to double platinum. But apparently he still dances like a camel and is as accident prone as ever. So please don’t give me all that guff about making my own luck, or tell me to be careful with that precious vase on your sideboard. If I’m clumsy enough to drop it, put it down to bad luck.

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treasures, gathering them lovingly and carefully in seed form from the surrounding countryside, but they steadfastly refused to co-operate, and my wild flower garden remained barren. The weeds, sorry, wild flowers and I developed a strange, twisted relationship. They refused to grow in their nice specially prepared plot, but grew with gusto in the rest of the garden. As soon as they popped their heads up I would pounce on them with a maniacal laugh and heave them out by the roots. I felt justified, after all, they had the choice, they could have put themselves in their designated safe area, but oh no, they had to turn up where they weren’t welcome. But the weeds and I have moved on from absolute enmity – we have formed a sort of pact. It is along the lines of: If they promise to produce a pretty flower, they can stay, as long as they are not A: Interfering with an existing plant which cost money, and therefore has a superior claim to land rights or B: Give in gracefully when their flower is over, and accept a dignified end. (I will pull them up when they are no longer pretty) I think this is a very fair arrangement. However, the weeds (yes, weeds!) continue to grow everywhere! They know the rules, so why can’t they play fair? Why can’t they behave?

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A sad event this last week was the earthquakes in Lorca. Shortly before 7 pm I was on the terrace, quietly watering my pot plants. Suddenly the pots performed a Polka on the table, but as we have had quakes before, I just noted the event and promised myself to tell my husband about it. Quickly forgotten – hey, I am of the age when I remember what happened 20 years ago, but have forgotten what I had for breakfast – I did not say anything to my husband, until a neighbour came and told us to tune in on TV1. Watching the coverage on TV, I realised that the tremor I had felt was the second one of magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale. Absolutely no doubt it was a tragedy for the people affected, and my thoughts are with them. On a lighter note, we have been entertained by music from all over Europe – or should I say Eastern Europe – at the Eurovision Song Contest last Saturday. Azerbaijan won, with 100 of the total 166 points they obtained as top-scorers (8, 10 and 12 points) coming from other Eastern European countries. Surprised? I am not! In my notes from this “important” event, I wrote: “Looking better than they are singing. Jay Lo lookalike – without the bum! No choreography, marched around on the scene. Chorus: “Oh, Oh” – exactly my sentiments!” I am an avid cook! By the way, did you know that 80% of all accidents in the home happen in the kitchen? Good news is that

90% of these are eaten anyway! Anyway, though I love cooking I do sometimes buy fast-food in the form of a pizza. And I fall for the manufacturer’s private, little joke every time. I can see them giggling when they decided on the packaging. ‘Let’s leave a little corner without glue, put the words “Abre facil” on...and then glue the rest with SUPERGLUE!’ And, there you are! You have managed to part the little corner, but the rest will not part, no matter how hard you tug. You put all your effort in, finally it split, the pizza takes a double somersault, finishes with a pirouette, and lands on the floor with all the topping spread around it. Sure, that is fast food - so fast that you do not get a chance to eat it! Aren’t people weird? Why can’t they be like you and me? I read about a Croatian boy, who is magnetic. Yes, he can hold op to 25 kg of metal on his torso. His parents are mighty proud of him, showing him of with spoons, knives and forks all over him – well, guess it gives them easy access to the cutlery when laying the table. Or the nutcase grandmother from California, who is sewing suicide kits, and selling them on the Internet? I’m not killing people, she says, this is my chance of helping them. When a healthy young man used her kit to kill himself,

she denied any responsibility. Well, with $98,000 earned on her “invention” it seems to me that she is more helping herself. Young people have always been pranksters. The more silly a thing is the funnier! Do not deny it! We have all done it. I do not agree with the fashion of jumping into a hotel pool from the fourth floor – that is not silly, that is both stupid and dangerous. But “planking” seems to me just a thing I would have done when I was young. “Planking” is laying flat on your stomach with the arms against your body, supported by e.g. a bicycle or two cupboards; and then post a photo on Internet. Or, in danger of being arrested, on top of a police car – the “culprit” was charged with being on police equipment without lawful excuse. If he could have found one, would they have let him? Pretty silly, but hey-ho, we have all been young once! Unfortunately some youngsters do not know where to stop, which has caused the death of a young man, when he attempted to do “planking” after a night out, and fell to his death from a balcony.

Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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Down 1 Made broader (7) 2 In an illegal manner (9) 3 Front limb of a horse (7) 4 Make laws (9) 5 French for “Our” (5) 6 These stop football plays (7) 7 Become liable to (5) 8 Food market (7) 14 Disaffected (9) 16 Well-kept (9) 17 Pampered (7) 18 Take one’s clothes off (7) 20 Utmost (7) 21 One of New York’s baseball teams (7) 23 Forever no (5) 24 Dirty (5)


Across 1 Ridiculous bus crashes in a road (6) 5 Contrary to Pope is change (8) 9 One who can sell alcohol to parasitic insects seen elsewhere (8) 10 Headless hunted animal eats everyone it’s true! (6) 11 Sum it up after I make loan extra (10) 12 Might include redhead girl (4) 13 Dead end in day of French return (8) 16 Girl is reportedly an online animal doctor? (6) 17 F  oreign Office returning 13 of an unborn baby (6) 19 Goes back in green, terse part (2-6) 21 Sea pipe? (4) 22 B  e concise - I adapted field of knowledge (10) 25 T  ear up without a fiftyfifty return for a supporter (6) 26 T  his way and that, creature surrounds new similar creature (almost) (2,3,3) 27 Grass - teaberry, perhaps (8) 28 Not that clever - returns daughter to empty leisure centre (6) Down 2 Gradually strengthen physique (5) 3 Part of parachute - risk to organs (5) 4 Fire Sid up with girl (7) 5 Love church, and taking in one nymph (7) 6 Herb players, perhaps (7)

7 Most unctuous military forces enter into smut - not posh! (9) 8 One who endures the French animal in rising source (9) 14 Serving to bring to mind England 5-0 Cuba at International - a famous day (9) 15 That which ensnares Brown in green mess left inside (9) 18 Freedom left head of Iraq - Bush starting (with England) to try again (7) 19 Animal, some Australian ones, and almost a flying one (7) 20 “Former mollusc going without”, I cry out (7) 23 Fixed without maiden over (5) 24 Sea feature of river in fuel (5)



Across 1 Deliberate (7) 5 Mesh (7) 9 Out-and-out (9) 10 What chocolate comes from (5) 11 Pins (7) 12 Make bigger (7) 13 Assign (9) 15 Effeminate (5) 17 A South American rodent (5) 19 A finger or toe (9) 22 Laid bare (7) 25 Craftsman (7) 26 Dike (5) 27 Discriminate (9) 28 Probably (2 words) (7) 29 People watching their calories (7)

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AECC FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2011 EMERALD ISLE, Playa Flamenca, Friday. All at 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you have any items to donate for auction contact Carol and Ron 965 319 929 Mobile 688 238 879. In support of AECC. ----------------------------------------------AECC are looking for people able to organise concerts or other fundraising events in order to continue its life-saving subsidised cancer screening. AECC offers this service to Men and Women to detect cancer in its early stages and fund-raising is an essential part of this process. It is also vitally important to remember your own cancer screening,

5th June Maria’s 5km Charity Walk and fun day. Meeting at Playa Flamenca Promenade in front of Surfer’s Bar, adjacent to the Post Office. Meet at 10.00 a.m. for 10.30 a.m. start. Registration 5€, details from spanishpinkladies@hotmail. or phone 672 875251, 660 233972 or 634 198351. All proceeds to AECC. Auctions are held at: ROCAJUNA, Punta Prima, Monday; MONTY’S BAR, Algorfa, Wednesday; BUDDIE’S BAR, Playa Flamenca (near Saturday Market and Judges Chambers) Thursday;


so please call AECC on 965 716679 if you can help in any way or to arrange appointments. AECC also require high-quality clothes and bric-a-brac for sale in the shop and at our regular auctions. Please bring these along to the Torrevieja shop at Calle La Calera 2, just off Calle ApoloAvenida Cortes Valencianas. For full directions see our website, or phone 965 716679 for assistance. Visit the AECC English-Language Website for further information about all aspects of AECC in the Torrevieja area:

A feast with a difference for Company Women

The Costa Blanca female networking group is combining two interesting ingredients at its next lunch. Fish and chips and speed dating. Something very special to follow-up Monica Lorente’s visit to their last lunch event. The business date, to be held on June 2nd at Quesada Fish and Chips, includes some interesting variations on a classic dish. You can chose from Chic Cod and Chic Haddock and there are some vegetarian options too. And for afters, up to 40 participating women


will have chance to take part in Company Women’s first Business to Business speed dating event. The principle behind speed dating, is that there is no room for all that time-wasting chit chat. You can get right down to basics quickly. A perfect principle for those wanting to make as many networking links as possible in as short a time as they can. The opportunities for learning don’t stop there. Jackie of Sophia Wellness Centre is poised to present a skills slot. This new feature of Company Women lunches gives members opportunity to both present their business and provide useful information to others. Jackie will be handing out some tips, including cost effective ways of keeping hair looking cool in the heat of July and August. There’s chance to check on your antioxidant levels too. The Pharmanex Biophotonic Scanner will be available for those wanting to protect themselves from free radicals. So if you want to make as many contacts as you can and make the most of yourself over the summer visit the Company women website for more details www. companywomen. org and get your business into shape.





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Ingredients 700g pre-sliced smoked salmon 350g full-fat soft cream cheese 1 heaped tsp mignonette pepper (coarsely ground black peppercorns) 284ml carton whipping cream juice of half a lemon FOR THE GRAVADLAX DRESSING 1 heaped tbsp very finely chopped shallot

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Wrap the base of a loosebottomed, 20cm non-stick cake tin with cling film, twizzling it into a knot on the underside, then slot base back in the tin. Cut the salmon into pieces about 15cm long and make a neat layer of slices, presentation side down, on the base of the tin. Start at the outside and push the slices right to the edge; after going all round the edge, fill in the centre with straight pieces of salmon. Mash the cream cheese until smooth (a rubber spatula is good for this), working in the mignonette pepper and a pinch of salt at the same time.

Press the top down with your hands. Stretch cling film over and refrigerate for at least four hours - or preferably Pour in two-thirds of the overnight. cream, a little at a time, and Make the dressing. keep stirring and beating Simmer the shallots, sugar until a smooth, lightly and brandy in a small pan until whipped cream consistency almost dry and a deep brown is achieved. Now work in the lemon juice. If slightly colour - about 5 minutes. Tip into a bowl and leave to too firm (it should be spreadable), work in the cool. Whisk the crème fraîche remaining cream and then in a bowl with the mustard and lime juice, and whisk in recheck for seasoning. Dollop about a quarter the cold shallots. of the cream cheese in the centre of the salmon and spread to the edge with the spatula or a palette knife; slowly turn the tin to get an even thickness of about 3mm. Top this with a salmon layer, continuing until both salmon and cheese have been used, finishing with a salmon layer.

Whisk in the olive oil, trickling it slowly as if making mayonnaise. Season, cover the bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. To turn the salmon gateau out, dip a knife into a jug of warm water and run it carefully around the inside of the tin, between the gateau

“Mr Voice” Andy Jones will star in Broadway & Hollywood spectacular tour of Costa Blanca in June

The fabulous voice of Andy Jones will feature in a sensational tour of eight venues in the region during May. The shows, commencing on 9th June, will illustrate the fabulous songs that hit the stage on Broadway and The West End with such splendour and Andy is just the singer to bring it all to life on the Costa Blanca!

Over 37 years, Andy has been on stage with the Doyle Cart’e Opera Company and performed in almost every Gilbert and Sullivan Show inc Carousel, Guys and Dolls,Oklahoma, Camelot, Merry Widow, The Card, Calamity Jane, and many others. Such a powerful voice from such a small guy is amazing and Andy says “I have been to numerous auditions for the big shows and been told that although I can sing and act the parts perfectly, I am too small to be considered! Well, small or not, Andy will be belting it out on this tour! During Andy’s 37 years on stage, he has appeared at top venues throughout Europe and performed with many top stars such as Black abbots, Bernard Manning’ Vince Miller, Wayne Fontana and many others. Broadway & Hollywood also features great songs from musical movies made famous in the 60s and 70s. Films that you will know and love and songs that will bring memories flooding back will be performed by Jukebox Legends. Peter & Fiona will once again show their amazing versatility as they support the incredible talent that is Andy Jones for this three hour spectacular fund raising tour in aid of HAH (Help at Home - Costa Blanca). Jukebox Promotions Peter Day says “ Tickets are just 7-50 Euros and there is a special block booking deal where groups of 10 or more can get 2 tickets FREE at any one venue. The eight show tour will start on 9th June and finish on 28th and all shows will start at 8-30pm. Each venue will offer a pre-show meal option at a great rate although tickets for the show can be booked without buying food. We are very excited about working this tour theme with Andy as he has such a fabulous voice and has so much experience with Broadway and West End shows. “with ticket prices at the great value price of 7.50 Euros and eight venues to choose from across the region, we feel that this is going to be a very memorable tour and so far, ticket requests have been very positive so we hope everyone that wants to see Andy perform this incredible music, will book early to make sure of their seats” says Peter. It’s going to be a great tour so don’t miss it!

½ tsp demerara sugar 50ml brandy 100ml crème fraîche 1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard squeeze of lime juice 50ml olive oil leaves from a few sprigs of fresh dill TO SERVE 8 watercress sprigs extra virgin olive oil lime wedges and the sides, to release the salmon from the tin. Invert a flat serving plate or board on top, then turn the gateau out upside down and lift off the tin and the cling-filmed base. You will now be left with a perfectly flat top to the salmon-layered gateau. The gateau is best cut into wedges while set firm, then left to reach room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving - it will soften slightly and have more flavour being less cold. Just before serving, chop the dill and whisk it into the dressing, which is best served straight from the fridge. Serve the gateau with watercress sprigs drizzled with olive oil and lime wedges for squeezing. Serve the dressing in a jug.


Moroccan Wings with Herb Couscous




INGREDIENTS 2 x 475g packs chicken wings 3 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp harissa paste, plus more to serve 1 tsp cumin seeds , lightly crushed 1 medium orange , zested and juiced (about 6 tbsp in total) 1 lemon , zested and juiced 150g couscous large bunch mint large bunch coriander 2 tbsp finely chopped preservedlemon extra-virgin olive oil 0 % fat Greek yogurt , to serve

into a large roasting tin and grill for 15 minutes, turning halfway, till golden. Meanwhile mix the maple syrup, harissa and cumin with the zests, half of the orange and lemon juices and some seasoning. Pour over the wings, shake to coat, then return to the grill for another 15 minutes till browned and sticky, turing once. While the chicken is grilling boil the kettle for the couscous. Splash the remaining orange and lemon juice over the couscous then pour in enough boiling water just to cover. Clingfilm the bowl then set aside for 10 minutes. Roughly chop the herbs. Fluff the couscous, fold through the herbs, preserved lemon, 1 tbsp oil and some salt and pepper. Serve with the wings and a spoonful of yogurt, swirled with harissa if you like a bit more METHOD Heat the grill to high. Put the chicken wings heat.


and sugar continuously over a bowl of barely simmering water, until doubled in volume and thick (an electric whisk is ideal). Remove bowl from heat. Continue to whisk until completely cool; the whole process will take about 10 mins.

350g raspberries 3 eggs 100g golden caster sugar 284ml pot double cream

Whisk the cream until just thick. Fold the egg mix into the cream until completely combined, then METHOD fold in the meringue. Pour the raspberry purée Mash 150g of the raspberries, pass through a over the mix in a zigzag, then gently pour into the sieve into a bowl, discarding seeds, and set aside. lined loaf tin. Freeze for minimum 4 hrs and serve Line a 1 litre loaf tin with cling film. Whisk eggs in slices with the remaining whole raspberries. 2 meringues shells, crushed into small pieces


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THE SPIRITUALIST CHURCH, Big Band Dance Night........... QUESADA.............................. ‘Swingtet -Plus ‘ next Big Band Dance Night at Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Deanna Sparks will take the Divine Service on Sunday, 22nd May. There will be an Evening of Mediumship with Lesley and Shirley on Tuesday, 24th May, followed by a Divine Service with David Darnbrough Sunday, 29th May. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965 323 028.

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with LA BAMBA’s. At - La Rustika [Los Arcos] Restaurant, Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. Saturday: SOCIAL DANCE 7.30pm – 10pm. Monday: NEW BEGINNERS CLASS 10.30 – 12.30pm Tuesday: IMPROVERS LESSON 7.30pm–8.30pm plus SOCIAL DANCE 8.30pm – 10.30pm Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Thurs NEW BEGINNERS CLASS 7.30pm–9.30pm Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157.


Are concerned about your own level of drinking? Does your personal or professional life bring you into contact with a problem drinker? Members of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS invite you to attend, without obligation, an Open Meeting on Friday 3rd June at Calle San Miguel de Salinas 2, (Corner of Calle Santomera), Torrevieja at 1.00pm. Helpline 625 912 078.

Los MONTESINOS................

Art classes Wednesdays 10.30am - 12.30pm At Bar Rosa, Contact Suzanne Stokes:- tel: 724 283/680 961 025 for details


Are you aware that Freemasonry is thriving on the Costa Blanca? There are various lodges meeting up and down the coast. If you already are a Mason or simply wish to know more about Freemasonry in Spain please contact Harry Palmer Membership Committee Tel: 966 712 326 or Email:

Slimming Club.................... Every Thursday at 10am , Rojales Steak House (Old Tylers Bar) Similar to Slimming World (red / green days) Contact Dee 637 994 967 or the bar for more info

you have missed any of the 4 previous nights, don’t miss the next one on THURSDAY 19TH MAY- dance to your favourite big band soundsfrom Glenn Miller to Count Basie - with the added vocal support of Mr. Ron Rogers with his renditions of numbers made famous by Sinatra, Bobby Darin etc. Tickets at 6€ are on sale now at the reception in the hotel, and there will be a limited number. For tickets or to reserve tickets call 968 - 583 - 980 For full details call 968 - 432 - 630. There will be a raffle with proceeds for HELP

MODERN JIVE (CEROC STYLE) with PASO A PASO CLASSES-PRIVATE TUITIONSOCIAL EVENTS - MOBILE DANCE DISCOS..................... in and around the Torrevieja. If you would like us to take classes or events in your venue call Maxine on 670 711 408 with details. We


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CASTILLA AMIGOS................ A friendship group for single people.


come and join us at the CASTILLA BAR on the Lemon Tree Road, Near Guardamar. Every Wednesday from 3.00 pm. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE - 966 849 057

Why not play around?..... A round of golf that is! Sonrisa a charity supporting Paul Cunningham Nurses by funding Hospice Care at Home are holding a Charity Golf Tournament at Alenda Golf Club on Friday 13th May.

We only have a few spaces for teams of 4 and have start times around 9 to 9.30am. 18 holes for just €43 per person. Prizes for the first four teams plus hole prizes! We are also still looking for sponsorship of the remaining holes at up to 50 Euros per hole. The Business can have extensive advertising on the hole and in the brochure while supporting a good cause. For more details or to book please contact Clive Dalton on 667 359 808 or email son. We hope to see you there!

Scamp was born in September 2010. He was found wandering near San Javier Airport just after Christmas, so could have been an abandoned ‘Christmas present!’. He is a medium sized puppy, very lively and friendly. Scamp just loves to play, with people, with other dogs, it doesn’t matter to him. He very much deserves his first loving home, with people who care. To arrange to meet Scamp or any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.

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


BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING at Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Tel Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 7.30pm - 9.30pm Successful Slimming La Marina 11am at The Hillside Bar, Caelle Bilbao. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553 Old time Dancing class with SLOTS. Pilar Sol Club, Lo Monte Hotel, N332 Pilar del la Horadada. 7.30pm - 9.30pm No previous dancing experience required. Tel: 609 939 369 MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. 7.30pm Adams workshop especially for beg/ imp. 9pm FREE social dancing with JIVE JUNCTION DISCO.


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


BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 Saturday Social Dance 7.30pm - 10pm


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


BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 10.30am - 12.30pm


BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 Improvers Lesson 7.30pm - 8.30pm plus Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm Successful Slimming Quesada 10am at The Sportsman, near Canales Supermarket ART GROUP Cultural Centre, Calle Pino Quesada at 10am Call 966 716 018/966 719 776 Denelle Dance Club Argentine Tango Tuition 8:00 - 9:00, Social Dancing 9:00 - 10:15 every Tuesday at the Club, Quesada. Contact Lyn on 63558441 MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. 4.30pm Adams workshop especially for imp/int.

NB: Information correct at time of printing BUT please check with the relevant venues that events are taking place Bombon was born in April 2010. She was found as a tiny kitten with the rest of her litter. She is a delightful little cat, very friendly and affectionate. Anyone offering Bombon her first loving home, would be rewarded with a beautiful little girl. To arrange to meet Bombon or any other cat, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.



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12 May - 28 May: Painting exhibitions by Juana María Noguera “La Pansa” Casa Municipal de Cultura Pintor Llorens Room. More info:


13 May - 03 June. Exhibition by de Juan Castillo Carpio, “Los colores del puerto”. Benissa 2011 Inauguration: May 13th, Exhibition hall of University Annexe at 8pm Timetable: from Monday to Friday, from 10am - 1pm and from 5pm - 9pm. Organised by: University Annexe. More info:


28 May - 10 June. Art exhibition organized by: Taller de pintura del AMPA Padre Melchor y Concejalía de Juventud. Inauguration: 28th, 8.30 pm. Casal Jove. Timetable: from Monday - Friday, from 9.30am- 1.30 pm Tuesdays and thursday from 16.00pm - 7.30 pm.More info:


Until 12th June Certamen Nacional de Pintura en Pilar de la Horadada 2011. 25 Aniversario de la Segregación de Pilar dela Horadada 1986-2011 El tema de la obra será “Rincones de Pilar de la Horadada y su término” info: * Plazo para presentación de las obras: del 10 de mayo al 12 de junio. * Lugar de presentación de las obras: Casa de Cultura. C/ Carretillas, 19. 03190 Pilar de la Horadada. Tlf: 965 351 124. * Más información sobre las bases de esta convocatoria en ROJALES - Cuevas del Rodeo - Exhibition en la Sala Mengolero de las Cuevas del Rodeo. Until 30 June www.


Music Arts & Crafts festival Grand designs house 04 & 05 June 11am - 6pm Entry 1€ kids free.Dance shows from ‘Flamenca paraTodos’ and Footwork Dancers, Horse parade, art & photography exhibitions & demonstrations by Susanne Sayers, Suzanne Stokes, Ken Wallace, Martin Robinson, Eileen Wallace &Rico (Lunatic Art) Music & drama from UK band Zephora, choirs, brass band, TKO radio, Actors Studio, Dramatic Licence. Crafts: lace making, patchwork, embroidery, cross stitch, pergamano, handmade jewellery. Exhibitions from Santa Pola Dolls House Museum & Torrevieja model boat club and model aeroplanes. Tel: 660 816 620 for more information



Art Studio - ‘Bob Ross’ style oil landscape class. Saturday, June 18 10:00am-5:30pm Contact Anne Kerr -, phone 965 977 045


Friday (3rd June) – Open Meeting. Calle San Miguel de Salinas 2, (Corner of Calle Santomera), Torrevieja. 1.00pm. If you are worried about your own level of drinking or concerned for the well being of someone close to you, please come along. No obligation. Helpline 625 912


Studio 17 Life art drawing workshops Fridays 11am 1pm & 2pm - 4pm. More info a www.martin-enterprises. eu/STUDIO17 Phone Martin at 648 535 165 or email

Torry Army

Thurs 19 May 2011, 1.30pm for 2.00pm at Hoggies Bar, San


Bloomsday bathe on the beach. Join us for a Bloomsday Bathe on the Beach: SWIM! or DIP! Fuengirola, 08:00 AM Thursday, 16th June followed by informal readings from Ulysses in both English and Spanish and a Continental Breakfast. This event will consist a non-intellectual, informal, fun get together providing the opportunity to become fully immersed in – sea water. This event is FREE. You want to eat or drink that´s up to you! If you think a friend or fellow Joycean may enjoy receiving this invitation, please feel free to forward it. If you have any suggestions to make our event better, please email:

Luis, Lunch with Friends, 10€ per head Sat 21 May 2011, 8.00pm for 8.30pm at Windsor Tavern, San Luis, Details Quiz Night with Buffet, 6€ per head If you are interested in attending one or both of these social functions please call in at the Torry Army Office in San Luis or ring Pat on 688 698 894


(oari & amics), will be closed all day on FRIDAY 20th May due to the fact that the office is to become a polling station for the muncipal elections on Sunday 22nd. During the course of

The Rojales Neighbourhood Watch group

is holding its quarterly meeting in the Municipal Centre in Ciudad Quesada at 11.00 am on Monday 6th June 2011 when we hope also to have the chief of the Local Police present . All people living in the 03170 postal area will be most welcome to attend. Come along and find out what we do and how we work to help improve security in our neighbourhoods. We look forward to seeing you there.


New exhibitons AND childrens workshops, etc For more information:

Los MONTESINOS Bar Rosa - Wednesdays. Art classes with Suzanne Stokes at Bar Rosa from 10.30am to 12.30pm - 8€ More info at www. and phone number 965 724 283 / 680 961 025.

VILLANUEVA DELA CONCEPCION Nueva Arte - an AIA exhibition. The latest Andalusian International Artists Group exhibition will be taking place in the Sala de Exposiciónes in the Ayuntamiento Casa del La Cultura. The seven participating artists from three countries are Enrique Linaza and Juan Cruz, Spain; Roger Cummiskey, Dolores Cummiskey and Philip Magee; Ireland; Nalini Shanthi Cook and Richard Wood, UK. The exhibition runs from the 6 May to the 22 May on Fridays from 5-8 PM; Saturdays from 11-2 and 5-8 pm and Sundays from 11-02. All are invited to an opening preview reception on Friday 06 May 2011 from 7.00-8.30 pm. Further information is available from the AIA web site

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There will never be another golfer quite like Seve Ballesteros. Conceivably no other sportsmen quite like him either. Put together the charisma of Arnold Palmer and the shotmaking skills of Tiger Woods and you come close. Yet at his peak, his appeal was greater than the two giants of the game put together. In the 1980s European Golf was blessed with Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam. But if there was a tournament in Britain and Ballesteros was battling for the title with one or more of the other four he was the one the vast majority of the crowd wanted to come out on top. He was that popular. It was one of the reasons he chose to announce his retirement in July last year at Carnoustie at The Open. “The people from the United Kingdom, they really were fantastic every time,” he said in an emotional press conference “They were great. There was kind of a good feeling between them and I. There was a good connection. There was a good chemistry. They really support me all the way and this is one thing that I will never forget. “I say that many times and I wanted to say it one more time. Most of the tournaments that I won were thanks to them, because they really support me very much and I feel it and I’m very grateful for that. So thank you very much.” The 1984 Open at St Andrews was probably the high point, Ballesteros’ own joy when his winning putt toppled into the hole on its dying roll matched by a roar that rocked the “auld grey toon” to its foundations. It was his second Open and the fourth of his five majors, but there is no greater setting than the Home of Golf and to triumph there in such dramatic fashion - it denied Tom Watson what could have been a recordequalling sixth Claret Jug - made it the dream scenario. By then every golf fan knew the beginning of the Seve story. The youngest of four brothers who at the age of seven was given the rusty head of an old three-iron and who searched for sticks that he made into shafts. Pebbles from the beach near their Pedrena home on Spain’s north coast became his balls and such was his love for and devotion to the game that his brother Manuel, who became a European Tour player himself, said: “Without a golf club in his hand he was like a man with no legs. You never saw him without a club.” Seve started caddying at eight and at 14 all the Spanish professionals knew that there was “this kid” who was very special and destined for greatness. Not that it looked that way when he first ventured onto the European Tour on his 17th birthday, shooting an 89 in the Portuguese Open qualifier and crying when asked about it afterwards. He made it into the Spanish Open a week later, though, and while his first official Tour round was an 83 and he comfortably missed the cut by seven strokes it was only two events later


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By Ivie Davies that he came fifth at the Italian Open. Ballesteros had top 10 finishes in his first three starts of 1975 and the following summer came the performance that made him a world star. Still only 19, he jointly led The Open at Royal Birkdale after an opening 69, then led by two after the second and third rounds. American star Johnny Miller’s closing 66 gave him the title by six, but Ballesteros’ chipand-run between the bunkers at the last enabled him to tie Jack Nicklaus for second place. Now everybody knew how good he was - and how good he was going to be. It was no surprise that he won the European Order of Merit the following three seasons, nor that he had only three years to wait for his first major. That was at Royal Lytham he was dubbed “the car park champion” for his excursion into a television compound at the 16th hole in the final round - and it was back at the Lancashire links that his fifth and final major came with an unforgettable closing 65 in 1988. Between those two weeks he twice conquered all at The Masters as well. No European had won at Augusta before, but he gave the other members of the ‘Big Five’ the belief that they could become green jacket holders too and eventually they all did. As did Jose Maria Olazabal, the player with whom Ballesteros formed the most successful partnership in the Ryder Cup history - 11 wins, two halves and only two defeats. It was only in the year he won his first Open, of course, that continental players started appearing in the match, but he was soon to become its most passionate exponent. Ballesteros simply poured his heart and soul into it and was more responsible than anybody for turning the Ryder Cup into one of sport’s most eagerly-awaited occasions. At times it almost got too heated - Paul Azinger famous called him “the king of gamesmanship” and Ballesteros replied that the 1991 American team were “11 nice guys and Paul Azinger” - but the pair put all that aside when Azinger battled cancer. Now the thoughts are for Ballesteros’ family, most of all naturally his children Baldomero, Miguel and Carmen. The break-up of his marriage followed on from the sharp decline in his golfing fortunes. Ballesteros won the last of his record 50 European Tour titles in 1995. At 38 he was not old in golfing terms, but back problems had plagued him for years and, as talented as he was and as magical on and around the greens as he remained, he

found it harder and harder to be competitive. Victorious as Ryder Cup captain when the match was played in Spain for the first time in 1997 - so keen was he that he created land speed records for a golf buggy - it was to be in the competition created in his honour that the last hurrahs came. Ballesteros twice beat Colin Montgomerie in the Seve Trophy, the second of them at Druids Glen almost defying belief given some of the places he visited. That week also saw him back in partnership with Olazabal, who went down on his knees in an act of obeisance after the great man holed a bunker shot to give them victory over Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley. There are countless such strokes to be remembered, I recall being at Wentworth when Ballesteros, deep in the trees, had to play out sideways, but conjured up a miraculous shot which travelled the required distance to the middle of the fairway, then curved left and made it to the green. No plaque was put down for that one, but there was for his amazing escape from behind a swimming pool wall in Switzerland in 1993. The wall was eight feet high and it was less than a yard in front of him. Not only that, there were also trees all around, but Ballesteros spied a tiny gap and, to the astonishment of his caddie Billy Foster, opened the face of a pitching wedge, sent the ball through the gap and then chipped in for birdie. In his declining years as a player Ballesteros’ frustrations boiled over into confrontations with officials that culminated in 2003 when he was fined and reprimanded by the Tour after calling them “PGA Mafia”, having refused to accept a slow play penalty. A flawed genius then, but undoubtedly a genius. “Seve can have an off week and still win. But if Seve plays well and the rest of us play well, Seve wins.” So said Ben Crenshaw. Ballesteros disputed that. He reckoned that if Europe’s ‘Big Five’ all played at the peak of their powers then Lyle would come out on top - “by five, with me second”. That was just talking talent, though. Ballesteros brought so much more than that to the sport and for him to die at such an early age robs the sport of a true superstar. At first people struggled to say his name. But ‘Seve’ – that became enough to identify him - will be remembered by everyone who saw him play and those who did not have that pleasure.

The Via Park II Petanca Pistes have recently been renovated by the Orihuela Costa Town Hall. The facility lay unused for at least five years before The Phoenix Club from Orihuela Costa, a small social group which meets regularly for an evenings socialising and for Petanca on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, decided to use this facility. In February 2010, members of the club cleared all the rubbish, broken bottles, glasses, stones etc from the site and administered weed killer. The Town Hall was at this point requested to level and remove any further debris and with their this was achieved. The club still use these pitches on a regular basis and still clear away any stray stones and broken bottles. Approximately six weeks ago the Town Hall was requested again to de-weed the area around, and including the pitches by members of the Buddy´s Bar Petanca Club, which also uses the facility, which is owned by the Town Hall and for the use of all Orihuela Costa residents. The Phoenix Club informed Buddy´s Bar Petanca players, that the pistes were used on a regular basis and the times involved to avoid any clash of use.

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11 May 2011: It was rather poignant that after the sad death of Seve Ballesteros last week, the Society should be playing their first game at one of the courses he designed, Peraleja. With 45 members and guests playing, our largest group by far this year, we enjoyed the challenge that Seve had set. On the stroke of 1 o’clock rockets were fired from the club house to signify the burial of Seve and everyone stopped playing and observed a minutes silence in his honour. With such a large contingent there was a problem with buggies but this was soon sorted. Many thanks to the players who volunteered to walk even though it was a hot day. There were many stories of players finding it difficult to score but in the end all enjoyed the day. The results are as follows: GOLD DIVISION: 1st Martin Collins 34pts, 2nd Tom Johnson 33pts and 3rd Colin

Ranson 33pts SILVER DIVISION: 1st Danny McErlean 36pts, 2nd John Featherstone 32pts and 3rd Dicky Claeys29 BRONZE DIVISION: 1st Geoff George 31pts, 2nd Geoff Dowsett 29pts and 3rd Dave Keating 26pts The best guest: Steve Cosgrove Jnr 28pts Nearest the pins: Dave Keating hole 2, John Featherstone hole 7, Chris Smith hole 12 and Carl Peden hole 16. The 2s club, which was on a roll over, was shared by Dave Lewis and Chris Smith who had 50 Euros each. Our next game is the Spring Cup which is being played at Alenda with the presentation and dinner at the Tavern in the evening. Please book both your place and choice of menu as soon as you can. Those interested can find all the information at https://sites. For more information contact Gail Coultate: 688 641 647


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TIME TO HIT THE ROAD! So much going on right now, elections, summer almost bursting around us and lots of new comers moving in by droves and asking stupid questions. Solution? Take a road trip. Go and seek out a new place to tell your friends and me about OR at worst find a new wine. The tragedy at Lorca is just down the road. I am told much of the old town is ruined. Pity, they had an exceptionally good restaurant there with the best Jumilla wine I have ever had. It is (was) called Candido and is a must place to visit. You can ask to eat in the seller which had a Roman mosaic floor in it. Candido’s is one of the oldie but goodie Spanish restaurants around. To make the trip worthwhile you can pop into the Archaeological museum, right across the street and learn something about the area. You won’t have any trouble finding it (if it is there) as everyone in Lorca knows it well. It’s pretty much a landmark establishment. Just down the road 50 yards was a very good wine bar, good tapas and a wonderful selection of brand name wines, also worth the visit. Lots of other old buildings in that area to visit all within hobbling distance. Some Roman arches that have been allowed to remain as part of a building and other unique finds await you. Must have been quite a place in it’s day. Over the Museum are gargoyles with fancy moustaches’ and breasts (this is the outside façade of the museum). Have a visit, you’ll probably learn something. Don’t forget to phone me and let me know the condition of the area and especially your view about the wines. Ric Polansky 607 11 71 74. First caller with a good report gets a bottle of wine from me!

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Eurozone Growth Smashes Expectations Sterling moved lower looks set to extend maturity

against the dollar yesterday after a report showed manufacturing rose less than estimated, giving the Bank of England leeway to hold its main interest rate at a record low for longer to spur growth. Sterling also declined versus the euro, retreating from a seven week high. The Pound seems to be held back as investors view that the Bank of England will struggle to hike aggressively in the short term. It doesn’t appear that rates will go up until at least November, which will limit the ability of sterling to appreciate. Markets plunged in the US on Wednesday, but Thursday brought a small recovery. Encouraging economic numbers helped to improve sentiment while US retail sales rose for the tenth month in a row, and initial jobless claims decreased. The Dollar will look to today’s CPI stats to determine whether rate expectations should rise. The consensus forecast of a 3.1% annual pace of inflation would push price pressures well outside the central bank’s comfort zone. Euro debt worries continue to spook the markets. Inspectors from the IMF and EU visited Greece on Wednesday to assess current and future austerity plans, triggering protests in the Greek capital. The EU

dates for Greek debt rather than impose any kind of restructuring (at least in the foreseeable future) so unfortunately this story looks set to run and run – which is maybe the reason why it is not effecting the Euro as much as everyone thinks it should. This morning saw the release of Quarter one preliminary GDP figures for Germany, Spain and France, all beating estimates. German economic growth accelerated more than economists forecast to 1.5% in the first quarter as booming exports fuelled domestic spending. Spain grew 0.3% as increasing exports helped offset some of the effects of the deepest austerity measures in three decades. France grew 1%, its biggest quarterly gain in five years. The Euro jumped over half a cent with the market now looking towards the release of Quarter one GDP for the whole Eurozone due out later today.

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Like numerous others, I regularly receive emails I’m instructed to circulate, though admit I rarely do, but this week I received a particularly poignant one, which I felt many readers may wish to contemplate. It concerned a wealthy American Art Collector, whose son was killed in action, bravely trying to rescue wounded colleagues. One of those whose life he’d saved had artistic talent and later sought out his saviour’s grieving father and presented him with a painting of his son. Although clearly inferior to the many masters he possessed, the father stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting, which he gratefully accepted and placed at the centre of his collection, proudly showing it to all who subsequently visited. Some time later the father himself died and a large crowd gathered at the subsequent auction of his estate, eagerly seeking opportunity to purchase a Van Gogh, a Rembrandt or other great work for their own collections. But the first picture offered for sale was that of the son and despite numerous objections and angry requests to get on with the serious business, the auctioneer resolutely continued, seeking an opening bid for that painting. And amid the uproar, eventually a voice from the very back of the room offered. ‘I’ll give $10 for the painting – I’m afraid that’s all I can afford. No further offers were forthcoming and the restless crowd were demanding the auctioneer proceed to the more worthy paintings, so the sale was confirmed. ‘Going once.....twice...... SOLD for $10!’ Now at last the real auction could proceed, but the auctioneer started to pack up, explaining: ‘I am sorry. When asked to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will, which couldn’t be revealed earlier, that only the painting of the Son should be sold, and that whoever purchased that would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.’ And in many ways that’s an illustration of our faith. Whoever has the Son, has everything. There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship; further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at


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Advice from the US Federal Emergency Management Association says that during an earthquake, you must try to stay as safe as possible. It states: “Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimise your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.” It recommends the following: If indoors • DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building. • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture. • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place. • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway. • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave. • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on. • DO NOT use lifts. If outdoors • Stay there. • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Many of the 120 fatalities from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake occurred when people ran outside of buildings only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects. If in a moving vehicle • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake. If trapped under debris • Do not light a match. • Do not move about or kick up dust. • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing. • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust. This information was sent to us by Louise Clarke, Ayuntamiento de Orihuela

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Privacy storm after police buy software that maps suspects’ digital movements

Police are using software to track the moves of suspects across the digital world, it has emerged, provoking fury among civil rights and privacy campaigners. The Metropolitan Police has bought Geotime, a security programme used by the U.S. military which tracks suspects’ movements and communications and displays them on a threedimensional graphic. The software aggregates information gathered from social networking sites, GPS devices like the iPhone, mobile phones, financial transactions and IP network logs to build a detailed picture of an individual’s movements. The Met, Britain’s largest police force, has confirmed that it has purchased the software and refused to rule out its use in investigating public order disturbances. Privacy campaigners have expressed concern at the police’s adoption of the software. Daniel Hamilton, director of privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, said he was concerned about the use of such invasive software for everyday police work. ‘The police’s decision to adopt technology designed for theatres of war in order to track members of the public is deeply concerning,’ he said. ‘The ability to build up such a comprehensive record of any person’s movements represents a significant threat to personal privacy. The Metropolitan Police must reassure the public that this technology will be used in only the most serious of cases, not as an everyday crime-fighting tool.’ The Geotime software displays data from

a variety of sources, which users can then navigate using a timeline and animated display. Oculus, the Canadian developer behind the software, says on its website: ‘Links between entities can represent communications, relationships, transactions, message logs, etc and are visualised over time to reveal temporal patterns and behaviours.’ The software was displayed in the UK earlier this month at the defence industry Counter Terror exhibition in Olympia, West London. The Metropolitan Police is the only UK police force to have bought the software so far, Curtis Garton, Oculus’s product management director, commented. ‘There are a few countries that we don’t sell to, but in terms of commercial sales pretty much anybody can buy,’ he said. A spokesman for the Met commented that Geotime had been paid for and the software was being assessed for several uses: ‘We are in the process of evaluating the Geotime software to explore how it could possibly be used to assist us in understanding patterns in data relating to both space and time. A decision has yet to be made as to whether we will adopt the technology [permanently]. We have used dummy data to look at how the software works and have explored how we could use it to examine police vehicle movements, crime patterns and telephone investigations,’ the spokesman wrote in an email. The Ministry of Defence is also examining Geotime. Article courtesy of

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RODS and REELS For the first time this year the match was held at the Embalse de Argos. This match was the 2nd in the Summer League competition. The match there several weeks ago, only produced low weights, so there was some intrepidation as to how it was going to fish. The water level is as high as I have seen it and it rose several inches during the match. For those who have been there you know that is an awful lot of water. Some of the swims on the left hand side of the point could not be used due to the high water level. The day proved to be good as seen by the weights. Top rods on the day 1st Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the pole using corn with 40.22 kilo´s. 2nd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using paste with 29.98 kilo´s. 3rd Alan (The Quiet Man) Reid fishing the feeder using bread with 26.70 kilo´s. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN These weeks just fly by and Tuesday saw the 5th round of the Spring Series fished on the Eden Stretch on the 10th May 2011. You would never believe now that the reeds were ever cut back, as they are once again almost fully grown. The flow of the river had slowed right down from the week before and the colour was good but the fish must be in spawning mode as not a lot of them about and the weights were poor on average 1st Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 6.580kg fishing the pole using pellet and corn 2nd Pete (The Peg) Hampshire

with 5.600kg fishing the pole using pellet.

3rd Stan (The Man) Roberts with5.480kg fishing the pole and using pellet. All the match details are available from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER

Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time 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 10th of June at 12 o’clock. On Saturday 11th of June 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. NOTE: The subs are now due at these meetings 5 Euros for renewal and 10 Euros for new members. Refreshments and lunch available at each location.


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THURSDAY 12TH MAY 2011: A very good turn out for our Captain’s Day competition with 93 players taking part with some excellent scores. The Captain had worked very hard organising everything for today and his efforts were greatly appreciated by all who played . In his presentation speech the Captain thanked the following: his wife and Suzanne York who provided delicious snacks and drinks after 9 holes, George & Hazel Henderson & Mary, Match Secretary who had all worked tirelessly organising the day, and the generous sponsors today: Fratelli’s, Sands Bistro, El Corazon, Tournasol, Sierra Golf, Maritaos Kitchen, Saffirs Beauty Salon, & Kameeleon (Gary Mendel)..and all the other generous sponsors today. Congratulations to all our prize winners today. Results today: Winner - Roger Richings 42pts Second - Sue Gillett 41pts Third - Jill Pegg 40pts Fourth - Orlando Ferrol 39pts Fifth - Joyce Pohl 39pts Best front 9:Anthea Baker 23pts Best back 9: Margaret Richings 23pts Best Par 3s: Carol Jackson 12pts Best Par 5s: Mike Young 12pts 1st - Nearest the markers Men/Ladies: John Holland & Irene Bridges 2nd - NTP in 3 Men: Ian C Pegg 3rd - NTP in 2 Ladies: none 4th - NTP in 2 Men: Brian Reid (g) 5th - NTP Men/Ladies: Dave Nicholls 6th - Longest Drive Ladies: Jill Pegg 7th - NTP in 3 Men: Mike Young 8th - NTP in 3 Ladies: Sue

Gillett 9th - Longest Drive Men: Bill Martin 10th - NTP in 3 Ladies: Sue Gillett; and in 4: Rachel Leckey 11th - NTP Men/Ladies: Joyce Pohl 12th - NTP in 2 Men: Brian Reid (g) 13th - NTP in 2 Ladies: Debbie Weedon 14th - NTP in 3 Men: Bill Martin 15th - NTP Men/Ladies: Vince Tocker 16th - Longest Drive Ladies: Rachel Leckey 17th - NTP Men/Ladies: Gill Britten 18th - Longest Drive Men: Bill Martin Lowest Score Men: Barry Scott 10pts Lowest Score Ladies: Barbara Dinnage 21pts Best Guest: Rita Reid 35pts. The Captain also wished Janet Tocker a very happy birthday, and made quite a few non winners happy with the lucky card draw after the main presentation. Finally thanks to Sandy Sanderson for providing l8 pencils (from Ikea) for the yellow markers today, drilled to perfection and tied beautifully!!...Pat Jackson has acquired a new nick name “Wild Thing”, and finally the Captain said he had the most wonderful game of golf today, drove straight, hit the greens and never missed a putt…in your dreams Malcolm!!

GEORGE WEIR & FRED THOMPSON TROPHY - Tuesday 10th May 2011 An excellent turnout for the Annual George Weir & Fred Thompson Trophy with 87 players taking part. La Marquesa course looking at its best and everyone appreciating the glorious weather we are having at the moment – long may it last! Many thanks to Marie for donating some of the prizes and for graciously presenting the prizes. Well done to all the prize winners and especially Bev Fairhurst for winning this very special Trophy. Results (all on countback) Overall Winner: Bev Fairhurst 40 points Gold: 1st Vince Tocker 37pts, 2nd John Davies 37pts, 3rd John Holland 36pts. Silver: 1st Tony Hitt 37pts, 2nd

Margaret Perito 37pts, 3rd Geoff Evans 35pts. Bronze: 1st Bev Fairhurst 40pts, 2nd Jean Jackson 39pts, 3rd Terry Glazier 37pts. Nearest the Pins: 5th Roger Richings, 11th Ken Enever, 15th Peter Butterworth, 17th Sandy Holland. Best Front 9: Adrienne Hallam 21pts Best Back 9: Sue Gillett 19pts Best Guest: A. Manton 34pts Best Par 5s: Pino Perito Best Par 3s: Dave Nicholls Longest Drive: men – Bill Martin, ladies – Anthea Turner Lucky Card Draw: Petra Van Dorp, Barbara Dinnage Football Draw: Jill Young, Anne Duff, Dave Nicholls, Gill Britten

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AT VISTABELLA ~ TUESDAY 10TH MAY Back to our home course with a very good turn out for a Stableford competition. They have put extra tee boxes in, which you play the second time around, and believe me the difference it makes to the course. Having said that the scores were better than we normally have. The course was good condition but the greens were very poor due to the hollow-tyning. Tuesday 24th we are going to Bonalba which for those who have not played it is a very good course. Meet at the St James;s Gate at 08:00am for breakfast when we will leave in convoy. We returned to the Gate for presentation and refreshments after the game which we thank the Management & Staff. Note:- Due to lack of numbers the away day for June to the new course in Valencia is cancelled. Results Category One Category Two 1st Arthur Williams 34 pts c/b 1st Malcolm Wood 33 pts 2nd Les Yates 34pts 2nd Ron Chambers 32 pts 3rd Merve Williams29pts 3rd Ron Nicholson 27 pts 4th Rodney Smith 27pts 4th Ken Hopkins 23 pts Best Front Nine: Les Yates 18 pts Ron Chambers 21 pts Best Back Nine: Athur Williams 18 pts Malcolm Wood 15 pts Nearest the Pins: Hole 2 Malcolm Anderson, Hole 6 Nada, Hole 15 Gary Chambers Longest Drive: Alan Moody Best Guest: Jim Foran Anyone who would like to join our friendly society contact Ron on 678-849-142 or call in the St James’s Gate and put your name on the start sheet.

Quesada Bowling Club......... ...with Cathy Skinner Harrier League: On Monday 9th May the Lancasters were at home to Mazzaron ater a great days bowling we won on all 6 rinks. S. Jakeman, G. Carnell, M. Harris 28-8 D. Benson J. Cox G. Williams 19-8 C. Watterson S. Elton G. Skinner 18-9 M. Smith R. Pinfold T. Paget 17-14 M. Lockley T. Jakeman T. Thomas 24-13 L. Armstrong V. Campell D. Washbourne 18-17 Quesada 124 shots Mazzaron 69 shots 14 points Quesada Well done keep up the pasión. Friday 13 May the Lancasters were away to San Luis Mosquitoes in the re arranged match it was a very close game wth some excellent bowling from both teams the winning rinks of D. Benson, C. Watterson G. Skinner 17-16 C. Skinner R. Pinfold T. Thomas 14-13 one drawn game M. Lockley B. Armstrong T. Paget 16-16 the overall shots 91 Quesada 98 San Luis points 7 each also thanks to the friendly M. Smith M. Gray G. Williams with a good win of 26-12 Kings Cup ~ TIGERS: Wednesday saw the ‘Tigers’ travelling to Horadada for their Kings Cup, Blue Division, fixture and a very close match it proved to be despite a blustery wind and some ‘strange runs’ on the green. Congratulations to Tina Brinton in the Ladies Singles. From 11-11 she ‘turned on the gas’ to win 4 consecutive

ends for a fine 21-11 victory. LIONS: A good week for the Lions against Emerald Isle Barons, where we won the match 12 – 0. In the singles Diane Lawton had another great win 21-5 against Sandra Burrows. Bill Pain had a well contested game against Tom Dalgleish but at 14 all on the sixteenth Bill took the initiative and won the game 21-14. A tough game for our pairs of Jason Prokopowycz and Graham Phillips against Arthur Brown and Mel O’Dell and although our pair took the lead initially, in the end it went down to the last end where a magnificent shot by Graham won the game 15-14. Another tight game ensued in the triples of Norma Lamberton, Deidre Leeming and Derek Sale against Neil Burrows, Gerry Wells and Keith Joliffe, we were just ahead for most of the game and eventually won 16-13. The fours of John Haigh, Dave Donovan, Jackie Breslin and John Muldoon against Lily Stewart, Barbara Brown, Mike Lockett and Brian Duff took the initiative early in the game and despite a late fight back by the Barons John’s team went on to take the game 18-10. Good wishes go to all our players who are taking part in the Spanish Nationals over the next two weeks.

Los Altos: The society´s venue for Wednesday the 11th of May, was held at Vistabella golf course, we had an excellent turn out, The course has been changed for the better we felt, the only downside was the state of the greens which had recently been (Scarified or Tined) so as a group our putting was not up to standard due to the greens. The results are as follows:Nearest the pin on the 2nd was Ron Duggin. Nearest the pin on the 6th Norman Dobson. Nearest the pin in two on the 10th was Ron Duggin again - well done to you all. Silver Class winners, were in 3rd Dave Railton with 29 points. 2nd Billy Oliver with 32 points.1st Roy McDonald on 32 points, on back nine count back. Gold class winners, were in 3rd John Churchill with 30 points. 2nd Damien Steed with 31 points. And in 1st Place our Captain George Reilly with 36 points. Well done to all the winners. Once again an excellent day out with good company, our thanks go to Susie Reilly for a great chicken curry and Tuna pasta dish, well done. New members always welcome. we play on the second Wednesday of the month, just phone George on 693 789082 or the Limebar on 659 899831.


FORMENTERA 0 - v. DAYA NUEVA 14 Alevins under 12s Match Report, Daya Dave From the off Daya were up and at Formentera and with our first attack David scored on two minutes. On 5 minutes Angel took the ball on and buried a fierce shot for 2 - 0 Daya. it was all daya and at this early stage of the game there didn’t seem to be anything in the game for Formentera This was confirmed on 15 minutes when good approach work from Daya found Carlos who scored from a tight angle to make it 3 - 0 Daya. To be fair to Formentera their heads did not drop and their coach continued to urge them to play good football. More good chances came and went for Daya, including a great shot that was spectacularly saved by their keeper. Another good save followed before Manuel tapped the fourth goal home on the stroke of half-time. The second half started with Daya in total control and on 34 minutes following great work from David, Jose had the easiest of tasks to score our 5th. Formentera did manage a good attack but their shot flew just wide. After coming on at 45 minutes Youssef’s first touch was to score our 6th goal !! The same player then managed the miss of the season when from just a few feet out Youssef blasted over the bar. Manuel made it 7 - 0 on 46 minutes. Youssef atoned for his earlier miss with goals in the 48th and 53rd minutes to make it 9 - 0. Angel got his second and Daya’s 10th on 55 minutes. The 11th goal came on 56 minutes via Jose. Carlos then added two more in a minute to make it 13 - 0. Jota wrapped things up with our 14th goal on the stroke of time. It was a good end to the season for Daya but with Catral winning away at Bigastro we had to be content with a 3rd place finish in our Division with Catral beating us by just 1 point for the runners-up spot. Albatera were the unbeaten champions, so well done to Catral and Albatera. In fact well done to all the teams and their coaches. Also well done to all the referees, without whom there would be no games. The whole of the Daya squad today were MEN OF THE MATCH. Our coach, Paco, must be very proud of his team for their performances this season. Many thanks to this newspaper for carrying the season’s match reports. During the summer there will be a number of tournaments that I hope to write a match report on and have printed in this newspaper. Daya Dave. Team Sponsor, Segurlab. Kit Sponsor,


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The Saints started the match with four regulars on the bench in an attempt to give some of this seasons fringe players the chance to prove their worth for a place in next seasons squad. Playing up front were Gonzalo and Giacomo and it was Gonzalo who set up Giacomo to score the first goal after thirteen minutes, 0-1. But it was poor defending that let Alone back in the game three minutes later when a weak headed clearance fell to an Alone forward who scored from eight metres, 1-1. The Saints keeper saw more of the action during a twenty minute spell and pulled off a great save when he dived and pushed a shot away for a corner. In the fortieth minute Marco replaced Raul and made his mark three minutes later when he scored the Saints second goal, half time 1-2. Cameron replaced Samuel at half time. Rather scrappy start to the second half with a scuffle in the Saints goalmouth between Saints keeper Max

and an Alone forward ended with Max receiving a red card. Gonzalo replaced him in goal. In the sixty sixth minute Marco lobbed the ball over the on coming Alone keeper to put the Saints three one ahead. The Alone keeper made two great block saves when on one to one with Cameron and three minutes later Gary Williams who had come on in place of Giacomo in the sixty fifth minute. In the eighty second minute Gerard scored Saints fourth following up a loose ball in the Alone goalmouth, 1-4. Cameron set up Marco for his hat trick in the eighty ninth minute, 1-5. But there was still time for two more goals when Alone pulled it back to 2-5 and Marco got his fourth of the game quite something as he only came on the pitch in the fortieth minute. Final score 2-6. This result should see the Saints finish mid table in the league which is a great improvement on the previous two seasons, this is due to the great work that player/coach Gary Williams has put into the club, well done Gary. Check the club web site for player signings and pre season friendlies. Barry Wallis

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This week saw Costa finish off their Veja - Baja campaign with an away trip to Jacarilla. Costa started brightly on the hard sand surface and held possession of the ball well making Jacarilla chase the ball down. Unfortunately though due to lack of concentration Costa conceded from a corner due to lack of marking and found themselves down on 3 mins. Despite good possession Costa found it difficult to penetrate in the final third. Kristjan Gudmundsson provided a good outlet down the left side and was unfortunate after good link up play with Luke Deegan which saw his shot just wide of the target. The game was to be decided in a six minute period when on 27 mins the home side took a 2 - 0 advantage after conceading a goal down the left which should have been closed down. Then on 32 mins Costa were awarded a penalty which was saved by the inform Jacarilla keeper. This was the turning point as on 33 mins Costa conceaded yet again to leave a mountain to climb being 3 - 0 down at half time. A change in formation in the second half saw Costa sit more in the opposition half much to the dislike of the home side who started a period of dirty tactics, firstly seeing their keeper hit a Costa player in an off the ball incident. This was followed by wild lunges and kicks off the ball which their manager failed to condemn. So on 60 mins to the delight of the travelling fans Cesar Augusto struck a sensational goal from far out which lobbed the keeper

to make the score 3 - 1. This though resulted in the game turning sour with further ridiculous off the ball antics of the Jacarilla players. With Costa pushing for further goals they were undone on the counter attack on 64 mins and went 4 - 1 down after a good strike from the right side. Then shortly after the referee finally showed a straight Red Card when a Jacarilla players struck the head of a Costa player. Further yellow cards were also shown. The final kick of the game saw Jacarilla score from a free-kick to seal a 5 - 1 win. This was the fourth game in a row Costa had played with the opposition having players sent off due to a hostile anti-foriegn reception from these inland villages. Next week see’s preparations begin early for Orihuela Costa F.C. even though their season has finished, they will be travelling to local rivals San Miguel in an eleven side friendly game. Off the pitch this week saw Orihuela Costa become a legally registered club at the notary & next season will see Costa enter the Federation league and are now looking for players to attend their training sessions every Tuesday & Thursday @ Playa Flamenca Stadium 18.45 - 20.00. So if you are interested in joining a football club who offer F.A. qualified, 1st Aid & Safeguarding Children certificated Coaches on fantastic new astro-turf playing surface at a sensible price, then phone club secretary George on :679 77 44 88 or visit A big thank you to the Sol Times newspaper who have supported us throughout this tough season & we look forward to the new challenges ahead.

at Font del Llop Tuesday 9th.May This was our second visit this year to this lovely course near Elche……… and….…..It has to be said that to-day could very well have been Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, why you ask, well the weather was just perfect, the fairways were lush green for the ‘runners’ and the Club House Terrace with its views could have been the Grandstand with the Royal Enclosure where it was possible to view all the ‘Runners & Riders’ (players) for a large part of the course. The only thing missing were the Hats & Champagne because “The Ladies” took 3 of the 5 prizes on offer for the day. I can report that 1st past the post was Sue Freeman with a fantastic score of 45 points, and now a large cut! 2nd. El Presidente, first time in the frame since, well have forgotten! with 36 points on a count back from 3rd. Brian Mulligan Nearest the pins went to Hole 8, Diane Pierrot and Hole 16, Sue Freeman. Thanks to all the Staff at FDL who made us all most welcome for this great day and if you have not played the Course yet get down there and play it at the special rates available to FCTorreGolf members. You will not be disappointed.

While on the ‘Horses’ scenario we will be holding a race night at the Catorce Restaurant, Benijofar on the 9th. June but prior to that we will be holding a “Special Days Golf” at Roda on the 31st. May where the day will be sponsored by Mick ‘The Grip’ Reeves and the price for the day being heavily subsidised by FCTorreGolf. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Golf Club and participating in any of our “Days” be it

FC CARTAGENA......BY STEVE HIBBERD UD LAS PALMAS - 2 FC CARTAGENA - 0 It’s official. After a frustration stop start season, Los Albinegros have finally blown any chance that they had of reaching the play offs, following a tame defeat in the Canary Islands. Last Thurs evening inside Gran Canaria stadium, was a typical end of season affair, although the hosts still needed a point to guarantee div 2a survival. Previously in the season, Cartagena had hammered their visitors 5-2, but a repeat of this never looked on the cards. Las Palmas took the lead on 9 mins, courtesy of a superb cross by Quero to Quiroga, whose powerful header left keeper Casilla with no chance. Apart from a long range free kick by visiting midfielder Moral, which was comfortably saved, the 1st half was about as interesting as listening to an episode of ‘The Archers’ on BBC radio! Both sides showed more urgency in the 2nd half, and on the hour mark it was Moral again who almost equalized, but his fierce drive from the edge of the box was well saved. Casilla came to his sides rescue on 70 mins, when he tipped a drive by Las Palmas sub Viera over the bar. Moments later, an inch perfect through ball by Mariano found sub Goiria, who with only the keeper to beat, lived up to his reputation as the worst player to ever wear the black and white striped shirt of Cartagena, when he horribly screwed his shot high and wide!


This howler was to soon to prove costly, for from the very next attack a harmless looking shot by Adrian took a wicked deflection, leaving Casilla wrong footed as the ball sailed into the net. Cartagena were offered a lifeline on 82 mins, when they were awarded a penalty following Pablo Ruiz being hauled down in the box, but uncharacteristically Toche failed to reduced the arrears, when his spot kick was well saved. On the stroke of full time Toche thought he had made amends, but his close range tap in was ruled out for offside.



Catalonia side Girona completely lost the plot in the last 30 mins of this bizarre end of season div 2a league match, which Cartagena won with a Victory penalty. Beforehand, a minutes silence for the victims of the nearby Lorca earthquake was a truly sombre occasion. Following on from the shocking display at Las Palmas, manager JIM recalled Victor and Botelho to the starting line up, and it was these two who created the only goal of the match after 3 mins. Botelho was clearly upended inside the box, allowing Victor to coolly stroke home his 11th goal of the season. Girona struck back well, when firstly Serra headed just wide of the far post from a corner, before Serra had a ‘goal’ ruled out for pushing. In between, Toche sent in



golf or social then call David Winder on 626774157 or email him at davidwinder. or visit our website and find out all about us and what is going on with football in the Torrevieja area. Remember also if you join now your 10 Euros membership will cover you round till the end of July, 2012. Photograph with the back drop of the 18th.and Lake shows Sue Freeman, David Winder and Diane Pierrot an inviting cross to the far post, which Victor just failed to connect with. An audacious overhead kick by Peragon just failed to find the target, as Girona ended the half on a high. Exposito prevented a certain Girona equalizer on 50 mins, when he spectacularly cleared off the line. Twice within 3 mins, the home side could have extended their lead, and both times great to watch one-two moves were responsible. Lafuente and Botelho linked well, before the latter just failed with an attempted lob over the keeper, then it was Lafuente’s turn to have a go, but his curling shot went the wrong side of the far post. On the hour mark, Girona had the first of 4 players sent off, when Peragon received a 2nd yellow card for a nasty foul on Clavero. A further 3 mins had elapsed, before Migue followed his colleague down the tunnel for a foul on Botelho. Inside the final 10 mins, all hell broke loose when first Serra received a straight red for an over the top foul on Victor, then substitute Serbian Despotovic (on the pitch for only 15 mins) kicked out a keeper Casilla, and he too got his marching orders, leaving Girona to finish the match with only 7 players. Not to be outdone, Girona manager Raul Agne rushed onto the pitch to remonstrate with ref Hernandez, resulting in him also being given the walk of shame. So now with only 3 matches remaining, Cartagena lie in 9th position on 56 points, but unfortunately it’s a case of too little too late!

WINNERS were LEE Vicente and Bernard, who were outstanding throughout the competition, they became the first English winners. B Final Winners Wyn Surridge and Roger Seymour for England and Lakeside ,played well beating, Italian, English and finally Spanish. Trophies presented by Pedro Valero on behalf of the Ayuntamiento in Torrevieja: Jackie Lopez organiser


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Sol Times Newspaper issue 178 Costa Blanca Edition