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Landslide victory across Spain for PP

A LANDSLIDE victory for the right-wing Partido Popular (PP) means radical changes in town halls and regional governments throughout the country. Although the full count is not over, the PP has netted an average of 47 per cent of the votes in all regions so far. Galicia, Andalucía, the Basque Country and Catalunya are still being counted. Only Asturias and Navarra do not now have PP governments, the regional elections here having been won by the FAC and the UPN respectively. In terms of local elections – by province – only Barcelona, Lleida, Tarragona, Pamplona, Soria, Cuenca, Guipúzcoa (of which San Sebastián is the capital) Toledo and Vizcaya (of which Bilbao is the capital) did not see the PP leading, meaning that the party received the majority vote in 43 out of Spain’s 52 provinces. This historic landslide on the part of the PP is thought to be a response to the recession and poor state of the job market. In terms of regions, Francisco Camps continues as president

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of the Comunidad Valenciana, and Esperanza Aguirre as leader of the Comunidad de Madrid. The 2011 elections saw 550,000 blank votes – 2.54 per cent of those participating – the highest in Spain’s history and believed to be an act of protest. Also this year, 800,000 youngsters who have turned 18 since 2007 were able to vote for the first time. Non-Spaniards are only able to vote in their local town elections, not in the regional ones, and will not be able to vote in the general elections in 2012. Despite the PP’s sweeping the board, Spain’s president and socialist leader José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero – who announced recently he would not be standing again next year – has refused to stand down and bring forward next year’s elections.

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Lorca sets wheels in motion for repairs to first 500 houses

LORCA town council has already processed 500 applications for home repairs – and complete rebuilding, in some cases – for those left without a roof over their heads following the devastating earthquake on May 11 which left nine dead and nearly 300 seriously injured. The council has set up 35 temporary ‘customer service’ desks to handle enquiries and requests for assistance from the victims of the horrific quake, which measured 5.2 on the Richter scale. Already, 1,200 people have been attended to and 900 appointments made, but an estimated 1,500 people a day have been applying for help. Dedicated desks are open from 09.00hrs to 20.00hrs, Monday to Saturday, although booking an appointment first is necessary due to the huge volume of affected residents. A free-phone telephone line has been set up – 900 117 816 – for those who are unable, or prefer not, to attend the town hall in person. The council website, which previously attracted between 1,500 and 2,000 hits a day, is suddenly receiving around 200,000 daily.

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Murcia Region The percentage of those who had voted by 6 o’clock for the Local Elections on 22nd May was 52.27% in the Murcia region. This was slightly lower than the figure of 53% for the 2007 elections, according to a report by regional spokeswoman María Pedro Reverte. However, perhaps not surprisingly, the figures from Lorca were also slightly down at 48.57%, nearly 4 points less than in 2007. This figure shows that by 6 in the evening 28,670 of the 59,030 voters who are eligible to vote in the municipality had done so.

Murcia Region Corte Inglés and the Red Cross have collected over €6,075.56 over two days. The collections have been taken in all of the Murcia Region branches, and concluded on Saturday. Tables for donations had been set up in El Corte Inglés in Avenida de la Libertad, Gran Via Salzillo, Centro Comercial El Tiro in Espinardo and Alameda de San Anton in Cartagena. The collections, in collaboration with the Cruz Roja, are for the earthquake victims of Lorca. An additional opportunity to donate will be given to all staff, with the amount being added to the total already raised. El Corte Inglés has also sent around 15,000 one and a half litre bottles of water to the stricken city.

Lorca The Concejal de Política Social del Ayuntamiento de Lorca, Lali Ibarra, announced that Caritas will manage the Food Bank of Santa Quiteria, set up for those affected by the earthquake. The Councillor says that Caritas will apply the same procedures as have been used by similar facilities - assessing the needs of all those families who are not in the camp of La Torrecilla, where the Red Cross is doing an impeccable job.

Murcia An exhibition by artists, some of whom have Downs Syndrome, is being held in the Espinardo Campus. The Asociación para Personas con Síndrome de Down, ASSIDO, allows people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities to become visible to the rest of society. The exhibition, entitled ‘Arte en nuestras vidas’ is a collection of paintings and collages, is on show at the Centro Social Universitario del Campus de Espinardo until the 27th of May. This is the second exhibition of this type. For more information contact the agency via e-mail at casillas@assido. org. ASSIDO is a nonprofit association, dedicated to the union of families and to improve the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. This is the second oldest association in Spain dedicated specifically to people with Downs syndrome and this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. It is also one of 27 constituent associations within the Federation of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Cerebral Palsy in the Region of Murcia.

Benidorm A British part-time resident from Villajoyosa, near Benidorm, is hoping for a resolution to devastating problems that have arisen in her top floor four bedroom apartment, in a traditional townhouse at Los Salvadores. In 2006 she suffered a flood due to a burst pipe. Her insurance company, AEGON, which is now part of AXA, paid a total of 44,800Euros for repairs, to cover damage to her flat and the two below her, who had no insurance. As the lady was not a full-time resident she put responsibility for repairs into the hands of a solicitor, who put the money on deposit in a bank in Altea, but no repairs were undertaken. The reason for this was given as delay in waiting for permissions from the Ayuntamiento, yet although she repeatedly visited the Ayuntamiento with her interpreter, she was told that it was the builders who were causing the hold-up. After a showdown with both the builder and the lawyer she was told that the problem lay ‘with the gypsies’. She then turned to the Europeans Department at Villajoyosa Town Hall, who recommended that she make a string of denuncias, which has at last brought the matter to a head. An Ayuntamiento spokesperson said it was a ‘private problem’ but the Council were able to get the lady a criminal lawyer and ensure she understood the court process. ‘Today she has a lawyer, the case is going to court, and she can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.’ he said. t is hoped that this sad and long drawn out case, which has dragged on for nearly 6 years, will be resolved in her favour in January, when her hearing is due.


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PROTESTORS who have been camping in the main squares of most of Spain’s provincial capital cities since last Sunday – May 15 – say they intend to stay there for at least another week.

The revolt is at its most intense in Barcelona’s Plaza de Cataluña and Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square, where every inch of road and pavement is occupied by indignant residents sleeping under the stars. Some have set up tents; barbecues and paellas are being cooked in the open air, and in a number of cities even films have been shown al fresco to keep the campers entertained. Segovia’s protest is made up of just 10 people, camping under the arches of the famous aqueduct, with televisions set up. In some cities, shifts are being organised to ensure that the revolt does not end just because the participants are tired and want to sleep in a proper bed. This means the protestors can take it in turns to go home without the peaceful demonstration having to end or dwindle. They have also been taking it in turns to vote throughout the course of today. Whilst business-owners complain that the campers are costing them customers, no riots or other disorderly behaviour has been reported –

in fact, in Barcelona, participants have organised a rota to sweep up and tidy the square every morning. Although the ‘Spanish Revolution’ has been arranged to coincide with the regional and local elections for maximum impact and visibility, it is not directly related to any party in question. The countrywide demonstration – which extends as far out as the Balearics and the Canaries – is a cry for help from Spain’s so-called ‘lost generation’ – highly-qualified, skilled and capable, a massive percentage of them have been out of work for months if not years, and are simply unable to find even menial jobs. Once their dole money has run out, they are not entitled to free State healthcare or any other benefits, and once they stop work, they also cease to contribute to their State pension. The minimum retirement age has recently been lifted to 67, but as nearly 50 per cent of the under-30s and over a third of the 18-40 age-group are not able to work or pay into the system, they fear that even by age 67 they will not qualify to retire. And whilst even most thirtysomethings still have to live with their parents, banks all over Spain have repossessed literally millions of homes where their unemployed owners cannot pay the mortgage, forcing these people to either sleep on the street or on a friend’s or relative’s sofa.

carrier bags ‘tax’ negatively received

The new tax on plastic bags that came into force on 1st May has been received negatively by traders, who feel that there are many unresolved problems in the implementation of the scheme. Problems include the payment of the tax, which is due quarterly, and whether the inclusion of the charge to the customer should form part of the VAT charge; the exclusion of some small shops due to special tax arrangements, the treatment of plastic bags stocks already held by small shops before the commencement of the tax and the inclusion of otherwise of bio-degradable bags. The Comisión de Comercio de la Cámara (Chamber of Commerce) is to inform traders of the order of the Ministry that outlines the certifications and requirements for bags designed for reuse and for biodegradable bags, which are exempt from this tax. According to the law, businesses must pass the full amount of the total tax on consumers. At present this is five cents for each single use plastic bag, but in 2012 it will rise to 10 cents.

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Rise in foreign visitors to Spain picks up steam

A rise in the number of foreign visitors to Spain picked up steam in April as arrivals from its two main markets, Britain and Germany, posted doubLe-digit growth, official data showed. Spain welcomed 4.7 million foreign tourists last month, a 20.95 percent jump from the same time last year, bringing total arrivals in the first four months of 2011 to 13.8 million -- up 8.5 percent, the tourism ministry said. The number of arrivals last month was boosted by the fact that the Easter week holidays this year were held in April while last year they were split between the end of March and the start of April, it said in a statement. The number of tourists from Spain’s main market Britain soared 42 percent in April over the same time last year to 1.15 million while the number of visitors from

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Germany rose 11.4 percent to 817,000. The tourism industry, a mainstay of the economy, received a boost this year as the unrest in the Arab world cause tourists to switch to Spain rather than risk booking a holiday in a potential trouble spot. The economic recovery underway in several northern European countries, especially Germany, has also contributed to the rise in visitor numbers to Spain as more people from those nations go on foreign holidays. The Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, where resorts tend to offer all-inclusive packages like those available at seaside resorts in Tunisia and

Egypt, saw the biggest jump in foreign tourist arrivals. The archipelago received 912,977 foreign tourists in April, a 19.3 percent increase over the same time last year, bringing total arrivals in the first four months of 2011 to 3.7 million, up 26.7 percent. Spain slipped from third to fourth place among the world’s most visited countries in 2010, behind France, the United States and China, according to figures from the UN World Tourism Organisation. It received 52.6 million foreign visitors last year, up slightly from 52.5 million in 2009.

24 arrested in Barcelona after posing as policemen to rob tourists The Mossos d’Esquadra have detained 24 people suspected of being members of an organised group responsible for robbing American and Asian tourists in Barcelona in over 80 separate incidents, by passing themselves off as police officers and demanding fines. According to the press statment given by the police, the thieves had made off with at least 80,000 euros in cash and credit card fraud. As well as the 24 detainees, of whom all but one have been released on bail, a further 14, all of Rumanian nationality, are being sought by the police. The gang targeted tourists in the area around Camp Nou, the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Montjuïc fountains, Parc Güell and the biggest tourist sites in the Ciutat Vella (Barcelona’s historic old town). Police have been investigating the gang since last November, but their task has been complicated by the fact that the perpetrators live in hostals or B & B’s, moving frequently from one address to another. One of the gang members

would disguise himself as a tourist in order to strike up conversation with other tourists, to ask them directions, or to take a photo of him in front of one of the main sites, at which point other gang members dressed as police officers would come over and ask for the tourists’ documentation. The disguised tourist would immediately produce his, prompting the others to do the same. When the victims handed over their wallets, the thieves would take advantage of the situation and steal money. According to the victims, they then asked for credit cards to check that the identity papers were correct. Some were even asked to punch in their PIN numbers into a mobile ‘phone and then the thieves would simulate telephone enquiries to check the data. All the victims complained of feeling intimidated and bullied. Four of the 24 detainees, all of whom have criminal records, were arrested when a similar gang of Rumanian thieves was broken by the police in Barcelona in 2009.


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Spain bail out Portugal to tune of 5 billion euros

The Spanish Econonmy Minister, Elena Salgado, has confirmed today that Spain will provide between 4.5 and 5 billion euros to the rescue programme drawn up for Portugal, which will total some 78 billion euros altogether. Salgado explained that Spain’s contribution would be “in the form of guarantees” and not a loan and was 12.7% of the 26 billion euro rescue fund as corresponded to Spain as a member of the Central European Bank and of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) created a year ago by the Eurozone member states. The minister’s announcement came on the back of a decision by the EU finance ministers

to give the green light to Portugal’s rescue package, after accepting the conditions demanded by Finland. The 78 billion euro iad package will cover Portugal’s finance needs for the next three years and will be provided in equal parts by the IMF and the EU’s two financial bodies in these circumstances, the EFSF and the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM). Salgado calso commented on the situation in Greece, after members of the Eurozone said yesterday that the country had to make a bigger effort to cut costs if it wanted more aid in addition to the 110 billion euros that were pledged last year.

Anti-crisis protests shake up Spanish elections

Protesters fuming over Spain’s economic crisis and sky-high jobless rate camped in Madrid and across the country to vent their anger ahead of the local elections. More than 1,000 demonstrators turned out in Madrid’s central square Puerta de Sol last Tuesday night and knots of protesters remained the following morning, some vowing to stay until the vote. Others rallied in scores of cities including Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza and Palma de Mallorca, responding to calls on online social networks, television coverage, and the Real Democracy Now protest organization. “We are tired of the unemployment, the corruption of politicians. It is always the same thing. I have no job and I don’t see how I can get one any time soon,” said 25-year-old Jordi Perez in Madrid. “They have to know how we feel,” Perez said. Spain’s jobless rate hit 21.19 percent in the first quarter of this year, the highest in the industrialized world. For the young the situation is more desperate: 44.6 percent unemployment for under-25s in February. Carrying placards reading “Make the guilty pay for the crisis” and chanting “They call this democracy but it is not”, the protesters hope to be heard in regional and municipal elections Sunday. Mostly peaceful, the protests began May 15, lamenting Spain’s economic crisis, politicians in general, and corruption. They seem to have caught political parties by surprise. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s ruling Socialist Party was “alarmed” by the protesters, fearing them to be

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Demolition goes on in Lorca as Real Madrid players visit

Work to demolish unsafe buildings and remove all the rubble carries on in Lorca today, as the town prepares to receive the Real Madrid football team before their charity game against Murcia to raise money for those affected by the earthquake last week.

Some time after 8am last Wednesday, three buildings in the La Viña and Alfonso X districts, two of the most badly damaged areas of the town, were pulled down on the instructions of the inspection team, which has carried out no fewer than

six inspections over the past days and has come to the conclusion that the buildings cannot be saved. Previously, demolition workers tried to pull down another building in the La Viña district, which ultimately collapsed, but not without

disaffected left-wing supporters who would abandon the party in the ballot box, the leading daily El Pais said. Weekend polls forecast devastating losses for the Socialists as voters punish them for the government’s handling of the economic crisis, including painful austerity measures. Mariano Rajoy, leader of the conservative Popular Party, which stands to make huge gains in the elections, said he could understand the protesters’ motives. The youth unemployment rate was “terrible,” and unacceptable

causing significant damage to the neighbouring Cristo Rey church. The Real Madrid players visited the district of La Viña, before heading off to Murcia to play the charity friendly at the Nueva Condomina stadium at 7pm, with the aim

of raising money to help those left bereaved, injured and homeless by the disaster. The players, with club president, Florentino Pérez, will arrive around midday and will visit the area most damaged by last Wednesday’s earthquake, which left nine people dead and more than 300 injured. After meeting some of the residents, the players attended Lorca town hall, to take part in a symbolic act of support for the people of the town. For their part, the residents evacuated from their homes after the earthquake spent their first night last Tuesday in a new specially-built, camp set up in the Torrecilla sports centre. In total, just over a thousand people have been relocated, after those who have drifted into the Lorca camps from other towns in search of free hand-outs like food, clothing, beds or tents, were sent back home.

in a country like Spain, he said. “Zapatero made a mistake. First he did not see the crisis, then he was wrong on the measures and then he spent money we did not have. And he has put us in a very difficult situation,” Rajoy said. “I think things can change and sincerely I am in politics to try to do so,” he said. Polls published in the centre-left El Pais and the conservative El Mundo tipped broad losses for the Socialists including in strongholds such as Barcelona, Seville and the Castille-La Mancha region. The Socialist Party is “on the edge of a catastrophe,” El Mundo predicted. Zapatero announced on April 2 that he would not stand for a third term in general elections scheduled for March 2012. Some in the party believe a new leader could halt the Socialists’ plummeting popularity. But while the Socialist Party touts its tough economic reforms internationally as a sign that it is repairing Spain’s finances, analysts say they will have to pay the price at the polls. “What worries me really is the future of our children and our youngsters,” said one government worker, Maria Jose, whose salary was cut by five percent along with the rest of the public sector as part of government efforts to rein in Spain’s public deficit.


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Spanish economy picks Spain’s Gamesa touts big up pace in last quarter Indian wind turbine deal

Spanish economic activity picked up gently in the first quarter of 2011, official data showed on Wednesday, but could not prevent the jobless rate shooting to a record high. Boosted by a surge in exports, gross domestic product rose 0.8 percent in the quarter from a year earlier, the National Statistics Institute reported. That compared to 0.6-percent growth the previous quarter. Exports supported the lift in activity, rising 11.2 percent in the first quarter from a year

earlier. But domestic demand remained weak, the figures showed, as households buckled under the high unemployment rate. Spain’s jobless rate hit 21.19 percent in the first quarter of this year, the highest in the industrialised world. For under-25s the unemployment rate was 44.6 percent. Economic output expanded 0.3 percent in the first three months of 2011 when compared to the previous quarter, the figures showed. That was up from a 0.2 percent pace in the final quarter of 2010.

Sport Spanish journalist freed in Libya

The Libyan government says it has freed Spanish photojournalist Manu Brabo and three other foreign journalists detained for illegally entering the country. The others freed with the Spanish photographer were two Americans, James Foley and Clare Morgana Gillis, and a Briton named as Nigel Chandler. The fate of a

South African photographer also being held by Libyan authorities is unclear. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said those freed had been given permission to stay and report in the country but would be escorted to the Tunisian border if they wanted to leave, adding, “If anyone was mistreated then we extend

our apologies.” He said: “We know that there are foreign, special, European army experts fighting with the rebels so the army do not know immediately that these people are journalists, that they are harmless. Manu Brabo (a photographer), James Foley (who works for GlobalPost) and Clare Morgana Gillis (who is a freelancer) were detained April 4th. Ms Gillis, who writes for the Atlantic and USA Today, told the Associated Press news agency the four were at Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel and were fine. She said a judge had given them a suspended one-year sentence. The fate of South African photographer, Anton Hammerl, also held on 4 April, is still unclear.

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Gamesa signed an outline agreement with Caparo Energy India Ltd to deliver wind turbines with a combined capacity of 2,000 MW over the next five years, it said in a statement. The agreement was one of the largest wind turbine contracts signed in India and among the biggest in the world, Gamesa said. It was valued at $2 billion over the five years, a spokeswoman told AFP. The announcement pushed Gamesa shares up 1.99 percent to 6.40 euros in afternoon trade. Gamesa said it would produce the turbines at its factories in India, supplying 150 MW of turbine capacity in 2012 alone. “The deal represents a turning point in the

Indian wind energy market and heralds further progress in the industry’s rapid growth in India,” the company said. Wind turbine capacity totalling 2,500 MW was installed in India 2010 and the country’s targets call for the 5,000 MW a year through 2015, it said. The wind sector in India had been growing at 30-40 percent annually in the past five years and this was set to accelerate, the company said. Gamesa announced earlier this month that net profit rose 67 percent from a year earlier to 13 million euros (18 million) in the first quarter of 2011, notably because of surging wind turbine sales in India.

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More than 150 home have been evacuated in Villa de Río and Cañete de las Torres (Córdoba) because of the torrential rain that has fallen in the area and that have already left one woman in her eighties dead. Between 40 and 70 homes have been evacuated in Villa del Río and a further hundred or so in Cañete, some of which had floodwater over two metres deep. Firefighters, residents and neighbours are all working together to pump the rain water out and clean the affected properties and streets, which have have been converted into rivers by the torrent of rain that began at about 5.30pm last Wednesday evening. The emergency services working in Cañete have described the situation as an “complete disaster” with two streets “in a terrible state” as the gushing flood water “ripped off” iron gates and dragged dozens of cars in its wake. They also confirmed that the woman found dead had been dragged by the sheer force of the water over a kilometre and a half from her home to neighbouring fields where she was found. Firefighters are concentrating on the biggest properties at the moment, to prevent large structures becoming unsafe or load-bearing walls collapsing. Work is also being carried out to clean out the gutters, which are currently blocked with up to 40cm of mud. Residents of Cañete, where it is still raining lightly, say they have never experienced a situation like this before. The torrential rain also forced the closure of the railway line in Villa del Río, where 140 passengers had to be evacuated and transferred by bus to their destination and the A-4 motorway has now reopened after being closed in both directions in the area yesterday. The Spanish Met. Office (AEMET) still has the area on orange alert for rain and storms.

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Britain’s Royal Society wins Spanish prize

Britain’s centuries-old science institute The Royal Society has been awarded Spain’s prestigious ‘Prince of Asturias’ Prize for Communications and Humanities for promoting “knowledge for the benefit of humanity.” “The Royal Society is the longeststanding scientific community in existence in the world and the most prestigious institution of human knowledge in the history of Great Britain,” the Prince of Asturias Foundation said in a statement. “Since its beginnings, the Society has combined the role of a research institute with that of a centre for the exchange of knowledge for the benefit of humanity.” The Royal Society, founded in 1660, describes itself as “a fellowship of the

world’s most eminent scientists and ... the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.” It aims “to expand the frontiers of knowledge by championing the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of humanity and the good of the planet,” it says on its website. Members have included Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, James Watson, Benjamin Franklin, Albert

Cyclist Xavier Tondo dies in garage door accident

32-year-old cyclist, Xavier Tondo, died today after getting trapped and crushed between his car and the automatic garage door of an apartment block in Pradollano, Sierra Nevada, where he was training. The freak accident occurred shortly after 10am when it appears that the Team Movistar cyclist, who was preparing for the Tour de France, was setting out for training. The manager of his Movistar team, Eusebio Unzue, said another Spanish professional cyclist, Benat Intxausti, of the Euskaltel team, was in the vehicle at the time. Tondo finished sixth in the Vuelta a Espana in 2010 and won the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in April. “He was an incredible person who loved this sport more than anyone,” said Tour de France champion Alberto Contador. Earlier this year, Tondo lifted the lid on a doping ring when he informed authorities after receiving emails in which he was offered banned substances. His death is the latest tragedy to hit the sport after Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt was killed after a crash in the Giro d’Italia earlier this month.

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individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions.” Previous winners have included the Internet search engine Google, the National Geographic Society and Cable News Network (CNN).

Shopkeeper who shot robbers freed pending trial

A shopkeeper arrested for shooting a group of robbers who held up his premises on Friday has been temporarily released without having to pay bail. Hearing noises in the night, the accused, known as Desi, went downstairs with a shotgun and found three robbers fleeing the premises. He fired shots at them as they leapt into their getaway car, killing one and injuring another. The robbers were finally arrested near the health centre in La Roda (Albacete) when the Guardia Civil caught up with them. Desi received a standing ovation from

crowds of residents in his home town of Sisante (Cuenca province) when he was freed. He still faces an attempted murder charge, has to report to the courts twice a month and is unable to leave the country, but until his case comes to trial, Desi can continue to live at home with his wife and small son and run the tobacconist’s he owns. When Desi was arrested and charged, over 1,000 people staged a protest march in the middle of Sisante. Business-owners and homeowners say they live in constant fear due to a wave of burglaries sweeping through the town.

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Thousands face volcanic ash cloud flight cancellations

Thousands of passengers face UK flight cancellations because of drifting ash from an Icelandic volcanic eruption. Airports likely to be affected from 1300 to 1900 BST include Londonderry, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Prestwick, Durham Tees Valley, Newcastle and Carlisle, air traffic services company Nats said. European air traffic controllers said 252 flights had been cancelled so far. Ryanair said it had carried out a test flight over Scotland and challenged a ruling some flights should be grounded. The carrier said its one-hour flight at 41,000ft showed there was no visible volcanic ash cloud or evidence of ash on the airframe, wings or engines. It claimed the “red zone” over Scottish airspace where ash has been classified “high-

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Animal protection service the Brigada Azul was called on to investigate an horrific case of animal abuse after a dog was doused in petrol and set on fire in Pinoso.

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spotlight on business... Any Greek debt default would likely hurt the credit rating of other peripheral eurozone countries, the ratings agency Moody’s has warned.

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Greece default would hurt other countries, says Moody’s In a statement on the impact of a potential default, Moody’s said such a default would also hurt Greek banks. Moody’s also became the latest agency to say any kind of restructuring of Greek debt would constitute a default. Meanwhile, the Greek opposition leader has rejected the government’s request to support a four-year austerity plan. The plan would lay out deficit reduction measures that go two years beyond the next general election. Greece received a 110bn euro (£96bn; $155bn) bail-out from the European Union and International Monetary Fund last year. Greece’s European partners had demanded cross-party support for the plan after talks last week on possible further bail-out measures. Antonis Samaras, leader of the New Democracy party, said he believed the austerity demanded by Brussels would hurt the country’s economic recovery. “I am not going to agree to this recipe, which has been proven wrong,” said Mr Samaras after meeting Prime Minister George Papandreou. The right-winger instead wants to cut taxes in order to stimulate an economic recovery. “The government lacks the courage to restart the economy and is not considering a renegotiation,” he added. “It is repeating the same mistake, and exceeding the limits of the Greek economy and of our people.” The government has a majority in parliament and does not rely on opposition support for its current austerity budgets. But Mr Papandreou faces even more opposition from the left. The head of the Communist party, which is influential with trade unions, refused even to meet him, while Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Left Coalition party, called on him to resign. “I didn’t come to discuss the looting of Greek society with Mr Papandreou,” said Mr Tsipras. “I came to tell him that he must not... go ahead with this crime against the Greek people.” Meanwhile, Greece’s second biggest union Adedy, which represents civil servants, announced plans for a general 24-hour strike in June. “This policy must stop now,” the union said in a statement, referring to budget cuts including public pay cuts, civil service redundancies and an increase in VAT. “These measures will bring down the living standards of small and medium classes by over 20%.” There has been increasing speculation that Greece could be allowed to restructure its debt. On Monday, the Luxembourg Prime Minister and head of the

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That a link exists has long been understood: the eye condition xerophthalmia, a common cause of blindness in developing countries, is known to be caused by a lack of vitamin A, which is found in sources such as meat and fresh vegetables. In fact, vitamins and minerals are crucial to eye health, as they are constantly required to help ward off damage caused by UV light rays. A healthy blood supply is necessary to supply nutrients and oxygen to the eye. So, conditions such as high cholesterol, which clog arteries elsewhere in the body, are also important in the eye region. Professor Ian Grierson, head of ophthalmology at the University of Liverpool, is one of the pioneers in nutritional research. He says: “It is quite difficult to show real benefit to an individual, that by changing their diet it will benefit their sight – the studies needed would be too big and expensive.” However, Prof Grierson approaches the idea from a different angle: “My interest is in AMD. For a lot of sufferers of this condition, there are no treatments at all, so it occurred to me to look at the risk factors for the disease instead, with a view to prevention. “These risk factors don’t just make you more prone to developing AMD, but to it becoming more severe if you do have it.” He explains: “AMD is on the march as we are all living longer [according to the Macular Disease Society, AMD affects 30 million people worldwide, half a million of them in the UK], and it is undoubtedly lifestyle related. “The main risk factors are gender (females are more susceptible), your age (the older you are, the more likely you are to develop it), whether you smoke or have done, your weight, and your diet.” Problems occur because the macula (the centre of the retina) works so hard to give us colour and fine vision, it also produces by-products called free radicals that damage the cells. Prof Grierson explains: “It is like a factory in there. The antioxidants which we get from food protect our cells from these toxins by neutralising them, but if the diet is deficient in the right ones there is no safety net, and the macula suffers permanent damage. “We really need to increase levels of the right antioxidants in patients and the general population.”

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Opt for a multi-tasking hero... ‘The most important daytime anti-ageing ingredient is a highfactor sunscreen,’ says dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams. ‘I always use a moisturiser with built-in sunscreen rather than layering sunscreen and moisturiser, which can clog pores.’ Try SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF50, £34.50 (www.skinceuticals.co.uk). We also rate No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream SPF15, £20.50, (www. boots.com) with very high levels of UVA filters, as these rays can even penetrate glass in winter.

Get great skincare for under a fiver... Nivea has gone one better - you won’t pay more than £3.99 for any of its Visage Daily Essentials. Best-selling Rich Moisturising Day Cream, £3.99, from the Dry & Sensitive range even gets an upgrade to SPF15. Likewise, Johnson Rehydrating Night Cream for dry skin and Oil Balancing Day Fluid for combination skin are both £3.99. Die-hard soap and water fans could trade up to the Dove Cream Bar, £1.15 for two, which is especially for delicate skin. (all available from www.boots.com)

Go for handbag size... The sensual, expensive-smelling perfumes from new British perfumer Daniel Vaudd start at a mini-sized £14.95 for three 10ml sprays. And if you fall in love with fresh and flowery The Guilty Mind, citrus and leather The Guilty Act or classic rosy Our Loving Embrace, trading up won’t break the bank at £35 for 60ml (www. danielvaudd.com)

Make scent last longer... Help your fragrance linger longer, suggests perfumer Lyn Harris: ‘Spray your favourite scent on to your hands and run your fingers through your hair. It is incredibly porous, and holds scent for longer than skin.’ In cold weather, a few sprays on your scarf mean you’ll enjoy your scent all day. Try the trick with the comfortingly woody Miller Harris Terre de Bois Eau de Toilette, £44 for 50ml - a winter classic with staying power, so even a little goes a long way. (www.millerharris.com)

Create your own bespoke scent... Fine fragrance expert and perfumer Roja Dove put us on to the Neal’s Yard Baseline range - un-perfumed, no-nonsense natural and organic bath and body products to which you can add your favourite essential oil, such as classic rose. At last, a bespoke body collection we can actually afford! We love the Body Oil, £5.70, Massage Oil, £8.30 and Bath & Shower Gel, £5.70. (www. nealsyard.co.uk)

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Shopaholic alert!

Here you can be anything from hippy to sophisticated. Go for posh; ‘pijo’ (pronounced ‘pee ho’) and dress with sophistication. They are always smart with shirts, jackets, expensive shoes and not a hair out of place. At the other end of the spectrum there’s the hippystyle dress code in Madrid. A large proportion of the 20–30 age group are relaxed and bohemian in their style. For stylish designer goods go to the Salamanca barrio (district) in the North East of the city. It’s about 10 to 15 minutes from the centre on the metro; here you’ll find wall to wall boutiques and designer outlets. For younger and funky hippy styles go to the barrio of Chueca, and the streets Fuencarral and Calle Hortaleza. They both start at Gran Via, and head up towards the Tribunal area. The further away from Gran Via you get, the more alternative the styles; towards Tribunal you’ll find more shoe shops too. Between Gran Via and Puerta de Sol, the streets are bursting with shops like Mango, Zara, Pimkie, Bershka, H&M (on Gran Via) and the department store El Corte Ingles. Head down the Calle Mayor and Calle Arenal directly off Puerta del Sol, and on the Arenal, look for ‘Blanco’ and at Calle Mayor, 37 ‘Custo Barcelona’ – the über trendy store that clothes stars such as Christina Aguilera and Julia Roberts. This store is a must, if not to buy then just to look into - their prices match their styles in terms of outrageousness, and they are the beloved of the celebrity names. Shoeholics go to Calle Serrano in barrio Salamanca,

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It’s been a long winter, but now the flowers are blooming, the birds are nesting, and shopping is in the air! And where better to shop than Madrid? Flights start from as little as 25€ so what are you waiting for!

for ‘Farrutx’, famous in Madrid for hand-made shoes, very Spanish, very elegant, very pricey! Calle Augusto Figeroa has hip and unusual styles, try ‘Caligae’, less of a shock to the pocket! Carolina Herrera on Calle Serrano is brilliant for bags, while you are in the area. Men looking for sports gear go to the huge Nike shop on Gran Via; there is not a sport that represented! For smart casuals, stay on Gran Via and try H&M. Huge, well laid out, and reasonably priced. For luxury clothes, find Calle Argensola for Loreak Mendian. Trendy, and sells clothes exclusive to Spain. You can be sure that you’ll end up with something unique and ahead of the fashion, and the prices are affordable too. Kwaleon, an excellent place for denim and sportswear, especially for the skating and boarding set. Or men, go for the ultimate statement and pop into Justo Algaba, Calle de la Paz. This is where Madrid’s toreros come to have their traje de luces - suit of lights - the traditional glittering bullfighting suit) made in all their intricate excess. A custom-made suit starts at around 2500€ while the sexy pink tights and the little ballet pumps are a good deal more affordable!! If your man is going to do a Juan Belmonte (arguably Spain’s greatest living bullfighter) then ladies hasten to Calle del Maestro Victoria, to Maty for anything related to flamenco. Founded in 1943, its endless rails display ‘faralaes’ (typical flamenco dresses), shoes, ornamental combs

a n d any other accessories you can think of, but also stocks anything needed for ballet and gymnastics. They also do regional costumes, and have their own workshop where the flamenco dresses are made. But if you think that that is al Madrid has to offer the dedicated shopper, then think again – I haven’t even ventured into the delights of the rastro, Spain’s largest open-air market! ...time for a coffee. yes?


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Riddle of the whales who disappeared in the night Pod of 60 vanish after two died

The pod of 60 pilot whales at risk of beaching themselves on the Scottish coast vanished yesterday after two died. The creatures swam off after the body of a female, killed by an infection, washed up in Loch Carnan in South Uist. A second dead whale was spotted on a nearby islet but could not be reached last night due to bad weather.

Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue were on stand-by in case the pod returned. But storms and winds of up to 70mph scuppered their plans to search by helicopter. A post-mortem examination on the female found ‘potential evidence of an infection’ in a fatty region of its forehead. The examination showed that grisly scrapes and cuts on the whale’s body were not enough to cause its death. Alisdair Jack of the BDMLR said last night: ‘It is very disappointing to have found the second stranded whale. ‘It was spotted through binoculars at around 4pm. Our fear has been that the first dead whale would not be the last.’ The pod was first seen in the loch on Thursday. Around 20 of the whales were suffering from head wounds that may have been caused by boats or by rocks close to

the shore. At the end of October last year, 33 pilot whales came close to being stranded in the same sea loch. Less than a week later, they were found dead on a beach in Co Donegal. Pilot whales prefer deep water but come inshore to feed on squid, their main food. Calum Watt, senior inspector for the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the whales’ strong social bonds meant healthy animals within a pod would follow sick and injured ones on to shore. He said, before the second dead whale was found: ‘This could be the first of many other whales coming in - we hope it’s not. It would be great if this is the only one to come in.’

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why the must-have brand triggers brain reaction ‘similar to religious devotion’ Fans of Apple products are known for their extreme devotion to the technology brand. But a new TV programme suggests that this desire for iPods and iPads can occasionally border on the religious. An MRI scan of an Apple fanatic’s brain has found the same part lit up as a believer’s did when they gazed upon religious imagery. Journalist Alex Riley carried out the test for the BBC documentary Secrets Of The Superbrands, during which he also attended the opening of Apple’s Covent Garden store. He likened the scene to ‘an evangelical prayer meeting’, as staff hysterically cheered hundreds of delirious customers flooding the store, many of whom had slept outside

overnight or travelled from other countries despite their being no free products or discounts on offer. To understand their fervour, he commissioned a team of neuroscientists with an MRI scanner to look inside the brain of one such fan. ‘The results suggested that Apple was actually stimulating the same parts of the brain as religious imagery does in people of faith,’ he said. During the programme, Riley also spoke to the Bishop of Buckingham, who reinforced his claims. The bishop explained that Apple stores contain a lot of religious imagery, such as stone floors, altar-like product stands and arched windows.

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Merkel Calls for EU Harmonisation on Retirement & Holidays................. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, launched a controversial proposal last week to harmonise the holiday Merkel’s comments appear to have little foundation in the case of entitlement and retirement age in the pensions and retirement if you compare the data, as both countries various European Union countries, have many similarities. especially in those countries where The life expectancy of men is 78.6 years in Spain, compared with 77.8 the debt crisis has hit hardest. years for German men. Spanish women live on average 84.9 years and However, according to figures German women, 82.8 years. produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and In both countries the legal retirement age is 65 years and both have Development (OECD), the Spanish also approved an amendment to raise it to 67 years progressively. worked an average of 1,653 hours However, the actual retirement age in Spain is actually higher. Spanish annually in 2009 compared to an workers retire on average after 62.8 years while the Germans work an average of 1,389 hours worked by average of 61.5 years, according to the report “Pensions at a Glance” Germans, representing 19% more published by the OECD last April. hours, but which was not reflected in the remuneration, as the average German salary was 42,400 euros compared with 23,200 euros in Spain. Thus, productivity per hour worked was 93.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the average German compared to 82.2% for Spain. However, the holidays were similar in both countries: 24 days in Germany and 30 days in Spain. The problem with productivity is also due to the dramatic difference in unemployment rates. The Spanish unemployment rate reached 21.3% of the workforce in the first quarter of 2011, while German unemployment fell to 7.1%, the lowest percentage since the Reunification. Spain, with 45.9 million inhabitants currently has almost five million unemployed, while Germany, with 81.8 million of a population, has fewer than three million unemployed. Regarding the tax burden, direct taxes and for Spanish companies, according to the OECD. Social Security payments accounted for 19.7% However, one area where Spain fares better than of Spanish workers’ salaries in 2009, while the Germans Germany is that the wage gap between men and women contributed 41.3% of their salaries. However, German companies pay less tax: 1.3% of GDP compared to 2.2% is lower at 16.1% and 23.2% respectively.

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There are so many different ways to approach meditation so that it works for you, and techniques don’t always involve sitting in silence

Practising meditation can bring a sense of inner peace and calm your mind-racing, with the ability to ‘live in the moment’, but achieving a heightened state of self-awareness is something that many people find difficult. We tackle common problems that many people experience when they try to meditate. When trying to meditate for the first time, many people begin to notice just how many loud thoughts run through their mind at one time. Try to still the body first by tensing your body from feet to your crown, release, and repeat a few times. Focus on your breath and when thoughts come into your mind, try to experience them as radio waves, let them go and re-focus on your breath, letting any thoughts float away. For people with racing minds, meditations are a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy the moment. The trick is to treat all your thoughts as if they were bubbles floating through your mind, so you can see thoughts, allow the bubble to stay intact, and let it float past you. Don’t engage in thoughts, just acknowledge the thought, and let the bubble float past you. For instance if you begin to think about your shopping list, let a bubble with the list float through your mind, and don’t think about writing the shopping list!

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TAXES FOR OWNERS OF PROPERTY IN SPAIN Do you own a property in Spain as a non-resident? Did you know that you should be paying income tax in Spain? There can often be confusion around the taxes that are to be paid in Spain when you own a property but do not live here.You pay tax when you first buy the property, and from then on you will not only have to pay local rates once yearly, and rubbish tax quarterly but also a NON-RESIDENTS TAX.

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dad’s army.............. When we first arrived in Spain, the one thing that struck me was how friendly all the ex-pats were towards each other. People who we had never laid on eyes on before would invite us round for drinks or dinner, and it seemed a case of here we all are in the same boat and “Hey, let’s make sure we start as we mean to go on”. But have you noticed that often, something seems to happen to change that. Oh sure, for the most part people are still friendly and open, but it’s noticeable how some inexplicably slip back into the bad old ways of back home. Niggles with neighbours, perceived injustices and petty difference rear their unpalatable heads time and again – many of our friends living in other urbanisations report the same thing, and you only have to read the papers to see that this is so. It’s almost as if we cannot live without conflict. And yet, when a major conflagration affects our very existence such as the two world wars, everyone pulls together and previous differences are put into context and seen for what they really are. Pathetically unimportant. I have no personal memories of the last war – I was not even a glimmer in the milkman’s eye back then - but my Dad would regale me with tales from war time Britain. We all know of the stories of heroism and hardship on the front line, but there were thousands of men and women who were not called on to fight because they had equally important work to do. They had a vital part to play in the country’s war effort in the munitions and supply factories throughout Britain and were the invisible army. Nevertheless they became a constant target for

enemy bombers, and so in their own way, they were also very much in the front line. Although my family had always lived in Berkshire, my Father’s job took him to Banbury in Oxfordshire where he was involved in the aircraft inspection department at the Northern Aluminium Company’s plant situated nearby. The factory must have been massive, because in the company’s newspaper, ‘Safety First’, there are sections dealing with their football; bowls; angling; athletics; rugby; tennis; cricket and rifle clubs. Not to mention the company male voice choir and women’s circle. The 1939 September edition is particularly interesting to me because, under the heading, “Best Wishes”, the marriages listed includes Mr B.A.Bird to Miss B.Norris on the 7th August – my Mum and Dad. I remember my Father telling me that because of the very real danger from air attack on such a priority target, once war had been declared a full scale replica of the plant was erected some miles away in the Oxfordshire countryside. It covered the same ground area as the real plant, the difference being that the dummy version stood only two or three feet off the ground. It did not take long for the Luftwaffe to locate the scale model and destroy it, satisfying the Germans that they had obliterated a major aircraft factory, and leaving the genuine article free to continue its important work. The building of new planes involved the dismantling of downed enemy aircraft, and some of the finds in the wreckage were somewhat gruesome – severed limbs being fairly common. Another important aspect of this work was to ascertain German technological developments, and each aircraft

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was scrutinised minutely before being re-cycled into parts for new British machines. Nothing was wasted. Whilst Dad was doing his bit at the factory, Mum took in two evacuee children from Coventry, and I can only guess at the terrible emotions when night after night enemy aircraft bombed Coventry mercilessly, with the huge fires clearly visible in Banbury. There were also some humorous moments, and one which I like, involved a period of illness for my Dad when he had a bout of pneumonia and was in bed feeling very groggy. Mum had a strange habit of locking the bedroom door if she had to go out, because she had this weird notion that Dad was more secure that way, and presumably safer from German abduction. Their house backed onto the railway goods sidings, and one day when Mum was out shopping and Dad locked in, a stray German bomber decided to offload his deadly cargo on this Oxfordshire backwater, and must have decided that the goods yard was a tempting target. One minute dad was dozing and the next he was running round the bedroom in his nightshirt like a man possessed; broken door handle in his hand, unable to get downstairs to the shelter. He told me that he got himself back to work at the earliest opportunity after that, because Mum was a bigger worry to him than Hitler. There are few saving graces to war, but there is a part of me that would like to have experienced the comradeship, solidarity and sense of purpose that is so sadly lacking today. So there you have it. Let’s have a good war and all become friends again.

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Most of us have done something stupid in our lives. Sometimes so stupid, that we have a problem admitting it even to ourselves. Embarrassing – best to be forgotten! A while ago I was in Camposol, having been in the shop of Best Wishes. On leaving and entering the round-about, I was far, far away in my own thoughts (always wondered about this “in my own thoughts”, because you can hardly be in someone else’s thoughts; that is, if you are, they feel sorry for you, and you are not sorry for yourself, when you are in your own thoughts, so …………. Ah! Never mind!). Back to my own thoughts and the round-about! Well into the round-about, a “blip” interrupted “my own thoughts”, something like “Hey, Lady! Something is wrong here!?!?” And then it dawned on me. I was going the wrong way round! Well, in Britain it would have been the right way round, but I am not British, and I have not even lived in Britain. I took a quick look around – had anybody seen me? –, ducked deep behind the wheel, dipped into the parking lot, and swung confidently, head held high, out in the round-about; this time the right way round! I, Biggy Marshall, solemnly swear that I will never, ever shake my head in despair if I see somebody going the wrong way in a roundabout, or by mistake find themselves on the left side of the road. I have named it a “British moment”, adding it to my “senior moments”, and “blond moments” (yes, I am “legally” blond).

I have been an interpreter on a Cruz Roja First-Aid course. Though interpreter on the course, I also went through the training, and was a bit apprehensive about learning CPR. I mean, once you have the certificate, you have an obligation to admit CPR when necessary – and I felt it was holding another person’s life in your hands –so to speak. I did know what CPR is, but wanted to find out exactly what the abbreviation stands for, so I looked it up on Internet. Next time you look something up on Yahoo, have a look at the sponsors’ adverts on the right hand side of the page. On this occasion I was promised “First Aid Cpr at Amazon.co.uk – Low Prices on First Aid Cpr. Free UK Delivery on Amazon Orders”. Wow! Isn’t it amazing what you can buy at Amazon? And, if you should have a heart attack in the UK, you get the CPR delivered for free! Awesome! – or “Cpr – Fantastic prices on golf equipment, Buy it. Sell it. Love it. Ebay” Huh! Well, I do know some golfers, who would benefit by having CPR on the golf course; especially if they constantly end up in the bunkers, or are slicing at every tee. Love it? I doubt anybody would not love it, as it prevents brain and organ damage. Can you imagine if I had searched for terrorists? Well, you do not need delivery of terrorists in UK; they seem to

have home-grown ones! Like all other nations the Spanish national characteristics have good and bad sides. Their solidarity was very visible when the whole of Spain rallied in aid of Lorca after their devastating earthquake earlier this month. Real Madrid brought “A drop of happiness in a sea of sadness” when they visited the area. All the heavy-weight stars were there, Ronaldo, Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Mou etc. They met with the residents, had their picture taken, signed autographs, and proceeded to play a charity match at Nueva Condomina against Murcia. 31,000 spectators watched the match, with all the money from the ticket-sale – a whopping €600,000 - going to Lorca. Guess that football can be other things than 22 guys chasing the same ball, and then kick it away when they finally get it! But, charity was invented by the Brits, and also the Brits in Murcia had charity events in benefit of Lorca. In Puerto de Mazarrón, the expatriates organised a concert in supersonic time, which took place last Saturday. I visited right after the doors opened, and the hall was already ¼ full, and the raffle-prizes stacked on a huge table. Performers were entertaining for free, and people streamed in, some with their picnic boxes, prepared to have a great evening.

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

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Caveat Emptor...........................

Generally speaking, I am careful with my clothes and accessories. It is unusual for me to throw something a w a y because it is worn out. The usual reasons for me parting with something is either that I have put it down somewhere and forgotten where, or in the case of clothing, it has shrunk in the wardrobe. I don’t understand this phenomenon. I put my summer clothes away at the commencement of winter, and they remain untouched until the warm weather encourages me to get them out again. Yet when I do, I find that they have inexplicably shrunk, and no longer fit. How can this happen? However, I do go through sunglasses quite quickly. After a lifetime that only lasted 2 years I dropped my first Spanish pair, and cracked the lens. My second pair succumbed to a broken arm after only 1 year of very careful handling. Thus I had the option of either squinting at the world through a broken lens or walking around like a female Jack Duckworth, my glasses held together with sticky tape. Neither option was really satisfactory, so I saved my pennies and purchased a pair for 3.50€ in the Chinese shop. I reasoned that at only 3.50€ it wouldn’t break the bank if they only lasted a year. They lasted

4 days, and then a crack appeared in the frame, and the lens fell out. Muttering ‘faulty goods’ I went into a different Chinese shop and bought another pair for 3.50€. 4 days later a crack appeared in the frame, and the lens fell out. Bored by my bleatings about having wasted a perfectly good 7€ on shoddy workmanship, Pete took me into a proper opticians to buy a ‘decent’ pair of sunglasses. Cautiously I enquired the price. ‘110€’ the pretty girl assistant replied. I staggered weakly, but abruptly pulled myself together when I remembered that the shop was full of fragile goods, and breakages would have to be paid for. Seeing my distress the girl offered a cheaper option, and whilst still in shock I found myself to be the owner of a robust pair for just under 50€, a present from my ever-loving, with instructions to ‘take care of them’. Mathematics is not my strong point, but according to my calculations if these glasses were to have the same rate of deterioration as the previous pairs, they should last 56 days. I fully expect them to last longer, or else! The moral of this cautionary tale is: Caveat emptor - You get what you pay for!

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16 Take away in bird (5) 17 Join the French out of stroke (4) 19 Lead a timeless beginning (4) 21/18 Man’s in on time to get married, replaced by daughter - hush-hush! (2,3,4) 23 Morally, part of a hole in the face (4) 24 More recent name taken for vessel (4) 27 Come out slowly, or half-ounce egg starter will follow! (4) 28 “Fashion centre in setback” is a dissertation (6) 29 Cruel but right within a lake (6) 31 Potter’s danger of being in one new figurehead? (2-3) 32 Nearly manage pen, lacking practice (5) 34 One shifting after a long time (4) 35 Good one in a foreign bird (4) 36 Ready for some games? (3)

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THE WONDERS OF WINE

This column hopes to introduce and clarify some of these different Spanish wine regions, their characteristics and what makes these wonderful wines and areas worth searching for. --------------------------------------------------The river Pisuerga flows through the provinces of Palencia and Valladolid in the north of Castilla y Leon. It also runs near and dear to my heart as this is where I first landed when I came to live in Spain. We lived in an apartment over looking fields of grain and planted “forests” of elms that ran along the river. Legend has it that Felipe Segundo (Philip II) torn up the indigenous local forests to build the Spanish Armada. Cereals were sowed in the desolate land left behind with grape vines planted along the Pisuerga. Having castles and monasteries in each pueblo the wine production remained local for private consumption and, naturally, worship.

The climate in this area is dry and harsh at an altitude of 650-800 meters the tinta del pais (tempranillo) grape literally grows a thicker skin. Traditionally, not very tasty, clarets and roses were created by mixing the red with white grapes. Things are slow to change in this part of the world and continued on for hundreds of years. Despite the long history, the denominación de origin Cigales, named after the old capital of Castile, was created relatively

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recently in 1991. With the rise of the wines from Ribera del Duero vintors began to search further along the river Duero and re-discovered these old vineyards of the Pisuegra, a tributary of the Duero. Old vines yield a smaller amount of fruit and tend to grow more concentrated intense grapes, many of the bodegas of Cigales have vines that are 60-120 years old. The combination of newer techniques and older vineyards have developed into wonderful reds and excellent rosados. Wines to try that come from Cigales include the refreshingly elegant rose Val de los Frailes, and both the Museum Real Reserva and Crianza are fantastic examples of the characteristically flavourful reds to be found in the region.

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each foil square and evenly lay the asparagus each side of the fish. Top with the lemon slices and the dill. Season, squeeze over the lemon juice, seal up each parcel then lay on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until done. (Alternatively, you can roast the asparagus separately if you prefer.)

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil 2 x 150g skinless salmon fillets 125g fine asparagus trimmed 1 small lemon ½ sliced ½ juiced 2 tbsp roughly chopped dill salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Take two sheets of foil about 25cm square and drizzle each with a little of the oil. Place one salmon fillet in the centre of

Crab & Tarragon Fishcakes 700g (1lb 9oz) potatoes, peeled and cubed 300g (10½oz) fresh white crab meat 100g (3½oz) fresh brown crab meat 1 bunch spring onions, chopped 2tbsp chopped tarragon 2 eggs, beaten 200g (7oz) fresh white breadcrumbs Sunflower oil for frying TO SERVE 300ml (½pt) soured cream 5tbsp chopped sorrel 1 lemon, cut into wedges

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Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and mash in a large bowl. Mix in the crab, spring onions

and tarragon. Season well. Place the beaten egg and breadcrumbs in two separate bowls. Shape the mixture into 18 small cakes. Dip each one into the beaten egg, then the breadcrumbs. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Heat a 3cm (1¼in) layer of the oil in a large nonstick frying pan and fry the cakes in batches for 3 minutes each side. Mix the soured cream and sorrel and serve as a dip with the crab cakes, along with the lemon wedges. COOK’S TIP: If you can’t get hold of lemony sorrel leaves go for dill or fennel – their citrusanise flavours work perfectly with seafood.

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FOOD & DRINK the GOOD news about coffee! One cup cuts blood pressure, two stave off dementia... and six reduce your skin cancer risk...

We are a nation of coffee addicts — last year alone we spent almost £1 billion on it. Our caffeine habit was vindicated last week when Swedish researchers revealed women who drink five or more cups a day could be protecting themselves against an aggressive form of breast cancer. But with other research suggesting high doses of caffeine can pose risks to health, just how much coffee should you be drinking a day? To help you decide, we reveal the benefits — and risks — of your daily intake.

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ONE CUP

Nectarines with Raspberries & Cinnamon

INGREDIENTS

6 nectarines, halved and stone removed 1 ball stem ginger, finely chopped Pinch of cinnamon 150g (5½oz) soft brown sugar Grated rind and juice of 1 lime 150g (5½oz) fresh raspberries 300g (10½oz) crème fraîche

METHOD In a large bowl mix together the nectarines, ginger, cinnamon, sugar and lime rind and juice, and stir until the nectarines are well coated. Arrange them in a heavybased roasting tin so that they sit in a single layer,

and cover with foil. Cook in a preheated oven at 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5 for 50 minutes or on the dying embers of the barbecue for 25-30 minutes, shaking the tin every now and again, until the nectarines are softened and beginning to blister, and the sauce is caramelised and sticky. Arrange the nectarines on a warmed serving plate. Scatter the raspberries into the tin and coat them in the sauce. Mix the crème fraîche with the raspberries and serve with the nectarines.

PROS: Drinking just one cup of a coffee a day could reduce your blood pressure, according to a Greek study of 485 people aged 65 to 100. The researchers found those who drank between one and two cups daily had the healthiest arteries. The scientists believe this is due to antioxidants in the coffee increasing the production of nitric oxide, a compound found naturally in the body. Nitric oxide helps relax artery walls, and lowers blood pressure. And a single cup could boost your brainpower, too: a Bristol University study of 600 people found those who had a cup of regular coffee performed better in mental tests than those who drank decaffeinated coffee or nothing. This may be because caffeine causes more sugar to travel to the brain, giving it extra energy and creating a temporary ‘lift’, says Dr Sarah Schenker, a dietitian. CONS: Even one cup during the day could keep you counting sheep late into the

night, says Sian Porter, of the British Dietetic Association. It takes around eight hours to completely remove caffeine from the body, she explains, so don’t drink a cup after 3pm to 4pm if you suffer from sleep troubles.

TWO CUPS PROS: This amount of coffee a day could keep Alzheimer’s at bay, say scientists from the University of Florida. Although the findings came from animal research, the team say that around 200mg of caffeine, the equivalent of two cups of coffee, could help prevent the build-up of proteins in the brain that have been linked to memory loss associated with the disease. And drinking the equivalent of two cups of coffee 30 minutes before exercise may enhance your performance by providing you with more energy, suggests a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine. ‘It stimulates the production of fatty acids in your body which you use for fuel — it’s like opening the cap on your reserve tank,’ says Dr Schenker. CONS: ‘If you’re pregnant, your upper caffeine intake limit should be 200mg, or two cups of regular-strength coffee,’ says Dr Schenker. ‘It’s thought the caffeine causes the body to release high levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which could increase the risk of miscarriage.’

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Manager, Russell Clements, and the Iceland Overseas San Javier team are very optimistic of achieving their fundraising target for MABS Murcia/Mar Menor. Handing over a further 1800€ this month, brings the total raised to date to 5494 €. “We set ourselves a target of 10,000€ when we nominated MABS as our charity at the beginning of the year,” commented Russell “And we’re extremely pleased that we have already gone past the half-way mark.” This second tranche of funds was raised at the Easter Fun Day which was organised by Sorelle Fox and supported by several local businesses: AngloINFO, C&M Bouncy Castles, Sunshine FM Radio, Viva TV, and the Classic Car Club of Torrevieja displayed their vintage cars. MABS volunteers were on hand in the week leading up to the event to pack customers’ bags in return for a small donation. There were competitions and a fabulous array of raffle prizes, including a pair of Hugo Boss sunglasses from Specsavers worth 200€ - thanks to the lovely Kathleen who gathered all the prizes. A summer event is planned for July, which promises to be fun for everyone, so keep checking the press and the MABS website. “Team Iceland is also in training for the MABS Race for Life on 13 November and we can’t wait to see what outfit Martin Lawrence will turn up in.” said Janet, MABS Fundraising Co-ordinator. “He dressed up as Miss Iceland at the Easter Fun Day, much to the amusement of Iceland’s customers.” Russell Clements is a serious badminton player and hopes to win the Spanish National title this year, so his training for the competitions will stand him in good stead for the 3 km route along the promenade at Los Alcázares. MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com

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MINI 'Mini' leads small car boom

It’s the car that fans of the original Mini have been waiting for – and it could be the biggest-selling new MINI yet. With stringent emissions regulations and spiralling petrol prices, the demand for compact cars is going through the roof! And the new baby MINI is set to head a new breed of penny-pinching small cars that prove you don’t have to sacrifice style and driving fun for low running costs. Based on the Rocketman concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the ‘mini’ MINI will expand the burgeoning brand even further. It will create a new entry point and mark the beginning of a new era, too, with a range of threecylinder engines on offer, lightweight materials throughout and an all-electric version in the pipeline. Our images show how the pint-sized production car is likely to look – and all those who have been waiting patiently for a true successor to the Sixties model will be pleased to see this car’s tiny footprint on the road. The ‘mini’ MINI is only 40cm longer and 50cm wider than the original, and engineers are intent on making the production car no bigger than the concept. It will make the most of every inch available to it, though, with a space-saving 3+1 seating layout similar to the Toyota iQ’s. While there will be seats for four, the chair behind the driver will only be suitable for short trips. However, the instrument cluster moves backwards and forwards with the steering wheel to boost room when necessary. Carried over from the concept will be the dualfunction boot, which features a conventional compartment accessed via a hatch with a drawerlike storage area underneath. The centrally mounted ‘Coke can’ exhaust is also slated for production. Predictably, however, the concept’s Union Jack glass roof will make way for a more conventional metal top. Plus, the concept’s three-dimensional ‘handlebar’ rear lights will be replaced by simpler clusters fitted flush into the bodywork. The distinctive door hinge spikes will be smoothed

out, too, but the exposed carbon fibre sections on the front flanks and grille will be retained. Speaking in a recent interview, BMW sales and marketing director Ian Robertson commented: “MINI will never produce a car under the ‘i’ brand – this is exclusively for BMWs – but the technology we are developing for the ‘i’ family of cars will certainly be made available for the rest of the BMW Group.” This suggests the structure of BMW’s electric i3 city car, with its carbon fibre passenger cell mated to an aluminium chassis, could be adapted for the production car. That would strip out weight, and give it benefits including trademark ‘go-kart’ handling and improved efficiency. The i3’s allelectric powertrain would slot neatly into the MINI, too, although power would be sent to the front

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maggots end......................................................... EUROGOLF SOCIETY PRESS REPORT.................... RODS and REELS

This weeks competition was the 3rd in the Summer League. The venue being the Eden canal at Guadamar. After last weeks weights from Argos, it was a bit of a change for this week, with nobody even breaking into double figures. The river did not have much pace, and with an upstream wind, kept the float virtually stationary. Big fish are not really showing whether they are still breeding or just getting over this period, only time will tell!!!!. Top rods on the day 1st Jim ( The Chairman ) Rouse fishing the pole using maggot and corn with 9.020 kilo´s. 2nd Lenny ( Excultural Attachee )fishing the pole using bread and maggot with 7.60 kilo´s. 3rd Terry ( Swing E´m ) Screen fishing the pole using maggot with 6.74 kilo´s. Results after 3 matches. 1st Lenny Bolton with 10 points 2nd Dave Hutchinson with 11 points 3rd Terry Screen with 13 points.

ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN This week saw the 6th round of the Spring Series at Argos on 17th May 2011, considering

we are now in the middle of May the weather continues to be quite cool with this blustery wind all the time.

Along with the excess rain that we have been having the water levels on Argos is higher now than in the nine years I have lived in Spain, the water has also coloured up which should enduce the fish to feed but weights are still poor. On the 18th May 2007 which is 4 years ago this week I caught 80.070kg of fish on Argos, which I believe is still the best match weight caught there, a few of the fisherman in those days would regularly produce 30kg, and one or two managing 45 to 50 kg which is over a 100lb of fish and now we are lucky to break 30kgs in a match. This week’s results are 1st Pete (The Peg) Hampshire with 16.560kg on the feeder using corn. 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 16.420kg on feeder using corn. 3rd Alan (The Emperor) Roscoe with 16.280kg on feeder using corn. All details available from Terry Screen the Match Secretary on 965 328 368

ANGLERS TOGETHER Anglers Together was formed to

introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. 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 for renewal and €10 for new members. Refreshments and lunch are available at each location. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: anglerstogether@gonuts4free.com TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

THURSDAY 19TH MAY 2011 Unfortunately, due to temporary greens at La Marquesa and a rainy start to the day, we only had 27 players starting the competition today which was an individual stableford instead of the scheduled Golden Ball competition. The weather cleared up and the sun came out and conditions (apart from the course!) were excellent. Results as follows: (3 highest scores – no divisions today) 1st. Ken Brett 50 pts 2nd. Jean Jackson 45pts. 3rd. Mike Young 43pts Nearest the Pin on 11th sponsored

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Sucina Golf Society – Match Report – 17 May 2011 – La Torre Our latest game took place at Polaris World’s La Torre course, and was the Society’s first “Sponsored Game” of the year. So our grateful thanks go to our Sponsors – St James Place, Murcia Villas and The Will 2 Live for their most generous support. Hopefully all our Sponsors found it an enjoyable and worthwhile day, and we look forward to continuing to develop our mutually rewarding relationships in the coming months and years. Another good turnout of 36 Members and Guests ensured there would be strong competition in each division, and so it proved to be. Also, this Individual Stableford game counted towards the “Player of the Year” trophy, and as the leader board is quite close, it added an additional incentive to post a good score. The course was in very good condition and the six Par 3’s particularly provided a stern test, with several of them involving shots directly over water. As a result, not many players completed the game

with the same ball they started with! Some tricky pin placements and a swirling breeze simply added to the excitement – but as heavy rain and thunderstorms had been forecast everyone was relieved that the waterproofs stayed in the bag throughout. There was a good deal of friendly banter from the Men when they saw how big an advantage the Ladies got on many tees – although the Ladies were quick to point out that the “Slope” meant they were playing off less than their normal handicaps. Overall both men and ladies agreed that La Torre is an interesting and enjoyable course which offers the opportunity to post a good score – as long as you are hitting the ball straight! Overall top points scorer on the day, and winner of Division 2, was Brian Kay with a very impressive 37 points. Brian (who now leads the Player of the Year table) is the Society’s Handicap Secretary so it will be interesting to see how far he cuts himself after this result! One of our new members – Damian Gavin – was runner-up in Division 2 with a solid 33 points,

closely followed by Ron McKinley on 32 in third. Division 1 was won by Dave Docker on 32 points, with John Palmer beating John Storey for 2nd place on countback after both scored 31 points. Division 3 saw Jonquil Boyes win with 27 points, followed by Bill Nagle on 25 and Roy Kemp on 20.

Perhaps a little surprisingly, it was good to see that the 6 Nearest the Pin prizes were won by 6 different players – as follows: Hole 3: Ray Banks , Hole 5: Chris Boyes , Hole 9: Damian Gavin , Hole 11: Jim Douglas , Hole 15: Jonquil Boyes and Hole 17: Julie Boyce. Congratulations to all the day’s prize winners. The Society’s next game will be at Roda Golf on 21st June when we will play a Team Texas Scramble. Information about the Society – including details of forthcoming fixtures and social events – can be found on our Website: www. sucinagolfsociety.com

CLAPTONS GOLF SOCIETY ......................... PERALEJA 20TH MAY 2011 32 Members and guests set out from the clubhouse on route to the golf club. Forecast was 80percent rain but still everybody turned up. As we set off the wind was blowing but the sun was still shining as it did for the whole day. We found the course to be in excellent condition, some of the pin positions were probably the hardest we have played to in a long while, which meant everybody had to play well to obtain a really good score. There were odd fairways which had some bare patches on, but this

didn’t affect the play and everybody

had a really good days golf for the princely sum of 35 euros, green fee and buggy. Our thanks to Peraleja golf club for their hospitality. Winners as follows: Nearest the Pin - 2nd John Dodds, 9th Pearse McMurray, 12th Terry Smith, 16th Bernie Farrell Best Guest: Dean Parlour 26 points, Most Potential Golfer: Bob Hague 17 points Overall Winner: Steve Hatt 39 points

Gold Section: 1st: Willie Buchanan 31 points 2nd: Andy Trefry 30 points Silver Section: 1st: John Burns 33 points 2nd: John Harvey 32 points Front Nine: Brian Abbott 18 points Back Nine: Tony Wilson 18 points Singles and Doubles Matches: Pearse McMurray beat Chris Gridley 1up; John Stones beat Dave Mace 2 & 1; Ian Faulkner and Phil Pettican beat Willie Buchanan and Mike Wyatt on the 19th sudden death. Thanks to Chris and his staff at Claptons for their hospitality as usual. Next outing El Plantio on 17 June 2011. Mike Wyatt

18thMAY 2011. This was our away day and I must say Aguilon G.C. looked after us well; as soon as we arrived coffee and a bocadillo was waiting for us and after the game a good hot buffet was laid on. The course it’s self is very challenging and most players suffered at sometime during their round, the only downside was we had a downpour of heavy rain for 4 holes and it dampened the spirits of a few players. The format of the day was a stableford bogey + 2 comp, the nearest the pins was sponsored by MICK THE GRIP who put up the prizes, many thanks to Mick ,who not only fits grips but can repair clubs ,fit new shaffs etc, he is always looking for new societies to sponsor or have him come along for a chat at one of your golf days, contact Mike on 638859475. Thanks must go to our own Paul Flanaghan who guided our driver of the coach to the course without any diversions, well done Paul.(our own spanish amigo) Results on the day, In 1st place with 93 Points was Brian Smith, Bob Berry, Pam Martin and Barry Trodd, in 2nd place with 88 Points were Tony White, Ted Tovey, Ted Hooker

and John King, in 3rd place with 74 Points were Rod Day, David Bourne, Jonh Simmons and David James. Nearest the Pins hole 4,Bob Berry, hole 8,Paul Flanaghan, hole 10, Les Catt, hole12, Roy Kavanagh and hole 17,John Simmons. nearest the pin in 2 on par 4, hole 3, Brian Smith. Individual scores onthe day was best member Brian Smith with 29 points and best guest Bob Berry with 34 points. Reminders for Members. Tuesday 24th May , at the Q.C.C. 1030hrs Members Meeting, 1st June game at Font De Lopp, Texas Scramble t/o 1000hrs. 8th June,Quiz Night at 2000hrs at the Q.C.C. 15th June game at Altorreal, s/s, t/o 1048hrs. All info on games and directions to golf courses can be found on our website. Once again we could do with some more members if interested contact our Members Secretary Les Pancott on 966716723. Lastly if you have not put your names down for the Quiz Night get in touch with Roy Kavanagh ASAP on 966 716 977. Reporter Brian (The Smiler).

Quesada Bowling Club........ with Cathy Skinner

SPANISH NATIONALS This week has seen many of our members taking part in the Nationals. The men started their challenge with the singles and pairs, and although we did get some through to the quarter finals, unfortunately we are not going to see any of them in the finals. A similar result in the pairs. Better news of our ladies, well done to Gail Watson, Diane Lawton, Tina Brinton and Deidre Leeming who

have been successful so far and will be playing next week at Quesada in the semi finals of the ladies rinks. Currently Gail Watson and Tina Brinton and Diane Lawton and Deidre Leeming have progressed to the second round of the ladies pairs. Our men start their triples and rinks on Saturday whilst the ladies start their singles on Sundasy. Good luck to everybody.


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GREAT WEEKEND FOR ITV

ITV Orihuela RFC played the next round of the Alicante 7’s circuit in Alicante at AKRA at the weekend, and what a great weekend for the juniors. The weekend started off in great style with the U20’s beating Elche 26-0 playing some great 7’s rugby with Alvaro, Raffa, Joaquin and Danny scoring the tries. The second game was a hard fought tight one against La Vila, but they

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came unstuck in the second half eventually going down 15-7, with Danny the try scorer again. Next up was AKRA, with a see saw game with Akra coming out on top 2417. Finally they came up against Alicante University in another close game, but this time coming out on top 17-12 with Alvaro, Rogelio and Danny scoring the tries again. This keeps ITV Orihuela RFC U20’s overall

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in second place in the league. Next up were the U18’s, and what a great weekend they had not only winning all of their games, but not concede any points at all throughout the whole day. The first match was against Elche who they took to the cleaners with a 40-0 win, with Mathias scoring three tries and the others coming from Ivan and Tirso, with Tirso getting the conversions. Up next

was Akra, which was a closer game, winning 26-0 with Mathias, Ivan and Victor scoring the tries. In the final they came up against Alicante University winning 19-0 and again Mathias was on the score sheet again with Ivan and Julio. This puts ITV Orihuela RFC clear at the top overall in the league with one week to go. They played with some excellent support play and showed the other ITV Orihuela RFC teams how it should be done. Finally it was the U16’s who also reached the finals thrashing Torrevieja in their first game 40-10 with both Javi and Gabi getting two tries each and Juan three together with Santi with one of his own. Next up was Elche, which was a lot closer and nearly threw it away, but held out to win 20-10, with Juan, Javi, Jose and David all getting in on the try scoring act. In the final they came up against La Vila who took control of the match and ran out winners 22-0. This put them clear overall in second place in the league. With two teams in the finals and the U18’s winning the last two finals in Alicante and at La Vila it was a very good weekend for the club, another final at Elche for the U18’s seeing them winning the league and taking the cup. This coming weekend is the final

one and will be at Elche. Also this weekend ITV Orihuela RFC will have their usual stand again at the “This is Spain exhibition” at La Zenia Hotel supporting as always The Butterfly Children, stand number 7, so look forward to seeing you all there. And finally we have the London Irish shirt signed by all of the players with all of the money raised being donated to the Butterfly Children will be on show at the exhibition. If you want to know any more details of what rugby is about in the area, and for your rugby gear club shirts etc, I am still at the Moncayo Market on Tuesdays for now or call me on the number below. The club trains on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the Miguel Hernandez University, the seniors 20.00 to 22.00, while the juniors from 18.15 to 20.00. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age you are or your skill level.

Mazarrón FC............................. Orihuela Costa F.C............................................... Mazarrón FC 4, Deportivo Minera 3, 22.05.11 This was the most entertaining game played at Mazarrón all season, as the home side played host to second placed and already promoted Deportivo Minera. The visitors game with the best goal scoring record in the league, and they had only conceded three goals once this term and never four. Last week’s hat trick hero Poyatos, Mr Versatile, this week played alongside Juan at the heart of the defence and the team welcomed back Ruben. Although he spent far too much time off side, whenever he did beat the trap the Minera defence has little idea how to play him, and he scored a hat trick himself. The game started in spectacular fashion as a Minera attack was broken up and the ball was played out to Robert on the right. He slotted it into the path of Ruben, who made 20ms of ground before easily beating the not very mobile Fernando in the visitors’ goal. A few mins later, Abdel nearly made another chance for Ruben, but this time Fernando was quicker. A Minera free kick then came back off the wall before Abdel had a good header from a corner saved near the post. After 22mins, Juan Antonio lofted a ball over the top for Ruben but he was pulled down by a desperate Pepe and Juan Andreu easily converted a gentle penalty with Fernando hardly moving. With Mazarrón cruising and well in control, Juan conceded a free kick for hands 5ms outside the penalty are on the right. Isaac floated the ball over to Cecillo whose header was well placed just inside the near post. Then, in the three mins before half time, the game was turned on its head. As Minera attacked, Abdel made a poor clearance only as far as Seco. He turned it wide to Isaac who returned the ball to Seco to

shoot in from fully 28ms. In the last move of the half, a flowing attack from Minera eventually found Nico who slotted in from a tight angle. As Mazarrón went in 2-3 down, they didn’t really know how the situation had slipped so badly. The home side could have folded then, but to their credit they came out with all guns blazing. After 2mins, good work by Chico and Robert gave an opening to Alfonso. He made the bye line, pulled the ball back and Ruben was on hand again to head in at the near post. The half time substitutions couldn’t have been more different. For Mazarrón, the agile and skillful Diego had replaced Abel and for Minera, the huge but cumbersome Josico had come into the game. After the equalizer the game ebbed and flowed and both teams had chances. Peru saved a powerful shot from Nico low to his right and a superb Mazarrón move saw the ball go through Juan Antonio, Chico and Ruben before Robert shot wide, when a square ball to the waiting Ruben would have been a better option. With just three mins left, Mazarrón scored a well deserved winner. Rivas took a poor free kick just outside his own penalty area that Chico met with a powerful header on halfway. Ruben beat the off side trap and outpaced Pepe again before firing in off the far post. Mazarrón visit Cotillas this week in the penultimate game of the season, at last free of any mathematical relegation worries. Mazarrón: Peru, Alberto, Poyatos, Juan, Borja, Juan Antonio, Chico, Alfonso, Abdel (Diego), Robert, Ruben. MMoM: Jose Ruben Roger, mccmurcia.com

Orihuela Costa F.C. Cadete: 2

Sponsored by : Morgans Bar & Amber Pools. This week was a massive game for Costa due to the unsavoury build up all week before this a game even started. Costa the smaller and younger team started of a little nervous & could’nt get the ball out of their half for the opening 20 mins. San Miguel missed a few chances but the Costa boys defended well, with Jamie Cockroft & Glen Lawton outstanding in the heart of the defence. Costa could of taken the lead when a break down the left by Aidan Sullivan saw his effort go just wide. On 25 mins San Miguel were awarded a free kick which saw Joaquin Pedraza convert the effort to take a 1 - 0 lead to the delight of the hostile home crowd. But to Costa’s credit they bounced back on 26 mins with Aidan Sullivan netting his first goal for his new club. Now Costa had the believe to go on and attack and with Jake Burnip,Adam W a l k e r & Callum G i l d e a a dominating midfield it was Costa ‘s passing on a very difficult surface which upset the home team & they found it hard to live with. San Miguel always l o o k e d dangerous with their

San Miguel C: 1

long ball tactics & with older players & using players from other teams to help their cause but it was Costa who didnt want half time to come & were unlucky to be level at half time 1 - 1. Costa gave 11 - side debuts to many players who all responded well including Paul Lapham, Jordan Marshall, Coner James, Alex Anger, Patrick Sullivan & Scott Brunton and in the second half on 39 mins saw Glen Lawton latch on to a cross and head the ball into the net and send the away supporters wild. Costa then took control of large periods of the game due to great effort and performances from Luke Deegan, Charlie Frost, Cesar Augusto, & Kristjan & Gummi Gudmundsson all playing the ball simple on the deck.Patrick Bass run the home defence ragged & Costa should of gone on to score more

to their tally but they were estatic on the final whistle to win 2 - 1 against a well organised federation team. A big thank you to Ariel the San Miguel manager for refereeing the game & to all his players for giving us their time allowing us to gain valuble experience & for their hospitality. If you would like to play for friendly club with F.A. Qualified coaches & at a sensible price with fantastic facilities then come along on Tuesdays & Thursdays 18.30 20.00 . or contact club secretary George :679 77 44 88 or www. orihuelacostafc.com for more info. Big thank you to the Sol Times newspaper who have backed us all season and look forward to their support next season.


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