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Spain to demand full compensation from Germany over E.coli Spain said it will demand “100 percent” compensation from Germany for falsely blaming Spanish cucumbers for the deadly E. coli outbreak, at an emergency EU meeting on the crisis on Tuesday.

“The sector and the regional governments are still trying to estimate (the damage) so that tomorrow at the extraordinary meeting of the European Union on agriculture we can put the figures on the table,” Agriculture Minister Rosa Aguilar said Monday. “We have told Germany that it must reimburse us for the loss. If it covers 100 percent, which is what we are demanding, the affair


will be closed. Otherwise we reserve the right (to take) legal action,” she told Spanish public television. “We are not going to allow our producers to lose one cent, because they are not to blame.” European farm and food safety ministers are to hold emergency talks Tuesday in Luxembourg on the E. coli outbreak that has killed at least 22 people, all but one

of them in Germany. Authorities in Germany had initially, but falsely, blamed imported Spanish cucumbers. Growers have seen their produce shunned, with Russia and Qatar among states that have applied temporary bans on freshproduce imports. Spain’s fruit and vegetables exporters association, FEPEX, Monday estimated the losses as 225 million euros ($328 million) per week since the crisis began. “Spanish fruit and vegetable exports were still not back to normal on Monday,” a FEPEX spokewoman said. “Russia’s decision has negative repercussions, there are Spanish trucks blocked at the border. Exports to Germany are practically paralysed. “In addition to vegetables, fruits have begun to also be badly affected, not only because exports were frozen all of last week, but because this situation has led to a fall in prices of 35 percent since May 27, according to estimates by producers” in the southern region of Andalucia, she said. “The demand for fruits and

vegetables has not recovered and that is due in large part to the lack of a clear and strong correction by German and (EU) authorities,” the spokeswoman said. Spanish Health Minister Leire Pajin warned earlier Monday that Madrid will demand answers on why German and European authorities allowed blame to be pointed at Spain before full testing was completed, as well as on how to deliver aid to distraught growers. “We are going to express our criticisms over the way this crisis has been managed, given the serious consequences it has had for our national interest,” she said in Brussels, citing “serious and irreparable damage” despite Spanish produce being “perfectly safe.” “Action is needed to prevent a repetition of this type of situation,” she added before a scheduled meeting of EU health ministers in Luxembourg. “For this reason I am going to ask the Commission to improve and strengthen its food alert mechanisms.”


Initiatives under the Plan de Competitividad Turística Águilas, el Mar y la Pesca will probably include the installing of a floating dock from Isla del Fraile, the acquisition of a tourist boat and several plans for the implementation of a souk dealing in artesan and fishery goods and foods in the Castillo San Juan de las Aguilas. Present at a workshop to discuss the initiatives were: Enrique Ayuso, the Government Delegation in Murcia, on behalf of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Pedro Perez, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Autonomous Region of Murcia , Sebastian Fernandez and Miguel Lopez of Águilas Tourist Consortium, Juan Ramirez, acting Mayor of Águilas, Clara Valverde, acting Mayor for Tourism, Esther Soto, head of the Tourism Service and the representative of the Management Plan, José María Muñoz


The Mayoress of Cartagena, Pilar Barreiro, will formally welcome the USS George H. W. Bush, during its stopover in Cartagenian waters. This is a courtesy visit to the makers of naval vessels arriving for the first time. The representatives from the George H W Bush will be headed by Rear Adm. Nora Tyson, along with the commodore and commander of the carrier Brian E. Luther. Also present will be the American naval attache and the commander of the Spanish frigate Jean de Bourbon, Benigno Gonzalez-Aller Gros. Juan de Borbon frigate has been incorporated since last May into the naval group comprising the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush, two cruisers and two destroyers equipped with the AEGIS combat system, similar to the one installed in the Spanish frigate. There has been a one month period of joint training and interoperability of equipment and procedures between the frigate F-100 Spanish and American ships. The USS George H. W Bush (CVN-77) is the tenth and last ship of the Nimitz Class and is named after the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, who was also a naval aviator during World War II. She was commissioned in 2001, launched in October 2006 and put into service after having completed several years conducting tests at sea. Her maximum length is 332 metres with a beam of 76.8 metres and a draft of 12 metres. She can develop a maximum speed of 30 knots (about 56 miles an hour) and carries 90 aircraft and helicopters and 7,000 crew, but can accommodate 20,000. She will be anchored off the coast of Cartagena for a few days.


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With unflagging enthusiasm but ever-diminishing funds, one adventurous soul from Barcelona has just completed his second year cycling around the planet on an electric bicycle in order to promote renewable energy. 35-year-old Guim Valls Teruel’s latest stop is the Indian capital, New Delhi, but since he started his “tour” two years ago in China, he has covered over 18,000 km delivering “electric smiles” to 15 different countries across Asia and Oceania. Valls’ bike is not only pedal powered, but uses energy from solar panels he carries in a trailer to power the battery, although he does occasionally have to resort to plugging it in for a while. “It’s not as much effort as pedalling a normal bike,” he commented, “but at least you use your legs.” Valls has also managed to acquire a wife along the way Vietnamese television reporter, Nguyen Thuy Anh - whom he met during an TV interview en route. She joined him on his journey on Valentine’s Day and has been cycling with him ever since. The Barcelona-born entrepreneur was working as a sales director in Beijing when he had the idea to set off on a world tour to promote the electric bike as a means of transport. There are already over 125 million people in



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Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is the most frequently diagnosed type of leukaemia in adults in many countries, with over a thousand new cases a year diagnosed in Spain alone. The mutations identified by the scientists provide new clues about the disease. Advances in knowledge of the molecular biology of cancer cells in recent decades has established that it is a disease caused by the accumulation of genetic damage in normal cells, but until now identification of these changes was a slow and laborious process. The researchers used advance technology and specialist computer programs to sequence over 3 billion sequences in the genome from the cancerous cells of four patients, comparing them with the genome sequences in healthy cells from the same individuals. “This approach has allowed us to verify that each tumour has suffered about a thousand mutations in their genome,” says Carlos López Otín. “Further analysis of the mutated genes in a group of more than 300 patients identified four genes whose mutations cause the development of this type of leukaemia,” reveals the researcher. The study, which was published on Sunday in Nature magazine, is Spain’s first contribution to the International

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Spanish Greyhound Rescue Association. Despite an early shower of rain, the busy day raised 225€, plus many donations of dog biscuits. On offer were many interesting stalls, some selling a variety of home produce, as well as mini Reiki treatment, Indian head massage and Angel card reading, the latter which proved to be the most popular stall of them all! The organiser, Penny Wing, thanked the many, many volunteers who helped both on the day and also with rehoming the dogs. Greyhounds make gentle, undemanding pets, and despite being racing dogs, require very little excercise. Although they are large dogs, they do not have boisterous natures, and readily fit into a family environment.

The Amigo Mio Charity now has the first two horses in the new stable block at their Orihuela refuge for abandoned animals. The horses were rescued by animal protection service Brigada Azul and officers of the Guardia Civil’s Seprona unit, who took them to the Centre, which is in San Bartolome. Both animals were found severely malnourished and abandoned. Before being taken to the centre, they have been treated at a specialist centre where it was found that various injuries needed treatment. Although a vet has certified them fit and suitable for adoption they will remain with Amigo Mio until homes are found for them. The previous owners of the horses face up to six months in goal or fines of up to 18,000€. The centre – which is owned by Orihuela Town Hall and part funded by the local authority – is run by Amigo Mio, who are also raising funds. The charity is a high-quality refuge for abandoned animals. It offers high levels of care and has a re-homing programme. Their policy is that the public should have easy access to the Centre, and to encourage high levels of involvement and adoption. Centre manager Virtudes Sanchis said: ‘Our first priority is to improve conditions at the Centre and provide the best possible care for the animals that sadly end up here. However, we are very aware that in the longer term much more needs to be done to address the problem of why so many animals are abandoned.’ He continued ‘Amigo Mio is working closely with the local authorities and other charities to improve animal welfare. Many animal Centres face problems due to a lack of understanding by the public and other charities of the work they do and the challenges they face. This is often because the Centres are not open enough, do not communicate well, and do not invite involvement from all interested parties. For this reason we welcome public participation.’ ‘We are determined to be open and transparent at the Orihuela centre and we welcome positive help and input from other groups and members of the public in order to provide the best possible care for the animals.’ Amigo Mio is looking for volunteers to help with activities such as dog walking and socialisation, feral cat sterilisation programmes, and fundraising. The Centre is just off the CV911 between San Bartolome and Callosa de Segura.

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E.coli cases jump to 1,500

A dramatic rise in the number of severe E.coli cases has been reported by German health officials as scientists struggled to deal with an outbreak that has confounded scientists and claimed an estimated 16 victims Germany’s centre for disease control reported the number of people suffering life-threatening complications resulting from the infection rose from 373 on Tuesday to 470 on Wednesday. At the same time the centre recorded 365 new cases, bringing the total to around 1,500. “The situation is deteriorating dramatically for our patients, and the worst thing is that we don’t know what’s causing it,” Rolf Stahl, a kidney specialist working at the epicentre of the outbreak in Hamburg, told the German magazine Der Spiegel. Dr. Robert Tauxe, a food-borne disease expert at the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, described the E.coli outbreak as “extraordinary” adding that “there has not been such an outbreak before that we know of in the history of public health.” The virulent bacteria can attack the blood and kidneys if complications known as haemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS for short, strike, but doctors have also reported victims suffering from a lack of mental awareness and having troubling finding words. Despite a massive hunt scientists have been unable to locate the source of the bacteria. Tests have now cleared the initial suspect, Spanish cucumbers, although experts still believe that contaminated vegetables are probably behind the outbreak. The German Federation of Farmers have warned of massive damages to vegetable farming sector as terrified consumers spurn its produce



Tony Blair urges Zapatero to listen to 15-M protestors, but not be governed by them Britain’s ex-prime minister Tony Blair said today that it was important to listen to protest movements like the 15-M demonstrators, because they have their place in politics, but insisted that politicians need to be the ones who govern because “protests are important but must not be allowed to determine policy”.

In an interview with Spanish nationa TV (TVE), Blair made reference to the protest camps that sprang up all over Spain on the eve of the regional elections, and especially to the demonstrators in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol that were the first to set up camp on May 15th. He explained that one of the most difficult things for a political leader is to follow the advice that everyone gives you to listen to the people, noting that “the problem is when you listen and they all say different things”. “Ultimatley, your obligation is to try to do what you believe to be correct”, said Blair, who, despite recognising that the

street protests “must be heard”, insisted that politicians “have to do what’s best for their country”. The ex-prime minister said “Spain is going through a difficult time” and praised the decisions taken by the president of the government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, in the face of the recession, describing them as “very brave” and “difficult to take”. “In the end, it will be policy that dictates whether we come out of this well or not. The protests are important, but cannot be allowed to determine policy”, he concluded.

Unemployment down again in May Baby Born

The unemployment figures fell again in May for the second consecutive month, with 79,701 fewer unemployed, a decrease of 1.87% over the previous month, bringing the total out of work to 4,189,659. This is the second biggest drop in May since 1997, according to Secretary of State for Employment, Mari Luz Rodríguez (pictured). Despite declines in the

Barcelona bans bikinis on its streets

Tourists who attempt to stroll bare-chested or in swimwear through the streets of Barcelona will be ordered to cover up or face fines of up to £260 under a ban that came into force this week The Catalan capital has prohibited beachwear and between 300-500 euros (£265 and £440) beyond the playa in an attempt to clean up its to those who dare to bare all away from the image and rid the city streets of unsightly flesh. designated nudist beach. The by-law has been introduced following a Barcelona attracted an estimated half a million long campaign by residents and local businesses British tourists last year, many of them flying in sick of the sight of tourists wandering around for weekend stag or hen parties. the streets, dining in restaurants and visiting Last year the city attempted to encourage shops in various states of undress. tourists to dress appropriately while visiting “Some people who live here are bothered the city’s famous tourist sites, including Antoni by tourists who go about wearing just a bikini in the street, or men with their shirts off,” said Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Assumpta Escarp, a Barcelona councillor who Posters showing a stick figure couple in fought for the ban. swimming costumes with a red line through it “We have to maintain standards.” were put up at sites across the city ahead of Barcelona’s urban police force will be able the last summer season and hotels, bars and to impose on the spot penalties to those who restaurants in the tourist areas were asked to refuse to cover up. But guidelines as to what display the signs. is considered appropriate street clothing are The decision to go a step further and impose vague. a ban has been publicised with the distribution The exceptions will be on the beach itself, the this week of 15,000 leaflets across the city, seafront promenade, and the streets adjacent handed out to tourists on arrival at hotels. to the beach. The by-law was passed by the city council last Fines of between 120 and 300 euros (£100 – £262) will be issued to those going “seminude” month and came into force last Sunday.

past two months, in the past year unemployment has risen by 123,457 people, 3.04% more, according to the unemployment figures released today by the Ministry of Labour and Immigration. In May, unemployment fell in all sectors, especially in services, with 34,613 fewer unemployed (1.39%), followed by construction with 20,922 fewer (2.75%), industry with 10,663 fewer (2 13%) and agriculture, 5059 (3.58%). The number of men out of work fell by 55,890 (2.64%) in May to 2,064,581 and the number of women out of

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Messi assaulted in his home town

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi was assaulted in his home town of Rosario. He was punched by a young fan of Rosario Central, the main rivals to Newell’s Old Boys, the team Messi played for as a youngster and who he still supports. Messi was having dinner with two friends in ‘El club de la Milanesa’ when a group of college students from the Instituto Latinoamericano recognised him and asked to have their photo taken with him. The 23-year-old football star agreed and went outside the

restaurant to pose with them for a photo when another group of students appeared, one of whom shouted insults at Messi before punching him. The original group of fans who had asked Messi for the photo opportunity pushed the aggresor, a fifth form student and staunch Rosario Central fan, away from Messi. The local press have confirmed that the Argentinian star was not injured in the attack. Messi is in his home country, training with the Argentinian squad ahead of next month’s Copa América.

On Iberia Flight

A baby girl weighing in at 6lbs 8oz was born early this morning on an Iberia flight between Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, and Madrid. The mother was looked after by a midwife, a paediatrician and a GP, who were also on the flight as well as by the aircraft crew. In a statement released to the press, Iberia confirmed that flight 3721 left Malabo at 00:10 hours and the baby was born quickly and without complications at 03:30 hours. The medical personnel on board decided that it was unnecessary to divert the Airbus 319 and it landed as scheduled at 07:05 hours at Madrid’s Barajas airport, where an ambulance and a doctor were waiting to take the mother and her newborn daughter to hospital. This was the fifth child born on board an Iberia aircraft and the second time a birth has taken place on a flight from Malabo. The other births took place on flights to Spain from Havana and Bogotá, and on a flight between Moscow and Tokyo.


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Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic said he was gravely ill and would not enter a plea as he appeared before a UN tribunal LAST Friday to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Jean Claude Trichet has called for the creation of a European finance ministry whose powers to intervene in national economic policy would be “well over and above the reinforced surveillance that is presently envisaged”

The boss of the European Central Bank (ECB) said that “strengthening the institutions of economic union” was vital to Europe’s future success, in a radical speech that is likely to alarm the UK Government. David Cameron has pledged to halt the creep of European powers. Mr Trichet, who was speaking after being awarded the annual Charlemagne prize for services to European unity, said that the European Union (EU) needed tougher tools – including the ability to veto national economic decisions – to deal with imprudent member states. He criticised the system whereby countries are effectively able to ignore EU fiscal austerity measures, “even if this attitude triggers major difficulties for other member countries”. In his vision “it would be not only possible, but in some cases compulsory, for the European authorities... to take themselves decisions applicable in the economy concerned.” He added that the


authorities could have “the right to veto some national economic policy decisions. The remit could include in particular major fiscal spending items and elements essential for the country’s competitiveness.” During his speech, Mr Trichet did not distinguish between the 17-member eurozone and the 27-member EU. So far, the UK has kept a distance from the discussions on the European debt crises. However, experts warned that any developments would affect the UK. Stephen Booth of Open Europe said: “Greater fiscal union in the eurozone would have a big impact on the UK – if decisions on competition or specific sectors were made in Europe, it would affect us.” Speaking in German and French, Mr Trichet only delivered one line in English – the admission that his changes “naturally demand a change of the [EU] treaty” – perhaps a nod at the UK Government’s reluctance to integrate. The banker was speaking

ahead of a crucial decision, expected today, on the next stage of the Greek bail-out. The “troika” team from the EU, IMF and ECB has been in Athens since early May inspecting Greece’s progress with its financial reforms. They are tasked with deciding whether to grant Greece the next €12bn (£10.6bn) cash injection as part of its €110bn bail-out agreement. The next tranche is due to be paid on June 29. Athens, which is struggling under €340bn of sovereign debt, has reportedly agreed to an additional €6.4bn of spending cuts to its 2011 budget deficit in the negotiations. The cost of insuring Greek debt rose yesterday morning after the debt-laden country suffered another three-notch credit-rating downgrade to Caa1. The downgrade by Moody’s placed Greece at the bottom of the agency’s league table of creditworthy European countries.


Wartime Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic denounced genocide and war crimes charges against him as “obnoxious” Friday, claiming he was gravely ill as he refused to enter a plea before a UN court. Making his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia since his arrest last week, Mladic told the court that he “defended my people and my country” during the 1992-95 Bosnia conflict but declined the opportunity to plead not guilty. “I would like to read and receive these obnoxious charges against me. I want to read it with my lawyers,” Mladic told a panel of three judges in The Hague. “I need more than a month for these monstrous words that I have never heard of,” the ex-general dubbed the “Butcher of Bosnia” said of the claims. Widows and mothers of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys -which forms the crux of the genocide charges -- followed the proceedings live on television in Bosnia as Mladic told the court: “I am a gravely ill man” and insisted on more time to answer the charges. “I hope God makes him burn in hell,” hissed one woman, seated among the gravestones of victims buried at the Potocari memorial centre. “If only we could judge him here. I would like them to bring him here and we would tear him alive into little pieces,” added Hanifa Djogaz, glaring at the footage. Better known from media images as a stocky

commander wearing war fatigues, Mladic appeared before judge Alphons Orie in a grey suit and gold and black tie, markedly older and thinner. “According to the indictment you, Ratko Mladic, are charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and under rules governing the customs of war,” judge Alphons Orie told the accused. The judge set July 4 as the date for Mladic’s next appearance, by when he will be required to enter pleas to the 11 charges against him. Failing to do so, an automatic not-guilty plea

will be entered on his behalf. After spending 16 years on the run from being arrested for atrocities committed during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war that killed 100,000 people, Mladic was arrested in northeast Serbia last Thursday. The 69-year-old is accused of masterminding the Srebrenica massacre -- Europe’s worst mass killing since World War II -- and the 44-month siege of the capital Sarajevo from May 1992 in which 10,000 died.

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“FAST” The pioneering First Aid Support Team start operations in Spain at Camposol near Mazarron Murcia on the 1st of June. “FAST” an organisation made up entirely out of

responders will attend to provide First Aid such as CPR and very soon defibrillation the most effective method of re starting an arrested heart and significantly improving

left handing one of the Trauma Bags provided by “PALS” to “FAST” Co ordinator Kaz Moore. Glen Ford the Communications Officer of “FAST” said, we are proud

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the patient survival rates by up to 80% The volunteers who all live in Camposol have received training from the Red Cross in Spain and train regularly at the new Camposol Community Centre recently provided by the Ayuntimiento of Mazarron, The team are seen here outside of the Community Centre following the Pre Commencement meeting attended by PALS chairman Ken Payne shown on the

of the team and how far they have come since the idea started in January of this year, it will make Camposol a safer place for all and provide a base from which the service could grow across the whole of Spain by helping to preserve life in remote or difficult to access areas until the professionals arrive. None of this would have been possible without the full support of PALS who provide protection and life saving equipment to


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Hoping to open a new Lions Club in Fuente Alamo very soon, the Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía are holding a ‘Wacky Racenight’ at the Hacienda del Alamo Clubhouse from 7.30pm on Tuesday 14 June. A light supper will be available

This will be a racenight that you’ll remember for a long time, the likes of which it’s unlikely that you’ve ever attended before! Along with all the usual ‘forecasts’ and ‘totes’, you might also get to buy your own horse – or even to ‘ride’ one! It’s guaranteed to be a ‘fun’ night and to raise money for local, national and international charities. The secondary purpose is to help Mazarrón Lions to launch a New Lions Club in Fuente Alamo by showing people how Lions members enjoy themselves whilst still raising money for deserving causes. There will be explanatory leaflets available to interested parties, and Lions members ‘on hand’ to answer any questions that you may have. They’ll also be making a contact list of people interested in setting up

a new club, so that those who showed an interest can be kept ‘up to date’ on developments. Tickets for the event are priced at just €5 each and include the meeting’s ‘race card’. Tote tickets are just €10 each so you can ‘have a flutter’ without breaking the bank Tickets for the event are available from...Drew Ryder at the Hacienda del Alamo Clubhouse, Fuente Alamo; Marion & Steve Pebody at the M&S Food Hall (The Dog Bowl), Fuente Alamo; Mazarrón Bahía Lions Tickets Sales outside Kennellys Bar, Camposol, every Friday; Lion Mervyn Booth on 968 163082; Lion John Klages on 600 327126; or any Mazarrón Lions Club member MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS OUT ON A GREAT NIGHT! The International Association of Lions Clubs are nearly 100 years old. In that time they’ve earned high marks for both integrity & transparency and are now internationally recognised as the biggest – and best, nongovernmental service organisation in the world today. They’re a wellrun organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.


The MABS Mazarron May Fayre was recently held at Lara’s Bar, Camposol and the weather was kind to the hundreds of visitors. A healthy 1135€ was collected and will be used towards providing drivers, translators and escorts to cancer patients. There were 33 stalls selling a vast array of items including make up, solar lights, caps, jewelry, baking trays, tattoos, t-shirts, cosmetics, jams, candles and there even was a hairdresser. A big “Thank You” to Lara and Luz for the use of the bar and a further thanks to all those who donated cakes and prizes for the raffle. Finally, thank you to the MABS Volunteers who made the event run so smoothly. MABS Mazarron will be back at Lara’s Bar for a Barn Dance on Saturday 30 July with caller John Hayes and tickets cost only 5 Euros. Tickets are available at all MABS Mazarron Meetings which are on the last Tuesday in the month in the Trevi Bar, Sector B, at 11.30 am and at The MABS Book Sale on the last Friday of the month, or telephone Brenda on 639 665 370. For more information go to


A friend of mine was out in her car yesterday evening. She had an appointment at a car dealers in Mazarron town. As she pulled up outside the garage uniformed policemen approached her and asked to see her documents. Fortunately she had all her paperwork with her and the policemen took them to their car and checked them using their computer database. When they came back to my friend they said that their computer showed that her car has not been insured for the last 3 years and promptly find her 1500 euros

and called a pick up truck to take her car to the police pound. My friend called her insurance company to find out what had gone wrong as she had her insurance certificate and the bank receipt showing she had paid but the police still said she was uninsured. Her insurance company then realised that they had got one letter in her registration plate wrong on the certificate but told my friend it was her fault for not having checked her insurance certificate when she got it. My poor friend is now trying to get her car back, with all the costs that that will involve, and get her fine quashed. Do please check all your documents very carefully so that you don’t suffer as my friend is now, through no fault of her

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Smelly chemicals confuse mosquitoes Yellow and black?

Chemicals which interfere with a mosquito’s ability to sniff out humans have been developed by US scientists. It is hoped they could be used to develop the next generation of mosquito traps and repellents. A UK expert said the discovery could be a “major step forward” if the chemicals were safe and cheap. Blood sucking female mosquitoes use carbon dioxide in exhaled breath to track down humans. They can detect minute changes in the concentration of the gas. This knowledge is already used in carbon dioxide traps, but requires dry ice or gas cylinders - which mean they are rarely used in developing countries. Researchers have been looking for chemicals which can disrupt or confuse a mosquito’s

carbon dioxide sense. Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, tested smelly chemicals on three species of mosquito: Anopheles gambiae, which spreads malaria; Culex quinquefasciatus, which spreads filariasis and West Nile virus; and Aedes aegypti which spreads dengue and yellow fever. The researchers say that these insects combined infect half a billion people each year, some in at risk countries will be infected multiple times in their lifetime, and cause millions of deaths. Mark Stopfer, from the US National Institutes of Health, said the study offered “a promising line of defence.”

Police shoot dangerous looking alligator, only to find it’s a lawn ornament! They don’t get many alligators in the suburbs of land-locked Kansas City, but if and when they do the local police like to think they can handle it. Officers responding to a rare sighting in the suburb of Independence, Missouri, left nothing to chance. Seeing the alligator’s head lurking menacingly in the weeds leading down to a pond they fired off one shot with perfect precision. Noting that the beast hadn’t moved, they fired again. When they saw the bullet bounce off the gator’s head they realised that they were tackling a concrete lawn ornament. A Independence police spokesman said, in defence of the officers, it was growing dark when the incident occurred. The drama began when a neighbour who had not spotted the fake gator before called 911 to report that his children spotted the monster while they were playing in some

nearby woods. Police consulted with a conservation agent, who told them to kill the gator if they felt it posed a danger. Police spokesman Tom Gentry said three officers went to the scene, with one officer firing twice. Mr Gentry said: ‘It didn’t move. They inched up closer and closer and discovered it was a mock-up of a real alligator made to look like it was real.’ He added that it was partially submerged in the weeds, which didn’t help matters. Rick Sheridan, the property owner, told police that the gator was meant to keep people off his lawn, Mr Gentry said. Officers told him a no-trespassing sign would have been wiser. ‘Now he’ll have to patch up his alligator,’ Gentry added.

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n eg at i ve emotion just like humans, dogs, rats and birds. In an experiment, scientists disturbed a group of bees at home by shaking their hive violently to simulate an attack by a predator. Later, the way the way the bees responded to odours indicated they had become more supicious and pessimistic in outlook. The scientists, whose findings are reported in the journal Current Biology, had first trained bees to link one odour to a sugary sweet reward and another to bitter quinine. The bees learned the difference between the two and became more likely to extend their mouthparts to the “sugar” odour. One group of bees was shaken up while another was left undisturbed. The bees were then presented with the odours again, as well as similar new odours.

The shaken bees were now less likely than undisturbed bees to extend their mouthparts to the odour predicting the bitter taste of quinine. They behaved as if they had an increased expectation of a bitter taste. Other odours that were new to them produced the same reaction. Researcher Dr Geraldine Wright, from the University of Newcastle, said: “We have shown that the emotional responses of bees to an aversive event are more similar to those of humans than previously thought. “Bees stressed by a simulated predator attack

exhibit pessimism mirroring that seen in depressed and anxious people.” “What we have shown is that when a honeybee is subjected to a manipulation of its state that in humans would induce a feeling of anxiety, the bees show a similar suite of changes in physiology, cognition, and behaviour to those we would measure in an anxious human,” said Dr Wright. “In terms of what we are able to measure, a shaken honeybee is no less ‘anxious’ than a lonely dog or a rat in a barren cage.” The scientists believe feeling blue is not unique to bees, and other invertebrates probably behave the same way. ADVERTISING FEATURE

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Broadway comes to the Costas in June

HAH (Help at Home) Costa Blanca is so thrilled to be supported by the regular shows that are promoted by Jukebox Promotions and in June, the theme “will blow you away”. The fabulous Jukebox Legends have teamed up with one of the all time greats of Broadway music and the show hits us from the 9th over eight venues in the region. “Tell you what”, says HAH manager Nora Bond, “this show

will amaze people who love show and film music because it’s so blooming good”! Norah, herself a fan of the big shows, is really excited about this tour and wants’ to urge everyone who can to book up very quickly so that they get their tickets assured. “If these shows don’t sell out, then there is something wrong” says Norah “people really do want to go see for themselves and of course, the whole tour will raise some much needed to money to help towards the expenses that we need to cover as we launch HAH formally in the area”.

The fabulous voice of Andy Jones will feature songs from the fabulous stage hits of Broadway and The West End with such splendor. Andy has been on stage with the Doyle Cart’e Opera Company and performed in almost every Gilbert and Sullivan Show inc Carousel, Guys and Dolls,Oklahoma, Camelot, Merry Widow, The Card,Calamity Jane, and a lot if other. Such a powerful voice from such a small guy is amazing and Andy says “I have been to numerous auditions for the big shows and I have been told that although I can sing and act the parts perfectly, I am to small to be considered”! Well, small or not, Andy will be belting it out on this tour! Broadway & Hollywood also features great songs from musical movies made famous in the 60s and 70s. Films that you will know and love and songs that will bring memories flooding back will be performed by Jukebox Legends. Peter & Fiona will once again show their amazing versatility as they support the incredible talent that is Andy Jones for this three hour spectacular. Norah says “ Tickets are just 7-50 Euros and there is a special block booking deal where groups of 10 or more can get 2 tickets FREE at any one venue. Each venue will offer a pre-show meal option at a great rate although tickets for the show can be booked without buying food”. The tour dates and details are (all shows start at 8-30pm) Tickets are available at the chosen venues. Ticket info available from or calling 695 135 134

Thursday 9th June - La Rustika (Los Arcos), Torrevieja Friday 10th June - Casa Venture, San Luis Tuesday 14th June - Olympia, Mil Palmeras Sunday 19th June - Casa Nicolas, Altos del Limonar Monday 20th June - La Marina Sport Complex, San Fulgencio Thursday 23rd June - Rocajuna, Punta Prima Tuesday 28th June - Asturias, N332, Punta Prima Wednesday 29th June - The Club, Quesada


CRESCENDO.....END OF AN ERA On Wednesday May 25th, the TCF hall at Torrevieja was packed with people who had come along to hear Chas’ last concert as MD of Crescendo.

soprano voice, and ‘Cant help lovin’ that man o’ mine’ from Showboat. No concert of the choirs’ is complete without Sue Trick’s solo…this time a very lovely Chopin nocturne; as always, beautifully played. Two people came along specially to make presentations to Chas. The first was Wendy Dengate of the Royal British Legion to thank him for all the hard work that he put into the RBL 90th anniversary concert in April. She gave him an enlargement of the photo of Chas with the “All Angels” taken by Margot the choir’s PR and signed by the four girls. Then it was the turn of Graham Knight who said how Chas had built a small group of singers into the most prestigious mixed choir on the Costa Blanca. He presented Chas with one of the unique salt ships as a thank you from the people of the area, reminding everyone that all the work Chas had done with the choir over the years was voluntary! Chas then introduced the new MD, Sixto Manuel Herrero who took up the baton and conducted the choir in a secretly rehearsed version of “My Way” with words suitable to the occasion written by Vivienne Gee. There were tears in a lot of eyes as the choir sang their traditional “Blessing of Aaron” then Chas went to the door ready to shake hands with everyone on their way out.

Mary Priddle introduced the evening and started by telling how Crescendo came about; in June 2004, she and a few friends discussed starting a mixed voice choir in the Torrevieja area. Chas Smith had not long been MD for the Barbershop Harmonisers so he was approached to be MD. Sue Trick had recently moved to Spain and was asked if she would take on the role of accompanist. Names were suggested for the choir and the overall favourite was CRESCENDO. At the first meeting on September 15th 2004, 34 people turned up, a committee was formed with Mary as chairman and a new choir was born! The farewell concert consisted of all Chas’ favourite pieces as well as a couple of surprise items. Choir member Vivienne Gee had written a new song which Chas had set to music, this was a tribute to our heroes called “Remember Them”, and David Huglin who sings bass with the choir had set words to “Air on a G string” entitling it “Breezy Bach Weather” Jean Townson, the 83yr old ‘Queen Mum’ of the choir in this her last concert sang “Bill” from Showboat, receiving a standing ovation Lawrence Gee sang a lovely version of ‘Ave Maria’, then joined Carol Durman in “Bess, you is my woman now” from Porgy and Bess. Carol then sang another favourite from this show…’Summertime’ filling the huge hall with her beautiful

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) published guidance in January saying people should wear broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreens with a minimum factor 15 sun protection (SPF). However, this level of SPF is too low and not based on how people actually use sun creams, says an editorial in the DTB. It adds: ‘Factor 15 offers all-day protection only if it is applied thickly, at a thickness of 2mg/cm2 used by manufacturers as the standard test for SPF. ‘In reality, people using sunscreens typically apply much less than this and get no more than half, at best, of the protection indicated by the labelled SPF,’ says Dr Iheanacho’s editorial. It says sunscreen runs off the skin, which means it has to be frequently re-applied. ‘Using it “adequately” is also costly, since whole-body coverage for a single application for an adult at 2mg/cm2 requires around 35ml of sunscreen,’ the editorial adds. ‘Applying this much at least every two hours, as Nice also recommends, would require a standard 200ml bottle of sunscreen every two to three days. Dr Iheanacho said: ‘In DTB’s view, Nice’s recommendation to use sunscreens with an SPF as low as 15 is a blunder that overlooks the key evidence. This advice needs urgent review and correction.’ The DTB advises that people with fair skin can safely expose their hands, arms, face or back to sunlight in the UK from April to September, for 15 minutes two or three times a week. More than two Britons under 35 are diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer every day. Rates of malignant melanoma have tripled among those aged 15 to 34 since the late 1970s, according to Cancer Research UK. Then, there were 1.8 cases of melanoma per 100,000 people in this age group, rising to 5.9 now. Professor Mike Kelly, director of the centre for public health excellence at NICE, said: ‘We felt it was important, in producing this guidance, to maintain a balance – recognising on the one hand the very real dangers of skin cancer, but also remembering on the other hand that we should not extrapolate from research carried out in much hotter, sunnier climates than our own.’ He said NICE commissioned an expert report on the use of suncreen to prevent skin cancer in England. Professor Kelly added: ‘According to this evidence, SPF 15 should be sufficient as long as it is applied adequately. ‘However, the guidance also acknowledges that to take account of people not applying sufficient quantities of sunscreen, SPF 30 was also recommended in an expert paper.’


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500 Euros presented to Help at Home (Costa Blanca) by Jukebox Promotions Jukebox Promotions have presented a further cheque to Help at Home (Costa Blanca) as a result of their fund raisin activities in May. The payment of 500 Euros was handed over to HAH representative Norah Bond by Jukebox Legends Peter Day on Tuesday 31st May before the last of the Kings, Queens & Diamonds shows at Asturias. Peter Day says “we are delighted to be handing a payment to Norah for money raised during our May tour and look forward to doing the same in June. The total we have raised in the last three months is now just under 1700 Euros and with more people around in the summer, we are hoping to get the monthly figures up a little now”. HAH (Costa Blanca has just launched formally in the region and whilst it’s a voluntary group, it does have expenses to cover and so patron Jukebox Promotions have agreed to fund raise for the group every month throughout 2011 with their “Will the key turn” competition at their tour dates. In June, the charity tour will be Broadway & Hollywood and feature Jukebox Legends with the fabulous Andy Jones. For details of the eight show tour, go to www. There is a “Barely New” fashion show event taking place at La Finca Country Club on 14th June at 3pm. This is a fund raising event for HAH (Costa Blanca) too so, why not go along and see what offers you can pick up plus, have a great afternoon?

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The last week proved to be very busy for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. The society break up for a well-earned rest during the summer months and restart rehearsals in September. With rehearsals going well, time was found to support the efforts of members who also belong to other groups and societies. On Wednesday 25th May a large group of members went along to the Crescendo “Farewell to Chas” concert and enjoyed a wonderful evening of beautiful singing. On the Friday another large contingent of G & S gathered to see the Showgroup Torrevieja’s “Ancient Grease” show, the raucous laughter and loud applause a testament to the success of this entertaining show. Sunday saw over 20 society members sitting down to a supper before watching the clever and well done show “Stepping Out” by the Campoverde Theatre Group. With the last rehearsal taking place on Tuesday 31st May, the society decided to end with a luncheon at Casa Ventura Restaurante, San Luis, Torrevieja, which is also the venue the society uses for rehearsals. Whilst the rehearsals have stopped this wonderful society still manages to keep the social side on-going with a cheese and wine evening, a beach party and a pool party already planned. The more serious business of rehearsing for future performances will re-commence in September and if you would like to be part of this society, rehearsals are held Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30-12:30 at Restaurant Casa Ventura, San Luis. The society is looking for new singers, a second MD, a second accompanist and helpers. You will be made very welcome at this very friendly, active social group. For more information contact C Willoughby on 966 785 877, email or look at their website www.

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American folk singer-songwriter and folk rock musician who was one of the most popular artists of the 1970s. He recorded and released some 300 songs, about half of which he had composed, and was named Poet Laureate of Colorado in 1977. Songs such as “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, “Calypso”, “Annie’s Song”, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”, and “Rocky Mountain High” are popular worldwide. In subsequent years, Denver had a lower-profile career. He worked extensively on conservation projects and helped to create the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. In 1994, he published his autobiography, Take Me Home. In 1996, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame,


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VEGA BAJA PREMIER Ladies who lunch at the Lucky Horseshoe GOLF LEAGUE Gala Presentation Dinner 28th May 2011 At Restaurante Las Ramblas Golf Club

We are pleased to report another very successful lunch held in one of the private rooms of La Herradura Restaurant,.

Our first anniversary meeting and the start of year two will be held on the port in Guardamar where Sergio and his team served us very well a year ago, my how time flies when you are having fun!

La Herradura translates to horseshoe! It is a nicely appointed restaurant with very pleasant staff and food to match. In fact the homemade bread served to start the meal is to die for followed by three more courses and of course the odd glass of wine or two!

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points that enabled them to take top spot; as the wins draws and losses were the same. The bonus points are awarded for the team who scores the highest total team points in each match. Captain Terry Lewis applauded the format the League uses and said it hoped it would remain as it’s the fairest method around and unique that it rewards individual and team effort. In the Championship Division, Jan Boultbee the Team Torre G S Captain lifted the trophy again only four points separated them from second place La Zenia. This time Team Torre had two more wins that La Zenia. All the recipients of the spoils made a point to thank Secretary, Ivie Davies and Treasurer, Ron Nicholson for all their hard work in organising the League so professionally and for organising such an excellent evening. Thanks should go to the Secretaries, Captains and players for making the Vega Baja Premier Golf League the most successful and competitive golf League in Spain, if not Europe. Well the 2010/2011 season has ended and its seasonal break for the summer, the new season will start again in September in between times the representative League team play for the The Garay Cup which is to be played time. So to all you golfers, have a great summer and enjoy this great game of Golf.




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This year’s winner of this prestigious award was John O’Brien of Rocajuna Golf Society with a total point’s score of 240 averaging over the seven games, 34.29 points, which was one point better than last year’s winner. In the eleven years that the League has been running, never once has the Golden Club Award average exceeded 36 points. It again proves, if proof was really needed, that the scoring system and the handicapping of the League uses are as fair and true as it can be, when the lower handicap players are still not averaging Par. Rocajuna Golf Society in their first Premier Division season took the title by just four points from La Manga North and Terry Lewis took the honours g the Trophy as Captain. It was the ptain receivin Ca e rr To am - Te difference of bonus Jan Boultbee

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On the 28th May, The Vega Baga Premier Golf League held its Gala Dinner Dance at the Restaurante Las Ramblas Golf Club for the first time This venue cannot be surpassed for its service, quality and quantity of food and drink, to a man (and woman) we thoroughly enjoyed an excellent meal preceded by a Cava reception and complimented by a complete mixture of wines, beer coffee and brandy. So it was now that League teams got together to applaud the Champions and have a thoroughly good time, when the players and their partners could let their hair down, and the competitive spirit of the League could be put to one side until next season. This night rounded off the season with the presentation of the trophies to the victors During the course of the season a record is kept of every player’s Stableford points score and the individual player with the best average points score from the maximum number of games. The winner would receive the prestigious trophy The Gold Club of the Year Award along with a prize of a two night stay and a round of golf for two people at El Plantio Golf Resort kindly donated by owner Manuel Ferry.

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Fashion and Fun at the

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Every year the ‘this is Spain exhibition’ brings in the crowds with its non stop entertainment and its high amount of local businesses showcasing their work, this year was no different. Exhibitors came from near and far to show case their work although one paticular exhibitor caught the eye of many. Model, now turned clothing designer, Georgie May gave us an insight to her clothing range when she held a fashion show at the four star hotel on the Sunday. The fashion show was watched by over 150 visitors to the exhibition of whom were very impressed by the models efforts. In giving her speech before the show she stated, ‘’With 2011 being branded the year of the forest it is all about recycling. Using this as my inspiration and using remnants of material i am proving that your unworn garments can be made into new, stylish and sexy designs without stepping foot into a boutique’’. Collaborated with garments from the high street, the clothing line proved exactly what can be done when you put some imagination in to your wardrobe. A fantastic idea with stunning clothing, she is certainly taking the fashion industry by storm. This year the exhibition with its exhibitors, acts and entertainment, really was the place to be. Photography by, Clothing by Georgie May and make up by


Graham Knight, Director of OARI was the guest speaker at the recent meeting of the Torrevieja branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A). He gave a fascinating and informative talk on the history of Torrevieja. U3A members and guests were enthralled as Graham brought to life the many strands of the history of the town and explaining how the International Habaneras festival developed and how the production of salt was and still is today a very important product for Torrevieja. Clearly the speaker has a deep passion for Torrevieja and for all the cultural and historic aspects on offer to both residents and visitors alike. The meeting continued with the announcement by Bob Hill, Chairman, of a musical gala evening for U3A members to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Association. The gala evening is a ticket only event to be held at the Palacio de la Música on Thursday 27th October. U3A meetings continue throughout the summer on the last Thursday of each month at La Rustika (formerly Los Arcos) U3A summer meetings are informal gatherings designed to give members an opportunity to relax over coffee and for guests and non-members the chance to discover more about the benefits of joining the U3A. From 1st June the membership joining fee reduces pro rata to 6 euros for the remainder of this year. Visit the new website for further information.


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JAGUARS - Big Cats Meet for the First Time in Spain

The long awaited revival of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club in Spain finally came together on the Saturday 4th June 2011 at the El Faro Restaurant, near Santa Pola on the Costa Blanca. This first event with the theme “Posh Motors and Posh Nosh” certainly lived up to it’s name, we had a fantastic mix of extremely “Posh Motors”, unfortunately the “Posh Nosh” aspect did not quite live up to expectations but it did not detract from the day in any way. On the day we were blessed with perfect weather which allowed those people with convertibles to show off their cars with the hoods down. The meeting attracted 20 Jaguars and over 40 people. We had some fabulous E types from the 1960s and 70’s, a mix of XJS’s , a range of XK’s from the late 90’s to the present day, XJ6’s right up to the latest XF kindly supplied and supported by Mundicar in Alicante. Apart from acknowledging Mundicar, this first meeting of The Jaguar Enthusiast Club in Spain would not have been a success with out the help and support I received from Derek Fletcher of the Freewheelers Car club, Malcolm Hall from the Marina Alta Classic Car Club but most of all from my good Spanish friend Alfonso Arrakis who is not only a serious Jaguar Nut but an all round good guy, and I must not forget my wife Barabara who has supported this venture from the beginning. The meeting supposed to have started at 12:30, so being eager, we arrived just before 12:00 still feeling nervous, the first meeting! will any body support it? We need not have worried, two minutes later a procession of brightly polished cars started arriving at the restaurant. One gentleman and his wife had driven nearly 300km to be there. Most of the people had never met each other before but within just a few minutes everybody was relaxed and friendly, proud to show off their pride and joy. You would have thought we had

all known each other for years. A few drinks before lunch on the wonderful terrace of El Faro, then lunch in a specially reserved room. Mundicar then presented each Jaguar owner with a beautiful “leaping cat” key ring and models of classic Jaguars. So we could appreciate the cars more and for some photo opportunities, we organised all the cars in a

line in date of manufacture order - what a show, close to half a million euros worth of pure automotive art. After a wonderful afternoon people went on their way just after 5:00pm. The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club is the largest of the worlds Jaguar Clubs, it provides Jaguar owners the opportunity to benefit from the extensive resources provided by the club and to meet like minded people. The club aims to provide a World-wide ‘Friendly Forum’ for all SS, Jaguar and Daimler enthusiasts enhancing the enjoyment of SS, Jaguar and Daimler ownership. The club offers a wide range of support, help and advice to any member. Members also benefit from a glossy 132 page A4 monthly magazine, Jaguar spares department and a technical advice service second to none. For more details check out the web site If you live in Spain and own a Jaguar you should be a member of The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. The JEC in Spain is now being organised by Eric Arnold who can be contacted by email or by phone on 609931647 or alternatively check out the JEC web site or come along to our next meeting and have a chat, contact Eric by email to register your interest.


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The Variety Show Group and The Marina Tappers are supporting PCN. The first ever Paul Cunningham Nurses Summer Show last Friday was phenomenal! The NEXT event takes place on Wednesday 15th June at Tony G’s in Toretta II near Torrevieja and promises to be another great night of fantastic entertainment. This will be followed by another amazing show at Hotel El Corazon on Thursday 23rd June. The Variety Show Group is a group of just six people, who are just what they say they are and the ‘variety’ of their performances is amazing and last week included music and songs from 1960’s, country ballads and also some ‘sing alongs’ for the audience. The wonderful Marina Tappers will also be there to entertain with some of their fantastic routines. The show on Wednesday starts at 20:30 and tickets are priced at the special price of just €2. Food will be available on the night. Jackie and Tony took over the bar formerly known as Shadys Bar, in December, they have lived in Spain for 5 years but have not run a bar before, they decided to rename the Bar Tony G’s and are fast gaining a reputation for being ‘the place to go’ for lively entertainment! There are more summer shows planned for July, so please check our website (www.paulcunninghamnurses. com) for further details. You can also call or text 639 318 526 to reserve your tickets for all PCN fundraising events and if you would like to book The Variety Show Group for your venue please contact Eileen or Bonnie on 966 921 153 or 966 926 294



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Demand for property in Spain could be set to soar as banks move to sell off billions of euros worth of distressed property assets. Analysts have estimated that financial institutions in the country control more that €100 billion in real estate, The National reports. Most are second homes in developments built during a ten-year construction boom targeting the same European buyers. There are anywhere from 700,000 to a million empty apartments and villas in Spain, the majority of them in coastal areas. “Banks will take years to clear [property] off their books,” said Arturo de Frias, an analyst with Evolution Securities. “I think the big question is what is going to happen to real estate prices.” Home prices in the fourth largest economy in the euro zone have fallen 17 per cent since the market peaked in 2008, according to government data. But most analysts say the plunge have been much steeper. Prices are likely to continue to fall anywhere from five to ten per cent in the next year, especially with more distressed and repossessed properties entering the market, analysts say.

Look deeper than ‘traditional locations’ when visiting Spain

Property investors could be encouraged to think about some of Spain’s lesser-known destinations following the comments of one holiday company. has recommended that travellers take the time to explore some of the country’s other “culturally-rich cities” which offer “the classic Spanish experiences of balmy climate, vibrant tapas bars and impressive architecture”. In particular, the firm highlights Palma as a great holiday destination that boasts a diverse and “[It] is famed for its fine Gothic cathedral, art galleries, music festivals and wonderful mix of city and beach life,” Spain- states.

“The city boasts glamorous yacht clubs, sophisticated bars including Abaco, housed in an ornate mansion - and the trendy port areas of Portixol and El Molinar.” Alternatively, Salamanca (above) is Spain’s oldest university city with a vast student population, an eclectic collection of bars and interesting Baroque architecture. The news could tempt a number of buy-to-let investors to look at property in Spain, with the intention of capitalising on the country’s vast tourism trade.

Euribor Still Putting the Squeeze on Home The Euribor, the Owners............ main mortgage

Specifically, for a mortgage of 150,000 euros over 25 years and a Euribor spread of plus 0.8%, the monthly payment will increase by around 68 euros, bringing the increase for the whole year to around 816 euros. The index charts an upward trend since March 2010 with the pace of escalation progressively increasing up to a spread of 0.898 points in May from the same month of 2010, compared to 0.318 in January against 12 months earlier. The indicator, which started May at 2.139% and reached a high of 2.173% during the month, marked its last daily rate at 2.138%, and represents a slight increase compared to the previous period breaking a run of five consecutive declines. It is expected to finish 2011 between 2.25% and 3%. This daily rate shows an increase of more than one point from a low of 1.211% as at March 30, 2010. Experts say that the final Euribor rate will depend on

any increases applied by the European Central Bank (ECB) in light of fluctuations in oil prices, while Greece’s sovereign crisis has lessened expectations of monetary tightening. Self Trade’s expert Celine Giffard indicated that the Euribor rose in May but had relaxed, coinciding with the intensification of problems in peripheral countries of the euro zone, and said on the matter of Greece that it “does not help that the market goes on rising and is a possible brake on its development.” According to the analyst, the Euribor will end 2011 at 2.5%, foreseeable in the event that the central bank raises official interest rates twice during the second half of the year, to 1.75%. The Euribor tends to rise or fall depending on increases or decreases in interest rates and reflects the tensions in the interbank market. However, Giffard emphasises that the indicator’s decisive factors in determining the

rate indicator in Spain, ended May at 2.147%, its highest rate since January 2009 (2.622%). Looking ahead, if the forecasts are correct, the situation looks set to worsen over the year. trend are inflation, economic growth and potential credit restrictions that may occur in Europe, raising the differential of the interest that banks charge for borrowing money. According to a study by Bankia, the banking conglomerate resulting from the merger of seven Spanish financial institutions led by savings banks Bancaja and Caja Madrid, the 12 months Euribor may continue to rise to levels around 2.25% next June. (

Spain pays higher yields in latest auction

Spain’s government had to pay out higher rates today to auction off nearly €4 billion of bonds amid deep concerns in the European debt markets over Greece. Demand was strong for the Spanish government bonds as investors applied for a total of €10.3 billion of debt, but the government had to offer higher returns. Debt markets appeared nervous after Moody’s Investors Service sharply downgraded Greece’s debt and warned that the odds of a Greek debt-

default were 50-50. The Spanish Treasury sold a total of €3.953 billion in three and four-year government bonds. It sold €2.753 billion three-year bonds with an average annual return, or yield, of 4.037%, up from 3.568% at the last comparable auction on April 7. The Treasury also sold €1.2 billion in four-year bonds at an average yield of 4.23%, up sharply from 2.964% at the last comparable auction on September 2, 2010.

Spanish Unemployment Records Biggest Drop Since 1997

The month of May is usually a positive month for employment in Spain because it signals the start of the summer season, the busiest time of year for the Spanish Tourist Industry, and this year is not an exception. The number of registered unemployed in Spain fell 79,701 (-1.87%) at the end of May, according to data from the Office of Public Employment Services, bringing the total number of unemployed persons down to 4,189,659. In annual terms, unemployment has increased by 123,457 persons (3.04%), while May 2010 saw an increase of more than 446,063 (12.3%) unemployed over the previous year. However, unemployment fell in May this year for both sexes, but most for men, with a drop of 55,890 (-2.64%), compared to a fall in female unemployment of 23,811 (-1.11%), bringing the total of men unemployed down to 2,064,581 and 2,125,078 for women. Unemployment decreased over all sectors but especially services (largely tourism-related), with

34,613 (1.39%) fewer unemployed, followed by construction with 20,922 (2.75%), industry with 10,663 (2.13%) and agriculture with 5,059 (3.58%), while the group without previous employment fell by 8,444 (2.19%). Secretary of State for Employment, Mari Luz Rodriguez, welcomed these positive results and said that it “encourages the Government to continue working to help many people return to the labour market.” This drop in unemployment figures is “the second biggest in May since 1997,” she said, and the information available today reflects “a widespread drop in unemployment”, because it includes both women and men in all age groups and in all sectors.


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Mosaic tiles, although essentially manufactured in the same way, are made from pigmented clay, so that the colour extends throughout the tile, making them more resistant to wear and tear. Mosaic tiles are often sold mounted on paper, rather than loose, and although the intricacies of the production process do make them more expensive than some other type of tile, they are, nevertheless, water resistant and highly durable.

Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile, but the use of porcelain clays means that they have a much lower water absorption rate – typically less than 5% – than other ceramic tiles, and, when glazed, are much more durable and hard-wearing. Porcelain tiles can be used to reproduce the look of natural stone at a fraction of the cost.

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Spain remains one of the best places to buy your dream home! With such a variety of properties available from coastal apartments to cortijo’s in the mountains, the weather is fantastic and the cost of living and subsequent lifestyle is better than most places in Europe! However, you do need to arm yourself with plenty of ‘common sense’ – something that will see you through most of the pitfalls than can await you as you encounter pushy estate agents and dodgy documentation. Make your priority finding a reputable solicitor – they do exist – and ask lots of questions! always bear in mind that they are speaking very much from personal experience – yours could be completely different! Also, you should make two or three visits to your chosen area at different times of the years – this will allow you to see the area during the peak and low season. Remember, “..fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” (Alexander Pope)

Where do you want to live? You know the famous saying about the three most important things when it comes to buying a property - location, location and location! Don’t let yourself get carried away on a wave of sun, sangria and a pushy sales pitch from a local estate agent, too many people rush in to buying their “dream home” only to find it’s in a completely inappropriate location for their needs – if you are in your ‘twilight’ years, you have to think about the practicalities of access to doctors, hospitals etc. as well as the basic amenities; in rural Spain, buses are few and far between so you cannot always rely on public transport to get you where you want to go. DON’T make an offer after your first viewing of a property - take lots of photographs and notes and then go away and think about it with a cool head. Only then will you be able to think clearly about the potential drawbacks. Armed with all of your queries you can then visit the property again; whilst asking other expats who live in the same area can prove useful,

Is there money to be made from renting out a property in Spain? If you’re buying a Spanish property as an investment, rather than as a permanent home, you’ll probably be looking for a villa or apartment with good letting potential. A sure way to success is to purchase a top of the range, luxury villas which are beautifully furnished and exceptionally well equipped complete with all of the extra comforts such as central heating, log fires and sumptuous soft furnishings However, as this is not always possible, purchase the best that your budget will allow and if you are hoping to rent to tourists, once you have carefully chosen your location, found the perfect property – whether it’s an apartment or villa – don’t cut corners with the furnishings – the finishing touches will be noticed and can determine whether people return and tell their friends! Little things like offering a welcome pack complete with helpful information, a bottle of wine in the fridge and some luxurious (travel-sized) toiletries in the bathroom all make a huge impression on people (especially women!). If you put the effort into providing the perfect environment, you will find that your ‘tenants’ will treat the accommodation with respect – if you offer ‘cheap and cheerful’, not be surprised if you attract the ‘cheap and cheerful’. A private or communal swimming pool is essential for successful letting as is easy access to the beach, shops and nightlife; it will also need to be within easy reach of an international airport with regular charter flights for maximum tenancy. Remember, a lovely little mountain hideaway in the back of beyond will bring in the more “discerning” holidaymaker...but this time next year, you won’t be a millionaire!



Playa Flamenca Turns Pink for AECC

Maria and her Pink Ladies certainly showed how it´s done on Sunday as nearly 500 people from all over the Orihuela Municipality and beyond turned up to take part in the AECC Charity Walk. The five kilometre walk, which started and finished at the promenade in Playa Flamenca, was organised by cancer sufferer, Maria Wilson and her team of Pink Ladies, in association with the Orihuela Costa Town Hall. The promenade was turned into a sea of pink as the participants, the majority of whom were dressed in the vibrant colour, waited patiently to start the walk and with several market stalls, lots of live entertainment and children´s activities, there was something before and after the event for all the family to enjoy. The sun was beating down and the free water, which had been supplied by Rani´s Indian Restaurant and Times Square in Playa Flamenca, was welcomed by everyone who was walking. The day was expertly compered by Suzy G from TKO Radio and she was accompanied by fellow DJ Davy Jones, who provided the music during the event. A number of local artists also gave up their time for free to provide entertainment including the Ghost Academy of Performing Arts, which is based in Villamartin, Nick Gold, Tomas and Kara and the Costa Blanca´s next big thing, teenage band The Truth. The current Mayor of Orihuela, Mónica Lorente, Councillor for Culture and Tourism, Pepa Ferrando and

Councillor for the Coast, José Antonio Aniorte, welcomed all the walkers back to the promenade after the walk and each of the particpants received an AECC wrist band and a certificate of achievement. Organiser, Maria Wilson said: “ I would personally like to thank all the walkers that took part. Over 100 registerered on the day, so that was a great surprise. The Mayor of Orihuela, Mónica Lorente, was overwhelmed by the response to the walk and has promised us that next year she will give this fun day all the support she possibly can in order to make it an even bigger event. I would also like to thank Suzy G for pulling the whole day´s entertainment together along with Davy Jones of TKO radio and I would like to thank all of the performers for contributing their time. What a fantastic show they put on! The show climaxed with the fabulous group The Truth, who in my opinion, must be the best new group on the Costa Blanca.” Maria added: “There were also many other performers who we would like to say thank you very much to, including those that took part in the step aerobics display and the spinning cyclists from Fit 4 All, which has been amazingly supportive. A big thank you must go to all our Spanish friends from Orihuela who helped to make this such a very special day and a special thank you has to go to Louise Clarke, from Orihuela Costa Town Hall for all her help as well as the Policia Local for all their help and support.” She concluded: “We don´t know yet how much money was raised but we will let everybody know via the press and media.”

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Life with Linda... “what is success”

During this last weekend I have done a presentation for fifty business people male and female with a wide array of ages in Alicante on success, the amazing thing is if I had asked each one individually there would have probably have been fifty different answers, as personal success, is just that …. personal. For some it is climbing the corporate ladder, for others it is having a healthy bank balance, for some being a good spouse/mother/father, for others climbing Everest, not forgetting those that it is their health. Not matter what it is, the key is that it is important to you. This gives you a goal or a purpose. Belief in this goal is paramount because it acts like an anchor when life and circumstances seem to make your goal look as if it is in the dim and distant future. The focus on the goal whatever it is will keep you on track. At is also the key difference between the people who are successful and those who are not. A purpose, all successful people know what they want, they see their end goal and walk the path until they get there. When times are tough and people start to jump ship, they put their head down and keep going. They have a reason to get up each morning any they have a reason to plan ahead, moving all the time towards their desired outcome no matter what it is. No matter whose biography you read, or whose presentation you listen to nobody who has achieved anything has got there without fighting for it, determination and dedication are basic tools for successful people. Very often it has been the ongoing fight to achieve their goal that has presented them with the greatest learning from their journey. They have let past hurts and indignations pass, not held onto them and kept themselves back in

the process. Success, for the people that achieve it in whatever form is not like chasing butterflies, going in any and every direction, it is not about knowing how you are going to do something or achieve something, it is all to do with the desire of want. There are some amazing stories about people achieving things they were told “were impossible” “out of the question”. Christopher Columbus was thought to be mad, but without his vision and determination, life as we know it today, free trade that we take for granted, may not exist. The telephone, electricity, cars, planes, just to name a few would all have stayed in the imagination of somebody without the determination to achieve their goals. Nobody got it right the first time either, there were prototypes, models, drawings and modifications, this is where the successful use their belief in themselves, their goal and the purpose drives them on. There are more, books, films, inventions and unfinished goals in all the graveyards throughout the world because people gave up in their own success, they accepted less or accepted failure. People who succeed do not know the word failure, only lessons; learning and moving on always towards their personal success. This is not big headed or over bearing, or blinkered, it is about self belief and self worth. When you believe and know you are worthy of success you will achieve it whatever it is you want. This room full of people did not want all the same things, nor all the same outcomes but the process to achieve is exactly the same So; what have you been meaning to do? What is success to you? Now you know what it is, go and do it.... achieve it and join the successful people.

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In medieval times, the plant symbolized courage, and to keep up their spirits, knights departing for the Crusades received scarves embroidered with a sprig of thyme from their ladies. There was a popular belief, too, that a leaf tea prevented nightmares, while another held that tea made of thyme and other herbs enabled one to see nymphs and fairies. Herbalists of the Middle Ages regarded thyme as a stimulant and antispasmodic, and recommended sleeping on thyme and inhaling it as a remedy for melancholy and epilepsy. Apart from all these amazing uses and interesting history, closer to home I use these herbs on my fire in the bbq and liberally sprinkled on meats and salads with rock salt and would encourage you to do the same. The Spanish, including my neighbour, often picks a selection of these herbs to make an infusion which they drink for all sorts of complaints and especially to settle the stomach. I do hope you have enjoyed learning more about the common herbs and next week we are going to learn some of the invasive plants that are destroying the habitat of these wonderful native species. Until then, happy walking, Jenni

As some of you have realised by now, I do love my campo life, the outdoors, and we are very fortunate that Spain is blessed with diverse flora, much greater than in other european country. The large number of different habitats allows many endemic species to thrive and we are in the area of lower scrub called ´matorral´ in spanish which consists of rosemary and thyme as well as tree heathers which can all withstand long hot summers. This profusion of herbs makes it a joy to walk through the campo and despite the obvious uses of them, and their amazing aromas, there are some interesting facts that many people are not aware of. Take for example Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), actually means Ros Maris = Sea Froth/dew of the sea as it mainly grows in coastal areas and commonly known as Mary’s mantle or compass weed.


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The Other Right .....

Apparently left-handed people are bad at distinguishing left from right. As a left-hander it was a great comfort to me when I discovered this priceless nugget of information – I have always been uncertain as to which was which, but I thought it was just me being thick. I know perfectly well which is left and which is right, it is simply that I don’t always call them by their appropriate names. I know exactly which direction I am talking about, and can point infallibly to the desired destination, but having a choice of two words of opposite meaning is too much for my brain to compute. My worst navigational problems occurred in Wales, where they have to have signposts with extra long arms to accommodate the place names. By the time I have deciphered the plethora of vowels interspersed with a generous helping of Gs, Ws, Ls and Ds, decided that this particular arrangement of the alphabet spells the place that we are looking for, and then decided whether we need to turn left or right, we are miles past our destination!


On the whole I find it safer to refer to right as ‘My side’ and left as ‘Your side.’ That is unless I am driving, in which case ‘My side’ is left, and ‘Your side’ is right, which is, of course, completely understandable to a left-handed person. The other day I ventured into a charming but complicated small town. The original Town Planner must have been a big fan of Snakes and Ladders, for he incorporated all the best twiddles and turns into his streets, while deciding on a width that would allow two fairly slender donkeys to pass each other without wasted space. I abandoned Del, the car, and proceeded on foot. Knowing that lostness was inevitable, I approached a young man sitting outside a café and asked in Spanish for directions to my destination. He answered in Spanish, and then, fearing that I might not have understood, and being of a kindly nature, he switched to English and repeated the directions. ‘You go to the left’ he repeated, gesticulating emphatically with his right hand. I arranged my features into an expression of complete understanding, thanked him, and proceeded round the corner to the right. I did understand him. He meant me to go right, but it came out as ‘left’. He said left, but meant right, so I went right, and arrived unlost. We were in perfect accord. He must have been left-handed!

By Jos Biggs ~

Music & Tiddy Oggies for the Soul.....

It was one of those nights when it was not quite warm enough to sit outside till late, so an evening in, scrolling through the channels on TV in an effort to find something mildly entertaining or moderately thought provoking appeared to be the alternative. But as usual, this was about as likely as finding an attractive woman on Mil Palmeras roundabout, and it didn’t help that we seemed to have mislaid twenty odd channels, reducing the choice even further. My lovely lady had retired to bed at her usual time and left me to it to fall asleep in front of the haunted fish tank, which probably would have been the case had I not chanced upon something called Easy Listening Hits at the BBC. I had no idea how long the programme had been in progress, but as I tuned in, it was Roberta Flack who was giving it large with that massive song, Killing Me Softly. I have to confess that the lyrics have always left me a bit puzzled, but that’s because I’m not clever. Be

that as it may, cradling a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc in the wee small hours, it made for very pleasant listening. Roberta was followed by such artists as Nora Jones, Barry the-nose-on-legs Manilow, Johnny Mathis and 5th Dimension amongst others. And by the time the hauntingly beautiful tones of Karen Carpenter came wafting across the living room floor, I was a pathetic mass of candy floss, reliving the golden days that these songs were bringing back to me with startling clarity. I’m not usually the sort of bloke who likes his cheese so thickly sliced, but the combination of good wine and that mellow after midnight feeling, left me wishing that it would never stop. But of course it had to, and who better to round off such an evening than Glen Campbell singing By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Frank Sinatra once referred to it as probably the greatest song ever written, and it highlights the brilliance of Jimmy Webb who also wrote such greats as MacArthur Park and Wichita Lineman. Music has the ability at times to take you to another place; back to a different, better time and for a few precious moments at least, instil the feeling that everything is alright with the world. And that’s how I felt as I made my glassy eyed way to bed – everything was pretty damn good, and sometimes it’s worth channel hopping when gems like this


show up. ----------------------------------It’s amazing the things that appear on Facebook for discussion. This week a photograph was posted on our Old Bermuda Friends page, of a batch of Cornish pasties of all things. This brought an instant response, particularly from those still in exile who miss some of the traditional comforts of home. Mind you most of the so called Cornish pasties that you find in British supermarkets and shops are poor imitations of the real thing and should have a taste warning slapped on them, or be reported to the RSPCA. The original article probably no longer exists even in Cornwall, because this would contain meat and vegetables in one end and fruit in the other - a truly balanced meal - and was a traditional midday snack for farm workers and miners in particular. In fact, the thick crimped pastry edge was there as a handle in order to eat the filled centre, and was then thrown away by tin miners. This was because there are high levels of arsenic found in tin mines, and it was therefore advisable to discard anything edible that had come into contact with the hands. The best Cornish pasties - or tiddy oggies as they are known locally - that I ever sampled were in the small town of Penryn. A little old lady would bake dozens of the things every day, and

oh, by the way....

A living legend from Murcia is at time of writing fighting for his life. Much acclaimed bullfighter, José Ortega Cano from Cartagena, caused an accident a week ago Saturday on his way home to his finca “Yerbabuena” north of Seville. Preliminary investigations shows that his jeep veered over to the other side of the road and smashed head-on into a car. Sadly the driver of the other car died on the spot, while Ortega Cano was transferred to hospital in Seville, after having been trapped in his car for hours. He suffered multiple fractures and internal haemorrhages and was on the operating table for six hours before he was put on a life assistance machine in the intensive care unit. Ortega Cano is widower of another much loved Spanish celebrity, the singer Rocío Jurado, with whom he adopted 2 children, now in their teens. He was born December 27, 1953 and started his bullfighting career in 1973 moving on to become one of the major bullfighters. He has had more farewells than Frank Sinatra; and with the same lack of success at every come-back. He participated in the TVprogramme, Mira quién baila (the Spanish version of Dancing with the Stars), where he did his best to hide his “wooden leg”, but revealed a wonderful warm sense of humour, spiced with a good portion of self-irony. Just before I sent this off to the editor, it was announced that Ortega Cano is slowly on the

each lunchtime a queue of office workers and shop assistants would form outside her little terraced house. These oggies were enormous, and if you were to take a bite out of the middle of one, you would get pastry in your ears. Pies and pasties are as English as fish and chips, along with such classics as steak and kidney pudding, jam roly-poly and toad in the hole – oh and by the way, talking of pies . . . restaurateurs take note. Pies have a top, a bottom and sides which if possible should all be welded together. A pile of meat and gravy topped by a half arsed square of puff pastry does not constitute a pie thank you very much. Anyway where was I? Oh yes: isn’t it marvellous that all of the above are now condemned by the food Gestapo as being bad for us and even life threatening. But ask yourself this: is it just coincidence that when the Great was still in Britain, so were dumplings, bread and butter pudding and spotted dick. But now we are urged to eat foliage and sun dried carpet, we are a third rate shadow of our former selves. I think not.

By Colin Bird

mend, though still in a critical state. Huh! She looks as if she is on a diet of lemons and has just left the dinner table. Carme Chacón, the current Defense Minister of Spain, aspired to be the country’s first female president of government. Last week it was announced that she has “withdrawn” her candidature, and the pictures accompanying the story show her still with the boot marks on her defensive bum. I understand! How on Earth can she be ousted by an ugly guy like Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba? I mean, have you seen him? He is half bald, his dress sense is at best questionable, he has a beard and he is not very tall. Come on! Compared to Carme, who is a chic, smartly dresses, modern young woman! And she has just had a new hair-cut! How could they! Who said something about brains! Yeah, I know Rubalcaba is respected among his peers in Europe – and according to WikiLeaks, considered by the USA as the only member of the current government with brains. But still! Carme would so much have added a touch of sophistication to the familypictures at summit meetings. And they could use a bit of spice with pin-ups like Germany’s Angela Merkel and Finland’s Tarja Kaarina Halonen.


I am a smoker – no, I do not want to talk about that, but I went to buy cigarettes today and, and the lady in my local shop looked at the shelf and asked for 35 euro (yes, I buy them in cartons). I protested as I used to pay 37.50 euro. She had to ask the boss, and came back, telling me that she was right – the price has gone down. Well, long may it last because that means that I save 3 to 4 euro per week (yeah, get the calculator out and find out how much I smoke, if that is important to you!). What I wanted to say is that with that saving, my husband and I can afford a pastime, we both enjoy very much; nipping out for a “caña y tapa”. I read in our local newspaper that right now there is a “batalla de los pinchos” (nibble battle) in Cartagena. Bars and restaurants in Cartagena are trying to tempt clients to come in, by offering a beer and a tapa for an average price of 1.60 euro. That was the second good news I got today. Third good news was in the supermarket. Cucumbers are down to 40 cents for a big bag. Now, I can afford to sit with a fag in one hand, a healthy vegetable in the other – and when I want to see other people, I can afford to nip in to a bar, and order beer and tapa. Who is that bore in the back row? Smoking is bad for you, cucumbers have e-coli bacteria, and alcohol gives you liver problems??? Hey-ho! You do not live longer by avoiding those things – it just feels like it!

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

‘Cast Off’..........

So…carrying on from last week, we’re going through the myths and legends of the ‘starter sailor’. Here’s another big one…

You are absolutely NOT guaranteed to feel seasick! I recently went out with a chap who was terrified of becoming unwell, only to discover he wasn’t remotely peaky because, he said ‘I always had something to do! Therefore I never even thought about feeling seasick.’ There’s a world of difference between being on a lovely blue water cruising yacht, big or small… and the 22.00 ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao. Again, don’t worry. You’ll find your sea legs soon enough.

...with Robbie France back from time to time? But it’s all worth it, trust me. If the last two weeks have shown us anything, it’s that sailing can be fun and worry free. Once you’ve decided on having a go? Next step is…ta dah! Buying your first boat. And we’ll be here to help you all along the way. Step by step. You arrive at the dockside. You cast off…and you’re sailing.

A short cruise around the bay under the captaincy of an old salty dog…(or a young salty dog for that matter!) and you will have taken that very first step towards the goal of being a mariner.

Do’s and Don’ts of purchasing your first craft.

A journey full of wonder and surprises,with the odd hiccup along the way, naturally!

“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.”

What sport doesn’t bite

Next week:

George William Curtis

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Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. Jim Rohn


7 That man has control (almost) within this place (6)

5 Worthless sailor with aeroplane going round Cuba (6) 7 Safe hospital member with the foreign ship (8) 9 Voting system taking toy for one who talks idly (8) 10 Slowly notice a soldier with nothing (6) 11 Reds’ revival’s making for harsh employers (5,7) 13 Reported part put in by handheld shelter (6) 15 Sailor quiet on fish (6) 18 Change crosspiece to be appearing threedimensional (12) 21 A French daughter after official pay back (6) 22 Way out of my left overs initially, given back to knowledgeable person (8) 23 Con upset person out of a half-rial (8) 24 In chrome thy Lada’s radical (6)


8 Note (4) 9 A literary genre (5) 10 Tools for punching small holes (4) 11 A finger or toe (6) 12 Labelled with digits (8) 13 Often (8) 15 Having rounded protuberances (6) 17 An acknowledgement of payment (7) 19 Not a departure (7) 22 A scornful smile (6) 24 Blast offs (8) 26 Perfect or complete (8) 28 Burns (6) 30 Fruit of the blackthorn bush (4) 31 Exercise (5) 32 Taro (4)

1 Prefix indicating change (4) 2 Dress shop (8) 3 Breed of penguin (6) 4 Type of nut (7) 5 Legislator (8) 6 Shaman (6) 7 Skid (4) 14 Genus of rhubarb (5) 16 Courageous (5) 18 Grazing lands (8) 20 In a rage (8) 21 Hemophiliac (slang) (7) 23 Boarded (6) 25 Makes angry (6) 27 Light or tulip (4) 29 Current (4)

Very Hard!


CRYPTIC crossword



Down 1 Celebration of funny, fat Elvis (8) 2 Unemotional woman returning with plenty! (6) 3 Gold, headless insect without soldiers’ decoration (8) 4 Heard every street for ever (6) 6 Both sides in a rugby fabrication - a felony (8)


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


8 List awfully with a little gap (4) 12 Fiddled pay centre missing with adroit footwork? (8) 14 Die, lying devastated and giving up (8) 16 Open land up pal - for fellow lodger (8) 17 Very quiet - look outside for hot stuff! (6) 18 Game of drink? (6) 19 I’m unfortunately bringing up meat (6) 20 Shakespeare’s fruit? (4)





Experience 70´s and 80´s Legends LIVE IN CONCERT IN MARBELLA!

Five time Grammy Award winner & founding member of Earth Wind & Fire, Al McKay brings his Spectacular Earth Wind and Fire to Marbella August 13th 2011 in a fantastic concert, at the Tennis Club, Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella. Earth Wind & Fire has touched the hearts of two generations with its incredible melodies and energy. Between 1973 & 1981 Al McKay was an instrumental force behind the music of Earth Wind & Fire. He worked together with Maurice White in establishing the sound that would catapult the group to stardom. Al McKay was not only musical director of the band but he was also the co-composer of many of the band’s hits including ‘September’ & ‘Sing a Song’. With his Earth Wind & Fire band, Al McKay continues the musical legacy of Earth Wind & Fire like no other act in the world!

Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club, Marbella, Spain Date: August 13th, 2011 Doors: 8pm Support: 9pm EWF ex: 10pm Hotline and VIP Reservations: Tel: +34 951 082 134 Tickets start from 30€ - El Corte Ingles, and Awesome Premier Events is offering a 10% discount if you purchase tickets for both George Benson (June 25) and Earth Wind & Fire experience (August 13). Please call the hotline number for more information. This offer is only available from the ticket hotline +34 951 082 134. This event is in collaboration with Sur in English, Talk Radio Europe, Essential Magazine, Global Radio and M80 Radio.

Lorca Earthquake appeal

Free Benefit Show at the Quesada Country Club, Thursday 30th June 2011

My name is Pete Hull I am local singer and entertainer, on Thursday 30th June starting at 2.00p I am organizing a free show at the Quesada Country Club in aid of the Lorca Earthquake appeal fund, I have a number of entertainers lined up to perform throughout the day and there will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, plus a barbeque. The Quesada Country Club will also have their new children’s play area open and the new crazy golf and the swimming pool will also be open. This will be a great day out for all the family and all the money raised will go to the Lorca appeal fund. Everybody is giving their services for free so please come along and have a fantastic time. Current list of performers: Ricky Powel - Andy Jones - Greg March – Dan the Man – Nessie – Richie – Pete Hull – Samantha Curtis – Danny Ray – Michael Buble Tribute – Lorna Michelle – Darren Jones – Compared by Crazy Gee. Any businesses or performers who would like to appear or donate to this event please contact me by telephone on Tel: 965725573 Mob: 659 013 882

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Alzheimer’s Society London - Paris Cycle Challenge

Hola! I am Jack Doonan, a 69 year old Royal Navy veteran, resident in the Costa Blanca, whose Naval career was cut short by injury. However, thanks to God, the skill of surgeons, doctors, physiotherapists, etc., and grim determination, for my age, I am relatively fit and active. Being in the run up to my 70th birthday, I decided that this year was my last opportunity to publicly acknowledge my gratitude for the many blessings I have had (and continue to enjoy) by raising money for a charity - ( after 70 years of age, there are issues with travel and medical insurance that create difficulties with taking up charity challenges.) As a keen cyclist I have signed up with The Alzheimer’s Society to cycle the 500 kilometres from London to Paris, from 14 to 17 September, and raise at least 1400 pounds sterling for their work. The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading research and support organisation in the UK for people with dementia. However, as a result of their research their influence is international. It is funded solely by public donation. I have started training hard for the event already and (I’m pleased to say) have raised almost £600 in sponsorship. Being resident in Spain, I have additional expenses to meet to enable me to take part in the event. So far, I’ve booked and paid for my flights to and from the UK. The next associated expense I have is for the carriage of my bicycle on my outbound and inbound flights. It is a requirement of the airline that I am flying with that my bicycle is transported in a proper bike bag or case. As it is highly unlikely that I will need to transport my bike by air again during my lifetime, I am reluctant to buy a bag or case for a one time use. Therefore, I would be most grateful if you will publicise my plight, in the hope that one of your readers owns a suitable bike bag / case that he / she is willing to lend me for my trip. I live in Torre de La Horadada and would be willing to collect the item within a reasonable radius. If anyone call help please call me on 966 769 616. Finally, if anyone would like to sponsor me for the Alzheimer’s London - Paris Cycle Challenge, they can obtain details of how to make a donation by visiting my web page at Thanking you in anticipation, Jack the OAP - Old Age Pedaller








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Kitchen Table = Dumping Ground! Your kitchen table is usually the central gathering place in the kitchen. It tends to fill multiple roles, from a social centre to a place for eating meals to a desk for reading. Because so much goes on around the kitchen table, clutter is a natural problem. You can beat clutter and the general disorganisation of table space by “centre-piecing” whatever is stored on the table and by keeping the table prepared for meals. Centre-piecing is simply creating a central area - in some other type of small organiser such as a basket - where all the items that will be permanently kept on the table are collected and organized. Put the basics — salt, pepper, napkins — in the centrepiece, leaving a small amount of space for other condiments during mealtime. Use bowls around this centrepiece as necessary to keep fruit or other treats for the family on hand. Keep the table covered with a simple tablecloth or lay out place mats, and (hopefully) you’ll be able to keep the table free of homework and bills!

Free gazpacho andaluz to save reputation of Spanish salad vegetables

AROUND 300 restaurants in the provinces of Huelva, Almería, Cádiz, Granada, Jaén, Sevilla and Málaga, southern Spain, have been offering free gazpacho andaluz in a bid to save the reputation of Spanish vegetables.

Following unfounded fears that Germany’s E.Coli outbreak was caused by Spanish cucumbers, and various countries having banned imports of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers from Spain and Germany, farmers in both nations have suffered severe economic problems. And although Spanish salad vegetables are now in the clear, reticence amongst consumers means they are still not selling. Recently, supermarkets and market traders in various parts of Spain have been forced to reduce their prices to 15 cents a cucumber, whereas two or three weeks ago they were selling at one euro each. Today, gazpacho andaluz – a cold soup made with tomatoes, onions, garlic and cucumber – has been the ‘dish of the day’ in restaurants and bars across the south of the country, and offered free to all diners. A radio campaign meant a flood of customers, and restaurateurs have been cooking against the clock all day long, using up entire crates of vegetables which until recently have been carefully avoided by members of the public. Even German tourists partook of the free gazpacho, as did Italian and British holidaymakers. One restaurant in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) had a 250-litre barrel of gazpacho at the door for people to take their own bowls; a gazpacho-tasting session was held at the Isla Mágica theme park in Sevilla; various bars on beaches handed out bowls of it and it was the top dish at Málaga tapas fair last weekend.

tips from the kitchen table.... To separate an egg without getting your hands mucky. Break egg into a saucer, invert an egg cup over the yolk and pour off the white. You then do not get pieces of egg shell, or the yolk if making meringues, etc.





METHOD: Heat the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add the onion, gently fry for 5 mins until softened, add the chicken, then fry until lightly coloured. Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer for 30 mins until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked. Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions, stir well, then return to the boil. Cover, then cook for 5 mins more, stir in the pesto & heat through.

CHICKEN IN A POT Ingredients

One-pot Fish With Black Olives

1 tbsp olive oil, 1 onion , chopped 500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs 300g small new potatoes 425ml low-salt vegetable stock 350g broccoli , cut into small florets 350g spring greens , shredded 140g petits pois, bunch spring onion , sliced 2 tbsp pesto


175g black olives in oil, stones removed 1 large onion , roughly chopped 400g can chopped tomatoes 4 boneless white fish fillets such as Icelandic cod or hoki, each weighing about 175g/6oz To serve: chopped parsley & lemon wedges

METHOD: Preheat the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/ gas 6. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil from the olives in an ovenproof pan. Tip in the onion and stir well, leave to cook for a minute or two and then give it another good stir. Add the tomatoes and some salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then add the olives.

One-pan prawn & tomato curry INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp sunflower oil 1 large onion, chopped Large piece ginger, crushed 4 garlic cloves, crushed ½ red chilli, finely chopped 1 tsp golden caster sugar 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp turmeric 1 tbsp garam masala 2 tsp malt vinegar 400g can chopped tomatoes 400g/14oz raw king prawns Small bunch coriander, chopped Basmati rice, yoghurt and mango chutney, to serve

Put the fish, skin side down, onto the sauce and drizzle over a splash more oil from the olive jar. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes until the fish is cooked. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve straight from the pan, with lemon wedges for squeezing over.

METHOD: Heat the oil in a deep-sided frying pan and cook the onion for 8-10 mins until it starts to turn golden. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and cook for 1-2 mins. Stir in the sugar and spices for 1 min, then splash in the vinegar and tomatoes. Season with salt and simmer for 5 mins, stirring until the sauce thickens. Stir in the fresh prawns, reduce the heat and leave for 8-10 mins until cooked through. If the sauce gets very thick, add a splash of water. Remove from the heat, stir through most of the coriander. Serve straight from the pan, scattered with the remaining coriander, with the rice, yoghurt and chutney in separate bowls.

Monty’s Bar & Restaurant Live Entertainment

Every Friday from 17th June & throughout July. Full menu and basket meals available. Call for more information Monday: 5€ Meal Deal 1pm - 8.30pm Tuesday: Bingo Night 9pm - 11pm Wednesday: Auction Day 1pm - 4pm Thursday: Quiz Night 9pm - 11pm Friday: Line Dancing 11.30am - 1pm Every Friday is Fish & Chip night Karaoke Every Saturday 9pm - 12pm Our Famous Sunday lunches are back!! 3 courses 10€, Incl A glass of wine! 1 & 2 courses also available Early Bird Breakfast Every Day 10am - 1pm 3.55€ Happy Hour Every Day 4pm - 7pm

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1 course €5.95 2 course €6.95 3 course €7.95 Food orders 9.30am - 9pm Mon - Sat Sunday 9.30am - 8pm


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AROUND th e... N ews & events

whats happening Wednesday

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


BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING at Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Tel Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 7.30pm - 9.30pm Successful Slimming La Marina 11am at The Hillside Bar, Caelle Bilbao. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553 Old time Dancing class with SLOTS. Pilar Sol Club, Lo Monte Hotel, N332 Pilar del la Horadada. 7.30pm - 9.30pm No previous dancing experience required. Tel: 609 939 369 MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. 7.30pm Adams workshop especially for beg/ imp. 9pm FREE social dancing with JIVE JUNCTION DISCO. AVON SALES TABLE AND MUCH MORE including handmade babywear, household goods, books. Every 11.30am til 3pm at The Hillside, Calle Bilboa, Urb La Marina. For more information contact Elaine 619 888 259


THE SPIRITUALIST Freemasonry.............. CHURCH, QUESADA........ Are you aware that Freemasonry is thriving on Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Marlene and Rita (UK Meiums) will take the Divine Service on Sunday, 12th June. There will be an Evening of Mediumship with Marlene and Rita on Tuesday, 14th June , followed by a Divine Service with Sue Chard from the U.K. on Sunday, 19th June. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028.

MODERN JIVE.................


in and around the Torrevieja. If you would like us to take classes or events in your venue call Maxine on 670 711 408 with details. We are currently at The Castilla Bar, Lemon Tree Road, cv895, Campo de Guardamar Thurs / Sun 7.30pm.

Slimming Club.............

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

the Costa Blanca?

There are various lodges

meeting up and down the coast. If you already are a Mason or simply wish to know more about Freemasonry in Spain please contact Harry Palmer Membership Committee Tel:

966 712

326 or Email:

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

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


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


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

Chance Chance has been with us for over two years. He was found as a puppy with a cut throat. All he wants is a loving home – can you give him one? To arrange to meet Chance or any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.

space for a little one?

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


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


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


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


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

NB: Information correct at time of printing BUT please check with the relevant venues that events are taking place

beryl Beryl (f) born July 2010. Beryl is a very pretty grey cat, found wondering outside the cattery. She is a little nervous and will need one to one attention in her new home. Beryl has been spayed. We also have an assortment of kittens needing homes. To arrange to come and meet our lovely cats, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.



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CostaArt...................................... TORRY ARMY Mid-Summer Dinner/Dance ROJALES - CUEVAS DE RODEO....

ORIHUELA 2nd - 4th July Networks theatre production “UGLY”. More info at

ROJALES - Cuevas del Rodeo Art Exhibition through June - inauguration Sun 5th June at midday. Susanne Sayers and members of her art classes will be exhibiting at the Sala Mengolero gallery Los MONTESINOS Art classes - Wednesdays at Bar Rosa, Price 8€. Contact Suzanne Stokes, tel: 724 283/680 961 025 website: www. ROJALES Studio 17 Life Drawing Workshops - Each Friday 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. More info on STUDIO17 - phone Martin at 648 535 165 or email martin@ FUENGIROLA Bloomsday bathe on the beach - Join us for a Bloomsday Bathe on the Beach: SWIM! or DIP! Details of precise location will be sent to interested parties as soon as finalized. Fuengirola, 08:00 AM Thursday, 16th June followed by informal readings from Ulysses in both English and Spanish and a Continental Breakfast. This event will consist a non-intellectual, informal, fun get together providing the opportunity to become fully immersed in – sea water. This event is FREE. You want to eat or drink that´s up to you! If you think a friend or fellow Joycean may enjoy receiving this invitation, please feel free to forward it. More info: bloomsday-bathe-on-the-beach If you have any suggestions to make our event better, please email: Phone: Roger Cummiskey, 666 782 642 PEGO Art Studio - ‘Bob Ross’ style oil landscape class. Saturday, June 18, 2011 10:00am-5:30pm - Contact Anne Kerr -, phone 965977045, www. MIJAS Art in the Studio - an AIA exhibition, Calle Colinas, Valtocado Urbanisation, Mijas Phone: 67 666 2772 Opening reception Friday 3rd June: 7-9 PM. Exhibition continues 4th and 5th June: 4-6 PM. Members of the Andalusia International Artists Group show new images for your pleasure. Richard Wood, Roger Cummiskey, Juan Cruz Plaza, Ian Hunter, Nalini Cook, Dolores Cummiskey, Philip Magee, Olivia Garner, Auli Suvanto, Simon J Norman, Enrique Linaza. The artists display images in watercolour, oil, acrylic and textile. “Their works bring a fresh look for the early Summer. It promises to be a delightful exhibition”. The Studio is on the road above Mijas towards Coin on the left hand side. SEE ME AT CASA PEDRERA ON JUNE 4th DOING LIVE OIL PAINTING WITH LIFE MODEL, CASSIE... AND at ROJALES CAVES - new exhibition starts on Sun 5th JUNE - inauguration with free wine at12 noon - Martin the artist in Rojales - www. / www.CostaArt.Net

BENISSA ........................................

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

DATE: Tuesday 21 June 2011 TIME: 7.30 for 8.00 pm VENUE: El Paraiso , Nr, Carrefour DETAILS: Tapas followed by a 3 course meal with Live Music and a free prize raffle. COST: 15 euros members 18 euros guests. To reserve a place/s at this / these events call in at the Torry Army in San Luis or ring Pat on 688 698 894

FUENGIROLA .................................

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

New exhibitons AND childrens workshops, etc For more


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

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INSTANT DECISION! TOP PRICES! 965 329 436 / 620 713 799

New Successful Speakers Club

For anyone and everyone who communicates but would like to do it more effectively, in business that means more income, in relationships less arguments and in yourself more confidence. Build your skills in a safe, non pressurized and supportive environment. As the numbers build we will be doing meetings in English and Spanish. Every Friday at 4pm for an hour Manolo´s Restaurant, Doña Pepa, Quesada on the CV 905 by Lidl and Consum. FREE to visit as often as you like. For more info call 966 716 919

PILAR DE LA HORADADA..............

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

CASA LA PEDRERA........................

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


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

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halogen ovens

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We have two chauffeur driven stretch limousines for up to eight people and a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit for up to four people.

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664 890 990

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plastering English Plasterer internal finishing, external rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. Call Chris 671 444 246 email:

property FOR SALE


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body repairs



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


vehicles for sale Looking for a car?

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1.500€ - 30,000€

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Ford Focus

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Vehicles registration vehicle imports & matriculation. fast and competitive rates. call 687 845 730

Vehicles wanted wanted cars for cash Best prices paid Spanish / English Anything considered

Call Tim: 662 211 993



Cars, Vans, Bikes Damaged or Scrap Reliable Cars Bought For Cash

619 608 270


Cars, Motorhomes, 4x4’s, Boats, Vans, Trailers, Quads, Classics

FOR CASH Telephone:

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CALL SOL TIMES CLASSIFIED 966 265 023 Hymer starline 640 mercedez

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647 285 659


Alan 662 249 159

quick sale 33.000 €

For re-registration of cars, motorbikes and motor homes contact Graham Shelton Who after re-registering over 750 vehicles will put you on the right side of the road.

605 319 889 or 966 753 375

Cheap cars in good condition Automatic selection.

Amigo Cars

622 684 486


SEND IN THE CLOWNS..., THEY ARE ALREADY HERE! I like to bounce about on weekends. Visit mountain towns tucked far away in the hills; stroll in, order a beer and sit in the corner and watch as the locals perform their daily song and dance. Recently, more frequently that not, I am not greeted, as in years gone by. I am begrudgingly given a beer and forgotten, as if I have made an untimely intrusion into their private lives. I have been bothered by this, and know many a good elbow powered drinking Spanish mates with whom I could broach what I feel is an obvious “slight” toward me as a foreigner. This deep rooted Jungian symbolic problem is not easy to discuss. Often with Spaniard’s you can never ask the question outright, you’ve got to poke and peck about it before actually pronouncing your good intentions to take them down a few levels of consciousness. That allows them time to wind up the cogs of their most inner thoughts (rather than just the top half of their brains which are loaded and ready with preset responses for gossip and football). But, to get to the medulla a great deal of gentle foreplay must pass so as to not surprise them with a question they haven’t had proper time to conjecture enough before pronouncing upon. “What is it with the Spanish nation lately? I just don’t feel as welcomed nor even appreciated as in years before?” “Ric, look how many nations we have here, all holding out their hands, asking questions, telling the world THEIR WAY, acting as if we are sub characters in a movie role not to be seen nor listened too. We are tired as a nation, the onslaught came too quickly with too many. And, oh, what’s with the strange outfits, bizarre deportments and the funny painted collages on the arms and legs? Life for us has become a “living circus”—daily experiencing this army of invaders. I go home and tell my wife my peculiar circumstances of the day and she has four or five encounters to top mine. Look at your “lot” to us you come across as a bunch of clowns that we have to put up with daily?” “Well Francisco”, I illuminated, “I suppose we do appear a bit strange en masse. But remember, it was these motley dressed visitors from afar that created your middle class and also are bringing something that your nation on the whole isn’t known for— political integrity. Look at all the pages and pages of political scandals written about in the national papers daily. It is one thing to talk about “honesty” as if it were a campaign slogan and popular street phraseology—and another thing for those governing to live by it. There are a lot of changes that need to be made to benefit all, and those can only come from innovators with an insight on how other places work.”

Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc ( His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on and, his life long passion!


The biggest question facing market participants over the next few months is, unsurprisingly, what will happen once the Federal Reserve’s Quantative Easing 2 program comes to and end, will they embark on another round – Quantative Easing 3, keep rates low and do nothing, or begin to tighten monetary policy. The path the Fed is currently walking narrow and precarious. Today’s US Non-Farm payrolls will be closely watched because the job creation rate is one of the key metrics of the health of the US economy, and given the recent disappointing data flow from America, a below estimate jobs number will force the market into assigning a higher probability to further QE this year. The Dollar has performed strongly over the past few days, stock markets have fallen as risk is taken off the table and the safe haven currencies have done particularly well. Looking forward to next week we only low level data due, with speeches by Fed broad members set to be the highlight. The Pound continues to come under pressure in both the Dollar and Euro pairs. Risk aversion is pushing the Dollar higher versus Sterling and the Euro has discovered some strength after some seemingly positive news over the perceived change of stance by Germany over Greek debt restructuring. We saw the Pound tumble earlier this week on below estimate Purchasing Managers Index and the weak data is pushing the prospect of any Bank of England rate rise further into the future. This in turn is hurting the Pound, especially against the Euro with

a hawkish central bank. Expect no change to rates or the asset purchase scheme at next weeks MPC meeting. As we mentioned earlier in the week, also watch for more criticism of the Bank to occur as they continue to miss their two percent inflation target. Successful Spanish bond auctions and the news over Greek restructuring have lifted the Euro over the last two days. Given Eurozone inflation came in under market estimates, the ECB rate decision and press conference due next week is less important than previous months. But the hawkish tone will probably continue in an effort to force inflation expectation to continue to fall. Euro zone GDP and retail sales are also due, the market expects solid, if not spectacular figures and so the risk remains to the downside if the numbers are below consensus. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information.

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Retail sales dipped in May as a result of customers’ unwillingness to spend, say retailers. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said May sales values, taking out the effects of closures and new stores, fell 2.1% compared with May 2010. The BRC said the May figures were a more realistic reflection of the “tough conditions” on the High Street. Rises seen in the previous two months had been “distorted” by a late Easter, an extra bank holiday and good weather. Shoppers bought fewer items across the board, with sales of clothing, footwear and big ticket items all falling. “These are poor figures. What we’ve seen here is food has been reasonably resilient but non-food has had a dreadful May,” said Stephen Robertson, the BRC’s director general. “I guess people are saying ‘we can put it off for another day before we buy a sofa or bed or other big items’.” The 2.1% fall refers to samestore sales - stripping out store expansions or closures. The BRC said that overall sales were also lower, down by 0.3% on May last year.

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maggots end......................................................... Quesada Golf Society RODS and REELS This weeks competition was the 6th in the Summer Championship series. The venue this week being the Embalse de Ojos at Blanca. This is the venue to test your love of fishing to the hilt!!!. Again, just when you think you have a method that might produce, so the venue brings you back to earth, or start again??. With 6 anglers failing to catch it is the most infuriating venue. 1st Mick ( The Arsenal ) Hill fishing the feeder using corn with 9.18 kilo´s. 2nd Stan ( The Man ) Roberts fishing the pole and feeder using paste and corn with 6.56 kilo´s. 3rd Dave ( The Sweetie Man ) Hutchinson fishing the pole using pellet with 5.10 kilo´s. Dave had a bit of a disastrous day with not only losing 6 fish but one of them managed to break his pole. Not to be deterred he went straight up to the wife and explained she could not fish her pole that day and subsequently used hers for the rest of his catch???. It must of cost him big time !!!!!!!!!!!!. In saying that Marlene ( The Sweetie Lady ) only needed her feeder rod to

thrash the angler next to her. Name withheld under a super injuncture. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN The 8th round of the Spring Series was fished on the River Segura at Murcia on 31st May 2011 and the water was still pushing through with the horrible colour still there. The pegs nearest the bridge are still producing the top weights with 4 of the top 6 weights coming from these pegs. 1st Lenny (Ex Culteral Attache) Bolton with 21.800kg on the pole and corn 2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 15.940kg on the Feeder and pole corn and pellet 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade with 15.260kg on pole and corn Last Saturday the 28th May we held our presentation dinner at the Abbey Tavern in La Florida, the meal was excellent and was followed by the presentation of the trophies with everyone enjoying a good evening. The winners for the 2010 matches Bill Reade The Winter League Trophy Paul Baxter The Abbey Angling Cup Terry Screen The Spring Series

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The Summer LeagueTrophy The Photograph shows the winners receiving their cups from the Chairman Alan Reid All details available from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965 328 368 ANGLERS TOGETHER Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. 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 available at each location.


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FC Cartagena......................................................... JIM ALMOST FIXED IT CELTA VIGO 3 FC CARTAGENA 0 BY STEVE HIBBERD Not only was last Saturdays visit to Balaidos Stadium the last div 2a match of the season for Los Albinegros, but for manager Juan Ignacio Martinez (JIM), it was to be his swan song. JIM is to be replaced by ex Alcoyano manager Paco Lopez, and although this is not a popular decision amongst the fans, president Francisco Gomez has previous for making such strange decisions (I just hope that by this time next year he doesn’t live to regret it). Although this defeat resulted in Cartagena finishing in a disappointing 13th place on 56 points, for lengthy periods throughout the season, it was a case of so near, yet so far. Last seasons conclusion of 5th position was even more frustrating for JIM, and as the great Alanis Morissette once sang: “Isn’t it Ironic”, is very fitting, for had it been this season when the play offs were introduced, then they would have qualified. Nevertheless, JIM’s second stint at the club will be fondly remembered (as was the first, when the club won div 2b, only to be denied in the play offs) as one of exciting entertaining football, especially last season when a double over arch rivals Real

Murcia was secured in style.

When Celta visited Cartagonova stadium earlier in the season, they totally destroyed the home side playing exhibition football, thoroughly deserving a 4-0 victory. Having completed a double, their reward is a play off fixture against Granada, which in my opinion they should safely negotiate, before winning the final to ensure promotion. In an entertaining 1st half, it was the visitors who almost took the lead on 6 mins - Botelho hitting the post, then from the rebound his cheeky back heel just missed the target. Ten mins later, Cuesta beat 2 defenders before rifling home a precise drive from the edge of the penalty area, inching just inside the near post. Only 2 mins had elapsed when a magical move saw Tomas receive the ball inside the box, before nonchalantly chipping keeper Rebollo, then head home from an acute angle. Celta secured victory on 69 mins when Abalo watched his rocket shot easily beat a disappointing Rebollo, to put them 3-0 up. Shortly afterwards it could have been worse, but Rebollo pulled off a fine near post save from a long range free kick. Late on, Toche thought that he had pulled a goal back, but his

effort was ruled out for offside.

FC Cartagena line-up Rebollo, Exposito, Pablo, Txiki, Schmoller (Goiria), Julien, Moral (Victor), Toche, Munoz, Botelho, Clavero (Herrero) o, that’s just about it for season 10/11, but before we know it, 11/12 will be upon us. New clubs in div 2a for next season will be Almeria, Hercules and Deportivo (relegated from La Liga), plus Sabadell and Real Murcia (bring ‘em on!!), who along with 2 others (yet unknown) have been promoted via the play offs from div 2b. Going down in the opposite direction, are Salamanca, Tenerife, Ponferradina and Albacate - occupants of the 4 relegation slots. Obviously, throughout the summer there will be many comings and goings within the club, and already a new signing has be made in the form of keeper Manolo Reina, a signing from Levante. With it being a year void of European or World cup football, only England’s involvement in international cricket, Hampshire on the domestic scene, and following details of how the new Russian mafia (sorry, consortium!) owners will be running my beloved Pompey, that will keep me sane during the next 3 months. Have a great summer everyone.

Having left Quesada in pouring rain, we were surprised as we drove up the AP7 the weather improved and getting to the course we were greeted with some sunshine, it did’nt last long, having played about 4 holes it started to rain, it was quite heavy at times and lasted for at least 3/4 of our round. The course held up well in the weather, the only drawback was the bunkers which were compacted sand and very difficult to get out off.The course it’s self is a good test of golf and everyone enjoyed the day, although I thing big John Dunnion wanted a new set of clubs as he kept losing his off the back of his buggy. The staff were very helpful and with two societies playing the buggies were all lined up with Society names and times on them, the only downside was with two societies playing only one person was serving drinks etc, which meant you were waiting some time or coffee etc. The format of the day was a single stableford because of the weather the scores were’nt that good but after the game everyone returned to the Quesada Country Club to a very welcoming hot buffet laid on as always by Charlie and Lyn many thanks to them from all members

and guests. Scores on the Day. = 1st Les Catt with 31 points, 2nd with 29 points was Sue Smith and 3rd with 28 points on c/b was David McSweeney. Nearest the Pins = hole 3 Tony Patterson, hole 8 Ken Parker, hole12 John Sanches(G), hole 16 Pam Martin and hole 17 Darryll Wight. Nearest the pin on par 4 in 2 shots hole 7 Les Catt and Nearest the pin on par 5 in 3 shots hole15 David McSweeney. The Roy Trophy was won by our own Spanish Amigo Paul Flanaghan. 2 games were played in our annual knockout comp, Les Catt won 3&2 over an injured Roy Kananagh, big John Dunnion beat Alan Briggs 2&1. A few reminders for members,next 2 games are at Altorreal Wed 15th June T/O 1048hrs, then Lo Romero 29th June T/O 1000hrs.Quiz Night is Wed 8th June ,1945hrs for 2000hrs start. The next members meeting will be at the Q.C.C. 1030hrs sharp Tuesday 21st June. If you are interested in playin Society golf why not come along and join us call our membership secretary Les Pancott on 966716723 you won’t be disappointed. Reporter Brian ( The Smiler)


The final Medal of the season with 53 players taking part and as the weather warms up quite a few players decided to give the game a miss this week, but well done everyone who played and completed the course. Congratulations to all prize winners and especially the winner of the last Medal of this season - Ian C Pegg with an excellent score of 69.

Results (all on countback) Gold Division: 1st Sue Gillett 69 2nd Alan Bridges 70, 3rd Terry Sharley 71.

Silver Division:

1st Ian C Pegg 69, 2nd Debbie Weedon 72, 3rd Jill Pegg 73.

Nearest the Pins:

5th Stan Low, 11th Ian C Pegg, 12th (2nd shot) Terry Sayers, 15th David Gray, 17th Liz Menzies Best Gross Score: Sam Curtis 78 Best Front 9: Stan Low 32.5, Best Back 9: Alan Venables 34, Best Par 5s: Sam Curtis 19,

Best Par 3s: Vince Tocker 13. CSA today = 0

Football Draw: Peter Sanderson, Franco Gentili & John Davies Many thanks to all our sponsors today: Sands Bistro, El Tournasol, Super Valu, Sierra Golf, El Corazon and Manolos Restaurant. We are pleased to report that Jill Young has had her pot off and pins removed so hopefully she will be back playing her usual brilliant golf in September. Thanks to everyone who have been bringing items in for the Charity Auction on 9th June, very much appreciated - a reminder the shotgun start is at 8.10am on Thursday 9th June. Three dates for you diaries – Friday 24th June End of Season Presentation Dinner/Dance details on the Notice Board, Friday 1st July AGM 10.30am in the Club and Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 7th Eurogolf & Toffs Club Championships see Notice Board for details.




VERY COMFORTABLE WEEKEND FOR ITV ORIHUELA RFC U16’S................................

The U16’s kicked off the weekend with a friendly against Torrevieja, with them arriving later for the game. ITV Orihuela RFC lent Torrevieja few of their players to even the sides up, but the home side dominated from

the outset showing some good ball handling skills. Unfortunately, they at times they did more side to side running than direct. The home side quickly got into their side with two quick converted

tries, but Javi, who was playing for Torry, tried to put some momentum into the team, but on many occasions was left isolated. ITV Orihuela RFC carried on racking up the points and raced into a 260 lead with two more tries, before sitting back on the score, which allowed Torry back into the back with two tries by Javi, of ITV Orihuela RFC, leaving the half time score 26-12 to the home side. In the second half, ITV Orihuela RFC players switched round with Javi playing for the home side, and the game started off the same way as the first half did. Unfortunately, I had to leave a third

of the way through the half and by then ITV Orihuela RFC were in total control of the game with the score being 45-12, so a very comfortable win for the home side by the looks of it. Later on in the evening the U18’s were presented with the Alicante 7’s cup for winning the tournament, a great boost of confidence for the players and club alike. This coming weekend the seniors are in Murcia for the 7’s tournament. If you want to know any more details of what rugby is on in the area, and for your rugby gear club shirts etc, you can always come and see me at the Moncayo Market on Tuesdays and most Saturdays or call me on 692 767 242. The club trains on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the Miguel Hernandez University, the seniors and older juniors, juveniles from 20.30 to 22.30, while the younger juniors from 18.15

VEGA BAJA PREMIER GOLF LEAGUE................................ ALMERIA LEAGUE VBPGL Chris Baker & Caroline Willingham Martin Ball & Craig MacLeod 8 Steve Willingham & Terry Moore Ken Olrenshaw & Stewart Harris 10 Geoff Bridgeman & Mick Coolson Willie Buchanan & Ian Faulkner 7 Les Raufer & John Bridgen Merv Williams & Barry Roehrig 10 Jim Budd & Jarrath Stanton Tom Hardie & John Wheeler 8 Bill Gibb & Louie Long Shay Cunningham & Kev Fitzpatrick 10½ Dave Sharo & Frank Varey Bill Martin & Stuart Garland 10 Andrew Martin & Keith Hughes John O’Brien & Denis McCormack 9 TOTAL


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match As ever the matches were played in a great spirit and fully enjoyed by all players who were a credit to their respective leagues. But at the end of the day it came down to the final match with the Vega Baja Premier Golf League’s “trump VBPGL Team card” making just a draw when they had been leading up Flags at half mast. In remembrance to those On Friday 13th May, who lost their lives in Lorca and to Seve. to the last few holes. a representative team Which could have meant from the Almeria Golf a draw, however The League entertained the Almeria League came Vega Baja Premier Golf out on top by just one League in the inaugural point, annual competition Les Raufer , Almeria between the teams of Secretary praised each league for the both teams for a close Aguilon trophy. fought match and It was quite a sad day announced that the as the area of Lorca trophy and medals had been lost in the had suffered an earthquake and we had Lorca earthquake, but hopefully it would be witnessed the passing away of a golfing icon available for the return next year when it will in Seve Ballesteros. The flags at Agulion Golf be return match and The Vega Baja Premier were all at half mast. The Director of Golf at Golf League would be hosts. Aguilon Golf, Jose Javier Serrano, was not The Vega Baja Premier Golf League’s at the first tee off as his family had suffered Secretary Ivie Davies thanked Jose Javier from the quake. Serrano and Les Raufer for their Club’s The format, which was chosen by the hosts, hospitality and the Almeria team for the was a modified fourball Matchplay, with a sporting way the contest was played and will point each hole for a win, and half a point welcome them back to our turf next year. He for a draw. This enabled the matches to go also passed on his best wishes to Jose Javier for 18 holes so that a 10 – 8 was possible and his family and the people of Lorca and as was a 9 – 9 draw. Each team having 16 trusts that it all gets back to normality very players, eight fourballs. soon. The VBPGL team sported a new style Dry-Fit You will also be able to see updated Vega shirt supplied by Kameeleon in Rojales and Baja Premier Golf League fixtures, tables, sponsored by INDIGO CAR HIRE. and news on the website www. vegabaja The journey to this quality course was well premier and on facebook worth it and to top it all the weather was throughout the season. perfect for golf. It should also be mentioned For more information on the Vega Baja that the Club laid on refreshments and Premier Golf League, contact The Secretary Ivie food for the players and free beer after the Davies 669 211 410 or

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 or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.

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