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SOLTIMES JUNE 2011
alicante’s new footbridge receives negative response
Alicante’s lovely new footbridge that connects the beach with the Raval Roig, and which is known as the Postiguet Gateway has given rise to a number of complaints. The bridge, which was opened last week by the Minister for Infrastructure, Mario Flores, accompanied by Councillor Oti Garcia Pertusa, has actually been in use for some time. At a cost of 385,000€ it replaces the old bridge, which was suffering from salt erosion and which had become very dilapidated. The main thrust of the complaints are centred around wheelchair access, or the lack of it – the bridge can only be accessed by a flight of stairs. The Valencia firm of BGStudio, who were awarded the construction, originally planned a wheelchair friendly lift, but this proved to be both expensive and difficult, and the contract for a lift was given to another company. Suzana Iñarra Abad, senior architect at BGStudios, said that ‘the walkway of the
bridge features a ramp with a translucent skin made of plastic composites of resin and glass fibre with a lightened core and LED lighting is installed at the base. The design is both contemporary and robust, and has a strong resistance to climatic erosion. Our initial drawings for the bridge included elevator access. However, the elevator installation would have been expensive due to technical complications and it was decided therefore that the bridge and the elevator would be contracted separately. We were disappointed not to win the contract to build the elevator and also concerned that another contractor might not respect the aesthetic design of the bridge. Additionally we were concerned when the bridge was put into use without the elevator access. However, it was election time and also the start of the summer season, so no doubt the Council was anxious to put the bridge to practical use as soon as possible.’
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There is chaos in the Council as the Coalition breaks up. The four party coalition, which was formed as a marriage of necessity at the very last minute has had a terminal falling out over the construction of the new government. The leader of the Los Verdes party, and now the new Orihuela Mayor, Monserrate Guillén gave CLR leader, Pedro Mancebo, an ultimatum demanding that he attend a meeting or be excluded. If this were to happen, it would leave Los Verdes and the PSOE to run the Town Hall as a minority government. The political parties that supported Monserrate Guillén as Mayor were to form the municipal government, but disagreements on the division of departmental responsibility caused a breakdown in negotiations. Monserrate Guillén called the press conference to explain the reason for the breakdown. He was accompanied by Councillors of both Los Verdes and PSOE, including the leader, Antonia Moreno. He demanded that CLR and their leader Pedro Mancebo agree to the terms offered to them, or he was going to sign the decree and distribute the Council seats without reference to him. The situation was further exacerbated by the CLARO President, Bob Houliston, who abandoned his coalition partners and in order
to accept the post of Councillor for the Coast. The major point of disagreement arose over the awarding of the seat of Municipal Planning or Urbanism. The CLR and PSOE both wanted the post, but Monserrate Guillén, as the Mayor, awarded it to PSOE as being the majority party. Subsequent discussions on the posts of Tourism and Infrastructure brought the same parties into conflict, and again the Mayor awarded both these posts to PSOE. The Mayor felt the need to clarify the situation by offering a choice from the other departments on offer; Human Resources, Administration, Modernisation Activities, Recruitment, Tourism, Trade, Markets, Foreign Residents and Festivities. Monserrate Guillén stated that he was quite prepared to work with the PSOE and form a minority government. This would give their coalition ten councillors, with fifteen councillors, 12 from the PP and 3 from the CLR, in opposition. However, he pointed out that with these proportions, it would be highly unlikely that any substantial progress would be made with any policies. Thus the move would be to the detriment of the residents of Orihuela.
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The unfounded health scare concerning Spanish cucumbers being the source of the e-coli outbreaks in Germany which were responsible for 30 deaths and thousands falling sick has extended to the trade in medlars. Farmers in Callosa d’en Sarriá have suffered a devastating loss of trade to the Italian supermarket chains Coop and Esselunga. Alejandro Galiana, president of the Cooperativa Agrícola de Callosa d’en Sarrià, said: ‘Even after it was known that Spanish products had nothing to do with the e-coli outbreak, Italian food retailers decided not to sell medlars this year.’ Farmers fear that with the collapse of the export market for the fruit, it will be difficult to recover even harvesting costs. ‘The crisis struck at the worst possible time, when all the fruit was picked and ready to sell.’ said Galiana.
The Policia Local and the Patrulla Fiscal Territorial have shut down a second hand tyre business that was operating from a residential house in the Torreta II Urbanisation in Torrevieja. The tyres were being stored on the front patio and the front balcony of the house, and when police carried out a check they found that the business was being conducted without any of the necessary paperwork or permits. The police passed the case on to the Department of Activities and the Department of the Environment of the Valencian Government, who ordered closure.
The brand new library in La Mata is now finished after four months of construction work. It is on 17, Calle Alta, and was constructed with a budget of 400,000€. The aspect is light and modern, with disabled access and toilets. It will be open to the public once stocking is complete. Services provided will range through the usual lending of books and videos, or visitors can stay and read books or the local newspapers in one of the 40 specified reading and study areas, can use the Internet in the designated computer zone or use Wifi.
The beach to the north of Denia Port has had a large section roped off with plans for the construction of a large beach bar and play area. It is believed that the total ground area is as much as 1,000 square metres. Local beach bar owners and hoteliers are complaining about the size of the construction, pointing out that its size and situation on the beach poses an unfair competition to them at a time when beach bars are facing closures and restrictions.
The Plaza de Oriente in Torrevieja is the venue until Sunday 3rd July for the Fiesta of the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. The main centre of activity is the Plaza in the evening, with stalls and stands, bouncy castles, balloons, bingo, races and games for the children, as well as music and dancing for all. The climax of the Fiesta is the procession of the image of the Sagrado de Corazón Jesús on Sunday evening. The procession will be accompanied by the Los Salerosos musical band. It will pass through Calles Zoa, Concordia, Mar and Ramón y Cajal, and as it reaches the seafront there will be a pause for a celebratory display of fireworks.
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Government puts 51 million euro price tag on “E. coli” crisis
Agriculture and Environment Minister, Rosa Aguilar, said today that the crisis sparked off by the recent “E.coli” outbreak in Germany has caused 51 million euros worth of damage to the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector.
The minister told journalists that this was the initial estimate that had been sent to the European Commission Europea (EC). Spanish fruit and vegetable producers have been offered compensation for the loss of sales - initially estimated at some 200 million euros per week - from the European Commission fund, aimed specifically at helping cucumber, pepper,
tomato, lettuce and courgette growers, who were forced to withdraw their produce from the market in the wake of the bacterial outbreak. The minister confirmed that consumer confidence in these products “is recovering at a good rate”, but there is still a lot of ground to be made up. With regard to the “E.coli” outbreak in France, Aguilar said “people have no reason to worry, because it has nothing whatsoever to do with Spain”, underlining the fact that there had been “no cases in Spain”.
Ryanair takes consumer association to court for ‘defamation’
LOW-COST airline Ryanair is taking Spanish consumer association FACUA to court to stop it from criticising the Irish-based flight firm. Director Michael O’Leary wants to take out an injunction against FACUA for claiming the airline ‘abuses’, ‘takes advantage of’ and ‘doesn’t care about’ its customers. Ryanair wants FACUA to remove all comments of this nature from its websites, social networks and the press. FACUA is reported to have used expressions such as ‘multi-million-euro frauds’, ‘abuse suffered by passengers’, ‘taking the mickey out of customers’. Ryanair has accused them of defamation and ‘harming the public image’ of the airline.
Madrid gets own version of Hollywood Walk of Fame
Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas were among 25 Spanish film stars honoured with a sidewalk plaque on Madrid’s new Walk of Fame, which was inaugurated Monday. The granite, marble and steel plaques feature a large star and the celebrity’s name, like the ones on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has become one of Los Angeles’ top tourist draws since it opened in 1960. Spain’s film academy at first honoured 25 personalities -- 16 actors and nine directors -to mark its 25th anniversary but plans to add one or two plaques each year to the central Madrid street that is home to several cinemas. “I am very grateful and honoured to receive this star,” Banderas said in a message sent to the film academy. Cruz’s husband Javier Bardem, whose films include “No Country for Old Men”, and “Agora” director Alejandro Amenabar were among the other Spanish film stars honoured. In April Cruz received the 2,436th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, becoming the first Spanish actress to receive the honour. The actress joined other Spanish personalities, including Banderas, singer Julio Iglesias and tenor Placido Domingo, to be honoured with a star on what is often billed as the world’s most famous sidewalk. Spain’s film industry is amongst the 10 largest in
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Basque separatist leader Otegi on trial in Spain
The former leader of the banned Basque independence party Batasuna, Arnaldo Otegi, went on trial Monday in Spain on charges of trying to rebuild the political wing of armed group ETA. Otegi told the Madrid court presiding over his trial that he and six other Basque separatists in the dock alongside him had rejected ETA’s use of arms and now advocated a strictly “political” strategy to achieve an independent Basque homeland. “It is not possible to accumulate sufficient strength to achieve our objectives if we maintained the armed struggle,” he told the court. Batasuna was outlawed in
2003 for its links with ETA, which is held responsible for nearly 830 deaths in a 41-year campaign for independence for the Basque Country of northern Spain and southwestern France. In January ETA, considered a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States, announced a permanent, verifiable ceasefire. But Spain’s government rejected the offer, demanding the group go further and disband entirely. Considered to be severely weakened by the arrests of a number of top leaders in recent years, the group has not carried out an attack on Spanish soil since August 2009.
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Household water consumption drops
Latest figures show that average household water consumption is falling, but the price is on the up.
In 2009 an average of 149 litres per person per day were consumed, 3.2% less than the previous year, but the price went up by 8.4% to 1.42 euros for every cubic metre, compared with 1.31 euros in 2008. A report published today by the National Institute of Statistics gives
details not only of water consumption, but also of the environmental impact of water sourcing, water purification and supply.
According to the report, the areas of the country that have the highest average water consumption are Cantabria (180 litres per person per day), the Comunidad Valenciana (174) and Murcia (166). The lowest rates of consumption can be found in homes in the Basque Country
and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla (126 litres), the Balearic Islands (127 litros) and La Rioja (131). The most expensive water is in the Balearic Islands (2.00 euros per m3), the Canary Islands (1.90) and Murcia (1.84). By contrast, the cheapest water can be found in Galicia and La Rioja (0.93), Castilla y León (1.07) and the Basque Country (1.08).
Mayor of Basque city removes image of King, sparking controversy The new mayor of San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque Country has sparked controversy after removing an image of King Juan Carlos from City Hall in his first act since taking office.
”This painting does not represent the majority of people in the city,” announced Juan Karlos Izagirre on Friday at his first official meeting since taking office following elections last month. The action could have legal consequences as the constitution states all town halls should display an image of the monarch. The mayor is from the newly formed Bildu party, which fought a court battle to field candidates in the May 22 election after accusations that it had links to terrorist group ETA. Spain’s Constitutional Court reversed a Supreme Court decision to ban some 250 lists of candidates from the Bildu coalition because it was considered the successor to Batasuna, the banned political wing of the separatist organisation. Mr Izagirre, a doctor was chosen to lead the municipality of
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The gold-lined streets of New York An unemployed man claims to be making £300 a week combing the streets of New York with tweezers for dropped gems and gold. Jewellery setter Raffi Stepanian, 43, has begun crawling around the Diamond District on his hands and knees. Armed with a pair of tweezers, Mr Stepanian, from Queens, claims to have collected more than £600 worth of precious metals and stones in the past fortnight. “I’m surviving on it,” he said. “I may be about to trigger a new gold rush on the streets of New York. The soil in the sidewalks of 47th street are saturated with the stuff.” Mr Stepanian’s haul so far has included chips of diamonds and rubies, bits of platinum, and gold fragments from watches, earrings and necklaces. He has sold most of his discoveries to metal refiners or diamond sellers, while keeping some gold with a view to melting it down for future use. “You might get $30 per piece, but it all adds up,” he said. “It is a rich area and people simply drop things, or their jewellery falls on the street, and it gets stuck in the mud or the gum.”
SOLTIMES JUNE 2011
Greek crisis at forefront of EU summit in Brussels
The president of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero travels to Brussels for a two-day EU summit that will focus on trying to convince the Greek people and the financial markets that European leaders have a workable plan to help Athens avoid a debt default and return to financial stability. Greece is not formally on the agenda of the summit - the fourth this year as the leaders try to get to grips with the crisis consuming Greece, Portugal and Ireland - but the issue will not escape discussion, diplomats said. EU leaders will tell Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou that they will release the latest 12 billion euros of emergency aid, helping Athens to avoid a potential mid-July default, as long as it commits itself to economic reform. “If Greece can demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to the reform package agreed with the European Union and the IMF, we will accompany Greece on its journey back to growth”, said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Papandreou’s reshuffled government won a confidence vote in parliament early last Wednesday, clearing one of several hurdles on the path to avoiding a default. On June 28th,
parliament will vote on a package of spending cuts, tax increases and privatisation measures that Athens has agreed with the EU and IMF. If the steps are approved, euro zone finance ministers will agree to release the 12 billion euros at a meeting on July 3, helping Greece avoid bankruptcy. The European Commission made it clear that if Athens could not deliver on promised economic reforms and avoid the threat of default, there was no contingency. “We have a plan, now it’s time to act on it, it’s time to implement it. There is no alternative. There is no Plan B,” spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen said. The summit agenda also involves agreeing to increase the size of the euro zone’s current bailout fund, completing the creation of a permanent crisis fund from June 2013, and discussions on Libya, Syria and EU enlargement to Croatia.
11 animal rights Chacón denies sending more activists arrested in troops to Afghanistan countrywide operation
Eleven people with links to environmental movements have been arrested in various provinces for their alleged connection with the release of animals from farms across Spain. The operation was coordinated by the courts in Santiago de Compostela, which is where the hearings will be held. A spokesperson for the Guardia Civil confirmed that the operation against the group of activists is still open and arrests had so far has made in Madrid, Pontevedra, Gijón (Asturias) and Bilbao.
Police say the the operation is linked to the Animal Liberation Front, a group of animal rights activists who employ “direct action”. Amongst the actions claimed by this group in recent years are attacks on pet stores and the “liberation” of animals from zoos, circuses and mink farms. Animal liberation activists have concentrated their actions in Galicia mainly on releasing mink from farms, which has
led to the introduction of this species into the Galician ecosystem, with a high risk to native species. Some of these acts of sabotage took place in farms in the town of Abegondo in 2009, where more than 16,000 animals were released, and others in the years leading up to that date across a number of different towns in the provinces of A Coruña, like Oza de los Rios, Muros or A Baña, when over 20,000 animals were released into the wild. Apart from the risk to the local ecosystem, representatives from Galicia’s Environment Agency pointed out that 70% of the animals released into the wild would die. In addition, environmental groups like the Association for the Ecological Defence of Galicia (Adega) believe that these initiatives represent an “ecological time bomb” and a threat to “the precarious ecological balance” in Galicia, especially for species such as the otter, ferret, marten, the water rat or even the European mink.
Defence Minister Carme Chacón has denied that more troops are being sent to Afghanistan and revealed that when control passes to the Afghans in Herat later this year, Spanish forces will move to the province of Badghis, currently under Spanish control. Chacón was responding to questions from MPs after the USA’s predicted
announcement of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan after Saturday’s attack in which a US soldier was killed. Asked directly if she was going to send more troops after this latest attack, the Defence Minister replied, “we made the increase when we need to make it” and added that “now, what was are going to do is increase the number of OMLT” (Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams). She confirmed that once power was transferred to the Afghan authorities in Herat, there would be a “redeployment of troops to the north, to Badghis, where they are most needed”. “The beginnings of the transfer of power in Herat will allow us to have more training teams so that we can continue to meet our targets” of a transition
period from 2012 to 2014. According to the deadlines laid down by NATO, Spain will have to transfer power in the province of Herat to the Afghan security forces this year, and by 2012 in the province of Badghis. By July, the Afghans will be in charge of security in seven provinces and districts, representing 25% of the population. With regard to the withdrawal of US troops, which will most likely be announced today by Barak Obama, the minister pointed out that the United States is the country with the “largest number” of peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan and reminded MPs that at the NATO summit in Lisbon, agreements were reached with regard to transferring authority to the Afghan people between 2012 and 2014.
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European Parliament refuses to release MEP secret internal audits
Air passenger data deal ‘illegal’, EU lawyers say
The European Parliament is still refusing to release secret internal audits on how MEPs spend expenses that are worth more than £300,000 each a year despite an EU court ruling that it is in the public interest Senior MEPs on the parliament’s administrative “bureau” on Wednesday night published a previously classified report from 2006 finding widespread abuse of allowances. Following the ruling that there is “overriding public interest in disclosure” two weeks ago, the audit was released more than three years after being written by Robert Galvin, the parliament’s chief internal auditor. Its existence was first disclosed by The Daily Telegraph in February 2008 which exposed findings that many MEPs were abusing staffing allowances, currently worth more than £227,000 a year, for personal gain. Following an investigation by this newspaper, Den Dover, a former Tory MEP, was forced to resign after being asked to pay back over £345,000 in “misused” staffing expenses. But in spite of the June 7 ruling, parliament’s officials have continued to deny access to other annual reports by its internal auditor on the grounds that publication does not “increase transparency of EU legislative decision-making”. “Internal audit reports are administrative documents for internal use and not part of the legislative process,” said a spokesman. Reports on administrative internal
audits within the European Commission are published on an annual basis. Information requests by The Daily Telegraph have established that copies of the parliament’s “internal auditors’ annual report” are so secret that they do not even officially exist on the parliament’s online register of documents. “Reports are not automatically listed [as they] are administrative documents and thus are not referenced separately in the electronic register,” said the spokesman. Even MEPs, outside the “bureau” of 20 senior European deputies, are not allowed to see the reports, even though the audits examine the spending of their own parliament. Chris Davies, a Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West, has campaigned against corruption surrounding the expenses and for the internal audits to be published “I regularly put down motions saying that MEPs, and the public should at least be able to see the internal audits. They are always voted down,” he said. “I simply want the European Parliament to apply to itself the same standards of transparency that it routinely demands from other public bodies.” Following the leaked 2008 Galvin report, the parliament moved to close the loopholes that allowed
MEPs to employ relatives or channel staffing allowances through family firms unrelated to their parliamentary work. However more recent internal audits have not been published making it impossible for the public, or even MEPs themselves, to assess whether the reformed system is working or not. Moreover MEPs are automatically given £90,876 a year in “daily subsistence” and in “general expenditure” expenses without having to provide any receipts or proof of expenditure. Ciaran Toland, an Irish lawyer who took the parliament to court because it “should never be afraid to discuss its finances in front of the citizens who elect it” is demanding that all audits are published. “By publishing the Galvin report they will concede the principle of publishing all internal audits and that should be the outcome,” he said. “The ruling was a positive development and we should be holding the parliament to it.” During the court case, parliament’s lawyers argued that publication of the audits “could be used to derail” decision-making in the EU assembly. “The use members make of the allowances available to them is a sensitive matter followed with great interest by the media,” said a legal submission.
A joint US-EU deal to allow the Americans to store personal information on transatlantic air passengers for 15 years is illegal, according to the European Commission’s own lawyers. A confidential report, leaked to a British newspaper, shows the legal opinion that the deal is “not compatible with fundamental rights”. Under the agreement, officials from the US Department of Homeland Security would have access to the personal data, including credit card details, of British passengers flying into America. The deal was formed to combat terrorism and serious or organised crime however the EC’s legal service noted that it could be invoked for any offence punishable by maximum jail terms of over 12 months. They said such a “low maximum penalty” meant a disproportionate number of people could be affected by the deal. The lawyers also noted other flaws in the agreement, which was dated May 16, including: that it could be applied to “border security”, and could therefore creep into use in investigating minor immigration or customs offences; that the 15-year
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William Hague: ‘no ifs, no buts’ on 2015 Afghanistan withdrawal William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, has sent military chiefs an unequivocal message over the war in Afghanistan, saying there would be no British troops fighting there by 2015, “no ifs, no buts”.
His comments came after US President Barack Obama promised to repatriate 30,000 of the troops he has in Afghanistan by next summer despite concerns from his generals that any withdrawal might allow the Taliban to rebuild. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, used Mr Obama’s move to justify the gradual end of Britain’s mission and confirmed that almost 450 of Britain’s 9,500 troops will start leaving soon. General Lord Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, described Mr Obama’s plan as “bold but risky”. However, Mr Hague was clear in his message to Britain’s military leaders, who have publicly questioned major decisions in recent days. The Foreign Secretary stated: “We have said that by 2015 British forces will not be engaged in combat in Afghanistan or in anything like the numbers that they are now. What happens between now and 2015 depends on conditions on the ground and our continuing assessment of those. One of the conditions is that by 2015 we reach that point ... I can tell you there are no ifs, no buts about that.” Mr Hague’s comment was the second in a week from senior politicians warning the top brass to mind their place. Mr Cameron showed his exasperation after critical headlines in
the Daily Telegraph, telling them: “You do the fighting, I’ll do the talking”. Mr Hague has disclosed that Britain led the way in persuading the US that negotiation with the Taliban was the best potential solution to the conflict. The Foreign Secretary is on a three-day tour of the country to meet Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, and to visit British troops. He admitted that any deal might mean accepting “distasteful things” and could anger military families but said that people were “realistic and practical” enough to accept that talks were the best way to extricate Britain from the conflict. Mr Hague also disclosed that the Taliban are still in league with Al Qaeda but said the death of Osama bin Laden had provided a vital opportunity to sever the link. Strident criticism of the approach to the wars in Afghanistan and Libya from Britain’s most senior military leaders has been aired in recent days. Warnings have been leaked to The Daily Telegraph from the heads of the RAF and Royal Navy that the operation in Libya was not sustainable and that defence cuts had left morale “fragile”. President Obama recently told Americans that “the tide of war is receding” as he announced plans to withdraw 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan by September 2012. In a televised address from the White House, the president tried to conveyed hope to an audience wearied by ten years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan that “these long wars will come to a responsible end”. “Even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance,” he said, attempting to draw a curtain across the two wars even though tens of thousands of US troops will remain in the field for several years. Despite concerns that security gains against the Taliban will be undermined, Mr Obama said “we are starting this drawdown from a position of strength”. With opposition to the continued US presence in south Asia rising in Congress as well as across the heartland, he said that “at a time of rising debt and hard economic times...it is time to focus on nation building at home”. Mr Obama said he would bring home 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year and the remainder of the 33,000 “surge” forces by the end of next summer. Downing Street said the president had spoken to Mr Cameron before he made the announcement.
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Ambulance fund receives 1000€ Donation
A special presentation at the Camposol Fiesta when Mervyn Booth of the Calida County Music Club presented Ken Payne, President of PALS with 1000Euros for the local ambulance fund CAFÉ. This is the second such presentation of 1000Euros to CAFÉ made by CCM and now brings the fund to an amazing 37,720 Euros. The aim is to purchase
an additional ambulance for the Mazarron area, and an approach has been made to the new administration to confirm the existing agreement where the Ayuntamiento will accept the ambulance and staff this as an additional unit. In the new approach CAFÉ who are administered by PALS and Bahia Lions have also enquired if the type of
ambulance previously identified can be modified to a smaller unit in order that the vehicle can be purchased earlier as the original quotation of 60000Euros may be difficult to reach quickly in these times of crisis. Ken Payne who acts as coordinator of CAFÉ thanked Mervyn Booth and said that it was the original idea for clubs and organisations to raise the money through their own efforts, and what a pleasant way to collect the money, through music, indeed CAFÉ are holding their 5 CAFÉ CONCERT at the Bahia Hotel in the Port of Mazarron on 1st October And the artistes are flocking to register their names for this one day great musica event. Any questions about CAFÉ or PALS contact Ken on 626 460 465 or Mervyn about the County Music Club on 617 091 804.
MABS KEEPS ITS FINGER ON THE PULSE!
MABS Cancer Support Group’s work expands daily and the charity is growing at such a pace that it’s important to ensure that the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the organisation keeps pace with that growth. Already the Marina Alta area has been split for greater efficiency and since the Group’s inception, MABS President, Jacquelyne Phillips MBE, has been frequently evaluating the operation. With branches in most of the Costas, from Jávea in the north, down to Marbella in the south, it is important that the reporting line does not become too fragmented, so a little ‘tightening up’ is called for. As an ex Senior Civil Servant, Jacqui’s experience is invaluable to the Group. As she is always saying: “I am constantly looking at ways in which to streamline the way that we work, to ensure that we make the best use of the funds that we raise.” This is certainly the case within the Murcia region; a vast region that encompasses many outlying and remote areas. Two satellite branches were created in the northwest covering Caravaca, Calasparra and Cehegin and the northeast covering Fortuna. The expansion is to ensure that help is made available, quickly and efficiently, to the people who need it. The success of the pilot scheme of splitting Marina Alta, and in Murcia adding the northwest and northeast branches, is now being extended to encompass Mazarrón into the Murcia/Mar Menor branch. “This is no reflection on the volunteers who have worked for MABS Mazarrón since its inauguration in 2005” stated President Jacqui “It’s purely a question of logistics and good organisation. Mazarrón is within the Murcia region and it makes sense to pool resources and to streamline the reporting line as we have done in Costa Blanca”. From 1 July, Mazarrón branch will report to Lyn
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MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP was formed on the 7th June 1999 in Marina Alta. Originally it was started for breast cancer sufferers but when the medical profession started to send along people with other types of cancer, the MABS message of support to ALL cancer patients became “Cancer is treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy in various forms and everyone should go for it because more often than not its successful!”
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studies of US health workers, the Nurses’ Health Study, the Nurses’ Health Study II, and the Health Professionals Followup Study. Together the studies monitored the health of more than 100,000 individuals for up to 20 years. All were initially free of chronic diseases and not obese. Every four years, participants gained an average of 3.35lbs, putting on almost 17lbs over the full 20 year period. Increased daily servings of certain foods were associated with the largest amount of weight gain per four year period. They included potato chips, which added 1.69lbs of extra weight, and sugar-sweetened drinks, which added one pound. Some foods were actually associated with a lowering of weight gain when their consumption was stepped up. They included nuts (minus 0.57lbs per four years), vegetables (minus 0.22lbs), whole
The easy way to lose weight... grains (minus 0.37 lbs) and fruits (minus 0.49lbs). Physical activity reduced weight gain, while alcohol consumption added weight at the rate of 0.41lbs p e r drink per day. Co-author Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, also from the Harvard School of Public Health, said: ‘An average adult gains about one pound per year. ‘Because the weight gain is so gradual and occurs over many years, it has been difficult for scientists and for individuals themselves to understand the specific factors that may be responsible. ‘Small dietary and other lifestyle changes can together make a big difference - for bad or good. This makes it easy to gain weight unintentionally, but also demonstrates the tremendous opportunity for prevention. A handful of the right lifestyle changes will go a long way.’
No, Mills & Boon could ruin your chance of REAL romance! A controversial article published in the U.S. last month thinks so.
element with men and visual porn, but anemotional element with women and these novels.’
Year competition five years ago, she asked some men to read the shortlist to get a different perspective.
It argued that romantic novels fuel unrealistic expectations about love, and are as addictive and as damaging to relationships as pornography.
Dr Slattery says she is seeing more and more women who are ‘clinically addicted to romantic books’, and that for many women these novels promote dissatisfaction with their real relationships.
She described how all the male readers were unanimous in one point: these books were fuelling unrealistic expectations of men!
It warned that women can become ‘ d a n g e r o u s l y unbalanced by these books’ entrancing but distorted messages’. According to U.S. psychologist Dr Juli Slattery, who is quoted in the article: ‘There is a neuro-chemical
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The article has prompted an outraged reaction among romance fans, but could there be a nugget of truth in it?
And it’s not just novels...
‘The word addiction is strong, but it could become an unhealthy preoccupation,’ says sex addiction expert Paula Hall.
In 2008, a study at Edinburgh’s HeriotWatt University, in Scotland, found that romantic comedy films promoted unrealistic expectations when it comes to love. They found that fans of films such as Notting Hill often fail to communicate with their partner and many held the view that if someone is meant to be with you, then they should know what you want without you telling them.
For years, romantic fiction has been a form of escapism for many women, with generations seeking comfort in the pastel-covered world of heaving bosoms, brooding men and never-ending love.
But there is another side to the story. Many people argue that far from damaging our relationships, exploring feelings through romantic novels (or indeed films) can be a good thing for your relationship.
During the Second World War, when paper was rationed, the Ministry of Supply made an exception for Mills & Boon, because their books were considered so important for the morale of women.
Relationship expert and psychologist Jo Hemmings agrees: ‘We are all smart enough to know the difference between fact and fiction. People who read science fiction don’t expect Martians to land in their back garden, they just enjoy the escapism of reading.’
Can you become ‘addicted’ to the highs and lows of a Danielle Steele novel? Could a weakness for Cecilia Ahern make you look at your husband in a new, entirely unflattering light?
Even now, despite being dismissed as old-fashioned, one Mills & Boon book is sold every three seconds in the UK - making it one of the most popular of guilty pleasures - and the market for romantic novels is worth £118 million. But are unrealistic?
‘It’s part of human nature to want to fall in love, and romantic novels tap into this,’ says Paula Hall. ‘But there’s a difference between fact and fiction.’ Indeed, when lecturer and writer Danuta Grey judged the Romantic Novelist of the
As for the happy endings, they can be inspiring, says Jo. ‘Look at the Royal Wedding. We all loved the romance and the fairy tale of it. ‘Plus, it’s much more likely you’re going to find love if you believe that it’s out there.’ There’s more good news: in 2005, studies found women who often read romance novels are less likely to divorce, and John Boon, of Mills & Boon, once said of his company: ‘We ought to be prescribed by the NHS. We’re better than Valium.’
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Country Music fans will love this fund raising tour! July’s tour promoted by Jukebox Promotions is a nostalgic look at Country music over the last 50 years. “It’s as strong now as it’s ever been” says Jukebox Promotions Peter Day. “This tour will take in six venues and we believe it will be one of the best Country music shows seen in this area for years and, it will help raise money for HAH (Costa Blanca) too” The show stars Stetsons & Petticoats (Christine King and Red Strokes) and Jukebox Legends Country (Fiona Mc Lean and Peter Day). It will feature Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Dwight Yokham, Tammy Wynette, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and many more great Country singers music. A real “Yee-ha” show!
Tour dates & details are: Wednesday 13th July - Asturias, N332, Punta Prima Thursday 14th July - Los Arcos (La Rustika), Avd Beleares, Torrevieja Tuesday 19th July - The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja Thursday 21st July - Rocajuna, Punta Prima Wednesday 27th July - The Club, Quesada Sunday 31st July - The Rendezvous, Campoamor (10 Euro tickets that include FREE buffet) Tickets are just 7.50 Euros each and available at each venue. Shows start at 8-30pm (seating at 8-00pm) and a pre-show meal is available at most venues as an additional option. Ticket info line 695 135 134 / www.jukeboxpromotions.co.uk
Big Finish to Broadway & Hollywood show This eight show tour has been a huge success and raised a good deal of money for HAH (Costa Blanca). “We have been amazed by this tour with a standing ovation at the end of every one” says Peter Day from Jukebox Promotions. “Its been a pleasure to work with the fabulous Andy Jones and we want to thank him for helping us raise money for the charity. We will be bringing this show back again as soon as we can by public demand”! Its close to the end of another month and Jukebox Promotions will soon be presenting HAH (Costa Blanca) with another much needed payment. More details in next weeks edition. Do you have a fundraising event for HAH (Help at Home) Costa Blanca to promote? If you do, please send us the details by email and we will include the information (subject to space allocation) in this weekly column. email: info@ jukeboxpromotions. com Peter & Fiona Jukebox Promotions
RBL members Donate to the Lions for Lorca Appeal
Following their recent monthly meeting the members of the Orihuela Costa Branch of the Royal British Legion held a raffle to help raise funds for the people of Lorca following the earthquake in May. The raffle raised 160.00 euros and RBL Branch Chairman Keith Carter invited Iain Bennett, President of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club to receive their donation. Iain met with Keith and the members of the RBL at their recent crazy golf tournament and was able to tell those present that their donation has helped raise the Lions for Lorca Appeal in Torrevieja and surrounding district to over 3,000.00 euros. Iain also explained that the Mazarron Bahia Lions Club who are the closest Club to Lorca would ensure that every cent will be wisely spent in the best interests of those most needy. Any businesses, clubs, social groups, schools or individuals can donate to the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club by contacting email@example.com or by phoning 966 731 495. Every cent donated goes directly to those most in need. The photograph shows Iain receiving the donation from Keith and RBL members.
Neighbourhood Watch and Policia Local working together to fight crime In the city of Torrevieja (over 105,000 people of all nationalities), Javier Minguez Parodi. (Director-general of the Policia Local) and Neighbourhood Watch are working together to fight crime in their area. The latest information to be discussed is that of “Pickpockets” and the police gave the following advice which the Neighbourhood Watch have already been endorsing. The general way that some pickpockets work is to distract the victim whilst a second or third member of the group steals from their purse, handbag, pocket etc. They can be very creative in their means of distraction: asking for directions, soliciting cash for a fictitious charity, soliciting assistance in picking up objects which they have dropped on the footpath etc. CAUTION!!! Whenever an event occurs around us which catches our attention – BE ALERT!!! Take in your surroundings, especially noting the presence of others at the scene and make sure your personal belongings are safe and secure. With regard to police action against pickpockets, the law in Spain makes it very difficult for the security forces to deal with the problem in that the thieves actions are organized, difficult to identify and, above all, considered under law not to be a serious offence when the amount stolen is under the 400€ ‘limit’ (above which the offence becomes more serious). In many cases, the absence of a ‘denuncia’( Police Report at Guardia Civil Office) makes it impossible for these matters to be coordinated, followed up or investigated. Their opinion is that the best way to combat these groups is with a joint initiative between the security services and the
public, making the ‘work’ of the pickpockets so difficult that they move on to other areas. In order to achieve this, there is a need for substantial public awareness, in particular awareness amongst those who are most likely to become ‘targets / victims’. A knowledge of the methods used by these groups ( Neighbourhood Watch members are well aware of these many methods) , a description (where available) of possible offenders as well as constant vigilance and awareness by the public will inevitably make the work of these thieves more difficult. They should be made to feel that the constant awareness of the public accompanied by the vigilance of the police makes their efforts so difficult that they consider moving on to areas where there are easier pickings. It is hoped that with the cooperation of all of us, that this ‘problem’ can be resolved as soon as possible. The discussion ended with the police stating - In no way do we intend to create social alarm or to magnify the importance of this matter. On the contrary, the intention of this circulation is to keep the public informed and aware, to be generally vigilant (as with any matter relating to security) and with the aim of bringing an end to such anti-social activities as quickly as possible and the Neighbourhod Watch in Spain,( Vecinos Cooperando y Colaborando de España) endorse these actions.
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Brightest bird on the planet? African grey parrot can think ‘like a four-year-old child’ Their best-known party trick, of course, is mimicking human speech. But it seems parrots have other, less obvious talents. A study has found that the creatures are capable of cool intelligent reasoning to the same level as a fouryear-old child. An African grey parrot was found to be capable of working out the location of hidden food using the kind of deduction and elimination skills previously seen only in humans and apes. The discovery means that parrots join a select band of creatures at the pinnacle of animal intelligence. Experiments were carried out on seven African greys aged between seven and 25 years and kept in a rescue centre in Austria. Sandra Mikolasch of Vienna University said: ‘Two different but equally preferred food items were hidden in view of the birds under two opaque cups.
‘Then an experimenter secretly removed one food type and showed it to the birds.’ The parrots were then put in front of the two cups. If they were relying purely on guesswork, the parrots would have chosen the cup containing the remaining piece of food roughly half the time. Most of them were unable to work out where the food was. But over the course of the experiment, one bird showed a statistically significant - or greater than chance - preference for the cup with the food. Reporting their findings in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, the researchers said the bird spotted which food item had been taken out and worked out which cup must contain the remaining reward Previously, only apes have been shown to use logical reasoning skills in the same experiment.
Man robs bank to get into jail
A US man held up a bank and demanded just one dollar - because he wanted to go to prison to get medical care. After the robbery, Richard Verone, 59, waited inside the bank for the police to come and arrest him, reports the Chicago Tribune. He told police that he staged the raid in Gastonia, North Carolina, because it was the only way he could get health treatment. Jobless Verone said he was suffering from an
undiagnosed growth in his chest, two ruptured back discs, and a problem with his foot. He had presented a cashier at the RBC bank with a note explaining that he didn’t want to scare anybody but he was robbing the bank and wanted just $1. After receiving the dollar, Verone told the teller: “I’ll be sitting right over here on the chair waiting for the police.” When they arrived, the police found him sitting
on a sofa inside the bank. “I’m sort of a logical person and that was my logic,” Verone said. “If it is called manipulation, then out of necessity because I need medical care, then I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care.” Verone did not use a weapon during his robbery and said he would like a three-year sentence, though he probably will not serve more than 12 months.
Egg throwing set for sport status
The World Egg Throwing Federation has claimed success in the first stage of the process for official recognition for Egg Throwing as a recognised sport. Spokesman Andy Dunlop told Orange: “We’re eggstatic that Sport England has recognised that four out of five of our games are true and legitimate sports - our re-submitted application will deal with all the minor administration matters they raise - it’s a great day for athletic endeavour.” The World Egg Throwing Federation received the response of Sport England which, whilst not fully successful, has opened the way for full recognition of the following disciplines of egg throwing which fulfil the definition of the Council of Europe’s European Sports Charter 1993 - two person throw and catch, static relay, target throwing, egg trebuchet. However disappointingly, Russian Egg Roulette was not accepted as a sport as it failed the definition outlined. The preliminary recognition process also failed due to a few minor administrative faults which included, amongst others, a lack of financial accounts being provided, a lack of complaints procedures and evidence of membership numbers meeting the required amount. The World Egg Throwing Federation (incorporating the All England Egg Throwing Federation) is now addressing these failings to ensure full recognition in time for the start of the 2012 season. Visit the official website - www. eggthrowing.com - for further details.
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The fall in revenue due to the Spanish economic crisis, level of debt, difficulty in implementing tough cost-cutting measures and high political costs, have all contributed to weakening the Valencian Community’s execution of their budget, the rating agency added, suggesting that they feel Valencia can not balance its books within a reasonable time without “intense” efforts. Despite the cut, Valencia’s long-term note continues to recognise the region’s ability to meet its payments, albeit with moderate sensitivity to an adverse environment. However, S&P is maintaining a negative outlook on the rating, and may cut it again in the near future depending on fiscal consolidation plans in the region and the probability of support from the State. In turn, S&P has also downgraded the rating of the Valencian Institute of Finance to an ‘A’, and has placed it on negative watch. The President of the Valencian Government has also blamed the downgrade granted by S&P on their long term debt on “the current economic crisis crossing Spain which is affecting regional finances” but was keen to point out that S&P gives an “A” rating to those bonds with a strong capacity to repay interest and capital and said that “in fact the grade “A” is the sixth highest in the twenty-one potential grades granted by this agency.”
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Mortgages doubled their rate of decline in April before the suspension in transactions benefitting from tax deductions offered by financial institutions for home purchases. According to figures published on Wednesday by the National Statistics Institute, housing loans for the month fell 38% over the same period in 2010, compared with a 20% decline year-on-year in March. Such a pronounced drop in mortgage lending had not been recorded since April 2009. The tightening of credit lines has had an effect on total capital borrowed to buy a home, reducing by 42% to 3.351 million euros, which also represents double the rate of decline in March. The sum of these variables, borrowed capital and number of loans, translates to an average decrease in the cost of mortgages of 6% to 106,889 euros, more than the average reduction in housing, which reached 4.1% at the start of 2001. As reported in El Pais, savings banks once again awarded the highest number of mortgage loans in April with 49.2% of its coffers, still leaving the main part of their capital. Banks awarded 37.5% of the total of home loans for the month, releasing 44% of the money, one point more than the savings banks. The average interest rate for April, which was the month in which the ECB raised rates for the first time in two years to 1.25% from a low of 1%, was 4.04%, representing an increase of 3.1% year-on-year and an increase of 2.5% compared to March 2011.
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Me neither, but now, thanks to Richard, over 40 Freewheelers are a lot wiser. Friday saw over 20 cars assembled in Montesinos for the trip to the car factory in Beniajan. Most had never heard of the place never mind the car factory within our region. Eventually almost everybody arrived at the intended destination, be it by various routes as Bigastro had confused some to the extent
Sarah and Danny from Palms Equestrian Centre are certainly well known now in Catral, Dolores and the surrounding areas. The Fun Day held in aid of Paul Cunningham Nurses was a great success and we are still counting the money raised for Paul Cunningham Nurses. Sarah and Danny who run Palms which is on the CV 905 from Dolores to Catral had just 7 weeks to prepare for this event and they did a tremendous job. Richie from Vibe Radio stepped in to help literally at the eleventh hour and led the whole day with Kye James entertaining everyone, followed by Dan the Man and then Short Fuse Band and Richie completing the afternoon it was Fun, Excitement Music and Activities all day long. Many different stall holders came to sell their wares and all contributed to the amazing list of raffle prizes. The children were very happy with two bouncy castles supplied by Bouncy Bouncy, a tombola, pony rides, the human fruit machine and Lawrence the magician keeping them and the adults enthralled with several hours of table magic. Jason from JPS Fitness organised an amazing display of strength and determination with the tug of war, four very strong men against a group of determined children and yes, you guessed the children won!! There was a very special and spectacular stunt rider Emma Tytherleigh, who is just 25 years old, she has been doing trick riding for about 10 years on and off, she has not long been back in Spain as she has been working in America with a equine theatre touring show called Cavalia, and she has just recently joined Palms Equestrian Centre to work with the kids and Emma teaches vaulting lessons and had only worked on her act with a Palms horse for 1 week. The fantastic Musical Carousel on horses was performed by the children that ride at Palms, and the vaulting children also ride at Palms have been taught by Emma Tytherleigh. Two very special cars were on display the now famous Red Ford Galaxy belonging to Emmanuel and a General Lee belonging to Anthony there was certainly something for everyone! Palms Equestrian Centre has a special offer for July and August, anyone producing a PCN Red Carnation or quoting the paper they saw this article in can have a special price private riding lesson at just €15 – please call Sarah on 636 311 751 for details and available times. The food was spectacular and the chicken wraps Sarah had prepared very early that morning were worthy of a top restaurant, all in all I think everyone would agree this was a very well organised event and I am sure everyone who came will be looking forward to their next event. Sarah said: “It was a tremendous amount of work but as it was FREE entry we didn’t count everyone in but we think we had over 200 adults and children visit on the day and everyone was having a great time... the next one - well let me have a few days to think about it and I will let you know!” For details of more Paul Cunningham Nurses events see our website www.paulcunninghamnurses.com or call 639 318 526
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There are also plans afoot to build a vehicle that can be accessed and driven whilst in a wheel chair, that will be a boon to some. With a range of 100 kilometres or 4 hours running at full power combined with a top speed of 50 kph these are very useful vehicles. Although this top speed is restricted in Spain to comply with certain taxation regulations. The company has a work force of 30 and produces a mere 5 units per week at the moment but has plans to increase this to 100 units per month to meet demand. Prices start at around 7,000€ but there is a subsidy available in Spain of 2,000€ for certain uses. As usual, a stop off for lunch was made on the way home and again as is the norm with the Freewheelers the price was right! 9€ for a 3-course lunch with wine aplenty. And all went home happy.
that they met others traveling in the opposite direction! Once at the factory we were met by the company designer who gave a brief history of the company before taking us into the first of the two buildings where the finish products were stored. Comarth started building 2 seater sports/race cars six years ago. Looking a bit like a Lotus Elise these rear engined, Ford powered cars were hand built, had a coupe style fibre-glass body were very Light and cost about 36,000 Euro. They were only built to order. The first called the S1 superseded by the Xtamy r. Eventually Comarth turned to producing electric utility vehicles which look a bit like a VW beach-buggy from the front and of similar size. Most of the vehicles in the storage shed were of pick-up style with fiber glass cab and aluminium cargo carrying body. These are the type of vehicle you might see in parks & gardens or on the golf course used by the maintenance staff. Other bodies can be fitted according to customers requirements. In the production shed we saw a van style body under construction, cab and body being one molded
Another first for the Freewheelers and our thanks go to Richard for finding this and putting it all together.
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A barbecue with over 120 members and guests in attendance was held at Casa La Pedrera, Torremendo on Saturday. As the sun set over the lake the music and dancing ensured a real party atmosphere. The first of two major events to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the launch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) in this area, the barbecue was hailed as a “real success” by U3A Social Organisers Sheila Rolt and Barbara Hill. Since its foundation Torrevieja U3A continues to achieve huge increases in the membership numbers. The second anniversary event for U3A members will be held in October at the Palacio de la Musica. Following a celebration cake and cava reception, the British Consul in Alicante, Paul Rodwell will be the keynote speaker. The evening will conclude with a concert of light classical music. There are still some tickets available. Full details of this very special event can be found on the website www.torreviejau3a.org or in the U3A Newsletter. Meanwhile the U3A continues to meet throughout the summer commencing at 10.30 a.m on the last Thursday of the month, 30th June, 28th July and 25th August at La Rustika (formerly Los Arcos) in Torrevieja. U3A Chairman Bob Hill says “designed as “open house” meetings these are more casual, social events, allowing established and new members time to chat over coffee”. Meeting entrance fees are suspended. Prospective members are most welcome to drop in and discover all about the many interest and activity groups, social events and trips the U3A has to offer. New members may join at the pro rata rate of just 6 euros for the remainder of this year. Guest speakers have been invited to all three meetings. Also there will be various stalls to browse, including cakes, books and bric-a-brac (for which donations would be gratefully received). Tombola is also being organised, so come and try your luck.
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Easy Horse Care Has Another New Arrival!
After the happy birth of Harry Trotter, the easy horse care rescue centre now has another new arrival to its family.
Tommy the two and a half year old miniature horse is the centres newest arrival, saved by Patricia Lea in Sempere in Gandia. Although this happy story was not without its perils, in saving little Tommy, Patricia herself, a pensioner, paid 250 Euros to save the horses life. Patricia thought that this horse would be on
her daughters patio for one or two days, but because of problems due to Tommy’s micro chip being traced to the Murcia region this caused a complication in taking the miniature horse to the rescue centre. After a lot of hard work and persistence, Sue and Rod Weeding took the four hour drive to collect little Tommy and is now a happy resident at the centre with many girlfriends.
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Spain Sees Rise in International Tourism.... The number of international tourists arriving in Spain in May rose 4.2% to 5.2 million, according to Frontur data released on Wednesday by the Ministry of Industry.
As reported in Reuters España, the first five months of the year saw the arrival of 19 million international tourists, representing an increase of 7.3% over the same period last year. Among the tourist generating markets in May, visitors from the United Kingdom were highlighted, with an increase of 15.4% to 1.4 million. In this year up to May, the number of British tourists increased by 11% overall. Germany, another major market source in terms of tourists, registered a decline of 13.9% in May, while so far this year the arrival of German tourists has fallen by 2.7%. France also registered a decline of 1.3% in May, although so far this year French visitors have actually increased by 3.9%. International tourists bound for the Canary Islands recorded an increase of 12.9% in May, while Catalonia, showed a rise of 6.8% to 1.3 million.
City-Costa flights boost for property sales..................... Further drop in Spanish property prices expected.... BA’s new London City Airport to Malaga flights will provide a useful short-cut to Britain’s favourite Costa del Sol for buyers and holidaymakers. Busy execs in the City and Canary Wharf can be viewing bargain properties in less than five hours of leaving their desks... The BA City Flyer service from London City Airport starts on 8 June 2011 and is aimed at busy financial sector execs based in the City of London and nearby Canary Wharf. Passengers can be airborne in less than an hour of leaving their offices and viewing property bargains hours quicker than using other London airports. There will be three flights a week all-year-round to the newly expanded Malaga International Airport on the Costa del Sol, which means owners can travel quicker to buy and then enjoy longer weekend breaks at their newly acquired apartments in Estepona, Puerto Banus and other top resorts. Total journey times can be 2-3 hours less than using other London airports. It’s the fifth Spanish destination served from London City and part of a BA expansion plan launched after the recent merger with Spanish national carrier, Iberia, that will increase flights to the most popular holiday home country by nearly 40%. The current four flights a week to Mallorca and Ibiza will increase to 10 between July and September..
Spain’s Central Bank has said it expects prices of property in Spain to continue to fall as the housing market tries to correct itself. A recent report revealed that the average value of homes in the nation has dropped by 15.4 per cent since the first three months of 2008, according to figures published by the Bank of Spain. Speaking to the publication, Jose Luis Malo de Molina, director general of economics, statistics and research at the institution, commented that “the correction in prices has still to run its course”. He added: “There are between 800,000 and 1.1 million unsold properties, which continue to exert pressure on prices.” The oversupply in the real estate sector was cited as a major contributing factor to Spain’s economic difficulties by the central bank’s governor Miguel Fernandez Ordonez in a statement to a parliamentary committee earlier this month. However, he stressed that a decline in development is helping to balance the market while further steps have been taken to consolidate Spain’s public finances.
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Just over a year and a half ago the easy horse care rescue centre started fighting to save, what was then, two horses in Daya Nueva. After the owner in question was said to have won the horses in a card game he kept them in squallid conditions in full view of the village residents. Passers by, knowing that the horses were being un fed, threw scraps to keep them alive. With the miniature horse already having survived laminitis, to make matters worse she was being kept with the stallion and soon became pregnant. But sadly only three months after the birth, of which no one thought that the horse would survive, the miniature horse died, along with the stallion. In desperation the save the foal Sue and Rod Weeding gave the owner the opportunity to sell the three month old foal to them for 400 Euros, however the centre subsequently received a phone call informing them of the foals death. The owner in question still owns over ten goats and other animals even though this horrific situation has come to light. Along with this incident, a horse was found dead outside an abandoned house on the Algorfa/ Rojales border. When there are centres such as Easy Horse Care, waiting to take in ill-treated and un-wanted horses, why is this still happening? In the past horses were respected animals, used for travelling and in ploughing amongst other work. Does this mean that now we have our modern day technologies that we have no use for them anymore, meaning we can treat them in such a horrific way?
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Last chance to see the spectacular Rascals show Rags to Riches. The show starts with a few lively numbers from Oliver and gives a view of the poorer side of live with a bit of dance and comedy thrown in and finishes the first half with “ Master of the House” and” Do You Hear the People” sing from Les Miserables. The second half opens with a sparkling “The Night They Invented Champagne” to show you the richer side of life with colouful costumes , lively dance numbersand a few comedy items to make you chuckle. Too soon “The Party´s Over” and the charity, in this case Age Concern are presented with a cheque representing all the ticket sales for the show. Virgen del Carmen, Torrevieja Wednesday 6th July 20.00 hrs. You only have to part with a mere 6 Euros, which includes a free programme,to enjoy the evening. Tel Sue on 96 678 4874 or 693 042 771. to reserve seats. Alternatively go To the Box Office outside the Municipal Theatre to obtain tickets. If you want to find out more about Rascals look on www.therascals.info or tel Jill on 96 672 7282
Cycling TO The village of el-altet Distance : Approx: 60kms / Time : Allow 6 Hours. Additional route to Santa Pola add 15kms and about 1 1/2 hours.
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Leave Quesada and head for Benijofar, pass through Benijofar heading for Rojales, turn left at the second roundabout cycle over the bridge then straight on at the next roundabout and head for San Fulencio . At the next roundabout turn left and head for Elche. Just keep heading for Elche on this road ( it’s a good road quite quiet but can get busy and fast at peak times ). You will come to a dual carriageway and on your left there is a new cycle track that will take you all the way to Elche if you want to do that route sometime .Stay on the right side until you come to a roundabout with signs for Santa Pola turn right here (brilliant little Tapas bar at this roundabout by the way if you need a first pit stop we always stop here it’s called Ursulas.) Follow this road for a good 8-10 kms until you come to another roundabout where you will see The Blue Star nightclub, go straight on and head for El-Altet. ( If you turn right there is a cycle track all the way into Santa Pola). Again follow this road all the way until the next roundabout which takes you under the N332 then just follow the signs to El-Altet (about another 2kms ) At the traffic lights turn right and you are spoiled for choice of Tapas bars . We have tried most of them and they are all good. After you have been watered and fed you can either retrace your tracks By Gary and Lyn n or if you have plenty time keep going in the same direction straight on at the roundabout at the edge of the town then at the end of the road turn right ( straight on “Cyclog ical” in Que sad a takes you to a beautiful beach with a bar etc ) and just keep on going on into Gran Alacant stay on the low road( do not climb up to the high road) this is a beautiful coast road with a bit of a cycle track on your left, just follow this road all the way through Gran Alacant until you come to the single track coast road which is absolutely gorgeous, when we went there were people jumping off the cliffs Paragliding and they seemed to stay up for ages. There is plenty of places to stop and eat or drink on this road , also loads of places to drop your bikes and have a swim. Follow this road into Santa Pola where you can either take the high road or the low road, we normally stay low and go under the N332 and pick up the cycle track heading for Elche stay on this track until you come to The Blue Star night club and turn left . Then just retrace your tracks and head all the way back home. Beautiful route with lovely scenery all the way and it’s relatively flat most of the way. Well done.
Total Distance : 60kms / Time : Allow 6 hour. Alternative Route: Add 15kms and about 1-2 hours.
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Life with Linda... “What is Hope?”
I think everyone would agree that a hopeful attitude is a good thing. But what exactly is hope? Can it be learned? Centuries of folk wisdom and religious teaching have taught the benefits of a hopeful attitude. These days, researchers believe that hope may be associated with good health and greater success, both personally and professionally. But what exactly is hope? Well, according to Dr. Rick Snyder while at the University of Kansas, “hope is a practical, goal-oriented attitude – a stance people assume in the face of difficulty. It combines a goal-directed determination with the ability to generate the means of reaching the goals”. Dr. Snyder developed a test to measure hopefulness, and he found that college students who scored high in hope also turn in the best academic performance, regardless of high school grades or SAT scores. Folks who are injured or seriously ill do better when they have high hopes, too. Actor Christopher Reeve had every intention of walking again, and had he lived, I would not have been surprised to see him do so. Hope was a very large part of his being. The research also suggested that – all other things being equal – a hopeful attitude helps people overcome obstacles like poverty, lack of education and even lack of social support. In this latest economic downturn, it is those people with hope, who can express that hope, who will best weather their circumstances. Can you learn to be hopeful? You bet you
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wild flowers with jenni… The tree that I am going to introduce to you today is the Carob Tree, Ceratonia siliqua. It is truly an amazing tree that has been used for centuries for both medicinal and for food for both humans and animals.
times, the pure gold coin the Solidus weighed 24 carat seeds (about 4.5 grams) as a result the carat also became a measure of the purity of gold, 24 carat gold means 100% pure.
The carob tree or Algarroba in spanish is a member of the legume (pea) family that grows in the Mediterranean regions and is well adapted to the arid climate.
The ground carob powder has natural sweetness and as a result is used in confectionary and baking and as a healthier option to chocolate.
Many of you would have noticed by now the green pods, that look almost like broad beans, hanging from the trees that will soon be turning brown and ready for harvest. A mature tree can yield up to 1 ton of beans.
Carobis also 80% protein and is free of caffeine and other chemicals that induce allergic reactions and can therefore be used as an alternative to chocolate in dog treats and by people who suffer from diabetes. Carob also has a religious significance as as Dried carob fruit is traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat.
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Carob juice drinks are traditionally drunk during the Islamic month of Ramadan and in Malta a traditional sweet is eaten during Lent and Good Friday however in the Iberian Peninsula carob pods are used mainly as animal fodder, especially to donkeys. (including mine!) So whilst walking in the campo, do as we do, pick a pod & enjoy its natural sweetness and in our case we also pick extra as treats for our very hungry Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pigs, our rescue donkey, Bernado and for our horses as well. Until then, happy walking Jenni
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It’s been a long, hard slog, but these Spanish lessons are definitely paying off – I can now complain fluently in Spanish. Last week I went into the Almacén Descuidado and ordered a crystal (glass actually) carafe, in order to give my 12 malt scrapings, 3 month aged in plastic whiskey a touch more class. I made myself perfectly clear to the spotty youth with a hairdo reminiscent of a surprised cockatoo. He was obviously impressed, he stared at me wide-eyed for at least 20 seconds before scratching his head, then carefully rearranging his coiffure back into its cocks-comb shape before uttering ‘Si, mañana.’ So why the heck did they turn up with a glass giraffe? I spoke quite loudly, and enunciated every word as clearly as if I were the late great Joyce Grenfell. It arrived this morning, delivered by two lads who must have come from the local Home for the Confused. I told them quite plainly that I had ordered a carafe, not a giraffe, but the idiots insisted on trying to stuff the giraffe through our front door. This they did achieve, but only after they had knocked its block off!
So I have had to write a letter of complaint. It is a masterpiece. It can not fail to produce a grovelling apology, and recompense. This is what I wrote: Señores mios La semana pasada I visité’d your almacén y ordered una garrafa de cristal para delivery a mi casa. I recibí’d el delivery esta mañana, pero instead of una garrafa de cristal, vosotros have mandado’d me una jirafa de crystal. ¡Que tonto! I pedir’d una garrafa, so that I tengo somewhere to guardar mi guiskey - ¿Como can I guardar mi guiskey en una 5 metro high jirafa? Your empleados intentado’d to get it dentro mi casa, pero mi ceilings are only 2 metros alto, y they roto’d its cabeza off. Por favor, fetch it inmediatamente, limpiar mi patio de los fragmentos de cristal, y cambiar la jirafa kaput por la garrafa what I pedi’d. Mi 2 grande hermanos y I esperar tu reply, I can not understand why I have heard nothing from them for 2 weeks. I am tired of pussyfooting round a headless giraffe in my living room, and a giraffeless head on my patio. Are they thick? Don’t they understand proper Spanish?
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It Was Very Alright on the Night.......
Our play in Daya Nueva had come to a successful conclusion, with complimentary and enthusiastic comments for the most part from our audiences as they left the theatre. Two long hard months of rehearsal were over and it was time to breathe a sigh of relief and reflect that once again, our close knit group, Dramatic Licence, had delivered three nights of excellent entertainment – one in front of the TV cameras. There were a few little moans about this or that, and one in particular from a lady on our opening night, who complained bitterly that when one of the female characters walked across stage with the lights behind her, you could see clear through her dress. Personally I hadn’t noticed this, but I made sure I was paying closer attention during the next two performances. And it’s has been nice to be able to catch up with a bit of telly on the nights that have hitherto been reserved for rehearsals, with one particular programme catching my eye,
featuring the subject: the world’s most dangerous jobs. Falling in to this category but not included, was female television weather presenters. No seriously, have you noticed that no sooner do the BBC or ITV take on a new weather girl, than she gets pregnant. I mean what is it with that particular job that seems to make it inevitable these ladies find themselves up the duff within weeks? And it’s not just weather girls now I think about it, because as soon as the gorgeous Holly Willoughby co-hosts yet another series of Dancing on Ice, she immediately renews her pudd’n club membership and is soon wearing evening gowns that in a previous life look as if they have been used to parade horses around at Billy Smarts Circus. The perpetual grin that seems to be planted on the face of Philip Schofield is suddenly beginning to make sense! Then there was another programme that dealt yet again with that November day in 1963 when John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and although everyone reckons they remember exactly where they were when the news was announced, I personally have no idea. I remember what I was doing however, just no memory of the location. But rapidly moving on . . . The same is also said of the first moon landing in 1969, and again, I have no recollection of what, where, how or who - I just remember Neil Armstrong coming out
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with those immortal and well rehearsed words:“One small step . . .” etc. etc. Then the shooting of JR Ewing! Yeah I know, but there are some saddo’s out there who relate their own events to this fictional one. But then I suppose it says something similar about me when I have to own up and say that I remember in fine detail where I was when I first saw a certain pop star – later to become famous - perform. It was one Saturday night in 1970 at the Thingamajig Club in downtown Reading. The pub closing time was still 10.30pm in those days, and even if you were a member of the club, it was necessary to get there before chucking out as there was limited capacity. The Jig – as we called it – was a converted basement that had previously been used as a chapel of rest by a firm of funeral directors. The alcoves that had once held the departed were now filled with tables and benches and were transformed into intimate corners used for carousing and chatting up hot panted dolly birds. No scruffs were allowed in, and although it was definitely not jacket and tie only, a group of us took great pleasure in sporting our hand made Italian three piece whistles complete with kipper ties on a Saturday night, when we would swagger down the stairs, briefly pausing for effect, before descending into the melee below. We were the Young Dudes . . . except for the night when I tripped and somersaulted
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From 1st July the speed limit in Spain goes back to 120km/hr. Like it is with all issues, there are pros et contras to the idea, depending on which side of the fence you are sitting. However, to me the idea that 110 km/hr would save money sounds to me like “blonde” logic – much in line with using 1 sheet of paper less every time you go to the loo would save the rain forest. In March, when the speed limit was put down, I read in the newspaper that it would take about ½ hour longer to get from Murcia to Madrid, and you would have saved € 1.78. Hi-de-ho! 10 trips and you would have saved enough for a meal for two!!! It is always amusing to read the politicians’ arguments for making such changes. The government claims that the reduced speed limit brought a saving of € 449.7 million; not as much as expected, because when the decision was made in March, the oil price was $ 115/barrel and expected to go up. It did, but stopped the trend at $ 127/barrel, and is now down at $ 105/barrel. But, stay awake! If the oil prices rise again, we might get another speed limit. As for the job-security for the guys, who are changing the road signs, this represents good news. May I suggest that they allocate each man a stretch of road to check and/or change regularly the speed limit signs? A Madrid based journalist has apparently written an article about “Ghost white-elephant airports in Spain rarely see any flights and cost billions”. In the article he predicted that “New Corvera Airport in Murcia is unlikely to open at all. The Regional arse over apex on to the dance floor. Very undude like. But to continue . . . We had arrived early, and to fill in time before the action started in earnest, we had ordered some bar food and were just digging in to our scampi and chips in the basket when ‘In Concert’ – a BBC Saturday night programme – began on the TV behind one of the bars, and featured a certain Elton John. I think we actually stopped eating when we heard the strains of ‘Your Song’ – there was this totally unpop-star-looking, geeky college student type pianist, producing music the like of which we had not heard before. The hairs on my neck bristled and my chips went cold, because I did not want to miss a note of what I was hearing. Predictably, the following Monday we all went out in our lunch break and bought the first Elton John album. Who would have thought that over 40 years later, it would be Sir Elton John CBE – one of the greatest singer song writers of all time? Now back to the see through dress – I wonder if Viva Television managed to capture it on film?
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government insisted work should go ahead although the site is within 19 miles of flights to San Javier and 80 miles from Alicante, Spain’s sixth biggest airport”. Does that man know anything about Murcia and its stubborn natives, who do not have the word “no” in their vocabulary? Murcia is the only growth area left in Spain for tourism and will need a proper international airport to support the expected influx of visitors. Further, as the authoress of the article I read said, “Murcia has all the elements; the warmth, the undeveloped space, personality, the Mar Menor, the Mediterranean coastline, beaches, gastronomy, and an un-spoilt beauty which makes it so much more worthwhile than the bland concrete jungles which crown the Spanish coasts and can offer little more than the same as anybody else”. Hm! Obviously not just the Spanish themselves that are stubborn and do not take “no” for an answer! A “progressive”, “forward thinking”, “modern” Murcia lawyer got the idea of forming the “Asociación Preeminencia del Derecho” (The Extremely Eminent Association of Rights). Backed by his association he went to court with a demand of the removal of The Christ of Monteagudo that hovers over the capital from a high point on a state owned plot in a northern suburb and has been there since 1926. He has based his legal claim on European Human Rights Agreement that
stipulates religious freedom, and that it is a violation of a fundamental right that the Spanish State’s is to be non-denominative. Further that use of a public space for the show of a statue like this constitutes favoritism of catholic symbols at the expense of other religious faiths’. Hoo-ha! Much Ado About Nothing - re-written Spanish style. And may I ask why you CELEBRATE the Christians victory over the Moors back in 1400, when you are now so keen on renouncing the Christian faith and culture by demanding the removal of a CULTURAL, not religious, symbol. I admire the Spanish’ ability to wash their hands and blame the government for everything. A while ago a young man sadly lost his life due to a speeding accident. I naturally understand the devastation of his family and friends, but I had to do a double-take when I watched them blaming the government for the accident?!!?? Yes, they did! The argument was that the government had failed to secure a proper driving education!!! I am now waiting to hear about angry manifestations against the government the four casualties from the celebrations of the evening of San Juan. Part of the celebrations here in Spain is to jump over bonfires. Also part of the celebrations is to enjoy a glass or two …….. or three, or four. To light a bonfire and fire yourself up with alcohol is a recipe for disaster, but did the authorities warn us about that? No, they did not! So, it is the government’s fault!
Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.
They say sports such as snooker and billiards are all about angles. I have to say that the same can be said about sailing. More column inches have been written about the sheer physics of sailing and how the force of wind propels a boat forward than any other sporting topic, apart from the subject of David Beckham’s latest tattoo, or Wayne Rooney’s salary that is! Bearing that in mind, let’s try and get the basics sorted in a few paragraphs. Wish me luck. To understand the way a sailboat works needn’t require diagrams of airplane wings, teaspoons under the tap, or a bar of soap popping up between two inward pressing palms. A boat goes forward into the wind by placing her on an angle of such a degree that the wind flowing over the sails, (creating force), aligned with the position of the rudder, (creating a stable direction), moves her forward at an angle allowing us to manouvre her to & fro along a set point (your course to steer), towards a destination. This is called ‘tacking’. Let’s put
...with Robbie France it this way… Sit in a boat. Wait for the wind. If you now go straight into that wind, all you’ll hear is a flapping of the sails. You may even go backwards! But move the rudder to enable her to sail into the wind at more than say, 45 degrees…and magic occurs. You are going forward. Move the rudder slightly more…you are going faster and the boat will start to tilt on an angle, (or heel). So now you’re moving forward to the right. But, hey! Your destination is off in the distance and way over to the left and you fear the next time you step ashore will be in Ibiza! Time to tack. That’s for next time! Tight sails to all and I’ll see you next week!
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1 Keepsake (8) 5 Anew (6) 9 Penetrating (8) 10 Panther (6) 12 Snares (5) 13 Well-kept (9) 14 Notable initial occurrences (6) 16 Blueprint (British spelling) (7) 19 Lend honor to (7) 21 Change for the better (6) 23 Snarls (9) 25 A glowing piece of coal (5) 26 H ave as a logical consequence (6) 27 Deactivates (8) 28 Candies (6) 29 Feelings of ardent love (8)
1 Garments of the torso (6) 2 Never stopping (9) 3 S S S S (5) 4 Buys into shares or bonds (7) 6 Flagpole (9) 7 Mediterranean herbs (5) 8 Reaps (8) 11 Decorate with gold leaf (4) 15 Laboratory researcher (9) 17 A loose high-necked blouse (9) 18 Inactivity (8) 20 Shout (4) 21 Breathe (7) 22 Came up (6) 24 What a book is called (5) 25 Muse of lyric poetry (5)
1 Artist in front’s colourful arc (7) 5 Blokes return with English sister goddess (7) 9 In hippo, lion might find disease (5) 10 Brief moment up in Andorra explosion - usually long and straight (5,4) 11 Carry upside-down creature and mother at Republican church (4-5) 12 Loft a two-timer one century (5) 13 Small, yet funny infection (4) 15 Might it amount to change? (8) 18 The East, without being torn asunder beneath the surface (8) 19 Must not initially point at journalist (4) 22 Surplus tax mixes with Queen (5) 24 Little creature would reportedly love you and me, and the French outside (9) 26 8 taps breaking food (9) 27 Cost of soft grain? (5) 28 Padre’s servant showing chest! (7) 29 Uneven surface at first newspaper in 7 (7)
7 KO’d after quiet call (5) 8 Entice journalist into Sun (nearly) and church (6) 14 I reportedly initially love trees’ facial hair (9) 16 Ascot I see strangely keeping your drinks warm? (3,6) 17 6 balls (American) in Gateshead employing too much (9) 20 Thoroughly acquainted with 5 English reds, sort of (6) 21 Slippery eel in 7 vegetable (6) 23 “Annoy”, as in “support” (5) 24 Conflict without drink - almost liquid (5) 25 Fickle person might hide outcast (5)
Down 1 Overcharge Post Office in semi-riot (very loud) (3,3) 2 G.N. Elliott’s novel improperly obtained (3-6) 3 Flower toilet in British motorway (5) 4 Crew’s arm I adapted with offences in conflict (3,6) 5 City speed goddess? (5) 6 A new hotel taken by Matthew Short with a new cocktail (9)
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Standing ovations greet ‘phenominal’ Andrew Lloyd Webber performances
Torrevieja Showgroup The Torrevieja Showgroup which is based at La Rustika (formerly Los Arcos) are pleased to announce that we are running a series of Workshops in July and August. These are open to anyone with an interest in Theatre and perhaps performing or working backstage. There is a nominal charge of 2 euros per workshop but anyone subsequently joining the group will have this money discounted from their first year’s subscription. All workshops except the first one start at 3.00 pm and run for approximately 2 hours ,For more details ring Jenny on 966 181 951 or 608 129 983
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We also have dates for our next production which will take place on January 4th,5th and 6th 2012. We can’t give out to many details about the show except to say it will be set in a Spanish Village in the 1970’s and will feature song and dance, music and comedy and even a plot twist or two.
The impressive function rooms at the Orihuela Costa Resort echoed to the sound of enthusiastic applause for the Melody Makers International performances of ‘An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber’ last Saturday. Long before the concert day, organiser and director, Nigel Hopkins, had added a second matinee performance due to the excessive demand for tickets. Audiences were treated to a wide variety of the music of Lloyd Webber, and included shows such as Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, Evita, Starlight Express and, of course, Phantom of the Opera to name but a few. The impressive singers of Melody Makers International dazzled with singing of a standard never before heard on the Costa, leading to increasingly enthusiastic applause as the performance progessed. A high point of the concert was the performance of the superb Children’s Choir,
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‘Cantemos!’ who, with the aid of soloists Rebecca Holt, Stella Forsberg and Elise MacGregor, yet again had the audience on their feet. Notable amongst the adult soloists were Jane Atkinson’s excellent rendition of ‘Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina’, Christeen Ansell’s flawless performance of ‘Memory’ from Cats, and Mary Beer with ‘It’s My Time’ which Lloyd Webber wrote for the Eurovision Song Contest which the UK so nearly won. Conductor Nigel Hopkins compered the concerts with his detailed knowledge of the music and shows of lloyd Webber, and kept the audience amused and interested throughout. As the concerts reached their exciting finale with Cantemos! Children’s Choir joining the Melody Makers International in a rousing performance of ‘Love Changes Everything’, audiences left with only one question on their minds .... When are tickets available for their next performance of ‘An Evening wirh Disney’? It has been announced that these performances can be heard again at the Salon de Actos at Castelar College in San Pedro del Pinatar on 30th July. If you missed before .... you still have an opportunity to enjoy this incredible evening of entertainment.
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A piquant take on traditional coleslaw, perfect to serve at summer barbecues... Serves 8 INGREDIENTS.......... ½ savoy cabbage ½ small red cabbage 1 red onion 2 small red peppers, halved, deseeded and very finely sliced 2 red chillis, halved, deseeded and cut into fine slivers 3 tbsp Dijon mustard 50ml (2fl oz) cider vinegar 3½ tbsp caster sugar 100ml (3½fl oz) olive oil generous shake of Tabasco METHOD.......... Remove the core from both cabbages and shred finely. Slice the onion waferthin (use a mandolin if you have it). Prepare the peppers and chillis. Put the mustard in the bottom of a large bowl and stir in the cider vinegar and sugar, whisking as you do so. Add the oil, Tabasco and some seasoning. Toss in the vegetables and mix well. Taste for seasoning – you may want more Tabasco.
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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: Live Entertainment 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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At Catorce Benijofar on Friday July 15th you can watch the Wonderful Variety Show Group and The Marina Tappers and enjoy a 2 course meal included in the ticket price of €10. The show starts at 9.00p.m and these two groups have joined together to produce a real foot tapping and sing along show. Eileen Carpenter is the quietly spoken but ‘iron lady’ behind The Variety Show Group and you will be amazed at the power of her voice, you will also be amazed at the end of the show to find there are only 6 in the group! Tony is the one man who has the fun of five stage ‘wives’ and then there are the five ladies themselves. There are so many costume changes you get the feeling there is a huge group behind stage but you can be assured there are only six in total and it will be a fun evening with some very talented voices, very fancy footwork and a good dash of humour thrown in! The Variety Show Group support many charities and this year their travelling show with the Marina Tappers are supporting Paul Cunningham Nurses. The Marina Tappers formed in 1993 by Chris Jarvis are still going strong and the routines they make seem effortless would leave many teenagers breathless! Their matching costumes are spectacular, do come along and see for yourselves. Anyone wanting to book them can see them rehearsing every Friday in La Marina, enquiries 966 79 68 20/676 215 134. Catorce an award winning restaurant now celebrating six months in their new location in Benijofar have kindly arranged a special price menu and show price for this night of just €10! Catorce famed for Sunday Lunch with bookings starting from 12.30 often cater for 120 people are now extending their Sunday Lunch bookings until 6.00p.m.!! Catorce is just off the main street in Benijofar and if you turn where the fireworks shop is and look to your left you will see Catorce in the lovely setting with trees and shaded areas just in front of the restaurant. If you are not sure where it is you can call Martyn or Paul on 639 235 606 or call into The Post Room and Karen or Norman will tell you where it is. Tickets are also available from Paul Cunningham Nurses Charity Shop in Quesada and from Restaurant Catorce 639 235 606 or you can call, text or email firstname.lastname@example.org 639 318 526
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French wine consumption has dropped by three billion bottles to just four billion the equivalent of one bottle per adult each week in two generations. Researchers fear the culture of wine drinking is being lost in France, with younger generations less likely to savour a bottle over food and more prone to drink simply for pleasure. They are also less aware of its cultural significance to France. Just 16.5 per cent of the French population are now regular wine drinkers, according to research from the ESC Pau research centre and Toulouse 1 Capitole University/ Regular consumption over meals has been replaced by the French drinking wine occasionally rather than frequently, often on nights out. This has occurred within the last two generations, according to researchers Pascal Poutet and Thierry Lorey. In a study in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, the pair looked at successive generations and their approach to wine drinking, dividing the demographic into four groups. The oldest was those over 65 years who had lived through the Second World War, followed by those between 40 and 65 who lived through a period of growth and worldwide development. Those 30 to 40 - “Generation X”, who grew up through the French crisis of the 1990s, were next, followed by those under 30 - the internet generation. “Each successive generation represents a general increase in libertarian attitudes and irreverence towards institutions”, says Dr Poutet. While all agreed on the value and ’bon homie’ of drinking wine, it was the over 65s who most linked it with French heritage and were more likely to drink it daily and share the experience. The middle groups are much more occasional drinkers and drink more socially with
French wine consumption drops... friends rather than family, and social status is a factor in their wine consumption. But for the under-30s, wine consumption is very much the exception rather than the rule. Dr Poutet said: “There is a dual gap between the three generations, older, middle-aged, younger - on the one hand, the consumption frequency gap (from a daily wine consumption to a festive one, and then exceptional), on the other, the pleasure gap (evolution from a genuine pleasure towards a more ostentatious pleasure, more difficult to perceive for the younger generation).” The younger generations may still take pride in French wine but have little awareness of its cultural place in French history, he said. He explained: “The generational analysis of the representations of wine in France does seem to be appropriate to explain the deep changes that wine has undergone in the last 60 years. It is precisely the progressive loss of the identity, sacred and imaginary representations of wine (nation, region, lesser importance of the transmission of the culture of wine by the father within the family, etc) over three generations that explains France’s global consumption attitudes, and especially the steep decline in the volumes of wine consumed.”
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CASTILLA AMIGOS A friendship group for single people. Please come and join us at the CASTILLA BAR, on the Lemon Tree Road, Near Guardamar. Every Wednesday from 3.00 pm - Enquires to ANN 965 070 247 / 666 747 398 or BERNIE 966 702 157
THE SPIRITUALIST Slimming Club............. CHURCH, QUESADA........ Every Thursday at 10am, Rojales Steak House 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. Unfortunately, we are now closed for the summer until Sunday, 4th September with Gail Ross from the U.K. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www.spiritualistchurchquesada.com
(CEROC STYLE) with PASO A PASO CLASSESPRIVATE TUITION-SOCIAL EVENTS - MOBILE DANCE DISCOS in and around the Torrevieja. If you would like us to take classes or events in your venue call Maxine on 670 711 408 with details. We are currently at The Castilla Bar, Lemon Tree Road, cv895, Campo de Guardamar Thurs / Sun 7.30pm. www.modern-jive-spain.com
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
(Old Tylers Bar) Similar to Slimming World (red / green days) Contact Dee 637 994 967 or the bar for more info
Are you aware that Freemasonry is thriving on the Costa Blanca? There are various lodges meeting up and down the coast. If you already are a Mason or simply wish to know more about Freemasonry in Spain please contact Harry Palmer Membership Committee Tel: 966 712 326 or Email: email@example.com
Art classes Wednesdays 10.30am - 12.30pm At Bar Rosa, Contact Suzanne Stokes:- tel: 680 961 025 for details
BALLROOM / LATIN SEQUENCE DANCING.....
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.
Lorca Earthquake appeal......
Free Benefit Show at the Que sada Country Club, Thursday 30th June 2011
At the Quesada Country Club in aid of the Lorca Earthquake appeal fund, twelve different entertainers are 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.
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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
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.
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Suzie (f) Trio coloured born 06/08 Suzie was originally homed by APAH over a year ago but her eldely owners returned to UK without her. Suzie is having a hard time being back in the cattery and is very uhappy; We would love to rehome Suzie as a matter of priority. 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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APAH Fashion Show................... THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION The Rojales Panto group Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1730 on the first Wednesday of Needs you....................................
El Mirador Restaurant. Eagles Nest, San Miguel de Salinas Thursday June 30th starting 6.00pm New clothes, jewellery and accessories on sale Raffle - 1€ for 5 tickets. Auction of the cuddly toy clown Music provided by Rebecca Holt Manicures and beauty demonstrations by Tone Zone Come and join the fun. Tickets available from all APAH shops San Miguel de Salinas, Pilar de la Horadada and San Pedro del Pinatar 10.00€ includes finger buffet and glass of wine
Los MONTESINOS Art classes
Wednesdays at Bar Rosa, Price 8€ Contact Suzanne Stokes, tel: 724 283 / 680 961 025 website: www.sue-stokes.co.uk
PEGO Art Studio.........................
‘Bob Ross’ style oil landscape class. Saturday, July 16, 2011 10:00am-5:30p Contact Anne Kerr - firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 965 977 045, www.artstudio-paintingclasses.co.uk
BENISSA Painting Exhibition..
Daily until 1st July Exhibition of the XXIX Painting Contest S. Soria - Vila de Benissa 2011. At the Art Center Taller d’Ivars organised by the Culture Department. TOURIST INFO BENISSA Email: benissa@ touristinfo.net
each month at La Rustika Restaurante (formally Los Arcos Restaurante), Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 188 701 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996.
A friendship group for single people. Please come and join us at the CASTILLA BAR on the Lemon Tree Road, Near Guardamar. We meet every Wednesday from 3.00 pm. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE - 966 849 057
The Easy Dance That Anyone Can Master - The Slow Jive With Latin Style. No Partner - No Problem - You Will Be Dancing To All Sorts Of Music By The End Of Your First Session New Classes And Socials In Torrevieja-Guardamar-CallosaCatral-Quesada-Rojales-Punta Prima And Other Areas To Be Announced COMING VERY SOON AT LE RUSTICA BALLROOM, TORREVIEJA AND OTHER VENUES DANCING FOR ALL SOCIAL EVENINGS WITH THE “DANCE JUNCTION DISCO” Why Not Book Our Mobile Disco And An Optional Fun Dance Session For Your Next Event! Tel Maxine Or Adam 674 408 298 / 638 330 342 / 670 711 408 MORE NEWS AND VENUE UPDATES ON OUR WEBSITE AT Www.Modern-Jive-Spain.Com
BENISSA Painting Exhibition... Denelle Dance Club Summer Programme................................. “Interpretación” by Carmen Romero
Daily until 1st July in the exhibition room of the University Satellite Building. Visiting Hours: From monday to friday, from 10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. & from 05.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m. Organised by: Seu Universitària La Marina TOURIST INFO BENISSA Email: email@example.com
EL JINETE, Odyssey an AIA exhibition.......................
Daily 12 - 20h until July 7th except Fridays Carretera La Cala Golf Km 4.5, Mijas Costa. Five Members of the Andalusia International Artists Group Roger Cummiskey, Juan Cruz, Ian Hunter, Nalini Cook, Richard Wood - show new images at Jinete for your pleasure. The artists display images in watercolour, oil and acrylic. Jinete is on the road from La Cala de Mijas towards La Cala Golf on the right hand side. The AIA-Group was formed six years ago by professional and dedicated visual artists from around the world, who are all living and working in Andalucía. Further information is available from the AIA web site www.aiaartgroup.com or directly from the Chairman, Roger Cummiskey at 952 592 652. Don’t forget to add YOUR events to the CostaArt.Net calendar www.CostaArt.Net
Argentine Tango Tuition 8:00 - 9:00pm and Social 9:00 10:00 Every Tuesday at the Club, Quesada running through the summer. Argentine Tango Tuition 7:15 - 8:00 and Social Dancing 8:00 - 10:00 Every Thursday at The Big Wok (Old Asturias) running from June 30 to September 8 inclusive Singles Welcome. For further info contact Lyn on 635 584 431 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our brand new website www.denelledanceclub.com
Charity Pool Party..................
BBQ and Auction Saturday 2nd July 2011, from 4pm in Quesada. Tickets 10.00 € includes BBQ and a drink. Tickets from ‘Help’ San Miguel Office, ring 966 723 733 or Friends Unlimited meetings at The Club, Quesada. For more information please ring Pat on 966 719 862. Address and directions with tickets Proceeds to Help Vega Baja ‘HealthCare Programme’
San Fulgencio Ayuntamiento & LMSFRA.......................................
(La Marina San Fulgencio Residence Association) will be hosting a Charity Dance in aid of The Butterfly Children Charity at the Centro Social, La Marina Urb on Saturday 9th July starting at 8:30pm with entertainment from Plan B. Tickets are on sale now at The Butterfly Children Charity shop in La Marina, please bring your own refreshments.
The Rojales Panto group are in the process of re forming due to the resignation of their President Bridget Oldroyd. We were very disappointed with the Theatre in Rojales last year and are looking at new venues We are hoping to stage a Pantomime in Jan/Feb 2012 although it could be December this year also a Musical Production in the autumn of 2012 and require actors, dancers, singers and any one willing to help in any capacity. Anyone with experience of directing Pantomimes would also be most helpful. Our aim is to raise money for Local charities whilst having a good time so if you are interested in joining us please contact Chris 965 077 090 or Julie 96 672 2371 or email shimserv@ googlemail.com for more information on the group
FC Torrevieja International Supporters Club ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Date: Thursday 7 July 2011 Time: 7.45pm for 8.00pm Venue: Casa Ventura, San Luis
Spanish Classes by Spanish Teacher (also speaks English) organized by Vecinos Colaborando Association (Crime Watch Spain) every Thursday from 10.00 to 13.00hrs. Tel. 965 992 838 or 628 942 089.
Lawn Bowls for Pensioners every Tuesday from 10.00 to 12.00hrs, organized by Vecinos Colaborando Association (Crime Watch Spain).
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VIVA OUR REVOLUTION-15M! You’ve probably missed the REAL news, what’s happening in here at home in Spain; long over due and most needed considering the circumstances. There have been sporadic incidents of violence in Barcelona, but not many. Madrid has been peaceful and the protest still growing. An internet revolution, similar to the Arab uprising “words” of free thought blew on a gentle breeze throughout the kingdom. Then, they started marching, building their tent cities and remaining visible to all. They were not backing down, nor moving on; the world was to see their plight too. An entire generation without work or hope for any work, tired of welfare, standing in cues waiting for handouts when they want to have jobs and a tiny bit of personal dignity. They espouse Non violence and civil disobedience. Nor do they crave media attention. It’s a rational, logical protest. They refer to themselves as the “Indignant ones”. And, their signs say it best: “Forget the European solutions that don’t touch the banks nor the corruption”. Or, “we are not merchandise in the hands of the politicians nor bankers”. Pretty strong words and more than historically and cerebrally justified. Who would have imagined such a protest that takes up the entire Puerta del Sol in the center of Madrid. It is RINGING THE BELL and making those that rule wake up to some important issues. Unemployment is getting worse in Spain (the highest in Europe) and an entire generation is fed up. The still ruling socialist have proposed various schemes, but none of them have worked—an embarrassment for any of Spain’s lethargic political organizations. One of the protestors stated his dilemma quite poetically: “the democracies we have now are not legitimate as they act only for the financial institutions”. Some fairly erudite thinking and so pathetically true that the mind boggles about it’s simplicity and hard truth veracity. One cannot help but be impressed. Spain appears to be exactly where America was back in the late “60’s when I arrived here. Big changes are going to happen. And it will be from these “truth tellers” who are going to bring the rest of us screaming and hollering into the twenty first century—whether we like it or not. 15M is largely about abandoning the European Pact which is largely considered favourable to ESTABLISHED institutions and not favouring local citizens. This is a major rebellion and I don’t believe it will go away soon much to Spain’s actual benefit in the long run. The Vietnamese War might never have ended if it hadn’t been for America’s grass root protestors who had the audacity to question America’s industrial military complex (at least for a few years). These indeed our “interesting times”.
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Lotus confirms new V8 and city car too
British maker Lotus has confirmed that it will be building its own V8 engine for its upcoming range of new supercars. But at the other end of the line-up, it has also confirmed that a new city car will go on sale in the UK in 2014 too. The new engine will be 4.8-litre V8, designed and built in Hethel, Norfolk. It will weigh around 170kg – that’s 80kg lighter than the engine from the Lexus IS-F that was originally going to be used. The latter was vetoed by prospective buyers who thought the reborn firm should produce its own engines from the ground-up. With a flat-plane crankshaft and a dry sump, the V8 will develop 570bhp and rev to 9,000rpm in standard tune. That figure will rise to 620bhp in even faster R versions. The engine will be fired up on a test bench on August 18 and used in a new LMP2 racing car. It will then appear in the Esprit – due in 2013 in coupe and convertible form – and then the Elite 2+2 drop-top and Eterne four-door coupe. The engine will be a modular unit, so a four-cylinder unit (for the next-generation Elise) and a V6 will be produced from it too. Lotus also confirmed it will build its city car concept, which will be based on the EMAS from parent company Proton. Of the five sports cars revealed at last year’s Paris Motor Show, the Elan has been shelved. Lotus boss Dany Bahar told Auto Express that the noses of the Esprit and Elan had been redesigned to distance the two cars from each other, but the Elan has now been put on ice completely.
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More details on the much-rumoured ‘baby’ Porsche have emerged. The new model, which will be based on a midengined platform debuted by the VW Bluesport concept, is set to carry the legendary 550 tag of the original 50s Spyder. It is also set to feature an all-new engine – a 1.6-litre flatfour-cylinder ‘boxer’ unit. This will be turbocharged giving a power output of around 200bhp. Driving the rear wheels through a conventional manual gearbox – although a PDK twin-clutch could be offered too – the new sub-Boxster machine will arrive in 2014. There are no details regarding performance, but weighing around 1,200kg, the two-seater should be able to do 0-60mph in around 6.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 145mph. But it will also be efficient, returning 40mpg and emitting less than 160g/km of CO2 thanks to start-stop. With a manually operated folding canvas roof, the two seater 550 will be a very back-to-basics Porsche. Smaller than the Boxster, it will be even more agile and one of the most driver-focused cars in the line-up. The same mid-engined platform will spawn a production version of the VW Bluesport – which was revealed at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show – and an Audi-badged roadster
to sit below the TT, badged R4. The latter will move the TT upmarket in terms of price, and the same will happen with the 550 and Boxster, with the new entry-level model starting at around £35,000 pushing the Boxster to £40,000+. While we’ll have to wait until the summer of 2014 for the new 550, plenty of Porsche sports cars will be launched beforehand. The wraps will come off the all-new 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September while the new Boxster and Cayman are due in 2012.
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Boost for Toyota’s UK G.T.AUTOS LOS DOLSES s.l factory Following the announcements that BMW and Nissan will pledge a total of £692million into UK production facilities, Toyota is the latest to provide a boost to the UK motor industry with the announcement it will begin exporting the British-built Avensis to Japan. The model is built at Toyota’s plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire and is already exported to 47 countries worldwide. This latest move will result in an additional 750 Tourer estate models a month produced to be exported to Japan from July. Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd Managing Director Katsunori Kojima said: “We are very proud that the Avensis has been selected for export to Japan. This is yet another vote of confidence for the factory and the high quality of our products.” The decision to export the Avensis to its homemarket was prompted by an increase in demand from Japanese customers for European styling and engineering. Each car will be powered by 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a CVT gearbox.
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DAYA NUEVA C.F. ALEVINS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT Report by Daya Dave Over the week-end of 17th, 18th and 19th June, Daya hosted their football tournament between 7 local clubs split into two groups. Group A had Sheffield United, Rafal and Montesinos playing each other. Group B had Daya, Formentera, Mil Palmeras and Dolores up against each other. The top two in each group going through to the semi-finals. Daya went through to the semi-finals quite comfortably winning all three of their group games with goals for 22 and goals against just 2. In the semi final Daya beat Montesinos, the runners up from Group A by 4 – 1. Sheffield also made the semi-finals and had to play the runners up in our Group B, Dolores. Sheffield made hard work of beating Dolores by 2 – 0. Daya v. Sheffield This was widely predicted to be the two teams in the final. Both teams having been unbeaten so far meant that something had to give. Within 2 minutes Daya took the lead with a great strike from distance by David. Daya pressured for long periods of the half but despite some good chances could not add to their score. So 1 – 0 to Daya at half time. Sheffield flew at Daya from the start of the second half but it was Daya having the better chances. With 10 minutes played a great run and cross from Angel was met by Marcos for 2 – 0 Daya. Straight from the kick off it was 3 – 0 when Manuel blasted home an unstoppable shot. Sheffield still looked dangerous at times but 3 – 0 down it was a mountain to climb. It
was an even higher mountain to climb when Carlos scored a superb solo goal. It was all Daya now with not much coming from Sheffield. Youssef hit a thunderous shot from close range to make it 5 – 0 with time almost up. Goal Scorers 1 David, 2 Marcos, 3 Manuel, 4 Carlos, 5 Youssef Daya’s Angel was the winner of the Golden Boot Trophy for most goals scored in the tournament. Not bad for a player playing in defence ! Danni our Goal Keeper won the Least Goals Conceded Trophy, letting in just 3 goals in 5 games ! Many thanks must go to all the people involved in setting up and running the tournament. Also thanks must go to all the match officials who controlled the games so well. It was good to see so many supporters there cheering their teams on. The whole week-end’s football was ;played in the spirit it was intended, and was a pleasure to be part of. Coach Paco has good reason to be proud of his Daya team. They were magnificent this week-end as they have been all season. I would just like to mention the Mil Palmeras team. Despite having to field mostly Benjamin players, as their Alevins players were not available, they kept on going even though suffering big defeats, Well done to these youngsters and their coach, Tony. Also well done to Daya’s Benjamin, Rodrigues who came on as a sub for his first ever Alevin game and scored a goal ! Team Sponsor Segurlab Kit Sponsor bluemoonsport.co.uk
FEDERATION NEWS KINGS CUP REPORT Two games to report for the Lions. Our first game was home to San Luis who currently are in second place behind us in Red League. A good result in the men’s singles for Bill Pain who beat Allen Bowen 21-12. In the ladies Diane Lawton Was matched against National Champion Val Sherry and Val continued her very good form to take the game. In the pairs Veronica Sale and Graham Phillips were against Bobbie Vanner and Mal Hughes, where a very close game ensued with our pair eventually winning 13-10. The triple of Norma Lamberton, Pearl Houghton and John Muldoon were on top form and lead the game all the way to run out winners 20-13 against Ray Robson, Derrick Cooper and Mike Cox. In the fours Deidre Leeming, Dave Donovan, Jason Prokopowycz and Derek Sale had a tough game against the four led by Colin Highland and although, according to skip Derek Sale his front end bowled very well we were unable to take the game. Results were 8-4 to the Lions with us taking the overall by only 2 shots! Our second game was away to Monte Mar. Unfortunately John Haigh had to withdraw early that morning due to ill health which meant that we could only field four teams. In the event we still managed to win the game 8-6 with the shots 95-68. Graham Phillips was our men’s singles player and had an impressive win 21-10 against Alan Ashbury. In the pairs Norma Lamberton and Pearl Houghton were against Denise Ashbury and Stan Routledge and despite some impressive bowling by both ladies and holding match on the last end and good wood by
Stan took the game to Monte Mar. The triples of Diane Lawton, Deidre Leeming and Jason Prokopowycz were matched against Rowena Good, Danny Redgewell and Harry Dobson, and despite some impressive bowling by Harry our three bowled very well to take the game 21-10. In the fours our all men squad of Jackie Breslin, Dave Donovan , John Muldoon and Bill Pain had an impressive win 23-14 against Babs Caiger, Dave Buckland, Dave Melville and Mike Farrelly. PRESDENT’S CUP Held at San Miguel Mary and Phil Lockley with skip Nigel Baigent had their first taste of Federation cup games and acquitted themselves very well. The competition was played over two sets with a three end tie break. Nigel’s three went to a tie break in all their games, but were unfortunately unable to make it through to the next round. Our second team of Diane Lawton, Deidre Leeming and Jason Prokopowycz (Norma Lamberton standing in for Diane on the first day) won their section and went on to play in the semi-final against a team lead by Spanish International Brian Manser from Javea. We won the first set quite convincingly but in the second Brian’s team were well in the lead when an impressive shot by Jason gave us four shots to leave us 1 shot down with the last end to play. We were holding three shots to win the game and reach the final, when an impressive drawing shot by Brian levelled the match to take us to a tie break, which unfortunately did not go in our favour.
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receding and has dropped about a foot. There are no small fry in the margins except for shoals of 2 inch Bass, which seems to indicate that the fish are late spawning due to the long winter and the water being cold. The lake now seems to hold a large head of Barbel and they are supposed to be bottom feeders but are now feeding up in the water on hemp and pellet. 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 29.080kg fishing up in the water on hemp and pellet 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 26.660kg on pole and paste 3rd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 20.860kg on feeder and paste The winners of the Spring League Trophy for 2011 1st S Roberts with 84pts 2nd L Bolton with 81pts 3rd T Screen with 67pts Details are available from The Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER: Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm
friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meeting at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) will be held on Friday 8th of July at 12 o’clock. On Saturday 9th of July at 12 o’clock the meeting will be held at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the sea-front between Isla Plana and the Port. NOTE The subs are now due at these meetings €5 for renewal and €10 for new members. Refreshments and lunch are available at each location. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: anglerstogether@ hotmail.com TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE
Thursday 23th June JUNE MONTHLY STABLEFORD ‘Clammy & cloudy’ was how one of our Scottish members described conditions today, as 72 players took part in the last stableford of the season. I think everyone was feeling the effects of the increase in temperatures; the scores were not that high today, but many congratulations to David Gray, who won the June Stableford with 37points. (All results decided on countback) Gold Division: 1st David Gray 37pts, 2nd Bernie Osborne 36pts, 3rd Peter Butterworth 36pts Silver Division: 1st Tony Hitt 35pts, 2nd Bruce Gordon 34pts, 3rd Julian Frutos 33pts Bronze Division: 1st Bryan Fenick
35pts, 2nd Brian Heard 33pts, 3rd Alec Relph 32pts Nearest the Pins: 5th Bill Martin, 11th Peter Butterworth (sponsored by Manolos), 12th (2nd shot – sponsored by Super Valu) Frank Britten, 15th Dave Nicholls, 17th Dave Nicholls. Football Draw: Pino Perito, Marilyn Eckersall, Franco Gentili. Captain’s Bunker raised €2 (Bernie Osborne donated €20) CSA today +1 After the presentation the Handicap Secretary urged players to check and recheck their gross scores before handing their cards in – one player lost out on a prize today for an incorrect gross score. By the way our Handicap Secretary who won on Tuesday Toffs with 42 points only scored 18points today …just when you think you have
got your game sorted!!! Another reminder about the importance of the dress code on the golf course, swimming trunks are not acceptable Mr. Young! A reminder that the Eurogolf AGM is on Friday 1st July, please make every effort to attend. Finally, a mention that our Captain, Malcolm Foskett had to come off the course on Tuesday, not feeling too good, but hopefully he will be able to attend our Presentation Dinner/Dance, tomorrow 24th July, and also Bruce Leckey spent last night in Torrevieja Hospital undergoing tests, hope to see you back with us soon, Bruce fit & well. Also glad to report Ken Enever can now see after a successful eye operation … now all your putts will drop, Ken!!
Friday June 24th Mazarron played away from home against Lemon Tree “Dambusters” in the penultimate match for Mazarron in the SABA league. An early start for the Mazarron players with an hour and quarter drive up to Alicante to play our friends at Lemon Tree Bowls Club. With the sat navs set and air cons on it was onwards and upwards. Mazarrons last meeting with Lemon Tree resulted in a draw so we were anticipating a fairly good match but hoped this time for a win of course. The weather on our arrival was very warm with a few darkish clouds ominously lurking around and as much as a warm shower would have been wonderful, it would have hindered the game somewhat. Fortunately the clouds remained just a threat but unfortunately so did
Mazarron, although there was some excellent games Lemon Tree won 4, Mazarron won 1 and 1 game a draw. Well done to K BRIDGE, D GREEN & K SALTER for their win 20-19 and R POTTS, R LOGUE & D MORRISS for their 1616 draw. This result now means that Mazarron has slipped down to 4th place in the league. Just one more match to play at home for Mazarron on Friday 1st July against Quesada “Lancasters” who are currently in 2nd place in the league and only ahead of Mazarron by 7 points, so who knows, it’s not all over yet. If you are interested in joining us at Mazarron Bowls Club check us out on www.mazarronbowsclub.webs.com or Tel :- Captain :-637461038 / Secretary 96813119 Report by Wendy Reynolds
On Thursday we travelled to El Plantio the weather was beautiful sunshine with a little cloud perfect for golf. The course was in lovely condition which was reflected by the excellent scoring. a big thank you to the staff at El Plantio for their help and assistance. Nearest the pin - hole 7 Ted Aherne, hole 9 John Milton, hole 18 Ted Aherne Gold division winner - Dan Aherne, 32 points; Silver division winner - Ron Gibbons, 30 points; Bronze division winner - Jimmy Scott, 32 points Our next game is at Bonalba on Thursday 7th July, tee off is 10.00.a.m. Anyone wishing to join the society please call Bill on 679 007 756.
RODS and REELS This weeks´ competition was the 7th in the Summer Championship series. This series is 9 matches with the best 6 results to count. The venue was the Rio Segura at Murcia. The river is still high with a lot of water under the bridge, although you can still walk through it. The river is still pushing through, as it has been for the last 4-5 months, where all the water is coming from is anybody´s guess. We have another match here in several weeks and it would be nice if the river returned to its normal flow. In saying that, the fishing wasn´t that bad as the results will show. Weather on the day was red hot, how some of the anglers fished without a brolly is beyond me. Top rods on the day 1st Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton fishing the pole using paste with 27.36 kilo´s. 2nd Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare the pole using bread and corn with 20.98 kilo´s. 3rd Terry ( Swing E´m ) Screen fishing the pole using paste with 16.54 kilo´s. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN: The final match of the Spring Series was held at Argos on the 21st June 2011 the water is now
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no complaints about the draw.
Texas Scramble 23rd June 2011
We also had a visitor from Australia join us - our friend Alan Godwin who now lives in Perth. He thought Las Colinas was beautiful and he said “you must be good to play here” - no Alan we just love playing at Las Colinas.
Well it sure is getting hotter by the day and early tee times would seem a better option but some of our group find it hard to wake to the “dawn chorus”. Now remember we are going to continue to play the Society day every Thursday throughout the summer months of July and August - we really can survive as our Caddy Master makes sure we all have our cooler boxes on the buggies with ice and water and even the walkers (the very fit among us) also get their bottles of water not forgetting the Snack wagon which does regular trips around the course with sandwiches and chocolate delights and ice cold drinks too. Sorry no alcohol... yet!!!!! This week we had one of the most favorite games a Texas Scramble it’s nice to mix everyone up and have
Oh by the way did any one find Mike Harris’s “Mojo” he lost that and also all his rhythm......... please return to him should you find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Results 1st Place: 67 Nett (59.2) Stewart Davey - Liz Richardson - Stan Canter - Phil Newnes 2nd Place: 67 Nett (59.4) Robin Richards - Ged Henly - Tony McGlade - Lynn Harris Well done to our winners - you are safe this week Phil cannot cut your handicap. Next Game: Thursday 30th June 2011 - any 3 from 4 Bernie Newnes
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El Plantio on Wednesday 22nd June 2011.
An ominous black cloud hung over the course as we made our way up to El Plantio. Was it really an omen? Certainly not according to our resident meteorologist Geoff Dowsett! “The sun will sharp burn that off” he said and boy was he right. There was an air of excitement and anticipation amongst the 39 members who came to what is becoming one of the Society’s favourite courses. It was rather like the last day at school when the teacher tells the class they can bring in their favourite toys or games. Was it that five of the usual seven committee members had gone awol ? Was it that Gail wasn’t playing so the rest of us mere mortals felt there was a chance of getting in amongst the spoils? Whatever the reason we all set out in good spirits for what turned out to be a long hot day. A big thank you is due at this stage to Meirion Roberts and Tony Rowley who kindly helped with the administration for the day. Watching the bedraggled and strung out field return whilst sat with beer in hand it was difficult to believe it was the same people that had set out with such a spring in their step. Certainly the hottest game so far this year. From the outset it was obvious that several members along with their teams of sports psychologists had given the conditions serious consideration before starting as many headed straight for the shelter of the trees. Some players
endeavouring to stay there for the duration. Certainly the heat was a factor and effected players and results in different ways. One member who shall remain nameless (but he knows who he is) even managed “accidentally” to drive over my foot with his buggy. His best drive of the day he said! Scores were down on the previous game but in general the course again provided a most enjoyable day. Notable exceptions to this being the new green on the 11th (very gritty) and the par three 14th which many believe is the least fair hole on the course. The results for the day were as follows: Gold: 1st Richard Hards 38points, 2nd Malcolm Morrison 36points, 3rd Phil Rhodes 30points (cb) Silver: 1st Paul Flanaghan 31points,2nd Mark Good 30points, 3rd Paul Carter 29points Bronze: 1st Steve Cosgrove Snr. 34points, 2nd Scott Blair 28points, 3rd John Soderberg 26points Guest Prize: D. Surtees, 28points Nearest The Pin: Hole 7 Barny Barningham, Hole 9 Colin Ranson, Hole 14 The course, Hole 18 Dicky Claes Free Game Raffle: Paul Carter 2’s Competition: No winner so a rollover for the next game. Regards Gail Coultate
Sponsored by Rocajuna Restaurant This first season has been very eventful, with the team playing in division 4 of the Las Salinas League, they won this with ease, having a highly skilled team, they now gain promotion when the Winter League resumes in November. A second team will also be joining the league, new players are welcome to join the club who play on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday start time 4-30. The club have a good mix of players from France, Spain ,and Britain, an ideal place to improve your game, for further information please call Jackie on 966722312. After talks with the town hall, it was agreed to clear land behind the
present playing area, and increase by a further ten pistes, this was done very quickly, with the final touches now being made. By increasing to 16 pitches this now brings Rocajuna into the leading venues, with a toilet due to be ready shortly, this will greatly improve the clubs status. The opening meeting should be on June 25th, with a pairs competition bringing 32 teams together, entries can be made to Jackie. A second championship is planned for July 9th. WETHERBY PETANQUE CLUB A team from Wetherby in Yorkshire, are finalizing plans to visit the Torrevieja area for a week’s competition, arriving on October 16 until the 22nd. This follows
winter breaks by 3 of the members who have now become regulars in this area, they are looking for a match most days which should not be difficult with so many clubs in close proximity . XPS PETANCA A change in playing time, we will start at 7pm on Wednesday, and 10am still on Saturday. New players are very welcome to join us at Lemon Tree Bowls club. LAKESIDE PETANCA We play AT San Luis, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10am. All players are welcome to join in. Lakeside also invite new players to join them in readiness for the winter league. For further information please call Roger on 966785642
Wednesday 22 June 2011 Federated Individual Medal Competition with Martin Archer Another beautiful day dawned although our resident bootneck Ivan McIlwaine was a bit sceptical of the clouds during the drive to the club saying “I didn´t bring my umbrella”. I re-assured him that it would probably not be needed. I have to say that the course is in superb contion after the hollow tyning of the greens. The grounds staff have done a lovely job getting into this condition. To be honest it was a bit of a poor showing for the medal round with only 14 members turning up. We have a few back in good old Blightey for various reasons but it could have been better attended by the members. We are hoping for a better showing for the next competition. We also had 2 guests Bob Sampson & Stever Baker. Bob Sampson winning the guest prize (I will spare his embarrasment by not mentioning his nett score). There was the usual horror holes as there always is with a medal competition. Our illustrious Captain
taking a 10 at the 5th hole, (I was fortunate to witness this and I don´t know how he held it together after that to be truthful), John (Ned) Kelley´s 10 at the 2nd, 9 at the 10th & 10 at the 18th really did for him (I won´t mention the 8 at one of the other holes as this would embarres him too much I think) & not to be left out your intrepid reporter managed an 8 at the 1st, a 7 at the 6th & an 8 at the 17th. That really spoilt a good round as I posted a nett 73 even
with those bad holes. The eventual winners were: Rod Smith – Nett 70; John Adlam – Nett 71; Peter Rastall – Nett 72 Quite a few of us will be playing in the competition run by the hotel on Saturday so our next outing will be on Monday 27th. There is still plenty of time for the members to get their names down. Until next time, enjoy the weather & your golf.
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Presidents Trophy ~ Villaitana Levante Course, Benidorm President Barry Butterworth asked to play his Trophy game at Benidorm as having been there before liked the course. The game had been planned well in advance and it only required some tweaking to get the format of Pairs Better Ball correct. The coach had been booked and filled with golfers and their partners and family. Those not playing were destined for a day out in Benidorm shopping and sightseeing. The weather had been ordered as well and was perfect for golf. Dry hot and sunny. We picked up the coach at 9.15am and were at the course by 11.00am .The golfers were dropped off and the rest were taken into Benidorm until 6.00pm.At the course we had plenty of time to practice and warm
up for our game which had a first tee time of 12.00 noon so there was no panicking. The course looked in perfect condition and apart from the lack of sand in some bunkers there were no complaints or bad comments about the course. From previous experience we knew that the greens were difficult to read and fast as anyone who had a downhill putt would confirm. Our handicap secretary had organized the nearest the pin holes after getting a note from the captain saying which holes he wanted, however he made one important change, the gross 2´s hole was moved from hole 14 to hole 7 as it was thought too easy. After the game it was discovered that there was only one 2 scored on the day by Mick Hardy and guess what it was on the 14th.Now that’s bad luck. The first
nearest the pin was on the 3rd and was won by Ken Hunt, just 6 inches inside my attempt seconds before. Hole 5 was nearest in 2 and was won by Paul Matthews and Hole 14 by Mick Hardy. Hole 16 was nearest in 3 and had Bob Eaton’s name on it. As I said earlier the Presidents Trophy is always a pairs better ball Stableford and there is also an individual prize for the highest scorer. Unfortunately Geoff Green who is still recovering from his illness was not fit enough to attend and so Barry Butterworth was left with out a partner. The committee decided that they would appoint a partner after the game and it just so happened that this particular player had had a very good day. George Payne who had travelled with his Harem of ladies had scored 42 points to take the individual title and when paired with Barry they had an unassailable 49 better ball points. To say Barry was slightly embarrassed at winning his own trophy was an understatement but everyone agreed that he should accept the trophy as it was a pairs competition. 2nd place went to Barry Beale and Frank Broadhurst with 45 points and in 3rd place won on count back was Mick Hardy and Ron Wade from myself and Roger McGeagh both on 44 points. The scoring on the day was excellent with half of the society scoring 32 points or better. The presentation of the prizes took place in the clubhouse at the course and the photo shows all the prizewinners with Barry Butterworth (President) seated in front. For more details about the society go to www.sanjaviergolfsociety.co.uk Report by Bob Gallard
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