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Greece approved more austerity measures needed to avert default next month, in a vote Wednesday that calmed markets but triggered a second day of riots that left dozens injured and the capital blanketed with tear gas. The passage of the bill was a decisive step for the country to get the next batch of bailout loans from international creditors and was met with a huge sigh of relief in markets and by Greece’s partners in the eurozone. A Greek default could potentially trigger a banking crisis, particularly in Europe, and turmoil in global markets. Soon after the vote, the euro was trading at a fairly elevated level around the $1.44 mark while stock markets around the world were posting big gains. In Greece, the main Athens stock market closed up 0.5pc at 1,264, while the country’s borrowing costs eased some 80 basis points from a morning high, with the yield on 10-year bonds settling at the still high 16.55pc. Another bill has to be passed on Thursday for the government to secure the money. The bill to cut spending and raise taxes by €28bn over five years, and raise €50bn in privatizations over the same period of time, has provoked widespread outrage, coming after a year of deep cuts that have seen public sector salaries and pensions cut and unemployment rise to above 16pc. While deputies voted, stun grenades echoed across the square outside the Parliament building and acrid clouds of tear gas hung in the streets. The violence continued sporadically after the vote and smoke was billowing from beneath the Finance Ministry. Authorities and emergency services said 31 police and 15 protesters were injured and transferred to hospitals, while 30 people were detained, and 11 arrested. The European Union and International Monetary Fund have demanded both bills pass before it releases a €12bn installment of the country’s €110bn bailout fund. Without it, Greece was facing defaulting on its debts by the middle of next month. Even with the installment, Greece is still in financial trouble and has been in talks with its international creditors for a second bailout, which Prime Minister George Papandreou has said will be roughly the same size as the first. “We must avoid the country’s collapse with every effort,” Papandreou said before the vote. “Outside, many are protesting. Some are truly suffering, others are losing they privileges. It is their democratic right. But they and no one else must never suffer the consequences and for their families of a collapse. We must do everything so that there is no freeze in payments.”

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beach safety given boost

Aledo............................................................

On Sunday morning at 3:03 hours, there was an earthquake centred in the northwest area of Aledo. It registered 2.3 degrees in magnitude and occurred at a depth of 11 kilometres. It does not seem to have caused any damage, and after touring the affected area the Civil Guard declared the area safe.

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Sport The Gobierno Regional has invested over 762,000 euros in the provision of beach safety facilities. Between now and September the 71 beaches in the coastal area of Murcia will be monitored by 238 safety staff. Of this number 218 will be lifeguards, 11 will crew rescue boats, 2 are medical technicians supporting 5 medical vehicle drivers and a service coordinator. Their objectives are to rescue people on the beaches and in the water, to offer assistance to ships and small craft, offer first aid and transport of casualties as well as giving general information and advice to bathers. The areas covered are the towns of Aguilas, Lorca, Mazarron, Cartagena, La Union, Los Alcazares, San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar, in all around 160 kilometres of coastline. The initiative, which will be in operation during July and August, has 106 checkpoints, 17 rescue boats stationed on beaches, 15 rescue jet skis, 10 quad bikes, and 17 canoes. In addition, there will be 8 rescue boats

manned by qualified professionals in relief and rescue. The boats are located at the sports port of Lo Pagán, the Club Náutico de la Villa (San Pedro del Pinatar), Puerto Tomás Maestre (San Javier), Centro de Alto Rendimiento en Los Narejos (Los Alcázares), Puerto de Cartagena and Cabo de Palos (Cartagena), the fishing ports of Mazarrón and Águilas. There will also be a rescue helicopter, located at the air base Alcantarilla, for the relocation and evacuation of sick and wounded to hospital. During July and August 2010 a total of 28,363 cases were dealt with by the beach safety staff. Of these 61.5 percent were first aid given for allergies, stings, sunburn, burns, fainting, bruising, wounds and fractures. There were 10,457 calls regarding lost people or requests for help by disabled people. 447 water rescues were undertaken, which is a 33.38% reduction from the previous year. Of these, 350 were rescues of swimmers and 38 were from craft on the water.

La Consejería de Presidencia has earmarked 979,000 euros this year to the municipalities of the region to co-finance the Civil Defence volunteers, to support rescue groups and to offer logistical support in case of a major emergency. Operations by volunteers, the proper maintenance of equipment and material and the safety of the citizens are the priorities set by the Community to ensure a prompt, effective and coordinated Civil Protection Service. Some 2,000 volunteers are part of the 37 units of Civil Protection in the Region of Murcia that provide support to the emergency services in disasters and also assist in the care of those affected The largest grant, 642,000 euros, goes to co-finance the monitoring service on beaches and rescue at sea through the Plan Copla. In order to combat forest fires, municipalities have been allocated 310,000 euros to cofinances the work carried out by Civil Defence volunteers in the monitoring of forests and the extinguishing of forest fires. The Ayuntamiento de Santomera is subsidised to the amount of 12,000 euros for the Civil Defence volunteers who act as a Coordination Group, centralising and coordinating communication between all emergency services in cases of disaster. 6,000 euros is allocated equally to the municipalities of Cehegín, Jumilla, Librilla and Molina de Segura (a rate of 1,500 euros each), whose volunteers perform tasks of logistic support in cases of a major emergency or disaster.

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The Puerto Marina de Las Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar was host to the Porsche Event IV Murcia, which brought together nearly 100 vehicles this exclusive brand. The Queen of the Fiestas de San Pedro, Ana Caballero, accompanied by her court and Councillors for Tourism and Celebrations, Antonio Garcia and Silvia Egea, opened the event which drew together many visitors and Porsche fans. The event started around 10:00 am with a Trial, in which the international competitor Dani Cegarra participated. In addition, there were exhibitions and displays of participating cars. There were workshops on vehicle cleaning and repairs. Stalls offered model cars, miniatures, books, technical manuals and other related products. During the day there was a Concours d’Elegance, with awards for different categories and models.


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The Polytechnic University of Valencia held a national competition with a 12,000€ prize for innovation in the sphere of innovative business ideas. The first prize went to a group of students, whose headquarters is in Elche, and who work together under the name of Payload Airspace, and who have produced a rocket capable of carrying experimental scientific materials into space, and subsequently retrieving the rocket and its payload undamaged on its return to earth. The group’s ultimate goal is to establish in Spain a company that manufactures aerospace sector launch vehicles with rockets capable of suborbital flights, and which will be capable of placing small satellites into orbit for scientific experiments. To learn more go to www.payload.es

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The Gobierno of the Confederacion of Júcar has announced plans to cease the provision of water for agricultural irrigation to the districts of Vinalopó and L’Alacantí as part of a review of the river basin management plan. This will affect an area of around 18,000 hectares, and will seriously compromise the success of agricultural crops in the area. Farmers estimate that they will lose at least 36% of their water quotient.

Villajoyosa................................................... Aguagest have inadvertently discovered that the ancient Roman city of Allon, which is known to lie beneath the town of Villajoyosa, is much larger than previously thought. Aguagest created 15 bore holes in preparation to installing a two metre storm drain to protect the city. However, in the course of their work they have now for the first time revealed the extent of the old city. Archeologists have long believed that the city of Allon was much larger than that revealed by the official works. In AD 74 the Emperor Vespasian gave city status to Allon, indicating its importance. It became the capital of the Marina Baixa area and ruled over other settlements such as Alfas del Pi and Altea. Its importance for trade is witnessed by the contemporary records, which show a cohort, which was made up of 500 legionaries, stationed in the city. The ancient city was in constant use for a thousand years from Roman times, as evidenced by two graveyards which have been excavated in the city. However, there are references to an earlier city of Greek origin called Alonis on the site.

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All trace of 15-M protestors disappears from Valencia overnight

Officers from the local police force and Spain’s national police cordoned off the pedestrian area of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Square) in Valencia on Tuesday, after a “smooth” overnight operation to move the 15-M protestors on. Between 40 and 50 protestors were moved on at around 04.30 hours on Tuesday morning after spending nearly three months camped out in the city centre. Street cleaners are now trying to clean up the area that only a few hours ago was covered by some 20 tents, information points and banners and posters suppoting the “indignados” cause. According to the Twitter social networking website, the protestors have reorganised themselves in the nearby

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Police sniffer vultures plan a ‘disaster’

Police chiefs are to scrap a plan to use vultures to replace sniffer dogs after it turned out to be a miserable failure.

already ruffled feathers with fans of more traditional methods.

Police in Germany imported the birds from Carinthia, Austria, in the hope their amazing eyesight, fantastic sense of smell and ability to find dead prey would help them to find missing bodies.

“Everyone knows what vultures do when they find a body and they’re not going to be as easy to call off as a Labrador. You could find half the evidence disappearing down their beaks,” said one.

But the three birds - named Sherlock, Miss Marples and Columbo - have failed to find a single cadaver laid out in the wild for them - unless put in front of their beaks. And one refuses to fly at all. Sherlock walks around at a speed similar to a waddling duck making him far less efficient than the average sniffer dog.

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In addition the other two birds - Miss Marple and Columbo - spend most of their time fighting.

Trainer German Alonso admitted: “They don’t seem to be able to do anything other than attack each other.” And he admitted they had done more research on the birds that indicated they might not have been the best choice.

An insider working with the project at Walsrode in Lower Saxony, Germany, confirmed: “The project has been a disaster.”

He said: “It seems they are rather cowardly birds they would rather hide in the woods than be out and about in the open.”

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Gorilla In France Lives With Zoo Manager

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Riot police clear “indignant protesters” in Barcelona More than 100 Spanish riot police evicted scores of “indignant” protesters after they had refused to abandon a six-week encampment in a major Barcelona square

Catalan police surrounded the activists in the early hours of last Thursday morning with a double cordon of officers, backed by dozens of police vans, in the northeastern Spanish city’s Plaza de Catalunya square. Police in full anti-riot gear warned the 40 or so activists by loudspeaker that they had 15 minutes to depart and then they moved in, taking the names of those remaining before allowing them to leave. There were no apparent signs of violence. Municipal cleaners then moved in to collapse the dozens of protest stands and tents, including platforms perched on trees. “It was all very quick and calm. As far as we know there is no-one left in there. Those who were caught by surprise inside the square by the police operation were identified and then they let them go,” said a protest spokesman, Roc Peris, standing outside the police cordon. “We are calm. People who were inside are out now. It is impossible to go back becasue the square is strongly protected by the police,” he said. Activists had agreed to clear the tent camp last Wednesday in return for the city giving them an information booth to help tell people about the protest over Spain’s economic crisis. But they refused to go at the last minute,

saying the city authorities had offered them a cabin measuring eight square metres (86 square feet), which Peris said was “not enough”. The Barcelona encampment was set up as part of a movement that erupted May 15 when activists rallied protesters to city squares around Spain, spreading the word via Twitter and Facebook. The protesters have won broad public support in their fight against austerity measures, a 21.29-percent unemployment rate and corruption-tainted politicians. On May 27, Catalan anti-riot police fired rubber bullets and swung truncheons to disperse protesters in the Barcelona square, resulting in 87 mostly light injuries. By that same evening, however, at least 5,000 people were back in the square pitching tents again. A protest camp in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square was dismantled on June 12 but the group has since mounted a series of protests, rallying an estimated 200,000 people across Spain on June 19. Last week, small groups of activists set off on long marches from Barcelona, Valencia in the east and Cadiz in the south to spread their protest before joining up for a Madrid rally planned on July 24.

Spanish official consumer price inflation eases in June

Spanish inflation eased to a still brisk 3.0 percent pace in June, official data showed on Thursday, in the midst of a cigarette price war and a cucumber crisis. Consumer price inflation eased in June from 3.4 percent in May and a 30month peak of 3.5 percent in April, the National Statistics Institute said in a preliminary etimate. The report gave no detailed price breakdown, saying only that inflation eased because of “the behaviour of tobacco prices, food and non-alcoholic drinks”. Tobacco manufaturers have been cutting cigarette prices in recent weeks in a battle for smokers. And prices for cucumbers and other vegetables plunged after Spanish-grown

cucumbers were mistakenly blamed May 26 for a deadly outbreak of E. coli infection in Germany. A definitive June inflation report is due July 13. Despite the latest dip, Spanish inflation remains higher than the eurozone average of 2.7 percent in June. Pounded by the doublepunch of an international financial crisis and the bursting of a property bubble, Spain plunged into a recession in 2009 before stabilising last year. The economy showed growth of 0.3 percent in the first quarter of this year, not enough however to prevent unemployment soaring to 21.29 percent -- the highest in the industrialised world.

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Hotel sector to take on 60,000 more staff this summer

Spanish hotels are set to take on 60,000 more seasonal staff this year than they did last summer, an increase of 26%, according to figures presented today by the president of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels (Cehat), Juan Molas. This means that hotels will be taking on some 290,000 extra employees this summer compared with 230,000 in 2010. Hoteliers are hoping that 2011 will be better than last year, thanks in the main to the economic recovery in the main European markets and an important increase in Russian

tourists (35% more bookings than last year). Give the increasing affluence of foreign tourists, Molas warned Spaniards holding out for that last minute deal that they might be disappointed, as many places are already fully booked for the summer. The home market, which accounts for 50% of the business in some areas and which is still undoubtedly being affected by the recession, is still a cause for concern amongst Spanish hoteliers, and prices are still very much determined by national demand.

Spain-Portugal high-speed train link postponed

Portugal’s new conservative government today announced the suspension of the high-speed train link to Spain, although it maintained that it could be reconsidered at a later date and with a revised budget. As had already been outlined in his electoral campaign, the new Portugese prime minister, Pedro Passos Coelho (pictured, right), confirmed today that the project would not now go ahead, despite the fact that half the work on

Portugese soil has already been done. The decision, which will now be debated in the Legislative Assembly, means that the future rail link, which was started with EU funding and is already well advanced in Spain, could be re-evaluated in the future under “new conditions”. The conservative coalition government, that took over after the socialists were defeated in the elections on June 5th, included in its manifesto many more measures to save money in order to alleviate the recession and to be able to meet the terms of its international financial rescue package. Pressure on Portugese debt forced

former prime minister Sócrates to ask for financial help in April of this year, and in exchange for the 78 billion euros of aid granted by Brussels and the International Monetary Fund, the government in Lisbon has to adhere to a very strict programme of reduction in public spending. As far as the high-speed train link (AVE) is concerned, Passos Coelho said: “the project could be subject to a reevaluation, including the contents and calendar, with an eye on optimizing costs, under new conditions and taking into account the legal status of the contracts that have already been signed”. The AVE link between Lisbon and Madrid was supposed to have been opened in 2013. The high-speed rail projects between Spain and Portugal were revised two years ago, with both governments agreeing to delay the Vigo-Oporto link, which had also originally been scheduled to open in 2013.


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Spain cuts high speed ‘ghost train’ Ex-mayor of Calpe implicated in corruption case The ex-mayor of Calpe Francisco Javier Morató

(formerly of the PP) and businessman Ángel Fenoll are amongst a group of eleven people at the heart of an investgation into illegalities in the rubbish collection service in this Alicante town.

According to the Valencian Community High Court of Justice, Morató, Fenoll and nine other people will have to give evidence on September 20th and 21st in a court in Dénia. The case will investigate alleged bribery, corruption and prevarication surrounding the contracts for rubbish collections that were awarded to Colsur, a company owned by Ángel Fenoll. Apart from Morató, who left the PP and is now an MP for the independent Alternativa Popular para Calpe (APC) party, and Fenoll, the judge has also called Juan Roselló, Fernando Penella and José Perles (PP), as well as businessman Juan Artacho and municipal engineer Juan Cervantes, amongst others. Details of the individual investigations have not been released, but is believed there were irregularities in the weighing on rubbish trucks, leading to inflated bills for the town hall. This is just one more in a series of more than 20 cases linked to the Brugal case, which began five years ago amid suspicion of fraud and bribery in the rubbish collection service in Orihuela, and which has been extended to other areas after police ‘phone tapping authorised by the judges in the case revealed the greater extent of the corruption.

Spain’s state-controlled rail operator has been forced to axe one of its newest high speed train services after it emerged that the only nine passengers were using it each day.

The AVE route connecting the Castilla la Mancha capital Toledo with the cities of Albacete and Cuenca was inaugurated with much fanfare last December, one of the links that helped Spain overtake France as the country operating Europe’s biggest high speed rail network. But Enrique Urkijo, the Director General for Passengers at Renfe, was forced to concede that the project had not been a success and that operating a “ghost train” was no longer feasible. “From Friday it will no longer be in service,” he announced in Toledo on Monday. “Renfe feels the pain when we transport only steel,” he said referring to the fact that only nine passengers on average used the route daily. Instead passengers will have to change trains in Madrid, from which high-speed trains are already operating to the biggest three cities of Castilla-La Mancha. The journey time would increase from two hours and five minutes between Toledo and Albacete to two hours and 28 minutes. The failed route, which costs 18,000 euros (£16,000) a day to operate, is one of a series of infrastructure “white elephants” that have sprung up in recent years across the Spanish landscape. Castellon Airport, built at a cost of 150 million euros (£134 million) and inaugurated in March, has yet to receive its first scheduled flight. Mile upon mile of empty toll roads are running at a loss. A large part of austerity measures introduced by the socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriquez has been to drastically shrink public spending on infrastructure that burgeoned out of control during the country’s boom years and sent its borrowing costs soaring as the economic crisis hit. Since Spain opened its first bullet train connection between Madrid and Seville in 1992 it has become the operator of the largest high-speed network in Europe with more than 1,700 miles of track.

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Camposol Fiesta 2011

Well, what a wonderful weekend of sun, fun and good music has just passed by! So far, all of the remarks from the fiesta goers and from the web have been very positive that we got it right (again) this year. The Craft Fair and International Market was packed with happy punters which

de Mazarron, another hour of fascinating Spanish music and dance. We were also privileged, for the first time to have a Spanish bar, Hermadad de la Negacion of Totana, who made a nice little sum for their charity. They have already confirmed that they will be back.

made all of the charities and businesses very happy. We were privileged that the Mayor came up to open the Fiesta, along with others from the council, and I am sure that this will become a regular occurrence. The weekend was full of fantastic local talent with performances by people representing every age group within the community. From popular local bands to the hugely successful Mazarrón Dance festival there was a little bit of something for everyone. We hope to build on this year’s Spanish content next year, as we had Rondalla De Mazarrón on Saturday afternoon, who gave us all an hour of wonderful Spanish music and then on Sunday we were entertained by Aire

So, what with Abba Elite on Saturday night and Fakers Quo on Sunday night and ending up with a stupendous fireworks display I think I can say we had a superb weekend.

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Torrevieja Costa Lions Re-elect President The first of July every year is the first day of the Lionistic year, when new office bearers and post holders are elected and appointed. For the first time in its six year history the Torrevieja Costa Lion members have re-elected their outgoing President to serve for a second term. Re-elected Lion President Iain Bennett addressed the Club and guests at the Presidents Night in Restaurante Lo Marabu on Friday night. He thanked all the Club members for their support and in particular the Club Directors for their contribution throughout the year. Iain presented a token of appreciation from the outgoing District Governor Esperanza Pelegrin Feliu, to Lion Treasurer Janette Bennett in recognition of her work throughout the year.

Torrevieja Costa Lions Club are among the elite Lions in Spain in terms of supporting those suffering from natural disasters and indeed have recently donated over 3,000.00 euros to the Lorca Earthquake Appeal with the promise of more to come. It is with the generosity of the public throughout Torrevieja and surrounding towns and villages who regularly support Lions Activities, that the Lions are able to function so well and offer assistance at the point of delivery, both efficiently and effectively.

In a year where there has been a further downturn in the economy, the Lions have continued to thrive and become more involved in the local community with sponsorship from many local businesses and organisations.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Lions Club and their activities should in the first instance contact Iain on 966 731 495 or idsbennett@ hotmail.co.uk , alternatively everyone is welcome to attend the monthly business meeting in Hotel Cabo Cervera, La Mata near Torrevieja at 1930 hrs on the second Thursday of every month, next meeting is Thursday 14th July.

Lions work is never ending and the Club are able to respond quickly and efficiently where and whenever need arises. The

The Lions have a full programme of events coming up this Summer, watch the press and radio/TV stations for more information

Mar Azul International School

Mar Azul International School and College will be having an exhibition of Art which has been produced by the BTEC First students in Art and Design. On show will be work from their final unit. In this unit they have had the opportunity to showcase and experiment with the different media and styles that they have been taught during the last two years. They will also show their portfolios and sketchbooks giving an insight into not only how they have experimented throughout the course, but also showing the breadth of workshops that have been taught whilst on the course. Students and staff will be available to talk if you would like to discuss any aspect of the course. Everyone is welcome. The BTEC First Certificate in Art and Design is equivalent to 2 GCSEs and is taught by Karen Drewett an experienced teacher and graphic designer. The BTEC National Award in Art and Design is equivalent to an A level and is taught by Helen Layfield a Fine Artist who has exhibited internationally and who is an experienced further education tutor. The exhibition will be on until July 9th 2011. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mar Azul International School on 965 720 785.

TORREVIEJA U3A SUMMER SESSIONS

“Highly successful” was how U3A Chairman Bob Hill described the first in the series of this year’s three summer meetings held at La Rustica Restaurant (formerly Los Arcos) on Thursday 30th June. Chris Sumter and Maeve Faulkner of The Samaritans gave a talk on the history, ethos and also the structure of the Samaritans in this area and explained that the Samaritans now cover the whole of Spain. There is always a need for volunteers, both in the area of Listening and Logistics. Chris and Maeve then answered questions from the floor. Following this talk, there was a short, but very amusing presentation by Ian Nolan and Kevin Cassidy of ‘La Finca Hoya de Cadenas’. The finca is one of the major wine producers in the Valencian region. The subject of the presentation was to provide information on their Winery Tours. A great deal of interest was shown by the members and it seems probable that a trip will be arranged for later in the year. Details will be available in due course. The U3A meeting was extremely well attended and Jean Logan, Deputy Membership Secretary was “delighted once again to welcome a significant number of new members” The U3A summer meetings are designed as social events with table top sales of books, cakes, bric-a-brac and a tombola. Existing U3A members are able to meet and greet old, as well as new friends. The next ‘summer meeting’ will take place at La Rustica on Thursday 28th July commencing at 10.30h.


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FABULOUS FASHION SHOW AT MODA LA FINCA

On a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon no less than nine models, seven ladies and two gentlemen paraded in beautiful clothes from Moda La Finca which can be found at the entrance to La Finca Golf Course. Shaded from the glorious sunshine guests were invited to try cold Bitburger Beer and Bratwurst Sausages. Helga who compared the show had organised a whole army of helpers including Willy from Bitburger who supplied cold beer on tap, tables and chairs and sun umbrellas and Elli who was the master baker that day and provided trays and trays of delicious cakes. All of the regular staff from Moda La Finca were working hard to ensure everything went smoothly. Peter was the DJ and played music on request and also the background music for the fashion show. It was a good turnout and the audience were treated to a very colourful show and were able to view items from the outlet as well as designer clothes from the boutique. There was a beautiful range of summer wear and some of the Frank Lyman collection towards the end of the show was a preview of the fall collection. Helga had kindly invited Paul Cunningham Nurses along to do the raffle and with some wonderful prizes on offer €156 worth of tickets were sold during the afternoon. After the show it was time to take a closer look at the lovely clothes and cool off in the newly extended fully air-conditioned Boutique. Garments are set out in carefully designed areas and helpful staff will direct you to the sizes and type of clothes you are looking for. The whole selection is stylish and it is certainly the place to go if you are looking for that special outfit, you will also regularly find red tickets on garments which means they have been very specially priced. Moda La Finca is definitely a place for ladies to take their men shopping with them as not only is there a huge range of men’s clothes but as they tend to shop quicker than most ladies there is also a comfortable seating area where they can relax, have a complimentary coffee or soft drink and read the paper while they wait! All in all a very pleasant shopping experience

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The free benefit show organized by local entertainer Pete Hull held at The Quesada Country Club on the 30th June raised 750 Euros on the day for the Lorca Earthquake Appeal Fund; the event was very popular and well attended right from the start at 2.00pm and throughout the day until it finished at 11.30 in the evening. A raffle was held during the show with prizes donated by a large number of local businesses and we had a guess the weight of Poo Bear competition both of which were generously supported by all the people who attended, the raffle was draw just after 7.00pm and a few prizes were unclaimed so a list has been placed in the bar at the Quesada Country club so that anyone can check to see if they won a prize and claim it from the bar staff. The winner of Poo Bear was Chris Wopling and she generously said she would raffle him off in her bar (Championes) and donate the proceeds to the Lorca Appeal fund which will add to the total raised.. The organizer Pete Hull said “I was very pleased with the way the show went everything remained on schedule, all the artists were extremely professional and all arrived in plenty of time before their slots to ensure that they were ready to go on stage at the appropriate time and they all gave superb performances to entertain the very appreciative audience. If any bars are looking for entertainers I would suggest that they could not do better than to book any of the artists who performed at the show and I would like to personally thank them all for giving their time to help raise this money. I would also like to thank all the people who attended the show and who brought raffle tickets and gave money to the appeal fund and all the local businesses who donated prizes, I intend to make sure that all the money raised goes directly to help the people of Lorca to recover from the disaster. I had a number of people tell me that they had enjoyed the show and I sincerely hope that everyone who attended, audience and performers enjoyed the day and finally I would like to say once again thank you to all of you for your support.” 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 Regards Pete Hull Email: pete@peterhull.co.uk

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Look Good Feel Great Finally, a cure for hay fever?

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Hay fever sufferers plagued by itchy eyes and a runny nose this summer may find relief in a powder produced from pine trees.

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Reminders and reporting of symptom scores were performed using text messages.

More people have been using cellulose sprays in recent years such as Care Allergy Defence and Nazaleze. However, there has been a shortage of scientific proof that they work. Now scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden say they have proven that the spray does reduce symptoms of hay fever, otherwise known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, especially among children. Associate professor Nils Åberg, said: ‘The cellulose powder has no adverse effects, and this fact makes it a particularly attractive treatment for children. ‘It is used increasingly in many countries, but there is until now no scientific study proving the efficacy of the cellulose powder in children during the pollen season.’ The research was carried out at Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg during the birch pollen season in spring 2009. Fifty-three children aged from eight to 18 years old who had an allergic reaction to pollen were given a daily

They also used a nasal spray of cellulose powder or a placebo three times a day over four weeks.

Pollen occurrence was measured every day on the roof of the hospital, and the pollen counts subsequently were analysed in relation to the symptoms reported by the children. Further data for the study came from previously unpublished statistics of pollen levels collected for 31 years at the same location in Gothenburg, from 1979 to 2009. Dr Åberg said: ‘We showed that the nasal symptoms of the children were significantly reduced in those who used the cellulose powder. ‘The best effect was obtained at low to moderate concentrations of pollen. ‘The complete absence of adverse effects makes this treatment admirably suited to self-care, and particularly for the treatment of children. ‘Controlled scientific studies such as the present also provide the healthcare system with a basis for testing this product as a supplement to other treatments. It is often necessary to combine different agents, at least for parts of the pollen season.’

How meditation could help your health

As a study finds that daily meditation cuts heart attack death rates by half, we review other health benefits attributed to the practice. 11 and 93 per cent while meditating. And it’s not just for Alleviate depression Relaxation Meditation had the effect of reducing Transcendental meditation has been Meditation has always been touted as a activity in an area of the brain that humans... shown to significantly reduce depressive symptoms. One study of 36 patients with clinical depression found that symptoms almost halved after just three months and the benefits were maintained over a yearlong period. Another study of 112 patients at high risk of depression found that depressive symptoms fell by a third over the initial three-month period.

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People who meditate in the long-term have “significantly larger” hippocampi – the part of the brain associated with memory and learning – a study found. The research on 44 people, half of whom had practised meditation for between five and 46 years, found those who had meditated also had increased grey matter.

way to relax, but a study least year found evidence to show that it really does work. Increased neuron connectivity was found in parts of the brain that were important for regulating emotional behaviour and dealing with conflict.

Relieve pain

Meditation can have greater pain relieving effects than morphine, a study earlier this year found. Researchers found that just one hour of meditation training could reduce pain by nearly half. Study participants’ brain activity was examined as they were subjected to a painful heat-emitting device applied to one of their legs. They were monitored both before and after meditation training and pain ratings were reduced by between

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Another study found that meditation decreases the levels of the stress-causing hormone, cortisol. Study subjects who were taught to meditate for 20 minutes a day for five days had measurably less anxiety and lower levels of the hormone than a group who were taught other relaxation techniques. Those who meditated also had lower levels of anger and fatigue.

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Jukebox Promotions

Presents support for HAH (Help at home) Costa Blanca Fund raising shows in June raised 665 Euros for HAH (Costa Blanca) and the cheque was presented to representative Norah Bond on Tuesday after the Broadway & Hollywood concert at Asturias. Peter Day, from Jukebox Promotions told The Sol Times “we were very pleased to present this months cheque to Norah as we know that HAH (Costa Blanca) is starting to become very busy now and their costs are getting higher. A big thank you to everyone attending our June tour dates who helped make this payment possible”. Peter Day and Andy Jones present the cheque to Norah Jones

OUT AND ABOUT WITH A.D.A.P.T. 54 members of A.D.A.P.T. assembled on the road side, adjacent to the flamingo island, to await the booked charabanc, that would take “Out & About” members, to Alicante City, to join in the Hogueras de San Juan Fiesta. Just as soon as our intrepid leader, Bernie Hall, had assured Adrian, that a crate of Brown Ale at the back of the coach, was not a good idea, we were soon on our way. The Bonfires of Saint Joan (Hogueras de San Juan), is a popular festival, celebrated around the 24Th of June each year, in many towns in Spain. The largest festival is in Alicante, and it is considered to be the most important event, held in this city. The festivals originated in 1928 by Jose Maria Py. June 23rd., is when the International Folklore Parade (Desfile folko’rico internacional) takes place, at around 9PM.

m a ’ c h e ’, cork and polyurethane. The figures are set fire to, under the watchful eye of the city fire brigade, on June 24Th.. Members watched the Queen of the festival, along with the Infantile Beauties, make their way on carnival floats, through streets lined with many thousands of spectators. It gets a little complicated, but because a “Beauty” represents a particular bonfire commission, in the case at Alicante this year, there were 86 “Beauties”, along with 86 “Infantile Beauties”. Of course, each “Beauty” can have four “Honour Ladies”, and then of course, there are the “Ladies of the Fire” to be included!

Yee-ha, it’s a fantastic Country music treat for July! July’s tour p r o m o t e d 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 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

Just after 11.00 PM, our coach made it’s way through the traffic congestion, and we were soon on our back to San Pedro. This year in Alicante City, there were over 90 figures, located within the harbour, promenade, and streets and squares in both the newer and older sections of the city. The figures, that usually represent famous people, with many a politician being characterised, are made from wood, cardboard, papier

Thanks were given to Shelagh and Bernie Hall, for sorting out this trip to Alicante, and it’s spectacular “Fogueres de Sant Joan, 2011”. Rob Barnes. Photographs show one of the many “Ninots”, along with a view of the parade.

KENZ A.E.C.C FUND RAISING DAY

It was a fun packed day in the fantastic Spanish sunshine at Kenz Bar, San Luis, Torrevieja last Sunday. They held a ‘Funday’ for Breast Cancer Awareness, to help raise much needed funds for the Charity. The Chief Fund Raiser, Debbie Weedon, was contacted and advised them on the organisation and provided balloons and banners. The ‘Funday’ was instigated by Ken, the co-owner of the bar, as many of his regulars have had first hand experience of the disease. Regulars, locals and holiday makers alike, flocked to see entertainers Leezy Karaoke; Dodgy Diva; Ricky

Powell; Villa Paul; Kevin & Daughter and Bud Street who all gave their time and services free. Throughout the day a delicious Paella and BBQ was much appreciated by the capacity crowd. Other activities included; ´Name the Teddy´; Guess the number of sweets in the jar´; ´Guess the weight of the cake´; Face and Nail painting, Make- up and Tombola plus Raffle prizes. They were thrilled to raise 2391.09 Euros for the day! Photos include Geoff, Jean, Debbie Weedon, Jan and Ken.


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MUSIC LESSONS LESSONS MUSIC capo on II Verse 1 C C/B Am G Should of been different but it wasn’t different, F C F G It was the same old story, Dear John and so long C C/B Am G It should’ve fit like a glove; it should have fit like a ring F C F G Like a diamond ring, a token of a true love F C Should of all worked out but it didn’t F G She should be here now but she isn’t Chorus C

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Just keep holding on, there’s your trouble Verse 2 So now you’re thinking bout all you’re missing out Deep thinking around and round it drags you down Why don’t you cash in your chips, why don’t you call it a loss? Not such a big loss talking of a better love Should’ve been true love but it wasn’t It should all add up but it doesn’t Repeat Chorus, Repeat Verse 1, Repeat Chorus

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The Dixie Chicks are an American country band which has also successfully crossed over into other genres. The band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks achieved country music and pop success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs including “Wide Open Spaces”, “Cowboy Take Me Away”, and “Long Time Gone”. The women also became wellknown for their independent spirit and controversial comments on subjects such as war and politics.

During a London concert ten days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines said, “we don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States [George W. Bush] is from Texas” (the Dixie Chicks’ home state). The statement offended many people, who thought it rude and unpatriotic, and the ensuing controversy cost the band half of their concert audience attendance in the United States and led to accusations of the three women being “unAmerican”, as well as hate mail, death threats, and the public destruction of their albums in protest. As of 2009, they have won 13 Grammy Awards, with 5 of them earned in 2007 including the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Taking the Long Way. As of July 2010, with 30.5 million certified albums, and sales of 26,733,000 albums in the U.S., they have become the top selling all-female band in the U.S.


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True Confessions of a Doctor...

Dear Friends, It is rarely pleasant for true confessions; in fact they can be very rough. Nonetheless confessions set the truth free and keep the record straight. It allows me to give credit, where it is due. Before I talk about my confession, I would like to say a few things first.

Many years ago, as a child, something happened to me that changed my life forever. Let me tell you my story: “When I was 7 my family and I moved West across the United Sates. It was an exciting time to travel, find a new home; meet new friends and have a new life full of adventure. Then one day a car in a crosswalk bumped my mother. It was very light and she barely fell over – but then she couldn’t get up. At first I thought she was joking until the ambulance arrived to assist us. Upon arriving at the hospital the doctors did their best but could not discover anything wrong. She was prescribed painkillers and muscle relaxants and sent home with the prognosis that all would be well in a few days. Within a few days, with much dismay, the symptoms did not alleviate in fact they worsened. This time the doctor prescribed even stronger medication and instructed her to go to physical therapy three times a week. We left with new hope. She began her physical therapy care. Unfortunately it did not get the results we so desired. In fact my mother would come home in tears after every session and remained bedridden. Three months transpired with physical therapy and now my mother’s trouble began to impact me. With my father out of the home it left me responsible for cooking, cleaning, walking the dog and caring for my mother and myself. Suddenly my adventure at 7 was quite different and not so exciting. She visited other therapists without results. Time continued to elapse. She spoke with her doctor again who referred her to an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately nothing was discovered and surgery to cut & kill the nerve trunk was the only option. This seemed ridiculous for my mother. She was only 26 and now bedridden, taking over 10 tablets a day with extreme pain debilitating almost all activities and unable to care for me properly. She had always been physically fit and the accident was so minor. As time passed my mothers’ health continued to decline. After nearly two years of being bedridden, using all remedies offered, conventional or not, the doctors finally decided to send her to a special hospital where they would teach you how live with the pain. They had given up and ran out of options.

One day at the hospital I heard a passing conversation about a local chiropractor. Curious to discover more I eves dropped. Now at the age of nine and very mature for my age I listened and heard of a possibility. Others had gone for differing troubles and many had positive results. I quickly rushed to inform my mother. My mother was very despondent and not very receptive. Still I pleaded with her; it was our last chance for hope. I can be very persuasive and finally she conceded to visiting the chiropractor. The chiropractor did a thorough consultation, examination and a detailed report where he fully explained my mother’s trouble. He then proceeded to adjust the spine of my mother. After the adjustment my mother was able to stand up straight and without pain for the first time in two years. My mother’s health soon returned. After a few weeks she no longer needed the assortment of medication. In a few months she had returned to the mother I remembered at 7. She no longer had what the doctors called a short leg since she was a child. Her menstruation returned to normal and she never again suffered from periodic headaches. My mother was back and better than ever! After two years of hospitals I witnessed a great deal of suffering, the results while at the chiropractor were so astounding that I was inclined to go to chiropractic school and become a chiropractor myself. It is strange how life can come full circle because now people come to see me with their health problems. They come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthmas allergies, numbness in limbs athletic injuries just to name a few, they get such great results that some of my clients have decided to study chiropractic. And that is how it happened!”

Here’s what some of my clients say: My daughter was asthmatic taking inhalers and medication daily. She was sidelined and unable to play with her classmates; now her health has improved so much she no longer uses medication or inhalers and is the captain of the football team! (L. Hamn) After injuring my back I could only play a hole or two, of golf, for almost two years. I was about to give up the game. This is serious because I am a professional golfer. I laughed at Dr. Jensen when he said I would be out playing again after only 2 weeks! But it was true and now I am at the top of my game. (S. Fernandez) I have suffered with constant headaches and migraines since my childhood, the moment that I met Dr. Paul and he adjusted me a miracle happened, no more headaches and no more painkillers. Thank you for exposing me to the wonderful world of Chiropractic, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. (R. Sastre) I am honored to have helped so many people with their health care problems but I cannot really take credit. My confession is that I have never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! It is very challenging to be a chiropractor today. There are many so-called experts out there with extreme misinformation, much of which is ridiculous. But the studies speak for themselves, like the Virginia, USA study that showed over 95% of people who saw a chiropractor were satisfied with their results. That is outstanding! Studies show that chiropractic may double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immunes system fights colds, the flu and other sicknesses.

The results? You may not be sick in bed as much. This is especially important when you are self-employed. Benefit from an Amazing Offer Would you like to see if chiropractic is the solution to your health problems? Would you like to see for yourself it it’s as easy and as effective as I say it is? Sure you would! And now here’s the best part. When you bring in this article by this Friday you will receive my entire new client exam and report for only 35 euro. That includes a postural analysis, a spinal thermo graphic and sEMG scans and a detailed report of your findings. Everything! How can such an offer be made? The answer is simple. I know that chiropractic works so well I am willing to take most of the risk. I hope that you accept my offer. Let’s discover if chiropractic can help you. You cannot lose – but you sure can win! Be happy to know that I have affordable individual or family plans. Not only great fees….but great care! I am very confident in my ability to provide you great care. I have studied many years with a group of elite chiropractors that have spent years and thousands of euros to remain on the cutting edge of or practice, technology, research and strategies. Our care is gentle and effective. As a result I have been entrusted to care for everyone, including newborn babies, delicate seniors and tough athletes. My staff is great, they create a warm and caring atmosphere that welcomes all, I am sure you will think so too. Our office is called “Estilo de Vida” Centro Chiropractico. You can locate us at c/Mayor #19 Garrucha. Our phone number is: Tel: 950 460 953 or Mob: 605 322 612. Call my staff for an appointment so we can help you!

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In the month of July, Córdoba becomes the “city of the guitar”. Córdoba Guitar Festival is the city’s cultural and leisure focal point during the summertime. The Festival, which celebrates its 31st birthday in 2011, enjoys a deserved national and international reputation amongst guitar aficionados due to the calibre of the performers and teachers who participate. The Festival features two complementary parts: Firstly, the TUITION PROGRAMME with workshops and Master Classes on guitar construction, early and classical guitar, flamenco, contemporary and modern guitar, classes in composition for guitar and flamenco dancing and singing classes. Secondly there is the PROGRAMME OF CONCERTS AND SHOWS, which take place in some of the city’s most emblematic venues and which make a night in Córdoba a real pleasure. Many great names of flamenco guitar have frequented the Córdoba Festival, including Paco de Lucía, Paco Peña, Manolo Sanlúcar, Vicente Amigo, Sabicas, José A. Rodríguez , Paco Serrano, and Tomatito amongst others. However, the flamenco guitar is not the only star; other favourites that enhance the line-up are jazz and modern guitar, and have included such legendary names as B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Pat Metheny, Bob Dylan, Gary Moore, John Fogerty, The Pretenders, John Mayall, Larry Coryell, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, Toquinho, Raimundo Amador, John Scofield, Joe Satriani, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford and many more. Classical and early music are also represented in the Festival programme and have included some of the finest performers of these genres (Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Leo Brouwer, Dúo Assad, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Cuarteto Los Romero, Costas Cotsiolis, Philippe Donnier, Rolf Lislevand, Paul O´Dette, Hopkinson Smith, Kazuhito Yamasita, Roland Dyens, David Russell, Ricardo Gallén, Stefano Grondona…). And finally, the guitar gives Cordoba an excuse to host numerous shows, concerts, cinema screenings, exhibitions, book publication, study days on the History of the Guitar and conferences. This years programme features: Joaquin Cortes, ZZ Top, John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension, David Russell and The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.GUITARRACORDOBA.COM

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The day will start at 10 am with Casa Nicolas Restaurant closes its doors with a packed house and a great night for charity. Casa Nicolas restaurant in Altos del Limonar, closed its door last night after a fantastic “last supper” party night which raised much needed funds for HAH (Help at Home) Costa Blanca. The restaurant, caught up in the downturn of trade due to the recession, held a special night to say goodbye and thank you to regular customers and, it was completely full with over 90 people enjoying a great night of food and entertainment.

arrange a special night to mark the closure and we were pleased to help” Now, the restaurant is closed and the people of Torrevieja have lost a very special eating house. “It was great to see the place buzzing on Monday night but at times like this, you have to wonder why more people didn’t support the restaurant in the same way over the past eighteen months” say’s Peter. “We want to thank Nicolas & Shannon for having us (Jukebox Legends) at the restaurant on Saturdays and to wish them all the very best in the future.

Peter Day, from Jukebox Promotions said “it was a very sad occasion but, we were all able to celebrate that this great restaurant has been so special for many years and that the food and service was always top notch and value for money. Nicolas and Shannon asked us if we could

One things for sure, wherever Nic and Shannon are, the food will be great! We would also like to say a special thanks to Allan Spain for his great Billy Fury tribute on the night. It was accompanied by Jukebox Legends Elvis 2000 tribute and of course the fabulous Fiona Mclean.

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Great Britain Vs Spain Junior Strikers Football Academy presents their annual Charity Match on Saturday 9th July. The match will take place at the Estadio Ikomar in Pilar de la Horadada. The doors will open at 7.15pm, Kick off will be at 8pm. The format has been changed this year from the normal England Vs Spain adult game. Children have been selected to play in this years match by local coaches Junior and Trino. The match is to raise funds for the Butterfly Children (Debra Espana) and local swimming champion Adam Stewart who needs to raise 500 euros in order to be able to compete in November’s Downs Syndrome international competition in Portugal. Local dance group Dance Extreme will be once again providing pre match and half time entertainment. Event organiser Junior told us” This event has grown each

year and has become something that locals look forward to. The match was well supported last year with over 300 people attending, I would love to better that this year so please come down to cheer the teams on. We have chosen to raise funds for two great charities, there is no admission fee but all donations are welcome. The proceeds from this match will be split between The Butterfly Children and Adam Stewart. Your support is needed”. Pilar de la Horadada based company Costamed Consulting are this years main sponsors. They have also agreed to be the annual charity match sponsors for the foreseeable future. Junior added” It’s great news that I have found a sponsor who is willing to support this event year on year, I would like to thank Costamed Consulting owner Nicola Tait for joining forces with me in order to make this charity event a major success”.

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Early in the year the Age Concern C.B.S. Charity were delighted to learn that David at Coachtrips S.L. had chosen them to be his nominated Charity for 2011. Coachtrips were offering a raffle for a Mediterranean Cruise for two people, all inclusive including transfers etc., from 26th September to 2nd October 2011. Tickets would be on the daily/regular Coach excursions offered by the Company and also from Age Concern volunteers and from their walk-In-Centre on La Siesta.

Maureen Payne (President) and Pam Horabin (Vice-President) recently visited Coachtrips S.L. Offfices and were delighted to receive an interim cheque for 2,290 Euros from David and Office Manageress Shawna. Tickets at one euro each are still selling well and are available up to the 1st August 2011, when the draw will be made, giving the lucky winners, plenty of time etc., to organise themselves, for this wonderful prize. DOUG KNOTT


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Property investors looking to IMF Chooses Christine Lagarde as New Chief The executive council of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has Spanish retail sector chosen by consensus to elect French Finance Minister, Christine Lagarde, as the new managing director of the fund for the next five

The Spanish retail sector is attracting a lot of attention from investors, with new research from Savills revealing that deal volumes could double by the end of the year. Reuters reported that malls and other retail outlets have been proving popular among those looking to put money into Spanish property due to the discounted prices available as the country’s economy struggled. According to the global real estate services provider, many investors believe that Spain has reached its low point and expect values to gradually increase as the market picks up. “Everything points towards the fact that investor activity is improving. The amount of

product for sale has increased and investors appear to be more interested in actively participating in the market,” the organisation told the news provider. In the Savills Spanish Retail Report published on June 20th 2011, the firm noted that occupancy rates in retail outlets have reached almost 100 per cent in many locations due to the restricted number of units available.

Spain’s Bankia aims for 4.2€ billion debut Savings bank Bankia aims to raise up to 4.2 billion euros in a steeply discounted initial public offering seen as a key test for Spain’s overhaul of its financial system

Spain’s biggest savings bank, formed from seven savings banks or ‘cajas’, has set its indicative price range for the flotation at 4.41 to 5.05 euros per share, around half of book value, and aims to start trade in mid-July, sources close to the operation said. The IPO prospectus has yet to be published and is expected to be approved by the stock market regulator later on Wednesday. Bankia declined to comment. Bankia must raise the capital to meet strict new solvency levels set by the Bank of Spain and is plowing ahead with its stock market listing despite tough market conditions for IPOs and a fresh crisis of confidence in the euro zone. A smooth stock market listing for Bankia would gauge the success of Spain’s banking sector overhaul, started earlier this year by a government seeking to reassure markets about the stability of the country’s financial system. Greece’s struggles to restructure its debt from an international bailout one year ago have reignited fears about Spain’s ability to reduce its deficit and have lessened investor appetite for

the euro zone’s fourth largest economy. The premium charged by investors to hold Spanish 10-year debt over benchmark German bunds is grazing all-time highs at around 260 basis points. Spanish malaise aside, market uncertainty has hit new listings in Europe this year with many deals pulled and others performing poorly after their flotations. This has led to burned investors demanding bigger discounts. Despite encouraging signs from some deals getting done, like Italian shoemaker Ferragamo (SFER.MI), investors remain choosy, bankers say. “In this sort of environment the IPO has to be perfect,” said one equity capital markets banker. “The market is unforgiving.” Bankia has until the end of March 2012 to carry out the listing, under Bank of Spain rules. It could still postpone its stock market flotation until September or October but is under political pressure to get the deal done as soon as possible.

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“Following the established candidate profile, the executive council, after considering all relevant information on the applications for the post, proceeded to select Lagarde by consensus,” they announced. The candidature of the French Finance Minister was finally secured (overtaking that of the other front-runner – the Governor of the Bank of Mexico, Agustin Carstens) after countries like USA, Russia and Brazil announced their support for Lagarde on Tuesday, reported Europa Press. With the election of Lagarde, the 24 countries that form part of the IMF’s executive council, which represents the 187 member states of the fund, concluded their selection process which had begun on May 20. Specifically, the IMF stated that the executive council and other institution chiefs had met with both candidates between 20 and 23 June, when they had the opportunity to present all information relevant to their specific applications. The council then agreed that both were “qualified candidates” and the goal was to select a consensus. Christine Lagarde, who is 55 years old, has been French Finance Minister since June 2007 and had previously served for two years as Minister of Foreign Trade. She also had an “extensive and significant” career as a labour and antitrust lawyer, being a partner and president of the international law firm Baker & McKenzie.

Zapatero Calls for New Mortgage Protection Measures

In his opening speech in the Debate on the State of the Nation, Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, addressed the “collapse” of the real estate sector in Spain, and the “very high rate of unemployment”, and said that a change of direction and acceleration of reforms must be taken urgently to aid the country’s economic recovery. Zapatero announced that new proposals to help families who lose their homes still owing money to the bank and facing eviction because the property value is not sufficient to cover the remainder of the mortgage, are to be introduced in the coming weeks in the form of “new security measures” that “will be compatible with the legal requirements of lending institutions”. The Spanish premier focused on the economic crisis and said he expected the economy to once again pick up in the second half of the year following a three year recession and said “the Government has undertaken, and will undertake,

all the necessary reforms to improve competitiveness and stimulate growth”. He noted that “without the negative contribution of real estate – which has seen a fall in investment of 10% in the first quarter compared to last year – today the Spanish economy would be growing at around 2% per year, a rate similar to the European average, and at the same time creating jobs”. Zapatero said that “we are refocusing the housing market by encouraging renting and refurbishment. The fiscal incentives approved in 2010 on income tax and taxes for refurbishment, were extended in April to help promote more reliable employment in the construction sector.” As well as the measures to protect indebted home owners from eviction, in the final months before the general elections in March, the Spanish Government will also propose new reforms to set spending caps for its autonomous regions, the Prime Minister announced.

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Rental prices for houses and apartments on the Spanish coast have seen an average drop of 3% in 2011 compared to last year, according to a study by fotocasa.es. The property portal recorded decreases of up to 15% – with Manilva, in the Malaga province, seeing rental prices drop by 14.8%, making the average price per square metre 6.03 euros per month. On the opposite side, they also highlighted Almuñécar, on the coast of Granada, whose rental prices have risen by 7.4%, giving a price per square metre per month of 6.39 euros. As reported in Cinco Dias, the portal lists the Valencian city of Sagunto as the cheapest in the whole of the Spanish coastline to rent a home this year, with a price per square metre per month of 4.91 euros. In contrast, San Sebastian is listed as the most expensive

seaside town, with an average price of 13.35 euros per square metre per month. By region, the Andalusian coast has seen rental prices fall by 3% compared to last season, while on the Catalan coast prices have dropped by 3.4% on average compared to 2010. Rental prices also fell by 2.5% in Valencia, while the coast of Murcia experienced a decrease of 4.6% year-on-year. As for the islands, rental prices fell by 4.5% on average in the Canary Islands, slightly more than in the Balearics, where the price of houses and apartments for rent fell 4.1% on average over the previous season. Finally, holiday homes on the northern coast of Spain fell by an average of 1.6% compared to 2010.


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We spend roughly one third of our life sleeping. This fact is lost on most people when they think about their mattress. A mattress lacking in back support reinforces poor sleeping posture, strains muscles and does not help keep the spine in alignment, and therefore sleeping on the wrong mattress has nothing but negative consequences. Two main factors to consider when choosing a mattress are comfort and support. Both are equally important, and choosing one that provides both will help reduce low back pain, allowing the structures in the spine to really rest and rejuvenate during the night. Sleeping on a good and comfortable mattress is the easiest way to ensure a full night’s sleep. Because sleep is so important for people’s health, there are a large number of health benefits to making sure your mattress is comfortable. One of these is the issue of back pain, which can severely affect the quality of life of older people. A comfortable memory foam mattress means that there will be a large reduction in the amount of back pain, and memory foam mattresses that are available are designed to mould to the sleeping position of the user’s body, so that aches and pains may be alleviated altogether. Apart from the obvious fact that the person will no longer suffer the physical pain, there are other benefits. Older people will be able to have fuller and more active days because of the relief from pain, and this in turn will lead to less stress in their lives. A more comfortable mattress will also lead to lower stress levels in all types of people, as one of the main reasons for stress is lack of sleep. Once the problem of sleep deprivation is eliminated, stress levels will go down because the user will be better rested and much more able to function.

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Exploring Hidden Spain Having completed one part of the adventure and successfully moved to Spain, in actual fact the adventure has just begun! Spain is vast and varied so get out and about and explore! For those seeking peace and tranquillity, there are still some hidden parts of Spain that are well worth visiting and with fiesta season in full swing, it’s a perfect excuse to go travelling!

Huelva Huelva is one of the least visited regions in Andalucía, but it has many unique places to discover and explore. Indeed, its escape - so far - from mass tourism is one of its attractions. It lies at the western edge of Andalucía, bordered by Portugal to the west, Seville province to the east and the autonomía (autonomy) of Extremadura to the north. It is probably best known for the Parque Nacional de Doñana, one of Europe’s most important wetland areas, and home to an incredible multitude of wildlife in its sand dunes, marshes, pine woods, salt flats and freshwater lagoons. Here is one of Europe’s last remaining habitats for the endangered lynx and the rare Spanish Imperial Eagle. The best time to visit is in winter and spring when the park is full of wildfowl. In winter thousands of geese and ducks arrive from the north, while in spring there are many flocks of breeding birds, including herons, spoonbills and storks. A long Atlantic coastline with miles of unspoilt and often uncrowded beaches of golden sand is also a feature of this province. This forms part of the evocatively named Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) that continues into Cadiz province. This coastline is rich in maritime history; most famously, it is where Christopher Columbus found his crew and ships and set sail for the New World. In the north of the province is the gently rolling Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, a protected area with excellent walking opportunities and home to the famed cured ham from Jabugo. The fiesta in Huelva runs from 30th July to 4th August…

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The finest palace is the Marquessa de Jabalquinto, now a seminary with an elaborate Isabelline front (showing marked Moorish influence in its stalactite decoration). Just above it is the 16th century cathedral which, like many of Baeza’s churches, has brilliant painted rejas (iron screens) done by a local 16th century craftsman. However, the cathedral’s real novelty is a huge silver custodia cunningly hidden behind a painting of St Peter which whirls aside for a small donation. There are several special events in Baeza that are well worth marking down in your diary. Firstly there is the intrinsically Andaluz pilgrimage which is held on the 7th September in honour of the Santisimo Cristo de la Yedra and the Virgin del Rossel. A few days before the event, the image of the Virgin is carried from the shrine of La Yedra to Baeza and on the appointed day it is taken in procession from the San Pablo Church, among orchards and olive groves, to a spot near La Yedra where contests and dances are held. When you return to Baeza, be sure to linger on a few days to discover its impressive monuments, visit the porticoed Plaza Porticada del Mercado Viejo, the Arco del Barbudo and the historic university where the poet Antonio Machado once taught. Carry on to see the paintings in the Church of Santa Cruz and don’t miss the Palacio del Jabalquinto.

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A STRUCTURE FOR SUCCESS – WHO TO CONTACT WHEN YOU NEED HELP MOST

MABS Cancer Support Group has been getting stronger over the past 12 years and the Group President is very anxious that everyone should know how to get in touch when help is needed fast. So here is a short explanation by President, Jacqueline Phillips MBE, of how it all works at MABS. “Our Head Office is located in Javea where my husband, Bernard, and I live and where the MABS GROUP COMMITTEE of seven people – President, Secretary, Treasurer etc – meets on a regular basis. Anyone is welcome to contact me, or any of the Committee, at any time but for day to day needs and services it is best you make contact with the Branch Director serving your area (numbers below) who will know just the right person, in the right area, to serve you. MABS HAS FOUR MAIN BRANCHES – Marina Alta North, Marina Alta South, Murcia & Marbella - each headed by a Branch Director who reports on a monthly basis directly to the Head Office Committee in Javea. Some Branch Directors have a small ‘Branch Committee’ to assist in the various areas of responsibility and to work with the sub-branches. Then there are our AREA OFFICES – each looked after by an Area Coordinator who reports to their Branch Director on a monthly basis. The Area Coordinator may, depending on the size of the area form small ‘working groups’ of Volunteers’ to assist with coordinating fund-raising events and services, such as the MABS Charity Shops. If there is a big event being organised by the area office, for instance a Race for Life (next one is in Mazarrón on October 23 closely followed by Murcia on November 13) the whole thing is just too much work for one person to organise.

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This brings us to our front-end VOLUNTEERS, MABS’ most valuable assets, and the ones who do the work with the guidance of their Area Coordinator. They visit people at home and in hospital; do translation, provide transportation and equipment or are there to just be a ‘buddy’, a hand to hold. We couldn’t exist without them and we need more of them so if you could give a few hours a week, please contact the Branch Director nearest you!”

What do you believe is possible for you in your life – in your job, with your family and friends, financially, intellectually, emotionally? This is a very important question, so think about your answer for a moment.

Jacqui Phillips was awarded the MBE in 2005 as thanks for six years hard work in building MABS Cancer Support Group here in Spain. A further six years has now passed and the lady is not for turning! She is constantly reviewing the structure which made MABS strong, which has kept it sound and which will continue to strengthen and grow it in the years to come.

These days more and more doctors, psychologists, researchers and many others are beginning to realize that what we achieve and become in life has as much, or more, to do with our beliefs as anything else.

If you, a loved one or a friend are affected by cancer, please make MABS your first call – sometimes you just need a voice at the end of the phone:

MURCIA / MAR MENOR – from south of Torrevieja to Mazarrón and all points inland LYN, BRANCH DIRECTOR Tel: 693 824 511 MARBELLA – including Estapona and the rest of Costa del Sol AGNES, BRANCH DIRECTOR Tel: 952 833 568 MARINA ALTA SOUTH – from Benidorm to Torrevieja and all points inland SUE, BRANCH DIRECTOR Tel: 664 266 991 MARINA ALTA NORTH – from Denia to Benidorm including Valencia and the Ayora Valley ELAINE, BRANCH DIRECTOR Tel: 966 482 662/699 152 167

Do you have time on your hands to donate to MABS? Please contact the MABS Director in your area. For more information please contact: Linda Richardson, Tel: 966 856 379 linda@mabscancersupport.org Lyn Baines, Tel: 693 824 511 info@mabsmurcia.com www.mabscancersupport.org/www.mabsmurcia.com

Sure, there are some limits. As far as we know, we can’t time-travel or live forever, and we can’t change things like how tall we are or who we have for parents. But beyond a few unchangeable things, there really are unlimited possibilities, and what you believe to be possible is a major factor in determining what you do and who you become. I was told about a Manhattan cab driver who gave all his passengers a mission statement – his written pledge to get them where they want to go safely and courteously. He also gave them a selection of newspapers, a snack basket, and consults them about the kind of music they wanted to hear on the radio. This guy made 12 to 14 thousand extra dollars a year in tips because he saw possibilities for himself as a cabbie that others couldn’t

imagine. What possibilities are you blocking out because of what you’ve learned or done in the past, or because of what others have told you to be “the truth?” What could you be and do, if you allowed yourself to really stretch and grow without excuses or selfimposed limitations? When we take off the blinkers that keep us focused on “the norm” it is easy to see many more opportunities and possibilities, we are surrounded by them but so many pass us by because we are so wrapped up in the way we think things are! If a Fairy Godmother came along today and said that your fear of failure would be banished forever, how many more things would you then want to try? You have more potential than you will ever need, you have the ability to learn skills if you want to, you have a wonderful imagination, so isn´t it worth seeing things from another way? You never know you may just like it and gain more from it personally and financially. The only limitations we have are the ones that we impose on ourselves. So you can go do, be and have whatever it is you want, when you open up to new possibilities and experiences, if your today is not all you want it to be, take tomorrow better.

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(and this week wildlife) with Jenni I am so fortunate that I live in the natural reserve that borders on the Embalse de la Pedrera, and in this column I get to write about my love of the wild flowers and the conservation on the area. But there is so much more to this part of Spain that meets the eye, not only is the region rich in native flora but there is huge diversity of fauna as well, including birds and reptiles. Below is a photo that my daughter took of an Ocellated Lizard. in spanish Lagarto ocelado. This little chap, (we know that because the male is brighter in colour than the female and has blue spots on its flanks; whereas the females have none) is a regular in our tea garden and delights people of all ages as it is so tame and does not scurry away when approached. In fact, as you can see it is eating a tomato which we fed it and has even been known to take food from customers hands including cucumber which is loves to lick with its long tongue, plus it is partial to a few crisps and even digestive

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Where is...? I am not naturally a tidy person. I leave tidiness to those blessed with a compartmentalised mind, a superior mental filing system and the ability to attend to details. I can admire tidiness as a quality in others in the same way as I can admire the skill and patience required to make a scale model of St Paul’s Cathedral out of matchsticks – it’s good that somebody can do it, but that somebody is not, nor ever will be, me. However, I am not an untidy person. Everything in my house has a place, and I know where that place is and can infallibly put my hand on the required object, just as long as nobody has ‘tidied it up’. I admit that this gives our house a look which I like to call ‘lived in’. But then, it’s my house, and if I want to keep my shoes in a filing cabinet, then I shall. I have my reasons, and very good ones they are, too! The filing cabinet has no front, therefore is useless as a filing cabinet. So what should I do with it? Chop it up for firewood? Throw it away? How wasteful! No, I’ll keep my shoes in it, they fit perfectly and are easy to get at when I want them. It is a practical and tidy solution to wanton waste. As I sat at the computer, which is next to my ersatz shoe cupboard, surrounded by papers of all sorts and sizes, all of

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A morning ritual this time of the year is to grab a towel and leg it around to the pool for an hour before breakfast; nobody else is around and although it’s sometimes hard to drag myself out of bed and make the effort, I always feel suitably smug when it’s all over, knowing that I have had an hour of valuable exercise. Trouble is, because my mind is always taking coffee breaks, I would forget how many lengths I had done – it’s important for my image that I do fifty you see, but equally vital that I don’t overdo it and I get back home to my Shredded Wheat and raisins. So when the swimming season started, I tried to devise ways of keeping track, such as those little mind games that are supposed to help us remember things. For instance instead of trying to consign a number to memory, link it to an image. Take eleven for example - imagine it as rugby posts. Yes, yes I know there is a crossbar, but leave that off and you have a perfect figure eleven. But that didn’t work for me, I mean, if you can’t remember a number then why should you find it easier to remember bleeding rugby posts? And on the odd occasion that I had been able to remember – things like thirteen as ‘unlucky’ thirteen, I had to ask myself whether I had just swum length ‘unlucky’ thirteen, or would it be the ‘unlucky’ thirteenth that I was just about to swim. It was hopeless. Then a simple solution presented itself in the shape of a bag of chocolate M&M’s and the pool clock. I put fifty of the sweets at one end of the pool and at the completion of each length I grabbed two as I turned, consequently when they were all gone I had finished my fifty. I could have simply put twenty five down to represent each return length, but I like M&M’s.

I then checked the clock, and noted that it took me 35 minutes from start to finish – alright I never said I was fast – so now all I have to do is time myself. It was only a one-off and worth the inconvenience of the last dozen or so sweeties being covered in ants, and a few of the less solar resilient ones starting to ooze . . . they may not melt in your hand, but they sure as hell

melt in the Spanish sun! But now there was another problem: boredom. I am an Aries you see, and I am told that Arians are impatient, intolerant and get brassed off easily . . . and those are just the good traits. And although I am not in to this star gazey stuff, I have to admit that all of the above apply to me. So in order to pass the time during those tedious lengths of the pool, I now let my mind wander – not too far mind, as it cannot be trusted out on its own – and ruminate on life. This morning for no particular reason, I got to wondering why buttons and zips are always on the left hand side of women’s clothing whilst men’s are always on the right. I chewed it over for a while, but by length twelve, I still had not come up with a satisfactory solution. Answers on a fifty euro note please. Then I remembered that a Facebook friend in Bermuda had recently listed the allotted hurricane names for the coming year. Yes that’s right – apparently all these names are thought of in advance, and for 2011 there are such handles as: Arlene, Bret, Don and Emily . . . that Emily is a bit of a cow because she was causing havoc back in 1987. So I thought why not a Hurricane Ramsey – “I’m going to blow your mother*******” houses down and sink your ******* boats”. Or at the other extreme, a Hurricane Julian – “Don’t be mean to me bitch, or I’ll chase you and muss your hair”. These musings took me up to length thirty eight when a neighborhood cat having sniffed my sandals (that’ll learn him) strolled nonchalantly by and I was reminded of the Gaines Hall fox. The participants of the local hunt were gathering for the traditional stirrup cup at Gaines Hall in the Suffolk village where I lived. I had made a delivery to the hall, but I was unable to make my getaway down the several hundred yards long, single track driveway because the riders were making their unhurried way to the house. “Take your time” I murmured, “some of us have work to do”. After a good

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them important, all not-to-be-thrown-away-or-the-sky-will-fall-in, I realized that my paper mountain had reached such dimensions that I could no longer put my hand on whichever vitally important page I needed without creating a paper avalanche. I realized that what I really needed was a filing cabinet. So I got one. It was flat packed, and kept our visitors amused and out of mischief all morning before the fateful words ‘Where shall I put it?’ were spoken. ‘On top of the other one’ I replied, ignoring the derisive snort from Pete. Now, I can select my required folder and put on my shoes without moving from my computer chair – I will be both tidy and well shod - excellent! Unfortunately there is one major snag standing in the way of my new streamlined system. I will have to take apart my carefully balanced paper mountain and re-organise it into its new, labelled and logically organised home. The prospect daunts me. I know it has to be done, but I also know that once I’ve done it, it will be weeks before I can find anything again!

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‘Cast Off’.......... 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 it this way… Sit in a boat. Wait for the ten minutes with not even a hint of acknowledgement from the red jacketed riders, I was able to move off and to my utter astonishment saw a sleek adult fox following the hunt at a discreet distance. As I wound my window down he stopped and looked at me. I swear there was a mischievous look in his eye and I thought, “Good on you Foxy, I know who my money is on”. I am going to spend more time at the pool...it gets me a column.

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...with Robbie France 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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Spanish summer holidays have started. For those of us who live in typical holiday areas along the coast it is both a blessing and a night-mare. Blessing is that all restaurants, attractions etc. are opened; night-mare is that they are packed with holiday makers, making it impossible to get in. Even our usual supermarkets are being raided by the hordes of Madrileños, Barceloneces, and other “guiris” (foreigners). Now that we are at our usual supermarket! We are foraging for our needs in our local Mercadona Supermarket. However, we are far enough out of the mayhem of the holiday-crowd not to be affected much by the influx of temporal, holiday inhabitants. The staff in our local Mercadona are very friendly – sort of. Some of them do have attitude problems, which we do our best to ignore. I now see that the supermarket chain has issued a decree, ordering its staff to tidy themselves up. In other words they are to be more presentable; females to wear make-up and males to have a clean shaven face – or a trimmed beard. Great – who would not prefer to be peed upon from a great height by someone neat and tidy?? Much more “enjoyable” than by a scruffy lass or laddie! I am not a Mercadona-advisor, but if I was, I’d say – sod water & soap, eyeliner & mascara, razor & shaving-foam – leave them scruffy, but teach them to be friendly and polite toward all the clients. There is though one segment of holiday-makers that none of us have any problems with, and that is our families. I hope that all of the readers, who are spending the summer here in Spain, will see their loved ones out on holiday. I am one of those lucky ones, who have my close family with me this summer. At time of writing, I am sitting besides the next “Ronaldo”. You think that it is just a joke, but it is not. My grandson is not just a football fan, but is playing on one of the top teams for his age. Yes, of course I am proud of him – show me a granny who is not proud of her grandchildren. I have just watched the Monaco wedding on television. In the studio were 5 super feminine commentators. Every detail was dissected, from her dress to the wee peck that Albert gave Charlene when the groom was to kiss his bride. It was a grand event, with nothing spared. Like all brides, Charlene looked beautiful, and like the 5 feminine expert commentators on the tele, I too liked her dress. Since Monaco “only” is a principality, many of the royal houses did not send representatives – or sent minor members of their houses. Yes, Charlene does look a bit like the late Princess Grace – like Kate could remind one of the late Princess Diane -, but we and the press should stop comparing these two young, modern women to their predecessors; they should be allowed to express their own personalities, without constantly being compared to their icon mother-in-laws. When Albert gave Charlene a longer kiss outside the chapel, where she left her bouquet, my favorite feminine commentator, Boris Izaguirre, went totally “awwwe” and blushed the whole way down to his striped socks and outrageous shoes. If you are a dog owner keep a sharp eye out for policemen sneaking up behind your dog, checking for any residue leaving its rear-end. The first pooh will just cost you a warning, but if your dog repeatedly does the toilet in public places – without you removing the proof – it will earn you a fine of between € 30 and € 300. Local police in Cartagena have initiated a campaign this summer aimed at irresponsible dog owners taking their pets to public places where dogs are not allowed – such at beaches and parks – and/or allowing them to soil at will. I see that special attention will be paid to dangerous breeds – not sure though, whether that is in relation to their pooh, or whether it is also about having them muzzled and on a lead. Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on lbtmarshall@yahoo.com DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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1 Whipping, clotted or ice (5) 2 Leaner (7) 3 Not heavenly (7) 4 Inclines (5) 5 Timber workers (9) 6 Covered with a layer of leaves or wet straw (7) 7 Idiosyncrasies (7) 8 Clever (9) 13 Notable (9) 14 Drop down in level or rank (9) 17 Souvenir (7) 18 What Popeye eats (7) 20 Conflagration (7) 21 A daughter of Agamemnon (Greek mythology) (7) 23 A group of south Pacific islands (5) 24 Figure out (5)

1 Sea creature of quiet lip at first, perhaps (6) 4 Miss Aunt Dotty waves (8) 9 Design car test one Friday (5) 10 Good MC to initially possess a deserted place (5,4) 11 Average man? (4) 12 Disgusting back of mule when it’s lost head and tail (4) 13 We take A15 and give up (5) 15 I rent Rocky I with a lack of activity (7) 16 Neurologist hides money (4) 19 Opposed to a tin potty (4) 20 See 23 23/20 MP, or is Prescott Blair’s head boy outside? (5,7) 24 A team’s deer (4) 25 Shakespeare’s shortened testament? (4) 27 Vicars hit new record keeper (9) 28 Prize for a hospital section? (5) 29 Wild glen made home (8) 30 Creatures arrived, then left on sunday (6)

5 Take responsibility for combined body part (8,5) 6 Significant theory won’t switch (10) 7 Pay nothing - I’m creating visual problem (6) 8 Submerged star-man? (6) 10 Chuck a girl in good time - one on big business? (13) 14 Don’t move, and remain up? (5,5) 17 Guess I’m inland (8) 18 Takes in unsliced mess (8) 21 Sailor with dodgy road on ship (6) 22 Car turns up, taken by Oscar the French prophet (6) 26 Tale of heroes again (4)

Down 1 Relating to meaning of prose man ticketed (8) 2 Red otter surprisingly came back (8) 3 Slight feeling of resentment if kept in by Mother and Father at first (4)

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1 Church building (9) 6 Islamic jurist (5) 9 Quip (7) 10 Baseboard (7) 11 City in Tennessee (7) 12 A military unit (7) 13 Imposed loss due to one’s beliefs (9) 15 Dance bar (5) 16 Wordless performers (5) 19 Breeziness (9) 22 Colliding (7) 23 Ails (7) 25 Kerchief (7) 26 Relating to marriage (7) 27 Long period of time (5) 28 Provide details (9)

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Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre invite you to join in the fun which starts at 1:00pm on the 9th July. Our judges for the day will consist of,t he fantastic Andy Jones, Little Miss Dynamite Suzie G, Easy horse care supporter and celebrity Georgie May, Dan the man, Ruben Migues from Vega Baja Spanish television, and on going supporters Tony Bulley from the Max Scuba diving centre and Louise from Looking good boutique. And not forgetting our special compare for the event, TKO radio’s Davy Jones. Scuba diving trials from the max scuba diving centre on the day, face painting and many more activities. Entrance- We soley ask for a donation on the day to help towards the amazing work of those at the centre. Participation is 5euros to groom and accessorise

your chosen miniature horse at the centre, bring your own accessories to put on your chosen horse, ribbons, hair clips, anything to make them look beautiful. With 10 titles to win and 10 miniature horses, all will win a title and a prize. But only one can be Miss/ Mr Pretty Pony 2011. Participants please arrive at 11:00am or to book your place in advance please call 652157636. Food and drink always available, own ponies are welcome to come down. Also a special treat, if the centre raises the desired amount on the day, the scuba divers and participants shall dine under water in the centres pool with a live television broadcast by Georgie May for vega baja television also under water, all on the day.

Help Vega Baja held a Charity Pool Party, BBQ and Auction on Saturday 2nd July 2011 on a very hot and sunny day in Quesada.

The participants enjoyed a very extensive BBQ of homemade burgers and chicken kebabs and much more besides, all washed down with a tipple of their choice and the surprise to round off the meal of sherry trifle or fresh fruit salad compliments of Margaret, whose house was volunteered for the occasion. After their appetites were sated, the early evening continued with the raffle and Auction, the items for both having been kindly donated. Thanks must go to Margaret for the use of her home and garden, to Ken and Julie for the BBQ, to Mike for manning the bar and Mark and Lesley for preparing everything else. To all those who donated items so willingly and all those who attended and gave money to boost much needed funds. The event raised over 480€ for the HELPCARE Programme, a free healthcare scheme, that was introduced for the benefit of current members of HELP Vega Baja who have a continuous membership of at least six months. These programmes have been developed in conjunction with Care 4 You in Spain, a leading provider of nursing services on the Costa Blanca for many years. It should be noted that the intention of the HELPCARE Programme is to supplement the services available from the Spanish Health Services and not replace them. These Member benefits, which are only available through the San Miguel office or Emergency HELP line are: Scheme 1 Nursing Care in the home immediately following discharge from hospital and Scheme 2 End of Life Care.

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food & drink

simple summer meals

1. Eggs with asparagus Simmer eggs gently for six minutes, run under cold water until cool, then peel. Serve over

We often can’t be bothered to think about cooking during the summer, steamed asparagus. But with a little imagination even the laziest cook can rustle up 2. Herby pasta something a lot more tempting than a standard ham salad! Toss a couple of handfuls of fresh chopped herbs with a few tbs of olive oil in a hot pan. These suggestions are not formal recipes; rather, they provide a Serve over angel-hair pasta (capellini, a very fine spaghetti), diluting the sauce if necessary with pasta cooking water. general outline so that with a few simple ingredients you can turn any 3. Scallop ceviche with lime idea into a quick & easy meal... Cut eight raw scallops into four horizontal slices each. Sprinkle with lime juice, salt and crushed chillies; serve after five minutes.

4. Prawns with white beans Open a tin of white beans and combine with olive oil, salt, prawns, minced garlic and thyme leaves in a pan. Cook, stirring, until the prawns are done; garnish with more olive oil.

5. Mussels with basil and tomato Put 1.4 kilos of washed mussels in a deep pan with 250ml white wine, garlic cloves, basil leaves and chopped tomatoes. Steam until mussels open - just a few minutes.

6. Sole on bread Heat 1 cm of olive oil in a pan. Dip sole fillets in flour and fry until crisp, about 2 minutes a side. Serve on bread with tartare sauce.

7. Clams with garlic Put a few dozen washed clams in a large, hot frying pan with olive oil. When the clams begin to open, add a tbs or 2 of chopped garlic. When most or all are opened, add some chopped parsley. Serve alone, with bread or over angel-hair pasta.

8. Steak and salad Pan-fry a steak for three or four minutes on each side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, slice and serve on romaine lettuce, drizzled with olive oil and lemon.

9. Baked mackerel Smear fresh mackerel fillets with mustard, sprinkle with chopped herbs (fresh tarragon is good), seasoning and breadcrumbs. Bake for eight minutes at 220C/gas 7.

10. Paprika prawns Warm olive oil in a pan with at least three cloves of sliced garlic. When the garlic colours, add at least a tsp each of cumin and paprika. A minute later, add a dozen or so prawns, salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.

Tomato and mascarpone pasta bake everyone will love this! METHOD Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place the tomatoes, cut-side up, in a roasting dish and drizzle with the vinegar, oregano and some seasoning. Ro ast for 1 hr until soft. Heat the oil in a saucepan, then cook the onion for 5 mins until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. When the tomatoes are ready, tip into the pan with the stock. Simmer for 5 mins, then add the mascarpone. Remove from the heat and blitz with a hand blender until smooth. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions, drain and set aside in a colander. Heat grill to High. Season the sauce and stir in the basil and pasta. Mix, then tip into an ovenproof dish and cover with the cheese. Grill for a few mins until golden and bubbling.

INGREDIENTS..........

300ml vegetable stock

1.5kg tomatoes, halved 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed

4 tbsp mascarpone Small bunch basil, chopped 500g pack penne 125g ball mozzarella, torn 50g Parmesan, grated


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then fold in Whip 200ml/7fl oz double cream, from 1 vanilla pod. s seed the and 2oz natural yoghurt chopped peaches and Mix together 2 large stoned and wberries. Drizzle over 400g/14oz hulled and halved stra tall ovenproof dish (a a in 1tbsp peach liqueur, place with yoghurt mixture. top and ) soufflé dish works well demerara sugar then Sprinkle over a thin layer of or place brief y under a caramelise with a blow torch very hot grill - before serving.

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pan, warm 400g/14oz raspberries with 50g/2oz icing sugar over a low heat, till berries begin to soften. Crush a few with the back of a spoon and leave to cool. Mix together 500g/1lb 2oz natural yogh urt with 100g/31⁄2oz crème fraîche, then stir in raspberr ies, marbling mixture. Spoon into 6 glasses and chill befo re serving.

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Make a delicious dip Mash 250g/9o

z feta cheese then stir in 250g/9o z natural yoghurt with a handful of chopped fresh parsley. Season with lots of ground black pepper and serve as a dip.

Deseed and grate a medium sized cucumber and finely chop a large bunch of fresh mint. Stir these into 500g/1lb 2oz natural yoghurt with 2 crushed garlic cloves and a squeeze of lemon juice. Season and serve with spiced grilled meat or falafel.

Cut the calories of coleslaw Stir

together 250g/9oz natural yogh urt, 2tsp Dijon mustard and 2tbsp light mayonn aise, season, then toss with 2 large peeled and grated carrots, 1 small thinly sliced white cabbage, and 2 sma ll sliced red onions.

Create a cool lassi

In a blender, whizz together 2oz 500g/1lb yoghurt, 200ml/ 7fl oz water, 23tsp rose water, the seeds from 2 green cardamom pods and 1tbsp sugar. caster een betw de Divi ice-filled 4 glasses..

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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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AROUND th e... N ews & events

whats happening Wednesday

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

Thursday

THE SPIRITUALIST Denelle Dance Club CHURCH, QUESADA........ Summer Programme.. 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

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 to September 8 inclusive Singles Welcome. For further info contact Lyn on 635 584 431 orlynatdenelledance@hotmail. com or visit our brand new website www. denelledanceclub.com

MODERN JIVE................. Freemasonry.............. (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

Ceroc style ...............

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-GuardamarCallosa-Catral-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

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

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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: palmers.quesada@yahoo.co.uk

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

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

CASTILLA AMIGOS.........

A friendship group for single people. We are now into our second year of meetings at the CASTILLA BAR on the Lemon Tree Road, Near Guardamar. We meet every Wednesday afternoon from 3 pm. Please feel welcome to come and join us. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE - 966 849 057

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.

Rusty – a lovely, golden, medium sized dog. He is well behaved on or off the lead. He thrives on one to one attention and would have lots to offer in a loving home. To arrange to meet Rusty or any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.

space for a little one? All our dogs and cats have their stories, with all of us helping them, they can move on to have happy and well balanced lives. Can you help by giving them a home?.

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

Friday

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

saturday

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

Sunday

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

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

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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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THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION PEGO Art Studio......................... The Rojales Panto group ‘Bob Ross’ style oil landscape class. Saturday, July 16, 2011 Needs you....................................

Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1730 on the first Wednesday of each month at La Rustika Restaurante (formally Los Arcos

10:00am-5:30pm Contact Anne Kerr - annekerr44@hotmail.

Restaurante), Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. Contact Mike

co.uk, phone 965 977 045, www.artstudio-paintingclasses.

Wright,

co.uk

Chairman

966 188 701 or

Margaret Forshaw,

Secretary 966 921 996.

CASTILLA AMIGOS........................ A friendship group for single people. Please come and join us at the CASTILLA BAR on the Lemon Tree Road, Near Guardamar.

VALENCIA and ALICANTE photographic exhibition....... Atesorar

España

(Treasuring

Spain)

At Bancaja Cultural Centre in Valencia, & Bancaja Cultural Centre

We meet every Wednesday from 3.00 pm.

in Alicante daily until 13th November featuring 345 snapshots

ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE - 966 849 057

that capture Spain at the time of the great artist Joaquín

AVON SALES TABLE & MUCH MORE including handmade babywear, household goods, books. Every Thursday 11.30am til 3pm at The Hillside, Calle Bilboa, Urb La Marina. For more information contact Elaine 619 888 259.

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

Sorolla. The exhibition depicts photographic visions of Spain at the time of the Valencian artist, through images captured in the second half of the 19th Century and the first three decades

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

of the 20th Century by some twenty photographers.

TORRY ARMY

DENIA Exhibition by Art Colors academy........................

FC Torrevieja International Supporters Club ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Date: Thursday 7 July 2011 Time: 7.45pm for 8.00pm Venue: Casa Ventura, San Luis

Until 8th July House of Culture. Big Hall - Tel: 966 422 367 -

WHAT A NIGHT - Jo’s 40th birthday - THANKS GIRLS!

Email: denia@touristinfo.net

DENIA Painting Exhibition by Irene Barrasa............................

8:30pm with entertainment from Plan B. Tickets are on sale

Until 8th July. House of Culture. Big hall - Tel: 966 422 367 -

now at The Butterfly Children Charity shop in La Marina, please

Email: denia@touristinfo.net

bring your own refreshments.

EL JINETE, Odyssey Los MONTESINOS Art classes an AIA exhibition.......................

Wednesdays at Bar Rosa, Price 8€

Contact Suzanne Stokes, tel: 724 283 / 680 961 025 website: www.sue-stokes.co.uk

TORREVIEJA.................................. 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.

CATRAL........................................... Lawn Bowls for Pensioners every Tuesday from 10.00 to 12.00hrs, organized by Vecinos Colaborando Association (Crime Watch Spain).

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.

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ALL SEASONS I Fully fitted by R C City & Guilds O Trained Installation team N Fully Legal & Insured S.L. company

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Prices from as little as 349€ supplied and fitted Free no obligation survey and quotation www.allseasons-spain.com email:info@allseasons-spain.com AUTHORISED INSTALLER FOR SIMULSAT TV Call John on 608279075

airport transfers LEGAL AIRPORT TRANSFERS Taxis / Minibuses /Coaches www. costablanca transfers.com 0034 966 196 609 0034 610 611 619

awnings

AWNINGS DIRECT

Retractable Awnings Toldo Plano (Glorieta) Balcony Blinds Vertical Blinds Window Blinds New Covers Repairs

At least 150 Colours To Choose From

Tel: Mick

676 583 246 business for sale

builders R & C Builders. All types of work under t aken English /S panish P l a s t e r i n g Plumbing Tel: 968 151 383 Mob: 650 056 670

ALL BUILDING

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CALL ADRIAN 696 744 982 boats

B O A T I N G LICENSES ARE NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN SPAIN Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. Own-boat tuition on sail and power. If you have a yacht or powerboat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard +34 638 056 224 Email: enquiries@ serenitysailing. com or visit: www. serenitysailing. com

10 cold drink/ snack vending machines with sites €39,900, excellent cash income, no overhead, work from home, work only one day per week, €31,000 net yearly. 25 Pringle vending machines with sites €14,900, €250 per week guaranteed. Tel: 965 326 442 / 659 Fishing : Wreck Reef 696 455. & Trolling Fun Days :Swim Snorkel A Simple Do-Nuts B usiness opportunity. Sightseeing No joining fee. :Evening Cruises Part/Full time Fully Qualified with potential high :Insured & Liscensed income depending Tel Kevin on on commitment. 965 710 654 Work from and Mob: 636 159 885 enjoy these unique www.costa-boat-trips.eu Global products Torrevieja area and ability to help other people’s well car hire being! Naturopathic Health Aid Band. bargin Nano technology. Members receive: Holiday Web site, Unlimited Cars Video Email, from 8€ per day Unlimted Video all inclusive Conferencing Tel: 622 684 486 696640747 UK: 07540932133

Boat Trips Fast offshore Charter Boat

to place your advertisment....

By PERSON: exchange house, calle los arcos 7,

03170, cuidad quesada Private sale ads are free under 300€ Costa blanca areas christine 966 718 979 (3 ads per week) email them to: Costa calida area loraine 693 775 337 paulette 902 750 190 blancasales@soltimes.com

call sol times classified on 902 750 190 ext 330

consumption, uses standard electric socket, easily Bouncy castles, foam pits, Giant moved & ideal for Twister, Gladiator, balcony / rooftop Pole Joust, Sumo / sunterrace / www.bouncybouncy.es garden. listed €5890, bargain at Tel:622 136 236 €1850 collected or €2200 delivered computer and fitted, 676 858 028 Jack Linane Juicer 55 euros. solac blender 15 The place to call for friendly reliable help euros Repairs, Tuition, getting started, tel: 672800806 (los canovas) Microsoft Office R Certified Virus Removal, Email setup, 20 years computer experience Nintendo DS 300 games on 1 NO CALL OUT FEES Cartridge, all recent Phone: 966 762 816 top games. For Mobile: 634 370 737 games list email Email:alanbel57@gmail.com me on jonpon69@ hotmail.com or phone Jon on 634 electrician 361 844. Torrevieja area but can deliver. 60€ each cart!!!!!!! . IN THE COSTA BLANCA no job too small & free estimates! Pine Cot-Bed specialists in all Excellent condition - sides come off to electrical & plumbing works new icp’s fitted - swimming pool heaters & air-con make bed suitable electric gates & burglar alarms up to 5/6yrs. hot water boilers,gas heaters & solar Including Mattress/ new bath/shower suites - spanish legal Quilts, pillows and all bedding 50€ www.electriancostablanca.co.uk BARGAIN! Tel: 680 939 265 furniture ELECTRICITY, Travel Cot - hardly used, PLUMBING, AIR-CON est excellent condition 2006 in Torrevieja 25€ - BARGAIN! sl & surrounding Tel: 680 939 265 ROJALES SPECIALIST OF PRE - OWNED areas. FURNITURE & AccESSORIES AT SENSIBLE PRICES Motorcycle No call out fee house clearance specialist 2x helmets - size Med Tel: 622 381 979 FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE & Large complete WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE Tel: 658 632 056 with full face visor QUALITY FURNITURE www.hacerman.webs.com 30€ for the two! Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 Tel: 680 939 265 C/Pablo Neruda 2, Local 5, Rojales Electricianavailable

Computer fix

ELECTRICS & PLUMBING

call clive: 617 268 346 or frank: 639 988 487

Furniture first

PLEASE CALL JAMIE ON: 966 713 075 OR 680 545 923 www.inandaroundtorrevieja.com

for all works. Small or large. Call Dave 693 251 562. Email. davendonc@aol. com

Bolger Muebles

financial services

Quality British Imported New and Refurbished Bar Furniture

selfcert secured lending, capital raising mortgages, cash advances whilst you sell, personal loans, equity release 6 52 9 8 6 0 8 8 9 0 25 8 5 5 6 9 a s e s o r @ advisers4.es

www.bolgermuebles.com stephenbolger477@msn.com

Tel: 968 579 993

2 single beds complete, unused mattresses and headboards 50€ each Tel: 654 666 686 (evenings) One badminton set, four bats, one net and shuttles 12€ Tel: 654 666 686 Telephone evenings Marlin guitar amp 2 inputs 70€, PA system 5 channels 90€, 2 x 150 watt yamaha pa speakers 95€, 5 x pendant light fittings 90€. Tel: 968 592773 / 626927134 2 bikes, ladies and gents, 60 € each or 110 € for the two” Tel: 615 344 862 1 Mercury 2.2 HP outboard motor 250 €. 1. Z Ray 300 inflatable boat excellent condition length 8.8ft 450 €. 1 spare wheel for boat trailer 25 € tel 634325508

Can be converted to Wireless. 30€ Telephone 687105994 NIKON F65 SLR CAMERA auto / manual. with instruction manual. 28mm - 80mm and 70mm - 300mm zoom lenses, flash, Miranda tripod, and Nikon carry case.Of fers!!Call 966789612 or 6299753785 G enuine softub (not inflatable!!) new & in unopened box , mocha brown, legend model , low power

FORGOTTEN GOLD Clive Dunn

Here on the Costa Calida we will buy unwanted or broken gold. We are offering the best rates. Please contact me for a consultation Full discretion guaranteed

TEL: 606 564 840 forgottengold@hotmail.com

Silver & gold wanted Private buyer pays cash for all silver items Large or small, I will buy it.

Tel: 603 633 138

GOLD WANTED

English jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold jewellery, silver and coins

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT Call Peter

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

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

14” colour TV good condition 20 euros Tel: 693749701 Various Items for Car Boot Tel: 693749701 Cement Mixer good working order 100 euros Tel: 69374970

guest house

hakuna matata country b & b, rooms 25€ p.p.p.night, swimming pool, bar, etc cartagena area wwww. hakunamatata-murcia.com. tel 968 16 37 35

halogen ovens

Halogen Oven

Bulb Replacement & repairs

for sale

Pool tables, snooker tables, table tennis tables, darts. Tel:666 933 726 w w w. s p a i n p o o l . com call sol A luminium Gates, Double times and Electric Sliding. classified Guaranteed No Rust.Call Tracy on 966 726 891 for on details. 902 750 190 Total Core e x erciser ext 330 for abdominal improvement, fishing excl. condition 20 Deep sea fishing €. Tel 966712200 (Benijofar). call Tony on: 646 Lexmark Printer, 754 124 visit: www. Fax, scanner and calidafishing.com copier X3550

jewellery

for sale

634 321 024 ES 618 315 933 UK

not just for special occasions info@tuxedolimousines.es www.tuxedolimousines.es

LOCKSMITH

LOCKED OUT!!! CALL24hr

Tel:

647 151 972

Put this number in your phone. LOCKS CHANGED ALL LOCKS TO WORK OF 1 KEY EXTRA SECURITY WINDOWS & DOORS FREE SECURITY SURVEY MOTURA & DIERRE LOCKS CHANGED FULLY LEGAL IN SPAIN

mosquito blinds call david 669 158 932 • 965 992 805

• Roller Shutters & Persianas • Mosquito Roller Blinds Excellent Holiday Rental Rate for • Security locks & Grills Quality apartment Isla Plana. • Windows & Doors 2 double bedrooms. • Glass holiday lets

Spacious & tastefully furnished throughout. Secure small complex with parking, lift & disabled access. Available during August

only 145€ weekly inc Tel: 672 852 360 www.sunshinebreak.es

We Fit, Repair or replace

Tel: 680 845 651 mobility Mobility Equipment Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 www.freedommobility spain.com


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satellite tv

removals

SALE & RENTAL PROPERTIES URGENTLY REQUIRED

Rainbow Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or rainbowsats@terra.es

in Cabo Roig/Villamartin, Orihuela Costa & Costa Calida

SKY digi box Pace with white sky card bbc1,2,3,4,itv1,2,3

We have clients enquiring in this area

,ch4 & 5. 120€ can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 or 667 478 771

Contact CASASOL REAL ESTATE tel: 965 325 601 Email: tony@casasolrealestate.com

pergolas Pergola 5m x 3m. Never erected, high quality solid timber, treated, ideal for garden or car port €385. Will deliver free. 622 791 907 or si.whitworth@ gmail.com

English Plasterer internal finishing, external rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. Call Chris 671 444 246 email: c_pettit@hotmail.co.uk

FOR SALE

Apartment (Top floor / Penthouse) Almoradi, Costa Blanca

4 Bed, 2 Bath, Large Terrace, Lounge, Sep Kitchen, Utility Room, Communal Solarium, Lift, Furnished inc. White Goods, UK TV , 90m² Interior Living Space plus, 15m² Terrace / Balcony with Awnings Spacious apartment overlooks a newly reformed Plaza, views of the church & mountains, unusually large terrace. 2 min walk away from the town’s attractive central square, all other amenities are also within easy walking distance,12 mins drive from the resort of Guardamar del Segura. Close to La Finca Golf course

Price (Private Sale) € 85,000 Tel: (0034) 676 534 978

private SALE Country house near Los gallardos, 20mins from beach

Build 312 m², Terrace 65 m², Plot 1500 m²

This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back and room for a pool.

only 225,000€ ONO Rojales – Spacious 1 bed apartment, Fully furnished, air con, grills, balcony, Fantastic solarium and free Municipal pool, Views of the mountains, Bargain price of 45,000€, Please call 619 566 479/666 105 012 for viewings. w w w propertybuyer

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spain .com EL RASO 2 bed 2 baths Detached Villa,Never lived in, as new, With communal pool only 8 minutes to the beach, Only 124,950€, Please call 666 105 012/619 566 479 to view, w w w propertybuyer

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spain.com Dona Pepa, Quesada 2 bed 3 baths fully furnished Town House, Over

looking communal pool,on Gated complex, bargain buy. Only 94,950€ Please call 666 105 012/619 566 479 to view, w w w propertybuyer

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spain .com Quesada Golf 3 bed 2 baths Detached villa with Air/con Wood burner, private and communal pool, Priced to sell at 165,000€ Please call to view 619 566 479/666 105 012, w w w propertybuyer

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spain .com Quesada 2 bed 2 baths fully furnished detached villa with communal pool. Absolute bargain only 99,000€ Please phone 619 566 479/666 105 012 to view anytime

empty van + trailer available

tel: 965 326 920 Brian: 666 847 648 Torrevieja all areas covered beechdale@hotmail.co.uk

property

Telephone 649 186 107

WANTED

full or part loads uk return local deliveries motorbikes & caravans pets welcome passport & paperwork arranged door to door

plastering

w w w . propertybuyer spain .com COME AND SEE a real BARGAIN a Fabulous Opportunity for someone with the GUTS to take it on. OFFERS invited in and around 180,000€ as must sell quick, its got a 3000m2 plot as well as a 240m2 build house with 12 rooms Pool too a large garage and three phase electric if required, very suitable for STORAGE OR CAR WORKSHOP, its all legal and ready to be turned into a thriving business once again so come and see it, call Gary on 670469544 a close friend of the family, you really need to be into a bit of DIY for the house by the way. I Can also

help with Finance and Currency exchange if you need it 670469544 Also a 5 Beds Finca Dolores for 205,000€ 10,000m2 plot all legal Algorfa Near La Finca Golf 3 Very nice Apartments all Ground floor with private terrace, 2 Bedrooms, Lounge and Fitted Kitchens, ALL are fully furnished and SOLD AS SEEN, 2 now reduced to a sensational low of yes only 64,950€ and one at 69,950€ true BARGAINS call now 670469544 its cheapest here so dont delay, Easy access to Towns, the Beach and Golf see it here www. spanishvisions. com we also have 3 or 4 other very cheap new properties on the site INCLUDING A 3 BED HOUSE Nr Quesada for 66,000€ yes call now There are various Vendors in desperate need to sell so please look here www. spanishvisions. com Beautiful Houses for a snip Big Villas with beautiful Gardens at 205K, 4 Bed Penthouse Apartment for 90K. Big Finca for 155K, Finca with Cert Habitation yes WITH. House with pool NOW ONLY 90K, Plot to Build House 50K,

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LowCostaMoves UK and Spain

we shift most things

GOLD WANTED

van hire VANTASTIC 3.5 tonne removals or any man & van service Tel: 693 251 562.

E MAIL: davendonc@aol. com

Anthony Foster Local moves & deliveries Playa Flamenca

EEZEE REMOVALS

For more details

tel: 679 569 799

eezee@hotmail.co.uk www.eezeeremovals.com

SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 marmenorremovals@hotmail.com

simply removals Spain ‹ UK › Spain • Full & Part Loads • Local-No jobs too small • Pets Welcome • Experienced owner/driver (Playa Flamenca)

Tel: 603 192 957/966 848 607

UK: 00 44 790 519 8895 MEL LANDON melvyynleo@yahoo.com property continued

2,500m2 Plot with Electric 52K, 5Beds 3 Bath 2 Kitchens & Lounges 309K, 7 Beds 4 Bath 2 Kitchens 2 Lounges Quesada 399K, 5 Beds finca 10Km2 plot Dolores 185K, Don’t read any more just look at the site www.spanishvisions. com and ring us 670469544 to view Anyone selling ring us as we need more good value things to promote as getting quality leads to view new properties. we are again getting a new list of properties in our favorite location ALDEA DEL MAR so please keep an eye on the site.

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT Call Peter

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

Wanted Scrap Gold

Cash paid for all gold jewellery or exchange for new

The Treasure Chest: 966 718 100 / 966 765 374

Silver & gold wanted Private buyer pays cash for allsilver items Large or small, I will buy it.

Mob: 616820232 Office: 966 188 649 tony-foster@live.co.uk

REGULAR TRIPS TO UK WITH LARGE VAN Space available we also transport pets

English jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold jewellery, silver and coins

Tel: 603 633 138

Lords Removals UK & European Local Deliveries, Full/Part loads. Pet transportation. Fully Insured Tel: (0044) 7709 557 109 (0034) 608 061 872

LWB Sprinter van going to UK and back every 2 weeks, based near Murcia Airport. Tel: 610 846 260/ 0044 7519 186 355. or email: van.man@ hotmail.co.uk

recruitment

Experienced mechanic required,

orihuela costa telephone

637 090 665

WANTED

Commercial gas or electric

Kitchen Oven

Must be in good working order Can Collect Telephone 609 199 394 tattooist

TATTOOS BY AWARD WINNING MANCHESTER STEVE

FLAMENCA BEACH C.C. Tel: 634 141 331 672 875 418

wigs Salon Margarethas, 23 years in Torrevieja Hair/wig specialist for medical illness and hair loss problems. We offer different hair replacements, top fillers, hair prostheses, toupees & wigs. Natural & artificial hair & much more. Also fashion/festival accessories. TV/TS are welcome to our service. Call Margaretha on 966 921 846 or call in salon in Torrevieja


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swimming pools

personals Men rise to the occasion with the little blue diamond pill. Tel: 638 237 399 Same day delivery Spanish lady Playa Flamenca near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, prices from 40€. Full discretion. Tel: Ana 680 735 412 The Swingers Club on the Costa Blanca. www. puer to - d - amore. info Tel: 966 725 373 / 650 706 725 Sexy books for the adult reader. Over 40 books for your selection. A choice from word or PDF. All FREE at www. adultreading.es Pretty Woman, Sensual & tender, spoils you without pressure of time discreet in her villa (daily). Also mature gents welcome. Call 676 565 128

experience, we perform all kind off fantasies there isn’t much we have not have heard about, so what are you waiting for! NEAR HOSPITAL DE TORREVIEJA phone 609 418 948 Torrevieja Carla from Venezuela, super sexy/ little curvy, long black hair, big breast, black eyes, with lots of south American temperaments. for all your fantasies. Oral without, give/ receive. HAPPY HOUR 13.0014.00 discount 20 € 609 418 948. ask Monique for inf. and pictures Hi Kimberly here I’m slim, busty, tanned, toned lady in my 40’s for the mature gentlemen, ladies, couples to visit me or you Tel: 630 942 138 Elegant Slim Sexy Lady available, home / house visits. Mazarron Torrevieja Tel: 693 357 526

established 40 years in the UK

Britannia

15% FREE

Solar Pool covers - Rollers Heatpumps - fencing

discount on solar pool covers & rollers 400 micron pool covers with all pool heat pumps

966 765 378 - 649 784 193 www.poolsafetyfencing.es

www.britanniapoolcovers.com

body repairs

RAPID REPAIRS

“RE-PLATE” MATE

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Alan 662 249 159

swimming pools watermaid europe swimming pool maintenance, heat pumps, saltwater & filter system. instualtions www.watermaideurope.com tel 636 698 501

Who after re-registering over 750 vehicles will put you on the right side of the road.

605 319 889 or 966 753 375 www.spanish-number-plates.com info@spanish-number-plates.com

Vehicles wanted

DO YOU NEED AN ENGLISH MOT?

bargain cars

English Vosa MOT’S

Only 50€

CASH

WANTED FOR CASH Caravans & Motorhomes Any age, condition UK plates or Spanish. LHD/RHD All considered T.647 587 855 caravantas@gmail.com

vehicles for sale Looking for a car?

We have a nice selection of LHD & RHD vehicles for sale or exchange from only

1.500€ - 30,000€

Automatics, saloons, MPV’s, 4x4’s, sports, cabriolets & commercials. New and used vehicles sourced. Tel Frank your friendly car sales on the Costa Blanca

Telephone 600 726 221 965 687 976

or simply view our easy to use website

www.fwreurocars.com

Automatics For Sale

Fantastic Selection in stock from

1500€ to 15,000€

Telephone: 600 726 221 965 687 976

www.fwreurocars.com

WE BUY

gearbox repairs

Gearbox Repairs, Automatics & Manuals, all makes

Telephone

Amigo Cars

CA4RS

698 279 973

2nd hand engines supplied & fitted Scrap vehicles disposed of All paperwork completed legally

in good condition Automatic selection.

622 684 486

Call now for an instant decision

caravans/ motorhomes

Bumpers, wings and mirrors. All body panels for all cars supplied. LHD large range of headlights. Tel:966 875 497 Mob: 618 592 discount caravan, 396 motorhome, boat and engine batteries in stock now. ring for details - 950 459 007 - 647 855 BODYWORK & PAINT 587 caravans and SPECIALISTS motorhomes wanted for cash. • APPROVED any age & condition, uk/spanish reg- ring INSURANCE 950 459 007 - 647 REPAIRERS 587 855 caravan and • LOCAL PICK UP & motorhome DELIVERY SERVICE spares and repairs. • COURTESY CAR for information call 950 459 007 - 647 AVAILABLE 587 855 or visit us • ALL WORK GUARANTEED at caldera spas, antas new, in stock, Ken Brooks 645 162 808 caravan motor email:rapidrepairs2668@yahoo.co.uk movers. no more struggling. fitting Behind the Zoco Sunday market service available. call 950 459 007 Vehicles registration 647 587 855

Attractive couple (m 43/f 30), excessive & insatiable offers exclusive erotic services for women, men & couples. Also house & hotel New in Catral visits possible. Tel: qualified nice 629 483 618 GB masseuse oriental Natasha and techniques, deep relaxation, good V e n e z u e l a n friend, promotions 638 blonde diverse super sexy, 789 562 close to private apartment, Quesada complete massage Ashley,New, with massage bed, English mixed race very discreet, Call South American, 677 676 554 San very sexy!! 29yrs, Policarpo no.87 Apt Don’t take a chance! Tall, Slim with long 1 – 17, Cerca Calle Don’t break the Law! legs, Excellent Orihuela rates near Hospital Let us take the hassle Lovely girls to De Torrevieja Call pamper you, luxury away from you and me direct 634 336 apartment, drinks 712 and shower free, re-register your vehicle Flamenca, DOUBLE DUTCH Playa on to Spanish plates Tel: Patty Dutch Girl Campoamor. 36 years. 5. 6 feet 660 308 993 WE PROMISE TO BEAT tall, slim, XXXL MAY erotic from ANY GENUINE QUOTATION breasted, long blond Indonesia, 38 petite, For a full service contact: hair, SPECIALIST attractive, will spoil in Greek. phone you with a sensual relaxing massage. www.replatematecostablanca.com 669 638 845 & Come and relax Monique Dutch in my very private, vehicle imports & matriculation.fast Girl 38 years. 5.9 luxurious apartment, and competitive rates. call 687 845 730 feet tall, slim body, or I will pamper you long red/Braun in your own home. hair, SPECIALIST FULL SERVICE. withheld in teasing. We Number For re-registration of cars, are open minded – no call. Tel: 698 motorbikes and motor homes and have lots of 896 034 contact Graham Shelton Females and couples 18 – 65 required for adult photos & videos. Good rates 697 697 842 or www. medphoto.eu

mot

Cars, Vans, Bikes Damaged or Scrap Reliable Cars Bought For Cash bangers4cash@yahoo.co.uk

619 608 270

WANTED

ALL VEHICLES

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

FOR CASH Telephone:

699 805 995

CASH CASH 634 159 139 CASH Same day collection

advertise in sol times call

We pay instant cash same day for cars, vans, bikes, quads, caravans, trailers, absolutley anything!

mobile mechanic

From 1€ to 10,000€

902 750 190 ext 330

Ed’s

mobile

Call Phil: 607 848 332

CAR REPAIR SERVICE

CAR AIR CONDITIONING REGASING SERVICE SERVICING, REPAIRS ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS GARAGE SERVICES

610 078 940

965 708 717

Vehicles wanted

wanted

cars for cash

Best

prices paid

Spanish / English Anything considered

Call Tim:

662 211 993

WANTED

JCB’s, Mini-Diggers (All Makes), Tractors, Trailers & all other types of plant machinery. Any age, any condition. Cash buyer All 4x4 vehicles for cash, Mitsubishi, Landrover, Suzuki, Nissan etc

PART WORN TYRES FOR SALE VARIOUS SIZES Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

JT METAL RECYCLING Turn your old or unwanted CAR into CASH. We will dispose of in our Authorised Depollution End of Life Treatment facility.

Certificates issued CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, TRAILERS, PLANT MACHINERY

WANTED

Spanish or English Also buyers of COPPER, BRASS, ALUMINIUM, LEAD, STAINLESS STEEL & GOLD

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pool sureste sl made with “Gunite” FREE Dolphin & Seal Mosiac Design on base of pool. Ask for details.

Al

l sh & SIZES apes eg.

8.500 €

8m.X 4m. pool Repairs Terraces Pool Covers

968 461 404 - 630 810 299 E-mail: ppsl@ono.com www.poolsureste.com

LONG AND SHORT TERM PARKING ALICANTE AND MURCIA AIRPORT

Reservations 968 566 410 / 656 532 491

24hrs Alicante 656 532 725 / 24hrs Murcia 656 532 724 Email: info@planeparking.es www.planeparking.es Alicante and Murcia Dual Contracts UNLIMITED TRANSFERS Fly into Alicante and out of Murcia or vice versa Your vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport of your choice. Available for Long & Short Term Clients NO HIDDEN CHARGES

Parking couldn’t be easier or more secure Offering 24hrs parking, 365 days a year from as little as 82cent per day Unlimited transfers Just 2 minutes from San Javier (Murcia) and Alicante Airport Latest state of the art security system Complimentary external clean We also offer a complete car care services including ITV’s

www.carsupermarket.es

WELLBEING CHECKS

We have over 20,000 square metres of secure parking

Nursing & Homecare Services

Our wellbeing checks have proved very popular offering a comprehensive health assessment that covers many aspects of general health and are designed to be quick and hassle free. Our clinics are held at various locations throughout the region on a regular basis.

A Wellbeing check includes the following for only 8.50€ • Blood Pressure Check • Body Mass Index • Pulse Check • Blood Glucose • Prostate Check • Urinalysis

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FC CARTAGENA............................ QUESADA BOWLING CLUB..................................... FC CARTAGENA CLOSE SEASON ROUND UP BY STEVE HIBBERD Although it’s still almost 2 months before div 2a season 11/12 commences, there has been plenty of action behind the scenes of FC Cartagena. New manager Paco Lopez has certainly not wasted any time in filling the vacant slots, following the traditional transfer merry go round. His first signing was 26 year old REINA Rodriguez, a keeper brought in from La liga side Levante. Defender TORRES Caturia (22) has joined from Malaga, along with Midfielder GASPAR Haro (30). Portuguese midfielder CLEBER de Oliveira (31) makes the switch from northern Portugal, where he played for Victoria Guimares (a place I have happy memories of from 3 years ago, whist watching Pompey qualify for the group stages of the UEFA cup). DIMAS Morgado, a 28 year old midfielder, has also signed on the dotted line, following his move from div 2a side Numancia. Finally,

defender Gorka KIJERA (25) makes the long journey south from div 2b side Eibar. The first batch of pre season friendly dates have just been released, involving mainly Murcia based clubs: Weds 20 Jul - FC Cartagena v Cartagena FC - ko 7pm - La Manga club Weds 27 Jul - Olimpico Totana v FC Cartagena - ko 9pm - Totana Sat 30 Jul - FC Torrevieja v FC Cartagena - ko 7pm - Torrevieja Weds 3 Aug - Aguilas FC v FC Cartagena - ko 9pm - Aguilas Sat 6 Aug - CF Molina v FC Cartagena - ko 7pm - Molina de Segura Tues 9 Aug - Triangular tournament involving FC Cartagena/lorca/Real Murcia - ko 7pmat Lorca. Finally, for this weeks roundup, are details of next season ticket prices. Adult tickets range from 150450 euros, whilst childrens are at a giveaway price of only 75-100 euros (bargain!).

MAGGOTS END............................ RODS and REELS This weeks´ competition was the 5th in the Summer League series. This series is 6 matches with the best 5 results to count. The venue was the Embalse de Beniarres. This is the first time the club have fished this venue and it is near Alcoy. This venue again, has had a lot of water in it but it is now receding. However, for any anglers going there, be very careful near the water ´s edge. As one of our anglers

found this to his cost, and bottomed his car. It took all the anglers an hour and half to dig it out and move it. So beware on your own you might be walking home!!!!!!!!!!!. Top rods on the day 1st Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton fishing the pole using paste with 39.86 kilo´s. 2nd Dave ( The Sweetie Man ) Hutchinson the pole using paste

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Points :- Mazzarron 8 Quesada 6 Shots:- 110 94 Quesada winning rinks :- A Paget M Smith D Washbourne – M Lockley R Pinfold G Skinner A Benson S Gray T Paget. As a team we wish to thank Dave Green and the whole Mazzarron team for waiting for us, for their hospitality and for joining us for such a lovely meal. On behalf of the team I wish to thank the Committee for providing a coach for the Mazzarron game. It

allowed us all to enjoy this final match of the season and enjoy a meal with the home club. Many thanks to Vice Captain Don Washbourne and the Quesada Coach Choir for the entertainment on the way home!!!! Disappointingly we didn’t make that 2nd spot, but technically on the green we came 2nd. Well done to all of you, hold on to the passion!!!!!!!!!!

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Friday 1st July Mazarron played at home against Quesada “Lancasters” in the final match of the SABA league for this season. Mazarron being next to bottom of the league last week, hoped to improve on that position slightly in this their final opportunity. Unfortunately Quesada’s coach driver gave them a bit of mystery tour around Mazarron before eventually

arriving at Hacienda, a little later than planned but after a hasty disembarking of flusted Quesada players the match was able to commence. The result after some very tense and tight games was 3 games each with Mazarron winning overall on points 110 - 94, this has left Mazarron as they were, next to bottom of the

league. Well done to all the players that have supported the SABA league this season, until the next time, HAPPY BOWLING. If you would like to find out a bit more about our club then check our web site :- mazarronbowlsclub.webs. com or tel:- Secretary 968131619 Report by Wendy Reynolds

with 35.42 kilo´s. 3rd Bill ( The Master ) Reade fishing the pole using paste with 21.48 kilo´s. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN: We are now half way through the year, and this week saw the start of the Summer Series with the first match being fished on the River at Murcia This water is in urgent need of work by the Murcian Federation or the river authorities to clear the pegs on the upper reaches of the match length, as the reeds are closing in and making them unfishable. There was more flow on the water this week than previous but it is still producing reasonable weights. 1st Alan (The Chairman) Reid with 16.180kg fishing feeder

using bread. 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 14.420kg on pole using paste. 3rd Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 11.220kg also on pole using paste. All details are available from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER: Members recently had a fishing trip to Murcia on the River Segura which was enjoyed by all: Winner; David Hoare, Second; Alan Roscoe, Third: John Theaker. Another friendly match is planned for the autumn. 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 July at 12 o’clock On Saturday July 9th at 12 o’clock the meeting will be held at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the sea-front between Isla Plana and the Port. Refreshments and lunch are available at each location. Come along to a meeting nearest to you No meetings are held in August For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876or email: anglerstogether@hotmail.co.uk (NEW EMAIL ADDRESS). If anyone has emailed to our previous address (@gonuts4free) please resend to our new address as we have not been receiving messages. Thank you TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE

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QUESADA Golf Society..........................

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Lo Romero Wed 29th June 2011. Another lovely day to play golf, the course was in really good condition and the greens were true and fast, some good scores came in, with the format being a single stableford,I must say it got very hot in the afternoon but the strong wind did help keep the heat down a little. Big John Dunnion put his drive into the semi rough, he said he had a reasonable lie until his partner run over his ball with their buggy, the lie did’nt look that good after that.On returning to the Quesada Country Club where the prizes were given out to the winners, also a special gift was given to Les and Carol Catt from the society as they are returning to the uk,Les has been on the Committee for several years and has done some sterling work for the society as the Competition Secretary and wife Carol is our very own David Bailey who takes all the photo’s after the games, we will miss them both and wish them a safe journey and good luck for the future,the pictures show them both with their farewell gift plus the winners on the day. Scores on the day, Gold section 1st with 36 points was Brian Smith, 2nd with 31 points

was Les Catt and 3rd with 30 points was Alan Briggs. Silver section was in 1st place John King with 35 points, 2nd was Ron Stevenson with 33 points and 3rd with 32 points was Sue Smith. Nearest the Pins, hole 5, Brian Smith, hole7,Victor Dew, hole12,Ken McKinnon,and on hole 15, Terry Williams, nearest the pin on par4 in 2 shots hole 9 and nearest the pin on par 5 in 3 shots hole 17 was Brian Smith. The Roy Trophy was won on c/b with 22 points by Ron Speirs. Terry Williams beat Victor Dew 4 and 3 in the Annual Knockout Comp.It was nice to see Terry back again playing golf but I think Victor might say otherwise. Reminders for Members, next game is on Wed 13th July at Las Colinas early tee off at 0900hrs,the Barbeque Night is at the Q.C.C. on Thursday 28th July, Members names and guest to Roy Kavanagh ASAP. We then take a short break and return for a Members Meeting on Tuesday 16th August. If you are interested in playing society golf give our Membership Secretary Les Pancott a ring on 966716723, come along and have a fun day out with a very friendly society. Reporter Brian (The Smiler)

CLUB 25 SERENA GOLF REPORT.............. Wednesday 3rd July 2011 Federated Individual Medal Competition with Martin Archer Hello everybody. What a strange day it was !!!! The humidity was absolutely horrendous & their were quite a few sweaty bodies coming of the golf course after 3-4 hours. Tim (Pretty Boy) Newstead did mention that there was a 40% chance of thunder & rain which sent Les (Lucky) Lane hurriedly scuttling back to his locker for his water proof cover for his golf bag. Oh yeah of little faith Les. 14 members turned up (we have over 10 members in the UK and away for various reasons) so it was a small band of hardy golfers that went out in that heat. We would like to welcome back Martin & Tina Witherall for a short stay before they spend 3 months with us later in the month. I think Martin had forgotten what La Serena

was like as he has to go back to work to pay for some more balls as he managed to lose 12 day. “George, make sure you have more balls for Wednesday”. A mention must go to Caroline (Swampy) Foster who managed to cover herself in mud & stinking water after trying hit her ball out of the edge of the lake. Being the gentleman I am I did offer to help her out of her wet clothes & to wash her back for her but she did not seem keen for some reason !!!! Our eventual winners were 1st – Ian Robertson – 37 points (lowest handicap rule) 2nd – Alan Ross – 37 points 3rd – Rod Smith – 35 points There was only 1 x 2 & that was Ian Robertson Until next time, enjoy the weather & your golf.

Tuesday 28th June, saw the 6th leg of the ever popular Costa Calida Golf Challenge with the beautiful Las Colinas Golf & Country Club hosting the day. Breakfast was served in the clubhouse at around 11am and then the full complement of 40 players moved over to use the practise facilities prior to the first 4 ball teeing off at Midday As ever the course was in superb condition, and I would like to thank Martin, Martina and all the staff at Las Colinas for making us all welcome and ensuring the day went very smoothly indeed Thanks also to Costa Calida Golf Tours for providing the discounted green fees and also to The Great Golf Company and Caja Rural for their continued support of the Costa Calida Golf Challenge The results were as follows – Winner - Marcel Mulder 38 points on count

back;Runner up Barry Smith

Costa Calida Golf Challenge........... 38 points

Best Lady - Lara Van Kleef 34 points Longest drive Men

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Marcel Mulder

2’s pot....we had 6 winners all taking 30 Euros each; Siobhan Cassidy; Jack Flower; Bob Ferguson; Rob Stevens, Marcel Mulder & Steve Locke The 7th round of the Costa Calida Golf Challenge will take place on Tuesday 26th July at La Serena Golf and the cost will be 35 Euros per person including a shared buggy. To reserve your place please contact Andy on 650 718 172 or e mail andy@ccgt.co.uk

(Members of Las Colinas G & CC) Results from Any 3 From 4 Game on 30th June 2011 Well it started off very calm and a beautiful day ahead of us - then it started - a cancellation..........oh no - ok we can deal with that - then another........you have got to be joking!!!!!!!!! This is a team game and we have another cancellation and guess what both in the same match. Not to worry Phil went and worked his magic and shuffled everyone around and not a moan was heard - players moved around and everything was all set to go they really are a good bunch in this group. Now the game Any 3 from 4.....sounds easy yeah till you get three people in a team (one player short) so you all take it in turn to play the missing players shot - an extra hole on every three to

be played (remembering that the missing players handicap is used also) not bad when it’s 20 or 18 but our team was one with only three players and our missing player “Carlos” was off Handicap 7 - yeah we picked the short straw again! Needless to say Carlos did not play up to scratch. Some of our course was having some maintenance done - well it has to be done some time and Saundra Buckley really had a problem with “what is that smell around here” Phil assured her it was nothing just poop - never heard of fertilizer Saundra!!!!! We think everyone had a great day and of course we were off for a meal to The Galant Restaurant in San Miguel for our presentation that evening. Forty Four attended and we had a lovely meal with pleasant

company. Winners of Any 3 from 4 1st John Jones - Jim Preston - Mike Cutts 2nd Stan Canter - Maggie Watson - John Dunkley Robin Richards (Big Man) 2’s Competition :- Lorraine Cox - Jan Johnson - Irene Stewart - John Clayton Barry Ireland Well done to all of you and hatchet Man noticed that John Jones played exceptionally well and therefore had a handicap a d j u s t m e n t ................. Welcome to your new handicaps of 14 John. Next game is Thursday 7th July Singles Stableford Please note the Society is continuing all through the Summer Months. Bernie Newnes

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